KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Kirk A. Boozer, 38, departed this life unexpectedly
Monday (Sept. 30, 2002) at his home, 2457 Raven Dale Court, Kissimmee,
Mr. Boozer was a former resident of Coeburn, Va. He attended Coeburn
schools, graduating from Coeburn High in 1983. He was an avid football
and basketball player. He was always sporting a smiling face, with great
strength and pride.
After graduation, he went on to earn his certificate in Carpentry at
the Flatwoods Job Corp.
Mr. Boozer was self-employed in the Washington D.C. and Maryland areas
with Merchant/Boozer Enterprises for several years and then relocated to
Florida in 1993 to open his own business, Boozer Enterprises. Mr. Boozer
was loved and admired by many and will be especially missed by his uncle
He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Merchant Sr.; his half
sister, Vanessa Merchant; maternal grandparents, Della and Johnny Boozer;
paternal grandfather, Orbin Merchant.
He leaves to mourn his mother, Ms. Phyllis Boozer Daniels, Kitty Hawk,
N.C.; his brothers, Oscar Boozer and William Boozer, both of Church Hill,
Howard Boozer, Wilmington, N.C.; half brothers, Richard Merchant Jr., Orbin
D. and wife Sharon Merchant, all of Amelia, Va., Charles E. Merchant, Church
Hill, Gary L. Merchant, Cary, N.C.; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Lillie Merchant
Williams; several nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles as well as a host
of friends, employees and clients.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, Oct. 8 at Grissom Funeral Home,
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be sent to Ms. Phyllis Boozer
Daniels, 2457 Raven Dale Court, Kissimmee, Fla. 34758.
The family wishes to thank everyone for their concern during their
time of bereavement.
Courtesy of Estes Funeral Home in Coeburn, Va.
KINGSPORT - Military graveside rites for Norman E. (Pud) Camper, 75,
1453 Warpath Drive, who passed away Thursday (Oct. 10, 2002) will be conducted
by Charles DeWitt Byrd Post No. 3382 Veterans of Foreign Wars at 2 p.m.
today in Oak Hill Cemetery.
E-mail condolences may be sent to email@example.com.
Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, is serving the Camper
KINGSPORT - Graveside services for Fretta K. Culbertson, 91, Baysmont
Asbury Center, who died Wednesday (Oct. 9, 2002) will be conducted at 1
p.m. today in Oak Hill Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Broad Street United Methodist
Church, c/o 100 E. Church Circle, Kingsport, Tenn. 37660.
Oak Hill Funeral Home is serving the Culbertson family.
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Nannielee Hammond Forbes, 91, died Friday (Oct. 11,
Mrs. Forbes was preceded in death by her husband, James G. Forbes;
and daughters, Lois J. Forbes and Trecil Ellison.
Surviving are her sons, the Rev. J. Willis Forbes, Rising Sun, Md.,
David H. Forbes, Millsboro, Del., L. Andrew Forbes, Augusta, Ga., and Garland
L. Forbes, Dunedin, Fla.; daughter, Mary E. Dalton, New Port Richey, Fla.;
sisters, Nila Williams, Indianapolis, Ind., Marie Spears, Kingsport; 15
grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Spirit and Life Bible
Church, 32 Hilltop Road, Elkton, Md., where visitation will begin at 12:30
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Spirit and Life Bible
Church Missionary Dept., P.O. Box 831, Elkton, Md. 21922-0831.
Hicks Home for Funerals, P.A., Elkton, Md., is in charge of the arrangements.
Jeffrey L. Harbin
GREENEVILLE - Jeffrey L. Harbin, 54, went to be with the Lord on Thursday
(Oct. 10, 2002) while returning home from an annual hunting trip.
Born in Kingsport, he had resided most of his life in Greeneville.
He was a graduate of Ketron High School. Mr. Harbin retired from Tennessee
Eastman Co. after 32 years of service.
His greatest joys were his Savior, children, grandbabies, farming and
Mr. Harbin's home church was Union Temple Freewill Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Judy Harbin, Greeneville; one son, Mark Harbin
and wife, Lisa, Afton, Tenn.; two daughters, Tammy Hayes and husband, David,
Afton, Tenn., and Kimberly Baxter and husband, Ronnie, Chuckey, Tenn.;
eight grandbabies, Ashley Hayes, Matthew Hayes, Lindsay Harbin, Garrett
Harbin, Adrianna Baxter, Katelyn Baxter, Lauren Baxter and Isaiah Baxter.
Survivors also include his parents, Clyde and Melba Harbin; two sisters,
Sue Christian and husband, Wayne and Dironda Baker, all of Kingsport; one
brother, Steve Harbin and wife, Sharon, Fall Branch, Tenn.; several nieces
and nephews; special friends, Harold Jarrord and wife, Pat, Kaycee, Wyoming.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson
Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Union Temple Freewill
Baptist Church with Pastor Oscar McAmis officiating. Mr. Harbin's body
will be taken to the church one hour prior to the services.
Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Charles Baxter, Aaron Baxter, Jason "Bo" Castle,
Chris Castle, Mark Britton and Wayne Hlinican.
Honorary pallbearers will be Stanley Snapp, Jim Kimbrel, Wayne Christian
and J.B. Kiker.
Memorials may be given to the Union Temple Freewill Baptist Church
building fund, 9860 Kingsport Hwy., Chuckey, Tenn. 37641.
Dr. Marshall Hogan
KINGSPORT - Graveside services for Dr. Marshall D. Hogan, 83, who died
Saturday (Sept. 14, 2002) will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Glenwood
Cemetery, Bristol, Tenn.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
An on-line guest book may be signed at www.legacy.com.
Oak Hill Funeral Home is serving the Hogan family.
CHURCH HILL - C.J. Jennings, 16, went to be with the Lord Wednesday
(Oct. 9, 2002).
He was a lifelong resident of Church Hill and a Junior at Volunteer
High School, where he was an offensive lineman for the football team.
C.J. was an avid weight lifter and was a member of Grange Hall United
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Clyde and Ruth
Surviving are his parents, Clyde and Jean Jennings; one sister, Beth
Jennings; one brother, Matthew Jennings; maternal grandparents, George
and Rose Stump, all of Church Hill; aunt and uncle, Kathy McCullough and
George Stump, Jr.; several cousins; past and present brothers of the Volunteer
High School football team; and many special friends.
Calling hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson
Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport, or friends may call any time at the home.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grange Hall United Methodist
Church with the Rev. Westley A. Duncan and the Rev. Calvin S. Tabor, Sr.
The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to services.
Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Sam Dillender, Will Alley, Wes Bowery, Daniel Byington,
Josh Byrd, Josh Moore, Matt Jennings and Dustin Fugate.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Volunteer High School Football Team
and Coaching Staff.
Memorials may be made to Grange Hall United Methodist Church, 5373
Carters Valley Road, Church Hill, Tenn. 37642 or to the C. J. Jennings'
Scholarship Fund, c/o Volunteer High School, 1050 Volunteer Boulevard,
Church Hill, Tenn. 37642.
BLACKWATER, Va. - Mary Ethel Johnson, born June 4, 1917, departed this
life Thursday (Oct. 10, 2002) at the age of 85 years, four months and six
She was the daughter of the late Mack and Virgia Lawson. She accepted
the Lord as her Savior at an early age. She joined Flower Gap Church where
she remained a faithful member until she departed this earth. She was the
loving wife of Lloyd Johnson and to this union they were blessed with six
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Lloyd and one
daughter, Jerusha, two brothers and three sisters.
Surviving are LJ Johnson, Virgia Hill, Maybelle Osborne and Daniel
Johnson, all of Blackwater, Va., and Ettia Ruth Creech of Kingsport; two
brothers, Hobert Lawson of Indiana and Null Lawson of Rogersville; three
sisters, Georgia Osborne of Blackwater, Va., Ruby Osborne of Ohio and Ettia
Osborne of Jonesville, Va.
She had 19 grandchildren and 37 great-grandchildren, several nieces
and nephews and a multitude of family and friends.
Although we mourn her death we rejoice knowing she is at rest in the
arms of the Lord. In her own words she always told us "To get right, live
right, die right and come on over to heaven I will be there waiting for
Mary was a wonderful Christian wife, mother, sister, mamaw, and friend
to all who knew her. She was always willing to help in any way she could.
There were times when she got up out of a warm bed to pray with us when
we were so down and out. The wonderful prayers she has left in our hearts
and minds we can carry with us until we see her again. We thank you Lord
for the life led before us, the time you gave her to share with family
Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Robinette Funeral Home,
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel
with the Rev. Robert Hill, the Rev. Billy Johnson and Elder Coy Willis
Burial will follow in the Johnson Cemetery, Blackwater, Va.
Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers.
Services for Margaret Ellen Lucas, 82, Dungannon, Va., who entered
into rest Tuesday (Oct. 8, 2002) will be conducted at 11 a.m. today in
the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the Gate City Funeral Home with Rev.
James Mann and Rev. Kelly Carter officiating.
Music will be provided by Toke Hensley and friends.
Burial will follow the service at the Gibson and Lucas Cemetery, Dungannon,
Pallbearers will be Mickey Finch, John Gibson, Brett Gibson, Doug Lucas,
Ryan Dooley, Matthew Sweeney, Matthew Folk and Chris Folk.
MORRISTOWN - Ruth G. Long, 90, Old Kentucky Road, passed away Friday
morning (Oct. 11, 2002) at Takoma Adventist Hospital in Greeneville following
She was a former cook in the Sullivan County School System and a member
of the Morristown Church of Christ.
Surviving are three daughters and one son-in-law, Mildred Melton of
Morristown, Linda Barrett of Chesterfield, Va., and Margie and Samuel J.
Melton of Morristown; seven grandchildren, James Barrett, Ray Melton, Ronald
Melton, Roy Melton, Gail King, Jackie Cook and Anna Kesterson; eight great-grandchildren;
three great-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Lucille Clemmons
of Morristown, Agnes Clemmons of Morristown and Elnora Clemmons of Midland,
Mich.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many friends.
She was the oldest daughter of the late Issac and Florence Broyles
Clemons and was preceded in death by her husband, William Bunn Long; two
sons, Herman and Bill Long; six brothers and two sisters.
Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Bulls Gap Chapel of
Kiser Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at the Morristown Church
of Christ with Bob Prichard and Josh Allen officiating. The body will remain
at the funeral home until time for services on Monday morning. The body
will lie in state 30 minutes before the services.
The interment will follow at 3 p.m. Monday in East Lawn Memorial Gardens
Polly M. Murray
KINGSPORT - Polly M. Riner Murray of 2199 Rock Springs Road, was called
home to be with the Lord at 12:24 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 10, 2002) at her
Mrs. Murray was born in Kingsport and had lived in the Kingsport area
her entire life.
Polly retired from Kingsport Press in 1993. She later worked at Food
City until her illness two years ago.
Polly was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother
and loved by all.
She was a born again Christian and a Baptist.
Her parents, four brothers, Bill, Ray, Bob and DeWitt Weatherly preceded
her in death.
She survived by her husband, William Eugene Murray of the home; four
daughters, Doris Tate and husband, Bobby, Greeneville, Tenn., Anita Hughes
and husband, George, Kingsport, Pam Fields and husband, Tony, Kingsport
and Donna Riner, Kingsport; two sons, Wilburn W. Riner, Jr. and wife, Connie,
Kingsport and Rev. Ted Riner and wife, Brenda, Rogersville; 15 grandchildren;
19 great-grandchildren; several special nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral
Home, downtown Kingsport and anytime at the home.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel
with Rev. Pat Hammond and Rev. Lelbert Thornburg officiating.
Interment will follow in the Old Kingsport Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Joe A. Newland
KINGSPORT - Services for Joe Anderson Newland, 43, who died Tuesday
(Oct. 8, 2002), will be conducted at 10 a.m. today in the chapel of Hamlett-Dobson
Funeral Home, downtown, with Pastor Bud Beverly officiating.
Burial will be in Church Hill Memory Gardens.
DRYDEN, Va. - Mazie Gibson Newman, 82, went to be with her Lord on
Thursday (Oct. 10, 2002) at Lee Regional Medical Center.
She was born in Sneedville, Tenn., the daughter of the late Mack and
Rosa Lee Gibson.
She had lived most of her life in Lee County and was of the Church
of God faith.
She was preceded in death by a son, Patrick Newman; a grandson, Dustin
Newman; two sisters, Hazel Ruth Harber and Mildred Eckenrode; and one brother,
Henry Eugene Gibson.
Surviving are her husband, James Ewill Newman, Dryden, Va.; one daughter,
Jo Etta Seaver, Kingsport; one sister, Sally Pennington, Pennington Gap,
Va.; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Sturgill Funeral Home in
Pennington Gap, Va.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel
with the Rev. Bradley Yeary officiating.
Committal graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Miller's
Chapel Cemetery in Jonesville, Va.
Those attending, who wish to go in procession with the family, are
asked to meet at the funeral home by 1:15 p.m. Sunday.
Services for Elaine Nichols Patton, 58, 329 Citation Circle, Horse
Creek Village, Kingsport, who went home to meet her heavenly father early
Thursday morning (Oct. 10, 2002) will be conducted at 3 p.m. today in the
chapel of Carter-Trent Funeral Home of Church Hill with the Rev. Arlin
Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. today at the funeral home.
The family of Elaine Patton can receive condolences via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
R.C. (Bill) Noe
SURGOINSVILLE - Robert (Bill) Noe, 73, passed away Friday morning (Oct.
11, 2002) at Hawkins County Memorial Hospital following a lengthy illness.
Friends may call anytime at the residence, 2500 Main St., Surgoinsville.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Carter-Trent
Funeral Home of Church Hill.
Mary Ruth Robinson, 66, Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Friday
(Oct. 11, 2002) at Indian Path Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and
will be announced by Carter-Trent Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the family would be appreciated.
FLINT, Mich. - Rabion C. "Curtis (Curt)" Sutherland, 77, Flint, formerly
of Kingsport, died Sunday (Oct. 5, 2002) at his residence.
Mr. Sutherland was born Aug. 27, 1925 in Clinchfield, Va., the son
of Albert and Mary Sutherland. Rabion was united in marriage to Gertrude
Meade on Jan. 18, 1949. He retired from Buick Motor and was a member of
UAW Local No. 599.
Rabion served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member
of the DAV. He enjoyed fishing, the casino, the race track his painting
and most of all his grandkids.
He was preceded in death by his beloved sons-in-law, Pete Szappon and
Doug Cobley; mother and father, Mary and Albert Sutherland; brother, Elihugh
Surviving are his loving wife of 53 years, Gertrude; children, Judy
Szappon, Davison, Jeff Sutherland, Flint, Eddie (Frank) and wife Tina of
East Tawas, Mich., Kathy and husband Graham Billey of Flint, Donna Cobley
of Davison; 14 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Cornette
Sutherland of Church Hill, Tenn.; sisters, Gladys Hutson and Marie Crawford
of Kingsport; sister-in-law, Lucille and husband, Paul Hunt of Kingsport;
many nieces and nephews; and good buddy, Jimmy Murray.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Averill Avenue Church
of Christ. Minister Bill Thomas Jr. will officiate.
The family would like to invite everyone to a luncheon following the
service. Cremation has taken place.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors
and staff at McLaren Cancer Center and McLaren Hospice.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans.
Browns Funeral Home, Flint, Mich., is in charge of the arrangements.
BLACKWATER, Va. - Emmie Marie Thomas, 70, passed away early Friday
(Oct. 11, 2002) in the Community Hospital in East Indianapolis, Ind.
She was born in Kingsport, the daughter of the late Luther and Rosie
Lawson Johnson. She lived in Blackwater, Va. for over 20 years, but had
lived in Indianapolis for the last 50 years.
She was a bookbinder for Miles Press, Inc. in Indianapolis for 32 years,
retiring in 1994. She was a member of the Graphics Art Union, and a member
of the Eternal Life Full Gospel Tabernacle in Indianapolis, Ind.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Tobie Thomas; a stepson,
Chuck Baldwin; four brothers, Carson, Clyde, Elmer and Howard Johnson;
and one sister, Maudie Lawson.
Surviving are one son, Glenn W. Thomas, Indianapolis, Ind.; two stepchildren,
Vicki VanVlymen, Indianapolis, Ind., and Mike Baldwin, Indianapolis, Ind.;
three grandchildren, Charity Baldwin, Chad Baldwin and Corey Baldwin, all
of Indianapolis, Ind.; one sister, Venus Bledsoe, Rogersville.
Calling hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday at Robinette Funeral
Home, Blackwater, Va.
Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel
with Mark Pingleton officiating.
Interment will follow in the Johnson Family Cemetery, Blackwater, Va.
Harlow C. Tunnell, 84, Green County, went to be with the Lord Friday
(Oct. 11, 2002).
He was a farmer and retired from Dodge of Rogersville in 1979. He was
a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.
He was a Christian and a member of Greenvale Baptist Church and attended
Magnolia Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Turffa and Robert C. Tunnell;
five brothers, Gilbert, Cubert, Elmer, Alvia, George Haskel and William
"Bill" Tunnell; grandson, Mark Randall Newman.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Dell Frazier Tunnell, of the home; three
daughters and sons-in-law, Charles and Kay Caldwell, Kermit and Edith Bentley,
Mark and Velma Newman, all of Surgoinsville; one son and daughter-in-law,
Harlow C. Jr. and Carolyn Tunnell of Rogersville; four grandchildren, David
Caldwell and Robin Lee, Neil Tunnell and Kristy T. Fields; five great-grandsons
and two great-granddaughters; a stepgrandson, Greg Price; brother, Robert
Tunnell of Van Hill; aunt, Sally Roberts, of Greenville; several nieces
Calling hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at Colboch-Price Funeral
Home, Rogersville and anytime at the home of Charles and Kay Caldwell,
420 Watterson Gap Road, Surgoinsville.
Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel
with the Rev. Fain Arnold and the Rev. Bryon Thurman officiating.
Hawkins County Color Guard will conduct military graveside services
at Hawkins County Memorial Gardens immediately following funeral services.