Miscellaneous Bland County, Virginia Obituaries

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Allen Eugene Coe Sr. 
Allen Eugene Coe Sr., 56, of Route 1, Austinville, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 19, at 2:30 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Chapel in Austinville with the Rev. Randy Morris, the Rev. Rick Lindamood, and the Rev. Mike Johnston. Interment followed in the West End Cemetery. 
He was born in Meadowview, a son of the late Hasel Scott and Mattie Mae Garland Coe. He was a member of the Beech Grove United Methodist Church and a lifetime member of the Fraternal Order of Moose. He was retired from Preston Trucking Company. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Ruth Holbrook Coe; a son, Nicholas Keith Coe; a daughter, Cynthia R. Wheeler; and a brother, Robert Edward Coe. 
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Phyllis Louise and Buford Grubb Jr. of Max Meadows; a son and daughter-in-law, Allen E. Jr. and Helen Coe of Austinville; two sisters, Betty Smith of Stony Fork, and Elva Sauls of Baltimore, Md.; two brothers, Hasel Wayne Coe of Baltimore, Md., and William Alfred Coe of Stoney Fork; and five grandchildren, Joshua Grubb, Elizabeth Grubb, Amanda Saul, Paula "P.J." Wheeler, and Amber Coe. 
The family will receive friends Saturday, Oct. 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville was in charge of the arrangements.

Stuart Sargent 
Stuart Sargent, 77, of Rocky Gap, died Friday, Oct. 17, 1997, in Bluefield Regional Medical Center. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Oct. 19, at 2 p.m. at the Rocky Gap United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kevin Wilson officiating. Burial was in the French Cemetery, Rocky Gap. 
He was born Nov. 24, 1919, in Russell County, a son of the late William Walter and Ida Pearl Plaster Sargent. 
He was preceded in death by two sons, two brothers and two sisters. 
Survivors include his wife, Peggy Neal Sargent of Rocky Gap; five daughters, Mrs. Charlie (Brenda) Eversole of Pulaski, Mrs. James (Linda) Moss of Rocky Gap, Mrs. Clayton (Donna) Musick of Bramwell, W.Va., Mrs. Randal (Jody) Morehead of Bland, and Mrs. Kimberly (Kookie) Frymark of Grambrills, Md.; four sons, Kenneth Sargent of Bland, Keith Sargent of Rocky Gap, Karl Lambert of Rocky Gap, and James Lambert of Bland; four brothers, William Sargent of Bluefield, W.Va., Thomas Sargent of Roanoke, Andrew Sargent of Bristol, Tenn., and Henry Sargent of Nashville, Tenn.; two sisters, Helen Slate of Roanoke, and Louise Hall of Bluefield, W.Va.; and 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Henry G. Smith Sr. 
Henry G. Smith Sr., 92, of Wytheville, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, in the Edgemont Center. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 1 p.m. at the High Point Baptist Church with the Rev. William A. Austin officiating. Interment followed in the Murphysville Cemetery. 
He was born in Rural Retreat, the son of the late Adam and Eva Jackson Smith. He was a member of the High Point Baptist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Annie E. Smith; two sons, James Smith, and Clark Smith; and a daughter, Virginia Hall. 
Survivors include five daughters, Willie Mae Heller, Charlene Ward, both of Bluefield, W.Va., Brenda Hash of Wytheville, Jean Smith of Adelphi, Md., and Terry Price of Rural Retreat; three sons, Rudolph Smith of Tacoma, Wash., Henry G. Smith Jr. of Neunberg, Germany, and John Smith of Columbus, Ohio; a sister, Bernadine Hanley of Rural Retreat; 29 grandchildren, 44 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; special friends of the Stoots family and Shirley Cook; and a host of nieces and nephews. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat was in charge of the arrangements. 

Etta Mae Hall Cregar 
Etta Mae Hall Cregar, 93, of Ceres, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, at her residence. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. at the Sharon Lutheran Church with the Rev. Sammy Shupe and the Rev. Bill Dale officiating. Interment followed in the Sharon Lutheran Church Cemetery. 
She was born in Tazewell County, the daughter of the late Thomas and Martha Peak Hall. She was a member of the North Holston Church in Ceres. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Alec "Obie" Cregar; three sons, Edgar Randolph Cregar, James Calvin Cregar and Louis Alec Cregar Jr. 
Survivors include three daughters, Shirley Mae Cregar of Ceres, Glenna Kirk of Independence, and Virginia Ruth Harris of Florence, Ariz.; and seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

H. Thurman Belcher 
H. Thurman "H.T." Belcher, 85, of Bland, formerly of Richlands, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 1997, in a Bristol, Tenn. hospital following a brief illness. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 6, at 1 p.m. a tthe Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with Barry Dean Marshall, the Rev. Jimmy Davidson, and Rev. Warren Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill. 
He was born in Russell County and was a son of the late Fletcher and Mattie Baldwin Belcher, both Russell County natives. He had lived in Richlands 17 years, moving to Bland 27 years ago and was a retired contractor and coal operator. He was a member of the Bland United Methodist Church, the Sandy Valley Lodge No. 17 A.F. & A.M., and the Kazim Temple and Scottish Rite Bodies of Roanoke. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Eva Marshall Belcher; three sisters and three brothers. 
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, A.R. and Eileen Belcher of Abingdon, and Dr. James H. and Becky Belcher of Richlands; a special caregiver, Lavena Rosenbaum; two sisters, Alma Kelly, and Evelyn Dillow, both of Tuscon, Ariz.; one brother, Robert Jack Belcher of Wytheville; four grandchildren, Mrs. Andy (Cheryl) Groves, Mrs. Stacey (Deborah) Whitt, Mrs. Tom (Diana) Byrne, and Scott and Kelli Belcher; and three great-grandchildren, Tyler Whitt, Matthew Andrew Groves, and Rebecca Groves. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bland United Methodist Church Building Fund, Bland, VA 24315. or any local Alzheimer's foundation. 
Richlands Funeral Home in Richlands is in charge of the arrangements.

James Everett Tickle 
James Everett Tickle, 69, formerly of Bland, died Friday, Oct. 31, 1997, in a Williamsburg hospital after a long illness. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 2, at 4 p.m. at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, Richmond, with the Rev. Don R. Pizzeck officiating. Interment was in Grunwood Memorial Gardens, Richmond. 
He was a retired engineer from Colonial Williamsburg. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mason and Billie Lambert Tickle; two sons, a sister, and a brother. 
Survivors include his wife, Virginia Sheppard Tickle of Williamsburg; a daughter, Jayne Boyce of Sarasota, Fla.; two stepchildren, Bonnie Pizzeck of Keysville, and Steven Sheppard of Richmond; three grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and three sisters, Gloria Fanning of Dover, Del., Nita King of Bland, and Elinor Holmes of Roanoke. 
The family requests that contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Research Foundation in lieu of flowers. 
Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home in Richmond was in charge of the arrangements.

William Gerald Glick 
William Gerald Glick, 49, of Atkins died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997, at his residence. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 2 p.m. at the Church of God on Matson Drive, Marion, with the Rev. Jerry Alley and the Rev. Jonathan King officiating. Interment will follow in the Shady Grove Cemetery. 
He was a native of Jewell Ridge and had been living in Smyth County for over 15 years. He worked as a coal miner and dairyman. He was a member of the Church of God on Matson Drive in Marion. 
He is survived by his wife, Carol Glick of Atkins; one son, Shawn Glick of Atkins; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty and Earl Kennedy, and Fran and Junior Gross, all of War, W.Va.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Marshall and Ann Glick of Hurley, and Allen and Pearl Glick of Jewell Ridge; his mother- and father-in-law, Walter and Ivalee White of Bland; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and one great-great-niece. 
Barnett's Funeral Home in Marion was in charge of the arrangements. 

John Andrew Gusler 
John Andrew Gusler, 92, of White Gate, died Friday, Nov. 28, 1997, at his home. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Dec. 2, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Homer D. Sawyer officiating. Burial was in the Walkers Creek Cemetery, White Gate. 
He was born May 23, 1905, at White Gate, the son of the late James Andrew and Ollie Overstreet Gusler. He was in the C.C. Camp and was retired from Bland Correctional Center after 21 years of service. 
He was preceded in death by a son, John Derle Gusler. 
Survivors include his wife, Gladys Hoilman Gusler of White Gate; two daughters and son-in-law, Alene Gusler of White Gate, and Evelyn and John Dorsa of Nokomis, Fla.; a daughter-in-law, Shelbie W. Gusler of White Gate; two grandchildren, Mark Gusler and Robert Wiley; and four great-grandchildren, Molly Gusler, Andrew Gusler, Matt Wiley and Crystal Wiley. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Arnold Russell McPeak 
Arnold Russell McPeak, 80, of the Crandon Community in Bland, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997, in Lewis-Gale Medical Center, Salem. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. at the Mechanicsburg Christian Church with the Rev. E.C. Redmond officiating. Burial will be in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg. 
He was born Jan. 27, 1927, in Pulaski County, the son of the late Ephrain Lundia and Ida May Carroll McPeak. He was retired from Burlington Industries after 35 years of service and was a member of the Mechanicsburg Christian Church for 61 years. 
He is survived by his wife, Lelia Patton McPeak of Bland; three sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne and Maydell McPeak of White Gate, Barry and Gayle McPeak of Bland and Nathan and Thelma McPeak of Bland; three sisters, Bessie Nelson and Carrie Patton, both of Pulaski, and Vena Hughes of Crossville, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate is in charge of the arrangements.

John H. Morrill II 
Rear Admiral John H. Morrill II (Ret.), 94, of Gulf Breeze, Fla., died Friday, Nov. 28, 1997. 
Burial services will be held in the Pine Grove Cemetery, Grafton, N.H., at a later date with full military honors. 
He was born Jan. 7, 1903, in Miller, S.D., and had lived in Grafton, N.H., before moving to Gulf Breeze, Fla., in 1975 and had a summer home in Bland. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1955. He was a holder of the Navy Cross, Silver Star, Bronze Star, Distinguished Unit Badge from the U.S. Army American Defense Service, Asiatic-Pacific Defense, Philippine Defense and National Defense Service. He served 31 years active service and four years in the U.S. Naval Academy and was the author of two books "South from Corregidor" in 1943, and "The Cincinnati" in 1993. He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Cecile Lapan Morrill. 
Survivors include a daughter, Kathryn Jill Morrill of Scottsdale, Ariz.; a step-daughter, Patricia Shaw of Gulf Breeze, Fla. and Bland; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. John (Janet) Morrill III; and six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. 
Martin Funeral Home in Gulf Breeze, Fla., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Geneva Aline Stowers Buchanan 
Geneva Aline Stowers Buchanan, 68, of Wytheville, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997, in the North Carolina Baptist Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Rocky Gap United Methodist Church with the Rev. Kevin Wilson and the Rev. Lee Ellis officiating. Interment followed in the Grandview Memorial Gardens in Bluefield. 
She was born in Bluefield, W.Va., and retired from the Radford Arsenal after 18 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Church in Rocky Gap. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Leonard James Stowers; and a brother, Harless Stowers. 
Survivors include her husband, Wilbur V. "Buck" Buchanan of Wytheville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda G. and Charles Eversole of Pulaski, and Linda K. and Jimmy Moses of Rocky Gap; two sons and daughter-in-law, Kenneth W. and Rita Sargent of Bland, and Keith D. Sargent of Rocky Gap; a stepdaughter and spouse, Joann and Tommy Bryant of Courtland; her mother, Ruby Wiley Stowers of Rocky Gap; a sister and brother-in-law, Judy and John D. Tolbert of Rocky Gap; a brother and sister-in-law, Leonard "Buddy" and Gerri Stowers of Rocky Gap; seven grandchildren, Becky Whittimore, Jason Bryant, Scott Moses, Steven Moses, Penny Moses, Courtney Sargent and Natasha Sargent, all of Rocky Gap; three great-grandchildren, Karly Moses, Zachary Moses, and Hannah Moses, all of Rocky Gap; and special friends, J.D. and Mary Hall and Collene Dunford, all of Wytheville. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Henry Lee Shewey 
Henry Lee Shewey, 66, of Route 1, Bland, died Sunday, Dec. 7, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 1 p.m. in the Trinity United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Doug Hyndrich and the Rev. Joe Taylor. Interment was in the Old Bethel Cemetery. 
He was the son of the late Frank Owen and Hallie Lambert Shewey. 
He is survived by his wife, Rosa Burton Shewey of Bland; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda Sue and Olen Sexton, and Shelby and Mark Sarver, all of Bland; one son, Jimmy Ray Shewey of Fairfax; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Raymond Lee Waddle 
Raymond Lee "Ray" Waddle, 53, of Galax, died Friday, Dec. 5, 1997, in the Twin County Regional Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Dec. 7, at 2 p.m. at Vaughan-Guynn Chapel with the Rev. Don Fox officiating. Interment was in the Waddle Family Cemetery in Bland. 
He was born in Bland County on Oct. 17, 1944. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard Lawrence and Claudene Farmer Waddle. 
Survivors include his wife, Wanda D. Waddle of the home; a daughter, Lori W. Coleman of Galax; a son and daughter-in-law, Brian and Melissa Waddle of Galax; a brother, James L. Waddle of Dublin; and three grandchildren, Whitney Coleman, Amber Waddle and Joshua Waddle. 
Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home in Galax was in charge of the arrangements.

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