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Bise
Lillian Ardella McAllister Bise, age 86, of Glade Spring, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy, Glade Spring. 
Survivors include three sons, Ernest Bise and Charles Rudy Bise, both of Glade Spring, and Marvin Phibbs, Clarksville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Cecile Eddy, Glade Spring. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Church of God of Prophecy, Glade Spring, with the Rev. Gary Jonas and the Rev. Robert Lanter officiating. Burial followed in Mount Rose Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements.

Brown
Beatrice Lucille Smith Brown, age 69, died Thursday, Oct. 2, 1997 at her home in Marion. 
She was a native of Saltville and had lived in Marion and Roanoke. She was a homemaker most of her life and was a member of the Atkins Baptist Church. 
Survivors include two sons and one daughter-in-law, Donald and Debbie Hogston, Smith Mountain Lake, and Dennis Brown, Sugar Grove; one daughter, Bobbie Wertz, Roanoke; her mother, Ora Lee Smith, Marion; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Gene and Helen Smith, Atkins, Joe and Jeanette Smith, Marion, and Buck and Ginny Smith, Troutdale; one sister and brother-in-law, Opal and Bill Thomas, Marion; two grandsons, Chad Hogston, Wilmington, Del., and Philip Wertz, Roanoke; four nieces and five nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. at Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jack Burke officiating. Interment will be Monday, Oct. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations should be made to the Atkins Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 214, Atkins, VA 24311. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Clear
Alton Brooks "Judge" Clear, age 93, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997 in Austin, Texas. 
He was a native of Chatham Hill and had lived in Bristol prior to moving to Austin nine years ago. 
He was a retired UMWA coal miner. 
Survivors include one sister-in-law, Mattie Clear, Broadford; one special great-niece, Susan Hisle; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Cahill officiating. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements.

Bishop
John A. Bishop, age 81, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997 at his home in Glade Spring. He was a member of Chilhowie Baptist Church and a retired farmer. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Air Force. 
He is survived by his wife, Bela Widener Bishop, Glade Spring; three daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and David Hill, Meadowview, Mary Alice and Donnie Roe, Glade Spring, and Ruth B. and Mike Anderson, Chilhowie; one son and daughter-in-law, John M. and Barbara Bishop, Glade Spring; his mother-in-law, Edith Widener; 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at the Chilhowie Baptist Church with the Rev. Chuck Herrell officiating. Interment followed in the Bishop Cemetery. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Chilhowie was in charge of arrangements.

Haga
Martha E. Haga, age 82, died Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Ms. Haga was born Oct. 7, 1914, the daughter of the late John A. and Gracie Holdaway Haga. She was retired from the E.I. Dupont Company in Martinsville. 
She is survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law, Beatrice Blevins of Bristol, and Dorothy and Alex Musser of Rural Retreat; three brothers and sisters-in-law, John A. Jr. and Mary Lundy Haga of Granite Falls, N.C., Eugene and Eva Ross Haga of Fenton, Mich., and Sherman and Joyce Thomas Haga of Atkins; a host of nieces and nephews; a special friend and caretaker, Mary Ann Trivett. 
Graveside services will be held today, Oct. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Groseclose with the Rev. Steve Tilley officiating. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

McCoy
Buford Hampton McCoy, age 78, of Calypso, N.C., formerly of Marion, died Monday, Sept. 29, 1997 in North Carolina. 
Mr. McCoy was born on April 15, 1919 to the late Henry Hampton McCoy and Minnie Bell Weisse McCoy in Rhodell, W.Va. He worked as a coal miner in West Virginia for 20 years. He was a member of the Peace Baptist Church in Calypso, N.C., and a member of the Freedom Tabernacle Baptist Church in Atkins where he served on the board of elders. 
Mr. McCoy was preceded in death by his wife, Melvina Lilly McCoy. 
He is survived by two daughters, Delores Hayes, Goldsboro, N.C., and Juanita Kelly, Newportville, Penn.; two sons, Buford D. McCoy, Lindenwold, N.J., and Gary McCoy, Bangor, Maine; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Oct. 3, at 11 a.m. in the Freedom Tabernacle Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Sage officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Lawn Cemetery. 
Barnett's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Ratcliff
Macy Ratcliff, age 90, of Saltville, died Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1997 in Valley Health Care Center, Chilhowie. 
She was a lifetime member of First Christian Church, Saltville. 
She was the widow of J.W. Ratcliff. She was also preceded in death by two sons, Doug and Maynard Ratcliff. 
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Alfred Ward, Saltville; one son and daughter-in-law, James and Bonnie Ratcliff, Saltville; five grandsons; three step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Graveside services were held Thursday, Oct. 2, at 4 p.m. in Elizabeth Cemetery with the Rev. Jerry Williams officiating. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements. 

Buchanan
Mary Rachel Buchanan, age 82, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997 at her home in Saltville. 
She was a member of New Cove United Methodist Church and was the widow of Paddy Buchanan. 
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, David "Mac" and Pat Buchanan, Saltville; one daughter and son-in-law, Paddie and Garland Scott, Marion; one brother, Richard "Topsy" McGhee, Saltville; seven sisters, Annie Sanders, Saltville, Hazel Ford, Dora McAllister, Laura Blevins, Mixie McAllister and Betty Bise, all of Chilhowie, and Joyce Blevins, Marion; two grandchildren, Garland Scott III and Amy Lynn Scott; two great-grandchildren, Hannah E. Scott and Ashlyn L. Scott; one sister-in-law, Rosie McGhee. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 11, in Ridgedale United Methodist Church with burial in Ridgedale Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements. 

Lambert 
Mary Katherine Shupe Lambert, age 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 7, 1997 in the Francis Marion Manor. 
Mrs. Lambert was born July 13, 1915 to the late James and Celia Jane Shupe in Washington County. She lived most of her life in Smyth County. 
She attended the Valley View Baptist Church and was active in the Senior Citizens group in Marion. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lambert; two brothers, one sister, and three nephews. 
Survivors include two sisters, Sarah Gowins, Marion, and Laura Sexton, Rising Sun, Md.; five stepchildren; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. 
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Adam Love officiating. Interment followed in Roselawn Cemetery. 
Barnett's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. o 

Miller
Margaret Isabelle Miller, age 85, died Thursday, Oct. 9, 1997 at her home in Glade Spring. 
She was a lifelong resident of the Glade Spring area and was the widow of S.G. "Sam" Miller. 
She was a member of Little Rock Baptist Church. 
Survivors include two stepsons, Dewart Miller and Brent Miller, both of Marion; one stepdaughter, June Buchanan, Marion; one sister, Louise Miller, Glade Spring; two grandchildren. 
Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 11, in Old Glade Presbyterian Cemetery with the Rev. Mahlon Wyatt and the Rev. Buster Mullins officiating. The family will receive friends from noon to 1:30 p.m. today at Farris Funeral Home in Abingdon. Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 165 East Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210. 
Farris Funeral Home in Abingdon is in charge of arrangements.

Walls
Gladys V. Walls, age 73, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1997 at her home in Konnarock. 
She was a native of Washington County and a member of Konnarock Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Emmett John Pugh and Bessie Carolyn Yates Pugh; two brothers, Cecil Pugh and Robert Pugh. 
Survivors include three sisters, Lura Trivett, Rural Retreat, Arleen Hayes, Konnarock, and Mary Shumate, Boothwyn, Penn.; two brothers, Paul Pugh, Bristol, and Joseph Pugh, Kirkwood, Penn.; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 11, in Konnarock Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Cuddy and the Rev. Homer Fritz officiating. Burial will be in Azen Cemetery. 
Johnson Funeral Home in Damascus is in charge of arrangements.

West
Glenn Edward West, age 92, died Wednesday, Oct. 8, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Mr. West worked in the Jewel Ridge Mines for several years while a young man. He was employed with Smyth Home Construction for over 30 years and worked as a contract carpenter and a cabinet maker in Vero Beach, Fla. He was a member of the Zion Hill United Methodist Church. 
He was preceded in death by three brothers, Eugene West, Carl West, and Luther West, and one sister, Bertha West. 
He is survived by his wife, Trula West, Marion; one sister, Ada Wright, Meadowview; one brother, Russell West, Marion; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted today, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. in Zion Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Carol Ferguson and the Rev. Fred Parker officiating. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service to lie in state. Interment will follow in the West Cemetery. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Copenhaver
Glenn Trigg Copenhaver, age 82, of Wytheville, formerly of Rural Retreat, died Monday, Oct. 13, 1997 in Edgemont Center. 
He was born Feb. 25, 1915 in Rural Retreat, the son of the late Emerson Trigg and Nancy Buchanan Copenhaver. He was a life member of Grace Lutheran Church in Rural Retreat and was a retired employee of the Virginia Department of Agriculture (Weights & Measures Division). 
He was preceded in death by one brother, James H. Copenhaver and his sister, Mary C. Ackiss. 
He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Beulah Chapman Copenhaver of the home; one daughter, Martha Chapman Rocco, Glendale, Ariz.; three sons and daughter-in-law, Glenn Trigg and Linda Copenhaver II, Waynesboro, Benny Buchanan Copenhaver, Bristol, and Warren Lynn Copenhaver, Fayetteville, N.C.; one sister, Ruth C. Porter, Hampton; 10 grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, several nieces and nephews. 
Graveside services will be held today, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery in Rural Retreat with Pastor Larry M. Bollinger officiating. A lunch and reception will be served immediately following at Grace Lutheran Church. The family requests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Grace Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 478, Rural Retreat, VA 24368. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat is in charge of arrangements.

Cornett
Minnie James Cornett, age 99, of Troutdale, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997 in Francis Marion Manor Nursing Home. 
Mrs. Cornett was the widow of Floyd A. Cornett. She was born May 24, 1898 at Flatridge to David James and Virginia Missouri Slemp James. 
Surviving are three daughters and son-in-law, Clara Cornett Nelson, Merrett Island, Fla., Virginia Cornett Haga Farmer, Marion, and Kathleen Cornett and George Funk Jr., Independence; one son and daughter-in-law, Floyd A. "Tommy" and Jane Crigger Cornett, Wytheville; a son-in-law, Roy D. Greer, Pulaski; two sisters and brother-in-law, Ruth Delp, Elk Creek, Elizabeth and Monroe Nelson of Galax and Marion; 13 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. in Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel in Independence with the Rev. Fred E. Jennings and the Rev. Eddie Beck officiating. Interment will be in Central Cemetery, Flatridge. The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Flowers will be appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Troutdale Rescue Squad, Troutdale, VA 24378. 
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence is in charge of arrangements.

McCathron
Bonnie Marie McCathron, age 53, of Abingdon and formerly of Groseclose, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997 in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. 
She is survived by two daughters, Deneena Joyce McCathron of Abingdon, and Amber Davis of Gaithersburg, Md.; her mother, Hazel Marie Jones of Wytheville; two sisters, Terry Welch of Atkins, and Sandy Ward of Maryland; two brothers, Hobert Welch of Marion and Danny Gail Welch of Atkins; very special friend, Elizabeth Smith; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. at the St. Mary's Catholic Church with interment to follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Diabetic Treatment Center at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bonnie's name. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville is in charge of arrangements.

McClure
Dorothy F. McClure, age 58, of Abingdon, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997 in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. 
She was a lifelong resident of Washington County and a life member of Chilhowie Christian Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, Wayne and Sally Estep McClure. 
Survivors include one brother, David Wayne McClure, Meadowview; two sisters, Mary Thomas, Bristol, and Charlotte Goodman, Saltville; several nieces and nephews. 
Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in Sunset Memorial Park with the Rev. David Critcher officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Chilhowie Christian Church, 204 Church Avenue, Chilhowie, VA 24319. 
Johnson Funeral Home in Damascus was in charge of arrangements.

Shumate
James Randolph Shumate, age 81, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Rhoades Prater Shumate in 1992. 
He retired from the Brunswick Corporation in 1981 after 29 years of service. He was a member of the Marion Lodge of the Grand Lodge AF & AM of Virginia. He was a life member of the Royal Arch Chapter of the Grand Chapter of the Royal Arch Masons in Virginia. He was also a member of the First United Methodist Church in Marion. 
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Charles W. and Frances B. Shumate, Atlanta, Ga.; one granddaughter, Leslie Shumate Crawley, Atlanta, Ga.; one grandson, David C. Shumate, Atlanta, Ga.; two great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services will be conducted today, Oct. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Rhoades-Prater Family Cemetery on Old Prater Road with fellow Masons and the Rev. Pollock officiating. Those who prefer may make a memorial donation to the Marion Lifesaving and First Aid Crew. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Smith
Glenn B. Smith, age 77, of Saltville, died Wednesday, Oct. 15, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mable (Campbell) Smith, and by one son, Roy C. Smith. 
He was a native of Saltville and a retired employee of the Smyth County school system. He was of the Baptist faith. 
Survivors include one son, Dean Smith, Glade Spring; one daughter, Jewel Arrington, Tazewell; one brother, Clarence Smith, Ohio; three sisters, Edith Goff, Saltville, Bertha Heath, Chilhowie, and Dorothy Blevins, Florida; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews including a special niece, Patty Snow. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Oct. 18, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kyle French and Clergy Tim Smith officiating. Burial will be in Smith Family Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements.

Sword
Robert H. "Bob" Sword, age 92, of Saltville, died Tuesday, Oct. 14, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
He was a retired employee of Olin Corporation, a member of Woodmen of the World, and he loved baseball and bowling. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary T. Sword; one daughter, Jane Sword Haynes; and one son, James Sword. 
Survivors include one daughter, Betty A. Bowen, Kingsport, Tenn.; two brothers, Joe M. "Pete" Sword and William C. "Bunk" Sword, both of Saltville; 11 grandchildren: Theresa Stacy, Tim Bowen, Vicki Baker, Susan Eden, Jeff Haynes, David Bowen, Lisa Bowen, Lea Anna Whittaker, Malcolm Haynes, Wendy Davis and Mark Haynes; and a special granddaughter, Beth Haynes; 11 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Andy Bresnock officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Oct. 18, in Elizabeth Cemetery in Saltville. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements. 

Davenport
Mary Cox Davenport, age 64, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997 at her home in Glade Spring. 
She was a lifelong resident of Washington County and attended Laurel United Methodist Church, Damascus. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clyde Cox Jr., and her second husband, Charles Everett Davenport. 
Survivors include three daughters, Joyce Ann Widener, Glade Spring, Linda Taylor, Mountain City, Tenn., and Judy Gentry, Laurel Bloomery, Tenn.; four sisters, Ruth Teaters and Ruby Bosley, both of Chilhowie, Gray Dishman, Glade Spring, and Shirley Gainer, Columbia, Penn.; four brothers, Ben Heath and John Heath, both of Glade Spring, June Heath, Columbia, Penn., and Ed Heath, Chilhowie; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted today, Nov. 1, at 2 p.m. in Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mahlon Wyatt and the Rev. Harry Layell officiating. Burial will be in Rush Creek Cemetery. 
Johnson Funeral Home in Damascus is in charge of arrangements.

Doss
Dennis R. Doss, age 70, of Damascus, died Sunday, Oct. 26, 1997 in the Wellmont Hospice Center, Bristol, Tenn. 
Mr. Doss was a son of the late Charles Clifton and Rosa Lee Spriggs Doss. He was a native of Damascus and was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. He was retired from the Damascus Hosiery Mill after 30 years of service. 
Surviving are his wife, Faye Clark Doss of the home; one daughter, Vickie Doss, Damascus; two sisters, Wanda Doss, Damascus, and Wilma Ballou, Abingdon; one aunt, Yada Rosenbaum, Norfolk; two special friends, Agnes and Gregory Widner, Damascus; a sister-in-law, Pearl Doss, Pulaski; several nieces and nephews. 
Memorial services were conducted at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Mock Cemetery with the Rev. Don Lasley officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or Wellmont Hospice of Bristol. 
Johnson Funeral Home in Damascus was in charge of arrangements.

Dow
Dr. Loren Woodbury Dow, age 82, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997 at his home in Emory. He was a native of Camden, Maine. 
He was Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Emory & Henry College and a member of the New England Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. 
Following his graduation from Camden High School, he attended Gordon College in Boston for two years, received a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maine where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa honor society and received his Divinity degree from Bangor Theological Seminary, Bangor, Maine, and his doctor of philosophy degree from Boston University. 
He was ordained and joined the Maine Conference of the Methodist Church in 1940, and served parishes in South Penobscot/Brooksville, Mattawamkeag and Dexter. 
In Massachusetts, he pastored churches in Wareham, West Springfield, Wellfleet/Eastham, and in the Central Pennsylvania Conference Service the Lakemont Church, Altoona, and taught in Springfield College and in Suffolk University, Boston. 
He joined the faculty of Emory & Henry in 1949, and retired after 30 years of teaching in the religion and sociology departments. 
While teaching in the college, he was a visiting preacher in many churches in the Holston Conference of United Methodist Churches and after his retirement he supplied several Presbyterian and United Methodist churches, principally in the Marion and Rich Valley areas. 
He was a member of several professional organizations including a Fellowship in the American Sociological Society and he presented papers and chaired meetings in professional societies. He was the author of numerous professional publications. 
Survivors include his wife, Dr. Alice Staples Dow. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 1, in the Memorial Chapel of Emory & Henry College with the Rev. William Mooney, the Rev. Kathie Wilson-Parker and the Rev. David St. Clair officiating. Burial will be in Holston Conference Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be made to the Loren Dow Scholarship Fund, c/o Emory & Henry College, P.O. Box 947, Emory, VA 24317. 
Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon is in charge of arrangements.

Farmer
Donald Ray Farmer, age 46, died Monday, Oct. 27, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
He was a former resident of Dickenson County and a member of Atkins First Church of God. 
Survivors include one son, Rick Farmer, Clintwood; one daughter, Wanda Farmer, Clintwood; two brothers, Clifford Farmer and Roger Farmer, both of Clintwood; two nieces. 
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 11 a.m. in Pound River Church of the Brethren with Ron Whitner, Ron Leonard and Cline Sluss officiating. Burial was in Rakes Cemetery in Clintwood. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Rick Farmer, P.O. Box 277, Clintwood, VA 24228. 
Mullins Funeral Home in Clintwood was in charge of arrangements.

Moore
Monte Greg Moore, age 48, died Wednesday, Oct. 29, 1997 in Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon. 
He was an employee of Titan Wheel Company of Saltville. 
Survivors include his wife, Doris Sturgill Moore; one son, Michael Wayne Moore, Saltville; his father, Wilmer Moore, Saltville; four brothers, Larry Moore and Steve Moore, both of Saltville, Jeff Moore and Roger Moore, both of Chilhowie; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tim Surber and the Rev. Bill Delp officiating. Burial was in Mount Rose Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements.

Rolen
Dorothy Lee Atherton Rolen, age 68, died Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1997 in Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Mich. She was a native of Saltville and had lived most of her life in Michigan. She was the widow of David L. Rolen. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Harry L. and Irene Atherton. 
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Harv Smith, Southgate, Mich.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Susan Rolen, Wise, and Mark and Debbie Rolen, Romulus, Mich.; one brother, Harry L. Atherton, Romulus, Mich.; two sisters, Bernice Pennington, Taylor, Mich., and Joan Atherton, Glade Spring; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 31, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with Jeff Rolen officiating. Burial was in Elizabeth Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Camp Bethel, P.O. Box 390, Wise, VA 24293. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements. 

Billings
Clarence E. (Lightening) Billings, age 82, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1997 in the Bristol Nursing Home. 
Mr. Billings was a native of North Carolina and had been living in Smyth County for several years. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army having achieved the rank of Pvt. 1st Class. He was a member of the Francis Marion VFW Post #4667 and had also worked as a truck driver for Roadway. 
Mr. Billings was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by his wife, Ina Billings. 
Survivors include two brothers, Bane Billings and Glenn Billings, both of Marion; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted today, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. in Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Powers officiating. Interment will follow in the West Cemetery with full military honors being rendered by the Francis Marion VFW Post 4667. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

King
Frank R. King, age 84, of Crockett, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1997 in the Bristol Regional Medical Center. 
Mr. King was born in Wythe County, the son of the late William Pyatt and Dovie Malinda Riggle King. He was a member of the Kings Grove United Methodist Church in Crockett and was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Rosenbaum King and a grandson, W.F. (Bill) King Jr. 
He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Betty and Sam Lowe of Marion; one son and daughter-in-law, W.F. (Sonny) and Adair King of Crockett; one brother and sisters-in-law, Trent W. and Hazel King of Crockett, and Eva H. King of Arlington; two step-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild. 
Funeral services will be held today, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. in the Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rance Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in the Kings Grove Cemetery. The family requests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Rural Retreat Emergency Services or to the Kings Grove Cemetery Fund. 
The Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat is in charge of arrangements. 

Roberts
Sherman Clay Roberts, age 67, formerly of Marion, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1997 at his home in Christiansburg. 
He was preceded in death by one son, Dale Roberts; and one daughter, Moranda Dawn Roberts. 
Survivors include four sons: Ricky D. Roberts, North Carolina; Mark A. Roberts, Gregory D. Roberts and Jody Clay Roberts, all of Marion; a special daughter, Sabrina Holmes, Saltville; nine grandchildren. 
Private services will be held in Christiansburg. 
This is a courtesy announcement by Barnett's Funeral Home. 

Roe
Ernest Gilbert Roe, age 66, of Saltville, died Monday, Nov. 3, 1997 in Florida Hospital South, Orlando, Fla. 
Survivors include his wife, Margaret Roe; two sons, John Roe, Marion, and Ernest Roe Jr., Kissimmee, Fla.; three daughters, Micky Breeding, Aurora, Colo., Flafua Browne, Kissimmee, Fla., and Cathy Selshew, Orlando, Fla.; one brother, Jack Roe, Chilhowie; three sisters, Edith Phillips and Dorothy Dolinger, both of Marion, and Ruby Counts, Fayetteville, N.C.; 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 8, in the D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel in Saltville with the Rev. Dan Lawson officiating. 
Burial will be in Middle Fork Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements. 

Adams 
Beulah Scott Adams, 82, widow of Franklin W. Adams, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 1997 in Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn. She was a lifelong member of the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. 
She is survived by two daughters, Evelyn A. Sledge of Durham, N.C., and Doris Burnett of Manhattan, Kansas; one brother, Glen Scott of Pasadena, Md.; three sisters-in-law, Anna Adams, Vesta Friesland and Viola Adams, all of Marion; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held today, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Calvin Tabor officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, Rt. 5 Box 25, Marion, VA 24354. The body will be taken to the church one hour before the service. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Barker 
James William "Pete" Barker, 62, of Newark, Del., formerly of Troutdale, died Monday, Nov. 10, 1997 at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax. 
Mr. Barker was born Jan. 6, 1935 in Troutdale, the son of Kline and Goldie Grubb Barker. He retired as manager with Acme Supermarkets in Newark, Del., with 30 years of service. He was preceded in death by his father, Kline Barker. 
Surviving are his wife, Margie Simons Barker of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Richard Getz, Newark, Del.; four sons and two daughters-in-law, Bill and Anne Barker, Washington D.C., Kevin Barker and Daryl Barker, both of Newark, Del., and Alan and Patricia Barker of Elkton, Md.; his mother, Goldie Barker of Troutdale. 
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Nov. 13, at 2 p.m. in Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel in Independence with Elder Raymond Shatley and Elder Dean Shepherd officiating. Interment was in Troutdale Cemetery.

Buchanan 
William Fred "Billy" Buchanan, 56, died Monday, Nov. 10, 1997 in Twin County Regional Hospital, Galax. 
He was a native of Rich Valley and a resident of Hillsville Southwestern Virginia Training Center. 
Survivors include two brothers, Robert A. Buchanan, Chilhowie, and Howard Buchanan, Darby, Mont.; three sisters, Annie Novack, Elizabethtown, Ky., Margaret Thomas and Mary Burkett, both of Rich Valley; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Herman Cress officiating. Burial was in Ridgedale Cemetery. 

Johnson 
Raymond Johnson, 84, of Saltville, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997 in Cedar Lawn Convalescent Home, Abingdon. 
Survivors include one brother, Harry Johnson, Saltville; two sisters, Clementine Johnson and Oma Lane, both of Saltville; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Cook and the Rev. Bob Surber officiating. Burial was in Mahanaim Cemetery.

Neugent 
Dixie Harris Neugent, 61, of Saltville, died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
She was a member of First Church of God and the widow of George E. Neugent. 
Survivors include one son, Samuel Neugent, Saltville; one daughter, Angela Neugent, Saltville; one sister, Pat Delp, Chilhowie; three brothers, Fred Harris and Wally Harris, both of Saltville, and Graham Harris, Ohio; one granddaughter, Chelsey Neugent; one grandson, Gregory Harris; several nieces and nephews including a special nephew, Jeff Harris, Saltville. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Mumpower and the Rev. Allen Umbarger officiating. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Parks 
Virlia M. Parks of Bristol died Monday, Nov. 10, 1997 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Grayson County but lived most of her life in Smyth County and the Bristol area. She was the widow of Robert Harrison Parks and was a member of East End Christian Church. She was preceded in death by one daughter, Iola Minnotti. 
She is survived by two daughters, Myrtle E. Parris of Bristol, and Mrs. Sherman (Penny) Mercer of Marion; four sons, Henry C. Parks of Pulaski, Robert B. Parks of Richmond, Ted D. Parks and Blane E. Parks, both of Bristol; three daughters-in-law; 12 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; 31 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in Blevins Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ron Thompson and minister Samuel K. Saunders officiating. Burial followed at Mountain View Cemetery.

Smith 
William Alfred "Bill" Smith, 77, died Thursday, Nov. 13, 1997 in Valley Health Care Center, Chilhowie. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alf and Annie Smith. 
He was an active member of First Church of God until his illness, serving as a youth counselor, Sunday School teacher, superintendent and choir member. 
He was awarded a lifetime membership in National PTA, having served as president of Allison Gap PTA, and was active in VEA offices as a teacher in Washington County Vocational School. 
He was a founding member of Allison Gap Ruritan Club. 
Survivors include his wife, Mary Clarice (Flournoy) Smith; two daughters and one son-in-law, Faye (Smith) and Charles Tilson, Blacksburg, and Kay (Smith) Brown, Nashville, Tenn.; one son and daughter-in-law, James A. "Jim" and Pam Smith, Raleigh, N.C.; two brothers, Sandy Smith and Con Smith, both of Saltville; three sisters, Uldine Frye and Alice "Podie" Lowe, both of Saltville, and Ruth Greer, Atkins; seven grandchildren: Lee (Tilson) Strand, Trey Tilson, Sarah Tilson, Jeff Brown, Steve Brown, Rikki Smith and William Smith; two great-grandchildren, Joey and Christopher Strand; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 15, in First Church of God with the Rev. David Mumpower officiating. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements.

Taylor 
Velma Cole Taylor, 83, died Monday, Nov. 10, 1997 in Valley Health Care Center, Chilhowie. 
She was a lifelong resident of Washington County and retired as the deputy treasurer of Washington County in 1978. 
She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Abingdon, and was the widow of Charles Clifton Taylor Sr. She was also preceded in death by a son, Charles Clifton Taylor Jr. 
Survivors include two sisters, Sara Cole Aubitz, Abingdon, and Jean Cole Doss, Damascus; one brother, Bob Cole, Damascus; two grandsons, Charles Clifton Taylor III, Mobile, Ala., and Eric Harbard Taylor, Marietta, Ga. 
Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, in Mock Cemetery with Pastor Frank Honeycutt officiating. Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association. 
Johnson Funeral Home in Damascus was in charge of arrangements.

Barlow
John Barlow, age 64, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997 at his home in Glade Spring. 
Mr. Barlow was a lifelong resident of Washington County and was a farmer. 
He is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Chapman of Glade Spring; five sisters, Carrie Owens, Dorothy Widener, Minnie Faye Widener, Margie Thomas, and Edna Thomas, all of Glade Spring; four brothers, Elihue Barlow of Glade Spring, Buster Barlow of Sugar Grove, Ernest Barlow of Norfolk, and Eugene Barlow of Damascus; two grandsons; two great-grandsons; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at the graveside in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with the Rev. J.L. DeBord officiating. 
Johnson Funeral Home in Damascus was in charge of arrangements.

Blevins
Bobby Burton Blevins, age 62, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
He is survived by his wife, Deanie Olinger Blevins of Marion; one son, Mark Blevins of Orlando, Fla.; one daughter, Sherry Jost of Orlando, Fla.; two sisters, Sarah Jane Hash of Marion, and Mary Elizabeth Blevins of Flint, Mich.; four brothers, James G. Blevins, John L. Blevins, Joe P. Blevins, all of Marion, and Howard F. Blevins of Canyon, Texas; two grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held today, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Paul Jones officiating. Burial will follow in Laurel Springs Cemetery in Marion. Full military rites will be conducted by Marion VFW Post #4667. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

French
Jackie Bryan French Jr., age 28, of Bristol, formerly of Chilhowie, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 
He was a graduate of Emory & Henry College, an avid musician and was a member of the Traveler's Revision Band and Fuzzy Navel. 
He was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. 
Survivors include his wife, Susan Sturgill French of Bristol; his parents, Anna Lee and Jackie French, Seven Mile Ford; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Delmer Heath, Chilhowie; and his paternal grandfather, Carmel French; several aunts, uncles and cousins. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 21, in Newberry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Blevins officiating. Burial was in the Macedonia Cemetery. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Chilhowie was in charge of arrangements.

Gross
William Ralph "Bill" Gross, age 60, formerly of Marion, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997 at his home in Bloomsburg, Penn. 
Mr. Gross was born in Mercer County, W.Va., and grew up in Smyth County. He lived in Waukegan, Ill., and lived in Bloomsburg, Penn., for the past 15 years. He had worked at the Texaco station in Marion as a young man and also at Brunswick. He was employed at American Motors in Waukegan for several years. 
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. 
Survivors include his wife, Helen Gross, Bloomsburg, Penn.; two daughters, Bernadine Carouthers and Ellen Gross, both of Waukegan, Ill.; one son, Ralph Gross, Waukegan, Ill.; his mother, Sylvia Gross Gilley, Chilhowie; two sisters, Betty Cramer, Millersport, Ohio, and Josephine Ashbaugh, Waukegan, Ill.; one brother, Robert (Bud) Gross, Waukegan, Ill.; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. in Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Weston Guthrie officiating. Interment followed in Walker's Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery with military honors rendered by the Francis Marion VFW Post 4667. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the funeral home. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Hall
Shawn Hall, age 33, died Wednesday, Nov. 19, 1997 from injuries received in an automobile accident. 
He is survived by his wife, Lynn Heath Hall of Marion; two sons, Aaron Christopher Hall and Jonathon Paige Hall, both of Marion; his parents, Grant and Olivene Hall of Marion; his grandmother, Clara Woods Hall of Marion; two sisters and brother-in-law, Cindy and Andy Cox, and Mandy Hall, all of Marion; two brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Sandy Hall of Kodak, Tenn., Grant Jr. and Pam Hall of Marion; his mother- and father-in-law, Bill and Linda Heath of Marion; two sisters-in-law, Tammy Blankenship of Narrows, and Crystal Heath of Oceanside, Calif.; one brother-in-law, James Heath of Marion; five nieces: Jessica Hall, Crystal Hall, Olivia Bailey, McKayla Heath and Bryanna Heath; seven nephews: Jacob Hall, Justin Hall, Ryan Cox, Jordan Bailey, Christian Wilkins, Jackson Blankenship and McKensie Heath. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Harkleroad officiating. Burial followed in Rose Lawn Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Washington County Rescue Squad or the Marion Life Saving Crew. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Huffman
Walter Huffman Jr., age 70, died Thursday, Nov. 20, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. He was a retired Smyth County farmer. 
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Dunn Huffman; one son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Crystal Huffman, Marion; two daughters and son-in-law, Faye and Donald Kimberlin, Rich Valley, and Carolyn Huffman, Marion; four brothers, Lawrence Huffman, Lundey Huffman, R.C. Huffman and Earl Huffman, all of Martinsville; two sisters, Rachael Johnston and Mabel Ellis, both of Martinsville; five grandchildren: T.J., Matthew and Janie Huffman and Darrell and Stewart Kimberlin; one great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 22, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Briggs officiating. Burial will be in Elizabeth Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements.

Stephens
Charles Orrin Stephens, age 92, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Mr. Stephens was born in Ashe County, N.C. He was a resident of Sugar Grove since 1928 and was a resident of Francis Marion Manor for the past two years. He was a member of the Sugar Grove Baptist Church and was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Grubb Stephens. 
He is survived by two sons, Donald W. Stephens of Bristol, Tenn., and Ancil V. Stephens of Marion; two sisters, Minnie Seatz of Todd, N.C., and Faye Stephens of Lenoir, N.C.; two brothers, Junior Stephens of Texas, and Jay Stephens of Maryland; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 20, at 8 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Kenny Price officiating. Graveside services were held Friday, Nov. 21, at 11 a.m. at the Stephens Family Cemetery in Todd, N.C., with the Rev. Tim Boyette officiating. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.


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