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Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Linda "Peaches" Bly remembrance


Linda "Peaches" Bly departed this life on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at Ballad Holston Valley Hospital and Medical Center.

She was born on September 7, 1949.

Linda attended the Douglass Elementary-High School and was a graduate of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport.  She was a member of the Sons and Daughters of Douglass Alumni Association.

Linda moved to Virginia Beach, Virginia, where she worked at Pitney-Bowes.  She was a member of the Central Baptist Church in Kingsport, and served in the choir and on the building and engineering committees.

To cherish her memory, she leaves behind her two sons Sean White and Stacy White, her mother Dallas Watterson, her sister Joann Fugate, six grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, three aunts, one nephew, three great-nephews, and a host of other nephews, cousins, and friends.

Celebration of Life services for Ms. Linda "Peaches" Bly will be conducted Friday, September 2, 2022 at 2 PM from the Central Baptist Church, 301 Carver Street, Kingsport, TN. 

The family will receive friends from 1 PM until the hour of service.

Burial will follow at the Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, VA.

Monday, August 29, 2022

Mr. James Henderson remembrance


Ecclesiastes 3:1-4, and 14. (1-4) “To every thing there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven;   A time to be born, and a time to die;   A time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted;   A time to kill, and a time to heal;   A time to break down, and a time to build up;   A time to weep, and a time to laugh;   A time to mourn, and a time to dance; (14) I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever.   Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it.   God does it, that men should fear for Him.”

James Henderson, Sr., of Kingsport, TN passed away on August 25, 2022.   He was born December 10, 1938 in Batesville, MS to the late Alma Henderson-Frost, and step-father the late Johnnie Frost. 

He was preceded in death by Cecilia Henderson, his wife of 54 years, Grandson Justin Machen, sisters Joyce DeJesus, Mattie Cheek and brothers Thomas Frost and John Frost. 

He leaves to mourn his passing, children:   Audrey Henderson of Chicago, IL,   James Henderson, Jr., of Kingsport, TN,   Willie Henderson of Oakland, CA,   Karen (Jerry) Machen of Gray, TN,   Milicent (Eric) Mack of Carrollton, GA,   grandchildren: Jasen Machen of Nashville, TN,   Dustin Machen of Kingsport, TN, Malcolm Dennis and Bria Mack of Carrollton, GA,   great-grandchildren: Jayden Dennis, Deserai and Jasmine Machen,   brothers and sisters:   Pearl Tolbert of Roanoke, TX,   Major (Sharon) Frost of Carson, CA,   Willie Frost of Los Angeles, CA,   Diane Abrams of Sardis, MS,   niece: Thelma (Rodney) Bradley of Kingsport, TN, and a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

James was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church for 43 years. He was active with the brotherhood, the Usher Ministry, the Sunday School Dept., and the Van Ministry.  After uniting with Central Baptist Church, he also joined their Usher Ministry.

Mr. Henderson enjoying his 80th surprise birthday party

One of his most inspiring and humbling activities was the monthly visits to the area nursing homes, along with his Monday Bible Study Class to sing, and minister to the residents.

He was employed 7 years with the Kingsport Public Library, and 34 years with Holston Defense Corporation, as Senior Operator in printing and duplicating services.   He retired in 1999 at the conclusion of Eastman’s Contract with the U.S. Army.

The Henderson family will gather to greet friends and share memories on Thursday, September 1, from 3 - 4 pm at Central Baptist Church (301 Carver St., Kingsport, TN).   A Funeral Service will follow with Pastor Perry Stuckey officiating.   A Graveside Service will be held Friday, September 2, at 10:30 am in East Lawn Memorial Park.   Masks are required for all attendees.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Central Baptist Church Building Fund, at 301 Carver Street, Kingsport, TN 37660.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Note to Website Email Subscribers: Your Correct Email Address Is Needed

Good day, Douglass alumni and Riverview neighbors!

Recently I had to purge dozens of email addresses from the alumni website's email subscriber list.  Whenever I would send out notices, each one of them kicked back as either "nondeliverable" or "closed email address."  Some folks have passed away, but others are just closed accounts.

If you change your email address, any new email address you change to, does not automatically transfer over to the Douglass website email mailing list.  You have to re-subscribe if you want to stay current.

If you want to be notified of events, passings and news of interest to our alumni community, please re-register your new address by going to the Douglass alumni webpage (, scroll down to the white box on the left that says "join mailing list" (pictured above) and follow the instructions to register your new email list.  Remember to do that any time you change to a new email address, but only if you want to.

Note:  I do not send you spam, advertising or useless information.. any email spam you get does not come from the Douglass website mailing list.   I also do not share your email address, not even with other alumni.  If you want to contact fellow alumni or neighbors, you can get their email addresses yourself.. you don't need to get them from me.   Years ago, I allowed people to interact with each other directly via the website, but spammers and hackers got in by imitating legitimate emails and I shut that feature down immediately.  Now, you have to contact each other on your own... that's a much better system.  I protect you from hackers by strictly monitoring who subscribes, first by running email address through my spam blockers which automatically block anybody I don't recognize.

Joining the email list with a legitimate email address, allows me to send you notifications that there is a posting on the website's News and Current Events page that may be of interest to you.  Should you chose not to get notifications, you can still check this News and Current Events page on your own.

Thank you for your attention.


Sheridan Elizabeth Ann Robinette remembrance


CHAPEL HILL, NC - Sheridan Elizabeth Ann Robinette was born to the late Cadle Robinette and Maggie Dell Wood on February 15, 1946, in Fairview, VA and spent her childhood in Gate City, VA. 

She went to be with the lord on Monday August 8, 2022, at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Medical Center. Sheridan attended the historic Prospect School (a one room schoolhouse) and graduated from Douglas High School in Kingsport, TN.

She was the first person in her large family to graduate from college by attending Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN and later receiving two master’s Degrees in Business Administration (MBA) and Education (Counseling) from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. 

She later went on to work at Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati OH for many years as Scientist and she was proud of the fact that she helped to develop Pringles Potato Chips. 

She eventually retired from East Tennessee State Univ. as a Counselor assisting Veterans to enroll in college.

Sheridan was a lifelong learner, an avid reader, and proudly the "family historian". She loved flowers and tending to her vegetable garden, horseback riding, taking photos of her family, and watching sports. 

She was a longtime member and at one time served as Secretary of her local chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Although she battled MS for many years, she always had a smile on her face and a positive outlook. 

Sheridan was passionate about her faith and her church as a lifelong and dedicated member of Manville Rd. Church  of Christ in Gate City, VA. Though she may most fondly be remembered as "Mama" to her two daughters (Dionne & Lisa) and "Grannymom" to her grandchildren.

She is survived by her two daughters Alisa R. Lancaster (Robert Lancaster) and Dionne L. Mitchell (Gregorio Lopez); Grandchildren, Jaden Del Rosario, Cameron Lancaster, and Ashlyn Lancaster. Bonus grandson's Cristofher Lopez and Bryan Lopez. Special Niece Katherine Roberts of Dallas, TX.

She is also survived by brothers Offyette Robinette and Norbert Robinette; her sisters Patricia "Pinky" Anderson, Blenda Brown, and Lizzie Mae Mitchell.

She was predeceased by her father Cadle Robinette and mother Maggie Dell Wood, sisters Almedia Robinette, Frida Thomas, Wanda Estell, Kathleen Hensley, and brother Theophilus (Theo) Robinette.

She also has many nieces and nephews, cousins, extended family that she loved dearly along with special friends including Michael Hale and Pete Shoemaker.

The family will receive friends from 6-7p.m., Thursday, August 11, 2022, at the Gate City Funeral Home. Services will be held in the Gene Falin Memorial Chapel of the funeral home at 7:00p.m.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00a.m., Friday, August 12, 2022, at Holston View Cemetery in Weber City, VA. Family and friends are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15a.m., to go in procession.

An online guest register is available for the Robinette family at

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Sheridan Elizabeth Ann Robinette.