In Remembrance 2012


In Remembrance 2012

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January 12, 2013

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

Warren Allen Leonard

LEONARD, Warren Allen, 89, passed away on January 12, 2013 at home after a valiant struggle, surrounded by his family. Warren is survived by his adoring wife of 69 years, Thelma, who lovingly cared for him during his long illness. He is also survived by his devoted daughter, Karen Wilkerson and her husband, B.C.; his granddaughter, Katie McCarthy and her husband, Doug; and two great-grandchildren, Campbell and Palmer, who will miss him so. He was preceded in death by a son, Brent. Warren was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II, and a recipient of the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the Battle of Okinawa. He was a remarkable man and he will be remembered for his kind, gentle and loving manner. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 16, at 1 p.m. in the Parlor at Bon Air Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 1:30 p.m. Interment in Westhampton Memorial Park. The family would like to thank Hospice Community Care for their compassionate service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bon Air Baptist Church.

Virginia Funeral Supply Sales Association/Retired sales representative for Champion Fluid Company

January 12, 2013

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

Hazel S. Nickelston Secrist

Hazel S. Nickelston Secrist, 92, of Roanoke, formerly of Martinsville, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 12, 2013. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles( Ed) Nickelston, and her second husband, Al Secrist. Hazel retired from the Blue Ridge Regional Library in Martinsville with 42 years of service. She was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher.  She attended and taught Sunday school at Grandin Court Baptist Church since moving to Roanoke.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Bob Johnston and Cathy and Larry Davids; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Pauline Nickelston; grandchildren, Susan Rhodes and husband, Mike, Kirsten Cooper and husband, Jeff, Angie and Richie DeForest and Larry Davids, Jr.; great grandchildren, Meredith, Sydney, Caleb, Caitlyn, Caroline, Elaina; sisters, Audrey Wheelhouse, Patsy Wood, and Iris Greer; brothers, Lawrence Smith and Chick Smith; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Emeritus of Cave Spring and Springtree Health and Rehab for their wonderful care. Memorials may be made to the Blue Ridge Regional Library, 310 East Church Street, Martinsville, Va. 24115-5264

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at Oakey’s South Chapel with the Rev. Charlie Krause officiating.  The family will be receiving friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Oakey’s South Chapel. Graveside services will follow at noon at Roselawn Burial Park in Martinsville. 

Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association/Mother of Charles “Rick” Nickelston, funeral service licensee and assistant manager of Oakey’s North Chapel, Roanoke   

December 31, 2012

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

Alma Legg Wright

Alma Legg Wright, age 71, of 49 Lakeview Court, Eagle Rock VA 24085 died Monday, December 31, 2012 at The Brian Center in Low Moor, Virginia.

She was born May 27, 1941 in Greenbrier County, West Virginia, a daughter of the late Clarence and Mabel Tuckwiller Legg.  She was a member of the Clifton Forge Baptist Church,  a graduate of the C & O Hospital School of Nursing and was a retired operating room nurse supervisor from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by her husband of fifty years, Ronald Wright of Eagle Rock; a daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne and Chia Lin of Alexandria; a sister, Nora Wooten of Amelia; a brother, Dr. Paul Legg of Princeton, KY; a brother-in-law, Gene Winfrey of Richmond;  and sisters-in-law, Aileen Painter of Virginia Beach, Ruth Wright of Clifton Forge and Betty Wright of Eagle Rock.  Also surviving are sister-in-law, Barbara Showalter and husband Gary of Iron Gate, and brother-in-law, Wayne Wright and wife Janice of Troutville.

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Anna Lee Winfrey.

A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge with Reverend Dr. Thomas Harvey officiating.  Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Clifton Forge.  Pallbearers will be Jon Wilson, Jeff Wright, Glenn Jones, Kevin Nicely, Dennis Swearengin, Harvey Burns, Herbert Sams, John Mandeville and John Uarich. The family will receive friends prior to the service on Thursday from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at Nicely Funeral Home, or any time at Ronald and Alma’s apartment, 402 West Ridgeway Street, Clifton Forge.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Clifton Forge Baptist Church, 511 McCormick Blvd, Clifton Forge, VA  24422.

To send condolences to the family online, please visit

Shenandoah Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Wife of Ronnie Wright-long time employee of Nicely Funeral Home

December 31, 2012

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

Clifford Eugene Harvey

Clifford Eugene Harvey, 88, of First Street, Appomattox, died Monday morning December 31, 2012 at The Woodland  in Farmville.  He was the husband of the late Patsy Penn Scott Harvey.

Born in Phenix, VA on April 29, 1924, he was a son of the late Lillian Brightwell and Rawley Cleveland Harvey. Cliff was a US Navy veteran of World War II and a member of Appomattox Court House Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon, Elder, member of the choir and Brunswick Stew Master.  He was a member of the Appomattox Lion’s Club, a charter member of the Appomattox County Rescue Squad; a member, Past Commander and Past Adjutant of American Legion Post #104 and a Master Gardener.

Cliff was part owner and Secretary-Treasurer of Robinson Funeral Home, Inc., from which he retired after 39 years of service. He received a Golden Funeral Service license from the Virginia Funeral Directors Association for his having held a Virginia Funeral Directors License for over 50 years.

Prior to coming to Robinson Funeral Home, Cliff served his apprenticeship at Geest Funeral Home in Culpeper and later worked for Henry Funeral Home in Staunton.

He is survived by his four children, Dr. Paul Douglas Harvey and wife Greer of Appomattox, Rebecca Harvey Throckmorton and husband Denny of Staunton, Sally Ann Harvey of Falls Church, and David Allen Harvey of Richmond; four grandchildren, Joseph Aaron Throckmorton and wife Crystal, Kelly Lauren Harvey and fiancé Matt Boyd, Dustin Andrew Throckmorton and wife Elizabeth, and Katherine Anne Harvey; one great grandson, Jackson Lewis Throckmorton; a sister, Bertie H. Pollard of Keysville; a sister-in-law, Lucy P. Harvey of Appomattox and special friends, Leslie Ann Spalding, Stella Osborne and Milton T. Bruce and wife, Tina.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Edgar J., Bernard L., and Benjamin R. Harvey and two sisters, Evelyn Locke and Josephine Harvey.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. on Wednesday January 2, 2013 at Appomattox Court House Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Loren Tate Mitchell. Burial will follow in Liberty Cemetery with military rites accorded by American Legion Post #104 and V.F.W. #9855 combined honor guard.

The family will receive friends at Robinson Funeral Home today (Tuesday) from 4-6:00 P.M. and other times at the residence.

Those wishing to make memorials please consider the Appomattox Court House Presbyterian Church,  PO Box 85, Appomattox, VA 24522 or Centra Health Hospice of Farmville, 713 Oak Street, Farmville, VA 23901.

Robinson Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family and an online condolence may be sent by visiting

Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association

December 27, 2012

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

Richard W. “Dick” Brockwell

BROCKWELL, Richard W. “Dick” Sr., 72, of Emporia and Lake Gaston, died suddenly on Thursday, December 27, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Brenda B. Brockwell; three sons, Richard W. “Dwayne” Brockwell Jr. and his wife, Gin, of Midlothian, P. Heath Brockwell and his wife. Sasha, of Atlantic Beach, Fla., Kent J. Brockwell and his wife, Sarah, of Midlothian; three stepchildren, Stephanie S. Rawlings and her husband, Jeff, John and Jenny Sykes; 12 grandchildren, Richard W. “Tripp” Brockwell III, Blake Alexander, Heath Jr and Philippa Brockwell, J. P. Clifford, Bonnie Sue Brockwell, Justin Watkins and Seth Ryan Rawlings, Mckayla, Haley and Aaliyah Rogers; his brother, Chris P. Brockwell and his wife, Debra, of Gasburg Va.; nieces and nephew, Stevi Brockwell and Kristi Carter and her husband, Billy and Paul Brockwell. Mr. Brockwell was the retired owner of B&W Bandag Inc., Brock’s Car Care, Brockwell International and Brockwell Truck Leasing. He was an avid Harley enthusiast and a member of the Emerald Isle Beach Patrol. The family will receive friends from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Main Street Baptist Church, 440 S. Main St., Emporia Va., where the funeral service will also be held 3 p.m. Sunday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, where he was an honorary fireman, the Emporia-Greensville Rescue Squad, or the Gasburg Volunteer Fire Department. Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville is in charge of arrangements.

Father of Richard Brockwell, Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

December 20, 2012

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

Charles Ray Tomlinson

Charles Ray “Charlie” Tomlinson 77, died Thursday, December 20, 2012 at Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart. Charlie was born in Damascus, on September 1, 1935 to the late Edward Ray Tomlinson and Viola Mae Hilton Tomlinson.  Charlie served in the United States Naval Reserves; he was a member of the V.F.W, Past Post Commander of the American Legion Pannill Post 42, the Piedmont Masonic Lodge of Martinsville, The Woodman of the World, the I.O.O.F., the Travelers Protective Association and the Martinsville Ruritans. Charlie held his license as a Virginia Life and Causality Insurance Agent.  Charlie was a bluegrass music enthusiast. Between 1963 and 1967 Charlie co-wrote the song, “The Last Farewell” which was recorded with Rebel Records Recording.  The song held the number one position on the Bluegrass Music Charts, along with other recordings such as “I Can Change My Mind” by Charlie Tomlinson, Billy Baker and the Shady Mountain Boys. Charlie performed several bluegrass gospel concerts throughout, Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee and Maryland.  Charlie formed a local gospel group in Martinsville in 1977, known as the original “Singing Directors”. Consisting of Charlie Tomlinson, Hap Holt, Darrell Warren and Frank Collie.  Jim Eanes, country and bluegrass legend, produced the Singing Directors’ first album in the Eanes Recording Studio in Collinsville.  Charlie hosted a local gospel music television show in Martinsville called “The Charlie and Friends Show”.  Charlie and his singing companion of more than twenty years, Kelly Ratcliff of Stuart, held numerous television appearances, radio and community events, performing bluegrass and southern gospel music. Kelly began working under Charlie’s mentorship shortly after the death of his father and continued his career in the funeral profession in which he presently is location manager of the former Tomlinson Funeral Home known as Community Funeral Service of Ridgeway.  Charlie has been instrumental establishing numerous bluegrass and southern gospel groups and according to close friends at the legendary, Carter Fold in Hiltons, Virginia,  Charlie was instrumental in the beginning career of Marty Stewart, a county music legend, and upcoming country music performer, Austin Moody.  Charlie’s first love and passion was music, but he was dedicated to helping others through his funeral service ministry. Charlie held his license as a Funeral Director in Virginia and North Carolina for over thirty eight years.  Charlie began his funeral career at a young age with Scott County Funeral Home in Scott County, Virginia and during those thirty eight years he worked for other funeral homes in the Northern Virginia area such as Hall Funeral Home, Lee Funeral Home and Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home.  Charlie purchased the Hall Funeral Home in Occoquan, Virginia and operated the funeral home until 1972 when the funeral home was destroyed by Hurricane Agnes. Charlie then went to work for Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home in Alexandria, before coming to Martinsville in 1977, where he became co-owner of Roselawn Chapel Funeral Home.  Charlie managed Roselawn Funeral Home until 1981 when he sold his interest in the funeral home and founded Tomlinson Funeral Home and Ambulance Service of Ridgeway in 1982.  Charlie was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Ray Tomlinson, Sr., and Viola Mae Hilton Tomlinson and one sister, Patricia Tomlinson, He is survived by his first wife, the mother of his daughter Sandra Lynn Tomlinson Bridgett, Audrey Tomlinson of Weber City, and his second wife, mother of his son, Charles R. “Chucky” Tomlinson, Sandra Sebastian Tomlinson of Ridgeway,  daughters Sandra Lynn Tomlinson Bridgett of Upper Marlboro, MD., Katherine Hope Robinson of Bassett and Jennifer Renea Jones of Midlothian, one son, Charles R. “Chucky” Tomlinson of Ridgeway, adopted son Kelly G. Ratcliff of Stuart, sister, Carolyn Tomlinson Melton of Savanna Park, MD.,   one brother, Edward Ray “Eddie” Tomlinson, Jr., of Phoenix MD., nine grandchildren, Heather, Holly, Joshua, Miles, Jordon, Michael, Tyler, Christopher and Alexis and six great grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held on Sunday, December 23, 2012 in the chapel of Community Funeral Service of Ridgeway with Rev. Jimmy Woods officiating and military flag presentation performed by the Martinsville-Henry County Veterans Honor Guard.  Interment followed in Holston View Cemetery.

In Weber City on Wednesday December 26, 2012 the continued Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Weber City.

On line condolences may be made by visiting

Arrangements by Community Funeral Service of Ridgeway.

Blue Ridge Virginia Funeral Directors Association

December 5, 2012

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

Dora Wells Twiford

Dora Wells Twiford, 99, of 401 Hastings Lane, Elizabeth City died Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at Albemarle Hospital.  She was born on April 7, 1913 to the late John L. Wells and Minnie Lou Bell Wells in Elizabeth City, NC and was the widow of the late Sam A. Twiford.  Mrs. Twiford was a registered nurse having graduated from Gallinger Hospital in Washington, DC and later she became a licensed funeral director and was co-owner for over 50 years of the Twiford Funeral Homes, Cemeteries and Crematorium with her husband, Sam A. Twiford.  She was a member of the First United Methodist Church since April 1, 1923, a life member of the United Methodist Women and member of the ladies auxiliary of the American Legion Post #84.

She is survived by two sons, Sam A. Twiford, Jr. and his wife, Claudia of Elizabeth City, NC and David H. Twiford and his wife, Darlene of Elizabeth City, NC; a sister, Frances Wells of Elizabeth City, NC and a sister-in-law, Patricia Wells of Jupiter, FL.  She is also survived by five grandchildren, Sam A. Twiford, III and wife Jodi, Jacob S. Twiford and wife Meredith, David H. Twiford, Jr. and special friend Jessica Tade, J.J. Twiford and wife Karen and Whitney T. Waddington and husband Rob; 12 great grandchildren, Rachel, Julia, Samantha, Cort, Ryder, Salem, Ragen, Spencer, Callie, John, Bert, and Joseph.  She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Twiford was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret W. Foxwell and Helen W. Lopez and a brother, John L. Wells, Jr.

The family wishes to thank the caregivers for the excellent care and love they showed to our mother.  We will never forget you, Delores, Monica, Melvia, Joyce, and Camie.  Additionally we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the staff of Carolina House as well as the doctors and staff of Albemarle Hospital.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, December 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Twiford Memorial Chapel, Church Street, by the Rev. F. Joe Griffith and Rev. Joe Casteel.  Entombment will be private in the New Hollywood Cemetery.  The family will receive family and friends Friday evening from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home and also immediately following the chapel service in the lobby of the funeral home.  Flowers are welcome or memorial donations may be directed to the First United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, 201 S. Road Street, Elizabeth City, NC 27909.  Twiford Memorial Chapel, 405 East Church Street, Elizabeth City, NC is assisting the Twiford family. Condolences may be expressed to the family at

National Funeral Directors Association

November 19, 2012

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

Nannie Kate King Kiser

Nannie Kate King “Ma Ma” Kiser, 90, of Bassett (formerly of Roanoke), passed away peacefully with her daughter by her side Monday, November 19, 2012 at the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.  Nannie was born in St. Paul, VA on August 25, 1922 to the late Henry Trigg King and the late Betty Hurd King.

In 1941, Nannie met the love of her life, a young man known as Lilburn Horace Kiser from Hazel Mountain, Virginia.  After the start of World War II in December, 1941, Horace was drafted into the U. S. Army and fought for his country in the Battle of The Bulge.  While serving in the war, Horace carried Nannie’s photograph with him all over Europe until he returned home in 1944.  After he returned home, they continued dating and were married on February 8, 1947.    Times were hard afterwards, so Horace went to work as a coal miner and Nannie went to work in a sewing factory in Bristol Va.  On July, 11, 1949 a daughter was born to this marriage, Brenda Kay, who was the joy of their life then and even after growing up.

In 1979, they moved to Roanoke to be closer to Brenda and helped raise her two sons, Paul “Punkie” T. Kennedy, Jr. and Eric Todd Kennedy. They would send them to school, help the boys with their paper routes and anything else that needed to be done while Brenda worked.   Eric later married Melissa Sink and to this marriage, Eric “Todd” Kennedy, Jr. was born on May 22, 2002 with Nannie and Horace by their side as they had done when the two grandsons were born.

Nannie lived in Roanoke until 2004 when she moved to Bassett, Virginia to be closer to her grandson, Paul.  After moving she helped him at Bassett Funeral Service by working visitations, funerals, answering phones and anything else that he needed.

Nannie fought a very hard battle with Alzheimer’s which started in 2007.   She wanted to remain at her home with Paul and was able to do so because of the special care she received from Sheryl Reeves and Candy Williamson along with Daryl Martin and Jason Alverson who were like her grandsons.  Nannie had good and bad days but still managed to keep her sense of humor.  It was a rough struggle for her but she is now with the love of her life, Horace.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 57 years, Lilburn “Horace” Kiser who died on April 1, 2004; her sisters, Eva Dell Dickenson and Goldie King Rasnake; her brothers, Greer King, Andrew King and Glen King and step grandson, Timothy D. Martin.

She is survived her daughter and son – in – law, Brenda and Howard Martin of Rocky Mount; two grandsons, Paul T. Kennedy, Jr of Bassett and Eric T. Kennedy, Sr. and wife, Melissa Kennedy of Roanoke; one very special great grandson, Eric “Todd” Kennedy, Jr. of Roanoke; one special friend, Daryl Martin of Bassett; step grandchild, Kristi and husband, Justin Hedge of Floyd; two step great grandchildren, Kayla Underwood and Karlie Wimmer both of Floyd; one brother, Howard King of Salem.

The family will receive friends Friday, November 23, 2012 from 6 – 8 PM in the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel and Saturday from 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM in the chapel mausoleum at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.  The funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon at 1:00 PM in the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel with Rev. Ira Waller and Rev. Dale Wilson officiating.  Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Roanoke, VA.  Those wishing to express a memory or sympathy may do so by visiting  Bassett Funeral Service is serving the family of Mrs. Kiser.

Grandmother of Paul Kennedy/Co-Owner of Bassett Funeral Service

November 18, 2012

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

Curtis Ragus Mullins, Sr.

Curtis Ragus Mullins Sr., affectionately known as “Big Dawg”, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. Born in Richlands, Va., Sept. 16, 1952, he was the son of Agnes McClanahan Mullins, Grundy, Va., and the late T.C. Mullins Jr., March 25, 2011. He was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County and was a member of the Grundy Church of Christ for over 50-years. He was a 1970 Graduate of Mountain Mission School, 1974 Graduate of Milligan College receiving his B.S. Degree in Accounting, and a 1980 Graduate of Gupton Jones School of Mortuary Science. Big Dawg was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America, Buchanan County Relay for Life, Southern Youth in Action, Juvenile Diabetes of Buchanan County, Grundy Kiwanis Club, Buchanan County Girl Scouts, just to name a few. He was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather and was President of Grundy Funeral Home and Mullins Monuments. Curtis is survived by his loving wife of 33-years, Susan C. Mullins, Grundy; his mother, Agnes C. Mullins, Grundy; two sons, Curtis Jr., and wife Ashley Mullins, Charlottesville, Va., and Ryan C. Mullins, Grundy, Va.; one daughter, Shannon and husband Jay Coleman, Wise, Va.; three granddaughters, Autumn Olivia Mullins, Charlottesville, Sadie Virginia Mullins, Charlottesville, Isabelle Jane Mullins, Charlottesville. Also, survived by aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. Funeral Services for Curtis Ragus Mullins Sr., will be conducted Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the Grundy Church of Christ with Evgs. Dennis Wimmer, Mike Rife, William L. Neeley, Bob Smith, Raffael Farrow, Dr. James M. Swiney and Pastor Carl Dorton officiating with burial to follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, Va. Friends may call at the Grundy Church of Christ Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. with mason rites and services starting at 7 p.m. Active pallbearers will be his Scouts and former Boy Scouts. Honorary pallbearers will be Elders and Deacons of the Grundy Church of Christ, Rick Quesenberry, Roy Rife, Tex Dales, Ralph Keene, James Duty, Mike Charles, Clayton Mullins, Debbie Dye, Lou Ellen Owens, Gary Rasnick, Ray Foster, Josh Stewart, Thomas O. Dingus, Winfield “Hoot” Dellinger, James Stump, Jake Hagy, Steward and Lucille Justus, Barry Ratliff, Bobby Johnson, Carl Puckett, J. B. Rife, Danny McClanahan, David McClanahan, Chuck Crabtree, Mark Mullins, Gene Rife, Pat Stiltner, Tidy Team, Bob Blankenship, Frennie E. Justice, and Dr. Melissa Keene. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to Boy Scout Troop 740, P. O. Box 1016, Grundy, VA 24614; or Southern Youth in Action, P. O. Box 1016, Grundy, VA 24614. Online condolences may be sent to the family at Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of all arrangements.

Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association

November 5, 2012

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

Rev. Dr. James R. Copeland

Rev. Dr. James R. Copeland, 91, of Henrico, entered into the presence of Christ our Lord on Monday, November 5, 2012. A faithful servant of God for over 52 years, a faithful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mildred Eshelman. He is survived by his beloved wife of 66 years, Hattie P. Copeland; sons, Richard E. Copeland and wife, Marian, of Henrico, Robert L. Copeland of Richmond and James N. Copeland and wife, Gail, of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren, Rich, Valerie Williamson and her husband, Patrick, Rob Copeland and his wife, Kendra, Brian Copeland and his wife, Andrea, Stephanie Copeland and Michael Copeland; great-grandchildren, Jack, Alex, Savannah, Kate, Joel and Lily; numerous nieces and nephews. Dr. Copeland began his ministry in Richmond in 1947 at Ginter Park Baptist Church as Minister of Music along with his wife, Hattie, as organist. Dr. Copeland was a pioneer in an emerging church music profession in Virginia, featuring graded choirs for children and youth as well as an adult choir. Jim graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. During Jim’s 13 years at Ginter Park, he served as Director of Religious Education and Associate Pastor, having earned his Master of Religious Education degree from the Presbyterian School of Religious Education and his Bachelor of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. Dr. Copeland was ordained to the Gospel Ministry in 1958. One day while in his office praying for guidance, he asked God what he wanted him to do. God told him to go preach. During this time in Richmond, he was instrumental in starting Stukley Hall Chapel and Trinity Baptist Churches. In 1960, Dr. Copeland was called to the pastorate of Flagler St. Baptist Church in Miami, Florida. During that time a Chinese-speaking Church and a Spanish-speaking Church were established. He served as Moderator of the Miami Baptist Association. He was the first chaplain of the Miami Police Department and was an instructor at the police academy. Other civic duties included being president of a local Kiwanis Club and serving as a Commissioner of the Miami Housing Authority. In 1967 he assumed the Pastorate of Derbyshire Baptist Church where under his leadership the Cambridge Baptist and Gayton Baptist Churches were constituted, a Cambodian ministry was established, and a fellowship hall and a sanctuary were built. Dr. Copeland served as Moderator and on numerous committees for the Richmond Baptist Association. He was a member of the Virginia Baptist Board where he served as chairman of several committees. In 1976 he earned his Doctor of Ministry degree from Southeastern Baptist Seminary. He was well known in Virginia churches as a consultant for Capital fundraising. He led 37 Virginia churches to provide funds for new buildings. Dr. Copeland was a member of several Kiwanis Clubs in the Richmond area, accumulating 50 years of perfect attendance, serving as president of the West Henrico Club and Lt. Governor of the Capitol District. In his retirement, Dr. Copeland served as the Interim Pastor for six local churches. He participated in Partnership Evangelism and Preaching Missions in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Macau, Scotland, Tanzania, and Grace Baptist Church, Taipei, Taiwan. The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of nurses at Lakewood Manor for the tender way which they cared for Dr. Copeland. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012 at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, Va. 23229. A celebration of life service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 9, 2012 at Derbyshire Baptist Church, 8800 Derbyshire Road, Richmond, Va. 23233. Interment Greenwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts in Dr. Copeland’s name should be made to Derbyshire Baptist Church or James R. and Hattie Copeland Scholarship for Sacred Music, c/o Rider University, 101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, N.J. 08542.

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Father of Richard Copeland-Manager at Woody Funeral Home, Parham Chapel

November 4, 2012

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

Robert Thomas “Bob” Slusser, Sr.

Robert Thomas “Bob” Slusser, Sr., age 88, of 956 Ingalls Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Sunday, November 4, 2012 at his residence. Bob was born December 29, 1923 in Fincastle, Virginia to the late Robert Earl and Laura Kern Slusser, and grew up in Fincastle. At seventeen, he had his parents sign him up for the United States Marine Corp and served during World War II in the Pacific Theatre, achieving the rank of Infantry Corporal in the 6th Marine Division, 22nd Regiment, C Company. He was wounded on the Island of Guam and recovered from his shrapnel injuries in Saipan. He then received a bullet wound from a Japanese soldier on the island of Okinawa, thirteen days after the Invasion of Okinawa. He was twice a recipient of the Purple Heart. Following the end of the war, he located in Clifton Forge and became parts manager for Wood Chevrolet. He married Nancy Nicely of Clifton Forge, whose father owned and operated Nicely Funeral Home, then graduated from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He received his Funeral Director’s License in 1951, and as a Virginia Funeral Director and Embalmer, worked for over 60 years as Co-Owner and Co-Manager of Nicely Funeral Home, Inc. Bob was a member of the Clifton Forge Masonic Lodge # 166 A.F. & A.M., Alleghany Royal Arch Chapter # 24 of Knights Templar, Alleghany Commandery # 23, Kazim Shriners A.A.O.N.M.S., Roanoke Court # 59 of the Royal Order of Jesters, Clifton Forge Shrine Club, and the former Hot Springs Shrine Club. He was also a lifetime member of the B.P.O.E Clifton Forge Lodge # 1065, and the Burnside-Carpenter VFW Post # 4299. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy O’Lee Nicely Slusser in 1998, and his sister and brother-in-law, Ann S. and Frank Linkenauger. He is survived by his son, Robert Thomas “Tommy” Slusser, Jr. and his wife, Kelly of Clifton Forge, a grandson, Robert Kelly “Rob” Slusser, and a granddaughter, Sylvie O’Lee Slusser; a niece, Denise Sprinkle and husband Pete of Fincastle; a nephew, Quinn Linkenauger and wife Peggy of Fincastle; six great nieces and great nephews; special co-workers, John Mandeville, Sr. and Ronald Wright; and special friends, Stella Lowman, Francelia Cox, Mary Kay Nichols, Jo Anne Wilhelm, Dean Hicks, Wanda Woodward, Harvey Burns, and Herbert Sams. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 3:00 PM in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge with Reverend W. Pembroke Hall officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Clifton Forge. Pallbearers will be Quinn Linkenauger, Pete Sprinkle, Tom Beirne, Brandon Nicely, John Mandeville, Jr., Roger Schroeder, Scott Ayres, and Guy Michael Pullen. Honorary pallbearers will be Wallace Nunley, Harvey Chittum, Doug Glass, Tom Dean, Jack Hammond, Hank Via, Benny Albright, Connie Mack Kern, Chip Snead, Reverend Ed Mansfield, Jim Tennant, and Jimmy Drewry. Friends may call any time Tuesday at Nicely Funeral Home, and the family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Burnside-Carpenter VFW Post # 4299, C/O Richard Erskine, P.O. Box 290, Iron Gate, VA 24448.

Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association

October 16, 2012

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

Agnes M. Gould

GOULD, Agnes M., 93, longtime Hopewell and Williamsburg resident, died October 16, 2012. Born in Pennsylvania Dutch country to Frank and Louie Fierschnaller, Agnes, together with her husband, Ray Gould were the founders of Gould Funeral Homes in Hopewell and Petersburg. Agnes was the quintessential funeral director, always putting the needs of the families she served before those of her own. She felt that she and her family were privileged to have served all those others for so many years. Among other affiliations, Agnes was a member of the Fort Lee Advisory Board, Women of the Moose 1180, Eastern Star and First United Methodist Church. Twelve years after Ray’s death in 1982, she moved to Williamsburg. She was predeceased by her husband, Ray; son, Don; sisters, Trudy and Mary; and brother, Ed. She is survived by her devoted life partner of 27 years, H. Ben Forney; sons, Larry (Marlene) and Jay (Bill); sister, Martha and extended family in PA; grandsons, Don, Jr. (Shanon) and David (Vickie) and families in Houston; grandson Jimmy (Jennifer) and family of St. Louis; granddaughter, Chrissie (Graham) and family; best friend, Frances Treaster and sons, Junie and Keith; and many other dear friends. Visitation will be from 4:00-5:30 PM Sunday, 10/21 with Funeral Service at 11:00 AM Monday, 10/22, all at First United Methodist Church,Hopewell. The service will be conducted by her longtime friend Rev. Gene C. Tatum and Rev. Dr. Michael Browder. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Agnes’ memory may be made to: Virginia United Methodist Assembly Center,(VUMAC) which provides education, fellowship and ministry to people of all ages, 707 Fourth Street, Blackstone, VA 23824. Funeral arrangements by Bliley’s (804) 355-3800.

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

October 15, 2012

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

Mike Williams

Mike Williams, 50, of Bristol, Virginia and formerly of Lee County, Virginia, passed away Monday (October 15, 2012) at his residence.

He graduated from Thomas Walker High School in Ewing, Virginia in 1980 and graduated from John Tyler Community College with a degree in Funeral Service in 1982.  He was a member of Providence Community Church in Abingdon, Virginia.

Mike’s career in the funeral industry expanded over 32 years, having been associated with E. Alvin Small Funeral Home of Richmond, Virginia, Sturgill Funeral Home and Arney-Mullins Funeral Home of Rose Hill, Virginia, Farris Funeral Home of Abingdon, Virginia, Oakley-Cook Funeral Home of Bristol, Tennessee, and Johnson Funeral Home of Damascus, Virginia.  He was currently employed by Colonial Funeral Home of Scott County in Weber City, Virginia.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Ernest and Evelyn Williams; uncles, Norman, Boyd, and Donald Williams; and aunt, Peggy Williams.

Surviving are:

His mother:  Shirley Alene Williams of Ewing, Virginia

Brother:  Danny Williams and wife, Janice of Rose Hill, Virginia

Sisters:  Kimberly Tipton and husband, Terry of Ewing, Virginia

Pamela Tompkins and husband, Dr. Charles Tompkins of Harrogate, Tennessee

Nephews: Cpl. Jason Williams and wife, Christy of Camp Lejune, North Carolina

T.J. Tipton and wife, Tisha of Middlesboro, Kentucky

Adam Tipton of Ewing, Virginia

Samuel and Chad Tompkins, both of Harrogate, Tennessee

Brandon Scruggs of Buchanan, Virginia

Nieces:  Misty Palmore and husband, Frederick and Sarah Williams, all of Buckingham, Virginia

Morgan Smith and husband, Travis of Clinton, Tennessee

Cynthia Scruggs of Buchanan, Virginia

Great-nieces and nephews:  Abbey and Jacob Palmore; Hayley, Jason, and Chase Williams; Arianna and Levi Smith; and McKenzie Scruggs

His loving pets:  Rufus and Sophie, Nikki and Abbey

Special friends:  Gene and Jeanette Hurd; Debbie Woods; John, Debbie, John Jr., and Michael Hinkle; Lou and Sherri Smith; Robert Givens; Jack Frost; Dot Frost; and Larry Davidson

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at the Arney-Mullins Funeral Home in Rose Hill, Virginia.

Memorial services will follow with the Rev. John Thrasher, pastor of Providence Community Church of Abingdon, officiating.

Committal graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the Jones Cemetery in Ewing, Virginia with Pastor Scott Cannon of Pump Springs Baptist Church of Harrogate, Tennessee, officiating.

Online condolences may be left for the Williams Family at   Arney-Mullins Funeral Home of Jonesville, Virginia is in charge of arrangements.

Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association

October 10, 2012

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

Bill E. Julian

Norfolk – Bill Julian, 79, died Wed., Oct. 10, 2012 after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
His unbelievable strength and refusal to complain about pain associated with his disease, was characteristic of the true grit of this retired dedicated U.S. Marine. Bill had a love for fast cars, his New York Yankees, Nascar, his dog Roxie and his family.

Bill was born in Spencer, NC and was predeceased by his mother and father, Dorothy and John Henry Julian. Left to cherish his memory is his wife of forty-four years, Marie Julian; his brother, Casey H. Julian; four daughters, Billie Hale, Betty Lovell, Debbie Rudolph and Teresa Norrell; and eight grandchildren, Melanie Post, Dustin Norrell, Alyssa Balluzzo, Andre’a Rogers, Christina and Jonathan Rudolph, and Dalton and Jackson Hale; two great grandchildren, Bradley Allen and Nicole Post; and sister by choice, Margie Battiner.

Bill was a dedicated father, a loving husband and the world’s greatest Papa. Those who didn’t know him, saw a man of few words. Those who knew him well loved his unique personality, his quickness to tell a joke or share one of his colorful stories from his past. He will be sorely missed and leaves a void in the heart of many. Semper Fi Dad.

A Memorial service with U.S. Marine Corps honors will be conducted Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel.  A private service will be held at Albert G. Horton Memorial Veterans Cemetery at a later date.  Condolences may be offered to the family at

Tidewater Virginia Funeral Directors Association

September 27, 2012

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

Mable Dodd Gatewood

Mable Dodd Gatewood “Granny Fuzzy”, 92, of 528 South Main Street, Chatham, VA died Thursday, September 27, 2012 at Chatham Health and Rehabilitation, Chatham, VA.  She was born on June 6, 1920 in Callands, VA a daughter of the late Ralph Harvey Dodd and Helena Allen Dodd.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Haile L. Gatewood, Sr.; sisters, Beatrice “Bea” Dodd Pickrel and Frances Dodd Wharton and grandson, Clarence D. Bryant, IV.

Mrs. Gatewood was a member of Chatham Presbyterian Church for more than 65 years and was a charter member of the Monday Bridge Club. She was owner/operator of Betty Ann’s Beauty Shop until retirement in 1976.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Betty Gatewood Bryant and Clarence D. Bryant, III of Blairs, VA; son and daughter-in-law, Haile L. “Butch” Gatewood, Jr. and Pat H. Gatewood of Chatham, VA; grandsons, Haile L. “HL” Gatewood, II of Danville, VA and Randy Earl Gatewood of Chatham, VA and great-grandchildren, Daniel Bebb Gatewood of Danville, VA and Katylyn Elizabeth Gatewood of Chatham, VA.

A graveside service will be held at 12:00 noon on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Hillcrest Burial Park, Chatham, Virginia with Reverend Mikel D. Pugh officiating.

Memorials may be made to Chatham Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 192, Chatham, VA  24531.

Condolences may be made to Haile L. “Butch” Gatewood, Jr., Manager of Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, 3413 Game Reserve Road, Chatham, VA  24531.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, Mt. Hermon Chapel, Danville, VA is serving the Gatewood family.

Online condolences may be made at

Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association

September 25, 2012

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

William Nicholas “Billy Nick” Bracey

September 28, 1935 – September 25, 2012
Mr. William Nicholas “Billy Nick” Bracey, age 76 of South Hill, died Tuesday, September 25, 2012 in Community Memorial Health Center. He was the Commissioner of Revenue for Mecklenburg County for twenty-eight years, a licensed funeral director for fifteen years with the former Crews Funeral Home, a U.S .Army veteran, a member of the American Legion Post #79 and the South Hill Moose Lodge.

He is survived by his wife of fifty-five years Barbara Moss Bracey, a son Michael H. Bracey and wife Sandi of Greensboro, NC, a sister Joyce Bracey Tudor of La Crosse, two grandchildren Jami and Nicole Bracey, a niece Mary Tudor Hardin of La Crosse and nephew William Earl Tudor of Spring Branch, TX..

A funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 3:00 P.M. in Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory. The family will receive friends Thursday from 1:00 P.M. until the hour of service at 3:00 P.M. Memorial contributions may be made to the CMH Oncology, P. O. Box 90, South Hill, VA. 23970. Online condolences may be sent to

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

August 12, 2012

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

Thomas E. “Mike” Reynolds

Thomas Edwin “Mike” Reynolds, age 99 of Bedford, Va. died Sunday, August 12, 2012 at his residence. He was born May 20, 1913 a son of the late Thomas H. and Jessie McAnally Reynolds. He was also preceded in death by his first wife, Marguerite Ramsey Reynolds who died in 1998; grandson, Michael D. Reynolds; and brother, Hobson Reynolds.

Mike was a retired businessman. He was the owner of Peoples Furniture Company for 78 years and owned and operated Reynolds Cattle Farm where he raised Polled Hereford cattle. Mike was active in the Bedford Lions Club where he was the last charter member and recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow award. He was one of the founders of Bedford County Memorial Hospital. He was an active member of Main Street United Methodist Church where he served on various committees. He donated Reynolds Memorial Park in Bedford in memory of his grandson who preceded him in death.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Burrows Reynolds; two sons, Thomas E. “Tommy” Reynolds, Jr. and wife Roslyn C. Reynolds, Charles R. Reynolds (Manager of Reynolds-Hamrick Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Waynesboro); grandchildren, Bryan M. Reynolds and wife Kim S. Reynolds, Ona V. Reynolds, Rose Marie Reynolds, Dena R. Reynolds, Chad R. Reynolds; great-grandchildren, Adam Reynolds, Landon Reynolds; sister, Nan Reynolds; brothers, Charles Reynolds and wife Josephine Reynolds, Claude Reynolds and wife Anne Reynolds; and special pet, Holly.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday at Main Street United Methodist Church with Rev. Bart Weakley, Dr. Carl Douglass and Rev. Wayne Murphy. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Active Pallbearers will be Bryan Reynolds, Bob Corbin, Lee Flora, Tucker Ferguson, Alex Daniel, Dennis Gibbs, Doug Hawpe, and Nelson Leftwich. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Lions Club and the Coffee Club. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Patrick Henry Boys and Girls Home, P.O. Box 1398, Brookneal, Virginia 24528 or Main Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 505, Bedford, Va. 24523. His family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Updike Funeral Home, Bedford. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Bedford.  

Blue Ridge Virginia Funeral Directors Association

August 7, 2012

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

Doris Lockhart Land

Chesapeake – Doris Lockhart Land, 88, of the 300 block of Briarfield Drive passed away Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in Chesapeake.
Born in Old Norfolk County she was the daughter of the late Willoughby Carey and Lessie Hughes Lockhart and was also predeceased by her three sisters, Lessie W. Rudiger, Lillian D. Hartzell and Margaret L. Stewart. Doris was a 1942 graduate of Great Bridge High School and later graduated from Norfolk Business College. She was a life-long member of Centerville Baptist Church, Chesapeake. Along side her husband Tommy, she enjoyed keeping a beautiful yard and gardening. A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she loved her family dearly and cherished every moment with each of them.
Survivors include her husband of more than 60 years, Thomas L. Land, Jr.; two daughters, Gloria L. Williams and husband B.M. and Cindy L. Oman and husband Bob all of Chesapeake; two grandchildren, Nathaniel R. Williams and wife Amy of Va. Beach and Rebecca A. W. Payne and husband Bradley of Fredericksburg, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Connor Elliott Williams and Lydia Doris Payne.
The funeral service will be conducted at noon on Friday, August 10, 2012 in the chapel of Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. Rev. Charles L. Moseley and Rev. Kevin Ritter will officiate. The interment will be private in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 10:30 to 11:30 prior to the service.
Friends are invited to send condolences and to sign the online guest book at

Tidewater Virginia Funeral Directors Association/President-Elect, Bob Oman’s Mother-in-Law

August 2, 2012

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

Virginia “Puddin” Sheridan

Virginia Dabney Cameron Sheridan, “Puddin”, age 54 of Kents Store, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, August 2 at her home.  She is preceded in death by her grandparents: Richard Anderson and Virginia Lee Trice of Spring Garden, Mineral, Virginia and Robert Griffen and Fannie Gramham Cameron of Trevillians, Virginia.  She is survived by her parents Paul Stewart Cameron and Julia Dabney Trice Cameron of Mineral, Virginia. She is also survived by her loving and devoted husband of 30 years, Henry “Frankie” Sheridan of Kents Store, Virginia; one step-son, Patrick Wade Sheridan and his wife, Ann of Troy, Virginia; one step-daughter, Nikki Andrea Sheridan of Richmond, Virginia; one brother, Stewart Cameron and his wife, Tracy of Mineral, Virginia; one niece, Morgan Dabney Cameron; one nephew, Tyler Cameron. And the apple of her eye, her grandson, Timothy Wade Sheridan, whom she affectionately nicknamed “The King”.

Timothy kept her busy on the weekends because Puddin never missed one of his games.  During the week, Puddin was a registered nurse, and was devoted to her patients; she worked at the Richmond Surgical Group for the last 29 years.  In addition to nursing, Puddin was a beloved member of her community and of Mineral Baptist Church.  She was always the first person to show up with food or a donation for a fundraiser, and was known for having the best candy at Halloween.  When she wasn’t in Kents Store, she could be found in North Myrtle Beach on the deck reading a good book.

The family will receive friends at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, Virginia on Saturday, August 4, 2012 from 4pm to 8pm .  Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 5, 2012 at Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church in Kents Store, Virginia at 3pm officiated by the Reverend Vivian Utz and the Reverend Buster Payne.  Interment to follow in the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorial contributions to be made in Puddin’s honor to Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 55, Kents Store, Virginia 23084.

Wife of past president Frankie Sheridan/Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

July 19, 2012

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

Steve Jerome Batten

Steve Jerome Batten, 54, of Midlothian, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, July 18, 2012 after a long and courageous battle with brain cancer.  He was preceded in death by his father, Wilbert Jerome Batten Sr.  He is survived by his mother, Blanch LaRue Killette Batten; a sister, Kathryn LaRue Culpin and husband, Bill Culpin, all of Midlothian; a brother, Wilbert “Jerry” Jerome Batten Jr. and wife, Sherri Lynn Batten, of Hanover; three nieces, Karrington LaRue Culpin, Skylar Brooke Batten, Elisabeth Mariah Batten; one nephew, Christian Taylor Batten.

Steve was a funeral director with Woody Funeral Home for 25 years and a member of Grove Avenue Baptist Church.  He was an active member of the Brain Tumor Support Group at St. Mary’s Hospital and volunteered with Chippenham and Johnston Willis Hpositals for seven years.

The family will receive friends Saturday, July 21, from  5 to 7 p.m. at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 North Parham Road.  A funeral service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Grove Avenue Baptist Church, 8701 Ridge Road, Richmond, Va. 23229.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Cullather Brain Tumor Quality of Life Center, 5875 Bremo Road, Suite 108, Richmond, Va. 23226.  Online condolences may be made to the family at

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

July 15, 2012

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

Rella C. Johnson

Rella C. Johnson, 92, of Weber City went to be with the Lord on Sunday (July 15, 2012) at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.

She was a lifelong resident of Scott County. She was a charter member of Salley’s Chapel Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School. Mrs. Johnson was preceded in death by her husband, Rhea Curtis Johnson; parents, Charles Ray Smith, Sr. and Eva Davidson Smith; brothers, Walker (Pete) Smith and James H. Smith.

Rella Johnson is survived by her sons, Jack R. Johnson and wife, Linda (Gate City, VA), Robert H. Johnson and wife, Nell (Bridgewater, VA), Darryl E. Johnson and wife, Sheila (Weber City, VA); her grandchildren, Eric Johnson and wife, Toby, Melanie Cox and husband, Brian, John Johnson and wife, Rhonda, Adam Johnson, Sara Ahneman and husband, Jim, Jason Johnson and Kristen Porter, Matthew Johnson and wife, Kellie, Andrew Johnson and wife, Amanda; great grandchildren, Benjamin Johnson, Cooper Johnson, Alyssa Barrett, Jackson Barrett, Hunter Cox, Logan Cox, Karenell Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Austin Johnson, Trenton Johnson, Jacob Johnson, Jonah Johnson, and Lily Johnson; a sister, Marion Gibson (Bristol, TN); her brother, Charles. R. Smith, Jr. (Gate City, VA); a longtime friend and neighbor, Kathryn Ball along with several nieces and nephews. A special thanks goes out to Jennifer McConnell for her caring assistance of Rella Johnson.

Calling hours will be held on Tuesday (July 17, 2012) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Scott County Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be conducted on Tuesday (July 17, 2012) at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with Pastor George Winegar officiating. Music will be provided by Salley’s Chapel Trio.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday (July 18, 2012) at 11 a.m. at Holston View Cemetery with family and friends serving as pallbearers. Family and friends attending the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:15 a.m. to go in procession.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Salley’s Chapel Baptist Church, 134 Chapel Street, Weber City, VA 24290.

Carter-Trent/Scott County Funeral Home is serving the Johnson family.

Mother of Past VFDA President Bob Johnson from Bridgewater, Virginia

Shenandoah Virginia Funeral Directors Association

July 11, 2012

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

Dorothy Rose Fulton Frost

Mrs. Dot Frost, age 71, a lifelong resident of Washington County, Virginia passed away at her residence on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, after a very courageous seven month battle with cancer.

She was born in Abingdon, Virginia, on July 31, 1941, a daughter of the late Sherman and Martha Blevins Fulton.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband Bill who passed away in 2001.  She was preceded in death by five brothers, Charlie Fulton, Hubert Fulton, Eugene Fulton, Bill Fulton and William at birth. She was and will always be remembered as a loving and caring person who always put everyone’s well being before hers. She loved her 5 grandchildren and was always willing to offer advice when they needed it. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Damascus, Virginia.

She is survived by her two sons and daughter in laws, Steve and Kellie Frost of Damascus, Virginia and Jack and Robin Frost of Abingdon, Virginia; Her five very special grandchildren, Rachel Frost, Claudia Frost, Hunter and wife Alicia Watson, Blake Watson and Colby Frost; Her only living brother, Ike Fulton of Abingdon, Virginia who she loved and grew close to after he returned to this area. She also leaves behind several nieces, nephews and a host of special friends.

Graveside Services for Mrs. Dot Frost will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. on Saturday, July 14, 2012 in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Damascus, Virginia with the Rev. Jerry A Eggers officiating. Honorary pallbearers will be P. G. Widener, Justin Triplett, Glen David Triplett, Tim Brabson, Ed Craig, D. L. Stout, Dr. John Roberts, Tommy Hayes, Jim Odum, Jimmy Cato, Paul Ed Scyphers and her very special nephews. It was the wishes of our mother that she have no formal visitation and that flowers be omitted and donations be made in her memory to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, South Carolina, 29605-4277.

The family would like to thank her special caregiver for the past 7 months, Mrs. Julie Conroy and her family for the love that was shown to her and for the special care that was given on a daily basis. To her very special friends, Patty Blevins, for the daily phone calls and for being a part of her life and to Becky Dearmond, who was her Pharmacist, but was also someone she knew and loved.  For the past few months she was under the care of Hospice of Southwest Virginia, Louise Slone, Lisa Cregger, Sandy Pierce, Sherry Hall and Staff for the care that was given by them was truly remarkable. A special thank you to Dr. Turski and to Dr. Davis and the ladies at the cancer center for treating her so well. We would also like to sincerely thank the staff of Frost Funeral Home and the staff of Weaver Funeral Home in Bristol, Tennessee for the care given to our mother.  During her battle with cancer, she never complained or asked why and often commented on a special and blessed life she has had.

The family will gather at the home of Steve and Kellie Frost in Damascus, Virginia.

Online condolences can be submitted to the family at

Frost Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Abingdon, Virginia (1-276-628-2131) is honored to serve the family of Mrs. Dot Frost.

Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association

June 30, 2012

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

John W. Minix

Mr. Minix of Alexandria, VA died on Saturday June 30.

Mr. Minix was born in Melrose, Virginia on July  9,1921 and grew up in Naruna Virginia. After graduating from Naruna High School in June 1939, Mr. Minix went to Whitten Funeral Home in Lynchburg, Virginia to serve his apprenticeship. In 1941 he went to Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Nashville, Tennessee. Upon graduating in June 1942, he enlisted in the Navy and served as a Pharmacists’s Mate at Norfolk Naval Hospital and Portsmouth Naval Hospital. From the Spring of 1944 until the end of World War II, Mr. Minix served on the LaPorte 151 in the South Pacific. In the fall of 1945, he went back to Whitten Funeral Home in Lynchburg until January 1949. Mr. Minix then was appointed Funeral Director of Thomas Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, Virginia. In the spring of 1957, he came to Demaine Funeral Home, where he worked as Embalmer and Funeral Director and later as General Manager until his retirement in 1992.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Sara, his parents Thomas Henry and Fannie Lee Davis and his brothers and sisters Bertha Shortt, Henry Minix, Mae Wingfield and Sam Minix.

John is survived by his three children Martha M. Boles, Rebecca C. Munse and C. Michael Minix. He is the grandfather of Shawn, Sara Kathleen and Robby Boles, Brian and Laura Munse and Rusty, Tyler and Chelsea Minix.

Friends may call at the Demaine Funeral Home, 520 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 where the family will be present on  Monday July 2, 2012 from 2-4 & 7-9.

Graveside funeral services will be held at Fairfax Memorial Park on Tuesday July 3 at 11 AM.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to The Boys’ Home, 424 Boys’ Home Road, Covington, VA 24426.

Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association

June 18, 2012

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

Martha “Frances” Potts Andrews

Martha “Frances” Potts Andrews, 84, passed away on Monday, June 18, 2012 in Gloucester, Va. She was born in Snow Hill, NC to the late James Henry and Iola Marshburn Potts and was the widow of John H. “Jack” Andrews.  She was a graduate of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1948, and a longtime member of Bellamy United Methodist Church in Gloucester. She retired from the Middlesex County Public Schools where she taught a Health Assistant Group in the Vocation Dept. She also taught a CNA course at Rappahannock Community College. She worked alongside her husband Jack while he was the manager of Royston Funeral Home in Marshall, Va.; Colonial Funeral Home in Smithfield, Va., and when they moved to Gloucester, she was very much behind the scenes.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and her siblings, Ruth, Buddy, Dick, and Mary Lou. She is survived by her sons, Gerald L. “Jerry” Andrews and his wife Ann of Gloucester, Va. and John Michael “Mike” Andrews of Jacksonville, FL, her sister Carolyn Rodgers of Sarasota, FL. grandchildren Hope Andrews Hunter and her husband Nick, Jeri-Lee Andrews Russ and her husband Justin; Justin James Andrews and his wife Jessica of Fairbanks, Alaska, Mary Grace Andrews of Tampa, Fl. and Kelly Michelle Andrews of Springfield, and her great grandchildren, David Noah Russ and Colbie Faith Russ, and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at Andrews Funeral Home on Thursday, June 21, 2012 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. in Bellamy United Methodist Church, 4870 Chestnut Fork Road, Gloucester. Burial will be in Bellamy Memorial Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 1417, Gloucester, Va.  23061. The family would like to give special thanks to the Gloucester House for their care over the last 3 years.

Andrews Funeral Home, Gloucester, Va. is in charge of arrangements.

Mother of Gerald L. “Jerry” Andrews

June 4, 2012

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

Donald Ray Bates

Donald Ray Bates, 69, died Monday June 4, 2012 at his home following an extended illness. Born in Jenkins, Kentucky, he was the youngest child born to Landis D. and Mary Lou (Hayes) Bates. Don was a graduate of East Tenn. State University, received his M.A. from Union College and his Ed. S. from the University of Virginia. He taught in the Wise County Schools system for thirty two years, and while there was a member and a past president of the Wise County Education Association. For over twenty years he was an adjunct faculty member of Mountain Empire Community College. He was both a real estate broker and appraiser, and at his retirement was an associate of Ridgeview Real Estate. Don was a member of the First Baptist Church in Norton.

He was preceded in death by his brothers and sister: Franklin Bates, John Bates, Russell Bates, Robert Bates, Dewey Bates, Martin Bates, and Joyce Bates.

Surviving are his wife, Charlene Brooks Bates, his daughter, Mary Lee Hagy and her husband, Marty, a son, Robert“Robbie” Bates and his wife, Patty, his grandchildren: Brianna Stallard, Mary Jo Stallard, Peyton Stallard, Tia Bates, Jonah Smallwood, and Justin Webb; his sisters and brother: Carrie Kilgore, Mary Holcomb, Ruth Puckett, Dixie Cox, Jean Hillman, Jacqueline Hubbard, and James Bates.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Monday, June 11 at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be at 7 PM in the funeral home chapel with the Reverend John Ellington officiating. The family and friends will gather at 10:30 AM Tuesday at the funeral home where they will travel in procession to Powell Valley Memorial Gardens for committal and burial. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church of Norton, PO Box 499, Norton, VA 24273.

Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association

May 29, 2012 

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

Sue Owens Updike

Sue Owens Updike, 86, died May 29, 2012. Born in Gates County, N.C., she was the daughter of Benjamin A. Owens and Katy Lynn Pitman Owens of Gates, N.C. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, O. Kenneth Updike, who was a past president of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association.

She graduated valedictorian from Gates High School in 1944. She went on to attend the Women’s College of the University of North Carolina — Greensboro. As it was wartime, she left college to work at Consolidated Aircraft until she met and married her husband, who had returned from serving in the U.S. Navy in the South Pacific.

For 35 years, Sue was the office manager for the Boy Scouts of America, Stonewall Area Council. She served on the board of the American Red Cross and also was a member of the Kings Daughters Hospital Auxiliary.

Sue is survived by three sons and their wives, Kenneth and Gale Updike of Roanoke, David Updike Sr. of Staunton and James and Lundy Updike of Alexandria. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Christopher and Jennifer Burdett, David Updike Jr., and fiancee, Marion Mader, Leslie and Zac Hart, Samuel A. Updike, James L. Updike and Thomas P. Updike; three great-grandchildren, Erin Updike, Graeme Burdett and Rhys Burdett. In addition, she is survived by her sister, Ellen O. Eure of Gatesville, N.C.; and a niece, Alta L. Blowe.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday at Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 18 W. Frederick St., Staunton. A service was held in the Staunton Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Home with Elder Alphonzo Hamilton officiating.

Family and friends may view the obituary and send condolences on line at www.reynolds

Shenandoah Virginia Funeral Directors Association

May 25, 2012

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

Wesley Christopher Greenwood, Jr.

Wesley Christopher Greenwood, Jr., a true Virginia waterman and sportsman departed this life on Friday, May 25, 2012. He is survived by his wife of thirty two years, Annette Foster Greenwood. He was the father to three children, all of whom he was extremely proud, Judy Greenwood Aldridge (Tim) of Poquoson & Remlik, VA, Captain Josh Fitchett (Debbie) of Montpelier, VA and Joey Fitchett
(Nina) of Saluda, VA. He had six grandchildren, all of whom he loved dearly, Virginia Aldridge Norton (Darryl), Alex Christopher Fitchett, Kloe Marie Fitchett, Calvin Trey Fitchett, Sarah Annette Fitchett and Matthew Layne Fitchett. He also had two great-grandchildren, Alyssa Norton and Savannah Norton. He is also survived by his sister Hazel G. Stover, Church View, Virginia, numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Born in Stevensville, Virginia he soon found himself in Middlesex County where he lived out his later life on the water as a commercial fisherman. He also was a fur trader and trapper throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. He was the founder of Greenwood Fur and Scrap, currently Middlesex Metals. In his earlier years he partnered with stock car racers from Carolina and Virginia and raced at many speedways in the Carolinas and Virginia both dirt and asphalt racing. His many pastimes included big game hunting in Montana and Idaho, deer hunting in the East and his favorite pass time turkey hunting. He was a lifetime member of the Virginia Trappers Association. He also coached Little League baseball for Middlesex County as the boys were growing up. He was a member of Hermitage Baptist Church and served as a deacon before his health failed. He entertained many on Saturday nights with Bluegrass Music Groups from surrounding counties at his fur shop after his retirement. He continued his passion for hunting and trapping as well.

The visitation will be Saturday (today) from 5 to 8pm at Hermitage Baptist Church. The funeral service will be Sunday at 2pm in Hermitage Baptist Church, Church View, Virginia. Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.

The family would like to thank the staff of Walter Reed Convalescent Center and Hospice of Virginia for the care and comfort that was provided for Wesley. In Lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, Virginia 23058, the Alzheimer’s Association, 4600 Cox Road, Suite 130, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060 or Hunters for the Hungry, PO
Box 304, Big Island, Virginia 24526.

Husband of Annette Foster Greenwood, Virginia Funeral Supplies Sales Association

May 7, 2012

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

Reverend Ralph L. Buchanan

February 21, 1912 – May 7, 2012

The Reverend Ralph L. Buchanan, age 100, of Spruce Pine, NC, died on Monday, May 7, 2012, at Mission Memorial Hospital in Asheville.     He was the father of Daniel E. Buchanan who was for many years President of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta and is currently associated with The McDougald Funeral Home in Anderson, SC, where he began his career in funeral service.  Rev. Buchanan, an ordained Presbyterian minister, served churches in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.  In addition to his son, he is survived by a daughter, Martha Buchanan Smith of Spruce Pine, four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, a brother and four sisters, and many nieces and nephews.

Services celebrating the life and ministry of Rev. Buchanan will be held on Thursday, May 10, 2012, at 2 PM at the First Presbyterian Church, Spruce Pine, North Carolina, with interment to follow at the Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery.     The family will receive friends at Webb Funeral Home in Spruce Pine, NC, on Wednesday, May 9th from 6 PM until 8 PM.

The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Ralph and Margaret Buchanan Memorial Scholarship Fund, King College, 1350 King College Road, Bristol, Tennessee 37620; or to Hospice of Mitchell County, PO Box 38, Spruce Pine, North Carolina 28777, or to Camp Buc, 4730 Upper Whitewater Road, Sapphire, NC 28774. For full obituary, visit

May 6, 2012

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

Donald Lester Price, Sr.

Donald Lester Price, Sr., 65, of Manassas, Virginia went home to be with his Lord on Sunday, May 6, 2012 in Manassas. Mr. Price was born July 29, 1946 in Abingdon, VA to the late James and Adeana (Wyatt) Price. As a young man he began his career in funeral service with Farris Funeral Home in Abingdon. After graduating from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, he worked with Hoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg, VA and then purchased Sanford-Price Funeral Home in Montross, VA. Mr. Price was in Montross for several years before moving to Manassas, VA in 1984 to open Lee Funeral Home. He co-owned and operated Lee Funeral Home for many years before starting Price Funeral Home in Manassas in 1994. Mr. Price served with Loudoun Funeral Chapel in Leesburg during recent years as well as Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville.  Mr. Price demonstrated great compassion toward families in their time of need.  He will be remembered as a loving father and grandfather and a caring servant of bereaved families.

Mr. Price is survived by his wife Elena Price of Harrisonburg, VA; five children: Rebecca (Duane) Gary of Baldwinsville, NY, Jennifer (Mark) Frye of Nokesville, VA, Christina (Tom) McKenen of Haymarket, VA, Tracy (Ronnie) Highnote of Warrenton, VA, Donald  Price, Jr. of Manassas; adopted daughter, Jennifer Judy;  two brothers: Frank Price of Stafford, VA, Wiley Price of Abingdon, VA; the mother of his children: Carol Price of Manassas, his former wife: Deborah Price of Winchester, VA; eight grandchildren: Nikolas, Zachary, Jordan, J’Lynne, Donovan, Ryan, Katelyn and Danielle; two dogs: Junior and Ernie and a host of other relatives and friends.   The family would like to thank Manassas Health and Rehabilitation Center and Evercare Hospice for their caring service.

The family will receive friends at Yorkshire Free Will Baptist Church, 7620 Chestnut Street, Manassas, VA 20111 on Thursday, May 10, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 pm and from 6:00 pm until time of services at 7:00 pm with Pastor Todd Tennant officiating. Entombment services will be at the Knollkreg Memorial Park in Abingdon, VA on Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 10:00 am.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made to Yorkshire Free Will Baptist Church.

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The Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association

May 3, 2012

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

Nancy Williams Barnett

Nancy Williams Barnett, age 91, passed away Thursday, May 03, 2012 in Dallas. She was born on Sept. 28, 1920. Nancy was the widow of Peyton A. Barnett (both of Wytheville originally) and together they operated Barnett’s Marion Funeral Home for over 50 years. Complete arrangements will be announced later. Courtesy announcement by Barnett Funeral Home, Wytheville, Va.

Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association

April 20, 2012

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

Nicholas “Nick” Joseph Tessino

Nicholas “Nick” Joseph Tessino, 56, died peacefully at home on Sunday, April 15, 2012.  He was born November 3, 1955 in Glens Falls, NY.  He became an Eagle Scout and graduated from Glens Falls High School in 1974.  Nick received his BS degree at West Point, NY in 1978.  He earned MS degrees from both Murray State University and the University of Southern California, and an AA.S in funeral services from Tidewater Community College.

From 1978 to 1989 Nick was a U.S. Army Helicopter Test Pilot and New Systems Project Manager for the UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter.  His military career stationed him in Mannheim, Germany, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and Fort Eustis, Virginia.  After his military service, Nick created a thriving chain of Pac-N-Mail stores in the Tidewater region which he owned and operated for 13 years.  Nick then built a successful career in the Funeral Services industry and thoroughly enjoyed interning as a director for Woody Funeral Home in Richmond.

He was an active member of the American Legion, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, and the National Funeral Directors and Morticians Association.  Nick was a devoted Catholic and patriot.  He took pride in his landscaping work and enjoyed keeping his yard immaculate.  Nicholas will always be remembered for his sense of humor, entrepreneurial spirit, generosity, and the love he had for his children, grandchild, and partner in life.

He was preceded in death by his father, Albert Joseph Tessino, and his mother, Frieda Ruth Henderson.  He is survived by his partner, Penny Brick; son, Daniel Tessino; daughter, Jennifer Tessino Nielsen and husband, Jesse Nielsen; grandson, Grant Nielsen; brother, Stephen Tessino; and sister, Susan Canale.

The family will receive friends at the church at 10:00 am and a celebration of Nick’s life will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 21, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 315 Harris Grove Lane, in Yorktown.  Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests contributions be made in memory of Nicholas Tessino to either the West Point Fund – Class of 1978 Gift Account, WPAOG, 698 Mills Road, West Point, NY 10996, or to the Kara Foundation –

Friends are encouraged to visit to share memories and words of condolence with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Ave. in Hampton, 23666.

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association

April 2, 2012

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

James Martin Gaither

James Martin Gaither, 58, of Roanoke Rapids, NC passed away at Durham Regional Hospital on March 30, 2012 after a brief illness.  Martin was born inRocky Mount,NCon July 8, 1953.  He was the son of the late James Harris Gaither and Princilla Womble Gaither.

Growing up inEnfield,NCMartin graduated fromEnfieldHigh Schoolin 1971. In high school Martin began working at Branch Funeral Home, serving his apprenticeship there and later working in the Branch Funeral Homes inEnfield,ScotlandNeck, and Roanoke Rapids.   He attendedWesternCarolinaUniversitywhere he graduated in 1975. He graduated from Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science inAtlanta,GAin 1977 and received his MA in Management and Supervision fromCentralMichiganUniversityin 1988.  Martin loved teaching and served on the faculty ofGupton-JonesCollegefor several years and taught accounting and business law atPamlicoCommunity Collegefor a number of years. He also substitute taught in theRoanokeRapidsGradedSchool District.  Martin loved teaching and was especially proud of the many funeral directors he taught in the southeast. At the time of his death he was a Sales Consultant with the Embalmers Supply Company (ESCO) ofEast Lyme CT.  For a number of years Martin wrote a column, Barbecue and Coleslaw, for the Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald. His column was about local and regional people and interests in theRoanokeValley. He could always think of a story to tell, had a great wit, and he loved blue grass music. . He was a member ofCalvaryBaptistChurchin Roanoke Rapids. Martin was a devoted husband, son, and brother.

Martin is survived by his wife, Connie Barnes Gaither; three brothers, Michael W. Gaither of Graham; Rev. Craig Gaither of Morrisville, and Chris D. Gaither of Wilmington; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, April 1, from 7-8:30 p.m. at Askew Funeral & Cremation Services,731 Roanoke Ave.,RoanokeRapids, NC.  A service celebrating Martin’s life will be held Monday, April 2, at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Randy Martin officiating. Burial will follow inElmwoodCemeteryinEnfield.

Virginia Funeral Supply Sales Association

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April 2, 2012

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

Catherine Carlin Leonard

Catherine Carlin Leonard, 84, of the 500 block of East Lake Circle, died Friday, March 30, 2012 in a local hospital.  She was a native of Stillwater, New Jersey, and lived in Norfolk and Chesapeake for most of her life.  She was the daughter of the late James and Genevieve Wilgus Carlin and was preceded in death by her husband Arthur A. Leonard, 7 brothers and sisters, and her daughter-in-law, Anna Sullivan Leonard.  She graduated from Nursing school as a Registered Nurse in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and retired from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.  She was a Roman Catholic and a former member of St. Pius X. Catholic Church as well as a present member of Prince of Peace Catholic Church: having served on its Bereavement committee, Food Pantry, Meals on Wheels and the Grand Group.  She was also a member of the Sassy Seniors and a former member of the Riverwalk Garden Club. Kay was an avid bowler, gardener, card player and connoisseur of inexpensive wine.  Her passion was for her family, her friends and her church. Survivors include her sons: Arthur T. Leonard and his wife Lynn of Norfolk, Michael J. Leonard of Chesapeake, Robert C. Leonard and his wife Pam, and John P. Leonard and his wife Violet.  She is also survived by her grandchildren: Eric, Christopher and his wife Andrea, Artie, Shanna and her husband Robert, Jennifer, Amanda, Daniel, Jacob and two great grandchildren, Christopher Jr., and Liam. She is also survived by her brother Edward Carlin and his wife Pat of Brewerton, New York, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. The family would like to express their love and gratitude to Mom’s doctor, trusted friend and adopted son David Eich for enabling Mom to check off the long list of life experiences that were on her “bucket list” for the past twenty years. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 4, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Prince of Peace Catholic Church by the Reverend Father Romeo Jazmin. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The Christian Wake Service will be held in the Chesapeake Chapel of H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Tuesday evening at 6:00 PM followed by a visitation with the family until 8:30 PM .  Memorial donations may be made to Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 621 Cedar Rd., Chesapeake, VA, 23322.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Tidewater Virginia Funeral Directors Association

April 1, 2012

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

Olivia Amy Kendall

Olivia Amy Kendall, 91, of Pembroke, departed this life for her heavenly home, Palm Sunday morning, April 1, 2012 in the care of Riverview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rich Creek. Born in Tazewell County on May 11, 1920 she was a daughter of the late Henry M. and Levada Sutphin Marshall. Olivia was a faithful and devoted Christian and member of Bethel Chapel Church in Clendennin. For over thirty years she taught the Adult Sunday School Class after teaching younger classes for several years. She was active in all the church activities and especially liked to fill the table with her creations at fellowship dinners and such but her place of excellence was on her knees in prayer. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband James D. (Jimmy) Kendall; her seven brothers Marchie, Hyman, Levi, Roby, Ted, Ancel and Sam Marshall; and her three sisters Winters Sarver, Dovie Boswell, and June Marshall.

She leaves to cherish her memory her son and his wife Pastor Eddie and Fern Gilmer Kendall of Pembroke; her granddaughters and their husbands Odessa and Eric Gordon of Kernersville, NC, Demetria and Pastor Ward Harris of Pembroke, Ashley Dale Kendall of Pembroke; her great-grandchildren Benjamin Harris, David Harris, and Kendall Harris, Joseph Gordon and Daniel Gordon; and a large and loving church family and friends from her Ladies Bible School in Blacksburg; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2:00 pm at Bethel Chapel in Clendennin with Pastor Eddie Kendall, Pastor Ward Harris, and Pastor Melody Price officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow Street, in Pembroke Tuesday evening from 6 PM to 8 PM. Flowers will be appreciated but the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Chapel in Olivia’s name. Olivia’s family is most grateful for the loving and excellent care given her at Riverview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rich Creek. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Blue Ridge Virginia Funerals Directors Association

March 17, 2012

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

John Darrell Sharp, Sr.

SHARP, John Darrell Sharp Sr., originally from Mondovi, Wis., passed away on March 17, 2012 at the age of 82. He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Karol Glasspoole Sharp; his children, David John “DJ” of Kill Devil Hills, N.C., daughter, Mary (Brian) Vickerman, of Richmond, John Jr., of Richmond, Jeffrey (Kim), of Ashburn, Va.; sister, Sidney Sharp, of Richmond; grandchildren, Dawn (Jamie) Welch, Amy (Josh) Muir, Darrell Bowden, Katie Sharp, Jeffrey Sharp, Christine (Mike) Dooley, Charles (Stina) Sharp, Jessica (Tyler) Bruce; and 12 great- grandchildren. In 1951, John attended the University of Richmond, where his studies were interrupted by a call to serve in the Navy during the Korean War. He served as a hospital corpsman. He later received his B.S. degree in Biology from the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. He was awarded a scholarship from the National Science Foundation to attend the University of Virginia, where he earned his Master’s degree in Science Education in 1958. In recent years, John was awarded an Honorary Degree of Letters from the University of Richmond for his service to his country.

John devoted his career to the field of education. He was dedicated to his students, attempting to inspire and motivate them to achieve their full potential, to work hard and never say, “I can’t”. In 1994, he retired from John Tyler Community College, Chester Campus, where he taught in the Math Sciences Department. He was a dedicated teacher and adviser, touching the lives of his students for 25 years, focusing primarily in the sciences of nursing, biology and mortuary sciences. During his tenure at John Tyler, he authored a Biology textbook, which he used to teach his students the science of life. John has endowed the Excellence in Biology Scholarship at JTCC, which is awarded to an eligible student on an annual basis. This scholarship donation will remain an ongoing endowment in his memory for eligible students. Additionally, he served as assistant scout master of Troop 859 at Bon Air Baptist Church and as the designated Sailing and Astronomy Merit Badge counselor for Boy Scouts of America. A private family service was held on Monday, March 19, at Woody’s Huguenot Chapel. In lieu of flowers, family requests donations be made to Odyssey Hospice. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. in Mondovi, Wis.

March 16, 2012

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

Donald C. “Sonny” Wilkerson

Donald C. “Sonny” Wilkerson, 79, of 4300 Ringgold Church Road died on Thursday, March 15, 2012 at Lynchburg General Hospitalafter being in declining health since January.  Sonny was born in Pittsylvania County on May 1, 1932, a son of the late Walter Edward Wilkerson and the late Mary Lou Wiles Wilkerson. He spent most of his life in the Pittsylvania County area where he was a graduate of Dan River High School Class of 1950. He served in the US Army from 1953 to 1955 where he traveled to Germany. He worked for Norfolk Southern Railway for 47 years until his retirement as a Yard Master.  He was also a part time employee of Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home. Sonny was a member ofRinggold Baptist Church where he served on the board of Deacons and he was secretary for the Men’s Bible Class. He was also a member of the Railroad Retirees Group. He enjoyed playing cards especially the weekly setback games with his siblings.  Sonny will be greatly missed by his family and his many special friends.
On July 10, 1955, he married the former Mildred Dean Boyd, who survives of the residence. In addition to his wife, Sonny is survived by one daughter Laura Wilkerson Whitt and her husband Keister of Ringgold, VA; two grandchildren, Abby Dean Whitt and Leah Boyd Whitt; three siblings, Waverly E. Wilkerson and his wife Margaret, Margaret W. Thornton, and Hazel W. Collie and her husband Wallace all of Ringgold, VA; and one sister-in-law, Christine B. Wilkerson of Ringgold, VA.  In addition to his parents he was predeceased by three siblings, Everett W. Wilkerson, Juanita W. Collie, and Eloise W. Hawkins.  Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, March 18, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. at the Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel with the Reverend Carl Burger, the Rev. Dr. Steve Ellis and the Reverend Gerald Reeves officiating. Interment will follow the service in Highland BurialPark.  The family will receive friends on Saturday, March 17, 2012 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home and at other times at the residence, 4300 Ringgold Church Road.  The family suggests that in lieu of flowers that memorial donations be made to Ringgold Fire and Rescue, P.O. Box 10, Ringgold, VA24586, the Danville Life Saving Crew at 202 Christopher Lane, Danville, VA 24541, or to a charity of your choice.  Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel is respectfully serving the Wilkerson family.

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Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association

March 13, 2012

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

Ruth Ann Rettig

Ruth Ann Rettig, 78, of Crisfield died Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Alice Byrd Tawes Nursing Home in Crisfield.Born in Crisfield, she was a daughter of the late Cleve and Esther Anderson Somers.She was a retired LPN, working at McCready Hospital for 30 years, Eastern Correctional Institution for 18 years, and later at Snow Hill Nursing Home. She was a member of Evangelical Wesleyan Church in Crisfield.She is survived by her husband of 21 years, Larry Rettig of Crisfield; three children, Shelley Byrd and husband, Mike, of Crisfield, Benson Tracy Jones of Salisbury, and Troy Wesley Jones and wife, Marion, of Virginia Beach; two grandchildren, Brandi Riggin and husband, Roger, and Michael Ryan Byrd and his significant other, Marshonia Mcclendon, of Crisfield; four great-grandchildren, Kelsey Riggin, Evan Riggin, Dajah Byrd and Michael Ryan Byrd Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers and sisters, Melvin, Edwin, Stanley and Lawrence Somers, Frances Matthews and Mary Elizabeth Bowen.Funeral services officiated by the Rev. Terry Riggin will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Evangelical Wesleyan Church in Crisfield. There will be no public viewing, but the family will receive friends one hour prior. Interment will be in Sunnyridge Memorial Park in Crisfield.In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Evangelical Wesleyan Church, c/o Terry Riggin, 1121B S. Division St., Salisbury, Md. 21804; or Lower Somerset County Ambulance and Rescue Squad, PO Box 406, Crisfield, Md. 21817.To send condolences to the family, please visit – See more at:

Tidewater Virginia Funeral Directors Association

February 10, 2012

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

Robert H. Faulkner

FAULKNER, Robert H., age 89, of Deltaville, died Friday, February 10, 2012. He was a retired Funeral Director of 52 years. He was a former co-owner of Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Tri-County Vault Co. and Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home. Robert was a 38 year veteran of the U.S. Army and the Army Reserve, and a WWII veteran. He was a member of Zoar Baptist Church, where he was Trustee Emeritus and Sunday School Director for 31 years. Robert was a member, former Chief and Director of the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department for 64 years and a charter member of the Middlesex Lions Club. Robert also was a member and past Master of Donavan Lodge #75, AF&AM.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Morgan and Nellie Faulkner; and brothers, James A. Faulkner and Charles W. Faulkner Sr. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Edith Johnson Faulkner; son, Robert A. Faulkner (Diane) of Hardyville; daughter, Robin F. Schmitt (Tom) of Yorktown; four grandchildren, Amy Faulkner-Hart (Jonathan), Mark A. Faulkner (Lauren), Brittany Hawn and Lance Hawn-Schmitt; a sister, Betty A. Minetree of Colonial Heights; a brother, Thomas E. Faulkner of Newport News; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2012 at the funeral home. Interment with military honors at Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery, Deltaville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Zoar Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1010, Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 69 or Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 440, all of Deltaville, Va. 23043. The family wishes to thank the staff of Gloucester House and Riverside Walter Reed Hospice for the wonderful care they provided.

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

February 3, 2012

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

Alice Ann Williams Ewald Purviance

Alice Ann Williams Ewald Purviance, age 69, a resident of Wakefield, wife of her beloved husband of 34 years, Samuel Wills Purviance, died at her home peacefully in her sleep, Friday, February the third, 2012.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her loving family; sons, William Gregory Ewald, Ronald Alois Ewald and wife, Melissa Castle Ewald and their children, Ronald Alois Ewald, Jr. and Samantha Arden Ewald; Samuel Whitelock Purviance II and his wife, Jennifer Falvey Purviance and their children, Samuel Patrick Purviance and Gabriella Rose Purviance; daughter, Mary Alice Purviance and her darling girl, Haven Marae Purviance. She is also survived by her father and mother-in-law, Samuel Whitelock and Hilda Wills Purviance and a host of extended family and dear friends including Evelyn Sumler and the Sumler Family of Wakefield.

Born on June 16, 1942 in Waco, TX, she was the daughter of the late Lyman Vivion and Mary Brown Williams. She was predeceased by her first husband, Norbert Alois Jungmann.

Alice’s colorful personality, her zest for life and her special love for her family and her church family will never be forgotten by those who knew and loved her. She was an enthusiastic member of Rocky Hock United Methodist Church in Wakefield and she was proud to have helped establish the Wakefield United Methodist Church Preschool in 1992. From 1981 to 2000, she was co-owner and faithful servant beside her husband Sam of Purviance Funeral Home in Wakefield

Visitation for family and friends will be on Sunday, February 5th, 2012 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm at J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral in Wakefield. A celebration of Alice’s life will be held on Monday, February 6th, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Rocky Hock United Methodist Church in Wakefield with Pastor Cliff Fritzinger presiding. Burial will follow in the Wakefield Cemetery. Memorial donations are suggested to Rocky Hock Cemetery Perpetual Care, c/o 4899 White Marsh Rd., Wakefield, VA 23888 and Wakefield United Methodist Church Preschool, P.O. Box 87, Wakefield, VA 23888. Condolences may be posted at

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association

January 17, 2012

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

Raymond J. Murray, Jr.

Raymond J. Murray, Jr., 58, passed away on January 17, 2012 surrounded by his family, in a local hospital.

He was born on June 22, 1953 to the late Raymond and Eileen Murray in New York, New York. Raymond was a graduate of Villanova University. He served in the U.S. Navy for five years and the Naval Reserve as a Commander. He worked for the Norfolk Regional Medical Examiners Office and LifeNet. While at the Medical Examiners office he was awarded the prestigious “Gift of Sight Award” for outstanding contributions of humanitarianism from the Eye Bank Association of America.

Survivors include his wife, Laura; sons, Robert Murray, R.J. Murray; sisters, Ellen Vollman, Margaret Anderson, Noreen Fowle; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A visitation will be held at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts, Laskin Rd. Chapel, January 20, 2012 from 5 to 7 p.m. and a memorial will begin at 7 p.m.. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be sent to the Lions Medical Eye Bank, 600 Gresham Drive, Norfolk, Va. 23507. Online condolences may be sent to

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association