Obituaries
2021




NAOMI RUTH ADKINS, of Troy, OH, went home to be with Jesus on December 31, 2020, at the age of 64. Her devotion to family and her firm belief in God supported her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. Naomi was born to Joe and Emma Jean Robinette on February 16, 1956. She was immersed into the Christian faith by her loving parents at a young age. Naomi was a member of Fairview Primitive Baptist Church. She loved to sing and worship with her brothers and sisters.

Naomi was blessed with a large and loving family. She married her best friend, Reed Adkins, on June 29, 1997, in Jackson, OH. Naomi and Reed were a blessing to all who listened to them praise the Lord together in song throughout the years. Singing was a lifelong passion of Naomi’s. She brought many people to Jesus over the years through her songs and testimonies. Her family and friends are sure to miss her light shining in their lives.

Naomi was preceded in death by her first husband, Carson Payne; one brother, Fred Robinette; her niece, Candy Johnson; and one great nephew, Kaden Johnson.

Naomi is survived by her loving parents, Joe and Emma Jean Robinette; her husband, Reed Adkins; five children, Christy (Stephen) Cook, Shannon Payne, Tyler (Cathy) Adkins, Mary (Chuck) Petersimes, and Matt (Bobby Jo) Adkins; two sisters, Donna Robinette and Joanne (Mike) Longacre, three brothers Kyle Robinette, Parmer Robinette, and Jason (August) Robinette. She also leaves behind a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins, who will miss her loving smile.

For more than 30 years, Naomi worked for Kroger. She was a manager with a servant heart. She often spoke of her fellow coworkers and friends there. She retired in February 2020.


-Written by the family

DANNY KAY “BIRD” BAILEY, 71, of Surgoinsville, passed away March 3, 2021 after a brief illness. He was a member of Long Hollow Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Ellene Bailey; brothers Jeptha Bailey and Clinton Bailey, Jr. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in the Vietnam War. He was lover by many and will be greatly missed.

Survivors include dis daughters, Kimberly Danielle and Danielle Renee Bailey; son, Brendon Bailey; stepchildren, Travis Buckholz and Lacy Unroe; grandchildren, Zaelin Tucker Thomas Roberts, Brinley Unroe, and Emeri Jade Unroe; brother, James Richard Bailey; sister, Sharon (Dennis) Phipps; several nieces and nephews, and special friends, Brenda Renee Johnson, Bennie Williams, Patrick Mahoney, Ralph Lindsay, Lisa and Izak Griggs. Until we meet again in Heaven.


-Written by the family

RONNIE G. BREWER, age 68, of Sneedville, passed away February 18, 2021. He professed faith in Christ at the age of 15 and joined Swan Creek Baptist Church. Ronnie loved to sing. He was a very special husband, and he will be sadly missed. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harrison G Brewer & Hazel Perry Brewer; brother, Charles Brewer and his stepmother, Ora Hatfield Brewer.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nancy Brewer; sisters, Mae Dean (Ralph) Sutton, Pauline King, and Argel Lee Seal; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and a host of other family and friends.

Ronnie had many beloved friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters in Christ, all of whom are blessed by memories of his kindness and his faith. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but his loved ones are assured that he is resting peacefully with the Lord.


-Written by his wife, Nancy

CAROLYN ANN “ROBINETTE” BUCHANAN, age 80, of Medford OK, passed away Tuesday, July 21, 2021, at the Integris Bass Hospital in Enid, OK. Carolyn was born on May 21, 1941, in Bellbrook, OH. She was the daughter of the late Annie Sue “Walker” Beegle and Wesley Ellsworth Beegle. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Claude Ray Beegle; a sister, Jenny Sue Keeton; great- grandson, Landyn Wade Graham; son-in-law, Billy Eugine Whitt; and daughter-in-law, Regina Kerns Robinette.

On May 26, 1956, Carolyn married Roy Parmer Robinette. This union blessed them with four daughters and one son: Geraldine Whitt, Mary (Alvin) Ashcraft, Roy Daniel Robinette, Shirley (Jerry) Biby, and Ruth Ann (Kevin) Guinn. While living in Chandler, OK, Roy’s life tragically ended in 1985.

On November 7, 1987, Carolyn married Calvin Jerry Buchanan where she was blessed with two step-sons, Roger (Cindy) Buchanan, and Danny Buchanan. After an extended illness, Jerry passed away in 2013.

Along with her children, she is survived by two brothers, Joel (Diana) Beegle and Mike (Shirley) Beegle. A host of friends, nieces, nephews, 12 grandchildren, and 21 great children will miss everything about her.

Carolyn loved her family more than anything. She looked forward to the big family gatherings where all of her family could be together. She also enjoyed her work with the Wheatheart Program in Medford right up until it closed in 2019.


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BRADLEY TYLER BURKE, age 87, of Stickleyville, VA, passed away November 26, 2020. He was a member of Livingston’s Chapel/Wallen’s Creek and last attended Blue Springs Church in Stickleyville. He was preceded in death by his parents, Zach and Mary Burke; brothers Champ, Jim Bruce, and infant brother John David Burke; sisters Fern Marcum, Zelma Bowens, and Francis "Wren" Tomlinson.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Judy Burke; two children, Deborah Hammonds and Larry Burke, sister Lois Page, five grandsons, and nine great- grandchildren.

Tyler was a meek and faithful servant of the Lord, which he openly expressed through prayers and testimonies. Although he is deeply missed by all, we find great comfort in knowing he is with his Savior in Heaven.


-Written by church family

JUANITA “RUTH” CARTER, age 97, of Waynesville, passed away Monday, April 19th, 2021, at Bethany Lutheran Village.

Ruth was born November 22, 1923, in Blackwater, Virginia, to Roberta (Stewart) and Ramon Victor Childress. She lived her early years in Kingsport, TN, before making her home in Ohio.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Carter in 1993, and more recently by sons, Terry and Garry. Ruth is survived by her daughter, Barbara Emrick (Donald), son Merrill, and daughter-in-law, Gynger Carter, grandchildren, Lindsey, Lauren, Amy, Matthew, Amber, Ryan, and Bradley, great-grandchildren, Hava, Titus, Carter, Ethan, Emily, Nicholas, Ashley, Elana, and Maliyah.

Ruth enjoyed church and was a loyal member of Fairview Primitive Baptist Church for decades. As a dedicated homemaker, she loved cooking, baking, sewing, crocheting, quilting, and food canning, and often gifted apple butter and jam to family and friends. She had a large garden and grew her own vegetables and grapes, which she used to make grape juice and grape jelly.


-Written by the family

DORCE “SONNY” CAUDILL, 82, of Whitesburg, passed away August 22, 2021 at the Highlands ARH in Prestonsburg, KY. Sonny was the son of the late David and Dorothy Basham Caudill. He was the widower of Joyce Collier Caudill. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Betty Caudill.

Surviving are sons, Rick (Debbie) Caudill and Tim (Cheryl) Caudill; special grandchild, Kayla; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.

He was a member of Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church.


-Written by the family

SHERRY ANN COPE, age 60, of Sneedville, passed away December 1, 2020 at home with family. She was a member of Swan Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Norma Jean Baker, Tyler Baker, and J.D. Collins; several aunts & uncles; father-in-law, Fred Cope; and brother-in-law, Lonnie Cope.

Survivors include her Husband, Fred Cope Jr.; daughter, Tasha (Michael) Gordon; grandchildren, Adren (Michael) Pruitt and Elijah Seal; great-grandchildren, Diesel Pruitt and Hallie Pruitt; sisters, Joyce (Carson) Bolden, Shirley (John) Willis, Tricia Collins, Delois Collins, Kathy Collins and Bernice Collins; and brothers, Venice Collins and Dennis Collins.


-Written by the family

CHRISTINA EDENS, 86, of the Cave Springs community, passed away on Saturday, February 27, 2021. She was born in Kentucky on Christmas day. She was preceded in death by parents Burley and Sudie Hall; husband Claude Edens; and several other close family members. Surviving are: her children, Sandy Edens, Debbie Thompson, Eugene Edens, and Sharon Shepard; her beloved grandchildren, Jared and Derek Edens; Chance and Cameron Thompson; Ashley, Jordan, and Cody Shepard; adorable great-grandchildren, Makayla, Kandice, Hadlee, and Lillian Edens; Brianna Thomas; Logan and Landon Light; brother Ronnie Hall; several nieces and nephews and in-laws.

Christina was a member of Valley View Primitive Baptist Church where she served as Sunday School Teacher of the Ladies’ class for several year. There will be a joyous reunion in Heaven.


-Written by church family

ALLIA MAE ELDRIDGE, 89, left her earthly life on Wednesday, September 8, 2021 for her eternal home in heaven. Allia Mae was born August 7, 1932 to the late Earl and Eva (Wallen) Hall of Kyles Ford, TN. She called Blackwater, VA home after marrying the late Ralph Eldridge, where they lived and raised their family. After her health declined, she became a resident of Lee Nursing, Pennington Gap, VA.

During a revival in 1945, she gave her heart to the Lord and was saved on January 28th at Willis Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in Kyles Ford. She joined the church and was baptized in June of that same year. Allia Mae remained a faithful member of the church. Her health declined and she couldn’t attend, but she never forgot her church and the desire to be there and hear the preached word of God. She loved her Lord and Savior and would reference his goodness many times during conversations. Allia Mae loved to sing. She spent many years with the Willis Chapel Quartet and choir as they sang in different churches and funerals. Allia Mae also taught a youth Sunday School class.

Allia Mae was a wonderful Christian mother. She loved her home and was an immaculate housekeeper. Her family was always taken care of and she loved her children to the fullest. She anxiously awaited each call and visit. She enjoyed gardening, canning and shopping. The impact she made on her children and the prayers that she showered them with will never be forgotten and her memory will forever live in our hearts. Allia Mae suffered great loss when her eldest daughter, Deborah Eldridge passed away in December 2020. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Yount.

To cherish her precious memory, she leaves behind her daughters, Karen Arnott and Genia (Eddie) Garrett; grandchildren, Travis (Carla) Arnott and Kita Eldridge; great-grandsons, Parker and Blake Arnott; and sister, Betty Yount.


-Written by the family

RANDY FIELDS, age 53, of Surgoinsville, was born June 9, 1967. He passed away January 23, 2021. He was the son of the late Jean and Dub Fields. He was a member of Long Hollow Church.

Survivors are his daughter, Megan; son, Tyler; two grandchildren; brother, Jim Fields; sister, Amanda Bradley; several nieces, nephews, and cousins, and a host of dear friends.


-Written by the family

J.D. GILREATH, 86, passed away on December 18, 2020 at the Holston Valley Medical Center from complications of Covid-19.

Born May 5, 1934, he spent his boyhood years plowing fields, tending livestock, and rambling the countryside with his siblings. One memory he spoke of was as a very small child sitting under a tree playing with blocks his father would give him while his father helped build Mt. Mitchell Church.

He worked briefly as a florist before joining Kingsport Fire Department in 1957. For 34 years, he took pride in providing safety and security for the community.

His memory will remain kindled in the hearts of his sister, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren nieces, nephews, and many friends.


-Written by the family

RUBY JEAN STURGILL HOLBROOK, 64, went to be with the Lord on May 19, 2021. She was a member of Edwin Holbrook Memorial Church. She was preceded in death by daughter, Dean; son, Jonathon; and brother, Arco.

She is survived by sisters, Alice Baker and Geneva Collins; and nephew, Travis Baker.

She will be missed by family and friends.


-Written by friends

LARRY KEITH IRVIN, was born October 6,1950 and went to be with the Lord May 28, 2021 at the VA Medical Center after a brief illness. Keith resided in Kingsport his entire life. He honorably served his country as a soldier in the US Army and fought in the Vietnam War. He retired from Eastman after 44 years of service. He was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Wilson Irvin.

Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Linda Irvin; his brother Elder Oscar Irvin and wife Priscilla; grandchildren Nathaniel Dishner, Joy Dishner, and Kimberly Trent; several nieces and nephews; special friend Roff Gheman.

Keith attended Poplar Grove faithfully until his passing and he is missed terribly by his church family and friends. We miss him but we are thankful for the hope that we will meet again. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Rest easy, Unkie!


-Written by his niece Tracy Graybeal

DOROTHY D. JOHNSON, age 48, of Morristown, TN, went home to be with the Lord on August 14th, 2021. She was a member of New Life Primitive Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Terry Johnson; and children, Brittany L. Johnson and Terry Zach Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Fred Freeman and Nancy Freeman. Also preceding her in death was her mother-in-law, Mary Ann Johnson Hodge; brother- in-law, Elder Donald Lowell Johnson; and many family and friends.

She was raised mostly by her grandmother Dorothy Wilbur and Roger and Loretta Manring.


-Written by church family

MARGARET ANN JOHNSON, age 70, of Sneedville, entered Heaven’s gates to rejoice with her Savior and her heavenly family on September 14, 2020. She was a member of Swan Creek Baptist Church.

A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Margaret was a remarkable cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends, especially over the holidays. She will be greatly missed by all of her family and so many others who had the privilege of knowing her.

Margaret was preceded in death by her son, Elmer “Ray” Bunch; father, Edgar Helmick; mother, Bobbie Helmick; mother, Ina Self; sisters, Linda Wright and Janice Helmick; and brother, Rick Helmick.

She is survived by her husband, Junior Lee Johnson; sons, Johnny (Ann) Bunch, Jerry “Duck” (Angie) Johnson, and Jack (Carrie) Johnson; grandchildren, Taylor (Justin) Burke, Leigha (Tyler) Lee, Madison Johnson, Tyler Johnson, Lillian Bunch, Hayden Johnson and Patrick Collins; brother, Nelson (Mary) Helmick; sisters, Becky Helmick & Pamela Cox; and several nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in- law.


-Written by the family

CHRISTOPHER “CHRIS” CLARENCE KING, born January 29, 1974, went home to be with the Lord on December 24, 2020. He loved the outdoors and hunting. Finding his rue calling and passion in law enforcement, he began his career with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department. Along the way, he also worked as a community corrections officer for the Third District Community in Sneedville and also as an investigator with the Bean Station Police Department. He joined the LMU Campus Police and Security Department as the second in command in 2017. November 7, 2020, he was appointed Chief, where he had big dreams for the campus, staff and his family. Chris made many friends over the years of his career, and many he loved as brothers and family. He was preceded in death by his dad, Clarence King; and Bill Singleton, whom he loved as father.

He leaves behind his wife of 25 years, Sharon King; sons, Corey (Callie) King and Hunter King; mother, Pauline King; sisters, Diane (Danny) Lamb and Tina (Mark) McCoy; nephew, Michael (Stephanie) Lamb; niece, Ashley (Brandon) Duckworth; Sylvia (Grandmur) Singleton, whom he loved as a second mother; and many friends and extended family.


-Written by the family

LINDA RAYMOND LAMBERT, was born September 18, 1949 and entered into eternal rest and peace March 24, 2021.

Linda lived most of her life in Blackwater and Lee County, VA before moving to Weber City, VA. She was an active member of Osborne’s Chapel Church and later at West View Church.

She remained a loyal servant of the Lord at West View as long as she was able. She loved her church families and neighbors. She checked in on friends often. She was a dedicated and hard worker all of her life.

Linda was preceded in death by her parents, John C. Raymond and Nannie M. Fannon Raymond.

She is survived by her son, David W. Lambert III and wife Tammy Head Lambert; grandson, Cameron Dawson; sister, Margaret Raymond Wallen and husband Gary Wallen; and many nieces and nephews as well as her extended Lambert and Wallen families.


-Written by the family

DUSTIN ERIC LAWSON was born in Sullivan County, TN on January 24, 1981 and departed this life November 30, 2020 at the age of 39 years, 10 months and 6 days. He was the son of Daniel (Danny) and Rebecca (Becky) Winkle Lawson.

Dustin graduated from Sullivan Central High School in 1999 and from Northeast State Community College in 2011.

He married Tressa Ball on July 15, 2010 and to this union was born 1 daughter.

Dustin was saved in 2015 and joined Blackwater Lick Church. He was blessed with a wonderful strong singing voice and sang proudly for the Lord. He was a hard worker who loved to sing God’s praise and help in any way possible for the church. He would give you the shirt off his back just to help.

He worked at various companies, mostly dealing with the cell phone industry; climbing cell phone towers and performing equipment audits all across America.

Dustin was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Elder Virgil Lee Winkle and Faye Sampson Winkle; and his paternal grandfather, Elder Carl Lawson; several aunts, uncles and friends.

Survivors include his wife, Tressa Lawson; 1 daughter, Darcy Makenna Lawson; 1 stepson, Casey Hartsell; his parents, Danny and Becky Lawson; 1 brother, Adam Lawson (Holly); his paternal grandmother, Pauline Osborne Lawson, who passed away 1 day after his passing, and a host of friends and relatives.

His greatest joy in this life was serving the Lord. Always willing to lend a helping hand, he touched countless lives over the years. His pain and suffering are finished, his knees and back do not cause him any pain now and he is home with the Lord.


-Written by his mom and dad

MAGGIE ELLEN LAMBERT LAWSON, age 89, of the Mountain View Community, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on August 28, 2021, at Ridgecrest Manor in Duffield, VA. She was a beloved mother, a longtime member of the Mountain View Primitive Baptist Church. She was a homemaker, who loved quilting, gardening and her flowers. She was the daughter of the late Henry and Ruby Lockhart Lambert.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Lawson; and daughters, Tammy Rivers Mooneyhan and Ruby Lawson.

She is survived by daughter, Angela Lawson; son, Ivan and wife Lana Lawson; grandchildren: Jessica and Jacob Lawson, Joshua Rivers, and Eric Lawson; great- grandchildren, Jacob Curtis Lee Rivers, John Paul David Rivers, Gracie Marie Lawson, Josie Lee Lawson and Mia Jerrell; sisters, Doris Burke, Thelma Welch, Mary Lou Woodard and Opal Muncy; brothers, Roy Lambert, Carl Lambert, and Harold Dean Lambert; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.


-Written by the family

PAULINE OSBORNE LAWSON was born in Lee County, VA on February 18, 1922 and departed this life December 1, 2020 at the age of 98 years, 9 months and 13 days. She was the daughter of the late Orbin and Maxie Horton Osborne.

Pauline graduated from Blackwater High School and worked on the family farm before moving to Kingsport. She married Carl Lawson on February 7, 1947 and to this union was born 1 daughter and 2 sons.

Pauline was saved at an early age and joined Blackwater Lick Church. As a part of the Osborne Quartet, she was privileged to sing in many churches throughout the tri- state region. She lived her life serving the Lord through her songs of praise and in any way she could help the church. She was a true example of the virtuous woman spoken of in Proverbs.

Upon moving to Kingsport, she worked at J.P. Stevens Cotton Mill and the Kingsport Press. She studied hard to obtain her cosmetology license, later working as a Hair Dresser.

She was the last remaining sibling of her family, being preceded in death by her parents, Orbin and Maxie Horton Osborne; her husband, Elder Carl Lawson; 4 sisters, Rubena Osborne, Nannie Kate Wallen, Madge Canter and Peggy Mellons; 2 brothers, Johnny and Delano Osborne, and 1 grandson, Dustin Lawson.

Survivors include 1 daughter, Betty Ann Baker (Hershel); 2 sons, Carl Lawson, Jr. (Linda) and Danny Lawson (Becky); 6 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 3 great- great grandchildren and a host of friends and relatives.

Her greatest joy in this life was serving the Lord. Always willing to lend a helping hand, she touched countless lives over the years. Her suffering is over, her legs are steady, and she is at rest with the Lord in that place she sung about for so many years.


-Written by her children

WILMA JEAN LAWSON, age 90, of the Dryden community went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 26, 2021, at her home. Jean was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, and daughter. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years Calvin Brownlow Lawson, her mother Golden Marie Morefield, and brother Vernon Morefield.

She is survived by her daughter, Judith Marie Lawson; grandson Jason Todd Hartsock and wife Julia; sister-in-law Sarah Elizabeth Lawson; special friends, Gene Smith; Susie and Joe Jones, Dorothy Hall; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Jean was saved at Valley View Church where she was baptized and joined soon thereafter. She was a quiet, respected, and elegant lady who will be greatly missed.


-Written by the family

GERALD H. MOORE, known as Jerry or Gerrell to family and friends, died peacefully on October 25, 2020 after a brief battle with Covid-19. We are heartbroken and devastated by our loss, but we find strength and solace through our Lord and Savior and the promise that He made us, that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

He is survived by his loving and faithful wife of 51 years, Anita Huff Moore; daughter, Melanie Moore Deckard (Joey) and step-granddaughter Bethany; brother-in- law, Jim Huff (Pam); special nephew, Jacob Huff (Hollie) and daughter Johnna; sisters, Betty Casteel and Jackalo Garrison; sister-in-law, Yvonne Moore; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family and loved ones.

Jerry was a kind and gentle Christian, born in Emboden, VA on February 10, 1937, to the late Clarence and Georgia Watkins Moore. He was also preceded in death by his two dear brothers, Buddy Moore and Scottie Moore, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Lester and Gladys Huff.

Jerry loved to tell of his adventures in Cracker's Neck with his siblings, and he cherished the memories of singing with them in The Moore Family Singers throughout their childhood. This love of music never left him, and our entire church community still loved to hear him. The memories of his musical proclamation It Is Well With My Soul give us great comfort during this difficult time.

He loved and appreciated the simple things in life, such as being home with his wife after retiring from Eastman in 1991, and being a loyal member of Blackwater Lick Primitive Baptist Church, where he served as trustee and assistant song leader. His smile and gentle nature were a blessing to everyone who knew him.


-Written by his wife and daughter

NANCY BROOKS MORRISON passed away May 2, 2021 at age 79. Nancy was a member of Poplar Grove and attended faithfully as long as her health permitted. We always enjoyed Nancy’s testimony. She loved reading her Bible, was a loving mother, grandmother, and sister.

She was preceded in death by husband, Gene Brooks; second husband, Howard Morrison; and brother, Jerry Caldwell. She is survived by daughter, Sara Simpson; grandson, Elijah Simpson; brothers, Cecil, Dennis and David Caldwell; stepsisters, Pat Hunter, Darlene Jackson and Kathy Duncan; and several nieces and nephews.


-Written by the family

ROMA O’DELL was born December 1961 and left this life on February 13, 2021 for her Heavenly home. She was saved and joined Burke’s Union Church when she was young.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ralph and Daphalene Bledsoe; and sister, Julia Cobb.

She is survived by sisters, Rena Moore, Margie Shepherd, and Mary Arnold; and brother, Stanley Bledsoe.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. So rest until that day when Jesus comes again.


-Written by the church

JOANN JENNINGS PALMER departed this life for her Heavenly home on July 9, 2021. Born the second daughter of nine children to Noah and Daphne (Kilgore) Stapleton in Scott County, VA, she lived most of her life there. She was married to Hobert (Doby) Jennings and had two sons, Paul and Terry. She was a member of Copper Creek (Addington Frame) Church for many years and faithfully attended until her passing. She was also an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star. She had five grandchildren, Amanda, Lori, Necole, Leighann, and Brian, and four great- grandchildren.

She was a quiet and gentle lady who gave of herself seeing after family and friends. She was a hard worker and retired from Eastman Chemical Company. She was a blessing to our family and loved by all who knew her. She was married to Roland Palmer in later years, and they enjoyed several years together. We miss her every day, and we know she is resting in paradise awaiting the reunion of her four loving sisters, Nell Kendrick, Marie Addington, Flo Minton, and Carol Culbertson.


-Written by her sister, Flo Minton

POLLY GENE ROBINETTE PENLEY, age 90, of Greeneville, TN, went to be with the Lord on November 4, 2020 at Holston Valley Medical Center. She retired from North American Phillips (Magnavox) with 40 plus years of service and was a member of Marion Robinette Memorial Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover C. “Pete” Penley; parents, Carson and Clara Goan Robinette; brother, M.C. Robinette, Jr., and wife, Barbara; sisters, Eula Kate Sexton, Evelyn Jessee, and husband, Arnold, Millicent Thacker, and husband, Earl; and one great-grandson.

She is survived by her brother, Wayne Robinette, and wife, Shirley; special great- grandson, Zack Wilds, who resided with her; special daughter-in-law, Glenda Jones; two sons, Kyle and Warren Gene Penley; four grandchildren, Brandy, Alexander, Alisha, and Shane; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.


-Written by the family

DENNIS PHILLIPS, age 58, of Bulls Gap, passed away on June 23, 2021, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was a graduate of West Greene High School. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Management and a Master of Arts degree in American History and European Studies from East Tennessee State University.

Dennis was a former disk jockey at WSMG radio station serving the Greeneville community and was an Adjunct Professor of History at Walters State Community College.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Peggy Self Phillips.

He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Joy Sexton Phillips; son, Larry Lawson, Jr. (Dayna); grandson, Jordan Lawson; sisters-in-law, Dorcas Fairchild, Gloria McLain, and Minnie (Susie) Sexton; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.


-Written by his wife, Joy

CHARLES “JUNIOR” PUCKETT, 78, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 25, 2021 at his residence. He was born on December 6, 1942 in Scott County, VA, a son of the late Fonnie and Lizzie (Thompson) Puckett. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in Germany. He was a loving husband, father, papaw and friend and will be dearly missed. Rev. Puckett pastored numerous local churches and was a member of Willow Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen Puckett; brother, Rev. Ronald Puckett and nephew, Shannon Rhoton. Surviving are his loving wife of 55 years, Sue Puckett, of the home; daughters, Kim Lee and husband Johnny, Ft. Blackmore, VA; Christine Burke and husband Adam, Kingsport, TN; grandchildren, Derrick (Jessica) Bowen, Sabrina Sawyer, Dalton Sawyer, Ashtin Burke, Haley Burke and Brandon Lee; great – Grandchildren, Gabe Lee, Mckiuh Johnson, Mickey Johnson, Riley Bowen, Maddox Johnson, Ezruh Ashworth, Krestley Lee, Maverick Burke and one great grandchild expected in October; niece, Brenda Rhoton; nephew, Ronnie Puckett; several great nieces and nephews; very special friend, JM Dorton.


-Written by the family

WILLIAM G. “BILL” SPURLOCK, age 88, of Kingsport, TN, was born in Harlan County, KY on February 15, 1932 and passed away on October 29, 2020.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George L. and Senora Wilson Spurlock; two sisters, and two brothers.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his son, Roy Alan Spurlock; and two sisters and one brother.

He is survived by his wife, Jeweldean Short Spurlock; sons, Billy Spurlock and Alan (Annette) Spurlock; daughter, Vickie Spurlock; granddaughter, Anna Marie Spurlock; special nephew, Sean Short; and special friend, Daniel Powell.

He was a faithful member, Deacon, and Church Superintendent for Poplar Grove Church. He attended faithfully as long as his health allowed.

His gentle soul and quiet spirit will be missed.


-Written by his wife Jeweldean and daughter Vickie

GLADYS FIELDS THACKER, age 76, of Rogersville, went home to be with the Lord on Monday May 3, 2021. She was a member of Long Hollow Church. She loved to spend as much time as possible with her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John (J.C.) Thacker; daughter, Delois Lawson; son, John Curtis Thacker; grandson, Johnathan Earl Lawson; parents, Willie and Ruth Fields; brothers, Dub, John, Fred, and Lynn Fields; sisters, Dorothy and Louise Fields and Sue Laster; and special niece, Jamie Charles Miller.

She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Dalton (William); grandchildren, Toddy Stubblefield, Jesse Dalton, Emily Lawson (Justin), Sammatha and Austin Dalton; sister, Margie Charles (Woodroe); sisters-in-law, Linda, Brenda, and Kay Fields; brother-in-law, Raymond Laster; and special nieces and nephews.

She was loved by all and will be sadly missed by family and friends. Until we meet again, we hold sweet memories.


-Written by the family

EDITH VANHOOSE, age 96, of Wilmington, OH, passed away peacefully in her sleep July 10, 2021. She was born August 5, 1924 in River, KY where she was a member of the River United Baptist Church. Edith was an honorary member of Macedonia Church. She was a devoted Christian and faithfully served Richardson Chapel Church and the Ohio Primitive Baptist Churches. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and prayer warrior for her family.

Edith left behind one daughter, Connie Nelson; six sons, Danny (Sharon) VanHoose, Allen (Shari) VanHoose, Roger (Penny) VanHoose, Bill VanHoose, David (Pam) VanHoose, and Sam (Vicki) VanHoose; sister Betty Stapleton; 25 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, and many friends.

Edith was preceded in death by her husband, Elder Claude VanHoose; five children, Lanceford Darrell, Denvil Keith, Gypsie Francis, Wanda Lou, and Brenda Kaye; one grandchild; and 14 siblings.

She has carried us in her heart all these years and now we will forever carry her in ours. We mess you every day, but rejoice in knowing that you are home and resting in the arms of Jesus.


-Written by the family

ROSE RITA (WORKMAN) VANOVER, 68, of Xenia, went to her eternal rest May 5, 2021. She was predeceased by her parents, George Workman and Edna Workman (Gregg); and her brothers, Robert, James, David, Roger and Wayne Workman (Buck).

She is survived by her children, Billy Vanover of Xenia, Christopher Vanover (Beth) of Xenia and Anna Lawson (Bill) of Wilmington; her grandchildren, Ashley McPherson (Dallas), Cody Lawson, Drake Lawson (Abby), Jesse Vanover, Breana, Deeana, Harley Vanover, Shane Vanover and Jessica Vanover; her great grandchildren, Madilyn, Weston, Alayna, Landen of Adriana, KJ, Lane, Logan and Elizabeth; her siblings, Wanda Hatfield, Linda Sutton, Dorothy Hill (John), Richard Workman, Larry Workman (Sera), Mark Workman (Debbie), Qwendolyn and Patricia Workman; and her sisters-in-law, Marlene, Loretta Workman, Penny and Sarah Workman.

She was the 11th child of George and Edna (Gregg) Workman. Rose gave her life to Jesus and served the Lord unto death. Rose was a faithful member at Fairview until her health would no longer allow her to attend.


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EDSOL WALLEN, 80, of Yellow Springs, passed away Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at Hospice of Dayton. He was born August 12, 1940 in Rogersville, TN the son of Ernest and Bessie (Willis) Wallen.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings: Charlise Rhodes; Wilma Yount, Nancy Johnson, Junior Wallen, Eldon “Sonnie” Wallen, Rogan Wallen and Clifford Wallen.

He is survived by his sisters: Barbara (Wayne) Johnson and Yvonne Wallen; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He had formerly been employed at Nicks Restaurant in Xenia and was a member of the Fairview Primitive Baptist Church.


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BENNIE WILLIAMS, age 72, of Rogersville, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on March 12, 2021 at Bristol Regional Hospital. She was a member of Long Hollow Church. Her pride and joy was her family. She retired from Jacob's Construction of 30 years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh Edward Williams and Pauline Short King; sister, Kathy Pearson; and best friend, Danny Bailey.

She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Griggs (Eric); son, Michael Burton (April); grandchildren, Tiffany Burton and Izak Griggs; great-grandchildren, Aaliyah and Autumn Wambaugh; special little man in her life, Zaelin Roberts; stepchildren, Danielle and Brendon Bailey; brothers, Larry, James, and Fayne Williams; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.


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LOWELL WILLIAMS, age 79, went to be with the Lord October 22, 2020. He was saved at Pink Hill Church in April 1981 and was a member there until he passed away.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Clyde Edgar and Maude McPeek Williams; father and mother-in-law, Bill and Bessie Allen; and sisters, Thelma Chess and Dorothy Horton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Louella Allen Williams; sons, Anthony and wife, Jennifer Williams and Allen Williams; grandchildren whom he loved so much, Cooper and Adleigh Williams; sisters, Mary Lox Hickman and Bonnie Williams; brother, Woodrow and wife Janet Williams; and several half sisters and brothers, nieces, nephew, and cousins. He will be greatly missed by the family and everyone that knew him.


-Written by his wife, Louella

DON ALLEN WILSON, 65, passed away May 25, 2021. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Bertha Wilson.

Surviving is his wife, Beth Davenport Wilson; son, Jeremy Wilson; stepdaughters, Megan Davenport and Courtney Knorr; three step grandchildren; brother, Ed (Bonnie) Wilson; two aunts, one uncle, cousins, and a host of friends.

Gone from our lives, but never from our hearts. Rest on until we meet again.


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ELMER WAYNE WINEGAR, 77, left his earthly body to enter the arms of Jesus, on November 6th, 2020. He was a lifelong resident of the Robinette Valley Community. He drove a truck for Holston Builders for 30 plus years. He was also a member of the Virginia National Guard. Wayne accepted Christ at a young age and was a faithful attendant at Shelby Creek Primitive Baptist Church as well as Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Most days he could be found tending crops on his farm or sitting reading his old worn Bible.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard and Edellas Russell Winegar, and his brother, Michael Winegar.

Left behind to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 53 years, Patsy Matlock Winegar; his brother, Larry Winegar (Joyce); daughter, Michelle Hensley (Bobby); his three grandchildren, that were the joy of his life, Dillon Hensley and special friend Brandi Ramsey, Austin Hensley (Morgan) and Erin Hensley; great grandson, Thomas Hensley; several nieces, nephews and many friends that he loved dearly. His presence and fellowship will be forever missed by his Christian brothers and sister.


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LAWRENCE WINSTEAD, 72, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on August 10, 2021 due to Covid. He loved making music with his family band, Appalachian Strings. He attended Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist and Shelby Creek Churches.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Cora (Mossie) Winstead; 3 sisters and 8 brothers.

Lawrence is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dorothy Winstead; daughters, Cora Horne (Kevin) and Christie Gent (Brian); son, Mitchell Tomlinson (Beverly); sister, Juanita Head; 3 grandsons; 2 granddaughters; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. He’s playing with the Heavenly band. Until we meet again.


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2020




WANDA LILLIE PLEASANT AKENS, 85, passed away at Johnson City Medical Center Wednesday, December 25, 2019. She was born August 21, 1934 in Roda, VA, where she lived until age five. She was a resident of Big Stone Gap the rest of her life. She preferred to be called Lillie.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Lillie was a full-time housewife and helped in her husband’s company as a secretary. She started attending and singing at Cadet Primitive Baptist Church at age five. God blessed her with a beautiful voice, and she led singing for over 65 years. She taught Sunday School more than 25 years, helped with Bible School and fundraisers, and witnessed to all she met.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Lynn Akens, Jr.; parents, Richard Frank and Ada (McBride) Pleasant; brothers, Lester, Frank, Harold, Vernon, and Kenneth Pleasant; sister, Virginia Lane; mother-in-law, Lily Horton Akens; father-in-law, Jess Lynn Akens, Sr.; and sisters-in-law, Blanch Elizabeth Akens and Eula Tignor.

She is survived by her daughters, Teresa McGuire (Bill), Vicky Jones (Roy); grandchildren, Angela Tignor (Travis), Stewart McGuire, Josh Jones (Ashley), and Justin Jones (Sheri); five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandsons, a step-grandson, three step-great-grandchildren, and one step-great-great-grandchild; sisters, Irene Douglas, Patricia Leonard, and Pansey Giza; sisters-in-law, Marie Pleasant, Gerline Grey, and Tanya Guess; brother-in-law, Kenneth R. Akens (Shirley); many nieces, nephews, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, and her life-long friend and church-bench-buddy, Lois Collier.


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AZALEA LUCY ALLEN, 81, of Blackwater, VA, was born September 16, 1936, and went home to be with her Heavenly Father on December 10, 2017, at her home. She was a member of Blackwater Lick (Big Door) Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hamp and Minnie Roller Wallen; husband, Dana Allen; infant son, Charles David Allen; brothers, Clyde, Charles, Carl Ray, and Claude Wallen; and a sister, Pauline Brock.

Azalea is survived by her children, Junior Allen, of the home, Brenda Nichols, of Kyles Ford, TN, Rocky Allen, of Edison, TN, and Peggy Allen, of Blackwater; 3 grandsons, Adam Nichols, Cody Spears, and Timmy Spears; one great-granddaughter, Trinity Spears; sisters, Una Mae Rhoten, Nellie Ruth Gilliam, and June Wilson; several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.


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DAPHALENE BLEDSOE of Blackwater, VA, left this walk of life on February 27, 2020 at the age of 91 for her heavenly home. She was a faithful member at Burke’s Union Church as long as her health permitted.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Julia Cobb.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Bledsoe; son, Stanley Bledsoe; daughters, Rena Moore, Marjorie Shepherd, Roma O’Dell (Mack), and Marie Arnold (Mike); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her family and her church family. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.


-Written by the church clerk

DAVID LEE BLEDSOE, age 70, of Blackwater, VA, departed this life on May 19, 2020. David was the son of the late Roy Lee Bledsoe and Bertha (Gilliam) Bledsoe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patty Bledsoe, and brother, Charles Bledsoe.

Surviving is his wife, Wilma Bledsoe; brother, Gary Bledsoe (Jean); sister, Debbie Bledsoe; nephews, Andrew, Scott, and Joey; great-nephews, Cody and Isaac; great-niece, Ellie; uncle, Wade Bledsoe (Patsy); and a host of dear friends.

David professed faith in Christ at an early age, and in later years, immersed in baptism. With enduring and noncomplaining patience, he courageously fought his illness of many years. He is greatly missed, but we feel assured he’s with his dear Savior in Heaven’s sweet, eternal rest.


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MAE H. BOGGS, 98 of Kingscreek, passed away Monday July 13, 2020 at her residence. She was a member at Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church. Mae was the daughter of the late Kelly and Jane Hall Hogg. She was the widow of Harrison Boggs.

Surviving are her sons, Kelly D. Boggs, Harrison K. (Vickey) Boggs, Kendall Bill (Judy) Boggs, and Timothy Wade (Melinda) Boggs; daughters, Bokey Boggs Hogan, Sonja Lynn Kohl, Becky Boggs Mohn, Eula Mae (Randy) Brown, and Deanie Pack; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; special care-giver who she thought of as a son, John Cornett; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

Mae was preceded in death by her son, Tommy Carrol, and sons-in-law, James Mohn, Bruce Kohl, E.J. Hogan, and Rodney Pack.


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DAWN CARTER BRADLEY, age 83, of Morristown, TN, passed away on August 23, 2020. She was a charter member of Marion Robinette Memorial Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sharon; parents, E.L. and Vada Robinette Carter; sisters, Edith Cloud and Mona Haun; brothers, Howard Carter and Nessie Carter; niece, Sandra Murray; nephews, Robert Carter and Jimmy Cabb; and brother-in-law, Leonard Bradley.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 64 years, Boyce Bradley; nieces, Jeanette Carter, Peggy Honnaker, and Linda Plankenhorn; nephews, Buddy (Pat) Carter and Larry (Joyce) Carter; sisters-in-law, Dema Jeffers and Mary (Joe) Snapp; brothers-in-law, Alton (Marjorie) Bradley; and best friends, Marma Lee Boles and Vena May Collins.


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ELDER SILAS “PORTER” CARROLL, age 77, of Morristown, formerly of Sneedville, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Born the son of Edna and Silas Carroll, Sr., he was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Diane Gann; and brothers, Barry Carroll and Larry Carroll.

Porter is survived by his loving wife, Wanda. He also leaves behind his dear son, Danny (Heather) Carroll; grandchildren, Hollie Varney and Todd Carroll; great-grandchildren, Hailea Elliott, Haiden Elliott, Connor McClure, Ezabella Carroll, Caiden Carroll, and Addison Carroll; and brothers, Jim (Barbara) Carroll and Mark Carroll.

Elder Carroll was a dedicated and beloved member of Swan Creek Primitive Baptist Church. He served his church with faithfulness and love throughout his lifetime. In addition to his ministry, one of his greatest legacies was his construction of the present church building. Answering the call to preach the Gospel, he was ordained by the Eastern District Association of Primitive Baptists at Swan Creek Church in April 1983. He served at the church’s pastor from 1996-2007. Elder Carroll had many beloved friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters in Christ, all of whom are blessed by memories of his kindness and his faith. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but his loved ones are assured that he is resting peacefully with the Lord.


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LOIS EMILY TRENT COLLIER was born in Flag Pond, Virginia September 6, 1919 and departed this life January 9, 2020 at the age of 100 years, 4 months and 3 days. She was the daughter of Elder Landon R. and Martha LouVerna Robinette Trent.

In November 1938, she married James E. Collier, Jr., who preceded her in death on June 16, 2000.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sons, Donald Ray and James E. Collier III; daughter, Wanda Lynn Bell; brothers, Lee and Leonard Trent; sister, Muzeta Trent; step-brother, Tom Robinette; half-sister, Ruby Johnston.

She is survived by her daughter, Martha June (Burnice) Sybert; sons, Randy and Starlin (Cindy) Collier; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; an “adopted daughter”, Carolyn Browder, and many other relatives and friends.

She was saved at an early age and joined Shuler’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. When the church merged with Cadet Church in Big Stone Gap, VA, she became a member there and was their oldest member, being faithful to the end. She attended the funeral of her best friend, Lillie Akens, at the church just 18 days before her passing. She also attended West View Primitive Baptist Church in Kingsport for many years.

She was a kind and compassionate lady who loved all her family members as well as her church families and all of God’s creation. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, and making floral arrangements for the graves of family members. She fought a good fight, finished her course, and kept the faith.


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LOWELL “BUTCH” CULBERTSON, 73, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at his residence following an extended illness. Butch was a lifelong resident of Kingsport and retired from Mead Paper/Willamette. Butch was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam as an MP in the 504th. He was a member of Willow Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruby Blankenbeckler Culbertson; sister, Jewel Clamon; and brother-in-law, Gary Miller.

Butch is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Hamilton Culbertson; son, Rusty Culbertson and wife Melissa; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Janice Jones and husband Donnie and Garnetta Miller; brothers, Jim Culbertson and wife Nelda and Carl Culbertson and wife Cynthia.


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SANDRA K. DAY, 71, of Whitesburg passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the Parkview Nursing Home in Pikeville, KY. Sandra was the daughter of Clayton and Orpha Day. She was a member of Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church.

Surviving are her sisters, Kathy (Robert) Sword, Marcia (Eddie) Roberts, and Barbara (John) Banks; nephews, Daniel Sword, Clayton Banks, and James Roberts; nieces, Tori Akers, Clayshan Kincer, Chandra Baskin, ad Angie Jones; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.


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BILLY GENE DUNCAN, age 80, of Rogersville, was born November 23, 1939. God called him by name on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from Park West Heart Center in Knoxville, with his loving family by his side. He attended Shelby Creek Church as he grew up and later attended Long Hollow Church.

Bill retired from Berkline Inc. in 2002. He loved gardening, working outdoors, especially building various buildings on his property, and making crafts and furniture for his family. He loved going to auctions and talking with his friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Oakel Allen Duncan; brothers, Rufus, Kenneth, and Joel Duncan; and grandson, Bradee Cole Davis.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Annette Duncan; daughter, Crystal (Ronnie) Davis; sons, Tim (Cindy) Duncan and Jerry (Jeannie) Duncan; sisters, Ruth and Marie Lawson; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Bill is missed by all who knew him. Rest now, Bill, until we meet by the river. Walk slow, as we won’t be far behind.


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DANIEL S. FLETCHER, age 60, of Deboard, KY passed away March 12, 2020. Born August 10, 1959 to Delilah Fletcher and the late John Fletcher. He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Denzil Fletcher and Tom Fletcher; sister, Anna Louise Bowen; and stepson, Tommy Horn.

In addition to his mother, Daniel is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Dempsey; stepsons, Buddy Horn and Fred Horn; brothers, Millard Fletcher and John P. Fletcher; sisters, Ernestine Newsome, Geraldine Jennings, and Rebecca Fletcher; and four grandchildren.

Daniel was a member at Richardson Chapel. He will be greatly missed by all.


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BOBBIE BRICE FULLER, 86, went Home to be with the Lord March 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hiram Patton Fuller, Sr. February 3, 2017; her parents, Thomas H. and Constance Greer Brice; seven sisters and a brother.

She is survived by her daughter, Connie Wardrup and husband, Jay; son, Pat Fuller, Jr. and wife, Julie; sisters, Sue Brice and Jewell Williams; brother, Ted Brice and wife, Joyce; several nieces and nephews.

She was employed by Holston Valley Medical Group from 33 years. She was a loving wife, mother, siter, and a faithful Christian. She was a member of West View Primitive Baptist Church. She had a love for animals and beautiful flowers.


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MOLLIE I. GILREATH was born April 24, 1930 and departed this life on November 7, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Olen Gilreath; her mother, Nellie Phillips; and her parents, Rebecca Jane and Charlie Arnold.

Left to mourn her loss is a sister-in-law, Hazel Crawford; brother-in-law, J.D. Gilreath; and many nieces and nephews.

Mollie joined Mt. Mitchell Church on March 13, 1954 where she was a faithful member until her passing. Her testimony was always how she loved Jesus and what all he had done for her. She will truly be missed by her family, her church, her friends, and her neighbors. Because of God’s amazing grace, we will see her again.


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EDITH MAE WILLIAMS HORNE was born April 25, 1925 and was called to live eternally with Christ Jesus on November 22, 2019 at 94 years of age.

She was the daughter of Henry and Rosa Fields Williams. She was married to Murl Etheridge Horne August 3, 1949. He preceded her in death in 2001. She was also preceded in death by her son, Larry Allen Horne; daughter, Lois Marie Horne Cole; sister, Myrtle Housewright; and brothers, David, Edgar, Dewitt, and H.P. Williams.

She is survived by daughters, Shirley Watson and Linda Mayo, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was saved at an early age at Long Hollow Church and attended there until her death. She always looked forward to attending church services.

Mom’s passing has left a void in our lives, but we will meet again on that that glad reunion day.


-Written by her daughters

ALICE CHARLES LANE, 70, of Church Hill, TN, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at her residence following a lengthy illness. She retired from Eastman after 28 years of service. Alice was a member of Long Hollow Primitive Baptist Church and recently attended Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Matilda Fields Charles; brother, Don Charles; and sister, Glenda Charles.

Alice is survived by her daughter, Alison Osborne and husband, Phil; grandson, Duke Osborne; granddaughter, Laney Osborne; sisters, Tammy Hickman and Tina Conway; brothers, Kenneth Charles and wife Linda, Dennis Charles, David Charles and wife Lisa, Gerald Charles and wife Rita; several nieces, nephews, aunts, and an uncle.

Alice will forever live in our hearts.


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RONALD RAY LEONARD, age 66, went home to be with his Savior on January 21, 2020, at Holston Valley Medical Center. Ronnie was a Member, Deacon, Assistant Superintendent, and Trustee of Valley View Primitive Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of Norfolk Southern Railroad.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Theta Sproles Leonard; brother, Bobby; and sisters, Phyllis Hughes and Margaret Jo Leonard.

Survivors include his wife Sandra Leonard of the home; daughter, Connie Leonard Bush and husband Danny; grandchildren, Ryan Bush (Emily) and Jacob Bush; great granddaughter, Livia Bush; sister, Sue Rosenbalm (Bill); brothers, Marvin Leonard (Susie), Chris Leonard (Missy), and Dennis Leonard (Gina); sister-in-law, Mary Emma Leonard; brother-in-law, J.W. Hughes; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Ronnie was a faithful servant of Christ who did not miss church. Ronnie began each year by looking for a miracle and was never disappointed. To say Ronnie was special is an understatement. He is sadly missed by all who loved him.


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TRAVIS KEITH LEWIS, age 63, of Xenia, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly and went to be with the Lord June 20, 2020. He was born June 3, 1957 in Bluefield, WV, the son of George and Elizabeth Lewis.

Travis was a loving son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Travis loved the Lord; he dedicated much of his time to the church. He enjoyed music, fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. He was a Master Carpenter, in which he was gifted with creating many homes and businesses. He remodeled the Lighthouse Baptist Church where he was also a member for a number of years. He was currently a member of Fairview Primitive Baptist Church. He helped in getting children to attend Awanna at the church. Travis was a loving, giving man who would give the shirt off his back to help someone in need. Travis was involved in helping the elderly community and would do anything he could in making sure others needs were taken care of. Travis will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Travis was preceded in death by his father, George Lewis; and brother, Roger Lewis.

Travis is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Lewis; sons, Brian (Monica) Lewis and Joshua Lewis; grandchildren, Tara Lewis (Matt Reed), Natasha (Cody) Buck, Brian Lewis (Darian Heath), and Harvey Lewis; great-grandchildren, Bryce Lewis, Callie Buck, Jasper Buck, and Marilyn Heath; siblings, George (Jeanie) Lewis, Lora (Jim) Bennett, Wanda (Ron) Hill, and Elizabeth Valdez; multiple nieces, nephews, cousins; as a host of friends.


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RITA FAYE LLOYD, 60, of Church Hill, TN, went to sleep in the arms of Jesus on Monday, September 7, 2020. She was a member of Mt. Mitchell Primitive Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and especially spending time with her family.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Ray Wallen; her husband, Tommy Lloyd; sister, Wanda Simpson; and brothers, J.B., Jimmy, and Jerry Wallen.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth; son, Thomas and wife Katrina; grandchildren, Kinley and Dylan; sister, Brenda Wallen Spears; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rita was a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend to many. We look forward to seeing her again on Heaven’s bright shore.


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THOMAS “TOMMY” A. LLOYD, 71, went to be with the Lord on January 28, 2020. He joined Mt. Mitchell Primitive Baptist Church May 29, 1998, where he attended as long as his health permitted. He was a humble man and was always praising and thanking Jesus. He was a disabled veteran, serving in Vietnam in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Reece and Pearl Lloyd; sisters, Reba and Frankie Lloyd and Helen Miller.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rita Lloyd; son, Thomas R. Lloyd and wife Katrina; daughter, Elizabeth G Lloyd; grandchildren, Kinley Grace Lloyd and Dylan Thomas Lloyd.

A father is the anchor of his family. A child won’t likely find a father in God above unless his earthly father models God’s pure love by what he may say and what he may do. Anchored by faith, Christ being the glue.


-Written by his wife

DARRELL McPHERSON, 59, of Blackwater, VA, was called to his heavenly home on December 11, 2019 after a battle with cancer.

He is survived by his daughter, Beth Linkous (Mark); sons, Chris and Michael McPherson; nine grandchildren; brothers, Delmer (Ada) and Troy (Brenda) McPherson.

He was saved at Flagpond Church, Blackwater and later joined Burkes Union Primitve Baptist Church.

While he was in the hospital, he told his family he was going home, but not to his earthly home. So sleep on until we meet again.


-Written by the church clerk

IRENE CREECH OSBORNE, 96, went home to be with the Lord on November 15, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of almost 55 years, John Leonard Osborne; her parents, Winfield Scott and Martha Ann Creech; sister, Rose Ella Barrett; and brothers, Lester, Cameron, and Homer Creech.

She is survived by a son a wife, Wayne and Gail Osborne; a daughter and husband, Rev. Jack and Shirley Baker; grandchildren and spouses, Mike and Michele Sell, Eric and Karen Osborne; great-grandchildren, Emily and Haley Osborne and Ashley, Amber, and Alex Sell; sisters, Catherine Nigro and Judy Wellman; brother, Kenneth Creech; and many nieces and nephews.

Irene was saved in her teens at Blackwater Lick Church, later baptized and joined Osborne’s Chapel Church where she served as church clerk and taught Sunday School. She loved singing and sang in a family gospel group with her husband. They sang in many churches and funerals through the years. She worked on the family farm and in clothing manufacturing, and she was her husband’s caregiver for many years. She was an accomplished seamstress and wonderful cook. She also enjoyed crocheting for family and friends, growing beautiful flowers and a vegetable garden. She leaves a legacy of helping others and being an inspiration to many.

God blessed us with a wonderful mom. We miss you, but we have precious memories and know we will meet again on Heaven’s bright shore.


-Written by her daughter, Shirley Baker

CHRISTOPHER CARLOS PARDUE, 47, of Dayton, passed away April 11, 2020. He was born August 27, 1972 in Chillicothe, OH. He loved his profession as a horse farrier. He was a member of Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church.

He is survived by his sons, Christopher G Pardue, Ian G Pardue, and Devon Hedger; father, Robert C. Williams I; mother, Ella (Jerry) Haggerty; grandmother, Luella Williams; brother, Robert C. (Christie) Williams II; step-brothers, Shane and Jeremy (Alissa) Haggerty; nephew, Robert C. (Britany) Williams III; nieces, Rinna and Emily Williams; step-nephews, Garret, Grant, Kasch, and Kruz Haggerty; step-nieces, Abby and Layla Haggerty; great-nephews, Liam and Milo Williams; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; and mother of his sons, Sarah Webster.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Geneva Pardue, Doug Williams, and Mac Pardue.


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FAYETTE “FAYE” PIGG, age 77, of Bellbrook, passed away Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 in Dayton. She was born October 21st, 1942 in Wheelwright, Kentucky to Sillar (Hall) and John E. "Decker" Johnson.

Faye was a Christ-following, gospel-singing, full-hearted woman of God. She was a loyal member at Fairview Primitive Baptist for 30 years, where she was able to be part of a wonderful community. Faye enjoyed many things, but did everything out of love, whether that was making afghans and quilts, growing beautiful flowers and vegetables, or baking something warm and delicious for everyone to enjoy. You could find her eating one of her favorite snacks; salt water taffy or a banana moon pie, and singing along to Clinging To A Saving Hand by Conway Twitty.

Faye was preceded in death by her husband, Everette Lee Pigg; parents; sister, Betty Jo McKenzie; brothers, Bernard Johnson and Kay Johnson.

She is survived by her son, Billy (Theresa) Pigg; grandchildren, Bobbie Alan, Betsy Marie, and Kolton; great-grandchildren, James, Madison, Brenden, Devon, Makayla, Tyler, Alexis, and Lucas; great-great-grandchildren, CJ and Grayson; siblings, Maynard, Paul, Phyllis Anne, and John Wayne.


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BARBARA LUCILLIE (HELTON) ROBINETTE, 82, went home to be with the Lord on August 4, 2020. She was a member of Stone Mountain Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, M.C. Robinette, Jr.; son, David; daughter, Rita Carter; grandson, Mickie Robinette; parents, Barnett and Ida Burton Helton; brother, Kenneth Helton; and sister, Kathy Helton.

She is survived by her daughter, Robin (Tommy) Tipton; sons, Phillip and Mike Robinette; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, six sisters, two brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

She will forever be missed by her family and friends.


-Written by her daughter

BILLY ROBINETTE laid his burdens down August 25, 2020. He fought a good fight and kept his faith. He was a member of Marion Robinette Memorial Primitive Baptist Church where he led singing and taught Sunday School for many years. He taught chemistry and physics in Hawkins County until his retirement in 1989.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Leslie Jo Robinette.

Survivors are his college sweetheart and wife of 61 years, Ruth; daughters, Trine Robinette (Frank Gosnell) and Teresa Martin (Mike); two grandchildren; and a host of friends.


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JOHN ROGERS, 80 of Xenia, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Dayton V.A. Hospital Hospice Unit. He was born November 24, 1939 in Clark County, Kentucky, to William Bruce and Sudia Mae (Tipton) Rogers. John served in The United States Army, liked to attend auctions, and enjoyed bluegrass music.

He is survived by his grandchildren, Janna Rogers and Noah Osborne; brothers, Willard Rogers, Larry Rogers (Wanda), Samuel Rogers, and Ricky Rogers; sister, Rena Ayers; and nieces and nephews.

John is preceded in death by his parents; son, John Daniel Rogers; brothers, Duval Rogers, George Rogers, Seburt Rogers, Harold Rogers, and Eugene Rogers; sisters, Mable Rogers, Gracie Townsend, and Rosetta Spencer; and step-mother, Gladys Rogers.


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CARL W. SMITH, 83, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at his home. Born in Scott County, VA, Carl lived in Nickelsville before moving to Kingsport over 60 years ago.

Carl retired in 1993 from Eastman Kodak after 32 years of service. Carl was a Deacon of Willow Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Joan Smith; two daughters, Kim Marshall and husband Ted of Kingsport, and Michelle Kirk and husband Shane of Church Hill; son, Carl Smith II of Kingsport; seven grandchildren; and six great-children.


-Written by his family

COLLON LEE SMITH, 64, of Kingsport, went to be with Lord on Monday, September 21, 2020 peacefully at his home after a long, hard battle with cancer.

Collon was born and raised in Gate City, VA and moved to Knoxville, TN while pursuing music where he met his wife. They lived in Maryville where they raised their children for 25 years before moving to the Kingsport area. Collon had a great love for the Lord and shined his light for everyone to see, especially through his amazing talent in playing the guitar and his beautiful singing voice. He was a member of Willow Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Clara and Carl Smith; and his brother-in-law, Ralph Perkins.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Smith; daughter, Chasiti Chandler (Brent); son, Cory Smith; brothers, Allen Smith (LaDonna) and Tony Smith (Melissa); sister, Kimberly Byrd (Jeffery); and many nieces and nephews.


-Written by his family

DON STOKES, 77, was born on August 12, 1942 and departed this life on May 10, 2020. He was a veteran of the United States Army and would often tell of his many experiences while serving his country.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Stokes; daughter, Anita Gillenwater; son, Rick Stokes; grandchildren, David Lee Gillenwater, Aaron and Braden Stokes; great-grandchildren, Maylee and Ella Gillenwater.

Don was a dedicated member of Rollers Chapel Church. He loved to open the service by reading scripture and asking for prayer requests. It gave him great joy to be able to work in the church. He battled many health issues, largely from kidney transplants, but Don would use this as a way to witness to people about the Lord’s goodness in his life. Don’s presence is missed among us, but we know he is free from the afflictions of his body, and one day we will meet him on Heaven’s bright shore.


-Written by the church clerk

THELMA HURD TANKERSLEY entered eternity February 22, 2020 at the age of 86. She was the true example of a Proverbs 31 woman. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. As long as she was able, she was always seen when the church doors opened. She was the person you always wanted making petitions to her Father for you. She always humbly requested prayer for her family. She was a faithful member of Flower Gap as long as her health permitted.

She left behind four children: Daniel and Jerald Hurd, Patsy Maness and Susie Osborne. Rest easy Mom, until we meet again!!


-Written by her children

FRANCIS “WREN” TOMLINSON, born October 31, 1944, passed from earth to Glory on October 6, 2019. She gave her heart to Jesus at age 13 and was very dedicated to Livingston Chapel / Wallens Creek Primitive Baptist Church for 63 years.

She leaves behind to mourn her husband of 54 years, Bill Tomlinson; daughters, Brenda Tomlinson and Donna Williams; son, Will Tomlinson, Jr.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly.

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. We will meet you by the shores of eternity, Mom. Until then, we will carry the burden you had for your family to be saved.


-Written by her family

RITA CHRISTINE WALLEN went home to be with her Lord and Savior January 16, 2020 at the age of 65 years and 20 days. She was born December 27, 1954 to the late Carson and Maggie Lawson Johnson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Latrina Upman. Left to cherish her memories are her husband of 46 years, Richard Wallen; her loving daughter, Heather Wallen; sister, Patricia Richards and husband Jim; mother-in-law, Gracie Wallen; several nieces and nephews; and a host of close friends and relatives.

She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized at the same time as her daughter, Heather, in 1994. She joined West View Primitive Baptist Church where she was a faithful member.


-Written by her family

FRANK R. WILLIAMS, SR., age 75, of Hawkins County, TN, went home to be with Jesus Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the U.T. Medical Center, surrounded by his family and friends. Frank was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the Army. He enjoyed carpentry work and restoring old homes. He loved spending time and playing with his grandson, Bentley, who was the apple of his eye.

He is survived by his true love, Mildred Williams; daughters, Frankie R. Manes and husband Joey, Felicia Rhodes, and Natasha Williams; son, Frank R. Williams, Jr. and wife Gwen; his precious grandson, Bentley Williams; special friends, Cindy Roberts and Autumn Jones; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and neighbors.


-Written by the family

ELDER WALTER CORDELL WILLIS, 83, of Rogersville. On Monday, May 11, 2020, our father and grandfather slipped form our arms into the arms of his Heavenly Father and of the family waiting for him. Our hearts are broken, but at the same time, we know he is where he longed to be.

Walter was born on November 22, 1936 in Blackwater, VA to the late Peart and Zelma Willis. His family moved to Kyles Ford, TN when Walter was a child. Upon graduating from high school in May 1957, Walker joined the Army and spent time in Germany. Upon returning, he moved to Kingsport, TN, and there he met the love of his life Doris Alice Willis. After their marriage on February 20, 1960, they moved to Kyles Ford, TN.

DORIS ALICE ALLEN WILLIS was born on September 7, 1934 and passed away on March 27, 2019. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Alice gave Walter her full support while he was paster of several churches in the Eastern District Association.

Left to mourn their passing are children, Kimberly Willis Belcher, Susan Willis (Mike) Tweed, and Scott (Karen Byrd) Willis; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and four brothers.


-Written by the family
2019



RALPH AUSTIN “PAPPY” ADAMS was called home on Tuesday, July 30 ,2019 at the age of 89. He was born and raised in Greene/Cocke County, Tennessee before moving to Kingsport. He is survived by his 3 children Rita Adams Neeley, Dawn Adams Hill, Austin Anthony Adams; 1 brother Don Adams; 8 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Lucy Adams, sister Ross Marie Lovelace, first wife and mother to his children, Shirley Wells Adams, and second wife Mary Gibson Adams.

Austin was saved at Caney Creek Primitive Baptist Church prior to joining Poplar Grove Primitive Baptist Church on September 5, 1958. Austin’s walk and talk reflected his love and faith in God. He will truly be missed by all those who knew and loved him.


-Written by Rita, Dawn, and Troy Adams

AZALEA LUCY ADAMS, 81, of Blackwater, VA, was born September 16, 1936, and went home to be with her Heavenly Father on December 10, 2017, at her home. She was a member of Blackwater Lick (Big Door) Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hamp and Minnie Roller Wallen; husband, Dana Allen; infant son, Charles David Allen; brothers, Clyde, Charles, Carl Ray, and Claude Wallen; and a sister, Pauline Brock.

Azalea is survived by her children, Junior Allen, of the home, Brenda Nichols, of Kyles Ford, TN, Rocky Allen, of Edison, TN, and Peggy Allen, of Blackwater; 3 grandsons, Adam Nichols, Cody Spears, and Timmy Spears; one great-granddaughter, Trinity Spears; sisters, Una Mae Rhoten, Nellie Ruth Gilliam, and June Wilson; several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.


-Written by her family

DORA SUE (TAYLOR) BLEDSOE, age 73, of Jonesville, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on June 22, 2019 at her home. She spent most of her life in Lee County and was saved at an early age at Low View Primitive Baptist Church and attended faithfully until she became disabled. She was also the Sunday School Secretary; she loved her job and did it well.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Bernice Taylor; 3 brothers, Bobby Dingus, Jim and Dirk Taylor. She leaves behind her husband, Roy W. Bledsoe, Sr., 1 son, Roy W. Bledsoe, Jr. and wife April; 11 grandchildren; 1 brother, Jerry Taylor; 3 sisters, Peggy Bledsoe, Mary Anders, and Cathy Maples; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

She is sadly missed by her family and church family, but we will meet again where there will be no more pain nor goodbyes.
-Written for the family by Barbara Bledsoe

EDNA BLEDSOE, age 90, of Blackwater, VA, went to be with her Lord and Savior August 10, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband Kyle Bledsoe. She leaves behind 2 sons and their wives, several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She attended Burkes Union Primitive Baptist Church and was a faithful member all her life. She loved the Lord with all her heart. She always had a smile and a kind word for the people she met and also loved helping people. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Sleep on Ms. Edna until we meet again.


-Written by the church clerk

JEWELL CULBERTSON CLAMON of Kingsport, TN, went to be with her Lord on May 4, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Ruby Culbertson.

She is survived by her husband, Donnie Clamon; daughter, Rhonda Givens; granddaughter, Madison Givens; sisters, Janice Jones and Garnetta Miller; brothers, Jim, Lowell, and Carl Culbertson.

Jewell was a charter member of Willow Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. She loved her church and church family.


-Written by her sisters, Janice and Garnetta

ANNA MAE (ROLLER) COLE Age 81, of Wilmington, Ohio, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Sunday evening, May 5, 2019 at the Laurels of Hillsboro in Hillsboro, Ohio. She was born December 1, 1937 in Blackwater, Virginia, daughter of the late Rev. Charles T. & Pearl Mae (Percy) Roller. She was a member of Fairview Primitive Baptist Church, in Bellbrook, Ohio and had worked at the Delphi GM Plant in Vandalia for many years.

Surviving are her sons- Bobby (Jenny) Cole, Charles Rex Cole, & Dale (Kandy) Cole; daughter- Brenda Lee (Steve) Belt; brother- J.T. Roller; sister- Vivian Stroud; 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Anna was preceded in death by her beloved husband- Sherman R Cole, 3 sisters, and a brother.


-Written by her family

BETTY RAY DODSON, 76, of Sneedville, TN, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, after a long illness. She was borne in Claiborne County and February 17, 1943 to Ray and Alta Hurst. Professing faith in Jesus, she joined Swan Creek Primitive Baptist Church.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Opal Walker, and nephews Wesley Keck and Paul O’Dell.

Left to mourn her passing is her husband of 60 years, Earl Lee Dodson; children Rodney (Edie) Dodson and Greg (Tammy) Dodson; grandchildren, Cody (Carrie) Dodson and Lindsay Brooks; great-grandchildren, Caden and Cooper Dodson and Jalynn Brooks; sister, Rose (Bobby) Brown; brother-in-law, Clarence Dodson; nieces Danita Dodson and Malisha Seals; nephew, Jeff Keck; and a circle of family and friends.

Betty will be greatly missed, but her loved ones are assured that she is resting peacefully with the Lord until they see her again.


-Written by her family

VIRGIL L. FERRELL, 75, departed this life August 24, 2019. He attended Marion Robinette Memorial Primitive Baptist Church before moving to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orbin and Naomi Ferrel and brother, Claude Ferrell.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy Robinette Ferrell; 3 sons, Bradford, Clifton, and Travis (Andy Guthrie); 2 granddaughters, Brittany and Mackenzie; sister, Ruth (Billy) Robinette; and brother Norman (Hellen) Ferrell.


-Written by his wife

CLARICE DOUGHERTY GILLENWATER, 94, went to be with the Lord on July 30, 2019. She was the oldest member of Copper Creek Primitive Baptist Church (Addington Frame) and attended as long as her health permitted. She always talked about getting able to go back to church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, C.W. Gillenwater; parents, Nathan and Orpha Dougherty; sisters, Ruby Broadwater, Evelyn Dougherty; 2 brothers Nathan Jr. and Lowell Dougherty; son, Larry Gillenwater; 2 nephews.

She is sadly missed by all her family and friends. We will meet her again some sweet day. We love and miss you.


-Written by her sister, Joan Enix

ERVIN “BUCK” LEE HAAGER, age 92, of Whitesburg, TN, passed away on January 10, 2019 at Erwin Health Care Center in Erwin, TN. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. He was a faithful member and deacon at New Life Primitive Baptist Church, a U.S. Navy Veteran, and skilled carpenter. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Violet Petty Haager.

God blessed them with 4 children, Sandie Guenther, Richard, Ervin Jr. (Phoebe), and John (Linda), as well as many grandchildren. After Violet’s death, God blessed him with another wonderful wife, Novella (Granny) Jarnagin. She brought Imogene Miller, Esco and Billy Jarnagin, and several more grandchildren and great-grandchildren into the family.

Buck loved to talk about the Lord and is greatly missed in the church and by his family. Sleep on, Buck, until we meet again.


-Written by his church family

ELDER GREGORY EUGENE HILL was born on November 14, 1967 and departed this life on December 18, 2018 at the age of 51 as the result of an automobile accident.

His survivors include his children, Tommy, Brandon, Cody Hill and Tabatha Rhoton; parents, Gaylord and Aubra Hill; brothers, Randy and Bobby Hill; sister, Tammy Pendleton; 8 grandchildren; 2 nieces; and the one he called the love of his life and his best friend, Kim Robinette.

So much could be written about Greg's life, but what was of the upmost importance to him was the Lord’s presence in his life.

Greg was never ashamed and told quite often about the work that the Lord did in his life at Sloantown Primitive Baptist Church when he was just a child. He was baptized and joined the church at Sloantown. Some years later, the church wanted him to be their deacon, but Greg felt like he had another calling. Because of lack of deacons in the church, he let them ordain him. Many times, Greg would tell of his experience as a small child going to one of his family cemeteries and standing on rock and pretending like he was preaching. Greg’s grandfather, Elder Ben Hill, was an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher, and Greg was often referred to as “Ben’s grandson.”

Not long after Greg was ordained as a deacon, he realized that he was being called to preach the Gospel. He later moved his membership to Walnut Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, and in 1997, Greg was ordained into the Eastern District Association as a minister. Greg told the story about how shortly after he was ordained that Beech Grove Church asked him if he would consider being their pastor. Roller’s Chapel had been without a pastor for a year, and without having any indication from the church, he told Beech Grove that he felt he would be going to Roller’s. A short time went by, and Greg got a call from Edgar Neeley, a deacon at Roller’s Chapel, asking him if he would be willing to come and serve as the pastor. Greg’s response was, “Yes, I will. I’ve been waiting on your call.” In August of 1997, Greg came as the pastor. At the time of his death, he had served for over 21 years. In 1999, he joined and became a member at Roller’s. He was a faithful member, faithful pastor, and faithful servant.

Elder Greg Hill had a great gift to preach. The spirit was evident each time he stood. As the years of his preaching life progressed, so did his knowledge and understanding. Greg was one that studied and tried to dig deep into the scriptures, and after all his studying and digging, he would say he had just scratched the surface.

Greg's mom would often sing the song “I Want My Lord to be Satisfied with Me.” Greg would speak of this song while preaching and how he wanted the Lord to be satisfied with him. Greg left this world on December 18, 2018 while returning home from Bible study at Wallen’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church. Oh, how sweet it must have been when Greg got home and heard the angels singing Welcome Home.

One day soon we will join you, Greg, and I know we have rejoiced and praised Him on this side of life, but nothing will compare to that day. We will just press on and try to fight this good fight of faith until we meet on Heaven’s bright shore.


-Written by the church clerk, Kim Robinette

ELDER DONALD LOWELL JOHNSON, age 69, went to be with the Lord on January 8, 2018. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mary Ann Johnson and his sister, Nadine Johnson. Don was saved as a teenager at his family home in Morristown, TN, while kneeling near a blue couch when family friend Rev. Willis Lamb brought Don and his dad home after their car had broken down. Don announced his calling to preach at 30 and has been preaching God’s word for 39 years. He was a member and co-pastor of New Life Primitive Baptist Church and pastored many churches throughout his life. Don served in the Army reserves for 35 years and retired after 27 years from the LEAR Corporation, where he served as a technician and union president for many years. After retirement, Don enjoyed playing golf, fishing, discussing the Bible, and spending time with his 3 granddaughters who were the center of his world.

Don leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Janice Johnson; son, Gregory Johnson; daughter, Greta Dean; granddaughters, Tori, Kassi, and Kadee Dean; brothers Jerry (Faye) Johnson and Terry (Dorothy) Johnson; sisters, Phyllis (Wylie) Lampkins and Doris Metcalf; a host of nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in Christ, and friends.


-Written by his family

GENIEVE COLLIER JONES, 90, of Big Stone Gap, VA, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday morning, January 13, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ellis Jones, Sr.; 1 son, Charles Ellis Jones, Jr.; her parents, Luther Owen and Nannie Bowman Collier; and her siblings, Lola, F.G. Eula Mae, Elgin, and Harrison.

Surviving are her sons, Roger, Roy (Vicky), Robert (Helen), Gerald (Lorena); several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Genieve was a member of Cadet Primitive Baptist Church and a great light in Christian love for all to see; we, her family and friends, find comfort and strength knowing she is at peace with her Lord and our Lord, Jesus Christ, forever more.


-Written by her family

DELOIS ANN THACKER LAWSON was born September 9, 1967 and went home to be with the Lord March 16, 2019 at the age of 51. She was saved at Long Hollow Church and also attended church at Fisher’s Creek.

She is preceded in death by her father, John C. Thacker, and infant son Jonathon Lawson.

She is survived by her loving daughter Emily Lawson; father Leroy Lawson; mother Gladys Lawson; sister Debbie Dalton; several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

She was a loving daughter, mother, sister, and a friend to all who knew her. We look forward to seeing her again on Heaven’s bright shore.


-Written by her family

BETTY B. (BARNETT) LIVINGSTON known most commonly as "Grammy," age 82, of Kettering, passed away Thursday, January 17th, 2019 in Kettering at Oak Creek Terrace. She was born June 20th, 1936 to Elva (Glass) and Jesse Barnett in Farmersville, Ohio. Betty was passionate about raising and providing for her family. She spent time as both a home maker and Legal Secretary, a position she retired from in 1998. She had an incredibly infectious laugh and a strong work ethic.

Betty was a long-time member of Fairview Primitive Baptist Church. She was very active in serving the church and the community, and even sat on multiple boards. Betty enjoyed piecing together her family genealogy, reading a good book, and watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune with some vanilla wafers or fudge striped cookies.

She was preceded in death by her husband George Livingston, her parents, and sister Luella Moyer.

Betty is survived by her daughter Belinda Napier (Mark) and son Alan Livingston (Julie): grandchildren Jesse Napier (Alicia), Rachel Dixon (Keith), Ashley Montgomery (Aaron), and Jackie Livingston; great grandchildren Evan, Jordynn and Landon Dixon; brother Ronald Barnett and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


-Written by her family

PEGGY JANE OSBORNE MELLONS passed away peacefully at home March 30, 2019 at the age of 86. She was born in Blackwater, Virginia on January 3, 1933 to Orbin and Maxie Horton Osborne.

She was a longtime member of Blackwater Lick Primitive Baptist Church, and more recently, West View Primitive Baptist Church. She loved God and served Him faithfully. From her youth she was a member of The Osborne Quartet and later the West View Quartet.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, William Samuel "Dub" Mellons, Jr.; 2 brothers, John Enoch Osborne and Franklin Delano Osborne; 3 sisters, Nannie Kate Wallen, Violet Rubena "Bena" Osborne and Madge Canter.

Peggy is survived by her son, William "Scott” Mellons; daughter, Lori Trent; 2 grandchildren; 1 sister, Pauline Lawson; and many nieces and nephews.


-Written by her family

BENNY MORELOCK, 71, was born January 5, 1948, and departed this life March 16, 2019. He was the son of the late Ray and Mary Alice Morelock.

He joined Mt. Mitchell Church September 5, 2010 where he was a devoted member and served as a song leader.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Survivors include 3 brothers, Dillard, Malcolm, and Jim; 3 sisters, Ethel Roop, Peggy Duncan, and Bobby Crawford.

Benny was a disabled veteran, serving in the Iraq Conflict. He was well known in the community. He never met a stranger.


-Written by his brother, Dillard

CLARENCE MORGAN, age 82, of Bean Station, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System. He served as a longtime deacon at Swan Creek Primitive Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, and pops.

Preceding him in death was his wife Jeanette Morgan; mother, Mae Johnson; father Dalzey Morgan; brothers Ralph, William, and James Morgan; and many other family members.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Clyde and Ilona Morgan; grandsons, Craig Morgan and Matej Grycz; granddaughters, Bailee and Marilyn Morgan; sister, Maggie Jacobi; special nieces, Renee Kimmel and Geneva Wolfe; special nephews, Rev. Michael Morgan and Rev. Ralph Morgan; several nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.


-Written by his family

ANDREW JACKSON "JACK” OSBORNE went to be with the Lord November 2, 2018 at the V.A. Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tennessee at the age of 85. He was born November 20, 1932 at Blackwater, Virginia to the late Arthur and Sallie Asbury Osborne.

Jack was a loving and caring Christian gentleman who loved Jesus with all his heart and enjoyed reading his Bible. He was a member at West View Primitive Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Smith, Roy, and Wayne Osborne.

He is survived by his wife, Laquinta Mayo Osborne; son Andrew Jackson Osborne, Jr. (Mona); step-daughter, Diana Cowden (Richard); 6 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brothers Bill, J.T., and Hayes Osborne; several nieces and nephews.


-Written by his family

ROLAND DEWAYNE PALMER, 94, went to be with the Lord on November 14, 2018. Born in Richmond, Ind. He lived most of his life in the Kingsport area. He was a proud US Navy veteran, having served in WWII. Roland was a member of Copper Creek Primitive Baptist Church, faithfully attending as long as he was able. He enjoyed life and never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary J. Palmer.

He was survived by his wife of 16 years, JoAnn Stapleton Palmer; daughters Susan Chandler (Robert) and Patty Hutchens (Mark); sons William Smith (Lisa) and David Palmer (Diane); stepsons, Paul Jennings (Della) and Terry Jennings; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 special granddaughters, Amanda Dockery and Lori Jennings; several nieces and nephews.

Roland was loved by all and is sorely missed. He is resting with the Lord, and we will be meeting him soon. Many sweet memories will remain until then.


-Written by his wife, JoAnn Palmer and granddaughter, Lori Jennings

JUANITA PROFIT, age 93, of Cowan, passed away December 27, 2018. She was a member of Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by parents, George and Margaret Phipps Dickenson; first husband, Ralph Brown; second husband, Earl Profitt, 1 daughter, Carol Brown; 2 brother and 2 sisters.


-Written by her family

CATHERINE C. ROBINSON (KAY) age 97, of Kettering, OH passed away Tuesday April 9, 2019 at Hospice of Dayton. Catherine was born December 3, 1921 in Charleston, West Virginia. She moved to Ohio in 1940, then moved to Dayton in 1943 and married Earl Robinson.

Catherine is preceded in death by her parents, Dennis and Myrtle C. (Knaus) Caskey; her husband, Earl J Robinson; 1 sister, June Finke and 1 brother, Bob Caskey.

Catherine is survived by her son, Jay; 1 granddaughter; 3 great grandchildren; 1 niece and several other relatives.

Catherine retired from Huffy in 1977 and has been a member of Fairview Baptist Church since 1985. She has many, many friends, Harold and Linda McKeehan, Ruth Wickline, and Marilyn Mauro.


-Written by the family

PHILLIP RILEY SEXTON, JR. was born on October 6, 1941, and went to be with the Lord on October 12, 2018 at the age of 77. He was a member of Marion Robinette Memorial Primitive Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Eula Kate Robinette Sexton.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Minnie (Susie) Sexton; 2 sons, Jerry and Jason Sexton; 3 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Dorcas Fairchild, Gloria McLain, and Joy Phillips; and several nieces and nephews.

A veteran of the US Navy, he served on the USS Jamestown and was stationed for about a year in Japan. He retired from BASF and Dollywood. He will be missed by his family and friends.


-Written by his family

JOHN WAYNE SHELTON, 72, of Kingsport, TN, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at his residence following a brief illness. He was a lifelong resident of Kingsport and retired from Eastman Chemical Company. John was a member of Poplar Grove Primitive Baptist Church.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Clement and Lucille Weems Shelton; brother Tony Shelton; his first wife and mother of his children, Judy Shelton.

John is survived by his wife, Amy Davenport Shelton; sons John W. Shelton II and Joel Shelton; sister Isabel Conley; granddaughter Brooklyn Shelton; niece Michelle Stanley; nephews Tony Shelton, William Conley Jr.; step children Sabrina Fields, Paul Surcey; several nieces and cousins; step-grandchildren Bryson, Trinity, and Hunter.


-Written by his wife, Amy Shelton

JUNE ELIZABETH (HURD) SIZEMORE, age 73, of Eidson, was born on April 29, 1946 in Hancock County, TN, and departed this life on April 6, 2019 at Hawkins County Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. She loved to cook and tend to her flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James (Jim) and Paralee Hurd; a toddler son, Eddie Wayne Sizemore; and brother Hugh Kyle Hurd.

She is survived by her daughters Shirley (Ralph) Lawson and Crystal (Dwight) Hurd; grandchildren, Autumn (Hunter) Baker, Elizabeth Lawson, Brandy Lawson, and Cheyenne Hurd; 3 brothers; 2 sisters; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of dear friends.


-Written by her family

VICTOR PAUL SMITH, 87, went to be with the Lord on March 22, 2019. He was the son of the late E.M. and Kate Addington Smith. He was a veteran of the US Air Force, serving in the Korean War Era. A born-again Christian, he was a member of Copper Creek Primitive Baptist Church (Addington Frame) where he faithfully attended and served as a deacon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Fuller Smith and brother, E.M. Smith, Jr.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Susan Smith Greene and Paula Smith Guy (Eric); grandchildren, Master Sergeant Victoria Greene Pridemore (Phillip) and Blake Greene; great-grandsons, Rylan and Bo; 1 sister, Gertrude Addington; and his church family.

Paul was a pillar of the church, outspoken in his belief and love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was loved by all and is sadly missed by family and friends. Until we meet again, we hold sweet memories.


-Written for the family by Flo Minton, Church Clerk

VIVIAN LEE STROUD, 89, went to her eternal home to see her Savior face to face on the June 27, 2019. She was born to the late Elder Charles Roller and Pearl Mae (Pearcy) Roller in Blackwater, VA on July 25, 1929.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Stroud, and a great-grandson, Chansellor Elijah Stroud.

Vivian leaves behind 4 children, Tommy (Shelly) Stroud, Cathy (Scott) Cloud, Richard (Joni) Stroud, and Brenda (Steve) Belt; 10 grandchildren whom all adored her; 21 great-grandchildren, a special nephew, Charles Roller; and more other family members and friends.

Vivian was a member of Clear Springs Primitive Baptist Church for many years before moving her membership to Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church as a founding member, where she served faithfully for many years until she could no longer attend due to failing health. She still prayed earnestly for the church and the whole Eastern District Association.

Vivian was full of life. She was loved by all that ever met her and leaves us all with many beautiful and fun memories. She was full of stories and was gifted with a personality that brought others laughter and joy. She loved the Lord deeply and has planted countless seeds throughout her lifetime. Our hearts hurt not having her here but rejoice in knowing she is in a state of perfect peace and joy with her Lord. We look forward to the day we are all together again.


-Written by her daughter-in-law, Shelly Stroud

EULA MAE STURGILL, 71, went to be with the Lord on May 14, 2019. Eula was a member of Copper Creek Primitive Baptist Church (Addington Frame) where she regularly attended and loved singing. She also enjoyed sewing, cooking, and helping family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Dan Sturgill, along with her parents, Lloyd and Ella Boggs Church; 3 brothers, Ray, Carl, and James Church; Cousins Palmer and Claude Sturgill.

Surviving are her daughter, Melissa Dryden (Nick) and son Danny Sturgill (Missy); grandchildren, Mikey, Zack, and Hannah Dryden and Taylor Sturgill; great-grandson, Jace Dryden; sister, Betty Hyde-Brandon; brother, Oscar Church; nieces, nephews, and church family.

A loving and compassionate person, Eula was loved by everyone and is sadly missed by family and church. She’s enjoying the blessing of God as she awaits joining together with her loved ones. Until then, sweet memories.


-Written for the family by Flo Minton, Church Clerk

ANGELA MARIE WALLEN (LARKINS) departed this life on December 1, 2018 at Holston Valley Medical Center after an extended illness and her struggle with diabetes. Angela was always a loving and caring person who tried to help everyone. She was saved in her middle school years and she loved the Lord and attended Higher Ground Baptist Church. She also visited her childhood home church family at Pleasant View Baptist Church and West View Primitive Baptist Church in Kingsport. Angela enjoyed playing the piano at West View Primitive Baptist and at home. Everyone loved Angie’s smile and laughter and her love of life. She enjoyed reading her Bible and her daily devotionals.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John C. and Nannie Fannon Raymond and Moses (Mitchell) Wallen.

Angela is survived by her three children, Tamara (Dylan Thompson), Noah and Sarah Wallen; granddaughter, Marley Thompson; parents, Gary and Margaret Raymond Wallen; grandmother, Gracie Tankersley Wallen; aunts and uncles, Sharon Wallen Vicars (Gary), Richard Wallen (Rita), Kathy Wallen Walton (Bill) Elaine Wallen Erwin (Bill), Linda Raymond Lambert and a host of cousins; long-time boyfriend, John Baines and her good friend, Rose Palmer, who had both been by her bedside.


-Written by her family

CLARA MAE WELCH, age 72, was born September 13, 1946 and departed this life January 1, 2019 for her Heavenly Home. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and a dear friend to many. She was an active member of Richardson Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Mart Ray Welsh; 2 sons, Eddie (Karen) Marcum and Christopher (Hannah) Todd; 1 daughter Rebecca (James) McKerr; 3 step-sons, Michael Welch, Ben Welch, and Marty Welch; 1 step-daughter, Kimberly Welch; 2 brothers, Billy Joe Hickman and Bennie Ray Marcum; 7 stepbrothers; 2 stepsisters; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Clara will be greatly missed. Until we meet again on the far side banks of Jordan.


-Written by her family

DONALD WILLIAMS was born in 1933 and passed away in 2018.

Brother Williams was a deacon at Rose Chapel Primitive Baptist Church for many years and was a great help in other capacities at the church. He was also a veteran, serving our country during the Korean War.


-Written by his family
2018




ELDER CHARLES RAY BANKS, 84, of Van Lear, KY, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

He was a member and assistant pastor at Richardson Chapel Church.

He is survived by his wife, Rosa Banks; 1 son, Fred Banks; 3 daughters, Sandra Murphy, Velma Banks and Tina McKenzie; 2 brothers, Lloyd Banks and Bobby Banks; 1 sister, Nila Collins; 5 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.


-Written by his family

JILL BARNETT BARKER, age 58, formerly of Bellbrook, passed away at her home in Miamisburg on Sunday, January 21, 2018. She was born April 30, 1959 to Kate Marcum and Charles Raymond Barnett.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ray and Kate Barnett; 1 brother Thomas; her ex-husband, Randy Barker; and their son, Nathaniel.

Jill is survived by 5 siblings, Doris Critz, Charles, Janice Meredith, Susan Murphy and George; multiple nieces, nephews and cousins.

Her love of family and her keen sense of humor will be missed by all who knew her.


-Written by her family

JAMES “JAY” B. BLEDSOE, age 82 of Pennington Gap, VA went home to be with the Lord July 22, 2018 at his home.

He spent most of his life in Lee County and was a member of Low View Church where he attended faithfully until he became unable to go.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Pearl Bledsoe; 1 son, James M. Bledsoe; 3 brothers, Jack, Cecil and Earnest Bledsoe; 2 sisters, Colone Byington and Texil Baldwin.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Bledsoe; 1 son, Calvin and adopted son, Austin Bledsoe; 2 brothers, Roy and Floyd Bledsoe and1 sister, Brenda Lister.

Jay never complained about his pain, although we knew he was in a lot. He is sadly missed by his family and church family, but we know we will meet him again where there is no more pain nor goodbyes.


-Written by his wife, Barbara Bledsoe

THELMA “LOUISE” BLEDSOE, age 83 of Woodway, Virginia, was born in Keokee, Virginia, on Thursday, November 1, 1934, and passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2018 at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tennessee. Louise was a homemaker who loved working in her flower gardens and was a member of Valley View Church in Dryden, Virginia.

Louise was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Ray “Buster” Bledsoe; her parents, Henry and Dora Mae Vanover Herron; 2 sisters, Elsie Gibson and Rosa Gibson; and 2 brothers, Dallas James and Joseph Gibson.

Thelma is survived by one son, Jesse Lee Bledsoe; 2 sisters, Nervie Lee and Lois Collins. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and many friends.

Louise attended church as long as she was physically able, and her desire was to attend long after it was not possible. If members of churches in the association wanted to be in church as Louise did, all of the churches would have fewer empty pews.


-Written by her family

KIMBERLY ANN BOWEN was born February 18, 1973 and departed this earth for a better home on November 12, 2017.

She joined Osborne Chapel Church where she attended until her health prevented it.

She left to mourn her passing her mother, husband and son, who was her pride and joy, and a host of other family members and her church family. She told us all she would wait for us on the other side.


-Written by her church family, who loved her dearly

MAURINE WARD BROWN, 98, of the Dryden Community, passed away on December 5, 2017 at Lee Health & Rehab Center in Pennington Gap, Virginia. She was born on September 18, 1919, to Charles Sherman Ward and Buna Miller Ward of the Seminary Community. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Clyde Brown; 3 brothers, Buster Ward, Olen Ward, and William Bascomb (Buddy) Ward and 3 sisters, Ellena Ward, Crystelle Willis, and Emily Jo Norton.

Maurine was a member of Valley View Church of Dryden, Virginia.

Maurine is survived by 3 sons, Gary B. Brown, Jerry Brown and Larry Brown; 1 daughter, Carolyn Randolph; 9 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.


-Written by her family

VIRGINIA GIBSON BROWN passed away January 20, 2018 at the age of 98. She was the daughter of Joseph “Hop” Gibson and Minerva Adams Gibson.

Virginia was a member of Little Cowan Church for 77 years. She taught Sunday School and Bible School and influenced many lives with her kindness and dedication to serving the Lord. She loved to cook and entertain her friends and family in her home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Myrel Brown; 1 son, Stephen; her parents; 2 brothers and 8 sisters.

She is survived by 2 sons, Joe and Randy Brown; 9 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.


-Written by her family

MAUDIE LAMBERT FIELDS was born on September 10, 1936 and joined our Heavenly Father on August 27, 2018.

Maudie was of the Protestant faith, accepting Jesus Christ as her Savior and being baptized at Livingston's Chapel Church which later became Wallen’s Creek Church. After her marriage to Norman Fields, they attended Mt. Washington Covenant Church. Maudie was of the Protestant faith, accepting Jesus Christ as her Savior and being baptized at Livingston's Chapel Church which later became Wallen’s Creek Church. After her marriage to Norman Fields, they attended Mt. Washington Covenant Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents. Ruby Lockhart Lambert and Henry Lambert; 1 brother: Carson Lambert; and 1 sister, Carnell Lambert Bledsoe Hoskins.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Norman H. Fields; 2 sons: Harold Fields and Gregory Fields; 1 grandson; 5 sisters, Opal Muncy, Thelma Welch, Doris Burke, Maggie Lawson and Mary Woodard; 4 brothers, Billy J. Lambert, Roy Lambert, Carl Lambert and Harold Dean Lambert; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Maudie was loved by all who knew her. She loved flowers, cooking shows, bird watching, and most of all her family.


-Written by her family

MARY ADDIE FISHER, age 82 of Blackwater, VA went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Lee Health and Rehab Center after a brief illness.

She was born in Blackwater, VA on June 4, 1935. She was a member of Osborne Chapel Church and a former member of Blackwater Volunteer Fire Department.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Fisher; her parents, Nathan and Rettie Collingsworth; 3 sisters and 9 brothers.

She is survived by 3 sisters, Alice Shupe, Cleo Smith and Gladys Whittle and several nieces and nephews.

She has gone to her heavenly home where she will have no more pain and we will meet her again.


-Written by her family

JUNE L. KAIL, age 88 of Dayton passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lacy Maynard and Warren Kail; her parents, Samuel and Bertha Livingston, and 1 son, Gregory Maynard.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Penny Profitt and Lisa Maynard Brown; step children, Lavita Bosma and Michael Kail; 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

She was a member of Fairview Church in Bellbrook until the time of her death.


-Written by her family

DANNY CHARLES LAMBERT, 62, of Big Stone Gap, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at his home, surrounded by his family.

He was a loving husband, father and papaw. He was a member of Cadet Church and a U.S. Army Veteran.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lambert and Oma Trent; stepfather, Elder Landon Trent; 2 brothers, Tony Lambert and Oliver Lambert; and 2 sisters, Margaret Smith and Mary Ann Spears.

Danny is survived by his wife, Deborah Lambert; 5 sons, Jonathan Lambert, Brandon Thacker, Steve Thacker, Cameron Wells, and Bradley Dickenson; 1 daughter, Tana Collier; several grandchildren and a great grandson; 1 sister, Laura Burton; 1 stepsister, Lois Collier; 4 brothers, Rick Trent, Lanny Trent, David Trent and Tim Trent.


-Written by his family

ONEY BLONDE LIVESAY went to be with Jesus on Saturday, February 3, 2018 at the age of 88, at Takoma Regional Hospital. She was born April 15, 1929 in Kyles Ford, TN.

She was the youngest of 12 children of Jimmy and Doshie Wallen.

Mrs. Livesay was a member of Willis Chapel Church and attended Hope Community Church until unable to attend. She was a faithful listener of TV evangelist, Dr. Charles Stanley and John Hagee. A homemaker, retired farmer, and an excellent cook, she enjoyed gardening, canning, freezing, sewing, quilting and crocheting.

Mrs. Livesay was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Arnold Albert Livesay; infant son, James Edward Livesay; 4 sisters, Stella Wallen, Cleo Bevins, Bessie Hall and Ruby Eldridge and 7 brothers, Worley, J.D., Earnest, Elmer, John, Harley and Doyle Wallen.

Survivors include 1 son, Waymon Livesay; 1 daughter, Edith Gulley; special nephew and special nieces.


-Written by her family

CARL DAVID MARCUM, 62, suddenly entered eternity April 8, 2018. He was saved October 31, 1972, baptized and joined Davis Chapel Church where he remained a member until his death. He attended Big Hurricane Missionary Baptist Church while living in West Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pete and Fern Marcum.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Marsha Marcum; 1 daughter, Bethany Marcum; 1 son, Ben Marcum and his cherished granddaughters; 2 brothers, Bill and Pete; 2 sisters, Phyllis and Rita, as well as a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Carl was a talented musician, singer/songwriter and wood worker. He freely shared his God-given talents with all who would receive. His life was a living testimony to his Savior – Jesus Christ. We should all strive to follow his example.

Sleep on, Big Brother, until we all meet again some sweet day.


-Written by his family

RICHARD LEON MEADE, 65, of Louisa, KY passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018 surrounded by his loving family. He was born April 20, 1953 in Paintsville, KY to the late William and George-Anna Meade.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by 3 brothers, George, R.D. and Johnny Meade; 4 sisters, Elizabeth Meade, Becky Murray, Sarah Williamson and Linda Wiley.

He is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie Meade; 2 daughters, Nora and Katherine; 3 brothers, Tommy, Jimmy and Willie Meade; 1 sister, Bobbie VanHoose; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.


-Written by his family

JAMIE NICOLE CHARLES MILLER, age 33, won her battle with cancer on August 20, 2018 by entering into Heaven pain free.

Jamie received the Lord as her Savior at UT Medical Center ER on July 16, 2018 after God showing her that she had not been saved at a young age as she had previously thought. Jamie attended Long Hollow Church when she was younger.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jamie Lee Miller; 1 son, Andy Lee Miller; parents, Woodroe and Margie Charles; 1 sister, Jennifer Loggans; several nieces and nephews; her mamaw and several aunts and uncles.

Jamie was a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend to many. We look forward to seeing her again on Heaven’s bright shore.


-Written by her family

DARRELL CLAY ROBERTS, of Conway, SC, formerly of Cowan, passed away August 17, 2018 at the Conway Medical Center.

Darrell was the son of the late James and Dora Roberts.

He was born July 2, 1958 being 60 years, 1 month and 15 days at the time of his passing.

Darrell was a member of Little Cowan Church and he is survived by his wife, Angie; 1 daughter, Patricia Deatherage; 3 brothers; 2 grandchildren; 3 stepbrothers; 3 stepsisters, along with a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.


-Written by his family

LESTER ELMER ROBINETTE, age 79, of Xenia, passed away Friday, May 11, 2018.

Lester was born October 9, 1938 to Ardena (Stewart) and Daniel Robinette. He was a retired truck driver for General Motors.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Edith; sisters, Imogene McPherson and Mary Ruth Osborne; brothers, Roy and Marson Robinette.

Lester is survived by his daughters, Ardena Macy and Tina Robinette; 1 son, Michael Cyphers; 1 brother, Joe Robinette; 3 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Lester loved to go camping in places like St. Mary's, Virginia Beach, and Disney. He also loved tinkering around the garage working on cars, lawnmowers and other small engines. Lester will also be remembered for his love of Bluegrass music.


-Written by his family

MARY RUTH (WALLEN) ROLLER, born in 1930 in Lee County, VA to the late Null and Pearl Johnson Wallen, went home to heaven on March 11, 2018 at age 87. She had lived in Indianapolis since 1951 and retired after being manager at Roselyn Bakery #3 on the city's south side for more than 25 years.

Mary Ruth professed her faith in Christ when she was 14 years old and was among the 14 people baptized at the June Meeting of Willis Chapel Church in 1945. Mary Ruth remained a member of Willis Chapel throughout her life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Calloway Patton Roller, who passed away on July 2, 2001; siblings Jack Wallen, Ova Wallen, Venus Lawson, Ann Manis Addington, Charles Howard, Guy, Bonnie Hurd, and Mitchell.

Mary Ruth is survived by 2 sons, Kerry L. Roller and Tim Roller; 8 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Wanda Osborne; and many nieces and nephews. Joy she brought, joy she has found.


-Written by her family

JOYCE SPEARS RUTHERFORD of Big Stone Gap, Virginia passed away Friday, February 2, 2018 at Holston Valley Medical Center. Joyce was a member of Cadet Primitive Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with others at Mountain Empire Older Citizens.

Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Rutherford; parents Axley and Frances Herron Spears; 1 brother, Axley Spears, Jr. and several nieces and nephews.

Survivors include 1 son, Lawrence Still; 1 daughter, Lynn Still and stepchildren, Linda Ketron, Angela Fleenor, Laura Fultz, Karen Bowser and Charles Rutherford, Jr.; brothers and sisters, Robert Spears, Bill Spears, Larry Spears, Brenda Baker, Judy Cole, Phyllis Hobbs and Debby Ramey. She is also survived by several grandchildren, great grandchildren, and many family members and friends.

Joyce joined Cadet Church in September, 2014. In her few years with us at Cadet, we grew close to her and loved her very much. She was a kind and giving person. Each Christmas she would give the church family a handmade ornament or craft. Joyce was more than a Sister in Christ, she was our Sister. We will all miss her loving smile.


-Written by her family

ELDER RICHARD LEE SEIBER, born November 3, 1935 went home to be with his Lord on May 3, 2018 at the age of 82.

Richard was the son of the late William Hudson and Maratha Seiber.

He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Vivian Miles Seiber; 1 sister, Doris Sexton; 2 brothers, Benny Seiber and Elder Oatis Seiber.

He leaves to mourn his passing 1 son, William Lawrence Seiber and a host of friends and church family.

Richard was a member of Wallen’s Creek Church and our beloved pastor for 45 years. He was also the pastor of Davis Chapel and Mountain View for a number of years. He is a great loss to us, but a joy for him, so sleep on Richard and rest.


-Written by the church clerk, Frances Tomlinson

ELDER JOHNNY RAY STAPLETON, 60, of Louisa, KY went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 surrounded by his loving family.

Johnny was born October 3, 1957 at Louisa, KY to the late Clarence and Nora Stapleton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Teresa.

Johnny was a retired coal miner and assistant pastor at Richardson Chapel Church.

Survivors include his loving wife, Joyce; 2 daughters, Stephanie Wheeler and Teresa Mae Brooks; 2 sons, Johnny Ray Stapleton, Jr. and Clyde Stapleton; 3 brothers, Clarence, Terry and William Stapleton; 6 sisters Bonnie Meade, Alice Stapleton, Mary Howell, Julie Gilmore Stapleton, Brenda Seidlertz and Nora Dove; 8 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren.


-Written by his family

CAROLYN MARIE STEWART was born June 30, 1963, in Kingsport, Tenn. She died Sunday, April 9, 2017 in Stroud at the age of 53 years.

She is survived by her parents: James Edward and Edith Irene (Hill) Darnell; 3 daughters, Jessica Barrett, Jerri Stewart and Julia Johnston; 1 son, Jesse Stewart; 8 grandchildren; 4 brothers, Wayne Darnell, Dobie Darnell, Mark Darnell and Timmy Darnell; and other relatives and friends.


-Written by her family

DANNY G STURGILL went to be with the Lord on March 30, 2018, at the age of 75.

The son of Baxter and Mary Sturgill, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving during the Vietnam War. He was a retired miner and also a member of the UMWA. Dan enjoyed deer hunting, camping, fishing and most of all spending time with his grandchildren. He never met a stranger and he will certainly be missed by those who knew and loved him.

He was preceded in death by his parents and 2 sisters, Jackie and Norma.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eula Sturgill; 1 son, Danny; 1 daughter, Missy; 4 grandchildren; 4 brothers, Carson, Ed, Jim and Teddy; 2 sisters, Nadine and Polly.

Dan was a faithful member of Copper Creek Church as long as health permitted. He had a special love for children, and all children were drawn to him for his loving attention and treats he always carried for them. He was a very special person and friend to all, always helping wherever he could.

We know he rests with Jesus, his Savior, and awaits his brothers and sisters on the shores of heaven. Until then, Dan, we will hold you in sweet memories.


-Written by his family

THELMA HEAD TATE was born August 27, 1936 and went home to be with the Lord on August 8, 2018 at the age of 81.

She was saved at an early age and joined Shelby Creek Church where she remained faithful member. She served as clerk and treasurer for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ballard and Marcia Head; brothers, Cecil, R.L., Ray, Elder Eckel and Elder Harold Head and 1 sister Dorothy Presley.

She is survived by her loving husband of 64 years, Don “Tater” Tate; 1 daughter, Tammy Fannon; 2 grandchildren; 1 brother, Elmer “Bob” Head, along with special sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

She was a loving wife, mother, Nana, sis and special friend to all who knew her. She will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. We’ll see you soon.


-Written by her family

MICHAEL "PEANUT" WALLEN was born January 30, 1964 and passed away April 16, 2018 at the age of 54.

Peanut was a member of Poplar Grove Church.

He is survived by his wife, Lori Wallen; father, Calvin Wallen; 2 daughters, Jennifer Wallen and Ashley Wallen and 1 son, Anthony Wallen.

Peanut had health problems for a number of years, but always had a testimony for what God had done for him. His witness was encouraging to all who knew him. He has received the ultimate healing and we know we will see him again.


-Written by his church family

BEULAH MAE WEBB, 87, of Jenkins, went to sleep in the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. She was a devoted member of Edwin Holbrook Memorial Church. Beulah and the Edwin Holbrook Memorial Church Singers sang in many churches and funerals throughout the years.

Beulah was the daughter of the late Boyd and Ellen Holbrook Church. She was the widow of Denver Webb.

Beulah was preceded in death by 1 daughter, Serita Flynn; 3 brothers, Carl, George and Cletis Church; 1 sister, Arbutis "Boots" Antonikowski.

Surviving are: 4 sons, Allen, David, Neal and Chris Webb; 1 daughter, Jennell Johnson; 1 brother, Jerry Church; 2 sisters, Eulas Guy and Sally Kincer; 22 grandchildren; 38 great grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren, along with a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

Beulah will truly be missed by her Church, but our loss is Heaven's gain.


-Written by church members

ROSELEE VADA WELLS, age 90, was born on January 18, 1928 in Stonega, VA and passed away July 15, 2018 at Lee Health and Rehab Center with her family by her side.

She was a lifelong resident of Blackwater, VA where she was a member of Osborne's Chapel Church. She dedicated her life to helping others in her profession as a Certified Nurse Aide. She came home on her 80th birthday and told her family that she "thought it was time to retire!"

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kermit Wells; her parents, Richard H. Evans and Sarah V. Owens Evans; 3 brothers, Cecil Evans, Fred Evans & Paul Evans; 5 sisters, Ethel Owens, Lillian Pridemore, Alice Jessee, Lona Johnson and Cleo Evans; and 1 granddaughter.

RoseLee is survived by her 2 sons, James Richard Evans and Roger Evans; 1 brother, Don Evans and 1 sister, Julie Pierce; 8 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, 6 great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.


-Written by her family

JEFFREY CRAIG WITT was born August 28, 1961, in Harlan, Kentucky, and died peacefully November 29, 2017 at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, surrounded by his family after fighting for 6 weeks in ICU following a double lung transplant. Knowing the difficult path of the transplant, Jeff’s Christian attitude was, “I’m a winner either way...if I go or if I stay.”

Jeff was a member of Valley View Church where he served as Deacon. He was the first person to receive salvation in the new building after being relocated due to a four- lane highway being built.

Jeff served in the Army Reserves for 12 years and was a miner operator for 18 and a half years, working for various coal companies throughout Kentucky and Southwest Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his son, Eric Cooper Witt; his father, J.C. Witt; 1 sister, Janice Witt Irvin; and maternal grandparents.

Jeffrey leaves behind his loving wife of 37 years, Mary Middleton Witt; 1 daughter, Megatha Witt Gates; 5 grandchildren; his mother, Geneva Witt; 1 sister, Jennifer Witt Garlic and a host of other family and friends.


-Written by his family

JAMES MYRT WORLEY, 90, of Bristol, Scott County, VA passed away on June 5, 2018. He was born on October 14, 1927 in Scott County, a son of the late Jonathan and Kennedy Torbett Worley.

He served in WWII U.S. as a control tower operator and flew twin-engine airplanes for the Army Air Corps.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Myra Avanell Sourbeer Worley; and his second wife, Genevieve Fugate Smith Worley.

He is survived by 1 son, 1 daughter, 1 grandson and 1 brother.

Myrt loved the Lord and was a faithful deacon to two Primitive Baptist Churches and special friend to all who met him. He is greatly missed.


-Written by the church clerk, Cathy Baker