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Gaynell Artrip

LEBANON, VA- Gaynell Artrip of Lebanon, VA passed away October, 16, 2014 after a brief illness.

Gaynell was the daughter of the late Elsie and Roff Artrip of Finney Section, Honaker, VA.

Gaynell loved her neighbors and friends, especially Heather (Slim) as she called her. She had so many friends and appreciated her friends of many years, Earnest Yates and special caregiver Peggy. Gaynell loved many pets, throughout her lifetime. She loved her pet dog George and Tabitha her cat. She was an avid gardener and loved tending to her flower gardens. Gaynell was of the Baptist faith and a member of Nash’s Ford Baptist Church and had a deep love and appreciation for gospel music. Gaynell will be sadly missed.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband: Bert Artrip; one son: Ira Artrip; two brothers: Marvin Artrip and Emmitt Artrip; two sisters: Bessie Artrip and Madge Artrip.

Survivors include two daughters: Virginia (Jenny) Fields and Becky Artrip, Lebanon, VA; one brother: Carl Artrip, Roanoke, VA; two grandchildren: Sabrina Artrip and Brett Whitt, Asheville, NC; one great-grandchild: Dalton Knuckles, Lebanon, VA;

The funeral service will be conducted 2 pm Saturday, October 18, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Darrell Fletcher officiating. Entombment will follow in the Ketron Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Lebanon. The family will receive friends from noon until 2 pm 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 Artrip family.

James F. (Jim) Chafin

CASTLEWOOD, VA- James F. (Jim) Chafin, age 75, went to be with the Lord Monday, October 13, 2014 in the Russell County Medical Center.

Jim was born August 31, 1939 in Russell County, a son of the late Grover and Elsie Meade Chafin. He attended Munsey Chapel United Methodist Church. Jim was a farmer.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters: Joann Statzer, Bea Rose, Inez Grant, and Janice Cole; one brother: Paul Chafin.

Survivors include four sisters: Etta Boughton, Richmond, VA; Virginia Lotus, Wayland, NY; Lexie Snead and Lucreata Huffman, both of Lebanon, VA; one brother: R.C. Chafin and wife Shirley, Lebanon, VA; Also several nieces and nephews survive.

A special thanks to All Care for Seniors and the 4th floor staff of Russell County Medical Center.

The funeral service will be conducted 7 pm Thursday, October 16, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jim Lyttle officiating. Burial will be conducted 11 am Friday, October 17, 2014 in the Russell Memorial Cemetery in Lebanon. Those attending are requested to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 am to go in procession to the cemetery. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends after 5pm Thursday, October 16, 2014 prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to All Care for Seniors P.O. Box 765, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609.

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

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 1 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Chafin family.

Rosa Belle Lasley  

LEBANON, VA- Rosa Belle Lasley, age 90, went to be with the Lord Monday, October 13, 2014.

Rosa was born September 30, 1924 in Lebanon, a daughter of the late William Jefferson Monk and the late Cansada Richardson Monk. She was the wife of the late Claude Lasley. She was a former employee of Russell Manufacturing and the Russell County Medical Center. Rosa was a member of Spring City Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a daughter: Geneva Ann Baldwin; six grandchildren; eleven brothers and sisters.

Survivors include four daughters: Virginia Hubbard and husband Danny, Ashland, VA; Jean Davis, Abingdon; Patricia Beavers, Pelham, NC; and Barbara Bailey and husband Mitch, Lebanon, VA; three sons: Bernard Lasley and wife Linda, Abingdon, VA; Claude Laslie and wife Brenda, Lebanon, VA; and Jeff Lasley and wife Tammy, Lebanon, VA; 33 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren, and 19 great-great-grandchildren; one sister: Nell Combs and husband Lewis, Newport News, VA; one brother-in-law: George Lasley and wife Angie, Lebanon, VA; sister-in-law: Virgie Lasley, Lebanon, VA; Also several nieces and nephews survive.

The funeral service will be conducted at 2 pm Thursday, October 16, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Pastor Brad Davis and Fred Robinson officiating. Burial will follow in the West Hill Cemetery in Lebanon. Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons. The family will receive friends after 6 pm Wednesday, October 15, 2014 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 Lasley family.

Lowell Nelson Smith

CLEVELAND, VA- Lowell Nelson Smith, age 90, of the Spring City Community went to be with the Lord Saturday, October 11, 2014 in Maple Grove Health Care.

Lowell was born August 22, 1924 in Russell County. He was a son of the late Walton E. Smith and the late Stella Cumbow Smith. He was a member of Spring City Baptist Church and a farmer.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son: David N. Smith; brother: Dr. Roy R. Smith; two sisters: Jean Anderson and Nancy Breeding; stepdaughter: Karen Tolson.

Survivors include his wife Jacqueline Smith; daughter-in-law: Sally Smith, St. Paul; one son: Greg Smith and wife Sandy, Lebanon; two step-sons: Lynn Campbell and wife Nancy, Richlands; Terry Campbell, Bedford, VA; one sister: Shirley Campbell, Bristol, VA; one brother: Jack Smith, Rome, NY; three grandchildren: Shannon Smith and wife Jeri, Miranda Welch and husband Jason and Matthew Smith and wife Heather; step-grandchildren: Sasha Tolson, Kendra McVay and husband Jeremy, Katrina and husband Thad Harris; six great-grandchildren: Kassidy and Alana Smith, Amelia and Olivia Welch, Tucker Smith, Liam Harris; Also several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 8 pm Tuesday, October 14, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with Pastor Nathan Brown and Lynn Campbell officiating. Burial will be at 11 am Wednesday October 15, 2014 in Russell Memorial Cemetery. Those wishing to attend please meet at the Funeral Home by 10:30 am to go into procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 until 8 pm prior to the service. Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons, step-sons, and nephews. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Jessee, Carl Buckles, Rick McIntyre, Larry Miller and William Fuller.

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 Smith family.

John R. Robinson

LEBANON, VA- John R. Robinson, age 55, went to be with the Lord Monday, October 6,  2014 following a courageous battle with cancer.

John was born January 6, 1959 in Washington County, VA and was a long life resident of Russell County and a member of the Moccasin Valley Community. He was the son of the late James Robinson, Sr. and to the late Betty Lasley Robinson. Formally employed by Vencill Corporation and the most recently Bluestone Coal Company. He was a member of the United Mine Workers Local 6025. He was a member of Willis Chapel United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife Betty Robinson, of the home; one daughter: Susan Butler and husband Erik, Lancaster, VA; two grandsons: Wesley and Christopher Butler, Lancaster, VA; one sister: Sharon Dixon and husband Joe, Lebanon, VA; two brothers: Tom Robinson and wife Anna, Lebanon, VA; and Jerry Robinson and wife Tammy, Kingsport, TN; Also several nieces, also several great-nieces, a great-nephew, cousins and several aunts and uncles.

The funeral service will be conducted at 2 pm Thursday, October 9, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Ken Meredith, Rev. Bill Cahill and Tim Gibson officiating. Burial will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. Serving as pallbearers will be fellow employees of Bluestone Coal Company. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Mike Hale, Tim Gibson, Wayne Duncan, Mike Moore and Larry Smith. The family will receive friends 6 pm until 9 pm Wednesday, October 8, 2014 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 Robinson family.

Virginia Ann Hess  

Lebanon, VA-Virginia Ann Hess, 80, went to be with the Lord, Friday October 3, 2014 in the Russell County Medical Center.

Virginia was born January 9, 1934 in Russell County a daughter of the late Hiram Brownlow Bise and the late Rassie Kathleen Chafin Bise. She attended Lebanon Holiness Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her granddaughter: Angela Hess; two sisters and three brothers.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years: Paul Hess, Sr.; one son Paul Hess, Jr. and wife Verna, Lebanon; her granddaughter: Crystal Hess, Lebanon; two sisters: Attie and husband Earnest Hicks, Castlewood, and Mary E. Hess, Abingdon; four brothers: Bill Chafin and wife Janet, Omaha, NB, David Bise and wife Lois, Rowe, VA, Jackie (Frog) Bise and wife Brenda Bise, Honaker, VA, and Jimmy Bise and wife Sylvia, Roanoke, VA; Several nieces and nephews also survive.

A special thanks to Pace Program, Ashley Musick, Rachael Gilmer, Maple Grove Health Care, Russell County Medical Center 4th floor nursing staff, special friends: Jean and Ancil Murphy, Sammie Helton, Nancy Scarberry, and Betty Ferguson.

The funeral service will be conducted at 1pm. Monday October 6, 2014 at the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Seth Shortridge and the Rev. Jackie Fields officiating. The family will receive friends Sunday, October 5, 2014 5 to 7 pm with an evening service beginning at 7 pm. Pallbearers will be Mike Robinette, Wayne Musick, Smokey Fields, C.B. Helton, Ben Sexton and Richard Candler. Honorary pallbearers will be Phillip Henley, Randy Garrett, Doc Adams, Michael Webb, Kevin Farmer, Andy Salyer, Chris Conley, Chris Reece, Reece Henry, Tim Brown and Brian Hooker.

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

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Highway 71, Lebanon, Va. 24266, 276-889-4444 is serving the Hess family.

Michael (Fat Cat) Hess  

ROSEDALE, VA- Michael (Fat Cat) Hess, age 58, went to be with the Lord Thursday, October 2, 2014 in Heritage Hall in Tazewell. He was born April 11, 1956 in Richlands, he had lived most of his life in Russell County. He was of the Free Will Baptist Faith and was a disabled auto mechanic. Survivors include his parents: Rev. Burke Hess and Virginia Vance Hess, Rosedale, VA; one sister: Deanna (Pheebe) Hess Rowe and husband Chris, Honaker, VA; two brothers: Willard Dean Hess and wife Cathi, Honaker, VA; and Sammy Dale Hess and wife Sharon, Rosedale, VA; two nieces, five nephews, four great nieces and four great nephews; and special aunts and uncles; Rev. Bill Hensley and wife Charlotte, Lebanon, VA; and Curtis Hess and wife Ann, Blountville, TN; The funeral service will be conducted 11 am Saturday, October 4, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Bill Hensley and the Rev. Sam Hess officiating. Burial will follow in the Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. The family will receive friends after 6 pm Friday, October 3, 2014 at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be Adam Hess, Aaron Hess, Jason Rowe, Justin Rowe, Mark Hensley and Travis Kiser. 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 Hess family.

Delphia Combs

Proverbs 31:20 “She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea she reacheth forth her hand to the needy.” CLEVELAND, VA- Delphia Combs, 89 (born 2-11-25) went home to be with her Heavenly Father Friday, September 26, 2014 following a life changing, tragic fall two months ago. Delphia was born in Hurricane Creek, Va. to Roy and Lula Johnson. She was preceded in death by her husband Henry (Booger) Combs and sister Inas Counts, half-brother Earl Johnson and half-sister Georgia Johnson. Mrs. Combs is survived by daughters: LaVonda McMinn and Beverly Smith and husband David; Sons: Henry (Butch) Combs and Mike Combs; Grandchildren James (Jamie) Cassell, Shannon Combs, Miranda Combs, Michael McMinn, Zachary Smith and Noah Smith; Great Grandchildren: Taylor Fuller, Campbell Fuller and Ian Cassell. She is also survived by sister-in-law: Doris McGoldrick. She leaves behind her dearest and closest friend and blessed sister, Anne Campbell. Delphia Combs was a member of Weavers Creek Baptist Church. She gave her life to the Lord March 18, 1963. Delphia was the happiest when surrounded by her loving family and dear friends. She “adopted” and loved so many, they were considered family. A very special friend, Jane Musick had been part of the family for years. Delphia loved to cook and fellowship over meals. She was known throughout her community as always having an extra chair at her table. She always said, “I’ve never met a person I wouldn’t invite to sit down at my table.” Her children knew that during special holiday dinners, she would fix plates for them to deliver to those less fortunate. She always worried about those she feared would not have a hot meal and no family to share it with. The family will receive friends Sunday, September 28, 2014 from 6 pm to 8pm with the funeral to follow at Combs Funeral Service. Her nephew and pastor Rick Smith will conduct the service with the assistance of Roger Phillips. Entombment will be 1 pm Monday, September 29, 2014, at Forrest Hills Memory Gardens, Abingdon VA. Those wishing to be in the funeral procession need to be at Combs Funeral Service by 12:15 pm. Those wishing to send donations in honor of Mrs. Combs may do so to Weavers Creek Baptist Church 13014 Sandy Ridge Road, Cleveland Va. 24225 or Cleveland Lifesaving Crew, P.O. Box 129 Cleveland, Va. 24225. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to the staff of Maple Grove Skilled Nursing Facility for their love and care of Mrs. Combs. Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me all that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Pallbearers will be grandsons James Cassell, Michael McMinn, Zachary Smith, and Noah Smith. Dear and special nephew Scotty Campbell and family friend Wayne Johnson. 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 Combs family.

Gene Autry Monk

LEBANON, VA-Gene Autry Monk, 74, passed away Friday, September 12, 2014 in Bedford Memorial Hospital in Bedford, VA. Gene was born in Russell County October 29, 1939 a son of the late George Abram Monk and the late Hazel Breeding Monk. He was a retired farmer and attended Oak Grove Baptist Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and loved his nieces, great nieces, and great nephew. Survivors include two brothers: Gratt Monroe Monk and wife Christine, Coeburn, VA; Roy Freeman Monk and wife Libby, Bedford, VA; two nieces: Ashley Wilkerson and Joseph, Cincinnati, OH; Katherine Richmond and husband Adam, Bedford, VA; great nieces: Allie and Abigail Richmond; great nephew: Grayson Wilkerson The funeral service will be conducted at 2 pm Sunday, September 14, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Aaron Feeser officiating. Burial will follow in the Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm Sunday, September, 14, 2014 prior to the funeral service at 2:00 pm in the funeral home chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 4154 River Mountain Road, Lebanon VA 24266. Expressions of sympathy to the family may be made online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266. (276) 889-4444 is serving the Monk family.

Elizabeth Cornett

LEBANON, VA- Elizabeth Cornett, age 87, went to be with the Lord Saturday, September 6, 2014 in Johnston Memorial Hospital. Elizabeth was born June 12, 1927 the daughter of the late Canvy Hollins and the late Oma Fouch and the wife of the late James Cornett. In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by grandson: James Yates; two daughters: Joyce Frank and Peggy Dickie; sister: Irene Stevens; and brother: Winston Fouch. Survivors include one daughter: Amanda DeLARosa and husband Tony, Marion VA; one son: Darrell Cornett, Abingdon, VA; 9 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; one sister: Loraine Bostic, Lebanon; three brothers: Arnold Fouch and wife Jean, Richlands, VA; Arwood Hollins, FL; and Walter Hollins and wife Joyce, Bethel, OH; The funeral service will be conducted 11 am Thursday, September 11, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Donnie Musick officiating. Burial will follow in the Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends after 6 pm Wednesday, September 10, 2014 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 Cornett family.

Dorothy Ann (Dot) Cox Ireson

LEBANON, VA-Dorothy Ann (Dot) Cox Ireson, 68 went to be with the Lord Sunday, August 31, 2014 in Johnston Memorial Hospital with her family by her side. Dot was born December 7, 1945 in Williamson, WVA a daughter of the late James K. Cox, Sr. and the late Gladys Ray Cox. She was a retired employee of the Russell County Medical Center and was of the Baptist Faith. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her sister: Betty Ruth Blevins; and her brother: James K. Cox, Jr. Survivors include two daughters: Natalie Ann King and husband Danny and Trish Fields and husband Hank, all of Lebanon; one granddaughter: Kelsey Danyel King, Lebanon; her sister: Carolyn Sue Diamond and husband Ralph, Chattaroy, WVA; her brother: Randy Keith Cox and wife Debbie, Lebanon; Sister-in-Law: Ruth Cox, Petersburg, VA; 15 nieces and nephews and several great nieces and nephews. The family extends a special thank you to the Dialysis Center in Lebanon and to Mercy Ambulance Service for the care and love shown to Dot. A Celebration of Life will be conducted at 2 pm Wednesday, September 3, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jackie Fields, Pastor Ernie Addington and Pastor Matt Bailey officiating. Burial will follow in Russell Memorial Cemetery in Lebanon. Serving as pallbearers will be: James Joseph Sutherland, William David Sutherland, James Gregory Cox, Stephen Kelly Cox, Michael Kelly Cox, Charles Anthony Cox, Michael Shawn Blevins, Caleb Cox, Seth Cox, and Jason Coe. The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 pm Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy to the family may be made online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266, (276) 889-4444 is serving the family of Dorothy Ann (Dot) Cox Ireson.

Kenneth N. Alexander

LEBANON, VA- Kenneth N. Alexander, age 74, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Kenneth was born May 8, 1940 in Russell County a son of the late Vince Alexander and the late Dora Belle Fields Alexander. He was of the Baptist faith. He was a member of the U.M.W.A. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers. Survivors include his wife of 51 years: Lavona Faye Alexander; two daughters: Lavona Arcel Alexander, Knoxville, TN; and Lisa Ann Bellamy and husband Robert, Franklin, TN; two brothers: Cecil Eugene, Montana; and James Rodney and wife Sherry, Elizabethton, TN; Also several nephews survive. The funeral service will be conducted 2 pm Saturday, August 30, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Larry Dotson officiating. Burial will follow in the Mt. Olive Church Cemetery in Lebanon. The family will receive friends 1pm until 2 pm Saturday, August 30, 2014 prior to the service at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be family and friends. 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 Alexander family.

Ernestine C. Hicks

Ernestine C. Hicks of Alexandria, VA went home peacefully to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at Inova Hospital with family and friends by her side. She was 71. Born and raised in Lebanon, VA., She was the beloved daughter of the late Earnest and Malissa (Alexander) Hicks.  Ernestine graduated from Arty Lee High School, Dante, VA and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Virginia State University, Petersburg, VA.  She was employed for more than 30 years with Pepco Holding, Inc., an electric company that served customers in the District of Columbia and Maryland. Ernestine was an active member of Lomax AME Zion Church located in Arlington, VA.  She was a member of the Senior Ministry, Lay Council and Missionary Society. Preceded in death by her parents, Ernestine is survived by two (2) sisters, Hazel S. Hicks, Lebanon, VA and Brenda Smith (Henry) of Pemberton, NJ; two brothers, Alexander L. Hicks and Donald W. Hicks (Gwen) of Raleigh, NC.  A very special niece Keely Wilson and Husband, Daniel, Alexandria, VA and special nephew, Leland E. Hicks, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A very, very special grandnephew, Rutherford E. Wilson, aunts, uncles and many cousins and friends. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Friday, August 22, 2014 at Combs Funeral Service from 6:00PM – 9:00PM.  Funeral Service will be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:00PM Lebanon Chapel AME Zion Church, North Church Street, Lebanon, VA. 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 Hicks family.

Kyle Sword

BELFAST, VA- Kyle Sword, age 72, went to his heavenly home Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Johnston Memorial Hospital. Kyle was born May 24, 1942 in Russell County, a son of the late Beecher and Stella Sword. Employed by the town of Richlands as an electrician, retiring in 2011 with 46 years of service. Kyle loved to hunt, fish, watch baseball, and talk with his friends. He never met a stranger. A cherished husband, father, and grandfather, nothing meant more to him than his family. He will truly be missed and never forgotten by all who knew and loved him. In addition to his parents, Kyle was preceded in death by his brothers: Garnet, Bill, Clinton, Newlan, and Ronnie Sword; one sister: Zola Elizabeth Sword; one nephew: Keith Sword. Survived by his wife of 35 years: Sandy Boyd Sword; precious daughter: Amanda Blevins and husband Brandon; two sons: Michael Huffman and wife Linda; Chuck Huffman and wife Tammy; three granddaughters: Lauren Compton, Hannah Heaton, and his special joy Maddie Huffman; brother: Robert Sword and wife Doris; three sisters-in-law: Betty Sword, Belfast, VA; Louise Sword and Betty Sword of Richlands, VA; numerous nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be conducted at 11 am Wednesday, August 13, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Darrell Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in the Ketron Memorial Gardens. Serving as Pallbearers will be Mike Huffman, Chuck Huffman, Mickey Cox, Dickie Cox, Eddie Osborne, Danny Martin, Oris Martin, and Josh Cordle. Honorary Pallbearers will be Robert Sword, C.L. Boyd, Ronnie Kestner, Billy Bumgarner, Brandon Blevins, Carroll Blevins, Dave Cox, Larry Hagy, Mark Combs, Mike Sizemore, Jack Richardson, also friends and employees of the Town of Richlands. The family will receive friends after 6 pm Tuesday August 12, 2014 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)889-4444is serving the Sword Family.

Tommy Lewis Hamilton

SAINT PAUL, VA- Tommy Lewis Hamilton, age 72, passed away Saturday, August 9, 2014 in Bristol Regional Medical Center. Tommy was born December 17, 1941 in Dunbar, Virginia a son of the late Patrick and Myrtle Hamilton. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was a retired employee of the Wise County Public Schools. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife: Dixie Cook-Hamilton; sister: Goldie Buckles; brother: Donald Hamilton; step-great-grandson: Christian Shane Phillips. Survivors include; sister: Brenda Jesse and husband Barney Stanley, NC; Patsy Lyons Wooster, OH; step-daughters: Wanda Phillips and husband Bob, Lebanon, VA; Lois Adkins and husband Larry, Meadowview, VA; step-son Louis Cook and wife Lisa, Lebanon, VA; step-grandchildren: Brooke Barton and husband Kenneth; Bobby Phillips and wife Misty; and Abigail Cook; step-great-grandchildren: JulieAnna Cross, Levi Barton, and Nathan Phillips; special friend: Ricky Breeding; Also several nieces and nephews survive. The graveside will be conducted at 11 am Tuesday, August 12, 2014 in the Ketron Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Phillip Cook officiating. Expression 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 Hamilton family.

Paul Williams

COEBURN, VA- Paul Memphis Williams, age 73 passed away Thursday, August 7, 2014 at his home. Paul was born April 20, 1941 in Russell County, a son of the late Memphis Williams and the late Trula Robinette Williams. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and was of the Holiness Faith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death his 1st wife: Stella Williams; 2cd wife Chasteena Williams; and two brothers: John Arthur Williams and James Albert Williams. Survivors include two sisters: Naomi Harrison and husband Donnie, Lebanon; and Mary Bell Moore and husband Randy, Kingsport, TN; three brothers: David Williams and wife Patsy, St. Paul, VA; Samuel Williams, Kingsport, TN; and Daniel Williams and wife Gwen; several step-children, several step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren; Also several nieces and nephews survive. The funeral service will be conducted 2 pm Thursday, August 14, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Bill Crawford officiating. Burial will follow in the Williams Family Cemetery in Lebanon. Family will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive friends after 6 pm Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at the funeral home. Expression 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 Williams family.

Harold Hamilton

SAINT PAUL, VA- Harold Hamilton, age 71, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, August 2, 2014 at home surrounded by his loving family. Harold was born April 20, 1943 in Wise County a son of the late Rollie Hamilton and the late Verta Wright Hamilton. He was of the Assembly of God faith. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister: Alice Easterly; four brothers: Garse Hamilton, Pete Hamilton, Tom Hamilton and Earl Hamilton; a special baby his dog: Princess who passed away August 1, 2014. Survivors include Companion of 31 years: Linda Gail Reedy; one daughter: Pinky Kennedy, St. Paul; one son Don Reedy, St. Paul; one sister Betty Easterly and husband Jake, Lebanon; one granddaughter: Brittany Reedy, Castlewood; two grandsons: Andrew Reedy, Castlewood; and Austin Reedy, Castlewood; two great-grandsons: Hayden Ray, St.Paul; and Malichi Taylor, St.Paul; Also several nieces and nephews survive. The family would like to give a special thank you to the Dickenson County Home and Hospice. The funeral service will be held at a later date. 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 Hamilton family

Phyllis Gibson Vencill

LEBANON, VA- Phyllis Gibson Vencill, age 73, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, July 23, 2014 in the Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, TN. Phyllis was born in Lebanon November, 11, 1940 the daughter of the late William A. Gibson and the late Georgia Munsey Gibson. She was a graduate of Lebanon High School and an employee of the Lebanon News for over 30 years. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother: Jimmy Gibson. Survivors include her husband of 53 years: Ernest W. Vencill; brothers-in-law: Billy and Dorothy Vencill; Delmer and Jean Vencill; and Paul Vencill, all of Lebanon; two special nephews: Bobby Vencill and wife Brenda, Castlewood, VA; and Delmer L. Vencill and wife Kathy, Lebanon; two special nieces: Patty and husband Mike Carter, Bristol, TN; and Sherry Jean Everett, Cleveland, TN; several great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews and cousins; special feline companion: Sushi; aunt: Patsy Seth and husband Arthur, Annapolis, MD; special friends: Dema Crabtree, Maxine Harmon, Wanda King, Ancil Murphy and Jean Murphy. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff of the John Hopkins University, Bristol Regional Medical Center, Vanderbilt Medical Center, and Wellmont Hospice House. The funeral service will be conducted at 3 pm Saturday, July 26, 2014 in the Lebanon Baptist Church with the Rev. Darrell Fletcher officiating. Entombment will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Lebanon. Serving as pallbearers will be Rick Gibson, George Munsey, Delmer Lynn Vencill, Bobby Vencill, Dwayne Proffitt, Bryan Vencill, Tommy Griffith, Bobby Munsey and Mike Carter. The family will receive friends 6 pm until 9 pm Friday July 25, 2014 at the church. In lieu of Flowers memorial donations may be made to Wellmont Foundation, P.O. Box 1069 Kingsport, TN 37662-9968. 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 Vencill family.

Written on May 31st, 2012

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    Dana commented

    To the family of Sarah Beth,

    Words can not express the pain you are feeling in this season. I am praying for you all and will continue to lift you up to Jesus. I pray for His comfort, His peace for each of you. I pray that you are able to feel the Lord’s arms holding you close in this rough time. Love and Blessings….The Williams Family

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    July 11, 2012 at 11:00 am
    SUE JOHNER commented

    I HAD ONLY KNOW SARA FOR A SHORT TIME BUT SHE WAS A SWEET,BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY WHO WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT THIS TERRIBLE TIME OF LOSS. SUE JOHNER,ATWORK PERSONNEL SERVICE, MARION,VA.

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    July 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm
    Gary, Tammy, Lori Burke commented

    To the family of Guy Tignor

    I pray the Lord will wrap his loving arms around you. I hope you find comfort in knowing Guy is with Jimmy now in heaven. We love you all and wish we could be there. If I can help in any way please let my know.
    Love & Prayers,
    Gary, Tammy, Lori

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    July 12, 2012 at 6:58 am
    Dorothy Taylor Bailey commented

    To the family of Betty Jean Lark Blinne,

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Betty Jean. I had just talked to Betty Jean When Mary Ellen passed away on June 15th. We pray that God will give you peace and comfort in your loss.

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    July 13, 2012 at 11:04 am
    Della Bush Salinas commented

    I am so sorry for your loss. As a mother I know exactly the hurt and pain you are feeling for I loss my son back in 2001. And if it wasn’t for the Lord’s help I would have never made it through this terrible ordeal. I pray that you lean on Jesus in this time of sorrow and let him help you through this. God is our refuge in our time of need. I pray God gives you all the strength that you need.Lord I ask you to help this family in their time of sorrow in Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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    July 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm
    wayne heath commented

    TO MICHAEL SKEEN. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR GRANMOTHER.OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU . YOUR IN OUR PRAYERS ALLWAYS. WAYNE AND NANCY HEATH

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    July 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm
    Joyce Snead commented

    to the family of Elane Smith
    Corkey so sorry to read about the passing of your wife. May God watch over and comfort you and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Joyce Snead

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    August 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    To Elane’s Family:
    I want to express my sadness at hearing of Elane’s passing.
    I am proud to say that Elane and I were sisters-in-law for many years. I always appreciated her for the way she would “tell it like it is”. You always knew where you stood with Elane, that was so refreshing. Althought it has been several years since I had seen Elane, I still thought the world of her and remember the good times that we shared back then. She was an intelligent, beautiful woman and an extremely proud mother. I am honored to have been her sister-in-law. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, Bret and Jacyln, she will be missed.

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    August 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm
    Phyllis Blankenship commented

    Karen Robinson was my BFF for the last 14 yrs, she was such a great friend to everyone that she came into contact with. I miss her so much, she was more than a friend, she was my sister in heart. Love you Karen, but I know that we will see each other again in Heaven. Give my nephew, Dominic Hugh, a hug and kiss and tell him I love him from his Aunt.

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    August 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

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