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Gary D. Addington

December 2, 1942 — February 17, 2022

Gary D. Addington – Nickelsville, VA

Gary Dennis Addington, 79, Nickelsville, VA passed away, Thursday, February 17, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.

Gary was born in Nickelsville, VA on December 2, 1942, and was the son of the late Clarence Barker “C.B.” and Maude (Hartsock) Addington.

In addition to his parents, his son, James Darrick Addington (2020); sisters, Cleo Lewis, and Jessee Craft; and brother, James Howard “Buster” Addington preceded him in death.

Surviving is his wife, Vivian Joyce Addington; daughters, Suprena (David) Phillips, and Monique (Bryan) Qualls; daughter-in-law, Deloras Addington; grandchildren, Tiffanie (Larry) Epperson, Garrett (Sara) Sluss, Raven Sluss, Tristan Salyer, Malachi, Jaydyn, and Myah Carrico; great grandchildren, Kiana, Sean, and AmaRyah Epperson, Garrison Sluss, and DraYven Campbell; great-great granddaughter, Madilyn Updegrove; and nieces and nephews.

He was a veteran of the United States Army and retired from the Kingsport Press.

How do you describe Dad in a few lines? Our Dad was the greatest man we have ever known. He took care of everyone. He was a fixer, if it was broken, Dad could fix it.

He was a provider, farmer, and gardener, who would give you the shirt off of his back. He was hopelessly devoted to his family. He was a man of honor and integrity, possessing a wealth of knowledge of all things. He was honest and matter of fact, with quite the sense of humor. He was a simple man, but rich in love, family, and friendship.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 20, 2022, at the Addington Jessee Cemetery, Nickelsville, VA, with Rev. G.W. White and Pastor P.J. Johnson officiating. Greg and Becky White will provide the music. Garrett Sluss, Tristan Salyer, Malachi Carrico, Sean Epperson, Brian Boggs, Luke Finch, Justin Grizzle, and Logan Corder will serve as pallbearers. Ralph Owens, Tommy Finch, Steve Corder, and Derek Corder will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Family and friends are asked to meet at the cemetery for the graveside service.

The family would like to extend thanks to Holston Medical Group, Weber City, VA, V.A. Mountain Home, Johnson City, TN, and Caris Healthcare of Big Stone Gap, VA for all the care that was provided during our time of need.

An online guest register is available for the Addington family at

Gate City Funeral Home is honored to be serving the family of Gary Dennis Addington.
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