In Remembrance 2017


In Remembrance 2017

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December 30, 2017

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

Edna Lee Logan Sloan

Edna Lee Logan Sloan, 93, of Roanoke, entered into rest on Saturday, December 30, 2017. She was born and raised in the Callaway area of Franklin County, became the bride of Irvin W. in 1946 where they settled in Roanoke, joined Fellowship Baptist Church, and raised two children, Joyce Lee and Irvin Ray. Edna had worked for Roanoke Mills, the Roanoke Rescue Mission, Eli Lilly, and Botetourt Funeral Home. She did obtain her driver’s license later on in life, drove once, and then never drove again. She was a Preacher’s wife in every sense of the title, helping Irvin in his endeavors as a Minister of the Gospel for over 50 years at Good News Baptist Church in Roanoke. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Irvin Wilford Sloan in September 2013; parents, Minnie Frances Brown Logan Young and William Henry Logan, Sr., brothers, Elmer Daniel Logan, Sr. and William Henry Logan, Jr. Edna is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Mike Wingfield; son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Bobbi Sloan; grandchildren, Michele and Donovan Haynes, Christopher Sloan, Joshua Wingfield and Dee Dee Wingfield, Karen Conner Hall and Eric Hall, Kevin and Katie Conner; great-grandchildren, Adriana and Eric Haynes, and Jacob, Tucker, and Trevor Wingfield, and Kayla Lugar; sisters-in-law, Ruth Likens Sloan Holmes and Mary Logan; and the many members of the Brown, Logan, and Sloan Families, and the Fellowship and Good News Church Families. The family will receive friends Wednesday, January 3, 2018 from 5 to 6 pm at Botetourt Funeral Home, 14920 Lee Highway, Buchanan, where her funeral service will begin at 6:00 pm in the Chapel with Rev. Mike Wingfield, Rev. Marina Gopadze, and Rev. Dave Mucha officiating. There will be a reception following the service in the Logan Room of the funeral home. Interment will be private in Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem. Online condolences may be made at or 540-254-3000.

Mother of VFDA Past President, I. Ray Sloan, Botetourt Funeral Home
Blue Ridge District

December 25, 2017

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

Fred M. Minchew

Fred Meredith Minchew, 79, went to be with the Lord on Christmas Day, December 25, 2017. He was a native of Rome, Georgia and the son of the late Minnie Lee and Emerson Minchew.

Fred was member Suffolk Masonic Lodge #30, the Khedive Shrine Temple, the Southeastern Cushman Club and the Cushman Club of America. Fred was a graduate of Cincinnati College of Embalming, class of 1960. He was the former owner of Sidney F. Harrell Funeral Home, Suffolk from 1981-1995. After selling his funeral home he again became associated with Loving Funeral Home, Churchland and remained so until his death.

Fred was predeceased by the love of his life, Susan P. Minchew and his mother-in-law, Verna S. Ballard. Fred is survived by his daughter, Gay Thompson and husband Gregory; son, F. Michael Minchew; grandchildren, Chase Ashland Thompson and Aliyah Ann Thompson; sister-in-law, Deborah P. Stahr and husband, James; brother-in-law, James E. Phelps; nieces and nephews, Heather L. Meekins and husband, William, Dana P. Olah, Jason R. McCallister and wife, Jennifer, Robert F. Stahr, III and Jamie S. Phelps.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2pm Friday in Loving Funeral Home with burial to follow at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends in the funeral home from 6-7:00 pm on Thursday. Fred and Sue were great supporters of the HER Shelter in Portsmouth and he requested memorial contribution to the HER Shelter in his memory.

Tidewater District

November 21, 2017

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

Shirley Jean Cole Quesenberry Davis

also lovingly known as Nanny, 74, of Richmond and formerly of Elizabethton Tn., found peace on November 21, 2017. She was preceded in death by a son, Thomas A. Davis III, her parents, Rube and Rosa Cole; brothers, Richard Lynn Cole and Carson Wayne Cole, husband’s Edison Quesenberry and Thomas Davis Sr. Shirley was the epitome of a Coal Miner’s Daughter, having lived in the mining town of Carretta, West Virginia while growing up. She claimed Loretta Lynn wrote that song about her, we know she didn’t but hey, we were smart enough not to argue with her about it. She swore that she was barefoot in the summer and that in the winter, she and her brothers Richard and Wayne took turns going to school because they had to share 1 pair of boots. She was 15 years old before she had a pair of bloomers that didn’t say Martha White Flour across the butt. Which given the fact that having a brand name designer written across your backside is now fashionable, our mother was a fashionista before her time. Her fondest childhood memories included learning how to cook as soon as she was big enough to stand on a chair, working the farm fields in the summer and hiding after dinner in an apple tree so she wouldn’t have to do the dishes. She dropped out of school in the 10th grade, dazzled by the prospects of the bright lights, big city, 1 stoplight town of Hillsville, VA, she left West VA for her first real job as a waitress in a truck stop. While working, she eventually married and had the first 2 of 4 children. Her first husband Edison was taken too soon, leaving her to be a young widow. She met Thomas, remarried and moved to Richmond VA, where she had her last 2 children. She was a waitress at Shoney’s on Belt Blvd for over 20 years, retired and went to work for Southland Corporation at the 711 on Chester Rd for 15 years. She and her niece Gwen Adams ran that store until she retired again. Gwen also precedes her in death. Though she only had a 10th grade education, she was full of useless bits of information and an abundance of knowledge, gleaned from the school of Hard Knocks. If the producers of Jeopardy had only allowed her to smoke on stage, she would have held the record for the longest winning streak. She was able to check a big item off her Bucket List, when she met, “her man”, Snoop D-O-Double G. Oh she was on cloud 9 that day and we are so thankful for his kindness towards her. That was the first time she had been out of bed, out of the house in weeks, and she eagerly sat without complaint for 2 hours in the sun, waiting to meet Snoop Dogg. She told him then and she meant it, that she bet he didn’t know his biggest fan was a 73 year old white woman who loved him to pieces. She never left the house or the bed again after that momentous day. What a precious memory he gave to us.

She had such a formidable spirit about her. She never backed away from a fight. She never took any crap off of anyone, she’d get knocked down 8 times and stand up 9. Her passion for women’s rights, civil rights and just plain standing up for what was right was passed along to her kids. She is survived by a son, Martin Randall Quesenberry of Winchester VA, daughters, Kathy Quesenberry Brewster (Edward) and Dana Davis Sikon (Richard) of Richmond VA. grandchildren: Breianna Q. Sotirovich (John), Jennarae Q. Thomas (Michael) all of Girard Oh, Magen B. Healey (Chad) of Charleston SC, Joshua Sikon (Karen), Matthew Davis (Melody), Jeremy Brewster, Gavin McMordie , Noah McMordie, Tyler Davis, Tiffany Davis and Taylor Davis all of Richmond VA, and Erika S Sinagel (Mark) of Portsmouth Va. great grandchildren, Damon, Olivia, Kaileigh, Sailor, Ellenore and Harlow Jean. Brother, Larry Dean Cole (Judy) of Elizabethton TN, Sisters, Thelma Gail Quesenberry of Hillsville VA, Rose Marie Cole of Johnson City TN, Peggy Ann Carrico of Hillsville VA, Vivian Leigh Cates (Glenn) of Hampton TN. As well as numerous extended “adopted children” and family members. The family will receive friends at Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd, Richmond, VA 23234, on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 6 to 8 pm. Dress code is casual please. Per her wishes, she will be cremated and interred with her son, Tommy, in her parents gravesites at Blevins Cemetery, Liberty Hollow, Stoney Creek TN. Flowers are appreciated,(Yellow Roses were her favorite) or please consider a memorial contribution to Planned Parenthood Chapter, 201 N Hamilton St, Richmond, VA 23221. No tears! Mom would want for you to enjoy a Gin and Juice and a game of Bingo in her honor.

Mother of Dana Sikon
Central District

November 9, 2017

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

Marion Clay Smith

Marion Clay Smith, 78, of Petersburg, and formerly of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, November 9, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Joseph W. Clay, Sr. and Flora Hart Clay, and was also preceded in death by her brother, Joseph W. Clay, Jr.; and sister, Joan Annette Beverly. Marion was an active member of Monumental Baptist Church. She is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, Paul Richard Smith; son, Louis C. Smith and wife, Sherrie T.; grandson, Justin C. Smith; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Monumental Baptist Church, 2925 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805, with Pastor Duane Guridy officiating. Interment will follow in Southlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Monday night, November 13, 2017 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Crater Road Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 3935 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979. Condolences may be registered at

Mother of Louis Smith, FSL, Vice President of E. Alvin Small Funeral Home
Central District 


October 6, 2017

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

Pauline A. Hagy

NORTON, VA – Pauline Anderson Hagy died Friday, October 6 at Mountain View Regional Hospital.  Born in 1925 to John Earl and Ferol Stamper Anderson on their Lee County, Virginia dairy farm, she was raised with four generations of family in the household.

She was preceded in death by her parents and three sisters, infant sister Phyllis Jean Anderson, Mary Lynne Croom and Margaret (Peggy) Blair.  Surviving are her son, Paul Martin “Marty” Hagy of Norton and her daughter, Margaret Lynne Cress of Abingdon and their spouses Mary Hagy and Joe Cress. She leaves three granddaughters who loved their “Granny Polly”: Amy Hagy of Durham, NC, Karen Hollick (Richard) of Damascus, and Candice Calloway of Meadowview, and three step grandchildren:  Brianna, Mary Jo, and Peyton Stallard of Norton. Her great grandchildren are Rebecca, Ivy, and Austin Hollick and Shalyn, Shiann, and Chafin Blevins.  She is also survived by Sharon (Bob) Nixon of Wise, her church family from Norton Christian Church, and her caregivers at Mountain View Regional Medical Center and Long Term Care.

After graduating from Pennington High School, Pauline received her BS degree from Lincoln Memorial University.  She had many fond memories of her years there and was proud to be a part of the Alumni Association. She earned a Library Science certification from the College of William and Mary in 1964.  Her teaching career began in St. Charles where she taught Spanish and typing. After marrying, she moved to Norton and began teaching third grade in Norton Elementary School, where she remained for the rest of her career, retiring from Norton City Schools in 1986.

Pauline was a member of Norton Christian Church since its founding in 1965 and a member of Circle No. 1 serving as treasurer for fifty years. She was a former Sunday School teacher and church trustee. She was a proud member of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Lovelady Chapter ,and an associate member of the Boone Trail Chapter. For many years, Pauline was active in the Norton Community Hospital Auxiliary, serving as President for two years. She was a member of the Norton Garden Club, the American Association of University Women, and the Norton Literary Club.

Flowers are welcomed or memorial contributions may be made to Norton Christian Church Building Fund P.O. Box 216 Norton, VA 24273 or to Lincoln Memorial University P.O. Box 2005 Harrogate, TN  37752.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Monday, October 9 at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton.  Her funeral service will be at 7 PM in the funeral home chapel, with Pastors Jim Wells and Tom Crise officiating.  She will be laid to rest Tuesday morning at 11 AM at the Powell Valley Cemetery in Dryden, Virginia.  Family and friends will leave in procession from the funeral home at 10:15 AM en route to the cemetery.

Mother of Marty Hagy at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home
Southwest District


September 22, 2017

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

Mr. Leslie William Powell, Jr.

Mr. Leslie William Powell, Jr. of South Boston, VA passed away on Friday, September 22, 2017 at Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital.  He was born in South Boston on December 23, 1928 and was 88 years old.  He was the son of the late Leslie William Powell, Sr. and Elsie P. Powell and was married for 62 years to Jaqueline Palmer Powell who survives.  He was a second generation co-owner and co-manager of Powell Funeral Home.  The funeral home was his passion and he served all who called upon his services with dignity and respect.  He attended Lynchburg College and graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  He was a member of First Baptist Church where he was a former Deacon and taught the Slate Bible Class for many years.  He was a US Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and was a member of the American Legion Post 8 and the VFW Post 8243.  He was President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association 1981-1982.  He also was a member and former president of the Virginia State Board of Directors and Embalmers.  He was a former member and president of the South Boston Lions Club and was also a member and former President of the South Boston-Halifax County Museum of Fine Arts and History.  He was a charter member of the last living founding member of the Halifax County Rescue Squad.  He was a consummate collector of artifacts, most notably bibles, banjos, and Indian Relics.

Survivors include:
His wife of sixty two years Jaqueline Palmer Powell of South Boston
One daughter Emily Ann Powell of South Boston
Two sons Leslie W. Powell III and wife Paige of South Boston
Robert P. Powell and wife Suzie of South Boston
Four grandchildren Leslie W. Powell IV and wife Kelly of South Boston
Raleigh W. Powell of South Boston
Robert Holt Powell of South Boston
Kelly W. Payne and Husband Daniel of paces
Three great grandchildren Aidan, Luke, and Noah O’Kelly

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Balance officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.

The Family will receive friends at Powell Funeral Home on Saturday evening from 7-8:30 PM and other times at his home.

Those wishing to give memorials should consider the Halifax County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 183, South Boston, VA 24592 or a charity of your choice.

Online condolences may be made at

Arrangements are by Powell Funeral Home, 1603 Wilborn Avenue, South Boston, VA 24592.


September 21, 2017

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

Eleanor White

Eleanor White, 64, of Chesterfield, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, September 21, 2017. Eleanor was born in Los Angeles, California on June 1, 1953 to the late William and Alean Harper. She spent her childhood in Baltimore, Maryland. She attended Cherry Hill Jr. High and went on to graduate from Edmondson High School. She was employed by the U.S. Postal Service from 1973 to 1979. Soon after leaving the U.S. Postal Service she relocated to Tacoma, WA where she met her husband, Carl White. They were married on August 13, 1985. Eleanor enjoyed traveling all over the world including Germany, Japan, the Caribbean’s and even Ghana, Africa and spending time outdoors. She loved dancing with the senior praise dancers at Zion Baptist Church. She also had a passion for Black History and anything Afro-Centric. She loved her boys (the dogs), “M.J.” Michael Jordan and “Scottie” Scottie Pippen. She loved to cook and her favorite restaurant was Morton’s Steakhouse. She was always willing to lend a helping hand and she never met a stranger. Eleanor worked as a Central Sterile Technician Supervisor for various hospitals in Washington and Virginia. In 2010, she started a career toward becoming a Funeral Director. She graduated from John Tyler Community College with her degree in Funeral Service. She was a loved and valued employee at Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service. Her love for God was unwavering and every day she would read the Daily Bread and the Word for You Today. Eleanor worked as a Christian education leader and was a Deaconess in the Diaconate Ministry at Zion Baptist Church. Left to cherish her memory are her beloved husband, Carl White; children, Michael, Micah, Chanel and Maria; 11 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren; siblings, Thomas, Rosalind, William, Arnold, Cynthia, Rhonda, Deloris and Vanessa, 22 nieces and nephews as well as 42 great nieces and nephews and 5 great nieces and nephews and beloved friend, Yvonne Henley and spiritual daughter, Tammie. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd. (Rte. 10) with her Celebration of Life beginning at 1 p.m. Interment will be private.

Employee at Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service
Central District


September 17, 2017

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

Ard Raymond Wollett

Wollett, Ard Raymond, 88 of Sandston VA died September 17, 2017 peacefully at home holding his wife’s hand. He was born in the mountains of Mt. Union, PA. Ard was preceded in death by his father, Ard Powell Wollett; mother, Eva Wollett Spennati; and brother, William “Bill” Wollett. After he graduated from Mount Union HS, he worked for the PA Railroad at the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. Later he was drafted into the Army and after completing his obligation, he returned home and decided to begin a new career and enrolled in Temple/Echols College of Mortuary Science. Ard worked at a couple of Funeral Homes from the Shenandoah Valley to Richmond before he was chosen to work for Nelsen Funeral Home, where he was employed for over 50 years, beginning at the Williamsburg Road Chapel on Fulton Hill in 1965. He worked for three generations of Nelsens and served many positions starting as a licensed director and later a manager, Vice President of Preparation Services and General Manager. Ard was a member of the Academy of Professional Funeral Service Practice and holds “emeritus” status. He has been a licensed Funeral Director for over 60 years and is one of the Oldest Licensed Directors in the state of Virginia. He is a member of the Thomas N. Davis and the Varina Lodge Masons, Scottish Rite, Varina Lions Club, Sandston Moose, American Legion Post 233 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9808. Ard is also a member of Carlisle Avenue Baptist Church. Ard is survived by his wife Doris Taylor Wollett; his children, Margie Harrison, Missy Snyder, Debra Wollett, Virginia Howard and Tommy Burt; his grandson, Dwayne Snyder Jr.; great grandsons, Jason, Dylan and Tripp; his beloved pets, Zoe, Mr. Kitty and Pumpkin. Ard will always be remembered for his passion for serving families, his love for his wife, family, and little dog, Zoe, as well as his love for fly-fishing, neo-classic cars, and his herd of deer. Ard had a nickname for everyone and lived by the motto “if you want it done right, do it yourself.” The family will receive friends Wednesday, September 20, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m., with a Masonic service at 7 p.m., at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, VA 23231. Funeral services will be held Thursday, September 21, at 11 a.m. at Carlisle Ave. Baptist Church. Memorial donations may be made to Carlisle Ave. Baptist Church, 2010 Carlisle Ave., Richmond, VA 23231. Special thanks to the men and women of Nelsens that worked for him throughout the years for providing him the well-deserved respect and dignity. Thank you to the staff of Encompass Hospice, especially Carmen, Denise, Linda, and Alicia. Online condolences may be made at

Funeral Director at Nelsens Funeral Home, Richmond
Central District


August 17, 2017

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

Susan P. Minchew

Portsmouth – Susan P. Minchew, 60, went to be with the Lord on August 17, 2017. She was a native of Norfolk and employed with C. Lloyd Johnson-Verizon for 38 years. Sue was predeceased by her mother, Verna P. Ballard. She is survived by her husband, Fred M. Minchew; sister, Deborah P. Stahr and husband, James; brother, James E. Phelps; stepdaughter, Gay Thompson and husband Gregory; stepson, F. Michael Minchew. A celebration of her life will be held at 2:30 pm Sunday in Loving Funeral Home with burial to follow at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends in the funeral home Saturday from 6-7:30 pm. Sue and Fred were great supporters of the HER Shelter and she requested memorial contribution to the HER Shelter in her memory. Online condolences may be made at

Tidewater District


August 15, 2017

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

Mary Frances Hagan

On August 15, 2017 Mary Frances Hagan of Brookeville, MD. Beloved wife of the late Joseph E. Hagan; mother of Joseph R. Hagan (Debbie); grandmother of Angela H. Pearsall (Scott), Stacy W. Hudgins (Lee), Ashley Walton and Whitney H. Powers (Brent) and great-grandmother of Tyler Carpenter, Ava, Hunter, and Connor Hudgins and Weston Powers. Also survived by extended family Nick Beyer, Mary Steffee and special friends, Marcia Collie and Sandy Fletcher. She was preceded in death by daughter, Mary Beth Walton. Relatives and friends are invited to call at Joseph Gawlers Sons, 5130 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC Sunday, August 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. Graveside services will be held Gate of Heaven Cemetery Silver Spring MD Monday, August 21 at 10:30 a.m. Arrangements under the direction of Joseph Gawler’s Sons LLC, Washington, DC.

Northern District


August 12, 2017

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

Vera Lea Mullins

Vera Lea Mullins, age 80 of Pound, VA went to be with her Lord on Saturday August 12, 2017 after enduring a long and courageous battle of cancer. Our mother fought with dignity and grace.

Vera was preceded in death by her biological father Joseph Harold Baker and her real father Ray C. Short as well as her mother Dessie Beatrice Short. Her brother Randall Short preceded her in death as well. Her husband, Rufus Lafayette Mullins (RL) of 61 years preceded her in death in 2012.

Vera is survived by her four children: Rhonda and Dewey Salyers of Pound, VA, Vickie King of Randleman, NC, Tony and Tilda Mullins of Hillsville, VA and Joe and Terri Mullins of Randleman, NC.

Eight grandchildren also survive her: JW Salyers and wife Amber, Eric Salyers and wife Amanda, Ashley King, Stephanie King, Ben Mullins, and wife Devanie, Nathaniel Mullins and wife Chelsea, Jordan Mullins, and Kaitlyn Mullins. Five grandchildren also survive her: Carlee, Braydon, Trey, Jayla, and Lukas Salyers.

Vera is survived by her brother Freddie Short and sisters-in-law Anita Short, Joyce Short, Sue Mitchum, Marie Delaney, Rita Maggard, Eleanor Jackson, and Ginny Ventro. Greg Ventro is her only remaining brother-in-law. Several nieces and nephews survive her.

Vera was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Hubbard Chapel Church in Pound, VA. She attended Hubbard Chapel for 20+ years.

Vera was dedicated to her family. She showed them over and over what it meant to be strong and to fight and never give up. She was such an inspiration to us in so many ways. She never followed anyone’s rules but her own even during the sickness. She didn’t give into the cancer until it overtook her in a way that she could not battle any longer. Mommy you will be missed and remembered always. We had so many fun times individually and as a family. You gave us a lifetime of love that will last until our ends.

Baker Funeral Home of Pound will be in charge of arrangements. Visitation will be Mon. Aug. 14, 2017 from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm with the funeral service following at 12:00 pm. Burial will be in the family cemetery. This is a courtesy announcement provided by Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel.

Mother of Tony Mullins at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel
Blue Ridge District


August 4, 2017

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

Agnes Casteen (McClanahan) Mullins

AGNES CASTEEN (McCLANAHAN) MULLINS, 85 years of age of Grundy, VA, went to be with the Lord, Friday, August 4, 2017, at the Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, TN, following an extended illness. Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Hulda (Stiltner) McClanahan. She was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County and was a longtime member of Grundy Church of Christ where she was an active member of the choir. She was co-owner of the Grundy Funeral Home and worked as Office Manager for many years. Prior to working at the funeral home, she worked at Mingo Lime Lumber Company, Cumberland Bank and Trust and Dent K. Burk. Agnes was a 1950 graduate of Mountain Mission School where she earned Valedictorian. She was a glee club member and toured many states with Ma and Pa Hurley. She loved Mountain Mission School and continued to support the school by being an active member of the Alumni Association where she served as treasurer and was a member of the Board of Trustees. She was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, a strong supporter of the American Heart Association, Church of Christ Youth Camp, the American Red Cross, High School Athletics, Girl Scouts, and various churches and high school clubs. She was a member and supporter of the Heavenly Helpers Relay for Life Cancer Team and supported Boy Scout Troop 740 sponsored by the Grundy Church of Christ. She loved Buchanan County and its citizens. In addition to her parents, she preceded in death by her husband of 59-years, Tivis Caudle (T.C.) Mullins, Jr., March 25, 2011; her son, Curtis Ragus Mullins, Sr., November 18, 2012; her brothers, Rages and Paul McClanahan; her mother and father-in-law, Tivis and Didema Willis Mullins. Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter-in-law, Susan C. Mullins, Grundy, VA; her grandsons: Curtis Ragus Jr. (Ashley) Mullins, Grundy, VA, Ryan C. Mullins, Grundy, VA; her granddaughter, Shannon Alyssa (Jay) Coleman, Norton, VA; her sister-in-law, Daisy McClanahan; her nephew, James Rages McClanahan Jr., Grundy, VA; her niece, Caroline (Ricky) May, Hurley, VA; her sister-in-law, Shirley Ramey, St. Paul, VA. Also, survived by her great-granddaughters, Autumn Olivia Mullins, Sadie Virginia Mullins, Isabelle Jane Mullins and Evangeline Lily Mullins all of Grundy, VA, with a great-grandson born this November; as well as a host of friends. Funeral Services for AGNES CASTEEN (McCLANAHAN) MULLINS will be conducted Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at Noon at the Grundy Church of Christ with Evgs. Dennis Wimmer, William L. Neeley, Tom Cooper officiating with burial to follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, VA. Friends may call at the Grundy Church of Christ Monday evening at 5:00 P.M. with a song service at 7:00 P.M. Active Pallbearers will be current and former employees of Grundy Funeral Home. Honorary Pallbearers will be members of Grundy Church of Christ, Board of Trustees and Alumni of Mountain Mission School and the Buchanan County Chamber of Commerce. The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to Mountain Mission School, 1760 Edgewater Dr., Grundy, VA 24614. Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy, VA is honored to serve the family of AGNES CASTEEN (McCLANAHAN) MULLINS

Southwest District


June 17, 2017

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

Viola Penelope Skinner Edwards

Smithfield—Viola Penelope Skinner Edwards of Smithfield went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 17, 2017. She was born on February 16, 1926, in Hertford County N.C. to Charles Palin and Mamie G. Skinner. She has lived in Isle of Wight County for 84 years. She was a member of Benn’s United Methodist Church. She married the love of her life, William Joseph Edwards, on March 27, 1948. They shared fifty-six years of a wonderful life together before Bill passed away in 2004. She was also preceded in death by her sisters; Tempie S. Moody and Beatrice S. Underwood, and her brother; Roy Elton Skinner, and her nephews; Harry W. Underwood, Jr. and Roy Elton “Billy” Skinner.

Viola enjoyed one of most fulfilling careers anyone could have. She was a loving mother to her twin daughters, Robin and Ann. That career spanned over 60 years. She added the role of active Grandma over thirty years ago when her grandchildren were born and in the past eight years she became known as GG to her great grandchildren. She participated in whatever activities her daughters or grandchildren were involved. She could out shop her daughters. She would go to a ball game during the day and ballet performance at night.

She is survived by her twin daughters, Robin Edwards Whitley and Ann Edwards Andrews and her husband, Jerry; her grandchildren Joseph Garland Whitley and his wife Toni, Hope Andrews Hunter and her husband, Nick, Jeri-Lee Andrews Russ and her husband, Justin, and William Michael Whitley and his wife, Katie; her great grandchildren David Noah Russ, Colbie Faith Russ, Reece Kameron Whitley, John Robert “Jack” Hunter, Elizabeth Penelope “Penny” Russ, Rhett Orion Whitley, and Katherine Hope “Kate” Hunter. She is also survived by her brother, Charles Albert Skinner; and many nieces and nephews who were very special to her.

Because of her love for both her church and education, memorial donations may be made to Benn’s United Methodist Church 14571 Benn’s Church Blvd. Smithfield Virginia or Isle of Wight Academy P.O. Box 105 Isle of Wight Virginia 23397

The family will receive family and friends at Benn’s United Methodist Church Family Life Center on Tuesday, June 20, 7:00-8:30. The family also welcomes friends and family to visit at the home of her daughter, Robin. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 21 at 2:00 p.m. at Benn’s United Methodist Church, Smithfield, Virginia. Burial will follow at St. Luke’s Memorial Park. Arrangements are being handled by Andrews Funeral Home and Crematory of Gloucester, Virginia and Colonial Funeral Home, Carrollton, Virginia.

Mother of Ann Andrews at Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory
Tidewater District


June 11, 2017

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

Jackie Lee Boggs

Jackie Lee Boggs, 78, of Salem, passed away at home on Sunday, June 11, 2017, surrounded by his family.

He retired from John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home, Salem in 2004.  He then worked at V.C.O.M. at Virginia Tech for 12 years.

Jackie was an avid yard saler, and loved to work on lawnmowers for whoever needed help.  He was a big Salem Spartan fan, and enjoyed coaching and referring youth sports.  If his grandchildren were playing, he was there cheering them on.  He was a member of Ridgewood Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Corbett and Lydia Boggs; and two brothers, Hershel Boggs and Corbett Boggs, Jr.

Surviving is his wife, Anna Boggs of 59 years; son, Bryan Boggs (Lia); daughter, Robin Jewell (Sam); grandchildren, Chris Jewell (Ashley), Ashley Jewell, Andy Boggs, Emily Gillikin (Matt), and Erin Boggs; great-grandchildren, Emmett Jewell, Kherington Jewell, and Langston Jewell; and various nieces and nephews.

He will be so gratefully missed by his family and friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. Greene, Dr. Grove, and Dr. Andrew Fintel as well as the nurses at Lewis-Gale SICU.  A very special thank you to the nurses, Angela, Monica, and Cinde from Good Samaritan Hospice.

Friends and family may visit from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel in Salem.  A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, also in the chapel, with Rev. Roy Kanode and Pastor Ben Lockhart officiating.  Interment will immediately follow at East Hill Cemetery in Salem.

Arrangements by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, 540-389-5441.

Blue Ridge District


June 11, 2017

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

Samuel Key “Sam” Rucker

Samuel Key “Sam” Rucker age 59 of Rocky Mount passed away on Sunday June 11, 2017 at his home. Sam was born March 21, 1958 in Roanoke to the late James Hammet and Vashti Juliette Weber Rucker. In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his brother James H. Rucker, Jr.

Sam was a lifelong member of Rocky Mount UMC, a graduate of Franklin County High School Class of 1976, attended Ferrum College, and received his Funeral Service degree from John Tyler Comm. College. He served as manager of Roselawn Chapel for over 10 years, worked at Norris Funeral Service for 10 years, and was still working as a director and embalmer at Roselawn Chapel. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge.

Sam is survived by his wife of 35 years, Debbie F. Rucker of the home, three daughters, Dr. Naomi Simpson and husband Ashley of Winchester, Ruth Eva Rucker and Laura Key Rucker, both of Rocky Mount, one sister, Linda Dell Hubbard of Bethesda, MD, five grandchildren, James Anthony Trail, Samuel Michael Tosh, and Abigail Lynn Hannula all of Rocky Mount, Juliette Jean Simpson and Braden Arthur “George” Simpson both of Winchester.

Sam’s Celebration of Life Service will be held Saturday June 17, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Rocky Mount UMC with Rev. Will Waller and Rev. Dr. J.D. Harmon officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, and at the home. In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Sam Rucker should be sent to Rocky Mount UMC, 35 N. Main St. Rocky Mount, VA 24151. Online condolences may be entered at

Blue Ridge District


April 26, 2017

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

Mrs. Rebecca Lennon “Becky” Crowder

Mrs. Rebecca Lennon “Becky” Crowder, age 73, of South Hill, died Wednesday April 26, 2017 at her residence, five days prior to her May 1st birthday.  She was a retired Mecklenburg County Public Schools music teacher including high school and middle school band director, elementary school music as well as middle school choir and general music.  She was one of the first 300 music teachers in the United States to receive National Certification from Music Educators National Conference.  She received the “Alumnus of the Year Award” from Barton College in 1999 for using music as a tool to reach disadvantaged children in southern Virginia.  She is survived by her husband of nearly 49 years Jimmie K. Crowder; two sons and their wives and children Jimmie K. Crowder, Jr., Wella, Sophia and Ava of South Hill, Steven L. Crowder, Christa and Madee of Nashville, Tennessee, a sister-in-law Maxine Crowder of South Hill, several nieces and nephews and her loving caregiver Kate Kudirka.  A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 A. M. Friday, April 28, 2017 at the South Hill United Methodist Church with a Visitation Thursday from 6:00 to 8:30 P. M. at Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory.  Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Lake Country SPCA at P.O. Box 13, Clarksville, VA  23927 or to the  animal rescue organization of your choice.  Condolences may be sent to

Wife of Jimmy K. Crowder
Southside District


March 6, 2017

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

William D. “Bill” Backman, Jr.

William D. “Bill” Backman Jr., 85, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017. He was born September 2, 1931 in Cincinnati, Ohio, son of the late William and Eloise (Tomkins) Backman. Bill graduated from Aurora High School in 1949. He graduated from Wabash college in 1953 and later established the William D Backman Sr. Scholarship at Wabash College. He received the World Hunting Award from the Safari Club International in 1998 as recognition of his contribution to the conservation of wildlife. He was a longtime supporter of the Aurora Farmer’s Fair, Hillforest Museum, the Masonic Lodge (50 year member), United Way, South Dearborn Community Schools, Dearborn County youth sports, South Dearborn Dollars for Scholars and numerous other local organizations. He was a member of the Riverview Cemetery Board (over 15 years), Fish and Wildlife Foundation Board of Indiana (over 15 years), Member of the Indiana Department of National Resources Board and a board member of the First National Bank. Bill was employed at Aurora Casket from June 1, 1948 until his retirement December 31, 1996. At Aurora Casket he was the President from September 1, 1979 to August 31, 1993 and the CEO from 1983 to 1996 and Chairman of the Board from 1989 to 2002. He is survived by his wife, Cathey Backman; 3 sons, William D. “Bax” (wife Lori) Backman III, David P. Backman, John “Jerry” Backman IV; sister, Ina Shoenberg; 7 grandchildren, Brett, Nich, Carissa, Blake, David, Bree, and JJ; and 3 great grandchildren, Avery, Stella, and Bridger. He was preceded in death by his parents, William D. Backman Sr. and Eloise Backman; and his grandson, William D. “Billy” Backman IV. Family and friends were received on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home. Funeral services were held at Fitch-Denney Funeral Home, Sunday, March 5, 2017. Interment will be Monday in the Riverview Cemetery, Aurora, Indiana. Contributions may be made to the South Dearborn Dollars for Scholars; Hillforest Museum, or the Shriner’s Burn Hospital. The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the kind people at both Ridgewood Health Care and Dearborn County Hospital.

Condolences to the Backman family:
Mr. William D. Backman, III
Matthews Aurora Funeral Solutions
10944 Marsh Rd
Aurora, IN 47001-2328



January 29, 2017

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

Jack Claiborne Maccubbin

Jack Claiborne Maccubbin, age 74 of Herndon, VA died on January 29, 2017 at Loudoun Hospital. Jack was born on January 30, 1942 in Norfolk, VA, son of the late Kenneth C. and Hellon Daughtry Maccubbin. Jack was a retired funeral director and worked many years serving in his profession. He is survived by his loving wife Anne C. Maccubbin; his two sons Jeffrey Maccubbin and wife Laurel and Mark Kenneth Maccubbin and by his 6 grandchildren Kyli, Chase, Gavin, Jordan, Noah and Brycen. The family will receive friends at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1515 Poplar Grove Drive, Reston, VA 20194 on Friday, February 3, 2017 from 7-9 PM where funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 11:00 AM. Interment Chestnut Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest contributions be made to either the American Diabetes Association or the American Heart Association.

Former member and retired employee of Murphy Funeral Home
Northern District


January 29, 2017

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

George B. “Mike” Dodge, Jr.

Mike Dodge, (legally named George B. Dodge, Jr.), died Sunday, January 29 after dealing with Parkinson’s disease and declining health for the last few years. He happily spent most of his life as the Vice President and Treasurer of The Dodge Company, working with his brother, Jake (Arnold), and later both daughters, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His second home, and other favorite place was Pemaquid Beach, Maine, where there will be a second service and burial later this year.

Friends and family are invited to join his wife, Nan, and daughters, Debbie and Kristie, at the Sweeney Funeral Home on Friday, February 17, for visiting hours, 2-6 P.M, and Saturday, February 18, 11:00 A.M. – 1:00 P.M. A service at the funeral home will follow at 1:00 P.M.

Sweeney Funeral Home is located at 66 Concord Road, Billerica, Massachusetts 01821;; phone: (978) 667-9934.

For anyone who would like to make a donation in Mike’s name, please consider the Lincoln County Animal Shelter, Post Office Box 7, Edgecomb, ME 04556 (his favorite), or a charity of your choice.

Please consider making a memorial gift in Mike’s honor to the Funeral Service Foundation; here is the link:

Condolences to the Dodge family:
The Dodge Company
9 Progress Rd
Billerica, MA 01821-5731

Vice President and Treasurer of The Dodge Company


January 22, 2017

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

Mildred L. Moser

Mildred Lipscombe Moser, 96 of Sumter, SC, former longtime resident of Warrenton, VA passed away on January 22, 2017 at Covenant Place Retreat Center, Sumter.

Mrs. Moser was born on March 14, 1920 a daughter of the late Clarence Douglas Lipscombe and Kate Dickman Lipscombe.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Edloe Moser in December 1981, her brother, C. Douglas Lipscombe, Jr. and her sister, Rosalie Davis.

She was a licensed hairdresser who came to Warrenton for employment. After she married her husband, whose family owned and operated Moser Funeral Home, Inc., she served as the company’s hairdresser for decades. She also worked with her friend, Doma Allison at The Cornucopia, a gift shop that was located in the original shopping center in Warrenton. Mildred was a longtime member of the Warrenton Baptist Church, and a former member of Fauquier Springs Country Club where she enjoyed playing golf. She enjoyed playing bridge with various groups for many years.

Her nieces and nephews survive her, C. Douglas Lipscombe, III, Gulfport, MS, Marion Mobley Lipscombe, Sumter, SC, Emily Alice Lipscombe, Columbia, SC, Denise Susan Gouker, Middletown, MD, Michael Thomas Davis, Churchville, MD,  Cindy Moser, Crewe, VA and Betsy Moser Morrison, Clinton, IA; and several great nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Jan. 28 from  9:00 AM until the funeral service begins at 10:00 AM at  Moser Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Warrenton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Warrenton Baptist Church, 123 Main Street, Warrenton, VA  20186.

Online condolences may be made at:

Wife of Charles William Edloe Moser, who owned and operated Moser Funeral Home
Northern District


January 10, 2017

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

John Harvey Givens, Jr.

John Harvey Givens, Jr., 82 of Pearisburg, VA went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg.  John Harvey was born on September 10, 1934 in Pearisburg, VA and was a son of the late John Harvey Givens, Sr. and Winnie Johnston Givens.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, James Archer Givens, one brother, Thomas Cale Givens, Sr., (Betsy Knight) , four sisters, Mildred G. Johnston, (John Chapman), Anna Lee G. Williams, (Ferrell L.), Jean G. Owen, (Gordon K.), Helen Farrier Givens, two nephews, Thomas Cale Givens, Jr., Jeffrey Bruce Owen and one niece, Amy Perkins Duncan.  John Harvey was a 1954 graduate of the Pearisburg High School (Red Devils), a graduate of the Cincinnati College of Embalming Class of 1955, and served his apprenticeship at J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home in Petersburg, VA receiving his Funeral Directors License in 1957.  He returned to Pearisburg in 1959 to join his brother Cale T. Givens in carrying on the family business, Givens Funeral Home, est. 1912 by their father.  He loved and served his community well.  He was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg.  He was involved in numerous civic organizations including the Pearisburg Jaycees, the Pearisburg Lions Club and the Giles High School Boosters Club.  He was a member of the National Bank of Blacksburg Board, Carilion Giles Community Hospital Board for over 20 years, and served as a member, and then President, of the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers.  He was a Golden Licensee Funeral Director with over fifty years of service and served his beloved town of Pearisburg as Mayor from 1994 to 2002.  He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Gertrude Perkins (Perk) Givens, two sons, John Harvey Givens, III, Robert Alan Givens (Dianna), all of Pearisburg, numerous, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  A celebration of his life will be conducted Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 1:00pm at the First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg with the Rev. Dr. Brian Burch, the Rev. Dr. Fred L. Austin, the Rev. Keith Owen and Charles Henderson officiating with burial following in the Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg.  The family will receive friends Friday evening at the First United Methodist Church from 5 – 8 pm.  Flowers are appreciated.  Memorial donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg or the Giles County Volunteer Rescue Squad. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Father of Robert Givens at Givens Funeral Home
Blue Ridge District


January 9 ,2017

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

Kenneth Wayne Powell, Sr.

Kenneth Wayne Powell, Sr., a lifelong resident of Halifax County, died peacefully at his home on January 9, 2017.  Born in the Rodden community on July 3, 1925, he was the son of the late Walter Leonard Powell and Earl Clements Botts.  He was married for 60 years to Josephine Tucker Powell of Halifax who preceded him in death.  His sister Edna Powell Dodd also predeceased him.

He is survived by his daughter Katherine Powell Heller (John) of Atlanta GA and his son Kenneth Wayne Powell Jr. (Junko) of Ann Arbor ML.  Also surviving are three granddaughters, Laura Flynn George (Jamie) and Hannah Carrington Heller of Atlanta and Emma Kondo Powell of Ann Arbor.

After graduation from high school in Halifax, Kenneth entered military service for his country and was part of the 15th Air Force, 449th bomb group stationed in Grottaglie, Italy from early 1944 to the end of World War II in May of 1945.  He completed 43 combat missions as a ball turret gunner in a B-24 in the European theater.  He was awarded the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters.

Upon returning to the USA, Kenneth briefly attended Richmond Polytechnic Institute in Richmond VA to study commercial art but decided to return to his hometown and join his father in the family business.  He was a second generation owner and manager of Powell Funeral Home in South Boston where he worked for over 60 years and spent the majority of his life helping those in need as a compassionate rural funeral director.  A more devoted husband, proud father and humble, selfless man would be hard to find.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 14, at 2:00 pm at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Halifax with Father Cleon Ross officiating.  Burial with military rites will follow immediately in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends at the Powell home, 1047 Mountain Road, after the funeral and also Friday evening at the Powell Home between the hours of 7 and 9 pm.

Kenneth was a lifelong supporter of Patrick Henry Boys Home ( and St. John’s Episcopal Church, 197 Mountain Road, Halifax, VA 24558.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to these organizations.

Online condolences may be directed to

Arrangements are by: Powell Funereal Home, 163 Wilborn Ave., South Boston, VA 24592

Former owner/manager of Powell Funeral Home
Southside District


January 2, 2017

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

Barry M. Murphy

February 13, 1951 — January 2, 2017

On January 2, 2017, Barry Michael Murphy died at his residence in Oakton, VA.  He was raised in Arlington, Virginia and dedicated his career to helping families at Murphy Funeral Home. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus-Edward Douglass White Council 2473, Arlington Lions, Falls Church Chamber of Commerce, and a former President and Board Member of the Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. He was an avid Washington sports fan.

He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years Carol Fletcher Murphy; son and daughter-in-law Ryan and Shannan Murphy, daughter and son-in-law Megan and Brian Lantz; son Justin Murphy; grandchildren Jack, Ellie, and Charlie Murphy and Dillon Lantz; siblings Bob, Tim, Terry, Colleen, Christine, Beth, Katie and their spouses. He was preceded in death by his parents Robert J. Murphy and Elizabeth K. Murphy; brothers in law John Larkin and Pete Pappas.

Visitation will be held Friday January 6, 2017 from 5-8 p.m. at Murphy Funeral Home in Arlington, VA.  Funeral service to be held on Saturday January 7, 2017 at 1 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Vienna, Virginia.  Graveside service to follow at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington, 200 N. Glebe Road, Arlington, VA 22203,, or the Mayo Clinic (Cancer Research), 200 First St., SW, Rochester, MN 55905,

Northern Virginia District