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September 2017

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OSAKA, VA - Edward LeRoy “Roy” Stidham, 71, departed this life and entered in to rest with his Savior on September 30, 2017.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Anderson “Bud” Stidham and Irene Clark Stidham, a brother, Danny Ray Stidham, and a special friend, Vickie Smith.

Roy was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA.  He loved to fish and spend time at his camper on the Clinch River.  He served as a board member, “father of the church”, and faithful member of the Haven of Praise Ministries in Appalachia.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Liz Stidham, a son, Lee Stidham and his wife Melissa of Osaka, VA, a daughter, April Hall and her husband, David, Big Stone Gap, VA.  His granddaughters are:  Jessica Burke, Norton, VA, Gabby Stidham, Osaka, VA, Kelsey Harris and Karley Harris, Knoxville, TN; and a great grandson, Lucas Franklin.  Also surviving are his brothers, Ralph Stidham and his wife Cleta, Dunbar, VA, and Pete Thacker “Stidham” and his wife, Tracy, Roda, VA; his sisters-in-law:  Etta Stidham, Peggy Lambert, Lou Sizemore, Janice Parsons, and Lona Grubb, his brothers-in-law:  Jim Parsons and Tex Parsons, Appalachia, VA, a special son, Chris Burke and a host of nieces and nephews who will greatly miss Roy.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Tuesday at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton.  A funeral service will be at 7 PM in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Lee Stidham officiating, music by daughter, April Stidham and granddaughter, Jessi Burke.  Family and friends will gather between 10 and 10:30 AM Wednesday at the funeral home where they will then travel in procession to Powell Valley Memorial Gardens for committal service and burial.

The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to the Haven of Praise Building Fund, 410 Spruce Street, Appalachia, VA  24216.


NORTON, VA – Doris Rhea Smith Sturgill, 84, died Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, at her home in Norton. As a teenager, she played basketball and as an adult loved camping in the Everglades, riding mini-bikes and taking her children, nieces and nephews to outdoor parks. She loved to embroidery and was well known for her fried apple pies.

She had a love of family, church family, friends and service to others that was not surpassed. Her wonderful outlook on life and attitude of gratitude for even the smallest wonder and beauty was a blessing to everyone who encountered her. This attitude continued and carried her through her illness when the struggle became great. Her cheerful attitude and caring presence will be greatly missed, but will be carried with each of us as a reminder of how beautiful life can be. One of her last mornings with us, she woke, looked out of the window and said, “It’s a BE- U- TE- Ful day” – and that is how she lived each and every day, looking at the beauty of the day.

Doris was of the Apostolic Pentecostal faith. She served as a nurse’s aide working in Dr. Bond’s office and St. Mary’s hospital in Norton. Later she worked at Broward General Hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. She also enjoyed mowing lawns in Ft. Lauderdale.

She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Roy and Nancy Jackson Smith; two sisters, Monette Dean and Peggy Adams Smart; an infant sister, Norma Lois Smith and infant twin brothers.

She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 65 years, Charles Winfred Sturgill of Norton, Va.; her daughters, Connie (Donnie) Culbertson and Brenda (Gary) Bolling, both of Norton, Va.; grandchildren, Bucky (Lora) Culbertson, Melissa (Richard) Bateman, both of Norton, Va., Mark (Renee) Bolling of Appalachia, Va.; great grandchildren, PFC Tessa (Zech) Rose, U.S. Army, Laken Culbertson, Colton Culbertson, Elizabeth Bateman and Aaron Bateman all of Norton, Va., Gavin Bolling, Allyson Bolling, Asia Bateman, all of Appalachia, Va.; a sister, Patsy (Jerry) Carlson of Rutledge, Tn.; many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 7 pm in the funeral home chapel with Pastor Donnie Culbertson and Minister David Vanover officiating. Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11 am Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 am Friday to travel in procession to the cemetery.


WISE, VA – Helen Marie Roberts, 87, went home to be with the LORD Saturday, September 23, 2017.  Born in Norton, VA, she was a daughter of the late Nile Joyner and Martha Joyner Amburgey and her step-father Wilson Amburgey.  She was also preceded in death by three brothers:  Ralph Joyner, Milborn “Pig” Joyner, and Delmar Amburgey.  Helen worked at the former Park Avenue Hospital and the former St. Mary’s Hospital in their dietary departments for many years. 

Surviving are her sons, Randy Roberts, Raleigh, NC and Dennis Roberts and his wife, Susie of Wise, VA; six grandchildren: Denny (Missy) Roberts, Shannon (April) Roberts, Tim Roberts, Zack Roberts, Amanda Kelley, and Krissy Good; ten great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and many special friends

The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Tuesday at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton.  Her funeral service will be at 11:00 AM Wednesday in the funeral home chapel, with the Reverend Allen Culbertson and the Reverend Junior Bentley officiating.  Burial will follow in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.


NORTON, VA – Glen Edward Sturgill, 79, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Mountain View Regional Medical Center. He was a son of the late James Edward Sturgill and Eunice Rollins Sturgill. Glen was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during the Korean War. He was a former member of the Norton Fire Department. He was also a former volunteer for the J.I. Burton Band and the “Chain Gang” during the J.I. Burton Football home games. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his daughter, Melissa Lynn Sturgill; a sister, Patricia Harlow and a brother, Sonny Sturgill.

He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Elizabeth Ann Wade Sturgill; two daughters, Kathy Sturgill Miles and her husband Ronald of Abingdon, Va., Vivian Sturgill of Norton, Va.; two sons, Eddie Sturgill and his wife Nadia of Boston, Mass., Brian Keith Sturgill of Christiansburg, Va.; two grandchildren, Marissa Jones Mullins and her husband Gene of Big Stone Gap, Va., Lindsey Sturgill-Roberts and her husband, Joshua of Lebanon, Va.; three great grandchildren, Caiden Owens, Gavyn Jones and Liam Roberts; three sisters, Shelby Roth and her husband Ben of Elkton, Md., Darlene Sturgill of St. Louis, Mo., and Sherry Sturgill of Kingsport, Tn.; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 pm Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 pm Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Jimmy Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens where military graveside rites will be conducted.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Cave Church, P.O. Box 96, Norton, VA 24273.