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Betty Stipe James

March 5, 1941 - May 14, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Betty Stipe James, 73, passed away on Wednesday (May 14, 2014) at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. She was born in Inman, VA on March 5, 1941, retired from Kroger's at Norton, VA as Head Deli Clerk in 1988; and owner of Betty's Catering, along with her husband. Betty was of Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband of 43 years, Ronald L....
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Doyle Gavin Wells

April 29, 1931 - May 13, 2014

Big Stone Gap VA, Mr. Doyle Gavin Wells 83, passed away peacefully in on Tuesday (May 13, 2014) at the Kingston Center in Duffield Virginia. He was of the Christian Faith He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Susie Wells He is survived by two brothers Lorene Wells of Big Stone Gap, and Owen Kelly Wells of Lee County VA, and other close relatives and friends. A...
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Teresa K. Stanley

February 7, 1954 - May 9, 2014

Big Stone Gap VA, Teresa K. Stanley 60, passed away on Friday May 9, 2014 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Teresa was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was of the Holiness Faith Church. She deeply loved her grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents Oscar and Bessie Sturgill, four brothers; Harold, Paul, Fred , Eulis, and two sisters; Velma Isom, and Lula Owens. ...
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Maudie Falin

March 19, 1949 - May 7, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Maudie Spears Falin, 65, passed away May 7, 2014 at Johnson City Medical Center She was a member of the Church of God In Jesus Name. She was preceded in death her father and mother, Chester and Virgie Spears; three brothers, Raymond, Larry Dean, and Daniel Spears. She is survived by her loving husband, Jack Falin; sister Norma and husband Bill Person; two brothers,...
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Leigh Ann Kennedy Bolinskey

May 6, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Leigh Ann Kennedy Bolinskey, 39, passed into her Saviors arms on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at Bristol Regional Medical Center after a long dedicated battle with cancer. Leigh Ann graduated from Appalachia High School Class of 1993; she then continued her passion for learning at Emory & Henry College, earning a degree in journalism and mass communication. Leigh Ann was a...
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Kyle Beecher Powers, Sr.

January 21, 1924 - April 27, 2014

BIG STONE GAP, Va/LEBANON, Va. Kyle Beecher Powers Sr., 90, passed away on Sunday (April 27, 2014) at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born in Russell County, VA. He lived most of his life in Big Stone Gap. At the age of 80, he returned to Russell County to enjoy his family and work on the farm. He was known by many as "Papaw", and was loved dearly by his family and friends. He was...
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Larry D. Sturgill, Sr.

May 18, 1959 - April 25, 2014

BIG STONE GAP, Va. Larry D Sturgill, Sr, 54, of the Cadet Community, passed away on Friday (April 25, 2014) at Holston Valley Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap. He retired from Riggs Oil Company in Big Stone Gap with 30 years of service. He was a Christian. Surviving are his wife of 37 years, Teresa (Davis) Sturgill; three sons, Bo Sturgill and wife Stephanie...
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James M. Gilley

April 14, 2014

Lynchburg, VA/Big Stone Gap, VA James M. Gilley, son of the late I. Tilden Gilly and Addie Gilley of Big Stone Gap, has passed away in Lynchburg at the age of 103. Jim was a 1927 graduate of Big Stone Gap High School as well as a 1932 graduate of The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA. He is survived by his son, James M. Gilley III of Palm Beach Gardens, FL, his daughter,...
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Shirley "Bug" Horton

July 4, 1967 - April 14, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Shirley "Bug" Horton, 46, passed away in the arms of her mother and father at her home in Big Stone Gap on Monday, April 14, 2014. She is survived by her parents, Charles and Marlene Horton, of the home. Also surviving are three aunts, Heidi Wagner, Regina Sneed and Jerri Lyn Horton; one uncle, David Horton, Sr.; and several cousins. Special thanks to her caregiver,...
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Dora N. Picker, (Blevins)

September 18, 1944 - April 8, 2014

Boone N.C./ Dante VA. Dora N. (Blevins) Picker, 69 passed away on April 8, 2014 at her residence in Boone North Carolina. She was born in Russell County Virginia, on September 18, 1944 the daughter of the late Charlie and Sally (Dingus) Blevins. She was a barber for her entire life, she loved life, and was a joy to all that knew her. She is survived by Mary Ann Post of St. Paul, Henry...
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Bonnie Sue Fields

August 14, 1952 - April 7, 2014

Wise, VA Bonnie Sue Fields, 61, passed away peacefully on Monday (Apr. 7, 2014) at home. She was a loving wife, mother and friend and she will be missed by all that knew her. She was preceded in death by her parents, Samuel and Lillian (Carico) Vanover. Surviving are her husband, Billy Gene Fields; three children, Scotty Fields, Sabrina Bell and Shawna Fields (Robert McNutt), all of...
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Sharon M. Hicks

February 18, 1947 - March 31, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Sharon M. Hicks, 67, passed away on Monday (March 31, 2014) at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, VA. She was born and raised in Stonega, VA and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. Sharon, a 1964 graduate of Appalachia High School, was a retired insurance agent with Peoples Security Life Ins. Co. and a member of the East Stone Gap Baptist Church. She...
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Naomi Jeanette Anderson

June 26, 1928 - March 30, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Naomi Jeanette Anderson, 85, of the Crackers Neck Community, passed away on Sunday (March 30, 2014) at her home. She was born in Inman, VA and lived most of her life in the Crackers Neck Community of Big Stone Gap. She was a former dietary aide at Lonesome Pine Hospital and also volunteered with the Lonesome Pine Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of T.O.P.S.. She...
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John Bond Sullivan

April 22, 1948 - March 30, 2014

CASTLEWOOD VIRGINIA, John Bond Sullivan, born April 22, 1948 passed away Sunday, March 30, 2014 at Russell County Medical Center. He was of the Christian faith, and was retired from the Ford Motor Company. He volunteered with the Camp 133 Volunteer Fire Department and enjoyed his time working with the little league as a coach and umpire. He was preceded in death by his parents, Kyle &...
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Alfred Carl Riebe

March 24, 1927 - March 23, 2014

Elberta Al, Alfred Carl Riebe 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday March 23, 2014 at his home, with his family by his side. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend; he will be missed by all that knew him. He enjoyed farming and his family. He was of the Catholic Faith. He was preceded in death by his wife Clara Riebe, his brother, Frank Riebe and his parents; Alfred and...
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Bobby Jack Sutherland

November 9, 1951 - March 21, 2014

ST. PAUL, VIRGINIA- Bobby Jack Sutherland 62, passed away peacefully on March 21, 2014 at the Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, TN. He was born in Russell County Virginia; son of the late Robert and Beulah Sutherland. He was a disabled coal miner. He was a loving father, grandfather, and friend. He enjoyed the outdoors, he enjoyed fishing, reading, and spending time with his family. He was...
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Charles Ray Miles

October 8, 1938 - March 19, 2014

Appalachia, VA Charles Ray Miles, 75, passed away on Wednesday (March 19, 2014) at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap, VA. He was a life-long resident of Appalachia. He worked for five years with the former Plaza Drug in Big Stone Gap and for 15 years with C & C Printing in Appalachia. He was a member of the Big Stone Gap Presbyterian Church. He was preceded in death by his...
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Angie C. Durham

December 11, 1932 - March 13, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Angie C. Durham, 81, of the Crackers Neck Community, went to be with her Father in Heaven on Thursday (March 13, 2014) at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, VA. She lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. She was a retired dietician with Lonesome Pine Hospital, with 25 years of service. She was of Jehovah Witness faith. She was preceded in death by a...
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Rosetta Holbrook Falin

July 12, 1939 - March 10, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Rosetta Holbrook Falin, 74, passed away peacefully at home on Monday (March 10, 2014), surrounded by her family. She was born in Appalachia, VA and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. She was a former designer with L. J. Horton Florist in Big Stone Gap. She was a former member of the Lonesome Pine Hospital Auxiliary. She was past member of the Powell Valley Rebekah...
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Margaret Talley

May 5, 1941 - March 8, 2014

Charlotte, NC/Big Stone Gap, VA Margaret Talley, 72, formerly of Big Stone Gap, VA, passed away peacefully on Saturday (March 8, 2014) at her home, with her family by her side. She lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap and had lived in Charlotte for over seven years. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Charlotte. She was preceded in death by her mother, Ernestine Spears...
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Samuel Pat Broach

February 7, 1966 - March 7, 2014

Big Stone Gap VA, Samuel "Pat" Broach 48, went to be with the Lord on Friday (March 7, 2014) at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport TN. Pat was a kind and gentle spirit; he loved music, playing the guitar, and drums. He will be missed by all that knew him. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Sam S. Broach and wife Rosa Lee, (maternal) Huey P. King, and one uncle Ted King...
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Peyton Douglas Clifton

March 3, 2014 - March 3, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Peyton Douglas Clifton,infant son of Tonya McGeorge,and Rick Clifton, departed this life on Monday (March 3, 2014) at the Lonesome Pine Hospital. Arrangents will be private. Holding Funeral Home is serving the Clifton family.
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Ellis M. Calton

July 24, 1940 - March 3, 2014

Gate City VA, Ellis M. Calton 73, passed away peacefully on Monday (March 3, 2014) at Mountain View Regional Medical Center. Ellis enjoyed farming, ginseng hunting, and he enjoyed the outdoors. He was preceded in death by his parents Shade and Myrtle Calton; along with eight brothers. He is survived by one brother David Calton (wife) Rosie of Wise and a host of other very close...
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Edward Lee "Bub" Hartley, Jr.

April 25, 1971 - February 28, 2014

St. Paul Virginia Edward Lee "Bub" Hartley Jr., 42, passed away on Friday (Feb. 28,2014) at Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born on April 25, 1971 the son of Edward Hartley Sr. and Judith( Rynes) Hartley. He always enjoyed being an active participant in anything his children was involved in, little league baseball, dance, and general sporting activities. He also enjoyed...
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Hazel Oakes

July 24, 1932 - February 28, 2014

Appalachia, VA Hazel Oakes, 81, passed away peacefully on Friday (Feb. 28, 2014) at home, with her family by her side. She loved to grow flowers and loved all kinds of music. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Curtis Fogarty and Clarence Oakes; and one daughter, Joyce Rich. She is survived by four children, Barbara Cerezo and husband, Bernie of California, Sharlean Rich and...
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Jennie McKinney

February 16, 1916 - February 25, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Jennie McKinney, 98, passed away on Tuesday (Feb. 25, 2014) at The Laurels in Norton, VA. She was born in New Jersey and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. She was a retired primary school teacher with the Wise County School System. She was a member of the Lonesome Pine Hospital Auxiliary. She participated in the "Trail of the Lonesome Pine" outdoor drama and she...
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J. C. Nickels

September 3, 1926 - February 21, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA J. C. Nickels, 87, passed away on Friday (February 21, 2014) at his home, surrounded by his family. He was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap. He retired after 42 years as owner/operator of Nickels Refrigeration in Big Stone Gap. He was a U. S. Navy Veteran of WWII. He was of Methodist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jess and Iva Belle (Galloway)...
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Linda Renee Gilliam/Franklin

November 28, 1967 - February 18, 2014

Big Stone Gap VA Linda Reneé Gilliam-Franklin, 46, of Big Stone Gap passed away on( February 18, 2014) Linda was born on November 28, 1967, in Orlando, FL to Judy and Bruce Gilliam. She attended Powell Valley High school in Big Stone Gap. She continued her education at Mountain Empire Community College where she obtained an associate's degree in "Medical office specialist" and was...
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Millard Gilliam

March 27, 1939 - February 15, 2014

Duffield, VA Millard Gilliam, 74, passed away on Saturday (Feb. 15, 2014) at home. He was a lifelong resident of Scott County, VA. He worked in the timber industry in his early years. He was a retired coal miner with the Sterling Mining Co., with 10 years of service and was a member of the U.M.W.A. He was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his mother, Laura (Frazier)...
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Nanna Mae Swecker

April 16, 1930 - February 15, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Nanna Mae Swecker, 83, passed away on Saturday (Feb. 15, 2014) at Norton Community Hospital. She was born and raised in Stonega, VA and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. "Nan," as she was affectionately known as, was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Nan was a member of the Artesian Well Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years...
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Kenneth Lee Riggs

October 30, 1944 - February 14, 2014

Duffield, VA Kenneth Lee Riggs, 69, passed away on Friday (Feb. 14, 2014) at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. Arrangements for Mr. Riggs were private. Holding Funeral Home is serving Mr. Riggs' family.
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Golf Edward "Ed" Gunn

March 13, 1962 - February 14, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Golf Edward "Ed" Gunn, 51, passed away on Friday (February 14, 2014) at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. He was born in Cleveland, OH, raised in Romulus, MI and had lived in Big Stone Gap for the past seven years. He was a truck driver for the Riggs Oil Co. in Big Stone Gap. He was a member of the Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church. He loved his...
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Mollie Wells Powers

January 12, 1924 - February 5, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Mollie Wells Powers, 90, of Powell Valley, went home to be with the Lord early Wednesday morning (Feb. 5, 2014) at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, Virginia She was born in Wise County, Virginia where she lived her entire life. She was a Christian and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her parents, Brickey and Rosa Carter Wells; brothers...
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Bobby Wayne Gilliam

February 4, 2014

Big Stone Gap VA Bobby Wayne Gilliam,76, passed away on Tuesday February 4, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Edna Gilliam, one sister, Charlene Martin, and one brother, James "Bud" Gilliam. He is survived by two daughters, Kim Gilliam of Berea, Kentucky, and Kathy Sandford (husband, Kevin) of Lexington, Kentucky; two grandchildren, Katie and Emily Sandford; two...
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Mary Hatcher Gregory

March 26, 1924 - February 1, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Mary Hatcher Gregory, 89, passed away on Saturday (Feb. 1, 2014) at home. She was born in Osaka, VA, raised in Wheelwright, KY, and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. She was of the Freewill Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mervin Gregory; her parents, William Jefferson Hatcher and Lillie B. (Mason) Hatcher; three brothers; and one sister....
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Charles Denver Rhoten

May 16, 1929 - January 31, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Charles Denver Rhoten, 84, passed away on Friday (January 31, 2014) at home, following a long illness. He was retired from the Town of Big Stone Gap, worked at Baltimore (Md.) Shipyard, Bristol Line & Power, Daniels Construction Co., and he was mechanic at various local service stations. He served in the U. S. Navy. He was preceded in death by his son, Denver Allan...
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Edith Odene Williams

April 23, 1926 - January 25, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Edith Odene Williams, 87, of the Cadet Community, passed away on Saturday (January 25, 2014) at Lonesome Pine Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a member of the Cadet Primitive Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Williams; an infant daughter, Tammie Williams; her...
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John Lawrence Jones

April 1, 1914 - January 25, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA John Lawrence Jones, 99, passed away on Saturday (January 25, 2014) at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, VA. He was born in Scott County, VA on April 1, 1914. He worked at C.C.C. Camps, at Eastman in Kingsport and as a coal miner, during his younger days. He was a Ret. U. S. Army M/Sgt., having served during WWII. Following the war he was stationed in...
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Jessee A. Mickles

June 15, 1938 - January 19, 2014

DANTE, VIRGINIA-Jessee Andy Mickles Jr. 75 passed away peacefully on Jan. 19, 2014 at Johnson City Medical Center. He was born in Russell County Virginia; son of the late Jessee Andy Sr. and Sarah Mickles. He was a disabled coal miner. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and friend. He was an avid outdoorsman who really enjoyed fishing and camping. He is survived by...
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Hillman "Buck" Wells

September 5, 1935 - January 16, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Hillman "Buck" Wells, 78, of the Wildcat Valley, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday (Jan. 16, 2014) at Holston Valley Medical Center, surrounded by his family. Buck was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap. He was a retired coal miner with the Westmoreland Coal Co., with 27 years of service and a member of the U.M.W.A. District #28. Buck enjoyed carpentry and...
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Carolyn Sue Mullins Clifton

December 24, 1955 - January 16, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Carolyn Sue Mullins Clifton, 58, passed away on Thursday morning (January 16, 2014) at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Appalachia, VA and was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap. She devoted her life to raising her children and was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her son, Billy Ray Clifton, Jr.; her parents, Pleas and Crecie ...
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Vivion Harold Skeen

September 8, 1926 - January 12, 2014

Big Stone Gap VA Vivion Harold Skeen 87, passed away peacefully on Jan 12, 2014 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center. He was a devoted father, husband, and friend. A member of the Trinity United Methodist Church, A lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 5715, He was a WWII veteran, having served his country honorably in the United States Navy. During his military service he served several...
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Jimmie Roney Bowman, Jr.

May 25, 1967 - January 9, 2014

Big Stone Gap VA Jimmie R. Bowman Jr. 46 passed away at his home on January 9,2013 He was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap , and the Artesian Well Hollow Community. He was preceded in death by his father Jimmie Bowman Sr. He leaves behind two sons, Derek Bowman of Appalachia, Bradley Bowman of Appalachia, His mother Ruth Bowman Hensley of Big Stone Gap, three brothers; Daniel...
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Sidney Clay Lyons

July 18, 1940 - January 7, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Sidney Clay Lyons, age 73, of Powell Valley, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014. Sidney dedicated his life to a military career, proudly serving 40 years, 5 months, and 20 days in the United States Marine Corps. He was devoted to his family. He enjoyed spending time with his friends, working on the farm, his small engine repair shop and planning his next...
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Maxine Bush Bentley

March 10, 1935 - January 3, 2014

Big Stone Gap, VA Maxine Bush Bentley, 78, passed away on Friday (January 3, 2014) at The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, OH. Maxine lived in Appalachia, VA and Big Stone Gap her entire life. She was a member of the Looney Creek Memorial Baptist Church in Inman, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Bentley; her parents, Elbert "Bud" and Ollie (Clark) Bush; seven brothers...
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Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Quillen

December 4, 1955 - January 2, 2014

Kenneth R. Quillen passed away at his loving home in Jacksonville, Florida on January 2, 2014 at the age of 58. Kenny is predeceased by his grandparents, Johnnie Hileman-Davis and Ike Hileman, Clay Davis, and Thelma and Herbert Quillen. Kenny is survived by his beautiful wife Kenda of 31 years. They were married in McRoberts, Kentucky on June 26, 1982. He is also survived by both of his...
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Lawrencie E. Wells Poole

July 22, 1918 - December 28, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Lawrencie E. Wells Poole, 95, of Powell Valley, went to her heavenly home on Saturday (December 28, 2013) at home. She was a lifelong resident of Powell Valley. She was a member of Legion Memorial Methodist Church in Powell Valley, where she was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Oscar F. Poole; her parents,...
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Carolyn Faye Howerton Roberts

March 22, 1943 - December 26, 2013

Big Stone Gap, Va./ Lebanon Va. Carolyn Faye Howerton Roberts, 70, passed away peacefully on Thursday (Dec. 27, 2013) at Russell County Medical Center. She was a member of the East Stone Gap Baptist Church, where she enjoyed being a productive member of the congregation. She loved sewing, cooking, and being with her family. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She...
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Lola C. Davis

November 20, 1918 - December 21, 2013

Manassas, VA/Big Stone Gap, VA Lola C. Davis, 95, formerly of the Wildcat Valley and Jasper, VA, passed away on Saturday (Dec. 21, 2013) at the Manassas (Va.) Health and Rehab. She was born in Hemphill, KY, lived in Wildcat Valley and Jasper for several years and lived in Manassas, VA for most of her life. She was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lester T. Davis; two...
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Mary Lou Shoop

November 11, 1928 - December 17, 2013

Big Stone Gap VA/ Crackers Neck Mary Lou Shoop 85, went to be with the Lord on (Dec. 17, 2013) at her home in the Crackers neck Community. She was a member of the Cedar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church. A loving and faithful wife and mother, she devoted her life to the care of her family and the support of her husband, Pastor; Jonah Shoop, in their life long ministry for Christ Jesus. ...
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Roy Shannon Collier

April 14, 1962 - December 12, 2013

Appalachia VA/ Kingsport TN. Roy Shannon Collier, 51, passed away on Thursday (Dec. 12, 2013.) He was a member of the Andover church he carried those Christian values throughout his life. He coached little league and umpired junior league sports. He was a loving father, brother, husband, and friend. He was preceded in death by his parents Bill and Jackie Collier, and his sister Mary Kate...
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Ruth Nichols Shuler

June 1, 1924 - December 12, 2013

Big Stone Gap VA, Ruth Nichols Shuler, 89, passed away peacefully on Thursday (December 12, 2013) at Lonesome Pine Hospital. Ruth was born in Stonega VA in 1924, she was a member of the Oak Grove Baptist Church, a lifelong resident of Wise County, and enjoyed being a Christian. Ruth's other passions were being a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend. She took great pride in providing...
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Johnny Wilson

January 29, 1923 - December 11, 2013

Big Stone Gap VA Johnny James Wilson, age 90, a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap, passed away on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at the Wexford House in Kingsport, TN. He was born on January 29, 1923, to the late Sylvan and Nora Wilson. In addition to his parents, Johnny was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice Mize Wilson: sister, Pauline Nidiffer Stacy, and brother, Paul. ...
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Gregory Butch Dalton

March 4, 1949 - December 10, 2013

Big Stone Gap VA Gregory Allen " Butch" Dalton, 64, went to his heavenly home December 10, 2013 after a lengthy illness with his family by his side at Lonesome Pine Hospital, Big Stone Gap, V.A. Butch was born March 04, 1949 in Norton, VA. He graduated from Powell Valley High School in 1967 and after graduation had one tour in the US Army where he held the rank of sergeant. Later, he...
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Richard White

May 11, 1965 - December 7, 2013

Springfield OH/ Big Stone Gap VA Richard Ray White Sr 48, born on May 11, 1965, passed away Saturday (Dec.7, 2013) peacefully with his family by his side. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids and being a great father. He loved sports. He enjoyed playing pool, cards and most of all fishing. His family was longtime members of the West End Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by...
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Alice Faye Wagner

August 7, 1937 - December 3, 2013

Big Stone Gap VA. Alice Faye Wagner 76, passed away peacefully on Tuesday (Dec. 3, 2013) with her family by her side. She was born on Aug. 7, 1937 to the late Raymond and Lovely Gilley, she was a long time native of Wise County, she had many friends and people that remember her for her loving ways. She was a member of the Baptist church in Appalachia VA; she enjoyed being a wife, a mother...
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Darrell Allen Mallory

December 1, 1953 - November 15, 2013

Keokee VA, Darrell Mallory 59, passed away peacefully on Monday (Nov. 25, 2013)at his residence in Keokee VA. He was a member of the Sigma Freewill Baptist church, he loved fishing and watching his old western movies. He was preceded in death by his parents Billy Ray and Helen Mallory, his special niece Tara Gibson. He is survived by his brothers Bob Cambell (Wife ) Sue of Duffield,...
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Auburn Howard Mosley, Jr.

June 5, 1950 - November 13, 2013

Wise. VA " On Nov. 13 He fulfilled his journey with us; he went home and received his wings." Auburn Howard Mosley Jr. 63 passed away peacefully on Wednesday( Nov. 13, 2013) at Mountain View Hospital In Norton VA. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend; He loved fishing in the Wise Lake, he enjoyed playing chess with his good friend Eddie. He was a 1969 Graduate of J.J...
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Michael P. Blanton

November 29, 1951 - November 7, 2013

BIG STONE GAP, VA. Micheal P. Blanton ,61, passed away On Thursday (Nov. 7, 2013) peacefully with his family by his side. He spent his life driving big rig trucks over the road, he was a loving husband. He was born On (Nov.29, 1951) the son of James and Nola Blanton of Dallas TX. He was preceded in death by his father, James Edward Blanton, Sister Jan, and Nephew James Ray He is...
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Theodore James Shoults

January 24, 1954 - November 6, 2013

Jonesville, VA. Theodore James Shoults, 59, passed away peacefully on Wed.(Nov 6, 2013) at Holston Valley Medical Center. He was a devout Catholic, and a member of the Church of The Holy Spirit in Jonesville Virginia. He was preceded in the death by his parents Richard and Susan Shoults, his former wife Betty Ann Perkins McMurdy ;one brother Joe Shoults. He is survived by his two...
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Hazel Blanken

September 2, 1932 - October 30, 2013

Big Stone Gap/ Strawberry Patch Hazel Blanken, 81, passed away peacefully, on Wednesday (Oct. 30, 2013) at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport Tn. Hazel was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, and friend. She will truly be missed by all that knew her. She was a Christian. She was preceded in death by her husband; Lee Blanken, her parents; Edmond and Stella...
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Ronald Lee Blanken, Sr.

May 21, 1950 - October 24, 2013

Big Stone Gap VA,/Strawberry Patch Ronald L. Blanken Sr, 63, passed away on Thursday ( Oct. 24, 2013) at Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap. Ronald was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be missed by all that knew him. He was preceded in death by his father Lee Blanken, and Infant son John Carl Blanken. He is survived by his wife Susan Blanken, of the home...
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Patricia Ann Colvard

April 15, 1941 - October 23, 2013

East Stone Gap, VA Patricia Ann Hood Colvard 72, passed away (Wednesday, October 23,2013) following an extended illness. She was born at home in East Stone Gap, VA. On April 15, 1941 she was of the Baptist Faith. She held multiple jobs over the years, her favorite position that she held was the Ventilation Secretary, at the Mine Safety, and Health administration in Norton VA. She...
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Presley Frazier Shrader

July 15, 1931 - October 23, 2013

Orange Park Florida/ Big Stone Gap VA Presley Frazier Shrader went to be with the Lord at Haven Hospice in Orange Park, Fl, in the early morning of Tuesday, August 6, 2013, after he fought a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was born to the late Emory Frazier and Margie A. Shrader of Stephenson, West Virginia, on July 15, 1931. After graduation from high school in Bluefield, West...
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Betty Ann Perkins- McMurdy

October 9, 1949 - October 22, 2013

Jonesville VA, Mrs. Betty Ann Perkins- McMurdy 64, passed away on (Oct. 22, 2013) with her family by her side. Arrangements were private You may go online to view the obituary or sign the guest registry at www.holdingfuneralhome.com Holding Funeral Home is serving the Perkins-McMurdy family
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Billy Ray Price

August 10, 1946 - October 21, 2013

Big Stone Gap VA, Billy Ray Price, 67, passed away on Monday (Oct. 21, 2013) at his residence. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He was preceded in death by his parents; Myrtle and Aaron Price, one sister; Elizabeth Harding, two granddaughters; Hallie, and Ava Estep, and one grandson. He is survived by his loving wife, Frankie Price of the home, his daughter; Courtney...
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Roberto Gutierrez Maciel

August 6, 1955 - October 15, 2013

Roberto Gutierrez Maciel Roberto Maciel 58, passed away , at Norton Community Hospital on (October 16, 2013) Mr. Roberto will be flown back to his home country of Mexico after a brief family visitation at Holding Funeral Home. Holding Funeral Home is serving the Maciel family
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Bobby R. DeBoard

February 16, 1952 - October 14, 2013

Bobby R. "Duke" DeBoard, 61, passed away on Monday (Oct. 14, 2013) at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. He was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap. Duke was a painter by trade and had worked for the former Brummitt Decorating. He enjoyed basketball, football and fishing. He loved his children and grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Violet...
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Ellen Ruth Fleenor Napier Snodgrass

May 25, 1930 - October 11, 2013

Big Stone Gap, Va. Ellen Ruth Fleenor Napier Snodgrass, 83, passed from earth to her heavenly home on Friday, October 11, 2013 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, Va. She was born May 25, 1930 in Lee County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Claude and Mallie McKnight Fleenor. She became a Christian at a young age and served her Lord for many years and was always willing...
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Faye Brummitt

August 6, 1939 - October 8, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Faye Brummitt, 74, passed away on Tuesday (Oct. 8, 2013) at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, VA. She was a loving mother, grandmother, wife, and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert R. Brummitt; her parents, Fitchu Lee and Georgia Ann (Spears) Duncan; several brothers and sisters. She is survived by eight children, Debra Gentry and...
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Velma Jones

February 12, 1916 - October 7, 2013

Appalachia, VA Velma Jones, 97, passed away on Sunday, October, 6, 2013 at the Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, VA. Velma was born in Brent, Ala. on February 12, 1916. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bruzee Jones; and parents, Avery and Dora Mason. Velma accepted her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at an early age. She united with Macedonia Baptist Church in...
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Benjamin Kenneth Wampler

November 2, 1917 - October 2, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Benjamin Kenneth Wampler, 95, of Wampler Hollow Road, passed away on Wednesday (October 2, 2013) at Mountain View Medical Center in Norton, VA. Mr. Wampler, who was affectionately known as "Fudge" was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap. He was a farmer and operated a sawmill. Kenneth served in the U. S. Army during WWII and was on one of the first ships that landed on...
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Frankie E. Jackson

August 25, 1932 - October 2, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Frankie E. Jackson, 81, passed away on Wednesday (Oct. 2, 2013) at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. She was born on August 25, 1932 in Scott County, VA. She was a retired dietician with Norton (Va.) Community Hospital. She was a member of the Appalachia Pentecostal Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Lee Jackson; her parents,...
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Pamela Jane Wilson

February 13, 1957 - October 2, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA/Castlewood, VA Pamela Jane "PJ" Wilson, 56, passed away on Wednesday (October 2, 2013) at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap, with her family by her side. P. J. loved arts and crafts, enjoyed the beach, and she was a loving mother, daughter,sister, and friend. She was preceded in death by her father, Glen J. Sergeant; and her maternal and paternal grandparents. ...
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Virginia "Jenny" Hurd

May 30, 1933 - September 30, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Virginia "Jenny" Hurd, 80, passed away on Monday (September 30, 2013) at home. She was born in Bartley, WV, and lived in Coeburn, VA and Big Stone Gap most of her life. She was a nurse at the former St. Mary's Hospital in Norton, VA. She was of Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Mullins; her second husband, Oscar Ray Hurd; her son,...
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Tabbatha Sue Radle

September 27, 2013

Pennington Gap VA Tabbatha Sue Radle, 29, passed away unexpectedly on (Friday Sept 27, 2013) at Holston Valley Medical Center She loved to crochet, and loved animals. She was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents. She is survived by her mother, Linda Radle, of, Spotsylvania VA, her father, Burl Delph, of Jonesville VA, Fiance, Daniel Davidson, Sister, Mia(...
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Dennis Lynn Boggs

June 13, 1959 - September 22, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Dennis Lynn Boggs, 54, of the Strawberry Patch Community, passed away on Sunday (September 22, 2013) at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap. He was born in Norton, VA and was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap. He was a Tree Climber for the former, Pennline Tree Company and Phillips' Tree Service. He was a Christian. He was preceded in death by his father,...
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Chasity Mae Brummett

January 10, 1974 - September 17, 2013

Norton VA Chasity Mae Brummett 39, passed away on Sept 17, 2013 She was preceded in death by Her father Darrell Brummett She is survived by her two daughters Summer and Autumn Wells ,Son In Law Josh, Mother Pamela Brummett One sister Christie Brummett, Three Brothers Coby Brummett, Chancy Brummett, Chachi Brummett, Several Nieces and Nephews and Friends, and Special Friend; Danielle and...
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Stanley Frank Wozniak

September 14, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Stanley Frank Wozniak, 64, passed away at his home on Saturday, September 14, 2013. Frank was born and raised in Appalachia, VA, but spent his later years in Big Stone Gap. He graduated from Castle Heights Military School in Lebanon, TN and later earned numerous certifications at various colleges. He was awarded a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing from East Tennessee State...
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Helen Irene Lovell

November 9, 1931 - September 11, 2013

"Strength and honor are her clothing……She looketh well to the ways of her household……her children arise and call her blessed;….. Proverbs 31:25-28 Big Stone Gap, VA Helen Irene Phipps Lovell, 81, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday (Sept. 11, 2013). She joined her husband, three of her children and loved ones who have preceded her in death. Helen was a member of New Hope...
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Irene Lambert

July 29, 1944 - September 2, 2013

LAMBERT, IRENE, 69, Big Stone Gap, VA Big Stone Gap, VA Agnes Irene Lambert, 69, of the Wildcat Community, went to be with the Lord on Monday (Sept. 2, 2013) at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, TN, following a 20 year battle with cancer. She was born on July 29, 1944 in Scott County, VA and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. Irene retired from Norton Community Hospital in 1995,...
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Velma Patsy "Pat" Dickenson

December 2, 1942 - August 31, 2013

Dryden, VA Velma Patsy "Pat" Dickenson, 58, passed away on Saturday (August 31, 2013) at Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington Gap, VA. She had a very loving and giving spirit, she was a devoted wife,mother, and homemaker, and she loved "Spanky" more than anything in the world. She was preceded in death by her parents, three brothers and two sisters. She is survived by her husband...
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Jamie Michael Flanary

September 13, 1976 - August 30, 2013

Appalachia, VA Jamie Michael Flanary, 36, departed this life on Friday, August 30, 2013. He was born September 13, 1976 to Johnny Ray and Sandy Jean (Lawson) Flanary. He was a graduate of the Appalachia High School Class of 1994. Jamie was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother Phyllis (Lockaby) Lawson and his paternal grandfather William C. Flanary. He leaves a loving...
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Mary Sue Ward Lawson

August 22, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Mary Sue Ward Lawson went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 22, 2013.. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, sister, aunt, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she touched the lives of many people and will be deeply missed by her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mary and Hugh Ward of Dryden, VA; her brother, Ed Ward,...
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Elva Neal Bledsoe

July 16, 1918 - August 16, 2013

"The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;…Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."-Psalm 23 Big Stone Gap, VA Elva Neal Bledsoe, 95, went to be with the Lord, Friday, August 16, 2013, at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center, Kingsport, Tenn. She...
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Bill Franklin

December 31, 1945 - August 15, 2013

Jonesborough, TN Bill Franklin, 67, formerly of Appalachia, VA, passed away on Thursday (August 15, 2013) at the home of his daughter in Jonesborough, TN. He was born and raised in Appalachia, VA and lived in Kingsport, TN and Jonesborough for most of his adult life. He was a self-employed farrier. He was of the Baptist faith. Bill was proud to be a simple man. He was preceded in...
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Shell Arnold, Jr.

June 6, 1924 - August 9, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Shell Arnold, Jr., 89, passed away on Friday (August 9, 2013) at Mountain View Regional Medical Center in Norton, VA, following several months of failing health. He was born in Wise County, VA and lived most of his life in Big Stone Gap. He was a mechanic for the former Tri-State Bus Lines, General Trucking Co, with over 25 years of service and was co-owner, with his son,...
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Eugene "Gene" Shupe

March 28, 1933 - August 2, 2013

(Revelation 14:13) "Yes," says the Spirit, "they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them."" Jasper VA, Eugene "Gene" Shupe Sr went to be with the Lord Friday (August 2, 2013) with his family by his side. Gene never saw a stranger, he loved everyone, and was loved by everyone he met. To know him was to love him. He loved the Lord and reading his word. He was a...
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Frank Delano Murray

January 13, 1936 - July 26, 2013

INMAN, VA Frank D. Murray, 77, passed away July 26, 2013. He was born January 13, 1936 in Inman, VA to the late Homer and Isabelle Brewer Murray, He retired from RCA in 2007 as an electrician. Frank was a member of Thompson Road Baptist Church He was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 4 sisters. His survivors are wife Sandra S. Murray; daughter Vicki Vera Murray of Indianapolis...
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Roy Preston Chandler

July 17, 2013 - July 19, 2013

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid." John 14:27 Big Stone Gap, VA Roy Preston Chandler, infant son of Roy and Amanda (Collins) Chandler, was called home to heaven on Friday (July 19, 2013) at Holston Valley Medical Center. He is survived by his parents, Roy and Amanda ...
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Marjorie Giles Jones

July 17, 1927 - July 18, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Marjorie Giles Jones, 86, passed away on Thursday (July 18, 2013) at Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, TN. She was a graduate of Big Stone Gap High School and attended Radford College. She was retired from the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. Before declining health, she was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, Dogwood Garden Club and the...
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Laura Agnes Buchanan

May 30, 1918 - July 9, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Laura Agnes Buchanan, 95, passed away on Tuesday (July 9, 2013) at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap. She was born in Hancock County, TN and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. She worked for the former Highland Restaurant in Big Stone Gap. She was of Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband of 33 years, Marvin K. "Jack" Buchanan; her...
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Martha Geneva "Bunny" Lawson

December 22, 1929 - July 8, 2013

Big Stone Gap, Va. Martha Geneva "Bunny" Lawson, 83, passed away on Monday (July 8, 2013) at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. She was a lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap and of Baptist faith. Bunny was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend, to all who knew her, and she would always graciously welcome guests into her home. She was preceded in death by her...
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Janice Burleson Collins

July 9, 1940 - July 6, 2013

East Stone Gap, VA Janice Burleson Collins, 72, passed away on Saturday (July 6, 2013) in Johnson City, TN, following a brief illness. She was born in Roda, Va. on July 9, 1940. She was a graduate of Appalachia High School, a graduate of Mary Washington College of U. Va. in Fredericksburg, Va. and a graduate of the U. S. Public Health Service School of Medical Record Science in Baltimore,...
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Lowell Harold Gilley

January 8, 1942 - July 2, 2013

East Stone Gap, VA Lowell Harold Gilley, 71, passed away on Tuesday (July 2. 2013) at his home with his family by his side. Harold was an accomplished gospel singer. He was a chaplain at Norton Community Hospital. Harold was an ordained minister. He spent his life serving the Lord and always helping, and giving to other people. He was a member of the Palmetto State Quartet. His...
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Dorothy Scalf

July 1, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Dorothy Ellen Scalf, 79, went to be with the Lord on Monday (July 1, 2013). She passed away peacefully at her home. She enjoyed cooking, baking, and gardening. But most of all she loved helping people. A member of Appalachia Pentecostal Church, Dorothy was a woman of strong faith, charity, and deep devotion. A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great...
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Randall Steve Rogers

March 21, 1954 - June 30, 2013

Baltimore, MD Randall Steve Rogers, 59, passed away on Sunday, June 30, 2013. He was born in Big Stone Gap, VA on March 21,1954 and lived most of his life in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore, MD area. He retired in February of 2011, as an union carpenter and worked at surrounding MD/DC/VA convention centers, preparing for various conventions and shows. He was preceded in death by his...
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Reida A. Rankin

June 7, 1942 - June 30, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA/Kingsport, TN Reida A. Rankin, 71, passed away on Sunday (June 30, 2013) at her home at Asbury Place of Kingsport. She attended Big Stone Gap Elementary and Middle School and graduated from the Charles E. Ellis School for Girls in Newtown Sq., PA. She was a Medical College of Virginia graduate with a degree in Radiology Technology. She retired from Wellmont Holston...
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Doris Abercrombie Cooper

November 28, 1925 - June 30, 2013

Keokee, Va Doris Abercrombie Cooper, 87, passed away on June 30, 2013 in Roanoke Va. Doris was born in Tuskegee, Ala. on Nov. 28, 1925 to James and May Abercrombie. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and aunt. Doris grew up in Appalachia, Va. and graduated from Appalachia High School in 1943. She married Jack G. Cooper of Keokee, Va. in 1946. They lived in...
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Ruth Lee Bush

July 29, 1923 - June 29, 2013

Big Stone Gap, VA Ruth Lee Bush, 89, passed away on Saturday (June 29, 2013) at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Big Stone Gap. She was born in Lee County, VA and lived most of her life in Big Stone Gap. She was a homemaker and an avid flower gardener. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Elmer Bush, in 1989; two sons, Charles and Jerry Bush; one grandson, Josh Bush; her...
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