In Remembrance 2013

 

In Remembrance 2013

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December 29, 2013

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

Edwin Samuel Herring, Sr.  

Edwin Samuel Herring Sr., 93, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 29, 2013 in Florida.  He was a native of Chadbourn, NC, and a Hampton resident since 1952 before moving to Poquoson in 1997.  He retired from Newport News Shipbuilding in 1983 as a Welding Supervisor after 32 years.  In 1986, Ed & Barbara became “Snowbirds” and spent winters in LaBelle, FL.  He was a WWII Navy veteran, and a member of Memorial Baptist Church, Hampton.

Ed loved vegetable gardening his entire life, and enjoyed giving veggies to his friends as much as providing for his family.  He enjoyed fishing, and was an avid NASCAR fan.  He had a passion for restoring ’67 & ‘68 Mustangs, and brought 10 “back to life” over the years in his garage on Lee St., 5 of which are still in the family.  Besides providing a comfortable life for his family, Ed’s main goal was always doing for others.

Ed was preceded in death by his loving wife of 66 years, Barbara; daughter, Pat Duncan; and brother, Charles Herring.  He is survived by his sons, Edwin S. “Sam” Herring Jr. & wife Bonnie of Newport News, and Richard D. “Rick” Herring & wife Susan of Poquoson; grandchildren, David M. Herring & wife Leigh of Powhatan, VA, Lisa H. Legeer & husband Jeff of Jacksonville, FL, Heather H. Gauthier & husband Dennis of Poquoson, Taylor A. Herring & wife Sabrina of Newport News, Stephanie Hilbourn & husband Tim of Whiteville, NC, and Michelle Thompson & husband Heath of Bladenboro, NC; great-grandchildren, Emily Alexander of Jacksonville, Zoe Gauthier of Poquoson, David “DJ” Herring, and Kennedy Herring, both of Powhatan; and son-in-law, Calvin Duncan of Clarkton, NC.

The family received friends on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 12:30-1:00 PM, at Parklawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, which was immediately followed by a funeral service at 1 PM in the Chapel by Rev. Milford C. Rollins.  Burial followed in the cemetery. Claytor Rollins Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.  To leave online condolences go to www.claytorrollins.com

“Always tough as nails, Dad never complained during his two year battle with cancer, and was not in pain during his last days and able to wish his family a Merry Christmas on the phone.”

Tidewater Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Father of Rick Herring with Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson, Virginia

December 4, 2013

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

Barbara McLelland Herring 

Barbara McLelland Herring, 83, a native of Chadbourn, NC, and a resident of Hampton since 1952 before moving to Poquoson in 1997, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 4, 2013. Barbara retired in 1991 from Leggett Department Store (Belk) in downtown Hampton after 20 years. She grew up as a member of Corinth Baptist Church, Chadbourn, and became a longtime & active member of Memorial Baptist Church, Hampton. In recent years, she attended Emmaus Baptist Church, Poquoson. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, four sisters, three brothers, and step-daughter, Pat Duncan. She is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Edwin S. Herring Sr.; two sons, Edwin S. “Sam” Herring Jr. & wife Bonnie of Newport News, and Richard D. “Rick” Herring & wife Susan of Poquoson; four grandchildren, David M. Herring & wife Leigh of Powhatan, VA, Lisa H. Legeer & husband Jeff of Jacksonville, FL, Heather H. Gauthier & husband Dennis of Poquoson, and Taylor A. Herring & wife Sabrina of Newport News; four great-grandchildren, Emily Alexander of Jacksonville, Zoe Gauthier of Poquoson, David “DJ” Herring Jr. and Kennedy Herring, both of Powhatan; brother, Edward McLelland & wife Mona of Whiteville, NC; and many special nieces and nephews. In 1986, Barbara & Edwin became “Snowbirds”, and spent winters in LaBelle. While there she attended Eastside Baptist Church; was a member of the Red Hatters Aqua Isles Belles; was a Salvation Army bell ringer for many years; and enjoyed visits from family and friends. She loved playing bingo, and always enjoyed being with her bingo friends in Poquoson and LaBelle. She enjoyed working “Demos” at the Poquoson Farm Fresh. The family will receive friends Friday, 1:30-3:00 PM, at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, Poquoson, immediately followed by a graveside service in the Parklawn Memorial Park Chapel, Hampton, at 3:30 PM by Rev. Charles R. Stacy and Rev. Milford C. Rollins. Everyone is invited after the funeral to 111 Lodge Rd., Poquoson, for food and fellowship. Memorial contributions in Barbara’s memory may be made to Eastside Baptist Church, which she loved and continues to provide care and support for Edwin, to 1110 Carlyle St., LaBelle, FL, 33935.  “Barbara loved her Lord, her family, her friends, and the wonderful life she had with all of them.”
Online condolences to www.claytorrollins.com

Tidewater Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Mother of Rick Herring with Claytor Rollins Funeral Home in Poquoson, Virginia

December 3, 2013

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

Robert G. “Bob” McCollom 

Robert G. “Bob” McCollom, 52, of Alexandria VA passed away on December 2, 2013.  Bob was born on July 15, 1961 in Denver, Colorado, to John and Beverly McCollom.  He grew up in Sharpsburg, MD and later moved with his family to Medicine Lodge, KS, where he graduated from Medicine Lodge High School in 1979.  He served as a Deputy Sheriff in Barber County Kansas from 1980 through 1982.  Bob enlisted in the Kansas National Guard in 1979 and was later commissioned and honorable discharged as a First Lieutenant.  Bob attended Emporia State University, where he was an active member of the Phi Sigma Epsilon Alpha Chapter.  He graduated from the Dallas Institute of Funeral Service in 1987 and joined Cunningham-Turch Funeral Home in Alexandria in 1993, where he eventually became the Location Manager.  He was a past President of the Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association.  In his life and career, Bob served and comforted a multitude of families with tremendous love and care.  He was very proud of his boys Robert and John.  He was a dearly loved friend, brother, father, son, and husband.  He will be greatly missed by everyone whose lives he has touched over the years.

Bob is survived by his loving wife Tonia; his two sons, Robert and John McCollom; his step-son, Aaron Graf and his step-daughter, Ashlee Graf; his brother and sister-in-law, Jerry and Christine McCollom of Fort Collins, CO.  Family and friends will be received at Cunningham Turch Funeral Home, 811 Cameron Street, Alexandria VA 22134 on Saturday, December 7, 2013 from 1-3pm.  A life celebration service will be held at a later date.  See more at: http://www.cunninghamfuneralhome.net/obituary/Robert-Bob-G.-McCollom/Alexandria-VA/1320076#sthash.qGWL3g5g.

Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association

November 17, 2013

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

Everett Simpson 

Mr. Everett Simpson, 83, of Bremen, GA, father of Patty Hutcheson, passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

Mr. Simpson was born in Haralson County on June 14, 1930.  He was the son of the late Amos Simpson and the late Ovalene Williams Simpson.  Mr. Simpson was a retired construction worker.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred King Simpson; one daughter, Diane Malcom; three brothers, Floyd Simpson, Bill Simpson and Doyle Simpson; one grandchild, Randy Malcom.

Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Joan and Steve Ballenger of Carrollton and Patty and Danny Hutcheson of Buchanan; one son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Karon Simpson of Bremen; six grandchildren and spouses, Joseph and Keisha Simpson, Jaycen and Alicia Simpson, Christi and Mark Teal, John and Brooke Ballenger, Kathryn and Chase Croft, Shawn Highfield and Jimmy Malcom; seven great grandchildren, Madison Teal, Abigail Teal, Chandler Ballenger, Charlie Ballenger, Carsyn Simpson, Cameron Simpson and Lyla Simpson; and a number of other relatives.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 5:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.

Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. from Hutcheson’s Memorial Chapel with Minister Bill Gray officiating.

Interment will follow in Liberty Christian Church Cemetery.

For those desiring to do so, memorial contributions may be made to: Haralson County Ministries, P.O. Box 641, Bremen, GA  30110.

Hutcheson’s Memorial Chapel & Crematory of Buchanan is in charge of the arrangements.

Please remember Patty, Danny, and their family in your thoughts and prayers.

Hutcheson’s Memorial Chapel & Crematory

71 Park Heights Drive

Buchanan, Georgia  30113

Phone: 770-646-3878

http://www.hutchesonsmemorialchapel.com/index.php

National Funeral Directors Association/Virginia Funeral Directors Association

October 9, 2013

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

Bonnie Ray Smith 

Bonnie Ray Smith, 75, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.   A native of South Norfolk, he was the son of the late Grover Glenward Smith and Minnie Harrell Smith Armstrong.  A graduate of the first class of Oscar F. Smith High School in Chesapeake, he graduated valedictorian of the 1958 class of Eckels College of Mortuary Service in Philadelphia, PA.  Licensed in 1959 as a funeral service provider, he served the families of the Tidewater area for more than 50 years.  He co-founded Smith and Williams Funeral Home, Norfolk in 1966 and became the co-owner with his wife of Graham Funeral Home, Chesapeake in 1975.

Mr. Smith served as president of the Tidewater Funeral Directors Association in 1975 and the Independent Funeral Homes of Virginia in 2001.  He was a former chairman of the Chesapeake Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast, former president of the Chesapeake Rotary Club, former director of the Chesapeake Chamber of Commerce, former member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army, and served for many years as a member of the Board of Directors of Union Mission Ministries, Norfolk.

In 1975, he joined the Gideons International where he served as past president of the local Chesapeake Camp and the Gideons of the State of Virginia.  Traveling in many counties on behalf of Gideons International, he served 12 years on the International Cabinet and spoke in many churches and pastors’ banquets over the years.  A great joy to him was leading someone to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ through the use of a Personal Workers Testament.  He was a member of Kempsville Baptist Church where he served as the teacher of the Kingdom Seekers Sunday School Class and had served as a member of the Board of Deacons.

Surviving are his wife, Marie Brothers Smith; four children, Kirk G. Smith and his daughter, Kristen Smith; Karen S. Prosser and her husband, Randy and her sons, Phillip Patzer and Andrew Patzer; Kimberly S. Vail and her husband, Scott and their children, Heather Vail, Lindsay Norton and her husband, Brad and Caleb Vail; and Kristina G. Zittle and her husband, Steve and their children, Kati Lekki and her husband, Matt and child, Jonathan, Joshua Zittle, Sarah Zittle, Braden Zittle, Abigail Zittle, Grace Zittle, Emma Zittle, Isabella Zittle, Trevor Zittle,  Nataleigh Zittle and Caleb Zittle; and one sister, Linda S. Hall and her husband, M.T.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Ronnie and twin grandsons, Jacob and Joel.

A funeral service will be held at Kempsville Baptist Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 13, 2013 with Dr. Kelly Burris officiating.  Private burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends at Graham Funeral Home, Chesapeake on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. and suggests that memorial contributions be made to Kempsville Baptist Church, Mission HimPossible, 5204 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA  23462 or Gideons International, P. O. Box 1102, Chesapeake, VA 23327.  Please visit his Book of Memories to leave a note to the family at www.grahamfuneralhome.com.

Tidewater Virginia Funeral Directors Association

October 6, 2013

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

Elsie Tucker Echols 

Elsie Tucker Echols, 95, of Emporia passed away peacefully at home on October 6, 2013.  She was preceded in death by her husband Rufus A. Echols, Jr.  She is survived by her daughter L. Dale Echols Temple and grandson Brandon Temple.  She was the owner of Echols Funeral Home in Emporia, VA and Wrenn, Clarke and Hagan Funeral Home in Roanoke Rapids, N.C.  She served as the Director of the Service Sorority of Beta Sigma Phi Emporia Chapter since 1982, longtime member and choir member of Main Street United Methodist Church, Riparian Women’s Club, Emporia Garden Club, Girl Scout Leader, and she joined the Emporia Chapter #46 of the Order of the Eastern Star of the Grand Chapter of Virginia in 1949.  She served as Worthy Matron twice as well as being an Instructor for the Chapter in 1965.  During her 64 years as a very active member she traveled through the state of Virginia to many official visits and was Grand Page in two grand sessions.  Her sisterly and friendly countenance will be sorely missed.  She was a true friend and confidant.  A visitation will be held Tuesday, 5-7pm, at Echols Funeral Home Chapel.  A graveside service will be held Wednesday, 1pm, in Emporia Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Emporia Volunteer Fire Department, Greensville Volunteer Rescue Squad or to an animal shelter of your choice.  Condolences may be sent to www.Echolsfuneralhome.com

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

October 5, 2013

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

Ruth Smith Small 

Ruth Smith Small of Colonial Heights passed away Saturday October 5, 2013 at the Colonial Heights Health Care Center.  She was born in Martinsville, Virginia on July 7, 1924 and was the daughter of the late Reverend Ernest C. and Florence Doyle Smith.  She was also preceded in death by a brother Reverend Aaron Smith (Carolyn).  Upon her graduation from Asbury College, now Asbury University, she became a Youth Director at Highland United Methodist Church.  She was a charter member of Colonial Christian Church where she served as Organist and Pianist for 10 years.  A founding member and president of the Christian Women’s Fellowship and also served as Christian Education Chair and teacher in the Sunday School and participated in all phases in the life of the church.  Mrs. Small was also a former president of the Colonial Heights Women’s Club where she worked to support women in the life of the community.  She is survived by her husband Ralph L. (Buddy) Small, son Bryan D. Small and wife Nancy, brother Reverend Howard C. Smith of Lynchburg, brother-in law Herbert S. Small and wife Arline, nephews Paul Smith and wife Vickie, Jonathon Smith, nieces Clair Smith, Miriam New and husband Steve, Patricia Mitchell, Susan Belcher and husband Earl, Nancy Barnes and husband Kris, great nieces and nephews, Austin Barnes and wife Holly, Kelsey Barnes, Ashley Watkins and Erin Stemmeck.  A funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday October 9, 2013 in Colonial Christian Church 295 Dunlop Farms Boulevard Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834 with the Reverend Alan Little, the Reverend Kathryn Hull and the Reverend Darwood Rowan officiating.  Interment will follow in Southlawn Memorial Park Prince George, Virginia.  The family will receive friends Tuesday October 8, 2013 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory 2033 Boulevard.  Flowers are welcome or contributions may be made to Colonial Christian Church.  Condolences may be registered at www.ealvinsmall.com.

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association, Mother of Bryan D. Small Owner and President of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, Colonial Heights and Petersburg, Virginia 

September 29, 2013

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

Nicholas Martin Bliley 

Bliley, Nicholas Martin, 69, of Midlothian, died at home September 29, 2013.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph W. Bliley, Jr. and Catherine O. Bliley, and his brother, Joseph W. Bliley, III.  He is survived by his wife, Patricia S. Bliley of Midlothian; his son, Christopher P. Bliley and his wife Allison of Arlington; his granddaughters, Peyton E. and Courtney S. Bliley of Arlington; his sisters, Catherine B. Wright and her husband Bruce of Powhatan, Margaret B. Wilkins and her husband Bob of Midlothian, the Rev. Cecilia B. Duke and her husband David of Lilburn, GA; his brothers, Daniel J. Bliley and his wife Frances of Smithfield, NC and Norbert M. Bliley and his wife Kathryn of Glen Allen; his sister-in-law, Mary T. Bliley of Midlothian; and his mother-in-law, Dorothy N. Saunders of Midlothian.  Nick was a graduate of Benedictine High School, the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and attended St. Bernard’s College in Cullman, AL.  He was a past member of St. Mary’s Social and Beneficial Union and the Midlothian Jaycees.  Nick was an active member of the Bon Air Rotary Club and a member of the Troop Committee of Troop 400, Boy Scouts of America.  He was the Vice President of Holy Cross Cemetery and a member of the Knights of Columbus.  Nick loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman.  He was the CEO of his family business, Bliley Funeral Homes, where he was employed for 48 years.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30am Friday at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church, 2700 Dolfield Dr., Richmond, VA 23235.  Interment will follow at Maury Cemetery at 12 noon.  A reception will be announced following the funeral.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to Benedictine College Preparatory, 12829 River Road, Richmond, VA 23238, St. Gertrude High School, 3215 Stuart Ave., Richmond, VA 23221, or St. Christopher’s School, 711 St. Christopher’s Rd., Richmond, VA 23226.  The Virginia Home 1101 Hampton St. Richmond, VA. 23220.  Please leave your memories of Nick online at blileys.com. –See more at: http://www.blileyfuneralhomes.com/obituary/Nicholas-Martin-Bliley/Midlothian-VA/1300239#sthash.f4keOYO3.dpuf.

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

September 28, 2013

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

Daniel Ira DeVilbiss 

Daniel Ira DeVilbiss, 92 of Radford died Saturday, September 28, 2013 at his home.  He was born to the late Edgar Grady DeVilbiss and Mamie Rose DeVilbiss on August 13, 1921 in Roanoke, Virginia.  He was also preceded in death by a sister, Sue DeVilbiss Kuczko; and four brothers, John, James, Wes and Roy DeVilbiss. He is survived by his wife, Lois Wood DeVilbiss; daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and Randall B. Campbell of Roanoke, Virginia; son, Michael Alan DeVilbiss of Radford, Virginia; three grandchildren, Annie Campbell of Montreal, Canada, Emily Campbell Carter and her husband Chris Carter, and Jacob Campbell of Roanoke, Virginia.  Two great-grandchildren, Alex and Wyatt Carter; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

He was a graduate of Eckels College of Mortuary Science, an affiliate of Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He served in various capacities in the Virginia Funeral Directors Associations.  He was owner of DeVilbiss Funeral Home in Radford.  Daniel was a longtime member of First Baptist Church, Radford Kiwanis Club, Issac Walton League, and the Dutch Dinner Dance Club, as well as a charter member of Round Meadow Country Club.  Daniel was always active in sports – playing, coaching and supporting.  He served on many charities local, regional and state.  He served his city as President of the Industrial Commission, President of the Chamber of Commerce, and about 40 years as a volunteer fireman with the Radford City Fire Department.  He served his country during World War II in the U.S. Navy.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, September 30, 2013, at DeVilbiss Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. conducted by Dr. Paul Lane at First Baptist Church, 215 Third Avenue, Radford, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.  Interment will follow in West View Cemetery.  The DeVilbiss family is in the care of their professional colleagues, Horne Funeral Home & Crematory. Online condolences may be left by visiting www.hornefuneralservice.com.

Blue Ridge Virginia Funeral Directors Association

September 19, 2013

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

Rev. Irvin Wilford Sloan 

Rev. Irvin Wilford Sloan, 90, of Roanoke, crossed over from this earthly life to his heavenly mansion on the hilltop Thursday morning, September 19, 2013. He was born on May 6, 1923 in Franklin County to the late Jacob Harvey and Eliza Jane Richards Sloan. He attended Bent Mountain School until the eighth grade and then worked for several farms and orchards until enlisting in the U S Army Air Corps in 1943. Irvin was stationed in England, arrived in France on D-Day+3, and served on bases in France, Germany, and Belgium as a cook and baker. Coming home aboard a troop ship in January 1946, he married his sweetheart, Edna Lee Logan on January 24th, 1946 in Roanoke. He worked for Clover Creamery in the plant, Henry Aker Painting, Clover Creamery as a route salesman, Standard Coffee, Ideal Laundry, and Botetourt Funeral Homes. He was saved in Fellowship Baptist Church in Roanoke in 1953, after his young daughter Joyce’s insistence over going to Sunday School.  He was called into the ministry in 1962 and soon was asked by a new congregation to form Good News Baptist Church, which he led until his retirement in 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents Jacob and Eliza; sister, Gladys; brothers, Edd, Charlie, Lester, and Paul; nephew, Harvey; and nieces, Gladys and Sylvia;  He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Edna Lee Logan Sloan; daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Mike Wingfield of Boones Mill; son and daughter-in-law, I. Ray and Bobbi Hartley Sloan of Buchanan; his loving grandchildren, Michele and  Donovan Haynes,  Joshua and Dee Dee Wingfield, Chris and Page Sloan, Karen Conner, Kevin and Katie Sloan Conner; his precious great-grandchildren, Adriana and Eric Haynes,  Jacob Wingfield, and Kayla Lugar; sister-in-law, Ruth Likens Sloan Holmes; nephews, Forrest, Sonny, Larry, Chuck; nieces, Sallie, Betty, Doris, Karen, Marie, Florence, and Cathy; numerous great nieces and nephews; and his Good News Baptist Church Family. The family would like to thank the Palliative Care team of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Salem and the Good Samaritan Hospice for their loving care. Per Dad’s wishes, there will be a visitation at Botetourt Funeral Home, 14920 Lee Highway, Buchanan on Saturday, September 21, 2013 from 6 to 8 pm, a visitation at Good News Baptist Church, 309 Atherly Street, Roanoke on Sunday, September 22, from 5 to 7 pm then followed by a Celebration of Life service beginning at 7 pm with Rev. Mike Wingfield and Rev. Darren S. Meadows officiating. A graveside service will be held with military honors provided by the Roanoke Valley DAV Honor Guard at 11:00 am on Monday, September 23, 2013 in Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem. Those wishing to make a contribution, please consider the Good Samaritan Hospice, 2408 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018. Arrangements by Botetourt Funeral Home, 14920 Lee Highway, Buchanan, VA 540-254-3000. On-line condolences may be made at botetourtfuneralhome.com.

Blue Ridge Virginia Funeral Directors Association 

September 12, 2013

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

Cloyd DuVal Seagle, Sr. 

Cloyd DuVal Seagle, Sr., age 98 of Pulaski, died Thursday at Pulaski Health and Rehabilitation Center.  He was born on August 4, 1915 in Pulaski, and was the son of the late Blanche Hurst Seagle and Thomas Mason Seagle.  DuVal graduated from Pulaski High School in 1933 and continued his education at Fork Union Military Academy, where he was noted as an expert pianist, and later attained the status of State Tennis Champion.  He followed in his father’s footsteps by attending the Cincinnati School of Embalming and graduated in the fall of 1938.  Upon graduation he was allowed to sit for examination by the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers in Dec. 14, 1938.  He successfully completed this examination which allowed him to practice as a funeral service professional continuing his father’s business.  Almost 40 years later he was called upon by Governor Mills Godwin for an appointment as a member of the Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.  The board later elected him as president.  He was a licensed Funeral Director for over 60 years in both Virginia and Tennessee.  DuVal was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church, a life member and trustee of the Pythagoras Masonic Lodge #239, A.F. & A.M., where he was an active member during the construction of its building, and assisted in the preparation of the History Pythagoras Lodge #239.  He was a member of the Pulaski Elks Lodge #1067, a veteran of W.W.II having served as a corpsman in the U.S. Navy, president of the Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, and a chairman of the Pulaski County Library Board during the construction of its building.  In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Laura King Harman Seagle, a son, Cloyd DuVal Seagle, Jr., and a grandson, Christopher Harman Bushong, and a brother, Thomas Roswell Seagle.  He is survived by one son;  Thomas Mason Seagle, II of Pulaski:  one daughter;  Ruth Seagle Bushong of Dublin, three grandsons;  Lee Bushong and Angela Kennedy of Jackson, Wyoming, Jeremiah Seagle and his wife Jamie of Roanoke, and T.M. Seagle, III, and his wife Tonya of Sterling, granddaughter-in-law Mary Bushong of Richmond, and three great-grandchildren, Madison Ruth Bushong, and Catheryne Ann Gambill of Richmond, and Grady Harman Seagle of Roanoke, along with a niece and two nephews.  Funeral services will be held Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Seagle Funeral Home with the Rev. Melissa McNair-King officiating.  Interment will follow in Thornspring Cemetery with Military honors.  The family will receive friends Sunday at the funeral home from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to the American Cancer Society or to any local charity of your choice.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.

Blue Ridge Virginia Funeral Directors Associationr

August 22, 2013

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

William R. Larimer, Jr. 

Mr. William R. Larimer Jr., 77, of Dalton, GA passed away Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Larimer was born June 15, 1936, in Tazewell, Va. He was a son of the late William Roy and Katherine Larimer. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jennie Larimer; two brothers, Andy and Jackie Denton Larimer. Survivors include his wife, Sandra Larimer and family, daughter, Lisa Wood-Parrott and husband, Bruce of Dalton, GA; son, Tom Larimer and wife Melissa of Marietta, GA: brothers and sisters-in-law, David and Lynne Larimer of Tazewell, VA., and Sam and Betty Larimer of Barnesville, GA; niece, Betsy Fenton and family of Atlanta, GA; several nieces and nephews. George Jones of Dalton, GA was a special member of the Larimer family as “Uncle George.” Bill had two special grandchildren in his life that he loved and adored. Morgan “Mason” Wood II of Dalton, GA and William Thomas Larimer II of Marietta, GA. Bill also considered the Elks Lodge members of Dalton a part of his family where there are too many wonderful people to individually mention. Bill enlisted in the Army and served in the Biological, Chemical and Radiological Corps. He also proudly served in the Georgia Nike Hercules Air Defense Network, which in the 1960s stood ready to fire nuclear missiles at incoming bombers. The Nike Hercules group recently had their first reunion and Bill served as the treasurer. Honorably discharged in 1964, Bill attended college at Georgia Middle and earned a degree that served him well as a technical engineer. Over the years, Bill was employed in Barnesville at General Tire, Dunlop Tires of Utica, N.Y., Candlewick Yarn of Dalton and retired after traveling the world with Shaw Industries. Bill was proud to be part of the community of Dalton. His passion in Dalton was the Dalton Elks Lodge 1267 where he was a proud member for 35 years. It didn’t matter to Bill if he was starting bingo at the Elks Lodge, putting in light bulbs, working on the pool, working with the Aidmore Foundation or serving as the exalted ruler. He loved the Elks. Bill served as exalted ruler for two terms, district deputy, Elk of the Year-multiple times, trustee chairman, life member, state vice president of the Northwest District, state budget chairman, the only member on this committee not to be a past state president and was a current trustee for the lodge. To his family and everyone he met, Bill was the sweetest, kindest gentleman that anyone had the great privilege to know and be loved by. He was the epitome of the word gentleman. There are no words to explain how greatly loved this man was by all who were fortunate enough to have had him in their lives. To his children and grandchildren, he was the most wonderful man, Dad and Grandpop in the world. He will be greatly and deeply missed every day of our lives.Services to celebrate the life of William Larimer will be Tuesday August 27, 2013 at 11 AM at Christ Church Presbyterian of Dalton with Dr. Mickey Shealy officiating. Entombment will be in Whitfield Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.  The family will receive friends at Love Funeral Home in Dalton Monday, August 26, 2013 from 5 to 8 p.m.  The family requests Memorial Donations be made to the American Cancer Society 200 W. Emery St., Suite 3, Dalton, GA 30720, the American Heart Association, 519 E Fourth St., Chattanooga, TN 37403 or the Elks Aidmore Foundation, 2394 Morrison Road, Conyers, GA 30094 or visit its web page at www.eklsaidmore.com/donateonline3.  Words of comfort may be sent to the family at www.lovefuneralhomega.com.  Love Funeral Home, 1402 N. Thornton Ave., Dalton, is in charge of arrangements.

Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association

August 16, 2013

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

Evelyn Geneva Enders

Evelyn Geneva Enders, 100, of Berryville, Virginia, died Friday, August 16, 2013 in the Godfrey House, Berryville.  Mrs. Enders was born October 24, 1912 in Gerrardstown, West Virginia, the daughter of Dr. Clifford Ellsworth Lewis and Daisy Bell Price Lewis Swartz.  She attended and graduated from nursing school in Baltimore and held nursing licenses in Maryland and Virginia.  She started her nursing training  at Casualty Hospital in Washington, DC in 1934.  She also nursed at St.Ann’s Children’s Hospital, Hopemount T. B. Sanitarium (for a short time)in West Virginia and Children’s Convalescent Home. She attended Shenandoah College in Dayton, Virginia. In 1938, she graduated from the XRay program from Westside Hospital in Chicago. She worked as a registered nurse at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland for 16 years and was a member of their auxiliary for 11 years.  In her years of training, she also learned audiometry.  She often cared for elderly people in her home. She was a member of the Winchester Medical Center Auxiliary.  She always had a love for music. She and her sisters broadcast over the Radio in Martinsburg, West Virginia and sang at the Apollo Theater. She taught piano, organ, and guitar for over 30 years.  In 1938, she married Dr. R. King Shirley. Upon completion of Dr. Shirley’s education of surgery in Chicago, the couple moved to Gaithersburg, Maryland where she lived for over 30 years. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Gaithersburg, Maryland where she worked with the kindergarten children for several years.  Dr. Shirley died in 1954.  She later married Marvin Greiner who died in 1967.  After each had widowed, she married Charles J. Enders, Sr. They were married for over 20 years when Mr. Enders died in 1989.  Surviving are two sons, Reginald K.“Reggie” Shirley and his wife, Kathy and Clifford E. L. Shirley and his wife, Nancy, all of Berryville, VA; 9 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; two nieces, Ramona Kramme and Donna Smith; and her beloved dog, Tiny Tim.  Two sisters, Tillie Cook and Pauline Jordan and a grandson, Aaron B. Shirley preceded her in death.  Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville with Pastor Kent Woodward officiating.  Burial will follow at Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Gerrardstown, WV.  Pallbearers will be R. K. Shirley III, Steven Shirley, Cliff Shirley, Jr., Joe Shirley, Abbey Shirley and Rob Smith.  The family will receive friends 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home.  Memorial contributions may be made to Gerrardstown Presbyterian Church, P O Box 135, Gerrardstown, WV 25420.  To view the obituary and send condolences online, please visit www.endersandshirley.com.

Blue Ridge Virginia Funeral Directors Association

August 12, 2013

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

Richard A. Perschel, Sr.

Richard  A. “Dick” Perschel, Sr., Chairman of the Board of Mastercraft Casket Company Inc. of Graham, North Carolina died August 12, 2013.  Dick, age 92, was a World War II veteran, a 1945 graduate of American Academy of Mortuary Science; a New York State licensed funeral director, having worked for the Frasier Funeral Home in Syracuse, New York. Dick later spent 25 years of his career with the Marsellus Casket Company, Inc. serving in numerous managerial positions.  He personally assisted over 14,000 families in their casket selection.

In 1979, he was a founding Vice-President of Mastercraft Casket Company, having been elected Chairman of the Board in 1985.  He was a prominent figure in funeral service throughout the United States and Canada.

In 2009, Dick was predeceased by his daughter, Jo Ann Perschel.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years Betty and sons Richard Jr. & Mark.

Funeral services will be conducted by Lowe Funeral Home of Burlington, NC at 2 PM on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Mount Sylvan United Methodist Church on Highway 501 North in Durham, NC.  A visitation will be held one hour prior to the funeral service and interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Virginia Funeral Supply Sales Association

August 6, 2013

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

Geraldine Sanders Wilkins

Geraldine Sanders Wilkins, 82, of Montross, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 6, 2013. She was the widow of Vernon C. Wilkins and a member of Currioman Baptist Church. Other than her husband, she is preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Daisy Sanders, two brothers, Roy Hampton Sanders, Malcolm Conroy Sanders and sister, Shirley Paige Sanders.

She is survived by her children, Pastor V. Wade Wilkins (Gail), J. Bryon Wilkins (Kimberly), Chris Wilkins (Betty) and Tommy Wilkins (Stephanie), Rita Balderson (Calvin) all of Montross. She is survived by her sisters Louise Hayes and Shirley Rouse (Chastine) of Warsaw. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Brenda Lee Humphrey (James), Gerald Wade Wilkins (Mandy) of Montross, Benjamin M. Wilkins (Lisa) of New York, Cheryl Lynn Archbold (Nik) of Okinawa, Japan, Mary Elizabeth Wilkins of King George, Kelly McCartney of Stafford, Rebekah K. Wilkins of Montross, Kenny “K.D.” McCartney of Callao, Emma Grace Wilkins, of Montross, Benjamin H. Branson III (Stephanie) of Mechanicsville, Calvin Balderson, Jr. (JoAnna) and Kimberly Clarke (Jason) both of Montross. Her great grandchildren, Kristin C. Worrell, Nathan J. Worrell, MacKenzie L. Wilkins, Margaret Mae Wilkins, Sebastian Colin Archbold, Logan Wilkins and Brody Wilkins. Also survived by several nieces and nephews and caregivers, Linda Bowen and Sandra Jones.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Currioman Baptist Church. Interment will be in the Currioman Baptist Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2013 at Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Currioman Baptist Cemetery Endowment Fund, PO Box 841, Montross, VA 22520.

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Mother of Wade Wilkins, Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel

August 5, 2013

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

Steven Ross St. Pierre

Steven Ross St. Pierre, 61, of Greenwood, IN passed away on Monday, August 5, at his home with his family by his side.  He was born on October 5, 1951 in Indianapolis, a son of Robert Ross and Gaile (Cousins) St. Pierre.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Brenda.

Survivors include his loving wife, Deb; daughter, Jill (Brian) Pierle of Franklin; stepson, Matthew (Stephanie) Simmons of Orlando, FL; stepdaughter, Anne M. Simulia of Greenwood; 6 grandchildren, Bryant, Ashley, Brynn, Max, Nola Blair, and Madilynn.   Also surviving is his brother, NFDA Past President, Michael R. (Betty) St. Pierre of Greenwood.

Steve was a 1970 graduate of Southport High School and later graduated from Vincennes University, Western Kentucky University, and Indiana College of Mortuary Science.

He was an active member of Murat Shrine, both as a Highlander and Past Director of the Royal Order of Jesters Court #15.  He was Shriner of the Year in 2002.  He was a member of  Mystic Tie Masonic Lodge #398 F & A.M., the Valley of Indianapolis, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Indianapolis York Rite Bodies, Royal Order of Scotland, and a veteran member of the Murat Highlanders.

Steve was very involved in the community.  He was Past President and longtime member of Sertoma Club of Greenwood, and belonged to Southport High School Alumni Association Board, where, for over twenty years, was a member of the Scholarship Committee.  He was the co-founder of the Johnson County Community Foundation St Pierre Youth Leadership Fund.  He also belonged to Lambda Chi Alpha National Fraternity.  He was an avid golfer and a lifelong member of Dye’s Walk Country Club.

He was a member of the Indiana Funeral Directors Association, National Funeral Directors Association, and Selected Independent Funeral Homes.

Steve began his funeral service career at the family’s Pendleton, IN location where he ran both the funeral home and ambulance service.  He returned to the Indianapolis in 1985, and was president of the family business at the time of his death.

Visitation will be on Thursday, August 8, from 2-8 pm at Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel, 481 West Main Street, Greenwood, IN 46142 (phone: 317-881-2514).

A funeral mass will be on Friday, August 9, at 10 am at Saints Francis & Clare Catholic Church, 5901 Olive Branch Road, Greenwood. Father Vince Lampert will officiate.  Entombment will be at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Shriners Hospital for Children, 510 North New Jersey Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 and to the Steven St. Pierre Southport High School Alumni Scholarship Fund, c/o P.O. Box 33045, Indianapolis, Indiana 46203.

You are invited to read the obituary online at www.wilsonstpierre.com where you may sign the guestbook or share a memory with the family.

Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Brother of NFDA Past President, Michael St. Pierre

August 5, 2013

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

Jeanne Hook Boor

EAST PALESTINE, OH – Jeanne Hook Boor, 85 of Lovingston, VA and formally of Romney, WV passed away peacefully on Monday, August 5, 2013 in Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Born June 28, 1928 in Cumberland, MD, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Earl Hook and Mamie Rose Martin Hook.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband George Andrew Boor in 1997; two sister Betty H. McCoy and Patricia H. Dick; a brother Robert E. Hook; and a son-in-law, Timothy Smith.

Jeanne was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who enjoyed gardening, canning, taking care of others and writing letters.

Jeanne is survived by five children Kathy Russell and husband Vaughn of Martinsburg, WV, Larry Boor and wife Sandi of Homosassa, FL; Rick Boor and wife Audrey of Winchester, VA; Nancy Smith of Springfield, WV; and David Boor and wife Christy of Lovingston, VA;  David and Christy are associated with Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel of Lovingston,thirteen grandchildren, Kent Waldeck and wife Stephanie of Shepherdstown, WV, Kelly Waldeck of Martinsburg, WV, Kevin Waldeck of Shepherdstown, WV; Mike Boor and wife Kim of Martinsburg, WV; Jessica Boor and Karen Boor of Norfolk, VA; Justin Boor of Ocracoke, NC; Jennifer Bryan and husband Shane of Ocracoke, NC; Laurie Marker and husband Matt of Sringfield, WV; Missy Hutzler of Cumming, GA; Travis Boor and wife Candy of Lovingston, VA, Andrew Boor and wife Marie of Danville, VA, and Jon Logan Boor of Lovingston, VA and  soon in the US Army; Fourteeen great-grandchildren; a sister, Chris DeHaven and husband Gene of Okeechobee, FL, three brothers, Sonny Hook, Bill Hook and wife Margie, and George Allen Hook and wife Margie, all of Cumberland, MD, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. at Remington Baptist Church, 203 East Marshall Street, Remington, VA 22734 with Reverend David M. Blevins officiating.  Interment will follow at Culpeper National Cemetery in Culpeper, VA.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Remington Baptist Church.

There will be a brief service of remembrance at 6:00 p.m. tomorrow evening, August 7, 2013 at the Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel with Reverend John P. Campbell officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Jeanne’s request was that flowers be omitted and that memorial contributions be made in her memory to the Giving Hope Foundation, 80 Village Road, Shipman, VA 22971.

Arrangements by Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel, 828 Front Street, Lovingston, VA (434-263-4097).

Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association

July 27, 2013

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

Donna Jean Gorby

EAST PALESTINE, OH – Donna Jean Gorby, of Rogers, passed away Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Covington Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation in East Palestine.  She was 88.

Jean, as she was known, was born in Steubenville on May 28, 1925, a daughter of the late Helen Kramer Stamper and Stokely Fisher.  She had spent most of her life in the East Liverpool and Rogers areas, and had attended New Waterford High School.

On September 19, 1941, she married Curtis Harding Gorby, and together, they settled in Rogers to raise their family.  Jean was a dedicated homemaker, and later worked in area restaurants, and had also been an Avon representative at one time.

Catholic by faith, she loved to read and do puzzles and crosswords. An avid card player, she also made clothes and did alterations for friends and family.

Jean is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann Mackall and her husband, Kenny, of Calcutta, and two sons, Robert H. Gorby, and his fiancée, Lisa, of North Benton, Ohio, and Rodney G. Gorby and his wife, Lisa, of Frankfort, Kentucky. There are seven grandchildren: Curt, Randy, DeeDee, Reesey, Kristy, Robbie and Danielle; 15 great-grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, who passed away on November 22, 1989, Jean was preceded in death by her great-granddaughter, Jessica Ann Mackall, her siblings: Earl Weaver, Mary Louise Fisher, Betty Phillips, Ruth Agnew, Virginia Fisher, Frances Goshorn, and an infant brother.

Friends may visit Tuesday at the Dawson Funeral Home where the family will be present from 6 to 8 p.m.  Pastor Alan Boone will conduct a funeral service Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

Jean will be laid to rest beside her husband at East Carmel Cemetery in Rogers.

Following the service, family and friends will gather at the Dawson Family Center for fellowship.

View Jean’s memorial webpage and send condolences to the family online at www.dawsonfuneralhome.com.

Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Grandmother of Reesey Spann

July 26, 2013

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

Joan Beach Williams

Mrs. Joan Beach Williams, 54, loving wife of Clark Hickman Williams and a resident of Onancock, VA, formerly of Northampton County for many years, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013 at her residence.

Born March 18, 1959 in Warrenton, VA, Joan was the daughter of the late Norman T. Beach and Jewel Upshur Beach. She was a graduate of Broadwater Academy; a homemaker; greatly enjoyed gardening; and her pets, including her ‘four-legged’ friends, Darla Faye, G, Puddin’ Lee, Dakota, BB, Deany, her favorite, Rosie, and others who showed up on any given morning, all of whom provided her much joy and happiness. Among other traits, Joan will be remembered for her kindness and compassion shown to her family and friends.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Will Mears and his partner Mandi Moore of Eastville, VA, with whom Joan was greatly anticipating the arrival of her first grandchild; a brother, Tad Beach of Machipongo, VA; an aunt, Florence Mears of Machipongo; an uncle, Giles Upshur of Franktown; several cousins, including Claudia Bagwell of Onancock, and Nan Mears of Texas, to whom special thanks are extended for their ongoing concern for Joan; and best friend, Emily Custis. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by an uncle, Otho Mears Upshur.

A memorial service will be conducted from the Market Street United Methodist Church in Onancock on Tuesday, July 30, 2013 at 11:00 AM, with the Reverend Robert M. Chapman II officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the S.P.C.A., P.O. Box 164, Onley, VA 23418, or to Hospice of the Eastern Shore, 165 Market Street, Suite 3, Onancock, VA 23417.

Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association/Sister-in-law of John T. Williams, Jr. 

June 28, 2013

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

Richard A. Routt

Richard A.Routt, 77, of Vinton, entered into the presence of his Saviour Friday, June 28, 2013.  He was a life time member of Waverly Place Baptist Church.  He was a graduate of Jefferson Senior High School, New River Community College, and Gupton-Jones Mortuary School of Atlanta.

He was retired from Oakey’s Funeral Service, Roanoke.  He was a member and past president of the Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association, the Virginia Funeral Directors Association where he served as chaplain and sergeant at arms.  He also was a member of the Vinton Host Lion’s Club where he served as President and received the Melvin Jones Award.  He was also a member of Vinton Lodge #204, the Scottish Rite and the Shrine.

Surviving are his two loving daughters and their husbands , Debbie and Bill Meacham of Glen Allen, Becky and Mike Ayers of Christiansburg; grandchildren , Brandon Ayers and Hillary Meacham; brother and sister-in-law, David and Brenda Routt; and his loving 94 year old mother -in-law , Hazel Harth and several brothers and sisters -in -laws and nieces and nephews.   Special thanks to caregiver and friend, Etta Smith; our  special Oakey’s family and Good Samaritan Hospice.  Funeral services were conducted on Monday, July 1, 2013 at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel with burial in Fair View Cemetery, Roanoke.

Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association

June 24, 2013

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

Ann Farrow Jordan

Ann Farrow Jordan, of Wilmington, died Monday, June 24, 2013 at the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Care Center.

She was born in Wilmington, July 7, 1935 the daughter of the late Harris James Farrow and Cleo Silvia Farrow. She was preceded in death by her husband Frederick R. (Bob)Jordan II, her step mother Dorothy Homan Farrow, her sisters, Joan Hastings and Harriet Murray, and a brother James Farrow.

Ann was the owner of Jordan’s Breakfast House in Wilmington for many years and she was a member of Masonboro Baptist Church.

She is survived by her three children Frederick R. Jordan III (Fred) and wife Ginger of Franklinville, NC; Janet Jordan Cheramie of Wilmington, and Lisa Jordan Kerr and husband Greg; three grandchildren Lisa Marie Ashby and husband Spencer, Frederick R. Jordan IV (Bobby) and wife Tanya, and Eugene Joseph Cheramie (Joey) and wife Lisa; and four great grandchildren , Zane, Gavin, Haven, and Dayton.

The family will receive friends on Sunday evening from 4 to 6 PM at Andrews Market Street Chapel.

A graveside service will be held at 11 AM, Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Oleander Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Earl Williams officiating.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington NC 27292 or to the Martha Best Children’s Center at First Baptist Church, PO Box 436, Lexington NC 27293.

Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Mother of Fred Jordan, North Carolina Eye Bank

June 24, 2013

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

Marie Kepley Hillard

Marie Kepley Hillard, 74, of Price Road, died Monday, June 24, 2013 at the Hinkle Hospice House in Lexington, NC after declining health of four years.

Mrs. Hilliard was the mother of NCFDA past president and NFDA Policy Board member N. Wayne Hilliard.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday, June 27 at the Davidson Funeral Home Chapel, by the Rev. William Sowers and Preacher Clyde Akers.  Burial will follow at Hedrick’s Grove Reformed United Church of Christ Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Wednesday, June 26 at Davidson Funeral Home and other times at the home of her son on Mill Stream Lane, Lexington.

Mrs. Hilliard was born November 3, 1938 in Davidson County.  She was married  to Nathan Goodwin Hilliard, an Army career veteran who died December 3, 1989.  Until Nathan’s retirement, they traveled around the world, including living in Germany and Hawaii.  During this period, Marie volunteered for the Red Cross in different parts of the world.  After returning to Lexington, Marie  worked in long-term care facilities as a nurse and would later retire from Burlington Industries-Denton plant.  She loved to travel, especially to Carolina Beach.  She was also preceded in death by her mother, Ila Hunt Kepley, and an infant son, Michael Todd Hilliard.

She is survived by her son, N. Wayne Hilliard and wife, Lisa, of Lexington; her granddaughter, who was her pride and joy, Maria Jane Hilliard; her sisters, Linda Morrison and Larry, Martha Hill, and Jean Kepley, all of Lexington; her nephews, David Trivette and wife, Tamara, of Churchland; and Johnny Callahan of Lexington; her nieces, Darnell Nance and husband, Robert; and Sylvia Bull and husband, Red, both of Southmont; and Vickie Hedrick and husband, Ricky, of Lexington; her great nieces, Priscilla Cole; Joy Tartaglia and husband, Mickey; Teresa Johnson and husband, Randall; Crystal Hedrick; and Kierra Oles.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Davidson County, 200 Hospice Way, Lexington NC 27292 or to the Martha Best Children’s Center at First Baptist Church, PO Box 436, Lexington NC 27293.

A special thanks goes to Dr. Victor Farrah, his staff, and Marie’s special angel, Belinda Mull, as well as the staff of the Hinkle Hospice House for all of their love and care.

Online Condolences may be made at www.davidsonfuneralhome.net.

Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Mother of Wayne Hillard, North Carolina Funeral Directors Association

June 4, 2013

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

Floyd E. Fitchett, Sr.

On Tuesday afternoon, June 4, 2013, God called one of His soldiers, Floyd E. Fitchett, Sr. from labor to reward. He was born May 9, 1923, the third son of the late Charlie Samuel Fitchett and Addie Jordan Fitchett. He was married to the late Dannie T. Fitchett. He was predeceased by three brothers, Vernon Lee, Melvin and Clarence Nathaniel Fitchett; two sisters, Bernice Williams and Ophelia Williams.
Floyd was educated in Norfolk County Public Schools and graduated from Norfolk State College.
He was then called into the Armed Forces, served his time and was honorably discharged. He came home and enrolled in McAllister School of Mortuary Science. He worked hard, graduated and joined his father as a licensed embalmer and funeral director in the operation of Fitchett Funeral Home, Inc. Together, they built the beautiful building that now stands at 1821 E. Liberty Street., Chesapeake, VA.
Upon the demise of his father, he operated the business with his brother, Clarence Nathaniel, also a licensed embalmer and funeral director. When his brother passed, he became sole owner of Fitchett Funeral Home and continued to operate the business until his retirement.
He loved his family, he loved to laugh and he served the families of this community for over 60 years.
He was a member of Joshua Lodge #66 and one of the areas most well known and respected morticians.
He rededicated his life back to the Lord shortly before his death.
Left to cherish his memories are his sister, Beatrice Harrell; his children, Floyd E. Fitchett, Jr., Brenda Fitchett-Anthony and Patricia Fitchett-Baker; his grandson, Lloyd Curtis Futrell, Jr.; granddaughters, Danielle Fitchett-Mann, Shante Fitchett, Jameelah Futrell, Dominique Fitchett, Sharnice Anthony and Lesha Anthony; also a host of nieces, nephews, and great grands.
Viewing will be Friday from 3-7 p.m. at funeral home. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in Providence UCC Church, 2200 Vicker Avenue, Chesapeake, VA with interment to follow at Roosevelt Memorial Park.
Fitchett Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.fitchettfuneralhome.com.

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association

May 27, 2013

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

Raymond C. “Woody” Wood

Mr.  Raymond C. “Woody” Wood, age 76, of Chase City passed away May 27, 2013. He was the Vice-President of Wood Funeral Service, a member of Concord Baptist Church, a Lifetime member of the Chase City Vol. Fire Dept. Woody was also an avid golfer and a huge fan of University of Virginia athletics. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Charlotte Wood, his sons and daughters-in-law, Tony and Terri Wood of Brentwood Tenn. and Glenn and Tina Wood of Chase City, his brother, Aubrey Wood and wife Thelma, of Chase City, granddaughters, Leslie Wood, Meredith Boggs, and husband, Justin, Erin Wood, Jordan Wood, Caroline Wood, and Paige Wood. The family will receive friends 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Wood Funeral Service. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Woodland Cemetery, with Rev. Gene Burris and Rev. John Mann officiating. In lieu of flowers, please consider The Chase City Vol. Fire Dept. PO Box 595, Chase City, Va. 23924, or The Lake County SPCA, PO Box 14, Clarksville Va. 23927. Condolences may be expressed at www.woodfuneralservice.com.

Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association

May 12, 2013

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

Kimberly Kyle Myers

Kimberly Kyle Myers, 55, of Salem, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 12, 2013. He had worked for Ingersoll Rand for 18 years as a skilled machinist, and most recently was employed by Sheetz. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, woodworking, and watching the sunset. Preceding him in death were his parents, Dale and Jean Myers. His surviving family includes his wife, Gale Myers; children, Aimee Condayan and husband, Chris, Joshua Myers and wife, Elizabeth, and Christina Myers Street and husband, Brandon; grandchildren, Strummer and Polly Condayan, Zain McFann, and Noah Street; and siblings, Richard and Amanda Myers.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. A Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home’s chapel. Interment will follow at East Hill Cemetery. An online guestbook is available at www.johnmoakey.com. The Myers family is being served by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, 540-389-5441.

Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Father of VFDA Lobbyist, Joshua Myers

May 6, 2013

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

Junius Andrew Manning

MANNING, Mr. Junius Andrew, departed this life May 6, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter J. and Rosena P. Manning; four sisters, Anna Pollard-White, Barbara Evans, Emily Narcissus Dunn and Florence McDaniel; as well as two brothers, Walter and Ramon Manning. He is survived by his daughter, Brandon A. Ellis; his brother, Ira Manning (Toni); two sisters, Kate Rosebud Hawkes and Ruth Jacobs (Julius); many nieces, nephews and cousins; one sister-in-law, Eloise Manning; one brother-in-law, Roland McDaniel Sr.; and a host of other relatives and friends; including two devoted friends, LaVerne Ellis and Joe Burden; also devoted, Charles Samuel, conservator, and the staff at Piedmont Geriatric Hospital. Remains rested at Walter J. Manning Funeral Home, 700 N. 25th St., where the family received friends Friday May 10, 2013 from 6 to 7 p.m., and where homegoing services were held Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 11 a.m. Rev. Dr. Ronald C. Taylor officiated. Burial in Oakwood Cemetery.

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

May 3, 2013

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

Billie Lynn Mercer

Billie Lynn Mercer, 70, of Fredericksburg passed away Friday, May 3, 2013, at home. 

Mrs. Mercer graduated from Westhampton College at University of Richmond in 1964.  She taught school in Henrico County, Fredericksburg City and Stafford County public schools.  She later taught at Germanna Community College.

Mrs. Mercer was a member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church.  She was an avid tennis and bridge player.

Survivors include her husband, James W. Mercer; son James W. Mercer Jr. (Denise); daughter Sylvia Lynn Mercer; grandson James W. Mercer III; and brother Edward B. Lassiter Jr.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m.  Monday, May 6, at Covenant Funeral Service Fredericksburg.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, at the funeral home chapel.  Interment will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mary Washington Hospice, 5012 Southpoint Parkway, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407.

Virginia Funeral Supply Sales Association/Wife of Jimmy Mercer, Owner of Mercer Vaults

April 17, 2013

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

Walter Bernard “Dick” Minter

Walter Bernard “Dick” Minter, 88 of Warrenton, VA passed away on April 17, 2013 at the Fauquier Hospital.

He was born on April 22, 1924 at Middleburg, VA a son of the late William Bernard and Mary Christiana Sutphin Minter.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death in 1975 by his first wife Elizabeth Ellen Butler Minter, and his eight siblings, Nina Thorpe, Margaret Sanford, James C. Minter, William D. Minter, Catherine Payne, Edna Marshall, Emory T. Minter, and Helen Combs.

Dick was a farmer all of his life except for the year he spent in the U.S. Army serving in Korea.  During World War II, he drove German prisoners of war from the old U.S. Army Cavalry Remount Station at Front Royal to Fauquier farms on work details.  He told stories of those men with whom he worked side by side in crop fields, remarking on their strong work ethic and enjoying their friendship.  For more than twenty years, he was proud to serve as the farm manager for Mr. and Mrs. Amory S. Carhart on their beautiful Ashland Farm.  He was well-known to be a highly skilled farmer and was once recognized for his corn crops by Progressive Farmer magazine.   When Ashland Farm was sold, he then farmed various properties for local families who he had known for many years.  He was honored to serve for two years as a member of the County Committee for the Farmers Home Administration approving loans in the business arena for local farmers.  He was a charter member of the Warrenton Ruritan Club.

Upon retirement from farming, he worked as groundskeeper and caretaker for the Bright View Cemetery.

He was a cradle member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. He often told how as a boy he walked to church to start the stoves to warm the sanctuary before worship services. Throughout his life he served in any area necessary including as a Trustee, Lay Leader, and Administrative Council member. He took care of the churchyard and worked hard on two additions and the remodeling of the sanctuary.

Dick held a great love for children, youth and the elderly, farm animals, and growing things.  He enjoyed the simple things of life–fresh apples and peaches, vegetables from the garden, and friendships.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 24 years- the Reverend Barbara J. Minter; his children and their spouses- Lyle W. and Nancy P. Minter of Fairfax, VA, Randolph T. “Randy” and Robin C. Minter of Warrenton, and Ellen M. and Wally Digges of Midland, VA; his stepchildren- David, Carol Lynn and Thomas Alloway all of Erie, PA; his three dear grandchildren- Mary Elizabeth “Mary Lib” Minter, Stuart Irvin Digges and Randolph Tucker Minter, II.

The family will receive friends from 3-5 & 7-9 PM Sunday at Moser Funeral Home, Warrenton where funeral services will be held on Monday April 22 at 2:00 PM. Rev. J. Richard Winter will officiate.  Interment will be at Hillcrest Memory Gardens, Jeffersonton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, c/o Sandra Henley, 9448  Old Waterloo Road, Warrenton, VA  20186.

Online condolences may be made at www.moserfuneralhome.com.

Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Father of Randolph “Randy” Minter, President of Moser Funeral Home

April 10, 2013

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

Celene Honeycutt Gardner Sanders

Celene Honeycutt Gardner Sanders, age 91, of Radford, died Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at New River Valley Medical Center.  She was preceded in death by her first husband, R.G. Gardner; her second husband, James X Sanders; her parents, William A. and Nellie F. Honeycutt; two brothers, Bruce and William F. Honeycutt; and her sister Nell Jo Honeycutt Musgrove.  Mrs. Sanders was retired in 1982 from Radford University where she served as registrar for several years and later taught in the Business Department as an Associate Professor.  She was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Radford where she served as Deacon and Elder Emeritus.  She and her husband X, operated theSeaver-Sanders Funeral Home in Radford for many years.  She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Janie and Timothy Dye of Ferrum; and Jean B. Sanders of Harrisburg, PA.  Also survived by four grandchildren; Ashley, Emily, Luke and Joseph Dye.  A private graveside service will be held in Oakwood Cemetery in Pulaski.  A memorial service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Radford on Friday April 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. David Dickerson officiating.  The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service.  For those who desire, expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of donations to the Presbyterian Church of Radford, 201 Fourth Street, Radford, Virginia 24141.  Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.seaglefuneralhome.com.  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.

Blue Ridge Virginia Funeral Directors Association

April 9, 2013

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

Helen Taylor Whitaker

Helen Taylor Whitaker, age 82, of Damascus, Virginia went to Heaven to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, April 9,  2013 at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia.  She was a lifelong resident of Washington County, Virginia and retired as a nurse’s aide from Johnston Memorial Hospital after twenty years of service.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Damascus, Virginia.  She was a wonderful homemaker and cook, and enjoyed canning, gardening, and quilting.  Helen was a strong independent lady who was very dedicated to her family, always thinking of others, especially her children.  She loved listening to country and gospel music.  Helen was a dedicated faithful loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother lovingly known by her grandchildren and great grandchildren as “Maw”, “Granny”, or “Nana”.

She is survived by her loving six children, Phillip Lee Taylor and his wife, Ruth, of Galax, Virginia, Dorothy Isenberg and her husband, Gilbert “Buddy”, of Bristol, Virginia, Margaret Helen Whitaker Smith-Offield and her husband, Gary, of Bristol, Virginia, Patsy Spears and her husband, John, of Abingdon, Virginia, Tommy Whitaker and his wife, Jeanne, of Roanoke, Virginia and Jimmy Whitaker and his wife, Lisa, of Roanoke, Virginia; one sister, Thelma Romenger of Bristol, Tennessee; 11 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, April 13, 2013 in the Riverview Chapel at Garrett Funeral Home in Damascus, Virginia with Pastor Todd Asbury officiating.  The committal service and interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park in Damascus, Virginia.  Pallbearers will be Graham Whitaker, Zach Whitaker, P.J. Taylor, James Anthony, Josef Kiesenhofer, and Jason Mundy.  John Spears will serve as an honorary pallbearer.  The family will receive friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Friday, April 12, 2013 at Garrett Funeral Home.  Online condolences may be sent to the family and a memorial video tribute may be viewed by visiting www.garrettfuneralhome.com. Mrs. Whitaker and her family are in the care of Garrett Funeral Home, 203 N. Shady Ave., Damascus, VA 24236, ph.#:  276-475-3631.

Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association

Mother of Tommy Whitaker, Licensed Virginia Funeral Director and Embalmer/Mother of Jimmy Whitaker who works in the funeral industry as well

March 6, 2013

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

Rev. Albert Jackson Robertson

Rev. Albert Jackson Robertson, 76, of 1878 Wayside Road, Stuart, formerly of Martinsville, died Wednesday, March 6 2013 at his residence. He was born in Eden, NC on March 30, 1936 to Rev. Hiram Levi Robertson and Bertha Bell Robertson, both deceased.  He was the founder and pastor of Adventure in Faith Church in Martinsville and retired after forty nine years of pastoring.  During his pastorate he ministered on radio and television as “The Last Days Message “.  Albert was a graduate of Emmanuel Bible College in Franklin Springs, GA.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sisters, Alma Kriniskie and Audrey Capalko and two brothers, Allen Robertson and Alton Robertson, special  canine companions, little girl and little boy (Pookie) Ratcliff.

Surviving are his wife of fifty five years, Gloria Pendleton Robertson of the home, two daughters and sons-in-law; Elizabeth Ann Wright and husband Steve of Newburgh, IN and Ruth R. Ratcliff and husband Kelly of Stuart, one son and daughter-in-law, James A. Robertson and wife, Treva of Patrick Springs, three sisters, Ava Coleman of Stoneville, NC, Alva Jacqueline (Jackie ) Neil of Brunswick, GA and Ailene Dyson of Reidsville, NC, four brothers, Rev. Auston Robertson of Martinsville, Andrew David “AD”Robertson of Winston Salem, NC, Aaron Robertson of Bassett and Adrian Robertson of Chesapeake, three grandchildren, Amanda Robertson, Derick  Robertson and wife, Amanda M. and Dena  Robertson all of Patrick Springs, three  canine companions, Gizmo, Baby and Victoria “Sissy” Ratcliff of the home and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm in the chapel of McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville with Pastor Randall Smith and Pastor Paul Hooker officiating, interment will be private in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Reidsville, NC.    The family will receive friends two hours prior to services in the McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville and other times at the home.

Memorials may be made to the Gideon’s International, P.O. Box 921, Stuart, VA 24171 or Mountain Valley Hospice, 22099 Jeb Stuart Hwy, Stuart, VA 24171.

On line condolences may be made by visiting www.communityfuneralservice.com.  Community Funeral Service of Ridgeway/McKee-Stone Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Father of Ruth R. Ratcliff a Virginia Funeral Service Licensee and father-in-law of Kelly G. Ratcliff a Virginia and North Carolina funeral Service Licensee with Community Funeral Service of Ridgeway/McKee-Stone Funeral Home

March 2, 2013

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

Ercelle Boyles Williams

Ercelle Boyles Williams, 85, of 2474 Mountain Hill Road, Ringgold, VA died on March 2, 2013 in the Emergency Department of Danville Regional Medical Center after being in declining health for the past several years. Mrs. Williams was born in Rockingham County, NC on July 21, 1927 a daughter to the late Glen Boyles and Annie Maness Boyles. She had lived all of her life in Draper, NC and in the Mountain Hill Community of Pittsylvania County where she was a homemaker. Mrs. Williams was a member of the Glen Hill Baptist Church. On August 27, 1944 she was married to the late Frank Benton Williams who died on November 2, 2006. Mrs. Williams is survived by two sons Jimmie Williams & wife Judy of Ringgold, VA, Barrie G. Williams of Ringgold, VA, one daughter Sherrie W. Page & husband Michael of Orange, VA, four grandchildren J.B. Williams & wife Katie of Ringgold, VA, Justin C. Williams & wife Heather of Naples, Italy, Kinsey Raye Page & Ethan Page both of Orange, VA, two great grandchildren Grace Elizabeth Williams & Emma James Williams of Ringgold, VA. She was predeceased by one brother Ralph J. Boyles and one sister Myrtle B. Manley. She loved and considered Bobby & Annette & Tony Adams as family along with two special nephews Ronald Dalton and Randy Manley. Funeral Services will be conducted on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Glen Hill Baptist Church conducted by the Reverend John Hodgen. Interment will follow in the Williams Family Cemetery in the Mountain Hill Community. The family will receive friends on Tuesday night from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at the Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel and at other times they will be at the residence 2474 Mountain Hill Road, Ringgold, VA 24586. Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel is respectfully serving the Williams family. Online Condolences at www.wrenn-yeatts.com

Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Jimmie Williams is a past board member of the VFDA and past president of the Southside District/Justin Williams is FSL with the U.S. Navy stationed in Naples, Italy

February 20, 2013

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

Sarah Sarrette Gerring

GERRING, Sarah Sarrette, 88, died February 20, 2013. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Ignatius “Iggy” B. Gerring Jr.; son, Bernie Gerring of Petersburg; daughters, Beth Lane (Craig) of Chesterfield, Kaye Hite (Randolph) of Bracey; grandchildren, Matthew Hite, Melanie Winter (Jason), Sarah Gonzalez (Henry), Curtis Lane and Amanda Lane; great-grandchildren, JoBeth Winter and Henry Gonzalez Jr. She was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother, former employee of Chesterfield County Public Schools and employee and volunteer at Chippenham Medical Center. She was very active in her church, taking part in U.M.W. She was a Girl Scout leader and loved to travel and play cards with her close friends. Family will receive friends 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at Bliley’s – Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Road. A funeral ceremony will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at Ramsey Memorial United Methodist Church, where she was a member for over 40 years. Interment Dale Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to Ramsey Memorial United Methodist Church.

Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Mother-in-Law of Randolph Hite

February 13, 2013

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

John Richard Mandeville, Sr. 

John Richard Mandeville, Sr., age 75, of 1909 Oakwood Drive, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at his residence. John was born May 13, 1937 in Princeton, West Virginia to the late Paul Edward and Pauline Wimmer Mandeville. He married the former Reba Hyatt of Wythe County, and attended West Virginia Business College. He became a licensed funeral director, retiring from Nicely Funeral Home after thirty-eight years, and was continuing to work there part time. He was a member of the Clifton Forge Masonic Lodge # 166 A.F. & A.M., the Kazim Temple, the Hot Springs Shrine (Past President), the Clifton Forge Shrine Club, the Clifton Forge Elks Lodge B.P.O.E., the Griffith Knob Hunt Club (Past President), and former president of the Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association.  He was a long standing member of  Central United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the Men’s Bible Class and sang in the choir. He loved wood working and enjoyed sharing his crafts and clocks with friends. He is survived by his wife Reba Mandeville of Clifton Forge; his daughter, Theresa Ann Mandeville of Moneta; his son, John Richard Mandeville, Jr. and wife Joyce of Buchanan; a brother, Marvin Edward Mandeville and wife Vergie of Lynchburg; a grandson, Matthew Tyler Mandeville; a number of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews, including special nephews, Steve Mandeville and Larry Mandeville. A funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11:00 AM in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge with Reverend Ned Alderman and Reverend W. Pembroke Hall officiating.  Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Clifton Forge.  Pallbearers will be Eddie Clark, Delbert Dudding, Brandon Nicely, J. D. Williams, Charlie Gibson, Earl Anderson, Skip McMullen, Dr. Scott Brown, and Tommy Slusser.  Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Wolfenbarger, Richard Gusler, Kenny Keyser, Elwood Mays, Jim Tennant, Harvey Burns, Herbie Sams, Ronald Wright, Gerald Wood, Timmy Nicely, Glenn Hyatt, Josh Agee, Glenn Jones, and members of the Central United Methodist Church Men’s Bible Class.  The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Nicely Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Central United Methodist Church Radio Fund, PO Box 16, Clifton Forge, VA  24422 or to Mountain Regional Hospice Volunteers, PO Box 637, Clifton Forge, VA  24422. To send condolences to the family online, please visit www.nicelyfuneralhome.com.

Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association

February 10, 2013

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

Bertha Plogger Nicely

Bertha Plogger “Bootsie” Nicely age 84 of Rockbridge County went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (II Cor 5:6) on Sunday, February 10, 2013. Born June 26, 1928 she was the last of eight children to the late George Watson Plogger and Minnie Belle Smith Plogger. Preceding her in death were sisters, Mattie Norvell, Nona Smith and Pearl Johnson, and brothers Kenny, Jack, Albert and Norman Plogger and infant son Larry Chittum Nicely. Re-born July 1950 (John 3:3) Bootsie was a member of the Collierstown Baptist Church where she was very active in many capacities throughout the years. Mrs. Nicely worked at Lees Carpet from 1948-1954 but spent most of her early years of marriage as a loving, devoted wife and mother. In keeping with her love of food and her ministry of service, she returned to the workplace in 1971 as a cafeteria worker at Lexington High School retiring after 20 years of service. After retirement she continued to serve the Rockbridge County School System as a substitute worker until 2008. Surviving are her husband of 63 years Guy C. Nicely Jr., her son Wayne H. Nicely and wife Lana all of Lexington, and many special nieces and nephews. A celebration of her home going will be conducted at 2pm Thursday, February 14, 2013 at the Collierstown Baptist Church with Pastor Greg Gertz and Pastor Aubrey Dooley officiating. The committal service will follow at Oxford Presbyterian Church Cemetery with The Rev. Benjamin W. Dowling, III. The family suggest memorial contributions be made to the AWANA program at Collierstown Baptist Church c/o James O. Hall, Treasurer, 958 Collierstown Road, Lexington, VA 24450 or Effinger First Responders, 2824 Collierstown Road, Lexington, VA 24450. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7pm Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the funeral home. Mrs. Nicely is the mother of Wayne H. Nicely, partner at the Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington, VA. Condolences may be sent to the home at 77 Kygers Heights Lane, Lexington, VA 24450 or Harrison Funeral Home, P.O. Box 931, Lexington, VA 24450.

Shenandoah Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Mother of Wayne H. Nicely, Partner at Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory

January 30, 2013

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

Herbert Brandford Lucado

Herbert Brandford Lucado, 88, of Lynchburg and formerly of Appomattox died Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at Lynchburg General Hospital.  He was the husband of the late Ann Davidson Lucado.

He was born December 29, 1924 in Appomattox, the son of the late James B. Lucado and Olive Marsh Lucado.  He was a lifetime member of Red Oak Baptist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees for thirty years, a member of the U.C.T. of America for over fifty years, the Woodmen of the World Lodge # 71, and retired from BWX with thirty-five years of service.  He was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII and a sixty year member of American Legion Post 104.

He is survived by two sons, H. Michael Lucado, Sr. and his wife Susie of Altavista and James A. (Dink) Lucado and his wife Darlene of Lynchburg; a brother-in-law, Jack Baker of Evergreen; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, six great grandchildren, one step great grandchildren, and two nephews.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Addie L. Baker.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Red Oak Baptist Church, Appomattox by the Rev. Carlton Duck and the Rev. Tom Barker.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors by American Legion Post 104.

The family will receive friends from 3-5:00p.m., Saturday at Finch & Finch, Altavista and other times at the residence of his sons, James, 314 Powtan Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24502 and Michael, 1001 Broad St., Altavista, VA 24517.

The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider Red Oak Baptist Church, 5522 Oakville Rd., Appomattox, VA 24522.

Please visit the online tribute at www.finchandfinchfuneralservice.com to share a memory or send a condolence to the family.

Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Father of Mike Lucado, FSL and long-time employee of Finch & Finch, Inc.

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

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