Tazewell Co Obits

Selma Doris ALLISON

Portsmouth - Selma Doris Allison, 87, passed away Tuesday, January 31, 2012. She was born in Tazewell, Va. on January 8, 1925 to the late Willetta Beavers and Harry Maxwell.  Being raised in the Great Depression, living through wartime, and battling through life's various struggles, Selma never lost her smile and her willingness to help as she could. Selma was a family-centered lady who cared about others with a great passion and fervor that became infectious to those that knew her. She is preceded by her husband Robert, her sister Catherine, and eldest daughter Ann and is survived by her youngest daughter Pat, her three grandchildren: Donnie, Milissa, and Tim, her two great-grandchildren: Darron and Tyler, and various friends and family who she loved dearly. Selma is being transported from her home in Portsmouth to Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va. A graveside service will be held at Greenhills Memory Gardens in Cedar Bluff, VA on Monday at 10:30 a.m.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on February 4, 2012

Betty Sue Sparks ASBURY

 Betty Sue Sparks Asbury, age 74, of the Baptist Valley community in North Tazewell, Va. went to be with the Lord and her late husband, Bernard A. "Bunny" Asbury Friday, Dec. 2, 2011, at Carilion Tazewell Community Hospital in Tazewell. Born August 29, 1937, at Lick Branch in Tazewell County, Va., she was a daughter of the late John Irving Sparks and Crecie Rasnake Sparks. Betty attended Tazewell High School and worked in manufacturing, retail, and restaurant services. She was known by family, neighbors, and friends as a superb cook, homemaker, and tireless caregiver to her mother, mother-in-law, and husband. Betty was a lifelong member of the Linkous Freewill Baptist Church at Dry Fork and being a faithful servant of her Lord was her greatest calling. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Bernard A. "Bunny" Asbury; one sister, Vada "Jimmy" Brooks; one brother, Dallas R. Sparks. Left to celebrate her life and cherish her memory are her daughters, Susan M. White and husband, Ronnie of North Tazewell, Va. and Pamela K. Ray-Russell and usband, Monte of Marion, Va.; one son, Christopher Alan Asbury Sr. and wife, Kristie of Tazewell; three granddaughters, Misty J. Asbury, Lyndsie C. Asbury, and Stevie L. Asbury; three grandsons, Thurl "T.A."  Alexander Ray, Christopher Alan Asbury Jr. and Bradley Dennis Asbury; great-grandchildren, Todd A. Martin, Tristan Ray, Braylon Asbury, Abigail D. Ray, Harley Asbury, and Kaisyn Asbury; three sisters, Dixie M. Heath and husband, Earnest of Chilhowie, Va., Sarah A. Taylor and husband, Jack of Norfolk, Va. and Sadie S. Sykes of Tazewell; two brothers, Jonah P. Sparks and wife, Teresa of Tazewell and Billy "B.I." Sparks and wife, Connie of Abingdon; two "special" daughters, Peggy "Peg" Williams and Pamela "Pammy-Poo" White. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, 2011, at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, where funeral services will be conducted by Dr. Thomas A. Conley at 8 p.m. Monday evening. Graveside services and interment will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at the Sparks family cemetery at Lick Branch in Tazewell County. Pallbearers will be T.A. Ray, Bradley D. Asbury, Christopher A. Asbury Jr., Dee Brooks, Doug Martin, and Danny Williams. Those attending graveside services are asked to meet at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, by 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday. The family requests memorial donations be directed to the Senior Companion Program C/O Clinch Valley Community Action, Inc. P.O. Box 188, North Tazewell, VA 24630. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.peerystclairfuneralhome.com                        Published in Wytheville Enterprise on December 7, 2011

Clyde Randall "Bud" ASBURY

Clyde Randall "Bud" Asbury Born in Tazwell, VA on Oct. 26, 1938Departed on Feb. 10, 2009 and resided in Whiteford, MD.
Clyde Randall "Bud" Asbury of Whiteford died Tuesday, February 10 at Union Hospital in Elkton. He was 68.Born in Tazwell, VA he was the son of the late Irvin and Catherine (Matthews) Asbury. He was a retired farmer.Mr.Asbury is survived by two brothers and three sisters. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by one brother and one sister.              http://obit.tarringcargo.com/obitdisplay.html?id=633531&listing=All

Haynes Luther BELCHER

BLUEFIELD, Va. — Haynes Luther Belcher, 89, of Bluefield, Va., died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2012 at Heritage Hall Nursing in Tazewell, Va. He was born in Bluefield and was a son of the late William Belcher and Ella Osborne Belcher. He was retired from US Steel after 30 years of service, having worked at Gary Old 14 Saw Pit Shop and was a member of the UMWA. He attended the Midway Christian Church in Bluefield. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Ruth Porterfield and Irene Hinkle;  brother, Roy Belcher; great-grandchildren, Ava, William, and Stacy Spainhour.

Left to cherish his memory are, his wife, Ella Remines Belcher; daughters, Carolyn Cook and husband, Doug of Bluefield, Va., and Judy Robertson of King, N.C.; grandsons, Robbie Cook, Paul Bowling, Douglas Cook and Mike Cook; granddaughter, Michelle Spainhour, great-granddaugher, Cheyenne Bowling; great-grandsons, Robert Cook, Tim Cook, Jacob Spainhour, Trevor Cook and Alex Cook.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Dudley Memorial Chapel in Bluefield, Va. with Pastor Dan Webb officiating. Burial will follow in the Grandvew Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be Robert Cook, Tim Cook, Bruce Remines, Steve Remines,Shannon Remines and Marvin Hinkle.

Friends may visit with the family today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central and Western Chapter of Virginia, 2728 Colonial Ave., Suite 2, Roanoke, VA 24015.     Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va. is serving the Haynes Luther Belcher family. http://bdtonline.com/obituaries/x913136490/Haynes-Luther-Belcher

James Henry BOGLE

Amherst New Era Progress (VA) - October 5, 2011
James Henry "Papa Jim" Bogle, 82, of Madison Heights, passed  away Sept. 18 at his residence. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Lorraine G. Bogle. Born in North Tazwell Sept. 3, 1929, he was a son of the late Sam B. Bogle and Audrey Mae Collins Bogle.  He was retired from the Lynchburg Foundry after 29 years of service. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and was a member of Eternal Baptist Church. Papa Jim loved the out- doors, he especially loved planting and growing flowers around his home and he loved people always welcoming friends into his home.  In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Paul Bogle and his fiancée‚ Kathleen Evans, of Madison Heights, James H. "Jimmy" Bogle Jr. and his wife, Wendy, of Evington, and Timothy John Bogle of Madison Heights; two sisters, Minnie Osborne of Bandy, and Kaye Carpenter of Lebanon; a very special couple, Jessica and Tim Stickel, of St. Augustine, Fla.; five grand- children, Brooke Bogle, Lauren Bogle, Seth Bogle, Gabriel Stickel and Elliott Stickel. Papa Jim was also a very special uncle to many nieces and nephews.  A funeral service was conducted Sept. 21 at Whitten Monelison Chapel with the Rev. Sidney Wade officiating. Interment followed in Briarwood Memorial Gardens with military honors by the American Legion Post 16. The family received friends at the funeral home and at other times at the residence.  Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Eternal Baptist Church Building Fund, 623 Thomas Road, Madison Heights, VA 24572; or a charity of your choice.


Fayetteville Observer, The (NC) - August 8, 2011
FAYETTEVILLE — Retired Army Staff Sgt. Vernon St. Clair
Brinegar, 85, of Fayetteville, passed away Thursday, Aug. 4, 2011, in Highsmith-Rainey Specialty Hospital. Mr. Brinegar was born Feb. 13, 1926, to the late Winter Brinegar and Helen Burress Brinegar of Tazewell County, Va . He is survived by his wife, Margaret Brinegar of the home; a son, Daniel Brinegar and wife Jacque of St. Louis; a daughter, Cindy Davis and husband Mike of South English, Iowa; four grandchildren, Samantha, Sabrina, Michael and Barbara; and seven great-grandchildren. Visitation was Sunday at Rogers and Breece Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. today, Monday, Aug. 8, 2011, in the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery in Spring Lake with full military honors. Services entrusted to Rogers and Breece Funeral Home of Fayetteville.

Edgar Eurben CROCKETT

Edgar Eurben Crockett, 80, of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at Lewis Gale Medical Center. Ed was born in Tazewell County on April 26, 1931, to Gene and Mabel Crockett who preceded him in death. Ed moved to Roanoke in 1956 from Richmond where he graduated from The Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy. He was a pharmacist and co-owner of Williamson Road Pharmacy and owner of Brambleton Drug. Ed dearly loved his work and felt his ministry was serving others as their pharmacist and friend. Ed was a member of Roanoke First Baptist Church for 27 years where he served as a teacher for fifth grade boys, as a counselor for Junior Camp, and was chairman of the ushers for many years. In 2004, Ed and Bonnie became members of Bonsack Baptist Church and the Seekers Sunday School Class.
In addition to his parents, Ed was preceded in death by his brothers, Dr. E.V. Crockett (Pearle), Jack Crockett, Sedwyn Crockett, T.J. Crockett, and Hargus Crockett (Mary Jane).  


 Nannie "Nan" Elswick   DUNFORD
 Mrs. Nannie "Nan" Elswick Dunford, 69, of Claypool Hill, Va., passed away Friday February 21, 2014, in Bristol, Tenn.  Born in Tazewell County, Va., Nan was the daughter of the late William "Bill" Henry Elswick Sr. and Grace Hearld Elswick. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill"  Vance Dunford Jr.;two brothers ,William "Billy", Henry Elswick Jr., and, John Oscar Elswick; one sister in law, Drema Elswick;and one niece, Anita  Dawn Elswick. Nan retired as the Business Manager from  Southwest  Virginia Community College after being employee for 38 years. She was a  member of the Red Hatter's and the Richlands Women's Club. Nan attended  the Richlands First United Methodist Church and was a member of the  Friendship Circle. She was a tremendous mother, grandmother and friend  and was an avid NASCAR fan.
   Nan is survived by one son, Jeffrey Vance Dunford and wife,  Joanna of Miramar Beach, Fla.;one granddaughter, Zoe Grace Dunford;one
grandson, Alexander "Alex" Vance Dunford;caregiver and cousin, Trena  Marrs of Tazewell, Va.;and lots of cousins, co-workers and friends.
 Funeral services for Mrs. Nannie "Nan" Elswick Dunford will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday February 26, 2014, at the Singleton Funeral Service  Chapel in Cedar Bluff, Va., with the Rev. Larry Ramey and the Rev. Betzy  Elifrits Warren officiating. Burial will follow at the Greenhills
Memory Gardens Cemetery at Claypool Hill, Va. Family and  friends will serve as pallbearers. The Family will receive friends from 6 until 9  p.m. Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at the Singleton Funeral Service in  Cedar Bluff, Va.
  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either one of Nan's  favorite charities; Bluefield Salvation Army, 300 Princeton Ave,  Bluefield, WV 24701; American Cancer Society, 230 Charwood Dr., Abingdon, VA 24210, or the Good Samaritan Food Pantry, 106 Veterans Drive,  Richlands, VA 24641. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to  www.SingletonFuneralService.com  Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff, Va. is serving the Dunford Family.                   Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - February 25, 2014
Corrine May EARLS

Corrine May Earls
Born in Tazewell, Virginia on Jan. 11, 1935
Departed on Aug. 6, 2011 and resided in Aberdeen, MD.

Corrine M. (Maxfield Osborne) Earls, age 76 of Aberdeen, passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2011 in her home. She was born in Tazewell, VA. In her younger years, she worked in several electronics plants, helping to bring in the space age. Corrine also worked at Bata Shoe Company, Bel
Air Nursing Home as a supervisor for the Laundry department, and lastly as a Walmart people greeter in Aberdeen for 15 years. She enjoyed
gardening, fishing and cooking.  Corrine is survived by three sons, Harlen E. Osborne, Jr. and his wife Joyce of Edgewood, James D. Osborne
of White Marsh, and Timothy W. Osborne and his wife Patricia of Aberdeen. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Christine M. Osborne of Havre de Grace, John E.H. Osborne of Edgewood, Jacob T. Osborne and Charles E. Osborne, both of Aberdeen, and great-grandchild Kylie Osborne of Havre de Grace.Family will receive friends in the family owned Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home, P.A. of Aberdeen on Tuesday, August 9 from 6-8pm. A funeral service officiated by Pastor Ben Cordle will promptly follow at 8pm. Interment service will be Wednesday, August10 at 10am in Baker Cemetery of Aberdeen.


William Grieve FORSTER, Jr.

William Grieve Forster, Jr., 87, of Lynchburg, died, Thursday, March 11, 2010.  He was the husband of Rowena Allen Forster.
Mr. Forster was born March 4, 1923 in Pocahontas, Virginia, a son of the late William G. Forster and Ida Forster.  He served as a platoon leader with the 357th Infantry Regiment, 90th Infantry Division achieving the rank of First Lieutenant.  He participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. He was a graduate of the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets in 1947, after service in World War II.
Following the war and graduation from Virginia Tech, he went to work for U.S. Steel as a Metallurgist working out of the Youngstown, Ohio mill.  He retired to New Bern, North Carolina and following the death of his first wife in 1997, he remarried and moved to Lynchburg.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Cathy James of Lexington and husband, Bob; Stepdaughters, Lana Sue Rice of Lynchburg and husband, Melvin; Sandy Thompson of Rustburg and husband, Steve; Sharon Williams of Virginia Beach and husband, Don; and step-son, William Allen of Pace, FL and wife, Paulette; and sister, Betsy Ratcliffe of Blowing Rock, NC and husband, Buddy. He has a grandson, Rob James of Falls Church, and a granddaughter, Heather Finney of Fairfax, and husband, Steve and a great granddaughter, Shea Finney.  He has three step granddaughters and three step grandsons. He was preceded in death by wife Nancy Stephens Forster and his son William Stephens Forster.A graveside service, with full military honors, will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets, VTCC Alumni, Inc., 143 Brodie Hall, (0213), Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061, or the Hospice of the Hills, 3300 Rivermont Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24503.   Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, 434-237-9424. http://www.tharpfuneralhome.com/obituaries-a-condolences/item/143-william-grieve-forster-jr 
Thomas Cale GIVENS, Jr.
Thomas Cale Givens Jr., 61, of Tazewell, formerly of Pearisburg, went to be with the Lord on February 1, 2012, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, W.Va. Tom was born on June 3, 1950, in Pearisburg, and was the son of the late Thomas Cale Givens Sr. and Betsy Knight Givens Haskins. Tom graduated from Giles High School in 1968. In 1972, he received a B.A. degree from the University of Richmond, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1975. Tom practiced law for 31 years in Tazewell, and retired from Gillespie, Hart, Altizer, and Whitesell in 2006. Among his law partners through the years were Jack Chambers, Fred Combs, Carl Gillespie Sr., Carl Gillespie Jr., Harris Hart, Robert Altizer, Eric Whitesell, Brad Pyott, Buck Brittain, Richard Patterson and Chip Hurley. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church of Pearisburg. Since 1975, he was an active member of the Tazewell Lions Club. He also served as President of the Tazewell Area Chamber of  Commerce, and the Tazewell County Bar Association. The Tazewell Rotary Club honored him as a Paul Harris Fellow. Tom's foremost passion was the Tazewell Torpedoes Swim Team, which he coached for 35 years. He was proud to have helped more than 1000 boys and girls grow into adulthood. His teams won the Highlands Swimming Association championship 14 times.
Tom founded the Highlands Swimming Association, and served as its first president. He also coached the Giles Swim Team for five years before he moved to Tazewell. Tom is survived by his sister, Louise Barrow andher husband, Malvern Barrow, both of Richmond; and his nieces, Macon Barrow, of New York City, N.Y., and Ashley Barrow, of Richmond. He is also survived by two aunts; an uncle; and nine first cousins; as well as Shawn Hamlin, (who was like a son). Funeral Services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, February 4, 2012, at the Givens Funeral Chapel in Pearisburg, with the Rev. Tom Conley officiating, with burial following in the Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will
receive friends Friday evening at the Peery St Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, from 6 to 8 p.m., and before the funeral service at the Givens Funeral Home from 12:30 to 2 pm. Friends are invited to contribute to a church of their choice or to the American Kidney Fund at 6110 Executive Blvd., #1010, Frederick, MD 20851. Online condolences can be sent to the family at givensfuneralhome.com.                     Published in Roanoke Times on February 3, 2012

Sammy Spartks Lowe GROFF

Sammy Sparks Lowe Groff, 80, of 316 Central Street, Danville, VA, passed away February 23, 2012 at her residence. She was born March 14, 1931 in Tazewell County, VA to the late Nora Elizabeth Cordle Sparks and the late Joseph Glenn Sparks. Mrs. Groff was married to Noble Ray Groff who also preceded her in death on January 4, 2004. She retired from Dan River, Inc., where she was a weaver; she also worked as a sitter. Mrs. Groff was a member of Rock Springs United Methodist Church. She is survived by five daughters: Karen M. Shepherd of Keeling, VA, Kimberly G. Patterson of Keeling, VA, Reva "Kandy" R. Goss, Vickie L. Elwart and Nickie L. Elliott, all of Danville, one step-daughter: Diane S. Durham of Danville, four sons: Lacy F. Lowe, Jr. of Providence, NC and Jerry W. Lowe, Randy R. Lowe and Douglas Hemmings all of Danville, three sisters: Lorretta Dillon Sparks of Goldsboro, Elby S. Roberts of Jewel Ridge, VA and Ruth S. Chaney of St. Cloud, FL, three brothers: Don Sparks of Ringgold, VA, Bob Sparks of Knoxville, TN, and Glenn Sparks of Ringgold, twenty-four grandchildren, and twenty-two great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by three brothers, Jim, Nathan, and Bill Sparks. A graveside service will be held Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Highland Burial Park, Danville, VA with Rev. Steve Weedling and Rev. Daryl Joyce officiating. The family will receive friends at the residence. Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, Mt. Hermon Chapel, Danville is serving the family. Online condolences may be made www.norrisfuneral.com      Published in Danville and Rockingham County from February 24 to February 25, 2012

Beulah Harris HAGY

Portsmouth - Beulah Harris Hagy, 97, passed away Feb. 11, 2012.  Mrs. Hagy, a native of Tazewell, Va., was the widow of James B. Hagy since his death in 1985. She was a long time member of Park View Christian Church. Besides her husband, she was predeceased by her daughter-in-law, Nancy B. Hagy.Survivors include her son, William A. Hagy of Portsmouth; two grandchildren, Lee Ann Padgett and husband John of Norfolk; James Hagy and wife Beverly of Portsmouth; and five great-grandsons, Kyle, Sam, Ben, Noah and Isaiah.A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14 in Park View Christian Church, 3201 Western Branch Blvd., Chesapeake, Va. 23321. Viewing and visitation
with the family will be at church one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in Olive Branch Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial  donations may be made to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, 601 Children's Lane, Norfolk, Va. 23507. Foster Funeral Home,  Portsmouth, is handling arrangements. Condolences may be registered at
www.bwfosterfuneralhome.com.               Published in The Virginian Pilot on February 12, 2012
Marvin S. Harold, 63 of LaVergne, Tenn., died Saturday, August 24, 2013, at his home. He was a native of Tazewell, Va., and was preceded in death by his father, Eugene Harold. Mr. Harold was a member of Family Worship Center Church, a retired coalminer, and a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Jane Harold of LaVergne; daughter, Sheri Snow, and husband, Matthew; very special granddaughter, Baileigh Snow, of LaVergne; mother, Grace Woods Harold; brothers, Kenneth Harold, David Harold, Walter Harold, all of Tazewell, William Harold of Virginia, and Dean Harold of Florida. A celebration of Mr. Harold's life was 11 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Family Worship Center, 3045 Memorial Blvd. Murfreesboro, TN 37129. Woodfin Chapel, Smyrna, is in charge of arrangements http://www.woodfinchapel.com/                                 Published in Wytheville Enterprise on September 4, 2013
Nola Marie Thompson "Punk" MILLER
Nola Marie Thompson "Punk" Miller, 86, of Richlands, Va., passed away Friday, August 23, 2013, in Tazewell, Va. She was born in 1927, in Richlands to the late Luther and Cora Bell Baugh Thompson. She married Basil Miller in 1949 whom preceded her in death in 1973. Marie was a member of the Richlands Presbyterian Church and a graduate of Richlands High School Class of 1946. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister, Vivian Thompson. Those who survive her are two daughters, Gene Harrison and husband, Ted of Roanoke, Va., and Anne Webb and husband, Joel of Edmund, Okla.; two sons, Basil "Sam" Miller and wife, Jo Ann of Vansant, Va., and Robert "Tom" Miller and wife, Missy of Richlands, Va.; grandchildren, Shane Amburgey and wife, Sara of Owasso, Okla.,Letitia Miller of Cedar Bluff, Va., Meridith Saunders and husband, Robbin of Edmond, Okla., Tracy Webb and wife, Melody of Elizabethton, Tenn.; six great-grandchildren, Olivia, Lauren, Aiden, Logan, Rylan and Everett; two sisters in law, Betty Simmons Dunn and husband, Joe of Roanoke, Va., and Janet Simmons Catsonis of Charleston, W.Va.; two nieces; five nephews; and a host of family and friends. Special Caregivers were the Total Home Care Hospice, Heritage Hall of Tazewell, Tazewell Community Hospital, CVMC in Richlands, Legacy Ambulance Service, Helping Hands Home Health Care, Kristen Thompson Whitt, Joan Fugate and all of those who cared for her and came to love her. A Celebration of Life service for Nola Marie Thompson "Punk" Miller will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, August 30, 2013, at the Richlands Presbyterian Church in Richlands, Va. with the the Rev. Dennis Hoffman officiating. Ms. Miller will be taken to the Church one hour prior to service. Interment will follow at the Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery in Richlands, Va. Pallbearers will be Shane Amburgey, Tracy Webb, Larry Thompson, Dave Thompson, Richard Smith and Ted Harrison. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Elswick, Bob Nassif, Bo Harris, Paul Lester, Gene Whitt and Joel Webb. The family will receive friends 6 until 9 p.m.. Thursday, August 29, 2013, at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richlands Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 446, Richlands, VA 24641 or the , 1816 Jefferson St., Bluefield, WV 24701 Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va. is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at http://www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com/.
Published in Bristol Herald Courier on August 28, 2013

Mary Ellen Steele NAFF

Mary Ellen Steele Naff, 93, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2013, at Athens Regional Medical Center in Athens, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Dr. George E. Naff Jr.; and siblings, Evelyn Garrett, Jack Steele, and Josephine Steele. Mary Ellen was born on January 28, 1920, at her family's home in Tazewell, Va. She was the youngest child of Walter and Clara Steele. When Mary Ellen was 10 years old the family moved to Emory, Va., where she attended nearby Meadowview Elementary and Glade Springs High School. By her early teens, she was making a name for herself playing the popular songs of the day on the piano at Emory & Henry college and fraternity functions. Mary Ellen attended Emory & Henry, where she dashed the hopes of several young men when she gave her heart to a skinny, goofy guy from Cleveland, Tenn., named George Naff. Their senior yearbook described her thusly, "This talented young lass, with the cute smile and flashing eyes, who can tickle the ivories and send a tingle down your spine with her singing, is bound to make a success". George and Mary Ellen graduated from Emory & Henry in 1939 and married there in 1941. George attended seminary and became a Methodist minister, preordaining Mary Ellen's central mission in life, that of "preacher's wife." It was a role she played well and happily for many years across the Holston Conference as they served appointments at Tennessee Wesleyan College, Madisonville, Tenn., Coeburn, Va., South Pittsburg, Tenn., Bristol, Tenn., Abingdon, Va., Oak Ridge, Tenn., Maryville, Tenn., and again, at Tennessee Wesleyan College where George was President from 1975 until 1984. Throughout those years, Mary Ellen worked as a public school music teacher, private piano teacher, and often as church choir director or organist. In her spare time she made sure there was a show going on somewhere, either at the church, in the community, or in support of Holston Conference activities. Mary Ellen was a musical mentor to many people, young and old, to the very end of her life. Her services as pianist and vocalist were much in demand in each community in which she lived, including Morning Pointe Assisted Living of Athens, where she spent her last two years. One of her proudest achievements was the conception and direction of three TWC alumni fundraising projects called TWC On Stage, featuring alumni in musical programs in which they recreated their roles in past campus musicals. Proceeds from these productions were used to purchase a new main drape for Townsend Auditorium. For her many contributions to campus and community life, she was given two prestigious awards by Tennessee Wesleyan College - the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award for outstanding community service in 1984, and the Harry Steadman Award in 2001 for outstanding support of the college and the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church. Mary Ellen lived and greatly enjoyed her later years at Asbury Place in Maryville where George served as chaplain after his retirement from Tennessee Wesleyan. She was an active member of Broadway United Methodist Church in Maryville. She moved to Morning Pointe Assisted Living in Athens in 2011 to be nearer her family. She is survived by her children, Dr. George E. Naff III and wife Sue, Dr. Nancy Naff Boardman, and Ellen Naff Kimball and husband Art; grandchildren and their spouses, Paul and Lawton Boardman, Jason Boardman, Ben and Jennifer Boardman, Jordan Boardman, Andrew Kimball and fiance Lindsey Nunley, Whitney Kimball Coe and husband Matt, Eric Naff, Joseph and Kim Naff, and David and Traci Naff.; and eight great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, September 29, 2013, 2:30 p.m. at Broadway United Methodist Church in Maryville, Tennessee. The church will host the receiving of friends following the service in the fellowship hall. Burial will follow on Monday, September 30, 2013, 11 a.m., in the cemetery at Emory & Henry College, Emory, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory are suggested to the Athens Area Council for the Arts, P.O. Box 95, Athens, TN 37371; Tennessee Wesleyan College, College St., Athens, TN 37303; and Emory & Henry College, Emory, VA 24327. McCammon-Ammons-Click Funeral Home, Maryville. 865-982-6812 http://www.mccammonammonsclick.com/.    Published in Bristol Herald Courier on September 23, 2013

Theone (Granny) Neel, 91, of the Clearfork community in Tazewell County, died Monday, January 30, 2012, at Heritage Hall Health Care in Blacksburg. Born March 21, 1920, at Shawver's Mill, she was a daughter of the late Auther L. and Sallie Mae Kinser Leffel. She was a member of the Mt Olivet United Methodist Church at Gratton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Ruthola Neel and her husband, Wayne and one brother, Malcolm "Pete" Leffel. Theone was her given name, but most people knew her as "Granny". For those not fortunate enough to meet her, hopefully they knew her through her cookbooks. Granny enjoyed a life of cooking and sharing recipes. She learned how to cook from her mother, and continued cooking for many years. She operated a family style restaurant, "Granny's Kitchen", and later spent many years catering local events and special occasions in the Tazewell area. She is best known for her collection of recipes compiled into two cookbooks, 'Granny's Kitchen" and "Holiday Treats". What started as a hobby turned
into to quite an enterprise, with her having sold close to 50,000 books. Her books have been featured in "Virginia's Best of the Best" cookbook, and are known around the country. Her cookbooks are valued in every kitchen they occupy, and most probably have worn pages that show signs of cooking wear, a splatter here or there, a drop of this or that, because of the frequent use. She had a recipe for everything it seems, and always a helpful hint. She enjoyed cooking and always had a smile and something tasty to share, and she will be greatly missed by family and friends. Her memory will continue on every time someone pulls out one of the trusted books and creates a tasty dish for family and friends. She was a great mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her life was devoted to God, her church and her family. Shebrought love and laughter into our lives and her memory will always be with us.
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth Scott "Kenny" Neel and wife, Madge, of Newport, and Ronnie J. Neel and wife, Sandra, of Tazewell; nine grandchildren, Holly Neel Carroll and husband, Glenn, Lisa Neel Porterfield and husband, Mike, Theron Scott Neel and wife, Donna, Caryn Neel Bushong and husband, Miller, Jenny Neel Turner and husband, Ben, Rodney Neel and wife, Joan, Rhonda Amick and husband, Myron, Reece Neel and wife, Audrey, Regina Doss and husband, Daniel; one stepgranddaughter, Crystal Clevinger and husband, Chris; nine great-grandsons; two great-granddaughters; one stepgreat-grandson; sister in law, Margaret Pruitt Leffel of Bluefield; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church at Gratton, with the Rev. Kevin Richardson and the Rev. Larry Ramey officiating. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Pallbearers willbe Mike Porterfield, Scott Neel, Glen Carroll, Rodney Neel, Reece Neel, and Allen Neel. Honorary pallbearers will be Daniel Doss and Myron Amick. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at Mt. Olivet Church in Gratton. In lieu of  flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be directed the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Taffy Clifton, Treas, 178 Doe Lane North Tazewell, VA 24630.
Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home of Tazewell is serving the Neel family. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.peerystclairfuneralhome.com
Published in Roanoke Times on February 1, 2012

Leanna Mae PACKARD

Born in Tazewell, VA on May 1, 1921
Departed on Oct. 28, 2009 and resided in Aberdeen, MD.

Leanna Mae Packard of Aberdeen died October 28 at Harford Memorial Hospital. She was 88. Born in Tazewell, VA she was the daughter of the late John E. and Jessie Eliza (Radcliff) Rudd. She was the wife of he late Charles Packard who died in 1998.  Mrs. Packard retired from the former Bata Shoe Company and was a member of the Aberdeen American Legion Post 128.  She is survived by her son Robert E. Shackleford of Edgewood and daughter Carol S. Akers of BelAir; her sisters, Katherine Shrewsbury of Roanoke,
VA and Josephine Lawing of Jacksonville, FL; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. In addition to her parents and husband she was predeceased by her son Sylvester Shackleford; brothers, David, Edward, and Joe Rudd; and sisters, Louise Zrebeck, Rosetta DePollo, and Alberta Cornwell.
A visitation will be held on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home, P.A. where funeral services conducted by Rev. Harold Hubble will be held on Tuesday at 10:00am. Interment will in BelAir Memorial Gardens.    http://obit.tarringcargo.com/obitdisplay.html?id=719579&listing=All

Herbert Hoover REMINES

Born in North Tazewell, VA on Feb. 26, 1930
Departed on Apr. 13, 2010 and resided in Aberdeen, MD.

Herbert Hoover Remines of Aberdeen died Monday, April 12 at Harford Memorial Hospital. He was 80. Born in North Tazewell, VA he was the son of the late Luther S. and Ida (Atwell) Remines.Mr.Remines retired in 1982 from the State Highway Administration and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. He served in the US Army during the Korean War.
He is survived by his wife, Lydia A. (Moxley) Remines; sons Richard S. Remines and his wife Evelyn of North East, MD and Bryan K. Remines of Miami, FL a stepson, Robert Stuart and wife Kathy of Street, MD; step daughters, Vickie Hill and husband Scott of Fredericksburg, VA and Janet Anderson and husband Ben of Linthicum, MD; his sister Carrine Kelly of N. Tazewell, VA and 13 grandchildren. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his son Charles M. Remines, five brothers, and one sister.A visitation will be held on Thursday, April 15 from 7-9pm at the Tarring-Cargo Funeral Home, where funeral services conducted by Pastor Donnie Smith will be held on Friday, April 16 at 10:00am. Interment will be in BelAir Memorial Gardens.
Jackie "Jack" Garland TRIPLETT

Jackie “Jack” Garland Triplett, 61, of Rustburg, died August 3, 2010. He was the loving husband of Laura May Blankenship Triplett for 42 years.
Born November 24, 1948 in Tazewell, VA, he was the son of the late Lawrence Triplett and Frances Shultz Triplett.
A strong man with a gentle heart. His signature and ethic was working hard and doing munificence for others; his blessing, the reward of their receiving.
The Creator has granted life as a gift. For me to hold on and grasp out and fear is to deny the gift and the Giver.
In addition to his wife, Jack is survived by a son, Jackie Garland Triplett, Jr. of Rustburg; two brothers: Rev. Ray Triplett and his wife, Norma Jean and Keith Triplett and his wife Martha all of Rustburg; a sister: Deborah Tysinger and her husband, Robert of South Boston and multiple nieces and nephews. His faithful companion, August Autumn, a beloved pet, chocolate Labrador.
“Jack” was employed by Consumers Dornin/Adams, Inc. and attended Christian Chapel and Thomas Road Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, August 8, 2010, at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg from 7:00 – 8:30 pm.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Monday, August 9, 2010, in Christian Chapel, Holliday Street, with Pastor Ray Triplett and Pastor Jonathan Falwell officiating, interment to follow in White’s United Methodist Cemetery. A reception will be held following the service at White’s United Methodist Church Fellowship.
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, 2316 Atherholt Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501.
The family wishes to thank Pastor Jonathan Falwell for his support during his illness.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, 434-237-9424. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tharpfuneralhome.com.

Carolyn Sue Blackwell REYNOLDS
Carolyn Sue Blackwell Reynolds, 66 of Tazewell, Va., died Monday, October 21, 2013, at Welmont Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn., surrounded by her loving family. Born November 6, 1946, at Bishop, Va., she was a daughter of the late Robert Early Blackwell and Effie May Pennington Blackwell. Mrs. Reynolds was Secretary/Treasurer of C.L.A., Inc. of Tazewell, Va. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved children, and was known as Nana to her grandchildren as well as many other children in the family and neighborhood. She is survived by her husband, Eddie Dean "Ed" Reynolds; two daughters, Wendy Reynolds of Tazewell, Va., and Kristie Reynolds Asbury and husband, Christopher Alan Asbury Sr. of Tazewell, Va.; one sister, Loretta Blackwell Hartman and husband, Bill of Ashburn, Va.; four grandchildren, Lyndsie Caroline Asbury, Stevie Layne Asbury, Alan Asbury, and Bradley Asbury; four great grandchildren, Braylon, Harley, Kaisyn, and Bricyn Asbury; special niece, Venus Laney and husband, Mike and their children, Jacob and Ella Laney of Tazewell, Va.; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, October 25, 2013, at Peery and St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va., with the Rev. Buddy Herald and the Rev. Larry Ramey officiating. Entombment will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Bluefield, Va. Pallbearers will be Alan Asbury, Brad Asbury, Jacob Laney, Brent Matney, Terry Estep, and Randy Ramey. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6 until 9 p.m. Thursday, October 24, 2013. Online condolences may be sent to the family at http://www.peerystclairfuneralhome.com/

Published in Bristol Herald Courier on Oct. 24, 2013

Mary Ann SHORT

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - October 27, 2013
Deceased Name: Mary Ann Short
Mary Ann Short, 66, of Richlands, Va., passed away Friday, October 25, 2013. Born on November 16, 1946, in Tazewell County, Va., she was the daughter of the late John Henry and Dorothy Lowe Crabtree. Mary Ann retired after 26 years of service from K-Mart at Claypool Hill Mall. Her life was her boys and grandchildren. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by two brothers, Junior Crabtree and Roger Crabtree. She is survived by her loving husband, James Marvin Short;four sons, James Short and wife Jennifer of Richlands, Va., Michael Short of Richlands, Va., Leonard Short and wife, Lori, of Christiansburg, Va., and Dennis Short of Richlands, Va.;three sisters, Patsy Shelton of Richlands, Va., Alease Justice of Whitewood, Va., and Debbie Lambert of Bristol, Tenn.;nine grandchildren Justin Short, Victoria Short, Morgan Short, Bailey Short, Blake Short, Blaze Short, Brier Short, Nicholas Short and Ian Short. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, October 28, 2013, at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel at Cedar Bluff, Va., with Dr. Hurley Shortt and Mrs. Phyllis Simmons officiating. Pallbearers will be James Short, Michael Short, Leonard Short, Dennis Short, Justin Short and Nicholas Short. Honorary pallbearers will be her sisters-in-law and caregivers Virginia Deskins, Wilma Simmons, Carolyn Green and Shirley Ferrell. Entombment will follow at the Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool Hill, Va. The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2013, at Singleton Funeral Service at Cedar Bluff, Va. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to http://www.singletonfuneralservice.com/. Singleton Funeral Service is serving the family of Mary Ann Short.

Roger Lee SHORT
Mr. Roger Lee Short, age 68, of Doran, Va., passed away Sunday, September 1, 2013, in Wytheville, Va. Born in Tazewell County, he was the son of the late Junior Harrison Short and Sylvia Newberry Short. He was a retired Federal Mine Inspector. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Willis Edward Short; one sister, Linda Sue Berry; and one nephew, Nathan Todd Short. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Linda McGlothlin Short; one son, Michael Lee Short of the home; one sister, Connie McFarlane and husband Joe, of Cedar Bluff, Va.; two brothers, Marvin Short and wife Cathy, of Swords Creek, Va., and Steve Short and wife Barbara, of Raven, Va.; several nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services for Mr. Roger Lee Short will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday, September 4, 2013, at the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff, Va., with the Rev. Dennis White and the Rev. Terry Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens Cemetery at Claypool Hill, Va. Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers. The family will receive friends at the Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff, Va., from 6 until 9 p.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2013. Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to http://www.singletonfuneralservice.com/. Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Short Family.
Published in Bristol Herald Courier on September 3, 2013

Norma Jean SILCOX
  Norma Jean Silcox, 78, of Bristol, Virginia, passed  away Sunday,   July 13, 2014. Born July 28, 1935, in Tazewell County,  Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Roberta Dugger  Cordle.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her 
husband, William Harold Silcox. She is survived by three  sons, Johnny  Silcox and wife, Zelda of Abingdon, Va., William Thomas
 Silcox and wife,   Jean of Piney Flats, Tenn., and Greg Silcox and wife, Tammy  of  Kingsport, Tenn.;four brothers, Billy Cordle and wife, Pat,  Macky Cordle   and wife, Judy, Sonny Cordle and wife, Cindy, and Dennis  Cordle, all of   Newport News, Va.;three sisters, Mary Faye Munn and  husband, Frank of  Newport News, Va., Drema Stimely and husband, Jim of Meadows  of Dan,  Va., and Shirley Horton and husband, Tommy of Newport News,  Va.;six  grandchildren;and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday,  July 17,  2014, at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel at Cedar Bluff,  Virginia with  Pastor Roger Williams officiating. Burial will follow at the  Greenhills  Memory Gardens in Claypool Hill, Virginia. Family and  friends will serveas pallbearers. The family will receive friends after 10  a.m. Thursday.  Online condolences may be sent to the family bygoing  www.SingletonFuneralService.com .  . Singleton Funeral Service is serving  the family of Norma Jean Silcox. Bristol Herald Courier (VA) Date: July 16, 2014

Jeanette  Brown SURFACE
WINSTON-SALEM Jeanette Brown Surface Feb. 21, 1929 - Sept. 28, 2013

Mrs. Jeanette Brown Surface was called upon by the lord to return home Saturday afternoon, September 28, 2013. She was born in Tazewell County, VA to the proud parents of Eva Mae and Robert Taylor Brown, both deceased. Jeanette met the love of her life, Mr. Kelly Surface (deceased) in 1947 and raised six children, numerous grandchildren and countless children related to the family simply through friendships. Jeanette is survived by two sons, Larry E. Surface & wife, Angie of Rural Hall, NC, Kelly W. Surface & wife, Becky of Winston-Salem, NC; two daughters, Shelvia M. Barry of Winston Salem, NC and Bobbie G Mullies & husband Rex, of Farmington, NC ; 13 grandchildren and 20 Great Grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Thelma Rae Stewart and Beverly Lynn Arnold and her loving husband of 35 years, Kelly Surface. She moved to Winston Salem with her husband and children in 1953; working early in life as a registered nurse and later in the textile industry before retiring from Adams Millis Corporation (Currently known as Hanes brands) as a supervisor in 1991 after 25 years of service. She stayed active in life by participating in soft ball, bowling, trips to the beach and cooking for the family. She was an avid reader and enjoyed nothing better than curling up with a good book prior to bedtime. In reflecting on her life, family, friends and acquaintances saw strength, kindness, courage and independence. She was a guiding light to us all and a blessing from God, which will surely be missed. A celebration of her life will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Hayworth-Miller Funeral Home, 3315 Silas Creek Parkway in Winston Salem, NC. 27103. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday October 3, 2013 at Gardens of Memory, 5676 Old Walkertown Rd, Walkertown, NC 27051 with the Rev. Roy Williams officiating. Flowers will be received at the funeral home, Hayworth-Miller; memorial donations in lieu of flowers, may be made to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home, 101 Hospice Lane; Winston Salem, NC. 27103, in Jeanette's memory. Online condolences may be made at http://www.hayworth-miller.com/.

Geneva Lee Porter WATERS
Chesapeake - Geneva Lee Porter Waters, 91, went to be with her Lord, September 13, 2013. She was born in Tazewell, VA to the late Robert L. and Harriet E. Porter. She was a graduate of Tazewell High School and excelled in basketball where she was a member of the VA All State Team in 1934. She was also employed with the telephone company for several years, a past auxiliary member of Disabled American Veterans Chapter #26 and was a lifetime member of South Norfolk Baptist Church.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Carolyn Lee Waters Peebles and her husband, Gordon A. Peebles of Virginia Beach and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her loving husband of 71 years, Warren E. Waters; sisters, Betty Porter Rasnick, Janice Porter Kirk, Ruth Porter Blanchard, Annella Porter Green and Lucille Porter James and brothers, Robert L. "Son" Porter, Jr. and Jack P. Porter.
A service to celebrate her life will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Graham Funeral Home, Chesapeake with Pastor Tracey Gregory officiating. She will be laid to rest at Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Monday from 7-8 p.m. The family would like to thank Allzwell Assisted Living and Hospice & MediHome Health. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the . Please visit her Book of Memories at
http://www.grahamfuneralhome.com/ where you may view the service if unable to attend or leave a note to the family.

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