2020 Obituaries

Wanda Lillie Pleasant Akens

WANDA LILLIE PLEASANT AKENS, 85, passed away at Johnson City Medical Center Wednesday, December 25, 2019. She was born August 21, 1934 in Roda, VA, where she lived until age five. She was a resident of Big Stone Gap the rest of her life. She preferred to be called Lillie.

She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Lillie was a full-time housewife and helped in her husband’s company as a secretary. She started attending and singing at Cadet Primitive Baptist Church at age five. God blessed her with a beautiful voice, and she led singing for over 65 years. She taught Sunday School more than 25 years, helped with Bible School and fundraisers, and witnessed to all she met.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jess Lynn Akens, Jr.; parents, Richard Frank and Ada (McBride) Pleasant; brothers, Lester, Frank, Harold, Vernon, and Kenneth Pleasant; sister, Virginia Lane; mother-in-law, Lily Horton Akens; father-in-law, Jess Lynn Akens, Sr.; and sisters-in-law, Blanch Elizabeth Akens and Eula Tignor.

She is survived by her daughters, Teresa McGuire (Bill), Vicky Jones (Roy); grandchildren, Angela Tignor (Travis), Stewart McGuire, Josh Jones (Ashley), and Justin Jones (Sheri); five great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandsons, a step-grandson, three step-great-grandchildren, and one step-great-great-grandchild; sisters, Irene Douglas, Patricia Leonard, and Pansey Giza; sisters-in-law, Marie Pleasant, Gerline Grey, and Tanya Guess; brother-in-law, Kenneth R. Akens (Shirley); many nieces, nephews, friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, and her life-long friend and church-bench-buddy, Lois Collier.

-Written by her family
Azalea Lucy Allen

AZALEA LUCY ALLEN, 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
Daphalene Bledsoe

DAPHALENE BLEDSOE of Blackwater, VA, left this walk of life on February 27, 2020 at the age of 91 for her heavenly home. She was a faithful member at Burke’s Union Church as long as her health permitted.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Julia Cobb.

She is survived by her husband, Ralph Bledsoe; son, Stanley Bledsoe; daughters, Rena Moore, Marjorie Shepherd, Roma O’Dell (Mack), and Marie Arnold (Mike); several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She will be greatly missed by her family and her church family. Our loss is Heaven’s gain.

-Written by the church clerk
David Lee Bledsoe

DAVID LEE BLEDSOE, age 70, of Blackwater, VA, departed this life on May 19, 2020. David was the son of the late Roy Lee Bledsoe and Bertha (Gilliam) Bledsoe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Patty Bledsoe, and brother, Charles Bledsoe.

Surviving is his wife, Wilma Bledsoe; brother, Gary Bledsoe (Jean); sister, Debbie Bledsoe; nephews, Andrew, Scott, and Joey; great-nephews, Cody and Isaac; great-niece, Ellie; uncle, Wade Bledsoe (Patsy); and a host of dear friends.

David professed faith in Christ at an early age, and in later years, immersed in baptism. With enduring and noncomplaining patience, he courageously fought his illness of many years. He is greatly missed, but we feel assured he’s with his dear Savior in Heaven’s sweet, eternal rest.

-Written by his family
Mae H. Boggs

MAE H. BOGGS, 98 of Kingscreek, passed away Monday July 13, 2020 at her residence. She was a member at Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church. Mae was the daughter of the late Kelly and Jane Hall Hogg. She was the widow of Harrison Boggs.

Surviving are her sons, Kelly D. Boggs, Harrison K. (Vickey) Boggs, Kendall Bill (Judy) Boggs, and Timothy Wade (Melinda) Boggs; daughters, Bokey Boggs Hogan, Sonja Lynn Kohl, Becky Boggs Mohn, Eula Mae (Randy) Brown, and Deanie Pack; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; special care-giver who she thought of as a son, John Cornett; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

Mae was preceded in death by her son, Tommy Carrol, and sons-in-law, James Mohn, Bruce Kohl, E.J. Hogan, and Rodney Pack.

-Written by her family
Dawn Carter Bradley

DAWN CARTER BRADLEY, age 83, of Morristown, TN, passed away on August 23, 2020. She was a charter member of Marion Robinette Memorial Primitive Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Sharon; parents, E.L. and Vada Robinette Carter; sisters, Edith Cloud and Mona Haun; brothers, Howard Carter and Nessie Carter; niece, Sandra Murray; nephews, Robert Carter and Jimmy Cabb; and brother-in-law, Leonard Bradley.

Those left to cherish her memory are her husband of 64 years, Boyce Bradley; nieces, Jeanette Carter, Peggy Honnaker, and Linda Plankenhorn; nephews, Buddy (Pat) Carter and Larry (Joyce) Carter; sisters-in-law, Dema Jeffers and Mary (Joe) Snapp; brothers-in-law, Alton (Marjorie) Bradley; and best friends, Marma Lee Boles and Vena May Collins.

-Written by her family
Elder Silas “Porter” Carroll

ELDER SILAS “PORTER” CARROLL, age 77, of Morristown, formerly of Sneedville, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Born the son of Edna and Silas Carroll, Sr., he was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Diane Gann; and brothers, Barry Carroll and Larry Carroll.

Porter is survived by his loving wife, Wanda. He also leaves behind his dear son, Danny (Heather) Carroll; grandchildren, Hollie Varney and Todd Carroll; great-grandchildren, Hailea Elliott, Haiden Elliott, Connor McClure, Ezabella Carroll, Caiden Carroll, and Addison Carroll; and brothers, Jim (Barbara) Carroll and Mark Carroll.

Elder Carroll was a dedicated and beloved member of Swan Creek Primitive Baptist Church. He served his church with faithfulness and love throughout his lifetime. In addition to his ministry, one of his greatest legacies was his construction of the present church building. Answering the call to preach the Gospel, he was ordained by the Eastern District Association of Primitive Baptists at Swan Creek Church in April 1983. He served at the church’s pastor from 1996-2007. Elder Carroll had many beloved friends, neighbors, and brothers and sisters in Christ, all of whom are blessed by memories of his kindness and his faith. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but his loved ones are assured that he is resting peacefully with the Lord.

-Written by his family
Lois Emily Trent Collier

LOIS EMILY TRENT COLLIER was born in Flag Pond, Virginia September 6, 1919 and departed this life January 9, 2020 at the age of 100 years, 4 months and 3 days. She was the daughter of Elder Landon R. and Martha LouVerna Robinette Trent.

In November 1938, she married James E. Collier, Jr., who preceded her in death on June 16, 2000.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by sons, Donald Ray and James E. Collier III; daughter, Wanda Lynn Bell; brothers, Lee and Leonard Trent; sister, Muzeta Trent; step-brother, Tom Robinette; half-sister, Ruby Johnston.

She is survived by her daughter, Martha June (Burnice) Sybert; sons, Randy and Starlin (Cindy) Collier; nine grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; an “adopted daughter”, Carolyn Browder, and many other relatives and friends.

She was saved at an early age and joined Shuler’s Chapel Primitive Baptist Church. When the church merged with Cadet Church in Big Stone Gap, VA, she became a member there and was their oldest member, being faithful to the end. She attended the funeral of her best friend, Lillie Akens, at the church just 18 days before her passing. She also attended West View Primitive Baptist Church in Kingsport for many years.

She was a kind and compassionate lady who loved all her family members as well as her church families and all of God’s creation. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, and making floral arrangements for the graves of family members. She fought a good fight, finished her course, and kept the faith.

-Written by her family
Lowell “Butch” Culbertson

LOWELL “BUTCH” CULBERTSON, 73, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 18, 2020 at his residence following an extended illness. Butch was a lifelong resident of Kingsport and retired from Mead Paper/Willamette. Butch was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam as an MP in the 504th. He was a member of Willow Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Ruby Blankenbeckler Culbertson; sister, Jewel Clamon; and brother-in-law, Gary Miller.

Butch is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda Hamilton Culbertson; son, Rusty Culbertson and wife Melissa; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Janice Jones and husband Donnie and Garnetta Miller; brothers, Jim Culbertson and wife Nelda and Carl Culbertson and wife Cynthia.

-Written by his family
Sandra K. Day

SANDRA K. DAY, 71, of Whitesburg passed away Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at the Parkview Nursing Home in Pikeville, KY. Sandra was the daughter of Clayton and Orpha Day. She was a member of Little Cowan Primitive Baptist Church.

Surviving are her sisters, Kathy (Robert) Sword, Marcia (Eddie) Roberts, and Barbara (John) Banks; nephews, Daniel Sword, Clayton Banks, and James Roberts; nieces, Tori Akers, Clayshan Kincer, Chandra Baskin, ad Angie Jones; and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.

-Written by her family
Billy Gene Duncan

BILLY GENE DUNCAN, age 80, of Rogersville, was born November 23, 1939. God called him by name on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 from Park West Heart Center in Knoxville, with his loving family by his side. He attended Shelby Creek Church as he grew up and later attended Long Hollow Church.

Bill retired from Berkline Inc. in 2002. He loved gardening, working outdoors, especially building various buildings on his property, and making crafts and furniture for his family. He loved going to auctions and talking with his friends.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Oakel Allen Duncan; brothers, Rufus, Kenneth, and Joel Duncan; and grandson, Bradee Cole Davis.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Annette Duncan; daughter, Crystal (Ronnie) Davis; sons, Tim (Cindy) Duncan and Jerry (Jeannie) Duncan; sisters, Ruth and Marie Lawson; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends.

Bill is missed by all who knew him. Rest now, Bill, until we meet by the river. Walk slow, as we won’t be far behind.

-Written by his family
Daniel S. Fletcher

DANIEL S. FLETCHER, age 60, of Deboard, KY passed away March 12, 2020. Born August 10, 1959 to Delilah Fletcher and the late John Fletcher. He is also preceded in death by his brothers, Denzil Fletcher and Tom Fletcher; sister, Anna Louise Bowen; and stepson, Tommy Horn.

In addition to his mother, Daniel is survived by his loving wife, Kathy Dempsey; stepsons, Buddy Horn and Fred Horn; brothers, Millard Fletcher and John P. Fletcher; sisters, Ernestine Newsome, Geraldine Jennings, and Rebecca Fletcher; and four grandchildren.

Daniel was a member at Richardson Chapel. He will be greatly missed by all.

-Written by his family
Bobbie Brice Fuller

BOBBIE BRICE FULLER, 86, went Home to be with the Lord March 6, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hiram Patton Fuller, Sr. February 3, 2017; her parents, Thomas H. and Constance Greer Brice; seven sisters and a brother.

She is survived by her daughter, Connie Wardrup and husband, Jay; son, Pat Fuller, Jr. and wife, Julie; sisters, Sue Brice and Jewell Williams; brother, Ted Brice and wife, Joyce; several nieces and nephews.

She was employed by Holston Valley Medical Group from 33 years. She was a loving wife, mother, siter, and a faithful Christian. She was a member of West View Primitive Baptist Church. She had a love for animals and beautiful flowers.

-Written by her family
Mollie I. Gilreath

MOLLIE I. GILREATH was born April 24, 1930 and departed this life on November 7, 2019. She was preceded in death by her husband, Olen Gilreath; her mother, Nellie Phillips; and her parents, Rebecca Jane and Charlie Arnold.

Left to mourn her loss is a sister-in-law, Hazel Crawford; brother-in-law, J.D. Gilreath; and many nieces and nephews.

Mollie joined Mt. Mitchell Church on March 13, 1954 where she was a faithful member until her passing. Her testimony was always how she loved Jesus and what all he had done for her. She will truly be missed by her family, her church, her friends, and her neighbors. Because of God’s amazing grace, we will see her again.

-Written by her family
Edith Mae Williams Horne

EDITH MAE WILLIAMS HORNE was born April 25, 1925 and was called to live eternally with Christ Jesus on November 22, 2019 at 94 years of age.

She was the daughter of Henry and Rosa Fields Williams. She was married to Murl Etheridge Horne August 3, 1949. He preceded her in death in 2001. She was also preceded in death by her son, Larry Allen Horne; daughter, Lois Marie Horne Cole; sister, Myrtle Housewright; and brothers, David, Edgar, Dewitt, and H.P. Williams.

She is survived by daughters, Shirley Watson and Linda Mayo, four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was saved at an early age at Long Hollow Church and attended there until her death. She always looked forward to attending church services.

Mom’s passing has left a void in our lives, but we will meet again on that that glad reunion day.

-Written by her daughters
Alice Charles Lane

ALICE CHARLES LANE, 70, of Church Hill, TN, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at her residence following a lengthy illness. She retired from Eastman after 28 years of service. Alice was a member of Long Hollow Primitive Baptist Church and recently attended Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lee and Matilda Fields Charles; brother, Don Charles; and sister, Glenda Charles.

Alice is survived by her daughter, Alison Osborne and husband, Phil; grandson, Duke Osborne; granddaughter, Laney Osborne; sisters, Tammy Hickman and Tina Conway; brothers, Kenneth Charles and wife Linda, Dennis Charles, David Charles and wife Lisa, Gerald Charles and wife Rita; several nieces, nephews, aunts, and an uncle.

Alice will forever live in our hearts.

-Written by her family
Ronald Ray Leonard

RONALD RAY LEONARD, age 66, went home to be with his Savior on January 21, 2020, at Holston Valley Medical Center. Ronnie was a Member, Deacon, Assistant Superintendent, and Trustee of Valley View Primitive Baptist Church. He was a retired employee of Norfolk Southern Railroad.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Theta Sproles Leonard; brother, Bobby; and sisters, Phyllis Hughes and Margaret Jo Leonard.

Survivors include his wife Sandra Leonard of the home; daughter, Connie Leonard Bush and husband Danny; grandchildren, Ryan Bush (Emily) and Jacob Bush; great granddaughter, Livia Bush; sister, Sue Rosenbalm (Bill); brothers, Marvin Leonard (Susie), Chris Leonard (Missy), and Dennis Leonard (Gina); sister-in-law, Mary Emma Leonard; brother-in-law, J.W. Hughes; several nieces and nephews and a host of friends.

Ronnie was a faithful servant of Christ who did not miss church. Ronnie began each year by looking for a miracle and was never disappointed. To say Ronnie was special is an understatement. He is sadly missed by all who loved him.

-Written by his church family
Travis Keith Lewis

TRAVIS KEITH LEWIS, age 63, of Xenia, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly and went to be with the Lord June 20, 2020. He was born June 3, 1957 in Bluefield, WV, the son of George and Elizabeth Lewis.

Travis was a loving son, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. Travis loved the Lord; he dedicated much of his time to the church. He enjoyed music, fishing, and spending time with his family, especially his grandkids. He was a Master Carpenter, in which he was gifted with creating many homes and businesses. He remodeled the Lighthouse Baptist Church where he was also a member for a number of years. He was currently a member of Fairview Primitive Baptist Church. He helped in getting children to attend Awanna at the church. Travis was a loving, giving man who would give the shirt off his back to help someone in need. Travis was involved in helping the elderly community and would do anything he could in making sure others needs were taken care of. Travis will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Travis was preceded in death by his father, George Lewis; and brother, Roger Lewis.

Travis is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Lewis; sons, Brian (Monica) Lewis and Joshua Lewis; grandchildren, Tara Lewis (Matt Reed), Natasha (Cody) Buck, Brian Lewis (Darian Heath), and Harvey Lewis; great-grandchildren, Bryce Lewis, Callie Buck, Jasper Buck, and Marilyn Heath; siblings, George (Jeanie) Lewis, Lora (Jim) Bennett, Wanda (Ron) Hill, and Elizabeth Valdez; multiple nieces, nephews, cousins; as a host of friends.

-Written by his family
Rita Faye Lloyd

RITA FAYE LLOYD, 60, of Church Hill, TN, went to sleep in the arms of Jesus on Monday, September 7, 2020. She was a member of Mt. Mitchell Primitive Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and especially spending time with her family.

Rita was preceded in death by her parents, Will and Ray Wallen; her husband, Tommy Lloyd; sister, Wanda Simpson; and brothers, J.B., Jimmy, and Jerry Wallen.

She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth; son, Thomas and wife Katrina; grandchildren, Kinley and Dylan; sister, Brenda Wallen Spears; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Rita was a loving wife, mother, sister, and friend to many. We look forward to seeing her again on Heaven’s bright shore.

-Written by her family
Thomas “Tommy” A. Lloyd

THOMAS “TOMMY” A. LLOYD, 71, went to be with the Lord on January 28, 2020. He joined Mt. Mitchell Primitive Baptist Church May 29, 1998, where he attended as long as his health permitted. He was a humble man and was always praising and thanking Jesus. He was a disabled veteran, serving in Vietnam in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Reece and Pearl Lloyd; sisters, Reba and Frankie Lloyd and Helen Miller.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Rita Lloyd; son, Thomas R. Lloyd and wife Katrina; daughter, Elizabeth G Lloyd; grandchildren, Kinley Grace Lloyd and Dylan Thomas Lloyd.

A father is the anchor of his family. A child won’t likely find a father in God above unless his earthly father models God’s pure love by what he may say and what he may do. Anchored by faith, Christ being the glue.

-Written by his wife
Darrell McPherson

DARRELL McPHERSON, 59, of Blackwater, VA, was called to his heavenly home on December 11, 2019 after a battle with cancer.

He is survived by his daughter, Beth Linkous (Mark); sons, Chris and Michael McPherson; nine grandchildren; brothers, Delmer (Ada) and Troy (Brenda) McPherson.

He was saved at Flagpond Church, Blackwater and later joined Burkes Union Primitve Baptist Church.

While he was in the hospital, he told his family he was going home, but not to his earthly home. So sleep on until we meet again.

-Written by the church clerk
Irene Creech Osborne

IRENE CREECH OSBORNE, 96, went home to be with the Lord on November 15, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of almost 55 years, John Leonard Osborne; her parents, Winfield Scott and Martha Ann Creech; sister, Rose Ella Barrett; and brothers, Lester, Cameron, and Homer Creech.

She is survived by a son a wife, Wayne and Gail Osborne; a daughter and husband, Rev. Jack and Shirley Baker; grandchildren and spouses, Mike and Michele Sell, Eric and Karen Osborne; great-grandchildren, Emily and Haley Osborne and Ashley, Amber, and Alex Sell; sisters, Catherine Nigro and Judy Wellman; brother, Kenneth Creech; and many nieces and nephews.

Irene was saved in her teens at Blackwater Lick Church, later baptized and joined Osborne’s Chapel Church where she served as church clerk and taught Sunday School. She loved singing and sang in a family gospel group with her husband. They sang in many churches and funerals through the years. She worked on the family farm and in clothing manufacturing, and she was her husband’s caregiver for many years. She was an accomplished seamstress and wonderful cook. She also enjoyed crocheting for family and friends, growing beautiful flowers and a vegetable garden. She leaves a legacy of helping others and being an inspiration to many.

God blessed us with a wonderful mom. We miss you, but we have precious memories and know we will meet again on Heaven’s bright shore.

-Written by her daughter, Shirley Baker
Christopher Carlos Pardue

CHRISTOPHER CARLOS PARDUE, 47, of Dayton, passed away April 11, 2020. He was born August 27, 1972 in Chillicothe, OH. He loved his profession as a horse farrier. He was a member of Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church.

He is survived by his sons, Christopher G Pardue, Ian G Pardue, and Devon Hedger; father, Robert C. Williams I; mother, Ella (Jerry) Haggerty; grandmother, Luella Williams; brother, Robert C. (Christie) Williams II; step-brothers, Shane and Jeremy (Alissa) Haggerty; nephew, Robert C. (Britany) Williams III; nieces, Rinna and Emily Williams; step-nephews, Garret, Grant, Kasch, and Kruz Haggerty; step-nieces, Abby and Layla Haggerty; great-nephews, Liam and Milo Williams; numerous aunts, uncles, cousins; and mother of his sons, Sarah Webster.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Geneva Pardue, Doug Williams, and Mac Pardue.

-Written by his family
Fayette “Faye” Pigg

FAYETTE “FAYE” PIGG, age 77, of Bellbrook, passed away Tuesday, February 18th, 2020 in Dayton. She was born October 21st, 1942 in Wheelwright, Kentucky to Sillar (Hall) and John E. "Decker" Johnson.

Faye was a Christ-following, gospel-singing, full-hearted woman of God. She was a loyal member at Fairview Primitive Baptist for 30 years, where she was able to be part of a wonderful community. Faye enjoyed many things, but did everything out of love, whether that was making afghans and quilts, growing beautiful flowers and vegetables, or baking something warm and delicious for everyone to enjoy. You could find her eating one of her favorite snacks; salt water taffy or a banana moon pie, and singing along to Clinging To A Saving Hand by Conway Twitty.

Faye was preceded in death by her husband, Everette Lee Pigg; parents; sister, Betty Jo McKenzie; brothers, Bernard Johnson and Kay Johnson.

She is survived by her son, Billy (Theresa) Pigg; grandchildren, Bobbie Alan, Betsy Marie, and Kolton; great-grandchildren, James, Madison, Brenden, Devon, Makayla, Tyler, Alexis, and Lucas; great-great-grandchildren, CJ and Grayson; siblings, Maynard, Paul, Phyllis Anne, and John Wayne.

-Written by her family
Barbara Lucillie (Helton) Robinette

BARBARA LUCILLIE (HELTON) ROBINETTE, 82, went home to be with the Lord on August 4, 2020. She was a member of Stone Mountain Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, M.C. Robinette, Jr.; son, David; daughter, Rita Carter; grandson, Mickie Robinette; parents, Barnett and Ida Burton Helton; brother, Kenneth Helton; and sister, Kathy Helton.

She is survived by her daughter, Robin (Tommy) Tipton; sons, Phillip and Mike Robinette; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, six sisters, two brothers, and several nieces and nephews.

She will forever be missed by her family and friends.

-Written by her daughter
Billy Robinette

BILLY ROBINETTE laid his burdens down August 25, 2020. He fought a good fight and kept his faith. He was a member of Marion Robinette Memorial Primitive Baptist Church where he led singing and taught Sunday School for many years. He taught chemistry and physics in Hawkins County until his retirement in 1989.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Leslie Jo Robinette.

Survivors are his college sweetheart and wife of 61 years, Ruth; daughters, Trine Robinette (Frank Gosnell) and Teresa Martin (Mike); two grandchildren; and a host of friends.

-Written by his family
John Rogers

JOHN ROGERS, 80 of Xenia, passed away Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Dayton V.A. Hospital Hospice Unit. He was born November 24, 1939 in Clark County, Kentucky, to William Bruce and Sudia Mae (Tipton) Rogers. John served in The United States Army, liked to attend auctions, and enjoyed bluegrass music.

He is survived by his grandchildren, Janna Rogers and Noah Osborne; brothers, Willard Rogers, Larry Rogers (Wanda), Samuel Rogers, and Ricky Rogers; sister, Rena Ayers; and nieces and nephews.

John is preceded in death by his parents; son, John Daniel Rogers; brothers, Duval Rogers, George Rogers, Seburt Rogers, Harold Rogers, and Eugene Rogers; sisters, Mable Rogers, Gracie Townsend, and Rosetta Spencer; and step-mother, Gladys Rogers.

-Written by his family
Carl W. Smith

CARL W. SMITH, 83, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at his home. Born in Scott County, VA, Carl lived in Nickelsville before moving to Kingsport over 60 years ago.

Carl retired in 1993 from Eastman Kodak after 32 years of service. Carl was a Deacon of Willow Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years, Joan Smith; two daughters, Kim Marshall and husband Ted of Kingsport, and Michelle Kirk and husband Shane of Church Hill; son, Carl Smith II of Kingsport; seven grandchildren; and six great-children.

-Written by his family
Collon Lee Smith

COLLON LEE SMITH, 64, of Kingsport, went to be with Lord on Monday, September 21, 2020 peacefully at his home after a long, hard battle with cancer.

Collon was born and raised in Gate City, VA and moved to Knoxville, TN while pursuing music where he met his wife. They lived in Maryville where they raised their children for 25 years before moving to the Kingsport area. Collon had a great love for the Lord and shined his light for everyone to see, especially through his amazing talent in playing the guitar and his beautiful singing voice. He was a member of Willow Chapel Primitive Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Clara and Carl Smith; and his brother-in-law, Ralph Perkins.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Smith; daughter, Chasiti Chandler (Brent); son, Cory Smith; brothers, Allen Smith (LaDonna) and Tony Smith (Melissa); sister, Kimberly Byrd (Jeffery); and many nieces and nephews.

-Written by his family
Don Stokes

DON STOKES, 77, was born on August 12, 1942 and departed this life on May 10, 2020. He was a veteran of the United States Army and would often tell of his many experiences while serving his country.

He is survived by his loving wife, Betty Stokes; daughter, Anita Gillenwater; son, Rick Stokes; grandchildren, David Lee Gillenwater, Aaron and Braden Stokes; great-grandchildren, Maylee and Ella Gillenwater.

Don was a dedicated member of Rollers Chapel Church. He loved to open the service by reading scripture and asking for prayer requests. It gave him great joy to be able to work in the church. He battled many health issues, largely from kidney transplants, but Don would use this as a way to witness to people about the Lord’s goodness in his life. Don’s presence is missed among us, but we know he is free from the afflictions of his body, and one day we will meet him on Heaven’s bright shore.

-Written by the church clerk
Thelma Hurd Tankersley

THELMA HURD TANKERSLEY entered eternity February 22, 2020 at the age of 86. She was the true example of a Proverbs 31 woman. A loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. As long as she was able, she was always seen when the church doors opened. She was the person you always wanted making petitions to her Father for you. She always humbly requested prayer for her family. She was a faithful member of Flower Gap as long as her health permitted.

She left behind four children: Daniel and Jerald Hurd, Patsy Maness and Susie Osborne. Rest easy Mom, until we meet again!!

-Written by her children
Francis “Wren” Tomlinson

FRANCIS “WREN” TOMLINSON, born October 31, 1944, passed from earth to Glory on October 6, 2019. She gave her heart to Jesus at age 13 and was very dedicated to Livingston Chapel / Wallens Creek Primitive Baptist Church for 63 years.

She leaves behind to mourn her husband of 54 years, Bill Tomlinson; daughters, Brenda Tomlinson and Donna Williams; son, Will Tomlinson, Jr.; nine grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren, all of whom she loved dearly.

Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. We will meet you by the shores of eternity, Mom. Until then, we will carry the burden you had for your family to be saved.

-Written by her family
Rita Christine Wallen

RITA CHRISTINE WALLEN went home to be with her Lord and Savior January 16, 2020 at the age of 65 years and 20 days. She was born December 27, 1954 to the late Carson and Maggie Lawson Johnson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Latrina Upman. Left to cherish her memories are her husband of 46 years, Richard Wallen; her loving daughter, Heather Wallen; sister, Patricia Richards and husband Jim; mother-in-law, Gracie Wallen; several nieces and nephews; and a host of close friends and relatives.

She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and was baptized at the same time as her daughter, Heather, in 1994. She joined West View Primitive Baptist Church where she was a faithful member.

-Written by her family
Frank R. Williams, Sr.

FRANK R. WILLIAMS, SR., age 75, of Hawkins County, TN, went home to be with Jesus Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the U.T. Medical Center, surrounded by his family and friends. Frank was a veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the Army. He enjoyed carpentry work and restoring old homes. He loved spending time and playing with his grandson, Bentley, who was the apple of his eye.

He is survived by his true love, Mildred Williams; daughters, Frankie R. Manes and husband Joey, Felicia Rhodes, and Natasha Williams; son, Frank R. Williams, Jr. and wife Gwen; his precious grandson, Bentley Williams; special friends, Cindy Roberts and Autumn Jones; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and neighbors.

-Written by the family
Elder Walter Cordell Willis

ELDER WALTER CORDELL WILLIS, 83, of Rogersville. On Monday, May 11, 2020, our father and grandfather slipped form our arms into the arms of his Heavenly Father and of the family waiting for him. Our hearts are broken, but at the same time, we know he is where he longed to be.

Walter was born on November 22, 1936 in Blackwater, VA to the late Peart and Zelma Willis. His family moved to Kyles Ford, TN when Walter was a child. Upon graduating from high school in May 1957, Walker joined the Army and spent time in Germany. Upon returning, he moved to Kingsport, TN, and there he met the love of his life Doris Alice Willis. After their marriage on February 20, 1960, they moved to Kyles Ford, TN.

Doris Alice Allen Willis

DORIS ALICE ALLEN WILLIS was born on September 7, 1934 and passed away on March 27, 2019. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. Alice gave Walter her full support while he was paster of several churches in the Eastern District Association.

Left to mourn their passing are children, Kimberly Willis Belcher, Susan Willis (Mike) Tweed, and Scott (Karen Byrd) Willis; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and four brothers.

-Written by the family

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