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Shirley Groseclose Bruce 
Shirley Groseclose Bruce, 59, of Ceres, died Saturday, Dec. 13, 1997, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 15, at 2 p.m. at the Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Schoeneman officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. 
She was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church in Ceres. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Watson Bruce; and her father, Herbert Groseclose. 
Survivors include three daughters, Eleanor Bruce of Wytheville, Joyce Bruce of Roanoke, and Dixie Booe of Mocksville, N.C.; a son, Patrick Otie Bruce of Ceres; two stepdaughters, Bonnie Lundy of Bastian, and Patsy Muncy of Bland; her mother, Ruth King Groseclose of Ceres; a sister, Marsha G. Penley of Wytheville; and one grandchild, Jacob Booe of Mocksville, N.C. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Frank Jack Warden 
Frank Jack Warden, 71, of Bastian, died Monday, Dec. 15, 1997, in Bluefield Regional Medical Center. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Dec. 18, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Dwayne Martin officiating. Burial will be in the Warden Cemetery, White Gate. 
He was born April 28, 1926, at White Gate, the son of the late Riley and Mary Stephens Warden. He was a member of the Mechanicsburg Ruritan Club and was the Bland County dog warden for about 20 years. 
He was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers. 
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Frankie J. and Alma T. Warden of Pulaski, and Roger and Michelle Warden of Thomasville, N.C.; one daughter and son-in-law, Melinda W. and Robert Tysinger of Star, N.C.; his ex-wife, Pansy Warden of Bland; two brothers, George Warden of Pearisburg, and James Warden of Radford; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Frances Marie Midkiff of Bastian. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate is in charge of the arrangements. 

Irene Crabtree Gregory 
Irene Crabtree Gregory, 90, of Rocky Gap, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997, in Kegley Manor in Bastian. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Dec. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Rocky Gap United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ancil Overbey and the Rev. Kevin Wilson officiating. Interment followed in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton, W.Va. 
Born in Bland County, she was the daughter of the late Oliver and Lula Davis Crabtree. She was a member of the Rocky Gap United Methodist Church and the U.M.W. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Trubie R. Gregory; and a brother, Bill Crabtree. 
Survivors include eight children and spouses, Trubie R. Jr. and Marie Gregory of Roanoke, Alma and Thomas Stowers of Bluefield, Shirley and Edwin Sutphin of Rocky Gap, Jean King of Cleveland, Tenn., Billy and Sue Gregory, Donald and Rita Gregory, Oren and Janet Gregory, and Jimmy and Pauline Gregory, all of Elyria, Ohio; 26 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Rocky Gap United Methodist Church Building Fund or Organ Project, P.O. Box 68, Rocky Gap, VA 24366. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Harold James Breedlove 
Harold James Breedlove, 75, of Salem, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997, at Lewis-Gale Hospital in Salem. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 26, at 1 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. William A. Davis Jr. and the Rev. Frank Clifton officiating. Burial was in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg. 
He was born Feb. 18, 1922, in Russell County, a son of the late Alden and Lillian Sword Breedlove. He was a retired farmer and was owner of the Phillips 66 Services Station, Salem. 
He was preceded in death by a sister, Irene Stump. 
Survivors include his wife, Blanche Mustard Breedlove; two sons, James L. Breedlove and William A. Breedlove, both of Salem; two brothers, Lloyd W. "Bill" Breedlove of Mechanicsburg and Charles K. Breedlove of Greenville; three sisters, Ella Mae Fanning of Greenville, Margaret French of Narrows, and Mary Ann Bird of Rocky Gap; three grandchildren, Melissa Wills and Jill Maggi, both of Salem, and William A. Breedlove Jr. of Richmond; and one great-granddaughter, Jennifer Wills of Salem. 
In lieu of flowers, make donations to the Salem Rescue Squad, Central United Methodist Church Building Fund, Salem or Byrnes Chapel United Methodist Church, Mechanicsburg. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements. 

Anna A. Hess 
Anna A. Hess, 86, of Calvary Fellowship Homes, Lancaster, Pa., died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, after a brief illness. 
Funeral services were held Monday, Dec. 29, at 10 a.m. at Calvary Church in Lancaster, Pa., with Pastor Walter B. Jackson officiating. Interment was in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery, Millersville, Pa. 
A 1945 graduate of Lancaster Bible College, she was an independent missionary in the Appalachian region of Virginia including Wythe County. She also taught Bible in public schools and taught Bible school in the summers. She also lead outdoor Bible studies and prayer groups and taught Sunday school. She was a member of Calvary Church in Lancaster. Born in Millersville, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Milton B. Sr. and Blanche M. Waller Hess. 
She is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Milton B. Jr. and Marion Hess of Lancaster, Pa.; and two sisters and brothers-in-law, Gladys M. and Donald L. Stock, and Blanche M. and William H. Smith Jr., all of Lancaster, Pa. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Anna's memory to the Missionary Society Fund of Calvary Church, 1401 Esbenshade Rd., Lancaster, PA 17601. 
The Gundel Funeral Home in Lancaster, Pa., was in charge of the arrangements.

Elnora Miller Robertson 
Elnora Miller Robertson, 73, of Bland, died Saturday, Jan. 3, 1998, in the Bluefield Regional Medical Center. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. at the Salem Methodist Church in Kimberlin with the Rev. Derry Gray officiating. Interment followed in the Morehead Family Cemetery. 
She was the daughter of the late Robert and Mary Miller. 
She was preceded in death by a sister, Glorene Miller; a brother, Robert M. Miller; and a grandson, Charles Wesley Robertson. 
Survivors include her husband, Emmett W. Robertson Sr. of Bland; two daughters, Ruth Robertson of Bluefield, and Rebecca Via of Bastian; three sons, Emmett W. Robertson Jr. of Charlottesville, James D. Robertson, and Robert E. Robertson, both of Bland; and four grandchildren. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorial donations to the Bland County Rescue Squad. 
The Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Francis Dulaney Snapp Sr. 
Francis Dulaney Snapp Sr., 91, of Burkes Garden, died Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1997, at his home, where he was born Oct. 4, 1906. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 3, at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. Kenneth Conner and Bill Brown officiating. Burial followed at the Central Church Cemetery in Burkes Garden. 
He was a son of the late Landon and Anna Miller Snapp. He was a member of Mary's Presbyterian Church and was one of the founding elders of the Burkes Garden Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the FFA Board of Tazewell and Buchanan Counties. He was foreman of the experimental farm at VPI, Blacksburg, from 1941-1943. He was a dairy farmer and worked actively farming until the age of 88. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hattie Gregory Snapp; one daughter Louise Snapp St. Clair; one grandson, William Francis St. Clair; two sisters, Lucille Fracker and Reba Ludwick. 
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Dulaney and Helen Snapp of the home in Burkes Garden; Richard and Ruth Snapp of Burkes Garden, and Phylip and Patricia Snapp of Wytheville; a son-in-law, Jim St. Clair of Tazewell; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren. 
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Burkes Garden Cemetery Association, c/o Mrs. Paul Cox, Box 451, Burkes Gardens, VA 24608. 
Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell was in charge of the arrangements.

Lottie Mae Archer Aker 
Lottie Mae Archer Aker, 90, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 11, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Joe Carrico officiating. Interment followed in the West End Cemetery. 
She was born in Wythe County, daughter of the late John A. and Bessie Archer. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar L. Aker; a brother, Robert R. Archer Sr.; two sons, Robert F. Aker and George E. Aker; and two sons-in-law, Harry E. Mabe, and Donald M. Umberger. 
Survivors include two daughters, Christine A. Mabe of Tazewell, and Juanita A. Umberger of Wytheville; two granddaughters and spouses, Kay U. and Gary McAlister of Wytheville, and Bernelle E. and Eddie Mabe of Tazewell; eight grandsons and spouses, H. Elwood and Judy Mabe of Tazewell, Barry M. and Sharon Umberger, Terry L. and Connie Umberger, Eddy K. and Joy Umberger, Ricky F. and Gabey Umberger, Jody K. and Lisa Umberger, all of Wytheville, Gregory F. and Peggy Aker of Charlotte, N.C., and Kevin T. Aker of Greensboro, N.C.; two daughters-in-law, Martha C. Aker, and Shirley G. Aker, both of Wytheville; and 16 great-grandchildren. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Harry Filmore Neel 
Harry Filmore Neel, 54, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Ceres, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, at the residence of his parents. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 10, at 11 a.m. at the Barnett Funeral Chapel. Interment was in Signal Hill Memorial Cemetery in Hanover. 
He was a retired policeman with 33 years service where he served 17 years with the mounted squad. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, John Marshall Lodge No. 2. 
He was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Cralle. 
Survivors include two daughters, Stacey D. Neel of Fredericksburg and Kirstie L. Neel of Mechanicsville; his parents, Garland B. and Gladys K. Neel of Ceres; and a special friend, Pearl Johnson of Richmond. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Mabel Blessing Sadler 
Mabel Blessing Sadler, 84, of Wytheville, died Friday, Jan. 9, 1998, in the Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Jan. 11, 3 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Dr. Charles Burnett and the Rev. James Pollock. Burial was in the West End Cemetery. 
She was the widow of Earl W. Sadler. 
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marlene and Marvin Winters of Marion; two grandsons, Brigen Winters of Arlington, and Martin Winters of Charlottesville; a sister and brother-in-law, Juanita and Charles Jackson of Wytheville; a brother-in-law, Paul Sadler of Wytheville; Ruth Blessing of Wytheville; and several nieces and nephews. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the National Multiple Sclerosis Foundation. 
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Willie Wayne Taylor 
Willie Wayne Taylor, 84, of Pulaski, died Monday, Jan. 12, 1998, in the Highland Manor Nursing Home. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 14, at 11 a.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Joe Taylor officiating. Interment followed in the Bland Cemetery. 
He was born in Bland County, a son of the late Joseph Cicero and Cora Combs Taylor. 
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Rivenbark Taylor of Pulaski; two daughters, Billie J. Hare of Pulaski, and Linda J. Parah of Radford; two sons, Loyd C. Taylor of Stafford, and Jerry W. Taylor of Mechanicsville, Md.; one sister, Pearl T. Hill of Richmond; a brother, Charlie Lee Taylor of Bland; and 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Mildred Coburn Gibson 
Mildred Coburn Gibson, 76, of Rocky Gap, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 1998, in Kegley Manor in Bastian. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at the Laurel Fork Baptist Church with the Rev. Barry Skaggs officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery in Bastian. 
She was born in Rocky Gap on Nov. 21, 1921, a daughter of the late Jim and Maggie Coburn. She was a member of the Laurel Fork Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Mack Coburn and Marvin Coburn; and one sister, Pauline Coburn. 
Survivors include her husband, James Luther Gibson; one daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Bub Radford of Bland; three sons and daughters-in-law, Tom and Sue Gibson of Rocky Gap, John and Brenda Gibson of Bastian, and Jerry Gibson of the home; two sisters, Helen Puckett of Saline, Mich. and Bess Tiller of Rocky Gap; two brothers, James Coburn of Chantilly and Jack Coburn of Narrows; 10 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Ruth Richardson of Anawalt, W.Va. and Mattie Dodson of Bluefield, W.Va. 
The family requests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Bland County Rescue Squad. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

James David Thompson 
James David Thompson, 71, of Bland, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Graveside services will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. at the Old Bethel Cemetery in Bland with the Rev. Bruce Shelton officiating. 
He was born in Bland County, a son of the late Brady and Edith Lambert Thompson. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Thompson; and three sons, David Thompson, Claude Thompson, and Edward Thompson. 
Survivors include five sisters, Elsie Hounshell of Dublin, Mary King, Hazel Ellison, Peggy Dillow, and Betty Thompson, all of Bland; a brother, Brady Thompson Jr. of Bland; and a special friend, Robert Blackwell Jr. of Bland. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangement. 

Ella Sue Bogle Bish 
Ella Sue Bogle Bish, 81, of Littlestown, Pa., formerly of Ceres, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, in Brethren Home, New Oxford, Pa. 
Private funeral services were held. Interment was in Mount Carmel Cemetery in Littlestown, Pa. 
Born July 1, 1926, in Ceres. She graduated from high school in Ceres and was retired from the Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew N. and Louvenia Pruett Bogle. 
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Richard K. Bish of Littlestown, Pa.; one sister, Selma Weaver of Silver Spring, Md.; and many nieces and nephews. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Littlestown, PA 17340. 
Little Funeral Home in Littlestown, Pa. was in charge of the arrangements. 

Ella Hancock Pauley Blankenship 
Ella Hancock Pauley Blankenship, 82, of Route 2, Bland, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home in Bland with the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. Interment will follow in the Temple Hill Cemetery. 
She was born in Bland, the daughter of the late Charles and Mary Humphrey Hancock. 
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Chafe Pauley; and a son, Ralph Wayne Pauley. 
Survivors include her husband, Charles Blankenship of Bland; a son and daughter-in-law, Earnest and Clara Pauley of Powhatan; three grandchildren, Penny L. Pauley of Powhatan, Betty P. Estrada and Wanda P. Nichols, both of Chesterfield; and three great-grandchildren. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements. 

Herbert Hendrix 
Herbert Hendrix, 90, of Route 1, Bastian, died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998, in a Roanoke Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 11 a.m. from the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel, Bluefield, W.Va., with the Rev. Bobby Carter officiating. Burial followed in the Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Prosperity, W.Va. 
Born in Raleigh County, W.Va., he was a son of the late Isaac and Sarah Webb Hendrix. He was a member of the Fairdale Free Will Baptist Church in Fairdale, W.Va., and was a retired coal miner and member of the U.M.W.A. 
He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. 
Survivors include his wife, Nona Boggess Hendrix of Bastian; three daughters, Mrs. Robert (Hazel) Webb of Glen Daniels, W.Va., Mrs. Valdia (Sarah) Barnett of Augusta, Ga., and Mrs. Tommy (Marie) Burton of Bastian; three sons and daughters-in-law, Herbert and Brenda Hendrix of Ashville, Ohio, Carl and Helen Hendrix of Brunswick, Ohio, and Louie and Phyllis Hendrix of Olmsted Township, Ohio; two sisters, Ethel Butcher of Powellton, W.Va., and Dora Clonch of Smither, W.Va.; and 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. 
The family suggests memorial contributions, if desired, be made to the Bland County Rescue Squad, Route 1, Box 75, Bastian, VA 24314. 
Mercer Funeral Home in Bluefield, W.Va. was in charge of the arrangements. 

Spurgeon Clyde McGrady 
Spurgeon Clyde McGrady, 71, of Bland, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 1 p.m. at the Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. Interment will follow in the Maple Hill Cemetery, Bluefield. 
He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, where he served as a medical corpsman aboard the U.S.S. New Yorker. He was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Spurgeon McGrady; a son, Timothy Wayne McGrady; and a brother, Gordon McGrady. 
Survivors include his wife, Mary Ellen Farmer McGrady of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Ilene McGrady of Tazewell, and Andre and Karen McGrady of Bland; his mothers, Myrtle Worrell McGrady of Laurel Fork; two sisters, Mrs. Alvin (Georgie) Dalton of Hillsville, and Mrs. Melvin (Joy) Goad of Laurel Fork; five granddaughters, Shannon Durr of Princeton, W.Va., Gwyn McGrady of Bland, Cyndi Coleman of Wytheville, Amanda McGrady of Erwin, Tenn., and Alicia McGrady of Bristol; one great-grandson, Corey Durr of Princeton, W.Va.; one great-granddaughter, Rebekah Durr of Princeton, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family suggest that those who prefer may make memorial donations to the Bland County Rescue Squad, Route 1, Box 75, Bastian, VA 24314. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Harry Thomas McGuire 
Harry Thomas "Tommy" McGuire, 57, of the Mechanicsburg community of Bland, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, at Pulaski Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Frank Clifton officiating. Burial was in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg. 
He was born May 4, 1940, in Mechanicsburg. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Edward McGuire; and a sister, Gay M. Kelly. 
Survivors include his wife, Cathern Blankenship McGuire of Bland; two sons and daughters-in-law, Brian K. and Nancy McGuire of Bland, and Kevin T. and Lisa McGuire of Bland; two daughters and son-in-law, Kay and John Clemons of Bland, and Cheryl McGuire of Bland; his mother, Flora Harman McGuire of Bland; one sister, Betty M. Vest of White Gate; father-in-law, Harold Blankenship of Bland; special friend, Samuel F. Groseclose; eight grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Norman T. Miller 
Norman T. Miller, 42, died Thursday, Jan. 29, 1998. 
A memorial service was held Monday, Feb. 2, at 2 p.m. at the Discovery United Methodist Church, Richmond. 
He was a 1975 graduate of Northside High School and founded Capital Investors Insurance Co. in Richmond. 
He was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth Miller. 
Survivors include his daughter, Kristen Maria of Richmond; his father, Vaden H. Miller; a sister, Cheryl A. Miller of Bland; his brother and sister-in-law, Eric and Jane Saunders Miller of Montvale; and several nieces and nephews. 
In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to their local American Cancer Society or to Discovery United Methodist Church, 13000 Gayton Rd., Richmond, VA 23233. 
Cremation Society of Virginia in Richmond was in charge of the arrangements.

William Canless Parks 
William Canless "Bill" Parks, 87, of Bastian, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 1998, in the Bluefield Regional Medical Center. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. at the Bastian Church of God with the Rev. William Hand officiating. Interment followed in the Rose Hill Cemetery. 
He was a son of the late Foster and Mary Parks. He was a member of the Bastian Church of God. 
He was preceded in death by three sisters, Jean Colley, Dorothy Lundy, and Edith Fulton; and a brother, Dewey Parks. 
Survivors include his wife, Josephine Parks of the home; two daughters, Patsy Jean Weydemeyer of Mountain Pine, Ariz., and Peggy Sue Hylton of Cumming, Ga.; two sons, Freddie Parks Covington, and Eddie Parks of Leesburg; two sisters, Mamie Estep of New Castle, Del., and Virginia Vaught of Huntington, W.Va.; and seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

Margaret Chandler Sawyers 
Margaret Chandler Sawyers, 79, a resident of Asbury Center at Birdmont, died Monday, Feb. 2, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William D. Dale Sr., and the Rev. Penny Dale officiating. Interment will follow in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Rural Retreat. 
She was born in Bland County, a daughter of the late Charles Franklin and Lisa Jane Kimberland Chandler. She was a member of the Original Church of God. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. William D. Sawyers; and a son, Thomas Sawyers. 
Survivors include two sisters and brother-in-law, Josie Alberta Earhart of Hanover, Pa., Dorothy Irene and Clifford Ferguson of Taylorsville, N.C.; a brother and sister-in-law, Chalmer C. and Ola Chandler or Rural Retreat; three step-grandchildren, Neda "Libby" Lester of Glade Springs, Chip Ferguson, and Mike Ferguson, both of Wytheville; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, Feb. 5, from noon until 2 p.m. at Barnett Funeral Home. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements. 

Bessie Mae Lambert Sexton 
Bessie Mae Lambert Sexton, 79, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 3 p.m. at the Bland Community Church with the Rev. Leroy Long, the Rev. Claude Dove, the Rev. Ron Hutzel, and the Rev. Bill Dale officiating. Interment followed in the Stowers Cemetery. 
She was a member of the Bland Community Church. 
She is survived by two daughters, Sally Edward, and Ana Stiltner, both of Bland; three stepsons, Olen Sexton of Bland, Curtis Sexton, and Wythe Sexton, both of Fredericksburg; two grandchildren, Betty Elmore of Wytheville, and Joe Stiltner of Bland; four great-grandchildren, Christy Stiltner, Charlie Stiltner, both of Bland, Audra Repass, and Tina Repass, both of Wytheville; and one sister, Kate Hancock of Bastian. 
The family suggest that those who prefer may make memorial donations to the Bland County Rescue Squad, Route 1, Box 75, Bastian, VA 24314. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements. 

James David Thompson 
James David Thompson, 71, of Bland, died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 1998, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 31, at 1 p.m. at the Old Bethel Cemetery in Bland with the Rev. Bruce Shelton officiating. 
He was born in Bland County, a son of the late Brady and Edith Lambert Thompson. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Thompson; and three sons, David Thompson, Claude Thompson, and Edward Thompson. 
Survivors include five sisters, Elsie Hounshell of Dublin, Mary King, Hazel Ellison, Peggy Dillow and Betty Thompson, all of Bland; a brother, Brady Thompson Jr. of Bland; and a special friend, Robert Blackwell Jr. of Bland. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

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