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Elmer Dean Snapp

GATE CITY, Va. - E. Dean Snapp, 79, of Rt. 3, Gate City, went to be with the Lord early Monday morning ( March 21, 2005 ) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center after an illness.

Born a son of the late Johnny and Stella Robinette Fields Snapp on April 17, 1925 , he was a lifelong resident of Scott County , Va. He was a member of the Chalybeate Springs United Methodist Church , a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving during World War II and the Korean conflict. He was a member of the American Legion Post #3/265 and the Charles DeWitt Byrd VFW Post #3382. He was a self-employed small engine repairman.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Penny McDaniel; two sisters, Edna Grimm and Velma Snapp; four brothers, John Robert, James Everett, Kyle and Ernest Snapp.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Linnie Snapp of the home; two daughters, Brenda Gail Parks of Austin, Tex., and Joetta Smith and husband Sherrill of Louisville, Ky.; stepdaughter, Joy Lark and husband Howard of Kingsport; stepson, Sam Snapp and wife Janice of Kingsport; one brother, Vernon Snapp and wife Tina of Mount Carmel; one son-in-law, Larry McDaniel of Lexington, Ky.; one sister-in-law, Judy Snapp of Mount Carmel; 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and others also survive.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Scott County Funeral Home and other times at the family home.

Services will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday from the chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Danny Sykes and the Rev. Randall Stapleton officiating.

Music will be provided by Vicky Dixon and Kathy Reed.

Military graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Holston View Cemetery . Military rites will be provided by the American Legion Hammond Post #3/ Gate City Post #265.

Pallbearers will be Tim Snapp, Mark Snapp, Mike Sivert, Jason Price, Charles Mellons, Danny Glover and John Light.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jim McCloud and Calvin Powers.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., is serving the family of E. Dean Snapp.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Genette (McMurray) Snapp

BLOUNTVILLE — Genette McMurray Snapp, 75, of Blountville, went to be with the Lord on Sunday ( July 27, 2008 ) at her residence.

Genette was born in Scott County, Va. ( Gate City ). She previously worked at Eastman Corporation and was retired from the Kingsport City School System as the secretary for the Superintendent of Schools after over 23 years of service. She was also the secretary for the school board. Genette was a member of Arcadia United Methodist Church where she enjoyed playing the piano as she did for many churches. She was a member of and the former president of the Central Heights Family and Community Education Club (FCE) and enjoyed quilting, crafts, and participating in community services.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alva G. McMurray and Janie Foster McMurray; and her brother, Donald T. McMurray.

Surviving are her husband of over 55 years, Gene L. Snapp of the home; two sons, Tim A. Snapp and wife, Kathy of Blountville, Tom A. Snapp and wife, Cheryl of Knoxville; her grandson, Landon R. Snapp of Knoxville; three granddaughters, Elizabeth (Beth) L. Snapp of Kingsport, Caroline L. Snapp of Knoxville and Julianna E. Snapp of Knoxville; her twin sister, Genelle McMurray Rudolf and husband, Quenton of Orange, Va.; and brother, Bradley Wayne McMurray and wife, Janice of Kingsport.

Visiting will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, 520 Watauga Street , Kingsport .

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Arcadia United Methodist Church , 3954 Bloomingdale Pike, Kingsport with Pastor Grover B. Starnes officiating. Mrs. Snapp will lie in state one hour prior to the service.

Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Memorial Park , Kingsport .

Pallbearers will be Bill Bentley, Wayne Gibson, Keith Mays, Carl Eaton, Lloyd Hicks, Don Fulkerson and Jonathan Odom.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Gary Casey and nurse Darlene, and the staff of Wilcox Hall (W-3)

Memorial contributions may be made to the Central Heights FCE.

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Linnie P. (Light) Snapp

Linnie P. Snapp, 83, of Kingsport passed away early Monday morning (January 31, 2011) at her residence following a lengthy illness.

She was a lifelong resident of Scott County. Mrs. Snapp was a member of Oak Glen Baptist Church and was attending Calvary Lighthouse Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, James Everett Snapp; her second husband, Dean Snapp; son, Craig Colin Snapp; a step-daughter, Penny McDaniel; parents, Nathan and Phoebe Winegar Light.

Linnie Snapp is survived by her son, Sam Snapp & wife, Janice (Kingsport, TN); daughter, Joy Hutson Lark (Kingsport, TN); step-daughters, Joetta Smith & husband, Sherrill (Louisville, KY), Brenda Parks (Austin, Texas); sisters, Bea Glover & Sue Light (both of Gate City, VA); several grandchildren; several great grandchildren; a great-great granddaughter along with several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted on Tuesday (February 1, 2011) at 6 p.m. at Calvary Lighthouse Baptist Church with Pastor Randall Stapleton and Pastor Danny Sykes officiating. Music will be provided by New Grace and Michelle Stapleton. Friends may call anytime at the residence of the son, Sam Snapp.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a contribution to the charity of one’s choice.

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

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

Submitted by Don Lane

Margaret (Walling) Ward Snarr

Word has been received from Herman, Missouri of the death on Tuesday, January 8 [2002] of Margaret Walling Ward Snarr. Margaret was born and reared in Scott Co., but has lived most of her life in Missouri. She became the mother of five children. An infant son died soon after birth. Her son, Herman was killed , in a bush hog accident. She was married first to a Mr. Ward and second to Mr. Snarr. Both husbands are deceased. She is survived by two daughters: Patsy and Georgia both of Mo. and a son, Howard, in Texas. She is also survived by a sister, Martha Ruth Burton. Margaret's parents, George and Ava Stanley Walling and twin brothers, Vernon and Vinson Walling, preceded her in death. Cremation was done in Missouri. Margaret was 77.

I'm including Margaret's sister's address, hoping you who knew her when she lived in the Mabe area, will send her a card. As some of you know, she is afflicted with a serious illness. The address is Mrs. Bill or Martha Ruth Burton, Rt. 2, Box 117A, Castlewood, Va, 24224.

Scott Co Va. Star, Jan 2002)

Submitted by Don Lane

Ray Swanson Snavely

Ft. Blackmore, VA - Ray Swanson Snavely, 76, Ft. Blackmore, VA passed away, Friday, May 10, 2013 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center ER.

Mr. Snavely was born in Scott County, VA on February 6, 1937 to the late William and Ellen Dockery Snavely, Sr.

Ray was of the Baptist faith and a member of Bishop Memorial Baptist Church. He attended Pendleton's Freewill Baptist Church. He was a member of both Clinchport Masonic Lodge #267 and Fincastle Masonic Lodge #33.

He was a welder with Joy Mining Co.

In addition to his parents, his sister, Gladys Snavely and brother, William Snavely, Jr. preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife, Beulah Gaye Snavely, Ft. Blackmore, VA; daughter, Jeannie McDavid and husband, Mike, Ft. Blackmore, VA; sons, Jimmy Snavely, Ft. Blackmore, VA and Danny Snavely and wife, Kathy, Rye Cove, VA; grandchildren, Joey Ramsey and wife, Holly, Scotty Ramsey, Kevin Smith and wife, Kelly, and Cindy Minton and husband, Bill; great grandchildren, Lauren Smith, Makenna Smith, Molly Minton, Jasper Ramsey, and Zoe Ramsey; sisters, Beulah Kern and husband, Henry, Duffield, VA, Anna Haskins and husband, Don, Los Cruses, NM, and Peggy Dockery and husband, Don, Ft. Blackmore, VA; brothers, Garnie Snavely, Kingsport, TN, Paul Snavely and wife, Tina, Rye Cove, VA, and J.W. Snavely and wife, Carolyn, Ft. Blackmore, VA; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2013 at the Gate City Funeral Home. Masonic services will be conducted at 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 13, 2013 in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home by Fincastle Lodge #33.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Pendleton's Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Joe Hill and Rev. Kevin Sanders officiating. The Pendleton Church Singers will provide the music.

Burial will follow the service as the Cowden Cemetery, Ft. Blackmore, VA. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Members of Clinchport Masonic Lodge #267 and Fincastle Masonic Lodge #33 will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Ray Swanson Snavely.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Sarah Eleanor "Ellen" (Dockery) Snavely

FT. BLACKMORE, Va. - Sarah Eleanor (Ellen) Snavely, 91, entered into her heavenly mansion on Saturday (June 18, 2005) at Wellmont Hospice House of Bristol.

She was born Dec. 29, 1913 to the late Everett and Cordelia Dockery.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William (Will) Robert Snavely; one daughter, Gladys Jerlene Snavely; one son, William Jr.; one brother, George L. Dockery; and one sister, Edna Ramey.

Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Beaulah and Henry Kern, Duffield, Va., Anna and Don Haskins, Eastlake, Ohio, Peggy and Don Dockery, Ft. Blackmore, Va.; four sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Gay Snavely, Ft. Blackmore, Va., Jay and Carolyn Snavely, Ft. Blackmore, Va., Paul and Tina Snavely, Rye Cove, Va., and Garnie Snavely, Kingsport; four sisters, Lois Babb, Ruby Gannaway, Julia Baldwin, Rosie Sloan; 15 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and many loved nieces and nephews; special friends, Linda Kern and Kathleen Edwards.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home. Friends are also welcome anytime at the home of Peggy and Don Dockery.

Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pendletons Church, Ft. Blackmore, Va., with the Rev. Kevin Sanders, Pastor Jim Fields and the Rev. Richie Neese officiating.

Music will be provided by her grandson, Sean Dockery, soloist, Charles Scott and the Valice Perry Singers.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family will meet at the Gate City Funeral Home at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to go in procession to the church.

Burial will follow the service at Cowden Cemetery in Ft. Blackmore, Va.

Randall Hunter, Craig Burton, William (Bim) Ramey, Tommy Babb, Jimmy Babb, Roy Sutherland and Denver Ingle will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Margaret Dorleen (Pendleton) Sneed

May 15, 1932 - July 18, 2014

Margaret Dorleen Pendleton Sneed, 82, went to be with the Lord on Friday July 18, 2014 at the Church Hill Health Care and Rehab facility in Churchill TN.

She was born on May 15, 1932 the daughter of the late I.A. and Norma Pendleton, She was born in Gate City Virginia but spent the majority of her life in Kingsport TN.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Roy Sneed, her sisters; Evelyn Adams, Mildred Templeton, and Berniece Solomon, brothers; James Pendleton and Curt Pendleton.

She is survived by her children; Bobby Sneed of Kingsport TN, daughter; Leslie Sneed Larkins of Church Hill TN, three sisters Elizabeth Bellamy of Kingsport, Bennie Bishop of Kingsport TN, and Claudia Byrd of Kingsport TN, brothers; Eugene and wife Betty Pendleton, Olin and wife Eula Pendleton, Rayford and wife Martha Pendleton; several nieces and nephews and a host of other close relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends for the visitation on Tuesday from 5 until 7 p.m for the visitation at Trinity Memorial Centers.

The funeral service will be conducted following the visitation in the funeral home's chapel with the Pastor Wayne Baker officiating.

The family will also receive friends at the home of Bennie Bishop (230 Sherry St. in Kingsport TN).

The committal service will be held on Wednesday at 11 am. in the Ponderosa cemetery, Speers Ferry Community of Scott County Virginia.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Trinity Memorial is honored to serve the Sneed family. For more information please call (423) 723-8177 or to send condolences visit www.trinitymemorialcenters.com

Trinity Memorial Centers obituaries at www.trinitymemorialcenters.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Edward Lee "Whitey" Snodgrass

DUFFIELD, Va. - Edward Lee "Whitey" Snodgrass, 71, of Route 5, passed away Sunday (May 21, 2000) at his residence.

Born in Sullivan County on Sept. 16, 1928, he was the son of the late D. F. and Belva Bowery Snodgrass.

He served in the U.S. Army and worked as a pressman at Kingsport Press. He then worked as a printer in Boston, Mass., where he resided for about 10 years.

In 1974 he moved to Duffield, Va. and retired as manager from Quality Cleaners.

Mr. Snodgrass was of the Christian faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Samuel ''Red'' Snodgrass and David ''Ham'' Snodgrass.

Surviving are his wife, Sallie Lea Minton Snodgrass, Duffield, Va.; daughter, Debbie Kay Herren, Duffield, Va.; son, A. Keith Snodgrass, Big Stone Gap, Va.; granddaughters, April Nicole Herren and Trista Lorraine Herren; one niece, Angie Goodwin; two great-nephews, Wes and Brad Goodwin; sister, Helen Cook, Kingsport; two half brothers, Elmo Snodgrass, Kingsport and Merritt Snodgrass Jr., Baltimore, Md.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City. Friends may also call anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ralph Crawford and Father John Garvey officiating.

Burial will follow at Minton Cemetery (Duffield), military graveside services will be presented by American Legion Hammond Post No. 3.

Pallbearers will be Lum Coleman, Lonnie Fields, Emmett Fields, Bryan Barker, Brad Goodwin and Wes Goodwin.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Evelyn Emogene (Jennings) Snodgrass

GATE CITY, Va. - Evelyn Emogene Snodgrass, 78, entered into rest Tuesday (April 25, 2006) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was born on Dec. 18, 1927 in Scott County, Va., to the late Wrightly Jennings and Mary Pierson Jennings.

Survivors include one son, Mike "Bugerweed" Snodgrass, Gate City, Va.; granddaughters, Misty Perry and husband, Keith, Church Hill and Mandy Snodgrass and special great-grandson, Jayden Snodgrass, both of Gate City, Va.; step-granddaughter, Danielle Cole; brother, Wayne Jennings and wife, Eula Mae, Gate City, Va.; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Gate City Funeral Home and anytime at the residence.

Services will be held at 8 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Wrightly Salling and Rev. John Hackney officiating.

Music will be provided by Wendy Aistrop, Letha Reed and Cecil Cole.

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

Jack Snodgrass, Johnny Snodgrass, Keith Perry, Larry Jennings, Keith Jennings and Danny Blankenbleckler will serve as pallbearers.

The family would like to give a special thanks to a special caregiver, Julia Benton and a special thanks to family and friends for the love and support through this time.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

George William Snodgrass

BLOUNTVILLE - George W. Snodgrass, 87, 227 Ellis Road, died Tuesday (April 7, 1992) at his residence.

He was a member of Blountville United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Lane Snodgrass.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Donald (Peggy) White, Blountville, and Mrs. Carroll (Fay) Kirby, Hudson, N.C.; one grandson; four sisters, Mrs. Bessie Wilson and Miss Ruth Snodgrass, both of Blountville, Mrs. Ada Millsap and Miss Ann Snodgrass, both of Bristol, Tenn.; and two brothers, Joe Snodgrass and Wiley Snodgrass, both of Blountville.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Blountville Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday in the Blountville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kenneth LaDuke officiating.

Nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Burial will be in the Tri-Cities Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Expansion Fund of Blountville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 486, Blountville, Tenn. 37617.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane (from J.N. Adams’ collection)

H. E. Snodgrass

KINGSPORT - H. E. Snodgrass, 76, Kingsport, died Monday evening ( Aug. 11, 2003 ) at his home.

H.E. was born in Scott County, Va. , and had resided in Kingsport for the past 53 years. He graduated from Shoemaker High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy serving in World War II.

H.E. was an employee of Mead Corp., retiring 13 years ago and a ranger at Warriors Path Golf Course.

H.E. was a member of the Charles DeWitt Byrd Post #3382 of the VFW and the Loyal Order of Moose Kingsport Lodge #972.

He attended First Christian Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents, J.F. and Lula Starnes Snodgrass; and a brother, Harry Lee Snodgrass.

Surviving are his wife, Lydia Smith Snodgrass, of the home; three sisters, Emily Dempster, Knoxville, Shirley Tibbs, Gate City, Va., and Sara Stockton, Atlanta, Ga.; a special niece, Bridget Taylor McAninch; and several other nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. today at East Lawn Memorial Park .

Pallbearers will be Terry Smith, Paul Garst, Mark Houser, Charles Patterson, Wilson Terry and Charles Dingus.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Irma Estelle (Lane) Snodgrass

WEBER CITY, Va. - Irma Estelle Lane Snodgrass, 90, formerly of Gate City, departed this life early Friday morning (Sept. 14, 2001) at the Brian Center.

A native of Lee County, Va., she was past worthy matron of Order of the Eastern Star No. 116 of Gate City. She was a member of the Rebecca Lodge of Gate City. She was a Red Cross Nurses Aid Volunteer and a member of the Retired Seniors Volunteer Program.

Mrs. Snodgrass was a homemaker and a member of Nottingham United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Festus W. Snodgrass Sr.; a son, Festus W. Snodgrass Jr.; great-granddaughter, Victoria Snodgrass; brothers, Hasty Lane, Edgar Lane, John Lane and Carl Lane.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Lou Moffa, Summerville, S.C.; sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Teresa Snodgrass, Kingsport and John and Irma Snodgrass, Weber City, Va.; daughter-in-law, Jewell Snodgrass, Oak Ridge; sisters-in-law, Jo Snodgrass, Kingsport, Blanche Lane, Big Stone Gap, Va., and Myrtle Lane, Dayton, Ohio; grandchildren, Jeff Snodgrass, Steve Snodgrass, Delores Foust, Tammy Lane, Tracie Deskins, Karen Floyd, Jennifer McFarland and Kellie McFarland; great-grandchildren, Heather Holder, Jessica Foust, Trever Foust, Danielle Brown, Elizabeth Snodgrass, Brandon Lane, Kerianne Deskins, Amber Floyd, Nicholas Floyd, Marissa McFarland, Allie McFarland and Chloe McFarland; and several nieces and nephews.

Burial will be at 2 p.m. today in Holston View Cemetery. Family and friends will meet at 1 p.m. at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., to go to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.

Donations may be made to Nottingham United Methodist Church.

(Irma’s Lane ancestors are probably from the pioneer William Lane family of Sullivan Co, TN and are not related to the Scott Co Lane family. Some of her husband Festus Snodgrass’ Scott Co ancestral families are Snodgrass, Vineyard, Tipton, Rhoton, McClellan, Lane, Hilton.)

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

James Calvin "Jimmy" Snodgrass

GATE CITY, Va. - James C. "Jimmy" Snodgrass, 71, died May 13, 2007.

He was born Oct. 1, 1935 in Scott County, Va.

He was preceded in death by his father, James B. Snodgrass; maternal grandparents, Hubert and Elizabeth Venable and his paternal grandparents, John and Ava Snodgrass.

Mr. Snodgrass was employed by White's Floral, Bristol, Va.

Survivors are one son, Mike Snodgrass, Gate City; mother, Joe Snodgrass, Gate City; two brothers, Jack and wife, Helen Snodgrass, Gate City, and Johnny Snodgrass, Gate City; two grandchildren, Misty and husband, Keith Perry, and Mandy Snodgrass, all of Gate City; one great grandson, Jayden Snodgrass; one step- great-granddaughter, Danielle Cole; three nieces, Jessica and husband, Norman Eichmann, Gate City, Jackie and husband, Greg Willis, Gate City and Paula Snodgrass, Gate City; special cousin, Joan Venable Tucker, Gate City; several great-nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. in the Juanita S. Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Larry Crawford officiating.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va. The family will meet at the cemetery for graveside services.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Wampler, Norman Eichmann, Greg Willis, Johnny Snodgrass, Jack Snodgrass and Keith Perry.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Judy (Garland) Montgomery Snodgrass

Judy Garland Snodgrass, 49, of Kingsport went to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 31, 2011 following a brief illness.

Judy was of the Baptist faith and was a life-long resident of Kingsport. She was in the last graduating class at Lynn View High School. She was a loving wife , mother and grandmother who cherished every moment spent with family and especially her grandbabies.

She is preceded in death by her grandparents, Rotha and Venus Garland and Orville and

Lula Cantrell; parents, Elmer and Lessie Garland; first husband and father of her children, Jerry Alvin Montgomery.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Mike Snodgrass; daughter, Mandy Montgomery of Kingsport and son, Jason Lee Montgomery of Church Hill; two grandchildren, Madison Faust and Byron Williams; four brothers, Robert Garland and wife Judy of Gray, Ronnie Garland and wife Ada of Los Angeles, CA, Larry Garland and wife Cyndy of Kingsport, Bill Garland of Kingsport; one sister, Anna Simpson of Kingsport and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 5, 2012 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 PM Thursday, January 5, 2012 in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home with Pastor George Willis officiating. Music will be provided by Crawford Crossing.

Graveside services will be conducted on Friday, January 6, 2012 at1:00 PM at East Lawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie Garland, Robert Garland, Larry Garland, Bill Garland, Keith Perry, Jason Ennis, Aaron Garland and Josh Simpson.

(Some Scott Co ancestral names – Darnell, Lane, Crook, Carter)

Oak Hill Funeral Home obituaries at www.oakhillmemorialpark.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Lula Lee (Starnes) Snodgrass

JOHNSON CITY - Lula S. Snodgrass, 102, formerly of Gate City, Va., entered into rest Friday ( June 20, 2003 ) at the Asbury Center in Johnson City , Tenn.

Born in Scott County , Va. , June 15, 1901 , she was a daughter of the late Creed S. and Emily Horton Starnes.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Fogleman Snodgrass; an adopted daughter, Mary Louise Snodgrass; a son, Harry L. Snodgrass; sisters, Mayme Taylor, Carrie Faulkner, Annis Carter and Ruth Andrews; brothers Creed, Millard and Ellison Starnes.

Surviving are three daughters, Emily Demster, Knoxville, Tenn., Shirley Tibbs, Gate City, Va. and Sara Stockton, Woodstock, Ga.; a son, H.E. Snodgrass, Kingsport, Tenn.; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; along with many friends.

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

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Dale Wyrick officiating.

Music will be provided by Nancy Rhoton.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Church of Gate City, Va. or to the Asbury Center , 400 North Boone St. , Johnson City , Tenn. 37604 .

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Lydia (Smith) Snodgrass

KINGSPORT - Lydia Smith Snodgrass died Sunday afternoon ( May 8, 2005 ) at her home.

Born in Hawkins County , she had lived most in Kingsport most of her life. Lydia was assistant manager at Zale's Jewelers from which she had retired. She attended First Christian Church and was a member of Women of the Moose.

Her parents, C.C. and Lilly Smith; husband, H.E. Snodgrass; and a sister and brother preceded her in death.

Surviving are her niece, Bridget Taylor-McAninch, Blountville; two sisters, Linda Vance, and Susie Stelling, both of Kingsport ; several other nieces and nephews.

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

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

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday at East Lawn Memorial Park .

Pallbearers will be Mike McAnich, Andrew Paffard, Farrin Gibson, Tim Vance, Matthew Vance, and Wayne Noel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital , Memorial and Honor Program, 501 St. Jude Place , Memphis , Tenn. 38105-1942 .

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Pattie Orr Snodgrass

Obituary from Kingsport Times-News for Scott Co resident.

KNOXVILLE — Pattie Orr Snodgrass, born Feb. 29, 1916, in Jonesville, Va., to the late George Wesley and Golden Barton Orr, passed away Monday (Oct. 27, 2008) in Knoxville.

Pattie was a graduate of Virginia Tech University and a long-time resident of Gate City, Va., where she worked as an Agricultural Extension Agent serving Scott County, Va., for many years.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Dale Carter Snodgrass; sister, Elizabeth Orr; brothers, George W. Orr, Jr. and Marion V. Orr.

She is survived by her son, Thomas C. Snodgrass and wife, Ellen; daughters, Elizabeth S. Spencer and husband, Mitchell, Judy S. Luttrell and husband, John; grandchildren, Janet Ayers, Gail Snodgrass, Joyce Troxler, Brita Spencer Pratt, Chris Spencer, Laura Leonard, Adam Luttrell; great-grandchildren, Katherine Givens, Mateo Troxler, Gavin Pratt and Samuel Leonard.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at Gate City United Methodist Church in Gate City, Va., today at 2 p.m.

A private burial service will be held at a later time at the Orr Family Cemetery in Jonesville, Va.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Salvation Army, 409 N. Broadway, Knoxville, Tenn., 37919 or the Salvation Army in your area.

Submitted by Don Lane

Phyllis Gladys (Thomas) Snodgrass

Dec 20, 1936 - Mar 26, 2014

Phyllis T. Snodgrass, 77, Gate City, VA passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at her residence.

Mrs. Snodgrass was born in Scott County, VA on December 20, 1936 to the late Patton and Dicey Countiss Thomas.

She was a hairdresser.

In addition to her parents, her sister, Loraine McNutt and brothers, Delaney and Conley Thomas preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, R. Gerald Snodgrass, Gate City, VA; daughter, Robin Hill and husband, Dickie, Kingsport, TN; son, Steve Snodgrass and wife, Lisa, Surgoinsville, VA; grandchildren, Dustin Hill and wife, Stephanie, Whitney Johnson, and Logan Snodgrass; great granddaughter, Parker Johnson; sisters, Francis Robinette, Gate City, VA, Ruby Fowler and husband, Jack, Paradise Valley, AZ, and Rose Flanary and husband, Bill, Hiltons, VA; special friends, Rev. Joe Hill and Flo Wolfe; along with several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 28, 2014 at V.A. Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, TN. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Phyllis T. Snodgrass.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Rebecca Ann "Becky" (Frazier) Snyder

JOHNSON CITY - Rebecca (Becky) Ann Frazier Snyder, 60, beloved and admired wife, mother and grandmother, went to be with our Saviour on March 8, 2007 after an unexpected illness.

Mrs. Snyder served as executive housekeeper at Holiday Inn located in Johnson City for 19-plus years. She loved her family and her Lord with all her heart.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruby and Charlie Frazier; and baby grandson, Christopher Charles Arnold.

She is survived by her husband and soul mate, Charles Snyder; three children and their spouses, Mitchal Snyder, Melissa Snyder Arnold and Denny Arnold, Adam Snyder and Misty Snyder; five grandchildren, Travis Arnold, 23; Cierra Arnold, 17; Celina Arnold, 6; Sophia Arnold, 3; Shawn Mitchal Snyder, 20; siblings and spouses, Marie Jones, Emogene Barner, June Frazier, Joy Neff, Freddie and Linda Frazier, JC and Linda Frazier, Ronnie and Cathy Frazier, Donnie Frazier; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

Private visitation for the family will be on Sunday at Tetrick Funeral Services.

Friends and family are invited to the graveside services at Oak Grove Cemetery on Monday at 1 p.m.

Our beloved Mom requested no flowers, however, the family has asked if you would like to pay respects, please do so in the form of donations made to the American Heart Association and/or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, as that would have been her wish.

Arrangements for the Snyder family are under the care of Tetrick Funeral Services, Johnson City.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Ida Mae (Yoakley) Sword

GATE CITY - Mrs. Ida Mae Sword, 85, of Route 1, Gate City, died at her residence at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday [ 12/15/1976 ] following a long illness.

She was a native of Scott County , Va. , spending most of her life in Russell County , Va. , and was a member of the Elk Garden Methodist Church .

Survivors include: four daughters, Mrs. Kelly (Martha) Herron, Mrs. Kyle (Peggy) Jackson and Mrs. Ervin (Nancy) Jennings, all of Gate City, and Mrs. John (Edna) Robinson, Lebanon, Va.; three sons, Fred Sword, Honaker, Va., Emory W. Sword and Howard H. Sword, both of Lebanon, Va.; and 14 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren.

Gate City Funeral Home is in charge.

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Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Mae Sword will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday from the Gate City Funeral Home with Rev. Claude Lane and Rev. Austin Fields officiating. Burial will follow in the Russell Memorial Cemetery , Lebanon , Va. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Thursday and also at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Nancy Jennings, Route 1, Gate City , Va. Gate City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

(Kingsport News / Thursday, December 16, 1976)

Kingsport News
Submitted by Don Lane

Catherine Berniece (Pendleton) Solomon

KINGSPORT - Catherine Berniece Solomon, 72, went to be with the Lord Monday (Dec. 2, 2002) after an extended illness.

Mrs. Solomon was born in Scott County, Va., and resided in Kingsport most of her life.

She was a member of Buffalo Ridge Baptist Church. She loved her family and grandchildren. She enjoyed gardening and traveling.

Mrs. Solomon was preceded in death by her parents, I.A. Pendleton and Norma France Pendleton; a brother, Jim Pendleton; and a sister, Mildred P. Templeton.

Surviving are her husband, Jack L. Solomon; a daughter, Christy Ryans and husband Bo of Kingsport; a son, Jack DeJuan Solomon of Parma, Ohio; grandchildren, Miranda Danielle Ryans and Taylor Cheyanne Ryans; sisters, Evelyn Adams and husband Bill of Nashville, Mrs. Elizaeth Bellamy of Gate City, Va., Mrs. Margaret Sneed of Kingsport, Mrs. Bennie Bishop of Kingsport, and Claudia Byrd and husband Howard of Church Hill; brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Curt (Eileen) Pendleton of Kingsport, Mr. and Mrs. Rayford (Martha) Pendleton of Gate City, Va., Mr. and Mrs. Eugene (Betty) Pendleton of Gate City, Va., and Mr. Olin Pendleton of Kingsport; an aunt, Mary Kyle of Kingsport; special best friends, Mr. and Mrs. G.D. Bates; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Johnny Pendleton officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Family and friends will meet at the cemetery.

Mrs. Solomon's nephews will be serving as pallbearers.

Oak Hill Funeral Home is serving the Solomon family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Jack Lyon Solomon

KINGSPORT - Jack L. Solomon, 75, a lifelong resident of Kingsport, passed away peacefully Thursday (Feb. 10, 2005) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center following a brief illness.

Mr. Solomon served in the U.S. Army in the 361st Engineer Construction Battalion stationed in Ft. Leonardwood, Mo. He retired from Meade Corp. after 43 years of service. Jack loved his family and enjoyed traveling and sports of all kinds.

He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Bernice Solomon (Dec. 2, 2002).

He is survived by his daughter, Christy Ryans and husband, Bo of Kingsport; his son, Jack Solomon; two grandchildren, Miranda Danielle Ryans and Taylor Cheyanne Ryans; an aunt, Betty Boyer and husband, Charles of Kingsport; special best friends, G.D. and Ruth Bates; and several brothers and sisters-in-law, cousins, nieces, and nephews.

The family would like to give a special and heartfelt thanks to the nursing staff of Healthsouth Rehabilitation Center for their loving and dedicated care of Mr. Solomon during his illness.

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

Services will be conducted Saturday at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Johnny Pendleton officiating.

Graveside services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in the Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Friends and family are asked to meet in the cemetery at 1:50 p.m.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Ada Bruce (Smith) Sorah

HILTONS, Va. - Ada Bruce Smith Sorah , 68, Hiltons community, went home to be with the Lord at her residence at 2 a.m. Friday (Sept. 3, 1999). She had been on kidney dialysis for the past 19 years.

Ada lived her early years in Big Stone Gap before moving to Hiltons, Va. She attended the Church of God in Hiltons. She was an inspiration to all that knew her. She was a former employee of Kingsport Press and retired from Lynn Garden Hardware.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Henderson and Geanie Smith.

Surviving are her husband, Charles (Cotton) Sorah , of the home; daughter, Mrs. Bo (Teresa) Glover, Yuma, Va.; grandsons, Chris and Charlie Glover; granddaughter, Mrs. Anthony (April) Helton, East Carters Valley; great-granddaughters, Ashley Nicole Glover and Alex Helton; four sisters, Mrs. Wayne (Nadine) Maness and Joyce Purvis, both of Big Stone Gap, Va., Gay DeRossett, Weber City, Va., Mrs. Jim (Faye) Parrish, Kokoma, Ind.; four brothers, Donald Smith, Big Stone Gap, Va., Clyde Smith, Duffield, Va., Jack Smith, Weber City, Va., and Robert C. Smith, East Carters Valley; 10 nephews; and six nieces; several great-nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and also anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Cecil Kern officiating.

Burial will be in Holston View Cemetery. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Charles C. "Cotton" Sorah

HILTONS, Va. - Charles "Cotton" Sorah, 74, of Route 1, passed away Monday (Sept. 17, 2001) at his residence.

He was born in Washington County, Va., on July 16, 1927 and was the son of the late Jessie and Martha Eads Sorah.

He was a brick mason helper with T.E.C. and retired in 1990.

Mr. Sorah attended Hilton Independent Church of God.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ada Smith Sorah in September, 1999; sisters, Evie Necessary, Bessie Booher, Eula Fay Harper.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Bo (Teresa) Glover, Yuma, Va.; son, Charles Edward Sorah, Kingsport; granddaughter, Mrs. Anthony (April) Helton; grandsons, Chris and Charlie Glover; great-granddaughters, Ashley Nicole Glover Wallace and Alex Helton; great-grandson, Andrew Helton; sisters, Ona Mae Harper, Hiltons, and Stella Leonard, Bristol, Va.; brothers, Munsey "Mutt" Sorah, Fairfield, Ind., Junior Sorah and Oliver "Pooch" Sorah, of Indiana, and Stuart Sorah, Hiltons; special friend, Dorothy Glover, Yuma, Va.; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m. on Friday with the Rev. Cecil Kern officiating.

Music will be provided by Church of God Choir.

Burial will be at Holston View Cemetery.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Mary Irene (Robinson) Peak South

Gate City, VA – Mary Irene Robinson Peak South, 71, of Gate City, Virginia, entered into rest on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at her residence.

Mary was born March 27, 1941, in Warren County, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Preston Robinson and Callie Henry Robinson.

Mary attended First Baptist Church of Gate City (Gate City, VA). She was in the R&R Bible Study Class, which she truly loved. She also loved everyone that she attended with.

In addition to her parents, Mary is preceded in death by her daughter, Kathy Elaine Peak; her first husband, Walter Peak; second husband, Charles South; and a step-son, Bueford Peak.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Carolyn Gamble and husband Tim (Duffield, VA), and Ginny Falin and husband Stoney (Clinchport, VA); son, Glen Peak and wife April (Duffield, VA); stepchildren, Pamela Belcher and husband Dennis (Florida), Gilmore Peak (Mississippi), and Barbie Sirls and husband Danny (Kentucky); 2 sisters, Grace Ruffner (Lebanon, OH) and Ruby Brown (Lebanon, OH); one brother, Hobert Robinson and wife Marcella (Ohio); 7 grandchildren; 1 great grandson; 8 step grandchildren; 6 step great grandchildren; and loads of nieces and nephews.

The family of Mary South will receive 5:00 -7:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at Colonial Funeral Home (Weber City, VA). A funeral service will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Pastor Andy Barnes will officiate.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. at Laney Cemetery (High Knob) on Sunday, January 20, 2013. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery prior to start time for the service. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

[Due to inclement weather, the graveside service for Mary South, originally scheduled for Sunday, January 20, 2013 at Laney Cemetery (High Knob), has been postponed until further notice. As the weather allows, the service will be rescheduled and an announcement will be made by Colonial Funeral Home.]

Serving the family of Mary Irene Robinson Peak South is Colonial Funeral Home of Scott County, Inc. (Weber City, VA).

Colonial Funeral Home obituaries at www.colonialfhscott.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Claudia (Page) Sowards

BIG STONE GAP — Claudia Page Sowards, 74, went to her heavenly home to be with family and friends on Wednesday (May 13, 2009) at Lonesome Pine Hospital.

She was born in Appalachia, Va. and was a graduate of Appalachia High School. She lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. Claudia spent a majority of her life as a homemaker and raising her two daughters. She was a member of the Derby United Methodist Church and attended East Stone Gap United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Elmo "Moe" Sowards; her father, Claude Page; her mother and stepfather, Cornelia Black Williams and Mitchell Williams; and two sisters, Betty Page Kilgore and Helen Faye Page.

Surviving are two daughters, Page Sowards Kelly and Daphne Sowards Blanton and husband, Brian, and their son, Evan, all of Big Stone Gap; two sisters, Mary Ann Robinette of Big Stone Gap and Shirley Estridge of Derby, Va.; a special niece, Sabrina Lawson of Big Stone Gap; and several other nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Holding Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap.

Funeral services will be conducted 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor James Holcomb officiating.

Committal services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. The family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday to go in procession.

Holding Funeral Home is serving the Sowards family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

James C. Spangler Jr.

FORT BLACKMORK - Word has been received here of the death of James C. Spangler, 33, in a Veterans Hospital in Durham, N. C., Sunday morning [July 24, 1957].

He was the son of J. C. and Lydia Dingus Spangler of Fort Blackmore. He was born and raised in Scott County and served 34 months in the Navy during World War II. The majority of his Armed Forces service was overseas.

Survivors in addition to his mother and father are one daughter, Patsy Spangler, Kingsport; one son, Jimmy Spangler, Kingsport; one sister, Mrs. Elmer Thacker, Fort Blackmore; one brother, Bob Spangler, Fort Blackmore.

Funeral services are incomplete. The body is due to arrive at the Scott County Funeral Home about noon Monday.

(Kingsport Times, Monday, July 25, 1957)

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Funeral for James C. Spangler, who died Sunday in a veterans hospital at Durham, N. C., will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pine Grove Baptist Church.

The Rev. James C. Boatright and the Rev. Volley Thacker will officiate. Burial will be in Holston View Cemetery.

The body will be removed from the Scott County Funeral Home to the home of his father, J. C. Spangler, at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

(Kingsport News, Tuesday, July 26, 1957)

Kingsport Times and Kingsport News

Submitted by Don Lane

Elizabeth B. (Wolfe) Spangler

 

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11 a. m. for Mrs. Elizabeth B. Spangler, 84, who died Sunday [12/16/1945] at 1:30 p. m. at the home of her nephew, R. B. Wininger, at Indian Springs, where she had resided for the past 29 years.

The Rev. B. F. DeBusk will officiate at the services, to be held at the Huff Funeral Home. Burial will be in Mount Carmel Cemetery.

 

E. D. Moore. and three daughters, Mrs. Mae Templeton of Fall Branch, Mrs. Clara Hannel, and Mrs. Jim Haynes of Bud, West Virginia. [This sentence fragment was written this way and surely was meant to be somewhere else; there was no evidence that Elizabeth Wolfe Spangler had any children.]

 

Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. J. M. Wininger, Sr., of Indian Springs and Mrs. Davis Ward of Surgoinsville, and a brother, Isaac C. Wolfe of Gate City, Va., Route 3. She was the widow of David S. Spangler of Church Hill.

Mrs. Spangler was a member of the Lebanon Methodist Church near Church Hill.

The body will remain at the Huff Funeral Home until the funeral.

Kingsport News, Tuesday, December 18, 1945

Submitted by Don Lane  

Wilma Shirlene (Hawkins) Sparks

August 26, 1940 - July 1, 2013

Mrs. Wilma S. Sparks, age 72, of Kingsport, died Monday July 1, 2013 at a local healthcare center following an extended illness.

A native of Sullivan County, TN, Mrs. Sparks was born on August 26, 1940 the daughter of the late Emmett Patton and Juanita Mae Ketron Hawkins. She was Seventh Day Adventist and was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. David Albert Sparks in 2005. Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Sparks was employed with the Kingsport Press and later as a clerk for Road Runner convenience stores. Survivors include her son, Mr. Lonnie Sparks of Kingsport. Two grandchildren; Leyna Cummings and Ryan Sparks. Three great-grandchildren; Lucas Cummings, Brooke Lynn Cummings and James Sparks. A number of nieces and nephews also survive. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be conducted on Friday July 5, 2013 at 10 a.m. from the Tri-Cities Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

East Lawn Funeral Home of Kingsport is in charge of the arrangements for Mrs. Wilma S. Sparks.

(Some Scott Co ancestral families – Ketron, Quillin, Vineyard, Larkey, Lawson, Hart)

East Lawn Funeral Home obituaries at www.eastlawnkingsport.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Dolfthus G. “Doc” Speaks

WEBER CITY -- Dolfthus G. "Doc" Speaks, 76, died at 1 a.m. Thursday [ 8/6/1959 ] at the home of J. B. Brabson in Hazard, Ky.

 He is survived by his widow, Hattie Speaks; four daughters, Mrs. Kermit Grigsby, Lexington, Ky., Mrs. J. B. Brabson, Hazard, Ky., Mrs. Claude Redwine, Kingsport, Mrs. Kathleen Gentry, Newport News, Va.; three sons, Arden Speaks, Whitesburg, Ky., Leonard Speaks, Exeter, Va., Glen Speaks, Gate City; three sisters, Mrs. Pauline Adams, Hazard, Ky., Mrs. Ann Cox, Russell, Ky., Mrs Edna Thomas, Clearfield, Va.; two brothers, Jack Speaks of Ashland, Ky., and Jess Speaks of Knoxville; 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Weber City.  The Rev. Paul Blessing, the Rev. E. J. Farmer will officiate.

Burial will be in the Holston View Cemetery .

Pallbearers will be Eddie Grigsby, Kermit Grigsby, Claude Redwine, J. L. Thomas, Ray Thomas and Frank Brabson.

The Gate City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The body was taken from Gate City Funeral Home to the home at 2 p.m.Friday.

(Kingsport Times, Friday, August 7, 1959)

Kingsport Times

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Ava Mae ( Taylor ) Spears

Mrs. Ava Mae Spears, 79, of 1824 Sweet Briar Dr. died at Indian Path Hospital at 10:45 a.m. Friday [ 8/15/1975 ] after a long illness.

Born in Scott County, Va., she had been a resident of Kingsport since 1917. She was a member of the River­side Baptist Church .

Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Stella Stevens of Kingsport ; son, Vernon Spears, Church Hill; brother, George Taylor, Detroit ; seven grandchildren, eight great­-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Carter's Chapel Funeral Home is in charge.

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Funeral services for Mrs. Ava Mae Spears, age 79 of 1824 Sweet Briar Drive who died Friday at Indian Path Hospital, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Carter's Chapel with the Rev. Gerald R. Beglev and the Rev. Dana M. Crawford officiating. Burial will follow In the Spears-Gilliam Family Cemetery. The body will remain at Carter’s Chapel where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Carter’s Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Obituary from Lola Carter Hutchins’ family notebook)

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by
Don Lane  

Barbara Fain (Carter) Spears

Barbara Carter Spears, 67, Church Hill, TN went to be with her Lord, Thursday, March 22, 2012 at her residence.

Born in Sullivan County, TN on December 5, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Carter and Nell Venable Carter. Barbara was saved at an early age and was a member of Homeland Baptist Church.

Barbara was employed by the Kingsport Press for 29 years. After retirement, she worked as a food nutritionalist at Mount Carmel Senior Citizens Center.

She was very organized and a great planner. She could schedule and oversee any event with ease. She loved her church and was active in visitation, food ministry and the AWANAS program. She and Gary regularly visited the Holston Valley Radiation Center taking snacks donated by the church members. They were also actively involved in their community serving others through "meals on wheels". She was a wonderful friend to all who knew her.

Barbara loved the Lord, and His light shone through her. Her desire was that others would come to accept Him as their Lord and Savior.

In addition to her parents, her grandparents Walter and Effie Venable and Aunt Virginia Venable Odom and husband, T.J. preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband and "the love of her life" as she often said, Gary Spears, Church Hill, TN; daughters, Kim Smith and husband, Sam, Kingsport, TN, Cindy Christian and husband, Mike, Annapolis, MD, and Yvette Spears, Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Samantha and Tanner Smith and Madison and Caroline Christian; brother, Walt Carter, Gate City, VA; nephew, Steve Carter and wife, Debbie, Georgetown, KY; and friend, Jayne Wolfe, Gate City, VA; special friends, John and Judy Dixon, Jim and Nelda Culbertson, and Kathleen Smith Heck; along with a host of friends, neighbors, and church family.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 p.m., Saturday, March 24, 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 Pastor J.W. Depew and the Rev. Wrightly Salling officiating. Music will be provided by Damon Depew and Linda Vaughn.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, March 25, 2012 at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Grady Vaughn, Richard Venable, Jerry Venable, Ronnie Venable, Jack McMurray, Jack Wallen, Jim Culbertson, Alan Cumbow, Ellis Russell, and Jerry Smith will serve as pallbearers. Don Depew, David Ward, Raymond "Windy" Heck, Jan Nichols, and James "Cotton Hensley will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m., Sunday to go in procession to the graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Property Fund, Homeland Baptist Church, 2504 Hawaii Street, Kingsport, TN 37660.

The family wishes to express their special thanks to Dr. Delwadia and staff; Dr. Shipstone and staff; along with the staff at Holston Valley Radiation and Oncology, and the staff of Wellmont Hospice for their kindness and care.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Barbara Carter Spears.  

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Billie J. Adams Spears

NORTON, Va. — Billie J. Adams Spears, 77, went home to be with the Lord on Monday (Oct. 8, 2007).

She was born to the late Clarence Ray and Amanda Lucinda (Franklin) Adams and was the widow of Jack Spears. Billie was retired from the Head Start Program.

She is survived by her sisters, Sue A. Yarhouse, Richmond, Va., Louise M. Snodgrass, Wise, Va., and Mary Doris Adams, Norton; her brothers: Jesse "Bud" Adams, Big Stone Gap, Va., and Donald Ray Adams, Norton; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Ernest Duncan and the Rev. Roger Barker officiating.

Burial will follow in the Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood.

The family wishes to express their deep appreciation to Total Care Hospice of Clintwood for the loving care given to Mrs. Spears and her family.

Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home of Norton is serving the Spears family.

Submitted by Don Lane

Clyde McGhee Spears

Funeral services for Clyde McGhee Spiers, 22, who was fatally injured by a falling tree while cutting timber on the Captain Clay Farm in Hawkins county Monday [2/10/1930], were conducted from the Union church in West View Park this morning at 11 o'clock with Rev. Sullins Dosser officiating. Interment followed in the Pierson cemetery, Speers Ferry, Va.

Mr. Spiers was engaged in cutting timber and was felling a tree when a slab flew off, striking him in the head. His skull was crushed. He was rushed to a local hospital where he died three hours after the accident.

He had been a resident of West View Park for a period of two years.

Surviving Mr. Spiers are his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Spiers, Speers Ferry, Va., his wife and one child. Two brothers and four sisters survive him.

Pallbearers and flower bearers were selected from friends of the family.

(Son of William Elbert Spears and Lucinda Elizabeth Davis)

Kingsport Times, Thurs, Feb. 13, 1930

Submitted by Don Lane

Edward Elmer Spears

KINGSPORT - Edward Elmer Spears, 62, Tranbarger Drive, departed this life at 12:05 a.m. Monday (March 5, 2001) at the Hospice House, Bristol, Tenn.

He was a native of Scott County, Va., and raised animals in Gate City, Va. He retired from Still Transfer as a truck driver and was owner and operator of Service Cab in Gate City, Va. for several years and retired from that also.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Douglas Dale Spears and Georgie Leigh McDavid Spears Culbertson; sisters, Gertrude Lane, Mary Murphy, and Avanell Kerns; brothers, Billy Spears, James Spears, and Junior Spears.

Survivors include his daughter, Delores Head, Kingsport; sons, Richard Spears, Eddie Spears, Rocky Spears, all of Kingsport; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; special caregiver, Carol Spears.

Friends may call at the residence of Richard and Carol Spears. In accordance with Mr. Spears wishes, his body was donated to science and there will not be any service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent in care of Carol Spears, 521 Bell Ridge Road, Kingsport, Tenn. 37665.

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Emery M. Spears

DENVER, Colo. - Emery M. Spears of Littleton County in Denver, Colo., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday (Jan. 15, 2002).

Emery was a son of the late Joe and Viola (Cox) Spears. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, E. Bruce "Buzz" Spears; his sisters, Blanche Spears, Hazel Carr and Anna Gaines.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo Spears; granddaughter, Rebecca Spears; daughter-in-law, Jamie Spears; and several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service was held at Chapel Hill Cemetery in the Garden of the Last Supper on Friday (Jan. 18, 2002) in Denver, Colo.

Courtesy of East Lawn Funeral Home.

(Emery’s mother, Viola (Cox) Spears, was born in Scott Co.)

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Eva Mae (Parker) Spears

November 18, 1936 - May 23, 2014

Church Hill – Eva Spears, age 77, of Church Hill, passed away on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport. She was a very loving mother and sister.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Spears; parents, Lyle and Marie Parker; and sister, Frances Lawson.

She is survived by her loving daughter, Traci Spears; special friend, Dallas Johnson; sister, Jeanne Bailey; brothers, Tommy Parker (Joy) and Gerald Parker (Shelby); several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

The family would like to thank the 7th floor staff of Indian Path Medical Center for their care and support through the loss of Ms. Spears.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm on Sunday, May 25, 2014 at Carter-Trent Funeral Home in Church Hill.

A funeral service will follow with Pastor Regina Shelton and Chaplain Ron Owens officiating.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, May 26, 2014 at Ross Campground Cemetery. All those wishing to attend are ask to meet at the cemetery.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home in Church Hill is proudly serving the Spears Family.

(Her husband, Vernon Lee Spears, had ancestral Scott Co families – Spears, Peters, Lane, Adams, Taylor, Alley, Quillen, Frazier, Henry, Fletcher)

Carter-Trent Funeral Home obituaries at www.cartertrent.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Eveston Eugene Spears Sr.

Eveston E. Spears Sr., 55, 2020 Granby Road , died at 3 p.m. Sunday [ 3/4/1974 ] at Holston Valley Community Hospital following a lengthy illness.

Born in Scott County, Va., he had lived in Kings­port since childhood. He was employed at Tennessee Eastman Company where he worked in the Dye Plant until his retirement in 1968.

He was a member of West View Missionary Baptist Church , a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army in Europe , and a member of the VFW Charles Dewitt Byrd Post No. 3382.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Marie Gilliam Spears, of the home; four sons, Gary Spears, Church Hill, Jerry Spears, Mickey Spears, Eveston E. Spears Jr., all of Kingsport; mother, Mrs. Ava Spears, Kingsport; one sister, Mrs. Stella Stevens, Kingsport; one brother, Vernon Spears: Church Hill; five grandchildren.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

(Obituary from Lola Carter Hutchins’ family notebook)

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Eveston Eugene "Gene" Spears Jr.

KINGSPORT — Eveston Eugene "Gene" Spears, Jr., of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord Thursday (June 11, 2009) at his residence with his family at his side.

He was a born again Christian and loving husband, father and grandfather. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Gene was a lifelong resident of Kingsport and a retired Kingsport Police Officer who served his community for 25 years. He also worked as a security guard for Piccadilly Cafeteria, Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center and Model City Apartments. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents Eveston Spears Sr. and Marie Gilliam Spears.

He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Audrey Tate Spears; daughters, Melanie Ketron and husband, Scotty and Regina Gouge and husband, Bill; grandchildren, Natoshia Spears, Courtney Gough, Ginny Ketron and Brayden Ketron; great-grandchildren, Christian Spears, Bayley Gouge-McCrary and Caydence Spears; brothers, Gary Spears and wife, Barbara, Jerry Spears and wife, Barbara, Mickey Spears and wife, Deanine; several nieces and nephews; also a very special mother-in-law, Virginia Edens; and his fishing buddy and a dear friend, Paul Stapleton.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, 520 Watauga St., Kingsport. Friends may also call anytime at the residence.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor J.W. Depew officiating. The service may be simultaneously viewed by visiting www.cartertrent.com.

Military graveside services will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park with the American Legion 3/265 conducting the rites.

Pallbearers will be Brad Duncan, Dale Burke, Jason Montgomery, Brandon White, Rick Edens and Randy Edens.

Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Stapleton, Wayne Anderson, Tom Wyrick and Darrell Tate.

The family would like to express their appreciation and thanks to a very special friend, Misty Stamper Venett, who was not only Gene’s special angel here on earth, but also his families.

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Floyd Kelly Spears

F.K. (Kelly) Spears, 81, of 1824 Sweetbriar Road , died at 10:30 p.m. Saturday [ 2/11/1974 ] at Holston Valley Community Hospital after a short illness.

He was born in Scott County, Va. and had spent most of his life in Kings­port , was a member of Westview Primitive Baptist Church and a retired car­penter.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ava Taylor Spears; one daughter, Mrs. Stella Stevens, Kingsport; two sons, Eveston Spears, Kingsport, Vernon Spears, Church Hill; one sister, Mrs. Mellie Hammonds, Kings­port; seven grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and one great-great-­grandchild.

Carter's Chapel Funeral Home is in charge.

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Funeral services for F.K. (Kelly) Spears age 81 of 1824 Sweetbrier Road who died at 10:30 p.m. Saturday at Holston Valley Community Hospital will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Carter's Chapel with Rev. Gerald Beglev and Rev Dana Crawford officiating. Burial will follow in the Gilliam-Spears Cemetery . The body will remain at Carter's Chapel where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. Pallbearers are Ralph Gilliam,. Danny Gilliam, Bill Byrd, Johnny Hammonds, Wayne Haga, Paul Jennings and Lucian Gilliam. Honorary' pallbearers are Marvin Jennings, Lon Gilliam. Carter's Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Obituary from Lola Carter Hutchins’ family notebook)

Kingsport Times-News
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Harold Floyd Spears

 

CHURCH HILL - Harold Floyd Spears, 60, passed away Thursday (Jan. 8, 2004) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd Speer and Susie Bloomer Speer; a sister, Edna Agnes Speers; and three brothers, James M. Speers, Hiram C. Speers and Bennie M. Speers.

Surviving are his former wife, companion and caregiver, Carolyn Speers; three daughters, Michlele Lynn Bell and husband Richard, of Mississippi, Brandy Nicole Speers, April Dawn Speers and Heather Marie Speers, all of Kingsport; two sons, Brad Allen Speers and Gerald DeWayne Speers, both of Kingsport; a granddaughter, Hailey Nicole Smith of Kingsport; four sisters, Golda Walters, Rita Ramey, Kathleen Ramey and Frances Feagins, all of Church Hill.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Steve Gott officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tate Cemetery, Scott County, Virginia. Friends and family are asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:50 p.m.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral home is serving the Spears family.

 

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

James A. "Jim" Spears

James (Jim) Spears, 49, of 804 Howard St., died at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday [11/6/1973] in Holston Valley Community Hospital after a short illness.

Born in Scott County, Va., he had lived in Kingsport for the past 40 years. He was a veteran of World War II and an employee of Looney Chevrolet.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Delia Spears; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara Spears, Jonesboro, Mrs. Patricia Marshall, Kingsport; mother, Mrs. Ella Roberts, Jessup, Md.; several half-brothers and half-sisters; two grandsons.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

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Funeral services for James (Jim) Spears will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. in Hamlett-Dobson Chapel with the Rev. Burl Cox officiating. Burial will be in the Walnut Chapel Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(KINGSPORT TIMES, Thursday, Nov. 8, 1973)

(Son of Clyde McGhee Spears and Ella May Vaughn)

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Jim Spears

GATE CITY, Va. — Jim Spears , 83, passed away Sept. 11, 2009 at Holston Valley Medical Center.

He was born in the Alley Valley community of Scott County, Va. on Aug. 30, 1926.

He enlisted at age 17 and served in World War II in the U.S. Marine Corp, seeing action in the South Pacific on Peleliu and Okinawa. He was a member of Roadside Baptist Mission Church.

Jim was a well known musician, having formed the Jim Spears and the Bandits Band, as well as producing and performing on The Jim & Betty Spears Show viewed locally in Scott County, Va. from 1993-2001. He was a Welding Instructor at the Scott County Vocational Center. He was also well known for his life size metal sculptures such as The Last Supper, Big Blue at Gate City High School, the Rye Cove Eagle at Rye Cove High School, and the Military Man at the Scott County Courthouse, as well as making numerous arts and crafts items and, in his latter years, paintings of local landmarks.

His usual comment on doing so many different things was “my mind won't let me rest.”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Clara Jane Williams Spears ; sisters, Olena Hammonds, Glenna Quillin and Beulah Hammond; and brothers, Kelly and Milligan Spears .

Surviving are his wife, Betty Hickman Spears of the home; daughters, Melody Reposa and husband, Terry, California, Kim Campbell Ross and husband, Harold, Waynesville, N.C., Jill Campbell Cates and husband, Greg, Mount Carmel and Ginger Campbell Pyle and husband, Roddy, Church Hill; son, Cephas Spears and wife, Helene, California; brother, Rant Spears , Kingsport; grandchildren, Philip Cates, Zeb and Levi Ross, Maddie Pyle, Ginger Maltese, Amber Aweau, Andrew Spears , Mark Norwood; several great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and cousins; special nieces, Carolyn Taylor, Kingsport and Emma Rena Penrod, Bowling Green, Ky.

Calling hours will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va.

Services will be at 8 p.m. in the chapel with the Rev. Bob R. Lane and Rev. J. W. Bowen officiating.

Music will be provided by Libby Sharp.

Military graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holston View Cemetery with VFW Post #4933 providing the honors.

Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Harold Ross, Greg Cates, Roddy Pyle, Philip Cates, Zeb Ross, and Levi Ross.

Honorary pallbearers will be Rant Spears , John Blanton, Dr. Joe Pope, Eddie Taylor, Mel Hammond and Freddie Hammond.

The family would like to thank Pastor Jerry Musick, Pastor Boyd Holder and the doctors and nurses in the CCU at Holston Valley Medical Center for their extraordinary compassion and care of Jim.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane
 

Joseph. A. Spears

Joseph. A. Spears, 79, 822 Forest Street, died at 5:25 a.m. Thursday [2/24/1972] after an illness of several months at Holston Valley Community Hospital.

Born In Russell County, Va., he came to Kingsport in 1924 and was employed at Tennessee Eastman Company retiring in 1957. His wife, Mrs. Viola Spears preceded him in death in 1966.

Spears is survived by three daughters, Miss Blanch Spears and Anna Lee Gaines, both of Kingsport, Mrs. Hazel Carr of Church Hill; one son, Emory Spears of Denver, Colorado; three sisters, Mrs. E. M. (Linnie) Cox of Kingsport, Mrs. Carl (Ina) Self and Mrs. Horace (Ruth) Knight, both of Greeneville; two brothers, Boyd Spears of Weber City, Va., and Kyle Spears of Kingsport; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(KINGSPORT NEWS, Friday, February 25, 1972)

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Funeral services for Joseph A. Spears, 822 Forest St., will be conducted al 1 p.m. Sunday at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Freeman Wright officiating. Burial will be in East Lawn Memorial Park. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Nephews will be pallbearers. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Joseph’s wife, Viola (Cox) Spears, was born in Scott Co.)

KINGSPORT NEWS, Saturday, February 26, 1972

Submitted by Don Lane

John Charles Spears

KNOXVILLE - John Spears , 54, formerly of Knoxville, passed away Monday (Jan. 17, 2000) as the result of a car accident that also took the life of his mother, Lillian Frances Quillen Spears .

He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Coagle Spears .

Surviving are a sons, Shane Spears , St. Petersburg, Fla., Derrick Spears , Grand Prairie, Texas; sister, Ival Johnson; brother, Kenneth Spears , Grand Blank, Mich.; brother and sister-in-law, Clay and Pam Spears , Plantation, Fla.; two nieces; three nephews; two great nieces.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel, 1421 Broadway, Knoxville.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Brian Rush and the Rev. Hagan Webb officiating.

Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, Va.

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Submitted by Don Lane

Lillian Frances (Quillen) Spears

KNOXVILLE - Lillian Frances Quillen Spears , 72, passed away Monday (Jan. 17, 2000) as a result of a car accident, which also took the life of her son, John. She was a member of Atlantic Avenue Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles Patton and Lona P. Quillen; brother, Elmer; and husband, Marvin Coagle Spears .

Surviving are a daughter, Ival Johnson, Knoxville; son, Kenneth Spears , Grand Blanc, Mich.; son and daughter-in-law, Clay and Pam Spears , Plantation, Fla.; grandchildren, Drew and Jamie Johnson, Knoxville, Tammy and Jimmy Sharp, St. Petersburg, Fla., Don and Jim Lambert, Nashville, Shane Spears , St. Petersburg, Fla., Derrick Spears , Grand Prairie, Texas, Nathan and Christopher Spears , Plantation, Fla.; two great grandchildren, Michelle and Allysa Johnson; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Rose Mortuary Broadway Chapel, 1421 N. Broadway, Knoxville.

Services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Brian Rush and the Rev. Hagan Webb officiating.

Interment will be at 2 p.m. Friday in the Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, Va.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Madeline Beatrice “Mattie” ( Hammond ) Spears

KINGSPORT - Mattie Hammond Spears, 85, 3342 Wilrho Circle, was united with her Lord and Savior and re-united with the love of her life, Kelley A. Spears on Thursday ( April 10, 2003 ) at Holston Valley Medical Center after an extended illness.

She was born in Scott County , Va. , but lived most of her life in Kingsport . She was a devoted Christian who loved her Lord and family.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother who will be missed by all.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kelley A. Spears; son, Luther Dewayne Spears; parents, Kenneth and Kate McConnell Hammond; and brother, Herbert Hammond.

Surviving are her children, Paul J. Spears, Clifton, Tenn., Betty J. Cookenour, Kingsport, Thressa A. Tipton, Weber City, Va., and Freta K. Wilson, Kingsport; 17 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Elma Williams, Weber City, Va.; brother, Ewell Hammond, Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Holston View Cemetery with Christy McMakin officiating.

Pallbearers will be Dustin Cookenour, Cody Cookenour, John Williams, Matt Tipton, Mike Long and Kevin Blazier.

Honorary pallbearers will be Chris Wilson, Derrek McMakin and Mark Tipton.

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane
 

William J. Spears

Funeral services for William J. Spears will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the West View Primitive Baptist Church . The Rev. Dana Crawford and the Rev. Dewey Linkous will officiate. Burial will be in the Morrison Chapel Cemetery .

Pallbearers will include Luther Gilliam, Lon Gilliam, Lacy Jennings , George Begley, Dorse Robinette, Hugh Fox, and Ken Noe.

Spears was killed in an automobile accident in Georgia Monday [ 3/2/1959 ]. He was born in Scott County , Va. , the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kelly Spears of Route 6. He had lived in Kingsport until 18 months ago when he moved to Jacksonville , Fla. , to work with a construction company there. He was a carpenter by trade, a veteran of World War II, and attended the Baptist Church .

Survivors, besides the parents, are: his widow, Mrs. Gaynelle Jennings Spears; one sister, Mrs. James Lee. Knoxville; and two brothers, Eveston and Vernon

Spears, both of Kingsport .

The body will be taken to the church one hour before the service from Carter-Clamon Funeral Home where it will remain until then.

(Kingsport News  /  Saturday, March 7, 1959

Kingsport News
Submitted by Don Lane
 

 

Jefferson Floyd Speers

SW Virginia Land Dispute Ends In Death

DUFFIELD, Va. - A 74-year-old father of seven children, Jeffie Floyd Spears, of the Sulphur Hollow Community, is dead of a gunshot wound and his brother-in-law, W. M. Bloomer of the same community, is free on $5,000 bond charged with murder

The shooting, at 5 p.m. Monday, apparently climaxed a long dispute over a boundary line. Neighbors told investigating Scott County officers the two men had argued over the property in the past.

According to Harold Spears, 21-year-old son of the victim, he and his father had been working on a ridge about half mile from their home and started home.

When they had gone a short distance down the narrow trail, they met William Bloomer and his son, Clyde.

Spears said the elder Bloomer told them, "I told you not to come down this road another time." Spears said he and his father kept going and Bloomer opened fire with a 410 gauge shotgun at close range.

The shot struck Spears in the right shoulder and he fell to the ground. Harold Spears said that Clyde Bloomer then stuck what appeared to be a shotgun in his back while the elder Bloomer ran off.

When the two men left, Spears picked his father up and tried to carry him off the ridge to the home, but the elder Spears died within a short time.

The shooting occurred about 5 p.m. It was almost 7 p.m. before Scott County Sheriff Vernon Clark and Deputy K. H. Pearcy, arrived at the scene.

An ambulance from the Scott County Funeral Home accompanied the officers, and took the body to the funeral home.

Bloomer made his way to Gate City where he later turned himself in at the jail.

Bloomer said at the jail he thought the Spears were armed, and that the victim was going for a gun.

He later posted a $5,000 bond and was released to appear at a hearing on August 13.

Spears is survived by his wife Susie Spears, four daughters, Mrs. Goldie Walters, Mrs. Rita Ramey, and Mrs. Kathleen Ramey, all of Church Hill, Tenn. and Mrs. Frances Fagains, Kingsport.

Three sons, Curtis, Whitesburg, Tenn.; Jim, Fall Branch, Tenn., and Harold, of Blackwater, Va. and two brothers, Lloyd, Blackwater, and Oliver of Kingston, Tenn. also survive.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

The body is at the Scott County Funeral Home.

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DUFFIELD, Va. - Funeral services for Jeffie Floyd Spears, who was shot to death here Monday, will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. in Rollers Chapel Baptist Church.

Rev. Gerald Hopkins and Rev. Rhan Mendenhall will officiate. Burial will be in Steels Cemetery.

The body will be taken to the residence this afternoon from the Scott County Funeral Home, and will be taken to the church one hour before services.

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Death Ruled Manslaughter

GATE CITY, Va. -- An all-male jury found 73-year-old William Martin Bloomer guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the fatal shooting of his brother-in-law and recommended a two-year prison sentence Friday.

The defense asked that the court set the verdict aside and that the county probation officer prepare a pre-sentence investigation and report. Circuit Court Judge Joseph Cridlin gave the defense 10 days to file a formal request.

Bloomer was charged with murder in the July 6 [1964] shooting of Floyd Spears. Bloomer testified Thursday he shot Spears because the 72-year-old Spears was attacking him with a grubbing hoe following a dispute over property boundary lines.

Bloomer told the court that he and his son had an argument with Spears over boundary lines and rights-of-way between their properties on the morning of July 6. Bloomer said that Spears and his son were tearing down a fence that belonged to him, and wouldn't stop when he asked them to.

Bloomer said that he and his son then came to Gate City and talked with his attorney, and with Commonwealth's Attorney Roy V. Wolfe Jr. He stated that he then obtained a warrant charging Spears with trespassing and destruction of personal property.

Bloomer said he and his son left Gate City about 3:30 in the afternoon on July 6, and returned home. He said they then went back on the ridge to feed some livestock they had there. He said they took their shotguns along to shoot some crows that had been damaging their corn crop.

Bloomer said when they reached the spot where the fence had been torn down they met Spears and his son, Harold, sitting on a log. Bloomer said the elder Spears told them not to come any further. He said he told Spears he did not want any trouble, but that he had to feed his livestock in a barn some 200 yards farther.

Bloomer said he went around the two men, and was walking down the small sled road when Spears came up behind him and started swinging the grubbing hoe at his head. Bloomer said he dodged the swinging hoe three times and then raised his shotgun and fired, hitting Spears in the chest.

Bloomer said he then returned home and went to the sheriff's office in Gate City and reported the incident.

 

(Kingsport Times, Tues, Jul 7, 1964 and Wed, Jul 8, 1964 and

Kingsport News, Sat, Jan 23, 1965

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier and Don Lane

Ashleigh Raeann Spivey

SURGOINSVILLE — Ashleigh Raeann Spivey, infant child of Jacob Ray Spivey and Amy Leigh Head went into the presence of Jesus on Wednesday morning (Jan. 21, 2009) at Indian Path Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her great-grandfathers, William Maultbay and T.J. Spivey; a great-grandmother, Bobbie Spivey; her uncle, Bill Maultbay.

In addition to her parents, Ashleigh Spivey is survived by her grandparents, Scott and Debbie Eaton and Shelia Spivey; her aunt, Tabitha Miller; her uncle, Kenny Head; great-aunt and great-uncle, Carl and Susan Matherly; a great-uncle, Kyle Spivey; her cousins, Maximus, Nia Elle, Ava and Arilynn along with additional family members.

A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Scott County Funeral Home with Pastor Larry Tolley officiating.

A graveside service will follow the funeral at the Fields Cemetery in Yuma, Va., with her cousins, Josh Matherly and Tyler Matherly serving as pallbearers.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home is serving the family of Ashleigh Spivey.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Claudia Theatta (Estepp) Spivey

Claudia Estepp Spivey, age 95, passed away on Friday, October 07, 2011 at her home in Gate City, VA. She was born on August 11, 1916, the first child of Elbert and Maggie Estepp.

She leaves four daughters to revere her memory: Carole S. Edwards and Chuck of Greenville, NC; Emily S. Counts of Abington, VA; Edina S. McConnell and Bob of High Point, NC; and Dottie S. Bishop and Jerry of Wilmington, NC. She also leaves seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Other survivors include two sisters: Annabel Estepp Lynch and Madge Estepp Boy as well as her brothers: Clyde Arthur Estepp and Harmie J. Estepp – all from Scott County.

For more than 35 years, she and Kelly Spivey, her husband of 68 years, ran a community grocery business in Scott County. Since his death in 2001, she has continued to keep one "true place" for her family to call HOME. Over the years, her faith has sustained her to face the loss of loved ones.

On Sunday, October 9, at Oak Hill Memorial Park, there will be a visitation from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM followed by a service celebrating the life of Mrs. Spivey with Reverend Jim Goddard officiating. Interment will follow in the adjoining cemetery. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that loved ones and neighbors may best honor her memory by devoting some time to make life easier for someone who needs help and encouragement. An act of kindness is especially blessed if it's anonymous.

The staff of Oak Hill is honored to serve the family of Claudia Estepp Spivey.

Oak Hill Memorial Park obituaries at www.oakhillmemorialpark.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Conley Gardner Spivey

CLINCHPORT - Conley Gardner Spivey, 80, of Clinchport Rt. 1 died at Mountain Home Veterans Hospital in Johnson City Saturday afternoon [ Feb 15,1975 ] after a long illness.

A retired farmer, he was a lifelong resident of Scott County , a Baptist and a veteran of World War I.

Surviving are: his widow, Mrs. Polly Jane Spivey; daughter, Mrs. Charles (Ethel) Greeson of Flint, Mich.; sons, Robert L., Cumberland, Ky.; Earl, Gate City; John, Kingsport; Walter Ray, Duffield, and James Spivey, Clinchport; sisters, Mrs. Sadie Kerns, Kingsport, and Mrs. Polly Kerns, Flint, Mich.; brother, Grover Spivey, Flint; twelve grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Gate City Funeral Home is in charge.

(Kingsport Times-News / Sunday, Feb. 16, 1975)

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Funeral services for Conley Gardner Spivev will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel with Rev. Willie Jennings and Rev. Joe Hill officiating. Burial will follow in the Kerns Cemetery . The American Legion Hammond Post No 3 will be in charge of graveside services. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight. Gate City Funeral Home in charge.

(Kingsport Times / Monday, Feb. 17, 1975)

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Craig Anson Spivey

WEBER CITY, Va. - Craig Anson Spivey, 37, Weber City, Va., entered into rest on Tuesday (March 6, 2007) at his residence.

Born in Sullivan County on Sept. 6, 1969, he was the son of Harlan Ray Spivey and Frances Kaye Hommell Spivey. He was a 1987 graduate of Gate City High School. He worked at Burger King, Fluor Daniels Construction and Tennessee Eastman for 18 years.

Craig never met a stranger, anytime you saw him he was talking and laughing. He loved hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lillian Marie and Dewey Hampton Spivey; his maternal grandfather, William Clyde Hommell; an aunt, Carolyn Anderson; uncles, Gaines Mullins, William "Bunk" Hommell, Carl Brannon and Robert L. Carter; and his first cousin, Michael Brannon.

He is survived by his parents, Harlan and Frances Spivey, Weber City, Va.; his brother and sister-in-law, Terry and Amber Spivey, Weber City, Va.; grandmother, Mary Ellen Hommell, Weber City, Va.; nieces, Teresa and Ariel Spivey, Weber City, Va., and "my little bro", Israel Crawford, Gate City, Va.

The family will receive friends from 5 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 Pastor Gary Adkins, Pastor Gary Sloan and Brother Jacob Crawford officiating.

Israel Crawford, Tabetha Dockery and Kelly Jennings will provide the music.

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

Israel Crawford, Jacob Crawford, Danny Crawford, David (Fid) Hommell, Matthew Smith, Steve (Pee Wee) Smith, Flint Williams, Jimmy Gilreath and Roger Vineyard will serve as pallbearers.

Pat Hommell, Bill Pat Tipton, David Goode, Bobby Quillen, Chris Parks, Timmy John Starnes and Mark Sampson will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Donald Wayne Spivey

Donald Wayne Spivey died peacefully at his home on October 12, 2011.

He was born on October 24, 1955 and resided his entire life in Kingsport, Tennessee, a town of which he was very proud to be a resident. He is survived by his parents, Carl and Dorothy Spivey of Kingsport, his son, Joseph Carl Spivey of Richmond VA, his brother Richard Spivey and wife Sandra Spivey of Kingsport

Don was fortunate enough to belong to a very strong and loving family including his nephew Matthew Alan Spivey and wife Rebecca Spivey of Atlanta, GA, his cousin/brother, Stephen Edward Harville and wife Cynthia Ann Harville of Kingsport, his cousin/brother, Patrick Hagan "Mickey" Spivey, III and wife, Teresa of Kingsport, his cousin /sister, Terri Lynn Weaver of Kingsport, his aunt/mother Irene Harville of Kingsport, his aunt/mother, Jean Spivey of Kingsport, his cousin/nephews Joshua Stephen Harville & wife Jennifer, Jordan Edward Harville and Jaron McKay Harville and cousin/nieces Alyssa Meghan Harville, Haley Dietrich and husband Andy, Brandi Slayer and husband Tony, Chesney Spivey, Megan Stout and husband Josh and Abby Weaver, all of Kingsport. Don is also survived by his aunt Nina Ford of Atlanta, GA, aunt Florence Locke of Kingsport, cousins Harold Ford of Atlanta, GA, David Spivey of Chattanooga, David Locke, Walter Locke and Mike Locke of Kingsport.

Don was fortunate enough to have a special angel, Robin Dennison, in his life. She was his constant companion and loved him in health as well as in his time of distress. Her amazing love and support during his illness truly cannot be described in words. Robin's children Adam and Meg Dennison were also very special to Don.

Don was a graduate of Dobyns Bennett High School and East Tennessee State University and was a well respected insurance executive employed by BB&T/KDC Insurance Services where he spent his entire working life. He considered his co-employees his family as well.

Don's passion was announcing sports as the voice of the Indians and as the public address announcer for the Kingsport Mets at Hunter Wright Stadium. He was an avid golfer and coached youth basketball for over 30 years, touching the lives of many young people in this area. He loved life and enjoyed it to the fullest. He had many friends and loved them dearly.

At Don's request, the family is having a private ceremony. Don asked that all his dear friends do something that they enjoy the most, in his memory. He will be deeply missed by his family and the Kingsport community.

Officiating at the service will be David Cagle and Marvin Cameron who were true friends to him during his time of need.

Anyone wishing to show their respect to Don can do so my making a contribution to the Kingsport Boys and Girls Club.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home downtown Kingsport is in charge of the arrangements.

Carter-Trent Funeral Home obituaries at www.cartertrent.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Donnie Gene Spivey

Gate City, VA – Donnie Spivey, 73, of Gate City, VA, passed away Friday morning, September 21, 2012, at his residence. Mr. Spivey was born March 7, 1939, in Scott County, VA, the son of the late Wrightly D. Spivey and Dona Serena McDavid Spivey.

During his lifetime, he worked in the textile industry for Holliston Mills Corp. Mr. Spivey loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, farmer, and gardener. He also greatly enjoyed his daily breakfasts with his friends at Hardee’s in Gate City.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by 3 brothers, Orville Spivey, Claude Spivey, and James Spivey; and 1 sister, Ida Mae Spivey Hammock.

Survivors of Donnie Spivey include his wife, Carolyn Fay Hammonds Spivey (Gate City, VA); daughter, Revonda Chapman-Watts and husband Nick (Gate City, VA); 2 sons, Gerald Spivey and wife Lisa (Cleveland, TN), Darren Spivey and wife Anissa (Gate City, VA); 8 grandchildren, Andy Spivey, Adam Spivey, Corey Staton, Brian Spivey, Krystal Spivey, Brett Watts, Zachary Chapman, Luke Chapman; 2 sisters, Eloise Wolfenbarger (Rye Cove, VA), Dorothy Hammonds (Gate City, VA); 1 brother, John Spivey (Gate City, VA); special nephews, Jeff Spivey, Larry Spivey, Dan Spivey; and special friends, Pete and Mae France.

The family of Donnie Spivey will receive friends from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Colonial Funeral Home (Weber City, VA). A funeral service, officiated by Bro. Jim Combs, will be held immediately following the visitation, beginning at 6:00 p.m., in the funeral home chapel.

Mr. Spivey will be interred in the Spivey Cemetery (Manville community) on Sunday, September 23, 2012. A graveside service will be held beginning at 11:00 a.m. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery prior to time of the service. Nephews and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family of Donnie Spivey would like to extend a special thank you to all the doctors, hospice nurses, treatment nurses, and Tom McDavid for all of their loving care and support during Mr. Spivey’s time of need.

Serving the family of Donnie Spivey is Colonial Funeral Home of Scott County, Inc. (Weber City, VA).

Colonial Funeral Home obituaries at www.colonialfhscott.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Elkana Creed “Jack” Spivey

Mar 15, 1901 – Feb 3, 1929

KINGSPORT MAN IS KILLED IN WRECK

Jack Spivey, 26, Is Found Beneath His Oveturned Auto

WAS DRIVING ALONE

Time of Accident Fixed at Seven o’Clock

Jack Spivey, 26, an employe of the Kingsport Press and a resident of Kingsport was found crushed to death under his overturned car one and one-half miles out of Kingsport on the Gate City pike last night about 8 o’clock.

J. Frank Nelson of the Nelson’s Funeral establishment of Kingsport was summoned to the scene of the wreck by passerby who noticed the overturned car and found Spivey pinned under it. Mr. Nelson stated that the victim had been dead an hour.

Police have been unable to determine the cause of the accident but expressed the opinion that Mr. Spivey, who was alone in the car, lost control of the machine and it plunged down the embankment.

The theory is that the door apparently flew open as the car left the road and Mr. Spivey slipped partly out and was crushed as the vehicle rolled down the bank.

He is survived by his wife and one small child.

Kingsport Times, Feb 4, 1929 clippng from Martha Jane Hauk Jones

Submitted by Martha Jane Hauk Jones and Don Lane

James Howard Spivey

GATE CITY, Va. - James Howard Spivey, 73, went to be with the Lord with the family holding his hand Monday (Sept. 2, 2002) at his residence.

Mr. Spivey was born December 20, 1928 in Scott County, Va., to the late Wrightly D. Spivey and Dona McDavid Spivey; paternal grandparents, John and Dicey Ervin Spivey and maternal grandparents, Jim and Cora McDavid.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Emily Kathleen Spivey; one brother, Claude Spivey; granddaughter, Chasity Spivey.

Mr. Spivey retired from Holliston Mills after 43 years of employment.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Ettie Marie Hammonds Spivey, Gate City; sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Wayne and Carol Spivey, Gate City, Danny R. and Debbie Spivey, Gate City; sisters, Elois Wolfenburger, Clinchport, Va., Ida Mae Hammock, Cincinnati, Ohio, Dorothy Hammonds, Gate City, Va.; brothers, John, Don and Orville Spivey, all of Gate City; eight grandchildren, Mick, Lori, Chad, Danielle, Kara, Zeke, Isaiah and Jake; four great-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Caleb, Chantay and Chase; best friend, Charlie Clayton Hammonds, Gate City; several nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today in the Juanita S. Falin Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Jimmy Combs and, honorary minister, the Rev. Claude Lane officiating.

Burial will follow the service at Hammonds Cemetery, Copper Ridge community.

Grandsons, Mick, Chad, Zeke, Isaiah, Jake Spivey, special friends and members of the Gate City High School football team, Chris Hammonds, Will McDavid, Will Humphreys and Luke Humphreys will serve as pallbearers.

Special friends and members of the Gate City High School football team, Matt Price, Will Hubbard, Brandon Tipton and Tyler Lane will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Jane (Lawson) Spivey

CHATTANOOGA — Jane Lawson Spivey, 78, of Chattanooga, died Tuesday ( Sept. 9, 2008 ) in a local hospital.

Mrs. Spivey was a member of Brainerd Baptist Church .

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Myra Spivey; and a brother and five sisters.

Survivors include her husband, S. Jack Spivey; son, David Spivey, of Chattanooga ; two sisters, Eve Donelson and Cleona Jarvis.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. today at Heritage Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 7454 E. Brainerd Road , Chattanooga , Tenn.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Devotion of Hamilton Memorial Gardens .

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Jason Scott “Bubba” Spivey

DUFFIELD, Va. - Jason Scott (Bubba) Spivey, 30, of the Jasper community, went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning ( Aug. 13, 2005 ) at his residence.

Born in Johnson City , he was a son of Walter and Shirley Dockery Spivey, and was of the Christian faith. He was a correctional officer with the Virginia Department of Prisons and worked at Wallens Ridge State Prison in Big Stone Gap. He was an active member of the Tri-City Motorcycle Club, a member of HOG (Harley Owners Group Association), and a member of Duffield Volunteer Fire and Rescue. Bubba was a very caring person who donated much time and money to local charities and fund raisers, especially victims of Leukemia.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Conley and Polly Jones Spivey; his maternal grandparents, Homer and Molly Hass Dockery; his uncles, Edward Dockery and Earl Spivey.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by sisters, Cathy Dishner and husband Ricky, Phyllis Bledsoe and husband Jerry; brother, Benny Spivey and wife Debbie; nieces, Melanie Fields, Misty Burke and husband Walt, Michelle Vermillion and husband Larry, Miranda Cole, and Megan Spivey; nephews, Devin Dishner, Shane Dishner, Jonathan Dishner; great-nieces, Makayla Fields, Madison Cole; great-nephews, Benjamin Cole and Matthew Baker.

Special thanks to Jason's sister-in-law for being a wonderful caregiver. Special thanks to Doug Ward for his kindness to the family during this difficult time, and to all his many friends, we thank you for being there for all of us.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. today at The Duffield Funeral Home at Thomas Village .

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Ray Dockery and Rev. Gene Swinney officiating. Eulogy will be given by Fred M. (Pappy) Vineyard of the Tri-City Motorcycle Club.

Music will be provided by The Dockerys.

Committal services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Spivey Family Cemetery in Jasper with the Virginia Department of Corrections, Wallens Ridge Honor Guard officiating. Those attending the graveside services are asked to meet at the funeral home at 12:30 p.m. for procession to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be co-workers at Wallens Ridge State Prison.

Honorary pallbearers will be Steven Roach, Chad Hood, Barry Addington, James Bledsoe and Barry Osborne.

Memorial contributions may be made to Tri-City Motorcycle Club, 244 East Main St. , Kingsport , TN 37660 .

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Joan Leslie (Rhoton) Lane Spivey

GATE CITY, Va. - Joan Leslie Rhoton Spivey, 59, went to be with Jesus on Nov. 16, 2007 at her residence.

Born in Scott County , Va. , on May 17, 1948 , she was of the Baptist faith and was the daughter of the late Roy and Berta Mae Qualls Rho­ton.

In addition to her parents, infant sisters, Ada and Maranda Rhoton preceded her in death.

Surviving is her husband, Robert L. Spivey of the home; son and very special daughter-in-law Roy and Marsha Lane, Mt Carmel; daughters and son-in-law Melissa Lane Lawson, Duffield, Va. and Rita Williams and husband Randy, who was like a son, Mt. Carmel; two outstanding grandchildren; C.J. Britt and wife Melissa, Duffield, Va. and Adrienne Britt; Duffield, Va.; one great grandchild, Emily Joanna Britt, due in April; brother and very special sister-in-law Bobby and Teresa Rho­ton, Duffield, Va.; two special nephews and wives, Tim and Ang­ie Rhoton and Corey and Cathy Rhoton; six special children in Joan's life, Mason and Joey Rho­ton, Hannah and Seth Rhoton and Trevor and Cameron Hobbs and her special best friends, Charmie Gibson, Lakie Davis, Sue Smith, Nancy Powers and Patsy Austin.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. , Saturday at the Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence.

Funeral services will be con­ducted at 1 p.m. , Sunday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Mickey Gibson and the Rev. Otto Gibson officiating.

Randy Davis, Adrienne Britt and Jimmie Vanover will provide the music.

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

Bobby Rhoton, C.J. Britt, Tim Rhoton, Corey Rhoton, Randy Williams and Denny Arnold will serve as pallbearers.

Jimmy Spivey, Denny Plum­mer, Benny Spivey, Larry Bled­soe, Jerry Wolfe, John Spivey, Dennis Grizzle, Charles Rhoton, Charles Grission, Don Bowles, Lucio Espino, Scott Beckerink, Wayne Bledsoe, Justin Williams, Jason Williams, Jo Smith, Tammy Bledsoe, Shirley Bledsoe, Tammy Hammonds, Jennifer Rogers and Patricia Dean will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Joan Rhoton Spivey.

Kingsport Times
Submitted by Don Lane  

John E. Spivey

May 21, 1933 - September 11, 2014

Rye Cove, Va..  – John E. Spivey, age 81 of Rye Cove passed away on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Brookhaven Manor Kingsport TN.

Born in Rye Cove, VA on May 21, 1933, he was a son of the late Conley and Polly Jones Spivey. He was also preceded in death by his daughter Karen Roberts and three brothers, Earl, Robert and Walter Spivey.

Mr. Spivey was of the Baptist faith. He was a lifelong Farmer and loved listening to bluegrass music and visiting with his friends.

He is survived by one daughter Janice Stanley (Jackie) of Fall Branch; two sons Mike Spivey (Carla), Fall Branch, Allan Spivey, Limestone; three grandchildren Brian Stanley (Patsy), Kelli Price, Halie Roberts; four great-grandchildren Jacob, K.C., Makenzie, and Kyndel; one sister Ethel Greeson of Flint Mich; one brother James Spivey (Lynn), Rye Cove, Also several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 4 to 6 PM at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, VA and anytime at the residence of his daughter.

Graveside service will be held Monday September 15, 2014 at 11 AM in the Kern Cemetery, with Bro. Denny Hass officiating. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at funeral home no later than 10 AM.

Pallbearers will be Family and Friends.

Honorary pallbearers will be Buck Dingus, Buddy Hill, Bill Franklin and Emory Kern.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to the staff of Brookhaven Manor.

Online condolences may be made to the John E. Spivey family by visiting our website at www.colonialfhscott.com

Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, VA is honored to serve the family of John E. Spivey.

(Some Scott Co ancestral families – Spivey, Jones, Tipton, Edwards, Williams, Rhoton, Hill, Neeley, Lark, Rhoton, Pendleton, Lane, Conn)

Colonial Funeral Home obituaries at www.colonialfhscott.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Lester Allen Spivey

ELON, N.C. - Lester Allen Spivey, 52, 311 Forestview Dr., died Wednesday (July 31, 2002) at UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Born in Kingsport, he was former manager of Eckerd Drugs for 30 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Elon.

He was the son of the late Claude Sylvester Spivey.

Surviving are his wife, Debra McCoy Spivey, of the home; daughter, Pamela Suzanne Spivey, of the home; sons, Michael Allen Spivey of Burlington, N.C., and Jonathan Edward Spivey, of the home; mother, Dorothy Christian Spivey of Gate City, Va.; sisters, Linda Lawson of Church Hill, Dianne Akers of Gate City, Va., Cindy Carter of Clinchport, Va., and Brenda Fields of Gate City, Va.; and a brother, Herman Spivey of Weber City, Va.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Gate City Funeral Home, Gate City, Va.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in the Christian Family Cemetery, Gate City, Va., with the Rev. Paul Lane and the Rev. Claude Lane, honorary minister, officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Elon, 216 Lawrence Ave., Elon, N.C. 27244 or the American Heart Association, Memorial Processing Center, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058-5216.

Rich & Thompson Funeral Service, Burlington, N.C., is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Lewis Kelly Spivey

GATE CITY, Va. - Lewis Kelly Spivey, 88, of Route 6, has succumbed after a long struggle with Parkinson and related illness. He died on Wednesday (March 7, 2001).

Mr. Spivey was a Christian. He owned his own grocery store and service station for 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his grandson, Chuckie Edwards; his parents; a brother, Jim Spivey.

In addition to Claudia Estepp Spivey, his wife of 68 years, he leaves behind four daughters, Dorothy S. Bishop and husband, Jerry, Wilmington, N.C., Edna S. McConnell and husband, Bob, High Point, N.C., Reba (Emily) S. Counts, Abingdon, Va., and Carole S. Edwards and husband, Chuck, Greenville, N.C. He also leaves behind seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; four sisters and brother-in-law, Mr. William D. (Minnie) Lane, Gate City, Mrs. Nellie Tipton, Gate City, Emma Williams, Weber City, Va., Jeanette Carter, Hiltons, Va.; a brother, John Spivey, Florence, S.C.; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Buford Blankenbeckler officiating. A eulogy will be given by Bob McConnell and Dorothy S. Bishop.

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

The family suggests that memorials may be made to a charity or the church of one's choice.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Mary Elizabeth (Hammonds) Spivey

Nov 25, 1942 – Feb 5, 2010

GATE CITY, Va. - Mary Elizabeth Spivey, 67, a resident of Brian Center, Weber City, Va., is now free from pain and suffering and at rest with the Lord. Friday morning (Feb. 5, 2010).

She was a lifelong resident of Scott County, Va. She attended Tiptons Chapel before her illness and was unable. She was a wife of 47 years, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She always liked to joke, laugh with family and friends.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, John Spivey; one son, Jeff Spivey of Gate City, Va.; one daughter, Darlene Spivey Flanary of Gate City, Va.; two brothers, Jimmy Hammonds and wife, Wanda of Rye Cove, Va., Steve Hammonds and wife, Phyllis, of Rye Cove, Va.; four sisters, Judy Hammonds of Kingsport, Faye Spivey and husband, Don of Gate City, Va., Jennell Lane and husband, Ronnie of Kingsport, Inez Baker and husband, Jimmy, of Kingsport; three grandchildren, Bryan Flanary and wife, Jessica, Dustin Flanary and Melissa, Nicole Spivey; two great- greatchildren, Wyatt Flanary, Liam Flanary.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 4 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home with the the Elder Jimmy Combs and Rev. Danny Sykes officiating.

Singers will be Jonathan and Dwayne Hammonds, Tim Hammonds and daughter Amanda.

Family and friends will meet at 11 a.m. Monday at Colonial Funeral Home to go to the Spivey Cemetery, Gate City, Va. for a 12 noon graveside service.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

(Some Scott Co ancestral families – Hammonds, Williams, Buckner, France, Darter, Lane, Lark, McDavid, Wolfe, Steffey, Smith, Kilgore, Powers)

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Orville Clarence Spivey

KINGSPORT - Orville Clarence Spivey, 86, of Rivermont Circle, formerly of Gate City, Va., (Manville), went to be with the Lord Thursday afternoon (Aug. 25, 2005) at Wexford House after an illness.

Born July 3, 1919, he was the son of the late Wrightly and Dona McDavid Spivey. He retired from the Scott County School System as a bus driver. During his retirement, he spent many days doing what he loved and that was farming. He attended Lawson Memorial Church.

He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be sadly missed.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Hammonds Spivey; son, Donald Kay Spivey; daughter, Della Ruth Spivey; infant sister; two brothers, Claude Spivey and James Spivey; and a granddaughter, Hayley Salyer.

Surviving are his daughter, Jean Spivey Salyer and husband Bobby of Kingsport; his son, Dedrick Spivey and wife Jackie of Duffield, Va.; grandchildren, Shannon Salyer and wife Stacey of Kingsport, Wendy Salyer Finney and husband Bret of Johnson City; great-grandson, Davis Salyer of Kingsport; three sisters, Eloise Wolfenbarger of Clinchport, Va., Ida Hammock of Loveland, Ohio and Dorothy Hammonds and husband Ellis of Gate City, Va.; two brothers, Donnie Spivey and wife Faye and John Spivey and wife Elizabeth, all of Gate City, Va.; special friend, Ruth Estepp; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Scott County Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Shannon Salyer officiating.

Music will be provided by Wayne Bledsoe and Ruth Bray.

Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hammonds Family Cemetery, Manville, Va. It is requested that those wishing to attend those services meet at the funeral home by 10 a.m. Saturday to go in procession.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Spivey, Jerry Estepp, Larry Spivey, Danny Spivey and Herman Spivey.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Hammonds, Malcolm Horton, Bill Ledger and Ellis Hammonds.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Adventa Hospice and the Wexford House.

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

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Patrick Hagan “P.H.” Spivey Jr.

Pat H. (P.H.) Spivey Jr., 60, 1412 Dobyns Drive, former super­intendent of Sullivan County schools, died early Saturday morn­ing ( May 2, 1992 ) at his home after an extended illness.

A native of Coeburn , Va. , he had spent most of his life in Kingsport.

He earned his BS degree from East Tennessee State University and a masters in school adminis­tration from George Peabody Col­lege . He began his teaching career in 1953 at Fort Robinson Elemen­tary School and was the first prin­cipal of Colonial Heights Junior High, serving there for 12 years. He became superintendent of Sulli­van County Schools in 1970, contin­uing in this position until 1974 when he resigned for health reasons. He became Finance Director of the Sullivan County school system where he served until his retire­ment in 1976.

He was past president of the Sullivan County Principal's Associ­ation, past member of the State Steering Committee of Superinten­dent's Study Council, the Ameri­can Society for Curriculum Development, Board of Directors of Junior Achievement, Board of Directors of the Sullivan County Association for Retarded Children, a member of the Executive Com­mittee of Sequoyah Council of Boy Scouts. He held membership in all local, state, and national teachers organizations.

He was director of Kingsport Summer Playground Program for 17 years.

He was a member of the Cal­vary Baptist Church where he was past secretary of the Sunday school for several years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Patrick H. and Ora Estelle Osborne Spivey Sr.

Surviving are his wife, Jean Parker Spivey, of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Joey (Terri Lynn) Weaver, Blountville; one son, Dr. Patrick H. (Mickey) Spivey III, Kingsport; four granddaughters; two sisters, Mrs. Jay (Irene) Har­ville, Kingsport, and Mrs. James (Nina) Ford, Decatur, Ga.; two brothers, Carl Spivey, Kingsport, and Jack Spivey, Chattanooga.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at East Lawn Fune­ral· Home and anytime at the resi­dence.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. John Coates and the Rev. William Gunter offi­ciating.

Graveside services will be con­ducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in East Lawn Memorial Park .

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Raymond R. Spivey

GATE CITY, Va. - Raymond R. Spivey, 58, Route 3, Gate City, died at 8:30 p.m. Thursday (April 28,1988) at his residence.

Born in Bluefield, W.Va., he was owner of Rhoton Glass and attended the Baptist church.

He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Surviving are his wife, Glenna Hagy Spivey; two sons, Lonnie Spivey and Mark Spivey, both of Weber City, Va.; one sister, Mrs. Nancy Lester, Fairfax, Va.; one brother, William Spivey, Naukegan, Ill.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Gate City Funeral Home and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Dean Smith officiating.

Burial will be in Holston View Cemetery.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane (from J.N. Adams’ collection)

Robert L. Spivey

GATE CITY, Va. — Robert L. Spivey, 87, of Gate City, Va., (Daniel Boone community), passed away Thursday (Nov. 10, 2011) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Born Oct. 17, 1924 in Scott County, Va., Mr. Spivey was a retired coal miner with the James River Coal Company in Lexington, Ky. and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Conley G. Spivey and Polly Jones Spivey; his wife, Joan Rhoton Spivey; brothers, Walter Ray Spivey and Earl Spivey.

He is survived by three step-children; one sister, Ethel Greeson, Flint, Mich.; two brothers, James (Jim) Spivey and wife, Lynn and John Spivey, all of Rye Cove, Va.; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Phyllis Bowen, Joyce Bowen and Bobby and Teresa Rhoton.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Darrell Hurd and the Rev. Joe Roberts officiating.

Music will be provided by Patsy Mason.

Graveside services will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. in the Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Ricky Spivey, James A. Spivey, Alan Spivey, Bobby Rhoton, William J. Franklin and Roger Fraysier.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Spivey, Chad Stepanian and Greg Hood.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bishop’s Memorial Freewill Baptist Church, c/o James Spivey, 874 Mississippi Drive, Duffield, Va. 24244.

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

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Walter Ray Spivey

DUFFIELD, Va. — Walter Ray Spivey, 71, of the Jasper community, went to be with the Lord early Saturday morning ( Sept. 1, 2007 ) while at Indian Path Medical Center .

He was born in Scott County , Va. , and was the son of the late Conley and Polly Jones Spivey. He was of the Christian faith.

He retired from the Tennessee Eastman Corp., Kingsport and enjoyed spending time outdoors, attending church and being with family and friends. He was a very loving and caring husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend who will dearly be missed.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jason “Bubba” Spivey; a brother, Earl Spivey; and a niece, Karen Roberts.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley Dockery Spivey; two daughters: Cathy Dishner, Phyllis Bledsoe and husband, Jerry; one son, Benny Spivey, all of Duffield, Va.; three grandsons, Devin Dishner, Shane Dishner and wife, Phyllis and Jonathan Dishner and wife, Hope; five granddaughters, Melanie Fields, Misty Burke and husband, Walter, Miranda Turner and husband, Brian, Megan Spivey, Michelle Vermillion and husband, Larry; 11 great-grandchildren, Makayla Fields, Madison Cole, Benjamin Cole, Matthew Baker, Blake Dishner, Logan Dishner, Bronson Dishner, Brock Dishner, Colton Dishner, Lauren Burke and April Burke; three brothers, John Spivey and James Spivey, both of Clinchport, Va., and Robert L. Spivey of Gate City, Va.; one sister, Ethel Greeson of Flushing, Mich.; several nieces and nephews and many friends.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Scott County Funeral Home.

The funeral will follow at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Ray Dockery and Rev. Olan Kilbourne officiating.

Music will be provided by Evangelist Garry Hood and The Dockery’s.

The committal service will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the Spivey Family Cemetery , Jasper community of Duffield , Va. The family will meet Friday at the cemetery for the services by 12:55 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Walter Burke, Devin Dishner, Richard Dishner, Shane Dishner, Ricky Spivey and Brian Turner.

The family wishes to thank Mr. and Mrs. Junior Stacy and Richard Dishner for all the help and/or work provided to the family. Special thanks also to all of the family and friends during this difficult time of need. We thank you for being there for all of us.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Callie Elva (Darnell) Sproles

DUFFIELD, Va. — Callie Darnell Sproles, 98, of Duffield, Va went home to be with the Lord Tuesday (Aug. 2, 2011).

Born April 24, 1913 in the Hill Station community of Scott County, Va., Mrs. Sproles was a teacher with the Wise and Scott County School Systems. She was a member of Three Bells United Methodist Church in Duffield, Va.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles F. Sproles; parents, Monroe Franklin Darnell and Nannie J. Vicars Darnell; sisters, Lilly (K.M.) Davidson, Bert (Clyde) Webb, Mary Redwine (Frank) Dishner, Ella (Bob) Hammond, Alice (Bob) Bledsoe, Betty (Ralph) Simenson; brothers, James Darnell and W.R. "Ted"(Francis) Darnell.

She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends today from 2 to 4 p.m. at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va.

Funeral services will be held today at 4 p.m. in the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jim Marshall officiating. Eulogy will be given by Bruce Bishop. Music will be provided by the Matney family.

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

Pallbearers will be nephews and friends.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lonnie Kern, Ronnie Kern and Johnny Johnson.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations to any charitable organization of your choice.

The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks to Dolas Matney, Mrs. Sproles niece, for the tender love and care shown to Aunt Callie.

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

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Charles Flanary Sproles

DUFFIELD, Va. - Charles Flanary Sproles , 91, Route 5, died Monday (March 15, 1999) at Lonesome Pine Hospital after a lengthy illness.

He was born in Scott County, Va., on Oct. 11, 1907, and was retired from B.F. Goodrich in Akron, Ohio, after 44« years in 1971. He belonged to the Masonic Lodge of Akron, Ohio, and was a member of the United Brethren Church of Fair Lawn, Ohio. He came back from Ohio in 1978 to live in Duffield, Va. He attended Flat Lick Community Church in Duffield, Va.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Pearl Latshaw Sproles ; his parents, Samuel E. and Julia M. Fraley Sproles ; three sisters, Edith Munsey, Easter Arwood, Nettie Kate Roberts; and brother, Fred Sproles .

Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Callie Darnell Sproles , Duffield, Va.; three sisters, Ollie Bowen, Tipp City, Ohio, Ada DeVeny, Englewood, Ohio, Georgia S. Flanary, Miamisburg, Ohio; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, and some very special neighbors and friends.

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

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert (Buddy) Legg and the Rev. Bruce Bishop officiating. Music will be conducted by Kimbler Peterson.

Interment will be at Holston View Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews. Honorary pallbearers will be great-nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Flat Lick Community Church of Duffield, Route 1, Box 228, Duffield, VA 24244 and to Volunteer Fire and Rescue Emergency, P.O. Box 78, Duffield, VA 24244.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

James Allen Sproles

Apr 30, 1975 – Aug 20 2009

CASTLEWOOD, VIRGINIA – James Allen Sproles, 34, died Thursday, August 20, 2009 at Russell County Medical Center, Lebanon, Virginia.

He was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was preceded in death by his sister, Angelina Turner; and one half brother, Roy Wright, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Tina Sproles; one son, Cody Kiser of Lebanon, Virginia; one step son, James Tompkins of Castlewood, Virginia; one daughter, Angelina Sproles of Castlewood, Virginia; mother, Anna Sproles of Castlewood, Virginia; father, Gary Sproles of Abingdon, Virginia; biological father, Roy Wright of Maryland; two half brothers, Vince Wright of Maryland and Butch Wright of Maryland; maternal grandmother, Barbara Boatright of Castlewood, Virginia; maternal aunts, Karen Collins and Debbie Walsh; two nieces, Adrianna Turner and Jessica Turner.

Funeral Services for James Allen Sproles will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 24, 2009 in Chapel of Love Mausoleum, Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood, Virginia with Father Mike Herbert officiating. Interment will follow in Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood, Virginia. Family and Friends will meet at the funeral home and go in procession to the cemetery, leaving at 10:30 a.m., Monday. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Blevins, Jerome Collins, Mike Russell, Anthony Turner, Darren Turner, and Vince Wright. Honorary Pallbearers will be Butch Wright, Jessee Turner, and Duke Blevins.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, August 23, 2009 in Castlewood Funeral Home, Castlewood, Virginia. Castlewood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary from findagrave.com, added by Ervinton

Submitted by Don Lane

Elma Grace (Gilley) Stacy

KINGSPORT - Grace Gilley Stacy, 74, went to be with the Lord at 9 p.m. Monday (Feb. 14, 2000) in the Emergency Room at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Born in Fairview, Va., she had resided in this area since 1960. She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Lilly Bledsoe Gilley. Mrs. Stacy taught elementary school in Scott County, Va. and Headstart in the Kingsport City Schools. She was a member of Bloomingdale Baptist Church.

Mrs. Stacy is preceded in death by two half sisters, Easter Bledsoe and Pearl Roller; one half brother, Hoyt Gilley.

Surviving are her husband of 52 years, George W. Stacy Jr., of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and John Goergen, Knoxville and Carol and Robert Dubay, Johnson City; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jack and Patricia Stacy , Mount Carmel, David and Patty Stacy , Church Hill, and Mark and Toni Stacy , Bristol; eight grandchildren, Elizabeth Brookshire, Norfolk, Va., Justin Stacy , Mount Carmel, Brent Stacy , Church Hill, Matthew Goergen, Knoxville, Jason Dubay, Johnson City, Christina Stacy , Paul Stacy and Luke Stacy , all of Bristol; two step grandchildren, Josh Bailey, Church Hill and Nikki Dubay, Johnson City.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the Bloomingdale Baptist Church and at other hours at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Thursday in the church with Pastor Joe W. Byrd officiating. Music will be provided by the church choir under the direction of T. Vernon McCray and Patty Fletcher.

Burial will follow graveside services at 11 a.m. Friday in East Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be deacons of the Bloomingdale Baptist Church.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Bloomingdale Baptist Church, 3220 Bloomingdale Pike, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.

Kingsport Times-News
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Kelly V. Stacy

BLOUNTVILLE - Kelly V. Stacy, 80, passed away Wednesday (Jan. 5, 2005) at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Scott County, Va., on Feb. 20, 1924, the son of the late John Stacy and Rosa Bledsoe Stacy. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran with a rank of Tech 5, serving in Japan and Okinawa.

He had worked as an automotive body mechanic at Wallace Oldsmobile in Bristol.

Mr. Stacy attended Gunnings Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Shirley Stacey, Mary Duncan; brothers, Claude Stacy, Archie Stacy.

Surviving are his loving wife of 60 years, Lucy E. Wallen Stacy of the home; daughter, Debra Widner, Blountville; son, Larry R. Stacy and wife Patricia, Blountville; grandchildren, Chris Stacy, Amanda Jackson, Angelia Swecker, Mathew Widner, Keelie Widner, Paula Widner; great-grandson, Aaron Stacy; brothers, Orbin Stacy, Gate City, Va., Rufus Stacy, Mabe, Va.; special friend, Karon Stacy; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va.

Services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel at 8 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Bob Ferguson officiating.

Music will be provided by Hobart McDavid.

Military graveside services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Holston View Cemetery with honors by Charles DeWitt Byrd Post #3382 of the VFW. The family will meet at the cemetery.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Myrtle Vivian (Tumblin) Stacy

CLINCHPORT, Va. - Myrtle Vivian Stacy, 61, entered into eternal rest Friday ( Aug. 30, 2002 ) at V.A. Medical Center , Mountain Home , Tenn. , after a lengthy illness.

Born in Simpsonville , S.C. , she was raised in Salinas , Calif. , and moved to Virginia in 1977. She was a daughter of the late James Rufus Tumblin and Elizabeth Grace Garrett.

She graduated from ministry school and attended Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall in Gate City , Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Livian.

Surviving are a husband, Lester Stacy, Clinchport, Va.; two daughters, Patricia Keaton, Greenville, S.C., and Pamela Cotes, Canada; three sons, Jeffery William Stacy, Gate City, Va., Richard Taylor, Soddy Daisy, Tenn., and James C. Taylor, Chattanooga; two sisters, Doris Dennison, Salinas, Calif., and Janice Stephens, Denver, Colo.; one brother, Bobby Earl Tumblin, Greenville, S.C.; 13 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews; special friends, Jake and Nancy Pyle, Fred and Edna Carpenter, Pat Hall, Linda Darnell, Faith Fritz and Marlena Warran.

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

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Minister Dutch McKamey and Minister Fred Carpenter officiating.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Goode Cemetery , Clinchport , Va. The family will be meeting at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery.

Eric Carpenter, John White, Kevin Lawrence, Benny Stacy, Rocky Stacy, Tony Mullins, Mike Rhoads and Matt Rhoads will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Ruth (Frazier) Stacey

GATE CITY, Va. - Ruth F. Stacey, 73, passed away Saturday (Aug. 17, 2002) at Indian Path Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Scott County, Va., on June 18, 1929 and was the daughter of the late Charlie Frazier and Nannie Russell Frazier. She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Stacey was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Beda Austin and Nora Hill; and brother, Clyde Russell.

Surviving are her husband, Orbin Stacey, Gate City, Va.; daughters, Wanda Yonts and Linda Penley, both of Kingsport; sons, Rufus Neeley, Kingsport, James Neeley, Church Hill, Gary Stacey and Toney Stacey, both of Duffield, Va., Jimmy Ray Stacey, Gate City, Va., and Buster Stacey, Weber City, Va.; sisters, Mary Neeley and Edna Jones, both of Duffield, Va., Ruby Russell, Jasper, Va.; 17 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; several 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.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Townsend and the Rev. Willie Neeley officiating.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Goode Cemetery in Clinchport, Va. The family will meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

William Arch Stacy

CLINCHPORT, Va. - William Arch Stacy, 76, a retired farmer and veteran of World War I, died in Mountain Home Veterans Hospital, Johnson City, at 11:50 p.m. Tuesday [8/31/1965] after a lingering illness.

He was a lifelong resident of Scott County and a member and deacon of Clinchport Christian Church..

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ida Elizabeth Stacy; daughters, Mrs. R. L. Russell and Mrs. Arthur Taylor, both of Clinchport; a sister, Mrs. Ira Thompson, Clinchport; brothers, George, Clinchport, and M. C. Stacy, Hopewell, Va.; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at the Scott County Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Bob Wilson. Burial will be in Holston View Cemetery.

The body will remain at Scott County Funeral Home until time for services.

KINGSPORT TIMES, Thursday, Sept. 2, 1965

Submitted by Don Lane

Flo Geneva (Fugate) Stafford

JOHNSON CITY - Flo F. Stafford, 75, of 4008 East Englewood, Johnson City, passed away peacefully at Johnson City Medical Center on Wednesday (Oct. 6, 2004) after a brief illness.

Flo Stafford was born Geneva Flo Fugate, daughter of Thomas Fugate and Ella Bowlin Fugate. She was the sixth of seven children and grew up in the holler between Hiltons and Bristol, Va., area.

She is survived by two sisters, Lucille Hobbs of Kingsport, and Margaret Templeton of Gate City, Va. She has three sons: Steven P. Holliman, son of Flo and the late Earl Holliman II. Steven and his wife Dianna live in Lake City, Fla., with their two daughters, Brooke and Lynsey. Two other sons, Kevin James Stafford and Rhett Philip Stafford are the sons of Flo and husband, George Adrian Stafford, who is also deceased. George had been a World War II veteran and a POW. Rhett lives in Charlotte, N.C., with his wife Dr. Kristen Stafford and their three children, Elizabeth, Austin and Caroline. Kevin James Stafford resides in Johnson City. In addition to her children and grandchildren, her granddaughter, Heather, and her great-granddaughter, Kayla, survive Mrs. Stafford.

Flo Stafford was a graduate of Berea Kentucky School of Nursing and East Tennessee State University. She was a registered nurse in Kingsport during the 50's and spent over 30 years in the nursing profession at the Veteran's Administration in Johnson City.

Flo was a hardworking and caring member of the healthcare profession. She was a loving and giving mother. She was respected by her family and friends and she will be missed by all who knew her.

Mrs. Stafford attended the Boones Creek Church of Christ.

The family will receive friends at Morris-Baker Funeral Home, Johnson City, from 6 to 8 p.m. today.

Services will be held in the North Chapel of the funeral home on Friday at 11 a.m. Pastor James Nipper will officiate.

For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial contributions be sent to Berea Kentucky School of Nursing, Chestnut Street, Berea, KY 40404-2182

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Arthur Winfield Stair II

October 8, 1948 - November 1, 2014

Arthur Winfield Stair II, 66, Kingsport, passed away on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

He was a life-long member of First Baptist Church, Kingsport. He graduated from Dobyns-Bennett in 1967. He retired from Eastman Chemical Company after more than 45 years of service. Music was a huge part of Art’s life. He played in several bands in the 60’s. He later played with The Reflections and most recently The Has Beens. He particularly enjoyed playing with the First Baptist Praise Band/Praise Choir and the church orchestra. As a lover of water, he loved skiing, boating, and scuba diving throughout his life.

Art was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur W. and Marjorie T. Stair.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Carin Stair; son, Art W. Stair III and wife, Lisa; daughter, Ashley Stair Taylor and husband, Dan; grandchildren, Jazmine Stair, A. Winfield Stair IV, and Travis Taylor; brother, Kent. T. Stair and wife, Jan; nephew, Taylor Stair and wife, Alden, and their children, Leighton and Harrison; and niece, Hannah Roberts and husband, Ricky.

The family will receive friends on Thursday from 5 to 7 pm at First Baptist Church.

The memorial service will follow at 7 pm with Dr. Marvin Cameron officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the First Baptist Church Music Ministries, 200 W. Church Circle, Kingsport, TN 37660.

(Some Scott Co ancestral families – Richmond, Childress)

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

Submitted by Don Lane

Fred Stallard

NICKELSVILLE, Va. — Fred Stallard, 77, of Nickelsville, Va., passed away Tuesday ( June 14, 2011 ), at Holston Valley Medical Center .

Born Dec. 15, 1933 , Fred grew up in the Scott County , Va. , community of Twin Springs. He was a graduate of Midway High School and proudly

served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong farmer and loved his cattle and gardening, especially his delicious Vidalia onions.

He was of the Methodist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orban H. Stallard and Arlie Emily Compton Stallard; sister, Bernice Burchfield; brother, Glenn Stallard; stepmother, Georgia Stallard; brothers-in-law, George Meade and Jack Burchfield. He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Stallard; sister, Inez Meade, Atlanta, Ga.; dear sister and brother-in-law, Galola and Roy Kendrick, Johnson City; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Florence Stallard, Nickelsville, Va.; sister-in-law, Elizabeth Stallard, Christiansburg, Va.; two special nephews, Timmy Stallard, Nickelsville, Va., and Tommy Stallard, Nickelsville, Va.; nephew, Billy Meade, Atlanta, Ga.; three nieces, Jessie Bowser and husband, Lee, Beth Hall and husband, Bill, all of Johnson City, Jan Houck and husband Roger, Pearisburg, Va.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City , Va. , and anytime at the residence.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Steve Collins officiating.

Music will be provided by Greg and Becky White.

Graveside services will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Holston View Cemetery , Weber City , Va. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 2 p.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Stallard, Timmy Stallard, Billy Meade, Buford Meade, Don Hughes and John L. Compton.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jarvis Vicars, Vernon Compton and Lee Bowser.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Culbertson’s Chapel building fund, c/o Larry Moore, 1837 Marvin Springs Road , Nickelsville , Va. 24271 .

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Gregory De-Motts and his staff, Bristol Home Health and the intensive care unit of Holston Valley Medical Center for the wonderful care shown to Fred.

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

Kingsport Times-News
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Bunnie (Robinette) Stallard

BIG STONE GAP, Va. - Bunnie R. Stallard, 89, died here Monday ( June 28, 2004 ) following a lengthy illness.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Harley T. Stallard; and two infant children.

Mrs. Stallard was a retired elementary school teacher and a talented seamstress. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Big Stone Gap and of the Northside Baptist Church , Dade City , Fla.

Surviving are sons, Harley T. Stallard Jr. of Hartsville, Tenn., Robert Stallard of Christiansburg, Va., Michael Stallard of Sacramento, Calif., and Larry Stallard of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; daughters, Anita Dorton of Jonesborough, Nancy Wampler of Big Stone Gap and Addie Crawley of Catawba, Va.; 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Stallard is also survived by sisters, Butis Bledsoe of Brooksville, Fla., and Kasel Westbrook of Dade City, Fla.; and a brother, Vermland Robinette of Brooksville, Fla.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Holding Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap.

Services will be conducted at 11a.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert Cornwell officiating.

Burial will follow in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens .

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Activities Department, Grace Healthcare and Rehab Center, 600 Wallen Rd., Abingdon, Va. 24210, attn: Violet Moore.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

H. Beecher Stallard

Gate City — H. Beecher Stallard, 70, died at his home in Erwin, Tenn., Saturday night. He was a native of Scott County and a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Stallard. He was a conductor on the L. & N. and Clinchfield Railroad, and a member of the Baptist Church.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p. m. Monday at Erwin with burial in Fuller Cemetery, Snowflake, Scott County.

His first wife, Mattie Hilton, died several years ago. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eliza Southers Stallard; five sons, Lawrence, Nickelsville, Buford, Erwin, Emory, Knoxville, H. B., Jr., Detroit, and Euard, Ft. Worth, Tex.; six daughters, Mrs. Charles Lay, Colinga, Calif., and Nannie, Margie, Edna, Mary Lee and Lucille, all of Erwin.

Kingsport Times-News; Dec. 8, 1947

Gussie D. (Parks) Stallard

GATE CITY, Va. - Gussie Parks Stallard, 87, of Gate City, formerly Big Moccasin community, passed away Monday (Oct. 31, 2005) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center after a period of declining health.

She was born Dec. 23, 1917 in Scott County, the daughter of the late Stonewall Jackson Parks and Margaret (Maggie) Bell Ferguson Parks.

She was a lifelong resident of the Big Moccasin community of Scott County. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gate City, and loved attending the Ruth Bible Study Class and all the ladies in that class.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ulysses M. (Liss) Stallard (1981); her sisters, Nannie Wood, Kate Fugate, Minerva Jessee, Golda Kiser and Alberta Jessee; brothers, T.B. Frazier, John Frazier, Jim Frazier, George Frazier and Stewart Parks.

Her survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Ann and Wayne Gray McConnell, Gate City; a granddaughter, Kelley Lee and husband, Mike Lilly, Sanford, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Madison Claire Lilly and Zachary Michael Lilly, both of Sanford, N.C.; several cousins, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel with Rev. Jeff DeBoard and Rev. R.D. Stallard officiating.

Music will be provided by Dennis Fritz.

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

Johnny Ferguson, Arthur Ferguson, Bob Godsey, Charles Cassidy, Don Cassell and Junior Jessee will serve as pallbearers.

John Ferguson, A.C. Godsey, Rex McCarty, Garland Stokes and Ed Ferguson will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
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Harley Trigg Stallard

BIG STONE GAP, Va. - Harley T. Stallard, 86, died Monday ( Oct. 20, 2003 ) at St. Mary's Hospital in Norton , Va. , following a lengthy illness.

He was born May 12, 1917 , the son of the late Jerry Trigg and Flora ( Taylor ) Stallard. Mr. Stallard was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He served as president of the Big Stone Gap Lions Club.

A member of both the First Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap and the North Side Baptist Church in Dade City, Fla., Mr. Stallard was a deacon and taught the Men's Sunday School Class in Big Stone Gap since 1954.

Mr. Stallard enjoyed a career of 42 years with the Wise County School System. He taught in a one room school house, drove a bus and taught high school English. He served as the first principal of Powell Valley High School . He was a Director of Instruction for the Wise County School System. Mr. Stallard retired in 1978 as Wise County Superintendent of Schools.

He was preceded in death by two brothers and four sisters.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Bunnie R. Stallard; four sons, H.T. Stallard Jr. of Hartsville, Tenn., Robert R. Stallard of Blacksburg, Va., Michael Stallard of Sacramento, Calif., and Larry P. Stallard of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; three daughters, Anita Dorton of Jonesborough, Nancy Wampler of Big Stone Gap, Va., and Addie Crawley of Catawba, Va.; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Holding Funeral Home, Big Stone Gap, Va.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap, Va. , with the Rev. Bob Cornwell officiating.

Burial will follow in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens .

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the scholarship fund at UVA-Wise, in memory of Mr. Stallard. Send gifts to UVA-Wise Development Office, One College Avenue , Wise , Va. 24293 .

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Hazel (Stone) Stallard

WEBER CITY, Va. - Hazel Stone Stallard , 74, 101 Poplar Street, died Saturday (Sept. 11, 1999) at Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center.

A life long resident of Scott County. She was a former bank teller and was a Christian.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emery and Hannah Dockery Stone; one sister, Millie Stone; one brother, Ray Stone.

Surviving are her husband, Herman Stallard ; son, David C. Stallard , Bristol, Va.; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home in Weber City, Va.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Phil Hoskins and the Rev. Scott Price officiating. Music will be provided by Salleys Chapel Quartet.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Holston View Cemetery. Family will meet at 9:15 a.m. to go to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lesley Free, Charles Stone, Sonny Stone, John Brickey Jr., Harry Penley, John H. Kilgore, Harlen Lane and Huey Ervin.

Donations may be made to Higher Ground Building Fund, 1625 Lynn Garden Drive, Kingsport, Tenn. 37665.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Jack G. “Spud” Stallard

June 2, 1937 - May 26, 2014

Nickelsville, VA    Jack G. (Spud) Stallard, age 76 of Twin Springs departed this life suddenly on Monday, May 26, 2014. Mr. Stallard was preceded in death by his parents Arlie Emily Compton and Orban Hagan Stallard; step-mother Georgia Stallard; two brothers Glen and Fred Stallard; two sisters Bernice Burchfield and Inez Meade; one step-brother Emil Davidson.

Jack was a farmer as well as a “Jack- Of- All-Trades”. He attended Culbertson Chapel UMC and was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was a wonderful neighbor and a friend to all that knew him. Jack loved hunting and hunted for 46 years in Bath County and 2 years in Maine. Jack was a faithful and devoted servant. He served on the Nickelsville Rescue Squad Board for 25 years, Farm Bureau Board for 40 years, Chairman of Scott Farmers Co-op for many years, Scott County Board of Supervisors, and Precinct Chairman of the Republican Party – Twin Springs District. Jack proudly served his Country in the US Army. He was an avid Titan fan, only missing two basketball games since the school was built in 1967 and was honored with his name painted on his front row seat.

Jack leaves behind to carry on his legacy his wife of 50 years, Florence; sons Tommy and Timmy; dear sister Galola (Roy) Kendrick of Johnson City; sisters-in-law Beth Stallard of Wytheville and Dorothy Stallard of Nickelsville; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 29, 2014 at Colonial Funeral Home, and friends may call anytime at the home.

Funeral service will follow in the Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brandon Berg and Rev. Steve Collins officiating. Music will be provided by Scott County Community Choir.

Military graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 30, 2014 at Holston View Cemetery with the American Legion Post #3/265 and Virginia National Guard presiding. Friends and family who wish to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home no later than 10:15 a.m. Pallbearers will be Jarvis Vicars, Kenneth Meade, Ronnie Hale, Gary Webb, Jeff Stansberry, John L. Compton, Don Hughes, Jim Culbertson, Terry Dockery and Vernon Compton. Honorary pallbearers will be Nickelsville Rescue Squad, Edwin Dingus, Lee Bowser, Bill Meade, George Gibson, Eddie Gibson, Buford Meade and Gary Baker.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Nickelsville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 237 Nickelsville, VA. 24271.

Colonial Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Jack Stallard.

Colonial Funeral Home obituaries at www.colonialfhscott.com

Submitted by Don Lane  

Jack G. “Spud” Stallard

June 2, 1937 - May 26, 2014

Police: Medical issue cause of death in Scott tractor wreck

Kingsport Times-News, May 30, 2014

NICKELSVILLE — Natural causes were to blame for the death of a former Scott County Board of Supervisors member who was involved in a tractor wreck early Monday afternoon near Nickelsville, authorities said.

Virginia State Police identified the deceased as Jack Stallard, 76, of Twin Springs.

A VSP spokeswoman said troopers were initially dispatched to a wreck involving a tractor Monday at about 1:43 p.m. on the 3300 block of Luray Road near Twin Springs. Officers arrived to find Stallard dead at the scene.

According to police reports, Stallard was driving his tractor along Luray Road when it suddenly veered off the roadway. He was ejected from the seat of the tractor during the crash.

Virginia authorities originally counted Stallard’s death among eight fatal traffic accidents that took place in the commonwealth over the Memorial Day weekend. That designation was changed later in the week following a determination made by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Virginia.

Police said the medical examiner concluded that Stallard suffered from a medical condition while driving the tractor and wrecked as a result. Stallard’s death was attributed to the medical condition, not the accident itself.

Despite that change, authorities said the commonwealth still suffered eight traffic deaths after a motorcyclist injured in a wreck over the holiday weekend died Tuesday night.

Stallard was well known in the Nickelsville area and throughout the county for his community involvement.

A one-time member of the Scott County Board of Supervisors in the 1970s, Stallard also served for 40 years on the Scott County Farm Bureau Board and 25 years as a board member of the Nickelsville Rescue Squad.

He also served a number of years as chairman of the Scott County Farmers Co-Op and as precinct chairman of the Twin Springs District of the Scott County Republican Party.

Stallard’s obituary noted that he was a longtime fan of the Twin Springs High School Titans basketball team and had missed only two of the team’s games since the school was built in 1967.

Stallard’s name was painted on his front row seat in the gymnasium in recognition of his support of the school’s basketball program.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Leta Alma (Dougherty) Stallard

GATE CITY , Va. - Leta Dougherty Stallard, 90, of Route 2 (Midway Community), passed away Saturday ( Nov. 4, 2000 ) at Holston Valley Medical Center .

Born in Scott County on Sept. 1, 1910 , she was the daughter of the late John and Sallie McClellan Dougherty.

She was a homemaker.

Mrs. Stallard was a member of Midway Memorial United Methodist Church .

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Gusta (Gus) Stallard (Sept. 1975); one infant daughter, Gina Lee Stallard; three sisters, Runa Dougherty, Etta Dougherty, and Elsie Wood; two brothers, Hobson Dougherty and Joe Dougherty.

Surviving are a daughter, Carmen Stallard, Gate City; sons and daughters-in-law, William M. and Reba Stallard, Easley, S.C., Larry and Emburta Stallard, James D. and Shelbie Stallard, John and Lana Stallard, all of Gate City; eight granddaughters, Cora Carpenter, Susan Stallard, Anne Stallard, Renee Courtney, Lisa Guevara, Melody Poe, Jill Foy, and Alison Stallard; one grandson, Stuart Stallard; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Midway Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Don Large officiating.

The body will lie in state one hour prior to the services.

Burial will be at Stallard-Gray Cemetery , Route 2, Gate City (Midway Community).

Pallbearers will be Bob Tyus, Sam Kilgore, Jack Dougherty, Jimmy Dougherty, Jackie Steffey, Arthur (Pug) Steffey, Carl Keith, and Jeff Vaughn.

Members of the Adult Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Midway Memorial United Methodist Church , c/o Mary Dougherty, Route 2, Box 20 , Gate City , Va. 24251 , or to the charity of one's choice.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Loretta Blanche (Baker) Stallard

NICKELSVILLE, Va. - Loretta Blanche Stallard, 81, entered into rest Monday (Nov. 1, 2004) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was born in Wise County, Va., Dec. 21, 1922, to the late James Milton Baker and Margaret Elizabeth Stallard Baker.

Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Warren G. Stallard; sister, Joyce Ann Baker; and brothers, Duanna and Aaron Baker.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Leslie and Patricia Stallard, Kingsport; sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Thomas Page, Nickelsville, Va.; brother and sister-in-law, Richard and Rachel Baker, Blountville; several nieces and nephews.

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 the Rev. R.D. Stallard officiating.

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

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Louella Faye (McConnell) Stallard

GATE CITY - Louella Faye Stallard, 75, of East Carters Valley, departed this life Tuesday (Aug. 15, 2000) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was a homemaker and a member of Apostolic Lighthouse Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ivan Stallard; parents, Eritt C. and Bessie Broadwater McConnell.

Surviving are a son, Chester Stallard, Gate City; daughter, Frances Fields, Gate City; grandchildren, Eric Stallard, Gate City, Lora Aistrop, Mount Carmel, Steven And Tammy Nelson, Rogersville, Jeremy and Sherry Greene, Kingsport, Steven Fields and Scottie Fields, both of Gate City; great-granddaughters, Kala Greene, Amanda Fields, both of Kingsport; sisters, Mrs. Violet Addington, Mrs. Betty Herron, both of Gate City, Mrs. Janice Elliott, Cleveland, Ohio; brother and sister-in-law, Jack and Shirley McConnell, Gate City; uncle, Leland McConnell, Bristol, Va.

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

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

Music will be provided by the Apostolic Lighthouse Singers.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in Stallard Family Cemetery, Route 2, Gate City.

Friends and family will meet at the funeral home at 9:45 a.m. Saturday to go in procession to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jack Good, Paul Asbury, Ernie Addington, Bryan Herron, Johnny Easterling, Gene Vermillion and Ronnie Stallard.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Louisa Melissa (Frazier) Stallard

FORT BLACKMORE, Va. -- Mrs. Loisa Frazier Stallard, 91, wife of C. E. Stallard, died at her home here at 5:40 a.m. Saturday[ 1/12/1957 ] after a lingering illness.

She was the daughter of the late Elizabeth and Silas Frazier and a member of the Methodist Church .

Surviving are her husband; three daughters, Miss Otilia Stallard, Mrs. Norma Kinkead and Mrs. J. M. Gillenwater, all of Fort Blackmore; 21 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the home of Mrs. Gillenwater.  The Rev. Volley Thacker will officiate.  Burial will be in the family cemetery.

(Kingsport Times-News, Sunday, January 13, 1957)

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Manila Nelle Stallard

June 14, 1935 - November 15, 2013

Kingsport, TN - Manila (Nelle) Stallard, 78 of Kingsport went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 15, 2013 Nelle was born in Scott County, VA on June 14, 1935. She graduated from Rye Cove Memorial High School and from Campbellsville Junior College in Kentucky. She lived in Columbus, Ohio for many years where she worked for Rockwell International Corporation and Borden Inc. and in Torrance, California for 20 years where she worked for Hughes Aircraft in Los Angeles and in Torrance as the manager of an 80-unit apartment building. Nelle returned home to the Kingsport area just over two years ago.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John A. and Bessie Carter Stallard; a brother, James M. Stallard; a Sister, June Stallard Starnes; and infant sisters, Virginia Stallard and Agnes Stallard.

Survivors include sisters Vonda (Cecil) Davis, Kingsport, TN; Verna Dorton, Big Stone Gap, VA; Pauline Stallard, Patsy Nunley, Lois Carter, Kingsport, TN; Christine (Earl) Leonard, Centerburg Ohio; brothers Darrell (Ginger) Stallard, Blountville, TN; Leonard Stallard, Weber City, VA; Jack Stallard and Larry (Jan) Stallard, Kingsport, TN.

Nelle was blessed with a large family of loving brothers and sisters and many “very special” nephews and nieces. The family would like to express special thanks to the professional staff at Wellmont Medical Center and Advanced Home Health Care. We are especially indebted to the kind and compassionate care of private duty nurses Christina White, Sarah White and Ruth Blankenship.

Nelle’s wishes were to be cremated. A celebration of Nelle’s life will be held at Stanleytown Community Church, Stanleytown, VA at 2PM on November 23, 2013.

The family will receive visitors from 12:30PM until time of the memorial service. The Rev. Pat Davis, Jr. will conduct the service. Hymns will be sung by the congregation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests your memorial gifts go to Stanleytown Community Church. c/o Mrs. Regina Starnes. Treasure, 5445 Clinch River Road, Gate City VA 24251.

Colonial Funeral Home of Scott County Inc. (Weber City, VA) is proudly honored to serve the family of Manila (Nelle) Stallard.

Colonial Funeral Home obituaries at www.colonialfhscott.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Ruth Okla (Williams) Stallard

Ruth W. Stallard, 84, Nickelsville, VA entered into rest Thursday, June 30, 2011, at her residence.

Mrs. Stallard was born in Scott County, VA on June 3, 1927 , the daughter of the late William and Mattie Victoria Templeton Williams.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Lotus Barton, Estell Hensley, Rexie Rayfield, and Beulah Williams; and brothers, Roy Williams, Harlan Williams, Kyle Williams, and Kell Williams.

Surviving is her husband, Scott Stallard, Nickelsville, VA; sons, Bill Stallard and wife, Debra, Gate City, VA and John Stallard, Nickelsville, VA and fiancée, Debbie Ashens, Kingsport, TN; granddaughter, Ruth Ann Stallard, Kingsport, TN; 3 great grandchildren; sister, Velma Williams, Gate City, VA; treasured cousin, Bill Ervin, Wadlow Gap, VA; her best friend who is like a daughter, Molly Wright, Castlewood, VA; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 1:30 p.m. , Saturday, July 2, 2011 at the Gate City Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. R.D. Stallard and Thomas Hillman officiating.

Burial will follow at Holston View Cemetery , Weber City , VA. Sons, family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family wishes to convey a special thank you to her nurses at Mountain Region Personal Care Services and Home Health for their excellent care. A heart-felt thanks to her special friends, Connie Lawson and Barbara A. Summey.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Stallard's name to:

The Alzheimer's Association, 207 North Boone St., Suite 1500 , Johnson City , TN 37604 .

Nickelsville Rescue Squad, PO Box 237 , Nickelsville , VA 24271 .

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Warren G. Stallard

NICKELSVILLE, Va. - Warren G. Stallard, 75, Route 2, died Tuesday (March 9, 1992) at Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center after an extended illness.

Born in Pound, Va., he was a farmer and attended. Daniel Boone Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Raleigh Duncan and Cazzie Ann Anover Stallard; and several brothers and sisters.

Surviving are his wife, Loretta Blanche Baker Stallard; and one son, Leslie M. Stallard, Kingsport.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Gate City Funeral Home or anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. R.D. Stallard and the Rev. Darrell Fletcher officiating.

Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Holston View Cemetery.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

William Morgan Stallard

William (Bill) Morgan Stallard, 80, of Fountain Inn, SC died Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

He was born on May 3, 1933 in Scott County, Virginia. His parents were Gus and Leta Stallard. He attended Emory and Henry College and graduated from East Tennessee State University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Stallard worked for TRW for over 40 years. He was active in the United Methodist Church all his life.

Mr. Stallard is survived by his wife Reba, daughters Susan Stallard in South Carolina and Anne Stallard in Germany, his granddaughter Morgan Stallard also in Germany and his siblings Larry and Emburta Stallard, Jim and Shelbie Stallard, John and Lana Stallard and Carmen Stallard all of Scott County, Virginia. He is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and longtime friends.

The family will receive friends from 1 pm to 2 pm on Friday, May 17, 2013 at Midway Memorial United Methodist Church, Gate City, Virginia.

A service will be held 2 pm at the church with Pastor Brad Stapleton officiating.

Burial will follow at Morgan's Chapel Cemetery, Gate City, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Suite 102, Johnson City, TN 37601 or a charity of one’s choice.

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

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

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Janette (Ketron) Stamper

GULFPORT, Miss. - Janette Ketron Stamper went to be with Jesus on Tuesday (July 16, 2002) at Hospice, St. John Hospital in Denver, Colo.

Janette was born on June 11, 1935 in Natural Tunnel, Va. She resided most of her life in Gulfport, Miss., moving to Denver, Colo., in 2000 to be near her sons. She was of the Baptist faith and a graduate of Rye Cove High School.

She married Herchel Stamper on March 30, 1956 in Gate City, Va., who preceded her in death.

She was also preceded in death by her sister, Ruby Maness; her two brothers, Sonny Ketron and Otis Ketron; two nieces, Melissa McNew and Debbie Gilley; and a nephew, Edd McNew Jr.

She was the daughter of the late Arthur L. and Claudia Frazier Catron.

Surviving are two sons, Anthony Stamper of Denver, Colo., and Randall Stamper of Castle Rock, Colo.; a granddaughter, Amanda Stamper of Broomfield, Colo.; five sisters, Georgia Light of Natural Tunnel, Va., Nadine Haynes of Gate City, Va., Maude Ann McNew of Blountville, Helen Gilley and Kacellia Hensley, both of Kingsport; her aunt, Georgia Frazier Bush of Salem, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, 2002 at the First Baptist Church, Gate City, Va., with Pastor Dr. Roc Collins presiding. Anthony Stamper will deliver a eulogy.

Music will be provided by Dennie Haynes and Buford Hensley.

Janette's remains will be buried in Conehatta Methodist Church at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002 in Conehatta, Miss., next to her husband.

Rundus Broomfield Funeral Home, Broomfield, Colo., was in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Allie Thelma (Frazier) Stanley

DUFFIELD, Va. - Allie Frazier Stanley, 81, entered into rest Saturday ( Feb. 26, 2005 ) at her residence after a lengthy illness.

Born in Scott County , she was the youngest and last surviving child of the late William Arch and Emily Edwards Frazier, and was a homemaker.

In addition to her parents, brothers, and sisters, she was preceded in death by her husband, Johnny E. Stanley; and an infant son, Roger Darrell Stanley.

Surviving are a daughter, Edna Bowen and husband, Elmer of Duffield; sons, Lester "Bud" Stanley and wife, Dottie of Rogersville, and Ronnie "Pete" Stanley and wife, Sheila of Duffield; grandchildren, Herbert Bowen and wife, Tiffany, Beth Rogers and husband, Stevie, Brian Stanley and wife, Leslie, John Henry Stanley, and Chris Bowen; great-grandchildren, Courtney Rogers and Tyler Rogers; adopted great-grandchildren, Amanda and Molly Dockery; step-grandchildren, Chris Lawson and Julie Miller; special nieces, Faye Hass, Arlena Dockery and Wanda Chapman; several other nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Duffield Funeral Home at Thomas Village .

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Evangelist Garry Hood and the Rev. Steve Rogers officiating.

Music will be provided by the Hood Family Singers and Courtney and Tyler Rogers.

Committal services will follow in the Cox Chapel Cemetery in Duffield.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Callie Ruby (Lark) Stanley

KINGSPORT - Callie Ruby Stanley, 82, passed away Wednesday (May 22, 2002) at Indian Path Medical Center.

Born in Scott County on January 26, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Loren Lark and Lillie McNew Lark. She was a nurse retiring from Holston Valley Hospital, and also worked at Duffield School in the cafeteria.

Mrs. Stanley was a member of Friendship Chapel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grant Stanley; sister, Mamie Kern; brothers, Clyde and Rufus Lark.

Surviving are her daughters, Lucy Starnes, Kingsport, Lovely Bowen, Hiltons, Va., Alma Ruth and husband Joe Kern, Big Stone Gap, Va.; sons, Eugene (Bud) Stanley, Carter and wife Linda Stanley, Jackie and wife Janice Stanley, all of Kingsport; grandchildren, Tommy Starnes, Alice McClellan, Bobby Starnes, Alvin Bowen, Zennia Kinkead, Tammy Tipton, Donald Kern, Darrell Kern, Randy Stanley, David Stanley, Michael Stanley, Brian Stanley, Kelli Stanley; great-grandchildren, Amanda McClellan, Grant Starnes, Jake Starnes, Christina Bowen, Presley Tipton, Jamie Tipton, Rebecca Kinkead, Dustin Russell, Stacy Kern, Tyler Kern, Rachel Stanley, Aubrey Stanley; 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 residence of a daughter, Lucy Starnes, 1824 Forest View Drive, Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Joe Hill and the Rev. Lonnie Townsend officiating.

Burial will be at Hall Cemetery in the Stanleytown community.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Granddaughters will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Calvin Caves Stanley

CLINCHPORT, Va. - Calvin C. Stanley , 93, Route 4, went to be with the Lord Saturday ( Aug. 28, 1999 ) at Indian Path Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

A life long resident of Scott County , he was a retired farmer. He was a member of Pendleton Freewill Baptist Church .

He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Sarah Kathleen McNew Stanley ; brothers, Charles, Ike, Dan Stanley ; sisters, Emma McHenry, Ella Tipton, and Elizabeth Bledsoe.

Surviving are his wife, Venus McDavid Stanley ; sisters, Lovely Mae Hill, Clinchport , Va. ; a special niece, Ruth Hill, Clinchport; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City , Va. or friends may call anytime at the residence of Ruth Hill (Mabe Community).

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. J.B. Quillen and the Rev. Vernon McDavid officiating. Music will be provided by Larry Bishop Singers.

Burial will be in the McNew Cemetery (Stanleytown Community). Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Cecile Lee (Quillen) Dingus Stanley

Ft. Blackmore, VA - Cecile Dingus Stanley, 74, Ft. Blackmore, VA passed away, Sunday, November 17, 2013 at the Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Mrs. Stanley was born in Scott County, VA on July 13, 1939 to the late Henry Kyle and Vesta Lillian Howington Quillen.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Roy Lee Dingus and her son, Eddie Dingus preceded her in death.

She is survived by her husband, James Stanley, Ft. Blackmore, VA; daughters, Dorothy Crump and husband, Christopher, Church Hill, TN, Shirley Derrick, Mount Carmel, TN, Kathy Hammonds and husband, Dennis, Kingsport, TN, Norma Herbert and husband, Beverly, Bristol, VA; sons, Billy Dingus and wife, Annette, Gate City, VA; sister, Mable Rasnake, Kingsport, TN; grandchildren, Megan Derrick, Amanda Lane, Rebecca Price, Chrisy Perry, Josh Hammonds, Heather Hommel, Joey Crooke, Justin Dingus and Jessica Dingus; step-grandchildren, Chris and Robin, 5 great-grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, November 19, 2013 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 the Rev. Clayton Williams and Rev. Walker Darnell officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. David Cody, Kevin Perry, Dennis Hammonds, Josh Hammonds, Beverley Herbert and Christopher Crump will serve as pallbearers.

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

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Cecile Dingus Stanley.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Crawford Clinton Stanley

Crawford Clinton Stanley, 84, Stanleytown community of Duffield, Va., passed away, Tuesday (May 5, 2009) at Indian Path Medical Center.

Crawford was born in Scott County, Va., on March 13, 1925, a son of the late Jess and Maxie Ramey Stanley.

He was retired from Westmoreland Coal Company.

Crawford was saved on Thursday, July 22, 2004, between 9:14 and 9:30 p.m. at Hills Chapel Church and was of the Freewill Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Brandy Stanley; and his sister, Grace Lane.

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 plus years, Ruby Fletcher Stanley, Duffield, Va.; daughters, Patty Prevatte and husband, Larry, Duffield, Va., Martha Doerr and husband, Dick, Dumfries, Va. and Marcalene Traverso and husband, Gary, Duffield, Va.; son, Farrell Stanley and wife, Barbara, Duffield, Va., grandchildren, Scott Kitts, Steven Kitts and Megan Stanley; great-grandchildren, Nino, Jasmine and Steven; sisters, Helen Starnes and husband, Frank, Duffield, Va., and Linda Hilton and husband, Robert, Duffield, Va.; brother, Charles "Pepper" Stanley, Duffield, Va.; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Gate City Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Cecil Kern and the Rev. Joe Hill officiating.

Durham’s Chapel Quartet and the Three C’s in Christ will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at noon Saturday at the Hall Cemetery in Stanleytown.

Dick Doerr, Larry Prevatte, Gary Traverso, Nino Gonzalez, Scott Kitts and Steven Kitts will serve as pallbearers.

Jarl Bowen, Johnny Kerns, Junior Jennings, John Henry Shupe, Leonard Stallard, Don Kelly and Pepper Stanley will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at 11:30 a.m. at the Stanleytown Community Church and proceed to the graveside service.

The family of Crawford Stanley would like to thank the doctors and staff of Mountain Regional Family Medicine and Indian Path Medical Center, Lyn, Mary and Rick and to all his special friends and neighbors for their love and support.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Crawford C. Stanley.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Dan Harold Stanley

GATE CITY, Va. — Dan Harold Stanley, 72, passed away Monday (Feb. 23, 2009) at his residence.

Born in Dickenson County, Va., Mr. Stanley was a U.S. Army veteran (Specialist 4th Class) and was employed at Kilgore Market.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clonas and Lillie Dutton Stanley; brother, Wendell Stanley; sister, Mary Alice Baldwin.

Surviving are his wife of over 20 years, Betty Langrel Stanley, of the home; daughters, Wanda and husband, Steve Sidell, Bristol, Va., Peggy and husband, Ray Fousek, Anderson, S.C.; son, David and wife, Connie Langrel, Kingsport; grandchildren, Johnny Potter, Josh Reed, Adam Burkhart, Vickie Baldwin, Ashley Langrel, Samantha Langrel, Danielle Esteep, Megan Langrel, Brittany Compton, Amanda Compton and Sammie Compton; five great-grandchildren; two special nieces; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Colonial Funeral Home in Weber City, Va., and anytime at the residence.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Will Shewey and the Rev. Ken Pierce officiating.

Music will be provided by Dale Jett, Ken and Phyllis Pierce.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Honorary pallbearers will be neighbors and friends of Hiltons.

Special thanks to all the neighbors and friends and two special friends, Eddie and Susie Kilgore. Special thanks to Independent Home Health Care nurses, Terry with MEOCC and all his doctors and nurses at the V.A.

Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

David Eugene Stanley

JOHNSON CITY - David Eugene Stanley, 50, went to be with the Lord late Monday evening (Aug. 13, 2001) at his residence.

He was born in Kingsport, but had lived most of his life in Clinchport, Va. He was a graduate of Rye Cove High School.

He worked at Tennessee Aluminum as a machine operator in Greeneville. He was a member of the Moose Lodge and a member of the Eagles.

He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in Johnson City.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Zelma Kern Stanley.

Surviving are his loving wife of 12 years, Elizabeth Stanley; his father, James H. Stanley, Clinchport, Va.; three sisters, Jeanella Gilliam and her husband, Lorin, Clinchport, Va., Margaret Stanley, Gray, and Nancy Taylor and her husband, John, Yuma, Va.; two brothers, Carl E. Stanley and his wife, Ruth, Indiana, and George M. Stanley and his wife, Una, Clinchport, Va.; along with several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Kenneth Gaskin and the Rev. Robert Ramey officiating.

Burial will follow immediately after the services at the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap, Va.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Dorothy Louise (Castle) Stanley

August 25, 1935 - April 6, 2014

Dorothy Louise Castle Stanley’s Lord and Savior called his daughter home (Sunday April 6, 2014) surrounded by her family.

She was born August 25, 1935 to the late Conley and Emma Mae Dinsmore Castle in Sullivan County, Tn. Dorothy accepted the Lord as her Savior and was baptized in the year of our Lord 2006. She enjoyed talking and spending time with her family and friends. Even tho she was housebound for the last few years she was never alone for she always had her Savior and her daughter LouAnn with her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband and father of her children, Rudolph Stanley; two brothers Robert “Bob” Castle and Frank Castle and two sisters, Stella Mae Hooper and Margaret Williams.

She was the proud mother of three children, daughter LouAnn Stanley, Duffield and two sons, Michael Stanley, New York, New York and Clyne Stanley, Lane Station, Indiana. Dorothy had nine grandchildren, David Easterly and wife Carrie, Amos Bishop and wife Sarah, Kenny Bishop and wife Crystal, Shannon Bishop and wife Vickie, Mike Stanley Jr, Adam Stanley, Mark Stanley, Corey Stanley and Courtney Stanley; six great grandchildren, Robert Easterly, Kash Easterly, Kelli Bishop, Lexi Bishop, Gabriel Stanley and Katelyn Thomas; one great great granddaughter, Bridgett Easterly; sister, Juanita Vaughn and husband Stewart; sisters in law, Wanda Castle and Thelma Castle; and many nieces and nephews. They loved her dearly and will miss her.

The family will receive friends from 12noon till 3pm Wednesday (April 9th, 2014) at Scott County Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 3pm with Pastor Greg Street officiating.

Burial will follow at the Meredith Cemetery in the Jasper community of Duffield.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Bishop, Shannon Bishop, Daryl Castle, Adam Stanley, David Easterly, Mike Stanley Jr, Clyne Stanley and Michael Stanley. Honorary pallbearers are Amos Bishop and Stanley Vaughn

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

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

Submitted by Don Lane

Earl Cleveland Spivey

GATE CITY, Va. - Earl Cleveland Spivey, 71, of Route 1, departed this life early Sunday evening ( Feb. 11, 2001 ) at Ridgecrest Manor, Duffield , Va.

He was a native of Lansing , Mich. but had lived most of his life in Virginia . He was a retired welder with Vulcan Materials.

He was a member of Cox’s Chapel Church .

He was preceded in death by his parents, Conley G. and Polly J. Spivey.

Surviving are one sister, Ethel Greeson, Flushing, Mich.; four brothers, Robert L. Spivey, Gate City, Walter Ray Spivey, Duffield, Va., John Spivey and James W. Spivey, Clinchport, Va.; foster brothers, Harold Jones and Jerry Jones; foster sister Peggy Flanary; special friend, Elizabeth Hartsell; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Scott County Funeral Home, and anytime at the residence of Robert L. and Joan Spivey.

Services will be at 8 p.m. today in the chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. John Clark officiating. A eulogy will be given by Elmer Grady Jessee. Music will be provided by the Mabe Quartet, and L.D. Hill.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Cox’s Chapel Cemetery, Rye Cove, Va. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews and friends.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Elizabeth (Hurd) Stanley

WEBER CITY, Va. - Mrs. Elizabeth Hurd Stanley, 91, Weber City, Va., went to be with the Lord Sunday ( Feb. 18, 2007 ) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center .

Mrs. Stanley was born in Scott County, Va., on Sept. 21, 1915, the daughter of the late A.Y. and Emma Pierson Hurd. She was a member of Ida Baptist Church .

She and her husband Dan were the owners and operators of Stanley Grocery in the west end of Gate City , Va. for many years.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Dan Stanley; sisters, Ann Hurd Jenkins and Nell Hurd Page; brothers, Junior, Bascom, Gordon, Doyle and J.P. Hurd and a nephew, Claude Jenkins, preceded her in death.

Survivors include her nieces, Sandy Boy and husband, Riley, Gate City, Va., Linda Hurd Worley and friend, Mahlon, Bristol, Va., and Merita Page and husband, Roy, Kingsport; nephew, Pat Hurd and wife, Kathy, Church Hill; great-nephew, Greg Bartlett and wife, Ginger, Gate City, Va.; great-niece, Rhonda Brooks and husband, Larry, Rogersville; and two great-great-nieces, Hillary Perry and Ashley Perry.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence of Sandy and Riley Boy.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Riley Boy officiating.

Vickie Austin and Shanna Quillen will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Holston View Cemetery , Weber City , Va. The family will be meeting at the funeral home at 12:15 p.m. to go in procession to the graveside service.

Greg Bartlett, Pat Hurd, Larry Bartlett, Roy Page, Joe McConnell, Dennis Winston and Mahlon Whitaker will serve as pallbearers.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Nickelsville Manor, the Brian Center , Wellmont Hospice and the staff of Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center for their love and care of Aunt Liz.

Gate City Funeral Home is proud to serve the Stanley family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Euna Mae (Frazier) Stanley

CLINCHPORT, Va. - Euna Mae Stanley, 71, went to be with the Lord Wednesday (May 1, 2002) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Mrs. Stanley was born in Scott County, Va., on March 17, 1931 and was a native of Clinchport, Va.

She was the daughter of the late Lucy Ann Bowen Frazier and Haburn Hale Frazier.

Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Otis Frazier; sister, Ruby Frazier; grandson, James Dakota "Cody" Stanley.

Surviving are her husband of 52 years, James Elmer Stanley, Clinchport, Va.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. George (Judy Ann) Austin, Duffield, Va., Mr. and Mrs. Ronald (Debby Sue) Lindamood, Blountville and Mr. and Mrs. Joe (Karen Renee) Roberson, Big Stone Gap, Va.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Larry (Joann) Stanley, Mr. and Mrs. Benny (Mary) Stanley, all of Clinchport, Va., Mr. and Mrs. Tommy (Brenda) Stanley, Gate City, Va.; nine grandchildren, Benny Wayne Stanley, Jr., Barbie Burke, Donna Johnson, Jon Austin, Darrell Stanley, Jennifer Stanley, Brandy Stanley, Courtny Stanley and Curtis Smith; five great-grandchildren, Marie Hall, Nick Hall, Amanda Johnson, Jacob Stanley and Shawn Stanley; two brothers, Ray Frazier, Gate City, Va., and James Frazier, Lenior, N.C.; three sisters, Wilma Jean Townsend, Mabe, Va., Ivalee McNew, Wise, Va., and Etta Townsend, Lenior, N.C.

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

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Gene Swinney and Rev. Jackie Frazier officiating. Music will be provided by The Smith Trio.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Hall Cemetery, Stanleytown community.

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

Pallbearers will be Jon Austin, Curtis Smith, Norman Sloan, Darrell Stanley, Benny Stanley, Jr., David Jones, David Cantrell, Matt Stanley and Danny McNew.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Irene Gladys (Shupe) Stanley

CLINCHPORT, Va. - Irene Gladys Stanley , 62, died Wednesday (Jan. 1, 2003) at Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, Va.

Born in Scott County, Va., she was a daughter of the late Earl and Anna Mae Morris Shupe and was a homemaker.

She was a member of the First Pentecostal Church of Jesus Christ of Rye Cove and was a beloved prayer warrior.

Surviving are her husband, Charles "Pepper" Stanley , of the home; a son, Evangelist Marty Stanley of Clinchport; brothers, Douglas Shupe of South Carolina and Jeff Shupe of Maryland; sisters, Inez Manuel of Maryland, Anna Belle Barber of Maryland and Darlene Hall of Georgia; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at The Duffield Funeral Home at Thomas Village.

Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Elder Jimmy Hammond officiating.

Committal service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Hall Cemetery in Stanleytown. Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery for the committal service.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Isaac John “Ike” Stanley

AUSTIN, Ind. - Isaac John Stanley, 88, of 971 North First St., Austin, was killed Tuesday night [ 9/21/1976 ] when struck by an automobile.

He was a former resident of Scott County , Va. , in the Stanleytown community. He was a retired employee of Morgan Canning Co. of Austin .

Survivors arc four sons, Jessee Stanley, Carl Stanley and Morris Stanley, all of Austin, and Harry Stanley, Alton, Ill.; three sisters, Mrs. Lovel Hill, Clinchport, Mrs. Ella Tipton, Gate City, and Mrs. Emmie McHenry, Millersville, N.J.; three brothers, Calvin Stanley and Charles Stanley, both of Clinchport and Dan Stanley, Gate City; five grandchildren.

Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, is in charge.

(Kingsport News / Friday, September 24, 1976)

Kingsport News
Submitted by Delmar Fraysier and Don Lane

James Henry Stanley

DUFFIELD, Va. - Mr. James Henry Stanley, 85, Rt.4, Duffield, entered into rest Monday (Sept. 5, 2005) at his residence.

Mr. Stanley was born in Scott County, Va., on Sept. 26, 1919, a son of the late Millard Filmore and Nannie Stewart Stanley.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a member of Midway Community Church.

In addition to his parents, his wife, Zelma Ruth Stanley; son, David Eugene Stanley; sisters, Polly Necessary, Mattie Carter, Mary McNew and Mable Egans; brothers, McKinley, Robert and Clyde Stanley preceded him in death.

Surviving are his daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanella and Lorin Gilliam, Duffield, Margaret Stanley and Carl Bennett, Gray Station, and Nancy and John Taylor, Yuma, Va.; sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Ruth Stanley, Hobart, Ind., and George Millard and Una Stanley, Clinchport, Va.; daughter-in-law, Beth Stanley, Johnson City; 12 grandchildren, 16 great- grandchildren, eight great-great- grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Mildred and Bert Kesterson, Detroit, Mich.; and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2005, at the Stanleytown Community Church.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at the church with the Rev. Denny Hass and the Rev. Lonnie Townsend officiating.

Working Toward the Promise will provide the music.

Mr. Stanley will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service.

Burial will follow the service at the Stanley Family Cemetery in Hunters Valley with a Flag Ceremony conducted by Otis Lawson of the American Legion Post #265 of Gate City, Va.

Grandsons and great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Gate City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Johnny Emmett Stanley

CLINCHPORT, Va. - Johnny Emmett Stanley, 77, died Tuesday ( Oct. 24, 2000 ).

Mr. Stanley was preceded in death by his parents, George Barlow and Lula Laney Stanley; an infant son, Roger Darrell Stanley; and sisters, Edna Stanley and Nannie Austin.

Surviving are his wife, Allie Frazier Stanley, of the home; sons, Lester �Bud� Stanley and wife, Dottie, Rogersville, Ronnie �Pete� Stanley and wife, Sheila, Duffield, Va.; daughter, Edna Bowen and husband, Elmer, Duffield; brothers, James �Jim� Stanley and wife, Euna, Duffield, Willie "Bill" Stanley, Duffield; sister, Lizzie Bowen and husband, Jarl, Duffield; grandchildren, Herbert Bowen and wife Tiffany, Beth Rogers and husband Stevie, Brian Stanley, John Henry Stanley, and Chris Bowen; great-grandchildren, Courtney Rogers and Tyler Rogers; and two step-grandchildren, Chris Lawson and Julie Miller.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Duffield Funeral Home at Thomas Village , Duffield , Va.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Evangelist Garry Hood officiating.

Music will be provided by the Hood Family Singers.

Burial will be in the Cox Chapel Cemetery .

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Lou Venus (McDavid) Stanley

CLINCHPORT, Va. - Lou Venus Stanley , 84, of Route 4, passed away Monday ( Oct. 11, 1999 ) at Indian Path Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

She was a life long resident of Scott County and was the daughter of the late Bill and Delia Griffin McDavid. Mrs. Stanley was a homemaker and a member of Pendleton Freewill Baptist Church .

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Stanley (August 28, 1999); an infant son and daughter.

Surviving are her sister, Emma Ray Kern Lawson; brother, Clifton McDavid, both of Clinchport , Va. ; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home and also any other time at the residence of a niece, Ruth Hill (Mabe Community).

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. J.B. Quillen and the Rev. Vernon McDavid officiating. The music will be by the Eddie Roberts Singers.

Burial will be in McNew Cemetery in the Stanleytown Community. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Margaret Ida (Chapman) Stanley

DUFFIELD, Va. — Ida Chapman Stanley, 92, entered into rest Sept. 22, 2008, at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center .

She was born Oct. 24, 1915 , to the late Noah and Alda Jessee Chapman. She was a member of the Stanley Town Community Church .

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Stanley; brother and sister-in-law, Roy and Ellen Carter Chapman; son-in-law, Junior Bailey.

Survivors include her daughter, Imogene Bailey, Kingsport; son, Harold Stanley and wife, Phyllis Barnett Stanley, Florence, Ala.; sister, Pheobe Chapman; grandsons, Jeffrey Stanley, Gregory Stanley and wife, Tassy, Robbie Nunley and wife, Christy, Karen Funderburg and husband, Brian and Kay Stanley; six great-grandchildren, Derick Funderburg, Natalie Stanley, Joshua Stanley, Christopher Nunley, Sheena Nunley and Dedra Nunley; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence of her daughter, Imogene Bailey.

Services will be at 8 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Pat Davis, the Rev. Brad Davis, Brian Funderburg officiating.

Music will be provided the Durham Chapel Quartet and Tassy Stanley .

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Stanley Family Cemetery , Hunters Valley community. The family will meet at 10:45 a.m. at the cemetery for the graveside service.

Pallbearers will be David Shelton, Christopher Nunley, Joshua Stanley, Jeff Stanley, Greg Stanley and Robbie Nunley.

Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Fields, Fred Gillenwater, Rebbil Bowen, Willie Chapman, Jr., Cecil Davis, Myron Fields and Junior Jennings .

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Maxie V. (Ramey) Stanley

CLINCHPORT, Va. – Maxie V. Stanley, 91, died Thursday (May 2, 1991) at Norton Community Hospital.

Born in Scott County, Va., she was a homemaker and attended Durham's Chapel Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie L. Stanley, in 1954; one daughter, Grace Lane in 1954; her parents, Nathan and Fannie Grace Ramey in 1935 and 1961; three brothers and one sister.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Frank E. (Helen) Starnes and Mrs. Robert O. (Linda) Hilton, both of Clinchport, Va.; two sons, Crawford "Bud" Stanley and Charles "Pepper" Stanley, both of Clinchport, Va.; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Ida Barnette, Gate City.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Duffield Funeral Home.           

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Stanleytown Community Church with the Rev. Joe Hill officiating.

Burial will be in Hall Cemetery.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane (from J.N. Adams’ collection)

Rev. Robert Lee "Bob" Stanley

KINGSPORT — Rev. Robert Lee (Bob) Stanley, 75, went to be with the Lord on Sunday (Nov. 23, 2008) at his residence.
He was born in Shenandoah, Va. to the late William H. Stanley and Alma Crawford Stanley Osgood. He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Rev. J.C. Osgood. Bob and his family moved to Wise, Va. in the late 40’s. He attended Bob Jones Academy and graduated from Bob Jones University in Greeneville, S..C. After graduation he returned to Wise where he pastored Glamorgan Chapel Church and Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church. Bob and his parents founded and built Beverly Hills Tabernacle, an independent, evangelical church dedicated in 1964. Throughout his career, he worked in the coal mining industry, retiring from Westmoreland Coal Co. in 1984 to assume the pastorship of Beverly Hills Tabernacle. In addition to the work of the Lord, his family and friends, Bob had a love for antiques and was a proprietor at the Haggle Shop in Kingsport. Special thanks to Bob and Joyce Grills and all the staff at the Haggle Shop for "giving him a place to go play" in his later years.
Surviving are his wife of 49½ years, Jessee Lacele Collins Stanley; sons, David K. Stanley and wife, Sheila of Monument, Colo. and Donald S. Stanley and wife, Candace of LaVergne, Tenn.; sisters, Jewell J. Dodson of Waynesboro, Va. and Izetta (Gayle) Mason of Clearwater, Fla.; grandchildren, Lance Cpl. Eric Stanley, Lacey Dunkley, Lauren Stanley, Jesselyn Stanley, Logan Stanley, Katrien Stanley and Landon Stanley; several nieces, nephews and special extended family, Richard and Asley Labreque Taylor; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. till time of services at 7 p.m. today at the Beverly Hills Tabernacle.
A celebration of the life of Rev. Robert Lee (Bob) Stanley will be conducted at 7 p.m. today at the church in Wise, Va. with Rev. Greg Bowman officiating.
Burial and graveside committal services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Wise Cemetery. Family and friends will meet at 10:40 a.m. Wednesday at the church to go to the cemetery in procession.
Sturgill Funeral Homes, 1621 Norton Road SW, Wise, Va. 24293 is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Ronnie William Stanley

DUFFIELD, Va. - Ronnie William Stanley, 58, of the Mabe-Stanleytown Road, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday ( March 13, 2007 ) while at his residence.

He was born April 26, 1948 , in Wise County , Va. , and was a son of the late Johnny Emmitt and Allie Frazier Stanley. He was a longtime member of the Red Hill Memorial Church and had worked for several years at the former Kingsport Press (Quebacor) until health issues forced his retirement. He was also well-known as a youth recreation league baseball umpire in the Duffield and Rye Cove areas and from time to time enjoyed being a part of wrestling in the region appearing from gym to gym.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Roger Darrell Stanley.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Shelia Faye (Minton) Stanley; a son, John Henry Stanley, of the home; a daughter, Julie L. Miller and husband, Richard of Church Hill; a brother, Lester Stanley and wife, Dot of Surgoinsville; a sister, Edna Bowen and husband, Elmer "Hub" of Duffield, Va.; many dear loving nieces and nephews along with countless friends. Among those include Barbara Summey, a special friend and caregiver, Connie and Jeff Hensley and the staff of Mountain Region Personal Care; Robert Lane and Jack Caudill were also his special buddies.

Calling hours will be Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Scott County Funeral Home.

Services will follow at 7 p.m. with Evangelist Garry Hood and Rev. Steve Rogers officiating.

Music will be provided by the Hood Family and Courtney Rogers.

Burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the Cox's Chapel Cemetery , Duffield , Va. It is requested that family and friends meet at the cemetery by 10:55 a.m. for those services.

Pallbearers will be Robert Lane , Daniel Hunley, Jack Caudill, Matthew Hensley, Anthony Hensley, Charlie Shepherd and Jeff Hensley.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family.

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Zelma Ruth (Kern) Stanley

CLINCHPORT, Va. - Zelma Kern Stanley , 74, entered into rest on Monday (Feb. 14, 2000) at Holston Valley Medical Center. Born in Scott County, Va. on Feb. 16, 1925, she was the daughter of the late George and Lillie Pruitt Kern.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Ova Stanley ; two brothers, Leonard and Dillard Kern.

Surviving are her husband, James H. Stanley , Clinchport, Va.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Jeanella and Lorin Gilliam, Clinchport, Va., Margaret Stanley and Carl Bennett, Gray Station and Nancy and John Taylor, Yuma, Va.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Ruth Stanley , Hobart, Ind., George Millard and Una Stanley , Clinchport, Va., and David and Beth Stanley , Johnson City; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Lucille Stanley , Merrillvill, Ind.; three brothers, Joe Kern, Big Stone Gap, Va., Fred Kern, Duffield, Va., and Clayton Kern, Clinchport, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. J.B. Quillen and the Rev. Joe Hill officiating. Music will be provided by the Durham Chapel Quartet.

Burial will be at the Stanley Family Cemetery, Clinchport, Va. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Frances Jennifer "Jenny" (Burke) Staples

KINGSPORT — Frances Jennifer Burke Staples went home to be with the Lord at her childhood home surrounded by her husband, mother, and devoted family after a long battle with cancer.

Jenny was born June 22, 1957, and lived in the Big Moccasin/ Kingsport area all her life. Jenny was a graduate of Gate City High School. She worked at Eastman Chemical Company for over 20 years and later worked as a real estate agent in the Tri-Cities. She was a member of New Bethel Baptist Church in Big Moccasin. Jenny was a woman of generosity, love, and faith.

She was a loving wife, daughter, step-mother, sister, and aunt whose love of family and life will be greatly missed by all that knew and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her father, Herman K. Burke.

Jenny is survived by her husband, John Staples (Kingsport); her mother, Phyllis Ferguson Bays; step-father, Howard Bays (both of Nickelsville, Va.); sister, Karen Burke (Gate City, Va.); brothers-in-law and sisters- in-law, Steve and Louise Burke (Nickelsville, Va.), Mark and Carolyn Burke (Nickelsville, Va.), David and Yolanda Burke (Hiltons, Va.); step-son, John Pat Staples (Victorville, Calif.); step-daughter, Kim Lawton (Orlando, Fla.); step-sister, Rhonda Phillips (Nickelsville, Va.); her nieces and nephews, Morgan Jennings, Sarah Burke, Laura Jennings, Adam Burke, Lindsey Burke, Kadence Jennings and Kyle Fields; step-niece, Savanna Phillips; step-grandchildren, Aaron Reilly, Ashley Reilly, Adam Reilly (all of Orlando, Fla.), Scott Staples , Brandon Staples (both of Victorville, Calif.); along with several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family would like to thank all doctors, nurses, and especially hospice nurses, Lisa, Susie, and Freda who have helped Jenny fight her battle with cancer.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Scott County Funeral Home or friends may also call anytime at the residence of the husband, John Staples in Kingsport or the mother’s residence, Phyllis Bays in Big Moccasin.

A funeral service will be conducted on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Richard Harris and the Rev. Bob Lane officiating.

Music will be provided by the Roadside Baptist Mission Quartet and Bradley McKinney.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Holston View Cemetery with Mike Lawton, Aaron Reilly, Adam Burke, Eddie Ferguson, Johnny Ferguson, Arthur Ferguson, Larry Ferguson, Charles Osborne, and Richard Osborne serving as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Pat Staples , Ed Ferguson, John Ferguson and Rick Begley.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial contributions to be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation, P. O. Box 5835, Kingsport, Tenn. 37663 in Jenny’s memory.

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

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Charles J. Stapleton

July 21, 1931 - February 12, 2014

Blountville – Charles J. Stapleton, 82, of Blountville, passed away Wednesday morning February 12, 2014 at Indian Path Medical Center with his loving family at his side.

He was born in Scott County, VA and lived most of his life in Sullivan County. He was honorably discharged from the United States navy in 1950. Soon after he married the love of his life, Iva Greene, and they were blessed with nearly 52 years of marriage. Charles was a retired welder and a member of the International Association of Bridge Structural and Ornamental Iron Workers Union. He was very proud to have helped to build the structures used in launching the first astronaut to land on the moon. After retiring he enjoyed working at Banner Star Flea Market in Abington, VA for many years. He also owned and operated Stapleton’s Welding Shop for several years. He attended First Apostolic Christian Church. Charles was a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was a strong dependable and faithful man who took great pride in both his work and providing for his family. His friendly smile and sweet personality will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Iva Stapleton; darling daughter, Theresa Crawford, parents, Charlie and Etta “Faye” Stapleton; sisters, Helen Queen and Marie Kern.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory his loving granddaughters, Heather Ketron and husband Brian and Amber Crawford and boyfriend Travis Lanning; beloved great grandchildren, Brittany Drinnon and Michael Ketron; sister, Lorene Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5 pm to 7 pm on Saturday February 15, 2014 at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, 520 Watauga Street, Kingsport or anytime at the residence.

A service will follow at 7 pm in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Tommy Benton, Assistant Pastor Freddie Redman, Jr. and Rev. Ron Owens officiating. Music will be provided by Joel Waldron, Roy Brickey, Shelby Nottingham, Beth Shepherd and pianist Betty Benton.

A graveside service will be held at 2 pm on Sunday at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Family and friends who wish to attend are asked to meet at the funeral home 1 pm Sunday. Honorary pallbearers will be his great grandson, namesake, and special buddy Michael Bruin Charles Ketron.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1 pm to go to cemetery in a procession,.

The family would like to that the ICU nurses, physicians, respiratory therapist and staff at Indian Path Medical Center for their caring for Charles. And, to extend a special thanks to Ify, Chaplain Ron, Josh Smith, Ashley, Kerri and Dr. Garcia whose compassion, skill and friendship was heaven sent at a time we needed it most.

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

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

Submitted by Don Lane

Clara Maude (Falin) Stapleton

GATE CITY , Va. -- Clara Maude Falin Stapleton, 69, 612 Margie St., Gate City, died at Holston Valley Hospital & Medical Center yesterday afternoon [ 11/2/1982 ] after a long illness.

A lifelong reasident of Scott County , she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Stapleton, Sr.

She was a Baptist.

Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. John (Loretta) Starnes, Mrs. Linda Sexton and Miss Polly Falin, all of Gate City; a son, Harry Stapleton, Jr., Gate City; 14 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Bellam (Clora) Falin, Clinchport, and Mrs. Hezekiah (Fannie) Falin, Gate City; two brothers, Roy Elmer Falin, Johnson City, and William (Bill) Falin, Knoxville.

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

(Kingsport Times-News, Wednesday, November 3, 1982)

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Coy Stapleton

Coy Stapleton, 71, of 418 Fern Cliff Drive, died Thursday afternoon [Jan. 17, 1980] at Holston Valley Community Hospital of heart failure.

He was a native of Scott County, Va., but had lived most of his life in Sullivan County. He was formerly employed by Mead Corporation and was self-employed the later part of his life.

He is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Wendell (Renae) McDavid, Kingsport, five sisters, Myrtle Stapleton, Hattie Dean, Gracie Harris and Mrs. McKinnley White, all of Nickelsville, and Kate Flanary, Kingsport, three grandchildren.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

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Funeral services for Coy Stapleton will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday from the Hamlett-Dobson Chapel with the Rev. Tom Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

 

Kingsport Times-News, Friday, January 18, 1980

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier  

Delia (Flanary) Stapleton

JONESVILLE, Va. - Delia Stapleton, 90, Jonesville, Va., died Monday (April 4, 1994) at Lee County Community Hospital in Pennington Gap, Va.

A native of Jonesville, Va., she was a member of McConnell's Chapel Baptist Church, Jonesville, Va.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Eliza Wil­lis Flanary; her husband, Lawer­ence Dewey Stapleton; and three sons. 

Surviving are one son, Lee Sta­pleton, Moorehaven, Fla.; four daughters, Jean Anderson and Alla Mae Garner, both of Jonesville, Va., Lois Brown, Mur­phy, N.C., and Sue Zoldak, Ft. North, Texas; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Gladys Hounshell, Ohio.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Province Fu­neral Home, Jonesville, Va.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. J.D. Owens officiating.

Graveside services will be con­ducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Beech Grove Cemetery.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Doyle Stapleton

GATE CITY - Doyle Stapleton, 66, Rt. 4, Gate City, Nottingham Community, died at Holston Valley Community Hospital at 3 a.m. Monday morning [ 11/29/1971 ] after a long illness.  He was a retiree of Mason-Dixon.  He was born in Lee County , Va. but had spent most of his life in Scott County .  He was a member of the Nottingham Methodist Church .

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mona Bloomer Stapleton; one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Stapleton, of the home; three sons, Robert Jess, Billy Dale, and Carl Edward Stapleton, all of Kingsport; one sister, Mrs. Beuna Ford, Buffalo, S.C.; three brothers, Johnny, Whitemire, S.C., Claude and William, both of Chester, S.C.; seven grandchildren.

The Gate City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Kingsport News, Tuesday, November 30, 1971)

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Funeral services for Doyle Stapleton, 66, who died Monday will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Gate City Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Kilbourne officiating.  Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery .  The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday.  Gate City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Kingsport News, Tuesday, November 30, 1971)

Kingsport News
Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

D. S. Stapleton

D. S. Stapleton, 41, of 964 Lynn Garden Drive , died at 8:35 a.m. Thursday [ 5/19/1977 ] at Wilcox Hall after a short illness.

He had spent his entire life in Sullivan County and is a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the U. S. Army.

Survivors include one daughter, Miss Teresa Stapleton, Weber City ; his father, Coy Stapleton, Kingsport ; one sister, Mrs. Wendell (Renae) McDavid, Kingsport .

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

(Kingsport News, Friday, May 20, 1977)

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Funeral services for D. S. Stapleton will be conducted at noon Saturday at Hamlett-Dobson Chapel with Rev. Tom Hall officiating.  Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery .  The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday from the funeral home and also at the home of a sister, 413 Ferncliff Drive .  Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Kingsport News, Friday, May 20, 1977)

 Kingsport News
Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Ellen Frances (Thacker) Stapleton

GATE CITY, Va. — Ellen Frances Stapleton, 74, entered into rest Friday (Oct. 10, 2008) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was born in Hawkins County, Tenn. May 12, 1934 to the late Merlin Thacker and Myrtle McDavid Thacker.

Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edmond Stapleton; granddaughter, Heather Owens; sisters, Pearlie Linkous, Grace Lindsey, Eltie Adams and Mandy Winegar; and one brother, Mitchell Thacker.

She is survived by a very special friend, Gary K. Davidson, Gate City, Va.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lou and Jan Wolfe, Kingsport, Julia and Buddy Babb, Kingsport and Evelyn Lawson, Kingsport; sons and daughters-in-law, Ricky and Teresa Stapleton, Elizabethton, Adam Scott Stapleton, Church Hill, C. W. and Tammie Stapleton, Gate City, Va.; sister, Isabeth "Blue Eyes" Christian, Surgoinsville; brother, Willie Thacker, Surgoinsville; grandchildren, Randall Salyer, Amanda and Nicole Stapleton, Jason Gardner, Sonya Hawkins, Stacie Lawson, Edmond Lawson, Tammy Perry, Wesley and Francis Stapleton; great-grandchildren, Lexus and Chase Snow, Landon Gardner, Whitney and Olivia Hawkins, Morgan Easter, Macy and Gage Perry; several nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be 8 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Arrie Hickman and Rev. Dicky Watts officiating.

Music will be provided by the Lee Smith Singers.

Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Stapleton Cemetery, Hiltons, Va. The family will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service.

Pallbearers will be her nephews.

Honorary pallbearers will be Randal Salyer and Eugene McMurray.

Gate City Funeral Home is serving the Stapleton family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Glenn William “Poss” Stapleton

NICKELSVILLE, Va. — Glenn “Poss” Stapleton, 68, of Nickelsville, Va., passed away Wednesday (Oct. 08, 2008) after a long courageous battle with cancer, with family and friends by his side.

He was born in Scott County , Va. , on March 11, 1940 , and was the son of the late Hughie Stapleton and Dellerhea Cassell Stapleton. He was retired from the City of Kingsport and a lifetime farmer. Mr. Stapleton was of the Baptist faith. He was a loving husband, dad, papaw, and friend to all that knew him and dedicated his life to his family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sister, Nancy Stapleton; brothers, Robert “Bull” Stapleton and Kenneth Wayne Stapleton; father-in-law, Armeray Castle.

Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Verda Castle Stapleton; son, Randal Stapleton and wife Della; daughters, Sharon Sluss and husband Kenneth, Brenda Parks and husband Anthony, Linda Stapleton and husband Preston; mother-in-law, Magdalene Castle, all of Nickelsville,Va.; grandchildren, Jessica and Jamie Finch, Nickie Daugherty, Crystal and Phil Sykes, Wesley Sluss, Brettney Stapleton, Kayla Stapleton, Jared Parks, Jeremy Parks; his special “Buddy“: Kenneth Stapleton; great-grandchildren, Hannah and Abigail Finch, Chase and Olivia Daugherty, and Zachary Sykes; three very special and dear friends, Leoria Elliott, Shirley Stapleton (sister-in-law), and Ray Castle; sister, Patsy Davidson and husband Jack; nephew, Billy Davidson and wife Jackie; and several cousins.

Calling hours are 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Colonial Funeral Home and anytime at the residence.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. G.W. White, Rev. Steve Collins and Bill McCarty officiating.

Music will be provided by Becky and Greg White.

Graveside services will be conducted at noon Saturday at the Lucas & Castle Cemetery , Dungannon , Va.

Pallbearers will be Bill McCarty, Terry Hartsock, Thomas Hillman, Shaun Stapleton, Travis Kelly, Jamie Finch and Justin Castle.

Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all those that came during his time of need.

Colonial Funeral Home is serving the family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Harold Robert “Bull” Stapleton

NICKELSVILLE, Va. - Harold “Bull” Stapleton , 60, Route 2, died Saturday (March 6, 1999) at Holston Valley Medical Center . He was a farmer and lifelong resident of Scott County , Va. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Huey and Della Ray Cassell Stapleton ; a sister, Nancy Stapleton ; and a brother, Ken Stapleton . Surviving are his wife, Shirley Stapleton , Nickelsville, Va.; sister, Patty Davidson, Nickelsville, Va.; brother, Glenn Stapleton , Nickelsville, Va.; five nieces and nephews and 11 great-nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City , Va. Friends may also call anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. G.W. White officiating. Music will be provided by Hawkins County Grass Gospel Quartet. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Nickelsville Cemetery .

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

James Cecil Stapleton

Weber City, VA - James Stapleton, 80, Weber City, VA passed away early Monday morning, December 10, 2012. He was born November 5, 1932 to the late Starling Randolph and Vesta Cora (Bessie) Bledsoe Stapleton. Along with his parents, he was also preceded in death by a brother, James E. (Babe) Stapleton.

He graduated from Fairview High School in 1951. He worked at Foote Mineral Company (Cyprus Minerals) for 42 ½ years. He also worked with his brother-in-law, Arvel Lewis, in building several houses for family and friends.

He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Shirley Marie Lamb Stapleton; daughter, Teresa Whitman and husband, Terry Thomas; son, Rev. Randall Stapleton and wife, Michelle; grandchildren, April Griffin and husband, Chad, Justin Dougherty and wife, Lindsey, Jonathan Stapleton and wife, Christina, Benjamin Stapleton, Jennifer Barker and husband, Jason, Andrew Dean; great-grandchildren, Alex Griffin, Arabella and Aranel Barker, Emma Grace Stapleton; sister, Ruth Lewis and husband, Arvel; sister-in-law, Rachel Stapleton. He is also survived by nieces Shirley Sullivan and Eugenia Miller, their families and several foster grandchildren.

Calling hours will be at the Gate City Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. in the Juanita S. Falin Chapel. Graveside services will be conducted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 12:30 p.m. at the Holston View Cemetery with the Rev. Odell Beauchamp and Rev. Joe Barber presiding. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call at the home at anytime.

We would like to extend a very special thanks to granddaughters Jennifer Barker and Lindsey Dougherty for their excellent care of their Papaw Stapleton.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Community Fellowship Baptist Church, Gate City, VA or Calvary Lighthouse Baptist Church, Church Hill, TN.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of James Cecil Stapleton.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

James Ellis Stapleton

LEXINGTON, Ky. - James Ellis Stapleton, 50, Beverly, Ky., died Monday (Aug. 17, 1987) at University of Kentucky Hospital, Lexington, after a long illness.

A native of Scott County, Va., he served in the Air Force for four years, attended Beverly United Methodist Church and was employed by Sandy Creek Mining Co.

Surviving are his wife, Sandra Asher Stapleton; two sons, James E. Stapleton Jr., Virginia Beach, Va. and Anthony W. Stapleton, Kingsport; one daughter, Mrs. Don (Michelle) See, Chattanooga; one stepson, Allen Ponder, Beverly, Ky.; his mother Mrs. S. L. (Leona) Stewart, Nickelsville, Va.; two sisters, Salley Pratt and Mrs. Luther R. B. (Cindy) Travis, both of Kingsport; several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Beverly United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Jack officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va.

Arnett Funeral Home, Pineville, Ky., is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane (from J.N. Adams’ collection)

James Robert "Jim" Stapleton

ERWIN — James Robert "Jim" Stapleton, 64, of Erwin, passed away Wednesday (May 21, 2008) at Vanderbilt Medical Center.

He was born in Kingsport and was a graduate of Gate City High School. Jim attended Clinch Valley College and loved playing music with his friends for community service. He was in trucking management most of his life and was vice-president of sales for Mason-Dixon Truck Line for years. He also was previously employed at several other large trucking firms.

Mr. Stapleton was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church where he was in the choir. He also was a member of the Gideons International.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James N. and Helen Jones Stapleton.

Mr. Stapleton is survived by his wife, Linda Shelton Stapleton, of the home; two sons, James Robert "Robbie" Stapleton, II and wife, Patsy, Kingsport, Joseph Patrick Stapleton and wife, Kimberly, Knoxville; step-son, Jonathan Preston Fisher and wife, Rhonda Quesenberry, Blacksburg, Va.; four grandchildren, Alexandra Rylee Stapleton, Claira Grace Stapleton, Michael Patrick Stapleton and Audrey Elizabeth Stapleton; two brothers, Richard "Dick" Stapleton, San Angelo, Texas, and Eugene "Butch" Stapleton, Crossville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Centenary United Methodist Church, Erwin.

Funeral services will follow in the church at 4 p.m. with Dr. Ed Nelson officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Holston View Cemetery. Friends and family planning to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery at 10:55 a.m.

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

J. W. Stapleton

James W. Stapleton, 92, died Tuesday at 2:45 p. m. at the home of his brother, H. M. Stapleton, resident of Madison Street, Kingsport. He had been ill three years.

Funeral services will be held Thursday at 10:00 a. m. at the chapel of Huff Funeral Home. The Rev. Rand Dillon will be in charge and burial will be in Collins Cemetery.

Stapleton had been a resident of Kingsport for 25years. Survivors are four brothers: H. M. and Cows Stapteton. of Kingsport, John and Tivis Stapleton of Nicklesville; two sisters; Mrs. Visic Fugate of Kingsport and Mrs. Mary Roller of Indian Springs. The body will remain at Huff Funeral Home until the hour of service.

Kingsport Times-News; June 11, 1947

Kenneth E. "Speck" Stapleton, Sr.

MOUNT CARMEL — Kenneth E. "Speck" Stapleton, Sr., 77, of Mount Carmel, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday (July 29, 2008) at Indian Path Medical Center.

Born in Hansonville, Va., Kenneth had lived in the Lynn Garden area of Kingsport for most of his life before moving to Mount Carmel in 1973. He was a retired contractor, having built several houses in the area, a supervisor over the Brick Masons at AFG (Kingsport) where he was employed for 44 years. He was a member of the local Brick Masons Union # 8 in Kingsport and was a secretary for the Tennessee Brick Masons Union.

He was a member of the second graduating class at Lynn View High School, where he played basketball and baseball. Through the Lynn Garden Optimist Club, he was instrumental in training and coaching several area baseball players and coaches. He was a member of the Kingsport Masonic Lodge #688, the Stuart Lodge #224 of Lebanon, Va., a 32nd Degree Mason and a Shriner. He was a veteran of the Korean War, serving in the U.S. Army and was a member of one of the establishing families of Lynn Garden Baptist Church. Kenneth was a scoutmaster with the local Boy Scouts and was an avid fisherman who loved fishing with his buddies, Howard "Hotdog" Dale, Herb Beach; and grandson, Andy Stapleton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marzell and Venus Hartsock Stapleton; grandson, Andy Stapleton; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Pearl and Conley Maness.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Christine Maness Stapleton, Mount Carmel; daughter, Cindy Denice Craver and husband, David Thomas, Mount Carmel; son, Kenneth E. Stapleton, Jr. and wife, Mae, Kingsport; three sisters, Peggy Teague, Greenville, JoAnn Mitchell and husband, Melvin, Kingsport, Gay Haulsee and husband, Mike, Jefferson City; favorite niece, Cathy Taylor; several other nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Lynn Garden Baptist Church, 301 May Ave., Kingsport.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7 p.m. at the church with the Rev. Michael Wyre officiating.

Masonic graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at East Lawn Memorial Park with the Stuart Lodge #224 of Lebanon, Va., conducting the rites. Family and friends who wish to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:55 a.m.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Lou Verna ( Hammonds ) Stapleton

Mrs. Coy Stapleton, 42, was found dead near her home, 813 Howard Hill, early Sunday morning [ 8/9/1953 ], apparently the victim of a heart attack.

Mrs. Stapleton had started from her home to a neighbor's home to see about her son who had just left with another boy.  Her body was found beside the road just before she reached the neighbor's house at about 3:45 a.m.

Born in Scott County , Mrs. Stapleton had lived in Sullivan County for 17 years and was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church.

Survivors are her husband, Coy; one daughter, Kathleen Rena Stapleton; one son, D. S. Stapleton; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cleve Hammond of Kingsport; two sisters, Mrs. Ottelia Vaught and Mrs. Anna Mae Clifton, both of Kingsport; four brothers, Earl, R. C. and Nelce, all of Kingsport, and Kelce of Nickelsville, Va.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. , Tuesday at the Howard Hill Free Will Baptist Church, the Rev. Dewey Lincous and the Rev. Tom Paul officiating.  Burial will follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery .

The body will be removed from Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home to the residence on Monday Morning.

(Kingsport News, Monday, August 10, 1953)

Kingsport News
Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Marzell Stapleton

Marzell Stapleton , 88, Kingsport, died Thursday ( April 16, 1998 ) at the emergency room of Holston Valley Medical Center .

Born in Russell County , Va. , he lived in Kingsport most of his life. He was a brick mason supervisor at AFG Industries and retired with over 40 years of service. He was a member of Lynn Garden Baptist Church , was a 32nd degree Mason, belonging to the Stewart Lodge No. 224, Lebanon , Va. , and the Jericho Shrine Temple of Kingsport .

He was preceded in death by his parents, Will and Mollie Mays Stapleton ; two sisters, Viola Salyers and Nellie Kate Glenn; four brothers, Grover Stapleton , Roy Stapleton , Oakley Stapleton and Henry Stapleton ; and a great-grandson, Andy Stapleton . Surviving are his wife, Myrtle Stapleton ; daughters, Peggy Teague, Greeneville and Jo Ann Mitchell, Clearwater, Fla., and Gaye Haulsee, Morristown; a son, Kenneth Stapleton , Mount Carmel; a stepson, Douglas Ringley, Mount Carmel; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; a sister, Ollie Osborne, Lebanon, Va.; sisters-in-law, Kate Stapleton and Ruby Stapleton , both of Kingsport.

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

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Richard Hale officiating with a masonic service performed by the Stewart Masonic Lodge No. 224 of Lebanon, Va.

Graveside services will be conducted at noon Monday at East Lawn Memorial Park .

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Mattie Lee (Dean) Stapleton

NICKELSVILLE, Va. - Mattie Lee Stapleton, 85, of Route 2, passed away Tuesday (Nov. 30, 2004) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was born in Scott County. Va., on Feb. 7, 1919 and was the daughter of the late Clifton and Hattie Dean.

She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Stapleton; brothers, Vernon Dean and Millard Dean.

Surviving are her sisters, Mammie Sue Dean and Emmie Meade, both of Nickelsville, Va.; brothers, Charlie Dean, Gate City, Va., and Scott Dean, Nickelsville, Va.; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and other times at the residence of a nephew, Gary Dean, Big Moccasin Road, Nickelsville, Va.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. G.W. White officiating.

Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Holston View Cemetery. The family will meet at the funeral home at 9:30 to go in procession to the cemetery.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family extends a special "thank you" to the staff of Brian Center for their loving care of her for the last two years.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Myrtle Leah (Short) Stapleton

May 30, 1954 – Oct 28, 2014

WISE, Va. — Myrtle Leah Stapleton, 60, passed away on Oct. 28, 2014 at her home.

She was a former Registered Nurse at Norton Community Hospital.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Richard Eugene and Mildred Ann Starnes Short; and a sister, Nancy Louise Short.

Surviving are her husband, Charlie Stapleton of Haysi, Va.; ex-husband and friend, Jimmy Davis; one son, Freddie Adams and wife Melissa of Norton, Va.; three daughters, Angela Silcox and husband Randy of Norton, Sharon Nicole Gibson of Wise, Jessica Davis of Coeburn, Va.; and special friend, Miranda Bellamy; twelve grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four brothers, Denver C. Short of Texas, Richard Eugene Short Jr. of Pound, Va., Shannon R. Short of Wise and Charles R. Short of Pound; two sisters, Beverly Witt and husband Paul of Coeburn, and Joy M. Compton and husband Paul of Gate City, Va.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Myrtle Leah Stapleton will be conducted at 8 p.m. on Thursday at Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel in Wise, Va. with Pastor Darrell Bolling officiating.

The family will be receiving friends from 6 p.m. till time of services at 8 p.m. on Thursday in the funeral home.

Graveside committal services and burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at the Short Cemetery Pound, Va. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home 12:15 p.m. Friday to go to the cemetery in procession.

Sturgill Funeral Home 1621 Norton Rd. SW Wise, Va. 24293 is in charge of arrangements.

(Some Scott Co ancestral families – Starnes, Thompson, Stewart, Lane, Brickey, Flanary, Sloan, Estep)

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Vivian Lynn (Frazier) Stapleton

May 25, 1936 - August 21, 2014

KINGSPORT — Vivian Lynn Frazier Stapleton, 76, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday (Aug. 21, 2014), dying peacefully in her sleep.

Vivian is survived by five children, Carolyn Crawford and husband Wally, Kathy Martin, Vickie Barham and husband Tommy, Billy Stapleton, Martin Stapleton and Andy Abney; brothers, Howard Frazier, and Clyde Frazier and wife Velma; and sisters, Betty Frazier, Helen Kite and Sue Frazier-Bear. She was the loving “Granny” to seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was also a much loved aunt to several nieces and nephews.

Born in Sullivan County on May 25, 1936, she was the daughter of Ralph and Nettie Frazier, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 41 years, Billy J. Stapleton; a beloved granddaughter, Laura Marie Altizer; her son-in-law, Mickey Martin; daughter-in-law, Sandra Stapleton; brother-in-law, Wayne Kite; and sister-in-law, Peggy Frazier.

Among her many roles in life, Vivian loved her children, grandchildren and her great-grandchildren supremely. She was happiest when she spent time with any of them. She was a graduate of Lynn View High School, and lived in the Lynn Garden community most of her life. She began her career at Bell Ridge Elementary School working in the cafeteria. She went on from there to be the head cook at Rays, and the head chef at Wright’s Cafeteria. Vivian had a gift of making the toughest jobs fun, and always had family and co-workers laughing around her.

In 2006, Vivian went on a mission trip to serve in Billy Graham’s last crusade in New York City. She said that was the greatest thing she had done in her life. She attended Higher Ground Baptist Church when she was physically able, and also volunteered in children’s ministry activities on many occasions. She was a crafter, seamstress, and loved the outdoors. She had a well known “green-thumb” and started many plants for friends and family from tiny sprouts.

She loved taking pictures, and always had her camera at every event. She was an avid NASCAR fan, and loved the Atlanta Braves. Vivian also enjoyed reading, especially her Bible. She had recently mastered the iPad, and loved keeping up with family and friends on Facebook. She was the kind of person everyone wanted to be around. Vivian loved people, and people loved her.

Her children and immediate family are so thankful for the years God gave us such a wonderful mom, sister, granny and aunt for the years of our lives. We love you so much mom and will hold you in our hearts forever.

Family visitation will be on Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Higher Ground Baptist Church, Kingsport.

A graveside service will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Morrison’s Chapel Cemetery, 2019 Chapel Drive, Kingsport, with Dr. Phil Hoskins officiating. Her daughter Kathy will give her eulogy in celebration of her life, and granddaughter Sarah Martin and friend Sarah Beth Kerr will provide music.

Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery by 1:50 p.m. on Sunday.

In lieu of flowers, Vivian has requested that memorial contributions be made to Morrison’s Chapel Cemetery, in care of Morrison’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 2019 Chapel Drive, Kingsport, Tenn. 37665.

Tetrick Funeral & Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples St., Johnson City, Tenn. 37604, (423) 610-7171, is honored to serve the Stapleton family.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Clara Ruth (Henry) Stanley

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. - Clara H. Stanley, 57, passed away Wednesday (Aug. 21, 2002) at her residence after a lingering illness.

She was born in Scott County, Va. on March 14, 1945 and was the daughter of the late Samuel Rayford Henry and Dana Blankenbeckler Henry. She was employed at Virginia Tech as an assistant librarian.

Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Kim Stanley, Trevor and Renee Stanley; one grandson, Jeffrey Stanley, all of Christiansburg, Va.; sisters, Aileen Lovelace and Barbara Hatfield, both of Nickelsville, Va.; brothers, William Morris Henry of Church Hill, and Kenneth Henry of Nickelsville, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Colonial Funeral Home in Weber City, Va.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Mike Vest officiating. Music will be provided by Lisa Quillen.

Interment will follow in Holston View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, that contributions be made to the Clara Stanley V.L.A.P.F. Scholarship Fund, c/o Linda Hahne, P.O. Box 8277, Norfolk, Va. 23503.

The family is being served by Horne Funeral Service, Christiansburg, Va., and Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Rachel (Dalton) Stapleton

March 27, 1927 - June 8, 2014

Kingsport, TN - Rachel Dalton Stapleton passed away peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at her home in Kingsport.

Rachel grew up in Cliff Mountain (Scott County), VA, the daughter of the late George and Lucy (Fields) Dalton. She married James E. “Babe” Stapleton and together they spent over 51 years together before Babe’s passing in 1995. Their son, James Clyde, died at the age of 4 months. After the passing of her husband, Rachel moved to Kingsport.

In addition to her husband and son, her sisters, Kate Perry, Amanda Ketron, Rose Deathridge, Bertie Gilreath, Della Fields, and Marjorie Dalton; her brothers, Charles, Dan, Garland, George, Willie, and Guy Dalton; and brother-in-law, Cecil Stapleton preceded her in death.

Survivors include her daughters, Genia (Carl) Miller, Blackwater, VA and Shirley (Paul) Sullivan, Kingsport, granddaughter, Louisa (Ronald) Hill, Blackwater, VA; her great grandsons, Jonathan and Josh Hill, Blackwater, VA; sisters-in-law, Ruth (Arvel) Lewis, Gate City, VA and Shirley Stapleton, Weber City, VA; and all the members of her crochet family, The Joyful Stitchers; and a very special friend, Tori.

Rachel was an excellent seamstress and worked at Pins and Needles in Blackwater, VA for over 9 years. She worked in the grocery business for over 15 years with her and Babe owning their own business for over 10 years. Following her retirement she used her sewing and crocheting talents as a volunteer for several hospitals and organizations.

Rachel loved her flowers and took great pride in their beauty.

Rachel was a great mom and couldn’t do enough for her family. She loved her friends, who were just like extended family to her.

She was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and loved her church family dearly.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at the Gate City Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 12, 2014 in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Evangelist Kenneth Neeley, Brother Randall Stapleton, and Pastor Wayne Baker officiating. Ronald Hill and Alvin Goins will provide the music.

Burial will follow the services at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Carl Stapleton and Mitch Thompson will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant View Baptist Church, 2101 Stadium Drive, Kingsport, TN; The Joyful Stitchers, c/o Pleasant View Baptist Church; or a charity of one’s choice.

Then family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Amedisys Home Health and Hospice and to Dr. David Franzus and staff for the care they provided during Rachel’s illness.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Rachel Dalton Stapleton.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Abraham Conley Starnes

Funeral Services For A. C. Starnes Set For Tuesday

(From State News Service)

Gate City, Va. -- Funeral services for A. Conley Starnes, 66, who was found dead at 3:30 a.m. Sunday morning [3/5/1944] at one of his barns near his Gate City home, will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Antioch Methodist Church four miles east of Gate City on the Nickelsville road, in charge of the Rev. Enos Wagner, the Rev. Earl A. King and the Rev. John W. Vermillion.  Burial will be in the Kingsport City Cemetery .

The body was found by his son, George Starnes, who had arrived a few minutes earlier from Knoxville , Tenn. , and had gone immediately to search for his father who had left his home at 3:25 a.m.

Dr. Anabelle McConnell of Gate City , who was called to the scene said death was caused by a broken neck.

George, the only son, told a reporter that his father had put on his hat, coat and overshoes and disappeared from the house.  A search followed, and approximately five minutes later the body of Commissioner Starnes was found.

Starnes had been in ill health for 10 years, family members said.  They said they believed that death was instant.  He would have been 67 Wednesday.

A prominent Southwest Virginia farmer and livestock dealer, Mr. Starnes had served two terms as a member of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, being elected from Estillville District.  He was active in all affairs of his community and a member of the Antioch Methodist Church .

Born at Hill, Va. , in Scott County , on March 8, 1877 , he was the son of the late M. M. and Mary Lane Starnes, both members of pioneer Scott families.  A member of I. O. O. F. of Gate City , Starnes was elected Commissioner of Revenue on the Democratic ticket last November.

Surviving are his wife, Louise Wolfe Starnes; one son, George E. Starnes, of Knoxville; four brothers, W. L. Starnes of Gate City, M. G., Kelly J., and Grover C. Starnes, all of Kingsport; three sisters, Mrs. C. R. Lane, and Mrs. John B. Snodgrass, both of Gate City, and Mrs. Eugene Blevins of Ferndale, Michigan; four grandchildren, Louise and Conley Starnes of Knoxville, and Alvin and John Morris Starnes of Gate City, Route 2.  A son, John M. Starnes, died July 31, 1943 .

Pallbearers are Hubert Starnes, Ralph Starnes, Stewart Snodgrass, Buford Snodgrass, Melvin Lane , and Gerald Lane , all nephews of Mr. Starnes.

(Kingsport Times, Monday, March 6, 1944)

Kingsport Times
Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Ada J. (McKinney) Starnes

Ada J. Starnes, 74, 105 Natchez Lane, Indian Springs, died Friday (Aug. 5, 1988) at Indian Path Hospital after a long illness.

Born in Wise Co, Va., she had lived in the Kingsport area most of her life. She was a housewife.

She was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wrightly E. Starnes in 1968.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. H.L. (Nancy) Allen, Cayce, S.C. and Mrs. B.E. (Charlotte) Phillips Sr., Cummings, Ga.; one son, Wayne E. Starnes, Kingsport; 10 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Russell (Harriet) Grills, Kingsport; one brother, J. Fred McKinney, Kingsport; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are anytime at the home, 105 Natchez Lane.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by East Lawn Funeral Home.

Kingsport Times-News of Saturday, August 6, 1988

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Alice Elizabeth “Allie” (Lane) Starnes

CLINCHPORT, Va. — Allie Elizabeth Starnes, 87, departed this life for a better one on Saturday (Jan. 27, 2007) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was born in Scott County, Va. on Nov. 9, 1919 to the late Elijah P. and Minnie Lane .

She is preceded in death by her husband, Clyde Starnes; and a son, Danny Starnes.

In addition to her parents and son, she is also preceded in death by two brothers, Rhea and Curtis Lane ; two sisters, Emma Eppard and Ruby Allen; two half-brothers; and two half-sisters.

Surviving are one daughter, Cathy McDavid, Clinchport , Va. ; two sons, David Starnes, Church Hill , Tenn. , and Kenny Starnes, Clinchport , Va. ; grandchildren, Cody Taylor, Kevin Starnes and Brandon Starnes; one great-grandchild, Destiny Goode; and several nieces and nephews.

In honoring Mrs. Starnes wishes, there will be no formal service and the body will be cremated.

Gate City Funeral Home is serving the Starnes family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Bettie Jean (Fletcher) Starnes

July 22, 1936 - June 11, 2014

Bettie Jean Fletcher Starnes, 77, died Wednesday morning (June 11, 2014) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was born in Nickelsville, Va; but had lived in Kingsport most of her life. She worked as a nurse's aide with several nursing homes and hospitals over the years. She loved to research geneology in her spare time.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe Bill Fletcher and Goldie Harris Fletcher Thompson; stepfather, Walter Thompson; sisters, Sybil Templeton, Janet Dockery, Fern Whited and Delores Fletcher; brothers, Harold Fletcher and Joe Fletcher

She is survived by her husband of 57 years, James M. (Jim) Starnes; sons and daughters in law, Jeff Starnes and wife Shelby and Mark Starnes and wife Karen; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Lois Carter and Shirley Salley

The family will receive friends from 11 till 1pm Friday (June 13th, 2014) at Scott County Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 1pm with Pastor David Bolden and Pastor David Smith officiating.

Burial will follow at the Starnes Family Cemetery in Ft. Blackmore, Va.

Pallbearers will be Bob Brock, David Weston, Randall Barger, Tim Sams, Charlie Hicks and Jason Goodman. Honorary Pallbearers are Danny Whited, Junior Bowen, Ralph Sanders and Guy Sanders

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

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

Submitted by Don Lane

Bessie June (Stallard) Starnes

KINGSPORT — Bessie June Stallard Starnes, formerly of Slant, Va., entered into rest on Saturday (Jan. 17, 2009) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.
June was an active member of Farm Bureau Women's Group. Mrs. Starnes hobbies included cooking, feeding wild birds, working puzzles, quilting and working in the garden. She attended Stanleytown Community Church.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband, C.E. Starnes, Jr. in 2007; her father and mother, John A. Stallard and Nannie Carter Stallard; a stepmother, Bessie Carter Stallard; a brother, James (Jim) M. Stallard; and two infant sisters.
June Starnes is survived by two daughters, Lynn Hensley and husband, Buford (Gate City, Va.), Madeline Helton and husband, Everett (Kingsport); a son, Zane Starnes and wife, Regina (Gate City, Va.); three granddaughters, Brittany Starnes, Shea Hensley and Lori Hensley Branscomb; two great-grandsons, Bret Anderson and Rhett Powell; her sisters, Vonda Davis and husband, Cecil (Clinchport, Va.), Verna Dorton (Big Stone Gap, Va.), Pauline Stallard (Clinchport, Va.), Lois Carter (Kingsport), Nelle Stallard (Torrance, Calif.), Christine Leonard and her husband, Earl (Centerburg, Ohio) and Patsy Nunley (Kingsport); four brothers, Leonard M. Stallard, Jack Stallard, Rev. Larry H. Stallard and wife, Jan, Darrell Stallard and wife, Ginger (all of Kingsport); a sister-in-law, Jewell Stallard (Wellington, Ohio); a special cousin, Marlene Carter Kindle (Kingsport); her special friends, Don and Wanda Osborne (Slant, Va.); along with several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Calling hours will be held on Tuesday at Scott County Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m., or friends may also call anytime at any of the childrens’ residence.
A memorial service will be conducted on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Ed Blair and Rev. Larry H. Stallard officiating.
A graveside service will be held on Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Holston View Cemetery with Danny Carter, Dave Starnes, Chuck Starnes, Dan Starnes, Darrell Stallard, Everett Helton, Buford Hensley and Craig Carter serving as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Stallard, Donald Osborne, Ralph W. Carter, Ray Carter, Jim Carter and Leonard Stallard.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the medical staff of Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center and Wellmont Hospice for their special care and attention.
Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home is serving the family.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Bobbie Edgar Starnes

April 28, 1939 - October 22, 2014

Bobbie Edgar Starnes, 75, of Church Hill, passed away on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport. Born on April 28, 1939 in Scott County, VA, he was the son of Nannie Hill Starnes and the late Walker Wade Starnes. Mr. Starnes served in the United States Air Force.

In addition to his father, Walker Wade Starnes, he was preceded in death by his three sisters; one brother; and his grandson, Steven Anthony Starnes.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ginger Starnes; son, Anthony "Tony" Starnes and his wife, Virginia "Ginny"; daughter, Kim Lynette Mickow; son, Michael Dean "Mick" Starnes and his wife, Regina; mother, Nannie Hill Starnes; grandchildren, Krysti Leigh Jayne, Michael Alan Starnes, Logan Michael Starnes and Megan Nicole Starnes; great-granddaughter, Madison Grace Starnes; sisters, Rose Fritz, Agnes Carter, Grace Ferguson and Judy Stallard; brothers, Bill Starnes and Charles Starnes; and numerous other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends Monday, October 27, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home. Funeral Services will follow the visitation at 12:00 p.m. in the Chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home.

Graveside Services with Military Honors will be held on Monday, October 27, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at Mountain Home National Cemetery in Johnson City.

East Lawn Funeral Home and Memorial Park has the honor of serving the family of Mr. Starnes.

(Some Scott Co ancestral families – Starnes, Hill, Flanary, Davidson, Quillen, Elliott, Lawson, Durham, Tate, Dougherty, Lane, Wampler, McClellan)

East Lawn Funeral Home obituaries at www.eastlawnkingsport.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Bobby Lynn Starnes

KNOXVILLE — Bobby Lynn Starnes, 53, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday (Oct. 9, 2007) at the University of Tennessee Medical Center.

He was born in Sullivan County and attended Lynn View High School. He lived in Knoxville for the past five years and was self-employed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl and Callie Kerns Starnes; brother, Ed Starnes; sister, Nancy Davis.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Donna Kay Dingus Starnes, Kingsport; daughter, Natasha Goodwin and husband, Brad, Kingsport; son, Chris Starnes and wife, Amy, Martinsville, Va.; grandchildren, Carriella Starnes, Evan Starnes, Trey Jarrell, Landon Goodwin, Alex Goodwin; sisters, Judy Jones and Betty Tribble, both of Kingsport; brothers, Bill Starnes, Church Hill and Rick Starnes, Kingsport; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

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

Friends and family may call anytime at Natasha Goodwin's residence (daughter of Bobby Starnes).

Funeral service will be conducted at 12 noon Friday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor John Owston officiating.

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Robbie Ramsey, Todd Freeman, Todd Davis, Jeff Jones, Bill Starnes Jr., and Ron Smith.

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Carl E. Starnes

KINGSPORT - Carl Starnes, 82, entered into rest Saturday (April 27, 2002) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Born July 21, 1919 in Scott County, Va., Mr. Starnes was a son of the late Raz and Barbara Edwards Starnes.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Edward (Ed) Starnes; grandson, Timmy Starnes; a sister, Gladys Babb; and four brothers, George, Henry, Marion and Ray Starnes.

Surviving are his wife, Maxie Starnes, Kingsport; daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Joe Davis, Betty and Allen Tribble, Judy and Lloyd Jones, all of Kingsport; sons and daughter-in-law, Bill and Jeanette Starnes, Church Hill, Bobby Starnes, Knoxville, and Ricky Starnes, Kingsport; step-daughters and husbands, Dorothy and Howard McNew, and Carolyn and Charles (Bear) Sluss, both Rye Cove, Va., Sue and Loran Dolan, Kingsport, and Wanda and H.C. Williams, Gate City, Va.; stepsons and wives, Paul and Hannah Kern, Florida, Jimmy Ray and Helen Kern, Hiltons, Va., and Junior and Loretta Kern, Kingsport; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Walker Darnell and the Rev. Bernard Lewis officiating.

Music will be provided by Polly (Pauline) Lewis.

Burial will follow the service in the Boatwright Cemetery in the Stoney Creek area of Ft. Blackmore, Va.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Cecil  Ezra Starnes

March 27, 1939 - June 28, 2013

Cecil Starns, 74, of Church Hill passed away Friday June 28, 2013 following a lengthy illness.

A native of Scott County, Virginia, Cecil retired from active military service to his country after 24 years in the United States Army. He proudly served during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Elbert and Ruby Quillin Starnes; three sisters and four brothers.

Cecil is survived by his wife, Deborah Starnes, of the home; four sons, Daniel Starnes, Steven Starnes, Marvin Starnes and Patrick Starnes; two brothers, Howard Starnes, Stuarts Draft, VA and Lester Starnes, Livingston, N.J.; aunt, Marie Fluce, Kingsport; and family, friends, several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 5-7 pm Tuesday (July 2, 2013) and 5-7 pm Wednesday (July 3, 2013) at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, 1115 Hwy 11W, Church Hill. A funeral service will follow at 7 pm Wednesday with Evangelist Kenneth Neeley officiating.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1:45 pm Friday July 5, 2013 at Mountain Home National Cemetery with military graveside rites to be presented by the Hawkins County Color Guard.

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

Carter-Trent-Church Hill Funeral Home obituaries at www.cartertrent.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Charles Claude Starnes

GATE CITY , Va. — Charlie (Charles C. Starnes ), 64, Gate City , Va. , entered peacefully into the presence of our Lord at Holston Valley Medical Center on Sunday ( Nov. 7, 2010 ) after a courageous four year battle with cancer.

Charlie never met a stranger and was loved by all who knew him. He was first and foremost a Christian, the most important part of his life. He accepted Christ and was buried with him in Holy Baptism on May 10, 1978. He was a member of Morrison City Christian Church and also loved the church of his youth, Marble Point Church . He was an avid fan of Gate City High School athletics, both boys and girls teams, a fan of the University of Tennessee football program and also of the Indianapolis Colts. He was also a huge fan of model railroads and trains, big or small. His greatest love, other than for his Lord, was his family and friends.

He was a graduate of Gate City High School Class of 1964 and went to work at Eastman Chemical a month after his graduation. He retired from Eastman with over 35 years of service in the Tenite Division. He was also an honorary member of the GCHS class of 1966 and some of the happiest times of his life during the past four years were with that class at their monthly dinners and porch parties. He and his wife, Sharon, ran Starnes Photography where they were honored to help couples in over 400 weddings in a time span of over 25 years.

Charlie was preceded in passing by his parents, Claude (Todd) Starnes in 1982 and Faye Darnell Starnes in 1991; his parents-in-law, Ray E. and Ella Sue Lane Hodges, both in 2006; and by many aunts, uncles and cousins.

He is survived by his adored wife of over 45 years, Sharon Hodges Starnes ; his cherished son, Christopher Todd Starnes ; his sister and brother-in-law, Lynn Starnes Church and Audley of Gate City; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Diana Hodges Rogers and Norman (Buck) of Gray; his niece, Debbie Church Skelton (Vim) of Church Hill; his nephew, Phillip Ray Rogers (Jill) of Gray and a very special and beloved aunt, Ann Darnell Gordon of Gate City. He is also survived by his much loved and best little buddy of 10 years, his great-nephew, Brady Ray Rogers of Gray. Also survived is his dearest friend of 30 years, C.H. Presley Jr. and dear friends from high School, Duane and Gene Shoemaker, all of whom he loved as family. He is also survived by many cousins and many, many friends.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Gate City Funeral Home.

A Christian celebration of Charlie’s life will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Pastor Bob Underwood officiating and assisted by Brother Jay Bowen. The eulogy will be given by Dr. Wesley Eastridge.

The family request you honor their wishes as there will be no home visitation.

A private graveside service will be held on Thursday at the Starnes Cemetery on Daniel Boone Road in Gate City .

Pallbearers will be Michael Brickey, Robbie Perry, Mark McArthur, David Reed, Jim Edwards, Harold Willis, Hugh Godsey and Jeff Hamilton. Honorary pallbearers will be Chuck New and Dr. Franklin Ellis.

The family wishes to thank the following for their love and wonderful care of Charlie: Dr. Wesley Eastridge and staff, Dr. Daryl Pierce and staff, Dr. Jeffrey Wallace and staff, Dr. George Gonzales and staff, Dr. Byron May and staff, the staff of Spectrum Laboratories, Meadowview, the nurses and staff of the oncology ward at Holston Valley Medical Center including Renea, hospice coordinator and the people he called Charlie’s angels, the nurses of Kingsport Hematology. A very, very special thanks to our friend Duane for her love, support and constant presence during the last day of his life. You made a very difficult time more tolerable and we will be forever grateful.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Morrison City Christian Church, 1940 Darnell Drive, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660, Marble Point Church, 1303 Daniel Boone Road, Gate City, Va. 24251 or the American Cancer Society, 509 Princeton Road #102, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Charles P. Starnes

Charles P. Starnes, 78, of 1402 West Sullivan, died Friday afternoon at Holston Valley Community Hospital, after a long illness.

He was a native of Scott County, had been a resident of Kingsport the last 39 years, was employed at Tennessee Eastman Company for 26 years, retiring in 1959, was a member of the Clinchport Masonic Lodge, of the Kerbela Temple, a veteran of World War One, a member of the American Legion Hammond Post No. 3, and a member of the Stone Drive United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Hammond Starnes; sisters, Mrs. R. M. (Cornelia) Taylor, Mrs. C. H. (Callie) Egan, both of Fort Blackmore , and Mrs. E. M. (Sue) Zion , Kingsport ; brothers, Emmett, Kingsport , and W. Henry Starnes, Bristol .

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Kingsport Times-News, Sunday, August 13, 1972)

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Funeral services for Charles P. Starnes will be held at 7 p.m. Monday from Hamlett-Dobson Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Verran officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery .  The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. Sunday.  Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

(Kingsport Times-News, Sunday, August 13, 1972)

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Rev. Charles Ray Starnes

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

NORTON, Va. - Rev. Charles Ray Starnes, 74, died Thursday (April 24, 2003) in Heritage Hall Health Care in Big Stone Gap, Va.

He was the former pastor of Rocky Fork Pentecostal Church and Wise Pentecostal Church.

He retired as a master sergeant from the U.S. Air Force with over 20 years of service and later retired from VICC in Coeburn, Va.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William "Bud" and Martha Oxford Starnes; and a son, Jackie Ray Starnes.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Margaret Starnes, Norton, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Charles Dwayne and Janice Starnes, Grand Rapids, Mich.; four grandchildren, Christopher Starnes, Abbey Starnes, Joe Starnes and Laurie Anderson; four great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild; two brothers, William E. Starnes Jr., Granite Valley, S.C., Tom Starnes, Mineola, Texas; one sister, Sue Moore, Wise, Va.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton, Va.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Clark and the Rev. Raymond Bentley Jr. officiating.

Burial will follow in the Laurel Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Submitted by Don Lane

Claude W. Starnes

GATE CITY, Va. - Claude W. Starnes, 56, died unexpectedly at 2 a.m. Saturday morning [ 11/19/1960 ] at his residence, Hills Station Community.

He was a employee of the Tennessee Eastman Company, and a member of Clinchport Masonic Lodge No. 267.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Hallie Starnes; and one brother, Arthur Starnes, Hill Station.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Gate City with Rev. Lester Ferguson, Rev. Cline Welch, and Rev. Jim Boatwright officiating.

Pallbearers will be members of Clinchport Masonic Lodge No. 267 who will also conduct graveside services.

The body will remain at the Gate City Funeral Home and will be taken to the church one hour before the services.

(Kingsport Times-News, Sunday, November 20, 1960)

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Claudia Elizabeth (Davidson) Starnes

Claudia Elizabeth Davidson Starnes , 200 E. Millpond St., Kingsport, died Thursday ( Jan. 8, 1998 ) at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol , Tenn. , after a brief illness.

A native of Hill Station, Va. , Mrs. Starnes had been a resident of Kingsport most of her life. She was a member of Bushong Apostolic Church , Bloomingdale Pike. Mrs. Starnes was a dear Christian mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. P.H. Starnes , in 1991; two sons, Troy C. Starnes , in 1982, and Robert "Bob' Starnes , in 1993; a sister, Gertrude Darnell; and four brothers, Everette Davidson, Kenneth Davidson, Jimmy Davidson and Guy Davidson.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Wilmer (Irene) Owens, Kingsport ; 10 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandson; two sisters, Laura Alley, Gate City , Va. , and Charlotte Alley, Michigan ; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Tommy Benton and the Rev. Cecil Fleming officiating.

Entombment will follow in Oak Hill Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to Bushong Apostolic Church , 1142 Bloomingdale Pike, Kingsport , Tenn. 37660 .

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane
 

Clyde J. Starnes

Clyde J. Starnes, 75, 1216 Nassau Dr. , Kingsport , died Friday afternoon [ 11/21/1986 ].

A native of Scott County, Va., he lived in Kingsport for 60 years.  He was retired from Tennessee Eastman Company, working in research.  He was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of American Legion Hammond Post No. 3.

Surviving are his wife, Gladys Starnes; one stepson, Jerry Ford, Indian Springs; three grandchildren and one great-grandson; one sister, Mrs. W. L. (Hannah) Cavin, Kingsport; three brothers, Horton Starnes and Don Starnes, both of Kingsport and Harry Starnes, Walnut Creek, Calif.

Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home.

(Kingsport Times-News, Saturday, November 22, 1986)

(Son of Henry M. Starnes; married Gladys Eva Lane ; buried at Oak Hill Cemetery )

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Cossie Esco "C.E." Starnes

FT. BLACKMORE, Va. - C.E. Starnes, 81, entered into rest late Sunday, (April 22, 2007), while at the Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center after an illness.

He was born April 25, 1925 in Scott County, Va., a son of the late Cossie Esco and Bonnie Davidson Starnes, Sr. He was a retired bus driver of 35 years with the Scott County School System and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the Navy in the South Pacific. He was a member of the VFW Post 5715 and had served on the Board of Directors with Farm Bureau. He was an avid outdoorsman who especially loved to fish, but if you knew C.E. you also new he loved to eat. He enjoyed his family and spending time with his many friends.

He was preceded in death by his brother, John Henry Starnes; and a sister, Martha Starnes Stallard.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, June Stallard Starnes of the home; two daughters, Lynn Starnes Hensley and husband, Buford of Weber City; Madeline Starnes Helton and husband Everett, of Kingsport; one son, Zane Starnes and wife Regina, of Ft. Blackmore; three granddaughters, Lori Branscomb and husband James, Brittany Starnes, and Marshea Hensley; two great-grandsons, Bret and Rhett Branscomb; several nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members also survive.

Calling hours will be Thursday evening, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Scott County Funeral Home or friends may call anytime at the residence of his three children.

The funeral will follow in the chapel with Rev. Ed Blair and Rev. Larry Stallard officiating.

Music will be provided by Jack Stallard.

Military graveside services will be Friday morning at 11 a.m. in the Holston View Cemetery with the American Legion Hammond Post#3/265 Gate City, Va. in charge.

Pallbearers will be Dave Starnes, Dan Starnes, Darrell Stallard, Everett Helton, Chuck Starnes, Jim Starnes, Gary Baker and Craig Carter.

Honorary pallbearers will be Guy Sanders, Donald Osborne, Ralph Carter, Ray Carter, Jimmy Carter and Leonard Stallard.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society, c/o Wanda Grills, 1217 Radcliff Avenue, Kingsport.

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

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Echol Gene Starnes

CHURCH HILL - Echol G. Starnes, 73, of Church Hill, passed away on Friday, (April 27, 2007), at Church Hill Healthcare and Rehab Center after a lengthy battle with Parkinson's disease.

He was born in Scott County, Va., and had resided in Church Hill for 49 years. Mr. Starnes retired from Holston Defense Corporation in 1987 after 25 years of service. He served in the U.S. Navy for four years and was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #9754 of Church Hill.

His parents, Oscar F. and Laura Taylor Starnes preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife, Twyla Ball Starnes of the home; one daughter, Kim DeCroes and husband, George, Irmo, S.C.; two grandchildren, Olivia Grace and Victoria Claire DeCroes; one sister, Eula Qualls and husband, Ronald, Kingsport; two brothers, Dan Starnes, Ft. Blackmore, David Starnes and wife, Bernice of Ft. Blackmore; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to give a special thanks to all the nurses and certified nursing assistants on B-Wing at Church Hill Healthcare and Rehab Center.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with Rev. Alvin Skelton officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Church Hill Memory Gardens with military rites by Hawkins County Color Guard and the Tennessee National Guard.

Memorial contributions may be made to Church Hill Healthcare and Rehab Center, Activities Department, 701 W. Main Street, Church Hill, Tenn. 37642.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Echol Starnes.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Eddie Carroll "Sonny" Starnes

Eddie Carroll "Sonny" Starnes, 61, entered into rest Monday, March 8, 2010 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

He was born in Sullivan County, TN October 12, 1948. He was preceded in death by his father, Eddie Howard Starnes; maternal grandparents, Everett and Lydia Williams; paternal grandparents, Bart and Emma Starnes; father-in-law, Burin Lane.

He was the pastor of Peters Chapel Church for several years.

Survivors include his wife of 30 years, Linda Starnes, Gate City, VA; mother, Francis Starnes, Gate City, VA; sons and daughter-in-law, Stephen Starnes, Fall Branch, TN, Brandon and Jennifer McConnell, Ft. Blackmore, VA; grandchildren, Luke McConnell and Brand Starnes; mother-in-law, Reba Lane; sister and brother-in-law, Dianne McDavid White and Eugene, Rogersville, TN; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Karen and Jeff Parsons, Charlie and Jenny Stone, Frank and Deb Duncan, Dana McConnell, Burin Lane, Jr., and Rhonda Bright; several nieces and nephews; special pet, Boogie.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 11, 2010 at Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 12, 2010 in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Bro. Mike Gilliam officiating. Eulogy will be given by Michael Darnell. Music will be provided by Tim Baldwin, April McNew and The James McConnell Singers.

Burial will follow the service at Lane Family Cemetery, Ft. Blackmore, VA.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Special thanks to Wellmont Hospice, the members of Peters Chapel Church and his caregiver, Debbie Duncan.

Gate City Funeral Home is serving the Starnes family.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Eddie Howard Starnes

GATE CITY, Va. - Eddie H. Starnes, 83, of Route 1, departed this life for a better one with Jesus Christ on Saturday (May 7, 2005) at his residence with his family around him.

He was a lifelong resident of Scott County, Va., where he raised his family. He was a loving husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend to all.

He served in the U.S. Navy and received an honorable discharge in February, 1946 and worked 31 years for Clinchfield Railroad. After retiring, he enjoyed farming and being with his grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emma Taylor Starnes and Bart Starnes; two sisters, Lora Liner and Nell Egan.

Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 57 years, Mary Frances Starnes; daughter, Dianne McDavid, Mount Carmel; son and daughter-in-law, Sonny and Linda Starnes, Gate City; four grandchildren, Stephen Starnes, Brandon McConnell and wife Jennifer, Moria McDavid and fiance Jeremy White, Carrie Dykes and husband Daniel; sisters, Allie Mae Depew and Mary Browning; brothers and sisters-in-law, Willie and Zella Starnes, O.B. and Katherine Starnes, Roy Buford and Carol Starnes, Clifford and Mary Ann Starnes, Paul Starnes, Mack and Peggy Starnes; sisters-in-law, Vivian Nash, Olene Pendleton, Emma Williams; special friend, Rev. Eugene White.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at the funeral home chapel at 8 p.m. with Bro. Eugene White, Bro. Bill Tignor, Bro. Joe Roberts officiating.

Music will be provided by Mona and Evan Holcomb.

Military graveside services will be held on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Holston View Cemetery conducted by American Legion Hammond Post No. 3 and Gate City Post No. 265. The family will meet at the funeral home at 1:15 to go in procession to the cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers will be Stephen Starnes, Brandon McConnell, Daniel Dykes, Jeremy White, Buddy Pendleton, Robbie Starnes, Junior Lane, Jeff Parson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gray Pierson, Teddy Pendleton, Steve Pendleton, Mike Pendleton, Keith Pendleton, Jerry Conley, Burin Lane, David Starnes, Dan Starnes, and Ben Starnes.

In memory of Eddie H. Starnes, memorial contributions may be made to Wellmont Hospice, 280 Steeles Rd., Bristol, TN 37620 (423-844-5252).

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Edward I. Starnes

Edward- "Ed" I. Starnes, 50, 1732 Audie Street, died, Friday (Mar. 6, 1992) at Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center of a heart attack.

He was born in Scott County and moved to Kingsport at an early age. He retired from Tennessee Eastman Company in the CE Division in 1981 due to his health.

He was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Callie Starnes Martin in 1984; and a son, Timmy Starnes in 1982.

Surviving are his wife, Jean Starnes, Kingsport; one daughter, Reva Faust, Kingsport; one son, Tommy Starnes, Kingsport; his father, Carl E. Starnes, Kingsport; three sisters, Mrs. Joe (Nancy) Davis, Mrs. Allen (Betty) Tribble, and Mrs. Lloyd (Judy) Jones, all of Kingsport; three brothers, Bill Starnes, Bobby Starnes, and Ricky Starnes, all of Kingsport; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Carter-Trent Funeral Home and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Joe Monroe, the Rev. Raymond Hammonds, and the Rev. Buford Blankenbeckler officiating.

Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Evelyn (Love) Starnes

Evelyn Love Starnes, 80, Kingsport, passed away on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. Born in Carter County, she had resided most of her life in Kingsport. Evelyn was a graduate of Happy Valley High School, class of 1948 and also from East Tennessee State College, class of 1952 with a degree in physical education. She worked as a secretary at Holston Defense from 1952-1961, while working there she met and married Patrick H. Starnes from Fort Blackmore, VA in 1959. Evelyn was a homemaker and a longtime member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church and a member of the Philosophy Sunday School Class. She was an avid sports fan, most particularly the UT Lady Vols.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick H. Starnes; parents, Alfred and Gertrude Love, and brother, Robert Love.

Evelyn is survived by daughter, Sarah S. Delinger and husband, Kevin of Hyattsville, MD; son, Steven P. Starnes and wife, Lori of Celina, OH; three grandchildren, Amanda S. Hagedon and husband, Matt, Elizabeth J. Starnes and Peter H. Starnes; two sisters, Mary Jo Allen of Elizabethton, TN and Anne Balch of Jefferson City, TN; several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Friday, January 6, 2012 from 5-7:00 pm at Hamlett-Dobson, Kingsport.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 1:00 pm at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Jack Weikel officiating.

Interment will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 301 Louis Street, Suite 304, Kingsport, TN 37660 or the First Broad Street United Methodist Church Carpenters Helpers Program, P.O. Box 1346, Kingsport, TN 37660.

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

Submitted by Don Lane

Frank E. Starnes

Duffield, VA - Frank E. Starnes, 88, Duffield, VA passed away, Thursday, October 17, 2013 at his residence.

Mr. Starnes was born in Scott County, VA on August 28, 1925 to the late Johnny and Ora Hill Starnes. He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during WWII. He was retired from Holston Defense Corporation.

In addition to his parents, his sisters, Vesta Templeton, Lorene Shupe; and brother, Otis Starnes preceded him in death.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Helen Stanley Starnes, Duffield, VA; sons, Bobby Joe Starnes, Abingdon, VA and Jerry Benny Starnes and wife, Kathy, Duffield, VA; grandchildren, Lisa Rhoton and husband, Craig, Duffield, VA, Christopher Starnes and wife, Ailisa, Tampa, FL, Shawn Starnes and wife, Nikki, Gray, TN, Jerry Andy Starnes and wife, Nikki, Kingsport, TN; 18 great grandchildren; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, October 19, 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. Joe Hill and Rev. Terry Rhoton officiating. Durham's Chapel Quartet and Larry McClellan will provide the music.

Military Graveside Services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Sunday, October 20, 2013 at Hall Cemetery, Stanleytown, VA conducted by the American Legion Hammond Post #3, Kingsport, TN and Post #65, Gate City, VA assisted by members of the Virginia Army National Guard Honor Guard. Nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. to go in procession to the graveside service.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Frank E. Starnes.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Fred B. Starnes

May 15, 1930 – Jul 7, 2005

GRAY - Fred Starnes, 75, of 104 Sun St., passed away Thursday (July 7, 2005) at his residence.

Born in Scott County, Va., he was a son of the late Elbert N. and Ruby Quillen Starnes.

He was a retired miner, member of the U.M.W.A. and a member of the Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Dana Allen Starnes, Christopher Brian Jones, and Michael DeWayne Jones; and one great-grandson, Charles Whizz Miller.

Survivors include his wife, Imogene Conley Starnes; five daughters, Fredia Jean (James) Looney of Elkhorn City, Ky., Susan (Glen) Miller, Rebecca Dugger of London, Ky., Debbie Jones (Johnnie) of Stanford, Ky., and Tifinani Starnes of the home; three sons, Stephen Gregory (Darlene) Starnes of Prestonburg, Ky., Allen (Charolette) Starnes of Gray, and Tommy Lee (Lisa) Starnes of Piney Flats; four brothers, Ray Starnes, Howard Glen Starnes, Cecil Starnes and Lester Starnes; one sister, Kathleen Starnes Bowers; 12 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. in the Gray Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Hal Calhoun officiating.

Interment will follow at Tri-Cities Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Looney, Stephen Michael Starnes, Matt Starnes, Johnnie McCaulier, Eric Sizemore, and David Colley.

Kingsport Times-News

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George Emerson Starnes

GATE CITY - George Emerson Starnes, 52-year-old lifetime resident of Scott County, was found dead with a bullet wound in his head near his home here late Friday evening. [6/25/1954]

Scott County Sheriff W. C. Salyer said Coroner W. L. Griggs ruled the bullet wound was self-inflicted.

Starnes was a son of the late Abram Starnes and Mrs. Louise Jane Starnes.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Curtis Peters and Miss Georgia Mae Starnes both of Gate City; one son, Conley C. Starnes of Gate City; and his mother, Louise Jane Starnes.

Kingsport Times-News, Sunday, June 27, 1954

Submitted by Don Lane

George Emmett Starnes

G. Emmett Starnes, 81, 274 Hammond Ave., died Friday morning [7/23/1982] at Holston Valley Hospi­tal and Medical Center after a lengthy illness.

Born in Scott County, Va., he resided in Kingsport for the last 49 years and was employed by Tennessee Eastman Co., serving as general foreman in the Or­ganic Chemicals Division, retiring in 1966 after 34 years service.

He was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, Wesleyan Sunday School Class and Kingsport Elks Lodge #1833.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ona Taylor Starnes; two sisters, Mrs. Roy M. (Cornie) Taylor, Ft. Blackmore, Va., and Mrs. C. H. (Callie) Egan, Kingsport; one brother, Henry Starnes, Bristol, VA.

Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with Dr. Ralph W. Mohney officiating.

Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Oak Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News, Sunday, July 25, 1982

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

George Paten Starnes

DUNGANNON, Va. - George Paten Starnes , 90, Route 1, died Saturday evening ( Aug. 14, 1999 ) at the Brian Center , Weber City .

He was of the Baptist faith. Mr. Starnes was owner and operator of Starnes Grocery ( Stoney Creek ) for 45 years and he was a farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Etta Brickey Barton Starnes on August, 5, 1989; one daughter, Charlotte Barton Kinkead; one son, Billy Lee Barton; parents, Rastus E. and Barbey Edwards Starnes ; one sister, Gladys Starnes Babb; two brothers, Marion Starnes and Henry Starnes . Surviving are three grandchildren, Ronnie Kinkead, Weber City, Vonda Kinkead Owens, Gate City and Sharon Barton Page, Kingsport; five great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ray Starnes , Duffield, Va. and Carl Starnes , Kingsport; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home in Weber City , Va.

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

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Brickey Cemetery ( Stoney Creek ).

Family and friends will meet at the cemetery. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Kingsport Times-News
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Gladys May (Larkey) Starnes

Snowflake, Va. - (Spl.) - Mrs. Gladys May Starnes, 43, wife of Gcorge E. Starnes, died unexpectedly at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. [3/21/1951]

She was the daughter of Hiram P. and Ida Vermillion Larkey of Maces Springs and was a member of the Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband; her mother; one son, Conley, of Gate City, Va.; two daughters, Mrs. Curtis Peters and Miss Georgia May Starnes, Gate City; two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Barker and Mrs. Wayne Wells, Maces Springs; and four brothers, Clyde Larkey, Detroit, Mich.; Charles and Lawrence E. Larkey, Kingsport, and David Larkey, Maces Springs.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete. The body is at McConnell Funeral Home, Gate City.

Kingsport News, Thursday, March 22, 1951

Submitted by Don Lane

Grover Creed Starnes

Grover C. Starnes, 77, Route 6, died at 3 p.m. Thursday [6/15/1961] at his home.

He was horn in Scott County, Virginia, but had made his home in Kingsport for the past 43 years. He was employed for a number of years at TEC, retiring in 1950. He was a member at the Marble Point Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Carver Starnes; three daughters, Mrs. Hazel McConnell, Mrs. Margaret Osborne, Mrs. Mildred Carver, all of Kingsport; three sons, James, Kingsport, Hobert, Blountvi1le and Ola Starnes, Irwin, Pa.; three brothers, Lorin, Gate City, Va., Kelly, Weber City, Va. and M. G. Starnes, Kingsport; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Lane, Weber City, Mrs. Kate Blevins, Detroit, Mich.; 16 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and 2 step-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held p.m. Saturday at Hamlett-Dobson Chapel. Rev, Dana Crawford will officiate. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Moody Fry, Eugene Trent, Fred Johnson, John Vinson, Melvin Lane, and Stewart Snodgrass.

The body will remain at the funeral home until time for services.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home and at the residence.

[Grover’s middle name is “Creed” in Scott Co Marriage Book 3-86-20, in the Family Bible, in a photo caption when he and Myrtle visited Mich, and in the book “Shelton, Wininger and Pace Families.” The middle name is “Cleveland” on his WW I draft registration card.]

Kingsport Times, Friday, June 16, 1961

Submitted by Don Lane

Helen Irene (Reed) Starnes

GATE CITY — Helen Reed Starnes, 83, entered into rest Jan. 1, 2009 at the Brian Center, Weber City, Va.

She was born in Sullivan County, Tenn. July 1, 1925 to the late James Carson Reed and Molly Dale Sampson. Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert F. Starnes; one sister, Evelyn McDavid; and a brother, Charles Reed.

Survivors include her daughter, Janet Hensley, Gate City, Va.; sister, Phyllis Culbertson and husband, Gerald, Nickelsville, Va.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Raymond and Gladys Reed, Gate City, Va., Jimmy and Mary Reed, Yuma, Va., Carl and Regina Reed, Weber City, Va., Ralph Reed, Gate City, Va., Larry and Reeta Reed, Knoxville, Tenn., Billy and Sandra Reed, California; grandson, Josh Hensley, Gate City, Va.; great-granddaughter, Erika Hensley; step great-grandchildren, Kody Shelton and Quintin Shelton; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 6:45 p.m by the Gate City Rebekah Lodge #86.

Funeral services will be at 7 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Riley Boy officiating.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Oak Hill Memorial Gardens, Kingsport, Tenn. The family will meet at the cemetery for the graveside service.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Contributions may be made to the Gate City Rebekah Lodge #86, 107 E. Jackson St. Gate City, Va. 24251.

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Hobert Woodrow Starnes

Hobert Woodrow Starnes, 50, of Route 4, Blountville, died in Johnson City Memorial Hospital at 12:50 a.m. Friday [3/12/1971] after a short illness.

He was a lifelong resident of the Kingsport area, a veteran of World War II and an employee of Tennessee Eastman for the past 25 years.

Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lucille Taylor Starnes, of the home, one daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Sandra) Williams of Clintwood, Va. one son, Hobert Wayne Starnes of Blountville, three sisters, Mrs. William (Mildred) Carver, Mrs. Kay (Hazel) McConnell and Mrs. Monroe (Margaret) Osborne, all of Kingsport, two brothers, Ola of Church Hill and James of Blountville and his stepmother, Mrs. Myrtle Starnes Smith of Kingsport. There are also two grandchildren surviving.

In accordance with Mr. Starnes' will, his body has been donated to the University of Tennessee Medical Center of Memphis for medical research.

(Kingsport News, Saturday, March 13, 1971)

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Hubert Rhea Starnes

Landmark Mill Operator H. R. Starnes Dies At 67

Hubert Rhea Starnes, who formerly operated a business in one of Kingsport's oldest landmarks, died in Holston Valley Community Hospital at 7:30 p.m. Saturday [5/29/1965] after a long illness. He was 67.

Born in Scott County, Va., Starnes had lived in Kingsport 15 years. He bought an old mill that had ground grain when the area now modern Kingsport was farmland, and set up a feed store in it.

When Lynn Garden Drive was built right by the old mill, Starnes envisioned the day when the four-lane highway frontage would be in business from West Center Street to Lynn Garden. The Kingsport Planning Commission felt the time was not yet ripe, however, and turned down Starnes' petition for rezoning.

Starnes lived at 1625 East Sevier Ave.

He was a member of Stone Drive Methodist Church and of Odd Fellows Lodge No. 170 of Gate City.

Survivors are his widow, Mrs. Bertha McConnell Starnes; daughter, Mrs. Mary Richmond, Kingsport; son, William Starnes, Kingsport; his father, William L. Starnes, Gate City; brothers, Raymond, Keystone Heights, Fla., and George Starnes, St. Petersburg, Fla.; and two grandchildren.

The funeral will be at 4 p.m. Monday in Stone Drive Methodist Church. Rev. Kenneth Green and Rev. Edwin White will conduct the service. Burial will be in Holston View Cemetery.

The body will be taken to the home at 10 a.m. today from Carter's Chapel Funeral Home. The family suggests that donations to the heart fund be made by those who would like to honor his memory.

Kingsport Times-News, Sunday, May 30, 1965

Submitted by Don Lane

Imogene (Conley) Starnes

1930 – Mar 16, 2014

Imogene Starnes, 83, of Gray, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, March 16, 2014.

Born in Pike County Kentucky, Mrs. Starnes had lived in the Tri-Cities area for more than twenty years. She attended New Life Freewill Baptist Church in Rock Springs.

Preceded in death by her husband, Fred B. Starnes; parents, Roy and Mary Conley; Grandsons, Dana Allen Starnes, Christopher Jones, and Michael Jones.

Surviving include her daughters: Fredia Jean Looney and husband James O. of Ashcamp, KY.; Susan G. Starnes of London, KY.; Debbie L. Starnes of Lancaster, KY.; Rebecca J. Dugger of Gray, TN.; Tiffanie Starnes and husband Ihab of Johnson City, TN.; sons: Stephen G. Starnes and wife Darlene of Prestonsburg, KY.; Allen Starnes and wife Charlotte of Gray, TN.; Tommy L. Starnes and wife Lisa of Piney Flats, TN.; sisters: Patricia Raines and husband Oscar of Lexington, KY.; Faye Ann Robb and husband Vernon of Knoxville, TN.; brothers: Bob Spears of Dearborn, Michigan; Roy Conley Jr. of Flint, Michigan; ten grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Family will receive friends from 12:00-2:00 P.M. on Friday, March 21, 2014 at Tri-Cities Funeral Home – Blountville. Funeral services will be at 2:00 P.M. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Hal Calhoun officiating.

Graveside services will follow at Tri-Cities Memory Gardens.

Tri-Cities Funeral Home is honored to serve the Starnes Family.

Tri-Cities Funeral Home obituaries at www.tcfuneralhome.com

Submitted by Don Lane

James Claude Starnes

FT. BLACKMORE, Va. - James "Claude" Starnes, 61, of Route 1, passed away Monday (Jan. 15, 2007) at his residence after a short illness.

He was born in Scott County, Va. on April 1, 1945 and was the son of the late Ray Starnes and Lois Mae Begley Starnes. He retired from Quebecor Printing and his heavy equipment operations. Claude helped in the construction of the Duffield Fire Dept. in Rye Cove and was an avid deer hunter.

Mr. Starnes was a member and deacon of Lighthouse Independent Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, William Ray Starnes.

Surviving are his wife, Louise Tipton Starnes, of the home; sons, James Claude Starnes, Jr., Ft. Blackmore, Va., J.C. Starnes and wife, Freda, Duffield, Va.; grandson, Tyler Starnes, Duffield, Va.; brothers, Fred Starnes and wife, Velma, Gary Starnes and wife, Reba, all of the Stanleytown community of Duffield, Va.; half-brother, Dewey Starnes of Stanleytown community of Duffield, Va.; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Roger Carter, Reggie Lane and C.B. Peters.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va.

Services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel at 8 p.m. with Rev. Darvin Woodruff and Rev. Larry Mullins officiating. Danny Darnell will give the eulogy.

Music will be provided by the Darvin Woodruff Family.

Graveside services will be Thursday at 12 noon at Houston Dingus Family Cemetery in Slant community of Scott County. The family will meet at the funeral home at 10:30 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane  

James Marion Starnes

October 9, 1931 - September 25, 2014

Kingsport – James M. “Jim” Starnes, 82 of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Holston Valley Medical Center following an apparent heart attack.

Born in Scott County, Virginia, He had lived in Kingsport for most of his life and retired from Pet Dairy following 40 years of service. Jim proudly served his country in the U.S. Army having served in Unit 728 C-Company of the Military Police during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the board of the Johnson City Credit Union. He was a 32 Degree Mason and member of the Kingsport Lodge #688 F & AM and the Knoxville Scottish Rites. Jim was also a member of Starnes Bluff Evangelical Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie Fletcher Starnes; and his parents, John C, and Mary Elizabeth Taylor Starnes.

Jim is survived by his sons and daughters-in law, Jeff Starnes and wife Shelby and Mark Starnes and wife Karen; brother, Ben Starnes; several nieces and nephews and his special Army Buddies.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Scott County Funeral Home in Weber City.

A funeral service will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor David Smith and Rev. David Bolden officiating.

Burial will follow in Starnes Family Cemetery in Ft Blackmore, VA with full military honors.

Pallbearers will be Charles Starnes, Dan Starnes, David Starnes, Jason Goodman, David Weston, Roger Carter and Rusty Haynes. Honorary pallbearers will be Junior Bowen, Guy Sanders, Ralph Sanders, Haskell Starnes, Herb Matherly, John Tucker and Herb “Tiny” Hale.

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

(Some Scott Co ancestral families – Starnes, Taylor, Flanary, Elam, Quillen, Davidson, Dorton, Lawson, Stewart)

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

Submitted by Don Lane

John Henry Starnes

GATE CITY , Va. - John Henry Starnes, 63, Route 4, died Thursday morning (Feb. 18, 1999) at Holston Valley Medical Center . A native of Scott County , he was retired from the Coco Cola Co. with 28 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, C.E. Starnes Sr. and Bonnie Davidson Starnes; and one sister, Martha Alice Starnes Stallard.

Surviving are his wife, Loretta Falin Starnes, Gate City, Va.; a daughter, Carol Starnes, Kingsport; sons and daughter-in-law, Timothy John Starnes, Gate City, Va., and David and Rosa Starnes, Weber City, Va.; grandsons, David Starnes and Derek Starnes, both of Weber City, Va.; granddaughters, Charity Akers and MaShara Akers, both of Weber City, Va.; a brother, C.E. Starnes Jr., Slant, Va.

Calling hours are from 5 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. Mark Fleenor officiating. Music will be provided by Hagan and Patsy Cassell.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Holston View Cemetery . Pallbearers will be Leon Bowen, Chester Stallard, Brian Herron, Ronnie Wampler, Billy Taylor, Jack McConnell, Chris Davidson and Jason Davidson. Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Jones, Black Jack Broadwater, Hagan Cassell and Jim Starnes.

Kingsport Times-News
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Laura Ina (Taylor) Starnes

FT. BLACKMORE, Va. - Laura Ina Taylor Starnes , 84, went to be with our Lord Wednesday (March 31, 1999) at Holston Valley Medical Center after a long illness.

She was born in Jefferson City, Tenn., and moved to Virginia at an early age. She was a Methodist and a member of Starnes Bluff Methodist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and a friend to all who knew her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar F. Starnes ; her parents, Benjamin and Alice Elam Taylor; three sisters and four brothers.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Eula and Ronald Qualls, Kingsport; sons and daughter-in-law, Echol and Twyla Starnes , Church Hill, Dan Starnes , and David and Bernice Starnes , both of Ft. Blackmore, Va.; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Elizabeth Starnes and Katherine Peirson, both of Ft. Blackmore, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Wrightly Salling and the Rev. Scott Fields officiating.

Burial will follow in the Starnes family cemetery.

Pallbearers will be nephews and special friends, Ben Starnes , Paul Starnes , Gary Pierson, Bufford Starnes , Kent Lawson and Zane Starnes .

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Myrtle (Flanary) Starnes

Duffield, VA - Myrtle Flanary Starnes, 88, Duffield, VA entered into her heavenly Home, Tuesday, April 16, 2013 at Ridgecrest Manor.

Mrs. Starnes was born in Scott County, VA on December 24, 1924 to the late Jeff and Martha Ruth Flanary.

She was a devoted Christian, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.

Myrtle will always be remembered for her loving and caring ways. She loved everyone she met and was loved in return. She never complained in all the years she was in the nursing home. She was a strong woman, and she will be greatly missed.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Otis; her beloved daughter, Judy Hammonds; grandson, Chad Starnes; daughter-in-law, Sue Starnes; and sisters, Venus Sanders and Elma Ward preceded her in death.

She is survived by her sons, Jack Starnes and wife, Sandra, Wise, VA and Teddy Starnes and wife, Sue, Duffield, VA; grandchildren, Gena Scurlock, AZ, Steven Starnes and Donna Gibson, Duffield, VA, and Jeff Starnes and wife, Lindsey, Grundy, VA; great grandchildren, Logan, Devon, and Jacob, AZ, and Madison, Ryleigh, and Evan, Grundy, VA; son-in-law, Don Hammonds, Gate City, VA; brother and sister-in-law, Frank and Helen Starnes; brother-in-law, Fred Shupe; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Saturday, April 20, 2013 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 Pastor Joe Hill officiating. Durham's Chapel Quartet will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the Hall Cemetery, in the Stanley Town community of Scott County, VA. Benny Starnes, Ricky Shupe, Danny Shupe, Leland Sanders, and Pete Sanders will serve as pallbearers. Danny Ward, Clayton Kern, Gerald Bowen, and Dale Townsend will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:00 p.m., Sunday to go in procession to the graveside service.

The family would like to extend our utmost appreciation to all the ones at Ridgecrest who cared so lovingly to Mother during her many years at the nursing home. Thank you all so much. God Bless you.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Myrtle Flanary Starnes.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Lucy Beatrice (Stanley) Starnes

KINGSPORT — Lucy Beatrice Starnes, 71, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord, with peace and grace Friday (Feb. 27, 2009) at her home surrounded by her loving family and friends.

She was born on Nov. 15, 1937, in Scott County, Va. She was a member of Browders Chapel Church.

Preceding her in death are her parents, Grant and Ruby Stanley; and her husband, Welch Starnes.

She is survived by her three children, Tommy Starnes and wife, Erin of Kingsport, Alice (Sis) McClellan and husband, Larry of Kingsport, Bobby Starnes and wife, Connie of Gray; grandchildren, Amanda McClellan, Grant Starnes and Jake Starnes; sisters, Lovely Bowen of Gate City, Va., and Alma Ruth Kern and husband, Joe of Big Stone Gap, Va.; brothers, Bud Stanley and wife, Kim of Kingsport, Carter Stanley and wife, Linda of Kingsport, and Jackie Stanley and wife, Janice of Fall Branch.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., with services at 8 p.m. with Pastor Kyle Falin officiating.

Music will be provided by family and friends.

Graveside services will be Monday at 3 p.m. at Welch-Starnes Cemetery in Mabe, Va. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 2 p.m. to go to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Mary Elizabeth (Taylor) Starnes

KINGSPORT — Mary Elizabeth Taylor Starnes, 97, formerly of Fort Blackmore, Va., went to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday morning (Feb. 4, 2009) at the Wexford House.

She was a lifelong resident of Starnes Bluff and was a homemaker. Mrs. Starnes was a faithful member of Starnes Bluff Evangelical Methodist Church. Mary was a loving mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Starnes; her parents, Benjamin Taylor and Alice F. Elam Taylor; along with several sisters and brothers.

Mary Starnes is survived by her sons, James Starnes and his wife, Bettie (Kings- port), Ben Starnes (Gate City, Va.); her grandchildren, Jeff Starnes and his wife, Shelby, Mark Starnes and his wife, Karen, Tabitha Williams, Debbie Page and Robin Page; her two great-granddaughters, Destiny Ryans and Caitlin Ryans; two great-grandsons, Justin Woods and Blake Woods; a sister, Katherine Pierson (Ft. Blackmore, Va.); a special niece, Eula Qualls; special nephews, Dan Starnes and David Starnes; along with several additional nieces and nephews.

A special thank you goes out to the staff of Wexford House for their special care.

Calling hours will be held on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Scott County Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be conducted on Friday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Wrightly Salling and the Rev. Sonny Starnes officiating.

On Saturday a graveside service will be held at Starnes Family Cemetery (Starnes Bluff) at 10 a.m. with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Starnes Bluff Evangelical Methodist Church, c/o Linda Jennings, 1087 Starnes Bluff Lane, Ft. Blackmore, Va. 24250.

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Millard Fillmore Starnes

MARYVILLE - Millard F. Starnes, 81, Asbury Acres, Maryville, died at the Veterans Hospital in Johnson City Sunday afternoon [ 7/1/1973 ] after a brief illness. He was a native of Scott County , Va. , a veteran of World War I and was Commander of the Veterans of World War I in Virginia . He was a retired United States chemist and a member of Asbury Acres United Methodist Church .

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida Lark Starnes, Maryville; five sisters, Mrs. W. F. (Carrie) Faulkner, Somerset, Ky., Mrs. M. E. (Annie) Carter, Elizabethtown, Pa., Mrs. Howard O. (Ruth) Andrews, Aberdeen, Md., Mrs. Lula Snodgrass, Gate City, Va., Mrs. Mayme Taylor, Gurnee, Ill.; two brothers, T. E. Starnes, Pearsburg, Va., Creed N. Starnes, Piney Flats.

Gate City Funeral Home is in charge.

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Funeral service for Millard F. Starnes will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with the Rev. French Taylor & Rev. Jack D. King officiating. There will be a Memorial held at Asbury Acres, Maryville , Tennessee with Dr. Faye Gigson & the Rev. Raymond Home officiating. Burial will follow in Arlington National Cemetery , Arlington , Virginia , Thursday, July 5 at 2 p.m. with Military Services at the grave site. The body will remain at the Funeral Home where the family will receive friends Tuesday night. They will also receive friends at the residence of a sister Mrs. Lula Snodgrass in Gate City . Gate city Funeral Home is in charge. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Memorial Fund of Asbury Acres, Maryville , Tenn.

(KINGSPORT NEWS Tuesday, July 3, 1973)

Kingsport News
Submitted by Don Lane

Nelle Elizabeth (Wolfe) Starnes

JOHNSON CITY - Nelle Elizabeth Wolfe Starnes, 86, Colonial Hill Retirement Center, died Friday ( Dec. 26, 2003 ) in the Johnson City Medical Center .

She was a native of Piney Flats, where she had lived the majority of her life.

Mrs. Starnes was a daughter of the late Samuel Robert Wolfe, Sr. and Bess Wexler Wolfe; and was preceded in death by her husband, Creed N. Starnes in 1982; and her brother, Samuel R. Wolfe, Jr.

She received her BS degree from East Tennessee State University and her master's degree from Columbia University . Mrs. Starnes had also completed additional graduate studies.

A popular teacher, she taught for 38 years at Mary Hughes High School and at Sullivan East High School . Mrs. Starnes was a member and past president of both the Sullivan County Education Association and Delta Kappa Gamma.

She had participated in various professional and civic organizations through the years, including the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Starnes was a member of Piney Flats United Methodist Church, where she had taught Sunday School and served in various capacities.

Survivors include one son, John N. Starnes and his wife, Patsy Houston Starnes, Vinton, Va.; one sister, Hildred Wexler Wolfe, Johnson City; three granddaughters, Shannan L. Starnes, Nashville, Betsy S. Louis, Richmond, Va., and Jennifer S. Scrugham, Knoxville; two great-grandchildren, Sophie Louis and Daniel Scrugham; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Morris-Baker Funeral Home, Johnson City , and from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday at Piney Flats United Methodist Church .

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the church. Rev. Laura R. Rasor will officiate.

Burial will follow the service in the Shell Cemetery , Piney Flats.

For those who prefer, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Piney Flats United Methodist Church .

Arrangements are by Morris-Baker Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Johnson City .

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Otis K. Starnes

DUFFIELD, Va. — Mr. Otis K. Starnes, 86, Duffield, Va., passed away Wednesday (June 25, 2008) at Ridgecrest Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Starnes was born in Scott County, Va., on Jan. 20, 1922, a son of the late, Johnny Andrew and Ora Hill Starnes.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, was retired from Foote Mineral, Sunbright, Va., and was the owner of Starnes Trucking.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Chad Starnes; a daughter-in-law, Sue Starnes; sister, Vesta Templeton and an aunt and uncle, Ava and Ike Hill.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Flanary Starnes, Duffield, Va.; daughter, Judy Hammonds and husband Don, Gate City, Va.; sons, Jack Starnes and wife Sandra, Wise, Va., and Teddy Starnes and wife Sue, Duffield, Va.; grandchildren, Steven Starnes, Duffield, Va., Gena Scurlock, Arizona, Jeffery Starnes and wife Lindsey, Grundy, Va.; great grandchildren, Devon, Logan and Jacob, all of Arizona and Ryleigh and Madison, Grundy, Va.; sister, Lorene Shupe, Kingsport; brother, Frank Starnes, Duffield, Va.; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Gate City Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Lonnie Townsend and the Rev. Joe Hill officiating.

The Durham's Chapel Quartet will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday at the Hall Cemetery in the Stanleytown community.

Benny Starnes, Bob Shepard, Ralph Kern, Dale Townsend, Johnny Roach and Matt Townsend will serve as pallbearers.

Joe Kern, Gerald Bowen, Clayton Kern, Paul Lawson and Lonnie Townsend will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will be meeting at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday to go in procession to the graveside service.

The family would like to express their special appreciation to the staff of Ridgecrest Manor for their loving care.

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

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Patrick Henry “Pat” Starnes

KINGSPORT - Patrick Henry “Pat” Starnes, 83, 2200 Bruce St., passed away at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday ( Nov. 2, 2004 ) at Wilcox Hall of Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center after an extended illness.

Mr. Starnes was born and raised in Ft. Blackmore, Va. He was a graduate of Dungannon High School . He attended Berry College in Rome , Ga. , before being called into service in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He served in the China-Burma-India Theatre of the war. Upon honorable discharge from military service, he resumed his post-secondary education and graduated from Milligan College in 1948. He completed his education with a master's degree from Peabody College in Nashville in 1951.

Mr. Starnes spent his early adult years as a teacher in the Scott County School System and served on the Scott County Board of Supervisors. He was employed by Holston Defense Corp. before transferring to Eastman Kodak where he completed 33 years of service in the Plant Safety Department. He retired in 1984 and in the ensuing years was employed by Eastman Chemical Company in the Recreation Department.

During his retirement years he was also active in volunteer work with the Carpenter's Helpers ministry of the First Broad Street United Methodist Church where he was a member for 44 years. He also performed volunteer work for the Kingsport Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was a member of the Kingsport Safety Council and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick H. Starnes Sr.; his mother, Tempa Brickey Starnes; his sister, Ida Glynn; and brother, Joe D. Starnes.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Love Starnes; his children and their spouses, Steven P. and Lori G. Starnes of Celina, Ohio, and Sarah L. and Kevin Delinger of Hyattsville, Md.; his sister, Gladys Morrison, Niles, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Amanda, Elizabeth and Peter Starnes; also surviving were several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, downtown Kingsport .

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Jack Edwards and Rev. J Spurgeon McCartt officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund or the Carpenter's Helpers Ministry Fund, c/o of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1346, Kingsport, Tenn. 37662 or the American Red Cross, 501 South Wilcox Drive, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Peggy Carolyn (Christian) Starnes

CHURCH HILL — Peggy Carolyn Starnes, 69, of Church Hill, passed away Wednesday (Dec. 31, 2008) at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center following an extended illness.

Peggy was a lifelong resident of Hawkins County and was a member of the Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Church Hill High School and attended LMU University.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Clifton and Teresa Jones Christian.

She is survived by her husband Mack Starnes, Church Hill; one daughter, Lana Rae Starnes, Carbondale, Ill.; special friend, Jill Stevens; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Sara Christian Salley, Seymour, Tenn., Velma and Bill Brandon, Rogers- ville, Patsy and Wendell Clark, Marshall, N.C.; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Joan Christian, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Gerald and Jimmie Christian, Columbia, S.C., Patton and Carolyn Christian, Piney Flats, Rodney and Wilma Christian, Summerville, S.C.; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Johnson Funeral Home and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted Saturday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert Fletcher and Charlie Good officiating.

Entombment services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

The family request those desiring may make memorial contributions to the Building Fund of the Good Shepherd Missionary Baptist Church, 459 Old Beason Wells Road, Kingsport, Tenn., 37660 or the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Colonial Place Three, 2107 Wilson Blvd., Suite 300, Arlington, Va. 22201

Johnson Funeral Home is serving the Starnes family.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Harold Edward Starnes

FT. BLACKMORE, Va. — Harold Edward Starnes, 81, passed away Thursday (Nov. 29, 2007) at his residence in Starnes Bluff, Ft. Blackmore, Va.

He was born Sept. 13, 1926 in Appalachia, Va. Harold served in the U.S. Navy as a radarman on the USS Tennessee from 1944 to 1946. He attended King College and Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science and then worked as a mortician and funeral director from 1949 to 1971. He worked as a Millwright from 1971 to 1996 with the last 14 years at the Y-12 plant in Oak Ridge.

Harold was a life-member of the VFW and served as a Commander of Post #5266 in Morristown where he was also part of the Honor Guard. He won the All American Post Commander Service Award and then served as the Commander of the First Tennessee District in 1986 and 1987. He was a proud member of the Republican Party serving as chairman of the Fifth District for six years. He was a member of the Starnes Triennial Association and served as Association Secretary for several years.

Harold attended Starnes Bluff United Methodist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Samuel Henry Starnes and Bessie Mowell Starnes; and a sister, Mildred Ann Starnes Hoyle.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Ricker Elliott Starnes, Ft. Blackmore; one son, Dwight E. Starnes and his wife, Karen, Chattanooga, Tenn.; one sister, Wanda Louise "Tennie" Moscoe, Palm Harbor, Fla.; two brothers, Samuel Ray Starnes and wife, Bettye, Salt Lake City, Utah and Thomas Lee Starnes and wife, Sharon, Radford, Va.; several nieces and nephews; stepchildren, Patti and Charles White, Steve and Martha Elliott, Jerry and Carla Elliott, Kathy and Clifford Davidson, Emmett and Shirley Elliott; and several step-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport with funeral services at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Pastor Marshall Tipton and the Rev. Billy J. Carter will officiate.

Burial will follow at Holston View Cemetery with military rites by VFW Post #5266 Honor Guard of Morristown, Tennessee. The Color Guard will serve as pallbearers.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Harold Starnes.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

James Melvin Starnes

BLOUNTVILLE - James Melvin Starnes, 89, of Blountville, went to be with the Lord Sunday (March 14, 2004) at 10:25 a.m. with his family by his side.

James was born Aug. 13, 1914 in Scott County but had lived in Sullivan County most of his life. He was a son of the late Grover C. and Mary Bellek (Shelton) Starnes. He was a 50-year member of the Local Carpenters Union.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Mary Virginia Starnes; and two brothers, Hobert Starnes and Ola Starnes.

Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Virginia (Wininger) Starnes of the home; three sons and a daughter-in-law, James David and Deborah Starnes, Paul Glen Starnes and Grover Blane Starnes, all of Blountville; three grandchildren, Janett Rose-Michelle Walters, David Allen Starnes and Angel Dawn Starnes; two great-grandchildren, Samantha Walters and Caleb Walters; three sisters, Margaret Osborne Brown, Mildred Starnes Boyd and Hazel McConnell, all of Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the East Lawn Funeral Home and anytime at the residence.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Tuesday in the funeral home with the Rev. Kevin Holmes officiating.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the East Lawn Memorial Park where family and friends will meet.

East Lawn Funeral Home is serving the Starnes family.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Joe Daniel Starnes

STARNES, JOE D. - age 68, of West Knoxville, passed away ear1y Friday at his home. Born and raised in Scott County , Va. His college education was interrupted by 2-1/2 years in the Army during WWII. He coached football in Big Stone Gap, Va. , prior to joining the F.B.I in 1951. He retired in Knoxville after 26 years with the F.B.I. Member and South­east Regional Vice President of the ex-­F.B.I. Agent Society. Member of First Baptist Church of Knoxville . Survivors: Wife, Carnelle W. Starnes; sons and daughters-in-law, Daniel L. and Debra M. Starnes, Nashville, Tom and Linda Starnes, Herndon, Va.; daughters and sons-in-law, Sandra and Roger Jetton, Salem, Va., Elizabeth and Mike Nelson, Knoxville; grandchildren, Erin Starnes, Joey Starnes, Patrick Starnes, Ryan Starnes. Allison Jetton, Elizabeth Jet­ton, Michael Jetton, Katherine Jetton, Josh Nelson; sisters, Gladys Morrison, Niles, Ohio, Ida Glynn, Croton-On-Hudson, NY, brother Pat Starnes, Kingsport. Funeral services 10:30 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Knoxville , Rev. Dave Ward officiating. Interment Holly Hills Memorial Park West. The body will lie in state 10-10:30 a.m. Monday at the church. Pallbearers: Wallace Estill, Gene (….. illegible….), Bob Storm, Ray Williams. Honorary pallbearers : Gene Dixon, Bernard Siallard, Marshall __nnings, Mrs. Winners Breakfast Club. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the ex-F.B.I. Agent Society Foundation. The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Rose Mortuary Highland Chapel, 5315 Kingston Pike.

(from Knoxville News-Sentinel, Sunday, 1/19/1992 )

Knoxville News-Sentinel
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Linda Joyce (Ervin) Starnes

 

GATE CITY -- Mrs. Linda Ervin Starnes, 33, of Gate City, Va. died at Holston Valley Community Hospital 3:55 p.m. Tuesday [12/3/1973] after a brief illness.  She was a life-long resident of Scott County and a member of the Gate City United Methodist Church.  She had been a teacher in the Scott County School System for the past 11 years.

Survivors include her husband, Paul E. Starnes; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Ervin of Gate City; one daughter, Miss Emma Maria Starnes; one son, Robert Paul Starnes; one sister, Miss Nancy Carol Ervin of Gate City; one brother, Robert C. Ervin, Jr., also of Gate City.

Gate City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Funeral services for Linda Ervin Starnes will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with Dr. Edwin C. Berwanger and Rev. Claude Lane officiating.  Burial will follow in Holston View Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Eddie Starnes, Bobby Quillen, Buford Ervin, Kenny Wayne Ervin, Keith Ervin, Kent Ervin, Arlie Ervin. Gary Egan, and Steve Liner.  The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends Wednesday and Thursday nights.  Gate City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times, Wednesday, December 4, 1974

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier  

Loretta (Martin) Starnes

KINGSPORT - Loretta M. Starnes went to be with the Lord Sunday afternoon (Sept. 12, 2004) at her home following a lengthy illness.

Born in Kingsport, where she had lived her entire life, Loretta was a graduate of Sullivan High School Class of 1958. She worked as a licensed practical nurse at Holston Valley Medical Center until the birth of her children.

Loretta was a born-again Christian and attended Bible Way Baptist Church regularly before her illness.

She had been a loving wife and mother for more than 36 years.

Preceding her in death were her mother, Edith Quillen Martin; and a nephew, C. Kirk Martin.

Surviving are her husband, Joe Lawrence Starnes, of the home; one son, Michael Joe Starnes, of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Greg Hickman, Church Hill; one grandson, Collin G. Hickman; one sister, Bernice Jobe, Marion, N.C.; two brothers, John B.L. Martin and wife, Virginia, Clinton, Tenn., Charles H. Martin and wife, Evelyn, Kingsport.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Robert Fletcher and Pastor Kevin Morris officiating.

Burial will follow at Zion Cemetery in Baileyton, Tenn.

Family members will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Mary Elizabeth (Lane) Starnes

MRS. M. M. STARNES CLAIMED BY DEATH

Brief Illness is Fatal to Well Known Woman at Age of 81 -- Funeral Mon.

Mrs. M. M. Starnes, 81, a resident of Kingsport for the past 16 years, died at 4:00 p.m. yesterday [ 1/21/1933 ] at her home, 413 Roller street , of pneumonia following a short illness.

Funeral services will be conducted tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. at the Broad Street Methodist church with Rev. Frank Y. Jackson, pastor of the church, in charge, assisted by Rev. J. B. Craft of Gate City , Va.    Burial will follow in the Kingsport City Cemetery .

Mrs. Starnes was formerly a resident of Gate City , living there until 1916 when she, with her family, moved to Kingsport .  She was a member of the Broad Street M.E. Church and was active in the affairs of the church when her health would permit.

Surviving are her husband, M. M. Starnes; eight children, W. L. Starnes, Mrs. C. K. Lane, Mrs. J. B. Snodgrass of Gate City, Grover C., Kelly J., and M. Gladstone Starnes of Kingsport and Mrs. E. A. Blevins of Bristol, Va. [Note that obituary said eight children, but only listed seven; A. C. was overlooked by writer.]

Pall bearers and flower bearers will be selected from friends and neighbors.

(Kingsport Times, Sunday, January 22, 1933)

Kingsport Times
Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Mary Frances (Williams) Starnes

Mary Frances Starnes, 83, Gate City, VA passed away, Friday, December 3, 2010 at Indian Path Medical Center.

Mrs. Starnes was born in Scott County, VA on May 4, 1927 to the late Everett Bruce and Lydia Helen McClellan Williams.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Howard Starnes, son, Sonny Starnes, sisters, Olene Pendleton and June Pendleton, brother, Troy Williams, and two infant brothers.

Surviving is her daughter, Dianne White and husband, Eugene, Rogersville, TN; grandchildren, Carrie Dykes and husband, Daniel, Moria White, Stephen Starnes and Jodi, Brandon McConnell and wife, Jennifer; great grandchildren, Breanna Dykes, Brand Starnes, Marley White, and Luke McConnell; daughter-in-law, Linda Starnes, Gate City, VA; sister, Vivian Nash, Kingsport, TN; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, December 5, 2010 at the Gate City Funeral Home and other times at Mrs. Starnes residence in Gate City. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m., in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Bill Tignor and the Rev. Wrightly Salling officiating. The Upward Way Quartet will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, December 6, 2010 at the Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mary Frances Starnes.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Mary Veda (Dingus) Starnes

Ft. Blackmore, VA - Mary Veda Starnes, 91, Ft. Blackmore, VA went Home to with the Lord, Friday, November 23, 2012 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Mrs. Starnes was born in Scott County, VA on July 12, 1921 to the late Houston and Laura Estell Darnell Dingus.

She was a long time attendee of Fellowship Chapel Church of Ft. Blackmore, VA.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Henry Starnes, sisters, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Necessary and Polly Harvey and brother, Wrightly Dingus preceded her in death.

Surviving is her son, Jimmy Starnes and wife, Kathy, Ft. Blackmore, VA; granddaughters, Amanda Jennings and husband, Todd, Mount Carmel, TN and Kimberly Hutchinson and husband, Jason, Bristol, TN; great granddaughter, Maddison Jennings, Mount Carmel, TN; and nieces, Helen Crawford and husband, Mike, Castlewood, VA and Peggy Rhoton, Ft. Blackmore, VA.

The family will receive friends from 1-2:30 p.m., Sunday, November 25, 2012 at the Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence of her son, Jimmy Starnes. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Todd Jennings, Brother Wayne Stallard and honorary clergy, Mack Sanders officiating. Todd Jennings and The Upward Way Quartet will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Monday, November 26, 2012 at the Houston Dingus Cemetery, Slant, VA. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:00 a.m., Monday to go in procession to the graveside service.

The family wishes to convey their very special thanks to the Wellmont CCU and ICU Care Units and staff, and to the 2nd and 3rd floor nurses of Wilcox Hall for their excellent care of Mrs. Starnes.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Mary Veda Starnes.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Mattie Lucille (Wagner) Starnes

Lucille W. Starnes, a community leader in Keystone Heights [Florida] for 48 years, died at her Keystone Heights home on Friday, July 21.

Born in Clinchport, Virginia on October 17, 1906, she was one of the seven children of Methodist Minister James Hunter Wagner and Susan Farnsworth Wagner. Her fathers ministries took the family to various areas and she graduated from Shoemaker High School in Gate City, Virginia Where she met her husband G.R. (Ray) Starnes. She completed her formal education at Springfield (Missouri) State Teachers College, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Education. Lucille and Ray moved to Keystone Heights in 1951, where Ray served on the Keystone Heights City Council, was President of the local Chamber of Commerce, and was city Mayor for nine years. Ray established the 4th of July 'Our Country Day' celebration in the 1960s, and Lucille has appeared in every annual parade as Keystone Heights 'first lady' until her health precluded her participation just this year. An exceptionally active person, Lucille served on the Board of Directors of Keystone State Bank (now Compass Bank) for a number of years, during which she never missed a meeting. She and Ray enjoyed golf, bridge and travel, and Lucille was active in the Friends of the Library, the Keystone Garden Club, Hospice, the Lake Geneva Association, Great Decisions, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Keystone United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son, G. Milton Starnes of Melrose, a granddaughter, Amber Lucille Harkins, of Atlanta, Georgia, and two great-grandchildren, Richard Casey Harkins and Alicia Lucille Harkins, both of Atlanta.

A Memorial service will be held at Keystone United Methodist Church at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, July 25, 2000. The family request that, in lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Keystone United Methodist Church.

The Florida Times-Union obituaries at jacksonville.com

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Maxie Virginia (Owens) Kerns Starnes

Duffield, VA - Maxie Virginia Starnes, 81, Duffield, VA passed away, Monday, December 23, 2013 at Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital, Big Stone Gap, VA.

Mrs. Starnes was born in Scott County, VA on February 17, 1932; daughter of the late Nettie Owens.

She attended the Log House Church in Weber City, VA.

In addition to her mother, her first husband and father of her children, George C. Kerns; 2ndhusband, Carl Starnes; brother, Bill Owens and half brother, Junior Casteel preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughters, Dorothy McNew, Rye Cove, VA, Mary Sue Dollen and husband, Lorrin, Kingsport, TN, Carol Sluss, Dungannon, VA, and Wanda Williams and husband, H.C. "Tunor", Gate City, VA; sons, Paul Kern and wife, Angela, Danville, IN, Jim Kerns and wife, Helen, Hilton, VA, and Junior Kerns and wife, Loredda, Duffield, VA; 12 grandchildren; 5 great grandchildren; sisters, Gaynell Bledsoe, Kingsport, TN; half sister, Nancy Kilgore and husband, Jerry, Gate City, VA; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Thursday, December 26, 2013 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, Danny Kerns officiating. The Depending on Jesus Singer will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, December 27, 2013 at the McNew Cemetery on Raven Hollow Road in the Rye Cove community of Scott County, VA. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Maxie Virginia Starnes.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Melvin Milo Starnes

M. M. STARNES DIES - RITES TOMORROW

Prominent Sullivan County Man Dies; Was Formerly Resident of Scott County

Melvin M. Starnes, 84-year-old retired farmer and business man, died at 11:20 p.m. yesterday [ 11/5/1935 ] at his home, 413 Roller Street , of infirmities of old age.

He was a native of Scott county, Va. , and was widely known throughout Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee .

Mr. Starnes with his family moved to Kingsport in 1916 from Gate City and took active part in the building of Kingsport .  He retired from active work in business about four years ago.

He was a member of Broad Street Methodist church.  He moved his membership here from Gate City the same year the church was built.

Funeral services will be conducted from the church at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, Rev. J. A. Bays, pastor, will officiate, assisted by Rev. Frank Y. Jackson, former pastor, and Rev. J. B. Craft, a lifelong friend and pastor, of the Gate City Baptist church.  Burial will be in the city cemetery.

Surviving are five sons and three daughters: W. L. Starnes, A. C. Starnes, Mrs. C. R. Lane, and Mrs. J. B. Snodgrass, all of Gate City, and Mrs. E. A. Blevins, of Detroit, Mich.; G. C., M. G., and K. J. Starnes, all of Kingsport; also two brothers, Creed F. Starnes, of Gate City and Logan F. Starnes, of Waverly, Ohio; two sisters, Mrs. George Baker and Mrs. William Franklin, of Hill Station, Va.

Active pall bearers: H. C. Pridemore, James Altom, J. B. Renfro, J. H. Taylor, W. T. Hale, W. L. Bevins, Mack Williams and James Poston.

Honorary pallbearers: John B. Quillen, W. V. Keys, H. P. Grogan, H. C. Pierson, J. A. Counts, W. H. Bowling, P. H. Nickels, S. A. Ellis, E. H. McConnell, Hon. E. T. Carter, S. H. Bond, C. M. Quillen, C. P. Quillen, J. L. Moore, I. C. Coley, T. F. Horton, I. P. Kane, A. R. Jennings and Omer Jennings, of Gate City; H. J. Shivall, J. D. Cox, A. D. Brockman, G. W. Taylor, Glenn Bruce, E. S. Hurt, E. C. Cross, F. J. Brownell, Ben Dobyns, Walker Nelms, Ed Nelms, J. L. Warrick, M. M. Haney, F. L. Cloud and B. W. Hagy of Kingsport.

Flower bearers: Mesdames J. R. Crum, J. H. Taylor, H. C. Pridemore, J. E. Barnes, James Altom, B. S. Whetsell, W. T. Hale, James Renfro, J. C. Campbell, William Downa, C. J. Shipp, C. F. Lingar, W. L. Bevins and Lillie Dunn.

(Kingsport Times, Wednesday, November 6, 1935)

Kingsport Times
Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Mima H. (Collins) Starnes

KINGSPORT — Mima H. Starnes, 88, of Kingsport passed away Tuesday (Jan. 8, 2013), at Indian Path Medical Center (Kingsport).

Mrs. Starnes was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Scott County, Va., to the late William L. Collins and Haley Wallen Collins. Mrs. Starnes attended Apostolic Lighthouse (Kingsport).

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Starnes is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond B. Starnes; a son, Kenneth Lee Starnes; a daughter, Janice Starnes; two brothers, Joseph Collins and Clyde Collins; and three sisters, Rose Ison, Nannie Rhoton, and Elsie Mae Collins.

Survivors of Mima H. Starnes include one daughter, Beulah Faye Crawford (Johnson City, Tenn.); three sons, Lester Ray Starnes (Kingsport), Larry Starnes and wife, Marti (Mount Carmel, Tenn.), and Gary Starnes and wife, Debbie (Kingsport); six grandchildren.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Ona B. (Taylor) Starnes

Ona Taylor Starnes, 86, 274 Hammond Avenue, Kingsport, died at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday (April 11, 1990) at Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center of a heart attack.

Born in Scott County, Va., she had been a resident of Kingsport since 1935.  She was a graduate of Rye Cove High School and Radford College and was a former school teacher in Clemmons, N.C.

Mrs. Starnes was a member of First Broad Street United Meth­odist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Emmett Starnes; a sister, Nancy Taylor and a broth­er, W. Henry Taylor.

Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Willard (Ida) Duncan and Mrs. Hazel Hammond, both of Kingsport; several nieces and nephews.

Friends may call anytime at the residence of a sister, Hazel Hammond, 246 Hammond Ave­nue, Kingsport.

Graveside services will be con­ducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Oak Hill Cemetery with Dr. Toombs Kay officiating.

Memorial services will be con­ducted at 3 p.m. Friday at the First Broad Street United Meth­odist Church Chapel with Dr. Toombs Kay officiating.

The family will receive friends immediately following the memo­rial service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contrib­utions may be made to First Broad Street United Methodist Church, 100 E. Church Circle, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.

Oak Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News, Thursday, April 12, 1990

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Otis K. Starnes

DUFFIELD, Va. — Mr. Otis K. Starnes, 86, Duffield, Va., passed away Wednesday (June 25, 2008) at Ridgecrest Manor Nursing Home.

Mr. Starnes was born in Scott County, Va., on Jan. 20, 1922, a son of the late, Johnny Andrew and Ora Hill Starnes.

He was a veteran of the United States Army, was retired from Foote Mineral, Sunbright, Va., and was the owner of Starnes Trucking.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandson, Chad Starnes; a daughter-in-law, Sue Starnes; sister, Vesta Templeton and an aunt and uncle, Ava and Ike Hill.

He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Flanary Starnes, Duffield, Va.; daughter, Judy Hammonds and husband Don, Gate City, Va.; sons, Jack Starnes and wife Sandra, Wise, Va., and Teddy Starnes and wife Sue, Duffield, Va.; grandchildren, Steven Starnes, Duffield, Va., Gena Scurlock, Arizona, Jeffery Starnes and wife Lindsey, Grundy, Va.; great grandchildren, Devon, Logan and Jacob, all of Arizona and Ryleigh and Madison, Grundy, Va.; sister, Lorene Shupe, Kingsport; brother, Frank Starnes, Duffield, Va.; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m., Friday at the Gate City Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Lonnie Townsend and the Rev. Joe Hill officiating.

The Durham's Chapel Quartet will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday at the Hall Cemetery in the Stanleytown community.

Benny Starnes, Bob Shepard, Ralph Kern, Dale Townsend, Johnny Roach and Matt Townsend will serve as pallbearers.

Joe Kern, Gerald Bowen, Clayton Kern, Paul Lawson and Lonnie Townsend will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will be meeting at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Saturday to go in procession to the graveside service.

The family would like to express their special appreciation to the staff of Ridgecrest Manor for their loving care.

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

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Patrick Henry "Pat" Starnes Jr.

KINGSPORT - Patrick Henry "Pat" Starnes, 83, 2200 Bruce St., passed away at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday (Nov. 2, 2004) at Wilcox Hall of Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center after an extended illness.

Mr. Starnes was born and raised in Ft. Blackmore, Va. He was a graduate of Dungannon High School. He attended Berry College in Rome, Ga., before being called into service in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He served in the China-Burma-India Theatre of the war. Upon honorable discharge from military service, he resumed his post-secondary education and graduated from Milligan College in 1948. He completed his education with a master's degree from Peabody College in Nashville in 1951.

Mr. Starnes spent his early adult years as a teacher in the Scott County School System and served on the Scott County Board of Supervisors. He was employed by Holston Defense Corp. before transferring to Eastman Kodak where he completed 33 years of service in the Plant Safety Department. He retired in 1984 and in the ensuing years was employed by Eastman Chemical Company in the Recreation Department.

During his retirement years he was also active in volunteer work with the Carpenter's Helpers ministry of the First Broad Street United Methodist Church where he was a member for 44 years. He also performed volunteer work for the Kingsport Chapter of the American Red Cross. He was a member of the Kingsport Safety Council and the American Legion.

He was preceded in death by his father, Patrick H. Starnes Sr.; his mother, Tempa Brickey Starnes; his sister, Ida Glynn; and brother, Joe D. Starnes.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Love Starnes; his children and their spouses, Steven P. and Lori G. Starnes of Celina, Ohio, and Sarah L. and Kevin Delinger of Hyattsville, Md.; his sister, Gladys Morrison, Niles, Ohio; and three grandchildren, Amanda, Elizabeth and Peter Starnes; also surviving were several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, downtown Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Jack Edwards and Rev. J Spurgeon McCartt officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the building fund or the Carpenter's Helpers Ministry Fund, c/o of First Broad Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1346, Kingsport, Tenn. 37662 or the American Red Cross, 501 South Wilcox Drive, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Ray Dewey Starnes

DUFFIELD, Va. - Ray Dewey Starnes, 84, entered into rest Wednesday (Oct. 3, 2001) at Hillside Manor Nursing Home.

He was born in Scott County, Va., on Feb. 26, 1917 to the late Edgar Edward and Barbara Allen Edwards Starnes.

Including his parents, he was preceded in death by one great-grandson, Ethan Starnes; one daughter-in-law, Ona Starnes; two sons, William and Ronald Starnes; one sister, Gladys Babb; three brothers, George, Henry and Marion Starnes.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy L. Starnes, Duffield, Va.; four sons and daughters-in-law, James Claude and Louise Starnes, Ft. Blackmore, Va., Donald and Velma Starnes, Dungannon, Va., Gary and Reba Starnes, Duffield, Va., and Dewey and Susan Starnes, Duffield, Va.; two step-daughters and husbands, Barbara and Jerry Begley and Kathy and Clifford Sturgill, both of Ft. Blackmore, Va.; brother and sister-in-law, Carl and Maxie Starnes, Kingsport; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several step grandchildren; several step great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Old Midway Freewill Baptist Church.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church with Rev. Denny Hass and Rev. Walker Darnell officiating.

Music will be provided by Working Toward the Promise Singers.

Burial will follow the service at Starnes Family Cemetery, Stanleytown community.

Grandchildren and step grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.

Gate City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Raymond Blanco Starnes

KINGSPORT - Raymond B. Starnes , 90, of 313 Gravely Road, died Saturday morning ( June 26, 1999 ) at his home.

Born in Scott County , Va. he had resided in Kingsport for the past 48 years. He retired from Little Construction Company. Mr. Starnes was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. He was of the Apostolic faith. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Starnes ; a daughter, Janice Starnes ; and two brothers, Lloyd Starnes and Clinton Starnes .

Surviving are his wife, Mima C. Starnes , Kingsport; one daughter, Faye Crawford, Elizabethton; three sons, Lester R. Starnes , Knoxville, Tenn., Larry Starnes , Mount Carmel and Gary Starnes , Kingsport; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Edna Bear, Church Hill and Annis Allen, Hill Station, Va.; several nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with the Rev. G. D. Peters and the Rev. Lester Crawford officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in Salling Family Cemetery , Slant, Va. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Robert Clyde Starnes

CLINCHPORT, Va. - Robert " Clyde " Starnes, 88, entered into rest at Holston Valley Medical Center on Saturday ( Feb. 23, 2002 ).

Born in Scott County, Va., on April 24, 1913 , he was a son of the late Rev. Robert "Bob" Starnes and Ida Belle Starnes.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Danny Glenn Starnes; three sisters, Nannie Starnes, Minnie Darnell and Lakie Bray and two more infant sisters; four brothers, Herbert, Elbert and Rev. P.H. and Warren Starnes and two infant brothers.

Surviving are his wife, Allie Lane Starnes, Clinchport; a daughter, Cathy McDavid, Clinchport; two sons, David Starnes, Church Hill, and Kenny Starnes, Clinchport; one sister, Marie Fluce, Kingsport ; grandchild, Kevin Starnes; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the 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. Cecil Kerns and the Rev. Gary Hunley officiating.

Music will be provided by the Rev. Gary Hunley.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Holston View Cemetery , Weber City , Va. Family will meet at 10:15 a.m. at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Gate City Funeral Home for expense of funeral.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Robert Joe Starnes

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Rob­ert Joe Starnes, 59, 4703 Cricklewood Rd., died Tuesday morning (April 26, 1994) at High Point Re­gional Hospital.

Born in Dickenson County, Va., he was a former resident of Kingsport, and had lived in Greensboro for the past 19 years.

He retired from United Air­lines as a customer service agent, and served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Troy C. Starnes; and his father, the Rev. P.H. Starnes.

Surviving are his wife, Mary J. Starnes, of the home; four daughters, Toni Shipley, Kingsport, Terri Starnes, Arkansas, Tina Davis and Tracie Starnes, both of Greensboro, N.C.; four grand­children; his mother, Claudia D. Starnes, Kingsport; one sister, Mrs. Wilmer (Irene) Owen, Kingsport.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Funer­al Home, and anytime at the home of a sister, Mrs. Irene Owen, 204 E. Millpond St. Kings­port.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Tom­my Benton officiating.

Entombment will be in Oak Hill Mausoleum.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Apostolic Christian Church, 201 E. Stone Drive, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660 or to Bush­ong Apostolic Church, Blooming­dale Pike, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Ronnie D. “Ziffel” Starnes

KINGSPORT - Ronnie D. “Ziffel” Starnes, 52, Kingsport, went to be with the Lord with his family by his side at his residence on Saturday ( July 1, 2006 ).

Mr. Starnes was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed fishing, drag racing and NASCAR. He was employed by Blue Ridge X-Ray, Inc.

Mr. Starnes was preceded in death by his father, Carmon Harold Starnes; his paternal grandparents, Ott and Lula Starnes; his maternal grandparents, George and Hattie Morley; his father-in-law, Floyd "Buck" Flanary; and a niece, Gretchen Jenkins.

Surviving are his wife and soulmate of 26 years, Darlene Flanary Starnes; his mother, Mae Starnes; one sister, Sherry Shaffer and husband Randy, Blountville; three brothers, Norman Starnes and wife Carla, Kingsport, Tommy Starnes and wife Linda, Kingsport, and Kyle Starnes and wife Brenda, Kingsport; four nieces, Lavonda Ammons and husband Mark, Nashville, Tenn., Amanda Staffer, Kingsport, Chloe Jenkins, Kingsport, and Shyanne Taylor, Yuma, Va., who was also Mr. Starnes' god-daughter; five nephews, Marty Starnes and wife Brandi, Kingsport, Levi Jenkins, Groton, Conn., Daniel Starnes, Dayton, Ohio, Aiden Flanary, Kingsport, and Mark Shaffer, Kingsport; one great-nephew, Parker Starnes, Kingsport; one great-niece, Caroline Jenkins, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Emmaus Baptist Church .

Funeral services will be conducted on Monday at 8 p.m. at the church, with Pastor Harold Hawkins and Pastor Eckel Herron officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted on Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. in the Garden of the Last Supper at Oak Hill Memorial Park . Those who wish to attend the graveside services are asked to meet at the funeral home at 3 p.m. in order to go in procession to the graveside.

Active pallbearers will be Marty Starnes, Daniel Starnes, Mark Shaffer, Levi Jenkins, Mark Ammons and Steve Starnes.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kyle, Tommy, Norman and Sherry.

Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Mr. Starnes to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 102454, Atlanta, Ga. 30368-2454, or the Sullivan County Humane Society at 2141 Idle Hour Rd., Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.

The staff of Oak Hill Memorial Park , Funerals and Cremations is honored to serve the family of Mr. Ronnie D. "Ziffel" Starnes.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane
 

Roy Orville "Rabbit" Starnes

April 24, 1929 - October 12, 2014

Roy O. “Rabbit” Starnes, 85 of Kingsport went to his heavenly home early Sunday morning, October 12, 2014 with his family by his side.

He was born in Scott County and lived the majority of his life in Kingsport. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force serving as a military policeman. Following his service to our country, he worked for many years as an appliance repairman being owner/operator of Roy’s Appliance Service. He also followed his true love of music and sound. Roy owned/operated Sounds Reel Recording until his health declined.

He installed numerous sound systems in many churches throughout the surrounding area. Mr. Starnes sang in various quartets in this area the most recent being the Melody Men. He was a longtime member of Fellowship Free Will Baptist Church where he also operated and maintained the sound system. His true love was his family and was so proud of his grandchildren. He was known to so many as “Daddy Roy” and “Papaw”

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walker Wade Starnes and Ellen Hill Starnes; sisters, Beulah Starnes, Lottie Starnes, Mattie Bellamy, Ora Peters, Joyce Starnes; brother, Johnny Starnes.

He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Joan Ellis Starnes; daughters, Marsha Mullins and husband Wayne, Tammy Gibson and husband Gary all of Kingsport; grandsons, James (Jamie) Tipton and wife Rebecca of GA, Justin Mullins and wife Stacey of TX, Jerrod Tipton and wife Crissy of FL, Wesley Mullins and wife Sally of Maryville, TN; granddaughter, Alexa (Niki) Tipton of Kingsport; step mother, Nan Starnes; step grandsons, Derwin Gibson, Michael Gibson and wife, Whitney; step granddaughters, Felicia Conners and husband Ed, Serina Gilliam; and special friend Lee Morelock; ten great grandchildren, Evelyn and Xavier Tipton, Zoe and Hank Mullins, Laine and Harper Tipton, Piper Mullins, Kynston, Amilah and Lazarus Tatchi; step grandchildren, Brooke and Bryanna Couch, Austin, Sean, and Marlon Conners, Zachary Gilliam, Everlee and Hadlee Gibson; sisters, Agnes Carter Kilgore, Grace Ferguson, Rose Fritz, Judy Stallard and husband, Lawton; brother, Bob Starnes and wife, Ginger, Bill Starnes and wife Linda, Charles (Chuck) Starnes; a special “adopted granddaughter”, Tanya Cato.

The family will receive friends from 4 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday October 14, 2014 at Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church 2313 Portland Avenue, Kingsport, TN, 37660 or anytime at his residence.

A service will follow at 7 pm at the church with Pastor Bob Lewis officiating. Eulogy will be provided by Justin Mullins.

A graveside service will be held at 11 am on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Jamie Tipton, Justin Mullins, Jerrod Tipton, Wesley Mullins, Michael Gibson, JR Pearcy, Chad Nixon, Kevin Doran, and Tim Bruce. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jack Taylor, Mack Lane, Tommy Reeves, Pedro Reeves, Bill Reeves, Mike Bays, Charlie Williams, Joe Kilgore, Mark Adams, Steve Bruce and his nephews.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Fellowship Freewill Baptist Church, 2313 Portland Avenue, Kingsport, TN 37660.

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

(Some Scott Co ancestral families – Starnes, Hill, Flanary, Quillen, Davidson, Tate, Lawson)

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

Submitted by Don Lane

Ruth (Tate) Starnes

Woman Dies Of Injuries - Church Hill Mother Is Traffic Victim

A 36 year old Church Hill woman died at Holston Valley Community Hospital at 1 a. m. Sunday [12/19/1954] of injuries suffered in a car accident eight miles west of Rogersville Friday morning.

The victim, Mrs. Ruth Starnes, was returning from Morristown where she had gone to meet her son Lawrence who was coming home on leave from the Army when the mishap occurred.

Starnes was examined at the hospital and released.

Mrs. Starnes had been treated for a fractured skull and abrasions.

Tennessee Highway Cpl. J. R. Reed said Mrs. Starnes was attempting to pass a truck when she lost control of the car and went off the road.

Mrs. Starnes was born in Scott County and had lived in Kingsport several years.

Survivors include her husband, L. Ola Starnes, one daughter, Miss Geraldine Starnes of Church Hill; two sons, Lawrence Starnes with the U. S. Army at Fort Carson, Col., and Virgil Starnes of Church Hill; parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. M. Tate of Surgoinsville; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Frazier of Surgoinsville; four sisters, Mrs. Fred Pyle of Kingsport, Mrs. J. C. Britton of Surgoinsville, and Misses Carolyn and Nancy Tate of Church Hill; six brothers, W. M. Tate Jr. of Surgoinsville, George Tate with the U. S. Army in Japan, Edison Tate of Dayton, Ohio, Kenneth Tate of Church Hill, Carlus and Joe Tate of Surgoinsville.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at Ketron Memorial Methodist Church in Lynn Garden with the Rev. C. B. Davis and the Rev. N. P. King officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

The body will be removed from Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home to the residence at 4 p. m. Monday.

Kingsport News, Monday, Dec. 20, 1954

Submitted by Don Lane

Sarah Elizabeth (Moore) Starnes

Gate City, VA - Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Starnes, 81, Gate City, VA went Home to be with the Lord Tuesday, April 24, 2012.

Elizabeth was born in Scott County, VA on May 8, 1930, the daughter of the late W. A. and Theresa Moore. She retired from Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. She enjoyed attending church at Midway Baptist Church. Elizabeth loved being outdoors, doing yard work and gardening.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Starnes; brothers, Ed Moore, Joe Moore, and Howard Moore and sisters, Cloteen Quillen and Mabel McConnell.

She is survived by her sons; Robert Starnes, Gate City, VA, Randall Starnes and wife, Barbara, Nickelsville, VA, and Terry Starnes and wife, Melinda, Gate City, VA; grandchildren, Danielle Starnes, Duffield, VA, Kristen Sparkman and husband, Josh, Jonesborough, TN, Ethan Starnes, Gate City, VA; brother, Glen Moore and wife, Wanda, Kingsport, TN; sister, Doris Palmer and husband, I.D., Bristol, VA; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., April 27, 2012 at the Gate City Funeral Home or anytime 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. Coy Butler officiating. Music will be provided by family.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2012 at the Midway Community Cemetery of Scott County, VA. Nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

The family would like to convey a special thanks to caretaker and daughter-in-law, Melinda Starnes and Wellmont Hospice nurses, Sandy, Robin, Josie, Linda, Frieda, and Patricia.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Sarah Elizabeth Starnes.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Shirley June (Mann) Starnes

ARLINGTON, Va. — Shirley June Mann Starnes, 72, passed away Friday (May 8, 2009) at her residence with her loving family.

Shirley was born May 3, 1937 on Copper Creek in Scott County, Va. She was a 1955 graduate of Shoemaker High School, Gate City, Va. and a 1957 graduate of Virginia Interment College. She was married in Dec. 1957 to Bruce D. Starnes. Shirley lived her early years on Copper Creek in Scott County, Va., but moved with her family to Arlington, Va. in February 1968. She lived in Scott County, Va. again in 1995-1996.

She enjoyed being a homemaker and derived many happy hours doing arts, crafts and oil paintings of landscapes. She took great pride in her cooking and oil paintings. She taught arts and crafts in local private schools, churches and was a Cub Scout leader. She was of the Baptist faith and was a born again Christian.

She was preceded in death by her father, Arless Mann; and her grandparents.

Her survivors include her mother, Thelma Blair Mann; husband of 51 years, Bruce D. Starnes; sons, Gordon Brent Starnes, Carter Blair Starnes and Adam Mann Starnes and fiancee, Lana Oswald; brother, Johnny Milburn Mann and wife, Freida; granddaughters, Savannah Hope Starnes, Nicole Carpenter and Ashley Oswald; great-grandchildren, Kenneth Carpenter, Jr. and Kayla Carpenter.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home.

Services will be at 1 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Clayton Williams officiating.

Music will be provided by Carolyn Maddox and Wilma Brooks.

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

Pallbearers will be, Edisol Musick, Buddy Lane, Roy Quillen, Jimmy Hillman, Tucker Hillman, Warner Brickey, Carter Starnes.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Copper Creek Community Church or the American Cancer Society.

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

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Virgil Ernest Starnes

KINGSPORT - Virgil Ernest Starnes, 64, passed away Saturday (July 26, 2003) at the Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol after a brief battle with cancer.

Mr. Starnes was born in Kingsport and moved to Surgoinsville as a child. He spent 30 years in Church Hill before returning to Kingsport in 1996. He was a graduate of Surgoinsville High School. He served two years in the U.S. Army and completed a five-year electrical journeyman apprenticeship.

Mr. Starnes was president of Pinecrest Town Homes Owner's Association. He made his living as an electrician and was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, IBEW Local #934.

He attended Crossroads United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Tate Starnes; father, Lawrence Ola Starnes; stepmother, Reece Tate Starnes; and sister, Penney Carol Starnes.

Surviving are his wife, Juanita; daughter, Lori Starnes; daughter-in-heart, Diana Kuehl; daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Dan Cody; daughter, Amy Starnes; four grandchildren, Karissa and Jordan Manis, Amber Cody and Brandy Church; one great-grandson, Jaden Church; five sisters, Geri Gillen, Judy Webster, Pam Autry, Theresa Hart and Lisa Harless; one brother, Lawrence Starnes; special aunt, Mildred Boyd; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Oak Hill Funeral Home. Friends and relatives may visit anytime at the home, 819 Cobblestone Place.

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

Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Amy Starnes Living Trust Fund, 819 Cobblestone Place, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660 or the charity of your choice.

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

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Virginia (Wininger) Starnes

BLOUNTVILLE - Virginia W. Starnes, 87, Blountville, was called home to be with her Father early Monday morning (Sept. 25, 2006).

She was born May 15, 1919 in Meadowview, Va., the daughter of the late Joseph and Denicia Cleek Wininger.

Virginia was a lifelong resident of Sullivan County. She was of the Baptist faith and her whole lifetime was spent loving and serving her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, James M. Starnes; three sisters, Georgia Dougherty, Viola Peters and Iva Wininger; and one brother, J.D. Wininger.

Virginia is survived by three sons, James David Starnes and his wife Debra, Blountville, Glen Starnes, of the home, and Glover Blane Starnes and his wife Melinda, Kingsport; three grandchildren, Rose-Michelle Walters, David Allen Starnes and Angel Starnes; two great grandchildren, Samantha and Caleb Walters; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Visitation will be held on Tuesday (Today) from 6 to 8 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home, or anytime at Virginia's son's home at 124 Aurawood Drive in Kingsport.

Services will be conducted on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at East Lawn Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Kevin Holmes officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at East Lawn Memorial Park, where family and friends may gather at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Holly Springs Methodist Church.

East Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

William Ray Starnes

FT. BLACKMORE, Va. - William Starnes, 59, entered into rest Monday (April 30, 2001) at Wellmont Hospice House, Bristol, Tenn.

He was born in Scott County, Va. on May 3, 1941 and was the son of the late Lois Mae Begley Starnes.

Including his mother, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Nannie Melinda Begley; paternal grandfather, �Rasie�� Starnes; paternal grandmother, Barbara Starnes; and one brother, Ronald Ted Starnes.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Starnes, Ft. Blackmore, Va.; father, Ray Dewey Starnes Sr., Duffield, Va.; five daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Kathy (Joe) Sturgill and Mrs. Barbara (Jerry) Begley, both of Ft. Blackmore, Va., Brenda Kilgore and Sherry Kilgore, both of Kingsport and Mrs. Judy (Darel) Babb, Gate City, Va.; one son, Donald and Brenda Starnes, Kingsport; 12 grandchildren; four brothers, James Cloude Starnes, Ft. Blackmore, Va., Donald Fred Starnes, Dungannon, Va., Gary Wayne Starnes and Ray Dewey Starnes Jr., both of Duffield, Va.; stepmother, Nancy Starnes, Ft. Blackmore, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Stanleyton Community Church with the Rev. Charlie Taylor and the Rev. Mike Ervin officiating.

The body will lie in state from 12 noon to 2 p.m.

Music will be provided by Toke Hensley, Val Perry, Gary Hunley and Jerry Hunley.

Burial will be at the Starnes Family Cemetery, Duffield, Va.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers, and nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Lt. Col. William Rhea “Bill” Starnes Jr.

Lieutenant Colonel Bill Rhea Starnes, 64, of Blountville, TN passed away Friday, August 24, 2012. Bill is a member of the Colonial Heights United Methodist Church. He graduated from ETSU with a Bachelors of Science in Industrial Technology in 1969. His flight career started at the age of 14 when he was taught how to fly by his father Rhea. He graduated Flight School at Fort Rucker, AL, on March 23, 1971. He qualified in the UH-1A/B/D/H and the TH-55 helicopters. He qualified in the AH-1G Cobra on May 3, 1971, and was then assigned to C Troop, 7/17 Air Cavalry in Vietnam where he flew approximately 800 combat hours. He was transferred to Btry B, 4th BN, 77th FA, 101st Airborne Division, Ft. Campbell, KY, in June 1972. In April 1974, he joined the TN Army National Guard as a 1LT, assigned to the Army Aviation Flight Facility in Smyrna, TN. In October 1978, he qualified in the UH-1M aircraft and was assigned to the Aviation Flight Facility #2, in Louisville, TN where he also qualified in the OH-58A/C, OH-6, AH-1F, and the OH-58D helicopters, commanding multiple line units, and attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. In addition to a tour in Vietnam, he also deployed with the Paladin Troop to Kosovo in 2005-2006.

He retired from the military on March 15, 2009 with 39 years of service having achieved the following awards: Bronze Star , Meritorious Service Medal , 2- Air Medal with Valor, Army Commendation Medal, 9- Army Achievement Medals, 5 - Army Reserve Components Achievement Medals, 3- National Defense Service Medals, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with "M" device, 3- Armed Forces Reserve Medals, Army Service Ribbon, Republic Of Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm, NATO medal, Republic Of Vietnam Campaign Medal w 60 Device, Vietnam Service medal with 4 campaign stars, 2- Overseas Service Ribbons, Master Army Aviator Badge, 7- TN National Guard Service Ribbons, TN National Guard Unit Commendation Ribbon, TN National Guard Volunteer Ribbon.

During his service in the National Guard Bill worked for Pittston Coal Company as well as Alpha Natural Resources. He was currently chief pilot for K-VA-T Food Stores and Central Coal Company.

Bill was preceded in death by mothers, Louise Culpepper Starnes and Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Starnes.

He is survived by his adoring wife of two years, Lisa; sons, Jason Starnes and wife, Felicity, and Justin Starnes and wife, Rachel; step-children, Tyler Barnett, and Rikki Keaton and husband, Kenny; grandchildren, Harley Rhea, Christian, McKenzie and Austin; father, William Rhea Starnes; a cousin, more like a brother, Charles Richmond, wife Jane, Anthony and Caitlin; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family members too numerous to mention, that were near and dear to Bill's heart.

The family will receive friends on Friday, August 31st from 5-8:00 pm at Colonial Heights United Methodist Church Ministry Center.

Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, September 1st, at 2:00 pm at Colonial Heights United Methodist Church with Chaplain David Collins and Rev. Robert Burlingham officiating. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service.

Burial will follow the service at Tri-Cities Memory Gardens. Military honors will be conducted by the Tennessee National Guard.

Honorary pallbearers will be Chester Buchanan, Bundy Musick and Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in Bill's name to the charity of one's choice.

 

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

Submitted by Don Lane

Willie Hascue Starnes

KINGSPORT — Willie H. Starnes, 86, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord Thursday (Jan. 17, 2008) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

He served in the European Theatre, 9th Infantry Division of the U. S. Army during World War II.

Mr. Starnes retired from the C. E. division of Tennessee Eastman Company as a foreman after 35 years and 11 months of service. He was a member of Ketron Memorial United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of Charles DeWitt Byrd Post #3382 of the V.F.W.

Willie enjoyed traveling and loved to play golf.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Zella Smith Starnes; his parents, Bartley and Emma Starnes; a brother, Eddie H. Starnes; and two sisters, Lora Starnes Liner and Nell Starnes Egan.

Surviving are two sisters, Mary Browning, Kingsport, Allie Depew, Jonesborough; five brothers, Paul E. Starnes of Gate City, Ollin B. Starnes and wife Katherine of Fall Branch, Roy B. Starnes and wife Carol of Kingsport, Clifford D. Starnes and wife Mary Anne of Kingsport, and Mack Starnes and wife Peggy of Church Hill; a special nephew, Marcus Smith and wife Christie and their children, Anna and Christian; and several other nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, and sisters-in-law.

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

Funeral services will follow at 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Rev. Aaron Pierce and Evangelist Wrightly Salling officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Oak Hill Memorial Park with military rites by Charles DeWitt Byrd Post #3382 of the VFW.

Pallbearers will be Danny Hubble, Robbie Starnes, David Starnes, Jimmy Smith, Zane Starnes, Brent Starnes, and Mark Starnes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Charles DeWitt Byrd Post #3382 of VFW, 130 VFW Road, Kingsport, Tenn., 37663 or Ketron Memorial United Methodist Church, 301 Virgil Avenue, Kingsport, Tenn., 37665.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Willie Starnes.

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Zella Mae (Smith) Starnes

KINGSPORT - Zella Starnes, 75, went to be with the Lord on Friday evening (June 3, 2005) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center following a lengthy illness.

Born in Scott County, Va., she had resided in Kingsport most of her life. Mrs. Starnes retired from Tennessee Eastman Company following 32 years of service, having worked in the Textile Fibers Division. She enjoyed playing golf and traveling.

Mrs. Starnes was a member of Ketron Memorial United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Florence Smith; two sisters, Freddie Hubble and Betty Smith; and an infant brother, Jimmy Smith.

Surviving are her husband, Willie H. Starnes, Kingsport; three sisters, Thelma Starnes and husband, Guy of Gate City, Va., Dorothy Bledsoe of Marion, Va., and Joann Fraysier and husband, Fred of Kingsport; six brothers, Charles Odell Smith of Dayton, Ohio, Billy Don Smith and wife, Devota of Gate City, Va., Paul Edward Smith and wife, Darlene of Gate City, Va., Dwight A. Smith and wife, Glenda S. of Mount Carmel, Bobby Carroll Smith and wife, Audrey of Dayton, Ohio, Ronnie Lynn Smith and wife, Colleen of Cincinnati, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home with Rev. Aaron Pierce and Evangelist Wrightly Salling officiating.

Music will be provided by Marcus and Christie Smith.

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Gary Hubble, Danny Hubble, Marcus Smith, Jimmy Smith, Allen Starnes and Robbie Starnes.

Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Starnes, Mike Starnes, Mark Starnes, Zane Starnes, David Starnes, Gary Egan, Mike Fraysier, Jeff Fraysier, Donnie Fraysier, Anthony Smith and Tim Smith.

Memorials may be given to Ketron Memorial United Methodist Church, 301 Virgil Avenue, Kingsport, TN 37665.

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Bobby Floyd Statzer

CLINCHPORT, Va. - Bobby Floyd Statzer , 35, entered into rest Sunday (March 5, 2000) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Born Sept. 17, 1964 in Sullivan County, he was the son of Julie Statzer and Lonnie Statzer .

He was preceded in death by his brother, Randy Statzer , Sept. 1, 1999.

Surviving are his wife, Tina Qualls Statzer , Clinchport, Va.; a daughter, Valerie Ann Statzer , Gate City, Va.; mother, Julie Statzer , Gate City, Va.; father and stepmother, Lonnie and Wilma Statzer , Clinchport, Va.; sister, Elsie ``Sis'' Falin, Gate City, Va.; brothers, Lester Statzer , Gate City, Va., and Billy Statzer , Duffield, Va.; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home and other times at Lonnie and Wilma Statzer 's residence and Elsie ``Sis'' Falin's residence.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Clifford Pierson officiating. Music will be provided by True Way Quartet.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va.

The family will be meeting at the funeral home at 10 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. Pallbearers will be cousins and friends.

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Lonnie Randall "Randy" Statzer

GATE CITY - Lonnie Randall (Randy) Statzer , 38, entered into rest on Wednesday (Sept. 1, 1999) at his residence.

He was born in Sullivan County on July 10, 1961.

Surviving are his father and stepmother, Lonnie and Wilma Statzer , Clinchport, Va.; mother, Julia Mae Kerns Statzer , Gate City, Va.; one sister, Mrs. Lonnie (Sis) Falin, Gate City, Va.; three brothers, Lester and Bobby Statzer , both of Gate City, Va., and Billy Statzer , Duffield, Va.; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Gate City Funeral Home and anytime at the residence of his mother, Julia Mae Statzer , Gate City, Va., and his father, Lonnie Statzer , Clinchport, Va.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Clifford Pierson and the Rev. Wrightly Salling officiating. Music will be provided by the Stallard Family.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va. The family will be meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery. Cousins will serve as pallbearers.

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Anna Ruth (Wooten) Steadman

Anna Ruth Wooten Steadman, 80, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 30, 2012 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Anna was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Anna was born in Scott County VA; she spent her childhood days in Surgoinsville, having spent most of her adult life in Kingsport. Anna was in the first graduating class of Lynn View High School in 1949. She was employed at Kingsport Press for several years. Throughout her life she was very active in church where she served as pianist for several years. Anna was a charter member of Christ Fellowship Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Millard and Etta Mae Wisely Wooten; sister, Bernice Wooten.

Left to cherish her memories is her loving husband of over 60 years, Ronald Steadman, of the home; daughter, Rhonda Steadman of Kingsport; son, Barry Steadman and wife, Kristi of Kingsport; two grandchildren, Audra Steadman and Luke Steadman.

The family will receive friends from 4 pm to 6 pm on Sunday April 1, 2012 at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, 520 Watauga Street, Kingsport.

A service will follow at 6 pm in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Greg DePriest, Rev. Keith Barker and Rev. Dr. William D. Gibson officiating.

Graveside service will be held at 11 am on Monday April 2, 2012 at Oak Hill Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be her nephews, Pat Steadman, Danny Steadman, Jerry Steadman, Mike Steadman, Billy Steadman, Jeremy Steadman, David Steadman, Roy Early, George Steadman, Kirk Loudy and Drew Steadman.

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

Carter-Trent Funeral Home obituaries at www.cartertrent.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Clyde Edward Steadman

Clyde Edward Steadman, 70, 1406 W. Sullivan St., Kingsport, died late Friday (April 8, 1994) at his residence.

He was born in Sullivan Coun­ty (Kingsport). He was of the Methodist faith. He was retired from the Mead Corporation after over 43 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Lena Lar­kins Steadman.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Geneva Burgette Steadman, of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Don (Judy) Ragle, Route 3, Gate City, Va. (Yuma community), Ms. Tami Grubb, Kingsport; three sons, Randy Steadman, Ro­gersville, Eddie Steadman and Danny Steadman, both of Kings­port; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two broth­ers, John Ray Steadman, Mount Carmel and Vernon (Buck) Stead­man, Winston-Salem, N.C.

Friends may call anytime at the residence, 1406 W. Sullivan St.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Carter-Trent Fu­neral Home.

Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Rae Mullins officiating.

Grandsons and family will serve as pallbearers.

Burial will be in the Liberty Hill Cemetery, Church Hill.

Kingsport Times-News

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Ocia Ethel (Ketron) Steadman

Mrs. Sam P. Steadman, Sullivan Gardens, died 12:30 a.m. Friday [12/30/1955] at Holston Valley Community Hospital following a brief illness.

Mrs. Steadman was born near Bloomingdale and spent her entire life in Sullivan County.  She was the daughter of the late Andrew and Columbia Ketron, pioneers of East Tennessee.  She was a mem­ber of Depew's Chapel Methodist Church, long active both in church and school work.

Survivors include her husband; four daughters, Mrs. Lyle Morelock, Mrs. Rufus Bailey Jr., Mrs. Walter Hart, and Mrs. Howard Hamblen, all of Kingsport; six sons, John, Harry, Tom, Jack, Ralph, and Bob, all of Kingsport; three brothers, Herbert Ketron, Scott County, Va., John S. Ketron and Andrew E. Ketron, both of Kings­port; two sisters, Mrs. Claude Bray, Gate City, Va., and Mrs. W. K. Hicks of Kingsport.  Twenty-two grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.

Funeral services will be held at Glen Alpine Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Sunday.  The Rev. Glenn Lippse, the Rev. B. M. Kelchersid, the Rev. W, S. Steele and the Rev. Keener Baldwin will officiate.

Burial will follow in Depew's Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers: Robert Carroll, Jack Riggs, Chester Hall, Fred Ketron, William Ketron, Ed Hicks, Oscar Bailey and Horace Hite.

The body will be removed to the home in Sullivan Gardens Saturday morning at 10 a.m.

The body will be taken to the church to lie in state one hour be­fore services.

Kingsport Times, Friday, December 30, 1955

Submitted by Delmar Fraysier

Jo Ann (Light) Steadman

FALL BRANCH — Jo Ann Steadman, 72, of the Beech Creek community, passed on to Heaven Sunday (Nov. 9, 2008) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center after a brief battle with cancer.
She attended Van Hill Freewill Baptist Church and was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend. Jo Ann will be missed by all who knew her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Shular Light; one son, Mark Steadman; one brother, Donnie Light; and her stepmother, Jenny Light.
Surviving are one daughter, Cindy Fields and husband, Dennis of Fall Branch; two sons, Rick Light and wife, Sandra of Kingsport, Troy Steadman of the home; a special grandson, Mark Falin; a special step-granddaughter, Tonya Fields; a special step-great-grandson, Mykael Hall; three sisters, Marie Bolton and husband, Kermit, Novell Wright, Evelyn Wilkerson; one brother, Delmas Light; a special niece, Judy Carter; and several other nieces and nephews. She is also survived by special friends, Shane Falin, Wayne Morelock, and Donna and Ronnie Arnold.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to her caregivers, Pat Castle and Peggy Tyus. Also a special thanks to Dr. Baumrucker, Joanna Beech, and the staff of W-3 Wilcox Hall.
Receiving of friends will be today from 1 to 2 p.m. at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Fall Branch.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at the funeral home with Pastor Raymond Perry officiating.
Burial will follow at Morrison Cemetery in Rogersville.
Pallbearers will be Rick Light, Mark Falin, Shane Falin, Hal Castle, Randy Wilkerson and Bob Ty u s .
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 508 Princeton Road, Suite 102, Johnson City, Tenn. 37601.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Fall Branch, is serving the family of Jo Ann Steadman.

Kingsport Times-News
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Letcher Steele

WISE, Va. - Letcher Steele, 76, passed away Wednesday (Nov. 10, 2004) at the Norton Community Hospital.

Letcher was a member of the Wise Church of Christ and a former employee of Pepsi Cola Bottling Company as an electrician.

Letcher loved life. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, working in his orchard and especially cherished spending time with his family.

Mr. Steele was preceded in death by his parents, Benny Steele and Earlie Robinson Steele; a daughter, Roxy Steele; a sister, Edna Pearl Steele; and two brothers, Junior Steele and Cecil Steele.

Survivors include his wife, Fannie D. Lane Steele, Wise; daughters, Shelia Osborne, Wise, Pamela Gilliam and Jeanie Boles, both of Duffield, Va.; sons, Neil Steele, Wise, Randy Steele, Clintwood, Va., Wendell Steele, Norton, Va.; 11 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sisters, Geraldine Boggs, Chester, Va., Sally Heinz, Richmond, Va., Thelma Saunders, Radford, Va., Dorcie Rasnick, Pound, Va.; brothers, Hershel Steele, Clintwood, Va., Claude Steele and Jerry Steele, both of Pound, Va., Mack Steele, Coeburn, Va., Wayne Steele, Belfast, Va.; a host of friends and loved ones.

Calling hours are after 4 p.m. today at Baker Funeral Home, Pound, Va.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Sadie Baker Memorial Chapel of the funeral home.

Interment will be in the Lane Cemetery, Wise, Va.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
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Linda Kaye (McDavid) Steele

KINGSPORT - Linda Kaye Steele, 57, went to be with the Lord Monday evening (March 29, 2004) at Indian Path Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born and raised in Gate City, Va., she graduated from Gate City High School. Linda worked as a nurse for most of her life.

She was a member of Gate City Baptist Church.

Linda was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend, and nurse.

Surviving are her husband, Mike Steele, of the home; two daughters, Lori Joyce and husband, Todd, Kingsport, Brooke Steele, of the home; one son, Brad Steele and wife, Brigette, Greeneville; one grandson, Tyler Joyce, Kingsport; her parents, Fred and Thelma McDavid, Kingsport; one brother, Greg McDavid, Kingsport; brother-in-law, Steve Steele, Kingsport; and special friend, Rosemary McKinney, Kingsport.

Calling hours are from 5:30 to 8 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, downtown Kingsport, or anytime at the home of her daughter, Lori, or her mother, Thelma McDavid's home.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Roc Collins, Rev. Jeffrey DeBoard and Rev. Michael Jenkins officiating.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Holston View Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Todd Joyce, Tyler Joyce, Jay McKinney, Brian McMurray, Allan "Cotton" Roberts, Stan Rogers and Wes Carter.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Mike Jenkins Evangelistic Association, Inc., P. O. Box 1828, Gate City, Va. 24251 or First Baptist Church of Gate City, c/o building fund, P.O. Box 97, Gate City, Va. 24251.

Kingsport Times-News

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Natalene (White) Steffey

KINGSPORT - Natalene White Steffey, 82, went to be with the Lord Tuesday morning (Sept, 2, 2003) after an extended illness.

Born in Scott County, Va., she had resided in Kingsport most of her life.

Mrs. Steffey was a homemaker and was of the Holiness faith.

Her husband, Howard Steffey; sisters, Irene Lane (twin sister), Lou Ella Griffith, Nannie White, Bertha Potts, Margie Penley and Oney White; and brothers, Clyde White, Roy White, Hobert White, Walter White and J.R. White preceded her in death.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, downtown Kingsport.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at East Lawn Memorial Park with the Rev. G.W. White officiating.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Wanda Grills, 1217 Radcliffe Ave., Kingsport, Tenn. 37664.

Kingsport Times-News
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Susanna Dorothy "Sue" (Kiser) Steffey

(I cannot fit this family into my data set, but Grover, Susanna and Wayne are buried in Holston View. Grover and Susanna were married in Scott Co in 19366 and the record shows that Grover was b. Scott Co and Susanna was b. Russell Co.)

DALLAS, Ga. — Susanna D. Steffey, 92, of Dallas, Ga., passed away Tuesday (May 19, 2009) at Polk Medical Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover Steffey; sons Wayne and Dexter Steffey; 12 brothers and sisters.

Susanna is survived by sons, Glenn Steffey of Dallas, Ga., Lee Steffey of Kingsport and Dennis Steffey and wife, June of Lawrenceville, Ga.

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

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with Pastor Johnny Kiser officiating.

Burial will follow at Holston View Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark Steffey, Dennis Steffey, Chuck Jesse, Fred Churchwell, Gerald Pearcy, and Iguary Pearcy.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Susanna Steffey.

Kingsport Times-News
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Thomas Weems "Tom" Stephenson

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Thomas Weems (Tom) Stephenson died on Tuesday (June 9, 2009) at Hope Hospice House in Cape Coral, Fla. following a battle with lung cancer.

Born in Kingsport on Aug. 25, 1932, he was the son of Irene Hickam and John William Stephenson formerly of Kingsport. He graduated from Oak Ridge High School, Oak Ridge, Tenn. in 1950 and from the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in 1954 where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He was commissioned by the U.S. Army following college graduation and served two years, primarily as an artillery instructor. He had been a resident of Cape Coral, Fla. since the early 1980’s where he was a realtor and owned a service called "Handy Tom".

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Durkin Stephenson; two sons, Thomas Weems Stephenson, Jr. and wife, Blake of Dallas, Tex. and John Fred Stephenson of Downers Grove, Ill.; a step-son, Hoge C. Young and wife, Carlina of Tokyo, Japan; step-daughter, Kelly Antieri and husband, Sal of Hollywood, Fla.; sisters, Jane S. Fairburn of McCormick, S.C. and Jackie Shively and husband, Robert of Milford, Ohio; and granddaughters, Heather Stephenson of Downers Grove, Ill. and Cate Stephenson of Dallas, Tex.; a beloved cousin, Vince Hickam of Johnson City; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family memorial service was held in the Chapel at Hope Hospice House following his death on June 9, 2009.

Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Health Park Circle, Fort Myers, Fla. 33908 or online at donate@hopehospice.org.

Kingsport Times-News
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Wilma S. (Elliott) Stevens

KINGSPORT - Wilma Elliott Stevens, 92, formerly of 1220 Konnarock Road, passed away on Thursday ( March 10, 2005 ) at The Oaks of Kingsport .

Born in Linden , Va. , she had resided most of her life in Kingsport . Mrs. Stevens was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church where she had taught the Young Adults Sunday School Class and participated in the choir. She was a member and had held various offices of the United Methodist Women.

Mrs. Stevens had volunteered at Holston Valley Community Hospital as a Grey Lady. She was a loving mother and grandmother.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Doyle T. Stevens Sr.; one daughter, Ella Joe Shell; parents, Monroe and Delia Elliott; one brother, C. C. Elliott; one sister, Malla Elliott; and one infant grandson, Doyle T. Stevens III.

Surviving are her daughter, Susanne "Penny" Simonds and husband, Larry, Kingsport ; her son, Doyle T. "Tommy" Stevens Jr., and wife, Virginia, Memphis ; six grandchildren; 16 grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jack P. Weikel officiating.

Burial will follow at Holston View Cemetery .

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Memorials may be made to First Broad Street United Methodist Church Woodyard Steeple Fund, P. O. Box 1346 , Kingsport , Tenn. 37662 or to the charity of one's choice.

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Anna Lee (Stewart) Stewart

Derf Allen Stewart

FT. BLACKMORE, Va. - Mrs. Anna Lee Stewart, 30, and Derf Allen Stewart, her infant son, Route 1, Ft. Blackmore, died at Holston Valley Community Hospital at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday [10/12/1960.] Cause of death was unknown.

She is survived by her husband, Fred Stewart; one daughter, Louise Nadine Stewart; one son, James Stewart; her mother, Mrs. Lillie Mae Stewart; two sisters, Miss Jean Stewart, Mrs. Lee Kerns; and one brother, John Calvin Stewart, all of Ft. Blackmore.

The son is survived by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. James Worley Stewart, Ft. Blackmore, in addition to his father, brother, and sister.

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

Kingsport Times, Thursday, October 13, 1960

Submitted by Don Lane

Beulah Kate (Hillman) Stewart

DUNGANNON, Va. - Beulah Kate Stewart, 75, passed away late Tuesday evening (July 12, 2005) at her residence.

A Scott County, Va., native, she was born the daughter of the late W.J. and Katherine Osborne Hillman on May 13, 1930. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Dungannon, Va.

Beulah was a gentle, beautiful person. She loved children and always had a "special love" for her family and friends. One of her delights was growing flowers and looking for wildflowers and enjoying their beauty. She will be greatly missed for her memory and knowledge of family, stories, and local history. One could listen for hours and enjoy and be entertained.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, James M. Stewart (1990); her brothers, Edgar, Mont, Jim, Bill, Charles, Lee and John Hillman; and one sister, Shirley Cassell.

Surviving are one son, Steven Stewart of Dungannon, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Ernest Mitchell of Dungannon, Va.; grandchildren, Julie Ellen Stewart, Jeffrey Mitchell and Andrea Mitchell of Dungannon, Va., Ben Mitchell and wife Jenny of Tampa, Fla., and James Osborne of Wright, Wyo.; great-grandchildren, Dillon and Devin Stewart of Dungannon, Va., Abigail and Gabrielle Mitchell and Zack Edwards of Tampa, Fla., and Jesse Osborne of Wright, Wyo.; brothers, Darius Hillman and wife Barbara of Dungannon, Va., and Allen Hillman and wife Mary of Kingsport; sister, Irma Quillin and husband J.B. of Kingsport; a special niece who was like a sister and daughter, Bonnie Salling and husband Bill of Ft. Blackmore, Va.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va. Diane and Ernie will receive friends anytime at their home, Route 1, Box 38, Dungannon, Va.

Funeral mass will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel. Father Roland Hautz will be officiating with the Rev. Ernest Mitchell providing the eulogy.

Graveside committal services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hillman Cemetery in Dungannon, Va. It is requested that those wishing to attend the graveside meet at the cemetery by 9:55 a.m.

Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.

The family wishes to give special thanks to Dr. Gregory DeMotts and his staff and to Barbara Summy for her nursing care and extra support she gave to the family.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., is serving the family of Beulah Kate Stewart.

Kingsport Times-News
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Bobbie Gertrude Stewart

Fort Blackmore—(Spl.)—Bobbie Gertrude Stewart, 19, daughter of Mrs. Maude Tate Stewart and the late Oaklie Stewart, died from a heart attack Tuesday at 1 a. m. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

She is survived by her mother, who before her marriage was Maude Tate, one brother, Calvin, three sisters, Anna, Jean, and Marie, all of Fort Blackmore, and her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Ella Stewart of Kingsport.

The funeral will be at 2 o'clock Wednesday at the Stewart home, Fort Blackmore. The Rev. James A. Boatright will be in charge.

Burial will be in the nearby family cemetery.

Kingsport Times-News; Nov. 19, 1947

Eugene Stewart

CLINCHPORT, Va. - Eugene Stewart, 86, passed away Friday ( Sept. 8, 2006 ) at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol .

He was born in Scott County, Va., and was a U.S. Army veteran having served in World War II. He was a former employee of Penn Dixie as a truck driver. He also attended Red Hill Memorial Church .

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Andrew and Eliza Victoria Belle Calhoun Stewart; granddaughters, Amy Jennings and Amanda Porter; great-grandson, Andrew Logan Stewart; sister, Rebecca Stewart France; brothers, James Robert Stewart and Jasper Clinton Stewart; daughter-in-law, Geneva Stewart.

He is survived by his wife, Edith "Sis" Stewart, of the home; daughters, Betty Stewart, of the home, Phyllis Bush and husband Bo, Big Stone Gap, Va., Geneva Jennings and husband Gary, Gate City, Va., Judy Porter and husband David, Clinchport, Va., Ella Mae Kiser and husband Campbell, Kingsport; sons, Thomas Stewart and wife Arvella, Clinchport, Va., and Fred Stewart, Kingsport; grandchildren, Shannon Stewart and wife Michelle, Morgan Stewart and wife Mardi, Amber Stewart, Andrew Stewart and wife Cryste, Alisha Stewart, Adrienne Stewart and Jonathan Porter; great-grandchildren, Andrew Eugene Stewart and Brock Morgan Stewart; brother, John Henry Stewart, Sumerduck, Va.; step-grandchild, Sherry Cummings; step great-grandchildren, Rachael Willis and Ryan Willis; several nieces and nephews.

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

Services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel at 8 p.m. today with Evangelist Garry Hood and Rev. Gene Stallard officiating.

Music will be provided by Garry Hood.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Military graveside services will be conducted by Charles DeWitt Byrd, Post #3382 of the VFW on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Holston View Cemetery . Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 1:15 p.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Kingsport Times-News
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Don Lane

Fred Alfred Stewart

FT. BLACKMORE, Va. - Fred Alfred Stewart, 72, entered into eternal rest on Monday (March 26, 2001) at his residence.

Born in Scott County, Va. on Dec. 8, 1928, he was a son of the late James Worley and Lillie May Peters Stewart. He was a member of Gillenwater Chapel Church and was retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation.

In addition to his parents, his wife, Anna Lee Stewart; infant son, Derf Allen Stewart; sister, Thelma Stewart Strong; and two brothers, Henry and Jack Stewart, preceded him in death.

Surviving are his daughter, Lois Nadine Stewart Sluss, Ft. Blackmore, Va.; a son, James Clinton Stewart, Texas; granddaughter, Leanna Sluss Castle; and grandson, James Fred Sluss; great-granddaughter, Brenda Nadine Castle; sisters, Sally Renfro, Ft. Blackmore, Va. and Maude Wheatly, Kingsport; loving friend, Jan Ingle, Ft. Blackmore, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and many friends.

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

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Luther Presley and the Rev. Cecil Kerns officiating. Working Toward the Promise will provide the music.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sanders/Stewart Cemetery, Ft. Blackmore, Va. The family will be meeting at the cemetery for the graveside service.

Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Dr. Fred McConnell and employees of VDOT will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
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Henry Clinton Stewart

GATE CITY - Henry Clinton Stewart, 59, died Monday night [7/23/1974] at Holston Valley Community Hospital. Scott County Sheriff's Department said the man was apparently the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Investigating officers said Stewart placed a .22-caliber revolver to his right temple and fired it about 8:30 p.m. He died at 11:30 p.m. He was a lifelong resident of Scott County, and was employed by Steadman Construction Company.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Janie Stewart, of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Virginia Beaver, Gate City; mother, Mrs. Lillie Stewart, Ft. Blackmore; two sisters, Mrs. Maude Wheatley, Kingsport, Mrs. Sallie Renfro, Ft. Blackmore; two brothers, Fred Stewart, Ft. Blackmore, Jack Stewart, Florida; three grandchildren.

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

(Burial was in the Walter Mann Cemetery in Fort Blackmore, Virginia.)

(Kingsport News, Wed., July 24, 1974)

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James Clinton Stewart

MAUK, Ga. - James Clinton Stewart, 49, entered into eternal rest Sunday (Dec. 29, 2002) at St. Francis Hospital of Columbus, Ga.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, on March 17, 1953, he was the son of the late Fred Alfred and Anna Lee Stewart.

Surviving are his sister, Nadine Sluss of Fort Blackmore, Va.; two stepdaughters, Shannon Kleman and Shelby Bennett of California; a grandmother, Maude Stewart of Fort Blackmore, Va.; stepgrandchildren; a niece; a nephew; cousin; aunts and many friends.

A memorial service will be conducted at 6 p.m. Thursday at Valler Creek Church with the Rev. Bill Ervin officiating.

Music will be provided by Bobbie and Russell Sanders.

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James Worley Stewart

James Worley Stewart, 82, of 1083 Carr St., died at his home about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday [4/1/1969] after a long illness.

He was a former resident of Scott County (Fort Blackmore Community) and was a retired farmer.

Surviving are his widow, Lillie Mae Stewart of the home; three daughters, Mrs. L. C. Wheatley of Kingsport, Mrs. Frank Renfro and Mrs. Glenn Strong, both of Fort Blackmore; three sons, George B. Stewart of Kingsport, Fred Alfred Stewart of Fort Blackmore, Henry Clinton Stewart of Gate City, Va.; one half-brother, Emmett P. Carter of Fort Blackmore, Va.; 10 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

Gate City Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times, Wed., April 2, 1969

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Joe Mark Stewart

Gate City, VA - Joe Mark Stewart, 70. Gate City, VA passed away, Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Indian Path Medical Center after a long fought battle with cancer.

Mr. Stewart was born in Huntsville, AL on February 6, 1942 to the late Raymond Mark and Gracie Lucile Compton Stewart.

He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Tennessee Technological University at Cookeville, TN and worked as a Soil Conservationist with USDA Soil Conservation Service for 29 years. He worked for Solstas Lab for 15 years after his retirement from USDA.

He was a member of Hiltons Memorial United Methodist Church.

In addition to his parents, his brother, Bob Stewart preceded him in death.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Phyllis Ann McDavid Stewart, Gate City, VA; daughter, Jennifer Stewart Glenn and husband, Andy, Yuma, VA; son, Jason Stewart and wife Ryan, Richmond, VA; grandchildren, Gabriel Glenn and Nate Glenn, both of Yuma, VA; sisters, Doris Elder and husband, Bobby, Winchester, TN. Joy Shackelford, Pulaski, TN, and Virginia "Ginger" Hanserd, Prospect, TN; brother, Merritt Stewart and wife, Betty, Prospect, TN; mother-in law, Maggie McDavid, Gate City, VA; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday, November 6, 2012 at the Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence of his daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Andy Glenn. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Pastor Will Shewey and Pastor Todd Adams officiating. A Eulogy will be given by Eugene McClellan. Music will be provided by Gerald Compton and Ryan Stewart.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at the Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Members of the Gate City Civitan Club and his friends at Solstas Lab will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family wishes to convey a special thanks to the doctors and staff at the University of Virginia Medical Center and Indian Path Medical Center for their loving care of Joe.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Joe Mark Stewart.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

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Margaret Pauline (Williams) Gilliam Stewart

GATE CITY , Va. - Margaret Gilliam Stewart , 89, passed away Tuesday ( March 21, 2006 ) at the Brian Center in Weber City , Va.

She was born in Scott County , Va. She worked at several different local restaurants and also for the Dollar General Store. She formerly attended Antioch Baptist Church .

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Will Gilliam; second husband, Clyde Stewart ; daughters, Kathy Williams and husband Sonny, Betty Poff; son-in-law, Bruce Price; parents, Robert Williams and Ona Lane; sister, Anna Belle Cox and husband Carson; brothers, Walter Williams and wife Floy, George Williams.

She is survived by her daughters, Eula Price, Kingsport, Charlotte Carter, Weber City, Va.; sons, Bobby Gilliam and wife Judy, Kingsport, Bill Gilliam and wife Janet, Gate City; son-in-law, Jim Poff, Gate City; grandchildren, Teresa Shaffer, Kim Lawson, Mark Price, Spencer Gilliam, Sara Hensley, Debbie Bowen, Donna Blankenship, Amy Pendleton, Lisa Castle, Janet Curtis, Michael Poff, Becky Cowden, Shanda Williams, Sonny Williams Jr., Lacy Williams; 24 great-grandchildren; sisters, Mildred McAlister, Kingsport, Amalee Spivey, Gate City; sister-in-law, Ruth Williams, Mount Carmel; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Colonial Funeral Home in Weber City , Va. , and anytime at the residence of Bobby Gilliam.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Taylor Cemetery (Manville community) with the Rev. William Berry officiating.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1 p.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

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Marvin Lynn Stewart

FT. BLACKMORE, Va. - Marvin Lynn Stewart, 43, passed from his earthly life Saturday (July 14, 2007) to join his heavenly family.

He will be welcomed home by his late twin sister, Margaret Stewart; parents, John Calvin and Josephine Stewart; maternal grandparents, Edith and Emory Sanders; paternal grandfather, Oakley Stewart; several cherished aunts, uncles, and cousins. His beloved horse, Dixie, perished in the flash flood of 2002.

His life journey was challenged. He lived simply, finding joy in his love of dear friends, the outdoors, horses, dogs, good country cooking, and appreciating each sunrise and sunset. Marvin was gifted with a dry sense of humor and a kindheartedness that children and animals appreciated.

He leaves to miss and grieve him, his sister, Phyllis Stewart, Mount Carmel; brother and sister-in-law, Johnny and Jeanette Stewart; grandmother, Maude Stewart; fiancee', Stephanie Begley; nephew, John Stewart, all of Ft. Blackmore, Va.; a host of friends and his pets, Brett, Bandit, Buster and Sheba.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and other times at the home of Johnny Stewart or the homeplace.

Services will be conducted in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday at 11 a.m. with Rev. James Mann and Rev. L.W. Salling officiating.

Interment will follow at the Stewart-Sanders Cemetery, Ft. Blackmore, Va.

Upon arrival at the homeplace, Marvin's final return home will be by horse-drawn wagon.

Good Ride Cowboy.

Serving as pallbearers will be Greg Hillman, Jeff Lawson, Bruce Graham, Toby Hamilton, Lester Begley, Greg Johnson, Anthony Lawson, Stevie Dockery, Gilbert Begley and Jack Laney.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The National Marfan Foundation, 22 Manhasset Avenue, Port Washington, N.Y. 11050.

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Maude M. (Tate) Stewart

FT. BLACKMORE, Va. — Maude Tate Stewart, 100, of Ft. Blackmore, Va., went home to be in the arms of Jesus early Tuesday morning (May 5, 2009) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center after a brief illness.

She was a lifelong resident of Scott County, was of the Baptist faith and sang in several area churches. Mrs. Stewart’s hands were rarely idle, except in prayer. Maude’s creative genius is evident in her home she built, living off the land, farming, gardening and food preserving. She found great joy in feeding her family and guests. Among her crafts and talents are carpentry, basket weaving, magnificent quilter, self taught musician, chair caning expert, designer seamstress and a wonderful storyteller. Maude passed on many of these skilled crafts to students both far and wide, so her legacy will live on forever. She enjoyed sharing the changes during her century and proudly voted in every election, since women were granted the right.

Those waiting to "welcome: her home are her husband, Oakley Clinton Stewart; her children, infant twins, Albie and Alfred Stewart, Bobbie Gertrude Stewart, Annie Lee Stewart, John Calvin Stewart, Marie Nadine Stewart Kern, Jean Catherine Stewart Perry Salling; her grandchildren, Derf Allen Stewart, James Clinton (J.C.) Stewart, Margaret Ann Stewart, Marvin Lynn Stewart, Earl Calvin Kern, Darrell Lee Kern; parents, James Gulley Tate and Effie Mae Pierson Tate; brothers, George W. Tate and Kenneth F. Tate; a half-brother, James Elmer Tate; a sister, Ruby Tate Noe; half-sister, Lovely Carr; her stepsisters, Vedra Allen and Ruby Mae Deap.

Those left behind to cherish her memory are her sister, Nannie Tate Johnson; a half-sister, Tennessee Virginia Edens; her son-in-law, Lee H. Kern; a grandson, Johnny C. Stewart and wife, Jeanette; her granddaughters, Nadine Ervin and husband, Randall, Phyllis Stewart, Teresa Hill and husband, Rex and Madeline R. Kern; a granddaughter-in-law, Lillian Genarose Kern; her great-grandchildren, Leanna Bradley and husband, Johnny, James Fred Sluss and wife, Audrey, John Stewart, Mitchell Kern and Russell Kern; great-great-grandchildren, Brenda Castle, James Sluss and Paul Sluss; along with several nieces, nephews and a host of friends and neighbors.

Calling hours will be held on Thursday at Scott County Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m.

A funeral service will be conducted on Friday at Scott County Funeral Home at 1 p.m. with Brother Walker Darnell and the Rev. John C. Pierson officiating.

The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service.

A graveside service will follow at Greene Cemetery (Ft. Blackmore, Va.) with friends serving as pallbearers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Baker, Dr. Todd Cassell, Orbin Lane, Fred Freeman, Dennis Burton, Fred Pierson and Mack Pierson.

The family would like to thank Dr. Todd Cassell, MEOC, Wellmont Hospice, Home Health Care, Amdedisys, Holston Valley Medical Center E.R., the doctors and nurses at Wilcox Hall-3rd floor for their tender care and respect of our mamaw.

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

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Ruby (Carter) Stewart

EDEN, N.C. - Ruby Carter Stewart passed away Tuesday (Jan. 11, 2005) at Morehead Nursing Center in Eden, N.C.

She was born on April 2, 1912 in Scott County, Va., the daughter of the late John Trigg Carter and the late Emmer Walker Carter. She was a member of Marble Point Church.

Mrs. Stewart was a 1932 graduate of Radford State Teacher's College which is now Radford University. She began her teaching career in a one-room school near her home in the Daniel Boone community, and for many years, was a dedicated teacher in the Scott County community of Hiltons. Many of her students have continued to be in touch with her throughout her long retirement.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Maryann and Ernest Whitmore of Stoneville, N.C.; one brother, William H. Carter and wife Jane of Gate City, Va.; and two granddaughters, Ann Plein and husband Chris of Morgantown, W.Va., and Jane Pace and husband Mark of Eden, N.C. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews who were very special to her.

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 chapel of the funeral home.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in the Carter Family Cemetery near Daniel Boone.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Marble Point Church, c/o Charlotte Bowen, 103 West Elm St., Gate City, VA 24251 or to a charity of the donor's choice.

The family would like to express their appreciation of the supportive love and assistance given to Mrs. Stewart by family and friends throughout the latter years of her life.

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Steven Anthony Stewart

DUNGANNON, Va. - Steven Anthony Stewart, 56, Dungannon, Va., passed away Friday afternoon (Dec. 8, 2006) in Dungannon from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

A life-long resident of Dungannon, Va., he was born Dec. 14, 1949 in Sullivan County, Tenn., a son of the late James M. and Beulah Kate Hillman Stewart. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era and was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Dungannon, Va.

He is survived by his daughter, Julie Ellen Stewart, Dungannon, Va.; son, James Osborne, Wright, Wyo.; three grandchildren, Dillon and Devin Stewart and Jesse Osborne; one sister, Diane Mitchell and husband Ernest, Dungannon, Va.; former wife and mother of his children, Linda Osborne, Dungannon, Va.; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

Calling hours will be Tuesday (Dec. 12, 2006) from 6 to 7 p.m. at Scott County Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel, with Father Roland Hautz and Rev. Ernest Mitchell officiating.

Military graveside services will be provided by the American Legion Hammond Post # 3/265 Gate City, Va. and will take place Wednesday (Dec. 13, 2006) in the Cox Cemetery, Dungannon, Va. at 1 p.m. It is requested that those wishing to attend those services meet at the cemetery by 12:55 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Scott County Funeral Home, P.O. Box 127, Gate City, Va. 24251, and will be used to help defray funeral expenses for the family.

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

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Edward Wayne Stephens

CASTLEWOOD, Va. — Edward Wayne Stephens, 47, went to be with his Lord and Maker on May 2, 2008, leaving behind those that he loved.

He was born May 27, 1960 in Chicago, Ill.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James; sister, Marilyn; grandparents, Wrightly and Beulah Dockery, Bessie Dockery of Dungannon and James and Myrtle Stephens, of Swanee, Tenn.

Wayne is survived by his wife, Jenny Stephens, of the home; daughters, Ashley Brooks and husband, Tyler and Melissa Strong, all of Kingsport; two stepdaughters, Brianna and Courtney Beavers, of the home; two step-sons, Chris and Joey Parks, Dungannon, Va.; mother and step-father, Laura K. Dockery Stephens and John Williams, both of Castlewood, Va.; sisters, Delores Mitchell and husband, Jerry, Saltville, Va. and Tina Stephens, Castlewood, Va.; brother, Kelly Allen Lane and wife, Denise, Kingsport; special uncle and friend, Wrightly "Bo" Dockery, Dungannon, Va.; four special grandchildren; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church of Dungannon, Va. and anytime at the home of Wayne's parents on Sunny Point Road.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the church by Danny Darnell and Larry Beavers.

Music will be provided by Danny Darnell.

Burial will follow the service at the Dockery Cemetery, Dungannon, Va.

Pallbearers will be Billy Joe Grizzle, Benny Peak, Michael L. Grizzle, Michael T. Grizzle, Wendell Grizzle, Calvin Grizzle and Randy Dickerson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joey Parks, Christopher Parks and James Minix.

Gate City Funeral Home is serving the Stephens family.

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Robert "Poody" Stevens

Robert "Poody" Stevens, 64, of Fall Branch, passed away at home on July 25, 2011, and is now at peace after a long illness. He was a life-long resident of Fall Branch and a veteran of Vietnam and proudly served his country.

Robert was awarded the Purple Heart when wounded in a successful rescue mission that included his friend, Dean Tucker. He was retiree of Tennessee Eastman, where he had many friends in the 267 crew of Organic Chemicals. Robert had made a profession of faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel and Grover Stevens; an infant brother; brother, Courtney "Buck" Stevens; sister, Nelly "Sis" Stevens-Fletcher; and foster mother, Ms. Nelly White.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Tomlinson Stevens; mother-in-law, Wilma Jean Tomlinson; aunt, Ruby Stevens; several cousins and friends; and his faithful T.V. companion, Buddy.

The family will receive friends at Hamlett-Dobson, Fall Branch, on Wednesday, July 27, from 6-8 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 8 p.m. with Pastor Randy Perciful and Lowell Phillips officiating. Music will be provided by Judy Duncan and cousins Lowell and Zada.

A military graveside service will be conducted by American Legion Posts #3/265, on Thursday, July 28, at 11:00 a.m. at Bethesda Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will be meeting at 10 a.m. at Hamlett-Dobson, Fall Branch, to go in procession to the cemetery.

The family requests that monetary donations be made to Second Harvest Food Bank, 127 Dillon Ct., Gray TN 37615 or non-perishable food donations may be brought to the funeral home on Wednesday, July 27. Monetary donations may also be made to the Fall Branch Fire Department, 106 Ruritan Road, Fall Branch TN 37656-1833.

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

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Shirley Mae (Laney) Stevens

NASHVILLE , Tenn. — Shirley Laney Stevens died in a Nashville hospital on Saturday ( July 11, 2009 ).

Born Feb. 14, 1938 , in Norton , Va. , she was the daughter of the late Cloyd and Pauline ( Hamilton ) Laney. She had resided in Nashville for the last 30 years. She was a member of the Church of Christ , Thompson Street in Nashville .

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Stevens.

She is survived by her husband, Dale Stevens of Nashville; sons, Joey Stevens and wife, Lynn, Jim Stevens and wife, Debra, Jon Stevens and special friend Katy; sisters, Bernice Falin and husband, Leonard of Norton, Va. and Joyce Kiser of Kingsport; a brother, Virgil S. Laney and wife, Jean, Tabb, Va.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren.

A graveside service will be held in Mitchell , Ind. , at a later date.

Information provided by Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home, Norton , Va.

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Mildred Nanny (Eidson) Stewart

JOHNSON CITY - Mildred "Nanny" Eidson Stewart, 77, went to be with the Lord Friday ( Aug. 11, 2006 ) at Northside Hospital following a brief illness.

She was the daughter of the late Enos and Cecile Brown Eidson. Mildred was born in Rogersville and had lived most of her life in this area.

She attended East Unaka Christian Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Stancil Stewart; and two sons, Danny and Larry Stewart.

Mildred is survived by a daughter, Jeannie Widener of Johnson City; a sister, Louise Brown of Kingsport; two grandchildren, Bridgette and husband, James Hammett and Megan Ford; three great-grandchildren, Logan, Makenzie, and Madison Hammett; a special niece, Sue Bentley; and a special friend, Ann Knight.

Services will be conducted 8 p.m. today at Snyder's Funeral Home with Rev. Albert Bentley and Rev. Wayne Emery officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. prior to the funeral service.

It was Mildred's wishes to be cremated following the funeral service.

Honorary pallbearers are James Hammett, Doug Taylor, Bobby Hammett, and Gary Phillips.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses in the ICU unit at Northside Hospital .

Her family, friends, and all that loved her will dearly miss Mildred.

Serving the family of Mildred "Nanny" Stewart is Snyder's Funeral Home in Gray.

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Nancy Janie (Mann) Stewart

March 4, 1925 - November 26, 2013

Nancy (Janie) Mann Stewart, 88, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was from Ft. Blackmore, Virginia and has lived most of her life in Kingsport. She retired from Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. She was a loving mother who cared deeply for her children and grandchildren. She attended Morrison City Missions until her illness prevented her from attending.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Walter and Sarah Lane Mann, two brothers Elmer Mann and Claude Mann, four sisters Mary Mann Cowden, Martha Mann Pendleton, Pauline Mann and Annie Ruth Mann, son-in-law, Eckel Head.

She is survived by her daughters, Brenda Head and Cathy Wexler and husband Wayne, grandchildren, Sherry Maultbay, Chris Wexler, Tina Porter and husband Keith, Lisa Sluss and husband Michael, special sister-in-law Nannie Mann, great grandchildren, Brandon Maultbay, Brandon Nave, Ryan Lawson, Chelsea Wexler, Haley Maultbay and Taylor Sluss, great great granddaughter Chloe Maultbay and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 4-6 p.m. at Scott County Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2013 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Joe Hill, Rev. Allen Hensley, Rev. James Mann officiating. Music will be provided by Willow Chapel Singers and Patsy Hensley.

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park, Kingsport, Tennessee. Pallbearers will be Chelsea Wexler, Haley Maultbay, Chris Wexler, Chris Smith, Brandon Maultbay, Brandon Nave, Ryan Lawson, Michael Sluss and Keven Collings.

Special thanks to staff at Brookhaven Manor, Dr. Keith Porter, Dr. Joel Gonce, Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center Physicians, Nurses and Hospice and Kevin Collings, special friend for his care and concern of our mother.

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

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Bertha Arline (Sizemore) Stidham

Bertha Arline Sizemore Stidham, 69, Duffield, VA passed away, Friday, August 5, 2011 at her residence.

Mrs. Stidham was born in Stonega, VA on February 13, 1942, the daughter of the late Edward and Callie Sizemore. She worked for 27years as a CNA for Mountainview Regional Hospital, formerly St. Mary's Hospital, Norton, VA.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert L. Stidham; sister, Lillie Owen; brothers; Fred Sizemore and Echol Sizemore; brothers-in-law, Leroy Owens and Junior Lee; and nephew, Derrick Harmon.

Surviving are her sons, Fred Edward Lee Stidham, Duffield, VA and Roger Stidham and wife, Glenda, Duffield, VA; granddaughter, Courtney Lynn Stidham, Duffield, VA; sisters, Jeanine Harmon, OH, Mary Jane Gardner, Big Stone Gap, VA, Theda Jennings and husband, H.D., Gate City, VA, Sandra Baker and husband, James, Big Stone Gap, VA, Linda Smith and husband, Cloise, Duffield, VA, Patricia Lee, Big Stone Gap, VA, Kathy Hoskins and husband, Frank, Big Stone Gap, VA, Darlene Barnette and husband, Charles, Big Stone Gap, VA, and Joy Toney and husband, John, Kingsport, TN; nephew. Troy Smith and wife, Tammy; niece, Amy Smith, and a very special great niece, Ashley Smith, all of Duffield, VA; along with several other nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m, Sunday, August 7, 2011 at the Stidham Family Cemetery, Purchase Ridge community of Scott County, VA. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

The family requests in lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of one's choice in honor of Mrs. Stidham.

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Bertha Stidham.

Gate City Funeral Home obituaries at www.gatecityfunerals.com

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Joe Robert Still

KINGSPORT - Joe Robert Still, 81, passed away peacefully, having gone home to be with the Lord at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday (March 29, 2006) at Brookhaven Manor.

Born in Hawkins County on July 12, 1924, a son of the late Alfred and Nancy Davis Still, he resided in this area his entire life.

Mr. Still married Otelia Ann Bishop on June 14, 1948. He retired from Tennessee Valley Authority in 1988 following 20 years of service.

Mr. Still was an ordained minister and pastored Open Door Baptist Church for 30 years.

He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Robert Wayne Still; a grandson, Joshua Robert Edward Still; three sisters, Elisa Ward, Mary Conklin and Ruth Alvis.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Otelia Bishop Still; one daughter, Shirley Pearcy and husband, Mike of Kingsport; one son, Charles A. Still and wife, Anita of Cordova, S.C.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one sister, Eula Alvis of Kingsport; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 12 noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at East Lawn Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday with Pastor Eddie Whitley and Brother Roy Lane officiating.

Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be members of Oak Drive Independent Church.

Those wishing may make memorial contributions to Oak Drive Independent Church, 1020 Oak Drive Circle, Kingsport, Tenn. 37665.

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Otelia (Bishop) Still

KINGSPORT — Otelia Still, 90, of Kingsport, passed away Monday (Oct. 3, 2011) at Holston Valley Medical Center.

Mrs. Still was born in Jasper Va., and she was a resident of Kingsport most of her life. She was a retired employee of Indian Path Medical Center and a member of Oak Drive Baptist Church.

Mrs. Still was preceded in death by her parents, James and Elva Bishop; her husband, Joe Still; her son, Wayne Still; three sisters, Janette Kappelman, Lela Fritz and Loretta Galotta; and her grandson, Joshua Still.

Survivors include one son, Charles Still and wife, Anita, of Kingsport; one daughter, Shirley Pearcy and husband, Mike, of Kingsport; daughter-in-law, Barbara Still; two brothers, James Bishop of Kansas, and Dane Bishop of Florida; two sisters, Edith Vaughn of Duffield, Va., and Lillian Legg of Big Stone Gap, Va.; grandchildren, Sammy Still, Tammy Baker, April Cordle, Mechell Tignor, Amanda Still, Brooke Foster and Ashley Sluss; 12 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. .

The Still family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Friday at East Lawn Funeral Home with a funeral service to follow in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Eddie Whitley officiating.

Interment will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be the deacons of Oak Drive Baptist Church. Memorials may be given to Oak Drive Baptist Church, 1020 Oak Drive Circle, Kingsport, Tenn. 37665.

East Lawn Funeral Home is honored to serve the Still family.

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Pastor Robert Wayne Still

KINGSPORT - Pastor Robert Wayne Still, 51, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday (Sept. 26, 2002).

Pastor Still was born in Sullivan County. He faithfully served as pastor at Open Door Independent Baptist Church in Kingsport since 1979. He was a loving husband, son, dad, brother and pastor. His faithful ministry will live on for years to come because he was an inspiration and light to everyone who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his son, Joshua Still; paternal grandparents, Alfred and Margaret Still; maternal grandparents, Jim and Elva Bishop.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Tonker Still, of the home; his parents, Joe and Otelia Still of Kingsport; his wife's parents, Charles Ed Tonker and wife, Dora Lee of Big Stone Gap, Va.; daughters, Tammy Baker and husband, Donald Jr. of Kingsport, April Cordle and husband, Kenneth Eric of Kingsport; son, Sammy Still and wife, Dee Dee of Kingsport; grandchildren, Dustin, Justin, Destiny, Kashema, Makayla and Morgan; sister, Shirley McKinney of Kingsport; brother, Charles Still and wife, Anita of Church Hill; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home chapel with the Rev. J.W. Depew and the Rev. Cecil Sturgill officiating.

The graveside service will begin following the funeral service and will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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Neva June (Bear) Stine

BLOUNTVILLE - Neva June Bear Stine, 61, died Tuesday eve­ning (April 5, 1994) at Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Cen­ter.

She was a lifelong resident of Kingsport and had been employed with North Electric, ITT, and the Sullivan County Property Assessor Office. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hal Stine.

Surviving are one son, James Alan Bear, Kingsport; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four step-grand­children; three step-great-grand­children; three sisters, Mrs. Ger­trude Cowden, Lexington, Ky., Mrs. Mabel Depew, Kingsport, and Mrs. Beulah Moore, Church Hill; one half sister, Mrs. Christine Conner, Kingsport; one brother, James M. Bear, Jonesbo­rough; several nieces and neph­ews.

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

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Earnest L. Steffey officiating.

Burial will be in Immanuel Lu­theran Church Cemetery, Blount­ville.

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Ruby (Livesay) Bledsoe Stipe

KINGSPORT - Ruby Bledsoe Stipe, 88, Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Monday afternoon (Nov. 13, 2006) after an illness while at the Indian Path Medical Center.

She was born in Scott County, Va., and was a daughter of the late Frank and Maysie Willis Livesay, on March 23, 1918. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith. After moving to Kingsport, she attended the Assembly of God Church.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Oren Bledsoe; second husband, Eldridge Stipe; and a brother, Elmer Livesay.

Surviving are one son, Claude Bledsoe and wife Phyllis, Weber City, Va.; two stepdaughters, Cindy Jackson and husband Hayward, Milledgeville, Ga., Angie Jones and husband Terry, Eufaula, Ala.; one stepson, Eddie Stipe and wife Gwen, Clinchport, Va.; one granddaughter, Jennifer Smith and husband Darrin, Kingsport; one great-grandson, Jordan Smith, Kingsport; six step-grandchildren; one sister, Jearline Arnold and husband Sam, Kingsport; one brother, Ralph Livesay, Church Hill; several nieces and nephews and others also survive.

Calling hours are Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Scott County Funeral Home, and other times at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Church Street, Weber City, Va.

Funeral services will be conducted follow at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral chapel, with Bro. Ralph Hammonds and Rev. Charles Boone officiating.

Music will be provided by the Salley's Chapel Trio.

Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Holston View Cemetery. It is requested that everyone attending meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Lynn Lawson, Brian Edwards, David Edwards, Stanley McMurrary, Larry Rogers and Clinton Hensley.

Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va. is in charge.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Brenda Joyce (Templeton) St. Martin

Feb 16m 1943 – Apr 16, 2006

GATE CITY, Va. - Brenda Joyce Templeton St. Martin, 63, entered into rest, Sunday (April 16, 2006) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center due to complications from a nearly lifelong illness.

Brenda was born in Scott County, Va. on February 16, 1943, a daughter of Carl E. and Thelma A. Templeton.

After graduating from Gate City High School in 1961, she worked for several years at Holston Valley Hospital and then at the University of Tennessee Hospital. She also worked at Bernson Mills in Buena Vista, Va., while her husband attended law school in Lexington, Va. She later worked for Dr. David L. Cox in Kingsport, and Dr. Bruce M. Adkins in Weber City, Va. Following the birth of her son in 1975, she eagerly became a full time loving mother and homemaker.

She is survived by her husband, James Roderick St. Martin, Gate City; son, John Woodson St. Martin and daughter-in-law, Davida Wininger St. Martin, Charlotte, N.C., sisters and brother-in-law, Linda Ann Coleman, Kingsport, Tenn. and Sandra Kay and Ray L. Pendleton, Gate City, Va.; many nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence.

Graveside services will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday at Estil Cemetery in Gate City, Va.

James Russell Pendleton, Bryan Thomas Pendleton, Tucker St. Martin Coleman, Phil L. McConnell, Frederick J. Conklin, Jr. and Dwight S. Lane will serve as pallbearers.

Family and friends will be meeting at the funeral home at 9:45 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Memorial services will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. following the burial at the Gate City United Methodist Church with the Rev. Steve Brown and the Rev. Paul Lane officiating.

Music will be provided by Jim Belt Baker.

Gate City Funeral Home, Inc. is serving the St. Martin family.

(Some Scott Co ancestral families – Templeton, Lane, France, Bellamy, Alley, Dezarn, Pendleton, Williams, Franklin, Lawson, Tipton, Quillen, Kilgore, Buckner, Darter, Horton, Taylor, Hill, McDavid, Lark, Spears, Conn)

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Bobby Joe Stokes

May 14, 1930 – Feb 23, 2010

KINGSPORT - Bob Stokes, 79, of Kingsport, died Tuesday (Feb. 23, 2010) after an apparent heart attack. 

Born in Gate City, Va., he had resided in Kingsport most of his life. Bob worked for the Kingsport Press for many years as a book binder.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Stokes.

Surviving are a daughter, Lynn Stokes Allen of Destin, Fla.; son, Alan Ross Stokes of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; granddaughter, Magnolia Ann Allen; grandson, Logan Warren Kelley; sister, Evelyn Dennison of Kingsport; special friend, Emma Jean Herron of Gate City, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions may be made to the charity of ones choice.

Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes, Kingsport, is serving the family of Bob Stokes

(Some Scott Co ancestral families – Stokes, Smith, Carter, Grogan, Housewright, Morrison, Brown, McClellan, White, Speer, Epperson, Vineyard, Hilton)

Kingsport Times-News

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Clarice Opal (Peters) Stokes

Clarice Peters Stokes, 96, formerly of Gate City, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Tuesday (April 6, 2010) at Brookhaven Manor.

She was a lifelong resident of Scott County. Clarice worked many years for the sewing factory in Gate City and retired as a sales clerk with Bailey Isaac Department Store. She then became a fulltime caregiver for her parents.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Stokes; her parents, Tom & Pearl Wallen Peters; her sister, Mildred Dye; brothers, Odell Peters & Talmer Peters; a nephew, Frank Peters; and her great nephew, Edward Peters.

Clarice Stokes is survived by her nephews, Jimmy Dye & wife, Nancy, Mark Peters; her nieces, Liz Webb & husband, Mike, Mary Schulze & husband, Martin, Joanne Peters; a sister-in-law, Dorothy Peters; her great nieces and great nephews, Kelly Buetow, David Webb, Beth Howe, & Jennifer Ratliff.

A special thank-you goes out to the staff of Kingsport Senior House & to the staff of Brookhaven Manor for the special care & love shown to Aunt Clarice.

Calling hours will be held on Saturday (April 10, 2010) from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Scott County Funeral Home.

A graveside service will be conducted on Saturday (April 10, 2010) at 11 a.m. at Holston View Cemetery with Pastor Johnny Kendrick officiating. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association NE TN Chapter, 207 North Boone Street, Suite 1500, Johnson City, TN 37604 or to the charity of one’s choice.

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

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

Submitted by Don Lane

Cleda M. (Hammonds) Stokes

KINGSPORT - Cleda M. Stokes, 78, passed away Tuesday ( Nov. 5, 2002 ) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center following a period of poor health.

She was born in Sullivan County where she was a lifelong resident. She was a member of West View Baptist Church , the church choir and the Baptist Women's Association.

Her husband, Tom Stokes; her parents, Johnny and Mellie Hammonds; two sisters, Grace Sanders and Laurie Rogers; and three brothers, Eckol, Mort and Massie Hammonds preceded her in death.

Surviving are four daughters and sons-in-law, Pat and James Donihue, Debbie Head, Joan and Tiny Oakes, all of Kingsport, and Grace Jean and Floyd Fannon, Johnson City; one son and daughter-in-law, John and Shirley Stokes, Kingsport; 11 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one sister, Bernice Haga, Kingsport; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport .

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at West View Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Stout officiating.

Interment will follow in Thacker Family Cemetery , Hawkins County .

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by
Don Lane  

Dorothy C. “Dotsie” (Byrd) Stokes

Aug 1, 1915 – Mar 3, 1994

Dotsie C. Stokes, 79, Wexford House, formerly of Route 1, Gate City, Va., Daniel Boone community, died at 8:50 a.m. Thursday (March 3, 1994) at Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center after a long illness.

Before entering Wexford House, Mrs. Stokes made her home with a daughter, Mrs. Ralph (Mary) Fuller in Kingsport. She was a native of Scott County, Va., and a member of Daniel Boone Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank G. and Cora Pierson Byrd; her husband, Cecil Garland Stokes in 1986; one daughter, Anita; and two sisters, Janie McDavid and Vada Byrd; and two brothers, Ked Byrd and Homer Byrd.

Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Shelby Jean Booher, Dayton, Ohio, Mrs. Ralph (Mary) Fuller and Mrs. Theresa Joyner, both of Kingsport, Mrs. Carlos (Jane) Griffin, Gate City, Va., Mrs. Jerry (Brenda) Wolfe, Clinchport, Va.; six sons, Jack S. Stokes, Vero Beach, Fla., Bobby F. Stokes and Sammy K. Stokes, both of Kingsport, Garland Stokes and Tommy M. Stokes, both of Gate City, Va., and Don W. Stokes, Weber City, Va.; 27 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Lorraine Williams, Kingsport and Mrs. Mary Boy, Gate City, Va.; one brother, Audley Byrd, Blountville.

Calling hours are from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and anytime at the residence of a son, Garland Stokes, Daniel Boone community and at the residence of. her daughter, Mary Fuller, 3353 Lightwood Street, Kingsport.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Darrell Fletcher, the Rev. R.D. Stallard and the Rev. Kenneth Neeley officiating.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Burial will be in the Lane Cemetery in Daniel Boone community.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

J. D. Stokes Sr.

GATE CITY - J.D. Stokes Sr., 80, Route 3, entered into rest Saturday ( Jan. 15, 2000 ) at his residence.

He was born October 18, 1919 in Scott County , Va. He was the son of the late Ralph and Aster Williams Stokes.

Including his parents, he is preceded in death by the mother of his children, Elizabeth Fields Buchanan Stokes; infant son, David Stokes; one sister, Laura Stokes Rambo; and one brother, Ed Stokes.

Surviving are two daughters, Evelyne Stokes, Leesburg, Fla. and Margaret Stokes, Gate City; one son and daughter-in-law, J.D. and Phillis Stokes Jr., Gate City; one step-son and daughter-in-law, Johnny and Doris Buchanan, Kingsport; five grandchildren, Robbie Stokes, Shannon Stokes, Cindy Melton, James Hardy and Rebecca Faulkner; one step grandson, Michael Buchanan; four great grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; one step great-great grandchild; special friends, Paul and Neva Fansler, Gate City; several nieces and nephews.

Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the residence of his son, J.D. Stokes Jr.

Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Elder Howard Todd officiating.

Music will be provided by the Thacker Family Singers.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Fields Family Cemetery , Kermit Community of Gate City .

Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. to go in procession to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

John Melvin Stokes

May 8, 1951 - November 17, 2014

John Melvin Stokes, 63, of Kingsport went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 17, 2014 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

John enjoyed racing and fishing. He especially enjoyed playing with his grandkids and spending time with his family. He worked at Smith Mechanical and Controlled air.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Cleda Stokes; niece, Tonya Hammonds.

He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years Shirley Stokes; sons, Jonathan Stokes, David Stokes and wife Tosha, Thomas Stokes; daughter, Rachel Portillo; grandchildren, Austin Sensuriya, John Logan Stokes, Alex Portillo, Hannah Stokes, Brianna Stokes, Andrew Stokes, Krysten Stokes; sisters, Patricia Donahue, Deborah Head, Joan Oakes and husband, “Tiny”, Jeannie Fannon and husband Floyd; along with several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5 pm to 7 pm on Thursday November 20, 2014 at Carter-Trent Funeral Home, 520 Watauga Street, Kingsport.

A funeral service will follow at 7 pm in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Mike Stout officiating.

A graveside service will be held at 1 pm on Friday, November 21, 2014 at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Family and friends who wish to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery at 12:50 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the family in care of Carter-Trent Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1129, Kingsport, TN 37662 to help defer funeral expenses.

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

(Some Scott Co ancestral families – Stokes, Hammonds, Spears, Gilliam, Peters, Williams, Carter, Lane)

Carter-Trent Funeral Home obituaries at www.cartertrent.com

Submitted by Don Lane

Jack Sewell Stokes

VERO BEACH, Fla. - Jack Sewell Stokes, 68, died Thursday (June 6, 2002) at Indian River Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Mr. Stokes was born Jan. 28, 1934 in Scott County, Va., and moved to Vero Beach in 1979 from Jupiter, Fla.

He was a member of King's Baptist Church in Vero Beach and had been a meat manager for Publix Supermarket for 35 years.

During the Korean War, he served in the National Guard and the U.S. Army.

Survivors include his wife of 33 years, Beverly Stokes of Vero Beach; three sons, Darryl Franklin Stokes of Vero Beach, Michael Todd Stokes of Vero Beach and Charles Edward Foster of Katy, Tex.; nine grandchildren; five brothers, Bob Stokes of Kingsport, Garland Stokes of Gate City, Va., Don Stokes of Weber City, Va., Tommy Stokes of Gate City, Va., and Sam Stokes of Kingsport; four sisters, Mary Sue Fuller of Kingsport, Brenda Wolfe of Clinchport, Va., Terri Ennis of Kingsport and Jane Griffin of Gate City, Va..

Calling hours are from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Strunk Funeral Home in Vero Beach, Fla.

Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Monday at Kings Baptist Church.

Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Ft. Pierce, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Kings Baptist Church building fund, 3235 58th Avenue, Vero Beach, Fla. 32966 in memory of Mr. Stokes.

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane

Leona Pearl (Lane) Stokes

BRISTOL, Va. - Leona Pearl Lane Stokes, 95, died Sunday (March 4, 2001) at Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Born in Scott County, Va., she was the daughter of the late Henry and Virgie Smith Lane. She had resided in Bristol since 1938 and was employed at Big Jack Manufacturing.

Mrs. Stokes was a member and former Sunday school teacher at Tennessee Avenue Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Hagan Stokes in 1973; a brother, James Lane; and a sister, Lillian Parker.

Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas R. and Jeanne Stokes, Bristol, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Frances June and T. Harry Arnold, Abingdon, Va.; two grandchildren, Thomas H. Arnold, Bristol, Tenn., and Candius Arnold Breedlove, Tampa, Fla.; four great-grandchildren, Benjamin Breedlove, Adam Breedlove, Dawn Breedlove and Jared Breedlove; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the mausoleum chapel at Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Brother David Burton officiating.

There will be no formal visitation at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Bristol Lifesaving Crew Inc., 1601 Euclid Avenue, Bristol, Va. 24201.

Weaver Funeral Home, Bristol, Tenn. is in charge of arrangements.

Kingsport Times-News

Submitted by Don Lane

Martin Luther Stokes Sr.

KINGSPORT - Martin Luther Stokes Sr. died Friday ( Aug. 25, 2000 ).

Born May 30, 1921 at Gate City, Va. , son of Harvey Clifford Stokes and Margaret Spears Stokes, he married Mabel Hoover of Gate City on June 24, 1944.

He served three years in the U.S. Army in France and Okinawa during World War II, (Company �D�, 726th Military Police Battalion, Fort Custer , Mich. ) and was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a member of American Legion Hammond Post No. 3 for over 50 years.

Mr. Stokes worked at Tennessee Eastman Company for 41 years in Chemicals and in Research.

He was a former member and elder in the Lynn Garden Presbyterian Church and a recent member of Bethel Presbyterian.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers; one sister; one son, Larry Richard Stokes; and one granddaughter, Dr. Leigh Strickler, wife of Michael Strickler of Topeka , Kan.

Surviving are his wife, Mabel Hoover Stokes; son, Dr. Martin L. Stokes, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Jane Wilson Stokes, Lexington, Va.; and three grandchildren, Sgt. Chris Stokes and wife, Angela Johnson Stokes, of Raleigh, N.C., Renee Stokes of Johnson City, and Mary Beth Stokes of Lexington, Va.

The family will receive friends today evening at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport from 6 to 8 p.m. with a service to follow at 8 p.m. Gary R. Bement, minister of Bethel Presbyterian Church, will bring the funeral message.

A graveside service will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery ( Garden of Resurrection ) at 11 a.m. Monday. A military tribute will be conducted by members of American Legion Hammond Post No. 3.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Bethel Presbyterian Church, 1593 Warpath Drive , Kingsport , Tenn. 37664 or New Monmouth Presbyterian Church, 2348 West Midland Trail, Lexington , Va. 24450 .

Kingsport Times-News
Submitted by Don Lane  

Nannie Kate (Shelton) McClellan Stokes

BLOUNTVILLE -- Mrs. Nannie Kate (Shelton) Stokes, 66, of Route 1, Blountville, died at 7:32 p.m. Monday [5/19/1969] in Holston Valley Community Hospital.