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 James (Jim) R. Gregory

James (Jim) R. Gregory – To some people, his seems a full but ordinary life: attended Honaker High School, served overseas in the Air Force, father to one daughter, long time Locomotive Engineer for Norfolk Southern Railroad, and beloved husband.  But take a closer look and Jim Gregory’s life was not ordinary at all: an avid gardener, loved to travel, fan of NASCAR, Pittsburg Steelers, and country music, shade-tree mechanic and best dance partner in Southwest Virginia (as the members of the Abingdon Senior Center can attest)!  Jim never met a stranger – he loved connecting with people and sharing a laugh.  A dependable, loyal friend, and sought out by those who worked with him, Jim left a permanent mark on the communities where he worked and lived.  He will be dearly missed by all.

Born in Honaker Virginia on July 12, 1933, Jim passed away on April 22, 2015 after a brave battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Frances Hanson Gregory of Lebanon, VA; a daughter, Rebecca Gregory Elliott, her husband BJ, and a granddaughter Madison, all of Fredericksburg, VA; a brother, Gerald Gregory of Pickerington, OH; a sister, Sarah Love McReynolds of St. Paul, VA; a sister-in-law, Betty Jo Gregory of Richlands, VA; a brother-in-law, Bill Boyd of Knoxville, TN; a sister-in law, Carolyn Hanson Fox and husband Bob, of Greer, SC; and beloved nieces and nephews too numerous to mention here.  All were his ‘favorites’.

Preceding Jim in death were his father, John Gregory; his mother, Lenora Combs Gregory; his brother Harold Gregory; his mother-in-law Janie Ketron Hanson; his father-in-law Albert Bragg Hanson; his brother-in-law Mickey McReynolds; and his sister-in-law Jane Ann Hanson Boyd.

The Gregory family will receive friends at Combs Funeral Service, from 6 – 8 pm, Friday, April 24, 2015.  Services will begin at Lebanon Memorial United Methodist Church at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 25, 2015. Lunch will follow the service in the Fellowship Hall.

Jim was a long-standing member of Lebanon Memorial United Methodist Church in Lebanon, Virginia.  Flowers are welcome or contributions can be made in Jim’s memory to Lebanon Memorial United Methodist, Memorial Fund at 24 Tate St, Lebanon, VA 24266.

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 Gregory Family.

 

Richard Langley Settle, Jr.

Richard Langley Settle, Jr., age 65, passed away on April 16, 2015 after a brief illness.

Mr. Settle was President of Settle Associates Inc.—a business consulting practice in the areas of Government Relations and Economic Development.

Prior to the formation of his consulting group, he was a 31-year employee of Verizon Virginia. He started his career as a pole climber and was Southwest Area Manager of External Affairs when he left the company in 2003.

He served his country in the United States Air Force Communications Service at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.  He graduated from the Russell County Public Schools and attended Clinch Valley College.

Mr. Settle’s distinguished public service career included Chair and Vice-Chair of the Russell County Board of Supervisors. He was a former member of the Foundation Boards of both the Mountain Empire Community College and The University of Virginia – Wise.  In 2003, Mr. Settle was the honoree of the Mountain Empire Community College Hall of Honor.

Mr. Settle will be best remembered for his tireless economic development work on behalf of Southwest Virginia.  Appointed by three Governors, he served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority.  He was selected as a special envoy of Virginia to attend the 2001 Economic Summit in Tokyo, Japan.  The Governor also appointed Mr. Settle to the Virginia Workforce Council.

The General Assembly of Virginia appointed Mr. Settle as a non-legislative member of the Southwest Economic Development Commission.  He was a charter member of the Southwest Virginia Technology Council and was honored with a lifetime membership.  He was a member of the Board of Directors of Virginia Economic Bridge.  He also held several advisory board positions for privately held companies.

Richard served as a Deacon of Miller View Primitive Baptist Church in Lebanon Virginia.  He was an active member of Sandy Valley Masonic Lodge #17, the Wise County Shrine Club and the Kazim Temple in Roanoke. Richard was known by his huge smile, encyclopedic knowledge, and quick wit. He loved horses, fishing and playing cards and golf with his friends.  He adored his faithful four-legged companion, Miss Beulah.

Mr. Settle’s institutional knowledge of telecommunications and legislative history was immense.  His wise counsel will be greatly missed by his peers and members of the Virginia legislature.  The Virginia House of Delegates adjourned in the honor and memory of Mr. Settle on April 17, 2015.

He was preceded in death by his parents Richard L. and Lillian Jackson Settle, son Robert Kyle Settle, sister Mary Kay Settle, brother Fred Settle, and sister-in-law Martha Jones Swearingen.

He is survived by his wife Janet Swearingen Settle of Abingdon; son Jamie Settle of Carbo, VA; daughter Sarah Rae Easter, MD and husband Nick Easter of Boston, MA; grandsons Tommy Settle and Taylor Settle; brother Billy Settle and sister-in-law Judy, daughter-in-law Jennifer Taylor Yates, and niece Sally Ketron and husband Wes all of Lebanon, Virginia; niece Lora Beth Settle of Denver, CO and niece Lindsay Greer and husband Joe of Damascus, VA.

Also surviving are his mother-in-law Sarah Baird Hutcheson; brother-in-law James Baird Swearingen, niece Alissa M. Swearingen MD and husband Nick Alexiou, nephew Travis B. Swearingen and wife Aftin all of Brentwood, TN; nephew Christopher J. Swearingen PhD and wife Emilee of San Marcos, CA; brother-in-law Ray Hutcheson and wife Sue of Franklin, Kentucky; great nieces Avery Ketron, Ava Swearingen, Denbigh Swearingen; great nephews Joe Hank, Jacob and Britt Swearingen.

A Celebration of the Life of Richard Langley Settle will be held in the Grand Ballroom of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center at 1 PM on Sunday, April 19, 2015. The Governor appointed Mr. Settle as a member of the Board of Directors, and as Secretary and Trustee of the Higher Education Center.  He served in these roles during the design, construction and programmatic implementation.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy be in the form of donations to the organizations he supported in life: the Richard L. Settle Jr. Scholarship Fund at Mountain Empire Community College, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219 or Miller View Church P.O. Box 973 Lebanon, VA 24266.

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 Settle family.

 Fred A. Collins

CLEVELAND, VA- Fred A. Collins, age 86, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in the Russell County Medical Center.

Fred was born in Russell County a son of the late Charlie and Mary Rhoten Collins. He was a member of Faith Independent Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by five brothers: Arvil, Dan, Pat, Mack and Rufus Collins; three sisters: Lilly, Desil and Ollie.

Survivors include his wife: Clora “Jean” Collins; one daughter: Susan Collins Davis, Richmond, VA; one son: Fred Collins, Jr., New York, NY; one grandson: Neil Sookchan, Richmond, VA; one great-granddaughter: Maria Cable, Richmond, VA; step-sons: Ronnie Howington and wife Tammy and Gerald Howington, all of Cleveland, VA; Larry Howington and wife Dina , Belfast, VA; Marty Howington and wife Deborah, Belfast, VA; Neal Howington and wife Paula, Lebanon, VA; one special cousin: Everette Rhoten, Richmond, VA; one special nephew: Mike Collins, Richmond, VA; 13 step-grandchildren; 18 step-great-grandchildren;

also several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 am Saturday, April 18, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Doug Murry and Rev. Dennis Scarberry officiating. Burial will follow in the Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. Family will receive friends after 6 pm Friday, April 17, 2015 at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons, Thomas Howington, Kevin Fields, Michael Hill, Austin Rasnake, Charlie Stilner, Jamie Webb, and William Towns.

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 Collins family.

June Wright Fox

LEBANON, VA- June Wright Fox, age 91, of the Hansonville Community passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015 in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon.

June was born December 31, 1923 in Ages, KY a daughter of the late Newton Wright and the late Lillian Cornett Wright, and the wife of the late Charles O. Fox. She was a member of Lebanon Memorial United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her son: Gary W. Fox and his wife Cathy.

Survivors include her daughter: Carol Fox; one son: Robert (Bob) Fox and wife Carolyn; three grandchildren: Sarah and husband Hank, Kevin Fox and wife Molly, and Susan Creech and husband Robert; five great-grandchildren: Katie Fox, Oliva Fox, Emily Hall, Henry Hall, and Charlie Creech; special nephews: J.P. Wilson and wife Judy, and Jim Wilson.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 1 pm, Friday, April 17, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Wil Cantrell officiating. Entombment will be private. The family will receive friends from noon until 1pm prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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 Fox family.

 Juanita F. Britt

CLEVELAND, VA- At 3 am April 11, 2015 Juanita F. Britt, age 86, of Cleveland, VA went home to be with the Lord and Savior. She was retired from the State of Virginia where she worked as a cook at Lebanon High School in the 1970’s and then Cleveland Elementary School. She was a well respected woman who was loving and generous to all.

Preceded in death by her beloved husband: James B. Britt Jr.; daughter: Saundra B. Mangus; great-grandchild; James Kash Huffman.

She is survived by her sister: Georgena Liston and husband Bob, Canal Fulton, OH; two sons: James E. Britt and wife Brenda, Crab Orchard, WV; Darrell L. Britt, Sr. and wife Karen, Nickelsville, VA; one daughter; Sarah J. Britt, of the home; six grandchildren: Darrell L. Britt, Jr., Rebecca S. Britt, Angela B. Bailey and husband J.T., James R. Huffman and wife Angela, James E. Britt II, and Janet Huffman; six great-grandchildren: Christopher, Jonathan, Whitney, Kenny, Cory, and Selene.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 am Tuesday April 14, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Larry Stinson officiating. Entombment will follow in the Ketron Memorial Mausoleum. The family will receive friends Monday April 13, 2015 after 6 pm at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cleveland Baptist Church of which she was a member for 28 years.

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 Britt family.

Calvin Eugene (Gene) Willis

CASTLEWOOD, VA- Calvin Eugene (Gene) Willis, age 66, unexpectedly went to be with Lord Thursday, April 9, 2015 at his home.

Gene was born January 7, 1949 in Russell County, a son of the late Calvin Coolidge Willis and the late Ina Maxfield Willis. He was a disabled employee of A&G Coal Company for 20 years and attended Open Door Tabernacle.

Survivors include his wife of 22 years: Cathie Meade Willis; two sons: Shannon Eugene Willis and fiancé Debby, Castlewood; and Robbie Kestner and fiancé Angela, Castlewood; three grandchildren: Austin, Kierra and Annabelle; one great-granddaughter: Emily; and three brothers: Jimmy L. Willis and wife Frances, Castlewood; Jerry Willis and wife Susan, Castlewood; and Benny J. Willis and wife Sandy, Lebanon.

The funeral service will be conducted at 8 pm Saturday, April 11, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Virgil Musick and the Rev. Bill Salyer officiating. The family will receive friends 6 pm until 8 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be conducted 2 pm Sunday, April 12, 2015 in Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. Those wishing to attend are requested to meet at the funeral home by 1:30 pm to go in procession to the cemetery. Serving as pallbearers will be Mike Harmon, Steven Salyer, Evan Willis, Keith Willis, Tim Robinson and Danny Bell. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Scotty Sweeney, Rick Gilbert, Doyle Hobbs, Freddie Robinson, and Steve Willis.

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 Willis family.

 

 

 

Clovis Adams

CASTLEWOOD, VA- Clovis Adams, age 77, went to be with the Lord Sunday, April 5, 2015 surrounded by his family.

Clovis was born August 19, 1937 in Russell County a son of the late Elmer and Edna Skeen Adams, of Castlewood. He was a foremen for Barnette Contractors and Fuller Mining of Haysi. However, farming was the love of his life and as owner/operator of AAA Farms, he enjoyed plowing, mowing, showing his Percheron horses, hunting and working with his bird dogs. He was a member of Adams Chapel Church and Munsey Chapel.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one brother: Garland Adams; and one uncle: Jack Adams.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years: Betty Smith Adams; two daughters: Darlene Adams, Wytheville; and Sharon Owens and husband Tony, Castlewood; three sons: Leon Adams and wife Teresa, Lebanon; Jeff Adams and wife Shelia, Lebanon; and Johnny Adams, Castlewood; 11 grand-children: Cherie Crouse, Andy Adams, Mindy Combs, Corey Mullins, Matthew Adams, Justin Adams, Amy Whitten, Ben Hoback, Kendra Fox, John Luke Adams and Charles Logan Adams; special niece and nephew: Rose and Bruce Smith; Also several nieces and nephews survive.

The family would like to give a special thank you to Harry Lynn Jessee and all other special friends that helped Clovis many years on his farm.

The funeral service will be conducted 11 am Thursday, April 9, 2015 in the Combs Funeral service Chapel with the Rev. Randy Cross, Rev. Kenneth Morrison, and Rev. Jeff Kinder officiating. Burial will follow in the Adams Family Cemetery in Castlewood on the AAA farm.

The family will receive friends 4pm until 8 pm Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the funeral home.

Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be all the special friends that worked alongside Clovis though all the years. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Charlottesville INC, 300 9th St. SW Charlottesville, VA 22903 or Adams Chapel 56 Willow Drive, Castlewood, VA 24224.

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 Adams family.

 

 

 

 

John Edd Duty

LEBANON, VA- John Edd Duty, age 83, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015 in Grace Health Care in Abingdon.

Born August 24, 1931 in Russell County, a son of the late Thomas Jefferson Duty and the late Maggie Griffie Duty. John Edd was a retired Appalachian Power Company employee with 34 years of service. He loved farming and farmed most of his life. He was preceded in death by his brothers Robert, Tommy, Calvin, Hoover, Howard, J.H. Duty and William.

Survivors include his companion of 60 years Betty Anne Campbell; one daughter: Julia Anna Marie of the home; three sisters: Mable Cook, Lebanon, Margaret Gullett, Abingdon and Alma Fischman and husband Ira, Marietta, GA. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service chapel with Brother Larry Dotson officiating. Burial will follow in Campbell Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Monday, April 6, 2015 at the funeral home. Nephews and Don Hughes 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 Duty family.

 

Mary Ruth Puckett

CLEVELAND, VA- Mary Ruth Puckett age 86, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at Wythe Community Hospital.

Mary Ruth was born in Russell County, VA February 15, 1929 a daughter of the late Balford Musick and the late Bertha Johnson Musick and was wife of the late John Puckett Sr. She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by two brothers: Russell and Frank Musick.

Survivors include one daughter: Wanda Hamblin and husband Billy, Bland County, VA; two sons: Larry Puckett and wife Nancy, Christiansburg, VA; John T. (Johnny) Puckett, Jr. and wife B.J., Cleveland, VA; one sister: Nannie Mae Mottesheard, Pulaski, VA; three grandsons: Larry Wayne Puckett and wife Kate, Charlotte, NC; David Blankenship, Bland County, VA; Bryan Cruey and wife Sheryl, North Tazewell, VA; one great granddaughter: Courtney Cruey, North Tazewell, VA; also serval nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 2 pm Saturday, April 4, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Linda Hale officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon, VA. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 pm prior to the service.      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 Puckett family.

James O. (Jim) Smith  

LEBANON, VA- James O. (Jim) Smith, age 91, passed away Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in Hummingbird Retirement Villa.

James was born November 26, 1923 in the Sink Hole section of Cleveland, VA and was a current resident of Hummingbird Retirement Villa in Lebanon, VA. He was a World War II Veteran having served in Central Europe. His military citations include the Purple Heart, the European African Eastern Theater Ribbon, the Germany Occupation Medal, and the Distinguished Unit Badge. James was retired from Clinchfield Coal Company and was a member of the UMWA. He attended the Lebanon Baptist Church where he especially enjoyed the Men’s Sunday school class.

In addition to his parents Ballard and Elizabeth Smith, he was preceded in death by his wife: Mildred Head Smith; daughter: Judy Gilmer; daughter-in-law: Nancy Smith; brothers: Woodrow, Emilee, Alfred, Ira, and Frank; sisters: Cora, Frances, Esther, and Juanita.

The family would like to give thanks to the staff and friends at Hummingbird Retirement Villa.

Survivors include his son: Carl Smith; daughter: Linda Smith Moore; sons-in-law: Rod Moore and Joe Gilmer; grandchildren: Belinda and Jeff Jowers, Crystal Smith, Ellen and Jared Brown, Sarah and Joshua Blevins, Ryan, and Zach Moore; great-grandchildren: McKenna and Chris Dye, Monica Parrott, Ben, Caleb and Elijah Blevins, and Clayton Brown; Also surviving is his brother: Les Smith and wife Tricia; sister: Norma Jessee; and sister-in-law: Vernie Smith.

The funeral service will be conducted at 8 pm Friday, April 3, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Tom Edwards officiating. The family will receive friends after 6 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Interment will be conducted at 11 am Saturday, April 4, 2015 in Ketron Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Lebanon. Those wishing to attend are requested to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 am to go in procession to the cemetery. 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 Smith family.

 

Dorene Lois Cox

HONAKER, VA- Dorene Lois Cox, 77, of Honaker, VA died Friday, March 27, 2015 in Clinch Valley Medical Center, Richlands, VA.

Born February 6, 1938 in Richlands, VA, a daughter of the late Russell Sykes and Kate Dye Sykes. She lived most of her life in Russell County.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of forty-eight years, Andrew; two brothers Thurman Sykes and Curtis Sykes.

Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Norman Bryant of Honaker, VA; four granddaughters: Karen Glover of Bristol, Katie Jackson and Kathy Barton both of Honaker and Andrea Barton of Cleveland; one grandson: Norman Andrew (AJ) Jackson Bryant of Honaker; nine great-grandchildren: Candra Jones, Tyler Combs, Whitney Barton, Hunter Combs, Kaitlyn Barton, Ethan Barton, Addilyn Barton, Brooklyn Barton and Maddox Jackson; five sisters: Dorothy Stevens, Honaker; Judy Henson, Maryland; Janette Wright, Maryland, Yuvonne Wilson, Honaker and Connie Sorace, Pennsylvania. Also several nieces and nephews survive.

The funeral service will be conducted at 8 p.m. Monday, March 30, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service chapel with the Rev. Dewey Helbert and Rev. Paul Kinder officiating. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015 in Ketron Memorial Gardens. Those wishing to attend are requested to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. prior to the service.

Pallbearers will be George Boardwine, Edward Purcell, Johnathan Purcell, Dwayne Helbert, Cody Blackwell and Russell Sykes. Honorary pallbearer will be Gerald Albert Stevens.

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

 

Amanda Gail Johnson

CLEVELAND, VA- Amanda Gail Johnson, age 29, went to be with the Lord, Saturday, March 7, 2015 surrounded by her loved ones.

Amanda was born December 30, 1985 in Lebanon the daughter of Billy Troy Johnson and Carol Johnson. She was a 2004 graduate of Lebanon High School and attended Virginia Highlands Community College. She was employed the past seven years as a Customer Service Representative at AT&T in Lebanon. She attended Cleveland Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her grandfather: Everette Couch; grandmother: Georgia Powers; and uncle: Douglas Johnson.

Survivors include her father and step-mother: Billy Troy and Vicky Johnson, Cleveland, VA; mother: Carol Johnson, Cleveland, VA; fiancée: Jamie Patrick, Cedar Bluff, VA; step-son: Jaydon Patrick, Cedar Bluff, VA; one sister: Melody Johnson, Cleveland, VA; one brother: T.J. Johnson and Amanda, Cleveland, VA; special niece: Georgia Dickenson, Cleveland, VA; special nephew: Jeffery Johnson, Cleveland, VA; future mother-in-law and father-in-law: Diane and Keith Patrick, Cedar Bluff, VA; special pets: her pony Minnie, and her dog, Roxy; Also several aunts, uncles, cousins and friends survive.

The family would like to give thanks to Holston Valley Medical Center 3rd floor staff.

The funeral service will be conducted 1 pm Wednesday, March 11, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Donnie Musick, Rev. Danny Rhea and Rev. Roy Lee Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in the Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood. The family will receive friends 6 pm until 9 pm Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be Stoney Mack Fields, Ricky Powers, Jr., Greg Kiser, Kevin Mitchell, Mike Mitchell, Jr., Adam Musick, Johnathan Johnson, and Billy Roy 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 Johnson family.

 

Oakley (Jeff) Sword  

LEBANON, VA-Oakley Jefferson “Jeff” Sword, Jr., age 63, died in his home on March 4, 2015 in Lebanon, VA due to complications following liver cancer.

Jeff was born on October 12, 1951 in Lebanon, VA to his parents, the late Oakley and Minnie Sword. He earned a B.S. degree from East Tennessee State University and a M.A. from Radford University. Over 39 years, Jeff worked for Russell County Public Schools as a teacher, principal, and supervisor.

He was an active member of the community, serving on the Lebanon Town Council and as a leader in the Lebanon Presbyterian Church.  He influenced many lives both personally and professionally and will never be forgotten.

He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Emily; son and daughter-in-law, Charlie and Ashley Sword of Lexington, KY; his daughter, Sarah Sword of Charlotte, NC; his brother and sister-in-law, Roger and Brenda Sword. Also, survivors’ include his in-laws, Eddie and Elizabeth Nash, sister-in-law, Sarah and husband Colin Angliker. Nieces: Debra Stowers, Marge Gibson and Grace Chaffin and several cousins.  He was preceded in death by his sister, Patsy Burdette.

Jeff’s special companions, Ellie and Penny, have nursed him and taken care of him continuously throughout his illness.

The family will receive friends at Combs Funeral Service on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.  A celebration of life service will take place on Sunday, March 8 at 2 p.m. at Lebanon Presbyterian Church. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Jeff’s life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society (donate.cancer.org).

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.

David Wayne (Bones) Duty  

CLEVELAND, VA- David Wayne (Bones) Duty passed away peacefully at his home Sunday, March 2, 2015.

David was born May 2, 1954 in Russell County a son of the late Howard Duty and Betty Garrett of Lebanon, VA. He was a retired farmer.

In addition to his to father he was also preceded in death by one brother: Howard Duty Jr. (Jake).

Survivors include his loving wife of 39 years: Linda K. Duty; one son: David Dewayne Duty, both of Cleveland, VA; mother: Betty Garrett, Lebanon, VA; one brother: Sammy Duty and wife Rita, Lebanon, VA; one sister: Rebecca Statzer and husband Dan, Piney Flats, TN; also several nieces and nephews. Mr. Duty wishes were to be cremated with no services. He will be missed dearly.

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 Duty family.

Clayton W. Charles

LEBANON, VA-Clayton W. Charles, age 85, went to be with the Lord Monday, March 2, 2015 after an extended illness.

Clayton was born January 19, 1930, at Blackey in Buchanan County, a son of the late Clell and Pricey Stacy Charles. A retired coal miner for Panther Coal and was of the Baptist Faith. He was loved by all that knew him, and welcomed everyone into his home to eat and fellowship.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter: Mary; six brothers: Sinnett, Wayne, Laythe, Andy, Raleigh and Jim; and five sisters: Pearl, Mary, Cora, Cosby and Rachel.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years: Zade Davis Charles; six daughters: Janice Rigby and finance Bill Nagel, Abingdon, VA; Kathy Hipp and husband Robert, Hurley, VA; Betty Blankenship and husband Phil, Wolford, VA; Regina Charles, Lebanon, VA; Janie Cook, Ware Shoals, SC; and Sara England and husband Tim, Lebanon, VA; five sons: Larry Charles, Laurens, SC; Bud Charles, Lebanon, VA; Paul Charles and wife Iris, Ware Shoals, SC; Donnie Charles, Denver, CO; and David Charles, Lebanon, VA; 15 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; two sisters: Ruby Bailey, Gray Court, SC; and Roseann Matney, Richlands, VA; one brother: John Charles and wife Mary, Belfast, VA; also several nieces and nephews survive.

The funeral service will be conducted 1pm Saturday, March 7, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Pastor Jack Trigg officiating. Burial will follow in the Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. The family will receive friends after 6 pm Thursday, March 5, 2015 and Friday March 6, 2015 at the funeral home. Grandsons 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 Charles family.

 

Virginia Elizabeth Farmer

LEBANON, VA- Virginia Elizabeth Farmer, age 64, went to be in the arms of the Lord at her home on Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Virginia was preceded in death by her parents: Eulice K. and Estelle Statzer Farmer; one brother: Fred Thomas Farmer; sister-in-law: Juanita Farmer

Survivors include three sisters: Gaynell Smith and husband Buck Smith, Lebanon, VA; Anna Lee Fields and husband Jimmy Fields, Castlewood, VA; and Geraldine Ball and husband Dan Ball, Wildwood, FL; two brothers: Fayne Farmer, Lebanon, VA; Garry Dale Farmer and wife Virginia Lee Farmer, Lebanon, VA; also several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. A special thank you to caregivers of Cumberland Mountain Services, all night caregivers and a special thanks to Dr. Ernest Henry, and the Home Nursing Company and staff.

The funeral service will be conducted at 8 pm Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Shelton Norris and Rev. Donnie Hobson officiating. Burial will be conducted at 11 am Thursday, March 5, 2015 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. The family will receive friends and family from 6 pm to 8 pm Wednesday, March 4, 2015. Serving as pallbearers will be nephews. Flowers will be accepted or donations to Maple Grove Community Church Ladies Auxiliary, 84 Barber Drive, Lebanon, VA 24266.

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 Farmer family.

David Howard White

LEBANON, VA- David Howard White, age 61, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, February 26, 2015.

David was born May 20, 1953 a son of the late William C. and Mildred Chafin White. He was a U.S. Army vet of the Vietnam War and Desert Storm and was Baptist Faith.

He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and a friend to all.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers: Danny White and Clint White; two great nieces: Chelsey and Hannah Compton; father-in-law: Jone Adams; brothers-in-law: Doug Johnson and Curtis Adams.

Survivors include wife of 35 years: Cathy Adams White; one daughter: Janet Tignor Matney, Lebanon, VA; three sisters: Barbara Johnson, Cleveland, VA; Debbie Compton and husband Roger, Castlewood, VA; and Ginger Wallace and husband Kim, Richlands, VA; five grandchildren: Katelyn, Chelsea, Hannah Tignor, Shane Matney and Ka-ree Bradley; also several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 8 pm Sunday, March 1, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Tom Capron and Rev. Jeff kinder officiating. Family will receive friends and family from 6 pm to 8 pm prior to the service Sunday, March 1, 2015.Burial will be conducted at Mt. Home National Cemetery Tuesday, March 3 at 1 pm, those wishing to attend please meet at the cemetery.

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 White family.

 Ada G. Boardwine

LEBANON, VA- Ada G. Boardwine, age 84, of Lebanon, Virginia, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at her home.

Ada was born in Lebanon, Virginia January 18, 1931, a daughter of the late Everett and Eller Garrett. She was a lifelong resident of Lebanon and a member of Bascom United Methodist Church. She was a longtime employee of Russell County Board of Supervisors.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband: John Boardwine; two brothers: James and Kyle Garrett; and sister: Marie Johnson.

Survivors include her son: John Stephen Boardwine, Charlotte, NC; daughter: Donna Davis and husband Tony, Abingdon, VA; three granddaughters: Jennifer Davis, Atlanta, GA; Caitlin Davis and Courtney Davis, both of Abingdon, VA; twin sister: Nina McCracken, Lebanon, VA; several brother and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the wonderful caregivers of Assurance Care Plus for their loving care and the Lebanon Life Saving Crew.

The funeral service will be conducted at 3 pm Sunday, March 1, 2015 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Bill Cahill and the Rev. Mark McFadden officiating. Burial will follow in the Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon, VA. The family will receive friends 1 pm until 3 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Serving as pallbearers will be John McCracken, David Garrett, Mike Johnson, Robbie Kiser, Bob Boardwine, David Jennings and Jeff Garrett serving as honorary pallbearer. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Kelly Myers, Lebanon Lifesaving Crew, P.O. Box 516, Lebanon, VA or Bascom United Methodist Church c/o Wilma Jean Ganoe, 5784 Green Valley Road, 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 Boardwine family

 Kelly B. Hale

LEBANON, VA- Kelly B. Hale, Master Sergeant, U.S.A.F. (Ret.), age 68, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in the Russell County Medical Center.

Kelly was born February 20, 1947 in Lebanon, a son of the late James Noel Hale and the late Agnes Caroline Stoots Hale.

He was a retired Master Sergeant in the U.S. Air Force with twenty years of service. He completed four tours of duty in Vietnam. He was a member of Green Valley Baptist Church. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant sisters.

Survivors include wife of thirty-four years Donna Sue Hale; two daughters: Samantha Letson, Tennessee and Sherrie Hein, Bristol, Tennessee; one son: Kelly S. Hale, Lebanon; one brother: James Noel Hale, Jr. and wife JoAnna, Pensacola, Florida; five grandchildren: Stacey, Etana, Donna L., Matthew and Seth; Step-mother: Ethel Hale, Kingsport, TN; one step-sister: Bernice Wolfe and husband Tom, Kingsport, TN; Several nieces and nephews also survive.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 28, 2015 at Green Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Darrell Naff officiating. Burial will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. The family will receive friends at the funeral home after 6 p.m. Friday, February 27, 2015. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be James Noel Hale, Jr., Buddy Kiser and Danny White, and Tom Wolfe. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Lebanon V.F.W. Post #9864.

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 Hale 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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