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December 2013


JERRY WAYNE BELL

NORTON, VA - Jerry Wayne Bell, 63, died Monday, December 30, 2013 at his home on Thacker’s Branch, following an extended illness.  Born in Coeburn, VA, he was a son of Richard and June (Skeens) Bell.  Jerry was founder and owner of Jerry’s Service Center and J&M Parts Delivery Service in Norton.  His passion was in helping those in need.  He was a member of Suthers Lodge # 259 AF & AM, a Kazim Shrine Temple Noble, and was currently the president of the Wise County Shrine Club.

Surviving are his wife, Trina Owens Bell, a son Jim Stratton and his wife, Kim, Knoxville, TN, a daughter, Mary Sibiski, Palm Coast, FL, his grandchildren:  Jordan Sibiski, Hannah Stratton,  and Justin Sibiski; his brothers and sisters:  Roger Bell, Patty Freeman, Pam Culbertson, Debbie Hutchinson, Ricky Bell, Jeff Bell, Lisa Phillips, and Tina Neal.

The family will receive friends from 4-7 PM, Friday, January 3 at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton.  Masonic rites will be conducted at 7 PM in the funeral home chapel, followed by a funeral service, with the Reverend Darrell Bolling officiating.  Family and friends will gather from 10 – 10:30 AM Saturday at the funeral home, where they then will travel to Powell Valley Memorial Gardens for burial at 11:05 AM.  Memorial contributions may made to the Wise County Shrine Club, Greeneville Shriners’ Children’s Hospital, PO Box 611, Norton, VA  24273.


FAYE BEGLEY

NORTON, VA – Faye Begley, 85, died Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at her home. She was a member of the Cave Church in Norton, VA. Faye was a daughter of the late James and Mary Jesten Begley. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Ted H. Begley, Sr. and James “Red” Begley, her sisters, Juanita Donnells, Mozella Jackson, Cecil Ross and Maxine Podjurski.

She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, John and Sandy Begley of Norton, VA; a sister, Nellie Dosa of Roanoke, AL; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 PM Sunday at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 PM Sunday in the funeral home chapel with Pastors Jimmy Mitchell and Tim Steffey officiating. Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday at Laurel Grove Cemetery. Family and friends will meet by 10:30 AM Monday at the funeral home to travel in procession to the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home to help with funeral expenses.


JEAN HAMILTON KELLEY

NORTON, VA - Jean Hamilton Kelley, 80, died Saturday, December 21, 2013, at Norton Community Hospital.  A daughter of Laymon and Ruth (Kilgore) Hamilton, she was the widow of William “Bill” Kelley.  She was also preceded in death by a brother, Paul Hamilton. 

Jean was a member of the Park Avenue Baptist Church in Norton, and was an active member of the Democratic Party from the age of 21 until her death.  She was a long time employee of the Wise County Commissioner of Revenue office, and retired from the Wise County Sherriff’s Department.

She is survived by her daughter, Rhonda Robertson, and her son, Tim Kelley, both of Norton; her sister, Joyce Horne and her husband, Bill, Wise, VA, a niece, Patricia Caldwell and her husband,  Ernie, her nephew, William C. Horne and his wife, Rebecca, all of Wise, and her great-nieces and nephews:  Brandi Boyd, Georgia and Liam Horne, and Coy and Cayse Roop.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Thursday, December 26, at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton.  Funeral services will be at 8 PM in the funeral home chapel.  Family and friends will gather at 1 PM Friday at the funeral home, where they then will travel in procession to the Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood for burial.


JAMES RAY "HOPPY" HOPKINS

NORTON, VA – “Hoppy” Hopkins, age 76. passed away at his residence Saturday, December 21, 2013.  A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he loved playing golf, was active in the Appalachian Childrens’ Theatre, Norton Little League, Norton Lions Club, Norton City School System, loving all school sports. “Hoppy” always loved to help kids and young adults. He was an Honorable Kentucky Colonel.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James E. & Katherine Beverly Hopkins; a sister, Brenda Hopkins Wade and a brother, Ellis Hopkins.

He is survived by his loving, amazing wife of 54 years, Carol Connor Hopkins; his children: Laura Duffie and husband Mike, Calhoun, GA, James R. Hopkins, Jr. and wife, Natysha, Palmetto, FL, Janet Conner and husband, Mark, Norton, VA and Karen Kommes and husband, Chris, Pound, VA; five grandchildren:  April Addison, Timothy Adams, Jr., Brook Blalock, Colin Duffie, and Ryan Kommes; his great grandchildren:  Emma and Peyton Addison, Savannah & Sofia Adams, Adley Anne & Sailor Kate Petterson, and Calvert Michael Duffie; sisters, Patty Flora, Elizabeth Brown, Vie Dingus and Martha Hagy; brothers, Scotty Hopkins, Ricky Hopkins and Dwayne “Tiny” Hopkins.

The family will receive friends Monday, Dec. 23, 2013, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home Chapel in Norton, with a Celebration of “Hoppy’s” life at 8:00 PM with the Reverend Gwen Owens officiating.


IVANANN PENDLETON

NORTON, VA - Ivanann B. Pendleton (Nan), 95, of Christiansburg, Virginia, formerly of Norton, Virginia, left this life for Heaven on Wednesday, December 18, 2013.  She was born on August 15, 1918, the daughter of the late Harry and Pearl Barrows.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Granville F. Pendleton.

Nan graduated from Milligan College in 1969 with a Bachelor of Science Degree.  In 1976 she received her Masters Degree of Education from UVA, and in 1978 she obtained a Degree of Education Specialist from UVA.  She taught in the Wise County school system for over 18 years.  After retiring, she served in the women’s auxiliary at the Norton Community Hospital.

She is survived by two sons; James Pendleton and wife Linda of Christiansburg, Va., Robert Pendleton of Tazewell, Va.; five grandchildren, Mike Pendleton and wife Stacy of Richmond, Va., Tina Hammonds and husband Chris of Norton, Va., Josh Pendleton and Matthew Wynn of Tazewell, Va., Millie Weaver and husband Mike of Christiansburg, Va.; six great-grandchildren; Amanda and Ashley Pendleton, Christopher and Haley Hammonds, Austin Stromme and Jaedyn Weaver.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff at Heritage Hall, Blacksburg, VA, and Good Samaritan Hospice for the loving care of our Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Dec. 21 from 12:00 noon until 2:00 PM at the Hagy and Fawbush Funeral Home, Norton, Virginia with funeral services to follow at 2:00 PM in the funeral home chapel with the Reverend Robbie Fultz officiating. Interment will be in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.

Flowers are welcomed, but donations may be made to the American Cancer Society in Nan’s Memory.


GENE COFFEY

NORTON, VA – Gene Coffey. 83, passed away peacefully at his residence on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. Gene was a Charter Member of the Norton Rescue Squad and was an Auxiliary officer with Norton Police Department and Wise County Sheriff Department. He was a former president of the Wise County Rescue Squad Association. Gene was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during the Korean War and was a former member of Norton VFW Post 4301. He attended the Ramsey Freewill Baptist Church. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Grand and Elsie Estep Coffey; a brother, Fred Coffey; an extended family, Dixie Taylor Hill, Hetsre Ann Toney and Joseph Taylor.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Ruby Taylor Coffey of Norton, VA; son, Jeff Coffey and his wife Becky of Norton, VA; Chris Taylor of Elizabethton, TN; daughters, Jeannie Cowden and her husband Wayne of Norton, VA, Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Taylor Owen and her husband Todd of Wiesbaden, GE; grandchildren, Aaron Cowden, Dustin Cowden and his wife Michelle, Jessee Coffey, Polly Taylor, Justin Regnold, Zachary Regnold, Aiden Taylor, William Taylor and Cooper Taylor, great grandchildren, Cameron Cowden, Isaac Cowden, Abbigail Cowden; extended family, Mary Lou Ramey of Big Stone Gap, VA, Dot Beck of Southgate, MI, Sam Taylor of Midlothian, VA, Buford Taylor of Elizabethtown, KY; a sister, Ellen Coffey; a brother, Tib Coffey of Norton, VA; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 PM Wednesday at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 7:00 PM Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Ralph McFarland officiating. Graveside military rites will be conducted at 11:00 AM Thursday at Laurel Grove Cemetery by Gate City National Guard Funeral Honors Team and local veterans groups. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 AM Thursday to travel in procession to the cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ramsey Freewill Baptist Church, c/o Becky McElroy, 125 9th St. NW, Norton, VA 24273.


SHIRLEY WIREMAN

BIG STONE GAP, VA – Shirley Renee Wireman, 42, departed this walk of Life Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 at Holston Valley Hospital from complications of a stroke.

She was a 1989 graduate of John I. Burton High School. She was a member of West Norton Baptist Church in Norton, VA.

Surviving are her sons, Dustin Wireman (Tabitha) of Wise, VA and James David Wireman who reside with his father Kevin Wireman of Norton, VA; daughters, Shauna Wireman (Chance Jessee) of Norton, VA, Lindsey Wireman of Big Stone Gap, VA; grandsons, Carter Lee Jessee and Jacob Tyler Jessee. She is also survived by her mother, Carol Cox of Big Stone Gap, VA; her father, Ronnie Collins of Coeburn, VA; her sister, Sandra (Conley) Rutherford of Norton, VA; several nieces, nephews, family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 PM Saturday at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton, VA. Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 PM Sunday at Laurel Grove Cemetery with Rev. Buddy Wilson officiating. Family and friends will gather at the funeral home by 12:30 PM Sunday to travel in procession to the cemetery.