Roy L. Barrett     View Tribute Site

Roy L. Barrett, age 62, died at his home in Meadowview Friday, April 3, 2009. His wish was to pass away during his sleep and God graciously granted him that wish. As morning was breaking, the gates opened and he awoke in his heavenly home free from many years of suffering the effects of heart complications and diabetes. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and neighbor. He was a member of Little Rock Baptist Church.

He was predeceased by his parents, Joseph Daniel Barrett and Ellen Kathleen Barrett; an infant son, Matthew Daniel Barrett; and a sister, Ida Ruth Mullins.

Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 44 years, Betty Yarber Barrett; four daughters, Marie Buttry and husband, Jimmy of Glade Spring, Tammy Doss and husband, William of Glade Spring, Fayla Muncy and husband, Jerry of Meadowview, and Debbie Teaters and husband, Brian of Chilhowie; four grandchildren, Hallie Buttry, Blake Muncy, Stacy Doss and Logan Teaters; three brothers, Joe Barrett and wife, Ann of Abingdon, Frank Barrett and wife, Faye of Meadowview, and Garland Barrett and wife, Pat of Meadowview; three sisters, Opal Sippel and husband, Joe of Abingdon, Christine Humphrey and husband, Kermit of Salem, Alabama, and Regina Cumbow and husband, Jim of Abingdon; and special buddies, Don Rutherford, Dexter Hicks, and Tony Barrett.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm Monday, April 6, 2009 in Old Glade Presbyterian Cemetery with Brother Buster Mullins officiating. Interment will follow. Pallbearers will be Jimmy Buttry, William Doss, Jerry Muncy, Brian Teaters, Blake Muncy, and Tony Barrett. Honorary pallbearers will be his special family members and close friends. No visitation will be held at the funeral home, though the family will receive friends at the home any time.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Glade Spring Volunteer Lifesaving Crew.

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Franklin S. Wagner     View Tribute Site     View Video

 

Franklin Smith Wagner, 76, died Sunday April 5, 2009 at Johnston Memorial Hospital.  He was preceded in death by his parents, William Ray Wagner and Lucy Mae Sheffield Wagner; and by a brother, Bill Wagner.

            He is survived by his wife, Delores A. Wagner; 1 son, Michael Anthony Smith and wife Donna of Church Hill, TN; 1 brother, Willis Wagner and wife Betty of Kingsport; 2 grandchildren, Anna Marie Smith and Benjamin Michael Smith; 1 brother-in-law, Jim Hutton and wife Phyllis of Meadowview; 1 sister-in-law, Willa Hamilton and husband Art of Glenrock, PA; and several nieces and nephews.

            The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Old Glade Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Timothy Bird and the Rev. C.W. Eugene Baldwin officiating.  The family will receive friends at the church prior to the service beginning at 5:00 p.m.

            The committal service will be conducted Wednesday, April 8, 2009 in the Mount Rose Cemetery mausoleum at 11:00 a.m.  Those wishing to attend are asked to assemble at the cemetery.

            Pallbearers will be Freddie Horne, Frankie Gregory, Joe Graham, Bobby Thompson, Ralph Puckett, and Bill Mullins.

            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Old Glade Capital Campaign, P. O. Box 336, Glade Spring, VA 24340.

 

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Stewart Dewayne McCracken     View Tribute Site

 

Stewart Dewayne (Wayne) McCracken, 47, passed away Sunday, April 5, 2009.

 

He was born June 12, 1961 in Bristol, Virginia and was a son of the late Stewart Russell and Lynda Lee Alexander McCracken. He accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior in 1973 and was ordained in 1997. He was Pastor at Gum Hill Baptist Church.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Carl Worley and special family member, Earl Hilliard

 

Survivors are his wife of 25 years, Melisa Hilliard McCracken; daughter, Julie McCracken; son, Andy McCracken and wife, Jessica Bowman McCracken of Elizabethton, TN; granddaughter, Jasmine Yarber; mother-in-law, Reba Worley; father-in-law, Virgil Hilliard, Sr.; Sisters, Reba McCracken Tate, and husband, Danny, and Sara McCracken Campbell, and husband, Dallas; brother, Norval Andrew McCracken and wife, Brenda; brothers-in-law, Virgil Hilliard, and Steven Hilliard and wife, Glenna; sister-in-law, Sarah Hilliard; 16 nieces and nephews; 4 great nieces; 1 great nephew; several cousins; special family, Margaret Hilliard; and special friends, Jack and Juanita Sturgill, and Dennis and Becky Katzenmeier.

 

A memorial service for Stewart McCracken will be held at 4:00pm Thursday, April 9, 2009 at the Forest Hills Chapel of Farris Funeral Service, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon, Virginia 24210 with Rev. Mike Alexander and Elder John King officiating.

 

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Juanita Marie Thomas     View Tribute Site    View Video

Juanita Marie Roark Thomas, age 77, our precious Momma, went to be with the Lord on April 7, 2009.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lula Jordan Roark of Abingdon, VA, her husband, John Thomas, a brother, George Roark, sisters, Mary South and Goldie Bailey and a daughter, Edna Jane Sullins.

She attended the Gospel Tabernacle Church.

Survivors include her children, Paul Sullins, Jr. “Buggar” and wife Mollie, Abingdon, VA, Connie Crusenberry and husband, Jimbo, Abingdon, VA, Cathy Hahn and husband, Fred, Bristol, VA and Joan Tate and husband, C. J., Bristol, VA, brothers and sisters, Bill Roark, Abingdon, VA, Cathy South, Abingdon, VA, Doris Statzer, Abingdon, VA and James Roark “Buzz”, Abingdon, VA, eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, a special friend, Joyce Garrett.

The funeral service will be conducted Friday, April 10, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Farris Funeral Service, Main Street Chapel with Pastor David Robins, Reverend Darrell Henley and Reverend C. J. Tate officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Tate, Bryan Sullins, Garlon Shortridge, Eddie Wolfe, Glenn Baumgardner, Danny Thomas and Buddy Thomas. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Jonathan Dixon, Jacob Tate, Clarence Robins, Fred Wright and Carl Lewis.

A very special thanks to Dr. Jonathan Dixon, Home Health Care of Southwest Virginia and Gina Robinson for the loving care shown to Mrs. Thomas.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. in the Farris Funeral Home.

 

 

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Anne Louise Keating    View Tribute Site     View Video

Mrs. Anne Louise Eckard Keating, 90, of Abingdon, much beloved mother and sister, passed away Monday, April 6, 2009, after a brief decline in health. 

Mrs. Keating was born on May 21, 1918, in Denver, NC, to the late John Eli Eckard and Sallie White Eckard.  She graduated from Oxford Academy in Oxford, NY and Albany Business College in Albany, NY.  Mrs. Keating was married to Michael T. Keating for 61 years before his death in 2003.  Mrs. Keating lived in Charlotte, NC until 1973, when she moved to Land Harbors in Linville, NC.  She moved to Abingdon in 2003.

Mrs. Keating enjoyed a rich, full life with her family, her church, volunteer efforts, sewing, knitting, needlepoint, reading and cooking.  She was a delight and joy to all who knew her.

Mrs. Keating is preceded in death by her husband, parents, and two sisters, Elizabeth Ann Eckard and Mrs. Sara Jane Harkey.

Survivors include her sister, Mrs. Martha Sue Cahill of Orchard Park, NJ; her children Nancy E. Keating-Harte and husband Joel S. Harte of Abingdon; Mary K. McMahan of Asheville, NC; Michael T. Keating, Jr., of Asheville, NC; grandchildren Brian Keating, Jonathon McMahan, Michael T. Keating III, Erin Harte, James Harte, LCpl Michael Harte; one great-grandchilld Christina Marie Keating; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In observance of Holy Week, a funeral Mass is planned for Monday, April 13, 2009, at 9:15 a.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church in Abingdon with Father Paul Maier officiating. Interment will be at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery in Sherrills Ford, NC. 

A visitation will be held at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service on Easter Sunday from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Flowers are welcome or donations in memory of Louise E. Keating may be made to Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive, Norfolk, VA  23509 or at www.operationsmile.org.

 

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Vada Clare Sauls     View Tribute Site     View Video

Let us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what he promised.  Hebrews 10:23

Bristol, Virginia – Vada Clare Greer Sauls, 91, went to be with her heavenly father at Bristol Regional Medical Center on Wednesday, April 8, 2009.  She was born April 24, 1917 to the late Myrtle and Clarence Greer.  She was known by her grandchildren as NaNa and to many others as an encourager.  Vada was a member of Greendale Chapel in Abingdon and was a faithful volunteer at Johnston Memorial Hospital until the age of 87.  She also sat with sick people throughout her community.

            In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Ernest Sauls; daughter Betsy Martin; brothers Jim Greer and Tom Greer, whom she raised after her mother died when Vada was only 13 years of age; and an infant sister.

            She is survived by her children, Ken Sauls and wife Brenda of Bristol, VA, Con Sauls and wife Nancy of Bristol, VA, Charlotte Necessary and husband Eddy of Bristol, TN, and Teddy Sauls and wife Anna of Richmond, VA; son-in-law, James “Wimpy” Martin of Lynchburg, VA.; her grandchildren, Travis Sauls and wife Lori, Jaylyne Aguirre and husband Alex, Dylan Sauls, Amy Jean Sauls, Seth Necessary and wife Danielle, Amanda Hankins and husband Will, Theda Purvis and husband Damien, Jeff Martin and wife Kim, Jon Martin and wife Jill; her great grandchildren, Katelyn and Walker Sauls, Elsie Mae Aguirre, Brianna, Savannah, Austin and Summer Necessary, Claire and Samuel Hankins, Norman and Katie Boughman, Dylan Purvis, and Susanna Martin.

            The funeral service will be conducted Saturday, April 11, 2009 at 11:00 a.m. at Greendale Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Eggers officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens.

            Pallbearers will be grandsons, Travis Sauls, Dylan Sauls, Seth Necessary, Jeff Martin, Jon Martin, Alex Aguirre, Will Hankins, and Damien Purvis.

            The family will receive friends Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service.

            The family would like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to two very special ladies who sat with Vada for the past several months, Ann Jackson and Sis Yates; also, a special thank you to the nursing staff on 4 West at Bristol Regional Medical Center and to Dr. Andy Brockmyre.

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Maxie Lucille Keesee     View Tribute Site

Maxie Lucille (Rosie) Galliher Keesee, age 98, passed away on Friday, April 10, 2009 at Grace Healthcare Center in Abingdon.

She was born on August 23, 1910 in Washington County, VA  and  was a daughter of the late John Galliher and Jenny Sawyers Galliher.  She was also preceded in death by her husband Charles Arthur Keesee; her grandson William A. (Bill) Gregory; her son-in-law Wiley Gregory and six brothers  and one sister.

Mrs. Keesee was a lifelong resident of Abingdon and a charter and longtime member of Abingdon Bible Church.

Survivors include her daughters Mrs. Peggy Gregory of Meadowview, VA and Mrs. Bernard (Charlene) Neese of Abingdon, VA; her grandchildren, Brenda Crane and husband Dwight of Abingdon; Carol Carmack and husband Randy of Abingdon and Allen Gregory of Meadowview, VA; her great grandchildren, Jenny Lynn Spurlock and husband Chris, Kari Akers and husband Jackie, Mindy Crane, Cassie Pochyla and husband Angus and Nolan Carmack all of Abingdon; her great-great grandchildren Neal Pochyla and Sophie Spurlock and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 4:00 P. M. Monday, April 13, 2009 at Knollkreg Memorial Park with Dr. Paul Bufford and Rev. Jerry Eggers officiating. At Mrs. Keesee’s request, there will be no visitation at the funeral home. However, those wishing to sign the guest register may stop by at any time to do so. The family wishes to recognize and thank the staff and friends at Grace Healthcare Center (where Mrs. Keesee had made her home for the past four years) and her special caregiver Barbara Carmack for their care and compassion shown to Mrs. Keesee and her family. 

 

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Lillie Mae O'Quin     View Tribute Site

Lillie Mae O’Quin, 80, passed away Friday, April 10, 2009 at the home of her daughter, Teresa Mullins.  She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and was of the Baptist faith.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Lilburn O’Quin and 1 son Libby Joe Wayne O’Quin.  She loved to garden and visit with family and friends.

            She is survived by 1 son, Lance O’Quin of Dickenson County; 4 daughters, Debbie Yates of Dickenson County, Teresa Mullins of Abingdon, Diania Lyall of Dickenson County, and Rita Belcher of Dickenson County; 1 brother, 3 sisters, 5 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren.

            The funeral service will be conducted Monday April 13, 2009 at 11am in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Pastor Mike Rife officiating.  Burial will follow in the O’Quin-Deel Cemetery in Dickenson County.

            The family will receive friends Sunday from 7-9 pm at the funeral home.  Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to the nurses and staff of Total Home Health for the care given to Mrs. O’Quin during her illness.

 

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Norma Jean Gobble     View Tribute Site

Norma Jean Gobble, 40, of Bristol, VA passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2009 in Johnston Memorial Hospital.

She was born January 5, 1969 and was a lifelong resident of Washington County, Virginia. She is preceded in death by her father, William Verlin “Bud” Gobble; paternal grandparents, Frank and Anna Lou Gobble; and maternal grandparents, John and Pearl Bowers. She was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors are her son, Matthew Eldreth of Bristol, VA; daughter, Miranda Jones and husband, Ryan of Gate City, VA; mother, Carolyn Gobble Tomlinson and husband, George of Blountville, TN; brother, William Bradley Gobble and wife, Terisa Marie of Abingdon, VA; special friends, Patsy Owens, Salane Hand, and Mark Hand, all of Bristol; step sisters, Sandra Thacker and Teresa Cross both of Blountville, TN; and two nieces, Jennifer and Denise Gobble.

A memorial service for Norma Gobble will be conducted at 3:00pm Thursday, April 16, 2009 at the Forest Hills Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with the Rev. Scott Price officiating. The family will receive friends for two hours prior to the service on Friday.

 

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Barbara Ellen Gilbert     View Tribute Site

ORANGE, Va. – Barbara Ellen Gilbert, 76, of West Main Street, died Thursday, April 9, 2009, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

She was born Nov. 6, 1932, in Washington County, the daughter of the late Luther King Pippin and Lucy Lee Hearl Pippin.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Orville Whitmore Gilbert; three sisters, Bessie Burnette, Dorothy Faye Bent and Nancy Katherine Pippin; and three brothers, Milton King Pippin, Orville Madison Pippin and John Mason Pippin.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Ellen Gilbert and domestic partner, DeDe Erskine, of Berryville, and Barbara Jean Chatkana of Manitoba, Canada; four sons, Patrick A. Gilbert and his fiancee, Barbara Michelle Abel of Barboursville, Steven Wade Gilbert of Orange, Michael Edward Gilbert of Orange and Stanley James Gilbert of Fairfax; two grandchildren, Vincent Hoksina Chatkana and Barbara Alice Chatkana; one brother, George Nelson Pippin and his wife Thelma, of Gretna; two sisters, Una Dale Lonard of Abingdon and Mary Conway of Lexington, Ky.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, 2009, at the Orange Baptist Church. Interment will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 17, 2009, at the Wyndale Cemetery in Abingdon.

Pallbearers will be her nephews.
 

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Lucille S. Milhorne     View Tribute Site     View Video

Mrs. Lucille S. Milhorne, 64, passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at her home.  She was born and raised in Whitley County, Kentucky, daughter of the late James Sego and Elsie Sutton Sego.  She lived in Warren, Michigan for thirty years and had worked in the Dietary Department of Macomb Community Hospital for 15 years.  She retired to Abingdon in 1996.   She was a member of High Point Baptist Church.

Mrs. Milhorne loved to fish, cook and sew.  She was a loving and caring wife and mother.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard Sego and Buck Sego, and by one sister, Christine Trammell.

She is survived by her husband, Bobby Lee Milhorne; two sons, Wayne Milhorne and Dwayne Milhorne, both of Damascus, VA; daughter Pamela Noel and husband David of Macomb Township, MI; two grandchildren, Zachary Noel and Hannah Noel; two brothers, Bill Sego of Michigan and Herman Sego of Kentucky; and two sisters, Virginia Earls of Kentucky and Irene Alexander of Georgia.

The funeral service for Mrs. Lucille Milhorne will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2009, at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Rev. Dr. David Critcher officiating.  Burial will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Damascus, VA.  Pallbearers will be David Edmiston, James Huffman, Bill Alexander, Roland Milhorne, Dean Trent and Tommy Trent.

The family will receive friends on Friday, April 17, 2009, from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. 

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Darness Bolen     View Tribute Site

Darness Bolen, 59, died Wednesday, April 15, 2009 at the Lonesome Pine Hospital. 

            He is survived by his wife, Barbara Wise Bolen; 1 son, Jonathan Shane Bolen of Coeburn; 2 step daughters, Melissa Ann Fields of Honaker, and Patricia Belisle of Abingdon; 2 step sisters, Rosie Sarnell and Bertha Ann Sarnell, both of Bluefield, WV; and 7 grandchildren.

            A graveside service will be conducted Saturday, April 18, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in Forest Hills Memory Gardens with the Rev. Paul Stanley officiating.  The family will receive friends prior to the service in the Forest Hills Chapel of Farris Funeral Service beginning at 1:00 p.m.

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Edward Wilson McCray     View Tribute Site     View Video

Edward “Ed” Wilson McCray, age 84, passed away April 16, 2009 at his home.

He was born in the Hayter’s Gap Community in Washington County, VA.  He served in the U. S. Army Air Force in World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jasper and Hester Virginia Duncan McCray, his loving wife of thirty-five years, Ruth Mae Thomas McCray, two brothers, Orville Eugene McCray and Glen Curtis McCray, two sisters, Claire Ruth McCray and Faye McCray Hood and one very special nephew, Richard Anthony “Tony” Neely.

Survivors include his children, Jim McCray and wife Deborah Munsey, Meadowview, VA, Ed McCray, Jr., and wife, Mary Ellen, Doylestown, PA, Rose Russell-Lowe and husband Tony, Meadowview, VA, Sue Bailey, Meadowview, VA, Carole King, Abingdon, VA.  Other survivors include his sister, Thelma Elaine McCray Neely Parris and husband Hunter Parris, his grandchildren, Adam McCray, Johnson City, TN, Justin Russell, Atlanta, GA, Emily Bailey, Bristol, VA, Alayna King, Abingdon, VA, Alison Valentine, Philadelphia, PA, Jennifer McCray, Boston, Massachusetts, Michelle McCray, Philadelphia, PA, one great grandson, Dominic Addison Bailey, several other surviving members including several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted Sunday, April 19, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Farris Funeral Service, Main Street Chapel with Reverend Paul Stanley and Reverend Paul Jones officiating.

The eulogy will be given by his grandson, Justin Russell.  The music will be provided by Danny Eastridge and Donnie Allison.

Interment will follow in the Rush Creek Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his loving wife, Ruth.  Military honors will be provided by the Highlands Veterans Honor Guard.

Pallbearers will be Sam Litton, Ed McCray, Jr., Mike Altizer, Larry Parris, Gary Steve McCray, Wayne Davenport. Honorary pallbearers will be Jim McCray, Tony Lowe, Justin Russell, Adam McCray, Bill Bailey, Hunter Parris, Donnie Allison, Don Bott, Brad Ratcliff, Paul Russell, Willard Looney, J. King, and in Loving Memory of Richard Anthony “Tony” Neely.

The family would like to thank the following people, the ER staff at Johnston Memorial Hospital, Dr. Forrest Swan, Jr., the fifth floor staff of Johnston Memorial Hospital, Hospice of Southwest Virginia, including Naomi Barrett, Dr. John Turksi and Claire Lambert.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m., April 18, 2009 in the Farris Funeral Home.

Farris Funeral Service, Main Street Chapel, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA is serving the

McCray family.      

 

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Marjorie Ann Coleman     View Tribute Site    View Video

 

Marjorie Ann Coleman, age 75, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2009 at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, VA.

Marjorie was born in Washington County, VA on February 27, 1934 to Jay and Sally Lou McNichols. She was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her grandson Gary Wayne Coleman, Jr.

Survivors include her loving and devoted husband, Prince A. Coleman; two daughters Cheryl Coleman of Bristol, VA, and Lisa Canty and her husband, Mark Canty of Bristol, TN; two sons Daryl Coleman and his wife Gloria Coleman of Glade Spring, VA, Gary Coleman and special friend Ghislaine Worley of Glade Spring, VA.; one sister Opal Blanch Smith; seven grandchildren; one great grand child and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Marjorie Ann Coleman will be conducted at 2 pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 at the Fairview Baptist Church, 532 Azalea Dr., Glade Spring, VA with Rev. Danny Belcher and Rev. Mark Canty officiating. The burial will follow the funeral service in the Mount Rose Cemetery Mausoleum. Pallbearers are Tony Coleman, Ronnie Montgomery, Mike Johnson, Devin Coleman, Bucky Buchanan, Dennis Hill, Jr., and Nathaniel Christian. Honorary pallbearers are Elmer Johnson, Ray Eskew, Gardner Smith, Al Scott, Curtis Montgomery, John Showalter, Joe Lee Bowers, and Edwin Lomans.

The family will receive friends at the church from 1 pm until the time of the service.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial contributions be made to: Fairview Baptist Church, Building Fund, P.O. Box 214, Glade Spring, VA 24340.

The family would like to express a special thanks to Abingdon Dialysis Center, Smyth Count Ambulance Service, Dr. Henry, and their many kind neighbors and friends in the Glade Spring community.

 

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Sammy Summitt     View Tribute Site

Sammy Richard Summitt, age 61, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2009 at his home.

Richard was born in Abingdon, Va. on December 23, 1947 to Virgie Caldwell and Strait Summitt. He was the owner of Summitt's Painting & RoofingSummitt's Painting & Roofing and had worked in this business for most of his life. He enjoyed racing and being with family.  

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his grandmother Della Summitt,  grandson Justin Moody, his mother Virgie Caldwell and his dad, Strait Summitt.

Survivors include his loving wife, Carolyn Summitt; one son, Brett Summitt and wife Nancy of Alvarado; one daughter, Angela Summitt and husband Mark of Bristol Virginia; a granddaughter, Nichole Summitt of the home, two grandsons, Michael Blevins and wife Katrina of Abingdon, and D.J. Huffman of Abingdon; mother in law, Rozella Reynolds of Abingdon; five brothers, Don Summitt, Teddy Summitt, Freddy Summitt, Johnny Summitt and wife Sandra, and Wayne Murray, all of Abingdon; one sister, Maggie Summitt of Abingdon; one sister-in-law, Becky Carrier and husband Tom of Bluff City; and one brother-in-law, Roscoe Reynolds and wife Sue of Bristol Virginia.

Funeral services for Richard Summitt will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at Forest Hills Chapel of Farris Funeral Service (located on the grounds of Forest Hills Memory Gardens) in Abingdon, with the Rev. Ray Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Michael Blevins, Tom Carrier, D.J. Huffman, Butch Jones, Charlie Reynolds, and Roscoe Reynolds.

The family will receive friends at Forest Hills Chapel of Farris Funeral Home in Abingdon from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 22, 2009.

 

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Nannie Montgomery Rowland     View Tribute Site

Mrs. Nannie Montgomery Rowland passed away at her home Sunday, April 19, 2009, in Emory, VA.

She was the daughter of the late John G. and Etha G. Montgomery. She was also predeceased by her husband Maurice L. Rowland, her sister, Lake Montgomery Clarke Preston, a brother James C. Montgomery, a nephew John R. Montgomery, a niece Rita Clarke McMurphy, and grandson George R. Rowland. Survivors include son John R. Rowland and wife Linell of Emory, VA, and daughter Karen R. Heinich and husband, Robert of Durham, NC. Sisters include Janet Montgomery and Genave Montgomery of Meadowview, VA. Granddaughters are Nan R. Jones and husband, Allan Jones of Abingdon, VA, and Susan Rowland of North Carolina. Great grandsons are Tanner Smith and Tyler Smith and wife Emily of Gate City, VA. Great nephews are Mark Grayson, John Grayson, and Curtis Grayson and great, great nephew John Grayson of California.

She was educated at Martha Washington College in Abingdon, VA, and studied additional music at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and at Peabody Conservatory.  She was a music teacher having taught piano and organ to a countless number of students over a period of many years.  Many Emory and Henry college students lived at her home during their college years. She was also a member of the Emory United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, and the College Community Club.

Visitation will be held Tuesday evening, April 21, 2009, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Farris Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Farris Funeral Home Chapel followed by a graveside service at Holston Conference – Emory and Henry Cemetery at Emory, VA. All former music students are invited to serve as honorary pall bearers. Clergy will be Rev. David Jackson, Rev. Scott Spence, and Dr. Jack Garland.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to African Hunger Relief c/o Emory United Methodist Church or to a charity of your choice.

 

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Douglas Franklin Clark     View Tribute Site    View Video

Douglas Franklin Clark, 68, died Sunday, April 19, 2009 at Select Specialty Hospital.  He was a lifelong resident of Washington County and a member of Woodland Baptist Church.  He was a salesman and branch manager for Lance Snack Foods.  He enjoyed hunting and fishing.  He was a very happy person, even through his illness.  He never met a stranger and enjoyed making people laugh. 

            He was the son of the late John and Bessie Dove Clark; and was preceded in death by 4 brothers, John, Jack, Howard, and Charles Clark, and 1 sister Vivian Barrett.

            He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Joyce Clark; 2 sons, Douglas Clark, Jr. of Richlands and Michael Clark of Abingdon; 1 sister, Sylvia “PeeWee” Arnold of  Abingdon; and 5 grandchildren, Trey Clark, Thad Clark, Zoe Tess Clark, Luke Clark, and Kali Clark.

            The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, April 22, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Pastor Bob McCormick officiating.  Burial will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens.

            The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

            Pallbearers will be Jim McFaddin, Jason Anders, Robert James Barrett, Brian Barrett,  and Ray Shortridge.

            In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Woodland Baptist Church, P.O. Box 618, Abingdon, VA 24212 or to the Washington Co. Lifesaving Crew, 237 Park St., Abingdon, VA 24210.   

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Larkin E. Owens     View Tribute Site

Larkin E. Owens, 94, passed away Monday, April 20, 2009 in Johnston Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Mountain City, Tennessee and was a son of the late Boone and Amanda Jenkins Owens. He was a member of the Damascus Church of Christ and had attended for 73 years. He never met a stranger and loved everyone. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a son, Marvin Owens; a daughter, Betty Arnold; 3 brothers, and 4 sisters. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Survivors are his wife of 75 years, Martha Trent Owens; his sons, Eddie Owens, Larkin Owens, Jr. and wife, Ruth Ann, and Jimmy Joe Owens and wife, Terri, all of Abingdon, and Roger Owens and wife, Judy of Meadowview; daughters, Peggy Ault of Medina, Ohio, Hazel Poole and husband, Randy of Bristol, Virginia, Ellen Hines and husband, Bud of Glade Spring, and Mary Wines and husband, Bob of Abingdon; several grandchildren and great grandchildren. A host of nieces, nephews, and cousins also survive.

Funeral services for Larkin Owens will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Thursday, April 23, 2009 in the Farris Funeral Chapel in Abingdon with Bill Reese and Minister Walt Staude officiating. Interment will follow in the Mock Cemetery in Damascus. Pallbearers will be Brian Owens, Craig Owens, Mike “Elsie” Owens, Mark Hand, Jim Foster, Kevin Arnold, Tim Hines, and Floyd Hines.

The family will receive friends at Farris Funeral Service from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Wednesday.

 

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Lloyd O. Thomas

Lloyd O. Thomas, 84, died Thursday, April 16, 2009, at the Grand Island Veteran’s Home in Grand Island, NE.  Lloyd was born June 28, 1924, to George and Mamie (Arnette) Thomas in Glade Spring, VA and grew up in the mountains of Virginia.  He attended Emory & Henry College in Emory, VA, before joining the Army-Air Force during World War II.  It was during his basic training at the Harvard Air Base in Nebraska that he met his future wife, Vivian Rants, at the USO in Hastings, NE.  Following his World War II service as a meteorologist in North Africa, he returned to Hastings and he and Vivian married in 1946.  They were married until her death in 2004.  They had four children.

Lloyd always had a quick smile, a sunny disposition and a positive outlook on life.  He had a strong faith and giving heart.  He was active in the First United Methodist Church in Hastings, NE, where he taught Sunday school and was a lay leader.  For years he faithfully gave blood at the Red Cross Bloodmobile.  He served on the board of the Community Concert Association, often emceeing their programs.  Lloyd was a former member of the Hastings City Council, Golden K Kiwanis, and the Masonic Lodge; he was also a Cub Scout pack leader.

After World War II, Lloyd had an extensive career in radio and television, including working as an anchor for KHAS TV for twenty-five years.

Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents and his wife.  His survivors include two daughters: Lynette Snyder and husband Fred of Lincoln, NE, and Valerie Beck and husband Rick of Spruce Pine, NC; two sons: Phillip Thomas and wife Sharon and Paul Thomas and wife Sue, all of Omaha, NE; nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren; three sisters:  Evelyn Hamilton of Glade Spring, VA; June Ryburn and husband Jack and Emolyn King, all of Abingdon, VA; one brother, Kenneth Thomas and wife Barbara of Salem, VA, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Lloyd Thomas will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at First United Methodist Church in Hastings, NE.  Burial with military rites will be in Parkview Cemetery, Hastings, NE.  Brand-Wilson Funeral Home is serving the family.

Information courtesy of Farris Funeral Service, Abingdon, VA.

 

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Fayetta Lamie Coulthard     View Tribute Site    View Video

Fayetta Lamie Coulthard, age 93, passed away in her home on Monday, April 20, 2009.  Fayetta was born on October 10, 1915 in the Chatham Hill, Virginia community to Ray and Ocie Harris Lamie.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William Harvey Coulthard, and five brothers:  Walter, Sherman, Sammy, Frank and Jimmy.

Fayetta was previously employed at Patrick Henry High School in the cafeteria.  She was a member of Byars-Cobb United Methodist Church in Glade Spring, VA, for 55 years.  During that time she was involved in many activities at the church.  She enjoyed her friends in the church circle, the Young Homemakers Club, and the Home Demonstration Club.

Survivors include her sons:  Charles Coulthard and wife Roxann of Bristol, VA; Harold Coulthard and wife Anita, Don Coulthard and wife Anne, and Sam Coulthard and wife Merilyn, all of Emory, VA; her grandchildren:  Tim Coulthard of Kingsport, TN; Chad Coulthard of Portland, TN; Torr Coulthard of Cleveland, TN; Catie Coulthard House of Glade Spring, VA; Jon Coulthard of Los Angeles, CA; Ken Coulthard of Brentwood, TN; Dale Coulthard and Renee Coulthard, both of Charlotte, NC; and ten great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by two sisters:  Mary Bailey of Bristol, TN, and Claire Underwood of Knoxville, TN.

The funeral service for Fayetta Coulthard will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, April 23, 2009, in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with the Rev. Paul T. Griffith of Byars-Cobb United Methodist Church officiating.  Interment will follow the service at Holston Conference Cemetery in Emory, VA. 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Thursday prior to the service.  Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Byars-Cobb United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 667, Glade Spring, VA  24340 or to Cancer Outreach Foundation, 206 Abingdon Place, Abingdon, VA  24211.

The family of Fayetta Coulthard wishes to express their deep appreciation to her caregivers, Dorothy Blevins and Melissa Ashley, and to the staff of Total Home Care and Hospice of Abingdon for the special care given their mother.

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James H. Surber    View Tribute Site

James H. Surber, 57, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 21, 2009.  He was born May 28, 1951 in Saltville.  He was preceded in death by his parents Tom and Susie Surber; 4 brothers, Joe, Thurman, Thomas, and his twin brother Jessie; 4 sisters, Helen Call, Nancy Turbyfill, Barbara Heninger, and Juanita Barnes.

            He was blessed with a beautiful voice and loved to sing praises to the Lord.  He was a member of Lighthouse Baptist Church in McCready’s Gap.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in England and Germany.  He worked at Titan Wheel in Saltville as a machinist supervisor before his physical disabilities.

            He is survived by 1 daughter, Desiree Surber of the home; and a special son Jamie Barrett of Saltville; 1 brother, McKinley Surber of Saltville; 6 sisters, Katie Kestner of Ashland, VA, Sue Cannon of Martinsville, Faye Francisco of Lebanon, Lilly Greer of Chilhowie, Bonnie Ball of Morristown, TN, and Vena Keister of Mauertown, VA; 3 brothers-in-law and many nieces and nephews.

            The family will honor Mr. Surber’s life with a memorial service on Saturday, April 25, 2009 at 1 pm at the Middlefork Baptist Church, 188 Tattle Branch Rd, Chilhowie, VA with the Rev. Roscoe Greer, Rev. Benny Frye, and Rev. Barry Loupe officiating.

            Military rites will be performed following the service at River Bottom Circle Rd., North Holston, Va.

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Marie Poole Kestner     View Tribute Site

Mrs. Marie Poole Kestner, 81, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2009, at Johnston Memorial Hospital.  Mrs. Kestner was a lifelong resident of Washington County and was of the Baptist faith.  She had been a resident of Grace Healthcare in Abingdon.  She was preceded in death by her husband, John Kestner; two brothers:  Ray Poole, Jr. and Hubert Poole; and three sisters:  Helen Baumgardner, Edith Hurley and Pauline Warden.

Survivors include her daughters:  Peggie K. Leonard of Bristol, VA, and Donna M. Seymore and husband Bobby of Abingdon; three grandchildren:  Leslie Barr, Devin Seymore and Lauren Seymore; one great-grandson, Tommy Oothoudt; two sisters-in-law, Monnie Poole and Lake Poole; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service for Mrs. Marie Poole Kestner will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 25, 2009, at the Knollkreg Memorial Park Mausoleum with Pastor Michael McCloud officiating. There will be no formal visitation at the funeral home. 

 

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Marshall Montgomery     View Tribute Site

Marshall Montgomery, 64, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2009.

He was a lifelong resident of Washington County, Virginia and was of the Baptist Faith. He is preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Smith Montgomery.

Survivors are his father, David Montgomery of Abingdon; sisters, Lucille Jackson and husband, Billy of Bristol, VA and Eileen Neal and husband, Jackie of Bristol, TN; brother, Graham Montgomery of Illinois; and special niece, Susie Casey and husband, Lonnie of Abingdon. Several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews also survive.

A graveside service for Marshall Montgomery will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at Montgomery Cemetery with Pastor Bob King officiating. Interment will follow. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Those wishing to attend the service may assemble at Farris Funeral Service by 1:00 P.M Tuesday.

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Mozell Louise Colley     View Tribute Site

Mrs. Mozell Louise Colley, 93, passed away Monday, April 27, 2009 in Jonesborough.

She was born February 27, 1916 in Washington County, Virginia, where she lived until moving to Jonesborough in 2000. She was a daughter of the late John Thomas and Martha Gobble Litton.  She was a member of Green Spring Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Campbell Colley and her siblings. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Survivors are her son, Tom Colley and wife, Sue of Jonesborough, TN; grandchildren, Linden Cass and husband, Rick of Charlotte, NC, and Leslie Hohl and husband, Craig of Jefferson City, TN; five great grandchildren, and two step great-grandchildren. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside service for Mozell Colley will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at Knollkreg Memorial Park in Abingdon. Interment will follow. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery. There will be no visitation.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Green Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund are suggested.

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Minnie Farmer Minton     View Tribute Site

Minnie Farmer Minton, 86, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2009 in Johnston Memorial Hospital.

She was born November 21, 1922 in Carroll County, Virginia and was a daughter of the late Mack Kenny and Lula Walls Farmer. She was of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Karl William Minton; a sister, Helen Farmer; and brothers, Roscoe, Chester, and Lester Farmer.

Survivors are a son, Lewis W. Minton and wife, Trish; brother, Ralph Farmer and wife, Betty of Salem, VA; grandchildren, Garrett and Aaron Minton; great-grandchildren, Aubrey, Garron, Gevin, and Madison Minton; and special niece, Belva Madore of Richmond, VA. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Minnie Minton will be held by the graveside at 11:00 A.M. Friday, May 1, 2009 in Rosedale Baptist Church Cemetery with Brother Dewey Williams and Brother Darryl Fritts officiating. Interment will follow. Pallbearers will be Garrett Minton, Aaron Minton, Gene Widener, Eric Collins, Michael Harner, and John Denton. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Monahan, Mike Stigers, and special friends at Cherokee Restaurant.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Rosedale Baptist Church Cemetery Fund are suggested.

Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com.

Farris Funeral Service, 427 E. Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210 (276) 623-2700 is serving the family of Mrs. Minnie Farmer Minton.

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