Friday, February 5, 2016

App David Charles, Jr.

Rogersville, TN - App David Charles, Jr., age 76, of Rogersville, passed away on Tuesday morning, February 2, 2016 at Wellmont Hawkins County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Charles graduated from Swift High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.  He retired from Holston Defense Corporation in 1994 after thirty-two years of service.  After many years of retirement, he worked with the Rogersville Parks and Recreation Department and most recently served as the night manager of the walking track at the Rogersville City School.

Mr. Charles had a passion for farming and helping others.  He accepted Christ at an early age at the Lyons Hill AME Church in Surgoinsville, TN and later attended the Hasson Street Christian Church in Rogersville where he was a member of the All Brothers in Christ (ABC) organization.

He was preceded in death by his parents, App, Sr. and Mary Charles.

He is survived by his wife of fifty years, Patricia Snapp Charles, his daughter Renee Charles Leeper; his son App D. (Chuck) Charles III; three sisters, Jessie Price of Rogersville, Roberta (Leroy) Butler of Silver Shrimp, MD, and Thelma Lyons of Rogersville; one aunt, Bessie Fulkerson; son-in-law Reggie Leeper; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hawkins County 911 Emergency Services and the emergency room staff at Wellmont Hawkins County Memorial Hospital.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 6, 2016 at the Christian Sells Funeral Home in Rogersville, TN.  The funeral service will follow at 1:00 PM with Pastor C. Roy Charles officiating.

Gravesite services will follow at the Mitchell Crest Cemetery with the Hawkins County Color Guard and the Tennessee National Guard providing military honors.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Coletta P. Deering

Coletta "Coty" Palmer Deering

November 20, 1934 - January 31, 2016

Visitation:  February 8, 2016
12 PM - 1 PM
Westbury United Methodist Church
265 Asbury Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590

Donohue-Cecere Funeral Home
290 Post Avenue
Westbury, New York 11590
(516) 333-0615

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Gayle P. Turner

Gayle Patricia Turner was born July 2, 1948 to Eldridge N. Turner and Lucille H. Turner from Gate City, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents Eldridge N. Turner and Lucille H. Turner and grandparents, Oscar and Zonia Henson of Burnsville, North Carolina and Andy Turner from Gate City, Virginia.

Gayle attended Douglass High School in Kingsport, and graduated from Gate City High School in Gate City, Virginia. She went on to study at Morristown Community College and graduated from Knoxville College in Knoxville, Tennessee with a degree in Special Education. Gayle received her Masters Degree from Virginia State University. Gayle was a long time teacher in the Richmond Public School System, retiring after 30 years.

Gayle was very active in her home church - Hale’s Chapel United Methodist in Gate City, Virginia. After moving to Richmond, Virginia, she moved her church home to Asbury Church Hill United Methodist Church, joining Asbury in 1978. She was very active in the District United Methodist Church and served as Administrative council secretary and faithfully participated on numerous mission trips with District UMW. She became a senior choir member, trustee member, and secretary for Asbury United Methodist Women. She served as Communications Coordinator for "The Word Newsletter" from 2007 - 2015. Gaye was also involved with the Maymont Civic Association and the Maymont Flower Club.

Gayle loved to travel and never missed an opportunity to see the world. She and her cousin, Judy Gray Johnson, became "traveling buddies". Together they travelled to Canada, California, North and South Carolina, Florida, and New Mexico, and various parts of Virginia by car, stopping at various points in between. The next trip was to be by train to explore the Western part of the United States. This never occurred before she became ill.

Although Gayle came from a very small family (only child), she considered the members of the church and various civic organizations her family. She loved every one of them and made her presence felt in all of the outreach activities.

Gayle is survived by two special friends and care givers: Jacqueline Lawrence and Linda Porter from Richmond, Va.; an Aunt, Mrs. Marie Young of Burnsville, North Carolina; an Uncle Jake Henson of Burnsville, North Carolina; cousins Hoyate Turner Jr. of Memphis, TN.; Dr. Rosemary Gray of Cypress, TX, Judy Gray Johnson of Valencia, CA.; Joyce Tarter and Linda McKinney of Kingsport, TN.; Special cousins Jeanette Henson from Asheville, N.C. and Sheila Bonnila Barder from Gallop, New Mexico. Gayle will be sorely missed from her many cousins and many dear friends from her garden club, Asbury - Church Hill United Methodist Church and Hale’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m - 12:00 noon, Friday, January 29, 2016 at the Gate City Funeral Home, Gate City VA. Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 noon, in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Rev. Steve Templeton and Rev. Rochelle Maxwell officiating. Members of Hales Chapel Church Choir will provide the music; Greg and Becky White will participate.

Burial will follow the service at East Tennessee Cemetery, Kingsport, TN. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

An online guest register is available for the Turner family at

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Gayle Patricia Turner.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Larry Allen Turner

  KINGSPORT - Larry Allen Turner, 64 of Kingsport went to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 23, 2016 with his loving wife, Beverly Ann by his side following a brief illness.

Larry was born in Cherokee County, SC but resided most of his life in Kingsport. He was Army Veteran serving two tours in Vietnam. Larry was employed by Willamette Paper Company for over 15 years. He enjoyed spending time with family and friends, watching college football and working around the house. Larry took tremendous pride and care in his vehicle, always keeping them spotless.

Larry was preceded in death by his father, Napolean Thompson and one brother.

Surviving are his loving wife of 33 years, Beverly Ann Turner; daughter, Jessica Swearingen; son, Jason Swain; mother, Bernice West; sister, Anna Ray Houston; best friend and brother-in-law, Albert Arnold and wife Mae; three other brothers-in-law, Ricky Arnold, Roger Hammonds and Tony Hammond and wife Charity; sister-in-law, Lise Wolfe and husband Kenny; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 27, 2016 from 5:00 until 7:00 pm in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral and Cremation Services.

A funeral service will follow at 7:00 pm with Pastor Greg DePriest officiating.

A graveside service, with military honors, will be held Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 1:00 pm at Oak Hill Memorial Park. Family and friends wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the cemetery at 12:45 pm.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Color Guard, P.O. Box 66, Kingsport, TN 37662.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Massey at Johnson City Medical Center and ICU Nurse, Brandi Bland

An online guest registry may be signed by visiting  .

The staff of Oak Hill Funeral and Cremation Services is honored to serve the family of Larry Allen Turner.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Sadie Davenport

Funeral services for Sadie Davenport will be held at 1:00pm Monday January 25, 2016 at the Mt. Olive Church, 810 Montgomery St., in Johnson City, TN.

The family will receive friends from 12:00pm to 1:00pm prior to the services at the church.

Burial will follow at Washington County Memory Gardens in Johnson City, TN.

Richard A. Holloway

Richard A. Holloway, 63 of Johnson City, TN passed away peacefully at his home on January 16, 2016. His devoted wife and daughter were by his side.
Richard served two years in the United States Airforce and left with honorable recognition. He also attended technical college for drafting. He recently retired from the VA after being employed there for more than 30 years.

He is preceded in death by his father, LeRoy Holloway as well as other family members.

He leaves behind to mourn his passing his mother, Loretha Holloway; his devoted wife of 36 years, Gloria Holloway and daughters: Indya Holloway and Barbara Sutton (Charles), both of Johnson City; two sisters, Anita Covington and Connie Hardge; one brother, LeRoy Holloway; two grandsons, Charles Sutton III and Justice Sutton; and one Aunt, Carolyn Wilson (Mickey).

The family of Richard Holloway would like to thank everyone for their ongoing support of the family during this difficult time.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00pm Friday January 22, 2016 at Grace Temple Church in Johnson City, TN. The family will receive friends prior to the services from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Church.

Burial will follow at the VA National Cemetery in Mountain Home, TN.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Harry L. Blackman

WEBER CITY, VA - Mr. Harry L. Blackman, 51, 1000 U.S. Highway, Weber City, Va,, departed this life on Thursday, January 7, 2016, at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

Mr. Blackman is survived by his wife of 26 years, Ms. Annette Blackman, brothers,  Mr. William (Laura Carey) Blackman, and Mr. Eugene (Evette) Blackman, sisters, Ms. Lillian Blackman, and Ms. Nellie Blackman, and 18 nieces and nephews,

The family will receive friends at any time at 1346 Pine Street, Kingsport, TN.

Funeral services for Mr. Blackman will at 3 PM on Monday, January 11, 2016 at the Shiloh Baptist Church in Kingsport, with Reverend Kenneth Calvert officiating.  Family will receive friends from 2 PM until the hour of service.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Professional services and care of Mr. Harry L. Blackman and Family are entrusted to Clark Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service, Inc.