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Yvette Smith

Dec 20, 1956 - Sep 16, 2023

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Big Stone Gap, VA

"Big Stone Gap, Virginia Yvette Smith passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at her residence. Yvette was born in Wise County, the daughter of the late Ledford Smith and JoAnne (Dickenson) Smith. She was one of four children. She graduated from Powell Valley High School class of 1975. After graduation she attended Union College in Barbourville, KY. Once she returned, she held several jobs in the area, retiring from Wal-Mart. She was devoted to her animals. She loved any and al...Read More

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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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Carolyn Sue Maggard Ketchersid

Jan 23, 1950 - Jan 22, 2024

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Big Stone Gap, VA

BIG STONE GAP, VA – Carolyn Sue Maggard Ketchersid, 73, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, January 22, 2024 at her home after a lengthy illness. Carolyn was born January 23, 1950 in Cumberland, Ky. to the late Charlie and Majil Maggard. She was raised in Big Stone Gap and graduated from Powell Valley High School. Carolyn worked for Westmoreland Coal Company for 15 years before opening her own business in the “Pink House” on Wood Avenue in Big Stone Gap. She first offered salon services including hair and nails, women’s clothing and accessories. She then opened Fritzi’s Tea Room where she offered gourmet lunches. A mighty woman of God, Carolyn was a member of New Hope Assembly of God in Big Stone Gap. In addition to her parents, sister, Lois preceded her in death. Carolyn is survived by her husband of 33 years, Dallas Ketchersid; her son, Darren Caruso; four grandchildren, Alex, Chelsea, Ezekiel and Zion Caruso; brother, Alan Maggard and wife Sandra; and several nieces, nephews and extended family. The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 25, 2024 from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at New Hope Assembly of God, 1405 First Ave E., Big Stone Gap, Va. Funeral services will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Pastor Rick Whitten officiating. Burial will follow at American Legion Cemetery. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers. Gilliam Funeral Home and Crematory is honored to served the Ketchersid family. To view the obituary online and offer condolences, visit

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Bessie Mae Flint

Feb 12, 1954 - Dec 28, 2023

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Big Stone Gap, VA

"\u0026quot;What A Way To End A Journey\u0026quot; What a way to end this journey what a way to finish this life When we step off into that city free of worldly pain and strife What a way to end lifes journey when we step on streets of gold The splendor we have read about oh, the half has never been told Meeting Jesus and our love ones abiding in that city forevermore No more worry, pain nor sorrow will ever enter the heavenly door Beholding walls, made of jasper and a crystal sea flowing near by Each day seeing something new beauty never seen by human eye We\u0027ll behold the many treasures with eyes that\u0027ll never hold tears Basking in the glory of the Lord for millions and millions of years By: Bessie Flint Bessie Mae Flint was born Feb. 12, 1954, and went to be with our heavenly father on Dec. 28, 2023. Bessie loved the Lord, her family, and all animals. She was so very gifted, from singing, writing poetry and sewing. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and a contagious laugh. The world was a better place with her in it. She will be greatly missed by all. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank Flint, Mother, Mary Nola Powers Father, James Floyd Brooks Children, Peggy and Bruce Flint Siblings, Lizzie Beeler, Virginia Williams, Mary Brooks, Linda Reed, and White Brooks. Bessie is survived by her Children Regina (Steve) Mitchell of Dandridge TN, Renee (Bryan) Wolfe of Bean Station, TN Jason Farley Of Ewing VA, April Farley of Leavenworth KS, Jennifer Farley of Leavenworth KS Debra Day of Atchison KS, Brothers David and Ben Brooks of VA, 16 Grand Children and 9 Great Grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on Saturday, January 27, 2023, at Holding Funeral Home of Rose Hill from 1:00pm to 2:00pm. A funeral service will follow in the funeral homes chapel at 2:00pm. An online register is available for the family at www.holdingfuneralhome.com Holding Funeral Home of Rose Hill is serving the family."

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