Miscellaneous Danville County, Virginia Obituaries

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Eula Nell Herndon Eanes
MARTINSVILLE, Va. - Eula Nell Herndon Eanes, 85, of 824 Forest Lake Drive died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
Born April 4, 1915, in Dry Fork, she was a daughter of William Claude Herndon Sr. and Emma Dodd Herndon.
She was married to Charles Carper "Sugg" Eanes, who predeceased her in 1963. 
She was a lifelong resident of Martinsville. 
She was a charter member of Martinsville Church of God where she was a formerly active as a Sunday school teacher, Y.P.E. Director, pianist, and member of Ladies' Ministries. She was also a homemaker.
Survivors include five daughters, Barbara E. Willis, Julia Madie Eanes and Lana E. Beard, all of Martinsville, and Ann Cardwell of Danville, and Cookie Johnson of Orange; three brothers, James Dillard Herndon of Charlotte, N.C., Edwin King Herndon of Adamsville, Ala. and Alvin Dodd Herndon of Livingston, Texas; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Walter Jefferson Herndon and William Claude Herndon, and six sisters, Eva Ruth H. Herndon, Madie Edna Arnn, William Mae Hubbard, Janie Francis Gardner, Dollie Sue Gardner and Louise Bell Reynolds.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Norris Funeral Services with the Rev. Jimmy D. Wood, the Rev. W.H. Brown and Dr. Michael Hatfield officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Burial Park.
The family will receive friends from 10-10:45 a.m. Tuesday, prior to the service at Norris Funeral Service and other times at the residence of Julia Madie Eanes, 824 Forest Lake Dr., Martinsville.

Thomas Benson Freeman
DANVILLE, Va. - Thomas Benson Freeman, 71, of 122 Watlington Court died Sunday morning, Oct. 8, 2000, at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born April 29, 1929, in Spartanburg, S.C., he was a son of James Freeman and Fannie Sue McGraw Freeman, both deceased.
On July 7, 1953, he was married to Thelma Ann Sullivan Freeman, who survives.
He worked at Dan River Inc. as a Supervisor until his retirement. 
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Corporal. 
He served during the Korean War. 
He was a member of Abundant Life World Outreach Church on the Mt. Cross Road.
In addition to his wife of the residence, survivors include two sons, Thomas Daniel Freeman and Brian Keith Freeman, both of Pacolet Mills, S.C.; a daughter-in-law, Sherry A. Freeman of Pacolet Mills, S.C.; one daughter, Susan Denise Freeman of Danville; one brother, Paul Freeman of Pacolet Mills, S.C.; one sister-in-law, Dot Freeman of Pacolet Mills, S.C., and one grandson, Roger Donovan Freeman of Pacolet Mills, S.C.
A graveside funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Danville Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bill Motley and the Rev. Bill Leopold officiating. Graveside military honors will be performed by American Legion Memorial Post 325 Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Monday at Barker Funeral Home and other times at the residence.

Stanley Harris
DANVILLE, Va. - Stanley Alvin Harris, 42, of 535 Doe Street died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at the University of Virginia Medical center, Charlottesville.
Born Sept. 14, 1958, in Danville, he was a son of Linwood and Sherdina Moore Harris, who survive.
In addition to his parents of the residence, survivors include one sister, Dandrea V. Mayo.
A funeral will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Union Street Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Samuel Griffith officiating. Interment will follow at Hamer Baptist Church Cemetery, Blanche, N.C.
The family will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. Monday at Fisher and Watkins Funeral Home and other times at the residence.

Nannie Sue Kates
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. - Nannie Sue Barksdale Kates, 104, of Woodview Nursing Home died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at the nursing home.
Born Oct. 14, 1895, in Halifax County, she was the daughter of Thomas Henry Barksdale and Mary Sue Miller Barksdale.
She was married to Robert "Bob" Kates, who predeceased her. She was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
A graveside funeral will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Asbury United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Luther S. Ramsey officiating.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Sunday at Powell Funeral Home.

David Mangus
DANVILLE, Va. - David Ray Mangus, 71, of 212 Westview Drive died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at the residence of his daughter, Gayle Hagood, 504 Beau Matthews Road, Semora, N.C.
Born May 4, 1929, in Ashland, W.Va., he was a son of Wirt M. Mangus and Pluma Cecil Mangus.
He was married to Winifred Worley, who survives. He spent ten years in Richmond, but spent most of his life in Danville and West Virginia. He was employed as a coal miner in West Virginia and later worked in construction before retiring on disability. He was a member of Temple Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife of the residence, survivors include eight children; one brother, Jacob D. Magus of Danville; three sisters, Vera Sowers of Blairs, Nancy Pauline Phelps and Betty Mangus, both of Danville; 27 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.
A graveside funeral will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Highland Burial PArk with the Rev. Roy Newton officiating.
The Family will receive friends at the residence of a sister, Nancy Polly Phelps, 189 Locust Lane, and other times at the residence.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Earner Beatrice Petty McLaughlin
DANVILLE, Va. - Mrs. Earner Beatrice Petty McLaughlin, 80, of 245 Belmeade Court died Thursday afternoon, Oct. 5, 2000 at Danville Regional Medical Center.
She was born on April 30, 1920 to the late Lula Petty. She was a retired employee of the Danville Public School system. She was a longtime, active member of St. Luke A.M.E. Church and later joined her husband in membership at Bethel Baptist Church.
She was predeceased by Howard McLaughlin, her husband of 57 years.
Survivors include five sons, Howard (Rezolla), Melvin (Barbara) and Jerry (Martha), all of Maryland, Clifton of Atlanta, Ga., and Ernest of Woodbridge, four daughters, Bettie, Brenda and Debra, all of Maryland, and Phyllis of Danville; granddaughter Kathy Johns of Danville; one brother, Phillip Petty of Danville; two nieces, Virginia Bigelow of Danville and Dorothy Garland of Baltimore, Md; one nephew, Thomas Gunn of Syracuse, N.Y.; ten grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
She was also predeceased by two sisters, Mary Liza Gunn and Laura Petty; three nephews, Willie Petty, O'Dell Petty, and James Gunn; one niece, Ruby Gunn; and one grandneice, Joyce Gunn Fitz.
Funeral arrangements for Mrs. McLaughlin will be conducted, Monday, Oct. 9, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the Bethel Baptist Church. Rev. Thomas Johnson will officiate. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
Fisher and Watkins Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Cornelius Mills
RINGGOLD, Va. - Cornelius Bethel Mills, 79, of 793 Cedars Road died Saturday, Oct. 7, 2000, at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born June 6, 1921, he was a son of William Clyde Mills and Louella Della Pruitt Mills.
In August 1946, he was married to Lucille Blanks Mills, who predeceased him. He worked at Dan River Mills in the weave room until retirement. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and was a member of the V.F.W. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include one brother, Carlton A. Mills of Danville and two sisters, Geneva Rosson and Margaret M. Royster, both of Ringgold.
He was predeceased by one brother, W.C. "Bill" Mills Jr.
A graveside funeral will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Highland Burial Park with the Rev. Claude Bailey officiating. Military honors will be performed by American Legion Memorial Post 325 Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Barker Funeral Home and other times at the residence of Carlton Mills, 800 Glendale Ave.

Lena Oakes
DANVILLE, Va. - Lena Rigney Oakes, 84, of 2526 North Main St. died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Roman Eagle Memorial Home.
Born July 19, 1916, in Pittsylvania County, she was the daughter of Jesse Rigney and Minnie Allen Rigney.
She was married to Alton K. Oakes, who predeceased her. She was a member of North Main Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Maurice Oakes of Orange Park, Fla.; three brothers, Percy T. Rigney of Chatham, Edward Rigney of Martinsville, and Russell Rigney of Axton; two sisters, Maggie R. Dodd and Bertha R. Meadows, both of Chatham, and two grandchildren.
She was predeceased by one sister and three brothers, Ruby Meadows, Roy Rigney, Willard Rigney and Ernest Rigney.
A funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Scott Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harry Meadows officiating. Interment will be in Hollywood Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Monday at Scott Funeral Home.

Mary Powell
RINGGOLD, Va. - Mary Emma Williams Powell, 94, formerly of Kentuck Road died Sunday, Oct. 8, 2000, at Roman Eagle Memorial Home after eight years of declining health.
Born March 28, 1906, in Pittsylvania County, she was the daughter of Benjamin Williams and Mary Burton Williams.
On June 25, 1929, she was married to Carter Moore Powell, who predeceased her Oct. 18, 1988. 
She lived her life in the Pittsylvania County area where she was employed with the Pittsylvania County School System as a school teacher prior to her retirement. She was a graduate of Longwood College and an active member of Sandy Creek Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for a number of years and was also active in other church organizations before her decline in health. She was a member of the Halifax Home Demonstration Club and a local garden club.
Survivors include one sister, Maude Williams Edmunds of Blairs and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel with the rev. Felton S. Carter officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Monday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel.

Charlie Rodgers 
RINGGOLD, Va. - Charlie Edward Rodgers, 82, of 2982 Tom Fork Road died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2000, at his residence.
He was born Feb. 16, 1918, in Pittsylvania County.
He was married to Willie Rodgers, who predeceased him.
Survivors include three daughters, Betty Davis of the residence, and Janet Wood and Tammie Rodgers, both of Danville, and four sons, Charlie Raymond Rodgers and Tony Rodgers, both of Danville, Billy Rodgers of Ringgold, and Thomas Rodgers of Columbia, S.C.
A funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Howard Graves officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Fisher and Watkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Addie Haymore
DANVILLE, Va. - Addie Marshall Haymore, 75, formerly of 821 Riverview Street, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center after 16 months of declining health and three weeks in the hospital.
Born Aug. 23, 1925, in Danville, she was a daughter of Walter Gunn Marshall and Genny Pulliam Marshall.
She was married April 26, 1943, to Rawley C. Haymore who predeceased her Dec. 4, 1974. She lived her entire life in Danville and was a resident of Riverside Health Care Center for the past 16 months. She was of the Holiness faith and was a homemaker.
Survivors include two daughters, Dorothy H. Moser and Christine H. Pruitt, both of Danville; one son, Wayne C. Haymore of Danville; one sister, Alpha May Handy of Stuart; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild.
She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by two sisters, Willie Smith and Myrtle Weaver and a brother, George Gunn Marshall.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel with the Revs. Albert Moser and Jack Robertson officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Monday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel and at other times at the residence of Amy Snead, 119 Ash Street.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Carl Hodnett
BASSETT, Va. - Carl E. "Coy" Hodnett, 47, of 143 Pritt Place Lane, Bassett, Va. died Saturday morning (03-03-01) in the University of Virginia Hospital at Charlottesville, Va. Born in Pittsylvania Co., January 22, 1954, he was the son of Mr. & Mrs. Letcher Hodnett of Chatham, Va. He was employed at Hooker Furniture Co. of Martinsville, Va. and was a member of Callands Baptist Church where he served on the board of deacons.
In addition to his parents of Chatham, surviving are his wife, Laurie Hodnett of Bassett, two sons-Cory Hodnett of Bassett and Timothy Smith of Danville; one daughter, Brooke L. Hodnett of Bassett; two brothers-Randy Hodnett of Danville and Freeman Hodnett of Callands; four sisters, Emma J. Hodnett and Frances Hodnett both of Danville, Prence'anna Hodnett of Chatham and Dora Harris of Callands and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. from the Callands Baptist Church by Rev. Obadele St. George with interment in the church cemetery. Miller Funeral Home, Gretna, is in charge of arrangements.

Bobby Liggon
DANVILLE, Va. - Bobby G. Liggon, age 65, of 359 Surry Lane, died Saturday morning March 3, 2001 at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Liggon was born in Danville on August 20, 1935, a son of the late Berleigh W. Liggon and Cora Fuller Liggon.
He was married to Else Tang Liggon who survives.
Mr. Liggon was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps for 11 years during the Korean War.
He was a graduate of Danville Community College in 1971 and worked as a pressman for Vanier Graphics in Eden, North Carolina from 1971-1996. He was a member of the Ascension Lutheran Church.
Survivors in addition to his wife of the residence include one son: Robert J. Liggon of Danville, and one brother: Wayne M. Liggon of Danville, and one sister: Patricia Marie Rigsby of Danville, and one granddaughter, Amanda Kay Liggon of Danville.
The memorial service will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at Ascension Lutheran Chruch by the Rev. Caldwell Day. A private interment will be at a later date at Mountain View Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the residence, 359 Surry Lane, and Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Danville Life Saving Crew, 202 Christopher Lane Danville, VA 24541 or the Danville Cancer Association, 1225 West Main Street Danville, VA 24541.

Martha Motley
SUFFOLK, Va. - Martha Louise Williams Motley, 88, of 3737 Arbor Road, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Maryview Hospital in Portsmouth.
Born Feb. 8, 1913, in Danville, she was the daughter of George Luther Williams and Mary Hazelwood Williams.
She was married to Jesse Motley, who predeceased her. She was a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Danville.
Survivors include one son, Jerry Steve Motley of Suffolk and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Monday at First Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Revs. Allen Dawson and Joe Beck officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Sunday at Barker Funeral Home.
Barker Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

George Myers
GRETNA, Va. - George Douglas Myers, age 84, of 406 Leftwich Street, Gretna died Sunday, March 4, 2001 in Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born July 7, 1916 in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of the late Charlie Austin Myers and Arbelia Weeks Myers. Mr. Myers was predeceased by his wife Geneva Barbour Myers, 8 brothers and 7 sisters. He was a member of Greenbay Christian Church and a retired carpenter.
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Edward & Ethel Myers of Danville; a sister, Frances Vasser of Gretna; three grandchildren, Darrell Myers and wife Beverly of Milton, NC, Mike Myers of Danville and Cheryl Marin of Sterling; 2 Great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, 2001 at the Colbert-Moran Chapel by Rev. J.D. Hunt III and Rev. Woodrow Tuck. Burial will follow in Gretna Burial Park.
The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Monday, March 5, 2001 at Colbert-Moran Funeral Home and other times at the residence 406 Leftwich Street, Gretna.
Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Gretna is in charge of arrangements.

Imogene Adkins
DANVILLE, Va. - Imogene Adkins Pittman, 73, of 564 Ingram Street, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center after several years of declining health.
Born Dec. 27, 1927, in Pittsylvania County, she was the daughter of Clifton Adkins and Essie Adkins Adkins.
She was married to Clyde Pittman, who predeceased her. She was a graduate of Stratford College and had been a patient at Riverside Nursing Home for 18 months. She was of the Christian faith.
Survivors include two cousins.
Funeral information is presently incomplete.
The family will be at the residence of her cousin, Thelma Scearce.
Barker Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

George Robertson
DANVILLE, Va. - George Washington Robertson, 77, of 633 Oakland Drive, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at the residence after 15 years of declining health.
Born Feb 8, 1924, in the Axton community, he was the son of Silas G. Robertson and Denny Mills Robertson.
He was married to Carrie Hobbs Robertson, who survives. He was born in the Axton community and had lived on Oakland Drive for two years. He worked for Evans Well Drilling for ten years and was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three daughters, Martha Lewis of Sutherlin, Lisa Bowes of Pelham, N.C., Tracy Oliver of Danville; three sons, Sager Robertson of the residence, Robert T. Robertson of Danville; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by one son, Andy Robertson.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Monday at Pentecostal Fire-Baptized Holiness Church with the Rev. Steve Johson officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
The family received friends 7-8:30 p.m. Sunday at Barker Funeral Home Chapel and will receive friends at other times at the residence.
Barker Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Gary Soyars
DANVILLE, Va. - Gary Thomas Soyars, 40, of 3781 Mount Cross Road, Apt. No. 6, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at the residence after two years of declining health.
Born June 18, 1960, in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of Silas Grant Soyars Sr., who survives, and Stella Lee Parsons Soyars.
He was a member of Fairview United Methodist Church where he was a member of the choir and the Dan River Emmaus Community. He lived his entire life in the Westover community of Pittsylvania County and managed the Flower Gallery at Harris Teeter before his retirement due to disability. He had previously worked for many years at Keister's Market. He was a graduate of Tunstall High School.
In addition to his father of Ringgold, survivors include his step-mother, Mildred Haley Soyars of Ringgold; two brothers, Silas G. Soyars Jr. and Larry Joe Soyars, both of Danville and one sister, Brenda Soyars Neal of Danville.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Fairview United Methodist Church with the Rev. O.H. Burton Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Fairview United Methodist Church and at other times at the residence of Brenda S. Neal, 621 Loomfixer Lake Road, Danville.
The family suggests memorials may be made to the Fairview U.M.C. Fellowship Fund, 1013 Westover Drive, Danville, VA 24541.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.

Lucas Turman
DANVILLE, Va. - Lucas Glenn Turman, 66, of 330 Wrenn Drive, died Saturday, March 3, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center after two years of declining health and two weeks in the hospital.
Born Nov. 10, 1934, in Carroll County, he was the son of Homer Miles Turman and Minnie M. Marshall Turman.
He was married Aug. 1, 1961, to Annette Marie Evans Turman, who survives. He lived most of his life in Danville where he worked for Dan River Mills in the maintenance department of No. 3 Spin until his retirement. He was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three sons, Ronnie W. Gobble, Bennett A. Gobble and Glenn L. Turman, all of Danville; one daughter, Velvet D. Turman of Greenville, S.C.; one brother, John. M. Turman of Willis; two sisters, Margaret T. Matherly of Willis and Lois T. Rich of Danville; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by a son, Kim S. Gobble and two brothers, Kenneth Turman and Artie C. Turman.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel with the Revs. Roger Ewing and John Meadows officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel and at other times at the residence.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home will be in charge of arrangements.


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