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George Barker, 75, Kingsport.
KINGSPORT - George Glen Barker, 75, of 1800 McGhee Street, passed away Friday (Jan. 31, 2003) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.
Mr. Barker served with the U.S. Navy during World War II and retired from Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center after 37 years of service.
He was a member of State Line Baptist Church.
His parents, Bruce and Cecile Barker; and one sister, Thelma Jones preceded him in death.
Surviving are his wife, Arleen Barker of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Chip Gilliam; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Patricia Barker, Dennis and Marie Barker, all of Kingsport; six grandchildren, Toby and Jason Barker, Sarah and Matthew Barker, Mary and Michelle Gilliam; one great-granddaughter, Caroline Barker; twin sister, Georgie Grogg, Kingsport, and sister, Judy McGregor, Nashville; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, downtown Kingsport.
Services will be conducted at 7 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with Dr. Tony Gonzalez officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Oak Hill Memorial Park with military rites conducted by the Charles DeWitt Byrd Post #3382 of the VFW.
Honorary pallbearers will be Jim Carter, George Gibson, Tom Collins, Emory Kilgore, Jason Barker, Johnny Jones, Matthew Barker and Toby Barker.

Roy A. Barlow, 90, Rogersville.
Services for Roy A. Barlow, 90, Rogersville, who died Thursday (Jan. 30, 2003), will be conducted at 7 p.m. Monday in the chapel of Broome Funeral Home, Rogersville, with the Rev. Robert Riley officiating.
Calling hours are from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at McKinney Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hawkins County Rescue Squad.

Hannah Bernard, 93, Rogersville.
ROGERSVILLE - Graveside services for Hannah Bernard, 93, who passed away Thursday (Jan. 30, 2003), will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at East Lawn Memorial Park.
The Fall Branch Chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Brewer, 81, Rogersville.
ROGERSVILLE - Elizabeth Stapleton Brewer, 81, died Saturday (Feb. 1, 2003) at Heritage Manor of Rogersville following an extended illness.
She was a member of Rogersville First Baptist Church and was retired from Tennessee Eastman.
Mrs. Brewer was preceded in death by her husband, Joe. E. Brewer; parents, William and Ella Mae Trent Stapleton; two brothers, Charlie Stapleton and Bascom Stapleton.
Survivors include one aunt, Betty Arnold of Kingsport; sister-in-law, Helen Johnson of Rogersville; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Broome Funeral Home, Rogersville.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert Riley officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Highland Cemetery.

Dana Campbell, 97, Maryville, Tenn.
MARYVILLE, Tenn. - Dana Jennings Campbell, 97, passed away on Friday (Jan. 31, 2003) at Colonial Hills Nursing Center in Maryville.
Mrs. Campbell was a retired school teacher, having taught over 40 years in Hawkins (Strahl, Fischers Creek and High Point) and Blount (Louisville and Friendsville) Counties. Her love of her students and teaching was well known and she always tried to be a peacemaker. She relished seeing her former students and telling stories of her childhood.
She got her B.S. from UT and was a member of the Order of the Louisville OES for over 50 years and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Maryville for 10 years. Previously, she was an active member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church of Louisville for over 50 years.
Mrs. Campbell was preceded in death by her husband, George R. (Rod) Campbell.
Survivors include her sons and their wives, William R. and Cullen Campbell of Burke, Va., and Joe J. and Evelyn Campbell of Maryville; 10 grandchildren, Lisa Wilson of Nashville, Nancy Renshaw of Jonesboro, Ark., William Campbell II of Annandale, Va., Jane Jones of Madison, Ala., Julia Campbell-Karnes of Hollywood, Calif., Karen Holloway of Jonesboro, Ark., Mark Campbell of Louisville, Ky., Martha Campbell-Fulford of Boise, Idaho, Amy Campbell of Chicago, Ill., and Matthew Campbell of Oxford, Miss. Mrs. Campbell also had 18 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Virginia Jennings of Surgoinsville; niece, Mary Elizabeth Cooper of Blountville; niece, Laura Kathry Callan of Dardanelle, Ark.; nephew, Ralph Jennings of Signal Mountain, Tenn.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at Trinity Chapel, Smith Mortuary, Maryville.
Services will be conducted at 7:30 today in the Trinity Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. Sterling Turner and the Rev. Darris Doyal officiating.
Interment will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Grandview Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Maryville building fund or Saint Mark's United Methodist Church in Louisville, Tenn.

Carroll "Joe" Clark, 76, Big Stone Gap, Va.
BIG STONE GAP, Va. - Carroll "Joe" Clark, 76, passed away on Friday (Jan. 31, 2003) at Wellmont-Lonesome Pine Hospital.
He was born in Roda, Va., the son of the late George and Sarah Ellen Clark. He was a coal miner and had lived most of his life in Wise County.
He was preceded in death by two sisters and five brothers: Hazel Johnson, Thelma Still, Dillard Clark, James Clark, Paul Clark, Earl Clark and Darwin Clark.
Surviving are two sons, Carroll Edward Clark and Jackie Ray Clark, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; several nieces, including Carol Rutherford and Shirley Stone, both of Kingsport, Patricia Brobeck of Bristol, Tenn., Judy Bowers of Hudson, N.C., and Marilyn Rogers of Charlestown, Ind.; and numerous nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 3 to 5 p.m. today at Holding Funeral Home in Big Stone Gap, Va.
Services will be conducted at 5 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Roy Smith officiating.
Interment will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.

Otie Cavin Edds, 89, Rose Hill, Va.
ROSE HILL, Va. - Otie Cavin Edds, 89, passed away in her home on Saturday (Feb. 1, 2003).
She was born in Rose Hill on April 10, 1913.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gillis Edds; her parents, James and Mattie Haley Cavin; and 13 brothers and sisters.
Surviving are her son, Raymond Edds and wife Emilee of Tazewell, Tenn.; two daughters, Julia Pauley and husband Boyd of Ewing, Va., and Marilyn Parks and husband Larry of Lafayette, Ind.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Charlcie Ayers; and two special nieces, Marietta Frazier of Phoenix, Ariz., and Freda Ayers of Ewing, Va.; and special friend, Patty.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the Arney-Mullins Funeral Home in Rose Hill, Va.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Robert Charles Long officiating.
Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday in the Edds Cemetery in Rose Hill, Va.

Johnny Hampton, Kingsport.
KINGSPORT - Johnny Ray Hampton passed away Saturday (Feb. 1, 2003).
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Oak Hill Funeral Home.

Jimmie J. Haws, 77, Fall Branch.
FALL BRANCH - Jimmie J. Haws, 77, passed away at his home at 8:50 a.m. Saturday (Feb. 1, 2003) following an extended illness.
Jimmie was born in Greene County where he lived for most of his life. He worked at Eastman Kodak in the Textile Department and retired in 1986.
Jimmie was an avid farmer and a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church where he had served as a deacon and an elder. He had served at various Presbyterian churches, last serving as an Interim Pastor at Jennie Moore Presbyterian Church in Flag Pond.
A veteran of World War II, Jimmie served in the U.S. Army in the 86th Blackhawk Division. He was a member of the Johnson Lodge #274 F.& A.M., 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason, and also a member of Jericho Shrine Center.
His parents, James E. and Leo Brumley Haws preceded him in death.
Surviving are his wife, Louise Haws, of the home; stepdaughter, Pat Brose and husband Al, Kingsport; stepsons, Jimmy King Jr. and wife Mary, Morristown, Andy King, of Virginia; five stepgrandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren; sister, Margarete Haws McAmis and husband Glen, Baileyton; brother, Carl Haws and wife Shirley, Shelbyville; and several nieces and one nephew.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Fall Branch Chapel of Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday in the Fall Branch Chapel with the Rev. Gary Bement, Dr. Anges Shaw and Lee Carico officiating.
Military graveside rites will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bethesda Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery by Charles DeWitt Byrd Post #3382 of the VFW.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Wellmont Hospice and the caregivers.

Kate Hillman, 90, Nickelsville,Va.
Graveside services for Kate Elizabeth Salyer Hillman, 90, Route 1, Nickelsville, Va., who went to be with the Lord Thursday morning (Jan. 30, 2003), will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Nickelsville Cemetery.
Grandsons and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be made to Nickelsville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 237, Nickelsville, Va. 24271.
The family wishes to extend thanks to caregivers and friends at the Brian Center and Nickelsville Manor.
Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

James McPherson, 66, Pennington Gap, Va.
PENNINGTON GAP, Va. - James Clay McPherson, 66, died Friday (Jan. 31, 2003) at Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington Gap.
Born in St. Charles, Va., he had been a resident of Lee County, Va., his entire life. He was a retired construction worker.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arnold Clay and Buelah Webb McPherson; one grandson, Allen Wayne Anderson Jr.; one half brother, Richard Dale Hopkins.
Survivors include his wife, Georgie McPherson of the home; four sons, James McPherson Jr. of Dryden, Va., Irvin McPherson of Pennington Gap, Rocky Clay McPherson and wife Gina of Morristown, and Rex Orvel McPherson of Bean Station; daughter, Mildred Sue Anderson and husband Wayne of Jonesville, Va.; eight grandchildren, Carissa, Jamie, Tasha, Melanie, Alicia, Jordan, Casey and Sarah McPherson; four brothers, Vernon McPherson and wife Margaret, Emmett H. McPherson and wife Sue, and Robert Lee Hopkins, all of Pennington Gap, Mickey Wayne Hopkins and wife Kathy of Jonesville, Va.; three sisters, Shirley Ann Spurrier of Woodway, Va., Marie Tritt and husband Euel of Rogersville, Nancy Hopkins of Pennington Gap; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Province Funeral Home of Pennington Gap, Va.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the sanctuary of the funeral home with the Rev. Fred Dotson officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the McPherson Family Cemetery, Maple Hill, Jonesville, Va. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10 a.m. Monday to go to the cemetery.
Condolences may be sent via e-mail to cep@mounet.com.

Marilyn Payne, 72, Kingsport.
KINGSPORT - Marilyn M. Payne, 72, of Highridge Drive, went to be with Jesus Saturday (Feb. 1, 2003) after a brief illness.
Marilyn was born in Kingsport, a daughter of Thomas D. and Marie Kite McCurry Sr. She was a member of Reedy Creek Presbyterian Church and retired from Bennett and Edwards Insurance Agency after 33 years of dedicated service. She was a member of Eastern Star for 50 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas D. McCurry Jr.
Surviving are her loving husband of 54 years, Donald G. Payne; sons and daughter-in-law, Garry W. Payne, Chattanooga, Larry D. and Janet Payne, Kingsport; daughter, Donna M. Payne, Kingsport; grandson, Tim D. Payne, Kingsport; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at East Lawn Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted Monday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home with Dr. Ira Howard and the Rev. Donald Patchel officiating.
Music will be under the direction of Mrs. Ira Howard and Wanda Thomas.
Interment will follow the service in East Lawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Carrol, Claude Taylor, Harold Robinson, Ernie Williams, Tim Payne and David Thomas.
Please visit online at www.mem.com to place a tribute or condolence to the Payne Family.

Ralph J. Ratliff, 96, Church Hill.
Graveside services for Ralph Joseph Ratliff, 96, 4198 Carters Valley Road, Church Hill, who passed away Wednesday (Jan. 29, 2003), will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Liberty Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Ronald Carter, David Stacy, Ralph Trent, Darrin Christian, Bill McAvoy and Johnny Carpenter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Don Christian, J.P. Henderson, J.T. Taylor, Bob Gammon, Jack Cox, John Sandidge, Jim Pratt and Ernest Cox.
To leave an online message or sign the guest registry for the Ratliff family, please visit www.johnsonfuneralhome.org.
Johnson Funeral Home, Church Hill, is in charge of arrangements.

Pauline Sever, 86, Gate City, Va.
GATE CITY, Va. - Pauline Sever, 86, formerly of Route 6, went to be with the Lord Friday (Jan. 31, 2003) at the Brian Center in Weber City, Va.
Born March 7, 1916 in Buladean, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Oscar and Effie Williams.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Sever; and brothers, Howard and Clyde Williams.
Surviving are two daughters, Patricia Burke and husband Ronald of Gate City, and Mary Sever of Weber City, Va.; two sons, Palma Fuller of Gray, and Dr. Weldon Fuller and wife Martha of Louisville, Ky.; grandchildren, Ronnie Burke of Gate City, Scott Burke and wife Suzy of Weber City, Va., Trenton Fuller of Louisville, Ky., Courtland Fuller of Louisville, Ky.; great-grandchildren, Kellie, Katie and Keener Burke of Weber City, Va.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va. The family will also receive friends anytime at the home of Ronald and Pat Burke, Route 6, Gate City.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. R.D. Stallard officiating.
Patsy Hensley will provide the music.
Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holston View Cemetery. Family and friends are asked to meet at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home for procession to the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Maude B. Sluss, 89, Dungannon, Va.
DUNGANNON, Va. - Maude B. Sluss, 89, of Route 1, passed away Friday (Jan. 31, 2003) at Wexford House after a long illness.
Born on Dec. 23, 1913 in Carterton, Russell County, Va., she was the daughter of the late Charles and Lucinda Taylor Nuckles. She was a secretary at the Dungannon Elementary School until she retired in 1998.
She was also preceded in death by her husband, Ceary H. Sluss; two sons, Curtis and Vernon Sluss; and a daughter, Annette Sluss.
Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Naomi and Frank Fields, Kingsport, Helen and Carl Ray, Kingsport, Thelma and Dean Perry, Lincoln Park, Mich.; sons and daughters-in-law, Kyle and Ann Sluss, Ferndale, Mich., Wayne and Patricia Sluss, Wrentham, Mass., Gary Sluss, Allen Park, Mich.; brother, Forrest Nuckles, Kingsport; 24 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Calling hours are from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Colonial Funeral Home, Weber City, Va., and other times at the home of a daughter, Naomi Fields, 1550 Lawrence Street, Lynn Garden, Kingsport.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. James Mann and Greg Lucas officiating.
Eulogy will be given by Tommy Green.
Music will be provided by Tommy and Cindy Green.
Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Holston View Cemetery.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

John H. Steele, 66, Bristol, Tenn.
BRISTOL, Tenn. - John H. Steele, 66, died Friday (Jan. 31, 2003).
He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Steele and Maude Countiss.
John was class president of his Junior and Senior classes at Blountville High School, graduating in 1955. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a 1966 graduate of the University of Tennessee.
He was employed by Eastman Chemical Company for 29 years, retiring as principal engineer in 1997.
John was an active member of First Baptist Church of Blountville, serving as treasurer and deacon. His civic service included being a past president of the Blountville Optimist Club and he was very involved with the Sullivan County Historic Preservation Society. He recently worked to restore the Old Deery Inn in Blountville. He was past vice-president and treasurer for the Johnson City Chapter of the National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI).
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, JoAnne Tallman Steele; one son, John Steven Steele of Johnson City; one daughter, Jennifer Ann Steele of Lansing, Mich.; two sisters, Estella Stahr of Portage, Mich., and Betty Deen Stevens of Bristol, Tenn.; three brothers, Arthur Steele of Baton Rouge, La., Floyd Frank Steele of San Marcos, Calif., and Edward W. Steele of Chattanooga; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Blountville building fund or to the Johnson City Chapter of NAMI.
Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail at akardfh@peercom.net.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.
Akard Funeral Home, Bristol, Tenn. is serving the family of John H. Steele.

Beulah Taylor, 84, Morristown.
MORRISTOWN - Beulah Osborne Taylor, 84, passed away Tuesday (Jan. 28, 2003) at Life Care Center.
She was a member of Beech Grove Baptist Church, Hiltons, Va.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Armentia Osborne; brothers, Wes, Gordon, Randolph, Ray and Worley Osborne; sisters, Bertie Laughlin and Virgie Osborne.
Surviving are her husband, Roy Taylor; sister, Effie Burchfield of Ft. Pierce, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 30, 2003) at Mayes Mortuary with the Rev. Byron Chambers officiating.
Interment was in Carter Cemetery.
Courtesy of Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, Va.

Virginia Williams, 81, Gate City, Va.
GATE CITY, Va. - Virginia Beatrice "Jenny" Williams, 81, entered into rest Friday (Jan. 31, 2003) at Appalachian Christian Village, Johnson City.
She was born in Lee County, Va., on September 18, 1921 to the late Carson and Lucinda Patton.
Including her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Williams; son, Jimmy Williams; infant sister, Cecil Franklin; two brothers, Junior and Bill Patton.
Mrs. Williams was of the Methodist faith and attended Marble Point Church.
Survivors include daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Tom Sexton, Colonial Heights; son and daughter-in-law, Butch and Debbie Williams, Gate City, Va.; sisters, Iretta Kovach, South Gate, Mich., and Berniece Rutherford, Pennington Gap, Va.; brother, Jimmy Patton, Atlanta, Ga.; grandchildren, Thomas Sexton and wife Janet, David Sexton, Ashley and B.J. Williams, Beth Cooke and husband Greg; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Gate City Funeral Home.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with the Rev. B.J. Rutherford. officiating.
Music will be provided by the Banks Family.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, Va. The family will be meeting at 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Honorary pallbearers will be grandsons.
Online condolences may be made to gcfh@mounet.com

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