Funeral arrangements have been made for a grandfather and granddaughter who died in the train incident in Chilhowie on Sunday.
Services for Nevaeh Rose Ruth Fields, 6, of Abingdon, will begin at 10:30 a.m. today at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service, according to her obituary in the Bristol Herald Courier. The Rev. Adam Wise will officiate. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service. The burial will follow in Glade Spring Baptist Cemetery.
Her grandfather, Louis Thomas Perry, of Chilhowie, did not wish to have a service, according to his obituary, also published in the Bristol Herald Courier.
Perry had taken Nevaeh and one of her brothers fishing Sunday afternoon near a train trestle in Chilhowie. About 2 p.m., a train came through, and despite the engineer's efforts to stop, the train hit and killed Nevaeh and Perry.
Her brother, 7, who has not been named by law enforcement authorities, hung on to the railroad ties as the train passed overhead. Search and rescue team members found him later near his grandparent's house, and he was checked out at the hospital and later released.
Perry moved to Chilhowie in 1991, and was an employee of Appalachian Cast in Abingdon, his obituary said.
"He loved to spend his down time fishing, especially with his grandchildren," it said.
Nevaeh had just finished kindergarten at Watauga Elementary School, her obituary said. She liked riding her bike, drawing and playing with her Barbie dolls.
The Fields and Perry families are being cared for by Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon, and people wishing to express online condolences may do so on the funeral home's website, www.farrisfuneralservice.com.