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Sarah Bolton
CHATHAM - Sarah Bella Groff Bolton, 91, 1409 Motley Road, died Tuesday, March 25, 1997, in Piney Forest Nursing Home of Danville.
Born Jan. 10, 1906, in Glen Gardner, N.J., she was a daughter of Newman Groff and Bella Skinner Groff.
She was married to Harry Esser Bolton, who predeceased her.
Prior to her retirement, she was employed as a seamstress. She was also of the Methodist faith.
She is survived by two daughters, Betty B. Motley and Doris B. Walker, both of Chatham; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A private family service will be conducted.
The family will receive friends at the residence of a daughter, Betty B. Motley, 1261 Motley Road, Chatham.
Scott Funeral Home of Chatham is in charge of arrangements.

John Davis
NATHALIE - John Bradley Davis, 77, 5128 Volens Road, died Wednesday, March 26, 1997, in Halifax Regional Hospital.
Born Dec. 5, 1919, in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of Samuel Crenshaw Davis and Millie Smith Davis.
He was married to Spotswood Strickland Davis, who survives.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Republican Grove and Woodmen of the World Camp No. 162.
In addition to his wife of Nathalie, he is survived by two daughters, Joan Davis Richardson of Nathalie and Kathy Davis Pierce of Ringgold; a sister, Margaret Stanley of South Boston; and three grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday from First Baptist Church of Republican Grove by the Rev. Shelton Miles and the Rev. Bob Watts. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at Powell Funeral Home in South Boston, and other times at the residence, on Route 603.

Michael Greene
PORT CHESTER, N.Y. - Michael James Greene, 72, 10 Drew St., died Wednesday, March 26, 1997, in his residence, following three years of declining health.
Born Aug. 22, 1924, in Seattle, he was a son of Margaret Greene.
He was married to Viola Reid Greene, who survives.
He spent most of his life in the New York area, where he was employed as manager of Delson Shoe Store in Port Chester before retiring.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy and Army Air Corps.
In addition to his wife of the residence, survivors include a daughter, Deborah R. Shelton of Providence, N.C.; two brothers, Anthony Greene and David Greene, both of Seattle; three sisters, Elizabeth Hariett, Marie Greene and Virginia Greene, all of Seattle; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday in Schoolfield Cemetery by the Rev. Kenneth D. Hall.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at Swicegood Funeral Home, and other times at the residence of his granddaughter, Daphine Moore, 1004 Greenwood Ave., in Druid Hills.

James 'Sonny' Hancock 
The funeral for James N. "Sonny" Hancock, 72, 144 Harris Place, will be conducted 2 p.m. today from Swicegood Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Daryl S. Joyce and the Rev. W. Cleo Hunley. Burial will be in Schoolfield Cemetery, where graveside military honors will be performed by American Legion Memorial Post No. 325 Honor Guard.
He died Tuesday, March 25, 1997, in his residence, following several years of declining health.
Born June 21, 1924, in Patrick County, he was a son of Zachariah T. Hancock and Beulah Shively Hancock.
He was married to Thelma Evans Hancock, who died Dec. 17, 1989.
He had lived in Danville since 1936, where he was a graduate of Schoolfield High School and attended Danville Technical Institute.
During World War II, he served in the Navy.
During his early life, he worked as a truck driver and was later employed as an electrician for Dan River Mills.
He was of the Christian faith.
Survivors include two daughters, Margaret H. Elliott of Danville and Claudia H. Minter of Fishersville; a son, James E. Hancock of Louisburg, N.C.; four sisters, Vera Cox of Martinsville, Myrtle Graham, Jewell Merchant and Claudia Hancock, all of Danville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a sister, Verlie Atkinson, and a brother, Jesse Hancock.
The family will receive friends at the residence of a daughter, Margaret Elliott, 140 Martindale Drive, Danville.

Marion McCubbins
Marion Stowe McCubbins, 82, 130 Colonial Court, Apt. 44, died Tuesday, March 25, 1997, in Danville Regional Medical Center, following several months of declining health.
Born Oct. 23, 1914, in Pittsylvania County, she was a daughter of Walter C. Boswell and Mattie Wiley Boswell.
She was first married to Henson T. Stowe, who died in 1981. She was later married to Irvin McCubbins, who survives.
She spent most of her life in the Danville area, where she was employed by Dan River Inc. in the No. 5 Finish Department until her retirement.
She was a member of North Main Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband of Danville, survivors include a daughter, Brenda S. Hardison of Danville; a son, Robert W. Stowe Sr. of Danville; a stepson, Wayne McCubbins of Danville; a brother, Walter H. "Pete" Boswell of Danville; two sisters, Virginia B. Giles and Frances B. Elliott, both of Danville; five grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.
She was also predeceased by a son, H.T. Stowe Jr.
The funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday from Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel by the Rev. Dr. Eddie Davis and the Rev. Kyle Flora. Interment will be in Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends 7:30-8:30 tonight at the funeral home, and other times at the residence of a grandson, Robert W. Stowe Jr., 773 Mangrums Road, State Road 876.

Maude Shelton
GRETNA - Maude Shelton Shelton, 100, died Wednesday, March 26, 1997, in Gretna Health Care Center.
Born May 12, 1896, in Pittsylvania County, she was a daughter of Rawleigh Martin Shelton and Mellissa Yeatts Shelton.
She was married to E. Thomas Shelton, who predeceased her.
She was a member of West End Church of Christ.
She is survived by a sister, Elsie Pickeral of Hampton; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Madeleine S. Smith, and two sons, Leewood P. Shelton and Fred R. Shelton.
A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday in Gretna Burial Park by the Rev. W.D. Lilly.
Colbert-Moran Funeral Home of Gretna is in charge of arrangements.

Rodger Shelton
A graveside service for Rodger Hilton Shelton, 80, 121 Sweetbriar Drive, will be conducted 11 a.m. today in Highland Burial Park by the Rev. Carl Burger.
He died Tuesday, March 25, 1997, in his residence, following six months of declining health.
Born Dec. 13, 1916, in Ingram, he was a son of Raleigh Martin Shelton and Ida Bennett Shelton.
On Jan. 25, 1963, he was married to Lola Kennedy Weatherford Shelton, who died Feb. 26, 1996.
He spent most of his life in Chatham and Danville. Prior to his retirement, he was employed by North American Insurance Co. He was of the Baptist faith.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
He is survived by two sons, David Nelson Weatherford of Kernersville, N.C., and Kenneth Wayne Weatherford of Pfafftown, N.C.; a brother, Edward Douglas Shelton of Martinsville; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Gertrude Whatnall
Gertrude Wohinz Whatnall, 85, 358 Martin Ave., died Wednesday, March 26, 1997, in Martinsville Health and Rehabilitation Center. She had been in declining health since 1976.
Born Dec. 3, 1911, in New Britain, Conn., she was a daughter of Anton Wohinz and Cornelia Meulleur Wohinz.
On June 12, 1940, she was married to Harry George Whatnall, who died in June 1964.
Prior to moving to Danville in September 1985, she had spent most of her adult life in Portland, Maine.
She was employed by the main branch office of Continental Assurance Co. as a secretary for 30 years. After retiring, she worked for the law firm of Bernstein, Scherr, Scherr & Nelson for 15 years.
She served as president of the National Secretaries Association for two terms.
She is survived by a nephew and three nieces, including Audrey Holstad of the residence.
Interment will be held at a later date in Evergreen-Forest Cemetery in Portland.
Townes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Maria Williams 
Maria Williams died Sunday, March 23, 1997, at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Born May 15, 1959, in Florida City, Fla., she was a daughter of Dale Walker and Patrice Hedden Walker, who survive.
In addition to her parents of Newberry, Fla., survivors include three sons, Freddie Williams, Jason Williams and Kevin Williams, all of Danville; two daughters, Athena Williams and Gretchen Duvall, both of Danville, four sisters, Minnie Berardo of Rocky Mount, Yolanda Dubreuil of Miami, Lucero Britton of Texas and Misty Walker of Jacksonville; and a brother, Delray Dubreuil of New York; and her foster mother, Pat Elkins Crawford.
A memorial service was conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday from Fisher & Watkins Funeral Home Chapel.

Clarence Barton Sr.
Clarence Barton Sr., 64, 1463 Aspen St., died Thursday, April 10, 1997 in Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born July 25, 1932, in Polk County, N.C., he was the son of Mamie Barton.
He was a railroad laborer.
He was a member of New Hope Apostolic Church.
Survivors include four sons, Johnny Barton of Ft. Washington, Md., Daniel Barton of Alexandria, Clarence Barton Jr. of Oxen Hill, Md. and Ricky DeShazor of Silver Springs, Md.; two daughters, Dorthea Barton of Alexandria and Patricia Murphy of Danville; two sisters, Carol Johnson of Danville and Gloria Mason of New York; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday from New Hope Apostolic Church by Bishop Major Hairston. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memory Gardens.
He may be viewed from 4-8 p.m. today at Cunningham & Hughes Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home of Carol Johnson, 142 New St.

Thomas Burton
AXTON - The funeral for Thomas Dee Burton, 83, 830 Mountain Valley Road, will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday from Townes Memorial Chapel by the Rev. Fred Clemmons, the Rev. Fletcher Hardy, and the Rev. Calvin Johnson. Interment will be in Highland Burial Park.
He died Thursday, April 10, 1997, in the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County.
Born July 1, 1913, he was a son of James Joseph Burton and Nola Yarboro Burton.
He was married to Mildred Collins Burton, who survives.
He was a member of Carroll United Methodist Church in Axton and was a former member of Stokesland United Methodist Church.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed by Cat & Fiddle Supermarket for 35 years.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army and was in the European Theatre.
In addition to his wife of the residence, survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Kidd of Roanoke and Marlyn Clifton of Axton; two brothers, Jessie W. Burton and Bruce R. Burton, both of Danville; a sister, Frances Dunn of Danville; four grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; four great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.
The family will receive friends at the residence.

Helen Earles
A graveside service for Helen Gravely Earles, 80, formerly of 1345 Westover Drive, will be conducted 3 p.m. today in Mountain View Cemetery by the Rev. Larry Edmonds.
She died Friday, April 11, 1997, in Roman Eagle Memorial Home.
Born Sept. 3, 1916, in Danville, she was a daughter of Joseph Jackson Gravely and Eula Lovell Gravely.
In 1940, she was married to Thomas T. Earles Jr., who died May 20, 1988.
She spent her entire life in the Danville area, where she was employed by Riverside Agency as a licensed insurance agent for 27 years.
Since 1904, she had been a member of Fairview United Methodist Church, where she served as secretary of the board for six years.
She is survived by a son, Thomas T. Earles III of Culpeper; a daughter, Betty Lou Earles of White Plains, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Susie Ferrell
BLAIRS - Susie Davis Ferrell, 73, of 1109 Maison Drive, died Thursday, April 10, 1997, in Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born Aug. 8, 1923, in Pittsylvania County, she was a daughter of Edward Glass and Sallie Davis. She was married to Charlie Jessie Ferrell, who survives.
In addition to her husband, survivors include one daughter, Sylvannah White of Blairs; two brothers, William Davis and Lonnie Davis, both of Danville; three sisters, Mary Jane Hood, Lillie Betty Davis and Geraldine Luck, all of Danville; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday at Laurel Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. James Cabell Jr. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Fisher & Watkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ivonne Hammond
Ivonne "Tillie" Thompson Hammond, 81, of 4068 Reeves Mill Road, in the Laurel Grove community, died Saturday, April 12, 1997, in her home. She had been in declining health for two years.
Born Dec. 5, 1915, in Loucomma, N.C., she was a daughter of Loel Thompson and Bertie Royal Thompson.
She was a retired beautician.
She was married to James I. Hammond, who died in September 1986.
She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include one son, Bobby Price of Danville; one daughter, Nancy Motsinger of Laurel Grove; one sister, Madge Thompson of Richmond; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family is at the residence, 4068 Reeves Mill Road.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Moorefield
Joseph Clarence Moorefield, 78, of 224 Courtland St., Apt. 233, died Friday, April 11, 1997, in Danville Regional Medical Center. He had been a patient in the hospital for 10 days.
Born Feb. 13, 1919, in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of Claiborne White Moorefield and Fanny Lou Slayton Moorefield.
He lived most of his life in the Danville area.
He worked for a number of years as a security guard at Dan River Inc. He retired on disability at age 62.
He was a World War II veteran, having served in the Army.
He was a member of First Church of the Brethern.
He was married to Virginia Payne Moorefield, who survives.
In addition to his wife of the residence, survivors include three step-sons, Melvin Oakes, James D. Oakes Jr. and Leon W. Oakes, all of Danville; one sister, Katie Cocke of Danville; seven step-grandchildren; and six step-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday at Swicegood Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Dale Watson. Interment will be in Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. at the funeral home. At other times, the family will receive friends at the home, 224 Courtland St., Apt. 233.

Versie Neal
The funeral for Versie Mae Lawless Rakes Neal, 81, 304 Church St., will be conducted 2 p.m. today from Keen Street Baptist Church by the Rev. Michael Campbell and the Rev. David Patterson. Burial will be held 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Sycamore Baptist Church Cemetery, near Woolwine.
She died Thursday, April 10, 1997, in 4515 Ole Log Lane, Kernersville, N.C., following five months of declining health.
Born May 7, 1915, in Stuart, she was a daughter of Daniel Lawless and Anice Walker Lawless.
She was first married to Clarence McKinley Rakes, who died in 1979. She was later married to Edgar Hughey Neal, who survives.
She spent most of her life in Danville, where she was employed by Dan River Inc. for many years prior to her retirement.
She was a member of Keen Street Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband of the residence, survivors include two sons, Kermit Ray Rakes of Danville and Donald M. Rakes of Kernersville, N.C.; two sisters, Lorene L. Hodnett of Stuart and Pearl L. Shaw of Greensboro, N.C.; three brothers, Raymond Lawless of Colonial Heights, Stoman Lawless of Collinsville and Adolphus Lawless of Stuart; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home North Main Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Passantino
NORFOLK - Joseph Passantino, 67, of the 900 block of Magnolia Ave., died Saturday, April 12, 1997 in DePaul Medical Center.
Born in Palermo, Italy, he received his medical degree cum laude from the University of Palermo. He completed his anesthesiology residency in New York, N.Y., and practiced in Danville and Montreal, Canada, before moving to Norfolk in 1966.
He was a member in good standing of the Southern Medical Association and the Norfolk Academy of Medicine. He was on the staff of DePaul Medical Center, Sentara Norfolk General, Sentara Leigh and Chesapeake General Hospitals until retiring in 1996.
Survivors include his wife, Carlene Stone Passantino; a daughter, Sylvia Passantino of Norfolk; a son, Stuart Passantino of Richmond; a brother, Carlo Passantino; and three sisters, Enza D'Maggio, Graziella Passantino and Maria Pia Passantino, all of Palermo.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated 7 p.m. Monday in St. Nicholas Catholic Church in Virginia Beach by Fr. James M. Noto. Interment will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Reidsville, N.C., on Tuesday at 1 p.m.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Monday at the church.

Sally Pollok
Sally Kate Pollok, 97, died Saturday, April 12, 1997, in Roman Eagle Memorial Home.
Born May 22, 1899, she was a daughter of Ferdinand Lanier Pollok and Sally Thomas Pollok.
She had lived most of her life in Lynchburg. She became a resident of Danville in 1988.
She was employed by Appalachian Power Co. from 1925-64. She retired from there as a senior cashier.
She was a member of Court Street United Methodist Church in Lynchburg. She attended Blackstone Women's College and Averett College.
She was predeceased by six brothers, W.E. Pollok, John Pollok, Ferd Pollok Jr., George Pollok, James Pollok and Robert Pollok.
Survivors include four sisters, Virgie P. Clark, Elsie P. Harper and Agnes P. Mitchell, all of Danville and Anne P. Hemmings of Abingdon; four brothers, Collins Pollok of Danville, Harold Pollok and Harry Pollok, both of Whitmell and William Pollok of Gladys.
A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday from Highland Burial Park by the Rev. George Riggins and the Rev. William H. Pollok.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. at Townes Funeral Home. At other times, the family will receive friends at the residence of Harry and Harold Pollok, 3137 Whitmell School Road.

Frank Strickler
CHESTERFIELD - Frank N. Strickler, 71, formerly of Danville, died Saturday, April 12, 1997.
He served in the Navy during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred A. Strickler; one daughter, Sandra S. Barnes; one son, Frank W. Strickler; two brothers, Roy M. Strickler and Gerald D. Strickler; three sisters, Sally Bobbit, Betty Mae Jones and Nell Carper; five grandchildren and two great grandsons.
Bliley Funeral Homes, Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull St., Richmond, is in charge of arrangements.
A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Westhampton Memorial Park, Richmond.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

John Toler
The funeral for John Lee Toler, 62, 132 Benefield St., will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday from Barker Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Joe Beck and the Rev. Charles Cumbow. Interment will be in Highland Burial Park.
He died Friday, April 11, 1997, in Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born May 7, 1934, in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of Ernest Emerson Toler and Betty Mary Mitchell Toler.
On July 2, 1983, he was married to Jean Turner Toler, who survives.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed as a security guard at Danville Community College for the past 15 years.
He was of the Holiness faith.
Survivors include two sons, Ricky L. Toler of Danville and Robert N. Toler of Virginia Beach; two daughters, Debra T. Oakes of Danville and Tammy T. Carter of Raleigh, N.C.; two stepchildren, Cynthia Turner of Danville and Freddie L. Keith of Pelham, N.C.; a brother, Alfred E. Toler of Danville; three sisters, Frances T. Hazelwood, Iris T. Griffith and Margie T. Spencer, all of Danville; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and six stepgrandchildren.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home, and other times at the residence and at 223 Forestdale Drive.

Addie Wade
CLOVER - Addie "Roy" Lindsey Wade, 71, died Saturday, April 12, 1997.
Born April 30, 1925, in Covington, he was a son of Addie Wade and Ida Mae Lacks Wade.
He was a farmer and a retired textile worker at Clover Yarns. He served in the Army during World War II.
He attended the Church of God. He was a former member of the Woodmen of the World.
Survivors include his wife, Ruth N. Wade of Clover; three sons, Craig Leroy Wade of Richmond; Addie J. Wade of Danville; and Lindsy Owen Wade of Sanford, N.C.; one daughter, Selia A. Lacks of Clover; one sister, Mary Duffey of Randolph; one brother, Tommy Wade of Clover;13 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday from Red Level Independent Church of God by the Rev. Bill Wilkins. Burial will take place in Clover Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. today at Brooks Funeral Home.


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