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Claiborne County Obituaries

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Taken from The Claiborne Progress

Printed with permission from Richard Evans, Editor, The Claiborne Progress

 

                                           

 

 

 

Wednesday Dec. 10, 2003

 

Lula Magaline Overton Cable

Lula Magaline Overton Cable, age 61, of Maryville, was born July 26, 1942 and passed away December 6, 2003

She was of the Christian faith. She was preceded in death by her parents; Roy and Mary Overton; nephew, Louis Overton of Speedwell.

 

Survivors include her former husband, Joe Cable Sr., and wife, Evelyn of Maryville; brother, Leroy and Shirley Overton of Speedwell, Eddie and Shelia Overton of Speedwell; sister, Betty Beckler and late husband, Lee of Gadston, AL.; Children Deborah and Hubert Simpson of Maryville, Joey and Jill Cable of Maryville, Myra and Brian Loveday of Knoxville; grandchildren; Rachel Cable, Ocha Cable Duncan and Lauren Loveday; step-grandchildren; Aaron, Jake and Tiffany Simpson; nieces, nephews and several special devoted friends.

Graveside Services were held Monday December 8 at 10 a.m.in Russell Overton Cemetery.

In Lieu of flowers memorials are requested to be sent to Dept. of Human Services, Tazewell, Tn. 37879 for local needy families.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge

 

 

Wednesday Dec. 10, 2003

Wilma Combs

Wilma Combs, age 71, of Toledo, Oh. and formerly of Ewing, Va., passed away December 4, 2003 in Toledo, Oh.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Daniel and Allie Satterfield Collins; husband, Quillen Combs; 11 brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law; Marcia and David Strochine, Carol Eads, Wendy and Derek Ponder all of Toledo, Oh.; sons and daughters-in-law:  Jimmy and Linda Alston of St. Louis Mo., Allen and Wendy Alston of Monroe, Mi,; 9 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; brother Charlie Collins of Monroe, Mi., sisters; Edna Czajka of Roanoke, VA. Loraine Martin of Covington, Ky., several nieces, nephews, a host of other relatives and friends; lifelong friend, Georgann Dunn of Tazewell.

Funeral Services were held 2 p.m. Monday, December 8 at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.Charlie Long officiating. Songs by Charlie Long and Derek Ponder. Burial in the Jones Cemetery.

Pallbearers; Jimmy Alston, Robbie Alston, James Laws, Kenneth Strochine, Sean Wade and Patrick Webb.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

Wednesday Dec. 10, 2003

 

Johnnie Loy Hileman Davis

 

Johnnine Loy Hileman Davis, age 87, of Harris, Ga., and formerly of Harrogate, was born April 9, 1916 and passed away November 29, 2003 in Louisville, Ky.

 

She was of the Baptist faith and attended local churches Friendship Baptist Church and Haynes Flat Baptist Church.

She was a retired nurse from the Middleboro Hospital where she worked for many years. She was preceded in death by her husband of 30 years, Ike Hileman; husband of 31 years, Clay Davis; son, Eugene Hileman; parents; John and Sarah Alice Moyers Loy; brothers; Green and Casper Loy; sisters; Gladys Maiden and Annie McCreary.

Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law; Cora A and Bill Quillen of Young Harris, Ga., Patricia A and Fred Northcutt of Germantown, Oh., son and daughter-in-law; Robert and Mickey Hileman of Cave City, Ky.; 14 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 8 p.m., December 3 at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel in Harrogate with Rev. Ellis Hoskins officiating. Songs by Loy Family Singers. Burial in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap, Va. at 1 p.m.

Pallbearers: grandsons and great grandsons

Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Dec. 10, 2003

 

 

Mary R. Fugate

 

Mary R. Fugate, age 83, of Tazewell, was born August 31, 1920 and passed away December 2, 2003 at her home.

 

She was faithful member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for many years. She was a member of the Wegadigan Club, the Maj. George Gibson chapter of the D.A.R., a former board member of the Claiborne County Library and the Claiborne County Hospital. She retired from the Claiborne County Board of Education after teaching 46 years and 5 months.

She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma. She was preceded in death by her husband, Will A. Fugate; parents; Jom and Lula (Overton) Riley; infant great grandson, James Tyler Beeler.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law: Chester and Linda Gibson of Tazewell; granddaughters; Kelli Gibson of Tazewell, Kristi and husband , Kelly Beeler of Woodruff, SC., great grandchildren; Emaleigh Grace Beeler, Eryn Elisabeth Beeler both of Woodruff, S.C., brother-in-law and sister-in-law: John and Minnie Fugate of Tazewell, Beth Fugate of New Tazewell; special caregivers: Carolyn Collins of Tazewell, Marie Drexter of New Tazewell; special friends for many years, Earl Fugate of Tazewell, Mary Stickley of Rose Hill, Va., Jessie Graves of Tazewell; serveral cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 3 in the Claiborne Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Eddie Overholt and Rev. W.B. Bingham officiating. Music by Janice Derreberry and Rose Watkins. Burial in the Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Richard Jennings, Randy Jennings, David Gibson, Terry Overton, Wayne Fugate, John Fugate, Gene Watkins, and Joe Overton.

Claiborne Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Dec. 10, 2003

 

 

Bonnie Hayes

 

Bonnie Hayes, age 81, of Tazewell, passed away December 7, 2003 at Claiborne County Hospital.

Funeral arrangements incomplete at press time.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

 

December 17, 2003

 

Bonnie Hayes, age 81, of Tazewell, was born September 3, 1922 and passed away December 7, 2003 at Claiborne County Hospital.

She was a homemaker and member of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Thorn Hill. She was preceded in death by her parents: Tally and Ova Hensley; son, Clarence Keaton; sisters: Myrda and Jean Hensley, brother, Luther Hensley.

Survivors include her son, Larry Keaton of Tazewell; son and wife, Dennis and Wanda Keaton of Thorn Hill; daughter and husband: Helen and Doug Lambert of Tazewell; grandchildren: Tammy Keaton, Larry Keaton, Jr., Mark Mitchell and Matthew Keaton and Lisa Hill; 6 great grandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 11 a.m. Wednesday, December 10 at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Darrell "Doc" Hensley and Rev. Johnny Meyers. Songs by Jerry Epperson Family. Burial in the Hayes Cemetery in Thorn Hill.

Pallbearers: Larry Keaton, Jr., Mark Keaton, Mitchell Keaton, Matthew Keaton, Terry Lambert, Todd Hill and Brandon Hill.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

Elder Carl Nichols

 

 

Elder Carl Nichols, age 95, of Hulen, Ky., was born December 1, 1902 and passed away December 12, 2003.

He was President of United Mine Workers Local Union 6053 (District 19) Blackstar, Ky. for some 30 years. He is an Elder of the Molus Pentecostal Church where he has attended for more than 30 years. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ettis Dodd Nichols; daughter Brenda Robinson; stepsons: Bobby Lynn Rapier, James Rapier; step son-in-law Charles Snellings.

Survivors include his wife Myrtle Nichols of Hulen, Ky., son, William Carl Nichols of New Tazewell; grandson, Aron and Debra Robinson of Connersville, In.; son-in-law, J.B. Robinson of Connersville, In,; stepsons: Grover and Maxine Cupp of Monroe, Mo,. Elzie and Frankie Rapier of Clayton, Ga., Bradley and Linda Rapier of Loveland, Oh., Larry Rapier of Hulen, Ky.; stepdaughters: Mary and Bobby Saylor of Loveland, oh., Norma Jean Snellings of Hulen, Ky.; special family friend, Nelson Bolin of Hulen, Ky.; 13 step-grandchildren; 26 step-great grandchildren; 2 step great-great grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held 7 p.m. Sunday, December 14 at Molus Pentecostal Church in Molus, Ky. with Rev. Ray Stepp and the Rev. Thea Carter officiating. Music by Molus Pentecostal Church Choir and Seth Carmichael and Dorothy Eldridge. Burial in Fairview Cemetery.

Claiborne Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

Virgie Parks

 

Virgie Parks, age 84, of Tazewell, passed away December 15, 2003.

Arrangements are incomplete at press time.

Claiborne Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

Estle W. Runions, JR.

 

Estle W. Runions, Jr., age 59, of Hawthorne, Fl. and formerly of Tazewell passed away December 8, 2003.

He was of the Baptist Faith. He was an Air Craft Mechanic, retired Air Force MSG with 22 years of service and 3 tours of duty in Vietnam.

Survivors in 2 son: Wesley Runions of Hawthorne Fl. and Brian Runions of Rosewell, NM.; daughter, Deanna Runions; sister, Pat Arnwine; mother Francis Percival both of Tazewell; one niece; one nephew; 7 grandchildren.

William-Thomas Funeral Home, in Gainesville, Fl. in charge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Dec. 10, 2003

 

Betty Ruth Campbell Jessie

 

Betty Ruth Campbell Jessie, age 65, of New Tazewell, was July 1, 1938, and passed away November 30, 2003 at the University of Tennessee Hospital.

She was member of the Midway Baptist Church, served Claiborne County eight years as the Register of Deeds and later retired from England Corsair. She was preceded in death by her husband, V. Lynn Jessie; parents: Porter and Beulah Campbell; sister, Geneva Beeler; brother: Tommy Campbell; special friend, Frank Ogan, Jr.

Survivors include her children: sons: Alan Jessie and wife, Debbie of Fort Myers, Fl., Wayne Jessie and wife, Lisa of Tazewell, Jeff Jessie and wife, Shera of Tazewell; daughter, Debbie Pressnell and husband, Randy of Speedwell; grandchildren: Kristen Pressnell Powell, Andrew Pressnell, Joshua and Jayce Jessie, Lindsay Sumpter, Brandon Jessie, Emily and Michael Jessie; brothers: Johnny Campbell of New Market, Jay Campbell of Jefferson City; sister, Margaret Mink of Canton, Oh., special friends: Jeanie Rodenborn, Billie Sanders and Alma Epperson: a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 8 p.m., Tuesday, December 2 in the Claiborne Funeral Home Chapel with the Dr. Randy Pressnell officiating. A private burial was conducted.

For Memorial options the family has suggested memorial gifts may be made to the Midway Baptist Church Building Fund at 905 Yoakum Street, New Tazewell, Tn. 37825, or the Tennessee Donor Services at 7015 Middlebrook Pike, Knoxville, Tn. 37909.

Claiborne Funeral Home in charge

 

 

 

Wednesday Dec. 10, 2003

 

Wade L. Jessee

 

Wade L. Jessee, age 81, of Tazewell, was born March 29, 1922 and passed away December 1, 2003 at the Claiborne County Hospital.

He was a member of the Dogwood Heights Baptist Church. A Veteran of W.W. II. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Blanche Jessee.

Survivors include by his wife, Cleo Ellison Jessee of Tazewell; daughter, Layne Jessee of Kingsport; son and daughter-in-law: Lynn and Diane Jessee of Corryton; grandchildren: Patricia Wilson of Germany, Teresa Hubbs and Kelli Dees of Corryton; great grandsons: Matthew Wilson, Micah Jessee and Jonathan Wilson; stepdaughters: Irene Sweetman of San Diago, Ca., Margie McNew of Bella Vista Ar. and Sue Ann Henegar of Knoxville; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 7 p.m. Thursday, December 4 in the Claiborne Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Larry Beeler officiating, Music by Rose and A.C. Kiser and Betty Fields. Burial at Burch Cemetery with Military Honors.

Pallbearers: Bobby Williams, Trent Williams, Ronnie Williams, Rev. G.F. Beeler, David Cole and Brent Hubbs.

Claiborne Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

Wednesday Dec. 10, 2003

 

Catherine Mae Maples

 

Catherine Mae Maples, age 85, of Tazewell, wife of Carson (Cowboy) Maples, was born May 15, 1918 and passed away December 6, 2003 at Claiborne County Hospital.

She was a member of Concord Baptist Church in Knoxville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carson Maples; sons: Ronald, Hollis and Swan Maples; parents: Thirston Raper and Nannie Kate Barger; grandson, Johnny Maples; granddaughter, Linda Maples.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law: Linda and Earl Carpenter of New Tazewell; son, Carson Maples, Jr. of Tazewell; son and daughter-in-law: William Lee and Judy Maples of New Tazewell, Bruce and Fannie Maples of Lone Mtn.; 12 grandchildren; 2 step-grandchildren; several great grandchildren and great great grandchildren; brother Herbert Barger of Washington, D.C., John and Buddy Raper; sister, Helen Ake and Evelyn Manley; sisters-in-law, Beulah Milugan and Lois Wilson; brothers-in-law, Carl, Wade, Johnny and Abe Maples; a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with Rev. Leonard Hatfield and Rev. Terry Herrell officiating. Songs by Liberty Quartet. Burial in Jackson Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Scott Bishop, James Cope, Bill Evans, Joe Maples, Tim Maples and Glen Mullins.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday Dec. 10, 2003

 

David Allan Myers

 

David Allen Myers, age 51, of Tazewell, was born October 28, 1952 and passed away December 1, 2003 at Ft. Sanders Medical Center.

He was a Vietnam veteran serving in the Air Force. He was preceded in death by his wife, Connie Myers; mother; Eula Myers; brother, Ronald Myers.

Survivors include his father, John W. Myers Sr. of Liberty In.; daughters: Angela Abnett and husband, Andy of Dayton Oh., Janet Myers of Tazewell, Kristina Myers of Tazewell and Audrey Myers of Tazewell; grandchildren: Ashley and Noah Abnett of Dayton Oh., Michael and Brandon of Tazewell; brother: John Myers, Jr. of Dayton, Oh.; sister, Susan Adkins of New Paris, Oh.; a host of relatives and friends.

Graveside Services were held at the Irish Memorial Gardens with Rev. John Hatfield officiating. Music by Barbara Hatfield.

Pallbearers: Steve Gray, Andy Abnett, Clfford Greer, Donnie Williams, Steve Summers and Jason Goldsmith.

Claiborne Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

Wednesday Dec. 10, 2003

 

Margaret Emilee Williams

 

Margaret Emilee Williams, age 64, of Tazewell, was born August 23, 1939 and passed away November 30, 2003 at Claiborne County Hospital.

She professed faith in Christ at an early age and was a faithful member of Blair's Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas DeBusk.

Survivors include her husband, Cagger Robert (C.R) Williams of Tazewell; sons and daughter-in-law: Roger and Beth Williams of Tazewell,  Rev. Kenny and Cynthia Williams of New Tazewell; grandsons: Joshua, Jason and Jacob Williams of New Tazewell; granddaughters: Amanda, Emilee and Kaitlyn; great grandson, Ely; mother, Nola DeBusk of Tazewell; brothers: George DeBusk and wife, Elaine of Tazewell, Johnny DeBusk and wife, Coleen of Tazewell, Delno Bryant of Florida; sister, Marie Kell and husband, Edward of Tazewell; sisters-in-law: Opal Johnson of Franklin, Oh. and Anna Rose of Manchester, Mi.; a host of nieces and nephew; special friends: Kenneth and Kay Helton of Hillsboro, Oh.

Funeral Services were held 2 p.m. Tuesday, December 2 in the Claiborne Funeral Home Chapel and the Rev. Tony Baker and the Rev. Travis Chumley officiating. Music by Barbara Hatfield, Clint Hatfield, Andy Hatfield and Chuck Painter. Burial in the DeBusk Cemetery.

Pallbearers: grandsons: Josh Williams, Jason Williams, Jacob Williams; nephews: David Kell, Dwayne Kell, John Houston, Timmy DeBusk, Ryan DeBusk, George DeBusk Jr.; Eddie Ray Hurst. Honorary Pallbearers: Donald Williams and Deacons of Blair's Creek Baptist Church.

Claiborne Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003

 

 

William Lewis Beeler

 

William Lewis Beeler, age 89, of Kingsport and formerly of Claiborne County, was born January 25, 1914 and passed away December 9, 2003 at his home.

He was a member of Carr's Chapel Baptist Church and attended Litz Manor Baptist Church in Kingsport. He was a veteran of World World II, served at the Battle of the Bulge. He retired from the Kingsport Power Company after many years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Ester Moyers Beeler; brother, Lloyd Beeler; sister, Ana Lou Berry; parents, Sam and Mary Beeler.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law: Phyllis and Bill Nuerdenburg; granddaughter, Kristie Michelle Hutson and fiancee, Jimmy Baldwin; special relatives: Ica Dunn, Jim and Sherri Larkin, Dot Beeler; a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 11 a.m. Thursday, December 11 at Carr's Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. David Bolton officiating. Songs by Carr Chapel Church Choir. Burial in Carrs Cemetery with military honors.

Pallbearers: Carr's Chapel Baptist Church Deacons.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

Mary E. Day

 

Mary E. Day, age 84, of Tazewell, was born December 31, 1918 and passed away December 12, 2003 at the St. Mary's Medical Center.

She was a member of the Goins Chapel Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Jake and Caroline (Tuttle) Cupp; husband, Shelby Day; brothers: Carson and Dewey Cupp; sister, Cleva Hurst.

Survivors include her children and spouses: Curt and Joan Day of Manchester, Mi., John & Sharon Day of Manchester, Mi., Ruth and Paul Johnson of Tazewell, Jack and Bridget Day of New Tazewell; sister Opal Ellison of Tazewell; sisters and brother-in-laws: Betty and Vernon Cannon of Tazewell, Eva and Void Hansard of New Tazewell, brothers and sister-in-laws: Aaron and Beulah Cupp of Tazewell, Howard and Barbara Cupp of Tazewell; 8 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren; 2 great great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 8 p.m. Saturday, December 13 in the Claiborne Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenny Clark and the Rev. Roy Acuff officiating. Music by Rondy Cupp and family and Otis Singleton and family. Graveside Services were held 10 a.m. Sunday, December 14 in the Riverview Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Clarence Ellison, Mitchell Cupp, Rondy Cupp, Jeff Cupp, Micah Carmon and Jerry Walker.

Claiborne Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

Ruby Smith Earl

 

Ruby Earl Smith, age 70, of Knoxville and formerly of Claiborne County, passed away 7 p.m. November 25, 2003.

She was of the Primitive Baptist Faith. She was born January 24, 1924 in Goin to William and Betsy Howard Smith. A natural musician, she appeared with her family in the December 1943 issue of National Geographic and performed with niece, Dossie Watson on Cas Walker Farm and Home Hour in the early 1950's.  Known locally as Ms. Ruby Smith, she played bluegrass music at several open microphone and also played and sang harmony with sister, Ruth and niece Dossie on the Tobacco Hour in New Tazewell. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jefferson Davis Earl; parents; 7 brothers; 6 sisters.

Survivors include her daughter, Martha Earl and husband, Walter Gawryla, Jill Earl and Keith Matthew, Susan Earl of Nashville; grandchildren: Kara Borum and Frank Gawryla; ex son-in-law, Ed Borum; her cat, Nay-Nay; sisters: Cora Sherrod of Kokomo, In., Ruth Collins and husband, Carl of New Tazewell; special niece Dossie Watson and numerous other nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services were held 7 p.m. Saturday at Stevens Mortuary with Elder R. Cabbage, Rev. Robert Bean officiating. Music by Ruth Collins and Ebenezer Grass Vocal Band. Burial was held 2 p.m. Sunday at Greenwood Cemetery in Knoxville.

 

 

 

Beth Coffey Fugate

 

Beth Coffey Fugate, age 77, of New Tazewell, passed away December 13, 2003.

She was a devoted Christian, a member of the First Baptist Church of New Tazewell and for member of Little Mulberry Church where she was active for over 30 years. She attended Lincoln Memorial University, a former member of the Wegadigun Book Club and Claiborne County Home Demonstration Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Click Fugate; daughter, Carol Beth Fugate: parents: General and Phyla Dalton Coffey; stepmother, Jess Walters Coffey.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law: Robert Harry and Robin Fugate; daughter and son-in-law: Rebecca and Wallace Overton; grandsons: Michael and Pattie Livesay, Mark and Donna Livesay, Eric and Laura Fugate, Brian and Jenny Fugate and Bradley Fugate; granddaughters: Mary Beth and David Davenport, Susan Beth Livesay and Ashley Fugate; great grandchildren: Cody and Matthew Livesay, Brie Anne and Lillie Brooke Davenport, Eva Marie Fugate and Torie Beth Livesay; uncle and aunt: Carson and Beulah Coffey; brother-in-law and wife: John and Minnie Fugate; sister-in-law, Ruth Parkey Fugate; a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 8 p.m. Monday, December 15 with Rev. Randy Pressnell and Rev. Jay Sulfridge officiating. Music by soloist, Janice Derreberry and pianist, Pat Tartar. Graveside Services were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 16 at Fairview Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Wayne Fugate, John Fugate II, David Fugate, Robert Coffey, Wayne Coffey, Ray Campbell, Carl Knox and Tim Duncan.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2004

 

 

John R. Buell

 

John R. Buell, age 73, of Bloomington, In., was born September 20, 1930 in Tazewell and passed away January 17, 2004 in Bloomington.

He was a farmer for many years as well as a steel mill worker in Gary and a member of Little Mulberry Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents: Robert and Topsy (Williams) Buell; one brother, Lebert Buell.

Survivors include his two daughters: Ava Arthur and Susan Buell both of Bloomington; one brother, Clarence Buell; five sisters: Maxie Taylor of Florida and Nancy Hightower, Flora Holt, Betty King and Elizabeth Carroll all of Tennessee; four granddaughters: Misty White and Julie Wilson both of Bloomington, Kala Arthur of Spencer and Dustin Cain of Cloverdale; one step-granddaughter, Teresa Christian of Spencer; three great grandchildren; seven step-great grandchildren.

Funeral Services were held 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 21 at Little Mulberry Baptist Church. Burial in the Buell Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Little Mulberry Baptist Church in Sneedville or charity of your choice.

Reece Funeral Home & Valley Chapel in charge.

 

 

 

Willard England

 

Willard England, age 86, of Maynardville and originally of Harrogate, was born September 15, 1917 and passed away January 18, 2004 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Knoxville.

He attended Big Spring Union Baptist Church in Harrogate. He was a veteran of World War II and received numerous Metals of Honor. He was an active member of Claiborne County Honor Guard until his retirement due to illness. He was preceded in death by his wife Ada Lee; son, Jimmy Ray England; parents; 3 brothers, one sister.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law: Gary and Diane England; several nieces, nephews, a host of friends and family.

Funeral Services were held 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 20 in Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Lawrence Fultz and Rev. Perry Mason officiating. Songs by Raley Family and Charles Harmon. Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery with Military Honors.

Pallbearers: George England, Keith Warf, Bobby Dyer, John Fultz, Kevin Fultz, David Jones, Neil Jones and Ronald Fultz.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2004

 

 

 

Justin Scot Alston

 

Justin Scot Alston, Age 26, of Greensboro, NC, passed away January 17, 2004 at Moses H. Cone Memorial Hospital in Greensboro.

He was diagnosed in 1999 with a very serious brain condition, Arterviovenous Malformation (AVM) and Hydrocephalus. His death was the result of an AVM bleed, which occurred December 24, 2003. He never regained consciousness. Justin graduated from Gardner Webb University, Boling Springs, NC  with a BS degree in Sport Management and Physical  Education in May, 2003. He was presently enrolled in the Graduate Program at High Point University, High Point, NC. He was working as a volunteer Assistant Coach at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro while writing his autobiography. He was the son of Gloria M. Alston of Greensboro and the late Ronald W. Aston. His paternal grandparents were the late Etta Tolbert and Harvie Alston, who grew up in Claiborne County.

Among survivors are two aunts: Kate T. Whitaker and June Shipley of Tazewell, as well as several cousins in Tennessee and Kentucky.

Justin enjoyed a visit to this area in September, 2003 when he attended the Tolbert Family Reunion at Cave Springs Baptist Church.

The Family requests that memorials be made to the Justin Scot Alston Memorial Fund, Gardner Webb University, Restricted Fund, Post Office Box 997, Boling Springs, NC 28017.

 

 

 

Marshall M. Cosby

 

Marshall M. Cosby, age 83, of Tazewell, was born June 11, 1921 and passed away January 28, 2004 at Claiborne County Hospital.

He was a charter member and deacon of the Dogwood Heights Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II. He was preceded in death by his parents: Tilmon and Ethel Campbell Cosby; wife, Wanda Cheek Cosby.

Survivors include his son and wife: Jerry and Bobbie Jo Cosby; daughter, Virginia Jacobson; son an wife: Mike and Linda Cosby all of Tazewell; grandchildren: Marsha and John Bailey of Sharps Chapel, Jerry Jr and Tisha Cosby of Escalon, Ca., Mike Cosby, Jr. and Marshall Allen Cosby both of Tazewell; great grandchildren, Brian Bailey of Sharps Chapel, Parker and Tess Cosby of Escalon, Ca.; twin sister, Marie Ledford and husband George of Alcoa; sister, Betty Smith and husband, Wilfred of Knoxville; brother, Austin Cosby and wife, Loretta of Monroe, Mi., several nieces, nephews, a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 8 p.m. Friday 30 in Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Richard Minton officiating. Burial Woods-Cosby Cemetery. Songs by Rose and AC. Kiser.

Pallbearers: Michael Cosby, Jerry Cosby, Kevin Smith, John Bailey, Jerry Mullins, Lowell Marlow, John Braden, Wayne Daniels and Allen Cosby. Honorary pallbearers: deacons of Dogwood Heights Church and Mark Mullins.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

James Thomas Cox

 

James Thomas Cox, age 98, of Tazewell, was born November 11, 1905 and passed away January 26, 2004 at Claiborne County Nursing Home.

He was a member of Tiprell Community Full Gospel Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Donnie (Vestal) Cox; sons: Luther and Charles Cox; 1 grandson, Charles Edward Cox; parents: John and Elizabeth (Owens) Cox; sisters: Lillie Cox and Minnie Belle Vansant.

Survivors include his children: Marie Bailey of Hulen, Ky., Bonnie Hill of Harlman, Barbara Smithers of Tazewell, Martha Wheatley of Arthur, Mildred Smith of Cincinnati, Oh., Lewis Cox of Piedmont, Al., James V. Cox of Cincinnati Oh.; 24 grandchildren; 35 great grandchildren; 2 great great children; a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 29 in Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Randy Duncan and Rev. Johnny Parks officiating. Songs by Robin Green and Dora Duncan. Burial Lambert Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Danny Wheatley, Claude Brown, David Thomas, Paul Wheatley, Jerry Smith, Mary Sham and Jack Bishop.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

Mary Lou Buis Duncan

 

Mary Lou Buis Duncan, of New Tazewell, was born June 1, 1910 and passed away January 27, 2004 at Claiborne County Nursing Home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tom E. Duncan. She was a member of New Tazewell Methodist Church, the Claiborne County Historical Society and Order of Eastern Star Lodge # 232.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law: Edward M. (Buddy) and Sylvia Stone Duncan; grandson, Samuel A. (Andy) Duncan and wife Angela Duncan; granddaughter, Kimberly L. Duncan; great granddaughters: Brooke Michelle Duncan and Kelli Marie Duncan; special friend, Mary Ruth Cloud; many nieces, nephews, a host of other relatives and friends.

Graveside Services were held 2 p.m. Friday, January 30 in the Irish Cemetery with Rev. Steve Parker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to the New Tazewell United Methodist general fund or to the Irish Cemetery in Tazewell.

Pallbearers: Wendell Evans, Reggie Large, Barry McKinnon, Tom Mottern, Doyle Odell and Larry Presnell.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

O'Dell Hoskins

 

 

O'dell Hoskins, age 64, of New Tazewell, was born March 21, 1939 and passed away January 30, 2004 at St. Mary's Hospital.

He was raised in St. Charles, Va. where he was baptized into the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents; Dan and America Cowan Hoskins; sister, Calvie Hoskins Williams; brother, Junior Hoskins.

Survivors include his sons and wives: Danny and Carla Phillips Hoskins of Knoxville, Tommy and Paula Hoskins of New Tazewell; daughter and husband: Barbara and Jack Downing of Weeki Wachi, Fl., grandchildren: Benjamin and Julia Hoskins, Terence and Dylan Hoskins, Tia Bingham and Landon Coffey; brother. Tom Hoskins of Tazewell; sister and husband: Hazel Sue and Jeff Root of Grattis, Oh.; beloved nieces and nephews: Patty Brooks, Ronnie Williams, Melissa Slayback, Connie Mitchell, Randy and Rusty Hoskins; girlfriend, Anna Fields of Tazewell, good friend, Betty Knight of Rutledge; a host of other relatives and friends; special acknowledgements to Tommy and Paula Hoskins for their much loving care in the past 7 years; brother, Tom Hoskins for the numerous hours and miles given to his care, dedicated friends, Jack Creech, Don Lynch, Bob England, Woody Arwood, Jeanie Pruette and Alex Brown.

Funeral Services were held 1 p.m. Sunday, February 1 at Coffey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tommy Louthan, Sr. and Rev. Tommy Louthan, Jr.officiating. Special speakers: Alex Brown, Danny Hoskins and Woody Arwood. Songs by Terry Lock and Barry Smith an Loy Dunsmore. Burial in the Irish Memorial Gardens.

Pallbearers: Woody Arwood, Shannon Bingham, Jack Creech, Jack Browning, Randy Hoskins, Rusty Hoskins, and Mark Valandingham. Honorary pallbearers: Alex Brown, Landon Coffey, Bob England, Benjamin Hoskins, Dylan Hoskins and Terrence Hoskins.

Coffey Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

Nathan Wesley Miracle

 

Nathan Wesley Miracle, age 33, of New Tazewell, was born January 19, 1971 and passed away January 31, 2004.

He professed faith in Christ when he was 9 years old and was a member of Grace Missionary Baptist Church of Monroe, Mi. He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Andy and Flora Miracle of New Tazewell, Silas Theodore Drummonds; three uncles; 1 aunt.

Survivors include his wife, Melissa; son, Jacob; daughter, Julia of New Tazewell; father and stepmother: Dane and Rita Miracle of New Tazewell; mother, Jill Larea Drummonds of New Tazewell; brothers and sister-in-laws: Jim and Monica Miracle of New Tazewell; Jeff Miracle of Tazewell, Daniel "Gun," and Angie Miracle of New Tazewell, Brandon Miracle of Knoxville; sister, Bethany Miracle of New Tazewell; step sisters: Lisa Miracle of New Tazewell, Kristi Fultz of Rutledge; grandmother, Lois Grossman of Springhill, Fl.; father-in-law, Jerry Russell, Sr. of New Tazewell; mother-in-law Mary Russell of Homassassa Springs, Fl.; brother-in-law and sister-in-law: Jerry Jr. and Gina Russell of Monroe, Mi.; brother-in-law, Marshall Russell of West Land, Mi.; sister-in-law, Patra Russell of Wesland, Mi.; several nieces, nephews, other friends and relatives.

Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 4 in the Coffey Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with Rev. Larry Beeler and Rev. David Massengil officiating. Songs by Family and Friends. Burial in the Cupp Cemetery.

Pallbearers: James Miracle, Jeffrey Miracle, Daniel Miracle, Brandon and Bradley Miracle, Tracy Cunningham, Jason Day, Evert Day and Marshall Russell.

 

 

 

Nellie Marie Bull Reece

 

 

Nellie Marie Bull Reece, age 85, of Tazewell, was born July 2, 1918 in Claiborne County and passed away January 31, 2004 at Claiborne County Hospital.

She was a member of Howerton's Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents: Washington and Emaline Bull:; husband, Blufe Reece; brothers: Bob Bull, Barnett Bull, and Everett Bull; sisters: Clorsa Reece, Callie Reece, and Arie Seals.

Survivors include her sons: Lawrence Reece, Cawood Reece and Ben Reece all of Tazewell; special caretaker, Amy Lee; best friend, Bobbie Reece; special niece, Ruby Seals.

Funeral Services were held 8 p.m. Monday, February 2 at Reece Funeral Home with Rev. J.C.Bull and Rev. Joe Rowe officiating. Music by the Liberty Quartet. Burial in Reece Cemetery.

Pallbearers: L.C. Ferguson, Roger Reece, Clifford Bull, Junior Helton, Dennis Reece and Mark Reece. Honorary pallbearers: Dillon Shockley, Doyle Shockley,  Jr. Shopshire, Tom Reece, H.W. Reece, Lewis Seal, Alvin Reece and Steve Reece.

 

 

 

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

 

 

Carole Joan Hill Brooks

 

 

Carole Joan Hill Brooks, age 61, of Tazewell, was born August 14, 1942 and passed away June 25, 2004 at The University Of Tennessee Hospital in Knoxville.

December 15, 1958 she united in marriage to Kenneth Brooks and to this union two children were born. She was a member of the Bells campground Baptist Church in Powell. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed canning. She worked on the farm with her husband. She was Secretary and Treasurer of Caves Springs Cemetery. She loved good Gospel Music and going to singings. She especially liked spending time with and being around her grandchildren and riding four wheelers. She enjoyed helping others, loved her friends and had a great caring for others. She never met a strangers. She was preceded in death by her parents: Elmer and Johnnie Mae Hill; two sisters: Ola Jean Hill; 1 infant sister.

Survivors include her loving husband of 46 years, Kenneth Brooks of Tazewell, TN; son, Mark and wife, Pam Brooks of New Tazewell: daughter, Karen and husband, Patrick Grady of Powell; 3 grandchildren: Joshua Sneed, Christopher Brooks, and Madison Brooks; sister, Betty Dean Sutton and husband, Don of Powell; special friends: Eleanor Yoakum and friends of First Century Bank: a host of other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services were held 8 p.m. Sunday, June 27 at Claiborne Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Preston Smith and Rev. Rex Eledge officiating. Music by The Journeymakers and Brenda Reed Bolden. Graveside Services were held 11 a.m. Monday, June 28 at The Caves Springs Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Shannon Knott, Roy Payne, Clyde Caylor, Mitchell Fergerson, Bruce Brooks, John Whitaker, Dewayne Fisher and Jim DeBusk. Honorary Pallbearers: Grandchildren: Joshua Sneed, Christopher Brooks and Mattison Brooks.

Claiborne Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

Linda Sue Callahan

 

Linda Sue Callahan, age 58, of Arthur, was born August 12, 1945 and passed away June 25, 2004 at St. Mary's Medical Center in Knoxville.

She was a member of Tazewell Church of Christ. She was employed by Citizens Bank in Harrogate. She was preceded in death by mother, Ethel Baker; sister Phyllis Leppard.

Survivors include her husband; James Callahan of Arthur; daughters: Kelly Callahan Roether of Findlay, Oh., Kimberly Callahan Wyatt and husband Paul of Elsmere, Ky., Kara Callahan Schulte and husband Paul of Erlanger, Ky.; grandchildren; Julie Megan, Daniel, Ian, Kelsey, Evan, Shelby, and David; 3 great-grandchildren: Kieman, Aydin, and Rylin; father, Homer Baker and wife Judy of Wildwood, F.; sister, Patricia Baker of Florence, Ky.; sister-in-law, Edna Blaker of Covington, Ky.; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services were held 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 29 at Middendorg-Bullock,Muehlekamp-Erschell Funeral Home in Ludlow, Kentucky with Brother Floyd Denton officiating. Burial in the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Kentucky.

Claiborne Funeral Home in charge.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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