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December 2017


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WILMA LEE SHIPLEY

NORTON, VA - Our beloved mother, Wilma Lee Shipley, age 87, passed away peacefully at home in Clintwood, Va., on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Our mother was preceded in death by her beloved husband and our father, Samuel Augustus Shipley. She is survived by her devoted daughters Toni Brooks, Marlene Shipley, Sherry Roberts. and Sandra Shipley; also by five grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Wilma retired after working for many years at Electrolux in Norton. She was co-chairman of the Fundraising Committee for building the new St. Mary's Hospital, now known as Mountain View Hospital.  She was also co-founder of the local Women's Caring Hearts Breast Cancer Support Group.

Our mother was God's gift to us. We will miss hearing her tell about fond childhood memories in Skeet Rock near Clintwood, and sharing our life dreams with her. She taught us an appreciation of music, art and literature. She loved the Autumn season, and had a special place in her heart for animals. Therefore, she requested that, in lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Brother Wolf Animal Rescue, No Kill Shelter, Dickenson County, Va. Chapter, 5091 Dickenson Highway, Clintwood, Va. 24228.

The family will receive friends Saturday, Dec. 9. 2017, from noon until 1 pm at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 pm Saturday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Mark Dixon officiating. Interment will follow in the East Stone Gap Cemetery, East Stone Gap, Va.


MARY CHRISTINE JOHNSON

NORTON, VA – Mary Christine Johnson, 85, died Monday, Dec. 4, 2017 at Norton Community Hospital. She was a Christian all her adult life. She was preceded in death by her father, Lester Wells; her mother, Eva Sturgill Jayne; and her son, Jeffery Johnson.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, James Edd Johnson of Norton, Va.; two sons, Gary “Butch” Johnson of Mobile, Ala. and James Randy Johnson and his wife Sue of Baltimore, Md.; six grandchildren; several great grandchildren; a brother, Emerson Jayne and his wife Wanda of Church Hill, Tn.; a special niece, Amy Jayne of Church Hill, Tn.; two sisters Polly Williams and her husband Johnny of Church Hill, Tn. and Kathy Scott and her husband Gerald of Kingsport, Tn.; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 7 pm Wednesday in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Ralph Hammonds and Raymond Sturgill officiating. Graveside committal services will be conducted at 11 am Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, at the Gardner Cemetery in Powell River Community of Norton. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 am to travel in procession to the cemetery.