Miscellaneous Tazewell County, Virginia Obituaries

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August 27, 1999
 
Lilly B. Babbitt
Lilly B. Babbitt, 85, of Bluefield, VA, died Aug. 24 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Born at Antler, ND, she was a daughter of the late Morris and Anna Jeppeson Bronderslev.
She was a member of the Thompson's Chapel Methodist Church at Bluefield, WV.
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 Walton Billhimer.
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 Community Hospital.
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 V. Davis.
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 great-granddaughters.
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 Aug. 28.

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, Ruby Dickerson.
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, Doris Mitchell.
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 Thompson King.
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 Frazier Ward.
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 eleven children.
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. 27.

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 Carter officiating.
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 Freeman.
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 Elrod.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Honaker.
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 officiating.
Burial will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Aug. 15 from 6-9 p.m.

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, FL.
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 McClanahan
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 home.

Vernelle Robinette
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 Hunter Short.
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 Hill.
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 in Dayton.
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 service.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Stump.
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 Sutherland.
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 Wallace.
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.


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