In Remembrance 2020

 

In Remembrance 2020
& Jan-May 2021

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February 26 2021

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

Glenda J. Hite

Glenda J. Hite, 69, of Richmond, Virginia, passed away on Feb. 10, 2021. She was predeceased in death by her parents George W. Hite and Juneth M. Hite. She is survived by her cousins, Betty Hite, Joyce Edwards, Linda Salter, and her devoted friend and caretaker, Laverne Wanner. She received a BS degree in Elementary Education from Longwood College, a Master’s degree in Mathematics from Virginia Commonwealth University, where she also pursued extensive Doctoral study. Glenda devoted her life to education, as a teacher, at Seven Pines Elementary and Moody Middle School for more than 30 years. Glenda was President of the Henrico Education Association for two years, and was an active member of the Virginia Education Association. Glenda will always be remembered as a kind, loving, and loyal friend. She will truly be missed. A special thanks to Blue Ridge Memory Care and Hospice of Virginia for the care they provided Glenda. In lieu of flowers, please consider a small donation to the Alzheimer’s Association or the Richmond SPCA. A graveside service will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery on February 26, at 11 am.

Friend of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association/Richmond Times Dispatch


February 12, 2021

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

Betty Page Bristow

Betty Page Bristow, of Urbanna, VA, died suddenly on February 9, 2021. Betsy, as she was known by many, is survived by her daughter, Cynthia Page Bristow; her son, Charles Reginald Bristow and wife, Judy Lin Bristow; three grandsons, Kobe Franklin Bristow (16), Jett Lin Bristow (14) and Jock Lee Bristow (8). She is the daughter of the late Maude B. and Allen A. Waddill. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Charles M. Bristow Jr.

Betsy was well known for her flamboyant style and personality as well as her healthy flair for life. Her colorful and breezy style was pleasantly contrasted by her strong work ethic, grit and discipline to get things done. She participated in all aspects of her community and, like her husband Charles, believed that all-hands community participation was essential to life and the continued support of a thriving small-town. Betsy regularly dressed as if ready for a spontaneous gala or evening out, and those who knew her would not be surprised if she showed up with a splatter of paint on her clothes or jewelry from her tasks hours earlier. Her greatest love and passion were simply enjoying her friends and the people around her. Her daily joy was the operation of a retail women’s clothing and gift store that had followers from as far as Michigan to Florida. Cyndy’s Bynn, as it was named after her daughter, was a beautifully unique wonderland of colorful clothes, traditional gifts and robustly stylish décor that she helmed for 35 years. The store’s tag line accurately captured Betsy’s spirit: ‘Live-Love-Work-Play: In Style.’

Betsy generated memories faster than anyone, including herself, could catalogue them. She was off to an event. She would head off to visit her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly of course, and excuse herself the next morning with a list of things to do and places to go, often times a party that night. She was a study in contrasts and diversity. She came as close to a celebrity lifestyle in a small town as one could attain. Many nights she spent out to dinner and events with friends up until her death. She maintained a fresh balance of glamor blended with the heart of a little girl that appreciated life’s simple pleasures. She had the unique ability to walk through a room and spin it beautifully or render it a chaotic mess. She had a strong, vibrant presence and was quick to share a smile wherever she went. Often, she would give a big smile and a wave to someone and when asked who that was, she’d reply ‘I don’t know.’ Her tempo remained brisk. She personified the spirit of a well-rounded farm girl eager to dine and dance anytime or simply happy to dress up dolls and roll paint to brighten her world. She constantly focused on her friends and community, contributing however and wherever she could. She kept life in motion. Betsy was not the type to feel sorry for herself and was quick to address someone who was. Without hesitation, she’d let one know to shake things off and keep moving. She never missed snickering at a dirty joke. She came to this party of life to dance, literally and figuratively, and she did just that. Whether playing cards regularly with her girlfriends or poised with a glass of mint garnished iced-tea from her flower beds in the summer heat, freshly picked flowers stuffed in a can on the table, 40’s music swirling softly from an old radio through the open door, and lounging barefoot on her back porch with her feet propped up, Betsy was a true southern belle. On a sunny spring day, a rainbow would pale in comparison to her. She adored her husband, Charles, and complimented him as perfectly in personality as she did in style. She was anything but ordinary. She was truly extraordinary.

The family will receive friends at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel in Saluda from 1 to 4 PM on Saturday, February 13, 2021. Please be advised that current state-mandated guidelines will apply to all in attendance, including social distancing and appropriate face coverings. There will be a private service on Sunday, February 14, at 1 o’clock however the family is arranging to have the service live-streamed for anyone wishing to attend remotely. Link to be published here before service.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes contributions to the following organizations in remembrance of Betty Page Bristow:

Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department
P.O. Box 71
Urbanna, VA 23175

Middlesex Country Volunteer Rescue Squad
P.O. Box 98
Deltaville, VA 23043

Middlesex Sports Complex
P.O. Box 55
Hartfield, VA 23071

Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation
Drawer C
Urbanna, VA 23175

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association


February 2, 2021

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

Charles Edward Pryor

On Saturday, January 30, 2021, Heaven gained another angel and great man when Charles Edward Pryor left this world to be with his Lord and Savior. He was born December 23, 1938 in Buena Vista, VA where he met and married the love of his life, Susie, on January 5, 1963. Shortly after their marriage he left to serve in the US Army in Okinawa, Japan for four years. Upon leaving the service Charles attended Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science where he graduated in 1973. In 1976 he followed his passion for serving others and began his career with Oakey’s Funeral Service retiring after 43 years. He was a natural at showing compassion and support to many families in and around the Roanoke Valley during their difficult time of losing their loved ones. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Susie Pryor. His children, Troy Pryor and Sherry Hodges. His daughter in law Sharon Pryor and son in law, Brian Hodges. His cherished grandson, Hayden Charles Hodges as well as his grandpups, Ruby and Matilda. Charles was a strong, caring man that never met a stranger. His desire to take care of others was apparent in everything he did especially when it came to taking care of family. He enjoyed traveling, working on his cars, attending car shows and just spending time with his family. He will be forever remembered by countless family members and friends whose lives he impacted by his strong sense of humor and compassion. There will be a private ceremony with family to celebrate his life on Wednesday February 3rd with Pastor Joel Wegner and John Dooley officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to the Lions Club where Charles served as a member for many years. Arrangements are by Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel (540-982-2100). Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.oakeys.com.

Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association/Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association
Past President of the Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association


January 25, 2021

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

Patricia A. “Pat” Cota

Patricia A. “Pat” Cota, 88, of Midlothian, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 22, 2021. She is survived by her beloved Husband of 59 years, Richard A. Cota Sr.; daughters, Jennifer A. Coghlan (Patrick), Kirsten B. Lane (Randy); son, Richard A. Cota, Jr. (Lydia); sister, Jane P. Ewing; grandchildren, Michael and Drew Coghlan, Alan and Haley Cota, and Holly Lane. Patricia was preceded in death by her parents, Audrey “Sunny” and Daniel R. Porter, Sr.; brother-in-law, Tom Ewing; brother, Daniel R. Porter, Jr. Pat’s world was her children and grandchildren. Her passion was for her artwork to be enjoyed by her friends and family. Her funeral service will be private for family only. Pat will be interred at the Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Amelia.

Pat was the wife of Richard A. “Dick” Cota a long-time casket salesman for numerous companies, most recently he was with Thacker Caskets.
Please sign our online register book at morrissett.com

Virginia Funeral Sales Association


January 21, 2021

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

James P. Wilkerson, III

James P. Wilkerson, III, 65, of Lynchburg, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021, unexpectedly at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the husband of Patricia W. Wilkerson.

Born May 13, 1955 in Lynchburg, he was the son of the late James “Jimmy” P. Wilkerson, Jr. and Nancy W. Wilkerson. He was a retired funeral director from Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory and a member of the former Rivermont Ave. Baptist Church. He loved to travel, especially to Alaska, where there was so much wildlife that he enjoyed, not to mention the beautiful scenery. He also loved to ride trains, again, especially in Alaska. Jim loved woodworking and made many pieces of gorgeous furniture for his family.

In addition to his wife, Pat, he is survived by his son, James Matthew “Matt” Wilkerson (Stephanie) of Culpeper, VA; his daughter, Megan Danielle Wilkerson, of Lynchburg; two grandchildren, Abigail Sophia and Emma Grace Wilkerson, also of Culpeper, VA. He was predeceased in death by his sister, Kay W. White.

A private graveside service will be held Friday, January 22, 2021 in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lynchburg Humane Society, American Cancer Society or The Shriners Hospital for Children.

Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory, Wiggington Road Chapel, 385-8900, is serving the family. To send on-line condolences, please go to www.diuguidfuneralservice.com.

Southside Funeral Directors Association


January 15, 2021

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

Julian Wilson Everly, Sr.

Native Alexandrian and longtime Callao, VA resident, Julian W. Everly, Sr., passed away January 12, 2021 at the age of 89. Born to Josiah S. and Ruby L. Everly January 1, 1932. Julian led an extraordinary life of dedication to his family, community, and country.

Julian spent most of his life in Alexandria, where he and his brother, John, were known as the mischievous “bad boys of Rosemont” in their youth. He attended St. Stephens School and later George Washington High School. While attending GW he played football and met the star cheerleader~ his sweetheart and love of his life Jean Walker Wiley. During his high school years, he matured and became a star athlete, lettering in 4 sports.

They were married on December 27, 1952. Julian and Jean spent their first year of marriage attending Virginia Polytechnic University and Mary Washington College respectively. He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on September 9, 1953. He and Jean made the move to Cape May, NJ for training. After completing 4 years of enlisted duty in the Coast Guard, Julian and Jean returned to Alexandria to join the family business, Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home.

He worked alongside his father, Josiah and brother, John, at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home for many years. He truly loved mentoring young apprentices to become funeral directors. Respecting the wishes of the families and caring for their loved ones was very important to him and he made sure those values were present in all his staff. Several who apprenticed under Julian have since gone on to purchase their own funeral homes in the Northern Virginia area and continue the same quality of service. The Everly family are known as leaders in the funeral industry. Julian always had an open mind when it came to hiring staff and was one of the first funeral homes to hire female funeral directors. As the Everly brothers took on more management responsibility they decided to split their time between the Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home and Everly Funeral Home in Fairfax. Julian moved his family to West Springfield to better serve the Fairfax community in the early 1970’s. There he served as Funeral Director and Manager of Everly Funeral Home in Fairfax, until his retirement in 1994. In total he served over 40 years as Funeral Director, Manager, and Co-Owner of the family’s Everly Funeral Homes.

Coinciding with his funeral career and immediately following his active-duty service, Julian committed 34 consecutive years to the Coast Guard Reserve. He retired in 1991 out of CG Station Still Pond in Warton, MD having risen in the ranks all the way from Seaman to Master Chief Petty Officer/XPO. Julian continued to support the Coast Guard and promote boating safety through the Coast Guard Auxiliary until 2018. He was a QE Vessel Examiner and expert at tying knots, spending many hours instructing others in the skill of tying knots. On occasion, he would show off his talents by tying the knots with his hands behind his back. He was named Auxiliary Coast Guardsmen of the Year. In total, he contributed 65 years of service to the United States Coast Guard.
In addition, Julian supported his community for over 63 years as a member, volunteer firefighter, and leader at a multitude of fire stations including U.S.C.G. Training Center Cape May, N.J., Fire Department Station 59; City of Alexandria: Old Truck & Engine Companies 2 & 3, Alexandria Rescue Squad (Captain), Friendship Fire Company; Fairfax County: Franconia Volunteer Fire Department (Chief), Penn Daw Fire Department, Burke Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department, Greater Springfield Volunteer Fire Department, West Springfield Fire Department; and Callao Volunteer Fire Department. Julian was one of the first volunteer Battalion Chiefs in Fairfax County, was instrumental in developing the training and operating specifications for boating rescues in Fairfax County, and was dedicated to fundraising and acquiring equipment and resources to better protect the region. He supported his communities as a member of the Fairfax Rotary Club, Scottish Rite, Lion’s Club and Masonic Order.

Julian found respite and relaxation on the family’s Cedar Knoll Farm in the Shenandoah Valley, and he and Jean’s retirement home along Wicomico Creek in Callao, Virginia, where he spent many hours on the water enjoying “Da’s Dream” (his beloved boat). He enjoyed passing down and sharing his love of hunting, fishing, farming, horseback riding, boating, and ever-rotating, newly purchased trucks with his family. Many a weekend and holiday were spent together at “The Farm” or “The Beach”.
Julian’s family knew him for his casual wear of white knee high socks and sturdy sneakers with denim shorts, held up by bright orange suspenders under a plaid shirt with a steady supply of mint Lifesavers in his pocket. Called Da or Grandad by his grandchildren, he was known for the comical removal of his teeth at the dinner table and extremely expensive, but never “working” hearing aids. You could always count on him to have an old John Wayne western or Redskins football game on the TV at full blast, with the fire department scanner and CB radio intermittently crackling in the background. He enjoyed driving to get a Washington Post newspaper every morning in his vanity plated “Fox 19” (his first Coast Guard Company) pickup truck with faithful furry canine companion, Gracie, in the passenger seat. A leather holstered pistol was always within arm’s reach, and mounds of ammo in a wide range of calibers was sure to be strewn in the basement alongside any and every other kind of hunting, fishing, or boating gear one could ever need.

Julian was a fiery soul who could be stubborn and ornery, but at the same time was a dependable provider and guider. A forceful opinion, witty quip or funny saying like, “You can’t soar with the eagles if you hoot with the owls” was always on the edge of his lips. Every “I love you” said to him was responded with “uh huh” or “thank you” and a pat on the head, but somehow you just knew that meant, “I love you too”.

Julian is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jean Wiley Everly; Children – Elizabeth (Marc) Shockley, Linda (Jeffrey) Smith, Julian Wilson (Ramona) Everly, Jr.: Grandchildren – Juliann, Jamie, Justin (Jaclyn), Jessica (Joseph); Lauren (Mario), Allison, Brayden; Terrin (Bryan), Amber, Tanner (Jamie), Brittany, Tristin (Kyle), Casey (Gio); Great Grandchildren – (17 and counting) Hailee; Mary, Leslie; Austin; Deveraux; Paityne, Parker; Colin, Lucy, Jayce; Mason, Landon, Addison; Leah, Larissa; Karsen; Mia, Arianna; one cousin Frederick Everly; Sister-in-Law Carol T. Everly; nephews Josiah (Josephine) and John Everly; and many loving nieces, nephews, close family members, and friends.

Julian was preceded in death by his parents, Josiah Stickley and Ruby Louise Everly; and brother, John Clark Everly.

The family will receive friends on Monday, January 18th from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 West Braddock Road, Alexandria. Private Funeral Services for family will be held at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 19th at 11:00 am.

Julian lived his life in service to others.

Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association


January 7, 2021

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

Edward Louis Vest

Edward Louis Vest, 88, of Pearisburg, VA, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021. He was born November 15, 1932 in White Gate, VA, the son of the late Edward S. & Sadie Mustard Vest. He was also recently preceded in death by his brother, Carl Vest. There has been many other family members pass as well, but notable, his grandfather, the original creator and beginner of A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, Lucian Aurelius Vest, also known as “Uncle Reely.”

Louis was drafted and served in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Story, VA. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge and a charter member of the White Gate Ruritan Club. He was a lifelong member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church.
The White Gate community is where Louis was born into a family of skill, raised by people with honor and respect, lived a very long life surrounded by a loving family and community that he grew to love and cherish, and passed peacefully away with his loving wife and family members by his side.

As Louis was growing up, he learned the skills of carpentry from his father and grandfather and for many years enjoyed wood crafting work. One of his first jobs in the funeral business was helping his father make caskets. He became a licensed funeral director and continued his journey for 64 years while continuously making improvements to what became the oldest family owned funeral home business in Giles County, VA and loved being able to help the community in their time of loss. His dedication to the families was seen in his work and the care in his heart. Although conditioned to have to do the work, Louis actually loved to garden. He enjoyed the time with his brothers and continued his mother’s tradition of one row of dahlias in the front of the garden alongside the vegetables. Even the community came to enjoy these beautiful flowers when passing the funeral home. “Even though there may be a loss of life, we can plant and bloom yet another beautiful soul.”

He is survived by his wife, Deborah Marie Vest, Pearisburg, VA; two step-daughters, Velvet (Kevin) Minnick, Blacksburg, VA and Heather Francis, Pearisburg, VA; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild; two brothers, Nelson Vest and Jimmie Vest of Pearisburg, VA; and two sisters, MayDell (Wayne) McPeak, Pearisburg, VA; and Ann Sutphin, Christiansburg, VA.

Strictly following the current mandated restrictions, masks and social distancing will be required at all services and occupancy restrictions will be followed.

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 8, 2021 at A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, from 11:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. A private funeral service will follow. A public graveside service will follow at the Stinson Cemetery at 2:00 P.M. The funeral home staff will be available to greet visitors on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning prior to published service hours.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made in Louis’ honor to the Poplar Hill Fire Department, c/o Mike Talbert, 725 Walkers Creek Valley Rd., Pearisburg, VA 24134.

The Vest family is in the care of A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate, avestandsons.com, (540) 921-2985.

Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association


December 14, 2020

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

Thomas “Tom” Leo Riddle

Thomas “Tom” Leo Riddle, 71, October 14, 1949 – December 5, 2020

Tom proudly served his country during the Vietnam War and as a helicopter mechanic in the Wisconsin Air National Guard where he retired after 20 years. Tom worked for A.O. Smith/Tower Automotive for 34 years. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and home remodeling.

He is survived by his beloved wife Erna (Lehrach), children Daniel Reichelt, Christine Reichelt-Pepper, Patricia Reichelt, and William Reichelt. Proud grandfather of Lauren, Sean, Zachary, Delaney, Madison, and Cole. Tom is survived by siblings Sandra Goodwin, James (Jim) Riddle, and Patricia (Pat).

Tom was preceded in death by his parents Sydney and Francis Riddle and siblings Mary Heimer, Joanne Kamenick, and Robert (Bob) Riddle. A celebration of Tom’s life to follow at a later date when it is safe to gather.

Donations appreciated to the Wisconsin Veterans Foundation or Cure Alzheimer’s Fund.

Father of NFDA CEO, Christine Pepper
National Funeral Directors Association


December 5, 2020

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

Rosalie Janelle Kagey

Rosalie Janelle Kagey, 76, of Mount Jackson passed away on Thursday, December 3, 2020, at the Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville. Mrs. Kagey was born, May 14, 1944, and was the daughter of the late, David Stanley and Marguarite Virginia Dellinger Kagey. Ms. Kagey was an active member of the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Mount Jackson. She was a licensed Funeral Director and previously owned and operated the Dellinger Funeral Homes in Mount Jackson, Woodstock and Theis Funeral Home in New Market.

Ms. Kagey is survived by a son, David Lee Litten and wife, Mindy of Mt. Jackson; a brother, and retired Mortician, V.L.D. Kagey and wife, Kathy of Orkney Springs, and two grandchildren, Matthew Litten and Morgan Litten.

Active pallbearers will be David Litten, Matthew Litten, Gary Comer, John Dorrin, Wayne Shaffer, Kelly Clanahan, Steve Hines and Robert Young; Honorary Pallbearers will be V.L.D. Kagey, Warren Hepler, Mike Jordan and Kenny Knupp.

Pastor Matthew Diehl will conduct a graveside service at 2:00 pm, Sunday, December 6, 2020, at the Mount Jackson Cemetery in Mount Jackson.

Friends may sign the register book at Kyger Funeral Home in Harrisonburg or Dellinger Funeral Homes in Mount Jackson and Woodstock.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church or the Mt. Calvary Early Learning Center, P.O. Box 484 Mount Jackson, Virginia 22842.

The family would like to thank Kyger Funeral Home and all the employees of Dellinger Funeral Homes for their collaboration with handling the arrangements. Per Janelle’s request there will be no public viewing.

Facial coverings and social distancing will be required for the health of others.
Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association


November 9, 2020

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

Jess Johnson

CASTLEWOOD, VIRGINIA – Jess Johnson, 76, long time Castlewood and St. Paul Funeral Director and co-founder of Castlewood Funeral Home since 1991, passed away unexpectedly, Thursday, October 8, 2020, at his home.

He was born in Dante, Virginia; son of the late Jessee James Sr. and Dorothy Kilgore Johnson. He was preceded in death by one sister, Shirlene Johnson Bailey.

Jess began working part-time at Huff-Cook Funeral Home in St. Paul, Virginia in May of 1964. On June 1, 1965, he began working full-time at Huff-Cook, where he remained until the end of 1990. He has been a licensed funeral director since 1970. He was a member and Past Master of the St. Paul Masonic Lodge #343 A.F. & A.M., 32nd Degree Mason in Scottish Rite in the Roanoke Consistory, member of the Jericho Shrine Temple, the Clinch Valley Chapter #152 O.E.S., past president of the Castlewood Lions Club, and a Member of Calvary Baptist Church in Castlewood, Virginia.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Slemp Mullins Johnson, the light of Poppa’s life, Aaron Burton; one son, Jessie “Jay” Johnson, III and wife, Penny of Castlewood, Virginia; one daughter, Rebecca Woodruff and husband, Timothy of St. Paul, Virginia; four grandchildren, Jessie Johnson IV and wife, Jannike of Castlewood, Virginia, Nathan Johnson and wife, Megan of Castlewood, Virginia, Josh Castle and wife, Rebecca of Castlewood, Virginia, and Olivia Castle; six great-grandchildren, Cayden and Conner Castle, Nolan Johnson, Henry Johnson, Kaitlyn Castle, and Aliaynna Woodruff; and several nieces and nephews.

Following the COVID-19 restrictions set forth by the Governor of Virginia on face-covering requirements and social distancing, Funeral Services for Jess Johnson will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, October 18, 2020, in Castlewood Funeral Home Chapel in Castlewood, Virginia with Pastor Jim Pratt and Pastor Travis Price officiating. Entombment will follow in the Chapel of Love Mausoleum at Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood, Virginia. Pallbearers will be Grandsons and Friends. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Men of Calvary Baptist Church and the Staff Members and former Staff Members of Castlewood Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. and again from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 2020, in Castlewood Funeral Home in Castlewood, Virginia following the same restrictions. A radio broadcast of the service will be available on the Castlewood Funeral Home parking lot on radio station 88.9 FM during the service for those who would like to remain in your vehicle. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to The Gideon’s International, Memorial Bible Program at P.O. Box 2002, Lebanon, Virginia 24266, or the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude’s Place Memphis, Tennessee 38105. Online condolences may be sent to the Johnson family through our website at www.castlewoodfuneralhome.com. The funeral service will be available to view on our website at a later date. Castlewood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association


October 30, 2020

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

N. Elleen Lomax Harper

N. Elleen Lomax Harper, 102, departed this life on October 25, 2020. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Hilery Harper, Sr., and her parents: James H. and Nannie B. Lomax and sisters – Gladys H. Potts, Ernestine G. Brown and Katie L. Stith. Surviving are her loving and devoted sons – Willie C. Marlins (Mary) of Suffolk, VA; James L. Harper (Kay) of Petersburg, VA; and Charles Hilery Harper, Jr. (Zina) of Richmond, VA. Eleven Grandchildren, 14 Great Grandchildren, 2 nieces, 3 nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, other relatives and friends.

Mrs. Harper was a retired educator who taught in the public schools of Prince George County, Dinwiddie County, Emporia, VA and also Chesapeake Public Schools for 40 years. She retired from the Chesapeake Public Schools in 1979 having taught at Central Elementary School and Deep Creek Elementary School.

Her remains rest at Corprew Funeral Home, 1822 Portsmouth Blvd., Portsmouth, VA. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 1:00PM at Divine Baptist Church, 2917 Old Galberry Road, Chesapeake, VA. Rev. Dr. Tommie P. Smith, Pastor – officiating. Eulogy by Rev. Dr. Robert L. Barnes. Interment will follow at Roosevelt Memorial Park, Chesapeake. Viewing will be held on Friday from 2PM -7PM at Corprew Funeral Home.

Condolences may be sent to Charles Harper, Jr. at
c/o Scott’s Funeral Home
115 E. Brookland Park Blvd.
Richmond, VA 23222

Mother of Charles Harper, Jr. of Scott’s Funeral Home
Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association


October 30, 2020

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

Timmy Asbury McFarland

Timmy Asbury McFarland, 52 of Roanoke passed away Wednesday, October 28, 2020 following a long illness. He is survived by his parents, Sally and Richard McFarland; daughter, Jennifer Asbury; sister, Frances Asbury; 3 brothers, Billy, Milton and Roy Asbury all of Roanoke.

The family will receive friends Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 2 to 3 p.m. followed by a memorial service at 3:00 p.m. at Oakey’s South Chapel.

The family would like to thank Dr. Mellon and the nurses 10 South at RMH.

Online condolences may be at www.oakeys.com.

Timmy’s mother and father are employee’s at Oakey’s South Chapel.
Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association


October 27, 2020

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

Jack Deyerele Lohr

Jack Deyerele Lohr, 85, of Broadway, died October 25, 2020 at Sentara RMH Medical Center in Harrisonburg. He was born July 4, 1935 in Broadway and was a son of the late Ralph and Beulah Wooten Lohr. Jack was a funeral director assistant at Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway for 42 years. He was a member of Sunset Drive United Methodist Church in Broadway. He served in the U.S. Army from 1958-1964. Jack was a member and former fire chief at the Broadway Fire Department, where he became a member 71 years ago. He was one of the founding members of the Broadway Rescue Squad. On September 23, 1958 he married the former Penny Golladay, who survives.

Also surviving are a son; Jeff W. Lohr and wife Kim, of Broadway, two daughters; Melinda Brown, of Broadway, Jennifer Beahm and husband Joe, of Broadway, five grandchildren; Joshua Lohr, Tyler Brown and wife Haley, Adam Beahm and wife Brittany, Tiffany Moxley and husband Thomas, Emily Beahm and friend Austin Collins, four great grandchildren; Emerie and Cooper Beahm, Jaxson Moxley, Mason Brown, and three sisters; Jessie Long, of Timberville, JoAnn Gilkerson and husband Grif, of Bridgewater, Phyllis Wisman and husband David, of Harrisonburg.

He was preceded in death by five siblings; Mary Spitzer, Jean Andes, Phoebe Hoover, Marvin Lohr, Gilbert Lohr.

Pastor Donald Guthrie will conduct a private graveside service Friday at Linville Creek Cemetery.

The casket will be closed. Friends may sign a guestbook at the Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway on Thursday from 11:00 AM- 7:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Broadway Fire Department, P.O. Box 271, Broadway, VA 22815, or the Broadway Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 666, Broadway, VA 22815.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.GrandleFuneralHome.com

Longtime Grandle Funeral Home employee
Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association


October 23, 2020

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

Frances Rosenberger

Frances Rosenberger, mother of John Rosenberger and grandmother of Jonathan and Kevin Rosenberger, Warfield Rohr Casket Company. Mrs. Rosenberger passed away on Wednesday, October 21, 2020.

Visitation
Monday, October 26, 2020
3-6pm
The Johnson-Fosbrink Funeral Home, P.A.
8521 Loch Raven Blvd
Towson, MD 21286

Funeral Service and Interment
Tuesday, October 27, 2020
9am
The Church of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
8501 Loch Raven Blvd
Towson, MD 21286

Interment in Most Holy Redeemer Cemetery

To view the obituary for Mrs. Rosenberger, please use this link: http://johnson-fosbrink.com/obituaries.html

Virginia Funeral Sales Association


October 7, 2020

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

Jake Robert Williamson

January 10, 1992 – October 5, 2020

Jake Robert Williamson, 28, died October 5, 2020 at his home. He loved reading, documentaries, and watching and playing sports. Most of all, he loved his family, his girlfriend and his dogs. Jake cared deeply about those close to him, and his death is felt as a profound loss.

Jake is survived by his parents, Rad and Gina Williamson; brothers, Tyler, Erin and Ashley Williamson; grandparents, Bob and Helen Casper; longtime girlfriend, Julie Hendriks; aunts and uncles, Jackie Savarese, Frank and John Casper, Peggy Ellis and Allison Williamson; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family.

All services are private.

https://www.altmeyerfuneralandcremation.com/obituary/jake-robert-williamson/

Brother of Erin Williamson, Vice President of Treasured Memories & Altmeyer Funeral Homes

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association


September 8, 2020

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

Everette Thomas “Tom” Huddleston

Everette Thomas “Tom” Huddleston, 68, of Bedford went home to be with the Lord Sunday, September 6, 2020. He was preceded by his parents, A.T. and Rachel Smallwood Huddleston; sister, Kathy Huddleston Shrader; and a great niece, Casey Virginia Cooper.

Tom was a 1970 graduate of William Byrd High School and had a long career in funeral service. He was the owner of Tom Huddleston Service in Richmond, Va.

Surviving are his brother, Mike Huddleston; nephew, David Huddleston; niece Rachel (Trevor) Cooper; great nephew and great niece, Kevin and Nevaeh Cooper; and his beloved cat, Arthur.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to the Friends of Bedford County Animal Shelter 1307 Falling Creek Road Bedford, VA 24523.
A celebration of Tom’s life will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Mountain View Church 1121 Miller Lane Bedford, VA 24523. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Simpson Funeral Home 5160 Peters Creek Road.

Friend of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association


August 29, 2020

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

Franklin Hardwell “Frank” Whitten

Franklin Hardwell “Frank” Whitten, 83, died on August 27, 2020 in Lynchburg General Hospital. A lifelong resident of Lynchburg, he was born on August 20, 1937 to the late Wilbur Carrington “Red” Whitten and the late Louise Poole Whitten. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Lynn Whitten. He was married to Harriet Jones Whitten of Norfolk for 62 years.

An alumnus of E.C. Glass High School, Virginia Military Institute and Echols College of Mortuary Science, Frank began his chosen career early on working at Whitten Funeral Home with his father as a teenager. Throughout his life, Frank never considered his career as a job, rather as a calling. In the words of those he served, “he was kind, caring, compassionate and totally professional leading them through very sad and difficult times.” He was actively involved in numerous civic organizations, making friends wherever he went. He loved spending time with his family and friends. Frank was a devoted member of Peakland United Methodist Church where he served in numerous capacities.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children: Susan Whitten Padgett (Roy) of Charlotte NC, Alice Whitten Bowen (Tony) of Parrish FL, Mary Carter Whitten Van Atta (Matt) of Decatur GA, and Franklin Hardwell “Hardy” Whitten, Jr. (Betsy) of San Diego CA, eight grandchildren: Drew Bowen (Aubrey) of Atlanta GA, Sarah Bowen Hersh (Eric) of Snohomish WA, Paul Bowen of Atlanta GA, Mary Grace Padgett of Memphis TN, Elizabeth Padgett and Andrew Padgett both of Charlotte NC, Oscar Whitten of San Diego CA and Rob Van Atta of Decatur GA. He is survived by his brothers, Wilbur Carrington Whitten, Jr of Forest and Thomas P. Whitten of Beaufort SC. Also, he is survived by his brother-in-law, William Henry Jones, Jr. and his wife, Margaret of Augusta GA.
Private inurnment services will be conducted at Peakland United Methodist Church.

A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date due to the Covid situation.

The family requests that memorials be made to Peakland United Methodist Church, 4434 Boonsboro Road, Lynchburg VA 24503.
To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com.

Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association
Paul Whitten is President and GM of Whitten Funeral Homes


August 13, 2020

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

Albert Lee Foster

Albert Lee Foster of Gloucester passed away on Tuesday, August 11, at his home. He was born on September 21, 1942 in Blakes, Virginia. Albert, better known as Alf by those who knew and loved him always had a little joke or story to tell. He was a quiet, compassionate man who loved his family and treasured his friends. His greatest pleasure of all was to serve the people of his beloved Mathews County where he was born and raised.

After almost 30 years after graduating from Mathews High School, he was able to achieve his dream of being a funeral director. In 1990, Albert graduated from Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service at the top of his class earning the Bill Pierce Award for his integrity and dedication. Though he had many jobs throughout his life, funeral service was his true calling to serve and ease the grief and loss of loved ones who would be missed just as Albert will be by all who loved and knew him. During his career he worked at funeral homes in in the Hampton Roads area, Newport News, and Mathews, Va.

Albert is predeceased by his parents, Rosser Lee Foster and Dorothy Brown Foster; and his brother, James Emory Foster. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Linda Booker Foster; and his son and daughter-in-law, Sid and Trish Foster of Mathews; his grandchildren, Brandon and Ashley; his aunt, Thelma Brown of Richmond; and sister-in-law, Charlotte Strauser (David); and numerous nieces and nephews.

There will be a visitation at Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory, Gloucester, on Saturday, August 15 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, August 16, in the chapel of Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow at H.C. Smithers Cemetery in Mathews, Virginia. Memorial donations may be made to the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society, PO Box 385, Gloucester, Va. 23061. Andrews Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association


August 5, 2020

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

Patricia Russell Spencer

SPENCER, Patricia Russell, 81, of Richmond, passed away on Sunday, August 2, 2020. She was born in Sylva, N.C., the daughter of the late Goode and Roxie Russell. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Easley Spencer; children, Rusty Spencer (Tracy) and Melissa Simms (Billy); grandchildren, Rachael Spencer and Harrison and Dillon Simms; sister-in-law, Ann McRee. Pat was the past president of the Ginter Park Junior Woman’s Club. She was the Secretary/Treasurer of Spencer Casket Company and Executive Secretary for Virginia Carolina Chemical. Pat loved Christmas and enjoyed the neighborhood hanging of the bows celebration. She was the heart of the family and will be greatly missed. A gathering of family and friends will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 6, at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., where a funeral ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, August 7. A private burial will take place in Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider memorial contributions to the Shriners Hospitals for Children or Grace Christian School, P.O. Box 215, Mechanicsville, Va. 23111. You may view the funeral ceremony live by visiting blileys.com.

Virginia Funeral Sales Association


July 29, 2020

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

Beverly Jean Brown Whitten

Beverly Jean Brown Whitten, 82, of Forest, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 27, 2020. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Wilbur Carrington Whitten, Jr.
Born in Port Huron, Michigan, May 8, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Brown and Edna Copeland Brown. She retired from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette following 20 years of teaching in the English Department. In 1993 she was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Independent Study Grant in Literature. She and her husband retired to Lynchburg in 1995. She enjoyed history and leading tours as a docent at Poplar Forest where she volunteered for 15 years. She loved reading, studying literature, going to plays, traveling with friends, and spending time with her grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Paul C. Whitten and his wife Marnie of Lynchburg; her daughter, Jennifer A. Whitten and her partner Michael McElheny of Cleveland, Ohio; one sister, Gladys Kovach and her husband, Steve, of Lakeland, Florida; five grandchildren, Tyler C. Whitten, Brandon P. Whitten, Hannah E. Knowles and her husband Bryce, Avery W. Whitten and Andrew J. Whitten and a number of nieces and nephews.
A service celebrating her life will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 31, 2020 at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Celebrant Polly Starnes officiating. Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service.
Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Poplar Forest, P.O. Box 419 Forest, VA 24551-0419 or to the Salvation Army, 2215 Park Avenue, Lynchburg, VA 24501.
To send condolences online, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com.

Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association
Paul Whitten is President and GM of Whitten Funeral Homes


May 27, 2020

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

Beatrice Ann Finch “Pug”

Love. More than anything else, Beatrice Ann “Pug” Finch, is known for her love. Helpful, giving, caring, selfless, she was all these things. And, she will continue to be all these things, because while she was among us, and still, in our memories, she gave nothing but herself.

Born on August 10, 1931 in Spring Garden, Pug was the youngest of nine siblings, a wonderful wife, attentive mother of two, and also a matriarch to a family which included four grandchildren and two great granddaughters. Accustomed to hard work, Pug grew up working on her parents’ tobacco farm. She was a classic mid-century American homemaker. Pug spent her days creating a haven for her husband and her children, a safe space full of unbridled energy and teeming with affection. She managed the household effectively and the comfort she provided was truly a shelter of tenderness and care.

Every evening Pug had a home-cooked meal on the table. She raised the children, mowed the grass, and cleaned the home. She kept the household all together as one. Pug was a member of Lane Memorial United Methodist Church and always made sure her young boys were at Sunday School every Sunday morning, usually followed by a visit to her mother’s home in Danville for a Sunday meal. Because of her husband’s nonstop work schedule, Pug was both mother and father. She taught her boys how to throw a ball, took them to Little League, and to Cub Scout and Boy Scout meetings, and no matter what else was going on, Pug attended every single sporting event in which they participated, until they graduated from high school. Without Pug, the home would have faltered. Yet, she never let that happen, despite her husband’s tiresome itinerary and the exertions of raising two young boys, virtually on her own. Pug was the absolute foundation of the Finch family: her love truly bound family and home together.

Always aware of her husband’s burden in providing for the family and running the family business, early in the boys’ lives she worked at the florist during the busy holiday periods. Pug was happy that she could do more to help her husband and alleviate maintaining the household. For Pug, work, in and outside her home, was the bread of life. It was meaningful, helpful, essential, and relevant. Work was the thing which kept the family functioning and it was just one more thing for which Pug always made time.

Despite her nonstop work, Pug was a great beauty and no matter what she was doing, was always dressed to the nines. Her long-standing weekly appointments at the beauty and the nail salons were a ritual and not to be missed, no matter the circumstance. Unfortunately, the quarantine during the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted Pug’s beauty routine and she was quick to let her family know how out of sorts she was over her always meticulous appearance. However, despite not being able to get receive professional services, her family believes Pug’s beauty was immaculate and never faltered.

Pug did also delight in rest. When younger she loved the relationships she developed as a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. But, her greatest pleasure was playing cards and Bridge was her game. Highly competitive, Pug played at friends’ homes in the evenings and a few times a week, she gathered with her girlfriends to play in the afternoons. Pug even owned a computer which she used exclusively to play bridge. As a means of relaxation and a break from the endless chores and daily work of running the household, Pug found great joy in the small escape which a game of cards provided.

Just a short while ago, Pug lost her loving husband of sixty-five years, Bob. Bob’s death broke her heart and also, her will to live. Pug just didn’t want to go on without the man who had been at her side for so many wonderful years. She never seemed to recuperate from the shock of his death and Pug began to succumb to illnesses which had previously, only gently plagued her. More than once, she remarked that she didn’t want to go on without him: she despaired as greatly as she loved, so her family wasn’t surprised when Pug’s health began to fail.

However, Pug should be remembered as a survivor. From 1963 onwards, without taking radiation or chemotherapy treatments, she beat down cancer time after time. She also worked through three hip replacements, back surgery, and a three-way bypass. If singlehandedly raising children wasn’t a display of her strength and fortitude, certainly her courage in battling these various ailments is a testament to her vigorous constitution. Her battles with health, though quiet, graciously provided her family with a sense of stability, determination, and fearlessness. Doubtless, this is exactly how she would want those who loved her to confront the pain and fear of being without her.

Pug is survived by two sons, Rob Finch and his wife, Judy of Lynch Station and Mark Finch of Oconomowoc, WI; two sisters, Ruby F. Walton and her husband, Julian of Sutherlin and Jane F. Jones of Greensboro, NC. She was “Na-ne” to four grandchildren, Trey Finch and his wife, Brooke of Altavista, Tara Finch of Madison, WI, Jackson Finch of Edenton, NC, and Nicholas Finch of Pensacola, FL; and two great granddaughters, Austen Rylie Finch and Avery Camryn Finch.

In addition to her husband, Pug was preceded in death by one brother, D.H. Finch, Jr. and five sisters, Jewell F. Lewis, Christine F. Long, Emily F. Lewis, Rachel F. Durham, and Lois F. Chaffin.

A drive-in funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, May 30, 2020 in the parking lot of Finch & Finch Funeral & Cremation Service, Altavista by the Rev. Ben Horrocks. While in the parking lot, please tune-in to 87.9 FM on your radio to listen to the service while within your automobile.
The family will greet friends following the service. Friends will drive through the portico for a few words with the family.

For those wishing to view Pug, viewing will be available from 2:00 until 9:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. For the protection of your health, proper health precautions and social distancing will be practiced.

The Finch family would like to extend a special thanks for the loving care provided by the staff at Gentle Shepherd Hospice and especially Vivian Wright-Farmer and her team of caregivers including, Delicia Smith, Tasia Tucker, Cambria Lee, Dominique Noel, Shelia Lee, Joyce Miller, Annette Tucker, Tanisha Rucker, Jade McCoy and Trudy Stone.

The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider Lane Memorial United Methodist Church, 1201 Bedford Ave., Altavista, VA 24517 or Altavista Area YMCA, 718 Seventh St., Altavista, VA 24517.

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

Southside Funeral Directors Association
Mother to Rob Finch, Finch & Finch Funeral & Cremation Service


May 26, 2020

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

Joseph William Teague

Joseph William Teague, 83, of Charlottesville, Va., passed away on Friday, May 15, 2020.

Joe was born on December 16, 1936, in Wise County, Va., to the late Marvin Earl and Eura Culbertson Teague.

Joe proudly served his country in Korea as a Cryptographer in the United States Army. He was a loyal member of First Baptist Church for 55 years, and was awarded Deacon Emeritus for his faithful service.

Devoted Husband, Father and Grandfather he is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Jayne; son, Joseph William Teague Jr. and his wife, Cathy, their daughter, and son-in-law, Rachel and Chris Hendricks; daughter, Cynthia Teague Pistulka and her husband, Gary, their son, William and their daughter, Rebekah; sisters, Peggy Bolling, Nancy Washburn and Bobbi Teague; faithful and loving caregivers, Linda Napier and Charlotte Burruss; devoted sister-in-law, Pat Holt; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of dear friends.

Joe and Mary Jayne moved to Charlottesville in 1964 to manage the Preddy Funeral Home in Charlottesville which led to the founding of Teague Funeral Service. His professional leadership roles included President of Virginia Funeral Directors Association, Virginia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers, Virginia Health Regulatory Board and the National Funeral Directors Association Board of Governors representing Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and the District of Columbia. Served as Chair or President with many organizations; Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees, United Way, Kiwanis, Senior Center, American Heart Association and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Joe was honored by the community with many awards including, Jaycees Outstanding Young Man; Multiple Sclerosis Silver Hope; Kiwanian Walter Zeller and the Paul Goodloe McIntyre Award.

Joe was a Wahoo! Loved attending football, basketball and baseball games for 54 years. Proud member of the Virginia Athletics Foundation. Attended the first game at U-Hall. Go Hoo’s!

The family will plan a memorial service at First Baptist Church, Charlottesville, when we may gather together safely. A private family graveside service was held at Monticello Memory Gardens.

Thank you to all the staff at Albemarle Health and Rehabilitation for your love and care of Joe in his final days.

If you wish to honor Joe, thank God for your many blessings He has given you and reach out to someone with a smile and helping hand especially someone in need.

Contributions may be made to Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 160, Charlottesville, VA 22902 or a charity of your choice.

Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association
Past President, Virginia Funeral Directors Association


May 4, 2020

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

Elwood Wright Byrum

Byrum, Elwood Wright, August 25, 1942 – Friday, May 1, 2020 – On Friday, May 1, 2020, Elwood Wright Byrum, affectionately known by his family as Pop, 77, of Roseland, departed this life and was met at the heavenly gate with a warm hug from his beloved wife, Marie. Born in Norfolk, on August 25, 1942, he was the son of the late Jesse Oakley and Addie Mae Britton Byrum. Elwood attended and graduated Shenandoah Valley Academy where he worked in the book bindery. It was there he met and fell head over heels with the love of his life, Marie. Elwood was no stranger to hard work. Possessing a strong work ethic and sense of civic duty, he had been a Norfolk City Firemen, a bus driver for the city of Norfolk, as well as a medical supplies salesman. However, his true calling was funeral service. Elwood had been general manager for Smith and Williams Funeral Home in Norfolk when he was presented with the opportunity to move to Roseland where he established Byrum-Parr Funeral Home Inc., with his wife and fellow funeral director, Marie. Elwood was a beloved and active member of his community and was a member of Jonesboro Baptist Church where he faithfully served as deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a Rotarian, Gideon, Shriner, a 32nd degree Master Mason, and a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star. Elwood was always “economically” mindful. He pinched and stretched the value of a penny as far as it would go, never turning down a deal or passing over a bargain. He believed in the importance of faith and prayer, reading and studying his bible daily. He loved to cook, read, and was an original jokester at heart, whether he was telling a joke or pulling a fast one over you. He also possessed a reciprocally love for animals, never not having at least one by his side and a treat or two in his pocket. He is survived by his daughter, Diana Byrum Miller (Bill) of Tye River; three grandchildren whom he loved and raised as his own, Vanessa M. Turner (Matthew) of Beech Grove, Mylon C. Miller “Bo” (Tessia) of Waynesboro, and Jaime M. Miller of Tye River; his great-grandchildren and pride and joy, Alyssa, Zoey, William, Rylan, Avery, and Sophia; a special friend and ever faithful sidekick, Jr. Thompson; a special friend and adopted sister, Linda A. Massie; special nieces, Susan and Becky; special nephew, Greg; a sister-in-law, Marguerite; his beloved four-legged companion, Buddy Reeves; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of other loving relatives and friends. In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Marvin and Ralph; a sister, Katherine; a brother-in-law, Red; and a son-in-law, Steve J. Miller. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Juan Aponte and his staff, to the doctors and staff at Stroobants Cardiovascular Center, and to Centra Hospice for their excellent care, support, and kindness shown to our loved one. We would also like to thank his nephew Greg, for his loving care during pop’s final days. A service to celebrate a life well lived to be held at a later date. And Pop, “somebody has to work.” Byrum-Parr Funeral Home, Inc. P.O. Box 10 Roseland, VA 22967.

Southside Funeral Directors Association


May 4, 2020

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

Marie Louise Gentry Byrum

Byrum, Marie Louise Gentry

June 26, 1942 – Wednesday, April 29, 2020 On Wednesday, April 29, 2020, a precious soul, lovingly carried in the arms of the angels, entered into heavenly rest. Marie Gentry Byrum, affectionately known by her family as granny, gaggy, and G, 77, of Roseland, was born in Danville, June 26, 1942, the eldest of five siblings, to the late Charles Lee Sr. and Dorothy Dameron Gentry. Marie had attended and graduated from Shenandoah Valley Academy where she worked in the book bindery to pay for her tuition. It was also there that she met the love of her life, Elwood. She enjoyed secretarial work and bookkeeping and quickly became a valuable asset to Barr Construction Company. The skills that she acquired there helped pave the way for when she and her husband would establish Byrum-Parr Funeral Home, Inc. together, a position she was well suited for. Marie served families faithfully with loving kindness, compassion, respect and above all, professionalism. She was also elected and served as the first female president for the Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors’ Association from 1997-1998. Marie was a beloved and active supporter in her community, whom she loved and cherished dearly, and a member of Jonesboro Baptist Church and the Nelson Rotary Club. She was also a 50-year member of the Order of Eastern Star. Marie loved and lived whole-heartedly and was passionate about many things, including, her faith in God, books, music, ID tv, chicken livers from Ann’s Restaurant andCHOCOLATE. However, apart from God, she always put her husband and her family at the forefront of all she did. They were her life, her heart, and most importantly, her legacy. She is survived by her beloved husband of 58 years, Elwood Wright Byrum; her daughter, Diana Byrum Miller (Bill) of Tye River; three grandchildren whom she loved and raised as her own, Vanessa M. Turner (Matthew) of Beech Grove, Mylon C. Miller “Bo” (Tessia) of Waynesboro, and Jaime M. Miller of Tye River; her great-grandchildren and pride and joy, Alyssa, Zoey, William, Rylan, Avery, and Sophia; her sisters, Charlene, Edith and Dottie; her brother, Charles Jr.; a special friend and adopted sister, Linda A. Massie; special nieces, Susan and Becky; special nephew, Greg; numerous nieces, nephews, and a host of other loving relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Steve J. Miller, and a brother-in-law, George. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Juan Aponte and his staff, to the doctors and staff at UVA Medical Center, and to Centra Hospice for their excellent care, support, and kindness shown to our loved one. A service to celebrate a life well lived to be held at a later date. Byrum-Parr Funeral Home, Inc. P.O. Box 10 Roseland, VA 22967

Southside Virginia Funeral Directors Association


April 27, 2020

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

Nasa Farrow Jennette, Jr.

Nasa F. Jennette Jr., also known as “N.F.”, passed away April 8, 2020. He was born on August 12, 1930 to Nasa F. Jennette Sr. and Ethel Scarborough Jennette in Buxton NC. He was a US Army veteran serving during the Korean war and a retired Tugboat Captain with Maritrans. N.F. was a loving husband and father. He loved fishing and sports, especially baseball and ACC basketball and being with family and friends.

Nasa was predeceased by his wife, Doris L. Jennette; a son, Matthew Jennette; granddaughter, Victoria Jennette; his sisters, Ruth Quidley, Muriel Fulcher, Hazel Whidbee, Lorena Hornbacher, Rachel Austin, Goldie Watson, Elizabeth Hooper, Geraldine Gaskins, Elena Gilikin and Deloris Lewis; and brothers, Calvin Jennette, Joe Jennette, Jackie Jennette and Boyd Jennette.

He is survived by his loving wife, Agnes Fulcher Jennette of the home; sons, Willard Grant Jennette and wife Linda of Virginia Beach, VA, Nasa F. Jennette lll (Buddy) of Buxton, and Timothy West Jennette and wife Cindy of Buxton; stepdaughters, Juanita Long and Lori Eanes and husband Jimmy; and stepson, Chris Williams. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Ryan Jennette, Lauren Jennette, Desmond Brown, Jason Brown, Matthew Russo and Cami Slagle; one sister, Edith Jennette Bradley of Buxton; and numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

A memorial gathering will be held at a safer time in the near future. In the meantime, on-line messages, cards, and phone calls are most appreciated in lieu of visits with the family. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you honor NF with a donation in his memory to a worthy charity of your choice.
Please express condolences to the family via the online register at www.gallopfuneralservices.com. Gallop Funeral Services, Inc. was entrusted with arrangements.

Father of Lori Eanes, C&L Containers, Inc.
Virginia Funeral Sales Association


April 26, 2020

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

Betty Jean Simmons Young

Betty Jean Simmons Young, 89, a resident of White Birch Assisted Living Memory Unit, passed away to be with her heavenly father and beloved husband in heaven on Saturday, April 25, 2020 at 12:57 AM.

Betty was born on January 20, 1931 in a house on the east property that her grandparents owned near Moscow, Virginia in Augusta County. She was the daughter of the late Clio Edgar Simmons and Irma Grace Harper Simmons.

She was preceded by her soul mate of 45 years, the late Bernard Paul Young. Betty and Bernard worked side by side 38 years, 6 days a week, in a country grocery store, Simmons Exxon.

Betty managed a full-service grocery store/service station while Bernard managed the garage, drove the school bus, and barbered. Betty always had a smile on her face and loved everyone in her community who came into the store for groceries, especially the babies. She had been brought up in the store which her father had originally built and loved socializing with her neighbors when they came in to shop.

Bernard and Betty worked and raised a family of four children. They enjoyed family camping trips and provided unconditional love to each child.

Betty always found time to serve on committees where she was a member of the Parnassus United Methodist Church. In her earlier years she played the piano and taught Sunday School. Until her health failed, she served on numerous committees in the church including the United Methodist Women, the Administrative Board, The Bereavement Committee, and Visitation Committee to name a few. For several years she took care of the finances and care of the Parnassus Cemetery.

Betty is preceded in death by one sister, Evelyn Taylor, and one brother Garland Simmons.

Surviving are four children, Shirley Corder of Mount Solon, Virginia, Ronald Young (and wife Dawn) of Fishersville, Virginia, Dale Young (and wife Teresa) of Staunton, Virginia, and Wayne Young (and wife Michele) of Mount Solon, Virginia.

She leaves a legacy of 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren. Grandchildren include Gregory Corder, wife Kate, Chrissy Lopez Cotaina, husband Jose’, Carol Hilliard, husband Steve, Jessica Dobbs, husband Chance, Julie McClamrock, husband Bryce, Marla Poteat, husband Nick, Chris Young, wife Amy, Jody Rimel, husband Charlie, and Josh Young.

Great grandchildren included: Michael and Gabriel Corder, Joey and Rebekah Lopez Cotaina, Hannah and Sarah Hilliard, Braeden and Dawson Dobbs, Harper and Jax McClamrock, Briar Poteat, Ethan, Madison, Lillie and Serenity Young, Sven and Katrin Rimel.

Nieces and nephews include Faye Utz, Joyce Mizer, Carol Dick, Reggie Simmons, Randy Simmons, Carlton Simmons, Teresa Simmons, the late Mark Simmons and one sister-in-law, Margie Metzger.

All day viewing will be at the Johnson’s Funeral Home in Bridgewater, Virginia Tuesday from 9AM to 7 PM. A private burial service will be held at Parnassus Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Parnassus Cemetery or the Parnassus United Methodist Church. Contributions can be made out to Carole Grove, 1566 Moffett Branch Road, Churchville, VA 24421.

The family would like to thank the medical staff at White Birch Assistive Living and the New Century Hospice (Kendra) for the care and kindness they showed during her time there.

Grandmother to Jody Rimel wife of Charlie Rimel, Henry Funeral Home.
Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association


April 24, 2020

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

Martha Groves Harris
January 4, 1938 ~ April 21, 2020

Martha Groves Harris, 82, passed away at home with her family by her side. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late William Groves, III and Ella Giles Groves. Martha graduated from the UNC School of Nursing, class of 1960 and was a proud UNC TARHEEL.

Martha is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Harris Bazari and husband, Jiab of Clayton; sons, Paul Harris and wife, Theresa of Durham, Andrew Harris and wife, Nancy of Clayton; sisters, Susan Groves Bicking of Wenonah, NJ, Judy Groves West of Wenonah, NJ; grandchildren, Duncan Harris, Pearce Harris and Sarah Bazari.

Due to the current circumstances surrounding COVID-19 the family will be having a private graveside service at Montlawn Memorial Park in Raleigh. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Garner, 503 Lakeside Dr. Garner, NC 27529 or the National Alliance on Mental Illness of North Carolina, 309 W. Millbrook Rd. Suite 121 Raleigh, NC 27609.

Mother of Paul Harris, Regulatory Support Services
Virginia Funeral Sales Association


April 13, 2020

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

Linda DeCantis Graham

Linda DeCantis Graham, 61, of Richmond, died April 11, 2020 at Canterbury Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Henrico.

Linda was born August 5, 1958, in Washington, DC to the late D.P. and Wanda DeCantis. She was raised in Alexandria, VA, graduated from Mt. Vernon High School and went on to earn her B.A. in Drama from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Following college, she moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting while working full-time at Practicing Law Institute. She loved every minute of living in New York City. In the mid 80’s, following the birth of her daughter, she moved back to Richmond. She worked for Verizon Communications as a Management Executive, covering DC, VA, MD and WV, until her health began to deteriorate in 2009. She had a passion for life, loved the arts, enjoyed traveling, fishing, golfing, fine dining, and most of all, her beloved pets.

Linda is survived by her devoted daughter, Erika S. Kaufman; two sisters, Debra L. DeCantis and Margaret D. (Mark) Wilhour; a brother, Tom DeCantis; several aunts, uncles and cousins; and her longtime companion, Charles “Chuck” Graham.

Her wishes were to be cremated and scattered at a place she loved, Diamond Shoals just off the coast of Cape Hatteras, NC.

Riverside-Altmeyer Funeral Home in Newport News is handling the arrangements.

Sister to Tom DeCantis, Regional Vice President at Altmeyer Funeral Homes & Crematory
Tidewater Funeral Directors Association


April 11, 2020

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

Jeb Tanner Rippey Bartenslager

Jeb Tanner Rippey Bartenslager, who will forever be 21 in all the hearts that loved him, left this world on March 17, 2020 as a result of injuries sustained in an accident.

Jeb was born on March 30, 1998, a son of Brock and Melissa (Buettner) Bartenslager.

He was a proud 3rd step apprentice for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1249, and had a passion for line work. Jeb lived life to the fullest. He was always ready to have fun with family and friends, and he was especially proud of his black pearl. Vibrant in personality and adventure, he deeply loved his family and all that loved him. He will be deeply missed but never forgotten!

He is survived by his parents; Brock and Melissa Bartenslager, of New York, his siblings; Sarah, Tucker, Elizabeth and Clay Bartenslager of New York; Paternal grandparents, John R. “Dick” and Helen Bartenslager of Staunton, Va; Maternal grandparents, Henry and Ruth Buettner of Winchester, Va; and many Uncles, Aunts, Cousins and dear friends.

A private graveside service will be conducted at Green Hill Cemetery in Churchville, Va.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date in Malone, NY, due to the Coronavirus. We wish to thank with a grateful heart our family, friends, and entire community for the outpouring of love. We are JBSTRONG because of it! May Jeb enjoy the country music and backroads of Heaven until we meet again!

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net

Grandson to Dick Bartenslager, Funeral Director for Henry Funeral Home
Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association


April 11, 2020

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

Bob Addington

Bob Addington, 71, of Coeburn passed away at his home the morning of April 10, 2020. Bob was born on September 30, 1948 in Fleming Neon, KY to Roy and Ruby Addington. Bob was a licensed Funeral Director since 1969 and the Owner of Estes Funeral Home since 1981. He was a lifelong member of the Coeburn Masonic Lodge # 97, as well as the Odd Fellows and the VFDA. He was and avid HAM radio operator. Bob always had love and compassion for the families that he served, he loved to make people laugh, and loved for people to come by and see him for a laugh and a cup of coffee. He was also very thankful to the friends that stopped by and brought him a meal.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his wife Janet Sizemore Addington.

Bob is survived by his son Bobby Addington, Jr.of Aldle, VA, his daughter Lisa Addington-Mason and husband Adam of Norton, VA; grandson, Nicholas Mason; granddaughter Adeline Mason; brother, Dr. Jerry Addington of Locust Grove, VA; nephew Drew Addington and wife Stephanie; niece Julie Wishard and husband Terry; great-nephews Bryce Addington and Evan Wishard; as well as a host of friends; special friend Ellie Franks, who was his secretary for 38 years; and all the others that helped him at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be held at a later date due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.

Arrangements by Estes Funeral Home, 114 High Street, Coeburn, VA

Southwest Virginia Funeral Directors Association


April 9, 2020

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

Robert Lee Finch

“A great man is always willing to be little.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Robert Lee Finch, 90, of Altavista, died Thursday, April 9, 2020 at his home.

Although he never sought recognition for his accomplishments nor his generosity, and he lived his life to serve others, Robert Lee Finch did want to be remembered as a man who truly cared about people. Bob died at his home in Altavista, April 9, 2020. Bob was the loving husband of Beatrice F. “Pug” Finch for sixty-five years.

Bob was born March 12, 1930 in Lynchburg, a son of the late Hubert Judson Finch and Connie F. Finch. Bob’s mother, Connie, passed away in 1936 from leukemia. In the following years, Hubert married Connie’s youngest sister, Virginia who raised Bob.

Bob spent over 65 years as a licensed funeral director and embalmer, serving countless families, guiding hundreds of people through the most difficult losses of their lives, and working steadfastly to build a legacy for his family. Established in 1905 by Bob’s grandfather, Finch and Finch Funeral and Cremation Service is the oldest business in the area, includes two locations, and is also known as the first in service for five generations. Bob’s son, Rob, is now the home’s President and Bob’s grandson, Robert L. Finch III joined the firm in 2010. Truly, Bob’s time toiling at his beloved profession has given him the satisfaction that he desired: a business which not only provides for his family, but one which provides for his much-loved community.

A prolific worker, Bob once spent seven straight years laboring seven days a week, and on-call 24 hours each day. He demanded much from himself and spent more holidays comforting others than he did celebrating with his own family. Yet, despite all of the attention he gave to his firm, he was also immensely curious, and with that, took advantage of every opportunity which came his way. For instance, in order to provide a better service for his clientele, Bob studied the art of floral arranging, graduating from the American School of Floral Arts in Chicago. That entrepreneurial endeavor led him to grow his own greenhouse flowers and soon, he became the supplier for local florists. In fact, upon the wedding of his oldest son, Rob and his wife, Judy, Bob created the bridal bouquet for Judy. His penchant for the creative was always apparent: the furniture he refinished and the toys he built were immaculate, down to the smallest detail. Likewise, when Bob wanted to improve the Altavista location of Finch and Finch, he decided to put in a stained-glass transom window, so he enrolled in a stained-glass course at Central Virginia Community College, made the window, and installed it himself. His window, the only stained-glass piece he ever made, and the carefully cut Old English logo he devised, is still a prominent feature at the entrance of the Finch and Finch Altavista location.

Although it’s difficult to imagine how he had the time with all of his other activities, Bob was compelled to not only serve families, but also serve his professional peers. Bob was a past president of the Southside Funeral Directors Association and the Virginia Funeral Directors Association. He was also a former member of the National Funeral Directors Association Policy Board. In 1991, Bob’s peers voted him Virginia Funeral Director of the Year and his contributions to the profession were again recognized in 2002, when he received the Golden Licensee Award from the Virginia Funeral Directors Association, for 50 years of service. He received the Golden Licensee Award again in 2017 for 65 years as a licensed funeral director and embalmer. Bob’s dedication, combined with his vast experience, continues to serve Finch and Finch, where he is recognized as president emeritus.

A graduate of Altavista High School and Lynchburg College, Bob remained loyal and committed to his roots and extended his good work into the community, where he quietly addressed improvements. For example, Bob was instrumental in the development of the playing surface at Altavista High School’s English Stadium. He utilized his greenhouse experience to prepare the soil (with the help of Altavista High School football players, students, and families) and plant grass, while using his greenhouse equipment to provide irrigation to the high school’s football field, turning a dry, dusty field into lush turf for all the students to enjoy. Additionally, if he knew a neighbor wanted to begin a project, Bob would take over and start on it. Typical of his generation, if Bob saw something that needed to be done, he simply did it, again, regardless if he was asked to help. And sometimes, he did it regardless of anyone else’s wishes. As Bob always said, “It’s a whole lot easier to ask for forgiveness than to get permission.” Like his work at Finch and Finch, he did whatever it took to complete a job, and even more important, to complete the job correctly. Bob’s tendency to circumvent authority and seize control of a situation has produced results that can still be seen throughout Altavista. Never one to sit still, Bob continued to provide his expertise well into retirement, whether it was requested or not, of course.

It’s no surprise that Bob’s dedication to community also led him to the Lions Club International, of which he was not only a member, but also past president of the Altavista chapter, and former regional chairman. He was also a retired member of the Board of Directors of the First National Bank of Altavista and a longtime member of Lane Memorial Church, where he formerly served on the Board of Trustees.

Bob is a man of deep commitment, quiet emotion, and immeasurable loyalty. He is also a man who boldly confronted mortality nearly every day of his life. Just as he stoically enlisted in the U.S. Army at the height of the Korean conflict and bravely faced the daily challenges of the funeral profession, he just as fearlessly addressed his own end, stating with his usual wit and humor, “Well, I’m on my way out of here. My time is about done.” Certainly, Bob built a strong legacy at Finch and Finch, but more than that, and a feat much more difficult to accomplish, he leaves behind a legacy of kindness, humor, strong principles, and boundless love. This is definitely apparent in the family business, but even more important to Bob, these traits are evident in his sons and his grandchildren, in his contributions to the Altavista community, and in every family who has and every family who will pass under that lovingly-crafted stained-glass window at Finch and Finch Funeral and Cremation Service.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Rob Finch and his wife, Judy of Lynch Station and Mark Finch of Oconomowoc, WI; four grandchildren, Trey Finch and his wife, Brooke of Altavista, Tara Finch of Madison, WI, Jackson Finch of Edenton, NC, and Nicholas Finch of Pensacola, FL; and two great granddaughters, Austen Rylie Finch and Avery Camryn Finch.

Due to the COVID-19 health concerns in our society today, the funeral service will be held in a unique fashion. Bob firmly believed in the celebration of a life. We think Bob would be excited and proud to have a customary and traditional celebration of his life performed in an uncustomary manner.

A drive-in funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 14, 2020 in the parking lot of Finch and Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Altavista by the Rev. Ben Horrocks. While in the parking lot, please tune-in to 87.9 FM on your radio to listen to the service while within your automobile. The service is only available to those in attendance due to radio transmission limitations.

The family will greet friends following the service. Friends will drive through the portico for a few words with the family.

Please join and support our family while celebrating the legacy and incredible life of Bob.

For those wishing to view Bob, viewing will be available from Noon until 9:00 p.m. Saturday and 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the funeral home. For the protection of your health, proper health precautions and social distancing will be practiced.

The family would like to extend a special thanks for the loving care provided by the staff at Gentle Shepherd Hospice and especially Vivian Wright-Farmer and her team of caregivers including, Delicia Smith, Tasia Tucker, Cambria Lee, Shelia Lee, Joyce Miller, Annette Tucker, Tanisha Rucker, Jade McCoy and Trudy Stone.

The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider Lane Memorial United Methodist Church, 1201 Bedford Ave., Altavista, VA 24517 or Altavista Area YMCA, 718 Eighth St., Altavista, VA 24517.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Robert Lee Finch please visit our Sympathy Store.

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 echolsfuneralhome.com.

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 www.doddreedfh.com.
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 www.oakeys.com.

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 Park.www.colbertmoran.com
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 www.colbertmoran.com.

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