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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

James Herman Simonton, Jr. remembrance

 


James Herman Simonton, Jr. went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 16, 2021.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Herman Simonton, Sr. and Millie Hale Kirksey; and sister, Conchita Vaughn.

James is survived by his daughter, Michelle Simonton; three sons, James Simonton, Arthur Simonton, and Marcus Simonton and wife Tiffany; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, three brothers, Don Simonton and wife Nancy, William Simonton, and William Kyle and wife Dawn; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, 2021, at Holston View Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel A.M.E. Zion Church, 812 Maple Oak Ln, Kingsport, TN 37660.

Monday, September 20, 2021

Aaron Andre' (Mickey) Rogers remembrance

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

2021 Grandparents Day in Riverview is a Drive-By Event

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."

The Grandparents Day Dessert Luncheon is sponsored by the New Vision Youth, South Central Kingsport Community Development Corporation, Kingsport Parks and Recreation, Kingsport Housing and Redevelopment Authority, Texas Road House, Girls Inc., Children of the Community, 2 Do Better, and the Central Baptist Church Food Ministry.   For more information, contact Johnnie Mae Swagerty, 423-429-7553.