Miscellaneous Smyth County, Virginia Obituaries

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Copenhaver
Charles Hughes Copenhaver, age 70, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999 at his home in the Lodi Community.
Mr. Copenhaver was a lifelong resident of Washington County. He was a member of Old Glade Presbyterian Church in Glade Spring and a former member of Bristol Rotary Club and the Masonic Lodge. He was a trooper with the Virginia State Police and a graduate of Cincinnati College of Embalming in Cincinnati. He was a licensed funeral director and embalmer and a former employee of Lotz Funeral Home in Roanoke and former owner and president of Blevins Funeral Home in Bristol.
Mr. Copenhaver was a member of National Funeral Directors Association, Virginia Funeral Directors Association and Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving are his wife, Eula Faye Copenhaver; one daughter, Leigh Ann Copenhaver of Glade Spring; two stepsons, Woody Warren and Travis Warren, both of Chilhowie; several nieces and nephews; his mother- and father-in-law, Elwood and Zelma Powers, Chilhowie; sisters-in-law, Dot Copenhaver of Bristol, Tenn., and Mable Bowman of Bristol; brothers-in-law, Leon Powers and Woody Powers, both of Chilhowie, and Joe Powers of Bluff City, Tenn.
Graveside services were conducted Thursday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. in Knollkreg Memorial Park in Abingdon, with the Rev. Mahlon Wyatt and the Rev. Tim Bird officiating. Memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 18129 North Fork River Road, Abingdon, VA 24210.
Campbell Funeral Home in Abingdon was in charge of arrangements.

Cornett
Henry C. Cornett, age 75, of Damascus, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999 in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon.
Mr. Cornett was a lifelong resident of Damascus and a son of the late Sam J. and Amanda Vannoy Cornett. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of VFW Post 9830 in Damascus. He was a member of Wrights Chapel United Methodist Church and attended Laurel Community Church. He was also preceded in death by a son, Larry Cleveland Cornett.
Surviving are five sisters, Margaret C. McCrady and Linna "Lynn" C. Shaffer, both of Abingdon, Lucille C. Evans of Damascus and Martha L. Bellamy and Grace C. Wingard, both of Bristol, Tenn.; one brother, Paul F. Cornett of Damascus; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted today, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. in Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. R.J. Cullop and the Rev. Harry Layell officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Park with military rites by Patton-Crosswhite VFW Post 6975. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be sent to Laurel Community Church in Damascus.
Johnson Funeral Home in Damascus is in charge of arrangements.

Keyes
Herbert J.B. Keyes, age 54, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999 at his home in Sugar Grove.
Mr. Keyes was an active member and deacon of Valley View Baptist Church. He was the owner of Sugar Grove Lawn & Garden.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Smith Keyes of Sugar Grove; one daughter, Tammy Keyes Quillen of Marion; two sons and one daughter-in-law, Randall Eugene Keyes and Christopher J.B. and Kimberly Keyes, all of Sugar Grove; three sisters, Lena Pruitt and Thelma Keyes, both of Sugar Grove, and Mildred Paisley of Galax; five half-brothers, Ellis Keyes and Cleve Parks, both of New Freedom, Penn., Tom Parks and Roy Parks, both of Sugar Grove, and Roby Parks of Atkins; two half-sisters, Zola Freeman of Charlottesville, and Hildred Imes of Woodstock, Ga.; three grandchildren, Angela Quillen, Crystal Quillen and Jeremy Keyes.
Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 31, at 11 a.m. at Valley View Baptist Church in Sugar Grove with the Rev. Roger Frost officiating. Burial will follow in Slemp Cemetery in Sugar Grove. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Valley View Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Shirley Powers, 319 Flatwoods Road, Marion, VA 24354.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Morrison
Charles Melvin Morrison, age 52, of Meadowview, died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999 in Johnson City Medical Center.
Mr. Morrison was a lifelong resident of Washington County and a son of Flora Morrison of Meadowview. He had lived all of his life in Meadowview and was a member of High Point Baptist Church and New Voice Support Group. He was employed with D&H Tractor in Chilhowie.
Surviving, besides his mother, are his wife, Dixie Stamper Morrison; one son and daughter-in-law, Melvin Wayne and Rose Cox Morrison of Abingdon; one brother, Ray Morrison of Glade Spring; one sister, Dorothy Musser of Shady Valley, Tenn.
Funeral services will be conducted today, Dec. 31, at 3 p.m. in Farris Funeral Chapel with the Rev. David Critcher officiating. Burial will be in Bethel Presbyterian Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 18129 North Fork River Road, Abingdon, VA 24210.
Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon is in charge of arrangements.

Russell
Hershiel A. "Russ" Russell, age 67, of Saltville, died Sunday, Dec. 26, 1999 in Johnston Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Russell was a member of McCalls Gap Presbyterian Church and owner and operator of Russellís Bargain World in Washington County.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Russell; four sons, Arnie Russell and Jack Babcock, both of Saltville, Michael Babcock of Fairfax and Carl Babcock of Florida; four daughters, Helen Marie Landon and Shelley Cowen, both of Saltville, Charlene Durning of Florida and Rebecca Culp of West Virginia; three brothers, Alfred Russell and Elbert Russell Jr., both of Florida, and Cleatus "C.K." Russell of Keen Mountain; two sisters, Pauline Taylor of Clearwater, Fla., and Betty Sue Overstreet of Havanna, Fla.; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, Dec. 29, at 3 p.m. in McCalls Gap Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Eugene Baldwin officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to a church of choice, American Cancer Society or Salvation Army.
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements.

Smith
Jessie Rosalie Smith, age 80, died Friday, Dec. 24, 1999 in Los Angeles, Calif.
Mrs. Smith had grown up in Ashe County, N.C. She was a registered nurse in the Long Beach, Calif., area where she had also managed apartments.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Earl Greer of Danville, and her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Hilton Greer Sr.
Survivors include her husband, John Smith of Long Beach, Calif.; one daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Paul Crouse of Marion; one granddaughter and her husband, Robin and Roger Porter of Galax; one grandson, Richard Crouse of Marion; three brothers, Hilton Greer of Marion, Harold Greer of Glade Spring, Clarence Greer of West Jefferson, N.C.; one sister, Bessie Williams of Bassett; a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 31, at 2 p.m. at Barnettís Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Marion Boggs, the Rev. Garland Day, and Dr. Carlton Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery.
Barnettís Funeral Home is in charge. 

Widener
Elliott Van Widener, age 92, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999 in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon.
Mr. Widener was born in Washington County, a son of the late Walter and Mary Thomas Widener. He was the widower of Myrtle Thomas Widener.
Surviving are eight daughters, Mildred Corum, Lucille Thompson and Lenise Stout, all of Bristol, Edna Owens of Gray, Tenn., Hazel Holmes of Meadowview, Doris Trent and Thelma Alexander, both of Glade Spring and June Creasy of Lenoir, N.C.; one son, Raymond Widener of Glade Spring; 32 grandchildren; 63 great-grandchildren; 22 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Dec. 30, at 2 p.m. in Farris Funeral Chapel with Bill Haywood and Everette Morefield, ministers, and the Rev. Mahlon Wyatt officiating. Burial was in Rush Creek Cemetery.
Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon was in charge of arrangements.

Williams
Kathryn Mottern Williams, age 82, widow of Howard W. Williams, died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999 in Atlanta, Ga.
Mrs. Williams was born in Elizabethton in Carter County, Tenn. She attended East Tennessee Teachers College and taught first grade for several years in Tennessee. She married Howard W. Williams in 1940 and moved with him to Marion in 1946. She was a homemaker and later served as a secretary in the Smyth County School System.
Mrs. Williams was a long time member of the First United Methodist Church and the Wesleyan Fellowship Sunday School class and participated in several other church and civic organizations. In 1994, she moved to the Atlanta, Ga., area to be near her family.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Eleanor Mottern Coleman; and a brother, Edward Mottern.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Mary Page and Dan Walden of Atlanta, Ga.; one grandson, Zack Walden of Athens, Ga.; one granddaughter, Katy Tubesing and husband Mark; one great-grandson, Jake Tubesing of Atlanta, Ga.
A private burial was held on Wednesday, Dec. 29, in Rose Lawn Cemetery.
A memorial service, followed by a reception, will be held Sunday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Buddy Miller officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 115 S. Church St., Marion, VA 24354 or to the charity of your choice.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Wohlford
Beulah Lambert Wohlford, age 93, of Barco, N.C., formerly of Crockett, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999 in the Barco Sentra Nursing Home.
Mrs. Wohlford was a native of Bland County and was the daughter of the late William Stuart and Ida Rebecca King Lambert. She was a retired seamstress and was of the Methodist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Clarence "Jay Byrd" Wohlford and one grandson, William Edmond Sawyer.
She is survived by one son, William P. "Bill" Wohlford, Roanoke; two daughters, Betty W. Loomis and Doris W. Sawyer, both of Barco, N.C.; one sister, Bertha L. Dix, Wytheville; one sister-in-law, Ruth Lambert, Wytheville; several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Jan. 1, at 1 p.m. at the West End Cemetery in Wytheville with the Rev. Robert Layell officiating. The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the William E. Sawyer 4-H Scholarship, c/o Currituck County 4-H Foundation, P.O. Box 10, Currituck, N.C. 27929. The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Lindsey Funeral Home.
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat is in charge of arrangements.

Woods
Andrew Woods, age 70, of Dade City, Fla., died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999 in Pasco Community Hospital. 
Mr. Woods was born in Sugar Grove. He had lived in Dade City for 29 years, moving there from Rural Retreat.
He was a retired caretaker in the funeral industry and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a member of the American Legion Post 118 in Zephyrhills, Fla., and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are his wife, Marcia Woods, Dade City, Fla.; six sons, Steve Woods, Dade City, Fla., Allen Woods and Roger Wynn, both of Rural Retreat, Roger Woods, Marion, Wade Woods and Andy Woods, both of Atkins; 13 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 30, at 9 a.m. at Oakley Funeral Home Chapel in Dade City with burial in Floral Memory Gardens, Dade City, Fla.
Oakley Funeral Homes of Dade City, Fla., was in charge of arrangements. 

Atkins
Margaret Isabella Atkins, age 97, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999 in Francis Marion Manor Nursing Home.
Miss Atkins was the daughter of the late W.J. and Charlotte Holmes Atkins. She was a member of the Royal Oak Presbyterian Church where she taught Sunday School and The Catechism for 25 years. She played on the High School State Basketball Championship Team in 1920. She attended Marion College, Hollins College, Drexal College, graduated from Brenau College and was a member of the Tri Delta Sorority. She later received her Masterís Degree from Virginia Tech and taught at the college level in Summerville, N.J., and Lutherville, Md.
Miss Atkins was a member of the Marion Garden Club, the Smyth County Historical Society and played Bridge and Contract Bridge.
Surviving are two nephews, K. W. Callan of Marion, and W.J. Baughman of Johnson City, Tenn.; three nieces, Margaret Ketner of Salisbury, N.C., Helen Brooke of Millcreek, Wash., and Charlotte Williams of Richmond.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 1, at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Alan Gray and the Rev. Neville Mozingo officiating. Burial was in Round Hill Cemetery.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Barker
Vesta Pugh Barker, age 82, formerly of Troutdale, died Wednesday, Dec. 29, 1999 at Smyth County Community Hospital.
Mrs. Barker was the widow of Walter Gowan Barker. She was born March 27, 1917 at Crumpler, N.C., to Roy Bruce and Hattie Virginia Moxley Pugh. She was a member of Fox Creek Regular Baptist Church in Troutdale.
Surviving are two sons, Douglas Lee Barker of Whiteford, Md., and Edward Bruce Barker of Telford, Tenn.; four daughters, Vesta Barker Aldrich, Vernon, Ariz., Thelma Barker Piercy, Iona Barker Brady, both of Ventura, Calif., and Virginia Ann Barker Dempsey of Chilhowie; one brother, Monroe (Bud) Pugh, Mouth of Wilson,; one sister, Mary Lou Johnson of Galax; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 1, at 2 p.m. in Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Douglas Halsey and Mr. Arlen Ray Hall Jr., officiating. Burial was in Chestnut Hill Methodist Church Cemetery in Ashe County, N.C.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence was in charge of arrangements.

Jackson
James Roosevelt Jackson, age 91, of Chilhowie, died Thursday, Dec. 30, 1999 at the Lewis Gale Hospital in Salem.
Mr. Jackson was a retired coal miner and was a member of the United Mine Workers Union.
He is survived by one daughter, Susan J. Tuell of Chilhowie; three sons, James R. Jackson Jr., Elliston, Edward E. Jackson and Herbert Michael Jackson, both of Chilhowie; 11 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday, Jan. 2, at 7 pm in the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Porter Riner officiating. Committal services and entombment were held Monday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Roselawn Cemetery and Mausoleum in Marion.
Newberry Funeral Home in Chilhowie was in charge of arrangements.

Morris
Charles J. Morris, age 77, of Chilhowie, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999 in Valley Health Care Center.
He is survived by five daughters, Edna Sexton of Warden, Ill., Mary Cale of Marion, Brenda Price, Linda Lefler and Sherry Morris, all of Chilhowie; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 3, at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Creasy officiating. Burial followed in Round Hill Cemetery.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Sexton
Rev. Charles E. Sexton, age 78, died Friday, Dec. 31, 1999 in Smyth County Community Hospital.
Rev. Sexton was a retired United Methodist Church minister and was a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Army.
He is survived by his wife, Lillian M. Sexton of Marion; three daughters, Katherine Garza of Fredericksburg, Jennifer Leggett of Suffolk, and Patricia Sigman of Richmond; one son, Charles E. Sexton III of Willis, N.C.; one stepdaughter, Donna Vernon of Marion; one stepson, Darryl Murray of Roanoke; three brothers, L.D. Sexton of Pennington, Ky., Arliss Sexton of Harland, Ky., and K.D. Sexton of San Bernardino, Calif.; 15 grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 2, at 2 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with burial in Rose Lawn Cemetery.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Wormser
Don E. Wormser, age 46, of Chilhowie, formerly of Daytona Beach, Fla., died Saturday, Jan. 2, 2000 in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon.
Mr. Wormser was the son of Art and Crossette Goebel of Hendersonville, N.C.
Surviving, besides his parents, are his wife, Carol Lester Wormser; two daughters and son-in-law, Sandra and William Griffin of Chilhowie and Tabetha Spradling of Daytona, Fla.; three brothers, Paul Goebel and Bruce Goebel, both of Illinois, and Mark Goebel of Port Orange, Fla.; his grandmother, Teresa Germann of Hendersonville, N.C.; two grandchildren, Kimberly and Brandon Griffin of Chilhowie; several nieces and nephews.
There will be no services.
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements. 

Anderson
Mary Anne Martin Anderson, age 50, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000 in Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Mark Hester of Marion; one son, Ralph D. Anderson Jr., Wytheville; one sister, Audrey Kate Pittman of Richmond; four grandchildren: Markie Shantel Hester, Shawnee Nicole Hester, Tabatha Gwynn Anderson and Brandy Lee-Ann Anderson.
Funeral services will be held today, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Baker and the Rev. Jody Blevins officiating. Burial will follow in Slemp Cemetery in Sugar Grove. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund, 6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 1010, Rockville, Md. 20852-9813.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Bear
Charles E. "Top" Bear Sr., age 78, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2000 at his home in Rural Retreat.
Mr. Bear was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army. He was a lifelong farmer and a member of the Fulton United Methodist Church where he served as a Sunday School teacher for over 40 years. He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Cordia Snavely Bear of Rural Retreat; three daughters and one son-in-law, Joan Minnick of Bristol, Becky Langston, Ellen and Tom Tilson, all of Rural Retreat; one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Brenda Bear of Rural Retreat; one brother, David F. Bear of Atkins; eight grandchildren: Scott Bear, B.J. Bear, Michael Minnick, Chris Langston, Kim Langston, Ben Langston, Emily Tilson and Katie Tilson; two great-grandchildren, Jake Langston and Kai Langston; two step-grandchildren, Melissa Musser and Stephanie McCleese; one step-great-grandchild, Garrett Musser.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Fulton United Methodist Church in Groseclose with the Rev. Rance Edwards and the Rev. Richard Gregory officiating. Burial followed in Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Rural Retreat. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Lynn Manweiler, 448 Cummings St., P.O. Box 350, Abingdon, VA 24210, or Hospice of Southwest Virginia, 600 West Ridge Road, Wytheville, VA 24382, or the St. Jude Childrenís Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tenn. 38101. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Davidson
Alvin Davidson, age 46, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000 in Smyth County Community Hospital.
He was born in Saltville.
Surviving are his wife, Ramona Davidson; two brothers, Roger Pidney Davidson of Berea, Ky., and Randall Davidson of Saltville; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Dan Thompson of Marion.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Jan. 6, at 11 a.m. in Henderson Funeral Home with the Rev. Bob Surber officiating. Burial was in Westwood Memorial Cemetery.
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements.

Poston
Irene Blevins Poston, age 66, died Sunday, Jan. 2, 2000 at Calico Rock, Ark.
Mrs. Poston was born Dec. 13, 1933 in Saltville, the daughter of the late Roscoe and Nellie Hogston Blevins. She was also preceded in death by one brother, Calvin Blevins. She worked as a clerk/housekeeper at Jenkins Motel in Calico Rock for the past eight years.
Survivors include her husband, Melvin Poston, Calico Rock, Ark.; two sons and daughters-in-law, James and Maria Poston, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jeff and Sherry Poston, Pilot Point, Texas; three daughters and sons-in-law, David and Sandra Krieter, Rick and Debby Price, all of Chesterton, Ind., and Bill and Cathy Walters, Schererville, Ind.; one brother, Jack Blevins, Bristol, Tenn.; four sisters, Peggy Helton, Mary Zebridis, Daphne Frye, and Connie Sword, all of Saltville; 13 grandchildren: Brian, Chad and Matthew Krieter; Bryan Hood, Shannon, Kelli and Justin Price; Colleen and Kaitlyn Walters; Aaron, Cody, Sam and Chad Poston; two great-grandchildren, Austin and Haley Krieter.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Jan. 6, at the D.R. Henderson Funeral Home. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements.

Stowers
Rev. Marion G. "Buddy" Stowers Jr., age 65, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000 at his home in Wytheville.
Rev. Stowers was born in Smyth County, the son of the late Marion G. Sr. and Carmel Atwell Stowers. He was a former pastor at Calvary Full Gospel Church and was retired from the American Electric Power Company. He served in the U.S. Air Force and was preceded in death by a brother, Manuel Worley Stowers.
He is survived by his wife, Frances Wolford Stowers of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Glenn Gibson of Rural Retreat, Melissa and Ronnie Smith of Denham Springs, La., and Faith and Jeff Copenhaver of Crockett; two sons, Edgar "Eddie" Stowers and Marion G. "Mooney" Stowers III, both of Wytheville; five grandchildren: Erica Tyne Gibson, Leah Mae Gibson, Sarah Michelle Gibson, Daniel Curtis Smith and Lindsay Amber Smith; two sisters, Mozelle Faulkerson of Cambridge, Ohio, and Maxine Hall of Crockett; a foster brother, Harold "Butch" Atwell of Max Mewdows; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today, Jan. 8, at 11 a.m. at the Calvary Full Gospel Church in Crockett with the Rev. James Dean Brewster, the Rev. Tony Holley and the Rev. Jerry Bell officiating. Interment will follow in the West End Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post #9. The body will be taken to the church one hour before service time. The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Hospice of Southwest Virginia, 600 W. Ridge Road, Wytheville, VA 24382.
Barnettís Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of arrangements.

Surber
Lucille Blevins Surber, age 74, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000 in Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.
Mrs. Surber was born in Whitetop and lived most of her life in Glade Spring. She was a member of Glade Spring Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School for 30 years.
Surviving are her husband, Berkley Surber; two sons, Fred Surber and Jeff Surber, both of Bristol; one sister, Gay Poston of Marion; three grandchildren, Gary Surber, Jason Surber and Wesley Surber.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Jan. 7, at 3:30 p.m. in Farris Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Turner and the Rev. Paul Jones officiating. Burial was in Mount Rose Cemetery.
Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon was in charge of arrangements.

Sword
William N. "Bill" Sword, age 70, of Saltville, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000 at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon.
Mr. Sword was born July 22, 1929 to the late Walter B. and Gertrude Sword of Saltville. He served in the U.S. Army and worked for the Olin Corporation for 18 years.
He was also preceded in death by one brother, Walter (June) Sword; one sister, Lois Comer; and one grandson, Joshua M. Sword.
Survivors include his wife, Wanoka (Oakie) Sword, Saltville; two sons, Kyle Sword and Richard Sword, both of Saltville; three daughters, Carol Nutter, Kay Frye, both of Saltville, and Cindy Sword of the home; one sister, Freda Olinger, Saltville; four brothers, James Sword, Pete Sword and Eddie Sword, all of Saltville, and Jerry Sword of North Carolina; two sons-in-law, Rusty Nutter and Jody Frye, both of Saltville; two daughters-in-law, Lesa Sword and Stacy Sword, both of Saltville; special friend, Ernie Montgomery, Saltville.
Funeral services will be conducted today, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. at the D.R. Henderson Funeral Home with the Rev. David Mumpower and the Rev. Robert Cook officiating. Burial will follow at the Elizabeth Cemetery.
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements.

Taylor
Jason Todd "Jay Tee" Taylor, age 19, of Glade Spring, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000 in Johnston Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was a son of John and JoAnne Brannon Taylor of Glade Spring, a freshman at Virginia Intermont College and a 1999 graduate of Patrick Henry High School where he was a participant in the school athletic program. He was of the Presbyterian faith.
Surviving, besides his parents, are a sister, Amanda Leigh Seymore of Glade Spring; grandmothers, Marie Polly "Mamaw Polly" Bowers Brannon of Abingdon, and Hazel W. "Nannie Taylor" Taylor of Meadowview; special friend, Sara Stiltner of Meadowview; several cousins, aunts, uncles, great-aunts, and great-uncles.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Jan. 7, at 11 a.m. in Glade Spring Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Timothy O. Bird officiating. Burial was in Old Glade Presbyterian Cemetery.
Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon was in charge of arrangements.

Tibbs
Flossie L. Tibbs, age 82, died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2000 in Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tenn. 
Mrs. Tibbs was the widow of William Woodrow Tibbs and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Frances Armstrong. She was a member of the Faith Missionary Baptist Church.
She is survived by two daughters, Earline Blakely of Clio, Mich., and Lucille McFarlane of Kingsport, Tenn; one son, Frank Tibbs, Dade City, Fla.; one sister, Edith Shupe of Atkins; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-grandson.
Funeral services will be held today, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. in the Faith Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Lundy and the Rev. Bobby Sawyers officiating. Burial will follow in Wassum Cemetery.
Barnettís Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Umbarger
John Milton Umbarger, age 90, died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2000 in Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie.
Mr. Umbarger was a son of the late Milton Brown and Mary Josephine Cole Umbarger, a retired farmer and a member of Mountain View United Methodist Church. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Joseph Willard Umbarger; and a sister, Virginia Eleanor Vicars.
Surviving are two sisters, Eula Mae Conner of Agaura Hills, Calif., and Anna Elizabeth Umbarger of Chilhowie; several nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. in Williams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John H. Graham officiating. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Mountain View United Methodist Church.
Williams Funeral Home in Chilhowie was in charge of arrangements.


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