Thursday, June 17, 2021
Greetings, fellow Douglass Alumni and Riverview friends and neighbors!
The city of Kingsport is considering the establishment of a Douglass School-Riverview Community museum that highlights important people, dates, activities, families and items that have contributed to the history of the city's African-American neighborhood. Museums of this type are all around Tennessee, the nearest to Kingsport is at the Nathaniel Greene Museum in Greeneville, where an entire room is devoted to African-American history in Greeneville and Greene County. Another museum of this type highlighting Black community would be novel in East Tennessee.
The location for a Douglass-Riverview museum is under consideration, but the establishement of the museum is dependent upon three things.
1) The enthusiasm of the Black community and its alumni for such a museum.
2) The support in said community for a Douglass-Riverview Museum.
3) The willingness of Douglass Alumni and Riverview residents to donate needed items to be on permanent display in a museum.
The last condition, #3 is the most important one. All museums consist of donated items that have historical interest. A committee consisting of members of the Douglass-Riverview community and the city would be established to determine which donated items are worthy of display and exhibit. The amount of donated items will determine where a museum would be located.
What could be donated? Pictures, household items, you-name-it, for example.. dig into the back of the closet where Granny so-and-so kept all of her pictures and letters.. go into the attic where Granddaddy kept all of his World War 2 stuff... go down in the basement where Aunt Tessie's old sewing machine is that she made choir robes for church... go in the garage and get Uncle Joe's old plow that he plowed up that empty lot on Dunbar Street with to make a garden... go find those hair curler and hair dressing things that Miss Tillie used to use, that Miss Ethel Walton Daniels used to use in their salons, things like that.
If you like the idea of a Douglass-Riverview mueum, drop a line to email@example.com and let us know if you'd like to participate by donating items.
The success of a museum of this type will depend on the enthusiam of the community. If you have spirit for a Douglas-Riverview museum, let us know so that the city can hear from the Black community about it.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021
Sunday, June 13, 2021
Kingsport to Celebrate Juneteenth with Events at V.O. Dobbins Community Center and Douglass Ballfield
KINGSPORT -- Freedom is still ringing in upper East Tennessee, and it's about to sound off loud and clear in Kingsport."She was the nanny to Johnson's daughter Margaret," Swagerty said. "To me, it was difficult to think she was a slave because it's come down through the generations that the Johnson family treated her extremely well. She stayed with the Johnson family even though she no longer had to.
"Years later, we always celebrated August 8th with the Greeneville folks, and that's why we want to make Kingsport's Juneteenth successful," she says.
The Juneteenth Parade on Main Street to MLK Drive on Friday, June 18th will remind you of the Douglass Alumni Reunion Parades like this one from June, 2007At 11 AM, Juneteenth turns sport-oriented with a free double dual Wrestling camp, hosted by DB Coach Wesley Idlette, two-year region standout Clint Morrisette and his twin brother Tre Morrisette, the Super 14 TSSAA Wrestler of the Year, 160-pound class (pre-registration requested).
A football camp hosted by former DB Coach Graham Clark and current DB Coach Joey Christian kicks off at 1 p.m. It features former DB and NFL player Teddy Gaines and former DB and UT player Malik Foreman teaching the basics to aspiring players.Take a break also at 1 p.m. to get your taste buds on with food tasting in the nearby Douglass Community Room. Everything from soul food and southern food, to Hispanic, Puerto Rican and South African dishes will tempt the palate.At 2 p.m., the sports competition continues with a DB basketball skills and drills demonstration by former DB stars Travis Sensabaugh and DiMingo Hale. It involves skills and competition for basketball players of the future.At 4 p.m., one of the Tri-Cities' favorite sons takes the stage in the ballfield. Singer Aaron Cole of Bristol, Virginia is a Dove Award winning artist, whose Christian rap has been bringing young people to Christ for years.
As Kingsport gets ready to join the chorus of communities commemorating the end of slavery in America, comes a nationwide effort to make June 19th-Juneteenth a federal holiday. Ron Carson, the co-founder of the Appalachian African-American Culture Center in Pennington Gap, VA welcomes the idea.
Ron Carson of the Appalachian African-American Culture Center relaying Black History to the New Vision Youth in March, 2020
Friday, May 28, 2021
Gilbert Mack Pride entered this world on October 26, 1942 in Stonega, Virginia. On May 20, 2021 Gilbert fell asleep at the age of 78, with Mary Cathy by his side who is awaiting the return of Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 4:13-18Predecessors in death include his father, Coffee Pride; mother, Damaruis Paraseta Walker, and siblings; Benjamin Hardin, Nannie Clark, Bathis Billingsley, Wilhelmina Jackson Saffell, and Paul Walker.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Cathy; sister, Wanda Lynn Jackson, and niece; Marissa(Stephen).
He lives through his bloodline: Son, Matthew Paul Pride and stepdaughter, Toya La’Tece Ruffin. And his Grandchildren: Malachi, Zachariah, Milton Cloud, Kasia Kai, Idriis Osaze Muata,and Gabrielle Michaela.
A man after God’s own heart and a steadfast devotion to faith and family, he was blessed with a smile and laugh so infectious and genuine that those around would be touched by the joy of his soul. Gilbert was kind and calm. He walked, loved, and acted in the likeness of Jesus Christ. He literally shook with the power of the Lord.
In and through, he was an advocate, warrior, and provider. One whose door was always open, and whose hospitality, humility, and compassion was reflected through his culinary hobby of making cakes. A healer that provided love and household support to a multitude of people and families around the world.
Gilbert was a man of consistency and faith with the ethos, ethics, and morals that compelled him to share his faith across the world through many mission trips from India to Africa. His faith journey was shared through his routine of beginning each and every day with prayer and journaling. The family still has and will cherish his collection of daily writings and poems. Every evening, Gilbert blew his shofar as a token of love and protection.
He graduated in 1964 from Xavier University in Louisiana, served in the US army as a medic, and ended his journey serving as the person who brought all of us here together today.
Mary Cathy’s buddy, Daddy to his son, Grandaddy Gilbert- we’re so happy and grateful for you bringing us all closer together. To celebrate your love and life.1 Corinthians 15:50-55.
The family will receive friends on Monday, May 31, from 1:00 until 1:50 pm at Morris Funeral Home, 304 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801. Mr. Pride’s Celebration of Life Service will follow at 2:00 pm in the Chapel. Burial will be private family only at a later date.
Morris Funeral and Cremation Care of Asheville, North Carolina, is serving the family.
Saturday, May 22, 2021
Mr. Gilbert Mack Pride, age 78, beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many, went home peacefully Thursday morning, May 20, 2021 to be with his Lord.
Gilbert was the son of the late John Coffeey Pride and Demariarus Walker Pride. He was married to Mary Cathy Pride, of the home for more than 39 years.
A full obituary will follow soon.
The family will receive friends on Monday, May 31, 2021 from 1 PM to 1:50 PM at Morris Funeral and Cremation Care, 301 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801.
The Celebration of Life for Gilbert Pride will be held on the same day, May 31, 2021 from 2 PM to 3 PM in the funeral home chapel.
Friday, May 21, 2021
Michael Wayne Williams departed this life early Saturday morning May 15, 2021 at Ballad Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center, Kingsport.
Before his passing, Michael worked at Hutchinson Sealing in Hawkins County.
He was preceded in death by his father Michael Williams; fraternal grandmother Magnolia Williams; maternal grandfather Jim Tarter; aunts Wanda Daniel, Venita Tarter and Sissy Hale; and uncles Stevie Williams and James Williams.
Michael Wayne leaves to mourn, his daughter Makayla (Fletcher) Weisel; sons Brodric Williams and Caden Williams; two grandchildren; mother Valerie Williams; sisters Renae Sales, Erica Williams, Tina Williams and Venita Williams; brother Chris (Whitney) Williams; grandmother Joyce Tarter; aunts Palmyria Tarter, Truda Hall, Patricia Skaggs, Shelia Johnson, Mia Bradley, and Dana Skaggs; great aunt Sara Ann Ford; uncle Michael Tarter; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends Misty Byrd and Ryan Smith.
Services for Mr. Michael Williams will be conducted on Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 1 PM at the Powerful New Life Church of God in Christ, 1300 Riverside Avenue in Kingsport.
Clark Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service, Kingsport is in charge of arrangements and care of Mr. Michael Williams.
Tuesday, May 18, 2021
James Leland Williamson, 58, Gate City, VA passed away, Saturday, May 15, 2021 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer.
James was born in Kingsport, TN on February 10, 1963, and was the son of Mable Ruth Williamson and the late Jay Releford.
He was employed as a chemical operator with Eastman.
In addition to his father, his sister, Jeanette “Cookie” Releford and brothers, David Releford and Ronnie Releford preceded him in death.
Surviving is his wife, Marie Williamson; daughters, Jala Williamson, Brittany Frazier and husband, Seth, Whitney Anderson and Ali Kasongo; son, Eli Williamson, all of Gate City, VA; eight grandchildren; mother, Mable Ruth Williamson, Kingsport, TN; sisters, Tina Releford, Sheila Releford, Alesia Williamson, Truda Tarter, all of Kingsport, TN, Bonita Williamson, Gracie Falls, and Sabrina Stradford, all of Atlanta, GA; brothers, Douglas Releford, Kingsport, TN, and Byron Williamson, Knoxville, TN; along with several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
There will a “drop-in” visitation from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 19, 2021 at the Gate City Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 12:00 p.m. in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home with Brother Mark Harbison officiating. Music will be provided by Bonita Williamson.
Burial will follow at Holston View Cemetery, Weber City, VA. Randall Releford, Michael Tarter, Roger Beaman, John Alton, John Pierson, Seth Frazier, and Ali Kasongo will serve as pallbearers. Pete Shoemaker, Mike Hale, and David Wolfe will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Those attending are respectively asked to wear a face covering and practice the social distancing protocol.
The family would like to send a special thank you to Elite Hospice for their love and care.
An online guest register is available for the Williamson family at www.gatecityfunerals.com.
Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of James Leland Williamson.
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Terrell Leeper signed into the two-year Access ETSU Tuesday morning at Dobyns-Bennett High School. Shown from left to right are Shelia Leeper, grandmother of Terrell Leeper; Bucky, the East Tennessee State University mascot; Terrell Leeper; and Terry Davis, Terrell's father.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Robert Estes “Sparky” Hale Jr. departed this life on April 7, 2021, after a brief illness. He was born on May 24, 1952, in Pennington Gap, Virginia, to the late Rebecca M. and Robert E. Hale Sr.
His life was full of excitement, laughter, and craftsmanship. He loved to spend time traveling, working, and sharing his gifts and talents with anyone he encountered. He was musically inclined (self-taught), learning to play the bass guitar, drums, piano, and other instruments he could get his hands on. He was also skilled with woodwork, but his life’s work as a Steamfitter helped fulfill his occupational goals as part of the Steam-Fitting Union.
Robert E. Hale Jr. was preceded in death by his late wife, Brenda Simpson Hale; father Robert E. Hale Sr; mother, Rebecca M. Hale; sisters, Delores Singleton and Linda Wade; and son Sean Cornett.
He leaves to mourn, his daughter Jaquetta Hale of Kingsport; sons, Jason Hale (Alicia Phillips-Hale) of Kingsport; DiMingo Hale (Sara Reynolds-Hale) of Kingsport; Kimario Hale (Tameisha Khahaila-Hale) of Fairburn, GA; stepchildren, Russel Cuberson (Glenikka Cuberson) of Atlanta, GA; and Shonda Cuberson of New York; brothers Reddie "Tank" Hale (Carolyn Dulaney Hale), Carl "Twig" Hale (Chynet Bond-Hale), William "Tarik Hassan" Hale; friend and neighbor "Bink"; and several grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and cherished friends.
Memorial services will be conducted Saturday, May 1st, 2021 at 1 PM at the Mt. Zion Church, 386 Dunbar Street, Kingsport, TN. The family will receive friends from 12:30 PM until the hour of service.
Thursday, April 15, 2021
Barbara Jean Clark, 87, departed this life peacefully on Thursday, April 8th, 2021 and is now in the presence of the Lord.
A native of Bristol, Tennessee, Jean, affectionately known in the Riverview community as "Mama Jean", was Martin and Mary Lyons' daughter.
Jean was a Christian and a faithful member of the Central Baptist Church, Kingsport for more than 50 years, serving in many church ministries. She retired from Sears, Roebuck and Company. Jean was a devoted wife, mother, sister and friend.
In addition to her parents, Jean was preceded in death by her husband, James Henry Clark, Jr.; daughter, Kimberly Jeanne Clark; one sister, one brother, five sisters-in-law and six brothers-in-law.
She is survived by her daughter, Sylvia Ann Davis; son, Sidney (Delia) Lyons; six granddaughters, Angela Edwards, LaSonya (Jamie) Johnson, Kathy (Lenzie) Williams, Vickie (Bryan) Queen, Tonya Lyons, and Jeanna Davis Blanco; three grandsons, Ricardo (Ricky) Lyons, Joey Razon, and Reginald E. (Roberta) Davis; 23 great-grandchildren; numerous great-great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Martha Davis, Frances Graves, Constance Clark and Barbara Ann Smith; one brother-in-law, Steven (Peggy) Machen; one Godchild, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.
Services for Mrs. Barbara Clark will be conducted on Saturday, April 17th, 2021 at 1:30 PM from the Central Baptist Church in Kingsport.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 PM until the hour of service. Pastor Perry Stuckey will be officiating.