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Kingsport News, Kingsport Tennessee

25 April 1973
Emmett Edmunds
Lebanon, Va.
Emmett Lee Edmonds, 55, died in a Lebanon hospital Monday afternoon after a long illness.
A salesman for Mutual of Omaha Insurance Company for 18 years, he was a member of Spring City Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II.
He also was a member of Lebanon Masonic Lodge No. 251, Castlewood Royal Arch Chapter No. 34, Grand Chapter Royal Arch No. 50 of Bristol, and Maple Grove Odd Fellows Lodge No. 373.
Surviving are: his widow, Mrs. Helen Louis Edmonds; sons, Roger and Charles of Lebanon and Bobby Edmonds, Richmond, Va.; daughter, Vickie Castle, Lebanon; brothers, Jack of Bristol; James, Wadsworth Ohio, and Don Edmonds, Lebanon; sister, Mrs. Minnie Margaret Paternester; and five grandchildren..
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Edmonds, Emmett L.
Funeral services for Emmett Lee Edmonds of Lebanon, Va., will be held Thursday at 2:00 PM in the Russell County Funeral Home Chapel at Lebanon, with the Rev. W.L. Odum and Rev. Alan Moor officiating. Burial will follow in Temple Hill Cemetery in Castlewood. Pallbearers will be members of Lebanon Masonic Lodge No. 251. The body will remain at the funeral home, where friends may call.

3 May 1973
Mrs. Ruby Glenn
Lebanon, Va.
Mrs. Ruby Tate Glenn, 74, mother of Mrs. Bill Oney of Kingsport, died in Lebanon General Hospital Wednesday after a lingering illness.
She was a member of the Methodist Church.
Surviving are: her husband, E.W. Glenn; sons Nelson T. of Lebanon; Ralph and Robert, both of Lakeland, Fla., and Foy Glenn, Richmond, Va.; daughters, Mrs. Buddy Davis, San Antonio, Tex.; Mrs. Mildred Franklin, St. Petersburg, Fla.; Mrs. Henry Araujo, Indianapolis, Ind., and Mrs. Oney, Kingsport; a brother, the Rev. Tyler Tate, St. Paul, Va.; sister, Mrs. J.T. Warner, Abingdon, Va.; 19 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
The Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

31 May 1973
Apparent Suicide In Lebanon Death
Lebanon, Va
Arch Robins, Jr., 31, died late Wednesday afternoon at his home.
The Russell County sheriff's office said Robins was the victim of an apparently self inflicted gunshot wound in the neck. Sheriff's officers were called at 4:09 PM Wednesday. The office is continuing investigation into the death.
He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an employee of Pope Construction Company.
Surviving are his widow, Alice Bernice Robins, Lebanon; daughter, Jessie Robins, Lebanon; parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arch M. Robins, Lebanon; sister, Mrs. Mary J. Hill, Alexandria; brothers, James, Roanoke, and Wilmer Robins, Bristol.

11 July 1973
James C. Lewis
Castlewood
James Crockett Lewis, 86, a retired farmer of the Molls Creek Community in Russell County, died in a Lebanon, Va., hospital Tuesday evening after and lingering illness.
Surviving are his sons, George of Indianapolis and James C. Lewis Jr., Dayton, Ky.
The body is at the Lebanon Funeral Home.

11 July 1973
Luctria Huffman
Cleveland, Va.
Mrs.Luctria Huffman, 96, widow of Alexander Huffman, died Tuesday evening at the home of her daughter here.
Surviving are sons Avis of Cleveland and Basil Huffman, St.Paul, Va.; daughter, Mrs. William E. Osborne, Cleveland; brothers, Clarence Gent, Kingsport, and Henry Gent, Lebanon, Va.; sisters, Mrs. Kate Moody, Kingsport, and Mrs. Nancy Self, Pittsburgh; 8 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.
The body is at the Lebanon Funeral Home, Lebanon, Va.

25 July 1973
Clifford Sword
Church Hill
Clifford Sword, 62, Rt. 5, Church Hill, died Monday at 6:30 PM at Holston Valley Community Hospital following a long illness.
He was a native of Virginia but had made his home in Church Hill for the past 14 years. He was a member of Mountain View Central Baptist Church and a retired employee of Smith Plumbing and Heating.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Buretta Sword, Church Hill; three sons, Sgt. Howard L. Sword, U.S. Marines, Hawaii, Sgt. Billy Sword, U.S. Air Force, Tullahoma, Tenn., Ricky Sword, Church Hill; five sisters, Mrs. Estelle Baker, Cleveland Ohio, Mrs. James Ashbrook, Church Hill, Mrs. Pearl Johnson, Mrs. Rufus Lesley, Miss Mary Sword, all of Lebanon, Va.; two brothers, James N. and Oakley Sword, both of Lebanon, Va.; one granddaughter.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Wilson Funeral Home in Church Hill.

1 August 1973
Sampson D. King
Lebanon, Va.
Sampson D. (Sank) King, 73, died Tuesday afternoon in a Lebanon hospital following a lengthy illness.
He was a retired miner and farmer and a member of Oak Grave Methodist Church.
Surviving are his widow, Lucy Ellen King, Lebanon; sons, Cecil and James D. King, both of Richmond; daughter, Mrs. Arbules Warden, Bluefield, W.Va.; sister, Mrs. Mittie Richardson, Kingsport; nine grandchildren, six great grandchildren.

4 August 1973
Vernie W. Sword
Lebanon, Va.
Vernie W. Sword, 68, died Friday afternoon in a Lebanon hospital following a lengthy illness.
Surviving are his brothers, Lloyd, Rosedale, Va., Burt, Lebanon, and Bennie Sword, Bristol.
The Russell County Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Sword, Vernie W.
Funeral services for Vernie W. Sword, 68, Lebanon, Va., who died Friday will be held Sunday at 2:00 PM in the Russell County Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. W.L. Odum officiating. Burial will follow in Russell Memorial Cemetery, Lebanon. Pallbearers will be Bill Breedlove, Kenneth Sword, Kyle Morrison, Glen Sword, H.T. Sword, Rawle Kiser, and Raymond Robinson. The body will remain at the funeral home, where the family will receive friends after 6:00 PM Saturday.

12 September 1973
Mrs. Gertie Casey
Lebanon, Va
Mrs. Gertie Lee Helton Casey, 54, died early Tuesday morning at Bristol Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
She was an employee of the Russell County School Board at the Lebanon Elementary School cafeteria. She was a member of the East Lebanon Freewill Baptist Church and a member of the Maple Grove Rebecca Lodge No. 99.
Surviving are her husband, Garnett Casey; daughter, Mrs. Luther (Ann) Mims, Lebanon; son, Mervin, Lebanon; her father, Glenn Helton, Bristol; sisters, Mrs. Bernie Tignor, Jr. and Mrs. Frank Puckett, both of Lebanon; brothers, William and Glenn, both of Bristol; Nelson, Paul, and Dewey, all of Lebanon; and three grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.
Casey, Mrs. Gertie
Funeral services for Mrs.Gertie Lee Helton Casey of Lebanon, Va., will be Thursday at 2:30 PM in the Russell County Funeral Home Chapel in Lebanon with the Rev. Horley(?) Dye and the Rev. Carl Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Memorial Gardens at Abingdon. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The body will remain at the funeral home where friends may call. Russell County Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

18 September 1973
William Cartwright
William R. Cartwright, 57, of 1430 Linville St., died early Sunday morning at Holston Valley Community Hospital following a lingering illness. He had been in the hospital since July 1.
Born in Russell County, Va., he had come to Kingsport in 1942, and had worked for Tennessee Eastman Co. since that time. He spent three years at Oak Ridge during World War II. He had retired from Tennessee Eastman Co., in 1967 due to health reasons. He was a member of the First Baptist Church.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. W.R. (Elva) Cartwright, of the home, one daughter, Mrs. Daniel (Jane) Brailsford, in West Germany with her husband, three sisters, Mrs. Clarence (Freda) Moody of Harmon, Va., Mrs. Clinton (Irene) Taylor of Richmond, Va., and Mrs. Ernest (Grace) Cole of Lebanon, Va., three brothers, Charles of Swords Creek, Va., Jack of Orlando, Fla., and Richard of Alexandria, Va., several nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that those who desire may make contributions to the American Cancer Society or the building fund of First Baptist Church.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

21 September 1973
Mary Burke
Castlewood, Va.
Mrs. Mary Alice Burke, 56, Rt. 3 Castlewood, died Wednesday at 10:00 PM in Holston Valley Community Hospital after a short illness. She was born in Russell County, Va., and attended the Grassy Creek Union Church.
She is survived by her husband Vernon Burke, of the home; three sons, Eddie Burke, Richmond, Va., Danny Burke, of the home, Bobby Burke, Lebanon, Va.; four daughters, Mrs. Paul (Rita) Kegley, Mrs. Roger (Linda) Burke, Mrs. Terry (Libby) Vicars, all of Nickelsville, Va., Mrs. Walter (Carolyn) Salyer, Castlewood, Va.; one brother, Kenneth Stevens, Buffalo, NY; three sisters, Mrs. Eugene (Betty) Wright, Mrs. Mae Hartsock, both of Nickelsville, Va., Mrs. C.R. (Maxie) Hughes, Kingsport; five grandchildren.
Warren Funeral Home is in charge.

17 November 1973
Dingus, Emory Lee
Funeral services for Emory Lee Dingus, of Castlewood, Va. who died early Friday, will be held Sunday at 2:00 PM at the Sabra Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Jeff Salyer and Rev. Emerson Myres officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will remain at the funeral home and will be taken to the church one hour before services. Russell County Funeral Home in Lebanon, Va. is in charge of arrangements.
Emory Lee Dingus,
Castlewood
Emory Lee Dingus, 68, died early Friday morning in Lebanon Hospital after a long illness. He was a retired farmer and a member of Sabra Chapel Baptist Church.
Surviving are his sons, Earl C., St.Paul; Luther, Castlewood; Elmer, Fort Blackmore, and Roger Dingus, Lovettsville, Va.; daughters, Mrs. Vernon Salyers, Lebanon; Mrs. Magdolene Chaffin, St. Paul; Mrs. Leona Robinson, Leesburg; Mrs. Jimmy Brown, Purcellville, Va.; and Charles Robinson, St. Paul; brother Ezra Dingus, Castlewood; 38 grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

21 November 1973
Mrs. Lillian Jessee
Lebanon, Va
Mrs. Lillian Delpha Jessee, 67, died Sunday in a Wayne, Mich. hospital.
She was a former resident of Lebanon, a member of the Oak Grove Methodist Church, and was the widow of John David Jessee.
Surviving are her sons, George William, Dearborn, Mich.; and Bobby Lee, Detroit; daughter, Mrs. Betty Jo White, Bristol, Tenn.; brother, Bryan Meade, Castlewood; 12 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

1 December 1973
Henry G. Dorton
Castlewood
Henry G. Dorton, 88, died at a Lebanon, Va., hospital Friday evening.
Until recently he worked at Dorton's Shop where he was one of the last area blacksmiths and wagon repairman. He was former member of the Russell County School Board, the Lakeview Union Church, and Stuart Chapel Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Vesta Jessee Dorton; sons, William L. and Kenneth, both of Castlewood; R.E. Dorton, Kingsport, and Henry H. Dorton, Martinsville; sisters, Mrs. Vergie Davis, Castlewood, and Mrs. Grace Henry, Nickelsville; and seven grandchildren.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements.

19 January 1974
Kegley, Mrs. Hattie J.
Funeral services for Mrs. Hattie Juce(?) Kegley will be Sunday at 2:00 PM at the Russell County Funeral Home Chapel in Lebanon, Va., with the Rev. Eugene Burke and Rev. Ernest Dale officiating. Burial will follow in the Grassy Creek Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ernest Hicks, Ernest Jessee, Oakley Hartsock, Wayne Hartsock, Glenn Hartsock, Dan Burke, Bob Burke, Tom Lewis. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends.

23 January 1974
John C. Campbell
Lebanon, Va.
John Corbett Campbell, 68, a farmer of the Hansonville Community, died unexpectedly Tuesday following an apparent heart attack.
He was a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church and a member of the Copper Creek Odd Fellows Lodge.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Clara Campbell; daughters, Mrs. Rita Sue Jones, Camp LeJune, N.C.; Mrs. Charlene Grabowski, Marton N.J.; Mrs. Peggy Patrick, Sumpter, S.C. and Mrs. Linda Harris, Lebanon; son, John Thomas, Vincentown, N.J.; sister, Mrs. Audie Hawkins, Farmville, Va.; brother, Beecher B. Campbell, Lebanon; and 10 grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.

29 January 1974
Joseph A. Campbell
Joseph A. Campbell, 64, 1528 Fairview Ave., died at 9:00 AM Monday at Holston Valley Community Hospital following a short illness.
Born in Lebanon, Va., he had resided in Kingsport since 1925. He was owner and operator of the Tiny Market on G Street, and was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army for 18 years.
Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Mary Hurt Campbell of the home; father, L.R. (Leroy) Campbell of Mosheim; three sisters, Mrs. Mason (Marie) Deskins of Kingsport, Mrs. Elmer (Roberta) Hensley of Greenville, Mrs. Ike (Gaynell) Pridemore of Mosheim; three brothers, H.E. Campbell of Kingsport, J.W. Campbell of Concord N.H., Berlin A. Campbell of Mosheim; several nieces and nephews.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

9 February 1974
Blankenship, Mrs. Tennessee
Funeral services for Mrs. Tennessee Sarah Blankenship of Lebanon, Va., who died Friday will be held Sunday at 2:00 PM in the Russell County Funeral Home Chapel at Lebanon with Rev. J.A. Massie and Rev. W.L. Odum officiating. Burial will follow in the Russell Memorial Cemetery in Lebanon. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends.
Mrs. Blankenship
Lebanon, Va.
Mrs. Tennessee Sarah Blankenship, 92, of the Mill Creek community, died Friday morning in Richmond Manor Nursing Home in Bristol.
She was a lifelong resident of Russell County and was a member of the Regular Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, T.R. Grizzle, Castlewood, Va., step daughters, Mrs. H.F. Jeffee, Lebanon and Mrs. Barclay Campbell, Cleveland, Va.; step-sons, Carl, Kelly, and Basil Blankenship, all of Cleveland; three grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.

L.R. Campbell
Mosheim
L.R. Campbell, 88, of Rt. 3, Mosheim, died Monday at 4:15 PM at his home.
He is survived by three sons, H.E. Campbell, Kingsport, J.W. Campbell, Concord, N.H., Berlin Campbell, Mosheim; three daughters, Mrs. Mason Deskin, Kingsport, Mrs. Elmer Hensley, Greenville, Mrs. Ike Pridemore, Mosheim; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Alta Smith, Mrs. Mae Morrison, both of Lebanon, Va.
Kiser Funeral home is in charge.

26 March 1974
Clyde Hess
Blountville
Clyde G. Hess, 45, of Rt. 2, Blountville, died at 11:30 PM Saturday in Bristol Memorial Hospital after a long illness.
He was a native of Russell County, Va. having spent the last nine years in Sullivan County and he was a retired painting contractor.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Etta Hess; two sons, James Hess, Bluff City, Gene Hess, of the home; five sisters, Mrs. Maggie Helton, Covington Ohio, Mrs. Grace Cardwell, Saltville, Va., Mrs. Poly Holmes, Lebanon, Va., Mrs. Earlene White, Miss Mary Sue Hess, both of Ypsilanti, Mich.; three brothers, Gilmer Hess, Lebanon, Va., Bernard Hess, Honaker, Va., Clarence Hess, Ypsilanti, Mich.; several nieces and nephews.
Blountville Funeral Home is in charge.

14 June 1974
Rushia Robinson
Lebanon, Va.
Mrs. Rushia Fogleman Robinson, 73, died early Wednesday morning in a Lebanon Hospital following a long illness.
A lifelong resident of Russell County, she was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Newlin E. Robinson, at home; one daughter, Mrs. Delbert Williams, Lebanon; one son, Frank Fogleman, Lebanon; four sisters, Mrs. Eula Sneed, Mrs. Lucy Jones and Mrs. Alice Fields, all of Lebanon; and Mrs. Rosa Helton, Kingsport; six brothers, Fullen Sneed and W.D. Sneed, both of Lebanon; Giles Sneed, Honaker; Willard Sneed and Caney Sneed, both of Fredericksburg, Va., and Gilmer Sneed, Johnson City; also six grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.

11 July 1974
Hattie Brooks
Cleveland, Va.
Mrs. Hattie Brooks, 74, died at a Smith County hospital in Marion, Va., Monday afternoon following a brief illness.
Survivors include two sons, Harold L. of Roanoke and Bill R. of Kingsport; four daughters, Mrs. Roy S. Robertson of Eaglewood, Tenn., Mrs. Dan Wallace of Cleveland, Va, Mrs. Lloyd R. Smith of Lebanon, Va., and Mrs. Robert L. Vaught of Marion, Va.; three sisters, Mrs. Robert G. Smith of Bluefield, W.Va., Mrs. Hazel Stoots of Honaker, Va., and Mrs. R.S. Jessee of Lebanon, Va.; 21 and grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

12 July 1974
Banner Kiser
Banner L. Kiser, 61, of Rt 4, Harrtown Rd, died at his home at 4:30 PM Wednesday following an extended illness.
Born in Russell County, Va., he had lived in Kingsport for 29 years. He was an employee of Tennessee Eastman Company where he worked in the Power and Services Department until his retirement several years ago due to poor health. He attended Island Road Freewill Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Lucilla Sykee Kiser; of the home; five daughters, Miss Patty Sue Kiser, of the home, Mrs. Ronald (Peggy) Dean, Mrs. Billy (Phyllis) Lane, Mrs. Virgil (Penny) Lane, Mrs. Donald (Linda) Hicks, all of Kingsport; two sons, Lynn E. Kiser, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Robert L. Kiser, Mt. Carmel; five sisters,, Mrs. Gladys Hagy, Mrs. Sue Steffey, both of Kingsport, Mrs. Kate Sutherland, Carbo, Va., Mrs. Dacey (?) Gray, Lebanon, Va., Mrs. Georgia Amos, Gate City, Va.; two brothers, Wiley C. Kiser, Abingdon, Va., Talmage Kiser, St. Paul, Va.; 11 grandchildren.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral home is in charge.

23 July 1974
John Fields
Blountville
John Arnold Fields, 68, of Rt. 1, Blountville, died Sunday morning of an apparent heart attack near Lebanon, Va. He and his wife were driving to a family reunion when he was stricken and ran off the road. His wife, Sophia, received minor injuries in the accident.
Born in Russell County, Va., he had lived in Sullivan County for the past 40 years. He was employed at Kingsport Press for 17 years and had been employed the Sullivan County Highway Department before retiring four years ago due to ill health. He was a member of the Island Road Freewill Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sophia Ball Fields, of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Hargus (Anna Lee) Griffie, Mrs. Willard (Willie Mae) Patrick, both of Kingsport; one son, Donald Ward Fields, Charleston, W.Va.; step mother, Mrs. Della Fields, Meadowview, Va.; five sisters, Mrs. Ben (Lula) Flumbo, Roanoke, Va., Mrs. Roller (Odell) Gobble, Mrs. Curtis (Pauline) Taylor, both of Zolfo Springs Fla., Mrs. Johnny (Carrie) Baxter, Bend, Ore., Mrs Emory (Ethel) Hicks, Kingsport; three brothers, Newton A. Fields, Lloyd Fields, Rev. Edgar Fields, all of Kingsport; two half sisters, Mrs. Amos (Cosby) Gobble, Meadowview, Va., Mrs. Robert (Edna) Glass, High Point, N.C.; three half brothers, Garnet Fields, Bristol, Va., Douglas Fields, Euins Fields, both of Meadowview, Va.; eight grandchildren and four great grand children; several nieces and nephews.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

25 July 1974
Lizzie R. Patrick
Castlewood
Mrs. Lizzie Robinson Patrick, 73, died in a Lebanon, Va. hospital Monday night after a short illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Russell County and a Baptist.
Surviving are her daughters, Mrs. James Hay of Abingdon; Miss Helen Patrick, Kingsport, and Miss Nora Patrick, Castlewood; sons, Fred and Otis Patrick, both of Castlewood; brothers, Carl Robinson, Castlewood, and Limuel Robinson, Portsmouth, Va.; eight grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lizzie Robinson Patrick of Castlewood, Va. will be conducted Thursday at 11:00 AM in the Russell County Funeral Home Chapel in Lebanon, Va. with the Rev. Ernest Dale Rev. Tyler B. Tate officiating. Burial will follow in Temple Hill Cemetery at Castlewood. Pallbearers: J.C. Monk, Lynn Patrick, Roy Patrick, Curtis Patrick, Claude Patrick, and E.G. Jessee. The body will remain at the Russell County Funeral Home where friends may call.

1 August 1974
Wreck Kills Virginia Man
Lebanon, Va
Larry Douglas Rasnake, 20, was fatally injured in an automobile accident Tuesday noon on Route 82 north of Lebanon.
He was a member of the Clinchfield Baptist Church and the United Mine Workers of America. He was a member of the Clinchfield Coal Company.
Surviving are: his father, Burl Rasnake, Cleveland, Va.; four sisters, Mrs. Jack Campbell, Abingdon, Mrs. Norah Rasnake, Jr., Cleveland, Va., Mrs. Roy Bennette, Honaker, and Mrs. Jerry Neal, St. Paul.
Funeral services Thursday at 2:00 PM at the Clinchfield Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Rasnake family cemetery. The body will remain at the funeral home until one hour before services. Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

23 August 1974
East Stone Gap, Va
John Louis Maxfield, 81, of East Stone Gap, Va., died at 1:40 PM Tuesday in Lonesome Pine Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Maggie Maxfield; three daughters, Mrs. Edith Hall, Mrs. Robert (Lorene) McConnell; both of Big Stone Gap, Va., Mrs. Clyde (Helen) Jones, Kingsport; five sons, Curtis and Ernest Maxfield, both of Big Stone Gap, Va., Ralph and J.C. Maxfield, both of Bristol, Tn., Earl Maxfield, Annapolis, Ind.; four sisters, Mrs. Gay Bowman, Dungannon, Va., Mrs. Sylvia Ramsey, West Virginia, Mrs. Dora Hawkins, Mrs. Bessie Honaker; four brothers, Sam and Ed Maxfield, both of Lebanon, Va.; Walter Maxfield, Calvin Va., Sim Maxfield, Honaker, Va.; 24 grandchildren and 30 great grandchildren.
Holding Funeral Home is in charge.

6 November 1974
Hugh Albert
Meadowview Va.
Hugh Benton Albert, 60, died Tuesday morning in the Johnston Memorial Hospital. He was a retired electrician.
Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. J.C. (Helen) Gray of Petersburg, Va., Mrs. Hugh (Evangeline) Taylor of Lebanon, Va., and Mrs. Frank (Roberta) Buckles of Kingsport; four brothers, James G. Albert of Honaker, Va., Sylvester Albert and Richard S. Albert, both of Petersburg, Va.; and W.H. Albert of Kingsport.
Farris Funeral Home of Abingdon, Va. is in charge of arrangements.

24 January 1975
Maude Holmes
Lebanon, Va.
Mrs. Maude C. Holmes, 92, died Wednesday at around noon at Holston Valley Community Hospital following a long illness. She was a lifelong resident of the Elk Garden Community of Russell County.
Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Dock Mitchell, Lebanon; Mrs. Mae Holmes, Chilhowie, Va.; seven sons, Earl Holmes, Charlie Holmes, Harman Holmes, all of Lebanon, Henry Holmes and Ernest Holmes, both of Elk Garden, Va., Herbert Holmes, Corn Valley, Va. and Denny Holmes, Topeka, Kan.; three brothers, Garland Boardwine, Abingdon, Va., Mont Boardwine, Saltville, Va., and Estil Boardwine, Richlands, Va.; 30 grandchildren and 58 great grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home, Lebanon, in charge.

24 January 1975
James Booher II
Cleveland, Va.
James L. Booher II, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Booher, Ft. Riley, Kan., died Monday in Gary Community Hospital, Junction City, Kan.
Surviving in addition to the parents are the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Cantrell, Cleveland, Va.; the paternal grandmother, Mrs. Helen E. Booher, Hartford City, Ind.; maternal great grandparents, Mrs. Dixie Cantrell, Cleveland, Va. and Mr. and Mrs. Elyhu Jessee, Castlewood, Va.
Russell County Funeral Home, Lebanon, in charge of arrangements.

28 February 1975
Richard Dickenson
Richard Dickenson, 40, of 3249 Brownlow Rd., died Wednesday afternoon at Holston Valley Community Hospital after an apparent heart attack.
He was a native of Russell County, Va., but had lived in Kingsport for the past 17 years. He was owner of the Gospel Book Store and employed as a salesman by Kingsport Motors. He was a member of the Lynn Garden Evangelical Methodist Church and had served with the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Helen C. Dickenson; one daughter, Teresa Gayle Dickenson; one son, Mark Allen Dickenson; his father Billy H. Dickenson of Lebanon, Va.; two sisters, Mrs. Wayne Byington of Church Hill and Mrs. Raymond Stapleton of Kingsport.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

28 February 1975
Eleanor Akers
Mrs. Paul H. (Eleanor) Akers, 77, of Bluefield West Virginia, died 8:40 PM Wednesday at Munal Clinic following an extended illness.
She was a native of Russell County, Va., resided in Bluefield for 41 years and moved to Sullivan County last October. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, and a member of the Degree of Honor Society. She was the widow of the late Paul H. Akers.
Survivors include three sons, Fred B. Akers of Kingsport, William R. Akers of Big Stone Gap, Va., and Paul H. Akers, Jr. of Richmond, Va.; three sisters, Mrs.D.B. (Eva) Adams of Johnson City, Mrs. Maurice (Etta) Kiser of Richmond, Va., Mrs.H.V. (Virginia) Cline of St. Paul, Va.; two brothers, H.F. Cooper of Bristol and C.W. Cooper of St. Paul, Va.; five grandchildren; one great grandson.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

1 April 1975
James Helton
Lebanon, Va.
James W. Helton, 82, died at his residence early Sunday morning following a lingering illness.
He was a lifelong resident and farmer of Russell County. He was a member of the Lebanon Church of Christ.
He is survived by his wife, Rosa Mitchell Helton; three sons, Garland Helton, Wayne Helton, both of Bristol, and Dean Helton of Polo, Ill.; seven daughters, Mrs. Ethel Rasnick, Mrs. James Tignor, Mrs. Clyde Ferguson, Mrs. James R. Cumbow, all of Lebanon, Va., Mrs. Herbert Roberts, Bristol, Mrs. Carl Mitchell, Wabash, Ind., Mrs. David Bain, Marion, Ind.; one brother, Glenn Helton, Bristol; 33 grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

17 April 1975
Margaret Wolfe
Margaret Wolfe, 80, former resident of Lebanon, Va. died Friday at an Abingdon, Va. hospital.
She was a member of the Tumvez Memorial Church and was the widow of Henry J. Wolfe.
Survivors include one son, Clyde Wolfe, Lebanon; two daughters, Mrs. Jiles (Mary June) Cross, and Mrs. Arthur (Bernice) Poe, both of Kingsport; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

22 April 1975
Perry Bailey
Perry S. Bailey, 62, of 1612 F Street, died at 8:30 PM Sunday in Indian Path Hospital following a long illness.
Born in Lebanon, Va., he had been a resident of Kingsport for the past 45 years. He was a former employee of the Holston Defense Corp., retiring after 20 years due to ill health.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Glenna Hite Bailey of the home; one daughter, Miss Len Bailey of the home; one son, Richard D. Bailey Kingsport; three sisters, Mrs. Grant (Mable) Green of Kingsport, Mrs. Ed (Cornelia) Powers of Jenkins, Ky., and Mrs. Mildred Freeman of Johnson City; two brothers, Rev. Taylor Bailey and Bill Bailey, both of Kingsport; three grandchildren, one great grandchild.
Carter's Chapel Funeral Home is in charge.

24 April 1975
Mollie Stapleton
Mollie Stapleton, 99, died at the home of her son, Roy Stapleton, 204 Virgil Ave. at 2:15 PM Tuesday after a short illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Russell County, moving to Kingsport in February of this year. Mrs. Stapleton had been a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church since the age of 12. She was an active member of the Women's Circle at the church. A son, Grover Stapleton, preceded her in death in March 1974.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Jack (Nellie Kate) Glenn, Mrs. Dave (Viola) Salyer, Mrs. Claude (Ollie) Osborne, all of Lebanon, Va.; four sons, Oakley Stapleton, Dublin, Va., Roy Stapleton, Henry Stapleton, and Mazell Stapleton, all of Kingsport; one sister, Mrs. Rachel Mays, Weber City, Va.; 19 grandchildren; 40 great grandchildren; 10 great great grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

24 April 1975
Arthur T. Cook
Arthur T. Cook, 70, of 713 Boone St., died at 7:30 PM Tuesday in Veterans Hospital in Mountain Home Tenn. following an extended illness.
Born in Castlewood, Va. he had been a resident of Kingsport for the past 50 years. He was a former employee of Huff Funeral Home, and was employed by the City Feed Company of Kingsport. He was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Army. Cook was a member of the American Legion, Hammon Post No. 3, and a member of the Color Guard. He attended Pleasant View Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Lynn Bellamy Cook, of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Floyd (Joann) Gunter, Orlando, Fla.; one son, Shelby Arthur Cook, Kingsport; one sister, Mrs. Roy (Kathleen) Myers, Kingsport; eight brothers, Rev. Ralph Cook, and Clarence, Virgil and Doris Cook, all of Kingsport, Rev. Paul Cook, Jeffersonville, Ind., Rev. Emory Cook, and Willey Cook, both of Dante, Va., Jerome Cook, Lodi, NJ; ten grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Carter's Chapel Funeral Home is in charge.

26 June 1975
William B. Garrett
Lebanon, Va.
William Ballard Garrett, 73, Lebanon, Va. died Tuesday afternoon in Lebanon Hospital.
He was a self employed farmer, and truck driver. He attended the Bascom Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Ella C. Garrett; one son, Carlos Garrett, Lebanon; five daughters, Mrs. Fred Harrell and Mrs. Dan Shelton, both of Kingsport, Mrs. Lloyd Rhea, Johnson City, Mrs. Dave Fields, Lebanon; and Mrs. William Milton, Bristol; one brother, Everett H. Garrett, Lebanon; 15 grandchildren.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

26 June 1975
Clayton Powers
V. Clayton Powers, 59, of 1516 Miller Street died at 8:00 PM Tuesday at Holston Valley Community Hospital after a a short illness.
He was born in Russell County, Va. and had been a resident of Kingsport for 41 years. He was an employee of the Associated Transport, Inc. for 25 years, a veteran of W.W. II, serving in the U.S. Navy and a member of the Hill Top Mission.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary B. Powers of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Linda H. Surgenor, Kingsport; two sons, Sidney H. Powers, serving with the U.S. Army in Germany, and Jerry H. Powers, Clarksburg, Mo.; his father, W.D. Powers, Castlewood, Va.; one stepdaughter, Miss Jana T. Blankenship, Kingsport; one stepson, Tommy W. Bartley, Kingsport; one sister, Miss Dorothy Power, Castlewood; two brothers, Clyde Powers, St.Paul, Va., and Victor Powers of Castlewood; six grandchildren.
Carter's Chapel Funeral Home is in charge.

14 August 1975
Abbi Osborne
Castlewood, Va
Abbi Gayle Osborne, six weeks old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Osborne, Jr., died Tuesday morning at the Abingdon hospital.
Survivors other than her parents are one sister, Amy Elizabeth Osborne; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Osborne, Sr., Castlewood; the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart Jr., Castlewood; the paternal great grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ramsey, Dante; the maternal great grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart Sr., St. Paul, and Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Glovier, also of St.Paul.
Huff-Cook Funeral Home is in charge.

3 September 1975
Mrs. Nearvie Tiller
Bee, Va.
Mrs. Nearvie Katherine Tiller, 72, died Monday morning at her home.
She was a retired restaurant operator and a member of the Duty View Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Mitchell Tiller, Bee; four daughters, Mrs. Clain Breeding, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Clyde Breeding, Davenport, Va., Mrs. Harland Ball, Lebanon, Va.; Mrs. Harold Presley, Bee; two sisters, Mrs. Clarence Boyd, Vansant, Va., Mrs. Henry Owens, Dayton Ohio; 10 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Honaker Funeral Home is in charge.

12 September 1975
Joseph B. Dean
Nickelsville, Va.
Joseph B. Dean, 61, died Wednesday morning at Lebanon General Hospital, Lebanon, Va., after a short illness. He was a retired coal miner and a member of U.M.W. of A. Local 1098. He attended the Dante Assembly of God Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Sarah Kern Dean, of the home; two sons, David Dean, Nickelsville, Jack Dean, Castlewood, Va.; five daughters, Mrs. Sue Herring, Novato Calif., Mrs. Nancy Lighthall, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Bobby Jack (Joann) Cassell, Nickelsville; Mrs. Glenn (Linda) Jessee, Castlewood, Mrs. Nedra Brooks, Dante; four brothers, Pat Dean, Dante, Milburn D. Dean, Coeburn, Jess Dean, Nickelsville, Martin Dean, Mendota, Va.; six sisters, Mrs. Harry Dean, Mrs. Giles Dean, Mrs. Neeley Smith, all of Nickelsville, Mrs. Johnson Dean, Yuma, Va., Mrs. Tina Dean, Jacksonville, Fla., Mrs. Kansas Dean, Mendota; 17 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Huff-Cook Funeral Home, St. Paul, in charge.

7 October 1975
Francis Patrick
Castlewood
Francis Patrick, 82, died Sunday evening in a Lebanon, Va. hospital after an extended illness.
She was a resident of the Copper Ridge Community in Russell County.
Survivors include three sisters, Maggie Patrick, Castlewood, Mrs. Lucy Wolford, Honaker, and Mrs. Nellie Skeens, Kingsport; five brothers, Ingle Patrick, Lebanon, Va., Nelson Patrick, Arch Patrick, Luther Patrick, and Horton Patrick, all of Castlewood.
Lebanon Funeral Home in charge.

22 October 1975
Mrs. Lucy Jessee
Castlewood, Va
Mrs. Lucy Jessee, 88, died Monday morning at an Abingdon, Va. hospital following an extended illness.
She was a resident of the Copper Creek Community in Russell County, and a member of the Lake View Union Church.
Survivors include her husband, Nathan H Jessee, Castlewood; two sons, Willis Jessee, and Turner Jessee, both of Castlewood; one daughter, Mrs. Arthur (Nellie) Jessee, Kingsport; one brother, Walter Hurd, Castlewood; five grandchildren; two step grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

12 November 1975
Garnett S. Harmon
Lebanon, Va.
Garnett S. (Crook) Harmon, 59, died at his home Monday morning after an apparent heart attack.
He was a route man for the Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., a veteran of World War II and a member of the Lebanon Memorial United Methodist Church. He was active in the VFW Post at Lebanon and was also active in the Little League Baseball organization. He was a member of the Lebanon Masonic Lodge and was active in other civic and political organizations.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Helen Honaker Harmon; two sons, Ronald Harmon, Lebanon, and Richard L Harmon, Tazewell, Va.; one brother, William B. Harmon, Bristol; three sisters, Mrs. Russell Steffey, Roanoke, Mrs. Nannie Belle Payne, Cedar Bluff and Mrs. Hattie Harrison, Lebanon; and one grandchild.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

12 November 1975
Dewey Chafin Sr.
Lebanon, Va
Dewey H. Chafin, Sr., 69, died Monday morning in a local hospital after an extended illness. He was a member of the Spring City Baptist Church was a cab operator and truck operator in Lebanon for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Minnie Robins Chafin; three sons, Dewey H. Chafin Jr., Columbus Ohio, Johnny Chafin, Bristol; six daughters, Mrs. Vonley Clark, Mrs. Bill White, Mrs. Bill Kegley, Mrs. Carter Ferguson, and Mrs. Russel Brooks, all of Lebanon, and Mrs. Tommy Kiser, Cleveland, Va.; one half brother, Bud Worley, Abingdon; three half sisters, Mrs. Cynthia Lampkin, Castlewood, Mrs. Margaret McCoy, St. Paul, and Mrs. Hattie Sllivan, Baltimore, Md.; 29 grand children; and three great grandchildren.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

26 November 1975
Glen E. Thomas
Lebanon, Va.
Glen E. Thomas, 79, Route 3, died late Monday night at his home following an extended illness.
He was a lifelong resident of Russell County and was a retired miner and farmer.
Survivors include his wife, Mattie Lou Dorton Thomas, Lebanon; seven daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth T Dorton, Bristol, Va, Mrs. Jeanette Dorton, Kingsport, Mrs. Dorothy Runion, and Mrs. Betty Haynes, both of Bowling Green, Ky., Mrs. Vivian Osborne, and Mrs. Kitty Castle, both of Lebanon, Mrs. Jayne Wilson, Memphis; one son, William A. Thomas, Bristol, Va.; one sister, Mrs. Betty Monk, Roanoke, Va.; 23 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.

5 December 1975
Charles Johnson
Castlewood, Va
Charles Johnson, 92, died late Tuesday night in an Abingdon, Va. nursing home following an extended illness.
A lifelong resident of Russell County, he was a retired rural mail carrier, merchant, and farmer. Johnson was a member of the Sulpher Springs United Methodist Church, and Copper Creek IOOF Lodge No. 212.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Nannie C. Johnson, Castlewood; three daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth Dorton, Castlewood, Mrs. Jean Schaffer, Lebanon, Va., and Mrs. Eleanor Harrell, Kingsport; two sons, Thomas Johnson, and Bascom Johnson, both of Castlewood; one sister, Mrs. A.S. Johnson, Sr., Castlewood; ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.

5 December 1975
Gracy Rasnake
Mrs. Gracy Rasnake, 79, Route 8, Old Stage Road died at 3:12 AM Thursday at Indian Path Hospital following an extended illness.
She was a native of Russell County, Va., and had been a resident of Sullivan County since 1951. She was the widow of Dan Rasnake.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Clyde (Lena) Salyers, Dayton Ohio, Mrs. Eugene (Lucille) Yates, Kingsport, and Mrs. Herman (Joann) Baldwin, Stafford, Va.; four sons, Ralph, Cecil, Benton, and Billy Rasnake, all of Kingsport; one sister, Mrs. Cora Rasnake, Clinchfield, Va.; 21 grand children and 19 great grandchildren.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

18 December 1975
Mrs. Lula Jackson
Honaker
Mrs. Lula Mae Jackson, 60, died Monday afternoon in a Lebanon, Va. hospital after an extended illness.
She was a native of Wise County and the widow of Clarence B. Jackson.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Peggy Wilson, Honaker, Mrs. Sue Suits and Mrs. Louise Poskas, both of Tazewell; one son, James Jackson, Honaker; two sisters, Mrs. Rosie Williams, Honaker, Mrs. Elizabeth Wells, Cumberland, Ky.; four brothers, William D. Reavis, Robert Reavis and Ralph Reavis, all of Honaker, William E. Reavis, Cincinnati Ohio; seven grandchildren.
Honaker Funeral Home is in charge.

19 December 1975
Mrs. Fannie Fields
Lebanon
Mrs. Fannie Taylor Fields, 66, died Wednesday morning in Lebanon General Hospital after an extended illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Russell County and a member of the Spring City Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Bill Fields; two sons, Kenneth Fields, Charlottesville, Va., and Bobby Lee Fields, Mineral, Va.; one sister, Mrs. Milford Puckett, Bland, Va.; one brother, Bill Taylor, Kingsport; seven grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.

24 December 1975
Mrs. Iva Combs
Honaker
Mrs. Iva Jackson Combs, 75, died late Sunday evening at her residence following an extended illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Russell County, Va., and a member of the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church near Honaker.
Survivors include her husband, S.S. Combs, Honaker; four daughters, Mrs. Lola Shell, Honaker, Mrs. Edith Sampson, and Mrs. Kathleen Wilson, both of Kingsport, and Mrs. Pauline Mitchell, Johnson City,; four sons, Henry C. Combs, Jeffersonville, Ind., Billy S. Combs, Church Hill, James E. Combs, Kingsport, and Dewey C. Combs, Honaker; one sister, Mrs. Maude Combs, Miamisburg Ohio; one brother, Charlie Jackson, Lebanon, Va.; 30 grandchildren;15 great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
Honaker Funeral Home is in charge.

20 May 1976
Robert M. Jessee
Lebanon, Va.
Robert M. Jessee, 63, died Tuesday evening following an apparent heart attack.
He was a retired miner, having worked for the Clinchfield Coal Company, and was a member of the Church of God of Lebanon.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Anna Blanche Jessee; three sons, Robert Glen Jessee, Woodbridge, Va., Kenneth Lee Jessee, and David Randey Jessee, both of Lebanon; one daughter, Mrs. Shirley Hinkle, Springfield, Va.; six sisters, Mrs. Kate Skeen, and Mrs. Mable Rose, both of Castlewood, Mrs. Dora Osborne, Davenport, Va., Mrs. Nettie Austin, Mrs. Cora Belle Vaughan, and Mrs. Myrtle Robinson, all of Kingsport; and five grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home in Lebanon, is in charge.

23 July 1976
Roger L. Reedy
Roger L. Reedy, 38, of 3201 Hull Drive, died Wednesday afternoon following a brief illness.
Born in Sword Creek, Va., he had lived in Kingsport for the past 18 years and served in the U.S. Army from 1963-65. He was employed in the Organic Chemical Division of the Tennessee Eastman Company.
Survivors include; his wife, Mrs. Catherine (Kathleen) Reedy, Kingsport; parents, Rev. and Mrs. C.W. Reedy, Hiltons, Va.;and one sister, Mrs. Howard (Rita) Gardner, Hiltons, Va.
East Lawn Funeral Home is in charge.

24 September 1976
C.K. Meade
Castlewood
Charles K. Meade, 28, died Wednesday morning in Holston Valley Community Hospital.
He was a lifelong resident of Russell County.
Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Beatrice Meade, Castlewood; three sisters, Mrs. Nancy Tuggle, and Mrs. Myra Osborne, both of Lebanon, Va., and Mrs. Sonya Salyer, Castlewood; four brothers, Darrell Meade, Kingsport, Paul Meade, Gerald Meade, and Don Meade, all of Castlewood.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.

28 September 1976
Georgia Hughes
Castlewood
Mrs. Georgia Moore Hughes, 67, of Rt. 2 Castlewood, died Saturday evening at Russell County Medical Center, Lebanon, Va.
Survivors include her husband, Walter Hughes, her stepmother, Mrs. Maggie Porter, Castlewood; one stepson, James Hughes, Bristol, Va.; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Thelma Salyers, Mrs. Belvia Bailey, both of Kingsport, Mrs. Lorraine Holbrook, Coeburn, Va., and Mrs. Hazel Hawkins, Bristol, Va.; one brother, Robert Porter, Jr. Castlewood.
Huff-Cook Funeral Home, St. Paul, is in charge.

16 November 1976
Garland D. Jessee
Castlewood, Va
Garland D. (Ike) Jessee, 35, was found dead in his truck early Sunday morning in Woodbridge, Va., near Washington, DC
He was a native of Russell County and had made his home in Woodbridge for the past eight years. He was a carpenter.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Hale Jessee; six sisters, Mrs. Edna Crawford, Roanoke, Va., Mrs. Esta Jordan,Nickelsville, Va., Mrs. Clara Pearcy, Kingsport, Mrs. Lois Phillips, Wayne, Mich., Mrs. Jean Vencill, Lebanon, Va., and Mrs. Roy Skeen, Castlewood; four brothers, Clayton Jessee, Castlewood, Buford Jessee, Marvin Jessee, both of Chicago, Ill., and Arland Jessee, Kingsport.
Russell County Funeral Home, Lebanon, is in charge.

10 December 1976
Felix Ketron
Lebanon, Va
Word has been received here of the death of Felix Ketron in Merit Texas on November 27.
He was a native of Russell County, Va.
Survivors include one son, Frank Ketron, Grand Prairie, Texas; two daughters, Miss Mary Ketron, Greenville Texas, and Mrs. Christine Sumrow, Merit; one brother, F.L. Ketron Sr., Lebanon; one sister, Miss Mattie Ketron, Lebanon.

16 December 1976
Mrs. I.M. Sword
Gate City
Mrs. Ida Mae Sword, 85, of Route 1, Gate City, died at her residence at 7:50 AM Wednesday following a long illness.
She was a native of Scott County, Va., spending most of her life in Russell County Va., and was a member of the Elk Garden Methodist Church.
Survivors include; four daughters, Mrs. Kelly (Martha) Herron, Mrs. Kyle (Peggy) Jackson and Mrs. Ervin (Nancy) Jennings, all of Gate City, and Mrs. John (Edna) Robinson, Lebanon, Va.; three sons, Fred Sword, Honaker, Va., Emory W. Sword and Howard H. Sword, both of Lebanon, Va.; and 14 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, five great great grandchildren, and three step-grandchildren.
Gate City Funeral Home is in charge.

5 January 1977
W.T. Chafin, Sr.
W.T. Chafin Sr., 2033 Berry St., died at 1:00 AM Tuesday at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Mountain Home after a lengthy illness.
He was a native of Russell County, Va., and had lived in Kingsport since 1932. He was retired from the yard at Tennessee Eastman Company in 1946. He was an Army veteran of World War I, a member of the American Legion Hammond Post No. 3, and a member of Central Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Roxie Smith Chafin; one daughter, Mrs. C. Howard (Lucille) Fleenor, Kingsport; one son, W.T. Chafin, Jr., Orange, Va.; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Couch, Lebanon, Va.; two brothers, Charlie Chafin, and Carlyle Chafin, both of Lebanon; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

6 January 1977
Betty J Rose
Swords Creek, Va
Mrs. Betty Jean Rose, 31, died Monday evening in a Lebanon, Va. hospital following a brief illness.
Survivors include her husband, Carl Rose; one daughter, Glenda Jean Rose; one son, Bobby Carl Rose; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Larkin McGlothlin, Swords Creek; three sisters, Mrs. Dorothy Herndan and Miss Opal McGlothlin, both of Swords Creek, and Mrs. Kathy Hess, Rowe, Va., three brothers, Chester McGlothlin, Venia, Va., Arthur McGlothlin, Swords Creek, and James Milfred McGlothlin, Honaker; her maternal grandmother, Mrs. Dove Shortridge, Mavisdale, Va.
Honaker Funeral Home is in charge.

7 January 1977
Gerald N. Hale, son of the Rev. and Mrs. Virgil N. Hale of RFD 1, Lebanon, Va., has been promoted to senior airman in the U.S. Air Force.
Airman Hale, a vehicle operator dispatcher, is assigned at Charleston AFB, S.C., with a unit of the Military Airlift Command.
His wife, Carolyn, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Zimmerman of 1913 W. Stone Drive, Kingsport.

28 January 1977
Nancy Waldrin
Lebanon, Va
Miss Nancy Waldrin died Wednesday morning in Bristol Memorial Hospital following a short illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Russell County and was a retired employee of Russell Manufacturing Company in Lebanon.
Survivors include four sisters, Mrs. Kemp(?) McCloud, Mrs. Virginia Fields, both of Lebanon, Mrs. Rosa Repass, Bluff City, and Mrs. Harry Forsythe, Chicago, Ill.; two brothers, June Waldrin and John Waldrin, both of Lebanon.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.

2 February 1977
St. Paul Death Still Under Investigation
St. Paul, Va.
The Virginia Medical Examiner's office will seek to determine the exact cause of death of a young Russell County man whose body was found at a remote shack in the rural Hamlin section outside St. Paul Sunday night.
Authorities who found the corpse of Larry D. Barker, 22, initially believed the man had frozen to death, although Russell County Medical Examiner Giles Gilmer later ruled that freezing may have only been a "contributing cause."
The body was found on a bed in a small corner of the two room wood frame shack where he had been living with a male companion who was not at home when the discovery was made by relatives.
According to rescue workers, Barker's body was covered by a thin blanket and a small fire burned in a steel grate, although temperatures hovered near zero at the time. He had been dead for several hours, according to the preliminary autopsy.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of St. Paul and a graduate of St. Paul High School. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. June Kiser, Marion, Va., His adopted parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Barker, St. Paul; maternal grandfather, Asa O'Dell McReynolds, Lebanon, Va., four brothers, Edward Barker, Castlewood, Va., Ronald Barker, Blacksburg, Va., Danny Barker, and Ricky Barker, both of St. Paul; four sisters, Mrs. Ann Haynor, Smithfield, N.C., Mrs. Clara Lowe, Stafford, Va., Mrs. Kathy Williams, Louisville, Ky., and Sandra Barker, St. Paul.
Huff-Cook Funeral Home is in charge.

9 March 1977
Mrs. Ebbie Salyer
Castlewood, Va
Mrs. Ebbie Ethel Salyer, 70, died Monday morning in Holston Valley Community Hospital following a long illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Russell County, Va. and a member of Grassy Creek Union Church.
Survivors include her husband, Frank R. Salyer, Castlewood; two daughters, Mrs. Robert B (Anna Mae) Porter, Jr., and Mrs. George B. (Faye) Breeding, both of Castlewood; five sisters, Mrs. Virginia Wyatt, Mrs. Ruby Milhorne, Mrs. Archie Hayden, all of Kingsport, Mrs. Paul Price, Lebanon, Va., and Miss Elizabeth Gibson, Lynchburg, Va.; one brother, Harvey Gibson, Church Hill; seven grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.

9 March 1977
Billy J. Johnson
Russell County, Va
Billy J. Johnson, 17, died Sunday night at Russell County Medical Center from an apparently self inflicted gunshot wound.
Survivors include his father, Jerry J. Johnson, Castlewood, Va.; his mother, Mrs. Helga Thompson, New Mexico; three sisters, Mrs. Mildred Larrgon, Panama City, Fla., Mrs. Sonice L. Skeen, and Miss Robin R. Johnson, both of Castlewood; one brother, Michael Jerry Johnson,, U.S. Army, Italy; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Schorer Adoff, Germany; and his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Johnson, Castlewood.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.

17 March 1977
Sidney B. Campbell
Dungannon, Va.
Sydney Belle Campbell, 98, died Wednesday morning at Cedar Lawn Convalescent Home in Abingdon following a short illness.
Born in Russell County, she was the widow of the late William Patton Campbell and a Baptist.
Survivors include: three daughters, Mrs. Bessie Powers, Detroit, Mich., Mrs. Charlotte Campbell, Ecorse, Mich., and Mrs. Denny (Hazel) Darnell, Ft. Blackmore, Va.; one sister, Mrs. J.B. Grizzle, Lebanon, Va.; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; and several great great grandchildren.
Warren Funeral Home is in charge.

17 March 1977
Edd C. Searcey
Castlewood, Va
Edd Clifton Searcey, 74, died Tuesday morning at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va.
He was a prominent Russell County Va. farmer and a member of the Brick Church.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Annette Osborne Searcey; two daughters, Frances Lee Searcey, Castlewood, and Mrs. Eva Lynn Crabtree, Glade Spring, Va., two brothers, Henry Searcey and Gene W. Searcey both of Jonesboro; four sisters, Mrs. Arthur (Venia) Taylor, St. Paul, Va., Mrs. Dewey (Grace) Dixon, Milbourne, Fla., Mrs. W.W. (Eva) Byrd, Erwin, and Mrs. Kate Patrick, Bowie, Md.
Huff-Cook Funeral Home St. Paul is in charge.

22 March 1977
Pearl K. Leedy
Erwin
Mrs. Pearl Kiser Leedy, 76, died in a Johnson City hospital Saturday afternoon following a brief illness.
A native of Russell County, Va., she was a former resident of Carbo, Va.
Survivors include seven daughters, Mrs. Howard (Beatrice) Taylor, Mrs. Edd (Ruby) Whitaker, both of Lebanon, Va., Mrs. Ralph (Oma) Whitaker, Mrs. Charles (Billie) Flowers, both of Erwin, Mrs. Herbert (Barbara) Russell, Elizabethton, Mrs. Douglas (Jerry) Hagy, Richmond, Va., and Mrs. H.O. Austin, Phoenix, Ariz.; three sons, Paul Leedy, Johnson City, George E. Leedy, Abingdon, Va., and Dean Leedy, Knoxville; two sisters, Mrs. Kyle Hubbard, Honaker, Va., and Mrs. Richard Tibbs, Kingsport; two brothers, Clovis Kiser, Cleveland,Va., and Tom Kiser, Salem, Va.; 21 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

22 March 1977
Earl J. Bellamy
St. Paul, Va.
Earl James Bellamy, 76, of Route 1, died Sunday morning in a Russell County hospital.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Cornelia Bellamy; one sister, Mrs. Josie Collins, Gate City,Va.; two stepsons, Gilmer Meade and J.B. Meade, both of Castlewood, Va.
Huff-Cook Funeral Home, St. Paul, is in charge.

31 March 1977
Ingle R. Patrick
Lebanon, Va.
Ingle R. Patrick, 79, died in a Lebanon Hospital early Tuesday.
He was a member of the Maple Grove Community Church and a retired farmer.
Survivors include two sons, Roscoe H. Patrick, Lebanon, and Claude Patrick, Bristol, Va.; four daughters, Mrs. Gilbert (Edna) Statzer, Mrs. Maynard (Mary) Helton, both of Lebanon, Mrs. Clarence (Glena) Breeding, Kernersville, N.C., and Mrs. Arvil (Clora) Howington, Cleveland, Va.; three brothers, Horton Patrick, Nelson Patrick, and Luther Patrick, all of Castlewood; three sisters, Mrs. Lucy Wolford, Honaker, Va., Mrs. Nellie Skeens, Kingsport, and Miss Maggie Patrick, Castlewood; 21 grandchildren; and 16 great grand children.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

1 April 1977
Mabel Barnes
Castlewood, Va.
Mrs. Mabel Barnes, 84, died at her home here Wednesday of an apparent heart attack.
Survivors include five sons, Edgar Barnes, Castlewood, Robert Barnes, James Barnes, both of Bassett, Va., Joe Barnes, Delaware, and Earl Barnes, Abingdon, Va.; one daughter, Mrs. Elsie Weddle, Lebanon, Va.; several grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Huff-Cook Funeral Home, St. Paul, Va. is in charge.

21 April 1977
Margie Musick
Cleveland, Va.
Mrs. Margie Evelyn Musick, 66, died Tuesday morning in Bristol Memorial Hall following an extended illness.
She was a lifelong resident of Russell County and a member of Weaver's Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Burchard Musick, Cleveland; six daughters, Mrs. Ralph (Mary Alice) Smith, Bristol, Mrs. Buford (Annette) Musick, Cleveland, Mrs. Leonard (Margaret) Atkinson, Charlotte, N.C., Miss Myrtle Musick, Mrs. John (Edith) Isenberg, and Mrs. Jerry (Linda) Hite, all of Kingsport; eight sons, Bill Musick, Stuart Draft, Va., Elmer Musick, Emmitt Musick, and Allen Musick, all of Cleveland, Gordon Musick, Richmond, Va., Douglas Musick, Kingsport, Jack Musick, Honaker, Va., and Edmond Musick, Johnson City; two sisters, Mrs. Blanche Rasnake, North Tazewell, Va., Mrs. Sally Meredith, Palmyra, Va.; two brothers, A.C. Skeen, Lebanon, Va., Elder E.S. Skeen, Palmyra; 25 grandchildren; and seven great grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.

3 May 1977
Mrs. Eller Garrett
Lebanon, Va
Mrs. Eller C. Garrett, 70, died Monday morning at Russell Medical Center, Lebanon, Va.
She was a lifelong resident of Russell County, and a member of the Bascom United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Everett H. Garrett, Lebanon; two sons, Kyle and James Garrett, Lebanon; three daughters, Mrs. Roscoe McCracken, Mrs. John Boardwine, both of Lebanon, and Mrs. Edwin Johnson, Kingsport, Tenn., two brothers, Lindsey Carpenter, Elk Garden, Va, Stine Carpenter, Lebanon; one sister, Mrs. Lumie Warner; and nine grandchildren.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

3 May 1977
Ezra Fields
St. Paul, Va.
Ezra Fields, 84, died Sunday morning in Bristol Memorial Hospital.
A native of Russell County, Va., he was a retired miner and a member of UMWA. He attended Dingus Memorial Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include: his wife, Mrs. Janie Horne Fields; three sons, Bill Fields, St. Paul, Frank and Albert Fields, both of Bristol; one step son, James C. Powers, Castlewood; six daughters, Mrs. Juanita Morgan, Welch, W.Va., Mrs. Sam (Amila) Gose, Castlewood, Mrs. Vina Duckett, Mrs. Millard Patrick, Mrs. Bea McCoy and Mrs. George (Peggy) Fouch, all of Bristol; three stepdaughters, Mrs. Earl Holley, St. Paul, Mrs.W.H. Meade and Mrs. Buford Young, both of Castlewood; one brother, Oscar Fields, Dante; five sisters, Mrs. Rosa Steffey and Mrs. Peggy Phillips, both of Castlewood, Mrs. Audrey Sims, Mrs. Hester Jessee and Mrs. Myrtle Williams, all of Kingsport; 35 grandchildren and 43 great grandchildren.
Huff-Cook Funeral Home is in charge.

26 May 1977
George E. Mason
Castlewood
George Edward Mason, 56, died at Bristol Memorial Hospital Tuesday afternoon.
He was a farmer and resident of the Copper Creek Community in Russell County.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth W. Mason, Castlewood; two daughters, Mrs. Linda M Carpenter, Mrs. Betty M Roach, both of Richmond,Va.; his mother, Mrs. Ellen D. Mason, Bristol, Va.; three brothers,John Y. Mason, Lebanon, Va., Daniel T. Mason, Castlewood, Va.and Robert E. Mason, Greensboro, N.C.; one sister, Mrs. Nancy M. Wellhouse,Towson, Md.; and two grandchildren.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

9 June 1977
Robert H Munsey
Lebanon, Va.
Robert Howard Muncey, 52, died Tuesday afternoon of an apparent heart attack.
A lifelong resident of Lebanon, he was a brakeman for the Norfolk and Western Railway and also worked as a salesman for Lebanon Furniture Company. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include: his wife, Mrs. Shelby Roman Muncey, Lebanon; two sons, Robert Howard Muncey, Jr., Lebanon, and Timothy Joseph Muncey, Kingsport; two daughters, Miss Sherry Kay Munsey, Radford, Va., and Laura Leigh Munsey, Kingsport; mother, Mrs. Reba Muncey, Lebanon; one brother, George Muncey, Cleveland, Va.; and one sister, Mrs. Mary Alice Kiser, Castlewood, Va.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

9 June 1977
Vicey M. Lambert
Coeburn
Mrs. Vicey M. Lambert, 92, died Tuesday morning in a Wise, Va. hospital after a long illness.
Survivors include: three brothers, Eddie Ball, Palm Beach, Fla., Noah Ball, Big Timber, Mont., and Morgan Ball, Tazewell,, Va.; two sisters, Mrs. Viney McCoy, Nora, Va., and Mrs.Namona Leftwich, Dante, Va.; five sons, Clyde Moore, Cedar Bluff, Va., Calvin Moore, Nora, Va., Donald Moore, Dante, Va., Alonzo Moore, Coeburn, Va., and Burley Moore, Darwin, Va.; one daughter, Elizabeth Lambert, Ashland Ohio; 41 grandchildren and 60 great grandchildren.
Miller Funeral Home, Clintwood, Va. is in charge.

22 June 1977
Jerry G. Robinson
Jerry G. Robinson, 72, of Rt 7, Jonesboro, died at his home Tuesday evening of an apparent heart attack.
Of Russell County, Va., he had been employed as a miner until coming to Sullivan county where he and his wife owned and operated the Rock Springs Grocery for seven and one half years. Poor health forced his retirement 14 years ago. At the time of his death he was a well known farmer in the Harmony Community. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge in Coeburn, Va.
Survivors include his wife, Beulah M. Robinson, of the home; one foster son, Steve Crawford, of the home; three sisters, Miss Ovella Robinson, Lebanon, Va., Mrs. Gussie Robins, Radford, Va., and Mrs. Mary Dison, Coeburn, Va.; two brothers, Ernest Robinson, Jenkins, Ky., and Bill Robinson Lebanon, Va.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

15 July 1977
Mrs. Shirley Hurley
Honaker
Mrs. Shirley Jean Hurley, 38, died Tuesday night in a Lebanon, Va. hospital after a brief illness.
She was a native of Swords Creek, Va., and a member of the Church of God.
She is survived by her husband, Everett Darrell Hurley; four daughters, Mrs. Teresa Anderson, Pikeville, Ky., Miss Cathy Jo Wilson, Miss Juruda Lynn Wilson, and Miss Reda Jean Wilson, all of Honaker; four sons, Jackie Lee Wilson, Johnny Odell Wilson, Jerry Wayne Wilson and Jeffrey Paul Wilson, all of Honaker; her father, Carlyle Miller, Swords Creek, Va.; her mother, Mrs. Francis Beckham, Alvton, Tex.; two brothers, Roger Lee Miller, Raven, Va., and Ralph Darrell Miller, Honaker; four half sisters, Mrs. Linda Stinson, Lebanon, Va., Miss Patty Miller, Miss Sandy Miller, and Miss Connie Miller, all of Swords Creek; three half brothers, Joe Bill Miller and Lanny Miller, both of Swords Creek, Va., and Lewis Miller, Raven, Va.; and one grandchild.
Honaker Funeral Home is in charge.

19 July 1977
Elihu T. Jessee
Castlewood, Va.
Elihu Taft Jessee, 65, died Sunday at Holston Valley Community Hospital.
He was a retired miner.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Gladys Jessee; two sons, Jim Jessee, Castlewood, and Guy E. Jessee, Castlewood; seven daughters, Mrs. Jewel Cantrell, Lebanon, Va., Mrs. Gaynell Cantrell, Cleveland, Va., Mrs. Eva Helbert, Mrs. Esther Taylor, Mrs. Ellen Hurd, Mrs. Joyce Mullins, and Mrs. Lois Mullins, all of Castlewood; three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Johnson, Bristol, Mrs. Lillian Johnson, Bassett, Va., and Mrs. Virgie Meade, Castlewood; and 16 grandchildren.
Huff-Cook Funeral Home, St. Paul, Va. is in charge.

20 July 1977
Martha E Rasnake
Cleveland, Va
Mrs. Martha E. Rasnake, 85, died Monday afternoon in a Lebanon, Va. hospital.
She was a resident of Mill Creek Road, a member of the Primitive Church and the widow of Arnold Rasnake Sr.
Survivors include; three sons, Edward Rasnake, Cleveland, Va., Eugene Rasnake, Lebanon, Va., and Arnold Rasnake Jr., Kingsport; one daughter, Mrs. Ruby Richardson, Cleveland, Va.; two sisters, Mrs. Caushy Rasnake, Kingsport and Mrs. Ethel Deel, Davenport, Va.; 14 grandchildren and six great grandchildren
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

20 July 1977
Clara B. Salyer
Lebanon, Va
Mrs. Clara Bell Salyer, 87, died early Tuesday morning in an Abingdon, Va. nursing home following a long illness.
A lifelong resident of Russell County, she was a member of Collingwood Methodist Church.
Survivors include; her husband, Con Salyer; three daughters, Mrs. Ollie (Cecile) Holt and Mrs. Loyd(Sallie) Osborne, both of Lebanon, Va., and Mrs. John (Lena) Green, Kingsport; five sons, Clint Salyer, Frank Salyer, Oakley Salyer and Wade Salyer, all of Lebanon, and Wood Salyer, St. Paul, Va.; 25 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.

28 July 1977
Mrs. Anna Gilmer
Lebanon, Va
Mrs. Anna L. Gilmer, 70, died in a Lebanon Hospital Tuesday evening following a brief illness.
She was a Methodist and a former employee of Jenks & Mast Inc.
Survivors include one brother, Joe Bowen Gilmer, Kingsport; four sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Avers, Winston Salem, N.C., Mrs. Cornelia Long, Bridgeton Missouri, Mrs. Ruth Ballard and Mrs. Jacqueline Hopkins, both of Bedford, Va.
Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.

28 July 1977
Mrs. Nannie Powers
Honaker, Va.
Mrs. Nannie Powers, 84, died Tuesday night at her home after a long illness.
She attended the Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include; two daughters, Mrs. C.A. (Louise) Compton, Honaker, and Mrs. Gene (Jessie) Yates, Kingsport; one son, Carter Gurr, Dungannon, Va.; one sister, Mrs. Lucille Hillman, Appalachia; 12 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge

12 August 1977
Russell L. Crabtree
Russel L Crabtree, 61, of 121 W. Wanola Avenue, died at 5:00 AM Thursday at Indian Path Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Honaker, Va., he was a former resident of Pontiac, Mich., and had lived in Kingsport for the past seven years.
He was a retired employee for Avon Tube Company in Rochester, Mich., retiring in 1968 due to ill health.
Survivors include; his wife, Mrs. Merle Crabtree, Kingsport; stepfather, C.A. Parker, Kingsport; stepmother, Mrs. Emma Crabtree, Abingdon,Va.; two sisters, Mrs. R.E. (Blanche) Wallace and Mrs. E.M. (Beulah) Quarles, both of Bristol; one brother, Ike L. Crabtree, Abingdon; two half sisters, Mrs. W.J. (Marietta) Campbell, Abingdon, and Mrs. Carl (Glenda) Linstrom, Dublin, Va.; two half brothers, James and Mitchell Crabtree, both of Abingdon.
Carter's Chapel Funeral Home is in charge.

16 August 1977
Baxter B. Byerley
Baxter B. Byerley, 68, of Route 1, Nickelsville, Va., died at 7:30 PM Sunday at Holston Valley Community Hospital.
He was a native of Russell County, Va., and came to Kingsport in 1929. He was founder of Byerley Construction Company, and had worked with Clinchfield Concrete Company of Kingsport. Byerley was a member and deacon of Glenwood Baptist Church. He had retired and moved to Nickelsville five years ago.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Rose White Byerley; one daughter, Mrs. Ned (Charlotte) Baugh, Mohawk; one son, Jerry Byerley, Mt Carmel; two sisters, Mrs. Fred Cook, Greenback, and Miss Florence Byerley, Castlewood, Va.; five brothers, John Byerley, Champ Byerley and Rufus Byerley, all of Castlewood, Desler Byerley, Greenback, and William Kent Byerley, Kingsport; and two grandchildren.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home is in charge.

27 September 1977
Mrs. Doris Ferguson
Lebanon, Va.
Mrs. Doris Grizzle Ferguson, 55, died early Sunday morning in Russell Medical Center following a brief illness.
She was a member of the Cleveland Baptist Church, and a member of the Russell County Historical Society.
Survivors include her husband, Vaiden Ferguson, Virginia Beach, Va.; one son Billy Vaiden Ferguson Jr.; her mother, Mrs. Maude Grizzle, Lebanon; two brothers, Jack Grizzle, Bristol, and Bill Grizzle, Cleveland, Va.; and one grandson.
Russell County Funeral Home is in charge.








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