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April 2018

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WISE, VA - Jeanette Greear, 85, died Monday, April 30, 2018 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, TN.  Born in Norton, VA, she was a daughter of the late Walter Lee and Viva Adkins Adams and was the widow of the late Everette “Tince” Greear.  Jeanette was a former telephone operator for the Bell Telephone Company.  She was preceded in death by her brothers:  Kyle Adams, Cofer Adams, Carroll “Shag” Adams, and Greg Adams.

Jeanette is survived by her son, Mark Greear, Norton, VA, a brother, Elmer Adams, Gate City, VA, three sisters:  Ada Kiser, Norton, Ann Stacy and her husband Frank, Wise, VA, and Donna Stacy, Kingsport; three grandchildren:  Alex Greear of Wise, VA, Megan Greear and Amanda Greear, both of Coeburn, VA; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones, including a special caregiver and niece, Margaret Tate.

The family will receive friends from 12 noon until 2 PM Thursday at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton.  A graveside funeral service will follow at 2 PM at the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Norton, with the Reverend Darrell Bolling officiating.


NORTON, VA - The abundant life of Lann Alvin Malesky, Sr., 78, ended Sunday, April 22, 2018 at the Johnson City Medical Center following a brief illness.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah Davis of Norton, VA, sons Lann Alvin Malesky, Jr. of Asheville, NC, Lowell Alan Malesky and wife Katy of Fairfax, VA, three grandchildren, Kendall, Kelsey, and Joshua, sister-in-law Jenny Snapp (Kevin) of Big Stone Gap, VA as well as a host of close family friends whose kindnesses he did not take for granted.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Gaynelle Malesky and former wife, Gara Vinson Malesky.

Born in Fairmont, WV, Lann spent his childhood in several locations as his father was relocated while working for the Federal Bureau of Mines. These places included Norton, VA, Vincennes, IN, and Barbourville, KY. After graduating from The Webb School, a then all-boys boarding school in Bell Buckle, TN, Lann studied engineering at Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA and was a member of Alpha Tau Omega (ATO). He then attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where he received a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning. Following graduation, he joined the United States Peace Corps and was stationed in Cameroon, West Africa where he met his first wife, Gara.

Upon returning to the States, Lann and Gara began a family in Charlotte, NC while Lann worked as a City Planner for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Planning Commission. He then began his career with the Department of State as a Foreign Service Officer where he held positions of increasing responsibility in Algeria, Switzerland, Mali, Turkey, Bahrain, Brazil, and Washington, DC. While working in Washington, he represented the Department of State by attending The National War College, a school in the National Defense University housed on the campus of Fort McNair in Washington, DC. Through extensive research and travel, Lann composed The U.S. Embassy in Transition: The Foreign Service’s Support of the AID Buildup in the Sahel which examines the Foreign Service’s roll in the transitional African areas between the Sahara and the Sudanian Savanna.

Following his retirement from the State Department in 1994, Lann was active in his church, Fairfax Presbyterian, participated in Midlife Men on a Mission which traveled to Honduras annually for mission work, worked as a consultant for both non-profits and government contracting agencies, and taught as a substitute teacher. Lann moved once again to Norton, VA in 2006 where he became the volunteer Executive Director of The Food Bank of Wise County, Inc. which he helped grow. Always civic minded, Lann was willing to assist in the community in a variety of ways, serving most recently as Norton’s representative on the Lonesome Pine Regional Library Board of Directors and the Norton Social Services Board. Anyone who ever talked to him in the past months left the conversation knowing two things: 1.) he wished the 2016 election results had been different and 2.) he wished for the Regional Library to receive adequate funding as he advocated for the importance of providing spaces which foster ideas and offer services and opportunity to all residents of Southwestern Virginia, especially those for whom financial hardships limit access to the internet.

Lann published non-fiction pieces in the Virginia Cavalcade, Military History, Indiana Basketball History Magazine, and Presbyterians Today. A member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Norton, Lann believed in and fought for equality.  He loved travel, seeking out the obscure, and making sense of puzzles. He collected stamps, was an avid photographer, enjoyed the company of his feline companions, loved his family, good food, and found comfort in the fellowship of his many friends.

A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church in Norton, VA on Sunday, May 6 at 4 p.m. The Rev. Preston Mitchell and Rev. Lee Kidd will officiate the service. A reception will follow directly afterwards in the church’s fellowship hall. A private burial will be held on Monday, May 7 at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Deacon Fund, c/o All Saints Episcopal Church; P.O. Box 227; Norton, VA 24273 and/or The Food Bank of Wise Co. Inc.; P.O. Box 2977; Wise, VA 24293. Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home of Norton is serving the Malesky family.


NORTON, VA - Joseph Frederick “Huck” Hunnicutt, 58, died Sunday, April 15, 2018 at his home in Norton.

“Huck” was a son of Mary Katherine Breeding Hunnicutt and the late George E. Hunnicutt,
Sr.  “Huck” was virtually a lifelong resident of Norton, was a practicing attorney and partner in the Adkins & Hunnicutt Law Firm, and he was a business partner in the family owned and operated Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Norton.  “Huck” graduated from John I. Burton High School, was a graduate of the former Clinch Valley College, now the University of Virginia’s College at Wise.  While there he was an active member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity and remained active in its and the college’s respective alumni associations.  He graduated Magna Cum Laude from the Cumberland School of Law in 1989.  He served as the research and writing editor for the CUMBERLAND LAW REVIEW.  “Huck” served several consecutive terms on the City Council of Norton and served nearly twenty years as its representative on the CNW Regional Waste Water Treatment Authority.  He was a twenty-five year plus member of the Norton Fire Department and was active for many years as a coach and umpire with the Norton Little League program.  “Huck” was a member of Suther’s Lodge #259, AF&AM.  His proudest accomplishments were being a devoted father and grandfather.

Two sisters, Laura Camille Hunnicutt and Katherine “Strawberry” Robinson also preceded him in death.

In addition to his mother, Mary, of  Abingdon, VA, he is survived by his children:  Jessica Whitney Hunnicutt (and Elijah Roop), Norton, VA, Lauren Ashleigh Hunnicutt, Birmingham, AL, and Joseph F. Hunnicutt II ( and his wife Destinee), Wise, VA; his grandchildren, Joseph Frederick Hunnicutt III, Benjamin Samson Grate Hunnicutt, and Jackson Timothy Hunnicutt; his brothers George “Pedro” Hunnicutt, Jr. and Thomas Jonathan Hunnicutt; and his sisters:  Linda “Cindy” Dingus, Elizabeth “Blackberry” Strong, and Virginia “Hollyberry” Hunnicutt.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 PM Friday at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton.  A Masonic tribute will be conducted at 7 PM.  A funeral service will be at 12 noon Saturday in the First Baptist Church of Norton, at Virginia Avenue and Ninth Street NW.  Burial will follow in the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Norton.


NORTON, VA – Gerald Wayne Tate, 78, died Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Heritage Hall Healthcare in Wise, Va. Gerald was preceded in death by his wife, Francis Tate; his parents, Wayne and Helen Tate; his brothers, Jack, Alfred Lee, Jimmy and Robert (Bobby) Tate; and a sister, Deanna Tate. He retired as a machinist having worked in the Newport News Shipyard.

He is survived by three brothers, Franklin Tate and Gary Tate of Norton, Va., Mike Tate and his wife Karen of Jonesville, Va.; two sisters, Nancy Darnell and her husband Howard of Johnson City, Tn. and Sandra Rose and her husband Dallas of Knoxville, Tn.; ten loving nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-6:30 pm Tuesday, April 17, 2018, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton, Va. Funeral services will be conducted at 6:30 pm in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Robert Fultz, Jr. officiating. Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11 am Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Norton, Va. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 am Wednesday to travel in procession to the cemetery.

Special thanks to Larry and Linda Sturgill and Howard and Nancy Darnell for all the special attention given to Gerald the last few years. God Bless your goodness.


NORTON, VA – Glenn Earl Teasley, 87, died peacefully Thursday, April 12, 2018 at his home in Norton.  Glenn was born at Dorchester, Virginia to Ernest and Hazel Standifer Teasley.  He founded Glenn’s Finer Homes in Norton fifty years ago.  His early working career included being a reporter for the Coalfield Progress.  Glenn was a member of the First Baptist Church of Norton and was a member of the Norton Lions Club for over sixty years, including terms as its president and District Governor of Lions International.  He was a Melvin Jones Fellow recipient of Lions International, a former Wise County/City of Norton Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year, and, in 1997, Glenn was inducted into the Clayton Homes Hall of Fame. He was preceded in death by a son Ernest Randall “Randy” Teasley and a daughter, Mary Katherine “Kathy” Atkins.

Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Marilyn Statzer Teasley, his daughters, LaWahna Glyn Search and her husband Stephen, Goshen, NY and Nancy Kim Benham, Greenville, SC; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, a daughter-in-law Anne Jacobe, son-in-law, Greg Atkins, a loving family of caregivers, and a close friend and confidant, Jim Kinser.

The family will receive friends and encourage all to share memories from 4-7 PM Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Norton. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Norton, PO Box 499, Norton, VA  24273 or to the Norton Lions Club “Big Heart Fund”, PO Box 974, Norton, VA  24273.


NORTON, VA – Joann Minor Robinette, 61 passed away peacefully at home on April 6, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband of 25 years, Wayne Robinette, and her parents Charles and Della Adkins Minor of Wise, Virginia.

Surviving are her sisters and brother:  Shirley and Glen Rider, Wise, VA, Alma and Rocky Rittenberry, Mooresville, NC, Lisa Kinser, Norton, VA, and Will and Elaine Minor, Coeburn, VA;

Her nieces and nephews:  Johnny Mullins, Mandy and Jason Lane, Crystal and Daniel Stewart, Jeffery and Sarah Bentley, Sabrina and J.D. Fox, and Nathan Minor; her great nieces and nephews: Dalton Ramey, Cody Mullins, J.W. Lane, Brian Jessee, and Elijah Stewart; her little loves: Brayden, Chloe, Conner, Alaina, and Cameron’ and a host of other friends and relatives, including a very special cousin, Eddie Russell.

A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 2 PM Sunday at the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Norton, with Brother Jeff Meade officiating.  Joann personally requested that memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, PO Box 1000 Dept. 142, Memphis, TN  38101-9908.  Funeral arrangements are through Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home of Norton.