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November 2014

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NORTON, VA – Walter Ray “Tonk” Laney, 35, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, TN. He was a graduate of John I. Burton High School.

He is survived by two daughters, Kaitlyn Laney and Madison Laney of Norton, VA; his parents, Larry and Deborah K. Laney of Norton, VA; a brother, Larry Laney, Jr. of Norton, VA; a sister, Rebecca Laney of Norton, VA; a special brother and sister, Scott Spriggs and Missy Helbert.

The family will receive friends from 1-2:00 PM Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014 at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home. A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 PM Saturday in the funeral fome chapel with Deacon Ronnie Kiser and Pastor Jim Smith officiating.


NORTON, VA – Leon Hensley, 75, departed this life Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Indian Path Hospital in Kingsport, TN after an extended illness. Leon was born April 24, 1939 in the Hoot Owl Hollow section of Norton. He was preceded in death by his parents, Isaac S. Hensley and Bertha Lawson Hensley. He was also preceded in death by his youngest son, Richard “Ricky” Hensley; brothers Fred, Frank, Ralph, Jessie, Robert and David; sisters, Betty, Wilma and Margaret.

Leon is survived by his wife, Sandra Hensley of Norton, VA; his sons, Douglas (Glenda) Hensley, Roger (Linda) Hensley and their mother Janna Collier of Morristown, TN; his sister, Pauline Hamilton; his brother, Paul Hensley; stepchildren, Andrietta Marcum, Joseph (Kathy who is his very special and dedicated care-giver) and Kevin Wireman; grandchildren, Amanada Hensley, and Chad Hensley; great-granddaughter, Ava of Morristown, TN; step grandchildren, Cassandra Wireman, Shauna Wireman, Lindsey Wireman, Dustin Wireman, and James Wireman with great grandchildren Carter and Jacob Jessee of Norton; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 PM Thursday at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 PM Thursday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Ralph McFarland and Rev. Robert Dingus officiating. Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Friday at Laurel Grove Cemetery. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 AM Friday to travel in procession to the cemetery.


POUND, VA – Lucy M. Orender, 84, died Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014 at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Wise, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband William Orender, Sr. and her sons, Randy Orender, Monty Orender and David Orender.

She is survived by her son, William Orender, Jr. of Norton, VA; two daughters, Nancy Strickland of Greenville, SC and Brenda Hurd of McLeansville, NC; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a brother, Edward Teasley of Big Stone Gap, VA; and special friends, Mr. & Mrs. G.F. Austin, Earl Stanley and Genia Bateman.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 PM Thursday at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Friday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Freddie Powers officiating. Burial will follow in the Dewey Cemetery of the South Fork community of Pound, VA.


NORTON, VA - Doris M. Kinser, 85, of Cumming, GA, formerly of Hampton, VA, passed away peacefully Sunday, November 9, 2014, at Northside Hospital in Cumming after a brief illness.

Born in Blountville, TN, to Emmanuel (Doc) and Mamie Allison Lunsford, she grew up mostly in Southwest Virginia.  On August 19, 1946, she married Clarence L. Kinser of Norton, VA, who had just returned from WWII. He was a survivor of the Bataan Death March and a former POW of the Japanese.  They spent the next 23 years traveling to various military bases until his retirement in Hampton, VA, in 1969.  Mrs. Kinser was predeceased by her husband, Senior Master Sargent Clarence L. Kinser, in 2002 after 56 years of marriage.  She subsequently moved to Cumming, GA to be closer to family.

She is survived by 4 children, Patricia Kinser of Hampton, VA;  William (Linda) Kinser of Gainesville, GA;  Michael Kinser of Cumming, GA;  and Amy (Jason) Littleton of Greenville, SC;  9 Grandchildren;  12 Great Grandchildren;  and 1 Great Great Grandchild.  Additionally, she is survived by 2 brothers, M.A. Lunsford of Weber City, VA and Carl Lunsford of Abingdon, VA and 3 sisters, Ruby Partin of Madison Heights, MI; Norma Wright of Kingsport, TN; and Charlotte Faris of  Aurora, CO;  numerous nieces and nephews,  and many people who loved her.

She loved her family, pretty things, dolls and had a particular fondness for butterflies. She was a gentle and wise soul who always tried to find the good in everybody and everything. 

Calling hours will be held from 5PM -7PM on Sunday, November 16, 2014, at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home, 956 Park Ave. N.W. Norton, VA.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM on Monday, November 17th at Hagy and Fawbush Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at the Highland Cemetery in Norton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Health Wagon, PO Box 7070, Wise, VA 24293, or the charity of your choice.


NORTON, VA - Gail Williams, 72, died Tues, November 4, 2014.  She was the daughter of the late Ottis Collins, her mother, Mattie Provence Reed, and her stepfather, Meredith “Mack” Reed.  Gail was a member of the Park Avenue Baptist Church and Women on a Mission.  She also devoted her time as a member of the Mountain View Regional Medical Center Auxiliary. 

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Gary J. Williams, her children and their spouses:  Gary C.  and Lisa Williams, Norton, VA, Robert Jeffery and Daphane Williams, Bristol, VA, Leslie Mullins and Jeff Perry, Wise, VA, Angela and John Wright Cumberland, VA, Kathy and Randy Mitchell, Cumberland, VA and Michelle and Allen Brooksher, Nashville, TN, her 18 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Thursday at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton.  Funeral services celebrating Gail’s life will be at 7:00 PM in the funeral home chapel, with the Reverend Lee Kidd officiating.  Family and friends will gather at the funeral home Friday afternoon by 2:30 PM, where they will then travel in procession to the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens for burial.


NORTON, VA – Charles Ray Herron, 78, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Nov. 2, 2014 peacefully at his home with his loving family by his side after an extended illness. He was a retired coal miner and a former employee of Daniels Plumbing and Heating. He loved fishing and hunting. He was of the Pentecostal faith. He was born May 25, 1936 and was a lifelong resident of Wise County. He was the son of the late James Herron and Bessie Laney Herron. In addition to his parents he is also preceded in death by his loving wife, Kay Rene Perry Herron; one brother, Hershel Herron; and one sister, Charlotte Herron Rutherford.

He is survived by his loving children, three daughters, Vonda Herron Powers and her husband Wayne of Norton, VA, Tammy Herron of Norton, VA, Kimberly Herron of Ohio; a son, Nathaniel Herron of Norton, VA; grandson, Ryan Damen of Norton, VA; and his loving companion “Pepper”; several nieces and nephews.

At Charles request services will be private.


NORTON, VA – Thomas Sidney (Skip) Hall, III, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his father, Thomas Sidney Hall, Jr; his stepmother, Jo Ella Hall and a son, Joshua Frazier.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Hall of Norton, VA; two sons, Charles Hall and Kevin Hall, both of Norton, VA; a daughter, Allison Hall of Norton, VA; his mother, Dorothy Hall Mullins and his stepfather, Carl Wayne Mullins of Wise, VA; a brother, Shane Hall of Alexandria, VA; two sisters, Amy Hall of Norton, VA, Shea Culbertson and her husband Bradley of Wise, VA; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 PM Tuesday at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. A memorial service will be conducted at 7:00 PM Tuesday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Larry Hammonds officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home to help defray funeral costs.