In Remembrance 2007

 

In Remembrance: 2007

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December 11, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

Catherine O’Neil Bliley

 

BLILEY, Catherine O’Neil, 98, passed away peacefully at her home, Maple Springs on Sunday, December 9, 2007. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Wilfred Bliley Jr.; and her son, Joseph Wilfred Bliley III.

 

Kitty is survived by her six children, Catherine Bliley Wright and her husband, Bruce Roger Wright, Daniel John Bliley and his wife, Frances McCracken Bliley, Nicholas Martin Bliley and his wife, Patricia Saunders Bliley, Margaret Bliley Wilkins and her husband, Robert Anthony Wilkins, Norbert Michael Bliley and his wife, Jeanie Berkeley Bliley, and The Rev. Cecilia Bliley Duke and her husband, David Hughes Duke; her daughter-in-law, Mary Thomas Bliley; her 12 grandchildren, Brian Patrick Bowe, Daniel Patrick Bliley, Jennifer Shea Bowe Crutchfield, Christopher Preston Bliley, Kathleen Bliley Hernandez, Joseph W. Bliley IV, Michael Carey Bliley, Jonathan Hamilton Bliley, Eric Andrew Bliley, John David Duke and Thomas Craig Duke; seven great-grandchildren, Emily Carroll Bowe, Katherine Shea Bowe, Caroline Patricia Bowe, Kenneth Earl Crutchfield III, Spencer Bowe Crutchfield, Peyton Elizabeth Bliley and Joshua Graham Bliley; and her sister, Margaret Eva O’Neil.

 

The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., where a Christian Vigil Service will be held at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Benedict’s Church Organ Fund, 206 N. Belmont Ave., Richmond, Va. 23221. Online remembrances may be made at blileys.com.

 


November 26, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

Mary Elizabeth Croy Lilly

Mary Elizabeth Croy Lilly, 93, of Christiansburg died Saturday, November 24, 2007 at her home.  She was born August 10, 1914 in Pulaski County, VA to the late Brady Clifton and Lonnie Jordan Stafford Croy.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Oakley A. Lilly; her son, Larry Deaton Lilly; her daughter, Janet L. Knowles; her sisters,  Margie McCoy, Lyda McCoy; her brothers, Ralph, Jennings, Garvin, Donald, Junior, J.D., Randolph (infant).   While living in McCoy she attended Centennial Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and after moving to Christiansburg she attended Christiansburg Pentecostal Holiness Church.  She was a homemaker and enjoyed sewing, quilting, and needle work.  Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, June L. and W.S. “Buddy” McCoy, of McCoy; son and daughter-in-law, John and Anita Lilly, of Christiansburg; son-in-law, Sam Knowles, of Christiansburg; grandchildren and spouses, Lee and Carrie McCoy, Leon and Betsy McCoy, Vanessa and Kenneth McCoy, Rebecca and Mark Matusevich, Steve and Amy Knowles, Susan and Dave Potts, Michelle and Rob Muttart; fourteen great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, sister, Pauline C. McCoy, of McCoy, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Warren and Juanita Lilly of Pearisburg; sisters-in-law, Lucille Lilly, of Salem, Elva Croy, of Burleson, TX, Jewell Croy, of McCoy, several neices and nephews, and many friends.  The family would like to express their appreciation to caregivers, Carol Linkous, Nancy Puckett, Cinda McCoy, Nancy Scott, Sylvia Goff and Connie Shelton.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 27,  2007 at McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Jim Flaugher, Rev. Holly Phillips and Rev. Gary McCoy officiating.  Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Christiansburg Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 176, Christiansburg, VA 24073 or Mt. Mission School, 1 Hurley Street, Grundy, VA 24614.  Friends may call anytime Monday and the family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Dr., SW, Blacksburg.


November 24, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

Sadie Mustard Vest

Sadie Mustard Vest, 99, of the White Gate community, Pearisburg went to be with her Lord and Saviour on Wednesday, November 21, 2007 from the Highland Ridge Rehab Center, Dublin.

She was born at Berton, Va. on September 10, 1908 the daughter of the late Joshua W. and Elizabeth Rebecca Bish Mustard. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edward Sheffey Vest, a granddaughter, Brenda V. Horn, a great-grandson, Bradley Perdue; four brothers, Leonard, James, Woodrow, Clinton Mustard: two sisters, Mamie Stafford and Elsie Wiley, and was the last surviving member of her family. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and was a charter member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Women for many years.

She is survived by four sons and daughters-in-law, Nelson and Pauline Vest, Louis and Deborah Vest, Carl Vest and Jimmie Vest of White Gate; two daughters and sons-in-law, Maydell and Wayne McPeak, White Gate; Ann and Roger Sutphin, Christiansburg; one sister-in-law, Rebecca Vest, Bedford; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and seven stepgreatgrandchildren; nieces; and nephews.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate with the Rev. Danny Shortridge, the Rev. Kim Goddard and Rev. Sharon W. Wright officiating. Burial in the Stinson Cemetery, White Gate. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Friday after 1 p.m. and the family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m.

The family wishes to thank the staff, doctors, nurses and Mountain Valley Hospice for the excellent care of their mother. 


November 15, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

 

Frances Elizabeth Arrington

 

Frances Elizabeth Arrington died Wednesday, November 14, 2007.  She was the widow of W. Earl Arrington a former General Manager of Oakey’s Funeral Service in Roanoke, Virginia.  She was proceeded in death by a daughter, Elizabeth A. Robins.  Frances was a member of Grandin Court Baptist Church in Roanoke.  Surviving are a daughter and son in law; Kathryn A. & David Zurek of Virginia Beach.  2 granddaughters and 1 grandson.  Graveside services will be held on Greenwood Cemetery in Bedford, Virginia at 12 noon on Saturday, November 17, 2007.  There will be no visitation.  Arrangements are by Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel 540-982-2100.

 


November 8, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

Eva Lorene Perdue McCoy

 

McCOY, EVA LORENE PERDUE, age 90, of McCoy died, Tuesday, November 6, 2007 at New River Valley Medical Center.  She was born in Luster’s Gate, VA on August 11, 1917 to the late James Thomas and Lucy Adeline Miller Perdue and was also preceded in death by her husband, Ira Harold McCoy and a daughter, Verna Mae Hall, five brothers, Marshall Vernon Perdue, Walter Pack Perdue, Carl Wesley Perdue, Houston Thomas “Shorty” Perdue, Charles James “Grant” Perdue; two sisters, Essie Mae Perdue, died as an infant and Irene Perdue Oliver.  She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Ira O. “Jack” and Barbara “Bob” Perdue of McCoy, Kenneth H. and Vanessa McCoy of McCoy; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ola Howery Perdue of Blacksburg, Rosemary McCoy of Dublin; Charlie Helvey of McCoy, Larry K. and Yvonne McCoy of McCoy, Irene McCoy of McCoy and John and Frances McCoy of McCoy; two granddaughters, Crystal Marie Perdue of Pilot, Carolyn and Donald Fleet of Blacksburg; great-grandchildren, Monica Dae Perdue of Blacksburg, Jason Harold Perdue of Pilot; numerous neices and nephews. She is the Mother of Kenneth H. McCoy, Owner and Manager of McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg. Funeral services will be conducted Friday, November 9, 2007 at 3:00 pm in the Community Christian Church in McCoy, with Mr. James O. Flaughter and Mr. Bobby E. Fuller officiating.  Interment will follow in the McCoy Family Cemetery, McCoy.  Friends may call any time after 12:00 noon on Thursday and the family will receive friends from 6-8:00 pm Thursday evening at the MCCoy Funeral Home, 150 County Club Drive, Blacksburg.

 


 

October 31, 2007

 

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

 

Roy Allen Jolly

 

Roy Allen Jolly, 72, died on Sunday, October 28, 2007, after an extended illness.  Mr. Jolly is the father-in-law of Jerry small with Bill Black Cadillac in Greensboro, NC.

 

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 2, at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church with Reverend Timothy Jay Patterson officiating.  Inurnment will follow in the church columbarium. 

 

Allen was born November 21, 1934, in Whiteville, North Carolina.  He was the son of the late Reverend Seymour Woodrow Jolly and Ezelah Wade Jolly.  He was a graduate of Whiteville High School, attended Mars Hill College and was selected for the U.S. Air Force Aviation Cadet Program in 1955.  He warned the rank of Captain and was a Navigator on active and reserve duty until 1972.  While in the Air Force, he studied at Baylor University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.  He was a Hankamera Scholar and a member and officer of Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity.  He continued his education at The Wharton School – University of Pennsylvania, and earned a MBA in 1963.  He spent over 35 years in the banking industry.  He started his career at First Union National Bank in 1963, and worked in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Southern Pines, and Greensboro. In 1975, he joined Community Bank in Greensboro and held several senior executive positions with Community Bank, Southern National Bank and BB&T, before retiring from BB&T in 1996.  He and Southern National Bank were awarded the Long Leaf Pine award by Governor Jim Martin in 1992 for service on the North Carolina Business Committee for Education.  The Committee was instrumental in focusing statewide business and community attention on the needs of our schools.  After retirement, he volunteered his time to the Episcopal Housing Ministry.  He served on the boards of Southern National Bank, BB&T, The United Way, The Gate City Kiwanis Club, the North Carolina Forestry Association, The Community Theater of Greensboro, and Alcohol and Drug Services of Guilford County (ADS).  As President of the Board of ADS, he led the merger of the three existing county agencies into what is now known as Alcohol Drug Services of Guilford County.  He was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, The 100 Club and The Greensboro Jaycees Oldtimers.

 

He enjoyed fishing, water skiing and boating at Ocean Isle Beach, where the family enjoyed many vacations.  He was a caring and devoted husband, father and grandfather.

 

He is survived by his wife, Judy, of 30 years; son, Michael, daughter, Lisa Jolly small and husband, Jerry of Greensboro; stepdaughters Cecilia Wright Symonds and husband Lawrence, Melissa Wright Niegro and husband, Wesley of Greensboro, and AnnMarvin Wright Griffiths and husband, Scott of Charlotte; four grandchildren, Lauren and John small of Greensboro, Eloise and EmmaScott Griffiths of Charlotte.

 

The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. Thursday, November 1, at Forbis & Dick, North Elm Chapel and 9:30 until 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 2, in the Roe Library in the Parish House of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church. 

 

The family would like to thank Mike Baker of MBI Sports and Fitness; The caring staff at Bayada Nurses for the extraordinary care the provided during his illness – especially, Mary Bolder, Annette Cathey, Lisa Dean, Sunday Ibokwe, Miranda Johnson, Lisa Lawson, and Modinet Shittu.  In addition, the family would like to thank the staff of Blumenthal Jewish Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for providing exemplary care in the last months of his life.

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, New York, 10018 (www.pdf.org); Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, or the charity of your choice.

 

The family is being served by Forbis & Dick, North Elm Chapel.  Online condolences may be made to www.forbisanddick.com.

 


 

October 25, 2007

 

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

 

Jim Colvin

 

COLVIN, JAMES WILLIAM, 63, of Louisville, passed away Monday, October 22, 2007 at Baptist Hospital Northeast, LaGrange. He was born on December 21, 1943 to the late Arvin F. Colvin and Joyce L. Wolfe Colvin in Alamogordo, New Mexico. He was a sales representative for over 42 years for the old National Casket Company, Southern Casket and Coffin Company, Batesville Casket Company and York Casket Company. He was also a member of Kentucky Funeral Supply and salesman club. He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Betty Meadows Colvin; son, Shawn McBeath and his wife Keli; daughter, Shannon McBeath of Orlando, FL; his brother, Dan Colvin and his wife Cheryl; his sister, Vicki Stites and two grandchildren, Bailee and Riley McBeath. His funeral will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Ratterman’s, 3711 Lexington Road, with burial to follow in Evergreen Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday and after 11 a.m. until service time on Thursday. Memorial gifts in memory of Jim may be made to Cancer research or Hospice and Palliative Care of Louisville.

 


September 6, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of


Ruth Lavender

Ruth Lavender went to be with her heavenly father on September 6, 2007 in her home. A native of Crewe, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Harlen B. Norton and the widow of Willie Bayes Lavender. She retired from Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital after 31 years as Coordinator of the Neurology Sleep Study and Respiratory. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Norfolk. 

Ruth is survived by her mother Irene A. Norton of Pace, FL, a daughter, Tricia L. Evans and her husband Dan of Va. Beach, and four sons, Robert E. Lavender of Southampton, VA, Ricky A. Lavender and wife Molly of Moyock, NC, George Patrick Lavender and wife Mary of Forest, VA, an employee of Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford and Huddleston and Michael Hamilton Lavender of Norfolk. She is also survived by her sister Diane Maloney of Miami, FL a brother, George Norton and wife Ellen of Pace, FL, ten grandchildren, Robbie, Melissa, Ryan, Jacob, Bryant, Chelsea, Wyatt, Trenton, Autumn and Hunter, three great-grandchildren, a special friend, Velma Wilson and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a special friend Charlotte Finn.

A Funeral service will be conducted Monday at 7 PM at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home Kempsville Chapel with Chaplain George Rodriquez officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and will have a reception following the service.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday at 11 AM at Eastern Shore Chapel Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com or to Pat atupdikefuneralhome@verizon.net.


August 25, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

Ben F. Davidson

Ben F. Davidson, 77, of Jonesville, Virginia, long time Funeral Director and former Lee County Circuit Court Clerk, died Saturday, August 25, 2007 at Lee Regional Medical Center in Pennington Gap, Virginia.

Ben was the former owner of the Davidson Funeral Homes in Jonesville and Rose Hill, Virginia and was past president of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association and also the Virginia State Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.  He was also appointed by former Governor Mills Godwin to serve on the State Health Regulatory Board.  A graduate of Jonesville High School, he attended Georgetown College and was a graduate of The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.

Ben was a member of the Jonesville First United Methodist Church where he had served as Chairman of the Administrative Board, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher and Lay Speaker.  Ben enjoyed serving the people of Lee County and regretted having to retire from the position of Circuit Court Clerk because of his health.

He had been involved in many civic and service organizations including the Jonesville Lions Club, American Legion, Master of Masonic Lodge #47 AF&AM. Ben served in the US Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict and was a charter member and past president of the Cedar Hill Country Club. He was an avid supporter and patron of the Lee County School System.  Ben had also served on the Board of Directors for the former Lee County Community Hospital for many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin F., Sr. and Dorothy Huber Davidson.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth Edens Davidson; a son, Gary B. Davidson and wife, Peggy of Naples, FL; three daughters, Sandra D. Allgood and husband, Reggie; Benita D. Rutherford and husband, Eddie of Kingsport, TN; Melissa A. Davidson and Gloria J. Basse of Brewster, NY; two grandchildren, Shelley Winkle and husband, Nick of Kingsport, TN; Chad Rutherford and wife, Jen of Kingsport, TN; three great-grandchildren, Hannah and Alexa Winkle and Savannah Rutherford of Kingsport, TN; brothers, William R. Davidson and wife, Pattie of Lynchburg, VA and Dr. Richard A. Davidson and wife, Phyllis of  Wise, VA.

The body will lie in state at the Jonesville First United Methodist Church from 12:00 to 4:00 PM on Wednesday, August 29th.  Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM with the Reverend Layne Pennington officiating.

Burial will follow in the Jonesville Town Cemetery.  Nephews will serve as pallbearers.  Following the burial service, the family will receive friends and host a reception in Celebration of Ben’s Life at the family home on Main Street in Jonesville.

For those who choose, memorial contributions may be made to the Jonesville First United Methodist Church Family Life Center Fund, P. O. Box 280, Jonesville, Virginia 24263.

 

Online condolences can be sent to the Davidson family at

www.arney-mullinsfuneralhomes.com.

 

Arney-Mullins Funeral Home of Jonesville is in charge of the arrangements.


August 16, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

Robert Lewis Cash, Sr.

Robert Lewis Cash, Sr., age 73, of Roanoke, formerly of Buchanan passed away Thursday, August 16, 2007.  He was the son of Frank L. Cash Sr. and Mary G. Cash and was predeceased by a daughter-in-law, Rita D. Cash; as well as four brothers, Aubrey, Richard, Frank and Clarence Cash.

Bob was a longtime member of High Bridge Presbyterian Church and after moving to Roanoke became a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church.  He was employed by several companies including James Lee Carpets and Groggins Plastics.  He owned and operated a trash collection business in Buchanan and Glasgow.  After Bob sold the business, he drove for Lawrence Transportation until he retired. 

A wonderful husband, Daddy and Paw Paw, he is survived by his wife of 49 years, Norma Watts Cash, son, R.L. Cash, Jr. and fiancée, Belinda, daughters and sons-in-law, Lorraine and Steve Cunningham and Jennifer and Aaron Williams; special grandchildren, Heather Cash and fiancé, Gunnar, Callie Cash, Miranda Williams, and Wyatt Williams; great grandson, Caleb Elijah Cash.  He is also survived by sisters, Margaret Goff, Peggy Walters, Betty Treadway, Dessie Smith and husband, Tommy; brother William Cash and wife; Betty; sisters-in-law, Charlotte Cash and June Cash; brothers-in-law, Randolph Watts and wife, Bettye, and L.N. Watts and wife, Sue; sister-in-law, Joann Rhoades; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Those preferring memorials please consider Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Improvement Fund, 3035 Mt. Pleasant Blvd, Roanoke, VA 24014, or High Bridge Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund, 67 High Bridge Rd., Natural Bridge, VA 24578.

Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Sunday, August 19, 2007 at Oakey’s North Chapel conducted by Pastor L.J. Stevens and The Rev. Faith M. Weedling.  Interment service will be 4:00 P.M. Sunday at High Bridge Presbyterian Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 P.M – 8:00 P.M. Saturday at Oakey’s North Chapel (540-362-1237).

Condolences may be sent to Steven and Lorraine Cunningham, 3705 Renfield Dr., Roanoke, VA 24018.


August 15, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

Nancy Rae Thacker Little 

Nancy Rae Thacker Little, 81, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, August 15, 2007, at Chesapeake General Hospital.  She was a native and lifelong resident of Isle of Wight County. 

Nancy Rae was the owner of Little’s Supermarket which closed on June 30, 2007 after some 60 years in business.  She was an active member of Smithfield Baptist Church where she was the chairman of the WMU, a member of the adult choir, a deacon and a trustee, a member of the B.L. Wells class, and a past Sunday School teacher. 

She was also a member of the Ladies’ Auxilary of the Smithfield Fire Dept., where she was the past treasurer.  Nancy Rae was also a member of the Smithfield Woman’s Club and the Isle of Wight Historical Society. 

Preceded in death by her husband, Robert J. Little, Jr., two grandsons, Robert J. Little, IV and John Robbins Little, and a brother, Leslie Wade Thacker.  Left to cherish her memory are her son, Robert  J. Little, III, and wife, Anne, her daughter, Nancy Lynn Delk and husband, Marty; six grandchildren, Tiffany Moore and husband, Kevin, Judson Little, Brandi Little, Abbey Delk, and fiancé, Todd Crompton, Kayla Williams, and husband, Griffin, and Caitlin Delk; a great grandson, Phillip, and soon to be Baby Moore. 

Family and friends will gather for visitation 6-8 PM Friday at Smithfield Baptist Church. A service celebrating Nancy Rae’s life will be conducted 11:00 AM, Saturday, August 18, in the church.    Rev. Dr. Donald R. Rhoton and Rev. Dr. R. Furman Kenney will officiate. Burial will follow in St. Luke’s Memorial Park.  Following the graveside service, a reception will be prepared for family and friends in the church Family Life Center. 

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Smithfield Baptist Church, Sanctuary Renovation Fund, 100 Wainwright Drive, Smithfield, 23430, or to Isle of Wight Academy Building Fund, PO Box 105, Isle of Wight, VA, 23397.

Arrangements are in the care of Colonial Funeral Home, Smithfield.


August 10, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

Louise Slusher Horne 

Horne, Louise Slusher, age 83, of Christiansburg, died Friday night, August 10, 2007. She was the widow of C. Hubert Horne, a 57 year Virginia Licensed Funeral Director and embalmer, the mother of Richard H. “Dick” Horne, licensed funeral director, President and Chairman of the Board of Horne Funeral Service and Grandmother of, Brian R.H. Horne, VA funeral service licensee and manager of the firm in Christiansburg.

She has served as Secretary and Treasurer of the funeral home board of directors from 1973-2000 and was a retired public school teacher. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Dick and Pat Horne of Christiansburg; a granddaughter, Dr. Heather Leveta Horne and her husband, Eric Brown, of Orlando, FL; her grandson and his wife, Brian and Amy Horne, Christiansburg; a sister, Donna S. Baber, Bedford, VA and four great grandchildren. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 15th, from the Horne Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by Dr. Donald Maken, with interment to follow in Sunset Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Christiansburg Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 107 West Main Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073, the Christiansburg Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 176, Christiansburg, VA 24068 or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central & Western Virginia, 674 Hillsdale Drive, Suite 1, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 14th, at the Horne Funeral Home. An Eastern Star Memorial Service will follow at 7:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Condolences may be sent to the family in care of Horne Funeral Service, 1300 N. Franklin Street, Christiansburg, VA 24073.


July 30, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

James (Jim) Luther Paitsel, Jr. 

James L. Paitsel, Jr., 46 of New Castle went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, July 30, 2007. He is survived by his loving wife Trish; father James L. Paitsel, Sr.; mother Arlene S. Paitsel; sister and brother-in-law Julie and Mike Huffman; children Jamie Paitsel and fiancee Heather, Ashley Harmon and husband Patrick, and Andrew Paitsel; children Shawna, Trey and Taylor Huffman; nephew Justin Huffman and fiancée Caitlin Tolbert; niece Crystal Hickson and husband Jeff; one

great-nephew Austin Hickson; one great-niece Sarah Hickson; mother and father-in-law Debbie and Mike Harris; 2nd mother Frances Oliver; 2 special furry companions Leo and Polly; and many special friends.

Graveside Services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, August 3, 2007 at Huffman Memorial Park with the Rev. Larry Jent and Lowell Stovall officiating. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 PM at

Paitsel Funeral Home Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, PO Box 31, New Castle, VA 24127 or the Craig County Rescue Squad, PO Box 81, New Castle, VA 24127. Arrangements by Paitsel Funeral Home, New Castle.www.paitselfh.com

The Funeral Director Has Died

 The Funeral Director has died,

And the small town cried.

Someone whose life’s work was on-call,

Left this world too soon for all.

Under sunglasses and muted faces,

Our hearts are breaking in different places.

To help our troubled souls and minds,

We look to friends to be entwined.

Our work of service will still go on indeed,

Taking care of those in need.

As we lay our brother to rest,

We hope to continue his work at best.

The Funeral Director has died,

And the small town cried.

 I. Ray Sloan August 2, 2007


July 25, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of
               
Naomi Ruth Campbell Loving

Mrs. Naomi Ruth Campbell Loving, age 80, formerly of the Woodlands, died Wednesday, July 25, 2007, at Alleghany Regional Hospital, Low Moor.  She was preceded in death by her husband, James Patton “Jimmy” Loving, Sr. in 2006, a golden licensee and former owner/operator of Loving Funeral Home. Mrs. Loving was born August 19, 1926 in Allegany County, the daughter of the late Charles Curtis “Tom” Campbell and Mattie Trimble Campbell.

A homemaker, Mrs. Loving was an avid bowler on both the local and state level, attending bowling tournaments all over the east coast.  She was a member of Granbery United Methodist Church although she had been unable to attend for many years due to her health.

Mrs. Loving is survived by three sons, James Patton “Pat” Loving, Jr., current owner and operator of Loving Funeral Home and wife, Lynda of Covington, Thomas Van Loving of Covington, and Charles Timothy “Tim” Loving of Alachua, FL; a sister, Jean Campbell Jay and husband Richard of Suffolk; eight grandchildren, Tamara Loving Elkins and husband Tony of Richmond, James Patton Loving III and wife, Jeannie of Charlottesville, Kelly Star Loving of Roanoke, Stephanie Marie Loving Hubbard and husband, James of Covington, Thomas Benjamin Loving of Covington, Heather Stacy Loving Carroll and husband, Bobby of Harrisonburg, Crystal McKinny Meadows and husband, Paul of Lynchburg, and Michael Alan McKinny and wife, Jennifer of Covington; nineteen great grandchildren; two sister-in-law, Bernicie “Tootie” Loving Gochenour of Iron Gate and Betty Harter Loving of Natural Well; special caregivers, including the Staff of The Woodlands Nursing Home, Libby Cogar, Sissy Davis and others too numerous to name, over the last sixteen years.

 Mrs. Loving was preceded in death by two brothers, Claude Douglas Campbell and Curtis Wayne Campbell.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, July 29, 2007, from the chapel of Loving Funeral Home with the Rev. Douglas E. Hollenbeck and Rev. Barry Throckmorton officiating.  Interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Saturday evening from 7:00 P.M. until 8:30 P.M. at Loving Funeral Home.

The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Woodland’s Patient Activity Fund, 1000 Fairview Avenue, Clifton Forge, VA 24422.


July 17, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of
               
Berneda Hope Flora

Virginia Beach – Berneda Hope Flora, 47, passed away peacefully July 17, 2007 in the comfort of her home to return to the loving arms of her father and our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

“Auntie” as she was affectionately known by her family and friends; was born December 5, 1959 to Hoover Strickland and Willetta Bartol in Fair Bluff, N.C. When she was not spending time with her family, she was taking care of her little angel Shiann. . Often times when her family needed a place to stay or just someone to talk to her home and heart was always open and full of love and kindness. The love Auntie showed can not be expressed in words. Her family and friends will always remember her as a loving wife, mother, daughter, sister, and “auntie”. She will be deeply missed.  

 

Left to cherish her memory are her loving husband of 18 years Howard L. Flora, Jr., a son, Michael S. Strickland a funeral director with Smith &Williams and Kellum Funeral Home in Virginia Beach, VA; her mother Willetta J. Bartol and fiancé George Way; a brother David S. Strickland; two sisters Ruth Jacinto and husband C.J. Jr., Nancy Strickland; a nephew C.J. Jacinto III; and three nieces Trina Jacinto, Stephanie Withrow, and Crystal Tillman and husband Martel. She is preceded in death by her father Hoover Strickland.

 

A celebration of life will be held at 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 19, 2007 at Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel with the Rev. Robert F. Pittman officiating. Please share your love and condolences with the family at www.mem.com

 


June 19, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of
              
 David E. Val Vallelonga

Born:  March 08, 1941

Died:  June 19, 2007

Services:  Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 am on Monday June 25 at St. Ann Catholic Church, 5300 N. 10th St. Arlington, VA 22205.  Interment Columbia Gardens Cemetery.

Visitation:  The family will be receiving friends at the Murphy Funeral Home of Arlington, 4510 Wilson Blvd on Saturday, June 23 and Sunday June 24 from 1-4pm.

 

On Tuesday, June 19, 2007 Val passed away while living in Cocoa, FL., a native of Morgantown, West Virginia, and a long time resident of Arlington, VA.  A graduate of Morgantown High School, he attended West Virginia University and graduated Cum Laude from the Cincinnati College of Embalming with the Class of ’62.

 

He began his funeral service career in Morgantown at the age of fifteen, having grown up with the grandson of the founder of the Dering Funeral Home of that city.  He worked with the ambulance attendants, washed cars, helped with visitations and did all of those duties that one could at an early career age.  Mr. Vallelonga moved to Arlington, Virginia and began working for the Robert J. Murphy Funeral Home in January of 1966, where he became manager in 1983 a position he held until his retirement in March 2006.

 

Val held all offices at the Metropolitan Washington District of Columbia Funeral Directors Association, serving as President from 1982 to 1984.  he was an associate member of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association serving three year term on its Board of Directors, and all their executive offices, serving as their President from 1996 to 1997, he was awarded funeral director of the year in 1999, a member of the Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association, Virginia Institute of Funeral Service, the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice.  He also served at the National level as a member of the Policy Board of the National Funeral Directors 1994 to 1995, as an At-large member to the National Funeral Directors Association 1999 to 2001, as well as numerous committees.  He was Past President of the Potomac Kiwanis Club of Arlington, Virginia and past member of the Moose Lodge of Colonial Beach, Virginia.

 

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marcia R. Vallelonga, his children Lisa Brown, John Vallelonga and Sheri Dale; his grandchildren Michael and Christopher Harris and Andrew Dale and his great grandson, Tyler Ray Harris.  Also surviving are his sisters Teresa Fernbaugh and Janet Spohn.  Memorial Contributions may be made to Funeral Service Education Foundation (FSEF), 13635 Bishop’s Drive, Brookville, Wisconsin 53002-6601.

 


June 26, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

Elton T. (Shorty) Jones, Jr.

Elton T. (Shorty) Jones, Jr., 76, of Roanoke, passed away on Tuesday, June 26, 2007. Shorty was retired from Appalachian Power Company after 43 years of service and worked part time with Oakey’s Funeral Home, East Chapel.

He is survived by his wife, Joe Anne Maye Jones, of 52 years; a daughter Leigh Anne Vulgan; granddaughter, Lauren (Ashleigh) Vulgan; and sister, Mildred Jones Crawford. Shorty loved his family and friends and never met a stranger. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 29, 2007 at the Bonsack Baptist Church with Dr. Robert G. Moore, III officiating. Interment will be in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials to Bonsack Baptist Church Music Fund, 4845 Cloverdale Rd., Roanoke, VA 24019. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, 2007 at Oakey’s East Chapel, Bonsack, 977-3909.


June 19, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of
               
Marilyn Silvers Patterson

Marilyn Silvers Patterson, age 72, of Tazewell, VA passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at Heritage Hall Health Care in Tazewell, VA.  Born March 31, 1935 in Wayne County, MI she was a daughter of the late Henry Silvers and Leona Wilson Silvers.  Marilyn was accommodating and selfless individual.  She was always willing to help those that she could.  She was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William “Jack” Patterson; one daughter Pamela Patterson; two brothers, James and Gerald Silvers.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Russell and husband, Rick of Fuquay Varina, NC and Janel Parker and husband, David of Benson, NC; four sons, Chuck Patterson (FSL-Perry & St. Clair Funeral Home, Tazewell, VA) and wife, Yvette of Tazewell, VA, William Patterson of Selma, NC, Marcus Patterson and wife Kelly of Louisburg, NC and Wayne Patterson and wife, Melissa of Dublin, VA; one sister, Janice Goodwin and husband, Jack of Arizona; fourteen grandchildren, Casey Patterson, Atasha Bandy, Ashley Patterson, Pamela Howard and husband, Brent, Patrick Russell, Paige McGuire and husband, Brad, David Patterson, D.J. Parker, Lindsey Parker, Seth Patterson, Shane Patterson, Simone Patterson, Spencer Patterson and Eric Patterson; three great-grandchildren, Aliyah Sheppard, Tyson King and Bailey Patterson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2007 at Perry & St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, VA with Pastor Chuck Patterson officiating.  Graveside services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2007 at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA.  Pallbearers will be sons and sons in law.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 21, 2007.

Those wishing to attend the graveside service are asked to be at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 22, 2007.

The family requests memorial contributions be made to Preferred Hospice Inc., P.O. Box 784 Richlands, VA 24641.

Condolences may be sent to Chuck Patterson C/O Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home, 111 Ben Bolt Ave. Tazewell, VA 24651; psfh@adelphia.net.


June 10, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of
             
  Jennings Bryan Zimmerman

79 of Huddleston passed away Sunday, June 10, 2007 at Bedford Memorial Hospital. He was born on Friday, December 2, 1927 in Bedford County, a son of the late Jennings Bryan Zimmerman, Sr. and Mary Basham Zimmerman.

 

He was a retired brakeman at Norfolk-Southern Railway having retired with thirty-eight years service. He was a member of the Huddleston Rurtian Club and the Huddleston United Methodist Church. Surviving are his wife, Peggy Updike Zimmerman, co-owner of Updike Funeral Home and Cremation Service in Huddleston and Bedford; two sons & daughters-in-Law, Michael B. & Kathy Zimmerman, Donald N. & Karen Zimmerman, all of Vinton, VA; a daughter & son-in-Law, Lisa Z. & Anthony Conner of Vinton, VA; the mother of his children, Leona W. Zimmerman, Vinton; a step-daughter & her husband , Katrina O. & Jerry Nester of Bedford, VA; seven grandchildren, Neil Zimmerman & wife, Nikki of Goodview, VA, Jon-Michael Zimmerman of Vinton, VA, John B.Conner of Vinton, VA, Jaclyn C. Gardner & husband, Brian of Richmond, VA, Ashley D. Zimmerman of Vinton, VA, Jamison P. Conner of Vinton, VA, Taylor A. Zimmerman of Vinton, VA; a step-grandddaughter & her husband, Jill N. & James Hayes of Germany.

 

 

The family requests those wishing to make memorials to consider the Huddleston Lifesaving Crew, c/o Harold Glass, 207 Sherwood Drive, Huddleston, VA 24104. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 2:00 PM at Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford by the Rev. Wayne Murphy. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 PM and 6 until 8 PM at UFH, Bedford and other times at the residence of Jerry & Katrina Nester. Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford, VA.


 

June 6, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of
            
   Micheal J. Morehead

MICHAEL JENNINGS “MIKE” MOREHEAD, of 1244 Pebblebrook Lane, Charlottesville and formerly of Strasburg was carried away by angels to be with his heavenly father on Wednesday, June 6, 2007 just two days past his 31st birthday.

A funeral service will be conducted 2:00 P.M. Sunday, June 10, 2007 at Strasburg United Methodist Church with Rev. Wm. Anthony Layman and Rev. Dr. Richard J. Goeres officiating. Interment will be in the Riverview Cemetery, Strasburg with Rev. Layman, Rev. Goeres and Pastor Dave Casto conducting the committal service.

Mike was born June 4, 1976 in Radford, Virginia and grew up in Strasburg where he was a member of Strasburg United Methodist Church. He graduated from Strasburg High School in 1994. He played saxophone in the high school band, played football, basketball and baseball. In his senior year he was named Male Athlete of the Year, Northern Virginia Daily Male Athlete, All State Football Offensive Lineman and played in the VSHL All Star game at Hampton University. He graduated from Lord Fairfax Community College in 1996 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health science from Bridgewater College in 1998. While at Bridgewater College he lettered in football. He graduated from James Madison University in 2000 with a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology. He had been employed at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville in the Cardiac Cath Lab and University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville in the Electrophysiology Department. Mike was presently employed by Medtronic USA, Inc. as a clinical specialist in cardiac rhythm management and was named Clinical Specialist of the quarter in recognition of outstanding performance in the Southeast Region for the 3rd quarter of 2007. He was an avid weightlifter, enjoyed concerts, tailgating with Camp Wahoo at UVA football games, loved traveling and especially loved cars. During the summer months he worked with his family at Stover Funeral Home while growing up.

Surviving are loving parents, Stanley R. and Patsy Cofer Morehead of 3165 Oranda Rd., Strasburg; his beloved twin brother and best friend, Christopher Donnell “Chris” Morehead and wife, Bridgett of Charlottesville; his girlfriend, Tara Stankovic of Afton; his step-grandmother, Pauline M. Morehead, Austinville; his uncles, William H. Cofer of Louisville, KY, Donnie Morehead and Mark Morehead both of Austinville; his aunt, Nancy M. Scott of Wytheville; his great-uncles, Herbert White and wife, Jean of Louisville, KY and Charles D. Morehead and wife, Robyn of Richmond; his great-aunt, Jo Ann Bingham and husband, Jay of Radford; his cousins, Blair and Brad Cofer, both of Louisville, KY and his special cats, Coco Puffs and Princess with whom he shared with his girlfriend and a host of many wonderful and dear friends.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Glenn and Helen Cofer and Don and Bessie Morehead; his uncle, Glenn Cofer, Jr.

Michael battled cancer with strength, courage and humor that was inspirational to his family, friends and medical staff. He loved his girlfriend, Tara who stood by his side and cared for him with his mom, dad and brother. He loved God with all his heart and was truly a special gift from our Heavenly Father.

Pallbearer will be Stanley and Chris Morehead, Brian Connor, Bill and Brad Cofer, Adam Greene, Tad Adams, Scott Gillies, Dr. Bill Davis and John Hobby. Honorary pallbearers will be the EP Lab at UVA Medical Center, employees of Medtronic USA, Inc. and the Camp Wahoo Tailgating Group.

The family will receive friends at Stover Funeral Home, 177 No. Holliday St., Strasburg on Saturday from 7 to 9 P.M.

Memorials may be made to the Michael J. Morehead Scholarship Fund, 177 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, VA 22657 or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Relay for Life Program in memory of Mike, 193 W. Washington St., Strasburg, VA 22657.


June 6, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of
               Roy A. Reukauf

Father of Dan Reukauf, salesman, Batesville Casket Company and Grandfather of Paul Reukauf with Thacker Casket Company

 

Roy A. Reukauf of Orchard Park, NY died June 6, 2007, beloved husband of Betty (Kreltzbender); father of Craig (Kathy), Daniel (Nancy), Jane Ann Reukauf and Mary Beth (Halsey)Van Lew; also survived by 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; brother of Albert, Katherine Hunger, Rose Witzleben, Beatrice Hines, Donald, Shirley Swing and predeceased by seven brothers and sisters.  The family will receive friends Thursday, 7-9PM and Friday 2-4 and 7-9 PM at the F.E. Brown Sons Funeral Home, Inc. 6575 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park.  Services from the funeral home Saturday 9AM followed by a Funeral Service in Nativity of Our Lord Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park at 10AM. Friends invited.  Memorials may be made in memory of Roy to Lord of Life Adult Day Health Center, 1025 Borden Rd., Depew, NY 14043 or Hospice In Patient Unit, 225 Camo Park Blvd., Cheekiowaga, NY 14227.


June 5, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of
                     Roy S. Giffin

Roy Samuel Giffin, 83, of Capon Bridge, WV, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2007 peacefully at his home with his family by his side.

Roy was born on October 7, 1923 in Capon Bridge, WV, a son of the late Baxter Alexander “B.A.” and Myrtle Cooper Giffin. He was a Funeral Director.

Roy owned and operated Giffin Funeral Home in Capon Bridge, WV since 1959. He graduated from Capon Bridge High School in 1943 and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1950. He was a World War II and Korea Conflict Veteran in the United States Navy where he served as a Corpsman. He was a member of the Capon Bridge United Methodist Church and attended Bethel United Methodist Church near Gore, VA; a member of the Capon Bridge Ruritan where he maintain 53 years perfect attendance. He was to be awarded on Thursday, June 7, 2007 the “Tom Downing Fellow Award” which is the highest National Ruritan Award. He severed as a Bank Director for the Western Frederick Bank of Gore, VA, C&S and Dominion Banks of Winchester, VA for 30 years.

He was a member of the Capon Bridge Vol. Fire Company and Rescue Squad, where he helped organize both organizations; a member of the National Funeral Director Association; the West Virginia and Virginia Funeral Director Association; American Legion Post #137 in Capon Bridge, WV; VFW Post #2102 in Wardensville, WV; and the Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #1283 in Winchester, VA. Roy was married to Lucille Pope Giffin on September 12, 1953 in Stephenson, VA.

Surviving with his wife of 53 years is one son: Jerry B. Giffin and his finance Katie Jo Brown of Capon Bridge, WV; two daughters: Jill Giffin Freas and her husband Ted of Morgantown, PA; Beth Giffin Delawder and her husband Jack of Paw Paw, WV; one daughter-in-law: Stacy Giffin of Winchester, VA; six grandchildren; Brent Lupton and his wife Becky; Heather Ruckman; Lucas Giffin and his wife Amanda; Benjamin Giffin; David Delawder; and Alex Giffin; two great-grandchildren: Trey Grandison and Brevon Ruckman; three

step-grandchildren: Josh Delawder; Matt Delawder; and Kaitlin Mollohan. He is preceded in death by one son: Todd S. Giffin; two brothers: Garland Giffin and Robert Giffin; two sisters: Elizabeth Giffin Price and O’Nile Giffin.

A Celebration of Life service will be on Sunday, June 10, 2007 at 3:00 P.M.

at the Capon Bridge Middle School in Capon Bridge, WV. Officiating will be Rev. Michael Funkhouser, Rev. Gregory R.  Kenney, and Rev. Herman Geode. Internment will be Private at the Bethel Cemetery near Gore, VA. The family will receive friends at the Giffin Funeral Home in Capon Bridge, WV, on Friday, June 8, 2007 from 6-9 PM and Saturday, June 9, 2007 from 2-4 PM and 6-9 PM.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Roy S. Giffin Memorial Community Fund, C/O The Bank of Romney, PO Box 214, Capon Bridge, WV 26711.

Arrangements by Giffin Funeral Home in Capon Bridge, WV.


May 26, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of
                  
Lucille “Beba” Hicks Walker-Booth

age 73 of Richmond, Virginia who died Friday, May 26, 2006 with her family at her side. She was the daughter of the late Crowder M. and Blanche Madison Hicks. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Blanche Louise Hicks, Sarah Gertrude West, Lillian Estelle Flippo, and Ruth Hicks Walker.

 

She is survived by her children, Susan W. Fowlkes, of Richmond, Nancy W. Ouzounis, of Highland Springs,  Eugene W. Walker, Jr. of Beckley, WV, Ruth W. Porter and her husband, Lucille’s beloved son-in-law, Lewis, of Freeport, ME, John F. Walker, manager of Nelsen Funeral Home-Reid Chapel, his wife, Tracy of Montpelier, James M. Walker, Sr., of Richmond, 14 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, several nieces, a nephew, and great nieces and great nephews. She also leaves behind a treasured family friend, and her “personal chef”, Karl Schlebusch.

 

The family will receive friends at the Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 South Laburnum Avenue, on Monday, May 30, 2006 from 12:00-2:00PM.  Graveside services will be held 3:00PM after the services in Oakwood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.

 

Condolences may be sent to John F. Walker at c/o Nelsen Funeral Home-Reid Chapel, 412 South Washington Highway, Ashland, Virginia 23005.


May 6, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

               Fay Snider Hoy

age 96, of Blacksburg, who died Sunday, May 6, 2007.  Mrs. Hoy was the wife of William L. Hoy who was a past president of VFDA and owners of Hoy Funeral Home Blacksburg.

She was born and grew up  in Montgomery County, VA, the daughter of Cecil and Florence Shaver Snider.  Her husband, William L. “Bill” Hoy, as well as her parents, preceded her in death.  She is survived by her daughter, Vivian Willett Williams, Blacksburg; two grandsons, Roger T. Williams, Thailand, and David L. Williams, San Marcos, TX.  Mrs. Hoy graduated from Radford State Teachers College (now Radford University) with graduate work at V.P.I. & S.U.  She taught Home Economics for several years in Floyd and Montgomery County Public Schools, after which she was employed by the Farm Security Administration as Home Management Supervisor in Amherst and Appomattox Counties.  Other employment included being a Chemist at R.A.A.P. during World War II and later as a hospital dietician in Radford, VA.  She was a life-long Methodist and a member of Blacksburg United Methodist Church since 1961.  She was very active in the  Methodist Church, being the first woman to serve as a Trustee at Blacksburg United Methodist Church.  She was a Circle leader for several years, as well as Treasurer and program leader and Chairman of the Parsonage Committee until it was sold. When she and her husband moved to Blacksburg from Bowling Green, VA, they founded and operated the Hoy Funeral Home until their retirement.  Mrs. Hoy was a member of the Alleghany Chapter N. S. D. A. R., The Dr. Harvey Black Chapter, and past president of U. D. C., Home Economists in Home and Community, Creative Homemakers, and a life member of A. A. R. P.  She will be remembererd for judging at local fairs and volunteer work as well as being a contributor to many charities.  Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 9, 2007 at 2:00 pm in the Blacksburg United Methodist Church with Rev. Reggie Tuck and Rev. Morris Fleischer officiating.  Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg.  Mrs. Hoy loved flowers but a  memorial to Blacksburg United Methodist Church Landscaping Fund, P.O. Box 931, Blacksburg, VA 24063, or to a favorite charity would be most acceptable.  Friends may call anytime after 12:00 noon Tuesday and the family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 pm Tuesday evening at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, SW, Blacksburg.


May 2, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

John Patton Oliver, Sr.

John Patton Oliver, Sr., 61 of the 1300 block of N. Bay Shore Drive, died Wednesday, May 2, 2007 in a Virginia Beach Hospital.  He was a native of Norfolk, Virginia and was the son of the late Harry Diggs Oliver and Mary Elizabeth Mingle Oliver.  He was preceded in death by his brother Harry Diggs “Bubba” Oliver, III.  He attended Maury High School and was a graduate of Granby High School and served his country in the United States Coast Guard Reserve.

 

John was the President of the family owned funeral home, H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Inc. which was established in 1865 and the Nansemond Suffolk Cemetery.  He was a former president of the Tidewater Funeral Directors Association, was member of the Knights of Columbus, the Virginia Beach Rotary Club and the Princess Anne Country Club.  He was a former member of the Virginia Beach Exchange Club.

 

Survivors include: his loving wife of 22 years Deona Branch.Oliver, his children; John Patton Oliver, Jr. and his wife Melissa of Farmville, Virginia, Jacqueline Alexander Oliver, Madison Branch Oliver, Aven Sterling. Oliver all of Virginia Beach, his brother, Martin V. Oliver and his wife Kay, his sisters; Mary Francis Oliver of VB, Betty Ann Oliver Goff and her husband Larry of Virginia Beach, Loretta Oliver Butler and her husband Michael of Chesapeake and his sister-in-law Elizabeth Cherry Oliver of Norfolk and many nieces and nephews, friends and dedicated staff members.

 

John is also survived by the thousands of families he comforted and helped in their time of need.

Funeral Services will be held at Galilee Church, Virginia Beach, Monday, May 7, 2007 at 11:00 A.M. with burial in Eastern Shore Chapel Episcopal Church Cemetery by the Reverend Dr. Coleman Tyler.   The family will receive friends at the Laskin Road Chapel of H.D.Oliver Funeral Apts., Sunday evening from 4:00 to 7:00 P.M.

 

Any form of sympathy may be expressed or memorial donations may be made to the donor’s favorite Place of Worship or the Virginia Beach Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 945 , Virginia Beach, VA  23451.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com


April 20, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of


        
Wesley “Donnie” Martin

57 of New Port Richey, Florida and formerly of Bassett died April 20, 2007 at home. Born in Bassett Virginia, on August 3, 1949 the son of the late Frances Spencer Martin Rakes and W.F. and Loma Martin of Bassett.  In addition to his mother he was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Evelyn Spencer and Steve and Estelle Martin.  Donnie was in the U.S. Air Force and was a licensed electrician. Donnie was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church and was a volunteer for the Sun coast Harvest Food Bank.  Surviving his wife Shirley Banfill Martin of the home, one son John Wesley Martin of Novarre, Florida, two daughters Lea Banfill of Hudson Florida and Kala Banfill of Hudson Florida, one grandchild, two brothers Tim Martin of Richmond and Daryl B. Martin of Bassett who is the Co owner and President of Bassett Funeral Service.  Visitation will be Saturday April 28, 2007 in the South Chapel of Bassett Funeral Service.  Funeral Services will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Joseph Salmons officiating.  The family will have a reception meal following the service in the Bassett Funeral Service Reception Room. Condolences can be sent to Daryl B. Martin in care of Bassett Funeral Service at P.O. Box 207 Bassett, Virginia. 24055.  Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the Martin Family.   


Tuesday, April 17, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of


                     Buford Lee Flora

 age 76, of Boones Mill, our gentle and compassionate father died Tuesday, April 17, 2007. Born October 29, 1930, son of the late Wilbur Lee and Pearl Mae Blackwell Flora, he lived and farmed his lifetime on the family home place purchased by his father in 1916. Together they began in the Dairy business, shipping Grade A milk in 1948 and continuing for the next 53 years. Along with the dairy, they also sold eggs in South Roanoke for many years. Buford accepted Christ and was baptized as a youth by the late Rev. Guy Wampler. He remained an active member of Boones Mill Church of the Brethren where he served as Trustee. For many years he served with the Boones Mill Volunteer Fire Department and Boones Mill Volunteer Rescue Squad where he was a lifetime member.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister Irma Flora and his wife Earleen Creasy Flora on February 3, 2006. Surviving are his children Lee and Becky Flora (Lee is President and Mgr. of Flora Funeral Service, Rocky Mount) Lynn and Cindy Flora, Pam and Mark Sweeney, Pat and Darrell Robertson, Mike Lane, and Bobby and Regina Otey; nine grandchildren Caitlyn and Brittany Flora, Janelle, Lillian and Colleen Sweeney, Jay Karr, Joy Schaberl, Barrie Stevens, Rebecca McNeely; great-grandchildren Ryan, Kara, Harleigh, Nathaniel Lee, and Elizabeth; sister Bevoline F. Evans; brother-in-law Melvin Creasy and wife Kathy; four nephews; two nieces. The family’s love and appreciation is extended to Doris Sink, Bonnie Cassell, Carol Montgomery and Jane Burgess for their support of our father. Also our deep appreciation is extended to Dr. Christopher Wells, Dr. Narinder Bhalla and the Nurses and Staff of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, 6th Floor South CSICU, 9th Floor South TSCU, and Therapist Becky Yopp and Amy Bradford. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Boones Mill Church of the Brethren, 25366 Virgil H. Goode Hwy, Boones Mill, VA 24065 or to a favorite charity. Funeral services will be conducted from Flora Funeral Chapel 2:00 p.m. Friday with Pastor Robert Miller & Rev. Leonard Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park. Friends may call after 12 noon Thursday with his family receiving friends from 5 – 8 p.m. at Flora Funeral Service, 665 South Main Street, Rocky Mount.


Thursday, March 8, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

                     Hazel Whitlock Bowles

Hazel Whitlock Bowles, 95, of Roanoke, passed away Thursday, March 8, 2007. She was a retired beautician, having operated her own beauty shop in her home for over 25 years. After retiring, she joined Anna Jane Reed’s nursing assistance class at the old Lewis Gale Hospital and became a private duty nursing assistant, which brought her much joy and happiness. She was a lifelong member of the Southern Baptist church. She was a gifted musician and began her career as church pianist at age 13 in the old Norwich Baptist Church. Currently, she was a member of First Baptist Church, Roanoke. The seventh of nine children, born to Thaddeus C. and Melissa Jewell Whitlock, she was the last surviving member of the family. Surviving are a daughter and her husband, Linda B. and Paul David Layman; granddaughter, Paula Dyan Layman; and great granddaughter, Trystan Taylor, all of Daleville; step granddaughter, Christy Foley and her husband, Lee; and their sons Joey and Jake, all of Salem; a son and his wife, Michael L. (Mike) and Diane B. Bowles; and grandchildren, Melissa and Benjamin T.C. (Ben) Bowles; all of Botetourt County; and a number of nieces and nephews. The family would like to especially thank the doctors and staff of Our Lady of the Valley Retirement Community for the care and kindness show in her last days. The funeral services will be conducted from Oakey’s Vinton Chapel at 12 noon Monday, March 12, 2007 with the Reverend John D. Cochran officiating. The family suggest in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Virginia Baptist Children’s Home, designated for Children’s Home, designated for Child Care, P.O. Box 849, Salem, VA 24153. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9PM Saturday and Sunday at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel, 982-2221.


Friday, March 2, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

                     John A. Poole

Age 82, of Portsmouth. Surrounded by his loving family went to be with the Lord on March 2, 2007 at 1:20pm.  He was born on July 6, 1924 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Osborne A. Poole and Harriett P. Holton.  John was a hard worker from the time he was a teen, riding a bicycle delivering telegrams for Western Union, then as Quarter Master on the “Norfolk County” ferry that ran for years between Norfolk and Portsmouth, and finally retiring as Maintenance Supervisor with the Elizabeth River Tunnel Commission, downtown tunnel after 31 years.  But the job he truly excelled in and loved the most was that of adoring and devoted husband and proud father, grandfather and great grandfather. 

 

A devoted sports fan, John loved his Red Skins, Orioles, Lady Monarchs and the VA Tech Hokies.  If he wasn’t watching his favorite team, he was totally absorbed in listening to his Blue Grass music every Saturday morning.  John’s family meant everything to him and he will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

 

Left to cherish his memory is his devoted “Hon” of 60 years, Alma Curry Poole of Portsmouth; daughter, Carolyn Poole Johnson, funeral director of Smith and Williams and Kellum Funeral Home of VA Beach, and past-president of the Tidewater Funeral Director’s Association, and son-in-law, Bob of Virginia Beach; grandson, Eric William Loulies and wife Yoshiko; great grandson Ronin William Loulies all of Norfolk; step-grandsons, Kevin Johnson and Brian Johnson and wife Jennifer of Virginia Beach; step-great grandsons, Wes and Justin Johnson of Virginia Beach; step-great granddaughter, Jayden Johnson; as well as a host of loving brothers, sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews in West Virginia.

 

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm on Tuesday at Point Harbor Community Church on Taylor Rd. by Pastor John Houston.  The family will receive friends in the church from 1:00 – 2:00 pm prior to the service.  Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. 

 

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the nursing staff of Maryview Hospital’s SICU.  Their caring and gentle touch made our stay so much easier.  Memorial donations may be made in John’s honor to the SPCA, 916 Ballentine Blvd. in Norfolk, VA.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.mem.com.  Arrangements handled by Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel.


Wednesday, February 28, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

               Ivan T. Poff Sr.

of Roanoke at the age of 80.  Mr. Poff, who was a US Marine Veteran of WWII and a lifetime member of the Roanoke City Lifesaving Crew, was a retired funeral director with Oakey’s Funeral Service with over thirty years of service.

 

Mr. Poff is survived by his sons Ivan T (Tommy) Poff, Jr. and his wife, Ruth W. (Taffy) Poff, Boones Mill Virginia, Jason F. Poff, Roanoke; stepdaughter Beth Foster, Roanoke.

 

Services will be held at Oakey’s South Chapel at 10 am on Thursday, Marcy 1, 2007.  Interment will follow in Rest Vale Cemetery, Floyd County. The family will receive friends at Oakey’s South Chapel from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9pm on Wednesday. Arrangements by Oakey’s South Chapel, 989-3131.  Condolences may be sent to Oakey’s Funeral Service, POB 1579, Roanoke, VA  24007.


Tuesday, February 27, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

                    

Bessie Mae Huffman Strickler

Age 95, of Roanoke and formerly of Pulaski, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2007.  Mrs. Stickler was born in Augusta County, Virginia and later lived in Pulaski for a number of years before moving to Roanoke.  She graduated from Bridgewater High School in 1931 and Bridgewater College in 1936 with a Certificate in Music.  On August 6, 1937 she married Stanley Stover Strickler.  She owned and operated Strickler Funeral Home, alongside her husband, in Dublin and Pulaski where she was the hairdresser, family attendant, and played the organ.  Music filled her life and she enthusiastically shared that talent with the numerous piano students, as choir director and organist at Trinity Lutheran Church in Pulaski for 25 years, during her time at Friendship Manor where she would often play and as a valued member of Williamson Road Church of the Brethren.  Mrs. Strickler had been named as Hometown Hero in 1990 and Volunteer of the Year in 1997 at Friendship Manor.

Preceding her in death were her husband, parents, William Henry and Ella Mae Huffman, five brothers, Leo, Lester, Nelson, Joe and Arthur and two nieces, Virginia H. Landis and Sandra H. Dickinson.  She is survived by her nieces and nephew; Eleanor Christine Myers, Dorothy Ann Shull, Mary Sue Ritchie, Marilyn Reed and Nelson Thomas Huffman, II, David Strickler, Robert Strickler and Charles Strickler; as well as many, many great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Lois Dickenson.  A family committal service will take place Friday, March 2, 2007 at 2:00 pm at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens followed by a celebration of her life at 3:00 pm in Williamson Road Church of the Brethren with Rev. J. Richard Gottshall officiating.  The family will receive friends 2-4 and 7-9 Thursday at Oakey’s North Chapel.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Williamson Road Church of the Brethren, 3110 Pioneer Road, NW, Roanoke, VA 24012 or the Salvation Army.  Arrangements by Oakey’s North Chapel, 362-1237.


 

Thursday, February 22, 2007

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

William G. “Bill” Harris

Mr.  Harris, age 85, died Thursday, Feb 22.  He is survived by his wife, Helen of Valentines, 3 sons, Billy and Susan Harris of Cary, NC, Steve Harris of Sharpsburg, MD, Mike and Nesta of Mechanicsville, VA, seven grandchildren and three sisters.

 

Mr. Harris was a veteran of WWII and former owner of E. Alvin small Funeral Home in Colonial Heights, Vincent Funeral Home in West Point, and H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments in Norfolk before finishing his career with Farrar Funeral Home of South Hill.

 

A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 2pm Sunday Februar4y 25 at Prospect United Methodist Church, Ebony, VA, where the body will lie in state from 1pm until time of service.  The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 1 – 8:30pm at Farrar Funeral Home. Condolences may be sent to farrar@msinets.com.


 

Monday, February 19, 2007

 

It is with sincere regret that we must advise you of the death of

Joseph Michael Cancemi, Sr.

Joseph Michael Cancemi, Sr., age 76, of Boones Mill, our gentle and compassionate father died Tuesday, April 17, 2007. Born October 29, 1930, son of the late Wilbur Lee and Pearl Mae Blackwell Flora, he lived and farmed his lifetime on the family home place purchased by his father in 1916. Together they began in the Dairy business, shipping Grade A milk in 1948 and continuing for the next 53 years. Along with the dairy, they also sold eggs in South Roanoke for many years. Buford accepted Christ and was baptized as a youth by the late Rev. Guy Wampler. He remained an active member of Boones Mill Church of the Brethren where he served as Trustee. For many years he served with the Boones Mill Volunteer Fire Department and Boones Mill Volunteer Rescue Squad where he was a lifetime member. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant sister Irma Flora and his wife Earleen Creasy Flora on February 3, 2006. Surviving are his children Lee and Becky Flora (Lee is President and Mgr. of Flora Funeral Service, Rocky Mount) Lynn and Cindy Flora, Pam and Mark Sweeney, Pat and Darrell Robertson, Mike Lane, and Bobby and Regina Otey; nine grandchildren Caitlyn and Brittany Flora, Janelle, Lillian and Colleen Sweeney, Jay Karr, Joy Schaberl, Barrie Stevens, Rebecca McNeely; great-grandchildren Ryan, Kara, Harleigh, Nathaniel Lee, and Elizabeth; sister Bevoline F. Evans; brother-in-law Melvin Creasy and wife Kathy; four nephews; two nieces. The family’s love and appreciation is extended to Doris Sink, Bonnie Cassell, Carol Montgomery and Jane Burgess for their support of our father. Also our deep appreciation is extended to Dr. Christopher Wells, Dr. Narinder Bhalla and the Nurses and Staff of Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, 6th Floor South CSICU, 9th Floor South TSCU, and Therapist Becky Yopp and Amy Bradford. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Boones Mill Church of the Brethren, 25366 Virgil H. Goode Hwy, Boones Mill, VA 24065 or to a favorite charity. Funeral services will be conducted from Flora Funeral Chapel 2:00 p.m. Friday with Pastor Robert Miller & Rev. Leonard Martin officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park. Friends may call after 12 noon Thursday with his family receiving friends from 5 – 8 p.m. at Flora Funeral Service, 665 South Main Street, Rocky Mount.

 


 

January 21, 2007

 

It is with sincere regret that we inform you of the death of

John Milton Willard

John Milton Willard, 58, of Lynchburg and formerly of Roanoke, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2007.  He was the beloved husband of Jacqueline Williams “Jackie” Willard for 20 wonderful years.

 

Born in Roanoke, he was the son of Juanita Lawson Willard of Roanoke and the late John Alexander Willard.  John was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mamie Reed Lawson and Milton Cline Lawson.

 

John was a graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and was the Manager of Whitten Timberlake Chapel.  He was a member of the Preston Oaks Baptist Church in Roanoke, the Fraternal Order of Police Association, the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Lodge # 321, the Lynchburg Sports Club, Ducks Unlimited and a former member of  N.A.S.C.A.R.

 

In addition to his mother and his wife, John is survived by a brother, Gary S. Willard and his wife, Nanci, of Roanoke; two step-sons, Brian G. Thurston and Mark E. Thurston and his wife, Robin, of Lynchburg; five grandchildren, his buddy, Alex E. Thurston, Berkely H. Thurston, Ashton Leigh Thurston, Lindsey Johnson and Josh Johnson; two nephews, Gary Willard and Michael Willard and one niece, Tanya Willard. 

 

A funeral service will be conducted at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel by John’s close friend, the Rev. Pastor Cecil Hedgepeth.  The family will receive friends following the service.  Entombment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2007

 

Jackie would appreciate memorial contributions directed to the American Heart Association, 4504 Starkey Rd., Suite 115, Roanoke, Va. 24014.

 

Whitten Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Timberlake Chapel, 7404 Timberlake Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502 434-239-0332  is serving Mr. Willard’s family.  To send condolences by internet, please go to www.whittenfuneralhome.com