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Louise Dunn Barger
Louise Dunn Barger, 79, of Route 5, Appomattox, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, in the Appomattox Health Care Center. 
Graveside funeral services were held Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. in the Liberty Cemetery by the Rev. Lanny Howe and the Rev. Millard Stimpson.
Born in Bland County, July 7, 1919, she was a daughter of the late Lena T. and Charles M. Dunn. She was a member of the Appomattox Court House Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Henry T. Barger; two daughters and a son-in-law, Marlene B. Simpson, and Rebekah B. and William A. "Bill" Burke, all of Appomattox; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert M. and Marlene Barger of Miami, Fla.; three sisters, Mrs. Kendall (Nancy) Minnick of Bristol, Mrs. Hugh (Ruth) Lewis of McDonough, Ga., and Mrs. Kermit (Margaret) Mustard of Pulaski; eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
The family suggests those wishing to make memorials to consider the Appomattox Court House Presbyterian Church Building Fund, Appomattox County Volunteer Rescue Squad, or the Central Virginia Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 823, Lynchburg, VA 24505.
Robinson Funeral Home in Appomattox was in charge of the arrangements.

Jesse Edward DeAtley
Jesse Edward DeAtley, 82, of Bastian, died Tuesday, March 23, 1999, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services will be Thursday, March 25, at 2 p.m. at Bastian Union Church with the Rev. Eugene Herald and the Rev. William Hand officiating. Burial will be in the B.G. and Ollie Kitts Cemetery in Bastian. 
He was born Oct. 27, 1916, in Newport News, a son of the late Edward and Julie Shannon DeAtley. He came to Bland County in 1934 with the CC Camp. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a member of the V.F.W. He worked as a First Lieutenant for the Bureau of Corrections in Virginia for 29 years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers and one sister.
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Pauline Kitts DeAtley; two sons and daughters-in-law, Albert and Margie DeAtley of Appomattox, and Benny and Kathy DeAtley of Bastian; one brother, John DeAtley of Chesapeake; a sister-in-law, Leona Woods DeAtley of Chesapeake; four grandchildren, Steve and Tammy DeAtley, Brian DeAtley of Bastian, Liwana and Wade Cimino of Bastian and Renia and Kevin Harless of Hinesville, Ga.; four step-grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren, Zacharial DeAtley, Jesse DeAtley, India Cimino of Bastian, Brittney Smith, Whittney Smith, Benjamin Harless and Joseph Harless both of Hinesville, Ga.
The A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate is in charge of the arrangements.

Gladys Hoilman Gusler
Gladys Hoilman Gusler, 88, of White Gate, died Thursday, March 18, 1999, at Pulaski Health Care Center.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 21, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Homer D. Sawyer officiating. Burial was in the Walkers Creek Cemetery, White Gate.
She was born Sept. 10, 1910, at Mechanicsburg, a daughter of the late Thomas H. and Jeanette Patton Hoilman.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Andrew Gusler; and a son, John Derle Gusler.
Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Alene Gusler of White Gate, and Evelyn and John Dorsa of Venice, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Shelbie Wiley Gusler of White Gate; two grandchildren, Mark Gusler and Robert Wiley; four great-grandchildren, Molly Gusler, Andrew Gusler, Matt Wiley and Crystal Wiley; and one sister, Flora McGuire of Mechanicsburg.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Lila Mabel Lindamood Hawley
Lila Mabel Lindamood Hawley, 92, of Bastian, died Friday, March 19, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 21, at 6 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel in Wytheville with the Rev. Lee McIntosh officiating. Interment was private.
She was born in Wythe County, a daughter of the late Walter Leroy and Lettie Elizabeth Walters Lindamood.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie Hawley.
Survivors include three sisters, Ethel Layne, Maude Umberger, both of Wytheville, and Ruth Leedy of Baltimore, Md.; several step-children, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Muriel Adair Langenbach
Muriel Adair Langenbach, 83, of Kegley Manor in Bastian, formerly of Wytheville, died Friday, March 19, 1999, in the St. Luke's Hospital in Bluefield, W.Va.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 23, at 1 p.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lee McIntosh officiating.
She was born in Glen Gardner, N.J., the daughter of the late Calvin John and Florence Cregar Langenbach. She was a member of the Eastern Star.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Earl Langenbach.
Survivors include a sister-in-law, Anne F. Langenbach of Crockett; two nephews, John C. Langenbach of North Plainfield, N.J., and James Arthur Langenbach of Bridgewater, N.J.; a great-niece, Dolores Anne Langenbach; two great-nephews, Robert Langenbach, and James Arthur Langenbach; and several cousins.
The family suggests that those who prefer, may make memorials to the charity of one's choice or to the St. Luke's Hospital in Bluefield, W.Va.
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert L. Millirons
Robert L. Millirons, 89, of Dublin, died Monday, March 22, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 26, at 1 p.m. at the Davis United Methodist Church in Little Creek with the Rev. Richard Lindamood and the Rev. Richard Csanyi officiating. Interment will follow in the Hidden Valley Cemetery in Bland. The body will be taken to the church one hour before service time.
He was born in Bland a son of the late Robert Lee and Annie Kate King Millirons and was a member of the Davis United Methodist Church in Little Creek. He was the former president and founder of the R. Lee Millirons Memorial Society. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Burma-China-India Conflict.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Millirons; a son, Robert Lee Millirons Jr.; two brothers, Edgar H. Millirons and G. Louis Millirons; and four sisters, Julia M. Davis, Laura M. Meadows, Vicie M. Davis and Annie M. Hancock.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Eric B. and Suzanne H. Millirons of Richmond; a brother, John D. Millirons of Waynesboro and two grandchildren, Sharon Millirons of Richmond, and Julie M. Floyd of Getzville, N.Y.
The family will receive friends Thursday, March 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to the R. Lee Millirons Society Educational Fund, c/o Ralph T. Wirt, Route 1 Box 229-B, Pulaski, VA 24301.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

Peggy Jane Crabtree Riddle
Peggy Jane Crabtree Riddle, 65, of Wytheville, died Saturday, March 20, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at Newberry Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Sharon Cemetery in Ceres.
She was a native of Bland County and a member of the Sharon Lutheran Church. She was retired from Eli Lilly in Roanoke and was presently serving as pianist at the Lebanon Lutheran Church in Wytheville.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Paul and Nancy Gibson Crabtree of Ceres.
Survivors include a brother and sister-in-law, Roddy R. and Anna B. Crabtree of Marion and several cousins.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Frank Vickers
Frank Vickers, 81, of Water Front Estates, Claytor Lake, Draper, died Saturday, March 20, 1999, at his residence, after a long illness.
The Mass of the Resurrection was celebrated Wednesday, March 24, at 11 a.m. from the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bluefield, W.Va., with Father Patsy Iaquinta officiating. Entombment followed at the Woodlawn Cemetery Mausoleum, Bluewell, W.Va., with Bluefield VFW Post # 9696 and American Legion Post #14 Pocahontas conducting the military graveside rites. A prayer service was held Tuesday, March 23, at 8 p.m. at the Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.
He and his family were former residents of Charleston, W.Va., prior to moving to Bluefield, Va., in 1969. Born Jan. 17, 1918, in Lockport, N.Y., he was the first son of Greek immigrants, the late Steve Vickers and the late Mary Rapanakis Vickers. Formerly a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Bluefield, W.Va., he was a member of St. Edwards Catholic Church, Pulaski. He attended schools in Gary, W.Va., and furthered his education through the University of Maryland. 
Upon enlisting in the U.S. Army in 1936, he received special training in a wide variety of special courses enabling him to have a diverse background in management. He was also a graduate of the Lewis Hotel Training School in Washington, D.C. He retired with distinction and honors as Chief Warrant Officer in 1966, after a 30 year career with the U.S. Army serving in Panama, Thule, Greenland, Hawaii, Japan, and Italy, and ended with his last assignment as advisor to the West Virginia National Guard in Charleston, W.Va. In 1966, he was named manager of Heart O' Town Motor Inn (now the Charleston House) and later became managing director both these and at the Weirton, W.Va., Heart O' Town Motor Inn, as well. He was invited to manage the Charleston law firm of Preiser and Wilson and stayed with them for eight years. 
Upon moving to Bluefield, he was invited to become executive director of Fincastle Country Club, after having been a member for many years. He has been a member of the American Academy of Legal Assistants and belonged to several civic, social and professional associations including the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, Knights of Columbus, Lions Clubs, and The Retired Officers Association, both in Charleston, W.Va. and Roanoke and AARP.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Sam Vickers; and a grandson, Jason Rooker.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Mary (Angelelli) Vickers of Draper; a brother, Mike Vickers of Cleveland, Ohio; three daughters and sons-in-law, Mary Frances and Daniel Gregory Rooker of Radford, Valerie Ann and Curtis Randal Hostetler of Glen Allen, and Shirley Katherine and Steven Patrick Conley of Midlothian; seven grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers the family wishes that memorials be made to the Jason Foundation (to help people with brain injuries and their families) at P.O. Box 430, Radford, VA 24141.
Stevens Funeral Home, Inc., in Pulaski was in charge of the arrangements.

Gabriel Fox Christian
Gabriel Fox Christian, 91, of Fairfax, formerly of Bastian, died Wednesday, March 24, 1999, in the Inova Fairfax Hospital.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 27, at 11 a.m. at the Green Valley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Daniel Stowers officiating. Interment followed in the Neal Cemetery in Grapefield.
He was born in Bluefield, W.Va., the son of the late Hiram and Flo Anna Fox Christian.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hester V. Christian.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Delores and Jim Anderson of Fairfax; two granddaughters, Michelle Houssman of Centerville, and Andrea Sisler of Warrenton; five great-granddaughters, Sarah, Brittany, Maggie, Chloe and Patricia; and a sister, Marie Leffel of Bastian.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to the Hospice of Southwest Virginia, 600 West Ridge Road, Wytheville, VA 24382.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Lorene W. Garner
Lorene W. Garner, 76, of Wytheville, died Thursday, March 25, 1999, in the Smyth County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 28, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel in Wytheville with the Rev. Dr. Michael Wingard officiating. Entombment followed in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Rural Retreat.
She was born in Bland County, a daughter of the late Sidney and Bessie Pearl King Hancock.
She was preceded in death by a son, Dale Greene Gilbert.
Survivors include her husband, Hilmer G. Garner of the home; two daughters, Delphia Griffith of Delaware, Md., and Sheron Nester of Dublin; three sons, Douglas Gilbert of Wytheville, Samuel Gilbert of Crewe, and Freddie Gilbert of Bristol; two sisters, Elva Amburn of Wytheville, and Merrietta Hamblin of Front Royal; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Wythe County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 389, Wytheville, VA 24382.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Lillian Coulson Jennings
Lillian Coulson Jennings, 84, of Austinville, died Tuesday, March 23, 1999, at Waddell Nursing Home in Galax.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 26, at 2 p.m. at the Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel with Jack King and Jimmy Canup officiating. Interment was in the Thomas Beasley Cemetery.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Elsie and Sam Ryan of Austinville; four sons and daughters-in-law, Sidney and Gloria Jennings of Cary, N.C., Montie and Carolyn Jennings of Bastian, Garland and Linda Jennings of Austinville, and Joseph Glen and Jean Jennings of Hillsville; a brother, James Coulson of Max Meadows; two sisters, Mittie Bowman and Vergie Stone, both of Austinville; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel in Hillsville was in charge of the arrangements.

Wylie Winton Akers
Wylie Winton Akers, 74, of Bastian, died Saturday, April 3, 1999, in the Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 6, at 11 a.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Wall officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Bastian.
He was born in Bland County, a son of the late James Bishop and Luella Lambert Akers. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He had retired from the Bluefield Sash and Door Company.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nelsene Marie Akers; a brother, Columbus Lee Akers; and two sisters, Lena Mae Lambert and Virgie Puckett.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Earl Terry and Doris "Dee" Akers of Bastian; four grandchildren and two spouses, Sherri and Todd Akers of Rocky Gap, Matthew Akers, Cynthia Akers, and Adam and Jessica Akers, all of Bastian; two brothers, Charles H. Akers of Rocky Gap, and Walter E. "Jake" Akers of Bastian; two sisters, Mary Puckett, and Lucille Burton, both of Rocky Gap; and a very special friend, Janet Weddle of Bastian.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Emory Ray Carter
Emory Ray Carter, 72, of Bastian, died Thursday, April 1, 1999, in the Princeton Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 4, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Doug Hyndrich, the Rev. Lee McIntosh and the Rev. Allen Ashworth officiating. Entombment followed in the Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, W.Va.
He was born in Bland County, the son of the late Harman and Minnie Kidd Carter and was of the United Methodist faith. He was a farmer and carpenter and was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
He is survived by his wife, Helen L. Carter of Bastian; four sisters, Irene Heileman and Mae Carter, both of Bastian, Mary Akers of Rocky Gap, and Shirley Walker of Bland; and several nieces and nephews.
The family requests that donations be made to the charity of choice.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

D. Dean Cox
D. Dean Cox, 74, of Bastian, died Friday, April 2, 1999, in the Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 6, at 11 a.m. at the Bastian Church of God. Interment followed in the Rosehill Cemetery, Bastian.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Mike Collins of Austinville, and Lisa and Tim Martin of Wytheville; one half-son, Steve Sluss of Bastian; two brothers, Leo Cox of Bluefield, and Ralph Cox of Gloucester; a special nephew, Harlan Cox of Bastian; and two grandchildren, Jessica Collins and T.J. Martin.
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Lloyd Randolph Lambert
Lloyd Randolph "Randy" Lambert, 47, of the Little Creek Section in Bland County, died Friday, April 9, 1999.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 13, at 2 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Johnson and the Rev. Brad Lewis officiating. Interment was in the Hidden Valley Cemetery, Little Creek.
He was the maintenance supervisor for the Wythe County Community Hospital where he has been employed for 19 years. He was the son of the late Irvin K. and Florence Gray Lambert. 
He was preceded in death by a brother, Alford Lambert.
Survivors include one daughter, Jennie Lambert of Radford; one son, Brian Lambert of Radford; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Lillian Vanover, and Carolyn and Randall Meadows, all of Little Creek; four brothers and three sisters-in-law, Ralph and Sally Lambert, Conway Lambert, Clint Lambert, all of Little Creek, Cecil and Mary Lambert of Wytheville, and Molly Sue Lambert of Thorpe, W.Va.; a special friend, Donnie Wilson of Little Creek; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth Hounshell Muncy
Mary Elizabeth Hounshell Muncy, 88, of Bland, died Thursday, April 8, 1999, in the Montgomery Regional Hospital.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at the Leyburn-Presbyterian Church in Bland with the Rev. June Miller officiating. Interment followed in the Bland Cemetery.
She was born Feb. 8, 1911, at Black Lick, Rural Retreat, in Wythe County. She was the daughter of the late J. Harlow and Effie E. Hounshell. She was a life-long member of Marvin United Methodist Church of Black Lick, Wythe County. She was a member of the WOC of the Leyburn-Presbyterian Church in Bland, serving as its president for many years. She graduated from Rural Retreat High School; Radford Teachers College with a B.S. degree; and attended William & Mary College at Williamsburg for some special summer sessions. She taught school for 35 years, serving 31 years as seventh-grade teacher and principal of Bastian Elementary School, Bastian, Bland County. She was a member of Chi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, and Inter-National Teachers Organization. She was a member of the Bland County Retired Teachers Organization.
She was preceded in death in 1952 by her husband, Charles Peery Muncy Jr.; and a son, Joseph "Joe Boy" Hounshell.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Charles Peery III and Margaret Muncy of Christiansburg; a grandson, Charles P. "Chuck" Muncy IV of Christiansburg; two granddaughters, Elizabeth R. Muncy, and Annette Muncy Sherrill and her husband Robert, all of Richmond; a stepgranddaughter, Karen McCann of Christiansburg; two stepgreat-granddaughters, Morgan Sherrill and Lauren Sherrill, both of Richmond; a stepgreat-grandson, Christopher McCann of U.S. Army in Korea; a brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Mozelle Hounshell of Rural Retreat; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Bland County Rescue Squad, Christiansburg Rescue Squad or the Leyburn-Presbyterian Church in Bland.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Gertrude Irene Yates
Gertrude Irene Yates, 84, of Bland, died Monday, April 12, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 14, at 8:30 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel, Wytheville.
She is survived by five daughters, Audrey Meyers and Wilma Brock, both of Troy, Ohio, Jean Blair and Judy Yates, both of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Linda Boardwine of Bland; three sons, Stephen Yates of Sidney, Ohio, Ed Yates of West Palm Beach, Fla., and David Yates of Savannah, Ga.; one sister, Shirley Wesco of Troy, Ohio; one brother, Elwood Metz of Tip City, Ohio; 29 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren.
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

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