In Remembrance 2008


In Remembrance 2008

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December 21, 2008

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

 Karen Kay Dean

Karen Kay Dean, 66, of Waynesboro died Sunday, December 21, 2008 at the UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville.

She was born February 10, 1942 in Painesville, Ohio, daughter of the late Vaughn and Pauline Kelsey. She was employed with the Waynesboro News Virginian for over 20 years. Survivors include her children and their families, Richard and Susan Pokorny of Jacksonville, FL, Richard and Wendy Dean of Smithfield, VA, Todd and Kelly Dean of Waynesboro, and Donna Dean and Keith Mantel of Charlottesville, VA; four grandchildren, Chad and Torey Dean of Waynesboro and Ryan and Maggie Pokorny of Jacksonville, FL; and special friend, Jane Skaggs of Waynesboro.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 27, 2008 at Henry Funeral Home followed by a Funeral service at 2 p.m. in the funeral home Chapel.  Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery in Waynesboro. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Augusta County SPCA, P. O. Box 2014, Staunton, VA 24402.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

December 7, 2008

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

William Seymour (Buddy) McCoy

McCoy, William Seymour (Buddy), of McCoy, Va. former owner of McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg, Va. died Sunday, December 7, 2008 at Montgomery Regional Hospital, he was 76 years old. 

His love for others lead him to become a licensed embalmer and funeral director, serving many folks from Blacksburg and the surrounding areas for almost 20 years.  In 1976-1977 while attending Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, he received the Bill Pierce Award for professional attitude toward funeral service.  Buddy was elected to the office of President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association and served that office from 1994-1995, and was also a past president of the Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association from 1985-1986, which he proudly served.  Buddy was also President of the Blacksburg Kiwanis Club from 1982-1983 and served as Chairman of the Blacksburg United Way.  He was a founding member of Community Christian Church and also the Long Shop-McCoy Volunteer Fire and Rescue in McCoy, Va. where he was named a lifetime member.  Buddy was also an employee of Electro Tech for 25 years prior to becoming owner of McCoy Funeral Home from 1981-1996.  In his spare time, Buddy had a love for farming and helping family and friends in cutting and baling hay.  He relished the time he had on his John Deere tractor. 

Preceding him in death was his parents, Emmett and Mary Lucas McCoy, his sister, Elizabeth Ann Albert, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Oakley A. and Mary Elizabeth Lilly, a sister-in-law, Janet Lou Emma Lilly Knowles.  Surviving is his wife of 57 years, June Lilly McCoy of McCoy; two sons and spouses, Clifton Lee and Carrie Charlton McCoy of Christiansburg, Leon Allen and Betsy Miller McCoy of McCoy; two daughters and spouses, Vanessa Lou and Kenneth Homer McCoy (Owners of McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg) of McCoy, Rebecca Elizabeth and Mark Anthony Matusevich of McCoy; seven grandchildren and spouses,  Ross and Elizabeth Blount(Funeral Director, McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg), Charlton and Brandy McCoy, Chad McCoy, Heather and Evan Shriver, Amanda and Shawn Cruise, Whitney Matusevich, and Katie Anne Matusevich; three great-grandchildren, Charles Brody Blount, Hunter Wayne Blount, and Peyton Kohl Cruise; a brother and sister-in-law, Beverly Wayne and Ruth Ann Edge McCoy of Max Meadows; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Phyllis Jean and Gene Martin of Ruther Glen, Va., Hilda Mae and Tracy Walker of Charlottesville, Va.; two brothers-in-law and spouse, Sam Knowles of Christiansburg, John Wayne and Anita A. Lilly of Christiansburg; three aunts, Ruth McCoy of McCoy, Racheal McCoy of McCoy, and Emma Williams of Pearisburg; several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  The family would like to thank Dr. England, Dr. Welch, and Dr. Payne and their staff, as well as caregivers, Carol Linkous, Vickie Kramel, Nancy Scott, and Tammy Kast for all of their care. 

Funeral services will be Wednesday, December 10, 2008 at 2:00 pm in the Community Christian Church, McCoy, with Mr. Jim Flaugher and Rev. Gary McCoy officiating.  Interment will follow in the McCoy Family Cemetery, McCoy.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Blue Ridge Christian Camp at P.O. Box 428, McCoy, Va. 24111 or the Long Shop-McCoy Fire and First Aid, P.O. Box 489, McCoy, Va. 24111.  The family will receive friends from 5-8:00 pm Tuesday evening at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Dr., Blacksburg.  Condolences may be sent to Mrs. June McCoy, 5904, McCoy Road, Blacksburg, VA 24060.

 November 14, 2008

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

James N. Settle

James N. Settle, 79 of Alberta, VA recently of Greenville, SC died Friday, November 14, 2008 in Greenville, SC. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Evelyn S. Settle, son Kemp N. Settle and wife Kaye, of Pickens, SC, (Kemp is with Stewart Enterprises, Inc. and is a VFDA Past President), a granddaughter Jessica Ford and husband Dan of Stafford, VA, brother Dr. W.K. Settle and wife Bobbie of Sanford, NC, several nieces and nephews, and grand-dog Norwood. 

At the time of his retirement, he was Dean of Humanities and The Arts at Hunter College of The City University of New York.  During his career Mr. Settle had worked for a number of years for the American Council of Learned Societies, a non-profit educational endowment society based in New York City.  Mr. Settle attended Wake Forest College, then in Wake Forest, NC, and UNC at Chapel Hill, where he received his PhD. 

The family will receive friends from 12 noon – 1:00 pm on Saturday, December 13th, at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Virginia. A Memorial Service will then be held at 1:00 at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Christian Church, 704 Edwards Road, Greenville, SC 29615, Greenville Humane Society, 328 Furman Hall Road, Greenville, SC 29601 or a charity of your choice.

November 12, 2008

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

Jean Belle Doughty

Jean Belle Nottingham Doughty, 79, wife of the late R.C. “Jack” Doughty, Jr. and a resident of Exmore, passed away Wednesday, November 12, 2008. A native of Belle Haven, Mrs. Doughty was the daughter of the late Jennings Wise and Lillian Mapp Nottingham. Mrs. Doughty was a retired funeral director, a member of Belle Haven United Methodist Church, and Northampton Chapter #2 O.E.S. Survivors include a daughter, Mary Jennings Bell and her husband Waymon of Belle Haven, a son, Guy J. Doughty and his wife Joyce of Concord Wharf, four grandchildren, Ross W. Bell of Belle Haven, Jennifer B. Ross and her husband P.G. of Exmore, Megan B. Doughty of Richmond, Morgan E. Doughty of Blacksburg, five great grandchildren and a faithful and loving pet, Casey.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, November 16th at 2:00 pm from the Doughty Funeral Home, Exmore with the Rev. Judith G. F. Worthington officiating. Interment will follow in the Belle Haven Cemetery. Family will join friends Saturday evening from 7 to 8:30 at the Doughty Funeral Home. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Belle Haven United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 37, Belle Haven, VA 23306 or Hospice and Palliative Care of the Eastern Shore, Post Office Box 316, Parksley, VA 23421

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements made by Doughty Funeral Home, Exmore.

October 6, 2008

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

Edward J. “Ed” Trump, Sr.

TRUMP, EDWARD J. “ED”, SR., of Christiansburg passed away Monday, October 06, 2008 in Montgomery Regional Hospital. He was a retired employee of VDOT, with over 30 years of service. Following his retirement he was a funeral assistant with Horne Funeral Service until his death. A member of Cedar Springs Church he was a proud honorary member of Christiansburg Rescue Squad. The son of the late Henry J. and Lakie M. Trump he was also preceded in death by his sister, Rosa T. Hinkley. Surviving are  his wife of 55 years, Jean M. “Granny” Trump; children and spouses, Edward J. “Eddie” Trump, Jr. (Vice President of Horne Funeral Service) and Paulette A,   Christiansburg, Kathy  and Jim Harvey, Blue Ridge, VA, Debbie & Terry Akers, Shelby & Donald Main, Jerry L. (Funeral Assistant)  & Rhonda Trump all of Christiansburg; grandchildren, Bobby “April” Trump, Devin Trump, Aaron Harvey, Troy “Nancy” Akers, Amber Akers, Brittany Main, Robert Martin, Yvette Martin, Crystal Orange, Naomi Orange, Tabitha Sheppard; great grandchildren; Mollie Elizabeth Akers, Guy Edward Trump; sister-in-law, Lois T. McGuyer, Christiansburg; numerous nieces and nephews; families who he considered to be his children and grandchildren, Crystal “Patrick” Lloyd, Nathan & Drew; Marty, Cindy Hauschildt, Matthew & Taylor; very special friends, James A. “Jim’ Epperly, Carlton and Amanda Sutton, Don Sumler; his Christiansburg Rescue Squad Family, Cedar Springs Church Family and the Horne Funeral Home Staff. The family would like to extend a very special thanks to the Second Floor Nursing Staff at MRH, Dr’s Ed Wilder and Michael Payne for all their love and care. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Christiansburg Rescue Squad, Box 176, Christiansburg, VA  24068 or the charity or church of your choice. The family will receive friends from 5 until 8 Tuesday evening at the Horne Funeral Service, Christiansburg, VA. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8th, in the Horne Funeral Chapel with Rev. Neal Turner and Rev. Leon Alley officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery. The Trump family is being served by Horne Funeral Service. On line condolences may be sent by visiting

August 26, 2008

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

Phyllis Waugh Johnson

Phyllis Waugh Johnson, 69 of Louisa died Tuesday August 26, 2008 at her residence. Born June 18, 1939 in Unionville, VA she was a daughter of the late Arthur C. Waugh and Louise H. Waugh. She was also predeceased by two sisters, Mary Louise Towsey, Virginia Baker and one brother, William Waugh. She retired from Virginia Community Bank as Executive Vice President in 2001, and she was the owner-operator of the Fabric Hut and Gift Gallery in Louisa since 1972.

She is survived by her husband, Robert L. “Bobby Lee” Johnson of Louisa whom was a former manager of Woodward Funeral Home in Louisa and is currently employed as a funeral director at Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville, Orange and Madison, VA. Also surviving are her two daughters, Karen Johnson Weaver and her husband Jim of Orange, Paige Johnson Carpenter and her husband Jim of Louisa, grandchildren, Brad and Hunter Weaver, Austin, Claire, and Collin Carpenter, one sister, Iva Mae Coiner of Charlottesville, one brother, Robert Waugh and his wife Bobbie of Artesia, NM, several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday August 29, 2008 at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Gordonsville with interment to follow in Hillcrest Cemetery in Louisa. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 P.M and also 6 to 8 P.M. on Thursday at Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 2200 Old Ivy Road Suite 2, Charlottesville, VA 22902 or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 6359, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

Mrs. Johnson is the wife of Robert L. “Bobby Lee” Johnson, former manager of Woodward Funeral Home in Lousia and is currently employed as a funeral director at Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville, Orange and Madison, VA.

August 17, 2008

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

Gary B. Williams

Gary B. Williams, of South Riding, VA passed away on Sunday, August 17, 2008. Beloved husband of Lisa Williams; son of Mary Brooks Williams and the late Richard K. Williams; loving father of Amanda and Ryan Williams; brother of Richard K. Williams Jr. and his wife, Candace and Carolyn Conrad and her husband Ralph. Relatives and friends may call at Jefferson Funeral Chapel, 5755 Castlewellan Drive, Alexandria, VA (just south of the intersection of Franconia Road and South Van Dorn), Friday, August 22, 2008 from 6 to 8 where service will be held on Saturday, 11:00 AM. Interment, Columbia Gardens Cemetery. Donations may be made to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 5845 Richmond Highway, Suite 800, Alexandria, VA 22303.


Mr. Williams worked at Columbia Gardens Cemetery and was a funeral director. His wife, Lisa Williams works at Metropolitan Funeral Services in Alexandria, VA as a Funeral Director.

August 10, 2008

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

Herbert S. “Herbie” Peak

Herbert S. “Herbie” Peak, 81, formerly of Wayne Circle, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 10, 2008.  He was born on July 24, 1927 in Ashland, West Virginia. Herbie served his country in the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict.  He retired after 26 years of service. After retiring from the Navy Herbie worked in the Belo Market as a co- manager at the Norview location for twenty years.

Herbie had a zest for life; he was a fun loving character who always had a joke. He spoke seven languages, played guitar, piano, banjo and loved to sing. He greatly enjoyed working on cars and shooting the bull with friends.  He was preceded in death by his mother, Grace Wilson Peak Marsch and his step-father who raised him, William “Goo” Marsch and his second wife, Jeanne Peak.  Left to cherish his memory are his children, Kirk Peak and wife Theresa of Suffolk, Susie Johnson and husband Joe of Chesapeake, Jerry Peak and wife Amy of Chesapeake, Donna Price of Virginia Beach, manager of Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel and secretary of The Tidewater Funeral Directors Association, and Karl Peak of Suffolk; and seven grandchildren, Jessica, Melissa, Kelly, Raven, Aaron, Kristen, and Daniel.

A celebration of his life was held at 11 am on Saturday, August 16, 2008 at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel. Burial followed at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens escorted by The Patriot Guard Riders. Full military honors were rendered at the gravesite. Memorial donations may be made to Disabled American Veterans.

Condolences may be sent to his permanent memorial at


Mr. Peak is the father of Donna Price, Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk Chapel.

August 7, 2008

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

Jane Elizabeth Hodges Carter

Jane Elizabeth Hodges Carter, age 83, of Valley View Retirement Community, Lynchburg, and formerly of Virginia Beach, died Thursday, August 07, 2008, in Gladys, VA. She was born in Mathews County the daughter of the late Lucy Payne and Horace Willie Hodges, Sr. and lived most of her life in Norfolk, having graduated from Maury High School. She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Cdr. Harold A. Carter (Ret) of Lynchburg; two daughters, Lou Ann Bass and her husband Walter of Gladys, Linda Burger and her husband Bob of Smith Mountain Lake; three brothers, Horace W. Hodges, Jr. and his wife Wanda of Virginia Beach, John T. Hodges and his wife Nina of Red Fox, KY, Seth R. Hodges and his wife Norma of Fort Mill, SC; six grandchildren, W. B. Bass III and his wife Dona of Gladys, Allen Bass and his wife Carrington of Gladys, Leanne Bass of Lynchburg, Bradford Carson of Farmville, Libby B. Wood and her husband Jason of Bassett, Spencer Burger of Bluff City, TN; and two great-grandchildren, Hunter Bass of Gladys and Callie Wood of Bassett. The funeral service will be held at 3 P.M. Sunday in the Timberlake chapel of Whitten Funeral Home with the Rev. Paul Gillespie officiating. Interment will be held at 1 P.M. Tuesday, August 12, 2008 in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Saturday at Whitten Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at Valley View Retirement Community at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, 4660 Fort Ave., Lynchburg, VA, 24503, or to Hospice of the Hills, 3300 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24503. Lotz Funeral Home, Roanoke chapel in charge of arrangements where online condolences may be made to

Mrs. Carter is the mother-in-law of Robert “Bob” Burger.

July 29, 2008

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

Josephine (Vacanti) Bramer

Josephine (nee Vacanti) Bramer of Holland, NY, July 29, 2008; beloved wife of the late William E. Bramer; loving mother of Frank (Kathy) Bramer, Beth Anne (Michael) Kinney, Sally (Peter) Sain, Nancy (Daniel) Reukauf and William (Cindy) Bramer; also survived by ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; sister of Adeline (late Bud) Fisher, Samuel Vacanti, Anthony Vacanti and Carol Wnek. The family will receive friends Thursday 2-4 and 6-9 PM at the F.E. BROWN SONS FUNERAL HOME, INC., 6575 E. Quaker St., Orchard Park. Services from the funeral home Friday 8:45 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Nativity of Our Lord Church, 26 Thorn Ave., Orchard Park at 9:30 AM. Friends invited. Memorials made to Hospice Buffalo, Inc.

Mrs. Bramer is the mother-in-law of Dan Reukauf, Batesville Casket Company.

Please visit the Notice for Josephine (Vacanti) Bramer.


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July 16, 2008

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

Dorthy (Dot) Powell Danielson

Danielson, Dorothy (Dot) Powell, 74, of Chesterfield, went to her heavenly home on Wednesday, July 16, 2008, after a long battle with lung cancer.  She is survived by her beloved husband of 53 years, Robert G. (Bob) Danielson; daughters, Janice Danielson Hazlett and her husband, Chuck, and Sue Ellen Danielson and her husband, Larry Spiaggi plus her granddogs, Missy, Roxy and Chance.  Dorothy was the only child of the late Linwood Earl and Estelle H. Powell. A native of Richmond and grew up on 29th Street.  She graduated from John Marshall High School, Class of 1951 where she was the 1950 Fall Band Sponsor.  In addition to being a full time homemaker, Dot supported her husband as he operated the Morrissett Funeral Home, she enjoyed playing cards with family, bowling with the Tuesday Night Fellowship League, playing golf at the Meadowbrook Country Club and cards with the MCC Thursday Morning Women’s Group.  The family will receive friends 2:00 to 4:00 PM and 6:00 and 8:00 PM on Saturday, July 19th at Morrissett Funeral Home, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd. (Rte. 10).  A celebration of her life will be held 2:00 PM on Sunday, July 20th at the Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Dale Memorial Park.  The family suggests that contributions be made to the American Cancer Society 4240 Park Place Ct.  Glen Allen, VA 23060.  Many thanks from the family to all those that have given comfort and friendship through this tough journey.  Condolences may be registered at

July 8, 2008

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

Clarence B. “Sonny” Baugher

Clarence Boyd “Sonny” Baugher, 80, of Elkton, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, at his home.

Mr. Baugher was born July 3, 1928, at the Baugher Family Farm near Elkton and was the son of the late Claude C. and Della Pearl Harner Baugher.

Mr. Baugher grew up working on the family farm and graduated from Elkton High School. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and “Guarded the Gold” at Fort Knox, Ky., during basic training. He served in the 3rd Armored Division at Fort Hood, Texas.

After the Korean War he worked for Baugher Chevrolet in Waynesboro for a number of years. Following the death of his father, he took over his family farm and raised fruits, vegetables, cattle and hay that he sold to local grocery stores and residents. He grew watermelons, cantaloupes and tomatoes by the thousands. He retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1988 as mail carrier for the Elkton area and continued to farm until his death. He was a member of the Bethel United Church of Christ and the Junior Order of United American Mechanics, and was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox.

On July 1, 1950, he married Mary K. “Kack” Clem, who survives. Besides his wife he is survived by three sons, C.B. Baugher II and wife, Carol, Rescue, Va., Jeff T. Baugher and special friend, Peggy Lam, Massanutten, S.M. “Scott” Baugher, Elkton; one daughter, Sara Ann Baugher and friend, Leanne Kelly, Culpeper; one sister, Ruth Life and husband, Granville, Elkton; nine grandchildren, Jeremy Baugher and wife, Karyn, Megan Baugher and Rodney Spangler, Josh Baugher, Meredith Baugher, Gracie Baugher, Addison “Addie” Baugher, Maggie Baugher, Brittany Terry, Charlie McLeod and wife, Amy; one great-grandchild, Nadia Spangler; best friends, Paul and Janice Hamrick and their children, Bradley and Brenda, Monroe, Ind. He was also preceded in death by siblings, C.O. “Oliver” Baugher, Blanche Jennings, Dennis Baugher, Roy C. Baugher and Charles W. “Zeb” Baugher.

Pastors Dan Bassett and Wayne Wright and Elder Benjamin Cubbage will conduct the funeral service 2 p.m. Friday, July 11, 2008, at the Kyger Funeral Home Chapel in Elkton. Burial will follow in the Elk Run Cemetery in Elkton. Graveside rites by the Gooden Brothers VFW Post No. 9292.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, VA 22827 or the Elkton Fire Company, P.O. Box 91, Elkton, VA 22827.


Online condolences may be sent to the family at

June 27, 2008

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

Cathryn C. Wiles

Cathryn C. Wiles, 88, widow of Ransom Eugene Wiles, died Friday, June 27, 2008, at NHC of Greenville.

Born in Holly Hill, S.C., she was the daughter of the late L.B. and Emma Kate Parker Crumpton.

Mrs. Wiles was a graduate of Lander College. She was a member of Ebenzer United Methodist Church and a former member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Orangeburg.

Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Meredyth and David Partridge of Richmond, Va. and Jongy and David B. Ward of Greenville; three grandchildren, Gregg Barrie, Brannon Ward and Parker Barrie; four great-grandchildren; and two nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Charles H. and Grace Crumpton.

Memorials may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 174 Ebenezer Road, Greer, SC 29651.

Visitation will be held Monday, June 30, 2008, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. with the funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Burial will be in Aimwell Cemetery, Ridgeway, S.C.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown.

June 21, 2008

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

Carlin Gentry Maberry

Carlin Gentry Maberry, 78, Manager of Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd passed away on Saturday June 21, 2008.  He was preceded in death by his parents, C. Oden & Annie Mae Maberry.        Mr. Maberry was a longtime member of Floyd Lodge #202, I.O.O.F., Canton Roanoke #11 P.M. I.O.O.F., Jacksonville Encampment #36, I.O.O.F., Floyd Rebekah Lodge #77, Floyd Moose Lodge #2300, United Commercial Travelers (Roanoke Council), 25 year active member of the Floyd Co. Vol. Fire Dept.  He served as Chairman of the Floyd Co. Bloodmobile for 11 years and was the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Floyd United Methodist Church.  He was a 1947 Graduate of Willis High School & a 1951 Graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, Nashville, TN.  He served as Past President of the Southwest VA Funeral Directors Association and a Past Board Member of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association.  Mr. Maberry served as Manager of Maberry Funeral Home, Inc. since 1960 and President since 1992.


SURVIVORS WIFE, Jo Ann Conner Maberry, Floyd

DAUGHTERS & SONS-IN-LAW, Ann & Larry Phillips, Mitzi & Rodney Roberson, All of Floyd

GRANDDAUGHTER, Nicole Ann Roberson, Floyd


Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday June 24, 2008 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel, Floyd, with Rev. Richard Gregory & Rev. Richard Thomas officiating.  Interment will follow at Jacksonville Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 2 – 4 PM & 6 – 8 PM Monday at Maberry Funeral Home.  The family request that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Floyd County Vol. Fire Dept. p.o. box 33 Floyd, VA 24091 or the Floyd United Methodist Church Building Fund p.o. box 55 Floyd, VA 24091.  Arrangements by Maberry Funeral Home, Inc.

June 6, 2008


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


Vernon C. Wilkins


Vernon C. Wilkins, 77, of Montross, passed away on Friday, June 6, 2008. He was a farmer and contractor for many years, a member of Currioman Baptist Church, where he served as Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon, and Trustee.


Survivors are his wife of 56 years, M. Geraldine Wilkins; four sons, Pastor V. Wade Wilkins (Gail), J. Bryon Wilkins (Kimberly), Chris Wilkins (Betty) and Tommy Wilkins (Stephanie), all of Montross; a daughter, Rita Balderson (Calvin) of Montross; four brothers, Moss “M.C.” Wilkins (Katherine) of Heathsville, Floyd O. Wilkins of Richmond, Doulin Wilkins (Nell) of Callao, and Phillip Wilkins (Nancy) of Brunswick, MA; two sisters, Bernice Wilkins of Maryland, and Marie Ambrose of Colonial Beach; twelve grandchildren, Brenda Lee Humphrey (James), Gerald Wade Wilkins (Mandy), Benjamin M. Wilkins (Lisa), Cheryl Lynn Archbold (Nik), Mary Elizabeth Wilkins, Kelly McCartney, Rebekah K. Wilkins, Kenny “K.D.” McCartney, Emma Grace Wilkins, Benjamin H. Branson III (Stephanie), Calvin Balderson, Jr. (JoAnna), Kimberly Clarke (Jason); three great grandchildren, Kristin C. Worrell, Nathan J. Worrell, and MacKenzie L. Wilkins; numerous nieces and nephews; and caregivers, Linda Bowen and Sandra Jones.


Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at Currioman Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel on Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Currioman Baptist Church Cemetery Endowment Fund, P.O. 841, Montross, VA 22520.


Mr. Wilkins is the father of Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association Vice-President Wade Wilkins, Manager of the Montross Chapel of the Welch Funeral Home.

May 25, 2008

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

R. Eugene Wiles

R. Eugene Wiles of Greenville, SC died at National Heath Care of Greenville on May 25, 2008 following a long illness. He was 87. Mr. Wiles was born in Bowman, SC and grew up as a farmer’s son working hard in the fields during his childhood. He served in the Navy in WWII, graduated from the University of South Carolina on the GI Bill, and worked his entire career as a Senior Civil Engineer for the U.S. government at Shaw Field, SC. He and his wife lived in Orangeburg, SC prior to moving to their retirement home in Greenville, SC. He was predeceased by his parents and two younger brothers. He is survived by his beloved wife, Cathryn C. Wiles, a resident of National Health Care of Greenville; two daughters, Meredyth Partridge (David) of Manakin-Sabot, Virginia and Jongy Ward (David) of Greenville, SC; three grandsons, Gregg Barrie (Heather) of Vail, Colorado, Parker Barrie (Alicia) of Roseville, California, and Brannon Ward (Michelle) of Greenville, SC; four great-grandchildren, Celia and Ryan Barrie of Vail, Colorado, and Malachi and Cameron Ward of Greenville, SC; two sisters; and numerous nieces and nephews. A visitation and funeral service was held at Ebeneezer United Methodist Church on May 28 in Greenville with burial in the family cemetery in Ridgeway, SC. McAfee Funeral Home of Greenville was in charge of services.


May 8, 2008


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


Thomas (Tom) Woods Patton


Thomas (Tom) Woods Patton, age 74, of Farmville, NC passed away Monday May 5, 2008 at Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville, NC. He is survived by his wife, Laurel and daughter Bess of the home, daughter Kim P Hicks, husband John and grandson Cole of Sarasota, FL.


Thomas (Tom) retired from The Embalmers’ Supply Company with over 28 years of service as a Sales Representative. He was a member of the Virginia Funeral Directors Sales Association until his retirement. A Memorial Service will be held Wednesday 2 PM May 7, 2008   at Hawfields Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Mebane, NC. In lieu of flower donations may be made to the Farmville Rescue Squad.

April 24, 2008

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

Robert Franklin Shim (Franky) Hazelgrove

Robert Franklin Shim (Franky) Hazelgrove, 14, of Mechanicsville, went Home peacefully on Thursday, April 24, 2008.  Franky was a 9thgrader at Lee Davis High School, where he proudly played in the Marching Band.  He was also a member of Boy Scout Troop 503 and attended Black Creek Baptist Church, where he came to know and love his Lord.  He is survived by his parents, Tochi and David Metcalf,  Mark and Carol Hazelgrove; his sisters, Ashley Hazelgrove and Zoey Metcalf, brothers, Stephen Metcalf and Sam Gomez; his grandparents, Robert (Bud) and Shim Hazelgrove, Hien and Moui Tu and his great grandparents, Mr and Mrs Vinh Tu;  also many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.  His family will receive friends 2-4 & 6-8 PM Friday at Black Creek Baptist Church, 6289 McClellan Road, Mechanicsville, where a celebration of his life and homegoing will be held Saturday at 2:00 PM, with interment to follow in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Franky’s name to the Lee Davis Band Boosters.  Condolences may be made at


April 24, 2008

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

Walter F. “W.F.” Strickler


Walter F. “W. F.” Strickler, 80, husband of Virginia (Rosen) Strickler, of Staunton, died Wednesday morning (April 23, 2008) in his residence.


He was born June 22, 1927 in Augusta County, a son of the late Robert Wallace and Mary Helen (Evans) Strickler.  He was a U. S. Naval veteran of World War II.


Mr. Strickler was a licensed Virginia funeral director and embalmer for 57 years.  In 1969 he became the Assistant Manager of Henry Funeral Home and was made Vice-President in 1984, prior to retiring in 1996. 


He was a member of Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, the Middlebrook Ruritan Club, and the Staunton Jaycees. 


In addition to his wife of 58 years, to whom he was married on April 8, 1950, family includes two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark R. and Katherine Lee Strickler of Locust Grove and David M. and Melodie Lynn Strickler of Staunton; a daughter and son-in-law, Jane S. and Roger D. Mooney of Charleston, WV; a brother and sister-in-law, Wallace A. and Elizabeth M. Strickler of Greensboro, NC; a sister, Betty J. Comer of Stuarts Draft; six grandchildren, Mark R. “Skip” Strickler, Jr., Lee Anne Barr and her husband, Jon, Virginia Joanne Strickler, Bethany Kaye Strickler, Marisa  Hope Strickler, and Sarah Virginia Berry Ann and her husband, Nathan; several nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine A. Shover.


A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday (April 26, 2008) in the Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church by the Rev. JoAnn Bunn.  Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.


Active pallbearers will be R. G. Heizer, Thomas Hanger, Dr. Samuel Rowe, Donald Hanger, Mike McCray, Nathan Berry Ann, Jon Barr, Jack Root, and James Custard.


Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky Thompson, Dr. John Marsh, B. B. Hanger, Sam Heizer, Howard Sensabaugh, Harry McCray, Gary Rosen, Philip Rosen, Sam Heizer, Mark R. Strickler, Jr., and Roger Mooney.


The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. today (April 25, 2008) in the Henry Funeral Home and at other times at his residence.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 334 Mt. Tabor Rd., Staunton, VA  24401 or the donor’s favorite charity.

Condolences may be sent to the family online at

April 18, 2008

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

James Andrew Riffe, Sr.

James Andrew Riffe, Sr., 69 of Narrows passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in the late hours of Friday night, April 18th, 2008 at his home.


A lifelong resident of Giles County , he was born on November 9th, 1938 and was the son of the late Hedley Lewis and Claire Mabel Tipton Riffe. 


From a young age, Jim served his community in a number of different endeavors.  A 1957 graduate of Narrows High School and a Fall 1960 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he served as the President and Manager of Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows, caring for thousands of families in their times of loss.  Jim was a faithful member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) inNarrows where he taught Sunday School and served as a Deacon, Elder and Chairman of the Board.  He was a charter member of the Giles Lifesaving and Rescue Squad, and served in the Narrows Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years as an Assistant Captain, Chaplain, and a Purchasing Agent.  Jim also served on the Giles County 911 Formation Committee and the New River Community College Board of Directors.  He was the first president of the Narrows Business and Professional Association, a past-president of the Narrows Lions Club, a past-president of the Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association, and served the Virginia Funeral Directors Association on the Legislative Committee, Disaster Response Committee, and on the Board of Directors.  But he will best be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather to his family and simply as, “Button,” the nickname he lovingly earned from his grandson.


He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of 43 years, Allie Smith Riffe of Narrows; a son, James Andrew Riffe, Jr. and wife Joyce of Narrows; a daughter, Andrea Ann Riffe of Cornelius , North Carolina ; a grandson, Tyler Andrew Riffe; a sister, Rebecca Straley and husband Don of Eggleston; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins.


Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 at 2 PM at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Narrows with The Rev. Dennis Martin officiating.  Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows .  The family will receive friends at First Christian Church,605 Memorial Boulevard in Narrows Monday from 5 to 9 PM .  The family requests that those sending memorial contributions, please consider First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Narrows to be earmarked for the Memorial Fellowship Hall and Kitchen Renovation Project.  Givens Funeral Home in Pearisburg and Wickline Funeral Home in Lindside are assisting Riffe’s Funeral Service with arrangements.  Online condolence messages to the family can be sent to

March 24, 2008

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

Charles L. McMullen Jr.

Charles L. McMullen Jr., 85, a resident of 6025 Rocky Lane, Harrisonburg, died March 21, 2008, at Oak Lea Nursing Home, where he had been resident for three months.

Mr. McMullen was born on Dec. 9, 1922, in Rockingham County, and was the son of the late Charles L. and Ollie C. Shiflett McMullen.  He graduated from Linville Edom High School in 1941. He served in the United States Navy during World War II being stationed at Camp Lejeune, N.C. and was a member of the American Legion. Mr. McMullen graduated from the Eckels College of Embalming in 1943 and began working with his family at McMullen Funeral Home as the third generation of that business and he remained a licensed funeral director until the time of his illness.  In 1951, he and his father also began McMullen Funeral Home in Bridgewater and he continued to operate that business along with his son and family until 1990.  In 1994, he received the Golden Funeral Service Award for 50 years service as a Virginia Funeral Director from the Virginia Funeral Directors Association.

Mr. McMullen was a member of the Linville-Edom Ruritan Club and the Greenmount Church of the Brethren.  On Jan. 10, 1944, he married the former Irene Lambert, who preceded him in death on Nov. 9, 2005.  Surviving are a son, William (Bill) McMullen and wife, Brenda, Harrisonburg; two granddaughters, Andrea M. Strawderman and husband, Craig, Mathias, W.Va. and Amber F. Richardson and husband, David, Broadway; a great-granddaughter, Natalee Christina Strawderman.

The Rev. Ken Dolan will conduct a graveside service at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2008, at the Singers Glen Cemetery.  Friends may call at the McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, at any time.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Singers Glen Cemetery, 9932 Wills Creek Road, Linville, VA 22834.

February 15, 2008

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

Jean Berkeley Bliley

BLILEY, Jean Berkeley, 58, died February 14, 2008. She is survived by her loving husband of 36 years, Norbert Michael Bliley; her son, Michael Carey Bliley and his wife Jennifer Ann Bliley; her grandson, Joshua Graham Bliley; her parents, Harold Carey Berkeley and Jane Grey Berkeley; her sister, Peggy Lou Berkeley and her son, Ryan Berkeley Martin; her sisters-in-law, Catherine Bliley Wright and her husband, Bruce Roger Wright, Mary Thomas Bliley, Margaret Bliley Wilkins and her husband, Robert Anthony Wilkins, and The Rev. Cecilia Bliley Duke and her husband, David Hughes Duke; her brothers-in-law, Daniel John Bliley and his wife Frances McCracken Bliley and Nicholas Martin Bliley and his wife, Patricia Saunders Bliley; and her many nieces, nephews, and wonderful friends. Jeanie was a Past President of the Ashland Junior Woman’s Club, the Willow Oaks Ladies Golf Association, and the Richmond Women’s Golf Association. She loved to play golf and was an 8-time Women’s Club Champion at Willow Oaks Country Club. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3p.m. and 6 to 8p.m. Sunday February 17th at Bliley’s- Central, 3801 Augusta Avenue with a Christian Vigil Service at 7p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 11 A.M. Monday February 18th at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart. Burial will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery. The family asks that contributions be made to the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Preservation Fund, 823 Park Ave., Richmond, VA 23220 or to Massey Cancer Center, P.O. Box 980214, Richmond, VA 23298.

February 13, 2008

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

John D. Cejka

John D. Cejka, 78, passed away Monday, February 11, 2008 at Tampa General Hospital after a long illness.He had been a Tampa resident since 1964.  Born in Scio, Oregon on February 2, 1930, he was reared on a farm near Crete, Nebraska along with his nine siblings.  Throughout his life, he always believed in working hard and caring for his family, a trait he instilled in his own children. 

Mr. Cejka was a Vietnam veteran, retiring from the Air Force in 1972 as a Master Sergeant after 23 1/2 years of honorable service.  Following his military career, he was employed with Peninsula Lumber for 25 years, retiring in 1998 so he could care for his wife, Peggy.  He will be remembered by his family as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and will be greatly missed.  He was a faithful member of Port Tampa United Methodist Church.

Mr. Cejka was preceded in death by his loving wife of 48 years, Peggy Ann.  He is survived by two sons, John D. Cejka, Jr. and wife, Irene, of Cooper City, Fla. and Terry A. Cejka and wife, Shelia, of Newport News, Va (Funeral Director at Weymouth Funeral Home in Newport News, Virginia); two brothers, Bob and Jim Cejka; three sisters, Mary Lou Cejka, Helen Jochim and Viola Mulraney; three grand- children, seven great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and special devoted friend, Shirley Brown.

The family will receive friends from 6-8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 14, 2008 at Brewer & Sons Funeral Home, 3328 South Dale Mabry Hwy, Tampa, Fla.  33629.  A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Friday, February 15th at Port Tampa United Methodist Church by the Pastor Brian Brink. Interment with military honors will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial donations in John’s name to Port Tampa United Methodist Church, 6914 South De Soto St., Tampa, Fla.  33616.

February 8, 2008 

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

C. Warren Turner

C. Warren Turner, 79, of Front Royal, VA died on Thursday, February 7, 2008 at the Winchester Medical Center. Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:00pm at the Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home in Front Royal, VA. Born on September 15, 1928 in Warren County, VA. He was the son of the late Calvin Homer Turner and Janie Moore Licklider. He was a graduate of Warren County High School and Echels College of Mortuary Science. Warren was a member of the following organizations Member of the Front Royal United Methodist Church, Former owner and President of the Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home, Member and past President of the Front Royal Jaycees and is a honorary life member of the Virginia Jaycess, served as member of the Board of Directors of the Front Royal Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Front Royal- Warren County Community Chest, now United Way, Member of the Warren County Chapter Isaac Walton League, member of the Front Royal Volunteer Fire Department since January 4, 1945 and served as Chief for 19 years and received his 60 year pin in 2000, member of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, former member of the National Funeral Directors Association, former member of the Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association, former member of the Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association, member and past President of the Front Royal Lions Club, member of the Elks Lodge #2382 Front Royal, member of the Loyal Order of the Moose #829 Front Royal, member of the Giles B. Cook Post # 53 American Legion Front Royal, member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter # 6 Front Royal, A 32 Degree Mason, a member of Richmond Scottish Rites Bodies, member of Unity Lodge # 146 A.F. & A.M. Front Royal and Treadwell Lodge # 213  White Post, VA, member of the  Hiram Royal Arch Chapter # 45 Front Royal, past District Deputy Grand High Priest of the 15th Capitular District, member of the Virginia Council of Knights Masons # 12, member of the Winchester Commandery # 12 and past Commander, member of the Richmond Scottish Rites Bodies, member of the Shenandoah Valley Scottish Rite Club, past District Deputy Grandmaster of Grand Lodge of Virginia Third Masonic District 1990, A Shriner member of the Richmond ACCA Temple Shrine, past Secretary and Treasurer of the Blue Ridge Shrine Club and past President, member of the Winchester Shrine Club, Caverns Shrine Club, past Governor and member of the York Rite College # 161, past Sovereigh Master and member of the Bob M. Priode Council # 203 Allied Masonic Degrees, member of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter # 38, member of the National Sojourners Shenandoah Chapter # 543, member of the Triangle Council # 3 Cryptic Masons of District of Columbia , member of Carl L. Sitter Camp Heroes of 76, District Deputy Grand Commander of Knights Temple Chivalric Virginia 2007-2008

Survived by his wife of 58 years Louise Scott Turner. Mr. Turner is also survived by three daughters: Sherry T. Haffer of Front Royal, VA, Kelly T. Harris of Charlottesville, VA and Jennifer T. Duncon of Winchester, VA; one son in law James W. Haffer,Sr. of Front Royal, VA; one brother: Leon Turner of Front Royal, VA; two sisters: Betty T.  Manuel of Strasburg, VA and Juanita T. Pullen of Fishersville, VA;five grandchildren: James W. Haffer, Jr. and wife Kenesa, Michael S. Haffer of Front Royal, VA, Jessica D. Liss of Allentown, PA, Megan Freyer of Greensboro , NC and Allison L. Green of Winchester, VA; seven great grandchildren: Wyatt and Alli Haffer, Savannah and Ayden Warren Haffer, Dylan and Cassidy Settle and Gabrielle Bailey; He was predeceased by one sister Nancy T. Kirkland; one grandson: Clinton Warren Haffer; one nephew: Barry Manuel and one niece Dana Manuel. Pallbearers will be Todd Smedley, David Seekford, Paul Thomson, Marcus Robinson, Art Hiserman and Eddie Powell. Honorary Pallbearers will be all visiting funeral directors, members of the Front Royal Volunteer Fire and Rescue, members of the Front Royal Lions Club, members of the Unity Lodge # 146, Amos Hall, Ward Myers, Jim Rutherford, Dr. Tom Patterson, Joe Williams, Bernard Stokes and Joe Swiger. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 7-9 PM at the Turner-Robertshaw Funeral Home in Front Royal, VA.

February 1, 2008

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

Elsie Pauline (Grogg) Coffman

Staunton – Elsie Pauline “Nanny” (Grogg) Coffman, 71, formerly of Craigsville, died Thursday (January 31, 2008) in Loyalton of Staunton, following an extended illness of Alzheimer’s.

She was born on April 23, 1936 in Goshen, a daughter of the late Wilmer Donald Grogg and Jessie Thelma (Harper) Grogg.  On November 30, 1952, she married the late Rev. Glenn Franklin Coffman, who preceded her in death on August 1, 1994.

Mrs. Coffman worked for many years at the former Genesco L. Grief Company then later worked at Royal Care Assisted Living in Fishersville, and Augusta County School System.  She was a member of the Little River Church of the Brethren in Goshen, where she was very active in many church activities and held several offices including a member of the Adult Sunday School Class.  She was an excellent cook and enjoyed making breads and desserts for her family and many friends.

Pauline is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Glenda C. Western and her husband, Michael of Mount Sidney; a son and daughter-in-law, William S. “Willie” Coffman (funeral director at Harrison Funeral Home and Crematory in Lexington) and his wife, Barbara of Staunton; two grandchildren, Fera Suzanne (Burns) Morrison and her husband, Christopher E. of Swoope and  Whitley Brooke Coffman of Staunton; one great granddaughter, Avery Nicole Morrison of Swoope; five sisters, Sarah Ruth Grogg of Goshen, Willie Mae Hayes and her husband, Donald of Craigsville, Margie Leona Pannell and her husband William of Afton, Martha Helena Pannell of Verona, and Linda Alice Campbell and her husband, William of Raphine; two brothers, Donald Roy Grogg and his wife, Wanda of Fishersville and Danny William Grogg of Verona; a special brother-in-law, John Logan Coffman, Jr. and his wife, Mary Lou of Goshen; a special cousin, Nancy Minter and her husband, Henry of Craigsville; and a number nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Coffman was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Sue Colvin.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Saturday, (February 2, 2008) in the Little River Church of the Brethren with Revs. C. Eugene Lenker and Allen C. Lenker officiating.  Interment will follow in the Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton.

Active pallbearers will be Christopher E. and Walter E. Morrison, James W. Ramsey, Jessie Andrew Coffman, John L. Coffman, III, Samuel N. Burns, Jr., Henry Minter, and Robert W. Hinkle.  Honorary pallbearers will be William “Bill” Vandevender, and the wonderful caregivers on the SCU Unit at Loyalton of Staunton.

In honoring Pauline’s wishes, there will be no visitation or public viewing.  Her body rests at the Craigsville, Sensabaugh & Zimmerman Funeral Home where those desiring may pay their respects.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Craigsville Weekday Religious Education, c/o Terry & Amanda Adkins, P.O. Box 491, Craigsville, VA 24430.

Funeral Services are being handled by Mrs. Coffman’s son, William, with assistance from Craigsville, Sensabaugh & Zimmerman Funeral Home, and Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory in Lexington.

An online obituary and guestbook are available at

 January 24, 2008

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

Anne Fields Fawbush

Norton, VA – Anne Fields Fawbush, 77, died Wednesday, January 23, 2007 at the Johnson City Medical Center.  A lifelong resident of Norton, she was the daughter of the late Bradley and Nannie (Laney) Fields.  She was a graduate of Norton (Norhi) High School and a member of First Baptist Church in Norton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Howard Fields of Augusta, GA.

She is survived by, Husband, James C. Fawbush; sons, James H. (Jimmy) Fawbush, Norton, VA., David Fawbush and his wife, Beth, Big Stone Gap, VA, Joe Fawbush, a partner in the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton, VA, Jon Fawbush, Minneapolis, MN: a grandson, Daniel Ryan Fawbush: a granddaughter, Morgan Brooke Fawbush; and a sister, Jean Falin, Wise, VA.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Saturday at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home Chapel.  Funeral services will be conducted at 7 PM Saturday in the funeral home chapel with the Reverends Lee Kidd and John Ellington, and Dr. Henry Webb officiating. Graveside burial services will be at 2:00 PM Sunday in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens.  Family and friends will meet at 1:30 PM at the funeral home to go in procession to the cemetery.

Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home is in serving the Fawbush family.  Online condolences may be made by visiting

January 18, 2008

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

James Robert “J.R.” Buchanan


Buchanan, James Robert “J.R.”, 40, of Richmond died Friday, January 18, 2008.  He is survived by his parents, Charles H. and Phyllis D. Buchanan; his brother, Charles A. Buchanan and his wife Lori; his nephew, W. Chase Buchanan; his niece, Morgan C. Buchanan; and his partner and best friend, Carlos A. Alvarez and his family.  J.R. was a funeral director with Bliley’s where he currently served as Head Manager of their Central Chapel.  He was a past President of the Central District Association of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association (VFDA) and former Board Member for VFDA.  The family will receive friends from 1-3pm and 6-8pm Sunday at Bliley’s Central, 3801 Augusta Avenue. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10am Monday at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, 823 Park Avenue.  Burial will follow in Hollywood Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions maybe made to Massey Cancer Center, P.O. Box 980214, Richmond, VA  23298-0214 or to St. Joseph’s Home – Little Sisters of the Poor, 1503 Michael Road, Richmond, VA 23229.

January 11, 2008

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

Leta Maynell Wooddell


Leta Maynell Wooddell past away Friday, January 11, 2008.  She is the mother of Steve Wooddell who is owner of Metropolitan Funeral Service in Alexandria, Virginia. 


Visitation will be Sunday, January 13, 2008 from 4:00pm-7:00pm at Frost United Methodist Church in Frost, West Virginia. 

The funeral service will take place on Monday, January 14, 2008 at 10am at Frost United Methodist Church.  Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Marlinton, West Virginia.  


Contributions may be made to Frost United Methodist Church.

January 4, 2008

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

James “Jay” Tolleison Morriss, V

James “Jay” Tolleison Morriss V, 64, of Petersburg died Friday, January 4, 2008.  He was a native of Petersburg born the son of the late J. T. Morriss IV and Sara Taylor Morriss.  Jay was the President of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  He received his BA degree from Randolph Macon College in 1966.  As an undergraduate Jay was a member of the swim team, the Varsity Club, and Phi Kappa Sigma, for which he served as president.  He later earned his MS degree from the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in 1969.  He served as a board member of the Society of Alumni of Randolph Macon College from 1973 to 1976 and the Society of Alumni conferred on him the Young Alumnus Achievement Award in 1979.  He has served in leadership positions with numerous civic and charitable groups in the Petersburg area, including the Southside Virginia Emergency Crew, the United Way, the Heart Association, the YMCA, the Historic Petersburg Foundation, Historic Blandford Foundation, Crime Solvers, the Fort Henry Branch of the Association for Preservation of Virginia Antiquities, the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Virginia’s Gateway Region, the Board of Trustees for SunTrust Bank, and the Rotary Club (Past President).  He received the Petersburg Outstanding Young Man Award in 1972.  He has served as president of the Central District Funeral Director’s Association and as a board member and past president of the Virginia Funeral Director’s Association.  He is formerly a trustee of the John T. Wightman/Randolph-Macon College Foundation, a board member of the Friday German, the Petersburg Cotillion, and the Petersburg Country Club, Chairman of the Petersburg Foundation, and member of the board of directors for Contact Tri-City Area.  He is survived by his wife Ann Coleman Morriss; his daughter Meredith Morriss Matthews and husband Patrick; his son J. Tolleison Morriss VI and wife Angie; five grandchildren Kenley, Jackson, Tripp, J.T. and Ann Morgan; two sisters Katherine M. Siddle and husband Paul and Jane M. Garland and husband Raymond; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.  The family will receive friends Monday, January 7th from 4 to 6 pm at the Petersburg Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home & Cremation Service.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, January 8th at 11 am at Christ & Grace Episcopal Church in Petersburg with Rev. David Teschner and Rev. Dr. Boston Lackey, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow in Blandford Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Southside Virginia Emergency Crew, PO Box 574, Petersburg, VA, 23805 or the J. T. Morriss family scholarship, Randolph-Macon College, P.O. Box 5005, Ashland, Virginia 23005-5005 or the charity of your choice.  Condolences may be registered at

January 4, 2008

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

James L. Paitsel, Sr.

James L. Paitsel, Sr., 84, of New Castle, went to be with his Heavenly Father Friday, January 4, 2008. He was preceded in death by his parents, Latmer Bud and Luoenia Paitsel, stepmother Virginia Paitsel, an infant son and son James L. Paitsel, Jr. (Jimmy). He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Arlene S. Paitsel; daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Michael Huffman; daughter-in-law, Trish Paitsel; grandchildren, Crystal Hickson and husband, Jeff, Justin Huffman and wife, Caitlin, Jamie Paitsel and fiance, Heather, Ashley Harmon and husband, Patrick, Andrew Paitsel, Shawna, Trey, and Taylor Huffman; great-grandchildren, Austin and Sarah Hickson, and Hayli Huffman; stepbrother, Jim Foster; stepsisters, Barbara Huffman and husband, Charles, Genevieve Hannah, Jeanette Huffman and husband, Leslie; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lester Sutphin and wife, Kathleen, Jean Huffman and husband, Bodie, Carolyn Bishop; and special friend, Eddie Martin and wife, Loretta. He was very active within his community. He was an active Funeral Director for 50 years, also owner of Paitsel Funeral Home. He was President of Farmers and Merchants Bank, past President of Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association, and past President of Virginia State Fair Association. He served in the Navy in World War II. He was a member of VFW Post #4491, a member of the Masonic Lodge. He was one of the founders of the Craig County Rescue Squad and volunteered for the New Castle Fire Dept. at one time. He was also an active member of Craig Valley Hunt Club. Funeral Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 8, 2008, at Paitsel Funeral Home Chapel, with Jim Morris officiating. Interment will follow at Huffman Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, January 7, 2008. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Craig County Rescue Squad, PO Box 81 New Castle, VA 24127 or the New Castle Volunteer Fire Dept. Arrangements by Paitsel Funeral Home,