Blanche Marie Hill Tabor (1913 - 2004)

Blanche Marie Hill Tabor:

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Blanche Marie Hill Tabor, resident of Bramwell for most of her life, died suddenly on June 5, 2004 in Knoxville where she has resided for the past 15 months.

Mrs. Tabor was born on Nov. 20, 1913, in Bramwell, the eldest daughter of Robert Wilson Hill and Beulah Belcher Hill. She was a graduate of Bramwell High School in 1932 where she had been a member of the girl's basketball team, amongst other activities. Following marriage to Marvin Alvin Tabor in 1932, she worked with him in his business, Tabor Coal and Hauling, as a bookkeeper and driver. From the late 1930's to the 1960's, she devoted her efforts to raising her three children, Jean Carol Tabor Sykes, Marvin Wilson Tabor and Marilyn Marie Tabor Parsons, then returned to the work force as a food preparation associate at the Bramwell Schools cafeteria. Mrs. Tabor became a member of the "Cradle Club" at the Elizabeth Bowen Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in December 1913, and was an active member of the Church her whole life. In the 1930's she participated in numerous Methodist Holston Conference young adult training and outreach activities as a teacher and participant. She sang in the church choir for over 70 years, was active in the United Methodist Women as Treasurer for numerous years, the Cora Johnson Circle, and many additional church activities. These included preparing food for the Bramwell Kiwanis Club for over 30 years, cooking and running an eatery at the Bramwell Street fair and other venues as fundraisers for the Church. She was named the State of West Virginia Hot Roll Queen in 1990. In 1969 she was made a lifetime member of the Bramwell Kiwanis Club in recognition for her many contributions to the organization. Also Mrs. Tabor was a member of the Bramwell Band Boosters Association for over 20 years where she was an active fundraiser. She served as an election poll clerk in Bramwell for many years and was honored by both Mercer County and the State of West Virginia in the late 1980's for her contributions.

Mrs. Tabor was preceded in death by her husband in 1969. She is survived by her children, Marilyn Tabor Parsons and husband, Jack of Knoxville, Marvin Wilson Tabor and wife, WenXuan of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jean Tabor Sykes and husband, Gerald of Lincolnton N.C.; and two sisters, Dorothy Hill Edmunds ( living in a nursing home in Texas died 5 Feb. 2005) of Huntington and Lois Hill Dudash of Orlando, Fla. She was proud grandmother of Jeanne Sykes Marsh of Marietta, Ga., Paul Wilson Sykes of Lincolnton, Heather Sykes Brannum of East Hampton, Mass., Samantha Tabor of Fairfield, Ohio, Shannon Tabor Cleghorn of Bright, Ind.; and step-granddaughter XiaoYun Shi of West Chester, Ohio. Also Mrs. Tabor leaves her great-grandchildren, Abbey Marsh, Cade Marsh, Emily Sykes, Tabor Sykes, Nicholas Tabor and Hope Cleghorn; and many special nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

(Article on Marie Hill Tabor from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph - 7 June 04 )