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THOMAS PALMER STURGILL
NORTON, VA – Thomas Palmer
Sturgill, 87, died Thursday Sept. 25, 2014 at his residence in Big Stone Gap,
VA. Palmer was a member of the Zions Chapel in Big Stone Gap, VA. He was
preceded in death by a great grandson, Charlie Sturgill; a granddaughter, Amy
Sturgill; eight sisters and one brother.
He is survived by his wife,
Dorothy Baker Sturgill of Big Stone Gap, VA; two sons, Donald C and Sue C. Sturgill
of Big Stone Gap, VA and Wendal Sturgill, Sr. of Rogersville, TN; one daughter
Pamela and Homer Cochrane of Wise, VA; nine grandchildren; 13 great
grandchildren.; 2 great great grandchildren; one brother, Roy Clifford and Sue
Sturgill of Bristol, VA; two sisters, Beulah Wells of Norton, VA and Debbie
Smith of Atlanta, GA; several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends
from 5-7:00 PM Saturday at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral
services will be conducted at 7:00 PM Saturday in the funeral home chapel with
Rev. Roger Jenkins officiating. Graveside committal services will be conducted
10:00 AM Sunday at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. Family and friends will meet
at the funeral home by 9:30 AM Sunday to travel in procession the cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be
made to Zions Chapel, c/o Dianne Mabe, 5015 Back Valley Rd., Big Stone Gap, VA
KRISTINA MARIE PADILLA
Kristina Marie Padilla, 21, of
Big Stone Gap, VA died Thursday, September 18.
Kristina was a member of the 2011 graduating class of Appalachia High
School and was a part of the communications team of Sykes in Wise, VA.
She is survived by her mother,
Aubrey A. Valdez and Brian Stanley, Big Stone Gap, VA, her father and
step-mother, Stephen and Brenda Padilla, Colorado Springs, CO; her brothers and
sisters: Stephen Padilla, Jr., Ashton
Valdez, Abigail Valdez, Anthony Valdez, Zachary Padilla, and Julian Padilla. Her grandparents are: Jon and Dora Padilla, Sharon Modragon, Sarah
and Rick Windley, and Jackie L. and Michael Robert Smith.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Wednesday
at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be at 7 PM in the
funeral home chapel. Burial will be at
11 AM Thursday in the Stanley Cemetery on Caney Ridge. Memorial contributions may be made in care of
Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home, 956 Park Avenue, Norton, VA 24273.
NORTON, VA – Lillian Boyd Artrip,
age 90, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 at Mountain View Regional
Medical Center Long-Term Care Facility in Norton.
Lillian was born on April 26,
1924, the second child of 11 born to Homer and Lacy Woodward Boyd of Emory, VA.
At age 20, she was one of the wave of early women pioneers to join the
workforce. She took part in the war effort during World War II, manufacturing
shells at a plant in Bristol. While there, she was introduced to, fell in love
with, and married Armond “Zip” Artrip.
Later, the couple moved to Norton
where Lillian worked for a time at Jack and Jill Kindergarten and then for many
years at Wise Appalachian Regional Hospital. At 68, and still eager to
contribute, she completed certification as a geriatric nursing assistant and
began working with Mountain Empire Older Citizens. She excelled at work there,
earning the Grace Davis Award in 1994, just two years after she started. In
2001 at age 76, she was awarded the Mae French Outstanding Older Worker Award
in the region for the best demonstration of loyalty, commitment, service, and
kindness. She later went on to win a second place in the state of Virginia.
Lillian enjoyed being active in
the community. She was a member of the First Church of God in Norton since 1954
and enjoyed participating in the Women of the Church group. She often took part
in the Mountain Empire Older Citizens Walkathon to raise money for those
needing assistance with heating fuel costs. Lillian loved mountain music and,
for many years, could be found on Saturdays at the Country Cabin in Josephine,
where she was a wonderful dancer.
She had resided at Mountain View
Long-Term Care since January 2011. She was a beloved resident who enjoyed
visiting with the other residents and could often be found socializing in the
halls and dining room.
Lillian was preceded in death by
her husband, Armond Leland “Zip” Artrip; her brothers H.C., Tom, Jack, and
Harold Boyd; and her sister, Mamie Buck. She is survived by her daughters and
sons-in-law Ginger and Carl Beverly and Debbie and Charles Wampler; her
granddaughter and grandson-in-law Tiffany Beverly and Jon Edwards; and her
step-grandchildren Bryan Wampler and Holly Cockran.
Lillian was loved and will be
missed by all, but her family is grateful that she is at peace and rest in
The family will receive friends
from 10:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday, Sept. 20, 2014 at Hagy & Fawbush
Funeral Home. Services will be conducted at 12:00 Noon Saturday in the funeral
home chapel with Rev. Ken Taylor officiating. Burial will follow in the Powell
Valley Memorial Gardens.