Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Monday, September 20, 2021
Aaron Andre' (Mickey) Rogers, 64, departed this life and went to his heavenly home on Thursday, September 16, 2021 at his residence.
Mickey was born in Gate City, Virginia on September 21, 1956. He attended Gate City High School where he was an outstanding football player and a member of the 1974 Virginia State Championship team.
After high school, he continued his football career at Virginia Tech. Upon returning home, Mickey worked at Bristol Compressors until his health started to decline.
Mickey was a very loving, devoted son, brother, husband, father, uncle, grandfather and loyal friend to many. He was a pillar of faith, strength and courage. Mickey was an avid Alabama fan.. ROLL TIDE! He also played golf and annually hosted a golf tournament at Cattails located at the Meadowview Convention Center in Kingsport.
Mickey touched the lives of so many with his captivating smile and warm and kind nature.
Mickey was preceded in death by his father George Rogers and his sister Patricia Pope.
He leaves to cherish his memories his devoted wife of 33 years, Lena Rogers.... mother Ola Rogers.... special aunt Barbara Johnson.... one sister, Carmen Prather.... three brothers, Anthony (Marsha) Rogers, Stanley (Ruby) Rogers, and Phillip (Rhonda) Rogers.... two children, Frederick (Tracy) Smith and Antuan (Rhonda) Smith.... eight grandchildren, Karie Swanson, Tayla Smith, Jaston Smith, Malika Freeman, Jonah Smith, Jalyn Smith, Jack Smith, Ronne Smith.... two great grandsons, Uriah Montague and Bentley (Beans) Freeman.... father and mother-in-law Jack and Betsy Pierce.... two sisters-in-law, Veronica Camp and Sandra (Paul) Williams.... two brothers-in-law, Garfield (Becky) Pierce and Alen (Wanda) Pierce.... as well as a host of nieces, nephews and extended family.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4 PM Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at the Central Baptist Church in Kingsport, TN. The family will receive friends from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM prior to the service. Interment will follow at the Historic Pierce Chapel AME Church cemetery.
CDC guidelines will be followed and those in attendance will be requested to wear a mask.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.clarkfc.com or www,facebook.com/clarkfuneralservice
Professional service and care of Mr. Aaron A. Rogers and family are entrusted to Clark Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service, Inc. (423) 245-4971.
Saturday, September 11, 2021
The 18th annual Grandparents Day commemoration in Kingsport will be held on Sunday afternoon, September 12, 2021.
Because of COVID restrictions, the celebration this year will be a drive-through event from 1 PM to 2:30 PM at the V.O. Dobbins Community Center, 301 Louis Street.
The theme this year is "The Love of Giving to all Grandparents," and this year features different desserts and delicacies.
The first 50 grandparents will receive a free appetizer from Texas Road House.
The event is free to the public, rain or shine.
From humble beginnings in the Head Start cafeteria, to an apartment on Booker Street, to the Boys Club and the Civic Auditorium, and to the V.O. Dobbins Center, Grandparents Day has served hundreds of seniors on their special day since 2003. Organizer Johnnie Mae Swagerty says for the past couple of years, "the pandemic has changed the menu and the order of delivery, but has not dampened the spirit to honor the grandparents in our lives."
Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Righting a Terrible Wrong against Blacks: Defeating "Good Ole-Time 'Good-Ole-Boy' Virginia Politics"
'These men were executed because they were Black and that's not right': VA Governor Northam pardons Martinsville Seven who were executed in 1949 rape case
Friday, August 6, 2021
This story appeared in the Kingsport Times-News, August 5, 2021 by Calvin Sneed. Story and pictures copyrighted.
"More recently, 'Sarge's Place' was also a favorite restaurant because of Army veteran Master Sgt. James 'Sarge' Swafford's Jeep burgers and Tank burgers," he says. "I'm going to make that 'love dust' special sauce invented by Rev. Edge that he passed down to Sarge to use in his restaurant. Then, there was the barbeque chicken and ribs on the backyard grills of many homes in the community on weekends. And we haven't forgotten the fried fish... years later, whiting fish is still one of the most-liked types of fish around.. we'll also have plenty of that," Smith says.
Wednesday, August 4, 2021
The children of Mrs. Icey Belle Jones are sponsoring their mother's 98th birthday on Saturday, August 7th, 2021 with a BBQ Luncheon from 12 Noon to 3 PM.
This is a family-only celebration taking place at the V.O. Dobbins Community Center, 301 Louis Street, Kingsport, TN. In addition to her children, there will grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.
In addition to the family luncheon, the family is inviting her home church, the Shiloh Baptist Church and the community-at-large to participate in a drive-by greeting, through the parking lot from 3 PM to 4 PM on the back side of V.O. Dobbins that faces Wheatley Street.
The drive-by will be led by her daughter Clara Lewis, who will distribute gifts of appreciation while they last.
Clara Jones Lewis (240) 475-7980
Annie Jones Lewis (240) 300-1682
Thursday, July 29, 2021
A memorial service for Page LeJean Morrison Lyon, 65, of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands will be held on Sunday, August 1st, 2021 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM in the chapel of the Clark Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service in Kingsport, TN.
Page LeJean Morrison Lyon passed away unexpectedly on April 28, 2021 at her home in St. Croix at the age of 65.
Page was born March 28, 1956 in Kingsport, TN to Betty Louis Smith Morrison and Arthur Freeman Morrison, Sr.
Page attended the Douglass Elementary School and was a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School, graduating in 1974. She moved to Alaska where she worked in administration, and then moved to St. Croix to open a dive shop with her then-husband Jonathan. Page was currently working as a caretaker for the elderly in St. Croix.
She is survived by her daughter Amanda Lyon (Matthew Montcalm) and granddaughter Matilda Montcalm of Lancaster, PA; her second husband Jonathan Lyon of Wasilla, Alaska; her brother Arthur Freeman Morrison, Jr. (Margaret) of Crestview, FL; her sister Marie Scott of Kingsport, TN; and her aunt Joanne Harris Osborne (Edward) of Fort Worth, TX.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Betty Louise Smith Morrison; father Arthur Freeman Morrison, Sr.; brothers Donald Morrison and Carlos Morrison; and first husband William Bond.
Please send charitable donations to the St. Croix Animal Welfare Center.
Clark Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service, 802 East Sevier Avenue, Kingsport is proud to serve the family of Page LeJean Morrison Lyon.
Saturday, July 24, 2021
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
What's your memory of V. O. Dobbins, Sr.? You remember... Mr. Dobbins.... Mr. D.... "Festa" Dobbins? Was it a memory of him teaching you in a class? Was it eating the vegetables he grew in his garden for lunch at Douglass? Was it fatherly advice at Central Baptist Church where he was a deacon? Was your memory at the end of a paddle in his office in the above picture?
The Douglass Alumni faithful are being summoned to recall those memories and honor the steadfast rock in our Douglass School legacy. All Douglass Alumni are requested to be inside the DB Dome in Kingsport on Monday, July 26th at 11 AM. Please spread the word!
On that day, former Douglass principal V.O. Dobbins, Sr. will be inducted into the Kingsport City Schools (KCS) Hall of Fame.
"We had several nominees for 2020 postponed from last year because of COVID, and there were three for 2021, including Principal Dobbins," says KCS Communications Director Andy True. "After judging the strict criteria our selection committee holds to each nominee, Mr. Dobbins was at the top of the list for both years. To be able to hear the stories of obstacles Mr. Dobbins overcame in leading Douglass Elementary-High School during that time frame in Kingsport's history... the strong leadership.... the moral leadership.... the visionary leadership that he had for the children of our community is very inspiring."
"The stories about his involvement in his students' lives just kept coming and coming," he says. "The reverence to which his students speak of him is awe-inspiring. It speaks to his overwhelming involvement in their development."
"We at the Kingsport City Schools are thrilled that V.O. Dobbins, Sr. is in the Class of 2021 inductees, and we hope that all of his students, indeed, everyone that was influenced by him, can join us in honoring his legacy."
"He did indeed overcome a lot of obstacles," says his son Van Dobbins, Jr. "He was able to teach all of us how to deal with things in life that were not quite right, like bias and prejudice. He taught us there were ways to work around those things that would be positive to us later on in life. He always said that despite the fact that somebody might not like you, there were non-violent ways of dealing with that you could learn from."
What does Van think his late father would say if he knew he was being inducted into the KCS Educators Hall of Fame?
"Nothing," laughed Van. "It's hard to explain. He'd be honored, but being honored was never his intention. He would keep any acknowledgment of it to himself and you'd never know how he felt about it. His concentration was always on helping others and not himself. To Daddy, awards were OK, but then he'd ask 'what did I do to deserve an award?' Nothing that he felt, he should not have done."
Again, the induction ceremony for the 2020-2021 KCS Educators Hall of Fame will be held at 11 AM, Monday July 26th, in the Buck Van Huss Dome at Dobyns-Bennett High School. After parking in the DB parking lot, visitors should enter on the right, at the lower dome area at the outside scrolling door (that's at the bottom of the ramp that faces the baseball field). That way, folks can enter there and be on the same level as the basketball floor and won't have to walk up the ramp to the dome lobby, then back down stairs to the floor. Entering on the ground floor will save you some steps.
"Today, we as educators stand on the shoulders of the ones who came before us," says Andy True. "They laid the foundation that our school system in Kingsport and the surrounding area built on and now teaches from. We always hold the Educators Hall of Fame ceremony right at the start of the next school year so that our teachers going into the next school year can be inspired by what the inductees went through."
"V.O. Dobbins, Sr. was critical to that foundation as an administrator," True says. "To be able to honor his legacy is incredibly humbling, and we urge all who were touched by his benevolence to join us in this ceremony."
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
"It was very dry in the ballfield... almost lonely and sad-looking. There was nothing to look forward to, no excitement, no nothing."
Thursday, July 8, 2021
The New Vision Youth group of Kingsport has always had a lot of spirit. Whether it be at local community events and programs, birthday parties for seniors, neighborhood parades or school activities, you'll always spot them. The New Vision youngsters are always the most excited participants there.