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Elmo L. Duncan 
Elmo L. Duncan, 83, of Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw, Ga., died Monday, Feb. 23, 1998, of congestive heart failure in Cartersville Hospital, Cartersville, Ga. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of the Owen Funeral Home with the Rev. Lee McGarity officiating. Interment was in the Kennesaw City Cemetery. 
He was born Dec. 12, 1914, in Ceres, Bland County, a son of the late Allen Lanze Duncan and Jessie Kitts Duncan. He was of the Methodist faith and an Army veteran of World War II, having served with the 105 Infantry in Okinawa and Japan. He owned and operated a garden statuary company in Kennesaw, Ga., designing his own molds, for about 30 years. 
He is survived by his wife, Marie Segars Duncan; four children, Mark Ashworth, Doyl Ashworth, Elaine Keller, all of Cartersville, Ga., and Jimmy Ashworth of Taylorsville, Ga.; 14 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kathleen Hall of Wilmington, Del., Bernice Neel of Arnold, Md.; and a brother, Buford Kay Duncan of Vacaville, Calif. 
Owen Funeral Home in Cartersville, Ga., was in charge of the arrangements. 

Viva Hayton Owens 
Viva Hayton Owens, 98, of Snow Camp, N.C., died Sunday, March 22, 1998, at Alamance Regional Medical Center in Burlington, N.C. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 24, at 11 a.m., at the Loflin Funeral Home Chapel in Liberty, N.C., with the Rev. Dan Quackenbush and the Rev. Howard Spray officiating. Burial followed at Pleasant Hill Christian Church Cemetery, Liberty, N.C. 
She was a native of Ceres, and was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Burlington, N.C. 
She is survived by two grandchildren, Anthony Jones, and Mary Lee Forbes; four great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Hill Christian Church Cemetery Fund, 1707 Pleasant Hill-Liberty Rd., Liberty, N.C. 27298. 
Loflin Funeral Home Chapel in Liberty, N.C. was in charge of the arrangements. 

Tracy Alan Hylton 
Tracy Alan Hylton, 33, of Bluefield, W.Va., died Tuesday, March 24, 1998, in the Princeton Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Friday, March 27, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. Interment followed in the Morning Star Cemetery. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Robert and Bertha Hylton, and Greever Chandler. 
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Saunders Hylton of Bluefield, W.Va.; his parents Jimmy Lewis and Betty Jean Hylton of Bland; a sister, Samantha Dawn Hylton of Radford; and his grandmother, Ruby Blankenship Chandler of Bland. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Josephine H. Smith 
Josephine H. Smith, 93, of Route 1, Rural Retreat, died Monday, March 30, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 1, at 1 p.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Michael Hoyle officiating. Interment followed in the Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery. 
She was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church in Nebo. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Burlie W. Smith. 

Survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Geneva and Ray Gentry of Hampton, and Betty Yates of Tazewell; five sons and daughters-in-law, Harry Lee and Patsy Smith of Ridgeway, William Smith, Burlie "June" and Lauretta Smith, all of Rural Retreat, Jack and Mary Smith of Eagle River, Alaska, and Jim and Mary Smith of Baltimore, Md.; one sister, Flora Hancock of Marion; six grandchildren, Mike Smith, Cindy Buzitis, Tammy Hickel, Linda Akehurst, Terry Ponzillo, and Donna Wilber; eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; a special caregiver friend, Ernestine Sult of Rural Retreat; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family requests that those who prefer, may make memorials to the Rural Retreat Volunteer Emergency Services, Railroad Ave., Rural Retreat, VA 24368, or to the Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o James R. Hubble, 352 Hummingbird Lane, Ceres, VA 24318. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat was in charge of the arrangements. 

Marvin Monique Tynes 
Marvin Monique Tynes, 56, of Rocky Gap, died Wednesday, March 25, 1998, in the Bluefield Regional Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Monday, March 30, at 1 p.m. at the Tynes Chapel A.M.E. Church in Rocky Gap with the Rev. Andrew Montgomery and the Rev. Fred Saudners officiating. Interment followed in the Hogans Cemetery in Rocky Gap. 
He was born in Rocky Gap, a son of the late Ferge and Octavia Tynes. He was a former employee of Asarco Corporation in Columbus, Ohio and the J.C. Penney Company in Bluefield, W.Va. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam era. 
He is survived by five sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia M. Wells of Columbus, Ohio, Bessie and Jerry Anderson of Mullins, W.Va., Helen and Charles Summers of Columbus, Ohio, Hazel Tynes of Rocky Gap, and Bertha and Levi Hagwood of Columbus, Ohio; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Lee A. and Elizabeth Tynes, George W. Tynes, all of Rocky Gap, James A. and Shirley Tynes, and Leonard S. and Shirley Tynes, all of Columbus, Ohio; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Edward Lancing Bowles Sr. 
Edward Lancing Bowles Sr., 80, of Route 1, Rocky Gap, died Thursday, April 2, 1998, in a Bluefield hospital. 
Funeral services were held Monday, April 6, at 1 p.m. at the Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield, W.Va., with the Rev. Danny Shortridge and the Rev. Paul Baker officiating. Entombment followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery Mausoleum. The Sandy River District American Legion Post No. 175 and the Mercer County Veterans Council conducted military honors at the graveside. 
Born Jan. 3, 1918, in Wytheville, he was a son of the late Charles Bowles and Ella Lefler Bowles. Prior to his retirement, he worked for Betsy Ross Bakery for 30 years as a facility technician. He was a member of Dry Fork Baptist Church in Rocky Gap and was a resident of Rocky Gap for 45 years. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II. 
He was preceded in death by two sisters and two brothers. 
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Dorcas Burcham Bowles of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, E.L. "Buddy" Jr. and Sharon Bowles of Bluefield, W.Va., and Mickey and Delores Bowles of Bluefield; four daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Bill Hamby of Bluefield, W.Va., Bobbi Kay and Lloyd Dobbs of Virginia Beach, Gina and Les Holshouser of Hillsborough, N.C., and Dee Dee and Dave Miller of Efland, N.C.; two sisters, Stella Mae Umberger and Helen Smith, both of Wytheville; and 13 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield, W.Va., was in charge of the arrangements.

Lawrence Straley Sult 
Lawrence Straley Sult, 88, of Crockett, died Saturday, April 4, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 7, at 11 a.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Rance Edwards. Interment was in the King's Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. 
He was retired from the American Screw Company and was a member of the Kings Grove United Methodist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hallie Miller Sult. 
Survivors include one daughter, Verna S. Fisher of Rural Retreat; one son and daughter-in-law, Ellis F. and Elaine Sult of Bluefield, W.Va.; a sister, Mary Cornett of Rural Retreat; a half-brother, James W. Hall; grandchildren and spouses, Dewey and Lucy Fisher, Joe and Melissa Sult, Denise and Mike Farmer, Jane and Mark Mustard, Joyce Lien, and Cathy and Keith Godwin; and seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Memorial donations may be made to the Kings Grove Cemetery Fund. 
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Catherine F. Groseclose 
Catherine Ferguson Groseclose, 98, of Ceres, died Thursday, April 9, 1998, at her residence. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at the Sharon Lutheran Church with the Rev. June Miller officiating. Interment followed in the Sharon Church Cemetery. 
She was born in Smyth County, a daughter of the late George and Jenny Thompson Ferguson and was a member of the Sharon Lutheran Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Groseclose; and a son, John Henry Groseclose Jr. 
Survivors include two grandsons, J. Vincent Groseclose of Marion and G. Victor Groseclose of Ceres; a daughter-in-law, Evelyn H. Groseclose of Ceres; three great-granddaughters, Amber Groseclose and Kelsey Groseclose, both of Ceres, and Jouette Groseclose of Marion; a great-grandson, Nicholas Groseclose of Marion; and two sisters, Minnie Gillespie of Saltville and Sara Llewellyn of Richmond. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Marie Chapman Holmes 
Marie Chapman Holmes, 87, of New York, died Friday, April 10, 1998, in Manhattan, N.Y. 
Funeral services will be Friday, April 17, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel in Wytheville with the Rev. Angela M. Hardy officiating. Interment followed in the Oakwood Cemetery. 
She was born in Wytheville on Oct. 21, 1910, to the late Charles and Margaret Anderson Chapman. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Al Holmes. 
Survivors include a daughter, Barbara Holmes Fennel of St. Albans, N.Y.; a granddaughter, Dr. Linda M. Fennell of New Orleans, La.; two sisters, Edith C. Martinez of Laurelton, N.Y., and Mary C. Runnells of Wytheville; a brother, Charles H. Chapman of Canton, Ohio; a niece, Charisse D. Runnells; two nephews, Charles Chapman of Canton, Ohio, and Jose Martinez, N.J.; and three great nieces and four great nephews. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the American Cancer Society, 167 East Main St., Abingdon, VA 24210-2838. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

James Larkin Corder 
James Larkin "Jimmy" Corder, 86, of Little Creek, Bland County, died Wednesday, April 15, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m. in the Davis United Methodist Church, Little Creek, conducted by the Rev. Richard Csanyi. Interment was in the Goshen Cemetery. The body will be taken to the church one hour before service time. 
He was a retired bus driver for Bland County with 25 years of service. He was the son of the late Benjamin and Frances Davis Corder. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Davis Corder; two sons, Calvin Corder and Paul Corder; one sister and six brothers. 
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis and Ralph Hancock of Little Creek; one son and daughter-in-law, Fred C. and Martha Corder of Little Creek; one sister, Luella Farmer of Deming, N.M.; one brother, Fayette Corder of Pulaski; a special friend, Richard Matz of Little Creek; six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Mabel Gertrude Kitts Davis 
Mabel Gertrude Kitts Davis, 88, of Dublin, the Little Creek Community, died Sunday, April 19, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel in Wytheville with the Rev. Richard Csanyi officiating. Interment followed in the Hidden Valley Cemetery. 
She was born in Bland County, a daughter of the late Robert and Bertha Davis Kitts and was a member of the Davis Chapel United Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, John T. Davis; a brother, and seven sisters. 
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Euvada and Oscar Hylton of Bassett, and Mildred and Randy Davis of Little Creek; a son and daughter-in-law, Dayton and Kay Davis of Bassett; two sisters, Ruth Newberry of Mechanicsburg, and Lute Harrington of Rochester Hills, Mich.; eight grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Davis Chapel United Methodist Church or the charity of their choice. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

William Byron Hancock 
William Byron Hancock, 79, of Ceres, died Thursday, April 9, 1998, in Greeneville, Tenn. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 12, at 2 p.m. at the Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Schoeneman officiating. Interment followed in the Bethany Cemetery. 
He was born in Bland County, the son of the late James F. and Madie Hanshew Hancock. He was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church. 
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Robert Thompson; and a great-granddaughter, Erica Burton. 
Survivors include his wife, Anna Lois McFarland Hancock of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mae and Donald Hanshew of Ceres, Doris and Lenden Thompson of Burkes Garden, and Aileen and Donald Soloman of Greeneville, Tenn.; a son and daughter-in-law, Alvin and Tammy Hancock of Ceres; and 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

George Colvin Hardin 
George Colvin Hardin, 78, of Princeton, W.Va., died Tuesday, April 14, 1998, at the Princeton Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Friday, April 17, at 1 p.m. at the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton, W.Va., with the Rev. David Barnette officiating. Burial followed in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Courthouse Road, Princeton, W.Va. 
Born Feb. 20, 1920, at Martin County, Ky., he was a retired coal miner and a member of the UMWA. 
He is survived by his wife of eight years, Lula Sloane Hardin; two sisters, Virginia Lacert of Livermore, Calif., and Emma Davis of Inez, Ky.; two stepdaughters and son-in-law, Richard and Brenda Myers of Princeton, W.Va., and Belinda Dillow of Massachusetts; five stepsons and daughters-in-law, James M. and Rita Buckner Jr. of Bristol, Tenn., Robert and Geraldine Buckner of Rocky Gap, Herman and Barbara Buckner of Radford, Tommy and Kathy Buckner of Lexington, N.C., and Alton and Debbie Buckner of Garden City, Mich.; 20 step-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; and special friends, Lou Minta Hardin, and Amanda Stowers. 
Memorial Funeral Directory in Princeton, W.Va. was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Belle Dillow Repass 
Mary Belle Dillow Repass, 89, of Bland, died Sunday, April 19, 1998, at her residence. 
A graveside service was held Wednesday, April 22, at 2 p.m. at the Temple Hill Cemetery in Bland. 
She was born in Bland County, a daughter of the late John Ambrose and Minnie A. Duncan Dillow. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everette Fulton "B" Repass. 
Survivors include four sisters, Janella Pauley, Nannie King, Helen King, all of Bland, and Betty Sadler of Eustis, Fla.; a brother, N.D. Dillow of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a host of nieces and nephews. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Claude Allen Dillman 
Claude Allen Dillman, 79, Roanoke, died Saturday, April 25, 1998, in Roanoke. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Red Oak Church Cemetery in Ceres. 
He was a son of the late Wiley Kent and Eliza Manerva Turley Dillman. He was born in Tazewell County on May 18, 1918, and lived several years in Bland County, but most of his life he lived in Giles County and Roanoke. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; and two sisters, Ethel Dillman and Pearl Dillman. 
Survivors include two sisters and a brother-in-law, Dora and Warren Atkins of Pembroke, and Virgie Schaefer of Rocky Mount; and one brother and sister-in-law, Melvin and Dorothy Dillman of Salem. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Garland Lee Updyke 
Garland Lee Updyke, 83, of Rocky Gap, formerly of Chester, died on Sunday, March 29, 1998, at his residence. 
A chapel service was held Thursday, April 2, at 3 p.m. at the E. Alvin Small Funeral Home, Colonial Heights, with the Rev. Buzz Moore officiating. Burial followed at Sunset Memorial Park, Chester. 
He was a native of Bland County and was the son of the late Junius M. and Ada Lee Davis Updyke. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a member of Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church, a member of the Chester Kiwanis and Civitan clubs, a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 26 A.M. & F.M. Bland. He was a member of Chesterfield Retired Teachers Association, Virginia Education Association, Chesterfield Association of School Executives and the A.A.R.P. He was a retired Curtis Elementary School principal. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita Akers Updyke. 
Survivors include a son, Jerry L. Updyke of Winchester; two daughters, Judith U. Scott of Midlothian and Dr. Janet U. Boland of Columbia, S.C.; four grandchildren, Jason Scott, Jessica M. Scott, Katherine E. Boland and Jonathan P. Boland; two sisters, Edith U. Harmon of Bristol and Ethel U. Harmon of Blountville, Tenn.; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
Flowers are welcome or the family suggests contributions to be made to Ivey Memorial United Methodist Church, 17210 Jeff Davis Highway, Colonial Heights, VA 23834 or any charity. 
E. Alvin Small Funeral Home in Colonial Heights was in charge of the arrangements.

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