In Remembrance 2014


In Remembrance 2014

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December 13, 2014

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

Anne J. Sterrett

Anne Johnston Sterrett, age 75, died on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at Golden Living Center in Buena Vista, VA.

Mrs. Sterrett was born in Staunton, VA, on September 27, 1939, daughter of the late Anne Bell Crop and James Edward Johnston.  She was a 1956 graduate of Parry McCluer High School.  Anne, affectionately known to many as “Boots”, worked for over 22 years for the City of Buena Vista in the water billing department, which also included answering the switchboard.  In addition, she organized and maintained the Green Hill Cemetery records. She was a 20 year life member of the Buena Vista Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary and also a life member of the Buena Vista Recue Squad Ladies Auxiliary.  She also volunteered as cashier and head “chatter” at many community events, including the Maury River Fiddler’s Convention for many years and helped organize numerous ALS events.

Anne Sterrett is lovingly remembered by her children, Donna Robertson Riordan of Anchorage, AK; Dennis H. Robertson and friend, Wayne Fairless of Ahoskie, NC; and Pamela Robertson Stone and husband, John of Franklin, TN; grandchildren Jesse Hardy-Robertson Saunders and husband, Gordon of Midlothian, VA, Rachel Ann Stone and John Ryan Stone of Franklin, TN; and great-grandchildren Noah Abram Saunders and Kain Izreal Saunders.

Besides her parents, Mrs. Sterrett was predeceased by her husband, John Sterrett.

The family will receive friends at Bolling, Grose & Lots Funeral Home on Sunday, January 4, 2015 from 1-3 pm.   A memorial service will be held at Penny Park, 2100 Forest Avenue, Buena Vista, Va on Sunday January 4, 2015 at 3:30 pm with Reverend Butch Grow officiating. A Committal Service will follow at Green Hill Cemetery, 10th Street, Buena Vista, VA 24416.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests memorial donations be made to the Buena Vista Fire Department, 2010 Sycamore Avenue, Buena Vista VA 24416.

Shenandoah District


December 3, 2014

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

Penny French Garrett

Penny French Garrett, age 46, of Damascus, Virginia, ended her courageous six-year battle with cancer on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Penny, a devoted wife and mother, was best known for her beautiful smile and her unwavering warmth and kindness. She leaves a great legacy – her wonderful children, Peyton (18) and Madison (15), and The Penny F. Garrett Sarcoma Foundation (C-TREC) which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to combat rare cancers.
Penny, a life-long resident of Damascus, graduated from Holston High School in 1986 and Emory and Henry College in 1990. In high school Penny was the Homecoming Queen, Miss HHS, a cheerleader, and a member of the National Honor Society, Tri-Hi-Y, the Varsity Club, the HHS Band and FHA. She earned a B.A. in Accounting at E&H.
She worked at Revco in Abingdon and in the Bristol Office of the Virginia Department of Transportation prior to her years as Property Accountant at the Bristol Mall. She later served alongside her husband at Garrett Funeral Home in Damascus. Penny was a member of First Baptist Church.
As their children grew, Penny loved nothing more than being involved with their activities at school and sharing her passion for their learning and sports with other children and their parents. Prior to her illness, she was very active in the school’s PTA. She was Peyton and Madison’s biggest fan and cheerleader in sports, academics and extra-curricular activities.
Penny also loved spending time with her family and friends. From Sunday lunches at her mom and dad’s house to Holiday gatherings with cousins and friends, Penny enjoyed and appreciated every minute of quality time with them. Penny loved her dog, Molly, and always included her in everything she and the family did.
In December 2008, Penny was diagnosed with Uterine Leiomyosarcoma (LMS), a rare soft-tissue cancer affecting four in one million people each year. After 19 months of aggressive chemotherapy, three major surgeries, and countless trips to Houston, Penny won her battle and finally danced with NED (no evidence of disease) for three years.
At a routine check-up in January 2014, Penny was diagnosed with Myelodyplastic Syndrome (MDS), a type of blood cancer that was caused from the chemotherapy used to treat her first cancer (LMS). More chemotherapy, blood transfusions and trips to Houston ensued, and she learned that the only cure for MDS was a stem cell transplant. A perfect match was found in the bone marrow donor database and the transplant was on July 23rd. After the transplant, Penny had to stay in Houston for 100 days, the first 30 days in isolation at the hospital and the remainder of time in housing close by to continue being monitored. Five days before she was supposed to come back home to Virginia, she was admitted to the ICU with cytomegalovirus (CMV), pneumonia and other infections which compromised her lungs, eventually causing her death. She fought bravely, but died peacefully surrounded by family.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Benjamin, Dr. Jones, and the staff at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center for their compassion and amazing care of Penny.
In January 2010, Penny and her family founded The Penny F. Garrett Sarcoma Foundation to raise awareness and much-needed funding for rare cancer research and to give hope to others who are affected by these diseases. The major fundraising event for the foundation is the Creeper Trail Ride to End Cancer (C-TREC), a biking and walking event on the Creeper Trail in Damascus held each year in July.
More than half of all cancers are classified as “rare,” including brain cancer, cervical cancer, all pediatric cancers, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, uterine cancer, and more. These cancers combined together affect millions of people and the number of cases has been steadily increasing. Research on rare cancers is drastically under funded and attracts fewer research dollars than more common cancers like breast cancer and colon cancer. This results in fewer treatment options for rare cancer patients.
The 5th Annual C-TREC event was on July 26th, just three days after Penny’s stem cell transplant. The foundation has raised $450,000 since 2010 for rare cancer research at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston – one of the world’s most respected centers devoted to cancer care, research, and prevention.
Penny is survived by her husband of 22 years, Todd Garrett; their son, Peyton Garrett; their daughter, Madison Garrett, all of Damascus; her parents, Dennis and Darlene French of Damascus; her brother, Patrick French of New York, NY; her sister, Olivia French of Charleston, SC; her maternal grandmother, Rowena “Teen” Buckley of Damascus; her mother-in-law, Mona Garrett of Damascus; her aunts and uncles Ken French of Sumter, SC; Kip and Bet French of Ormond Beach, FL; Terry and Anita French of El Paso, TX; Gail and Jimmy Combs of Asheboro, NC; and Eugene Neely of Damascus; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Friday, December 12, 2014, at Garrett Funeral Home, 203 North Shady Avenue, Damascus, Virginia.
Penny’s life will be celebrated at 2 o’clock p.m. Saturday afternoon, December 13, 2014, at Holston High School, 21308 Monroe Road, Damascus, with Pastor Greg Alderman and Pastor David Matlock officiating with Ken “Sonny” French delivering the Eulogy.
The committal service and interment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park, 21674 Monroe Road, Damascus.
Pallbearers will be members of Todd’s C-TREC Team (Penny’s Dream Team): Emory Bishop, Adam Johnson, Don Blackburn, David “Sluggo” Widener, Cody Cole, and David Cline.
In lieu of flowers, Penny preferred that you consider a donation to The Penny F. Garrett Sarcoma Foundation (29394 Zion Church Road, Damascus, VA 24236 or to keep alive her determined fight to find a cure for rare cancers.
Penny wanted her funeral and any other memorials to be as much of a celebration of her life as possible. In that vein, please feel free to smile and laugh as you recall special memories of Penny and please dress however you like. Penny would have loved for everyone to wear their C-TREC t-shirts or other shirts/sports jerseys you may have from events that supported the foundation.
As much as Penny wanted her memorial to be upbeat, she was respectful, however that everyone mourns in their own way and that there is no “right” way to do so. Please help us honor Penny and her legacy in whatever way you see fit.
Condolences and memories may be shared with Penny’s family by visiting
Penny and her family are in the care of Garrett Funeral Home of Damascus. Ph.#: 276/475-3631

Southwest District


November 28, 2014

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

Michael Wayne Keesling

Michael Wayne Keesling, 66, of Chester passed away on Friday November 28, 2014. He was preceded in death by his brother, Stanley Keesling. Mike was a graduate of Roxboro NC High School Class of 1966. He started his career in the funeral service in 1968. Mike graduated from John Tyler Community College School of Mortuary Science in 1973, served as vice president of Pi Sigma Eta National Morticians Fraternity and was in Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges in 1972-73. Mike has worked for many firms such as, Dellinger, Finch & Finch, Bliley’s, Bennett’s, Nelsen, and most recently served as chapel manager at Memorial Funeral Home in Hopewell over his 46 year career. Mike had a love for flying and received his pilot’s license in 1981 which allowed him to fly several single engine planes. He enjoyed gardening, animals of all kinds, fishing, especially in Nags Head, and spending time with his family and friends. Mike is survived by his wife of 33 years, Pauline Keesling; parents, Harold R. and Marie Via Keesling; sisters, Sharon Beaver and her husband, Andy, Patty Spadavecchia and her husband, John; sons, Shane Ritenour and his wife, Teresa, Darren Ritenour and his wife, Kathy; grandchildren, Josh, J.J., Jacob, Emily; great-grandson, Brayden; several nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends. A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday December 3, 2014 at the Memorial Funeral Home 214 N. 6th Ave Hopewell VA, 23860. In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to American Red Cross Greater Richmond Chapter PO Box 26508 Richmond, Virginia 23261 or Medi Home Health & Hospice 10543 S. Crater Road Petersburg VA, 23805. Condolences may be registered at


Central District


November 7, 2014 

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

David Bruce Reinholdt

David Bruce Reinholdt, 59, of Grafton, Va. passed away November 7, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his father, Eric Reinholdt, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Hudnall; his mother Carolyn Reinholdt; his daughters, Lindsey Bane (Greg), Chris Provanzano (Jerome), Shannon Woloszynowski (Dan); and sisters Carol Suda (William), and Kim Weaver (Paul).

David was a retired funeral director, having served families for decades with tenderness and compassion. David had a special place in his heart for his York County fire fighters and greatly appreciated all of their hard work. They are probably still talking about his legendary pranks. David grew to love hunting after he became part of the Hudnall family. His sense of humor was contagious, and our memories of David will be filled with laughter.

Funeral services will be held 2p.m., Thursday, November 13, 2014 at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock, Va. Interment will follow in St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church Cemetery, Kilmarnock, Va. The family will receive friends at Currie Funeral Home one hour prior to the service.

Tidewater District



October 20, 2014

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

Frank H. Shortsleeve

Frank H. Shortsleeve, 69, of Henrico, Va., passed away October 20, 2014.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Simone Shortsleeve; a sister, Rose Marie Hagan.  He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Debra A. Shortsleeve; three children, Christina Marie Shortsleeve, Tara L. Ryba and Scott F. Weber; a brother, Phil Shortsleeve; four grandchildren, Jordan Shortsleeve, Noah Weber, Hayden Ryba and Jacob Ryba; numerous nieces and nephews.  Frank served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam era, 1963-1968.  He has been a licensed funeral director since 1988 and was currently employed with Woody Funeral Home.  He was an avid collector or watches, antique trains and toys, especially RC Air Planes since 1978.  The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 25,  from 10 a.m. to 12 noon at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Mesothelioma Foundation at  Online condolences

Central District

 October 10, 2014

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

Mary Frances Warden Lambert

Mary Frances Warden Lambert, 102, of Richmond, passed away on Friday, October 10, 2014 surrounded by her loving family. Mary Frances Warden Lambert was born in Henrico County on July 29, 1912, the first of seven children born to the late Leonard and Sarah Warden. Known adoringly as Frances, she joined Westwood Baptist Church at an early age, where she taught Sunday school at age 18.  She remained a member and was the oldest member of the church until her passing.  Frances attended Hartshorn Memorial Elementary School and Armstrong High School.  She had to stop her education to go to work and to assist in educating her sisters and brothers. She was married to the late Benjamin Lambert, Jr. on August 14, 1934.  Out of that marriage, God produced seven successful children; Dr. Elizabeth Johns,  the late Dr. Benjamin J. Lambert III, Attorney Leonard W. Lambert Sr., the late Abbot J. Lambert, John A. Lambert Sr., Dr. Anne Lambert Johnson and Richard A. Lambert Sr. In 1950, along with her husband, the successful Lambert Catering business was founded.  They were the official caterers of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. They catered outstanding events at the Commonwealth of Virginia Governor’s Mansion, the Richmond Academy of Medicine, the Valentine Museum, numerous church and family weddings and celebrations in Richmond.  Many caterers learned from Frances and Benjamin.    Frances collected over one thousand cookbooks; one from the late actor Vincent Price, where one of her parties was featured.  She was also recognized in the Cookbook of Virginia Caterers.  Frances was featured in several publications, including Gourmet Magazine, The Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond News Leader and in the ‘Virginia Celebrates’ cookbook by the Junior League of Richmond. She was cited in Town and Country Magazine. An outstanding mother, she was committed to teaching her family responsible citizenship.  All of her children were brought into the business at 12 years of age, and were taught essential skills including cooking, working, and learning the importance of education.  Mrs. Lambert trained young people in the catering business and assisted them in finding jobs.  Many college students, especially from Virginia Union University and Howard University were assisted by the Lamberts through their business.  She retired from the business in 1974 after 35 years.  Mrs. Lambert became chairman of the Westwood Baptist Church social committee and served as chairman for 10 years. Mrs. Lambert and her family were notably featured in a book on Richmond entitled ‘A Story of the City’ by Virginius Dabney.  In 1974, she was chosen and honored as ‘Mother of the Year’ for the Commonwealth of Virginia for her outstanding community service to others, which was presented by Governor Mills Godwin.  She attended the national ceremony at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City.  She has been honored by the Ministers Wives of Richmond, Astoria Club, Delver Women’s Club and the Royal Duchess Club, of which she was a member. Mrs. Lambert was selected as one of the 10 Outstanding Women by the YMCA for home engineering in 1979. In 1980, Frances and Benny Lambert were honored by the Richmond Conference of Christians and Jews for unselfish giving to others. They were also inducted into the Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame.  Frances also received the Pioneers in Business award from the Metropolitan Business League. On September 22, 2012, she was recognized as a City of Richmond, Virginia Centenarian. Mrs. Lambert’s motto was to give the best service possible. Proceeding her in death was her husband, Benjamin Joseph Lambert, Jr., along with her sons Dr. Benjamin Joseph Lambert, III and Abbot Jackson Lambert, and her grandson Ralph Jeter Lambert, brothers Leonard, George, Albert, Clifford and sisters Nan Warden and Lucille Warden Loving, and daughter-in-law Winifred Lambert. She leaves behind to mourn her loss her children Dr. Elizabeth L, Johns (John) of Alexandria, Virginia, Attorney Leonard W. Lambert, Sr. (Sylvia), John A. Lambert, Sr. (Lillian), Dr. Anne Lambert Johnson (Dr. Nelson) and Richard A. Lambert, Sr. (Delorise); twenty grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; one nephew, George Warden (Sylvia) and  one niece, Lorna Warden; two daughters-in-law, Carolyn M. Lambert and Rose W. Lambert; two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Hilda Y. Warden and Sylvia Warden; a host of cousins and relatives;  devoted caregivers Elvira Tilmon, Brenda Almeida, and Jamelle Robinson. A special thanks to the Westport Rehabilitation Center for the love and care given during her illness. Her remains rest at Scott’s Funeral Home, 115 E. Brookland Park Blvd., where the family will receive friends on Thursday, October 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 17 at 11 a.m. at Fifth Street Baptist Church, 2800 Third Ave. Rev. Dr. J. Elisah Burke, officiating. Rev. Dr. Wallace J. Cook, eulogist. Interment Pryor Memorial Cemetery on Quioccasin Road. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Westwood Baptist Church, 915 Glenburnie Road, Richmond, VA 23226 in her memory.

Mother of Richard A. Lambert, Sr., Owner/Manager of Scott’s Funeral Home

Central District


October 11, 2014

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

Mary Josephine Foster

Mary Josephine Foster, age 77 of Locust Hill, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, October 11, 2014.  She was a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church.  She is survived by her husband, William Lucius Foster; children, Wayne Foster (Lisa), Debora Figg (Edwin, Jr.), Linda Foster Burkard and Annette Foster Greenwood; grandchildren, Charlotte and Christopher Deal, Ashley and Lauren Figg, Vail Blake, Captain Josh Fitchett (Debbie), Joey Fitchett (Nina), Stefanie Campbell (Kevin), and Lucius Williams and great grandchildren, Alex, Kloe, Trey, Sarah and Matthew Fitchett; sister, Frances Modr and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, today, at Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping.  Interment church cemetery.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA., 23058-5216 or the American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A102, Newport News, VA 23606.  Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

Mother of Annette Greenwood, Provider Horizon Trust


 October 9, 2014

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

Charles F. Blount, Jr.

BLOUNT, CHARLES F., JR., 66, of Christiansburg, died suddenly Thursday, October 9, 2014 at his home.  He was born in Christiansburg, VA on January 30, 1948 to the late C. Fred and Juliet Boyd Blount.  Charlie graduated from Christiansburg High School in 1966 and received his Industrial Engineering Degree from V.P.I. & S.U. in 1971.  He was a long time member of the Christiansburg Hunt Club and a devoted Hokie Club member and fan.  He recently retired from PPG, Inc. in Lexington, NC and returned to home to Christiansburg to be near his son and grandchildren.  He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Dianne Bush Blount; his son and daughter-in-law, Charles Ross and Elizabeth Irvine Blount; two grandsons, Charles Brody Blount and Hunter Wayne Blount; his sister and brother-in-law, Patsy and Tom Barker, of Midlothian, VA; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Cynthia and Bob Caldwell of High Point, NC, Karen and Mike Spratt of Monaca, PA; John Bush of Louisville, KY, Mark and Renate Bush of Catawa, NC, Eric and Lori Bush of Mt. Union, PA and families; a niece Carole Moore Fields and husband, Robert, and their family, Short Pump, VA; a nephew, Donald Chumbley Moore, Jr., and his family, Richmond, VA; two special cousins, James H. Blount, Jr. of Woodstock, VA and his family, and Sallie Lefler of Marion, VA and her family.  Funeral services will be held Sunday, October 12, 2014 at 3:00 pm in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with Friend. Neal Turner officiating.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society, PO Box 287, Blacksburg, VA  24063-0287.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 pm-7:00 pm Saturday evening at McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.

Father of Ross Blount, Funeral Director, McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg, Virginia

Blue Ridge District

August 30, 2014

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

Dorsey Greene Thompson

Dorsey Greene Thompson, 91, passed away August 30, 2014 at Timber View Crossings in Timberville.

Born June 12, 1923 in Ocala, VA he was the oldest son of the late Loman Lee and Ella Virginia Marshall Thompson, and had two brothers and sisters.  Dorsey graduated from Marshall High School in Dugspur, VA in 1941 and enlisted into the U.S. Army Air Corps with assignments in India, Burma, and China.  After discharge in 1946, he returned to southwestern Virginia and married Hattie Mae Martin, and lived in Carroll and Floyd Counties, VA where they raised children and ran a farm and businesses.

In the early 1960’s, Dorsey graduated from the John A. Gupton School of Mortuary Science in Nashville, TN, and subsequently held Funeral Director positions with Woods Funeral Home in Floyd, VA, Lindsey Funeral Homes, Broadway and Harrisonburg, VA and Bradley Funeral Home in Luray, VA.

From 1961-2007, Dorsey and Hattie lived in Broadway, VA where they raised six sons and were members of the Broadway Baptist Church. He served the Town of Broadway as a town councilman for over twenty years and held leadership positions in the local Ruritan and Lions Clubs and several camping clubs.  He was a member of the American Legion Post 0166, New Market, VA.

Dorsey and Hattie were married for over sixty years, with Hattie passing January 6, 2008.  Dorsey is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law; Ron and Sue Thompson, of Broadway, Lonnie and Robin Thompson, of Redmond, WA, Harrell Thompson, of Broadway, Darrell and Cindy Thompson, of Fredericksburg, VA and Bruce and Laney Thompson of Broadway, a brother; Roger Thompson of Roanoke, VA, eight grandsons, eight granddaughters, and twenty great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a son; TSGT Joe Thompson.

Pastor Donnie Owen will conduct a funeral service 11:00 A.M. Thursday at the Broadway Baptist Church in Broadway.  Burial will follow in the Mount Peasant Church of the Brethren Cemetery in Harrisonburg. Following the burial there will be a meal for family and guest at the Broadway Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

The family will receive friends form 6-8 P.M. Wednesday at the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Broadway Baptist Church; 166 Mason St, Broadway, VA 22815, or to the Disabled American Veterans, 3025 Louisa Rd, Keswick, VA 22947.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

August 29, 2014

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

Adrian F. Boylston

Adrian F. Boylston, a leader in the funeral service profession who served as publisher of American Funeral Director and American Cemetery magazines and the American Blue Book of Funeral Directors for more than four decades died on August 29th in Hilton Head Hospital. He was 87 years old.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years Joan and daughter Kathy. He is survived by his children Karen Boylston of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Cynthia Ondrey (Kevin) of Manhasset, New York, Robin Boylston Ranfos (Glenn) of Hooksett, New Hampshire, son Bruce (Mary) of West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Timothy, Megan, Kyle Ondrey and Alicia and Geoffrey Boylston and his sister, Dolores Bohlen of Annandale, Virginia. His brother Dale preceded him in death.

Called the “publisher of publishers for the profession” at his induction into the National Museum of Funeral History in 2003, he was a venerable presence at funeral service functions since he joined Kates-Boylston Publications as advertising manager in 1959.

Boylston was born May 7, 1927 in Queens, New York to Adrian F. and Louise Montanez Boylston. His birth was one year after Kates-Boylston Publications was founded by his father and Albert R. Kates. The family’s history was already ensconced in funeral service since his grandfather and great-grandfather were funeral directors. Another harbinger of where his career would lead him, Boylston sold subscriptions to the Saturday Evening Post by going door-to-door in his Jackson Heights neighborhood.

Taking heed of the family’s work ethic, “If you want money, you have to earn it,” Boylston spent summers working in the farm fields on Eastern Long Island. During one particular summer, on his summer break from Forest Hills High School, Adrian met Joan Butterfield on the beach in Laurel, a small town on Peconic Bay. The two would marry six years later.

In 1945, Boylston enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. After boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, he was assigned to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and in North China with the 1st Marine Corps Division.

Following his discharge from the Marines, Boylston took a job with the New York Herald Tribune and also attended City College of New York. He also took a side job selling ads in the American Blue Book and subscriptions to the American Funeral Director.

The year 1951 represented a turning point for both Boylston’s professional and personal lives. On March 24th of the same year, he married Joan Butterfield. He also became New York Advertising Representative for Consolidated Press of Canada (Canadian Home Journal and other consumer magazines).

In February, 1954, the couple’s first child Karen Sue was born followed by Bruce Adrian in February 1957, and Cynthia Louise in June, 1959.

By fall 1959, the family relocated from River’s Edge, New Jersey to Park Ridge, Illinois where Boylston took over as sales manager for the Midwest territory for Kates-Boylston Publications. With this position “came some 30,000 annual driving miles spread over 15-20 weeks on-the-road with a dozen or so state and national conventions to attend” he once said.

Two years later, the family moved to Lincolnwood, Illinois. In August 1962, the Boylston’s fourth child, Robin Adrienne, was born.

Following the sudden death of his father in June, 1967, Boylston became vice president and co-publisher of the company which necessitated a move to Long Island, New York. In 1975, he became the president of Kates-Boylston Publications. In 1989, Boylston and his wife moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

In 2002, he sold Kates-Boylston Publications to the United Communications Group. He continued as Publisher Emeritus until 2004.

Aside from his induction into the National Museum of Funeral Services Hall of Fame, Boylston was recognized by a number of the national and state funeral service associations. He was inducted into the International Cemetery and Funeral Association Suppliers Hall of Fame in 1997 and was the recipient of resolutions of recognition by the National Funeral Directors Association in 2002, the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association in 2002 (when he was given honorary membership to the association) and by the Casket & Funeral Supply Association in 2003.

He was a member of the American Legion, 1st Marine Division Association, China Marine Association, as well as the Port Washington Yacht Club, Port Washington Land CO, and Sea Pines Country Club.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 – 2:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 2 at Holy Family Catholic Church followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 2:00 P.M. Burial to follow at Six Oaks Memorial Park.

Arrangements entrusted to The Island Funeral Home and Crematory.

August 21, 2014

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

Kenneth Gregory Ayles

Kenneth Gregory Ayles, 50, of Sandy Hook died Thursday, August 21, with his family by his side.

Mr Ayles grew up in Norwalk. He graduated from Norwalk High, and led its basketball team to win the state basketball title in 1982. He attended the University of Maine-Machias for a short time. He was employed by Kaufman Fuel until his diagnosis with brain cancer, six years ago.

Ken married Jennifer Beiser on December 6, 2003; they moved to Sandy Hook the following month. Mr Ayles was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2008. He then became very involved in Newtown’s Relay For Life, an annual event that raises funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Ken and Jen Ayles were named honorary co-chairs of the Newtown event for 2009. They formed a team, Brainstorm, which went on to raise more than $50,000 for the ACS over the next four years.

Mr Ayles coached youth basketball teams for several years, before becoming a certified referee. More recently, his focus was on Hoopsters, a local basketball program for special needs kids. That is where his heart was.

He loved spending time with friends and family, most especially his children. He often volunteered at their schools, and was frequently seen having lunch in the cafeteria with Olivia and Brayden, along with their friends.

At 6 feet, 10 inches, he seemed somewhat larger than life. Mr Ayles could often be seen around town wearing shorts on even the coldest of days, yet was always available for a laugh or a warm hug.

His loving wife, Jennifer (Beiser) Ayles, and their children, Olivia and Brayden; four brothers and their spouses, Bill and Kathleen, Ron and Cindy, Mark and Jennifer, and Donald and Shawna; his mother Shirley M. Ayles, of Ohio; mother-in-law Delores Beiser; brother-in-law Jeff Beiser, and wife Meg; along with many beloved nieces, nephews, and close dear friends survive Mr Ayles. His father, William G. Ayles, Jr, preceded him.

There will be a gathering of friends on Thursday, August 28, 5 to 8 pm, at Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street in Newtown, where friends can share stories of Ken.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St Rose of Lima Church, 46 Church Hill Road in Newtown, Friday, August 29, at 11 am. Interment will follow.

For those wishing to make a donation in Ken’s memory, an account has been established in Jennifer’s name to help support Olivia and Brayden’s education, at Citizens Bank, PO Box 1111, Middletown CT 06457; or consider a donation to directly benefit brain cancer research via Ken’s Giving Page at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (, or mail to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center — Ken Ayles Giving Page, 1275 York Avenue, New York NY 10065.

Brother of Funeral Director, Ron Ayles, at Simpson Funeral Home

Blue Ridge District

August 19, 2014

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

William Earnest (Corky) Martin

William Earnest (Corky) Martin, 84 of Narrows went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg following a long a courageous battle with myelodysplasia.

He was born in Narrows on December 3nd, 1929 and was the son of the late Dewey William and Annie Brookman Martin.

A lifelong member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Narrows, he served as former deacon and chairman of the board, and was serving as an elder at the time of his death. He was also a member of Intermont Lodge #269 A.F.& A.M., a member of the former Lakeland Chapter #74 of the Order of the Eastern Star, current Vice-Chairman of the Narrows Planning Commission, member of VFW Post #6000, American Legion Post #68, and a founding member of the Narrows Business and Professional Association. A 1948 graduate of Narrows High School, he served in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, and was a 1957 graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He was a former employee of Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows and Lotz Funeral Home in Roanoke, and retired from Radford Army Ammunition Plant with 30 years of service. He and his family owned Narrows Flower and Gift Shop since 1971, and maintained his funeral service license.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 63 years, Leona S. Brookman Martin; a daughter, Cynthia Ann Martin Light and husband Leon of Narrows; a grandson, Jonathan Martin Light; two brothers-in-law, Don Brookman and wife Pat, and Cedric Frazier, all of Pearisburg; several nephews, nieces, cousins, and many special friends, including his caregivers, Drs. Paul and Pam Olson, and the staff of Carilion Giles Community Hospital.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 23rd, 2014 at 2 PM at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Narrows with Rev. Jim McDaniel and Rev. Dennis Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends at First Christian Church Friday from 6 to 9 PM, with a Masonic service to be held at 8 PM.

The family is being served by Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442, and online at

“Make yourself a good day. God gives it to you, and it’s what you make of it.”

Blue Ridge District

August 14, 2014

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

James “Jim” Michael Wells

James “Jim” Michael Wells 26, of Hopewell, died on August 9, 2014. He was a beloved son, husband, grandson, nephew and uncle. Born December 13, 1987 in Hopewell, VA.

James was a Hopewell High School graduate class of 2005, a charter member of the Ft. Eustis Kiwanis Club, a past Navy veteran and had worked a short time as an attendant for Altmeyer Funeral Home in Hampton, member of Calvary’s Love Ministries in Hopewell.

Jim was preceded in death by his “Pawpaw” Gilbert “Joe” Wells and his “Pap pa” Charles “Charlie” Whitmire and his grandmother Mary Whitmire

James is survived by his loving wife of 5 years Malibu Star Wells, His father David W Wells (April) his mother Mala W Burton (Joe), his brother Stephen W Wells, stepbrother Eric Burton and stepsister Tawnya Burton, Grandmother Audrey Wells Parson and step-grandfather Rev. Jackson “Jack” Parsons, numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and especially his three “Fur babies” Boots, Princess, and Sassy.

“Jim touched so many hearts in his short life, His love and his memory will be with us forever”

There will be a memorial service on Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 2:00pm with a visitation following at Calvary’s Love Ministries Church 118 S. 11th Ave. Hopewell, VA 23860

Condolences may be left at

Son of David W. Wells, Director at Woody Funeral Home, Parham Chapel

Central District

August 11, 2014

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

Margaret McDonald White

Margaret McDonald White

WHITE, Margaret McDonald, 93, of King William, passed away on Saturday, August 9, 2014. She is survived by her husband, B.W. White Jr.; son, William McDonald White (Laura); daughter, Judy White Jackson (Carl); four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and sister, Ellen McDonald Minet.

Mrs. White taught in the King William Schools for many years, and was a devoted member and organist at St. James Presbyterian Church. Remains rest at the B.W. White Funeral Home, 20408 King William Rd., King William, Va., where visitation will be on Sunday and Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. Services will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday at 1 p.m., with interment at St. James Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Wife of B.W. White, Jr., long time Funeral Director and former owner of B.W. White Funeral Home in King William County, VA, and Aylett, VA.

Central District

July 30, 2014

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

Stewart Foley Reid

Reid, Stewart F., of Ashland, Virginia died on Friday, July 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, and two sisters. He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Janet S. Reid; daughter, Laura R. Liebert and her husband Charles; beloved grandsons, Charley and Reid; his nieces, Shirley, Nancy, Joan, Carol, Ginny, Suzanne, Cheri, and Lesa; and his great nieces and nephews. He was founder and president of Reid Funeral Home in Ashland, Virginia and past president of the VA Funeral Directors Association. Stu was an active member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church and a proud and generous resident of Ashland, VA-“the center of the universe”. He was a veracious reader and avid gardener but most happy in his role as a fun and loving grandfather or “Dipps” as he was affectionately called. He was a bright light to so many! His charismatic and kind spirit will be missed forever. Our lights may shine a little dimmer here on earth but may we find comfort in knowing heaven will shine even brighter with his presence.

The family will receive friends on Friday, August 1, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at the Nelsen Funeral Home-Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, VA. A Funeral Liturgy will be held at St. Ann’s Catholic Church on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Private interment. The family request, in lieu of flowers, that memorial contributions be made to St. Ann’s Catholic Church, 105 S. Snead St., Ashland, VA 23005.

Central District

July 28, 2014

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

Mary Josephine Giles Bruce

Mary Josephine Giles Bruce, age 93, of Belspring, died at home on Monday, July 28, 2014. She was born on April 12, 1921 in Parrott and was the daughter of Effie Mae Hamilton Giles and Atlas Burnett Giles. She was employed for many years at Kollmorgen from where she retired and returned to work part time until the age of 80. She was a member of the Belspring United Methodist Church and a member of the former Eastern Star in Radford. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Clyde C. Bruce; brothers, Claude Giles and Herman Giles; sisters, Helen G. Blair, Gerlene G. Bruce, and Cova G. Graham. She is survived by two sons: C. Wallace Bruce and his wife, Judy, and C. Wayne Bruce and his wife, Connie, of Dublin: a daughter, Nellie Jones and her husband, Jerry of Radford. She is also survived by seven grandchildren: Carla Thompson and her husband, Dr. Donnie Thompson, of Birmingham, AL; Michelle B. Tarasidis and her husband, Dr. Charlie Tarasidis of Radford; Wayne Bruce, Jr. and his wife, Samantha, of Jonesborough, TN; S. Todd Bruce and his wife, Tracie, of Pulaski; Adam A. Bruce and his wife, Amy, of Hardy, VA; Cindy Jones of Radford and Amy Lambert of Dublin. She is survived by one brother, Harry Giles and his wife, Shirley, and sister-in-law, Dallas Giles, of Belspring. She is also survived by 15 great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 30 at 2:00 P.M. at the Belspring United Methodist Church with Dr. Fred Austin officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon to 2:00 P.M. at the church prior to the service. The family would like to thank Intrepid Hospice, especially Barbara, Sue, Jacqui, and Dr. Charles Judy.

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

Grandmother Seagle Funeral Home’s Todd Bruce, Pulaski

Blue Ridge District

July 28, 2014

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

Marshall Arritt

Mary Marshall Martin Arritt, 88, formerly of Covington, died, Monday, July 21, 2014 in Forest, VA.

Mrs. Arritt was born June 11, 1926 in Paint Bank, VA, a daughter of the late Fred and Willie Garten Martin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband H. Lee Arritt Sr. in 1994 two sons Jeffrey Carl Arritt in 1966 and Fred Calvin Arritt in 1986, three brothers Hampton Martin, Haynes Martin, and James Fisher.

She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, and she was a member of the Christ United Methodist Church of Covington.

She is survived by five daughters Karen Hobbs and Randall of Roanoke Rapids, NC, Mary Lee Cabell and Arthur of Concord, VA, Eva Smith and Carl of Lynchburg, Patricia Moore and Charles of Lynchburg, Kathy Humphries and Steve of Covington, one Son H. Lee Arritt Jr. and Donna of Blue Ridge, 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, two nephews David L. Arritt and Betsy and Chipper Arritt and Linda both of Covington, a niece Michelle Chandler of Burnsville, NC., a special friend Jerry Humphreys of Covington, a number of caregivers Jean Hall, Kim Pugh, Sylvia Rose, Wendy Blanks, Debbie Johnson, Kelly Whitt, Joan Ferrell, and Anna Flowers.

A graveside service will be held Friday July 25, 2014 at Cedar Hill Cemetery at 12:00 PM with the Rev. Becky Cloud officiating.

The family will receive their friends Friday one hour prior to service at the Arritt Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Keith Carter, Phillip Carter, Bryan Carter, Will Smith, Josh Smith, and Zachary Humphries.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Arritt’s name to the American Cancer Society Attn: Karen Buzzard 807 McCormick Blvd. Clifton Forge, VA 24422.

The online guest registration is available at

Mother of H. Lee Arritt Jr., Manager of Oakey’s East Chapel and Aunt to David L. Arritt Past President of VFDA, and President and CEO of Arritt Funeral Home. She was also the wife of Co-Founder of Arritt Funeral Home, H. Lee Arritt Sr.

Blue Ridge District

July 17, 2014

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

Ruby M. “Ma” Gray

Ruby M. “Ma” Gray, age 97, of Floyd, passed away Wednesday, July 16, 2014. She was born to John C. and Bertha Conner Rierson on May 24, 1917 in Check, Va. the youngest of eight children. Mrs. Gray was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Douglas A. Gray, whom she loved and missed deeply. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Bobby L. Gardner; grandson and wife, Bobby L. Gardner, Jr. and Joy; granddaughter and husband, Elizabeth and Andy Reynolds; Four Great-Grandsons, Adam Gray Gardner, Baily Douglas Gardner, Zachary Shane Reynolds and Nathan Ryan Reynolds. She married on September 29, 1940 and moved to Floyd where she and Douglas owned and operated Gray’s Store. Later, she worked alongside her daughter, Mary in Mary’s Beauty Shop. In 1974, they opened the Little Dress Shop, and in 1997, her granddaughter, Elizabeth joined them. She served the public for 73 years. She enjoyed her work and the people she met.

She loved her Church family at Red Oak Grove and their visits and cards.

Her enjoyment was her family, working, gardening and cooking. She enjoyed her many potted flowers (200 + ), and picking out black walnuts “ always a busy lady”. She looked forward to special holidays and cooking her large meals, cakes and pies (a bed full). She always expressed her blessings from God for watching over her all her many years.

“I would like to live my life over just as it was. God is good.” Now she has an even better life.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Oak Grove Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 513 Floyd, VA. 24091 or The Floyd Fire Department, P.O. Box 33, Floyd, VA. 24091 or Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 257, Floyd, VA 24091.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Gardner Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Elbert Naff, Reverend Jimmy Cannaday and Reverend Hebron Quesenberry officiating. Interment will follow at Jacksonville Cemetery. Friends may call anytime after 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 18, 2014 where the family will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Online condolences may be made to Arrangements by Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd, VA, (540) 745-2007.

Mother In-Law of Gardner Funeral Home’s Bobby L. Gardner, Sr., and Grandmother to Bobby L. Gardner, Jr.

Blue Ridge District

June 24, 2014

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

Mildred Lowry

Mildred McElwee Lowry, 87, of 6518 Indian Draft Road died Sunday, June 22, 2014, at Lewis Gale – Alleghany Hospital in Low Moor.

Mrs. Lowry was born November 14, 1926, at Hot Springs a daughter of the late Ollie and Lora Bell Perry McElwee. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her Husband, Walter Quentin Lowry, in 2005; a Son, Kenneth Lowry; two brother, Gratton McElwee and Welford McElwee and three sisters, Sadie Lee Burns, Emma Lois Burns and Maxine Shinault.

She had retired as a machine operator from the former Industrial Rayon Corp plant in Covington. She was a longtime member of the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church and was a Charter Member of the Falling Spring Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary where she had served as Treasurer.

Surviving are two Sons and Daughters-in-law, Bill and Patricia Lowry of Millboro and Dale and Dolly Lowry of Covington; five grandchildren, Dale Lowry, Jr., and Holly Blackburn of Covington, Anthony Lowry and his fiance’, Nikki Smith, of Covington, David Hodge and Nicole Neil of Craigsville, Misty Lowry of Millboro and Kelly Grant and Husband Thomas of Hinesville GA; one great granddaughter, Madison Lowry of Covington; one brother, Winfred McElwee of Hot Springs, one sister in law Jean Fuller of Overland Park KS, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 PM in the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev.Jim Slate

Interment will be made in the Falling Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The family will receive their friends Tuesday evening from 7:00 until 8:30 PM at Arritt Funeral Home.

The family suggests that donations in Mrs. Lowry’s name be made to the Falling Spring Fire Department and Rescue Squad; P.O.Box 880; Covington, VA 24426 or to the Millboro Fire Department; 770 Millboro Rd; Millboro, VA 24460.

Online guest registration is available at

Grandmother of Arritt Funeral Home’s Anthony W. Lowry
Blue Ridge District

June 2, 2014

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

Ellis Ray Lehman

Ellis Ray Lehman, 90, of Lynchburg, died Friday, May 30, 2014. He was the husband of Lora Gene Lehman for seventy years.

He was born November 3, 1923 in Windber, PA, a son of the late Samuel Leroy Lehman and Ollie Beeghley Lehman. He was a retired Regional Sales Manager for A.E. Staley Manufacturing and a US Army veteran of WWII. Ellis enjoyed playing golf and spending time with his family.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Steve Lehman and his wife Ni of Montreal, Québec, John Lehman and his wife Heather of Victoria, British Columbia and Bob Lehman and his wife Terry of Cumming, GA; a daughter, Judy Finch and her husband Rob of Lynch Station; twelve grandchildren, Wendy, Jimi, and Joey Lehman, Karl, Erica, and Jessica Lehman, Joel Meredith, Melissa Latka, Sarah Hughey, Laura Holbert, Trey and Jackson Finch; and ten great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Duane Lehman and a sister Audrey Erhard.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at Finch & Finch Chapel by the Rev. Alan Combs with interment to follow in Green Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of The Summit and Centra Hospice for the loving care and support of Ellis and his family during his last days.

The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider Centra Hospice, 3300 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24503 or a charity of your choice.

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

*Ellis is the father of Judy Finch, who is the wife of Rob Finch, President Elect of the VFDA; also the grandfather of Trey Finch, Funeral Service Licensee.

May 19, 2014

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

Kevin Francis Monaghan

Founder of Hanover Memorial Park Cemetery and co-founder of Monaghan Funeral Home in Mechanicsville, passed away suddenly on May 14, 2014. Predeceased by his mother and father John and Marion, his brother Joe, and his sister Teresa. Survived by his adoring wife Meredith, his three beloved children Nick, Dylan, and Brenna, his brothers Jerry, BB (Lisa), his sisters Mary (Bob), Susie, Cindy (Mike), Kelley (Joey). Kevin was first and foremost a dedicated family man, hardworking and quick-witted with endless stories. He thought of others first and will be missed beyond words. Kevin was an animal lover. Biscuit, Lizzie, Jackson, Rudy, and Rob would tell you that. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal shelter.

The family will receive friends Sunday, May 18 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Monaghan Funeral Home, 7300 Creighton Pkwy. A Catholic Mass will be held Monday, May 19 at 10:30 at Catholic Church of The Redeemer, 8275 Meadowbridge Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116. The family will gather privately at his beloved Hanover Memorial Park Cemetery.

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

May 9, 2014

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

Agnes Mobile Scott Hairston

Agnes Mobile Scott Hairston, age 88, of 508 Armstead Ave., Martinsville, Va. passed away, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Martinsville Memorial Hospital. She was born in Eckman, W. Virginia on April 9, 1926 to the late Annie Lee Smith Scott and the late Bailey Scott. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Charles Reginald V. Hairston; three sisters, Mignon Scott Blades, Joanne Scott Minatee, Lorraine Scott Lacy. and five brothers Wesley Scott, Tarleton Scott, Vernie Scott, Calvin Scott, and Marshall Scott.

She is survived one son Anthony C. Hairston of Chatham,VA.; two sisters, Gloria Wheatfall of Martinsville, Va., Elaine Gorforth, of Kimball, West VA.; three brothers: Lawrence Scott of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, Randolph Scott of California, Stephen Scott of Florida; four grand-children.

She was the previous owner and operator of Hairston Funeral Home.

Agnes Mobile Hairston was a member of St. Paul High Street Baptist Church; Western District Funeral Directors; Virginia Mortician Association; AKA ; Past program head of Funeral Service at John Tyler Community.

The family will receive friends at the C.R. V. Hairston Memorial Chapel from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2014, and all other times at the resident.

Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014 at ll:00 a.m. at St. Paul High Street Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. James Rudd and Rev. Dr. Thurman O. Echols, Jr., officiating.

Interment will be in Carver Memorial Gardens, Martinsville, Va.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to St. Paul High Street Baptist Church, P. O. Box 1003, Martinsville, Virginia 24112.

April 11, 2014

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

Robert Theron Rosson, Sr.

Robert Theron Rosson, Sr, 81, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.  Visitation will be 9:30-11am Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Madison United Methodist Church in Madison, MS with funeral services beginning at 11 am with Rev. Jim Genesse and Rev. Linda Rickman officiating. Graveside services will follow at 2:30 pm Tuesday at Mizpah Cemetery in Durant, MS.

Mr. Rosson was born March 2, 1933 in Durant, MS to the late Robert Eli Rosson, Jr. and Sally Kate Cummins Rosson. He attended Durant High School, Holmes Jr. College and

was a Veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean conflict. Mr. Rosson retired as manager of J.C. Penney in Hammond, LA after serving 36 ½ years with the Penney Co. He managed J.C. Penney stores all over the southeast but most recently in Natchez, MS, Clearwater, FL and Hammond, LA. He was a member of Madison First United Methodist Church, former member of Ponchatoula United Methodist Church in Ponchatoula, LA, and a charter member and president of the Natchez Exchange Club. He was an avid Ole Miss football fan always believing this would be the year that Ole Miss would beat LSU.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years Kathryn Campbell Rosson of Madison; children, Robert T. Rosson, Jr. and wife Beth of Oxford, Chris Campbell Rosson and wife Carol of Madison, Terry Land Rosson of Knoxville, and Glenn Cummins Rosson and wife Lisa of Mobile; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Madison United Methodist Church, 100 Post Oak Road, Madison, MS 39110.

National Funeral Directors Association/Father of Immediate Past President, Bob Rosson, Jr.

March 27, 2014

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

Clarence Robert “Dick” Bush  

Clarence Robert “Dick” Bush, 86, formerly of Covington, died, Thursday March 27, 2014 in New Kent, VA.

He was born May 3, 1927 in Webster Springs, WV, a son of the late Robert E. and Grace Miller Bush.

Surviving are a daughter, Dr. Leah Bush of New Kent; a granddaughter, Austin Elizabeth Butler of Virginia Beach and two sisters, Virginia Mabel Jenkins of Richmond, KY and Ethel Maude Simpson of Clifton Forge.

In keeping with his wishes, his body had been cremated.  A memorial service will be held in Covington at a later date.

See more at:

Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Father of Dr. Leah Bush

March 25, 2014

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

Robert M. Brunson, Jr.  

BRUNSON, Robert M. Jr., President and CEO of Brunson’s Funeral Chapel and Senior Pastor of Unlimited Power Transformation Church of Richmond, entered eternal rest March 25, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, the late founder and CEO, Robert M. Brunson Sr. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Elicia V. Brunson; four children, Robert III, Brandon, Benjamin and Brittney Brunson; a devoted mother, Dorene T. Brunson; grandmother, Mother Mary E. Lindsay; one sister, Talitha Brunson Bell; three brothers, Terrence Brunson Sr. (Mildred), Michael Coleman Sr. (Pia) and Anthony Coleman (Sherry); mother-in-law, Josephine V. Hill; stepmother, Yvonne Brunson; two uncles, three aunts, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends; of them a devoted cousin, Lillie Mae Wallace; and godparents, Bishop and Lady James F. Harris. Public viewing will begin 3 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2014 at Brunson’s Funeral Chapel, 1st and Federal Streets. Family will receive friends Friday, March 28, 2014, 6 to 8 p.m. at Greater Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 913 N. 1st St. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014, 11 a.m., at Greater Works Evangelistic Ministries, 3904 Old Hopkins Rd. Bishop James F. Harris officiating. Bishop Duane Bell, senior pastor, eulogist. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please send monetary contributions to Unlimited Power Transformation Church, P.O. Box 16061, Richmond, Va. 23222. Professional services of comfort entrusted to the Brunson Funeral Chapel. 

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

March 25, 2014

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

Charles R. Stanton  

Charles R. “Dick” Stanton, age 75, of Johnson City, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Johnson City Medical Center. A lifelong native of Washington County, TN, he was a son of the late Samuel B. and Winnie Wolfe Stanton.  Mr. Stanton worked as a branch manager of Noland Company, Johnson City and Knoxville.  After retiring from Noland, he worked several years as a salesman for Bolton Concrete Company.  Mr. Stanton was a member of Central Baptist Church and the Ted Beach Sunday School Class.  He was a member of the Johnson City Kiwanis Club for 24 years where he had served as Secretary/Treasurer, and was also a past president.  He was designated a Hixson Fellow, and was awarded the Kiwanis International Foundation Tablet of Honor.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Stanton was preceded in death by two brothers, Heiskell Stanton and Robert Stanton; and one sister, Mary Ellen Scott.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Carter Stanton; son and daughter-in-law, David and Melanie Stanton; grandson, Austin Stanton; granddaughter, Audrey Stanton, all of Johnson City; sister, Wilma Hughes, Nashville; sister-in-law, Mary Smith and husband Tom, Johnson City; nephew, Jason Smith and wife Carolyn; nieces, Jane Padgett, Margaret Fulkerson, Diane Booher, and Phyllis Scott; nephews, John Stanton and Bill Stanton.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Princeton Transitional Care and the Staff of the Johnson City Medical Center ICU, 7400 wing, and Hospice.

The funeral service for Mr. Stanton will be conducted at 11:00 A.M Friday, March 28, 2014 in the East Chapel of Appalachian Funeral Home with Dr.

Kenneth Grindstaff and Rev. Tim Tapp officiating.  The burial will follow at Monte Vista Memorial Park.  Active pallbearers will be: Bucky Peters, Charles Steagall, Jason Smith, Jeff Jones, Brad McKeehan, Tony Hughes, Ken Cutlip, and John Wagner.  Honorary pallbearers will be, Tom Smith, Chuck Bowman, and Gordon Bolton.

The family will receive friends Thursday, March 27, from 5:30 until 8:00 P.M. in the East Parlor of the funeral home.  Pallbearers are requested to meet at the funeral home by 10:45 A.M Friday.

Memories and Condolences may be shared with the family at

Appalachian Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 800 E. Watauga Ave., Johnson City, is serving the Stanton family. (423) 928-6111.

Virginia Funeral Supplies Sales Association/Wilberts Vault Company

March 21, 2014

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

Elizabeth Stegall  

It is with a heavy heart that we inform you that Elizabeth (Liz) Stegall died Friday, March 21, 2014 at Duke Hospice Pavilion in Durham after a courageous five year battle with ovarian cancer. She was the wife of Larry Stegall, Executive Director of the North Carolina Funeral Directors Association.

A native of Martinsville, Virginia, Liz attended public schools in Henry County and Patrick Henry College. She was a 20 plus year employee of the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service where she served as Administrative Services Supervisor. Liz’s gleaming personality and love of family, friends and all four legged creatures was only exceeded by her outward and inner beauty. She will be remembered and cherished by those fortunate enough to have shared her charm and wit.

Funeral services were conducted at 11 o’clock on Monday morning, March 24, 2014 in the Chapel of Bright Funeral Home with Chaplain Mark Vickers officiating. Burial was at 2 o’clock, Monday afternoon March 24, 2014 at Warrendale Cemetery in Norlina.

Liz is survived by her husband, Larry F. Stegall; daughters, Stephanie Anouilh of Pittsburgh, PA, and Melanie Anouilh of Davenport, FL; son, Rodney Anouilh, Jr. of New Orleans, LA; 2 step-sons, Larry Stegall, Jr. and his wife, Amanda, of Bradenton, FL and Greg Stegall and his life-partner, Lee Hodges, of Myrtle Beach, SC. She is also survived by her mother, Mary Jane Roach of Martinsville, VA; her sister, Patsy Dickenson and her husband, Jeff, of Martinsville, VA; several nephews, a niece and a great-niece. It should be noted that Liz’s dog “Roy” shared a very special part of her life and is also a cherished family member. Liz was preceded in death by her father, Fred I. Roach.

Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the Gail Parkins Ovarian Cancer Awareness Walk, 7413 Six Forks Road #365, Raleigh, NC 27615 or to the Rolesville Rural Fire Department, P. O. Box 249, Rolesville, NC 27571.

Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Wife of Larry Stegall, Executive Director of North Carolina Funeral Directors Association

March 10, 2014

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

Nina Helen Farmer Alderman  

Nina Helen Farmer Alderman, 87, of Hillsville passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014 surrounded by her children at her home in Hillsville. Mrs. Alderman was born in Carroll County to the late Haskell and Phoebe Ellen Shockley Farmer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Elvis Alderman, the son of Everette (Ebb) Alderman and America Lee Howlett, sister, Ethelene (Mrs. Glen) Melton, and brother, Arthur Farmer. 

Survivors include daughter, Margaret Ann Alderman of the home, son, Charles Allen and Sandy Miles Alderman of Galax, VA, son, Clyde Ray and Joyce Bradshaw Alderman of Bland, VA and daughter, America Jane and Ronnie Taylor of Woodlawn, VA; grandchildren, Danny, Charity, Nicole, Arvis, Blair, Tosha, and Amy; great grandchildren, Matthew, Joshua, Nicolas, Serena, Vicenta, Jacob, Olivia, Madison, Cullen, Chip, Evan, Alex, and Payton; and two great-great grandchildren, Kiley and Noah. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews; special friends and caregivers, Goldie Austin, Oneda Hutchens, Margie Quesenberry, Jane Patton, Pat Hall, and Charles and Donna Keith; and a special niece, Sharon Pettry Zeitz.

Mrs. Alderman is wearing a brooch which was given to her by her youngest granddaughter, Tosha Rachelle Taylor.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 PM on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel with Dr. Clyde R. Alderman officiating. Burial will follow in the Wilkinson Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel, 1035 North Main Street, Hillsville, VA (telephone number 276-728-2041) on Wednesday, March, 12, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel is serving the family.

Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association/Mother of Charles Alderman, Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home, Galax, Virginia

March 10, 2014

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

Reverend Paul Franklin Presley  

The Reverend Paul Franklin Presley, 78, of Hopewell, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014 at his residence.  Born in Kimball, West Virginia he was the son of the late George C. and Chole Edna Dillon Presley.  Mr. Presley was preceded in death by his sisters and brothers, and a grandson, Sean Michael Presley.  He was a member and former pastor of Faith Baptist Church, Prince George, and a United States Navy veteran having served during the Korean War.  He is survived by his wife, Jane Presley; his children, Paula Bowen and husband, Junior, Frances Maggard and husband, Ron, Mark Presley and wife, Kym, Keith Presley and wife, Rose, Laura Pitts and husband, Bill, and Michael Alan Presley; seventeen grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.  A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, March 14, 2014 at Faith Baptist Church, 5501 Middle Road, Prince George, Virginia 23875.  Burial will follow in Merchant’s Hope Memorial Gardens, Prince George.  The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Colonial Heights Chapel of the E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes & Crematory, 2033 Boulevard.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Faith Baptist Church Building Fund.  Condolences may be registered at

Virginia Funeral Supplies Sales Association/Father of Keith Presley

March 2, 2014

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

Dr. Benjamin J. Lambert, III.  

Dr. Benjamin Joseph Lambert III, 77, of Richmond, former State Senator of Virginia, died March 2, 2014. Remains rest at Scott’s Funeral Home,115 E. Brookland Park Blvd. Funeral will be on Monday, March 10, 2014, 11 a.m., St. Paul’s Baptist Church, 4247 Creighton Road, Richmond, VA  23223.  Wake will be on Sunday, March 9, 2014, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 909 Rennie Avenue, Richmond, VA  23222.  In Lieu of flowers, please make contributions in his memory to Westwood Baptist Church, 915 Glenburnie Road, Richmond, VA 23226.

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Brother of Richard Lambert, Owner of Scott’s Funeral Home

February 25, 2014

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

Ida B. Brown 

Brown, P.G.W.M. Ida B. (Betty) departed this life February 25, 2014. She was predeceased by three brothers Wallace Brown Jr., Warren Brown Sr., and John Brown; two sisters Virginia Butler and Marvene Carter. She leaves to cherish her precious memory her husband of 49 years N. Purcelle Brown; one daughter Dr. Laurie Brown-Abdelmageed of Maryland; one grandson Ahmed Abdelmageed; three brothers Purcell N. (Annette), Dennis A. (Myra), and Allen Q. (Janet Faye); two uncles Allen and Uriel Winfree; five aunts Vivian Brown, Ramona, Barbara, Alline, and Janie Winfree; five sisters-in-laws Gloria, Jeanette and Pamela Brown, Viola Pryor, Willie E. Johnson; three brothers-in-law Alfonso Brown, Dr. Ceotis L. Pryor, and James Carter Sr.; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Remains rest at the Chiles Funeral Home 2100 Fairmount Avenue where viewing will be held Tuesday March 4, 2014 10:00AM-8:00PM and where family will receive friends Tuesday from 6:30PM-7:30PM. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 11:00AM at Fourth Baptist Church 2800 P Street Richmond. Rev. Emory Berry Jr. officiating. Eulogy by Dr. Laurie Brown-Abdelmageed. Interment Oakwood Cemetery. Remains will rest in church one hour prior to funeral service. P.G.W.M. Brown was a member of East End 79 OES-PHA for 41 years. She served the Grand Chapter of Virginia tirelessly for many years, serving in the capacity of Grand Lecturer. She received Honorary Past Grand Worthy Matron honors at a recent Grand Session. – See more at:

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Wife of N. Purcelle Brown, Chiles Funeral Home

January 29, 2014

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

Gloria Roads 

Gloria Roads, age 64, of Westchester, Illinois, passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2014. 

Beloved mother of Monica Cannady of Chicago, Illinois and Antoinette Cannady of Alexandria, Virginia; devoted grandmother of Markice, Christopher, Krystal and James; daughter of Pearline Roads and sister of Owen Cozart, Doris Wordlaw and Dorothy Fountain. She is further survived by a host of loving family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, February, 6, 2014, from 2 – 8 p.m. at the Wallace Funeral Home, 2020 Roosevelt Road, Broadview, Illinois.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014, 11 a.m. at the Constant Prayer Church, 900 N. Lockwood, Chicago, Illinois 60651.

Interment will take place at Oak Ridge – Glen Oak Cemetery.

Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Mother of Antoinette Cannady with Murphy Funeral Home in Arlington, Virginian

January 24, 2014

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

John Darden Gibson 

John Darden Gibson, “JD”, 80, of Salem went home to be with the Lord on Friday, January 24, 2014.  JD, the son of John Peter Gibson and Grace Reese Gibson, was born on March 30, 1933 in Salem, Va.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 40 years, Alma Musselman Gibson, and his dear companion of 18 years, Violet Craighead; his brother, LeVan Gibson; sister, Opal Johnson.

JD was quiet man who loved his family and dedicated his life to helping others.  His work in the mortuary filed was not only his job/profession, it was his calling.  He served people with comforting care and tenderness during their most difficult time of loss.  He began working at John M. Oakey’s and Son Funeral Home, Salem, when he was 16 years old and continued serving the community there until 1969.  Then he served as manager of Lotz Funeral Home in Salem for another 30 years.  Even in his retirement, he was drawn to and cared for families at Lotz until just a few months ago.  His loving kindness will be missed by many, many people in the community. 

As a Salem resident all his life, JD loved to reminisce about Salem’s history.  He was 1953 graduate of Andrew Lewis High School and was a lifelong member of Green Hill Church of the Brethren in Salem.  He served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He also contributed his efforts to serving in the Salem Jaycees and the Kiwanis Club and a member of the Masonic Lodge in Salem.  Besides caring for others, JD enjoyed spending time with family and friends.  He loved to travel, watch TV Westerns, and work in his yard.  He was a sharply dressed man with a keen sense of humor.

JD leaves to cherish precious memories are his three sons; Mike “Gibby” Gibson and wife, Becky Williams Gibson of Vinton, David Gibson and Scott “Gibby” Gibson of Salem; three granddaughters, Hayley Dee Haynes and husband, Major Matt Haynes, of Fort Leavenworth, KS, Valerie Thomas (husband, Matthew Thomas) of Vinton, Sophia Gibson of Salem; three great-grandchildren, Elliana and Alyssa Haynes, Dana Thomas; sister, Doris Roupe of Salem; Violet Craighead’s children, Doug Craighead and Fay Nichols with their families; and a host of nephews, nieces and cousins.  JD truly blessed the lives of all that he touched.

Funeral Services will be held  11 a.m. Monday, January 27, 2014 at Lotz Salem Chapel with Reverend Shawn Tanner officiating.  Interment will be at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Green Hill Church of the Brethren, 2699 Harborwood Rd. Salem, VA. 24153.

Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association

January 8, 2014

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

Brian Lynn Seay 

Brian Lynn Seay, 52, of Culpeper, formerly of Gordonsville, passed away Wednesday, January 8, 2014, in Culpeper, following an automobile accident. He was born January 1, 1962, in Louisa County, the son of the late Lewis Edward Seay and Pauline Zang Seay. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Larry E. Seay. Brian was a jail officer for Prince William Adult Detention Center in Manassas, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Lynn Seay of Culpeper; two stepchildren, Ashley Nicole Lamb of Irving, Texas and Bryan Lee Lamb of Culpeper; a brother, Roger L. Seay and wife, Gail, of Richmond; a sister, Becky S. Bushy and husband, Art, of Keswick; stepgrandchildren, Abigail Lynn Fishback and Alexander Joseph Fishback, both of Irving, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Madison conducted by Chaplin Raymond Perez. The family will receive friends two hours before the service from 12 until 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Teresa Lynn Seay, c/o Preddy Funeral Home 59 Edgewood School Lane, Madison, VA 22727.

Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Brother of Roger Seay with PreNeed Funeral Programs

January 5, 2014

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

Ida Marie Ford Shivers 

July 31, 1935-January 5, 2014
Reflections on the Mother, the Musician, the Matriarch
For unto James L. Ford, Sr., and Marie Hardy Ford (Johnson) a child was born..unto them a daughter was given.  And she was called Ida Marie Ford.  Some 78 years later, their first born daughter of Zion transitioned into eternal life early on Sunday morning, January fifth, in the year of our Lord, Two Thousand Fourteen.  Reared in a Christian home and in the tradition of love and respect for the elders and each other, religious and academic preparation for family life, work and civic responsibility, Ida was encouraged by her parents and village elders to pursue a life of achievement in the spirit of excellence.  

Ida joined  Little Zion Baptist Church, Smithfield, in her youth in August of 1947.  Having been blessed and trained in the requisite familial cultural art form of music, in 1948 she was significant and instrumental to the formation of Zion’s Angelic Voices, by serving as its inaugural pianist.  The church’s archived historical record would reflect that she eventually would go on to serve as one of the church musicians for the 2nd Senior and Mass choirs for well over 30 years, as well as in many other ministry capacities in the lay auxiliaries, leadership, and membership.  

One who believed in preparation, she was a graduate of Isle of Wright Training School Class of 1953, after which she matriculated at Virginia State College, having received a certificate in the business administration curriculum.  She furthered her higher education pursuits at Norfolk State College.  In her specialist role with the Department of Navy, she and the organizations she was affiliated with benefited from the numerous professional development and training curricular opportunities with the Federal Government.  She  retired from Norfolk Naval Operations Base in 1990 after 32 years of work in the comptroller and accounting sectors.  

As one who took her Christian and professional duties seriously, she was particularly cognizant of her accountability to God in being a good steward of all that He had blessed her with.  She married John Milton Shivers on June 9, 1956, and they cherished a lifetime of loving memories-travelling, sightseeing, and assisting each other, family members and friends in cooperative work experiences and activism in religious, academic, political and civic affairs for the betterment of the community at large for 57 years.

In the scored intermezzos of their life symphony, with the appropriate time signature in the appointed musical measures, God saw fit to bless their union with two songbird-musicians, a daughter, Kathy Yvette Shivers Greene, pianist, clarinetist and vocalist, and a son, Rev. Dr. Kim Dexter Shivers, pianist, trumpeter, and vocalist.

While her former civic and professional affiliations have been many throughout her lifetime, namely the Mt. Zion Tent #157, the Carrollton Chapter #165 Order of Eastern Star, the Daughters of the Wisteria Temple and Smithfield Elks Lodge, in her later years she relinquished duty to many of those organizations and focused on the critical and more important (in her words) spiritual, developmental, and ministerial aspects of living.  While letting nothing separate her from the love of God, in 2000 she joined her son in the ministry at Solomon’s Temple, Smithfield, to continue to contribute to God’s Kingdom.  There she was designated Mother of the church.

She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Jean F. Uzzle.  She leaves to cherish the memories, her husband, Deacon John M. Shivers; and children, Kathy Shivers Greene, and husband, Thaddeus, Kim D. Shivers, and wife, Edith; four grandchildren, Jessica G. Smith, and husband, Marcus, Tobias Greene, Zachary Robinson and Kinston Shivers; two foster grandchildren; four great-grandchildren three sisters, Lena F. Holmes, and husband, Ray; Jocelyn J. Morant, and Paula L. Johnson; three brothers, James L. Ford, Jr., Oscar D. Ford, and wife, Emily, and Charles R. Ford, and wife, Jerrine; one uncle, Clinton E. Hardy, Sr.; god-son, Glenn L. Ford, Sr., brothers-and sisters-in-law, Doris Seaborne, Doretha Wellons, Willie Shivers, and wife, Jean, Rosa Robertson, and husband, Lawrence, and Annie Shivers; several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends, neighbors, sisters and brethren in the Solomon’s Temple family that loved her.

Her life’s motivation and philosophy can be summed up in some of the familiar music she played and taught to her choirs through the years.

“Heaven is a beautiful place I know, and I’m walking up the King’s highway to everlasting life.  I’ve got a job to do and I can’t get to Heaven until I get through, carrying the cross for my boss.  God’s grace is sufficient, and all of my help comes from the Lord.  Father I stretch my hands to thee, and as I draw nearer my God to thee each day, I know Christ won’t fail us.  Treading the wine press alone, I’m gonna work until my day is done.  I’ll walk on by faith each day.  You see, soon and very soon I am going to see the King, and I’ll let nothing separate me from the Love of God.  I shall wear a golden crown!”

Tidewater Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Mother of Kim Shivers, Shivers Funeral Chapel in Smithfield, VA