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Thursday, April 15, 2021

Barbara "Mama Jean" Lyons Clark remembrance

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.

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Elizabeth Maxwell remembrance


CHURCH HILL – Elizabeth Maxwell, 93, went to be in her Heavenly Home on Monday, April 12, 2021 at Holston Manor.

Elizabeth was a lifelong resident of Church Hill and was a member of the Lyons Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church.  She formerly held the positions in the church as the Mother of the Church, President of the Deaconess Board, member of the Missionary Society, secretary of the Church, a member of the Sunday School, an usher, and a very faithful member.

She was preceded in death by her father, William H. C. Gentry; mother, Dovie M. Gentry;  husband, Douglas V. Maxwell;  siblings, Bettie Flowers, Evelyn Cleveland, Barbara Turner, Joe L. Gentry, William H. Gentry, and Patricia Braden; grandson, Preston Peters.

Elizabeth is survived by son, Gary (Charlotte); granddaughter, Kimberley M. Wilson (Ali) of Trenton, NJ, and Stephanie E. Maxwell of Dallas, TX;  great granddaughters, Victoria, Ava, and Genevieve Wilson of Trenton, NJ;  great grandson, Malachi, Dominik, Giovanni, and Giancarlo Peters;  close friend, Zeola Leeper; one niece and several nephews.

A visitation will be held from 10:30 – 11:30 AM on Friday, April 16, 2021 at the Johnson-Arrowood Funeral Home, 320 Grandview Street in Church Hill, TN. 

A funeral service will be held at 11:30 AM with Rev. Joseph Commage and Rev. Pam Hoard, and Rev. James Whiteside. 

The funeral service will be live streamed at 11:15 AM. 

The burial will follow to Mountain Home National Cemetery in procession. The graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the family requests no food or visits to the home and to please follow the CDC guidelines and to wear masks when visiting at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be nephews, Ronnie Cox, and Bobby Cox. Honorary Pallbearers will be Randy Leeper and Anthony Leeper.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lyons Chapel AME Zion Church; P.O. Box 1117, Church Hill, TN 37642

A special thank you to the staff of Holston Manor, nurses Daisy Phillips and Allison George and the staff at Smokey Mountain Hospice.

Robert Estes "Sparky" Hale remembrance


Robert Estes "Sparky" Hale of Kingsport departed this life on Wednesday, April 7th, 2021 after a brief illness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to DiMingo Hale at 1018 East Sullivan Street, Kingsport, TN.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

Barbara Jean Clark passing


Barbara Jean L. Clark departed this life Thursday April 8, 2021 at NHC Kingsport.

Arrangements are incomplete. Online condolences may be sent to the family at or

Professional service and care of Mrs. Barbara Jean L. Clark and family are entrusted to Clark Funeral Chapel and Cremation Service Inc. (423) 245-4971

Saturday, April 10, 2021

William F. Johnson remembrance

SFC William F. Johnson of Kingsport, TN, passed away unexpectedly at his home after a brief illness.

William resided in Kingsport for most of his life, where he was employed by Ballad Health and often assisted with the Dobyns-Bennett track and field program. He was a war veteran with more than 20 years of active military service, including two tours in Afghanistan, before retiring.

William was an amazing person who will be sadly missed by all who knew and loved him. He will live on through the legacies of his child and grandchildren.

William was preceded in death by his brother, Wyman "Butch" Johnson, Jr; father, Wyman Johnson; mother Annette Johnson; sister, Suzette Beatty; brother, Stanley Davis; and both sets of his grandparents.

He is survived by his daughter, Brittany Johnson Vaughn and her husband Jay;  grandchildren, Cooper, Emmy, Jameson, and Lincoln;  sister, Gail Burr;  and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Graveside services for SFC William F. Johnson will be conducted Monday, April 12, 2021 at 11 AM at the VA National Cemetery, Mountain Home, TN.

The family will receive friends at the home of William's aunt, Dorothea Johnson.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church in Kingsport, TN.

Friday, April 9, 2021

Regular Douglass Alumni Meeting Canceled

The Sons and Daughters of Douglass Alumni board meeting is canceled for this Saturday, April 10th.

FYI... the board routinely schedules its regular meetings on the second Saturday of every month.

But again, the meeting this Saturday, April 10th is canceled.