In Remembrance 2018


In Remembrance 2018

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December 4, 2018

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

August K. Graumlich II

August K. Graumlich II, age 86, of Worthington, died on December 4, 2018 at home. Third generation owner of Graumlich Funeral Home, licensed funeral director and embalmer. Member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Graduate of Columbus South High School (class of 1950) and past President of the Alumni Association. Completed Pre Mortuary Study at The Ohio State University, Graduate of The Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Korean War Veteran, 8th Army Headquarters, 293rd Graves Registration Company. Civil War Collector and Speaker. Former member of the Central Ohio Civil War Roundtable and The Confederate Historical Institute. Member of the National Funeral Directors Association, Ohio Funeral Directors Association and past President of the Central Ohio Funeral Directors Association. Member of Southgate-Potter Lodge #782 F&AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus, Aladdin Shrine Temple, and Beacon Chapter OES #593. A downhill ski enthusiast, who skied the eastern and western slopes of the Rocky Mountains, from the Grand Tetons of Idaho and Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Lake Tahoe, Nevada, Squaw Valley and Heavenly of the Sierra Madre Mountains of California, New England, French, Swiss, and Italian Alps. Preceded in death by parents Theodore R. Graumlich and Wanda R. (Kirkman) Graumlich. Survived by his wife of 63 years of marriage, Shirley (Pribble) Graumlich; two sons, August K. III “Chip” and his wife, Betty Graumlich of Richmond Virginia; Jeffrey K. and his wife, Judy Graumlich of Dublin; twin daughters, Leigh A. and her husband, Richard Reynolds of Powell and Andrea L. Graumlich Brown, (fourth generation owner of Graumlich Funeral Home) and her husband, Korey Brown of Powell; granddaughters, Elizabeth Graumlich of Virginia and Alaina Reynolds of Powell; cousin, Charles (Faye) Mason. Family invites friends to be received Sunday, December 9, 2018 from 12 noon-4 pm at GRAUMLICH FUNERAL HOME, 1351 S. High Street. ** going southbound on 315 exit at 70 East then take Front Street or High Street south (your choice). Funeral service Monday, December 10, 2018 at 11 am at Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 80 E. Markison Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43207. Pastor Edward Engelbrecht and Pastor Floyd L. Stolzenburg officiating. Interment with Military Honors at St. Joseph Cemetery, Lockbourne, Ohio. Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to the Graumlich Family Memorial Fund to benefit the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Building Endowment Fund, 80 E. Markison Ave., Columbus, OH 43207 or Shriners Hospitals for Children–Cincinnati, Donor Development, 3229 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45229. To sign and view online guestbook please visit

Father of Chip Graumlich, Sales Representative Aurora Casket Company / Warfield-Rohr Casket Company.
President, Virginia Funeral Supply Sales Association, 1995-96
Virginia Funeral Sales Association

November 22, 2018

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

Floyd Allen Bolling

Floyd Allen Bolling, age 88 of the Scruggs Community of Franklin County received his Eternal reward November 22, 2018 at his home. He was born July 18, 1930, a son of the late William Bill and Charmie Wright Bolling. He was also preceded in death by his brothers and sister, Billy, Gordon and Dorothy Mae; grandson, Zac. Floyd was a lifelong member of Mt. Ivy Christian Church. Surviving to cherish his memory are his faithful and loving wife of 54 years, Estelle Pagans Bolling; his three children, Allen (Marie), Hazel (Richard) and Glen (a Funeral Director with Flora Funeral Service in Rocky Mount, VA); two grandchildren, Ashley (Chris) and Timmy; two great-grandkids, Grayson and Cailyn; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Henry and Shirley Pagans, Nancy Holland, Flossie Holland, Buck and Pam Pagans, Ann Pagans, Mary Ethel Bolling; many special friends but a very special one, Karen Smith as he called her his girlfriend; many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at Flora Funeral Chapel, 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 25, 2018 with Ministers Ted Clifton, Mike Finley and Steve Pasley officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Ivy Christian Church Cemetery. His family will receive friends 5-8 pm Saturday, November 24, 2018 at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

Father of Glen Bolling, Funeral Director with Flora Funeral Service in Rocky Mount, VA
Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association

November 2, 2018

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

Dale Martin Chappell

Dale Martin Chappell, 78, of Galax, Virginia passed away Friday, November 2, 2018 in the Wake Forest Cancer Center.

Dale was born in Galax, Virginia on September 24, 1940 to Clyde and Sadie Kegley Chappell. After graduating from Galax High School he served in the United States Army. Dale married the late Barbara Harman Chappell who brought love, grace, home and family into his life. One of Dale’s passions “The American Automobile” was exemplified by being a faithful and steadfast twenty-six year employee of Galax Motor Company. Dale’s devotion, loyalty and service continued thirty years while working for Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home.

He considered his co-workers family! He adored, honored, and cherished his extended family of brothers, sisters, sons and daughters. Dale was a longtime member of the Galax First United Methodist Church. Dale’s love of “The Open Road” was equaled by his building and design interests never daunted by a project’s complexity or complication. He gained profound joy helping neighbors and strangers alike. Dale and his beloved Barbara’s selfless generosity will forever be missed.

Dale was preceded in death by his parents Clyde and Sadie K. Chappell, wife Barbara H. Chappell, sister Melba C. Burcham. Survivors include his daughter Kelley L. Chappell, sisters Mae Aline Chappell and Edna C. Moore, brother and sister-in-law Willard and Frances B. Chappell, brother-in-law Buford Burcham, nieces, nephews and many cousins.

Kelley expresses deepest gratitude for the unfaltering, compassionate medical care Dale received from his Wake Forest care team and Mt. Valley palliative and hospice care. Thank you all.

Dale’s funeral service will be held Sunday, November 11, 2018 at 3:00 PM in the First United Methodist Church of Galax, with the Rev. Don Fox and Rev. Myron Dalton officiating. Interment will follow in the Felts Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Sunday in the sanctuary from 1:00 PM until time for the funeral service at the First United Methodist Church. Flowers will be appreciated or donations may be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.

Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association

November 1, 2018

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

William “Bill” McMullen

William “Bill” McMullen, 71, Harrisonburg passed away November 1, 2018 after a courageous and well fought battle with Kidney disease and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia for the past ten years.

He was born on November 5, 1946 in Rockingham County and was the son of the late Charles Lee, Jr. and Irene Lambert McMullen and the grandson of the late Charles Lee Sr. and Ollie Christina Shiflett McMullen and Samuel Glen and Vivian Wagner Lambert. He graduated from Turner Ashby High School in 1965 and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1966. He later attended Dunsmore Business College and he served in the Virginia Army National Guard.

Bill was a fourth generation funeral director at McMullen Funeral Home and served many families with his calm and compassionate demeanor for over 50 years. He oversaw construction of two funeral home locations and did the majority of the excavation himself with his own loader and dump truck.

Bill was a lifelong avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing and time spent at the family cabin. In 1992, he and his wife purchased and together restored the farm adjoining their property where he raised crops and beef cattle for many years. Six years ago, they built their dream home on their farm.

He was an associate member of the Singers Glen Fire Department and Greenmount Church of the Brethren. He was a trustee of the Greenmount Cemetery for many years.

He was happiest when his family and friends were together, including his beloved work family, who shared daily meals together.

On April 28, 1973, he married his soulmate the former Brenda Lou Morris who survives. Their love, support and commitment towards each other never wavered over the 45 years of marriage they were blessed to create. As a faithful wife, she lovingly cared for Bill without hesitation over these last several years. From an early age, it was evident that Bill and Brenda devoted their lives to each other and raising their two daughters. They were each other’s greatest confidant as they served and cared for their community together.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Andrea Lynn Strawderman and husband Craig, Amber Faith McIntyre and husband Jay, two cherished granddaughters, Natalee Christina and Casadee Alynn Strawderman, his granddogs, Josie, Isabelle, Chipper and Maddux, loyal friends, Craig Mitchell and wife Kimberly, Steve Cowger and wife Susan, Bob Shiflett and wife Elaine, and a large extended family of very special brothers and sisters-in-law, aunt, uncle and cousins.

Pastor Gary Shull and Wendell “Sonny” Henkel will conduct a memorial service at Greenmount Church of the Brethren on November 4, 2018 at 3 p.m. Burial will be private with Pastor Wayne Wright officiating.

Those wishing to pay their respects and sign the guestbook may do so by visiting the funeral home from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2018.

In honor of Bill’s life of service, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Singers Glen Fire Department, P.O. Box 373, Singers Glen, VA 22850 and Singers Glen Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 75, Singers Glen, VA, 22850.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Father of Amber McIntyre, Father-in-law to Jay McIntyre
Shenandoah Funeral Directors Association

October 29, 2018

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

Jeffrey A. Skewers

Jeffrey A. Skewers, 48, of Westminster passed away on October 29, 2018 at his home, following a courageous battle with ALS. He was born in Baltimore, MD on September 11, 1970 to Allan and Constance (nee Green) Skewers.

Jeffrey had worked in construction.

He is survived by his parents Allan and Constance (nee Green) Skewers of Westminster; children Justin, Emilee and Nicholas Skewers; sister Lisa and her husband Marc Leonardo of Millis, MA; sister Jessica and her husband Erin Williamson of Westminster; sister Megan and her husband Jordan Lally of Joppa, MD; nieces and nephews Jack Williamson, Marin Leonardo, Cassie Williamson, Zoe Leonardo, Kaiya Lally and Pemma Lally.

Family will receive friends at the Eline Funeral Home, 11824 Reisterstown Road, Reisterstown, MD on Thursday 2-4 and 6-8pm. Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, 10am at Sacred Heart Church, Glyndon, 65 Sacred Heart Lane, Reisterstown, MD 21136. Interment in Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery.

If desired, please make contributions to Sacred Heart School, P.O. Box 3672, Glyndon, MD 21071-3672 or to the Brigance Brigade Foundation, 11350 McCormick Road, Exec. Plaza I, Suite 105, Hunt Valley, MD 21031.

Brother-in-Law of Erin Williamson, Regional Manager | Funeral Director, Treasured Memories

October 24, 2018

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

Paul Richard Smith

Paul Richard Smith, 81, of Petersburg, formerly of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2018. Paul was a native of Martinsville, Virginia, and the son of the late Peter D. and Sarah E. Smith. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Marion C. Smith; a brother, Thomas Smith; and two sisters, Ruby Small and Elizabeth Whetzel. Paul was a member of Monumental Baptist Church. He is survived by a son, Louis C. Smith and wife, Sherrie of Petersburg; grandson, Justin C. Smith of Henrico; and a nephew, David Whetzel and wife, Sharon of Roanoke. A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2018 at Southlawn Memorial Park, 1911 Birdsong Road, S. Prince George, Virginia 23805, with Pastor Duane Guridy officiating. The family will receive friends from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, October 25, 2018 at the Crater Road Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 3935 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23805. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979. Condolences may be registered at

Father of Louis C. Smith, Owner of E. Alvin Small Funeral Home
Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

October 4, 2018

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

Vivian Juliette Williams Zaruba

Vivian Juliette Williams Zaruba, 83, of Colonial Heights, passed away on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at her residence. Born on October 15, 1934, in Southampton County, she was the daughter of the late Walter William Williams and Eunice Harrup Williams. She was lovingly raised by Bill and Annabet Williams Spain from a young age. She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Patricia C. Zaruba; her sister, Anna Louise Williams Edwards, and a nephew, Steven W. Edwards. Vivian retired from the Sutherland United States Post Office, with over 23 years of service, and was a member of the Colonel John Banister Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Fort Henry Chapter of the Daughters of the American Colonists, Hampton Roads Chapter of the United States Daughters of 1812, Chesterfield Chapter 851 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 284, and a graduate of the Petersburg High School Class of 1953. Vivian was a well respected genealogist, who was willing to help anyone interested in piecing together their ancestry. She made homemade birthday cakes, delicious pies, cookies and desserts for our traditional holiday meals. She handmade Christmas stockings for each of her children and instilled in us the importance of family. She was a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; and her family can attest to her love of each and every one of us, and we will always remember that “love lasts forever.” She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Thomas C. Zaruba, Sr.; six children, Katherine Z. Chambers (Thomas), Thomas C. Zaruba, Jr. (Sherry), Judith Z. Slate (Tom), Johanna Z. Vaughan (Steve), Ellen Z. Constantine (Jeff) and John A. Zaruba (Missy); 12 grandchildren, Michael Temple (Melanie), Adam Temple (Abbey), Amanda Stoher (Glen), Lara Luebbers (Brandon), Noah Slate, Brittany Longest (Garrett), Courtney Schmitt (Taylor), Joshua Vaughan; Rebekah Crosby (Steven), Rachel Primm (Ashley), Aidan and Charlotte Zaruba; eight great-grandchildren, Jayden Jefferson, Xavier Temple, Jaxon Gilley, Theodore Longest, Lindsey & Holland Schmitt and Carson & Wesley Crosby; two nieces, Connie E. Malosky (Paul) and Stacy L. Edwards; a nephew, I. Dwight Edwards (Gail); and a devoted niece, Amy Z. Cannon. A Graveside Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. Saturday October 6, 2018 in Blandford Cemetery, 319 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23803 with a funeral procession leaving the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday prior to the service at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Virginia 23834. Vivian’s family would like to thank Crater Community Hospice for their comfort and compassionate care shown to our Mom, especially Traci Ruffin, Joy Evans and Karren Bevan, and to Michelle Faulk for her care and dedication to both of our parents through these past few months. In lieu of flowers, Vivian’s family asks that you please make a donation to the Vasculitis Foundation, P.O. Box 28660, Kansas City, Missouri 64188 or Crater Community Hospice, 3916 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, Virginia 23805. Condolences may be registered at

Mother of Ellen Z. Constantine, Funeral Director E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory
Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

September 3, 2018

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

Martha P. (Hite) Scott

Martha P. (Hite) Scott, 90, of Waynesboro passed away on Monday, September 3, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family. Born June 23, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Russell R. and Sarah E. (Gentry) Powers.

Martha was a faithful member of Basic United Methodist Church, Waynesboro. In earlier years, she was employed by the former E.I. DuPont and later was employed by Grace Lutheran Church where she worked as a Daycare Teacher for the United Church Nursery for 25 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John G. Hite; second husband, Eric Scott; great granddaughter, Kinley Hite; and ten siblings, James G. Powers, Eldon “Buck” Powers, Billy R. Powers, Deane F. Powers, Ruby Wisely, Anna Lee Pence, Doris Borden and Irene Robertson.

Survivors include her two sons, J. Kent Hite and wife, Beverly of Waynesboro and Jeffrey L. Hite of Orlando, FL; grandchildren, Erica Hite, Rhonda R. Henderson and Christy D. Hostetter; great grandchildren, Sutton Hite, Kaitlynn Ross and Elisa Hostetter; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, September 7, 2018 at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes with Rev. Janet Knott officiating. Burial will follow in Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Jim Childress, Andrew Garasimowicz, Charles Powers, Barry Powers, Kyle Powers and Dean Hostetter.

Those desiring may pay their respects from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 6, 2018 at the funeral home. There will be no formal visitation.

Those desiring may make memorial contributions to Augusta Health Foundation, c/o Hospice of the Shenandoah, P.O. Box 1000, Fishersville, VA 22939.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and friends with the family online by visiting

Mother of Kent Hite, Funeral Director at Reynolds Hamrick
Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association

August 17, 2018

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

Bonnie Jean (Anderson) Rimel

Bonnie Jean (Anderson) Rimel, 92, widow of Charles Atlee Rimel, a longtime resident of Staunton, VA, passed away Friday August 17, 2018 in Stuart, FL.

She was born in Staunton, VA on December 7, 1925, a daughter of the late James “Jimmy’ Hartwell Anderson and Ruth Vivian (Lillard) Anderson.

Bonnie graduated early from Robert E. Lee High School. After graduating from Dunsmore Business College, she moved to Washington D.C. and worked for the Federal Government for several years.

She and her family lived across from her father’s grocery store on Spring Hill Road, “Jimmy Anderson’s Food Mart”, for several years before moving to their farm west of Staunton, where she and her husband Charles resided for over 50 years.

Bonnie was a member of Christ United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Shenandoah Valley British Car Club and the Waynesboro/Staunton Antique Car Club.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law; Myrtle Alice (Anderson) Fitzgerald and husband Mark; and numerous brothers and sisters-in-laws.

Surviving family members include, a son, Jim Rimel and wife Marilyn of Staunton; a daughter, Sarah Elmasian and husband, Rick, of Jensen Beach, FL; grandchildren, Todd Rimel and wife Rachel, of Staunton, Jason Rimel and wife Sarah of Port St. Lucie, FL, Charlie Rimel and wife Jody, of Staunton, Bonnie Strelitz-Stein and husband John “J.J.”, and Caroline Balitzer and husband Matt; 7 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and her parrot, Mozart “Moe”.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday September 8, 2018 at Henry Funeral Home.

Burial will be private at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Grandmother of Charlie Rimel, Henry Funeral Home
Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association

June 9, 2018

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

William Henry Potter

William Henry Potter, 63, died Saturday, June 9, 2018. Henry worked for W. O. Grubb Steel Erection Co. and was owner of Affinity Limousine and Access Transportation as well as Hampton Boat and R.V. Storage.

Henry is survived by his son, William H. “Billy” Potter Jr.; sister, Anna Kennamer; brother, Ben Agy Potter; half-brother, Roger Ray Potter; and his first grandchild to be born soon Hayes Potter.

A memorial service will be conducted at 6 pm, Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 S. Armistead Ave, Hampton. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 5-6 pm.

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association

June 6, 2018

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

Sammy L. Campbell

Sammy L. Campbell age 81, a lifelong resident of Abingdon, VA passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at his residence. Sammy was born on January 31, 1937 in Abingdon, Virginia, the son of the late Samuel W. and Eugenia Sevier Kreger Campbell. He attended Central School and graduated from William King High School in 1955 where he was named “Best Dressed”. Sammy attended Richmond Professional Institute, now Virginia Commonwealth University. He was a 1957 graduate from Cincinnati School of Embalming, now known as Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science, and a 1964 graduate of the National Foundation of Funeral Service School of Management. Sammy has been a funeral service licensee since 1957, being licensed in both Virginia and Tennessee, and was the owner/manager of Campbell Funeral Home in Abingdon until his retirement in 2005. He was a member and former deacon of Abingdon Baptist Church. Sammy will be remembered for his many involvements in the Abingdon community including the development and organizing of the Annual Abingdon Community Christmas Parade, which grew into one of the largest and most successful Christmas parades in Virginia. He was a dedicated volunteer worker of the Washington County Fair & Burley Festival where he assisted with the festival parade while serving as the Publicity and Entertainment Chairperson for many years. He was a former member and past president of the Abingdon Jaycee’s and the only person in Washington County to ever be awarded the “Distinguished Service Award” twice. He served as President of the Washington County, VA Chamber of Commerce in 1979 and was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Abingdon for over 50 years, having 32 years of perfect attendance. While a member, he served as past President and past Secretary as well as a former member of the Board of Directors. Sammy received numerous outstanding and distinguished service awards as well as the the Hixson Fellowship Award, the highest honor of the Kiwanis Club International. He was instrumental in the replacement construction and promotion of the current entrance signs to the Town of Abingdon and the large sign with the civic organization seals of civic clubs which is located downtown Abingdon on Main Street. Sammy was honored by the Town of Abingdon for his many years of dedicated service and contributions to the community and presented the keys to the town as they declared September 19, 2009 Sammy Campbell Day in Abingdon, VA. Sammy had a big heart and did many acts of kindness behind the scenes, and all who knew him knew that Sammy loved to laugh and tell a “good” joke.

Sammy is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Lois Leonard Campbell of Abingdon, VA; his beloved daughters, Sabrina Renee Gabriel and husband, William T. Gabriel of Livonia, Michigan and Miss Lisa Ann Reedy of Durham, NC; his son Chris Allen Reedy and husband C.J. Kolb of Guerneville, CA his beloved grandchildren, Jackson Campbell Gabriel and Anna Lee Gabriel; his sister-in-law Jean Kestner of Johnson City, TN; three cousins, Jimmy Mitchell and wife Kathy of Radford, VA, Mrs. Nancy Hines of Jonesville, VA and Mrs. Mary Joe Hammonds and husband Ray of Lancaster, KY.

A very special thank you to Dave and Tammie Lowe, Ashley Hostetter, Jessica Williams and James Seagroves for their love, compassion care and support.

A funeral service for Sammy L. Campbell will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 10, 2018 at the Abingdon Baptist Church with Dr. Steve Pollard and Rev. Jerry A. Eggers officiating. Sammy will be laid to rest privately. Music will be provided by Edward B. Eller and Rose Payne along with soloist Parke Dean.

Pallbearers will be John W. Crigger, Sheriff Fred Newman, Cy Williams, Brett Combs, Ray Minor, Danny Gentry, Terry H. Gillenwater, D.C. and Jamie Dick.

Honorary pallbearers will be Phyllis Greiner, Leo Sauve, Charles & Irene Meade, Bill Hagy, Robert & Nell Johnson, Richard C. McQueen, member of the Washington County Life Saving Crew, Virginia Funeral Directors Association, Tennessee Funeral Directors Association and the former employees of Campbell Funeral Home, Inc.

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

Sammy asks that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions to the Washington County Fair-Outdoor Stage Fund, P.O. Box 711, Abingdon, VA 24212.

You may sign the guestbook and submit condolences online at

Frost Funeral Home is serving the family of Sammy Campbell.

Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association

May 24, 2018

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

Rodney C. Thomas

Rodney C. Thomas, age 81, of Floyd, went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 24, 2018. He was a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer at Maberry Funeral Home in Floyd for over 50 years. Graduate of Cincinnati College of Embalming, Licensed E.M.T., and served as Secretary-Treasurer of Floyd County Volunteer Fire Department for many years, as well as working with the Red Cross and other civic organizations. He is survived by sister, Barbara Spangler; brother, Rev. Richard W. Thomas, Sr., (Carolyn), and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, May 28, 2018 at Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Richard W. Thomas, Sr., and Pastor Roy Turpin, with interment at Jacksonville Cemetery. Friends may visit at Maberry Funeral Home on Sunday, May 27, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Flowers are appreciated or you can make donations in memory of Rodney to the Floyd County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 257, Floyd, VA 24091. Online condolences may be made at

Employee of Maberry Funeral Home
Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association

May 22, 2018

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

David Keith Purvis

David Keith Purvis, 52, passed away Tuesday, May 22, 2018. He was born Monday, November 22, 1965 and grew up in Fluvanna County. Keith met the love of his life in 2007, he and Janice married and Keith started his own business, Gallion & Purvis Removal Service. Keith was a member of Bybee’s Road Baptist Church; an avid sports fan, especially Washington Nationals and Baltimore Orioles baseball; and VA Tech football. He was a very compassionate and genuine person who loved helping others and spending time with his family and friends. Keith never met a stranger.

Keith was preceded in death by his father, Henry Fulton Purvis, Jr. Keith is survived by his mother, Nora Payne Purvis Light; wife, Janice Gallion Purvis; brother, Cliff (Martha); nephew, Matt (Brittany) and daughter Penelope; nephew, Andy (Susan); aunts, Edna Pugh; Agnes Wichael (Gene); Elizabeth Bartholomew (Maxwell); uncles, Fella Payne and Curtis Payne (Betty); mother-in-law, Charlotte Gallion; brother-in-law, Michael Gallion; sisters-in-law, Donna Gallion and Daphne Weaver; uncles, Billy Wallace; Boyce Wallace; Jack Wallace; niece, Brandi (Josh) and children Mitch and McKenzie; niece, Shawn (Corey) and son Gavin; niece, Kelly (Chris); numerous cousins, and many great friends.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at Bybee’s Road Baptist Church, 4989 Bybee’s Church Road, Troy, VA 22974.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: Bybee’s Road Baptist Church and/or Hospice of the Piedmont.
Condolences may be offered at

Virginia Funeral Suppliers Association

May 2, 2018

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

James Wright Mercer Sr.

James Wright Mercer Sr., 76, of Fredericksburg, passed away Wednesday, May 2, 2018 in Florence, South Carolina.

Mr. Mercer was a graduate of the University of Richmond. He was the founder and president of Mercer Vault Company in Fredericksburg. Mr. Mercer enjoyed riding his motorcycle and driving his antique truck. He was a member of Fredericksburg Baptist Church.

Survivors include son James W. Mercer Jr. (Denise); daughter Sylvia Lynn Mercer; grandson James W. Mercer III; sister Mary Kay Hight; several nieces and nephews; and his companion, Kay Andrews Payne. Mr. Mercer was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Lynn Mercer.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, May 11 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 12 at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

Virginia Funeral Suppliers Association

April 22, 2018

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

Mary Hilda Wills Purviance

Mary Hilda Wills Purviance, age 96, a long-time resident of Wakefield VA died peacefully April 22, 2018. Born in Isle of Wight County on April 28, 1921, she was the daughter of the late Amos Floyd Wills and Mary Herrin Wills. She was the widow of Samuel Whitelock Purviance, her beloved husband of 73 years. She is survived by two sons, Samuel Wills Purviance (Terri), and Thomas Whitelock Purviance (John Salventi); 7 grandchildren, W Gregory Ewald, Ronald A Ewald (Melissa), Samuel W. Purviance II (Sunni), Mary Alice Purviance, Felicia S. Pompa (Tony), Amy M. Bohn (Jeremiah), Michael L. Haselberger (Nicole); 10 great grandchildren; 5 great great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Carolyn W. Bryant; two brothers, Amos Floyd Wills, Jr. and Alvah Herrin Wills, and a daughter-in-law Alice Williams Purviance.

She was a 1938 graduate of Ivor High School, a 1940 graduate of Farmville State Teachers College and attended The College of William and Mary.

She became a licensed funeral director in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1957 and along with her husband Sam, owned and operated Purviance Funeral Home in Wakefield for nearly 50 years.

She was a past member of Tucker Swamp Baptist Church and was an active member, choir member, Sunday School Teacher and past president of the UMW of Wakefield United Methodist Church. She was past president of the Portsmouth District of the UMW. She was a past member of the Claremont Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the Laurel Chapter of the OES, Waverly, was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Dames of the Court of Honor. She was a past president of the Wakefield Woman’s Club.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Wakefield Chapel on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. There will be a private burial in Wakefield Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Wakefield United Methodist Church on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 1:00 pm, with the Reverend Glenn Riggs officiating. Following the memorial service a reception will be held in the fellowship hall of the church.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Wakefield United Methodist Church, PO Box 87, Wakefield VA 23888-0087. Condolences may be registered at

Tidewater Virginia Funeral Directors Association

March 30, 2018

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

Patricia Knowles “Pat” Horne

Patricia Knowles “Pat” Horne, 67, went to be with the Lord on March 30 2018, her 49th wedding anniversary, at a Roanoke hospital with family by her side.

Pat was a former Miss Montgomery County. She taught for The Floyd Ward School of Dance for several decades and to several generations. She was honored with an invitation to perform a portion of Swan Lake at the prestigious Kennedy Center in Washington DC. Pat was asked to create and teach in the dance department at Ferum College and did so for many years. In her “free time” she volunteered with Christiansburg High School, Blacksburg High School, Shawsville High School and the Christiansburg Community Theatre as choreographer and occasional performer with a beautiful singing voice. She retired after over three decades but could not stay away from doing what she loved and taught “her little ones” basic ballet at the Christiansburg Recreational Center until her death.

Pat also began working in the family business, Horne Funeral Home & Crematory, in 1987 and continued to her death. She served as Corporate Secretary-Treasurer and received, served, and comforted others during their time of need.

Pat was a past Worthy Matron of the Eastern Star, a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Colonists, and a former member of the “Ladies Auxiliary” for the Christiansburg Rescue Squad and Fire Department.

Pat is survived by her husband of 49 years Richard H. “Dickie” Horne (Funeral Director and CEO of Horne Funeral Home & Crematory); her daughter and son-in-law; Dr. H. Leveta Horne and Eric Brown of Orlando FL, her son and daughter-in-law; Brian R. H. and Amy Horne (Brian is Funeral Director and Manager of Horne Funeral Home & Crematory) of Christiansburg, and four granddaughters, Rachel, Grayce, Quinn, and Makenna all of Christiansburg, her sister and brother-in-law Katinka and Dale Hawley and their sons Jeff and John, her brother Mike Knowles, special friends Terry and Ed Wilson, and her beloved pets.

The family will receive friends at Horne Funeral Home on Friday, April 6, 2018 from 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. with an Eastern Star Service, open to the public, to be held at 8:00 p.m. in the Horne Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at St Paul United Methodist Church with Father Alex Darby and Dr. Don Makin officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the HUMANE SOCIETY OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, P.O. Box 287 Blacksburg, VA 24063. Online condolences may be sent by visiting

Mother of Brian Horne, Horne Funeral Service, Inc., Christiansburg, VA
Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association

February 28, 2018

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

Edith Leurenna Johnson Faulkner

Edith Leurenna Johnson Faulkner, 95, of Deltaville, VA passed away February 28, 2018. Edith was born December 23, 1922 to the late James Albert Johnson and Naomi Harrow Johnson. She was married to Robert H. Faulkner for 69 years until he passed in 2012. She is survived by her children; Robert A. Faulkner and his wife, Diane, Robin Faulkner Schmitt and her husband, Tom; a sister, Mary Ruth Selby; and a dear friend and cousin, Barbara Thompson. She has 4 grandchildren; Amy Faulkner-Hart (Jonathan), Mark Faulkner (Lauren), Brittany Hawn and Lance Hawn-Schmitt; 5 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Oran Johnson. Edith loved fiercely. She loved her church, back-yard bird watching, singing in the choir, arranging flowers and her community, but most of all, she loved her family. She was a devoted wife, a proud mother, a dutiful daughter and a doting nana. She was stubborn but kind, demanding but generous and her family and friends loved and respected her for all of it.

She will be missed immensely by all of those who knew her. Funeral services will be held at Zoar Baptist Church in Deltaville on Sunday, March 4th at 2 pm. Visitation will precede the service at the church at 1 pm. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Friends and family are invited to stay afterwards for a small reception in the church Fellowship Hall. Donations in memory of Edith can be made to Zoar Baptist Church, PO Box 1010, Deltaville, VA 23043; Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 23, Hardyville, VA 23070 or Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 440, Deltaville, VA 23043. Our very special thanks to the staff at Gloucester House for their love and devotion to our beloved Edith and to Pastor John Snow of Zoar Baptist church for his love, prayers, visits and friendship. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

Edith was the widow of Robert H. Faulkner, funeral director at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda

February 28, 2018

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

Dennis Phillip Sanderlin, Sr.

Dennis Phillip Sanderlin, Sr. answered the Masters’ Call from his earthly home to his eternal home in Heaven on February 28, 2018 with his family by his side. He was born September 29, 1945 to the late Dennis H. and Beatrice Sanderlin in Norfolk, VA. He was predeceased by his brother, Glenn S. Sanderlin.

Dennis was a graduate of George Washington Carver High School and received his BS degree in Business and Marketing from Norfolk State University. Dennis enlisted in the US Army in December 1966 as an Admin Clerk. While serving in the US Army, he served as a stock clerk and movement specialist. While serving in Vietnam from 1968-1969, he received the National Defense service medal during the Vietnam Campaign. He also received the Vietnam service medal. Dennis was a rifle marksman and served three years until his honorable discharge as a Specialist 5 in 1969. He later worked as a Systems Analyst for Fleet and Industrial Supply Center for over 30+ years.

Dennis was an active member of First Baptist Church, West Munden, where he served on the Usher’s Ministry, Golden Grace Senior’s Ministry, Food Bank Ministry, Advisor to the Constitution and By-Laws Committee, Men’s Day Chair, Church & Pastor’s Anniversary Chair, Sunday School teacher, Youth Leader and Choir member until his health began to fail. He was also a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Toastmasters, GWC High School Band, NSU Alumni Band, West Munden Civic League and the Joshua #66 Prince Hall Masonic Lodge. His hobbies included reading, baseball, basketball, plumbing and carpentry.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving wife, Juanita C. Sanderlin; four daughters, Charlene Mayes, Avis Middleton (Terrance), Tami Miles and Tameca Miles; two sons, Dennis Phillip Sanderlin, Jr. and Kevin Andre Sanderlin (Dawna); five sisters, Beatrice S. Spady, Gardenia B. Sanderlin, Mary Y. Sanderlin, Eunice E. Sanderlin and Dorothy S. Wilkins (John L.); two brothers, John H. Sanderlin, Sr. (Geraldine) and Vernon E. Sanderlin, Sr. (Dr. Rosalynn L.); 22 grandchildren, Sacoria, Anita, Ryan, Amore, Robbie, Tyler, Romel, Travion, Travious, Neval, Dayshia, Sweet Charity, Riland, Da’Kayla, Kiersten, Shaniya, Miles, Olivia, Errick, Jermaine, Lasonda and Malachi; 8 great-grandchildren, Leyonna, Aaliyah, Jordan, Nasir, Milan, King, Treasure and Trevor; special children, Debra Brown, Melanie Brown and Stephanie Willis; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation ~ 3-5PM, Sunday, March 4, 2018 Beach Funeral Services, 4456 Bonney Rd, Virginia Beach, VA
Celebration of Life ~ 11AM, Monday, March 5, 2018, First Baptist Church, West Munden, 1541 Lyons Ave. Chesapeake, VA 23324
Condolences may be offered at on his guestbook page.

Father of Kevin Sanderlin
Tidewater Funeral Directors Association

February 23, 2018

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

William J. (Bill) Matze

William J. (Bill) Matze, 90, of Roanoke passed away quietly in his sleep on Friday February 23, 2018 after a brief illness. Bill was one of eight children of William M. and Blanche L. Matze of South Boston, Virginia. Bill was a World War II Navy veteran and served aboard the USS General Harry Taylor and the USS Bennington.

Bill was founder of Financial Services Institute of Virginia where he instructed, coached and mentored continuing education, pre-licensing and securities classes for the insurance industry. Bill’s insurance career also included Vice President and Director of Agencies for Estate Life and First Commonwealth Insurance Companies.

Bill was a 1950 graduate of Elon University in North Carolina, where he met his wife Dody, the love of his life. Together they served as Co-Presidents of the Elon University golden Alumni Association in later years. Bill also attended The College of William and Mary before entering service in WW II. Bill was a multi-sport athlete at both schools. His achievements as an outstanding collegiate and post collegiate athlete lead to his induction into the Halifax County/South Boston Sports Hall of Fame in 1997. Bill, along with the Matze family created the Halifax County/South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Matze Family Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded annually to deserving young student athletes of Halifax /South Boston furthering their education.

Bill was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Roanoke, VA. serving in various offices over 60 years. Bill was also active in the Jaycees, having served as a past President of the South Boston Virginia Jaycees and past Vice President of the Roanoke and Virginia state Jaycees.

Bill was preceded in death by his mother and father, sister Margaret Lipe and brothers Melvin, Mervin, Douglas and Luther. Surviving are his loving wife and best friend of 66 years, Dolores “Dody” Matze of Roanoke, VA, daughter and son-in-law Debbie and Gordon Williams of Charlotte, NC, son and daughter-in-law Jay and Denise Matze of Roanoke, VA, grandchildren Jolie, Jace and Gracyn Matze, brother Kenneth Matze of Richmond, VA, sister Mary M. Setzer of Mooresville, NC, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial contribution may be made to the Halifax County South Boston Sports Hall of Fame Matze Family Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 12, South Boston, VA 24592.

Visitation will be at Oakey’s South Chapel Roanoke, VA. Monday, February 26, 2018 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m.

Services will be at Calvary Baptist Church, Roanoke, VA. Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 2 PM followed by interment at Evergreen Burial Park, Roanoke, VA.

Friend of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association
Insurance Instructor for VFDA

February 23, 2018

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

Thomas A. Meritt

Thomas A. Meritt, age 49, was called Home on February 23, 2018. His work on Earth was done. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Lisa; and two sons, Aiden and Colter; and step-daughter, Sienna; His mother and father, Linda and Tom Meritt; sisters, Carrie (Eric) Hartman and Amy (Scott) Zimmerman; and five nephews, Phillip, Matthew, JT, Jake, and Nathan. He is also survived by his mother and father-in-law, Kathy and Larry Edwards; and sister-in-law, Carol Lea Payne. Tom was loved by many, including his friend and riding partner, Tim Gettier; and his long time feathery companion, Bubby.

Tom lived large with everything he did. His love for motorcycles was endless, as was his love and dedication for the families he served throughout his life. He lived without fear and accepted its consequences, therefore, never hesitating to take the leap, wherever he may land. He rode full throttle to whatever the next day would bring, never looking back on the road behind him. He lived as he rode, free, with a child-like spirit and contagious smile, that he shared whole heartedly with his sons, and those fortunate enough to be around him.

A celebration of life service will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, March 3, 2018 at New Covenant Christian Church with Pastors Melvin Poff and Chris Kingery officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and for a time after the service at the church.

To honor Tom’s memory the family welcomes flowers or donations to the Twin Valley Riders, P.O. Box 3281, Roanoke, Virginia 24015.

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Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association
Funeral Director at Oakey’s Funeral Service, Roanoke, VA

February 22, 2018

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

David Richard Thomas

David Richard Thomas “The Candy Man”, 73, of McGaheysville, died Thursday, February 22, 2018, at Sentara RMH Health Campus in Harrisonburg.

He was born September 27, 1944, in Dayton, Ohio and was the son of the late, Ralph and Ruby Bennett Thomas.

David moved to this area from Ohio in 1974 and was an avid sportsman. He was a member of the N.R.A., the Ohio Gun Collectors Association, the American Trap Association, the Virginia Shooting Sports Association, a life member of the Stonewall Rifle & Pistol Club, and the National Sporting Clay Association.

On May 25, 1996, he married, Ann Taylor Thomas who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Noel Thomas and wife, Theresa; daughters, Kelly Dean and husband, Todd, Chanin Gottschalk and husband, Hank, and Tisha Barnes and husband, Randy; brother, Ron Thomas and wife, Bev.; sister Judy Lane; half-sister, Linda Wolfe, and nine grandchildren.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 7 p.m., Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg with Pastor Derek Boggs officiating. Masonic Rites will be by the Charles Franklin Shuler #74 Lodge. Private burial will be in Salem Lutheran Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Saturday evening prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his honor to the Elkton Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 152, Elkton, 22827; or the Harrisonburg Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 1477, Harrisonburg, 22801.

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Father-in-Law to Todd Dean, Richards-Wilbert, Inc.

February 20, 2018

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

Gerald W. Sink

Gerald W. Sink, age 71, of Roanoke passed away peacefully on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. He was born October 11, 1946 to the late Robert and Gertrude Puckett Sink. He was a lifelong resident of Roanoke where he attended Cave Spring High School and Virginia Western Community College, then continued his education at Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. Gerald was a Virginia Funeral Service licensee and worked at Lotz Funeral home for 25 years and 28 years at Oakey’s Funeral Service where he was manager of Roanoke Chapel.

Involved in his community, Gerald worshipped and served faithfully at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church as a deacon and on numerous committees. He was also a member and Past Patron of Etta Chapter of 185, OES, member of Cave Spring Masonic Lodge #230, member of Roanoke Scottish Rite Bodies and Kazim Shrine Temple.

Gerald had a servant’s heart and found great joy in serving the people of the Roanoke Valley during their time of bereavement. He was known for his impeccable attention to detail. Many families called him personally when their loved one passed because they knew he would handle their arrangements with great care and compassion. He was even-tempered and dependable, kind and gentle. Everywhere he went, someone knew him and he knew them. He left an impression of service and excellence and no one ever forgot him.

Gerald leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 41 years, Pat Myers Sink, his daughter, Carla Sink Brown, her husband Terry and their children Lucas, Madison, and Tyler of Whidbey Island, Washington, and his son Carey Robert Sink, his wife Lindsay and their daughters Caroline and Charlotte of Roanoke. He cherished his family and his dog, Ginger. As an only child, Pat’s family became Gerald’s. Her surviving siblings, Marshall and Hazel Myers, Jimmy and Lori Myers, Harry and Dottie Nance, Danny and Anita Myers, and Grace Myers and many nieces and nephews meant the world to him. Numerous cousins on both sides of the family will also remember him fondly.

The Oakey’s family was also an important and valuable part of Gerald’s life. He spent many years building friendships that became like family to him. He hosted the annual employees’ picnic at his home each year. In addition, Gerald created many lasting relationships among other funeral directors across the state and country.

The family is grateful for a loving church and numerous friends and colleagues who prayed for and supported Gerald throughout his life but especially during the past nine months as he bravely fought leukemia. Thank you to the doctors and nurses at Blue Ridge Cancer Center and the 10th Floor Oncology Unit at Carilion Roanoke Memorial.

The family will receive friends at Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel 318 Church Ave 2-4PM and 6-8PM on Friday, February 23, 2018. His childhood church, Grandin Court Baptist Church held many fond childhood memories, is where he and Pat were married, and where his life will be celebrated on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at 10AM. Officiating are Dr. Howard Foster, Dr. Eric Spano and Dr. Kevin Meadows. Interment Will Follow at Sherwood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers Gerald requested contributions be given to the building fund at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, 3000 Pitzer Road, Roanoke, VA 24014.

Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association

February 17, 2018

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

Mary Katheryn “Kack” Clem Baugher

Mary Katheryn “Kack” Clem Baugher, 88, of Elkton passed away, February 17, 2018. Kack was born January 3, 1930 in Shenandoah and was the daughter of the late Noah Lee Clem Sr. and Flossie Virginia Foltz Clem.

She grew up in Shenandoah and was a 1949 graduate of Shenandoah High School where she excelled at basketball. She enjoyed crocheting afghans, and made many of them for family and friends as gifts. She attended thousands of ballgames that her children and grandchildren participated in. She was a member of Bethel United Church of Christ and loved to fish on the Shenandoah River.

Kack married the love of her life on July 1, 1950, Clarence Boyd “Sonny” Baugher, a union that lasted until Sonny passed away July 8, 2008. Together they bought the Baugher family farm on Bethel Church Road and spent many years farming and raising their children. They harvested fruits and vegetables, raised cattle, hogs and chickens, and canned everything to provide for their family and friends through the years. From early in life she was known to be a true servant, in the manner of being a giver. She was a fabulous cook who loved cooking for her family and friends a true labor of love as she prepared for everyone. She was an incredible wife, mother and grandmother and cherished time spent with family.

Kack leaves behind 4 children, C.B. Baugher II and wife, Carol, of Rescue, Virginia, Jeff T. Baugher and wife, Peggy of Grottoes, S.M. “Scott” Baugher and special friend, Billie Jo Dofflemyer, of Elkton and Sara Ann Baugher and friend, Leanne Kelly, of Culpeper; a brother, Noah Lee Clem Jr. of Shenandoah; sisters- in- law, Ruth Life and husband, Granville, of Elkton, Lucille Baugher of Harrisonburg, Charlotte Clem of Grottoes; 9 grandchildren, Jeremy Baugher and wife, Karyn, Meredith Baugher, Megan Bartholf and husband, Scott, Josh Baugher, Gracie Hoilman and husband, Seth, Addie Baugher, Maggie Baugher, Brittany Cook and husband, Colton and Charlie McLeod and wife, Amy; 4 great- grandchildren, Nadia & Noelle Bartholf, Sonny Baugher and Emily McLeod; very special nieces, LaWanda “Jo” Sites, Mary Catherine Life, Judy Reid Brill, Brenda Alger and many other nieces and nephews.

Besides her parents she was preceded in death by siblings, Boots Beaghan, Robert Clem, Dot May, Evelyn Dofflemyer, Rennie Alger, Eva Dean, Dunnie Reid, Roy Clem, Amos Newton Clem, and Shirley Ann Clem; a granddaughter Brittany Lam and a great nephew Matthew Seal.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, February 22, 2018 at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton with Pastors Dan Bassett and Danny Herring officiating.

Burial will follow at the Elk Run Cemetery.

Family will receive friends Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at the Kyger Funeral Home in Elkton from 6-8 p.m. Family and Friends may also call at the Baugher home at any time.

Memorial gifts made be made to the Elkton Rescue Squad, 20871 Blue & Gold Drive, Elkton VA 22827, Hospice of The Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA 22911 or Bethel United Church of Christ, 2451 Bethel Church Rd. Elkton VA 22827.

Mother of Funeral Director Scott M. Baugher
Shenandoah District

February 10, 2018

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

Michael L. Smith, Sr.

Chesapeake – Michael L. “Smitty” Smith, Sr., 65, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. A Roanoke native, Smitty had practiced funeral service for nearly 36 years. He retired in 2014 as a funeral director and chapel manager with Hollomon-Brown Funeral Homes after 25 years of service. Smitty was a graduate of the Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta where he served as president of his class. He was member and Past President of the Tidewater Funeral Directors Association and served as the 125th President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association in 2013-14.

Smitty was a long-time member of Great Bridge United Methodist Church where he sang in the Chancel Choir and the Master’s Men Chorus and served on various committees such as the Board of Trustees. He was a member of the Kempsville Masonic Lodge #196 A.F. and A.M., Khedive Temple of the Shrine, Chesapeake Shrine Club, and a member and Past Patron of Westminster Chapter #99 Order of the Eastern Star.

Smitty was preceded in death by his father, Bud Smith. Left to cherish his memory: his loving and devoted wife of 36 years, Deborah P. Smith; two sons, Rev. Michael L. Smith, II and his wife, Amy, and Geoffrey P. Smith and his wife, Nicole; grandchildren, Tyler and Evie Smith; his mother, Betty Smith; six siblings, Debbie, Steve, Janet, Maggie, Curt and Chris; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will greet friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Great Bridge Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 from 6-8p.m. A Service of Worship and Resurrection celebrating Smitty’s home-going will be conducted on Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Great Bridge United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tim Craig officiating. Interment with Masonic Rites will follow in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mike’s honor to the Parkinson’s Foundation or the GBUMC Master’s Men Chorus. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association
Past President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association

February 9, 2018

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

James (Jim) Neer Fox

Of Temperanceville/Horntown, VA passed away on Friday, February 09, 2018 at the age of 83 at his home in Horntown, VA. He is the husband of Deanna M. Fox of 13 years. Jim was born in Onancock, VA on August 8, 1934 and his parents were the late, Norman L. and Elmira M. Webb Fox. He was a member of Atlantic Baptist Church and was one of the oldest Funeral Directors/Embalmers on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. His affiliations were Temperanceville Masonic Lodge #121, North Accomack Lions Club, Honorary Member Rurtians, Founder & Life Time Member Oak Hall Rescue, Virginia Funeral Directors Association, Tidewater Funeral Directors, National Funeral Directors and Sons of American Legion #159. Jim enjoyed hunting, fishing and watching baseball games, especially the Baltimore Orioles.

Other than his wife, Deanna, he is survived by his sons, Norman Dale Fox (Cheryl) of Chincoteague, VA, James Dennis Fox (Ramona) of Hallwood, VA, three step children, Cathy Weichmann (Mike Stevenson) of Pocomoke, MD, Dawn Shenton (Drew) of Chincoteague, VA, John Foxwell (Debbie) of Stockton, MD, several grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, cousins, Tom and Nancy Fox and family of Eastville, VA., Gail Mann and family of Onancock, VA. He is predeceased by his son, Dean Fox, a brother, John T. Fox, and his first wife, Nina W. Fox of 51 years. Other survivors include, extended family Amy Sharpley of Girdletree, MD, Gene and Betty Goleman of Temperanceville, VA, Ernest Dale and Denise Holston of Chincoteague, VA, Hector Escalante and family of Nelsonia, VA, and Tom Cook and family of Oak Hall, VA, Jeff and Becky Carey of Temperanceville, VA, Roland and Rhonda Witt of Maryland.

There will be a Graveside Service held 1:00 PM on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at John W. Taylor Cemetery with Rev. Maury Enright officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contribution may be made to charity of your choice.

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association

February 2, 2018

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

Pauline Hunt Dudley

Pauline Hunt Dudley went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, February 2, 2018 just 13 days shy of her 105th birthday. The next to the youngest of seven children born to Thomas Henry Hunt and Henrietta Watkins Hunt, she was born in York County but moved to Hampton as a young child and graduated from Hampton High School. She was a faithful member of East Hampton United Methodist Church for most of her life where she served as Financial Secretary for many years and was a member of the Rainbow Circle and the United Methodist Women. She attended Hampton Christian Church Disciples of Christ when able.

Preceded in death by her husband, George M. Dudley; she is survived by her daughter, Sallie D. Puffenberger and her husband, Jim; her granddaughters, Jamie P. Karpa and her husband, David and Lori P. Mason and her husband, Danny; three great-grandchildren, Justin J. Cline, Alexandria Lynn Cline, and Jeffrey S. Sale and his wife, Amanda; and a great-great-granddaughter, Skylar P. Sale. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews. She loved her family deeply as evidenced by the huge smile she gave every time one of us walked into the room.

The family would like to thank her special angels, Marsha Anim, Brenda Kincaid, Emma Fauntleroy, Jerri Cook, Edouline “Shirley” Reyes, and the late Viola Jackson for the loving care they provided to their “Miss Pauline”. She loved you all. We would also like to thank Sentara Hospice for their guidance and support over the last month.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 in the R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home chapel. Interment will follow in Parklawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5:30-7 Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy may be made to a charity of your choice.

Grandmother of Jamie Karpa
Tidewater Funeral Directors Association

January 31, 2018

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

John Stewart Markham

MARKHAM, John Stewart was blessed on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, to receive the promise of the Resurrection. John was born May 4, 1933, in Richmond, to the late Curtis Owen Markham and Lucy Hall Markham. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his sister, Jane Markham Vick of Huntington, W.Va. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 63 years, Betty Johns Markham; two daughters, Mary Lu Fissel (Richard) of Newark, Del. and Catherine Mays (Alan) of Powhatan; son, Earnest “Earnie” O. Markham (Mylicia) of Midlothian; brother, Curtis W. “Bill” Markham (Ann) of Glen Allen; six grandchildren, Megan Fissel, Jordan Fissel (Marisa), Brian Mays (Whitney), Tyler Mays, Jonathan Markham, Christine Markham; and two great-granddaughters, Madelyn “Maddie” Mays and Avery Mays. John attended Richmond Public Schools and graduated from John Marshall in 1952, where he and his wife were high school sweethearts. During his second year at UVA, John was drafted into the Army near the end of the Korean Conflict. While in the Army, he married Betty and this marriage produced too many blessings to enumerate. Following military service, he attended the University of Richmond, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1958. In 1967, he earned a master’s degree in hospital administration from MCV (now VCU). John was the first in his family to attend college. His business experiences included time as a CPA, CFO of several local businesses, hospital administrator, college professor, hospital consultant, owner/operator of a home for adults and, lastly, owner/operator of Markham Burial Vault Svc., now owned and operated by his son, Earnie, under the name Markham, Inc. John loved his God and his family. He took great pride in his wife, his children, his grandchildren, his great-granddaughters and their accomplishments. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, February 4, at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave. A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Monday, February 5, at Grace & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 8 N. Laurel St., Richmond, Va. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Father of Earnie Markham of Markham, Inc.
Virginia Funeral Sales Association

January 20, 2018

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

Guy Chittum “Johnie” Nicely, Jr.

Guy Chittum “Johnie” Nicely Jr. age 94, of Rockbridge County went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, January 20, 2018. Born May 10, 1923 in the North Buffalo area of Rockbridge County, he was the oldest son of the late Guy C. Nicely, Sr. and Hattie Agnor Nicely. Also preceding him in death was his wife of 63 years Bertha Plogger “Bootsie” Nicely; infant son Larry Chittum Nicely and three sisters Dorothy McKenna, Louise Markham and Ruth Bullock.

Johnie was a charter member of Collierstown Baptist Church where he was very active in many capacities throughout the years, including Trustee, Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. Guy retired from Burlington Industries, as a supervisor in the Tufted Department, after 43 years of service. Mr. Nicely was a veteran of WWII serving his country for 33 months as Platoon Sergeant in an infantry rifle company. He was responsible for tactical employment and welfare of 43 enlisted men; participating in six major campaigns including Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe. For his service, he was awarded several medals including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Surviving are his son Wayne H. Nicely and wife Lana, three brothers Paul W. Nicely Sr. and wife Tiny, Kenton L. Nicely, and Ovie E. Nicely and wife Betty; and many nieces and nephews. A special thanks to care givers Sandra Fix, Jerrah McKemy, Lisa Black, Tina Hall and many others who lent a helping-hand over the last five years.

A celebration of his homegoing will be conducted at 2pm Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Collierstown Baptist Church with Pastor Jesse Krystowiak officiating. The committal service will follow at Oxford Presbyterian Church Cemetery with military rites.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Collierstown Baptist Church C/O Sandra Fix, Treasurer, 92 Whispering Woods Lane, Lexington, VA 24450 or Effinger Fire and Rescue, 2824 Collierstown Road, Lexington, VA 24450. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7pm Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Harrison Funeral Home, Lexington.

Mr. Nicely is the father of Wayne H. Nicely co-owner of Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory Lexington, VA.
Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association

January 11, 2018

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

Ruth Henry Rothrock

Ruth Henry Rothrock, 94, of Martinsville, who was active in the area’s business, civic and faith communities for decades, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at her home. Mrs. Rothrock’s life was focused on helping others, whether they were grieving the loss of a loved one, trying to grow a business or in need of financial help to further their educations. She was born Jan. 9, 1924, in Roanoke County, the daughter of Ella Clarke Henry and Rufus Albert Henry. She attended schools in Roanoke County and graduated from Andrew Lewis High School in Salem in June 1942. Following graduation, she joined Western Union at its Salem office. She worked in vacation relief for the company in several places, and came to Martinsville from Bedford on Sept. 28, 1942, to fill in for a week for a woman who was ill. That was in 1942 “and I’m still here,” she said in a 2008 interview with the Martinsville Bulletin.

Mrs. Rothrock worked at the Western Union office for five years, and she also did some bookkeeping at McKee Funeral Home (now Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home). There, she eventually met her husband, Thomas S. Rothrock Jr., who had come to Martinsville from Winston-Salem to work. Mrs. Rothrock joined Stone Transfer where she worked until her marriage in 1947, and in 1951 she became the bookkeeper for McKee Funeral Home. Following her husband’s death on April 21, 1963, she “took over where he left off” at the funeral home and became secretary of the business. In 1977, after the death of Ina McKee Holland, who owned the funeral home at that time, Mrs. Rothrock became vice president secretary of the company. She became a licensed funeral director in 1974. She and the late Herman B. Martin operated the funeral home until it was sold in 1986. Later, Mrs. Rothrock worked part-time for Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home. Funeral work “is a ministry. It’s about helping people … at a very hard time of their life,” she said in the 2008 interview. “It’s not easy, but it’s a part of life.”

First Baptist Church in Martinsville played a central role in Mrs. Rothrock’s life. She became an active member of the church in 1946 and the following year, Dr. James P. McCabe, then the senior pastor, and Dr. Chevis F. Horne, then McCabe’s associate pastor, married Ruth and Thomas Rothrock. Mrs. Rothrock served as a deacon and was active in the Women’s Missionary Union (WMU), serving as president and group leader, and in other programs. She was honored as a life deacon on June 17, 2009. She also was a member of the Mary Kirk Bible Class, which she served as president and treasurer, and the Martinsville Hospital Auxiliary. She was the first chairman of the Baby First Photo.

She was active in numerous organizations including Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority, of which she was a life member. She also was a member and past committee chairman of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association and was the first woman member of the Martinsville chapter of SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. Mrs. Rothrock was a member of the Martinsville Henry County Chapter of Altrusa International Inc. She had done bookkeeping duties for the club since the 1940s, long before she could became a member because new members were not accepted until an opening in the membership rolls occurred. Altrusa stresses education, she said in 2008. “There’s a lot of girls walking around here who got an Altrusa scholarship” to help them through college, and Mrs. Rothrock said she found it gratifying to hear from those women later. Mrs. Rothrock also volunteered at Patrick Henry Elementary School, Piedmont Arts and Grace Network, and she was the telephone chairman for the Piedmont Arts Guild.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sisters, Mrs. S.B. (Mildred) Dimond, Mrs. Jack (Martha Jane) Harrison, Mrs. I.S. (Margaret) Hartmann; and a brother, Rufus Albert Henry Jr. Surviving are two sons, James Albert (Jane) Rothrock of Glen Allen and Samuel Drury Rothrock of Martinsville; a brother, Walter Lewis (Virginia) Henry of Roanoke; three grandchildren, James Samuel (Rebecca) Rothrock of Waynesboro; and Thomas Dyer (Hannah) Rothrock of Houston, Texas, and Robert Coleman Rothrock of Atlanta, Georgia, and their mother, Allyson Rothrock of Martinsville; and five great-grandchildren, Henry, Emilie, Evelyn, Kate and Jack Rothrock, all of Waynesboro. The family thanks those who assisted Mrs. Rothrock, including the staff of the Emergency Department and the fifth floor nurses at Sovah Health-Martinsville, Mountain Valley Hospice, and caretakers Jeanette Jackson, Latoya Brown, Vanessa Gravely, Mildred Ramos and Kathy Patterson. The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Martinsville. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church. Memorial contributions in honor of Mrs. Rothrock may be made to Grace Network, Piedmont Arts and First Baptist Church. McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville is in charge of arrangements. To express condolences online, please visit

Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association

January 9, 2018

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

Hattie Plante Copeland

COPELAND, Hattie Plante, 93, of Henrico, Hattie was born December 23, 1924 in Fitzwilliam, NH, passed away peacefully and went to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Lakewood Manor in Richmond. She will be remembered for her servant’s heart, musical talents and loving hugs.

She graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and served as church organist at Ginter Park Baptist Church in Richmond, and Children’s Choir Director at Flagler Street Baptist Church in Miami, FL. Most recently she was a member of Derbyshire Baptist Church for 50 years where she served as the pastor’s wife from 1967 – 1989.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. James R. Copeland. She is survived by her three sons, Richard (Marian) Copeland of Henrico, Robert Copeland of Richmond, and James (Gail) Copeland of Manakin Sabot; grandchildren, Rich Copeland of Mascot, Australia, Valerie Williamson (Patrick) of Henrico, Rob Copeland (Kendra) of Henrico, Brian Copeland (Andrea) of Midlothian, Stephanie Copeland of Midlothian and Michael Copeland of Henrico; seven great-grandchildren all living in the area.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Music Ministry at Derbyshire Baptist Church or donor’s choice. The family will receive friends at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd. on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 5 to 8pm. A celebration of Hattie’s life will be held Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 10am at Derbyshire Baptist Church, 8800 Derbyshire Rd., Richmond, Va. Burial will follow at Greenwood Memorial Gardens. Condolences may be offered at

Mother of Richard Copeland, Manager of the Parham Chapel of Woody Funeral Home
Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

January 9, 2018

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

Donald DeWitt Trobaugh

Donald DeWitt Trobaugh, 70, a resident of Harrisonburg, passed away on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. Mr. Trobaugh was born on December 4, 1947 in Rockingham County and was the son of the late Glenn and Emma Life Trobaugh. He was a funeral director and a graduate of the 1967 class of Cincinnati Mortuary Science. He began his career in late 1960’s at Kyger-Pence Funeral Home, assisted with funerals for Brill Funeral Home, Long Funeral Home and he was a founding member of Kyger-Trobaugh Funeral Home from 1975 until his retirement in 2001. After his retirement, he operated his wife’s family farms and assisted with funerals for McMullen Funeral Home. He was a lifelong member of the Academy of Funeral Service Professionals, an active participant in the Golden Rule and a member of the Linwood Episcopal Church. On November 13, 1970 he was united in marriage to Madge Kline Trobaugh who survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Niki Gearhart and husband Andy of Van Wert Ohio, Heather Trobaugh of Harrisonburg, Tavia Trobaugh and husband Bobby Wilson of Broadway; a brother, William “Billy” Trobaugh and wife Hilda of Shenandoah; a sister, Patricia Ruminski and husband Steve of Dayton; three grandchildren, Alexa Gearhart, Sophie Gearhart and Aidan Wilson and numerous nieces and nephews. Reverend Stuart Wood will conduct a funeral service on Friday, January 12, 2018 at 3 p.m. at McMullen Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Woodbine Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening at the funeral home from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the RMH Foundation, in honor of Dr. Terry Overby, 2010 Health Campus Drive, Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting McMullen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association

January 3, 2018

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

John M. “Buddy” Moore

John M. “Buddy” Moore, 87, of Stormont VA passed away on January 3, 2018. After serving his country in the Army, he began a career with the General Electric Company. Following his retirement from GE, he formed Estate Assurance Systems Incorporated and served as president since its inception in 1982. He was involved in numerous civic and charitable organizations in the local community including sponsoring several youth league teams and was a founding member of the Middlesex Sports Complex. While serving as Chairman of the school board and after, Buddy was instrumental in raising funds and obtaining grants to build Middlesex Elementary School. Buddy was also Past Master of Urbanna Masonic Lodge #83 AF&AM where he was a member for 56 years. He is predeceased by his son, Matthew. He is survived by his wife, Mary “Jackie”, son John, daughter in law Andrea, granddaughters Emily and Anna, daughter in law Amanda. The Moore Family had a private service on Pleasant View Farm. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.