imageWarner Larry Warf, 62, passed away Thursday, October 21, 2016 at the Mountain View Nursing Home. He was born April 20, 1954 in Middlesboro, Kentucky the son of the late Warner and Annie Rhymer Warf. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his six sisters: Clara Mae Brown, Mary Lou Hounshell, Phyllis Ann Longworth, Shirley Ruth Hampton, Ruby Ellen Martin, Judy Lynn Warf.  One brother:  Rev. Gerald Warf.

Survivors include two sisters: Carolyn (Clifford) Stigall, Linda (Larry) Duncan.  Several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Saturday, October 22, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Green Hills Funeral Home in Middlesboro, Kentucky.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stewart Fulton officiating.  Music will be provided by Mt. Gilead singers.  Interment will follow in the Ensor Cemetery on Wheeler Road.  Pallbears will be Larry Brown, Jr., Thomas Stigall, Gary Brown, Todd Warf, Wesley Brooks, John Brooks and Tony Wilson.

Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is in charge of all arrangements.


img_1852The children of Raymond Dexter Thomas, Sr., age 93, a resident of Ewing, Virginia, a proud World War II veteran, an honored Kentucky Colonel, and a member of the Greatest Generation, are heartbroken to announce that on the morning of October 4, 2016, their beloved Father touched the face of God to be with our Mother, Wandaleen Fern Payne Thomas. Anyone who knew of Mom and Dad’s continuing love story, knows that Mom was his only love, his sweetheart, his loving, and devoted wife. As Dad would recount to family, friends, and total strangers, Mom was beautiful when they first met and grew more beautiful with each passing day of their marriage of 55 years, 2 years, and 7 days when Mom became Heaven’s newest angel. Since that time, Dad’s greatest wish was to once again be with Mom, and we find comfort to know that Dad’s last wish came true and he and Mom are together again for eternity.

Dad was born on January 31, 1923, on Sukey Ridge in the small community of Baxter that is located on the outskirts of the town of Harlan, nestled deep in the heart of coal mining country, Harlan County, Kentucky. He was the second oldest child of 13 born to our paternal grandparents, Jim Syl and Vola Elizabeth Brooks Thomas who preceded him in death along with brothers, Rondal and J.S.; sisters Ruthie Virginia Thomas, Mary Lynn Thomas, Iva Jean Thomas Flowers, Ruby Jewel Thomas Bays, Thelma Joyce Thomas Howard, and Mildred Blanche Thomas Dixon; and, son-in-law, Michael Roy Cheek.

Dad was a great story teller, recounting in fascinating detail childhood memories of Sukey Ridge; his first day in school in the little stone church by the railroad tracks in Baxter; the times, during the Great Depression, that he and his brother Rondal helped out with chores on the farm owned by their maternal grandparents, Harve and Cornie Monday Brooks; and, fond memories of childhood visits with his paternal grandparents, John and Dona Rowland Thomas in the Caylor community, and from there hiking a nearby ridge at the foot of Stone Mountain to visit cousins, C.R. and John Rowland, in the hollow we all know as Dry Branch.

Dad was a member of the first graduating class of Dr. Thomas Walker High School in 1941. He would later joke that he took a course in speaking French that year and noted to his teacher the reason why he was not too interested in learning to speak the language was because he figured he would never have the need to do so. After graduating from Thomas Walker, Dad began his career with The H.T. Hackney Company (known then as Jellico Grocery) on June 2, 1942, in Harlan, Kentucky. His career was briefly interrupted on January 28, 1943, when he was inducted into the U.S. Army during World War II. Dad received his basic training at Fort Hood, Texas, after which the Army sent him to mechanics school in Detroit, Michigan. Dad served in England, France, and Germany, and was part of the Allied invasion of France at Omaha Beach on D-Day 3 as part of the 479th Ordinance Evacuation Company whose mission was to transport tanks to U.S. forces at the front battle lines. One of Dad’s most notable recollections of his time in Europe was of meeting (then) General Dwight D. Eisenhower in person after his tank transport vehicle, known as a Dragon Wagon, along with other Dragon Wagons in his convoy became stuck in mud after being ordered by security personnel to get off the road because Ike was approaching the convoy. When Eisenhower came upon the stuck convoy, he asked Dad how his Dragon Wagon named “Doll Baby” along with other Dragon Wagons had become stuck. Dad told Eisenhower that they were ordered to clear the road because the General was approaching their convoy. Dad says that Ike grew irritated and told Dad’s commanding officer that it was unlikely that President Truman nor anyone of higher rank would be coming to Europe during the war and that they were to move over for no one again. From then on, Dad said, Dragon Wagons owned the road. Other stories Dad told about his war experiences included delivering tanks to General Patton’s troops during the Battle of the Bulge, and how he and his best buddy Watson would be among the first to know that the War in Europe had ended. After World War II ended, Dad received an honorable discharge from the Army, returned home to Ewing, and resumed his career with the H.T. Hackney Company (known then as Tri-State Wholesale) in Middlesboro where he would work for a total of 66 years before retiring.

Dad was a devoted husband to our Mom, a loving, supportive, and proud father and grandfather, and an avid gardener. Dad enjoyed his time outside in the garden where each year, including this year, he grew in abundance the best tasting State half-runner green beans that would feed family, friends, and neighbors. Dad also loved to putter around “the Ponderosa,” about eight acres of the farm his grandparent once owned, including the land where the tobacco barn built by his grandfather Harve still stands.

During the last few years, we have heard Dad say that he raised three good children who gave three wonderful grandchildren and three of the best grandpups a grandfather could ask for. We are Karen Susan Thomas Peevely, Kathy Diane Thomas Cheek, and Raymond Dexter Thomas, II; son-in-law, Dr. Gary Lynn Peevely; grandchildren, Thomas Seth Peevely, James Michael Cheek, and Meghan Lyn Elizabeth Peevely Woodward, and husband John; and grandpups, Kira, Boulder, and Louie C. Other surviving relatives include sisters Elizabeth Thomas Zastrow, Jane Thomas Jones and husband Joe, sisters-in-law Emma Kate Thomas, Connie Payne, Peggy Payne, and special “sister” Sue Payne Foster and husband Tom. Additionally, Dad is survived by many loving nieces and nephews including: Gary and Mary Thomas, Becky and Michael Day, Bob Bays, and Mary and Denis Brown. We would like to especially thank our Aunt Jane and Aunt Thelma; cousins Mary, Denis, Becky, and Mike; and our relatives and friends in the Elydale neighborhood who looked after Dad when were unable to do so.

Our family will receive friends from 5 – 9 p.m. on Monday, October 10, 2016, at the Green Hills Funeral Home, 31 Hurst Road, Middlesboro, Kentucky 40965. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at the Green Hills Funeral Home.in Middlesboro. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the community meal or food panty at the First Baptist Church of Ewing, P.O. Box 277, Ewing, Virginia 24248.

Dad will be laid to rest next to our Mom in Richmond Cemetery that sets high atop a hill that overlooks his hometown of Ewing, Virginia, with his favorite view of the majestic limestone cliffs of the White Rocks high on Stone Mountain in the background.

Dad, you were the best father any child could ask for or want. You will forever be a part of us, in our hearts and minds. We miss you terribly and will love you forever. Until we meet again … with love, Karen, Kathy and Raymond D.


img_1849 Mrs. Georgianna Tamer, 87, of Middlesboro, Kentucky passed away Monday, October 3, 2016 surrounded by her loving family at the Middlesboro A.R.H.

Mrs. Tamer and her husband Richard assumed the family business, Tamer’s after they were married in 1950. Under their management the business grew and flourished for 35 years. She also helped to establish Landscape Specialist with her husband in 1977 until 1992.

Mrs. Tamer was born in Norton, Virginia on March 27, 1929. A lifelong member of St. Julian Catholic Church and choir, she was the lead high soprano for over 50 years.

Being long active in civic community and church affairs, Mrs. Tamer was President of the St. Julian School Mothers Club President of the Altar Society, member of the parish council for several terms, President of the Middlesboro Country Club women’s association as well as chairman of standing committees, president of the Middlesboro Lioness Club, member of Middlesboro Garden Club and Music Club. She served as President of Mothers of Handicap Children. Mrs. Tamer Graduated from Norton Virginia High School and attended Nazareth Academy and college, Bardstown, Kentucky.

She is survived by her Husband of 66 years Richard Tamer, 4 sons: Herbert Tamer, David (Marilyn) Tamer, Dick Tamer, Michael (Carrie) Tamer, 3 daughters: Celeste (George) Duzane, Renee (Keith) Kinser, Melissa Tamer, 15 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, Special Cousin Cecilia Wakin. The family would like to extend special thanks to Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation and the Middlesboro A.R.H. ICU Staff.

Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 6, 2016 at the St. Julian Catholic Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky. Interment will follow in the Middlesboro Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Richard Tamer, Kyle Kinser, Michael Kinser, Anthony Wakin, John Snodderly, Derrick Stanley, Nicholas Edwards, and Pete Turnblazer. Honorary Pallbearers will be Marcum Brogan, Dr. Meredith Evans, Dr. Thomas Epperson, Dr. Clare Oculam, Luther Moyers, Mrs. Sue Mars and Joan Asher Cawood.

There will be a Rosary Service at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the Green Hills Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 6, 2016 at the Green Hills Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family ask that memorial contributions be made to the St. Julian Catholic Church and the St. Judes Childrens Hospital.

Green Hills Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.



img_1830LMU Longest Serving Trustee Passes

Samuel Alexander Mars, Jr.

Born August 24, 1928

Son of the late Sam A. Mars, Sr. and Ethel M. Mars.

He was born in Middlesboro; Graduated from Baylor Military Academy, Chattanooga, TN. He attended the University of Tennessee where he was a member of the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity and Lincoln Memorial University where he held an honorary Doctorates Degree.

He married Suella (Sue) Ausmus on March 18, 1950. After attending college he worked briefly with his father in his wholesale dry goods business and in 1953 he purchased a small Gulf Oil distributorship which he owned and operated for 45 years building it into a large successful regional operation. While in the oil business, Sam also explored other business opportunities, several of which were with his close childhood friend, J. Roy Shoffner, who remained a close lifelong friend and business partner, and that family relationship continues still today.

After exiting the oil business in 1997 Sam ventured into several other business which his sons continue to manage continuing his legacy.

Throughout his life, Sam was a visionary as well as a community and civic leader. He served as president of the Chamber of Commerce, president of the Kiwanis Club, and the Country Club. He was a member of the Methodist Church for 78 years. He also held numerous positions within his church and was instrumental in unifying of the Covenant Methodist Church. He served on the board of Commercial Bank and on the local board of Community Trust Bank. He was also active with the Boy Scouts and numerous other organizations during his life. Following in his father’s footsteps Sam joined the LMU Board of Trustees in 1973 and was elected as chairman of the executive committee from 1973 until 2014 when his failing health forced his resignation from that position. Probably his proudest achievement was his service there at LMU and his close friends and fellow trustees, Pete DeBusk and Gary Burchett, helped to guide the school to where it is today, a level 6 university. The trio became known as the “Three Amigos.” Sam was the longest serving trustee in the history of the school.

Sam was a devoted, loving husband, father and grandfather who loved and cared deeply for his family. In addition to his parents, Sam was preceded in death by his daughter, Suzanne Mars Lambdin. He is survived by his wife, Sue of 67 years; Two sons, Sam and wife Debbie, and Steve; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a sister, Jane Perkins of Asheville, NC and several nieces and a nephew. Sam also leave behind special friends, Pete DeBusk, Gary Burchett, J.C. and Nadeen Meredith, Richard and GeorgeAnn Tamer, Don Childers, Dr. Meredith and Helen Evans, his professional staff Chidsey Grace, Preston Lake, Peggie Howard along with numerous former employees through the years and finally his faithful lab, Suzie. A special thanks to all the employees of the Middlesboro Nursing & Rehabilitation Facility.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 28, 2016 at the Covenant United Methodist Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky, with Rev. George Strunk officiating. Special comments will be made by Gary Burchett and Pete DeBusk. Music will be provided by the Covenant United Methodist Church Choir, Cindy Whitt and Barbara McCune. Entombment will follow in the Green Hills Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Pallbearers will be Jason Lambdin, Chauncey Beeler, Brad Mars, Alex Mars, Andy Mars, Jordan Hill, Stuart McCullough. Honorary Pallbearers will be The LMU Board of Trustees, Pete DeBusk, Gary Burchett, J.C. Meredith.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at the Green Hills Funeral Home, in Middlesboro, Kentucky.

In lieu of flowers the family request that memorial contributions be made to Lincoln Memorial University. Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is in charge of all arrangements.


img_1789Mrs. Donna Marie Coots age 54 of Middlesboro, KY passed away surrounded by her loving family Tuesday, September 20, 2016 in the Middlesboro ARH Hospital. She was born November 22, 1961 the daughter of the late Herman Lincoln Hatfield and Betty Joyce Moore Hatfield whom survives.

Donna is a member of the Spirit and Truth Church.

She is preceded in death by her father and a sister Debra Kay Williams.

Donna is survived by: her mother Betty Hatfield; husband Michael Coots; daughter Lindsay Welch and two sons: Greg Coots and wife Brandi and Brian Coots and wife Elizabeth. One sister: Penny Welch and husband Tim and Four brothers: Wayne Hatfield, Randy Hatfield, Scott Hatfield and Arthur Hatfield. Nine grandchildren: Emma, Malaki, Braylon, Keylee, Kalyn, Landon, L.J., Adalynn and Avery. Special friend Kim Marlow in addition to a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday, September 26, 2016 from 5:00pm until 7:00pm at Green Hills Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 7:00pm with Brother Audey Miracle officiating. Music will be provided by Kenny Goodin.

Interment services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to help with funeral expenses to the funeral home.

Green Hills Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



imageMr. Earl David Brimm, 63, of Middlesboro, KY, passed away September 12, 2016 at Middlesboro ARH.

He was born January 16, 1953 the son of the late Clarence Clayton Brimm and Maggie Marie Brimm whom survives. Mr. Brimm was a member of the West Cumberland Avenue Baptist Church.

He is preceded in death by the following members of his family, father Clarence Clayton Brimm, in-laws Charles and Opal Burchfield, and son-in-law Barry Boggs.

He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years Brenda Burchfield Brimm, his daughters Vanessa Brimm Boggs(Jimmy Bowman, Jr.) of Clairfield, TN, Sabrina (David) Smith of Harrogate, TN, Angela Brimm(Clarence Yeary) of Middlesboro, KY, Tabitha (Charles) Brimm of Middlesboro, KY, Jamie (Johnny) Warren of Lexington, KY, son Brentton Matthew Brimm of Middlesboro, Ky, daughter Tessa Zachary of Middlesboro, Ky, mother Maggie Marie Brimm of Middlesboro, KY, brother Jimmy (Dorothy) Brimm of Middlesboro, KY, brother Jimmy Brimm of Tazewell, TN, sisters Peggy Frazier of Middlesboro, KY, Judy (Ronnie) Ely of Middlesboro, KY, and Brenda Kay (Carl) Burchfield of Middlesboro, KY.

He leaves behind a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews whom he loved.

The family will receive friends Friday, September 14, 2016 from 1:00pm until 3:00pm at the Green Hills Funeral Home. Memorial services will follow at 3:00pm in the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel.

Green Hills Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.



PHOTO LILYPADLisa Jeanine Burke Orr, 53 of Middlesboro, Kentucky passed away Sunday, September 4th 2016 at the U.T. Medical Center, Knoxville, Tennessee.

She was born September 10, 1963 in Anderson, Indiana, the daughter of the late Loretta Green Burke and Ancil Burke who survives. In addition to her mother, she is preceded in death by her brother Glenn Burke, and grandmother Gracie Green. Continue reading


IMG_0523Roger Wayne Rose, age 65, of Moraine, Ohio passed on Thursday, September 1, 2016 at the Kettering Medical Center. Roger was born in Middlesboro, Kentucky on April 23, 1951.

Roger was preceded in death by his father, James “Bud” Rose, his mother, Mary Katherine Rose, and his brothers Danny “Big Ed” Rose and Larry Daniels. Continue reading