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BRISTOL HERALD COURIER July 1998

BRISTOL TN & VA


ABSTON, G. T. MIDWAY, TN -- G.T. Abston, 66, died Monday, July 6, 1998, in Johnson City Medical Center. He was a native of Harriman, TN, had lived in Piney Flats, Bluff City and the Bristol area for several years before moving to Midway one year ago. He was a retired production manager with Smith Kline Beecham and a former manager with Monroe Calculating Machine Company. Mr. Abston was a U.S. Air Force veteran, a former president of the Industrial Management Club, a member of the Arabian Horse Association and a member of Virginia Avenue Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Linda G. Chambers Abston; five sons, Tom Abston, Charlottesville, Eric Edwin Abston, Stockbridge, GA, Jeffory Lee Abston, Morganton, NC, William Moses "Bill" Abston, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and Robert Alex Abston, Colorado Springs, CO; one stepson, Brian Lee Stacy, Blountville; one daughter, Bonnie Irene Snead, Augusta, GA; one stepdaughter, Amy Dawn Chapman, Bluff City; his mother, Delta Irene Abston, Harriman, TN; one brother, Robert H. Abston, Orlando, FL, 15 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 9, 1998

ANDERSON, JESSIE EALENE PINEY FLATS -- Miss Jessie Ealene Anderson, 90, formerly of 293 Austin Springs Road, died Thursday, July 23, 1998, in Asbury Center, Johnson City. She was a native of Piney Flats and Sullivan County, a retired first grade school teacher for 44 years, teaching school in Piney Flats, Sullivan County, for 23 years and the Johnson City School System for 21 years. She retired in 1972. She was a lifelong member of Piney Flats United Methodist Church, a graduate of East Tennessee State University and a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Sorority. She was a member of the National Education System, the Tennessee Education Association and the Washington County Retired Teachers Association. Survivors include one niece, Mary Louise Hackler, Jacksonville, FL; one nephew, George Bill Smith, Johnson City; one brother-in-law, William A. Maresh, Panama City., FL; and several other nieces and nephews. Appalachian-Hartman Funeral Home, Johnson City, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 24, 1998

ASHLEY, CLARENCE A. Clarence A. Ashley, 85, formerly of Lee Highway Bristol, VA died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in NHC Healthcare of Bristol. He was a native and lifelong resident of Bristol and was the former owner and operator of Acme Hot Dogs. He was a member of Anderson Street United Methodist Church his entire life and was a member of the class of '86. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lorraine Hagy Ashley. Survivors include one brother, Jesse Millard Ashley, Bristol VA; one cousin, Louise Wagner, Bristol Tennessee; and one nephew, Ronald W. Ashley, Lexington, NC. Blevins Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 29, 1998

BAKER, ROMA WILSON Mrs. Roma Wilson Baker, 63, of 367 Springlake Road, Bristol, VA, died Monday, June 29, 1998, in Wellmont Hospice, Bristol Tennessee. She was a lifelong resident of Washington County, and had lived in Bristol for the last 30 years. She was a well known local artist, a charter member of Bristol Art Guild, a member of the Virginia Water Color Society, and the Depot Artists Association. She was also a member of Beaver View Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, Leon Baker; two daughters, Dayna Clark Baker, Raleigh, NC, and Jill C. Kinney, Bristol VA; two brothers, Rex Wilson, Raleigh, and Jerry Wilson, Bristol VA; two sisters, Emma Kate Cook, Nashville, and Doris Crawford, Richmond; one grandson; and two step-grandchildren. Farris Funeral Service, Abingdon, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 1, 1998

BALL, KENNETH L. BLUFF CITY -- Kenneth L. Ball, 74, of 202 River View Drive, died Wednesday, July 29, 1998, at his home. He was a native of Russell County, had lived in the Bristol area since 1955, and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was of the Methodist faith and was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Deckard Ball. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Randall (Susan) Jones, Bluff City, and Mrs. Gary (Sherry) Leonard, Bristol TN; five sisters, Lucy Carver, Grundy, Mona Reedy, Honaker, Edith Hanson, Hansonville, Frances Nelson and Mildred Ball, both of Bristol TN; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 30, 1998

BLOOMER, BRUCE H. SEATTLE -- Bruce H. "Red" Bloomer, 71, died Monday, July 13, 1998 in Seattle. He had lived most of his life in the East Tennessee area and had lived in Seattle since 1992. He was an avid music lover, playing guitar and singing with the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America. Survivors include his wife, Mary Bloomer; two daughters, Kathy Bloomer and Jennifer Bloomer; and four grandchildren, Kate and Eli Weinberger, Sarah Cox and Barrett Bloomer-Segrest. Memorials may be made to Foss Nursing Home, 13023 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98133, or the Alzheimer's Association, P. O. Box 803638, Chicago, IL 60680. Bleitz Funeral Home, Seattle, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 17, 1998

BOOHER, MARY F. Mary F. Booher, 100, formerly of 572 Morrell Town Road, Bristol, TN, died Friday, July 17, 1998, in Cambridge House. She was a lifelong resident of the Bristol area, a charter member of Central Holston Christian Church and the widow of Henry C. Booher. Survivors include one daughter, Louise Bebber, Bristol TN; three sons, Cecil Booher, Claude Booher and Chester Booher, all of Bristol TN; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 18, 1998

BOOKER, ROY HAROLD BLUFF CITY -- Roy Harold "Shane" Booker, 74, of 628 Mountain View Road, died Friday, July 10, 1998, in Mountain Home Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Johnson City. He was a native of Blountville, a truck driver and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his former wife, Ann Booker, Bluff City; two sons, William Henry and Christopher John Booker, both of Bluff City; one stepdaughter, Patricia Reece, Bristol TN; one adopted daughter, Helen Booker, New York; two sisters, Ora B. Chapman, Blountville, and Anna Mae "Sue" Johnson, Blountville; five brothers, John Lee "Bud" Booker, Bristol VA, Buster Bill "Boots" Booker and H.R. "Squibb" Booker, both of Bristol TN, David Aldon "Del" Booker, Blountville, and Archie Reser "Beech" Booker, Woodbury, CT. Tetrick Funeral Home, Bluff City Chapel, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 12, 1998

BOWERS, JAMIE ALLEN BLUFF CITY -- Jamie Allen Bowers, 18, of 438 Fritz Hollow Road, Hickory Tree Community, died Sunday, July 26, 1998, as a result of an automobile accident. He had lived all his life in the Hickory Tree Community, attended East High School, and was employed by A-OK Landscaping. He was a member of the Hickory Tree Volunteer Fire Department. Survivors include his parents, Allen and Patty Bowers, Bluff City; one sister, Tina Bowers, Cherryville, NC; three brothers, Allen Bowers Jr., Ricky Bowers and Clarence Bowers, all of Cherryville, NC, his maternal grandparents, Lester and Loretta Seats, Bluff City; his paternal grandfather, James W. Bowers, Bristol; three nieces; one nephew; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 28, 1998

BREWER, LORI NICHOLE Lori Nichole Brewer, 21, of 4487 Reedy Creek Road, Bristol, VA, died Wednesday, July 15, 1998, in the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, VA.AShe was a former student of Radford University and Virginia Highlands Community College.She was a dancer with the Bristol Ballet Company and was the 1994 State Dramatic Forensics champion. She was a member and one of the founders of the Ladies of the Martha Washington and a former candy striper at Bristol Regional Medical Center.She was a member of the 37th Virginia Company A& Company E Civil War Reenactors. Survivors include her father, Dane Alden Brewer; her mother, Jennifer Lynn Clevinger Brewer; one sister, Kathy Boatman, South Carolina; one brother, Lesslie Brewer, Bristol Tennessee; her paternal grandmother, Ruby Sims; and her maternal grandparents, Buck and Loraine Wright. Campbell Funeral Home, Abingdon, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 16, 1998

CAMPBELL, OZELLA RUTH HICKS APOLLO BEACH, FL -- Ozella Ruth Hicks Campbell, 82, of 729 Kingston Court, died Saturday, July 4, 1998, in Sun City Center, FL. She was a native and former resident of Bristol Tennessee, a member of Addilynn Memorial United Methodist Church and the widow of Worley H. Campbell. Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Johnson, Apopka, FL, and Juanita Ross, Melbourne, FL; one son, Dave Campbell, Apollo Beach; one sister, Mrs. Della Hunt, Bristol TN; three brothers, Jess Hicks, John Hicks Jr., and Coy Hicks, all of Bristol TN; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 10, 1998

CARRIER, WILBUR C. HAMPTON, TN -- Wilbur C. Carrier, 83, of Church Street, died Monday, June 29, 1998, in Cambridge House, Bristol TN. He was a native of Bristol Tennessee and had lived most of his life in Hampton. He was retired from North American Rayon and was a member of Union Baptist Church. Survivors include one daughter, Janie Simpson, Bristol VA; one son, Ronald Carrier, Bristol TN; one sister, Ruth Leonard, Bristol VA; two grandchildren, Randy Simpson and Lisa Thomas; three great-grandchildren; and one special cousin. Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 1, 1998

CARROLL, HERBERT F. Herbert F. Carroll, 77, of Bristol TN, died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in Wellmont-Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was a native and lifelong resident of Bristol Tennessee, and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a retired employee of Mitchell Powers, and a salesman with Appalachian Plastics. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include one brother-in-law, Harry A. Irvin, Blountville; one nephew, Sandy Stallard, AK; one niece, Frances Bryant, SC; and several great nieces, nephews and cousins. Akard Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 1, 1998

CATLETT, SYLVIA WEBB JESUP, GA -- Sylvia Webb "Granny" Catlett, 76, of Leesburg, GA, formerly of Bristol Tennessee, died Thursday, July 9, 1998. She was a native of Wayne County, GA, a long-time employee of Ralph English in Bristol, and was a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include two daughters, Betty Jean Akers, Abingdon, and Joanne Jones, Leesburg, GA; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one aunt; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services and burial will be held Saturday in Jesup, GA. Rinehart & Sons Funeral Home, Jesup, GA, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 10, 1998

CHAMBERS, PEGGY BROYLES Peggy Broyles Chambers, 64, of Bristol Tennessee, died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in Wellmont Hospice House. She was a 1952 graduate of Virginia High School and had lived in Bristol Tennessee for most of her life. She was also a member of North Bristol Baptist Church. Survivors include two daughters, Leigh Fair, Bristol TN, and Lynne Guyer, Blountville; two sons, Bill McClung, Birmingham, AL, and Tom Chambers, Nashville; one sister, Bernice Frazier, Waterford, MI; one brother, Donald Hurley, Bristol VA; eight grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Akard Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JUNLY 2, 1998

COLLINS, ALLEN W. FT. WALTON BEACH, FL -- U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. (retired) Allen "Rip" Walter Collins, died Thursday, July 9, 1998, in Columbia HCA Hospital. He had lived in Ft. Walton Beach since 1966, after retiring from the U.S. Air Force. He was a native of Bristol Virginia, and after graduation from high school, he was employed by the Norfolk and Western Railway Shop in Bristol. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942, serving 24 years. After completing flight school he earned six battle stars for completing 30 combat missions in the B-24 bomber in early 1944, while stationed in England. He served as a Squadron Commander and Chief of Maintenance and Maintenance Control before retiring in 1966. Among his awards were the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Commendation Medal. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo "BJ" Collins; one sister, Helen C. Dixon, Bristol TN; four nephews, Dr. Steven Dixon, Bristol Tennessee; Ronnie Lord and Joseph McKee White VI, both of Macon, GA, and Joseph Fry, Palm Springs, CA; one niece, Linda Elliott, College Park, GA; one brother-in-law; and two sisters-in-law. McLaughlin Mortuary, Ft. Walton Beach, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 12, 1998

COMBS, CHARLES HARMON Charles Harmon Combs, 80, died Wednesday, July 1, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Washington County, VA, and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II having served in the Pacific. He was a member of Patton Crosswhite VFW Post No. 6975, of the McCabe Lodge No. 56, Odd Fellows and of the Woodmen of the World Lodge. Mr. Combs was retired from the Virginia Highway Department after 42 years of service, and was a former board member of Virginia Highlands Community College. After retirement, he was involved with polled Hereford cattle and the Polled Hereford Association, where he was a member of the Board of Directors and a past president. He was awarded a plaque for Breeder of the Year in 1979. His favorite pass time was raising Texas Longhorn Cattle. He was a member of North Bristol Baptist Church and a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class. Survivors include one brother, Jim C. Combs, Bristol; two nieces, Patricia King and Sarah Haderer, both of Bristol; three nephews, Jim A. Combs, Joe W. Combs and John E. Combs, all of Bristol. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 3, 1998

COOK, RUFUS CLAY Rufus Clay Cook, of Bristol Tennessee, died Sunday, July 12, 1998, in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. He was a lifelong resident of Bristol, with the exception of his military duty. He retired from the U.S. Navy where he earned the Fourth Good Conduct Award and was a member of the Kingsport VFW Chapter 3382. He was a former employee of ITT North Electric and a member of Victory Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Peggy King Cook; four daughters, Janet Marlow, Fort Mill, SC, Lisa Bourne, Cheryl Dsouza and Connie Morrell, all of Bristol TN; three sisters, Inez McCracken, Thelma Gibbons and Joann Jackson, all of Bristol TN; one brother, James Cook, Tampa, FL; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 14, 1998

COX, PEARL P. ROARK Pearl P. Roark Cox, 84, of 715 Taylor Street, Bristol, TN, died Wednesday, July 8, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Sullivan County, had lived in the Bristol area for most of her life, was a homemaker and attended Ruth Street Church of Christ. She was the widow of Noah W. Cox. Survivors include one son, Samuel H. Cox, Bristol TN; three daughters, Jeweldeen Cox Reed, Mountain City, Pauline Cox Norris and Gloria Cox, both of Bristol TN; 16 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 10, 1998

CUNNINGHAM, MARY V. Mrs. Mary V. Cunningham, a longtime resident of Bristol Virginia, died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, in Wellmont Hospice House. She was a native of Hopkinsville, KY, moving to Bristol Virginia in 1940. She was the proprietor of Early Times Antiques and considered one of Bristol's leading experts in early American antiques and oriental rugs. Survivors include two sons, Bill Cunningham, Tucker, GA, and Tom Cunningham, Bristol VA; two daughters, Toni Cunningham Casey, Los Altos Hills, CA, and Lynn Cunningham Kessler, Marietta, GA; one nephew; one niece; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home, Jonesborough, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 16, 1998

DITMORE, JEFFREY L. Jeffrey L. Ditmore, 57, of 100 Country Oaks Drive, Bristol, TN, died Thursday, July 9, 1998, in Wellmont Hospice House. He was a native of Arkansas, grew up in Oklahoma, and had lived in Bristol since 1982. He was a graduate of Oklahoma State University and served as Director of Marketing for Animal Health at Beecham Laboratories. He founded Ditmore and Associates, Bristol, in 1991, and Mail and More, Bristol, in 1995. Mr. Ditmore was a member of First United Methodist Church, Bristol, where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees. He was a former member of the Rotary Club of Bristol and was past president of the Holston Habitat for Humanity. Survivors include his wife, Judy Ditmore; one daughter, Marcy Daniel, Windsor, Conn.; one son, Todd Ditmore, Raleigh, NC; his parents, Q.B. and Mary Lorene Ditmore, Grove, OK; two sisters, Jean Dreier, Columbia, MO, and Jan Ditmore, Oklahoma City; one brother, Dr. Q. Michael Ditmore, Columbia, MO; one granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 11, 1998

DUFF, REECE W. Jr. WILMORE, KY -- Reece W. Duff Jr., 72, formerly of Bristol Virginia, died Wednesday, July 30, 1998, in Thomason-Hood Veterans Center. He was a former member of Ebony Club, Summitt Club and a member of the American Legion. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Ora Lee Duff. Survivors include one brother, Floyd Duff, Durham, NC; one sister, Mrs. Laura Collins, Lexington, KY; and several nieces and nephews. Robinson Mortuary, Bristol, is in charge. Arrangements are incomplete. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 31, 1998

EIKLOR, BERTHA E. Mrs. Bertha E. Eiklor, 92, formerly of Bristol Tennessee, died Wednesday, July 29, 1998, in Bristol Nursing Home. She was a native of Dickenson County, VA, and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Edith Stivers, Bristol TN; one son, John Eicklor, Gray; one granddaughter, Mrs. Linda Fuller, Bristol TN; two great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Akard Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 31, 1998

FIELDS, THELMA LEE POWERS BRISTOL, VA - Thelma Lee Powers Fields, 81, of Bristol, VA, formerly of Harman, VA, passed away Sunday, July 5, 1998, in Buchanan General Hospital, Grundy, VA, following an extended illness. Born at Clinchco, VA, she was a daughter of the late Orbin and Annie Dotson Powers. She was a resident of Buchanan County for several years prior to moving to Bristol, VA. She was a graduate of Clinchco High School, and a former member of Harman Memorial Baptist Church where she had served as clerk from 1948 through 1978. She was a member of North Bristol Baptist Church, a former teacher's aide at Harman Elementary School, where she served as head cook for the school cafeteria, and a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl G. Fields, on September 1995. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Trudy Stiltner and son-in-law Luther Stiltner of Route 2, Grundy; two sons, Larry Frank Fields and daughter-in-law Sandy Fields of Grundy, and David Earl Fields and daughter-in-law Dianna Fields of Vansant, VA; one sister, Pat Clark of Cleveland, OH; one brother, Jack Powers of Bristol, VA; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was preceded in death by three daughters, two sisters and two brothers. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, July 7, at 2 p.m. at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Eric Godfrey and Evangelist Mike Rife officiating with burial to follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, VA. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday at 5:30 p.m. Active pallbearers will be Keith Blevins, Wilbur Hill, Calvin Bentley, James Goodman, Freddy Carter and Carl Reedy, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be Clayton Bell, Bill Elswick, Haskell Pierce, Steward Elswick, Clarence Richard Moody, Willard Owens, John Hash and Frankie Landreth, Jr. There will be services at the funeral home chapel Monday evening at 7. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 6, 1998

FIELDS, TROY ALBERT Troy Albert Fields, 69, of 131 Bristol View Drive, Bristol, VA, died Monday, July 20, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was a native of Dante, had lived in the Bristol area for the past 50 years, and retired from Valleydale Packers. Survivors include his wife, Nannie Fields; one daughter, Mrs. Bill (Diane) Smith, Bluff City; one son, David Fields, Bluff City; three sisters, Mildred Patrick, Bristol TN, Peggy Fouch, Bristol VA, and Almalee Gose, Castlewood; one brother, Bill E. Fields, St. Paul; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 21, 1998

FLEENOR, WILLIAM C. William C. "Bill" Fleenor, 82, of 412 Spurgeon Lane, Bristol, VA, died Monday, July 13, 1998, at his home. He was a native of Sullivan County, TN, had lived in the Bristol area all his life and was a retired employee of Valleydale Packers. He was a member of North Bristol Baptist Church and was preceded in death by his wife, Ora Louise Fleenor. Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Leonard and Sandra Fleenor, both of Bristol TN, and Nancy Fleenor of the home; one son, Jerry Fleenor, Bluff City; one granddaughter; and two step-great-grandchildren. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 14, 1998

FULLER, ABRAM COWAN LEBANON -- Abram Cowan "A.C." Fuller, 79, died Monday, July 13, 1998, in Wellmont Hospice House, Bristol, Tennessee. He was a native of Russell County and a veteran of World War II in the China, Burma, India Theater serving as a major. He was former county treasurer of Russell County, a retired banker and was active in several civic organizations such as Volunteer Fire Department and Lions Club. He was a member of Lebanon Memorial United Methodist Church and a 50 year Mason of the Lebanon Lodge. Survivors include his wife, Mary Ann Maslow Fuller; two sons, David Richard Fuller, Suwanee, GA, and Thomas Reynolds Fuller, Houston, TX; one daughter, Mary Fuller Hoeck, Louisville, KY; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Lebanon Funeral Home is in charge.BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 16, 1998

GARRETT, ROY Roy Garrett, 68, died Thursday, July 9, 1998, in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in Johnson City. He was a native of Russell County and had lived most of his life in the Washington County-Bristol Virginia area. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, a former employee of Monroe Calculating and retired from Zenith Fuel Systems. Survivors include his wife, Ramona D. Garrett; one daughter, Twila G. Rosenbalm, Meadowview; three brothers, Sam Garrett, Greenville, SC, Clifford Garrett, Center, AL, and Carroll Garrett, West Virginia; one sister, May Wise, New Albany, IN; one grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Farris Funeral Service, Abingdon, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 11, 1998

GOODPASTURE, MYRTLE SWINEY ABINGDON -- Myrtle Swiney Goodpasture, 88, died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in Johnston Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Bristol Tennessee and had lived in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia her entire life. She had lived in Westhaven Retirement Living in Abingdon for the past seven years. She was a member of Central Christian Church, Bristol Tennessee, for nearly 75 years. She was a Sunday school teacher, choir member and a member of the Loyal Berean Class and the Lucy Roberts Circle. She was the widow of Malcolm R. "Jack" Goodpasture. Survivors include one son, Joe Goodpasture, Charlotte, NC; two daughters, Patsy G. Musick, Winchester, VA, and Janice G. Bussey, Abingdon; five grandsons, John Goodpasture, Charlotte, NC, Eric Musick, Manassas, VA, Randy Musick, Pelham, AL, Brad Bussey, Abingdon, and Brent Bussey, Harrisonburg; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Akard Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 1, 1998

HARMON, HARVEY W. Harvey W. Harmon, 66, of 14200 Willow Lane, Bristol, VA, died Sunday, July 12, 1998, in Wellmont Hospice House. He was a lifelong resident of Bristol Virginia, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from United//Sprint Telephone Company after 43 years of service. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Glenna Harmon; two daughters, Mrs. Travis (Vickie) Ayers, Bluff City, and Mrs. Jeff (Lisa) Hodge, Maryville, TN; two sisters, Eithel Shortt, Abingdon, and Ruth Boling, Bristol TN; two brothers, Buford Harmon, Bristol VA, and Lynn Harmon, Abingdon; two granddaughters; two grandsons; one step-granddaughter; one step-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Blevins Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 14, 1998

HARR, ROY CLAYTON Roy Clayton Harr, 55, of 2446 Denton Valley Road, Bristol, TN, died Monday, June 29, 1998, at his home. He was a lifelong resident of the Bristol area, former employee of the Sullivan County School System, Moss No. 2 Coal Mine and Yowling Branch Coal Company. He was also a member of South Chapel Church. Survivors include his wife, Frances V. Harr; one son, Danny Ray Harr, Bristol; two sisters, Ethel Hilliard, Hickory NC, and Estelle Vanover, Bristol TN; and one brother, Frank Harr, Bristol TN. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 1, 1998

HARRISON, JO ANNE Jo Ann Harrison, 59, of Bristol Tennessee, died Tuesday, July 20, 1998, in Holston Valley Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Bristol and was employed with Ponderosa Restaurant for 30 years. She attended Fairmount Presbyterian Church and was the widow of Paul Harrison Jr. Survivors include two daughters, Robin Morgan and Sue Barr, both of Bristol Virginia; two sisters, Linda Trent, Bristol, and Barbara Hodges, Blountville; Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 23, 1998

HESS, HOWARD LEE BLUFF CITY -- Howard Lee Hess, 63, of 329 Pine Laurel Circle, died Monday, July 20, 1998, at his home. He was a native of Abingdon, had lived in the Bristol area all his life, and was employed with Hayes Mechanical Contractors for the past 21 years. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his wife, Mildred Harmon Hess; one stepdaughter, Denise Thacker, Bristol TN; one brother, Charles Ray Hess, Bristol VA; two grandchildren, Charlene Page Bowers and Blake Bowers, both of Nashville, and one aunt. Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 21, 1998

HICKS, LULA BELLE KEELING Lula Belle Hicks, 90, of Bristol Tennessee, died Saturday, July 25, 1998, in Greystone Health Care Center. She was a native of Boone, NC, had lived most of her life in the Bristol area, and was retired from Troy Laundry Company. She attended Anderson Street United Methodist Church. Survivors include two brothers, Ed Keeling and Robert Henry Keeling, both of Bristol TN; six grandchildren, Doris Eads Price, Sugar Grove, VA, James A. Moore, Kyle Moore, John Moore, William C. Moore and Robert Moore, all of Bristol Virginia; ten great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 26, 1998

HILLARD, EARL F. Earl F. Hilliard, 66, of 2366 Shakesville Road, Bristol, VA, died Saturday, July 4, 1998, in Wellmont-Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was a native and lifelong resident of Bristol, a U.S. Armed Forces veteran of the Korean War, and a self-employed truck driver. He was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Margaret L. Hilliard; four sons, Stanley Hilliard, William J. Hilliard, Joe A. Hilliard and Mark A. Hilliard, all of Bristol; four daughters, Janet Barker, Margaret Ann Riner, Shirley Blaylock and Mary Knupp, all of Bristol; four brothers, Joe Hilliard, Paul Hilliard, Clyde Hilliard and Virgil Hilliard, all of Bristol; one sister, Patricia Stanley, Bristol; 17 grandchildren; one great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 5, 1998

HOPKINS, SHEILA FARRIS Sheila (Farris) Hopkins, 52, of Cedar Bluff, died July 9 in Abingdon following a long illness. Born in Sullivan County, TN, she was the daughter of the late Arthur L. Feather and Irene Elizabeth McConnell Feather of Bristol, TN. Additional survivors: former husband, Randall Hopkins of Cedar Bluff; daughter, Amber Bethany Farris of Grey, TN; son, Michael Alan Farris of Kingsport, TN; sisters, Kathi Bowery and Esther Harkleroad, both of Bristol, TN; special friend, Dorothy Hess of Claypool Hill; and grandchildren, Koral Coty Farris of Mississippi, and Michael Alan Farris Jr. of Kingsport, TN. Memorial services will be conducted July 19 at 2 p.m. at Bethel Assembly of God Church in Richlands with Rev. Bob Webb officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 167 Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210-2838. Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff is in charge of arrangements. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 12, 1998

HURT, LANNIE B. Lannie B. Hurt, of Lee Highway, Bristol, VA, died Sunday, July 12, 1998, in Wexford House, Kingsport. She was a graduate of Radford College, earning a teaching certificate, and she taught elementary school in the Mendota area. She was the widow of Robert H. Hurt. She and her husband were owners of the State Line Restaurant for many years. Mrs. Hurt was an active member of the First Baptist Church, Bristol VA, where she was a member of the Senior Singers, the Philathea Sunday School Class and the Evelyn Frost Circle. She was a member of the Bristol Professional Womens Club. Survivors include two nieces, Ruth Goodwin, Kingsport, and Mary Sue Steffey, Clinchco; and several other nieces and nephews. Akard Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 14, 1998

HYATT, CORDELIA BLUFF CITY -- Cordelia "Cordie" Hyatt, 84, formerly of 464 Bunker Hill Road, died Wednesday, July 22, 1998, in Ivy Hall Nursing Home. She was a native of Valle Crucis, NC, a member of Bunker Hill Christian Church and the retired owner/operator of Hyatt's Grocery. She was the widow of Claude Hyatt. Survivors include three sons, Kenneth Hyatt, Bristol, C. J. Hyatt, Bluff City, and Bobby Hyatt, Elizabethton; three daughters, Edna Ellis of the home, Phyllis Bare, Johnson City, and Jean Williams, Piney Flats; two brothers, Dare Ackerland, Missoula, Mt., and Fred Lewis Baird, Hillard, Ohio; one sister, Doris Tester, Blowing Rock, NC; 4 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Tetrick Funeral Home, Riverside Chapel, Elizabethton, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 24, 1998

ISBELL, WILLIAM ALBERT BLUFF CITY -- William Albert "Bill" Isbell, 48, died Saturday, July 11, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center's Wellmont Hospice House. He was a native of Chattanooga and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include one daughter, Jessica Isabell, Bristol TN; two sons, Wayne and Brian Isbell, both of Bristol TN; one sister, Glenda Brookshire, Nashville, TN; one brother, Harvey McCracken, Hickory Tree; one grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Tetrick Funeral Home, Bluff City Chapel, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 13, 1998

JACKSON, GOLDIE F. DOUGHERTY Goldie F. Dougherty Jackson, of 208 Haddon St., Bristol, VA, died Monday, July 6, 1998, in Wellmont Hospice House. She was a lifelong resident of the Bristol area and was a homemaker. She was a charter member of the Singingwood Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Lewis A. Dougherty, Bluff City, and Billy W. Dougherty, Baton Rouge, LA; two daughters, Carolyn Ann Jackson, Bristol VA, and Susan Johnson Hudson, Bristol TN; nine grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; 13 great-grandchildren; one step-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 8, 1998

JONES, CLYDE E. BLUFF CITY -- Clyde E. Jones, 45, of 318 Pleasant Grove Road, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center Emergency Room. He was a lifelong resident of the Bluff City area, former employee of Beecham Laboratories and was a member of Virginia Avenue Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Janet Head Jones; two sons, Keith E. Jones and Chad B. Jones, both of the home; five sisters, Judy Spary, Blountville, Elizabeth Nichols, Bluff City, Imogene Able, Abingdon, Eileen Norris, Bristol VA, Helen Taylor, Bristol TN; one brother, Stanton Jones, Bristol Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 29, 1998

JORDAN, MARGARET DEE SURBER Margaret Dee Surber Jordan, 67, of 731 Southside Ave., Bristol, TN, died Monday, July 13, 1998, in Greystone Manor Nursing Home, Blountville. She was a native of Pulaski County, formerly resided in Eubank, KY, and was a member of Pine Hill Baptist Church. She was a retired employee of Cowden Manufacturing, and an employee of the L.C. King Corporation, Bristol. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Jeff (Donna) Spencer and Mary Ann Jordan New, both of Eubank; two brothers, John Alvin and Elbert Denton Surber, both of Eubank; one sister, Mary Surber Grable, Bristol TN; two grandchildren; three step-granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services and burial were held Thursday in Kentucky. Morris and Hislope Funeral Home was in charge. Information courtesy of Weaver Funeral Home. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 19, 1998

KASTNER, KATHY LYNN BLUFF CITY -- Kathy Lynn Kastner, 41, of 293 Rambling Road, died Tuesday, July 29, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Bluff City, an employee with Kmart for 12 years, and a member of Chinquapin Grove Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband, David M. "Donnie" Kastner; two sons, Chris and Tim Kastner, both of the home; her parents, Howard Truett and Mary Evelyn (Baker) Watson, Bluff City; three sisters, Dianne Sells, Piney Flats, Tina Dowell and Karen Keck, both of Bluff City; one brother, Howard T. "Howie" Watson, Blountville; two cousins; and several nieces and nephews. Tetrick Funeral Home, Bluff City Chapel, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 30, 1998

LEONARD, ARTIS L. Miss Artis L. "Toot" Leonard, 87, of Bristol Virginia, died Thursday, July 9,. 1998, in Wellmont-Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a native and lifelong resident of Washington County, VA, a retired employee from Big Jack Manufacturing Company and a member of North Bristol Baptist Church. Survivors include one sister, Margie L. Whicker, Bristol VA; one brother, Calvin C. Leonard, Bristol VA; six nieces; four nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Akard Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 10, 1998

LEONARD, EDWYN WAYNE ABINGDON -- Edwyn Wayne Leonard, 63, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, at his home. He was a native of Bristol Virginia and a lifelong resident of the Abingdon/Bristol area. He was a self-employed plumber, a U.S. Air Force veteran and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Michael (Teresa) Lucas, Bluff City; three sons, Terry Leonard, Tucson, AZ, Tommy Leonard and Steve Leonard, both of Bristol TN, three sisters, Charmie Mason, Claudine Mutter and Janice Mullins, all of Bristol TN; two brothers, Larry Leonard and Jimmy Leonard, both of Bristol TN; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 30, 1998

MALONE, DORIS EVELYN PINEY FLATS -- Doris Evelyn Malone, 74, of 504 D Droke Road, died Wednesday, July 29, 1998, in Wellmont-Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a member of Enterprise United Methodist Church, Utopia Order of Eastern Star, Buffalo Ruritan Club and Buffalo Senior Citizens. She was the widow of Persey Wilson Malone. Survivors include one son, Tim Malone, Jonesborough; four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; several nieces; and one nephew. Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 31, 1998

MASSENGILL, TERRY MORRIS BLUFF CITY -- Terry Morris Massengill, 37, of 233 Eads Road, died Tuesday, July 7, 1998, in Johnson City Medical Center. She was a native of Bristol Tennessee, a homemaker and a member of Poplar Ridge Christian Church. Survivors include her husband, Fred Massengill; one son, Christopher Landon Massengill of the home; her parents, Jimmy E. and Faye Morris, Bluff City; one sister, Angie Morris Lowe, Bluff City; her grandmother, Zula Carter, Elizabethton; her grandfather, James W. Morris, Bristol TN; and several nieces and nephews. Tetrick Funeral Home, Bluff City Chapel, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 9, 1998

McGLOTHLIN, JOSEPHINE STEPHENSON Josephine Stephenson McGlothlin, 85, of Bristol Tennessee, died Monday, July 27, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Marion and a long-time resident of Bristol. She was the widow of Greer Harvey McGlothlin. Survivors include two sisters, Lilly M. Yohe, Bristol TN, and Roberta Ballreich, Palm Springs, CA; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Akard Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 28, 1998

McREYNOLDS, VIOLA Viola McReynolds, 86, of Bristol Virginia, died Tuesday, July 7, 1998, in Cedar Lawn Convalescent Home, Abingdon, VA. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, a homemaker and the widow of Carl M. McReynolds. Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Bradley, Bristol VA; one son, Bill McReynolds, Piney Flats; six sisters, Virginia Minton, Sophia Souder, Edith Sliger, Idadell Fleenor and Lola Salyer, all of Kingsport, and Frances Carty, La Verne, CA.; three granddaughters; three grandsons; and seven great-grandchildren. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 9, 1998

MILLER, MARTHA EVELYN BLUFF CITY -- Martha Evelyn Miller, 79, of 1340 Egypt Road, died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Bluff City, a housewife and a retired cook with Avoca Elementary School. She attended Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church and was the widow of William Wolford Miller. Survivors include one son, William "Bill" Miller, Bristol TN; two sisters, Celia Lee, San Mateo, CA, and Mary Lady, Bluff City; one granddaughter, Tammy Sue Malone; and one great-granddaughter. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 22, 1998

MITCHELL, HOMER GARLAND BLUFF CITY -- Homer Garland Mitchell, 67, of 1181 Silver Grove Road, died Thursday, July 2, 1998, at his home. He was a native of Washington County, VA, and lived all of his life in the Bluff City and Bristol areas. He was a plumber and carpenter, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of the Korean War and was a member of the Shakesville Church of Christ. Survivors include his wife, Imogene Garrett Mitchell; five daughters, Mrs. Paul G. (Sharon) Snead Jr., Mrs. Allen H. (Sandra) Odum Sr., Mrs. David E. (Lori) Owens, all of Bluff City, and Mrs. Roy A. (Connie) Kyte and Ms. Jackie Sells, both of Bristol TN; three sisters, Ruby L. Watson and Edith Mitchell, both of Bristol VA, and Katie Yeatman, Montros, Va.; five brothers, Roy Mitchell, Covington, GA, Ralph Chester Mitchell, Petersburg, VA, Floyd Douglas Mitchell, Dale C. Mitchell and Halvie Junior Mitchell, all of Bristol VA; ten grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 4, 1998

MONGER, WILLIAM William "Bill" Monger, 76, of 568 Old Stage Trail, Bristol, TN, died Thursday, July 2, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was employed with Bassett's Dairy for many years and was the former owner of Monger's Market and Mobile Home Park. He was a member of Vance Bible Church. Survivors include his wife, Ruby Galigher Monger; two sons, Bobby "Moose" Monger, Bristol TN, and the Rev. John W. Monger, Washington, IA; two half-sisters, Josie Lee, Morristown, TN, and Bonnie Sauceman, Mohawk, TN; one half-brother, Paul Pitts, Moshein, TN; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 4, 1998

MONTGOMERY, GAY M. Mrs. Gay M. Montgomery, 73, of the Denton's Valley community, Bristol Tennessee, died Sunday, July 12, 1998, at her home. She was a native of Washington County, had lived most of her life in Bristol Tennessee, and was a member of the Denton's Valley Baptist Church. She was the widow of Daniel Montgomery. Survivors include two sons, David Montgomery and Paul Montgomery, both of Bristol TN; three brothers, Slemp Baumgardner and Murphy Baumgarder, both of Abingdon, and Lessie Baumgardner, Bristol VA; two sisters, Marie White, Bristol TN, and Evelyn Jones, Abingdon; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Farris Funeral Service, Abingdon, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 14, 1998

MORTON, INA BLAIR BOLLING Mrs. Ina Blair Morton, 81, of 907 Bullock Hollow Road, Bristol, TN, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in Johnson City Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of the Bristol area and a retired employee of Parks Belk Company. She was a member of Central Christian Church, had been active in various circles of the church and was a member of the Loyal Brean Sunday School Class. She was the widow of George Morton. Survivors include one daughter, Cathy M. Olson, Bristol TN; one son, George (Tom) Morton, Greensboro, NC; one sister, Ethel Crabtree, Ceredo, WV; one brother, Elbert Bolling, Tulare, CA; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Akard Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 30, 1998

MYERS, SAMUEL MILLER BLUFF CITY -- Samuel Miller Myers, 72, of 219 Cherry Lane, died Thursday, July 9, 1998, at his home. He was a native of Nashville, grew up in Jefferson City, TN, and had lived in Bristol since 1950. He graduated from Carson-Newman College, was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War and retired from the National Guard in 1967, with the rank of major. Mr. Myers taught one year at Morristown High School, one year in Bristol Tennessee High School and retired from Raytheon with 42 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bristol, was a life member of the PTA, and was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Faye McCroskey Myers. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Snyder Myers; two daughters, Mrs. John R. (Linda) Williams, Conyers, GA, and Mrs. Phillip (Jama) Richardson, Louisville, TN; one son, Daniel L. Myers, Knoxville; three sisters, Louise Myers Harris, Orangeburg, SC, Mary Myers Lambert, Lewisburg, TN, and Nancy Myers Thompson, Harriman, TN; two brothers, Albert Myers, Jefferson City, TN, and Clifford Myers, Vestal, NY; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 10, 1998

NEAL, JAMILL Jamill Van Neal, 19, of 325 Harmeling Street, Bristol, VA, died Wednesday, July 8, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and had been a resident of Bristol since 1994. He graduated from Bristol Virginia High School in June, 1998. Survivors include one son, Devin Jeremiah Estrada, Bristol TN; his father, Fred Jerry Tabb, Bristol VA; two sisters, Tausha Caprise Wells, Bristol VA, and a sister in Cleveland, OH; four brothers, Jason Neal, Bristol VA, Jerry Sherrod "Muggsy" Clark, Atlanta, and two brothers in Cleveland, OH; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Akard Funeral Home is in charge. Arrangements are incomplete. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 10, 1998

NELSON, LULA BOOHER BLACK KNOXVILLE -- Lula Booher Black Nelson, formerly of Bristol, died Wednesday, July 8, 1998, in Greystone Health Care. She was a former employee of Agape, Inc., and was a Christian. Survivors include two sons, John Black, Albuquerque, NM, and Marc Black, Blackhawk, SD; one sister, Loretta Early, Bluff City; seven grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Akard Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 9, 1998

NELSON, MONA CLEMONS Mona Clemons Nelson, 85, of 345 Rosedale Lane, Bristol, TN, died Sunday, July 19, 1998, in Wellmont Hospice House. She was a native of Carter County and had made her home in the Bristol area. She was a retired employee of Strong Robinette Bag Company, attended Virginia Avenue Baptist Church and was the widow of Ott Nelson. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Jim (Linda) Barker, Bristol TN; one son, Wayne Nelson, Bristol TN; one sister, Hildred Hardin, Elizabethton, TN.; one granddaughter, Jessica Blackwell; two grandsons, Gene White and Kenny Nelson; one great-grandson; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 20, 1998

NININGER, LOIS MEADE ELLINGTON Lois Meade Ellington Nininger, 93, of 1340 Island Road, Bristol, VA, died Friday, July 17, 1998, at her home. She was originally from Russell County and had lived in the Bristol area most of her life. She was a member of State Street United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She was the widow of her first husband, T.R. Ellington, and her second husband, William C. Nininger. Survivors include two sisters, Jennie Snapp, Bristol TN, and Anna Lou Epps, Roanoke; one brother, Robert H. Meade, Hermitage, TN; one stepdaughter, Elizabeth Graham, Naples, FL.; one stepson, Pete Nininger, Bristol VA, and several nieces and nephews. Blevins Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 19, 1998

OSBORNE MELISSA JANE SMITH Mellissa Jane Smith Osborne, 46, of 400 Fort Shelby Apts. No. 808, Bristol, VA, died Friday, July 3, 1998, at her home. She was a lifelong resident of the Bristol area and a housewife. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include one son, Donnie Owens, Kingsport; her father, Don Smith, Bristol TN; her mother, Neva Sturgill, Bristol TN; one brother, Lester "Mickey" Botts, Bristol TN; three sisters, Shelia Fagola and Rebecca "Becky" Greenfield, both of Long Island, NY, and Denise Hopkins, Bristol TN; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 4, 1998

OWEN, ALICE ANN HALL Alice Ann Hall Owen, 66, of 9051/2 Kentucky Ave., Bristol, TN, died Wednesday, July 22, 1998, at her home. She was a native of Stuartsville, VA, had lived most of her life in the Roanoke area and had made her home in the Bristol area for the past three years. She was a retired employee with the Roanoke City School System and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Ann Mills, Bristol TN, and Linda Sue Hall, Pulaski, VA; six grandchildren, Tamara Leonard, Bristol VA, Tara C. Mills, Atlanta, Robert Mills Jr., Piney Flats, Sunni Hall and Shannon Hall, both of Pulaski, and Brenda S. Brown, Bristol TN; five great-grandchildren; and several nieces. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 23, 1998

OWENS, RONDA N. GRAY -- Ronda N. "Ron" Owens, 66, died Thursday, July 2, 1998, in the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Mountain Home. He was a native of Sullivan County and retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving in Korea and Vietnam. Survivors include two sisters, Vileta Bowery, Kingsport, and Miriam E. Huff, Blountville; one brother, Victor B. Owens Sr., Kingsport; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews. Hamlett-Dobson Funeral Home, Kingsport, is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 4, 1998

PHILLIPS, VIOLA BLOUNTVILLE -- Viola "Ola" Phillips, 91, died Tuesday, June 30, 1998, in Greystone Health Care Center. She was a native and lifelong resident of Sullivan County, a member of Mullins Chapel Church and the widow of Johnny Phillips. Survivors include three half-sisters, Virginia Bowery, Mary Davidson and Barbara Trivette, all of Bristol; one brother, Charlie Davidson, Blountville; and several nieces and nephews. Blountville Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JUNLY 2, 1998

POWELL, THOMAS Thomas "Tommy" Powell, 79, of Bristol Virginia, died Friday, July 3, 1998, in Johnston Memorial Hospital. He was a lifelong resident of Bristol and a retired employee of the former H.P. King Department Store. He was a longtime member of Euclid Avenue Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and former Sunday School teacher. Survivors include three nephews, Henry "Hank" Barker, Clinton, Tenn., Arthur Reed Barker, Claxton, TN, and John R. Barker, Knoxville; and seven nieces. Blevins Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 5, 1998

PRESSLEY, CHRISTOPHER M. BLUFF CITY -- Chris M. Pressley, 33, of 308 Hickory Lane, died Thursday, July 9, 1998, in Holston Valley Medical Center. He had lived in the Bristol area for ten years and attended Bradley Street Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Nyoka Pressley; one son, Coty Tate, Virginia Beach, VA; two stepsons, Travis Taylor, Bristol VA, and Michael Taylor, Bluff City; his mother and stepfather, Barbara and Tom Dumas, Palatka, FL; his father and stepmother, Tim and Beverly Pressley, Palatka; one sister, Tracy Perish, Palatka; and one stepsister, Nita James, Palatka. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 11, 1998

REPASS, CECILE LEONARD Mrs. Cecile L. Repass, 87, of 104 Rex Road, Bristol, TN, died Tuesday, July 21, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Bristol, a retired employee of Sears and a member of Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church. She was the widow of Charles Repass. Survivors include two brothers, Hagan E. Leonard Sr., and J.B. Leonard, both of Bristol TN; one sister, Lillian Carrier, Kingsport; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 22, 1998

REPASS, CHARLES SAMUEL "PAT" Charles Samuel "Pat" Repass, 76, died Sunday, July 12, 1998, in Wellmont Hospice House, Bristol Tennessee. He was a lifelong resident of Bristol Tennessee and a member of Virginia Avenue United Methodist Church. He was a member of the 8th Army Air Force based in England during World War II and was a member of the VFW. Mr. Repass retired in 1997, after 43 years with Raytheon. Survivors include one sister, Mary Evelyn Piott, Bristol TN; one brother, James W. Repass, Bristol TN; and two nephews, David Repass and Chuck Coulson. Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 13, 1998

ROLLER, CHARLENE ANNE REABSY Mrs. Charlene Anne Roller, 49, of 801 East State Street, Bristol, TN, died Saturday, July 11, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Welch, WV, and had been a resident of Bristol Tennessee, for the past 26 years. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include her husband, Harold Roller; two sons, Brian Anthony Roller, Bristol VA, and Douglas A. Roller, Bristol TN; one daughter, Ms. Martha A. Roller, Bristol TN; her mother, Mrs. Emestine W. Reabsy, War, WV; one brother, Paul Reabsy, Chicago; one sister, Mrs. Emma Maxley, Urbana, OH; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Robinson Mortuary, Bristol, is in charge. Arrangements are incomplete. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 13, 1998

RONISS, WAYNE Jr. Wayne Roniss Jr., 43, of 185 Second Street, Apartment A, Spring Village Apartments, Bristol, Va., died Sunday, July 12, 1998, at his home. He was a native of Champaign, IL, had lived in Bristol for the past 26 years and was employed with East Hill Golf Course as a groundskeeper. He was a member of Central Baptist Church. Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Roniss; two daughters, Stephanie Devore, Bristol VA, and Amy Cunningham, Bristol TN; one son, Dale Roniss, Bristol VA; his mother, Corrinne Lumme Roniss, Cary, Ill.; two brothers, Clinton Roniss, Cary, Ill., and Michael Roniss, Phoenix, AZ; two sisters, Florence Schiebe, Melrose Park, IL, and Wanda Ranachowski, Bowling Brook, IL; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 14, 1998

ROSS, IRIS ALICE Iris Alice Ross, 61, of 408 McDowell Street, Bristol, TN, died Sunday, July 5, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Bristol, a member of Hood Memorial AMC Zion Church and a graduate of Slater High School. She was employed with King College for a number of years. Survivors include two sons, Humberto Ross, Long Beach, CA, and Tyrone Ross, Bristol TN; two daughters, Ms. Lova Faye Ross, Bristol VA, and Mrs. Laveria Bozeman, Salisbury, NC; five brothers, Harris Howard, Milton Howard and Aaron Howard, all of Bristol TN, Roland Heath, Cincinnati, and William Howard, Browns Mills, NJ; five sisters, Mrs. Linnie Westmoreland, Troutman, NC, Mrs. Geneive Wilson, Detroit, Ms. Rita Howard, Washington, DC, Ms. Olivia Howard, Danville, VA, and Ms. Ethel Howard, Bristol TN; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Robinson Mortuary, Bristol, VA, is in charge. Arrangements are incomplete. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 6, 1998

SENEKER, TRULA POPE Trula Pope Seneker, 84, of Bristol TN, died Friday, July 17, 1998, in Hendersonville Hospital. She was a native and lifelong resident of Bristol, and the widow of William Paul Seneker. Survivors include four daughters, Jean Ferrando, Hendersonville, Linda Sanford, Lancaster, OH, Mary Kissel, Bogart, GA, and Betty Heiney, Oxford, PA; three sons, Stan Seneker, Naples, FL, Bill Seneker, Centreville, VA, and James Seneker, Knoxville; 25 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Akard Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 19, 1998

SHEETS, ELMER ROY Elmer Roy Sheets, 89, of 1733 Overhill Road, Bristol, VA, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in NHC of Bristol. He was a native of Grayson County, and was raised in the Konnarock Community. He attended Emory & Henry College and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. When he moved to Bristol, he was involved in the management of Hotel Bristol and later retired following 30 years as a postal Clerk with the Bristol Virginia Post Office. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, chairman of the board of deacons, and was a teacher of the Men's Bible Class. He was an active member of the Virginia Postal Clerks, which he had served as president and was past president of the Bristol Evening Lions Club. Survivors include his wife, Ruby K. Sheets; two daughters, Linda Huber, Marion, and Kathy Cumbow, Bristol VA; two sisters, Edith Gentry, Damascus, and Margaret Booth, Glade Spring; and several nieces and nephews. Oakley-Cook Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 29, 1998

SHELTON, FRANCES H. Frances H. Shelton, 77, of Stant Hall, Bristol, VA, died Wednesday, July 22, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a lifelong resident of Bristol and retired from Bristol Lingerie. She was the widow of Otto Elgin Shelton and was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Matthew (Beatrice) Plaskie, Bristol VA; two brothers, Julius D. Hoover, Johnson City, and Bill G. Hoover, Selma, NC; and several nieces and nephews. Blevins Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 23, 1998

SMITH, ETHEL Ethel Smith, 89, of 2815 Broad St., Bristol, TN, died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, in Cambridge House. She was a housewife and a lifelong resident of the Bristol area. She was an Independent Baptist. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Joe (Bobbie) Hatcher, Mrs. James (Reba) Pless and Mary Hawk, all of Bristol Tennessee; one son, Jack Smith, Indiana; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Private graveside services for Ethel Smith were held Thursday in Glenwood Cemetery. Weaver Funeral Home was in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 17, 1998

SORAH, JOHN CLINT John "Clint" Sorah, 75, of 10323 Golspier Drive, Bristol, VA, died Sunday, July 5, 1998, in Bristol Nursing Home. He was a native of Bristol Virginia, a retired maintenance worker and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eula Lee Mumpower Sorah; three daughters, Sheila Cuddy and Pamela Worley, both of Bristol VA, and Cindy Adams, Bristol TN; one son, John C. Sorah Jr., Calabash, NC; one sister, Audra McCracken, Bristol VA; one brother, Jack Sorah, Bristol VA; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 6, 1998

SWIFT, DORIS E. ROE Doris E. Roe Swift, 63, of 1305 Texas Avenue, died Saturday, July 11, 1998, in Greystone Health Care Center. She was a lifelong resident of the Bristol area and a former employee of the Bristol Herald Courier. She was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include two daughters, Gail Swift, Bristol TN, and Ginger Leonard, Bristol VA; one sister, Naomi Helton, Bristol VA; two granddaughters; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 13, 1998

UMBERGER, ROBERTA FRANCES Roberta Frances Umberger, 79, of Bristol Tennessee, died Saturday, July 11, 1998, in the Cambridge House. She was a lifelong resident of Bristol and was a member of the Bristol Congregation of Jehovah Witnesses. Survivors include one brother, Donald E. Umberger, Bristol Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 13, 1998

WARD, HOBERT V. Sr. BLOUNTVILLE -- Hobert V. Ward Sr., 77, formerly of Watauga Square Apartment No. 601, Johnson City, died Wednesday, July 15, 1998, in Greystone Health Care Center, 181 Dunlap Road. He was a native of Burnsville, NC, and had lived in the area for more than 50 years. He was a dairy farmer, and worked at ITT North Electric for five years before retirement. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie Brown Ward. Survivors include one son, Hobert Ward Jr., Bluff City; one daughter, Elaine Steele, Bluff City; six sisters, Trula Laws, St. Cloud, Fla., Elaine Denny and Lee McCurry, both of Unicoi, Kay Cox, Gray, Vee Denita Ward and Linda Killen, both of Johnson City; three granddaughters, one grandson; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Appalachian-Hartman Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 17, 1998

WILLIAMS, INEZ M. HERMITAGE, TN -- Inez M. Williams, formerly of Bristol Tennessee, died Tuesday, July 28, 1998, in Hermitage. She was the widow of the Rev. Thomas M. Williams. Survivors include two sons, Isaac J. Williams and Thomas M. Williams Jr., both of Nashville; two daughters, Mrs. Roscoe (Brenda) Goins, Louisville, TN, and Ms. Tonya M. Williams, Hermitage; one brother, John W. Middleton, Las Vegas, NV; two sisters, Ms. Betty J. Rowe and Ms. Alice M. Johnson, both of Hattiesburg, MI; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Robinson Mortuary, Bristol, is in charge. Arrangements are incomplete. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 30, 1998

WILLIAMS, WALTER HENRY Walter Henry Williams, 70, of 1616 Georgia Avenue, Bristol, TN, died Tuesday, July 14, 1998, at his home. He was a lifelong resident of Sullivan County and retired after owning and operating Local Dry Cleaners, on Lee Highway, for several years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War, was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by his wife, Irene Russell Williams. Survivors include three daughters, Brenda Booher, Bristol VA, Mildred May and Christine May, both of Salem, OH; seven sons, James Ault, Houston, TX, Walt Williams Jr., Salem, OH, Doug Williams, Lectonia, OH; Bobby Cross and Wayne Cross both of the home; Richard Hatcher, Bluff City, and Ray Cross, Abingdon; four sisters, Nell Vance, Hattie Hudshkiss, Carrie Shore and Ethel Pinchback; one brother, Charles Williams; 28 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 16, 1998

WILLIAMS, WINNIE MAE Winnie Mae Williams, 88, of Bristol Tennessee, died Thursday, July 6, 1998, in Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a housewife and the widow of Arthur Williams. Survivors include four sisters, Ruth Carlton, Lenoir, NC, Myrtle Lyon, Bluff City, Elizabeth Blair, Bristol TN, and Agnes Hicks, Blountville; and several nieces and nephews. Weaver Funeral Home is in charge. BRISTOL HERALD COURIER JULY 18, 1998


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