Miscellaneous Sullivan County, Tennessee Obituaries

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Ardeth A. Birch
Graveside services for Ardeth A. Birch, 86, 1916 Hermitage Drive, Kingsport, who died Saturday (Oct. 7, 2000) will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Oak Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Dance and the Rev. David Birch officiating. 
Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Mission - GHANA, P.O. Box 1950, Front Royal, Va. 22630. This will be to aid Ghannian Bible School students. 
Oak Hill Funeral Home, is in charge of arrangements. 

Roy Coomer
BIG STONE GAP, Va. — Roy Coomer died Tuesday (Oct. 10, 2000) at Lonesome Pine Hospital. 
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Gilliam Funeral Home, Big Stone Gap. 

Ruth Hall Dotson
KINGSPORT — Ruth Hall Dotson, 82, 914 W. Sullivan St., died Monday (Oct. 9, 2000) at Wellmont Hospice House, Bristol, Tenn. 
She was born in Church Hill and lived in Kingsport most of her life. She volunteered at Holston Valley Medical Center Women’s Auxiliary for 32 years. She was an artist specializing in water colors. 
Mrs. Dotson was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, where she served as Sunday school secretary for many years and sang in the church choir for many years. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Amanda Hall; seven brothers; and six sisters. 
Surviving are her husband, John C. (Jay) Dotson, of the home; daughters and son-in-law, Shirley Ruth Dotson, Sondra Bridwell, Diana and Donnie Fleming, all of Kingsport; a son, John Dotson, Carmel, Calif.; nine grandchildren, Cindy Abdoo, Luci Ailshie, Kristy Lane, George Bridwell, Polly Easterling, Jan Walker, Brendan Dotson, Adam Dotson and Caitlin Dotson; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Calling hours are from 10 a.m. to 12 noon Thursday at Oak Grove Baptist Church. 
Services will be conducted at 12 noon Thursday at the church with the Rev. Benny Keck officiating. 
Entombment will be at Oak Hill Mausoleum. 
Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church building fund, 311 Cypress St., Mount Carmel, Tenn. 37645 or Wellmont Hospice House, 280 Steele’s Road, Bristol, Tenn. 37620. 
Oak Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

James Garland
Graveside services for James Willard “J.W.” Garland, 76, of 301 Southwood Drive, Kingsport, who died Sunday (Oct. 8, 2000) will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at VA Mountain Home National Cemetery with military graveside rites conducted by the Charles Dewitt Byrd Post No. 3382. 
Memorial contributions may be given to St. Jude’s Childrens Hospital. 
Oak Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Garnie Gross
ROGERSVILLE — Services for Garnie Gross, 83, who died early Saturday (Oct. 7. 2000) will be conducted at 2 p.m. today in the chapel of Colboch-Price Funeral Home, Rogersville, with the Rev. Dee Hicks officiating. 
Calling hours will be from 12 noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home. 
Interment will be in Simmons Cemetery. 

Lizzie Hamilton
KINGSPORT — Lizzie Hamilton, 86, died Tuesday morning (Oct. 10, 2000) at Sunbridge Hillside Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. 
Born in Coeburn, Va., she had resided in Kingsport most of her life. She had worked in food service for Cole’s Drug Store, Stewart’s Produce and A.Y. Restaurant. 
Mrs. Hamilton was a Primitive Baptist. 
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Goldie M. Hamilton; parents, Charlie and Jane Hamilton; and a sister, Mellie Addington. 
Calling hours are from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home Chapel, downtown. 
Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Elder Jonathan Lovelace officiating. 
Graveside services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Oak Hill Cemetery. 
Memorial contributions may be made to: The Apostolic Lighthouse Christian School, P.O. Box 4158, Kingsport, Tenn. 37665. 

Wilbur Hendricks
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Wilbur C. Hendricks, a retired school teacher and former employee of the Kingsport Press, died in Washington, D.C., Oct. 5, 2000, after a brief illness. 
A longtime resident of Kingsport, until 1993, he was an active member of St. Mark United Methodist Church and the Kingsport community. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Della B. Hendricks; and a son, Lewis T. Hendricks. 
Surviving are four devoted children, Janice (Ronald) Cunningham, Nashville, Wilbur Jr. (Carolyn), Decatur, Ga., Gaynell (Fred) McIver, Sanford, N.C., and Mary Ella (Anthony) Jackson, Chattanooga; seven loving grandchildren, Robin (Milton) Dean, Lee Cunningham, Jaffe Hendricks, Rodney (Lesley) Smith, Anthony Jr., John and Janell Jackson; two great-grandchildren, Christopher and Rodney Smith; devoted sisters, Lina H. McCord, Nashville, and Lillian Ann Walton, Philadelphia, Penn.; sisters-in-law, Susie B. Harris, Bristol, Jeanette Beidleman, and Barbara Hall, both of Columbus, Oh.; and many loving nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. 
The family will visit with relatives and friends from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 921 Maple Street, Kingsport. 
Services will immediately follow with the Rev. Rae Mullins officiating. 
Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery. 
Robinson Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 
Condolences may be sent via e-mail by Clicking here. 

Omer E. Ketron
KINGSPORT — Omer E. Ketron, 78, of 213 Lucy Road, went to be with the Lord on Saturday (Oct. 7, 2000) at Indian Path Hospital after a brief illness. 
He was born Oct. 21, 1921 in Scott County, Va. 
Mr. Ketron served in World War II in the European Theater of Operations. He was a member of the Thunderbird Indian Division and served under General George Patton Co. B 157th Infantry in Germany. 
He retired from Raytheon Manufacturing Co. in December 1984. Mr. Ketron was a machinist and worked on nose cones for the sparrow and sidewinder missles that were used in Vietnam. 
He was of the Methodist faith and attended Hermon United Methodist Church all of his life. 
Mr. Ketron was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Mary Pauline Ketron; parents, Perry and Mattie Ketron; one granddaughter, Barbara Suzanne Amos; one grandson, David Scott Greene; brothers, Virgil and Willie Ketron; and several infant brothers. 
Surviving are his three daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Michael A. (Brenda) Lane, Elizabethton, Mrs. Kyle (Barbara) McKay, Lebanon, Tenn., and Mrs. Samuel (Debbie) Greene, Kingsport; seven grandchildren, Kimberly Kelley, Steven Amos, Michael Lane Jr., Cyndi Lane, Windy Lane, Samuel Greene, and Samara Greene; five great-grandchildren, Christopher Kelley, Bradly Kelley, Adalia Lane, Alyssa Amos, and Seth Lane;one brother, Verlon Ketron, Kingsport; three sisters, Mrs. Juanita Hawkins, Mrs. Walter (Caldonia) Quillen, Mrs. Opal Garland, all of Kingsport; 12 nieces and nephews. 
Services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Hermon United Methodist Church with Pastor Fred Robinette officiating. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service. 
Burial will follow at Hermon United Methodist Church Cemetery. 
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. 

Cecil Kinkead
GATE CITY, Va. — Cecil (Chiefy) Eugene Kinkead, 63, entered into rest on Sunday (Oct. 8, 2000). 
He was born Jan. 31, 1937 in Scott County, Va., and was previously employed for the City of Kingsport and Little and Adams Construction Company. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Fred Ingle; stepfather, Charlie (Chuck) Hensley; and stepbrother, Elmer Hensley. 
Surviving are his daughter, Nina Kinkead Taylor, Kingsport; granddaughter, Hali Stanton, Kingsport; mother, Mattie Kinkead Hensley, Gate City, Va.; brothers, Homer (Toke) Hensley, Billy Hensley, Sidney (Ruke) Hensley and Brodis Hensley, all of Ft. Blackmore, Va., Roy (Doss) Hensley and Jim Hensley, both of Gate City, Va.; one sister, Bertha Dean, Ft. Blackmore, Va.; ex-wife Kate Kinkead Nelms, Kingsport; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and many loving friends; half-sisters, Betty Fields and Fredda Clark, both of Church Hill, Wanda Kern, Rye Cove, Va., JoAnn Duncan, Duffield, Va., and Judy Williams, Gate City, Va.; and half-brother, Ray Ingle, Coeburn, Va. 
Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home and other times at the home of the mother’s residence, Mattie Hensley, Gate City, Va., and Kate Nelms, Kingsport. 
Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Otto Gibson and Cecil Kern officiating. 
Music will be provided by Junior Smith and the Family Tradition. 
Burial will be at the Lawson Cemetery, Ft. Blackmore, Va. 
Pallbearers will be Wayne Hensley, John Hensley, Dennis Winston, Eddie Dean, Danny Dean, Daniel Dean, Michael Hensley and Doyle Stanton. 

S.C. Lowe
WEBER CITY, Va. — Graveside services for S.C. (Pig) Lowe, 80, of Pine Street, who departed this life early Sunday morning (Oct. 8, 2000) will be conducted at 11 a.m. today in Holston View Cemetery. 
Pallbearers will be Lee Bright, Dodge Willis, Edward Catron, Billy Jack Frazier, Jimmy Mann, and Terry Frazier. 
Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, is in charge of arrangements. 

Monnie S. Nelson
RADFORD, Va. — Monnie Starnes Nelson, 97, formerly of Scott County, Va. died Tuesday (Oct. 10, 2000) at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Sidney and Beth Nelson. 
Her parents were Oscar and Alice Bond Starnes of Scott County, Va. 
She retired from St. Albans Hospital where she worked as a licensed practical nurse (LPN). She was known as “Gege” by the children in the family and their friends. She was noted for her great love and devotion to her family , grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren who spent many happy and nurturing hours in her care. 
Monnie and “Pat” were members of Grove United Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick Hascue Nelson; son, Jack Nelson; brothers, Grady and Sam Starnes; and sister, Laura S. Peters. 
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Sidney and Beth Nelson; grandchildren, Judy Nelson, Jeanie and husband Mike Anderson, Betty and husband Dave Whitley; great-grandchildren, Jon Anderson, Sydney and husband David Lawson, Travis Whitley, and Carter Whitley; great-great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Olivia Beth Lawson, all of Pulaski County; nephews and their families, Harold Starnes, Fort Blackmore, Va., Sam Starnes, Salt Lake City, Utah., Tom Starnes, Radford, Don Starnes, Smithville, Missouri, and O.H. Peters, Greeneville, Tenn.; nieces and their families, Kathleen Starnes Darnell, Gate City, Va., and Louise “Teenie” Starnes Moscoe, Fla.; a number of cherished children of deceased nieces and nephews; and a special cousin, Gaye Bond Bowen. 
Calling hours will be from 6 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday at DeVilbiss Funeral Home, Radford, Va.. 
A memorial service will be held at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Warren Stewart officiating. 
Graveside services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Beth C. Nelson Scholarship Fund, Radford University, or to the Oscar Peters Scholarship Fund, Milligan College. 

Mary Ann Poole
WEBER CITY, Va. — Mary Ann Alley Poole, 57, 127 Click St., died Monday (Oct. 9, 2000) at Holston Valley Medical Center. 
Born in Sullivan County on April 8, 1943, she retired from Eastman Chemical Company and was of the Baptist faith. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Jackson (Jack) Poole in 1984 and her father, Lofie Lee Alley. 
Surviving are her son, Billy (Wayne) and wife Sue Ella Poole, Weber City, Va.; mother, Mary Marie Taylor Alley, Gate City, Va.; daughter-in-law, Mellissa (Missy) Thompson, Weber City, Va.; grandson, Chadwick Jackson Poole; brothers, John Alley, Bill Alley and Phillip Alley, all of Weber City, Va.; sisters, Cathy Alley, Kingsport and Emma Lane, Gate City, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. 
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Colonial Funeral home, Weber City, Va., or anytime at the residence. 
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Claude Lane and the Rev. Albert Poole officiating. 
Music will be provided by Eddie Roberts and Kenneth Davis. 
Burial will be at Holston View Cemetery. 
Pallbearers will be Jim Byrd Sr., Jim Byrd Jr., Johnny Poole, Sam Poole, Russell Poole and Jim Poole. 
Honorary pallbearers will be Albert Poole and Tommy Phillips. 

Celia Ring
KINGSPORT — Celia Baxter Ring, died Monday morning (Oct. 9, 2000) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center. 
Born in Pulaski, Va., she had lived in Kingsport since 1928. She was a member of First Broad Street United Methodist Church with a lifetime of service in many capacities in the church. Mrs. Ring was a member of The Virginia Club, one of the original organizers of Children’s Faith Home, a former member of Kingsport City Parks and Recreational Board, and active in the Women’s Auxiliary at Holston Valley Community Hospital for 41 continuous years. The Auxiliary honors her by presenting the Celia Ring Service Award to a worthy person each year. 
She was a recipient of the Sertoma Club’s Service to Humanity Award and the Charlie Keener Citizenship Award, presented by the Kingsport Civitan Evening Club. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, W.E. Ring Jr.; a sister, Gray Carter; and a brother, Peck Baxter. 
Surviving are a son, W.E. “Bill” Ring III and wife Sara Lou, Kingsport; a daughter, Kay Ring Stauffer and husband David, New Market, Md.; four grandchildren, Drew Ring and wife Chris, Vic Ring and wife Karen, all of Kingsport, Christy Stauffer, New Market, Md., and Brett Stauffer and wife Tracy, Rockville, Md.; five great-grandchildren, Kimberly, Easton, Bart, Andy, and Jason Ring; and three sisters-in-law, Hazel Ring Reams, Kingsport, Marjorie ”Happy” Ring Carter, Dallas, Texas and Dorothy Ring Clifford, Tallahassee, Fla. 
Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today at First Broad Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Neal officiating. 
Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. 
Memorial gifts may be made to Wellmont Holston Valley Auxiliary, P.O. Box 238, Kingsport, Tenn. 37662. 
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown is in charge of arrangements. 

Crew Sensabaugh
MOUNT CARMEL — Graveside services for Crew Elizabeth Sensabaugh, 95, of 741 Hammond Ave. (Mount Carmel) who went home to be with the Lord Sunday (Oct.8, 2000) will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at Liberty Hill Cemetery (Mount Carmel). 
Pallbearers will be family and friends. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 311 Cypress, Mount Carmel, Tenn. 37645. 
Carter-Trent Funeral Home, Church Hill, is in charge of arrangements. 

Lake E. Shoop
BIG STONE GAP, Va. — Lake E. Shoop, 70, 4950 Chandler Road, died at his home on Monday (Oct. 9, 2000). 
A lifelong resident of Big Stone Gap, Va., he attended Zion Freewill Baptist Church where he was a choir director. He served in the U.S. Navy. 
He was the son of the late H.K. and Lillie Shoop. 
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Hobert Shoop, Hillman Shoop and J.C. Shoop; and one sister, Ruby Shoop Dickenson. 
Surviving are one brother, Rev. Jonah Shoop, Big Stone Gap, Va.; one sister, Charlotte Shoop, of the home; he will be greatly missed by eight nephews, six nieces, 16 great-nephews, 13 great-nieces and several great-great-nieces and nephews whom he dearly loved. 
Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Holding Funeral Home, Big Stone Gap, Va. 
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the funeral home chapel with his nephew, the Rev. Jonah Ray Shoop, the Rev. Wayne Gilley and the Rev. Walter Begley officiating. 
Music will be provided by Harold Gilley, Doris Moore and niece Charley Talley. 
Interment will be at Barker Cemetery in Cracker’s Nest. 
Pallbearers will be Steve Shoop, Garry Dickenson, Greg Shoop, Dale Shoop, Brian Blanken and Chad Dickenson. 

Richard D. Taylor
Services for Richard Dean Taylor, 63, Kingsport, who passed away Sunday (Oct. 8, 2000) will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the chapel of East Lawn Funeral Home with Jimmy Sells officiating. A time of sharing will be offered during the service for those who wish to participate. 
Music will be under the direction of Judy Sells. 
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and anytime at the residence. 
An entombment service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday in the East Lawn Mausoleum with full military honors conducted by the American Legion Hammond Post No. 3. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Richard Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Farmers and Miners Bank, 460 Highway 23 North, Weber City, Va. 24290. 

Lelia Vanzant
GATE CITY, Va. — Services for Lelia Bloomer Vanzant, 81, who entered into rest early Sunday (Oct. 8, 2000) will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the chapel of Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., with the Rev. Paul Argoe, the Rev. Joe Hill, and the Rev. Danny Vanzant officiating. 
Music will be provided by Wanda Sensabaugh, Jim Lumpkins, and Terry Vanzant. 
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and anytime at the residence. 
Interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Oak Hill Cemetery, Kingsport. 
Family and friends will meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Thursday to go in procession to the cemetery. 
Pallbearers will be grandsons, Tim Bradshaw, Travis Vanzant, Dustin Eads, Andy Vanzant, Michael Taylor and Zachary Taylor. 
Honorary pallbearers will be Adam Vanzant, Tristian Shell, Robert Morris, R.E. Morris, and Scott Hebert. 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Scott County Life Saving Crew, P.O. Box 1088, Gate City, Va. 24251.

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