Saturday, January 10, 2015

Shirley L. Manis Hale

Services for Shirley L. Manis Hale, 89, Rogersville, who passed away Tuesday (January 6, 2015), will be conducted at 1 PM on Saturday, January 10, 2015 in the Broome Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Roy Charles and Elder Hugh Allen Hale officiating.

Burial will follow in the Mitchell Crest Cemetery.

Online condolences can be made at

Broome Funeral Home, Rogersville is serving the Hale family.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Mr. Arthur Clark

Arthur Lloyd Clark, 70, of Dallas, Texas passed on Sunday night, January 1, 2015 after suffering from cancer.

He was a 1962 graduate of Douglass High School, Kingsport, and had lived in Dallas for many years.

He was the youngest son of the late James and Lenora Clark, and was preceded in death by sisters Mary (Clark) Rutledge, Rosalee (Clark) Leflore and brother James Clark.

Survivors include two sons, Sean Clark and Terry Clark, both of Dallas, sisters Frances (Clark) Graves, Ruth (Clark) Turner, and Martha (Clark) Davis, all of Kingsport, and brothers William R. Clark and Steve Machen.

Memorial Service: Saturday, January 10, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Golden Gate Funeral Home. Dallas, Texas.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy Birthday

Your Douglass website published its very first post on December 29, 2006.

That means, today, Douglass-Riverview's information source is now officially 8 years old.

Considering the modern-day internet (the one we all use today), is only 20 years old, it means we have been around for half the life of the internet.

Not a bad recognition.

Thanks for supporting us!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Rebecca L. Bell

Mrs. Rebecca Bell, 67, departed this life Wednesday, December 24, 2014, at Wexford House, Kingsport, Tennessee with her sister and nephew at her side.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Ms. Vera Johnson and Ms. Linda Johnson, and two brothers, Howard Bell and John Bell.

Survivors include four sisters, Ms. Dorothy (Herman) Logan, and Ms. Bettie Bell-Parker of Kingsport, Ms. Dianne Kahn of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ms. Rose (Michael) Moss of Mississippi, and a host of nephews, nieces, uncles, aunts, relatives and friends.

Services will be private.

Professional services and care of Ms. Rebecca L. Bell and family are entrusted to Clark Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service, Inc., (423) 245-4971.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Fonnie Canty-Amoako

KINGSPORT — Mrs. Fonnie Canty-Amoako, 838 Dale St., Kingsport, Tenn., departed this life Tuesday (Dec. 2, 2014) at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center.

She was a graduate of Douglass High School and Morristown College. She taught at Kingsport Nursery for over 30 years.

Mrs. Canty-Amoako’s love was her family, church, and friends. She treated all three with love, attention and respect.

She was filled with whole-hearted stewardship and loving service as a dedicated member of Bethel AME Zion Church. She served as a member of a Stewardess Board, Gospel Choir, Usher Board and Kitchen ministry. She was also a former member of Dunbar Temple #344, Daughters of Elks.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Irene Price, Truda and Paul Turner; husband, Charlie Canty; three brothers, Rev. Hampton Turner, Tim Price and Jerry Price; daughter, Priscella Smith; and granddaughter, Latrice Stewart.

She is survived by husband James Amoako; daughters, Charlene Hodge, Ivy Amoako; sons, Paul Canty, Mark (Lisa) Canty, Charles (Lucretia) Canty, Richard Canty, Derrick Amoako and Emmanuel Amoako; 15 grandchildren, Nikki, Andre, Candance, Dominic, Tony, Major, Mason, Marcus, Morgan, Jelani, Jared, Aneesah, Jabril, Kacy (Beth); four great-grandchildren, Gabe, Olivia, Daran, Gabriel; two sisters, Joyce Tarter and Linda McKinney; a host of nieces, nephews and many dear friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. from Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church with Pastor Charles Hawkins officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until the hour of service.

Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at 

Professional services and care of Mrs.Fonnie Ray Canty-Amoako and family are entrusted to Clark Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service Inc., (423) 245-4971.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Mrs. Fonnie Canty

Mrs. Fonnie Canty, the mother of Ms. Charlene Hodge, Bristol District Life Member Chair, passed away on Tuesday evening, December 2, 2014. The homegoing service will be Saturday, December 6, 2:00 p.m. at Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church in Kingsport, TN.

Please pray for family.

Presiding Elder C.A. Hawkins

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ollie Mae Shepard

  APPALACHIA, Va. — Ms. Ollie Mae “Runt” Fletcher Shepard, 91, passed away Sunday (Nov. 9, 2014) at her daughter’s home in St. Louis, Mo.

She was a member and also treasurer of the Macedonia Baptist Church in Appalachia, Va. and the Women’s Mission Club. Ms. Ollie Mae transferred her membership from the Macedonia Baptist Church in Appalachia, Va. to Heaven. She joined the “great cloud of witnesses” and is resting in the arms of her Savior. Rest in peace Ms. Ollie Mae and thank you for the memories.

She was formerly a member of the Democratic Women’s Club and was employed at the Appalachia Elementary School before retirement. She loved to dance, draw, water paint, laugh, and dress. She found joy in taking care of her family and others.

Ollie Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Frank Shepard, Sr.; daughter, Shirley Ann Shepard; brothers, Thomas Fletcher, Milton Fletcher, Sidney Fletcher and Neverlin Fletcher.

She leaves to mourn, her children, Delories F. Hollinger of Atlanta, Ga., Mildred Anderson of St. Louis Mo., Willie Frank Shepard, Jr. of Kingsport,Tenn., Juanita Shepard of Appalachia, Va., Carolyn Shepard of Appalachia, Va., Vicky L. McCoo and husband Brisco of Big Stone Gap, Va.; her brother, Willie Harris of Norton, Va., also survives her. She leaves behind 15 grandchildren; and a host of great and great-great-grandchildren. Ms. Shepard was also instrumental in raising Elder Carolyn Smith, Diane, Eddie, and Chris Ossea.

The family will receive friends, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Gilliam Funeral Home, 618 Wood Ave. W., Big Stone Gap, Va .

Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. in the chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Ronnie Collins officiating. 
Graveside services will follow the funeral ceremony at noon in the Powell Valley Memorial Gardens, Big Stone Gap, Va. Family and friends will be pallbearers. Gilliam Funeral Home, Big Stone Gap, Va. is honored to serve the Shepard family. You may go online to view obituaries, offer condolences and sign the guest book at