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Nora Thomas McVey

February 6, 2018

Nora Thomas McVey, 79, passed away Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at her home in Glade Spring, Va. Nora was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William McVey Jr; one son, William "Shotgun" McVey; one sister, Lena McVey; and four brothers, Lee Thomas, Arthur Thomas, Clinton Thomas, and Jim Thomas. Survivors include three daughters, Brenda McVey of Damascus, Va., Kelly Thomas and husband...
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Mary Alice Faris

February 3, 2018

Mary Alice Faris, age 76, passed away February 3, 2018, at the Smyth County Community Hospital. Miss Faris was born March 7, 1941. She was the daughter of William G. Faris, Sr. and Mary Robinson Faris, both of which preceded her in death. Mary Alice worked as a legal secretary in Abingdon and Marion for many years. Survivors include her brother, William G. "Bill" Faris, Jr. and wife Judith W....
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Ambers Ray Haga

January 30, 2018

Ambers Ray Haga, 77, passed away Tuesday, January 30, 2018, at his home in Chilhowie. Ambers was born July 9, 1940, to the late Anna Mae Denny Haga and Felix Lundy Haga. He was a lifetime perfectionist and master carpenter, who was certainly well known for his work. Family and friends also knew him for his admirable sense of humor. He married the love of his life, Martha Lorena "Renie" Haga, on...
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Marvin Mitchell Moser

January 10, 2018

Marvin Mitchell Moser, 87, who was a resident at Francis Marion Manor, passed away Wednesday, January 10, 2018. Survivors include his daughter, Opal Burris of Marion; granddaughter, Karen Debord and husband David of Chilhowie; two grandsons, Chris Burris of Bristol T.N. and Robert Burris of Marion; great granddaughter, Ashley Perkins and husband Roy of Chilhowie; great great granddaughter,...
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Katherine Wyrick Kress

January 9, 2018

Katherine Wyrick Kress, 91, passed away Tuesday, January 09, 2018 at her home in Chilhowie. Katherine was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Eugene Kress; brothers, June Wyrick, Charles Wyrick, and Bob Wyrick; and her sister, Gladys Catron. Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Becky Kress and Donald Felty; her special angels, who gave her the care she needed and deserved, Hope...
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Peggy Ratliff Carwile

January 1, 2018

Peggy R. Carwile, 76, of Salem, Virginia died on Monday, January 1, 2018. She was born on November 16, 1941 in Chilhowie, Virginia, daughter of Jack and Elizabeth Ratliff. She graduated from Chilhowie High School in 1959, Learning the Three R's: Reading, Righten, and the Road to Roanoke. In 1962, she finished Nursing School at Jefferson Hospital School of Nursing, and became a Nurse for Dr....
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Millard Zane Sauls

December 28, 2017

Millard Zane Sauls, 78, passed away Thursday, December 28, 2017 at his home in Chilhowie. Survivors include his loving wife, Brenda Kilby Sauls of Chilhowie; Sons, Richard Sauls and wife Lori, Tim Sauls and wife Sonya, and Travis Sauls and wife Yvette, all of Chilhowie; Grandchildren, Jared Sauls and wife Lauren, Logan Sauls and Brandi Richardson, Megan Sauls, Austin Sauls and Kyra Sauls; Sisters...
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Gladys Simons Russell

December 27, 2017

Gladys Simons Russell, 87, passed away Wednesday, December 27, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Clayton Russell; daughter, Carol Russell Trail; and great granddaughter, Brittney Combs. Survivors include her Two Children, Linda Russell Hutton and husband Don of Marion, and Charlie Bill Russell and wife Shelia Russell of Marion; Four Grandchildren, Joseph Hutton Jr. of...
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Lou Ella "Lou Lou" Thomas Jones

December 20, 2017

Lou Ella "Lou Lou" Thomas Jones, 41, passed away Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her sister, Melinda Thomas. Survivors include her son, Cody Dean Mutter; grandson, Cody Dean "CJ" Mutter Jr.; her mother and step-father, Ella Ruth Rash and Harold Rash; one brother, Fred Thomas; two sisters, Rose Vanover and Nancy Thomas; special niece,...
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Douglas Eugene "Gene" Davidson

December 14, 2017

Douglas Eugene "Gene" Davidson, 82, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2017 at his home in Adwolfe surrounded by his loving family. Gene was born on Sept. 4, 1935 in Washington County, Va. to the late Henry and Bessie Harper Davidson. He retired from Terry's Inc. of Bristol after 30 years of working as a route salesman. Gene was a kind and gentle person who had a great sense of humor and...
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Alfredo Chavez Sanchez

November 10, 2017

Alfredo Chavez Sanchez, 62, passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. He was preceded in death by his special friend, Miles D. Duncan; two brothers-in-law, Freddie Lee Hunt and Harry W. Hunt; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, James and Eleanor Hunt. Survivors include his wife Brenda Hunt Sanchez of Chilhowie, Va.; two daughters, Alisha Sanchez McCracken and husband Dennis of Chilhowie, Va. and...
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Curtis Marvin Blevins

November 6, 2017

Curtis Marvin Blevins, 82, made his final journey on Monday, November 06, 2017. Mr. Blevins was retired from the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute. Curt was preceded in death by his wife, Eva Blevins; his grandson, Marcus A. Martin; parents, Ambers and Myrtle Blevins; step-mother, Charlotte Blevins; brothers, Graham S. Blevins and Thomas R. Blevins; and sister, Jean W. Hopkins....
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Gladys Parsons VanHoozier

October 30, 2017

Gladys Parsons VanHoozier, 83, passed away Monday, Oct. 30, 2017. Gladys was preceded in death by her son, David Poe and a daughter, Linda Poe. Survivors include her children, Donnie Poe and wife Debbie of Saltville, Va., Gary Poe and wife Teresa of Marion, and Brenda Miller and husband Raymond of Ellenboro, N.C..; 8 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and 1 great great grandchild; sister,...
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Glenda Glasco Hale

October 26, 2017

Glenda Glasco Hale, 70, passed away Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at home. Glenda was preceded in death by her father, Charlie Glasco. Survivors include her mother, Blanche Glasco; son, Chris Hale and wife Kim of Seven Mile Ford, Va.; three grandchildren, Cory Hale and wife Lindsey of Petersburg, Va., Katlinn Fletcher and husband Cody of Marion, Va., and Ashley Turley and husband Keith of Tannersville,...
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David Warren Hall

October 19, 2017

David Warren Hall, 69, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017. David was born in Smyth County and was a veteran of the United States Navy. He was retired from General Dynamics and loved greatly by his family. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Warren Hall; mother, Lois Sturgill Hall; and his sister, Pamela Hall Blevins. Survivors include his wife Libby; daughter,...
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Danny Ray Ashley

September 29, 2017

Danny Ray Ashley, 66, passed away Friday, Sept. 29 at his home in Glade Spring. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ray G. Ashley and Betty Johnson Ashley; and his mother-in-law, Joyce Harless. Survivors include his wife, Vicky Harless Ashley of Glade Spring, Va.; children, Jayson Ashley, Johnson City, T.N., Jennifer Wehnert and husband Jim, Rock Hill, S.C., and Terry Lester of Louisiana;...
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Roger Clarke Sturgill

September 25, 2017

Roger Clarke Sturgill, 79, of Chilhowie passed away at the Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon on Monday, September 25, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Clarence Sturgill and his mother, Pauline Petty Sturgill. Roger served on the Smyth County Board of Supervisors, Tennessee Valley Authority Agricultural Board of Directors, worked as a Virginia Tech Extension Technician,...
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Sandra Blevins Sheffield

September 21, 2017

Sandra Blevins Sheffield, 76, passed away Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017. Sandra was preceded in death in by her husband, Murl Sheffield; son, Johnny Lee Sheffield; her parents, Thomas W. Blevins and Agnes Martin Blevins; step-father, Robert L. Parker; step-mother, Beulah "Lucy" Blevins, and a brother, Thomas Harrison Blevins. Survivors include her children, Wayne Sheffield and wife Judy, Leonard...
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James S. Terry

September 13, 2017

James S. Terry, age 73, passed away at his home in Chilhowie Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. Mr. Terry was retired from the phone company after 41 years of service. James is survived by his children, Joseph S. Terry and wife Traci of Chilhowie, Cynthia Hope Davenport and Cecil Owens of Glade Spring and Travis Neal Terry and wife Traci of Christiansburg, Va.; eight grandchildren; two great...
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Bonnie Holloway Hutton Reames Duncan

September 10, 2017

Mrs. Bonnie Holloway Hutton Reames Duncan, daughter of the late James Edward Hutton and Helen Hillis Holloway Hutton, passed away suddenly at her home in the Greenfield Community, Meadowview Va. on Sept. 10, 2017. She was predeceased by her brother, William Edward Hutton and her sister, Rachel Hutton Meek. Mrs. Duncan was educated at Meadowview High School and Emory and Henry College. She taught...
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Robin R. Jones Tickle

September 3, 2017

Robin R. Jones Tickle, 49, passed away Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017. Robin was a 1986 graduate of Marion Senior High School. After being employed by TRW for nearly 20 years, she went on to become a Registered Nurse and successful business owner. Robin lived her life to the fullest and was always ready for the next adventure. She was preceded in death by Bobby Hanks and her grandparents, Bill Jones and...
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Zelma Mae Heath Powers

August 31, 2017

Zelma Mae Heath Powers, 96, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 31, 2017. Mrs. Powers was preceded in death by her parents, Zackariah R. and Hattie Mae Heath; brothers, Delmar L. Heath, Russell Heath, and Z.R. Heath; sisters, Margie Edwards and Eliza Ann Bebber; her husband, Jacob Elwood Powers; son, Woodie Malone Powers; daughter, Trula Mae Powers. Survivors include her sons,...
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Vicki Reedy Beattie

August 19, 2017

Vicki Reedy Beattie, 64, of Chilhowie passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017. Born June 20, 1953, Vicki was a lifelong resident of Chilhowie and an active member of the Chilhowie United Methodist Church. The daughter of the late Rev. Willard and Alene Reedy, she was preceded in death by her husband, F. Spencer Beattie. Survivors include her daughter, Gwen Beattie, of the home; daughter and son-in...
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Edith Mae Barlow

August 15, 2017

Edith Mae Barlow, 93, born Feb. 3rd, 1924, died on Aug. 15th, 2017. Her birthplace was Chilhowie, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roland Tolbert and James Barlow; her parents, John Preston and Sarah Blanche Porter Blevins and many brothers and sisters. Survivors include her daughter, Carolyn Hamm of Finksburg, Maryland; granddaughter, Paula Peyton and husband, Chad; two...
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T.L. "Junior" Sturgill Jr.

August 11, 2017

T.L. "Junior" Sturgill Jr., age 78, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at his home on Friday, August 11, 2017. He was a faithful member of the Chilhowie Baptist Church, where he sang bass in the choir. He was a talented musician and sang in many gospel quartets. He was retired from the H.S. Williams Company. Junior was an avid Chilhowie Warriors fan and a 1956 graduate of Chilhowie High...
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Virginia Clyde Tuell Caudill Thompson

July 24, 2017

Chilhowie, Va. Virginia Clyde Tuell Caudill Thompson, 85, passed away Monday July 24, 2017 at the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. Virginia was preceded in death by two husbands, Billie James Caudill and Lee Thompson; a daughter, Charlotte Ann Caudill Eastridge and a son, Claude Evans Caudill. Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth Hall (David), Donna Poore (Herb) and Shirley...
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Franklin Lee Owens

July 23, 2017

Marion, Va. Franklin Lee Owens, 81, passed away Sunday, July 23, 2017 at home. Mr. Owens was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Dolinger and his brother, Roy Owens. Survivors include his daughter, Tammy Montgomery and husband Mark of Chilhowie; son, Curtis Owens and wife Julie of Marion; grandchildren, Heather Shepherd, Brandi Crewey, Brandon Bonham, Tyler Owens, and Brittany Owens; eight...
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Linda S. Rethford

July 21, 2017

Linda S. Rethford, 68, passed away Friday, July 21, 2017 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital. Linda was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a faithful member of the Macedonia Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Thelma Pauley and her son, Roy Wayne Rethford. Survivors include her husband of 49 years Roy Wilburn...
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William Andrew "Bill" Rich

July 13, 2017

William Andrew "Bill" Rich, 76, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 13, 2017. He was born in Smyth County on Sept. 17, 1940 to the late Dewey and Grace Rich. Bill retired from Pepsi Cola with 42 years of service. He loved farming and helping other people. Mr. Rich attended South Fork Baptist Church. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his sister, Margaret Craven and...
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William E. "Bill" Martin

July 9, 2017

William E. "Bill" Martin Chilhowie, Va. William E. "Bill" Martin, 81, went home to be with the Lord Sunday July 9, 2017. He was born in Smyth County on April 7, 1936 to the late John Henry and Rubye Martin. Bill worked at Natalie Knitting for 25 years and was retired from the Smyth County Community Hospital at age 75. Mr. Martin was an active member of the Chilhowie Christian Church. In...
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Barbara Lynn Thomas Cannon

June 11, 2017

Barbara Lynn Thomas Cannon, 42, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017 at her home in Chilhowie. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Heath. Survivors her daughter, Maggie Jane Cannon of the home; mothers, Barbara Heath and Juanita Kestner of Chilhowie; brothers, Larry Thomas and wife Jennifer of Chilhowie and Frankie Heath of Oklahoma City, OK.; sisters, Teresa Thomas and husband Johnny of...
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Larry Furches Blevins Sr

May 13, 2017

Tazewell, Va. Larry Furches Blevins Sr., 80, passed away Saturday, May 13, 2017. He was preceded in death by his son, Vick Blevins. Survivors include his loving companion for over 30 years, Altis Blankenship of Tazewell; daughter, Carri Lynn; sons, Larry Blevins Jr. of Winston Salem, N.C., and Greg Blevins of Kernersville, N.C.; grandchildren, Tori, Tanner, and Tara Blevins and their mother,...
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Timmy Roy Blevins

May 9, 2017

Marion, Va. Timmy Roy Blevins, 66, passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Timmy was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Everett Blevins and Thelma Elizabeth Holloway Blevins and a brother, Douglas Carroll Holloway. Survivors include his wife, Susan Brumfield Blevins of Wytheville; son, Charles "Chad" Parcell and wife Kristi of Wytheville, Va, grandchildren, Adrian, Jaden, and Isaiah Parcell;...
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Ronnie Lee Thomas Jr.

May 8, 2017

Chilhowie, Va. Ronnie Lee Thomas Jr., 31, passed away Monday, May 8, 2017 at his home in Chilhowie. Survivors include his mother, Delores Thomas of Chilhowie; father, Ronnie Thomas Sr. and fiancé Denise Minton of Marion; son, Ethan Blake of Baltimore, Maryland; grandmother, Mazie Foore of Chilhowie; grandmother, Ruby Thomas of Rural Retreat; four sisters, Erin Powers and husband Jody, Alisha...
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Margaret Sanders Blevins Widener

May 4, 2017

Chilhowie, Va. Margaret Sanders Blevins Widener, 91, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 at the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband, James Darrell Widener. Survivors include her sister, Edith Barlow of Finksburg, MD.; brother, Clarence Blevins of Chilhowie, Va.; special niece and nephew, Mary Barrett and Jack Blevins; and several other nieces and...
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Betty Jean Davis

April 27, 2017

Chilhowie, Va. Betty Jean Davis, 58, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017 at her home in Chilhowie. Betty was preceded in death by her mother and father, Sarah M. Osborne and Gaines Osborne; son, Billy Joe Davis; three brothers, Curtis Osborne, Pete Osborne, and James Osborne; sisters, Suise Akins and Pat Osborne. Survivors include her husband Lloyd Davis; daughter, Sarah Jean Davis; son,...
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Noel Don Stallard

April 24, 2017

Noel Don Stallard, 72, passed away Monday, April 24, 2017 formerly of Coeburn, Va. Noel was preceded in death by his parents, Artice and Thelma Richardson Stallard and one sister, Betty Stallard. Survivors include his wife, Vickie L. Buchanan of Abingdon, Va.; daughter, Missy Stallard Ashlin of Marion, Va.; step-son, Brandon Sloce and wife Erin of Maryland; step-grandchildren, Cameron and Teagan...
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Douglas Marshall Blevins

April 9, 2017

Douglas Marshall Blevins, age 74, ascended into heaven's gate on April 9, 2017. Douglas was the loving husband of 54 years to Levoda Goff Blevins. He was the proud father of two sons, Steven Douglas Blevins and Eric Marshall Blevins both of Chilhowie, VA. Doug lived to spend time with his three beloved grandsons, Parker Blevins , Matthew Blevins, and Tucker Blevins, all of Chilhowie, VA. ...
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Nancy B. Martin

April 2, 2017

Marion, Va. Nancy B. Martin, 84, passed away on April 2, 2017. She was born in Marion, Va. on April 23, 1932. Nancy attended Chilhowie High School. In 1958, she and her husband moved to Florida and became staples of the local community when they opened Maitland Tractor and Equipment in 1972. Nancy was a member of the Palm Springs Baptist Church located in Altamonte Springs, Fl. For 49 years....
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Betty Moore Walker

March 27, 2017

Seven Mile Ford, VA Betty Moore Walker, 86, passed away Monday, March 27, 2017 at the Francis Marion Manor in Marion. Betty along with her husband Richard, are lifelong members of the Seven Mile Ford Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband of 65 years, Richard Walker of Seven Mile Ford, VA.; two sons, Jim Walker and wife Linda and Bob Walker all of Seven Mile Ford, VA.; six...
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Mildred Virginia Bonham Clark

March 20, 2017

Mildred Virginia Bonham Clark, 89, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017 at the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. Mrs. Clark was a lifelong member of the St. James Lutheran Church in Chilhowie. She was retired from the Smyth County School System after teaching at Chilhowie Middle School and Chilhowie High School for 34 years. Mrs. Clark enjoyed singing in the Joyful Noise Choir. She was...
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Frances Dungan Frye

March 19, 2017

Chilhowie, Va. Frances Dungan Frye, 94, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wade G. Frye; mother and father, Melissa Killpatrick Dungan and John M. Dungan; daughter, Lissa Frye Stanley; brothers, John Dungan and Larry Dungan; sisters, Nancy Fielden and Eloise Blankenbeckler. Survivors include her grandchildren, Jerry W. Roberts and wife Margaret of...
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Charles Allen Riley

March 17, 2017

Charles Allen Riley, 74, passed away March 17, 2017 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va. Mr. Riley was a faithful member of the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. Charlie also enjoyed spending time in his woodworking shop and doing carpentry work. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles E. Riley and Margaret Dean Riley; and a sister,...
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Thomas L. Hutton Jr

March 6, 2017

Thomas L. Hutton Jr. passed away Monday, March 6, 2017 at Johnston Memorial Hospital. He was the son of the late Thomas L. Hutton and Rosalie "Jim Lee" Hutton. Tom was educated in the public schools in Washington County, Va. After completing high school he graduated from Emory and Henry College and the School of Law at the University of Virginia. After practicing law for four years he was...
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John Sterling Greever

March 4, 2017

John Sterling Greever, age 70, of Dublin, Virginia, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017, after a long courageous battle with cancer. Mr. Greever served our country proudly during the Vietnam War from July, 1964, to April, 1966, when he was seriously injured. For his service in the Vietnam War Mr. Greever was awarded Vietnamese Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam...
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Norman Kenneth "Kenny" Blevins

March 1, 2017

Norman Kenneth "Kenny" Blevins, 78, passed away Wednesday, March 01, 2017. Kenny was a very loving father, grandfather, and great grandfather and a member of the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie W. and Ethel Anderson Blevins; his wife, Mildred P. Blevins; two brothers, Joe Blevins and Gordon Blevins; sisters-in-law, Tebah Blevins and Mary Blevins;...
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Luther P. Williams Sr.

February 25, 2017

Luther P. Williams Sr., 68, passed away Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 at his home in Chilhowie. He served in the US Army Reserves and had retired from HAPCO in Abingdon. Luther enjoyed gardening and had a special love for his grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Joel A. Williams. Survivors include his loving wife of 49 years, Elaine Blevins Williams; son, Luther P. "Lu" Williams Jr. and...
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Preston Hershal Heath

February 25, 2017

Preston Hershal Heath, 86, passed away February 25, 2017 at his home. Preston was the last surviving child of Avery and Oakie Heath. He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Florence "Penny" Heath of the home; two sons, Trent Heath and wife Libby of Marion, and Gary Heath and wife Lisa of Chilhowie; three grandchildren, Carma Lynne Heath of...
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Eva Marie Marchant Blevins

February 8, 2017

Eva Marie Marchant Blevins, 79, woke up in Heaven on Wednesday, February 08, 2017 after a brief hospital stay. Mrs. Blevins was a retired seamstress having worked for Tultex for many years. Eva was the daughter of the late Adam and Bertha Marchant. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her grandson, Marcus A. Martin; two brothers, Lloyd Marchant and Everett Marchant; and sister,...
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Sylvia Davenport Wheeless

February 1, 2017

Chilhowie, Va. Sylvia Davenport Wheeless, 76, passed away Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at her home in Chilhowie. Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents, Vance C. Davenport and Magdalene Sullivan Davenport; one brother, Steven Davenport; and one sister, Caroline Davenport. Survivors include her husband, Jerry Lee Wheeless Sr. of Chilhowie, Va.; children, Jerry Lee Wheeless Jr. and wife...
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Dolores "Ann" Wright Doss

January 24, 2017

Dolores "Ann" Wright Doss, 80, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at her home in Chilhowie. Ann was a very loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Mrs. Doss was a 1956 graduate of Aycock High School. She was employed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Washington D.C. from 1956 until 1966. Mrs. Doss was a member of the Carr United Methodist Church in Mebane, N.C. and attended the Mt. View...
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Hugh McKee Jones

January 20, 2017

Hugh McKee Jones died Friday, January 20th at Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie, VA at age 91. He was the oldest of three children born to the late John Calliham and Anna Bonham Jones. He was born November 8, 1925. He was married June 30, 1947 to the late Margaret Tilson Jones with whom he shared the births of two children and over sixty years of marriage before her death in March 2003. ...
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Jeannette Belle Rouse Russell Evans

June 22, 1945 - January 10, 2017

Marion, Va. Jeannette Belle Rouse Russell Evans, 71, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Graveside services will be conducted 11 AM Friday, January 13, 2017 in the Middle Fork Cemetery in Chilhowie. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 PM Thursday, January 12 at Williams Funeral Home. Condolences can be made to the family online at www.williamsfuneralhomeofchilhowie.com Williams Funeral...
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Marcus Andrew Martin

September 5, 1985 - January 9, 2017

Chilhowie, Va. Marcus Andrew Martin, of Chilhowie, departed this life too soon on January 9, 2017 at the age of 31. Marcus was a member of Friendship Baptist Church in Glade Spring where he joined as a young man. A member of the 2004 class of Holston High School, Marcus was at the top of his class, mischievous and witty, intelligent and hard working. Marcus proudly graduated Magna Cum Laude in...
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Mary Etta Kilby Cress

January 29, 1946 - January 8, 2017

Chilhowie, Va. Mary Etta Kilby Cress, 70, went to Heaven on January 8, 2017. She passed away peacefully after a brief battle with lung cancer. Mary was born on January 29, 1946 to the late Tracy and Clyde Kilby. Mary Etta was preceded in death by her two brothers, Charles and Darrell Kilby. Survivors include her loving husband of 53 years, William Douglas Cress of Chilhowie; four children, Doug...
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Charles D. McAllister

May 13, 1941 - January 6, 2017

Charles D. McAllister Chilhowie, Va. Charles D. McAllister, 75, of Plum Creek Rd., passed away on Friday, January 6, 2017. Charles was a Vietnam veteran. He proudly served his country for 8 years in the US Air Force and was stationed out of Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, NC. Mr. McAllister was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy on Hwy 107. Survivors include his loving...
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French Dalton Sturgill

January 3, 2017

French Dalton Sturgill Chilhowie, Va. French Dalton Sturgill, 88, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 after a prolonged illness. He was a veteran, having loyally served his country in the US Army. French was a true member of the community in many capacities. He was a longtime member of the Lions Club and a member of the Masonic Lodge of Chilhowie for over 50 years. Being a faithful member of...
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Charles Reed Wyrick

January 1, 2017

Charles Reed Wyrick, 86 passed away January 1, 2017 surrounded by loved ones. He served in the United States Army and retired from Brunswick Corporation after 36 years of service. Survivors include his sister, Katherine Wyrick Kress of Chilhowie, several nieces and nephews, special friend/care giver; Hope Crusenberry, Damascus. Graveside services will be conducted 11 AM Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017 at...
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Lucy Belle Myers Burris

December 13, 2016

Lucy Belle Myers Burris, 90, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016. Belle was preceded in death by her parents, Hascue C. Myers and Inez Gambel Myers; her son, Ronny C. Burris; and two brothers, George Myers and Toby Myers. Survivors include her grandchildren, Karen DeBord and husband David of Chilhowie, Christopher Burris of Bristol, Tn., and Robert Burris of Marion, Va.; Great granddaughter,...
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Elizabeth Yvonne Martin Haga

November 26, 1924 - December 12, 2016

Elizabeth Yvonne Martin Haga Chilhowie, Va. "I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me" Elizabeth Yvonne Martin Haga, 92, passed away Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Yvonne was born November 26, 1924 in Chilhowie to the late C. Arthur Martin and Mary Widner Martin. Two of the most important things in Yvonne's life were to "always help people and always be kind to people" and when...
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Ora Elena Robinson Bonham

December 10, 2016

Ora Elena Robinson Bonham, age 92, of Chilhowie, Virginia, passed away peacefully at her home on December 10. She was born November 27, 1924 , to the late Mahlon and Bess Robinson of Glade Spring, Va. Ora Elena was a graduate of Va. Intermont College and Mary Washington College (1946). On June 14, 1947 , she married James B. Bonham Jr. They were married for 57 years until his death in 2004. In...
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Jackson A. "Jack" Heath

December 8, 2016

Jackson A. "Jack" Heath, 87, passed away December 8, 2016. Jack was a 60 year member of the St. James Lutheran Church. He was a member of the United States Air Force having served in the Korean War. Mr. Heath was best known as owner/operator at Friendship Pavers which he ran with his son Dwane for over 30 years. One special accomplishment he was proud of was being part of the class that helped...
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Laura McGhee "Tiny" Blevins

October 10, 1929 - December 7, 2016

Laura McGhee "Tiny" Blevins, 87, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 7, 2016. She was born October 10, 1929, to the late Estle Sherwood and Susie Call McGhee. She was a faithful member of the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 68 years, Robert Wesley Blevins, son, Robert Wesley Blevins Jr.; three brothers...
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David Walter Catron

November 11, 2016

David Walter Catron Saltville, Va. David Walter Catron, 83, passed away on Friday, November 11 , 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Minnie Juanita (Weedie), his parents, James Kelley and Margaret Ann Orr Catron, six brothers and four sisters. He is survived by his sister, Eunice Bower and many nieces and nephews. David graduated from Rich Valley High School and attended National...
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Phyllis Anderson Blevins

November 9, 2016

Phyllis Anderson Blevins Chilhowie, Va. Phyllis Anderson Blevins, 69, of Chilhowie, went to her eternal home on November 9, 2016. She will be deeply missed by her family, friends, church, and countless individuals who were fortunate to have been cared for and touched by her generous spirit. She was a devoted, loving, tireless, and generous wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt,...
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Alice Virginia Edmiston Cress

November 8, 2016

Alice Virginia Edmiston Cress, Chilhowie, Va. Alice Virginia Edmiston Cress, 90, was taken home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, John and Florence Edmiston; seven brothers and three sisters. She was last of the eleven children. Survivors include one son, Fred Allen Cress and wife Rhonda; one daughter, Mary Ellen...
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James R. "J.R." Blevins

October 31, 2016

James R. "J.R." Blevins Marion, Va. James R. "J.R." Blevins, 76, passed away peacefully Monday, Oct. 31, 2016 at his home in Marion. J.R. was preceded in death by his parents and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include his wife, Carol Dean Riley Blevins of the home; one son, Eddie Blevins and wife Angel of Blountville, TN.; one daughter, Susan Altman and husband John of Chilhowie;...
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Betty June Blevins

October 27, 2016

Betty June Blevins Marion, Va. Betty June Blevins, 81, was taken home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 27, 2016. June was a lifelong member of the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church, where she was a teacher of the ladies class for over 30 years. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and sister. Survivors include two brothers, Ronald E. Blevins of Marion of Va., and Mike...
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Helen Madaline Hamm

October 22, 2016

Helen Madaline Hamm Marion, Va. Helen Madaline Hamm, 86, passed away Saturday Oct 22, 2016 at her home in Marion, Va. She was preceded in death by her sister, Katherine Melvin; three brothers, Charles Everett Anderson, Johnny B. Anderson, and William Herman Anderson; Helen is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Willard "Earl" Hamm of Chilhowie; sister-in-law, Virginia Anderson of...
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Eva Phipps Kelly

June 23, 1926 - October 21, 2016

Eva Phipps Kelly Chilhowie, Va. Eva Phipps Kelly, 90, passed away October 21, 2016. Mrs. Kelly was born on June 23, 1926 in Grayson County, Virginia. She was a graduate of Radford College, taught school and served as dietician in the Smyth County Schools system. She was a member of Chilhowie United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband William C. Kelly Sr. of 60...
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Howard W. Vannoy

October 20, 2016

Howard W. Vannoy, 86, passed away Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016. Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Major and Willie Porter Vannoy and two brothers, Lawrence Vannoy and James Vannoy. Survivors include special cousins, Georgia Polk, Vania McNeary Edwards, and Raymond Polk. Numerous other cousins and special friends also survive. Keeping with Mr. Vannoys requests all funeral services will be...
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Roy C. Pickel

October 20, 2016

Roy C. Pickel Chilhowie, Va. Roy C. "Claib" Pickel, 80, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016. He proudly served in the Army 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles. Roy was a longtime member of Macedonia Baptist Church and a member of the Chilhowie Masonic Lodge. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vance and Hazel Pickel; one brother, Ronald Pickel. Survivors include his loving wife of...
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Rita Mitchell Terry

October 5, 2016

Rita Mitchell Terry, age 72, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Rita is survived by her husband, James S. "Brother" Terry of Chilhowie.; Children, Bonnie Louise Terry, Joseph S. Terry and wife Traci of Chilhowie, Cynthia Hope Davenport and Cecil Owens of Glade Spring and Travis Neal Terry and wife Traci of Christiansburg, Va.; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; sister, Marlene Gill;...
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Larry Wayne Copeland

September 30, 2016

Larry Wayne Copeland, 55, passed away Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at the Abingdon Health and Rehab Center. Larry was a loving husband, father, and friend with a strong Christian faith. His faith led him to be a deacon of the South Fork Baptist Church for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers. Survivors include his loving wife of 28 years, Sandra B. Copeland; one son,...
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Marie H. Murray

August 2, 2016

Marie H. Murray, age 93, passed away Tuesday, August 2, 2016, at Valley Health Care Center. Mrs. Murray was born in Smyth County, Va. to the late Melvin and Minnie Pennington Poe, and was also preceded in death by her sisters, Mae Trivette, and Blanche McVey; and two infant brothers. She was a member of the Chilhowie Christian Church in Chilhowie. She retired from Harwood Companies Inc., where...
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Nancy Ann Crigger

May 30, 1942 - July 25, 2016

Nancy Ann Crigger Chilhowie, Va. Nancy Ann Crigger, 74, passed away on July 25, 2016 at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, VA. She was born on May 30, 1942 in Smyth County Virginia to late Roy F. and C. Mae Handy Hamm . Nancy was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother and will truly be missed by many. She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Paul Hamm, Roy "Dee"...
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Kenneth Dean Smith

June 11, 2016

Kenneth Dean Smith Chilhowie, VA 2 Timothy 4:7 " I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith ." Kenneth Dean Smith, 78, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather left his earthly home for his heavenly home Saturday, June 11, 2016, after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. He was born October 14, 1937, to the late Olive Mae...
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Russell E. Pennington

September 30, 1933 - June 2, 2016

Russell E. Pennington, Sr., age 82, passed away peacefully at his home on June 2, 2016 surrounded by his family. Mr. Pennington was born September 30, 1933 and was the last of ten children born to the late Noah Monroe Pennington and Lalie Volina Moran Pennington of Konnarock, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Dayton, Delmar, Earl, Ernest and Paul Pennington and Sisters,...
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Ronald H. Fuller, Sr.

June 2, 2016

I, Ronald Henry Fuller Sr., was the first child born to Frank Fuller Sr. & Kitty Fuller on September 14, 1935 in Clinchco, VA. I was followed in order by Lois Fuller Hayes, of Abingdon, Peggy Fuller Yates, of Clintwood, Frank Charles Fuller Jr., of Jacksonville, AL, and Dorothy Fuller Burns, of Dallas, TX. I graduated valedictorian of Dickenson Memorial High School in 1954. I graduated in the...
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David Clinton Cole

April 18, 1939 - May 12, 2016

David Clinton Cole Chilhowie, Va. David Clinton Cole, 77, passed away May 12, 2016 at Kitty Askins Hospice Center in Goldsboro, NC, surrounded by his family. David was born in Washington County, Virginia on April 18, 1939 to John W. and Lucy B. Cole. He graduated from Chilhowie High School and attended Young Harris College. David was a beloved husband and father, a friend to many. He...
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Adam Ross Blevins

May 3, 2016

Adam Ross Blevins Seven Mile Ford, Va. Adam Ross Blevins, 30, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at his home. Adam was preceded in death by his mother, Rita McGhee Blevins; Paternal grandparents, Virgil and Lois Blevins; Maternal grandfather, Randal McGhee; Maternal great grandmother, Rachael McGhee. Survivors include his father, Buddy Blevins of Seven Mile Ford, Va.; Brothers, Jacob...
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Douglas Price

April 28, 2016

Douglas Price Chilhowie, Va. Douglas Price, 91, passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016. Doug proudly served 4 years in the United States Navy and was a member of the Francis Marion VFW Post 4667. He was a member of the Chilhowie Christian Church where he had taught Sunday school for a number of years. Doug was a master gardener who had more joy giving away what he raised to friends, family, and...
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Helen Reedy Grinstead

April 6, 2016

Helen Reedy Grinstead Chilhowie, Va. Helen Reedy Grinstead, 89, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in the Francis Marion Manor in Marion. Helen retired from the Smyth County School System after 23 years of service. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Kelly Grinstead. Survivors include her four sons, John Grinstead and wife Sue of Greenville, SC., Ed...
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John E. Foster

April 4, 2016

John E. Foster Chilhowie, VA John E. Foster, age 87, passed away peacefully into the arms of his Savior Monday, April 4, 2016 at Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. After graduating high school, he joined the United States Air Force for 4 years. Some of his most memorable moments he spoke of were of his time on Johnston Island in the Pacific Ocean. He graduated from Medical College of...
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Lissa Frye Stanley

March 29, 2016

Lissa Frye Stanley, 74, passed away Tuesday March 29, 2016. Survivors include her mother, Francis Dungan Frye; children, Jerry W. Roberts and wife Margaret of Chilhowie, Va., Susan E. Roberts of Baywood, Va., and William Clay Roberts and wife Casey of Asheboro, NC.; grandchildren, Vandetta Reed, Brittany Nichole Lafferty, Candace Reed, Aaron Roberts, and Michael Sizemore; and four great...
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Claude Douglas "Doug" Martin, Jr.

February 26, 2016

Claude Douglas "Doug" Martin Jr., 81, passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Todd and Annie Martin; brother, Charles B. Martin; sisters, Fannie Alice Barker and Norma Neitch; and grandson, Levi Walker Martin. Survivors include his wife, Brenda P. Martin; Children, Claude D. "Buzz" Martin III and wife Terri, Teresa...
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Ralph Curtis Rhea, Sr.

January 5, 2016

Ralph Curtis Rhea Sr., 62, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2016. Ralph was preceded in death by his parents, Charles D. Rhea and Georgia Ethel Rhea; and a brother, Timothy Blake Rhea. Survivors include his fiancé, Kathy Taylor; four sons, Jay Allen Rhea and wife Crystal Gayle of Bluefield, WVa., Daniel Clayton and wife Jacquelyne of Atkins, Va., Ralph Curtis Rhea Jr. and wife Kasie of Chilhowie,...
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Larry Randall "Randy" Sturgill

December 15, 2015

Larry Randall "Randy" Sturgill, 69, of Chilhowie, VA went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Fields and Helen Sturgill. Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Sturgill; sisters, Janet Stamper and husband Roger, and Tammy King and husband Noel; nephews, Eric and Chase King; nieces Trina Gross, Julie Mitchell and husband Steven, Heather...
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Marjorie Jane Evans Smith

January 17, 1922 - December 12, 2015

Marjorie Jane Evans Smith, 93, went home to be with the Lord on December 12, 2015 at Grace Health Care in Abingdon, Va. Marj was born January 17, 1922 in Trenton, NY. to the late J.D. and Ruth Davis Evans. She married her sweetheart, Robert William Smith January 29, 1949. He passed away March 2, 2011. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church in Whitesboro, NY. (Formerly Central...
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Billy Lee Eastridge

November 28, 2015

Billy Lee Eastridge, 63, passed away Saturday, Nov. 28 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. Survivors include his wife, Eva Eastridge of Chilhowie; daughter and son-in-law, Heather Eastridge Henderson and husband Tim of Meadowview, Va.; step-son, Daniel Coalson; step-granddaughter, Cheyenne Coalson; one sister, Betty Terry and husband Jackie of Hopewell, Va.; two brothers, Sam Eastridge...
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Bessie Mae Blevins

November 28, 2015

Bessie Mae Blevins, 101, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by her loving family Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015. Mrs. Blevins was a very caring and loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ora Marshall Blevins; son, Gaither Filmore Blevins; granddaughter, Rita Gae Blevins; great granddaughter, Lindey Blevins; and son-in-law, Fields Blevins....
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Dorothy "Dot" Roe Russell

November 19, 2015

Dorothy "Dot" Roe Russell, age 90, passed away Thursday, Nov. 19 2015 surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Russell was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Walter "Jake" Russell Jr.; her son, Rodney J. Russell; and eleven brothers and sisters. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Larry D. Russell and wife Joanie of Chilhowie; Four grandchildren, Willie Russell and wife Kim of...
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Marilyn Kestner Whitley

November 5, 2015

Marilyn Kestner Whitley, 86, passed away on Thursday, November 5, 2015 at the home of her daughter. She was retired from Smyth County Schools where she worked as a secretary for over 30 years. Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, David Mason Whitley, and son David C. Whitley. Survivors include her children, Sharon Branson and husband Donnie; Robert Whitley and wife Amanda;...
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Bela Irene Widener Bishop

September 18, 2015

Bela Irene Widener Bishop, age 96, departed this life on Friday, Sept. 18 2015, to live in her heavenly home forever with her Lord and Savior, and many loved ones gone on before. She was born to Monroe F. Widener and Edith Cook Widener, January 7, 1919. Bela was a member of the Chilhowie Baptist Church and dearly loved her church family and was glad to bear witness of her Lord and Savior. She...
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Carl Ray St. John

September 19, 1930 - August 26, 2015

Carl Ray St. John, 84, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at his home on Loves Mill Rd. in Chilhowie. He was born September 19, 1930 in Chilhowie and was a son of the late Scott Jackson and Mamie Alice Price St John. Carl had worked many years as a self-contractor and farming before retiring. He was a member of Faith Fellowship Church in Chilhowie and a U. S. Army veteran serving in the...
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Drewry M. Childers

August 16, 2015

Drewry M. Childers, 72, passed away Sunday, August 16, 2015. Survivors include his sister, Shirley Mullins and husband Darrell of Glade Spring; special friend, Susan Stamper; and many other special friends. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at Williams Funeral Home in Chilhowie. Condolences can be made to the family online at www...
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Mary Frye Goodman Taylor

June 6, 1936 - August 9, 2015

Mary Frye Goodman Taylor Glade Spring, Va. Mary Frye Goodman Taylor, born in Glade Spring, Va. June 3, 1936 went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, August 09, 2015 at the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. She was a member of the Glade Spring Baptist Church. Mrs. Taylor was retired from the Bank of America and the Washington County Treasurers Office. Mary was preceded in death by her...
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Everette Eugene Kress

July 30, 2015

Everette Eugene Kress, 89, passed away Thursday, July 30 2015 in the Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va. Everette was retired from the Light Milling Company in Abingdon and was an active farmer and gardener. Survivors include his wife, Katherine Wyrick Kress of Chilhowie; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca "Becko" Kress and Donald Felty of Chilhowie; brother-in-law, Charles Wyrick of Glade...
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Lois Blevins Testerman

July 27, 2015

Lois Blevins Testerman, 82, passed away Monday, July 27, 2015. Lois was preceded in death by her husband, Reese Brian Testerman; Parents, France Blevins and Effie Blevins; Brother, Garland Blevins; Sister, Juanita Bray; and a special niece, Annie Snyder. Survivors include her brother, D.I. Blevins and wife Erma of Chilhowie; "Sister", Carol B. Hellmer of Chilhowie; several nieces and nephews; and...
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Kenneth E. Ratliff

July 25, 2015

Kenneth E. Ratliff, age 79, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, July 25, 2015 . He was born the son of the late Ed and Gertie Ratliff. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Jean Herndon Ratliff. Ken was also preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Ratliff, and a sister, Georgia Ratliff. Ken spent most of his life in Chilhowie, VA, and was the...
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