MARY JO FORD MULLINS

Mary Jo Ford Mullins, 70, New Tazewell, Tennessee passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017 at her home. She was born April 7, 1947 in Middlesboro, Kentucky the daughter of the late Joe and Mary Porter Robinson.

She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by the following members of her family: Husband; James Mullins, Children; Jackie Ford of Chattanooga, TN, Leslie Ford of Tazewell, TN, John Ford and Leah Wilson of New Tazewell, TN, Kristina Ford of New Tazewell, TN, Sisters; Pearl (Jerry) Goins of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Ann Turk of Knoxville, TN and a host of Grandchildren, Great-Grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews, Other Relatives and Friends.All Services are private, but a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and announced by the family.Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is in charge of all arrangements.

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MR. GRATTON “EARL” SUMPTER

Mr. Gratton “EARL” Sumpter age 89 of Gibson Station, VA went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at his sons home in Gibson Station, VA. He was born June 27, 1927 in Claiborne County, TN.

He is preceded in death by his loving wife Martha Ayers Sumpter, granddaughter Amanda Lynn Sumpter, parents Millard and Juanita Fleemon Sumpter, brother Maynard Frank Sumpter, daughter-in-law Marcia Sumpter and brother-in-law Quinton Littrell.

Earl is survived by his sons: Sam Sumpter Keaton, Ky; Jim (Valerie) Sumpter Ewing, Va, brothers: Joe (Maggie) Sumpter, Tipp City, OH; Clyde (Barbara) Sumpter, Huber Heights, OH, Pete (Sally) Sumpter, Ewing, VA, Roger (Sue) Sumpter, Ewing, VA; Sisters: Mildred Snyder, Siesta Key, Fla, Sue ( Sonny) Sivils, Springfield, OH, Bobbie Littrell, Ewing, VA, sister-in-law Bonnie Sumpter, Sarasota, Fla. Grandson: Sam (Gina) Sumpter, Jr., Cataula, GA, granddaughter Kristi (Michael) Niette, Butler, GA, great grandsons Tyler Sumpter, Tampa, FL, Solomon Niette, Butler, GA, great granddaughter Chelsea Sumpter, Kingsport, TN and Alayna Niette, Butler, GA and a host of nieces and nephews and several special friends.

Earl was known throughout the community for his infectious smile. He was a Deacon and choir director for the Walnut Hill Baptist Church. He was retired from A&P Food Stores in Middlesboro, KY after over 30 years. Earl was a life member of the VA Junior Order United American Mechanics, former member of Lincoln Memorial University Nursing Board, former member of The Salvation Army, past Chairman of the Lee County Water Authority and was instrumental in bringing public water to lower Lee County. He was also Past Scout Master and Ruitan Club Member. Earl loved everyone and greatly enjoyed fishing. He is most well known for his singing in hundreds of funerals including our very first service here at Green Hills Funeral Home.

Funeral services for Mr. Earl Sumpter will be held Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 1:00pm at Walnut Hill Baptist Church with Rev. Damon Patterson and Rev. George Walker officiating. Graveside services will follow in the Ensor Cemetery, Gibson Station VA.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 3:00pm until 9:00pm at the Walnut Hill Baptist Church, Gibson Station, VA.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Sumpter-Caylor Endowed Nursing Scholarship at Lincoln Memorial University. Gifts can be mailed to Lincoln Memorial University ATTN: University Advancement, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, Harrogate, TN 37752.

Green Hills Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

MARY JANE MARLOW

Mary Jane Marlow, age 59, of Middlesboro, Kentucky, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 24, 2017 at her home.

She was born November 11, 1957 in Amherst, Ohio the daughter of the late John Richard and Vera Mae King.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband Billy Wane Marlow, granddaughter Shyanne Bayless, sister Patricia Ann King, and brothers Charles King, Larry Wane King, and Beacher King.

She is survived by the following members of her family, daughters Robin (Tim) Bettes, Tish Marlow, and Heather Renee Marlow, sons Billy Ray Marlow, Landon Lane, and Dalli Wayne Conner, special grandchildren Solara “Molly Ann” Marlow, Myles Marlow, Cross West, Storm Bayless, Starr “Tootsie” Marlow, Ryan Goins, and Jordan “Champine” Goins, brothers Delbert King, and Donald and Doug King, sisters Hazel (Ruben) Evans, and Cathy (Joe) Henderson, special nieces Ollie Lake and Mahayla Lake, nephew Dustin Lee Ray.

Funeral services will be at 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Brother Terry Warwick and Brother Tyler Warwick presiding.

Graveside services will be held on Thursday, June 29, 2017 at the Marlow Cemetery in Rockhold, Kentucky. Family will leave from the funeral home at 1:00 p.m. Thursday.

Pallbearers will be Donald King, Doug King, Delbert King, Justin Goins, Joe Henderson, Charlie Shelby, Ruben Evans, Teddy Lake, and Dalli Conner.

Family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at Green Hills Funeral Home.

Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is entrusted with all arrangements. www.greenhillsfuneralhome.com/

WANDA ROSE COSBY

Wanda Rose Cosby, age 77, of Harrogate, Tennessee was born October 15, 1939 and went home to be with our Lord and Savior on June 15, 2017 at the Claiborne Medical Center.

She is preceded in death by her parents Rev. Tilmon and Mary Lee Britton Cosby, her infant son Gary Ray Cosby, Sisters Maxine, Faye and Patricia, Brothers Denvil, Jimmy, Ronnie, Troy and Coy and her significant other Clint Cosby Jr.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Ann Brasfield; Grandsons Alex Maiden and Javon Brasfield; Sons Steve Cosby, Roger Ellison Jr. and Jerry Ellison; Daughter Debbie Freeman; Sisters Marie Shepard of Springfield, Ohio, Jean Brooks of New Tazewell, TN, Brenda Litteral of St. Paris, Ohio; Brothers Dennis, David, Danny, and Terry Cosby all of Harrogate, Tennessee, Darrell Cosby of Springfield, Ohio; Special Neighbor Buck Brown and her fur baby Moo-Moo and a host of Nieces, Nephews and friends mourn her passing.

Wanda was a devoted mother, homemaker and farm worker. She worked long days and saw very little rest. She never met a stranger. She could talk to anyone and is loved by everyone who knew her.

The family wants to extend special thanks to Amedysis Home Health, Claiborne Medical Center and Smokey Mountain Hospice, their staff was there for her and the family through her all of her sickness and served till the end.

Funeral services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 17 at the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Brother David Baker officiating. Graveside services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, June 18, 2017 at the Burchett Cemetery on Wheeler Road. Pallbearers will be Alex Maiden, Larry “Buck” Brown, Austin Slusher, Anthony Brooks, Joseph Vasby, Larry Brooks III and William Brooks. Honorary Pallbearer Javon Brasfield.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home.

In Lieu of Flowers the family suggest memorial contributions be made to the Green Hills Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.

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

CYNTHIA ANN WARD

Cynthia Ann Ward, born January 11, 1967, passed away June 15, 2017 at her home.

She was preceded in death by her parents Virgil and Linda Ward, sister Betty Vanover, and one brother, John Ward.

She is survived by the following members of her family, one daughter Johna Brooke Gibson, spouse of 23 years John Gibson Jr., two step-daughters Amy (Todd) Fuson, and Amanda Gibson, four grandchildren Madelyn and Jeffrey Fuson, and Lauren and Jackson Berry, six sisters Sue Prater of Middlesboro, Mary (Bill) Cupp of Tazewell, TN, Judy (Dale) Brock of Middlesboro, Sandra Ward of Dayton, OH, Tami Brock of Middlesboro, and Donna (Mark) Southerland of Anderson, SC, two brothers Paul Ward of Middlesboro, and James Ward of Tazwell, TN, special friends Angela (Uggie) Mertens, Rosalind Lemons, Cristy Prater, and Janet Webb, special niece Michelle Burchfield.

And a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Monday, June 19, 2017 at Green Hills Funeral Home.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at the Capito Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Kenneth “Bird” Prater, Todd Fuson, Randy Brock, Michael Scott, Roger Burchfield, and Walter Allen.

Honorary pallbearers are Virgil Prater, and Johnny “Catfish” Reece.

Green Hills Funeral Home, Middlesboro, is entrusted with all arrangements. www.greenhillsfuneralhome.com

DONALD M. WALKER

In Loving Memory, Donald M. Walker “Pap-Paw.”  Donald M. Walker, age 77, of Cincinnati, Ohio, formerly of Middlesboro KY, passed away on June 5 2017 at Mercy Fairfield Hospital.

He was born May 2, 1940 the son of the late Walter H. Walker and Beulah Bryant Walker.

He was a retired shipping clerk from Sun Chemical for 40 years.

In addition to his parents, He was preceded in death by his two brothers Kenneth and David Walker.

Survivors include his only child, a daughter, Stacey Walker Taylor (Richard Taylor) of Cincinnati, Ohio; one brother and one sister, Jim Walker and Barbara Lambert of Louisville, Kentucky; three grandchildren also of Cincinnati, Ohio, Corey Logan Donn Vice, Chloe Rae Taylor and Gabriel Walker Taylor. Seven nephews Mike Walker, Brandon Walker, Joe Cooker, Chris Cooker, Josh Walker, Tim Walker, Nathan Walker and one niece Diana Cox as well as several great nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Monday June 12 2017 At the Green Hills Funeral Home in Middlesboro, Ky.

The family will receive friends from 12:00PM to 2:00PM Monday June 12, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home.

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

EDNA A. CHRISTOPHER PARTIN

 Edna A. Christopher Partin, age 85, of Frakes, KY, passed away Saturday, June 3, 2017.

She was born to the late Elmer and Bethel Hatfield Christopher in Fountain City, Tennessee on August 10, 1931.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Linus Bud Partin, one grandson, and three granddaughters.

She was a dedicated mother and homemaker.

She is survived by one brother, James E. (Loretta) Christopher, she also leaves behind six children: Mary Lynn (John) Miller, Sharon (Floyd) Ledford, James (Carolyn) Partin, Terry Partin, Paula Brock, and Kenton (Sonja) Partin, twenty grandchildren, twenty five great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to Mountain View Nursing Home, the first floor staff at Middlesboro A.R.H., and Dr. C.A. Moore and Marcina Bailey for their dedication and kindness.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the Green Hills Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Murphy Buell presiding.

Music will be provided by Eddie and Judy Adkins.

Graveside services will immediately follow at the John A. Partin Cemetery, Frakes, Ky.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Partin, Tristan Ried, Hayden Blackburn, Mark Honeycutt, Mike Brooks, Terry Griffin, James Ledford, and Raymond Ledford.

Family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Green Hills Funeral Home.

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

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VICKI LYNN RIGGS MAPLES

Vicki Lynn Riggs Maples, age 58, of Tazewell, TN, passed away Friday, May 19, 2017 after a brief illness. She was born May 23, 1958 to the late Elmer and Daisy Riggs.

Vicki was saved at an early age at Lily Grove Baptist Church, and she was a member of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church. She loved life, and she enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. She loved to travel. She was also blessed with being very crafty. She always had a smile to share, and always had dinner ready on Sunday where anyone was welcome.

She is survived by the following members of her family, loving husband of 35 years Richard Maples, two loving daughters Rebekah (Shawn) Fuson, and Amanda (Avery) Lawson, children Ritchie Maples, Jamie Maples, and Eva (Ritchie) Bowling, Grandchildren Corey, Tyler, and Elijah Lawson, Brayden and Ava Fuson, Hannah and Cheyenne Bowling, Stephanie Maples, and Kyle Maples, great-grandchildren Levi Bowling, Reagan Littlepage, and Haidyn Maples, brothers Gary (Donna), Eddie (Teresa), and Philip Riggs, sisters Wanda (Keith) Keller, and Carla (Johnny) Mitchell, and her lifelong best friend Connie (Stanley) Lester.

And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives, friends, and coworkers.

The family wishes to express a heartfelt thanks to the staff of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center for the excellent care they provided.

A huge and special thank you to all the prayer warriors that prayed everyday for her.

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, Tazewell, TN. with Rev. Jimmy Poore and Rev. Jeremy Buchanan presiding. Music provided by The Heavenly Heirs.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Oak Grove Cemetery in the Forge Ridge Community, Harrogate TN.

Pallbearers will be Shawn Fuson, Avery Lawson, Ritchie Maples, Jamie Maples, Ritchie Bowling, Larry Littlepage, and Steven Bell.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Fairview Missionary Baptist Church from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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

VIRGIL WILSON Jr.

Virgil Wilson Jr., age 64, born on July 6th, 1952 in Harlan, KY, passed away May 16th, 2017 at Kindred Hospital in Louisville, KY, after a long illness with black lung.

He is preceded in death by his mother Rosa Wilson Moss, sisterJewell Bowling, and two sons, Virgil Wilson Jr. II, and Jason Wayne Wilson.

He is survived by his loving wife Patricia Wilson, daughter Sherry (Chris) Barnes, seven grandchildren, Tim Gaylor, Nikolas Wilson, Megan Wilson, Leslie Wilson, Brittany Wilson, Jacob Wilson, and Lucas Wilson, one great grandson BraylonWilson, one sister Wanda Wilson of Harlan, KY, four brothers, Arliss Wilson of Georgia, Larry Wilson, Winston Wilson, and Danny Wilson all of Harlan, KY. And a host of many other family and friends.

At the request of Mr. Wilson there will be no services, rather he will be cremated and his remains laid to rest beside his belovedsons.

Green Hills Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements. www.greenhillsfuneralhome.com

GLORIA JEAN WILSON LEE

Gloria Jean Wilson Lee, the only child of Clifford and Lovetta Wilson, was born October 17, 1942 in Middlesboro, KY, and died May 14, 2017 at home surrounded by her family.

Jeannie, as she was affectionately known, married Kenneth Lee, on October 31, 1965, and to that union a daughter, Joy Denise, was born. Jeannie was a faithful member of Old Yellow Creek Baptist church for over 50 years. She was as well, the primary caregiver for her mother for many years, even as she fought her own illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Clifford and Lovetta Wilson, and her husband, Kenneth Lee.

She is survived by her devoted daughter, Joy D. Taylor and husband Richard Taylor, and the light of her life, her grandson, Travis Ryan Lee Taylor. And a host of many other family members.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Lee and his staff at the Irene and Howard Baker Cancer Treatment Center.

At Mom’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral; however we will have a celebration of life for Jeannie and her husband Kenneth Lee that passed December 12, 2016. Celebration of Life will be Memorial Day weekend time and location will be announced at a later date. Everyone is welcome at the Celebration of Life.

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