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







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