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Allen Aaron Blackard

Allen Aaron Blackard, 54, of Route 4, Gate City, Va., died in Holston Valley Community Hospital Thursday night [8/23/1956] after a lingering illness.

He was born and reared in Hiltons, Va., and was a member of the Baptist Church there.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Opal McClellan Blackard; four sons, James, Kingsport; Elmer, in the Army; Howard and Richard Blackard, Gate City Route 4; his father, James S. Blackard, Blountville; four sisters, Mrs. Mamie Curtis, Kingsport; Mrs. Elsie Clonce, Gate City; Mrs. Elizabeth Carr and Mrs. Faye Glover, Blountville; and three brothers, Jess, Paris, Ky.; James S., Coeburn, Va., and Bill Blackard, Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Scott County Funeral Home chapel.  The Rev. Ray Gott and the Rev. Bill Mercer will officiate.

Burial will follow in Holston View Cemetery.

The body will be taken from the Scott County Funeral Home to the home of Mrs. Elsie Clonce, Weber City.

Kingsport Times, Friday, August 24, 1956

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Bill M. Blackard

Bill M. Blackard, 75, 1616 Fairfield Avenue, Kingsport, died Wednesday (May 11, 1994) at Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center after a short illness.

A native of Hiltons, Va., he was a resident of Kingsport most of his life. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and a retired employee of Eastman Chemical Company after 35-1/2 years of service.

He attended Agape Life Christian Fellowship.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Elizabeth Blackard; one daughter, Sharon Kay Blackard; and two brothers, Jess and Allen Blackard; two sisters, Mamie Curtis and Alice Houser; and one niece.

Surviving are his wife, Doris Blackard, Kingsport; one daughter, Sheila Tyler, Kingsport; one son, Bill Wayne Blackard, Greeneville; three sisters, Mrs. Ambrose (Elsie) Clonce Sr., Weber City, Va., Mrs. Bill (Elizabeth) Carr, Blountville and Mrs. John (Fay) Wiseman, Bluff City; one granddaughter; one brother, James Sylvester 'Syl' Blackard, Johnson City; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home and anytime at the home.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Larry K. Nelson officiating.

Military graveside honors will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holston View Cemetery by the American Legion Hammond Post No. 3.

Memorial contributions may be made to Agape Life Christian Fellowship, 1416 Bloomingdale Pike, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Doris Maldon (Wilson) Blackard

Doris M. Blackard, 88, of Kingsport went to be with her Lord on Wednesday afternoon, April 4, 2012, at Johnson City Medical Center after an extended illness.

Born in Scott County, Virginia, she had resided in Kingsport most of her life. Doris was a homemaker and was a loving wife, mother and mamaw. She was devoted to her family and church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Bill Blackard; and infant daughter, Sharon K. Blackard.

Doris is survived by her daughter, Sheila Blackard of Kingsport; son, Billy Wayne Blackard, Greeneville; granddaughter, Krissy Duncan; great-grandchildren Haven and Cade Duncan, all of Kingsport; and nieces, Yolanda Townsend, Kingsport and Nadine Duffy, Phenix City, AL.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. on Friday, April 6, at Hamlett-Dobson, Kingsport. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. in the chapel with Pastor Raymond Hammonds officiating. Interment will follow the service at Holston View Cemetery.

(Daughter of John and Etta (Lane) Wilson; granddaughter of Maldon Sr and Mary (Quillin) Lane of Scott Co.)

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home obituaries at www.hamlettdobson.com

Submitted by Don Lane

James Thomas Blackard

KINGSPORT - James Thomas Blackard, 68, of 300 Summit Oak Drive, went to be with the Lord Monday (July 10, 2000) in the James H. Quillen VA Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tenn. after a period of declining health.

James was born in Hiltons, Va. on May 14, 1932 to the late Allen Aaron Blackard and Opal McClellan Blackard of Kingsport.

He retired having worked as a heating and air conditioning repairman for the Hillard Company. He was a member of the American Legion. James was a veteran serving with the United States Army. James was a devoted, sincere and loving father and son.

Other than his mother, James is surviving by two daughters, Mrs. Dale (Wanda K.) Starnes, Church Hill, Teresa Clayton, Kingsport; son, James Thomas Blackard Jr., Kingsport; three brothers, Elmer (Bud) Blackard, Virginia, Howard Blackard and Richard Blackard, both of Maryland; grandchildren, Amber Brook Charles, Kaylee Starnes, Chadwin James Clayton, Schuyler Clayton; and one great grandchild, Christopher Lee Charles; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the East Lawn Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Shannon Salyer officiating.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Holston View Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the American Legion Hammond Post No. 3 of Kingsport.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Opal Grace (McCellan) Blackard

GRAY - Opal Grace McCellan Blackard, 89, of Kingsport, passed away peacefully Friday (June 25, 2004) at St. John's Healthcare in Gray.

Born in Snowflake, Va., she later lived in Hiltons, Va., before moving to Kingsport. She worked at Holston Valley Hospital where she retired after 30 years of service.

Mrs. Blackard was of the Baptist faith. She was a loving mother and grandmother and a kind and giving person who was loved by all.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tom McCellan; her husband, Allen Blackard; and one son, James T. Blackard.

Surviving are her three sons and daughters-in-law, Howard and Betty Blackard of Maryland, Bud and Joyce Blackard, Richmond, Va., Richard and Pat Blackard of Maryland; the children of her deceased son, Wanda K. Starnes, Teresa J. Clayton, and James T. Blackard, all of the Kingsport area. Other survivors include 10 other grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren whom she loved dearly.

The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to her family at St. John's Healthcare.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport, or any time at the home of James T. Blackard Jr., 6742 West Carters Valley Road, Church Hill.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Shannon Salyer officiating.

Burial will follow at Holston View Cemetery.

Her grandsons, James T. Blackard Jr., Mike Blackard, Rick Blackard, Jason Blackard, Gary Blackard, Chad Clayton, and Schyler Clayton will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Gloria Jean Reed Blackwell

Obituary from Kingsport Times-News for descendants of Scott Co Ancestors

GATE CITY, Va.—Gloria Jean Reed Blackwell went to be with the Lord on Friday (Feb. 20, 1998).

Born in Scott County, Va., she worked as an emergency room nurse at Holston Valley Medical Center for many years. She was a member of First Apostolic Christian Church in Kingsport. She was deeply loved and will be missed by her many friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by a son, Trevor Lynn Reed ; a sister, Dollie Marie Hensley; and a brother, Beecher Ward "Sonny’ McMurray.

Surviving are her parents, Ward and Rosie McMurray, Hiltons, Va.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Timothy (Ramona Carol) Curtis and Mrs. Jimmy (Tammy Loraine) Smith, both of Gate City, Va.; a son and daughter-in-law, Randall Conley and Lisa Reed , Gate City, Va.; her ex-husband and special friend, James C. Reed , Kingsport; seven grandchildren, Crystal Necole Curtis, Brandon Conley Reed , Rachel Ann Reed , Ryan Trevor Reed , Justin Tyler Reed , Nathan Cody Smith and Hailey Breanne Smith; seven sisters, Louise Sanders and Rosalee Ervin, both of Gate City, Va., Stella Doutt, Arlene Smith and Peggy Ball, all of Kingsport, Juanita Garrett, Stone Mountain, Ga., and Jane Smith, Weber City, Va.; and three brothers, Fred J. McMurray, Hiltons, Va., Ronnie McMurray, Weber City, Va., and Jackie Lee McMurray, Kingsport.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Brother Tommy Benton officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va. Pallbearers will be Randall C. Reed , Timothy Curtis, Jimmie Smith, Tim Hensley, Fred J. McMurray, Jackie McMurray and Chad McMurray.

Submitted by Don Lane

Allie Fair Melzania (Frazier) Blair

Gate City, VA - Allie Fair (Granny) Blair, 77, of Gate City VA, passed away Friday, September 14, 2012 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Fair Blair was a lifelong resident of Scott County, VA born on June 10, 1935 to the late Lawrence Lee and Bower Renda Williams Frazier. She was of the Baptist faith and was a charter member of Moore's Memorial Church.

She worked for the Scott County School System and retired from the Brian Center as a cook. Her hobbies were camping on the Clinch River, gardening, and spending time with her family.

In addition to her parents, Fair Blair is preceded in death by her sisters, Geneva Frazier Deaver, Mary Dell Frazier Tunnell, Willie Ruth Quillen, Maggie Frazier Tipton, Ima Jean Frazier, Shirley Frazier Oaks; and her brother, Henry Frazier.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years Earnest Blair of Gate City, VA; daughters, Phyllis Nelson and husband, David, Pamela Hutchins and husband, Leroy, Robin Amburgey and husband, Bobby; son, Earnest Christopher (Chris) Blair and friend, Jessica Little; sister, Nancy Jane Ketron and friend, David Blare; grandchildren, Angela Free and husband, Donny, Martha Amburgey, Nick Amburgey, Justin Quillen, Cody Blair, Paige Blair, Brooke Blair, and Justin Blair; great grandchildren, Jeremy Free and Camryn Free, and Lilly Ann Amburgey; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Monday, September 17, 2012 at the Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence. Funeral services will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Arthur Collins. Kenneth Davis, Kim Blair, Becky, and Carrie will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at the Strong Cemetery, Gate City, VA. Jeremy Free, Justin Quillen, Dakota Pearcy, Bill Pearcy, Jeff Oaks, Mike Oaks, and Phil Tipton will serve as pallbearers. Justin Blair, Cody Blair, Ernie Oaks, and Bobby Oaks will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the graveside service.

The family wishes to thank everyone that cared for Fair.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Allie Fair (Granny) Blair.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com.

Submitted by Don Lane

Mrs. C. F. Blair

Midway, Va.—Funeral services for Mrs. C. F. Blair, resident of near Midway In Scott County, who died Friday at 8 p. m. In the George Ben Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, will he held Sunday at 2 p. m. at the home. Burial will he in the family cemetery.

Mrs. Blair, daughter of the late James M. and Virginia Frailer Quillen of Scott County, is survived by her husband and the following children: J. Leland Blair and Earl Blair of Gate City, C. F. Blair, Jr. and Mrs. S. K. Addington of Kingsport, Tenn. Also surviving are four sisters, Mrs. C. N. Davidson, Abingdon, Mrs. H. C. Boatright, Fort Blackmore, Mrs. W. H. Jayne, Roanoke and Mrs. C. W. Stapleton. Dante; and three brothers, E. J. Quillen of Gate City. O. L. Quillen of New York City and L. O. Quillen of Kingsport.

Kingsport Times-News; Dec. 31, 1944

Della Mae Blair

GATE CITY - Della Mae Blair, 84, of Rt. 1, Gate City, died in an Abingdon hospital after a lingering illness. [2/23/1972]

She is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Warren Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Funeral services for Delia Mae Blair, 84, Route 1, Gate City, who died Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. in the Abingdon Hospital, will be conducted Saturday al 2 p.m. from the Warren Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Lane and the Rev. Josh Sanders officiating. Interment will follow in the Blair Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-9 p.m. Friday. Warren Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

KINGSPORT NEWS, Friday, February 25, 1972

Submitted by Don Lane

Ethel (Larkins) Blair

SURGOINSVILLE - Ethel L. Blair, 99, passed away Monday (Nov. 8, 2004 at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Rogersville following an extended illness.

Mrs. Blair was a lifelong resident of Hawkins County and was of the Primitive Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, McKinley Blair; sons, Mack Blair, Earl Blair and Carl Blair; her parents, James and Rebecca Burke Larkins; several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Joyce Blair, Rogersville, Lynn Blair, Knoxville; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Gladys Oaks, Church Hill.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Johnson Funeral Home and anytime at the home of her son, Ralph Blair, 2025 Old Hwy. 11W, Rogersville.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Alvin Skelton officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Bethel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Darrell Blair, Danny Blair, Wayne Blair, Ralph Blair Jr., Stanley Blair and Pat Blair.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Herbert Lynn Blair

KNOXVILLE - Herbert Lynn Blair, 72, Knoxville, formerly of Surgoinsville, went to be with the Lord on Friday (June 2, 2006) at Oak Ridge Methodist Hospital.

He moved and lived in Knoxville for 45 years. He was a member of Open Door Baptist Church in Heiskel, Tenn.

He was a member of Bright Hope Lodge #557 F&AM Masonic Temple in Fountain City for 45 years. He was a printer at Hodges Printing Company for 44 years, where he retired.

He will be sadly missed and loved.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, McKinley and Leona Blair; brothers, Mack, Earl and Carl Blair.

He is survived by his son, Terry Blair, of Knoxville; granddaughter, Nikki Elliott, of Powell, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Joyce Blair, of Rogersville; special companion, Betty Williams of Powell, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special friends and family, Debbie Elliott, of Powell, Tenn., Carl Jr. and Candy Elliott, of Heiskel, Tenn., and Walt and Becky Miller, of Knoxville.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Colboch-Price Funeral Home, or anytime at the residence of Ralph and Joyce Blair 2025 E. Main Street, Rogersville.

Overton Lodge #5 will conduct Masonic services at 8 p.m. Sunday in the Colboch-Price Chapel.

Funeral services will follow the Masonic services, with Rev. Carl R. Elliott officiating.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Bethel Cemetery.

Colboch-Price Funeral Home, Rogersville is in charge of the arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Lola Inez (Davidson) Blair

Gate City, VA - Lola Inez Blair, 86, Gate City, VA passed away, Friday, November 23, 2012 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Mrs. Blair was born in Scott County, VA on November 12, 1926 to the late George Hiram and Lakie Annis Moore Davidson.

She and her late husband, Earl operated Blair's General Store for over 40 years. She loved travel and traveled extensively throughout the United States. She was an active member of Midway Baptist Church for 46 years, where she was also a member of the Ladies Auxiliary. Inez dearly loved her church family. She was also a member of the Red Hat Society.

Inez was devoted to her children and so loved her precious granddaughters. They were the apple of her eye.

She has graced her family with boundless and unending love, kindness, and a great joy for living. She always demonstrated quiet and enduring faith and was a beautiful example of God's love and grace.

She will be remembered as an amazing woman, mother, and grandmother who impacted her family and many friends in immeasurable ways. All were blessed to know and love her.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Earl Stuart Blair; sister, Trula Lacher; and brothers, Kermit and Kelly Davidson preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Diana Blair, Gate City, VA and Teresa Blair Varney and husband, Doug, Kingsport, TN; son and daughter-in-law, Larry and Cindy Blair, Gate City, VA; grandchildren, Erin Blair, Olivia Blair, Lauren Varney Plunk and husband, Jared, and Leandra Varney; step granddaughter, Emilie Varney Robinette and husband, Steve; step great granddaughter, Harper Elizabeth Robinette; sister, Faye Charchan, Mechanicsville, PA; brother-in-law, Al Lacher, Clearwater, FL; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, November 25, 2012 at the Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. George Willis officiating. Marsha and Travis Barnett and Doug Varney, Ron Alison, and Don Varney will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Midway Community Cemetery in the Midway Community of Scott County, VA. Roger Blair, Dwight Lane, Gray Pierson, Gary Lark, Doug Varney, and Jay Gillenwater will serve as pallbearers. Scott Gillenwater, Clyde Gillenwater, Rick Hammonds, Don Varney, and Al Lacher will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery for the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to Midway Baptist Church, 1403 Midway Rd. Gate City, Va. or American Cancer Society.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Lola Inez Blair.

 

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Mrs. Mollie S. Blair

(From Times State News Service)

Gate City , Va. – Funeral services for Mrs. Mollie S. Blair , 50, who died unexpectedly at her home near here, will be held Friday at the residence with the Rev. Alley Byrd in charge.  Burial will be in the family cemetery.

Mrs. Blair was a native of Scott County and a member of the Baptist Church .  Her parents were the late Mr. and Mrs. Dock Strong.  She was the mother of ten children.

Surviving are the husband, Joseph S. Blair; four sons, Roy, Kent, Eugene and Joseph, Jr.; six daughters, Mrs. Oliver Roberts, Mrs. Lafayette McClelland, Mrs. Clem Joyce, Misses Stella and Magella Blair, all of Gate City; one sister, Mrs. George McCurry of Kingsport; six brothers, Stephen Strong of Kentucky, John Strong of Coeburn, George Strong of Gate City, _____ and Will Strong of Greenesville, Tenn., and Charlie Strong of Marion.”

Kingsport Times, February 19, 1942
Submitted byLauretta Cole

Robert Edward Blair

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. - Robert Edward Blair, 69, entered into rest on Tuesday (Oct. 12, 1999) at the VA Hospital, Fayetteville, N.C.

He was born in Scott County, Va. on May 28, 1930. He was retired from the United States Army. He is the son of Robert Lee Blair , Gate City, and the late Georgie Munick Blair.

Also surviving is his dear friend, Martha Nugent, Fayetteville, N.C.; daguhter, Patricia Gosnell, Greenville, Tenn.; sister, Inez Elliott, Gate City; three brothers, Ernest and Emerson Blair, both of Gate City and Wallace Blair, Kingpsort; four grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Clayton Williams officiating.

Burial will follow the service at the Strong Cemetery, Gate City.

The 82nd Air Borne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C. will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Strong Cemetery Fund, c/o Inez Elliott, Route 2 Box 959-A, Gate City, Va. 24251.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Robert Lee Blair

GATE CITY, Va. - Robert Lee Blair, 95, entered into rest Sunday (Sept. 21, 2003) at his residence.

He was born in Scott County, Va., Feb.14, 1908 to the late John Monroe and Ora Mae Pack Blair. He was a member of the Copper Creek Community Church.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Georgia Musick Blair; son, Robert Edd Blair; daughter, Almira Starnes; sisters, Carrie Quillen, Annie Musick and Sudie Mann and Virdie Tipton; brothers, John Blair Jr., Ray Blair and Clarence Blair; two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Misty Eads.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Inez and Bobby Elliott, Gate City; three sons and special daughters-in-law, Ernest and Allie Blair, Gate City, Emerson Blair, Gate City, and Wallace and Betty Blair, Church Hill; three sisters, Evelyn Quillen, Thelma Mann and Alma Kinkead, all of Gate City; caregiver, Reba Flanary; 15 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, 11 great-great-grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren; special granddaughter, Morgan Elliott.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Clayton Williams and the Rev. Walker Darnell officiating.

Music will be provided by Sally's Chapel Quartet and Carolyn Maddox.

Military graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Strong Family Cemetery, Gate City, Va., conducted by Charles DeWitt Byrd Post #3382 of the VFW. The family will meet at the cemetery for graveside services.

Friends, nephews and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Peanut Lane and M.J. Mann will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Rose Z. (Hilton) Blair

WISE, Va. — Rose Z. Blair, 97, passed away Friday (June 5, 2009) at the home of her daughter, Lillie Goode in Wise, Va.

She was born Dec. 13, 1911 to Byrd and Lillie Fugate Hilton in Hilton, Va., and was married to Omar F. Blair on Aug. 27, 1933.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Omar Frank Blair; a son, Robert James Blair and grandson, David Blair.

Surviving are six children, Robert James Blair and wife, Johnny, Carl Jess Blair and wife, Shirley, Omar Frank Blair Jr. and wife, Sandra (Deceased), Lillie Mae Goode and husband, Ray, Doris Ann Arwood and husband, Don, and Mary Ann Jones and husband, Teddy (Deceased); 21 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Special thanks to Dr. Gary Williams, caregivers of Pace in Big Stone Gap, Va., and special caregiver, Brenda Sexton.

Funeral services will be conducted 8 p.m. Sunday in the Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel 1621 Norton Road SW Wise, Va., with Pastor Jim Smith officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday 6 to 8 p.m at the Sturgill Funeral Home Wise.

Graveside Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens Big Stone Gap, Va. Family and friends will meet at 10 a.m. Monday at the Funeral Home to go in procession to the cemetery.

Sturgill Funeral Homes, 1621 Norton Road SW Wise, Va., 24293 in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Roy Edward Blair Jr.

(wife b. Scott Co)

KINGSPORT — Roy E. Blair, Jr., 58, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday (Dec. 30, 2008) at his residence.

He was a lifelong resident of Sullivan County (Kingsport). He served in the U.S. Army, during the Vietnam War. Roy was employed by Pet Dairies for over 21 years, ACT in Gray and Norris Industries.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Edward Blair, Sr. and Virginia Patrick Blair.

Survivors include his loving wife, Margaret Olene McDavid Blair, of the home; two daughters, Linda Spivey and husband, Jim of Rye Cove, Va. and Teresa Poe and husband, David of Morristown; a son, Dennis Ray Lane of Kingsport; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Barbara Smith, Margaret Jennings and husband, Tony and Debra Collier, all of Kingsport; three brothers, James Blair of Mount Carmel, Bobby Blair and wife, Debbie and Randall Blair and wife, Juanita, all of Kingsport; two nieces, five nephews, several aunts, uncles and cousins and his dog, Snowball.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, 520 Watauga St., Kingsport.

Funeral services will be held in the funeral home chapel at 12 noon with the Rev. Joe W. Byrd and the Rev. Johnny Gibson officiating.

Music will be provided by the Lee Smith Singers.

Interment will follow at 2 p.m. at Mountain Home National Cemetery in Mountain Home, Tenn. with military honors conducted by the VFW Post # 3382 and the Tennessee National Guard.

Pallbearers will be Jim Spivey, Rickie Spivey, Little Jim Spivey, Bobby Blair, Randall Blair and Tony Jennings.

Honorary pallbearers will be Andrew Tipton, Tony Lynn Jennings, Chad Stepanian and Todd Harris.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Wellmont Hospice, Sr. Latten, Dr. Merise and all the nurses.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport is serving the Blair family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Bruce "Moose" Blalock

CHURCH HILL — Bruce "Moose" Blalock, 45, passed away Tuesday (Sept. 23, 2008) at Holston Valley Medical Center after a long hard battle with cancer. He has won the ultimate victory in Jesus.

He was born in Albuquerque, N.M. on Sept. 18, 1963, and was the son of the late Robert Edward Blalock and Bonnie Katherine Helton Blalock. He was employed with Loven Concrete as a front end operator. He was an avid UT fan, loved dirt track racing, antique cars, rod runs, trikes and motorcycles, and was an official at Volunteer Speedway. He also enjoyed camping and cookouts.

Bruce had unconditional love for his wife, children and brothers. He was a member of Westview Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Minnie Blalock; father-in-law, Robert Hooven; and uncle, Herman Blalock.

Surviving are his wife, Shelia Hooven Blalock, Church Hill; daughter, Krista Blalock, Kingsport; son, Charles Blalock, Church Hill; mother-in-law, Barbara "Kitten" Hooven, Kingsport; brother, David Blalock and wife, Sonya, Church Hill; sisters-in-law, Tammy Hooven Goodson and husband, Chris, Sharon Hooven and Michael Walters; brother-in-law, Chuck Hooven; special brothers, Bobby Derrick, Rogersville and Dave Willis and wife, Annette, Kingsport; special nieces, Becky Derrick and Wendy Derrick; nieces, Danielle Houser and husband, Derrick, Shondell Blalock and JP, Devony Lindholm and husband, Cody and Joni Ray; great-nieces, Bella Houser and Kalie Baker; special nephews, David Willis, Josh Willis and wife, Nikki, Shawn Willis and wife, Summer, Anthony Willis, Little David Blalock; special aunt, Deloris Helton, Houston, Tex.; special friends, Debbie Good and Micheal Good, Teri Armstrong, Donna DeSimone; and many other special friends.

Calling hours are 12 noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and other times at the residence.

Funeral services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. with Pastor Mike Stout officiating.

Graveside services will follow at Darthula Church Cemetery in Hiltons, Va.

Serving as pallbearers will be David Blalock, Charles Blalock, Major Tesnear, Rob Williams, Dave Willis, Josh Willis, Nick Judge, Little David Blalock, Bobby Derrick.

Honorary pallbearers will be Grady Blalock, Carl Blalock, Raymond Blalock, Joe Loven, Barry Abbge, Charles Herin, Chris Fonville, members of Wiked Whipz Car Club and Scotty Barrett.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Nancy Margaret (Lane) Blalock

December 22, 1929 - June 13, 2014

Nancy Margaret Lane Blalock – 84 of Hiltons went home to be with the Lord early Friday morning (June 13, 2014) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was a lifelong resident of Scott County Virginia. Nancy was a member of Hiltons Church of God and was a loving & wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was a homemaker her entire life.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Trigg & Hettie Davidson Lane; a brother Rev. William Lane, her sister, June Rose and several cousins.

Survivors include her loving husband of 64 years on May 1st, Eugene (Diddle) Blalock; a daughter, Lynn Johnson & husband Carl; two grandchildren, Brian Johnson & his fiancé, Paula Teague and her son, Jaxson, Christy Goodall & husband Scott; four great grandchildren, Hailey Johnson, J.R. Goodall, Levi Goodall, Sawyer Goodall; sister, Ruby Johnson & husband Lionel; two brothers, Robert Lane & wife Lena, Harvey Lane & wife Vicki; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 4 pm to 7 pm Monday (June 16th, 2014) at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City and friends may also call anytime at the residence. Services will follow at 7 pm in the chapel with Rev. Bob Ray Lane, Rev. Mellegan Herron and her brother Harvey Lane, officiating. Music will be provided by Wayne Smith.

Graveside services will be held at 11 am on Tuesday (June 17th, 2014) at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City. Pallbearers will be Herman Lane, Mike Lane, Bobby Lane, Dirk Johnson, Anthony Johnson, Jimmy Blalock. Honorary Pallbearers will be Paul Lane and Grady Blalock.

Those attending are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10 am to go in procession.

Carter-Trent/ Scott County Funeral Home is serving the Blalock family.

Carter-Trent/Scott Co Funeral Home obituaries at cartertrent.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Earl Ray Bland

CHURCH HILL - Earl Ray Bland, 68, of West Carter's Valley, went to be with Jesus on Monday night (Sept. 4, 2006) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

He was born in Scott County, Va., but had spent the majority of his life in West Carter's Valley. Earl Ray had retired from the Holliston Mills with over 31 years of service. He was an avid farmer who loved his tractors.

Mr. Bland was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and will be missed by all who knew him. Mr. Bland attended Ridgeview Baptist Church and was a faithful member of the Adult 1 Sunday School Class.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Remus Watson Bland and Mary Isabelle (Molly) Tate Bland; along with his sister, Mary Ellen Bland Wolfe.

Earl Ray Bland is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Carolyn Linkous Bland; his son, Darrell Ray Bland and his wife, Aimee (Church Hill); his daughters, Devonna Bland Clark and her husband, Steve (Mount Carmel), Tamara Bland Byington and her husband, Jeff (Church Hill); seven grandchildren, Haley and Hunter Clark, Carter, Clay and Caroline Byington, Morgan ad Seth Bland; his sisters, Eva Kate Kimbler, Janie Faye Ellis and her husband, Jim (both of Kingsport), Frances Elizabeth Ellis and her husband, Curtis (Mount Carmel); his brothers, Eugene Tate Bland and his wife, Kathleen, Harvey Norman Bland (both of Mount Carmel), Remus (Wayne) Bland and his wife, Nancy, David Lee Bland and his wife, Linda (both of Church Hill); his loving mother-in-law, Pearl J. Linkous; a special brother-in-law, Ralph Wolfe (both of Kingsport); a special nephew and caregiver, Matthew Bland (Kingsport); along with many more nephews and nieces.

Calling hours for Earl Ray Bland will be held on Wednesday at Ridgeview Baptist Church beginning at 5 p.m. Friends may also call anytime at the residence, 274 W. Ellis Lane in Church Hill.

A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday at 11 a.m. at Ridgeview Baptist Church with Pastor Jon Rogers and Pastor Andy Sensabaugh officiating.

A graveside service will follow the funeral at Wills Family Cemetery (West Carter's Valley) with Darrell Bland, Steve Clark, Jeff Byington, Donald Carter, Vance Tittsworth, Dennis Linkous, Steve Wade, Roger Bowery and Cordell Arnold serving as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Ellis, Shack Crawford, Ralph Wolfe and Jim Byington.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home of Church Hill is serving the Bland family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Mr. Charlie D. Blankenbeckler

Mr. Blankenbeckler was born in Snowflake,VA on May 20, 1930. He was the son of the late George Washington Blankenbeckler and Dorothy Mae Richards Blankenbeckler.

Mr. Blankenbeckler served in the United States Army and in the Army National Guard retiring after 22 years of service.

He was a member of the Baptist faith and was a member of the American Legion, worked at the Kingsport Press, Kingsport Times News and was self employed for Warner Cable company.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Robert Blankenbeckler; son-in-law, Billy Wood, brother, Massie Blankenbeckler, sisters, Kate Bradshaw and Vergie Mae "Little Poodie" Blankenbeckler, half sisters, Myrtle East, Annis Blankenbeckler and Ackie Quillen, half brothers, Otis and Dennis Blankenbeckler.

Surviving are his wife, Johanna Blankenbeckler of the Home; daughters; Mary Ann Dingus and her husband, David of Kingsport, Barbara Dickerson and her husband, Rev. Doug Dickerson of Murfreesboro,TN, Margaret Wood of Kingsport, Angie Morgan and her husband, Rev. Dr. Roy Morgan of Aiken, SC, son, Charlie D. Blankenbeckler,Jr and his wife Heather of Kingsport, ten grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Sisters, Rose Ann Carter and her husband, Perry of Kingsport, Betty Easterling and her husband C. L., brothers, Kenneth Blankenbeckler and his wife, Glenna and Rev. Buford Blankenbeckler and his wife, Venus all of Virginia.

The family will receive friends on Monday, November 16, 2009 from 5:00 until 7:00 PM in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday , November 17, 2009 in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Dickerson and Rev. Dr. Roy Morgan officiating.

Military Graveside Services will be held on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 following the funeral service in the Garden of Resurrection in Oak Hill Memorial Park. Military Honors will be conducted by the American Legion Hammond Post # 3, Gate City Post # 265 and the Tennessee National Guard.

Grandsons and friends will serve as Pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Rd, suite 102, Johnson City, TN 37601. And the Amedisys Home Health 935 Wilcox Ct, Kingsport, TN 37660.

The staff of Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations is honored to serve the family of Charlie D. Blankenbeckler, Sr.

Oak Hill Memorial Park Obituary
Submitted by: Bruce Damon

Emary Banner "Jitney'' Blankenbecler

E.B. "Jitney'' Blankenbecler, 92, 2012 Brookwood Road , died at 2:45 a.m. Friday ( Sept. 18, 1998 ) at his home.
Born in
Coeburn , Va. , he had lived in Kingsport since he was 12 years of age. He was captain of the football team at Kingsport High School and valedictorian of his class. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army.
Mr. Blankenbecler owned and operated Franklin Printing Co. more than 60 years. He was a participant in the Santa Train Program for more than 50 years. At the time of his death, he was the only living charter member of Civitan and was past president of the Civitan Club. He served as mayor of
Kingsport in the late 1940's and early 1950's.
He was a member of the
First Baptist Church .
He was past master of Kingsport Lodge 688, past High Priest of Lynn Bachman Chapter R.A.M., past Grand High Priest Royal Arch Masons of Tennessee, 50 year member of York Rite Masons Kingsport Lodge 688, member of the Scottish Rite Masons, a member of the Royal Order of Scotland, York Rite Sovereign College and a member of the Shriners.
He was also an active member of the American Legion
Hammond Post No. 3.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Nell Pierce Blankenbecler,
Kingsport ; a daughter, Joyouse Jennings, Spartanburg , S.C. ; a son, Richard Blankenbecler, California ; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services will be conducted at
6 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home Chapel, downtown Kingsport . The family will receive friends following the service.
Military graveside services will be conducted at
2 p.m. Sunday at Oak Hill Cemetery by the American Legion Hammond Post No. 3.
Friends may give donations to their favorite charitable organization.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

George Dennis Blankenbeckler

GATE CITY, Va. - George Dennis Blankenbeckler, 55, Rt. 2, Gate City, died at Mountain Home Veterans Hospital, Johnson City, at 5:30 a.m. today [6/14/1973] after a brief illness. He was a lifelong resident of Scott County and attended the Ewings Chapel United Methodist Church. He was a retired Tech Sergeant, U.S. Air Force and a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by his stepmother, Mrs. Mae Blankenbeckler, Kingsport; three sisters, Miss Annis Blankenbeckler, Mrs. Myrtle East, both of Gate City and Mrs. Ackie Quillen, Hiltons, Va.; three half-sisters, Mrs. Kate Bradshaw, Church Hill, Mrs. Betty Easterling, Gate City, Mrs. Rose Ann Carter, Kingsport; one brother, Otis Blankenbeckler, Gate City; four half-brothers, Buford Blankenbeckler, Hiltons, Va., Charlie and Massie Blankenbeckler, both of Kingsport, Kenneth Blankenbeckler, Gate City.

Arrangements will be announced later by the Gate City Funeral Home.

KINGSPORT TIMES / Thursday, June 14, 1973

Submitted by Don Lane

Glenna Ilene (McDavid) Blankenbecler

Gate City, VA - Mrs. Glenna McDavid Blankenbecler, 75, Gate City, VA passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, TN.

Glenna was born in Scott County, VA on February 5, 1938 to the late Farley Mel and Viola Bell Trivett McDavid. She was retired from the Binding Department of the Kingsport Press.

In addition to her parents, her sisters, Margaret Tipton, Dorothy Doran; and brothers, Don McDavid, Raymond McDavid, and Farley (Junior) McDavid, Jr. preceded her in death.

She is survived by her loving husband of 56 years, Kenneth Blankenbecler, Gate City, VA; daughters, Debra Atwell, Abingdon, VA; Retha Darnell and husband, Larry, Ft. Blackmore, VA, and Janet Blankenbecler, Kingsport, TN; grandchildren, Nathan Godsey, Allison Godsey Hanline and husband, Michael, Matthew Henry, Adam Henry, and Jonathan Blankenbecler; great grandsons, Lucas Hanline and Christian Blankenbecler; Sisters; Nina Bise, Church Hill, TN, Elizabeth Peters, Gate City, VA, Mable Calhoun and husband, Albee David, Kingsport, TN; brother, Harold McDavid Johnson City, TN; sisters-in-law; Lou Mc David, Susan McDavid, Shirley McDavid, along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, July 18, 2013 at the Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Deon Turner and Rev. Bill Tignor officiating. Tipton's Chapel Singers will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 19, 2013 at the Adams Family Cemetery in the Manville community of Scott County, VA. Matthew Henry, Adam Henry, Jonathan Blankenbecler, Dwayne Peters, Grady Peters, Eric McDavid, Tim Calhoun, Allen Blankenbeckler, and Shane McDavid will serve as pallbearers. Members of the Manville Community Center will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m., Friday to go in procession to the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Adams Family Cemetery Fund, 3706 Red Hill Road, Gate City, VA 24251.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Glenna Blankenbecler.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Linda Faye (Davis) Hammonds Blankenbeckler

CHURCH HILL - Linda Faye Blankenbeckler, 57, went to be with the Lord early Tuesday morning (June 22, 2004) at Holston Valley Medical Center following a brief battle with cancer.

She was born in Sullivan County and had lived her entire life in the Tri-Cities area. She was employed by Pilot Corp. in Weber City, Va.

She was a member of Higher Ground Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hubert and Maggie Pearson Davis; and one sister, Vanis Davis.

Surviving are her husband, Loran Thomas (Tommy) Blankenbeckler, of the home; daughters, Tammy Howe, Kingsport, and Lisa Dalton, Houston, Texas; son, Chad Hammonds, Gray; stepchildren, Hope Blankenbeckler, Church Hill, Joseph Blankenbeckler, Rogersville, and Jacob Blankenbeckler, Church Hill; nine grandchildren; sister, Blanche Kitzmiller, Kingsport; brothers, Ronnie Davis and Gary Davis, both of Kingsport; several nieces and nephews; special friend, Wilma Robinette, Blackwater, Va.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Carter-Trent Funeral Home of Church Hill.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Johnny Gibson officiating.

Burial will be immediately following the funeral service in East Lawn Memorial Park.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Lois (Harris) Blankenbeckler

GATE CITY, Va. - Lois Harris Blankenbeckler, 80, passed away Saturday (Feb. 9, 2002) at Brian Center.

She was born in Wise County on Sept. 26, 1921, and was the daughter of the late John C. Harris and Laura Mae Blankenbeckler Harris. She was a homemaker and a volunteer for Holston Valley Ladies Auxiliary.

Mrs. Blankenbeckler attended Faith Bible Tabernacle.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph C. Blankenbeckler (Nov. 22, 2000); son, Larry G. Blankenbeckler; sisters, Mary Jane Hartsock and Sue Neal; and brothers, Roy C. Harris and Glen C. Harris.

Surviving are daughters and son-in-law, Judy and Ivan Peters, Gate, City, Va., Joyce Gose, Nickelsville, Va.; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles W. and Erica Blankenbeckler, Rio Rancho, N.M., Gary W. and Debbie Blankenbeckler, Morrison City, Va.; special daughters-in-law, Louise Kilgore Blankenbeckler, Hiltons, Va., Ann Salyer Blankenbeckler, Gate City, Va.; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; sisters, Beulah Lane, Clinton, Tenn., Hazel Charlton, Baileyton, Ellen Wyatt, Greeneville, and Ruby Arington, Knoxville; brothers, James C. Harris, Fall Branch, and Kyle Fred Harris, Greeneville; special caregivers, Helen McConnell and Nancy Lane; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and anytime at the residences of Judy Peters and Gary Blankenbeckler.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Buford Blankenbeckler officiating. Music will be provided by Nancy and Donald Lane.

Burial will follow at Henry Family Cemetery (Snowflake community), Gate City.

Grandsons and grandsons-in-law will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Davidson, Hank Rasnic, Glen Nickels, Mack Gilliam, Boyd Meade and Junior Jessee.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Bible Tabernacle Fellowship Fund, Route 1, Box 21, Hiltons, Va. 24258.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Mary Nell (Pierce) Blankenbecler

KINGSPORT — Mary Nell Blankenbecler, born 1920, went home to be with the Lord Thursday ( Nov. 8, 2007 ) at 6 p.m. after an extended illness.

She had lived in Kingsport the past 67 years and was a member of First Baptist Church of Kingsport , a member of Liberty Chapter #198 Order of Eastern Star, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. Mary Nell was employed at Tennessee Eastman Company for 39 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E.B. “Jitney” Blankenbecler; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, George and Mavis Pierce, Cecil and Gladys Pierce and Hugh Pierce; and one sister, Alta Carr, all of Greene County .

Surviving are one sister, Ruby A. Pierce of Kingsport; a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews; a sister-in-law, Lizzie Fox of Greene County; special friends and neighbors, Linda Kirkland, Barbara Reedy, Gene and Chloe Marshall; and caregivers, Betty Maltsburger and Winnie Reed.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport .

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with Dr. Marvin Cameron and theRev. Donnie Bailey officiating.

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park .

Pallbearers will be Gene Marshall, Brad Pierce, Wes Pierce, Eric Pierce, Stacey Lowe and Nathan Davis.

Memorial contributions may be made to the organization of one’s choice.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Mary Nell Blankenbecler.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Nyla Grace (Penley) Blankenbecler

November 11, 1931 - April 18, 2014

Nyla Grace Blankenbecler, 82, went to be with the Lord on April 18, 2014. She was of the Christian faith. Nyla grew up in Scott County, Virginia and attended Gate City High School. She worked at the shirt factory and the lunch counter at her cousin’s pharmacy in Gate City, then moved to Kingsport when she married and became a homemaker. She was always a sweet, loving, supportive and thoughtful mother.

She had a great sense of humor and told many funny stories about growing up on the farm. Nyla loved to read and especially enjoyed autobiographies of people in the news she liked. She had a special love for pets and rescued and found homes for several and doted on her grand-pets. Nyla was a country and gospel music fan and especially enjoyed listening to live music. She was a strong prayer warrior and many sought her prayers over the years. Her life was a testimony to her Christian values and her faith. We will always love her and miss her. Each time we visited with her, as we were leaving she always said “bye for now.” It is with great sadness that we tell her “bye for now” but we know she is in her heavenly home.

Nyla was predeceased by her husband Charles W. Blankenbecler, parents Clara and Worley Penley, brothers Herschel and Broadis Penley, and sisters Mabel Penley, Margaret Dean, and Faye Wright.

She is survived by her children, Serita, Carol, Ivan, and Ella; daughter-in-law Elida, sisters Sue Dean and Mary Penley, brother Robert Penley, many beloved nieces and nephews, and special friend Danny Tate. She often spoke fondly of her friends Judy Ford and Anna Francisco from the time she lived at Kiwanis Towers.

The family would like to thank the wonderful CNAs and nurses at Nova Health and Rehab Center for the care they provided to her. We are also very grateful to the kitchen staff for making her things she liked, including her favorite PB&J.

A Celebration of Life service was held on April 19 for family members, followed by burial at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Kingsport Animal Shelter or to a charity of your choice.

Hamlet-Dobson Funeral Home obituaries at www.hamlettdobson.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Ralph Carl Blankenbeckler

GATE CITY, Va. - Ralph Carl Blankenbeckler, 84, died Wednesday (Nov. 22, 2000) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Born in Kingsport on Nov. 6, 1916, he was the son of the late Robert and Myrtle Lane Blankenbeckler. He was a World War II U.S. Navy Veteran and retired from Tennessee Eastman as a pipefitter after over 30 years of service. Mr. Blankenbeckler was of the Holiness faith and attended Faith Bible Tabernacle.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a son, Larry G. Blankenbeckler; sister, Vera Dimiria; three brothers, Clarence, Charlie and Clyde Blankenbeckler.

Surviving are his wife, Lois Harris Blankenbeckler, Gate City; daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Ivan Peters, Gate City; daughter, Joyce Gose, Nickelsville, Va.; sons and daughters-in-law, Charles W. and Erica Blankenbeckler, Brownsville, Tex., Gary W. and Debbie Blankenbeckler, Morrison City, Va.; daughter-in-law, Louise Kilgore Blankenbeckler, Hiltons, Va.; sisters, Sally Ross and Annie Wampler, both of Weber City, Va., Gaynell Owens, Kingsport, Shirley Addington, Defiance, Oh.; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, and anytime at the residence of Judy Peters and Gary Blankenbeckler.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Buford Blankenbeckler officiating.

Military graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Henry Family Cemetery (Snowflake Community), conducted by Charles Dewitt Byrd VFW Post 3382.

Grandsons and family will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Roy (Doc) Renfro, Tommy Culbertson, Gene Davidson and Junior McConnell.

The family will meet at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. Sunday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Immediately following the graveside service, the family will meet at Faith Bible Tabernacle, Hiltons, Va.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Lung Association of Virginia, Southwest Regional Office, 370 East Main St., P.O. Box 1249, Abingdon, Va. 24212.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Venus Pearl (Quillen) Blankenbecler

Venus Pearl Quillen Blankenbecler, 83, of Hiltons, VA went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 2, 2011 , at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center , Kingsport .

She was born in Sullivan County , TN ( Kingsport ) and had lived most of her life in Scott County , VA. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Her family and especially her grandchildren were her delight. She worked for Kingsport Press Corp. in her early years and was a member of Faith Bible Tabernacle, Hiltons, VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ezra and Lottie Hobbs Quillen; her brother, James Buddy Quillen and infant twins (brother and sister).

Survivors include her loving husband of over 64 years, Buford Blankenbecler of the home; two sons, Gary Blankenbecler and Tim B. Blankenbecler & wife, Nora, all of Hiltons, VA; three grandchildren, Haley Blankenbecler, Jordan Blankenbecler and Elizabeth Blankenbecler; a great granddaughter, Abbey Bagwell; two sisters, Ruby Whiten & husband, Wayne of Hiltons and Betty Lawson of Rogersville; brother, Jack Quillen of Hiltons; sister in law, Marlene Quillen of Gate City; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 - 7 pm on Wednesday, July 6, 2011 at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City , VA. Funeral services will follow at 7 pm with Pastor Greg Street , Pastor Tommy Benton and Pastor Buford Blankenbecler, officiating. Music will be provided by the Benton Singers.

Graveside services will be held at 11 am on Thursday, July 7, 2011 at Holston View Cemetery , Weber City , VA. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith Bible Tabernacle, 1031 A.P. Carter Highway , Hiltons, VA 24258.

Carter-Trent / Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, VA, is serving the Blankenbecler family.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home obituaries at cartertrent.com

Submitted by Don Lane  

Arlen D. Blanton

WEBER CITY, Va. -- Arlen D. (A.D.) Blanton, 74, died at 9 a.m. Friday [4/26/1974] at Halifax Hospital in Daytona Beach, Fla. after a lengthy illness.

He came to Weber City in 1945 and founded the Scott County Lumber Company.  He retired and moved to Edgewater, Fla. in 1956.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Irene Blanton, Edgewater, Fla.; four sons, James E. Blanton, Hampton, Ga., Charles (Jack) Blanton, Weber City, Va., John P. Blanton, Weber City, Va., Harold G. Blanton, Sunnyside, Ga.; one brother, Bill Tackett, Jenkins, Ky.; four half-sisters, Mrs. Violet Houchins, Gate City, Va., Mrs. Margaret Maden, Gate City, Va., Mrs. Monnie Stoicheff, Gate City, Va., Mrs. Verna Boggs, Clintwood, Va.; seven grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday in the Scott County Funeral Home Chapel. Scott County Funeral Home was in charge.

Kingsport Times, Monday, April 29, 1974

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Rev. Eddie Gene Blanton

(His wife, Brenda Fields, is a descendant of the Scott Co Flanary family.)

NORTON, Va. — Rev. Eddie Gene Blanton, 62, went to be with his LORD Monday ( July 6, 2009 ) at Johnson City Medical Center .

Rev. Blanton was the pastor of the Neon Pentecostal Church, Neon, Ky., for over 20 years. Affectionately known as “Cue Duncan ,” he was an avid coon hunter, and formerly was an employee of Humphrey’s Enterprises. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Brenda Fields Blanton; his sons and daughters-in-laws, Timothy Blanton, Eddie and Diane Blanton, Jr., Jacob and Heather Blanton, all of Norton. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Tim Blanton II, Ethan Blanton, Devan Blanton, and Eli Blanton; a brother, Kyle Duncan; sisters, Faye Brummitte and Susan Duncan; and Trevor “Bucket Boy” Ruth, whom he loved like a son.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton.

Funeral services will be condcted at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ozel Collins, the Rev. Chuck Elam and the Rev. Richard Howard officiating.

Burial with military honors will follow in the White Oak Gap Cemetery on Thacker’s Branch near Norton.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Irene (Flanary) Blanton

WEBER CITY, Va. - Irene F. Blanton, 94, died Monday (Aug. 20, 2001) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was born in Norton, Va. on April 7, 1907 and was the daughter of the late Lee and Dora Easterling Flanary. She was a homemaker and a member of Saks Baptist Church in Anniston, Ala.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arlen D. Blanton, founder of Scott County Lumber and Hardware; two sons, James E. Blanton and Charles J. Blanton.

Surviving are her sons, John Blanton and wife Ruth, Weber City, Va., and Harold Blanton and wife Betty Lou, Sweetwater, Tenn.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren; sister, Betty Mullins, Norton, Va.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and also anytime at the residence of a son, John Blanton.

Services will be conducted at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Paul Blessing officiating.

Burial will be in Holston View Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be close family friends.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Eva Jeanette (Bowling) Blanton

Eva Jeanette Blanton, 81, of Weber City, passed away on Thursday morning (May 17, 2012) at her residence.

She was a graduate of Gate City High School and was a lifelong resident of Weber City. Jeanette was an avid golfer. Mrs. Blanton was a member of First Baptist Church of Weber City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Jack Blanton; parents, Charlie and Stella Johnson Bowling; a brother, Edmond Bowling.

Jeanette Blanton is survived by her daughter, Paula Blanton Howe and husband, Roger (Hickory, NC); a son, Mark Blanton and wife, Karen (Weber City, VA); two grandchildren, Corey Blanton and wife, Cris (Jonesborough, TN), Jamie Blanton and wife, Jenny (Rogersville, TN); great grandchildren, Callie Grace Blanton, Cameron Alexander Blanton, and Paisley Stella Blanton; a step great granddaughter, Abby Coward; her brother, R. L. Bowling and wife, Rose (Greeneville, TN) along with her beloved pet, “Rocky”.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday (May 19, 2012) from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Scott County Funeral Home or friends may also call anytime at the residence.

A graveside service will be conducted on Sunday (May 20, 2012) at 1 p.m. at Holston View Cemetery with Rev. Paul Blessing officiating. Tom Haynes, Don Frazier, Tim Wells, Mark Peters, Sam Light, Doug Humphries, Terry Frazier, Jeff Frazier, and Tony Loggans will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Pat Loggans, Jim Baker, Don Arnold, Ernest Jones, C.S. Dockery, Lowell Campbell, John Renfro, and Scott Barger.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church of Weber City, 155 Shady Elm Lane, Weber City, VA 24290 or to the Scott County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1535, Gate City, VA 24251.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home is serving the Blanton family.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home obituaries at www.cartertrent.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Lucian F. Blaylock

Gate City — (Spl.) — Lucian F. Blaylock, 66, prominent merchant of Nottingham community near here, died at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, at 1 p. m. Sunday. A native of Scott County, he was the son of Robert and Sarah Bright Blaylock, and 11 member of the Baptist Church; a Masonic member of Catlett Lodge No. 36. Gate City, he was also affiliated with the Scottish Rite of Norton, Va., and Shriners of Kezim Temple, Roanoke.

The body will be returned to Gate City today. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

Mr. Blaylock is survived by his wife, Mrs. Addie V. Blaylock; two daughters, Mrs. Stewart Freeman, Kingsport. and Mrs. C, A, Music, Norton, Va.; there are also two nieces and one nephew.

Kingsport Times-News; Dec. 8, 1947

Minnie C. (Hensley) Blalock

HILTONS, Va. - Minnie C. Blalock, 80, Route 1, died early Friday night (April 11, 1997) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

A native of Scott County, Va., she was a homemaker and a member of Hiltons Memorial United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles L. Blalock (1991); and her parents, Mel C. and Grace Quillen Hensley.

Surviving are five sons; Robert E. Blalock, Niceville, Fla., Herman R. Blalock, Kingsport, Carl C. Blalock, Raymond K. Blalock and Grady M. Blalock, all of Hiltons, Va.; three grandsons and one granddaughter; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Lois Houser, Blountville, Mrs. Janelle Spears and Mrs. Yvonne Kern, both of Hiltons, Va.; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ken Pierce, the Rev. Don Umbarger, Dr. Sam Neeley and Dennis Houser officiating.

Music will be provided by the Ken Pierce family.

Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Darthula Cemetery, Hiltons, Va.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hiltons Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 10, Hiltons, Va. 24258.

Kingsport Times-News

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Ollie Fern (Mullins) Blase

BARTONVILLE, Ill., - Mrs. Fern Blase, 58, died early Friday morning [4/8/1977] at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, Ill. from injuries she suffered in an automobile accident earlier in the week. A Lee County, Va. native, she spent a great part of her life in Scott County, Va. before moving here.

Survivors include her husband, Orville Blase; two daughters, Mrs. Pat Wennmacher, Washington, Ill., Mrs. Darlene Thrawe, Peoria, Ill.; her mother and step-father, Mrs. Mary Ellen [Rutherford Mullins] and Massie Davidson, Gate City, Va.; four sisters, Mrs. Charma Ledbetter, Peoria, Mrs. Mable Lindamood, Lynchburg, Va., Mrs. Vivian Bellamy Jr., Gate City, Va., Mrs. Helen Bush, Kingsport; one brother, L. Victor Mullins, Gate City; and two grandchildren.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

Kingsport Times-News / Sunday, April 10, 1977

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Alice Berniece (Lamb) Bledsoe

WEBER CITY, Va. - Alice Berniece Lamb Bledsoe departed this life on Saturday (Dec. 2, 2006).

She was born in Scott County, Va. on Nov. 30, 1932. She was a graduate of Rye Cove High School. She worked for Tennessee Eastman before marriage and moved to Indiana. She spent 33 years in Kokomo, Ind. She was employed by Delco Electronics, Kokomo, as a production supervisor. She attended Indiana University at Kokomo.

She was preceded in death by her father, Luke Lamb; and brother, Jimmy Lamb.

She is survived by her mother, Nancy Lamb, Kingsport; sons, James C. Bledsoe, Jr. and wife Sandy, Kokomo, Ind., Stan Bledsoe, Sharpsville, Ind., and Greg Bledsoe, Indianapolis, Ind.; grandchildren, Leesa and husband Tommy Williams and Brian Bledsoe; step-granddaughter, Christy Patchett; great-grandchildren, Braydon, Naomi and Addison Rose Williams; brother, David Bruce Lamb and wife Mary, Hixon, Tenn.; sisters, Almira and husband Warren Lane, Richmond, Va., Shirley and husband J.C. Stapleton, Weber City, Va., Anna Ailstock, Clarksville, Ark., Magline and husband James Raley, of Washington, Pauline and husband Paul Williams, of Washington, Jean and husband Charles Dennison, Jonesville, Va., several aunts and one uncle; several nieces and nephews; and a loving church family at Community Fellowship Church, where she was a member.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence of Shirley and J.C.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home, with the Rev. John Sheppard and M.A. Lunsford officiating.

Judy McConnell and Francie Henard will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, Va. The family will meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the graveside service.

Sons, grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Deacons of Community Fellowship Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Community Fellowship Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1407, Gate City, Va. 24251.

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Alice Edna (Darnell) Bledsoe

NEW LEBANON, Ohio - Alice E. Bledsoe, 88, passed away Thursday (May 22, 2003).

Mrs. Bledsoe was born on March 24, 1915 in Gate City, Va. to the late Monroe F. and Nannie J. (Vickers) Darnell.

She was preceded in death on Aug. 17, 1996 by her husband, William M. "Bob" Bledsoe, whom she married March 6, 1937; brothers, James and Ted Darnell; and sisters, Lily Davidson, Mary Dishner and Bertie Webb.

Surviving are sons, William Robert Bledsoe and Thomas Franklin Bledsoe, both of New Lebanon, Ohio; daughter, Sue B. Pollock of New Lebanon, Ohio; granddaughter, Jennifer Pollock of West Chester, Ohio; sisters, Ella Hammond of Kingsport and Callie Sproles of Duffield, Va. and Betty Simenson of Huntsville, Ala.; special friends, Nell and Virgil Roark; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday at Robert L. Crooks Funeral Center at Preble Memory Gardens, 3377 US Rt. 35, West Alexandria, Ohio.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Pastor Barry Quillen presiding.

Interment will be at Preble Memory Gardens Cemetery, West Alexandria.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the New Lebanon Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

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Amanda Jane (Joyner) Bledsoe

BLACKWATER, Va. - Amanda Jane Bledsoe, 89, passed away Tuesday (Sept. 27, 2005) at the Sunbridge Hillside Manor in Kingsport.

She was born in Scott County, Va., the daughter of the late Charlie and Jennie Gilliam Joyner.

She attended the Flag Pond Community Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Conley Bledsoe; one brother, Lewis Joyner; three sisters, Ethel Bledsoe, Lilly Bledsoe and Lassie Scalf.

Survivors include one sister, Tishie Joyner of Blackwater, Va.; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Robinette Funeral Home, Blackwater, Va.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Evangelist Kenneth Neeley officiating.

Committal graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Flag Pond Church Cemetery. Those attending are asked to meet at the cemetery for services.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Flag Pond Church Cemetery, c/o Dwayne Barnette, Route 1, Box 327, Blackwater, VA 24221.

Kingsport Times-News
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Benjamin Enoch Bledsoe

KINGSPORT — Benjamin Enoch Bledsoe, born Dec. 9, 1910, died Jan. 21, 2009, at the age of 98 years.He was the last surviving child of Enoch and Helen Robinette Bledsoe. He was predeceased by his brothers, Hochal, Tom, Sherman, Burem, Roy, Zach, Everette and Burlie; his sisters, Getty, Chloe, Pearl, Maud, Myrtle and Berniece; one son, Richard; and his granddaughter, Armen Mustaklem Combs.

During his lifetime, he loved nothing better than spending time with his brothers at the "old home place" reliving their early years. One of his strongest virtues was his sense of family. All of his family have vivid memories of his whistling and singing — he was a people person and never met a stranger.

Mr. Bledsoe was a World War II veteran and retiree of Holston Defense Corporation. He was a member of Morrison City Christian Church and attended services as long as his health permitted.

He leaves to mourn his passing his wife of 70 years, Eliza Odell Jennings Bledsoe, his daughters, Billie Jo Mustaklem, Phyllis (Leslie) Burke, Debra (Mark Cochran) Livingston, daughter-in-law, Melissa (Bob) Turner, sons, David (Faye), Tommy (Joy), Larry (Geney); 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Saturday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009, in the Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Underwood and the Rev. Jerry Williams officiating.

Graveside services will be held on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be grandchildren and friends of the family.

Please meet at the gravesite no later than 12:45 p.m.

The staff of Oak Hill is honored to serve the family of Mr. Benjamin Enoch Bledsoe.

Kingsport Times-News
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Bonnie Ruth (Webb) Bledsoe

Bonnie Ruth Bledsoe passed away December 6, 2011 at her home in Green County. She was born September 1, 1924 and was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Bledsoe.

She is survived by her children; Judith Persinger, Joyce and Ronald McCamy and Donna Price; grandchildren, Cherie Williams and husband, Robert, Sheilla McMurry and husband, Marty, Donnie McCamy and wife, Penny, Kendra Haren and husband, Tim, and Bambi Persinger; great-grandchildren, Clinton Williams, Kisha Williams, Cassie Smith, Tyler Haren, Ben McMurry, Daniel McMurry and Zander McMurry; six brothers and sisters.

Graveside services will be conducted on Friday, December 9th at 11:00 a.m. at Webb Family Cemetery in Kingsport with Pastor Wayne Baker officiating.

Pallbearers will be Donnie McCamy, Tim Haren, Clinton Williams, Tyler Haren, Jason McCamy and Marty McMurry.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home obituaries at www.hamlettdobson.com

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Cecil Bledsoe

SURGOINSVILLE - Cecil Bledsoe , 78, 3131 Stanley Valley Road, died Friday (April 2, 1999) at Indian Path Hospital after an extended illness.

Mr. Bledsoe was a native of Blackwater, Va., and had lived in Hawkins County since 1952. He attended the Pink Hill Primitive Baptist Church and was a retired farmer.

He was preceded in death by two sons, William Bledsoe and Larry C. Bledsoe ; his parents, Freeman and Nannie Bloomer Bledsoe ; four brothers, Parkey Bledsoe , Hollie Bledsoe , Hillard Bledsoe and Carley Bledsoe .

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Mrs. Myrtle Osborne Bledsoe , Surgoinsville; two daughters, Ms. Sue Light and Mrs. Richard (Sonjua) Phillips, both of Kingsport; daughter-in-law, Edna Bledsoe , Church Hill; three sisters, Lois Bledsoe , Church Hill, Mrs. Hagan (Lucy) Roberts, Kingsport, and Mrs. Jerry (Myrtle) Hammonds, Florida; five grandchildren; Billy Bledsoe , Lori Godsey, Michael Light and Mark and Matthew Trent; two great-grandchildren, Jessica Godsey and Zackary Light; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Johnson Funeral Home, Church Hill, and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Richard Watts, the Rev. Robert Legg, and the Rev. Fred Gilreath officiating.

Graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Bethel Cemetery.

Kingsport Times-News
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Dama Beatrice (Dulaney) Bledsoe

BLACKWATER, Va. - Dama Beatrice Dulaney Bledsoe, Route 1, went to be with the Lord on Sunday (Jan. 16, 2000) at Lee County Community Hospital.

She was born in Scott County, Va. She was a daughter of the late W.A. Dulaney and Mattie E. Taylor Dulaney. She was a kind, caring, loving patient Christian wife and mother. She attended Rollers Chapel Baptist Church and Kaylor Chapel Baptist Church, before her declining health.

Including her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters, Mae Pearcy, Anna Lee Price and Madge Dulaney; one brother, Robert H. Dulaney.

Surviving are her husband, J.E. Bledsoe , of the home; one daughter, Judith "Judi'' Bledsoe, of the home; one sister, June Dulaney, Duffield, Va.; nieces and nephews, Sue Pearcy, Patricia and Jim Moore, Kyle and Elizabeth Pearcy, all of Church Hill, and Richard Dulaney, Kingsport; special friend and care giver, Ellen Collier, and lots of friends; one great-great niece, Brooke Christian; two great nephews, Brad and Eric Christian; two great nieces, Hillary and Nicole Dulaney.

Calling hours are from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Duffield funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Wrightly Salling officiating.

Music will be provided by Christine Love.

Burial will follow the service at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, with the Rev. Kenneth Neeley. W.B. Bledsoe , Larry Bledsoe , Kyle Pearcy, Billy Gibson, Gilmer Bledsoe, and Kenny Fannon will serve as pallbearers.

Harold Fraley, Zane Carter and Michael Carrico will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
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David Zachariah "Zack" Bledsoe

KINGSPORT - David Zachariah Bledsoe, 93, of Kingsport, went home to be with the Lord on Friday evening (March 17, 2006) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Zack was an avid storyteller. He enjoyed furniture making and woodworking. He built several beautiful and useful pieces of furniture. He also enjoyed hunting and cooking.

He was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the VFW #3382 and the Masons Catlette Lodge #35 of Gate City.

Mr. Bledsoe served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

Zack was the 7th son of the late Enoch and Helen Robinette Bledsoe. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Sturgill Bledsoe; four brothers, Hokiel, Tom, Sherman, Burlie and Roy; five sisters, Cholye, Pearl, Myrtle, Bernice and Maude; as well as two infant sisters.

Suviving are his wife of 33 years, Juanita Arnold Davis Bledsoe of the home; son, Scott and wife Donna Shehane Bledsoe of Rutledge; step-daughter, Joyce (Davis) Tunnell and husband Lewis; two step-sons, Larry and wife Deborah (Alley) Davis and John "Johnny" Charles Davis Jr.; 10 step-grandchildren, Ashley Shehane, Chase Shehane, Amy Baker, Kendra Glass, Lorra Johnson, Susan Parks, Tara Crawford, John Charles Davis III, Jessica Davis, and Michael Davis; 10 step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ben Bledsoe and wife Odell, and James Everette Bledsoe; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Robert "Bob" Johnson officiating.

Military graveside services will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Kingsport.

Pallbearers will be Ed Waterman, W.B. "Butch" Bledsoe, Gregory Bledsoe, Larry Bledsoe, Chase Shehane, Tom Bledsoe, Alan Sandidge, Lewis Tunnell, Michael Baker and Kermit Parks.

Honorary pallbearers are Larry Davis, Michael Davis and Matthew Glass.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport, is serving the Bledsoe family.

Kingsport Times-News
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Burlie C. Bledsoe

KETTERING, Ohio - Burlie C. Bledsoe, 81, passed away Thursday (March 23, 2000) at the Kettering Medical Center.

He was born Jan. 24, 1919, in Scott County, Va., the son of Enoch and Helen (Robinette) Bledsoe, who preceded him in death. Mr. Bledsoe was a veteran of the United States Army, and had retired as the owner/operator of several service stations after two heart attacks.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by five sisters, Myrtle Stowe, Maude Kaufman, Chloe Deskins, Bernice Belcher and an infant sister.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Ruth (Babb) Bledsoe ; two daughters, Pamela Sue Bledsoe and Linda and husband, Hugh Goring; two sons and daughters-in-law, Darius "Butch'' and Pam Bledsoe and Duane and Cindy Bledsoe; three brothers, Ben and wife, Odell, Zack and wife, Juanita, and Everett; a sister, Pearl Robbins; three grandchildren, Steven, Cathie and Jennifer and husband, Rodney Hilden; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Tobias Funeral Home, Far Hills Chapel, 5471 Far Hills Ave. at Rahn Rd., Dayton, Ohio.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ed Pennington officiating. Interment will be in Heritage Hills Cemetery.

Kingsport Times-News
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Butis T. (Robinette) Bledsoe

Butis Bledsoe, 92, of Brooksville, died Friday, Nov. 18 [2005] at her home. She was born in Orton , Va. , and was a member of Gulf Ridge Park Baptist Church and also a member of the Brooksville Woman's Club. Survivors include her three children, Barmell Dixon of Brooksville, Tantris Plott of Bucyrus, Ohio and H.D. Bledsoe Jr. of Live Oak; a brother, Vermland Robinett; a sister, Kasel Westbrook of Dade City; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. Arrangements by Turner Funeral Homes and Crematory, Brooksville chapel.

(Hernando Today, Brooksville , FL , 25 Nov 2005 )

Hernando Today, Brooksville , FL
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Clara Belle (Ison) Bledsoe

WEBER CITY, Va. - Clara Belle Ison Bledsoe, 99, passed away Wednesday (July 13, 2005) at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport.

She was born in Middlesboro, Ky., on September 7, 1905. Mrs. Bledsoe attended Emory & Henry College and Madison College. She taught 45 years in the schools of Scott County and began teaching in 1925 in a one room school. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association of Scott County and Daughters of the American Revolution. She will be remembered as a loving and gra cious lady with many interesting stories to tell.

Mrs. Bledsoe was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Bledsoe; parents, George W. and Annie Ryder Ison; brother, Silas L. Ison; sister, Georgia Busic; nephew, Ed ward L. Busic.

Surviving are a sister, Audrey Maddux, Gate City, Va.; brother, Edward C. Ison and wife, Vio let Smith, Karns, Tenn.; niece, Cynthia Leigh Cecil and husband, Mark, Knoxville, Tenn.; Janice Busic, Richmond, Va.; nephews, George Maddux and wife, Carolyn, Gate City, Va., Eldridge N. Busic and wife, Janice, Honaker, Va., Len T. Busic and wife, Lois, Alexandria, Va.; and special nephew, George E. Ison, Weber City, Va.

Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. to day at Colonial Funeral Home and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel today at 8:00 p.m. with Rev. Paul Blessing officiating.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hol ston View Cemetery.

Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. to go in procession to the ceme tery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Retired Teachers Association of Scott County.

Kingsport Times-News
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Dama Beatrice (Dulaney) Bledsoe

BLACKWATER, Va. - Dama Beatrice Dulaney Bledsoe , Route 1, went to be with the Lord on Sunday (Jan. 16, 2000) at Lee County Community Hospital.

She was born in Scott County, Va. She was a daughter of the late W.A. Dulaney and Mattie E. Taylor Dulaney. She was a kind, caring, loving patient Christian wife and mother. She attended Rollers Chapel Baptist Church and Kaylor Chapel Baptist Church, before her declining health.

Including her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters, Mae Pearcy, Anna Lee Price and Madge Dulaney; one brother, Robert H. Dulaney.

Surviving are her husband, J.E. Bledsoe , of the home; one daughter, Judith ``Judi'' Bledsoe , of the home; one sister, June Dulaney, Duffield, Va.; nieces and nephews, Sue Pearcy, Patricia and Jim Moore, Kyle and Elizabeth Pearcy, all of Church Hill, and Richard Dulaney, Kingsport; special friend and care giver, Ellen Collier, and lots of friends; one great-great niece, Brooke Christian; two great nephews, Brad and Eric Christian; two great nieces, Hillary and Nicole Dulaney.

Calling hours are from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Duffield funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Wrightly Salling officiating.

Music will be provided by Christine Love.

Burial will follow the service at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, with the Rev. Kenneth Neeley. W.B. Bledsoe , Larry Bledsoe , Kyle Pearcy, Billy Gibson, Gilmer Bledsoe, and Kenny Fannon will serve as pallbearers.

Harold Fraley, Zane Carter and Michael Carrico will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
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David Zachariah Bledsoe

KINGSPORT - David Zachariah Bledsoe, 93, of Kingsport, went home to be with the Lord on Friday evening (March 17, 2006) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Zack was an avid storyteller. He enjoyed furniture making and woodworking. He built several beautiful and useful pieces of furniture. He also enjoyed hunting and cooking.

He was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the VFW #3382 and the Masons Catlette Lodge #35 of Gate City.

Mr. Bledsoe served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during World War II.

Zack was the 7th son of the late Enoch and Helen Robinette Bledsoe. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Sturgill Bledsoe; four brothers, Hokiel, Tom, Sherman, Burlie and Roy; five sisters, Cholye, Pearl, Myrtle, Bernice and Maude; as well as two infant sisters.

Suviving are his wife of 33 years, Juanita Arnold Davis Bledsoe of the home; son, Scott and wife Donna Shehane Bledsoe of Rutledge; step-daughter, Joyce (Davis) Tunnell and husband Lewis; two step-sons, Larry and wife Deborah (Alley) Davis and John "Johnny" Charles Davis Jr.; 10 step-grandchildren, Ashley Shehane, Chase Shehane, Amy Baker, Kendra Glass, Lorra Johnson, Susan Parks, Tara Crawford, John Charles Davis III, Jessica Davis, and Michael Davis; 10 step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ben Bledsoe and wife Odell, and James Everette Bledsoe; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at the Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Robert "Bob" Johnson officiating.

Military graveside services will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Kingsport.

Pallbearers will be Ed Waterman, W.B. "Butch" Bledsoe, Gregory Bledsoe, Larry Bledsoe, Chase Shehane, Tom Bledsoe, Alan Sandidge, Lewis Tunnell, Michael Baker and Kermit Parks.

Honorary pallbearers are Larry Davis, Michael Davis and Matthew Glass.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport, is serving the Bledsoe family.

Kingsport Times-News
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Dustin L. Bledsoe

Gate City, VA - Dustin L. Bledsoe, 26, Gate City, VA passed away Monday, May 7, 2012 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Dustin was born in Sullivan County, TN on April 9, 1986 to Michael Wayne and Shirley Massingill Bledsoe. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish.

His maternal grandfather, James Lee Massingill; paternal grandparents, Lloyd and Ada Mae Bledsoe, aunt, Eline Head; and uncle, Jerry Bledsoe preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Dockery Bledsoe, Gate City, VA; his daughter, Chloe Brielle Bledsoe who is expected in June; parents, Michael Wayne and Shirley Massingill Bledsoe, Hiltons, VA; brother, Eddie Wayne Bledsoe, Hiltons, VA; maternal grandmother, Jamie Lee Massingill, Edison, TN; father and mother-in-law, Otis and Debbie Dockery, Rye Cove, VA; sister-in-law, Samantha Dockery, Rye Cove, VA; and brother-in-law, Logan Dockery, Rye Cove, VA.

In addition, special family friend, Brenda Carico, Hiltons, VA; aunts, Mary Lou Peters and husband, Gary, Iva Jean Bledsoe, Janie Fink and husband, Rick, Evelyn Lucas and husband, Eugene, Deana Banner and husband, Michael, Betsy Gilliam, Amanda Justice and husband, Tim, Jolene Hurd and husband, Wayne, and Monica Bledsoe; uncles, Donald Bledsoe, James Bledsoe and wife, Gail, Ronald Bledsoe and wife, Kim, Gillis Massingill and wife, Patricia, Lowell Head, Willie Massingill and wife, Angie, Timmy Massingill and wife, Christy, Darrel Wayne Hurd and wife, Annette, Jerry Hurd and wife, Thelma, and Thomas Hurd and wife, Kaloa; along with many cousins and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Gate City Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Ray Dockery officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Massingill Family Cemetery, Speers Ferry Community of Scott County, VA. Donald Fleenor, Daniel Fleenor, Robby Berry, Rodney Ramey, Bobby Whiteaker, Logan Dockery, Rick Fink, and Donald Bledsoe will serve as pallbearers. Justin Carico, Tony Massingill, Dennis Vermillion, Bobby Lucas, and Conley Mullins will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that contributions be made to Jennifer Bledsoe to help with expenses.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Dustin L. Bledsoe.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

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Clara Belle (Ison) Bledsoe

WEBER CITY, Va. - Clara Belle Ison Bledsoe, 99, passed away Wednesday ( July 13, 2005 ) at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport .

She was born in Middlesboro, Ky. , on September 7, 1905. Mrs. Bledsoe attended Emory & Henry College and Madison College . She taught 45 years in the schools of Scott County and began teaching in 1925 in a one room school. She was a member of the Retired Teachers Association of Scott County and Daughters of the American Revolution. She will be remembered as a loving and gra cious lady with many interesting stories to tell.

Mrs. Bledsoe was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Bledsoe; parents, George W. and Annie Ryder Ison; brother, Silas L. Ison; sister, Georgia Busic; nephew, Ed ward L. Busic.

Surviving are a sister, Audrey Maddux, Gate City, Va.; brother, Edward C. Ison and wife, Vio let Smith, Karns, Tenn.; niece, Cynthia Leigh Cecil and husband, Mark, Knoxville, Tenn.; Janice Busic, Richmond, Va.; nephews, George Maddux and wife, Carolyn, Gate City, Va., Eldridge N. Busic and wife, Janice, Honaker, Va., Len T. Busic and wife, Lois, Alexandria, Va.; and special nephew, George E. Ison, Weber City, Va.

Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. to day at Colonial Funeral Home and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel today at 8:00 p.m. with Rev. Paul Blessing officiating.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Graveside services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Hol ston View Cemetery .

Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. to go in procession to the ceme tery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Retired Teachers Association of Scott County .

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Curtis Bradley Bledsoe

JONESVILLE, Va. - Curtis Bradley Bledsoe , Jonesville, Va., was born in Scott County, Va., on Sunday, July 6, 1938 and passed away on Friday (Sept. 1, 2006) at the Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington Gap, Va. at the age of 68.

He lived several years in Indiana and worked and retired as a caster from Bridgeport Brass, Inc. in Indianapolis, Ind., and returned to Lee County, Va. in 1981 and was a member of the Steep Rock Church of God of Prophecy, Jonesville, Va.

Curtis was preceded in death by his parents, Quillen and Polly Bledsoe ; and brothers, Oscar, George and John Bledsoe .

He is survived by his six children, Debbie and Lee Peck, of Indiana, Karen Bledsoe , of Indiana, David and Donna Bledsoe , of Duffield, Va., Brenda and Keith Fletcher, of Tennessee. Mark and Teldia Bledsoe , of Stickleyville, Va., Jenny and Keith Crusenberry, of Sheridan, Ind.; as well as 12 grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren; four sisters, Nannie Bledsoe , of Indiana, Mary Danner, of Stickleyville, Va., Maude Lundy, of Indiana and Lula Doris, of Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at the Province Funeral Home in Pennington Gap, Va.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. on Sunday in the Sanctuary of the funeral home, with Rev. Donald Robbins officiating.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday in the Robbins Cemetery in Pattonsville, Va., where the family and friends are asked to meet at 10:45 a.m.

Jessee Bledsoe , Bradley Bledsoe , Paul Bledsoe , Larry Lundy, Ralph Bartley and Greg Gibson will serve as pallbearers.

Province Funeral Home of Pennington Gap, Va. is in charge of the arrangements.

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Echol Bledsoe

BLACKWATER, Va. - Echol Bledsoe, 82, passed away Monday (April 1, 2002) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

He was born in Union, S.C., on February 26, 1920, but had lived in Blackwater most of his life. He was a retired farmer and a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.

He was a member of the Blackwater Lick Primitive Baptist Church and attended Osborne's Chapel Primitive Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Parkey and Ellen Bledsoe; three brothers, Roy, Glenn and James; and one sister, Maggie.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Margaret Grace Bledsoe; two daughters and sons-in-law, Bettina and Willard D. Rhoton, and Monica and Lonnie Rhoton, all of Duffield, Va.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Marcelle and Lois Bledsoe, Duffield, Va., Stanley and Jenny Bledsoe, Kingsport, and Randy Bledsoe, Gate City, Va.; 10 grandchildren, Tony, Keith, Mike, Jeff, Craig, Shelia, Kelvin, Andrew, Travis and Kara; 11 great-grandchildren, Ethan, unborn baby, Daniel, Sidney, Noah, Sara, Emily, Jonathan, Makayla, Luke, Lexie and Grace; one sister, Addie Mae Osborne of Lynchburg, Va.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Robinette Funeral Home, Blackwater, Va.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Gerald Hopkins and the Rev. Howard Sybert officiating.

Music will be provided by the Osborne Chapel Singers.

Military graveside services will be conducted by the Charles DeWitt Byrd Post No. 3382 Honor Guard of Kingsport. Those attending the service are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Osborne Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, Route 1, Box 7A, Blackwater, Va. 24221.

Kingsport Times-News

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Edna Caroline (Herron) Droke Bledsoe

GATE CITY, Va. - Edna Herron Bledsoe, 82, of Manville Road, passed away early Sunday morning, (May 27, 2007) while at the Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 17, 1924 in Scott County, Va., a daughter of the late Thomas Lewis and Myrtle Helen Williams Herron.

She was retired from the Tennessee Eastman Corporation (Kodak) after 36 and half years of service and was of the Methodist faith.

She is preceded in death by husbands, Bill Droke and Carl Bledsoe; two brothers; and one nephew.

Survivors include daughter, Gerry Ann McConnell and husband, Claude B. Jr. of Gate City; four grandchildren, LeAnn Crawford and husband, John, Chad McConnell and wife, Jennifer, Michael McConnell and wife, Kristie and Denisa Harper and husband, Randall; four great-grandchildren, Braiden, Caitlin, Jessica and Alyssa; two sisters, Maureen Brooks and Faye Slaughter both of Kingsport; two brothers, Curtis Herron of Blountville and T.L. Herron of Gate City; several nieces and nephews, and others also survive.

There will be no formal services at the funeral home.

Graveside services will be Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. in the Herron Family Cemetery off Manville Road, Gate City, Va. Larry Crawford will officiate.

Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. It is requested that family and friends meet at Scott County Funeral Home by 9:30 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Childrens Miracle Network, 4525 South 2300 East, Salt Lake City, Utah 84117.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News

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Eliza Odell (Jennings) Bledsoe

The heart of our family, Eliza Odell Jennings Bledsoe, passed from this life on Thursday, April 7, 2011, six days before her 98th birthday.

She was preceded in death by: her parents, Robert Walker and Nevada McClellan Jennings, infant brother, Ivan; her husband of 70 plus years, Benjamin E. Bledsoe, son, Richard Bledsoe, granddaughter, Armen Elizabeth Combs, brother, Hansel Jennings, and sister, Pearl Price. Odell was the last surviving spouse of the last survivor of the 15 children of Enoch and Helene Bledsoe.

Left to cherish her memory are her children: Billie Jo Mustaklem, Phyllis (Les) Burke, David (Faye) Bledsoe, Tommy (Joy) Bledsoe, Larry (Genie) Bledsoe, Debra (Mark Cochran) Livingston and Melissa (Bob) Turner. Also, surviving are 12 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter. Further survivors include her sisters, Della Harrell, Imogene Linkus, Barbara Ann (Glen) Quillen), brothers, Claude (Rosie) Jennings and Patrick (Mary) Jennings as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Our mother once commented that all she wanted to be in her life was a mother. We mourn our loss, but rejoice knowing she achieved her ambition and set a high standard of excellence with her performance. To quote from a Sampler she once had "To know her is to love her and love her but forever, for God did make her what she is and never made such another."

We extend heartfelt thanks to Ona Poole for her love, care and devotion; to Dr. Robert Funke for his compassion and care and to the Charles J. Good family for their daily helpfulness.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 11, 2011, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM., in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home. Funeral services with Reverend Bob Underwood and Reverend Jerry Williams will take place at 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 12, 2011, at Oak Hill Funeral Home with burial to follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in the Garden of the Last Supper.

Pallbearers will be family members.

Memorial contributions may be made to Morrison City Christian Church, c/o Pastor Bob Underwood, where she attended as long as her health permitted.

(Oak Hill Funeral Home obituaries at www.oakhillmemorialpark.com)

Kingsport Times-News

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Mrs. Ellen Bledsoe

Blackwater, Va.—(Spl.)—Mrs. Ellen Robinette Bledsoe, 72, died at

her home in the Dry Creek community near here at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.

She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Enoch Bledsoe; seven sons, Henry H., Thomas J., Sherman, David, Everett and Burley Bledsoe, all of Kingsport, and Ben Bledsoe of Pennsylvania; five daughters; three brothers, Noah Robinette, Blackwater; Jake Robinette, Duffield, and Cana Robinette, Wheat, Tenn.;

and one sister, Mrs. Laura Duaney, Blackwater.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a. m. Monday at the home in Dry Creek. The Rev. Robert Bledsoe will officiate. Burial, will be in Pattonsville Cemetery at Gate City.

Kingsport Times-News; Nov. 5, 1947

Gladys M. (Yost) Bledsoe

SANDUSKY, Ohio — Gladys M. Bledsoe, 88, of Sandusky, passed away early Sunday morning (May 31, 2009) in the Stein Hospice Care Center, Sandusky.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1920 in Big Stone Gap, Va., and was the daughter of Charles and Dora (Lane) Yost. She retired after working for many years at the Ontario and later the Cooks Department Stores in Sandusky. She loved singing gospel and country music, dancing, telling jokes, playing games and cards.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Vilas Bledsoe (1985); son, Jack Bledsoe (2008); sisters, Della Hawkins, Evadale Lawson, Zella Mae Morrison; and brother, Oscar Yost.

She is survived by her daughters, Shelvie Neidler of Sandusky and Lorene Jerome of Castalia; sons, Carlos (Darlene) Bledsoe and Ted (Debbie) Bledsoe, all of Sandusky and Bill Bledsoe of Castalia; 23 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 26 great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth Lane, Eula Hall and Shirley Harris all of Big Stone Gap, Va.; brothers, Erskin Yost of Big Stone Gap, Va., Richard Yost of Boston, Mass.; many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the David F. Koch Funeral Home, 520 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home with the Rev. Darrell Gant of Eagles Nest Church will officiate.

Burial will be in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron, Ohio.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests memorial contributions to be made to Stein Hospice Service, Inc., 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.

Kingsport Times-News
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Glenn Carl Bledsoe

KINGSPORT - Glenn Carl Bledsoe, 75, of Darlington Drive, departed this life on Saturday ( June 9, 2001 ).

He was a native of Scott County , Va. and was retired from Eastman Chemical Company in 1987 with 36 years of service in field projects.

Mr. Bledsoe was a disabled U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a recipient of the Purple Heart.

He attended Apostolic Lighthouse Church .

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Claire Christine Baily Bledsoe; and parents, H.P. Bledsoe and Josie Bishop Bledsoe.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Moore Bledsoe, Kingsport; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Terry Shoemaker, Mount Carmel; daughter and fiance, Donna Bledsoe and David Ford, Sulphur Springs, Tenn.; step daughter, Belinda Moore Kincer and Chris Kincer, Mount Carmel; sons and daughters-in-law, Glen E. and Diane Bledsoe, Chuckey, Lyle D. and Janice Bledsoe, Gray; ten grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Lena Gibson, Weber City, Va., Jean Moore, Duffield, Va., and Wilma (Jerry) Broadwater, Weber City, Va.; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City , Va. , and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Bishop G.D. Peters and the Rev. David Peters officiating.

Music will be provided by Billy Bryant, Ben Christian and Valeri Rhea.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Holston View Cemetery , Weber City , Va.

Military rites will be conducted by Charles DeWitt Byrd Post No. 3382 of the VFW.

Pallbearers will be Terry Shoemaker, David Ford, Chris Kincer, Glenn Shoemaker, Donnie Bays and Kevin Bledsoe.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tim Bledsoe and Justin Bledsoe.

Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday to go to the cemetery.

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Golda Bledsoe

Golda Bledsoe, 75, Kingsport, died Thursday (March 19, 1992) at Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center.

Born in Scott County, Va., she had resided in Kingsport for 33 years. She was retired from Tennessee Eastman Company in the yarn plant after 33 years and attended the Baptist church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, W.L. Bledsoe and Hannah Bloomer Bledsoe, one brother, Burlie Bledsoe and two sisters, Maysi Hylemon and Rosa Bledsoe.

Surviving are one sister, Virgie Bledsoe, Kingsport; one brother, Claude Bledsoe, Bellbrook, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Robinette Funeral Home, Blackwater, Va.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Gary Hood and the Rev. Kenneth Neeley officiating.

Friends and relatives will serve as pallbearers.

Burial will be in the Bloomer cemetery, Blackwater, Va.

Kingsport Times-News
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Margaret Grace (Manness) Bledsoe

DUFFIELD, Va. - Margaret Grace Bledsoe, 83, formerly of Blackwater, Va., passed away Saturday (April 1, 2006) at Ridgecrest Manor Nursing Home in Duffield.

She was a lifelong resident of Blackwater, Va., and a member of Blackwater Lick Big Door Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Echol Bledsoe; parents, Earl Manness and Mary (Carter) Manness; brother, James Howard Manness; sister, Martha Jane Creech (Ike).

She is survived by three sons, Marcelle Bledsoe and wife Lois, Duffield, Stanley Bledsoe and wife Jenny, Kingsport, and Randy Bledsoe, Gate City; two daughters, Monica Rhoton and husband Lonnie, and Bettina Rhoton and husband Willard (Donald), both of Duffield; ten grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Robinette Funeral Home, Blackwater.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Pastor David Kerns and Rev. Kelvin Bishop officiating.

Music will be provided by Kaylor Chapel Singers.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at Austin-Bledsoe Cemetery in Blackwater, Va. Family, friends and pallbearers are asked to assemble at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Robinette Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News

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James Everette "J.E." Bledsoe

BLACKWATER, Va. — Mr. James Everette (J.E.) Bledsoe, Dry Creek Road, Blackwater, Va., went unexpectedly to be with the Lord, Wednesday (Nov. 26, 2008) at the Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va.
Mr. Bledsoe was born in Scott County, Va., to the late Enoch and Helen Robinette Bledsoe.
J.E. was a loving dad, brother, uncle, and a caring friend. He was a dedicated Christian and attended Roller’s Chapel Baptist Church. He enjoyed reading his Bible, playing his guitar and singing. He enjoyed the great outdoors and gardening.
He was retired from Robinette Steel in Big Stone Gap and was also a retired farmer.
In addition to his parents, Enoch and Helen Bledsoe, he was preceded in death by his wife, Dama Dulaney Bledsoe, in 2000; brothers, Hokle, Tom, Sherman, Zack, Burley, Roy and Buren Bledsoe; and sisters, Chloe Deskins, Pearl Robbins, Maude Kaufman, Myrtle Stowe, Berniece Belcher and Gettie Bledsoe.
He is survived by his daughter Judith (Judi) Bledsoe; and his beloved pets, with whom he made his home in Blackwater, Va.; brother, Ben Bledsoe and wife, Odell, Gate City; sister-in-law, June Dulaney, Duffield, Va.; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends; and his special friends and "honorary family," Bill, Barbara and Dakota Pearcy.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., Saturday at the Gate City Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Evangelist Kenneth Neeley and the Rev. Wrightly Salling officiating.
The Maness Trio will provide the music.
The burial will follow the service at the Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, Va.
His nephews and special friends, Gregory Bledsoe, Larry Bledsoe, Tom Bledsoe, James Moorehead, Kyle Pearcy, Bill Pearcy, Cloise Smith and Craig Mendenhall will serve as pallbearers.
W.B. Bledsoe, Mike Carrico, Kenny Fannon, Pat Rhoton, Carl Osborne, Belt Ramey, John Robinette, Elder Greg Hill and the men of Roller’s Chapel Church, along with Brother T.J. Hood will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Gate City Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of James Everette (J.E.) Bledsoe.

Kingsport Times-News
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Jeanette (Davidson) Bledsoe

KINGSPORT - Jeanette Davidson Bledsoe went to be with the Lord Friday ( Feb. 2, 2001 ) at Holston Valley Medical Center .

Born Sept. 15, 1924 in Scott County , Va. , she was a nurse, retiring after having served 45 years in the nursing profession.

She was a member of Holy Mountain Baptist Church .

She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Bledsoe; her parents; four brothers; and two sisters.

Surviving are her daughters, Mrs. Gene (Connie) Clark and Mrs. Jeff (Lorene) Quillen; two grandsons; one granddaughter; a sister, Mrs. Edith Davidson Kilgore; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at East Lawn Funeral Home and other times at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Kilgore, 726 Myrtle St., Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jerry Musick officiating.

Interment will be in East Lawn Memorial Park .

Kingsport Times-News
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Jerry Lee Bledsoe

Pattonsville - Jerry Lee Bledsoe, 59, of Pattonsville VA., went to be with the Lord November 20, 2012 after battling cancer. Jerry went to be with the Lord while surrounded by family and loved ones at his side.

Jerry has touched many lives over the years of his life and has also made many friends. Jerry will be truly missed and was a very loving husband, father, poppy, father-in-law, brother, uncle, and fellow miner. Jerry and Phyllis became united as husband and wife January 31, 1975. Jerry was born in Pattonsville, VA. June 18, 1953 and was the son of the late Hillard and Lucinda Johnson Bledsoe. Jerry was of the Christian faith. He graduated from Rye Cove High School in 1971 and then joined the 101st Airborne in Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Jerry began his mining career in 1974 and continued to work in the mining industry as an Emergency Response Coordinator Instructor for Maxxim Shared Services for Virginia Business Units, where he supervised five mine rescue teams. He also worked two mine rescue explosions and was a valuable asset to the company for training and teaching others for preparations for future mining emergencies. Jerry was also the first paramedic in Scott County, Virginia. He has been a volunteer at Duffield Fire and Rescue since 1975 and was currently serving on the Board of Directors for Duffield Fire and Rescue. Jerry also taught many medical certification classes at Mountain Empire Community College and also classes throughout Southwest Virginia. He also was a member of the VFW Post #265.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents Hillard and Lucinda Bledsoe, and brother, Wayne Bledsoe.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years Phyllis Spivey Bledsoe; one special son: Noah Lee Bledsoe (pet); two daughters: Melanie Fields and fiancé Scott Talley, Misty Burke and spouse Walter Burke; two granddaughters: Makayla Fields and Madeline Talley; two step-granddaughters: Lauren Burke Moore and April Burke; and two step-grandchildren: Adyson and Braedi Moore. Jerry is also survived by four brothers: Michael Bledsoe and wife, Kathleen; Paul Bledsoe and wife, Bea; Ralph Bledsoe and wife Jo; Hoyt Bledsoe and wife, Phyllis; two sisters: Debbie Burchell; Burren Evans and husband, Don. Several special nieces and nephews who helped throughout his illness were Emmanuel Burchell, Cynthia Dean, and Michael Bledsoe, Jr.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 23, 2012 at Scott County Funeral Home, 2060 Hwy 23N, Weber City, VA.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Evangelist David Dillon and Evangelist Garry Hood officiating. Music will be provided by Evangelist Garry Hood, Patsy O’Brien, and the Craiger family.

Burial will follow at Robbins Cemetery in Pattonsville, VA. Pallbearers will be the Maxxim Share Mine Rescue Team which includes: Mark Williams, Shaun Stansberry, John Robinson, Chad Necessary, Mike Sowden, Shane Adams, Tivis Johnson, Eric Collins, and Matt King. Honor guards are going to be the remaining four mine rescue teams which are Cumberland Maroon, Cumberland Black, Dickenson Russell, and Knox Creek teams.

The family wishes to thank the Maxxim Share Blue team for being a part of the family and assisting with chores, care of Jerry, and supporting both Jerry and his family throughout his illness. Also a special thanks to Debbie and Emmanuel Burchell along with Cynthia Dean for helping provide medical care and/or treatment, support to Jerry along with his wife and daughters. We also would like to thank Roger Carter of Duffield Fire and Rescue, Rocky Rose of LifeCare, Maxxim Share Mine Rescue Team, Brittany Littleton, Indian Path Medical Center ER staff, Dr. Anvil Tumkur, Dr. Lucinda Miller, and Dr. Manoj Srinath. Also thanks to Cherokee Lake Campground family including Billy and Kenny Phillips, T-Wayne, and Jerry, Patsy, and Shanna O’Brien.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City is serving the Bledsoe family.

Carter-Trent/Scott Co Funeral Home obituaries at www.cartertrent.com

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Jo (Broadwater) Bledsoe

GATE CITY, Va. - Mrs. Jo Broadwater Bledsoe, 83, Jackson Street, Gate City, Va. died March 31, 2007 at Asbury Place in Kingsport, Tenn.

Born in Scott County, Va. on Oct. 5, 1923, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Clara McConnell Broadwater. She was a lifelong resident of Scott County and a member of the Gate City United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, her husband, J. D. Bledsoe, Jr.; five sisters, Mrs. J.R. (Kate) Addington, Mrs. E.H. (Pauline) Richmond, Mrs. H.E. (Jack) Quillen, Mrs. J.H. (Fannie) Repass and Mrs. G.C. (Ruth) Carter; and two brothers, Bill Broadwater and Charles E. Broadwater preceded her in death.

She is survived by her brothers, B.J. Broadwater, James L. Broadwater and Riley F. Broadwater, all of Gate City; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday at the Gate City United Methodist Church.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Steve Brown officiating.

Burial will follow the service at the Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, Va.

Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Holston United Methodist Children's Home in care of Charles Hutchins, P.O. Box 188, Greenville, Tenn. 37744.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Bledsoe family.

Kingsport Times-News

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Joel Manford Bledsoe

HIGH POINT , N.C. - Joel Manford Bledsoe, 72, 4221 Wedgewood Terrace, died Tuesday ( May 2, 2000 ) at High Point Regional Hospital .

Born Oct. 12, 1927 in Scott County, Va., he was the son of Freeman and Paralee Bledsoe. He was a retired employee of Alma Desk Company.

In 1955, he was married to the former Julia Barnette who survives of the residence.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Debbie Eldridge; and two sisters, Marie Kernney and Margaret Sturgille.

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Lawson, Long Beach, Calif., and Billy Lawson, Trinity; two grandchildren, Marissa (Reese) Eldridge and Billy Lawson Jr.; four brothers, Haskel Bledsoe, Clinchport, Va., Oscar Bledsoe, Dudley Bledsoe and C.P. Bledsoe, all of Blackwater, Va.; three sisters, Hazel Gilliam, Clinchport, Va., Fern Sams, Kingsport and Rachel Thomas, Dayton, Ohio.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Cumby Family Funeral Service in Archdale with Pastor Ronnie Johnson officiating.

Burial will be in the Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.

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Johnie H. Bledsoe

BROOKVILLE, OHIO - Johnie H. Bledsoe, 87, departed this life on Sunday (Feb. 18, 2006).

Born in Scott County, Va., on August 14, 1918, he was a son of the late Addison and Lizzie Childress Bledsoe. He retired from Dayton Walther in 1980 and from farming in 2001.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Orbin and Roy Bledsoe.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Virgie Vaughn Bledsoe; daughters, Opal Gibson of Clayton, Velda Bledsoe and David Baker of Trotwood, and Elizabeth Bledsoe of Mass.; grandchildren, Lori and Doug Gilbert, Lisa Gibson, Nathaniel, Amy and Emma Sybenga; great-grandsons, Trenton and Dylan Gilbert; brother, Homer Bledsoe; loving brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nephews and nieces; and a friend of many years, David Gilliam.

Calling hours will be at 2 p.m. today at The Duffield Funeral Home at Thomas Village.

Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Evangelist Garry Hood officiating.

Committal will follow in the Bledsoe Cemetery in the Canton community of Blackwater.

Kingsport Times-News
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Johnie H. Bledsoe

BROOKVILLE, OHIO - Johnie H. Bledsoe, 87, departed this life on Sunday (Feb. 18, 2006).

Born in Scott County, Va., on August 14, 1918, he was a son of the late Addison and Lizzie Childress Bledsoe. He retired from Dayton Walther in 1980 and from farming in 2001.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Orbin and Roy Bledsoe.

Surviving are his wife of 69 years, Virgie Vaughn Bledsoe; daughters, Opal Gibson of Clayton, Velda Bledsoe and David Baker of Trotwood, and Elizabeth Bledsoe of Mass.; grandchildren, Lori and Doug Gilbert, Lisa Gibson, Nathaniel, Amy and Emma Sybenga; great-grandsons, Trenton and Dylan Gilbert; brother, Homer Bledsoe; loving brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nephews and nieces; and a friend of many years, David Gilliam.

Calling hours will be at 2 p.m. today at The Duffield Funeral Home at Thomas Village.

Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Evangelist Garry Hood officiating.

Committal will follow in the Bledsoe Cemetery in the Canton community of Blackwater.

Kingsport Times-News
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Josie Lillian (Bishop) Bledsoe

DUFFIELD, Va. -- Josie Lillian Bishop Bledsoe , 97, died at 11:20 p.m. Monday ( April 20, 1998 ) at Indian Path Medical Center .

Born in Scott County , Va. (Duffield) on Oct. 14, 1900 , she spent her entire life there. She was of the Baptist faith and had attended Peterson's Chapel Church for more than 60 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hop P. Bledsoe in 1949; a granddaughter; her parents, John Solomon and Matilda Peterson Bishop; four sisters and nine brothers.

Surviving are a son, Glenn Carl Bishop, Kingsport; her daughters, Mrs. Dan (Lena) Gibson, Weber City, Va., Jean Moore, Duffield, Va., and Mrs. I.D. (Jerry) Broadwater, Weber City, Va.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a step granddaughter and two step great-grandchildren; and a special caregiver, Patty Madden.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City , Va. , and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Dean Smith, Elder John Henry Sybert and Elder Oscar Irvin officiating. Music provided by the Salleys Chapel Quartet.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holston View Cemetery . Pallbearers will be family and friends.

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Juanita (Arnold) Davis Bledsoe

KINGSPORT - Juanita Davis Bledsoe, 79, Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday (Nov. 7, 2006) at Holston Valley Medical Center following a brief illness.

She was born in Kingsport and had lived most of her life in Hawkins County before moving back to Kingsport in 1973. She was in nursing, having worked at Holston Valley Medical Center and later at Indian Path Medial Center. She was of the Methodist faith.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Charles Davis, Sr.; her second husband, David Z. Bledsoe; her parents, George and Effie Loyd Arnold; two sisters; and four brothers.

She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Tunnell and husband Lewis, Church Hill; sons, Larry Davis and wife Deborah, Blountville; John Charles Davis, Jr., Church Hill; step-son, Scott Bledsoe and wife Donna, Mooresburg; grandchildren, Amy Baker and husband Michael, Kendra Glass, Lorra Johnson and husband Bob, Susan Parks and husband Kermit, Tara Crawford, John Charles Davis III and wife Leann, Jessica Davis and Michael Davis; ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Kathleen Arnold Hite and husband Ansel, Kingsport; one sister-in-law, Patsy Arnold, Kingsport; special friends, Fern Bellamy, Ernie Sandidge and Minnie Rhoten; her little friend, "Pugsley"; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Church Hill.

Funeral services will follow at 7 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Cecil Sturgill and Dr. Robert C. Johnson, Jr. officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Church Hill Memory Gardens. Those who wish to attend the graveside services are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Gideons International, 2900 Lebanon Road, Nashville, Tenn, 37214.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Church Hill, is serving the family.

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June (Mabe) Bledsoe

KINGSPORT — June (Mabe) Bledsoe, 57, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Sunday (Jan. 4, 2009) at Holston Valley Medical Center.
She was born in Scott County, Va. and had lived in Kingsport
since 2000. June is a member of Way of Life Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruben and Mildred McCracken Mabe.
Survivors include her husband, Evangelist Ray Bledsoe of the home; her daughter, Leann Fields; two sons, Billy Ray Bledsoe and Anthony Bledsoe, all of Kingsport; five grandchildren, Ashley, Lindsey, Logan, Noah and Caitlyn; two sisters, Shirley Peters of Bristol, Tenn. and Betty Housewright of Kingsport; three brothers, Don McCracken of Bristol, Va., Robert Mabe of Homosassas, Fla. and Richard Mabe of Mansfield, Ohio; along with several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Scott County Funeral Home, 2060 Highway 23N, Weber City, Va.
Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home with Pastor Johnny Gibson, Evangelist Jackie McCrackin and Evangelist Kenneth Neeley, officiating.
Burial services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Vernon Church Cemetery, Hiltons, Va.

Honorary pallbearer, Tim Fields.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery by 9:55 a.m.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va. is serving the Bledsoe family.

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Mable Lucille (Barker) Sampson Bledsoe

Mable Lucille Barker Sampson Bledsoe, 85, of Kingsport, passed away on Sunday August 7, 2011 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Mable was born in Washington County, VA (Mendota) and lived most of her life in Scott County. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Gate City, VA since 1951.

She was preceded in death by her son, Samuel Sampson; her husband, William K. Sampson; her parents, Stewart and Erma Turner Barker; several brothers and sisters.

She is survived by her daughter, Catherine Sampson Daugherty of Nicklesville, VA; her son, Michael K. Sampson and wife, Robin of Kingsport, TN; grandchildren, Wendell II, Heather, Adam and Rebecca; great grandchildren, Will, Abygayle, Lily and Anna; sisters, Ada Mae, Helen and Betty; brothers, Dub, Alton and Billy; special friends, Jake and Sarah Gilliam of Gate City, VA.

The family will receive friends from 5 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday August 9, 2011 at Scott County Funeral Home, 2060 US Highway 23 N, Weber City.

A service will follow at 7 pm in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Michael Sampson officiating. Music will be provided by Marcus and Christy Smith.

Graveside services will be held at 10 am on Wednesday August 10, 2011 at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Pallbearers will be Adam Sampson, Wendall Daugherty II, Kevin Snook, Joel Jenkins, Stan Jenkins, Troy Renfro and Scott Murray. Honorary pallbearers will be Wendell Daugherty, Bill Herron, Bob Perry, Freddy Gilliam and Deacons of Mill Creek Baptist Church.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home is serving the Bledsoe family.

Carter-Trent/Scott Co Funeral Home obituaries at www.cartertrent.com

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Margaret Rachel (Cole) Bledsoe

KINGSPORT - Margaret Rachel (Cole) Bledsoe, 76, went to be with her Lord and savior Sunday (March 10, 2002) in the Holston Valley Medical Center.

Margaret was born February 27, 1926 in the Bloomingdale area of Arcadia, a daughter of the late James Milton and Polly Ann (Statzer) Cole. She was married to the late Patrick H. Bledsoe.

She was a past employee of Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in housekeeping, and a member of the Orebank Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two grandsons, one granddaughter; two brothers and one sister.

She was a loving, kind and caring mother who loved her family.

Survivors include her children: Patsy Mettles of Florida, Charlotte Peters, Marlene (Marty) Bledsoe and her fiancé Dan O'Leary, all of Church Hill, Deborah (Debbie) and Randall Henard of Surgoinsville, Clifford Gordon and Sandra Bledsoe of Weber City, Va., and Kenneth Lee Bledsoe of the home; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; sisters, Mary Dishner of Kingsport, Mabel Hensley of Blountville, Ruth Lane of Hiltons, Va., Clara Johnson and Lola Brown of Michigan; brothers, Glen Cole of Leesburg, Va., and Bill Cole of Glendale, Ariz.; special friend, Harold Massie of Kingsport; special nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the East Lawn Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. David Forester, Jack Hughes, and the Rev. J. M. Baker officiating.

Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday for a graveside service in the garden of Everlasting Life III of the East Lawn Memorial Park.

Deacons of the Orebank Missionary Baptist Church will be pallbearers and honorary pallbearers.

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Mildred Rachel (Payne) Bledsoe

KINGSPORT - Mildred Rachel Payne Bledsoe, 71, passed away Sunday (June 18, 2000) at her home after an extended illness.

She was born in Big Stone Gap, Va., and had lived in Kingsport for 50 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She enjoyed bringing laughter to others and had a gift for doing so. She was retired from Eastman Chemical Co., where she worked as a lab analyst for 38 years.

Mrs. Bledsoe was a faithful member of West View Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy C. Bledsoe; parents, E.A. & ''Nannie'' Delaney Payne; sisters, Grace Burchette, Doris Hale; a sister-in-law, Frances Payne; and a son-in-law, Wayne D. Little Sr.

Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Mary Kathryn Little, Kingsport; grandsons and granddaughters-in-law, Wayne and Margaret Little Jr., Greg and Ginger Little, all of Kingsport; great-grandchildren, Alexia Little, Wayne (Bo) Little III; a sister and brother-in-law, Rosemary and V.E. Bowery; brothers and sister-in-law, Burlie ''Ed'' Payne, Kingsport, Robert Payne, both of Kingsport, Ronald and Lois Payne, Chicago, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Elder John Henry Sybert officiating.

Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to West View Primitive Baptist Church, 1040 Riverside Ave., Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.

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Monnie (Neeley) Bledsoe

KINGSPORT — Monnie Neeley Bledsoe, 84, Kingsport, went to be with the Lord Monday (July 14, 2008) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Born in Scott County, Va., she had resided in Kingsport since 1959. Mrs. Bledsoe was a homemaker and a member of Rollers Chapel Primitive Baptist Church in Duffield, Va.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Bertie Neeley.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, William Grady Bledsoe Sr. of Kingsport; two daughters, Lois Jerelene Persinger and husband, Larry of Kingsport and Betty Edmonds of Kingsport; one son, William Grady Bledsoe Jr. and wife, Sue of Warren, Ohio; five grandchildren, Alisé Edmonds, Robert Edmonds Jr., Lori Bledsoe, Brent Bledsoe and Susie Roberts; three great-grandchildren, Daniel, Kim and Heather; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport.

Services will follow at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home with Elder Greg Hill and Elder Oscar Irvin officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Rollers Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rollers Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Kim Robinette, 2516 Canton Road, Blackwater, Va. 24221.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Monnie Bledsoe.

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Nannie C. Bledsoe

MOORESVILLE, Ind./Pattonsville, Va. — Nannie C. Bledsoe, 88, of Mooresville, In. died Wednesday (May 27, 2009) at the Community Hospital South in Indianapolis, Ind.

She was born Thursday, July 29, 1920 in Lenore City, Tenn. to John Quillen and Pauline (Robinette) Bledsoe.

Ms. Bledsoe enjoyed caring for her home and loved her animals. She was also a great cook. Nannie was very devoted to her family and was active in the rearing of two of her special nieces.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Oscar, George, John "Jr." and Curtis Bledsoe.

Nannie is survived by her sisters, Lucille Lundy of Mooresville, Ind., Lula M. Dorris of Franklin, Ky. and Mary M. Danner of Duffield, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Province Funeral Home, Pennington Gap, Va.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in the funeral home sanctuary with the Rev. Gary Hood and the Rev. Kenneth Neely officiating.

Burial will follow at the Robins Cemetery in Pattonsville, Va.

Condolences can be sent to the family by e-mail to provincefuneralhome@earthlink.net or visit www.carlisleandson.com to share a favorite memory or sign the online guest book for family and friends in Mooresville, Ind.

Province Funeral Home of 425 E. Morgan Ave. Pennington Gap, Va. 24277 is in charge of the arrangements. Our phone number is 276-546-2456.

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Nancy Naomi (Rhoton) Bledsoe

BLACKWATER, Va. — Nancy Naomi Bledsoe, 55, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday (April 30, 2008). Jesus called and Nancy answered and is now at rest with her loving Savior. She passed away unexpectedly at Lonesome Pine Hospital, Big Stone Gap, Va.

Nancy struggled the past two years with numerous health problems, but the Lord continued to give her strength to fight each battle. She was a friend to all who knew her and never failed to greet everyone with a smile.

She was born in Middlesboro, Ky. on April 22, 1953 to Emmitt and Bertha Rhoton. She was a dedicated mother, wife, and grandmother all her life.

She gave her life to the Lord at an early age and was a faithful member of Burke’s Union Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emmitt and Bertha Rhoton; grandparents; half-sister, Erma Kate McCrab; and father-in-law, Oscar L. Bledsoe.

Survivors include her husband of 30 years, Clifford Bledsoe; three sons, Andy Bledsoe and wife, Amy of Gate City, Va., Joshua Bledsoe and wife, Kristen of Gate City, Va., Matthew Bledsoe of Blackwater, Va. and special friend, Danielle Starnes of Duffield, Va.; one grandson, Luke Bledsoe of Gate City, Va.; mother-in-law, Lou V. Bledsoe of Blackwater, Va.; sister, Janet McGee and husband, Michael of Duffield, Va.; two half-sisters, Winnie Fowler and husband, Bill and Nora Lee Bailey and husband, Tom, all of Kingsport; special brother, Paul Rhoton of Clinchport, Va.; one half-brother, H. Rhoton of Kingsport; two nieces, Amanda Grimes and husband, Matt of Church Hill, Cammie Bledsoe of Duffield, Va. and special friend, Jamie Tipton of Clinchport, Va.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va. and other times at the residence, 332 Stone Ridge Lane, Blackwater, Va.

Funeral services will be on Sunday at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Evangelist Garry Hood, Elder Scott Tipton and Elder Roger Trent officiating.

Music will be provided by Kaylors Chapel Quartet.

Burial will follow at the Johnson Family Cemetery in Flower’s Gap, Va.

Serving as pallbearers will be her sons, grandson Luke, Brian McPherson, Fred Bledsoe, Matt Grimes and Randall Starnes.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of Burke’s Union Primitive Baptist Church.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Ridgecrest Manor.

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Ola Evelyn Bledsoe

Obituary from Kingsport Times-News for descendants of Scott Co Ancestors

FT. BLACKMORE, Va. - Ola Evelyn Bledsoe, 80, passed away Monday (Aug. 1, 2005) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was a lifelong resident of Scott County, Va. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raleigh (R.M.) Bledsoe; parents, Enoch and Maudie Arrington; daughter, Edith Wade; two sons, James and Wayne Bledsoe; two sisters; and two brothers.

She is survived by her daughters, Linda Howington and husband Ronnie, Madisonville, Tenn., Jo Ray Kelly and husband Oley, Ft. Blackmore, Va., Ruth Russell, Gate City, Va., Tammy Harmon and husband Dexter, Gate City, Va.; sons, Larry Bledsoe and wife Elma, Kingsport, Don Bledsoe, Kingsport; special son, Robert Bledsoe and wife Betty, Ft. Blackmore, Va.; grandchildren, Sandra, Jeff, Brandon, David, Greg, Melissa, Robin, Kevin, Stacey, Brent, Garrison, Chanoa, Brett, and Chris; 15 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews; a host of friends; sisters, Pauline Fawbush, Weber City, Va., Betty Jo Casteel, Weber City, Va.; brothers, Jimmy Arrington, Howard Arrington and Cecil Arrington, all of Kingsport.

Calling hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Colonial Funeral Home, Va., and anytime at the residences of the daughters, Tammy Harmon, Barbara Road, Gate City, Va., and Jo Ray Kelly, Ft. Blackmore, Va.

Services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel at 8 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Leland Salyer officiating.

Graveside services will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Bledsoe Family Cemetery in Ft. Blackmore, Va.

The family will meet at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers will be Harley Hass, Danny Whiteside, Dakota Bledsoe, Austin Bledsoe, Bobby Blankenship and Josh Rhoten.

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Oscar Lewis Bledsoe

BLACKWATER, Va. - Oscar Lewis Bledsoe was born on March 15, 1923 and went to sleep in the arms of Jesus on Nov. 23, 2001 at his residence at the age of 78 years.

He was a farmer. Mr. Bledsoe was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Freeman and Pearlee Bloomer Bledsoe; two sons, Ronald in 1948 and Arnold in 1964; two sisters, Margaret Sturgill and Marie Kerney; one brother, Joel Manford Bledsoe.

Surviving are his wife, Lou Venia Sturgill Bledsoe, Blackwater, Va.; one son and daughter-in-law, Clifford and Nancy Bledsoe, Blackwater, Va.; three grandsons that he loved dearly, Andrew, Joshua Paul and Matthew Bledsoe of Blackwater, Va.; three sisters, Rachel Thomas, Brookville, Ohio, Hazel Gilliam, Duffield, Va., Fern Sams, Kingsport; three brothers, Dudley Bledsoe and Carroll Presley (C. P.) Bledsoe, both of Fairview, Hascal Bledsoe, Duffield, Va.; along with several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and anytime at his residence or the son's residence.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel with Elder Scott Tipton and Elder Roger Trent officiating.

Music will be provided by Harry Rhoton Singers.

Burial will be at Roller Family Cemetery near the residence.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Sams, Terry Gilliam, Fred Bledsoe, Ray Kerney, Paul Rhoton and Buddy Burchell.

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Pauline Georgia (Jones) Bledsoe

KINGSPORT — Pauline Jones Bledsoe, 89 Kingsport , went to with the Lord on Tuesday ( Oct. 31 2006 ) at Wexford House following a long illness.

Born in Scott County, Va. (Dungannon), Mrs. Bledsoe lived Kingsport since 1942, where she remained active in Sunday school and church for more than years. She received the Mother the Year Award from Holy Mountain Baptist Church in 1982. She was a member of Higher Ground Baptist Church . She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

Mrs. Bledsoe was preceded death by her husband, Quillen C. Bledsoe in 1985; her parents Thomas W. Jones and Amnie Childress Jones; two sisters, Nancy Day and Mary Vermillion; and two brothers, Mack Glen Jones and Thomas Jones, Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Bledsoe Crawford; son, Wayne Bledsoe and wife Debbie, all of Kingsport; grandchildren, Kristeenia Weaver and husband John, Blountville, Brian Crawford and wife Kelly, Kim Crawford and fiancé Chad Gabrielson, and Sarah Beth Kerr and husband Linton, all of Kingsport; great-grandchildren, Josh Kerr, Johnathan and Hannah Weaver, and Blakley and Lana Crawford; sister, Evelyn Brewton and husband Bill, Mobile, Ala.; and brother, Billy Ross Jones and wife Joan, Kingsport; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 5 to p.m. on Thursday at Higher Ground Baptist Church . Friends may also call anytime at the home the daughter or son.

Services will be held at 7 p.m. the church with Dr. Tony Gonzalez and Pastor Jerry Musick officiating.

Music will be provided by The McGlothlin Family and The Potters.

Graveside services will be held at 11 on Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery , with Dr. Shannon Saly- officiating. Those who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at :55 a.m.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Wexford House and Adventa Hospice for their kindness, concern and care during our moth's illness.

Pallbearers will be Jim Bishop, Woody Cauldwell, Isaac Hillman, Van Jones, Edgar Roach, and Tim Vaughn.

Honorary pallbearers will be .B. Anderson , Claude Smith, Kit McGlothlin, Bob McGlothlin and Joe Bellamy.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport , is serving the family.

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Richard Albert Bledsoe

BIG STONE GAP, Va. - Richard A. Bledsoe, 83, of the Wildcat Road, passed away Thursday (May 1, 2003) at home.

He worked at a sawmill and later as a well-driller. He had a small repair shop and enjoyed feeding birds and gardening, where he was known for his fall crop of mustard greens which he shared with all who came to pick them. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having served in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Pharoah and Martha Bledsoe; and three brothers, Emory Bledsoe of Cumberland, Ky., Ode Bledsoe of Big Stone Gap and R.L. Bledsoe of Fairview, Va.

Surviving are two brothers, Sturm Bledsoe and Arch Bledsoe, both of Fairview, Va.; two sisters, Narcissis Willis of Big Stone Gap and Cora Roller of Church Hill; several nieces and nephews; brother-in-law, William Gale Roller of Church Hill; and sister-in-law, Elva Bledsoe of Big Stone Gap, Va.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Holding Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap, Va.

Services will be conducted a 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Alan Collier officiating.

Burial will be in the Glencoe Cemetery with military rites conducted by the Norton V.F.W. Post #4301.

Pallbearers will be Donald Ray Bledsoe, Claude Bledsoe, M.D. Edwards, Brian Edwards, and David Edwards.

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Roy Cecil Bledsoe

KINGSPORT - Roy C. Bledsoe , 76, passed away Friday (March 10, 2000) at his residence following a long illness.

He was born in Scott County, Va. and lived in Kingsport most of his life. He retired from Holston Defense Corporation in 1983 after 39 years of service. He was a member and Deacon of the West View Primitive Church. He was an avid golfer and gardener. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Addison and Lizzie Childress Bledsoe ; a brother, Orbin Bledsoe ; and a son-in-law, Wayne Little Sr.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred Rachel Payne Bledsoe , Kingsport; one daughter, Mary Kathryn Little, Kingsport; two grandsons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Margaret Little, Gregory and Ginger Little, both of Kingsport; a great-granddaughter, Alexia Little, Kingsport; two brothers, Johnnie Bledsoe , Brookville, Ohio and Homer Bledsoe , Kingsport; a sister-in-law, Rosalee Bledsoe , Blackwater, Va.; several nieces and nephews also survived.

The body will lie in state from 1 to 2 p.m. today at the Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. John Henry Sybert and Burnice Sybert officiating.

Entombment will follow in Oak Hill Mausoleum.

The family suggests those who wish may make memorial contributions to the West View Primitive Baptist Church, 1040 Riverside Avenue, Kingsport, Tenn.

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Ruth Sue (Roberts) Bledsoe

DUFFIELD, Va. — After a brief illness, Ruth “Sue” Bledsoe , 67, of Duffield, Va., went home to be with Lord on Thursday ( May 19, 2011 ), at her home surrounded by family and friends.

Born May 29, 1943 , in Clinchport , Va. , Sue was a devoted wife, loving mother, and proud grandmother, who dedicated her life to her family and to tending to the needs of others. In her quiet and kind way, Sue touched so many, and will be greatly missed by those she leaves behind.

As a testimony of her compassionate spirit and abiding Christian faith, Sue lived a life of service to others. She spent the greater part of her adult life providing care and comfort to the sick and the elderly. For the families of those she served, she will forever be remembered for her kind heart and gentle nature.

Above all else, Sue will be remembered for the loving home that she made for her family. An exceptional cook, Sue loved nothing more than Sunday afternoons, when she would prepare large meals and surround herself with those she loved most.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kay Roberts and Ruth Livesay Roberts.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Haskel Bledsoe Sr.; sons, Haskel Bledsoe Jr. and wife, Lorie, Duffield, Va., Randy Bledsoe , Timberlake, N.C., Mark Bledsoe and wife, Mary, Blountville, Jason Bledsoe and wife, Nicole, Kingsport; grandchildren, Lindsay Bledsoe , Landrey Bledsoe , Rylee Bledsoe , Piper Bledsoe , Brady Bledsoe , Chloe Bledsoe , Alissa Egan, Isabella Bledsoe and Reagan Bledsoe ; sisters, Kathleen Hand, Duffield, Va., Mirtuce Vaughn, Kingsport, Janice Hilton and husband, Mack, Kingsport; brothers, Loyd Roberts, Union, S.C., Unice Roberts, Blackwater, Va., Dwight Roberts, Blackwater, Va.; numerous close friends and relatives.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City , Va. , and other times at the residence.

Funeral services will be held in the chapel of the funeral home on Sunday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Gary Hood and the Rev. David Dillon officiating.

Music will be provided by Gary Hood, Ronnie Hood, and Sean Hood.

Burial will follow in the Childress Cemetery , Blackwater , Va.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City , Va. , is in charge of arrangements.

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Virgie (Vaughn) Bledsoe

BROOKVILLE, Ohio/Pattonsville, Va. — Virgie Bledsoe age 89, formerly of Scott County and a long-time resident of Brookville, Ohio, passed away , Saturday (Dec. 20, 2008) at The Oaks of West Kettering in Dayton, Ohio.

She was born on June 12, 1919 to the late Samuel M. Vaughn and Bessie Reynolds Vaughn.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 69 years, Johnie Bledsoe; sisters, Maude Newton, and Ethel Skaggs; brother, Milo T. Vaughn; and sons-in-law Lawrence Gibson and Robert Blakeley.

She is survived by her daughters, Opal M. Gibson, Velda (David) Baker, Jewel Blakeley, and Elizabeth Bledsoe; She was a beloved grandma and "Mimie" to Lori (Doug) Gilbert, Lisa (Brad) Blankenship, Nathaniel Sybenga, Amy Sybenga, Emma Sybenga and Jeremiah Fisher: A great-grandmother to Trenton Gilbert, Dylan Gilbert, Bryant Eaton, Lily Blankenship, and Tristan Blankenship: brothers, Sam Mart Vaughn and Billy Vaughn: sisters, Stella Litton, Nelle Hawkins, Rosalee Fannon, Hazel Collier, and Jeanette Crenshaw. Virgie accepted Christ at an early age and lived her faith daily.

Visitation will be on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Red Hill Church in Pattonsville, Va.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Garry Hood officiating.

Burial will follow at Bledsoe Cemetery in Canton, Va.

Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Miami Valley Chapter 3797 Summit Glen Drive,G100, Dayton, Ohio, 45449, or the Dayton Right to Life 425 N. Findlay St, Datton, Ohio, 45404.

Local arrangements by Sturgill Funeral Home of Pennington Gap, Va.

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Virgil Lee Bledsoe

Kingsport, TN - Virgil Lee Bledsoe, 57, Kingsport, TN passed away, Friday, January 10, 2014 at Indian Path Medical Center.

Virgil was born in Scott County, VA on December 25, 1956 to the late H.C. and Lois Ann Bledsoe.

He retired from J.P. Stevens with over 25 years of service and was also retired from Brock.

In addition to his parents, his brother-in-law, Albert Hensley (February 14, 2013) preceded him in death.

He is survived by his sisters, Dorothy Hensley, Gate City, VA, Dorinda Rhoton, and husband, Bill, Church Hill, TN, and Donna Tipton, Kingsport, TN; brothers, Junior Bledsoe and wife, Joyce, Hiltons, VA and Randall Bledsoe and wife, Emma, Kingsport, TN; along with several nieces, nephews, and many friends; his friend who was like a brother, Steve Browder.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence of his brother, Junior Bledsoe. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Larry Tolley officiating. The Hensley Family will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Monday, January 13, 2014 at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Keith McConnell, Kevin McConnell, David Bledsoe, Bill Rhoton, Stanley Pruitt, and Dustin Osborne will serve as pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 12:15 p.m., Monday to go in procession to the graveside service.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Virgil Lee Bledsoe.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

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Donna (Fields) Blevins

CHUCKEY - Donna Fields Blevins, 51, formerly of Nickelsville, Va., passed away Tuesday ( June 17, 2003 ).

She graduated from Twin Springs High School in 1973 and was of the Baptist faith.

She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister.

Her parents, John and Myrtle Fields; and one brother, James E. Fields preceded her in death.

Surviving are one daughter, Elizabeth Blevins, Limestone; one son, William Blevins Jr. and wife Stacey, Jonesborough; one special granddaughter, Hailey Cox; eight sisters, Barbara Faye McMurray, Bristol, Va., Hannah Matlock and husband James, Nickelsville, Va., Linda Brown, Bristol, Va., Jean Dean and husband Paul, Peterson, Ala., Nancy Berry and husband David, Bristol, Va., Betty Davidson and husband Danny, Gate City, Va., Sandra Williams and husband Willie, Chuckey, Janet Osborne, Jonesborough; sister-in-law, Christine Fields, Gate City, Va.; two brothers, John B. Fields and wife Betty, Church Hill, and David Fields, Nickelsville, Va.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, downtown Kingsport , and anytime at the home of her sister, Hannah Matlock.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Barry Brickey officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at Henry Cemetery , Snowflake, Va.

Pallbearers will be John B. Fields, David A. Fields, Bryon Matlock, Danny Davidson, Willie Williams and David Berry.

Memorial contributions may be given to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 985, Kingsport, Tenn. 37662 or the Leukemia Society, Tennessee Chapter, 446 Metroplex Drive, Suite A-200, Nashville, Tenn. 37211-3139.

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Clifford Blessing Blessing

August 18, 1923 - January 16, 2014

Clifford Franklin Blessing was born August 18, 1923 at (Cassard) Kermit, VA, the second child of William D. and Mary Belle Grimm Blessing.

He attended Grimm School through the fourth grade and continued his education at the combined elementary and Cleveland High School (Yuma). After graduation at the age of 17, he enrolled at a technical school in Manassas, VA. There he studied electric and oxyacetylene welding. He then continued his training at a technical school in Blacksburg, VA concentrating on oxyacetylene welding and airplane mechanics. After completing studies at Blacksburg, Clifford worked a short time in Baltimore, MD at an aircraft assembly plant.

In 1943 he enlisted in the U.S. Army after completing basic training he was assigned to the 470th A.A.A. A.W. BN. Clifford served with this unit in the South Pacific Theater of operations in New Guinea, South Philippines and Luzon. He was involved in the invasion of three islands in the Philippines. His unit was awarded a Certificate of Commendation by the General of the 8th Army, General Robert Eichelberger, for their support of the infantry and paratroopers in operations and battles on Negros Island in the Philippines.

Clifford was awarded 5 Bronze Battle Stars for his service with the 470th A.A.A. A.W. BN. He was very proud of his military service but rarely talked of his combat action. In February 1946 he was honorably discharged.

September 1946 he took advantage of the GI Bill and enrolled at King College, Bristol, TN where he earned a B.A. degree. Clifford was later awarded; a Master’s Degree in Education from Union College, Barbourville, KY. In 1949 he began a teaching career that spanned a period of 37 years at Cleveland High School and Yuma Elementary School.

In 1991, desiring to give back service to the county, Clifford volunteered to serve with the Scott County Redevelopment and Housing Authority. He gave several years of service to the county on this board. He was an active member of the Yuma Senior Citizens serving four years as president. During his illness he kept in touch with the senior citizens from his home.

Clifford accepted Christ as his savior in late teens. He attended Kermit Mission Church where he taught the Men’s Sunday school class for a short time before entering college. Later he joined the First Baptist Church of Weber City. After college he moved his membership to Cowan’s Branch Baptist Church where he co-taught the Men’s Sunday school class becoming the full time teacher. He currently was attending Cameron United Methodist Church where he also taught a Sunday school class as needed.

Special thanks and appreciation to the pastor and members of Cameron United Methodist Church for your prayers, support, encouragement and the goodies provided during his illness; and to those special cousins, Nataleen and Wanda, you are appreciated more than words can express. To our special niece, Wanda Neeley, for all the trips with us to Allendale and the hospital; you are truly a wonderful person. To Margie Winegar, Clifford’s student and friend; to helpful neighbors Samuel Newland, Faye Salling, Mary Hashbarger, Donald Overbay and Emily, thank you for your support. To the doctors, nurses, and employees at Wellmont Hematology and Oncology thank you for your great care, compassion, concern and kindness. To the nurses whom Clifford referred to as his “Angels”, Alecia, Brandi, Shirley, Robin, Jessica, Lori, Amy, Vera, Elizabeth, Jennene, Courtney, Tanya and William, thank you so much for your wonderful care in making life easier during his treatments. You are truly angels of mercy. To the staff of Caris Hospice and Nova Health Center your care and compassion is greatly appreciated.

Clifford was preceded in death by his parents, William D. & Mary Belle Grimm Blessing; sister, Mary Ellen Blessing Elliott.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Wilma Barnette Blessing; special brother Reverend Paul Blessing; nephews, Bill Blessing, Joe Blessing and wife Katherine, Gary Elliott and wife Marsha; nieces, Sue Arnold and husband, Greg, and Wanda Neeley.

The family will receive friends from 11 am to 1 pm on Monday at Scott County Funeral Home.

A service will be held at 1 pm in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Jerry Hall and Pastor Mike Ladd officiating.

Burial will follow at Holston View Cemetery with Military graveside rites presented by the American Legion Post 3/265. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Leukemia Foundation, GPO Box 9954, Nashville, TN.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home is serving the Blessing family.

Carter-Trent/Scott Co Funeral Home obituaries at cartertrent.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Dorothy Sue (Walker) Blessing

Dorothy Walker Blessing , died Wednesday (Dec. 2, 1998) after a brief illness. A resident of Pendleton, S.C., she was formerly of Kingsport.

Born in Gibson County, she was the daughter of the late William Roy and Grace Fuqua Walker. She was a graduate of the University of Tennessee. After completing an internship at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago, Ill., she worked as a registered dietitian at Tennessee Eastman Co., Veterans Administration Hospital in Johnson City and retired from Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport. She was a member of Pendleton Presbyterian Church and a former member of the First Presbyterian Church, Kingsport, where she was active in Circle. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women, Delta Delta Delta National Sorority and Micasa Garden Club.

Surviving are her husband, Retired Col. James E. Blessing ; daughters, Suzan B. Simmons, Seneca, S.C., Terry B. Cheatham, Lexington, S.C., Mary B. Orton, Seneca, S.C., and Sarah B. Burns, Pendleton, S.C.; a sister, Mrs. H.C. Goodrich, Birmingham, Ala.; grandchildren, Jonathan and Lauren Simmons, Rachel and B.J. Orton, Leigh and Will Cheatham, Matthew and Cameron Burns.

A memorial service will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. today at Pendleton United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Blessing officiating.

The family will receive friends after the service at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pendleton Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 573, Pendleton, S.C. 29670.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Hugh Washington Blessing

COLLINSVILLE, Va. - Hugh Washington Blessing, 84, 562 Richardson Road, died Thursday (March 28, 2002) at Memorial Hospital of M/H.

Born in Gate City, Va. (Scott County) on Dec. 4, 1917, he was the son of the late John Washington Blessing and Ethel Taylor Blessing. He worked at Tennessee Eastman and taught and coached at Jacksonville, Fla., Penasacola, Fla., Coeburn, Va., Wise, Va., and Sullivan High School in Kingsport.

He was principal at Sullivan High School in Kingsport, Campbell Court Elementary School in Bassett, Va., and Fieldale-Collinsville High School in Collinsville, Va.

He was a supervisor on the Henry County School Board, served on Christmas Cheer, served on and chaired the Henry County Board of Parks and Recreations, was president of the Henry County Board of Education, president of District E. Education Association and the Nation Education Association and served on the Southern Association of High Schools.

He was a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School, Kingsport, earned a BS degree from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, a Masters degree from East Tennessee State University in Johnson City and did his post graduate work from the University of Virginia.

He was a member of Smith Memorial United Methodist Church in Collinsville, Va., where he was a member of the Charles Wesley Sunday School Class, former Sunday school teacher and former chairman of the board.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Louise McCrary Blessing; sister, Ruth Jolene Blessing; and brother, James E. Blessing.

Surviving are his wife, Joan Patterson Blessing, Collinsville, Va.; a son, James D. Blessing and wife, Judy Smith Blessing, Hanover, Md.; daughters, Melissa (Missy) Blessing Ousley and her husband, Todd, Florence, S.C., and Martha Jane (Marti) Blessing McVey and her husband, Jeff McVey, Blairs, Va.; grandchildren and their spouses, Louise Blessing Huesken and husband, Paul, Atlanta, Ga., Steven Blessing and wife, Rikke Blessing, San Ramon, Calif., Jamie Caroline Ousley, Florence, S.C., James Willard McVey, Lillian Taylor McVey, both of Blairs, Va.; sister, Mrs. Frances Blessing Reed, Kingsport; brothers and sisters-in-law, Al and Helen Blessing, Bristol, Tenn., and Gordon and Jean Blessing, Kingsport; numerous nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Collins Funeral Chapel, Bassett, Va.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Smith Memorial United Methodist Church in Collinsville, Va., with the Rev. Rob Colwell officiating.

Interment will be in Roselawn Burial Park.

If desired memorials may be made to the building fund of Smith Memorial United Methodist Church, 2703 Daniels Creek Road, Collinsville, Va. 24078 or F-C Rescue, P.O. 760, Collinsville, Va. 24078.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

James Edward Blessing Ret.Col.

PENDLETON, S.C. - Ret. Col. James E. Blessing, 84, died at his home on Sunday (Nov. 19, 2000).

He was born on Nov. 12, 1916 in Scott County, Va., the son of the late John and Ethel Taylor Blessing.

Col. Blessing was a graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Dairy Science. He helped set up the famous blue cheese production in Stump House Mt.

He was affectionately known as "The Col." around the Clemson area. He played on the 1939 Cotton Bowl team.

After graduation he served his country as a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Marine Corps. As a member of the Edson's Raiders he fought at the battle of Guadalcanal. After being wounded in Sept. 1942, he was evacuated to a Navy hospital. In December he was ordered to Guam as a Co-Commander with the Second Engineering Battalion for their operations and landing on Iwo Jima. After completing that operation, he returned to Guam and was sent to occupy southern Japan at Sasebo.

Col. Blessing was awarded the Purple Heart, the Presidential Unit Citation with three stars, the Navy Citation with two stars, the American Defense Medal, the Pacific Campaign Medal with four stars, the Occupation Medal, and the American Campaign Ribbon.

Col. Blessing was a retired consultant with Metropolitan Life Insurance Co.

He was an active member of numerous civic organizations and served on the advisory board of the Boy Scouts.

Col. Blessing was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Kingsport and was presently serving as elder at Pendleton Presbyterian Church.

Col. Blessing was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Walker Blessing.

Surviving are daughters, Suzan B. Simmons, Seneca, S.C., Terry B. Cheatham and husband, Sam, Lexington, S.C., Mary B. Orton, Laurens, S.C., Sarah B. Burns and husband, Gary, Pendleton, S.C.; grandchildren, Rachel and B.J. Orton, Leigh and Will Cheatham, Matthew and Cameron Burns, Johnathan Simmons and wife, Natalia, and Lauren Simmons; one sister, Frances B. Reed, Kingsport; three brothers, Hugh Blessing, Collinsville, Va., A.L. Blessing, Blountville and Gordon Blessing, Kingsport.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Pendleton United Methodist Church in South Carolina with visitation following the service.

A military graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Paul Blessing officiating.

The family will receive friends at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown, immediately following the graveside service at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Pendleton Presbyterian Church, Pendleton United Methodist Church, or the 1939 Cotton Bowl Team Scholarship Fund.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Barney Elmo Blevins

KINGSPORT — Barney E. Blevins, 79, of Kingsport passed away on Tuesday, (Dec. 25, 2007) at Indian Path Medical Center .
Mr. Blevins was born on March 24, 1928 in Ashland, Ky. to parents, Edgar and Ora Ashworth Blevins. Barney lived most of his life in the Tri-Cities; however, he traveled a lot in his work as project manager in construction. Barney served in the U.S. Airforce during World War II. He lat- er went to Vietnam with the Walter Kiddy Co. to help build an airbase for American planes. He collected and sold antiques, he liked to read and travel and he loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in death are his parents; two sisters, Teddy Jennings and Juanita Nickels; one brother, Dr. Bill Blevins.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Cora Lane Blevins; son, Tony Blevins and wife, Linda of Butler, Tenn.; daughters, Peggy Baldock and husband, Edd of Kingsport, Angela Padgett and husband, Michael of Kingsport; sister, Joan Robinson of Kingsport; brothers, Jack Blevins and wife, Helen of Johnson City, Tenn., Joe Blevins and wife, Patty of Palm Harbor, Fla.; nine grandchildren, Tara Tolbert and husband, Ken of Nashville, Tenn., Amanda Deere and husband, Ira of Bristol, Tenn., Lane Blevins of Johnson City, Tenn., Ethan N. Blevins of Johnson City, Tenn., Mary Baldock, Victoria Baldock, Emma Padgett, Carl Padgett and Elijah Padgett, all of Kingsport; three great-grandchildren, Chandler Tolbert of Nashville, Tenn., Emmit Deere of Bristol, Tenn., and Braxlee Tolbert of Nashville, Tenn. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be held on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home.
Memorial services will follow with Rev. Aaron Pierce officiating.

The staff of Oak Hill Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Barney E. Blevins.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Charles Bryan Blevins

Charles Bryan Blevins, 78, of St. Paul died Thursday [May 1982] in Russell Co., Medical Center in Lebanon.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lotis Blevins; two sons, Bob Blevins, Baltimore, Maryland and Buck Blevins, Mt. Airy, Maryland; three daughters Mrs. James (Eileen) Boatwright, Castlewood, Mrs. Bill (Mary Ann) Post, St. Paul and Mrs. Nancy Pickens, Boone, North Carolina; three brothers Paul Blevins, Bristol ,Lonnie Blevins, Abingdon and Cecil Blevins, St. Paul, three sister. Mrs. Ruby Ramsey, Thomasville, North Carolina; Mrs. Ann Castle, Bluefield, West, Virginia and Mrs. Agnes Fleenor, Dante, Virginia; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. in the Calvary Baptist Church, Castlewood, with the Rev. Clyde Carter officiating. Burial was in the Temple Hill Memorial Park.

(Charles Bryan Blevins’ wife was Sally Lotus Dingus, daughter of Joseph Palmer Dingus and Lula Bell (Ryans) Dingus, and granddaughter of Azariah Henry Dingus and Sarah Nevada (Williams) Dingus. Sarah Nevada (Williams) Dingus was a great-granddaughter of James and Temperance (Lane) Williams of Scott Co and of George and Susannah (Snavely) McConnell of Scott Co.)

Obituary from findagrave.com, added by Mitch Dingus

Submitted by Don Lane

Ella Casteel Blevins

Obituary from Kingsport Times-News for descendants of Scott Co Ancestors

DUNGANNON, Va. - Ella Casteel Blevins , 90, died Tuesday (Nov. 3, 1998) at Norton Community Hospital.

Born in Russell County, Va., on June 2, 1908, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Suzie Hall Casteel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Loyd Blevins , on Dec. 10, 1979; a daughter, Lula Wolfe; a son, Tommy Blevins ; three sisters; five brothers; and a great-grandchild, Cory Blevins .

Surviving are four daughters, Pauline Montgomery, Kingsport, Diana Throckmorton, Richmond, Va., Jessie Orr, Wise, Va., Patricia Williams, Gate City, Va.; three sons, Emmit Blevins , Defiance, Ohio, Earl Blevins , Dungannon, Va., Don Blevins , Knoxville; 20 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; five sisters, Lula Ramsey, Dungannon, Va., Louise Young, Chucky, Jessie Smith, Kingsport, Emily Franklin, Laurel, Md., and Jennette Henry, Kingsport; a brother, Paul Casteel, Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Marty Puckett officiating.

Burial will follow at Temple Hill Memorial Gardens, Castlewood, Va. Grandsons and sons-in-law will serve as pallbearers.

Submitted by Don Lane

Emmett Dairl Blevins

DEFIANCE, Ohio — Emmett Dairl Blevins, 81, of Defiance, Ohio, died Wednesday (June 17, 2009) at his residence, that he built, with his loving family at his side.

He was born on April 28, 1928, in Carfax, Va., served in the U.S. Army and was a member of St. John Lutheran Church. He was a miner for Blue Diamond Coal Co., electrician for Ft. Defiance Reality Ruess & Snyder, Tommy Lawson, member of American Legion 117, recreation director for Camp-A-Wyle and a life member of VFW Post #3360.

He was a maintenance foreman at GM for 33 years, retiring in October 1985.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Loyd Blevins and Ella Casteel Blevins; one brother, Tommy Blevins; one sister, Lula Mae Wolfe; grandson, Cory Blevins; and great-granddaughter, Sarah Heeter.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Osborne Blevins, Defiance, Ohio; two sons, Roger (Myra) Blevins, Dungannon, Va., and Mike (Cindy) Blevins, Defiance, Ohio; two daughters, Deb (John) Hathaway, Greenville, Ohio, and Rita (Chuck) Gehring, Defiance, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Todd (Jennifer) Blevins, Katie (Greg) Schatz, Brian K. (Audrey) Hathaway, Jaime Heeter, Matthew Alford, Cassy and Chrissy Gehring; two brothers, Monroe Blevins, Dungannon, Va., and Don Blevins, Knoxville, Tenn.; four sisters, Pauline Montgomery, Kingsport, Diane Throckmorton, Lynchburg, Va., Jessie Orr, Wise, Va., and Patricia Lightfoot, Blountville; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home, Defiance, Ohio.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John Lutheran Church with the Rev. Donald L. Luhring officiating.

Burial will follow at Riverside Cemetery, Defiance, Ohio, with military rites conducted by VFW Post 3360.

Memorial may be made to St. John Lutheran Church and/or to Community Health Professionals, Hospice the Caring Way, of Defiance.

Mast-Mock-Hoffman-Hanenkrath-Clevenger-Schaffer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Jackie Dewayne Blevins

CLINCHPORT, Va. -- Jackie Dewayne Blevins , 42, Route 4, died Tuesday (July 21, 1998) at his residence.

Born in Port Clinton, Ohio, he had resided in Clinchport, Va., most of his life. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Alfred (Jay) Blevins , in 1966, and Lakie Grizzle Blevins , in 1993.

Surviving are sisters and brothers-in-law, Patsy and Donnie Kern, Margaret and Jackie Rhoton, and Judy and Joe Roberts, all of Clinchport, Va.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Donetta Blevins , Clinchport, Va., Gary and Nancy Blevins , Kingsport, and Terry and Trish Blevins , Clinchport, Va.; 18 nieces and nephews; and five grand nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and anytime at the residence of a sister, Patsy Kern, Route 4, Clinchport, Va.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Joe Hill officiating. Eulogy will be given by Joe Roberts. Music will be provided by Walking By Faith.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Blevins Family Cemetery (Mabe community).

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

James Alfred Blevins

CLINCHPORT -- James Alfred Blevins, 39, died Monday [7/4/1966] afternoon at work on a construction job in Kingsport.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lakie Grizzle Blevins; three daughters, Patsy, Margaret, and Judy Blevins, all of the home; four sons, Ronnie, Gary, Jackie, and Terry, all of the home; his father, Joe Blevins of Clinchport; a sister, Mrs. Nell Benton of Kingsport; and two brothers, Grodon [Gordon] and Billie Blevins, both of Clinchport.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Gate City Funeral Home.

(Son of Joseph F. Blevins & Clara Blanche Flanary.  James is buried in same cemetery as his parents.)

Kingsport Times, Wednesday, July 6, 1966

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Margaret Elizabeth (Farmer) Blevins

DUNGANNON - Mrs. Margaret Elizabeth Blevins, 80, died Wednesday [4/26/1967] at 8:30 p.m. in Holston Valley Community Hospital after a long illness.

She was a life-long resident of Scott County.

Survivors include her husband, W. O. Blevins, two daughters, Mrs. Nannie Ramey, Kingsport, Mrs. Ora Wolfe, Dungannon, two sons, Robert E. Blevins, Norton, Clifford C. Shepherd, Kingsport, one brother, J. L. Farmer, Dungannon, six grandchildren

and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Scott County Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. Wrightly Salling officiating. Burial will be in Temple Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 this evening.

Kingsport News, Friday, April 28, 1967

Submitted by Don Lane

Rose Bowen Blevins

KINGSPORT-  Rose Allie Bowen Blevins, 87, of Kingsport entered eternal rest Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at the Wexford House following a period of declining health. 

Born in Blackwater, VA., on Dec. 9, 1923, a daughter of the late Gale R. and Cora Lenna Giles Bowen, she has resided in this area since 1974.

She retired in 1998 from Holston Valley Medical Center following an extensive career as a hospital technician.

Rose will be remembered as a loving, caring, giving mom, mamaw, sister, aunt and friend whose life touched many others.  She we be greatly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by husband, Hester O. Blevins; son, Steven Gale Blevins, infant son, Larry Richard Blevins, granddaughter, Melanie Dawn Brickey, and several brother and sisters.

Survivors include her children, Phyllis Brickey and husband, Bob of Kingsport, Nina McGee and husband, Jim of Wilmington, NC, and William (Ron) Blevins and wife, Eileen of Limestone, step-son Jim Blevins and wife Saundra of Newnan, GA; eight grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two sisters, Cora L. Neeley of Kingsport and Wanda Joyner and husband, Clifford of Church Hill; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Service will follow at 7 p.m. Monday in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel with Pastor Richard Kelly officiating.

Music will be provided by great grandson Matthew Brickey.

Burial will follow graveside services at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Tri-Cities Memory Gardens.

Honorary pallbearers will be her grandsons and granddaughters.

Family and friends will assemble at the graveside by 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions to New Journey Fellowship, 617 Donelson Drive, Kingsport, TN.  

Submitted by Shelby Bowen

Zenith O. “Curly” Blevins

KINGSPORT - Zenith O. (Curly) Blevins passed away peacefully on Friday ( Nov. 14, 2003 ) at Church Hill Healthcare Center .

Mr. Blevins was born in South Charleston , W.Va. , and was a resident of Church Hill most of his life. He was a member of Bible Way Baptist Church .

Mr. Blevins served in the U.S. Navy as a radio operator during World War II and was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Navy Commendation Medal.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eli Jack Blevins and Ada Blevins; one brother, Roy Keither; and his first wife, Margaret Johnson Blevins.

Surviving are his wife, Genevieve Dorton Blevins of the home; two sons, Don Blevins and wife Kathy of Church Hill, and Robert Blevins and wife Vicki of Bluff City; two grandchildren, Becky Mays and husband Matt of Church Hill, and David Blevins of Fort Knox, Ky.; and two great-grandchildren, Cody Mays and Bailey Mays, both of Church Hill.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Danny Sykes and the Rev. David Smallwood officiating.

The New Grace Trio will provide music.

The graveside service will follow in the Garden of the Good Shepherd at Oak Hill Memorial Park .

Carl Spivey, J. M. Dorton, Ronnie Reed, Matthew Reed, Blu Castle and Archie McMillian will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the staff of the Church Hill Healthcare Center .

The staff of Oak Hill Funeral Home is serving the Blevins family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane
 

Beulah Mae (Taylor) Blizzard

Beulah Mae Taylor Blizzard, of Kingsport, passed away Saturday, July 30, 2011 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born in Scott County, VA, she had lived in Kingsport most of her life. Mrs. Blizzard retired from Eastman Chemical Company following several years of service. She attended Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Blizzard; daughter, Lisa Blizzard Mahoney; grandson, David Mahoney; parents, Thurston and Hester McMurray Taylor; and two brothers, Earl Taylor and Virgil Taylor.
Surviving are her daughter, Sandra Hester and husband Bob of Crestview, FL; two granddaughters, Nichole Tarpley of Palm Bay, FL and April Blalock of Crestview, FL; three great-grandchildren, Anderson Ray Tarpley IV, Annabelle Tarpley and Cameron Blalock; one sister, Ruth Jones Cole and husband Jim of Kingsport; two brothers, Perry Taylor and wife Eunice and Ed Taylor, all of Kingsport; aunt, Zela Dominick and husband Thomas, South Carolina and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Mount Carmel with Pastor J. W. Depew officiating.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home obituaries at www.hamlettdobson.com

Submitted by Don Lane

James R. Blizzard

KINGSPORT - James R. Blizzard, 72, went to be with Jesus Sunday (July 24, 2005) at Holston Valley Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

He was a lifelong resident of Hawkins County and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He also served in the U.S. Navy Reserve. Mr. Blizzard retired from Tennessee Eastman Company after 36 years of service.

Mr. Blizzard was a member of Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church.

His parents, J.C. and Lydia Blizzard; two brothers, Donald and Harold Blizzard; and grandson, David Mahoney preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife, Beulah Taylor Blizzard, Kingsport; two daughters, Lisa Mahoney, Kingsport, and Sandra Hester and husband Bob, Crestview, Fla.; two granddaughters, April Blalock and husband Jim, Baker, Fla., and Nichole Tarpley and husband Andy, Palm Bay, Fla.; great-grandson, Cameron Blalock; three sisters, Pauline Sizemore, Frances Cox, and Ruth Higgens, all of Church Hill; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor J.W. Depew officiating.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Liberty Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jerry Brown, Richard Hammons, Thomas Dominick, Jerry Taylor, Vince Sizemore, and Johnny Blizzard.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Carrie Elizabeth (Patrick) Blizard

KINGSPORT - Carrie Elizabeth Blizard, 87, passed away on Friday (July 8, 2005) at Indian Path Medical Center.

Mrs. Blizard was born in Scott County, Va., and was a lifelong resident of Kingsport. She was of the Christian faith. Carrie was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother. She devoted her life to her family. She had many friends and was always helping others. She was a blessing to all that knew her and she will never be forgotten.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Wesley Patrick and Betty Odum Patrick; her husband, Roy W. Blizard; two sisters, Effie Wood and Goldie Brooks; and three brothers, Emmett Patrick, Clarence Patrick and Noah Patrick.

Surviving are her daughter, Nancy Haynes; her son, Gerald Blizard and wife, Sue; a granddaughter, Tammy Peters and husband, David; two grandsons, John Blizard and wife, Tina and Kevin Blizard and wife, Cindy; four great-grandsons, Justin Peters, Austin Blizard, Blake Blizard and Brady Blizard; two sisters, Nannie Kate Cutshall and Maxie Godsey all of Kingsport; and a special niece and nephew, Shelby and Wayne Harrell of Stone Mountain, Ga.

The family will receive friends today from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. with Bob Underwood, minister, officiating.

Graveside services will immediately follow the funeral service in The Garden of the Good Shepherd at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be family and friends

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Morrison City Christian Church at 1940 Darnell Drive, Kingsport, Tenn., 37660.

Submitted by Don Lane

William Roy "Bowman" Blizard

KINGSPORT - Roy "Bowman" Blizard, 87, died Thursday (Feb. 22, 2001) at the Wexford House.

Mr. Blizard was born in Scott County, Va., and had lived in Kingsport most of his life. He was retired from Tennessee Eastman Corp.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Nannie Blizard; brother, Aldridge Blizard; and sister, Pauline Blizard.

He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Surviving are his wife, Carrie Blizard, of the home; daughter, Nancy Haynes, Kingsport; son, Gerald Blizard and wife, Sue, Kingsport; grandchildren, Tammy Peters and husband, David, Kingsport, Kevin Blizard and wife, Cindy, Mount Carmel, John Blizard and wife, Tina, Kingsport; great-grandchildren, Blake Blizard and Justin Peters; sisters, Beatrice Moody, Concord, Va., and Gladys Henson, Cleveland, N.C.; brothers, Ralph Blizard and Carl Blizard, both of Blountville; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Basil Freeman and the Rev. O.G. Clark officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Submitted by Don Lane

Alden C. Bloomer

BLACKWATER, Va. - Alden C. “Shine” Bloomer, 75, Blackwa­ter, Va. , died at 1 p.m. Tuesday ( May 5, 1992 ) at his residence.

A native of Scott County , Va. , he was in the CC Camp in his ear­ly age.

He was a member of Roller's Chapel Church and retired from Addington Oil Company in Janu­ary 1991.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bo and Rhemia Bled­soe Bloomer; one sister and three brothers.

Surviving are his wife, Rozella P. Bloomer, Blackwater, Va.; one daughter, Oleta Karen Sloan, Winston-Salem, N.C.; two sons, Waival Esteppe, Blackwater, Va., and Allan Estep, Blackwater, Va.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; three sis­ters, Ollie Brunner, Lois Bledsoe and Pearl Bloomer, all of Kingsport; four brothers, Hubert Bloomer, Ohio, Herbert Bloomer and Bernard Bloomer, both of Michigan and Tyler Bloomer, Sa­lem, Va.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Warren Funeral Home or anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jackie. Frazier, the Rev. Gary Hood, and the Rev. Gerald Hopkins officiat­ing.

Burial will be in the Robbins Cemetery near Duffield , Va.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane
 

Alice Estelle (Bellamy) Armstrong Honeycutt Bloomer

KINGSPORT - Estelle Honeycutt Bloomer, 83, went to be with the Lord early Thursday morning (May 29, 2003) at Baysmont Health Care.

She was a lifelong resident of Hawkins County. She taught school in Hawkins County, including Ross Campground and Liberty Hill Elementary for a number of years.

She was a member of West Ridge Presbyterian Church, where she was the pianist for several years and also pianist at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Hugh Armstrong and second husband, W.F. Honeycutt; one son, Jerry Honeycutt; her parents, John W. Bellamy and Vinia Lloyd Bellamy; four brothers, Jay Bellamy, Reed Bellamy, Tom Bellamy and Jim Bellamy.

Surviving are her sisters, Kathleen Wells, Church Hill, Elizabeth Cope, Rogersville, Geneva Crockett and husband David, Kingsport and Brenda Roberts and husband Alvin, Kingsport; brothers, Milburn E. "Jeep'' Bellamy and wife Zetta, Kingsport and Paul R. Bellamy, Kingsport; also several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Carter-Trent Funeral Home of Church Hill.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Donnie Anderson officiating.

Music will be provided by her niece, Melissa Carpenter.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Liberty Hill Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are ask to meet at the cemetery by 1:55 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Liberty Hill Cemetery, P.O. Box 1511, Mount Carmel, Tenn. 37645.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Bruce Paul "Junior" Bloomer Jr.

CHURCH HILL — Bruce P. "Junior" Bloomer Jr., 62, of Church Hill, passed away June 23, 2009.

Bruce was born in Selma, Ala. He graduated from Church Hill High School in 1967. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era and was stationed in Korea. He worked at the Kingsport Press, Hawkins County Plant, retiring after 30 years of service.

Bruce was a member of Lewis Lane Baptist Church. He was a caring, giving father who loved to spend time with his grandchildren and family.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce P. Bloomer, Sr.; mother, Margie Bloomer; and a sister, Teresa Lane.

Bruce is survived by his wife of 41 years, Ada Bloomer; two sons, Bruce Bloomer, III and wife, Amanda of Fleetwood, N.C., and Brian Reece Bloomer and fiancée, Wanda Campbell of Church Hill; four grandchildren, Bethany and Natalie Bloomer and Arianna and Kallie Bloomer; three sisters, Wanda Sensabaugh and husband, Donnie of Mount Carmel, Betty Whitson and husband, Herbert of Church Hill, Barbara Sword and husband, Billy of Church Hill; a brother, Ricky Bloomer and wife, Becky of Laurinburg, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Jim Mullins and the Rev. Andy Sensabaugh officiating.

Graveside services will follow at Mt. Mitchell Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Mount Carmel, with military honors provided by the American Legion Post #3/265.

Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Bruce P. Bloomer, Jr.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Bruce Paul Bloomer Sr.

CHURCH HILL - Bruce P. Bloomer Sr., 84, of Ripley Lane, went home to be with the Lord late Friday afternoon (March 4, 2005) at Bristol Hospice House.

He was born in Fairview, Va., (England Valley) but had spent the majority of his life in the Ross Campground community.

Mr. Bloomer had served in the U.S. Army in Pearl Harbor in 1942. He belonged to the Charles DeWitt Byrd VFW Post # 3382 and the American Legion Hammond Post # 3 with more than 50 years as a member.

Bruce Bloomer was active with the Boy Scouts troop # 148 located at the Ross Campground community. Mr. Bloomer had founded and owned Bloomer's Jewelers until his retirement in 1988. During this time he was a member of the watchmakers association.

He was a member of Ross Campground United Methodist Church for 40 years where he held offices of treasurer, Sunday School teacher, and sang in the church choir. Mr. Bloomer was also an avid supporter of the Salvation Army.

Bruce loved the outdoors where he loved fishing, loved boating, loved camping and especially loved to garden.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Eric Sensabaugh; his parents, Garfield and Rettie Lyons Bloomer; his sisters, Geneva Bloomer, Giula Waylock, Ona Rhoten, Lelia Vanzant, Monnie Parsons; his brothers, Frank Bloomer, James Bloomer and Harold Bloomer.

Survivors include his loving wife, Mary Spears Bloomer; his four daughters, Wanda Sensabaugh and her husband, Donnie, Betty Whitson and her husband, Herbert, Barbara Sword and her husband, Billy, all of Church Hill, Tereesa Lane and her husband, Johnny, Copper Ridge, Va.; two sons, Bruce P. Bloomer Jr. and his wife, Ada, Church Hill, and Rick Bloomer and his wife, Becky, Laurinburg, N.C.; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Vernice Barker, Church Hill, and Francis Jennings, Gate City; along with several nieces and nephews, his special pet, "Nickel," and a host of friends.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Carter-Trent Funeral Home of Church Hill, or friends may also call anytime at the residence, 124 Ripley Lane, Church Hill.

Services will be conducted Monday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Calvin Tabor and Pastor Andy Sensabaugh officiating.

Music will be provided by the Good Neighbors Quartet.

A military graveside service will be conducted on Tuesday at 11 a.m. by the American Legion Hammond Post #3 and the Gate City Post #265 at Ross Campground United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be the grandsons: Darin Sensabaugh, Michael Sword, Bruce Bloomer III, Edward Lane, Daniel Bloomer and Nathaniel Bloomer.

Honorary pallbearers will be J.C. Clark, Johnny Hammonds, Jim Kelly, Bill Eachen, Jim Mullins, Guy Alley and Ray Mullins.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Ross Campground United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Janie Kincheloe, 930 Jackson St., Mount Carmel, TN 37645.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home of Church Hill is serving the family of Bruce P. Bloomer Sr.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

J. B. Bloomer

KINGSPORT — J.B. Bloomer, 87, of Kingsport, surrounded by family and friends, passed away at his home on Saturday ( June 27, 2009 ) after an extended period of declining health.

Mr. Bloomer was a dedicated family man who spent his life ensuring the needs of his family were met. He will be greatly missed by his family and those who knew him.

Mr. Bloomer was born in Scott County, Va. (the Fairview community) on Jan. 28, 1922 to the late Jessee and Arma Arwood Bloomer. J.B. spent most of his adult life in Kingsport . He proudly served his country in the United States Navy during World War II. J.B. attended Cedar View Independent Methodist Church and was a member of the men’s Sunday school class. Mr. Bloomer retired from the Research Division of Eastman Kodak after 44 years of service.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Bloomer was preceded in death by four sisters, Mona Stapleton, Hazel Garber, Eudelle England and Elsie McMillan; and one brother, Ora Bloomer.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 66 years, Ruby Roller Bloomer; his son, Dalton Bloomer; his daughter, Kay Bloomer Joiner; two grandchildren, Claire Bloomer Hemphill and husband, Brian and Jay Bloomer and wife, Meg; four great-grandchildren, Elle Bloomer, Brooks Bloomer, Miles Bloomer and Lila Hemphill; sister, Doris Angela Bloomer; sister-in-law, Lena Edens; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a special young lady, Taylor Pendleton, who is like a granddaughter.

The family will receive friends today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Cedar View Independent Methodist Church , 1421 Gibson Mill Road , Kingsport . Funeral services will follow with Dr. James B. Fields, officiating.

Committal services will be conducted in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home on Tuesday at 11 a.m. with Dr. James B. Fields officiating. Family and friends should plan to arrive no later than 10:45 a.m.

Mr. Bloomer will be laid to rest in Oak Hill Mausoleum No. 1 at Oak Hill Memorial Park .

Roy Carroll, Doug Ferguson and Joe Haynes will serve Mr., Bloomer as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Mr. Bloomer to the charitable organization of one’s choice or the Christen Foundation (Hospice Fund) at 5959 S. Sherwood Forest Boulevard , Baton Rouge , La. 70816 .

The family would like to thank and recognize all his caregivers from Amedisys Hospice of Kingsport , Dr. Peter B. Platzer and his staff and Dr. Kurt Ick and his staff.

The staff of Oak Hill Memorial Park , Funerals and Cremations is honored to serve the family of J.B. Bloomer.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Clyde Wilson Boardwine

(Some of wifes Scott ancestral Scott Co. family names are Tomlinson, Williams, Beggarly, Lane, Laney, Owens)

BIG STONE GAP, Va. - Clyde Wilson Boardwine, 73, died Thursday (Aug. 8, 2002) at the Select Specialty Hospital in Bristol.

Mr. Boardwine had lived in Big Stone Gap for the past 31 years and he owned and operated Boardwine Body Shop for several years there. He was also employed by Appalachia Convenience Center of Wise County.

He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict and was a member of Ayers Chapel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Clara Boardwine; two sisters, Thelma Fritts and Nell Meadows.

Survivors include his wife, Patty Boardwine of the home; son, Scott Boardwine, Big Stone Gap; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Patrick Arnold, Big Stone Gap; one grandchild, Shelley Arnold; brother, Giles Boardwine, Troutville, Va.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Gilliam Funeral Home, Big Stone Gap.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with Brother Paul Strong officiating.

Graveside services will be held Monday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap with the Rev. Ronnie Mutter officiating. Military graveside rites will be accorded by the Norton VFW Post No. 4301 and Wise DAV Chapter No. 56.

Family and friends are asked to assemble at the funeral home at 10:30 Monday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Barbara Eileen (Blevins) Boatright

Aug 7, 1935 – Jan 3, 2012

CASTLEWOOD, Va. Barbara Eileen Boatright, 76, died Tuesday, Jan. 3 2012, at Holston Valley Medical Center, Wilcox Hall, Kingsport, Tenn. She was born in Russell County, Va.; daughter of the late Byron and Lotus Blevins. She was a member of St. Therese Catholic Church, St. Paul, Va. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Boatright; three grandchildren, James Allen Sproles, Josh William Bentley, and Angelina Sproles Turner; and one brother, Bob Blevins. She is survived by three daughters, Anna Sproles of Castlewood, Debbie Cranford and husband, Kenny of Rock Hill, S.C., and Karen Collins and husband, Jerome of Abingdon, Va.; one sister, Nancy Picker of Boone, N.C.; three grandsons; and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services for Barbara Eileen Boatright will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, 2012, in the Chapel of Love Mausoleum at Temple Hill Memorial Park Castlewood, Va., with Father Paul Maier officiating. Entombment will follow in the Chapel of Love Mausoleum, at Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood. Pallbearers will be Anthony Turner, Cody Kiser, Brit Bentley, Derek Bentley, Jerome Collins and Kenny Cranford. Honorary pallbearer is Jason Bentley. The family will meet at the funeral home and go in procession to the cemetery leaving at 2:30 p.m. Friday. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012, in Castlewood Funeral Home, Castlewood. On line condolences may be sent to the Boatright family through our website and a video tribute may be viewed at www.castlewoodfuneralhome.com Castlewood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

(See note for Charles Byron Blevins)

Published in Bristol Herald Courier on January 5, 2012

Obituary from findagrave.com, added by Vernon Miller

Submitted by Don Lane

Kathleen (Brainard) Boatright

Kathleen B. Boatright, 68, 704 Teasel Drive, Kingsport, died Sunday (April 18, 1993) at Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center.

She was a graduate of Elizabethton High School and was a department manager at J. Fred Johnson Department Store and Millers, retiring from Montgomery Wards. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Kingsport.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Elizabeth Wilson Brainard; a sister and three brothers.

Surviving are her husband, Buford Boatright, Kingsport; two nieces and one nephew.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Frank Hawkins officiating.

Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 200 W. Church Circle, Kingsport, Tenn. 37662 or the American Cancer Society, c/o Mrs. James Page, 409 Cannongate Rd., Kingsport, Tenn. 37664.

Kingsport Times-News, Monday, April 19, 1993

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Lois (Brickey) Boatright

Lois Brickey Boatright, 77, 117 Patterson Road, Kingsport, died at 4:50 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 27, 1987) at Holston Valley Hospital & Medical Center after a brief illness.

A native of Scott County, Va., she had been a resident of the Kingsport area since 1950.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mark F. Boatright, in 1968; one son, Mark F. Boatright Jr. in 1981; a sister, Mae Carr, in 1975; and a brother, Walter Brickey, in 1983.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Delmon (Opal) Grizzel, Bristol, Mrs. Ralph (Faye) Sanders and Mrs. Sam (Sylvia) Overbey, both of Kingsport; two sons, Robert A. Boatright, Kingsport and Paul A. Boatright, Cary, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-­grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Calvin (Edith) Thompson, Cocoa, Fla., Mrs. Marie Sawyer, Kingsport, Mrs. Calvin (Charlotte) Casteel, Detroit, Mich. and Mrs. Nannie Begley, Pennington Gap, Va.; one brother, Wilson Brickey, Gray.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home (downtown chapel).

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Herman Norton officiating.

Burial will be in Boatright family cemetery, Ft. Blackmore, Va.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sullivan County Humane Society, 621 W. Industry Drive, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.

Kingsport Times-News, Tuesday, December 29, 1987

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Robert Franklin Boatright

July 22, 1916 - November 27, 2013

Robert Franklin Boatright, 97, of Kingsport died Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

He was born near the waters of Big Stoney Creek in Ft. Blackmore, VA on the family farm that was first settled by the father of his grandfather’s grandfather (five generations.) His father died when “R.F.” was four years old and his mother taught school and farmed to support herself and her four young children. These circumstances caused him to learn the value of hard work at a young age and at a time when food was raised in a garden, water was carried from the spring, cows were milked by hand, and corn was shucked and carried to the mill. He developed an independence characterized by a “do it yourself” spirit and an obstinate self-confidence that his way was the best way.

Upon graduation from Dungannon High School he obtained employment as a general laborer at Tennessee Eastman Company. More than forty years later, utilizing the work ethic and sharp mind that he developed in his youth, he retired as a technical services representative, having traveled to many parts of the country to consult and assist Eastman customers. During World War II he transferred to Oak Ridge, TN and participated in the war effort there.

He was married to his high school sweetheart, Sue Rhoton, for seventy years and together they raised four children. They were members of Mafair United Methodist Church.

Known to his family and childhood friends as “R.F.” and as “Bob” to his co-workers and acquaintances, he served as an adult leader in both the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts of America, offering fatherly advice and instruction to many young scouts. He devoted much of his spare time, at first by necessity and later by choice, working on the farm where he was born and where he loved to spend his Saturdays.

He was a devoted caregiver and protector of both his mother and his wife in their later years. R.F. was loved by family and friends, respected by those who knew him, and he will be greatly missed. He was blessed to have a very special caregiver, Jorita Plowman, as well as Diane Bare and Susan Hess. The children again thank Dr. Gary Casey for his extraordinary medical care for both of their parents.

R.F. was preceded in death by his wife, Sue R. Boatright, and parents, Homer C. and Elnora Quillen Boatright.

He is survived by his three daughters, Carolyn B. Allen and husband, Jerry of Kingsport, Evelyn B. Adams of Gray, and Linda B. Williams and husband, Tom of Sarasota, FL; son, J. Robert Boatright and wife, Sherry of Ft. Blackmore, VA; seven grandchildren, Deborah A. Wallace, Amy A. White, Lisa Shanklin, Kelly Gilliland, Brittany Birken, Brian Boatright and Lauren Partin; eleven great-grandchildren; and one nephew, Fred Quillin.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 3-4:00 pm at Hamlet-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 pm in the Chapel with Rev. Steven Collins officiating.

Graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Brian Boatright, Brian Partin, Michael Wallace, Scott White, John Ralph King, Luke Dinsmore and Ryan Wallace. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Allen, Tom Williams and Fred Quillin.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimers Association, 207 N. Boone St., Johnson City, TN 37604 or to the Boy or Girl Scouts of America, Sequoyah Council, P.O. Box 3010, Johnson City, TN 37602.

Hamlet-Dobson Funeral Home obituaries at www.hamlettdobson.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Virginia Ruth (Hammonds) Goad Boatright

KINGSPORT - Virginia Ruth Boatright, 73, went to be with the Lord on Thursday (April 7, 2005) at Brookhaven Manor after a period of declining health.

Mrs. Boatright was born in Scott County, Va., and had resided in the Kingsport area for the past 50 years. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of Brookhaven Manor and Adventa Hospice for the loving care given to their mother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Boatright; her parents, Frank and Kathleen Allen Hammonds; and one brother.

Surviving are two daughters, Frances Spivey and husband, George of Augusta, Ga., and Kathy LeMaster of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sons, James Goad and wife, Judy of Grover, N.C. and J.W. Goad and wife, Ruth of Kingsport; one step-daughter, Revonda Kilgore of Kingsport; 11 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one sister, Wanda Faye Vaughn and husband, Don of Kingsport; two brothers, Rev. Ralph Hammonds and wife, Margaret of Kingsport, and Rev. Alvin Hammonds and wife, Melzena of Kingsport; special cousin, Phyllis Morelock; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends today at Oak Hill Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. and anytime at her home.

Services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel at 8 p.m. with Rev. Ralph Hammonds and Rev. Alvin Hammonds officiating.

Graveside services will be on Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be David Waycaster, Jamey Goad, Scott Goad, Jessie Goad, Stephen Goad, and Little James Goad.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Dana Sylvia (Salyers) Fields Bogart

BEDFORD , Va. — Dana Sylvia Salyers “Fields” Bogart, 74, of Bedford , Va. , died Monday ( Nov. 5, 2007 ) at Montvue Nursing Home in Luray , Va.

Mrs. Bogart was born on March 22, 1933 in Scott County, Va. , and was the daughter of the late T.R. and Vista Salyer.

Surviving are three sons, Randall L. Fields and wife, Ellen of Luray, Danny R. Fields and wife, Jo of Waynesboro, Va., and S. Wayne Fields of Charlottesville, Va.; two daughters, Marline Sims and husband , Randy of Staunton, Va., Tina D. Ramey and husband, Kenneth of Gate City, Va. and their father, Maynard Fields, Gate City, Va.; eight grandchildren; one step-grandchild and one great-grandchild.

She is also survived by a brother, J.W. Salyer, Pumpkin, Nev.; three sisters, Alice Barton, White Falls, Idaho, Norma Jean Gray, Afton, Tenn. and Delphie Ann Hutson, Berkley Springs, W.Va.; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her second husband, William Bogart; two brothers, Rayburn Salyer and Kenneth Salyer.

Calling hours will be Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport .

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Holston View Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Sims officiating.

Pallbearers will be Justin Ramey, Jeremy Falin, Keith Fields, Donnie Gray, David Eads and John Burns.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport is serving the Bogart family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Laura Ellen (Casteel) Boggs

Mrs. Laura Ellen Boggs , 84, 1209 Riverside Avenue, Kingsport, went to be with the Lord at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday (Jan. 7, 1998) at Holston Valley Medical Center following a brief illness.

A native of Scott County, Va., she had lived in Kingsport since 1961. She was retired from the Kingsport City School System. She was a member of the Rye Cove Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emmitt and Lillie Taylor Casteel; and two sisters, Mrs. Rissie Dingus and Mrs. Nannie Johnson.

Surviving are her husband, Elder John Boggs , of Kingsport; a daughter, Mrs. Delmar (Jean) Wallen, of Kingsport; three sons, Benny L. Boggs , Johnny L. Boggs and Joe Boggs , all of Kingsport; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mrs. Elsie Carter, Duffield, Va., Mrs. Thelma Hill, Ft. Blackmore, Va., and Mrs. Nell Horton, of Kingsport; a brother, Lonnie Casteel, Ft. Blackmore, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

The body will be taken to the Gate City Church of Jesus Christ, Gate City, Va., at 4 p.m. Friday where the family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church with Bishop Hagan Webb, the Rev. Jimmy Hammonds and with the Rev. Danny Grizzle officiating.

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Johnson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

James Tyler Bond

January 12, 1987 - December 17, 2013

Maryville, Tennessee - James "Tyler" Bond, age 26, of Maryville passed away Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Tyler attended the Maryville City School system and graduated from Maryville High School in 2005. He was an avid athlete who participated in many sports, especially loving football and baseball. Some of his favorite times were his many family trips to the beach and to Italy. Tyler was a loving, caring soul, and he will always be remembered for his zeal for life and big heart.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Jim & Luvenia Bond and his Aunt Audrey McGlothlin.

He is survived by his parents, Linda and Greg Bond; brother, Tanner; grandparents, John & Ida Buchanan; son, Emmett Rice; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.

Survivors also include Tyler's biological family members, Tracee, Whitney, Sam, and Richard.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Maryville Little League, PO Box 4096, Maryville, TN 37802, Attention: Jeff Wallace.

We want to thank all of the friends, teachers, doctors, and coaches who had such a positive influence on Tyler's life. You each made a difference.

Memorial service will be at 2:00 PM, Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Maryville First Baptist Church Sanctuary.

Family will receive friends and celebrate Tyler's life from 3:00 until 5:00 PM in the Maryville First Baptist Church Family Life Center.

Smith Funeral & Cremation Service, Maryville, 865-983-1000, www.SmithLifeandLegacy.com.

(Some Scott Co ancestral families – Bond, Kilgore, McConnell, Hillman, Davidson, McClellan, Lane)

Smith Funeral & Cremation Service obituaries at smithmortuary.tributes.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Louelva Jacqueline "Jackie" Bond

GATE CITY, Va. — Louelva Jacqueline "Jackie" Bond, 85, passed away early Wednesday morning (Jan. 28, 2009) at Heritage Hall Nursing Center in Big Stone Gap, Va.

Jackie was a graduate of Shoemaker High School, Gate City, Sullins College, Bristol, Va., and National Business College, Roanoke, Va.

Jackie was a retired social worker of the Scott County Social Services Office where she worked for most of her years after her college graduation. An avid Democrat, she was proud of her Presidential collections accumulated over her many years of attendance to Democratic conventions and presidential inaugurations. She was a long-time member of Gate City United Methodist Church. Her gentle sense of humor and her love of cats, whom she considered her children, filled her life with joy.

Jackie was preceded in death by her parents, Richmond and Louelva Dougherty Bond, Gate City, Va.; an infant brother, Richmond "Sonny" Bond, Jr.

Surviving Jackie are five cousins, Dr. Brownie E. Polly, Jr., and George R. Polly, Big Stone Gap, Va., Mary Alverta Bond, Decatur, Ga., Elizabeth Bond Boozer, Charlottes- ville, Va., and Lennell Dougherty McKinnon, Canton, N.Y.

The family will be receiving friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Gate City Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. in the Juanita S. Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home under the leadership of the Rev. Steve Brown of Gate City United Methodist Church.

Burial will follow the service at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va.

Pallbearers are Tucker Coleman, Wesley Polly, Wesley Polly II, Brownie E. Polly III, Roderick St. Martin and Mickey Shull.

Memorials may be made to your favorite charity or Gate City United Methodist Church.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Bond family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Robert F. Bond Sr.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — Robert F. Bond, Sr., 85, passed away peacefully at home, with his family present, after an extended illness.

He was a former Southwestern Va. resident, but spent much of his retirement in Deland, Fla. A World War II veteran and graduate of Emory and Henry College, he fashioned a career and raised his family in Pound, Va.

Mr. Bond was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Medical Core during the Battle of the Bulge.

He was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Johnny Webb, Holly Webb and Robbie Webb; sisters, Fern Kilgore and Marjorie Dixon; brothers, Verl Bond, Clyde Bond and Jack Bond.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Yoakley Bond, Williamsburg, Ky; a son, Robert F. Bond, Jr., MD, also of Williamsburg, Ky., his wife Pennie; two daughters, Jane Bond Hughes, of Wise, Va., her husband Jimmy, and Jean Bond Webb, of Richmond, Ky., her husband Johnny; one sister, Ann Bond Powers, of Knoxville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be at 8 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Steve Collins officiating.

Music will be provided by Jennifer England and Linda Hillman.

Military graveside rites will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Nickelsville Cemetery, Nickelsville, Va. with the American Legion Hammond Post #265 and Gate City Post #3 and the VA Army National Honor Guard. The family will meeting at the cemetery for the graveside service.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Kilgore, George Isaac, Robert England, Dwight Jessee, James David Hughes and Patrick Webb.

Gate City Funeral Home is serving the Bond Family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Samuel Clyde Bond

GATE CITY, Va. - Samuel Clyde Bond, 84, went to be with the Lord Thursday (Aug. 12, 2004) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Mr. Bond was a member of First Baptist Church of Gate City.

He was a veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Henry Bond and Dona Frazier Bond; sisters, Margie Bond Dixon and Fern Bond Kilgore; brothers, Verl Bond, Jack G. Bond; and three infant brothers.

Surviving are his wife, Carmen Frazier Bond, of the home; daughter, Nancy Bond McClellan, Hendersonville, N.C.; son, Gary L. Bond and Robin Sindon, Kingsport; grandchildren, Keith A. McClellan and Stacy L. McClellan, both of Hendersonville, N.C., Holly Sindon, Knoxville, Tenn., Ashley Sindon, Johnson City, Tenn.; great-grandchildren, Whitney McClellan and Grace McClellan; sister, Ann Bond Powers and husband Bill, Knoxville, Tenn.; brother, Robert Bond and wife, Kathleen, Williamsburg, Ky.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Roc Collins and Dr. Gene Lasley officiating.

Military graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Nickelsville Cemetery with the American Legion Hammond Post No. 3 and Gate City Post No. 265 in charge. Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:55 a.m.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home is serving Mr. Bond's family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

W. W. Bond Dead

Nickelsville, Va. , June 30 – Funeral services for the late W. W. Bond, of this city, who died June 24, at Savannah , Mo. , were held at Gate City yesterday by the Masonic fraternity.

Mr. Bond, who was 66 years old, was born and reared in this section.  He is survived by seven children.  He was considered one of the leading citizens of Scott County .

The Kingsport Times on July 1, 1919 .
Submitted by Lauretta Cole

Nellie Louise (Christian) Redmond Booker

KINGSPORT — Nellie Louise Christian Redmond Booker, 73, Kingsport, passed away Sunday (Sept. 16, 2007) after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born in Big Stone Gap, Va., but lived most of her life in Kingsport.

Nellie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, and daughter. She attended church at Way of Life Baptist Church. She retired from Wright’s Cafeteria.

She was truly loved by her family and will be terribly missed.

She was preceded in death by her father, Guy Christian; sister, JoAnn Christian; paternal grandparents, London and Odie Christian; maternal grandparents, Jack and Leathea Belle Tate; and step-son, Brian Booker.

Surviving are her husband, Cline Booker, Kingsport; daughter, Kim Lampkins and husband, Raymond, Kingsport; sons, Foy Redmond and wife, Dee, Hampton, Tenn., and Randy Redmond and wife, Sharon, Kingsport; step-children, Dawn Booker and Steve Booker, Ill.; six grandchildren, Katina Yates and husband, Gary, Brooke Harrison and husband, Brad, Shelley McKee and husband, Brad, Thomas Redmond, Jessica Redmond and Shyan Redmond; eight great-grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; mother, Bessie Christian; sisters, Marie Cox and Shirley Marshall, both of Kingsport; brothers, Wayne Christian and Terry Christian, both of Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Tuesday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport.

Services will be at 8 p.m. with Rev. Johnny Gibson, Rev. Billy Gragg, and Rev. Wayne Baker officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:45 a.m.

Pallbearers will be Brad Harrison, Paul Byington, Tony Marshall, Tony Freeman, Cody Price, and Chad Christian.

Memorial contributions may be given to Way of Life Baptist Church, 319 Salvation Road, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660 or Wellmont Hospice Program, 280 Steeles Road, Bristol, Tenn. 37620.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Hospice House and many others that helped in time of need.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Nellie Booker.

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Alberta (Tate) Bowen

KINGSPORT - Alberta Tate Bowen, 84, died Thursday (March 22, 2007) after several years of declining health.

Born in Roda, Va., she had lived in Sullivan County most of her life. Mrs. Bowen attended Sullivan High School and worked in the yarn plant at Tennessee Eastman Company before becoming a full-time homemaker. She served as a leader in the Girl Scouts and was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Bowen was a member of Vermont United Methodist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Robert Houston and Martha Tate; her husband, Haywood Bowen; one sister, Jewell Blevins; one brother, James Tate; and one grandson, Robert Yarbrough.

Surviving are two daughters, Vickie Yarbrough, Kingsport and Frances Bowen, Charlotte, N.C.; one son, Joey Bowen and wife, Jo, Kingsport; five grandchildren, Katherine Yarbrough, Andy Bowen, Adam Bowen, Sarah Bowen and Hillary Smith; sisters, Ruby Reddick, Knoxville, Merle Tate and Virgie Hardesty, both of Kingsport; brothers, Kelles Tate, Paul Tate and Dean Tate, all of Kingsport; one sister-in-law, Mae Tate, Kingsport; one brother-in-law, Archer M. Blevins, Johnson City; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with Pastor Stephen Burkhart officiating.

Burial will follow at East Lawn Memorial Park.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of East Tennessee, P.O. Box 1135, Blountville, Tenn. 37617.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport is serving the family of Alberta Tate Bowen.

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Brenda Sue (Smith) Livesay Bowen

KINGSPORT - Brenda Livesay Bowen, 56, went home on Wednesday (Feb. 22, 2006) at Holston Valley Medical Center following a long illness.

Born May 31, 1949 in Clarkton, N.C., Brenda had lived most of her life in Kingsport. She had worked for five years at the Elks Club in Kingsport, 12 years at the Colonial Heights Eagles Club and four years at the Stone Drive Eagles Club. She was an avid Nascar and Pittsburgh Steelers fan. She left many friends and touched many lives. Many thanks to the Holston Valley Medical Center CCU Nurses and ETSU Physicians. A special thanks to Dr. Lucinda Miller.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Elmer Frank Livesay; and second husband, Jimmy G. "Jim" Bowen; two daughters, Nichole (Nikki) Barbour and Tina Livesay; a granddaughter, Payslee Fink; a grandson, Ricky D. Christian ; her paternal and maternal grandparents; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her two daughters, Amy Hartsock and husband Michael, and Mary Ann Olterman and husband Art; two sons, Elmer Dewayne Livesay and wife Rachel, and Adam Livesay and Linda Dockery; a son-in-law, Jackie Barbour; her extended family, Mary Ellen Jones, Donnie Castle and Chad Vicars; her mother, Emma Roberts Smith, all of Kingsport; father, Grover Smith of Georgia; 17 grandchildren; three sisters, Velma Freeman of Kingsport, Arlene Smith of Ohio, Janice Waycaster Rhoten of Church Hill; three brothers, Ronnie Smith and wife Barbara of Kingsport, Terry Smith and wife Faye of Church Hill, Jerry Smith and wife Lisa of Kingsport; special aunt and uncle, Tootie and Ronald Manis; a very dear friend, Marty Gaby; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Calling hours are from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport. Friends may also call anytime at the home of her daughter, Amy Hartsock.

Services will be at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Pastor Wayne Baker officiating.

Graveside services will follow in the Eastern Star Cemetery, Kingsport.

Pallbearers will be Timmy Roberts, Jerry Freeman, Ronnie Smith, Dewayne Livesay, Adam Livesay and Jessee Christian.

Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Hartsock, Art Olterman, Eric McClellan and Harry Roberts.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, One Vantage Way, Suite C-250, Nashville, Tenn. 37228 or the American Heart Association, 208 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport, is serving the Bowen family.

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Cecil Kyle Bowen

GATE CITY, Va. - Cecil Kyle Bowen, 74, entered into rest on Friday (Jan. 19, 2001) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Mr. Bowen was born on Sept. 14, 1926 in Scott County, Va., a son of the late Charlie Ray and Lillie Johnson Bowen.

In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Ann McConnell.

He retired from Tennessee Eastman Chemical Company after 36 years of service.

Survivors include his wife, Eva Irene Patrick Bowen, Gate City, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Michael Adams, Bristol, Va.; one son, Willie Ray Bowen, Gate City, Va.; two sisters, Lillie Belle Neeley, Kingsport, and Wilma Jean Bishop, Duffield, Va.; foster children, Roy Edward Blair Jr., Barbara Ann Smith, Bobby Wayne Blair, James Howard Blair, Margaret Jennings, Deborah Collier, Randall Blair, all of Kingsport; three grandchildren, Andrew Tipton, Brittany Adams, Jacob Adams; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Johnny Gibson officiating. Music will be provided by the Gethesame Quartet.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Blair, Michael Adams, Randall Blair, Billy Joe Patrick, David Patrick and Roy E. Blair Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rickey Patrick, Joe Thomas Neeley, Robert Patrick, Tony Jennings and James H. Blair.

The family will be meeting at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday to go in procession to the cemetery.

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Charlie Ray Bowen

CLINCHPORT - Charlie Ray Bowen, 65, died at the residence of a daughter, Mrs. Fred Bishop, in Duffield, Va., about mid­night Wednesday. [ 5/4/1966 ] He was formerly of Route 1, Clinchport (Natural Tunnel). He was a retired employee of the Tennessee Eastman Company and attend­ed Kaylor's Chapel Baptist Church .

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Bishop, Mrs. Issac Neeley of Clinchport, and Mrs. Doyle McConnell of Manchester, Tenn.; one son, Cecil Bowen of Gate City; nine grandchildren and two half brothers, Ralph DeBord of Gate City and R. C. DeBord of Gary, Ind.; and his step-father, W. J. DeBoard of Clinchport.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Kaylor's Chapel Church with the Rev. Dewey Ward and the Rev. Roy Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in the Holston View Cemetery .

The body will remain at the Gate City Funeral Home until an hour before services. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m , today.

(Kingsport Times / Friday, May 6, 1966)

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Charlotte Edith (Benton) Bowen

Gate City, VA - Mrs. Charlotte Bowen, 77, Gate City, VA, passed away at her residence on May 2, 2012.

Mrs. Bowen was born in Scott County, VA, March 8, 1935, the daughter of the late Robert Henry Benton and Hattie Victoria Jennings Benton.

In addition to her parents, her sister, Helen Taylor preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. James "Jay" Bowen, Gate City, VA; sister, Carolyn Bobbitte and husband Dairel, Claypool Hill, VA; brothers Marvin Benton and wife Minnie, Gate City, VA, and David Benton and wife Judy, Leon, KS; along with several nieces and nephews, whom she loved dearly.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2012 in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, May 6, 2012 at the funeral home with Rev. Johnny Hackney and Rev. Danny Bostic officiating. Marcus and Christie Smith, Vilas Bowen, and Dairel Bobbitte will provide the music.

Graveside services will follow at Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, VA. Ed Reed, Gary Bowen, Brent Benton, Tim Benton, Keith Jennings, and Danny Bartlett will serve as pallbearers. Allen McDavid, Bill DeBoard, and Roger Bowen will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family would like to express their thanks and appreciation to the care givers of Mountain State Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Marble Point Church Building Fund, c/o Helen McDavid, 3142 Daniel Boone Road, Gate City, VA 24251.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Charlotte Bowen.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

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Clyde Lawrence Bowen

Clyde Lawrence Bowen, age 94, died Friday evening, May 4th, 2012 at Ridgecrest Manor Nursing Home in Duffield, VA.

Mr. Bowen was born on March 7th, 1918, the eldest child to the late Luther and Emma Legg Bowen in a logging camp near Exeter, VA. At an early age, his parents relocated to Pattonsville, VA where he resided the remainder of his life. After accepting the Lord late in his life, he regularly attended church until his health declined. At the time of his death, he was the oldest member of Thomas Village Baptist Church. In addition to farming, he worked as a coal miner and later a construction worker before retiring from the P.C. Cooper Construction Company in 1980.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Bowen was preceded in death by his wife Edith Speer Bowen; son-in-law, Kenneth Edwards; brother, Roby and his wife Virginia Ellen Bowen; sister, Pauline and her husband Monty Avallone; brothers-in-law, Jack Shipley, Pat Lane, Marvin Speer and Kelly Speer; sisters-in-law and husbands, Myrtle and Hollie Bledsoe, Maude and John Pearcy and Grace and Kelly Berry; three infant children.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Murriel Edwards of Dryden, VA, James Kenneth Bowen of Columbia, SC, Barry Keith Bowen and wife Barbara of Oak Harbor, OH and William Luther Bowen and wife Ruth of Duffield, VA; sisters, Helen Lane of Gate City, VA, Mable Shipley of Kingsport, TN and Jean Fannon and husband Kenny of Duffield, VA; brother-in-law, Sol (Pete) and wife Katie Speer of Kingsport, TN; sister-in-law, Goldie Speer of Duffield, VA; five grandchildren, Gregory Edwards, Pennington Gap, VA, Chris Edwards of Duffield, VA, Tammy Phaehler and Amy Hill of Columbia, SC, Barry Bowen, Jr. of Bowling Green, OH and Emily Bowen of Duffield, VA; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Thomas Village Baptist Church, Duffield, VA from 6:00 until 8:00 PM on Monday, May 7th, 2012. The funeral service will follow at 8:00 PM with Pastor Garry Edwards, officiating. Music will be provided by Lisa McConnell.

The entombment service will be held Tuesday, May 8th, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Oak Hill Mausoleum No. III at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to to Thomas Village Baptist Church, P.O. Box 267, Duffield, VA 24244.

We are deeply grateful to so many people who have comforted and cared for Clyde during the difficult last stages of his life. A very special thank you goes to the staff of Ridgecrest Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility, Duffield, VA.

The staff of Oak Hill Memorial Park, Funerals and Cremations is honored to serve the family of Clyde Lawrence Bowen.

Oak Hill Memorial Park Obituaries at www.oakhillmemorialpark.com

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Eva Irene (Patrick) Bowen

Kingsport, TN - Eva Irene Bowen 78, passed away Monday, April 29, 2013 at the Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Irene was born March 4, 1935 in Scott County, VA to the late Willie Lee and Pinkie Breeding Patrick.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Bowen; sister, Lois Blair; brothers, Howard Patrick and Robert Patrick.

She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Adams and husband, Michael, Weber City, VA; son, Willie Bowen and wife, Judy, Gate City, VA; sister, Lucille McDavid, Weber City, VA; grandchildren, Andrew Tipton, Brittany Adams, Jacob Adams and Sarah Dittie; along with several nieces and nephews.

The Family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, May 2, 2013 at the Gate City Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Brother Phillip Free officiating. Gethsemane Quartet will provide the music.

Graveside service will be conducted at 1:00p.m., Friday, May 3, 2013 at the Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Bobby Blair, Billy Patrick, Ricky Patrick, David Patrick, Randall Blair and Joseph McDavid will serve as pallbearers. Tony Lynn Jennings, Tony Jennings and James Blair will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Friends and Family are asked to meet at 12:15p.m. at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery for the graveside service.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Eva Irene Bowen.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

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Haywood Bowen

KINGSPORT - Haywood Bowen, 80, of 1708 Belden Road, Kingsport, passed away Saturday (Jan. 24, 2004) after a lengthy illness.

Born in Pattonsville, Va., Mr. Bowen lived most of his life in Sullivan County.

Mr. Bowen was a decorated veteran of the U.S. Navy in World War II. Both the Sequoyah Council of the Boy Scouts and the Kingsport Boys Club later honored him for his work with youth. He retired from Eastman Chemical Company in 1981 as supervisor of Shipping and Receiving.

He was a member of the Holston Lodge #559, the American Legion Post No. 3/265, the Knoxville Scottish Rite Bodies, and the Veterans of Foreign War.

Mr. Bowen was a member of Vermont United Methodist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents, George and Victoria Bowen; one sister, Sue Bowen; one brother, Paul Bowen; half-brothers, Hurley Bishop, Emmett Bishop, and Hascue Bowen; half-sisters, Maxie Campbell and Louise Gilliam.

Surviving are his wife, Alberta Bowen of the home; two daughters, Vickie Yarbrough, Marion, N.C., and Frances Bowen, Charlotte, N.C.; one son, Joey Bowen and wife Jo, of Kingsport; one brother, Elmer H. "Jack" Bowen, Kingsport; one sister, Ora Bowen Maupin, Kingsport; five grandchildren, Adam Bowen, Andy Bowen, Sarah Bowen, Katherine Yarbrough, and Hillary Smith; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport.

Masonic services will be conducted by Holston Lodge #559 at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with funeral services to follow with the Rev. O.G. Clark and the Rev. Stephen Burkhart officiating.

Military graveside rites will be conducted at 12 noon Tuesday by the American Legion Post No. 3/265 at East Lawn Memorial Park.

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James Arthur “Cotton” Bowen

GATE CITY, Va. — James Arthur “Cotton” Bowen, 80, of the Daniel Boone Community of Scott County, passed away Saturday, (Dec. 4, 2010) at his residence.

He was born Dec. 10, 1929, in Wise County, Va., and was a 1st Class private in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. Mr. Bowen was a retired printer with the Scott County Virginia Star Newspaper. He was a member of Marble Point United Methodist Church in Daniel Boone.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Reece Bowen and Virginia Gaye Bond Bowen; one sister, Phyllis Bell; and two brothers, John William Bowen and Charles Robert Bowen.

He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Nettie McDavid Bowen; one daughter, Susan Bowen Hackler, Kingsport; and one grandson, Joshua Matthew Hackler, Kingsport; two special friends among the many hundreds, Fred Lane and Ronald Burke; several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Bowen was a loving husband and a wonderful loving father and grandfather.

Calling hours will be from 11 a.m. to noon, Tuesday at Daniel Boone Baptist Church, Gate City, Va., and any time at the residence.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon Tuesday at Daniel Boone Baptist Church with The Rev. R.D. Stallard and the Rev. Toby Reed officiating. Eulogy will be given by Patsy Hensley. Music will be provided by Patsy Hensley and Fred Lane.

Burial will follow in the Bond Cemetery, Rye Cove, Va.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Marble Point Church, Alan McDavid, 3142 Daniel Boone Rd., Gate City, Va. 24251.

Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., is serving the Bowen family.

Kingsport Times-News

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Major James Sidney Brown, Jr., USAF (Retired)

KINGSPORT — We are saddened to announce the passing of James Sidney “Jim” Brown, Jr., 79, of Kingsport, on the evening of April 17, [2011] following an extended illness. As was his fond wish, he passed peacefully at home in the gentle care of his family.

He was born December 14, 1931 at Frisco in Carter’s Valley, Hawkins County , Tennessee and grew up in the Yuma community of Scott County , Virginia . His elementary and high school years were spent at the old Cleveland School in Yuma . As a boy, he loved rambling in the woods and exploring the hills and streams. He read voraciously, a habit he continued until shortly before his death. Upon graduation from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and became a weather observer. Truly enjoying the field, he applied for weather forecasting school and became a weather forecaster by 1954. Following completion of Officer Candidate School , he received assignment as a Weather Officer. Afterward, he attended the University of Alabama and earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Meteorology from Texas A&M University in 1964. Following retirement from the Air Force in 1971, he worked as a rural letter carrier for the United States Postal Service for 25 years until his retirement in 1998. He was active in the National Rural Letter Carriers Association. After retiring, he helped with last rites for over 2500 veterans all over Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia . He felt honored to express his patriotism and his gratitude for the service of other veterans in this way. He was also active in the Kingsport Independence Day Parade, spending time each summer for many years helping to organize and run the parade. Always interested in family relationships and dabbling in genealogical research, he began serious scholarly genealogical research upon his retirement from the Air Force and his return to East Tennessee . The challenges of the search entertained him for more than 40 years, amassed a considerable body of work, and led him into many surprising discoveries of long forgotten family roots. He was a Professional Member Emeritus of the American Meteorlogical Society and a life member of the American Legion, the Disabled American Veterans, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Sidney Brown in 1985, and Rosa Ilena Arnold Brown in 1997, a brother Billy Wayne Brown in 1951, and his first wife Nellie Gray Harless Brown in 1972.

He is survived by Nancy Ann Compton Brown, his wife of over 36 years. He leaves six children: Charlotte Blair (James), Rebecca Godby (Robert), James S. A. Brown, III (Jennifer), Michael Fleenor (Barbara), Janis Fleenor, and Ina Jo Hyder. He leaves one uncle, Walter Arnold of Michigan . There are four grandchildren, Caitlin Smith (Jed), Rachel Bigby (Adam), Daniel Hyder (Jenny) and Mary Hyder, as well as several step grandchildren, and seven great grand children.

His siblings include, Harold Brown (Gay), Bonnie Brown Myers (J.William), Darrell Brown, and Carol Brown Hunt (Eddie), and he has several cousins, especially Lawrence Shoemaker (Betty), Mary Lou Testerman, and O. Brown Overbay (Kay), and several nephews and nieces.

The family would like to thank the entire staff of Kingsport Hematology, especially Dr. DaSilva and Betty. Also, we appreciate the staff of Holston Valley Medical Center ’s Wilcox Hall, especially Teddy, who went well out of his way for this patient. The physicians and nursing staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center , especially Dr. Brian Englehardt and the staff of 11 North Myleosuppression Unit deserve our praise, and also, Joan Cross, who heroically drove him to Nashville , gaining us precious additional months. Our thanks also extend to the wonderful people at Gentiva (Amy and Maxine) and Home Instead (Betsy, Kandy , Kim, Lorrine, and Tiffany), who helped us immensely in Daddy’s final days. Finally, We have immense gratitude to the kind people of Amedisys Hospice Services (Eleanor and Sandra), who eased his passing for him and us.

Funeral arrangements will be carried out by Carter Trent Funeral Home, Kingsport .

The family will receive visitors on April 20 from 6 p.m. until 8 pm. Graveside services will be held April 21 at 1 pm at Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City , Tennessee .

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Suite 102 , Johnson City , TN , 37601 , or the Disabled American Veterans, PO Box 14301 , Cincinnati , OH 45250-0301 .

Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, is serving the Brown family.

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Jay Ezra Bowen

DUFFIELD, Va. - Jay E. Bowen, 55, passed away suddenly of an apparent heart attack at his home on Tuesday ( May 21, 2002 ).

As a native of Scott County, he served his community as a charter member and president of the Duffield Lions Club, as a member of the board of directors for Lonesome Pine Hospital, the board of directors for Farm Credit of Virginia, the Scott County Telecom board, and the Clinchport Masonic Lodge. He served many years as an educator in the Scott County School System as teacher, coach and principal at Rye Cove High School , and as loan officer and branch manager of the Wise County National and Sovran Bank. Since 1988 he had served as president and CEO of Robinette Steel and Scrap Metal Company.

Jay was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle and friend and was loved by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ulyss W. (Jay) Bowen; and mother, Helen Quillen Bowen.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Smith Bowen, and son, Bradford Jay Bowen of the home; sisters, Sue (Paul) Vaughn of Duffield, Linda Bowen Carrico of Duffield, Frances Bowen Mullins of Mt. Airy, N.C.; sister-in-law, Nancy Wells of Kingsport; brothers-in-law, Jimmy Smith of Richmond, Va., and Dale Smith of Duffield. He is also survived by nieces and nephews, Jeff (Mary Beth) Vaughn, Jana (Chris) Wilson, Lee Wells, Chad Wells, Paula (Russell) Proctor, Lora Mullins Cutler, Nikki (Bruce) Hilton, Kelly Smith; several great-nieces and great-nephews, many aunts and uncles, numerous cousins and countless friends.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Billy Byrd officiating.

Music will be provided by Jeff Vaughn and Jana Wilson.

Interment will be at Fraley Family Cemetery in Duffield.

Pallbearers will be James Miller, Jack Fritz, Rick Cox, Dennis Brown, Wayne Tignor, Bobby Pippin, Kenny Ervin, Keith Dishner, Larry Williams, Eddie Bishop.

Honorary pallbearers will be Phil Dishner, Jim Robinson, Kenny Fannon, Richard Watkins, Jim Scott, Gene Dishner, Tommy Taylor, Jimmy Dishner, Michael Dishner, Donnie Cagle, Gary Lawson, Randy Dockery, Lonnie Kern, employees of Robinette Steel Co., Duffield Lions Club, Farm Credit board and Scott County Telecom board.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to the Duffield Lions Club, P.O. Box 218, Duffield, Va. 24244, the American Diabetes Association, memorial and honor programs, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio 44720; and the Jay Bowen Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Rye Cove High School, P.O. Box 154, Duffield, Va. 24244.

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Jessee Lynn Bowen

Jessee Lynn Bowen, 54, Gate City, VA passed away, Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at his residence.

Jessee was born in Sullivan County, TN on December 29, 1956, the son of the late Charles and Betty Frances Winegar Bowen.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by step sons, Randy and Bobby.

He is survived by his love, Julia Statzer, Gate City, VA; brothers, Jeff "PeeWee" Bowen, Gate City, VA, Chris Bowen, Valdosta, GA, and Donnie Bowen, Las Vegas, NV; a step daughter; two step sons; one special granddaughter, Valerie Statzer; several step grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m., Saturday, August 27, 2011 at the Gate City Funeral Home.

Following the wishes of Mr. Bowen, his body was cremated.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Jessee Lynn Bowen.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Jimmy Garland Bowen

CHURCH HILL - Jimmy Garland Bowen, 56, 227 Payne Ridge Road, died Saturday (July 5, 2003) due to injuries resulting from an automobile accident.

He was a construction worker and master carpenter with Wasco Construction Co. in Nashville. His hobbies included building and working with his hands and playing with his grandkids.

He was the best husband, father, and grandfather in the world.

He was a Baptist by faith.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents; parents, Garland and Iva Lawson Bowen; son, Chad Bowen; daughter, Nicole Barbour; granddaughter, Payslee Fink; and many uncles and aunts.

Surviving are his wife, Brenda Sue Smith Bowen, of the home; daughters, Mary Ann Bowen, Kingsport, Amy Fink, Kingsport, Tina Livesay, Abingdon, Va., and Mary Ellen Farrell Jones, Kingsport; sons, Chris Simpson, Nashville, Wayne Livesay, Adam Livesay, Chad Vicars and Donnie Castle, all of Kingsport, Tony Bowen, Fall Branch, and Jimmy Simpson, Knoxville; 18 grandchildren; sister, Nina Shuffler, Greeneville; good friend, Marty Gaby.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Carter-Trent Funeral Home Chapel, downtown Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ron Manis and the Rev. Billy Bowen officiating.

Music will be provided by the Harbor Light Quartet and family.

Burial will follow in Old Kingsport Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Adam Christian, Chris Simpson, Deewett Riner, Jerry Freeman, Arthur Oltermann III and Jackie Barbour.

Grandsons will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to the grandchildren, c/o Brenda Bowen, 227 Payne Ridge Road, Church Hill, Tenn. 37642.

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Joseph Ray Bowen

KINGSPORT - Joseph Ray Bowen, 74, went home praising the Lord Sunday (Jan. 14, 2001) at Holston Valley Medical Center after a brief illness.

He was a member of the Weber City Church of God, Weber City, Va., where he served as telephone coordinator. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Mr. Bowen was a loving brother and neighbor.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hasque and Mollie Bowen; three brothers, Sam, Garland and Otis Bowen; and two sisters, Jane Rasnick and Dolly Smith.

Surviving are three sisters, his twin, Sarah Mae Bowen, Columbia, S.C., Lula Boltz, Warren, Mich., and Iva Nell Bowen, Georgetown, Ky.; one brother, Rev. Bill Bowen and wife Freda, Keokee, Va.; sister-in-law, Helen N. Bowen, Kingsport; and 35 nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 11 to 12 noon Thursday at Hamlett-Dobson Chapel downtown.

Services will be conducted at 12 noon Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Raymond Hammonds, the Rev. Smith Kestner and the Rev. Ralph Hammonds officiating.

Burial will be in the Tri-Cities Memory Gardens with military graveside rites conducted by the Charles DeWitt Byrd Post No. 3382 of the VFW.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Weber City Church of God, 120 Yuma Road, Weber City, Va. 24290.

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Submitted by Don Lane

Rev. Junior Lee Bowen:

Church Hill:  Rev. Junior Lee Bowen, 72, 402 Lane St., passed away at 6:05 p.m. Sunday Oct. 1, 2000 at his home following an extended illness.  He was a retired truck driver and foreman from the Central Supply Co., a division of Westmoreland Coal Co.   He was preceded in death by his parents, Gale Roger and Cora Lena Giles Bowen; six brothers, Ellis Bowen, Gordon Bowen, Kenneth Bowen, Franklin D. Bowen, Carl Winfred Bowen, and Roger Dale Bowen; and one sister, Udell Bowen.  Surviving are his wife, Lois Rasnic Bowen, of the home; very special sister-in-law, Betty Compton, Church Hill, special great-niece, Janelle Compton, Indiana; special great-nephew, Chris Howard, Church Hill; very special friends, Sherry and Frankie Elliott, Mount Carmel; four sisters, Rose Blevins, Cora L. Neeley, both of Kingsport, Wanda Joyner, Mount Carmel and Ruby Williams, South Carolina;  several other nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and friends.  Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Johnson Funeral Home, Church Hill and anytime at the residence.  Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Darris Horne and the Rev. Wrightly Salling officiating.  Military graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens  in Big Stone Gap, VA by Church Hill VFW Post no. 9754.  Pall bearers will be Ron Gillenwater, Don Gillenwater, Thomas Rasnic, Jeffery Rasnic, Marty Compton and Chris Howard. 

Kingsport Times News , Oct. 2, 2000
Contributed by Shelby Bowen

Lillian (Cowden) Bowen

KINGSPORT — Lillian Cowden Bowen, 86, of Kingsport, passed away, Tuesday (Feb. 17, 2009) at Wexford House.

Mrs. Bowen was born May 30, 1922, in Norton, Va., a daughter of the late William Henry and Hattie (Stuart) Cowden.

She was a resident of Sullivan County for most of her years. She retired from the Sullivan County School System, she was a skilled seamstress and part owner of Silk Parasol Clothing Boutique. She was a member of Springdale Baptist Church for 50 years. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by seven brothers; and a son, Hoyt.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer H. (Jack) Bowen; children, Jackie Phillips and husband, Gary, Ella Sue Bowen, Kenneth Bowen and wife, Pamela and Connie Black; eight grandchildren, Gary (Skip) Phillips, Alex Phillips, Jonavan Barnes, Darren Barnes, Jared Henry, Sean Henry, Chad Bowen, Nikki Bowen; three great-grandchildren; her sister, Margaret Roller; and special friend and sister-in-law, Ora Maupin.

The family will receive friends on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home. Services will follow with Pastor Alan Buckles officiating.

Graveside services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. in East Lawn Memorial Park where family and friends are asked to assemble by 10:45 a.m.

Pallbearers will be Skip and Alex Phillips, Jonavan and Darren Barnes, Jared and Sean Henry as well as Chad Bowen.

Her granddaughter, Nikki Bowen will serve as honorary pallbearer.

East Lawn Funeral Home, your dignity memorial provider, is serving the Bowen family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Marvin Ray Bowen

KINGSPORT — Marvin Ray Bowen, 66, Kingsport, went to be with the Lord, surrounded by his family on Friday (April 24, 2009) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

He was born June 26, 1942 to parents Andrew and Rosella Bowen. Marvin spent his entire life in Kingsport and retired from AFG Glass Plant in 1998 after 33 years of service. He was a very loving, kind, thoughtful and caring son, brother, dad and papaw.

Marvin was a member of State Line Baptist Church and attended Orebank Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Andrew Bowen; a sister, Judy Wynegar; and a nephew Scott Ketron.

In addition to his mother, Rosella Bowen, he is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Dianna and Emory Sells of Kingsport, daughter, Donna McCraney of Carrierre, Miss.; one son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Karen Bowen of Church Hill; sister and "good" brother-in-law, Lois and Paul Darnell; brother, Donnie Bowen; grandchildren, Crystal VanHuss and husband, Richard, William Sells and wife, Jana, Jenna Cochran, Jarrett Cochran, Kayleb McCraney and Trey Bowen; five precious great-grandchildren; special friend and companion, Faye Overbay; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Marvin never met a stranger and was a friend to many.

The family will receive friends today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport and friends may call on the family anytime at the residence of his daughter, Dianna and Emory Sells, 164 Pepper Tree Drive, Kingsport.

Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. today in the chapel with Rev. Ralph Buddy Dingus, Pastor Mike Stout and Pastor David Foster officiating.

Graveside services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at East Lawn Memorial Park. Family and friends are asked to assemble at the funeral home at 12 noon to join the procession.

Pallbearers will be nephews, Greg Darnell, Steve Ketron, Carlos Ray Burton and Mike Burton, Uncle Danny Dingus and friend, Phil Kiser. Honorary pallbearers will be his great nephews.

The family would like to express a special thank you to the nurses and staff of the CICU at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes is serving the family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Ruby Marie (Bellamy) Stata Bowen

KINGSPORT — Ruby Marie Bellamy Bowen, 88 of Kingsport went peacefully into eternity on Monday (Nov. 12, 2007) at the Wexford House in Kingsport.

She was born in Scott County Va. (Gate City) and had lived in this area since 1945. She loved gardening, sewing, and her flower garden. Ruby retired form J. P. Stevens, Borden Plant after over 45 years of service and was of the Baptist faith.

Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, Selman Lee Bowen; parents, James and Lillie Williams Bellamy; five sisters, Leota Lane, Etta Smith, Beatrice Bellamy, Rhonda Jones, and Kathaleen Herron; and brother, Lawrence Bellamy.

She is survived by her daughter, Darlena Sutherland, Kingsport; three grandchildren, Tonya Culbertson, Valerie Dunn, and Bo Sutherland, all of Kingsport; two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Logan Dunn; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Weber City.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Holston View Cemetery. Family and friends who wish to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 am.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home is serving the Bowen family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Sally Lou Bowen

Kingsport, TN - Sally Lou Bowen, 74, passed away at her residence, Thursday, May 30, 2012 at Asbury Place in Kingsport, TN after a lengthy illness.

She was born January 1, 1938 in Clinchport, Virginia. Sally graduated from Shoemaker High School in 1955 and Spencer Business College in New Orleans, LA. She worked for a while at Shell Oil in New Orleans before returning to Weber City, VA and going to work for Eastman Kodak. She retired in 1994 for health reasons after a lengthy service.

She was a longtime member of Holston View United Methodist Church, Weber City, VA where she attended regularly until her illness of MS prevented her attendance.

Sally was the seventh of nine children born to Charles R. and Gaye Bond Bowen. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, John E. and Ethel Chesser Bowen, William W. and Sallie Hillman Bond; sisters, Peggy Bowen and Phyllis J Bell and husband, Judge C.; brothers, Charles Robert, John William, James Arthur, and a niece, Theresa Bowen Stacy.

She is survived by her sister, Linda B. Milton and husband, William B., Kingsport, TN; brothers, Gerald C. Bowen and wife, Sibyl S., Fairborn, OH, Paul K. Bowen and wife, Glenna B., Kingsport, TN; sisters-in-law, Betty Sword Bowen, Kingsport, TN and Nettie McDavid Bowen, Gate City, VA; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Saturday, June 2, 2012 from 2:30 to4:00 p.m. at Holston View United Methodist Church, Weber City, VA. A memorial service will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of Holston View United Methodist Church with Rev. Don Hanshew officiating.

Burial of her Cremains will follow the service in the Bond/Bowen Cemetery in Rye Cove, VA.

A special thanks to the staff of Asbury Place in Kingsport for the loving and tender care they gave to Sally during the past years of her residence there and also to Brenda Parker, Carol Nelson, and Elizabeth Foutch for the care they provided prior to Sally's residence at Asbury Place.

The family requests that memorials be made to Holston View United Methodist Church, 174 Church Street, Weber City, VA 24290 or to the charity of one's choice in loving memory of Sally Lou Bowen.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Selman Lee Bowen

CHURCH HILL - Selman L. Bowen , 80, entered into rest Monday (Nov. 12, 2001) at Indian Path Medical Center Hospital.

He was born in Honaker, Va., on May 23, 1921, to the late Avery and Rosie Roman Bowen . Selman retired from J.P. Stevens, Borden Plant, after 30 years of service. He was of the Baptist faith.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Ruth Sherling, Mary Bowen and Amy Bowen ; brothers, Alvin, Clyde and Charlie Bowen .

Survivors include his wife, Ruby Bellamy Bowen , Church Hill; one daughter, Darlena Sutherland, Kingsport; three grandchildren, Tonya Culbertson, Valerie Dunn and Bo Sutherland, all of Kingsport; two great-grandchildren, Lauren Dunn and Logan Dunn; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with the Rev. J.W. Depew officiating. Music will be provided by Junior Smith and the Family Tradition.

Burial will the follow the service at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va. Pallbearers will be Wesley Dunn, Bobby Dunn, Carl Culbertson, Kenneth Sutherland, Bill Williams and Chris Reed.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Mae Etta (Wheatley) Bowman

Mrs. Mae Etta Bowman, 89, Yuma, VA passed away, Saturday, August 20, 2011 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Mrs. Bowman was born in Scott County, VA on April 29, 1922, a daughter of the late William and Rebecca Wood Wheatley.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Ralph J. Bowman preceded her in death on November 2, 2010. An infant daughter, Betty Lou Bowman, infant great granddaughter, Hailey Lipe; sisters, Dorothy Crawford and Virginia Harris; and brothers, Henry, Stewart, Lavern, John, and Gene Wheatley also preceded her in death.

Surviving is her daughter, Frances Lipe, Yuma, VA; grandchildren, Donna Sloan and husband, Mike, Dwayne Lipe, Doug Lipe and wife, Regina, and Darla Lipe; great grandchildren, Josh Sloan, Matthew Lundy, Kaitlyn Sloan, Shy McGinnis, and Mia Lipe.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Monday, August 22, 2011 at the Gate City Funeral Home and other time at the residence of her daughter. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. George Winegar officiating. Salley's Chapel Singers will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 23, 2011 at the Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Dwayne Lipe, Doug Lipe, Darla Lipe, Mike Sloan, Joshua Sloan, and Matthew Lundy will serve as pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m., Tuesday, to go in procession to the graveside service.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mae Etta Bowman.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

J. R. Bowser

KINGSPORT - J. R. Bowser, 68, Kingsport, went to be with Jesus on Sunday (Dec. 17, 2006) at the home of his step-daughter, Connie Dunn, following a brief battle with cancer.

Born Jan. 7, 1938 in Washington County, he grew up in the West View area of Kingsport and was a Lynn View High School graduate. He was a Vietnam Veteran serving in the U.S. Army. He retired from Health South Rehabilitation Center in January, 2006. He was a proud member of VFW Post #3382 in Kingsport. He enjoyed fishing and one of his greatest joys was dancing at the VFW #3382 every Saturday night with his wife, Celesta and step-daughter Connie. He was a very devoted husband and step-father, who was loved and will be missed greatly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Austin Bowser and Lula Joyce Bowser; foster-parents, James Jennings and Martha Joyce Jennings; three sisters, Ruby Testner, Helen Castle and Betty Jo Olinger; one brother, Roy Lee Bowser; two foster brothers, Rev. Kenneth Jennings and E.L. (Bud) Jennings; one step-great granddaughter, Celesta Brooks; and his cat, Boots.

He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Celesta Bowser; five step-children, Gloria Alder and husband Dean, Linda Egan and husband Bobby, Bradly Farmer III and wife Rita, Kenneth Farmer and wife Norma, and Connie Dunn; one son, Terry Bowser; one daughter, Sherry Absher, all of Kingsport; 15 step-grandchildren; two grandsons; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday at Oak Hill Funeral Home in the Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel from 5 to 7 p.m.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Nellie Garrett officiating.

Military graveside rites by Charles DeWitt Byrd of the VFW Post #3382 will be held on Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Oak Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers are James Rhoten, Jason Rhoten, Bradley Farmer IV, Rob Carter, Randy Overby and Richard Little.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bradley and Kenneth Farmer.

The family would like to issue a special thanks to Dallas Whitson for his loving care of his good friend J.R. Bowser. We would also like to thank Adventa Hospice, Elenor Graham, and Earlene Hayes for their loving care.

A memorial contribution may be made to Adventa Hospice or God New Harvest Praise and Worship Ministry, 107 Wyandotte Ave., Big Stone Gap, Va. 24219.

The staff of Oak Hill Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of J.R. Bowser.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Christopher Claude Bloomer

SURGOINSVILLE — Christopher Claude Bloomer, 30, of Surgoinsville, went to be with the Lord Wednesday (May 7, 2008), from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

He was employed at Colgate Palmolive in Morristown. He graduated from Volunteer High School and Tennessee Technology Center. He loved four wheeling, his Chevy trucks, rod runs and his friends.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, John and Ninish Drinnon; two grandfathers, Claude Worley and Harold Bloomer.

He is survived by his wife, Suzie Bloomer; son, Spencer Bloomer; mother, Linda and Charlie Crum of Rogersville; father, Ron Bloomer of Kingsport; brother, Jeremy Bloomer of Rogersville; two grandmothers, Iva Worley of Rogersville, Betty Stonemetz of Kingsport; uncle, Rick and Sheila Worley of Rogersville; aunt, Brenda and William Brawner of Knoxville; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian-Sells Funeral Home in Rogersville.

Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Kenneth Richards officiating. Interment will follow in New Salem Cemetery.

Christian-Sells Funeral Home is serving the family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

William H. Bloomer

KINGSPORT - William H. Bloomer, 49, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Friday (June 23, 2006) at 9:40 a.m. at Sutter General Hospital after a brief battle with cancer.

Mr. Bloomer was born in Kingsport and had lived most of his life in Sacramento, Calif. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a loan officer before moving back to Kingsport and receiving his associate degree in nursing from Northeast State Community College.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harold Bloomer; maternal grandparents, Granville and Vivian Jones Jennings; and paternal grandparents, Garfield and Retta Lyons Bloomer.

He is survived by his mother and father, Betty and Dean Sturgill; three sisters, Diane Bailey and husband, Terry, of Kingsport, Gloria Kiser of Elizabethtown, Ky., and Susan Miller, of Kingsport; three brothers, Ron Bloomer and wife, Donna, of Kingsport, Dennis Bloomer and wife, Lisa, of Edgewater, Fla., and Glenn Stonemetz of Elizabethton; special aunt, Phyllis Wilcox of Kingsport; several nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Justin Allen Boggs

GATE CITY, Va. - Justin Allen Boggs, 21, Gate City, Va., entered into rest Friday (Jan. 28, 2005) as the result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Justin was born in Sullivan County on May 29, 1983, the son of Bill Boggs and Lynn Sexton.

He was preceded in death by his uncles, Kenny Boggs, Rickey Rhoton and Tony Rhoton; and his father-in-law, David Duvall.

Survivors include his wife, Tarrilee Duvall Boggs, Gate City; daughters, Kaylee and Kylie Boggs, Gate City; his mother and stepfather, Lynn and Jim Sexton, Gate City; father, Bill Boggs, Gate City; brother, Tommy Dockery, Gate City; sister, Leeann Boggs, Gate City; grandparents, Bobby and Clyde Rhoton, Clinchport, Va., Doris Sexton and Don Woods, Church Hill, Richard and Eva Boggs, Hill's Station, Va.; mother-in-law, Valerie Duvall, Church Hill; and several aunts, uncles and cousins, two nieces and one nephew.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the Juanita S. Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Michael Gilliam officiating.

The Tipton Family will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 12 noon Monday at the Tipton Family Cemetery in Slant, Va. Family and friends will be meeting at the funeral home at 11:15 a.m. Monday to go in procession to the graveside service.

Bobby Hillman, Bobby Jones, Jason Powers, Robert Boggs, Charlie Hillman, Ralph Sexton, Tommy Shipley, Mike Falin, Rick Finch and Gary Williams will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Doris Lee (Stallard) Bolden

GATE CITY — Doris Lee Stallard Bolden, 69, of Gate City, went to be with Jesus on Thursday (Feb. 19, 2009) at Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital.

She was born in Wise County, Va., where she lived the majority of her life.

She was preceded in death by her son, Ricky Lee Bolden; parents, Creed F. Stallard and Edna Bolling Stallard; a brother, Don Gene Stallard.

Doris Bolden is survived by her husband, Earl Bolden; her daughter, Linda Miller and her husband, Jeff (Gate City, Va.); her grandchildren, Emily Sunshine Miller and her fiancé, Jason McDaniel and his son, Storm McDaniel, Jeffery Luke Miller and his wife, Jennifer (Mount Carmel); a great-granddaughter, Lillian Claire Miller; her sisters and brothers, Pauline Stallard Roberts, Troy Stallard and his wife, Cleo, Elmo Stallard and his wife, Jean, Garnell Bateman and her husband, Ervin, Rudell Bateman and her husband, Doniven (all of Norton, Va.), Wanda Cressy and her husband, William (Appalachia, Va.); along with several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be held on Monday at Scott County Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. or friends may also call anytime at the residence of the daughter, Linda Miller, 963 East Carter’s Valley Road.

A funeral service will be conducted on Monday at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Raymond Hammonds and Pastor Nick Brewer officiating.

A graveside service will be conducted at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens following the funeral on Monday with Pastor Freddie Powers officiating.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home is serving the Bolden family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Frances Rhea (Horton) Miller Dillon Bostic

Mrs. Frances Rhea Horton Bostic, 87, Clinchport VA, passed away, Wednesday, May 2, 2012 at Wilcox Hall of Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN.

Mrs. Bostic was born in Scott County, VA on May 9, 1924, the daughter of the late William Ray Horton and Ethel Jennings Horton.

In addition to her parents, her sister, Mildred Blair, brothers, Robert Horton, Tommy Horton, and James Elmer Horton preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband Vernon Sam Bostic; son, James Miller; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Miller; granddaughters, Karen Miller and Kim Begley; great granddaughter, Heather Begley; brother, Paul Horton; special niece, Ethel Sexton; special friends, Cole Duncan and Josh Givens; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturday, May 5, 2012 in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the funeral home with Rev. George Lane and Rev. Sam Bowen officiating. Durham's Chapel Quartet will provide the Music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, VA. Scottie Duncan, Bobby Duncan, Sam Bowen, Billy Davidson, Brad Bowen, Richard Sexton, and Josh Givens will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

The family would like to express their thanks to her special care givers: Barbara, Anita, Trish, and Mary, along with the hospice care givers at Wellmont.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Frances Rhea Bostic.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

 

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