Miscellaneous Bland County, Virginia Obituaries

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Estil McKinley Blankenship 
Estil McKinley Blankenship, 52, of Bastian, died Friday, July 11, 1997, in the Bluefield Regional Medical Center. 
Funeral services were held Monday, July 14, at 2 p.m. in the Bastian Church of God with Pastor Bill Hand, the Rev. John Smith and the Rev. Mike Bradshaw officiating. Interment was in the Rose Hill Cemetery. 
He is survived by his wife, Shelby Blankenship; four daughters, Kimberly Blankenship of Freemont, Ohio, Ashely Blankenship of Bastian, Priscella Taylor of Wytheville, and Judy Patterson of Olin, N.C.; his mother, Geneva Dykes Blankenship of Bluefield; one sister, Linda C. Berry of Nikina, N.C.; two brothers, Raymond L. Blankenship of Lexington, N.C. and Mike Blankenship of Bastian; a special niece, Shelby D. Bowles of Wytheville; two special nephews, Daniel Bowles of Lexington, and Terry Wayne Blankenship of Lexington, N.C.; and several other nieces and nephews. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Harry Paul Lindamood 
Harry Paul Lindamood, 93, of Bristol, Tenn., formerly of Bland, died Saturday, July 12, 1997, in Cambridge House in Bristol. 
Graveside services and interment were held Monday, July 14, at 2 p.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery in Bristol with the Rev. Ralph Kidd and the Rev. Ray Davis officiating. 
He was born in Bland County, and retired from Sevier's Dry Cleaning Service. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willis Grant Lindamood and Martha Kitts Lindamood; his wife, Sally Brown Lindamood; a sister, Erma Jane Foglesong; and three brothers, Rush Lindamood, Clyde Lindamood and Elmer Chloe Lindamood. 
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Marvin (Mayme) Neel of Bland; and several nieces and nephews. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to the J. Stephen Lindamood Basketball Memorial Scholarship Fund, in care of Bland High School, Bland, VA 24315. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Dorothea Humphrey Shockley 
Dorothea Humphrey Shockley of Bland, died late Wednesday, July 2, 1997, in the Lewis-Gale Hospital in Salem. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 5, at 11 a.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Joe Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Morning Star Cemetery in Bland. 
She was born in Wythe County, a daughter of the late Charles S. and Alma Shaffer Humphrey. 
She is survived by her husband, Junior V. Shockley of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Dolores and Roger Thompson of Bland, and Debra and Terry Davis of Little Creek; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth and Garnett Neikirk of Newport News, Virginia and Bill Mabe of Max Meadows, and Kathryn and Richard Hyland of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother and sisters-in-law, Charles S. Jr. and Ruth Humphrey of Max Meadows; and three grandchildren, Sarah E. Thompson, John C. Thompson, and Julia Renae Shockley Davis. 
The family requests that those who prefer, may make memorials to the Dorothea Humphrey Shockley Athletic Scholarship Fund, C/O the First Virginia Band - Southwest, Bland, VA 24315. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Eugene Earl Billips 
Eugene Earl Billips, 82, of Route 2, Bland, died Monday, July 21, 1997, at his residence. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 23, at 2 p.m. at the Byrnes Chapel Methodist Church with the Rev. Arnold Clark and the Rev. Frank Clifton officiating. Interment followed in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery. Graveside military rites were conducted by the American Legion Post No. 9. 
He was born in Bland County, a son of the late William F. and Louvina Compton Billips. 

He is survived by his wife, Ruth R. Billips of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and German Lizarralde of Purcellville, Lisby and Dave Hall of Chesterfield, and Debbie and Ronnie Faulkner of Bland; a son, Dale Billips of Bland; two sisters, Bertha Wiseman, and Ruby Yates, both of Falls Church; a brother and sister-in-law, Woodrow and Edna Billips of Nashville, Tenn.; and two grandchildren, James Faulkner and Brandon Faulkner, both of Bland. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Bland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 75, Bastian, VA 24314, or the Wythe-Bland Hospice, P.O. Box 381, Wytheville, VA 24382. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Bonnie N. Croy 
Bonnie N. Croy, 80, of West Branch, Iowa, died Monday, July 14, 1997, in Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, Iowa, following an extended illness. 
Funeral services were held Thursday, July 17, at 2 p.m., at the Barker Funeral Home, West Branch, Iowa, with the Rev. Richard M. Paulus officiating. Burial was in the West Branch Cemetery, West Branch, Iowa. 
She was born Sept. 8, 1916, at Banner Elk, N.C., a daughter of William and Hessie Oliver Gwyn. On June 5, 1948, she was married to William L. Croy in Bland. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, a son, two brothers, a sister, and a great-granddaughter. 
Survivors include four daughters, Doris Connell, Paulette Broyles, both of West Branch, Iowa, Willie Sue Wolfe of Bastian, and Adina Croy, who is stationed in San Diego, Calif. with the U.S. Navy; four sons, James, Dean Woody, Ronnie Croy, all of West Branch, Iowa, and Gil Woody of Iowa City, Iowa; two sisters, Jean Lawson, and Peggy Payton, both of Bassett; two brothers, Jack Gwyn of Bastian, and Roy Gwyn of Roanoke; and 19 grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren. 
Barker Funeral Home in West Branch, Iowa, was in charge of the arrangements.

Fred Crockett Bogle 
Fred Crockett Bogle, 85, died Tuesday, July 29, 1997. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 31, at 10 a.m. at Woodall-Tharp Chapel in Lynchburg with the Rev. Ronald T. Davidson officiating. Interment will be Friday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. in Sharon Cemetery in Ceres. 
He was the husband of the late Mabel Ruth Brown Bogle. He was born March 3, 1912, in Ceres, in Bland County, to the late Andrew Napoleon Bogle and the late Luvenia Pruett Bogle. He was a member of Providence United Methodist Church and a retired farmer at Glenacre Farm. 
He was preceded in death by his son, Freddie Keith Bogle. 
Survivors include his sons and their wives, Dwight E. and Elizabeth Bogle of Roanoke, Dr. Emory C. Bogle of Richmond, H. Gale and Peggy Bogle of Salem, Ronald W. and Mary Jo Bogle of Minneapolis, Minn., Larry W. and Judee Bogle, and W. Wendell and Judy Bogle, all of Lynchburg; his daughters and their husbands, Evelyn F. and Norman Larrimer of Sanford, N.C., and Kay B. and Larry McFadden of Fredericksburg; his sisters, Selma B. Weaver of Silver Spring, Md., and Ella Sue Bish of Pennsylvania; and 22 grandchildren, and 26 great-grandchildren. 
The family received friends Wednesday, July 30, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Woodall-Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg; and will receive Thursday, July 31, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home, Bland. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 2316 Atherholt Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501. 
Woodall-Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg is in charge of the arrangements. 

Iva Atwell Neel 
Iva Atwell Neel, 81, of Route 1, Ceres, died Tuesday, July 22, 1997, in Wytheville, as the result of an automobile accident. 
Funeral services were held Friday, July 25, at the Newberry Funeral Home in Bland with the Rev. Bill Schoeneman and the Rev. Dean Tibbs officiating. Interment followed in the Red Oak Cemetery in Ceres. 
She was the widow of Henry Curtis Neel and a member of the Red Oak Union Church in Ceres. 
She is survived by a son and his fiancée, Charles Curtis Neel and Marilyn Sue Milburn, both of Charlestown, W.Va.; a granddaughter, Jennifer Kaye Neel of Leesburg; three sisters, Mary Jo Hunter of the home, Loma Tibbs of Ceres, and Verda Mae Tingle of Arlington; and one brother, Alvis Atwell of Ceres. 
The family requests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Red Oak Union Church. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

William Bruce Robertson 
William Bruce Robertson, 78, of Charlotte, N.C., died Tuesday, July 22, 1997, at the Wesley Care Center. 
Memorial services were held Monday, July 28, at 3 p.m. at the Hawthrone Lane United Methodist Church with the Rev. James M. Armstrong Jr. and the Rev. Robert Dodd officiating. Interment followed in the Forest Lawn Cemetery at Matthews, N.C. 
He was born Jan. 14, 1919, a son of the late William and Nina Purcell Robertson, and was a member of Hawthrone Lane United Methodist Church, Joy Outlook Sunday school class and was a former member of Kilgo United Methodist Church where he taught the Wesleyan Bible Class. He was United Methodist lay minister and a member of the United Methodist Men. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and attained the rank of 1st lieutenant in the infantry. He was a graduate of the Ft. Worth (Texas) High School, a 1943 graduate of Kansas State University, a 1948 graduate of Oklahoma State with a master's degree, a 1949 graduate of VPI and a 1964 graduate of the University of Virginia with a master's degree from both. He taught agriculture and animal husbandry from 1947-1957 in Bland County and from 1957-1984 he taught chemistry at East Meck High School in Charlotte, N.C. He also taught chemistry at UNCC, CPCC and Furman University. During college he played minor league baseball and rode on the rodeo circuit. From 1945-1947 he was a veterinarian on a cattle ranch in Oklahoma. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Summers Robertson; and his oldest son, Scotty Robertson. 
Survivors include two daughters, Jo Ellen Hill and Ruth R. Stilwell, both of Charlotte, N.C.; a son, James David Robertson of Charlotte, N.C.; a brother, Wallace Oliver Latham Robertson of Ft. Worth, Texas; nine grandchildren, Shanna Stilwell, Priscilla Tom, Elizabeth Canup, Kiki Robertson, Jimmy Robertson, Lauren Hill, Constance Hill, Robbie Robertson and Bryan Robertson; and two great-grandchildren. 
Memorials may be made to Hawthrone United Methodist Church, 501 Hawthrone Lane, Charlotte, N.C. 28204. 
McEwen Charlotte Chapel in Charlotte, N.C. was in charge of the arrangements.

Dorothy Repass Umberger 
Dorothy Repass Umberger, 68, of Route 1, Ceres, died Tuesday, July 22, 1997, in Wytheville as the result of an automobile accident. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m. at the Red Oak Union Church with Pastor Joe Shumate, the Rev. Bill Shoeneman, and Suzi Schadle (minister in training and friend of family) officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. 
She was a member of the Red Oak Union Church and United Methodist Women in Ceres. She was a former postmaster and employee of the U.S. Postal Service in Ceres with a total of 26 years of service and a member of the NARFE. She was a member of the Bland County Planning Commission, and served on the board of directors of the Bland County Historical Society, a member on the committee for the Festival of Leaves, and the Bland County Fair Association. She was an award-winning and master quilter, and one of the founding members of the Hands All Around Quilt Club. Her quilts have been displayed in Germany, Dollywood, and published in national quilt books. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Leslie Umberger. 
Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Kathy and Lynn Bowlin of Route 1, Atkins, and Lisa Umberger of Seattle, Wash.; one son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Deborah Umberger of Route 1, Wytheville; one sister, Ola White of Sweetwater, Tenn.; and five grandchildren, Cy, Ari, Staci, Valerie, and Evan. 
The family requests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Red Oak Cemetery Fund, the Ceres Fire Department, or to the charity of their choice. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Richard Lee Bivens 
Richard Lee Bivens, 50, of Wytheville, died Sunday, Aug. 3, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 6, at 11 a.m. at the Wytheville Seventh-Day Adventist Church with Elder Bob Parrish and Elder Harry Sharley officiating. Interment will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Bastian. 
He worked for Professional Delivery Systems in Wytheville and was a member of the Wytheville Seventh Day Adventist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his mother, Doris Jean Hill Bivens. 
Survivors include his wife, Ramona Starr Umbarger Bivens of the home; three daughters, Ramona Leigh Eichelberger of Kernersville, N.C., Ashley Joy Bivens and Brittany Elizabeth Bivens, both of the home; his father, Harold C. Bivens of Bastian; one sister, Sandra Bivens Hoosier of Bastian; and one brother, Larry Curtis Bivens of Pulaski. 
The family suggests those who prefer may make memorials to the Wythe County Rescue Squad or the Wytheville Seventh-Day Adventist Church. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements. 

Dennis L. Smith 
Dennis L. Smith, 65, of Clinton, Md., formerly of Bland, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 1997, at his home after a brief illness. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 9, at 1 p.m. at Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, Md., followed by an Irish Wake. Graveside services and interment were held Monday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Bland Cemetery. 
Born in Red Oak, Iowa, on Nov. 20, 1931, he was a son of John Patrick and Mary Lucillia Smith. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force, continued his education at Omaha University in Nebraska and Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He supervised major construction at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. for 32 years, retiring in January 1987. As an active member of the Gateway Lions Club he served two terms as president and was a recipient of the Melvin Jones Fellow International Foundation Award for dedicated humanitarian service. 
Other civic organizations to which he belonged include the Elks Lodge No. 2332 of Camp Springs, Md., and the American Legion Post No. 278 of Clinton, Md. He was also a member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Clinton, Md. 
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Nancy M. Smith of Clinton, Md., and Bland; four daughters, Elizabeth "Libby" Devlin of Centreville, Shawn D. Hinely, Gerrie L. Moore, both of Fort Washington, Md., and Nancy P. "Trish" Fletcher of Forrestville, Md.; two sisters, Patricia Musgrave, and Virginia Stullor; a brother, James Smith; and five grandsons, and many other relatives and friends. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland and Lee Funeral Home in Clinton, Md. were in charge of the arrangements. 

Trula Neel Lambert 
Trula Neel Lambert, 72, of Bland, died Thursday, Aug. 14, 1997, in the Kegley Manor Nursing Home. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Red Oak Union Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery. 
She was born in Bland County, a daughter of the late Sidney and Ollie Crowe Neel. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Lewis Lambert; her step-mother, Hallie Tickle Neel; and a grandson, Michael Lambert. 
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and David Goins of Wytheville, and Debbie and Alfred French of Bland; a son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Diane Lambert of Bland; four grandchildren, Rachael and Derek French and Scot and Lee Goins; and a half-sister, Dare Stuart of Ceres. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

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