Miscellaneous Bland County, Virginia Obituaries

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Fredrick Leon Akers 
Fredrick Leon Akers, 57, of Max Meadows, died Monday, May 26, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 29, at 2 p.m. in the St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The body will be placed at the church one hour before service time. 
He was a retired guard for the Bland Correctional Farm. 
He is survived by his parents, Arthur T. and Clara J. Akers of Max Meadows; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Barbara and Roncie "Buddy" Morrison of Alexandria, and Phyllis and David Kirby of Max Meadows; one brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Sibbie Akers of Max Meadows; and several nieces and nephews. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements. 

Robert Grayson Dillow Sr. 
Robert "Bob Andy" Grayson Dillow Sr., 84, of Route 2, Bland, died Tuesday, May 27, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at the Bland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joe Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in the Bland Cemetery. The body will be taken to the church one hour before service time. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home, or the home of Doris and David Dillow. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements. 

James Lee Henley Sr. 
James Lee "Jamie" Henley Sr., 54, of Max Meadows, died Saturday, May 24, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 27, at 3 p.m. at the Max Meadows Pentecostal Holiness Church, with the Rev. Roy Gibson and the Rev. Allen Mahan officiating. Interment followed in the Red Oak Cemetery in Ceres. 
He was an employee of Pulaski Furniture, and a member of the Max Meadows Pentecostal Holiness Church. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Monroe Joseph Henley; and a sister, Rosie Marshall. 
Survivors include his wife, Trula Lambert Henley of Max Meadows; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lorri and Stephen Corder, and Amy and Danny Grubb, all of Max Meadows; a son, James Lee Henley Jr. of Max Meadows; three grandchildren, Karla Corder, Jeremy Corder, and Kayla Grubb; his mother, Mary Duncan Henley of Max Meadows; one brother, Troy Henley of Max Meadows; and two sisters, Marie Marshall of Max Meadows, and Alma Faye Webb of Dublin. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Edgar Allen Newberry 
Edgar Allen Newberry, 76, of Route 1, Bland, died Thursday, May 22, 1997, in the Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, W.Va. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, May 24, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Morning Star Cemetery in Bland. 
He was born in Bland County, a son of the late Walter Stephen and Cynthia Stuart Newberry. He was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in Salem, and had attended the Green Hill Church in Bland. He was a parts department clerk at Kidd Chevrolet in Bland and at Berglund Chevrolet in Roanoke until his retirement. 
He is survived by his wife, Opal Lorene Dillow Newberry of the home; one daughter, Dianna Lynn Newberry of Bland; three sisters, Mildred N. Kidd, Alma N. Waddle, both of Bland, and Marie N. Doughman of Roanoke; two brothers, Walter "Randy" Newberry of Wytheville, and Robert G. "Bob" Newberry of Bland; and several nieces and nephews. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Grayson Dillow Sr. 
Robert "Bob Andy" Grayson Dillow Sr., 84, of Route 2, Bland, died Tuesday, May 27, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Friday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at the Bland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joe Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Bland Cemetery. 
He was born in Bland County, the son of the late Thomas G. and Margaret Tickle Dillow. 
He is survived by his wife, Maggie Parnell Dillow of Bland; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lois G. and Bill Spencer of Colonial Heights, Joyce Ann and Jim Ryan of Wytheville, and Doris and David Dillow of Bland; a son, Robert G. Dillow Jr. of Bland; three sisters, Spence Lindamood of Bastian, Virginia Tickle of Bland, and Willis Chandler of Bastian; nine grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Bland Fire Department and the Bland Rescue Squad. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Mildred Newberry Kidd 
Mildred Newberry Kidd, 91, of Bland, died Friday, May 30, 1997, in the Pulaski Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Monday, June 2, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Chapel with 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 Trinity Methodist Church, a retired cook at Bastian Elementary School with 20 years service, and co-owner of Kidd Chevrolet in Bland. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira S. Kidd; two sons, David N. Kidd and John W. Kidd. 
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Mellissie and Jimmie Gibson of Bland; two sisters, Alma N. Waddle of Bland, and Marie Doughman of Roanoke; two brothers, Walter R. "Randy" Newberry of Wytheville, and Robert G. "Bob" Newberry of Bland; two daughters-in-law, Dot S. Kidd of Bland, and Rosie K. Warden of Wytheville; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Bland County Fire Department or the Bland Rescue Squad. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

James Willard Bowles 
James Willard Bowles, 69, of Wytheville, died Saturday, June 7, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Graveside services were held Monday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at the West End Cemetery. 
He was a retired barber for over 32 years and was also retired from the Wytheville Community College with over 20 years of service. 
He is survived by his wife, Nell Lunsford Bowles of Wytheville; two daughters and son-in-law, Nell "Nellie" B. and Darrell Keith Hess, and Dara L. and Michael Sean Wood, all of Wytheville; three sons and two daughters-in-law, James "Jimmy" Jr. and Margaret P. Bowles, Charles William "Guber" Bowles, and Robert Dale "Joe" and Cathy J. Bowles, all of Wytheville; two sisters, Stella B. Umberger, and Helen B. Smith, both of Wytheville; one brother, Edward L. Bowles of Rocky Gap; six grandchildren, William Jason Bowles, Justin Cody Bowles, Ethan Shawn Hess, Amanda Christian Hess, Bryan Ray Hedge, Shaunna Lynn Wood; and several nieces and nephews. 
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Wythe County Rescue Squad. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements. 

Sarah Ellen Mustard Atkinson 
Sarah Ellen Mustard Atkinson, 71, of Roanoke, died Monday, June 16, 1997, at her home after battling cancer. 
Funeral services will be Thursday, June 19, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Bruce Robinson officiating. Burial will be in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg. 
She was born Nov. 21, 1925, in Bland County, the daughter of the late Robert Henry and Clanie Bird Mustard. She was a graduate of Lewis-Gale Nursing School and was a registered nurse who practiced in Roanoke Valley and was a former president of the Busy Bee Seniors Club at Riverdale Baptist Church. 
She is survived by her husband, Charles Thomas Atkinson of Roanoke; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dock and Elizabeth Atkinson, Robert Atkinson, and David and Rhonda Atkinson, all of Roanoke; three daughters and sons-in-law, Lynne McNeely and friend, Jeff Burks, Penny and Daniel Williams, all of Roanoke, and Cathy and Mark Hubbard of Check; one sister and brother-in-law, Lela and John Sink of Wirtz; four grandchildren, Michael McNeely and wife, Paige, Brandon Atkinson, Hunter Williams, and Callie Hubbard. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Chapel in White Gate is in charge of the arrangements.

Baxter Waldo Clark 
Baxter Waldo Clark, 90, of the Longview Apartments in Wytheville, formerly of Crockett, died Tuesday, June 11, 1997, at his residence. 
Funeral services were held Friday, June 13, at 2 p.m. at the Zion Lutheran Church with pastor Joe Shumate officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. 
He was a retired employee of the Carolina Power and Light Company and was a member of the Zion Lutheran Church in Crockett. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Charles C. Clark. 
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Dove Clark of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, B. Randolph and Joyce Clark of Sheffield, Ala., Robey F. Hall of West Jefferson, N.C., and Jo Ann Clark of Mt. Juliet, Tenn.; one sister, Jacquelin C. Neel of Bland; one brother, Charles Marvin Clark of Bland; and four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. 
The family requests that those who prefer, may make memorials to the Hospice of America or to the Zion Lutheran Church building fund. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat was in charge of the arrangements. 

Maude Catherine Thomas Colley 
Maude Catherine Thomas Colley, 95, of Honaker, died Friday, June 13, 1997, at the Russell County Medical Center in Lebanon. 
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, June 17, at 2 p.m. in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Carson Powers officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Bastian. 
Born March 10, 1902, in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late Stewart and Lydia Deel Thomas. She was a homemaker. She started prayer meeting in Suiter, Bland County, in 1930. In July 1936, the Rev. J.O. Ure met with the prayer meeting group at the home of Richard and Maude Colley in Bastian and organized the Bastian Church of God of which she is a charter member. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Colley; a daughter, Virginia Dare Colley; a son, Cecil Colley Sr.; a grandson, Butch Adkins; a granddaughter, Carolyn Bailey; a brother, Albert Thomas; and three sisters, Martha Russ, Lydia Hackney, and Sally Jakrzewski. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Dean Colley of Honaker; three daughters and son-in-law, Sue Woodward of Atlanta, Ga., Earnie Adams of Kingsport, Tenn., and Pat and Wallace Barton of Council; a brother, Brady Thomas Sr. of Grundy; two sisters, Mary Baldwin of St. Augustine, Fla., and Nancy Hackney of Safety Harbor, Fla.; and 16 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, and 16 great-great-grandchildren. 
Honaker Funeral Home in Honaker was in charge of the arrangements. 

Noah Abraham Roop 
Noah Abraham Roop, 20, of Bastian, died Wednesday, June 18, 1997. 
Funeral services were Monday, June 23, at 1 p.m. in the Riverview Church of God, Barren Springs. Interment was in the Community Cemetery at Green Valley Church in the Grapefield community. 
He was preceded in death by his father Stanley Edward Roop Jr. 
Survivors include his mother, Rena M. Walker of Bastian; his stepfather, Gilbert F. Walker of Bastian; one stepsister, Tracy Walker Garcia of Bristol; and his grandmothers, Henrettia Roop and Glenna Ann Wyatt, both of Wyco, W.Va. 
The family will receive friends Sunday, June 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home. 
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Pamela Muriel Thompson 
Pamela "Pam" Muriel Thompson, 60, of Bland, died Saturday, June 21, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 24, at 2 p.m. at the Bland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Rye and Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. Interment followed in the Thompson Family Cemetery in Bland. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Kelly "Tom Cat" Thompson. 
Survivors include two daughters, Renee T. Sluss of Bastian, and Susan Gills of Wytheville; five sons, Tony Thompson, Buck Thompson, John Kelly Thompson, all of Bland, Steve Gills of Bluefield, W.Va., and Haven Gills of Pulaski; a sister, Rosemary Page of Texas; a brother, Douglas Martin of Arizona; and ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Guy Mannering Bruce 
Guy Mannering Bruce, 96, of Bastian, died Monday, June 30, 1997, in the Bluefield Regional Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 5, at 2 p.m. at the Bastian Union Church with the Rev. David Wall, the Rev. Ralph Kidd Jr., the Rev. Bob Thornton, Paul Ester, and the Rev. Lee Ellis officiating. Entombment will follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery in Bland. 
He was born in Bluefield, W.Va., the son of the late William Johnston and Amanda Elviria Starks Bruce. He attended school in Bluefield, W.Va., and in Bland County. He studied sales courses from Lassell University and various courses while with Esso and Standard Oil. He won several awards in sales operations and cost while with Esso Corporation. He joined Standard Oil in 1927 and experienced all the changes from Standard Oil to Humble Oil to Enco to Esso and then to Exxon. Retired from marketing sales, he and his wife were charter members of the Blue Ridge Exxon Annuity Club. He was of Protestant faith and served as a Sunday School superintendent and taught men's classes and was a member of the official church board for more than 50 years. He was an honorary member of both the board of Bastian Union Church and elder of the church at the time of his death. His wife of over 65 years, Cecil Robinette Bruce, passed away Nov. 24, 1992. 
He is survived by four nephews, William Edward Bruce of Virginia Beach, James Robert "Bob" Bruce of Bastian, Garland R. Bruce of Bluefield, W.Va., and George R. Bruce of Bronson, Fla.; seven nieces, Lois Pruett of Bland, Shirley Parker of Thomasville, N.C., Betty Faulkner, Jane Bruce, both of Winston Salem, N.C., Margaret Pauley, Zareda Earnest, both of Bastian, and Dr. Alma Shufflebarger of Oakland City, Ind.; and several great-nieces and nephews, and several great-great-nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Friday, July 4, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Bastian Union Church. 
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Bland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 75, Bastian, VA 24314. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Frances Newberry Granberg 
Mary Frances Newberry Granberg, 84, of Brian Center, Fincastle, died Sunday, July 6, 1997. 
Graveside services and interment were held Tuesday, July 8, at 4 p.m. at the Mechanicsburg Cemetery with Tom Turner officiating. 
She was born in Kentucky, Dec. 16, 1912, a daughter of the late Jesse H. Newberry and Mollie Stafford. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Erik Granberg; and children. 
Survivors include six grandchildren, Sharon L. Terry, Karen K. Turner, Barbara L. Cook, Rhonda A. Toro, and Eric A. Kuykendall; eight great-grandchildren, Travis S. Turner, S. Paul Reid, Jesse S. Terry, Carrie A. Toro, Melissa N. Toro, Stephanie R. Kuykendall, Erik M. Kuykendall, and Roni E. Kuykendall; and a cousin, Park Bogle of Pulaski. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Millard Ellis Myers 
Millard Ellis "Huckleberry" Myers, 93, of Bland, died Friday, July 4, 1997, in Bluefield Regional Medical Center. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 6, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Eddie Dalton and Rev. James Walker officiating. Burial was in the Myers Family Cemetery, Route 2, Bland. 
He was born April 1, 1904, at Crandon, the son of the late Gordon William and Laura Blankenship Myers. 
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Nina Jane Saunders and Merrell Gaye Burton. 
Survivors include his wife of 70 years, Jessie White Myers of Bland; six sons and daughters-in-law, George Byron and Nancy Myers of Bluefield, W.Va., Rev. William O. and Dessie Myers of Parrott, Richard and Brenda Myers of Princeton, W.Va., James R. Myers of Bland; D.A. and Debi Myers of Bland, and Raymond and Jane Myers of Floyd; three daughters and sons-in-law, Loetta J. and Paige Welsh of Four Oaks, N.C., Faye and Robert Burton of Bland, and Julia and Wayne Acors of Ruther Glen; 23 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Bland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 10, Bastian, VA 24314. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Carl Wayne Parks 
Carl Wayne Parks, 57, of Roanoke, died Thursday, July 3, 1997. 
Funeral services were held Monday, July 7, at noon at the Lotz Roanoke Chapel with the Rev. Mark Washington and the Rev. Charles "Chip" Doyle officiating. Burial was in Sherwood Memorial Park. 
He served as chairman of deacons, teacher of the Praying Hands Sunday school class, and a member of the Joyful Servants class at the Hollins Road Baptist Church, Roanoke. 
He was preceded in death by infant sons, Donald Edward Parks and Anthony Wayne Parks; his parents, Matthew and Daisy Parks; and two brothers, Alfred Parks and Howard Parks. 
Survivors include his wife, Linda Parks of Roanoke, formerly of Max Meadows; a sister, Virginia St. Clair; three brothers, Corbin Parks, John Parks, and Carson Parks. Among his survivors are brothers-in-law and spouses, Joe and Alice Parks of Salem, formerly of Max Meadows, and Bobby and Hilda Parks of Ceres, formerly of Max Meadows; a sister-in-law and spouse, Audrey and Warren Thompson of Max Meadows; and several aunts, nieces and nephews. 
Lotz Roanoke Chapel in Roanoke was in charge of the arrangements. 

Albert Gilmer Updyke 
Albert Gilmer Updyke, 83, of Bland, died Saturday, July 5, 1997. 
Funeral services were held Monday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel, Bland, with the Rev. Curt McKee officiating. Interment followed in the Updyke Family Cemetery. 
He was a lifelong resident of Bland County and a member of Crandon Presbyterian Church. He attended VPI as a young man and returned home to manage the family farm. He was a director of Dublin Livestock Market and had served as director of the Bland County Bank. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club, the American Hereford Cattlemen's Association and a director of Bland County Fair Association. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Junius Marcellus and Ada Lee Davis Updyke; and one brother, Junius Davis Updyke. 
Survivors include one brother, Garland L. Updyke of Hernando, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Jack (Edith) Harmon of Bristol, and Ethel Shaver of Blountville, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to Bland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 10, Bastian, VA 24314. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

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