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Marcella Faye Cline

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Dustin Blankenship

Dustin Blankenship

Dustin Lee Blankenship, 41, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, after an extended bout with many illnesses.

He was a life-long resident of Breech Creek, and was formerly from Logan. He died unexpectedly while enjoying one of his life’s many loves, spending time with his family and eating at Golden Corral.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dreama Eplin (Greg); and his father, Willard “Rocky” Blankenship (Teresa).  

He is survived by his wife, best friend and soulmate of 19 years, Carla Cisco Blankenship; his children, Jacob Blankenship (15) and Joshua Blankenship (6); his  father-in-law, Carl D Cisco; and his brothers, James Deskins, Gregory Eplin, Brandon Blankenship and Shawn Willis and their families.

He is and will always be loved and remembered by a host of extended family and friends. He will be memorialized by many, especially several special friends, Dewey Perry, Larry Collins, Michael Tomblin, Tony McDonald, Scott Lake, Matthew Blankenship, Cameron Romero, and too many special effects artists to mention.  

He will be sadly missed by a special family friend, Crystal Lewis (David); and sons, Bryan, Nathaniel and Dakota Blair.

He was a devoted husband, father and friend who enjoyed life to the fullest with numerous accomplishments which include, but are not limited to, emergency medical technician (Over 10 years serving in the surrounding counties.), disk jockey and special effects artist (expanding over a decade). Of the aforementioned, his passion was definitely being a special effects artist. He was affiliated with Lyons Gate production where he received great recognition for his superb work in Child of God and The Haunting of Four Points. He also partook in many more local and national productions.  

He helped raised his two wonderful sons with dedication, discipline and humility. His children will remember him as a kind and loving father, who always encouraged them to pursue their goals. He will be remembered with great memories and fondness by those who crossed his path in this life. He wanted to live peaceably with everyone and he loved beyond measure. He will surely leave an impression on all who knew him.

Memorial services were held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m, Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Hatfield Funeral Chapel at Belfry, Kentucky. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, Kentucky.

The guestbook may be signed at www.hatfieldfc.com.

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Louise Blankenship.

Louise Blankenship

Louise Blankenship, 77, of Newtown, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

She was born at Newtown, March 23, 1942, a daughter of the late Arthur and Edith Kinder Hinkle.

She was a member of the Newtown Pentecostal Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Burgess Blankenship; her son, Burgess Blankenship II; her brothers, Arthur and Samuel Hinkle; and her sisters, Margarett, Wanda, Augusta and Mary Alice.

She is survived by her sons, Tommy Blankenship (Ann), of Columbia City, Ind., Andy Blankenship and Eric Blankenship, both of Red Jacket; her daughter, Canella Hensley (Steve), of Stopover, Ky.; her grandchildren, Hannah Blankenship, of Ashland, Ky., Courtney Kincaid, of Columbia City, Ind., Amber Blankenship, of Kendallville, Ind., and Kyle Hensley, of Sidney, Ky.; her great-grandchildren, Bentlee, Camryn and Adeline Kincaid, Kynslee Kennedy and Kyeson Hensley; her sister, Brenda Mudd, of Wharncliffe; her special friend, Joseph Murphy, and his daughter, Tracy Murphy; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at the Chambers Funeral Services Chapel with Pastor Randy Casey and Bro. Odis Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow at the Ellison Hatfield Cemetery, Newtown.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, at the funeral home with services beginning at 7 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services of Matewan.

The guestbook may be signed at www.chambersfuneralservices.com.

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 Ruby Browning

Ruby Browning

Ruby Browning, 91, of Tamcliff, died Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at her residence.

She was born at Leatherwood, Aug. 19, 1928, the daughter of the late Everett and Bessie Mae Carter Browning.

She was a member of the Tamcliff Tabernacle Church. She loved to cook, crochet and spend time with her family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Donnie W. Browning; her daughter-in-law, Linda Faye Browning; her granddaughter, Michelle Browning; her brothers, Rev. Ola Browning, Rev. Elden Browning and Hansel Browning; her sister, Lola Layne;  and one great-grandchild.

She is survived by her sons, Douglas Browning (Daphene), of Lebanon Junction, Ky., Gary Browning (Linda, “Sissy Bug”), of Rockhouse, David Browning (Lisa), of Gallipolis, Ohio, and Michael Browning (Lisa), of Gilbert; her daughter, Francis Bailey (Jimmy), of Rockhouse; her sisters, Rena Layne, of Hamlin, and Marie Walls, of Verner; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Allen Blankenship, Rev. Alvin Browning and Rev. Mike Ashbury officiating. Burial followed at the Hollywood Cemetery, Gilbert, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

Her wonderful smile and gentle heart will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to have known and loved her.

The guestbook may be signed at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Marcella Cline

Marcella Faye Cline, 89, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.

She was born at Mauk Ridge, Ky., Jan. 3, 1931, to the late Dempsey Ray and Elizabeth LeMaster Harris.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Winston Cline; and her brothers, Kenneth and Frank Harris.

She is survived by her son, Mark Cline (Pamela); her granddaughters, Ashley Causey (Brandon) and Cyndi Cline; her great-grandson, Elijah Causey; and her sisters, Brenda Taylor (Robert) and Madge Justice.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Hanover Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Jackie Lester officiating. Burial followed at the Highland Memorial gardens, Peck Mills. Arrangements were under the direction of the Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach and Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

The guestbook may be signed at www.leefhandcrematory.com.

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Pops Dingess

“Pops” Dingess

Curtis Curby “Pops” Dingess, 86, of Goodman, died Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at his residence.

He was born at Hode, Ky., March 31, 1933, the son of the late Millard C. Dingess and Ellie Mae Alley Dingess.

He retired from the N & W Railroad where he was employed from 1953 until his retirement in 1987. He was a member of the Huntleyville Gospel Revelation Church and enjoyed working on guns, fishing and going to flea markets.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Dingess, who died Jan. 31, 2016; one son, Curtis William Dingess; three grandchildren, Joe Curtis Dingesss, Vada Ann Dingess and Jackie Keith Francis; and his brothers, Homer Dingess, Roscoe Dingess, Leonard Dingess, Arthur Dingess and Hershel Dingess.

He is survived by his children, Devonna Sue Baisden, of Borderland, JoAnn Francis and Teresa Robinson, both of McAndrews, Ky., Dorothy Virginia Finley, of Lovely, Ky., Lawrence Dingess, of Hatfield, Ky., Dewey Lee Dingess, of West Williamson, and Johnny Dingess, of Merrimac; his siblings, Charlie Dingess, Earl Dingess, Bill Dingess, Eula Mae Prater, Pricy Dillon and Myrtle Copley; 13 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, at Huntleyville Gospel Revelation Church with Harrison Baisden and Haskell Runyon officiating. Burial will follow at Johnson Cemetery, Falls Branch, with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be after 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday night at the church with special services at 7 p.m., Saturday night with Danny Spaulding officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the R. E. Rogers Funeral Home of Belfry, Kentucky.

The guestbook may be signed at www. rerogersfh.com.

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Allen Farley

Allen Farley

Allen Keith Farley, 55, of Wharncliffe, died peacefully, Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, at his  residence, surrounded by family and friends.

He was born at McCarr, Ky., Dec 5, 1964, to William Farley Jr. and the late Letha Ball Farley.

He was a friend to all that knew him and would always lend a helping hand. He was an avid wrestling fan and loved spending time with his brothers-in-law and friends. He was a loving Pop Pop and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William Hubbard and Hattie Mae Farley; his maternal grandparents, Andrew and Ruby Blanche Ball; his brothers, Brian and William Farley; his infant sister; and his nephew, Randy.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his significant other, Tami Johnson, of Wharncliffe; his daughter, Sabrina Blankenship (Wesley), of Baisden; his son, Zackary Farley, of Wharncliffe; his granddaughter, Allison Blankenship; his grandson, Jacob Blankenship; his brothers, David Farley, of Turkey Creek, Ky., Robert Farley, of Matewan, Donald Farley and Johnny Farley, both of McCarr, Ky.; his sisters, Sharon Scott, of Matewan, and Ethel McClure (Allen), of Martinsville, Va.; his brothers- in-law, Keith Johnson (Loretta), Steven Johnson (Shyla), Jeffery Compton and Mark Johnson, all of Wharncliffe; his sisters-in-law, Kimberly Johnson, of Wharncliffe, and Jennifer Clay (Vincent) of Gilbert; many nieces and nephews; and a host of other dear family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Katie Endicott officiating. Burial followed at the Farley Family Cemetery, McCarr, Ky., with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

His big heart and funny personality will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

The guestbook may be signed at www.maountsfuneralhome.com.

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Roy Goff Sr.

Roy Goff Sr.

Roy Edward Goff Sr., 75, of Gilbert, died peacefully Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Ky., while surrounded by his loved ones.

He was born at Maher, Aug. 7, 1944, the son of the late Grant and Thelma Goff.

He was a loving son, father, brother, grandfather, uncle and friend. He greatly enjoyed attending and was a member of the Hanover Missionary Baptist Church. He served his country proudly in the United States Army. He ran his own fencing company for over 45 years, where he was still working until his recent illness. He loved more than anything spending time with his family and playing with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Lee Otis Goff, Charles Goff and Bill Goff; and his grandson, Tyler Dale May.

He is survived by his children, Roy Goff (Debbie), Susan Jude (Scooter), Donna May and Crystal Browning; his grandchildren, Ashlea Kirk, Sienna White (Adam), Reese Goff, Seth Jude, Trey Goff, Allie Browning, Gage Browning, Emilee Browning, Harper Browning, Jillian Jude and Jacob Jude; his great-grandchildren, Jaylon Walton, Lyric Walton, Jaidyn Tunstalle, LaRaina Tunstalle, Jaxxon Hosea and Colin White; his sister, Agnes Simpson; his brothers, Don Goff (Flo) and Jack Goff (Dorothy) Goff; his special lifelong friend, Merl Workman; and a host of nieces, nephews and other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at the Hanover Missionary Baptist Church with Jackie Lester officiating. Burial followed at the Donel C. Kinnard Memorial State Veterans Cemetery, Dunbar, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

His contagious smile and giving heart will be greatly missed by all that were fortunate to have known and loved him.

The guestbook may be signed at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

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Christopher Kirk

Christopher Kirk

Christopher Allen Kirk, 55, of Hardy, Ky., formerly of Delbarton, died Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, at the Markey Cancer Center, Lexington, Kentucky.

He was born at Williamson, Dec. 20, 1964, the son of Annette Stacy Kirk, of Hardy, Ky., the late Charles Kirk.

He lived and worked for 12 years in Georgetown, Ky, where he was a truck driver for Respiratory Partners. He delivered oxygen to the surrounding nursing homes. He also worked on concentrators prior to his being diagnosed with cancer.  

He moved back to Hardy, Ky., in 2016, and was diagnosed in 2019 with stage 4 advanced lung cancer. He had already battled cancer since 2008, when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.  

He enjoyed working on grandfather clocks and antique clocks. He was a graduate of Burch High School in 1983, where he played football. He was left behind by special neighbors, Ron and Darlene Cisco, Doc Rife and many friends and neighbors of the community.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Barbara Sue Kirk; his sisters, Wanda Edwards (Ray), Carol Stepp (David) and Linda Thompson (Calvin); his daughter, Misty Kirk (Garp); his son, Christopher Allen “Bub” Kirk his step-daughter, Teresa Rife; his grandchildren, Chrissy Kirk, Sara Browning and Matthew and Neveah Kirk; his nieces and nephews, Michelle Hinkle (Daniel), Ryan Brown (Carissa), Crystal Maxwell (Bill), Derrick Jude (Brittany Nichole Smith), Brittany McCall (Wes), Megan Thompson (Justin) and Nick Thompson (Kim) Thompson; a host of great-nieces and great-nephews; a special sister-in-law, Brenda Rife (Dallas); and brothers-in-law, Randy and Denny Roberts.

At this time the family will be honoring the wishes of Chris and cremation will take place. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date for all who wish to attend. Arrangements are under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

The guestbook may be signed at www.ChafinFuneralHome.com.

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Mamie Maynard Murphy

Mamie Murphy

Mamie Maynard Murphy, 91, of Chesapeake, Va., formerly of Williamson, died Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at her residence.

She was born at Trace Creek, Aug. 4, 1928, the daughter of the late John H. Maynard and Cecelia Estep Maynard.

She was the valedictorian of the Lenore High School graduating class of 1947. She was a sales associate and member of the Presidents Council with National Life Insurance Company. She was a former sales associate with Tots-to-Teens Clothing Store, in downtown Williamson, prior to moving to Chesapeake several years ago.

She was a longtime member and past Worthy Matron of the Williamson Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Grand Ruth of the West Virginia Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was also a Kentucky Colonel. In her leisure time, she enjoyed traveling.

She was refined and always tasteful in appearance. She was an effortlessly beautiful lady with a classic sense of style. She was greatly admired for her beauty and elegance. She deeply loved and cherished her family and she was the last survivor of the eight children born to her parents.

While she will be sorely missed, many warm and happy memories will be forever cherished by her family and everyone who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a beloved son, Rick Bartram; six brothers, Hi, Charles, Ray, Jake, A. J. and Bill Maynard; and one sister, Mary Adkins.

She is survived by her children, Cheryl “Sherry” Lowe and Michael Murphy (Tammy), both of Chesapeake, Va., and Elaine Varney (Lonnie), of Beckley; six grandchildren, Brandon and Josh Lowe, Allison and Patrick Murphy, Alisha Montgomery and Megan Vance; and a great-grandchild, Isaac.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at Weaver Mortuary with Rev. Jimmy Maynard officiating. Burial followed at the Maynard Cemetery, Trace Creek, with family members and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association, Southeastern Virginia Chapter, online at alz.org, or by mail at 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60601.

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Dorothy Pope

Dorothy Pope

Dorothy Petrosky Pope, 82, of Rawl, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019, at the Emogene Dolin Jones Hospice House, Huntington.

She was born at Lobato, Jan. 25, 1937, at Lobato, a daughter of the late Brunick Petrosky Sr. and Helen Jablensky Petrosky.

She was a longtime greeter at the South Williamson, Ky., Walmart store where she made many acquaintances. She enjoyed simple pleasures in her life such as vacationing with her family, especially trips to the Great Smoky Mountains and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. After retirement and while her health was good, she enjoyed going for a car ride whenever possible and dining out with her family. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Olen Thomas Pope; a son, Frank Cline; a daughter, Mary Helen Stafford; an infant daughter, Debbie Kay Miller; and two brothers, William Petrosky and Brunick “June Bug” Petrosky Jr.

She is survived by two sons, William “Dickle” Cline, of Logan, and Billy Ray Miller, of Rawl; two daughters, Helen Fish (Gary), of Aflex, Ky., and Sally Miller, of Logan; a brother, Charles Petrosky, of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters, Josephine Cooper (Darrell), of Greenville, Tenn., and Helen Wilkes, of Dayton, Ohio; and 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

She will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered by her family and friends always.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Weaver Mortuary with Rev. Gary Starr officiating. Burial followed at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Pecks Mill, with William “Dickle” Cline, Corey Cline, Caleb Elkins, Kevin McCoy and Alex McCoy serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Polly Prater

Polly Prater

Polly Lou Prater, 88, of Beech Creek, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, from the Tug Valley ARH Regional Medical Center, South Williamson, Kentucky.

She was born at Woodman, Ky., Sept. 30, 1931,  she was the daughter of the late Anthony Wayne Dotson and Lillian Ann Prater Dotson.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Beech Creek Free Pentecostal Church of God.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Prater; three sons, Ralph Prater, James Prater and Lester Prater; five daughters, Mary Prater, Wilma Daniels, Molly B. Prater, Nancy Manning and LeAnn Leedy; two brothers, Jimmy and Charles; and four sisters, Hazel, Belle, Ethel and Lula.

She is survived by one son, Brian Prater (Melissa), of Majestic, Ky.; three daughters, Lorraine “Bee” Mullins, of Red Jacket, Sandy Prater and Lula Prater, both of Beech

Creek; one grandson whom she raised, Will Prater, of Beech Creek; six brothers, Jessie

Dotson, of Majestic, Ky., Harmon Dotson, of Woodman, Ky., Eugene Dotson, of Hardy, Ky., Mack Dotson, of Woodman, Ky., Junior Dotson, of Oklahoma, and William Dotson, of Kansas; one sister, Elizabeth Ann Philpot, of Winchester, Va.; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services were held at 12 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Beech Creek Free Pentecostal Church of God with Pastor David Ferguson officiating. Burial followed at the Looney Curve Cemetery, Devon, with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Arrangements were under the direction of the Hatfield Funeral Chapel of Toler, Kentucky.

The guestbook may be signed at www.hatfieldfc.com.

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Peggy Preece

Peggy Preece

Peggy Sue Runyon Preece, 79 of Trace Creek, died Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020, at Belfry, Ky., at her daughter’s residence.

She was born at Richlands, Va., May 12, 1940, the daughter of the late William Henry “Jack” and Una June Caudill Runyon.

She worked as a nurse for many years. She was a member of the Victory Christian Center Church at Lenore. She loved her Lord Jesus and shared her testimony with everyone she met.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Preece Sr., who passed away in 1975; her sister, Patricia Ann Swim; her sons, Harold Preece Jr. and Buddy John Preece; and her daughter, Patricia Preece.  

She is survived by her children, Nan Preece (Chris Davis), of Delbarton, Dawn Hankins (Tommy) and Hiram Preece, both of Belfry, Ky., and Pamela Sue Mahone Muncy, of Kentucky; her daughter-in-law, Connie Bryant Preece; her grandchildren, Larry Joe Hall Jr., Peggy Leann Hall Maynard, Amanda and Adam Baisden, Amy and Michael Adkins, Jackie Dale Gullett, David Lee Manns, Harold and Lynn Preece, Sam Preece, Bo and Holly Preece, Buddy Preece, Christy Preece, Ed Murphy and Marissa Preece; her great-grandchildren, Caden, Adam Lee and Case Baisden,  Camron and Brantlee Adkins, Jacob Preece, John Preece, Jeremiah Preece, Ethan Manns, Noah, Nolan and Noelle Preece; her very special cousins, Sheila and Bob Muncy and Wayne Prater; and several nieces and nephews.  

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at the Victory Christian Center, Lenore, with Elder Jimmy Maynard and Rev. Terry Joe Blankenship officiating.  Burial followed at the Preece Cemetery, Trace Creek, with J.D. Gullett, Larry Hall, Harold Preece, Caden Baisden, Michael Adkins and Adam Lee Baisden serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were, Amanda Baisden, John Preece, Amy Adkins, Jeremiah Preece, Leann Maynard, Adam Baisden and Sam Preece. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

The guestbook may be signed at www.ChafinFuneralHome.com.

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Reva Runyon

Reva Runyon

Reva C. Davis Runyon, 75, of Hensley Big Branch, Lenore, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Pikeville Medical Center, Pikeville, Kentucky.

She was born at Lenore, March 27, 1944, the daughter of the late Ira and Rosie Reynolds Davis.

She was a retired kindergarten aide at the Lenore Grade School, after 30 years of service. She enjoyed traveling to nearly every state, with Hawaii being her favorite, bowling in leagues and attending church at the Little Dove United Baptist Church at Belo where she was a member.  

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Unice David Davis; and her sister, Louise Davis Maynard-Harpst.  

She is survived by her children, Regina C. Runyon Starr (Myran) and Franklin R. Runyon; her precious grandchildren, who called her Nana and were the light of her life, Velma and Eric Starr; her sister, Janet Dempsey (Carl); and her brother, Bobby Davis (Ollie). She will always be remembered by the friends and family of Alex Hale and her many nieces, nephews and extended family.  

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2020, at the Little Dove United Baptist Church at Belo, with Elders Jimmy Maynard and Chris Ooten officiating. Burial followed at the Davis Family Cemetery, Hensley Big Branch, Lenore. Arrangements were under the direction of the Chafin Funeral Home of Delbarton.

The guestbook may be signed at www.ChafinFuneralHome.com.

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Virginia Sparks

Virginia Sparks

2 Timothy 4:7-8

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness.

Virginia Testerman Sparks, 91, of Gilbert, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Hubbard Hospice House, Charleston.

She was born at Wharncliffe, Sept. 29, 1928, the daughter of the late George and Alta Bradford Stanley.

She was a member of the Wharncliffe Church of God. She loved studying her Bible and spending time with her family and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lavern Testerman; her son, Virgil Testerman; her granddaughter, Victoria Brown; her grandson, Douglas Chapman; her great-grandson, Andreau Chapman Morgan; her sisters, Inas Mounts and Betty Pepki; and her brothers, Hollie, Virgil, Harrison and Franklin Stanley.

She is survived by her daughters, Gay Chapman (Eddie), of Gilbert, Carol Faries (Gary), of Delbarton, and Debbie Dean (Daniel), of Verner; her special granddaughter, Melissa Chapman Cline, of Logan; her sister, Janice Gibson, of Gilbert; her daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Testerman, of Murphystown; and a host of other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at the Mountain View Memory Gardens Mausoleum with Rev. Arville Cline officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

The guestbook may be signed at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

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Jimmie Williamson

Jimmie Williamson

Jimmie Lee Williamson, 67, of Pawleys Island, S.Car., formerly of Williamson, died Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at the Waccamaw Hospital, Pawleys Island, South Carolina.

He was born at Williamson, Sept. 6, 1952, a son of the late Johnny Williamson and Bernice Deskins Williamson of Williamson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Carlis Mounts.

He was a 1971 graduate of Williamson High School and remained a strong supporter of his beloved Williamson Wolfpack.

A 39-year employee of Norfolk Southern Railroad, he became employed by Norfolk Southern in 1973. He transferred in 2000 to Atlanta, Ga., and worked there in his longtime position as a clerk until his retirement in 2012. He had also served in the West Virginia National Guard in Williamson. He was honorably discharged from service in 1977, having attained the rank of sergeant.

As God called him to his side at 3:30 a.m., Monday morning, Jan. 6, 2020, he departed this life for his eternal home in Heaven, one not built with human hands, where he will dwell with God forever. He leaves an enviable legacy of a life well lived, wherein, he earned the love and respect of all who knew him. His legacy is that of a man who did as every man with a family should do, he dedicated himself to his work in order to provide for his family. He enjoyed the fruits of his labor, yet he didn’t live to work. He cherished his wife, he loved and guided his children to their best possible futures and he adored his granddaughters, while gently spoiling them. God was the inerrant guide in all of his choices and decisions, both great and small.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Glora Jean Mounts Williamson; his children, Emily McNeely (Tom), of Pawleys Island, S.Car., and Kevin Williamson (Jamie), of Myrtle Beach, S.Car.; his granddaughters, Ansley McNeely and Savanna Williamson; his siblings, Joan Hagaman (Shel), of Orlando, Fla., John Williamson (Della), of Baisden, Barbara Edmonds, of Cross City, Fla., and Rhonda Davis, of Old Town, Fla.; his beloved mother-in-law, Lois Weaver Mounts, of Williamson, and Pawleys Island, S.Car.; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Jennifer and John Hagaman, of Pawleys Island, S.Car.; and a host of  nieces and nephews.

He will be sorely missed and lovingly remembered and cherished always.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020, at Weaver Mortuary with Ralph Perry officiating. Burial will follow at the Mountain View Memory Gardens, Huddy, Ky., with John Hagaman, Ralph Taylor, Tom McNeely, Zach Hagaman, Justin Colegrove, Caleb Colegrove and Max Mounts serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, at the mortuary. Arrangements are under the direction of Weaver Mortuary of West Williamson.

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Harry Vance

Harry Vance

Harry R. Vance, 89, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019.  

He was a resident of Wyoming Nursing & Rehabilitation Center of New Richmond, he was formerly, of Justice.

He was born at Hensley, Feb. 6, 1930, the son of the late Elijah and Ruby May Justice Vance.

He was a member of the Justice Church of God for 60 years. He served his country proudly in the United States Army. He loved spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Helen Brown Vance; his grandson, Gary Joe Vance; his brothers, Claude, Jim, Horace and Charles Vance; and his sisters, Pricie Dunnigan, Evelyn Perry, Carrie Wilburn, Betty Lou Ellis, Sylvia Vance, Mary Vanover and Ida Jean Vance.

He is survived by his children, Theresa Gibson (David), Kent Vance (Jacquetta), Gary Vance (Tammy), Lori Vance and Harry Glen Vance (Nancy); his grandchildren, Adrienne Gilley (Randy), Amy Sizemore (Chad), Natasha Blankenship (Roy), Kenny Vance (Karrie), Randy Gibson (Amanda), James, Anthony and Steven Vance; His great-grandchildren, Emmalee, Seth, Nathan, Starling, Bailee, Braxton, Brian, Kailee, Hunter, Madison, Lilly, Halen and Caroline; his sister, Janice McCrary; and a host of other dear relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, at the Mounts Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tim Shuff and Rev. Albert Cline Jr. officiating. Military honors were conducted by D.A.V. Chapter #141 of Belfry, Kentucky. Burial followed at the Davis Cemetery, Justice, with his grandsons serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers were, Dan Wilburn Sr., Paul Vance (Glenna), Paul Reeves, David Sparks (Angie) and Ann Sutters. Arrangements were under the direction of Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., of Gilbert.

His wonderful smile and gentle heart will be greatly missed by all who were fortunate to have known and loved him.

The guestbook may be signed at www.mountsfuneralhome.com.

Russell Warring

Russell Robert Warring, 67, of Blackberry City, Matewan, died Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at his residence.

He was born at Honesdale, Penn., July 5, 1952, a son of the late Glenn and Charlotte Doney Warring

He was a veteran of the United States Army. He worked until his retirement in surface mining, as a boss, as well as a dozer operator. He enjoyed the outdoors and was in his element when he was either hunting or fishing. His greatest joy was when he was investing his time and energy in his grandchildren and family. His family was indeed his life. His smile was contagious. He enjoyed life and those he loved. His sense of humor and dedication to his family will forever be a cherished legacy embraced by all who knew and loved him.  

He is survived by his wife, Lillian Warring, of Blackberry City; his daughters, Kimberly Dawn Cisco (Sid), Angela Marcum and Kevin Starr, all of Matewan, and Linda Kaye Tucker (Ronald Allen), of New Bern, N.Car.; his grandchildren Andrew Marcum (Lakiesha), Marcus Cisco (fiancé, McKahla West), Tanner Cisco, Kelly Marcum, Areonna Tucker and Yelena Tucker; his great-grandchildren, Adalynn Marcum and he was anticipating the arrival of his second great-granddaughter, Indie West; his brother, Gerald Warring (Cyndy), of Honesdale, Penn.; his sisters, Nancy Holl (Lyn), of Prompton, Penn., and Susan Rowe (Pete), of Honesdale, Penn.; and Patricia Ann “Patsy” Warring, of Prompton, Penn.; and a host of loved ones, neighbors and friends, including Tony Marcum Jr.

He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020, at the Chambers Funeral Services Chapel with Bro. Dave Stratton and Bro. Odis Blankenship officiating. Burial followed at the Russell Warring Memorial Cemetery, Blackberry City, Matewan, with Andrew Marcum, Tanner Cisco, Marcus Cisco, Taylor Thornsbury, Joe Jackson and Trevor Layne serving as pallbearers. Military honors were provided by the D.A.V. Belfry Chapter #141. Arrangements were under the direction of Chambers Funeral Services of Matewan.

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Cameron Woods

Cameron Woods

Cameron Laing Woods, 64, of Dandridge, Tenn., died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019, following a brief illness.

He was born in Beckley, Jan. 27, 1955, the youngest son of Clyde and Annabelle Woods, of Slab Fork/Glade Springs.

He attended Greenbrier Middle School, Lewisburg, and Concord College. He was retired. He was formerly employed by Tom Winter Truck and Bus, A.T. Massey at Rocky Hollow, Mahon Enterprises, Patriot Coal and Grand Eagle Mining. He was also co-founder of P.E.C. Corporation, Ragland.

He was preceded in death by one son, Alexander Woods, of South Williamson, Kentucky.

He is survived by S.C. Woods III and Tammy Woods, of Ragland; Shawn, Jessica, Shawna and Ethan Reuter, of Abbotsford, British Columbia; Keith, Jenny, Amaryah and D.K. Mosby, of Ragland; and S.C. IV, Sondra, Samuel V. and Sadie Woods, of Varney.

A celebration of life service was held from 7 p.m. until 10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at the Conley Memorial Baptist Church, Delbarton. A celebration of life service to be held at Dandridge, Tenn., will be announced at a later date. Arrangements are under the direction of the Farrar Funeral Home of Dandridge, Tennessee.

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