Ralph D. Bailey
Ralph D. Bailey, 56, of Honaker, died July 9 in a Lebanon hospital.
Born June 23, 1952 in Richlands, he was a son of Earl Henry and Bonnie Thomas Bailey of Honaker.
A lifelong resident of the area, he was a 1971 graduate of Honaker High School and was a member of Honaker Church of God in Honaker. He was formerly employed as a coal miner for 27 years and was most recently employed at Alcoa for the past ten years.
He was preceded in death by one brother, Doug Bailey, and his maternal grandmother, Ada Hall.
Additional survivors: wife of 36 years, Mary Lynn Bailey; sons, Robbie Bailey and Rodney “Dodi” Bailey, both of Honaker; granddaughter, Reiley Jayd; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Clinton Farmer of Rosedale, Rita and Terry Honaker of Honaker; brothers, Dee Bailey and wife, Robin, of Hansonville, Tony Bailey of Honaker; sister-in-law, Judy Bailey of Honaker; special family, Michael Hubbard and Josh Brown; several nieces and nephews; great-nieces, Stella and Gracie; and great-nephew, Kamden.
The funeral was conducted at 11 a.m. July 12 in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ancil Childress, Pastor Larry Brooks and Rev. Harless Hess officiating.
Interment followed in the Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon.
Melissa Jewel Whittaker Childers, 46, of Willow Spring, N.C., and formerly of Tazewell, went to be with the Lord July 13 at her daughter’s home in Garner, N.C., after a long, courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
She was born March 25, 1962 in Bluefield, W.Va. She was employed by Rite Aid Pharmacy in Apex, N.C., and previously Kerr Drug in Fuquay-Varina, N.C., as Assistant Manager.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Donald H. Whittaker, Sr. and Hylda Morgan Whittaker. She was of the Baptist faith.
She had a special inherited love for the outdoors, flowers and especially fishing. She was a “tomboy” at heart.
Survivors: daughter, Virginia Aiello and husband, Joe, of Garner; son, Trey Childers of Fuquay-Varina; grandson, Isaac Aiello; brothers, Don (Junior) Whittaker and wife, Ann, of Big Stone Gap, Charles Whittaker and wife, Imogene, of Conway, S.C.; the father of her children, Raymond Childers and wife, Sheila, of Burlington, N.C.; two aunts; cousins; and many nieces and nephews.
Graveside services and interment will be held July 16 at 1 p.m. at Highland Memory Gardens, Lee Highway, Dublin, with Rev. Dr. M.C. Tolbert officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Wake Co., 1300 St. Mary’s St., 4th Floor, Raleigh, NC 27605.
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Claude Coleman Crigger, Sr.
Claude Coleman Crigger, Sr., 79, of Mavisdale, died July 7 in a Bristol, Tenn. hospital.
Born March 8, 1929 in Thorpe, W.Va., he was the son of the late John William and Hallie Sizemore Crigger.
He was a United States Navy Veteran of World War II and was a member of John Ratliff Post 164 of the American Legion. He was a member of Garden United Methodist Church. He was a charter member and past president of Garden Lions Club. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family in his generation.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Betty Jane Crigger (infant), Kathleen Crigger (infant) and Pauline Crumpton, and two brothers, Harold Crigger (infant) and Bill Crigger.
Survivors: wife of 57 years, Beulah Elizabeth Hale Crigger; sons, John William Crigger and wife, Debbie, of Garden Creek, George Thomas Crigger and wife, Kathy, of Vansant, Claude Coleman Crigger, Jr. and wife, Alice, of Keen Mountain; grandchildren, Paige Crigger, Bill Crigger II, Jonathan Crigger, Tom Crigger, Cala Crigger Slone and Josh Crigger; and great-grandchildren, Courtney Puckett, Alayna Crigger, Hunter Crigger and Dylan Smith.
The funeral was conducted at 1 p.m. July 10 at Buchanan Funeral Service Chapel at Keen Mountain with Rev. Ray Amos, Rev. Tom Witten and Rev. Mike Rife officiating.
Burial followed in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
Military graveside rites were conducted by John Ratliff Post 164 of the American Legion.
A service was held July 9 at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Garden United Methodist Church, 744 Terry Drive, Richlands, VA 24641 or Oakwood Volunteer Fire Department, PO Drawer J, Oakwood, VA 24631.
Debra Ann Lester Crockett, 52, of Honaker, went to be with her Lord, July 10 in a Lebanon hospital.
Born April 27, 1956 in Drill, she was a daughter of Bill F. Lester of Drill and the late Eva M. Lester.
A lifelong resident of the area, she was employed by Wallace Furniture and Hardware and was a member of the Honaker Christmas Parade Committee. She was of the Freewill Baptist faith and Rev. Fairley Spencer was her pastor. She was very active in her community and she loved life and was loved by many.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by one sister, Edith Kay Lester; one brother, Roy William Lester, and one infant brother; and her father-in-law, John D. Crockett, Jr.
Additional survivors: husband of 34 years, Bobby Eugene Crockett; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Kay and David Owens of Honaker; sister and brother-in-law, Betty Sue and Donnie Deskins of Honaker; brothers, Freddie Kyle Martin and wife, Betty, Ricky Edward Lester and Ronald Dean Lester; mother-in-law, Inez R. Crockett of Honaker; sisters-in-law, Donna Barton and husband, Rev. Denver, of Davenport, Tammy Cook and husband, Jessee, of Florida, Sherry Cole and husband, Brian, and Debbie Stevens, all of Honaker; brother-in-law, John D. Crockett III and wife, Melinda, of Springfield, Tenn.; family friend, Gary Stevens of Honaker; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. July 13 in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Fairley Spencer officiating.
Interment followed in the Martin Cemetery on Stinson Ridge.
Betty Jo Monk Goss
Betty Jo Monk Goss, 79, of Cedar Bluff, died July 10 in a Lebanon hospital following a lengthy illness.
Born in Richlands, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Viola Terry Monk.
She was a lifelong resident of the Richlands area.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John L. Goss, Jr.; two daughters, Deborah Lynn and Cynthia Rebecca Goss; and two brothers, Arthur and Giles Monk.
Survivors: sons, Johnny L. Goss and wife, Carol, of Belfast, Kenneth Larry Goss and wife, Pat, of Belfry, Ky., Tommy Gregory Goss and Jerry A. Goss, both of Cedar Bluff; brother, Kenneth Monk and wife, Della, of Richlands; six grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.
The funeral was conducted July 13 at 2 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with the Rev. Buddy Herald officiating.
Interment followed at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
Floyd Griffith, Jr.
Floyd Griffith, Jr., 78, of Richlands, died July 12 at his home following an extended illness.
Born in Richlands Feb. 17, 1930, he was the son of the late Floyd Griffith, Sr. and Ollie Dye Griffith.
He was a U.S. Army Korean War Veteran. He worked for the town of Richlands as a Meter Officer and as a Justice of the Peace. He was a Mine Inspector for the Underwriters Safety & Claims of Louisville, Ky. He was a Mine Foreman for Pittston Coal Company and Island Creek Coal Company. He was of the Pentecostal Faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Samuel Griffith; six sisters, Bessie Rose, Mildred Rector, Dolly Snell, Jean Richards, Violet Brock and Lucille Schmitt; and four brothers, Bill Griffith, Roy Griffith, Jay Griffith and Joe White.
Survivors: wife of 55 years, Shelby Jean Griffith; daughters, Bonita (Bonnie) White and husband, J.R., of Bristol, Va., Rev. Deidra Rowe and husband, Gary, of Cedar Bluff; son Rev. Dean Griffith and wife, Donna, of Richlands; brother, Jessie Griffith; sisters, Alice Cordle and husband, Ronnie, of Belfast, Linda Proffitt of Hansonville, Nancy Crouse and husband, Ken, of Winchester; grandchildren, Jonathan Shortridge, Jordan Griffith, Micaiah Rowe and Anne Simmons and husband, Kenny; great grandson, Kalib Simmons; special sister-in-law, Diane White of Lake City, Fla.; special caregivers, Barbara Joyce, Linda Patterson, staff of Helping Hands, staff of Golden Age and staff of Preferred Hospice; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
The funeral was conducted at 11 a.m. July 15 at the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Dennis White and Rev. Brandon Curtis officiating.
Burial followed in the Greenhills Memory Gardens Cemetery at Claypool Hill.
Military graveside rites were conducted by the Casey-Short V.F.W. Post 9640.
Letty M. Johnson Hylton
Letty M. Johnson Hylton, 83, died at home July 2.
She was a resident of Barberton, Ohio for 60 years.
She was preceded in death by several infant brothers and sisters and brothers, Lloyd and Willard Johnson.
Survivors: husband of 63 years, William “Mack”; son, Gary Patton (Linda) Hylton; daughters, Laura Ann (Richard) Reighard, Mary (Edward) Soltis; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sister, Nellie Breeding of Richlands; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Vickie Lonteen and Alice Gregg.
The funeral was conducted July 7 at 2 p.m. at the Campfield-Hickman-Collier Funeral Home at Barberton, Ohio, with Rev. Ray D. Hylton officiating.
Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care Center, American Heart Association or the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
Information submitted by Singleton Funeral Service, Cedar Bluff.
Alta Kathleen Looney
Alta Kathleen Looney, 80, of Richlands, died July 12 at her home following a brief illness.
Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of the late George and Pinky Davis Raines, both Buchanan County natives.
She had made her home in Buchanan County most of her life and was a former librarian at Grundy Elementary School. She was also a bookkeeper for several coal companies and past president of the Ladies Auxiliary and a member of the Moose Lodge. She was a graduate of Grundy Senior High School and attended Pikeville College. She was a member of the Church of Christ in Grundy and attended the First Christian Church in Richlands.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Edison Looney, and one sister, Geraldine Collier.
Survivors: son, George Dean Looney and wife, Drema, of Richlands; husband, Richard Sargent of Richlands; sister, Shirley Dameron of Michigan; special niece, Linda; grandchildren, Andrea Jennings and husband, Matt, of Mooresville, N.C., Valerie Looney and Sarah Looney, both of Richlands; and five grandchildren.
Memorial services were held July 15 at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Richlands with the Rev. Stafford Compton officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Christian Church, Box 1307, Richlands, VA 24641.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands was in charge of arrangements.
Lyndall Howery Barrett Musick, 88, of North Tazewell, died July 12 at Tazewell Community Hospital.
Born Dec. 29, 1919 in Tazewell County, she was a daughter of the late James W. and Una Mays Howery.
She was a lifelong member of Pisgah United Methodist Church of the Pisgah community in Tazewell County, where she held various church offices, and was a past President of the United Methodist Women.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Clarence Edward Barrett; her second husband, J.E. Musick; one son, Eddie Barrett; three sisters, Trula Jones, Sadie Davidson and Charlotte Harman; and three brothers, Sgt. Donald Howery, W.D. Howery and Marvin Dennis Howery.
Survivors: grandsons, Shannon Susman of Savannah, Ga., Jason Susman of Florida; sisters, Janice Witt of North Tazewell, Mays Ball of Princeton, W.Va., Myrtle Howery of Tazewell; and special neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Jerry McReynolds, Virginia Hager and Jess Peery.
The funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. July 14 at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. Jim Denton officiating.
Burial followed at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, Va.
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Kyle (Snow Ball) Perkins
Kyle (Snow Ball) Perkins, 87, of Cedar Bluff, died July 12 at his home.
Born Dec. 2, 1920 in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Walter R. and Bessie Smith Perkins.
He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II where he served in the South Pacific in the Battle of the Solomon Islands. He retired from N & W Railroad.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Maggie Perkins; two brothers, Bob Perkins and Guy Perkins; and three sisters, Georgia Shortridge, Dixie McCormick and Madoline (Pete) Morris.
Survivors: daughters, Linda Gail Maiellano and husband, Lou, of Levittown, Pa., Brenda Karen Perkins and Richard Keith of Morrisville, Pa.; sister, Ethel McNew of Bristol, Tenn.; brothers, Charles Perkins and wife, Lanthia, and Jimmy Perkins and wife, Ruby, all of Grundy; grandson, Eric Shannon Stacy and Lori Bartoshevich of Los Angeles, Calif.; granddaughter, Tanesa Shauntai Sanchez and husband, Mario, of Philadelphia, Pa.; great grandchildren, Selena Sanchez, Mario Sanchez and Alexis Sanchez, all of Philadelphia; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. July 16 at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel at Cedar Bluff with Rev. Earl Hess and Rev. Otis Musick officiating.
Entombment will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool Hill.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by Casey-Shortt VFW Post 9640.
Mabel (Granny) Rose
Mabel (Granny) Rose, 82, of Burke’s Garden, formerly of Richlands, died July 12.
Born at Richlands Oct. 29, 1925, she was the daughter of Thomas and Maude Puckett Vencil.
She was of the Holiness faith. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jennings Rose; one son, Richard Thomas; and several brothers and sisters. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family in her generation.
Survivors: son, Jerry Rose and wife, Janette, of Burke’s Garden; daughter, Patricia Harman and husband, Jack, of Statesville, N.C.; grandchildren, Alisha Bowes and husband, Benny, Michael Harman, Shannon McGraw and husband, Thomas, and Kate Short and husband, Tony; step grandchildren, Kenny Hicks and wife, Jamie, and Karrie Hicks; great grandson, Damon Bowes; step great grandson, Gabriel Hicks; and special friends, whom she thought the world of, Lenden and Doris Thompson.
The funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. July 15 at the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with Rev. Delmar Somoskey officiating.
Burial followed in the Greenhills Memory Gardens Cemetery at Claypool Hill.
Doris Ann Sanders
Doris Ann Sanders, 53, of Pounding Mill, died July 7 in a Richlands hospital following a lengthy illness.
Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of Ruth Humphrey Blankenship of Tazewell and the late Luther Blankenship.
She was a lifelong resident of the Buchanan and Tazewell County area and was a former employee of Waffle and Egg at Claypool Hill. She was of the Presbyterian faith.
Survivors: daughter, Natisha Glover and husband, Nathan, of Roanoke; sons, Jimmy Blankenship and wife, Chrissy, stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army, Shaun Sanders of Pounding Mill; former husband, Douglas Mack Sanders of Pounding Mill; sisters, Patricia Meadows and husband, Roger, of Beckley, W.Va., Aleta Rasnake and husband, Howard, Cynthia Ratliff, and Chantay Davidson and husband, Gerald, all of Council, Kimberley Adhikusuma and husband, Niki, of Stephens City; and grandchildren, Alyssa Blankenship and Johnanna Blankenship.
The funeral was conducted at 11 a.m. July 10 at Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands with the Rev. Ancil Childress officiating.
Interment followed in Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill.
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Douglas Avery Smith
Douglas Avery Smith, 77, of Blountville, Tenn., passed from this life July 7 at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, Tenn., following a long illness.
Born in Tazewell County, Nov. 14, 1930, he was the son of the late Frazier and Erma Brown Smith.
He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, serving during the Korean Conflict. He retired as a brakeman for the Norfolk Southern Railroad after 36 years of employment. He was also a member of Shekinah Church.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Ketchum Smith, and five brothers, Mason, Lawrence, James, Charlie and Curtis
Survivors: wife, Janet Wilson Smith; sons, Richard “Khris” Smith, of Abingdon, Douglas A. Smith, Jr. and wife, Melanie, of Chilhowie; sister, Janet Smith Addington and husband, Dallas, of Jewell Ridge; grandchildren, Emily Smith Nester and husband, Travis, Matthew Smith and wife, Danielle, and Avery Smith; three great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Other survivors include: his stepchildren, Cathy Smith Cox and husband, Greg, of Chapmanville, W.Va., Terri Smith Alsbrook of Blountville, Randy Smith and wife, Karen, of Richlands, Jeffery Smith and wife, Anne, of Earlysville; step grandchildren, Jason Alsbrook, Jessica Blankenship and husband, Eddie, Erin Hann and husband, Dylan, Will Smith, Kelly Smith, and Evan Smith, Avery Smith and Graham Smith; and two step great grandchildren.
The funeral was conducted July 10 at 2 p.m. at the Hurst Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with Dr. Sue Curran and the Rev. Raymond “Buddy” Herald officiating.
Interment followed at Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery in Richlands.
Members of the American Veterans Honor Guard Association conducted military graveside rites.
Jerome Scott Smith
Jerome Scott Smith, 53, of the Tip Top community of North Tazewell, died peacefully in his sleep July 6 at his home.
Born Dec. 6, 1954 in Tazewell, he was a son of V. Marie Smith of Mudfork and the late Joel A. Smith.
He graduated from Tazewell High School in 1973 and attended Southwest Virginia Community College. He was a former coal miner and was a US Army veteran. He attended the Mudfork Church of Christ. He especially enjoyed playing with his grandchildren, enjoyed cars, the outdoors and his friends. He loved people and enjoyed talking to everyone he met. He had many friends from childhood as well as friends he met during his life many of which were friends he made at the Princeton Veterans Center.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one niece, Amanda Smith.
A loving husband and father, he leaves behind his wife of 35 years, Mona Smith; sons, Scott and wife, Martha, of Thompson Valley, Charlie and wife, Katie, of Knoxville, Tenn., Ryan of Hampton, Fla.; grandchildren, Karen, Kelsey, Will, Karman, and Brodey; brothers, Thomas Smith and wife, Debbie, and Phillip Smith and wife, Sandra, all of Mudfork; special niece, Amy Price and husband, L.J.; and a host of other family and friends.
The funeral was conducted at 2 p.m. July 10 at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with Johnny Elmore officiating.
Burial followed at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, Va., where military graveside rites were conducted by members of the Barns-Beavers VFW Post #7136 of Tazewell.
The family requests memorial contributions be directed to the American Heart Association, C/O Marie Alicie, Treasurer, P.O. Box 909, Tazewell, VA 24651.
William Alexander “Zan” Stuart, Jr.
William Alexander “Zan” Stuart, Jr., 85, died at his residence June 28.
Born in Abingdon, he was preceded in death by his parents, William A. and Ellen Stuart, and his first wife, Cynthia Bemiss Stuart.
Survivors: brother, George Rogers Clark Stuart and wife, Mary, of Abingdon; wife, Lynda S. Stuart, of Rosedale; son, William A. “Sandy” Stuart and wife, Betsy, of Wayne, Ill.; daughters, Elizabeth “Bee” Stuart, of Marble Hill, Catherine Stuart Partrick and husband, Neal, of Washington, N.C.; step-son, Todd Harold Sevick and wife, Jimme; step-daughter, Joan Sevick Baumann and husband, Ed; and grandchildren, Anne Colston Stuart Carr and husband, Jon, James Ewell Brown “Jeb” Stuart, Alexander Stuart Breimann, James Preston “Jay” Breimann, Catherine Greenway “Kate” Breimann, Cornelius Theodore Partrick III, Cynthia Stuart Partrick, Morgan Kathryn Sevick, Kelsey Lynn Sevick, Bryce Joseph Baumann, Abigail June Baumann, Laura Joan Baumann, and Eric Walter Baumann.
A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. July 4 at the Elk Garden Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Farm Heritage Museum, c/o Historic Crab Orchard Museum & Pioneer Park,
3663 Crab Orchard Road, Tazewell, VA 24651.
Owens Funeral Service & Cremation Service in Lebanon was in charge of arrangements.
Velva Coxton Taylor
Velva Coxton Taylor, 63, of the Thompson Valley section of Tazewell, died July 11 in a Tazewell hospital.
Born June 12, 1945 in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence Robert and Carlie Elva Street Coxton.
She spent several years of her life in Charlotte, N.C., prior to moving to Tazewell five years ago. She was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Christopher Taylor; one grandson, Anthony “Tiny” Asbury; special companion, Don Robinson; three sisters, Daisy Shevy, Della Hatfield and Aley Geraldine Hatfield; and one brother, Hurshel Coxton.
Survivors: daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Fern and Jim Smith of Wardell, Reba “Angel” and Mark Shortt of Richlands, Sheryl and Clyde Gregory of Thompson Valley; grandchildren, Michael Smith, Harley Smith, Markel Blankenship, Jr., Jessica Brown, Aleshia Shortt and Ginger Shortt; great-grandson, Logan Dale; one expected grandson; brothers, Sonny Coxton and wife, Jeanette, Bobby Coxton and wife, Sharon, Joey Coxton and wife, Connie, Burkey Coxton and wife, Brenda, Bill Coxton and wife, Lucy, and John L. Coxton and wife, Sandy, all of Thompson Valley, Ricky Coxton and wife, Lyla, of Dry Fork, Scotty Coxton and wife, Tracy, of Honaker; sisters, Judy Rollins of Gordonsville, Linda Kennon of Fredericksburg; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. July 16 in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael Justice officiating.
Interment will follow in the Coxton Cemetery near the home in Thompson Valley.