Miscellaneous Smyth County, Virginia Obituaries

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Atkins
William E. "Epp" Atkins, age 86, of Meadowview, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1996 in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. 
He was a lifelong resident of Washington County. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II and was a member of Mount Carmel Christian Church. 
Survivors include his wife, Ruth "Polly" Atkins; one son, Johnny Wayne Atkins of the home; four daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Vivian) Freeman, Marion, Mrs. Robert (Bea) Rosenbaum, Mrs. Scott (Peggy) Whitehead, both of Abingdon, and Mrs. Chris (Joyce) Hayden, Glade Spring; two brothers, Ake Atkins, Abingdon, and John L. Atkins, Marion; two sisters, Pearl Shortt and Hannah Orfield, both of Abingdon; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in Farris Funeral Chapel with Troy Allen and Billy Jones officiating. Burial was in Green Spring Presbyterian Cemetery. 
Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon was in charge of arrangements. 

Dyson
Clint E. "Eddie" Dyson Jr., age 58, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 1996 at the home of his mother in Marion. 
Mr. Dyson was of the Protestant faith, and was a veteran, having served with the United States Army as Staff Sergeant. He had served as the resident golf pro for several golf courses including the Holston Hills Country Club in Marion and had an avid love for golf. He was a graduate of Lees-McRae College. 
He is survived by his mother, Edith Wells Dyson of Marion; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Frances and Al Ferguson, and Debbie Dyson, all of Marion, Faye and Oval Chapman of Uniontown, Ohio, and Peggy Stuttaford of Oakland, Calif.; one brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Betty Dyson of Marion; several nieces, nephews, and three great-nieces. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 22, at 8 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Andrew Arnold and Dr. William A. Slater officiating. Graveside services will be held today, Nov. 23, at 2 p.m. at the New Providence Cemetery in Loudon County, Tenn. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the American Heart Association, c/o Debbie Rogers, 576 Fowler St., Marion, VA 24354. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 

Elledge
Verna Allen Elledge, formerly of Marion, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 1996 in Richmond. 
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and J.B. Hobbs; one son and daughter-in-law, Rudolph and Ruth Elledge; three grandchildren: Susan Simmers, Carolyn Fischer, and Barbara Anne Elledge; two great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Richmond. The family will receive friends tonight, Nov. 23, 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Bliley Funeral Home, Chippenham Chapel, Hull St. Rd., Richmond. 
Bliley Funeral Home in Richmond is in charge of arrangements. 

Floyd
Rev. John Eugene James Grant Floyd Sr., age 89, of Mt. Holly, N.C., died Thursday, Nov. 21, 1996 at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C. 
Rev. Floyd was born in Caldwell County, N.C., the son of the late John and Eva Barber Floyd. He was the husband of the late Rose Fisher Floyd and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Floyd. 
He was a retired Freewill Baptist Minister having pastored at Adwolfe Freewill Baptist Church in Marion, First Freewill Baptist Church in Marion, N.C., Sea Level Freewill Baptist Church in Sea Level, N.C., Calvary Freewill Baptist Church in Jacksonville, N.C., and Wilmington Freewill Baptist Church, Wilmington, N.C. At the time of his death, he was a member of The Goshen Freewill Baptist Church in Mt. Holly, N.C. 
Surviving are five sons: Rev. Johnnie Floyd Jr. of Erwin, Tenn., Donald R. Floyd of Mt. Holly, N.C., Roger B. Floyd of Marion, N.C., C. Ray Floyd and Mike Floyd, both of Charlotte, N.C.; four daughters: Audrey E. Dyer of Mt. Holly, N.C., Evelyn L. Wood of Marion, N.C., Betty R. Scott of Warner Robbins, Ga., and Diane Padgett of Jacksonville, N.C.; one half brother, Rev. Roy Rikard of Cramerton, N.C.; 25 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 11 great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at The Goshen Freewill Baptist Church in Mt. Holly with the Rev. Harold Blankenship, Rev. Rudolph Outlaw and Rev. Harold O'Dear officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Holly. The family will receive friends tonight from 4 to 9 p.m. at Carothers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Goshen Freewill Baptist Church, Family Life Center, 1300 W. Catawba Ava., Ext., Mt. Holly, N.C. 28120. 
Carothers Funeral Home in Mt. Holly, N.C., is in charge of arrangements. 

Neff
Gladys E. Neff, age 93, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 1996 in Valley Health Care Center. 
Mrs. Neff was a native of Washington County but had lived most of her life in Smyth County. She was retired from the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion as a supervisor over the aids with 42 years of service. She was also a member of the Sister's of Rebecca. 
Survivors include several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. 
Graveside services will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Sage officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight, Nov. 23, at Barnett's Funeral Home. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Poston
John Henry Poston, age 72, died Monday, Nov. 18, 1996 at his home in Glade Spring. 
He was a member of the Plasterco United Methodist Church and a retired employee of the U.S. Gypsum Co. 
Survivors include his wife, Katherine D. Poston; one son, John Timothy "Tim" Poston, Abingdon; three brothers, Melvin Poston, Arkansas, Ervin Poston, Chesapeake, and Billy Poston, Bristol, Tenn.; two sisters Mrs. Warren (Irene) Eastridge, Saltville, and Mrs. Alton (Betty) Hutton, Marion; several nieces and nephews. 
Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Mount Rose Cemetery with the Rev. James Robbins officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Plasterco United Methodist Church. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements. 

Sexton
Denver Moody "Demp" Sexton, age 60, died Monday, Nov. 18, 1996 at his home in Marion. 
Mr. Sexton was a native of West Virginia and had lived most of his life in the Currin Valley Community of Marion. He delivered the Roanoke Times for several years. 
Survivors include his wife, Frances Louise Sexton, Marion; one daughter, Trina Michelle Quillen, Marion; two sons, Denver Edward Sexton and Nacy Dane Sexton, both of Marion; three sisters, Stella Crowe, Wadsworth, Ohio, Betty Louthen, Marion, and Frances Lifon, Newport; two brothers, Kenneth Sexton, Marion, and James Sexton, Owossi, Mich.; one half sister, Edna Seymour; one granddaughter, Kami Marie Quillen. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Neville Mozingo officiating. Interment followed in Roselawn Cemetery. 
Barnett's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Thomas
Daniel Miller "Dan" Thomas, age 78, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1996 in the VA Medical Center Hospital, Mountain Home, Tenn. 
He was a native of Smyth County and a former resident of Glade Spring. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Rowena Thomas Thomas. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired employee of the Olin Corporation. 
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Gordon M. (Danny) and Janie Thomas, Chilhowie; one daughter and son-in-law, Ramona T. and Troy Caudill, Meadowview; five brothers: Harold Thomas, Mabie, W.Va., Arthur Thomas, Gene Thomas, Ralph Thomas, all of Baltimore, Md., Frank Thomas, Tewksbury, Mass.; two sisters, Mary Norris, Jessup, Md., and Julia Poole, Gaithersburg, Md.; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; a special friend, Elizabeth Ratliff, Chilhowie. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, in Williams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lawrence Sadler officiating. Burial was in Mount Rose Cemetery in Glade Spring. Graveside military services were conducted by Francis Marion VFW Post 4667. 
Williams Funeral Home in Chilhowie was in charge of arrangements. 

Gregory
David Roscoe Gregory, age 81, died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 1996 in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. 
Survivors include his wife, Lottie M. Cardwell Gregory; one son, David Roscoe Gregory Jr., Glade Spring; four daughters: Wanda Kay Gregory Clark and Francis E. Doane, both of Saltville, Marcella Gregory Tignor, Bristol, and Karen M. Crusenberry, Chilhowie; two brothers, Tuck Gregory, Bristol, and Bill Gregory, Abingdon; two sisters, Mrs. James M. Surber, North Carolina, and Althy McNeil, Glade Spring; six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Neace officiating. Burial was in the Mount Rose Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements. 

Mabe
Graham E. "Bee" Mabe, age 68, of Mansfield, Ohio, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1996. 
He was a native of Smyth County and lived in Ohio since 1950. He served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and was retired from General Motors. 
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Surber Mabe; one son, Roger Mabe, Mansfield, Ohio; one daughter, Connie Finnegan, Mansfield, Ohio; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two brothers, Earn Mabe, Saltville, and Ben Mabe, Mansfield, Ohio; two sisters, Mildred Price, Mansfield, Ohio, and Jane Clear, Saltville. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. today, Nov. 23, in Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, Mansfield, Ohio, with the Rev. Brian Phillips officiating. Burial will be in Springmill Cemetery. 
Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors in Mansfield, Ohio is in charge of arrangements. 

Neff
Gladys E. Neff, age 93, died Thursday, Nov. 21, 1996 in Valley Health Care Center. 
Mrs. Neff was a native of Washington County but had lived most of her life in Smyth County. She was retired from the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion as a supervisor over the aids with 42 years of service. She was also a member of the Sister's of Rebecca. 
Survivors include several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins. 
Graveside services will be held Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2 p.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery with the Rev. Mike Sage officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight, Nov. 23, at Barnett's Funeral Home. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Poston
John Henry Poston, age 72, died Monday, Nov. 18, 1996 at his home in Glade Spring. 
He was a member of the Plasterco United Methodist Church and a retired employee of the U.S. Gypsum Co. 
Survivors include his wife, Katherine D. Poston; one son, John Timothy "Tim" Poston, Abingdon; three brothers, Melvin Poston, Arkansas, Ervin Poston, Chesapeake, and Billy Poston, Bristol, Tenn.; two sisters Mrs. Warren (Irene) Eastridge, Saltville, and Mrs. Alton (Betty) Hutton, Marion; several nieces and nephews. 
Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in the Mount Rose Cemetery with the Rev. James Robbins officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Plasterco United Methodist Church. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements. 

Whitmore
Claudine Burkholder Whitmore, age 84, died Friday, Nov. 22, 1996 at the Smyth County Community Hospital following a long illness. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. E.B.J. Whitmore Jr. in 1977. 
Mrs. Whitmore was born on Sept. 25, 1912 in Bedford County to John Warren Burkholder and Annie Maude Atkinson Burkholder. She attended public school in Richmond and was a graduate of the St. Elizabeths Hospital School of Nursing in Richmond. She did graduate work at the Medical College of Virginia, the University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University. She served as Director of Nursing at Petersburg General Hospital and later returned as Assistant Superintendent of St. Elizabeths Hospital. During World War II, she was the nursing representative for Virginia to the Roosevelt Commission and helped design what later became known as the Civil Defense Program. She also served as an instructor of nursing for the Public Health Service. 
Mrs. Whitmore relocated to Marion in 1955 from Petersburg with her husband and family. She was active in Christ Episcopal Church in Marion and served in various capacities, including president of the church women and as a vestry member. She was active in civic affairs and served as a pink lady at Smyth County Community Hospital for over 30 years. 
She is survived by two sons, Edwin B.J. Whitmore III of Marion and John W. Whitmore of Roanoke; two daughters, Ann W. Whitmore of Marion, and Mary W. Barton of Fredericksburg; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the scholarship fund at Christ Episcopal Church, 409 West Main St., Marion, VA 24354. The family will receive friends tonight, Nov. 23, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church. A memorial service will be held Monday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Michael Zumpf and the Rev. Edgar Ferrell officiating. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

O'Quinn
Mrs. Mazie June O'Quinn, 53, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996 at her home. 
She was a member of the House of Prayer Holiness Church. 
Survivors include her husband, Arthur O'Quinn; two sons, Arthur Eugene O'Quinn and Frankie Lee O'Quinn, both of Saltville; three daughters, Sandra Lynn Surber and Pamela Kay Cook, both of Saltville, and Rita June Collins, Suffolk; four brothers, Junior Puckett, Sidney, Ohio, Carl Puckett, Greeneville, Tenn., Clayton Puckett, Glade Spring, and Everett Puckett, Manassas; three sisters, Pansy Grady, Bristol, Va., Dean Smith, Bristol, Tenn. and Dorothy Taylor, Manassas; ten grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted today at 2 p.m. in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roger Reynolds, officiating. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Boyer
John W. Boyer, age 85, of Sugar Grove, died Friday, Nov. 29, 1996 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Mr. Boyer was a member of the Assembly of God in Alexandria and Springfield. He retired from the DC Transit Authority, Local Union 689. 
He is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Darrell Hutton of Sugar Grove; three grandchildren: Phillip Hutton of Springfield, Karen Hubbard and husband Willie of Frederick, Md., and Duane Hutton of Sugar Grove; two great-grandchildren, Jordan and Jacob Hubbard; one brother, Richard Boyer of Virginia; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Demaine Funeral Home in Springfield with the Rev. Wendell Cover officiating. Burial will follow in Fairfax Memorial Park. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Associations, 919 North Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611. The family will receive friends this afternoon at the Demaine Chapel from 1 to 2 p.m. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 

Collins
Lillian Blevins Collins, age 81, of Chilhowie, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 1996 in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. 
Mrs. Collins was the widow of Dewey Collins. She was a retired employee of the Valley Health Care Center, Chilhowie, and a member of the Mountain View United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include three sons: James Ralph Blevins, Jackie Dean Blevins, and Dewey Edward Collins, all of Chilhowie; two daughters: Judy Collins Duncan, Saltville, and Helen Collins Widener, Seven Mile Ford; one stepson, W. Wayne Collins, Bristol; two stepdaughters, Irene Hughett, Christiansburg, and Gay Reedy, Chilhowie; four brothers: Millard Blevins, Earl Blevins, Clarence Blevins, all of Chilhowie, Leo Blevins of Columbia, S.C.; four sisters: Edith Barlow, Margaret Widener, both of Chilhowie, Agnes Blevins, Marion, and Aleene Kegley, Atkins; two stepbrothers: Raymond McCormick, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Clayton McCormick, Shrewsbury, Penn.; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Chilhowie Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Charles DeBord, the Rev. Stephen Fields and the Rev. Guy Testerman officiating. Burial was in the Mountain View Cemetery. 
Williams Funeral Home in Chilhowie was in charge of arrangements. 

Crook
Harold Lewis Crook II, age 31, died Monday, Dec. 2, 1996 from injuries received in an automobile accident. 
Mr. Crook was born in Bethesda, Md. He was a graduate of Marion Senior High School and was employed as a shop foreman with the World Wide Equipment Enterprises, Kenworth Division in Abingdon for over 12 years. 
Survivors include his wife, Kim S. Crook, Marion; two children, Amber Dawn Crook and Harold Lewis Crook III, both of the home; his mother and stepfather, Louise and Doyle Cross, Marion; his father and stepmother, Harold and Pat Crook, Marion; one brother and sister-in-law, Kenny and Anita Crook, Maryville, Tenn.; one stepsister, Penny Harr, Blountville, Tenn.; his maternal grandmother, Ruby Shaver, Copperhill; his paternal grandmother, Helen Anderson, Campsprings, Md.; many other loving relatives. 
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Sage officiating. Interment will follow in the Lowman Valley Church of the Brethren Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a trust fund that will be established for Amber Dawn Crook and Harold Lewis Crook III. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Eggers
Jack Dean Eggers, age 31, formerly of Chilhowie, died Friday, Nov. 29, 1996 from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was an employee of W&L Construction Co. 
Survivors include one daughter, Summer Michelle Eggers, Chilhowie; his mother, Edith June Eggers, Marion; two sisters, Mary Grace South, North Wilkesboro, N.C., and Lois Lewis, Boone, N.C.; one brother, Blaine Eggers, Damascus; several other relatives. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, in Grosses Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Lloyd Sheets and the Rev. Paul Jones officiating. Interment was in Grosses Creek Cemetery. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Chilhowie was in charge of arrangements. 

Hall
Mary A. Church Hall, age 87, widow of Vernon S. Hall, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996 at the home of her daughter in Marion. Mrs. Hall was a member of the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church. 
She is survived by four daughters: Elsie Rose of Tampa, Fla., Mary Martha Largen, Louise Wyatt, and Barbara Ann Taylor, all of Marion; four sons: James V. Hall, Preston Hall, both of Marion, Mickey Hall and Jerry Hall, both of Abingdon; one stepdaughter, Stella Robinson of Marion; two stepsons, Chester Hall of Washington, Ga., and Fields Hall of Staunton; one brother, Robert Church of Saltville; four sisters: Pauline Wyrick of Saltville, Mattie Lou Pickens, Nancy Martin and Margaret Sweat, all of Mansfield, Ohio; 20 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; several great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Charles Blevins and the Rev. Paul Jones officiating. Burial followed in the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. 

Mason
Rebecca Shelton Mason, age 94, of Saltville, died Friday, Nov. 29, 1996 in Greystone Health Care Center in Blountville, Tenn. She was of the Baptist faith. 
Survivors include one son, Robert B. Mason, Bristol, Tenn.; one daughter, Alice Carter, Inverness, Fla.; two brothers, W.J. Shelton, Chilhowie, and Dallas Shelton, Saltville; one sister, Susie Hockett, La Pata, Md.; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in the D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Benny Frye officiating. Burial was in the Cleghorn Valley Baptist Church Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements. 

Roark
Lethia Inis Roark, age 75, died Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1996 in Southeast Memorial Hospital, Houston, Texas. 
She was a native of Johnson County, Tenn., and had lived in Damascus for many years before making her home with her daughter in Houston. 
She was a member of the Freewill Baptist Church in Houston, and the First Baptist Church in Damascus. 
Survivors include two daughters, Virginia R. Smith, Houston, Texas, and Lisa Roark, Kingston, N.C.; one son, Raymond E. Surber, Manassas; two sisters, Anna Belle Surber, Damascus, and Viola Sheffield, Marion; one brother, Clayburn Surber, Damascus; several grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in First Baptist Church, Damascus, with the Rev. Don Lasley officiating. Interment was in Sunset Memorial Park. 
Johnson Funeral Home of Damascus was in charge of arrangements. 

Singleton
Nina Mauree Day Singleton, age 64, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 1996 at her home in Saltville. She was formerly of Dickenson County. 
Survivors include her husband, Fred Singleton, Saltville; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with Elders Benny Blevins and Franklin Viers officiating. Burial was in Mount Rose Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements. 

Taylor
Edith Frances Taylor, age 81, died Saturday, Nov. 30, 1996 in Bristol Regional Medical Center. 
Mrs. Taylor was a native of Washington County and had lived most of her life in Smyth County. She was the widow of Guy Taylor and was a member of the Adwolfe Freewill Baptist Church. 
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law: Frances Louise and Charlie Owens, Marion; two sons and daughters-in-law: Bobby E. and Becky Taylor, Chilhowie, and William L. "Billy" and Linda Taylor, Marion; one sister, Blanche Moretz, Bristol; five grandchildren: Tracey Taylor, Jane Taylor, Matthew Thompson, Joy Taylor, and Taryn Taylor. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. in Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Marion Boggs, the Rev. R.J. Cullop, and the Rev. David Neitch officiating. Interment was in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Rural Retreat. 
Barnett's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Thomas
Christopher Dean Thomas, age 13, died Sunday, Dec. 1, 1996 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
He was a student at the Smyth County Training Center and had participated in the Special Olympics. 
Survivors include his mother, Loretta Thomas, Marion; his father, William Dean Thomas, Tannersville; one brother, Zachary Thomas of the home; maternal grandmother, Mattie Edwards, Marion; paternal grandmother, Nancy Thomas; his special daddy, David Barnes; and many other loving relatives also survive. 
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Lowman Valley Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Steve Hutton and the Rev. Charles Turley officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. 
Barnett's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Williams
Jason Allan Williams, age 18, died Monday, Dec. 2, 1996 from injuries received in an automobile accident. 
He was a native of Smyth County having lived all of his life in Marion. He was employed at the Smyth County Community Hospital in the Maintenance Department and was a 1995 graduate of Marion Senior High School. 
Survivors include his parents, Millard and Virginia Williams, Marion; three sisters, Melinda Williams, Marion, Cindy Sullivan, Abingdon, and Lorinda Conklin, St. Paul, Minn.; his paternal grandmother, Virgie Williams, Chilhowie; three nieces, Tosha Thompson, Marion, Sarah Sullivan and Autumn Sullivan, both of Abingdon; one nephew, Mickey Thompson, Marion; a special friend, Tanjie Hutton. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. in Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Avery Sheets, the Rev. Otis Barker and the Rev. Dennis Eller officiating. Burial will follow in the Thomas Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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