Miscellaneous Danville County, Virginia Obituaries

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Mary Chandler
DANVILLE, Va. - Mary Tyree Chandler, 87, a resident of Riverside Healthcare Center, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born May 27, 1913, in Pittsylvania County, she was the daughter of Charlie B. Jennings and Bessie Haley Jennings and was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one son, William N. Tyree of Lynchburg; one sister, Lorena Pattisall of Danville; one brother, Walter Jennings of Oklahoma City, Okla.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Highland Burial Park.
The family will be receiving friends 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Townes Funeral Home and other times at 711 Springfield Road.
Townes Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

James Guill Sr.
BLAIRS, Va. - James David "Jim" Guill Sr., 92, of 1389 Lawless Creek Road, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Piney Forest Health Care Center where he had resided for two weeks.
Born April 29, 1908, in Pittsylvania County, he was the son of James Monroe Guill and Nannie Womack Guill.
He was married Feb. 14, 1930, to Vivian Lee Hodnett Guill who predeceased him March 6, 1999. He had lived his entire life in the Blairs community where he was a prominent farmer before his retirement. He also worked as a foreman for the Virginia Department of Highways. He was a member of the Blairs Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, James David Guill Jr. of Rural Hall, N.C., Wiley Thomas "Buck" Guill of Danville, Roy Glen Guill of Blairs; one daughter, Venice Ann Rocchi of Blairs; two brothers, Roger Scott Guill of Danville, Bessie Mae Bliss of Danville; eight grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased, in addition to his parents and wife, by four brothers, Joseph Guill, Nathan Guill, Harvey Guill, Willie Guill and two sisters, Nannie Kent and Mattie Guill.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel with the Rev. Jonathan Reed officiating. Interment will follow at Guill Family Cemetery in Blairs.
The family will be receiving friends 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel and at other times at the residence of Barry Guill, 152 Northwest Boulevard.
Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel will be in charge of arrangements.

Mozelle Hawker
DANVILLE, Va. - Mozelle Barbour Hawker, 67, of 114 Withers Road Apt. No. 34, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at the residence.
Born June 9, 1933, in Danville, she was the daughter of William Henry Barbour and Cora Lee Walton Barbour.
She was married to Obie A. Hawker, who predeceased her. She retired as a custodian from the Danville Public Schools and also worked for many years with J.T. Townes Printing Co. She was a member of Pocohantas tribe of Red Men and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include one son, Dewey Allen Hawker of Danville; three daughters, Kathy Douglas, Sandra Massey, Joyce Thornton, all of Danville; two brothers, Perry Barbour of Danville, Clarence Barbour of Lampassas, Tx.; two sisters, Doris Lewis, Estelle Norton, both of Danville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Barker Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Ben Poovey officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Burial Park.
The family will be receiving friends 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Barker Funeral Home chapel and other times at the residence of Sandra Massey, 265 Pineview Road, Lot 47.
Barker Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Jimmie Kinder
DANVILLE, Va. - Jimmie Edward Kinder, 67, of 800 Audubon Drive, died April 6, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center as the result of an apparent heart attack.
Born July 4, 1933, he was the son of Fred E. Kinder, who predeceased him, and Angie Mason Kinder Montgomery of Danville, who survives.
He was married November 15, 1968, to Audrey Dodson Kinder. Mr. Kinder had resided in Danville most of his entire life. He was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church, Mr. Kinder was retired from the United States Postal Service. He was a member of American Legion Post #325, Life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Ballard Pruitt Post #647, and Archer T. Gammon Chapter Disabled American Veterans. He was a Korean War Veteran serving in the United States Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, Audrey Dodson Kinder of Danville; mother, Angie Mason Kinder Montgomery of Danville; two daughters, Linda Shelton Burton of Danville; Pamela Shelton Vicker and husband Roy Vicker of Blacksburg; one son, Jay Shelton and wife Beverly B. Shelton of Danville; one sister, Patsy K. Watlington and husband John Watlington of Yanceyville, N.C.; grandsons, Patrick Shelton of Danville, Jason Talbott of Wilmington N.C., Zachary Vicker, Abe Vicker and Matt Vicker of Blacksburg, Michael Burton of Danville; granddaughters, Meliss Foust of Blacksburg, Meredith Foust of Chapel Hill, N.C., Lindsay Burton of Richmond; great-grandchildren, Ashleigh Burton and Cierra Burton of Danville; niece, Lisa Watlington of Yanceyville, N.C. and nephew, Kin Watlington of Yanceyville, N.C.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 9, 2001 at Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel with Elder Danny Parker officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Burial Park, Military Honors to be conducted by American Legion Post #325.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel and at other times at the residence.

Louise Lee
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Mrs. Louise Dawson Lee, formerly of Danville, Virginia, and more recently of Huntsville, Alabama died Friday April 6, 2001 at her residence. She was 65.
Born July 12, 1935 in Slayford, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Clardie and Irene May Dawson. She was married to Mr. David Lee who also predeceased her.
Survivors include: one daughter, Angela Duncan of Huntsville, Alabama; one brother, Clardie Dawson of Cambria Heights, New York; four sisters, Malinda Perry and Yvonne Ashcroft of Baltimore, Maryland, Cynthia Dawson of Huntsville, Alabama, and Deborah Mayo of Danville. One mother-in-law, Lula Lee and one father-in-law, William Lee Sr. both of Danville. In addition there is a host of other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends at the home of Lula Lee, 929 Stokes Street, Danville, Virginia.
Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Dawson Lee will be conducted 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 10, 2001 at the Chapel of Fisher and Watkins Funeral Home, 707 Wilson Street, Danville. Bishop Arthur Linder Sr. will officiate. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
Fisher and Watkins Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Teresa Marie MacGorman
July 28, 1983-April 7, 2001
"Teresa Jane" - Beloved Daughter, Granddaughter, Sister, Niece, and Loving Friend to all. God gave you to us only 17 years ago, but your gifts will surely outlast each and everyone. You are Our Sparkling Jewel from the Heavens; your Generosity, Love, Compassion, Beauty, Joy, and Kindness will always continue to touch and enrich our lives.
Our pride for you, and all you had become, although great, will only continue to grow with the passing of the years. Even though Fate has denied us of your precious smile, it will surely forever endure in our hearts.
We knew that you had the World, and were sure you would take it. Now you have left this World, but your memory has taken a permanent place with us. We will never forget you.
To the truly the finest human being that we have ever known, we'll miss you "Lil' Tex" and we Love you more than even God could ever understand. We'll be visiting as soon as God tells us - just keep a little place beside you. God Bless you forever and keep you by his side.
Your Loving Family and Friends

Jenny Motley
DANVILLE, Va. - Jenny Elizabeth Motely, 100, formerly of 166 Gray Street, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Roman Eagle Memorial Home where she had resided since June 22, 1987.
Born Dec. 1, 1900, she was the daughter of James Charles Motley and Martha Bet Glasgow. She lived her entire life in Danville and retired from J.T. Townes Printing after 43 years of service. She was a member of St. Luke's United Methodist Church.
She was the last surviving member of her generation and was predeceased, in addition to her parents, by one sister, Nancy Motley Payne.
The graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Leemont Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Duncan officiating. Interment will follow at Leemont Cemetery.
The family will be receiving friends 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel.
Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel will be in charge of arrangements.

Howard Parcell
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Howard Thomas "Buster" Parcell, 80, of 1039 Liberty Street Ext., died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville.
Born July 28, 1920, in Henry County, he was the son of James F. Parcell and Hattie Crane Parcell.
He was married to Laura Morrison Parcell, who survives. He worked for Pannell Knitting Co. before his retirement after 32 years of service. He was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three daughters, Janie Parcell Martin, Shirley Parcell Self, Linda Parcell Custer, all of Martinsville; one son, Lonnie T. Parcell of Pittsboro, N.C.; eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by three sisters, Gladys Parcell Draper, Hazel Parcell Dodson, Mabel Parcell Butcher and one brother, Nolen E. "Possum" Parcell.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Norris Funeral Services Chapel with the Rev. Francis Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Burial Park with Military honors conducted by the Martinsville-Henry County Veterans Honor Guard.
Visitation will be 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Norris Funeral Services.
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. will be in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Pyron
DANVILLE, Va. - Elizabeth Wells Pyron, 98, of 232 Ingram Road, died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Stratford Health Care Center.
Born Nov. 19, 1902, in Henry County, she was the daughter of Johnny James Wells and Ada Bell Roach Wells.
She was married to Robert Howard Pyron, who predeceased her. She lived most of her life in Danville and worked for 46 years at Dan River Inc. She was a charter member of Schoolfield Holiness Church.
Survivors include two sons, Howard "Sonny" Pyron, Cecil Pyron Sr., both of Danville; two daughters, Edna F. Lineberry of Buena Vista, Velma Watkins of Reidsville, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; 16 great-great-grandchildren and two great-great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by two daughters, Virginia Elizabeth Pyron, Gracey Clay Pyron; five brothers, John Wells, J. Arthur Wells, J.T. Wells, Oren Wells, Addison Wells and three sisters, Mamie Elliott, Myrtle Clark and Mollie Roach.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Swicegood Funeral Home with the Revs. Michael Pressley, Myron Bruce, and Roger Collins officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens.
The family will be receiving friends 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and other times at the residence.
Swicegood Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Hilda Robbins
DANVILLE, Va. - Hilda "Bunny" Robbins, 72, of 1409 Jones Mills Road, Chatham, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center after one year of declining health.
Born Jan. 21, 1929, she was the daughter of Fredrick Seddon and Hilda Whitehead Seddon.
She was married to Wilhma Robbins who predeceased her Aug. 17, 1974. She moved to Pittsylvania County nine years ago after previously living in Texas.
Survivors include four children, Noel B. Searles of Salisbury, Mass., Danny W. Robbins of Knoxville, Iowa, Darlene S. DeVries of Tuscon, Ariz., Wendy L. Tate of the residence; ten grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by one son, Donald W. Searles.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
The family suggest in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the United Cerebral Palsy, 1660 L Street, N.W., Suite 700 Washington, D.C. 20036; attn: Development Department.
Condolences may be sent to Wendy L. Tate, 1409 Jones Mill Road, Chatham, Va. 24531.
Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel will be in charge of arrangements.

Edith Townsend
DANVILLE, Va. - Edith Andis Townsend, 80, of 834 Ferry Road, died Sunday, April 8, 2001, at the residence.
Born Dec. 20, 1920, in Washington County, she was the daughter of Henry Andis and Maggie Snodgrass Andis.
She was married to George Washington Townsend, who predeceased her Feb. 14, 1998. She spent her early years in Abingdon before moving to Danville in 1951 where she was a homemaker and member of Forest Lawn Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, George Thomas Townsend of Gloucester City, N.J.; two sisters, Maxie Townsend of Bristol, Ethel White of Abingdon; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Swicegood Funeral Home chapel with the Revs. Gilmer Setliff and Daryl Joyce officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens.
The family will be receiving friends 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and other times at the residence.
Swicegood Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Betty Bray 
EDEN, N.C. — Betty Curry Bray, 64, of 1090 Virginia St., died Monday, June 4, 2001, at the residence.
Born in Rockingham County, she was married to Robert Bray, who survives. She worked for Fieldcrest before her retirement.
Survivors, in addition to her husband of the residence, include one son, Darrin Rodgers of Eden; one daughter, Reva Wilson of Cascade and three grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Promise Baptist Church in Ruffin. Interment will follow at Ridgeview Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Fair Funeral Home and other times at the residence.
Fair Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mary Combs
RINGGOLD, Va. — Mary Christine Meeks Combs, 67, of 5590 Tom Fork Road, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., after two months of declining health.
Born May 25, 1934, in Pittsylvania County, she was the daughter of George W. Meeks and Alice Elizabeth Wilson Meeks.
She was married to John F. Meeks, who survives. She lived most of her life in Pittsylvania County and worked as a waitress before her retirement. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors, in addition to her husband of the residence, include one son, Eldridge "Dink" Combs of Danville; one daughter, Cindy Combs of Danville; two brothers, Eldridge Meeks of Cascade and Jack Meeks of Danville, Ill., and three grandchildren.
She was predeceased by one brother, George W. Meeks Jr.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel with the Rev. Gilmore Hundley officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends 7:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel and other times at the residence.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jennifer Landolt
WEST END, N.C. — Jennifer Rose "Jennie Rose" Landolt, 3, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
Born Feb. 26, 1998, in Moore County, she was the daughter of David and Trish Wike Landolt. She attended Generation Center of St. Joseph of the Pines.
Survivors, in addition to her parents, include one sister, Vanessa Landolt, and one brother, Zachary Landolt, both of the residence; maternal grandparents, Ona Wike of Danville, Va., and James Wike of Reidsville and paternal grandmother, Mary Jane Landolt of St. Louis, Mo.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Fairview Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Fry and Prickett Funeral Home and other times at the residence.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Generation Center, c/o St. Joseph of the Pines, 100 Gossman Drive, Southern Pines, NC 28387.
Fry and Prickett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edward Lewis
DANVILLE, Va. — Edward Shaw Lewis died Monday afternoon June 4, 2001 at Riverside Health Care Center.
Mr. Lewis was born Nov. 22, 1916 at Sutherlin, VA to Elizah H. Lewis and Hattie Shaw Lewis.
He was married to the late Erma Gant Lewis on Nov. 14, 1942.
He was a member of Blairs Baptist Church and the Poquoson Tribe #124 Improved Order of Redmen.
He was retired from Danville Dairy and Corning Glass.
He is survived by one son, Edward Troy Lewis and his wife Jettye Oakes Lewis whom he loved dearly, and who became his daughter. He is also survived by one brother, Earl Lewis of Providence, NC and three sisters, Ruby Watlington, Rebecca Cundiff, and Verna Lewis all of Danville, and survived by his friend, Betty Oakes Hyler of Danville.
He was predeceased by one son, Timothy Gant Lewis in Aug. 1994, and also predeceased by six brothers, Arthur, Elwood, Howard, Lloyd, Samuel and Ira Lewis.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at Swicegood Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Larry Pittman and Rev. Gilmer Setliff. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home on Tuesday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 P.M., and at other times at the home of his son, 130 Cline Street.

Ellen Nelson
DANVILLE, Va. — Ellen Wann Nelson, age 89, of 880 Luna Lake Road, died Monday morning June 4, 2001 at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Nelson was born in Washington County at Abingdon on December 30, 1911, a daughter of the late Joseph Wann and Betty Wann.
She was predeceased by her husband, Oscar Nelson.
Mrs. Nelson had spent most of her life in the Luna Lake Road community, and worked for nearly 40 years at Dan River, Inc. She was a member of the Kindom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on Bell Drive.
She was the last member of her generation of the family.
Her only survivors are one granddaughter: Faith Stamps of Danville, and a son in law: Irvin L. Reynolds of Danville.
She was predeceased by a daughter, June Nelson Reynolds.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Thursday at Swicegood Funeral Home Chapel by Elder Jim White. Interment will follow at the Nelson Family Cemetery on Luna Lake Road. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Wednesday evening from 7:00-8:30 P.M., and at other times at the residence of her son in law, Irvin Reynolds at 882 Oak Tree Lane, off of Luna Lake Road.

Lois Travis
CAPE CORAL, Fla. — Lois Graves Travis, 82, of 817 Monticello Court, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at Gulf Coast Hospital in Fort Myers.
Born April 4, 1919, in Greensboro, N.C., she was the daughter of Robert Graves and Etta Boger Graves.
She moved to Cape Coral in November 2000 after spending most of her life in Richmond, Va., and Danville, Va. She was retired from the Virginia State Correctional Institute and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Robert R. Travis of Cape Coral; one sister, Rubye Poore of Chatham, Va.; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Highland Burial Park with the Rev. J. Richard Markham officiating. 
The family will receive friends at the residence of Greg Travis, 241 North Woodberry Ave.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

J. Howard Walton
DANVILLE, Va. — J. Howard Walton, 91, of 392 Stony Mill School Road, Danville, Virginia, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center after one week of declining health and one week in the hospital.
Born July 24, 1909, in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, he was the son of Lester Walton (deceased) and Georgia Mae Rice Walton (deceased).
He was married March 14, 1936, to Jessie R. Walton (deceased). He was a member of Sharon Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and as an Usher. He was a charter member of the Dan River Future Farmers of America and a charter member of the Brosville Ruitan Club. He was a member of the Robertson-Bennett Order of Eastern Star and the Kent Masonic Lodge No. 305. He lived most of his life in the Stony Mill Community of Pittsylvania County. He retired as superintendent of the Virginia Department of Highways after 46 years.
Survivors include daughter Judy W. Mangum & husband Bill Mangum, Danville, VA; daughter Wanda W. Farrar & husband James Farrar, Winston-Salem, N.C.; grandchildren Billy Mangum, Connie Daniel, Becky Corbin, Linda Thompson, Jill Parnell, & Jimmy Farrar, and 7 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Irvin W. Carter & Mary W. Fitzgeralds.
The funeral will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, June 6th at Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel by The Reverend Allen Holder. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens.
The family received friends 7:00-8:30 P.M. Tuesday at Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel and at other times at the residence, 392 Stony Mill School Road, Danville, Virginia.

Ann Wilson
DANVILLE, Va. — Ann Elizabeth Williams Wilson, 59, of 209 Watson St., died Monday, June 4, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born Jan. 31, 1941, in Pittsylvania County, she was the daughter of Helen Williams, who survives. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church where she served on the usher board and the missionary group. She worked at Dibrell Brothers Inc.
Survivors include her mother of Danville.
The funeral will be held 3 p.m. Friday at Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Walter Griffin and the Rev. William Dixon officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Burial Park.
The viewing will be held 3-7 p.m. Thursday at Beavers Funeral Home, 355 Holbrook St.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Danville Life Saving Crew in memory of Ann Wilson.
Beavers Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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