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Roger Lee Apple

NASHS FORD, VA- Roger Lee Apple, age 58, crossed the veil Sunday morning, February 12, 2017 surrounded by his wife.

Roger was preceded in death by his father: Oscar “Junie” Apple; one brother: Allen Apple and nephew: Oscar Apple.

Survivors include his wife Ellen Apple, of the home; mother: Sindia Ann Apple, Wise, VA; one sister: Patricia Douglass and husband Bob, Blacksburg, VA; two nieces: Dianna Apple, Bristol, VA; and Julie Lee, New York; two nephews: Michael Mattingly, Jacksonville, FL; and Daniel Mattingly, Blacksburg, VA.

Services 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 Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, VA (276)889-4444 is serving the Apple Family.

 

Thomas Kyle Hubbard Jr.

Msgt. Thomas Kyle Hubbard, Jr. Ret.

LEBANON, VA- Thomas Kyle Hubbard, Jr., age 80, a true gentleman, affectionately known as “Rooney”, peacefully departed this life on the evening of Tuesday, February 7, 2017 to meet his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Mr. Hubbard was born in Honaker, Virginia on May 12, 1936 to the late Pastor Kyle Hubbard and Hattie Lee Kiser Hubbard. In addition to his parents, Rooney was preceded in death by one brother: Buddy Hubbard; and two sisters: Eula Elkins and Phyllis Brown.

One of Rooney’s happiest memories, and of which he spoke of often, was at the age of fourteen, meeting the lovely young lady, Juanita Evelyn Stinson, who was the love of his life. Six years later she would become his wife of nearly 58 years, before her death in 2014. He and Juanita are survived by two daughters: Anita Rose of Erwin, TN and Ava White, and husband Larry, of Lincolnton, NC.

One of eight children, Mr. Hubbard is also survived by three sisters: Neva Campbell of Bristol, VA, Mary Alice Hale of Blountville, TN and Jo Evelyn Van Dyke and husband, Tom, of Bristol, VA. He is also survived by one brother, Wesley Hubbard, and wife Nancy, of Fort Wayne, IN; 8 Grandchildren, 8 Great Grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Hubbard is also survived by the residents, health care professionals and staff of Brookdale Assisted Living, who he also considered to be his family.

Msgt. Hubbard, Ret. proudly served his country in the United States Air Force, Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. He began his military career at the age of 17 at Sampson Air Force Base in NY. He then received combat medical training at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, TX. He spent his 18th birthday aboard a troop ship en route for a 2 year duty tour of Japan and Korea where he flew aboard recon missions over N. Korea. He served as a C-121 Aero Med Evac Tech and a H43B helicopter medic, and was an Honors graduate from Medical Service School at USAF Sheppard Tech Training Center. He also served as a full time Air Technician at Scott Air Force Base. During his career he logged over 10,000 hours of flight time, and received the AFLSA, Good Conduct Medal, Special Order of the 473D Fighter Group Medal, National Defense Service Medal, United States Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, The Air Force Commendation Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, and the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Ribbon. He also participated in Operation Homecoming in 1973, helping to bring home the 591 POWs of the Vietnam War. He was aboard the C-141 who carried, most notably, now Senator John McCain, who pushed him aside to run down the rams to kiss American soil. He served with US Civil Service Commission as a Med Tech and Health Services Administrator until his retirement in 1978. He was then assigned to Air Force Retired Reserve until 1996.

Rooney was an accomplished harmonica player, brick and block mason, builder and farmer, and was known for his warm, friendly smile. He loved his church and was a member of New Grace Baptist Church in Bristol, TN.

The family of Mr. Hubbard wishes to recognize and express our deepest appreciation to the caregivers and staff of Brookdale Assisted Living and Caris Health Services for their tireless dedication, professional service, respect for dignity, and many, many kindnesses during our time of need.

Friends will be received on Saturday, February 11, 2017, from 12:00 pm until 2:00 pm at Combs Funeral Service, 291 Highway 71 Lebanon, Va. Funeral Service officiated by Pastor Sam Haynes, will immediately follow at 2:00 pm in the chapel. Interment and graveside service will follow at Ketron Memorial Gardens Lebanon, VA with full military honors by the Lebanon VFW Post 9864. Pallbearers will be Mike Elkins, Mike Campbell, Randy Campbell, Robbie Miller, Gary Hubbard, Matthew Hale, Maxim White, Shawn White, Keith White, Zachary Ingles and Travis Campbell. Honorary Pallbearer will be Walter Jones. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Lebanon VFW Post 9864, PO Box 1565, 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 Hubbard family.

Frances Bell Houchins

LEBANON, VA-Frances Bell Houchins, 98 of Lebanon, Virginia died on Sunday, February 5, 2017, at home after a long illness.

She was a native of Lewisburg, West Virginia and graduated from Lewisburg High School.  She had lived in Lebanon since 1957.  For many years she operated a preschool at the Lebanon Presbyterian Church and shaped the lives of countless young people in our community.  She was a founder and charter member of the Lebanon Presbyterian Church and was the oldest living member prior to her passing.  She was active in the church as a member and as the historian for as long as her health permitted.  She taught Sunday school for twenty-four years.

Mrs. Houchins was an honorary lifetime member of the Lebanon Women’s Club and was awarded the Russell County Woman of the Year in 1964 and Outstanding Citizen of the Southwest Virginia Area presented by Tazewell County.  She was also very active in the Lebanon Cub Scouts as a Den Mother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Luther Clayton Houchins Jr., her parents Minnie Clark and Lucian Guy Bell, two sisters Josephine Harmon and Rebecca Marshall and two brothers Preston Bell and Alexander Bell.

Survivors include one son Luther Clayton Houchins III and wife Paige of Chilhowie, Virginia and granddaughter Rachel Annette Houchins and her husband Mark Jones of Columbia, South Carolina as well as one great-granddaughter Annabelle Gracen Jones of Columbia, South Carolina.

A special thank you is extended to all of her caregivers, Home Nursing Company Hospice and good friends and neighbors who made it possible for her to stay at home during her long illness.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lebanon Presbyterian Church at P.O. Box 2665 Lebanon, Virginia 24266.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 am Wednesday, February 8, 2017 in the Lebanon Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Doug Sterrett officiating. Entombment will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Lebanon, VA. The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 7, 2017 from 6 pm until 8 pm at the funeral home. 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 Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, VA (276)889-4444 is serving the Houchins Family.

 Lucy Fields Bailey

LEBANON, VA- Lucy (Cindy) Bailey, age 62, went to be with the Lord Friday, February 3, 2017 in Bristol Regional Medical Center surrounded by her loving family.

Lucy was born February 18, 1954, a daughter of the late Dan and Alice Snead Fields. She was a LPN at Russell County Medical Center for 18 years. She was a secretary for Hansonville Baptist Church for many years and a member of Lebanon Lifesaving Crew Crewettes for several years. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her baby daughter; brother: Graham Fields; infant sister: and in-laws: Warren and Dorothy Bailey; brother-in-law: Don Bailey and Roger Mounts.

Survivors include her husband of 32 years: Rick Bailey; one daughter: Renee Bailey; one brother: Sam Fields and wife Bertha; Also several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, special nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 pm Wednesday, February 8, 2017 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Dr. Norman Rexrode, Rev. Mitch Bailey, James Sims and Larry Bales officiating. Burial will follow in the Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. Family will receive friends Tuesday, February 7, 2017 6 pm until 9 pm at the funeral home. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be her nephews.

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

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, VA (276)889-4444 is serving the Bailey Family.

Peggy J. Blevins

LEBANON, VA- Peggy J. Blevins, age 78, went home to be with her heavenly father Monday January 30, 2017.

Peggy was a lifelong resident of Russell County. She was employed as Deputy Circuit Court clerk for 30 years, prior to that she was employed by Sportsman Grill for six years. She was a member of the Russell County Medical Center Auxiliary working in the gift shop, she was a member of Red Hats Society, and a member of the Russell County Historical Society. Peggy was a member of the Electoral Board for four years and was a member of Delphia Primitive Baptist Church, Dante, VA.

She was preceded in death by her mother: Mary Virginia Blevins Smith; Father: Bill Ed Huffman; and a special friend: Harold West. Survivors include several cousins and caregiver: Betty Smith.

The funeral service will be conducted at 1 pm Thursday, February 2, 2017 in the Combs Funeral Service chapel. Burial will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon, VA. The family will receive friends after 6pm Wednesday at the funeral home. 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 Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, VA (276)889-4444 is serving the Blevins Family.

Ruth Settle

BELFAST, VA- Ruth Settle, age 84, died on January 29, 2017 surrounded by her family.

She was the owner of Belfast Fabrics & Antiques until her retirement and was a member of Community Heights Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Boss and Vivian Chambers; husband: Glenn A. Settle; and brother: Edward Chambers.

Survivors include two daughters: Paula Witt and husband Michael, Belfast, VA; and Carla Perkins and husband Randall, Bristol, TN; two sons: Steve Settle and wife Renee, Charlottesville, VA; and David Settle and wife Melissa, Belfast, VA; four grandchildren: Ashley Fertall and husband Michael, Andrew Witt, Eli Settle and wife Katelyn and Sarah Settle; two great-granddaughters: Ava and Emma Fertall; three brothers: Bill Chambers, Honaker, VA; Paul Chambers, Lebanon, VA; and Dick Chambers, Panama City, FL; and two sisters: Mary Barnette, Marysville, Ohio and Dorothy Perkins, Belfast, VA.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 pm Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in the Greenhills Memory Gardens in Claypool Hill, VA with the Rev. Steve Perkins officiating. Those wishing to attend are requested to meet at the cemetery.

Please omit flowers or place donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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 Settle family.

 

Anne J. Campbell

CLEVELAND, VA-Anne J. Campbell, age 90, went to be with the Lord on January 28, 2017 following a short illness. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Rev. Scott Campbell, her mother, Lula Johnson and two sisters, Delphia Combs and Inas Counts. She was a member of Weavers Creek Baptist Church.

Anne was a devoted mother and is survived by two sons, Scott Campbell, Jr. and wife Sandy of Cleveland, VA and Matthew Campbell and wife Susan of Lebanon, VA; three grandsons Jeff Campbell and wife Jessica of Lebanon, VA, Ben Campbell of Bristol, VA and Robert Campbell of Lebanon, VA; one great granddaughter, Jacie Campbell and two great grandsons, Jacob Campbell and Jackson Campbell, all whom were the light of her life.

She is also survived by several nieces and nephews, along with her lifelong special friend, Katherine Arrington.

Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 11:00 am in the chapel at Combs Funeral Service with Rev. Rick Smith, Rev. Roger Phillips and Rev. Doug Ramage officiating. Burial will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. The family will receive friends on January 31, 2017 from 5 to 7 pm at the funeral home.  Family members will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cleveland Lifesaving Crew, 177 Cleveland Heights Rd., Cleveland, VA 24225.

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 Campbell family.

Wanda Day Warner

LEBANON, VA.-Wanda Day Warner, age 68, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at Johnston Memorial Hospital following a long illness.

Wanda was born October 31, 1948 in West Virginia a daughter of the late James Day and the late Irene Hicks Day. She was the wife of the late Everal Warner. She was of the Holiness Faith.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by her daughter, Glenda LisaGay Warner; son, Arnold Warner; brother, Arnold Day and sister, Wilma Willuhm.

Survivors include four sisters, Trudy Kennedy, Hinton, WV, Thelma Lambert, Tazewell, Va., Geri Dameron, Tazewell, Va. and Phyllis Russell, Caretta, WV; four brothers: Ralph Day, Bluefield, WV, Melvin Day, Tazewell, Va., Ray Day, Tazewell, Va. and Ernest Day, Jewell Ridge, Va.; three grandchildren, Scottie Warner, Lebanon, Hunter Hurd, Lebanon and Krista Smith, Bristol, Va.; extended family, Mike, Emily, Kelsey, Ben, Isabelle and Peggy Holmes, Amelia and Keaton Bal and Kenzie Fleenor.

The funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2017 in the Combs Funeral Service chapel with the Rev. Herman Day officiating. Burial will be 12 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017 in the Day-Lambert Cemetery in Jewell Ridge, Va. Those wishing to attend are requested to meet at the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

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

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Highway 71 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, Va. 24266 is serving the Warner family.

 Mary Helen Huffman

Her children rise up and call her blessed. Proverbs 31:28

LEBANON, VA- Mary Helen Huffman, age 97, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 9, 2017.

Helen was born June 18, 1919 to the late William and Bertie Patrick, also preceded in death by her husband: Clyde Huffman, brothers: Thomas and Bill Patrick.

Left to cherish precious memories are daughters: Shirley Boyd and CL, and Jean Dye and Doug, Phyllis Howard and Roger, and Nadine Sutherland and Sidney; two sons: Jerry Huffman and Larry Huffman and Hazel; 11 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.

The funeral service will be conducted at 7 pm Wednesday, January 11, 2017 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Pastor Jim Pratt officiating. The family will receive friends 5 pm until 7 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Entombment will be conducted at 11 am Thursday, January 12, 2017 in Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. Those wishing to attend are requested to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 am to go in procession to the mausoleum. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service 291 Fincastle Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, Virginia 24266 (276)889-4444 is serving the Huffman family.

Eugene Williams Banks

BRUMLEY GAP, VA-Eugene Williams Banks, 81, went to be with the Lord at his home, Sunday January 1, 2017. Eugene was born January 2, 1935 in Stuart, VA; a son of Elroy and Virgie Puckett Banks. He was a U. S. Army veteran, and was of the Christian Faith.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers: Roland and Carl Banks; and a sister: Lilly Mae Banks Wheeler.

Survivors include his wife: Audrey Boardwine Banks; his sister-in-law: Geraldine Tuggle, Lebanon, VA; his brother: LeRoy Banks and wife Shirley, Eden, NC; a brother-in-law: Coy Boardwine, Brumley Gap,VA And several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 7p.m. Wednesday, January 4, 2017 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with Pastor Bill Price officiating. The family will receive friends from 5pm – 7pm prior to the service. Interment will be 11am at Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon Thursday, January 5, 2017. Those wishing to attend are requested to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 and go in procession to the cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Michael Mitchell, John Mitchell, Roy Sauls, Chad Mitchell, Edd Stanley, and Todd Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will be family and friends. Military Honors will be conducted by Lebanon V.F.W. Post #9864

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service, 291 Highway 71, Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266, (276)889-4444 is serving the Banks family.

Virginia Fields

ABINGDON, VA- Virginia Fields, age 84, passed away Wednesday, December 28, 2016 in Grace Health Care.

Virginia was born September 9, 1932 in Russell County, a daughter of the late Banner Fields and the late Martha Carpenter Fields. She was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her foster parents: Mason and Virgie Fields of Abingdon, VA.

Survivors include foster sisters: Shelia Spencer and husband Jr., Marie Wooten and husband Randy, Sue Fields and husband Don, Loretta Reynolds and husband Marvin and Joyce Keith and husband Clyde, all of Abingdon, VA; Also several nieces and nephews survive.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 pm Saturday, December 31, 2016 in Russell Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Eddie Gobble officiating. Those wishing to attend are requested to meet at the cemetery by 1:45 pm prior to the service.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service 291 Fincastle Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, Virginia 24266 (276)889-4444 is serving the Fields family.

 Thelma Earnestine “Earnie” Honaker Jessee

Lebanon and Russell County has lost one of their well- known, revered and beloved Christian businesswomen, wife, mother and grandmother whenleft this life on Thursday, December 22, 2016.

Miss Earnie began her life on May 15, 1930 in Clinchfield, Virginia, as the youngest daughter in the family of Albert Ross and Laura Belle Honaker. Her brothers and their wives were Hobert Honaker and Dorena, Claude and Marie, Paul and Dean, her sisters were Dorothy and Steve Kerkes and Nina and Louis Naber. She married her late husband, Joseph Harold “Doodle” Jessee on April 20, 1949. She and Doodle had three sons, Joseph Harold, Jr. John Daniel and wife Judy, James Mark and wife Charlene. Earnie’s grandchildren are Zachary H Jessee, Andrew Jessee and wife Shannon, Mally Jessee and Autumn Clevinger. Earnie graduated from Cleveland High School where she captained the girls basketball team. She began with The First National Bank in Lebanon, continuing there until her retirement from Dominion Bank, after more than 30 years of service. Earnie was a loyal member of the Lebanon Baptist Church where she served in various positions including Treasurer.

The family would like to give a special thanks to her caregivers, Kim Musick, Thelma Walters and Nancy Meade.

The funeral service will be conducted at 7 pm Monday, December 26, 2016 in the Lebanon Baptist Church. The family will receive friends from 5 pm until 7pm prior to the service at the church. Entombment will be conducted 10 am Tuesday, December 27, 2017 in Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon. Those wishing to attend are requested to meet at the funeral home by 9: 30 am to go in procession to the mausoleum. Serving as pallbearers will be Zachary Jessee, Andrew Jessee, Greg Thompson, Phillip Henley, Mike Honaker and Jim Jones. Nephews and friends will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Virginia Baptist Children’s Home, 860 Mt. Vernon Lane, Salem, VA 24153.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service 291 Fincastle Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, Virginia 24266 (276)889-4444 is serving the Jessee family.

 Jerry F. Rasnake

CLEVELAND, VA- Jerry F. Rasnake, age 65, passed away Sunday, December 18, 2016 at his home.

Jerry was born February 15, 1951 in Russell County, a son of the late Franklin Howard Rasnake and Doris Wright Rasnake. He was the owner of Jerrys Transmission Shop.

Survivors include his companion of 30 years: Missy Nickles; one son: Chris Rasnake and finance Keisha Perkins, Honaker, VA; mother: Doris Wright Rasnake, Abingdon, VA; two sisters: Wanda Reedy and husband Fred, Swords Creek, VA; and Sandra Rasnake, Abingdon, VA; one brother: Allen Rasnake, Castlewood, VA; Also several nieces and nephews survive.

The funeral service will be conducted at 7 pm Thursday, December 22, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Phillip Cook Officiating. The family will receive friends 5 pm until 7 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 Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, Virginia 24266 (276)889-4444 is serving the Rasnake family.

Denvil Mullins

LEBANON, VA- Denvil Mullins, age 79, went to be with the Lord, December 18, 2016.

He was born April 26, 1937 in Pound, VA, a son of Bryan and Savannah Boggs Mullins. He was a member of East Lebanon Freewill Baptist Church. Denvil was a devoted husband, father and grandfather as well as a celebrated author of 9 published books. He was a retiree of Norfolk Southern Railway.

He was preceded in death by his parents along with five brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his precious wife of 57 years: Connie; two sons: Denny and wife Stephanie, Knoxville, TN; and Wesley and wife MeChelle, Fall Branch, TN; grandchildren: Leyton, Knoxville, TN; and Bryan and Emily, Fall Branch, TN; two brothers: Clinton, Pound, VA; and Avery and wife Jane, Piney Flats, TN; sister: Freida Roberts, Reidsville, NC; Also several nieces and nephews survive.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the medical staff of Russell County Medical Center and Mountain States Oncology of Lebanon.

The funeral service will be conducted at 1 pm Wednesday, December 21, 2016 in the Combs Funeral service Chapel with the Rev. Larry Robinson and the Rev. James Sims officiating. The family will receive friends 11 am until 1 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of East Lebanon Freewill Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to East Lebanon Freewill Baptist Church, c/o Charlotte Tiller, 38 Tiller Trailer Court Lebanon, Va. 24266.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service 291 Fincastle Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, Virginia 24266 (276)889-4444 is serving the Mullins family.

 Raymond Kenneth Culbertson

LEBANON, VA- Raymond Kenneth Culbertson, age 79, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at his home.

Raymond was born in Coeburn, VA March 29, 1937, the son of the late James and Alice Litton Culbertson. He served in the Marine Corps, from 1954 until 1958. He was retired from Clinchfield Coal, UMWA member and the last survivor of his immediate family. Raymond was a former member of Faith Tabernacle Church in Lebanon, VA, where he served as song leader and Sunday School Superintendent. He was a faithful servant of the Lord Jesus Christ and the past 1 ½ years attended Church of Jesus Christ.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four sisters and two brothers; one son: Rick Beaver.

Survivors include his wife: Maxie Culbertson; two sons: Jeffery (Emerald) Culbertson, Kingsport, TN; and Jeffery (Kay) Beaver, MT. Airy, NC; two daughters: Susan (Bill) Hunsaker, Coeburn, VA; and Robin (Mike) Freels, Chuckey, TN; grandchildren: William and Jeffrey Hunsaker, Coeburn, VA; Jordan (Sara) Beaver, Mt. Airy, North Carolina; Kurstin (Ethan) Boles, Pinnacle, NC; one precious great-grandson: Finn Scott Beaver, NC; church daughter: Ann Creech, a special friend, dear to our hearts. Numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

The family would like to thank Hospice nurses and all the family and friends for their care they provided.

The funeral service will be conducted 11 am Saturday, December 17, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Don Mullins and the Rev. Jackie Fields officiating. Burial will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon, VA with Military Rites conducted by the Lebanon V.F.W. Post # 9864. The family will receive friends from 6 pm until 9 pm Friday, December 16, 2016 at the funeral home with song service at 7 pm. Serving as pallbearers will be Jordan Beaver, William Hunsaker, Jeffrey Hunsaker, Ethan Boles, Frank Hurd and Wayne Huffman.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service 291 Fincastle Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, Virginia 24266 (276)889-4444 is serving the Culbertson family.

Charlene T. Easterly

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LEBANON, VA- Charlene T. Easterly, age 58, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at her home.

Charlene was born November 5, 1958, a twin daughter of the late Anderson and Hazel Monk Tignor.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister: Becky Nunley.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years: Curtis J. Easterly; her canine (her baby): Fraley; four sisters: Joann Tignor, Lebanon, VA; Lakie Dean and husband Dale, Lynchburg, VA; Louise Alderson and husband Harry, Cleveland, VA; and her twin sister: Darlene Nunley and husband Ronnie; Also 6 nieces and 3 nephews survive.

The funeral service will be conducted at 7 pm Thursday, December 15, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Ted Phillips officiating. The family will receive friends 5 pm until 7 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will be 11 am Friday, December 16, 2016 in Ketron Memorial Gardens 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. Serving as pallbearers will be Dale Dean, Harry Alderson, Harry Alderson, Jr., Jason Alderson, Tim Alderson, Ronnie Nunley, Bobby Easterly, Randy Easterly, Gary Easterly, Cody Mays and Gary Salyers .

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service 291 Fincastle Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, Virginia 24266 (276)889-4444 is serving the Easterly family.

Catherine Louise Skeens

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LEBANON, VA- Catherine Louise Skeens, age 64, went home to be with the Lord, December 10, 2016 at her home, following a battle with lung cancer, with her loving family by her side.

Catherine was born May 8, 1952 in Russell County, a daughter of Vernon Elam and the late Retha Kegley Elam. She was of the Baptist faith and attended many churches. She was a supporter of St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

In addition to her mother she was preceded in death by her sisters: Betty Jennings, Wilma Davis, and Sue Elam; nephew: Harold Elam.

Survivors include her husband of 47 years: William C. Skeens, Sr.; one daughter: Lisa Louise Salyer, Lebanon, VA; three sons: William Carson Skeens and wife Pam, Dungannon, VA; Randall Lee Skeens and wife Candie, Lebanon, VA; and William Everett (Will) Skeens, Wise, VA; father: Vernon Elam, Lebanon, VA; one sister: Reba Ann Cook, Lebanon, VA; 11 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; Also several nieces and nephews survive.

The funeral service will be conducted 8 pm Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with Harold Shortridge, Larry Powers and Denny Scarberry officiating. Burial will be Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 11 am in the Dickenson Cemetery near the home. Those attending are requested to meet at the cemetery. The family will receive friends 6 pm to 8 pm prior to the service at the funeral home. 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 Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, Virginia 24266 (276)889-4444 is serving the Skeens family.

Constance “Connie” Elaine Maier Tignortignor

LEBANON, VA- Constance “Connie” Elaine Maier Tignor, age 72, passed away Friday, December 9, 2016, at Russell County Medical Center in Lebanon, Virginia. Connie was born in Cedar Grove, West Virginia on May 17, 1944.   She was the daughter of the late Wesley Maier and Alice Elizabeth Maier. Connie was a member of Mount Olive Christian Church in Lebanon.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son: James Richard Tignor; her husband: Thomas Guy Tignor; two brothers: Larry Maier and Roger Maier, who was her twin; and a very special aunt with whom she lived for several years: Boots Mamoran.

She is survived by her son: Thomas “Tommy” Guy Tignor, II; two special grandchildren: Courtney Elisabeth and Matthew Dalton Tignor; and a very special uncle: Edward Mamoran of Elkhart, Indiana. She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 13, 2016 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Pastors Bill Price and Paul Young officiating. Interment will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Monday, December 12, 2016 at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Randy Dotson, George Griffiths, Leon Denton, Jeff Maier, Tony Bails, and Russell Coleman. Honorary Pallbearers will be Giles Fields, Steve Fletcher, Phillip Campbell, and the Men of Mount Olive Christian Church.

A special thank you is extended to Steve Fletcher, Nathan Bostic, Jennifer Gibson and Angie Keene of Home Nursing Care, Dr. Michael Ulrich of Russell County Medical Center for their kindness during Connie’s sickness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mount Olive Christian Church, c/o Faye Stinson, 996 Poor Farm Road, Lebanon, Virginia 24266.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service 291 Fincastle Rd. Highway 71. Lebanon, Virginia 24266 (276)889-4444 is serving the Tignor family.

Ms. Susan (“Sue”) Alexander Greer

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LEBANON, VA-Ms. Susan (“Sue”) Alexander Greer, 77, of Lebanon, Virginia, died December 4, 2016, at Bristol Regional Medical Center with family and close friends by her side.

Born August 3, 1939, Susan grew up in Princeton, West Virginia, where she graduated from Princeton High School in 1957. She briefly studied nursing at Montreat College in North Carolina before receiving her Bachelor of Science in social work from Concord College (now Concord University) in Athens, West Virginia. After her first marriage to James A. Fields, Jr., she eventually relocated to Lebanon, Virginia, where she remained for most of her adult life.

Susan dedicated both her life and her career to helping others. Her professional service included social work at the Department of Social Services in Lebanon, Virginia; many years as a counselor for juveniles at Beaumont School for Boys near Richmond and Blackford Juvenile Detention Center near Honaker; and service as a counselor for adult prisoners and their families at the Appalachian Learning/ Correctional Center. After her retirement from the Virginia Department of Corrections, Susan continued to serve others through work in her church and community and by helping to care for the aging family members of her second husband, Charles Greer.

An active member of Lebanon Community Fellowship until the onset of a long illness, Susan was known as a woman full of generosity, compassion and faith who helped those in need, constantly prayed for others and always shared a warm, gentle smile. She served as Registrar for Disciplined Order of Christ (D.O.C) retreats, where she fellowshipped and prayed with long-time friends from around the region each year for more than 30 years. In addition to church activities, she enjoyed reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and traveling. From 2010-2015, Susan lived with her daughter and granddaughters in southwestern China and in Santiago, Chile. She spent her last year at her daughter’s home in Bristol, Tennessee, under the attentive watch of her beloved caregiver Carmen Justiniano.

Susan is preceded in death by her mother Ms. Mildred (McNutt) Sutton, her father Charles L. Sutton and her second husband, Mr. Charles Preston Greer.   She is survived by her daughter Mary Sue Fields and her three granddaughters Rosemary, Sophia and Catherine Grace; by the families of her three loving stepdaughters Teresa Owens, Pamela Wooten, and Charlene Grisby of South Carolina; by her first husband and lifelong friend James A. Fields, Jr. of Lebanon; by her brothers-in-law Dean and Giles Fields and sister-in-law Wanda Fields, who always treated her as one of their own; and by her cousins Sarah (McNutt) Parker and Cissy, Don, Andrew and Alex Howell of Nokesville, Virginia.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, December 8 at 2 p.m. at Combs Funeral Service Chapel in Lebanon, Virginia with Pastor Bill Price officiating and family and friends serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends from noon until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will follow at Ketron Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in the name of Susan Greer to the Alzheimer’s Association (act.alz.org) or Dementia Society of America (dementiasociety.org) in order to advance research on dementia-related illnesses or to Lebanon Community Fellowship.

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

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA (276) 889-4444 is serving the Greer Family.

Anna Jessee Counts

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LEBANON, VA-Anna Jessee Counts, 93, a long-time resident of Lebanon, Virginia, passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 in Abingdon, Virginia.

She was born on August 24, 1923 in Russell County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Kaney Burns Jessee and Willie Mae Jessee.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years Henry Counts and her brother Paul J. Jessee.

After graduating from Temple Hill High School, she began her career in retail sales at Jenks and Mast, Lebanon Department Store and Keene Outlet. She was active in the Red Hat Society, Home Demonstration Club and the Top 50 Group at the Lebanon Baptist Church where she was a member and worshiped for over 47 years. Her greatest passion was cooking and feeding her family and friends.

She is survived by two daughters, Martha Kiser and husband Gary of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Betty Rowlett and husband Fred of Abingdon, Virginia; two granddaughters, Sara Paris and husband Mike of Fort Wayne, Indiana, and Emily Alvarez and husband Steven of Dallas, North Carolina; and six great-grandchildren, Ava, Mia, Sam and Sophia Paris and Brooks and Benjamin Alvarez.

The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at the Combs Funeral Service Chapel in Lebanon, Virginia with the Rev. Heath Kahlbau officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon, Virginia. The family will receive friends 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Lebanon Baptist Church, P.O. Box 488, Lebanon, Virginia 24266 or St. Judes Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 50, Memphis, Tennessee 38101-9929.

Expressions of sympathy may be made online to the family at www.combsfuneralservice.com Combs Funeral Service, 291 Highway 71, Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276)889-4444 is serving the Counts family.


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  • GLENDA SUTHERLAND says:

    DO U STILL HAVE RECORDS FROM 1980 ON GLEN EVERETT ELAM IF SO HOW COULD I GET THOSE IM HIS DAUGHTER

    • admin says:

      Just give us a call at 276-889-4444 and ask for James or Danielle. We should have his records on file. Thanks!! Combs Funeral Service

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