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December 2019

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NORTON, VA – William Edward (Bill) Beaty, 67, went to be with the LORD Thursday, December 12, 2019, at his home in Norton, VA. He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Beaty.

He is survived by two sisters, one brother, several nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of friends. William worked for the Westmoreland Coal Company and was a machine operator.

Family and friends will gather at Powell Valley Memorial Gardens in Big Stone Gap at 11:00 am Saturday, December 21, 2019, for a graveside service.  


NORTON, VA – Gerald Owens, 79, died Wednesday, December 11, 2019, at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tn. He attended the Ramsey Freewill Baptist Church when he was able to attend. He loved the Lord and his family with all his heart. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Lee and Elsie Ison Owens; his brothers, Douglas Owens, Cleamond Owens and John M. Owens.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Phyllis Owens; his sons, Mike, Doug and Jimmy Owens all of Norton, Va.; his daughters, Rhonda Absher and her husband Brad, Lesa Salyers and her husband Stacy, all of Norton, Va.; his brothers, Gary Owens of Lake Wales, Fla., Bobby Owens and his wife Brenda of Winter Haven, Fla. and Shane Owens of Lake Wales, Fla.; his grandchildren, Courtney Sexton, Zachary Sexton and his wife Nicole, Cameron Absher and Elizabeth Absher, all of Norton, Va.; and his special great granddaughter that was the light of his day, Carly Brooke Lintz.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 pm Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 7 pm in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Mike Hunsucker and Rev. Ronnie Large officiating. Graveside committal services will be conducted at 1 pm Sunday, December 15, 2019, at Laurel Grove Cemetery in Norton. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 12:30 pm to travel in procession to the cemetery.


POWELL VALLEY, VA - Elizabeth Stallard died December 8, 2019, at age 96, surviving her beloved husband Addison by just over six months.

Elizabeth, lovingly known as “Bubby” to her children, grandchildren, many of their friends and many neighbors, was the firstborn daughter of Marson and Ruth (Wallace) Hall. The Hall family moved from Norton to rural Lee County when she was a small child, and the impact of the family’s peaceful rural life in what was known as “Cattown,” near Jonesville, impressed her so that “home” remained Lee County the rest of her life. The family moved to Powell Valley when Elizabeth was 14 years old and at that age she met new neighbor Addison, with whom she later enjoyed some 78 years of marriage and life in Powell Valley.

After graduating from East Stone Gap High School in 1940 she worked at Norton Coal Company. Following marriage she stayed at home as children came, but when all were in school she returned to work in Norton, at Lively’s Newsstand and at Wise County Credit Bureau where she was manager. Later she joined Addison in running the Nationwide Insurance agency.

In retirement she and Addison enjoyed some 35 years of leisurely drives, mostly to Lee County, watching to see the first dandelion of spring, walks to identify wildflowers, bird-watching, flower and vegetable gardening, and enjoying their property, Idyll Acres. She and Addison shared a strong love for music, and she played piano at her church for many years. She also loved crossword puzzles and cross-stitchery.

She is survived by daughters Sharon Daniels of Powell Valley, and Kay Johnson of Wytheville; son Jim Stallard and wife Patty of Wytheville; brother Jim Hall of Kingsport, Tenn.; special family friend John Gilly of Powell Valley, and cherished neighbors. Elizabeth and Addison had nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren, most of whom survive her.

In addition to Addison and her parents, she was preceded in death by daughter Patricia Grant; sisters Helen Adams and Dorothy Witt; granddaughters Thomasa Clifton and Tanya Adams; great-grandson Jonathan Parker.

In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to support the Emergency Fuel Fund for the Elderly at Mountain Empire Older Citizens, or undertake acts of kindness for friends and neighbors.

Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. The service will be conducted at 7 pm in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Jim Collie officiating. Burial in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens will be Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 11 a.m. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 10:30 am to travel in procession to the cemetery.


NORTON, VA - Vessie Irvine Jr., 76, went home to be with the LORD Monday, November 25, 2019 at his home in Coeburn, VA. He was the son of late Vessie Irvine Sr. and Teenie Ledlow.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Vessie lived in California for the last 50 years, retiring as a machinist in the aircraft manufacturing industry.  He had just recently returned home to Virginia a few months ago. “Junior” enjoyed country classic music, fixing furniture and cars.

He is survived by several nieces and nephews including a “nephew/brother”, Walker Sargent, Coquille, OR, friends: Donna Johnson, Nancy Fleming, and her daughter;, as well as his dog “Sonny”.

Family and friends of Vessie will be gathering and remembering him at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 6-8 P.M.