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Polly Lawson

May 27, 1944 - Sep 17, 2023

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Pennington Gap, VA

Dryden, Virginia Polly Francis (Dearry) Lawson age 79, passed into eternal peace on Sunday, September 17, 2023, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Polly was born on May 27, 1944, and is the daughter of the late, Zeb Dearry and Ida (Oxford) Dearry she was one of five children. She was born and raised in Dryden, VA. , as a young girl she enjoyed playing ball with her family. She was married to her late husband James Edward Lawson. She will be deeply missed by all that knew her. In addition to her...Read More

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Bruce Alton Burchett

Oct 24, 1942 - Feb 23, 2024

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Pennington Gap, VA

"Bruce Alton Burchett, age 82, of the Lone Branch Community, passed away on Friday, February 23, 2024 after a brief illness at the Lee Health and Rehab Center in Pennington Gap. Bruce was born on October 24, 1942 to John and Julia Burchett. Bruce was an avid farmer who loved his family. Bruce was a lifelong resident of Lee County and the Lone Branch Community. Bruce was a member of the VA National Guard and a VA National Guard Veteran. Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, John and Julia Burchett; daughter, Misty Leann Burchett Garrett and infant grandchild. Left to cherish his memory is his loving wife of 37 years, Joyce A. Burchett; step-son, Eddie Todd Trent (fiancé, Dawn Manis); step-grandchildren, Anna McCoig (Ben) and Noah Trent. Bruce is also survived by one brother, Robert Joe Burchett (Connie), Billy Burchett (Jennifer) and three great-nephews, Robby, Lincoln and Walker Burchett. A graveside service will be held on Monday, February 26, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. at the Snodgrass-Minor Cemetery in the Beech Grove Community, Jonesville, VA, with brother Jack Clark officiating. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 1:30 to proceed to the gravesite."

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Linda Schaeffer

Oct 11, 1949 - Jan 26, 2024

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Pennington Gap, VA

"Linda Schaeffer, age 74, of Rose Hill, Va passed into eternal peace on Friday, January 26, 2024 at Lee County Community Hospital. Linda was born in Lee County, VA., the daughter of the late Fred Benefield and Lucille Collins Benefield, she was one of seven Children. Linda spent her entire life here in these mountains. She shared many good times and memories with her family and friends throughout her life. Linda moved to Rose Hill about 10 years ago and began serving her Lord and Savior by being a devoted member of Calvary Baptist Church. She enjoyed working the ministries weekly, Church Pantry and Closet. During her working life she was a C.N.A. working for various nursing homes in the area, serving longest at Carter Hall in Dryden. She was a loving mother, mother-in-law, sister, and friend. She will be missed by all her family and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her three brothers, Jerry Benefield, James Wiles, \u0026amp; Merle \u0026quot; Hoot\u0026quot; Wiles, her sisters, Sue Hinkle, Mary Ellen Sweeney, and Freda Benefield. One son Art Cowden. Left to cherish her memory one son, James \u0026quot;Duker\u0026quot; Schaeffer and wife Jennifer, a host of other, nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends too numerous to count. Linda had some special request for her final arrangements. In keeping with her requests there will be no public services for her. She will be laid to rest alongside her family, in the Woodward Cemetery in the (Millers Chapel Section) of Lee County. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Those wishing to send condolences or to leave the family a memory please visit www.holdingfuneralhome.com Holding Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Linda Schaeffer."

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Freda Quillen Thomas

Jun 21, 1926 - Jan 31, 2024

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Pennington Gap, VA

Dryden, VA Freda Quillen Thomas, 97, went to her heavenly home, Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at Lee Health and Rehab in Pennington Gap, VA. She was born in Dryden, VA, to the late Roy and Pearl Quillen and was a life long resident. She worked for the United Postal Service over 41 years and retired as Postmaster. Her hobbies were gardening, art and woodcarving which she was very talented. Freda is preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Pearl Bryant Quillen, her husband, William Thomas, and several siblings. Left to cherish her memories is her sons, William W. Thomas, Jr and wife, Barbara of Rhoadesville, VA, and Wayne K. Thomas and wife, Pat of Big Stone Gap, VA; grandchildren, Michelle Speyer and husband, Art, Erin Kmiecinski and husband, Joe, Patrick Thomas and wife, Geneva, and Elizabeth Perkins and husband, Dylan; six great-grandchildren; special sister-in-law, Shelia Quillen of Kingsport, TN; several extended family, friends, and neighbors. A graveside will be held Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 11:00am at Powell Valley Cemetery in Dryden, VA. Family are asked to meet at Sturgill Funeral Home in Pennington Gap, VA at 10:30am to follow in procession. Guest registry available at www. sturgillfuneralhome.com Mullins-Sturgill Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Freda Thomas. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .

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Randy Calvin Hartley

Sep 02, 1957 - Jan 14, 2024

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Pennington Gap, VA

"Randy Calvin Hartley, 66, born September 2, 1957, passed away at Lee Health and Rehab Center, surrounded by loving and caring staff and friends in Pennington Gap, VA on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Randy went by the nickname \u0026quot;Country\u0026quot; in his younger years. Randy moved from place to place for the majority of his life until finding a home when he came to Lee Health and Rehab in 2019. He resided at LHRC for 5 years. Randy loved and enjoyed singing karaoke, coffee, old cars, car shows, shopping for model cars and spending the majority of his time working on model cars. His favorite American muscle car was a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air Hardtop. When he wasn’t working on his model cars, he enjoyed roaming the hallways visiting everyone where his voice and laughter echoed the hallway. He enjoyed picking on everyone at every chance he could. Randy will be greatly missed by many. Randy never met a stranger. He had favorites, but enjoyed all of them. None stuck out like his friend, and preacher, Josh Leonard, who Randy nicknamed, “Boss Man.” Randy had a dear friend Rebecca Taylor, and they enjoyed each other’s company. Most may remember Randy from his younger years as being rowdy, but when he gave his life to the Lord later in life, he became a loving, caring and humbled man. Randy was grateful for the mercy and forgiveness of his heavenly Father. He loved the Lord and would join staff for morning prayer each time. Randy was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ham Hartley and wife Amanda Hartley, his father, Raymond Calvin Hartley, his mother, Willie Leona Jenkins Hartley and a brother, Maurice “ Ress” Lynn Hartley. He is survived by a sister-n-law, Mary “Libby” Freeman Hartley; niece, Chrissy Tia Withers; a nephew, Dustin Maurice Hartley; many cousins, other family and very special friends. Our apologies to any that weren\u0027t mentioned. Randy loved his friends and family. He will be greatly missed! A memorial service will be held at Lee Health and Rehab Center, officiated by Joshua Leonard, at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2024. Online condolences may be sent by visiting, www.RobinetteFuneralHomes.com. Robinette Funeral Home of Jonesville is serving the Hartley family."

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Glen Alexander Perkins

Apr 08, 1948 - Jan 11, 2024

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Pennington Gap, VA

Pennington Gap, VA- Glen Alexander Perkins “Alex” was born on April 8, 1948, passed into eternal rest on Thursday, January 11, 2024. Alex was born in Lee County, Virginia, the son of the late Henry L. Perkins and Evelyn Skeens Perkins, he was one of two children. After graduation, Alex attended Milligan College where he earned not one, but two bachelor degrees. He then furthered his education and obtained his masters degree from Union College. He met and married the love of his life, Carolyn Carter Perkins in 1967, he spent the rest of his life devoted to his family, and education. Alex worked for the Lee County School system for 35 years, where he started teaching 3rd grade at Jonesville Primary School, later being promoted to assistant principal at Jonesville Primary School. He was also County Supervisor for the Follow Thru Program, where he then transferred to Elk Knob Elementary School and Stickleyville School at the same time. Alex served as principal at Jonesville Middle School and Thomas Walker. His life made a lasting impact on his students, colleagues, and countless others over the many years of dedicated service to the citizens of Lee County. Alex had many nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He was a very proud uncle “Alex” to the many children he and Carolyn helped raise from babies to school age and then to also serve as their principal. He had many special moments with those he crossed paths with. Alex’s service to the citizens of Lee County extended beyond being a principal and mentor, he also served on The Town Council of Pennington Gap. He served as a member of the Athletic Association where he served as the administrator for the athletic fields and the public swimming pool. He remembered his years of service fondly. He was a man of great integrity, public servant, and instrumental educator. He will be deeply missed by his family, colleagues, countless students and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his Maternal Grandparents Nellie and Orville Skeens of Big Stone Gap. His brother James L. Perkins Left to cherish his memories wife Carolyn Perkins, brothers and sisters-in-laws: Robert T. Carter and Pearl, Moran Carter, all of Pennington Gap, Clyde Carter and Marsha of Avon Indiana, sister in laws Virginia Wheeler of Pennington Gap, and Sandra A. Perkins of Johnson City, other close relatives, and friends. The family will receive friends on Sunday, January 14, 2024, at Mullins-Sturgill Funeral Home at 2:00 p.m. for a funeral service. The funeral service will be conducted in the chapel of Sturgill’s with Pastor Paul Davis Jr. officiating. Special Music will be played by Sturgill Funeral Home as they will play some music from his favorite gospel singer, Elvis. A committal service will be held following in Lee Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Pallbearers will be: Danny Carter, Mark Carter, Tyler Fannon, Dylan Fannon, Arthur Sanders, Adam Lambert, & Erik Walton. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made in Alex’s honor to Willis Chapel Church (124 Willis Chapel Rd, Pennington Gap, VA 2277) An online registry is available for the family at sturgillfuneralhome.com Mullins- Sturgill Funeral home is honored to serve the family of Alex Perkins To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .

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Ruby Nell Crockett Frye

Mar 09, 1930 - Jan 02, 2024

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Pennington Gap, VA

Ruby Nell Crockett Frye, age 93, peacefully went to her heavenly home on January 2nd, 2024. She was in her home surrounded by family. Ruby was born March 9th, 1930 to the late David Hobson Crockett and Myrtle Edds Crockett in Rose Hill, Virginia, where she lived and worked a majority of her life. She was saved at an early age, and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rose Hill, Virginia. Ruby was a graduate of the class of 1949 at Thomas Walker High school where she spoke highly of her years playing basketball. She was proud to be on the first team to win the Lee County Girls’ Basketball Championship. In 1950 she married Ewell Frye and spent the next 34 years side by side with him raising a family. She also worked for 32 years in the Lee County School System where she made lifelong friendships. She continued to look back fondly on those memories long after retirement. She was a great cook, and one of the most important parts of her life was making weekly Sunday dinners for her family to come and enjoy. In addition to Sunday dinners, she was widely known for her homemade fried apple pies and for the peanut butter roll she made every holiday season. Ruby also enjoyed travelling to new places with friends and visiting family. Other than her parents, she is preceeded in death by her husband Ewell Frye. Three brothers: David P. Crockett, Joe Crockett and Harold Crockett, and one sister Jewell Capps. She is survived by one sister, Jannette Daniel. Three daughters: Eweletta Surber (William) Rose Hill, VA, Cecil Long (James) Granbury, TX, and Betty Bailey, Ewing. Seven grandchildren: Adam Johnston (Kristin), Justin Johnston (Christi), Rebecca Bumpus (Michael), Kristopher Long (Heather), Dr. Lyndsay Long, Aaron Bailey (fiancé Sydney Yeary), and Lauren Pridemore (Patrick). Eleven great-grandchildren: Taylor Berkeley (Chance), Willa Johnston, Briar Johnston, Jaren Johnston, Brodie Johnston, Tucker Bumpus, Tanner Bumpus, Topher Long, Brock Long, Allison Pridemore, Ivy Pridemore and Levi Pridemore. Two great-great grandchildren: Amarilla Berkeley and Garner Berkeley. Special Brother-in-Law Truman Frye (Mary Ruth), sister-n-law Nancy Miller, and a host of extended family and friends. Special “Thank You” goes to Linda Matias and Barbra Russell who took wonderful care of Ruby so she could be remain in her home. She loved them both dearly. Visitation will be Sat 6, January, 2024 from 1 to 3 PM at First Baptist Church Rose Hill, Virginia 24281 where all friends and family are welcome. The Celebration of Life service will begin at 3:00 p.m. with burial to follow at the Crockett-Ely Cemetery in Rose Hill, Va. Celebration of Life service conducted by James Long and Rev. Carlos Wolfe. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to: Crockett-Ely Cemetery Fund First US Bank 5499 Thomas Walker Rd Rose Hill, VA 24281 To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .

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Cecile Hazelwood Ingram

Jun 14, 1932 - Dec 31, 2023

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Pennington Gap, VA

Cecile Hazelwood Ingram went to be with Jesus on December 31, 2023 at the age of 91. She was preceded in death by her husband, E.C. Ingram, Jr. She was born in Halifax County on June 14, 1932 to the late Robert Samuel Hazelwood and the late Elizabeth Terry Hazelwood. In addition to her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by her sisters Louise Whitlow and Myrtle Trammell and her brothers Aubrey Hazelwood, Elmer Hazelwood, and Willie Hazelwood. Cecile worked for 33 years at Daystrom Furniture, 12 years at Lasco Bathware, and for a number of years in the local textile mills. She enjoyed growing a garden, canning and freezing vegetables, yard work, bowling, and traveling around the United States. She is survived by her children, Charles Ingram and his wife Rose of Jonesville, VA and Gary Ingram and his wife Sandra of Disputanta, VA. She is also survived by her grandchildren Justin Ingram and his wife Angela of Herndon, VA, Stephanie Ingram of Charlottesville, VA and Laura Ingram of Disputanta, VA. She is also survived by good friends and neighbors Debbie and David Compton. Cecile was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00PM on Friday January 5, 2024 at Asbury United Methodist Church. Services will be conducted by Rev. Ken Hanson and by Rev. Bryant Wilburn. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services, 1:00PM-2:00PM at Asbury United Methodist Church. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for the wonderful care and kindness provided to Cecile by Lee Health & Rehab in Pennington Gap, VA and prior to this by caregivers Dorraine Hogue, Pearl Petty, Violet Satterfield, Mary Alice Dunn, Betty Chappell, and Shirley Harris. For memorials, please consider Asbury United Methodist Church, c/o James Priest, 2101 Asbury Church Rd, Vernon Hill, VA 24597. Online condolences may be directed to www.powellfuneralinc.com. Arrangements entrusted to Powell Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1603 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592.

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Carroll John Hammonds

Sep 20, 1926 - Dec 30, 2023

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Pennington Gap, VA

Pennington Gap, VA Carroll John Hammonds, 97, of the Skaggs Hill Community was born Monday, September 20, 1926, in Spartanburg, SC, and passed away Saturday, December 30, 2023, at his home. He was a veteran of the United States Army during WWII serving in Okinawa, Japan. In April 2022, Carroll was honored for his service with the trip of a lifetime to Washington, DC by Honor Flight of the Appalachian Highlands. He was the only WWII Veteran on this mission. Carroll was a lifelong butcher in Lee County, VA, finishing his career at Grabeel IGA in Pennington Gap, VA. His hobby was gardening each and every summer, which included growing the biggest watermelons. Carroll loved Jesus and was a faithful member of First Christian Church of Pennington Gap, VA. He was the happiest when he was with family and friends. Carroll is preceded in death by his parents, George and Goldie Hammonds of Pennington Gap, VA; sister, Lounette Huff of Dayton, OH; an infant brother George Jr.; brothers, Glen Hammonds of Maryville, TN, H.L. Hammonds of the Big Hill Community, Bill Hammonds of Harriman, TN, Ralph Hammonds of Kingsport, TN, and Milford Hammonds of the Big Hill Community. Carroll is survived by his wife of 75 years, Emma Gay Hammonds of the home; daughter, Kathy Carter (Danny) of the Hickory Flats Community; sister, Jeanette Million of Stickleyville; grandchildren, Lance Williams (DeLayla) of Taylors, SC, Brad Williams (Amanda) of Greer, SC, and Emmalee Hudson of Hutchinson, KS; great-grandchildren, Austin Soukup, (Claire), Declan Williams, and Anuhea Chaney; along with several nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. The family of Carroll Hammonds wish to thank Caris Healthcare Hospice of Big Stone Gap, VA for the continued care in his home over the past six months, with a special thanks to “the little girl”, Taylor. Visitation will be Thursday, January 4, 2024, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Sturgill Funeral Home in Pennington Gap, VA. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Bob Richards officiating. Burial and Military Honors will follow at Lee Memorial Gardens in Woodway, Pennington Gap, VA. In lieu of flowers, the family request donations to be made in his honor to either: First Christian Church 41481 W. Morgan Avenue, Pennington Gap, VA 24277, or Honor Flight of the Appalachian Highlands (HFAH) P.O. Box 251, Jonesboro, TN 37659. An online registry is available for the family at www.sturgillfuneralhome.com Mullins-Sturgill Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Carroll John Hammonds. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .

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Steven Cornell Jessee Sr.

Nov 16, 1946 - Dec 28, 2023

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Pennington Gap, VA

Pennington Gap, Virginia- Steven Cornell Jessee Sr. age 77, passed into Eternal rest on Thursday, December 28, 2023, at his home with his loved ones by his side. Steven was born in St.Charles and was the son of Clifford and Ella Harber Jessee. He was one of 4 children. Steven who was also known by his loved ones as “Papaw” loved to play music on his violin and help anyone he could. He was always putting others needs before his own and was always the one to call on when you had a problem because he was a jack of all trades. There wasn’t a job he couldn’t do or figure out. He was a soldier in the United States Army and fought in the Vietnam War. Steven and Norma met on the street in Pennington Gap and he just knew she was the one . They were married by Rev. Boyd Goodby soon after and were married for 54 years. They are now reunited with one another. From their union they had 4 children. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Monte Jessee, Frank Jessee and Ricky Jessee, a sister, Billie Harris of Toledo, Ohio, and a great grandchild, Oakley Jessee. Left to cherish his memory is his two sons; Steven Jessee Jr. and wife Barbara of St.Charles, VA, Joel Jessee of Pennington Gap, two daughters; Shelia Garwood and husband Carlos of Jonesville, VA, Melissa Smith of Washington, one brother; Burley Jessee and wife Darlene of Appalachia, VA, grandchildren; Logan Garrett and husband Sean, Dylan Hensley, Tyler Garwood, Jalaina Jessee, Steven Matthew Jessee, Abigail Chernewski and husband Bobby, Jonathan Smith, Gabriel Parker, Bryant Parker, Joel Caleb Jessee, Joshua Aaron Jessee, nine great grandchildren and his fur baby, Precious and several other close nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 5, 2023, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Mullins-Sturgill Funeral Home in Pennington Gap, VA. (298 Harrell St.) His funeral services will follow at 2:00pm in the chapel of Mullins-Sturgill Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Powell Valley Cemetery (Dryden,VA.) Family and friends will serve as Pallbearers An online register is available for the family at www.sturgillfuneralhome.com Mullins-Sturgill Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Steven Cornell Jessee Sr. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .

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Wilma Louise Short

Feb 26, 1953 - Dec 29, 2023

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Pennington Gap, VA

Pennington Gap, Virginia- Wilma Louise Short, age 70, passed away on Friday, December 29, 2023, at her home with her loved ones by her side. Wilma was born in St. Charles, Virginia and was the daughter to the late Donald and Carrie Benfield Hughes. Wilma was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter, Kimberly Short of Pennington Gap, her three sisters, Hannah Sutton of Dayton, Ohio, Lois Flatford of Alexandria, Indiana, Mary Cook of Alexandria, Indiana, her four brothers, Don Hughes Jr. of Kokomo, Indiana, Ellis Hughes of Kokomo, Indiana, Carl Hughes of Orestes, Indiana, John Paul Hughes of Anderson, Indiana. Left to cherish her memory is her brother, Vernon Hughes of Meeker, Colorado, sisters, Eileen Hughes of Knoxville, Tennessee, Avis Allen of Johnson City, Tennessee, her children, T.G. Short and wife Amanda and their children, Kayla and Daren Harless, Laura Gailey and husband Curtis and their children, Caleb Gailey, Nicholas Gailey, Samuel Gailey and Jacob Gailey and wifeTaylor, grandchildren, J.J Anderkin and companion Aleah and their children Braxton, Adrain, Kymber and Piper, Carrie Anderkin and her two children, Paul Short and his companion Zack. Wilma enjoyed being outside working in her flower garden and decorating her yard. She had a little dog named Pepper who she loved like her child. She loved driving her jacked up truck and going to mud bogs in her free time. She loved all of this stuff but nothing could compare to the love she had for her family. She loved spending anytime possible with them. Services for Wilma Louise Short will be private. An online registry will be available for the family at www.sturgillfuneralhome.com Mullins-Sturgill Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Wilma Louise Short. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of , please .

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