In Remembrance 2015


In Remembrance 2015

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December 22, 2015

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

Lawrence W. Hemenway, Jr.

Lawrence W. Hemenway, Jr. , 74, passed away December 22, 2015.

A native of Elizabeth, New Jersey, Larry was the son of the late Lawrence, Sr. and Elizabeth Hemenway. He served in the US Navy before beginning a career with the Norfolk Police Department retiring after 25 years as a most respected homicide investigator. Following his service with the police force Larry went on to work in funeral service, as a manager of both Smith and Williams Funeral Home and Woodlawn, and retiring from H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. His dedication to the families he served throughout his career was unparalleled.

Larry was a member of St. Stephen, Martyr Catholic Church in Chesapeake. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Father Richardson Council, the Commodore Lodge #3 FOP, the Police Association of Virginia,American Legion Post 35, and longtime member and past president of the Law and Disorderly Club. He was the past President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, traveling throughout the State and representing Virginia at the National Conferences.

Larry is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years Cheryl of Chesapeake; his daughter Kimberly Ann Knizley and husband Clifford of Gainseville, Fl.; his son Kevin Andrew Hemenway and wife Myya of Georgetown, Ky; his sisters Gayle Scott and Cheryl S. Hemenway both of Chesapeake; and his grandchildren, Bria, Brian, Kara, Amy, Tobias, and Francis; as well as numerous dear friends, extended family and colleagues .

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday  at 11:00 A.M.  at St. Stephen, Martyr Catholic Church in Chesapeake with Father Brian Rafferty officiating . The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4  in theChesapeake Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. at 1416 Cedar Road. Burial will follow the Mass at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Norfolk.

Memorial donations may be made to Debt Reduction Fund, In Memory of Larry Hemenway at St. Stephen, Martyr, Catholic Church. 1544 S. Battlefield Blvd. Chesapeake, Va. 23322.  H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Chesapeake Chapel is handling arrangements and online condolences may be offered to the family at

Tidewater District


December 16, 2015

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

Billy Glenn Sheffield

Billy Glenn Sheffield, 88, of Petersburg, died Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Born in Victoria, VA, he was the son of the late Charles Edward and Artie Cottrell Sheffield. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Charles Edward Sheffield, Jr. and Ralph Clifford Sheffield. Bill retired from J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home in 2007, after 54 years as a funeral director. He was a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church and Blandford Lodge No. 3 A.F. & A.M. He is survived by his wife, Edith Moody Sheffield, and a son, William Scott Sheffield, both of Petersburg, sister-in-law, Frances Sheffield, a niece, Cynthia Sheffield, and a nephew, Clifford Sheffield, all of Victoria, VA. The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, December 18, at the Petersburg Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Blandford Cemetery with the Reverend Gretchen Nelson officiating. Memorial donations may be made to St. Marks United Methodist Church, 225 Claremont Street, Petersburg, VA 23805. Condolences may be registered at

Central District



December 5, 2015

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

Gladys Chandler Marsh

Mrs. Gladys Chandler Marsh, 98, wife of the late William “Scott” Marsh and a resident of Onancock, Va., passed away peacefully into the arms of God and her beloved family, on Saturday, December 5, 2015.

Gladys was born in Cashville, Va. on August 31, 1917, to the late Libey Thomas Chandler and Missouri Marshall Chandler.  Reared in a God-fearing home, her first priority was always to church and family.  She was a loving mother and grandmother, proudly devoting her life to her children and grandchildren.  Known as the ‘neighborhood mom,’ her home was often filled with the love and laughter of many children.

In 1964, Gladys and her husband Scott, a ferry boat engineer, moved to Cape May, NJ, due to the ferry boats relocation from the Eastern Shore.  Gladys worked as a nurse assistant at Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital in Cape May Courthouse, NJ, until her husband’s passing in 1979.  Sadly, her return to the Eastern Shore was the beginning of three decades of unbearable loss, burying her three sons and her three siblings during that time.  A member of Market Street United Methodist Church since 1939, Gladys was the epitome of a true Christian lady.  Through her faith in the Lord, she persevered through unimaginable grief with her head held high.  She remained grateful for her lifetime friends and church family who stood by her side, in good times and in bad, and for many, she will be remembered as the face of strength and resilience.

In addition to her husband and parents, Gladys was predeceased by her sons, Donald Alexander Marsh, Van Chandler Marsh, and Gary Scott Marsh; her sister, Peggy Chandler Fosque; and two brothers, Horrace Thomas Chandler, and Charles Milton “Mickey” Chandler.

She is survived by four granddaughters, Crystal M. Hart and husband Thomas L. III, of Wachapreague, Va., Tracy M. Johnson and husband Chandler, of Onancock; Vanessa Landis and husband Joseph, of Cape May; and Amy Smith of Baltimore, Md.; eleven great-grandchildren, Tommy, Camryn, Chandler, Macie, Leah, Joey, Ava, Evan, Kylie, Adonyiah, and Anthony; one great-great granddaughter, Madison; a daughter-in-law, Judy Marsh; two nephews, Bobby Wayne and Mike Edwards; three nieces, Carolyn Swecker, Randi Merritt, and Sandy Citro; and four cousins, Leo P. Chandler, Betty Ann Chandler, Catherine Layne, and Fern Parks.

A memorial service will be held at the Market Street United Methodist Church on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m., with The Reverend Bart Weakley officiating.  Private interment will be held prior to the service at the Mount Holly Cemetery.  There will be a visitation at Williams-Onancock Funeral Home on Tuesday, December 8, 2015, from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Market Street United Methodist Church, 75 Market Street, Onancock, Va.  23417, or to Hospice of the Eastern Shore, 165 Market Street, Suite 3, Onancock, Va.  23417.


Memory tributes may be shared with the family at

Arrangements by the Williams-Onancock Funeral Home.

Grandmother of Crystal Marsh Hart with Williams-Onancock Funeral Home

Tidewater District



December 3, 2015

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

Dorothy Anne O’Hara

On Thursday, December 3, 2015 of Falls Church, Virginia, beloved wife of the late Charles P. O’Hara, D.D.S.; loving mother of Hilary O’Hara, Charles P. O’Hara III (Elaine), Deirdre O’Hara, Michaela Kelly (Joseph) and the late Adrienne O’Hara; loving grandmother of Patrick Duncan, Kelsey Rose O’Hara and Michael Brendan and Kendal Caulfield Kelly.  Also survived by two great-grandchildren, Connor James and Siobhan Michaela Kelly.  A Memorial Mass was offered at the Villa of St. Rose of Lima on Saturday, December 5.  Interment private.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a library or animal rescue of your choice.  Arrangements by DeVol.

Mother of Deirdre O’Hara

Northern District


November 28, 2015

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

Virginia C. Bunch (nee Harlow)

VIRGINIA C. BUNCH ( nee Harlow ) , age 93 formerly of Morrell Park passed away on Saturday November 28, 2015 at the Heritage Center in Morristown, Tn. surrounded by her loving family.

Beloved wife of the late Barry C. Bunch; devoted mother of Barry A. Bunch, Ronald C. Bunch (Martha Chapman), Dolores A. Carlson ( Gerry ) , Edward D. Bunch ( Lorraine ) and Robert K. Bunch ( Linda );loving grandmother of 6; great grandmother of 5; predeceased by a grandson ,Erich Chapman Bunch.

Family and friends are invited to attend her viewing Friday evening from 6:00-8:00P.M. at the FLUEHR FUNERAL HOME 864 BRISTOL PK. ( Rt. 13 ) Bensalem, Pa. 19020. Funeral Service Saturday 10:00A.M. at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer 1065 Bristol Pk. Bensalem, Pa. 19020. Interment Sunset Memorial Park, Feasterville. THERE IS NO VIEWING SATURDAY MORNING.


Mother of Edward Bunch with Altmeyer Funeral Home

Tidewater District



November 17, 2015

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

Ronald “Ronnie” Taylor Dougan

DOUGAN, Ronald “Ronnie” Taylor, 68 of Montpelier, Va., died at his home on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Hubert T. and Virginia Kern Dougan. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patricia Wickham Dougan; daughters, Emily Nidermaier (Brian) and Claire Dougan; grandchildren, Anna, Lawson and Ebie; and sister, Rebecca Fields (Ron). The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, November 19, at the Church of Our Saviour, 17102 Mountain Rd., Montpelier, Va. 23192, where a service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 20. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Church of Our Saviour, P.O. Box 11, Montpelier, Va. 23192.

Retired Funeral Director of Bliley Funeral Home

Central District



November 7, 2015

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

James A. King

PORTSMOUTH – In the early morning hours of Saturday, November 7, 2015, James Arthur King, 69, passed away. He was born on June 21, 1946 in Hendersonville, NC; and grew up in Salisbury, NC until moving to VA in 1975. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, who will always be remembered for his humor, hard working ethics and entrepreneurial skills; but what was most important to him was being with his children and grandchildren, whom he treasured. He was the owner of Fallon Removal Service, a mortuary transport company, until 2008 when his health would not allow him to continue. He was preceded in death, by his mother, Theo Swearingen.

Surviving him is his wife of 47 years, Marjorie King; a daughter, Anne King Pillsbury and her husband Irv; a son, Jeff Noblin and his wife Kathy; three grandchildren, Kimmy and Sara Noblin and Anna Pillsbury; four sisters, Sue Breedlove, Betty Nail, Sandy Parrish and Cathy Foster; two brothers, Jerry King and Charley Swearingen, Jr.; long time friends, Joe Reed and Chris Miller; and extended family and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel by Dr. Gene Primm. Entombment will follow in Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday evening from 6:30 – 8 PM.

Condolences may be made to the family online at

Tidewater District


November 5, 2015

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

Wayne Everett Hedgepeth

Wayne Everett Hedgepeth, 71, of Hopewell, died Thursday, November 5, 2015. He was the son of the late Everett Taskel and Jennie Burrow Hedgepeth. Wayne served his community in a number of ways, to include being a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis Club of Hopewell, Hopewell Twinning Association, Hopewell Jaycees and Woodman of the World. He was a former Board Member of Historic Hopewell Foundation, Hopewell Emergency Crew and Hopewell Prince George Red Cross. He was also the former Chairman of Hopewell Social Services Advisory Board, Prince George American Red Cross. He was twice awarded the Hopewell Kiwanian of the Year, received the Jaycees Man of the Year Award and was later inducted into the Hopewell Senior Hall of Fame. Wayne began working at J.T. Morriss & Son in 1964 and dedicated his life to the profession he loved. Although he retired in 2011 as the Manager of the Hopewell Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son he continued to be involved and play an integral role in funeral services. He was later honored by the City of Hopewell with a Letter of Proclamation recognizing his dedication to funeral service and the community. Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Terri Wells Hedgepeth; a son, Brian Reid Hedgepeth; a daughter, Blair Renee Hedgepeth; a sister, Kay H. Wilberger and her husband, Dave; a brother, W. Keith Hedgepeth and his wife, Linda; nieces, Jennifer W. Mizack and husband, Jay, Whitney W. Voltz and husband, Ingram, Meghan Wilberger and Lisa H. Davis and husband, Nic; nephews, Chris Wells and Angie, Pret Wells and wife, Bridgett, Wesley Hedgepeth, Warren Hedgepeth and wife, Christal, Aaron Reidmiller and wife, Shannon, Landon Reidmiller and their mother, Judy; brothers-in-law, Dwaine Wells and wife, Jennie and Randy Reidmiller. The family will receive friends at the Hopewell Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son on Monday, November 9th, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. A funeral service will be held at Wesley United Methodist Church on Tuesday, November 10th at 11:00 am with interment to follow at Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 2901 Norfolk Street, Hopewell, VA, 23860. Condolences may be registered at

Central District



October 15, 2015

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


MARION, Va.: MALCOLM M. “MAL” BROWN, III age 65, died Thursday, October 15, 2015 at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

On June 17th of 1950, Malcolm and Irene Brown welcomed a bouncing baby boy into the world, Malcolm Marvin Brown the Third.  Mal may have been born the third, but throughout his life he was never satisfied with anything but first.

Beginning with his days at Marion Senior High, playing football or his favorite sport, wrestling, Mal brought a passion and excitement to everything he did. He was focused, determined, and successful. Mal Brown was a bigger than life individual with a massive heart. As much as Mal valued his work, he loved living and making a difference, as evidenced by the diverse clubs and organizations he worked with; a Big Brother, Shriner, Boy Scout Leader, Marion Housing Authority board member and a Rotarian, Mal worked to make life better for others.

In over forty years of managing his family business, he made Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory a leader locally, regionally, and nationally. Just this year, Seaver-Brown received The Pursuit of Excellence award from the National Funeral Directors Association. The Pursuit of Excellence is the premiere recognition program for funeral homes, setting standards of excellence that motivate staff, inspire innovation, and provide families with World Class Service.

Mal was many things to many different people. He was a mentor, an industry leader, and an encourager, just to name a few. Mal Brown was the rock in his family. His proudest titles were husband, father, and grandfather. The latest love of his life, his granddaughter, was his newest experience and the one person who could make him feel great, even when he felt the worst. Mal and Zoe absolutely adored one another.

Until the day he died, Mal Brown was The Funeral Director in Smyth County. No one loved people or life more than Mal. It was evident in every facet of his living. He was loved by family, friends, his community, and many in his industry. Mal Brown will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his father, Malcolm M. Brown, Jr.

Mal is survived by his wife, Sharon Rouse Brown; son, Malcolm M. Brown, IV; daughter-in-law, Dr. Jenna S. Moore; granddaughter, Zoe Aurelia Brown; mother, Irene Preston Brown; sister, Becky Brown Rankin; niece, “Uncle” Emily Rankin; sisters-in-law, Carol Sullins and husband, Ernie, Bobbie Jo Carty and husband, Mike, Norma Beidleman and husband, Dennis Key, and Peggy Hickman and husband, Fred; and several nieces and nephews, including a very special niece, Connie Dancaster.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Reverend John Graham and Reverend David Woody officiating. Mal will be buried in a private ceremony to follow. The family will receive friends Monday, October 19, 2015 from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the Brown Family.

Blue Ridge District


October 12, 2015

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

Joseph “Sonny” Walton

Joseph “Sonny” Walton, longtime businessman, loving father, and mentor to many died peacefully surrounded by his adoring family on Monday, October 12th, 2015.  A native of Norfolk, he was the first of eight children born to the union of Joseph E. and Alice J. Walton in Norfolk, VA.  He graduated from Booker T. Washington High School in 1950 and went on to attend The McAllister School of Embalming in Manhattan, NY.  Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served proudly during the Korean Conflict.  After an honorable discharge, he returned to Virginia where he met and married the late June Setzer Walton.  Together, they established Walton Funeral Home in Virginia Beach in 1967 which has the distinction of being the oldest minority owned business in the city.

Sonny was active in various associations, but took great pride in mentoring and encouraging young funeral professionals.  In 1979, he also began working with the Virginia Beach Sheriff’s Department where he remained for thirteen years retiring in 1992.  His focus then became spending quality time with family and traveling. Sonny can be best described as having a kind and gentle spirit and always being a consummate gentleman.

For over six decades, he comforted the souls of many who had lost loved ones.  This humanitarian effort earned him the title as one of the 2012 Living Legends of Funeral Service awarded by the 100 Black Women of Funeral Service. This was an honor he was very proud of and held in high esteem.

Left to continue his legacy are his adoring children, Gail Hope Walton and Joseph Francis “Frank” Walton and his wife, Ta-Tanisha; five grandchildren, Phillip Christopher Nelson, Lauren Elizabeth Nelson, Joseph Benjamin Nelson, Autumn Joy Walton and Joseph Robert Walton; a loving and dedicated companion, Menor G. Garnett; four sisters, Alice (Augustus) Haskins, Marie (Charles) McDowell, Wanza (Alsandro) Turner, Faith (Bertram) McKeithan, and one brother, William Linwood Walton.  Also left cherishing his memory are a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues, and friends.

Services in celebration of Sonny’s life include a viewing Sunday from noon until 4 PM at Walton Funeral Home.  The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 PM at Turning Point Agape International Church, 2641 Princess Anne Road, VA, Beach. The funeral will be 11 AM Monday at Shiloh Baptist Church, 745 Park Avenue, Norfolk, VA.  Entombment will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens

Gail and Frank would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to his healthcare providers; Deverie Alvarez, Ada Ferebee, and Melissa Davis; and Dr. Howard Feldman of Geriatric Medicine & Family Practice.

Father of Frank Walton

Tidewater District



October 10, 2015

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

John David Josiah Cecil, Sr.

John David Josiah Cecil, Sr., 87, died Saturday, October 10, 2015. He was born in North Carolina and was a longtime Peninsula resident. He retired from the Nuclear Quality Inspection Department of Newport News Shipbuilding. He was a member of Menchville Baptist Church until the last few years, when he moved his membership to Temple Baptist Church, due to declining health. He was a member of the Colonial Model A Club and enjoyed restoring cars. He had a passion for camping, woodworking, fishing, and Sunday drives to Smithfield with his wife.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Martha Smith Cecil; their four children, Lynn Davis Horton and her husband, Willie, J. David Cecil, Jr. and his wife, Terrie, Walter Cecil and his wife, Suzanne, Doral Cecil and his wife, Jacki; fourteen grandchildren, Abbey Davis Dupuy (George), Laura Davis Collins (Jeff), Gabrielle Everett (Thane), Abram Horton, Brandon Cecil (Amy), Nathan Cecil (Jancy), Kelsey Cecil Williams (Philip), Kyle Cecil (Bonne), Chance Cecil (fiancé Carrie), and Moriah, Hadley, Noah, Grace, and Caleb Cecil; thirteen great-grandchildren with number fourteen and fifteen on the way; and his sister Ruth Dixon. “Gramp,” as he was affectionately known, loved all of us.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 13, 2015, at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Baptist Church with burial following in Peninsula Memorial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society 11835 Canon Blvd., Suite A102, Newport News, VA, 23606, or the Macular Degeneration Foundation, Inc. P.O. Box 531313 Henderson, NV, 89053.

Online condolences may be made at

Father of Walter Cecil

Tidewater District



October 9, 2015

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

Mary Jane Holland Sheridan

Mary Jane Holland Sheridan, 90, of Kents Store, VA died Friday Oct 9, 2015 at her home surrounded by family and friends.  Mrs. Sheridan was born Sept 25, 1925,   daughter of the late Hughes and Annie Holland.  She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Andrew M. Sheridan, Sr., three brothers, George, Jimmy and Phil Holland, one daughter-in-law, Virginia Cameron “Puddin” Sheridan, and one great grandson, Bennett Dale Ross.  She is survived by five children, Frankie and his friend Kris, Mel and his wife Donna, Mary Annie and her husband Carol, Sandy and her husband Rusty, and Mike and his wife Kristie; two sisters, Sophia Pryor, Julia Davidson and their families and one beloved family member Frank “Archie” Woodson; 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  Mary Jane was the Vice President and Treasurer of Sheridan Funeral Home, a founding member of the Fluvanna Rescue Squad and long term member of the Fluvanna Christian Service Society.  She was a lifelong member and faithful servant of her beloved Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church and devoted keeper of the church cemetery records.  She was a friend and servant to all in need of a meal, a loving smile or ahelping hand.  Visitation will be held at Sheridan Funeral Home on Tuesday, Oct 13th from 4 – 8 pm.  Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Oct 14th, 2015 at 12 noon at Byrd Chapel with interment to follow at the church cemetery.  Lunch will be served after the service (because Mary Jane would want no one to leave hungry).  Services will be conducted by the Rev. Neil McLaughlin.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church.  Sheridan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mother of Frankie Sheridan at Sheridan Funeral Home

Central District


October 4, 2015

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

Iva Leedy Haynes

Born: November 05, 1925

Iva Leedy Haynes, age 89 went to be with her Lord on Sunday October, 4, 2015.

She and her husband Wilmer Jack Haynes, owned and operated Terrace Heights Funeral Home in Chilhowie, VA for over 23 years. She reached her lifelong dream at the age of 63 completing nursing school and becoming a licensed practical nurse. She was a member of the Glade Community First Church of God where she served as pianist for several years.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 24 years Wilmer Jack Haynes, her parents; Bruce & Maude Leedy, one brother; Ray Leedy, two sisters Pauline Hounshell & Ruby Overbay and a son in law; Walter Shelton.

She is survived by her son Wilmer Jack Haynes & wife Cynthia of Scottsboro, AL, two daughters; Dr. Charlene (Dodie) Haynes, Lake Wales, FL, Reverend Regina Shelton, Church Hill, TN, one grandson; Walter Anthony Shelton & wife Nicole, Hoover, AL, three great grandchildren Milania Antonella Shelton, Luca Giovanni Shelton & Viviana Francesca Shelton, all of Hoover, AL. She is also survived by two sisters; Midge Huddle, Martinsville, VA & Esther Taylor, Hillsville, VA, two sisters in law; Kitty Haynes, Chilhowie, VA & Mary Haynes, Chattanooga, TN and several nieces & nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday October 8, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Bradley’s Funeral Chapel in Chilhowie with Rev. E.C. Little & Rev. Will Shewey officiating. Interment will follow in Westwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 1:00 – 2:00 PM at the funeral home. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family at Bradley’s Funeral Chapel, Chilhowie is serving the Haynes family.

Aunt of Tilda Mullins

Blue Ridge District


October 6, 2015

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

Linda White

In the early morning hours on Tuesday, October 06, 2015, the Lord saw fit to call home a true earth angel, Linda Joyce White.  Her body failed her in many ways, but one thing she would want everyone to know is that God was faithful to her during her journey here on earth.  By her faith, she is now absent from the body and present with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Linda was born on December 16, 1943 a daughter of the late Blanche D. Litton.  She entered school at Hamilton Elementary School in Mendota, VA, and then on to John S. Battle High School. It was in the summer of 1959 that she saw the man who caught her eye and took her heart. On December 17, 1962 in the home of Rev. Marsh Mongle, at Holston, VA, she became the loving wife of Paul Norman White.  They began housekeeping in a little cottage on the Hamilton farm, and after a brief move to Newton, NC, they returned to the river valley where they have remained for over 44 years.  As they gave their life to God and Paul accepted his calling to the ministry, they rescued an old country church, with saplings growing through the floor and no windows or door.  They have worked diligently to restore the building and create a place of worship for the past 44 years, where they pastored the congregation of Fall Hill Apostolic Church.  Linda worked alongside her husband as the church secretary, taking on many church and community projects and raising monies to provide for families in need.

After her children all started school, Linda decided to continue her burden to give and serve others by continuing her education in the field of nursing.  She graduated top of her class as a Certified Nurse Assistant at Virginia Highlands Community College and began working as a Home Health Aide and later as a care provider for several local elderly couples.

Linda took much pride in the beautiful vegetable garden that she and Paul would raise every year.  She enjoyed sitting on her front porch and watching people stop and marvel at the garden, but her favorite part was sharing their harvest with friends and neighbors.  She loved canning, making jams and jellies, quilting, and was a wonderful cook.  Linda was very proud of her husband and children and loved to brag about their accomplishments.

In addition to her mother, she is preceded in death by her father and mother-in-law, John Gilmer and Rosa Ray Daugherty White, both of whom she loved and cared for until their death, and a sister, Nancy Johnson.

She leaves behind her loving and devoted husband, Rev. Paul N. White of the home, and her children: Mike White (Sheila) of Abingdon, VA, Mark White (Teresa) of Bristol, VA, Michelle White,   Marty White (Sharon) all of Strasburg, VA, Marcella Roberts (Anthony) of Kingsport, TN, and Vanessa White (Jayce Adkins) of Pulaski, VA; grandchildren, Makayla Thomas, Isabella Counts, Austin Counts, Lucas White, Chris Musick, Kolby White, Nikki Honaker, Kristan Robertson and Alexia Roberts; great-grandchildren, Katie Johnson, Bryce Johnson, Chloe Johnson and Frankie Robertson: siblings, Maggie Jackson (Mike) of Meadowview, VA, Doris Gay Smith (Vernon) of Abingdon, VA, Phyllis Bumgardner (Clarence) of Abingdon, VA, Barbara Hunt (James) of Glade Spring, VA and Johnny Lester (Patty) of Abingdon, VA; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.


A graveside service for Linda will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 9, 2015 in Forrest Hills Memory Gardens with Bro. Tim Fox officiating.

The family will receive friends at Frost Funeral Home from 6-8pm Thursday evening.

Frost Funeral Home in Abingdon, VA is serving the family of Linda White.

Mother of Marty White at Stover Funeral Home

Shenandoah District



September 22, 2015

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

Ellen Jane Horn

Absent from the body, present with Jesus at last, Ellen Jane Horn was carried by angels to the land of the living, destination Heaven, on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. She was surrounded by her loving family at her home in the Marvin area as she drew her last breath. She had struggled with COPD for several years and had fought a long hard battle.

Ellen was born in Jewell Valley in Buchanan County, VA 69 years ago to the late John Alden and Lovis Reevy Horn Short. She was a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. Her world revolved around her family. If you knew Ellen, you would know that she was a woman of honor and a firm believer in hard work. She worked several years in the meat and produce department of Rex’s Grocery store; and worked 21 years for Dr. Clint and Faith Sutherland. Ellen was well known for saying, “You can do better than that”, whether she was encouraging those around her or negotiating down the price of something she was trying to buy. She had lived her whole life in Buchanan County and was of the Christian faith. She will truly be missed by all who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, she was reunited in heaven with her sister, Pearl Osborne; and brothers, Roger and Johnny Short.

Those who remain to carry on her spirit and legacy are:
Her husband of 52 years, Grady Horn of Raven, VA

Daughter: Regina A. Hall and husband, Larry of Swords Creek, VA

Son: Jackie Horn and wife, Andrea of Raven, VA

Grandson: Matthew Horn and wife, Laken of Hurley, VA

Amanda Horn and boyfriend, Adam Keen of Abingdon, VA
Cassie Horn and husband, Mark of Bristol, TN

Great grandchild, Jaxon Matthew Horn, Plus one on the way

Ruby Osborne of Oakwood, VA
Marie Smith and husband, Stanley of Richlands, VA

Lewis Short and wife, Carol of Daw Road, VA
Daniel Short and wife, Ina Mae of Claypool Hill, VA
Junior Short and wife, Faye of Raven, VA
Paul Short and wife, Brenda of Horton Ridge, VA

Special friends, Clint, Faith and Ali Sutherland of Abingdon, VA

She is also survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.


SEP 24. 06:00 PM – 09:00 PM

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home

1401 2nd Street

Richlands, VA, US, 24641
The funeral service for Ellen Jane Horn will be conducted at 11:00 am on Friday, September 25, 2015 at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, VA with the Rev. Jerry Harman and Daniel Short officiating. Interment will follow at the Esau-Rife Cemetery on Keen Mountain. Pallbearers will be Matthew Horn, Larry Hall, Jack Yates, Adam Keen, Darryl Blankenship, Lewis Short, Junior Short and Brian Tuggle. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6-9 pm at the funeral home. Memorial Donations may be made in her memory to Legacy Hospice; 1963 Second St; Richlands, VA 24641.

Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Virginia is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at
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Mother in Law of Andrea Horn, Grandmother of Amanda Horn

Southwest Virginia District


September 14, 2015

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

Barbara Ann Jones

Barbara Ann Jones, 59, of Norfolk, Virginia, went home to be with the Lord September 14, 2015. She was the Co-Founder of Beach Funeral & Cremation Services, and a dedicated hair stylist for many years. She earned her high school diploma from B.T. Washington H.S. Barbara also earned a degree in Nursing as well as obtaining her real estate license. She was a faithful member of St. Paul C.O.G.I.C. where she was a part of the mass, children and women’s choir. Hobbies included singing with Harps of Heaven, attending gospel quartet concerts, shopping, and traveling. She is predeceased by her mother, Love Alma Jones; daughter, Trina L. Jones; brother, Otis Jones; and sister Mary Ann Jones. She leaves to cherish her memories, son, Vincent Jones; father, Jessie L. Saunders; grandchildren (9); business partner, Kevin Sanderlin; and (6) special friends.

Service Schedule


6:30pm – 8:30pm, Thursday, September 17, 2015

St. Paul COGIC

1615 Isaac Street Norfolk, VA 23523



3pm – 6pm, Friday, September 18, 2015

Beach Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.

4456 Bonney Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462



6pm – 8pm, Friday, September 18, 2015

Beach Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc.

4456 Bonney Road Virginia Beach, VA 23462


Celebration of Life

3pm, Saturday, September 19, 2015

St. Paul COGIC

1615 Isaac Street Norfolk, VA 23523

Tidewater District


August 17, 2015

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

E.M. Talley, Jr.

E.M. Talley, Jr., 79, of Ocala, Fla. and formerly of Roanoke, Va., passed away on Monday, August 17, 2015.

Talley was born in Wise County, Va. and raised in Floyd County, Va. where he graduated from Floyd County High School.  He entered the funeral business in 1954 and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1957.  He entered Life Insurance Sales in Lynchburg and transferred to Greensboro, N.C. And became district manager in Durham, N.C.  He left life insurance sales to join the Nestle Company Sales Department and for 18 years sold coffee and tea products.  He became employed with John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem and later joined Oakey Funeral Service in Roanoke.  After nine years with Oakey Funeral Service, he returned and rejoined John M. Oakey & Son in Salem.  Talley was a Christian and most recently held his church membership with the Ocala West United Methodist Church.  He was also a member of the Salem Rotary Club, and enjoyed spending time with his family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, E.M., Sr. and Irene W. Talley; and son-in-law, Beverly G. Young.  His surviving family includes his wife and love of his life, Hazel Talley; children, Mark S. Talley and wife, Donna, and Rita G. Young; granddaughters, Danielle Talley, Jessica Talley, and Autumn Young; grandsons, Justin Young and wife, Heather, and Reid Young and wife, Tracy; brothers, Paul Talley and wife, Kirsten, and William (Bill) Talley and wife, Judy; great-grandchildren, Mason P. Young, Mackenzie Martin, and Hollie Martin; and Talley’s best buddy, Talley’s Little Sugar.

A period of visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 20, 2015 in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel in Salem.  A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 21, 2015, also in the chapel, with the Rev. Tim Gearheart and the Rev. Dr. Jim Miller officiating.  Entombment will be private.

The Talley family is being served by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, 540-389-5441.


Blue Ridge District



June 18, 2015

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

William Theodore Bear, II

CHURCHVILLE – William Theodore Bear, II, 90, died Thursday (June 18, 2015) in Augusta Health.

Born November 29, 1924 in Churchville, he was the son of Frank Alexander and Mary Porter (White) Bear.  He was a graduate of Churchville High School and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  Bill served Churchville and the surrounding communities as a licensed funeral director for 68 years, tenderly ministering comfort and compassion to many thousands of grieving hearts in his lifetime.  He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the Churchville Ruritan Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys Heatwole Bear; and two sisters, Mary Porter Harvey and Margaret Morrison.  Surviving are his three children, William T. Bear, III, Judi Bear Delp and her husband Jeff, and Jill Bear Bussiere and her husband Greg, all of Churchville; three grandchildren, Mary Porter Delp, Noah Alexander Bussiere, and Finley Kate Bussiere; numerous nieces and nephews; and devoted friends, Sam Thacker and John Miller.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 23 in Calvary Baptist Church, officiated by the Pastors Bobby Campbell and Ethan Allison.  Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be Cam Powell, David Hanger, David Lilly, Michael Thompson, Jack Bowman, Emerson Willard, Frank Harvey, Doug Campbell, Jon Cromer and Robert Gilbert.  Honorary pallbearers will be Reggie Hevener, Russ Nuckoles, members of the Churchville Ruritan Club, and Senior Servants of Calvary.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bear Funeral Home and other times at his residence.

Memorials may be directed to Calvary Baptist Church, 105 Garland Dr., Staunton, VA 24401, or to the Churchville Fire Department and Rescue Squad, PO Box 608, Churchville, VA  24421.

Condolences may be shared with the family at

President of Bear Funeral Home

Shenandoah District


June 8, 2015

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

Dennis Keith Christian

CHRISTIAN, Dennis Keith, 70, of Glen Allen died on June 8, 2015.  He was a funeral director of 50 years, having been employed with the Christian, Woody and Bennett Funeral Homes.  Dennis attended RPI in Richmond and was a graduate of John A. Gupton College in Nashville, Tenn.  He was also a former employee of the Richmond Times Dispatch, Spencer and Thacker Casket Companies.  He was an active member of Joppa 40 AF & AM Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, ACCA Temple Shrine,

ACCA Temple Provost Guard and West End Business Men’s Association.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gloria Myers Christian.  Surviving are a daughter, Mary Ellen Christian-Conley and husband, Charlie; grandchildren, Benjamin, Daniel and William Conley.

Friends may call 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 W. Broad Street, Glen Allen with a 7:30 p.m. Masonic Memorial Service.  A visitation will also be held 2 – 4 p.m. Friday with a 4 p.m. Funeral Service at the funeral home.  Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery, Edinburg, Va.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Shriners’ Hospitals for Children, P. O. Box 9217, Richmond, VA  23227.

Central District


May 25, 2015

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

Edward Harold (Jeb) Stuart

STUART, Edward Harold (Jeb), 86, of Ashland went to be with the Lord, Monday, May 25, 2015. Jeb was born December 25, 1928. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Betsy Granger; brother, Bub; and sister, Nell. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Clara W. Stuart; daughter, Brenda Falconer and  husband Mark, of Mechanicsville; grandchildren, Katherine Falconer and Nicholas Falconer and wife Jessica; great grandchildren, Cali, Luca and Ellie; nephews, Eddie (Patty), Harry (Julie) and Robert (Tammy); niece, Judi (Stan); great nieces and nephews; great- great nieces and nephews. Jeb had many dear and faithful friends who were also his family. Jeb was a U.S. Navy veteran having served during the Korean Conflict. For over 50 years Jeb served our communities working as a funeral director at several local Richmond funeral homes, retiring from Woody Funeral Home in 2013. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8pm Thursday, May 28, 2015 at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 N. Parham Rd. where services will be held 11am Friday, May 29, 2015.Interment will follow at Washington Memorial Park at 2pm Friday. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Jeb’s name should be made to the American Heart Assoc., 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, Va. 23260 or the American Diabetes Assoc., 4335 Cox Rd., Glen Allen, Va. 23060. Condolences may be offered at

Central District


May 9, 2015

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

John “Johnny” Straley Hubble, Jr.

John “Johnny” Straley Hubble, Jr., 74, of Radford, passed away on Saturday, May 9, 2015. He served his community in their time of need for many years as both a Funeral Director and a life member of the Radford Fire & Rescue. He attended Unity Christian Church in Radford. He was a 1971 graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science. He was a member of the VA May Masonic Lodge #38 A.F. & A.M. He was raised to Master Mason on July 29, 1976, Past Master VA May #38 (1979), Past High Priest Peyton Coles RAC29, current member of Pulaski RAC #39 and Blacksburg Commandry #39, Chaplin 8 years in VA May #38, Treasurer 8 years VA May #38, and performed an untold number of Masonic funeral services.

He was the son of the late Straley and Lois Hubble.

Survivors include his daughter, Pamela Shaheen and her special friend, Johnny Thompson; grandchildren, Tucker and Jackson Shaheen, and Laken St. Clair; sister and brother-in-law, Martha and Joe Mannon; daughter’s mother, Sybil Whitfield; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; former wife and her family, Betsy H. Hubble, John and Jennie Hull, Bobby Frey, Sophie Molaison, Terri and Allen Stanley, Laura Stanley and Sarah Stanley.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, May 11, 2015 and also from 12 Noon until 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the funeral home with Rev. Ersel Alderman and Rev. Tom Cochran officiating. Interment will follow in the West View Cemetery in Radford where members of VA May Masonic Lodge #38 A.F. & A.M. will conduct Masonic Graveside Rites.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Carilion Hospice, 701 Randolph St., Suite 110, Radford, VA 24141 or the Radford Fire Dept or the Fairlawn Fire Dept.

The Hubble family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.

Blue Ridge District


May 1, 2015

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

Glenn Graybill Wilson

Glenn Graybill Wilson age 77 of Galax, Virginia passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015 in the Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Wilson was born in Galax, Virginia on March 22, 1938 to Victor and Lura Edwards Wilson.

He is survived by his wife Loretta Musser Wilson of Galax, Virginia; sons and daughters-in-law Glenn, Jr. and Jackie Wilson of Marion, Virginia; William V. and Crystal Wilson of Knoxville, Tennessee; sister Rebecca Wilson of Galax, Virginia; brother S. Victor Wilson, Jr. of Hamptonville, North Carolina; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 3:00 PM in the Vaughan-Guynn Chapel with the Rev. Richard Gregory officiating. Burial will follow in the Felts Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday from 1:30 PM until time for the funeral service at the Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family request donations be made to the Galax Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 146, Galax, Virginia 24333 or to the Shriners Hospitals For Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, Florida 33607-1460.

Blue Ridge District


April 13, 2015

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

Ernest M. Terry

TERRY, Ernest M., of Ashland, went to be with his Lord Monday, April 13, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie B. and Annie Lee Terry; brother, John P. Terry; and sister, Lereve T. Jones. He is survived by his nieces and nephews; his adopted son, Thomas M. Reichert Jr. and wife, Sherri. Family and friends will gather from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Monaghan Funeral Home, 7300 Creighton Pkwy., Mechanicsville. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Taylorsville Baptist Church, Doswell, Va. Interment Woodland Cemetery. Ernest was a beloved staff member of the Monaghan Funeral Home family.

Central District


April 13, 2015

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

Katherine “Kitty” Perrin Booker

Katherine “Kitty” Perrin Booker, 95, of Lakewood Manor, went to be with the Lord on Monday, April 13, 2015. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Reverend Moffett C. Booker and her daughter, Anne Booker Kincaid. She is survived by her son, Richard “Dick” M. Booker (Linda); grandchildren, Ben Kincaid (Amber), Kennon Kincaid (Sarah), Wrenn Kincaid, Jennifer R. Bittner (Mark) and Brian K. Roberts (Katherine); great-grandchildren, Maggie, Zachary, Alex, William, Joseph, Calder and Miles.

The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Road (Rte. 10). Her funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Branch’s Baptist Church. Interment to follow in the church cemetery. Dick and Linda wish to thank the staff of Lakewood Manor for their exceptional care. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Branch’s Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 3400 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond, VA 23234 or Lakewood Manor Benevolent Fund, 1900 Lauderdale Drive, Henrico, VA 23238.

Mother of Richard “Dick” Booker of Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service 

Central District


March 27, 2015

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

Michael Dale Lipes

Lipes, Michael Dale, 60, of Powhatan, passed away, March 27, 2015.  He is survived by his wife, Sharon A. Lipes; his three daughters, Kellie, Brianna and Mikayla; two stepdaughters, Angela and Adrian; sister, Donna Saunders, brother, Gregory Lipes; grandchildren, Sean, Kyleigh, Kinleigh and Alaina; three step-grandchildren, Bailey, Drew and Jordan; and many nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Mike was well-known and respected in the community, where he served numerous families as a funeral director with Woody Funeral Home for 40 years.  He was happiest when he was with his family, riding his motorcycle, playing his guitar, listening to all types of music or spending time at the “camper,” a place where he was most content.

The family will receive friends Monday, March 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Huguenot Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Rd., and where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday.  Burial will follow at Powhatan Community Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bethesda Church of God, Powhatan, VA.  Online condolences may be made at

 Central District


March 21, 2015

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

Arlene S. Paitsel

Arlene S. Paitsel, 91 of New Castle, went to be with her heavenly father Saturday, March 21, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Olya Sutphin; husband James L. Paitsel, Sr.; an infant son; son James L. Paitsel, Jr. (Jimmy); sister-in-law Kathleen Sutphin; brother-in-laws Buddy L. Bishop and Jimmy Foster.

She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Julie and Michael Huffman; grandchildren Crystal Hickson and husband Jeff, Justin Huffman and wife Tabetha, Jamie Paitsel and wife Shannan, Ashley Harmon and husband Patrick, and Andrew Paitsel; great-grandchildren Austin, Sarah, Hayli, Jadeon, Audrey, Tessa, and Piper; brother Lester Sutphin; sisters Jean and husband Bodie Huffman and Carolyn Bishop; sisters-in-law Barbara Huffman and husband Charles, Genevieve Hannah, Jeanette Huffman and husband Leslie; former daughter-in-law Patricia Spencer and children

Shawna, Trey, and Taylor; numerous nieces. nephews, and cousins; very special friend Clara Leftwich.

She was a member of the Mtn. Chapter 168/Salem Chapter 161 Eastern Star. She enjoyed being outside and going for rides. She has blessed our family and she is going to be greatly missed.

Thanks to Della Meadows, Medi Home Health and Hospice for the great care.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Paitsel Funeral Home with Raymond Christian officiating. Interment will follow at Huffman Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 6-8 PM Tuesday, March 24, 2015. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Castle Volunteer Fire Dept. or the Craig County Rescue Squad.

Wife of formal owner of Paitsel Funeral Home, James L. Paitsel, Sr.

Blue Ridge District



March 20, 2015

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

Betty Jo Gardner Dudley

Betty Jo Gardner Dudley, age 91 of Rocky Mount died Friday, March 20, 2015. She was the widow of Dr. Frank H. Dudley. She was also preceded in death by her parents Joseph Ira Gardner, DDS and Annie Wellington Barnett Gardner; and sisters, Lois Jane Gardner Boyd (Dr. John), and Anne Lee Gardner Smith (Theodore). Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Anne Dudley Ellis (Robert), and Susan Dudley Clements (David); grandchildren, Anne Ellis Gross (Micah), Benjamin Dudley Clements, Brooke Clements Orellana (Dr. Bryan), Megan Ellis Evans (Michael); great-grandchildren, Savannah Anne Evans and Emily Leigh Gross; nieces and nephews, John Otto Boyd III (Donna), Jane Boyd Hoover (Steven), Theodore Marvin Smith, Jr. (Dianne), Tyson Gardner Smith (Kate); devoted cousin, Robert E. Bradford (Nancy). She was a graduate of Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va. and member of Rocky Mount United Methodist Church where she served on the church board, taught Sunday School and was past president of the Rocky Mount United Methodist Women. Graveside services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday at Franklin Memorial Park with Rev. Bruce D. Tuttle officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Rocky Mount United Methodist Church Organ Restoration Fund, 35 North Main Street, Rocky Mount, Virginia 24151. Her family will receive friends 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Flora Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

Blue Ridge District

Grandmother of Ben Clements


February 12, 2015

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

Mr. William Arlington “Billy” Hite, Jr.

December 20, 1946 – February 12, 2015

Mr. William Arlington “Billy” Hite, Jr. age 68 of South Hill, died Thursday, February 12, 2015 at his residence. He was a retired salesman for Southside Candy Company with 46 years of service and was currently employed at Murlo Paper and Plastics of La Crosse. He is survived by his wife of 39 years Marjorie Moseley Hite; his daughter Kathryn H. Vega and husband Jonathan of Richmond; two sons Christopher A. Hite and wife Leigh of Richmond and Ryan Hite and wife Tina of South Hill, his brother W. Randolph Hite and wife Kaye of Bracey; nine grandchildren: Zoe, Christopher, Will, James, Nik, Charity, Lexie, Roman and Deacon. A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P. M. Sunday at Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory with interment in La Crosse Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday (tonight) from 5:30 to 7:30 P.M. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the South Hill Dixie Youth Baseball at P.O. Box 28, South Hill, VA 23970 or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be sent to

Brother of W. Randolph Hite

Southside District


January 26, 2015

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

Jacob Carpenter “Jerry” Pence III

Jacob Carpenter “Jerry” Pence III, 67, of McGaheysville, passed away on Monday, January 26, 2015 at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

Mr. Pence was born on August 3, 1947 in Rockingham County and was a son of the late Jacob Carpenter “Jack” and Margaret (Garber) Pence Jr.  Jerry graduated from Montevideo in 1965 and the Virginia Military Institute in 1969.  After his graduation from VMI, Jerry served in the United States Army for two years.  Following his service, he attended John Tyler Community College where he graduated with a funeral service degree.  Jerry and his father owned and operated Kyger-Pence Funeral Service until his father’s death, and he continued until his retirement in 2012.  He was a member of Mt. Olive Brethren Church, Port Republic Ruritan Club, Virginia Funeral Directors Association, and a lifelong member of the NRA.  Jerry also authored his own book, “Kids, Don’t Try This At Home.”

On November 28, 1990, he married the former Debbie Diehl, who survives.

In addition to his wife, Jerry is survived by a stepson, Chris Diehl and wife Layna of Broadway; a brother, John Stephen Garber Pence of Palmyra, VA; two step-grandchildren, Grayson and Gavin Diehl; two aunts, Nancy Ellen Garr and husband Ray of Culpeper, Josephine Garber of Richmond; and a nephew, John Pence and wife Shelley of Athens, GA.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 31, 2015 at 3 PM at Mt. Olive Brethren Church with Dr. Frederic Miller, Rev. A.D. Tice, and Pastor Gail Heiston officiating.  Burial will be held privately.  The family will receive friends on Saturday following the Memorial Service at the church.  Friends may call anytime Friday during the day at McMullen Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to E.R.M.A. Food Pantry, P.O. Box 432, Grottoes, VA 24441.

Those wishing may share a memory or an online condolence by visiting

Arrangements entrusted to McMullen Funeral Home.

Shenandoah District


January 24, 2015

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

Helen J. “Sloanie” Green

Helen Sloan Johnson Green, 91, of Lynchburg passed away Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the wife of the late Samuel Wiley Green.

Born in Spartanburg, SC, June 22, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Norman H. Johnson and Grace Miller Johnson. Sloanie and her husband Sam founded Sam Green Vault Company in 1958 and she was very supportive of him throughout the years. She was a longtime member of Fort Hill United Methodist Church, past president of the Elizabeth Harvey Sunday school class, a member of Fort Hill United Methodist Women and a past member of the Fort Hill Women’s Club.

She is survived by two sons, S. Wiley Green, Jr. and his wife Carolyn and Thomas P. Green and friend Karen Kohuth all of Lynchburg; one daughter, Barbara G. Worley and her husband Robert of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren, Peyton Worley and wife Angela, Michael Worley and wife Angela, Beth W. Savage and husband Jeff and Sam W. Green, III and wife Robin and six great grandchildren. The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to April Briscoe her special friend and caregiver for the past two years.

A service celebrating her life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Fort Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Elizabeth Ecklund and the Rev. Janet Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery. Reception to follow at Fort Hill United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. today, Monday, January 26, 2015 at Fort Hill United Methodist Church.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Fort Hill United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice. 


Mother of Sam Green


January 8, 2015

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

Elizabeth Ann Buscher

Beloved wife of the late James R. Buscher, Jr.; loving mother of James (Joan), Paul (Meredith), and Matthew Buscher; cherished grandmother of Paul, Michael, Paige, Alex and Jessica; dear sister of Walter (Sandy) Alexander. Also survived by many relatives and friends.
Betsy was a devout Roman Catholic and a lifelong member of St. Ann’s Catholic Church, where she served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years. (Her uncle, the late Fr. Robert Dixon “Dick” Beattie, was the founding pastor of St. Ann’s). She delighted in bringing communion to patients at Virginia Hospital Center and Capital Caring Hospice. She was a strong soul with a gentle disposition who could light up any room with her smile.
Friends may call at Advent Funeral Services in Falls Church, VA on Monday, January 12 from 2-4pm & 6-8pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at St. Ann Catholic Church, 5300 10th Street North, Arlington, VA 22205 on Tuesday, January 13 at 10am. Interment at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her name to St. Ann Catholic Church.

Mother of Matthew Buscher
Northern District