Miscellaneous Bland County, Virginia Obituaries

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Vernon Lamor Drummond
Vernon Lamor Drummond, 56, of the Mechanicsburg community in Bland County, died Friday, April 23, 1999, at the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Earnest Chinault and Brother Dewey Conley officiating. Burial was in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg.
He was born Oct. 22, 1942, in Bland, a son of Ruth Drummond Wolfe of Bastian, and the late Eugene Drummond. He was an employee of the Bland Virginia Department of Transportation, was president and volunteer fireman with the Hollybrook-Mechanicsburg Fire Department and a volunteer for the Bland County Rescue Squad.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Dorothy Carroll Drummond; two daughters, Any Rasnick of Mt. Airy, N.C., and Ashlee Drummond of the home; one brother, Charles "Andy" Drummond of Gaffney, S.C.; one sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Donald Sines of Roanoke; two granddaughters, Brittanie Rasnick and Sara Jo Rasnick of Mt. Airy, N.C.; his mother-in-law, Louise Carroll of Bland; several stepsisters and stepbrothers; special friends, Bill and Nancy Pruitt; and many other relatives and friends.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Joseph Marion Farlow Sr.
Joseph Marion Farlow Sr., 57, of Rustburg, formerly of Bland County, died Sunday, April 25, 1999, in Kegley Manor Nursing Home in Bastian.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Randy Queen and the Rev. Frank Clifton officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook.
He was born July 28, 1941, in Bland County, a son of the late Carl Robert and Edna Mae Coffey Farlow. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa Farlow and the Rev. Randy Queen of Maiden, N.C., and Tammy Farlow and Herman Young of Claremont, N.C.; one son, Joseph Marion Farlow Jr. of Pulaski; four sisters, Audrey F. Gusler and Linda F. Boksa, both of Bland, Edith F. Ramsey of Dublin, and Delephine F. Barker of Harve De Grace, Md.; five brothers, Herbert Farlow of Radford, Hensel Farlow of Bristow, Jerry Farlow, Charlie Farlow and Randy Farlow, all of Bland; five grandchildren, Stacy Hopkins, Steven Hopkins, Jonathan Young, Tony Young, and Brittany Farlow; and a devoted friend, Betty L. Miles of Rustburg.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Albert Eugene Mustard
Albert Eugene Mustard, 78, of Emporia, died Tuesday, April 13, 1999.
A graveside funeral service was held Saturday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at the Emporia Cemetery, Emporia, with the Rev. Lowell Petry officiating.
He was born in Bland County.
He is survived by one son, Albert Eugene Mustard Jr. of Bland; one sister, Josephine Stowers of Bland; three brothers, Jake Mustard and Wayne Mustard, both of Bland, and Kermit Mustard of Pulaski; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Echols Funeral Home in Emporia was in charge of the arrangements.

Lena Mae Ramsey
Lena Mae Ramsey, 65, of the Hollybrook community in Bland County, died Monday, April 26, 1999, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with Brother Dewey Conley, Brother Jimmy Conley, and the Rev. Tommy Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook.
She was born Nov. 27, 1933, a daughter of the late Robert F. and Lucy Billips Wright.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Buford and Carolyn Ramsey, and William and Theresa Ramsey, all of Bland; five daughters and sons-in-law, Lucy and Wallace French, Cathy and Robert Chewning, Freda and Eddie Crusenberry, Sylvia and Jesse DeHart, all of Bland, and Barbara and Gregg Tolbert of Max Meadows; one brother, Jack Wright of Roanoke; five sisters, Rosie Davis of Christiansburg, Dorie Thompson of Bland, Nellie Mitchem of Elliston, Mollie Miller of Virginia Beach, and Virginia Lilly of Princeton, W.Va.; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate is in charge of the arrangements.

Owen Hadren Ramsey
Owen Hadren Ramsey, 69, of the Hollybrook community in Bland County, died Sunday, April 25, 1999, at his home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with Brother Dewey Conley, Brother Jimmy Conley, and the Rev. Tommy Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook.
He was born June 10, 1929, in Bland County, a son of the late William Benjamin and Cora Lee Hubbard Ramsey.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Buford and Carolyn Ramsey, and William and Theresa Ramsey, all of Bland; five daughters and sons-in-law, Lucy and Wallace French, Cathy and Robert Chewning, Freda and Eddie Crusenberry, Sylvia and Jesse DeHart, all of Bland, and Barbara and Gregg Tolbert of Max Meadows; three brothers, the Rev. Tommy Ramsey of Dublin, William Reed Ramsey and James David Ramsey, both of Bland; two sisters, Lorene Wills of Peterstown, W.Va., Joyce Pennington of Maryland; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate is in charge of the arrangements.

Lettie Bruce Repass
Lettie Bruce Repass, 93, of Ceres, died Saturday, April 24, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at the Bethany United Methodist Church, Ceres, with the Rev. Larry Patton officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
She was born in Ceres, a daughter of the late James Wriley and Dora Umbarger Bruce. She was a lifetime resident of Bland County, a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Ceres, and a member of the Virginia Homemakers Association.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy F. Repass and Roger A. Repass; and two brothers, Claude Bruce and Joubert Bruce.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Esther and Thornton Umbarger, and Frieda and Danny Hanshew, all of Ceres; two sons and daughters-in-law, Buck and Sue Repass of Ceres, and Ken and Rita Repass of Marion; a stepdaughter, Mallie Tibbs of Bastian; a stepson and his wife, Arten and Jonan Repass of Ceres; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Fred J. Simpkins Jr.
Fred J. Simpkins Jr., 64, of Bluefield, W.Va., formerly of Rocky Gap, died Monday, April 26, 1999, at a local nursing facility.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Tami Shoup officiating. Interment will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
He was the son of the late Fred Sr. and Ada Walters Simpkins. He was a construction worker and a U.S. Army veteran having served tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam. He was a member of the American Legion in Princeton, W.Va., and a member of the United Methodist faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma A. Simpkins.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Fred J. III and Dianne Simpkins of Rocky Gap; three grandchildren, Courtney Simpkins, Christian Simpkins and Patrick Simpkins, all of Rocky Gap; two sisters, Freda Simpkins and Janice Martin, both of Rocky Gap; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home or at the residence of his son in Rocky Gap.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

James Stuart Vaught
James Stuart Vaught, 55, of Blacksburg, died Tuesday, April 27, 1999, at Montgomery Regional Hospital.
Memorial services will be held Friday, April 30, at 11 a.m. in the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church with the Rev. Gary Schroeder officiating.
He was born in Rural Retreat on Nov. 26, 1943, to the late Greek Fox and Eleanor Stuart Waddell Vaught. He retired from the Wythe County School System on Dec. 1, 1998, where he was superintendent for eight years; band director, counselor and central office administrator for 30 years. He received his bachelor's degree in music from Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, and his master's degree in music education from Radford University. At his death he was affiliated with the Education Leadership Department of Virginia Tech. He was a member of the Luther Memorial Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Claire Cole Vaught of Blacksburg; one daughter, Laura Elizabeth Vaught of Rural Retreat; a stepdaughter and step-son-in-law, Robin Cole and Willis Lacy of Alexandria; two stepsons and a stepdaughter-in-law, Scott and Jenny Cole of Pensacola, Fla., and Patrick Cole of Terrell, Texas; one grandson, Reagan Cole of Pensacola, Fla.
The family will receive friends Thursday, April 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the James S. Vaught Memorial Scholarship, c/o Rural Retreat High School, Box 10, Rural Retreat, VA 24368.
McCoy Funeral Home in Blacksburg is in charge of the arrangements. 

Dorothy May Hoosier Beamer (died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002) 
Dorothy May Hoosier Beamer 
Dorothy May Hoosier Beamer, 92, of Bastian, Va., died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2002, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Bluefield, W.Va. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, Aug. 30, at 11 a.m. at the Laurel Fork Baptist Church, Rocky Gap, Va., with the Rev. Allen Mahan officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Bastian, Va. 
She was born March 20, 1910, at Konnarock, Va., She was a member of the Laurel Fork Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander and Emaline Pennington Huffman; her husbands, Arthur W. Hoosier and Benjamin V. Beamer; a son, James Hoosier; and daughters, Lucille Hoosier and Rena May Hoosier. 
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Marshall and Janet Hoosier of Salem, Va., Johnny and Colleen Hoosier of Salem, Va., Gerald and Nancy Hoosier of Bastian, Va., and Judy Hoosier of Rocky Gap, Va.; one stepdaughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Edwin Hall of Richmond, Va.; four stepsons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Stella Beamer of Alexandria, Va., Carl and Louise Beamer of Roanoke, Va., Ralph and Ingrid Beamer of Bristol, Tenn., and Edwin Beamer of Pulaski, Va.; 13 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Friday, Aug. 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Laurel Fork Baptist Church, Rocky Gap, Va. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Anna Christine Mabry Nester (died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002) 
Anna Christine Mabry Nester 
Anna Christine Mabry Nester, 75, of Doe Run Road, Max Meadows, Va., died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, in Asbury Center at Birdmont, Wytheville, Va. 
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Galena Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Vaughn Earl Hartsell officiating. 
She was born in Austinville, Va., and was a member of Galena Presbyterian Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley Arlis Nester; her parents, Louis Burton Mabry and Fannie Jackson Colgate Mabry; a son, Alan H. Nester; a sister, Mary Sowers; and a brother, Dick Mabry. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Terry Lee and Jane Testerman Nester of Max Meadows, Va.; stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Larry Steven and Linda Peglow Nester of Hampton, Va., and Kyle Walton and Barbara Faris Nester of Max Meadows, Va.; a brother, Charles W. "Hyde" Mabry of Norfolk, Va.; and six grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends at the residence of her son Terry Nester at any time. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

William Harlen "Pill" Gillman (died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002) 
William Harlen Gillman 
William Harlen "Pill" Gillman, 76, of Wytheville, Va., died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel, Wytheville, Va. Interment will be Thursday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. at the West End Cemetery, Wytheville, Va. 
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Betsy Gillman of Wytheville, Va.; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Elizabeth and Charlie McDaniel, Elsie and Don Wright, all of Wytheville, Va., and Helen Ross of Salem, Va.; and a grandson, Michael Gillman of Wytheville, Va. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. (service time) at the Gillman Funeral Chapel. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Floyd Lee Carroll 
Floyd Lee Carroll, 53, of the Mechancisburg community of Bland died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002 at his home. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 15, at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate with the Rev. Joe Taylor and the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. Burial was in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery in Mechanicsburg. 
He was born Dec. 3, 1948, at Mechanicsburg, son of Louise Walker Carroll of Mechanicsburg and the late Lewis Lee Caroll. He was retired from VDOT and was a member of the Mechanicsburg Christian Church. He loved ballgames, playing horseshoes, hunting and fishing. 
In addition to his mother, he is survived by four sisters and brother-in-law, Geneva C. and Ward Pauley Jr., Dottie C. Drummond and Juanita C. Farlow, all of Bland, and Sheila Carroll of Williamsburg; a nephew, Kevin Pauley; two nieces, Amy Rasnack and Ashlee Drummond; two great-nieces, Brittanie and Sara Jo Ransack; several aunts, uncles and other relatives and friends. 
The A. Vest & Sons Funeral home in White Gate was in charge of arrangements. 

Pearl Cox Cassell 
Pearl Lucille Cox Cassell of Ceres, 105, one day short of 106, died Friday, Sept. 13, 2002, at the Edgemont Center in Wytheville. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 15, at Bethany United Methodist Church in Ceres with the Rev. Ruth Ann Henley officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. 
She was born Sept. 14, 1896, in Bland County, a daughter of the late Lee and Susan Groseclose Cox. She graduated from Ceres High School and taught school at the Cave School. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Davis Cassell. 
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Filmore and Marie Cassell of Ceres; one sister, Alberta Cox of Ceres; seven grandchildren and spouses, Harold and Linda Cassell of Salem, Iris and Maynard Gardner and Eugene Cassell, all of Wytheville, Arleene and Reggie White of Jacksonville, Fla., Arnold and Donna Cassell, Carlton and Betty Cassell and Valerie and Jerrie Mutter, all of Ceres; 13 great-grandchildren, Tim Cassell, Tyron Cassell, Eric Gardner, Heather Gardner, Jason Gardner, Adam Gardner, Scott White, Ben White, Daniel White, Christopher Cassell, Shawn Cassell, Michael Cassell and Kimberly Cassell; and one great-great granddaughter, Cayla Cassell. 
Bradley's Funeral Home of Marion was in charge of arrangements. 

Reba Barnett Gross 
Reba Mary Barnett Gross, 74, of Bastian, died Monday, Sept. 16, 2002, in the Roanoke Community Hospital, Roanoke. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 11 a.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home in Bland. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. at the Riverview Cemetery, Ronceverte, W.Va. 
Born Feb. 24, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Oliver H. and Ollie Pritt Barnett. She was preceded in death by five brothers; three sisters, including Lula Barnett of Bastian; and two children, Freddie and Freda Gail. 
Survivors include her ex-husband, Fred Charles Gross of Bluefield, W.Va.; one daughter, Linda Kay Gross Cregger of Bastian; one son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Elaine Gross of Bluefield, W.Va.; two grandsons, Justin Gross and Ryan Gross, both of Bluefield, W.Va.; two special daughters, Kathy Frye and Frances Bandy, both of Rural Retreat; and a special friend, Jesse Ray Hull of Bastian. 
Newberry Funeral Home, Bland, is in charge of the arrangements. 

Anna Lois McFarland Hancock 
Anna Lois McFarland Hancock, 86, of Ceres died Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2002, after a long illness in Takoma Adventist Hospital, Greeneville, Tenn. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Sept. 20, at 2 p.m. in the Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ruthanne Henley officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. 
She made her home with her daughter and son-in-law, Aileen and Donald Solomon in Greeneville, Tenn., since 1998. She was born in Bland County, a daughter of the late Loranza D. "L.D." McFarland and Rosa Mae King McFarland. She was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Byron Hancock; a grandson, Robert Thompson, and a great-granddaughter, Erica Burton. 
She is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Mae and Donald Hanshew of Ceres, Doris and Lenden Thompson of Burkes Garden, Aileen and Donald Solomon of Ceres; a son and daughter-in-law, Alvin and Tammy Hancock of Ceres; nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Highland Funeral Service Bland Chapel in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Janet Evans Harner 
Janet Evans Harner, 66, of Bland, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at Pulaski Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate, with the Rev. Carl Holland officiating. Burial was in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg. 
She was born April 10, 1936, at Princeton, W.Va. She was a member of the Bland Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Clay and Gladys Williams Evans; one brother, Charles B. Evans; two sisters, Peggy E. Thomas and Betty E. Thornton. 
Survivors include her husband, Harold "Hap" Harner; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Kathy Harner of Bland, and Tim and Flora Harner of Rocky Gap; four grandchildren, Kari Beth Harner, Samantha Harner, Jessica Harner, and Evan Harner. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

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