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Michael D. Wright

LEBANON, VA- Michael D. Wright, age 67, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in Wellmont Regional Medical Center.

Mike was born December 10, 1948 in Pound, VA, a son of Emory Wright and the late Inez Dotson Wright. He was a graduate of Lebanon High and Clinch Valley College. He worked in the coal industry forty years, beginning with Pittston, Cumberland Resources and retiring from Alpha in November 2013. Mike loved spending time with his family, friends and pets. Mike, a lifelong Democrat, enjoyed good food, live music, playing golf and spending time at his cabin on Flat Top Mountain.

Survivors include his wife Diane Dennison Wright; two daughters, whom he loved with all his heart and was so proud of: Eliza Wright, Bluff City, TN; and Meghan Wright Pellegrom and husband Tim, Johnson City, TN; the light of his life, his grandson: Solomon Pellegrom; father: Emory Wright, Lebanon, VA; one brother: Jan Wright and wife Marie, Abingdon, VA; nephews: Josh (Lena), and Jake (Lisalyn); great-nieces and nephews: Peyton, Bailey, Knox and Gray Wright; and his beloved pets: Jagger, Foxy, Lucky, Boo Kitty and Hermione.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2-4 pm Sunday, January 31, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Feeding America, Donations Processing Center, P.O. Box 96749, Washington, DC 20077-7746.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, Va. 24266, (276) 889-4444 is serving the Wright family.

James P. Robinson

LEBANON, Va.-James P. Robinson, age 72, passed away Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at Holston Valley Medical Center after a brief illness.

Lifelong resident of Lebanon, Va, he was the son of the late Roy and Helen Robinson. He is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, and three sisters. He was also a graduate of Arty Lee High, in Dante, Va.

James loved people, and would help anyone at anytime! He always had a smile for anyone, and will be dearly missed by the Town of Lebanon!

Survivors include, Sister, Florence Gilmer; Lifelong companion, Barbara Adams; Son, Sheldon Adams; Daughter, Kathy Adams; Uncle, James Hicks; Brother-in-law, William Story, Jr.; Two Sister-in-laws; Bettye Robinson and Barbara Robinson; Four grandchildren, Special granddaughter; Mariah Adams; Special lifelong family friend, Linda (Bert) Watkins; Several nieces and nephews; Special nieces, Nancy Foster, Geraldine Bradshaw, Racquel Story, and Karyn Teasley. Special nephew, Gregory Robinson; and a host of family and friends.

The family would like to thank Wexford House and the Town of Lebanon for all your kindness!

The funeral service will be conducted at 2 pm. Saturday, January 30, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service chapel with Rev. Steven Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. The family will receive from 1 until 2 pm. prior to the service at the funeral home. Friends will serve as pallbearers.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, Va. 24266, (276) 889-4444 is serving the Robinson family.

Johnnie (Vance) Davis

NICKELSVILLE-Johnnie (Vance) Davis, age 67, went to be with the Lord Monday, January 25, 2016 in Holston Valley Medical Center.

Vance was born August 28, 1948 in Russell County a son of the late Fred and Carrie Ball Davis and he was a farmer.

Survivors include his wife Angela Davis; two step-daughters, Linda Carpenter, Norton, Va. and Ginny Whitt, Damascus, Va., one son, Jesse Carpenter, Gate City, two sisters, Pearl Salyers and husband Vance, Kingsport, Tn. And Edith Salyers, Castlewood, three brothers, David Davis and wife Mary, Castlewood, James Davis and wife Judy, Nickelsville and Roy Davis and wife Trish, Castlewood. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 27, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service chapel with Rev. Jessie Jones officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Thursday, January 28, 2016 in the Grassy Creek Community Cemetery. Those wishing to attend should meet at the cemetery. Serving the family as pallbearers will be Jesse Carpenter, Bob Blanton, Eric Craft, Dalton Salyer, Michelle Salyer and Jason Hawkins.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at ww.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, (276) 889-4444, Lebanon, Va. 24266 is serving the Davis family.

Billy D. Rhea

CLINCHFIELD, VA- Billy D. Rhea, age 74, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at his home.

Billy was born June 8, 1941 in Wilder, VA a son of the late William Rhea and the late Tibitha Sexton Rhea. Billy was a retired Coal Miner having worked for Clinchfield Coal Corporation for more than 25 years and was a member of the U.M.W.A. He was a U.S. Army veteran during the Vietnam Era. Billy was a self-taught musician, he could play any instrument, the fiddle being his favorite. He was a member of the Rabbit Ridge Pea Pickers, having played with the band at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He was of the Christian faith.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife: Sylvia Rhea; 3 sisters and 11 brothers.

Survivors include one daughter: Cathy Mowrey and husband Mike, Lebanon, VA; one son: Gregory Rhea, Cleveland, VA; three grandchildren: Miciah Mowrey, Matthew Mowrey and Hailey Rhea; two brothers: Burl Rhea and wife Lois; and Denver Rhea and wife Karen, all of Cleveland, VA; several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 am Monday, January 25, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Danny Rhea and Rev. Michael Rhea officiating. Burial will follow in the Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. The family will receive friends after 6 pm Sunday, January 24, 2016 at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be Miciah and Matthew Mowrey, Dennis Bailey, Johnny Couch, Madison Rhea, Carl Rhea, Leslie Rhea, Dennis Rhea and Allen Rhea. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be his Thursday Night Music group, employees of Home Care Equipment Company, and special caregivers: Granny and Jack Martin, Wilma Sutherland, Teresa Puckett, Sissy Mullins, and Pam Rhea. Military honors will be conducted by the Lebanon V.F.W. Post # 9864 and the U.M.W.A. members.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266, (276 889-4444) is serving the Rhea family.

Lillian Dean Cassell

CLEVELAND, VA-Lillian Dean Cassell, age 90, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 18, 2016 in the Russell County Medical Center.

She was born April 14, 1925 in Russell County a daughter of the late Bud Vance and Donnie Rasnake Vance. She was the wife of the late Ralph S. Cassell and was a member of Weavers Creek Baptist Church. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by brothers, Lester Vance, Farley Vance, Scoby Vance and one sister, Lou Smith.

Survivors include daughter, Sue Peters and husband Lynn, Elk Garden, VA; son Sam Cassell and wife Paulette, Gray, TN; sister, Linda Warren and husband Raymond, Cleveland, VA; brother, Tip Vance and wife Loretta, Cleveland, VA; granddaughter, Samantha and Josh and great-granddaughter Dagny Hensley, Johnson City, TN.  Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A special thanks to Home Nursing Company, Megan Lester, Linda Duty, Carol Boardwine, Mary Dale Moore and Mary Artrip.

Visitation will be at Combs Funeral Service from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 21, 2016, and the service will immediately follow at 7:00 p.m. in the Combs Funeral Service chapel with Rev. Roger Phillips officiating. Burial will be Monday, January 25, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. in the Rasnake-Vance Cemetery. Those wishing to attend should meet at the funeral home by 3 p.m. to go in procession to the cemetery. Nephews and great-nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266, (276 889-4444) is serving the family.

Samuel (Sam) L. Slate

CLEVELAND, VA- Samuel (Sam) L. Slate, age 76, went to be with the Lord Monday, January 18, 2016.

Sam was born in Russell County, a son of the late George Alvin Slate and the late Gladys Rebecca Dye Slate. Sam was preceded in death by his wife Linda G. Slate on August 15, 2015. He was a member of Copper Ridge Baptist Church and a disabled mine Electrician and a member of the U.M.W.A.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by one sister: Tootsie Rasnake.

Survivors include one daughter: Melinda Conner, St. Paul, VA; two sons: Kevin Slate and wife Amy Z. Slate; and William Slate, Abingdon, VA; five grandchildren: Morgan Conner, Kelsey Slate, Owen Slate, Abigail Slate and Samuel Slate; three sisters: Betty Settle, Lebanon, VA; Margaret Goodman, Johnson City, TN; and Gladys Winchester, North Carolina; two brothers: George Slate and Jerry Slate, both of Lebanon, VA; brother-in-law: Thurman Rasnake, Staunton, VA; Also several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 6 pm Thursday, January 21, 2016 in the Copper Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Duane Musick and L.F. Valley officiating. Burial will be conducted at 2 pm Monday, January 25, 2016 in Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. Those attending will meet at the funeral home by 1:30 pm to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends 5 pm until 6 pm prior to the service at the church. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266, (276 889-4444) is serving the Slate family.

Dorothy (Dot) Counts

LEBANON, VA- Dorothy (Dot) Counts, age 92, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2016 in Wellmont Hospice House.

Dot was born December 24, 1923 in Washington County, a daughter of the late David and Pauline Ogle Scott. She was the wife of the late Earl Cecil Counts, Jr. Dot was a member of Green Valley Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters: Debbie Counts, Abingdon, VA; and Darla Miller and husband Bob, Bluff City, TN; granddaughter: Rebecca Moody, Hiltons, VA; great-granddaughter: Zori Moody, Hiltons, VA; and one sister: Doris Rutledge, Kingsport, TN.

The funeral service will be conducted at 1 pm Wednesday, January 20, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Terry Johnson officiating. Burial will follow in the Russell Memorial Cemetery in Lebanon. The family will receive friends noon until 1 pm prior to the service at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266, (276 889-4444) is serving the Counts family.

James Allen (Al) Sword

LEBANON, VA-James Allen Sword, 70, passed away at his home Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

Al was born June 19, 1945, a son of the late James N. Sword and the late Ethel Sanders Sword. He worked 28 years for Clinchfield Coal Company and Eastover, and was member of the U.M.W.A.. Al could fix anything and a friend to all, he will be dearly missed. He loved his grandchildren, they were the light of his life.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by brothers: Bobby Sword, Harry (Wig) Sword; and sister: Norma Sword.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years: Becky Sword; one son: Brian Sword and wife Keri, Wytheville, VA; two grandchildren: Fynlee Sword and Bowyn Sword, Wytheville, VA; one brother: Bill Sword and wife Margaret, Seattle, Washington; also several nieces and nephews survive.

The family will receive friends 2 pm until 4 pm Saturday, January 16, 2016 at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266, (276 889-4444) is serving the Sword family.

Carol Earlene Wood  

LEBANON, VA- Carol Earlene Wood, age 62, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at her home.

Carol was born July 30, 1953, a daughter of the late Charlie A. Bussey and Madie Osborne Bussey.

Survivors include one daughter: Michelle Wood Houchins and husband Kevin, Erwin, TN;

One son: Shaun Wood, Lebanon, VA; mother: Madie Bussey, Lebanon, VA; five grandchildren; one sister: Sue White, Raven, VA; one brother: Thomas Bussey, Lebanon, VA; also several nieces and nephews survive.

A memorial service will be conducted at 7pm Friday, January 15, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Ron Eppling officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291, Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Wood family.

Thomas Lee (Tom) Dickenson

CASTLEWOOD, VA- Thomas Lee (Tom) Dickenson, age 66, succumbed to cancer on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia, surrounded by his family.

Tom was born on December 4, 1949, to R.W. (Bob) and Blanche Sutherland Dickenson at their home in Castlewood, Virginia, where he remained a lifelong resident. He married the former Bette (Betsy) Ann Young of the Back Valley community of Cleveland, Virginia. In addition to maintaining the Virginia Century family farm, Tom was employed as a coal miner and carpenter. He was co-owner of Highlands Harvest Vineyard and Winery, and planted the second vineyard in Russell County in 1999. Tom was an avid fisherman who loved to spend time on the water with his friends. He was a devoted and fun husband and father. He had compassion for all living creatures. A steadfast liberal, Tom felt that government was important and should serve and support everyone. He was strongly dedicated to these beliefs and took every opportunity to share them at any given time. In his retirement, Tom loved nothing more than being with his grandchildren.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, R.W. (Bob) Dickenson and Blanche Sutherland Dickenson, nephew, Brett Waylon Jones, and father-in-law, H.E. (June) Young, Jr.

Survived by his wife of 44 years, Bette (Betsy) Dickenson; daughter, Julia Ann (Jan) Dickenson (Scott) Shipley, Ridgely, MD; daughter, Sarah Marie Dickenson, Castlewood, VA; granddaughter, Lillian (Lilli) Vada Rose Clark, Castlewood, VA; grandson, Joshua (Josh/JD) Dickenson Rudder, Castlewood, VA; brothers, Ronald (Ronnie) (Dina) Dickenson, Woodstock, GA; and John Dickenson, Kingsport, TN; sisters, Barbara (Bobbie) (Larry) Porter, Rogersville, TN and Connie Sue (Tim) Horne, Castlewood, VA; mother-in-law, Trula Smith Young, Lebanon, VA; brother-in-law, H.E. (Edward (Alicia) Young, III, Lebanon, VA; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.

A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 2 pm at St. Marks Episcopal Church, on the corner of Fifth Ave. and Broad St. in St. Paul, Virginia, with the Rev. Robert Beauchamp officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to one of the charities Tom helped support: Agape Christian Mission, 2151 Volunteer Parkway Bristol, TN, 37620 or Bethshean Mexico Mission, PO. Box 300, Bethlehem, GA 30620.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291, Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Dickenson family.

Janice (Mookie) Marie Lee

LEBANON, VA.- Janice (Mookie) Marie Lee, age 65, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, January 4, 2016 at her home.

Janice was born September 17, 1950, a daughter of the late Ector and Oddie Patton Lee. She was of the Christian Faith.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four brothers and five sisters.

Survivors include two daughters: Tammy Renee Lee-Gulley and husband George, Tarpon Springs, FL; and Bridget Vanessa Altizer and husband William, Belfast, VA; three grandchildren: Tarell Lee, Bristol, VA; Dache Gulley, Tarpon, Springs, FL; and Cierra Gulley, Tarpon, Springs, FL; two great-grandchildren: Traylon Lee, Bristol, VA; and Brosnan Davis, Tarpon, Springs, FL; two sisters: Mildred Combs; and Roberta Young, both of Lebanon, VA;

The funeral service will be conducted at 1 pm Saturday, January 9, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Woody Scott and the Rev. Robert White officiating. Burial will follow in the Miller Cemetery in Carbo. The family will receive friends from noon until 1 prior to the service at the funeral home. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291, Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Lee family.

Sandra Honaker

AIKEN, SC- Sandra Honaker, age 73, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2016 in Johnson City Medical Center with her loving husband and family by her side.

Sandra was born July 5, 1942 in Davin, WVA, a daughter of the late Eules Meyers and Jewel Green. She was a retired employee of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Smyth County Department of Social Services. She was a member of Talatha Baptist Church in Aiken, SC. Sandy was the most loving wife, daughter, mother, grandmother and friend. She was generous in every way and made everyone she knew feel loved and important. She had a wonderful sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. Sandy’s sense of style and grace was one of her greatest virtues. She will be dearly missed.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her granddaughter: Haley Mitchell.

Survivors include her husband: Lanny Honaker, Aiken, SC; mother: Jewel Green Land; two daughters: Valerie Mitchell and husband Jeff, Elizabeth City, NC; Belinda Vanderlip and husband Jason, San Tan Valley, AZ; step-sons: Scott Honaker and wife Kathy, Midland, OH; and Tony Honaker, Covington, KY; grandchildren: Kelsie Mitchell, Dylan Vanderlip, Ashley South, Steven Honaker, Brooke Honaker and Jayden Honaker; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters: Arlene Kennedy and husband Don, Aiken, SC; Rosemary Taylor and husband Tommy, Honaker, VA; and Brenda Russo and husband Vince, Atoka, OK; one brother: Michael Meyers and wife Pat, Emory, VA; also many special nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 2 pm Friday, January 8, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Steve Pate officiating. Entombment will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. The family will receive friends noon until 2 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Taylor, Jason Meyers, Scott Honaker, Tony Honaker, Jeff Shortt and Myung Bae.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Susan G. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 650309 Dallas, Tx 75265-0309, CURE SMA (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) 925 Buss Road, Elk Grove Village, IL 60007.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291, Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Honaker family.

Larry (Woody) Woodrow Cantrell

LEBANON, VA- Larry (Woody) Woodrow Cantrell, age 60, went to be with the Lord Monday, January 4, 2016 surrounded by his love ones.

Woody was born September 24, 1955 in Russell County, a son of the late Wiley B. and Jewel Jessee Cantrell. He was employed as a Coal Handler of Appalachian Power, Clinch River Plant for 30 years and a member of I.B.E.W. Union and a past member of Cleveland Rescue Squad. He was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include the love of his life fiancé: Estella Linkous and daughter: Kerensa Seal, Cleveland, VA; one son: Jeromy Cantrell, Lebanon, VA; two sisters: Annette Leonard and companion: Donald Hash, Abingdon, VA; and Terese Zuber and husband Nicky, Glade Spring, VA; one brother: Wiley Cantrell, Jr. and wife Mona, Lebanon, VA; nephew: Clay Cantrell; niece: Alexis Cantrell; and special friend: Eddy Hall.

The funeral service will be conducted at 7 pm Wednesday, January 6, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. James Nunley and Rev. George Jordan officiating. The family will receive friends from 5pm until 7 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Entombment will be conducted at 11 am Thursday, January 7, 2016 in Ketron Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Those attending are requested to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 am to go in procession to the cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Eddy Hall, Giles Helbert, Randy Cantrell, Darrell Taylor, Larry Hicks and Dan Dorton. Honorary pallbearers will be employees of Coal Handlers of Appalachian Power Carbo Plant, and Charlie Cantrell and Farrell Meade.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291, Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Cantrell family.

 


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