Miscellaneous Bland County, Virginia Obituaries

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Lottie Mae Archer Aker 
Lottie Mae Archer Aker, 90, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Joe Carrico officiating. Interment followed in the West End Cemetery. 
She was born in Wythe County, daughter of the late John A. and Bessie Archer. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar L. Aker; a brother, Robert R. Archer Sr.; two sons, Robert F. Aker and George E. Aker; and two sons-in-law, Harry E. Mabe, and Donald M. Umberger. 
Survivors include two daughters, Christine A. Mabe of Tazewell, and Juanita A. Umberger of Wytheville; two granddaughters and spouses, Kay U. and Gary McAlister of Wytheville, and Bernelle E. and Eddie Mabe of Tazewell; eight grandsons and spouses, H. Elwood and Judy Mabe of Tazewell, Barry M. and Sharon Umberger, Terry L. and Connie Umberger, Eddy K. and Joy Umberger, Ricky F. and Gabey Umberger, Jody K. and Lisa Umberger, all of Wytheville, Gregory F. and Peggy Aker of Charlotte, N.C., and Kevin T. Aker of Greensboro, N.C.; two daughters-in-law, Martha C. Aker, and Shirley G. Aker, both of Wytheville; and 16 great-grandchildren. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Harry Filmore Neel 
Harry Filmore Neel, 54, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Ceres, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, at the residence of his parents. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Barnett Funeral Chapel. Interment was in Signal Hill Memorial Cemetery in Hanover. 
He was a retired policeman with 33 years service where he served 17 years with the mounted squad. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, John Marshall Lodge No. 2. 
He was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Cralle. 
Survivors include two daughters, Stacey D. Neel of Fredericksburg and Kirstie L. Neel of Mechanicsville; his parents, Garland B. and Gladys K. Neel of Ceres; and a special friend, Pearl Johnson of Richmond. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Mabel Blessing Sadler 
Mabel Blessing Sadler, 84, of Wytheville, died Friday, Jan. 9, 1998, in the Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Dr. Charles Burnett and the Rev. James Pollock. Burial was in the West End Cemetery. 
She was the widow of Earl W. Sadler. 
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Marvin Winters of Marion; two grandsons, Brigen Winters of Arlington, and Martin Winters of Charlottesville; a sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Charles Jackson of Wytheville; a brother-in-law, Paul Sadler of Wytheville; Ruth Blessing of Wytheville; and several nieces and nephews. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. 
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Willie Wayne Taylor 
Willie Wayne Taylor, 84, of Pulaski, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, in the Highland Manor Nursing Home. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Joe Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Bland Cemetery. 
He was born in Bland County, a son of the late Joseph Cicero and Cora Combs Taylor. 
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Rivenbark Taylor of Pulaski; two daughters, Billie J. Hare of Pulaski, and Linda J. Parah of Radford; two sons, Loyd C. Taylor of Stafford, and Jerry W. Taylor of Mechanicsville, Md.; one sister, Pearl T. Hill of Richmond; a brother, Charlie Lee Taylor of Bland; and 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Mildred Coburn Gibson 
Mildred Coburn Gibson, 76, of Rocky Gap, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998, in Kegley Manor in Bastian. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Laurel Fork Baptist Church with the Rev. Barry Skaggs officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Bastian. 
She was born in Rocky Gap on Nov. 21, 1921, a daughter of the late Jim and Maggie Coburn. She was a member of the Laurel Fork Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Mack Coburn and Marvin Coburn; and one sister, Pauline Coburn. 
Survivors include her husband, James Luther Gibson; one daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Bub Radford of Bland; three sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Sue Gibson of Rocky Gap, John and Brenda Gibson of Bastian, and Jerry Gibson of the home; two sisters, Helen Puckett of Saline, Mich. and Bess Tiller of Rocky Gap; two brothers, James Coburn of Chantilly and Jack Coburn of Narrows; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Ruth Richardson of Anawalt, W.Va. and Mattie Dodson of Bluefield, W.Va. 
The family requests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Bland County Rescue Squad. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

James David Thompson 
James David Thompson, 71, of Bland, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. at the Old Bethel Cemetery in Bland with the Rev. Bruce Shelton officiating. 
He was born in Bland County, a son of the late Brady and Edith Lambert Thompson. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Thompson; and three sons, David Thompson, Claude Thompson, and Edward Thompson. 
Survivors include five sisters, Elsie Hounshell of Dublin, Mary King, Hazel Ellison, Peggy Dillow, and Betty Thompson, all of Bland; a brother, Brady Thompson Jr. of Bland; and a special friend, Robert Blackwell Jr. of Bland. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangement. 

Ella Sue Bogle Bish 
Ella Sue Bogle Bish, 81, of Littlestown, Pa., formerly of Ceres, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, in Brethren Home, New Oxford, Pa. 
Private funeral services were held. Interment was in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Littlestown, Pa. 
Born July 1, 1926, in Ceres. She graduated from high school in Ceres and was retired from the Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew N. and Louvenia Pruett Bogle. 
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Richard K. Bish of Littlestown, Pa.; one sister, Selma Weaver of Silver Spring, Md.; and many nieces and nephews. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Littlestown, PA 17340. 
Little Funeral Home in Littlestown, Pa. was in charge of the arrangements. 

Ella Hancock Pauley Blankenship 
Ella Hancock Pauley Blankenship, 82, of Route 2, Bland, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home in Bland with the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. Interment will follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery. 
She was born in Bland, the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Humphrey Hancock. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Chafe Pauley; and a son, Ralph Wayne Pauley. 
Survivors include her husband, Charles Blankenship of Bland; a son and daughter-in-law, Earnest and Clara Pauley of Powhatan; three grandchildren, Penny L. Pauley of Powhatan, Betty P. Estrada and Wanda P. Nichols, both of Chesterfield; and three great-grandchildren. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements. 

Herbert Hendrix 
Herbert Hendrix, 90, of Route 1, Bastian, died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998, in a Roanoke Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. from the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel, Bluefield, W.Va., with the Rev. Bobby Carter officiating. Burial followed in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Prosperity, W.Va. 
Born in Raleigh County, W.Va., he was a son of the late Isaac and Sarah Webb Hendrix. He was a member of the Fairdale Free Will Baptist Church in Fairdale, W.Va., and was a retired coal miner and member of the U.M.W.A. 
He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. 
Survivors include his wife, Nona Boggess Hendrix of Bastian; three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Hazel) Webb of Glen Daniels, W.Va., Mrs. Valdia (Sarah) Barnett of Augusta, Ga., and Mrs. Tommy (Marie) Burton of Bastian; three sons and daughters-in-law, Herbert and Brenda Hendrix of Ashville, Ohio, Carl and Helen Hendrix of Brunswick, Ohio, and Louie and Phyllis Hendrix of Olmsted Township, Ohio; two sisters, Ethel Butcher of Powellton, W.Va., and Dora Clonch of Smither, W.Va.; and 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. 
The family suggests memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the Bland County Rescue Squad, Route 1, Box 75, Bastian, VA 24314. 
Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield, W.Va. was in charge of the arrangements. 

Spurgeon Clyde McGrady 
Spurgeon Clyde McGrady, 71, of Bland, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. Interment will follow in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Bluefield. 
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he served as a medical corpsman aboard the U.S.S. New Yorker. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Spurgeon McGrady; a son, Timothy Wayne McGrady; and a brother, Gordon McGrady. 
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Farmer McGrady of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Ilene McGrady of Tazewell, and Andre and Karen McGrady of Bland; his mothers, Myrtle Worrell McGrady of Laurel Fork; two sisters, Mrs. Alvin (Georgie) Dalton of Hillsville, and Mrs. Melvin (Joy) Goad of Laurel Fork; five granddaughters, Shannon Durr of Princeton, W.Va., Gwyn McGrady of Bland, Cyndi Coleman of Wytheville, Amanda McGrady of Erwin, Tenn., and Alicia McGrady of Bristol; one great-grandson, Corey Durr of Princeton, W.Va.; one great-granddaughter, Rebekah Durr of Princeton, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family suggest that those who prefer may make memorial donations to the Bland County Rescue Squad, Route 1, Box 75, Bastian, VA 24314. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Harry Thomas McGuire 
Harry Thomas "Tommy" McGuire, 57, of the Mechanicsburg community of Bland, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at Pulaski Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Frank Clifton officiating. Burial was in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg. 
He was born May 4, 1940, in Mechanicsburg. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Edward McGuire; and a sister, Gay M. Kelly. 
Survivors include his wife, Cathern Blankenship McGuire of Bland; two sons and daughters-in-law, Brian K. and Nancy McGuire of Bland, and Kevin T. and Lisa McGuire of Bland; two daughters and son-in-law, Kay and John Clemons of Bland, and Cheryl McGuire of Bland; his mother, Flora Harman McGuire of Bland; one sister, Betty M. Vest of White Gate; father-in-law, Harold Blankenship of Bland; special friend, Samuel F. Groseclose; eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Norman T. Miller 
Norman T. Miller, 42, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998. 
A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Discovery United Methodist Church, Richmond. 
He was a 1975 graduate of Northside High School and founded Capital Investors Insurance Co. in Richmond. 
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Miller. 
Survivors include his daughter, Kristen Maria of Richmond; his father, Vaden H. Miller; a sister, Cheryl A. Miller of Bland; his brother and sister-in-law, Eric and Jane Saunders Miller of Montvale; and several nieces and nephews. 
In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to their local American Cancer Society or to Discovery United Methodist Church, 13000 Gayton Rd., Richmond, VA 23233. 
Cremation Society of Virginia in Richmond was in charge of the arrangements.

William Canless Parks 
William Canless "Bill" Parks, 87, of Bastian, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, in the Bluefield Regional Medical Center. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Bastian Church of God with the Rev. William Hand officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery. 
He was a son of the late Foster and Mary Parks. He was a member of the Bastian Church of God. 
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Jean Colley, Dorothy Lundy, and Edith Fulton; and a brother, Dewey Parks. 
Survivors include his wife, Josephine Parks of the home; two daughters, Patsy Jean Weydemeyer of Mountain Pine, Ariz., and Peggy Sue Hylton of Cumming, Ga.; two sons, Freddie Parks Covington, and Eddie Parks of Leesburg; two sisters, Mamie Estep of New Castle, Del., and Virginia Vaught of Huntington, W.Va.; and seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Margaret Chandler Sawyers 
Margaret Chandler Sawyers, 79, a resident of Asbury Center at Birdmont, died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William D. Dale Sr., and the Rev. Penny Dale officiating. Interment will follow in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Rural Retreat. 
She was born in Bland County, a daughter of the late Charles Franklin and Lisa Jane Kimberland Chandler. She was a member of the Original Church of God. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. William D. Sawyers; and a son, Thomas Sawyers. 
Survivors include two sisters and brother-in-law, Josie Alberta Earhart of Hanover, Pa., Dorothy Irene and Clifford Ferguson of Taylorsville, N.C.; a brother and sister-in-law, Chalmer C. and Ola Chandler or Rural Retreat; three step-grandchildren, Neda "Libby" Lester of Glade Springs, Chip Ferguson, and Mike Ferguson, both of Wytheville; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 5, from noon until 2 p.m. at Barnett Funeral Home. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements. 

Bessie Mae Lambert Sexton 
Bessie Mae Lambert Sexton, 79, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Bland Community Church with the Rev. Leroy Long, the Rev. Claude Dove, the Rev. Ron Hutzel, and the Rev. Bill Dale officiating. Interment followed in the Stowers Cemetery. 
She was a member of the Bland Community Church. 
She is survived by two daughters, Sally Edward, and Ana Stiltner, both of Bland; three stepsons, Olen Sexton of Bland, Curtis Sexton, and Wythe Sexton, both of Fredericksburg; two grandchildren, Betty Elmore of Wytheville, and Joe Stiltner of Bland; four great-grandchildren, Christy Stiltner, Charlie Stiltner, both of Bland, Audra Repass, and Tina Repass, both of Wytheville; and one sister, Kate Hancock of Bastian. 
The family suggest that those who prefer may make memorial donations to the Bland County Rescue Squad, Route 1, Box 75, Bastian, VA 24314. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

James David Thompson 
James David Thompson, 71, of Bland, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. at the Old Bethel Cemetery in Bland with the Rev. Bruce Shelton officiating. 
He was born in Bland County, a son of the late Brady and Edith Lambert Thompson. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Thompson; and three sons, David Thompson, Claude Thompson, and Edward Thompson. 
Survivors include five sisters, Elsie Hounshell of Dublin, Mary King, Hazel Ellison, Peggy Dillow and Betty Thompson, all of Bland; a brother, Brady Thompson Jr. of Bland; and a special friend, Robert Blackwell Jr. of Bland. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

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