August 4, 2020

Christopher Marcus Laws, beloved son, brother, father, uncle, cousin, and friend. Born on December 6, 1992, Christopher lived most of his 27 years in Bristol, VA. He graduated from Virginia High School, class of 2011.

Christopher enjoyed walks in nature, making music, and being with his family. Christopher’s smile would light up a room and his sense of humor would brighten your day. Christopher was a devoted father, he loved his children unconditionally, Kayden and Kayceon were his pride and joy. Christopher’s final days were spent at Vanderbilt University.

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Virginia Wright Fields; paternal great-grandmother, Odessa Harrison; paternal grandmother, Margaret Preston Arnold; aunt, Stephanie Elizabeth Hayden; and brother, Daniel Jamar Young.


Christopher is survived by his father, Daniel Laws; mother, Michelle Reisler; step-dad, Chuck Reisler; paternal grandfather, Benjamin Harrison; maternal grandfather, Nathaniel Fields; siblings, Brittney...

July 29, 2020

Joseph Sanders of Bristol, Va, departed this life Wednesday, July 29, 2020, at Ballad Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was born on August 24, 1948, to the late Mr. Washington Sanders and Mrs. Cassie C. Moore Sanders. 

He attended school in Bristol, TN, and was a member of Everflowing Well Church. Joseph severed his country for 22 years in the U.S. Army.

He is preceded in death by his parents and three sisters.  

Survivors include his devoted wife of fifty years, Mrs. LaVerne Sanders; and to this union two sons, Owrenthial (O.J.) Sanders and Brandon (Caitlin) Sanders; nine grandchildren, Jarah, Justin, Kingston, Jakari, Giovanni, Bailey Reign, Kya, Uriah, and Brynn; two brothers, Jake (Norma) Sanders and Herman Sanders; four sisters, Belinda Morton, Hazel (William) Oliphant, Josie Sanders, and Hattye Boady. 

Due to COVID-19, a private graveside service will be conducted Monday, August 3, 2020, at the V.A. National Cemetery, Mt. Home TN.  Military honor will be conducted by the U.S....

July 29, 2020

Frank "Bill" W. Brown was born on February 6, 1939, in Emory, VA. He departed this life on July 29, 2020. 

He was preceded in death by wife Iris; parents, William and Mary K. Brown; and siblings, John M. Brown, Francis Brown, and Varah Crawford.

Bill was a graduate of Douglass High School. He was Career Military; Vietnam Veteran 27 years in the United States Army, retiring in 1993 with the rank of Senior Master Sergeant residing in Colorado Springs, Co.

Bill was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He carried the love of God in his heart, sharing it with all he knew, and came in contact. He loved spending time with family and friends and had a giving and generous heart.

He is survived by his son, William L. Brown, of Colorado Springs, CO., step-son, Forrest Baker (Jackie), of Belfair, WA; loving daughter-in-law, Ladonna Brown; grandchildren, Jerika Brown and Devin Brown; great-granddaughter, Jillian Brooks; sisters, Maggie Brown Jeter, Mary Brow...

July 22, 2020

Carrie Lee Cash departed this life Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at Ballad Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center. She was born in Rogersville, TN.


Carrie worked for the NSC for 37 years before retiring. She was a member of Community Chapel C.O.G.I.C in Rogersville, TN.


Carrie was preceded in death by her husband, Henderson Dukes; mother, Carrie M. Rogers; father, Louis Rogers; brother, Junie Rogers; and two sisters, Kathy Collins, and Alfreda Womack.


To cherish her memory she leaves behind four daughters, Loleta Dukes, Skye Dukes, Keyonna Dukes, and Julia Green; seven sons, Henderson Cordell Dukes, John Dukes, Nylee Dukes, Josh Dukes, Harry Vern Dukes, Harry Phillip Dukes, and Johnny Dukes; and sister, Doris Jean Rogers.


A graveside celebration of life service will be conducted Saturday, July 25, 2020, at 2:00 pm at Mitchell Crest Cemetery, Rogersville, TN. CDC and state of Tennessee guidelines will be followed regarding social distancing and facial coverings. 

July 22, 2020

Doris Juanita McKinney Greene, 86, was received by our Lord on July 21, 2020. She was a resident of Bristol, Virginia but moved to Charlotte to live with her daughter once she became ill. 


Doris Juanita received her Bachelor of Education Degree at King College and was the first black to graduate from King College, now known as King University. She continued with her education and received a Master’s Degree in Education at East Tennessee State University.


She was an elementary school teacher for 30 years in the Bristol Virginia School system. She loved reading, cooking, gardening, and classical music and was a Meals on Wheels volunteer in Bristol.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry P. Greene, who was the first black police officer in Bristol Virginia; father, Simon Taft McKinney; mother, Gracie Emma Livingston McKinney Farley; and sister, Helena Walsh a.k.a Beatrice Omega McKinney Brown.


She is survived by her children, Anthony P. Greene (Debora) of Chesterfield, VA; Henry...

July 20, 2020

Antonio James Green departed this life Sunday, July 19, 2020. He was born on July 10, 1983 in Whiteville, North Carolina.

Antonio was an all around loving man and there was never a dull moment when he was around.

July 2, 2020

Terry Lynn Phelps, Jr. (also known as TJ or TY) of Bluff City, TN passed away June 28, 2020, at age 42. He was born May 4, 1978, in Bristol, TN. He is the son of Terry Lynn Phelps, Sr. of Bluff City, TN, and Robin A. Stanley Lewis of Bluff City, TN. 

TJ is preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Clara Leota Jones Herron; paternal grandfather, Bruce Phelps; uncle, Ronnie Stanley; step-and father, Charles E. Lewis.

He leaves behind his father, Terry Phelps Sr.; mother, Robin Lewis; sister, Tracey Franklin (Brian); daughter, Britany Mercedes Brook Elam Phelps (Whittney White) and Ocean Evalyn Cornetta Ray; son, Damian Malaki Phelps; brother, who was like a son to him, Skyler Miller; step-sisters Sherry Lewis Clark (David) and Larinda Lewis Rohr; maternal grandfather, Rollie Jay Stanley; paternal grandmother, Rosa Phelps; maternal uncles, RJ Stanley (Melissa), Tony Jones(Lori), Mark Stanley, and Scott Stanley; paternal uncle, Jerry Phelps; nieces, Caitlin Wallace Riddle (Jessie); step...

June 26, 2020

Presiding Elder Raymond McDonald Dickenson, Sr. born on November 22, 1937 in Russell County, Virginia, attained true freedom when he was called to eternal rest at his home on Friday, June 26, 2020.  Presiding Elder Dickenson, affectionately called Johnny by family and friends, spent his formative years in Johnson City, TN and graduated from Langston High School.  It was at Langston where he met his sweetheart Ola Marie Rollins.  After high school, he served several years in the United States Air Force and then returned to marry Ola Marie in 1959.  

Presiding Elder Dickenson was predeceased by his mother, Lillian Dickenson Echols, father, Isaac “Ike” Wade, and sons Raymond, Jr. and Eric.  Presiding Elder Dickenson leaves to mourn his wife of 60 years, Ola Marie, brother Herman Echols (Libby) Johnson City, TN, daughters Tina McDaniel (William) Bristol, TN, and Carmen Burton (Jeffrey Sr.) Salisbury, NC, six grandchildren Tyson McDaniel, Matthew Dicke...

June 25, 2020

Teresa Lynn Stafford Jordan Curry, 40, of Bluff City, TN departed this life Thursday, June 25, 2020.

Teresa was a native of Washington County, TN. She was born on March 23, 1980, the daughter of Linda Carver and the late Rex Stafford.

Teresa attended school in Johnson City, TN until the time of her marriage to Mr. James Jordan of Johnson City, TN. Teresa had two children during her marriage to Mr. Jordan. She later married Mr. Donald R. Curry, Jr. and gave birth to a daughter.

She held several positions of employment in her lifetime but was most passionate about her work as a women’s advocate at a local home for abused women.

Teresa was preceded in death by her father, Rex Stafford, and her brother, Alan Stafford. 

She is survived by her mother, Linda Carver; children, Nathan Jordan, John Jordan, and Keira Curry; three grandchildren, Zyon Jordan, Zavaiah Williams, and Jayla Jordan; two sisters, Ms. Christina Frazier and Ms. Tina Stafford; two brothers, Victor Stafford and Eugene Stafford; f...

June 11, 2020

Michael R. Payne was born April 6, 1959, in Lynchburg, Virginia, and made his transition to his heavenly Father on June 11, 2020. 

Michael graduated from Campbell County High School in Lynchburg, Virginia. After graduation, he worked with his grandfather on his farm until he launched out on his own and was self- employed as a general contractor and handyman.

Michael is preceded in death by his parents, Bernard E. Taylor Sr. and Marquerite Gravely, and his brothers, Leon Payne, Thomas Taylor, and Derrick Gravely.

Michael is survived by his wife, Darlene Payne of Bristol, Tennessee; brothers, Stafford Gravely, Bernard E. Taylor Jr., Oliver Gravely, and Jermaine Robinson; sisters, Gail Gravely, Saundra Gravely, and Delilah Bradley; daughter, Kamilya Brown Coleman; son, Michael R. Payne Jr.; grandchildren, De’Marion Brown, Karma Jones, and K’hlani Coleman; aunts, Sallie Boyd and Kathrine Austin; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.

Michael brought joy to everyone...

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