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Lee County, VA

Current Obits

 

These are current obits taken from newspapers around Lee County, VA

I have typed these obits just as they appeared in the newspaper.

 

 

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Vesta P. Holdway Edna Clawson Gladys Leah Bennett Dorothy M. Arnette      
Pearl Davidson Sluss Ernestine Crowell Light
Grace Roach
Flossie Johnson      

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vesta P. Holdway------Taken from The Bristol Herald Newspaper

BIG STONE GAP – Vesta P. Holdway, 95, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at Wellmont Hospital.

Born June 24, 1908, in Keokee, Va., she resided most of her life in Exeter, Va. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dave Holdway; parents, Will and Cora Legg Huff; five brothers, Poke Huff, Curt Huff, Roose Huff, Doc Huff and Ervin Huff; two sisters, Melinda Huff Holdway and Madge Huff.

Survivors: sister, Pauline Huff Payne, Jonesville, Va.; two daughters, Nita Jones, Big Stone Gap and Shirley Holdway, Big Stone Gap; seven grandchildren,- Ronnie Stidham and wife Carolyn, Judy Witt and husband Winky, Donnie Stidham, Debbie Turner and husband Tom, Kita Gibson and husband Kevin, Eddie Holdway and Jimmy Harris and wife Missy; 17 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Roy A. Green Funeral Home Chapel, with Phillip Bates officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Huff-Legg family cemetery, Keokee. Pallbearers are: Ronnie Stidham, Donnie Stidham, Eddie Holdway, Jimmy Harris, Chris Stidham, Greg Stidham, Ryan Witt, Travis Turner, Winky Witt, Tom Turner, Kevin Gibson, Tyler Gibson and Brandon Parrott. Roy A. Green Funeral Home, Appalachia, is in charge of arrangements.
 

 

Pearl Davidson Sluss----Taken from The Bristol Herald Newspaper

BIG STONE GAP– Pearl Davidson Sluss, 88, passed away Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at the Ridgecrest Manor in Duffield, Va.

She was a former employee of Carmines Restaurant in Big Stone Gap as a waitress and she was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Clarence Davidson and William Sluss; two daughters, Vickie Stidham and Jeanette Wilson; and one son, Clarence Wayne Davidson.

Surviving are one son, Jimmie L. Davidson of Harlingen, Texas; son-in-law, Ralph Stidham of Big Stone Gap; one sister, Stella Huff of Pennington Gap, Va.; nine grandchildren, Mike Wilson, Connie Sampson, Jeffrey Wilson, Larry Wilson, Missy Lamb, Amelia Church, J.L. Davidson, Wayne Stidham and Shane Stidham; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Pearl Davidson Sluss will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at the Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel in Wise, with the Rev. Roy Smith officiating. Burial and graveside committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004, at the American Legion Cemetery in Big Stone Gap. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. till time of services at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004, at the Sturgill Funeral Home in Wise.

Sturgill Funeral Homes in Wise in charge of arrangements.

 

 

EDNA CLAWSON---Taken from Coalfield Newspaper
Edna Irene Clawson, 79, of the Long Hollow community, Jonesville, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 17, 2004) at Lee Nursing & Rehabilitation Center after a short illness.
She had been a resident of Lee County, all her life and was of the Baptist faith. She was a member of Mount Hope Baptist Church.
Mrs. Clawson was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Maggie McQueen Goins; two sisters, Cleo Oakes and Cloe Fleenor; and one brother, Cleve Goins.
Surviving are her husband, Alonzo Clawson of Jonesville.; two sons and daughters-in-law, L.C. and Judy Clawson of Wise, Billy Wesley and Bessie Clawson of Church Hill; one sister, Pearl Skidmore of Jonesville; three grandchildren, Kimberley Clawson and Brandon Clawson of Church Hill, Mardy Clawson and wife Karen of Meadowview; one great-granddaughter, Kaitlin Clawson of Meadowview; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sturgill Funeral Home in Pennington Gap.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. L.J. Ellis officiating.
Committal graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Miller's Chapel Cemetery, Jonesville.
Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 12 noon Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be selected from family and friends.
 

 

 

ERNESTINE CROWELL LIGHT----Taken from Coalfield Newspaper
Ernestine Crowell Light, passed away Tuesday (Feb. 17, 2004) at the Lee Regional Medical Center.
She was a life long resident of Lee County, the daughter of the late Ernest and Bertha Parsons Crowell.
Ernestine was employed for many years in the Lee County School System, and was a member of the Pennington Gap First United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Kenneth Eugene Light of Pennington Gap; one daughter, Selina Light of Pennington Gap; two sons and daughtersinlaw, Kenny and Kathy Light of Woodway, Kyle W. and Monica Light of Coeburn; three grandchildren, Christopher Light, Amanda Light, and Hannah Light; one sister, Mary Duncan of Bristol; one brother, Robert P. Crowell of Roanoke; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 68 p.m. Thursday at the Sturgill Funeral Home, Pennington Gap.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in the Pennington Gap First United Methodist Church with Dr. Ken Sprinkle officiating.
Interment will follow in Lee Memorial Gardens, Woodway.
Pallbearers will be members of the United Methodist Men of First United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Light will be taken to the church one hour prior to services.

 

 

GLADYS LEAH BENNETT---Taken from Coalfield Newspaper

Member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 50 years
Gladys Leah (Yeary) Bennett, 85, of Big Stone Gap, passed away Friday (Feb. 27, 2004) at Wellmont-Lonesome Pine Hospital following a brief illness.
She was born June 3, 1918, in Big Stone Gap to the late Bradley and Pearl (Flanary) Yeary. She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 50 years, a member of the Honeycutt Class, and a member of the Big Stone Gap O.E.S. No. 158.
Mrs. Bennett was preceded in death by her husband Bill, on July 21, 2003; and her granddaughter, Karen Bennett, on March 7, 2000.
Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Paul and Carol Bennett, Church Hill, Tenn.; granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Julie and James Powers, Mount Carmel, Tenn.; sister, Reba Yeary, Big Stone Gap; nieces, Margaret Jean Thacker, Janet Lynn Dykes, Jamie Thacker; special nephew, Lance Yeary; several cousins; and special friends, Sue and Earl Hansel, Jean and Sonny Barker, and Rev. and Mrs. Alan Collier and family.
Services were held at 2 p.m. Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Big Stone Gap with the Rev. Ronnie Mutter and the Rev. Alan Collier officiating.
Interment followed in Glencoe Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Neal Simmons, Wayne Sturgill, James Powers, Beecher Powers, Ben Allen, Bill Cole and Homer Falin.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to a charity of one's choice.
Holding Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap was in charge of arrangements.

 

 GRACE ROACH---Taken from Coalfield Newspaper
Member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church
Grace Elizabeth Roach, 95, of Big Stone Gap, passed away Sunday (Feb. 29, 2004) at the Ridgecrest Manor Nursing Home, Duffield.
She was a lifelong resident of Powell Valley, born July 9, 1908 to the late F. C. and Omah Collier Dickenson.
She was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap and was a long time member of the Powell Valley Garden Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry S. Roach in 1948; one son, Ted L. Roach; three brothers, Alfred, Junior and Cecil Dickenson; and by a daughterinlaw, Ruby Roach.
Survivors include sons, Fred Roach of Wise and G. Dale Roach and wife, Kathleen of Bethlehem, Penn.; grandchildren, Teresa McGuire and husband, Robert, of Blountville, Tenn. and Linda Roach of Powell Valley; greatgrandchildren, Sherrie Lawson and Jessica Vaughn; greatgreatgrandchild, Gannon Swihart; stepgranddaughter, Wilma Stallard and husband, Danny, of Wise; nephews, Terry Dickenson and wife, Kelly, Stephen Dickenson and son, David; sisterinlaw, Ruby Dickenson, all of Big Stone Gap.
Calling hours will be 68 p.m. Wednesday at Holding Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap.Services will be held 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Alan Collier officiating.
Interment service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in the Barker Cemetery on Egan Road in Powell Valley. Those attending graveside services are asked to be at the funeral home by 10:15 a.m. Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Oak Grove Baptist Church, 14 E. 11th Street, N., Big Stone Gap, Va. 24219.

 

DOROTHY M. ARNETTE----Taken from Coalfield Newspaper

Resident of Keokee for 87 years
Dorothy M. Arnette, 99, of Keokee, passed away Monday (March 1, 2004) at Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap.
Mrs. Arnette had resided in Keokee for the past 87 years. She was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Arnette; one son, Melvin Arnette; daughters, Emma Hobbs and JoAnn Wood; two grandchildren, Charles Arnette Jr. and Gregory Glover; also four brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Eloise Arnette of Gray, Harold and Rita Arnette of Dayton, Derl and Joan Arnette of Kettering, Ohio, and Jerry and Frances Arnette of Williamsburg; and daughters, Lucille Shipley of Greeneville, and Thelma Glover of Keokee; 22 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Gilliam Funeral Home, Big Stone Gap, with the Revs. Alan Collier and Bill Hughes officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted at noon Thursday at Powell Valley Cemetery in Dryden. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be her sons, Charles Arnette, Harold Arnette, Derl Arnette, Jerry Arnette, and Richard Morris and David Lane.
Honorary pallbearer will be Conley Massengill.
Online condolences may be sent via e-mail to gfhbsg@verizon.net.






FLOSSIE JOHNSON--Taken from Coalfield Newspaper
Member of St. Charles First Baptist Church
Flossie Johnson, 92, passed away on Tuesday (March 2, 2004) at the Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington Gap.
She was born in Burkhart's Chapel, Route 1, Keokee, April 13, 1911.
She had been a resident of Lee County her entire life. Flossie was a homemaker and member of St. Charles First Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rowland Benfield; second husband, Orbin Johnson; parents, Robert and Merdie Woodard Alsup; two sisters, Hazel Marie Crusenberry and Anna May Woodard.
Survivors include a brother, Ermine Alsup of Pennington Gap; several nieces, nephews; and special friend, Carrie Orr of Pennington Gap.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday in the Province Funeral Home sanctuary in Pennington Gap home with Paul Davis Jr. officiating.
Burial will follow at Lee Memorial Gardens in Woodway.
Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail to cep@mounet.com