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Mamie A. (Repass) Howery, 85, of Wilmington, N.C., formerly of Tazewell County, Va., died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, at a Wilmington hospital. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home, Tazewell.

Blanch Palmer Bishop, 75, of Narrows, Va., died Saturday morning, Jan. 16, 1999. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Riffe's Funeral Service, Narrows.

Franklin D. ``Frank'' Linkous, 62, of Winter Springs, Fla., formerly of Bluefield, died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, at his residence in Winter Springs. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at George W. Seaver Funeral Home, Princeton.

Mrs. Magel Louise ``Lou'' Hedrick, 76, of 1001 Sunrise Ave. (Lilly Grove Addition), Princeton, died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Memorial Funeral Directory, Princeton. Memorial gifts can be made to the Salvation Army, Camp Joy Fund, P.O. Box 1090, Princeton, WV 24740.

Roy D. Burgess
ASHLAND, Va. - Roy D. Burgess, 92, of Ashland, a former resident of Princeton and of Roanoke, Va., died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, at Ashland Convalescent Center in Ashland. 
Born Feb. 28, 1906, in Spanishburg, he was the son of the late George W. and Cora Ross Burgess. He retired from the Norfolk & Southern Railroad and the former Virginian & Norfolk & Western Railroads. He was a member of the Virginia Heights Baptist Church in Roanoke.
He was preceded in death by 12 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include his wife, Susan Roles Burgess of Ashland; one daughter, Mary Jo Kelly of Roanoke; two sons, Jack Edward Burgess of Charlottesville, Va., and R. Davidson "David" Burgess Jr. of Spotsylvania, Va.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Ola Norris of Northfork.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at George W. Seaver Funeral Home Chapel in Princeton with the Rev. Clifford Shell officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. today. The family requests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society, 214-215 Law & Commerce Building, Bluefield, WV 24701, or to the Alzheimer's Association, 1605 Virginia St., E. Charleston, WV 25311.

Mary Modine Kendrick
PRINCETON - Mrs. Mary Modine Kendrick, 80, of 315 Courthouse Road in Princeton, formerly of West Point, Miss., died late Friday evening, Jan. 15, 1999, at Princeton Community Hospital.
Born April 1, 1918, in Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Eddie Flowers Bell. For many years, she was a seamstress for several garment factories in Mississippi. Mrs. Kendrick had been a resident of West Point until 1996, when she moved to Princeton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie H. "Skeet" Kendrick, along with a grandson, Joel David Martin, and two brothers.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Betty Martin and her husband the Rev. Charles of 124 Oakland Drive in Princeton, and Mrs. Marguerite Valerie and her husband Paul of Ocean Springs, Miss.; three sisters, Christine Lybert of Laurel, Miss., Lorine Roye of Monroe, La., and Pauline Robinson of Louisiana; two brothers, Fred Bell of Derma, Miss., and Roy Bell of Texas; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, 1999, from Nowell-Robinson Funeral Home in West Point, with the Rev. Charles Martin officiating. Burial will follow in West Point Memorial Gardens in West Point.
Local arrangements are being handled by Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton.

Myrtle A. Mullins
CRESTLINE, Ohio - Myrtle A. Mullins, 90, of Crestline, and formerly from Bluefield, Va., died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, at Village Care Center in Galion, Ohio, following a long illness.
She was born May 8, 1908, in McDowell County, and was a daughter of the late Henry and Cosby (Jewel) Asbury. She moved to Crestline in 1975 from Memphis, Tenn. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Memphis and a former member of the Rebecca Lodge.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert L. Mullins, a daughter, two great-grandchildren, three brothers and one sister.
Survivors include her sons, Norman Gene Mullins of Jackson, Tenn., Joe Mullins of Crestline, Robert Mullins of Galion, Ernest Mullins of Statesville, N.C., and E. Luther Mullins of Collierville, Tenn.; daughters, Mrs. Jack (Irene) Phillips of Crestline and Mrs. George (Dawneda) Yost of Pace, Fla.; sisters, Molly Gregory of Chesapeake, Va., and Florence Rife of Hurley, Va.; brother Bearl Asbury of Jolo; 17 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Dudley Memorial Chapel in Bluefield, Va., with the Rev. Jeff Allen Stacy officiating. Burial will follow in the Grandview Memory Gardens on Bluefield-Tazewell Road. Friends may call Monday from 11 a.m. until the funeral hour.

Evelyn Lovelace Milam
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Mrs. Evelyn Lovelace Milam, 76, of Knoxville, passed away Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, at NHC Fort Sanders.
Mrs. Milam was a member of Parkway Baptist Church. She was formerly active in the Knox Christian Women's Club and the Knox County Baptist Association and WMU. She was a retired nursing assistant.
Mrs. Milam was preceded in death by her husbands, Thomas A. Lovelace and Ernest Milam. 
She is survived by her loving family, daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and Elmer Burgess of Knoxville and June and Vic Jones of Norton, Va.; sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Freda Lovelace of Draper, Va., and Mike Lovelace; sisters, Betty Church of Glade Springs, Va., and Bobbie Stamper of Topsail Beach, N.C.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Mrs. Milam is at Highland Memorial Funeral Home, 5315 Kingston Pike, where the family will receive friends Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m., with services to follow at 6 p.m. with the Rev. Kern Spangler officiating. Interment will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Highland Memorial Cemetery. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. 
Memorials please be made to Knox Area Rescue Ministries, 511 N. Broadway, Knoxville, TN 37917. 

Mary Snead Conner
BLUEFIELD, Va. - Mary Snead Conner, 86, of 2012 Tazewell Ave., Bluefield, Va., died Thursday, Jan. 14, in Bastian, Va., at the home of her daughter.
She was born in Roanoke, Va., and was a daughter of the late Ernest Jessie Snead and Susan Bailey Snead. She was a member of the Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church in Bluefield, Va., where she was a member of the Sarah Creasy Circle. She also was a member of the Shelby Heights Home Demonstration Club. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Ruric Conner; sisters, Ebbie Carr and Zelma Guthrie; and by a brother, E.J. "Buck" Snead.
Survivors include a son, Raymond R. Conner Jr. and wife Barbara of Blue Ridge, Va.; a daughter, Susan Starks and husband Jim of Bastian; a brother, Tom Snead and wife Catherine of Vinton, Va.; three sisters, Nellie Altice of Roanoke, Hazel Hammock of Vinton and Jean Chocklett of Vinton; three grandchildren, Cherri Roberts of Thaxton, Va., Karen Starks of Bastian, and Kathy Starks of Bastian; and one great-grandson, David Roberts.
Graveside services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Cemetery in Vinton with the Rev. Larry Ramey officiating. Memorial services will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at Dudley Memorial Chapel in Bluefield, Va., with visitation to follow from 7 to 9 p.m.
Donations may be made to the Bluefield, Va., and Bland County rescue squads.

Jennifer Elaine Necessary
MARION, Va. - Ms. Jennifer Elaine Necessary, 35, of Marion, died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, at 12:05 p.m. at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.
Jennifer, affectionately known as "Baby Girl" to her parents and "Jay" to her siblings and many friends, was born in Tazewell County, Va. She was a 1982 graduate of Rich Valley High Scool and a graduate of Virginia Highlands Community College with a degree in computer science. She was employed at Southwestern State Hospital in Marion and was formerly employed with Sam Russell & Associates in Marion.
Survivors include her parents, Kenneth and Evelyn Necessary of Tannersville, Va.; two brothers, Gus Necessary of Salem, Va., and Todd Necessary of Emory, Va.; two sisters, Joni Lamie of Tannersville and Lana Harrison of Bristol, Tenn.; one sister-in-law, Kandis Necessary; one brother-in-law, Joe Harrison; one niece, Rebecca Necessary; and three nephews, Walker Necessary, Tyler Harrison and Hunter Harrison.
Memorial services for Ms. Jennifer Elaine Necessary will be conducted at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville, Va., with the Rev. Bill Cahill officiating. A private graveside service will be held on Monday, Jan. 18. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the funeral home. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a charitable donation in Jennifer's name be made to The Organ Transplant Fund, as Jennifer was an organ recipient and at the time of her death was awaiting another transplant.

Howard Lewis Ball
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Mr. Howard Lewis Ball, 66, of Jacksonville, formerly of Raven, Va., died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, in a Jacksonville hospital.
He was born in Raven and was a son of Mrs. Draper Hand Ball Lockhart of Doran, Va., and the late Mr. Baily L. Ball.
He had made his home in Florida for several years and was a retired U.S. Army veteran.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Mary Honaker Ball Frances, and his stepfather, Walter B. Lockhart.
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife, Mrs. Betty Honaker Ball of Jacksonville.
Mr. Ball's funeral service will be conducted Monday, Jan. 18, at National Crematory Society in Jacksonville with burial following in the Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.
Condolences can be made to his mother, Mrs. Draper B. Lockhart, P.O. Box 174, Doran, Va., 24612.
Information submitted by Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands.

Virginia Cornelia Bernard
BLUEFIELD - Virginia Cornelia Bernard, 89, of 312 Memorial Ave., Bluefield, died Friday, Jan. 15, 1999, in a Bluefield hospital.
Born June 5, 1909, in Bluefield, she was the daughter of the late Sidney Mark and Nannie McCulloch Bernard. She was a member of the Bluefield branch of AAUW and a graduate of Marshall University. She taught in Mercer County public schools for many years and was a member of the Bland Street United Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Sidney M. Bernard Jr., and a sister, Margaret F. Bernard.
Survivors include two cousins, Virginia C. Pritchard of Belpre, Ohio, and Amanda Sue Houchins of Princeton.
Graveside services will be conducted Monday, Jan. 18, at 2 p.m., from Monte Vista Park Cemetery in Green Valley with the Rev. Warren G. Faulkner officiating. The family suggests memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the American Cancer Society.

Annie Mae Grubb Atwell: 91, of 280 Township Road 209, Marengo, Ohio, formerly of Boissevain, Va., died Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Morrow County Hospital, Mt. Gilead, Ohio. Arrangements are incomplete at Rodriguez-Pocahontas Funeral Home, Pocahontas, Va.

Stuart H. Hall, 76, of Canebrake, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, at a Tazewell, Va., hospital following a lengthy illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Hurst-Scott Funeral Home, Tazewell.

Verle Rees, 69, of Atchison, Kan., died Tuesday, Feb. 16, at Heartland East Hospital, St. Joseph, Mo. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at First Presbyterian Church, Atchison. Cremation will follow the services. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. Becker-Dyer-Stanton Funeral Home, Atchison, is in charge of arrangements.

Eula Mae Worley, 98, of Route 2, Box 35 (Old Bluefield-Princeton Road), Bluefield, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Seaver Funeral Home, Princeton.

Dollie B. Belcher
PRINCETON - Mrs. Dollie B. Belcher, 89, of 178 Mary I. Johnson Road, (just off Athens Road) Princeton, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, at a retirement care center in Bluefield.
Born Dec. 22, 1909, at Wichita, Kan., she was the daughter of the late Bill and Carrie Gundy Newfelt. She was a very active member of Melrose Presbyterian Church just of Athens Road near Princeton where she was a member of the adult Sunday school class, the church choir, the Ladies Circle and for many years she served as the custodian of the church. She was a homemaker, a devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mason Earl Belcher; one son, Glendle Belcher; one granddaughter, Debra Belcher; two brothers, Charles and Carl Newfelt; and two sisters, Marguerite Cooley and Mildred Gleason.
Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Belcher with whom she lived; five sons, Bill Belcher and wife Buddie, and Gale Belcher and wife Wilda Jean, all of Princeton, Jewell Belcher and wife Patsy of Huntington, the Rev. Delbert Belcher and wife Sallie of Okmulgee, Okla., and the Rev. Robert Belcher and wife Doris of Tazewell, Va.; one daughter-in-law, Delma Swim of Princeton; one sister, Lou Ella Allbritian of Lake Forest, Calif.; 13 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Melrose Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Ira Hill and Paul Bohn officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.
Friends may call Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road, Princeton, and one hour prior to the services at the church.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Memorial gifts of love can be made to the Melrose Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, c/o Glenn Belcher, RR 09, Box 67, Princeton WV 24740.

James Arthur Testerman
PRINCETON - James Arthur Testerman of 611 Fayette St., Princeton, died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999, in a Princeton hospital.
Born April 13, 1923, in Ashland, he was the son of the late James Arthur and Letishie Thompson Testerman Sr. He was retired from the Norfolk & Southern Railroad and St. Clair Foods. He was a member of the Corner Stone Baptist Church in Princeton. He was a member of the Princeton Moose Lodge No. 1521 and D.A.V. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. He was preceded in death by three sisters, Elsie Millirones, Minnie Testerman and Daisey E. Testerman; and four brothers, Bob, Worth, Lonnie, and Treely Testerman.
Survivors include one brother, Ernest Testerman of Monrovia, Md.; one sister, Mrs. Elaine Collins of Port St. Lucy, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at George W. Seaver Funeral Home Chapel, Princeton, with the Rev. James Ford officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bluewell.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. today.
Princeton Moose Lodge No. 1521 will serve as pallbearers.

Rebecca Sutherland
TAZEWELL, Va. - Thelma Rebecca Sutherland, 85 of Tazewell died Tuesday, Feb, 16. 1999, at Heritage Hall in Tazewell. 
Born June 3, 1913, at Bandy, Va., she was a daughter of the late George Washington Jones and Florence Edna Beavers Jones. She was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church at Tazewell and American Legion Auxiliary. She attended Bluefield Business College. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Jim, Clarence, David, Edgar and Joe Jones.
Survivors include her husband, Clifford J. Sutherland; two daughters, Martha S. Taylor of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Edna S. Allen of North Tazewell, Va.; two sisters, Mrs. Ella Bandy of Bandy, Va., and Mrs. Hattie J. Lester of Roanoke, Va.; one brother, Walter F. Jones of Tazewell; and three grandchildren, Clifford A. Allen, Tara Rebecca Taylor, and Paul David Taylor.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Peery and St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel at Tazewell with Dr. Tom Conley officiating. Burial will follow at Temple Hill Cemetery in Castlewood, Va., where committal services will be conducted at 4 p.m.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Main Street United Methodist Church Building Fund, 315 East Main St., Tazewell, VA 24651.

David Wayne Burkett
MUDFORK, Va. - David Wayne Burkett, 46, of Mudfork, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, at his home.
Born Jan. 11, 1953, at Tazewell County, Va., he was a son of Anna Ruth Hunt Burkett of Tazewell, Va., and the late Benford Boyd Burkett. He was a resident of Mudfork all of his life. He was a Tazewell High School graduate Class of 1973. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one brother.
Survivors in addition to his mother, include two sons, Scotty Burkett of Tazewell and fiancee Heather Harrison of Bishop, Va., and Todd Burkett of the home and fiancee Melissa Brewer of Thompson Valley, Va.; one daughter, Tara Burkett of the home; former wife, Wanda Sluss Beavers of Bluefield, Va.; former daughter-in-law, Lori Murphy Burkett of Tazewell; three brothers, Dean Burkett and wife Janet of Baltimore, Md., Tony Burkett and his wife Brandy of Tazewell, and Leon Burkett of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; three sisters, Penny Stockton and husband Glen of Bluefield, Va., Ginger Bowling and husband Bill of Tazewell, and Kathy Taylor and husband, Mike of Witten's Mill, Va.; and three grandchildren, Paige Burkett, Erin Burkett, and Scotty Burkett.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19, at Peery and St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with Ralph Stevenson and Johnny Elmore officiating. Burial will follow at the Sluss Family Cemetery at Mudfork.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Sheppard, Dean Burkett, Tony Burkett, Randy Sluss, Tim Duncan, and Jeff Glass.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Fred Smith Jr.
GLENWOOD - Fred Smith Jr., 73, of Glenwood Park Retirement Village and formerly of Pettrey, died Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, at the retirement village.
Born Aug. 11, 1925, in Unicoi, Tenn., he was the son of the late Fred and Oma Smith Sr. He was a disabled sawmill worker. He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Gene, Clarence, Bill, Frank, Ott, Luther and Earl Smith; and one sister, Mae Smith.
Survivors include two sons, Thomas Fred Carrier of Blountville, Tenn., and Robert Wayne Carrier of Bristol, Tenn.; three daughters, Vickie Greg of North Plat, Neb., Barbara Dugger of Johnson City, Tenn., and Lisa Mahara of Elizabethton, Tenn.; and two brothers, Omer Lee Smith of Mars Hill, N.C., and Paul Smith of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
The body has been cremated and burial will be in Unicoi.
George W. Seaver Funeral Home, Princeton, is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys L. Dash
WARRIORMINE - Gladys L. Dash, 90, of Warriormine went peacefully to her reward Tuesday, Feb. 16, 1999, at the home of her nephew and wife, Kenneth and Jeanette Dash, with whom she made her home for the last year and a half.
Born May 30, 1908, in Westbourne, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late John C. and Sarah Dash. She was the oldest living member of the War Church of God where she held many offices and was a former ladies Sunday school teacher. She was a retired U.S. postmaster of Warriormines Post Office, and a former telephone operator. The last surviving member of her family she was preceded in death by three brothers, Ulysses, Estel and John Dash; four sisters, Lottie Chadwell, Rosie Overbey, Doxie Kestner, Margaret Wallace; and one special niece, Billie West with whom she had formerly resided.
Survivors include several nephews, nieces and a host of friends.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at War Church of God with the Revs. LeRoy Richards and I.C. Collins officiating. Burial will be conducted Friday at 11 a.m. at Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.
Friends may call at the church from 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday.
Nephews will serve as pallbearers.
The family may be reached at the home of Kenneth Dash, Warriormine.
The Douglas Funeral Home, War, is in charge of arrangements.


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