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Douglas Marshall Blevins

April 9, 2017

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

April 2, 2017

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

March 27, 2017

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

March 20, 2017

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

March 19, 2017

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

March 17, 2017

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

March 6, 2017

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

March 4, 2017

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

March 1, 2017

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

February 25, 2017

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

February 25, 2017

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

February 8, 2017

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

February 1, 2017

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

January 24, 2017

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

January 20, 2017

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

June 22, 1945 - January 10, 2017

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

September 5, 1985 - January 9, 2017

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

January 29, 1946 - January 8, 2017

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

May 13, 1941 - January 6, 2017

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

January 3, 2017

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

January 1, 2017

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

December 13, 2016

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

November 26, 1924 - December 12, 2016

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

December 10, 2016

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

December 8, 2016

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

October 10, 1929 - December 7, 2016

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

November 11, 2016

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

November 9, 2016

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

November 8, 2016

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

October 31, 2016

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

October 27, 2016

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

October 22, 2016

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

June 23, 1926 - October 21, 2016

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

October 20, 2016

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

October 20, 2016

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

October 5, 2016

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

September 30, 2016

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

August 2, 2016

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

May 30, 1942 - July 25, 2016

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

June 11, 2016

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

September 30, 1933 - June 2, 2016

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

June 2, 2016

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

April 18, 1939 - May 12, 2016

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

May 3, 2016

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

April 28, 2016

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

April 6, 2016

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

April 4, 2016

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

March 29, 2016

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

February 26, 2016

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

January 5, 2016

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

December 15, 2015

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

January 17, 1922 - December 12, 2015

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

November 28, 2015

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

November 28, 2015

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

November 19, 2015

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

November 5, 2015

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

September 18, 2015

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

September 19, 1930 - August 26, 2015

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

August 16, 2015

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

June 6, 1936 - August 9, 2015

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

July 30, 2015

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

July 27, 2015

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

July 25, 2015

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

July 19, 2015

Janetta Richardson Shupe, 70, passed away Sunday, July 19, 2015 in the Smyth County Community Hospital. Mrs. Shupe was preceded in death by her husband, Dave Shupe. Survivors include her daughter, Teresa Hayes and husband Charlie of Tannersville, Va.; three grandchildren, Matthew, Shannon, and Ashley, all of Tannersville, Va.; two sisters, Shirley Shepard of Mouth of Wilson, Va. and Loretta...
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Levi Walker Martin

July 11, 2015

Levi Walker Martin, infant son of Clint Douglas "Dougie" Martin and Misty Jae Asbury, went home to be with his heavenly father July, 11, 2015. In addition to his parents Levi is survived by his brother, Todd Martin; sister, Kayla Bowling and husband Ben; paternal grandparents, Doug and Brenda Martin "Nana and Poppy"; maternal grandparents, Monte and Pamela Russell "Pappy and Grammy"; aunt, Teresa...
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William Herman Anderson

June 22, 2015

William Herman Anderson, 89, passed away Monday, June 22, 2015. Herman was a member of the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church and a member of Masonic Lodge 250 in Chilhowie. He was preceded in death by his parents, John William Anderson and Callie Eller Anderson; Siblings, Johnny B. Anderson and Katherine Melvin. Survivors include his loving wife, Virginia Rogers Anderson; Sister, Helen Hamm; his...
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Mark Kevin Gentry

June 16, 2015

Mark Kevin Gentry, 50, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2015. He was a member of the Seven Mile Ford Christian Church. Kevin was a graduate of ETSU. Survivors include his wife, Shirley Tucker Gentry of Chilhowie; Daughter, Myra Gentry and Fiancé Laban Farmer; Parents, B.C. and Janice Gentry of Marion; Sister, Karen Gentry Lundy of Chilhowie; Many Special Aunts and Uncles ; Parents-in-law,...
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Charles L. "Larry" Collins

March 13, 1953 - June 15, 2015

Charles L. "Larry" Collins, 62, left his temporary home here on earth to be with his Heavenly father Monday, June 15, 2015. He was born March 13, 1953, the 2nd youngest of 14 children, to the late Roy "Banty" and Ruth Henderson Collins. Mr. Collins met the love of his life, his soulmate, Peggy "Dee" Heath and married her in 1976; three years later he met the 2nd love of his life his daughter,...
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George Horton "Jack Frost" Berry

June 13, 2015

George Horton "Jack Frost" Berry, age 84, passed away Saturday, June 13, 2015 at the Valley Health Care Center surrounded by his family. Jack was a lifelong farmer and could make anything grow. He nurtured and pampered his plants like he did his family. Jack was born Oct. 1, 1930 to the late J.O. and Gladys H. Berry. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, James Berry...
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Avery Jack Coe

June 11, 2015

Avery Jack Coe, 86, passed away at home Thursday, June 11, 2015. Jack was a lifetime member of the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the Navy and was retired from Brunswick. Survivors include his loving wife of 69 years, Lois Blevins Coe; Two daughters, Joy Hughes and husband Dennis of Saltville, Va., and Linda Marshall and husband David of Aiken, S.C.; Son, Mike Coe and...
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Brenda Eller Sheets

June 3, 2015

Brenda Sheets, Age 70, went to her heavenly home to be reunited with her husband, Marvin, on June 3, 2015. She was a beloved Mother, Nana, Sister, and Friend. During her time on earth, she was blessed with three daughters, three son-in-laws, and nine grandchildren. The three surviving daughters and son-in-laws are Jim and Tammy Lundy of Seven Mile Ford, Virginia; Glenn and Jackie...
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Peggy Malinda Taylor Satterfield

April 29, 2015

Peggy Malinda Taylor Satterfield, 64, passed away Wednesday April 29, 2015 at her home in Chilhowie. Peggy was preceded in death by her sister/mother, Virginia Lee Taylor Martin and her sister, Janie Hellberg. Survivors include her son, Gregory Satterfield and wife Christina of Marion; Two granddaughters, Lodema Satterfield and Daniel Hyler, and Aleisha Satterfield, all of Marion; Two great...
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Ruth Dillard Black

April 29, 2015

Ruth Dillard Black, 91, passed away Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at her home in Seven Mile Ford, Va. Mrs. Black was a 1945 graduate of Marion College and then continued on to receive her B.S. in Education from Radford College in 1956. Upon graduation Ruth was a first grade teacher for 40 years, having taught at Marion, Riverside, and Chilhowie schools. In February of 1987 she was initiated as a...
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Vernie Lee Joines

April 21, 2015

Vernie Lee Joines, 71, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at his home in Chilhowie. Vernie was a member of the Adwolfe Freewill Baptist Church. Survivors include his loving wife of 54 years, Virgie Joines of Chilhowie; Sons, Roy Lee Joines and wife Vickie, Raymond Joines and wife Ruth Ann, and Gregory Joines and wife Jeanie, all of Chilhowie; Grandchildren, Kim and Eric Sheets, Todd and...
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Helen Counts Sturgill

April 11, 2015

Helen Counts Sturgill, 91, passed away peacefully Saturday, April 11, 2015. Helen was affectionately called "Granny Helen" by many of her family and friends. She was a lifetime member of the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church. Survivors include one son, Randy Sturgill of Chilhowie; two daughters, Janet Stamper and husband Roger of Chilhowie and Tammy King and husband Noel of Chilhowie; seven...
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William E. Martin, Jr.

April 2, 2015

William E. Martin Jr., 68, passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Laura Bell Gross Martin; Parents, William E. Martin Sr. and Grethel Fields Martin; One brother, Lee Howard Martin; and one sister, Linda A. Martin. Survivors include one son, William E. "Willie" Martin III and wife Betty of Chilhowie; Three grandchildren, Steven, Virginia Lynn, and William E....
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David R. McClure

March 30, 2015

David R. McClure, age 53, passed away peacefully at home on Monday March 30, 2015. David was preceded in death by his father, James McClure. Survivors include his mother, Betty McClure of Gray, TN.; His Twin Sister, Debbie Jones of Kingsport, TN.; One Brother, Doug McClure of Gray, TN.; One Nephew, Dalton Jones of Kingsport, TN.; his pet dog, Sunshine; Several Aunts also survive. Funeral...
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James Estel Crusenberry

March 25, 2015

James Estel Crusenberry, age 75, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday March 25, 2015. Mr. Crusenberry was a member of the Chilhowie Christian Church and a member of the Senior Saints adult Sunday school class. He was an avid fisherman and gardener. He was retired from Royal Moldings. James was preceded in death by his parents, George and Sally Crusenberry and two sisters Carolyn and...
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John Buchanan Kelly, Jr.

August 22, 1929 - March 8, 2015

John Buchanan Kelly Jr., "Johnny", age 85, of Glade Spring, passed away March 8, 2015. He was born August 22, 1929, youngest son of the late John B. Kelly Sr. and Katie Reeves Carlock Kelly of Glade Spring. He is survived by a son, J. B. Kelly III; a daughter, Rebecca J. Kelly, both of Glade Spring and a grandson, Patrick W. Kelly of Bristol. He was a lifelong member of Kelly's Chapel...
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Edwin "Humdi" Garland Lomans, Sr.

February 27, 2015

Edwin "Humdi" Garland Lomans Sr., 77, passed away peacefully Friday, February 27, 2015 at his home in Chilhowie. Humdi was an active member of the community. He was an active and faithful member of Fairview Baptist Church in Glade Spring, Va., where he served as a Deacon and Sunday school superintendent. He had been employed at the Radford Arsenal in Radford, Va., Berry Iron and Metal in...
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William David Morrell

January 23, 2015

William David Morrell, 91, surrounded by his loving family, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 23, 2015. He was born December 14, 1923, the son of the late William Daniel Morrell and the late Anna Dorothy Crumley in Greene County, TN.. Mr. Morrell was retired from Babcock and Wilcox Company in Lynchburg, Va. as a nuclear inspector. He was previously employed at the Sperry...
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Beulah Virginia Adams Branson

January 14, 2015

Beulah Virginia Adams Branson, age 80, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015. She was retired from Pepsi Cola General Bottlers. Beulah was preceded in death by her husband, Frank M. Branson, Sr. Survivors include her children, Frank Branson and Mary Lynne, Ed Branson and Michelle, and Alesia Branson and Doug; Five Grandchildren, Brandi Kestner, Joshua Branson, Shaye Cassell, Kenan Hamilton...
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Robert Wesley Blevins

July 20, 1926 - January 1, 2015

Robert Wesley Blevins Chilhowie, Va. Robert Wesley Blevins, 88, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 1, 2015. He was born July 20, 1926 to the late Green C. and Nina C. Blevins. Mr. Blevins was a faithful member of the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church, where he was the last remaining World War II veteran of that congregation. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by an infant...
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Thelma Brown Aker

December 21, 2014

Thelma Brown Aker, 103, passed away Sunday, December 21, 2014 in the Abingdon Health and Rehab Center in Abingdon, Va. Mrs. Aker was preceded in death by her parents, Lillie Brown and Avery Brown; and her husband, Elva Aker. Thelma was a very devoted and loving Christian, wife, mother, and friend. She taught at the Chilhowie Elementary School until she retired at the age of 73 and was a lifelong...
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Fred A. Martin

December 1, 2014

Fred A. Martin, 80, passed away Monday, Dec. 1, 2014. Fred was a very loving husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. Martin served in the United States Air Force and was a member of the Francis Marion VFW Post 4667. He retired from Sprint after 38 years of service and was a member of the Grosses Creek Baptist Church in Chilhowie. He loved to camp, farm, and socialize with his many friends. Mr....
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Mary Elizabeth Hagerman Shelton

September 13, 1918 - November 30, 2014

Mary Elizabeth Hagerman Shelton Ijamsville, Maryland. Mary Elizabeth Hagerman Shelton, age 96, went home to be with the Lord Sunday November 30, 2014. She was born on September 13, 1918 in Jolo, West Virginia. Mary was a consummate mother, grandmother, and aunt. An excellent cook, she enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. Mary's biscuits and gravy was a favorite among those...
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Mary E. Blevins

November 18, 2014

Mary E. Blevins, 95, passed away Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. Survivors include one son, William Blevins and wife Leda of Chilhowie; Three daughters, Rosie Overbay and husband Bob of Chilhowie, Marie Shupe and husband Charlie of Max Meadows, Va. and Alice Sheets of Chilhowie, Va.; One brother, Rev. Dan Tuell of Chilhowie; Two sisters, Nancy Carrico...
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Brenda Gay Griffitts Heath

November 6, 2014

Brenda Gay Griffitts Heath, age 65, passed away Thursday, November 06, 2014. Survivors include her husband, David William Heath; Sons, Curtis D. Heath and wife Kim of Atkins, Va. and Seth E. Heath and wife Brandi of Marion, Va.; Two grandchildren, Briar Heath and Rylie Heath; One brother, David Griffitts and wife Linda of Sugar Grove, Va.; niece, Anita Lynn Bentley of Sugar Grove; nephew, Keith...
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Mary Ann Stuart Prater

November 1, 2014

Mary Ann Stuart Prater, 78, passed away Saturday, November 1, 2014. Survivors include six daughters, Debbie Gilmore, Peggy Owens, Judy Scurlock, Kaye Prater, Cathy Blevins, and Elizabeth "Liz" Sailor; three sons, Larry Prater, Richard Prater, and Paul Prater; 20 Grandchildren; Five Great Grandchildren; Three brothers, Neal Stuart, Ray Stuart, and David Stuart; and several nieces and nephews....
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Alden Bradley Sheets

March 10, 1940 - September 13, 2014

Alden Bradley Sheets, 74, passed away peacefully Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family to be in the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ following a courageous battle with cancer. Mr Sheets was born March 10, 1940, in Smyth County to the late Neal Bradley and Lavon Sheets. He was a member of the Grosses Creek Baptist Church where he sang bass in the choir for...
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James Cecil Blevins

September 9, 2014

James Cecil Blevins, 88, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 in the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM Friday, Sept. 12 at Williams Funeral Home. Graveside Services will be conducted 10 AM, Saturday, Sept. 13 in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Dennis Eller officiating. Condolences can be made to the family online at: www...
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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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