Search billions of records on Ancestry.com
   

OBITUARIES

NEXT
PREVIOUS
OBIT REGISTER

 
 
 

 

      Tuesday, Dec. 4 
            Emma Jean Andrews, 65, Wise, Va.
            Joseph (Joe) Arnott, 90, Mount Carmel.
            Howard T. Barrett, 54, Surgoinsville.
            Ethel Frye Bowman, 88, Rogersville.
            Cora Chase, 93, Gray.
            Chadwick Clark, 25, Pennington Gap, Va.
            Hazel Moles Cody, 94, Kingsport.
            Gladys Cooper, 87, Rogersville.
            Eva Lee Crawford, Kingsport.
            Hubert Dean, 74, Norton, Va.
            Rose C. Ford, 38, Jonesborough.
            Bess D. Gibson, 83, Norton, Va.
            Rev. Jessie F. Gilbert, 79, Rose Hill, Va.
            Eva R. Gulley, 87, Kingsport.
            Dean Helton, 87, Kingsport.
            Jane Smith Johnson, 82, Big Stone Gap, Va.
            Grace Jones, 92, Kingsport.
            Virginia R. Kanney, 82, Kingsport.
            Garcia L. Killen, 88, Elizabethton.
            John R. Lawson, 39, Kingsport.
            Gertrude M. Light, 89, Kingsport.
            Mary McConnell, 72, Gate City, Va.
            Virgie McDavid, 94, Gate City, Va.
            1st Sgt. Roy C. Miller, 67, Kingsport.
            Danny Phillips, 51, Rogersville.
            Rev. Milton Robelot, 92, Kingsport.
            Vincent C. Roberts, 47, Kingsport.
            Maggie B. Rutledge, 94, Mount Carmel.
            Elmer Sherfey Sr., 85, Columbus, Ohio.
            Betty Sims, 67, Bristol, Va.
            Roy Cecil Statzer, 67, Duffield, Va.
            Joyce Story, 70, Gray.
            Pearl Vaughan, 89, Kingsport.
            Dorsie Wright, 71, Hiltons, Va.
 

            Emma Jean Andrews, 65, Wise, Va.

            WISE, Va. - Emma Jean Andrews, 65, passed away late Sunday evening 
            (Dec. 2, 2001) at her home. 
            She was born in Wise, Va., on Sept. 23, 1936. Emma was raised in 
            Wise County, and lived in Ashland, Ky., for 27 years before 
            returning to Wise County to live the remainder of her life. 
            She had been an employee for C&H Rauch Jewelers for nearly 17 years 
            and had been an employee for Friedman's Jewelers for the last two 
            years. 
            Emma was of the Baptist faith. 
            She was a daughter of the late John K. and Ina Morris Brooks; and 
            was also preceded in death by a daughter, Tracy Andrews; and two 
            brothers, Ernest Brooks and James Brooks. 
            Surviving are three daughters and two sons-in-law, Penny A. Holmes, 
            Ashland, Ky., Jeannie A. and Bruce Perry, Spartanburg, S.C., and 
            Vickie A. and Joe Voice, Kennewick, Wash.; five grandchildren, Erik, 
            Shelby, Beau, Benjamin and Isaiah; two brothers, Frank Brooks and 
            John Brooks, both of Wise; several nieces and nephews and a host of 
            friends. 
            Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Carty Funeral Home, 
            Norton-Wise, Va. 
            Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home 
            chapel. 
            Burial will be in the Brooks Family Cemetery in Wise. 
            Pallbearers will be friends and family members. 

            Joseph (Joe) Arnott, 90, Mount Carmel.

            MOUNT CARMEL - Joseph (Joe) Arnott, 90, went to be with the Lord 
            Sunday (Dec. 2, 2001) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. 
            He was a veteran of World War II and retired from Tennessee Eastman 
            after 42 years of service. Joe was a member of Oak Grove Baptist 
            Church, and was an avid sports fan. 
            He was preceded in death by his father and mother, John James and 
            Helen Mandola Arnott; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Afton C. and 
            Nell Arnott, Julian M. and Edith Arnott; great-niece, Debbie Monroe. 

               
            Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Lois Arnott, Mount Carmel; 
            daughter and son-in-law, Elaine and Jerry Cox, Mount Carmel; son and 
            daughter-in-law, Dennis and Donna Arnott, Maryville, Tenn.; three 
            grandchildren, Melanie Arnott, Sherry Cox Burchette and husband 
            Steven, and Ben Arnott; sister and brother-in-law, Athalee and O.M. 
            Chase, Gray; three nieces and one nephew; several great-nieces and 
            great-nephews; and good friend, George Morrison. 
            Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson 
            Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport. 
            Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home 
            chapel with the Rev. Richard Harris and the Rev. Bruce Hullette 
            officiating. 
            Burial will follow at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Mount Carmel. 
            Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church building fund, 311 
            Cypress St., Mount Carmel, Tenn. 37645. 

            Howard T. Barrett, 54, Surgoinsville.

            SURGOINSVILLE - Howard T. Barrett, 54, of 303 Amis Chapel Road, 
            entered into rest on Sunday (Dec. 2, 2001) at Wellmont Holston 
            Valley Medical Center following a brief illness. 
            Mr. Barrett was a lifelong resident of Hawkins County, and was a 
            retired employee of Holliston, Inc. of Kingsport where he worked for 
            30 years. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to farm in his spare 
            time. 
            He was preceded in death by his father, Clint S. Barrett; and 
            brother, James F. Barrett. 
               
            Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 26 years, Lena Loretta 
            Wallace Barrett, Surgoinsville; one son, Larry S. Barrett, of the 
            home; two daughters and son-in-law, Amanda and Travis Russell, 
            Church Hill, and Anna Barrett, of the home; granddaughter, Haley Sue 
            Russell, Church Hill; brothers, Billy Joe Barrett and Mack Barrett, 
            both of Rogersville, Harry S. Barrett and John C. Barrett, both of 
            Surgoinsville, Ralph H. Barrett, Kingsport; sisters, Lorraine 
            Nichols, Petersburg, Tenn., Peggy Helton, Linda Dishner and Deborah 
            Presley, all of Surgoinsville; several nieces and nephews. 
            Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Funeral 
            Home, Church Hill, and anytime at the residence. 
            Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home 
            chapel with the Rev. Ralph Hammonds, the Rev. Harold Head and the 
            Rev. Dee Hicks officiating. 
            Burial will follow in Kite Cemetery. 
            Special friends will serve as pallbearers, Harry S. Barrett Jr., 
            Richard Britton, Raymond Smith, Jason Bruner, H.K. Good and Terry 
            Shoemaker. 

            Ethel Frye Bowman, 88, Rogersville.

            ROGERSVILLE - Ethel Frye Bowman, 88, widow of Frank H. Bowman, of 
            South Main Street, Nicholasville, Ky., died Sunday (Dec. 2, 2001) at 
            her home after a brief illness. 
            She was a member of the Edgewood Baptist Church. 
            She was also preceded in death by a son, Frank H. Bowman Jr.; and a 
            grandson, Michael Lee Whitt. 
            Surviving are six children and their spouses, Annette and Dallas 
            Turner, of Indiana, Sandra and Phillip Whitt, Nicholasville, Ky., 
            Authur Darrell and Irene Bowman, Lexington, Ky., Herman Ira and 
            Paula Bowman, Nicholasville, Ky., James R. Bowman, Nancy, Ky., Mark 
            A. and Drema Bowman, of Alabama; a sister, Mrs. Ray (Nell) Stratton, 
            of Florida; 14 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one 
            great-great-grandchild. 
            Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Betts & West Funeral 
            Home, Nicholasville, Ky., with the Rev. Jim Lyons officiating. 
            The family will receive friends from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at 
            Colboch-Price Funeral Home in Rogersville. 
            Graveside services will follow in the Lee Valley Cemetery. 
            Grandsons will serve as bearers. 

            Cora Chase, 93, Gray.

            GRAY - Services for Cora Ethel Wheelock Chase, 93, who passed away 
            Sunday (Dec. 2, 2001), will be conducted at 1 p.m. today in the 
            chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, with 
            Pastor Paul Sheaffer and Pastor Bob Yates officiating. 
            Calling hours will be from 12 to 1 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
            Burial will be in Eastern Star Cemetery. 
            Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. 
            Memorials may be given to West Colonial Hills Baptist Church 
            Building Fund, 1202 Kendrick Creek Road, Kingsport, Tenn. 3766

            Chadwick Clark, 25, Pennington Gap, Va. 

            PENNINGTON GAP, Va. - Chadwick (Chad) Bruce Clark, 25, passed away 
            early Saturday (Dec. 1, 2001) as a result of an automobile accident. 

            He graduated from Lee High School in 1994. He was presently employed 
            by Cumberland Resources of Norton, Va. 
            Surviving are two sons, Joshua Clark and Chris Jones; and his 
            fianceé of 10 years, Paula Twombly, all of Woodway, Va.; his 
            parents, Rufus and Cathy Clark, of Woodway, Va.; two sisters, 
            Heather Clark and Brandy Osborne, both of Woodway, Va.; one brother, 
            Nathan Clark, Woodway, Va.; two half brothers, Anthony Rash and Dana 
            Wilder, both of Jonesville, Va.; paternal grandmother, Ann Clark, of 
            Duffield, Va.; one niece, Makayla Ward, of Duffield, Va.; several 
            aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. 
            Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Sturgill 
            Funeral Home in Pennington Gap, Va., with the Rev. Bob Clark 
            officiating. 
            Music will be provided by the Robinette Chapel Church Singers. 
            Interment will follow in the Lee Memorial Gardens, Woodway, Va. 
            Pallbearers will be Steve Fritz, Leonard Fritz, Ronnie Miles, Rick 
            Head, Billy Castle and Kevin Young. 

            Hazel Moles Cody, 94, Kingsport.

            KINGSPORT - Services for Hazel Moles Cody, 94, who died at 5 p.m. 
            Saturday (Dec. 1, 2001), will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the 
            chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown, with Dr. Ronald L. 
            Davis officiating. 
            Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
            Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Oak Hill 
            Cemetery. 

            Gladys Cooper, 87, Rogersville.

            ROGERSVILLE - Gladys Grigsby Cooper, 87, Raleigh, N.C., formerly of 
            Rogersville, died Saturday (Dec. 1, 2001) at the Rex Hospital, 
            Raleigh, N.C. after an extended illness. 
            She was a member of Wake Forest Baptist Church, Wake Forest, N.C., 
            and a long time member of Rogersville First Baptist Church. 
            Mrs. Cooper was preceded in death by her husband, A.R. Cooper; 
            parents, James J. and Janie Hayes Grigsby; two sisters, Ruby Alvis 
            and Christine Garrett; and two brothers, Denver Grigsby and Howard 
            Grigsby. 
            Surviving are one daughter, Suzanne Benjamin and husband, Donald, 
            Wake Forest, N.C.; three sons, David M. Cooper and wife, Cathi, 
            Orlando, Fla., Donald Co. Cooper and wife, Sharon, Danville, Va., 
            and Joel D. Cooper and wife, Laura, Brentwood, Tenn.; a number of 
            nieces and nephews and countless friends she formed through the 
            years. 
            Calling hours are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Broome Funeral 
            Home. 
            Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home 
            chapel with the Rev. Shelton Livesay officiating. 
            Burial will be at the Peavine Baptist Church, Rock Spring, Ga. 
            Friday under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home, Ft. Oglethorpe, 
            Ga. 

            Eva Lee Crawford, Kingsport.

            KINGSPORT - Eva Lee Allen Smith Crawford, 818 Oak Street, Apt. 136, 
            died Sunday night (Dec. 2, 2001) at Holston Valley Medical Center. 
            She was born in Dunbar, Va., and had lived most of her life in 
            Kingsport. 
            Mrs. Crawford was a loving mother and grandmother. She attended the 
            Freewill Baptist Church. 
            She was preceded in death by her husbands, the Rev. Frank B. Smith 
            in 1972 and Arthur Crawford in 1994; her father, W.F. Allen; her 
            mother, Bertha Jennings Allen; her sisters, Ruth Leamon Davis and 
            Kathleen Hammonds; her brother, John E. Allen. 
               
            Surviving are her daughters, Joan Thompson and husband Bill, Gray, 
            Imogene Barrett and husband Joe, Kingsport; sons, Walter R. Smith 
            and wife Joy, Kingsport, Karol W. Smith and wife Diane, Capon 
            Bridge, W.Va., Larry Smith and wife Sandy, Mount Carmel, F. Gary 
            Smith and wife Cathie, Kingsport, Richard L. Smith and wife Naomi, 
            Kingsport; a stepson, Tommy Crawford; 16 grandchildren; three 
            stepgrandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; three 
            stepgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Estella Meade Patrick, Kingsport; 
            a brother, Robert H. Allen, of Oklahoma; several nieces and nephews. 

            Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Oak Hill Funeral Home. 
            Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home 
            chapel with the Rev. Ralph Hammonds and the Rev. Alvin Hammonds 
            officiating. 
            Graveside services will be conducted at 12 noon Wednesday in Oak 
            Hill Cemetery. 
            An online guest book may be signed at www.legacy.com. 

            Hubert Dean, 74, Norton, Va.

            NORTON, Va. - Hubert Dean, 74, died Monday (Dec. 3, 2001) at his 
            residence. 
            He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. 
            He made his home with his nephew, Mack and Linda Jackson of Norton, 
            for the last several years. 
            Surviving are his brothers, Lester Dean, Toano, Va., Robert Dean, 
            Massillion, Ohio, Howard Dean, Bluefield, Va., and Walter Dean, 
            Norton; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and special caregivers, 
            Anita, Sabrina and Sonya. 
            Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Hagy & 
            Fawbush Funeral Home Chapel where services will be conducted at 8 
            p.m. with the Rev. Mike Hunsucker officiating. 
            Burial will be at 11 a.m Thursday in Laurel Grove Cemetery. 

            Rose C. Ford, 38, Jonesborough.

            JONESBOROUGH - Rose C. Ford, 38, of 255 Hartman Road, died Sunday 
            (Dec. 2, 2001) at Johnson City Medical Center. 
            She was a native of Damascus, Va., and had lived in this area for 
            the past 22 years. She was the daughter of the late Norman and Willa 
            Moore. She attended Bethany Baptist Church. 
            In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two 
            sisters, Ann Myers and Hilda Smith. 
               
            Surviving are her husband of 22 years, Ricky E. Ford; two daughters, 
            Ashley and Brittany Ford, all of the home; three sisters, Judy 
            Currey, Abingdon, Va., Brenda Krayse, Glade Valley, N.C., and Elsie 
            Moore, Mesa, Ariz.; two brothers, Kimble Moore, Sea Breeze, Fla., 
            and Phillip Moore, Goode, Va.; father and mother-in-law, Ernie and 
            Nellie Ford; and several nieces and nephews. 
            Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Snyder's Funeral 
            Home in Gray. 
            Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home with 
            Preacher Farrell Brown, Preacher Jerry Keasling and Mr. Chester 
            Allen officiating. 
            Singing will be performed by Sharon Martin. 
            Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Sulpher Springs 
            Cemetery. 
            The procession will leave Snyder's Funeral Home at 12 noon. 
            Pallbearers will be Dallas Moore, Larry Gregg, Jay Webb, Donald 
            Lloyd, Ernie Crawford, Kenny Cole, Roger Smith and Joey Owens. 

            Bess D. Gibson, 83, Norton, Va.

            NORTON, Va. - Bess D. Gibson, 83, died Monday (Dec. 3, 2001) at St. 
            Mary's Hospital. 
            She was a longtime resident of Norton and spent several years in 
            Baltimore, Md., before returning to Norton. 
            She was preceded in death by her son and daughter-in-law, Jack and 
            Norma McElroy. 
            Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Faye and John Zydalis, 
            Baltimore, Md.; son, Geoffrey "Gipper" Gibson, Baltimore, Md.; 
            grandchildren, Steve and Becky McElroy, Rhonda and Jim Mullins, 
            Jackie Lynn and Marty Adams, Rusty and Karen McElroy, Honey 
            Frederick and Peter Lindenmuth; great-grandchildren, Stephen Cole 
            and Cody McElroy, Michael Frederick; brothers, Tag Davidson, Norton, 
            and Geoffrey Davidson, Salem, Va.; sister, Jean Roberson, Baltimore, 
            Md.; a host of nieces and nephews. 
            Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Hagy & Fawbush 
            Funeral Home, Norton. 
            Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home 
            chapel. 
            Burial will be in the Glencoe Cemetery. 

            Rev. Jessie F. Gilbert, 79, Rose Hill, Va.

            ROSE HILL, Va. - The Rev. Jessie F. Gilbert, 79, was born Nov. 22, 
            1922 and passed away Monday, (Dec. 3, 2001) at Claiborne County 
            Hospital in Tazewell, Tenn. 
            A lifelong resident of Lee County, he was senior pastor of the 
            Martins Creek Baptist Church for many years. 
            He was a wonderful father and friend. 
            He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie Pauline Gilbert; 
            parents, Herbert and Fannie Gilbert; one son, Earl Gilbert; one 
            daughter Flora Nell Gilbert; and two sisters, Mae Taylor and Celia 
            Long. 
            Surviving are three sons, Joe Gilbert and David Gilbert, both of 
            Rose Hill, and Bill Gilbert, Tazewell, Tenn.; five daughters 
            Margaret Collins, Rose Hill, Ruth Lane, Brenda Lane and Sue Ramsey, 
            all of Tazewell, Tenn., and Helen McDaniel, Morristown; 26 
            grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers Marshall 
            Gilbert, Tazewell, Tenn., and Paul Gilbert, Rose Hill; three 
            sisters, Betty Wolf, Tazewell, Tenn., Lois Lawson, Rutledge, Tenn., 
            and Ruby Hounshell, Rose Hill; two special friends, John Ely and the 
            Rev. Jim Taylor, both of Tazewell, Tenn. 
            Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Arney-Mullins 
            Funeral Home in Rose Hill. 
            Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home 
            chapel with the Rev. Dee Owens, the Rev. Jim Taylor and the Rev. 
            Jeff Lane officiating. 
            The Mitchel Holt Trio will provide the song service. 
            Burial will follow in the Van Huss Grove Cemetery in Rose Hill. 
            Pallbearers will be Jay Taylor, Kenny McMurry, Troy Lynch, Rob 
            McMurry, Henry Smallwood, Bill Gilbert, James Lane, Nathan McDaniel, 
            and Lowell Adams. 

            Eva R. Gulley, 87, Kingsport.

            KINGSPORT - Eva Ruby Palmer Gulley, 87, went to be with the Lord 
            Sunday (Dec. 2, 2001) in the Sunbridge Health Care Center after a 
            period of declining health. 
            Eva was born August 25, 1914 in Knoxville, a daughter of the late 
            William Preston and Martha Lillie Gibson Palmer. Eva was retired 
            from the Royal Laundry and worked in every phase of the business. 
            Eva was the widow of Ted N. Jones. In addition to her parents and 
            husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Marvin Palmer. 
               
            Surviving are her loving sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Marie 
            Jones, Kingsport, Bob and Mae Jones, Victoria, Va.; a daughter, 
            Gladys Lee Minton, Hampton, Va.; six grandchildren and eight 
            great-grandchildren. 
            Calling hours will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the East Lawn 
            Funeral Home. 
            Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the garden of 
            David of the East Lawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Bill Porter 
            officiating. 

            Dean Helton, 87, Kingsport.

            KINGSPORT - Dean F. Helton, 87, 299 Easy St., went to be with the 
            Lord Sunday (Dec. 2, 2001) at Indian Path Medical Center after an 
            extended illness. 
            He was born in Stanford, Ill., and lived in Poor Valley 
            (Rogersville) for several years. He moved to Kingsport in 1937. He 
            retired from Kingsport Foundry after 30 years of service. He was a 
            Christian and a member of Summersville Baptist Church. 
            He was a wonderful husband, father and brother. 
            He was preceded in death by his parents, Nessie Walter Helton and 
            Nancy Jane Dyer Helton; one sister, Kate Smith; and a brother, 
            Gaines Helton. 
            Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Nellie Burton Helton; daughters, 
            Margie Cleo Helton, of the home, Mrs. Kay Helton Wood and husband, 
            Harry, Kingsport; sisters, Elizabeth Smith and Ruby Sanders; 
            brothers, Maurice Helton, Randle Helton and Ralph Helton, all of 
            Rogersville; and several nieces and nephews. 
            Calling hours are from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Carter-Trent 
            Funeral Home, downtown. 
            Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home 
            chapel with the Rev. F.M. Brown officiating. 
            Burial will be at East Lawn Memorial Park. 
            Pallbearers will be Dennis Helton, Roger Helton, Steve Helton, Larry 
            Helton, Claude Helton and Gerald Smith. 

            Jane Smith Johnson, 82, Big Stone Gap, Va.

            BIG STONE GAP, Va. - Jane Smith Johnson, 82, went to be with the 
            Lord Monday (Dec. 3, 2001) at Tri-State Comprehensive Care in 
            Harrogate, Tenn. 
            Arrangements are incomplete. 
            Holding Funeral Home, Big Stone Gap, is in charge of arrangements. 

            Grace Jones, 92, Kingsport.

            KINGSPORT - Grace Fay Tate Jones, 92, died Sunday (Dec. 2, 2001) at 
            Brookhaven Health Care. 
            Born in Sullivan County (Arcadia), she had spent most of her life in 
            Hawkins County (Ross Camp Grounds). Mrs. Jones was a homemaker and a 
            member of Lewis Lane Baptist Church. 
            She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Clay Jones; parents, 
            Charlie Tate and Sarah Jane Monroe Tate; half-sister, Mable Moore; 
            and half-brother, James Harmon Tate. 
            Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Oliver G. Jones and 
            wife Betty, Rockville, Md.; daughters, Ms. Imogene Bailey, 
            Kingsport, and Ms. Lennis Meade, Church Hill; four grandchildren, 
            John F. Bailey, Randall Bailey, Terry Lynn Jones Turner, and a 
            special granddaughter, Kim Prater; two great-grandchildren; sister, 
            Mrs. Nannie Mae Young, Johnson City; and several nieces and nephews. 

            Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Carter-Trent Funeral 
            Home, downtown. Friends may call anytime at the residence of the 
            granddaughter, Kim Prater, 917 Starling Drive (Hiara Heights). 
            Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home 
            chapel with the Rev. Gary Gerhardt officiating. 
            Music will be provided by the Darrell Birchett Trio. 
            Graveside services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill 
            Cemetery. 
            Family and friends are to meet at the cemetery by 9:40 a.m. 
            Wednesday. 

            Virginia R. Kanney, 82, Kingsport.

            KINGSPORT - Virginia R. Minter Brown Kanney, 82, of Kingsport and a 
            former resident of Iron Gate, Va., passed away Monday (Dec. 3, 2001) 
            in the Sunbridge Health Care Center after a period of declining 
            health. 
            Born June 11, 1919 in Iron Gate, Va., Virginia was a daughter of the 
            late William Houston and Florence Definbaugh Minter. 
            In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first 
            husband Lewis Brown, and her second husband, McCray Allen Kanney; a 
            granddaughter, Joann Bryant; seven brothers and three sisters. 
            Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret and C.H. 
            Bryant, Kingsport; three grandsons, Sidney Bryant, Kingsport, David 
            Bryant, Blountville, and Roger Bryant, of New Jersey; five 
            great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, 
            Lina Loan and Elsie Bryant; and several nieces and nephews. 
            Friends may call anytime today from 2:30 to 7 p.m. and anytime on 
            Wednesday between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home. 
            Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the East Lawn 
            Memorial Park in the garden of faith with the Rev. Aaron Rayburn 
            officiating. 
            In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Indian Springs 
            Baptist Church Building fund, 325 Hill Road, Kingsport, Tenn. 37664. 

            Garcia L. Killen, 88, Elizabethton.

            ELIZABETHTON - Garcia L. Killen, 88, 1733 Scoita Road, died Sunday 
            (Dec. 2, 2001) at his residence after a lengthy illness. 
            He was a native of Jenkins, Ky., and moved to Elizabethton in 1950. 
            He was the son of the late Frank and Della Mullins Killen. He 
            retired as a coal miner and then worked 17 years for S.B. White 
            Construction. 
            He was a Baptist. 
            He was preceded in death by his wife, Jannie Nowlin Killen in 1984; 
            a son, Ronald L. Killen in 1989; a brother, Ked Killen; and four 
            sister, Sue Carol Chander, Wanda Holyfield, Faye West and June 
            Mullins. 
            Surviving are a daughter, Midge K. Delaney, Fall Branch; three sons, 
            Bill R. Killen, Milligan College Bradley A. Killen Jonesborough, and 
            David W. Killen, Kingsport; 16 grandchildren; 15 
            great-grandchildren; two sisters, Christine Mullins, Jenkins, Ky., 
            and Inez Webb, Corbin, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews. 
            Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Morris-Baker Funeral 
            Home, Johnson City. 
            Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home 
            chapel with the Rev. D.C. Byrd officiating. 
            Committal services and burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the 
            Washington County Memory Gardens. 
            Immediate family will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. to go 
            in procession to the cemetery. 
            Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 
            Condolences may be sent to the family through www.morrisbaker.com. 

            John R. Lawson, 39, Kingsport.
               
            Entombment services for John R. Lawson, 39, of 1525 Kings Road, 
            Kingsport, who died Friday (Nov. 30, 2001), will be conducted at 11 
            a.m. today in Oak Hill Mausoleum. 
            Memorial contributions may be given to Rock Heritage Baptist Church, 
            c/o building fund, 4800 Fort Henry Drive, Kingsport, Tenn. 37663 or 
            Oakwood Forest Christian Church, 1713 E. Sevier Ave., Kingsport, 
            Tenn. 37664. 
            Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown, is in charge of the 
            arrangements. 

            Gertrude M. Light, 89, Kingsport.
               
            Graveside services for Gertrude Maude Light, 89, 1924 Bowater Lane, 
            Kingsport, who went to be with the Lord Friday (Nov. 30, 2001), will 
            be conducted at 1 p.m. today in Oak Hill Cemetery. 
            Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown, is serving the family of 
            Gertrude M. Light. 

            Mary McConnell, 72, Gate City, Va.

            GATE CITY, Va. - Mary Evelyn McConnell, 72, of Route 2, departed 
            this life early Monday morning (Dec. 3, 2001) at Holston Valley 
            Medical Center. 
            She was a native of Scott County and was a homemaker. She was a 
            member of Peter's Chapel Church. 
            She was preceded in death by her parents, John T. Strong and Della 
            Frazier Strong; sisters, Ruby Strong, Ina Tomlinson, Grace Summey 
            and Margaret Strong; and brothers, Ernest Strong and Henry Strong. 
            Surviving are her husband, Vernon Paul McConnell, Gate City; son and 
            daughter-in-law, Edward Paul and Charlotte McConnell, Weber City, 
            Va.; granddaughters, Christy Ramsey and Kimberly Ramsey, both of 
            Gate City; great-grandchildren, Michael Hammonds, Logan Ramsey, 
            Gavin Ramsey and Haley Ramsey; sister, Mable Gillenwater, Gate City; 
            brother, Fred Strong, of Michigan; several nieces and nephews. 
            Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Scott County 
            Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and other times at the home of the 
            son on Blanton Drive, Weber City. 
            Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home 
            chapel with the Rev. Eddie Starnes officiating. 
            Music will be provided by James McConnell. 
            Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in the McConnell Cemetery (Midway 
            community), Route 2, Gate City. 
            Pallbearers will be Jay McConnell, Gene McConnell, Kelly McConnell, 
            Junior Howington, James Ramey and Matt Ramsey. 
            Family and friends will meet at the cemetery for the burial. 

            Virgie McDavid, 94, Gate City, Va.
               
            GATE CITY, Va. - Services for Virginia "Virgie" Lou Helbert McDavid, 
            94, who entered into rest at SunBridge Care and Rehabilitation 
            Hillside on Saturday (Dec. 1, 2001), will be conducted at 1 p.m. 
            today in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of Gate City Funeral Home 
            with the Rev. R.D. Stallard officiating. 
            Music will be provided by Junior Smith and Family Tradition. 
            Burial will follow in the Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va. 
            Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers. 

            1st Sgt. Roy C. Miller, 67, Kingsport.

            KINGSPORT - 1st Sgt. Roy C. Miller, 67, went to be with the Lord on 
            Sunday morning (Dec. 2, 2001) at Greystone Health Care Center after 
            a brief illness. 
            He was born in Scott County, Va., and had lived in Kingsport most of 
            his life. He was of the Baptist faith. 
            He was active in the U.S. Army & Reserves. He retired after 43 years 
            of service. Mr. Miller was 1st Sgt. in the U.S. Army D Company, 844 
            Engineering Battalion, and was also an instructor for the 3292nd. He 
            retired from the Army Maintenance Shop as a wage leader. He was also 
            a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner. 
            Mr. Miller enjoyed his mechanic work and received the Meritorious 
            Service Medal for enthusiasm, leadership ability and dedication to 
            duty, continually improved unit moral and mobilization readiness. 
            1st Sgt. Miller's outstanding achievements and devotion to duty are 
            in keeping with the highest tradition of the military service and 
            reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the U.S. Army 
            Reserve. 
            He was an amazing and outstanding husband, father, brother and 
            friend. 
            He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruby T. Reed; father, 
            Bradley Patton Miller; sisters, Rettie Miller and Opal Miller; a 
            brother, Joe Miller; and several half brothers and half sisters. 
               
            Surviving are his wife, Mary Ruth Miller, of the home; daughters, 
            Kimberly D. New and husband Ronald, Surgoinsville, Vicki Dingus and 
            husband Ronnie, Jonesborough, Nicole Miller and husband Tony, 
            Kingsport; grandchildren, Bradley Thomas New and David Wayne Dingus; 
            brother, Boyd Wayne Miller (Edie), of Ohio; several nieces and 
            nephews. 
            Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Funeral 
            Home. 
            Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home 
            chapel with Brother Johnnie Gibson officiating. 
            Military graveside rites will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at 
            Oak Hill Cemetery with Charles DeWitt Byrd Post No. 3382 of the VFW 
            officiating. 
            An on-line guest book may be signed at www.legacy.com. 

            Danny Phillips, 51, Rogersville.

            ROGERSVILLE - Danny Edward "Enterprise" Phillips, 51, died Sunday 
            (Dec. 2, 2001) at Indian Path Medical Center after an extended 
            illness. 
            He was of the Baptist faith. 
            Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by his father, Abe Phillips; son, 
            Troy Lee Phillips; brother, Steven Phillips; grandparents, Fred and 
            Catherine Bowlin. 
            Surviving are one son, Shannon Phillips and wife, Amanda; mother, 
            Ada Lee Bowlin Phillips; two grandchildren, Cheyenne Phillips and 
            Cody Lee Phillips; sister, Joann Manis and husband, Paul; two 
            nieces, Misty Phillips and Krystal Lamons, all of Rogersville; two 
            nephews, Ronnie Manis, Ft. Campbell, Ky., and Tony Manis, Pressmans 
            Home; four great nieces and one great nephew. 
            Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Broome Funeral Home, 
            Rogersville. 
            Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home 
            chapel with the Rev. Johnny Carr officiating. 
            Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the 
            Emmert Cemetery. 

            Rev. Milton Robelot, 92, Kingsport.
               
            Rev. Milton Paul Robelot, 92, 98 Periwinkle Place, Kingsport, died 
            at 3:30 a.m. Monday (Dec. 3, 2001) in Indian Path Medical Center. 
            Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, is serving the 
            Robelot family. 

            Vincent C. Roberts, 47, Kingsport.

            KINGSPORT - Graveside services for Vincent C. Roberts, 47, who died 
            Saturday (Dec. 1, 2001), will be at 11 a.m. today at the Oak Hill 
            Cemetery. 
            Family and friends will meet at the cemetery. 
            An on-line guest book may be signed at www.legacy.com. 
            Oak Hill Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements. 

            Maggie B. Rutledge, 94, Mount Carmel.

            MOUNT CARMEL - Maggie B. Rutledge, 94, of 431 Holly Street, died 
            Monday (Dec. 3, 2001) at Brookhaven Health Care. 
            Arrangements are incomplete. 
            Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown, is serving the family of Mrs. 
            Rutledge. 

            Elmer Sherfey Sr., 85, Columbus, Ohio.

            COLUMBUS, Ohio - Elmer W. "Jack" Sherfey Sr., 85, died Sunday (Dec. 
            2, 2001) at Mt. Carmel East Hospital, Columbus, Ohio. 
            Born April 10, 1916 in Kingsport, he was a life member of Carpenters 
            Local No. 200 and a member of Calvin Presbyterian Church. 
            He was preceded in death by his wife, Lida; daughter, Betty Lou 
            Martin; and brothers, Bruce and Dana Sherfey. 
            Surviving are daughters, Shirley Panghorn and Wilma (Robert) Buhrts; 
            sons, Chuck (Barbara) Sherfey and Wade (Nancy) Sherfey; 16 
            grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; sister, Louise (Henry) Fink. 
            Calling hours are from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Evans 
            Funeral Home, 4171 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, Ohio. 
            Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the funeral home 
            chapel with the Rev. Harrison Gruenler officiating. 
            Interment will be at the Franklin Hills Memory Gardens, Canal 
            Winchester, Ohio. 

            Betty Sims, 67, Bristol, Va. Return To Top

            BRISTOL, Va. - Betty Jo Sumner Sims, 67, 6047 Walker Mountain Road, 
            went to be with the Lord, her sweet husband Lee, her father, mother 
            and brothers, late Sunday (Dec. 2, 2001). 
            She was born in Sullivan County and made her home in Bristol since 
            1956. She was of the Baptist faith. She was retired from Valleydale 
            Meat Packing Co. after over 15 years of service. 
            She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Lee Sims (Nov. 17, 
            2001); her parents, Joseph Walter Sumner and Etta Mae Edwards 
            Sumner; and her brothers, D.C. Sumner and Wayne Sumner. 
               
            Surviving are a daughter, Deborah "Debbie" Amyx and husband, Roger, 
            Blountville; sons, Vilas Lee Sims and wife, Juanita, Danny Michael 
            Sims and wife, Ann, Bristol, Va.; sisters, Barbara Bledsoe, 
            Blountville, Mary Jackson, Kingsport and Kathy Ketron, Blountville; 
            brothers, Otis Sumner and Tom Sumner, both of Church Hill; seven 
            grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and 
            nephews. 
            Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Carter-Trent Funeral 
            Home, downtown. 
            Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home 
            chapel with the Rev. Lester Ketron and the Rev. Robert Brewer 
            officiating. 
            Burial will be at Herman Church Cemetery, East Carters Valley Road. 

            Roy Cecil Statzer, 67, Duffield, Va.

            DUFFIELD, Va. - Roy Cecil Statzer, 67, of Duffield, died Sunday 
            (Dec. 2, 2001) at his residence. 
            Born in Cumberland, Ky., he was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had 
            retired from the General Motors Corporation. 
            Mr. Statzer was preceded in death by his parents, John D. and Linda 
            Parsons Statzer; and two brothers, Bobby Statzer and Gary Statzer. 
            Surviving are his wife, Maggie Tomlinson Statzer, of Duffield; two 
            sons, Tim Statzer and David Statzer, both of Taylor, Mich.; a 
            daughter, Sharon K. Statzer, of Duffield; a brother, James Statzer, 
            of Romulus, Mich.; two sisters, Maxie Collier, of Westland, Mich., 
            and Ann Collier, of Romulus, Mich.; six grandchildren, Evan Statzer, 
            Devan Statzer, Ashley Statzer, Dylan Statzer, Alexis Gillenwater, 
            Brandon Roy Statzer, and an additional grandchild, Madison Head, 
            soon to be born. 
            Calling hours will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at The Duffield Funeral 
            Home at Thomas Village. 
            Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home 
            with Evangelist Garry Hood officiating. 
            Music will be provided by the Durham's Chapel Quartet. 
            Burial will follow in the Emory Tomlinson Cemetery in Duffield with 
            military honors conducted by the Charles DeWitt Byrd Post No. 3382 
            of the VFW. 

            Joyce Story, 70, Gray.

            GRAY - Joyce Story, 70, died Sunday (Dec. 2, 2001) at her residence, 
            175 Oak Grove Road, Gray. 
            A native of Unicoi County, shewas the daughter of the late Martin 
            Luther and Fina McKinney Hurt. She was a housewife and of the 
            Baptist faith. 
            She was preceded in death by her husband, Blaine L. Story; three 
            sisters and four brothers. 
            Surviving are five daughters, Loria Story, Gray, Betty Cullen, Nancy 
            Gilmore and Judy Jonas, all of Florida and Elizabeth Campbell, 
            Elizabethton; five sons, Bobby Harrell, Martin Harrell and Ricky 
            Harrell, all of Johnson City, Jerry Harrell, Telford and Randall 
            Harrell, Gray; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; 
            four sisters, Florence Hurt, Johnson City, Thelma Campbell, 
            Jonesborough and Vada Blankenship, Unicoi and Lucy Ward, Adren, 
            Mich; and several nieces and nephews. 
            Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gray Funeral Home. 
            Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the 
            Grindstaff Cemetery at Limestone Cove (Unicoi). 
            Family and friends will be leaving the funeral home at 1 p.m. 
            Thursday going to the cemetery for burial. 
            Pallbearers will be Bobby, Martin, Ricky and Jerry Harrell, Curtis 
            Whitamore and Matthew Cycz. 

            Pearl Vaughan, 89, Kingsport.

            KINGSPORT - Pearl Livesay Vaughan, 89, died Sunday (Dec. 2, 2001) at 
            Sunbridge Care and Rehabilitation - Hillside. 
            Born Aug. 1, 1912 in Hancock County, she was a resident of 
            Kingsport. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Kingsport and 
            a member of the Fidelis Sunday School Class since 1956. She was a 
            troop leader of the Girl Scouts of America and a troop leader of the 
            Boy Scouts of America. She was a member of the Women's Moose Lodge, 
            the Livesay Association, and a member of the Long Island Chapter of 
            the Daughters of the American Revolution. 
            She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray T. Vaughan; her 
            brothers, Chris Davis Livesay and Howard Taft Livesay; her sister, 
            Martha Ester Livesay; and her granddaughter, Amy Vaughan Weems. 
            Surviving are her son, Thomas Livesay Vaughan; and daughter, Mary 
            Vaughan Klock, Kingsport. 
            Calling hours will be from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the Oak Hill Funeral 
            Home. 
            Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of the 
            funeral home with Dr. Marvin Cameron officiating. 
            Graveside services will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. 
            In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions 
            be made to the First Baptist Church of Kingsport, 200 West Church 
            Circle, Kingsport, Tenn. 37600. 
            An on-line guest book may be signed at www.legacy.com. 

            Dorsie Wright, 71, Hiltons, Va.

            HILTONS, Va. - Dorsie McMurray Wright, 71, entered into rest Sunday 
            (Dec. 2, 2001) at Indian Path Medical Center. 
            She was born in Scott County, Va. on March 17, 1930 to the late Coy 
            McMurray and Cora Susie McMurray. 
            Including her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, 
            Maxine McMurray; two brothers, Ralph and Ivan McMurray. 
               
            Survivors include her husband, Robert Wright, Hiltons, Va.; one 
            daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Jim Kerns, Hiltons, Va.; four 
            brothers, Kyle McMurray, Bristol, Va., Jack McMurray, Warren J. 
            McMurray and Cecil McMurray, all of Kingsport; two grandchildren, 
            Misty and husband, Charlie Hatfield, Joe Kerns and fiancée, Amie 
            Skinner; special family friend, Shannon "Buck" Williams; 
            great-grandchildren, Taylor and Madison; numerous nieces and 
            nephews. 
            Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home 
            and other times at the residence of Helen and Jim Kerns. Services 
            will be conducted at 7 p.m. today in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel 
            of the funeral home with Rev. Johnny Duncan officiating. 
            Music will be provided by Living Waters Trio. 
            Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Hermon 
            United Methodist Church Cemetery, East Carter's Valley. 
            Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. 
            The family will be meeting at 12:15 p.m. at the funeral home to go 
            in procession to the cemetery. 

      Published December 3, 2001