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March 30, 2001

Novella H. Cordle
Novella H. Cordle, 81, of Richlands, died March 28 in a Tazewell hospital following a long illness.
Born in Tazewell Co., she was the daughter of the late Beverly and Mahalia Lawson Helbert.
She was a cook for several years at the Hill Top Restaurant at Doran and the Cameo Drive In. She attended Zion Tabernacle Church at Cedar Bluff.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Archie M. Cordle; one son, Bobby Cordle; two sisters, Arcie Joyce and Margie Davis; three brothers, Brittian Helbert, Clarence Helbert and Kelly Helbert; and one grandson, Wayne Cordle.
Survivors: daughters, Mrs. Walter (Janice) Franklin of Claypool Hill, Mrs. Gary (Kathy) Ratliff of Richlands; sons, Jay Arvil Cordle of Wilmington, NC, Melvin M. Cordle and wife, Mary, and Jimmy S. Cordle and wife, Carol, all of Pounding Mill, Roger L. Cordle and wife, Judy, of Bluefield, WV; sisters, Mrs. Mary (Hazel) Lowe of Richlands, Beulah M. Snyder of Cleveland, OH; 16 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted March 31 at 11 a.m. in the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Walter L. Franklin, Rev. Porter Cordle and Rev. Judy McKnight officiating.
Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home in Cedar Bluff from 6-9 p.m. March 30.

James B. Jackson
James Beecher Jackson, 81, formerly of Honaker and Abingdon and later residing at Outlook Pointe, Bristol, TN, died March 27 at Welmont Hospice House in Bristol, TN.
Born in Russell County, he was the son of the late George Cowan and Eliza Presley Jackson of Honaker.
He was a 1937 graduate of Honaker High School. He attended the University of Virginia and Virginia Tech. He had worked at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Company. He served in the United States Navy during World War II assigned to the USS Krishna RL 38. After World War II, he returned to Honaker to work as an automobile mechanic. He later started a teaching career as a Vocational Welding Instructor at the Russell County Vocational School at Lebanon. He retired from the Russell County School System in 1984.
He was a member of the Pruner Masonic Lodge AF & AM of Honaker, the Royal Arch Commandary of Castlewood and the Kazim Temple of Roanoke. He was instrumental in forming and served in various offices in the Tri-City Nu-Voice Club for Laryngectomees. He was active in the American Cancer Society serving on the steering committee of the Virginia Division of Laryngectomees. He received the Laryngectomee of the Year Award in 1994. He was a member of the VFW Patton Crosswhite Post 6975 of Bristol, TN. He was an avid reader and artist.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Katherine Combs Jackson.
Survivors: sons, Dwight Morgan Jackson of Honaker and William Andrew (Andy) Jackson and wife, Kaye, of Bristol, VA; brother, Harry Cowan Jackson of Honaker; sisters, Nora B. Clevinger of Maxie, Kelsie Marie Fletcher of Bristol, VA, Helen S. Fuller of Abingdon, Jo M. Sword of Knoxville, TN; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be conducted March 30 at 2 p.m. in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel in Honaker with Rev. Clyde Lambert, Rev. Roby Fuller, Rev. Wade Taylor and Barry Taylor officiating.
Interment will follow in Russell Memorial Cemetery at Lebanon.
Military graveside honors will be conducted by Patton Crosswhite VFW Post 6975 of Bristol, TN.

Mazie K. Keene
Mazie Katherine Keene, 80, of the Dismal section of Oakwood, died March 27 at her home.
Born in Whitewood, she was the daughter of the late George and Winona Brown Short.
She was a member of the Crystal Block Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Raymond Keene; second husband, Melvin Keene; two brothers, Stuart Short, Beve Short; two daughters, Janet Eve Keene, Diane Sue Keene; and one son, George Daniel Keene.
Survivors: sons, Bobby Glen Keene and Elmer Lee Keene, both of Dismal; daughters, Mrs. Abe (Shirley) Hurt of Abingdon, Lois Hughes of Conover, NC, Mrs. Dennis (Gaylene) Vandyke of Patterson, Mrs. Keith (Elizabeth) Shortridge of Roanoke, Mrs. Douglas (Nancy) Horn of Raven; sisters, Ann Cole of Statesville, NC, Watie Vandyke of Oakwood, Nancy Stilwell of Tazewell, Ruth Carpenter of Norfolk; brothers, Charlie Short of Tazewell, Raymond Short of Belfast; stepson, Billy Keene of Georgia; stepdaughters, Betty Spicer of Indiana, Jean Christofiles of Chicago; 18 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 16 step-grandchildren; and 21 step-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted March 30 at 12 noon in the Buchanan Funeral Chapel at Keen Mountain with Revs. Fred Rife, Jr., Bill Honaker and Thurman Chatman officiating.
Burial will follow in the Antioch Cemetery at Keen Mountain.

Elizabeth R. (Libby) Layne
Elizabeth R. (Libby) Layne, 73, of Clearwater, FL, died March 27 in a Pinellas Park, FL Hospice House.
Born in Pounding Mill, she was the daughter of the late James Logan and Gussie Christian Ringstaff.
She had made her home in the Clearwater area for the past five years having moved from Evanston IL. She was a member of the Northwood Presbyterian Church in Clearwater where she was a member of the Presbyterian Women and the Naomi Circle. She was also a staff member for the Board of Pension in Evanston. She was a graduate of Richlands High School Class of 1944.
Survivors: daughters, Nona Sorren of Lighthouse Point, FL, Cynthia Carroll of Chicago, IL, Beverly Replogle of Safety Harbor, FL, Jamie Logan of Fairfield, OH; sisters, Mary Sue Hill of Kingsport, IN, Margaret Rountree of Hampton, Doris Burroughs of Abingdon, Elfie Ray Forrest of Richlands; brother, Donald Ringstaff of Abingdon; and 11 grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted March 31 at 10 a.m. at the Richlands Presbyterian Church in Richlands with the Rev. Bey Gunder officiating.
Interment will follow at the Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery in Richlands.
Friends may call after 6 p.m. March 30 at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands and one hour prior to the service March 31 at the church.
Donations may be made to the Woodside Hospice of Northwood Presbyterian Church in Clearwater.

Shelva M. Lester
Shelva McGlothlin Lester, 60, of the Raven Nest Branch section of Cedar Bluff, died March 28 at her home following a long illness.
Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Helen Fletcher McGlothlin, Sr.
She was a member of the Pisgah Holiness Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Earl Lester; one sister, Leda McGlothlin; and one grandson, Steven Cox.
Survivors: sons, Willie Lester and wife, Janet, and Douglas Lester and wife, Ruth, all of Cedar Bluff, Thomas Lester and wife, Carol, of Thomasville, NC; daughters, Mrs. Greg (Debra) Keene of Cedar Bluff, Mrs. Larry (Peggy) Peery of North Tazewell, Mrs. Donnie (Cynthia) Puckett of North Tazewell; sisters, Mrs. Roger (Mozelle) Perkins of Cedar Bluff, Mrs. Roy (Velmie) Lawson of Jewell Ridge; brothers, Fred McGlothlin, Jr. and wife, Dorothy, Winfred McGlothlin and wife, Sandra, and Frazer McGlothlin and wife, Sandra, all of Jewell Ridge; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and special friend, Jeanette Farmer.
The funeral will be conducted March 30 at 1 p.m. in the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Revs. Mike Altizer, Phillip Dean and Joe Gross officiating.
Burial will follow in the Lester Family Cemetery at Cedar Bluff.
The family will receive friends until the funeral hour March 30.

Clifford Osborne, Sr.
Clifford Wayne Osborne, Sr., 63, of the Hidden Valley section of Richlands, died March 28 at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, TN.
He was born April 23, 1937 in the Lewis Creek section of Honaker. He was the son of Rhoda Crouse Osborne of Richlands and the late Greely Osborne.
He was an employee of Maymead Materials of Raven where he was a heavy equipment operator.
Additional survivors: loving wife of 42 years, Dottie Grimsley Osborne; adoring son and daughter-in-law, Cliff and Terry Boyd Osborne of Wardell; joy of his life, special granddaughter, Brittani Drew Osborne of Tazewell; brothers, Ralph (Buster) Osborne and Rev. Robert Osborne, both of Richlands; sisters, Linda Osborne Boyd of Knoxville, TN, Jean Osborne Lester of Cedar Bluff; many nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.
The funeral will be conducted March 31 at 2 p.m. in the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Robert Osborne, Brother James Jackson and Edgar (Ed) Larry Grimsley, Sr. officiating.
Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. March 30.

Jackie L. Powers
Jackie Lee Powers, 59, of Belfast, died March 29 in the Veteran's hospital at Mountain Home, TN.
He was a son of Mary Katherine Hall Powers and the late Ralph Powers.
He was retired from the United States Air Force with 25 years of service. He was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one stepson, Robert Metcalf.
Additional survivors: wife, Joyce Ann Densmore Powers; daughters, Tammy Fuller of Drill, Stephanie Lairson of Dallas, OR, Jennifer Eskridge of Fort Wayne, IN; son, J. B. Powers of Rosedale; stepdaughters, Shelia Copeland of Dothan, AL, Debra Mears of Honaker; stepson, Michael Metcalf of Greenville, SC; sister, Shelia Stevens of Honaker; brothers, Harold Powers of Rosedale, David Powers of Honaker; and 18 grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted April 1 at 1 p.m. in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel in Honaker with Elder Otis Fields, Rev. Clyde Lambert and Rev. Willard Cook officiating.
Entombment will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens Mausoleum at Lebanon.
Military graveside honors will be conducted by the United States Air Force.

June 1, 2001

Delmar I. Bowling
Delmar I. Bowling, 51, of Cedar Bluff, died May 29 at his home following a brief illness.
Born in Tazewell County, he was the son of Eva Asbury Riley of Bandy and the late Walter Benjamin Bowling.
He was a U.S. Army veteran and a disabled coal miner.
Additional survivors: sisters, Sharon Ruth Davis of Cedar Bluff, Wilma Sparks of Bandy, Darlene Brewster of Statesville, NC, Barbara Adams of North Wilkesboro, NC, Cora Riley of Richlands; brothers, William Roger Bowling of Raleigh, NC, Donald Perry Bowling of Columbus, OH, James Dexter Bowling of Peebles, OH; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be conducted June 2 at 11 a.m. at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Charlie McGlothlin officiating.
Burial will follow in the Asbury Family Cemetery at Raven Nest Branch.
Casey-Short VFW Post 9640 and Tazewell County Chapter 31 DAV will conduct Military Graveside Rites.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. June 1.

Paul Bradford Sr.
Paul Bradford Sr., 72, of Bluefield, VA, died May 30.
Born in Fayetteville, TN, he was the son of the late Charles and Bessie Bradford.
He was retired from Cimmaron Coach Company and was a veteran serving in the U.S. Army.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Mamie Brown, Ruby Barnett and Susie Neeley, and one brother, Dave Bradford.
Survivors: wife, Shirley Swiger Bradford; son, Paul Bradford, Jr. of the home; daughter, Shelia Dishman and husband, Bobby, of Bluefield, VA; sisters, Linda Louise Reid of New Market, AL, Katherine Patterson, Mildred Swinford and Elizabeth Simmons, all of Fayetteville, Peggy Mann of Elora, TN, Dorothy Soloman of Winchester, TN; brothers, Cecil Bradford of Kearneysville, WV, Charles Bradford of Fayetteville, Floyd Bradford of Deer Park, AL, Walter Bradford of Livingston, TX, Joe Bradford of Victorville, CA, Francis Bradford of Arab, AL; sisters-in-law, Waneta Bellamy and Connie Birkholz, both of Bluefield, VA; and special friends, Sheila Wirt of Bluefield, WV, Alverda Ray of Bluefield, VA.
The funeral will be conducted June 1 at 2 p.m. at the Dudley Memorial Chapel in Bluefield, VA, with the Rev. Gary Lyons and Rev. Michael Harrison officiating.
Burial will follow in the Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Bluefield Virginia Rescue Squad, Virginia Ave., Bluefield, VA 24605 or Hospice Choice, Inc., P.O. Box 349, Norton, VA 24273.

Martha (Sandy) Colley
Martha Sandra (Sandy) Colley, 55, of Cedar Bluff, died May 31 in a Richlands hospital following a lengthy illness.
Born in Richlands, she was a daughter of Clifton H. Plaster of Cedar Bluff and the late Gladys Louellen Cordle Plaster.
She was a lifelong resident of the Cedar Bluff area and was a 1964 graduate of Honaker High School. She was also a 1991 graduate of Southwest Virginia Community College and a 1999 graduate of Radford University. She was a retired registered nurse and a retired employee of Keen Mountain Correctional Center at Keen Mountain. She was a lifetime member of the Richlands Rescue Squad and a Basic and Advanced Life Support Instructor and Paramedic.
Additional survivors: husband, Edgar (Clyde) Colley; daughters, Jeani Hodges and Misty Joy Vandyke, both of Pounding Mill; sons, Mark Alan Colley of New Orleans, LA, Timothy Shawn Colley of Pittsburg, PA; sisters, Phyllis Jean Warner and Patricia Mosley, both of Cedar Bluff, Donna Miller of Swords Creek; brothers, Ronnie Plaster of Boston, Sonny Plaster of Red Ash, Rev. Dickie Plaster of Richlands, Jack Plaster of Rosedale, John Plaster of Clintonville, WV, Gary Plaster of Cedar Bluff; and grandchildren, Michael Paul Hodges, Adrianna Joy Hodges, Mikayla Leigh Vandyke and Jordan Tyler Vandyke.
The funeral will be conduced June 3 at 2 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with Rev. H.G. Musick and Evangelist Bob Smith officiating.
Interment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. June 1.

James (Jack) Hess
James (Jack) Andrew Hess, 73, of North Tazewell, died May 30 at the home of his son, Alvie and Polly Hess.
Born in Russell County, he was a son of the late Otis W. and Ida C. Stephens Hess.
He had lived in North Tazewell for the past eight years and had spent most of his life in this area. He was of the Baptist faith and was a retired coal miner.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant sons; one sister, Rev. Jettie Dye; two brothers, Dingus Hess and Albert Hess; and one infant sister.
Survivors: daughter and son-in-law, Gaylene and Don Reynolds of Lenoir, NC; sons and daughters-in-law, Alvie and Polly Hess and Buford and Mary Hess, all of Swords Creek, Elden and Larcie Hess of Council; brothers, Kyle Hess and Clarence Hess, both of Swords Creek, Carl Hess of Newark, OH; brothers, Goldie Dye, Mavis Hubbard, Venia Hubbard and Renia Perkins, all of Swords Creek, Ruth Hubbard of Cedar Bluff; 15 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; special friend, Euva Robbins; and family and neighbors of Tazewell.
The funeral will be conducted June 2 at 4 p.m. in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, in Honaker, with Rev. J.C. Johnson and Rev. David Perkins officiating.
Interment will follow in the Dye Cemetery in Honaker.

Ruby C. Kiser
Ruby Church Kiser, 83, of Lynchburg, died May 30 at Lynchburg General Hospital. 
Born June 12, 1917, in Dickenson County, she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Angeline Deel Church.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Trigg Church, Phinas Church, Claude Church, and Kilby Church, and three sisters, Mary Chambers, Effie Church and Rose Melvinia Church.
She was a member of the Old Regular Baptist Church in Haysi. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors: sons, Ronald G. Kiser Sr. and wife, Doris, of Monroe, Harvey C. Kiser of Haysi, Fritzie R. Kiser of Lynchburg; daughters, Chat K. Via of Richmond, and friend, Lisa Cranford of Cheraw, SC, Ava K. McKinney and husband, Joe, of Lynchburg; brothers, George Church of Gallion, OH, Leonard Church of Haysi; sisters, Fonnie Kiser of Gallion, Bonnie Dillon of Sullivan, OH; grandchildren, Tama K. Deel, Rick Kiser, Randy Kiser, Joseph (Tommy) McKinney Jr., Ronald (Bucky) Kiser Jr., Robert Kiser and Holly Kiser; and five great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted June 2 at 1 p.m. in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel at Honaker. 
Interment will follow in Russell Memorial Cemetery at Lebanon.

James R. Rasnick
James Robert Rasnick, 40, of Cedar Bluff, died May 30 near Maxwell from injuries sustained in a vehicular accident.
Born in Richlands, he was a son of John Frances and Reba Matney Rasnick of Cedar Bluff.
He was a disabled employee with United Coal Company at Big Rock and was a member of the Little Prater Church of Christ Church. He had made his home in the Grundy area most of his life before moving to Cedar Bluff in 1981. He loved his family, fishing, flea marketing, farming and horses.
He was preceded in death by his nephew, Terry Dean Clevinger; paternal grandparents, J. Walker and Stella Rasnick; maternal grandparents, Eugene and Nora Evans; and his cousin, Bill Taylor.
Additional survivors: wife, Sandy Church Rasnick; son, Christopher Dalton of the home; sisters, Judy Phillips and Mrs. Joe (Eugenia) Presley, both of Cedar Bluff, Mrs. Terry (Anita) Clevinger of Harman; two nieces; and two nephews.
The funeral will be conducted June 2 at 2 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with Evangelist Michael Trent officiating.
Interment will follow in the Rasnick Family Cemetery at Steelesburg.
Friends may call at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands after 7 p.m. June 1.

Fannie J. Ratliff
Fannie Jane Ratliff, 74, of Meadowview, died May 31 at her home.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands.

Arelia Sparks
Arelia Sparks, 91, of the Middle Creek section of Cedar Bluff, died May 30 at her home following a brief illness.
Born at Richlands, she was the daughter of the late William A. and Ellie Cleo Whited Artrip.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ramon Sparks; six sisters, Kathaleen Norman, Maudie White, Betsy Rose, Ollie Price, Florence Artrip and Roxie Lewis; and two brothers, Franklin Artrip and Roy Lee Artrip.
Survivors: several nieces and nephews and a special friend, Roxie Witt.
The funeral will be conducted June 1 at 11 a.m. at the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Tony Shrader officiating.
Burial will follow in the Grandview Memory Gardens at Bluefield, VA.

Merle Dean Williams
Merle Dean Williams, 67, of Honaker, died May 30 in a Richlands hospital.
Born in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late Benton and Fay Davis Deel.
She had resided in Honaker for the past 41 years and was a member of the Swords Creek Community Baptist Church. She was a 1953 graduate of Grundy High School and had been employed as a bookkeeper for Meadows Coal Company, Jackie Ray Coal Company and MD Trucking.
Survivors: husband of 41 years, Clayton Williams; brothers, Elbert Harold Deel of Selbyville, DE, Russell Wayne Deel of Grundy, Billy Joe Deel of Dana, KY; nieces, Freida Thomas, Regina Pressley, Lisa McKeirnan, Deena Hurley, Michelle Deel, Dana Lykins, Donna Arnold and Alicia Deel; and nephews, Elbert Harold Deel Jr., Michael Deel, Russell Wayne Deel II, Steve Williams and Scotty Williams.
The funeral will be conducted June 2 at 10 a.m. in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, at Honaker, with Rev. Les Ritchie officiating.
Interment will follow in the Mountain Valley Memorial Park at Big Rock.

William B. Wyatt
William B. Wyatt, 66, of Augusta, GA, originally from Swords Creek, died May 29 in Augusta.
He was a son of the late Charles and Retha Wyatt.
Survivors: wife, Pat Wyatt; daughters, Kathy of North Carolina, Beth Wyatt of Bristol; sons, David Wyatt of Richlands, Rick Wyatt of North Carolina; and sisters, Loretta Rambo of Norton, and Joan White of Lebanon.
The funeral and interment will take place in Savannah, GA.
Obituary information courtesy of Honaker Funeral Home in Honaker.

August 1, 2001

Margie Cochran
Margie M. Cochran, 72, of Bristol, VA, formerly of Tazewell, died July 28 in Bristol, VA.
Born at Hampton Roads, WV, she was a daughter of Laura E. Smith Morgan of Pineville, WV, and the late William R. Morgan.
She was a member of Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church in Bristol, VA.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two sons, Sgt., Gary D. Cochran and Brian K. Cochran; and one sister, Jean M. Stone.
Additional survivors: husband of 54 years, Melvin E. Cochran; son, Greg Cochran and wife, Annette, of Bristol, TN; sister, Hope M. Huffman of Pineville; brothers, Ronald R. Morgan and wife, Anna, of Bristol, VA, William H. "Bill" Morgan and wife, Wilma, of Gray, TN; and grandchildren, Bill Cochran of Atlanta, GA, Steven Cochran of Clemson, SC, and Laura K. Cochran of Bristol, TN.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 1 at 1 p.m. at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. Tony Collins officiating.
Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1290 Seminole Trail Suite 2, Charlottesville, VA 90048 or to Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church, 327 Mary St., Bristol, VA 24201.

Larry "June" Helbert
Larry "June" Helbert, 79, of the Little River section of Honaker, died July 29 in a Bristol, TN, hospital.
Born in Tazewell County, he was a son of the late John and Mary Carter Helbert.
He had spent most of his life in Russell County and was a farmer. He was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.
Survivors: wife, Margaret Helbert; daughter, Jennifer Helbert of the home; stepsons, Ricky Sargent and Donald Sargent, both of Honaker; several nieces and nephews; special nieces, Lillian Ray, Tina Dameron and Geraldine Mosley; special nephew, Bryan Johnson; special friend, Rufus Bowman; and several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel in Honaker with Rev. Richard Vandyke and Rev. Clyde Rose officiating.
Interment will follow in the Sargent Family Cemetery on Little River near the home.

Paul D. Lowry
Paul David Lowry, 72, of Richlands, died July 29 in a Kingsport, TN, hospital following a short illness.
Born in Dunbar, PA, he was the only son of the late David and Pearl Savage Lowry.
He was the owner of Cedar Bluff Garage and Radiator Shop in Richlands since 1969. He was a member of the Improved Order of Red Man Oniska Tribe #61 of Virginia. He served in the Korean War as Master Sergeant from 1950-1953. He was of the Pentecostal faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Brenda Lee Lowry, and five sisters, Nellie Lowry, Kate Lowry, Margaret Lowry, Mabel Lowry and Violet Lowry.
Survivors: wife, Alice June Cox Lowry; daughters, Carol Ann Gilbert and Ginger Mullins, both of Richlands; son, Doug Lowry of Richlands; special sons-in-law, Haze Gilbert Jr. and Gordon Douglas Mullins; special niece, Vickie Vernon of Richlands; sisters, Mrs. William (Shelby) Shupe of Dunbar, PA, Mrs. Jack (Sylvia) Raubaughs of Connelsville, PA, Viola Wuerth of Miami, FL; special sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Darlene and Don Case, Shirley and Gomer Pyles and Virginia Street; and many friends.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Otis Musick officiating.
Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens Cemetery at Claypool Hill.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by Casey-Short V.F.W. Post #9640 and Tazewell County Chapter 31 D.A.V.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home July 31 and Aug. 1 from 6-9 p.m.

Jarrett B. Mullins
Jarrett Benjamin Mullins, 18, of Raven, died July 28 from injuries received in an automobile accident near Oakwood in Buchanan County.
Born at Grundy, he was the son of Sallie Cook Mullins Davis of Raven and the late Bobby Mullins.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Evelyn Cook; and his grandfather, Gilbert Mullins.
Additional survivors: stepfather, Mark Davis; sister, Kathy Short of Raven; brother, Mark Mullins of Raven; maternal grandfather, Ty Cook of Cedar Bluff; paternal grandmother, Della Mullins of Richlands; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Jack Ward officiating.
Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.

Anna B. Sams
Anna Belle Sams, 78, of Emory, loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, died July 30 at her home following a lengthy illness.
Born in St. Paul, she was a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Lillian Hileman.
She made her home in the Tazewell and Buchanan County area most of her life and was a member of Layman's Chapel Church in Richlands.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Sams; two sons, Robert Sams, Jr. and Jimmy Sams; one grandson, Carl Sams, Jr.; and one daughter-in-law, Betty Sams.
Survivors: daughters, Shirley Whited of Emory, Mrs. Narvel (Anna) Brown and Mrs. Larry (Teddie) Lester, both of Claypool Hill, Mrs. Curtis (Kay) Brown of Richlands; son, Carl Sams of Richlands; sister, Betty Roffeld of Baltimore, MD; 18 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 2 at 2 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with Rev. David Allen and Rev. Paul Kinder officiating.
Interment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Aug. 1.

Gary W. Whitt
Gary Wayne Whitt, 43, of Squire, WV, died July 30 at a Bluefield hospital following a brief illness.
Born at Bluefield, he was the son of Fern Brown Whitt of Squire and the late Walter Whitt.
He was a graduate of Big Creek High School, Class of 1975. He was a coal miner and had been employed with Consol at Bishop. He was a member of the UMWA Local Union 6025. He was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church.
Additional survivors: sisters, Darlene Baldwin and husband, John, of Tallmadge, OH, Donna Harman of Raven, Vanessa Williams and husband, Keith, of Centerville; brothers, Clarence Whitt and wife, Sandra, of Centerville, Lawrence Whitt and wife, Cathy, of Bluefield, VA, James Whitt and wife, Beverly, of Akron, OH; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be conducted Aug. 2 at 1 p.m. at Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. Arnold Marrs officiating.
Interment will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA.
Friends may call at the funeral home Aug. 1 from 6-9 p.m.


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