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Shirley Adams
Gray, TN – Shirley Adams, 56, died 2 October 2008 in the Johnson City Medical Center. Mrs. Adams was a native of Scott County and had lived most of her life in Gray. She was the daughter of the late James Douglas and Elrita Bradley Spears.
Mrs. Adams was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.
Her parents, and one brother, Gary Spears preceded her in death.
Survivors of Shirley Adams are: her husband, Frank Adams, one son, Eric Adam and his wife, Shanan, one daughter, Pamala R. Manis and husband, Robert; one step-brother, Don Stokes; one grandson, Landon Manis, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the South Chapel of the Morris-Baker Funeral Home with Pastor Richie Honeycutt, Allen Hensley and Ron Adams officiating. Burial followed on Sunday in the Washington County Memory Gardens.
Family connection: James Douglas and Eirita Bradley Spears, Douglas Dale and Georgia Lee McDavid Spears, James and Martha Gilliam Spears, William S. and Elizabeth McConnell Gilliam, Thomas James and Elizabeth Elliott, Nancy McConnell, Emigrant George McConnell.

Frankie Allen
Seminole, FL - Frankie Allen, 72, of Seminole, Florida, formerly of Rogersville, died July 6, 2009 at her residence.
She was a member of Hickory Cove Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Allen was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph Allen; parents, Hobart and Maxie Church Knight; sister, Johnnie Shipley.
Mrs. Allen is survived by sons, Richard Allen and wife, Lisa of Morristown, Travis Allen and wife, Angie of Issaquah, Washington; grandchildren, Tiffany Marie Allen, Matthew Evan Allen, Joshua Travis Allen and Sophia Mae Allen; sisters, Joyce Everhart and husband, Ken of Church Hill, Thelma Cross and husband, Charles of Loudon, Ina Allen of Kingsport, Norma Seaver and husband, Carl of Church Hill; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be conducted 3 p.m., Friday, July 10, 2009 in the Broome Funeral Home Chapel of Rogersville with the Rev. Larry Parrott officiating. Burial will follow in Hawkins County Memorial Gardens.
Family lineage: Frankie Knight Allen, Hobart and Maxie Church Knight, John and Etta Ramey Church, George and Susannah S. McConnell Church, Samuel Ritchie and Nancy Allen McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Edward Coolidge Anderson
Edward Coolidge Anderson age 78 of Eidson,TN. died Aug 25, 2008 sitting on his tractor on the farm.
He is a McConnell, Kilgore, Dougherty Compton descendant. His mother Grace Kilgore was the daughter of Charles Sevier and Ida Bell Vaughn Kilgore. Charles Sevier Kilgore was the son of James M. and Susannah S. McConnell Kilgore. James M. Kilgore was the son of Charles and Sarah Dougherty Kilgore. Susannah S. McConnell was the daughter of Thomas Price and Malinda Phillips McConnell. Thomas Price McConnell was the son of Sheriff George & Susanna McConnell.

“J.C.” Arrington, Jr.
Church Hill - James Clarence “J. C.” Arrington, Jr., 66 of Church Hill, went home to be with the Lord April 27, 2009 at his residence after a lingering illness.
He was born in Hancock County and had been a resident of Church Hill since 1955
Mr. Arrington was a retired truck driver and attended the Church of Deliverance in Rogersville.
He was preceded in death by his father, Rev. James Clarence Arrington, Sr.; mother, Callie Ruth Horton Arrington; a brother, David Lynn Arrington and a nephew, Scotty Arrington.
Surviving are his wife, Linda Gentry Arrington of the home, his children, Kimberly Arrington, Brian Arrington and wife, Allison and Melissa Allen and husband, Jerry; five grandchildren, Dustin Shane Arrington, Samantha Jean Arrington, Kristen Renea Roberts, Cassie Allen and Titan Allen; three brothers, Harold Arrington and wife Linda, Gary Arrington and wife Sharon, and Roger Arrington and wife Vicki; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Franklin and Mildred Roberts; two brothers-in-law, Moses Mendenhall and wife Sabina and Charles Gentry; special friend, Ron Isom and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was conducted. in the Carter-Trent Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Doug Arrington, Evangelist Johnny Persinger and Pastor Wade Frazier officiating. Graveside services were conducted at the Arrington Family Cemetery off Tipton Lane, Church Hill.
Family Lineage: James C. Arrington, James C. and Ruth Horton Arrington, Lawrence E. and Maudie Hall Arrington, James E. and Nancy Delilah Purcell Arrington, George and Phoebe B. Purcell, Thomas Price and Malinda Phillips McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Margie Arlene Bailey
Kingsport, TN - Margie Arlene Bailey, 96 of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on April 25, 2009 at Wexford House following a brief illness.
Born in Coeburn, Virginia, Margie had lived in Rock Hill, North Carolina for a number of years before moving to Kingsport in 1995. She was a member of Gravelly Baptist Church in Kingsport.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dana Bailey; her parents, William and Frances Holbrook Adams; her sister, Virginia “Ginny” Taylor; brothers Worley Adams, Sr. and Charlie Adams.
Margie is survived by her sisters, Sarah Vaughn, Goldie Gobber and Viola Adams; brothers, Albert Adams and Ervin Adams; several nieces and nephews; several great nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held in the chapel of Carter-Trent Funeral Home with Pastor David Salley officiating. A graveside services were conducted at Forest Hills Cemetery in Rock Hill, SC.
Family lineage; Margie Arlene Adams Bailey; James and Malinda F. Holbrook Adamns, Thomas and Sarah Catherine Lawson Holbrook, Henry D. and Susannah Bond Lawson, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell Lawson, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Fred Wayne Begley
Fred Wayne Begley, age 55, of Rogersville, passed away to be with the Lord, Saturday morning, August 30, 2008, due to an extended illness at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital with family and friends by his side. Fred was saved at Compomise Baptist Church July 20, 1975. He attended Grassy Springs Missionary Baptist Church in Eidson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Rufus and Della Jane Begley.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Norma Jean Begley of the home; daughter, Jeanie Petty and husband Marty of Rogersville; two sons, Jamie Begley and wife Debbie, Robert Begley and wife Lynn; six grandchildren, Zack and Trevor Petty, Alyssa and Alexys Begley, Katie and Peyton Begley; three step grandchildren, Josh and Jordan Pabian, Jayden Goins all of Rogersville; brother, Carl Begley of Rogersville; sister, Imogene Harvey of Eidson; several nieces and nephews; very special friend, Margie Lynch; special friends of Skyview Drive: Grover and Jamie Rogers, Leonard Lamb, Jim Manis, Marty Michaels, Jack and Shirley Broyles, Jerry Sexton and a host of others.
Funeral services were held September 2, 2008, at Grassy Springs Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. C. J. Dalton, Rev. Roger Porter and Rev. Norman Sauceman officiating. Interment will follow in Gibson-Lawson Cemetery.
Sept 1, 2008 Kpt T/N: Fred Wayne Begley. His line: Rufus Begley and Della Jane Jones Begley, Robert H. Jones and Della Jane Manis Jones, George W. and Virginia McConnell Jones, “Big Wm” William G.& Mary M. Kilgore McConnell, Thomas Price and Lindy Phillips McConnell, Sheriff George Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Emmett Dayrl Blevins
Defiance, OH – Emmett Dairl Blevins, 81 of Defiance, OH died June 17, 2009 at his residence – he had built, with his loving family at his side.
He was born April 28, 1928 in Carfax, VA; served in the US Army and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. He was a miner for Blue Diamond Coal Company, electrician for Ft. Defiance Realty, Ruess & Snyder, Tommy Lawson, Member of American Legion 117, recreation director for Camp – A – Wyle and a life member of VFW Post #3360. He was a maintenance foreman for GM for 33 years, retiring in October 1985.
Mr. Blevins’ parents, Loyd and Ella Casteel Blevins; one brother, Tommy Blevins; one sister, Lula Mae Wolfe; grandson, Cory Blevins; and a great-granddaughter Sarah Heeter preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Osborne Blevins, two sons, Roger Blevins, and Mike Blevins; two daughters, Deb –John Hathway, Rita and Church Gehring; seven grandchildren, Tod and Jennifer Blevins, Katie and Greg Schatz, Brian K and Audrey Hathaway, Jaimer Heeter, Matthew Alford, Cassy and Chrissy Gehring; two brothers, Monroe and Don Blevins; four sisters, Pauline Montgomery, Diane Throckmorton, Jess Orr, and Patricia Lightfoot; and eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Services were held at St. John Lutheran Church with Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating. Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery of Defiance, OH with military rites conducted by VFW Post 3360.
Family lineage: Emmett Daril Blevins, Lloyd and Ella Casteel, Arthur A. and Susie Hall Casteel, Nathan H. and Mary Emily Kennedy Casteel, Phillip and Sybil Hamilton Casteel, William and Lucy Dingus Casteel, Phillip and Nancy McConnell Dingus, Emigrant George McConnell

Mary Ruth Bise
CLINTWOOD, Va. – Mary Ruth Bise, age 77, died at Mountain View Regional Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer, with a special friend, Barbara Artrip, at her side. Mrs. Bise attended Peuther Chapel Church and enjoyed bowling. She looked forward to bowling with her league each week and was an avid baseball fan. Mrs. Bise and her late husband were both members of the Seldom Kill Hunting Club and enjoyed going to Bath County each year.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Margaret Gilliam; her husband, Clyde Bise; stepmother, Agnes Gilliam; and her brother, John Robert Gilliam.
She is survived by her brother, Dr. N.C. Ratliffe and wife Polly, Clintwood; her sister, Louella (Frances) Blair, Clintwood; her sister-in-law, Jackie Gilliam of Pound; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of friends.
Funeral services for Mary Ruth Bise will be conducted at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, 2008, at the Clintwood Funeral Home Chapel, with Minister Joe Glenn Sluss officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Bise Family Cemetery on Bise Ridge. Those wishing to go in procession to the cemetery should meet at the Clintwood Funeral Home no later than 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. The family will receive friends after 5 p.m. Tuesday until time of service. Relatives and friends will serve as pallbearers. (Bristol Herald Courier and Kpt T/News: Mary Ruth Gilliam Bise, died Aug 25, 2008 Mountain View Regional Medical Center.
Mary Ruth Bise’s line: (Clayton Gilliam) John and Margaret Gilliam, Ulysses G. & Nancy L. McConnell Gilliam, William G. and Elizabeth Eva Perry McConnell, Henry Snavely and Sarah Jane Kilgore McConnell, Sheriff George Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Gaynell C. Bradley
Kingsport, TN - Gaynell C. Bradley (Cricket), 85, passed away on 9 December, 2008 after an extended illness.
She was born in Scott County, VA on 18 August 1923 to the late Jacob Warner and Nannie Flanary Culbertson. Her parents, brother - Warner C. Culbertson, and a sister Mary C. Smith preceded her in death.
She is survived by nephews, Anthony R. Smith and wife, Judy of Gatge city, Jacob C. Culbertson and wife, Rose Mary, Timothy a. and Melissa Culbertson, along with several grand nephews.
Services were held in the chapel of the Scott County Funeral Home with Pastor Bob R. Lane officiating. Music was provided by the Bass family. Graveside services were held at the Holston View Cemetery.
Family connection: Gaynell Culbertson Bradley, Jacob W. and Nannie Flanary Culbertson, Jacob M. and Mary Jane Elam Culbertson, William L. and Elizabeth Fisher Stallard Elam, James Monroe and Elizabeth Fisher McConnell Stallard, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Mary Lou Skeen Brown
Mary Lou Skeen Brown, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord October 31, 2008 at her residence after an extended illness, with her family and friends at her bedside.
Born in Scott County, Nickelsville, Virginia, she had lived in Kingsport since the early 1950’s. She was a graduate of Nickelsville High School. She was a realtor with Town and County Realtors for several years, and was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her son, Danny Brown (August 2006); husband Cecil R. Brown; (February 1999); parents, Ira Milburn and Pearl Nickels Skeen; brothers, Charles W. Skeen and Lynn O. Skeen; sister, Faye Alley.
She is survived by her son, Joseph N. Brown, Kingsport; sister, Betty Osborne, Gate City; sister-in-law, Linda J. Skeen, Nicklesville, VA; special friends, Carolyn Minnick and Martha Gillenwater; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the chapel of at Carter Trent Funeral Home, with Rev. Bobby Russell and Rev. Richard Ratliff officiating. Music was provided by Brenda Isaac. Graveside service followed at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Family lineage: Mary Lou Skeen, Ira M. and Pearl Mae Nickels Skeen, William McKinley and Malinda C. Meade Skeen, Joseph and Jane J. Lawson Meade, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Mary Ruth Burghardt
Belle Plaine, KS – Mary Ruth Burghardt died 25 December 2008 at Sumner Regional Medical Center in Wellington Kansas at age 70.
Mary Ruth was the daughter of Clifford and Lila Lawson Marshall, born 8 February 1938 in Nickelsville, Scott County, VA. Mary Ruth married Marvin Burghardt on 28 November 1959 at Weber City, VA; were blessed with almost 50 years of marriage before her passing.
Mary Ruth’s parents and two brothers, Wayne and Malcolm Marshall preceded her in death.
Survivors include her husband, Marvin H. Burghardt, children, Joan Burghardt, Roger Burghardt, Royce Burghardt of Germany; her brothers, Leon, Billy, Lowell, Bob Marshall; sisters, Phyllis Combs and Wana Henry; grandchildren Jeremy and Andrea Burghardt; and nephews and nieces.
The Day Funeral home held the visitation period with cremation following.
Mary Ruth’s family lineage: Clifford and Lila Lawson Marshall, Robert and Eliza Jane Bise Lawson, Henry D. and Susannah Bond Lawson, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell Lawson, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Claude Edward Cain
Church Hill - Claude Edward Cain, 79 of Church Hill, passed away on September 6, 2008, at his residence.
He was owner and president of Claude Cain, Inc. General Contractor. He was engaged in work with Holston Defense Corporation in Kingsport, Tennessee, Radford Army Ammunition Plant in Radford, Virginia, Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin, Tennessee, General Services Administration and Corps of Engineers, as well as, many others. He was a residential, commercial and industrial developer, having developed the J.I.D. Industrial Park in Jefferson City, Tennessee and brought in Rittenhouse Paper Company, as well as, other companies. He also donated the land there, to tap an underground abandoned zinc mine to the city for water supply for the area. Mr. Cain sat on the Hawkins County Industrial Board since 1978. Mr. Cain was very active in community affairs.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mahala Sellers Cain; sister, Imogene Douglas and brother, Ralph Cain, Jr.
He is survived by his wife Sandy (Sandra Kay Bradshaw) Cain of the home; daughter, Claudia June and husband Dr. Barry Ritchie and Teresa “Teri” and husband James Myers all of Knoxville; grandchildren, Courtney, Eric and Darcey; step-son, Jim Clifton, Jr.; step-daughter, Jill Litz; three step-grandchildren; sister, Elsie Havely of Jefferson City; brothers, Donald Cain of Oak Ridge and James Cain of Jefferson City; several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held in the Carter-Trent Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mitchell Cain officiating with a eulogy being given by Herbert Brown. A graveside service followed at Friends Station Cemetery in New Market.
Claude Edward Cain’s family connection is through his spouse: Sandra Kay Bradshow, William K. and Evelyn McConnell Bradshaw, Jefferson L. and Fannie Derrick McConnell, James Elbert and Ida Bell Kendrick McConnell, Thomas J. and Emma H. Quillen, Thomas J. and Elizabeth Elliott McConnell, Nancy McConnell, Emigrant George McConnell.

Rodney Lee Castle
Kingsport, TN – Rodney Lee Castle, 35, passed away Thursday November 27, 2008 at Holston Valley Medical Center. He was born in Sullivan County on 4 April 1973. He was a retired truck driver with Super Service.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harvey and Oakie Castle, William and Vendita McConnell; uncle Emory (Peanut) Castle and aunt, Jeanette Childress.
He left behind his family and friends to cherish his memory. He was a loving husband, father, son, and brother. He will be missed by all who loved him.
Surviving are his wife, Theresa L. Castle; father and mother, Larry L “Hank” and Billie McConnell Castle; son Jacob Lee Castle; step-daughter Laycie Gillenwater and fiance’ Dustin Candler’ stepson-Jason Gillenwater; sister, Christine Fleenor; brothers, Brent Castle and John Fleenor; sister-in-law Anita Madden and her husband Tony; mother and father in law, Earl and Norma Houseright; one niece, several aunts, uncles and cousins. Burial was held at the Castle Cemetery in Nickelsville VA.
Family connecton: Rodney Lee Castle - Billy June McConnell; William Leonard Jr. and Vendita Peters McConnell, William Leonard, Sr. and Bertha Alice Smith McConnell, Sylvester P and Lucy Stowers McClellan McConnell, George D. and Martha Dougherty McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

William Earl Castle
Castlewood, Virginia – William Earl “Blackie” Castle, 85, died August 28, 2008 at his home. He was born in Castlewood, Virginia; son of the late William C. and Nannie Marshall Castle. He was the last of his immediate family. He was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church, Castlewood, Virginia, and was retired from the Department of Highways after 47 years of service. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, serving in World War II and he was proud of his medals. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and a friend to all. He was preceded in death by four brothers, Henry, Floyd, Johnny and Calvin; and three sisters, Murel Jessee (his twin), Junie Shelley, and Thelma Taylor.He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Kiser Castle; one beloved daughter, Darleen Castle Salyer and husband, Layman A. of Portsmouth, Virginia; grandson, Christopher A. Salyer; granddaughter, Andrea E. Salyer and friend, Rex Musick; his good buddy, Gavin Salyer (great grandchild); three sisters-in-law, Hazel Zagerman, Nancy Starcher, and Bessie “Pete” Castle; one brother-in-law, Carl Sonny Taylor; several nieces and nephews.Funeral Services for William Earl “Blackie” Castle were conducted on August 31, 2008, in the Castlewood Funeral Home Chapel, Castlewood, Virginia with Rev. Leonard Ferguson officiating; committal services were conducted on September 1, 2008 in Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood, Virginia. Military Rites will be conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and Virginia National Guard.

Doris Evelyn Dingus Cooley
Doris Evelyn Dingus Cooley, age 62, of Martin, KY., passed away Tuesday, August 05, 2008, at the Mountain View Health Care Center, Elkhorn City, KY.
She was born June 23, 1946 in Martin, KY., the daughter of the late Walter Clyde Dingus Sr., and Winnie Calton Dingus. Mrs. Cooley was a former employee of the First Guaranty Bank, and a member of the Martin Methodist Church.
Survivors include five brothers; Walter Clyde Dingus Jr., Wilton Everett Dingus, and Charles Wesley Dingus, all of Martin, KY., Mark H. Dingus, Payne, OH., Thomas O. Dingus,Clintwood, VA; three sisters; Dollie Wray Dingus, Danville, IL, Marlene Elizabeth Soard, Virginia, and Lenore Mae Swetnam, Pleasant Grove, AL.
She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Chad Dingus.
Funeral services for Doris Evelyn Cooley were conducted, Friday, August 08, 2008, at 11:00 a.m., at the Hall Funeral Home Chapel, Martin, KY., with Don Crisp officiating. Burial followed in the Dingus Cemetery, Martin, KY., under the professional care of the Hall Funeral Home, Martin, Kentucky.
Dingus/McConnell connection: Doris, Walter Clyde and Winnie (Calton) Dingus, Phillip Marion and Dolly (Osborne) Dingus, Charles Wesley and Nancy (Flannery) Dingus, William and Mary (Green) Dingus, Philip and Nancy (McConnell) Dinges/us.

A. L. Compton
Dungannon, VA - A. L. Compton, 53, passed away May 31, 2009. He was born February 5, 1956 in Ohio to the late Glynn and Lois Virginia Cress Dingus Compton.
His survivors include his sisters, Jami Wanda Hatchell and husband, Buddy, Carol Honeycutt, Kathy Graham and husband Timothy, Sherry and Emmitt Steffey, Jeanie Powers; brothers, Jiles Compton, Johnny and Susan Dingus; nine nieces and seven nephews; 10 great-nieces and four great-nephews.
Services were conducted at the Gate City Funeral Home, Gene Falin Memorial Chapel with Brother David Cress officiating.
Family lineage: Alden L. Compton, Glynn and Lois Cress Compton, Barney L. and Hurley M. Culbertson Compton, Robert and Mary Castle Compton, Luther and Sarah C. McConnell Castle, Thomas Price and Mary Davis McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Erwin R. Compton
Kingsport, TN – Erwin R. Compton, age 92, of Kingsport passed away at his home on June 18, 2009.
He was born October 17, 1916 to Emerson and Monies Compton in Addison TX. Erwin retired from Holston Defense Company in 1982. He enjoyed woodworking, deep sea fishing and was an avid reader. He was associated with Chuck’s Drivie-In for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Edith Compton and one brother, Albert Compton.
He is survived by his children, Don and Suzanne Compton, Gene Compton, Nancy and Fred Collins, and Bonnie and Lee Smith; grandchildren, Cindy Compton, Felicia Hofland; great grandchildren; Savannah Compton, Carlee Hofland and Zackery Hofland, sisters Gladys Kilgore and Eliza Fober, and sever nieces and nephews and log time friend and associate, Betty Henry.
Services were held at the East Lawn Funeral Home chapel with interment there.
Family connection: Irving Emerson Compton, William A. And Elizabeth Broadwater Compton, Berry and Susan Dingus Compton, William and Mary Ann Green Dingus, Phillip and Nancy McConnell Dingus, Emigrant George McConnell

Lucky Compton
Bristol, VA - Lucky Gene Compton, 75, went to be with Lord on Saturday, March 28, 2009 at his residence.
He was born on November 26, 1933 to the late Garland and Zola Crisp Compton. He was born in Dungannon, VA and lived in Michigan for several years.
After retiring from General Motors, he moved to Bristol, VA. He was an avid coon hunter and had coon hunting friends from Michigan to Florida. Mr. Compton attended Valley View Freewill Baptist Church in Abingdon, VA.
He was preceded in death by Gladys Sexton, Shirley McClellan, Sevier Compton, Cecil Compton, Russell Compton, John Compton and David Compton.
Mr. Compton is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Compton, Bristol, VA; three daughters, Cathy Keith, WV, Donna Gail Altman, Kingsport, TN, Tracey Bryan and husband, Daniel Bryan, Bristol, TN; three sons, Billy Compton and wife, Karen, MI, Robert Compton, MI, Paul Compton, Bristol, VA; six grandchildren, Jesse Altman, Crystal Blevins, Nichole Horner, Justin Altman, Chelsea Compton and Kaitlyn Bridgeman; three step grandchildren, two great grandchildren; one brother, Farris Compton, Kingsport, TN; three sisters, Nell Castle, Kingsport, TN, Bell Morelock, Fall Branch, TN, Daisy Green, GA; special coon hunting friends, Eddie Frith, Bill Grant, Dual Rasnake, Phillip Foster, Wayne Fields and Bob McCracken; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Dingus officiating. Music was provided by Linda Steffey and Righteous Cry. Graveside services were at Compton Cemetery, Dungannon
McConnell connection: Lucky Gene Compton , Garland and Zola Crisp Compton, Robert Berry and Nancy McConnell Compton, Compton M. and Nancy Murphy McConnell, Thomas James and Elizabeth Compton McConnell, Nancy McConnell.

Wiley Russell “Rusty” Compton, Jr.
Kingsport, TN - Wiley Russell “Rusty” Compton, Jr. passed away on 2 October 2008 due to injuries received in an accident. He was born in Duncannon VA and lived in Kingsport, TN. Rusty was a graduate of Twin Springs High School. He was a service worker for Tennessee Eastman with 31 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his father, Wiley Russell Compton, Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Vickie Jobe Compton,; stepson, Jesse Southers; mother, Patsy Finch Compton of Dungannon, VA, sisters Emogene Bright and Lanny; Virginia Bishop, Daisy N. and George Patrick Ison, Zola Ann and Ron Baker; brother, Roger Earl Compton and Tiffani; sister-in-law, Darlen and Bobby Berry; special aunts, Nell Castle, and Daisy Green; several uncles and cousins, several nieces and nephews, long time special friend, Charles Perry.
The services were held in the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Collins officiating. Music was provided by Dorothy Hicks.
Family connection: Wiley Russell and Patsy Finch Compton, (Sr), Garland and Zola Crisp Compton, Robert Berry and Nancy McConnell Compton, Compton M. and Nancy Murphy McConnell, Thomas J and Elizabeth Compton McConnell, Nancy McConnell, Emigrant George McConnell.

Mattie Mae Culbertson
KINGSPORT, TENNESSEE – Mattie Mae Culbertson, 102, died Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at the Wexford House, Kingsport, Tennessee. She was born in Scott County, Virginia; daughter of the late Charlie and Edna Gillenwater Dingus. She was a member of Phillips Chapel Church in West Dante, Virginia, but attended Living Word Church of God in Gray, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Culbertson.She is survived by one daughter, Jewell Marshall of Kingsport, Tennessee; two sons; Robert D. Culbertson of Kingsport, Tennessee and Lloyd G. Culbertson of Miami, Florida; nine grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral Services for Mattie Mae Culbertson were conducted in the Castlewood Funeral Home Chapel, Castlewood, Virginia with Rev. Steve Guinn officiating. Committal Services were conducted at Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood, Virginia. Pallbearers will be Eugene Marshall, Tracy Marshall, Derek Culbertson, Kenneth Culbertson, Larry Arnold, and Stephen Bowen.
Her line is Mattie Mae Culbertson, parents- Charles Benton and Edna Gillenwater Dingus, George Anderson Dingus, George and Margaret Addington Dingus, Philip and Nancy McConnell Dingus, Immigrant George McConnell.

Rosa L. Culbertson
Weber City, VA – Rosa L. Culbertson, 104, went to be with the Lord June 14, 2009 with her family by her side.
Rosa was born July 31, 1904 in the Midway community of Scott County, VA. She was the daughter of the late Nathan B. and Lucy Elliott Culbertson.
Rosa attended the Midway Memorial United Methodist Church when possible. She was a cook at the Midway School.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her sons; Willie Lark, Calvert E. Lark, Oscar Lark, Robert Lark, Joe Lark, and Lester Lark; grandson, Roy Lee Lark; sister Lizzie Starnes; brothers, Oliver Jack Culbertson, Joshua Luther Culbertson, Clinto Wolfe Culbertson, Robert Lee Culbertson, Joseph B. Culbertson, Charlie F. Culbertson, and Emit McConnell Culbertson; half sister, Susie Compton; p daughters-in-law Patsy Lark and Peggy Lark.
She is survived by her daughters, Helen Kinkead and Lonnie, Alma and Fred Hartsock; sons, Shirrel Lark, and Ralph and Gertrude Lark; daughters-in-law, Shirlene lark, and Cleo Lark; 13 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great grandchildren; two step great-great grandsons; several nieces and nephews.
Services were held at the Colonial Funeral Home with Rev. Don large officiating. Graveside services were conducted at the Midway Community Cemetery, Midway, VA.
Family Lineage: Rosa Culbertson, Nathan B. and Lucy Elliott Culbertson, David R. and Nancy Jane McConnell Culbertson, W. and Lydia D. Fugate McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Judith Ann Derting
Gate City, VA – Judith “Judy” Ann Derting, 64, went to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer July 5, 2009 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.
She was born in Sullivan County, TN September 26, 1944 to the late Ezra Clyde Compton. Mrs. Derting was a faithful member of Hiltons UMC and Prayer Shawl Ministries.
Mrs Derting’s father, and a half sister, Lona Mae Sweeney preceded her in death.
Mrs Derting is survived by her husband, Lynn Derting, Gate City, VA; daughter and sons-in-law, Deanne and Tracy France, Hiltons, VA, Amber and David Goode, Hiltons, VA, Brenna and Tom Rafalowski, Hiltons, VA; mother, Ruby Compton, Weber City, VA; sister-in-law and husband, Mona and Bob Carter, Hiltons, VA; brother, Gerald and Barbara Compton, Nottingham, VA; grandchildren, Megan, Katie, and Rachel France, Tucker Goode; step-grandchildren, Drew and Zach Rafalowski; several nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted at at Hiltons United Methodist Church with Pastor Will Shewey, Rev. Marvin Lane and Rev. Jim Putman officiating; music was provided by Gerald Compton, Oscar Harris and Grace Stidham. Graveside services was held at Parker Family Cemetery, Hiltons, VA.
Family lineage: Ezra Clyde and Ruby L. Compton, Bascom and Margie Hobbs Compton, Robert Berry and Nancy McConnell Compton, Compton M. and Nancy Murphy McConnell, Thomas J. and Elizabeth Compton McConnell, Nancy McConnell, Emigrant George McConnell.

Dorothy “Dot” Dingus
Dorothy “Dot” Dingus, 79, formerly of Weber City, VA passed away March 20, 2009 at Georgia Manor Nursing Home, Amarillo, TX.
“Dot” was born March 7, 1930 to Bascom Hillman and Tempie Mills Hillman in Rush, Kentucky. She married Guy Hartwell Dingus, September 27, 1947 in Greenup, Kentucky. They lived in Virginia, Nebraska, Michigan and Texas during their life together. She had worked in Real Estate, bookkeeping, and a telephone operator. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Weber City, Virginia.
He preceded her in death March 10, 2006, she was also preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Marion Thompson, December 31, 2008; and by a sister, Norma Thompson.
She is survived by a daughter, Deena Kennann and husband Gerald of Amarillo, TX; a son, Darryl Dingus and wife Annabell, of Weber City, VA; two brothers, Paul Hillman and wife Fern, of Ohio, and Donald Hillman and wife Natalie, of Florida; two sisters, Sarah Rankin, of Virginia and Peggy Vermillion and husband O.M., of Tennessee; brother-in-law, Medley Thompson; granddaughters; Melissa Caddy and husband Jeff, of Lewisville, TX, Melody Porter and husband Colby, of Higgins, TX and Stephanie Gamboa, of Lubbock, TX; grandsons, Jason Wheeler and wife Tabatha, of Amarillo, TX, and Justin Dingus, of Lubbock, TX; along with seven great grandchildren.
Scott County Funeral Home, 2060 US Highway 23N, Weber City. A memorial service followed in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Johnny Kendrick officiating
Family connection is through her husband, Guy Hartwell Dingus: Orbin and Nannie Scott Dingus, Wiley Fleetwood and Ella Phebe Castle Dingus, 1. George Anderson and Nancy Culbertson Dingus, George Dingus and Margaret Addington Dingus, Nancy McConnell AND 2. Thomas M. and Malinda McConnell Castle, Thomas Price and Mary Davis McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Frank Eddie Dingus
Coeburn, VA — Frank Eddie Dingus, Jr., 44, of Coeburn, Va., died November 17, 2008 at his residence in Coeburn Va.
He was preceded in death by his father, Frank Edward Dingus Sr., in 1997.
Survivors include his mother, Edith Fay Dingus, Coeburn, Va.; one daughter, Renee Dingus Sexton, Norton; two sons, Joshua Dingus and Travis Dingus, both of Coeburn.
Funeral services were held in the Estes Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Curtis Bond officiating.
Burial was held at Greenwood Acres Memorial Gardens in Coeburn, VA.
Family lineage: Frank and Edith Fay Unknown Dingus, Alton Emory and Ruby Odella Scruggs Dingus, Everett and Elizabeth Counts Dingus, Lucy Dingus, Phillip and Nancy McConnell Dingus, and Emigrant George McConnell.


Mabel Dingus
Nickelsville, VA – Mabel Beatrice Dingus, 89, entered into rest 19 January 2009 at the Wexford House, Kingsport, TN.
She was born 18 July 1919 to Harry Garland and Rosa Nolan Lawson. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Isaac Wayland Dingus; granddaughter, Becky Marshall; and one sister and three brothers.
Survivors include her daughter and family, Joyce and Bobby Marshall; two sons and spouses, Wayne and Bea Dingus, Lary and Betty Dingus; brother, Tommy Lawson; grandson Justin Dingus; granddaughter, Michelle and Travis Roach; two great grandsons, Travis Lee and Daniel Roach; one great granddaughter, Jessica Willingham and several nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted in the chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with the Rev. Henry Meade officiating. Music was provided by the Lee Smith Singers. Burial followed at the Temple Hill Memorial Gardens, Castlewood, VA.
Family connection: Mabel Beatrice Lawson, Harry Garland and Rosie A. Nolen Lawson, William and Margaret Trent Lawson, George D. and Malinda Dean Lawson, Henry D. and Susannah Bond Lawson, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell Lawson, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell: spouse, Isaac W. Dingus is also a McConnell descendant – William Larkin and Sarah Emily Hillman Dingus, William and Lucy Stallard Dingus, John and Nancy Compton Dingus, Phillip and Nancy M. McConnell Dingus, Emigrant George

Milton “Mutt” Dingus
Newport News – Milton ‘Mutt’ Dingus born June 15, 1915, joined his wife Juanita in their heavenly home March 24, 2009.
He was a member of the Temple Baptist Church for more than 60 years, servings as deacon, Sunday school teacher, kitchen worker, youth leader and maintenance worker. He retired as Supervisor of the Model Shop, AvsLab, Fort Eustis, now AATD. He was a man of many skills and interest and over the years was a restaurant worker, coal miner, welder, wood working craftsman; businessman, fisherman, traveler, and devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita; daughter Darlene Dingus Owsley; and a grandson, Lee Edward Dingus, Jr.
He leaves many good and much loved memories with son, Lee Edward and Rose Dingus; son-in-law Gordon Oswley; grandchildren, Kevin and Beerly Owsley, Scott and Julie Owsley, Lisa Owsley and Todd Rippy and Michael Dingus; great grandchildren: Jessica and Bryan Killingbeck, Valerie and Taylor Green, Susan Owsley, Gregory Owsley, Kalyn Rippy and Rachel Rippy and many nieces and nephews.
Family connection: Stephen H. and Sarah J Powers Dingus, Henry W. and Nancy J. Culbertson Dingus, George and Margaret Addington Dingus, Phillip and Nancy McConnell Dingus, Emigrant George McConnell

Goldie Ruth Adams Dobber
Goldie Ruth Adams Dobber, 93, went home to be with the Lord July 7, 2009 at Indian Path Medical Center after a brief illness.
Goldie was born in Coeburn, VA and had lived in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and Nederland, TX before returning to Kingsport, TN. Goldie served in the U. S. Army from September 1943 to November 1945 and earned the American Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Service Medal with a Bronze Service Star, WAAC Service Ribbon, and a World War II Victory Ribbon.
Goldie was preceded in death by her husband, Lt. Stanley Dobber; her parents, William and Frances Adams; her sisters, Virginia “Ginny” Taylor Virginia and Margie Bailey; her brothers, Worley Adams Sr. and Charlie Adams.
Goldie is survived by her sisters, Sarah Vaughn and Viola Adams; brothers, Albert Adams and Ervin Adams; along with several nieces and nephews and great nieces and great nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5pm to 7 pm on Tuesday July 14, 2009 at, 520 Watauga Street, Kingsport.
A funeral service was held in the Carter-Trent Funeral Home chapel with Pastor David Salley officiating. Military Honors will be provided by the American Legion Post #3 /265 with the Tennessee National Guard. Burial followed at Lauderdale Memorial Park in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Family lineage: Goldie Ruth Adams Dobber, James Will and Malinda F. Holbrook Adams, Thomas and Sarah Catherine Lawson Holbrook, Henry D. and Susannah Bond Lawson, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell Lawson, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell

Elsie Dougherty
Nickelsville, VA - Elsie Juanita Frazier Dougherty, 98 (18 days short of 99), of Nickelsville, VA died March 9, 2009 at Courtyard Nursing Home, Asheville, NC. Born March 27, 1910, she was the oldest child of the late James R. and Pearl McConnell Frazier of Nickelsville. She was preceded in death by her husband, L. E. “Jack” Dougherty; a daughter Shirley Dougherty Foster; a granddaughter, June Elizabeth Dougherty; a brother, Carl Frazier; three sisters, Jewel Meade, Nancy “Tom” Culbertson Horne, and Lucille McConnell; and sons-in-law, Herley Foster and Hobert Jones.
Her father’s home place still stands up the hill beyond the Bush Mill. She said, “We children would hide in the bins until Grandpa Bush said, “If you children don’t quit that, I may leave and lock you in here.” Her father engaged the family in farming. His emphasis was; get a good education and you won’t have to do this. She, along with her three sisters attended Radford College and all became school teachers. Except for her first year at Garfield School, she taught 4th grade at Nickelsville High until retirement. She was a member of the Nickelsville United Methodist Church where in her earlier years she was Sunday School Secretary and Treasurer, as well as a member of the choir. For many years after retirement, she volunteered with the Senior Citizens group. Before her husband Jack passed way, they had traveled to Europe and all 50 states.
Surviving are sons, Winfred A. “Bill” Dougherty and wife, Billie of Peoria, AZ, Ronald J. Dougherty and wife, Bertie of Ashville, NC; daughter, Ramona Rodriguez and husband, Louis of Wichita Fall, TX; grandchildren, Jay Dougherty, Chandler, AZ, Dannette Dougherty Kaiser, Phoenix, AZ, Dwayne Foster, Kingsport, TN, Donna Foster Idom, Nashville, TN, Dalene Foster Renfro, Proctorville, OH, Mark Dougherty, Wilmington, NC, Rebecca Dougherty Tucker, Asheville, NC, Daniel Dougherty, Mooresville, NC, Rhonda Dougherty Macy, Salisbury, NC, Susan Rodriguez Jones, Dixon, TN, Michael Rodriguez, Houston, TX, Scott Rodriguez, La Porte, TX; great grandchildren, Bendan Kiser, Andy Foster, Tucker Foster, Mathew Idom, Brian Idom, Rachel Renfroe, Alex Renfroe, Savannah Dougherty, Devon Tucker, Rachel Tucker, Mitchell Tucker, Corrine Dougherty, Cody Dougherty, Jayce Macy, Andrew Jones, Daniel Jones, Emily Jones, Carter Rodriguez, and Faith Rodriguez. She is also survived by her youngest brother, James M. “Jimmy” Frazier of Kingsport, TN; sister-in-law, Evelyn Frazier of Knoxville, TN; brother-in-law, Joseph H. Dougherty and wife, Emily of Tampa, FL, and several nieces and nephews. The family thanks her special friends, Elizabeth Kilgore of Nickelsville, VA and Jeanette Elliott of Asheville, NC.
Funeral services were held at the Nickelsville United Methodist Church on March 15, 2009, with Pastors Joe Barber and Millard Johnson officiating. Internment will be at the Holston View cemetery immediately following the service.
Family connection: Elsie Frazier Dougherty, James R. and Drusilla Pearl McConnell Frazier, William Walter and Melissa Alwilda Elam McConnell, William G. and Lydia Drusilla M. Fugate McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Lowell W. Dougherty
Kingsport, TN — Lowell W. Dougherty, 88, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord November 22, 2008) at the Brian Center of Weber City, VA.
Mr. Dougherty was born in Scott County VA to the late Nathan A. Dougherty and Orpha Harris Dougherty. He retired from Eastman on 1 February1981, after working for nearly 40 years for the company. Mr. Dougherty served his country proudly as a member of the Army Air Corps during World War II. He attended Fort Robinson Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Dougherty was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Moore Dougherty; a brother, Nathan Dougherty, Jr.; two sisters, Ruby Broadwater and Evelyn Dougherly; and two nephews, Michael Dougherty and Larry Gillenwater.
He is survived by two sisters, Clarice Gillenwater and husband, C.W. of Gate City VA, and Joan Enix and husband, Randell of Gate City VA; one brother, Harold Dougherty and wife, Pat of Nickelsville, VA; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Masonic services were held by the Fidelity Lodge #173 of Nickelsville, Va., prior funeral services with the Rev. David Gillenwater officiating. Military graveside services will be Monday at 2 p.m. in the Masonic Garden of Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Family connection: Lowell Dougherty, Nathan Arnett and Orpha Edna Harris Dougherty, 1. William S. and Nancy Elizabeth Kilgore Dougherty, Nathan T. and Sarah M. D. Lawson Dougherty, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell Lawson, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell; 2. Orpha E. Harris, Patton L. and Sarah E. Dougherty Harris, Dylvester P. and Nancy Kilgore Dougherty, Nathan R. and Susannah R. McConnell Dougherty, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell

Frankie Ball Taylor Eads
Church Hill, TN — Frankie Ball Taylor Eads, 71, formerly of the Midway Community, Gate City, VA entered into rest May 26, 2009 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.
She was born in Scott County, VA May 17, 1938 to the late Guy Ball and Myrtle McConnell Ball.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Freddie “Bud” Taylor, 1993; two sisters, Hazel McConnell and Carol Summey; brothers, Willard “Sonny” Gilbert Ball, Delmar O. “Bud” Ball and Doyle “Jingo” Ball.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby L. Eads; daughter, Deborah Taylor; two sons, Greg Taylor and wife, Jan, Gate City VA, David Taylor and wife, Mary, Church Hill, TN; step-daughter, Sandy Frazier and husband, Steve; step son, Ricky Eads and wife, Tammy; two sisters, Helen “Gebbie” Nuckles, Shirley McClellan; brother, Allen “Poss” Ball; grandchildren, Chasity Taylor, Jamie Taylor, Austin Taylor, Morgan Taylor; step-grandchildren, Emalie Eads, Ethan Joyner, Stevana Frazier and Cody Eads; great granddaughter, Audrianna Graham; special nephew, Troy McConnell and special niece, Sue Moore, along with several other nieces and nephews.
Services were in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of Gate City Funeral Home with Rev. Kenneth Pierce officiating. Music was provided by Pine Grove Trio. Graveside services were held at the Craft Cemetery, Alley Valley Community of Scott County.
Family lineage: Guy and Myrtle L. McConnell Ball, Alexander M. and Elizabeth Craft McConnell, George Wm and Mary A. Smith McConnell, Dr. A. B. and Lucy Dougherty McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Della Corder Easterling
Kingsport, TN - Della Corder Easterling, 53, of Kingsport passed away June 16, 2009 at her home.
Della was born in Norton, VA, graduating from Twin Springs High School and had lived in Kingsport since 1983. She was a homemaker. Della attended Higher Ground Baptist Church where she sang in the church choir.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ross and Martha Sluss Corder.
She is survived by her husband, James Easterling, of the home; one son, Jason Easterling and wife Heather of Kingsport; two grandchildren, Kaiden and Lukas Easterling of Kingsport; two sisters, Mrs. David (Carol) Goad of Kingsport and Mrs. Bobby (Faye) Trivett of Nickelsville, VA; one brother, Albert and Judy Corder of Dungannon, VA; sister and brother in law, Mrs. Newman (Donna) Lee of Kingsport; brother and sister in law, Raymond and Linda Easterling of Limestone, TN; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
A funeral service was held at the Higher Ground Baptist Church with Pastor Phil Hoskins and Rev. Shannon Salyer officiating; music was provided by the Higher Ground Baptist Church Choir. A entombment service was at Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Family connection is through her spouse: James Easterling, Lemuel C. and Mary Leora Gillenwater Easterling, Wiley E. and Carrie Lee Addington Gillenwater, Lewis P. M. and Mary F. Meade Addington, George W. and Rosanna D. McConnell Addington, Captain Henry M. and Elizabeth Kilgore McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Ron Elliott
Gate City, VA – “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” II Timothy 4: 7-8
Rev. Ronald Wayne Elliott, age 61, departed this earthly life to enter into eternal life with his Lord and his Savior Jesus Christ on April 23, 2009.
Ron retired from the Eastman Chemical Company and had owned a gunsmith business. Ron had many hobbies and past times and took pride in all he did. However, he felt his greatest achievement was in accepting Christ as his Savior and answering God’s call to the ministry. He served several years as pulpit supply for Clinch Valley Baptist Association; pastor of Dungannon First Baptist Church and co-teacher with the English as a Second Language class for Hispanics at Nickelsville First Baptist Church. Ron loved to share God’s word and witness to everyone with whom he came in contact. He had a great love for God’s children.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents, Denver and Ina Elliott, father-in-law, Carroll McCoy, sister-in-law, Mary Elliott and brother-in-law, Allen Spivey.
Ron leaves behind his wife of 42 years, Carolyn McCoy Elliott, and a brother, Dan Elliott, both of Gate City, VA; mother-in-law, June McCoy, sisters-in-law, Susan Kilgore and spouse, Dan, Gate City, VA, and Debra Spivey, Elon, NC, brothers-in-law, Dan McCoy and spouse, Cindy, Roanoke, VA, and Jim McCoy and spouse, Shannon, Kingsport, TN along with several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be conducted at the Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA at 11:00 a.m., Monday, April 27, 2009 conducted by the Rev. Richie Neese and the Rev. Jeff Henderson.
Family connection: Ronnie Wayne Elliott, Denver and Ina Gillenwater Elliott; Dallance and Bessie M. Frazier Elliott, Charles W. and Sarah Drucilla Baker Elliott, Hampton and Lucinda D. McConnell Elliott; George Dingus and Compton McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell

Vernon Bush Evans
Coeburn, VA – Vernon Bush Evans, 88, passed away on July 5, 2009 at the Holston Valley Medical Center.
He was a retired employee of Clinchfield Coal Company, a member of the UMWA and attended the Wayside Assembly Church of St. Paul, VA. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the US Army.
Mr. Evans was preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Sabo.
Mr. Evans is survived by his wife, Jewell Evans; two sons, Bruce and Zoe Ann Evans, Rick and Carolyn Evans; two daughters, Gail and Alex Tucker of Radford, VA and Susie and Eddie Phillips of Castlewood; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren, on great-great granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at the Funeral Home Chapel, Coeburn, Va with the Rev Bill Crawford and the Rev. Curtis Dalton officiating; military graveside services were held at the Greenwood Acres Cemetery, Coeburn, VA by the Virginia Guard and the Local VFW members.
Family Connection: Vernon Evans, William J. and Nancy Lawson Evans, George S. and Mallinda Dean Lawson, Henry D. and Susannah Bond Lawson, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell Lawson, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Mozell Farmer
Nicklesville - Mozell Skeen Farmer, 83, of Nickelsville VA, who had lived in Dandridge, TN and Clearwater, FL, died June 4th, 2009 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. Mrs. Farmer attended Nickelsville United Methodist Church and Culbertson Chapel.
She was born in Scott County VA, August 25, 1925 to the late Elbert (Ebb) and Wanda Smith Skeen. While living in Florida, she worked in the medical field and enjoyed her flower garden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, H.P. and Mildred Skeen of Nickelsville.
Mozell Farmer is survived by two nephews and wives, Eddie and Robin Skeen (Nickelsville, VA) and Dennis and Sandra Skeen (Castlewood, VA); her two nieces and husbands, Jo Ann and Darrell Elam and Gay and Doyle Smith (both of Nickelsville, VA); great nephews, Michael Skeen, Todd Elam and his daughter Lauren; great nieces and husbands, Amber and Rhea McConnell and Sabrina and William Monk.
A memorial service was conducted at Scott County Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Collins officiating.
Family lineage: Violet Mozell Skeen Farmer, Elbert F. and Wanda Smith Skeen, Wm. Mc. And Malinda C. Meade Skeen, Joseph and Jane J. Lawson, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell Lawson, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Sue Ann Fraley
Kingsport, TN – Sue Ann Fraley, 72, passed away at her home 28 September 2008. She was born in Russell County, VA and grew up in Midway, VA. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and a dedicated homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy N. Fraley, her parents, James Olbert and Georgia Dean Miller, and her brother, Donald H. Miller.
Sue Ann is survived by her ‘kids’ her son and best friend, Jeffrey Lynn Fraley; her daughter-in-law, April Denise Jordan and one grandchild, Taylor Nicole Fraley.
Services were held at the Scott County Funeral Home in Weber City, VA with Pastor Clay Austin officiating. Graveside services were conducted at the Holston View Cemetery in Weber City.
Family connection: Sue Ann Miller, James G and Georgia Dean Miller, Sylvester P. and Victoria Dean Henry, Jeremiah L. and Martha E. McConnell Dean, Thomas James and Elizabeth Elliott McConnell, Nancy McConnell, Emigrant George McConnell; and through Elizabeth Elliott McConnell – Hiram and Nancy Lawson Dean, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell Lawson, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Anna Ruth Elliott Fraysier
Gray, TN - Anna Ruth Elliott Fraysier, 88, formerly of Ft. Blackmore, VA passed away Friday (January 30, 2009) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center following a lengthy illness. Mrs. Fraysier was a wonderful & loving wife, mother, grandmother & great-grandmother.
She was preceded in death by her parents, James & Pauline Davidson Elliott along with two brothers.
Anna Ruth Fraysier is survived by her loving husband of 67 years, Lawton Fraysier; her son, James Fraysier (Kingsport, TN); a daughter, Betty Dawson (Nesbit, MS); four grandchildren & three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were conducted February 3, 2009 at Holston View Cemetery with Rev. Paul Blessing, officiating.
Family connection: Anna Ruth Elliott Fraysier, James Garvey and Pauline A. Davidson Elliott, Charles Wilson and Sarah Drucilla Baker Elliott, Hampton and Lucinda D. McConnell Elliott, George Dingus and Martha Dougherty McConnell, Phillip and Nancy McConnell Dingus.

Aleen Pierson Gillenwater
Kingport — Aleen Pierson Gillenwater, 91, passed away November 15, 2008 at Johnson City Medical Center.
Aleen was born on Nov. 11, 1917 to the late Hiram Pierson and Carrie Peters Pierson in the Daniel Boone community of Scott County, Virginia. She moved to Kingsport in 1952. She lived there until the year 2000 when she moved to Jonesborough to be with her daughter, Teresa Susan Gillenwater Deakins.
She was employed by Rogers Insurance Agency, retiring in 1981. She was a member of Litz Manor Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ralston H. Gil1enwater, her parents; a brother, Glen Pierson; and a daughter-in-law, Linda Gillenwater.
She is survived by her son, David Gillenwater of Jonesborough; her daughter and son-in-law, Teresa Susan and John Deakins of Jonesborough; her brother Bill Pierson and wife, Jo of Kingsport her grandchildren, Suzanne Quaintance and husband, Jay , and John Deakins, Il, a great-granddaughter, Olivia Quaintance, and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were held in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Steele officiating. Entombment services followed the chapel service in Oak Hill Mausoleum No. III at Oak Hill Memorial Park, Kingsport, TN.
Family connection: Hiram N. and Carrie H. Peters Pierson, William P. and Nancy A. Stallard Peters, Henry V. and Letitia Jane Fraley Stallard, James Monroe and Elizabeth Fisher McConnell Stallard, George and Mary Compton McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Ira Edwin Gillenwater
Dungannon, VA - Ira Edwin Gillenwater, 86 of Gate City, VA passed away February 4, 2009 at his daughter’s residence.
Born in Scott County, VA, he retired from Eastman Kodak after 40 years of service. He was a member of Midway Memorial United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fayette Steven and Avona Elliott Gillenwater, grandson, Clint McNew; sisters, Bernice Lane, Wilma Smith and Stella Grace Gillenwater; brothers, Verl, Aubry, Cossie, Lee and Ernest Gillenwater, and niece, Phyllis G. Lee.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mabel E. Gillenwater of Gate City, VA; daughters, Helen and Dan Carter, Jeannie and Jerry McNew, Edwina Bledsoe Everett; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandson, Kyler Rinck, and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held in the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel, Weber City, VA with Rev. Jerry McNew, Jr and the Rev. Jerry Smith officiating. Music was provided by Sue Carter, April McNew and Tim Baldwin. Interment was held at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA.
Family connection: Ira Edwin Gillenwater, Fayette S. and Avona Isabel Elliott Gillenwater, Boyd and Jerusha Robison Stallard Elliott, John Hutchinson and Eliza D. Doguherty Stallard, Nathan R. and Susan R. McConnell Dougherty, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Linda Mae Fields Gillenwater
Church Hill, TN - Linda Mae Fields Gillenwater, 55, of Church Hill, passed away December 3, 2008, at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. Linda was a member of the State Line Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert Hunter Fields; her brothers, Charles Lee Fields, and Willie Fields; her sister, Molly Brewer.
Linda is survived by her mother, Virgie Belle Mullins; her husband, Jimmie (Jim) Wayne Gillenwater; her daughter, Linda Michelle Falardeau; her son, David Lee Cutshall, Jr. and wife Stephanie; her grandchildren, Christopher Andre Falardeau, Jr., Jacob Matthew Hunter Falardeau, Crimson Taylor Falardeau, Zoe Michelle Falardeau, Nevaeh Eads, and Paige Cutshall; brothers and sisters, Garland and Nancy Fields, Larry and Beverly Fields, Wiley Fields, Nancy and Ray Williams, Robert W, Fields, Jimmy and Rene Fields, Wayne and Barbara Fields, Richard and Lori Strong, ; along with several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the State Line Baptist Church with Rev. Boyd Holder and Rev. G.W. White officiating. Music was provided by Sharon and Boyd Holder, and the Church Choir. Graveside service were held on December 7, 2008 at Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Family connection is through her husband, Jim Gillenwater: Lloyd Edwin and Reba Arnett McConnell Gillenwater, Warren A. and Ava Madge Addington McConnell, Henry Perry and Alverta L. Harris McConnell William George and Elizabeth Eva Perry McConnell, Henry Snavely and Sarah Jane Kilgore McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Stella Dean Gillenwater
Ft. Blackmore, VA - Mrs. Stella Edna Gillenwater, 99, Ft. Blackmore, VA passed away Saturday, December 27, 2008 at the Brian Center, Weber City, VA.
Mrs. Gillenwater was born in Scott County, VA on October 1, 1909, a daughter of the late William Patton and Catherine Lane Dean.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arlow C. Gillenwater in 1975, sisters, Hazel Dean Tate, Ona Elizabeth Dean, Monnie Marie Dean Gillenwater and Clydie Dean Benton and brothers, Charlie Benton Dean, William A. Dean, Henry I. Dean and Olaf Edward Dean.
Surviving is her sister, Velma Dean Henry and her caregivers, nephew, Danny Gillenwater and niece, Judy Crawford and husband, Jimmy, along with several other nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were conducted in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with the Rev. David Gillenwater and the Rev. Paul Blessing officiating. The Lee Smith Singers will provide the music. Burial followed at the Gillenwater Family Cemetery in Ft. Blackmore, VA.
Family connection: William Patton and Catherine Lane Dean, Henry and Isabell Dulcena Dingus Dean, Hiram and Nancy Lawson Dean, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell Lawson, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell: 2. Isabella Dulcena Dingus Dean, William and Mary Ann Green Dingus, Phillip and Nancy McConnell, George McConnell

W. Edwin Godsey
W. Edwin Godsey, 88, of Weber City, Virginia passed away on March 17, 2009 at Johnson City Medical Center.
Edwin was born on February 1, 1921 in Scott County, Virginia to the late W. Elmo Godsey & Sylvia Dougherty Godsey. He was a lifelong resident of Scott County, Virginia. He was a graduate of Mid-Way High School in 1939. In 1953, he graduated from the Coleman Institute and attended General Electric Sales College in 1958. Edwin received an Associate’s Degree from Mountain Empire College in Real Estate Law, advanced salesmanship, & served on the Advisory Board for HVAC & Electrical at the college. He was a charter member of Holston View United Methodist Church in Weber City, Virginia where he served as a member of the choir, and president of the Men’s Club. Mr. Godsey was active in numerous civic clubs: Gate City Rotary Club for 20 years; charter member of the Lions Club of Weber City; Chairman of the Scott County Soil & Conservation District for 25 years; member of the Weber City, Virginia Town Council for 25 years serving as Councilman & Vice-Mayor. He was Co-Owner of A & G Electric Company for 50 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, & friend to those who knew him!
He was preceded in death by his infant son, Edwin Lynn Godsey; his brothers, Nathan Augustus Godsey & Roie M. Godsey along with a grandson, Chucky Sutherland.
Edwin Godsey is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Betty Wayne Culbertson Godsey; daughters, Barbara Sue Sutherland (Nashville, TN), Diana Cole (David) (Kingsport, TN); his sons, Tommy Godsey (Vickie) (Kingsport, TN), Stan Godsey (Sherry) (Gate City, VA), William O. “TOE” Godsey (Lisa) (Church Hill, TN); a brother, Paul Godsey (Hazel); his sister, Eileen Addington (both of Weber City, VA); grandchildren, Chuck Sutherland (deceased), Chris Sutherland (Cameron), Kara Williams, Ben Godsey (Kim), Sally Brown (Chris), John Williams (Audra), Wes Godsey (Tiffany), Rebecca Brock (Chris), Ashley Tidwell (Aaron), Jessica Godsey, Will Godsey; step-grandchildren, Gail Dietze (Ron), LeaAnn Jarman (Greg), Sheri Lenart (Mike), Keith Williams, Beth May & Tom Cole (Karen); numerous great-grandchildren; a special niece, Kathy Flick and several additional nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be conducted March 20, 2009 at the Holston View United Methodist Church with Rev. Kenneth Pierce & Dr. John Hood officiating. Graveside service was conducted March 21, 2009 at Holston View Cemetery
Family connection: Edwin Godsey, Elmo and Sylvia Dougherty Godsey, Nathan O. and Nevada C. Addington Dougherty, John M. and Rebecca R. McConnell Dougherty, Joab Watson and Rebecca Renfro Kilgore McConnell,

Errett B. (E.B.) Gray, Jr.
Gate City, VA - Gate City, VA On April 24, 2009 with his daughters at his side, Errett Gray completed his life’s journey.
Born on July 12, 1922, E.B. (Jitter) was the second of three children and first son born to Martha Dell Blackwell Gray and Errett Bascom Gray, Sr. E.B. grew up in Dungannon, VA surrounded by a large family and many dear friends.
He had a wonderful childhood playing baseball, riding his pony and bird hunting with his dogs. He graduated from Dungannon High School in 1939, and continued his education at Emory and Henry College where he majored in Chemistry. In December 1942, he enlisted in the United States Air Force in support of the WW II effort. He returned from service in 1946 and graduated from Emory and Henry College. In 1948, E.B. married Anne Taylor Craft of Gate City, E.B. was employed as the Secretary-Treasurer of R.G. Craft Distributorship and served as the Vice-President of Craft Transport Company. He was a member of the Board of Directors of both the First National Bank of Gate City and the Lenowisco Planning District Commission. He was also a member of the American Legion and served a term as president of the Moccasin Hills Country Club. Late in life E.B. enjoyed a second career working for his close friend Gorman Barger at the Big Break Exxon Station in Weber City, VA.
In addition to his parents and his wife, Anne, E.B. was preceded in death by his sister, Selby M. Gray, and brother, Jack Blackwell Gray.
E.B. is survived by his daughters, Karen Robinette and husband, John, Valerie Burcham and fiancé, Steve Gibbons, Martha Lane and husband, Marshall, Selby Millard and husband, Randall, and Sara Nichols and husband, Bruce. He also leaves his grandchildren Adam Robinette, Sara Lane, Thomas Robinette, Stephanie Burcham Wood and husband, George, Anne Lane, Stacy Burcham, Drew Millard and Errett Kane Nichols.
A Service of Remembrance was conducted in the Juanita S. Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home. A private Military Graveside service was conducted Monday, April 27, 2009 by the American Legion Hammond Post #3 of Kingsport and # 265 of Gate City, VA.
Family lineage: Errett Bascom Gray, Errett Bascom and Martha Blackwell, Elbert H. and Martha B. McConnell, William S. and Lucy Louisa Compton McConnell, Samuel Ritchie and Nancy Allen McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell

Shelly Ruth Gross
Coeburn, VA – Shelly Ruth Greear Gross, 31, passed away 14 March 2009 at the Mountain View Regional Medical Center, Norton, VA.
She was a 1996 graduate of Twin Springs Highs School, attended the Wise Mountain Fellowship Church and was an employee of Belk Department Store of Wise VA. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Edison and Cecil Greear; maternal grandfather, James Byrd; a brother-in-law, Erin Gross and an uncle, W. W. Byrd.
Surviving are her husband, Stacy Gross, two daughters, Shaylan Faith and Sabree Erica Grace Gross; her father, Gary Greear, Mary Mary Greear, maternal grandmother, Norma Byrd, a brother, Rich Wayne Greear and his wife, Donna; two special nieces , Lauren Gross and Audrey Greear, two special nephews, Seth and Bryce Greear; her father and mother-in-law, Garry and Carolyn Gross, and a brother –in-law, Chris Gross.
Funeral services were held in the chapel of the Sturgill Funeral Home in Coeburn, VA with Rev. Roger Cook and Rev. Curtis Powers officiating. Burial followed in the Greear Cemetery of the Flatwoods section of Coeburn.
Family connection: Shelley Ruth Greear Gross, Gary Wayne and Mary Byrd Greear, James Edison and Cecil M. Pippin Greear, Frances B. and Orpha D. Wolfe Greear, William Oliver and Mary Davis Greear, Frances B. and Priscilla Price Stallared Greear, James Monroe and Elizabeth Fisher McConnell Stallard, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell

Joan Casteel Bright Hall
Kingsport, TN – Joan Casteel Bright Hall, 74 of Kingsport, went to be with her Lord suddenly after the result of an apparent heart attack April 26, 2009 at Holston Valley Medical Center.
She was born 29 December 1934 in Dungannon, VA to the late John and Agnes Casteel.
Mrs. Hall was a homemaker, a retired seamstress for J. C. Penny’s until her retirement in 1995. She was a member of the Hilton’s Missionary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Hall was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Hall; her parents; her sister, Mary Sue Tipton; niece, Cassandra McDavid; step grandson, John Bentley; step great granddaughter, Tracy Hall.
She is survived by daughters (and their spouse): Karen and Jerry Bentley and Ann Bright; son Matthew Hall; niece Pam Babb; stepsons, Wayne Hall, George Hall; step daughter Pam and Bud Spencer; step grand children Jerry Bentley; Matthew Hall, Lauren And Andy Starr; George S. Hall III; sister Carol Epperson; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of the Oak Hill Funeral Home with Pastor Scott Tipton. Graveside services were held in the Garden of Everlasting Life at Oak Hill.
Family connection: Joan Casteel, John E. and Agnes Flanary Casteel, Charles Clinton and Mary Brickey Darnell Flanary, Isaac and Hannah Elizabeth Berry Flanary, J. Calvin and Nancy Dingus Flanary, Phillip and Nancy McConnell, Emigrant George McConnell.

Leetice Stallad Hall
Wise, VA - Leetice Stallad Hall, 87, passed away March 10, 2009 at her home, surrounded by her loving family. She was the daughter of Alonzo C. Stallard, Sr. and Margaret Ellen Nash Stallard. Mrs. Hall was an active member of the First Church of God in Norton, VA; was a Sunday School teacher; sang in the church choir; was a member of the Women of the Church of God.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James E. Hall; two sisters, Edna S. Gilliam and Mabrey S. Estes; and one brother Wailand Stallard.
Mrs. Hall is survived by two daughters: Glenda Hall and John Hall, Phyllis M. Hall; two grandsons, Stephen Kelly Jones and Michael Evan and Sandra Jones; great-granddaughter, Catherine Elise Jones; her sisters, Mattie S. Buchanan and Margaret S. Jordan; her brothers, A. C. Stallard Jr, and Jobie W. Stallard; sisters-in-law, Eleanor Carty and bill, Joan and Darrell Lawson and Dorothy Stallard; several nieces, nephews, and host of friends and relatives.
Funeral service was held at the First Church of God in Wise, VA with Pastor Ben Murphy officiating. Burial was in the Greenwood Memorial Gardens, Coeburn, VA.
Family connection: Leetice Stallard Hall, Alonzo C. and Margaret Ella Nash Stallard, George Bush and Geneva L. Powers Stallard, James Hopkins and Elizabeth M. Culbertson Stallard, James Monroe and Elizabeth Fisher McConnell Stallard, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell

Velma Dean Henry
Gate City, VA - Velma Dean Henry, 81, of the Snowflake community, passed away January 1, 2009 at her residence after a lengthy illness.
She was born in Scott County, VA; retired from Holston Valley Hospital and was a homemaker.
She was a member of Roadside Baptist Mission Church of Snowflake. She was a devoted mother, and grandmother; she loved her birds, garden, flowers and her cat.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Henry, parents, William Patton and Catherone Lane Dean; sisters, Stella Edna Dean Gillenwater, ONa Elizabeth Dean, Hazel Dean Tate, Monnie Dean Gillenwater and Clydie Dean Benton; brothers, Charlie Benton Dean, William A. Dean, Henry I Dean and Olaf Edward Dean and son in law, Johnny L. Boggs.
She is survived by: her daughters, Wanda Hubbard, Janice and Jack Stapleton, Karen Boggs, Evelyn Churchwell, Rene and John Castle; son Mike and Bonnie Henry; grandchildren, Shannon Stapleton, Kris and Jim Parker, Joseph Churchwell, Elizabeth Churchwell, Will Hubbard, Kimi Hubbard and Jonathan Boggs, Heath Henry and Jarrod Henry; and great grandchildren: Hunter Stapleton, Brian Hunley, Chelsea Stapleton, and Aubrey Boggs.
Services were conducted at the Roadside Baptist Mission Church in the Snowflake community with Rev. Bob R. Lane officiating. Music was provided by David and Debbie Easterling. Interment was held in the Lawson Confederate Memorial Cemetery of Gate City, VA.
Family connection: Velma Dean, William Patton and Catherine lane Dean, Henry and Isabell Dulcena Dingus, William and Mary Ann Green Dingus, Phillip and Nancy McConnell Dingus, George McConnell.

Mildred Compton Hartsock
Kingsport — Mildred Compton Hartsock, 81, went to her Heavenly Home November 27, 2008 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. Mrs. Hartsock was a school teacher prior to her marriage to James and was a salesperson with Nettie Lee for twenty-two years. Mildred was a loving wife, dedicated mother, mother-in-law grandmother, great grandmother and sister-in-law.
Preceding her in death were her father, mother, two sisters and a niece.
She is survived by her husband, James Ralph Hartsock, two daughters, Shela Davis and husband Tommy, Sharon Lane and husband David; one son, Rodney Deihl Hartsock; seven grandchildren; eight great- grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Skeens Family Cemetery, Nickelsville, Va., with Rev. Guy Hartsock and Rev. Rodney Hartsock officiating.
Lineage: Klonie K. and Sally D. J. Skeen Compton, William Mc and Malinda C. Meade Skeen, Joseph and Jane J. Lawson Meade, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell, and George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Troy Holbrook
Gray, TN – Troy Holbrook, 59, passed away April 18, 2009 at Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, TN.
He was born in Coeburn, VA to the late Delmar and Eva Mae Hobbs Holbrook. He was of the Baptist faith.
Hei is survived by two sons, James Allen and Howard Hugh Holbrook; one brother Bobby L Holbrook and two sisters, Janice and Dan Sutherland; Joy Holbrook Rudder; one grandson Evan James Holbrook; several aunts, uncles, and a host of friends and relatives.
Services were held at the Mountain Home National Cemetery.
Family lineage: Troy Allen Holbrook, Delmar H. and Eva Mae Hobbs Holbrook, James Henry and Alba Alverdia Stapleton Holbrook, Thomas and Sarah Catherine Lawson Holbrook, Henry D. and Susannah Bond Lawson, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Margaret Howard
Coeburn VA – Margaret Louella Kilgore Howard was gathered in to the arms of God on 1 October 2008. She was born 29 January 1919 to Walter Lee and Myrtle Culbertson Kilgore in the Riverview community of Coeburn, VA – the fourth child of a family of nine.
Margaret attended Coeburn Schools, taking a post graduate course so that she could graduate with her brother Ralph, She entered Union college, Barbourville, KY; then married her college sweetheart, Robert Fred Howard. During World War II, she worked as a confidential secretary in the Office of Defense. After the war, they live din London, KY and were co-owners of Margin Coal Company. They moved to TN after selling the coal company.
Her parents, her husband, Robert Fred Howard and four sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
Margaret Howard is survived by her son, Stephen R and Dana Kay Howard, two sisters, Marie Robertshaw and Yvonne (Hobby) and Cal Porcher; grandchildren: Stephen Howard, Porchia and Richard Gilbreath, Brian, Clint Howard and fiancée, Karen Christian; great-grandchildren, Charles and Patrick Gilbreath, Meagan Howard and Dakota Schneider and many nieces and nephews. Services were held in the chapel of Sturgill Funeral Home of Coeburn, VA with interment in the Laurel Grove Cemetery in the Ramsey Section of Norton, VA.
Family lineage: Margaret L. Kilgore Howard, Walter Lee and Myrtle “Mertie” Kate Culbertson Kilgore, George and Sarah C. McConnell Culbertson, W. and Lydia D. Fugate McConnell, George and Susanna Schnaebeli McConnell.

Annie “Vula” Hale Jones
Annie “Vula” Hale Jones, 89, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord February 28, 2009, at Brookhaven Manor in Kingsport.
She was born in Dickenson County, VA and lived in Kingsport since she was 9 year old. She worked as a young girl for her sister in Owens Beauty Shop, one of the first shops in Kingsport. In her youth she attended the Salvation Army Church and later attended the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ on West View Park, for a number of years. She has now been a member of Apostolic Lighthouse for over 50 years.
”Vula” is preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Jones; son, John Thomas Jones; her parents, William D. and Mary Dingus Hale; 4 sisters, Trina Owens, Nannie Hale, Myra McCoy and Nell Collins; four brothers, Dennis Hale, Edwin Hale, Erwin Hale and Victor Hale and a great grandson, Preston McMillan.
Survivors include her three daughters, Anna Ruth Boggs and husband John of Kingsport, Romelda McMillan of Kingsport and Rose Sutherland and husband Charles of Blountville; son, E. Allen Jones and wife Sue of Hiltons, Va.; daughter-in-law, Shirley Jones of Kingsport; sixteen grandchildren, thirty great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the Apostolic Lighthouse Church chapel with Pastor David Peters, officiating. Music was provided by Amber Kegley, Nathan Trent and the Ladies Trio. Graveside services were at Walnut Chapel Church Cemetery in Gate City, VA.
Family connection: Anna Hale Jones, William D. and Mary LaRue Dingus Hale, Emory P. and Alba J. Powers Dingus, Henry W. and Nancy J. Culbertson Dingus, George and Margaret Addington Dingus Jones, Phillip and Nancy McConnell Dingus.

Donald Wayne Jones
Kingsport, TN – Donald Wayne Jones (ham radio call sign “N4TN”), died April 3, 2009 at Hospice House in Bristol.
A native of Kingsport, he was a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School and served with the US Army in Ethiopia for three years. Wayne lived in Raleigh NC from 1980-199 where eh was employed with IBM as a computer programmer. He worked with IBM for 30 years retiring in 1991.
He is survived by his wife, Glenda Joan Daughtery Jones; one son, Dr. Andy Jones of Cleveland, OH; three brothers, Olan O. Jones, Jr and wife Sylvia, Paul Richard and Penny Jones, Sr. and niece Sarah Jones Kitzmiller; nephews, Kevin Jones, Paul Jones Jr., and William P. Jones.
Family lineage: Donald W. Jones, Olan and Evelyn I. Swann Jones, Enoch C. and Ida Grace Stout Jones, George W. and Virginia V. McConnell, William G. and Mary M. Kilgore McConnell, Thomas Price and Malinda Phillips McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Ruth McConnell Jones
Kingsport – Ruth McConnell Easley Jones, 84, died September 7, 2008, at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Ruth McConnell was born 24 May 1924 and reared in Scott County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Phillip S. McConnell and Wanda Burke McConnell. Ruth attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky, majoring in Nursing. She worked as an LPN for Holston Valley and Indian Path Hospitals and was a member of First Christian Church in Kingsport.
Preceding her in death were her first husband, Davie Easley; her second husband, Eldridge C. Jones; her brother, Elmo J. McConnell; and her sisters, Elaine Renfro and Lottie Bell Erickson.
Surviving are her daughter and spouse, Patsy Jean and Rev. John Fraizer of Columbus, Ohio; her sons and spouses, Gary P. and Judi Easley of Kingsport, Dr. Richard W. and Amy Easley of Waco, Texas, and Jeffrey Alan and Tanya Easley of Fulton, Illinois; her stepchildren and spouses, Maysel and Roy Hutson of Kingsport, Jan and Ernest (Butch) Whitaker of Mt. Carmel, TN, and Charles and Rita Jones of Mt. Carmel, TN; her grandchildren, Cammie Fraizer Honaker, John Fraizer II, Amy Easley Pangelinan, David Easley, Elizabeth Easley, Alex Easley, Ryan Easley, Preston Easley, Terra Easley, and Mackie Easley; her step-grandchildren, Chip Whitaker, Steve Whitaker, Tim Hutson, David Hutson, Katrina Jones, Yolanda Jones; and several great-and step-great-grandchildren.
Rev. John Fraizer officiated at the funeral services that were held in the Chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport, TN with graveside services conducted at the Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Ruth McConnell Easley Jones’s family connection: Velma Ruth McConnell, Phillip and Wanda Burke McConnell, Sylvester W. and Rosannah M. T. Wampler McConnell, Abraham Berry and Lucy Dougherty, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.
Addington line. Wanda Burke McConnell was the daughter of Henry L.Burke and Flora Belle Addington Burke. Flora Belle Addington was the daughter of Charles C. and Mary Helen Broadwater Addington. Charles C. Addington was the son of Joseph & Nancy Easterling Addington.


Debra Elkins Keith
Gate City, VA - Debra Elkins Keith, 55, of Gate City went to be with the Lord Tuesday February 10, 2009 at her residence.
Debra served as the School Nurse Coordinator for Scott County Public Schools; was a member of Holston View United Methodist Church, a member of Scott County Juvenile Drug Court Staffing; was a chairperson of School Health Advisory Committee; was a member of Medical Reserve Corps, also a member of National Association of School Nurses. Debra was a 1976 graduate of Berea College (Berea, KY) with a Bachelors degree of Arts and Science in nursing. She was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend who always put others before herself. Debra was a faithful follower of God whose final wish was that her battle with cancer would bring others closer to the Lord.
She was preceded in death by her father, Master Sgt. Bill Elkins of Columbia, SC.
She is survived by her husband, Larry Keith, of Gate City; mother, Eula Elkins, of Bristol, VA; two sons, Adam Keith and wife Mary Beth, and David Keith; three sisters, Sherry Shirley and husband Keith, Kim Ryan and husband Tom, and Kristi Weeks; one brother, Mike Elkins and wife Erin; along with fifteen nephews and thirteen nieces.
A funeral service was held in the Scott County Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Steve Collins and Pastor Ken Pierce officiating. Music was provided by Grace Stidham, Stan Rogers and Trio, Katrina Smith-Toole, Scott Darnell and Brenda Byrd. Graveside services was held at Holston View Cemetery.
Family connection is through her spouse, Larry V. Keith; Steward Baker and Lillian Dockery Keith, Elbert Martin and Dora Alice Stallard Keith, James H. and Sarah Elizabeth Stallard, Henry V. and Letitia Jane Fraley, James Monroe and Elizabeth Fisher McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Frances Lee Keith
Weber City, VA – Frances Lee Keith, 81, entered into rest Wednesday, September 24, 2008 at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation. She was born in Scott County, VA May 9, 1927 to the late Charles W. Nickels and Lillie Fleenor Nickels.
Frances Keith was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, James Keith and a sister, Joan (Jody) Nickels Lewis.
Survivors include three daughters, Carolyn Keith Houser and husband, Gary, Asheville, NC, Janet Keith Hensley and husband, Mike, Gate City, VA, Kathy Keith Skeens and husband, Rick, Weber City, VA; son, Jimmy Keith, Church Hill, TN; sister, Mary Ruth Wolfe and husband, Roy V., Gate City, VA; brother, Charles W. Nickels, Jr. and wife, Jane, Bristol, TN; grandchildren, Julie Quillen Townsend and husband, Ben, Mt. Pleasant, SC, Laura Quillen, Mt. Pleasant, SC, Katie Hensley, Gate City, VA, Dustin Collier, Lindsey Collier and Ashley Collier, Weber City, VA; brother-in-law, Bob Lewis, several nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with Rev. Joe Barber and Dr. Bob Lynch officiating. Music was provided by Judy McConnell. Graveside services were conducted by Rev. John Shepard and Dr. Bob Lynch at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA.
Frances Keith’s McConnell connection is through her husband, James Walter Keith: Dupree and Verda Lake McConnell Keith, James Monroe and Sarah Roberta Davidson McConnell, George Dingus and Martha Dougherty McConnell, Preacher George and Mary Compton McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Charles Darrell Kerns
Charles Darrell Kerns, age 67, of Church Hill, formerly of Scott County, VA, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at his home.
Charles was a member of Community United Methodist Church. He was employed by Mead for over 40 years until his retirement. Charles was a gifted writer of poetry, who loved to share his poems with others. He was a very loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to all.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Avanell Spears Kerns.
He is survived by his loving wife, Brenda Jennings Kerns; daughter, Wendy Benton and husband Tim of Gate City, VA; two sons, Tony Kerns and wife Debbi of Sevierville, TN and Lanny Kerns and wife Susan of Ridgecrest, CA; six grandsons, Justin Kerns, Brandon Morgan, Hunter Kerns, Logan Kerns, Tyler Benton and Creed Benton; seven great-grandchildren, Logan Lifford, Cameron Kerns, Allison Kerns, Isabella Kerns, Kade Morgan, Madison Schubert and Taylor Schubert. Charles is further survived by an extensive family.
Funeral services were conducted in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home with Reverend Charles Kilbourne, Dr. Dwight Kilbourne, Reverend Mark Kilbourne, Reverend Josh Kilbourne and Reverend Nathan Kilbourne officiating.
Family connection is through his spouse, Avanell Spears: Avanell Spears Kerns, Douglas and Georgia McDavid Spears, James and Martha Gilliam Spears, William S. and Elizabeth McConnell Gilliam, Thomas James and Elizabeth Compton McConnell, Nancy McConnell, Emigrant George McConnell

Florida Ketron
Kingsport, TN - Florida May Vermillion Gillenwater Ketron, 94, of Kingsport, passed away January 8, 2009 at Indian Path Medical Center.
She was the daughter of the late Elbert and Eliza Vermillion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Evert Lee Gillenwater; her second husband, Hubert Ketron; one son, Christopher Uvon Gillenwater; three sisters, Iva McClellan, Ruby McConnell, and Edna Henderson; three brothers, Archie Vermillion, Errett Vermillion and E.R. Vermillion.
She is survived by her son, James Gillenwater; her daughter-in-law, Cartelene Moneymaker Gillenwater, of Kingsport; four grandsons, Brent , of Germany, Colon, of California, Jamie, of Georgia, and Chris; several great grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 pm to 7 pm Sunday January 11, 2009 at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, 520 Watauga Street, Kingsport. A funeral service will follow at 7 pm in the funeral home chapel with Scott Fogle and Jerry Ramsey officiating. Music will be provided by Leon Coomer. Graveside services were at Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Family connection: Florida Vermillion Ketron, Elbert R. and Elizabeth V. McConnell Vermillion, William H. and Manerva L. Smith McConnell, Thomas J. and Elizabeth Elliott McConnell, Nancy McConnell, George McConnell.

Bobbie Jean Simmons Kilgore
Gate City, VA – Bobbie Jean Simmons Kilgore, 27, went to be with the Lord and her Granny and Papaw November 22, 2008 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Bobbie was born 24 August 1981 in Sullivan County, TN. She graduated from Gate City High School in 1999. She was employed with Brock Group Enterprises and was a member of Hiltons Memorial United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, William and Constance Simmons; James and Loraine Hensley, and a brother-in-law, Jason Glen Kilgore.
Bobbie is survived by her husband, Nathan Kilgore, son, Ethan Cash Kilgore, parents, Bobby and Martha Simmons; in-laws – Ray and Patricia Kilgore; sisters Evelyn Floyd, Lisa Prater; aunts and uncles, Dale and Kathy McCoy, Fred and Shirley Montgomery, Phyllis Calton, Wanda Adkins, Jay and Patricia Hensley; special niece Bridgette Floyd; special Maria Colobro, Amanda Porter and Mike Fitzpatrick, as well as several other aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
Services were conducted in the chapel of the Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, VA with the Rev. Will Shewey officiating. Music was provided by the Hiltons Independent Church of God Singers. Interment was held at the Hermon United Methodist Church Cemetery of East Carters Valley Road, Gate City, VA.
Lineage: Ray Glen and Patricia Sallee Kilgore, Giles Nathan and Gladys Compton Kilgore, James M. and Lizzie A. Price Kilgore, Nathan D. and Jane A. B. Dingus Kilgore, George and Margaret Addington Dingus, Philip and Nancy McConnell Dingus, and Emigrant George McConnell.

Edith Inez Kilgore
Kingsport, TN – Mrs. Edith Inez Kilgore, a lifelong resident of the Midway community of Scott County, VA and Kingsport, entered into eternity July 17, 2009.
Edith grew up as a member of Morgan’s Chapel Methodist Church in Midway and was a member of Community Methodist in Kingsport. She retired from Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center with 30 yrs of service.
Mrs. Kilgore was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mary Davidson; her stepmother, Maude Davidson; her sisters, Goldie Davidson, June Davidson, Ruby Hamm, Jeanett Bledsoe and Sadie Baker; her brothers, Ralph, Will and James Davidson and Robert and Dallas Compton; her stepson, Michael Kilgore and her first husband, Windom E. Davis.
Mrs. Kilgore is survived by her husband of 34 years, Emory Lee Kilgore, two daughters, Myrtle David Neumeier and Joseph of Palm Harbor, FL and Elseen Davis and Tommy Lawson of Liethonia GA; two stepsons, Jack Kilgore and Jerry Kilgore; three grandchildren, Jim Banner, Shanda Neumeier and Michael Neumeier;; nieces and a host of friends and relatives.
Funeral services were conducted at the Scott County/Carter Trent Funeral Home, Weber City, VA; graveside services were at the Morgan Chapel Cemetery, Midway, VA.
Family connection: Edith Inez Davidson Kilgore, John M. and Mary D. McConnell Davidson, James L. D. and Melvina F. Crumley McConnell, Walter and Lydia D. Fugate McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Faye Kilgore
Nickelsville, VA – Faye Dougherty Kilgore, 85 passed away December 9, 2008 at her son’s residence (Teddy Kilgore) following a lengthy illness with Alzheimer’s.
Faye had spent the majority of her life in Nickelsville. She attended Culbertson Chapel United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her spouse, Loy Kilgore, Jr.; one son Willard Earl Kilgore; parents, Robert and Bonnie Dougherty Addington; foster parents, William and Bertha Kilgore; two sisters, Myrtle Harris and Ethel Horne; foster sister, Thelma Kilgore Stapleton; two brothers, Robert Dougherty and Ezra Dougherty; and a son-in-law Larry Blankenbeckler.
She is survived by her daughter, Louise Blankenbeckler and fiancé, Jerry Addington; three sons, Roger and his wife Shelby Kilgore, Teddy and Patricia Kilgore and Ronnie Kilgore; four grandchildren, Randy and wife, Kristi Kilgore, Travis Blankenbeckler, Glenn Blankenbeckler and Shane Kilgore; and two great-grandchildren – Corbin and Colten Kilgore; two brothers, S. J. Addington and wife, Shirley and Jimmy and Barbara Addington; a brother-in-law, Dwight and Ruth Kilgore; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the Scott County Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Barber officiating. Music was provided by Culbertson Chapel Choir and Dale and Teresa Jett, and Oscar Harris. Interment followed on Friday at the Harris Family Cemetery of Nickelsville, VA.
Family lineage: Lummie Fay Dougherty Kilgore, Robert J. and Bonnie E. Kilgore Dougherty, William Sevier and Nancy Elizabeth Kilgore Dougherty, Nathan T. and Sarah M. D. Lawson Dougherty, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell Lawson, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Judith King
Kiawah Island, SC – Judith Compton King, wife of Dr. David G. King, died on 3 October 2008 following a long illness.
She lived on Kiawah Island and was from Greenville SC. Judy was born 10 February 1935 in Clincho, VA. She was the daughter of Homer B. and Edith Dixon Compton. She graduated from Dobyns Bennett High School of Kingsport and Randolph Macon Women’s College. She was a communicant of Christ Church Episcopal and a member of the Thursday Club and served a president.
She is survived by her husband, Dr. David G. King; two sons, David King, Jr., his wife, Nina, and Steen A. King; three grandchildren, Hale, Macaulay and Thayer King and one sister Jane Mullins.
Services were held in Christ Episcopal Church Chapel in Greenville, SC with interment following in the churchyard.
Family connection: Judith Compton King, Homer and Edith Dixon Compton, Arthur L. and Martha A. Gillenwater Compton, Berry and Susan Dingus Compton, William and Mary Polly Ann Green Dingus, Phillip and Nancy McConnell Dingus, Emigrant George McConnell.

Ben H. Kinkead
Kingsport, TN - Ben H. Kinkead, Jr., 86, of Kingsport, went home to Jesus on Friday, December 26, 2008.
He served three years in the U. S. Air Force during World War II. Ben worked at Tennessee Eastman Company for many years and truly enjoyed all the people and friends he made there. While at TEC he was a member of the Rock & Mineral Club. He spent many happy hours collecting and photographing rocks and minerals.
After retiring, he became interested in genealogy and collected information on his Scottish ancestors. With his dear cousin Joan Hendricks, he actively shared this information in a bimonthly Kinkead Clan newsletter and at reunions. Ben served as a deacon, elder, and Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by a precious nephew, George Grills, Jr.
Ben is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jane McConnell Kinkead; daughter, Jan Hiltzheimer and husband Fitz of Savannah, GA; two grandsons, Fitz Hiltzheimer IV and wife Kelly and Ben Hiltzheimer and wife Kristin; precious great-granddaughters, Haley and Sara, and another precious great-grandchild to be born next year; two sisters, Helen Rose Grills of Kingsport and Jane Nelms of Sarasota, FL; very special nieces and nephews, Jane Jones, Pat Grills, Mickey Grills, Jean Smith, Harry Nelms and Forrest Cash.
Services were held at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes of Kingsport with Wayne Ladd officiating.
Lineage is of his spouse: Nancy Jane McConnell, Robert Floyd and Margaret C. Quillen, Monroe J. and Rebecca Frazier McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Martha McConnell
Dungannon, VA - Martha Evelyn Corder McConnell, 83, passed away 28 January, 2009 at her residence with her family by her side.
Mrs. McConnell was born 8 February 1925 at Excedar, VA to the late Rev. Mack and Florence Frazier Butler. She was a member of Valley View Freewill Baptist Church, Dungannon, VA.
Her first husband, Howard Corder preceded her in death; as did four daughters, Mary Evelyn, Ruth Faye, Gladys Lee and Zelma Diana; her second husband, Guy McConnell and a sister Hazel Butler and brothers: Homes, John, Frank and Rev. Paul Butler.
Surviving are her daughters, Frances Pair, Doris Redden – Bill, Edna and Richard Bailey, Charles and Vonda Corder; grandchildren: Tony Corder, Michael Corder, Pamela Kraft and Melissa Bailey; great-grandchildren, Jacob Corder, Anna Marie Corder and Clay Corder; step great-granddaughter, Cassidy Hall; sister, Helen Mursphy, and brother Rev. Coy Butler; along with several nieces and nephews.
Services were held in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with Rev. Ernie Mitchell and Dr. Todd Cassel Officiating. Mike Upright provided the music. Interment was held at the Corder Family Cemetery in Dungannon, VA.
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Mervin Odle McConnell
Kingsport, TN — Mervin Odle McConnell went home to be with the Lord 26 December 2008 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.
Born in Scott County, VA on 11 July 1924 to the late Dave Jesse and Maxine Quillen McConnell, he had resided in Kingsport most of his life.
Mr. McConnell retired from Eastman Kodak in 1984 following 42 years of service. He was a member of Gravely Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Coast Guard. He was a member of the Kingsport Mason Lodge #668 F&AM for over 50 years. Mr. McConnell was a loving dad, pop, brother and friend.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife of 60 years, Mildred Bernice McConnell (2006), and a brother, Franklin D. McConnell.
M.O. McConnell is survived by his daughter, Sharon Marshall and a son, A. W. “Tony” McConnell and wife, Joyce; three grandchildren, Kristi and Kerry McPherson, Brian and Sean (wife April) McConnell; nine great great grandchildren; one brother, William C. McConnell, two sisters, Frances Deitch and Beverly and Bill Gardner; and a sister-in-law, Mildred McConnell.
Services were conducted in the chapel of the East Lawn Funeral Home with Rev. David Salley officiating. Special music was provided by Terry Bennett, soloist. Full military honors service was held by the Charles Dewitt Byrd Post #3392 VFW and members of the TN Army National Guard at the graveside.
Family lineage: David Jessee and Maxie Bell Quillen McConnell, James Elbert and Ida Belle Kendrick McConnell, Thomas J. and Emma H. Quillen, Thomas James and Elizabeth Elliott McConnell, Nancy McConnell, George McConnell

Robert Floyd McConnell
Florence, SC — Robert Floyd McConnell, 77, passed away January 2, 2009. He was a veteran having served in the US Army and the US Marines.
Robert Floyd was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Rosa McConnell; his wife a daughter, two brothers, and a sister.
He is survived by two sons, Raymond and Kenny McConnell; four grandchildren; two sisters, Louise Breeding and Velvia Lane.
Funeral services were held in the chapel of the Colonal Funeral Home of Weber City, VA with graveside service held at the Holston View Cemetery of Weber City, VA.
Family line: Robert Floyd McConnell, Victor Logan and Rosa Salyer McConnell, John B. F. (Jr.) and Mary E. Dingus McConnell, John B. F. (Sr) and Margaret Ann Elliott McConnell, Thomas James and Elizabeth Compton McConnell, Nancy McConnell, George McConnell.

Ruth McConnell
Big Stone Gape, VA – Ruth Hackney McConnell, 80 was called home to be with the Lord Decembere 23, 2008 in Des Moines, Iowa.
Ruth was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Big Stone Gap, VA; a former member of the Interment Garden Club and a member of the Wesleyan Circle of the Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Julia Pritchard Ross; brother, Tom Hackney; sister, Jean McAmis, first husband, Jack Gardner; second husband, Mac McConnell and son, Jerry Gardner.
Ruth is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Terry and John Gamble; one sister, Gilda Stokes; two grandsons, Matt and Grant Gardner, and two nieces and one nephew and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held at the Gilliam Funeral Home of Big Stone Gap VA with the Rev. Ronnie Mutter and the Rev. Joe Berta officiating. Interment followed at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap, VA.
Family connection is through her spouse: R. C. McConnell, Jr. Claude and Eula Durinda Qualls McConnell, Lloyd Ashworth and Martha H. McConnell, Sylvester P. and Lucy Stowers McClellan McConnell, George Dingus and Martha Dougherty McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Thelma Lucille Salyer McConnell
Thelma Lucille Salyer McConnell, passed away June 3, 2009 in Grant Park, Illinois.
She was born June 18, 1923 in Nickelsville, VA and was the daughter of the late Henry and Minnie Dean Salyer.
She ws preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Henry McConnell (1991); sisters, Kate Hillman, Carrie Hillman, Jon McConnell (1988); daughter-in-law, Ruth McConnell (1999) And son-in-law, Jack Mosman in 2002.
Thelma McConnell is survived by her sons, Darris McConnell, Michael McConnell; daughters, Carole Franke and Janice Fick; brother Willard Salyer and Kathleen; 15 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren special neighbor, Alfred Propes; special friend and caregiver Sue Bedwell.
Services were held in the Hub Funeral Chapel of Grant Park, Illinois with the Rev. Marsha Collins officiating. Interment was held in the Skyline Memorial Park of Monee, Illinois.
Family lineage of her spouse, Henry McConnell: John Henry and Desta Williams McConnell, Stephen L P and Minnie L Harris Maddox McConnell, William G and Mary Kilgore McConnell, Thomas Price and Malinda Phillips, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell; and through his mother, 2. Deata Williams, Henry Morris and Elizabeth C. Kilgore Williams, Abraham J. and Mary Martin McConnell Williams, George and Mary Compton McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell; 3. Elizabeth C. Kilgore Williams, John M. and Eliza Jane McConnell Kilgore, Henry Morris and Elizabeth Kilgore McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Wilma R. McConnell
Delta PA - Wilma R. McConnell, 87, formerly of Gate City, VA passed away March 20, 2009 at Gilchrist Center for Hospice Care in Towson, MD. She was the wife of the late HowardF. McConnell.
She was born May 2, 1921 to the late Nathan Washington and Laura McConnell Dougherty. She was valedictorian of her high school class and had worked in Getz’s Company store and Super Thrift; was a member of the Needlers Sewing Guild, Highland Senior Center, Highland Painters, Highland Homemakers, Bel Air & Brandywine Painters and Keystone Painters; was a member of the New Life Church of God of Jarrettsville, Md.
She was preceded in death by a son, Earl Dwight McConnell.
She is survived by a son, Sam S. and Anne McConnell; daughter Anna Rose and Robert Montgomery; grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews, brother. N. W. and Nella Dougherty Jr., and sister Betty Sue Mcconnell.
Services were held at the Harkins funeral Home in Delta PA with interment in the Gardens of Faith Memorial Park, Baltimore, MD.
Family lineage: Wilma Rose Dougherty McConnell, Nathan W. and Laura H. McConnell Dougherty, Sylvester W. and Rosannah M. Wampler McConnell, A. B. and Lucy Dougherty, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Velvie Necessary McConnell
Weber City, VA - Velvie N. McConnell, 81, Weber City, VA passed away Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at the Brian Center, Weber City, VA.
Born January 1, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Hammonds Necessary. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Edith Mullins, nephews David and Dennis Mullins, and great nephew, Ernest Mullins, Jr.
Velvie’s daughter, Mona Lisa Henley and husband, Rex, survives her passing, as does her sons, Roger Lee McConnell and wife, Leisha, and Reggie Lynn McConnell and wife, Vicki, grandchildren, Larissa Elaine Way, and Zachary Isaac Collier, Kim Lovell and Jeremy Roberts, several great grandchildren, sister, Rena Lane and husband, Edward, K.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with the Rev. J.W. Depew officiating. Burial followed in Clinchport, VA. Family and friends served as pallbearers.
Family lineage is of her spouse, Rex McConnell: George W. C. and Etta Isabel Addington McConnell, 1. Sylvester W. and Rosannah M. T. Wampler McConnell, A. B. and Lucy Dougherty McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell; 2. David Jessee and Mary Louemma McConnell Addington, Henry Morris and Elizabeth Kilgore McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.
NOTE: Velvie Necessary was the ex wife of Walter W. McConnell, Jr. Walter’s daddy was Walter W. McConnell and Walter W. Sr. was the son of William Walter “Chee” McConnell and Melissa Alwillda Elam McConnell, “Chee” was the son of William G. & Lydia Drusilla Fugate McConnell-William G. was Sheriff George’s son.
Rex McConnell was the son of George Washington and Etta Addington McConnell. Velvie’s obit did not mention being predeceased by Walter Jr. so, them must have been divorced a long time. both probably married again

Joyce Carter Osborne
Dungannon, VA - Joyce C. Osborne, 78, passed away May 15, 2009 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. She was born August 11, 1930. She was preceded in death by her father, Peter Carter; her mother, Gladys Carter Blackwell and stepfather, Kemp Blackwell.
She was a teacher and administrator in the Scott County School System for 36 years. She taught at Shoemaker High School and Dungannon High School. She also served as Guidance Counselor for Dungannon High School, Scott County Vocational School and Gate City High School. She was dedicated to providing the best opportunities for her students. She was a member of the Dungannon High School Alumni and the Scott County Retired Teachers Association. She was a member of the Dungannon Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years, William L. Osborne, Dungannon, VA; brother, William J. Carter, Dungannon, VA; aunt, Ina Martin, Kingsport, TN; nephew, David Carter, Huntington, NY; nieces, Mary Street, Kingsport, TN and Jessica Eidson, Mooresburg, TN.
Services were held in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with Rev. Steve Collins and Rev. Larry Beavers officiating; graveside service was held May 20, 2009 at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA.
Family lineage: Mary Gladys Johnson, William Bartley and Bessie E. McConnell Johnson, Wade H. & Mary Susan Duncan McConnell, John Wesley & Phoebe Frazier McConnell, George & Polly Compton McConnell: and through Joyce’s father - Peter Carter, Nathan & Nancy E. McConnell Carter, Hiram Kilgore & Gincy Brickey McConnell, Joab Watson and Rebecca Renfro Kilgore McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell

Eileen Harris Price
Eileen Harris Price, age 82, of Kingsport went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 19, 2008 at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. Mrs. Price was born in Nickelsville, Virginia on February 8, 1926 to the late Carles Harris and the late Naomi Addington Harris. She moved to Kingsport in 1945. Mrs. Price was a volunteer at Holston Valley Community Hospital until the hospital hired her to work as a receptionist. She was a dedicated member of Bloomingdale Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, James Robert Price.
She is survived by two daughters, Shirley and husband, Don Walters of Kingsport, Shelia and husband, Tim Smith of Kingsport; two sons, Robert Lynn and wife, Teresa Price of Rolesville, North Carolina and Keith and wife, Debbie Price of Kingsport; five grandchildren, Tricia Price, Adam Price, Daniel Price, Jordan Smith and Taylor Smith; one great-grandchild, Anna Price; two sisters, Jessie McConnell of Kingsport and Helen Blevins of Nickelsville; and several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, John Pridemore.
Funeral services were held in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Byrd, officiating. Graveside services were held on December 23, 2008 in the Garden of Resurrection at Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Family connection is through her husband, James Robert Price: George J. and Sallie McConnell Price, Henry (Rev,) and Mary Hartsock McConnell, Wm and Lydia Fugate McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Darryl Ewing Quillen
Kingsport, TN - Darryl Ewing Quillen, 67 went to be with his father in Heaven 13 March 2009.
He had served in the US Army and then retired from Tennessee Company. Darryl was a member of the Morrison City Christian Church.
His father, Ferris Quillen preceded him in death in 2003.
His wife, Linda Rae Smith Quillen survives him; as does his daughter Diana and Dave Fisher of AL; his son Mike and Jill Quillin; four grandchildren, Hannah Daniel and Matthew Quillen, and Zachary Fisher, his mother, Eva Quillen, brother and wife, Gary and Christine Quillen and several nieces and nephews.
Services were held in the chapel of the Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home in Kingsport, TN. Interment followed the next day at the East lawn Memorial Park with Rev. Layton Bentley officiating.
Family connection: Daryl Ewing Quillen, Jess Ferris and Eva Ernestine Wagner Quillen, Ewing and Monnie Compton Quillen, William Albert and Elizabeth Broadwater Compton, Berry and Susan Dingus Compton, William and Mary Ann Green Dingus, Philip and Nancy McConnell Dingus.

James E. ‘Bimbo’ Quillen
Gate City, VA – James E. ‘Bimbo Quillen, 57, went to be with the Lord April 4, 2009. She was born October 19, 1951 to E. B. and Nina Elliott Quillen. He was employed by Brock Company and Kingsport Press. He was the former owner of Family Video in Church Ill and Video City in Mount Carmel. James was of the Baptist faith. He loved farming, cattle, camping and helping anyone whom he felt needed a helping hand.
James is survived by his wife, Jackie Qullen; his step-son and daughter-in-law, Greg and Whitney Stidham; mother-in-law, Loretta Merritt; sisters and brothers in law – Linda and Alvin Clark, Lois and Gale Kleebler, Marilyn Cole; brother and sister in law, Jeff and Susanne Quillen;; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Patricia and Jerry Hughes, Tonya and David Bowles; nephew – Kevin and Erica Estep; nieces, Marlene Castle, Sara Grace Quillen, Phelia Edmonson and Emily Bowles; great nieces, Heather Castle and Madison Grace Green; great nephews, Ethan and Luke Estep and many loved one and dear friends.
Servicews were held at the Colonial Funeral Home with the Rev. Jeff DeBoard and the Rev. mark Estep officiating. Music was provided by Mildred Dougherty and the Lee Smith Singers. Interment was held in the Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, VA.
Family Connection: James Edwain Quillen, Elbert B. and Nina Marie Elliott Quillen, 1. Warner P and Alice Compton Quillen, Charles C. and Serepta McConnell Quillen, Dr. A. B. and Lucy Daugherty McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell; 2. Stephen A. and Lucy Lee Gilkey Elliott, Charles Wilson and Sarah Drucilla Baker Elliott, Hampton and Lucinda D. McConnell Elliott, George Dingus and Martha Dougherty McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell. Another connection is through his grandmother, Alice Compton Quillen, Robert Berry and Nancy McConnell Compton, Compton M. and Nancy Murphy McConnell, Thomas James and Elizabeth Compton McConnell, Nancy McConnell: and another, is through Susan Dingus: William and Mary Ann Green Dingus, Phillip and Nancy McConnell Dingus.

Linda Quillen
Kingsport, TN – Linda Grace Dougherty Quillen, Kingsport, went to be with the angels on 6 March 2009. She was an avid genealogist and a member of the Scott county Historical Society. She loved wildflowers and carried a bucket and shovel with her wherever she went so she could expand the beauty in her yard that God gives us all. Linda devotedly cared for her mother. She was a loving daughter, sister, mother, nana and friend. He spirit will be greatly missed.
She was employed by the Sullivan County School System and a member of Morrison City, Christian Church. Her father, Lester Thomas Dougherty preceded her in death.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Diana and Dave Fisher of Toney, Alabama and her son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Jill Quillen of Roanoke, four grandchildren: Hannah, Daniel, and Matthew Quillen and Zachary Fisher; her mother Ruth Jones Dougherty of Kingsport, one brother and sister-in-law, Tom and Sharon Dougherty of Kingsport, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the Chapel of the Hamlett Dobson Funeral Home, of Kingsport with Bob Underwood, minister officiating. Graveside services were held on Wednesday at the East Lawn Memorial Park.
Family Connection: Linda Dougherty Quillen, Lester and Ruth Jones Dougherty, Sylvester C, and Avonie E. Wampler Dougherty, Francis Marion and Drucilla Florence McConnell Wampler, Abraham Berry and Lucy Dougherty McConnell, Preacher George and Mary ‘Polly’ Compton McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Peggy Jo Quillen
Kingsport, TN – Peggy Jo Quillen, 77, passed away on June 12, 2009 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.
Mrs. Quillen was born January 13, 1932 in Bristol, VA. She was the daughter of the late Albert and Alma Simcox and had resided in this area all of her life. She was a retired secretary of the Sullivan County School System. She was a member of the First Christian Chuch and the Kingsport Senior Citizens Center.
Peggy Jo Quillen was preceded in death by her parents, and her husband, Hobart Quillen.
Survivors include three children, Bytha and Rick Kilgore, John and Barb Quillen, Amy and Carl Carr; two grandchildren, Many Kilgore and Laura Quillen, one great-grandchild, Cayden Hayes, and several cousins.
Services were held at East Lawn Funeral Home, Kingsport, TN with Bill Dunnashec officiating. Burial followed in the East Lawn Memorial Park.
Family Lineage of her spouse: Hobart M. Quillen, Hobart M and Cora M. Vermilion Quillen, John C. and Martha J. McConnell, George Wm. And Mary A. Smith McConnell, A. B. and Lucy Dougherty McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Lula Ramsey
Dungannon, VA – Lula Bell Ramsey, 95, went to be with the Lord September 21, 2008 at the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation. She was born in Wise County, VA on March 2, 1913 to the late Arthur Casteel and Susie Hall.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Jess Ramsey; daughter, Virginia Lee Ramsey; sisters, Panna Blevins, Ella Blevins and Jessie Smith; brothers, Omar Casteel, Paul Casteel, Carson Casteel, Phillip Casteel, Nathan Casteel and Logan Casteel.
She was a member and attended the Dungannon Freewill Baptist Church for more than 75 years. Lula and her husband, Jess operated a store in the Hanging Rock section of Dungannon.
Survivors include sisters; Louise Young, Jeanette Henry, and Emily Franklin; and caretaker – Sandy and Steve Collins, nieces and nephews and a host of friends and relatives.
Funeral services were held at Nickelsville First Baptist Church with Rev. Steve Collins and Dr. Marshall Williams officiating; music was by Bud Harmon. Graveside services were held at Temple Hill Memorial Gardens, Castlewood, VA.
Family connection: Lula Casteel Ramsey, Arthur A. and Susie Hall Casteel, Nathan H. and Mary Emily Kennedy Casteel, Phillip and Sybil Hamilton Casteel, William and Lucy Dingus Casteel, Phillip and Nancy McConnell Dingus, Emigrant George McConnell.

Lurana Lyons Robinette
Gate City, VA - Mrs. Robinette was born in Scott County, VA on July 2, 1924. Lurana was the daughter of the late Daniel and Laura Kilgore Lyons.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Omer Robinette, sisters, Jerline Anderson and Eunice Clark and brothers, Roy and Andy Lyons.
Surviving is her sister, Iona Horton, Richmond, VA and several special nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday, November 17, 2008 at the Gate City Funeral Home. Funeral services were conducted in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Eckel Herron officiating. Graveside services were conducted Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at the Kilgore Cemetery in the Big Springs Community of Hancock County, TN. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family will be meeting at the cemetery for the graveside service.
Family connection: Frances Lurana Lyon, Dan E. and Laura Kilgore Lyon, Charles Sevier and Ida Bell Vaughn Kilgore, James M. and Susannah S. McConnell Kilgore, Thomas Price and Malinda Phillips McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Ferne Hillman Shortt
Clintwood, VA – Ferne Hillman Shortt, 95, passed away April 4, 2009 at the Norton Community Hospital, Norton, VA.
She was born 18 December 1913 in Nickelsville, VA; her family moved to Clintwood in the fall of 1914. She was the daughter of the late F. C. and Susan Davidson Hillman. She resided in Clintwood most of life where she taught the elementary grades in the Dickenson County School system for 39 years. She was a caring and dedicated teacher who loved her profession. She was active with the Clintwood United Methodist Church, the Order of the Eastern Star, and enjoyed bus tours with her friends.
She is preceded in death by her husband, John E. Shortt; three brothers, Conley, Orion and Fred Hillman; and a sister, Bonnie Hillman Bond.
She is survived by her two sons, Ronald E. Shortt and Danny H. Shortt, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at the Clintwood United Methodist Church with Paster John Price officiating. Burial followed in the Phipps Memorial Cemetery on Main Street in Clintwood, Va.
Family lineage: Ferne Hillman Shortt, Fleming C. and Susannah F. Davidson Hillman, 1.John Wesley and Margaret P. McConnell Hillman, Samuel R. and Nancy Allen McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell: 2. William M. and Mary L. McClellan Davidson, Andrew J. and Susannah S. McConnell McClellan, George and Mary Compton, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Shirley Mann Starnes
Arlington, VA - Shirley June Mann Starnes, 72, passed away May 8, 2009 at her residence with her loving family her side
. Shirley was born May 3, 1937 on Copper Creek in Scott County, VA. She was preceded in death by her father, Arless Mann and her grandparents. She was a 1955 graduate of Shoemaker High School, Gate City, VA and a 1957 graduate of Virginia Interment College. She was married in December 1957 to Bruce D. Starnes. Shirley lived her early years on Copper Creek in Scott County, VA but moved with her family to Arlington, VA in February 1968. She lived in Scott County, VA again in 1995-1996. She enjoyed being a homemaker and derived many happy hours doing arts, crafts and oil paintings of landscapes. She took great pride in her cooking and oil paintings. She taught arts and crafts in local private schools, churches and was a Cub Scout leader. She was of the Baptist faith and was a born again Christian.
Her survivors include her mother, Thelma Blair Mann; husband of 51 years, Bruce D. Starnes; sons, Gordon Brent Starnes, Carter Blair Starnes; Adam Mann Starnes and fiancee, Lana Oswald, brother, Johnny Milburn Mann and wife, Freida, granddaughters, Savannah Hope Starnes, Nicole Carpenter and Ashley Oswald; great grandchildren, Kenneth Carpenter, Jr. and Kayla Carpenter.
Services were held in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with Rev. Clayton Williams officiating. Music was provided by Carolyn Maddox and Wilma Brooks. Burial followed the service at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA.
Family connection: Shirley June Mann Starnes; Arless W. and Thelma Blair Mann, Jack A. and Gladys McClellan Mann, Robert L. and Kade Ssalling McClellan, Samuel M. and Mary Polly McConnell McClellan, Dr. A. B. and Lucy Dougherty McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Faye Templeton
Faye E. Templeton, 66, entered into rest Saturday, March 7, 2009 at her residence. She was born in Lee County, VA April 24, 1942. She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Bessie Littrell and foster parents, E.M. and Nell McConnell.
She was devoted to the Lord and her family and was a member of First Baptist Church at Church Circle, Kingsport, TN.
Faye was an avid gardener, took great pride in seeing things grow; she loved having her hands in the dirt. Her greatest love was being a grandmother.
Survivors include her loving husband of 43 years, H. K. Templeton; a daughter, Heather Stevens; sons, Michael Templeton, Chris Templeton; sisters, Carolyn Johnson, Betty McKinnon, Brenda Price; brothers, Larry Littrell, Carl Littrell, Robert Littrell, EM (Junior) McConnell, and James Littrell; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home on March 10, 2009 with Dr. Marvin Cameron officiating. Graveside services were held at the Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Virginia.
Family lineage: Faye McConnell Templeton, Eugene M. and Nell McConnell, 1. James Monroe and Sarah Roberta Davidson McConnell, George Dingus and Martha Dougherty McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell; 2. Nathan Dougherty and Amanda C. Alley McConnell, Abraham Berry and Lucy Dougherty McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell

L. Eugene Trondsen
Franklin, TN – Mr. L. Eugene “Gene” Trandson passed away on June 24, 2009
Mr. Trandson was a veteran of the US Navy; graduate of University of North Carolina of Chapel Hill; retired salesman with Trandsen Leather Company, charter member and Elder of the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents Trond and Valeria Dowless Trondsen.
He is survivced by his wife of 46 years – Betty Hillman Trandsen; a son Woodrow E. Trondsen; a daughter, Nancy (Don) Warden; grandchildren, Johnathan and EllenWarden; sister Linnea T. Chesser.
Funeral services were conducted at the Historic Franklin Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Sally Hughes and Rev. Will Berger officiating; burial was in Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, VA.
Family connection is through his wife, Betty Hillman Trondsen: Woodrow and Dorothy Ruth Welch Hillman, John Bryon and Phoebe Ellen Hale Welch, Bryam B. and Louise Catherine Cox, Jacob and Priscilla McConnell Cox, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell

Donna Gail Vance
Church Hill - Donna Gail Vance, 43, of Church Hill went home to be with the Lord unexpectedly Monday Morning July 6, 2009 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.
She was born in Kingsport and had been a resident of the Mount Carmel, Church Hill area most of her life. Donna graduated from Volunteer High School in 1983. She was a sales office manager at General Shale, and was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and recently was attending Mountain View Baptist Church. Donna was a loving wife, mother, and daughter, had an open heart, always had a smile on her face and she loved to dance.
She was preceded in death by her father, Bill Kendrick; paternal grandparents, L.W. and Verda Franklin Kendrick; sister-in-law, Paula Kendrick.
She is survived by her loving husband of 14 years, Rick Vance of the home; daughters, Lindsey Danielle Vance and Savannah Leigh Vance, both of the home; mother, Wanda Kendrick, of Kingsport; brothers, Jeff Kendrick, of Mt. Carmel and Doug Kendrick, of Kingsport; along with several cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; faithful friend, Bodie and a host of other friends.
A funeral service was held at Carter-Trent Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ronnie Trent officiating; music was provided by Mountain View Baptist Church. A graveside service was held at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Midway, VA.
Family connection: Donna Gail Kendrick, Billy L. and Wanda Franklin Kendrick, Loda and Verda Franklin Kendrick; James and Barilla Dean Kendrick, Jeremiah L. and Martha E. McConnell Dean, Hiram and Nancy Lawson Dean, Jeremiah and Catherine McConnell Lawson, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell: AND through Martha E. McConnell, Thomas J. and Elizabeth Elliott McConnell, Nancy McConnell, Emigrant George McConnell.

Clyde E. Vermillion
MENDOTA, Va. – Clyde E. Vermillion, age 78, went to be with the Lord September 11, 2008, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born Feb. 22, 1930, in Scott County, Va., a son of the late Maynard and Laura C. Carrier Vermillion. He had lived his life in the Mendota area and was a U.S. Army veteran.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Nannie; his daughter, Laura Sue Edwards; and his brother, Ira Vermillion.
Survivors include his wife, Esther Vermillion; stepdaughter, Jeanie Catron; sisters, Violet Long, Wave Fleenor, Carolyn Pippin, Elizabeth Fields and Mildred Salyers; brothers, Maynard Vermillion and Calvin Vermillion; and sister-in-law, Mary Hayes.
Funeral services were held in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel, with brother Sammy Vickers officiating. Interment was held in the Vermillion Cemetery in Hiltons, Va., with military honors conducted by the Bristol VFW Honor Guard.
Family lineage: Clyde E. Vermillion, Arthur M. and Laura Carrier Vermillion, Ira Orlander and Sara Jane Moore Larkey Vermillion, George L. and Elizabeth Jane Fugate Vermillion, Ira and Margaret Haney Fugate, William and Lydia Tate Fugate, Zachariah and Unity Denver Fugate, John and Mary Bracken Tate, John and Sarah Henley Fugate.

Sabrina Dawn Vicars
Kingsport, TN - Sabrina Dawn Vicars, 36, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord June 15, 2009 at her residence after an extended illness.
Sabrina was a lifelong resident of Kingsport, graduating from Dobyns - Bennett High School. She was employed by City of Kingsport Department of Education. Sabrina was a member of Fort Robinson Baptist Church.
She is survived by her mother and father, Karen Hartsock Vicars and Gary W. Vicars of Kingsport; one son, Brayden Andrew Buckles, of the home; father of her son, Eric Buckles; several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A funeral service was conducted Fort Robinson Baptist Church with Pastor Jeff Wallen and Rev. Frank Proffitt officiating; music was provided by the church choir. A graveside service was held at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Memorials may be sent to
Family lineage: Sabrina Vicars, Gary and Sharon Hartsock Vicars, Delmas and Clarice McConnell Vicars, Henry Lawrence and Oshia Davidson McConnell, George J. and Elizabeth McConnell, 1. George Dingus and Martha Dougherty McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, Sheriff George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell: AND through Elizabeth McConnell, William G. and Mary M. Kilgore McConnell, Thomas Price and Malinda Phillips McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Alice Wallen
Duffield, VA — Mrs. Alice Gillenwater Wallen, 81, passed away August 22, 2008 at Ridgecrest Manor, Duffield, VA.
Mrs. Wallen was born in Scott County, VA on November 3, 1926, the daughter of the late Rufus and Ethel Compton Gillenwater.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Ruby Brickey, Stella Brickey and Maxie Gillenwater and brothers, Corbett, Brodus and Darius Gillenwater.
She is survived by her husband, Junior Wallen, Duffield, VA, sons, Charles Wallen and wife, Phyllis, Duffield, VA and Bobby Wallen, Duffield, VA grandson, Michael David Wallen and her sister-in-law, Maude Gillenwater, Gate City, VA, along with several special nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with the Rev. Johnny Duncan and Evangelist Garry Hood officiating. The Lee Smith Singers provided the music. Graveside services were conducted at the Gillenwater Cemetery, Ft. Blackmore, VA.
Family lineage: Alice Eula Gillenwater, Rufus and Ethel Ann Compton Gillenwater, 1. Robert Berry and Nancy McConnell Compton, Compton M. and Nancy Murphy McConnell, Thomas James and Elizabeth Compton McConnell, Nancy McConnell, Emigrant George McConnell: 2. (from Robert Berry Compton, Berry and Susan Dingus Compton, William and Mary Ann Green Dingus, Phillip and Nancy McConnell, Emigrant George McConnell.

Bobby Gene Wallen
Bobby Gene Wallen, 62, Robinette Valley, passed away, Thursday, February 19, 2009. Bobby was born in Sullivan County, TN on October 12, 1946, the son of Junior Wallen and the late Alice Eula Gillenwater Wallen.
He was a graduate of Gate City High School and loved grouse hunting, farming and spending time with his family and friends. He was a former truck driver for Humphreys and also for Fraleys.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Alice Wallen, and by several aunts and uncles.
He is survived by his father, Junior Wallen, Duffield, VA, brother, Charles Wallen and wife, Phyllis, nephew, David Wallen, special cousins, Bonnie Frank and Faye Vaughn and a host of cousins and friends.
Funeral services were conducted in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with Pastor Johnny Duncan and the Rev. Garry Hood officiating. The Lee Smith Singers provided the music. Graveside services were conducted February 23, 2009 at the Gillenwater Family Cemetery, Ft. Blackmore, VA.
Family connection: Bobby Gene Wallen, Charles (Jr.) and Alice Eula Gillenwater Wallen, Rufus and Ethel Ann Compton Gillenwater, Robert Berry and Nancy McConnell Compton, Compton M. and Nancy Murphy McConnell, Thomas J. and Elizabeth Compton McConnell, Nancy McConnell, George McConnell.

Dana Kate Welch
Blountville, TN – Dana Kate Welch, 100 went to be with the Lord January 9, 2009 in Blountville, TN. Mrs. Welch was born September 13, 1908 to Charles P. and Rebecca McKinney Kilgore in Scott County, VA. She worked the assembly line for Miffin-McCambridge and several years in Dungannon High School cafeteria. She was a Granny to everyone. She was a Baptist and a member of the Trinity Baptist Church of Warrenton, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, John Eugene Welch, a daughter, Dormis Skeen; brother Earl Kilgore, sister, Ethel Salyer; sons-in-law, Bobby Odle and Charles Skeen, and a grandson, Freddie Lee.
Dana Kate Welch is survived by her son, Darrell and wife Virginia Welch, daughters, Myra Doris and Ray Hartsock, Polly Lou Odle; 12 grandchildren 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren and a special goddaughter, Brook Jacobs.
Services were conducted at the Colonial Funeral Home of Weber City, VA with Rev. Vinton Williams of Warrenton, VA and Rev. Bob Ferguson of Blountville officiating. Interment followed at Oak Hill Memorial Gardens in Kingsport, TN.
Family lineage: Charles P. and Rebecca McKinney Kilgore, John M. and Eliza Jane McConnell Kilgore, Henry Morris and Elizabeth Kilgore McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Andrea Thomas Wheeler
Kingsport – Andrea Thomas Wheeler, 63, went to be with the Lord September 13, 2008 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. She was born on October 8, 1944 in Kingsport, TN - the daughter of Bill and Faye McConnell Thomas.
Mrs. Wheeler loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
She is preceded in death by her parents and an infant daughter, Angela.
Andrea is survived by her husband, Harold G. Wheeler; sons, Scott Shipley of Mount Carmel, Todd Shipley and wife, Gina, Jason King and stepson, Richard Paul King and wife Tina; brothers, Gary Thomas, Tommy and Theresa Thomas and Billy and Vickie Thomas; aunts, Leta Addington, Monette Quillen; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of the Oak Hill Funeral Home with Pastor Greg Burton officiating. Interment followed on Wednesday in the Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Family connection: Andrea Thomas, Wm. R. and Faye Marie McConnell Thomas, James Morris and Lillie Myrtle Francisco McConnell, William Patton and Eliza Jane Culbertson McConnell, Henry Morris and Elizabeth Kilgore McConnell, George and Mary Compton McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Mary Lee Widener
KINGSPORT — Mary Lee Widener, 101, passed away Wednesday (Nov. 19, 2008) at Appalachian Christian Village (Nursing Wing) in Johnson City
She was born on Aug. 25, 1907 to Samuel and Cornelia Lee.
Her husband, Curtis K Widener, her parents; five brothers; and two sisters, preceded her in death.
Surviving are three daughters, Nancy Hyder, Sue Egloff and Anne Hughes and her husband, Robert, one son, Jim Widener and his wife, Judy; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Nell Lee and Louise Lee; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services were held at the Mafair United Methodist Church with Rev. Dr. Ralph M. Kidd officiating, with interment at the Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Family Connection is through her spouse, Curtis Widener:Curtis Widener. Curtis Widener was the McConnell descendant, Walter Winfred and Drucilla I. Elliott Widener, William Vance Susannah S. McConnell Elliott, Joab Watson & Rebecca Renfro Kilgore McConnell, Sheriff George & Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.

Louise Young
Louise C. Young, age 90, went to be with her Lord October 24, 2008.
She was preceded in death by her husband of over 65 years, Denna Willard Young; her son, Richard Young; her parents, Arthur Casteel and Susie Hall Casteel; her brothers Omar, Phillip, Paul, Carson, and Logan; her sisters Nannie, Pauline, Panna Blevins, Ella Blevins, Lula Ramsey, Jessie Smith; and her half-brother Nathan.
She is survived by her son William Jack McConnell and his wife Peggy and her daughter Loretta. She is also survived by her half-sisters Emily Fussell and Jeannette Henry as well as six grandchildren: Teresa Carter, Gary McConnell, Russell Rice, Tina Lucas, Richard Young, Pam Grimes, several great-grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
Louise was born in Dungannon, VA. She and Denna lived in Scott Depot, WVA and moved to Greenville, TN after Denna retired from Dupont Chemicals in 1978. Louise and Denna loved to travel and took advantage of their early years in retirement to explore the U.S. They were long-time members of First Baptist Church, Greeneville, TN.
Funeral services were conducted in the chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home with Dr. David Green officiating. Graveside services will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park. Pall-bearers will be Gary McConnell, Roy Carter, Scott Lucas, Dan Cooper.
Louise Casteel Young’s family line is through her first husband – William Hugh Jack McConnell, Walter W. and Myrtle Vicars McConnell, William W. and Melissa A. Elam McConnell, William G. and Lydia Fugate McConnell, George and Susannah Schnaebeli McConnell.