WISE, VA - Wilma Doris Ratliff Stone, 71, died Sunday, March 31, 2013 at Mountain View Regional Medical Center. Wilma was born in St. Paul, Virginia, a daughter of Fred Cameron and Ella Mae (Jacobs) Ratliff. She was a graduate of Southwest Virginia Community College and was a retired health caregiver. While at SVCC she was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She had been a resident of Heritage Hall in Big Stone Gap for the past few years. Wilma was a devoted follower of Christ. She was preceded in death by her sisters and brothers: Dorothy Jean Ratliff, Mary Magdalene Ratliff, Fred Allen Ratliff, Lonnie Harold Ratliff, and Jerry Lee Ratliff.
Surviving are her children: Genia (David “Yogi”) Ramey, Angela “Angie” Grigsby and her fiancé Michael Ward, and Carl (Heather) Stone, all of Wise; the children’s father, Douglas Stone, Castlewood, VA, her two sisters: Shirley (Clarence) Hobbs, Clearwater, FL, and Mary Ruth Childress, Clintwood, VA. There are seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Tuesday at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be at 7 PM Tuesday in the funeral home chapel, with Pastor Jim Wells officiating. The family and friends will gather at 10 AM Wednesday at the funeral home, where they then will travel in procession to Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood for burial.
BIG STONE GAP, VA – Anthony E. (Tony)
Fultz, 42, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in Lonesome Pine Hospital. He was a
former employee of Cassell Electric Co. He was preceded in death by his father,
Freddie Jim Fultz.
He is survived by his son,
Anthony Christopher Fultz of Big Stone Gap, VA; a daughter, Christian Jade
Fultz of Norton, VA; a granddaughter, Emma Grace Fultz; his mother, Mildred
Fultz of Big Stone Gap, VA; his brothers, Gregory Fultz, Terry Fultz and his
wife, Ruby all of Big Stone Gap, VA, James Fultz of Norton, VA; sisters, Pam
Tardy of Kingsport, TN and Donna Allen of Norton, VA; and a host of friends.
The family will receive friends
from 5-7:00 PM Friday at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home. Funeral services will
be conducted at 7:00 PM Friday in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Kenneth
Sturgill officiating. Interment will be at a later date.
NORTON, VA – Josephine (Jo) Lynn
Kilgore died Sunday, March 24, 2013, in Holston Valley Hospital. Josephine was
an employee of Wal-Mart in Norton and Food City in Wise. Josephine loved
animals and had great compassion for hungry animals. She was preceded in death
by her parents, Woodrow and Ruth Kilgore; a sister, Sandra Kilgore; the love of
her life, her dog Ginger and best buddy, Pinto.
Survivors are her sister, Judy
Kilgore on Norton, VA; special cousins, Richard Stewart of Wise, VA and Tom
Stewart of Greensboro, NC; good friends and neighbors, Harold and Trish Peters
of Norton, VA; special friends, Mitch and Ginny, Jana, Fred Cross, Brad, Judy
Jones, Betty King and special Magic Mart friends and her cat, Fancy.
At Josephine’s request there will
be no public funeral service. A private committal service will be in Powell
Valley Memorial Gardens.
NORTON, VA – Robert Earl Lawson,
63, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Vanderbilt Hospital
in Nashville, TN. He pastored for over 25 years at several area churches and
was currently pastoring at Open Door Assembly of God in Norton. His passion was
his faith and his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilbert
Lawson and Yvonne Winebarger Lawson Johnson, his daughters, Roberta Earlene
Lawson and Angela Faye Lawson, and a brother, Johnny Ray Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Judy
Ann Darnell Lawson of Norton, VA; daughters, Crystal Cole and her husband Ron
of Wise, VA, Becky Lawson of Wise, VA, Myra Palmer and her husband Bud of
Norton, VA; foster daughter, Wanda Henson of Kentucky; grandchildren, Canaan
Stacy, Abram Stacy, Brittany Hensley and her husband Michael, Tiffany Cole, Emily
Trent, Sarah Bevins, Cassie Palmer, William Palmer and Ally Palmer; his brother,
Harold Lawson and his wife Lynn of Wise, VA; his sister, Margaret Hamm and her
husband Raymond of Sandusky, OH; his mother-in-law, Alice Fields of Norton, VA;
step father, Offie Johnson of Coeburn, VA; a host of nieces, nephews and church
The family will receive friends
from 5-7:00 PM Saturday at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home. Funeral services
will be conducted at 7:00 PM Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Dennis
Banks, Roger Jenkins and Donald Harding, Jr. officiating. Graveside committal
services will be conducted 3:00 PM Sunday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.
Family and friends will meet at the funeral home 2:30 PM Sunday to travel in
procession to the cemetery.
FALLS CHURCH, VA-
Barbara Piper Sutton Fraley, 89, died March 17, 2013, with her family by her
side in Falls Church, Virginia. She was
born September 25, 1923, in Arlington, Virginia, to Samuel and Marian Perkins
Sutton. Her parents owned and operated Cameo Furniture Store in Washington, DC.
Barbara graduated from
Washington and Lee High School in 1941. She attended William and Mary College
in Williamsburg, Virginia. She met William E. Fraley, Jr. when he was cadet at
VPI and they married in 1942. In 1946
they moved to Norton, Virginia, where sons Roger S. Fraley and William E.
Fraley, III were born. In 1951, they
moved to Falls Church, Va. where their daughter Catherine Page Fraley was born.
While in Falls Church, Barbara was an active member of Dulin United Methodist
Church and the Falls Church Women’s Club. She was active in politics and
volunteered with the Falls Church Cerebral Palsy Center.
After retirement in
1972, they returned to Norton where Barbara worked for Dr. John Dellinger,
Paul’s Music Service, and The Coalfield Progress. She was a member of the Norton United
Methodist Church where she served as treasurer for 20 years. She was also a
member and president of the United Methodist Women and a member of the
administrative board. Barbara belonged to the Green Thumb Garden Club for
thirty years serving as its first president. She volunteered at St. Mary’s
Hospital, Mountain Empire Older Citizens, and was a tutor with the Adult
Barbara was preceded
in death by her parents, Samuel and Marian Sutton; husband, William Elbert
Fraley, Jr.; sister, Martha Sutton; and sister and brother-in-law, Claudia and
She is survived by her
three children, Roger Sutton Fraley of West Palm Beach, Fl., William Elbert
Fraley Jr. and Catherine Page Fraley both of Falls Church, Va.; her
grandchildren Gordon and wife Elisabeth of Arlington, Va., Kaelin, Logan and
Graham Fraley of McLean, Va.; her great-grandchild Pendleton Lyons Fraley of
Arlington, Va.; her nephew Gregory Rambo, wife Sandra, and family; and 17
Fraley nieces and nephews and their families.
Visitation will be on
Friday, March 29, from 5:00 to 7:00, at Hagy Fawbush Funeral Home, Norton, Va.
The Funeral Service will be at 11:00 am, Saturday March 30, at the Norton
United Methodist Church with a reception following at the Holiday Inn.
Interment will be at 2:30 pm Saturday at the Russell Memorial
Cemetery, Lebanon, Va.
contributions may be sent to the Barbara S. Fraley Scholarship Fund at the
University of Virginia Wise,Office of
Development & College Relations, Bowers-Sturgill Hall, One College Avenue,
Wise, VA 24293, C/O Winston Ely or the Norton United Methodist Church, PO Box
76, Norton, Va. 24273.
BOBBY GLEN HERRON
BIG STONE GAP, VA – Bobby Glen
Herron, 75, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at Holston
Valley Hospital in Kingsport, TN. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served
during the Korean Conflict. He was of the Freewill Baptist faith. Bobby was an
avid fisherman and hunter and was a former employee of Century Cable in Norton.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cheryl Jean Herron, in 2006.
He leaves behind 2 sons, John
Herron of League City, TX, Allen Herron and his wife, Toni, of East Stone Gap,
VA; 2 daughters, Ruth Ashley and her husband, Doug, of Big Stone Gap, VA,
Bobbie Joe Lovell and her husband, Keith, of Big Stone Gap, VA; 2 grandsons,
Nicholas Lovell and Cody Lovell; a granddaughter, Chelsey Herron; a sister,
Jean Jaramillo of Norton, VA; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends
from 6-8:00 PM Saturday at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral
services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Sunday in the funeral home chapel with
Rev. Glen Ritchie officiating. Burial will following the American Legion