Miscellaneous Bland County, Virginia Obituaries

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Nell Morrison Hudson 
Nell Morrison Hudson, 97, of Ceres, died Saturday, April 12, 1997, in the Kegley Manor in Bastian. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 15, at 2 p.m. at the Sharon Presbyterian Church. Interment followed in the Sharon Lutheran Church Cemetery in Ceres. 
She was a graduate of Radford and James Madison Colleges and also had taken graduate works at Columbia University in New York City. She was a member of the Wilderness Road Chapter, D.A.R., a member of the Sharon Presbyterian Church, the Bland County, W.O.C., the Bland County Teachers Association, and had taught school in Bland County, Wythe County, and Tazewell County and in Clarksville, Md. She also was a music teacher and retired after 52 years of service. 
She is survived by two nieces, Mrs. William H. Edmonson of Harrisonburg, and Mrs. John (Elizabeth) Fairly of Richmond; one nephew, Bennett F. Adair Jr. of Richmond; and a special friend and caretaker, Clayton Lambert of Ceres. 
The family requests that those who prefer, may make memorials to the Sharon Lutheran Cemetery Fund. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

William A. Schwonke 
William A. "Bill" Schwonke, 71, of Roanoke, died Thursday, April 10, 1997, in the Lewis- Gale Hospital in Salem. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 13, at 3 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Lee Ellis officiating. Interment followed in the Temple Hill Cemetery in Bland. 
He was born in Rochester, N.Y., the son of the late Fredrick and Emma Smith Schwonke and was a U.S. Marine veteran of World War II. 
He is survived by his wife, Glorena H. "Gee" Hancock Schwonke of Roanoke; a daughter, Gail Wonderly of Fort Wayne, Ind.; a son, William F. Schwonke of Fort Wayne, Ind.; seven grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and one godchild, Michelle Cantrell of Bastian. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Edd Ray Tolbert 
Edd Ray "Chub" Tolbert, 77, of Fayetteville, N.C., formerly of Rocky Gap, died Tuesday, April 15, 1997, in the Cape Fear Valley Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Bruce Sheets officiating. Interment will follow in the Bishop Cemetery, Route 1, Bastian. 
He was born in Bland County, a son of the late Edgar Wiley and Julia Mae Guy Tolbert. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. 
He was preceded in death by three brothers. 
Survivors include a sister, Ruby Jones of North Tazewell; and two brothers, Jake Tolbert of Route 1, Bastian, and Joe Tolbert of Fayetteville, N.C. 
The family will receive friends Friday, April 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

George Steven Prescott 
George Steven Prescott, 46, of Ladysmith, formerly of Bland County, died Wednesday, April 16, 1997, in Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg. 
Funeral services were held Friday, April 18, at 4 p.m. at the Wilderness Creek Church of God in Bland County. Burial followed in the Myers Family Cemetery, Bland County. 
Born in Bluefield, W.Va., he was the former manager of the Nature Food Centre in the Spotsylvania Mall, he played softball, coached woman's softball teams and refereed youth and adult basketball games in the Ladysmith area. He was also a member of the Fredericksburg Eagles Aerie No. 4123. 
He is survived by his wife, Faith M. Prescott; his mother and step-father, Loretta and Paige Welsh of Four Oaks, N.C.; his father and stepmother, George and Genevieve Prescott of Christiansburg; his sister, Carol Loye of Greensboro, N.C.; his brother, Reginald Prescott of Benson, N.C.; his maternal grandparents, Jessie Mae and Ellis Myers of Bland County. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ladysmith Fire Dept., P.O. Box 53, Ladysmith, Va. 22501, or the Ladysmith Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 186, Ladysmith, Va. 22501. 
Storke Funeral Home in Bowling Green was in charge of the arrangements. 

Janet E. Prosser Taylor 
Janet E. Prosser Taylor, 87, of Scarbro, W.Va., died Tuesday, April 22, 1997, in a Bluefield hospital following a short illness. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 24, at 1 p.m. at Blue Ridge Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Taylor of Bland United Methodist Church officiating. Burial will follow in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Beckley, W.Va. 
Born July 31, 1909, in Queen Shoal's, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late William and Nancy Runion Prosser. She was a homemaker, a retired nurses aid and a member of Scarbro Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis B. Taylor. 
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, James Roscoe and Linda Taylor of Daniels, W.Va., and William C. and Joan C. Taylor of Beckley, W.Va.; a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Paul Perkins of Bland; and eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
Friends may call Thursday, April 24, at noon, one hour prior to service time. 
Blue Ridge Funeral Home in Beckley, W.Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Edward Meek Hoge 
Edward Meek Hoge, 89, of Bland, died Sunday, April 27, 1997, in the Bluefield Regional Medical Center. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, April 30, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Chapel in Bland with Susie Sowers officiating. Interment followed in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery. 
He was born in Bland County, the son of the late William H. and Vicie Mustard Hoge and was a member of the Hoge's Chapel Presbyterian Church. He was the owner/operator of the Gulf Service Station in Bland. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Georgie Hamilton Hoge. 
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Kenneth (Margaret Ann) Haglund of Isle, Minn., and Mrs. Casey ("Weedie") Hylton of Bland; a son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Kay Hoge of Bland; special relatives, Goldie Gordon of Mechanicsburg, and Tootsie Davis of Tazewell; special cousin friend, M.H. Bowen Sr. of Bland; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Steven Harmon Family Fund, P.O. Box 544, Bland, Va. 24315. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Beulah Mae Newberry Lindamood 
Beulah Mae Newberry Lindamood, 84, of Route 1, Bland, died Saturday, April 26, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Monday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at the Bland Community Church with the Rev. Leroy Long and the Rev. Joe Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Temple Hill Cemetery in Bland. 
She was born in Bland County, a daughter of the late Walter Stephen and Cynthia Stuart Newberry. She was a member of the Bland Community Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Chloe Lindamood; a daughter, Donna Jo Tuell; and a grandson, Stephen Lindamood. 
Survivors include a daughter, Janie L. Horne of Bland; a son, Lanny L. Lindamood of Bland; three grandchildren, Lana L. Hall of Bland, Terry Tuell of Jacksonville, Fla., and Paul Lindamood of Bland; four great-grandchildren; three sisters, Mildred N. Kidd, Alma N. Waddle, both of Bland, and Marie N. Doughman of Roanoke; and three brothers, Edgar A. Newberry of Bland, Walter R. Newberry of Wytheville, and Robert G. "Bob" Newberry of Bland. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Hallie T. Neel 
Hallie T. Neel, 93, of Ceres died Tuesday, April 24, 1997, in Birdmont Health Care Center. 
Funeral services were Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by Pastor Steve Ridenhour. Interment was in the Red Oak Cemetery, Ceres. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert S. Neel; and a stepdaughter, Maxie. 
Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Elmer Stuart of Ceres; one sister, Mrs. Howe Farmer Jr. of Dublin; two stepdaughters, Shirley Repass of Wytheville, and Trula Lambert of Ceres; one stepson, Garland Neel of Ceres; and two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, 10 step-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Steven Howe Harman 
Steven Howe Harman, 36, of Bland, died Wednesday, May 7, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, following a long illness. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home in Bland with the Rev. Tony Reed and the Rev. Jim Mullins officiating. Interment will follow in the Bland Cemetery. 
He was born in Pearisburg on Aug. 8, 1960, to Shirley Harman Byrd and the late Mevo Harman. He was a life-long resident of Bland and a graduate of Bland High School, Class of 1979. He was a 16-year employee of the Virginia Department of Corrections, Bland Correctional Center. He retired on Oct. 31, 1996. He was also an active member of the Bland County Volunteer Rescue Squad. 
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Arista and Marcie Hoge Harman; and his maternal grandparents, Bertie Walker Lambert and Floyd Walker. 
Survivors include his wife, Sharon Goins Harman of the home; a daughter, Amanda Leigh Brown of the home; a son, Adam Steven Harman of the home; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Timmy and Juanita Harman, and Jimmy and Lisa Harman, all of Bland; two half-sisters, Virginia Vaught of Bland, and Margaret Bourne of Fries; a half-brother, Ronnie Hamblin of Pulaski; a special mother-in-law, Glada Goins of Bland; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews and a host of friends. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home. 
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Bland County Volunteer Rescue Squad, Bland County Volunteer Fire Department, and/or the Community Hospice of America, 540 W. Main Street, Wytheville, Va. 24382. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements. 

Minor Muncy Jr. 
Minor Muncy Jr., 76, of Grundy, died Saturday, May 3, 1997, in the Buchanan General Hospital following a long illness. 
Funeral services were held Monday, May 5, at 1 p.m. at the Buchanan First Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Woody Alexander officiating. Burial followed at Greenhills Memory Garden at Claypool Hill. Full military rites were conducted at the cemetery by the John Ratliff Post No. 164 of the American Legion, Childs Gentry Post No. 7360 of the Veterans of Foreign War and Disabled American Veterans Post No. 59. 
Born in Bland County, the first child of Marion Martin Mustard Minor and Elizabeth "Bess" Muncy. He joined the United States Army Air Corps and served in World War II. After serving, he worked with the Newport News Ship Building Company in Newport News. He joined the Virginia State Police and was assigned to Buchanan County as a trooper in 1948. During that time he married Ruth Jackson of Drill. After serving as a trooper for 11 years, he started the Levisa Fuel Company, consisting of several coal mines and a loading dock for rail shipments out of the area. He was also co-founder of Tri-County Coal Association, and a founder of Miners and Merchants Bank where he served on the board of directors. He was a member of the Buchanan First Presbyterian Church, a member of the Sandy Valley Lodge No. 17 A.F. & A.M., Kazim Temple, and John Ratliff Post No. 164 of the American Legion. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Hillary Stanford Muncy, and Gilbert Carter "Gib" Muncy; a sister, Patricia Repass Muncy; and a daughter-in-law, Peggy Jo Muncy. 
Survivors include his wife, Ruth Jackson Muncy of Grundy; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patricia Muncy and Mark Weitner of Reston, and Denise and Mack Hale of Cedar Bluff; a son, Minor Muncy III of Maidens; grandchildren, Tonya and William Hale of Grundy; two sisters, Ellen Walls and Ann Monti, both of Bland; a brother, Charlie Muncy of Bland; and numerous nieces and nephews. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to either the Sandy Valley Lodge No. 17 A.F. & A.M. Building fund; Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 650 West 168th Street, New York, N.Y. 10032; or the Buchanan County Chapter of the American Cancer Society. 
Grundy Funeral Home in Grundy was in charge of the arrangements.

Lena Lambert Hounshell 
Lena Lambert Hounshell, 69, of Route 1, Bland, died Thursday, May 8, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Claude Dove and the Rev. Will Shewey officiating. Interment followed in the Old Bethel Cemetery in Bland. 
She was born in Tazewell County, a daughter of the late Morton and Myra Hounshell Lambert, and was a member of the Bland Community Church. 
She is survived by her husband, Harvey H. Hounshell of Route 1, Bland; two sons, Barry H. Hounshell, and Eddie D. Hounshell, both of Bland; four sisters, Mayme L. Harden of Meadowview, Ethel L. Lambert, Pearl L. Lambert, and Lloyd F. Lambert, all of Bland; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Clair Lambert, Frazier Lambert, and Jean A. Lambert, all of Bland. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Claude C. Reed Jr. 
Claude C. Reedy Jr., 59, of Max Meadows, formerly of Richlands, died Thursday, May 8, 1997, at his home following a long illness. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 10, at 11 a.m. at the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with the Rev. Joe Horn officiating. Burial followed in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill. 
Born in Tazewell County, he was a son of the late Claude C. and Mildred Beulah Jones Reedy Sr. He was a native of Tazewell County before moving to the Wythe County area 15 years ago. He was a former truck driver and was of the Pentecostal faith. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Claude C. and Mildred Beulah Jones Reedy Sr.; and one sister, Betty Jo Marrow. 
Survivors include a companion, Martha Smith of Wythe County; three brothers, Jack Reedy of Cedar Bluff, James Reedy of Richlands, and Fred Reedy of Swords Creek; three sisters, Janice Johnson of Richlands, Geraldine Davis of Richlands, and Shelby Dye of Piedmont, Ala.; one step-son, Calvin Smith of Max Meadows; one step-granddaughter, Ashley Smith of Max Meadows; and several nieces and nephews. 
Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff was in charge of the arrangements. 

Prudie Laurine Harvel Taylor 
Prudie Laurine Harvel Taylor, 68, of Route 1, Bland, formerly of Dismal Route, Oakwood, died Friday, May 16, 1997, in Buchanan General Hospital after a lengthy illness. 
Funeral services were held Monday, May 19, at 1 p.m. at the Bland Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Bruce Shelton, Rev. James Chapman and Rev. Glen Hughes officiating. Entombment followed in the Greenhills Memory Garden Mausoleum in Claypool Hill. 
Born in Pike County, Ky. she was a daughter of the late Henry Harvel and Dahlia Potter Harvel. She had been a resident of Bland for the past three years, was a member of the Bland Pentecostal Holiness Church and was housewife. 
She was preceded in death by five sisters. 
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Lauchie Taylor of Bland; one daughter, Charlena Prater of Bland; three sons, Harvey Nelson Taylor of Edgewater, Fla., Thurman R. Taylor of Honaker, and Irvin R. Taylor of Whitewood; one sister, Loretta Skeens of Mouthcard, Ky.; one brother, Harvey H. Harvel of Mouthcard, Ky.; and five grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren. 
Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy was in charge of the arrangements. 

Annabelle Barger Wilson 
Annabelle Barger Wilson, 96, of Ceres, died Monday, May 19, 1997, at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 22, at 2 p.m. at Sharon Lutheran Church, Ceres, with the Rev. Joe Shumate officiating. Burial will follow in the Sharon Cemetery. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service time. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewey Kent Wilson; and one son, S/Sgt. Owen T. Wilson. 
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Harry and Barbara S. Wilson of Dayton, Ohio, and James and Betty G. Wilson of Marion; three grandchildren, Rebecca W. Shited of Danville, Ky., Thomas G. Wilson of Christiansburg, and Diane W. Catley of Blacksburg; and three great-grandchildren. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to be made to Sharon Lutheran Church, Route 1, Box 18, Ceres, Va. 24318, or the Bland Rescue Squad, Bland, Va. 24315. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

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