Obituaries

JAMES CARTER

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    WISE, VA – James Carter 73, entered into eternity Thursday May 16, 2019 from the Holston Valley Medical Center. 

   James was of the Baptist faith. He was a former surface miner. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He cherished the time he spent with his family.

   James was preceded in death by his wife Ruby (Carnes) Carter; his parents Oscar Carter and Bertha (Adkins) Carter; and brother Larry Carter. 

   Survivors include his son Byron Carter and wife Shanda- Wise, VA, his daughters, Carol Mullins and husband Mark- Pound, VA and Marie Walker- Whitesburg, KY; grandchildren Whitney Williams (Leonard), Jessie Singleton and Lacey Smith (granddaughters and special friends) Madison Mullins, Grayson Mullins, Teshauna Amburgy, and Bryana Carter; great-Grandchildren Hunter Amburgy, Hayden Amburgy, and Christian and Ava Isaac; a brother, Phillip Carter-Jonesville, VA; a special friend Lonnie Lucas; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones.

   As per James wishes his body was cremated after donating several organs and tissue to people in need.

   Baker Funeral Home- Pound, VA is serving the family of James Carter.

RODNEY CANTRELL

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   POUND, VA – Rodney Cantrell, 77, entered into eternity Thursday May 16, 2019 from the Mountain View Regional Medical Center. His loving family was at his bedside.

    Rodney was of the Baptist faith. He was a former surface miner and retired as an equipment operator for Wise County. Rodney was an avid high school and little league sports fan. He was a regular at all kinds of sporting events and enjoyed playing scratch lottery tickets as well. Rodney loved to discuss politics. He also enjoyed talking about the Lord. He had a cheerful personality and never met a stranger.

Rodney was preceded in death by his parents, Buddy Cub and Helen (Taylor) Cantrell; and infant son, James Keith Cantrell; And sister –in-law, Jeanette Cantrell.

    Survivors include his loving wife Gail (Balthis) Cantrell; his daughters, Nicole Sexton and husband Mark-Pound, VA andRhonda Kilgore- Norton, VA; grandchildren Jason Kilgore, Derek Kilgore, Ethan Gentry and Katlyn Gentry; step grandson, Charlie Scales; great-grand-daughter, Jaylen Kilgore; step-daughter, Becky Davenport and husband Scotty-Shelby, N C; Brothers Rocky Cantrell and wife Anita, David Cantrell and Max Cantrell and wife Pam, all of Pound, VA; special friends Carlyle Taylor and Gary Taylor; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Saturday May 18, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Danny Baker officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services. 

   Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 pm Sunday  May 19, 2019 at the Dotson Family Cemetery-Pound, VA where family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 1:00 pm to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of RodneyCantrell.

EULA MAE STURGILL

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   GATE CITY, VA- Eula Mae Sturgill, 71, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday May 14, 2019 from the Johnson City Medical Center.  She was surrounded by her loving family.

   Eula was a Christian and a member of the Copper Creek Primitive Baptist Church. She loved to sing at church and most recently sang at Easter sunrise service. Eula loved to sew, cook and spoil her grand-children. She also enjoyed mystery shows and puzzle books. 

  Eula was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years Dan Sturgill; her parents, Lloyd and Ella (Boggs) Church; 3 brothers, 

Ray, Carl and James Church; and cousins Palmer and Claude Sturgill.  

  Survivors include her daughter, Melissa Dryden and husband Nick- Pound, VA; her son, Danny Ray Sturgill and wife Missy-Kingsport, TN; grandchildren, Mikey Dryden, Zack Dryden, Hannah Dryden and Taylor 

Aaron Sturgill (aka TAS );great-grandson Jace Dryden and two more bundles of joy on the way; a sister Betty Sue Hyde-Brandon, MS; a brother Oscar Church and wife Annette-Blufton, SC; special friends, Josh Bailey and Asher Meadows; several nieces and nephews; her church family; and a host of friends. 

  Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Thursday May 16, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Harmon Willis officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until time of services.

  Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Friday May 17, 2019 at the Mt. Zion Cemetery-Pound, VA where family members will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral 

home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

  Baker Funeral Home- Pound, VA is serving the family of Eula Mae Sturgill.

BILL CANTRELL

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   POUND, VA- Bill Cantrell, 90, entered into eternal rest Monday May 13, 2019 from his residence. He was surrounded by his loving family.

   Bill was a born again Christian and a 70 year member of the Lone Pine Chapel Church- Pound, VA where he served as a Deacon, Sunday School teacher, clerk and a Board of Trustees member. Bill was also a  Kentucky Colonel He was 60 year member of the Pound Masonic Lodge #59 AF&AM where he was a 2 time past Master of the Lodge 

and past Deputy District Grand Master for the 48th Masonic District of Virginia. And although there was no formal title, Bill held the lodge 

together. He attended meetings and practices regularly and oftentimes made necessary repairs to the facility.  Bill was retired heavy equipment 

operator and a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was a loving, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, great-great- grandfather and friend. He was quick witted and had a great sense of humor. He will be greatly missed.  

   Bill was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nina Jane (Countiss) Cantrell; his parents, Ermine “Stub” and Ota (Bentley) Cantrell; brothers, Ermine Jackson Cantrell Jr. and Denny Cantrell.

   Survivors include his daughters, Carla Harless Marshall and husband Elbert- Pound, VA. Jenny Mullins- Norton, VA and Cindy Cantrell- San Francisco, CA; a son, Jeff Cantrell - College Station, TX; grand-children, Jay Harless  (Kim), Kit Marshall (Melanie), John Marshall (Katie), TravisCantrell (Marcey), William Holt (Megan), Alex Holt, Becky Mullins and Bill Mullins (Norma); great -grandchildren, Ben Harless (Emily), Emily Hobbs (Hadley), Rachael Mullins, Samantha Mullins, Sarah Mullins, Jadon Marshall, Chase Cantrell, Colton Cantrell, Connor Cantrell, Hazley Marshall, Oaklyn Marshall and Anthony Wright; great-great- grandchildren, Sadie Sergeant ,Declan Harless and ShaneWright; a sister, Joann Moore and husband Steve–Richmond, VA; several nieces and nephews, his church family, his Masonic brothers

and a host of friends. 

   Masonic services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Friday May 18, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel. Celebration of Life services will follow with Pastor Bill Mullins officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until time of services.

Private graveside services will be held Saturday May 18, 2019 at the Euen Countiss Cemetery-Pound, VA where grandsons and  great-grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Bill Cantrell.

   WHAT IS TO BE WILL BE, EVEN IF HAS TO HAPPEN ADDER DARK

LARRY EUGENE MULLINS

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   WISE, VA- Larry Eugene Mullins, 59, passed away

Sunday May 12, 2019 from his residence. 

Gene was of the Baptist faith . He was mechanic for many years, loving to spend hours working on Hot Rod cars, he was a Mopar Man. Gene also enjoyed camping, fishing, reading (mostly mysteries) and spending as much 

time as he could with his grandson. Gene also had two cats that were very special to him, Frosty and Clifford, both gave him such joy to care for.

    Gene was preceded in death by his farther, Claude Emerson Mullins and a brother- in law, Robert Craig Moore.

    Survivors include his mother, Alice Mae (Osborne) Mullins- Wise, VA; a son, Brice Mullins- Wise, VA; a grandson, Derek Bradley Mullins- Wise, VA; a sister, Louise Mullins-Wise, VA; brothers, Emerson Mullins and wife Phyllis- Wise, VA and Reverend Carl Wayne Mullins and wife Norma Jean- Wise, VA ; special friend, Kyle Steffey; several nieces, nephews and cousins and a

host of friends and loved ones to mourn his passing and cherish his memory.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 12 noon 

Wednesday May 15, 2019 at the Beverly Cemetery- Wise, VA. with Reverend Carl Wayne Mullins officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:30 till 11:30 at Baker Funeral Home then proceed in procession to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of 

Larry Eugene Mullins.

HOMER DARRELL FLEMING

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  CLINTWOOD, VA – Darrell Fleming, 73, entered into eternity Thursday May 2, 2019 from his residence after a long and courageous battle with COPD. He was surrounded by his loving family.

   Darrell was of the Freewill Baptist faith and a devoted husband, father and grandfather.  He loved fishing, enjoyed hunting and was a nature lover in general. He liked working in his garden, yardwork and watching westerns. But his greatest joy was the time he spent with his grandkids.

   Darrell was a retired coal miner from Clinchfield/Pittston Coal and a member of the United Mine Workers of America. He enjoyed working until he was disabled and no longer capable of performing his job.

   Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, Seldon and Elsie (Hill) 

Fleming; sisters Phyllis Bobbit, Annette Damron and Charlotte Jane Fleming; and brothers, Doyle, Jason, Shirley and Jimmy Fleming.

   Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 56 years, Nancy (Smith) Fleming; daughters, Wanda Fleming Salyer (David) Clintwood, VA, Sherry 

Lea Fletcher-St. Paul, VA and Sheila Fleming Davis (Steve) Haysi, VA; his son Everette Keith Fleming (Sherry)-Dublin, VA; grandchildren Jade McKnight 

(William), Kaitlyn Davis, Matthew Large (Kasey), Darrell Evan Fleming (Allie), Logan Fletcher (Emily Bise), Daniel Baker, Joshua Large and Dylan Counts; great-grandchildren Conner McKnight and Camden McKnight; brothers, Johnny Fleming-northern Virginia. Kyle Fleming-Clarksburg, MD and Delmous Bobbit-Johnson City, TN; special family members, Ervin Large and Ronnie Fletcher; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones.

   A celebration of life service will be conducted at 1:00 pm Saturday May 11, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel. 

   In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the St Judes Children Research Hospital, 501 St Jude PL Memphis, TN 38105-9959

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Homer Darrell Fleming.




VERNADE LONDON BAKER

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    POUND, VA- Vernade London Baker, 84, entered 

into eternity Sunday April 28, 2019 from the Holston Valley Medical Center.

   Vernade was Baptist faith. She enjoyed working in 

the garden and canning what she had grown, watching TV (Family Feud being one of her favorites) and reading when she could. But what she loved most was spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

   Vernade was preceded in death by her husband, Arvil   Baker and her parents, Willie and Fannie (Sizemore) Bush and several brothers and sisters. 

   Survivors include her daughter, Piney Baker- Pound, VA; sons, Larry Baker and wife Marlene- Pound, VA, Dean Baker and wife Eva- Wise, VA and Robert Baker; grand children, Jessee Baker, Alan Baker, Randy Baker, Tiffany Baker, Nicole Baker, Bo Baker and R.J. Baker; several brothers and sisters; several nieces, nephews and cousin and a host of friend and loved ones to mourn her passing and cherish her memory.

   A Celebration of Life service will be held at Stevens Church of God-Wise, VA beginning at 6:00pm Tuesday April 30, 2019 with Pastor Cliff Bowman officiating .

   Baker Funeral Home is serving the family of Vernade London Baker.


CAROL MARLENE ANDERSON

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   POUND, VA – Carol Marlene Anderson, 76, went to meet her Lord and Savior Saturday April 20, 2019 from the Norton Community Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. Her loving family surrounded her bedside.

    Marlene was Christian and a member of Calvary Baptist Church- Pound,VA. She was a former veterinary technician and also a member of The Red Hat Society. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She had a kind heart and a giving spirit. Marlene had a beautiful smile that could brighten your day and lift your spirit. She had a pleasant personality and quickly made friends with everyone she met. Marlene enjoyed working in her yard , listening to bluegrass, gospel and country music. She managed “Pickin in the Pound “for several years and donated many hours toward helping the Pound Food Bank. She enjoyed spending time at the lake, fishing,

traveling, reading and cooking.  

    Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, John Harold and Ethel (Polly)Riddle.

    Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Charles Anderson; her daughters, Nancy Sowards and husband Teddy-Pound, VA and Deidra Bolling-Wise, VA; her son Steve Bolling and wife Lisa-Pound, VA; grandchildren, Courtney Sowards-Pound, VA, Melanie Baker and husband Brian-Duffield, VA and 

Tessa Mullins and husband Jonathan-Pound, VA; great-grandchildren, Matthew baker, Chloe Mullins, Bryhlei Mullins and Acesen Mullins; her sisters, Lana Doran and husband Leland-Kingsport, TN, Sheila McDougal and husband Bob-Lakeland , FL and Lynn Boggs and husband Greg-Cumming,

GA; several nieces, nephews and cousins, special friends Mary Shockey and Jackie Balthis; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn her passing and 

cherish her memory.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Tuesday April 23, 2019 at the Calvary Baptist Church on South Fork Road-Pound, VA with Pastor 

Ron Leach and Reverend Jack Mullins officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Committal services will be conducted at 11:00 am Wednesday April 24, 2019 at the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel in Big 

Stone Gap, VA. Family and friends are asked to meet at Calvary Baptist Church by 9:30 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Pound Rescue Squad at P O Box 711 Pound, VA 24279 or the Calvary Baptist 

Church Building Fund at P O Box 478 Pound, VA 24279.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Carol Marlene Anderson.

GEORGE MULLINS, JR

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   POUND, VA – George Mullins, Jr., passed away at his home on Monday April 15, 2019just six days after his 86th birthdayafter a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family.

    George was of the Freewill Baptist faith. He was a loving and devoted husband and father. George loved working on his farm with his tractor, watching NASCAR racing and sitting on his swing waving at his neighbors passing by. After he and Miss Emily were married, he started working in various pony mines to support his family. He worked at Westmorland Coal Company until he quit to venture out on his own, starting Green 

Valley Coal Sales and Holly Coal Corp. where he became a trusted and determined coal broker. George was well known throughout southeast Kentucky and southwest Virginia’s coal

mines as a man whose word was true and made many deals only on his handshake. And if you were ever lucky enough to shake his hand, you would have known that he was a strong individual by his grip. 

    George was preceded in death by parents, George Mullins and Eliza (Belcher) Mullins; his children Kitty Wyatt and Ed “ Hawk” Holcomb; his sisters, Katherine Roberts and Peggy

Mullins; infant sisters, Wanda Kay Mullins and Clara Belle Mullins; and his brothers, Kenneth Mullins and Donnie Bruce Mullins; brother- in-law Ulis Sturgill; and sisters-in-law, Eloise Jessee, Charlene Balyeat and  Shirley Mullins.

   Survivors include his loving wife of over 64 years, Emily (Hampton) Mullins, who spent those years devoted to and caring for her husband; his daughter-in-law, Linda Holcomb-Pound, VA; his son-in-law Randy Wyatt-Pound, VA; 

grandchildren, Stephanie Wyatt-Manassas, VA and Josh Wyatt and wife Erin–Wise, VA; great- grandchildren, Maxx Avery(Tater Bug) and Miss Marley; a sister, Ramona Sturgill- 

Pound, VA; brothers Wayne Mullins-Pound, VA, Teddy Mullins-Eolia, KY, Bobby Mullins-Eolia, KY, Lonnie Mullins and wife Patsy-Rutledge, TN and Roy Mullins and wife Carlene-Eolia. KY; brother- in law, Cliff Balyeat; two special

nieces who affectionately called him JerDad, Robin Cantrell and husband Jeff-Pound, VA and Tonya Hutchison and husband Jessee and girls, Danielle, Karrot and Addy- Pound, VA, several nieces, nephews and cousins; many friends and

family members. Truck drivers, tipple workers and anyone in the coal business knew his name. He was a friend to all and will be missed by those who knew him.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00pm Wednesday April 17, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter officiating. The family will receive 

friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00am Thursday April 18, 2019 at the Bolling Cemetery (Flat Gap section) Pound, VA. where Randy Wyatt, Jeff Cantrell, Jesse Hutchison, Teddy Mullins, James Roberts and Glenn Sturgill will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral

home by 10:00am  to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of George Mullins Jr.


SULAH ANN COX

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    JENKINS, KY – Sulah Ann Cox, 64, entered into her eternal reward Thursday April 4, 2019 from the Pikeville Medical Center.Her loving family was at her bedside. 

   Sue was a Christian of the Freewill Baptist faith. She was a loving sister, aunt and friend. Sue worked for 44 years for the Jenkins School System and retired as the cafeteria manager at 

Burdine Elementary School. She also worked 20 years at the Golden Years Rest Home in Jenkins, KY. Sue enjoyed playing Bingo and computer games. She loved using Facebook to keep in contact with her friends and family. 

   Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Milburn and Ruby (Tucker) Cox; and a brother, Eric Cox.

   Survivors include her sister Evyonne Hall and husband Doug- Jenkins, KY; and her brothers, Randall Cox–Jenkins, KY and Rick 

Richardson-Jenkins, KY; nephews William Earl Cox-Covington, KY and Randy Alan Cox and wife Alexis-Covington, KY; great niece, 

Evelyn Ruby Lee Cox; great nephew, Coby Randy Alan Cox; aunt, Ada Baker-Wise, VA; several cousins; special friend, Debbie Miller-

Jenkins, KY; and a host of friends and loved ones.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm Sunday April 7, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jeff Sloan officiating.

Burial will follow in the Cox Cemetery-Pound, VA where family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

   The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm till 8:00 pm Saturday April 6, 2019 at Baker Funeral Home.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Sulah Ann Cox.


TRACIE LEE McCLAIN

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   Wise, VA.- Tracie Lee McClain, 38, passed away 

Wednesday April 3, 2019 at her home in Wise, VA. 

Tracie was of the Baptist faith. She was a loving 

daughter, mother and grandmother.  She enjoyed the outdoors, swimming and going camping. Tracie loved her dogs, Scruffy, Little Bit and Killer. But her greatest joy was the time she had with her daughters and her precious little granddaughter that she was so very proud of.

    Tracie was preceded in death by an infant brother Timothy Dwayne Mullins.

    Survivors include her daughter, Hailey McClain and boyfriend- Michael Applewhite- Wise, VA and Kayla Church- Wise, VA; a granddaughter, Serenity Lee Applewhite- Wise, VA; her parents, Tracy and Edna (Dollarhyde) Church- Wise, VA; paternal grandmother, Gladys Hubbard- Pound, VA; maternal grandfather, Danny Dollarhyde- KY; special companion, Gary Duncan- Wise, VA; several aunts, uncles and cousins

and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn her passing and cherish her memory.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm Saturday April 6, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Robert Addington officiating. The family will Receive friends from 11:00am until time of services. Burial 

will follow at the Hubbard Family Cemetery- (Apple Tree Road) Wise, VA where family and friends will serve as pallbearers. 

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Tracie Lee McClain.

CATHY LYNN STURGILL

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     POUND, VA – Cathy Lynn Sturgill, 59, entered into her eternal reward Monday April 1, 2019 from the Mountain View Regional 

Medical Center. Her loving family was at her side.

    Cathy was a Christian and a born again child of God. She attended Hubbard Chapel Church–Pound, VA. Cathy was a loving wife, mother, 

grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, reading, going to church and church activities. 

She really enjoyed playing with her grandbaby. Cathy was a food service supervisor at Wallens Ridge State Prison and loved her job.

    Cathy was preceded in death by her father, Woodrow Wilson Boggs; a son, Gregory Allen Sturgill, and a nephew, Nicholas Boggs.

   Survivors include her loving husband of nearly 41 years, Wix Allen Sturgill-Pound, VA; her daughter Michele McCarthy and 

husband Gary-Pound, VA; her son, Jason Sturgill-Pound, VA; her granddaughter, Katie Beth McCarthy; her mother, Viola (Bevins) Boggs-

Pound, VA; sisters, Melva Adkins and husband Anthony-Pikeville, KY, Peggy Strouth and husband Mike, Mildred Rutherford and husband 

Gary and Glenda Stallard and husband Steve all of Pound, VA; brothers, Ronald Boggs and wife Melita-Wise, VA, Rodney Boggs

and wife Barb-Pound, VA. Jeff Boggs and wife Donna-Coeburn, VA and Darrell Boggs and wife Heidi-Marion, IL; numerous nieces, 

nephews and cousins; her fellow employees at Wallens Ridge State Prison, her church family; and a host of friends and loved ones.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Thursday April 4, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Billy Hibbitts 

and Reverend Alan Graham officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Friday April 5, 2019 at the Hubbard and Stapleton Cemetery on Bean Gap Road- Pound, VA where Gary McCarthy, Chris Mullins, Tommy Sturgill, Spencer Boggs, Keith Gizza, Conner Gizza and Luke Haus will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Cathy Lynn Sturgill.


PATRICIA SEXTON

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   WISE, VA – Patricia Hamilton Sexton, 49, passed away Friday March 29, 2019 from her residence.

   Patricia was homemaker and a loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. She enjoyed spending time with her family, friends and 

neighbors. She enjoyed listening to classic rock and country music, playing cards, especially poker and spades, cooking and reading 

mysteries. 

   Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Jimmy and Judith (Justice) Haynes; her first husband, Eddie Hamilton; and her sisters, 

Tammy Mullins and Tina Haynes.

   Survivors include her husband, Roscoe Sexton-Wise, VA; daughters Ashley Layne-Castlewood, VA and Candice McAnnich-Jonesboro, TN;

sisters, Peggy Rose-Big Stone Gap, VA and  Donna Farmer-Cedar Bluff, TN; grandbabies, Cozetta Fogarty, Kirstyn Fogarty, William Fogarty,

Hunter Witt, Jayden Harper, Jace Harper, Robert McCoy Sexton, Skylar Gage Sexton and Madison Nicole Sexton; nieces and nephews, Leighann 

Rumberger Jason Mullins, J D Bevel, Rusty Haynes, Jacob Besseck and Jimmy Besseck ; other nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; and a host of friends and loved ones.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Tuesday April, 2, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mitch Elliott officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until time of services.

   Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11:00 am Wednesday April 3, 2019 in the Laurel Grove Cemetery in the Ramsey section of Norton where Jacob Besseck, Rusty Haynes, Jason Mullins, Matthew 

Hamilton, J D Bevel and Roscoe Sexton, Jr  will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Patricia Sexton.

PAIGE ADAMS COUNTS

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     EOLIA, KY- Paige LeAnna Adams Counts, 31, enter into eternity Sunday March 24, 2019 at her residence.  She was surrounded by her loving family.

    Paige was a fun loving, happy person, always smiling and full of life. “It is what it is” was her attitude about her condition, never complaining to anyone though it all. Paige was a Christian of the Baptist faith, she loved God, her family and friends. She was a 2006 graduate of Pound High School and a 2010 graduate of Alice Lloyd College. She was a math teacher for 9 years at Cowan Elementary School where she also coached volleyball .She loved her students and players as if they were her own children. Paige was part of “Big Blue Nation” and loved watching her Kentucky Wildcats on TV.

    Paige was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Bobby Adams; her maternal grandparents, Denver and Lola (Hubbard) Sturgill.

   Survivors include her parents, Teddy and Norma (Sturgill) Adams-Eolia, KY; her sister, Cortney Adams Hampton and husband Hassell Jr.- Eolia, KY; her grandmother Ruby Adams- Eolia KY; several aunts, uncles and cousins; her students and co-workers at Cowan Elementary ; her special four legged friend, Lacie;  and a host of friends and loved ones.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Tuesday March 26, 

2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jimmy 

Hubbard officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm 

until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Wednesday 

March 27, 2019 at the Adams Cemetery on Roberts Branch- Eolia, KY

where family members will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to 

go in procession to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound , VA is serving the family of Paige LeAnna Adams Counts.

CARROLL LEE COX

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    POUND, VA- Carrol Lee Cox of the Indian Creek section of Pound, VA went to be with the Lord on March 23, 2019 from Norton Community Hospital at the age of 91 years. He was 

surrounded by his family.

    Carroll was preceded in death by his parents, Ottis Lee Cox and Susie Riner Cox; son, Benny Floyd Cox; granddaughters,Bennye Helen Cox and September Cox; brother, Dannie Kedric

Cox and great-grand daughter, Ember Mullins.

    Those left to cherish his memory are, his wife, Helen Short Cox; daughters, Kathy Cox Mullins and husband Billy and Leah Cox Bullion and husband Butch; son, Johnny Cox and wife Lisa; daughter-in-law, Alice Cox; grandchildren, Seth and Eli Cox, Samuel Cox, Forrest Mullins, Jesse Mullins, Andy Bullion and 

Justin Bullion; great grandchildren, Chase Bullion, Brooke Bullion, Noah Mullins, Cainan Mullins, Jonah Mullins, Brycen Mullins and Aiden Mullins; sister Colleen Cox Meade and husband Wallace. Many nieces, nephews and cousins.

    Carroll often said, “I am alright , I will be going to a better place.” During his brief stay at the nursing home he was heard saying, “Hurry Jesus” and “I love every body.” He workedmany years in underground and surface mines and farmed. 

Carroll was a very talented person. He could hand weave beautiful baskets, make furniture and do carpenter work. When Carroll was 

a little boy at avery young age, he stood with his mother at Indian Creek’s first church and helped her sing “Will the circle be unbroken”.

Asyears passed his favorite song was “Amazing Grace”

    Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 pm Wednesday March 27, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy

Carter officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 Noon until time of services. 

    Carroll will be laid to rest in the Riner-Cox-Browning Cemetery on Indian Creek where Andy Bullion, Justin Bullion, Samuel Cox, Jesse Mullins, Forrest Mullins, Seth Cox and Eli Cox will serve as 

pallbearers.

    Baker funeral home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Carroll Lee Cox. 

BENJAMIN WADE WOLFORD

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   MARION, VA – Benjamin Wade Wolford, 62, passed away Friday March 22, 2019 from his residence. 

   Ben was of the Baptist faith. He was a former heavy equipment operator and blaster helper. Ben was a loving son, brother and uncle.

He enjoyed watching television, especially Walker Texas Ranger,Andy Griffith, westerns and wresting. Ben also enjoyed country 

and gospel music and singing karaoke. 

   Ben was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert and Glessie (Cantrell) Wolford.

   Survivors include his sister Ella Mae Wolford-Adkins, VA;his brothers, Teddy Wolford and wife JoAnn-Troutville, VA and Kenneth Wolford and wife TheresaGail-Bumpass, VA; a niece,Courtney Tise, nephews, Kenneth and Cory Wolford; and a host of friends and loved ones. 

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7: 00 pm Sunday, March 24, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy 

Carter officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm  until time of services.

   Graveside services will be conducted at 12 noon Monday March 25, 2019 at the Eli Mullins Cemetery on Sock Hollow Road-Pound, VA where family members and friends will serve 

as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker 

   Funeral Home by 11:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Benjamin Wade Wolford.

CHARLOTTE FAYE MULLINS

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    POUND, VA - Charlotte Faye Mullins, 54, passed away peacefully in her sleep Thursday March 14, 2019.

    Charlotte was of the Baptist faith. She was a loving mother, sister, daughter and friend. Charlotte was a twin to her sister Cheryl and was 

also the mother of twin boys Mark and Thomas Mullins. Charlotte enjoyed playing computer and video games, coloring on her tablet 

and playing cooking games. She liked to travel, especially to see her son Thomas.

    Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents. Franklin K. and Lura (Perrigan) Mullins, and her son Mark Lemar Mullins.

    Survivors include her son Thomas K. Mullins-Leesburg, FL her twin sister, Cheryl Johnson and companion Carl Knopp-Pound, VA; 

her brother, Robbie Mullins and wife Yvonne-Leesburg, FL.; nieces, Leann Gunther-Ashburn, VA, Laura Johnson-Baltimore, MD and

Sheena Woolever-Leesburg. FL; nephews, Gabriel Mullins-Ashburn, VA, Joey Mullins-Pound, VA, John Johnson-Pound, VA, Keith Johnson-Leesburg, FL Wesley Woolever-Leesburg, VA and MatthewWoolever- Weeki Wachee, FL; several cousins and other family 

members; and a host of friends and loved ones.  

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Sunday March 17, 2019  in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter 

officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of 

services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00am Monday March 18, 2019 at the Levi Cantrell Cemetery- Pound, VA where family members will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker

    Funeral Home by 10:00am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Charlotte Faye Mullins.

EDITH MAE McCOY

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    WISE, VA – Edith Mae McCoy, 83, peacefully passed into eternity Tuesday March 5, 2019 from Heritage Hall –Big Stone Gap after an extended illness.

    Edith was of the Old Regular Baptist faith. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister aunt and friend.She worked as a cook in the cafeteria at St. Mary’s Hospital in Norton. Edith enjoyed reading, singing and listening to gospel music, but her greatest joy was the time she spent with her family, especially her grandchildren.

    Edith was preceded in death by her parents, Albert and Geneva 

(Collins) Osborne; a son, Randall Marcus Baker; three sisters, Georgia Sturgill, Mary Green and Beulah Greear; six brothers, Frank, Jessee, Paul, Marvin, Charles and Adam Osborne; and her son-in-law Roger Collins. 

    Survivors include her daughters, Linda (Cookie) Shortt and husband Ray-Pound, VA and Teresa Collins-Coeburn, VA ;grandchildren, Dustin Shortt- Atlanta, GA, Brandon Shortt(Danielle)-Pound, VA and Damien Collins (Katy)-Coeburn, VA; great-grandchildren, Conner Shortt and Sierra Shortt; several nieces, nephews and cousin and a host of friends and loved ones.

    The family would like to give a sincere thank you to the staff at Heritage Hall-Big Stone Gap, VA

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Thursday March 7, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend RandyCarter officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services. 

    Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11:00 am Friday

March 8, 2019at the Mt. Zion Cemetery-Pound, VA where family members will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Edith Mae 

McCoy.


VIRGIL L. MULLINS

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POUND, VA – Virgil LeDon Mullins, 73, entered into eternity Friday February 22, 2019 from the Johnson City Medical Center after an extended illness. His family was at his bedside.

   Virgil was a Christian and a member and former deacon of Pyles Memorial Freewill Baptist Church. He was also a former member of the Family Gospelaires and the Blessed Hope gospel groups and sang often in church. Virgil was a veteran of the United States Army and an auto body repairman. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and shooting guns. He was also a gun and knife collector. But Virgil’s greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   Virgil was preceded in death by his parents, Rufus and Oshie (McFall) Mullins; his grandsons Franklin Ray and Ryan Len Mullins; his sisters Novella Powers, Belva Short, Joyce Stanley, Edell Mullins and Janet Mullins; and his brothers, Joe Mullins and Roddy Powers.

   Survivors include his loving wife of 51 years Brenda (Watson) Mullins; daughters, Shannon  Mullins-Appalachia, VA and Tennielle Humes (Andy) –Wise, VA; sons, Len Mullins-Pound, VA and Brandon Mullins-Pound, VA; grandchildren, Alyssa Salyers, Cameron Mullins and Andrew Humes; sisters, Trevia Stanley-Pound, VA, Evelyn Branham-Kingsport, TN, Peggy Mullins-Fredericksburg, VA, Kay Sturgill-South Carolina and Gloria Collins-Indiana;a brother, Larry Mullins-Pound, VA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones.

   As per Virgil’s wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no services.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Virgil Mullins.


DEBRA MULLINS BUTTON

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    MONROE, NC – Debra Button 58, peacefully entered into eternity Thursday February 21, 2019 from Atrium Health in Monroe, NC. 

    Debra was a carefree loving spirit. She loved to laugh and have a good time, and make everyone happy. She also tried to make sure her family had whatever they needed. Debra enjoyed fishing, watching football games and playing games on the computer. She also enjoyed family gatherings and cooking on the grill. 

    Debra was preceded in death by her father Charlie Mack Mullins.

    Survivors include her mother Rita Powers Mullins-Monroe, NC, her son Charlie Mullins-Monroe, NC; a sister Linda Gail Reeves-Monroe, NC; a brother Gary Mack Mullins-Monroe, NC, several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Tuesday February 26, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Minister Robert Owens officiating. The Family will receive friends from 12 Noon until time of services.

    Graveside committal services will follow in the Baker Cemetery on

Bean Gap Road in Pound, VA where family members will serve as pallbearers. 

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Debra Mullins Button.

ROSETTA BOGGS

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   MARION, VA – Rosetta Moore Miller Boggs, 90, passed away Tuesday February 19, 2019 at the Francis Marion Manor.

   She was born in Pound, VA February 9, 1929 to the late Felix Moore and Eura Meade Moore. She was also preceded in death by her first

husband James Miller; her second husband Robert Boggs; her sister Lillie M. Gentry and her brother Olaf  Moore.

   Rosetta was a member of the Calvary Baptist church in  Marion, VA.She loved her flower gardens, music and sing-alongs, working cross-

word puzzles, and cooking.

   Survivors include her daughters, Linda Miller Logan-Pound, VA and Rhonda Miller Kelly(Tom)-Marion, VA; step-daughters Martha Durham-Church Hill, TN and Charlene Boggs-Pound, VA; stepson Robert Robert E. Boggs, Jr. (Ann)-Morristown, TN; brother-in-laws Carmen Gentry-Pound, VA, Van Buren Boggs-Pound, VA and Roger Boggs-Kingsport, TN; sister-in-law Leah Branham (Curtis)-Big Stone Gap, VA; grandchildren, Jaret Logan (Tanya) –Pound, VA, Shannon Logan (Laura)-Clintwood, VA, Jason Kelly (Rachel)-Alderson, WV, Erin Kelly-Wytheville, VA, Bethany Kelly Garrison (Eric)-Grayson Co, 

VA, Travis Durham-Church Hill, TN, Tara Durham Turner-Church Hill, TN  and Melissa Cremins (Brandon)-Pound, VA; great-grandchildren, 

Luke Logan (Mikaela)-Wise, VA, Tanner Logan-Abingdon, VA, Jack and Owen Kelly-Alderson, WV, Gracelin Kelly-Marion, VA, Benjamin, 

Jameson and Camden Garrison-Grayson Co, VA and Reese Turner-Church Hill, TN; great-great-grandchildren Harper and Haedyn Logan-Wise, VA; several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 pm Saturday February 23, 2019 at the Crouse Cemetery in Pound, VA with reverend Carmen Gentryofficiating.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA and Bradley Funeral Home-Marion, VA are serving the family of Rosetta Boggs.    

SHIRLEY EULA TAYLOR

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    POUND, VA – Mrs. Shirley Eula Taylor, 81, entered peacefully into eternity Tuesday February 19, 2019 from her residence. She was surrounded by her loving family.

    Eula was of the Christian faith and attended Pyles Memorial Freewill Baptist Church.. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grand-

mother, sister and friend. Eula owned Pound Florist for 15 years and enjoyed providing a service for her customers.. She took pride in 

caring for her family . She enjoyed bowling and loved music, especially bluegrass and gospel. Eula cherished the time she spent with her family and friends.

    Eula was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Taylor; her parents, Willie and Elgie (Bishop) Taylor; an infant sister, Inez Taylor; brothers, Paul Taylor, Claude Taylor, Howard Taylor, Elmer Taylor, Cecil Taylor and Chuck Taylor.

    Survivors include her daughters, Karen Cantrell and husband Danny-Pound, VA, Donna Cox and husband Stuart-Morristown, TN and Kathy Cantrell and husband Bryan-Pound, VA; a son , Jody Taylor and wife Christy-Norton, VA; grandchildren, Calvin Cox, Carla Hendrix, Kacey 

Cantrell, Devon Cantrell and Jacey Taylor; great-grandchildren, Catie Mullins, Grayson Cox, Macy Cox and Maddie Cox and Kash Hendrix; 

sisters, Lois Meade and husband J C- Jonesborough, TN and Betty Thacker and husband Homer-Wise, VA; a brother, Harold Taylor and wife Brenda-Jonesborough, TN; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and 

a host of friends and loved ones.

    The family would like to give a special thanks to Eula’s caregivers, Tammy Ollerton, Rita Elkins and Mary Robinson, to the Davita Dyalysis 

Center in Jenkins, KY, Hospice and Palliative Care of Virginia, and her wonderful neighbors and friends.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 noon Thursday February 21, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter and Reverend Troy Belcher officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am until time of services.

    Graveside committal services will follow in the Arvil Mullins Cemetery- Pound, VA whereStuart Cox, danny Cantrell, Bryan Cantrell, Grayson 

Cox, Devon Cantrell, Calvin Cox, Jason Taylor and Willie Allen Thacker will serve as pallbearers. 

Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Shirley EulaTaylor.

OMIELEEN STROUTH

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    POUND, VA – Mrs. Omieleen Strouth, 90, peacefully entered into eternity Saturday February 16, 2019 from her residence. Her 

loving family was at her side.

   Omieleen was a Christian and attended the Indian Creek Freewill Baptist Church She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-

grandmother, aunt and friend. Omieleen was a homemaker who always took pride in taking care of her family. She was an avid 

bowler with a high score of 268, she won several awards. She also enjoyed playing Bingo and watching the gameshow network. When 

she was younger she quilted, raised a garden and enjoyed canning and preserving . Omieleen’s greatest joy was the time she spent with her grandsons.

   Omieleen was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Strouth, her parents Marshall (Foot) Mullins and Mattie Belle (Maggard) 

Mullins; son-in-law Jimmie Nelson; sisters, Hattie Mullins, Louisa Mullins, Nivory Mullins, Cassandra “Little Cassie” Mullins, Audrey 

Bentley and Lura Montgomery; and brothers, Ulyssus Mullins, Andrew Mullins, Arthy Mullins, Richard “Bee” Mullins, Doyle Mullins and Curtis Mullins. She was the last of her generation.    

   Survivors include her daughters, Gloria Nelson-Pound, VA and 

Sheila Sturgill and husband Ronald -Eolia, KY; grandchildren, Jamie R. Nelson and wife Fran-Hendersonville, NC, Tyler Nelson-Pound, VAand Logan Sturgill-Eolia, KY; great-granddaughter Abigail Nelson- Boone, NC; special niece, Phyllis Tompkins; numerous  nieces, nephews 

and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Tuesday February 19, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ron Leach officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

   Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11:00 am Wednesday February 20, 2019 at the John Hop Mullins Cemetery-Pound, VA where

Logan Sturgill, Jamie Nelson, Ricky Crawford, Gavin Kennedy and Garrett Thompson will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are 

asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Omieleen Strouth.


ANNA SUE CANTRELL

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    POUND, VA- Anna Sue Cantrell, 84, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Thursday February 7, 2019 from Holston Valley Medical Center- Kingsport, TN. Her loving family was by her side. 

    Sue was a Christian of the Baptist faith and a member of Pyles Memorial Freewill Baptist Church for nearly 50 years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. Sue was married 62 years to the love of her life, Demos. Sue was a member of The Family Gospel Heirs. She traveled far and wide with Demos singing at various churches and at an untold number of funeral services. She loved to go to church and praise her lord and savior. Sue enjoyed helping people in their time of need and was a Granny to everyone who knew her.

    Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Lee Roy (Demos)

Cantrell; an infant daughter, Kathy Lynn Cantrell; parents, Merida and Bessie (Cantrell) Mullins; a sister, Rebal “Granny” Boggs; brothers, Coy Mullins Jr. and Trenton Mullins; and brother-in-law Richard “Yogi” Gardner 

    Survivors include her son Mike Cantrell and wife Cecilia-Pound, VA; daughter Juanita Quillen and husband Clyde-Pound, VA; sister Betty Gardner- Norton, VA; brothers Benny (Jewell) Mullins-Pound, VA and Ernest (Carol) Mullins-Jonesville, VA;  grandchildren, Amy Powers (Doug)-Jasper, TX, Jason Moore-Pound, VA, Chasity Meade-Pound, VA, Emily Cantrell-Pound, VA, and special family member Paul “Tang” Meade-Pound, VA. great-grandchildren, Ian Powers, Alex Powers, Rhiannon Powers, Madelyn Moore, Lucas Meade, Chase Moore, and Gage Moore; great-great-grandchildren, Mila and Jameson Powers; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and many special friends. 

    Funeral Services will be held at 7:00 pm Sunday, February 10, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Troy Belcher, Reverend Randy Carter and Reverend Ron Leach officiating. The family will receive friend from 5:00 pm until time of services. 

    Graveside services will be conducted 12:00 Noon Monday, February 11, 2019 in the Eli Mullins Cemetery–Pound, VA where Paul “Tang” Meade, Lucas Meade, Tyrone Gardner, Danny Cantrell, Wallace Mullins, and Bo McArthur will serve as pallbearers. 

    Baker Funeral Home–Pound, VA is serving the family of Anna Sue Cantrell.  

RANDALL STEPHEN AKERS

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    WISE, VA-Randal Stephen Akers, 58, entered into eternity

Wednesday February 6, 2019 from  the Pikeville Medical Center. He was surrounded by his family.

   Randall was of the Christian faith. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to many. He was in the construction industry for over 20 years. Randall was a partner in Heartwood  Builders before taking a position as a project manager for the Virginia Department of Corrections. He helped build and renovate St. Mary’s Hospital, the convent and the doctors offices and the Chapel, the walkway park in Clintwood, and the renovation of the Tazewell Courthouse. Randall enjoyed going to  flea markets, especially in Hillsville, VA ,collecting knives, guns and old artifacts.

   Randall was preceded in death by his parents, Guy Clifford and Connie (Cantrell) Akers and his close friend, Sister Ann of St. Mary’s Hospital. 

   Survivors include the light of his life his daughter, Jade Akers- Wise, VA; two grandchildren, Bella Akers and Grayson Cooke both of the home; a sister, Linda Akers Green- Pound, VA; a brother, Guy Akers- Pound, VA; niece, Jennifer Johnson (Eddie)-Coeburn, VA;  nephews, Stephen Akers ( Becky Shortt)-Pound, VA, BrandonAkers (Mandy)- Fort Drum, NY; great nieces, Madysen Steffey, Chloe Akers and Macie Akers; great nephews, Hunter Johnson,Chase Johnson, Nicholas Buchanan and Brian Buchanan; aunt, Neveda Davis (Shirley)-Big Stone Gap, VA ; uncles, Joe Cantrell- Pound, VA, Dale Cantrell (Diane)-Pound, VA, Kenneth Cantrell (Ella)- Wise, VA and Raymond Cantrell (Mildred)- Falls Church, VA; special Friend and  mother of his daughter, Sandy Crawford , Hoss Sturgill and Eddie Clark; his beloved pets, Bell, Tori and Sophie; numerous friends.

   The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the 9th floor 

ICU at Pikeville Medical Center.

   A celebration of life service will be conducted 7:00 pm Saturday

February 9, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend 

Robin “Hoss” Sturgill officiating. The family will receive friends from 

5:00 pm until time of services.  

  Per Randall’s wishes, he will be cremated and live in his loved ones

hearts forever.

   In lieu of flowers, his family asked to make donations to your

favorite charity  in his memory.

   Baker Funeral Home- Pound, VA is serving the family of Randall

Stephen Akers.


NITA McCOY LAYNE

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    Pound, VA – Nita McCoy Layne, 78, passed peacefully into Eternity Tuesday February 5, 2019 from her sons Preston’s home in Church Hill, TN.

    Nita was a Christian of the Baptist faith. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. Nita was a former over the road truck driver with 20+ years of experience. She was an avid reader all her life and loved to travel. But Nita’s greatest joy was spending time with her family. 

    Nita was preceded in death by her husband, William Leroy Layne; her parents, Bascom and Gaynell (Robinson) McCoy; and a sister, 

Reva Dotson.

    Survivors include her daughters, Andrea Hamilton and husband Homer-Pound, VA and Vickie Bevins and husband Hollis, Jr.; her sons, Preston Layne and wife Veronica-Church Hill, TN and Christopher Layne-Middletown, VA; her grandchildren Cody Hamilton, Tyson Hamilton, Britney Layne, Skyler Layne, Christopher Layne, Caylee Layne, Kendra Lovern, Jada Layne and Tucker Layne; 8 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Ruth Ann Strouth, Glenda Baker, Avenell Shortt and Wanda Hylton; her brothers Vastine McCoy, James (Digger) McCoy, Langley McCoy, Lester McCoy, Curtis McCoy, Donnie McCoy and Cleatis McCoy; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends to cherish her memory.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Friday February 8, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Hollis Bevins 

and Reverend Jimmy Dotson officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Saturday February 9, 2019 at the Layne Cemetery in the Lick Fork Section of Clintwood, VA where family members will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by  10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

 Baker funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Nita McCoy Layne.

CHARMIE VICTORIA CHURCH

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    POUND, VA- Charmie Victoria ( Phillips) Church, 92, passed from this life Monday February 4, 2019 from her home. She was surrounded by her loving family.

    Charmie was a dedicated Christian and member of Marthas Chapel Church- Pound, VA for 61 years. She found great comfort in singing and giving praise to the Lord. She spent many mornings reading her Bible while having her coffee. Her

hobbies throughout her years included gardening, working puzzles, cooking, camping and doing things for and with her family. Charmie married the love of her life, Junior Keith Church on March 13, 1948. They celebrated 51 years of marriage together, they are now reunited to spend eternity by each other side.

    Charmie is preceded in death by her loving husband, Junior Keith Church; her parents, Lloyd and Roseanna (Sturgill) Phillips; six brothers, Charles Herman Phillips, Howard Phillips,

Ray Phillips, Hillard Phillips, Reamus Phillips and Herbert Phillips; five sisters, Estell Mullins, Letha Darnell, Ona Horne, Marie Church and Anna Mae Peters; two grandsons, Shawn Collier and Daniel Rutherford.

    Survivors include two sisters, Beulah Gardner- Kingsport,TN and Kay Swaim – Myrtle Beach, SC; her daughters, Geneva Rutherford and husband Donnie- Pound, VA. Patsy Adams and 

husband Bobby- Eolia, KY, Susie Collier and husband Audie- Pound, VA ; sons, Paul Church and wife Doris- Jenkins, KY, Ronnie Church and Randall Church both of Pound, VA; 8 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; 3 great- great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins and a host 

of loved ones to mourn her passing. The family wants to express heartfelt thanks and gratitude to her recent caregivers, Vickie Hall, 

Glenda Stallard and all previous caregivers. A special thanks to the hospice team, Mary, Pam and Christy.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00pm Wednesday February 6, 2019 at Marthas Chapel Church- Pound, VA with Reverend Ray Yeary officiating. The family will receive friends 

from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00am Thursday February 7, 2019 at Dewey Cemetery- Pound, VA where family members will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to

meet at the church by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery. 

    Baker Funeral Home- Pound, VA is serving the family of Charmie 

Victoria Church.

RUBY KATHLEEN PENLAND

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   POUND, VA- Ruby Kathleen Penland, 90, our beautiful precious mother went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on February 3, 2019 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center- Norton, VA with her daughters, Rhonda Miller and Sandra Atkins by her side.

    Kathleen was a Christian and a member of First Baptist Church- Pound, VA since 1952 where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and a Y.W.A. Leader. She graduated from Pound High School and studied Business at Clinch Valley

College- Wise, VA. She retired from banking at People Bank-Pound, VA in 1983 after a career of 15 years.

    She was the daughter of the late J.B. and Ocie Davis; devoted wife of W.F. Jackson “Lil Bill” who died in 1968 and Farrell Penland who died in 1992 .                She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Ruth Davidson and Edna Mae Nowlin. 

    Kathleen is survived by two sisters, Jeannette Cantrell- Pound, VA and Betty Jo Howell- Johnson City, TN and one brother, J.B. Davis- Falls Church, VA .

    Kathleen leaves behind two daughters, Rhonda Millerand husband Tommy- Wise, VA ; Sandra Atkins and husband Frank- Lutherville, MD ; two grandsons, Bryan Rakes and wife Jennifer- Lutherville, MD and Mike Rakes and wife Naina- Silver Spring, MD; two great granddaughters,Catie and Caroline Rakes and one great grandson, Tage Rakes several nieces, nephews and a host of friends. A 

special thanks to her caregivers for four months whom she loved. 

    Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 am Friday February 8, 2019 at the First Baptist Church- Pound, VA with Pastor Tommy Shell officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 am until time of services. Burial will follow in Bolling Cemetery- Pound, VA ( behind funeral home) where family members will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers donation can be made to First Baptist Church- Pound, VA or your favorite charity in memory of Kathleen.

    Baker Funeral Home- Pound, VA  is serving the family of Ruby Kathleen Penland. 

GREGORY GENE COLLINS

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     WISE ,VA, - Gregory Gene Collins, 47, passed away Sunday, February 3, 2019 from Norton Community Hospital- Norton, VA.

    Greg was of the Pentecostal faith. He was had just retired from Wallen Ridge State Prison in Big Stone Gap,VA after working there 20 years, he was known to his co- workers as “G”. Greg was an avid outdoorsman , he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He also liked watching football, baseball and 

WWE Wrestling, listening to all types of music, But his greatest joy was the time he spent with his children and family.

    Greg was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotta Autumn Collins and  his father, Eugene Collins

    Survivors include his wife ,Tina ( Minton) Collins- 

Wise, VA; daughters Kiana Cheyenne Collins and Ciera Raychelle Collins; sons, Cobe Ryan Collins and Jacob Harding; his mother, Shirley (Mullins) Collins- Pound, VA; Special friend, Greg “ Guido” Mullins; several  nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his loss and cherish his memory.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Wednesday February 6, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Darrell Bolling and Reverend Randy Carter officiating .

The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until time of 

services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00am 

Thursday February 7, 2019 at the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens- Big Stone Gap, VA .where the Wallens Ridge State Prison Honor Guard will perform funeral rites. Greg Mullins, 

Jacob Harding, Ricky Pientka, Ryan Ray and Jerry Boggs will serve as pallbearers. Co-workers at Wallen Ridge State Prison will serve as honorary pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:00am to prepare to 

go in procession to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA. is serving the family of Gregory Gene Collins.  

JOYCE ANN MULLINS

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     FREDERICKSBURG, VA – Joyce Ann Mullins, 78, passed away Friday February 1, 2019 , surrounded by her loving family.

    Ann was born in Wheelwright, KY on September 29, 1940 to the late Clinton Hobert Gilliam and Mary Elizabeth (Frost). 

    Ann spent her life dedicated to all her family members, no matter 

young or old. No mother, grandmother or great-grandmother could have done more for us than she. She was beloved by many that were not even blood relatives, but they called her Nanny just like she was theirs.

    In addition to her parents Ann was preceded in death by her loving Husband of 57 years Bobby Harold Mullins;, sisters Evelyn Seals, Dorothy Price, Jewell Crawford, Pauline Goodridge, Jacqueline Cantrell, Sue Gaier and Linda Gates; and brothers, Clinton Gilliam, Jr,Harold Gilliam, Paul Gilliam, Kenneth Gilliam, Glenn Gilliam and Joe Gilliam. 

    Ann was the last of 14 children to meet their loved ones at the gates of Heaven. Everyone who knew her can only imagine the joy going on in Heaven right now, as she has been reunited with her husband and 

family.

    Ann is survived by her two daughters and their spouses, Teresa and Robert Huntt and Yvonne and Michael Furrow; one son, James Clayton Mullins and companion Sissy Myers. She was a loving Nanny to nine grandchildren, Jaime, Jib, Michelle, Bud, Becky, Ashleigh, Cody, Jonathan and Joshua. She was also beloved by her 14 great-grandchildren as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Tuesday February 5, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Manie Strouth officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of 

services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Wednesday February 6, 2019 at the Gilmer Mullins Cemetery on the Right Fork Road-Pound, VA where she will be laid to rest beside her husband. Sons-in-law and 

grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to 

the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Joyce AnnMullins. 

DAVID SHERMAN COLLINS SR

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    POUND, VA – David Collins, 71, entered into eternity Monday January 28, 2019 from his residence.

    David was a Christian of the Baptist faith. He was a devoted husband and loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was a quiet and reserved man who believed in working to provide for his family. David was a heavy equipment mechanic for Carter Machinery for 40 years before his retirement. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving in Vietman.  David was an avid hunter and fisherman (going with Sherman most the time.) He also enjoyed watching westerns and boxing on TV.

    David was preceded by his wife of 40 years, Pat Collins; his parents,Sherman and Hannah (Dotson) Collins; his sisters, Loretta Mullins and Sue Crabtree and his brothers, Bobby Glen Collins, Gary Wayne Collins and Allen “Bud” Collins.

    Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law Sherman and Kim Collins-Pound, VA; his granddaughter, Karaleigh Collins (Tater)-Pound, VA; sisters, Edrie Kay Mullins-Pound, VA and Joyce McClain- Dukedom, KY; special sister-in-law, Thelma Collins- Pound, VA; a brother, Jesse Ray Collins- Pound, VA; special friend and cousin, Stanley Dotson- Pound, VA;  several nieces, nephews and  cousinsand a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his passing. 

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Thursday January 31,2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Troy Belcher and Reverend David Slemp officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Friday February 1, 2019 at the Arvil Mullins Cemetery-Pound, VA where Scott Sturgill, Ricky Boggs, Mark Mullins, Allen Bolling, Allen Curtis Collins, Aaron Herrington and Stacy Sowards will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare

to go in procession to the cemetery. 

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of David Sherman Collins, Sr.

BILLY JOE JOHNSON

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    POUND, VA – Billy Joe Johnson, 86, entered peacefully into eternity Tuesday January 22, 2019 from his residence. His loving wife and children were at his bedside.

   Billy was a Christian of the Baptist faith. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. He was self- employed in the coal industry for many years. Billy enjoyed

going fishing, guns, riding motorcycles, and was a pilot and loved flying his own plane. 

   Bill was preceded in death by his parents, William Malvary and Goldie June (Wright) Johnson; two brothers, Chester Johnson and Mickey Johnson. 

    Survivors include his loving wife of  67 years Naomi Eloise (Kiser) Johnson; his daughter Rhonda Jo Johnson of the home; his son Tim Johnson and wife Susan -Pound, VA;

two grandchildren, Chris (Sandy) Johnson- Pound, VA and Tara (Tommy) Kerns-Pound, VA; three great grandchildren, Levi Johnson, Lori Johnson and Ashley Kerns; two great-great grand children, Zayden Johnson and Trenton Johnson; two brothers, 

Phillip (Glenda) Johnson and William M.(Jodi) Johnson; seven sisters, Peggy (Nick) Braden, Shirley (O’Dell) Owens, Colleen 

(Jim) Clay, Gloria (Barry) Johns, Lavonne (Rodney) Tackett, Linda (Gary) Anderson and Glenda (Richard) Easterling; sister-

in-law, Joyce Johnson; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, and a host of friends to cherish his memory.

  A celebration of life service will be conducted at 2:00 pm Friday January 25, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm until time of services.

   Burial will follow in the Bolling Cemetery in the Flat Gap Section of Pound, VA where family members  will serve as pall-

bearers. 

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Billy Joe 

Johnson.


CHARLES VESTER MULLINS

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   POUND, VA – Charles Vester Mullins, 78,entered into eternity Tuesday January 22, 2019 from his residence. His loving family was at his side.

   Charles was of the Baptist faith. He was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather and great-great-grand-

father He was a coal miner for 25 plus years and enjoyed playing putt –putt golf, a good game of Rook,  listening to music, especially Don Williams, playing horseshoes, camping, and roaring for ginseng.

   Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Smith and  Nora June  Mullins; his wife, Helen ( McFadden) Mullins; his grandsons Preston Dingus Austin Mullins; 

and a sister, Loretta Tackett.

   Survivors include his daughters Sherry Morgan and husband Ben-Pound, VA, Debbie Slone and husband Mike- Kingsport, TN, Cynthia Casebolt – Pikeville, KY and Lisa

Catlett- Lynchburg, VA; a son, Conley Mullins and wife Tammy- Beefhide, KY; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grand children; 3 great-great-grandchild; a sister, Nellie Mullins- Robinson Creek, KY; a brother, Dempsey Mullins- Hopkinsville, KY; special grandson Brandon Dingus and wife Natasha who helped care for Charles; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Thursday January 24, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Garnett Mullins officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

   Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Friday January 25, 2019 at the Dingus-Morgan Cemetery-Pound, VA where family and friends  will serve as pallbearers. 

Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Charles Mullins.

  



JOHN WILLARD JOHNSON

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    CLINTWOOD, VA – John Willard Johnson, 91, was born October 5, 1927 and went to his Heavenly Home on January 21, 2019. 

    Johnny was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Edna (Stallard ) Johnson; his parents, John Joseph and Margaret Ann (Hash) Johnson; and all of his siblings, Maude Millerhouse, Lavise 

O’Keef, Florence Horner, Evelyn Hayes, Paul Johnson and Worley Mullins; and his beloved grandson Michael Johnson.

    Johnny married the love of his life, Edna Mae Stallard, on October 23, 1948 and celebrated  over 70 years of marriage together until her 

passing on December 20, 2018. They are reunited now to spend eternity 

by each others side.

    Their children Allan and Peggy, Duane and Diane and John and Cyndi

miss their parents greatly, but are rejoicing in the fact that Johnny and 

Edna are  now together again forever.

    Johnny also leaves behind his grandchildren, Kimberly Johnson Cross,

Lloyd Johnson, Michele Johnson Heinlein, Joshua Johnson, Kathryn 

Johnson. Jesse Johnson and Gabe Johnson; his great-grandchildren, 

Trevor Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Gracie Anderson, Braydon Anderson,

Lexie Johnson, Kadence Heinlein, Kinsley Heinlein, Savannah Johnson 

and Kaylea Johnson; several nieces, nephews and cousins; his church 

family, and a host of friends and loved ones to celebrate his homegoing 

and cherish his memory.

    Johnny retired after 36 years of service with Martin Marietta Aerospace.

He was material control specialist and was involved in the booster system 

for the Gemini Project , the Titan Missile System and the original drilling 

system used on the moon. He was also a veteran of the United States Army

and was the associate pastor of Hope Freewill Baptist Church in Pound,VA

Johnny loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He preached for over 61 

years, he and Edna volunteered  countless hours at local hospitals and 

nursing homes. He dedicated his life to caring for others. Johnny enjoyed 

reading, fishing, hunting for dry land fish and digging for ginsing.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm Thursday January 24, 2019

in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Terry Price and Reverend 

Doug Messer officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am until 

time of services.

    Pound VFW Post 9600 will conduct military graveside services and burial 

will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery-Pound, VA where family members and 

friends will serve pallbearers.

    Baker Funeral Home –Pound, VA is serving the family of John Willard 

Johnson.

OPAL ELLA COUNTISS CRUISE

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     POUND, VA- Opal Ella Countiss Cruise, 95, went home to be with 

her Lord and Savior Sunday January 13, 2019 from her residence.

    Opal was born December 19, 1923 in Dickenson County to the late 

Pete and Cora (Swindall) Countiss. Mrs. Cruise was a strong Christian

woman who loved her church and her brothers and sisters in Christ. 

She was a charter member of Independent Baptist Church of Pound 

and served over 20 years as secretary and treasurer of the ladies circle. 

Opal liked to cook for her family and work in her garden. She loved 

her flower gardens and attended to them as long as she could.

     Opal was preceded in death by her loving husband of 50 years, 

Garland Cruise; her parents, Pete and Cora Countiss; her son, Ronnie 

Cruise; her grandson, Ronnie Cruise Jr; a brother, Carl Countiss; and

sisters, Ethel Minnix,  Grace Zotto, Bertha Baker and Beulah Bryant.

    Survivors include her son, Frederick Cruise and wife Nancy; grandson, Mike Houck and companion Dawn Alexander- 

Falls Church, VA; great-grandchildren Ronnie Herring, Alexandra Cruise,  

Destiny Houck and Ariana Houck; daughter-in-law, Nell Cruise- Martinsburg WV; nephews, Larry Baker and wife Eileen and William Baker and wife Greta; nieces, Virginia Harris, Pat Babb and Christine Holte and husband Roy; her dear friend and caregiver, Jan Oliver and Eugene; special friends Les and Donna Amos, and Phyllis Mullins; her home health nurses, Karen Cox, and Amy Sturgill; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn her passing and cherish her memory.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Friday January 18, 2019

in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Randy Reagan and honorary Pastor Carmen Gentry officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 10:00 am Saturday January19, 2019 at Dewey Memorial Cemetery where Stephen Hubbard, Stan Austin, C L Boggs and Homer Hamilton will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends

are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 9:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Opal 

Cruise. 

SAMUEL PATTON KILGORE

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    WISE, VA – Sammy Kilgore, 78, went home to be with 

his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday January 12, 

2019 from his residence. 

    Sammy was a Christian and attended the Rocky Fork 

Pentecostal Church. He loved the Lord and loved serving 

Him. Sammy had just recently retired as a taxi driver after 

more than 30 years of service. He had also worked in a coal 

mine, moved furniture and worked as a grounds keeper on a 

golf coarse. Sammy loved playing gospel and bluegrass music 

and was in various bands for more than 25 years. He was an 

excellent banjo player and could play many instruments. Sammy 

had a very warm and charming personality and loved to talk to 

people. He was a loving husband and a devoted father and grand-

father. He came home daily after work and took his daughter Patty 

Cake “patrolling” around Wise County, listening to music and 

enjoying each other’s company. Sammy said it was a gift from 

God to care for her for 40 ½ years. He is no doubt reunited with 

Patty Cake and Jeffrey in heaven now. Sammy also loved to hang 

out with his grandsons Josh and Jordan on Sunday afternoons.

    Sammy was preceded in death by his parents, Laymon and Elva 

(Mullins) Kilgore; his daughter, Patricia Lynn Kilgore; his son 

Jeffrey Allen Kilgore; and his brothers, Coy, Billy and Gary Kilgore.

    Survivors include his loving wife of 35 years Erma Sue (Bullion) 

Kilgore of the home; his daughter, Lisa Strong and fiance Jeff 

Mathieson-Wise, VA; his grandsons, Josh Strong-Johnson City, TN

and Jordan Strong of Coeburn, VA; sisters, Betty Adkins-Wise, VA, 

Nora Osborne-Wise, VA, Wanda Nicholson-North Carolina and 

Kathy Mullins-Pound, VA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; 

special friend, Rex Strong-Coeburn, VA; and a host of other to 

mourn his passing.

    Private funeral services will be conducted at 12 Noon Tuesday

January 15, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend

Junior Bentley officiating.

    Burial will follow in the Addington–Hensley Cemetery-Wise, VA 

where Josh Strong, Jordan Strong, Jeff Mathieson, Nathan Mathieson

and Rex Strong will serve as pallbearers.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of  Samuel

Patton Kilgore.

CREED O. SHORTT, JR.

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   ROAN MOUNTAIN, TN- Creed O. Shortt, Jr., 88, formerly of Hickory, NC entered peacefully into eternity Thursday January 10, 2019 from the Johnson City Medical Center . His loving 

family was at his bedside.

    Creed was a Christian of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and an active member of the AmericanLegion Post 48 in Hickory, NC, the Hickory Masonic Lodge #343 

AF&AM and the Oasis Shriners He was a retired heavy equipment mechanic with 30+ years of service.

    Creed loved to travel and said he had been around the world twice.

He enjoyed woodworking and NASCAR racing, especially Dale Earnhart.

    Creed was preceded in death by his parents, Creed Sr. and Thelma 

(Bolling) Shortt; his wife, Paralee (Gent) Shortt; and his brother, Jerry 

Shortt.

    Survivors include his son Bobby Joe Shortt and wife Kris-Hickory, NC; his daughters, Pam Peters and husband Tim-Conover, NC and Sharon Short and husband Myrel-Eolia, KY; grandchildren, Cheryl  (Dustin) Combs-Pound, VA, Kimberly Peters-Conover, NC, Alicia (James) Sturgill-Duncan, SC and Brian Peters (Fallon)-Claremont, NC; great-grandchildren, Dylan Short, Shelby Short and Shayna Holcomb

all of Pound, VA, Deric McHone and Darla Sturgill of Duncan, SC, Oaklyn Peters and Adalee Peters of Claremont, NC; a brother, Roger Dale Shortt and wife Carol-Hickory, NC; sister-in-law, Millie Shortt-Pound, VA; nephews Jeff and Clifton Shortt; special friend, Joyce Westbrook, Conover, NC; and a host friends and relatives to cherish his memory. 

    Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm Sunday January 13, 2019 in the Baker Funeral home Chapel with Reverend Tony Brown officiating. Pound Masonic Lodge #59 AF&AM will perform masonic rites and Pound VFW Lodge # 9600 will perform military graveside services. The family will receive friends from 12 Noon until time of 

services.

    Burial will follow in the Bolling Cemetery in the Flat Gap section of Pound where James Sturgill, Dustin Combs, Clifton Shortt, Jeff Shortt, Brian Peters, Dylan Short, and Deric McHone will serve as pallbearers.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Creed O. Shortt, Jr.

PAMELA DIANE COUNTISS

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   POUND, VA – Diane Countiss, 53, entered peacefully into her eternal reward Friday January 4, 2019 from Holston Valley Medical Center. She was surrounded by her loving family.

    Diane was a Christian. She attended Glady Fork Freewill Baptist Church. She loved her Lord and her family. Diane was a devoted wife  mother, sister and friend. She fought long and courageous battle and is now in eternal peace. 

    Diane enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. In recent years she loved line dancing and clogging. She 

enjoyed crocheting, reading, watching old television shows and movies. Diane especially enjoyed playing computer and 

board games and caring for her precious pet, Chloe.

    Diane was preceded in death by her father, James Walter Taylor; her step-father, Harold Blizzard and her father-in-law Glenn Countiss.

    Survivors include her loving husband of 37 years Stephen Countiss; hers sons Stephen Countiss, Jr and wife Amy–Pound, VA, Michael Countiss and wife Sydney-Pound, VA and Nicholas 

Countiss and wife Victoria-Pound, VA; her mother Annie (Sturgill) Blizzard-Pound, VA; a brother, Kim (Speedy) Taylor and wife Melissa-Pound, VA; her mother-in-law Christine Stratton; several nieces, nephews and cousins and her precious pet Chloe to mourn 

her passing and cherish her memory.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Sunday January 6,

2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Troy Belcher officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Monday 

January 7, 2019 at the Mt Zion Cemetery where her cousins and 

nephews will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to

meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in 

procession to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Pamela Diane Countiss.

FRANCES HELEN DOTSON

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     POUND, VA -  Mrs. Frances Helen (Cantrell) Dotson, 79, entered peacefully into her eternal reward Wednesday January 2, 2019 from the Mountain View Regional Hospital. She was surrounded by her loving family.

    Frances was a Christian and loved her Lord and her family. She was a devoted wife, mother , grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend. Frances enjoyed family time, watching her kids and grand kids play sports, and spending time camping and boating at the lake. She also enjoyed cooking, quilting and crocheting and caring for her precious pet, “Little Man”

    Frances was preceded in death by her parents, Everette and Leota 

(Stallard) Cantrell; her husband, Alvin Dotson; her son, Jamie Dotson; and a sister, Brenda Giliam.

    Survivors include her daughters, Kay Boggs and husband Ebby-

Mooresburg, TN and Pam Cantrell and husband Max-Pound, VA; grandchildren, Brandon Cantrell and wife Joy, Dana Hall and husband Danny, Brad Boggs, Austin Dotson, and Devin Dotson; great-grandchildren, McKenzie 

Hensley, Landrie Dotson, Payton Cantrell, Claire Cantrell,  Grayson Hall, Gabby Hall and Ian Hall; sisters, Joan Mullins-Pound, VA, and Carolyn Meade and husband Jeff-Pound, VA; brothers, Lee Roy Cantrell-Harriman, TN and David Cantrell-and 

wife Billy Jean-Bugs Island, VA and Newell Cantrell and wife Crystal-

McClenny, FL; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn her passing and cherish her memory

    The family would like to give a special thank you to Frances’s Caregivers, Liz Mullins, Kelly Mullins, Robyn Meade, Jessica Carter and Sonia Mullins and her nurses, Mary, Pam and Kristi. .

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Friday January 4, 2019 

in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter and Reverend Troy Belcher officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 pm Saturday January 5,

2019 at the Eli Mullins Cemetery-Pound, VA where grandsons and great-

grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet 

at Baker Funeral Home by 12:00 noon to prepare to go in procession to 

the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Frances

Helen Dotson.

DANNY RAY MULLINS

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    POUND, V A - Danny Ray Mullins, 64, entered into his eternal reward Monday December 31, 2018 from the Mountain View Regional Medical Center. He was surrounded by his loving family. 

    Danny was a Christian of the Baptist faith and attended Pyles Memorial Chapel. He loved his Lord and his family. Danny was a former mechanic, truck driver and heavy equipment operator. He believed in working to support his family. Danny enjoyed eating, fishing, shooting, drag racing and Nascar, his favorite drivers were Dale Earnhart and Dale Jr. Danny enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, especially Dawson. He also loved animals, especially dogs. 

    Danny was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Edell Mullins; and a brother, Jerry Michael Mullins. 

    Survivors include his loving wife of 42 years, Diane (Shortt) Mullins-Pound, V A; a daughter, Dana Meade and husband Jeff- Pound, V A; a son, Brad Mullins and wife April-Clintwood, V A; his grandchildren, Dawson Kain Meade, Austin Keith, Alyssa Hope, Kahsu, Tsega, Landon, and Lidye; sisters, Kim Mullins- Pound, VA and Susie Branham and husband Lyndale-Clintwood, VA; brothers, Roger Clyde Mullins and wife Gayle-Pound, VA and Craney Lynn Mullins-Pound, VA; several aunts, uncles nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his passing. 

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Thursday January 3, 2019 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time
of services. 

    Graveside services be conducted at 11 :00 am Friday December 4, 2019 at the Rufus Mullins Cemetery-Pound, VA where family'
members will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery. 

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, V A is serving the family of Danny
Ray Mullins. 


RICKY DEAN BUSH

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    POUND, VA – Ricky Dean Bush, 54, passed away Monday 

December 31, 2018 at the Bristol Regional Medical Center.

His family was at his bedside.

    Ricky was of the Baptist faith. He was a former employee 

of the Town of Pound and was well known in the community.

Ricky enjoyed life and spending time with his family and 

friends. He also enjoyed fishing.

    Ricky was preceded in death by his parents, Otto and Mymia

(Stewart) Bush; his wife Elaine Bush; a daughter, Jessica Nicole 

Bush; a sister, Betty Jo McFall; and brothers Otto Bush, Jr., 

Buster Bush; Michael Bush and Danny Bush.

    Surviors include his daughter Gina Nelson-Norton, VA; 7

grandchildren; sisters Judy Rose-Elkhorn Creek, KY, Linda 

Johnson-Maryland and Tammy Hudson-Columbia, SC; brothers, 

Woody Bush-Pound, VA, Chester Bush-Neosha, MO, Jimmy 

Bush-Stafford, VA, Gregory Bush-Stafford, VA, Lonnie Bush-

Stafford, VA, Clarence Bush-Pound, VA and Timmy Bush-

Crossville, AL.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; and a 

host of friends and loved ones.

    As per Ricky’s wishes, he will be cremated and there will be 

no services.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Ricky 

Dean Bush.

ALMA BOGGS CAUDILL

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   WHITESBURG, KY – Mrs. Alma Boggs Caudill, 84, passed peacefully into her eternal reward Thursday December 27, 2018 from the Whitesburg ARH. She was surrounded by her loving family.

    Alma was a Christian of the Baptist faith. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister aunt and friend. She had a charming smile and an endearing personality. Alma was the owner/operator of Sexton’s Flowers in Wise for nearly 30 years. She was also well known for her homemade candies. Alma loved to cook , particularly 

Sunday dinners for her family.  She also enjoyed watching sports, 

especially her beloved U K Wildcats.   

    Alma was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Caudill; her son 

David N. Caudill; her parents Milton and Fannie (Baker) Boggs; sisters, 

Lydia B. Duty and Lilly B. Lucas; and brothers, Burl Boggs, Gene Boggs 

and Homer Boggs.

     Survivors include her daughters, Rhonda (J.R.) Brock-Nicholasville. KY, Brenda Garrett-Whitesburg, KY, Betty (Mike) Cook-Whitesburg, KY; daughter-in-law- Rena Pratt-Wise, VA; grandchildren, Brandon Garrett, Forrest Brock, Elijah Garrett, Caleb Brock, Heath Cook, Malori Cook and Shelley Willett; great-grandchildren, Aubrey Willett, Jonah Brock, Maximus Cook, Hayden Brock, Brody Garrett, Hudson Brock,Natalie Brock, Ayla Hinkle, Paris Cook and Harlow Brock; sisters, Lois 

B. Shortt-Whitesburg, KY and Ora Fay Profitt-Greensboro, NC; special

cousin ( brother ) Carson Boggs-Pound, VA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of precious relatives and friends who will miss 

her dearly.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Saturday December 29, 

2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend J D Mullins officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00 pm Sunday December 30, 

2018 at the Boggs/Caudill Cemetery in the North Fork section of Pound, 

VA where grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are 

asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 12 noon to prepare to go in 

procession to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Alma Boggs

Caudill.

EDNA MAE STALLARD JOHNSON

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    CLINTWOOD, VA – Edna Mae Stallard Johnson, 91, was born April 6, 1927 and went to her heavenly home on December 20, 2018.

    Edna was preceded on death by her parents John and Emmaline (Standifur) Stallard and all her siblings, Richard, Everette, Ivory, Delbert, Henry, Winferd, Emory, Paul , Conrad, Elsie and Sybil. She was also preceded in death by her beloved grandson, Michael Johnson and talked about him almost daily.

    Edna married the love of her life, John W. Johnson on October 23, 

1948. They just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary and John 

got her roses as he had done for many years.

    Their children Allan and Peggy, Duane and Diane and John and Cyndi will miss her greatly. She loved to cook their favorite meals.Her boys were the light of her life.

    Edna also leaves behind her grandchildren, Kimberly Johnson Cross, 

Lloyd Johnson, Michelle Johnson Heinlein, Joshua Johnson, Kathryn 

Johnson, Jesse Johnson and Gabe Johnson; her great-grandchildren, 

Trevor Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Gracie Anderson, Braydon 

Anderson, Lexie Heinlein, Kadence Heinlein, Kinsley Heinlein, Savannah Johnson and Kaylea Johnson; several nieces and nephews who loved her dearly ;her church family; and a host of friends and loved ones to celebrate her homegoing and cherish her memory.

    Edna loved to crochet and cook for her family. She loved to hunt for dryland fish in the spring and play in the snow in her younger years. But her main focus and love was her lord and savior, Jesus Christ.

    Edna and Johnny volunteered countless hours visiting and ministering in their community. She worked tirelessly to cook for families during illness and death. She would cook and clean homes for mothers with new babies. That was her ministry along with her beautiful alto voice. She loved singing in church. The last song she sang was just a week ago, Jesus Loves Me.

    Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 pm Saturday December 22,

2018 in the Baker Funeral Chapel with Reverend Terry Price and Reverend Gary Stanley officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 noon till time of services.

    Burial will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery-Pound, VA where Lloyd Johnson, Joshua Heinlein, Wayne Cross, Jeff Rose, Dale Lowery and Mike Yates will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pall-bearers are the men of Hope Freewill Baptist Church, Jeff Vanover 

and Bo McArthur.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Edna

Mae Stallard Johnson.

CARL THURMAN DOTSON, SR.

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    POUND, VA - Carl Thurman “Bud” Dotson, Sr.,73, entered 

into eternity Tuesday December 18, 2018 from the Mountain 

View Regional Medical Center. His family was at his bedside. 

    Bud was a devoted Christian of the Baptist faith, he was a member of Indian Creek Freewill Baptist Church. Bud was a veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Vietnam War. Bud was a retired surface miner with over 41years of experience. He worked for Paramount, Motivation,

Pride and A&G Coal. He retired as a superintendent. He was the former owner of  Bud’s Tires, Alamance Tractor and Tire, B&H Trucking, Ann Trucking and the Exxon Station in Pound. 

Bud was a hard worker and took pride in providing for his family. He was devoted to his kids and grandkids. Chance Dotson was always by his side. 

    Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Jessee Thurman “Aubrey” Dotson and Mary Magdeline Collier Dotson; and a sister Sharon Ann Loflin. 

    Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Margaret (Powers) Dotson-Pound, VA; his daughters, Jackie Marie Dotson and companion Steve Boggs-Pound, VA, Katrina Susezette Dotson-Pound, VA; son, Carl Thurman “Buddy” Dotson, Jr. and wife Billie-Burlington, NC; his grandchildren, Laken Brooke Jenkins, Corey Blake Jenkins, Amatha Skye Blaise Jenkins, Skylar Mark Boggs, Stormey Karrington Chance Dotson and companion Stephen Rose, Sheynia Kinziee, Dotson, Kelsey Lauren Loflin, Alexis Cheyenne Dotson, Dalton Walker Reece Dotson, Kaitlyn Meirs, Alyssa Martin, Kylie Martin, Braxton Martin, Madison Martin and Cameron Martin; great-grandchildren, Piper Ann Jenkins, Kohleson Slade Dotson and Liam Miers; sisters, Sandra Reese and husband Richard-Wise, VA, and Emma Jean Yeary and husband Dennis-Coeburn, VA; brother, Danny Ray Dotson and wife Rose - Greer, S C; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends Chigger Mullins, Jarrod Mullins and Jerry Baker; and a host of friends and loved ones

to mourn his passing and cherish his memory. 

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Friday December 21, 

2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time 

of services. 

    Pound VFW Post 9600 will conduct military committal services 

at 10:45 am Saturday December 22, 2018 at Baker Funeral Home 

prior to the family leaving for Powers Cemetery on Bolling Hill Road-

Pound, VA where Chance Dotson, Dalton Dotson, Corey Jenkins, 

Stephen Rose, Steve Boggs and Buddy Dotson will serve as pallbearers.

    Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home 

by 10:00 to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.   

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Carl 

“Bud” Dotson.

AUDREY ALICE GOODMAN

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    NORTON, VA – Audrey Alice Goodman, 93, entered into her eternal 

reward Saturday, December 15, 2018 from her residence after an extended 

illness.

    Audrey was of the Baptist faith. She was a homemaker and a loving 

wife, sister, aunt and friend. Audrey enjoyed visiting family and friends,

reading, cooking, watching television and talking on the phone.

    Audrey was preceded in death by her husband, Dennis Hale Goodman; 

her parents, William F. and Margaret (Maggie) Sturgill; her sisters, 

Dorothy Sturgill and Ollie Mullins; and her brothers, Earl Sturgill, Henry 

E. (Pewee) Sturgill, Woodrow Sturgill and Kenneth Sturgill.

     Survivors include her sisters, Jean Haynes-Norton, VA, Edna Meade-

Abingdon/Pound VA and Hazel Pilkenton-Norton, VA; her caregivers 

and friends Sharon Bowen and Darlene Hamilton; several nieces, 

nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn her passing and cherish her memory.

    Graveside services will be conducted at11:00 am Tuesday, December 18,2018 at the Meade Creek Cemetery-Pound, VA with Reverend Randy 

Carter officiating. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 

10:00am to prepare to go to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Audrey

Alice Goodman

JIMMY RICHMOND MEADE

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     APEX, NC – Jimmy Richmond Meade, 82, entered into eternity 

Saturday December 8, 2018 from his home after an extended illness.

His family was at his side.

     Jimmy was a Christian. He was a veteran of the United States Air 

Force. He retired as a purchasing agent from the IBM Corporation in 

1986 after 20 years of service. He was a loving father, grandfather, 

great-grandfather, brother and friend.       Jimmy enjoyed camping and 

deer hunting in his earlier years

 Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Ottis and Daphne 

(Stallard) Meade; his sisters, Ruth Ann Meade, Inez Wilson and Cleo 

Stallard; his brothers, James Meade, Hershel Meade, Ottis Meade, Jr.,

Sammy Meade, Freddie Meade and Clyde Meade.

    Survivors include his daughter, Sanya Eckelkamp-Greensboro, NC; 

his sons, Mark Meade- Germantown, OH and Doug Meade and wife 

Sharon-Apex, NC; 6 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; several 

nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends to mourn his loss 

and cherish his memory.

    Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11:00 am 

Saturday December 15, 2018 at the Ottis and Daphne Meade 

Cemetery-Pound, VA with Reverend Randy Carter officiating.

Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker funeral Home by 

10:00 am to prepare to go to the cemetery. 

    A memorial service will be held at a later date.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Jimmy

Richmond Meade.

JAMES LARRY BRYANT

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    COEBURN, VA – James Larry Bryant, 58, entered peacefully 

into eternity Wednesday December 5, 2018 from  Norton Community 

Hospital. His loving family was at his bedside.  

   Larry was a Christian  of the Baptist faith. He was a loving husband, 

son, father, grandfather, brother and friend .Larry was a retired miner

with over 38 years of experience and also worked as a federal mine 

inspector for 4 years. He enjoyed  farming, fishing, hunting and riding 

4 wheelers and watching westerns. But his favorite pastime was being

 with his grandbabies.  

   Larry was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Bryant; his mother, 

Josephine Dotson Bryant and a brother, Lance Bryant.

   Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 39 years. Patricia Bryant –

Coeburn , VA; his daughter, Jessica Bryant -Coeburn, VA; his son  

Matthew Bryant and wife Wendy-Coeburn, VA; grandchildren, Sawyxr

Bella Bryant, Brantley Bryant, Jaxsyn Collins, Landry Bryant and Mick 

Smith; his father, Terry Bryant- Coeburn; a sister, Lillian Slemp and

husband Doug-Coeburn, VA; honorary children, Chasity Johnson, Ashley

Hamilton and Nikki Owens; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and

 a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his passing and cherish his

 memory.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Friday December 7, 

2018at Hamilton Chapel Church-Pound, VA with Reverend Greg 

Cyphers officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until 

time of services.

   Graveside services will be conducted at  11:00 am Saturday December

 8, 2018 at the Bryant Cemetery in the Caney Ridge section of Clintwood, 

VA where family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. Family 

and friends are asked to meet at Hamilton Chapel Church by 10:00 am to     

prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.  

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of James

Larry Bryant.


RYAN MITCHELL BRANHAM

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    POUND, VA –Ryan Mitchell Branham, 25, passed away Sunday 

December 2, 2018at Holston Valley Medical Center due to injuries 

sustained in an automobile accident. He was surrounded by his loving 

family.

    Ryan was of the Baptist faith. Through his loving kindness as an 

organ donor Ryan was able to save or greatly improve the lives of 

numerous others. It was the greatest sacrifice possible.

    Ryan was an employee of Little Henry Paving and Excavating and 

was a reliable hard worker. He loved operating equipment. He was a 

2011 graduate of Pound High School. Ryan was always happy and in 

a good mood and tried to make others feel that way too. He enjoyed 

spending time with his family and friends, riding motorcycles, hunting, and fishing.

    Ryan was preceded in death by his grandparents Lois and Ben McFall,

Leland and Mary Branham and Maxine Dollarhyde; an aunt, Sandy

Brim and Monica McFall; an uncle Ben McFall; and a cousin G T Maxwell; as well as a special friend Andrew Carter.

    Survivors include his mother and dad Rhonda Howell and Tony 

Dollarhyde-Pound, VA, his father Mitch Branham-Coeburn, VA: his 

girlfriend, Caitlin Cantrell-Pound, VA; his sisters, Lauren Branham-

Pound, VA , Mary Mullins and husband Billy-Pound, VA, Amber Nelson-

and fiancé Jim Niece-Whitesburg, KY, Ida Nelson and fiance David Schmitt-Michigan, Zoe Dollarhyde-

Pound, VA, Tabitha Dollarhyde-Pound, VA and Ashley Branham-Coeburn, 

VA; brothers Michael Nelson-Pound, VA, Jared Nelson-Pound, VA, Josh 

Dollarhyde and wife Kelly-Wise, VA and Nick Branham-Coeburn, VA; 

several nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends, Brandon Boggs, 

Dylan Meade, Steven Shorty Mullins, Ricky Pick Mullins and Richard 

Mullins; and his beloved dogs, Oscar and Gizmo. 

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Friday, December 7, 2018

in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter officiating. 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Saturday December 8, 2018 at the McFall Cemetery-Clintwood, VA where Billy Mullins, Jordan Brim, Pick Mullins, Richard Mullins, Josh Dollarhyde, Dylan Meade and 

Shorty Mullins will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to 

meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession 

to the cemetery. 

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Ryan Branham

MORELLE MULLINS

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    POUND, VA -  Morelle Mullins, 78, entered into eternity Monday

December 3, 2018 from the Norton Community Hospital after an extended 

illness. His family was by his side.

   Morelle was of the Baptist faith. He was a loving father, grandfather,

brother and friend. Morelle was a veteran of the United States Air Forces, 

and a hard working coal  miner, retiring after  39 years .He enjoyed watching

NASCAR and was an avid Dale Earnhardt fan . He had a grin that made you

wonder what he was up to next and never met a stranger. He also enjoyed 

fishing and spending time at the lake. Morelle greatest joy was the time he 

spent with his family and close friends.

   Morelle was preceded in death by his parents, Dillard and Mary Mullins;

his sons,  Michael Ewing Mullins and Jessee Shelton Boggs; a sister, Retta 

Gay Boggs, and his 25 year companion Kathy Crawford Boggs.

    Survivors include his daughters Starla Ison and husband Brian-Pound, VA

Rebeka Young and companion  Danny Collins -Pound, VA and Elizabeth and  

ShawnTaylor–Pound, VA; sons, Jerry Donald Mullins and wife Juanita-Bean Station, TN and 

Rondald Lee Boggs and Ruth Manson-Locust Grove, VA; 9 grandchildren-

Candice Gilles, Jason Balthis, Meagan Mullins, Colt Mullins, Jacob Dotson, 

Michael Hicks, Lakota Ison, Ashton Martin and  Emma Taylor; 14 great- grand

children; a brother , Larry Mullins and wife Marsha-Pound, VA; a sister, Anita

Crawford- Pound, VA ;several nieces, nephews and cousins; special friend 

Kenny Kilgore and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his loss and cherish

his memory.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Saturday December  8, 2018 

in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter officiating.

The family will receive friend from 5:00 pm until time of services.

   Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Sunday December  9, 

2108 at the Dewey Cemetery-Pound, VA  where family members and friends 

will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker 

Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery 

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Morelle Mullins. 


LLOYD HAMILTON BLEVINS

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    CLINTWOOD, VA – Lloyd H. Blevins, 67, entered into eternity 

Monday November 26, 2018 from his home after a long battle with

liver cancer. He was surrounded by his loving family. 

    Lloyd was of the Christian faith. He was a loving husband, 

father, grandfather and friend. He was a retired miner with 25+ years 

of experience. He spent most of his time on a dozer on a strip mine, 

and in his spare time he was an autobody repairman. 

    Lloyd was preceded in death by his parents, William and Alice 

(Baker) Blevins; his sisters, Barbara Robinson and Linda Fields; and 

a brother, Kenneth Blevins

     Survivors include his loving wife of 50 years, Mary Blevins-Clintwood,

VA; his sons, Michael Blevins and wife Nicole-Clintwood, VA and David 

Blevins and wife Lisa-Knoxville, TN; grandchildren, Zachary (Keriston) 

Blevins, Jonathan Blevins, Hallie Blevins, Samantha Bush, Preston (Deedra)

Blevins and Clarissa Blevins; 5 great-grandchildren: his sisters, Stella McFall 

and husband Roger-Wise, VA, Wilma Smith-Wise, VA, Faye Cox-Wise, VA

and Edna Michaels and husband Wayne-Martinsville, VA; his brothers, Mark 

Baker and wife Charlotte-Coeburn, VA and Allen Blevins-Clintwood, VA; 

several nieces, nephews and cousins; a special friend, D J; and a host of friends

and loved ones to mourn his passing and cherish his memory

    Memorial services will be conducted at 7:00 PM Friday November 30,

2018 in the Baker Funeral Home chapel with Brother Jessee Smith officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    As per Lloyd’s wishes, he will be cremated and there will be a private burial 

at a later date.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the Family of Lloyd H. Blevins.

TINA C. MULLINS

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    POUND, VA – Tina C. Mullins, 54, entered into her eternal 

reward Tuesday November 20, 2018 from the Holston Valley Medical Center. She was surrounded by her loving family.

    Tina was a Christian of the Baptist faith. She was a loving mother,  grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. She had a smile that could brighten any room. She enjoyed reading all types of books, crocheting, shopping and going to the lake.

But her favorite thing in the world was spending time with 

her grandkids and facetiming with them. 

    Tina was preceded in death by her father, Billy Royce Kiser; 

and a sister, Darlene Kiser.

    Survivors include her mother, Vanda Kiser-Pound, VA; a 

daughter, Megan Owsley and husband Bryan -Wise, VA;

a son , Jason Mullins and wife Erica-Bean Station, TN; her 

grandchildren, Jaylan Mullins, Skyler Mullins, Brayden Owsley,

Colton Owsley and twin grandchildren on the way; her brothers, 

Delbert R. Kiser and wife Mindy-Jenkins, KY, Tony R. Kiser 

and wife Pam-Pound, VA and Billy T. Kiser and wife Gail-

Winchester, VA; several nieces, nephews cousins, aunts and 

uncles; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn her 

passing and cherish her memory.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 Saturday November 

24, 2018  in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with  Reverend

Randy Carter officiating. The family will receive friends from 

12 noon until time of services.   

    Burial will follow in the Kiser Cemetery on Rumley Branch in 

Pound, VA where family members and friends will serve as 

pallbearers.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Tina C. 

Mullins.

MAGIELENIE WHITEHORN

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    POUND, VA – Mrs. Magielenie Whitehorn, 95, entered into eternity 

Tuesday November 20, 2018 from the Mountain View Regional Hospital.

Her loving family was at her side.

    Magielenie was a Christian and a member of the Pound Church of Christfor over 30 years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grand-mother,  sister and friend. She was blessed with a long happy life. Maggie enjoyed cooking and sewing , working crossword puzzles and playing card games like Rummey and Yahtzee. But her favorite pastime was playing with her grandkids and great-grandkids.

    Magielenie was preceded in death by her parents, Rufus and Mary Elizabeth (Holbrook) Mullins; her first husband, Emory Balthis; a daughter, Nancy Carol Turner; a son Victor Balthis; a sister, Ora Mae Mullins; and brothers Victor Gordon Mullins and Auville Forrester Mullins. 

    Survivors include her husband Wallace Whitehorn-Pound, VA; a daughter,Rita Vanover and husband James-Pound, VA; a son, James Balthis and wife Pat-Whitesburg, KY; 12 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 29 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn her passing and cherish her memory.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Friday November 23. 2018

in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Glenn Young officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted 11:00 am Saturday November 24, 

2018 at the Vanover Cemetery-Pound, VA where grandsons and great-

grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:00AM to prepare to go into procession to the cemetery.

     Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Magielenie 

Whitehorn. 

WILLIAM RANDALL CRAWFORD, Sr.

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     POUND, VA – William (Butch/Pooh) Crawford, 63, passed away 

Monday November 19, 2018 after an extended illness. He was surrounded 

by his loving family. 

    Butch  was of the Baptist faith and attended Pyles Memorial Chapel 

and Hamilton Chapel Church He was a loving husband, father, grand-

father, brother and friend. He was a retired coal miner with 38 years of 

service before being injured in the coal mine. Butch was a hard worker 

and believed in providing for his family. 

    Butch was preceded in death by his parents, William and Evelyn (Hubbard) 

Crawford; and two brothers, Arthur Crawford and Jerry Crawford.

    Survivors include his loving wife of 40 years. Billie (Kirklin) Crawford-

Pound, VA; daughters, Tonya Crawford and companion Anthony Watkins-Pound, VA and Malissa Ortega and husband David- Bean Station- TN; sons, William Randall Crawford, Jr.- Clifton, TN and Matthew Crawford and wife Patty – Chapin, S.C; grandchildren, Hannah Mullins, Will Mullins, Andrew Crawford, CarlyCrawford, Austin Crawford, Candiace Winstead, Jonathan Ortega, April 

Collins, Tiffanee Smith, Tori Watkins, Tayler Barfield and Alicia Phillips;

several great- grandchildren; sisters, Martha Robinson and husband Rodney-Jenkins, KY, Ada Caudill and husband Kevin-Pound, VA and Gina Strait and husband Ryan-Lincoln, NE; brothers, John Crawford and wife Libby-Johnson City, TN, Charlie Crawford and wife Tracy-Prince George, VA and James Crawford and wife Cindy-Abilene, TX; several nieces, nephews andcousins, and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his passing and cherish his memory.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Tuesday November 20. 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Greg Cyphers officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

     Graveside services will be conducted at 12 noon Wednesday November 21,

2018 at the Dewey Memorial Cemetery-Pound, VA where family members will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 11:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of William (Butch/Pooh) Crawford 

EDMON E. BOLEN

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EDMON E. BOLEN

March 31, 1930 - November 11, 2018 

Edmon E. Bolen, age 88, of Pine Top, KY, died Sunday, November 11, 2018, at Wells Hospice Center in Hazard, KY.
He was born in Garrett, KY on March 31, 1930 to Bee Bolen and Dovie Hayes Bolen.
Edmon has pastored many different churches for the past 60 Years.
He is survived by:
His Wife of 63 Years - Eleanor Bolen
Daughter- Myra Michelle Baker
Sons- Micah Edwin Bolen, Mathew Mitchell Bolen
Grandchildren- Ruby Aurianna Bolen, Dylan Bryce Baker, Drew Elexie Baker, Kaitlin Montana Bolen, Dalton Gregory Emerson Baker, Gage Bolen
1 Great Grandchild - Serenity
Brothers and Sisters- Jane Bachtell, Judy Fields, Delcie Truman and Rick Bolen
Preceded in death by son- Mark Graham Bolen
Brothers and Sisters - Johnnie Bee Bolen, Frank "Punk" Bolen, Norma Lou Hall, Glenna Lancaster, Morine Sexton and Dinah Hall
Funeral services for Edmon E. Bolen will be held at Hindman Funeral Services Chapel, Thursday, November 15, 2018 at 1:00PM with John Milam officiating. Burial will follow at Carr Fork Memorial Cemetery at Litt Carr, KY with military honors being conducted by Knott County DAV Chapter 171. Friends may call for visitation at the Chapel, Wednesday evening from 6PM to 9PM with a Celebration of Life Service at 7PM. 

Information courtesy of  Hindman Funeral Services, Hindman, KY.


MICHAYLA LEIGH SHORTT LAYNE

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    STAUNTON, VA – Michayla Leigh Shortt Layne, 28, entered into 

eternity Friday November 2, 2018 due to injuries from an automobile

accident. 

   Michayla was born October 31, 1990 in Raliegh, NC, she was a 

Christian of the Freewill Baptist faith. She was a loving mother to two 

precious children, Hennen and Kyler. She was a friend to everyone she 

met. Michayla always had a smile that was infectious. She loved life 

and lived it to the fullest.There wasn’t anything she couldn’t do, from 

being the best at hair and make-up to working on coal trucks with her

Daddy. She saw no fear and told stories of driving a 18 wheeler across 

snow covered mountains. Things other women wouldn’t have the nerve 

to do were things Michayla was the first to step up and do. If you were 

lucky enough to have met Michayla, you you can say you were blessed.

   Michayla was preceded in death by her mother, Michelle Stallard Shortt;

her paternal grandfathers, Eslin Shortt and James “Trapper” Purvis; her 

maternal grandfather, Charles Stallard; maternal great-grandparents, 

Woodrow and Carnegie Mullins; an uncle, Joe Stallard; and a cousin, 

Michael Shortt, Jr.; 

   Survivors include her husband , Matt Layne-Staunton, VA ; her children

Hennen Crabtree and Kyler Layne of Staunton, VA; her father, Anthony 

“Charmin” Shortt-Pound, VA; her sister, Marissa Shortt- Chesterfield, VA;

 her paternal grandmother, Ella Mae Purvis-Pound, VA; her maternal grand-

mother, Karen yates-Clintwood, VA; her nephew Brantley Mullins-Pound, 

VA; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones 

to mourn her passing and cherish her memory.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Tuesday November 6, 2018

in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter and Reverend

Tarncy Mulins officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00pm

until time of services.

   Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Wednesday November 7, 

2018 at the Arvil Shortt Cemetery-Pound, VA where Dennis Shortt, Michael 

Shortt, Gary Mullins, Garvis Stanley, Scotty Branham and Bryan Pilkenton  

will serve as pallbearers.  Honorary pallbearers will be Terry Yates and Lane 

Hatton. Family and friends are asked to meet at the Baker Funeral Home by 

10:00am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Michayla  Leigh 

Shortt Layne.


FRANK GARRY VANOVER

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    CLINTWOOD, VAFrank Garry Vanover, 82, entered into eternity 

Saturday November 3, 2018 from his residence. His loving wife was by 

his side.

    Frank was a Christian of the Freewill Baptist faith, he loved his Lord.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

    Frank was retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation with

over 31 years of service. He was also a veteran of the United States Army,

having served during the Vietnam War. Frank loved the family farm, raising 

cattle, goats and tobacco. He enjoyed  taking care of the hay, gardening and 

canning. He loved gospel music and enjoyed watching old TV shows, football 

and racing. Frank also 

enjoyed reading the newspaper and was well versed in the study of civil war 

history.

    Frank was preceded in the death by his first wife, Gayle (Puckett) Vanover; 

his parents, Taulbert and Alpha Lee (McFall) Vanover, and a brother, Fred 

Vanover.

    Survivors include his loving wife of 20 years, Jimmie (Shortt) Vanover-

Clintwood, VA; his children, Gary Keeron (Becky) Vanover-Clintwood, VA,

Kelly Shannon (Kelly) Vanover-Winchester, VA, Kimberly Gayle (Tony) 

Robinson-Clintwood, VA, Tom II (Sherri) Bays-Eolia, KY, Leabern (Teddy) 

Kennedy-Pound, VA and Sandra (Fred ) Goins-South Carolina; grandchildren, 

Andrew (Alex) Vanover, Mackenzie Vanover, Taylor Brooke (Chris) Wampler, 

Roger L. (Trey)Puckett III, Eddie (Tonya) Kennedy, Marty (Leah) Robinson, 

Gavin (Kady) Kennedy, Danielle (Gray) Stanley, Jacob Goins, Victoria Bays, 

Shannon Bays and Heather Bays; great-grandchildren, Maddison Stanley, Jesslynn 

Stanley, Grayson Stanley, Arianna Kennedy, Kirsten Kennedy and Tianna Bays; 

several nieces, nephews and cousins; special friends, Roy Strouth, Bill Boyd 

and Bill Smith; and a host of friends and lovecd ones to mourn his passing and 

cherish his memory.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Sunday November 4, 2018

in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter, Reverend 

Frankin Hall and Reverend Manny Strouth officiating. The family will receive 

friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:30 am Monday November 5, 2018 

at the McFall-Vanover Cemetery on Osborne Gap Road  in Clintwood, VA where 

Marty Robinson, Eddie Kennedy, Gavin Kennedy, Gray Stanley, Jeff Clay and 

Travis Clay will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ruby McFall, 

Paul McFall, Roy Strouth, Bill Boyd, Billy Ray Davis, Bill Smith, Don Clay Joe 

Green and Junior Baker. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral 

Home by 10:00 am to prepare to in procession to the cemetery. Pound VFW 

Post 9600 will perform military rites at Baker Funeral Home prior to leaving 

for the cemetery. 

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Frank Garry 

Vanover .


Douglas Boggs

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    Bandon, OR - Douglas McArthur Boggs, 76, of Bandon passed away
October 17th at his home surrounded by his family. He was
born May 18th, 1942 in Pound, Virginia. In 1961 he joined
the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany assigned to the
529th Military Police Honor Guard. Honorably discharged in
1965 he returned to Pound, Virginia and joined the Pound
Police Department. He later moved to Oregon with his sister
and met Laura Savage in Myrtle Point. Laura was the love of
his life and they were married 52 years until she passed away
May 29th, 2017. Doug worked as a truck driver most of his
career for Moore Mill Lumber Company until he went into
business for himself and eventually retired. He enjoyed
hunting, fishing and most of all his grandkids, Kady
Valentine and Briana Valentine. He got some of his greatest
pleasure out of hunting with his granddaughter Kady and
talking animals with Briana. He could catch a fish in a mud
puddle and was a deadly shot with a .30-.30 lever action. His
heart was always with his family in Virginia. He is survived
by his son Derwin Boggs of Gold Beach, daughter Lina
Valentine and son-in-law Pat Valentine of Bandon, Kady
Valentine of Bandon and Briana Valentine of Myrtle Point,
sisters Allie Sturgill and Laura Stidham of Pound, Virginia.
Brother Vernon Boggs and sister-in-law Linda Boggs of
Blacksburg, Virginia, brother Carson and sister-in-law Truby
Boggs of Pound, Virginia, brother Lester Boggs of Pound,
Virginia. He is preceded in death by his father Walton Boggs,
mother Lina (Vanover) Boggs, brother Arlie Boggs, brother
Curt Boggs and the love of his life his wife and sweetheart Laura Boggs. Services will be Monday October 22nd at II :00 a.m. in Bandon, at Amling and Schroeder Funeral Home. Graveside Military services will follow at the Rink Creek cemetery. A pot luck gathering will be at the VFW Hall in Bandon on highway 42S off Bates Road. 

Lenora Card Murray

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    Woodland, WA 8/23/1937 - 10/18/2018 A resident of Vancouver, WA since 1965 and in Woodland, WA the last four years 2014-2018. Lenora Card Murray, 81 passed away on Thursday, October 18, 2018 after a long and courageous battle with COPD. She received her Angel Wings peacefully, surrounded by her devoted family. Lenora was the 4th of 7 siblings. Born in Pound, VA until she married and moved to Florida. She joined the Florida Police Department and became one of their Meter Maids until herself, husband and children moved to Vancouver, WA in 1965. At which time she got a Nursing position at the Vancouver VA Hospital and worked on Ward 5 for 30 years, at which she retired in 1993. She is survived by her two daughters; Sheree Card, Kim (Card) Reeder both of Woodland, WA. Her son, Billy M Card of Vancouver, WA, Son-in-law Kevin Reeder, granddaughter Skylar Reeder and grandson Mick Reeder. Lenora enjoyed life to the fullest and spending it outdoors and with family. She had an infectious smile and twinkle in her eyes that drew people in and they loved her the moment they met her and she loved them back. She had a zest for life and was a true fighter until the very end. Lenora became everyone’s “Gma Lee.” She enjoyed gardening with her daughter Kim and antiquing with Sheree and enjoyed a good time at the slot machines with whoever would go with her. She never got rich off the slots however, she had a way of making us all feel like millionaires in laughter, support and love; that is who she was. We all miss her terribly I know, but know her love and presences surrounds all who knew and hearts she had touched over her 81 years of life. One of God’s Greatest Gift to us “Lenora Card Murray”, we thank you for allowing you to share her with us and so grateful we were able to call her our MOM. There are NO Goodbyes.. It is only “Until We Meet Again”. A Celebration of her life will be held at the families home in Woodland, WA on Sunday, November 18, 2018 @ 1pm (8838kreeders@gmail.com for address and/or directions). 

    A special thank you to the Kaiser Hospice Team; her Hospice Nurse Sarah Lail, Social Worker Christopher Danish, Chaplain Pat Mayes, personal bath aid Vicki and her Team Hospice Dr. Tracy Walker, all of whom we were all blessed to meet and have help my mom and family during this most difficult time. “Mom, always in our hearts…. Eskimo Kisses and Butterfly Wishes; shine upon us all as you did when you were with us all on this earth!” 

RUFUS BRANHAM

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    KINGSPORT, TN – Rufus Branham, 83, entered into his eternal

reward Friday October 12, 2018 from his residence in Kingsport, TN.

His wife and children were by his side.

    Rufus was a Christian of the Baptist faith. He loved the Lord and 

was faithful till the end. Rufus was a loving husband, father, grandfather,

brother and friend. He cherished the time he spent with his family. He 

was a carpenter by trade and worked hard to provide for his family. 

He loved tinkering with cars and lawn mowers and was really a jack of 

all trades. He enjoyed watching boxing, westerns and old TV shows. 

    Rufus was preceded in death by his parents, Burley (Buck) Branham

and Mary Roxie (Strouth) Branham; a sister, Betty Hall; brothers, Joe 

Branham and Juluis Branham; and son-in-law, Leroy Wilkins.

    Survivors include his loving wife Evelyn (Mullins) Branham of the 

home; daughters, Carolyn Wilkins-Kingsport, TN and Vickey Sullivan-

Fredericksburg, VA; a son, Johnny Branham-Kingsport, TN; three

grandchildren, Rhodesa Sergent, Tabatha Maggard and Tyler Poole;

4 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild;   sisters, Trish Tunnell-

Pound, VA and Virginia Crutchleo-Dillsboro, IN; brothers, Eugene 

Braham-Pound, VA, Buford Branham-Spotsylvania, VA, and Buster 

Branham-Orwigsburg, PA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and 

a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his loss and cherish his 

memory.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Sunday October 14, 

2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter, 

Roger Clyde Mullins and Chaplain Lennis France officiating. The

family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Monday October 15, 

2018 at the Rufus Mullins Cemetery-Pound, VA where family members 

and friends will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to

meet at the funeral home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to 

the cemetery. Pound VFW Post 9600 will perform military rites at the 

funeral home prior to the graveside services.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Rufus 

Branham.


LOLA MARIE CHURCH

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    POUND, VA – Lola Marie Church, 83, passed from this life 

October 5, 2018 from  the Mountain View Regional Hospital

in Norton, VA. She was surrounded by her loving family.

    Lola Marie was born July 18, 1935 , she was the daughter of the 

late Frank and Frannie Bell (Griffith) Stephens. She was a 

Christian and a member of the Cane Patch Primitive Baptist

Church circa 1970, where she remained a faithful member until

 her death. Lola was a homemaker and love being with her family

taking care of Victor and attending church. She also enjoyed

crocheting, working crossword puzzles, and spoiling her grand-

children.

    Lola was also preceded in death by her first husband, Hassell

Belcher and her brother, James.

    She leaves to mourn her loss, her heartbroken husband, Victor

Church: 6 sons, Alan Church, Robert Belcher, Mayford Belcher,

John Belcher, Lester Belcher and Victor Church II; 5 daughters,

Emma Fruitt, Belinda Bailey, Joyce Belcher, Bonnie Wood and 

Viola Mullins; 30 grandchildren and 30 plus great grandchildren;

several nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends. She 

will be greatly missed by her family and church members.

( Written in loving memory by her husband, Elder Victor Church),

    Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon Monday October

8, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Ked Stacy,

Elder Garnell Gilbert, Elder George Comb and Elder Henry Cantrell 

officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00am until time

of services. Burial will follow in the Dewey Cemetery- Pound, VA.

where family members will serve as pallbearers.        

    Baker Funeral Home –Pound, VA will be serving the family of 

Lola Marie Church.


JOHNNY LEE BAKER

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    JENKINS, KY – Johnny Lee Baker, 68, entered into eternity Friday October 5, 2018

from the Whitesburg ARH Hospital after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 

surrounded by his family.  

   Johnny was a Christian. He was a retired maintenance supervisor in the hotel industry.

He was a quiet and reserved man, but he was loyal to his family and friends. Johnny 

enjoyed smoking and watching television, he especially old shows like Mayberry and 

crime shows. He was a UK Wildcats fan and liked watching college and pro football 

games.

    Johnny was preceded in death by his parents, Kenneth Baker Sr. and Audrey Sizemore 

Baker.

   Survivors include his fiancé Barbara Turnmeyer-Jenkins, KY; his daughter Rachel Barton-

Milwaukee, WI; his sons Kenny Bill Baker- South Charleston, OH and Jessee Baker- 

Nashville, TN; grandchildren Jackson Barton, Madison Baker and Kenni Baker; a brother, 

Kenneth Baker , Jr. and wife Holly-Hillsboro, OH; and a host of family and friends to 

mourn his passing and cherish his memory.  

   As per Johnny’s wishes his body will be cremated and a memorial service will be held 

at a later date.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Johnny Lee Baker.


GARY WAYNE LARGE

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    WISE, VA – Gary Wayne Large, 59, entered into eternity 

Wednesday October 3, 2018 from the Norton Community 

Hospital. His loving family was at his side.

    Wayne was of the Christian faith. He was a loving husband, 

father, grandfather  and brother. He believed in taking care of

his family , and worked hard to do so. Wayne enjoyed going 

fishing, watching football and racing and facetiming with his 

precious grandbabies. Just being their Poppy was what made

him the happiest.

    Wayne was preceded in death by his mother  Rita Jo (Hale) 

Large.

    Survivors include his loving wife, Tonia Large-Wise, VA; his

son, Chris Mullins-Wise, VA; his daughters, Whitney Shortt and

husband Daniel -San Antonio, TX,; Somer Mullins -Wise, 

VA ; God daughter, Jane Patterson- Wise, VA;  grandchildren, 

Isabelle Mullins-Wise, VA, Connor Horne- Wise, VA, Aidan 

Shortt and Laney Shortt-San Antonio, TX and an expected grand

daughter, Emelia Jo Shortt ; sisters, Joyce Yates and husband

Roger -Haysi, VA, Linda Gillard and husband  Arnie-Florida, 

Thelma Coomer and husband Wayne-Winchester, VA 

and Juanita Mullins and husband Ottis-Wise, VA; brothers, Freddie 

Large and wife Angie-Clintwood, VA; Ronnie Large and wife 

Tammy-Pound, VA, Kevin Large and wife, Regina -Coeburn, 

VA, Robbie Large and wife Judy-Big Stone Gap, VA, Billy Large 

and wife Sherry-Pound, VA, J. C . Large and wife Erika-Indiana,

and Danny Large-Clintwood, VA; numerous, nephews, nieces, 

and cousins; special friends, Ronnie Stidham, Allen Patterson and 

Gary Shortt  and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his 

passing and cherish his memory.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Saturday October  6, 

2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter

officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time 

of services. 

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Sunday October 7, 

2018 at the Dotson Cemetery on Highland Avenue-Pound, VA where

family members will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are 

asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go 

in procession to the cemetery.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Gary 

Wayne Large.

LINDA LEE CARNES

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    JENKINS, KY – Mrs. Linda Carnes, 75, entered peacefully into

her eternal reward Saturday September 29, 2018 from the Pikeville 

Medical Center. Her loving family was at her bedside.

    Linda was a Christian.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, 

sister and friend. She was a very warm and caring person, she had 

an outgoing personality and was very quick to make friends.

    Linda was the secretary/office manager for Polly & Craft Funeral 

Home of Jenkins, KY for many years. She enjoyed caring for and 

helping families during their time of need. She loved to work around 

her home and landscaping. Folks would tell her she had the prettiest 

yard in the neighborhood. 

    Linda was proud of children and loved to tell stories about them.

Her greatest joy was her grandson Nicholas, their bond was like no 

other and she was devoted to his care and happiness. She loved him 

beyond measure.

    Linda was preceded in death by her parents, Walter Charles England 

and Doris Evelyn (Lewis) England; her sisters, Eva Mae (Topsy) Wyatt

and Iva Cable; and brother, John Jack England. 

    Survivors include her daughters Gina Roberts and husband John  -

Pikeville, KY and Melissa Heintz and husband Jon-Suffolk, VA; her 

son, Scott Carnes and wife Casey-Nicholasville, KY; her grandson, 

Nicholas Shawn Carnes-Nicholasville, KY; her brothers, Bob England 

and wife Judy-Pound, VA and Ernie England  and wife Irma -Bean Station, TN ;several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved 

ones to mourn her passing and cherish her memory.

    Committal services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday October 2, 2018 

at the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens Chapel-Big Stone Gap, VA

with Reverend Larry Penix officiating. Entombment will follow. Family 

and friends are asked to meet at the chapel by 10:45 am.

    In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Linda’s

memory to the March of Dimes of the Greater Bluegrass, 207 E Reynolds 

Road, Lexington, KY 40517. 

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Linda Lee 

Carnes.

BETTY JEAN POWERS

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“ I have fought a good fight. I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.

    Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness.” 


   POUND, VA – Mrs. Betty Jean Powers, 74 went home to be with

the Lord  Friday September 21, 2018 from her residence, following 

a courageous battle with cancer. 

   Betty was a Christian and a member of the Guest River Pentecostal 

Church in Norton, VA. She was born August 26, 1944 to the late Robert

Davis and Rosa Lee Smith Davis of Norton, VA. In addition to her 

parents. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Ethan Powers: two 

sisters, Brenda Davis and Judy Davis Brummette; and a brother, Gary 

Davis. 

   Betty was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She 

was former employee of Norton Community Hospital and Mountain View Hospital as well as a housekeeping supervisor for Comfort Inn for several years. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandkids. Betty also enjoyed baking and attending church when she 

was able.

   Betty is survived by her husband of 51 years, Samuel Powers-Pound, 

VA; her daughters, Lorie Bledsoe and husband Haskel -Abingdon, VA

and Robin Powers-Pound, VA; two sons, Samuel Powers, Jr. and wife 

Shannon-Pound, VA and Jonathan Powers and wife Clarice-Big Stone 

Gap, VA; nine grandchildren, Lindsay and Landrey Bledsoe - Abingdon, VA, Tanner, Lexie and Emily Powers, Logan Eskridge all of Pound, VA and Zoey 

and Nevaeh Powers of Big Stone Gap, VA; three brothers, Bobby Davis-

Pound, VA, Jimmy Davis-Norton, VA and Jeff Davis-Norton, VA; a 

sister, Marglo Short-Pound, VA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; 

and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn her passing and cherish 

her memory.

   A celebration of life will be held at 7:00 pm Monday September 24, 

2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Darrell Bolling                           

officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of 

services.

   Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11:00 am Tuesday 

September 25, 2018 at the Powers Cemetery in the Indian Creek Section 

of Pound, VA where family members will serve as pallbearers. Family 

and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:00 am to prepare 

to go in procession to the cemetery.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Betty Jean Powers.    


JANET FAYE MAGGARD

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   WISE, VA – Janet  Faye Maggard, 54, entered into eternity Monday 

September 17, 2018 from the Mountain View Regional Medical Center-

Norton, VA. Her loving family was at her side.

    Janet was a Christian of the Baptist faith. She was a loving wife, 

mother, grandmother, sister aunt and friend. She enjoyed spending time 

with her family, especially her grandkids. Janet also enjoyed shopping, 

and going to yard sales and flea markets. She also enjoyed spending time 

on Facebook to catch up with her family and friends. 

    Janet was preceded in death by her parents, Herman Perry and 

Sidney and June (Mullins) Whitehouse. 

    Survivors include her husband of nearly 38 years, Jeff Maggard-Wise, 

VA; a daughter, Evelyn Grace Spring Bellamy (Randy)-Kingsport, TN; 

sons, Jeff (Bo) Perry and live-in girlfriend Leslie Mullins-Wise, VA and 

Adam Perry-Wise, VA; grandchildren, Tristen “Booger” Jackson, Malerie

“Baby” Perry, Madelyn “Little Red” Burnett and Damien Perry; her sisters, 

Tonia Large (Wayne)-Wise, VA and Susie Gibson-Norton; a brother, Danny 

Perry (Sheila)-Coeburn, VA; special nephew, Christopher Michael Mullins; 

several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved 

ones to mourn her passing and cherish her memory.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Thursday September 20, 

2018 in the Baker Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Randy Carter

officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of 

services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Friday September 21, 

2018 at the Dotson Cemetery-Pound, VA where family members and friends

will serve as pallbearers.

    Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Janet Faye Maggard.

ROBERT EWELL GENTRY

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   WISE, VA – Robert Ewell Gentry, 67, entered into eternity Saturday 

August 25, 2018 from the Select Specialty Hospital-Bristol, TN. His 

loving family was by his side.

    Robert was of the Freewill Baptist faith. He was a loving husband, father,

grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. Robert was a retired 

miner with over 38 years of experience and a member of the United Mine 

Workers of America for over 30 years. He worked hard to provide for his 

family.

    Robert enjoyed hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed making knives, but 

his greatest joy was spending time with his grandkids an great-grandkids.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Bernice (Burton)

Gentry; and his brother-in-law, Bob Green. 

    Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Peggy (Adkins) Gentry; a 

daughter, Selena Phillips and husband Bradley-Pound, VA; a son Allen 

Gentry and wife Terry-Wise, VA; his grandchildren, J T Fleming, Olivia

Powers, Aaron Gentry, Taylor Gentry, Peyton Gentry, Kason Phillips and

Karly Phillips; his great-grandchildren, Paisley Fleming, Aryanna

Dickenson, Payton Powers and Delanie Davis ; sisters, Christine Meade 

and husband Duane-Wise, VA and Faye Green-Mansfield, OH; a brother,

Ephriam Gentry and wife Debbie – Pound, VA; several nieces, nephews 

and cousins; special friends, Jamie Gentry, Jeff Meade, Bubby Meade and 

Mike Stallard; and a host of friends and loved ones.

    Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Wednesday August 29, 

2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mark Stallard and

Reverend Troy Belcher officiating. The family will receive friends from 

5:00 pm until time of services.

    Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Thursday August 30, 

2018 at the Boggs Hill Cemetery-Wise, VA where Jamie Gentry, Bubby 

Meade, J T Fleming, Peyton Gentry, Brad Phillips and Robert Owens will 

serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Strouth, Mike 

Stallard, Jeff Meade, Russell Phillips, Danny Carter, Bob Cussins and 

Quinton Brown. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home 

by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Robert Gentry.

EDISON KEITH HOLCOMB

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  POUND, VA- Edison “Hawk” Holcomb , 69, , left this world

August 23, 2018 from his mother’s residence with his family by 

his side.

   Ed was of the Baptist faith. He was retired coal miner with over 

41 years experience. He was an avid hunter, holding many titles 

in the state. He loved to fish and took great pride in his garden.

He helped Linda and his mother with all the canning of the corn, 

beans, sauerkraut, mixed pickles and a variety of other fruits and 

vegetables..  

   Ed was one of the hardest workers there ever was, working from 

sunrise till sunset. He thrived on work and  his house, yard and farm 

were a testament to it. He loved joking around and pranking people.

He made the workplace a more enjoyable place for everyone he 

worked with. 

   His love for children was abundant. He loved his “grandson”

Tom Holston, his special great-great niece, Lilli Belle Prater and

“granddaughter” Charity Sowards, they played together for hours 

and he rarely missed having school lunch on grandparents day and 

would happily chauffer her to school and back. 

   Ed was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Charlie 

and Iva Hampton; his paternal grandparents, Clarence and Maggie 

Holcomb; his father, Edison Holcomb.; his sister, Kitty Wyatt; two

“sisters” Eloise Jessee and Charlene Balyeat.

   Survivors include his loving wife of 48 years, Linda Holcomb;

his mother and step-father, Emily and George Mullins-Pound, VA;

brothers-in-law, Randy Wyatt and Rodney Bolling and wife Trula,

Tim maggard and wife Vickie, Warren Maggard and wife Ruth; 

sisters-in-law, Jane Brooks and Pauline Ball; several nieces, nephews 

and cousins; and a host of friends to mourn his passing. 

   Memorial services will be conducted at 4:00 pm Sunday August

26, 2018 at the Calvary Baptist Church on South Fork Road with 

Reverend Ron Leach officiating

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Edison 

“Hawk” Holcomb.

JACKIE ALLAN ANDERSON

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  KINGSPORT, TN- Jackie Allan Anderson, 65, passed away

Thursday August 23, 2018 from Holston Valley Medical Center-

Kingsport, TN.

   Jackie was of the Baptist faith. He was a landscaper and enjoyed 

Working and relaxing outdoors.

   Jackie was preceded in death by his parents, Hobert Anderson 

and Dorothy (McDavid) Kindle; a brother, Clay Anderson; and a 

sister, Ann Thacker.

   Survivors include his sister, Clara Lou Robinson and husband 

Burns-Pound, VA ; a brother, James Jenkins and wife Linda-

Manassas, VA; and a host of friends and loved ones. 

   Per Jackie’s wishes, he will be cremated and the family will hold 

a private graveside service at a later date.

   Baker Funeral Home is serving the family of Jackie Allan 

Anderson.

JEFFREY “TOEHEAD” STURGILL

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  WISE, VA- Jeffrey “Toehead” Sturgill. 54, entered into eternity 

with his Lord and Savior Monday August 20, 2018 from the Norton 

Community Hospital.

   Toehead was of the Christian faith and attended the Lighthouse 

Family Worship Center. He was a loving husband, father and 

grandfather. Toehead loved spending time with his family and friends, 

especially his granddaughter, Claire. She was the light of his life and

he was Claire’s ToeDaddy.

   Toehead worked hard to provide for his family, but he also liked to 

enjoy life. He never met a stranger, and was quick to make new friends.

Toehead was an avid Tennessee Volunteer and Pittsburg Steeler fan.

He also enjoyed high school sports. Toehead was a miner for over 34 

years. He had worked for several coal companies and was currently

a fire boss for Contura Energy. He loved his job, especially the men 

he worked with through the years.

  Toehead was preceded in death by his father, Ronald Sturgill.

Survivors include his loving wife of 33 years Vonda Sturgill; his 

daughter, Tosha Wyatt and husband Josh-Kingsport, TN; his son 

Zane Sturgill and wife Chelsea-Norton, VA; his granddaughter Claire 

Elizabeth Wyatt; his mother Annedia Sturgill-Wise, VA; his sister, 

Rhonda Mullins and husband Ronnie-Wise, VA; several nieces, 

nephews and cousins and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his passing and cherish his memory.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Wednesday August 22,

2018 at the Lighthouse Family Worship Center on Lake Street in Wise.

VA with Pastor Roger Barker officiating. The family will receive friends 

from 4:00 pm until time of services.

   Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11:00 am Thursday 

August 23, 2018 at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens-Big Stone Gap, VA 

Where Todd Barnette, Ted Barnette, Robert Mullins, Scott Church, Terry 

Church, Tim Baker and Johnny Robinson will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at  the church by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

   In lieu of flowers, THE family asks that donations to be made to:

First Broad Childcare Center, 100 East Church Circle-Kingsport, TN

37660 in memory of Claire Wyatt’s  “ToeDaddy”, Jeff Sturgill

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Jeffrey

“Toehead” Sturgill.

AUDRIONNA ADDINGTON

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  BIG STONE GAP, VA – Audrionna (Peaks) Addington, 21, entered into

eternity Saturday August 11, 2018 from the Lonesome Pine Hospital.

   Audrionna was of the Freewill Baptist faith. She was a loving wife, mother, 

sister, daughter, niece and friend. She enjoyed shopping, reading, watching 

crime shows and listening to a variety of music. But what she loved best was 

taking care of her son, Jamie and spending time with her husband Seth.

   Audrionna was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents James and

Trennia Ann Peaks; her maternal grandparents, Gracie and Jerry Fields and 

Gary Williams; and her uncles, Rusty Peaks and Robert Hill.

   Survivors include her husband Seth Addington; her son Jamie Peaks; her 

parents, Jamie and Roxie Peaks-Pound, VA; her sisters, Haley Peaks and 

Deanna Peaks-Pound, VA; several aunts, uncles and cousins; a host of friends 

and loved ones to mourn her passing and cherish her memory.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Tuesday August 14, 2018

in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

   Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Wednesday August 15, 

2018 at the John Hop Mullins Cemetery-Pound, VA where Seth Addington,

Earl Peaks, Randy Peaks, Brian Perry, and Bill Meade will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery. 

   In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to Baker Funeral 

Home to go toward funeral expenses.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Audrionna Addington.

GLEN THOMAS PARTON, SR.

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  WISE, VA- Glen Thomas Parton. 86, entered into eternity

Tuesday August 7, 2018 from the Lake bridge Nursing Home in Johnson City, TN after an extended illness.

   Glen was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He 

was a machinist and owned his own machine shop for 50 + years. 

Glen was preceded in death by his wife Irene Parton; his parents, 

William and Mary (Williams)Parton and a son-in-law Richard 

Howard and sisters Edna Mae Bailey and Louise Sysco.

   Survivors include his daughter, Suzanne Howard-McClure, VA; 

his sons, Tom Parton (Betty)-Duffield, VA and David Parton-Wise, VA; 5 grandchildren, 8 great-Grandchildren; a sister, Martha Petry-Sundial, WV ; brothers, Jessee Parton-Logan, WV 

and Guy Parton-Logan, WV; several nieces, nephews, and cousins; 

and a host of friends and loved ones.

   As per Glen’s wishes, he will be cremated and there will be no 

services. 

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Glen

Thomas Parton, Sr.

DONNIE RAY MULLINS

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  BIG STONE GAP, VA – Donnie Ray Mullins, 66, passed away 

Tuesday August7, 2018 from his residence after a long courageous 

battle with cancer. His loving wife was by his side.

   Donnie was a simple man. He was a carpenter and a master plumber. 

He liked to see the results of his work at the end of the day. He was a 

jack of all trades, there were very few things he couldn’t build or fix.

Donnie enjoyed bowling and loved the lake. But his greatest joy was 

spending time with his grandkids and the love of his life, his Baby 

Doll, Helena.

   Donnie was preceded in death by his mother, Florida Mullins Burns 

and a brother-in-law, Brian Riehl.

   Survivors include his loving wife Helena Mullins; his daughters, 

Brandi Mullins (David)-Pound, VA, Tabitha Ridgeway (James)-

Sevierville, TN and Deena Rae Mullins-Hay Market, VA; his sons,

Gary Mullins (Diedra)-Knoxville, TN and Daniel Boggs (Kendall)-

Wise, VA; grandchildren, Alexis Needham, Brittany Mullins, Hensel

Allen Mullins, Ian Blake Mullins, Wesley Allen Ridgeway, Sydnee 

Mullins, Gage Mullins, Skylar Ridgeway, Micayla Mullins, Madison 

Rilee Mullins, Brody Blake Mullins and Daniel Creed Mullins; a

great-grandson, Jason Dean Needham; a sister, May Riehl-Summer 

Duck, VA, a brother, Alvin Curtis Mullins (Jenny)-Sevierville, TN;

several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host odd friends and 

loved ones.

   Celebration of  life services will be held from 5:00 pm till 7:00 pm 

Friday August 10, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Donnie

Ray Mullins.

JAMES “TRIG” DOTSON

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  POUND, VA- James Emory “Trig” Dotson, 84, passed away unexpectedly 

Sunday July 29, 2018 from the MountainView Regional Hospital- Norton, VA. His family was at his bedside.

   Born March 10, 1934 in Pound, VA to the late Rufus and Ruth (Cantrell)

Dotson, Trig was a 1952 graduate of Christopher Gist High School in Pound, VA  

then Emory and Henry College in 1956 and later earned his Masters Degree from 

Union College. Trig taught and mentored thousands of students and athletes during 

his 33 years as teacher, coach and driver education instructor at Pound High School. 

He also drove a bus for over 30 years and was a referee for 35 years in the Lonesome 

Pine District. His influence upon generations of young students and athletes is far 

reaching. Trig was a Christian and attended Pound United Methodist Church. Trig 

was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend. 

He enjoyed life and enjoyed  fishing, golfing and camping. He also loved going to ball 

games and was an avid UK Wildcat fan.

    In addition to his parents, Trig was preceded in death by his best friend and loving 

wife of 59 years, Peggy Sue Dotson; a brother, Roger Dotson; and half-sisters, Emogene 

Branham, Leta Fleming, Bobbi Roberts, Inez Wright and Violet Yates.

   Survivors include his sons, Brian Dotson and wife Shanna- Wise, VA and Hunter Dotson 

and wife Rhonda- Pound, VA; grandchildren, Bradley Dotson, Dakota Dotson, Thomas 

Payton Boggs (Tasha), Zachary Boggs (Caitlyn) and Jesse Owens; great grandchildren,

Bentley Hopkins, Cooper Boggs, Ezekiel Boggs, Jada Owens and Jacquelyn England and 

another bundle of joy on the way; brothers, Franklin Dotson- Columbia, S C and Larry 

Dotson- Columbia S C; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends and loved 

ones to mourn his passing and cherish his memory.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Tuesday July 31, 2018 at the J W Adams 

Combined School Auditorium with Elder Stacy Potter and Reverend Randy Carter officiating. 

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

   Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Wednesday August 1, 2018 at the Dotson Cemetery on Highland Avenue in Pound, VA where former members of Pound High School football teams will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be T-Bone Lewis, Preston Mitchell, Mike Strouth, Randy Blair, Jerry Wolfe, James Watts and Larry Dingus. Family and Friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession

To the cemetery

   In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to the Pound Rescue Squad at P O Box 

711 Pound, VA 24279.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of James “Trig” Dotson.

REVEREND VERDELL STURGILL

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  EOLIA, KY – Reverend Verdell Sturgill, 78, peacefully went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday July 23, 2018 from his residence. His devoted wife and loving family were at his 

side.

   Verdell was born April 16, 1940 to the late Augustus Kyle and 

Lavania Parsons Sturgill. Verdell was a Christian and a minister of 

God’s word. Verdell was called to do ministry in September of 1972,

and continued to do so until his passing. He was the pastor at the Franks 

Creek Church for over 33 years. He was devoted to his church as well 

as preaching at others. Verdell lived what he preached, and never 

missed an opportunity to witness to everyone he met.

   Verdell was a devoted son, husband, father and pastor. He cared for his mother until she went home with the Lord, was devoted and loved Vernia with all of his heart, was a living example for his sons and preached the Gospel right up until the very end of his days, even 

from a wheelchair. Verdell was a former coal truck driver and retired 

from the Kentucky Department of Transportation. He enjoyed cooking

and gardening and canning and was famous for his fresh ground cornmeal and the cornbread that he made.

   Verdell was preceded in death by his parents, Kyle and Lavania

(Parsons) Sturgill; and a sister, Donna Cecil.

   Survivors include his loving wife of 58 years, Vernia Sturgill; his sons, 

Rick Sturgill and wife Wanda-Olinger, VA  and Mike Sturgill and wife

Cissy-Eolia, KY; 4 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; his church family 

and a host of friends and loved ones to celebrate his going home.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 am Friday July 27, 2018 

at the Franks Creek Church with Pastor Ted Collins, Pastor Glen Slemp 

and Evangelist Joe Dearry officiating.

   Burial will follow in the J. D. Maggard Cemetery at the intersection of 

State Road 932 and Highway 119 in Eolia. KY. Family members and 

Friends will serves as pallbearers.   

   The family will receive friends after 5:00 pm at the Franks Creek 

Church on Thursday July 26, 2018. There will be a 7:00 pm evening 

service.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Reverend

Verdell Sturgill.

WARREN GAMALIEL HOPKINS

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  WISE, VA - Mr. Warren G. Hopkins, 97, peacefully entered into eternity 

Monday July 23, 2018 from Heritage Hall in Clintwood, VA. 

   Warren was a Christian who loved his Lord and Savior. He was a 60+ year member of the Pound United Methodist Church, where he served as Sunday School teacher for several years and held every office in the church at one time. Warren lived a full life, after graduating from Emory and Henry College he taught school for a few years, then joined the United States Marine Corp. While in the Marine Corp, he served during World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam and earned a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a Medal of Honor before retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. He also headed the Marine Corp Band on the Rotunda in Washington, D.C. During his time as a marine he also earned 

his masters degree.

   After his military service he served as warden at a prison in Frenchburg, KY before returning to Pound, VA. He was later the owner /operator of  the Fabric House for many years. Warren was also a 33rd Degree Master Mason and a 70+ year member of the Pound Masonic Lodge #59 AF&AM. 

   Warren was a true gentleman and a friend to all. He was an avid reader, but reading his Bible was his favorite material. He also enjoyed watching sports, especially football and boxing. His favorite teams were the Washington Redskins and the Tennessee Vols.

   Warren was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Clay Hopkins, Sr. and Cleota Pearl (Gilliam) Hopkins; his first wife Valeria Marciline Hopkins; his daughter Leisa Ann Hopkins; his second wife Inez Hopkins; brothers, Henry 

Clay Hopkins, Jr., Raymond Hopkins and Edsell Burns Hopkins;  a nephew, Danny Hopkins; a niece, Anita Mowery; great-niece, Nicole Hopkins; brothers-

in-law , Hubert Tunnell, Herby Tunnell, Bill Gibson, and Allard Edwards; and sisters-in-law, Ida Hopkins, Pauline Gibson, Thelma Gibson, and Yolanda Reid.

   Survivors include his son Jonathan Bolling-Wise, VA; sisters-in-law, Myrtle Hopkins-Frankfort, KY and Kathleen Tunnell-Pound, VA; special niece, Lynett Mullins-Pound, VA; several nieces and nephews; his church family; special friend and caregiver Martha Sexton; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his passing and cherish his memory.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Friday July27, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Kenneth Conner and Reverend Randy Carter officiating. The family will receive friends from 12 Noon until time of services.

   Burial will follow in the Bolling Cemetery-Pound, VA where the Pound VFW Post 9600 will perform military graveside services. Family members and friends will serve as pallbearers

   In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Pound Rescue Squad at P O Box 711 Pound, VA 24279 or the Pound United Methodist Church at P O Box 1208 Pound, VA 24279. 

   Baker funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Mr. Warren G. Hopkins

KITTY C. WYATT

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  POUND, VA – Mrs. Kitty C. Wyatt, 60, went home with her

Lord and Savior on Saturday July 21, 2018 from her residence.

   Kitty was a Christian with a love in her heart for her Lord. 

She had a kind soul and a caring heart, always doing things for

others and her putting her own self off. Kitty was a loving and

devoted wife and daughter, most of her time was dedicated to

caring for her parents and her husband. She daily saw to the

needs of her parents, taking them to their appointments, 

preparing meals, and any other  needs that may arise. 

   Kitty loved her job as a Title 1 bookkeeper  with the Wise

County School Board, she always did everything she could to

help every student during her 20 years there. She and Randy 

spent hundreds of hours helping protect the children of  Wise 

County by fingerprinting and recording their identities. She 

also enjoyed crafts and artwork, she had made numerous

pieces of jewelry, most of which she had freely given to her 

family and friends. Kitty loved going on trips, she loved

camping, especially at the beach and riding motorcycles and

the trike. She was also an avid NASCAR fan. Kitty loved to 

bake and cook and was famous for her deviled eggs and 

deserts. She loved her Yorkies, Charlie and Molly Jo. She 

made everyone’s  life she came in contact with a little brighter.

   But the real love of Kitty’s life was her husband, Randy. 

They were each others best friend. Always together and 

almost inseperable. They did everything together. They shared

hundreds of friends and thousands of experiences together.

Each complimented the other.

   Kitty was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents,

Charlie and Iva Hampton, her paternal grandparents, George

and Liza Mullins; and her two aunts, Eliose Jessee and 

Charlene Balyeat.

   Survivors include her loving husband of 31 years, Randy 

Wyatt; her parents, George and Emily Mullins-Pound, VA; a

brother, Edison Holcomb and wife Linda-Pound, VA; step-

daughter, Stephanie Wyatt-Manassas, VA; step-son Josh 

Wyatt and wife Erin-Wise, VA; grandchildren, Maxx Avery 

(Tater Bug) and Miss Marley; her special sister-in-law, Debbie

Muncy and husband Steve-Check, VA; sister-in-law Kim 

Roberts and husband Tony-Salem, VA; “sister” cousin Robin

Branham and fiance’ Jeff Cantrell and special cousin Tonya

Hutchison and husband Jesse both of Pound, VA; several

nieces, nephews and cousins; and hundreds of friends and loved

ones to mourn her passing and cherish her memory.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Tuesday July

24, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend

Randy Carter officiating. The family will receive friends from 

5:00 pm until time of services.

   Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Wednesday

July 25, 2018 at the Bolling Cemetery in the Flat Gap section 

of Pound, VA where Ed Holcomb, Steve Muncy, Glenn Sturgill, 

Jeff Cantrell, Joshua Wyatt, Dustin McGuire, Wayne Ingram and 

Jesse Hutchison will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are 

asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in

procession to the cemetery.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of 

Mrs. Kitty C. Wyatt.

  

EULA LEE HALL

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    WALLINS CREEK, KY – Mrs Eula Lee Hall, 91, entered into 

eternity Saturday July 7, 2018 from the Middlesboro ARH Hospital.

Eula was a Christian and a member of the Mt. Zion Old Regular 

Baptist Church-Pound, VA. She enjoyed going to church and always

found joy in raising her children. Eula liked gardening and canning 

her harvest, sewing and patching and cooking for her family and 

friends. 

Eula was preceded in death by her parents, Jessie and Belle (Lane) 

Moore; a daughter, Janet Anderson; sisters, Lotti Burtiss, Betty

and Viola Fultz; and brothers McKinley Moore and Kermit 

Moore .

Survivors include her daughters, Karen Gross-Wallins Creek, KY,

Peggy Stanley-Clintwood, VA, Erma Hall-Clintwood, VA, Kathy 

Riddle-Magnolia, KY, Judy Wright-Glasgow, KY, Susie Kelly-Wise, 

VA and Patsy Rose-Jonesborough, TN:sons, Bobby hall-Columbia,TN, 

Donald hall-Pound, VA, Jerry Hall-Glasgow, KY, and Timmy Hall-

Virginia Beach, VA;35 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 1 great-

greatgrandchild; sisters, Ella Mae Purvis-Pound, VA, Pauline Bentley-

Dean, KY, Alberta Webb-Dean, KY and Josephine Hall -Texas; brother,

Kenneth Moore-Manassas, VA ; several nieces, nephews and cousins, 

and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn her passing.

Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Tuesday July 10, 2018

in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Donnie West officiating.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Wednesday July 11, 

2018 at the Dotson Cemetery-Pound, VA where family members will 

serve as pallbearers. Family members and friends are asked to meet at 

Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the 

cemetery.

Baker Funeral-Pound, VA is serving the family of Eula Lee Hall.

RUBLE MEADE

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  POUND, VA – Mrs. Ruble Meade, 81, entered peacefully into eternity 

Thursday July 5, 2018 from the Norton Community Hospital. She was 

surrounded by her loving family. 

   Ruble was a Christian of the Freewill Baptist faith. She loved her Lord 

and Savior, Jesus Christ. Ruble was a long time member of Pyles Memorial Chapel Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grand-mother, sister and friend. She enjoyed  quilting with her sisters and being with her family.Ruble enjoyed playing Rook and watching Moonshiners and Naked and Afraid. She loved her family so much, her children and grandkids were her pride and joy. She will live on through us and in our hearts forever. This is not goodbye, just until we meet again.  

   Ruble was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Learh (Mullins) Shortt; a grandson, Michael Stidham; three sisters, Stella Baker, Dorcie June Mullins and Myrtle McFall;  and six brothers, Arvil Shortt, Hansford Shortt, Zemory Shortt, Percy Shortt, Everette Shortt and Delbert Shortt

   Survivors include her loving husband of  62 ½ years, Lowell Meade, who stood by her side until she took last breath; four daughters, Teresa Stidham and husband David,  Cheryl Mullins and husband Terry, Cecilia Cantrell and husband Mike and Amanda Hubbard and finace Mark Mullins all of Pound, VA; grandchildren Stacy Mullins with Jason Hollyfield, Leslie Bevins and husband George, Emily Cantrell, Chasity Meade and husband Paul (Tang), Bridget Mullins and husband Jake, Tyler Hubbard and Kayla Hubbard all of Pound, VA; great-grandchildren, Lucas Meade, Brandon Mullins, Brody Bevins, Brittany Mullins, and Lexie Bevins all of Pound, VA ; numerous, nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn 

her passing and cherish her memory.

   Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 PM Sunday July 8, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Randy Carter and Reverend Burns Robinson officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 PM 

until time of services.

   Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday July 9, 2018 

at the Meade Creek Cemetery-Pound, VA where Mike Cantrell, Terry Mullins, David Stidham, Mark Mullins, Lucas Meade, Tyler Hubbard and Brandon Mullins will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Paul (Tang) Meade, George Bevins, Jake Mullins and Jason Hollyfield. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 AM to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery.

   Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Ruble

Meade.

BETTY SUE YEARY

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    COEBURN, VA- Betty Sue Yeary, 75, entered into eternity Thursday June 28, 2018 from Heritage Hall- Wise , VA. Betty was of the Christian faith and loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Betty enjoyed going to church and family gatherings. She also enjoyed sewing and canning and loved her dog, Casey. Betty was preceded in death by an infant daughter Tina Hicks; her parents, Stuart T. and Vileadia ( Bellamy) Bush; her second husband, William H. Yeary; and a great granddaughter Gemma Nevae Posey.Survivors include her daughter Debby Crawford and husband Danny- Louisa, VA; her son Joe Hicks, Jr –Chapmanville, WV; two stepsons, Jeff  Yeary and wife Lisha-Cummings, GA and Doug Yeary and wife Vicki-Elm City, NC; a step-daughter, Rhonda Wampler and husband Gary-Norton, VA; two grandsons, three and daughters; one great- granddaughter; three step- grandsons; three step-granddaughters; a sister, Edith Bush-St. Paul, VA; brothers, Tanner Bush-Castlewood, VA and  Carthel

Bush- Castlewood, VA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn her passing and cherish her memory. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm Sunday July 1, 2018 at the Ervin Chapel  Freewill Baptist Church on Ervintown Road- Castlewood, VA with Reverend Bill Crawford officiating. The family will receive friends 12:30 until time of services.

   Interment will follow in the Greenwood Acres Cemetery-Coeburn, VA where family members will serve as pallbearer. Baker Funeral Home Pound, VA is serving the family of  Mrs. Betty Sue Yeary.

JAMES BURLAIN GARDNER JR.

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   NORTON, VA- James (Buddy) Garnder, 59, passed away Friday June 22, 2018 from Wise Heritage Hall. His family was at his bedside . Buddy was of the Pentecostal faith .He worked many years in the construction and home improvement business. Buddy was an outdoorsman , being an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed playing cards, watching NASCAR , he was a true Mark Martin fan and spending hours in the mountains looking for dry land fish and ginseng. Buddy will be greatly missed by his mother and family. Buddy was preceded in death by his wife, Joan (Lane) Gardner; his father, James B. Gardner Sr. Survivors include his mother, Charlotte Gardner- Norton, VA; daughters, Lora Culbertson(Bucky)- Norton, VA, Karen Daughtery (Mike)- Big Stone Gap , VA; a son, Steven Collier (Yung Hi)- Ludowici, GA; 9 grandchildren, Tessa, Laken, Colton. Chu, Cody, Joan, David, Emily and Courtney; sisters, Ava Culbertson (Steve)- Newberry, SC, Teresa Castle (Bill)- Clintwood, VA, Monica Wilson- Norton, VA, Karen Gardner- Norton, VA and Lisa Owens- Norton, VA; a brother, Monty Gardner- Coeburn, VA; special friend, John Greear- Norton, VA; several nieces, nephews and cousins and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his passing and cherish his memory. Funeral services will be conducted 7:00pm Monday June 25, 2018 at the Guest River Penecostal Church- Norton, VA with Pastor Darrell Bolling officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until time of services. Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00am Tuesday June 26, 2018 at the Laurel Grove Cemetery- Norton, VA. where Cody Mann, Cody Carico, Tray Nixon, Casey Grey, Jeff Davidson and Mike Claytonwill serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at the church by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery. Baker Funeral Home –Pound, VA is serving the family of James (Buddy) Gardner. 

WILLARD DARRELL COLLINS

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  NORTON, VA- Willard (Dee) Collins, passed away unexpectedly Friday June 22, 2018 from his residence. Dee was a former store manager for both Krogers and Publix grocery stores. He enjoyed playing poker, watching racing and working in a garden. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren. Dee was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Heda (Hicks) Collins; sons, Ricky Collins, Randy Collins and Dustin Collins; a grandson, Todd Collins; sisters, Rosa Lee Greear, Ina Blankenship, Lola Greear and Shirley Roberts; brothers, James Collins and Rick Collins; special cousin and friend, David Collins Survivors include his daughters, Maichalya Hutchinson and husband Chris-Norton, VA and Marissa Cannon- Pound, VA; a son, Donald Ray Collins- VA; grandchildren, Brittany Sims, Candice Marston, Amber Collins, Joanna Baber, Skylar Collins, Ali Collins, Chelsey Collins, Teagan Cannon and Reid Hutchinson; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces , nephews and cousins; special friends, Spiedel Perry and Billy Cardon; and a host of friends to mourn his passing. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Sunday June 24, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Danny Mullins officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services. Graveside will be conducted at 11:00am Monday June 25, 2018 at Laurel Grove Cemetery-Norton , VA where family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery. Baker Funeral Home –Pound, VA is serving the family of Willard “Dee” Collins.

EVERETTE ALSON ROBERTS, JR

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   WISE, VA – Everette Roberts, 57, passed away Friday June 15, 2018 from the Holston Valley Medical Center-Kingsport, TN after a brief illness. His family was by his side. Everette was of the Christian faith. He was a retired coal miner with several years of underground experience. He was a NASCAR fan and also enjoyed baseball and football games. He was an excellent cook and enjoyed having meals with his family. His favorite pastime though was spending time playing with his grandkids. Everette and his daughter Kimberly were best friends, always confiding in and relying on each other. He was kindhearted and generous and he was also old school and never changed his ways. Everette was preceded in death by his parents, Everette Roberts, Sr. and Stacy (Stipes) Roberts. Survivors include his daughter, Kimberly Dingus-Wise, VA; his caregivers, his son Brandon Roberts and wife Sara-Wise, VA; his grandchildren, Elizabeth Boggs, Patricia Boggs, Gabriel Dingus, Emily Dotson, Alia Dotson and Katy Roberts; a sister, Charlotte Woods-Coeburn, VA; a brother Walter Roberts-Jefferson, GA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; his wife Crystal Roberts; and a host of friends to remember him. Memorial services will be conducted at 1:00 pm Tuesday June26, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Jeff Reynolds officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am until time of services. Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Everette Alson Roberts, Jr.

FRANKLIN MONROE PHILLIPS

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    POUND, VA- Franklin Monroe Phillips, 63, passed away Monday June 18, 2018 from his home in Pound, VA after an extended illness. Franklin was baptised in the Christian faith and loved Jesus Christ. He was a plumber for 27 years and also a certified brick mason. He was an avid NASCAR fan with Bobby Labonte and Jamie McMurray being his favorites. Frank was a lifelong fan of the Pittsburg Steelers and later became a fan of the Pittsburg Penguins hockey team. He loved being outdoors and his hobbies were fishing, hunting camping and gardening. Frank was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Herman and Peggy Lucille (Short) Phillips and a nephew, Cody Phillips. Survivors include his daughter Cristal Howard and husband Randy- Orlando, FL; grandchildren Patrick Baker and Ryleigh Baker-Orlando, FL; a sister Sherry Ring and husband Bill-Pound, VA; brothers Charlie Phillips and wife Lula Cook-Thornton, KY, Robert “Cobb” Phillips and wife Sondra-Pound, VA and Michael Phillips and wife Lois-Draper, VA; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles; and a host of friends to mourn his passing and keep his memory Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Saturday June 23, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Stacy Potter officiating The family will receive friends from 6:00 pm until time of services As per frank’s request, he will be cremated after his service and his remains will be buried in the Banner Bolling Cemetery-Pound, VA at a later date. Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Franklin Monroe Phillips.

William Earl Baker

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 POUND, VA -William Earl Baker peacefully passed into the arms of his Savior on Sunday June 17, 2018, at his home following an extended illness. He was born June 29, 1934, in Tazewell, Tennessee and was the son of the late Roy and Lilly Mae Greear Baker. Earl was a 1953 graduate of Hancock County High School in Sneedville, TN and later attended Lincoln Memorial University where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. After graduation, he served two years of active duty in the United States Army as a radio repairman and two years in the Army Reserves. Upon completing his military duties, he became an educator for the Wise County School System teaching Biology and Chemistry, serving as Assistant Principal and Principal at Pound High School. During this time he attended the University of Virginia in Charlottesville where he earned a Master’s Degree in Education. He retired in 1989 after thirty years of service. Earl will long be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit and his servant’s heart for others; he was known as a good and honorable man.He shared his joy for fishing and golf with many young people and friends. Earl was a member of Little Mulberry Baptist Church in Tazewell, TN, but attended Pound United Methodist Church while living in Pound. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Dora Brooks, and a brother, Jim Baker. Surviving are his loving wife of sixty-one years, Ethel Baker- Pound, VA; one son, William Christopher Baker- Los Angeles, CA; two granddaughters, Holly and Rosa Mae Baker- Olney, MD. They were the love of his life, sisters, Angie Ramsey –Morristown, TN, Lucille Coody and husband Melvin- Jacksonville, FL and Ruth Archer andhusband Robert- Ringgold, GA.; brothers, Charles Baker and wife Irene- Tazewell, TN. and Larry Baker and wife Gayle- Cleveland, TN; several nieces, nephews and a host of others relatives and friends. Funeral services for William Earl Baker will be held at J.W. Adams Combined School at 7:00pm Wednesday June 20, 2018 with Pastor Randy Carter and Reverend Preston Mitchell officiating. Visitation will be at 6:00pm until time of services. Committal services will be conducted at 11:00am June 21, 2018 at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel in Big Stone Gap, VA. Military services will be conducted by Christopher Gist VFW Post 9600. Serving as pallbearers are Scott Adams, Todd Adams, David Carico, Jimmy Dale Hamilton ,Chris Sproles and Lynn Musick. Family and friends will meet at 10:00am at the funeral home to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery. The family wishes to thank Mountain View Regional Medical Center, First Choice Home Health and Dr. Vijay Kumar; special caregivers, Karen Cox, Albert McPeek Amy Sturgill and all who helped with his care, also a special thanks to Diane and Chris Sproles for their wonderful care, support and love. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pound Rescue Squad at P O Box 711- Pound, VA 24279. Baker Funeral Home – Pound, VA is serving the family of William Earl Baker. 

BILLY RAY TAYLOR

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   POUND, VA-Bill “Dooley” Taylor, 78, passed away Saturday June 16, 2018 from the Holston Valley Medical Center- Kingsport, TN. His family was at his bedside. Bill was a retired coal miner with 38 years total experiences with 27 and 1/2 working for Westmoreland Coal Company, where everyone knew him as “Dooley” Taylor. He was a proud member of the United Mine Workers of America. He was a very outgoing person, who never met a stranger. He had a very good sense of humor and loved to make others laugh and smile. Bill enjoyed going camping, fishing and watching NASCAR-he was a true Dale Earnhardt fan. Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Inez (Berry) Taylor; and his sisters, Bonnie Hale and Helen Keith. Survivors include his wife of 57 years Ann Taylor- Pound, VA; a sister, Muriel Vanover-Pound, VA; brothers, Ewell Taylor and wife- Blanche-Atwater, Ohio and Larry Taylor and wife Debbie-Lexington, VA; brother-in-law, J E Hale-Coeburn, VA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; numerous friends; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his passing and cherish his memory. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Tuesday June 19, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Joel Cantrell and Reverend Randy Carter officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services. Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Wednesday June 20, 2018 at the Smith- Gilliam Cemetery- Wise, VA where family members and friends will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery. Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Bill Taylor. 

BOBBY GENE ADDINGTON

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   POUND, VA -Bobby Gene Addington, 82, went home to be with the Lord and his family Friday June 15, 2018 from Heritage Hall-Wise, VA. His family was at his bedside. Bobby was of the Baptist faith and attended Davis Chapel Church in Norton, VA. He was a retired carpenter and was well known for his building skills. He built 154 houses and several apartment buildings during his career. He believed in a good days work and providing for his family. Bobby was a friend to everyone he met, he had a great sense of humor. He loved to fish and go to church when he able. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Tollie and Ruby (Bowman) Addington; a brother, Kenneth Addington and a brother-in-law, Richard Ellis. Survivors include his loving and devoted wife of nearly 62 years, Vonnie Mae (Wright) Addington; his son , Roddy Addington and wife Sylvia-Wise, VA; grandchildren, Yvonna O’Quinn and husband Jeremy-Wise, VA and Isaiah Addington-Wise, VA; great-grandchildren, Ezekiel O’Quinn and Sophia O’Quinn; a sister, Janie Ellis-Arlington, VA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his passing and cherish his memory. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Monday June 18, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Troy Belcher and Reverend Junior Belcher officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services. Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Tuesday June 19, 2018 at the Mt. Zion Cemetery-Pound, VA where Roddy Addington, Jeremy O’Quinn, Richie Elllis, Isaiah Addington, Zeke O’Quinn, David Carter, Jeff Boggs and Keneth Cheek will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery. Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Bobby Gene Addington. 

RUFUS MILTON STRANGE

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   POUND, VA -Rufus Milton Strange, Sr, 93 went home to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday June 13, 2018 from his residence. He was surrounded by his loving family. Rufus was a Christian who loved his Lord. He was a member and a former Deacon at Ferbie Chapel Church-Pound, VA. He was a Corporal in the United States Army having served 2 years and 23 days in World War II. Rufus was also a retired coal miner with over 20 years experience, with 8 being underground. He enjoyed riding his Rhino, rabbit hunting, gardening and canning and watching racing and boxing. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all that knew him. Rufus was born March 22, 1925 to the late William and Margaret Elizabeth (Robinson) Strange. In addition to his parents, he was preceded and united in death with the love of his life, Virgie (Martin) Strange; a son, Rufus Strange Jr: sisters, Vivian Strange, Hazel Robinson and Beulah Harding; brothers, William Strange, James Strange and Cecil Strange; and his special friends, Reverend Lester Robinson and Richard (Blue) Skeen. Survivors include his daughters, Wanda Willis and husband Ikey- Clintwood, VA and Linda Campbell and husband Kenneth-Pound, VA; sons, Cecil Strange and wife Betty-Wise, VA and William Strange and wife Jennifer-Wise, VA; grandchildren, Tim Strange, Michael Strange, Randall Scott Strange, Chris Strange (Jennifer), Carol Baker (Tony), Vickie Mullins (Kain), Tammy Strange, Lauren Strange, Cassidy Strange, Whitney Colyer (Seth), Bobby Campbell (Kim) and Karen Campbell (Mike); several great- grandchildren and great-great grandchildren; special nephew Jerry Strange; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones to mourn his passing and cherish his memory. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Friday June 15, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Mike Strouth, Reverend Bobby Dingus, Reverend Chris Strange and Reverend Tim Strange officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services. Military graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Saturday June 16, 2018 by the Pound VFW Post 9600 at the Strange/Campbell Family Cemetery- Pound, VA. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are as to meet at Baker Funeral Home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery. Baker Funeral Home–Pound, VA is serving the family of Rufus Milton Strange Sr.  

ROY HUBERT MULLINS

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    WISE, VA-Roy Hubert Mullins, 76, went home to be with the Lord and his family members Monday June 12, 2018 from his residence . He was surrounded by his loving family. Roy was a Christian and a member of the Fairview Old Regular Baptist Church. He was a retired maintenance man for the Wise County Schools, with 22 years of service. Roy always had a smile on his face and always had something to make you laugh or smile. He loved to reminisce about the past. Roy loved the Lord “ His Sweet Savior’ as he would say. He enjoyed checkers, coloring books, puzzles and watching Wheel of Fortune. He would chop wood for hours on end. Roy was preceded in death by his parents, Ivory and Christine Mullins; a sister, Retta Brookman; and his brothers Glenn Mullins, Robert “Hoppy” Mullins and Gerald Mullins. Survivors include his sisters Edna Puckett-Wise, VA and Bonnie Snyder and husband Gary-Wise, VA; his brothers, James Mullins and wife Delores-Wise, VA and Johnny Mullins and wife Debbie-Wise, VA; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends and loved ones. Roy was dearly loved by his family and will be greatly missed. Lord willing, we will see him again. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Thursday June 14, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Carl Mullins officiating. The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm until time of services. Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 am Friday June 15, 2018 at the Arvil Mullins Cemetery-Pound, VA where Johnny Mullins, James Mullins, Jeff Marshall, Michael Hottinger, Gary Snyder and Billy Dingus will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:00 am to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery. Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Roy Hubert Mullins. 

BENNIE ALLEN MULLINS

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    POUND, VA - Bennie Allen Mullins, 85, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on Tuesday June 5, 2018 at the Mountain Home Veterans Administration Medical Center in Johnson City, TN. Bennie was born September 25, 1932 in Pound, VA to the late Arthur and Rhilda McPherson Mullins. He loved hunting , fishing, raising goats and beekeeping. But his greatest love was his family. He was a Veteran of the United States Army, having served during the Korean War, a Smith Transfer Company retiree, as well as a retired coal miner. He was a long time member and deacon of Fairwood Freewill Baptist Church in Fairfax, VA, a current member and deacon of Hope Freewill Baptist Church and recently attended Ferbie Chapel Church in Pound, VA. In addition to his parents, Bennie was preceded in death by his sons Steve Allen Mullins and Johnny Dale Mullins; his brothers, Arthur Mullins, Jr. and Roger Mullins; and grandparents Patton and Alice Mullins who raised him. Bennie is survived by his wife of 61 years Loretta baker Mullins; sons Larry Neil Mullins, Brandon MS and Scott Mullins, Pound, VA; grand- daughters Tracey Michael and husband Mike, Keezletown, VA and Courtney Mullins, Jackson MS; grandsons Jake Mullins, Brandon, MS and Tanner Mullins, Jonesborough, TN; sisters Marcelle Powers and husband Jimmie, Abingdon, VA, Frances Short-Pound, VA, Glenda Stanley and husband Elder, Clintwood, VA and Armona Mullins, Abingdon, VA; brothers Bobby Mullins and wife Josephine, Abingdon, VA and Danny Joe Mullins and wife Kyong, Castlewood, VA; three great-grandsons; a special Caregiver Wanda Hylton; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 pm Saturday June 9, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Ed Slemp officiating. The family will receive friends from 11:00 am until time of services. Burial will follow in the Meade Cemetery on Ferbie Road in Pound, VA where the Pound VFW Post 9600 will conduct military services. Larry Mullins, Scott Mullins, Tanner Mullins, Danny Joe Mullins, Dalton Reynolds and Harry Kelly will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Jake Mullins, Bobby Mullins and Danny Webb. Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of Bennie Allen Mullins. 

JAMES PRITCHARD

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 POUND, VA -James “Jack” (Bigfoot) Pritchard, 77, entered into the arms of his Lord and Savior Tuesday May 22, 2018 at his residence after an extended illness. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family. Jack was a Christian and a member of the Independent Baptist Church of Pound, VA. Jack was born May 22, 1941, the son of the late John Frank Hampton Jr. and Julia Ruth Pritchard, Sturgill, Sparks of Newland, NC. He worked as a heavy equipment operator, mechanic and foreman for 40 plus years at Ambrose Branch Coal. He enjoyed mowing his grass, picking blue berries, mechanicing, deer hunting and spending time with his grandsons, which were his pride and joy. In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his step- father. Wade Sturgill; two brothers, Jerry Pritchard and Alan Sturgill and a sister, Donna Revis Survivors include his loving wife of 57 years Judy Boggs Pritchard-Pound, VA; two sons, Tim Pritchard and wife Charity- Pound, VA and Michael Pritchard and wife Brittany- Pound, VA; grandsons, Ryan Belcher, Alex Pritchard, Jaden Pritchard, Sean Pritchard, Tyler Taylor (TT) and Michael Vaughn; brothers, Rudy Sparks and wife Janet- Boone, NC and Tom Sparks and wife Jean- Pound, VA an uncle; Norris Hampton and wife Gail- Boone, NC; nieces, Ginger, Stephanie, Gena, Vivian and Laura; a nephew, Jeff; special brother-in-law, Vince Theron Boggs; sisters-in-law, Brenda Newman, Teresa Pennell and Paula Ball; special friend, Gary Hall; host of great nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to mourn his passing and cherish his memory Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 pm Thursday May 24, 2018 in the Baker Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Carmon Gentry and Reverend Randy Reagan officiating.. The family will receive friends from 5:00pm until time of services. Graveside services will be conducted at 1:00pm Friday May 25, 2018 at the Whitt Family Cemetery- Pound, VA where grandsons and family members will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home by 12 noon to prepare to go in procession to the cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make contributions in Jack’s memory to the Roof Fund at the Independent Baptist Church, P.O. Box 577- Pound, VA 24279 Baker Funeral Home-Pound, VA is serving the family of James “Jack” (Bigfoot) Pritchard.  

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