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Janice Maxfield Duncan

April 11, 2021

Burnsville, NC/Big Stone Gap, VA-Janice Maxfield Duncan, 79, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021 at the Yancey House Nursing Facility in Burnsville, NC.
A member of East Stone Gap (Va.) Baptist Church, she attended Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church, Big Stone Gap, Va. and Shoal Creek Baptist Church, Burnsville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Duncan; parents, Ernest and America Maxfield; and a sister, Lenoir Knox.
Surviving are her son, Tim Duncan (Wendy), Burnsville, NC; grandchildren, Casey Duncan (fiancé, Nick), and Jessica Silvers (Jimmy); great granddaughter, Maisy Silvers; sisters, Joyce Page and Doris McDaniel, Big Stone Gap, and Patricia Clifton, Kingsport, Tn.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will follow at 1:00pm with Dr. Lonnie Brooks officiating. Special music will be provided by her granddaughter, Jessica Silvers and nephew, Tony Duncan.
Burial will follow at Glencoe Cemetery, Big Stone Gap.
Pallbearers include Jimmy Silvers, Nick Norton, Scotty Duncan and Dan Gibson.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Duncan’s family.
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Patricia Gail “Patti” Cornett

April 4, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Patricia Gail “Patti” Cornett, 71, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021, at Johnson City (TN) Medical Center.
She was a native of Big Stone Gap, lived in California and Florida for several years, and then she and her husband, “Dickie” returned to Big Stone Gap in 2019. She was an elementary school teacher at Appalachia (Va.) Elementary School and The Lighthouse in Santa Monica, Calif. She was a member of Spirit and Truth Church in Big Stone Gap, Va.
Patti loved her family, especially her grandsons, with all her heart.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Leanza Cornett; her parents, Hillard and Emma Jean (Lovell) Webb; and one brother, Ricky Webb.
Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Richard A. “Dickie” Cornett; grandsons, Kai Steines and Avery Steines; siblings, Randy Webb (Janean), Jacksonville, Fl., Kathy Demoisey (Frank), St. Augustine, Fl. and Lisa Gray (David), Gray, Tn.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Patti requested cremation.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Cornett family.

Kenneth “Kenny” Blevins

March 31, 2021

Big Stone Gap, VA – Kenneth “Kenny” Blevins, 68, passed away Thursday, March 31, 2021, at his home. He had been a teacher with the Wise County School System and earned his EdS degree while attending East Tennessee State University, Lincoln Memorial University and Clinch Valley College. He was loved deeply by his students, friends and family. Prior to his teaching career, Kenny had worked for Westmoreland Coal Company for 20+ years. He was an avid powerlifter with many awards showing his strength and ability. Kenny was a member of the American Quarter Horse Association and loved watching his daughter, Kristy, perform at horse shows and win awards. He was a loving son, brother and friend.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kristina Faye Blevins and his father, Elmer Blevins.
Kenny is survived by his mother, Inez Blevins of Big Stone Gap, his siblings, Carolyn Hanus of Big Stone Gap, Mark Blevins (Lisa) of Big Stone Gap and Steve Blevins of Johnson City, TN and his grandchildren, Bryson Kyler Mitchell and Kaylee Alissa Mitchell.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 4, 2021 from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave, W., Big Stone Gap, VA. Funeral services will begin at 7:00pm in the funeral home chapel with Joe Varney ministering.
Graveside services will be held on Monday, April 5, 2021, at 11:00am in the Blevins Family Cemetery, Back Valley Road, Big Stone Gap, VA. Family members and friends are asked to meet at Gilliam Funeral Home to leave at 10:30 to travel in procession to the cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Blevins family.

Jeffery E. Perry

April 1, 2021

Big Stone Gap - Jeffery E. Perry passed way Thursday, April 1, 2021, at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, VA. Services will be private.
Gilliam Funeral Home is honored to serve the Perry family.

Eunice Carroll Bishop

March 30, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Eunice Carroll Bishop, 101, entered the gates of Heaven on Tuesday, March 30, 2021, at Ridgecrest Manor Nursing Home, Duffield, Va.
She was born in Imboden, Va. and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. She loved gardening. She was a member of the Appalachia Pentecostal Church, where she, presently, was the oldest living member.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Ballard “Bish” Bishop, Jr.; her parents, Ike T. and Ethel (Gibson) Carroll; and siblings, Clyde Carroll, Carson Carroll, Aileen Pennington, Clint Carroll and Bernice Delp.
Surviving are her children, Ronald Wayne Bishop (Tina) and Glenn Edward Bishop (Debbie), both of Big Stone Gap, and Carolyn Bishop Herren (Billy), Christiansburg, Va.; grandchildren Shannon Bishop (Elizabeth), Adam Bishop (Natasha), Allison Lawson (Randall), Aimee Sexton (Tanner), Hayley Herren, Heather Herren (fiancé, Joseph King) and William Herren; great grandchildren, Jordan Bishop, Katelan Bishop, Macee Bishop, Sophia Lawson, Sawyer Lawson, Emmalyn Lawson, Anistyn Lawson and Owen King; brothers, Don Carroll (Norma), Melvin Carroll (Donna) and Curt Carroll, all of Big Stone Gap; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, April 1, 2021, at Appalachia Pentecostal Church, 340 Oak Street, Appalachia, Va. The funeral service will follow at 7:00pm with Pastor Grayson Cothron and Rev. Roger Barker officiating.
Committal services will be conducted at 11:00am on Friday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, 5650 Powell Valley Road, Big Stone Gap. The family and friends will meet at the church by 10:20am on Friday to go in procession to the cemetery.
The family will serve as pallbearers.
COVID-19 restrictions will be observed. Masks and social distancing is required.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Bishop family.

James Edward Bates

March 27, 2021

Kingsport, Tn.-James Edward Bates, 74, passed away on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at his home.
He was born and raised in Corry, Pa., which held a special place in his heart no matter where he lived. He served in the U. S. Air Force during the Vietnam War and served in the Army Reserves. Jim served with the Mar Mac Volunteer Fire Department in Goldsboro, NC for 8 years and was Fire Chief in 1980. He was an avid collector of firefighter memorabilia and donated his collection to the Firefighters Historical Museum in Erie, PA. He received a Masters of Accounting from ETSU and was a life member of the International Fraternity of Delta Sigma Pi, ETSU Delta XI Chapter. He achieved the Certified Public Accountant designation and was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Jim was a Professor of Accounting for 25 years at Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap, Va. He was of Episcopalian faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil J. and Florence L. (Hotchkiss) Bates.
Surviving are his wife of 11 years, Pamela L. Bates; daughters, Joanna B. Whitfield, Goldsboro, NC and Heather L. Davis, Hampstead, NC; grandchildren, Elizabeth A. Whitfield, Stephen P. Whitfield II, Lily J. Davis and Logan I. Osborne; great grandson, Carson M. Kelly; step children, David A. Osborne and Joshua M. Craddock, Kingsport, Tn.
James requested cremation and a memorial service will be announced at a later date.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Bates family.

Richard A. “Dickie” Falin

March 24, 2021

Derby, Va.-Richard A. “Dickie” Falin, 68, passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021, at the Johnson City Medical Center, after an extended illness.
Richard was a resident of the Derby community in Appalachia, Va. He was a graduate of Appalachia High School, a retired coal miner with Westmoreland Coal Co., and a member of the U. M. W. A. He was a member of the Big Stone Gap Masonic Lodge #208. Dickie attended the Dunbar Community Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, B. Edward and Lois Ann Falin; and his brother, Carl Wayne Falin.
Surviving is his loving and devoted wife of 49 years, Deborah Clark Falin; sons, Jason (Kelly) of Vinton, Va. and Brian (Melissa) of Appalachia, Va. Also surviving are his grandchildren and step grandchildren who were so special to him, Austin Falin, Kaylyn Laws (Michael), Jacob Falin, Justin Falin, Ethan Mullins, Alex Collins, Terry Mitchell and Ragan Moody. Additionally, Richard was blessed with two great grandchildren, Arthur Laws and Viola Collins. Other surviving family members include sisters, Connie Kilbourne (George), Judy Morse, and Mary Miller (Dennis); brother, Dave Falin; and several nieces and nephews.
Richard will be remembered by his family and friends as a hard-working and loving husband, father, brother, friend and Pop Pop. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to his family and neighbors. Richard loved his family unconditionally and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Dunbar Community Church, 6053 Dunbar Road, Appalachia, Va. 24216.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Falin family.

Mary Fogarty Potter

March 23, 2021

Mary Fogarty Potter, 62, of Chesterfield, Va., went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, March 23, 2021.
Born September 11, 1958, Mary was the daughter of Carl and Gladys Fogarty of Wise, Va. She was a graduate of J.J. Kelly High School.
In addition to her parents, Mary was preceded in death by her daughter, Cassie Potter Odette; and one sister, Gladys Fogarty Cantrell.
Mary is survived by her son, David Potter, and daughter-in-law Dena Potter, of Chesterfield, Va.; three grandchildren, Drake Jennings, Lily Odette and Zaden Odette; two sisters, Patricia Waller of Kingsport, Tenn., and Millie Hillman of Wise, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
Mary had a great devotion to God, her family and friends. In recent months, she has enjoyed online church services, especially those provided by Freedom of Worship Church.
Mary treated everyone with love and respect, and she was giving of her time and energy to support causes, whether helping out at events for veterans or encouraging those fighting addiction. She saw the beauty in everything, particularly in people and nature. She exemplified grace and love in everything she did and will be greatly missed. The family encourages everyone to be a little more like Mary, and to do something each day to spread kindness.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. for family and 11 a.m. for friends on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at Freedom of Worship Church, 5456 Thackers Branch Rd., Norton, Va. Services will begin at noon, officiated by Pastor Robert Fultz, followed by cremation.
Social distancing and masks are required, and masks will be available, if needed.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Potter family.
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Shirley Faye Fannon Rosenbaum

March 22, 2021

Bristol, Va.-Shirley Faye Fannon Rosenbaum, 70, passed away on Monday, March 22, 2021, at Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tn. She made her journey to her heavenly home the way the way she always loved things to be and that was to be surrounded by people who love her.
Shirley was a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, companion and friend. She loved people and they loved her. She was a homemaker, most of her life. She was an avid bowler. She loved to play on her IPad and watch Lifetime movies or the Game Show Network. Her most favorite thing to do was to be with her family sharing love, laughter and maybe a game of Rook or two. Shirley’s best characteristic was her laugh and her smile. The party or event never started, it seemed, until she arrived.
She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Remember, don’t bid high unless you got the bird!!
She was preceded in death by husband, Albert “Rick” Rosenbaum; parents, Doug and Irene Fannon; sisters, Berita Fannon, Virgie Imogene “Tootie” Fannon, Nancy Caroll Humbert; and brother, Harold Douglas “Manzie” Fannon.
Surviving are her daughter, Melissa Dawn (Scott) Morgan, Big Stone Gap, Va.; grandson, Seth Andrew Morgan; companion/fiancé, Eric Hicks; siblings, Richard “Bud” Fannon (Evelyn), Big Stone Gap, William “Allen” Fannon, Exeter, Va., Robert Howard “Shorty” Fannon (Mary), Dryden, Va., Dillard McArthur Fannon (Margaret), Stonega, Va., Billy Daniel Fannon, Roda, Va., Annette “Nina” Morton, Bristol, Tn., Jonell Underwood, Big Stone Gap, and Glynis Geraldine Aistrop, Seminary, Va.; 16 nephews, 13 nieces; 63 great nieces and nephews, and 50 great-great nieces and nephews; a host of friends that were family to her; and one four-legged companion, her dog, “Mia.”
To most of you wondering why someone would need to sit and count to include all these numbers, that’s who Shirley was. She never wanted to be left out or to leave anyone out! That was just who she was.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Thursday, Mar. 25, 2021, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will follow at 7:00pm with Nellie Garrett, Pastor Grayson Cothron and Emil Schenk officiating.
Burial will be in the Mountain View Cemetery and Chapel Mausoleum, 1019 E. Valley Drive, Bristol, Va., at 12 noon on Friday, Mar. 26, 2021. The family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery by 11:45am.
Her grandson, all her nephews, and great nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Rosenbaum’s family.
To view the complete obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Virginia Ruth Pridemore

March 23, 2021

Duffield, Va.-Virginia Ruth Pridemore, 89, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021, at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tn.
She had lived in the Stickleyville community since 1987. She worked for Peoples Drug Store in the Tidewater area of Virginia. Mrs. Pridemore was a member of First Christian Church in Appalachia, Va.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George William Pridemore; daughter, Sandra Nickens; and her parents, William and Callie (Williams) Hoskins.
Surviving are her daughter, Janice Freeland (Mark), Norfolk, Va.; son, Gregory W. Pridemore, Stickleyville, Va.; siblings, Willie May Staley, Winston-Salem, NC, Betty Counoyer, Martha Brothers and Mary Marquis, all of Rhode Island, and Billy Ray Hoskins of Stickleyville, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service only will be at 10:00am on Friday, Mar. 26, 2021, at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, 5650 Powell Valley Road, Big Stone Gap, Va., with Pastor Garrett Lee officiating.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Pridemore family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Jean Day

March 22, 2021

Big Stone Gap, VA .- Barbara Jean Day, 86, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Monday, March 22, 2021, at Mountain View Regional Hospital in Norton, Va.
She was a dietary supervisor with Ridgecrest Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation in Duffield, VA., before her retirement. She was a member of East Stone Gap United Methodist Church and loved participating in the Women’s Bible Study and singing with the Rejoice Choir. She enjoyed big family gatherings, reading, and knitting.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Day; son, Michael Anthony Day; parents, John and Ethel Tester; and two brothers, John Lee Tester and James Tester.
Surviving are her sons, Randall Day, Rick Day (Tammy), Jeff Day (Elaine), all of Dryden, VA., Stephen Day (Regina), Rutledge, TN., and Jon Day (Michelle), Big Stone Gap, VA.; daughter, Karen Gilliam (David), Sewanee, TN.; daughter-in-law, Vicky Day, Big Stone Gap, VA.; sister, Evelyn Lee of Big Stone Gap, VA.; 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm on Friday, March 26, 2021, at East Stone Gap United Methodist Church, 3926 East Stone Gap Road, East Stone Gap, VA. The funeral service will follow in the church’s worship center at 7:00 pm Friday with Rev. Brad Stapleton officiating.
The burial will be on Saturday, March 27, 2021 at 11:00 am at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. The family and friends will meet at Gilliam Funeral Home by 10:20 am on Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Barbara’s grandsons, Chris Day, Jason Day, Brandon Gilliam, Nathan Gilliam, Justin Day, Jarred Day, Wes Day, and Jacob Day will serve as pallbearers. Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Ryan Day, who currently resides in Japan.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in memory of Barbara to East Stone United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 186, East Stone Gap, VA. 24246
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Day family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

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