Avon F. Phipps, 90, of Vansant, died Tuesday, January 22,
2008 at Buchanan General Hospital, Grundy, following a brief
in Dickenson County, he was the son of the late Teamous and
Grace Kelly Phipps. He was a resident of Buchanan County
most of his life and a member of Vansant Baptist Church. He
was a retired coal miner and a member of Local Union #7170.
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
wife, Stella M. Phipps, May 29, 2000; one son, Paul Burns
Phipps; three sisters and two brothers.
is survived by his step-mother, Lora Phipps of Clintwood;
four daughters, Janice and husband, Marshall Anderson of
Grundy, Gail and husband, Brian Belcher, of Vansant, Jean
Howell of Maryland Heights, MO and Phyllis Pruitt of St.
Charles, MO; one step-daughter, Thelma, and husband, Jack
Smith, of Elkin, NC; one step-son, James C. and wife, Rachel
Owens, of Richmond, KY; four sisters, Eunice Fleming of
Abingdon, MD, Madge High of Reisterstown, MD, Eva Allen of
Concord, NC and Jean Taylor of Glencoe, AL; one half-sister,
Kathy Stanley of Clintwood; two half-brothers, Denver Phipps
of Nickelsville, KY and Randy Phipps of Morristown, TN; 12
grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, 13
great-grandchildren, two step-great-grandchildren, two
great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
were held Friday, January 25 at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel
with the Revs. Stan Parris and Wes Smith officiating. Burial
followed in Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill.
pallbearers were grandsons and nephews.
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Willard Wagner, 61, of Compton Mountain, died Sunday,
January 27, 2008 at Clinch Valley Medical Center following
an extended illness.
May 24, 1946 in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late
Alvis and Rose Wagner. He was a member and deacon of Maple
Grove Church of Christ.
addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
brothers, Ralph Wagner and Ray Wagner; and great-nephew,
is survived by his wife, Karen Keene Wagner; one daughter,
Tammy Hand, and husband, David, of Tazewell; one son, Daniel
Wagner and wife, Michelle; grandson, Austin Wagner; one
brother, Donald Wagner and wife, Emma; two sisters, Erma
Cantrell and husband, Frank and Bonnie Childress and
husband, Ronald; sisters-in-law, Shirley Wagner and
Elizabeth Wagner, all of Keen Mountain; mother-in-law,
Margaret Viars and husband, Lewis, of Stateline Ridge;
brother-in-law, Steve Keene and wife, Helen, of Stateline
Ridge; sisters-in-law, Gayle Keene Cantrell and husband,
Alan, of Floyd, Brenda Keene of Raleigh, NC, Sherry Mack and
husband, Richard, of Roanoke; brother-in-law, Jeffrey Viars
of Compton Mountain; several nieces and nephews; special
cousin, J.C. Wagner and wife, Mona, of Compton Mountain.
were held Wednesday, January 30 at Buchanan Funeral Service
Chapel, Keen Mountain, with Ministers Dennis Wimmer, Bob
Smith, Ancil Childress and Burb Rife officiating. Burial
followed in the Wagner/Mullins Cemetery at Compton Mountain.
were Alan Cantrell, Dennis Ray Cantrell, Mark Cantrell, Greg
Cantrell, David Wagner, Randy Wagner, Brian Wagner, Jay
Cole, Ronnie Wagner, Rodney Wagner, Stevie Keene, Billy
Keene, Jason Keene, Travis Cantrell, Jonathan Baker and
pallbearers were elders and deacons of Maple Grove Church of
expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations
to Maple Grove Church of Christ, 5247 Compton Mountain Rd.,
Pilgrims Knob, VA 24634.
Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
Mae Wright, 81, of Virgie, KY, (formerly of Buchanan
County), died Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at Pikeville
Medical Center, Pikeville, KY.
in Pike County September 5, 1926, she was the daughter of
the late Thomas Jefferson and Gracie Mae Damron Harmon.
She was a member of Caney Creek Old Regular Baptist Church
and had served as dietician at Grundy High School. She was
the owner of Mae Wright Clothing in Virgie.
addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Clyde Wright; one son, Nolan Wright; two
brothers, Jesse Harmon and Verlin Junior Harmon; and three
sisters, Ada Trivette, Eula Wright and Alma Tackett.
is survived by two sons, Kermit (Sandy) Wright of Robinson
Creek and Randall (Janie) Wright of Virgie; one brother,
Clifford Harmon of Virgie; one sister, Ruby Wright; six
grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
were held Saturday at Caney Creek Old Regular Baptist
Church with Teddy Honaker, Mike Justice, Don Blake Little
and others officiating. Burial followed in the Harmon
Family Cemetery at Virgie.
& Jones Funeral Home, of Virgie, was in charge of
Raymond G. Lockhart, 68, of Lorton, died Monday, January
28, 2008 at Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church.
December 14, 1939 in Davenport, he was the son of Dorotha
Lockhart of Vansant and the late Ira Lockhart. He was a
coal miner in southwest Virginia, later enlisting in the
U.S. Army and was honorably discharged following a two
year stint. He worked for the Fruit Growers Express
Railroad in Alexandria for some 18 years and Northern
Virginia Park Authority at Pohick Park until his
addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a
step-son, Michael Frantum; one sister, Betty Ruth
Lockhart; and one brother, Okie Lockhart.
is survived by his wife, Betty Lockhart; two sisters,
Adeline Duty of Vansant and Snoda Compton of Fairborne,
OH; six brothers, Howell Lockhart, Palmer Lockhart and
Randall Lockhart and wife, Joyce, all of Vansant, Cannie
Lockhart of Woodbridge, Mason Lockhart and wife, Linda, of
Readville, and Brady Lockhart of Fairborne; two
step-grandchildren, Patrick and Timothy Frantum, both of
will be held Friday, February 1 at 11 a.m. at Mountcastle
Funeral Home in Woodbridge with Pastor Dave Gibson
officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Comfort Cemetery,
Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.