Miscellaneous Bland County, Virginia Obituaries

CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - MORTALITYSCHEDULES.COM - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY  -  GENLOOKUPS


First Name:
Last Name:
June Bruce Hand 
June Bruce Hand, 68, of Ashland, Ky., died Thursday, Aug. 7, 1997, at King's Daughters Medical Center. 
Funeral services were held Monday, Aug. 11, at 11 a.m. at Miller Funeral Home, Ashland, Ky., with Pastor Tony Amerine officiating. Burial followed in Rose Hill Burial Park. 
A native of Bland County, she was born June 23, 1929, a daughter of the late Arthur "A.C." and Ella J. Harmon Bruce. She was a graduate of St. Mary's Nursing School a member of the Old Orchard Church of Christ, and had retired after 35 years as a Registered Nurse in Dr. Thinn's office. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Stanley Hand, in 1995. 
Survivors include two sons, Rob Hand of Lexington, Ky., and Larry Woodrum of Versailles, Ky.; and two grandchildren. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions are suggested to the Old Orchard Church of Christ, 3600 Blackburn Avenue, Ashland, Ky. 41101. 
Miller Funeral Home in Ashland, Ky. was 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; a sister, Shirley Repass of Wytheville; a brother, Garland Neel of Ceres; 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. 

Kathryn Carter Smith 
Kathryn Carter Smith, 78, of Hampton, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 1997. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 11 a.m. at the R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. John T. Ellington officiating. Interment followed in Parklawn Memorial Park. 
Born in Bland County, she had been a Hampton resident for 40 years. In Hampton she was a member of East Hampton Baptist Church and its prayer group. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Lowren D. Smith; and her second husband, William H. Carter. 
Survivors include four daughters, Sandra K. Kellen of York County, Dixie L. Flanagan of Hampton, Lana L. Nichols of Seaford, and Judy L. Batten of Hampton; a son, Ronnie L. Smith of Hampton; three sisters, Helen Pricer of Michigan, Hazel Bruce of Southwest Virginia, and Phyllis Repass of Wytheville; a brother, Neil Harner of Virginia; and nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. 
The family requests any memorial contributions to be made to the East Hampton Baptist Church Memorial Fund, 1954 Long Green Lane, Hampton, VA 23662. 
R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home in Hampton was in charge of the arrangements. 

Charles David Cox 
Charles David Cox, 67, of Route 1, Bland, died on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Bastian Union Church with the Rev. David Wall, the Rev. Frank Clifton, and the Rev. E.C. Redman officiating. Interment followed in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton, W.Va. 
He was born in Mercer County, Camp Creek, W.Va., on Aug. 2, 1930, a son of Lamer R. Cox and the late Esther Moye Cox. He was an active member of the Bastian Union Church, serving as the present interim pastor, chairman of the board, elder, couples' Sunday school class teache, and sang tenor in the choir. He was an active member of the Bland County Rescue Squad Board of Directors, volunteer for Wythe/Bland Hospice, member of Tazewell-East Gideon Camp serving as secretary and served as a spiritual leader with the Bland Correctional Farm Prison Ministry. 
He taught school for 35 years, serving as an English and literature teacher at Bradshaw Junior High in McDowell County from 1956-1961; a science teacher at Garfield High School in Prince William County from 1961-1962; served as an art teacher, media specialist, and assistant principal at Fred Lynn Junior High from 1962-1971; was a media specialist at Garfield High School from 1971-1977; and the remaining 15 years were taught in Wythe County as an art and English teacher at Fort Chiswell High School where he was known as "Mr. C." After retiring in July 1991, he did gardening on his farm in Kimberling Valley in Bland County, woodworking, four-wheeling, bird watching, restoring his '31 A-Model, traveling, and being with family and friends. 
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Shirley Harrison Cox of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy Joyce Cox and Robert E. "Bob" Snyder of King, N.C.; his father, Lamer R. Cox of the home; a brother and sister-in-law, Leslie E. and Charlotte Cox of Stafford; and a host of family and friends. 
The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Bland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 10, Bastian, VA 24314. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Jean Louise Hurt 
Jean Louise Hurt of N. 18th St., Wytheville, died Monday, Sept. 1, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, at 2 p.m. in the Wytheville Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Barry W. Losey. Interment followed in the West End Cemetery. 
She was retired from Alco Controls and was a member of the Wytheville Baptist Church. 
She is survived by five sisters, Elizabeth Manuel, Virginia Pugh, Henrietta Price, all of Wytheville, Ella Pierce, and Patricia Wilkinson, both of Laurel, Md.; nephews and nieces, William "Boo" Manuel of Nashville, Tenn., Gary Manuel of Stuarts Draft, Carol Atkins of Charlotte, N.C., Mariam Allison of Wytheville, David Wilkinson of Welcome, Md., and Steve Wilkinson of Hanover, Md.; and seven great-nieces and great-nephews. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home. 
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements. 

Shirley G. Lawson 
Shirley G. Lawson, 83, of Route 2, Bland, a former resident of Bluefield, W.Va., died Sunday, Aug. 31, 1997, in a Bluefield hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. at the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Hall officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Princeton, W.Va. 
Born Feb. 12, 1914, in Bluefield, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Garland Luther and Orsta Grace Horton Kell. She was a homemaker and attended the Edgemont Baptist Church, and was a member of the Womens of the Moose, Woman's Auxiliary Bluefield Moose Lodge No. 1079. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett R. Lawson; and a brother, Lonnie Kell. 
Survivors include a son, Michael Lee Neal of Bland; and two grandchildren, Zachary Neal and Cari Neal of Bland. 
Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield, W.Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

John David Osborne 
John David Osborne, 33, of Route 2, Bland, a former resident of Princeton, died Saturday, Aug. 30, 1997, in Myrtle Beach, S.C., following an automobile accident. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 4, at 11 a.m. at the George W. Seaver Chapel in Princeton, W.Va., with the Rev. Robert Henson and Rev. Homer Stewart officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton, W.Va. 
Born in Bluefield, W.Va., he was the son of Oakley K. Osborne of Switchback, W.Va., and Willie Pennington Osborne of Princeton, W.Va. He was a salesman for Applied Industrial Technologies in Bluefield, W.Va. He was a member of the Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church in Princeton, W.Va. He was a 1982 graduate of Princeton High School and received an associate degree in business from Bluefield College. He was a former member of the Princeton Lions Club. He had been a resident of Bland since 1995 moving there from Princeton, W.Va. 
He was preceded in death by one brother, Jerry Ray Osborne. 
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Stacy Osborne of Bland; his parents, Oakley K. Osborne of Switchback, W.Va., and Willie Pennington Osborne of Princeton, W.Va.; and his father- and mother-in-law, Earmal and Wava Stacy of North Tazewell. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church, c/o Thelma Gilmore, D-2 Woodcrest Addition, Princeton, WV 24740. 
George W. Seaver Chapel in Princeton, W.Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Frances Bralley Stuart 
Frances Bralley Stuart, 65, of Speedwell, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 1997, at her residence. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 30, at 2 p.m. at the Speedwell Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Speedwell United Methodist Church Cemetery. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Ford Stuart. 
Survivors include five daughters, Thelma Gravely of Missouri, Yvonne Whitley of Jacksonville, Fla., Barbara King of Bland, Deborah Stuart of Speedwell, and Sherry Bowers of Cana; three sons, Michael O'Shea Stuart of Speedwell, Tony Stuart of Grahams Forge, and Michael O'Shea Stuart II of Bland; four brothers, Charles Bralley of Elkton, Md., Maurice Bralley of Wytheville, Thomas A. Bralley Jr. of Wytheville, and Reginald Waller of Wytheville; two sisters, Elizabeth Frye of Wytheville (the Piney community), and Lorraine Ross of Charlotte, N.C.; 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Frances Ileen Delp 
Frances Ileen "Frankie" Delp, 73, of First Street S.W., Pulaski, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 1997. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church in Radford with the Rev. John McCandlish officiating, assisted by the Rev. Steven Ridenhour and the Rev. Roger Crigger. Interment followed in the West End Cemetery, Wytheville. 
She was born Sept. 21, 1923, in Speedwell, a daughter of the late Jottie M. and Lillian L. Pennington. 
She is survived by a son, James C. "Jimmy" Lefler of Pulaski; a daughter and son-in-law, Carole Sue and Cordell Black of Dunkirk, Md.; a stepdaughter, Phyllis E. Van Doren of Palm Harbor, Fla.; a chosen son, Remy Nelson of the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pa.; a brother, Carroll Bates "Penny" Pennington of Dade City, Fla.; three sisters, Kathleen Crigger of Rural Retreat, Adah Umberger of Wytheville, and Edith Bateman of Charlottesville; two grandsons, Andy Black of Arlington, and Timothy Black of Jessup, Md.; a step-granddaughter, Linda L. Barney of Clarkston, Mich. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Memorial Fund of the Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church, 205 Harvey St., Radford, VA 24141. 
Thomas M. Seagle & Sons Funeral Home in Pulaski was in charge of the arrangements. 

Daniel Jason Rooker V 
Daniel Jason Rooker V, 11, of Claytor Lake, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 1997, at his home. 
Memorial services were held Sunday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church in Radford with Father Jim Grealish officiating. 
He was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and a former student at Bethel Elementary School. 
He is survived by his parents, Greg and Fran Rooker of Claytor Lake; two sisters, Jennifer Rooker and Stephanie Rooker, both of Claytor Lake; paternal grandmother, Bette Rooker of Pulaski; maternal grandparents, Frank and Mary Vickers of Draper; a special friend, Sandy Hill of Fairlawn; aunts and uncles, Dennis and Ann Rooker, Dee and Buddy Lawton, Val and Randy Hostetler, and Shirley and Steve Conley; several cousins and great-aunts and uncles. 
In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the St. Jude Catholic Church Building Fund, or to the "Jason Foundation" for the brain injured, c/o Lazarus Foundation, P.O. Box 574, Bristol, VA 37620. 
Seaver-Sanders & Mullins Funeral Home and Crematory in Radford was in charge of the arrangements.

Robert L. Gravley 
Rev. Robert Lewis "Robbie" Gravley, 62, of Max Meadows, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Sept. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Max Meadows Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Bobby Lewis and the Rev. Curtis Stoots officiating. Interment followed in the Bland Cemetery. 
He was born in Wythe County, a son of the late Howard H. and Virginia Blair Gravley. He was pastor of the Stony Fork Pentecostal Holiness Church, founder of Barren Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church, and a charter member of Piney Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran. 
He was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Lou Blair. 
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Shelly and David Darden of Beckley, W.Va., Charmin and Ronnie Toler of Bland; three grandchildren, Jordan Darden, Jacob Darden, and Cheyenne Toler; two sisters and brother-in-law, Emily Sue Crigger, and Glenna and Johnny Jackson, all of Max Meadows; and one brother, Henry Gravley of Bland. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Geneva Alene Blankenship 
Geneva Alene Blankenship, 70, of Bluefield, formerly of Bastian, died Monday, Sept. 22, 1997, at her home. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. in the Bastian Church of God with the Rev. Tony Barnes and Pastor Bill Hand officiating. Burial will be in the Rose Hill Cemetery, Bastian. 
She was born Nov. 15, 1926, in Bath County, a daughter of the late William McKinley and Mossie Hyden Dykes. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph Madison Blankenship; a son, Estil McKinley "Kenny" Blankenship; a daughter, Mary Ann Blankenship; two brothers, Wallace Dykes, and Charles "Shorty" Dykes; and three sisters, Marie Harless, Matanna Layton, and Berthel Deel. 
Survivors include one daughter, Linda C. Berry of Nikina, N.C.; three sons, Raymond L. Blankenship of Lexington, N.C.; Michael Blankenship of Bastian, Terry Blankenship of Lexington, N.C.; one sister, Regina Fern Harmon of Bastian; and 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. 
The A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate is in charge of the arrangements. 

Christopher Dean Underwood Sr. 
Pastor Christopher Dean "C.D." Underwood Sr., 43, of Wytheville, died Saturday, Sept. 20, 1997. 
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Maranatha Church of God with the Rev. D. Keith Gunter and the Rev. Richard Hall officiating. Interment was held Tuesday, Sept. 23, in the Stone Family Cemetery in Middlesex, N.C. 
He spent 29 years in the ministry, serving as pastor of the Wytheville Maranatha Church of God for the past 11 years and previously served in Parkersburg and Craigsville, W.Va. He was an alumnus of Lee University, Cleveland, Tenn.; a member of the Virginia State Council Church of God; chairman of ministerial development, internship and laymen; director of ministry program; district overseer of the Wytheville district, and served in various other capacities at the state level of church administration. 
He is survived by his wife, Vickie Stone Underwood of Wytheville; two daughters, Kelli Nicole Underwood, and Bethany Michelle Underwood, both of Wytheville; a son and daughter-in-law, Christopher Dean II and Tina Underwood of Wytheville; his parents, Rev. James and Wilma Underwood of Rocky Mount; four sisters, Rebecca Jo Smithwood of Garland, Texas, Tina Chambers of Lincolnton, N.C., Stephanie Underwood of Los Angeles, Calif., and Gina Boston of Ironton, N.C.; three brothers, Jimmy Underwood, Daniel Underwood, both of Rocky Mount, and Rev. Todd Underwood of Hopewell; his mother-in-law, Thelma Stone of Middlesex, N.C.; and numerous brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and a host of friends. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Underwood Scholarship Fund, c/o Maranatha Church of God, P.O. Box 665, Wytheville, VA 24382. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Theresa Cline Bedwell 
Theresa Cline Bedwell, 81, of Edgemont Center in Wytheville, died Sept. 29, 1997, after a long illness. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Countiss officiating. Interment will follow in the Fairview United Methodist Church Cemetery in Rural Retreat. 
She was born in Louisa, Ky., and was the last surviving member of six. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Fred Bedwell. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Roger K. and Neva Bedwell of Wytheville; a daughter and son-in-law, Rita M. and Frank Vaught of Wytheville; a brother-in-law, Homer G. Bedwell of Knob Noster, Mo.; two granddaughters, Brenda S. Bedwell, and Lynda M. Jones, both of Rural Retreat; a grandson, David J. Bedwell of Wytheville; a step-grandson and his wife, Eddie and Karen Kegley, son, Kenneth, and daughter, Lacy, all of Crockett; step-granddaughters and their husbands, Rita and Jeb Huddle, and daughter, Nikki, all of Wytheville, and Karen Sue and Kevin Anderson, and son, Dalton, all of Rural Retreat; three great-granddaughters, Kayla Jones, Anna M. Bedwell, and Amy Lephew, all of Wytheville; a great-grandson, Brad Jones of Wytheville; and several nieces, nephews, and friends. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat is in charge of the arrangements. 

Rufus William Havens 
Rufus William Havens, 86, of Wilderness Road, Bland, died Sunday, Sept. 28, 1997, in Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Ted Anders and Rev. Frank Clifton officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Cemetery. 
He was born April 7, 1911, at Bland, a son of the late Sheppard and Lillie Woods Havens. He was a retired farmer and a member of the Shady Grove United Methodist Church. 
He was preceded in death by four sisters, Grace Fanning, Alice Hall, Edna Townley, and Bertie Lee Harden; three brothers, Marvin Havens, Sidney Havens, and Alfred Havens; one grandchild and one great-great-grandchild. 
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Lida Hughes Havens of Bland; five sons and daughters-in-law, Hale and Ola Havens of Independence, Ky., Raymond and Irma Havens, Edward and Marlene Havens, Dane and Jane Havens, Garland and Mary Lee Havens, all of Bland; one daughter and son-in-law, Marie and Jerry Yates of Fairview, N.C.; one sister, Flora Pruitt of Bland; 23 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren; and his caretakers, Linda Hicks and Nona Conley. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Community Hospice of America Inc., 540 W. Main St., Wytheville, VA 24382, or the Bland County Rescue Squad. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia Obituary Links
 

Marriage Search Engines
 

FamGen.net


CEMSEARCH - OBITUARY CENTRAL - OBITUARY LINKS PAGE - SURNAME SEARCH UTILITY