ABINGDON, Va. Tyler D. Rowe, 26, of Abingdon, Va., passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at home. He was born on May 17, 1993, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Hubert and Zella (Matney) Rowe of Abingdon, Va.; his maternal grandfather, Delford Matney Jr. of Grundy, Va.; his uncle, Steven Matney of Grundy, Va.; and his aunt, Susan Matney of Grundy, Va. He is survived by his parents, Chris and Trish (Matney) Rowe of Abingdon, Va.; maternal grandmother, Beulah Matney of Grundy, Va.; paternal aunts and uncles, Mike and Carol Cole of Abingdon, Va., Diana and Richard Dailey of Bristol, Va.; maternal aunt and uncle, Regina and Eddie Sparks of Bedford, Va.; cousins, Tiffany (Sparks) Hiles, Ethan Stiltner, Caleb Matney, Andrew Sparks, Sean Brennan, Nicole (Dailey) Johnson and Ryan Dailey. A private service will be held for the family. Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.frostfuneralhome.com. Frost Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 250 E. Main St., Abingdon, Va., is honored to serve the Rowe family.
Rowe, Tyler D.
Bailey, Alice "Ruth" (Stewart)
Alice "Ruth" (Stewart) Bailey, 93, long time resident of Knoxville, Tenn., but in most recent years of the Pittsburgh, Pa., area, was called home to be with her Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, after a long illness. Ruth was born on January 15, 1927, in Washington County, Va., to the late Plato and Allie Stewart. She was a graduate of Cleveland High School and Carson-Newman College. Ruth was a devoted wife to pastor Dr. Calvin M. Bailey and mother to three children, Sylvia, Daniel and Doyle. She and Calvin faithfully served in Baptist churches while living in Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. They also traveled on mission trips abroad to share the Gospel with others. In addition to her church service, Ruth tirelessly, patiently, and lovingly attended to the needs of her son, Doyle, throughout his life. She lived as a beautiful example of Jesus' grace and love, which she shared with family and friends. Ruth was a dedicated and thoughtful homemaker, demonstrating her love of family by way of scripture, guidance, delicious cooking and her talent as a seamstress. As a member of Central Bearden Baptist Church, she enjoyed fellowship with her church family. She was so grateful for the many cards, calls, prayers, and good wishes sent by them and her many friends during her illness. Ruth is survived by her son, Daniel and wife, Cathy, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; grandson, Brian and wife, Rekha, of Wexford, Pa.; granddaughter, Erin Lucatorto and husband, Chris, of Pittsburgh, Pa.; great-grandchildren (whom their Gigi dearly loved), Layla and Riley Bailey and Calvin and Maggie Lucatorto; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, husband of 62 years, Calvin M. Bailey; daughter, Sylvia; son, Doyle; brothers, York (Anne) Carlton (Lucille) Phipps (Maude), and Albert (Ernestine) Stewart; and sisters Irene Owen (Wallace), Edith Beard (Clarence), Evelyn Howell (Woodrow) and Helen Burnette (George). Due to circumstances surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, interment will be private. A Celebration of Life service will be held at a future date at Central Bearden Baptist Church. Memorials in Ruth's name may be made to the Missions Fund at Central Bearden Baptist Church, 6300 Deane Hill Drive, Knoxville, TN 37919. Rose Mortuary Mann Heritage Chapel is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.rosemortuary.com. Information regarding the future service will be forthcoming.
Brown, Gerald Edgar
BLUEFIELD, Va. Gerald "Jerry" Edgar Brown, 88, of Bluefield, Va., formerly of Roseann, Va., died on Friday April 3, 2020, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. Born in Otsego, W.Va., moving at a young age to Roseann, Va., he was a son of Clarence and Ollie DeHart Brown. He was a member and elder of Fincastle Presbyterian Church. He retired from Erwin Supply/United Supply in Rocky Gap, Va., and was a former employee of Raytheon Co. in Bristol, Tenn. He was a member of the United States Army during the Korean War. After graduating from Hurley High School and after serving in the Army, he pursued a degree at King College and graduated in 1958. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Bobby Eugene Brown, James R. Brown, and Billie Burgess Brown. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Sproles Brown; son, Eric Todd and daughter-in-law, Kim Matzel Brown; grandson, Tristan Brown; sisters, Margaret Wallace and Mary Alice Cline, both of Roseann, and Bonnie Justus of Hurley; brothers, Jack and wife, Bernice Brown of Roseann, Clarence Jr. and wife, Betty Ann Brown of Hurley, and Danny and wife, Louise Brown of Abingdon; sister-in-law, June Brown of Bluefield, Va.; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Fincastle Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 409, Bluefield, VA 24605. Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages with the family may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the family of Mr. Gerald "Jerry" Edgar Brown.
Keesee, Burton W. "Buddy"
GATE CITY, Va. Burton W. "Buddy" Keesee, passed away at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center on April 2, 2020, after an extended illness. He was the son of the late Luther and Lula Keesee, Chilhowie, Va. He was a member of Nottingham United Methodist Church. He was a licensed trainer and judge of the Tennessee Walking Horse Association. He graduated from Chilhowie High School, attended Hiwassee and Emory and Henry College. He served 4 years in the United States Air force and received an honorable discharge in May of 1961. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Earnest Keesee, Gene Keesee, and Tommy Keesee; four sisters, Virgie Wilson, Norma Shuler, Patsy Brooks, and Mary Ann Curry; also, he lost two of his favorite buddies, Y2, his Tennessee Walking Horse, and Sissy, his Australian Shepherd dog. These two buddies gave him many hours of pleasure at home and in the show ring. He is survived by his wife, June Fogleman Keesee; brother, David (Edwina) Kessee; several nieces and nephews; a very special sister-in-law, Lou Fogleman Fowler, who was like the daughter he never had; along with three loving friends, Susie Ervin, and Lynn and Jennifer Taylor. Per his wishes he was cremated and a private graveside service will be held at Mount Rose Cemetery, Glade Spring, Va. at a later date. An online guest register is available for the Keesee family at www.gatecityfunearls.com. Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Burton W. "Buddy" Keesee.
Smith, Dolores "Dee"
Dolores "Dee" Smith, age 84, of Bristol, Tenn., passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020 at her residence. She was born on March 24, 1936, in Pittsburg, Pa., a daughter of the late Louis and Virginia Sheehan Knipling. Dee retired from the Bristol City School System. She was an active member of St. Anne Catholic Church. She touched numerous lives through her involvement with scouting for 56 years. Dee was also a loyal Kentucky basketball fan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Smith Sr.; son, Shawn Smith; and grandson, Steven Wayne Smith. Survivors include her children, James Smith Jr. and wife, Jane, Virginia Marie Lekan and husband, Jake, Kevin Smith and wife, Carol, Colleen Parsley, and Wayne Smith; grandchildren, Derik Smith, Tiffany Smith, Ryan Lekan, Lynsi Rice, A.J. Lekan, Lena Lawson, Kimi Smith and Jordan Marsh; seven great-grandchildren; brother, Xavier Knipling; and grandpup, Mary Jane. A private graveside service will be held Monday, April 6, 2020, with Father Christopher Hess, Celebrant officiating at Mountain View Cemetery. Due to Covid-19, a celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Online condolences may be registered at www.weaverfuneralhome.net. Arrangements have been made with Weaver Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Coker, Dorothy "Dottie"
Dorothy "Dottie" Coker, passed away on Sunday, March 29, 2020, in Palm Coast, Fla. Dottie was born in Salem, Ohio, to the late Dewey Watts and Ada Kelley Watts. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara King (George) of Palm Coast, Fla.; sons, Steve King of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Jeff King (Stephanie) of St Augustine, Fla.; grandchildren, Chad King, Megan King, Cooper King, Avery King, Angie Ashbaugh and Nancy Waterhouse; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one son, David King. She is also survived by her sister, Virginia Haugen of Crossville Tenn. She was predeceased by three brothers, Arnold Watts, Jack Watts and Joe Watts. Dottie graduated from Portsmouth Ohio High School and attended Ohio Wesleyan University. She was a proud sister of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Dottie and her family moved to Orlando, Florida, in the late 1950s, where her husband worked with the space program. True to her outgoing nature, she quickly became involved in community and social activities. In the mid 60s, her family moved to St. Petersburg, Fla., where she continued her civic involvement. It was there that Dottie attended classes and earned her Real Estate License. In the mid 70s, Dottie moved to Bristol, Tenn. Not one to let the grass grow under her feet, she joined a women's group the first week she was in Bristol. She also began her long and successful career in real estate with Wayne Deere Realty. She worked with The Brown Agency and Heritage Homes, later becoming owner/broker of that company. When she sold Heritage homes, she worked with Realty Executives Bristol until she moved to Florida in 2017. Throughout her real estate career, Dottie served the profession in many capacities. She served as President of the Bristol Association of Realtors; President, Secretary and member of, Board of Directors of Northeast Tennessee Association of Realtors. Dottie served on many committees for both associations through the years. She was recognized for her achievements and received the Realtor of the Year in 1997 and 2008, and in 2016 was inducted into the Hall of Fame. She was a charter member of MLS (Multiple Listing Service) and served on its Board of Directors. She served as a director for the Tennessee Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors. Dottie was a proud member of the Bristol Rotary Club. She worked tirelessly to support numerous organizations which included Meals on Wheels, Second Harvest Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity, Holston Children's Home, YWCA and United Way. She was a faithful member and Deacon of First Baptist Church, Bristol, Tenn. Dottie never met a stranger. She loved to host parties for her friends and family. And, wherever she was having fun, you would see her dancing the night away... A memorial service will be held at a later date in Bristol, Tennessee. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Rotary Club of Bristol, using GoFundMe, link provided. http://gf.me/u/xt9i3i
Carrier, Jr., Edgar Lee "Buddy"
Edgar Lee "Buddy" Carrier Jr., age 83, of Abingdon, Va., passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2020, at Johnston Memorial Hospital. We draw strength and comfort knowing Buddy is with the Lord as he had a personal relationship with Christ and a decades long walk serving and loving the Lord where he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior as a teenager. Buddy was born on August 15, 1936, in Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., to the late Edgar Lee Carrier Sr. and Jean Fehrenburg Carrier. On July 30, 1960, he married Betty Jo Scott in Bristol, Tenn., and they were an inseparable, loving couple for over 58 years. They raised one daughter, Tammy Jo Morelock (Carrier), who passed away April 16, 2004, and one son, Brian Lee Carrier. Buddy was a loving grandfather to four grandchildren, Lauren Morelock, Joshua Carrier, Ellie Carrier, and Daniel Carrier; and loving brother to two sisters, Delma Slagle (Carrier) and Nora Jean Satterfield (Carrier). Buddy was a 1956 graduate of Tennessee High School, was a veteran of the United States Army, attended Carson Newman College, and retired from a 30+ year career as the Assistant Administrator at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va., and Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, Va. He was very active serving others and Christ for over 60 years at Abingdon Baptist Church and Tennessee Avenue Baptist Church. Usually, obituaries list all the accomplishments of someone by what the world measures of value education, positions, work accomplishments, and other earthly pursuits. However, we would like to honor our dear father, grandfather, brother, and friend for how he lived his life to quietly honor, love and serve his personal Lord who was his best friend and Savior. Without fanfare, Buddy prayed for his children, grandchildren, family, and friends daily at the breakfast table. He always had time to love people, serve their needs, and show Christ thru his life to others. Most that knew Buddy, experienced the love of Christ in his eyes, his loving sacrifice and service for others, his encouraging words, and his unrelenting trust in his Heavenly Father thru all the good and hard times of life. His main life goal was in his words "to at least touch one life for Christ so someone else could know the absolute joy, contentment and peace thru a personal relationship with Christ now and into eternity". One way Buddy did this was by making over 10,000 "Smile God Loves You!' smiley face necklaces for children in the US, Bolivia, Nigeria, Moldova, Haiti, and several other countries. Over a decade, he painstakingly hand cut, sanded, and hand painted those 'Smile, God Loves You!' words over 10,000 times because he simply wanted others to know Christ and understand the overwhelming love of their Heavenly Father. Buddy also wrapped, supplied gifts for, and packaged up thousands of 'shoebox' Christmas gift boxes for children around the world as part of the Samaritan's Purse Operation Christmas Child project. Buddy is survived by his son, Brian Lee Carrier and daughter-in-law, Colleen Carrier; son-in-law, Roy Morelock; grandchildren, Lauren Morelock, Joshua Carrier, Ellie Carrier, and Daniel Carrier; sisters, Delma Slagle (Carrier) and Nora Jean Satterfield (Carrier); and nephews and nieces, Matt Slagle, Alison Slagle Quickel, Adam Blankenbeckler, Wes Blankenbeckler, Jaime Scott, Walter Scott, Sam Scott, Robbie Scott, Mark Scott, and Rusty Scott. When it is possible for family/friends to assemble again, a Celebration of Life in Christ service will be held at the Abingdon Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, please send donations and mark as "Samaritan's Purse Shoebox Ministry" to Abingdon Baptist Church, 361 W. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210. Those wishing to share memories and express sympathy online, and to send a "Hugs from Home," please visit www.farrisfuneralservice.com. The family of Edgar Lee "Buddy" Carrier, Jr. is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210, (276-623-2700).
Heath, Laura Belle
GLADE SPRING, Va. Laura Belle Heath, age 86, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020. She was born in Smyth County, Va., to the late Everett Lee Hicks and the late Maude Adaline Puckett Hicks. Laura was a proud graduate of R.B. Worthy High School and was a member of Chilhowie Baptist Church. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of fifty-eight years, John Heath and eight siblings. Laura is survived by several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and great nephews. Out of respect for the health of others during this pandemic, burial will be private in Mount Rose Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to a charity of your choice to help those in need due to the Coronavirus. Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com and signing the online guest register. The family of Laura Belle Heath is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210, (276) 623-2700.
GLADE SPRING, Va. Robert Henry Taylor Jr., age 72, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, 2020, at the Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Va. Mr. Taylor was born in Saltville, Va., to the late Robert H. Taylor Sr. and Eleanor Lawson Taylor and was preceded in death by his sisters, Sue and Cleo. He served in the United States Army and graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing. Survivors include his wife, Kathy Taylor; son, Ronald Rudder and wife, Lesley; grandchildren, Zoey, Eli, and Leila, Nakoma, Tricilla; stepchildren, Shanice Watters, Destiny Hodge; brothers-in-law, Jack Hall and Vicky, Greg Hall, and James Powers; sisters-in-law, Joanne Steffey and Sam and Amanda Lunsford; several other family members; and special friends, Waco Bays, Bruce Epperson, Mike Walls, and Jim Bundy. Services will be private. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at www.bradleysfh.com. Bradley's Funeral Chapel is serving the Taylor family.
Blevins, John H.
GREEN COVE, Va. John H. Blevins, 77, went to be with the Lord, on April 2, 2020, at Johnston Memorial Hospital. A graveside service will be held privately, with a memorial service to be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105, for his compassion for children. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.frostfuneralhome.com. Frost Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 250 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210 is honored to serve the Blevins family.
Buckles, Henry Carl
Henry Carl Buckles, 90, of the Spring City section of Cleveland, Va., passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020. Born in Russell County, Va., on May 23, 1929, he was the son of the late Henry and Bertha Litton Buckles. He loved farming, was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church and was retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation after 40 years of employment. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Ann Buckles and Annetta Jones; and his brother, Hershel Buckles. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Clara Sykes Buckles; sons, Ronald Buckles and Michael Buckles; daughter, Nancy Linkous and husband, James; brother, Oakley Buckles; sisters, Nancy Dotson, Alberta Buckles, Sarah Lane, and Nadine Pearman; and numerous nieces and nephews. A special thanks to Home Nursing Company in Lebanon. Due to COVID-19, a private family service will be held on Monday, April 6, 2020, with Pastor Kevin Bowman officiating. Share memories and condolences with the family at www.owensfuneralservice.com. Owens Funeral Service, 7 Tate Ave., Lebanon, Va., is in charge of arrangements.
Rosenbaum, Reba Lavonne
Reba Lavonne Rosenbaum, age 84, of London, Kentucky, widow of the late Phillip E. Rosenbaum passed away on Monday, March 9, 2020, at Laurel Heights Home for the Elderly. She was the mother of Vickie George and husband Roger of London, Kentucky; and the sister of Wilma Wright, Bob Widener and wife, Betty, all of Bristol, Virginia, and Jake Widener and wife, Lillie, of Indian Trail, North Carolina. She was also blessed with two grandchildren, Brian George and wife, Kari Beth, of Ludlow, Kentucky, and Brianna Hyde and husband, Darrel, of East Bernstadt, Kentucky; one great-granddaughter, Emily Grace Parsons of East Bernstadt, Kentucky; two step great-grandchildren, Dustin Hyde of East Bernstadt, Kentucky, and Amber Belt and husband, Chad, of West Jordan, Utah; and a host of nieces and nephews. Besides her spouse, she was also preceded in death by her parents, Edgar and Ora Widener. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church of London, Kentucky.
Krull, Shirley Mullins
Shirley Krull, 76, of Blountville, Tenn., passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020. She was born on June 26, 1943, in Colson, Ky., a daughter of the late Coda and Etta Little Mullins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil Krull; sisters, Nora Holmes and Nell Everidge; brother, Clarence "Cotton" Mullins; and grandson, Roby Icenhour. Shirley was a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was a long-time, committed member of Airport Christian Church. Shirley loved to cook for her family and friends, flowers and spending time in the outdoors. She was an avid University of Tennessee fan. She is survived by her son, Barry Pritchard and wife, Susie; and son, Gregory Pritchard and wife, Phoebe; grandchildren, Leo Icenhour, Willow Kesner, Cameron Pritchard, and Chloe Pritchard; siblings, Victor Mullins, Margie Robinette, Betty Hedgespeth, Coda Mullins Jr. and Zelma Sumpter; along with several nieces and nephews. Due to current health concerns and restrictions regarding COVID-19, the family will hold a private graveside service at East Tennessee Cemetery in Blountville, Tenn., with Pastor Chris Hughes officiating. A public celebration of life will be held at a later date once the COVID-19 concerns and mandates are lifted. An announcement will be made by Oakley-Cook Funeral Home at that time. On behalf of the family and during these unprecedented times, continue to support them through this loss by sending cards, messages or making phone calls. eel free to reach out to our valued staff for further information. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family and viewed by visiting www.oakley-cook.com. Arrangements especially for Mrs. Krull and her family have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory.