In Remembrance 2020


In Remembrance 2020

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April 9, 2020

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

Robert Lee Finch

Robert Lee Finch, 90, of Altavista, died Thursday, April 9, 2020 at his home. Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Father of Rob Finch, Finch & Finch, Inc.
Past President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association (1988-89)
Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association

April 7, 2020

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

Gale Poole Moore

Gale Poole Moore, 77, died Thursday, April 2, 2020. Gale was the daughter of the late Wesley C. “Jimmy” Poole and Ruby Wray Poole. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward A. “Arnie” Moore, a brother, Clarence Wesley “Sonny or Little Jimmy” Poole, and a sister, Helen Poole Gibson.

Gale loved her Church and her Church Family, her work at Echols Funeral Home, where she was the Office Manager for over thirty years, she loved the beach, bingo, and travelling, but most of all she loved her daughter and grandson and her extended family. Gale is survived by her loving daughter and grandson, Kimberly Moore Downing and Morey Ray Downing, both of Virginia Beach, a special grandson Ed Powell, her brother, William Boyd Poole and his wife Lori of Emporia, cousin, Nancy Poole Reyes, an aunt, Mable Wray Mizzell of Petersburg, her sister in law, Jean Moore Bennett and her husband Alton, special nephews, Dean Moore and his wife Lori, Albert Calvin “Plug” Moore Jr. and his wife Susan, niece, Deanna Moore Babb and her husband Michael, and many more nieces and nephews who she loved dearly and a special friend, Reni Hobbs of Emporia.

A private Graveside Service will be held at Zion Baptist Church, where she will be laid to rest beside her beloved Husband Arnie. A public Celebration of Gale’s life will be held at a later time. Echols Funeral Home is taking care of the arrangements, and online condolences may be left at

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association

March 30, 2020

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

Harold Wayne Stutzman

Stutzman, Harold Wayne, 76, of Mechanicsville, Va., peacefully went to be with the Lord, at home, surrounded by his loving family Monday, March 30, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joe “Pappy” and Sara Stutzman; three brothers, two sisters and two infant sisters. Harold is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Alice May Stutzman; two children, Stacey May Stutzman of Mechanicsville and Todd Wayne Stutzman (Stacy) of Midlothian; three grandchildren, Josh, Justin and Elizabeth; one great-grandchild; and two sisters, Esther Miller and Lula Nussbaum. Harold was a hard worker. He served as the Vice President of Thalheimer’s Department Store for almost 20 years before going on to own and operate two businesses for almost 20 years: Moore Street Cafe and Removal Services of Virginia. During the late 1960s and early ’70s, he proudly served on the Sterling Park Rescue Squad. Despite his long working hours, he always made time to be with his family. They were his greatest joy. Harold also loved baseball. In his later years he never missed a Braves game on T.V. He appreciated the simple things, often secretly picking up the checks for young families with children in restaurants. Due to the current health crisis, the family will have a private, by invitation only, viewing and graveside service. A formal celebration of his life will be held once restrictions are lifted. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to your local food bank or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Virginia Funeral Sales Association

March 3, 2020

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

Letitia Nanette Graves

Graves, Letitia Nanette, 47, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2020. She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred Graves; and is survived by her son, Zion Graves; father, Melvin Graves; sister, Nichole Graves Rivera (Mauricio); as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Rd., where services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020. Interment will follow in Roselawn Memory Gardens.

Past Funeral Director at Bliley’s Funeral Home and Chiles Funeral Home.
Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association

February 23, 2020

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

Jake “Forrest” Alan Ulrich

Jake “Forrest” Alan Ulrich, 30, went to be with Jesus on February 23, 2020. He was born in California to Susan Kimberly Ulrich and Eric Brian Ulrich. He then moved to Virginia where he was surrounded by many loved ones through his childhood, middle school and high school years.

Jake will be fondly remembered for his pure happiness, great sense of humor, compassion for everyone, joyful way of life and when he hugged you and told you he loved you it was meant full hearted. Jake was talented in many areas such as surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding, welding, but mostly loved being around the ones he loved. He graduated from Lakeland High School in the class of 2008 with a welding certificate. His family was so very proud of him for all of his accomplishments, determination, perseverance and hard work.

Jake will be missed and loved daily by many, including his mom, Susan Kimberly Ulrich; dad, Eric Brian Ulrich; sister and best friend, Zoe Alyssa Westerfrield; Grandparents, Debbie (MiMi) and Keith Moore, Alan Carl Ulrich, Donna Martin, and was predeceased by his grandmother, Diane S. Moore.

Jake’s celebration of life will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm, Parr Funeral Home & Crematory, 3515 Robs Dr, Suffolk, VA 23434. Visitation will follow the service.

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association
Son of Susan Ulrich, Assistant Director of Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans Cemetery

February 20, 2020

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

John David Reed, Sr.

John David Reed, Sr., 70, formerly of Webster Springs, died February 20, 2020 at Tygart Center, Fairmont, WV after a long battle following two major strokes. He was born July, 21, 1949 in Charleston and was the son of the late Bruce and Lou Williams Reed. Along with his parents John is preceded in death by a brother, Gary Reed and a niece, Jane Reed.

John attended Herbert Hoover High School, Morris Harvey College and Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, where he prepared for his career as a funeral director and embalmer.

John was the former owner of Dodd & Reed Funeral Home in Webster Springs and Adams-Reed Funeral Home in Cowen. He loved his profession and the Webster County community. He enjoyed flying, motorcycling and boating. He loved his family and was proud of his children and grandchildren. He was a member of the Webster Springs First Baptist Church, Addison Lodge #116 AF & AM, Beni Kedem Shrine, Camden on Gauley #161 OES, former member of Webster Springs Lions Club, Past Director of Webster County Woodchopping Festival, past member and chairman of the board Elk River Terrace Apartments, past member of the board of Webster County Memorial; Hospital, former Webster County coroner, former Webster Springs Volunteer Fire Department member, past member of the board of trustees for Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, and a past Webster Springs town councilman. He was also past president of the West Virginia Funeral Directors Association and past president of the National Funeral Directors Association.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife Alice Westfall Reed; son, John David “J.D.” Reed, Jr. and wife Rhonda of Santa Cruz, Bolivia; daughter, Kristen Street and husband Pat of Fairmont; sister, Elizabeth “Buffy” Thomas of Pinch; brother, Roi Reed and wife Dianna of Lexington, KY; sister in law, Ellie Reed of Elkview; grandchildren, Grace, Abie and Nathan Reed, Lanae, Aubree and Violet Street; and a niece, Susie Reed of Hermitage, TN

Visitation will be held 2 PM – 4 PM and 6 PM – 9 PM, Thursday, February 27, 2020 at Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs. Funeral service will be held Friday, February 28th at 1:00 PM at the funeral home with Rev. John Simmons officiating. Burial with Masonic Rites by Addison Lodge #116 AF & AM will follow at Miller Cemetery, Webster Springs.

Online condolences may be made to the family at
Dodd & Reed Funeral Home, Webster Springs is honored to be serving the Reed family.

Friend of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association
Past President of the National Funeral Directors Association

January 31, 2020

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

Mark Eric Haupt

Mark Eric Haupt, 42, of Roanoke, Va., passed away on Friday, January 31, 2020. He was born in Roanoke, Va. on March 28, 1977. Mark was an employee of Oakey’s Funeral Services. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time on his boat.

Mark was preceded in death by his father, George Haupt; grandfather, Kenneth Wright; uncles, Albert Wright, Danny Wright, Mike Wright, C.M. Hipes, Bill Haupt, and Charles Haupt; aunt, Joan Gillespie; grandfather, Walter Haupt; and grandmother, Lois Haupt.

He is survived by his wife, Leslie; children, Eric and Hunter; mother and stepfather, Gail and Melvin Kellison; brother, Michael Bland and wife, Kristen, and their children, Owen and Easton; grandmother, Thelma Wright; aunt, Judy Peters; uncles, Wallace Wright and wife, Cindy, and Timmy Wright and wife, Sandy; aunt, June Haupt; aunt and uncle, Darlene and Joe Haupt; and other family and friends.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, February 3, 2020, at Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at the funeral home. Online condolences may be shared at

Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association

January 10, 2020

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

Fran Mattox Moran

Fran Mattox Moran, age 85 of Gretna died Friday, January 10, 2020 at Gretna Health and Rehab Center.

Born November 25, 1934 in the Glade Hill community of Franklin County, she was a daughter of the late Henry Bryant Mattox and Ora Allman Mattox. She was predeceased by her husband, Carl Moran; a grandson, Bryant Moran; a daughter-in-law, Laurie Shelton Moran; two brothers, Calvin B. Mattox and Cabell A. Mattox; and three sisters, Pauline M. Randall, Opal M. Beverly and Mary Jane M. Perdue. Mrs. Moran and her husband, Carl purchased Colbert-Moran Funeral Home in 1965, and since that time she has been affiliated with the firm. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gretna for over fifty years where she served as a former Deacon, choir member, pianist, organist, Circle Five member, member of the Friendship Sunday School Class and member of the WMU. Mrs. Moran was an active member of the community. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star #118, a Charter member of the Gretna Junction Lions Club, and enjoyed participating in the Gretna Clowns. Mrs. Moran was the Gretna Citizen of the Year in 2013. She loved music, and enjoyed playing the organ and piano. She also loved to play bridge and spend time with her family.

She is survived by two sons, Kenny Moran and wife, Denise of Gretna, and Bruce Moran of Gretna; one daughter, Susan Moran George and husband, Jeff of Penhook; her twin sister, Nan M. Perdue of Forest; seven grandchildren, Yancy Moran of Gretna, Joshua Price of Charlotte, NC, Blake Price and wife, Kendall of Midlothian, McKenzie M. Wilby and husband, Taylor of TX, Austin Moran and friend, Malayna Creasy of Gretna, Jeffrey Bond and wife, Megan of Danville, and Willie Calohan and wife, Kristen of Central Valley, NY; and three great-grandchildren, Will Calohan, Alex Bond, and Evie Bond.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 13, 2020 at the First Baptist Church of Gretna by Rev. Bob Ballance and Rev. R. G. Rowland. A private entombment will follow in Gretna Burial
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Colbert-Moran Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence.

The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First Baptist Church of Gretna Music Fund, P.O. Box 339, Gretna, VA 24557.
Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Gretna is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Fran’s sons Kenny Moran and Bruce Moran are the owners of Colbert-Moran Funeral Home. Fran’s grandson Yancy Moran is an employee of Colbert-Moran Funeral Home.
Southside Funeral Directors Association