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Monday, February 27, 2023

Florence Louvenia (Ray) Price remembrance


It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Florence Louvenia (ray) Price born November 2, 1945 in (Kingsport, Tennessee), who passed away on January 25, 2023, at the age of 77.

She leaves to mourn her daughter Melissa R. Logan (Kingsport, TN), Two Granddaughters Tishie O. Bradley (Kingsport, TN);  Felicia V.Bradley (Kingsport, TN);  Brother Jerry Horton (Kingsport, TN);  Three Great-Grandchildren Carson and Elijah White; Kenneth Sexton;  A very special Loved Friend Michael E. Bradley and plenty friends and other loved ones. 

She is preceded in death by her Mother Inez Ray (Nanny) and her Father Lawson Ray. 

"Tutty, You were my best friend, a mother, a grandmother, a friend, a shoulder to cry on when I endured the bad times, it truly cuts my heart deep knowing you are not here with me. I wasn't ready for you to leave, I may sound selfish but I needed you with me.  You may be gone but in heart, body and soul you will always be with me.  I will miss you forever, hearing your laughter and seeing you dance, that smile of yours would light up any darkness.  I love you Florence (Tutty); I will always love you until my last breath. Rest easy Tutty, I know your not hurting or in pain anymore, shine bright my queen!"

-Your baby girl- Tishie

Stephanie E. Stevens remembrance

 Stephanie E. Stevens departed this life Wednesday February 22, 2023. 

She was preceded in death by her father, James Stevens; mother, Anne Stevens; and two brothers, Harold and Peewee.

She is survived by her brother, James Moore; son, William H. (Tina) Stokely, III; daughter, Courtney (Clyde) Scales; granddaughters, Mackenzie Stokely, Mackaela Stokely, Daria Stokely, Jazlyn Stokely, and Miliana Scales; and great-grandson, Kaidyn Stokely.

The visitation will be on Saturday, March 4, 2023 from 11 AM to 12 Noon, at the Central Baptist Church, 301 Carver Street, Kingsport.  

The Celebration of Life Services will be held at 12 Noon, Saturday, March 4, 2023, also at the Central Baptist Church.  

Burial will be at the East Tennessee Cemetery, 2630 Highway 75, Blountville, TN.

Care of Stephanie Stevens and family is entrusted to R. A. Clark Funeral Services.

Sunday, February 26, 2023

Passings in the Riverview Community


We are saddened by news of the passings of four of our Riverview friends, neighbors and Douglass alumni classmates in the past few days.

Stephanie Stevens
Jerry Horton
Scottie Maxwell
Lafayette Lee

Funeral arrangements and remembrances are in the process of being compiled.  We will publish those as soon as they are available.

Please keep the families and friends of our loved ones in your thoughts and prayers.

Friday, February 24, 2023

POSTPONED: "Soup Beans and Cornbread" Rap Session Scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 25th


The Black History Month New Vision Youth-South Central “Soup Beans and Cornbread” Rap Session with Bishop Ronnie Collins with the Tennessee/Virginia Fellowship Against Racism, scheduled for this Saturday February 25th has been postponed until Saturday, March 11th.


The time will be 3 PM in the Riverview Community Room on Wheatley Street, beside the Pickle Ball courts.


Everyone is welcome to this free event.


Afterwards will be Bingo.. players are asked to bring a door prize to be given away.

  For more information, contact Johnnie Mae Swagerty, 423-429-7553.

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

2023 Black History Month Events in Kingsport

All events sponsored by New Vision Youth/South Central Kingsport

 Black History Youth Bingo

Thursday, February 9th, 4-5:30 PM, Riverview Community Room

Black History Soul Food Gathering

Let's Eat!

Saturday, February 18th, 3 - 5 PM

 Riverview Community Room

$5.00 donation

Door Prizes Given Away

Come hear 7 yrs old New Vision Princess Black History Speech

Black History Senior Bingo

Saturday, February 18th

Riverview Community Room

6:30-8:30 PM

Bring Door Prize

I Am Black History Youth Bible Study

Wednesday, February 22nd, 5-7 PM

Shiloh Baptist Church, 712 E. Sevier Avenue

Guest Speaker, Mrs. Cassy Bristol, Daniel Boone High School, Black History Teacher

Rev. Kenneth Calvert, Shiloh Baptist Church Pastor

Youth will be given a new Black History book

Soup Beans and Cornbread | I Am Black History Community Unity

Saturday, February 25th

Riverview Community Room, 5 PM

Guest Speaker Bishop Ronnie Collins

Door Prizes will be given

Welcome and Free to Everyone!

For more information, contact Johnnie Mae Swagerty, (423) 429-7553


Saturday, February 11, 2023

2023 REUNION NEWS: Sons and Daughters of Douglass Get Together

Your Sons and Daughters of Douglass Alumni Association is planning a big "WELCOME HOME" celebration reunion this coming summer!

Please circle Friday June 30th.... Saturday, July 1st.... and Sunday, July 2nd on your calendars.  Like everything else, COVID 19 shut us down two years ago, meaning we haven't seen each other IN FOUR YEARS!  It's time to relax, refresh, and renew  our high school, elementary and neighborhood friendships.

Please let us know that you are coming by sending in your alumni dues, so we can get an accurate count of how much food to provide.


At 4 PM on Friday June 30th, you can register for the reunion and come together for our "Meet-N-Greet" in the Douglass Community Room at the V.O. Dobbins, Sr. Complex (you remember where that is... it's the old Douglass High School, 301 Louis Street).

From 6 PM to 11 PM, we'll have our popular Sock-Hop in a familiar place:  the old Douglass Gymnasium (remember when it didn't have air conditioning and all that hot air had to rise up through the windows at the top of the gym?  Oh.. the room has air conditioning now)  Crowd favorite D-J Jeremy Ford is going to crank up the songs of yesteryear to see if you still have some "razzle-dazzle" in yo castle."

On Saturday, July 1st, we're hoping to find out who the best golfer might be among the alumni, with a possible golf tournament (anyone who can help organize that, drop Doug Releford a line at 423-914-1461).  Shotgun start would be around 8 AM or 8:30.

Later on Saturday from 12 Noon to about 3 PM, it's the perennial "Douglass Field Day Cookout Gathering."  That's planned for Borden Park because of all the outdoor activities we can do there.

Our Douglass Reunion Banquet kicks off at 7 PM on Saturday in the Douglass Community Room with guest speakers, a good banquet meal and other activities, followed by dance music again from D-J Jeremy Ford.  That'll run until you run out of gas!

At 11 AM on Sunday, July 2nd, you're free to attend the church service of your choice, and at 3PM, the Douglass Memorial Service will begin, our location TBA, where we will honor the memories of those Douglass Tigers who have left us.

We do ask that, as always, don't forget your Douglass Alumni Association dues, which are $50.00 a year.  Please make your check or money order out to Sons and Daughters of Douglass, and mail it along with your contact information to:

Sons and Daughters of Douglass, 301 Louis Street, Ste. 304, Kingsport, TN 37660.  

This helps us defray the cost of the reunion and provides us funds for benevolence programs and services in the Riverview community.  Again, it also gives us an accurate account of who's coming.

Again, please make your plans now to come home and fellowship with your Douglass-Riverview family.  Who knows where we'll be in two more years?  Do you want to take that chance?  Come on home.. you're always welcome at home!

Our secretary Charlotte Maxwell checked around for hotel rates.  Here's what she found:  

The Holiday Inn: Standard room $125.00 per night, plus 16% tax.  Suite $135 per night and add on 16% tax, along with Continental Breakfast, plus fresh fruit/indoor pool (NEEDS AT LEAST 2 MONTHS NOTICE TO BLOCK).

The Hampton Inn: $149.00 per night plus a 16% tax for king or double bed/pool and Continental Breakfast.

Quality Inn:  3 nights plus a 16% tax is $368.95 total, Suites 3 nights with the 16% tax is $601.51 total, plus pool/breakfast. 

Comfort Inn, 115.00 per night with the 16% tax added is $133.98 total, Double $479.68 total with the 16% tax added, /Single $448.23 total for three nights, single $401.94 total for three nights both with the 16% tax added, heated pool, breakfast, NEED CONFIRMATION BEFORE APRIL.

Fairfield Inn: normally $164.00 per night.  Any rooms that we block, will be $129.00 ($150 plus the tax).  Full breakfast-juice bar, waffles, indoor pool, outdoor heated pool.  MUST BLOCK EARLY APRIL.  DHS Alumni must be identified with a code given to them by the Douglass Board.  THIS ONE IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY THE BOARD BECAUSE OF PRICE AND AMENITIES.

Any questions, call Charlotte, 423-967-0536


Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Douglass Alumni Board Meeting this Saturday

The Sons and Daughters of Douglass Alumni Board will have our regular meeting this coming Saturday, February 11th, 2023.

We have some important items that we need to discuss, so we need everyone that can make it to be there.

The meeting will begin at 1 PM on Saturday in the Eastman Board Room, 2nd floor, V.O. Dobbins Sr. Complex, 301 Louis Street, Kingsport.

The door at the south entrance is always locked, but call 423-847-5139 for admittance.

Douglas Releford, President

Saturday, February 4, 2023

Gary McClintock remembrance


Gary Edward McClintock

December 19, 1954 - February 03, 2023

Gary Edward McClintock, 68, of Mt Carmel, TN, passed away on Friday, February 3rd, 2023.

Gary is survived by his brothers, Mark and Larry McClintock; sister, Susan Johnson; and friend, Dale Simcox.

Graveside service will be held at Mountain Home National Cemetery on Wednesday, February 8th at 11:00 am. Military honors provided by American Legion Hammonds Post 3 / Gate City 265.

Trinity Memorial Centers Funeral Home (423-723-8177) is honored to serve the McClintock family.

Thursday, February 2, 2023

Frank (Doc) Watterson remembrance


Frank (Doc) Watterson 79, of Kingsport departed this life for a heavenly life on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. 

Frank retired from the military after 28 ½ years. He later retired from AFG Glass Plant after 22 years he also spent 10 years at Wal-Mart before officially retiring in 2018. He had a servant’s heart and enjoyed traveling with the military. Frank will be missed by all who knew and loved him. 


He was preceded in death by his parents; John and Margaret Watterson; brothers, John Jr. and Russell Watterson; loving daughter, Denise.


Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary Watterson of the home; son, Phillip (Tosha) of Kingsport; daughter, Stacy of Jacksonville, NC; eight granddaughters; two grandsons; seven; great grandchildren; special friend, Danny Howe who he enjoyed mission trips with; along with a host of family, friends, and his mission buddies. 


The family will receive friends from 2 PM to 3 PM on Sunday, February 5, 2023 at St. Mark United Methodist Church. A celebration of life service will follow with Rev. Billy Pearson and Rev. Rae Mullins officiating. 


A military graveside service will be conducted at 11 AM on Monday, February 6, 2023 at the Mountain Home National Cemetery with honors conducted by the American Legion Hammond Post #3/265. Those wishing to attend are asked to meet at the cemetery by 10:50 am.


The family would like to extend a special thank you to Patricia Horton for her care and help during Frank’s illness. 



Carter-Trent Funeral Home in Kingsport is serving the Watterson family.