Our Obituaries

Wilma Jean R. Grinstead

August 28, 2014

Wilma Jean R. Grinstead, 62, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014 at her home. She was preceded in death by her mother, June Richardson; grandparents, Avery and Mabel Powers, Hazel and Vaughn Powers, and Wells Richardson. Survivors include her loving husband of 39 years, William W. "Bill" Grinstead; two daughters, Donna Stephenson and Fiancé Bobby Coe and Debra Greer and...
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Madeline Harris "Aunt Gray" Keith

May 9, 1919 - August 25, 2014

Madeline Harris Keith "Aunt Gray", born May 9, 1919 passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2014 in the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie at the age of 95. Mrs. Keith was one of the oldest members of the First Church of God in Chilhowie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Keith. Survivors include several nieces, nephews, many kind neighbors, and caring church friends. Graveside...
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Glenn David Frye

August 9, 2014

Glenn David Frye, 74, passed away Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. David was the owner of the Shenandoah Coin Shop in Chilhowie which he operated since 1969. Mr. Frye was preceded in death by his wife Aloma Deon "Donnie" Frye. Survivors include his daughter, Samantha Frye Deason and husband Dennis Earl Deason of Stockbridge, Ga.; granddaughter, Vivian Elise Deason of Stockbridge, Ga.; two grandsons,...
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Raymond Ward Rutherford

November 6, 1931 - August 4, 2014

Raymond Ward Rutherford, 82, passed into the arms of his savior Jesus Christ Monday, Aug. 4, 2014. Raymond was born Nov. 6, 1931 to the late Neal and Nell Rutherford. He was retired from the U.S. Capitol Police and was a veteran of the Korean War. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Angelina Rutherford; Brothers, Jack and Max Rutherford; Sister, Linda Rutherford. ...
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John Robert Patrick

August 4, 2014

John Robert Patrick, 64, passed away August 4, 2014. John was preceded in death by his father and mother, William Robert Patrick and Lena "Lucy" Peake Patrick; and a sister, Mary Jane Sova. Survivors include one brother, William C. "Carl" Patrick of Chilhowie; Aunt, Lucille Heath of Chilhowie; Uncle, Hugh Peake of Greenville, SC. At Mr. Patrick's request there will be no public visitation...
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Bonnie Sue "Momma Sue" Mariner

August 4, 2014

Bonnie Sue Mariner, 61, passed away Monday, August 04, 2014 in the Smyth County Community Hospital. Bonnie was preceded in death by her parents, George Brown Atwell and Catherine Cullop Atwell; Two brothers, George Atwell and Ronald Atwell. Survivors include her daughter; Mary Ann Mariner and Fiancé Mickey Tolbert of Chilhowie; Granddaughter, Summer Stamper; One sister, Judy Ledford of...
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Viola Myrtle Anderson

July 22, 2014

Viola Myrtle Anderson, age 89, went home to be with the Lord and loved ones on Thursday, July 22, 2014. Her strong will to live and unwavering faith in God, and the love and prayers of her family and friends carried her through the last four months of her illness. Known for her ease in frequent conversation with even total strangers, some may be surprised to learn of her shyness. Yet, she...
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James C. "Jim" Smith

July 20, 2014

James C. "Jim" Smith, age 85, of Glade Spring, Va. went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 20, 2014. He was the son of the late Jack and Bell Patrick Smith. Mr. Smith was preceded in death by three brothers; Jack, Henry, and Gail Smith; and one sister, Betty Hash. Jim is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lola Maxey Smith; Son, Dennis Smith and wife Jeannie; Daughter, Joy Gobble and...
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Donnie Wayne Fullen

April 9, 1949 - July 13, 2014

Donnie Wayne Fullen, 65, of Chilhowie, Virginia passed away Sunday, July 13th, 2014. He was born April 9th, 1949 and preceded in death by his Son, Gregory Wayne Fullen and his parents, Floyd Allen Fullen and Agnus Ruth Fullen. Donnie is survived by his wife of 45 years, Peggy Jo Fullen; One Son, Joshua Alan Fullen and wife Miranda Fullen; Grandsons, Gregory and Caleb Fullen; Granddaughter,...
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Olga Denny Heath

June 22, 2014

Olga Denny Heath, 80, passed away Sunday, June 22, 2014. Olga was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil M. Heath and her parents, Emmit Denny and Bonnie Byrd Denny. Survivors include a very special brother, James C. Denny and wife Pamela of Chilhowie; Children, Ray A. Heath and wife Virginia of Chilhowie, Faye Null and husband Gordon of Marion, Lenora Farris and husband Gary of Raleigh, NC....
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Eleanor Fairman Sheffey Hutton

October 3, 1913 - June 3, 2014

Eleanor Fairman Sheffey Hutton, 100, passed away June 3, 2014, in the Francis Marion Manor in Marion, Va. She was born October 3, 1913 to the late James White Sheffey and Lucy Carlock Sheffey of Marion, Va. Eleanor was a graduate of both the Marion College and East Tennessee State University. She taught school in the Glade Spring Elementary Schools for several years and retired from the...
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Sherri Lee Polk

April 26, 2014

Sherri Lee Polk, 36, passed away Saturday, April 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Raylee Polk. Survivors include her husband, Timothy R. Polk; three sons, Darrell Lee Privett, Curtis Dwayne Hill Jr., and T.R. Polk Jr. all of Chilhowie; her father, Kevin Lee Privett of Atkins, her mother, Barbara Lynn Kell of Atkins; sister, Misty Lynn Bostic of Chilhowie; nieces, Faith...
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James Carlton "Doc" Wilkinson

August 1, 1932 - March 26, 2014

Dr. James Carlton Wilkinson, "Doc", 81, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014. He was born to Kathryn Schuler and Samuel Lee Wilkinson on August 1, 1932. His grandparents were Roscoe Conklin and Martha St. John Wilkinson and Dr. Robert Lee and Mary Sutherland Schuler. He was preceded in death by them and by his father and mother-in-law, Joseph Shirley and Edith McNeil Garretson and his brother-in...
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Everett Clifton Blevins

November 4, 1923 - March 26, 2014

Everett Clifton Blevins, 90, born Nov. 4, 1923, passed away Wednesday, March 26 in the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. Cliff always worked for The Lord in the church as Sunday school superintendent, teacher, and other offices. He was a member of Chilhowie Baptist Church and grew up in the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church. Cliff served as a medic in the Army in hospitals in London,...
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Dennis Elton Christian

February 25, 2014

Dennis Elton Christian Salem, Va. Dennis Elton Christian, of Salem, passed away at his home on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at the age of 75. He is preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Grace Christian of Chilhowie. He is survived by his wife, Norma; son, Butch and wife Donna, son, Rob and wife Tracy; grandchildren, Philip, Chad, Andrea and Michael; sister and brother-in-law, Sue...
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Lola M. "Squid" Dixon

February 23, 2014

Lola M. "Squid" Dixon, 70, passed away Sunday, Feb. 23 after a battle with cancer. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lem Tuggle. Squid was loved very much and will be greatly missed by her family and friends. Survivors include her husband, John C. "Chub" Dixon of Chilhowie; two daughters, Tonda Perkins and Dianna Henderson and husband Rick, all of Chilhowie; three sons, Johnny...
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Myrtle Duncan Rouse

July 8, 1909 - February 15, 2014

Myrtle Duncan Rouse, 104, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 at the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. Mrs. Rouse was born July 8, 1909 to the late George Washington Duncan and Nettie Bishop Duncan. She was a graduate of Barrack High School and a graduate from Emory and Henry College. She was the owner of Rouse Oil and Chilhowie Milling. Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Howard Kupperman

April 9, 1931 - February 4, 2014

Howard Kupperman Tarpon Springs, Florida Howard Kupperman, 82, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014 at his home in Tarpon Springs, Florida. He was born on April 9, 1931 in Atlantic City, N.J. Mr. Kupperman graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1948 and received his B.S. Degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1952. Howard served as a flying...
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Teresa Diane Rhea

January 30, 2014

Teresa Diane Rhea Chilhowie, Va. Teresa Diane Rhea, 52, passed away Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was an inspiration to all who were around her with her happy and upbeat attitude. She was a fighter not fazed or scared of anything she had to face during her battle with cancer. Teresa was affectionately known as "Gammy" to her grandchildren,...
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Rita McGhee Blevins

January 7, 2014

Rita McGhee Blevins, 58, passed away Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at her home in Seven Mile Ford. She was preceded in death by her father Randall M. McGhee Jr. and her father-in-law, Rev. Virgil S. Blevins. Survivors include her husband Buddy Blevins; Three sons, Jacob Blevins and wife Hope, Adam Blevins, and Aaron Blevins and wife Ann Marie; One granddaughter, Allee Blevins; Her mother, Mildred McGhee;...
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Earl Baker Blevins

January 6, 2014

Earl Baker Blevins, 84, passed away Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. Earl was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was a member of the Chilhowie Pentecostal Holiness Church. Survivors include his loving wife, Nancy O. Blevins; four children, Sam Blevins and wife Helen, Jeff Blevins, June Lamie and husband David, and Greg Blevins; four grandchildren, Josh Jackson, Jonathan Jackson, Tyler...
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James R. "Jim" Gillenwater

January 6, 2014

James R. "Jim" Gillenwater, 59, passed away Jan. 6, 2014. Jim was preceded in death by his mother and father, Virginia Matthews Gillenwater and Lenroy Scott Gillenwater. Survivors include his loving wife Wilma Martin Gillenwater; sister-in-law, Carol Martin; and a host of very special friends. Funeral services will be conducted 8 PM, Thursday, Jan. 9 in Williams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev....
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Dorothy Helen Robinson

January 15, 1926 - December 31, 2013

Dorothy Helen Robinson, 87, passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at her home in Cleghorn Valley. She was born Jan. 15, 1926. Mrs. Robinson was a faithful lifetime member of the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Claude Robinson; parents, Mattie Heath Hall and Charles Mack Hall; her siblings, Warren Hall, Mary Alice Johnson, Bertha Mae Roark, Martha...
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Mabel Kephart Russell

December 13, 2013

Mabel Kephart Russell, 98, passed away Friday, December 13, 2013 in the Lewis-Gale Medical Center in Salem, Va. Mrs. Russell was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Russell; Son, Joseph P. Russell; infant daughter; grandson, Barry Lynn Russell; and an infant granddaughter. Survivors include her daughter, Norma Christian and husband Dennis of Salem, Va.; three grandsons, Jeff Russell and...
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Mason Fisher Poe

December 3, 2013 - December 3, 2013

Mason Fisher Poe, Infant son of Amy and Jonathan Poe, was born December 3, 2013 as one of God's Angels at Johnston Memorial Hospital. In addition to his parents, Mason is survived by his Maternal Grandparents, Tammy Clary and John Blevins; his Paternal Grandparents, Gary and Teresa Poe, and many other loving relatives. There will be a private graveside service in the St. James Lutheran Church...
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Leona Wade Moore

November 16, 2013

Leona Wade Moore, 99, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2013 in Abingdon, Virginia after a brief illness. Born in Towas City, Michigan in 1914, Leona graduated from Saltville High School and lived in Glade Spring, Virginia following her marriage to Roy Paris Moore, Jr. in 1935. She was an active member of Grace Presbyterian Church in Glade Spring, where she served as a member and leader of...
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Celia Gay Collins Reedy

November 7, 2013

Celia Gay Collins Reedy, 76, passed away Thursday, November 7, 2013 at her home in Chilhowie. Mrs. Reedy loved being outdoors in her garden and flowers. She was preceded in death by her parents, Dewey and Cora Doss Collins; her husband, Baker "Sam" Reedy; special brother, Wayne Collins; sister, Irene Hughett. Survivors include one brother, Dewey E. Collins and wife Kathy of Seven Mile Ford,...
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Macel Mae Mariott

October 26, 2013

Macel Mae Mariott, 86, passed away Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Johnston Memorial Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Mariott; parents, Horton and Lucy Blevins; and brother, Denver Blevins. Survivors include her step-sister, Stella Schuler; step-brother, George McClure and wife Beulah; nephews, Dennis Schuler and wife Jackie and Daniel Schuler; special friends, Mike and Mary...
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James Darrell Widener

October 13, 2013

James Darrell Widener Chilhowie, Va. James Darrell Widener, 83, passed away Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 at the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. Survivors include his loving wife, Margaret Blevins Widener; Sisters-in-law, Edith Barlow and Aleene Kegley; Brothers-in-law, Earl Blevins and Clarence Blevins; Special niece and nephews, Mary Barrett and Ralph Blevins and Jack Blevins; Special...
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Vivian Charles Hopkins

October 12, 2013

Vivian Charles Hopkins, 80, passed away Oct. 12, 2013 at the Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol. Mr. Hopkins attended school in Marion, Va. He was a Navy Veteran having served on the USS Missouri in the Korean Conflict. He was a certified welder in the Newport News Shipyard in Newport News, Va. and at American Longwall in Abingdon, Va. He attended and was very active in the Mountain View United...
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Katherine M. Thomas

September 30, 2013

Katherine M. Thomas, 90, passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. Katherine was a life time member of the Chilhowie United Methodist Church. She was a Nationwide Insurance agent for many years. Mrs. Thomas was also a very active member of the Chilhowie Apple Festival Committee. She was preceded in death by her son, Mark I. Thomas. Survivors include...
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John Elliott, Jr.

September 29, 2013

John Elliott Jr., 92, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013. Survivors include his wife Joyce Elliott of Chilhowie; one son, John Allen Elliott and wife Susan of Marion; one daughter, Ravenna Hawkins and husband Andy of Danville, Va.; grandson, Lee Allen Elliott; three sisters; two special friends, John Pickle and John Heath. Funeral services will be conducted 8 PM Wednesday, October 2 at...
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Stella Emerson Sheets

September 21, 2013

Stella Emerson Sheets, 85, passed away Saturday, September 21, 2013 at her home in Chilhowie. She was preceded in death by her Parents, Bane and Charmie Emerson; her husband, Winifred Paul Sheets; and a brother, James Emerson. Survivors include two daughters, Martha Blevins and husband Jackie of Chilhowie, and Betty Sexton and husband Tom of Marion; Grandchildren, Leigh Ann Hopkins and husband...
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Madeline M. Blevins

September 16, 2013

Madeline M. Blevins Chilhowie, Va. Madeline M. Blevins, 79, passed away at her home on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013. Mrs. Blevins was a loving and devoted Mother, Grandmother, and Friend. She was very blessed with the love of God in which she showed each day though reading the Bible, Devotions, and her Ministries to others. Mrs. Blevins was a longtime member of the Seven Mile Ford Presbyterian...
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Miles D. Duncan

February 23, 1918 - September 3, 2013

Miles D. Duncan Chilhowie, Va. Miles D. Duncan, 95, passed away at his home Tuesday, September 3, 2013. He was born Feb. 23, 1918 in Smyth County. Miles was a graduate of Barrack High School in 1936 and then attended the National Business College of Roanoke. He was a lifelong farmer; owner/operator of Duncan's Orchard and served as a director of the Chilhowie National Bank for several years....
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Phillip Richard "Cotton" Crutchfield

August 29, 2013

Phillip Richard "Cotton" Crutchfield, 91, of Chilhowie, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 29th, 2013. He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and loved ones. Cotton attended the Chilhowie Baptist Church and was a Deacon for most of his adult life. His church and his faith were a very important part of his life and he enjoyed helping people however he could. He...
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Jack R. Love, Sr.

July 30, 2013

Jack R. Love Sr. Chilhowie, Va. Jack R. Love Sr., 84, passed away Tuesday, July 30, 2013. Jack was a lifelong farmer and resident of the Loves Mill area in Chilhowie. He was retired from the Washington County School System. He was the scoreboard operator for basketball and football at Patrick Henry High School for 41 years and served as a Mathematics teacher for 25 of those years. Survivors...
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Ralph P. Berry

July 26, 2013

Ralph P. Berry, 85, passed away Friday, July 26, 2013 in the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. Ralph was preceded in death by his first wife of 50 years, Geraldine Berry and grandson, Travis Berry. Survivors include his wife, Doris Berry; Son and daughter-in-law, Ron and Janet Berry; Step-Daughter, Angela and Gary Stephens; Grandson, Adam Berry and wife Chasity; several great grandchildren;...
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David Lee "Moe" Keith

July 20, 2013

David Lee "Moe" Keith, 43, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, July 20, 2013. He was a lifelong musician, a resident of Saltville, and a member of Friend's Community Church in Saltville. He was preceded in death by his father, James Richard "Square" Keith. Survivors include his mother, Peggy Colston Keith of Saltville; brother, Rev. Curtis Michael Keith of Saltville; one niece, Neila Keith...
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Rachel Leota Brooks

July 12, 2013

Rachel Leota Brooks, 79, went to be with the Lord Friday July 12th, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 57 years Kenneth E. Brooks; Daughters Teresa Dunford and husband Johnny of Chilhowie, Debbie Blevins of Rich Valley. Grandchildren Jennifer Sullivan and husband Wesley, Aaron Dunford, Kelly Surber and husband Nathan, and Rachel Blevins. Great Grandchildren Elizabeth Sullivan, Alexander...
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Shawn Matthew McKee

June 25, 2013

Shawn Matthew McKee, 31, went to be with the Lord unexpectedly Tuesday, June 25, 2013 in Post Falls, Idaho. Shawn was a devoted and loving husband, father, son, brother, and grandson. He lived his life always trying to learn and increase his knowledge about different topics. His family was the joy of his life. Shawn lived his life always trying to help others in any way he could. He had a...
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Richard F. "Dick" Sturgill

August 5, 1935 - June 23, 2013

Richard F. "Dick" Sturgill, 77, born August 5th, 1935 in Elkhorn, W.Va, left this life here on Earth Sunday, June 23, 2013 eager and ready to leave life here on Earth for his Heavenly Home with his Savior. He started his adult life after graduating from Chilhowie High School in 1954 and served his country in the United States Air Force. His training in the military resulted in a love for flying....
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Louella Martin Shuler

May 13, 2013

Louella Martin Shuler Chilhowie, Va. Louella Martin Shuler, 86, passed away Monday, May 13, 2013 at her home in Chilhowie. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ola Martin Thompson; father, James Luther Martin; Husband, Sanders Shuler; Daughter, Mary Louise Smith, Two granddaughters, Kimberly Martin Watrud and Susan Renee Martin; Sister, Mary Ellen Reid; and Two brothers, James Luther...
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John A. Williams, Jr.

May 2, 2013

John A. Williams Jr. Chilhowie, Va. John A. Williams Jr., 85, passed away May 2, 2013 in the Francis Marion Manor in Marion, Va. He served in the United States Army and had a lifelong affiliation with Williams Funeral Home of Chilhowie. Mr. Williams was also a lifelong resident of Glade Spring and was a dedicated member of the Old Glade Presbyterian Church. Survivors include one...
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David Charles Poe

April 26, 2013

David Charles Poe, 61, passed away Friday, April 26, 2013 at his home. Survivors include his mother, Gladys P. Vanhoozier of Seven Mile Ford; Wife, Teresa K. Poe of Saltville; Son, Daniel Poe; Two Granddaughters, Aspen and Lily Poe; Sister, Brenda Miller and husband Raymond, NC; Two brothers, Donnie Poe and wife Debbie of Saltville and Gary Poe and wife Teresa of Abingdon; Father-in-law and...
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Richard A. Clukey

April 1, 2013

Richard A. Clukey Chilhowie, Va. Richard A. Clukey, 52, passed away April 1, 2013 at his home in Chilhowie. Survivors include his Wife, Nanci L. Clukey; six children, Ryleigh Clukey, Adriana Clukey, Liam Ryker Clukey, all of Chilhowie, Emily Clukey, Richard Clukey and wife Jessica of Deltona, Fla., and Amy Clukey of Louisville, Ky.; one grandchild, Brianna Clukey of Deltona, Fla.; Siblings,...
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Ruby Stovall Clark

March 27, 2013

Ruby Stovall Clark, 87, passed away Wednesday, March 27, 2013. Mrs. Clark retired from the Southwestern State Hospital after working there for 31 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert M. "Mack" Clark; parents, James N. Stovall and Bina Norris Stovall; two brothers, James N. Stovall Jr. and Eugene Stovall. Survivors include two brothers, William Stovall of Glade Spring and Howard...
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Lillian Rosa Doss

March 21, 2013

Lillian Rosa Doss Chilhowie, Va. Lillian Rosa Doss, 94, passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013 at her home in Chilhowie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas W. Doss; daughter and son-in-law, Carolyn and Ralph Freeman. Survivors include one brother, James Darrell Widener and wife Margaret of Chilhowie; Caretaker, Dorothy McGrady of Chilhowie; and several nieces and nephews. ...
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Dwight C. Blevins

March 12, 2013

Dwight C. Blevins Chilhowie, Va. Dwight C. Blevins, 57, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013. Dwight graduated from Chilhowie High School in 1973 and was the Valedictorian of the class. After graduation he attended M.I.T. and participated in the Air Force ROTC. He worked in a copy shop in which all copies were done by hand. Dwight was most recently employed in the Wal-Mart Garden Center in...
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Porter E. Heath

March 7, 2013

Porter E. Heath Chilhowie, Va. Porter E. Heath, age 77, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, March 7, 2013. His accomplishments include: four years of service in the United States Air Force, in which he was assigned to the Office of Special Investigations; two years of service as Deputy Sheriff of Smyth County, Virginia; and owner and operator of Lee- Hi Service Station in Chilhowie,...
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Gerald M. "Jack" Blevins

March 2, 2013

Gerald M. "Jack" Blevins Peachtree City, Ga. Gerald M. "Jack" Blevins, 80, passed away Saturday, March 2, 2013 in Fayetteville, Ga. Mr. Blevins lived most of his adult life in Dunbar, WV and was a lifelong Christian. Jack was a Korean War Veteran who served as a Staff Sergeant in the 11th Engineer Combat Battalion, Company B "Jungle Cats" in the United States Army from 1950-1953. He received...
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Charles A. Brooks

March 1, 2013

Charles A. Brooks, 73, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 1, 2013 at his home in Chilhowie surrounded by his family and loved ones. He is survived by his beloved wife, Peggy J. Brooks; daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Bill Jackson of Moneta, Va.; granddaughter, Katherine Brooke Lyons of Dayton, OH.; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth and Rachel Brooks of Marion, Va.; two nieces,...
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Kathleen Peak Counts

February 17, 2013

Kathleen Peak Counts, 81, of Chilhowie, went home to be with the Lord Sunday, February 17, 2013 at Carrington Place in Wytheville, Va. Kathleen loved to sing hymns and attended the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church before she became ill with Alzheimer's. She was preceded in death by her husband, Alfred Counts; her only son, Douglas Counts; her parents, Glen and Nancy Peak; brothers, Reece, Frank,...
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Leona Watson Friberg

February 1, 2013

Leona Watson Friberg, 72, passed away February 1, 2013 at her home in Chilhowie. Leona was a very loving person who lived life to the fullest. She attended the Calvary Baptist Church. She also was a very avid bowler. Mrs. Friberg was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Friberg; mother and father, Cora and Austin Watson; brother, Lacy Watson; and her first husband, John Collins. Survivors...
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Judy VanHoozier Russell

January 28, 2013

Judy VanHoozier Russell, 56, passed away Monday, January 28, 2013. She was preceded in death by her father, Charles "Shot" VanHoozier. Survivors include her husband, Charlie Bill Russell; son and daughter-in-law, Steven and Lisa Cale; daughter and son-in-law, Jenny and Todd Parks; four grandchildren, Brandon Cale, Zack Cale, Skylar Parks, and Dylan Parks; mother, Madeline Blevins; brother,...
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Betty Lee Hutton

January 23, 2013

Betty Lee Hutton Chilhowie, Va. Betty Lee Hutton, 71, passed away Wednesday, January 23, 2013 peacefully at her home with her family and friends by her side. Betty was preceded in death by her father, Lee Harris and wife Annie Harris; sister, Jean Wadsworth; two brothers Benny Harris and Billy Dean Harris. Survivors include her children, Mike Anderson and wife Elizabeth of Amory, Mississippi...
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F. Spencer Beattie

July 31, 1953 - December 26, 2012

F. Spencer Beattie Chilhowie, Va. F. Spencer Beattie, 59, of Chilhowie passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2012. Spencer was born in Farmville, Virginia on July 31, 1953. He spent his entire adulthood in Chilhowie, where he was an active member of the Chilhowie United Methodist Church, the Chilhowie Volunteer Fire Department, the Chilhowie Apple Festival Committee, and many other...
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Timothy David Strang

December 25, 2012

Timothy David Strang Marion, Va. Timothy David Strang, 25, went home to be with the Lord on December 25, 2012, surrounded by his loving parents and family, after a lifelong and courageous battle with Cystic Fibrosis. Timothy was an avid sports fan, a loving son, brother, uncle, cousin, and just a great example how life should be lived. He had previously been employed by Riverfront Restaurant...
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Billie Jean Havens

December 25, 2012

Billie Jean Havens, 75, passed away Tuesday, December 25, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Eugene Cregger and Cora Lee Cregger; three sisters; and two brothers. Survivors include four daughters, Judy Johnson, Libby Jackson, Tammy Brewster, and Patty Thomas; three sons, Tommy Jackson, Eugene Jackson, and Michael Jackson; 14 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and...
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Donald M. Green

December 16, 2012

Donald M. Green, 86, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012 at his home in Chilhowie. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; two brothers, Dave and Howard Green. Survivors include his wife Jo Anne N. Green of Chilhowie; three sons, Bruce, Don, and Dan Green all of Bristol, Tn.; one daughter, Debbie Slagle of Bristol, Tn.; one step-daughter, Michelle Medearis of Atlanta, Ga.; one step...
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David M. "Hollywood" Hamm

November 28, 2012

David M. "Hollywood" Hamm Marion, Va. David M. "Hollywood" Hamm, 62, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 28 2012. David was an Army veteran having served in Vietnam. He was a truck driver for over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Pauley Hamm; mother and father, Mary St. John Hamm and James Paul Hamm; and one brother, Paul Jackson Hamm. Survivors include two daughters,...
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Roy Wayne Owens

November 24, 2012

Roy Wayne Owens, 47, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 24, 2012 at his home in Chilhowie. Roy loved the outdoors especially fishing. He was a member of Adwolfe Freewill Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Roy Glen Owens and Pearl Edwards Owens; and a sister, Barbra Jane Dolinger. Survivors include his wife, Peggy Prater Owens of Chilhowie; three...
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Jean Herndon Ratliff

November 23, 2012

Jean Herndon Ratliff, 74, finished her earthly race on Friday, November 23, 2012 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend to many. She was a member of Chilhowie Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Graham and Bertha Herndon; and a brother, Wayne Herndon. She is survived by her husband of 58 years,...
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Helen Blevins Ellison

November 22, 2012

Helen Blevins Ellison, 85, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2012 at her home in Chilhowie due to complications from Parkinson's disease. Mrs. Ellison was a lifetime member of the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Virgie Wyatt Blevins and DeWitt T. Blevins. Survivors include her daughter, Diane E. Clark and husband Steven of Manassas, Va.; her...
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Julius Haskel Shazier, Sr.

May 2, 1941 - November 10, 2012

Julius Haskel Shazier Sr., 71, was born May 2, 1941. He departed this life on November 10, 2012 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Arvillia Shazier, one sister, Bessie Hall; sister-in-law, Mary Shazier and one granddaughter, Jasmine Shazier. Survivors include his loving wife, Peggy Sims Shazier; two sons, Julius Shazier and...
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Josephine Heath Stamper

November 6, 2012

Josephine Heath Stamper Chilhowie, Va. Josephine Heath Stamper, 96, passed away November 6, 2012 at the Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion. She was the daughter of the late Jonathan Avery Heath and Okie Grubb Heath. She was preceded in death, in addition to her parents, by her husband, Charles Howard Stamper; twin sister, Pauline Heath; three brothers, Lewis, Paul, and W.A. Heath;...
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Isiah "Ikie" Dolinger

October 22, 2012

Isiah "Ikie" Dolinger, 81, passed away Monday, October 22, 2012. Ikie served in the United States Army and was a veteran of the Korean War. He also retired from Columbus McKinnon. Mr. Dolinger attended the Plesant View Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Callie Dolinger; three sisters, Hazel DeBord, Minnie Blevins, and Marcella McGrady; five brothers, Basil,...
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Lucille Thomas Martin

October 20, 2012

Lucille Thomas Martin, 87, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2012 in the Wythe County Community Hospital. Mrs. Martin was a member of the Chilhowie Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Wiley Martin; mother and father, Golda Kirby Thomas and Marvin Thomas. Survivors include one daughter, Golda Barker and husband Dennis of Marion; two granddaughters, Sherry Wolfe of Verona...
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Dorothy "Dot" Reedy Warren

October 16, 1925 - October 11, 2012

Dorothy "Dot" Reedy Warren, age 86, passed away Thursday evening, October 11, 2012, surrounded by her family and friends. She was born October 16, 1925 in Smyth County, VA, the daughter of the late William E. and Dora Hayes Reedy. She attended Chilhowie Christian Church. She is survived by two sons, Wallin Honeycutt of Charlotte, NC. and Stephen Keith Honeycutt and his wife Dawn of...
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Howard A. Kirk

October 1, 2012

Howard A. Kirk, 103, passed away Monday, October 01, 2012 in the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. Mr. Kirk attended the Sugar Grove Baptist Church and loved to farm and raise cattle. He had worked at the Radford Arsenal for over 25 years and also had been employed at Brunswick. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Bolt Kirk and a daughter, Janice Kirk. Survivors include two...
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Viola Singleton Landis

September 14, 1914 - September 21, 2012

Viola Singleton Landis, 98, born January 9, 1914 in Glenville, Maryland, passed away September 21, 2012 in the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Minnie Singleton of Maryland; and her daughter, Edith Poore of Delaware. Survivors include her two sons, Ray Landis of Chilhowie and Stanley E. Landis and wife Betty of Chilhowie; five...
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Jack D. Wheeler

September 9, 2012

Jack D. Wheeler Chilhowie, Va. Jack D. Wheeler, 91, passed away Sunday, Sept. 9, 2012 in the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lula F. Wheeler. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Janet Wheeler, Monticello, Ky.; one granddaughter and husband, Amy and Scott Maas, Lexington, Ky., one great grandson, Benjamin Maas;...
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Sandra Ruth Werkheiser

June 11, 1931 - August 21, 2012

Chilhowie, Va. Sandra Ruth Werkheiser born June 11, 1931 left this life on August 21, 2012. Ruth was the second daughter and last of four children of Gayther E. Pickel (GE) and Callie Sheets Pickel. Ruth was preceded in death by her two brothers, Eugene and Earl Pickel and one sister Etta Faye Pickel Elswick and a son, Stephen Werkheiser. Ruth and Carl E. Werkheiser were married on November...
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Robert F. St. John

July 28, 2012

Robert F. St. John, 79, passed away Saturday, July 28, 2012. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elsie St. John; parents, Scott and Mammie St. John; step-son, Jerry Seitler; three sisters, Mary, Ruby, and Betty; and three brothers, Roy, Jack, and Billy Joe. Survivors include his step daughter-in-law, Bobby Jo Seitler; five brothers, Carl St. John, Henry St. John, Paul St. John, Fred St. John...
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Martha Ellen Hall Eller

November 25, 1927 - June 14, 2012

Martha Ellen Hall Eller Chilhowie, Va. "What time I am Afraid, I will trust in Thee." Psalms 56:3 Born November 25, 1927, the youngest daughter of Mattie Heath Hall and Charles Mack Hall, passed from this life in the presence of her Lord and her loving family, Thursday, June 14, 2012 in Marion, Va., at the age of 84. She was a faithful member of Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church. She retired...
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Charles E. Riley

May 24, 2012

Charles E. Riley, 93, of Chilhowie, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2012 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. Mr. Riley was a member of the Cleghorn Baptist Church for many years. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Wesley Riley and Minnie Williams Riley; his wife of 64 years, Margaret Riley; a daughter, Margaret Ann Yates; two sisters, Nettie Johnson and Mae Johnson; and...
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Beatrice Pennington Anderson

May 8, 2012

Beatrice Pennington Anderson, 83, passed away Tuesday, May 8, 2012 at her home in Chilhowie. She was preceded in death by her parents McKinley Pennington and Dora Sturgill Pennington; her husband, James J. Anderson; three children, two infant daughters and Lisa Kay Anderson; and a great grandson, Caleb Michael Anderson. Survivors include one son, Mike Anderson and wife Ruth; four daughters,...
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Lena Bell Hess

April 23, 2012

Lena Bell Hess, 94, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 23, 2012 at her home in Chilhowie. Lena was a very loving mother and grandmother who will be deeply missed. She touched everyone she met and she will never be forgotten. Mrs. Hess was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Douglas Hess; a son and daughter-in-law, Carl Leonard Hess and wife Katie; one daughter, Wanda Mae Hess; one...
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Dorothy Lou Heath Sullivan

April 22, 2012

Dorothy Lou Heath Sullivan, 74, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 22, 2012 in the Select Specialty Hospital in Bristol. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy Sullivan and one granddaughter, Amanda Hope Knapp. Survivors include seven children, Randall Lee Sullivan and wife Dana of Glade Spring, Va., Roy Daniel Sullivan, Church Hill, TN., Vickie Lou Rector and husband...
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Cora Robinson Myers

February 19, 1921 - April 15, 2012

Cora Robinson Myers, 91, passed away Sunday, April 15, 2012 at the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. She was born February 19, 1921 the daughter of William J. and Gorda Robinson. Cora was the widow of Robert H. Myers Sr. Mrs. Myers and her husband worked together for over 60 years on their farm. She was called upon many times to help friends and family in the making of apple butter and...
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Ruth Dolinger (Cassell) Rouse

April 14, 2012

Ruth Dolinger Cassell Rouse, 101, passed away Saturday, April 14, 2012 in the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Robert Dolinger and Darcas McClure Dolinger; two husbands, Willie "Buddy" Cassell and James Rouse; two brothers, Fred and Glen Dolinger; a sister, Gladys Greer. Survivors include nieces and nephews, Virginia Williams, Edward...
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John Richard Fore, Sr.

April 12, 1924 - April 12, 2012

John Richard Fore, Sr., age 88, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2012 in Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. John was born on April 12, 1924, in Glade Spring, Va., he was a lifelong resident of Glade, a member of Washington Springs United Methodist Church, a graduate of Glade Spring High School, a WWII Navy Veteran, and a lifelong farmer. Born the son of Russell and Bertie Fore, he was the...
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Ethel Irene Kuhn

April 3, 2012

Ethel Irene Kuhn, 82, passed away April 3, 2012 at the Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion. She was preceded in death by her parents, Raymond E. Thomas Sr. and Josie Stines Thomas; two brothers, Raymond E. Thomas and Charles R. Thomas. Survivors include her husband, Edward E. Kuhn of Chilhowie; one daughter, Cheryl Dye of Meadowview, Va.; one son, Carl Wright of Sugar Grove, Va.; four...
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Shonna Gail Ashby

April 2, 2012

Shonna Gail Ashby, 36, born April 5, 1975, went to be with her Lord on April 2, 2012. She was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Timothy Ashby; granddaddy, Ernest Kestner; pap-paw, Raymond E. Thomas; and her father, Lyle Kestner. She is survived by her husband, Christopher Ashby; son, Tyler Ashby; daughter, Shaylee Ashby; mother, Robin Gail Thomas; two sisters, Kelly Armstrong and...
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Shonna Gail Ashby

April 2, 2012

Shonna Gail Ashby, 36, passed away April 2, 2012. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Condolences can be made to the family online at www.williamsfuneralhomechilhowie.com. Williams Funeral Home of Chilhowie is serving the Ashby Family.
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Mary Helen Donnelly

March 30, 2012

Mary Helen Donnelly, 91, passed away Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. Helen was the owner of Chilhowie Florist for over 50 years. She is survived by her sisters, Anne Donnelly King of Chilhowie, Evelyn Donnelly Smith of Lynchburg, Va., Jane Donnelly Kittinger of South Hill, Va.; and a special nephew, Rob Donnelly of Chilhowie. Funeral services will...
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Mary Helen Williams

March 26, 2012

Mary Helen Williams, 88, passed away Monday, March 26, 2012. Survivors include one son, George Backus; cousin, David Jackson; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be conducted 11 AM, Thursday, March 29 in the Rose Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to the Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, PO Box 376, Chilhowie, Va. 24319. ...
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Georgia Leedy Martin

March 7, 2012

Georgia Leedy Martin, 93, passed away Wednesday, March 7, 2012. Survivors include two daughters, Jayne Shultz and husband Jim and Charlee Beth Dungan and husband Bill; four grandchildren, Matthew Shultz and wife Tracy, Ellen Shultz, Wesley Dungan, and Emily Dungan and husband Jim Paine; two great granddaughters, Billie and Sadie Paine. Funeral services for Mrs. Martin will be private. ...
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Robert B. Furr

February 24, 2012

Robert B. Furr, 88, passed away Friday, February 24, 2012. Funeral services will be conducted 1 PM Tuesday, February 28 at Williams Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wesley Eller officiating. Burial will follow in the Middle Fork Cemetery in Chilhowie. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to, The Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg, 810 Princess Ann St., Fredericksburg, Va. 22401. ...
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Mary Cregger Mutter

February 16, 2012

Mary Cregger Mutter, 76, passed away Thursday, February 16, 2012. Survivors include three daughters, Janet Hess and husband Robert F. of Chilhowie and Cathy Church and husband Hayden of Ceres, Va., and special daughter, Martha Mutter and Kenneth Trivett of Chilhowie; two sons, James A. Mutter Jr. and Nancy Thomas of Glade Spring and Ricky Mutter and wife Karen of Lafollette, TN.; two special...
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Bernie (Doss) Moore

February 13, 2012

Bernie Doss Moore, 74, passed away February 13, 2012 at her home in Marion. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Alva Collins Doss and Thomas J. Doss; three brothers, Hubert Doss, Oscar Doss, and Junior Doss. Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Ann Doss, Chilhowie; one sister and brother-in-law, Janie and Charles Young, Marion; and several nieces and...
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Lawrence F. Morrison

February 9, 2012

Lawrence F. Morrison, 46, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2012. Lawrence was a kind and loving person who loved taking photos. Survivors include his loving wife, Shelia J. Shifflett; one step-son, Warren Shifflett Jr. and wife Tina of Max Meadows; two step-daughters, Jennifer Grillmeier and husband Chad of Sugar Grove and Jessica Shifflett and Fiancée Billie of Winston Salem; one step...
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Joel Andrew Williams

January 25, 2012

Joel Andrew Williams Chilhowie, Va. Joel Andrew Williams, 40, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2012. Joel was a member of the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church, an employee of Washington County, Virginia and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a very loving husband, father, and son. Survivors include his wife, April B. Williams; step-son, Cory Jackson; daughter, Ashlee Williams; mother and...
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Harold Lee Blevins, Sr.

January 23, 2012

Harold Lee Blevins Sr., 94, passed away Monday, January 23, 2012 at his home in Chilhowie. He was preceded in death by his wife Nellie Heath Blevins; son-in-law, James A. Crutchfield; five brothers; and five sisters. Survivors include one son, Harold Lee Blevins Jr. and wife Linda of Seven Mile Ford; two daughters, Eleanor Pierce and husband Walter J. "Buck" Pierce Jr. of Chilhowie and Anna Sue...
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Mary Sheets

February 13, 1908 - January 12, 2012

Mary Sheets, 103, of Chilhowie passed away Thursday, January 12, 2012 at her home. She was born February 13, 1908 to John William and Laura Lilly Martin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Sheets; son, Howard Sheets, and daughter, Jean Ross. She was also preceded in death by all of her sibilings, Lilly Widener, John Henry and Esta Martin. Mrs. Sheets was the oldest member of...
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Charles Clayton Russell

December 16, 2011

Charles Clayton Russell Marion, Va. Charles Clayton Russell, 87, passed away Friday, December 16, 2011. Survivors include his loving wife of 64 years, Gladys Simons Russell; Three Children, Carol Russell Trail of Marion, Linda Russell Hutton and husband Don of Marion, and Charlie Bill Russell and wife Judy VanHoozier Russell of Marion; Four Grandchildren, Joe Hutton and Frankie Armstrong...
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Frances Martin Pruitt

October 4, 1922 - December 7, 2011

Frances Martin Pruitt, 89, a beloved and well known resident of Chilhowie passed away Wednesday, December 7, 2011. She was born October 4, 1922, in Monroe County, West Virginia, the daughter of Harry and Edith Baker Martin. Following her marriage, she came to Chilhowie, Va, where she resided for over seventy years. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and great...
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Ida M. Brown

December 5, 2011

Ida M. Brown Glade Spring, Va. Ida M. Brown, 86, formerly of Ceres, Va., passed away Monday, December 5, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Miller Brown; her parents and several brothers and sisters. Survivors include her daughter, Carol Stevenson and husband Ronald; one granddaughter, Karen Smith and husband Jeff of Radford; and two great grandsons, Josh and Aaron Smith;...
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Ruth Catherine Lester Wright

November 30, 2011

Ruth Catherine Lester Wright Glade Spring, Va. Ruth Catherine Lester Wright, 97, left this Earth to be with her Lord on November 30, 2011. She was a member of the Old Glade Presbyterian Church and a lifelong resident of Glade Spring. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Wright Sr.; a daughter, Nancy Louise Carter; her parents and several brothers and sisters. Survivors...
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James C. "JC, Jay" DeBusk

November 24, 2011

James C. "JC, Jay" DeBusk Chilhowie, Va. James C. "JC, Jay" DeBusk, 84, passed away Thursday, Nov. 24, 2011 in the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. He was a veteran of the United States Army and served in Germany in WWII. He had worked for Brunswick Corporation in Marion for 35 years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Thomas DeBusk; his parents, Lillian...
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