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David,Nancy,Neilie,ElizaFisher.jpg572 viewsPhoto courtesy of John Shumate theshumates@comcast.net55555
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earlyjl.jpg579 viewsPhysician of Saltville, Virginia. Born in Carroll County, VA, and moved to Radford, Virginia after leaving Saltville. From the 1922 Alkalite. Dr. Early was the examining physician for Smyth County fellows entering the U.S. Army in World War I.55555
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Hicks, Carson592 viewsCARSON HICKS... HELPING OLIN CLOSE DOWN THEIR SALTVILLE OPERATION. CARSON WAS A LONG TIME EMPLOYEE OF THE WELL FIELDS DEPT. AT OLIN IN SALTVILLE. Courtesy of DonSmith [email]dsmith1043@comcast,net[/email]55555
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Early, James Louis, MD., et. al.625 viewsDR. EARLY AND FRIENDS / EAST MAIN STREET / SALTVILLE, VA. / CIRCA 1910
DON'T KNOW WHICH ONE IS DR. EARLY. THE LADY ON THE RIGHT IS MISS LULA SHANNON. Courtesu of Don Smith dsmith1-43@comcast.net

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Totten, Tom504 viewsTOM TOTTEN...THE MASTER AT WORK...SHOOTING NORTH HOLSTON FROM THE DEWEY DEBUSK FARM...APRIL 1967. Tom died January 7, 2008, age 87. Rest in Peace, friend. Tom was the photographer of many of the images een on the New River Notes Photo pages. This image of Tom is courtesy of Don Smith dsmith1043@comcast.net

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allisonjim.jpg744 viewsWorked at camp Red Rock, shown here in the 1940s chopping wood.55555
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lester35.jpg728 viewsPhoto taken in Buckeye Hollow, Smyth County, VA.55555
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benblevins.jpg654 viewsBen H. Blevins
MARION Elder Ben H. Blevins, age 83, died Sunday,
March 12, 2006, at Smyth County Community Hospital.
He was born Oct. 18, 1922, in Crumpler, W.Va., the
seventh of 14 children born to the late Elder Hugh M.
Blevins Sr. and Lelia Perry Blevins. He was also
preceded in death by one grandchild, Julie Blevins
Whitt, this past December.
In 1958, he and his brother-in-law, Blaine Dancy,
opened Marion Alignment Service, which he owned and
operated until his retirement in 1984. He was a
minister, pastoring Hopkins View Primitive Baptist
Church for 32 years. He also pastored Zion Primitive
Baptist Church, near Sparta, N.C., along with Mulberry
and Cross Roads Primitive Baptist Churches in Wilkes
County, N.C. and New Garden Primitive Baptist Church
in Honaker. He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran
and front line soldier, landing at Normandy, and
fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was wounded in
action at the battle for the Remagen Bridge, when the
American forces had to temporarily pull back. He and
another soldier stayed behind to dig children out of a
bombed orphanage.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Violet Dancy
Blevins; four sons, Larry and wife Frankie Blevins,
Don and wife Pat Blevins, Alan J. and wife Debbie
Blevins and Greg and wife Kim Blevins, all of Marion;
one brother, Elder Hugh M. Blevins Jr. of Auburndale,
Fla.; eight grandchildren, Jill Blevins Tanner and
husband Russ, of Roanoke and Benjamin R. Blevins and
wife Amy, Jordon Blevins, Joel Blevins, Zachary
Blevins, Andy Blevins, John Blevins and Lynsey
Blevins, all of Marion; and six great-grandchildren,
Jonah, Isaiah and Ethan Blevins and Erin, Devon and
Laura Tanner.
The family wishes to thank the residents and staff of
Francis Marion Manor Nursing Home, staff of Smyth
County Community Hospital and his special friend and
caregiver, Shelia Russell of Marion.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 15,
2006, at 8 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel, with Elders
Danny Smith, Willie Branch and Eddie Lyle officiating.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 p.m.
until the time of the service at Seaver-Brown Chapel.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, March 16,
2006, at the Thomas Cemetery, Marion, at 11 a.m.,
where military rites will be conducted by Francis
Marion VFW Post 4667. Expressions of sympathy may be
made to the family at www.seaverbrown.com.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is serving
the Blevins family.

Published in the Bristol Herald Courier on 3/14/2006.

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PaulandhisDesota.jpg671 viewsPAUL WORKED AT SAULS/GRIFFIN MOTORS IN TOWN FOR ABOUT 50 YEARS. HE WAS IN THE D-DAY INVASION AT THE AGE OF 33. DON'T KNOW WHY HE'S SITTING ON THE BUMPER OF A DESOTO...HE WAS A CHEVY MAN. HE BOUGHT 37 NEW ONES DURING HIS LIFETIME. PAUL PASSED AWAY IN MAY OF 2003 AT THE AGE OF 92. HIS WIDOW, JUANITA, LIVES ON FIRST AVENUE in SALTVILLE. Courtesy of Don Smith dsmith1043@comcast.net

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MarvinRalphDaddy.jpg697 viewsFrom left to right; Marvin Johnson, Ralph Chapman, and Ira Johnson sitting in the porch swing of Marvin's home on Cedar Branch in Saltville. these men were the husbands of sisters Laura Belle, Evelyn and Edna Ruth Davidson. This was the former home of Rosser K.
Davidson. Courtesy of Lesa Long ladygwenhwyvar@hotmail.com
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Mommy_herDaddy.jpg641 views Rosser K. Davidson and my mother, Edna Ruth
Davidson. She was about two years old. They are sitting on the porch of their home at Cedar Branch in Saltville. Courtesy of Lesa Long ladygwenhwyvar@hotmail.com

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