In Remembrance 2011


In Remembrance 2011

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November 4, 2011

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


Robert Thomas “Bobby” Owen

Robert Thomas “Bobby” Owen, 76, of Jarratt, passed away Friday, November 4, 2011. Survivors include his wife, Margie Allen Cifers Owen and family: daughters, Angela Cifers Dunn and husband, Keith, their daughter, Madison; and Amy Cifers Smith and husband, Troy, and sons, Donavon and Winfield; four sons, Robert Thomas Owen, Jr. and wife, Tonia, their children, Kristin, Taylor, Ethan, and Ryan; Frank Barnes Owen and wife, Rebecca, their children, Justin, Jake, Robbie, and Jesse; John Michael Owen and wife, Tabby, their children, Mattie, Britt, and John Luke; and James Bennett “Jamie” Owen and his son, Adam; a brother, James J. Owen and wife, Betsy; sisters-in-law, Marjorie P. Owen, Deborah R. Owen and Kay N. Owen. Bobby was the son of the late Charles Feild Owen and Nannie Lou Bennett Owen and was also preceded in death by two sisters, Nan and Mary, and four brothers, Frank, Ralph, Sam and Alton. He was a lifelong member and Past President of the Jarratt Ruritan Club and a lifelong member of High Hills Baptist Church, where he had served as deacon and Sunday School teacher. The family will be represented at Owen Funeral Home, 303 South Halifax Street, Jarratt, Virginia, during regular business hours and will receive friends for a visitation Monday, November 7, 2011, from 1 – 3pm and 6 – 8:30pm. The funeral service will be held 2:00pm Tuesday, November 8, 2011, at Owen Funeral Home. Interment will follow at the Owen Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to:

Victory Junction Gang Camp
4500 Adam’s Way
Randleman, NC 27317


Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia
412 Ingleside Ave.
Emporia, VA 23847

October 12, 2011

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


John Clark Everly


John Clark Everly, businessman and funeral director of Alexandria, VA died peacefully on October 10, 2011 surrounded by his family. He was 77 years old. John was born in Alexandria on November 18, 1933 to Josiah Stickley Everly, former school board chairman and member of City Council in Alexandria, and Ruby Dettor Everly.


He was a graduate of George Washington High School, Randolph Macon College, and Eckels School of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia. He was president of Everly Funeral Homes, Inc. and faithfully served Northern Virginia families for over 50 years at the Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home. He also served as administrator of the Presbyterian Cemetery in Alexandria and as president of theNorthern Virginia Funeral Directors Association.


A past president (1979-1980) of the Alexandria Rotary Club, John achieved 50 years with perfect attendance. He was a past master of the Andrew Jackson Masonic Lodge #120 A.F. & A.M, a member of the Alexandria-Washington Lodge #22, Henry Knoxfield Lodge #349, and a 32nd degree mason of the Alexandria Scottish Rite. He was also a member of the Friendship Firehouse, and a past board member of the Salvation Army and St. Stephen’s Episcopal School.


John’s greatest passion was spending time at his farm, Cedar Knoll, in Star Tannery, VA where he entertained family and friends and enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing. A big-game hunter, he made numerous trips to the Western United States and Alaska and was a member of the Alexandria Sportsmans Club. He loved cooking and gardening and kept a community garden in Alexandria for over 30 years, distributing fresh vegetables to many families in Alexandria.


John is survived by his wife of 50 years, Carol Lee Taylor Everly; two sons, Josiah Clark Everly and wife, Josephine of New Orleans, LA, and John Taylor Everly and wife, Laurel of Alexandria, VA; one granddaughter, Danielle Nicole Everly of VA; four grandsons, Josiah Taylor Everly, Aaron Cole Everly, Jackson Clark Everly, Zachary John Everly of VA; four step-granddaughters, Margaret Fraysse Saux and Virginia Claire Saux of New Orleans, and Tiffany Freitag and Brittany Freitag of Alexandria; one great-granddaughter, Annabelle Bowen; brother, Julian Wilson Everly, Sr. and wife, Jean Wiley Everly of Callao, VA; brothers-in-law, Edward Taylor of Norfolk, VA, and Stuart Stancil and his wife, Joyce of Alexandria; and many loving nieces, nephews, close family members and friends.


The family will receive friends on Thursday, October 13th from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm with Masonic services to be held at 7:30 pm and again on Friday, October 14th from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 West Braddock Road, Alexandria. Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church of Alexandria, 2932 King Street on Saturday, October 15th at 2:00 pm followed by interment at Ivy Hill Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in memory of John to either Inova Alexandria Hospital Foundation, 4320 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304 or Alexandria Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 320666, Alexandria, VA 22320-1271.


Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association

October 5, 2011

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

Phyllis L. (Alario) Boudreau

FITCHBURG — On Wednesday, October 5th, 2011, the last member of the Alario Family joined her parents and siblings in their eternal home in heaven. Phyllis L. (Alario) Boudreau, 86 years young, of Fitchburg, passed away after a long illness that she endured with grace and dignity, surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Phyllis began her life on June 17, 1925 in Fitchburg, one of the eight children of the late Louise (Cosentino) and Ralph Alario. She graduated from Fitchburg High School as a member of the class of 1943.

Phyllis pursued various occupations such as banking and retail sales but eventually she met her husband and the journey to parenthood became her ambition — to be a great wife and mother. She spent every ounce of energy she had on caring, sharing, participating, and supporting her immediate family of five brothers and two sisters, and her own family of two daughters and three sons. Mom’s dedication to her entire family was her accomplishment and a true testament of this love, is the love she has received in her past and the tremendous outpouring of love, prayers, and support from all over the country from friends she has met in her journey to the many events she went to.

Phyllis will be remembered not for any number of trophies or accolades one receives, but by the love of her family and friends that made her who she was and will always be in our hearts and minds.

Phyllis joins Anthony, Ralph, George, Franklin, John, Ruth and Mary, along with her parents, Louise and Ralph – the Alario family together again.

She graciously leaves behind her husband, Richard “Dickie”; daughter, Louise and son-in-law Dave along with her grandchildren, Chris and Kara, who have three great-grandchildren among them, residing in Eastern Massachusetts; daughter, Lois, residing in Boston and Ft. Meyers, FL.; twin sons, Ralph (Deceased 1993), Richie and daughter-in-law, Shellie along with grandchildren, Lauren and Richard, residing in Potomac Falls, Virginia, and son, Ken. Who resides in Fitchburg.

On behalf of all of the cousins, aunts, uncles, and special friends — you all know who you are – remember Phyllis in your prayers!

The funeral was held at Brandon Funeral Home, 305 Wanoosnoc Rd., Fitchburg, on Monday, October 10, 2011 with a Mass in St. Anthony di Padua Church, 84 Salem St, at 11:00 A.M. Burial followed in St. Bernard’s Cemetery.

Mother of Richie Boudreau, Virginia Funeral Supply Sales Association

October 4, 2011

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

Dale Andrew Windon

Dale Andrew Windon, 66 of Ona passed away Friday, September 30, 2011 at his home. 


Born February 6, 1945 in Winfield, he was a son of the late Chester K. and Arminta Gill Windon. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Bernard and Kenneth Windon.


Dale was a 1963 graduate of Winfield High School and attended Beckley Junior College. He was a 1967 graduate of the CincinnatiCollege of Mortuary Science and was licensed that year by the State of West Virginia as a funeral director and embalmer. He was employed as an outside sales representative by the Pierce Chemical/Royal Bond, Co. calling on funeral homes in West Virginia, Kentucky, Virginia and Ohio. He was formerly employed by the Champion Co of Springfield, OH. He was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church, Ona and served in the United States Coast Guard. 


He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbara Cockrell Windon; sons and daughter-in-law, Andy and Tammy Windon of Winter Garden, FL and Chesley Windon of Columbus, OH; sister and brother-in-law, Victoria Sue Windon Ray and Harry Ray of Winfield; sisters-in-law, Holly Windon Starck of Lake Geneva, WI and Patricia Windon Wright of Lakeland, FL and three grandchildren, Alex, Tyler and Holly Windon all of Winter Garden, FL.


Funeral service will be held at12:00 pm Noon, Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at Chapman Funeral Home, 3941 Teays Valley Road, Hurricane with Pastor William St. Clair officiating. Burial will be in Winfield Cemetery, Winfield. Friends may visit from 2-4 pm and 6-8 pm Tuesday at the funeral home.


The family has requested that donations be made in lieu of flowers in his memory to Bethesda United Methodist Church, 118 Bethesda Drive, Ona, WV 25545 or American Cancer Society, 301 RHL. Blvd., Suite 6&7, Charleston, WV 25309. You may also share memories or condolences with the family at


West Virginia Funeral Directors Association.

September 29, 2011

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


R. Bayne Hawkins

Hawkins, R. Bayne, 90, of Richmond, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, September 28, 2011. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Kathleen P. “Kitty” Hawkins.


He is survived by a son, R. Bruce Hawkins (Joanne); a daughter, Janet Watts (Ray Keohane); grandchildren, Robert Allen Watts III (Lindsey), Kathleen Virginia Watts, Brie Plott (Sam) and Matt Keohane; and great-grandchildren, Jackson and Brynley Plott.


Bayne retired from the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, where he served as executive secretary for over 23 years. He was a member of Ginter Park Baptist Church. He was a past president of the Virginia Orchid Society and a founding member of the Richmond Orchid Alliance. Bayne was a WWII veteran serving in Europe, where he received a Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Silver Star for courage and wounds received in combat during the Italian Campaign. Bayne also served as editor of EASY NEWS, 337th Infantry Regiment, 85th Division. He maintained contact with all his fellow veterans and their families.


The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, September 30, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Avenue, where services will be held at 10 a.m. on October 1. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Richmond.


Central Virginia Funeral Director’s Association

August 30, 2011

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

Bobby Gene Benton


Bobby Gene Benton, 70, died suddenly August 28, 2011 at his home. Born in St. George, SC, he was a son of the late Arthur Larry and Naomi Trammel Benton and served three years in the US Marine Corps and twenty-one years in the US Air Force. Bob was a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer with Wright Funeral Home in Franklin and Boykins and was formerly with Johnson Funeral Home in Rocky Mount, NC and James A. Dyal Funeral Home in Summerville, SC.


Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Dorothy Mae Glover Benton; a daughter, Denise Benton Bunn and husband, Jack “Count” Bunn; three sons, David Reginald Benton and wife, Cindy, Deron Richard Benton and wife, Stephanie, and Douglas Randall Benton and wife, Lori; a sister, Pauline Jackson and husband, Jack; three brothers, Arthur Benton and wife, Linda, Raymond Benton and wife, Tammy, and Andrew Benton and six grandchildren, Chad Benton, Emmy Benton, Wade Benton, Austin Benton, Jack Bunn IV, and Brittany Bunn. He was predeceased by a son, Michael Craig Benton, and a brother, Woodrow Benton.


A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Wright Funeral Home with the Rev. James H. Hyatt, Jr. and the Rev. James W. Browder, III officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Mt. Horeb Cemetery.


The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Wright Funeral Home and suggests memorials be made to Southampton High School Athletic Facilities Fund c/o Southampton High School or a charity of choice.


Tidewater Funeral Director’s Association

August 30, 2011

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

Sally Irene Henderson Farris

Sally Irene Henderson Farris ABINGDON, Va. Sally Irene Henderson Farris, 91, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2011, at Davant Extended Care Center in Blowing Rock, N.C. She was born Feb. 28, 1920, in Saltville, Va., a daughter of the late David Ryburn “Rybe” Henderson and Minnie Barnett Henderson. Sally’s family served the community through Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville.


After marrying Mark Farris, they began their family and lived in Saltville until 1952, when they moved to Abingdon to establish Henderson Funeral Chapel. In 1974, the name of the funeral home was changed to Farris Funeral Service to reflect the ownership and management of the firm by Mark and Sally and their son David and his wife, Barbara. Sally was a member of Abingdon Baptist Church. She enjoyed painting and needlework of all kinds; her family members cherish the many paintings, hats, scarves, afghans, and needlework pictures Sally made for them over the years. Sally’s beloved husband Emmett Mark Farris preceded her in death on Nov. 27, 2005. In addition to her husband and parents, Sally was preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters. Sally is survived by her sons, David Mark Farris and wife, Barbara, of Abingdon, William Barnett Farris and wife, Mary, of Wilmington, N.C., and Michael Ryburn Farris and wife, Kathy, of Boone, N.C.; eight grandchildren, Kimberly Farris Luke, David M. Farris II, Kelly P. Farris, Matthew Farris, Daniel Farris, Cary Farris Green, Michael Farris and Mariah Farris, 12 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Ruth Buchanan, of Saltville; and several nieces and nephews.


The funeral service for Sally Irene Henderson Farris will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2011, in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with the Rev. John E. Massey Jr., and the Rev. Barry Loupe officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Active pallbearers will be David Farris II, Kelly Farris, Bob Luke, Matt Farris, Dan Farris, Michael Farris II, David Mark Farris III, and Caleb Farris. Honorary pallbearers will be Zac Green, David Henderson, Michael Smith and the extended family from Farris Funeral Service and Forest Hills Memory Gardens.


The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29, 2011, at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Abingdon Baptist Church Building Fund, 361 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210. Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting Farris Funeral Service and Crematory is handling the arrangements for the family of Sally Irene Henderson Farris.


Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association

August 18, 2011

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


Shelby Jean Martin Vest


Shelby Jean Martin Vest, age 70 of Rocky Mount passed away peacefully Friday, August 12, 2011 with her two sons and special friends by her side.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Freddie L. Vest; mother, Blanch A. Martin; father, Irvin M. Martin; and one brother, Frank M. Martin.


She was a member of Furnace Creek Baptist Church and loved her church family very much. She worked for the Franklin County School System and retired from DuPont Co. in Martinsville. She also enjoyed a part-time job a Cox’s Fashions in Rocky Mount. Other special interest included volunteering at the Free Clinic of Franklin County and Blue Ridge Dinner Theater. “Shelby Jean” will be truly missed by many friends and family.


Surviving are her two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark L. and Alison Vest (Mark is a funeral director with Flora Funeral Service), Greg M. and Terri Vest; one brother, Mack C. Martin; one sister and brother-in-law, Shirley Ann and Tommy Rutherford; five grandchildren, Megan, Taylor, Jared, Nicholas and Luke; seven nieces and 12 nephews; also a very special friend of 43 years, Joanne Brown.


Funeral services were conducted from Furnace Creek Baptist Church 2 p.m. Sunday, August 14, 2011 with Rev. Mike Lawhorn officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Her family will received friends 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.


Blue Ridge Funeral Director’s Association

August 17, 2011

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


David Lee Fuquay, Jr.


David Lee Fuquay, Jr. age 31, passed away in his sleep at his residence, in Ashburn, VA on Monday, August 15, 2011. He was born on April 23, 1980, in Danville, VA a son of David L. Fuquay, Sr. and Joyce Conner Fuquay of Danville.


Lee brought much joy to his parents, brother, sister, wife, co-workers and many other members of his family. He touched our lives in a special way and leaves us with broken hearts. With God’s Grace we will get through this.


Lee was confirmed at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church and later at William and Mary’s Catholic Ministry. He was a graduate of Sacred Heart School and served as Student Body President. He also was a graduate of George Washington High School where he graduated from Piedmont Governor’s School of Math, Science and Technology. Lee was a 2002 graduate of The College of William and Mary and served a summer internship at Microsoft in Seattle, WA.


From childhood Lee showed a keen interest in computers and was a computer software developer for Echo 360, Sterling, VA. On January 27, 2007 he married the former Jennifer Crane who was the love of his life. They met while they were both students at The College of William and Mary.


Lee was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Emery W. Conner, his paternal grandparents, James and Margaret Fuquay and an aunt, Beth Jane Daniel Fuquay.


In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his brother, Thomas A. Fuquay of Dulles, VA and his sister, Kristen J. Fuquay of Richmond, VA, maternal grandmother, Katherine P. Conner of South Boston, father and mother-in-law, David Crane and Sandy Carlson of Louisburg, NC, brother-in-law, Sean Crane of Nashville, Tenn, and a number of cousins, aunts and uncles.


Funeral services will be held Friday, August 19, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church with the Reverend Barry Foster and Father Tony Marques officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery.


The family will receive friends on Thursday, August 18, 2011 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Townes Funeral Home and will receive friends coming from out of town in the church parlor at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church on Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. prior to the service. At other times the family will be at the residence of his parents, David and Joyce Fuquay 146 Westhampton Avenue.


Memorials may be sent to Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, 107 West Main Street, Danville, VA 24541, Sacred Heart Catholic School, 540 Central Blvd., Danville, VA 24541 or God’s Storehouse, 778 Westover Drive, Danville, VA 24541.


Townes Funeral Home and Crematory, 215 West Main Street, is serving the Fuquay family.


Southside Funeral Director’s Association

August 11, 2011

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

Morris James “Dinks” Avery

Morris James “Dinks” Avery, 92 of Gordonsville died Wednesday, August 10, 2011 at the Gordon House. Born May 13, 1919 in Gordonsville, he was a son of the late Edward Avery and Elsie Swift Avery. Mr. Avery was the husband of the late Evaden Ola Avery. Dinks spent his life on Main Street of Gordonsville where he worked at Yowell’s Grocery Store until 1954. He then went to Preddy Funeral Home where he worked for fifty seven years. He was a member of Union Baptist Church where he served in the Mass Choir and was a member of C.S. Bassette Lodge #266 and M.W. Prince Hall, Grand Lodge of Virginia.

He is survived by two daughters, Deloyd E. Smith of Glendale, AZ, Vivian Avery Rollins and husband Larry of Bowie, MD, one son, Morris J. Avery, Jr. of Buckeye, AZ, six grandchildren, Tanya Patterson, Darrin Smith, Nicole Tanner, Morris J. “Jay” Avery, III and wife Lakisha, Christopher Wood, LeNear Avery, ten great-grandchildren, one great great-grandson and a host of other relatives and friends.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, John “Pete” Avery, Sr., Edward Avery, Jr., four sisters, Sara Lewis, Lorraine Coles, Izetta Avery and Laura Avery.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Monday August 15, 2011 at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Gordonsville with interment to follow in Woodberry Cemetery. The Rev. Leonard Smith will officiate.

The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 P.M. on Sunday afternoon, August 14, 2011 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Union Baptist Church, P.O. Box 240, Gordonsville, VA 22942, Woodberry Cemetery, P.O. Box 832, Gordonsville, VA 22942 or to the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 297, Gordonsville, VA 22942.

Central Virginia Funeral Director’s Association

August 4, 2011

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


N. Piper Belvin


ELIZABETH CITY, NC – N. Piper Belvin, 98, of 1010 Rivershore Road, Elizabeth City, NC died Tuesday, August 2, 2011 at his home. Born in Durham, NC, he was the son of the late Eugene Grissom “Cat” Belvin and Rosa Lyon Belvin and was the husband of the late Carolyn Kramer Belvin. Mr. Belvin was retired from Kramer Lumber Company and was a veteran of the United States Coast Guard. He was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Elizabeth City Kiwanis Club where he had been past president.


Mr. Belvin is survived by his sons, Gene Belvin and wife Margaret of Norfolk, VA and Miles Clark Belvin and wife Pat of Cornelius, NC; three grandsons; five great-grandchildren and his long time caregiver, Mimi Newby. In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Frances B. Kline.


A graveside memorial service will be conducted on Saturday, August 6, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Old Hollywood Cemetery with the Rev. Joseph Casteel officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to either, First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 401, Elizabeth City, NC 27907 or to the Elizabeth City Kiwanis Club, P.O. Box 2053, Elizabeth City, NC 27906.


Twiford Funeral Homes, Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is serving the Belvin family. Condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


Tidewater Funeral Director’s Association

July 27, 2011

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

David K. Wiecking

David K. Wiecking, 78, departed this life peacefully on Friday, July 22, 2011.

David was the retired Chief Medical Examiner for the Commonwealth of Virginia.

David was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Alexandria, Virginia. He attended Episcopal High School in 1950 and Princeton University in 1954. After serving two years in the United States Navy, he entered Johns Hopkins School of Medicine graduating in 1960. While in medical school, he met Mary Jane Stoll, and they wed in August 1959.

The couple moved to Charlottesville in 1960 so David could attend the University of Virginia’s medical school residency program. David completed two years of surgical residency, followed by three years of Pathology residency, to become Board Certified in Forensic Pathology. While completing his medical residency, David also attended and graduated from the University’s School of Law in 1969 and passed the Virginia State Bar.

Based in Richmond, David served as the Chief Medical Examiner from 1972 until 1993. Under his twenty-one year tenure, the office became one of the most respected state-run, forensic laboratories in the nation. Of particular note was his personal involvement in directing the lab in conducting the nation’s first successful DNA-based prosecution for capital crimes. During his tenure, he also taught at the Medical College of Virginia, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and served on the board of the American Board of Forensic Science. He retired in 1993.

He and Mary Jane moved to Westminster Canterbury in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2003.

Throughout his life, David enjoyed train travel, a passion which he shared with his wife, riding almost every passenger track in the contiguous United States. He was a voracious reader with a respected intellect and a deep passion for baseball and the Redskins – a fan to the end of his days. David was a man of great humor, generosity and compassion. He was beloved by all.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary Jane; his son and his wife, Lieutenant Colonel James (United States Marine Corp Retired) and Helen Wiecking; his daughter and her husband Jack and Caroline Wiecking Murphy; his daughter and her, husband, Eric and Janet Wiecking Leimeister; his grandchildren, Addison Wiecking, Peyton Wiecking, Annajane Murphy, Isaac Murphy, Fiona Murphy, Nora Murphy, and Violet Leimeister.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to Westminster Canterbury, WCBR Fellowship Fund, 250 Pantops Mountain Road, Charlottesville, VA 22911 or Episcopal High School, 1200 Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA 22302.

A memorial will be held at Westminster Canterbury 250 Pantops Mountain Road, Charlottesville, Virginia, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2011. A reception will follow immediately after the memorial service.

Central Virginia Funeral Director’s Association

July 26, 2011

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


Laura King Harman Seagle


Laura King Harman Seagle, age 91 of Pulaski, died Friday July 15, 2011 in Pulaski Health and Rehabilitation Center.  She was born December 19, 1919 in Pulaski, and was the daughter of the late William Jordan Harman and Ruth Alpers Harman.  She was a long-time member of the First Presbyterian Church.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Cloyd DuVal Seagle, Jr., and brothers, William Harman, and Joseph Harman, sister Katherine Halleck. She is survived by her husband Cloyd DuVal Seagle, Sr. of 74 years, one son; Thomas Mason Seagle, II of Pulaski:  one daughter; Ruth Seagle Bushong of Dublin. Also survived by four grandsons; Lee Bushong and Angela Kennedy of Jackson, WY, Chris Bushong and his wife Mary of Richmond, Jeremiah Seagle and his wife Jamie of Roanoke, and T.M. Seagle of Fairfax. Also survived by two great-grandchildren, Catheryne Gambill and Madison Ruth Bushong of Richmond, along with numerous nieces and nephews. 


Mrs. Seagle is the wife of Mr. C. DuVal Seagle, former owner of Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski, Virginia, and former member of the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers in the Commonwealth of Virginia. 


Funeral services will be held Tuesday July 19, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at Seagle Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Thornspring Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday at the funeral home from 10:00 a.m. until service time at 11:00 a.m. 


Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski. 540-980-1700.


Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association

June 20, 2011

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

Mary Jane Harrison Hollis


Mary Jane Harrison Hollis, 84, died Thursday June 16, 2011 at In Patient Hospice in Greenville. The funeral service will be held Sunday at 2:00 PM at Biggs Funeral Home Chapel in Williamston with Rev Brian Busch officiating; burial will follow at Hamilton Cemetery.


Mrs. Hollis was born on February 7, 1927 in Bear Grass, daughter of the late James Redmond and Mary Harrison Ballard. She was a member of the Hamilton Baptist Church and was retired from West Point Pepperell. Mrs. Hollis was a loving mother, grandmother and sister, loved her family, friends and her church but God most of all. She enjoyed spending time with her family making special memories and the simple things of life. She also enjoyed  her home, flowers and garden.


She was married to James David Hollis who preceded her in death. Sisters Frances Bahney, Betty Glisson, and Eva Harrison, and brothers Buck Harrison and J. R. Harrison also preceded her in death.


Survivors are daughters Shirley Sawyer and husband Loyal of Greenville, and Louinda Jones and husband Wayne of Virginia Beach, grandchildren David Sawyer and wife Wanda of Hassell, Mary Ann Nickerson of Greenville, Alice Stephenson and husband Jon and Ruth Jones both of Virginia Beach, great grandchildren Stephen Sawyer and, Jamie Nickerson both of Greenville, Nicholas Sawyer and  Mara Beth Sawyer  both of Hassell, Rachael Stephenson and Daniel Stephenson both of Virginia Beach, and 2 great great grandchildren, sisters Florence Souza of Norfolk VA and Dorothy Adams of Plymouth, brothers Frank Harrison of Mount Olive, Paul Harrison of Norfolk VA, Norman Harrison of California, and Bobby Grier of Georgia.


The family will receive friends Saturday from 7-8:30 PM at Biggs Funeral Home in Williamston and other times at the residence 306 North Front St Hamilton NC. Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Hamilton Fire Dept c/o David Sawyer Hamilton NC 27840. Arrangements by Biggs Funeral Home.


Tidewater Funeral Director’s Association

June 15, 2011

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


Marion Wooldridge Monaghan


MONAGHAN, Marion Wooldridge. In thanksgiving for the precious gift of Marion, 86, of Mechanicsville, who graced the world January 14, 1925, and who eternally brightens heaven June 14, 2011, we thank our loving God.


She was preceded in death by her husband, John; her son, Lt. John Joseph; and her daughter, Theresa. She is survived by her daughters, Mary Amann and Bob, Suzanne Cecchini, Cynthia Caison and Michael, Kelly Austin and Joe; and sons, Jerry and Catherine, Kevin and Meredith, Steven “BeBe” and Lisa; 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren; and sister, Frances W. Ballowe and Richard.


Family will receive friends at the Monaghan Funeral Home, 7300 Creighton Parkway, Mechanicsville, 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, where a Christian Wake will be held at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday at the Catholic Church of the Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Rd., Mechanicsville. Interment Hanover Memorial Park Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Joseph’s Home for the Aged, 1503 Michael Rd., Richmond, Va. 23229, or Angelman Syndrome Foundation, 4255 Westbrook Dr., Ste. 219, Aurora, Illinois 60504.


Central Virginia Funeral Director’s Association

June 1, 2011

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


Jessie Margaret Owen-Hatch


Departed this world on May 29th 2011 at Bishops Glenn Retirement Community, Holly Hill, Florida. She was born in Ottawa Ontario, Canada on June 21, 1920. She retired in 1978 from Chalk River Nuclear Laboratories, Chalk River, Ontario, after 26 years as a Consultant Assistant.


 She always said she was blessed to be a part of three wonderful families.


Weston was her birth family. She is survived by one brother, Ken Weston and his wife, Faith of London, Ontario, Canada, and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary Weston; her sisters, Doris Hyde and Elsie Gillet and her brothers, Allen, George and David Weston. A heart felt thanks to Weston Hyde for faithfully visiting his aunt in the nursing home.


Jessie married Edmund Owen June 21, 1941. She is survived by her daughter, Carolyn Found and her husband, Doug Found of Lake Anna; three grandsons, Stephen Douglas Found of Culpeper, Samuel Richard Found of Spotsylvania County and Scott Owen Found of Culpeper and two great-granddaughters, Julie Anne Found of Richmond and Jill Alexander Found of Williamsburg. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Edmund Owen in 1980.


She married Frank Charles Hatch, October 12, 1982. She is survived by a stepdaughter, Carol Maccabe and her husband, Russell (Win) of New Hampshire, a step granddaughter, Cheryl  Stockman and her husband, Chris and their daughters, Ryann and Jordan all of Massachusetts; her step grandson, Keith Maccabe and his wife, Kara and their children, Nolan and Reese of Richmond, Virginia.  Joan Hatch, widow of Frank Hatch Jr.; her step grandchildren, Kenneth, Frank, Edward and Kristine and their spouses, seven step great-grandchildren and one step great-great grandchild, all of California. She was preceded in death by her second husband, Frank Charles Hatch in 2005 and her stepson, Frank Hatch, Jr.


She was a wonderful Christian lady and played the piano in church for many years. Jessie loved to listen to and sing religious music. She enjoyed working in her flower gardens in years past. Jessie spent her spare time working on needle work and crafts. We all have samples of her wonderful creations in our homes. She loved Florida and has considered it home for the past 30 some years. Jessie loved talking to people, enjoyed a good laugh and had many friends.


Jessie’s family will receive friends Thursday, June 2, 2011 from 7:00-9:00 pm at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel-Cremation Service, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, VA.  A funeral service will be held Friday, June 3, 2011 at 2:00 pm at the funeral chapel.  Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper.


Jessie’s family requests that in lieu of flowers expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to Alzheimer’s Association, 10201 Lee Highway # 210, Fairfax, VA 22030.


Northern Virginia Funeral Director’s Association

May 24, 2011

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


Ralph Edward Overstreet


Ralph Edward Overstreet, 77 of Bedford, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital.


He was born on Monday, September 4, 1933 in Roanoke, a son of the late Frank Jeter Overstreet and Annie Frances Huffman Overstreet. He was President of Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service having been a licensed funeral director for forty-eight years. He also operated Updike Memorials, Inc. for thirty-seven years along with his partners, Wayne & Tim Murphy. He was a member of Bedford Moose Lodge # 1897, the Lynchburg Elks Lodge # 321, and Bedford Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army having served during the Korean Conflict.


Surviving is his wife of fourteen years, Janet Fitzgerald Overstreet; a daughter, Katrina Overstreet Nester & husband, Jerry of Bedford; a step-son, Shawn Cofer & wife, Courtney of Kernersville, NC; a granddaughter, Jill Nester Hayes & husband, Captain James Hayes of Clarksville, TN; a great grandson, Kemper Maddux Hayes; two step-grandchildren, Hunter & Morgan Cofer; a sister, Peggy O. Blankenship & husband, Ferris of Moneta; a niece, Delores B. Feazell & husband, Gary of Moneta, three great nieces as well as his best friend, Johnny Caldwell.


The family requests those wishing to make memorials to consider the American Lung Association, P. O. Box 35010, Richmond, VA 23235. Funeral services will be held on Friday, May 27, 2011 at 11 AM at Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford with Rev. Dr. David Henderson and Rev. Wayne Murphy officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.


The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 PM and 5 until 7 PM at Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford and other times at the residence of his daughter, 1507 Wellington Drive, Bedford. Arrangements are being handled by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.


Blue Ridge Funeral Director’s Association

May 11, 2011

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


Victoria “Vicky” Hale Robinson


Victoria “Vicky” Hale Robinson, 85, of Richmond, born in Halifax, NC, went to be with the Lord on May 8, 2011.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Gardner Robinson; son, Richard Melvin and grandson, Rodney Melvin. She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, Delorise W. Lambert; son, Willie D. Wright; ten grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; one great great-grandson; sister, Dora Kizzie; son-in-law, Richard A. Lambert, Sr.; brother-in-law, Roosevelt Hodges of Philadelphia, PA; a devoted cousin, Jeanette Wade and her family; host of nieces, nephews and cousins; other relatives and friends, one devoted, Lucy Mae Brown.


Remains rest at Scott’s Funeral Home, 115 E. Brookland Park Blvd., where the family will receive friends Wednesday, May 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held 12 noon Thursday, May 12 at First Baptist Church South Richmond, 1501 Decatur St. Rev. Derek Jones, officiating. Eulogist Rev. Harper Greenhowe, pastor of First Independent Methodist Church, where she was a member. Interment Maury Cemetery.


Central Virginia Funeral Director’s Association

April 21, 2011

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


Robert M. “Bobby” Brunson, Sr.


BRUNSON, Robert M. Sr. “Bobby,” of Hanover, president and founder of the Brunson’s Funeral Chapel, entered into eternal life April 20, 2011. Robert husband of Mrs. Yvonne Brunson (who is a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Richmond Funeral Directors Association, Inc.) and father of Minister Robert Brunson, Jr. Past President of the Richmond Funeral Director’s Association, Inc. and the Virginia Morticians’ Association, Inc. and Member of Epsilon Nu Delta Mortuary Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Chapter


Viewing will be Thursday, April 21, 2011, 5pm-8pm and Friday, April 22, 2011, 10am-5pm at Brunson’s Funeral Chapel located 100 East Federal Street, Richmond, VA  23219 (804) 644-6200


Wake will be held Friday, April 22, 2011, 6-8pm at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church (directly beside the Brunson’s Funeral Chapel) located 913 North 1st Street, Richmond, VA 23219 (804) 644-9208.


Graveside funeral service to be held Saturday, April 23, 2011, 12:00pm Oakwood Cemetery Nine Mile Road, Richmond, VA 23223 (804) 646-4473.


Condolences c/o Brunson’s Funeral Chapel, 100 East Federal Street, Richmond, VA  23219.


Central Virginia Funeral Director’s Association

April 4, 2011

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


Tommie Walter Williams, Sr.


Tommie Walter Williams, Sr., 88 of Daleville and formerly of Lexington, beloved Dad, Pa-Paw and Great Pa-Paw, passed away at his residence on March 31, 2011. Tommie had resided in Lexington from 1955 until 2006 at which time, due to declining health, he and Evelyn, his devoted wife for 66 years, who passed away on August 2, 2010, chose to become residents at The Glebe Retirement Community.


He was born February 12, 1923 in Roseland, Louisiana, a son of the late George Washington Williams and Ethel Hayden Williams. Tommie was a licensed funeral director having served in this for nearly 50 years before his retirement. He was a past president of the Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association; a past Worthy Patron of Rockbridge Chapter # 125, Order of the Eastern Star, Buena Vista and was a member of Mt. City Lodge # 67, A.F. & A.M., Lexington. Tommie was a former member and served on the board of deacons of First Christian Church, Lynchburg. He was a faithful member and former deacon of Manly Memorial Baptist Church, Lexington from 1955 until 2006 and then a loving member of Troutville Baptist Church, Troutville. Following his graduation in 1940 from Chesbrough High School, Kentwood, Louisiana. Tommie soon thereafter worked in the Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) before enlisting in the US Navy in January 1941. He served throughout WWII until being honorably discharged in March 1946 as a chief pharmacist mate(pa). One of Tommie’s tours of duty was being assigned to the air craft carrier USS Tulagi aboard which he served for two and a half years. During this time the USS Tulagi was involved in extensive military action in the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Pacific theatres of the war. Among the medals Tommie was awarded were Victory, World War II; Asiatic-Pacific with three battle stars; Philippine Liberation with one star; the European-African Middle Eastern with one star and the American Defense.


In addition to his parents and wife, Tommie was preceded in death by four brothers and seven sisters. ; Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Alice Juanita and Carter McCrowell, of Virginia Beach; two sons, Tommie W. Williams, Jr., of Roanoke and Michael M. Williams, Sr., of Rocky Mount; one brother, Jesse Daniel Williams of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren, Monica Maria Hilderbrand, of Virginia Beach; Sara Elizabeth Graziano, of Stuarts Draft; Alicia Leigh Yokoyama, of Portland, Oregon; Michael M. Williams, Jr. and Shannon Marie Reiter, both of Roanoke; Alison W. Litzenmayer, of Newport News and Jacob T. McCrowell, of Virginia Beach; thirteen great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews.


Funeral services will be conducted 2pm Monday, April 4, 2011 at Troutville Baptist Church with Rev. Carol Johnston officiating followed with Masonic Rites by Melrose Lodge # 139, A.F. & A.M., Roanoke. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time at the church. Interment with Military honors will follow the service at Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem.


In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Troutville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 309, Troutville, VA 24175 or The American Cancer Society, 1079 C, Spruce Street, Martinsville, VA 24112. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount/Smith Mountain Lake.


Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association

April 4, 2011

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


Harold Donald Underwood, Sr.


UNDERWOOD, Harold D. Sr., 74, (Ret. MSG, U.S. Army), departed this life Thursday, March 31, 2011.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria B. Underwood; and his mother, Edna U. Carter.


He is survived by four children, Harold Underwood Jr. and his wife, Shelia, of Cary, N.C., Anthony Underwood, Karen Underwood and Derek Underwood and his wife, Valerie, of Randallstown, Md.; brother, Thomas “Junie” Hill and his wife, Ruthgenia; sister-in-law, Juanita Holmes of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren, Trimeca Robinson, Anthony Thompson and his wife, Alice, Tanya Underwood, Ryan Underwood, Devin and Darren Underwood; great-grandchildren, Jordyn Day, Shawn Dortch III and Austin Thompson; and a host of other relatives and friends.


Mr. Underwood retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections after 14 years as an RN supervisor.


Remains rest at Chiles Funeral Home, 2100 Fairmount Ave., where visitation with the family will be held Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2011 at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 909 Rennie Ave. (at Chamberlayne Ave.) Father George Zahn officiating. Entombment Forest Lawn Cemetery.


Central Virginia Funeral Director’s Association

March 28, 2011

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


Peggy Harth Routt


Peggy Harth Routt, 72, of Vinton, left her home at Friendship Manor on Sunday, March 27, 2011, and entered into the presence of her Savior.


She was a member of Waverly Place Baptist Church and a 1956 graduate of Jefferson High School. Peggy was born April 14, 1938 and had retired from the Emergency Department of Roanoke Memorial Hospital.


She was preceded in death by her father, Earl M. Harth.


Surviving are her husband of nearly 55 years, Richard Routt; also two loving daughters and their husbands, Deborah (Debbie) and Bill Meacham, of Glen Allen and Rebecca (Becky) and Michael Ayers, of Christiansburg; her handsome grandson, Brandon Ayers, of Christiansburg; her precious granddaughter, Hillary Meacham, of Glen Allen; Peggy’s loving 92 year old mother, Hazel Harth; two caring brothers and their wives, Andrew (Butch) and Beth Harth, of Powhatan and Gary and Brenda Harth, of Salem; a very special sister and her husband, Nancy and Bill Morris, of Roanoke; also several aunts, uncles and great-nieces and great-nephews.


Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel. Chaplain Fred Ellsworth and the Rev. Dr. Wayne Sellers will officiate. Interment will be in Fair View Cemetery.


The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel.


Blue Ridge Funeral Director’s Association

March 28, 2011

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

Tivis Caudle “T.C.” Mullins, Jr.


TIVIS CAUDLE (T.C.) MULLINS, JR., 79 years of age of Grundy, Virginia, went to be with the Lord, Friday, March 25, 2011 after a courageous battle with cancer surrounded by his family and a host of friends. Born in Dickenson County, Virginia, he was the son of the late Tivis and Didema Willis Mullins. 


Junior as he was affectionately called, moved to Buchanan County in 1949 and became an employee of the Grundy Funeral Home in 1951. He purchased the Grundy Funeral Home in 1973 from the family of C. W. “Pete” Hurst and was President until his death.He was a 1964 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. 


He was a member of the Grundy Church of Christ for 55 years and served on the Church Board for over 40 years as a Deacon.  He was a member of the United States Air Force during the Korean Conflict, a member of the John Ratliff Post #164 of the American Legion.  He was the former President of Grundy Ambulance Service, a member of Sandy Valley Lodge #17 A. F. & A.M. of Grundy, the Kazim Temple in Roanoke, Virginia. He was a member of IOOF Lodge #17, a former member of the Grundy Lions Club. He was a former Little League Baseball Coach for several years. He was a Board Member of the Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association, and a member of the National Funeral Directors Association. He was a strong supporter of the American Heart Association, Church of Christ Youth Camp, the American Red Cross, High School Athletics, Girl Scouts, various churches and high school clubs.  He was a member and supporter of the Heavenly Helpers Relay for Life Cancer Team and was Committee Chairman for 24-Years and supporter for Boy Scout Troop 740 sponsored by the Grundy Church of Christ. He was the 2004 recipient of the Buchanan County Hall of Fame along with Rev. Ancil Childress. 


Junior is survived by his wife of 59 years, Agnes McClanahan Mullins of Grundy, VA, 1- Son: Curtis Ragus and wife Susan Mullins, Grundy, VA, 2-Grandsons: Curtis R. and wife Ashley Mullins Jr., Charlottesville, VA, Ryan C. Mullins, Grundy, VA, 1-Granddaughter: Shannon Alyssa Mullins, Grundy, VA, Two Great Granddaughters: Autumn Olivia Mullins and Sadie Virginia Mullins of Charlottesville, VA, 4-Sisters: Crissie Vandyke, Haysi, VA, Bonnie Mullins, Abingdon, VA, Shirley Ramey, St. Paul, VA, Beulah Mullins, Breaks, VA. Also, survived by several Nieces and Nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Tivis and Didema Willis Mullins, his mother and father in law George and Hulda Stiltner McClanahan; 5-Sisters: Eva Mullins, Ollie Mullins, Rena Nowlin, Vivian Owens and Betty Lepage; 4-Brothers: Evans Charlie Mullins, Calvin Mullins, Jimmy Mullins and Otis Mullins.


Funeral services for TIVIS CAUDLE (T.C.) MULLINS, JR., will be conducted Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 1:00 P.M. at the Grundy Church of Christ with Evg. Dennis Wimmer, Evg. Michael Rife, Evg. William L. Neeley and Evg. Tom Cooper officiating with burial to follow in the Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, VA.

Friends may call at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel Sunday afternoon at 4:00 P.M. with services at 7:00 P.M.


Mr. Mullins will be moved to the Grundy Church of Christ Monday afternoon at 3:00 P.M.  with Masonic Rites at 7:00 P.M. followed by regular services.


Full Military Rites will be conducted at the cemetery by Members of the Childs Gentry Post #7360 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 


The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to Boy Scout Troop 740 P. O. Box 1016, Grundy, Virginia 24614 or to the Heavenly Helpers Relay for Life Cancer Team, P. O. Box 1016, Grundy, Virginia  24614.


Active Pallbearers will be Bryan Ramey, Clarence Hill, Jimmy Fuller, Tim Mullins, D. J. Keen, Fonnie Mullins, Roscoe Crouse and James R. McClanahan Jr.


Honorary Pallbearers will be Elders and Deacons of the Grundy Church of Christ, Rick Quesenberry, Roy Rife, Tex Dales, Ralph Keene, James Duty, Michael Charles, Clayton Mullins, Debbie Dye, Lou Ellen Owens, Gary Rasnick, Ray Foster, Josh Stewart, Thomas O. Dingus, Steward and Lucille Justus, Barry Ratliff, Bobby Johnson, Carl Puckett, J. B. Rife, B. Jonathan Rife, Robert Neeley, Lonzo Rife, Tidy Team, Bob Blankenship, Frennie E. Justice, Liz Justus, Bonnie Stanley and Dr. Melissa Keene.


Special Thanks to Special Care Hospice & Home Health for their exceptional service and dedication.


Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy, Virginia is in charge of all arrangements.

Southwest Virginia Funeral Director’s Association

March 7, 2011

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


David Hudson Crandall

David Hudson Crandall, 81 of Fairfax, VA died on March 5, 2011 at the Fairfax Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.


He was born on September 26, 1929 in Warrenton a son of the late Frank L. and Edna Hudson Crandall.


David was a graduate of Warrenton High School and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. The Crandall Family operated Crandall Funeral Home in Warrenton until 1957.  After service in the U. S. Army, David joined the Everly Funeral Home in Fairfax where he retired after 35 years of service. He then worked part-time for Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton.


Active in his community, David was a member of Truro Church in Fairfax, the American Legion Post in Fairfax and various organizations including the Virginia Funeral Directors Association and a founding member of the Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association.


He is survived by his wife- Patricia S. Crandall; son- Dr. James L. Crandall, Asheville, NC; two sisters and two grandchildren.


A private graveside service will be held at the Orlean Cemetery, Orlean, VA followed by a memorial service at Truro Church, 10520 Main Street, Fairfax, VA.


In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Lamb Center, 3220 Old Lee Hwy., Fairfax, VA  22030.


Moser Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and online condolences may be at


Northern Virginia Funeral Director’s Association

March 3, 2011

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

David J. Hirt

David J. Hirt, 64 of Naples, FL and Hendersonville, NC, died Tuesday, March 1, 2011 in Naples, Florida. Dave was born in Batesville, Indiana and worked for Batesville Casket Company for over 33 years. Dave retired as President and CEO before moving to Naples.  Dave was a dedicated family man and served his company and profession extremely well. 


He is survived by his wife, Lynn; three children, Natalie Maret, Bart D.Hirt, and Tracey Hirt; and four grandchildren. He is also survived by his mother, Cleopha Hirt; two brothers, Dennis and Dick Hirt; and three sisters, Darlene and Donna Hirt and Doris McKee. He was preceded in death by his father, Edward H. Hirt and a brother, Dale Hirt.


Visitation and prayers services in Florida on Saturday, March 3, 2011, followed by further visitation, services, and burial in Indiana. Friends may call Monday, March 7, from 4 to 8 pm at Weigels Funeral Home in Batesville, IN. A funeral mass will be celebrated Tuesday, March 8 at Holy Family Catholic Church, in Oldenburg, IN, with burial to follow at Holy Family Cemetery.


Donations in Dave’s memory may be made to the Funeral Service Foundation, the David and Lynn Hirt Fund at or the Holy Family Catholic Church.


Weigel Funeral Home

151 W. George St.

P.O. Box 36

Batesville, Indiana 47006

Phone: 812-934-3201

National Funeral Director’s Association

February 14, 2011

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


James C. Fawbush


Norton, VA – James C. Fawbush, 86, died Monday, February 14, 2011, in Johnson City Medical Center. Born in Dorchester, Virginia, he was a son of the late Theopilus “O.P.” and Lillie Mae (Andrew) Fawbush. He was a 1942 graduate of Norton “Norhi” High School and was a proud alumnus of University of Miami. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and former scout master. Having been an accountant with Monroe B. Thrower and Associates, he retired as accountant with Glenn’s Finer Homes. Preceding him in death were his wife, Anne Fields Fawbush in January 2008, his brothers, Ray and Tyler and sisters, Catherine Thompson and Jackie Vandeventer. 


He is survived by, sons, James H. “Jimmy” Fawbush of Norton, David Fawbush and wife Beth, Powell Valley, Joe Fawbush and wife Shelley of Norton, Jon Fawbush, Inver Groves Heights, MN; grandson, Daniel Ryan Fawbush of Powell Valley and granddaughter, Morgan Brooke Fawbush, Norton; several nieces and nephews.


The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Thursday in the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home Chapel with a funeral service being conducted at 7:00 PM with Rev. Lee Kidd and Rev. John Ellington officiating. Interment will be at 11:00 AM Friday in Powell Valley Memorial Gardens. Friends and family will meet at 10:30 AM Friday at the funeral home, to go in procession to the cemetery.


Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home is serving the Fawbush family.


Southwest Virginia Funeral Director’s Association

February 14, 2011

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


Pearl A. Butler


Pearl A. Butler, 94 of Ravenswood, WV passed away Sunday, February 13, 2011 at Ravenswood Village Nursing Home. She was born September 27, 1916 in Talcott, WV. The daughter of Perry T. Lyons and Mary Elizabeth Walker Lyons.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bill; 1 son, 1 grandson, and 4 brothers.


She was a member of Independent Fellowship Church in Ravenswood.


Surviving are her sons James S. Butler of Ravenswood, WV, C.W. Butler of Ravenswood, WV, and Gary K. Butler of Lexington, VA. Daughter A. Jane Butler of Cross Lanes, WV. Sister Virginia Legg of Ravenswood, WV. Several grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. Also, several nieces and nephews.


Service to be held Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm, Roush Funeral Home in Ravenswood, WV by Reverend Allen Stewart and Reverend Stanley Skeens. Burial to follow at Ravenswood Cemetery.


Friends may visit the family at the funeral home on Tuesday, February 15, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. Condolences may be expressed to the family at, or on our website at



Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association

February 9, 2011

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


Lucy Mary Hughes Gartner

Mother of Linda Singleton of Singleton Funeral Service, Cedar Bluff, Virginia


Mrs. Lucy Mary Hughes Gartner, age 88, formerly of Abingdon, Virginia, passed away Monday, February 7, 2011 at Mayfair Assisted Living at Claypool Hill, Virginia following a long illness. 


Born in Tignall, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Bill and Margie Miller.  She was preceded in death in addition to her parents by one sister, Mrs. Maetrue Nave; four brothers, Howard Miller, Arthur Miller, Arvil Miller and Willie Miller; her first husband, Anderson (Andy) William Hughes; and her second husband, Edward Gartner.


She and her husband (Andy) were former owners of the Virginia Hills Motel in Abingdon and the Hughes Travel Trailer and Motor Home Sales in Abingdon.  She loved to travel, work in her garden and yard.  She enjoyed flowers, trees and plants of all kinds and always shared with others.  She loved to crochet afghans for members of her family and friends, quilting and doing crafts.  She loved to cook, entertain and spend quality time with her family and friends. 


She was a long time member of Rosedale Baptist Church in Abingdon, Virginia, where she enjoyed the Senior Adult Sunday School Class.


Survivors include her daughter, Linda Singleton and husband Jim of Cedar Bluff, VA; two sons, Kyle Hughes and wife Marilyn of Meadowview, VA and Gary Hughes and wife Manya of Bristol, VA; two step daughters, Joan Matusiak of Loudonville, NY and Shirley Darbyshere of Latham, NY; one sister, Mrs. Vera Scott of Johnson City, TN; four grandchildren, Laura Boardwine, Kyle Glenn Hughes, Candace Crosby and Mark Singleton; six great grandchildren, Laurann Singleton, Madison Singleton, Matthew Nash, Austin Boardwine, Corbin Singleton and Eliza Crosby; several special nieces and nephews also survive. 


Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel at Cedar Bluff, Virginia with Rev. Bob Smith and Rev. Jerry Eggers officiating.  Burial will follow at a later date at Rosedale Baptist Church Cemetery in Abingdon, Virginia. Grandsons, great grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers. 


The family will receive friends at Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff on Wednesday from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m.


The family requests that flowers be omitted.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Adult Sunday School Class, Rosedale Baptist Church, c/o Joyce Millsap, 27157 Alpine Drive, Abingdon, VA 24211.


Special thanks to all employees of Legacy Hospice and Mayfair Assisted Living for your special love, care and friendship.


Online condolences may be submitted to the family at


Southwest Virginia Funeral Director’s Association

January 20, 2011

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


Robert Channing “Bob” Rouse


Robert Channing “Bob” Rouse, 85, of La Grange, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at his home. 

Bob was born November 3, 1925 in Lenoir County to the late John H. Rouse, Sr. and Willie Croom Rouse. Bob proudly served in the United States Navy during World War II where he was a Gunner’s Mate aboard the Destroyer Escort USS Brister. Following service to his country, Bob attended Campbell University where he played on the football team. Bob spoke fondly of his time at Campbell and playing under Coach Earl Smith. Bob later attended Wake Forest University and New York University. Bob began his working career with the Texas Oil Company and later worked as a sales representative with the Clark Grave Vault Company in Columbus, Ohio for forty two years.

Bob served funeral directors through Clark Grave Vault in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Bob enjoyed a long association with Rouse Funeral Home that began at the age of twelve when he followed in the footsteps of his father and brothers. Bob enjoyed his work as a funeral director and took great comfort in helping families through difficult periods in their lives. Bob formerly served his community as a council member with the Town Of La Grange, was recently honored as La Grange Citizen Of The Year and was an active member of First Free Will Baptist Church, Goldsboro.

A service of remembrance will be held Friday, January 21, 2011 at 11 a.m. from Rouse Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow at Fairview Cemetery.

Bob is survived by his wife of forty three years, Jo Rouse; two children, Reid Rouse and wife, Crissy of La Grange, Channing Freeman and husband, Andy of The Woodlands, TX; four grandchildren, Alex Lukefahr, Reagan Lukefahr, Robert Channing Rouse II and Everett Rouse.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 6-8 p.m. at Rouse Funeral Home and at other times they will be at the home. Online condolences may be expressed at Memorials may be made to First Free Will Baptist Church, 604 East Ash Street, Goldsboro, NC 27530. Arrangements are with Rouse Funeral Home, La Grange.

North Carolina Funeral Director’s Association

January 17, 2011

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


Jeffrey W. “Bubba” Patrick


Jeffrey W. (Bubba) Patrick, age 43 of Salem, and formerly of Radford, died Friday January 14, 2011 as a result of an automobile accident. He was born December 2, 1967 in Detroit, Michigan.


Bubba worked for the Safety Patrol Division of VDOT for many years. Numerous articles and Television stories told of his acts of kindness and bravery during emergency situations.  Bubba was a gentile giant who never had an enemy. He was once featured as a Hometown Hero on WDBJ 7, and received a Presidential Gold Award for volunteerism. He was a proud graduate of Radford High School. His biggest passion in life was volunteering with the American Red Cross, where he taught CPR, and was a certified Paramedic.


He is survived by his wife, Laura Patrick of Salem:  his father and mother, Jerry and Beverly Patrick of Pulaski (His father is a dedicated employee of Seagle Funeral Home in Pulaski): his sister and her husband, Debbie and Phillip Linkous of Christiansburg:  one niece and nephew, Kayla and Brady Linkous of Christiansburg, and one special adoptive nephew and best friend, Ryan Baxter of Radford:  and his grandmother, Catherine Patrick of Dublin. Also survived by several aunts, uncles and cousins.


A celebration of his life will be held Tuesday January 18, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. at Seagle Funeral Home in Pulaski. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.


Jeff requests that no one send flowers, but make donations in his memory to the American Red Cross of Roanoke, Virginia or just simply give a pint of your blood to the Red Cross.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.  540-980-1700


Blue Ridge Funeral Director’s Association

January 10, 2011

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


Edmund “Brian” Owen


OWEN, Edmund “Brian,” 70, of Varina, passed away January 6, 2011.


He is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Joyce; and their three children, Ladonna of Varina, Roger of Chesterfield and Gregory of Sandston; and four grandchildren, Amber, Brandon, Roderick and Derrick.


Brian was born in England and proudly served in the U.S. Air Force. After 49 years, he took the opportunity to visit his relatives and his childhood homes in the U.K. Brian was a family man first! His passion for people contributed to his success in the field of sales. Brian never met a stranger and was a Cubmaster for many years and a member of many organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Varina Band Boosters, Masons, TPA, VFDA, VMA, IFDA, VFSSA and the Salvation Army Angel Tree.


The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at Bliley’s-Central Chapel, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond, Va. 23230, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with a memorial service to follow. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to The Lymphoma and Leukemia Society or the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Private interment will be at the family’s convenience.


Virginia Funeral Supply Sales Association

January 3, 2011

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


Robert E. Harden, Jr.


It is with sadness that we report that Robert E. Harden, Jr., 59, of Perrysburg died Saturday, January 1, 2011 at Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Perrysburg after a brief illness.  He was born in Camden, NJ on November 27, 1951 to Robert E. and Ruth (Keller) Harden, Sr. He married Tamara J. Shank in Perrysburg on May 3, 1992.


Bob grew up in Haddonfield, NJ, and while in high school and college worked with his father at Robert J. Hoffer Co. in Philadelphia, PA.  He graduated from Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ, with a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Management in 1976 and from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Rutherford, NJ, with a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in 1982.  He was Corporate Secretary for the New Jersey Bankers Association from 1977-1987, became the Assistant Executive Director of the National Funeral Directors Association in June of 1987, and then the Executive Director from June, 1988 to April, 2001 where he received his Certified Association Executive distinction.  In January, 2002 through May, 2005 he was the Chief Operating Officer at the Toledo Zoological Society, and served as consultant to the Zoo from June, 2005 through May, 2006 while he was establishing his company, Harden Development, LLC, as well as working in commercial and industrial real estate sales.  On March 23, 2009, he accepted the position of Executive Director with the Historic Woodlawn Cemetery.  He had also served on the Perrysburg Board of Zoning Appeals.  Bob was a member of several realtor associations.


Surviving are his wife, Tamara S. Harden; mother, Ruth K. Harden; son, James W. Harden; daughter, Sarah E. Harden; granddaughter, Lia E. Fletcher; brother, William K. (Jeannie) Harden; in-laws, Clara and Robert Shank, Sr.; sister-in-law, Karen S. Sliter and her husband David; brother-in-law, Robert L. Shank, Jr. and his wife Tonya; nieces, Morgan Shank, Katrina, Jessica, Jacqueline and Stephanie Sliter; nephew, Robert L. Shank, III; and their dog, Molly.  He was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Harden, Sr.


Friends will be received from 2-8 P.M. on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at the Witzler-Shank Funeral Home, 222 E. South Boundary St., Perrysburg, OH 43551; phone: (419-874-3133 begin_of_the_skype_highlightingend_of_the_skype_highlighting).  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at Zoar Lutheran Church, E. Indiana Ave., Perrysburg with Pastor Timothy P. Philabaum officiating.  Burial will be in Fort Meigs Union Cemetery. The family suggests memorials to Hospice of Northwest Ohio in support of the Animal Care Fund or the Toledo Area Humane Society, 1920 Indian Wood Circle, Maumee, Ohio 43537, where they adopted Molly.


Tammy and the entire family want to express their sincere appreciation to the board and staff at Historic Woodlawn Cemetery for their support and staff of Hospice for the kind and loving care they gave to Bob.


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