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Jewel Inez Carter

October 24, 2021

East Stone Gap, Va.-Jewel Inez Carter, 82, rejoiced as she entered Heaven on Sunday, October 24, 2021, at Lonesome Pine Hospital.
She was a member of the East Stone Gap United Methodist Church, where she was a Sunday School teacher and counseled individuals who were suffering an obstacle in their lives. She was instrumental in organizing women’s retreats and bible study. She started and developed the Big Stone Gap Chapter of the Women’s Aglow Fellowship.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Edward Carter; her mother, Ethel (Collins) Yeary; her step-father, Orbin Flanary; sister, Lucy Taylor; and brothers, Eugene Yeary, Carl Yeary and Alvin Yeary.
Surviving is her son, David Carter and special daughter-in-law, Kellie, Big Stone Gap; daughters, Donna Cridlin, Jonesville, Va. and Carol Ann Riccadonna (Dan), Weirton, WV; grandchildren, Emily Toohey, Norton, Va. and Gia Riccadonna, Weirton, WV; sister-in-law, Ann Ray, East Stone Gap; several nieces and nephews; Julie Stanley, who Jewel considered her a daughter; and special friends, Diana Bloomer Cubine, Judy Knight, and Ron and Dixie Prewitt.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until 7:00pm on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the East Stone Gap United Methodist Church. The service will follow at 7:00pm in the church’s worship center with Rev. Ken Sprinkle and Ron Prewitt officiating.
Committal graveside services will be conducted at 11:00am on Wednesday at Riverview Cemetery, East Stone Gap, Va., with Rev. Norman Clark officiating. The family and friends will meet at Gilliam Funeral Home by 10:30am on Wednesday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be: Tim Stanley, Ralph Gilly, Steve Neely, Mark Blanken, Andrew Taylor, Jr., Lemuel Wells and Ryan Witt.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the East Stone Gap United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 186, East Stone Gap, Va. 24246.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Carter family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Jonathan Eston Peters

October 23, 2021

Big Stone Gap, VA- Jonathan Eston Peters, 40 passed away at his home in his sisters arms surrounded by his family on Saturday October 23, 2021 following a courageous hard-fought battle with cancer.
He was born on October 6, 1981 to his proud parents, Jimmy and Tricia (Lovell) Peters. Jon “Bubby” was loved and adored by his big sister and bestfriend, Chasity (Lovell) Lane and her husband, Michael; aunts, Janet (Lovell) Akens and Carolyn (Lovell) Herron, who loved and spoiled him throughout his years. He was loved by his uncles, cousins and friends who will miss him dearly. Jonathan was raised in the coal camp of Exeter in Appalachia, VA. He was a proud Appalachia Bulldog even though he moved to Big Stone Gap and was a graduate of Powell Valley High School. Jon worked at Free Service Tire in Kingsport, Tennessee as a Tire Mechanic where he loved his job and co-workers.
Jonathan was a simple man who loved life, his family and friends. “Uncle Johnny” was a proud, protective and fun-loving uncle to his niece, MCKinleigh Lane whom he loved and adored as his own. Jon loved to watch WWE Wrestling and Football. He was a proud fan of the San Francisco 49ers and Florida Gators. He loved his mom’s cooking, especially her banana pudding and Sunday dinners. He enjoyed going to concerts with his fun-loving uncle Carl Lovell Jr., hanging out by a campfire with his friends especially Damon Ridings, riding around with his cousin Josh Peters but he was happiest fishing on a river bank or lake with his dad by his side.
Jonathan had a very special MeMaw, Patricia ‘Pat’ Harris who he loved and adored. He also became a dog dad to his faithful, rowdy and furry son, Jax Eston who his sister and niece will cherish and love.
Jonathan was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Malcolm & Lucille (Pippin) Peters; maternal grandparents, Carl & Elizabeth (Johnson) Lovell; and the love of his life, Katie Harris whom he’s now rejoicing with in Heaven.
Jonathan and his family would like to thank some very special healthcare workers who provided him with excellent care, support and compassion throughout his cancer journey. Heather Sergent, NP of Park Avenue Medical Associates, Southwest Virginia Cancer Center of Norton Staff especially Nurses Martha R, Jessica S, Melissa M, Taylor M, Rebecca S, Deidre B., The Staff of MSA Home Health and Hospice Care.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until 8:00pm on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00pm on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, in the Gilliam Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Lee Stidham and Pastor Justin Davidson officiating.
Burial will follow in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers will be: Carl Lovell, Jr., Eric Lovell, Derek Bishop, Michael Lane, Casey Davidson, Garth Marcum, Chris Akens, Chad Akens, and Josh Peters.
In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center 671 Highway 58 E Norton, VA 24273.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Peters family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Kitty S. Miller

October 23, 2021

Keokee, Va.-Kitty S. Miller, 59, passed away on Saturday, October 23, 2021, at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tn.
She was a member of the Keokee Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vilas and Clautiee (Spears) Maggard.
Surviving are her husband, Rick Miller; daughter, Jamie Stapleton (Danny), Big Stone Gap, Va.; son, Shane Miller (Andrea), Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; grandchildren, Alexis Stapleton, Sydney Stapleton, Jordan Miller and Morgyn Miller; siblings, Bob Maggard (Gaye Nell), Denny Maggard, Peggy Garrett, Norma Owens (Jimmy), all of Keokee, and Vilas Maggard, Jr., Hyden, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 4:00pm until 5:00pm on Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at the Keokee Church of God. A service will follow at 5:00pm in the church sanctuary with Pastor Billy McDonald and Bro. Bob Maggard officiating.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Miller family.

Joyce Ann (White) Jessee

October 21, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va./Gallatin, Tn.-Joyce Ann (White) Jessee, 90, passed away on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at Hickory Hills Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, Hendersonville, Tn.
She lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap, Va. and had lived with her daughter in Gallatin for the past four years. Joyce was a nurse for the Wise Clinic, having worked there the entire time the doors were open, Big Stone Gap Clinic, Norton Community Home Health and a pediatrician’s office. She was a member of First Christian Church in Big Stone Gap, where she was a member of the choir. She loved to host bridge club and cooking for her family and church.
She was preceded in death by her son, Randall “Doc” Jessee; her parents, Clarence and Cora (Sizemore) White; brother, James “Toby” White; and the father of her children, Earnest D. Jessee.
Surviving are her daughter, Linda “Dida” Mumpower, Gallatin, Tn.; son, Michael D. Jessee, Johnson City, Tn.; three grandchildren four great grandchildren; one niece; one nephew; and a few great nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Monday, October, 25, 2021, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The service will follow in the funeral home chapel with Greg Townsend, Minister officiating.
A graveside committal service will be held at 11:00am on Tuesday at Glencoe Cemetery, Big Stone Gap. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30am to go in procession.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to: PAWS of Southwest Virginia, P. O. Box 576, Coeburn, Va. 24230.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Jessee family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Charles David Lester

October18, 2021

Jonesville, Va./Wise, Va.-Charles David Lester, 59, passed away on Monday, October 18, 2021, at Norton Community Hospital.
David was born and raised in Wise, Va. He attended J. J. Kelly High School. He drove a coal truck and worked with Phil Collier and his moving company. He was a Christian.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Walter and Mildred (McDilda) Lester; and a sister, Nancy McDaniel.
Surviving are his siblings, Judy Webb, Myrna Orr, Walter Lester, Sharon Hodges, Bill Lester, Marsha Tolbert, Rodney Lester, Kathy Holbrook and Donna Holbrook; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Arrangements are private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Lester family.

William Lee “Bill” Cawood, II

October 15, 2021

“A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops.”-Henry Adams

Big Stone Gap, Va.-William Lee “Bill” Cawood, II, 55, passed away Friday, October 15, 2021, at his home.
He was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap. He was a 1984 graduate of Powell Valley High School. Bill graduated from Va. Tech with a B. S. in Forestry and later from Clinch Valley College with a B. S. in Education. Bill taught in the science department at Powell Valley High School and Union High School for 25 years. He taught Dendrology, the study of trees, at M.E.C.C. for the past 20 years. He served as a Nature Interpreter at Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, Va. for 27 years.
Bill loved to spread his knowledge and love of nature, not only with his students he loved, but to the many who were fortunate enough to hear him interpreting about the outdoors. His annual trips to various Virginia state parks were a highlight to many students. He not only taught them about nature but also survival skills. Bill loved kayaking and took many a person on trips down the Clinch River.
Bill has joined his close friends, Jim Abe Fleenor and Lowell Fowler.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Lee and Sue (Cochrane) Cawood.
Surviving are his wife, Kristen Hamilton Cawood; step-daughter, Ann Marie Slagle (Matt), Big Stone Gap; grandson, Walker Slagle, who called Bill, “Pop-Pop;” sister, Chloe DeLong (David), North Augusta, SC; brother, Mark Cawood (LouElla), Big Stone Gap; uncles, Jack Cawood, Big Stone Gap and Greg Cawood (Sharman), Flagstaff, Ariz.; aunt, Gail Wolfe, Catlettsburg, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until 8:00pm Monday, October 18, 2021, at the Union High School Auditorium. The service will follow at 8:00pm Monday with various speakers.
A private graveside service will be in American Legion Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, it was Bill’s wishes for everyone to plant a couple of trees and plant flowers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Cawood family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Michael Lee Baker

October 13, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Michael Lee Baker, 35, passed away on Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at his home.
He was a repairman for Better Heater & Cooling in Big Stone Gap. He loved to fish and collecting yellow roots from the mountains of the area.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Buford Baker; and his maternal grandparents, G. C. and Virginia Carter.
He is survived by his children, Abigail Baker, Haley Baker, Timmy Baker and Bailey Jean Wolf; his mother, Debbie Baker; his father, Hobart Lee Baker; sisters, Dianna Baker, Jessica Matera, Stefoni Baker and Kinzie Gardner; paternal grandmother, Brenda Baker; and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be held at 11:00am Saturday, Oct 23, 2021, at the Valley Fire Department in East Stone Gap.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Baker family.

Drew Crabtree

October 11, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Drew Crabtree, 47, passed away Monday, October 11, 2021 at Holston Valley Medical Center.
Drew was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap. He was a graduate of Powell Valley High School. Drew was self-employed in construction.
He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Crabtree.
Surviving are his fiancé, Farrah Bunch, Big Stone Gap; his children, Alex Crabtree and Andrew Crabtree, both of Coeburn, Va.; mother, Lowry Crabtree; Big Stone Gap; siblings, Rian Crabtree (Jenn), Yorktown, Va., Christina Dutton, Big Stone Gap, Patti Brown (Donnie), and Rhonda Sexton, all of Oneida, Tn., and Bill Crabtree of Knoxville, Tn.; several nieces and nephews; and children of his fiancé, Brandon, Bradley and Braxton Bunch.
Arrangements are private.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Crabtree family.

Jenell O. Kelly

October 9, 2021

Keokee, Va.-Jenell O. Kelly, 88, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021, at her home.
She was a lifelong resident of Keokee, Va. She worked as a cook at the Keokee Combined School for 20 years. She was a lifetime member of the Keokee Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Troy Lee Kelly; her parents, Garfield and Ethel (Arnette) Wells; four sisters, two infant sisters, Helen Mallory and Wilma Garrett; and two brothers, Eugene Wells and Cecil Wells.
Surviving are her children, Joyce Sluss, Richmond, Va., Mary Owens, Derby, Va., Terry Kelly, Rhonda Kelly and Matthew Owens, all of the home, and Ronnie Kelly (Melinda), Roda, Va.; grandchildren, Melissa Brummette, Dawn Owens and several others; several great grandchildren; sister, Brenda Peak, Kingsport, Tn.; brothers, Bobby Wells (Irene), Big Stone Gap; Lee Wells (Charlotte), Dryden, Va., and Larry Wells, Jonesville, Va.; special niece, Hazel Gibson; and several other nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2021, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The funeral service will follow at 7:00pm with Pastor Billy Wayne McDonald officiating.
Burial will be at 11:00am on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021 at Powell Valley Cemetery in Dryden, Va. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:20am to go in processions.
Pallbearers will be: Brad Bowman, Derek Bowman, Hunter Garrett, Scott Baldwin, Chris Owens and Matthew Owens.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Gilliam Funeral Home, P. O. Box 886, Big Stone Gap, Va. 24219, to assist with funeral expenses.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Kelly family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com.

Mary Margaret Kelley

October 9, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Mary Margaret Kelley, age 76, died peacefully in her home in Big Stone Gap, VA on October 9, 2021.
Mary was born July 26, 1945 to Robert Hurt Porter and Margaret Kyle Porter and grew up in West Helena, AR. She graduated from Central High School in Helena, AR in 1963 and from the University of Tennessee Memphis dental hygiene program in 1967. In Memphis, Mary met her husband, Dr. Gerald B. Kelley, to whom she was happily married for 53 years. Mary and Gerald (Doc/Herb) Kelley moved to Wise County in 1973 where they were pioneers in shifting the focus of dentistry from reactive care to preventative education. As the first dental hygienist in Wise County, many deep friendships blossomed out of her love of teaching her patients about preventative dental care and witnessing her love of Jesus Christ.
Mary was known by all as an exceptional cook and was blessed with the gift of hospitality that she shared with friends and family far and wide. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap and enjoyed volunteering at the John Fox Jr. House and playing bridge in a local bridge club, where she met many lifelong friends.
Mary (Monnie) is survived by Gerald Kelley of Big Stone Gap; her daughter, Leta Kelley of Piney Flats, TN and special friend John Hall, Jr.; her son, Adam Kelley and his wife Stephanie of Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren, Danielle Kelley, Even Hals, and Maia Hals.
Mary will be laid to rest in the American Legion Cemetery in Powell Valley in a private ceremony. She has requested that all who wish to remember her, please make donations to St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital (www.stjude.org/donate) or donate blood and platelets to your local blood bank. A special thank you to all the staff at the Southwest Virginia Cancer Center for their exceptional care. Condolences may be sent to the family at obitsgfh@gmail.com.
TIME IS too slow for those who wait, too swift for those who fear, too long for those who grieve, too short for those who rejoice. But for those who love, time is ETERNITY. Hours fly, flowers die, new days and new ways pass by… love stays.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Kelley family.

Louise Davis

October 4, 2021

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Margaret Louise Davis, 70, passed away on Monday, October 4, 2021, at her home.
Louise was born in Norton, Va. and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. She was a LPN at several local hospitals. She owned a crafts shop in East Stone Gap, Va. during the 1980’s. Louise was a Christian. She loved and was dedicated to her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Echol “Eck” Davis; her parents, James and Margaret (McFall) Morelock; and two sisters, Nancy Wharton and Jeanette Ellethorp.
Surviving are her son, James R. “J. D.” Davis and wife, Melinda, of Duffield, Va.; sister, Betty Ayers, Big Stone Gap; brothers, Tommy Morelock, Big Stone Gap, James Morelock, Atlanta, Ga. and Carlos Morelock, Orlando, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 1:00pm on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave., W., Big Stone Gap. The funeral service will follow at 1:00pm in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Hagan Davis officiating.
Entombment services will follow at the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
The family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Davis family.
To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit www.gilliamfuneralhome.com

Mary Ann Kellogg

Coeburn, Va.-Mary Ann Kellogg, 55, passed away at Norton Community Hospital.
Arrangements are private
Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory in Big Stone Gap, Va. is in charge of arrangements.