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Thelma Marie Cole


Thelma Marie Cole

Coeburn, VA ~  Thelma Marie Horne Cole, 76 passed away Sunday, March 29, 2015 at Mountain View Medical Center in Norton, Virginia.
    She was the daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin Horne and Belva Elizabeth Harvey Horne; also preceded in death by her husband, Rev. George I. Cole; a sister, Nancy Jean Lynthlin; brother, Gilmer Lee 'Buddy' Horne; a half-brother, Vernard James Harvey.
    Survivors include two sons, Ricky Irvin Cole, and wife, Trish, Coeburn, and Ronald Earl Cole, and wife, Crystal, Wise; daughter, Ramona Jean Cole, Coeburn; two sisters, Shirley Mae Salyers, Coeburn, and Helen Sue Couch, and husband, Don; 8 grandchildren, Tina, Katelin, Brittany, Jordan, Alicia, Chandler, Tiffany and Ethan; 4 great grandchildren, Brodan, Braylan, Brennan and Hayden; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services for Thelma Marie Cole will be held on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:00 PM at Estes Funeral Home Chapel with  _______________________  officiating. Burial will be Noon, Thursday,  April 2, 2015 at Greenwood Acres Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held Wednesday after 5:00 P.M. until funeral service time at Estes Funeral Home. Arrangements by Estes Funeral Home, 114 High Ave., Coeburn, VA.

Harry Lynn Litton


Harry Lynn Litton

Coeburn, VA ~ Harry Lynn Litton, 80 passed away Monday, March 16, 2015 at Mountain View Medical Center in Norton Virginia.
    He was a retired employee of Virginia Dept. of Highways.
    He was the son of the late Carl E. Ely and Mary Edith Litton Ely.
    He is survived by a sister, Nancy Shults, Windfall, IN; Special caregiver the Russell Family.

   Graveside services and burial for Harry Lynn Litton will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11:00 AM at Powell Valley Cemetery in Dryden, VA with Rev. R. J. Rose officiating. Arrangements by Estes Funeral Home, 114 High Ave., Coeburn, VA.

Paul Gibson


Paul Gibson

Coeburn, VA ~ Paul Gibson, 72 passed away Friday, March 27, 2015 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport Tennessee.
    He was a former employee of Betty Bee Coal Company.
    He was the son of the late Robert H. Gibson and Victoria Hughes Gibson; also preceded in death by his wife, Polly Alice Gibson; son, Kenneth Gibson; Granddaughter, Ariel Faith Smith; two sisters, Delphie Hall and Betty Gibson; five brothers, Clyde Gibson, Hershel Gibson, Melvin Gibson, Rev. Ezra R. Gibson, and Raymond Gibson.
    Survivors include a daughter, Judith Hall, and husband, Bryan Hall, Sr., Norton; a brother, James Gibson, Coeburn; two granddaughters, Mechell Bentley and husband, Jason and Melanie Penley; a grandson, Thomas James Smith, Jr. and wife, Tabitha; great grandchildren, Hannah Smith, Braylon Smith, Amelia Smith, Payton Bentley and Arabella Bentley.

   Funeral services for Paul Gibson will be held on Monday, March 30, 2015 at 12:00 Noon at Estes Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. R. L. Crawford and Rev. Bryan Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Adkins Cemetery on Dale Ridge. Visitation will be held Sunday, March 29, 2015 after 6:00 P.M. at Estes Funeral Home. Arrangements by Estes Funeral Home, 114 High Ave., Coeburn, VA.

Janie Elizabeth Barron


Janie Elizabeth Barron

Janie Elizabeth Barron "Muddear" was born on May 9, 1932 in Straight Hollow, Virginia to Saul W. Perry and Dorothy May Thomas oldest child of nine. Hers was a life given purpose through the family, laughter and community. In all these ways and more, she was a true representation of life.
   At the tender age of 19 she married her husband, Eugene Barron in Virginia. She raised five children, Sheila, Jacquetta, LaRhonda "Zamurrad", Dionne and Garland "Gary". Janie was always the center of attention and everyone who knew her was influnced by her grace, love, style and feistness. Janie AKA "Muddear" was one of a kind and all would claim her as their own.
   After separation from her husband, Janie went to New York City in search of a better life for her and her family. She was intrigued by excitement of the Big Apple and made that her home. Janie was a people person and she used that to her advantage and became a barmaid in some of the most famous nightclubs and bats in Harlem.
   While working as a barmaid she met her lifelongpartner, Paul Day. Together they not onl raised five children but also helped to raise her nieces, Angie and Lisa Thomas, Janie's extended family included her grandchildren, siblings, nieces, nephews and friends.
    Janie is preceded in death by: her mother, Dorothy Mae Ella Thomas-Hill, daddy M.L. Thomas, father, Saul W. Perry, her daughter Sheila D. Barron-Fisher, her siblings, Melvin L. Thomas, Norman E. Thomas, Henry L. Thomas, Harry L. Thomas, Garland D. Thomas, Geraldine Thomas-Freeman, and Francis Thomas, and her nephews, Wallace A Foster and Harry L. Thomas (Snapper).
   She leaves loved ones to carry on her legacy; children, Jacquetta A. Barron-Simmons, LaRhonda Barron (Zamurrad), Dionne Barron- Jones (Kevin), and Garland D. Thomas, Jr. "Gary". Also her only surviving sister, JoeAnn Foster and her grandchildren, Kenneth Fisher (Goldie), ShaRhonda Simmons, Messiah Ferguson, Alena Simmons, (Jeffrey Brock), Alan Simmons Jr. (Asante Dabney) and Amram Gainer and seven great-grand children. A host of nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, cousins and friends.

   Viewing will be Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 11 A.M. - 2 P.M. with the funeral immediately following. Burial at Millers Temple, Carbo, Va. Repast at Morning Star Church in Castlewood, Va. Estes Funeral Home, 114 High Ave., Coeburn, VA.

Stafford Jordan



Age 93

On March 20, Stafford peacefully fell asleep in death at his home in Banner, near Coeburn VA.
   Stafford loved people. He was a story-teller with a great sense of humor. A Banner landmark is his famous "bottle house" and he was known world-wide for his quilt making. What a joy it will be to one day see Stafford again by means of the Bible's promised resurrection.
   Stafford was an active member of the Coeburn Congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses since his baptism in 1971.
   He is survived by his loving wife of 70 years, Louise Jordan, and his two children, Ray Jordan and wife Tina of Hillsboro, North Carolina, Jo Ella Wright and husband David of  Lebanon, VA, 5 grandchildren, Timothy Jordan of South Carolina, Kathy Jordan in North Carolina,  Stacey Lemons and husband Leon Lemons of North Carolina,  Jenny Wilson and husband Craig, living in Brooklyn, NY,  Tully Wright and wife Dawn, currently in Mozambique, Africa and 2  great grand-children,  Sienna and Kent Lemons. Stafford also had 3 "grandchildren of the heart" he dearly loved, Jeremiah Jonsrud, Jennifer Villa and Jessica Blair and one surviving sister, Helen Smith of Abingdon as well as nieces and nephews.

   A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday March 28, 2015, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, 126 Dickerson Ave, Coeburn, VA.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charitable worldwide work of Jehovah's Witnesses at the Coeburn Kingdom Hall.  www.jw.org

Dwight Andrew Ward, Sr.


Dwight Andrew Ward

Coeburn, VA ~ Dwight Andrew Ward, Sr., 65 passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Norton Community Hospital in Norton Virginia.
    He was the son of the late Herald Leon Ward and Lola Mae Bond Ward; also preceded in death by a daughter, Loretha Mae Ward; two brothers, Kenneth Ray Ward and Kyle Leon Ward.
    Survivors include his wife, Daisy Carol Ward; sons, Dwight Andrew Ward, Jr. and wife, Patricia and Andrew Greear, Coeburn; daughter, Yolanda Moore and husband, James Ray, Nickelsville; sister, Wanda Kay Moore and husband, JR, Coeburn; brothers, Dennis Ward, and wife Catherine, Pennington Gap, VA; 5 grandchildren; 1 great grandchild, several nieces and nepwhews.

   Graveside services for Dwight Andrew Ward will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 4:00 PM with Rosalee Evans officiating. Burial will be Friday, March 20, 2015 at Ward Cemetery. Arrangements by Estes Funeral Home, 114 High Ave., Coeburn, VA.

Rhoda Jackson Luther


Rhoda Evelyn Luther

Coeburn, VA ~ Rhoda Jackson Luther, 84 passed away Monday, March 2, 2015 in Coeburn Virginia.
    She was the daughter of the late James Jackson and Mary Hinkle Jackson; also preceded in death by her husband, Otis Luther; a son, Robert Lester Luther and a daughter, Linda Luther Carty; brothers, George, Jess, John, Joseph, Teddy and Tom; sisters, Hazel, Nanny, Emmer and Gracie.
    Survivors include three daughters Kitty Clark, Coeburn, Vicky Luther Keen, and husband, Ricky, Pounding Mills, VA and Nora Robinson, and husband, Robert, Big Stone Gap; four sons, Dale Luther and wife, Pat, Williston, ND, Teddy Luther and wife, Kathy, Rogersville, TN and Matt Luther, Coeburn, and Boone Luther, Coeburn, son-in-law, Bill Clark, adopted son, Willie Meade; brothers, Wilburn Jackson, Milburn Jackson and Jimmy Jackson all of Coeburn; and two sisters, Janice Goodman, Ohio and Agnes Allen, OK; 17 grandchildren,  several great grandchildren, several great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services for Rhoda Evelyn Luther will be held on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 2:00 PM at Estes Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Billy Carty and Rev. Greg Townsend officiating. Burial will follow at Jackson Cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday after 6:00 P.M. at Estes Funeral Home. Arrangements by Estes Funeral Home, 114 High Ave., Coeburn, VA.