Miscellaneous Bland County, Virginia Obituaries

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Letha Virginia Hancock 
Letha Virginia Hancock, 82, of Wytheville, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 1998. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 20, at 1 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Frank Bauman officiating. Interment followed in the Shrader-Hancock Cemetery. 
She was born in Bland County, a daughter of the late Sidney and Pearl King Hancock. 
She was preceded in death by two sons, Jessie James Hancock and Richard Lee Hancock; and a brother, Ed Hancock. 
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Dorothy and David Davis of Rural Retreat; three sisters, Lorane Garner and Elva Amburn, both of Wytheville, and Mary Hamblin of Front Royal; a sister-in-law, Hester Hancock of Kegley W.Va.; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Georgia Lee Wright 
Georgia Lee Wright, 63, of the Hollybrook Community, Bland, died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, in Radford Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Seed of Life Ministries Church, Crandon, with the Rev. Junior Jackson and the Rev. Tom Kirk officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook. 
She was born July 23, 1934, at Hollybrook, a daughter of the late Samuel Roberson and Elva Faye Ramsey Francis. She belonged to the Methodist Church and the Seed of Life Ministries Church. 
She is survived by her husband, Charles Russell Wright of Bland; two sons and daughter-in-law, Robbie and Lisa Wright of Bland; William R. Wright of Bland; three sisters, Mrs. Earl C. (Janet) Faulkner of Bland, Mrs. Homer Lee (Nancy) Wright of Bland, and Mrs. Larry (Judy) Wood of Wytheville; and three grandchildren, Angelia, Alex and Alexis. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Henry Fred Hubble 
Henry Fred Hubble, 71, of Route 3, Falls Mills, died Wednesday, Feb. 25, 1998, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, W.Va. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Feb. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell, W.Va. with the Rev. Barry Franklin and the Rev. Ted Anders officiating. Burial followed in Grandview Memory Gardens on the Bluefield-Tazewell Road in Bluefield. The Sandy River District American Legion Post No. 175 and the Mercer County Veterans Council will conduct military graveside rites. 
Born June 7, 1926, in Nebo, he was a son of the late Garland Leroy and Jennie Kinder Hubble. He had been a resident of Falls Mills for 42 years and was retired from EIMCO Mine Machinery Shop where he worked for 27 years as a maintenance supervisor. He also was formerly employed as an auto-mechanic and was a veteran of World War II serving with Battery A. 579th Anti-aircraft Artillery in the Pacific Area with the U.S. Army. He was of the Protestant faith. 
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Roby Frederick Craddock. 
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Santa Fe Woodward Hubble of Falls Mills; a son and a daughter-in-law, DeWayne and Kathy Hubble of Ceres; four daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Allen F. Wagner of Vinton, Teddi R. and Robert D. Craddock of Hewett, W.Va., Freda and Ronald Linkous of Bluefield, and Theresa E. and Alford Wright of Falls Mills; three brothers, James R. Hubble of Ceres, Roscoe Hubble of Abingdon and G.L. Hubble Jr. of Marion; a sister, Ada Berry of Marion; nine grandchildren, Franklin Wagner II of Christiansburg, Michelle R. Wagner of Blacksburg, R. Bradley Craddock of Danville, W.Va., Clinton D. Craddock and Travis R. Craddock, both of Hewett, W.Va., Heath J. Wright and Heather E. Wright, both of Falls Mills, Clay Henry Hubble and Nathan R. Hubble, both of Ceres; and a great-granddaughter, Kaila C. Craddock of Hewett, W.Va. 
Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell, W.Va., was in charge of the arrangements. 

William Mosbey Faulkner Jr. 
William Mosbey Faulkner Jr., 77, of Kimberling Valley in Bland County, died Wednesday, March 4, 1998, in Wythe County Community Hospital after a life-long struggle with asthma. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate with the Rev. Mike Bradshaw officiating. Burial followed at Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook. 
Born Aug. 1, 1920, in Bluefield, W.Va., he was a veteran of World War II, and resided in the Kimberling Valley of Bland County. 
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sue Blankenship Faulkner; his only child, R.D. Faulkner; two grandchildren, Jason and April Faulkner; and several in-laws, other relatives, friends and neighbors. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Loraine Coeburn Gray 
Loraine Coeburn Gray, 79, of Pulaski, died Thursday, March 5, 1998, at her home. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at the Stevens Funeral Chapel. Burial followed in the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin. 
She was born in Mercer County, W.Va., on Aug. 11, 1918, and was a daughter of the late Howard Carbie Coeburn and Lucy Callie Poe Coeburn. 
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Norma Jean Aldridge. 
Survivors include her husband, Malcolm Gray Sr. of Pulaski; two daughters, Juanita Gail Buck of Rural Retreat, and Marion Sue Akers of Dublin; three sons, Malcolm Gray Jr. of Pulaski, Mitchell Gray of Barren Springs, and Albert Dewey Hendrick of Roanoke; three sisters, Francis Neal of Bluefield, W.Va., Irene Whited of Bluefield, and Katherine Coeburn of Charlottesville; one brother, Hobert Coeburn of Lockport, Ill.; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
Stevens Funeral Home in Pulaski was in charge of the arrangements. 

Charles Curtis Mast Sr. 
Charles Curtis Mast Sr. of Blacksburg, died Saturday, March 7, 1998, at his home. 
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, March 10, at 11 a.m. at Blacksburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Herbert Hobbs officiating. Interment followed in the Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg. 
He was born in Princess Anne County to the late Charles Howard and Ella Mildred Curtis Mast. He served in the South Pacific during World War II. He retired from the faculty at Virginia Tech and was a pioneer in the Agriculture Extension Service, making significant contributions to the beef cattle and sheep industries in the state of Virginia. He was a member of Blacksburg United Methodist Church, the Blacksburg Rotary and Sports Clubs, and the Old Guard of VPI&SU. 
He is survived by his wife, Helen Ashworth Mast of Blacksburg, a son and daughter-in-law, Charles Curtis Jr. and Nga Pham Mast of Oklahoma City, Okla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Evelyn Mast and Lorne Wenzel of Naples, Fla.; three granddaughters, Anne Wenzel, Lorna Wenzel, and Sarah Wenzel, all of Naples, Fla.; two brothers, Howard Mast of Sulfolk, and Clyde Mast of Gainesville, Fla.; and a sister, Elizabeth Mast Halstead of Atlanta, Ga. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Gentle Shepherd Hospice, P.O. Box 3754, Radford, VA 24143. 
McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg was in charge of the arrangements. 

Constance Louise Muncy 
Constance Louise Muncy, 65, of Bland, died Monday, March 9, 1998, in the St. Luke Hospital in Bluefield, W.Va. 
Memorial services will be held Friday, March 13, at 11 a.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. June Miller and the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. 
She was born in Bluefield, W.Va., the daughter of the late Clarence and Edna Clark Evans. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gilbert Carter Muncy. 
Survivors include two sons, Bruce Carter Muncy of Virginia Beach, and Mark Christopher Muncy of Bland; two grandchildren, Walker Muncy and Pearce Muncy of Virginia Beach; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Ellen and Larry Walls of Bland, Ruth Muncy of Grundy, Ann Monti of Bland and Charles Raymond Muncy; and various nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

David Harold Blankenship Sr. 
David Harold Blankenship Sr., 79, of Bland, died Sunday, March 15, 1998. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 19, at 11 a.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Dwayne Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Salem Church Cemetery, Bland. 
He was born June 29, 1918, at Narrows, a son of the late Grover Cleveland and Virgie Mae Orey Blankenship. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Creasie Dalton Blankenship; a grandson, Emory C. Davis; a granddaughter, Thresa Davis; and a brother, Cecil Blankenship. 
Survivors include five daughters and sons-in-law, Cathern McGuire, Jane and Teddy Davis, Vinia and Willie Davis, Janet and Matt Clemons, all of Bland, and Von and Gus Shepherd of Christiansburg; three sons and daughters-in-law, David H. Blankenship Jr., Larry and Carol Blankenship, all of Bland, and Jerry and Reba Blankenship of Pearisburg; five sisters, Eva Bouldin of Dublin, Lee Dalton of Narrows, Fay Hull of Rocky Gap; Dorothy Agee and Magatha Blankenship, both of Bland; special friends, Libby Harless, Mary Chewning, and Ashley Drummond; 28 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in White Gate is in charge of the arrangements.

Betty Mercedith Harden Clark 
Betty Mercedith Harden Clark, 56, of Town of LaGrange, N.Y., formerly of Ceres, died Thursday, March 12, 1998, in Westchester County Medical Center. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 17, at 2 p.m. at Red Oak Union Church in Ceres with the Rev. Bill Schoeneman officiating. Interment followed in the Red Oak Cemetery. 
She was a graduate of Berea College with a bachelor's degree in home economics, taught home and consumer economics at Loudoun Valley High School in Virginia from 1963 to 1967, and taught at Poughkeepsie High School from 1967 until her retirement in 1977. She was active in East Fishkill, LaGrange and Mid-Hudson Soccer leagues in New York. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Gilbert R. Harden. 
Survivors include her husband, Carl Clark of the home; one son, Carl A. Clark of Neupals, N.Y.; her mother, Irene Walters Harden of Ceres; two sisters, Linda Spears of Walkersville, Md., and Frances Umbarger of Ceres; two brothers, G.R. Harden of Ceres, and Glenn Harden of Austinville; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the American Heart Association for aneurysm research. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Margaret Stowers Compton 
Margaret Stowers Compton, 86, of Wytheville, died Thursday, March 12, 1998. 
A memorial service was held Sunday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Joe Taylor officiating. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bill" Compton; and a grandson, Michael Shawn Compton. 
Survivors include five daughters and sons-in-law, Billie Jo Tackish of Maryland, Elizabeth C. Brooks of Roanoke, Carol C. Young of Washington, Nancy and Marvin Simmons of Roanoke, and Karen and K.D. Sexton of Wytheville; five sons and daughters-in-law, Richard and Judy Compton of North Dakota, Don and Sharon Compton of Grayson County, Bob and Ella Compton of Bland, David T. Compton, and Allan D. Compton, both of Wytheville; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Wythe County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 389, Wytheville, VA 24382, or to their favorite charity. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Elizabeth Bissell Hucks 
Elizabeth "Betty" Bissell Hucks, 77, of Pawley's Island, S.C., died Saturday, March 14, 1998, in Georgetown Memorial Hospital in Georgetown, S.C. of leukemia. 
A memorial service will be held in Bland at a later date. 
She was born on March 24, 1920, a daughter of the late Henry G. Bissell and Ruth Robinson Bissell. She was retired from the Interior Department in Washington, D.C., and was the widow of Fredric Esmond Hucks. She was a member of the Bland Baptist Church in Bland. 
She is survived by a son, Fredric E. Hucks Jr. of Pawley's Island, S.C.; four daughters, Diane Tibbs of Bland, Donna G. Markham of Sunnyvale, Calif., Denise E. Hucks of Falls Church, and Deborah L. Hardgrave of Stafford; and nine grandsons, one granddaughter, and three great-grandsons. 
The family suggests memorials to be made to the Bland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 10, Bastian, VA 24314. 
Mayer Funeral Home in Georgetown, S.C., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Nora Jane Thompson Kimberling 
Nora Jane "Pinkie" Thompson Kimberling, 98, of Bland, died Tuesday, March 17, 1998, in the Kegley Manor Nursing Home in Bastian. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 20, at 11 a.m. at the Bland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Frank Clifton and the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. Interment will follow in the Bland Cemetery. The body will be taken to the church one hour before service time. 
She was born in Bland County the daughter of the late John Edward and Rachel Pauley Thompson. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Kimberling; three sons and two grandsons. 
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Rachel and Raymond Barker of Marion, Jean and David Williams of Bland, and Edna and Clay Barker of Princeton, W.Va.; a son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Patsy Kimberling of Roanoke; and 17 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, March 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Bland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 10, Bastian, VA 24314 or the Bland Cemetery, c/o Jane Hall, Bland, VA 23415. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements. 

Margaret McCormack Tice 
Margaret McCormack Tice, 57, of Wytheville, died Saturday, March 14, 1998, in the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville. 
A prayer service was held Tuesday, March 17, at 8 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 18, at 10 a.m. in the St. Mary's Catholic Church conducted by Father J. Ven Ilano. Burial will be Friday, March 20, in Vicksburg, Miss. 
She was born and raised in Vicksburg, Miss., and was a 1959 graduate of St. Francis Xavier Academy, and Merry Hospital School of Nursing Class of 1965 in New Orleans, La. 
She is survived by her husband, Dr. John J. Tice IV of Wytheville; a daughter and her fiancé, Renee Oubre and Richard Cawston of Atlanta, Ga.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Scott and Lynsey Oubre of Winter Park, Fla., and John and Katy Oubre of Atlanta, Ga.; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Anne and Harlan Boyles of Jacksonville, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Jeremy, Courtney, Alexandria, and Austin. 
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations may be made to the Presbyterian Children's Home of the Highlands, P.O. Box 545, Wytheville, VA 24382, or to Habitat for Humanity of Wytheville, c/o St. Mary's Catholic Church, Wytheville. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements.

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