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Ila Hart Conley
Ila Hart Conley, 80, of Bland, died Friday, Jan. 29, 1999, at Columbia Pulaski Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. at the Hollybrook Church of Christ with Elder Terry Gordon, Elder Wayne Nelson and Brother Rick Mathena officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook.
She was born Jan. 31, 1918, in Bland, a daughter of the late John Henry and Lena Mae Sarver Hart. She was a member of the Hollybrook Church of Christ.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey Rudolph Conley; and a sister, Margaret Hart.
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Henry Allen and Libby Conley, Dewey and Linda Conley, all of Bland, and James and Ginger Conley of Oak Hill, W.Va.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Maxine and A.P. Morehead Jr., Mary and William Ramsey, both of Bland, Janie Stanley of Bluefield, W.Va., and Debbie and Ronnie Phillips Sr. of Lerona, W.Va.; one sister, Ruth Wolfe of Bastian; 25 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Rosie Laurena Bass Gravley
Rosie Laurena Bass Gravley, 84, of Route 3, Max Meadows, died Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1999. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 30, at 1 p.m. at the Draper Valley Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. David Cox, the Rev. Aliene Akers and Ray Digh officiating. Interment followed in the Draper Valley Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery.
She was born in Potts County, Pa., a daughter of the late Will and Susan Evelyn Burnett Bass and was a member of the Gravley Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Buford F. Gravley Sr.; two daughters, Sadie Jones, and Margaret Terry; two stepsons, Kenneth McCoy Gravley, and Eldridge Odell Gravley; three grandchildren, two brothers, and a sister.
Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Pearl and Junior Cox of Williamston, S.C., Linda and Ray Digh of Shelby, N.C., Evelyn and Edward Easter of Route 2, Austinville, and Barbara and Danny Burton of Shelby, N.C.; five sons and daughters-in-law, Jim and Frankie Bass of Columbus, Ohio, Jack and Freda Gravley of Route 3, Max Meadows, Douglas and Jackie Gravley of Johnstown, Ohio, Buford Foster, Jr. and Thelma Gravley of Bland, and Daneel and Betty Gravley of Eureka, Nev.; 40 grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Teresa Sue Tweedy
Teresa Sue Tweedy, 32, of Bastian, died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 1999, in the St. Luke's Hospital.
Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 5, at 1 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Rick Methena officiating. Interment will follow in the Morning Star Cemetery in Bland.
She attended Hollybrook Church of Christ.
She is survived by her husband, Charles Anderson Tweedy Sr. of the home; a son, Charles Anderson Tweedy II of the home; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Hayes of Tazewell; and her grandmother, Beulah Hayes of Tazewell.
The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

Viola Mae Wright Blankenship
Viola Mae Wright Blankenship, 92, of Route 2, Wilderness Road, Bland, died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Mike Bradshaw officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook.
She was a daughter of the late John Bowman and Lila Jane Chandler Wright and was born Feb. 7, 1907, in Bland County. She was a member of Shady Grove United Methodist Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Vance Blankenship; a son, John Charles Blankenship; two sisters, Della Ruth and Myrtle Clair; and a son-in-law, William "Bill" Faulkner Jr.
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Sue Faulkner of Bland, Marlene and E.C. Havens of Bland, and Debra and Charles Akers Jr. of Rocky Gap; three sons and daughters-in-law, William Lloyd and Rose Blankenship of Manhattan, Kan., Alfred Lewis Sr. and Mary Ann Blankenship of Bluefield, and Larry and Darlene Blankenship of Braithwaite, La.; five sisters, Minnie Williams of Bland, Ina Ramsey of Bland, Ruby Hale of Narrows, Edna Vaught of Narrows, and Ann Pfieffer of Stephen City; one brother, William Albert Wright of Narrows; and 14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Daniel Prior Earnest Jr.
Daniel Prior Earnest Jr., 80, of Bastian, died Monday, Feb. 15, 1999, in St. Luke's Hospital in Bluefield, W.Va.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m. at the Bastian Union Church with the Rev. Lee McIntosh officiating. Interment will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Bland. American Legion Post No. 9 will conduct graveside military rites.
He was born in Boissevain, a son of the late Daniel P. and Bannie Wolfe Earnest. He served from April 16, 1941, until Sept. 25, 1945, in the U.S. Army in the South Pacific during World War II and in 1946, he helped organize the first and only V.F.W. Post in Bland County, Pulliam Porterfield Post No. 8010 where he was a life long member. He was a member of the Miller T. Burton American Legion Post No. 20 for 34 years and was a clerk in the Civilian Conservation Corps in Bastian. He was a retired Nationwide Insurance agent, the business manager of Dunn Motors for 20 years, treasurer of the Bland County Centennial Corp. in 1961, and a member of the Bastian Union Church where he served as an elder and member of the building committee.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Kathleen Meade; one brother, Carroll Earnest; and one grandson, Danny E. "D.J." Bradshaw.
Survivors include his wife, Zareda Shufflebarger Earnest of the home; two daughters, Linda E. Bradshaw of Wytheville, and Margaret E. "Maggie" Paynter of Lewis Center, Ohio; five grandchildren, Julie Bradshaw of Boone, N.C., Davey Bradshaw of Beaufort, S.C., Lisa Moore, Craig Paynter, and Robbie Paynter, all of Lewis Center, Ohio; five great-grandchildren, Chase Bradshaw, Hank Bradshaw, Hunter Bradshaw, John Ferguson, and Zareda Moore; three sisters, Wenona Sauerzoff of Eatontown, N.J., Joleen Weigand of Conover, N.C., and Judith Smith of Lutz, Fla.; seven brothers, Sanford Earnest and Bobby Earnest, both of Donalson, Ga., Arman Earnest of Land O Lakes, Fla., Delano Earnest of Bluff City, Tenn., Charles Earnest of Tazewell, Ray Earnest of Greensboro, N.C., and Dwight Earnest of Pottsville, Alaska.
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Bastian Union Church, P.O. Box 152, Bastian, VA 24314; the Bland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 10, Bastian, VA 24314; or the Bland County Historical Society.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

Paul Robert Pauley
Paul Robert Pauley, 82, of Bland, died Sunday, Feb. 14, 1999, in Edgemont Center in Wytheville.
A graveside service was held Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 1 p.m. in the Bland Cemetery with the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating.
He was born in Bland, a son of the late Harmon W. and Myrtle Hancock Pauley. He was a retired courier for the First Virginia Bank and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dora Belle Ramsey Pauley; and a daughter, Jerry Rae Pauley.
Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda P. and Steve Nelson, "Chee-Chee" Pauley, Kaveda P. and Bill Reynolds, and Billie and Roberts Sheets, all of Bland; three grandchildren, Brandon S. Sink of Bland, Tresila S. and Robby Lambert of Austinville, and Allison Dean Sheets of Bland; one special nephew, Timothy Dillow; four sisters and three brothers.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Julian Bascom Dunn
Julian Bascom Dunn, 73, of Wytheville, died Tuesday, March 9, 1999, at the Veterans Administration Center in Salem.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Wytheville with the Pastor Steven Ridenhour officiating. Interment will follow in Bland Cemetery.
He was a native of Bland and a son of the late James Thomas Dunn Sr. and Annie Kegley Dunn. He served in the armed forces during World War II seeing action on the European front. He was a retired educator having received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the College of William & Mary. He was a teacher, principal, director of personnel and director of instruction for the Williamsburg/James City School System. He taught in the lab school at Eastern Michigan University as well as graduate extension courses for the College of William & Mary. On retirement he was a volunteer at the Wythe County Public Library. He was a past member of the Williamsburg and Wytheville Lions Clubs. At the time of his death he was a member of the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Wytheville, Sigma Nu Fraternity and Disabled American Veterans.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, J.T. Dunn Jr. of Bland, and Paul S. Dunn of Abingdon.
Survivors include his wife, Joan W. Dunn of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, James W. and Lori D. Dunn of Ashburn; a daughter, Sherry D. Walters of Wytheville; three grandchildren, Adam Ray Walters, Carrie Nicole Walters, and Paul Russell Walters, all of Wytheville; two sisters, Elizabeth "Libby" D. Bird of Bland, and Elsie K. Dunn of Charlottesville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Wythe County Public Library, 300 E. Monroe Street, Wytheville, VA 24382.
A light meal will be provided for family and out-of-town friends prior to the service at the church social hall on Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements.

James Leon Durham
James Leon Durham, 73, of Grandview, Mo., died Wednesday, March 3, 1999, at his home.
Graveside services were held Friday, March 5, at 3 p.m. at Christian Home Cemetery in Slocomb, Ala., with Kevin Presley officiating.
He was born Jan. 22, 1926, in Virginia and lived the early years of his life here. He had been a resident of Kansas City, Mo., since 1963. He was employed with General Motors for several years before his retirement in 1988. He was a member of Main Street Church of Christ in Grandview, Mo.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Shirley Durham of Grandview, Mo.; two daughters and a son-in-law, Heidi and Dr. Kevin Hornsby of Slocomb, Ala., and Heather Durham of Hartford, Ala.; one granddaughter, Anna Hornsby of Slocomb, Ala.; his mother, Maie Durham of Ceres; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dialysis Clinic Inc., Patient Fund, 6530 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO 64131.
Byrd Funeral Home in Dothan, Ala., was in charge of arrangements.

Ethel Mae Reed
Ethel Mae Reed, 72, of Route 2, Bland, Wilderness Road near Rocky Gap, died Saturday, March 6, 1999, in the Princeton Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Monday, March 8, at 2 p.m. at the Burns Wornal Chapel of Memorial Funeral Directory in Princeton, W.Va., with the Rev. H. Richard Hall officiating. Burial followed in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton, W.Va.
Born Sept. 2, 1926, at Princeton, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Claude H. and Pearl Evans Bullins. She was a graduate of Princeton High School and was a member of the House of Praise Church, Mercer Street, Princeton, W.Va. For 18 years, she was the custodian at Whitethorn Elementary School in Bluefield, W.Va., for the Mercer County Board of Education.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Donnie Eugene Reed; a sister, Virginia Bullins; and a brother, Claude Bullins.
Survivors include her husband of 48 years, John C. Reed of Bland; five sons and daughters-in-law, John C. Jr. and Edith Reed of Bristol, Charles Michael and Elizabeth Reed, Thomas Jeffrey and Charlene Reed, all of Bland, Tony Allen and Dreama Reed, and Robert Eugene and Martha Reed, all of Princeton, W.Va.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon Kay and James Adkins of Harrisonburg, and Virginia "Ginny" M. and Barry Bradshaw of Bland; one sister, Edith Anderson of Princeton, W.Va.; one brother, Charley Bullins of Cleveland, Ohio; 23 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Burns Wornal Chapel of Memorial Funeral Directory in Princeton, W.Va. was in charge of the arrangements.

Melvin E. Steele Sr.
Melvin E. Steele Sr., 57, of Wytheville, died Tuesday, March 9, 1999, in the Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will follow in the West Cemetery in Marion.
He worked at ABB Inc. in Bland.
He is survived by his wife, Connie Steele of Wytheville; two sons, Ryan Steele of Wytheville and Melvin Steele Jr. of Florida; two daughters, Stephanie and Kim, both of Washington; two sisters, Barbara Orrison of St. Augustine, Fla., and Dolores Dempsey of Marion; three brothers, Sam Steele and Richard Steele, both of Vero Beach, Fla., and Tom Steele of Marion; and four grandchildren.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service in Marion is in charge of the arrangements.

Willis A. Woods Sr.
Retired circuit judge Willis A. Woods Sr., 75, of Wytheville, died Monday, March 8, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 10, at 4 p.m. at the St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Charles Burnett officiating. Interment followed in the West End Cemetery. Graveside military rites were conducted by American Legion Post #9.
He was born in Clifton Forge in 1923, a son of the late Harvey Drewy and Lyndia McCoy Woods. He was a member of the St. Paul United Methodist Church. He attended the Virginia Polytechnic Institute on a football scholarship in 1942. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in the infantry from 1943 to 1946. Entering the army as a private, he left active duty with the rank of second lieutenant. After leaving the service, he entered Washington & Lee University on an athletic scholarship. Upon completing his undergraduate studies, he entered the W&L Law School. Prior to completing law school, he was recalled to the army in 1950 and served in Korea as a rifle company commander with the First Cavalry Division. He left the army as a first lieutenant in 1952 after service in the Korean War. His awards and decorations include the Combat Infantry Badge, the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart. Upon returning from Korea, he completed his law degree at W&L, graduating in 1953. That same year, he moved to Wytheville to practice law. He served as chairman of the Wythe County Democratic Committee and was a delegate to the 1972 National Democratic Convention in Miami, Fla. He served as circuit court judge of the 27th Judicial Circuit for 12 years and retired two years ago. He continued to serve as designated until his death.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Harvey Woods.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Johnson Woods of the home; three sons and one daughter-in-law, Lt. Col. Willis Addison Woods Jr. of Arlington, Elliott Leigh and Gilda Woods of Edgewater, Md., and Harvey Johnson Woods of Wytheville; a granddaughter, Kasey Woods of Edgewater, Md.; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Audrey Woods of Warms Springs, Tommy and Marilyn Woods of Clifton Forge, Harry Woods of Richmond and James and Eleanor Woods of Wilmington, N.C.
The family suggests, for those who prefer, that memorials may be made to the St. Paul United Methodist Church, 330 Church St., Wytheville, VA 24382.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Pauline Cantrell
Pauline Cantrell, 73, of Princeton, W.Va., died Tuesday, March 16, 1999, in Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services and interment will be private.
She was born in Bradshaw, W.Va., a daughter of the late Isaac and Mary Alice Rowe Johnson.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rufus Edgar Cantrell; three sisters, Ethel Phifer, Dora King, and Opal Johnson; two brothers, Clarence Roberts and Perry Roberts; a half-brother, Squire Johnson; and two half-sisters, Rose Addair and Viola Waldron.
Survivors include two daughters, Tina Broyles of Virginia, and Noka Cantrell of Michigan; three sons, Rufus Edgar Cantrell Jr. of Princeton, W.Va., Terry Cantrell and Eddie Gene Cantrell, both of West Virginia; two sisters, Gracie Pyner of Florida and Margie Payne of Rocky Gap; 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Friends can reach the family at the residence of her son, Rufus Cantrell Jr., at (304) 487-2514.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

Lafayette Gunter
Lafayette Gunter, 93, died Tuesday, March 9, 1999, in the Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 12, at 1 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home, Bland, with the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. Interment followed in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton, W.Va.
He was born March 26, 1905, in Pulaski. He was retired from Virginia Foods, Falls Mills. He lived for many years in Rocky Gap and most recently was a resident of the Kegley Manor Nursing Center. He was a son of the late David and Minnie Gunter.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Oma Muncy Gunter; two daughters, Alma Havens and Bernice Nunn; and three sisters and two brothers.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Walter "Buck" and Alice Gunter of Narrows; one sister, Louise Turner of Pulaski; one brother, Roy Gunter of Pulaski; two sons-in-law, Charles Havens and James Nunn, both of Rocky Gap; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Alma R. Thompson
Alma R. Thompson, 73, of Rocky Gap, died Thursday, March 11, 1999, in the Bluefield Regional Medical Hospital.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 13, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Chapel in Bland. Interment followed in the Hoge Chapel Cemetery.
She was born in Bland County, a daughter of the late Paris and Nancy Ellen Lilley Thompson.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Brenda Lee; and four brothers and two sisters.
Survivors include two brothers, Shula Thompson of Bland, and Therman "Eugene" Thompson of Bastian; several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

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