|August 27, 1999
Lilly B. Babbitt
Lilly B. Babbitt, 85, of Bluefield, VA, died Aug. 24 at Bluefield Regional
Born at Antler, ND, she was a daughter of the late Morris and Anna
She was a member of the Thompson's Chapel Methodist Church at Bluefield,
She was preceded in death by one sister, Irene Bealmer; three brothers,
Ernest Bronderslev, Arne Bronderslev and Roy Bronderslev; one grandson,
Roger Christian; one great-grandson, Creg Christian; and one son-in-law,
R. W. "Bill" Christian.
Survivors: daughter, Earlene Christian of Bluefield, VA; sister, Marie
Ranf of Poplar, MT; grandchildren, Cathy Walston, Jeff Christian and wife,
Karen; granddaughter-in-law, Lynne Christian Bentley; great-grandchildren,
Anna Walston, Sam Walston, Clay Christian, Cara Christian, Jacki Christian,
Megan Christian and Dakota Christian; and special friend, Steve Lambert.
The funeral was conducted Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. at Peery & St.Clair
Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. Hugh Cole officiating.
Burial followed at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA.
Mrs. Henry (Edith) Buchanan
Mrs. Henry (Edith) Buchanan, 83, of the Thompson Valley area in Tazewell,
died Aug. 25 at a Lexington hospital.
Born at Keezletown, she was a daughter of the late Henry Lee and Willie
She was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and the
Home Demonstration Club in Thompson Valley. For many years she worked at
General Instrument Corp. in Tazewell and was a Steward of District 50 for
the United Mine Workers of America.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard Cook; her second
husband, Henry Buchanan; and one stepson, Richard Cook Jr.
Survivors: son, Dan Cook of Hurricane, WV; sister, Mrs. Williette Hartless
of Lexington; brothers, Joseph Billhimer of Harrisonburg, Jack Billhimer
of Luray, George Billhimer of Front Royal, Lee Billhimer, Roy Billhimer
and Ray Billhimer, all of Broadway, Hugh Billhimer of Lenexa, KS; granddaughters,
Connie L. (Thurston) Bloss of Ripley, WV, Cathy L. Cook of Salem, Crystal
A. Cook of Dresden, Germany and Hurricane; great-grandchildren, Wendy Thurston,
Robyn Thurston Brewster and Andrew Hunter Thurston; and one great-great-granddaughter.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. at Peery & St.Clair
Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. Michael Teague officiating.
Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton, WV.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 27.
James L. Davis Jr.
James Lionel Davis Jr., 74, of North Tazewell, died Aug. 26 in Tazewell
Born in Filbert, he was a son of Lois Colley Davis of Filbert and the
late James L. Davis Sr.
He had resided in North Tazewell since 1990, formerly making his home
at Gary No. 10 and Filbert the greater part of his life. He was formerly
employed by U.S. Steel for 34 years and affiliated with the Methodist faith.
He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the American Legion
Post 38, Gary, for over 54 years.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia
Additional survivors: daughters, Mrs. Jeffery (Doris Ann) Davidson
of Bristol, Mrs. Lee (Rebecca) Ashbrook of Independence; sons, Charles
W. Davis and wife, Judy, of Thorpe, Thomas E. Davis Sr. and wife, Cathy,
of Roanoke; sisters, Marian Shatley of Filbert, Mrs. Keil (Edith) Dickenson
of Hampton, Carol Atkinson of Melbourne, FL; brothers, George C. Davis
of Staunton, Walter Davis of Orlando, FL; eight grandchildren; and five
The funeral will be conducted at noon Aug. 28 at Fanning Funeral Home
in Welch with Rev. Joe Rodrigues officiating.
Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Friends may call at the funeral home 10 a.m. until time of the service
Columbus E. Houchins
Columbus Edward Houchins, 68, of Doran, died Aug. 23 in a Richlands
hospital following a long illness.
Born in Tazewell County, he was the son of the late Riley C. Houchins
and Fannie Graham Houchins Fink.
He was a former employee of Pittston Coal and a member of the U.M.W.A.
He was a member of the Hill Creek Holiness Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister,
Survivors: wife of 50 years, Mary Magalene Shelton Houchins; daughters,
Phyllis Byrd and Bonnie Poff, both of Roanoke, Murilean Fields of Vinton,
Jeannie Houchins of Jewell Ridge; son, Ronnie Houchins of Richlands; sisters,
Nettie Allen Sheets of California, Wanda Nadine Martin of Sneadsville,
TN; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The funeral was conducted Aug. 27 at 11 a.m. at Singleton Funeral Service
Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Tim Lester, Rev. Wesley Shelton and Rev.
Harold Street officiating.
Burial followed in Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery at Richlands.
Albert C. Jewell
Albert C. Jewell, 72, of Richlands, formerly of Jewell Ridge, died
Aug. 24 following a long illness.
He was the son of the late Clara Johnson Jewell Kinder and Mack Jewell,
both Tazewell Co. natives.
He was a veteran of World War II, a member of the U.M.W.A. Local 7327
and a deacon of the Reynolds Ridge Community Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Harold
Jewell; three bothers, Arthur, Earl and Houston Jewell; and one sister,
Survivors: wife of 52 years, Ada Norine Nelson Jewell; son and daughter-in-law,
Wayne and Susan Jewell of Jewell Ridge; daughters, Norma Richardson of
Cedar Bluff, Carolyn Baldwin of Claypool Hill, Hilda Griffith and husband,
Glen (Peanut) Griffith, of Richlands, Clara Jewell of Jewell Ridge; grandchildren,
Freda Stiltner, Allen Richardson, Renee Fields, Bryan Payne, Kathy Johnson,
Rhonda Baldwin, Wesley Baldwin, Leslie Jewell and Miranda Jewell; great-grandchildren,
Dillon Johnson, Destini Stiltner, Jacqueline Fields, Brittany (Sunshine)
Fields, Samantha Osborne, Brandon Osborne, and Katelyn Richardson; sister,
Virgie Nelson of Bandy; and brother, Alfred Jewell of Bandy.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 28 at 1 p.m. at the Singleton Funeral
Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with the Rev. Paul Crawford, Rev. George
Cole and Rev. Jim Richardson officiating.
Burial will follow in the Sparks Family Cemetery at Jewell Ridge.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Reynolds Ridge Community
Church, HC 63 Box 31, Bandy, VA 24602.
The family may be contacted at 964-4678.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5-9 p.m. Aug.
26 and 27.
Charlie G. King
Charlie George King, 96, of East Orange, NJ, died Aug. 24 at the St.
Barnabas Medical Center in West Orange, NJ.
Born in Tazewell County, he was a son of the late Jack and Narcissus
He worked as a chauffeur for several families in New York and Connecticut.
He resided in East Orange most of his life.
He was preceded in death by one son, Billy Mitchell, and daughter-in-law,
Lucille Mitchell; two brothers, Jack King and Jeff King; four sisters,
Cora King, Ella King, Mayola King Brown and Sallie Lou King Jones; and
other nieces and nephews.
Survivors: niece, Nancy King Cousins, formerly of Tazewell; grandnephew
and niece, Rev. J. Stanley Cousins and Min. Norma Cousins of Danville;
three great-grandnephews; two great-grand-nieces; two nieces-in-law; and
a special son, Christopher Ingraham and family of East Orange.
Graveside services were conducted at 1 p.m. Aug. 27 at Maplewood Cemetery
in Tazewell with the Rev. J. Stanley Cousins officiating.
Nora W. King
Nora Ward King, 84, of Alexandria, formerly of Canebrake, WV, died
Aug. 22 at her home following a lengthy illness.
Born at Marion, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Molly Lee
She was a homemaker and was a charter member of the Freewill Baptist
Church at Canebrake.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John Early King.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, being one of
Survivors: daughters, Esther King Shelton of Falls Church, Helen King
Roten of Gulfport, FL, Ruth Ann King of Alexandria, Phyllis King Joyner
of Enid, OK; grandchildren, Nicole Mills, Sheri Hillman, Kimberly Gibson,
Stephanie Porter; and great-grandchildren, Stephen Mills, Michael Hillman
III, Collin Gibson and Jaycob Porter.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 28 at 11 a.m. at Hurst-Scott Funeral
Chapel in Tazewell with Evangelist Stephen Roten and Grover Shelton officiating.
Interment will follow at Hartwell Cemetery in Hartwell, WV.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Aug.
August 15, 2000
Naomi L. Dye
Naomi Lillian Humphrey Dye, 68, of Oakwood, died Aug. 13 in a Richlands
hospital following a short illness.
Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of the late Helbert Humphrey
and Jenny Blankenship.
She retired from Buchanan County Public Schools after 29 years of service.
She worked as a cook at the Derby Restaurant. She was a member of the Oakwood
Lioness Club and a member of the Oakwood Presbyterian Church. She also
worked with the Gift of Love for 11 years.
Survivors: husband, Robert Lee Dye; daughter, Mrs. Ronald (Rita) Bond
of Pounding Mill; sons, James Michael Dye of Hurley, Robert Daniel Dye
of Wareshole, SC, Craig Wayne Dye of Chesapeake; grandchildren, Jessica
Lynn Mabe of Virginia Beach, Bridget Nicole Bond and Steve Allen Bond,
both of Pounding Mill, Anthony Scott Adams of Chesapeake, David Keith Bond
of Oakwood; great-granddaughter, Chelsea Maria Brown of Virginia Beach;
sister, Mrs. Harvey (Ruth) Endicott, Jr. of North Tazewell; and six nieces.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. at Buchanan Funeral
Service Chapel at Keen Mountain with Rev. Ancil Childress and Sister Phyllis
Burial will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Aug. 15 and 16
from 6-9 p.m.
David F. Freeman
David Frank Freeman, 73, of Richlands, died Aug. 14 at the James H.
Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Johnson City, TN, following
an extended illness.
Born in Old Fort, NC, he was the son of the late Frank and Dulla Melton
He was of the Baptist faith, a former coal truck driver and a veteran
of World War II having served in the United States Army.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolly McCloud Freeman in 1991.
Survivors: daughter, Barbara (Edwin) Caudill of Route 5, Grundy; brothers,
H.G. Freeman of Grundy, Forrest Eugene Freeman of Capron; and granddaughter,
Rebecca (Tim) Fields of Grundy.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Grundy Funeral
Home Chapel with Rev. Don Pope officiating.
Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. Aug. 16.
Fill military rites will be conducted at the cemetery by members of
the John Ratliff Post #164 of the American Legion.
Edith L. Honaker
Edith Lucille Elrod Honaker, 83, of Richlands, formerly of Whitewood,
died Aug. 13 in a Richlands hospital following a short illness.
Born at Whitewood, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Mae Cole
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,
Survivors: daughter, Juanita Shortt and son-in-law, Tommy, of Richlands;
grandson, Martin Short and wife, Jean, of Bryan, OH; great-grandchildren,
Windi Whited, Katelynn Short and Joshua Short; two step-great-grandchildren;
sisters, Naomi Horn and Mildred Patrick, both of Whitewood; and special
niece, Joyce (Sue) Horn of Whitewood.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. in Singleton Funeral
Service Chapel at Cedar Bluff with Rev. Troy Lester and Rev. David Horton
Burial will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Aug. 15 from 6-9
Donald E. Mann, Sr.
Donald E. Mann, Sr., 66, of Fort Pierce, FL, died Aug. 13 at the Veterans
Administration Medical Center in West Palm Beach, FL.
He was born in McComas, WV, and had been a resident of Fort Pierce
for one year, coming from Tazewell.
Prior to his retirement, he worked for the U.S. Government at Kelly
Air Force Base and Lackland Air Force Base, both in San Antonio, TX, for
30 years. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Jensen Beach,
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Mann.
Survivors: wife, Betty Mann; son Donald Mann, Jr. of San Antonio; daughters,
Barbara Shutock of Villa Park, IL, Mary Rollis of Ft. Belvoir, Donna Emory
of Ashville, NC; and eight grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Aug. 16 at 1 p.m. at the Aycock Funeral
Home in Jensen Beach.
Inurnment will be in Florida National Cemetery in Busnell, FL.
Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1693 Indian
St., Stuart, FL 34997.
Edna Hagy Williams McClanahan, 86, of Abingdon for the last 12 years
and formerly of Buchanan County, died Aug. 14 in an Abingdon hospital following
a brief illness.
Born in McDowell County, WV, she was the daughter of the late Nathan
and Cordilla Roberts Hagy.
She was a custodian for several years at Grundy Elementary School.
She was of the Old Regular Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first
husband, Clarence Williams; three brothers, James, Clyde and Cledeth Hagy;
three sisters, Rinda Boggs, Mary Lou Bowman and Lidia Lockard; and one
grandson, Bret Williams.
Survivors: second husband, Lawrence McClanahan; sons, Jesse Ray Williams
of Grundy, Richard Williams and Gene Williams, both of Abingdon; brother,
Robert Hagy of Oakwood, sisters, Mailyn Cruise of Abingdon, Alice Kassem
of Baton Rouge, LA; 10 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. at Buchanan Funeral
Service Chapel at Keen Mountain with Evangelist Michael Trent and Evangelist
Mike McCoy officiating.
Burial will follow in Mountain Valley Park Cemetery at Big Rock.
The family will receive friends Aug. 15 from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral
Mrs. Vernelle Robinette, 72, of Raven, died Aug. 13 at a Richlands
hospital following an illness of several months.
She was a daughter of the late Henry Melvin and Irma Whited Horton,
both Russell County natives.
She was a servant of the Lord for the last 34 years and attended Claypool
Hill Church of Christ.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers,
Henry M. Horton Jr., Bobby James Horton and Peery Horton; two sisters,
Doris Horton and Trudelle Shelton; grandson, Andy Lloyd Short; brother-in-law,
Bascom Shelton; and sister-in-law, Polly Horton.
Survivors: husband of 54 years, Lloyd Calvin Robinette; daughters,
Linda Short and husband, Russell, of Swords Creek, Pat Reedy and husband,
Bill, Carolyn Reedy and husband, Dave, and Bonnie Whitt and husband, Larry,
all of Raven, Debbie Estep and husband, Mike, of Paintlick; sons, Jimmy
Lloyd Robinette and wife, Wanda, of Paintlick, Bobby Gene Robinette and
wife, Bonnie, of Tazewell, Terry Calvin Robinette and wife, Donna, and
Jerry Allen Robinette and wife, Connie, all of Raven; sister, Phyllis Dye
and husband, Willie, of Cedar Bluff; brothers, Asa Horton and wife, Betty,
of Creston, OH, Donald Horton and wife, Lois, of Horton Ridge, Mack Horton
and wife, Gayle, of Abingdon; sisters-in-law, Mozell Horton and Billie
Jean Horton; grandsons, Mark Robinette and wife, Sherry, Robert Robinette
and wife, Angie, Todd Robinette, Rusty Short and wife, Jennie, Dusty Reedy,
Ryan Whitt, Jeff Reedy and wife, Stephanie, and Anthony Robinette; granddaughters,
Jamie Robinette, Angie Buchanan, Tera Jo Reedy, Jennifer Short Miller and
husband, Rodney, Misty Reedy, Greta Reedy, Carrie Robinette, Jera Robinette
and Meghan Estep; and great-grandchildren, Lauran, Jordon, McKensie and
Jacob Robinette, Nicki, Kelsie and Gage Robinette, Wyatt Robinette and
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott
Funeral Chapel in Richlands with Evangelist Bob Smith, Rev. Dannie Short
and Rev. Dennis White officiating.
Entombment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool
Friends may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. Aug. 15.
Icy L. Stump
Icy L. Stump, 90, of Dayton, OH, formerly of Honaker, died Aug. 13
Born Aug. 12, 1910, in Honaker, she was a daughter of the late B. J.
and Appy McGlothlin Fuller.
She had resided in Dayton for the past 55 years, moving there from
Honaker. She was formerly employed by the United States Air Force in cafeteria
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband,
Survivors: son, Jack Stump of Dayton; sister, Madie Johnson of Bristol;
grandson, Jack Stump; and one great-grandson, Jack Stump, Jr.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 16 at 11 a.m. in the Honaker Funeral
Home Chapel in Honaker with Rev. Harless Hess officiating.
Interment will follow in Russell Memorial Cemetery in Lebanon.
Beulah M. Sutherland
Beulah Marie Sutherland, 63, of the Big A Mountain section of Rt. 2,
Honaker, died Aug. 11 in Council.
Born in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late Pierce and
Cordie Breeding Rasnake.
She had resided in Buchanan County her entire life and was a member
of the Free Christian Church on Big A Mountain.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers,
Virgil Rasnake, Jerry Rasnake, Joe Rasnake and Thurman Rasnake.
Survivors: daughters, Barbara Sutherland of Manassas, Norma Sullivan
of Honaker; sons, Lannis Sutherland of Cleveland, Ralph Sutherland of Abingdon,
Rick Sutherland of Honaker; sisters, Margie Cook and Frances Presley, both
of Davenport, Eva Stevens of Rosedale; brothers, Hurshel Rasnake of Clintwood,
Claude Rasnake of Bee, James Rasnake of Council, Jimmy Rasnake of Newhall,
WV, Herman Rasnake of Bristol, Maynard Rasnake of Rosedale, Eddie Rasnake
of Richmond; and grandchildren, Windy Welch, Sally Sutherland and Nathan
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Honaker Funeral
Home Chapel in Honaker with Rev. Clyde Lambert, Rev. Doug Murray and Rev.
Wayne Baldwin officiating.
Interment will follow in the Frank Smith Cemetery on Big A Mountain.
Lacy W. Taylor
Lacy William Taylor, 89, of Madamain, IA, formerly of Swords Creek,
died Aug. 12 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Lester and Juanita
Born in Wise, he was a son of the late John and Ada Mickles Taylor.
He spent his early life in Swords Creek and had resided in Madamain
for the past seven years. He was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel
Miller Taylor; one daughter, Betty Taylor; and two sons, Sherman Taylor
and Eugene Miller.
Survivors: daughters, Dorothy Perkins of Belfast, Doris Lembrick of
Fredericksburg, Mary Boyles, of Fayetteville, NC, Juanita Wallace of Madamain,
Helen Mooney of Missouri Valley, IA, Ruby Williams of Mechanicsville; sons,
Thurman Taylor of Keen Mountain, Herman Taylor and Danny Taylor, both of
Ashland, John Taylor of Hickory, NC; sister, Pauline Perkins of Richmond;
36 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
The body has been cremated and a memorial service will be conducted
at a later date.