Miscellaneous Tazewell County, Virginia Obituaries

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June 23, 1997

Exie M. Ball
Exie Mae Ball, 87, of Cedar Lawn Convalescent Home in Abingdon, formerly of Bluefield, VA, died June 21 in an Abingdon hospital.
She was born in Raven.
Local survivors include: daughter, Margaret L. Johnson of Tazewell; and grandchild, Barbara Lynn Johnson of Tazewell.
The funeral will be conducted June 24 at 1:30 p.m. at the Dudley Memorial Chapel in Bluefield, VA.
Burial will follow in the Monte Vista Cemetery in Green Valley.
Friends may call June 23 between 7 and 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Lettie D. Dotson
Lettie Didama Dotson, 84, of Shreve, OH, formerly of Tazewell County, died June 21 in Wooster Community Hospital.
Born in Dickenson County, she was the daughter of the late Noah and Polly Ann Johnson Duty. She had lived in Wayne County, OH, since 1991.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one granddaughter; one great-granddaughter; two brothers, Tilden and Paris Duty; and four sisters, Laura Bostic, Margaret Hart, Mary Duty and Rhoda Duty.
Survivors: husband, Henry Dotson; daughters, Christine Pierce of Shreve, OH, Mrs. Elbert "Betty" Pierce of Big Prairie, OH; son, Roger Dotson of West Salem, OH; brother, James Walter Duty of Cedar Bluff; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted June 25 at 11 a.m. at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Max Linkous officiating.
Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens Cemetery at Claypool Hill.
The family will receive friends June 23 from 7-9 p.m. at the McIntire, Davis and Greene Funeral Home, Wooster, OH, and June 24 from 7 - 9 p.m. at Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff.

George W. Smith
George William Smith, 62, of Oakwood, died June 20 in a Kingsport, TN, hospital following a long illness.
Local survivors include: daughter, Mrs. Jeff (Guyetta) McCracken of Jewell Ridge; and sister, Betty Barrett of Honaker.
The funeral was conducted June 23 at 1 p.m. at Buchanan Funeral Service Chapel in Keen Mountain.
Burial followed in the Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery in Richlands.

Beulah W. White
Beulah W. White, 77, of Whitewood, died June 21 in a Richlands hospital following a lengthy illness.
She was born in Buchanan County and was a daughter of the late Arch and Rosa Clementine Woosley Ward, both Buchanan County natives.
She was a lifelong resident of the Jewell Valley and Whitewood areas, was a former employee of the Grill at Jewell Valley Company Store at Jewell Valley and was a member of the Baptist Bible Church at Pilgrim Knob.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Quinton White; one daughter, Wylodine Justus; one sister, Edna Day; and two brothers, Clyde Ward and Thurman Ward.
Survivors: daughter, Jacalyn Brewster of Pounding Mill; son, Archie Q. White of Whitewood; sisters, Thelma Wimmer of Whitewood, Orpha Dawson of Jackson, OH; brother, Hassel Ward of Collinsville; and three grandchildren, Nathaniel White, Tamara Payne and Jeremy Brewster.
The funeral will be conducted June 24 at 1 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with Rev. Wayne Halleck and Rev. Andy Maynard officiating.
Interment will follow in the Knob Cemetery at Pea Batch.
Friends may call at the funeral home June 23 after 6 p.m.

Dora B. Williams
Dora B. Williams, 69, of Richlands, died June 22 in a Richlands hospital.
Born in Cedar Bluff, she was a daughter of the late Henry David and Nellie Faye Burnett Williams.
She had resided in the Richlands area in her early life, moving to South Carolina for several years and returning to Richlands in 1985. She attended the Swords Creek Pentecostal (Block) Church at Swords Creek and was a former employee of the Goodwin Mills in Cedar Bluff.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Everett D. Williams and James Williams.
Survivors: son, Jackie D. Williams of Richlands; sisters, Charlotte Barrett of Bristol, Lucille Hoops of Baptist Valley, Christine Jackson of Belfast, Lois Houchins of Richlands; and brothers, Harry Dale Williams of Cleveland, OH, and Henry David Williams, Jr. of Jewell Ridge.
The funeral will be conducted June 24 at 2 p.m. in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel in Honaker with Rev. Carl Robinson officiating.
Entombment will follow in the Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery Mausoleum in Richlands.

October 10, 1997
 
Ellis Horne
Ellis Horne, 84, of the Baptist Valley section of North Tazewell, died Oct. 7 in a Tazewell hospital following a long illness.
Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Cam and Nancy Keen Horne.
He was a retired coal miner formerly employed by Harmon Coal Co., Red Jacket Coal Co., Sycamore Coal Co. and Crystal Block Coal Co. He was a member of the United Mine Workers of America.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Lonnie Horne; two brothers, Charlie Horne and Huffard Horne; and two sisters, Myrtle Walker and Ida Ward.
Survivors: wife, Elsie Lester Horne; sons, Monty Horne and Bobby Horne, both of Chicago, IL; brother, Jessie Horne of Tampa, FL; sisters, Julia Keen of Patterson, Mrs. Edgar Ratliff of Cliffield, Mrs. Creda Horn and Lola Ward, both of Pilgrim Knob; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted Oct. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Ancil Childress officiating.
Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
The family will receive friends Oct. 10 from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Kermit E. Justice
Kermit Eugene Justice, 65, of Centralia, died Oct. 7 at St. Maryís Hospital in Centralia.
Born in Red Ash, he was a son of Henry J. and Myrtle D. (Ball) Justice.
He was retired from the Centralia Police Department from 1957 to 1986 in which he was acting chief from 1975-76 and Chief from 1976 to 1986. He was in the U.S. Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict.
He was a lifetime member of Illinois Police Assoc.; President of Southern Illinois Police Chiefs; South Eastern Illinois Police Chiefs; Illinois Chiefs of Police; Clinton County Law Enforcement; Centralia Moon Rotary; served on the executive board of Illinois Chiefs of Police; Illinois Police Assoc. - Shawnee Division; American Legion; VFW and the Wednesday Night Poker Club.
Survivors: wife, Dorothy G. (English) Justice; sons, Michael Justice of Plymouth, IN, Rick Justice of Branson, MO, David Justice and wife, Terrie, of Normal, IL; daughters, Debbie DeRosa, and husband, Ron, of Springfield, IL, Toni Justice of St. Louis, MO; brother, Alfred Justice and wife, Rose, of Niles, MI; sisters, Doris Kuzio of Pittsburgh, PA, Phyllis Cordle and husband, Glenn, of Richlands; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral was conducted Oct. 10 at 11 a.m. in the Irvin Funeral Home in Centralia with Rev. Loren Rovenstine officiating.
Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Donations may be made to a charity of choice.

Mary E. Richardson
Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Richardson, 100, of the Pine Creek section of Swords Creek, died Oct. 8 at Columbia Clinch Valley Hospital.
Born in Russell County, she was a daughter of the late Johnny and Alice Ball Robinette.
She had resided in the Swords Creek area all of her life. She was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith and a member of the Pine Creek Holiness Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Richardson in March of 1973; one daughter, Dora Webb; one infant son; six brothers, Andrew, Henry, Bill, Wesley, Mervin and Junior Robinette; and four sisters, Bertie Robinette, Ida Robinette, Liza Bostic and Rosie Davis.
Survivors: daughters, Mrs. John Albert (Ida) Richardson and Mrs. Jerome (Dorothy) Whited, both of Raven, Pearl Cole, Mae Plaster and Carlie Mutter, all of Swords Creek, Mrs. Andrew (Myrtle) Plaster of Claypool Hill; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Ruth Richardson of Swords Creek, Clarence and Mary Richardson of Raven; sisters, Martha Miller and Laura Goodman, both of Raven; half-brother, Reese Robinette of Swords Creek; thirty one grandchildren; thirty-nine great-grandchildren; and fifteen great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted Oct. 11 at 1 p.m. at the Pine Creek Holiness Church at Swords Creek with Rev. Jim Richardson, Rev. Carl Robinson and Rev. Ancil Childress officiating.
Interment will follow in the Richardson Family Cemetery on Horton Ridge.
Honaker Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

December 4, 1998
 
Thomas G. Justus
Thomas Graham Justus, 73, died at his home Dec. 1 following a lengthy illness.
Born in McDowell County, WV, he was the son of the late Napoleon and Ocie Belle Hall Justus.
He was a member of the Wolfpen Church of God. He was a retired coal miner having worked for the Panther Coal Company, a member of the United Mine Workers of America and a retired Deputy Sheriff for the Buchanan County Sheriff Dept.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Edna Lillian Hackney Justus; his second wife, Pauline Estep Justus; and one brother, Verlon Justus.
Survivors: wife, Katherine Hurley Justus of Hurley; sons, Verlon Nelson Justus of Medina, OH, Thomas Graham Justus Jr. of Hurley, Phillip Marlowe Justus of Jacksonville, FL, Mikel Ray Justus of Richlands; stepsons, James Hurley of Patterson, Terry Hurley of Hurley; stepdaughter, Barbara Hurley Matney of Grundy; sister, Geraldine Deel of Grundy, Mildred Justus of Hurley; brothers, Steve Smith and Donald Ray Justus, both of Chicago, IL, Sonny Justus of Hurley, Harold Justus and Leonard Justus, addresses unknown; eight grandchildren; six step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Word Evangelistic Outreach Church at Wolford with Revs. Hufford Rife, Darrell Davis, Michael Ashby and Herbert Ratliff officiating.
Burial will follow in the Mountain Valley Memorial Park at Big Rock.
Services were held Dec. 3 and will be held Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. at the church.
Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of arrangements.

Laura B. Melvin
Laura Bell Melvin, 77, of Gratton, died Dec. 2 at Heritage Hall Health Care Center in Tazewell.
Born in Gratton, she was a daughter of the late William H. and Mary Lou Perry Melvin. She was a member of the Concord United Methodist Church.
Survivors: sister, Arlie Bourne of Tazewell; sisters-in-law, Laura Mae Melvin and Frances Melvin, both of Tazewell; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be conducted Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. Howard Edwards officiating.
Burial will follow at the Concord Church Cemetery at Gratton.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Concord United Methodist Church, c/o Lou Billips, Route 3, Box 116, Tazewell, VA 24651.

Raymond O. Pilkins
Raymond Osker Pilkins, 69, of Rt. 5, Bluefield, WV, (Airport Rd.), died Dec. 1 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield.
Born in Tannersville, he was the son of the late Benjamin Pilkins and Mary Hager Pilkins.
He had been a resident of Bluefield for 57 years. He was a retired truck driver having worked for United Transit Mix of Bluefield. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served during W.W.II. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign War belonging to the Pinnacle Post of Bluefield, WV, and was a member of the N.R.A.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.
Survivors; wife, Brenda Davis Pilkins; daughter, Maria Sheets and husband, Robert, of Bluefield; sons, Jimmy Pilkins and wife, Debra, Charles Pilkins and wife, Kimberly, David Pilkins and wife, Vickie, and Scotty Pilkins and wife, Pam, all of Bluefield, WV; brothers, Frank Pilkins of Frederick, MD, Walter Pilkins of Sauk Village, IL, Robert Pilkins of Crete, IL; and six grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted Dec. 4 at 11 a.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell, WV, with the Rev. Dana Hambrick and Rev. Johnson officiating.
Burial will follow in Poor Valley Cemetery in Tannersville.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Sandy River District American Post No. 175 and the Mercer County Veterans Council.
 
Eva W. Brown
Eva Williams Brown, 96, of Salem, formerly of Tazewell, died Feb. 19 at Snyder Nursing Home in Salem.
Born at Bramwell, WV, she was a daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Williams and Mary Sue Williams.
She attended Concord College and began teaching at North Tazewell Elementary School during the emergency of World War II and continued teaching until she received her 25-year pin. She was a member of the Main Street United Methodist Church in Tazewell.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Jackson Brown Sr.; daughter, Barbara Brown Kummer; son-in-law, Karl Kummer; four brothers; and three sisters. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Survivors: son, Thomas J. Brown Jr. and wife, Dorothy H. Brown, of Upatoi, GA; grandchildren, David and Michael Kummer of Salem, Karen Kummer-Schiffi of Charlotte, NC, Kathy Brown of Columbus, GA, Thomas Brown III of Brooks, GA, Karen B. Stewart of Dawson, GA; great-grandchildren, Heather, Thomas VI, and Erin Brown, Alison Schiffi, and Kate and Alan Stewart; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Mrs. Henry (Tillie) Kinser of Tazewell.
Graveside services were conducted Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at Maple Hill Cemetery in Bluefield with her nephew, William H. (Bill) Brown Jr. officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Main Street United Methodist Church of Tazewell, or to a favorite charity.
Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell is in charge of arrangements.

Rufina Carter
Rufina Carter, 86, of the Baptist Valley area of North Tazewell, died Feb. 19 at a Tazewell nursing home.
Born at Robinson, WV, she was a daughter of the late R.N. Taylor and Roxie Taylor.
She was a member of the Gospel Lighthouse Tabernacle at Baptist Valley.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers.
Survivors: husband, William Carter; sister, Verda Pennington of Hugheston, WV; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was conducted Feb. 22 at 2 p.m. at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with the Pastors Roger Monk and Clarence Danner officiating.
Burial followed at the Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA.

Russell A. Cordle
Russell A. Cordle, 71, of Niagara Falls, NY, died Feb. 19 in a New York hospital following a lengthy illness.
Born in Doran, he was the son of the late Charlie E. and Mattie Lou Puckett Cordle.
He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran. He was a former employee of General Motors Tonawanda Plant. He was a member of the United Auto Workers Local No. 774.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Helen Sue Lambert.
Survivors: wife, Faith (Garrapy) Cordle; brothers, William Cordle of Tonawanda, NY, Eugene "Whitey" Driver of Raven, Bobby Cordle of Virginia, Jackie Cordle of Doran, Melvin Cordle of Dungannon; sisters, Shelia French of Lockport, NY, Betty Jean Davis of Doran; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be conducted Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. at Singleton Funeral Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Porter Cordle and Rev. Clarence Brown officiating.
Burial will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.

Hampton B. Crawford
Hampton B. Crawford, 89, of Tazewell, died Feb. 18 at a Bluefield, WV, hospital after a long illness.
Born in Pocahontas, he was the son of the late Lacy B. Crawford and Mary Hampton Crawford.
He was educated at the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
He was employed by the Bank of Pocahontas from 1931 to 1944 and by Consolidation Coal Company (formerly Pocahontas Fuel Company) from 1944 until his retirement in 1974. He was Land Agent of the company at the time of his retirement. He was also Treasurer of the Limestone Dust Corporation for many years.
He was a member of Stras Memorial Episcopal Church in Tazewell. He was also a member of the Masonic Fraternity, Tazewell Rotary Club and several historic societies.
In 1975, the Tazewell County Board of Supervisors appointed him president of the five member Founding Board of Directors of Historic Crab Orchard Museum, charged with the responsibility of establishing the museum.
Survivors: wife, Thelma Dick Crawford; daughters, Mrs. Edward L. (Natalie) Jackson Jr. of Vero Beach, FL, Mrs. Robert L. (Kay) Trimble of Tazewell, Mrs. R. Daniel (Mary) Booton of Gum Spring; sister, Elizabeth C. Crist of Bluefield, VA; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. at the Stras Memorial Episcopal Church at Tazewell with the Rev. Thomas Mustard and the Rev. Russell Hatfield officiating.
Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery in Tazewell.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Boys' Home, 306 Boys' Home Road, Covington, VA 24426 or Stras Memorial Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 342, Tazewell, VA.
Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home of Tazewell is in charge of the arrangements.

James H. Fannin
James Harvey Fannin, 54, of Honaker, died Feb. 19 in the Russell County Medical Center in Lebanon.
Born in Carter County, KY, he was a son of the late William and Audrey McGlone Fannin.
He had resided in the Honaker area for the past 17 years. He was a graduate of Bucyrus High School in Bucyrus, OH, North Central Technical College in Mansfield, OH, and Franklin University in Columbus, OH. He was a retired truck driver, formerly employed by Martin Trucking in Honaker and was a member of the AmVets Post 1027 in Bucyrus.
Survivors: sisters, Mrs. Palmer (Janet) Martin of Honaker, Mrs. John (Pamela) Harigle and Mrs. Kenny (Debbie) Warwick, both of Bucyrus; brother, Ronnie Fannin of Mt. Gilead, OH; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was conducted Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. in the Globe Funeral Home in Olive Hill, KY.
Interment followed in the Fannin Family Cemetery in Lewis County, KY.
Honaker Funeral Home of Honaker is in charge of local arrangements.

Andrew Jackson
Andrew "Stonewall" Jackson, 72, of Raccoon, KY, formerly of Richlands, died Feb. 19 in a Pike Co., KY, hospital following a lengthy illness.
He was the son of the late Garnett and Ocie Viola Blankenship Jackson, both Richlands residents.
He was a retired coal miner and a veteran of the United States Army, World War II.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Mary Sue Russell; and four brothers, Henry, Robert, Grover and Homer Jackson.
Survivors: wife, Dorothy Jackson; daughter, Kathy Charles of Raccoon; sisters, Alice Gillespie of Doran, Francis Bloodworth and Louise Hale, both of Thomasville, NC; brothers, Harry "Cotton" Jackson of Cedar Bluff, Bill Jackson of Jewell Ridge, Woodrow "Woody" Jackson of Thomasville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral was conducted Feb. 22 at 1 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with the Rev. Jim Richardson officiating.
Interment followed in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.

Carrie L. Smith
Carrie Lee Smith, 87, of Harrisonburg, formerly of Tazewell, died Feb. 19 in a Harrisonburg hospital following a long illness.
Born in Tazewell County, she was the daughter of the late George R. and Mary Lawson Smith.
She was a member of the Macedonia Regular Primitive Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters.
Survivors: son, Floyd Jerrel Smith of Harrisonburg; sisters, Effie Lou Fuller of Wytheville, Mrs. John F. (Gloris) White of Charlotte, NC; brothers, Bascom M. Smith of Claypool Hill, Louie J. Smith of Falls Mills, Troy F. Smith of Ft. Myers, FL, Raymond E. Smith and Lloyd G. Smith, both of Tazewell, Chester G. Smith and Clyde S. Smith, both of Bluefield, VA, Roba A. Smith of McConnellsville, OH, Hassell N. Smith of Bland; and a large number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral was conducted Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at Singleton Funeral Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Elders Robert Whitt, Willard Owens and Ronnie Farley Beavers officiating.
Burial followed in the Grandview Memory Gardens at Bluefield, VA.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bridgewater Health Care Foundation, 313 North Second St., Bridgewater, VA 22812.

Aug. 31, 2000 - Sept. 1, 2000
 
Virga Bell
Virga Foster Lane Bell, 84, of Round Lake Heights, IL, formerly of Buchanan County, died Aug. 29 at her home.
Born in Jamboree, KY, she was the daughter of the late Jim and Vadie Coleman Foster.
She had been a resident of Illinois for the past 34 years. She worked for several years for Victory Hospital as a cashier. She was of the Baptist faith and a homemaker.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Homer Lane, Sept. 25, 1968; by her second husband, Stanley Bell, in 1979; one son, Douglas Homer Lane, Feb. 18, 2000; one grandson, Brian Mead, 1991; one sister, Truby Stiltner, Aug. 20, 1993.
Survivors: daughters, Delphine Stiltner of Grundy, Phyllis Weller and husband, Richard, of Laurel, MD, Imogene Mead and husband, Marty, of Wildwood, IL, Mickey Pederson and husband, Lamont, and Carol Miller, all of Richlands, Sue Peoples and husband, Connie, of Hamilton, AL, Wanda Hall and husband, Gene, of Atlanta, GA; sons, Jim P. Lane of Zion, IL, Joe Lane and wife, Edith, of Kenosha, WI; sisters, Thelma Bostic of Waukegan, IL, Eula Stiltner of Grundy, Lyda Riley of Boonville, IN, Minnie Rife of Abingdon; brother, Irvin Foster of Bean Station, TN; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and special friend, Wilford Nelson.
The funeral will be conducted Sept. 3 at 2 p.m. at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Elders Roger Coleman, Toy Looney and Howard Daniels and Revs. Jerry Casey and Barry Absher officiating.
Burial will follow in the Stiltner Cemetery near the church on Poplar Creek, Rt. 2, Grundy.
Friends may call at the funeral home Sept. 2 at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m.

David P. Helbert
David Pierce Helbert, 39, of Richlands, died Aug. 28 in Lovely, KY, from injuries sustained in a mining accident.
Born in Richlands, he was a son of Lawrence Raymond and Anna Ruth Killen Helbert, both of Richlands.
He lived most of his life in the Richlands area and was employed by Heintzmann and Hei-Tech Corporation of Claypool Hill. He was the owner of Twin Oak Backhoe Service and Construction Company. He was a former employee of Island Creek Coal Company V. P. No. 3 for 17 years. He was a member of UMWA Local No. 1640, Oakwood. He was a Richlands High School graduate, Class of 1979. He was of the Assembly of God faith.
He was preceded in death by one infant brother, Daniel LeRoy Helbert, July 28, 1970.
Additional survivors: wife, Alfreda Louise Cook Helbert; daughters, Stephanie Nicole Helbert and Kayla Renae Helbert, both of the home; sisters, Sheree Reynolds and Tamara Helbert, both of Richlands; brother, Keith Helbert of Richlands; and maternal grandmother, Pinkie Killen of Richlands.
The funeral was conducted Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with the Rev. Doug Allen and Rev. Otis Musick officiating.
Interment followed in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.

Robert L. Helbert
Robert Lee Helbert, 52, of Richlands, died Aug. 28 in Lovely, KY, from injuries sustained in a mining accident.
Born in Richlands, he was a son of the late Ely and Ellen Mabe Helbert, both Tazewell County natives.
He had made his home in the Richlands area all of his life and was a Contractor/Technician for the Heintzmann and Hei-Tech Corporation at Claypool Hill. He was associated with the mining industries for the past 30 years. He was the former owner and operator of the FastWay Market and Brickyard Laundromat in Richlands. He was a former Tazewell County Deputy and served on the Richlands Police Force.
He was a graduate of the Richlands High School Class of 1967 and a graduate of SVCC with a degree in Mining Technology. He was a United States Navy veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a former Navy SEAL and served on the recovery team of Apollo 10. He was a member of the Richlands Masonic Lodge #318 AF & AM and the John Ratliff American Legion Post #164, Grundy. He was also a lifetime member of the Casey-Short VFW Post #9640, Richlands.
Survivors: wife, Sue Jessee Helbert; daughter, Jessee Megan Helbert of Longwood College, Farmville; mother-in-law, Mrs. Clyde M. Jessee of Richlands; sisters, Charlotte (Fern) Sarno of Schiller Park, IL, Mildred Grimmett of Laredo, WV; and brothers, Raymond Helbert of Richlands, and Reece Helbert of Long Beach, MS.
The funeral was conducted Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with Bill Fiess and Rev. James Horton officiating.
Interment followed in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
Military graveside rites were conducted by John Ratliff American Legion Post #164, Grundy.

Buford Meade
Buford "Duke" Ralph Meade, 58, of Mooresville, IN, died Aug. 28 following a brief illness.
Born in Russell County, he was a son of the late William Ray Meade and Ludia Meade Baker.
He spent most of his life in the Richlands area prior to moving to Indiana over 20 years ago.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Hubert Meade, Emmett Meade and Gene Baker.
Survivors: wife, Frances Meade; daughters, Rachel Meade and Sally Meade, both of Mooresville; sons, Buford Fredrick Meade and Wesley Meade, both of Mooresville; sisters, Agnes Jenkins of Piqua, OH, Beatrice Neece of Trammel, Peggy Carr and Rosia Vance, both of Cedar Bluff; brothers, William Ray Meade of Mooresville, David Meade of Conover, OH, Fred Meade of Raven; and three grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted Sept. 2 at 11 a.m. at the Carlise Funeral Home in Mooresville.
Interment will follow in Mooresville.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Sept. 1.
Obituary information submitted by the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands.

Tura C. Shelton
Tura Catherine Shelton, 77, of Tazewell, died Aug. 28 at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
Born at Cedar Bluff, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Elijah Fields and Victoria Elizabeth Witt Fields.
She was attending the Open Door Community Church in Baptist Valley at the time of her illness.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond O. Shelton, Sr.; two sisters, Mildred Lawson and Dorothy Large; and two brothers, Thomas Issac Fields and Charles Tilmon Fields.
Survivors: daughters, Wanda Lou Mitchell and husband, Curtis, of Claremont, NC, Mary K. Harding of Tazewell; son, Raymond Shelton, Jr. of Warrenton; sisters, Mrs. John (Gladys) Taylor of Elkridge, MD, Mrs. Andy (Frances) Whited of Claypool Hill, Mrs. Paul (Carol) Gaulden of Lakeland, FL; ten grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was conducted Aug. 31 at 2 p.m. at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with Brother Charles McGlothlin and Brother John Dash officiating.
Burial followed at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.

Lewis "Bud" Spurrier
Lewis Benton "Bud" Spurrier, 41, of Rt. 3, Tazewell, died Aug. 27 at his home.
Born Sept. 4, 1958, at Bluefield, WV, he was a son of Joe Lewis Spurrier and Marjorie "Mickey" Dalton Spurrier of North Tazewell.
He was a 1976 graduate of Bluefield High School and attended Concord College. He was a foreman at Rocky Road Coal Company in Keystone, WV. He was a member of the Bluefield, WV, Moose Lodge, the National Rifle Association and was active in the Men's Bowling League at the Mountaineer Bowling Lanes in Bluefield, WV.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph I. "Jay" Spurrier; paternal grandparents, Ira and Ruby Nuckels Spurrier; and maternal grandfather, Benton Dalton.
Additional survivors: wife, Teri Sherise Dye Spurrier; the light of his life, Brittani Osborne of the home who will be lighting a memory candle to open the funeral service; special nieces, Joanna Spurrier of Abbs Valley, Heather Spurrier Baker of Bluefield, WV; one brother, James Lee Spurrier of Tazewell; and maternal grandmother, Elizabeth Gaye Dalton of Tazewell.
Entombment was private.


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