Miscellaneous Danville County, Virginia Obituaries

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Mollye Allen
CHATHAM, Va. — Mollye Frances Allen, 92, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at the residence of her nephew, Hunt M. Allen, in Rockhill, S.C.
Born April 25, 1909, in Pittsylvania County, she was a daughter of Daniel Coleman Allen and Mollie Fannie Haymore.
She was a member of Chatham Baptist Church.
Survivors include 15 nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Scott Funeral Home with the Rev. Rand Forder officiating. Interment will follow at Chatham Burial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Scott Funeral Home and other times at the residence of Richard Allen, 481 Beverly Heights Road in Chatham.
Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Jun O. Aquilo
DANVILLE, Va. — Jun O. Aquilo, 57, of 355 Bell Dr., died Sunday, December 2, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Aquilo was born in Santor, Baggao, Cagayan, Philippines on April 16, 1944, to the late Ignacio Aquilo and Isidora Aquilo, who survives.
He was married to Lina R. Aquilo, who survives. He studied Pre-med at the University of the East in Manila, Philippines, and he also attended the School of Medical Technology in Danville, VA. He worked at Danville Regional Medical Center as a Staff Medical Technologist since 1967.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his mother: Isidora Aquilo of Cagayan, Philippines; three sons: Dennis R. Aquilo of Winona Lake, IN, Norman R. Aquilo of Danville, VA, and Jun R. Aquilo of Virginia Beach, VA; one daughter: Nanette A. Young of Lakewood, CO; one daughter-in-law: Lisa S. Aquilo of Winona Lake, IN; one son-in-law: Jim Young of Lakewood, CO; one brother: Peping Aquilo of the Philippines; one sister: Mercydita Agustin of New York; and 16 nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his father: Ignacio Aquilo of Cagayan, Philippines; one brother: Romulo O. Aquilo of the Philippines; and one sister: Tomasa Aquilo Corsino of the Philippines.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2001 at 11:00 a.m. from Townes Memorial Chapel by Father David V. McGuire. Interment will be in Danville Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday night from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Townes Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence, 355 Bell Drive.

Ralph Belton
EDEN, N.C. — Ralph Ernest Belton, 81, formerly of 700 W Highway, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at Morehead Memorial Hospital.
Born in Patrick County, Va., he was a member of First Wesleyan Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served with the 10th Mountain Calvary and received the Bronze Star. He was employed with G.B. Green and Son.
Survivors include one son, Ralph Everette Belton of Eden; one daughter, Linda Belton Hopper of Eden; and four grandchildren.
The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Woodlawn Cemetery.
The family received friends from 7-9 p.m. Monday at Fair Funeral Home and other times at the residence of Linda B. Hopper, 512 Cedar St. in Eden.
The family suggests memorials be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 3420 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, N.C. 28215.

James Brown
RICHMOND, Va. — James Ray Brown, 62, of 2201 McDonugh St., died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at Medical College of Virginia Hospitals after four years of declining health.
Born Aug. 22, 1939, in Danville, he was a son of Ernest Linwood Brown and Mary Elizabeth Brown.
He was married in 1975 to Peggy Hayden Brown, who survives. For the past 37 years, he had lived in Richmond, where he was employed for 22 years with Mercer Carpet Company, prior to a decline in health. He was a member of Highland Park Baptist Church.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of the residence, include two stepsons, Kevin Newton and Eddie Newton, both of Richmond; one daughter, Lisa Marie Brown of the residence; and one brother, Ronald Brown of Mechanicsville.
The graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Schoolfield Cemetery with the Rev. Lee Ellison officiating.
Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel is in charge of 
arrangements.

Aubrey Ferrell
DANVILLE, Va. — Aubrey Kendrick Ferrell, 77, of 906 Vicar Road, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center after several months of declining health.
Born Sept. 20, 1924, in Danville, he was a son of Jacob Ferrell and Fanny Richardson Ferrell.
He was married June 20, 1947, to Dovie “Bootsie” Abbott Ferrell, who survives. He was a local builder and developer in the Danville area for more than 40 years with the A.K. Ferrell Construction Company. He was an active member of St. Luke’s United Methodist Church. He was a member of American Legion Memorial Post 325, Danville Sertoma Club, where he served as past president from 1985-1986, V.F.W. Post 647. He was the founder of the Danville Civic League in the mid-1960s and served 2½ terms on Danville City Council.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include one son, Aubrey K. “Ken” Ferrell II of Danville; two daughters, Patricia F. O’Brien and Karen F. Douglas, both of Danville; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by three brothers, J.T. Ferrell, Clarence Ferrell and Connell Ferrell.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church with the Rev. Randy Duncan officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Burial park with graveside military honors performed by American Legion Post 325 Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church and other times at the residence.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church Building Fund.
Barker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William Gibson
ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. —William Boyd Gibson, 71, of 112 Old Oak Drive, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at the residence.
Born in Portsmouth, Va., he was a son of Reather Whitley Gibson and Ernest W. Gibson.
He was married to Anne Elizabeth Garrett Gibson, who predeceased him Oct. 3, 2001. He worked as a general yardmaster for Norfolk-Southern Railway prior to his retirement.
Survivors include four daughters, Janice Eileen Webster of Sewell, N.J., Belinda Rae Combs of Danville, Va.; Patricia Ann Mathias of Suffolk, Va. and Carol Owens of Chesapeake, Va.; two sons, Richard Arthur Cronin Jr. of Fredericksburg, Va. and John Edward Cronin of Silver Springs, Md.; one sister, Helen Louise Bailey of Portsmouth; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased, in addition to his wife and parents, by one daughter, Cathy Melinda Barnard, and one brother, Alvin Lee Gibson.
The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Olive Branch Cemetery with the Rev. Allen L. Dooley officiating.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Snellings Funeral Home, George Washington Highway Chapel.
Snellings Funeral Home is in charge of arrangments.

Charlie Gunn
DANVILLE, Va. — Charlie G. Gunn, 74, of 240 Gunn Lane, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born Sept. 5, 1927, in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of Walter Gunn and Annie Echols Gunn.
He was married to Thelma Gunn, who survives. He was a machine operator for Lorillard Tobacco Co. and was a member of Kentuck Baptist Church, where he served on the deacon board. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans, VFW Post 29, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Dan River Voters’ League.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of the residence, include four sons, Charlie G. Gunn of Bronx, N.Y., Mitchell W. Gunn and Carlton Gunn, both of Danville and Anthony S. Gunn of the residence; five daughters, Sandra Carey of Apex, N.C., Deborah Massick of Japan, Nancy Gunn of Danville and Phyllis Gunn and Benita Gunn, both of Fort Washington, Md.; two brothers, Ernest Gunn of Baltimore and Jace Gunn of Danville; three sisters, Helena Farmer of Danville, Catherine Motley of Blairs and Odaris Grastly of Philadelphia; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Kentuck Baptist Church with the Rev. Jessie Fitz officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Hills Memory Gardens with military rites.
The viewing will be held from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cunningham and Hughes Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Cunningham and Hughes Funeral Directors is in charge of arrangements.

Clarence ‘Dink’ Hale
ROANOKE RAPIDS, N.C. — Clarence “Dink” Hale, of 813 E. 11th St., died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001.
The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Hawkins Family Cemetery in Roanoke Rapids.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the residence.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Hospice of Halifax County, 1225 Julian R. Allsbrook Highway in Roanoke Rapids.
Askew Funeral Home in Roanoke Rapids is in charge of arrangements.

Wanza Kirkman
DANVILLE, Va. — Wanza Hall Kirkman, 81, formerly of 642 Arnett Blvd., died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at Lewis Gayle Hospital in Salem after five years of declining health and more than one month in the hospital.
Born Sept. 13, 1920, in Princeton, W.Va., she was a daughter of Mose McCllan Hall and Maude Mae Pettry Hall.
She was married in October 1958 to Thomas Virtie Kirkman, who predeceased her Sept. 11, 1995. She moved from Roanoke in 1960 to Danville, where she was a homemaker. She was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church, where she was past president of Circle 3, and served as treasurer. She was also a member of the United Methodist Women.
Survivors include one son, Larry L. Venable of Fredricksburg; one brother, Bobby R. Hall of Greensboro, N.C.; one sister, Betty H. Wolfe of Salem; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
She was predeceased, in addition to her husband and parents, by one sister, Ruth H. Lawrence.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel with the Rev. Tom Barnard and the Rev. Dr. Tom Evans officiating. Interment will follow at Floral Hills Memory Gardens.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Nuckles
RINGGOLD, Va. — Robert Clinton “Bobby” Nuckles Sr., 62, of 8940 Kentuck Road, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at the residence after one year of declining health.
Born July 28, 1939, in Amherst County, he was a son of Guy Rice Nuckles Sr. and Margaret Staton Nuckles.
He lived in Pittsylvania County and Danville, where he owned and operated Honda of Danville and Bobby’s Repair Service prior to a decline in health. For 18 years, he was employed part time with Pittsylvania County Public Schools as a bus driver. He was a member of Laurel Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Robert Clinton “Robbie” Nuckles Jr. of Danville; two sisters, Ann N. Ferguson of Sutherlin and Mary N. Parsons of Pelham, N.C.; and two brothers, Guy Rice Nuckles Jr. and James G. “Jimmy” Nuckles Sr., both of Sutherlin.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Laurel Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Neal Isom and the Rev. Bill Owsley officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
The family received friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel and other times at the residence of Ann Ferguson, 1776 Slayton Road in Sutherlin.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Stephanie L. Ferguson Memorial Scholarship Fund, DCC Educational Foundation, 1008 S. Main St., Danville, Va. 24541.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Calvin Phelps
DANVILLE, Va. — Calvin Neal Phelps, 71, formerly of 564 Twin Arch Drive, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at Piney Forest Health Care Center.
Born Feb. 27, 1930, in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of Albert William Phelps and Irene Turner Phelps.
He was married to Margie Pryon Phelps, who predeceased him in 1972. He was born in the Mount Cross community of Pittsylvania County and worked at Barker Hamlin Tire Co. and Crane Tire Co., prior to becoming disabled in July 1981. He was a member of Abundant Life Ministry.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Dean Walker of Danville, Lois Ann Flick of Jacksonville, N.C. and April Dawn Anderson of Greensboro, N.C.; four sons, Jody Lynn Phelps and Raney Neal Phelps, both of Greensboro, N.C., Tracy Kyle Phelps of Lynchburg and Albert Lee Phelps of South Boston; eight sisters, Thelma Ray, Clara Ketchum, Frances Shelton, Marie Dillion and Ruby Dillard, all of Danville; Lillie Krawetz of Chesapeake, Betty Minter of Cascade and Shirley Moorefield of Brosville; three brothers, Bud Edward Phelps and Howard Jackson Phelps, both of Danville, and William Lawson Phelps of Brosville; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Swicegood Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bill Motley officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Swicegood Funeral Home.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Julian Ramsey
DANVILLE, Va. — Roy Julian Ramsey, 87, of 410 Seminole Drive, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at the residence after several months of declining health.
Born Feb. 12, 1914, in Danville, he was a son of James Frank Ramsey and Gertrude Neagle Ramsey.
He was married Aug. 22, 1938, to Mary Smith Ramsey, who survives. He lived his entire life in the Danville area, where he was employed with Export Leaf Tobacco Company for 37 years and Adams Tobacco Company for seven years prior to his retirement. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, having served during World War II aboard the LST 622 as a pharmacist mate in the South Pacific from 1943-1945. He was the last surviving member of his generation in his family.
Survivors include one daughter, Barbara R. Conner of Gloucester Point, and one grandchild.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel with the Rev. Father David McGuire and the Rev. Gary Milstead officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Burial Park with graveside military rites performed by American Legion Post 325.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice Support Services, P.O. Box 2713, Danville, Va. 24541 or Danville Cancer Association, 1225 W. Main St., Danville, Va. 24541.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ralph Shelton
JAVA, Va. — Ralph Monroe Shelton, 90, of 1636 Yeatts Store Road, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at Beverly Health Care in Martinsville.
Born June 15, 1911, in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of Scott Shelton and Ella Logan Shelton.
He was married to Eva Miller Shelton, who survives. He was a retired farmer and member of Riceville Baptist Church, where he served on the board of deacons, and was a member of Riceville Masonic Lodge 286 of Java.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of the residence, include six sons, James F. Shelton of Silver Springs, Md., Ralph K. Shelton of Greensboro, N.C., Edward B. Shelton of Sacramento, Calif., William S. Shelton of Atlanta, Larry W. Shelton of Virginia Beach and Michael T. Shelton of Petersburg; five daughters, Marian S. Keyes of Chatham, Dorothy S. Diggs of Portsmouth, Geneva S. Dubose of Hyattsville, Md., Sylvia S. Brady of Houston and Wanda S. Carr of Atlanta; 18 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by one son, Olander; one brother, the Rev. David Shelton; and three sisters, Lucinda Barksdale, Fannie Palmer and Dora Miller.
The funeral will be held at noon Friday at Riceville Baptist Church with the Rev. Ronnie Walker officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
The viewing will be held at 11 a.m. until the time of the service Friday at the church.
Miller Funeral Home in Gretna is in charge of 
arrangements.

Merie Shotwell
ALTON, Va. — Merie Erlene Shotwell, 63, of 6120 Cluster Springs Road, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at the residence.
Born June 30, 1938, in Halifax County, she was a daughter of Grace Lowery Shotwell, who survives, and Alfred Shotwell.
She was a member of Ephesus Baptist Church.
Survivors, in addition to her mother of Alton, include two brothers, Wayne Shotwell and Ray Shotwell, both of Alton, and two sisters, Margaret S. Ford of South Boston and Nancy Poythress of Alton.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Alton Baptist Church. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brooks Funeral Home and other times at the residence.
Brooks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Leon Smith
PELHAM, N.C. — Leon Jackson Smith, 61, of 19 Fitzgerald Road, died Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at the residence.
Born Sept. 8, 1940, in Danville, he was a son of Rose Fields Smith, who survives, and Hurd R. Smith.
He lived most of his life in Caswell County and worked as a carpenter and at Dan River Mills prior to a disability.
Survivors include two daughters, Roseanna Smith of Pelham and Jacklyne Smith of Greensboro; one son, Lee Smith of California; two sisters, Kallie Bradley and Barbara Thomas, both of Pelham; one brother, James Smith of Pelham; and three grandchildren.
The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Danville Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bill Cook officiating.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Swicegood Funeral Home and other times at the residence of his niece, Judy Dalton, 528 Red Marshall Road in Pelham.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Flossie Ward
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. —Flossie Tuck Ward, 80, of 700 Berry Hill Road, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at the residence.
Born Aug. 13, 1921, in Halifax County, she was a daughter of Louis Phillip Tuck and Laura Miller Tuck.
She was married to Gilbert Ward. She was a lifetime member of Scottsburg Baptist Church, where she was in the church choir.
Survivors include one daughter, Frances Mae Goswick of South Boston, and two brothers, Charnie Wesley Tuck and Louie Kye Tuck, both of Scottsburg.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Scottsburg Baptist Church with the Rev. Bob Richards officiating. Interment will follow at Oakland Cemetery in Scottsburg.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Powell Funeral Home and other times at the residence of Bernard and Virginia Smith, 1056 McDonald Road in Scottsburg, and the residence of Louie and Thelma Tuck, 1066 Green Level Road in Scottsburg.
Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lelia ‘Teenie’ Watkins
DANVILLE, Va. — Lelia H. “Teenie” Watkins, 75, formerly of 1236 Honey Road, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at Riverside Health Care Center.
Born Feb. 14, 1926, in Danville, she was a daughter of Franklin Holt and Beulah Mills Holt.
She was married to Eli Lonnie Watkins, who predeceased her May 6, 1989. She worked at Dan River Inc. as a weaver prior to her retirement. She was a member of First Church of the Brethren, where she played piano.
Survivors include one son, Alex Watkins of the residence, and two grandchildren.
She was predeceased, in addition to her husband and parents, by one son, James W. Porter; one brother, Lakey L. Holt; and one sister, Rhumel H. Simpson.
The graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Danville Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Richard Berkley officiating.
The family received friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Barker Funeral Home Inc. and other times at the residence.
Barker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Frances White
SCOTTSBURG, Va. — Frances Brown Cliborne White, 78, of 7101 Clays Mill Road, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at the residence.
Born Nov. 7, 1923, in Halifax County, she was a daughter of Henry J. Cliborne and Virgie Brown Cliborne.
She was married to Wert Lee White, who survives. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Survivors, in addition to her husband of Scottsburg, include one daughter, Jenny Lee White of Richmond; one son, Ronnie Dean White of Scottsburg; one brother, Lawrence Cliborner of Charleston, S.C.; three sisters, Elizabeth C. Reaves of Greensboro, N.C., Lelia C. Byer of Georgia and Nancy C. Overstreet of South Boston; and two grandchildren.
She was predeceased, in addition to her parents, by one sister, Ruth Elliott, and two brothers, Melvin “Dump” Cliborne and James Cliborne.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Tony Brooks officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Powell Funeral Home and other times at the residence.
The family suggests memorials be made to Bethel Baptist Church.
Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joan Woodson
CHATHAM, Va. — Joan Meadows Woodson, 56, of 769 N. Fairview Road, died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 19, 1944, in Pittsylvania County, she was the daughter of John Henry Meadows and Madeline Mays Meadows.
She was married to David R. Woodson, who survives. She was a member of Samuel Harris Memorial Baptist Church.
Survivors, in addition to her husband of the residence, include two daughters, Cindy S. Still of Cascade and Kristy R. Woodson of Chatham; three brothers, Junior L. Meadows and H. Michael Meadows, both of Chatham and Ronald W. Meadows of Danville; and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Samuel Harris Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Thomas Wright officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Burial Park in Chatham.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Scott Funeral Home and other times at the residence.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, that memorials be made to Samuel Harris Memorial Scholarship Fund or the Chatham rescue squad.
Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

James Camp
DURHAM, N.C. — James Vernon Camp, 77, died unexpectedly Thursday morning, Jan. 31, 2002, at Duke University Medical Center.
Born in Schoolfield, Va., he was the son of Thomas F. and Agnes Camp.
He was married to Carol Cantrell Camp, who survives. He served during World War II in the U.S. Marines. He later attended UNC-Chapel Hill where he lettered in football four years and earned a masters degree in education. His love for football and UNC-CH led to a lifetime commitment to its athletic and academic programs. He began his career as a football coach at UNC-CH and later held coaching positions at Mississippi State University, University of Minnesota, George Washington University, and UCLA. After 20 years, he moved from recruiting athletes to recruiting businesses and served 20 years as the economic development director for the Durham Chamber of Commerce. He played a major role in the economic expansion of Durham County and the Research Triangle Park. He helped bring over 100 new businesses to the area, including Glaxo, Mitsubishi, Sumitoma Electric, Weck, and others. 
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two daughters, Carver Camp of Rougemont, and Cantrell Minges of Rocky Mount; two sons, Carey Camp of Raleigh, and James Camp Jr. of Durham; one sister, Barbara Heffinger; four brothers, Harold Camp, Max Camp, Richard Camp, and Tom Camp; and four grandchildren.
The funeral was held 2 p.m. Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Susan Pate Greenwood officiating. Interment followed at Mapelwood Cemetery.
The family received friends 5-7 p.m. Saturday at Howerton and Bryan Funeral Home.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Caring House, 2625 Pickett Road, Durham, N.C. 27705.
Howerton-Bryan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bernice Clayton
DANVILLE, Va. — Bernice Merricks Clayton, 82, of 132 Park Avenue, died 6:15 p.m. February 2, 2002, at the residence.
Born March 23, 1919, in Callands, Va., she was the daughter of the late John Roy Merricks and Ethel Riddle Merricks.
She was married December 2, 1939, to Clifton Lloyd Clayton, who predeceased her. She had been in declining health with several hospital stays in the last 8 months. She retired from Dan River Mills after 29 years. She was a member of Forest Lawn Baptist Church for over 50 years.
Survivors include three sisters, Betty Stokes and Chaney Gray, both of Danville, Va., and Evelyn Davis of Florida; brother-in-law, Averett Gray of Danville; son Jerry Lloyd Clayton of San Antonio, Texas; 4 grandchildren & spouses, Jeffrey and Pattie Nunn Clayton of Ringgold, Va., Jennifer and David Stallings of Hampton, Va., Kelly and Don Carver of Cupertino, Calif., and Colleen and Bill Buchanan of Belmont, N.C.; six great grandchildren, Anakin and Jackson Clayton, Tyler and Amanda Stallings, Jason and Joshua Carver; many friends and beloved neighbors.
She was predeceased by three brothers and six sisters.
The funeral will be held Wednesday, February 6, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. at Barker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Dalton officiating. Graveside rites afterwards at Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Feb. 5th from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Barker Chapel and at other times the family will be at the residence.
Barker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Irene Jones
DANVILLE, Va. — Irene McClanahan Jones, 87, of 337 B Jones Road, died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at Danville Regional Medical Center following a brief illness.
Born Nov. 25, 1914, in Danville, she was a daugher of Francis L. McClanahan and Sissie Hammock McClanahan.
She was married to Bennie Owen Jones Sr., who predeceased her July 12, 1967. She lived most of her life in the Laniers Mill community and was a long-time member of Mount Olivet United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy J. Johnson of Winston-Salem, N.C. and Shirley J. Ellison of Danville; one son, Bennie Owen Jones Jr. of Spencer; two sisters, Nancy M. Evans of Chatham and Sarah M. Hutcherson of Danville; 11 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wayne Crews officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens.
The family received friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel and other times at the residence.
The family suggests memorials be made to Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Mount Cross Road, Danville, Va. 24540.
Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Stratton
DANVILLE, Va. — Ruby Collins Stratton, 70, of 675 Arnett Boulevard, died 7:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at Riverside Health Care Center after three years of declining health.
Born March 13, 1931, in Dry Fork, she was the daughter of Clint W. Collins and Mabel Stowe Collins.
She had lived on Arnett Boulevard for the past 27 years and was employed as an assembler at Disston Inc. prior to her retirement at age 46 on disablility. She was a member of St. Lukes United Methodist Church. 
Survivors include three daughters, Sandra T. McDowell of Danville, Kathy T. Combe of Burlington, N.C., and Lisa Stratton of Rock Hill, S.C.; four sisters, Videll Pizzino, Atner Jefferson, Clara Ryan, and Angeline Emmerson, all of Danville; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by one brother, Robert W. Collins; and one sister, Stella Smith.
The graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Oakland United Methodist Church cemetery in Pittsylvania County with the Rev. Wayne Hall officiating.
The family will be at 202 Motley Ave. in Danville.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mozella Thomas
DANVILLE, Va. — Mozella Vasser Thomas, 97, of 649 Randolph St., died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 27, 1904, in Danville, she was the daughter of John T. Vasser and Cora Penn Vasser.
She was married to Frank Thomas, who predeceased her. She was a retail merchant and owner of Vasser’s Store in White Rock Hill. She was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church.
Survivors include a number of nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by brothers, John A. and Carlton B. Vasser; and sisters, Cora V. Cook, Louise V. Galloway, and LaDema V. Cobbs.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Paul A.M.E. Church with the Rev. Henry R. Davis officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
The viewing will be held 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at Cunningham and Hughes Funeral Home.
The family will be at the residence.
Cunningham and Hughes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Walker
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. — Evelyn Lorene Jackson Walker, 71, of 6041 Huell Matthews Highway, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002, at Halifax Regional Hospital.
Born May 4, 1930, in Halifax County, she was the daughter of Garland Stanley Jackson and Emma Oakley Hamlett.
She was married to Thomas Wendell Walker, who survives. She was the retired owner and operator of Lorene’s Flower Shop. She was a member of Black Walnut Baptist Church, Cluster Springs Homemakers Club, Alton Homemakers Club, and was a former member of Grace Methodist Church in Roxboro, N.C.
Survivors, in addition to her husband of South Boston, include two daughters, Gail D. Epps, and Wendy W. Cole, both of South Boston; one sister, Maxie J. Harris of Roxboro, N.C.; and five grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Black Walnut Baptist Church in Cluster Springs with the Rev. Grover Stevens officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Brooks Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence of Wendy Cole, 4122 Virgie Cole Road.
The family suggests memorials may be made to American Lung Association, 6318 Peters Creek Road, Roanoke, Va. 24019, or Arthritis Foundation, 1330 West Peachtree St., Atlanta, Ga. 30309.
Brooks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Elmer Waltman
RINGGOLD, Va. — Elmer Custer Waltman, 66, of 1928 Ringgold Road, died unexpectedly at 7:16 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, 2002, at the residence.
Born June 11, 1935, in Mayo, he was the son of Charles Waltman and Virginia Hood Waltman Loftis.
He was married to Alice Edmonds Waltman, who survives. He was employed at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Manufacturing Company for 21 years prior to his retirement in 1990. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Cedar Grove United Methodist Church in Alton and was a member of the United Rubber Workers.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two sons, Neil Custer Waltman of Ringgold, and Steven Mitchell Waltman of Gibsonville, N.C.; stepfather, Stuart Loftis of South Boston; three sisters, Katheryn King of Cluster Springs, Virginia Hackney of South Boston, and Mary E. Bartley of Scottsburg; one brother, Roy Waltman of Wimington, N.C.; and three grandchildren.
He was predeceased by one brother, Sherman Waltman.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Cedar Grove United Methodist Church in Alton with the Rev. Mike Sullivan and the Rev. David LeFon officiating. Interment will follow at Virgilina Cemetery in Halifax County with military honors performed by American Legion Dan River Post 1097.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Swicegood Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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