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Linda Blackburn, 49, of Premier died Friday, Nov. 12, 1999 at Welch Emergency Hospital. Douglas Mortuary in Welch is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Harvey "Bud" Gent Jr., 64, of Abingdon, Va., formerly of Honaker, Va., died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Medical College of Virginia Hospital in Richmond. Arrangements incomplete at Honaker Funeral Home.

Julia Alice Hager, 86, of Orbit Acres, Lerona, formerly of Princeton, Bluefield and Roanoke, Va., died Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999, at Roanoke Community Hospital. Arrangements incomplete at Seaver Funeral Home, Princeton.

Margaret M. Sawyers
NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. - Margaret M. Sawyers, 82, of the Tip Top area of North Tazewell, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, at a Tazewell hospital.
Born Oct. 31, 1916, in Tazewell County, she was a daughter of the late Wade and Enda Hoops Hampton. She was a member of the Tip Top Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Sawyers; one daughter, Marie Casey; and one brother, Charles Hampton.
Survivors include four daughters, Jackie Darricot of Columbus, Ga., Betty Zachery and Mary Zachery and husband Bill, all of Anderson, Ind., and Elizabeth Davis of Bluefield; three sons, Bill Sawyers and wife Nancy and Ed Sawyers, all of North Tazewell, and Frank Sawyers of Tazewell; one sister, Blanche Watson of North Carolina; 20 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. Carl Bartlett officiating. Burial will follow at the Grandview Memory Gardens at Bluefield, Va. 
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Mary Hensley Frazier
NARROWS, Va. - Mary Hensley Frazier, 73, of Narrows, died Saturday, Nov. 13, 1999, in the Lewis-Gale Medical Center, Salem. 
She was born at Princeton on May 9, 1926, and was the daughter of the late Samuel Burton and Lakie Meadows Dye Hensley. She was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Dye Lawrence in 1991.
She is survived by her husband, Russell C. Frazier of Narrows: a son and wife, Robert W. and Linda Frazier, Narrows; a daughter, Susan Frazier of Winchester; a brother and his wife, William B. and Florence Dye of Live Oak, Fla.; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows with the Rev. Dr. Don Clements officiating. Burial will follow 11 a.m. Wednesday in Fairview Cemetery. The family will welcome their friends at the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. just prior to the memorial service.
It was Mrs. Frazier's wishes that flowers be omitted and contributions made to the Willowton Christian Church, Route 4, Box 529, Princeton, WV 24740.

Mrs. Fayrene Helton Reynolds Yates
ROWE, Va. - Mrs. Fayrene Helton Reynolds Yates, 46, of the Stinson Ridge section of Star Route, Rowe, passed away Sunday, Nov. 14, 1999 at her home.
Born on Nov. 3, 1953 in Buchanan County, Va., she was a daughter of the late Noah and Carrie Bailey Helton. She had resided in Buchanan County her entire life and was a member of the Helton's Chapel Free Will Baptist Church on Stinson Ridge. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Woodrow Reynolds, and one brother, Curtis Helton.
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Clarence Yates of the home; two sons, Greg Reynolds and wife Rhonda of Rowe, and Jason Reynolds of the home; two stepdaughters, Rita Reynolds of Raven, Va., and Joyce Yates of Marion, Va.; three sisters, Lorene Lester of Oakwood, Va., Gerlene McGlothlin of Rowe and Eva Mae Hale of Drill, Va.; three brothers, Carlos Helton and Buford Helton, both of Rowe, and F.P. Helton of Honaker, Va.; one grandson, Clayton Reynolds and one step-granddaughter, Kayla Reynolds.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, Honaker, Va., with the Rev. Roy Lee Wilson, the Rev. Gilbert Roten and the Rev. Eugene Miller officiating. Internment will follow in the Reynolds Cemetery on Kent's Ridge. Relatives and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call after 6 p.m. Monday at the funeral home, where a service will be conducted at 7 p.m.

John W. Hopkins
LINDSIDE - John W. Hopkins, 80, of Lindside, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000 in Columbia Montgomery Regional Hospital, Blacksburg, Va.
Born Dec. 29, 1919, in Kimballton, Va., he was a son of the late Oscar and Lula Ratliff Hopkins. He was a retired employee of Hercules Powder Plant, Radford, Va. with 30 years of service. He attended the First Baptist Church of Pembroke, Va. where he was a deacon.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Iler Hopkins in 1994; five brothers and three sisters.
Survivors include two sons, Donald Hopkins and wife, Gisela of Lindside and William Hopkins and wife, Gloria of Detroit, Mich.; two daughters, Blonzetta Henderson of Columbia, Md. and Ponzetta Poole and husband, Edward of Detroit, Mich.; two sisters, Minnie Chapman of Annapolis, Md. and Susie McLean of Bridgeport, Conn.; one stepbrother, Floyd Goins and wife, Rosa of Princeton; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be at noon Friday at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown with Pastor James Cooper, Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 6-8 p.m.

Patty Love Surber
CASTLEWOOD, Va. - Patty Love Surber, 64, of Castlewood, entered into eternal peace with her Savior on Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000 at Holston Valley Hospital, Kingsport, Tenn.
Born in Baptist Valley, Tazewell County, Va., she had resided in Castlewood since 1957. She was a graduate of Tazewell High School and a retired U.S. Postal Service Postmaster for Dante, Va. She was a talented seamstress and crafter, making all she touched into something beautiful. She generously shared her time and talents with others. She will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and wonderful friend of many.
She was preceded in death by her father, John Frank McGlothlin.
She is survived by her loving husband of 47 years, James Kenneth Surber, Sr.; a son and daughter-in-law, James Kenneth, Jr. and Julia of Kingsport, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Adam and Rebecca Surber of Kingsport; her mother, Tempie Kegley McGlothlin of Tazewell, Va.; sister and brother-in-law, Dolly and Dewey Chapman of Tazewell; brother and sister-in-law, Kenneth Guy and Hazel McGlothlin of Huntington; nieces, Kathy Cochran of Tazewell and Gina Young of Salem, Va.; nephews, Joe McGlothlin of Huntington and Phil McGlothlin of Fredricksburg, Va.; seven grand-nieces and nephews; and many kind and dear friends.
Services will be conducted at 8 p.m. today at Castlewood Funeral Home Chapel in Castlewood with the Rev. Hugh Thompson officiating. Entombment services will be held at Grandview Memory Gardens, Route 460, Bluefield, Va. on Friday at 11 a.m.
Calling hours will be at the funeral home today from 6-8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to The Christine LaGuardia Phillips Cancer Center at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center, P.O. Box 238, Kingsport, Tenn. 37662 or to St. Jude Hospital, P.O. Box 810, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-0810.

Mrs. Lenna Lora Grubb
BALTIMORE, Md. - Mrs. Lenna Lora Grubb, 81, of Alvah Avenue, Baltimore, formerly of Princeton, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000 at the Mercy Hospital in Baltimore.
Born Aug. 5, 1919, in Princeton, she was the daughter of the late Leonard and Sina Killen McKneely. She was a member of the Dundalk Assembly of God Church in Dundalk, Md. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and homemaker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Gary Grubb along with several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Clarence Edward Grubb; three sons, Daniel Grubb and wife, Linda and Wayne Grubb, all of Essex, Md., and Michael Grubb and wife, Dorothy of Dundalk; three daughters, Euna Smith and husband, Sam of Port Deposit, Md., Darlene Dennis and husband, John, and Anita Kay Johnston and husband, Al of Dundalk; 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; three sisters, her twin sister, Leta Lusk of Richwood, Tina Lees of Malvern, Pa., and Elsie Church of Olympia, Wash.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road, Princeton.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 6-8 p.m.

Joann Deskins Blevins
WAR - Joann Deskins Blevins, 70, of War, died Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Bluefield.
Born Nov. 10, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Muncey Deskins and Mary Brewster Deskins. She graduated from Big Creek High School in 1947 and was a secretary for Bailey Lumber Co. in War for over 40 years. She was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church of War.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Sally Bucko, Louise Brewster and Elsie Deskins; and three brothers, Clarence Deskins, G.W. Deskins and John Deskins.
Survivors include two sons, Mark Blevins and wife, Burnadene of Knoxville, Tenn. and David Blevins and wife, Lynette of Athens; one sister, Ruth Gilpin of Bluefield, Va.; four grandchildren, Deric Blevins and Erica Blevins, both of Athens, Brittany Blevins of Mountain City, Tenn. and Natalie Blevins of Anchorage, Alaska; two nieces, Connie Jones and Pat Evans, both of War; and one nephew, Jim Brewster of Jacksonville, N.C.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Emmanuel Baptist Church with the Rev. Spencer Oxford officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.
Friends may call at the church today from 6-9 p.m.
Douglas Funeral Home in War is in charge of arrangements.

Bruce Allen (Benny) Boyd
SWORDS CREEK, Va. - Bruce Allen (Benny) Boyd, 47, of the Horton Ridge section of Swords Creek, in Russell County, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000 at his home.
Born in Bluefield, he was the son of Mrs. Ester Boyd Shrader of Richlands, Va. and the late Rev. Bernard Shrader and was the adopted son of the late E.P. and Madeline Elkins Boyd. He was educated in the Russell County schools at Mt. Pleasant, Givens and Honaker High School. He was a graduate of SVCC and was a welder by trade. He was of the Holiness faith.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Deborah Stilwell Boyd; his grandmother, Mrs. Mayola Wilson of Cedar Bluff, Va.; three brothers, Eddie Boyd and wife, Linda of Cedar Bluff, Buddy Shrader of Salem, Va. and Rev. Tony Shrader and wife, Cindy of Richlands; four sisters, Mrs. Joan Osborne of Swords Creek, Mrs. Caroline Newberry and husband, Ruey of Raven, Va., Mrs. Phoebe Newberry of Swords Creek and Mrs. Ruth White and husband, Woody of Claypool Hill, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and his faithful dog, Nick and horse, Dancer.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday at the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with the Revs. Dennis White and Roy Meadows officiating. Burial will follow in the Elkins Family Cemetery on Horton Ridge.
Pallbearers will be Steve Miller, Woody Richardson, Doug Richardson, Harold Richardson, Bill Richardson and Mike Martin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Carver, Otto Belcher, Virgil Lester, Melvin Stilwell, Luther Owens, Ellis Owens, Dave Plaster, David Owens, Frank Horton, Dr. William Hunter and Dr. Brian Cortilessi.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 6-9 p.m.

Thomas Cannaday
KEYSTONE - On Nov. 4, 2000, Thomas Cannaday, 84, of Keystone made his peace with God and went to be with Him.
Born July 9, 1916, in Keystone, he was the son of the late Abraham and Elize Woody. He was educated in the McDowell County Schools. He was a past member of the Keystone City Council and a retired coal miner with 45 years of service. He was a member of the Mt. Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Keystone where he served diligently for over 33 years. He was a member of the deacon, trustee and financial boards; he also was a member of the Fellowship Chorus and the Scholarship Committee.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Beatrice Cannaday of the home; sons, Thomas Cannaday of Keystone, Lenie Cannaday of Washington, D.C. and Michael Cannaday of Marion, Va.; 26 grandchildren and 40 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at noon Friday from the Mt. Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Keystone with the Rev. Earl Rogers officiating. Burial will follow at the Restlawn Memorial Gardens on Littlesburg Road.
Friends may call Friday at the church one hour prior to service.
Richardson Funeral Home in Keystone is in charge of arrangements.

Eva Christian
COALWOOD - Eva Hatmaker Christian, 72, of Coalwood, died early Monday morning, Nov. 6, 2000 at Princeton Community Hospital of a brief illness.
Born July 3, 1928, in Everst, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Jerry F. and Octavia Messer Hatmaker. She had been a resident of Coalwood the past 37 years and was affiliated with the Protestant faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Edward Donald 'Sam' Christian; three brothers, James W. 'Jimmy' Hatmaker, Charles Ray Hatmaker and Danny Hatmaker; and two sisters, Evelyn Christian and Mary Alice Hatmaker.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Thomas W. (Jeanne) Callaway of Church Hill, Tenn.; two brothers, Albert Hatmaker of Pickerington, Ohio and Randy Hatmaker of Mt. Airy, N.C.; a nephew, whom she raised, Jimmy Hatmaker of Zebulon, N.C.; seven sisters, Mrs. Mabel Absher of Kannapolis, N.C., Mrs. Drena Roberts and Mrs. Susie Blevins, both of Mt. Airy, Mrs. Lola Murray of Richmond, Va., Mrs. Debbie Grose and Mrs. Sheila Blasi, both of Tuscaloosa, Ala. and Mrs. Brenda Webb of South Carolina; two grandchildren, Jennifer A. Dailey of Johnson City, Tenn. and Matthew O. Carroll of Boulder, Colo.; and two great-grandchildren, Lauren and Julia Dailey, both of Johnson City, Tenn.
Funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at the Fanning Funeral Home Chapel in Welch with the Rev. Stella Falvo officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.
Friends will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 6-8 p.m.

Mrs. Lula B. Bailey
MASSILLON, Ohio - Mrs. Lula B. Bailey, 94, formerly of the Green Valley area, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000 at the Rose Lane Nursing Home in Massillon.
Born Oct. 4, 1906, in Princeton, she was the daughter of the late James R. and Alice Lorinda Lusk Ayers. She was a homemaker and for a few years she worked as a school teacher. She was a graduate of Princeton High School and Concord Normal School. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one daughter, Jean Bailey Collins.
Survivors include her husband, Fred A. Bailey of Massillon; son, Allen F. Bailey and wife, Norma of Uniontown, Ohio; sister, Elsie Anderson of Princeton; brothers, James Ayers of Princeton and Howard Ayers of Oregon; grandchildren, Dawn R. Utz and husband, Ryan of Deerfield Beach, Fla. and David A. Bailey of Uniontown; great-grandchildren, Brooke and Brianna; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Greenview United Methodist Church in Green Valley with the Rev. Randy Adkins officiating. Burial will follow in the Monte Vista Park Cemetery, Green Valley.
Friends may call at the church Thursday from noon until time of services.
Arrangements by the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton.

Avery C. Deskins
RICHLANDS, Va. - Avery C. Deskins, 75, of Richlands, passed away Monday, Nov. 6, 2000 in a Richlands hospital following a short illness.
Born in Tazewell County, Va., he was the son of the late Boyd and Barbara Byrd Deskins. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a retired coal miner and construction worker. He was a member of the Raven Assembly of God Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Jim Deskins, Charlie Deskins and Ramey Deskins; and three sisters, Panzy Deskins, Ruth Mitchell and Ethel Rakes.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia Short Deskins; five sons, Mike Deskins of Richlands, Vandy Deskins and wife, Connie of Manassas, Va., Andy Deskins and wife, Joann of Nokesville, Va., Mark Deskins and wife, Marla of Bealton, Va. and Steve Deskins of Charlottesville, Va.; three daughters, Mrs. Donna Mann and husband, Jack of Richlands, Mrs. Patsy Billick and husband, Dieter of Manassas and Mrs. Debbie Bailey and husband, Don of Burlington, Vt.; one brother, Perry Deskins of Sevierville, Tenn.; three sisters, Mrs. Connie Bandy of St. Augustine, Fla., Mrs. Phyllis Blunt of Byron, Ga. and Mrs. Opal McKinney of Dallas, Texas; 12 grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Raven Assembly of God Church with the Revs. Joe Copolo, Doug Johnson and Hurley Short officiating. Entombment will follow in the Greenhills Mausoleum, Claypool Hill, Va. Casey Shortt VFW Post 9640 and Tazewell County Chapter 31 DAV will conduct military burial rites.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call at the Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff, Va. today from 6-9 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Raven Assembly of God Church, McKeel Family Life Center, P.O. Box 340, Raven, VA 24639.

Bailey 'Darrell' Quinley
GRUNDY, Va. - Bailey "Darrell' Quinley, 47, of the Little Prater section of Grundy, passed away Monday, Nov. 6, 2000 at the Columbia Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, Va. following an extended illness.
Born in Buchanan County, Va., he was the son of Linnie Viola Ratliff Quinley of Grundy and the late Arvil Quinley who passed away in 1973. He attended the Deliverance Tabernacle Church at Patterson, Va., and was a disabled coal miner.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one sister, Evelyn Blankenship on Jan. 1, 1999.
He is survived by his mother, Linnie Viola Ratliff Quinley of Grundy; one sister, Mrs. Acie (Jearldine) Blankenship of Grundy; three brothers, Arvil Quinley of Rural Retreat, Va., Ernest Lee Quinley and Ralph Quinley, both of Grundy; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at noon Friday at the Deliverance Tabernacle Church in Patterson, Va. with the Revs. Dewey Ward, Michael Justice and Arthur Hale officiating. Burial will follow in the Ratliff Family Mountain Top Memorial Cemetery on the Airport Road near Vansant, Va.
Active pallbearers will be nephews.
Friends may call at the church after 5 p.m. today and there will be services today and Thursday at 7 p.m.
Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of all arrangements.

Irvin N. Synan
AUGUSTA, Ga. - Irvin N. Synan, 81, of Augusta, died Nov. 4, 2000 in a Veterans hospital.
Born in McDowell County, he was a retired school teacher. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. He was a tailgunner on a B-26 and spent time in New Guinea. He was a member of the 2nd Bomb Squadron 22nd Bomb Group, Montclair Civic Association, Retired Teachers Association Prince George County and Maryland Teachers Association. He attended the University of Maryland, graduated from Emory & Henry College in Virginia and was a member of the St.Mark United Methodist Church and choir.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Christine Gates Synan of Augusta; one son, Jeffrey Lynn Synan of Augusta; one daughter, Joan Frances Synan Betros of Falls Church, Va.; brothers, Wesley Synan of Princeton, Dr. William Synan of Princeton and Russell Synan of Pocahontas, Va.; sister, Gladys Osborne of Hagerstown, Md.; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Augusta with the Rev. Robert Gillespie and Dr. Carl Synan officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Augusta.
The family will receive friends at the Poteet Funeral Home, 529 Greene Street, Augusta today from 6-8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Mark United Methodist Church Building Fund, 2367 Washington Rd., Augusta, GA 30904.

Tilda Edgell Rushbrook
HEMPHILL - Tilda Edgell Rushbrook, 66, of Hemphill, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000 in the McDowell Continuous Care Center in Gary.
Born April 19, 1934, in Bradshaw, she was the daughter of the late John Lewis Edgell and Birdie Atwell Edgell. She was a homemaker and a member of the Hemphill United Methodist Church in Hemphill.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Woodrow Edgell, Harry Edgell, John Edgell, Jiggs Edgell, Raymond Edgell and James Edgell; and three sisters, Leloa Harper, Marie Dunford and her twin, Betty Johnson.
She is survived by her husband, Frank Rushbrook of Hemphill; one brother, Gerald Edgell of Knoxville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hemphill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Brian Long officiating. Burial will follow in Iaeger Memorial Cemetery, Roderfield.
Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call at the Douglas Mortuary Chapel in Welch today from 6-8 p.m.

Elena Gladys Ferguson Kinsey
TAMPA, Fla. - Elena Gladys Ferguson Kinsey, 72, of Tampa, formerly of Rocky Gap, Va., passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Mack Daniel and Carnel Ferguson; brothers, Rosevelt, Andrew, Woodrow, Gamelia and Keremet Ferguson; and sisters, Virginia Dixon and Brizzillia Barskile.
She is survived by her husband, John Kinsey of Tampa; sisters, Estellia Saunders of Rocky Gap, Va. and Priscilia Cotton of Byron, Ga.; and brother, William Ferguson of Rocky Gap.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Tynes Chapel AME Zion Church in Rocky Gap with the Rev. Andrew Montgomery officiating. Interment will follow in Hogans Cemetery.
There will be a wake at the church Friday from 6-8 p.m.
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va. is in charge of the arrangements.

Jerry Lee Ruble
BOISSEVAIN, Va. - Jerry Lee Ruble, 51, of P.O. Box 63, Boissevain, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Born Oct. 26, 1949, in Bluefield, he was a veteran of the Army and was employed by U.S. Steel in Gary for 14 years. He was a member of the V.F.W. Post 9696, Bluefield, Va., and the American Legion Post 14, Pocahontas, Va.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy Marie Ruble; and daughter, Teresa Ruble.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia A. Ruble of Boissevain; father, Robert and Florence Ruble of Boissevain; one son, Jason Ruble of the home; three daughters, Tina Smith and husband, Michael of Boissevain, Trina Sluss and husband, Kevin of Boissevain and Kimberly Ruble of the home; one grandson, Brandon Alexander Sluss; and one sister, Nancy Carol Casey and husband, David of Anawalt.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Rodriguez Funeral Home Chapel in Pocahontas with the Rev. Danny Shortridge officiating. Burial will follow at the Dillon Family Cemetery, Tank Hill, Boissevain. Graveside rites will be conducted by Pocahontas American Legion Post #14 and the V.F.W. Post 9696, Bluefield, Va.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie French, Jimmy Dillon, Winston Parton, Randy Shupe, Ernie Shupe, Doug McClanahan, Larry Dillon, Eddie Hedrick and Richard Hancock.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7-9 p.m.

Doris Lee Pruitt
TAZEWELL, Va. - Doris Lee Pruitt, 71, of 112 Wausau Street, Tazewell, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Born in Blountville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Elmer Hanson and Ella Mae Slaughter Hanson. She was a former employee of Bluefield Regional Medical Center, was a volunteer for the American Heart Association Fundraising and was a member of the Tazewell Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include sons, David Pruitt of Tazewell, Va., Donald Pruitt of Conway, S.C., Dennis Pruitt of Cedar Bluff, Va. and Daniel Pruitt of Claypool Hill, Va.; daughter, Patricia Ann P. Justice of Richlands, Va.; 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Tazewell Presbyterian Church with Dr. James H. Grant.
Her body has been donated to the Virginia Anatomical Program Division in Richmond, Va.
Information submitted by Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va.

James Eugene Neely
PRINCETON - James Eugene Neely, 55, of Route 6 Box 387, Princeton, died Monday, Nov. 6, 2000 in Monroe County.
Born March 12, 1945, in Princeton, he was the son of the late James Wesley and Mary Katherine Elmore Neely. He was a brick layer and stone mason. He was a member of the Liberty Baptist Church in Princeton. He was vice president of the Mercer County Citizens Action Alert. He served in the Army National Guard from 1963-1965. He was a lifelong resident of Princeton.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Phyllis Bailey.
Survivors include his wife, Rene Gail Smith Neely of Princeton; two sons, Ricky Dale Neely of the home and James Edward 'Eddie' Neely and wife, Lynette of Phoenix, Ariz.; one daughter, Amanda Rene Neely of the home; three brothers, Ronald T. Neely and wife, Lyn of Memphis, Tenn., Harold Ray Neely and wife, Marlene and Charles W. Neely, all of Princeton; and four sisters, Linda Wagner of Bluefield, Sharon Stroupe and husband, Jerry, Ann Blevins and husband, Robert and Kathy Bailey and husband, Kevin, all of Princeton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Liberty Baptist Church in Princeton with the Rev. Charles Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton.
Pallbearers will be Ray Bradley, Hoover Frye, Timmy Bradley, Richard Cox, Shane Green, Kenneth Tanner, Matthew Panache, John Winkler, Jimmy Bailey and Richard Flanigan.
Friends may call at the Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton today from 6-8 p.m.

Kyle G. Morrison
LEBANON, Va. - Kyle G. Morrison, 75, of Mill Street, died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000 at the Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.
A lifelong resident of Russell County, he was a twin son of the late Garnett S. and Mary Ellen Sword Morrison. He was a truck owner/operator for the Pounding Mill Quarry in Tazewell County.
Survivors include his wife of 45 years, Velma Jackson Morrison; one daughter, Charlotte Keene and husband, Lynn of Lebanon; one granddaughter, Elizabeth Keene of Lebanon; and his twin brother, Carl C. Morrison and wife, Betty Jo of Lebanon.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel in Lebanon with the Revs. Darrell Harmon and Darrell Fletcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Russell Memorial Cemetery in Lebanon.
Jerry Jackson, Steven Jackson, Jerry Hawkins, Ronnie Gilbert, Jason Sutherland, Wayne Campbell, Vance Richardson and William Honaker will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home today after 6 p.m.

Jeanette Felts
BLUEFIELD - Jeanette Felts, 72, of 2714 Locust Grove Road, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000.
Born May 26, 1928, in Coeburn, Va., she was the daughter of the late James Day Sowers, Sr. and the late Katherine Gilbert Sowers. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Bluefield.
She is survived by her husband, Gene Felts; one son, Derrick Felts and wife, Linda of Princeton; three sisters, Inez Sowers of Bluefield, Margaret Cotten of GlenWood Park and Anna Lee Hale of Bluewell; one brother, Jimmy Sowers of Bluefield; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Ken Owens officiating. Burial will follow from the Monte Vista Park Cemetery in Green Valley.
Pallbearers will be Paul Murdock, Craig Murdock, Ervin Cotten, Charles Cotten, Herbert H. Tate and Jim Hale.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 6-8 p.m.

Marvin (Red) Billips
Mudfork, Va. - Marvin (Red) Billips, 56, of the Mudfork area in Tazewell County, Va., died Sunday, Nov. 5, 2000 at his home.
Born July 15, 1944, in Tazewell County, Va., he was a son of the late Augustus 'Gus' and Mary Bostic Billips.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Sarah Jane McBride; and one brother, Douglas M. Billips.
Survivors include one son, Daniel Carl Billips; one sister, Beulah B. Bryant of Bluefield; three brothers, Sam Billips and Garland Billips, both of Bluefield, Va. and Walter Billips of North Tazewell, Va.; step-grandchild, Marcus Smith; three nieces, Donna B. Brinkel, Jennifer Taylor and Brenda Billips; six nephews, Douglas A. Bowman, Walter Joseph Bowman, Jeff Billips, Bryan Billips, Jim Billips and David Billips; and special friend, Janet Brooks of Tazewell, Va.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with Johnny Elmore officiating. 
Burial will follow at the Billips Cemetery at Mudfork in Tazewell County, Va.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Leola M. Peters
ELKHORN - Leola M. Peters, 88, of P.O. Box 142, Elkhorn, went to be with the Lord Friday evening, Nov. 3, 2000, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 
She was born Feb. 13, 1912, in Bluefield, Va. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Jeanne Tibbs Devor. 
She was a member of the Elkhorn United Methodist Church in Elkhorn, where for many years she was very active in church affairs, was a member of the United Methodist Women, and served as the pianist until her recent illness of the past few weeks. She was a homemaker and a resident of Elkhorn most to her life.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Paul Peters in 1973; one son, David Peters in 1990; two daughters, Annette Chevaeze and Ellen Jane Davis; two sisters, Vera Poff and Mary Ruble; Kenneth Devor, Roy Devor, Ralph Devor and Claude Devor.
Survivors include three daughters, Jeannette Doss, of Elkhorn, Sandra Paul, of Pineville, Louis., Linda Sue Creed and her husband Ralph, of Wayne; three sisters Betty Tibbs, of Bluefield, Va., Agatha Welch, of Newport News, Va., Beulah Toth, of Newport News; four brothers Robert Devor and wife Juanita, of Clearfield, Utah, Edward Devor and wife Florence, of Orlando, Fl., Leon Devor and wife Betty, of Bluefield, Va. and Jack Devor and wife Brenda of Bluefield; numerous grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted today at 11 am. at the Elkhorn United Methodist Church in Elkhorn with the Rev. Arthur Spring, Rev. Ron Miller and the Rev. Olen Robertson officiating. 
Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell. Friends may call at the church today one hour prior to services. Pallbearers will be church members and friends of the family.

Yvonne M. Rincic Jones
BLUEFIELD - Yvonne M. Rincic Jones, 46, of Route 1, Box 352, Bluefield, died on Sunday, November 5, 2000, at a Bluefield hospital.
Born on February 2, 1954 in Bluefield, she was a daughter of Garnett Wright Rincic Britten of Rt. 1 Bluefield and the late Vjeko Rincic. She had been a resident of Bluefield for all of her life and was a lab technician. She graduated from Princeton High School and attended Bluefield State College and Marshall University.
Survivors include her husband Sam Jones of Bluefield; her mother Garnett Wright Rincic Britten of Bluefield; two brothers, Mike Rincic and his wife Joyce of Mt. Airy, N.C. and Randy Rincic of the home; one sister Jennifer Hartman and her husband Larry of Weddington, N.C.; three nephews and one niece.
Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday, November 7, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with Rev. Jay Van Reenen officiating. John Anthony Rincic, Shane McMillian, Seth Hartman, Brian Hartman, Mark Jones and David Jones will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call on Monday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sandlick United Methodist Church or the American Diabetes Association.

Laura Belle Newman
GALAX, Va. - Laura Belle Newman, 95, of 21 Trent Road, Galax, Va., formerly of Bluefield, died Nov. 5, 2000, at Blue Ridge Health and Rehabilitation.
Born February 12, 1905, in Rocky Gap, Va., she was the daughter of the late Joseph Thomas and Hattie Mae Martin Willis. She was of the Church of Christ faith and a homemaker.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter A. Newman; a son, James T. Newman; five brothers and one sister.
Survivors include one brother Thomas Willis, of Galax, Va.; on grandchild, James Newman; and one great-grandchild Trevis Newman; and also several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, November 7, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Charles Bowling officiating. Burial will follow in the French-Slaughter Cemetery located in Rocky Gap, Va. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mercer Funeral Home and Crematory of Bluefield is in charge of arrangements.


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