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Joyce Meadows Altizer
Joyce "Joy" Meadows Altizer, 54, of Wytheville, died Tuesday, Aug. 4, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 6, at 8 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Dennis Mulligan. Interment was held Friday, Aug. 7, in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
She is survived by one daughter, Glenda Altizer of Wytheville; two sons, Gary "Jody" Altizer Jr. and Greg Altizer, both of Wytheville; four sisters, Faye Smith and Judy Dixon, both of Pearisburg, Shirley McDaniel of Narrows, and Carolyn Hammil of Inwood, W.Va.; two brothers, Clifton "Tony" Meadows of Pearisburg and Earl "Bo" Meadows of Jacksonville, Fla.; her mother, Mamie Meadows of Pearisburg; two grandchildren, Amanda Altizer and Cody Altizer, both of Wytheville; and a special niece and nephew, Linda "Penny" Crigger, and David "Pooh" Crigger, both of Wytheville.
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Wilson Belcher
Mary Wilson Belcher, 92, of Rocky Gap, died Sunday, Aug. 9, 1998, in the Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Eddie W. Johnson officiating. Interment followed in the Wilson and Coburn Family Cemetery in Rocky Gap.
She was born in Round Bottom, a daughter of the late Charles H. and Linnie Kinser Wilson.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Joice Belcher Lilly.
Survivors include her husband, Joseph W. Belcher of the home; a son, Wilson Belcher; eight grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Helen Steele Shrader Gregory
Helen Steele Shrader Gregory, 80, of Rt. 1, Bluefield, W.Va., died on Thursday, Jan. 21, 1999, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, W.Va.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. at Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton, W.Va., with the Rev. Wade Bishop officiating. Burial followed in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. 
Born on April 6, 1918, in Stowersville, she was the daughter of the late James Marvin and Alberta Mae Lambert Steele. She had been a resident of Rt. 1, Bluefield, W.Va., for 30 years and was a homemaker. She was of the United Methodist faith, a member of the Women of the Moose Chapter 565, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary Post No. 311.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Paul J. Shrader; her second husband, Hubert W. Gregory; and 2 brothers, Melvin Steele and Gene Steele.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Billy G. and Carol Shrader of Rocky Gap, Jimmy R. and Juanita Shrader of Spartanburg, S.C., and Paul J., Jr. and Diana Shrader of Richmond; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Linden (Patricia) Evans of Yardley, Pa., and Mrs. Allen (Peggy) Hager of Princeton, W.Va.; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, six step-great-grandchildren, and two step-great-great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.
Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell, W.Va., was in charge of arrangements. 

Winifred Kelley Cox
Winifred Kelley "Toots" Cox, 74, of Wytheville, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, in the Princeton Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Randolph Morris officiating. Interment was held Monday, Jan. 4, at 10 a.m. at the West End Cemetery in Wytheville.
She was born in Crandon, a daughter of the late Carl and Edna Havens Kelley.
She is survived by her husband, J.D. Cox of Wytheville; three sons and daughter-in-law, Ronald K. and Jane Cox of Bristol, J.D. Cox Jr. of Courtland, and Allan Michael Cox of Mechanicsville; a sister, Virginia Woodfin; five brothers, Blaine Townley, Bill Townley, Sherman Townley, Jim Townley, and L.B. Townley; and five grandchildren.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the New Bethel United Methodist Church, c/o Joe Smith, Route 4, Wytheville, VA 24382.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Eula King Millirons
Mary Eula King Millirons, 99, of the Little Creek section of Pulaski County, died Sunday, Jan. 3, 1999, in Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Blacksburg. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 6, at 11 .am. at Thomas M. Seagle & Sons Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Millirons Cemetery.
Born on Jan. 8, 1899, she lived her entire life along Little Walkers Creek in Pulaski County, only leaving in recent years to live with her son in Pulaski, her daughter in Radford, and at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Blacksburg. She was the daughter of the late Ollie Thompson King and Williams Davis King.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Perry Millirons; a daughter, Barbara Johnson; and a son, Randolph Millirons.
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Coleen) Pasley of Roanoke, and Mrs. Jeffrey (Karen) Carter of Radford; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.
Thomas M. Seagle & Sons Funeral Home in Pulaski was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Ellen Morehead
Mary Ellen Morehead, 75, of Bland, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 1998, at the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in White Gate with the Rev. Wayne Monroe officiating. A graveside service was held at Shiloh United Methodist Cemetery immediately following the funeral services.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew D. Morehead; three brothers, Hubert Wolfe, Junior Wolfe and Kelly Wolfe; and one sister, Edith Yonce.
Survivors include one daughter and her friend, Karen Dillow of Dublin, and Blake Thompson; two grandsons and a granddaughter-in-law, Lee Dillow of Wytheville, and Brook and B.J. Dillow of Bland; and three sisters, Alice Beamer of Richmond, Mabel Beamer of Salem, and Hazel Brunk of Little Creek.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the Bland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 10, Bastian, VA 24314.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Michael Dean Neel
Michael Dean Neel, 36, of Dublin, died Thursday, Dec. 31, 1998, at his residence.
Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Moye and the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. Interment followed in the Red Oak Cemetery, Ceres.
He was an employee of the Pulaski Furniture Company.
He was preceded in death by his father, Larry Dean Neel; and a sister Tammy Lynn Neel.
Survivors include his mother, Freda Duncan Neel of Dublin; a son, Evan M. Neel of Dublin; two sisters, Rebecca N. Gilbert of Belspring, and Robin N. Tolbert of Kingsport, Tenn.; and a special friend, Mellissa Milton of Christiansburg.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Charlie Thompson
Charlie "Toad" Thompson, 69, of Bastian, died Saturday, Jan. 2, 1999, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, at 2 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating.
He was a retired construction worker and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by one sister, Alma Thompson of Bastian; two brothers, Shuler Thompson of Bland, and Eugene Thompson of Bastian; several nieces, nephews and great-nieces, and great-nephews.
The family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 7, from 11 a.m. until service time at the Grubb Funeral Home.
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements.

Danny Eugene Bradshaw Jr.
Danny Eugene "D.J." Bradshaw Jr., 32, of Bland, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999, at the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Timmy Williams officiating. Burial was in the Hidden Valley Cemetery, Bland.
He was born Jan. 10, 1966, at Bluefield, W.Va., a son of Linda Earnest Bradshaw of Wytheville and the late Danny Eugene Bradshaw Sr. He was a lifelong logger in Bland County.
He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Frank "Wimpy" Bradshaw Jr.; and great-grandfather, Frank Bradshaw Sr.
Survivors include his wife, Melissa Louise Bradshaw; a son, Henry Alston "Hank" Bradshaw of Waynesboro; his mother, Linda Earnest Bradshaw of Wytheville; a brother and sister-in-law, Davey Lee and Stacy Bradshaw of Beaufort, S.C.; a sister, Julie Ann Bradshaw of Boone, N.C.; paternal grandmother, Elizabeth Williams Bradshaw of Bland; maternal grandparents, Daniel and Zareda Earnest of Bastian; great-grandmother, Barbara Bradshaw of Bland; and two nephews, Chase Bradshaw and Hunter Bradshaw.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert H. Goss
Robert H. "Bobby" Goss, 41, of Bland, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999, at his home following a brief illness.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with the Rev. Carl Robinson and the Rev. Ron Hutzle officiating. Interment was in the Grandview Cemetery at Bluefield.
He was born in Richlands and was a cemetery maintenance supervisor for Stewart Enterprises.
He is survived by three daughters, Jamie Renee Goss, Amie Sue Goss and Rebecca Leighann Goss, all of Bland; three sons, Jesse Lee Goss, John Robert Goss and Casey Alico Goss, all of Bland; his parents, Robert A. and Corriene Baldwin Goss of Bland; one sister and brother-in-law, Sylvia Dianne and Michael Harrison of Cedar Bluff; one niece, Jennifer Harrison of Cedar Bluff; one nephew, Christopher Harrison of Cedar Bluff; and one great-nephew, Zachary Hayes of Cedar Bluff.
Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff was in charge of arrangements.

Patricia Ann St. Clair
Patricia Ann St. Clair, 38, of Route 2, Austinville, died Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1999, in the Indian Path Medical Center in Kingsport, Tenn.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Reese Funeral Home Chapel in Austinville with the Rev. Bobby Alley and the Rev. Martha Presley officiating. Interment was in the West End Cemetery.
She was a member of the Flatwoods Church of God.
She was preceded in death by one sister.
Survivors include her husband, Darrell St. Clair of the home; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary Sue and Steve Mullins of Bastian; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and Dorothy Cline, and Tommy and Lucille Cline, all of Austinville; her parents, Fred and Hazel Blankenship Cline of Austinville; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, William and Mary St. Clair of Paw Paw, Ky.; three sisters-in-law, Rita Blankenship of Pikeville, Ky., Regina Prater of Hurley, and Sharon Daugherty of Phelps, Ky.; three brothers-in-law, Sgt. Jerry St. Clair of Anaheim, Germany, Lacy St. Clair of Hurley, and Harold St. Clair of Paw Paw, Ky.; and several nieces and nephews.
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville was in charge of the arrangements.

Mable Lee Sutherland
Mable Lee Sutherland, 83, of Wytheville, died Tuesday, Jan. 5, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital after a short illness.
Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doug Stuart officiating. Interment was in the West End Cemetery.
She was born March 23, 1915, in Bland County, the daughter of the late Charlie and Lillie Peak Hounshell. 
She was preceded in death by one son, Fred Sutherland; four brothers; and six sisters.
Survivors include two sisters and brothers-in-law, Emma and Billy Baker of Bland, and Pearl and Melvin Hounshell of Ceres; one brother, Harvey Hounshell of Ceres; two sisters-in-law, Virginia Hounshell and Ocie Hounshell, both of Bland; and one daughter-in-law, Virginia Sutherland of Concord, Calif.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials be made to the Wythe County Rescue Squad.
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Clara Smith Turner
Clara Smith Turner, 85, of Wytheville, died Saturday, Jan. 9, 1999, in the Birdmont Health Care Center.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 12, at 11 a.m. in the Wytheville Presbyterian Church with Dr. Michael Wingard and Dr. Tom Sproule officiating. Interment was in the West End Cemetery.
She was a daughter of the late David S. and Bertha Suthers Smith. She was a member of the Wytheville Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles "Edd" Turner; and granddaughter, Ruth Ann Turner Townley.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, William D. "Bill" and Sue Turner of Little Creek, Bland County, and Charles E. "Sonny" and Teresa Turner of Wytheville; four sisters, Mary Hilton, Phyllis Simmerman and Colleen Dunford, all of Wytheville, and Naomi Perrigan of Statesville, N.C.; four grandchildren, Chuck Turner of Tennessee, Todd Turner, David Turner and Dede T. Vanover, all of Little Creek, Bland County; a special friend and aunt, Ruby Suthers of Wytheville; and seven great-grandchildren.
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

James A. Waller
James A. "Pepsi" Waller, 74, of Wytheville died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Barry W. Losey officiating. Interment will be in the West End Cemetery. The American Legion Post No. 9 will conduct military graveside rites.
He was a son of the late James M. Waller and the late Darrie Waller Hamblin and was the oldest active member of the Wytheville Fire Department where he served for 52 years. He was an employee of Wythe Fuel Service. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of the American Legion Wytheville Post No. 9, Veterans of Foreign Wars Hillsville Post No. 1115.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Bridges Waller.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Mike Ogden of Pfafftown, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Timothy and Cindy Waller of Concord, N.C.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Haskett and Shirley Waller of Wytheville, and Randolph and Juanita Waller of Columbus, Ohio; special friend, Irene Blankenship of Wytheville; and five grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Jan. 13, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home.
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements.

James E. Bishop
James E. "Bevo" Bishop, 71, of Princeton, W.Va., died Monday, Jan. 18, 1999, at the Princeton Community Hospital.
Graveside services were held Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 10 a.m. at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton, W.Va., with the Rev. Lyle Mullins and the Rev. Ken Hillings officiating.
Born June 3, 1927, in Princeton, W.Va., he was a son of the late William M. and Emma N. Cook Bishop. He was a graduate of Princeton High School Class of 1945 and was a member of the only undefeated football team in the history of the school. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Army. He had formerly worked for the Bluefield Gas Company, Appalachian Power Company and had retired from Columbia Gas of West Virginia with many years of service. He was a member of the M.I.B.C. Sunday School Class on South 9th St., Princeton, W.Va., and an active member of the Fellowship Baptist Church, Princeton, W.Va. He was serving on the board of firectors for the Princeton High School Sports Hall of Fame. He had served with the Tender Mercies Ministries in Princeton, W.Va. He had just returned from a mission trip the night before his death.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William M. and Emma N. Cook Bishop; a brother, Samuel D. Bishop; and a sister, Elizabeth Bishop Williams.
Survivors include three sisters, Loretta James of Princeton, W.Va., Irene Hampton of Cedartown, Ga., and Betty Bratton of Cleveland, Ohio; one brother, Bill Bishop of Scott Depot, W.Va.; a special friend and companion, Wilma Owens of Princeton, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Fellowship Baptist Church, 400 City View Heights, Princeton, WV 24740.
Memorial Funeral Directory in Princeton, W.Va. was in charge of the arrangements.

Jane Newton Fortune
Jane Newton Fortune of Alexandria died Tuesday, Jan. 12, 1999, in an Alexandria hospital.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Clear Fork Baptist Church in Rocky Gap, with the Rev. Thomas Furrer officiating. Interment followed in the Clear Fork Baptist Cemetery.
Born in Pocahontas, she was a daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. Rufus T. Newton of Rocky Gap.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Walter B. "Tim" Fortune of Sarasota, Fla., and Henry N. "Hank" and Stephanie Fortune of Woodbridge; a daughter and son-in-law, Madeline Fortune and Timothy Blackwell of Greenville, S.C.; two sisters, Ruth Fisher of Christiansburg, and Ann Ayers of Axton; and four grandchildren and a spouse, Kimberley Blackwell and Michael Sheridan of Smyrna, Ga., Timothy H. Blackwell Jr. of Rock Hill, S.C., Caitline Fortune and Kelsey Fortune, both of Woodbridge.
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Inova Alexandria Cancer Treatment Center, 4320 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

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