May 19, 2020

Mary Evelyn Higgins, 85, of Fall Branch was called home to be with the Lord on May 19, 2020

surrounded by her family.

She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and niece. She enjoyed reading,

crocheting, quilting, playing the piano, and cross stitching. Family members, friends, and strangers were

touched and blessed by her many talents.

Evelyn was preceded in death by her parents, Foster and Dale Taylor.

Survivors include her husband, Elmer Higgins; children, Michael (Teresa) Parker and Rickey

Parker; granddaughter, Sarah (Steve) Osborne; sister, Ann Taylor; nephews, Alan Cross and

John Barham; great-nephew, Kevin Barham; great-niece, Jazmine Barham; and aunt, Margaret Ray Bragg.

A formal service is not scheduled at this time. A celebration of Evelyn’s life will be scheduled by the

family at a later date.

May 17, 2020

Mr. Alan Watterson departed this life on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Holston Valley Medical Center. 

The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Holston Valley Medical Center and Greystone Healthcare.

A private memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

May 9, 2020

Jon Neilson Vazquez departed this life on May 9, 2020. He was born on November 11, 1981, in Greensboro, North Carolina. 

Jon was preceded in death by his mother, Susan McNeil Vazquez.

Jon is survived by his fiancé, Jolene Kotsonis; daughters, Alysia Vazquez, Brooklyn Kotsonis, and Cassandra Vazquez; brother Javier Vazquez; sister, Tilia Vazquez; best friend and brother, Damien Brown; father, John Vazquez; nephew, Joaquin Vazquez; sister-in-law, Yadhira Vazquez; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, friends, and brothers.

May 4, 2020

Betty Lou Hardin, a long time resident of the Tri-Cities area and a resident of Grace Healthcare in Abingdon, Virginia, departed this life on May 4th, 2020 at Johnston Memorial Hospital.

She was born in 1929 in Big Stone Gap, Virginia to parents Carl Hardin (deceased) and Fannie Mae Leeper (deceased); raised in a large loving family that consisted of three brothers and four sisters.

Betty worked caring for others and their homes for most of her life and was a member of Lee Street Baptist Church in Bristol, Virginia.

A fun-loving woman, Betty loved good food, visiting family, and had a laugh that would light up a room. She never met a stranger.

She is survived by a loving and devoted son, Larry (Edyth) of Dallas, Texas, two granddaughters Treva Shellman and Jilyian Walcott (Christian), as well as two sisters, Virginia Clark and Jennette McCray of Cleveland, Ohio and a host of other family members who will cherish her memory.

The Hardin Family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to G...

May 1, 2020

Marie, as she was known by most, was born July 8, 1980. She received her wings and went to be with Jesus on May 1, 2020. She suffered from juvenile diabetes and fought very hard to keep it under control, but the fight got too much for her, and our father in Heaven saw her struggles and decided it was time for her to come home and be free of the disease and pain.

Marie was preceded in death by her father, Gary Eugene Clisby; infant daughter, Kalila Clisby; grandparents, Harvey and Lila Clisby; and grandmother, Hilma Mae Cole Davis. 

Marie is survived by her wonderful and loving son that she was blessed with, Kobe Allen Michael Clisby; brothers, Jason, and Jacob Clisby; her loving mother, Vicki Ann Davis Westfall; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews who loved her very much and will miss her dearly. 

Fly free our love and now our angel. You will always be in our hearts and never forgotten. 

April 30, 2020

Frederick Shazor departed this life Thursday, April 30, 2020, at Banner Estrella Medical Center Hospital in Phoenix, AZ.

Fred was a graduate of Virginia High School. He went on to serve his country in the United States Air Force earning a host of medals and awards along the way.  

He was preceded in death by his father, William "Bill" Shazor, Sr.; mother, Neola R. Shazor; and brother, Joseph Shazor.

Fred is survived by two sisters, Bernetta "Bertie" (Harris) Howard and Ruth Falls; one brother, William L. Shazor, Jr.; uncle, Paul (Hattie) Ervin; aunt, Candida Shazor; special friends, Julia Lewis and Mansfield Cody; as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. 

April 24, 2020

Tyree S. Ford departed this life Friday, April 24, 2020.

Survivors include his mother, Velma Staten; grandmother, Sarah Ann Ford; grandfather,  Charles Ford Sr.; two brothers; Jermaine Carpenter and Jamar Hardy; and two sisters, Jakia Ford and Keetha Ford.  

A celebration of life service will be scheduled at a later date. 

April 23, 2020

Ms. Linda McKinney departed this life on Friday, April 24, 2020.

 She was preceded in death by her mother, Irene Price; father, Lenord Price; granddaughter, Dwan Temple; great-grandson, Brayden Temple; sister, Fonnie Canty Amoako; and brothers, Hampton Turner, Jerry Price, and Timothy Price.
She leaves behind her daughter, Dawn McKinney; son John McKinney; grandchildren, Christy McKinney, Taylor McKinney, Kenneth McKinney, Dejonna McKinney; great-grandchildren, Annaleigh, Kaniece, Drevin, and Twan; her sister, Joyce Tarter, as well as a host of nieces and nephews.  Special thanks to her caretaker Candice Shelton.


April 20, 2020

Xavier Sanchez Skaggs departed this life on April 20, 2020. 

He was preceded in death by his great grandfather, Jessie Nash; great-grandmother, Adell Nash; grandmother, Nora Lee Skaggs; aunts, Bobbette Skaggs, and Johnnie Mae Nash; and uncle, James Nash.

To cherish his memory Xavier leaves behind his daughters, Jorah Peters and Zaviery Skaggs; life-long friend, Lauren Easley; mother, Jereka Skaggs; 4 brothers, James, Terrel, Jadus, and Lee Charles; sister, Tamya Jones; grandparents, Dana Skaggs and Jerry (Vivian) Nash; uncles, Jimmy (Staci) Nash and Robert (Jacqueline) Turner; aunt, Serena Skaggs; as well as a host of cousins and friends. 

April 12, 2020

Sherry Renee Jones departed this life on April 12, 2020, at Ballad Bristol Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. 

A mom and grandmom and wife. A sister who loved life worked hard, smiled big, and made everyone laugh. 

She left behind her wonderful husband, three children, six loving grandkids, two brothers, a daughter-in-law, and loving friends.


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