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James Rhoten

Died : Nov 24, 2023

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Big Stone Gap, VA

Mount Carmel, Tn. /Big Stone Gap, Va. -James William Rhoten, 84, passed away on Friday, November 24, 2023, at Holston Valley Medical Center. A native of Wise County, Va. , he had lived in the Kingsport/Mount Carmel, Tn. area for the past 50 years. He served his country in the U. S. Army. He was a retired Chemical Process Operator at Tennessee Eastman, with 35 years of service. He played steel guitar professionally, having played with The McGlothlan's and various artists in Nashville, Tn. He love...Read More

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John Lee Mitchell, Jr.

Sep 22, 1940 - Jan 29, 2024

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Big Stone Gap, VA

"John Lee Mitchell, Jr., age 83, of Big Stone Gap, VA passed away on Monday, January 29, 2024 at Heritage Hall. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lee Mitchell, Sr. and Lillian Woods Mitchell. Survivors include his sister, Roxie Ellen Roberts and niece, Ann Moore. A private burial was held in Campground Cemetery. Akard Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Mitchell family."

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Christine Puckett Akens

Died : Feb 27, 2024

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Big Stone Gap, VA

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Christine Puckett Akens went to be with the Lord Tuesday, February 27, 2024, after an extended illness with Alzheimer’s. Her daughters were able to bring her home after she lived 20 months at The Laurels in Wise. This allowed her to be surrounded by her family and be exactly where she wanted to be as she entered into glory to walk the streets of gold with her heavenly Father. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was born in Haysi, Virginia. Her family relocated to Baltimore, Maryland as young child, where she grew up. She met and married her husband, Herschel David Akens in Baltimore, Maryland in 1965. They later relocated to Big Stone Gap, Virginia in 1973. She attended and was a member of New Hope Assembly of God in Big Stone Gap, since moving to Big Stone Gap (at the time the church was First Assembly of God). She loved the Lord with all her heart and delighted in serving Him by singing in the choir, helping in various capacities of the church. She went back to school at the Lee County Vocational Center, Lee County, Virginia and became an LPN in 1988. She went on to work in the healthcare field until she retired in July 2020. She had such a caring heart for her patients. Her heart for the Lord and her heart for her patient’s spilled over into her latter years despite the Alzheimer’s disease. During her time, at the Laurel, you’d often find her trying to help someone or find her praying with someone. Her kindness was always an example shining in the darkness, a beacon of light. Her family, her children, her grandchildren were her pride and joy. She loved attending family functions and loved trying new foods. She loved it when someone brought her something new try, especially sweets. She is proceeded in death by her husband Herschel David Akens; parents Garmen and Dora Johnson Puckett; sister Brenda Simms; brother Maynard Puckett; and special friend Richard “Dick” Malle’. She is survived by her daughters, Derissa “Dee” Winchell husband David of Wise, Va., Cherie Cochrane husband Roland of Norton, Va., and Terie Boyd fiancé Andrew Lawson of Big Stone Gap, Va.; brother, James Puckett wife Betty of Westminister, Md.; sister, Theda Brann husband Donnie of Kinsale, Va.; sister, Marcia Smith husband Everett of Culpeper, Va.; brother-in-law, Tom Simms of Randallstown, Md.; sister-in-law Pat Puckett of Monroe, Georgia; sister-in-law Reka Ely of Charlotte, NC; grandchildren Kristin Glover husband Harold of Wise, Va.; Brittney James fiancé Carson Coleman of Bristol, Tn., Craig Winchell of Dandridge, Tn., Elizabeth Brooks of Big Stone Gap, Va., Jonah Cochrane of Norton, Va. and Ben Cochrane of Norton, Va.; great-grandchildren Caitlin Glover and Jace Glover of Wise, Va.; Zayden Brooks and Camille Brooks of Big Stone Gap, Va.; and a host of nieces and nephews she loved dearly. The family will receive friends 11:00am – 1:00pm Saturday, March 2, 2024 at New Hope Assembly of God, 1405 1st Ave., E. in Big Stone Gap. The service will follow at 1:00pm with Pastor Wayne Hager officiating. Burial will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers: David Winchell; Craig Winchell; Roland Cochrane; Harold Glover; Jonah Cochrane; Ben Cochrane; Jace Glover; Carson Coleman; Andrew Lawson A special thank you to Dr. Christopher Basham and staff for all the compassion and year of care they had for our mother. To the Laurels Retirement and Assisted Living Facility for your care and love. To Palliative & Hospice of Norton for your care, love, dignity and unwavering support during our time of need. You all are the best there in is in the industry. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to New Hope Assembly of God Building Fund, 1405 1st Avenue East, Big Stone Gap, Virginia 24219. Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve Mrs. Akens’ family. To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit or the funeral home Facebook page.

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Evelyn A. Lee

Jul 12, 1928 - Feb 25, 2024

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Big Stone Gap, VA

"Big Stone Gap, Virginia Evelyn A. Lee, 95, passed away Sunday, February 25, 2024 at her home in Big Stone Gap. She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Lee; sons, Johnny Lee and Bill Lee. Evelyn is survived by her children, Gary Lee and wife Judy, Judy Dorton and husband Charlie, Sharon Maness, Nina Taylor; daughter in law, Pamela Lee; 16 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 pm Friday, March 1, 2024 at the Appalachia Pentecostal Church with services following at 7 pm officiated by Grayson Cothron. Graveside services will be held at 11 am Saturday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. Family and friends will meet at the church at 10 am for the procession to the cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rodney Taylor, Michael Norton, Elijah Vaughan, Gabriel Vaughan, Randy Lee, and Glenn Lee."

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Frances Irene Morelock

Sep 29, 1979 - Feb 01, 2024

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Big Stone Gap, VA

"Big Stone Gap, Virginia Frances Irene (Neaves) Morelock went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 1, 2024, at her residence after a courageous battle with cancer. Frances was born September 29, 1979, in Wise, Virginia to Curtis Eugene Neaves and the late Jayne Irene (Graham) Neaves. She was a graduate of Powell Valley High School class of ’97. After graduating high school, Frances obtained her associate\u0027s degree from Mountain Empire Community College. Frances was a dialysis technician at Fresenius Kidney Care where she was deeply loved by her patients and colleagues. She was of the Christian faith and attended Cornerstone House of Prayer in Big Stone Gap. Frances loved reading, was an avid animal lover, and cared deeply about her grandchildren and her family. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Frances was preceded in death by her mother, Jayne Irene (Graham) Neaves; grandmother, Thelma Graham; stepson, Matthew Morelock; special friend, Betty “Whiz” White; along with her two special dogs, Trixie and Bean. She is survived by her husband, Michael Stephen Morelock of the home; her father, Curtis Eugene Neaves; stepson, Alex Morelock; brother, Matthew Neaves; sisters, Rebecca Meade, Jennifer Neaves; grandchild, Eloise Riley Morelock; special nephew, Skyler Meade; along with several other close relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at Holding Funeral Home on Tuesday, February 6, 2024, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm for the visitation. Funeral Services will follow in the funeral homes chapel with Rev. Beth Tipton officiating. A memorial video has been created for family and friends at: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/46P7Z52RTQDKJCRJ An online register is available for the family at www.holdingfuneralhome.com Holding Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Frances Irene Morelock."

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Sheila Dianne Dotson

Apr 25, 1965 - Jan 31, 2024

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Big Stone Gap, VA

"Sheila Dianne (Hess) Dotson- age 58, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, January 31, 2024 at her home. Sheila was born and raised right here in Southwest Virginia. In her youth, she played ball, and was an adventurous person who spent many times camping, fishing and spending time with her loved ones. She was a hard worker, who was dedicated to her family. She loved them deeply and will be sorely missed by her entire family. She was preceded in death by her parents Conley Hess and Wanda (Chapman) Hess, her brother Mike Hess mother in law Mamaw \u0027Tootie\u0026quot; Dotson. Left to cherish her memory husband Corky Dotson, daughter Angela Ritchie (Jamie), seven grandchildren, Elijah, Deegan, Caleb, Andrew, Lydia, Jake, Avery, also daughter Nicole Anderson, other close relatives, and friends. The family will receive friends on Monday, February 5, 2024 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Holding Funeral Home for the visitation. The funeral service will be conducted following in the funeral home\u0027s chapel with Michael Riebe officiating. A memorial video has been created for family and friends at: https://www.tributeslides.com/tributes/show/ZXXRP4N2SF8XK3X7 An online register is available for the family at www.holdingfuneralhome.com Holding Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Sheila Dianne Dotson."

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Henderson Ballard Powers

Died : Feb 17, 2024

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Big Stone Gap, VA

Coeburn, Virginia February 19, 2024 Henderson Ballard Powers, 83, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2024, at the Lonesome Pine Hospital Big Stone Gap, Virginia. He was a US Army Veteran, a retired Miner, an avid hunter, and fisherman; and attended the Pine Camp Church of God of Prophecy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward & Elizabeth Powers, and his wife Buretta Faye Powers. Surviving is his daughter, Michelle (Mark) McClellan of St. Paul, VA., two sons, Mark Powers of Knoxville, TN. and Shane Powers of Coeburn, VA. two grandchildren, Noelle (Zach) Church, Chantry (Chessie) Powers, three great grandchildren, Parker Church, Dean Church, and Jameson Church. The family will receive friends Thursday, February 22, 2024, 5 P.M. to 7 P.M. at the Sturgill Funeral Home 310 6th Street NW Coeburn, VA. Funeral Service will follow in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Curt Bond officiating. Graveside Service will be conducted 11 A.M. Friday, February 23, 2024, at Greenwood Acres Cemetery Coeburn, VA. The family and friends will meet at 10:15 A.M. at the funeral home to line up and go in procession to the cemetery. Please visit www.sturgillfuneral.com to sign guest register book online. Sturgill Funeral Homes 310 6th Street NW Coeburn, VA. 24230 in charge of arrangements.

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Edna Maxine Shelton

Died : Feb 15, 2024

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Big Stone Gap, VA

Big Stone Gap, Va.-Edna Maxine Shelton, 102, went to be with the Lord Thursday, February 15, 2024, at her home. Born in Knox County, Ky., she also lived in Brookside, Ky., Kingsport, Tenn., and had lived in Big Stone Gap since 1965. She loved to read and sew, but her dedication to her Lord and church was most important. She was saved at Ages (Ky.) Baptist Church, served and worshiped at Missionary Baptist Church in Woodway, Va., where her husband served as pastor for over 30 years, and most recently had been a member of First Baptist Church in Big Stone Gap. Mrs. Shelton loved her family and sharing life’s experiences, and loved entertaining and all who visited her home. She loved to pamper people with a good meal. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Shelton; her daughter, Charlotte Shelton; her son, George Remus Shelton; a granddaughter, Denise McGinnis; her parents, Willie and Dora (Brooks) Anderkin; siblings, Renus Anderkin, Reva Blakley, Elmer Anderkin, Viola Trammell, Odessa McConnell, Geneva Bergman, Dolly Eades, Shelby Anderkin, Faye Greer and Bill Anderkin; daughter-in-law, Polly Shelton; and two sons-in-law, David Arch and Ronald Castle. Surviving are her children, Alvin Shelton and wife Frances of Charleston, W. Va., Doris Arch Smith and husband Paul, and Sandra Castle, both of Big Stone Gap, Va.; six grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Betty Hubbs and husband Graddie of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and Nell Roark and husband Virgil of New Lebanon, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews and extended family. The family will receive friends from 11:00am – 1:00pm Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave, W., Big Stone Gap, Va. The service will follow at 1:00pm with Pastor Rick Phillips officiating. Burial will follow at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. The family will serve as pallbearers. Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the Shelton family. To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit or the funeral home Facebook page.

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Sue Frances Liddle Vaughn

Oct 02, 1938 - Feb 02, 2024

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Big Stone Gap, VA

Sue Frances Liddle Vaughn, 85, of Big Stone Gap passed away on Friday, February 2, 2024 at Holston Valley Medical Center. Sue was born on October 2, 1938 in Richlands, Virginia to the late Thomas Jessee Liddle and Vearl Coleman Liddle. She was a proud 1956 graduate of Big Stone Gap High School. After high school she continued her education at James Madison University before completing her Bachelor of Education at East Tennessee State University. She went on to teach for over 40 years in the Virginia and Florida School Systems. She was the president of the Florida Teachers Union for many years advocating for teachers and students in the State of Florida. She was a published author with her piece “Where’s Roscoe” in Chicken Soup for the Teachers Soul. Sue was the past-president of the Women’s Bass Club for the State of Florida. Sue founded Big Stone Gap’s first book club, The Pine Knots, in honor of author Adriana Trigiani. She was also very active in the Friday morning Bridge Club for several years. Her greatest joys in life were being “Granny Sue” to her grandchildren and anyone else who walked into her home, teaching the many kids who stepped in her classroom, heading the Big Stone Gap High School Reunion , fishing, reading any book she could find, and spending time with her family and friends. Along with her parents she’s preceded in death by her husband, Joe Andrew Vaughn; brother in-law, Kenneth Breeding. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Beth Holding Hagan and husband John; sons, William Thomas “Tommy” Holding and John Michael Holding; sister, Ann Liddle Breeding; granddaughters, Erin Grace Hagan and companion Daniel Wade, Jessica Holding, Brittany Holding, Teresa Holding, and Leslie Porter; grandson, Jessee Patton Hagan and wife, Morgan; great grandson, Luke Andrew Hagan; along with several other great grandchildren, family, and friends. Per Sue’s wishes she will be cremated with a private graveside service held for the family at Glencoe Cemetery. Gillam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to serve the family of Sue Liddle Vaughn. To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit or the funeral home Facebook page.

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John Lee Mitchell, Jr.

Sep 22, 1940 - Jan 29, 2024

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Big Stone Gap, VA

"John Lee Mitchell, Jr., age 83, of Big Stone Gap, VA passed away on Monday, January 29, 2024 at Heritage Hall. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Lee Mitchell, Sr. and Lillian Woods Mitchell. Survivors include his sister, Roxie Ellen Robers and niece, Ann Moore. A private burial was held in Campground Cemetery. Akard Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Mitchell family."

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Willie D. Moore

Died : Jan 26, 2024

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Big Stone Gap, VA

NORTON, VA. JANUARY 29, 2024 Willie D. Moore, 74, passed away Friday, January 26, 2024 at the Lonesome Pine Hospital in Big Stone Gap, VA. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam War and was a retired long haul truck driver. He was preceded in death by his wives, Mildred Moore and Sheila Moore; son, Ricky Moore; daughter, Misty Moore; his parents, L.D. and Georgia Moore; brothers, Jerry Moore, Wayne Moore, David Moore, Archie Moore, Johnny Moore, and Musco Moore; and sisters, Mary Hankins and Georgia Ann Moore. Surviving are a son, Bobby Moore and wife Robin; daughters, Deborah Zacchini and husband Patrick, Christy Joseph, Nancy Willis, Patty Lambert, Janice Moore, and Jamie Buchannan; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Loretta and Coetta; brother, William J. Moore; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services for Willie D. Moore will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 1, 2024 at the Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel in Wise, VA with Ricky Branham officiating. Burial will follow in the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Norton, VA. Family will receive friends from 12:30 P.M. till time of services at 2:00 P.M. Thursday at the funeral home. Please visit www.sturgillfuneral.com to leave online condolences for the family. Sturgill Funeral Home 1621 Norton Road SW Wise, VA 24293 is in charge of arrangements.

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