Obituaries

Obituaries

Ralph Austin "Pappy" Adams

RALPH AUSTIN “PAPPY” ADAMS was called home on Tuesday, July 30 ,2019 at the age of 89. He was born and raised in Greene/Cocke County, Tennessee before moving to Kingsport. He is survived by his 3 children Rita Adams Neeley, Dawn Adams Hill, Austin Anthony Adams; 1 brother Don Adams; 8 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Lucy Adams, sister Ross Marie Lovelace, first wife and mother to his children, Shirley Wells Adams, and second wife Mary Gibson Adams.

Austin was saved at Caney Creek Primitive Baptist Church prior to joining Poplar Grove Primitive Baptist Church on September 5, 1958. Austin’s walk and talk reflected his love and faith in God. He will truly be missed by all those who knew and loved him.


-Written by Rita, Dawn, and Troy Adams
Azalea Lucy Adams

AZALEA LUCY ADAMS, 81, of Blackwater, VA, was born September 16, 1936, and went home to be with her Heavenly Father on December 10, 2017, at her home. She was a member of Blackwater Lick (Big Door) Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Hamp and Minnie Roller Wallen; husband, Dana Allen; infant son, Charles David Allen; brothers, Clyde, Charles, Carl Ray, and Claude Wallen; and a sister, Pauline Brock.

Azalea is survived by her children, Junior Allen, of the home, Brenda Nichols, of Kyles Ford, TN, Rocky Allen, of Edison, TN, and Peggy Allen, of Blackwater; 3 grandsons, Adam Nichols, Cody Spears, and Timmy Spears; one great-granddaughter, Trinity Spears; sisters, Una Mae Rhoten, Nellie Ruth Gilliam, and June Wilson; several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.


-Written by her family
Dora Sue (Taylor) Bledsoe

DORA SUE (TAYLOR) BLEDSOE, age 73, of Jonesville, Virginia, went to be with the Lord on June 22, 2019 at her home. She spent most of her life in Lee County and was saved at an early age at Low View Primitive Baptist Church and attended faithfully until she became disabled. She was also the Sunday School Secretary; she loved her job and did it well. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Bernice Taylor; 3 brothers, Bobby Dingus, Jim and Dirk Taylor. She leaves behind her husband, Roy W. Bledsoe, Sr., 1 son, Roy W. Bledsoe, Jr. and wife April; 11 grandchildren; 1 brother, Jerry Taylor; 3 sisters, Peggy Bledsoe, Mary Anders, and Cathy Maples; a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. She is sadly missed by her family and church family, but we will meet again where there will be no more pain nor goodbyes. -Written for the family by Barbara Bledsoe

Edna Bledsoe

EDNA BLEDSOE, age 90, of Blackwater, VA, went to be with her Lord and Savior August 10, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband Kyle Bledsoe. She leaves behind 2 sons and their wives, several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

She attended Burkes Union Primitive Baptist Church and was a faithful member all her life. She loved the Lord with all her heart. She always had a smile and a kind word for the people she met and also loved helping people. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Sleep on Ms. Edna until we meet again.


-Written by the church clerk
Jewell Culbertson Clamon

JEWELL CULBERTSON CLAMON of Kingsport, TN, went to be with her Lord on May 4, 2019. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Ruby Culbertson.

She is survived by her husband, Donnie Clamon; daughter, Rhonda Givens; granddaughter, Madison Givens; sisters, Janice Jones and Garnetta Miller; brothers, Jim, Lowell, and Carl Culbertson.

Jewell was a charter member of Willow Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. She loved her church and church family.


-Written by her sisters, Janice and Garnetta
Anna Mae (Roller) Cole

ANNA MAE (ROLLER) COLE Age 81, of Wilmington, Ohio, peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Sunday evening, May 5, 2019 at the Laurels of Hillsboro in Hillsboro, Ohio. She was born December 1, 1937 in Blackwater, Virginia, daughter of the late Rev. Charles T. & Pearl Mae (Percy) Roller. She was a member of Fairview Primitive Baptist Church, in Bellbrook, Ohio and had worked at the Delphi GM Plant in Vandalia for many years.

Surviving are her sons- Bobby (Jenny) Cole, Charles Rex Cole, & Dale (Kandy) Cole; daughter- Brenda Lee (Steve) Belt; brother- J.T. Roller; sister- Vivian Stroud; 4 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren. Anna was preceded in death by her beloved husband- Sherman R Cole, 3 sisters, and a brother.


-Written by her family
Betty Ray Dodson

BETTY RAY DODSON, 76, of Sneedville, TN, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, after a long illness. She was borne in Claiborne County and February 17, 1943 to Ray and Alta Hurst. Professing faith in Jesus, she joined Swan Creek Primitive Baptist Church.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Opal Walker, and nephews Wesley Keck and Paul O’Dell.

Left to mourn her passing is her husband of 60 years, Earl Lee Dodson; children Rodney (Edie) Dodson and Greg (Tammy) Dodson; grandchildren, Cody (Carrie) Dodson and Lindsay Brooks; great-grandchildren, Caden and Cooper Dodson and Jalynn Brooks; sister, Rose (Bobby) Brown; brother-in-law, Clarence Dodson; nieces Danita Dodson and Malisha Seals; nephew, Jeff Keck; and a circle of family and friends.

Betty will be greatly missed, but her loved ones are assured that she is resting peacefully with the Lord until they see her again.


-Written by her family
Virgil L. Ferrell

VIRGIL L. FERRELL, 75, departed this life August 24, 2019. He attended Marion Robinette Memorial Primitive Baptist Church before moving to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Orbin and Naomi Ferrel and brother, Claude Ferrell.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Judy Robinette Ferrell; 3 sons, Bradford, Clifton, and Travis (Andy Guthrie); 2 granddaughters, Brittany and Mackenzie; sister, Ruth (Billy) Robinette; and brother Norman (Hellen) Ferrell.


-Written by his wife
Clarice Dougherty Gillenwater

CLARICE DOUGHERTY GILLENWATER, 94, went to be with the Lord on July 30, 2019. She was the oldest member of Copper Creek Primitive Baptist Church (Addington Frame) and attended as long as her health permitted. She always talked about getting able to go back to church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, C.W. Gillenwater; parents, Nathan and Orpha Dougherty; sisters, Ruby Broadwater, Evelyn Dougherty; 2 brothers Nathan Jr. and Lowell Dougherty; son, Larry Gillenwater; 2 nephews.

She is sadly missed by all her family and friends. We will meet her again some sweet day. We love and miss you.


-Written by her sister, Joan Enix
Ervin “Buck” Lee Haager

ERVIN “BUCK” LEE HAAGER, age 92, of Whitesburg, TN, passed away on January 10, 2019 at Erwin Health Care Center in Erwin, TN. He was a loving husband, dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa. He was a faithful member and deacon at New Life Primitive Baptist Church, a U.S. Navy Veteran, and skilled carpenter. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Violet Petty Haager.

God blessed them with 4 children, Sandie Guenther, Richard, Ervin Jr. (Phoebe), and John (Linda), as well as many grandchildren. After Violet’s death, God blessed him with another wonderful wife, Novella (Granny) Jarnagin. She brought Imogene Miller, Esco and Billy Jarnagin, and several more grandchildren and great-grandchildren into the family.

Buck loved to talk about the Lord and is greatly missed in the church and by his family. Sleep on, Buck, until we meet again.


-Written by his church family
Elder Gregory Eugene Hill

ELDER GREGORY EUGENE HILL was born on November 14, 1967 and departed this life on December 18, 2018 at the age of 51 as the result of an automobile accident.

His survivors include his children, Tommy, Brandon, Cody Hill and Tabatha Rhoton; parents, Gaylord and Aubra Hill; brothers, Randy and Bobby Hill; sister, Tammy Pendleton; 8 grandchildren; 2 nieces; and the one he called the love of his life and his best friend, Kim Robinette.

So much could be written about Greg’s life, but what was of the upmost importance to him was the Lord’s presence in his life.

Greg was never ashamed and told quite often about the work that the Lord did in his life at Sloantown Primitive Baptist Church when he was just a child. He was baptized and joined the church at Sloantown. Some years later, the church wanted him to be their deacon, but Greg felt like he had another calling. Because of lack of deacons in the church, he let them ordain him. Many times, Greg would tell of his experience as a small child going to one of his family cemeteries and standing on rock and pretending like he was preaching. Greg’s grandfather, Elder Ben Hill, was an ordained Primitive Baptist preacher, and Greg was often referred to as “Ben’s grandson.”

Not long after Greg was ordained as a deacon, he realized that he was being called to preach the Gospel. He later moved his membership to Walnut Chapel Primitive Baptist Church, and in 1997, Greg was ordained into the Eastern District Association as a minister. Greg told the story about how shortly after he was ordained that Beech Grove Church asked him if he would consider being their pastor. Roller’s Chapel had been without a pastor for a year, and without having any indication from the church, he told Beech Grove that he felt he would be going to Roller’s. A short time went by, and Greg got a call from Edgar Neeley, a deacon at Roller’s Chapel, asking him if he would be willing to come and serve as the pastor. Greg’s response was, “Yes, I will. I’ve been waiting on your call.” In August of 1997, Greg came as the pastor. At the time of his death, he had served for over 21 years. In 1999, he joined and became a member at Roller’s. He was a faithful member, faithful pastor, and faithful servant.

Elder Greg Hill had a great gift to preach. The spirit was evident each time he stood. As the years of his preaching life progressed, so did his knowledge and understanding. Greg was one that studied and tried to dig deep into the scriptures, and after all his studying and digging, he would say he had just scratched the surface.

Greg’s mom would often sing the song “I Want My Lord to be Satisfied with Me.” Greg would speak of this song while preaching and how he wanted the Lord to be satisfied with him. Greg left this world on December 18, 2018 while returning home from Bible study at Wallen’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church. Oh, how sweet it must have been when Greg got home and heard the angels singing Welcome Home.

One day soon we will join you, Greg, and I know we have rejoiced and praised Him on this side of life, but nothing will compare to that day. We will just press on and try to fight this good fight of faith until we meet on Heaven’s bright shore.


-Written by the church clerk, Kim Robinette
Elder Donald Lowell Johnson

ELDER DONALD LOWELL JOHNSON, age 69, went to be with the Lord on January 8, 2018. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Ralph and Mary Ann Johnson and his sister, Nadine Johnson. Don was saved as a teenager at his family home in Morristown, TN, while kneeling near a blue couch when family friend Rev. Willis Lamb brought Don and his dad home after their car had broken down. Don announced his calling to preach at 30 and has been preaching God’s word for 39 years. He was a member and co-pastor of New Life Primitive Baptist Church and pastored many churches throughout his life. Don served in the Army reserves for 35 years and retired after 27 years from the LEAR Corporation, where he served as a technician and union president for many years. After retirement, Don enjoyed playing golf, fishing, discussing the Bible, and spending time with his 3 granddaughters who were the center of his world.

Don leaves behind his wife of 47 years, Janice Johnson; son, Gregory Johnson; daughter, Greta Dean; granddaughters, Tori, Kassi, and Kadee Dean; brothers Jerry (Faye) Johnson and Terry (Dorothy) Johnson; sisters, Phyllis (Wylie) Lampkins and Doris Metcalf; a host of nieces, nephews, brothers and sisters in Christ, and friends.


-Written by his family
Genieve Collier Jones

GENIEVE COLLIER JONES, 90, of Big Stone Gap, VA, passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday morning, January 13, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ellis Jones, Sr.; 1 son, Charles Ellis Jones, Jr.; her parents, Luther Owen and Nannie Bowman Collier; and her siblings, Lola, F.G. Eula Mae, Elgin, and Harrison.

Surviving are her sons, Roger, Roy (Vicky), Robert (Helen), Gerald (Lorena); several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Genieve was a member of Cadet Primitive Baptist Church and a great light in Christian love for all to see; we, her family and friends, find comfort and strength knowing she is at peace with her Lord and our Lord, Jesus Christ, forever more.


-Written by her family
Delois Ann Thacker Lawson

DELOIS ANN THACKER LAWSON was born September 9, 1967 and went home to be with the Lord March 16, 2019 at the age of 51. She was saved at Long Hollow Church and also attended church at Fisher’s Creek.

She is preceded in death by her father, John C. Thacker, and infant son Jonathon Lawson.

She is survived by her loving daughter Emily Lawson; father Leroy Lawson; mother Gladys Lawson; sister Debbie Dalton; several nieces, nephews, aunts, and uncles.

She was a loving daughter, mother, sister, and a friend to all who knew her. We look forward to seeing her again on Heaven’s bright shore.


-Written by her family
Betty B. (Barnett) Livingston

BETTY B. (BARNETT) LIVINGSTON known most commonly as "Grammy," age 82, of Kettering, passed away Thursday, January 17th, 2019 in Kettering at Oak Creek Terrace. She was born June 20th, 1936 to Elva (Glass) and Jesse Barnett in Farmersville, Ohio. Betty was passionate about raising and providing for her family. She spent time as both a home maker and Legal Secretary, a position she retired from in 1998. She had an incredibly infectious laugh and a strong work ethic.

Betty was a long-time member of Fairview Primitive Baptist Church. She was very active in serving the church and the community, and even sat on multiple boards. Betty enjoyed piecing together her family genealogy, reading a good book, and watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune with some vanilla wafers or fudge striped cookies.

She was preceded in death by her husband George Livingston, her parents, and sister Luella Moyer.

Betty is survived by her daughter Belinda Napier (Mark) and son Alan Livingston (Julie): grandchildren Jesse Napier (Alicia), Rachel Dixon (Keith), Ashley Montgomery (Aaron), and Jackie Livingston; great grandchildren Evan, Jordynn and Landon Dixon; brother Ronald Barnett and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


-Written by her family
Peggy Jane Osborne Mellons

PEGGY JANE OSBORNE MELLONS passed away peacefully at home March 30, 2019 at the age of 86. She was born in Blackwater, Virginia on January 3, 1933 to Orbin and Maxie Horton Osborne.

She was a longtime member of Blackwater Lick Primitive Baptist Church, and more recently, West View Primitive Baptist Church. She loved God and served Him faithfully. From her youth she was a member of The Osborne Quartet and later the West View Quartet.

Peggy was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, William Samuel "Dub" Mellons, Jr.; 2 brothers, John Enoch Osborne and Franklin Delano Osborne; 3 sisters, Nannie Kate Wallen, Violet Rubena "Bena" Osborne and Madge Canter.

Peggy is survived by her son, William "Scott” Mellons; daughter, Lori Trent; 2 grandchildren; 1 sister, Pauline Lawson; and many nieces and nephews.


-Written by her family
Benny Morelock

BENNY MORELOCK, 71, was born January 5, 1948, and departed this life March 16, 2019. He was the son of the late Ray and Mary Alice Morelock.

He joined Mt. Mitchell Church September 5, 2010 where he was a devoted member and served as a song leader.

He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters.

Survivors include 3 brothers, Dillard, Malcolm, and Jim; 3 sisters, Ethel Roop, Peggy Duncan, and Bobby Crawford.

Benny was a disabled veteran, serving in the Iraq Conflict. He was well known in the community. He never met a stranger.


-Written by his brother, Dillard
Clarence Morgan

CLARENCE MORGAN, age 82, of Bean Station, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at Morristown Hamblen Healthcare System. He served as a longtime deacon at Swan Creek Primitive Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, and pops.

Preceding him in death was his wife Jeanette Morgan; mother, Mae Johnson; father Dalzey Morgan; brothers Ralph, William, and James Morgan; and many other family members.

Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Clyde and Ilona Morgan; grandsons, Craig Morgan and Matej Grycz; granddaughters, Bailee and Marilyn Morgan; sister, Maggie Jacobi; special nieces, Renee Kimmel and Geneva Wolfe; special nephews, Rev. Michael Morgan and Rev. Ralph Morgan; several nieces and nephews; and a host of family and friends.


-Written by his family
Andrew Jackson "Jack” Osborne

ANDREW JACKSON "JACK” OSBORNE went to be with the Lord November 2, 2018 at the V.A. Medical Center, Mountain Home, Tennessee at the age of 85. He was born November 20, 1932 at Blackwater, Virginia to the late Arthur and Sallie Asbury Osborne.

Jack was a loving and caring Christian gentleman who loved Jesus with all his heart and enjoyed reading his Bible. He was a member at West View Primitive Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Smith, Roy, and Wayne Osborne.

He is survived by his wife, Laquinta Mayo Osborne; son Andrew Jackson Osborne, Jr. (Mona); step-daughter, Diana Cowden (Richard); 6 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; brothers Bill, J.T., and Hayes Osborne; several nieces and nephews.


-Written by his family
Roland Dewayne Palmer

ROLAND DEWAYNE PALMER, 94, went to be with the Lord on November 14, 2018. Born in Richmond, Ind. He lived most of his life in the Kingsport area. He was a proud US Navy veteran, having served in WWII. Roland was a member of Copper Creek Primitive Baptist Church, faithfully attending as long as he was able. He enjoyed life and never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary J. Palmer.

He was survived by his wife of 16 years, JoAnn Stapleton Palmer; daughters Susan Chandler (Robert) and Patty Hutchens (Mark); sons William Smith (Lisa) and David Palmer (Diane); stepsons, Paul Jennings (Della) and Terry Jennings; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 2 special granddaughters, Amanda Dockery and Lori Jennings; several nieces and nephews.

Roland was loved by all and is sorely missed. He is resting with the Lord, and we will be meeting him soon. Many sweet memories will remain until then.


-Written by his wife, JoAnn Palmer and granddaughter, Lori Jennings
Juanita Profit

JUANITA PROFIT, age 93, of Cowan, passed away December 27, 2018. She was a member of Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by parents, George and Margaret Phipps Dickenson; first husband, Ralph Brown; second husband, Earl Profitt, 1 daughter, Carol Brown; 2 brother and 2 sisters.


-Written by her family
Catherine C. Robinson (Kay)

CATHERINE C. ROBINSON (KAY) age 97, of Kettering, OH passed away Tuesday April 9, 2019 at Hospice of Dayton. Catherine was born December 3, 1921 in Charleston, West Virginia. She moved to Ohio in 1940, then moved to Dayton in 1943 and married Earl Robinson.

Catherine is preceded in death by her parents, Dennis and Myrtle C. (Knaus) Caskey; her husband, Earl J Robinson; 1 sister, June Finke and 1 brother, Bob Caskey.

Catherine is survived by her son, Jay; 1 granddaughter; 3 great grandchildren; 1 niece and several other relatives.

Catherine retired from Huffy in 1977 and has been a member of Fairview Baptist Church since 1985. She has many, many friends, Harold and Linda McKeehan, Ruth Wickline, and Marilyn Mauro.


-Written by the family
Phillip Riley Sexton, Jr.

PHILLIP RILEY SEXTON, JR. was born on October 6, 1941, and went to be with the Lord on October 12, 2018 at the age of 77. He was a member of Marion Robinette Memorial Primitive Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Eula Kate Robinette Sexton.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Minnie (Susie) Sexton; 2 sons, Jerry and Jason Sexton; 3 grandchildren; 3 sisters, Dorcas Fairchild, Gloria McLain, and Joy Phillips; and several nieces and nephews.

A veteran of the US Navy, he served on the USS Jamestown and was stationed for about a year in Japan. He retired from BASF and Dollywood. He will be missed by his family and friends.


-Written by his family
John Wayne Shelton

JOHN WAYNE SHELTON, 72, of Kingsport, TN, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at his residence following a brief illness. He was a lifelong resident of Kingsport and retired from Eastman Chemical Company. John was a member of Poplar Grove Primitive Baptist Church.

He was proceeded in death by his parents, Clement and Lucille Weems Shelton; brother Tony Shelton; his first wife and mother of his children, Judy Shelton.

John is survived by his wife, Amy Davenport Shelton; sons John W. Shelton II and Joel Shelton; sister Isabel Conley; granddaughter Brooklyn Shelton; niece Michelle Stanley; nephews Tony Shelton, William Conley Jr.; step children Sabrina Fields, Paul Surcey; several nieces and cousins; step-grandchildren Bryson, Trinity, and Hunter.


-Written by his wife, Amy Shelton
June Elizabeth (Hurd) Sizemore

JUNE ELIZABETH (HURD) SIZEMORE, age 73, of Eidson, was born on April 29, 1946 in Hancock County, TN, and departed this life on April 6, 2019 at Hawkins County Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. She loved to cook and tend to her flowers.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James (Jim) and Paralee Hurd; a toddler son, Eddie Wayne Sizemore; and brother Hugh Kyle Hurd.

She is survived by her daughters Shirley (Ralph) Lawson and Crystal (Dwight) Hurd; grandchildren, Autumn (Hunter) Baker, Elizabeth Lawson, Brandy Lawson, and Cheyenne Hurd; 3 brothers; 2 sisters; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of dear friends.


-Written by her family
Victor Paul Smith

VICTOR PAUL SMITH, 87, went to be with the Lord on March 22, 2019. He was the son of the late E.M. and Kate Addington Smith. He was a veteran of the US Air Force, serving in the Korean War Era. A born-again Christian, he was a member of Copper Creek Primitive Baptist Church (Addington Frame) where he faithfully attended and served as a deacon.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lola Fuller Smith and brother, E.M. Smith, Jr.

Surviving are 2 daughters, Susan Smith Greene and Paula Smith Guy (Eric); grandchildren, Master Sergeant Victoria Greene Pridemore (Phillip) and Blake Greene; great-grandsons, Rylan and Bo; 1 sister, Gertrude Addington; and his church family.

Paul was a pillar of the church, outspoken in his belief and love for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was loved by all and is sadly missed by family and friends. Until we meet again, we hold sweet memories.


-Written for the family by Flo Minton, Church Clerk
Vivian Lee Stroud

VIVIAN LEE STROUD, 89, went to her eternal home to see her Savior face to face on the June 27, 2019. She was born to the late Elder Charles Roller and Pearl Mae (Pearcy) Roller in Blackwater, VA on July 25, 1929.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Stroud, and a great-grandson, Chansellor Elijah Stroud.

Vivian leaves behind 4 children, Tommy (Shelly) Stroud, Cathy (Scott) Cloud, Richard (Joni) Stroud, and Brenda (Steve) Belt; 10 grandchildren whom all adored her; 21 great-grandchildren, a special nephew, Charles Roller; and more other family members and friends.

Vivian was a member of Clear Springs Primitive Baptist Church for many years before moving her membership to Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church as a founding member, where she served faithfully for many years until she could no longer attend due to failing health. She still prayed earnestly for the church and the whole Eastern District Association.

Vivian was full of life. She was loved by all that ever met her and leaves us all with many beautiful and fun memories. She was full of stories and was gifted with a personality that brought others laughter and joy. She loved the Lord deeply and has planted countless seeds throughout her lifetime. Our hearts hurt not having her here but rejoice in knowing she is in a state of perfect peace and joy with her Lord. We look forward to the day we are all together again.


-Written by her daughter-in-law, Shelly Stroud
Eula Mae Sturgill

EULA MAE STURGILL, 71, went to be with the Lord on May 14, 2019. Eula was a member of Copper Creek Primitive Baptist Church (Addington Frame) where she regularly attended and loved singing. She also enjoyed sewing, cooking, and helping family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Dan Sturgill, along with her parents, Lloyd and Ella Boggs Church; 3 brothers, Ray, Carl, and James Church; Cousins Palmer and Claude Sturgill.

Surviving are her daughter, Melissa Dryden (Nick) and son Danny Sturgill (Missy); grandchildren, Mikey, Zack, and Hannah Dryden and Taylor Sturgill; great-grandson, Jace Dryden; sister, Betty Hyde-Brandon; brother, Oscar Church; nieces, nephews, and church family.

A loving and compassionate person, Eula was loved by everyone and is sadly missed by family and church. She’s enjoying the blessing of God as she awaits joining together with her loved ones. Until then, sweet memories.


-Written for the family by Flo Minton, Church Clerk
Angela Marie Wallen (Larkins)

ANGELA MARIE WALLEN (LARKINS) departed this life on December 1, 2018 at Holston Valley Medical Center after an extended illness and her struggle with diabetes. Angela was always a loving and caring person who tried to help everyone. She was saved in her middle school years and she loved the Lord and attended Higher Ground Baptist Church. She also visited her childhood home church family at Pleasant View Baptist Church and West View Primitive Baptist Church in Kingsport. Angela enjoyed playing the piano at West View Primitive Baptist and at home. Everyone loved Angie’s smile and laughter and her love of life. She enjoyed reading her Bible and her daily devotionals.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents, John C. and Nannie Fannon Raymond and Moses (Mitchell) Wallen.

Angela is survived by her three children, Tamara (Dylan Thompson), Noah and Sarah Wallen; granddaughter, Marley Thompson; parents, Gary and Margaret Raymond Wallen; grandmother, Gracie Tankersley Wallen; aunts and uncles, Sharon Wallen Vicars (Gary), Richard Wallen (Rita), Kathy Wallen Walton (Bill) Elaine Wallen Erwin (Bill), Linda Raymond Lambert and a host of cousins; long-time boyfriend, John Baines and her good friend, Rose Palmer, who had both been by her bedside.


-Written by her family
Clara Mae Welch

CLARA MAE WELCH, age 72, was born September 13, 1946 and departed this life January 1, 2019 for her Heavenly Home. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and a dear friend to many. She was an active member of Richardson Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Mart Ray Welsh; 2 sons, Eddie (Karen) Marcum and Christopher (Hannah) Todd; 1 daughter Rebecca (James) McKerr; 3 step-sons, Michael Welch, Ben Welch, and Marty Welch; 1 step-daughter, Kimberly Welch; 2 brothers, Billy Joe Hickman and Bennie Ray Marcum; 7 stepbrothers; 2 stepsisters; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Clara will be greatly missed. Until we meet again on the far side banks of Jordan.


-Written by her family
Donald Williams

DONALD WILLIAMS was born in 1933 and passed away in 2018.

Brother Williams was a deacon at Rose Chapel Primitive Baptist Church for many years and was a great help in other capacities at the church. He was also a veteran, serving our country during the Korean War.


-Written by his family