Miscellaneous Floyd County, Virginia Obituaries


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LOTHIAN, MARYLAND- Margie L. Cox, 84, passed away October 4, 2000 at the home of her daughter, Willie K. Walke. 
Mrs. Cox was born, raised and educated in Carthage, in Floyd County. In 1935 she married Oscar Cox, to whom she was married for 57 1/2 years. He passed away in March, 1993. The couple moved to Maryland in December, 1944. Mrs. Cox did some waitressing through the years, but was primarily a homemaker, who enjoyed housework, needlework, canning, freezing and most of all gardening. She loved flowers. 
She is survived by: one sister, Elva Reed, Eagle Rock; four daughters, Dora C. King, Derwood, Maryland, Willie K. Walke, Jewell Sweeney and Jo Cox all of Lothian, Maryland; four grandchildren, Daniel King, Dana Sullivan, Tracy Sweeney and Clayton Sweeney, and three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents, three sisters, two brothers and a son, the late Walter O. Cox.
Funeral service was held Saturday, October 7, at 11 a.m. at Rausch Funeral Home, Owings, Maryland.
Interment in Mt. Zion U.M. Church Cemetery, Lothian, Maryland.
Contributions may be made to St. James Parish, 5757 Solomons Island Road, Lothian, Maryland 20736.

BEAVERCREEK, OHIO-Jennie Mabel Driscoll, age 101, died October 1 at Alterra Sterling House of Beavercreek. She was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Driscoll, former superintendent of Ohio’s Montgomery County schools, and by three of her five children, son, Glen, former president of University of Toledo, and daughters, Mae Silbergeld and husband Sam and Julia Stockman and husband Dave. 
Born in 1899 to Edward and Maud Smith of Allen County, Ohio, she lived to see three different centuries. At the time of her death she had been a cancer survivor for nearly 40 years and in 1994 had recovered from brain surgery. Until last January she resided with her daughter and son-in-law in Beavercreek where she was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.
She is survived by: a son Carl Driscoll and wife, Louise, of Michigan, daughter Ruth Hallman and husband, Phil (Pete), of Beavercreek, daughter-in-law Pat Driscoll, of California, 17 grandchildren, including Sherry Reed and husband, Rodney, of Floyd, 19 great-grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held October 5 at St. Andrew United Methodist Church with Pastors Alan Carroll and Linda Middelberg officiating. Interment was at Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery.

PULASKI-Velma Dalton Marshall quietly left her life on this earth and passed into the arms of Jesus on the evening of Wednesday, September 27, 2000. She was at home and the love and prayers of her family and friends sustained her until it was time to go. She can now spend eternity with the Lord she loved and served so faithfully all her life. Velma was a charter member of Memorial Baptist Church. She worked for many years at IGA Food Fair where she developed many lasting friendships. Velma’s life was devoted to her Lord and family. She will be remembered for her many acts of kindness, her love for people and her Servant’s heart. 
Surviving are her children, Joan M. Eads, Pulaski, Patsy A. Marshall, Roanoke; two grandchildren and families, John Christopher Eads and wife, Melanie and sons, Christopher and Benjamin, all of Dublin, Nicole Denise Wood and husband, David and children, Kristin, Justin and Megan, all of Roanoke; sisters and brother-in-law, Mrs. Alma Nixon, Christiansburg, Mrs. Ruby Tolley, Pulaski, Mrs. Beatrice Hall and husband, Jim, Nitro, West Virginia, Mrs. Dorothy George, Billington, West Virginia; several special nieces and nephews including Janice K. Wright, Danville and Bonnie Outten, Willis; other loving friends and caregivers include Carrie Jenkins, Doris Patton, Freda Hancock and Mary Smith. The family would also like to thank Pat Krebs, R.N. CRNH of Gentle Shepherd Hospice and a host of other friends whose love and prayers helped us through this journey.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 30, at 2 p.m. from the Memorial Baptist church, with Pastor Patrick Coffey officiating. Burial followed in Thornspring Cemetery, Pulaski County. Memorials may be made to the Memorial Baptist Church Building Fund, Peppers Ferry Road, Pulaski, Virginia 24301. Arrangements handled by Stevens Funeral Home, Inc., in Pulaski.

CHRISTIANSBURG-Ola Sowers Pugh, formerly of Floyd, died Saturday, October 7, 2000 at New River Valley Medical Center. She was preceded in death by her husband; Ottis Pugh, Sr. and her son; Teddy Pugh. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law; Randall and Barbara Pugh, Hernando, Florida; daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Henry Nixon, Christiansburg; son and daughter-in-law, Ottis and Loretta Pugh, Christiansburg; sister, Elizabeth Barry, Columbus, OH; one special sister-in-law; Eula Pugh of Christiansburg; eight grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Wednesday, October 11, at Horne Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Doug Kanney and Mr. Harvey Sowers officiating. Burial followed in Jacksonville Cemetery. 

SALEM-Ronald Young Slusher, 72, passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2000 at Richfield Nursing Center, Salem. He was born September 7, 1928 in Surry County, North Carolina to the late Calvin David Slusher and Barbara Ellen Akers Slusher of Floyd County. He was predeceased by his wife Susan Frazier Slusher, a sister, Celeste Edwards and a brother, Omar Slusher. He served in the U.S. Army from December 1947 to October 1951, serving in the Korean and Japan occupation, also the Korean War as a Staff Sergant. His second enlistment was served with the occupation forces in Germany from January 1953 to 1956 as a SP 3.
Surviving is a daughter, Shemae Eaton, Boonesmill; one brother, Andrew Slusher, Christiansburg; two sisters, Enith Bernard, Roanoke and Mona Dickerson, Christiansburg; a brother-in-law, Cecil D. Edwards, Roanoke; also several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 6, 2000, at Prospect Hill Cemetery, Front Royal. 

FLOYD-Katherine Sutherland Howard Spyhalski passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2000 at her home.
A graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, she was a chemist, with a number of published scientific papers in the field of pharmaceutical research. She was an elder in the Presbyterian Church (USA).
She was the daughter of the late Alice Smith Howard and Brown Gratton Howard, Jr. She was also preceded in death by a brother, William Joseph Howard.
She is survived by her husband, Edward J. Spyhalski, and three sons and their wives, Edward James, Jr. and Cynthia Creasy Spyhalski, William Joseph and Joan Musselwhite Spyhalski; John Howard and Peggy McDonough Spyhalski; and four grandchildren, Jack Howard, Katelyn Ann, Anna Kathryn and Leslie Carol. She is also survived by a brother, Brown Gratton Howard III, and two sisters-in-law, Betty and Ann Howard.
A memorial service was held at October 8, 2000 at the Presbyterian Church of Floyd with the Reverend Michael Nelms officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Church of Floyd, Box 164, Floyd, Virginia 24091.
Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd, handled arrangements.

COPPER HILL-Maude Lee Price Stuart, 100, passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2000.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Roy Stuart.
Survivors include: one son and special daughter-in-law, Roy Jr. and Claudine Stuart, Copper Hill; three daughters, Lorraine Price, Copper Hill, Augustine Saunders, Willis, Lellia McDaniel, Copper Hill; sister, Martha Stuart, Roanoke; special friend and caregiver, Joyce Tracey, Check; 11 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter; a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 8, at Floyd Kingdom Hall Jehovah’s Witness with Ralph Stewart officiating assisted by David Battaglia. Burial in the Stuart Cemetery. Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd, handled arrangements. 

FLOYD-Ray Melvin Hilton, 82, passed away Monday, May 13, 2002 at the home of a niece, Patty and Jerry Long. 
He was an army veteran of World War II. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sidney S. and Lorena Coleman Hilton; two brothers, Marvin I. Hilton and Sidney S. Hilton, Jr.; a brother-in-law, Charles V. DeWeese and a nephew, Charles Gary DeWeese. 
Survivors include: sisters and brother-in-law, Marie H. DeWeese, Thelma and Joe Smith, Floyd, Janet Young, Anchorage, Alaska; brother, George H. Hilton, Hiwassee; several nieces and nephews. 
Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 2002 at Jacksonville Cemetery with Reverend Stephen Lackey officiating. 
The family wishes to express their appreciation to Carilion New River Valley Hospice, especially to Sherry Reed and Deborah. 

PILOT-Oscar Harold Lockamy, 70, passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2002 at Montgomery Regional Hospital. 
Surviving are: one son, Harrell Lockamy ; two daughters, JoAnn Axhanherty and Sherry Lynn Layaou, all of Dunn, North Carolina; brother, George R. Lockamy; sister, Earldine Brock, both of Salemburg, North Carolina . 
Funeral service was held Saturday, May 11, 2002 at The Serenity House Church with Mr. Mitchell Floyd officiating. Interment in Serenity House Cemetery. Arrangements by Wood Funeral Home, Floyd. 

FLOYD-George W. Rampey, 93, passed away on Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at Skyline Manor Nursing Home in Floyd. 
He survived by: wife, Edith Rampey, Floyd; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Fred Duncan, Floyd; four grandchildren and spouses, Teresa and John Austin, Floyd, Gail and Bruce Wells, Floyd, Karen and Vance Durrance, Winder, Georgia, Stephen and Angela Duncan, Floyd; two brothers, Victor Rampey, Anderson, South Carolina, Andrew Grapey, Easley, South Carolina; ten great-grandchildren. 
Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. at Gardner Funeral Home on Saturday, May 11, 2002 with the Reverend Matthew Brown and the Reverend Vick Rampey Jr. officating. 
Interment followed in Jacksonville Cemetery. Donations may be made to Floyd Baptist Church. Arrangements handled by Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd. 

BEDFORD-E. Raymond Slusher, 87, formerly of Lizemore, West Virginia, died at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, April 7, 2002, after a lengthy illness. He had been in failing health since 1995. He was born February 5, 1915, in Floyd, and was the son of the late James and Marcella (Dehart) Slusher. He married Arlene Morton of Lizemore, West Virginia, on September 15, 1941, and she survives. 
He was an active member of the United Methodist church of Lizemore, West Virginia. Upon moving to Indiana he attended the Bedford Free Methodist Church. 
He retired from Union Carbide Metals Division Alloy, West Virginia. 
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army of World War II, serving in the Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment in the South Pacific. He was awarded three bronze stars for his service. 
Surviving along with his wife, Arlene of Bedford, are: one son, James P. Slusher and daughter-in-law, Kara Adkins Slusher, Dunkirk, Maryland; one daughter, Cathy M. Cobb and son-in-law, Ronnie Cobb, Bedford; one granddaughter, Donella Cobb Bredeweg and husband Bradley, of Mitchell; three grandsons, Douglas Cobb, Terre Haunte, Steven Cobb, Greenwood, Jeffery Slusher, Dunkirk, Maryland; one great-granddaughter, Sarah Bredeweg. 
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Raymond, Jr. and Rodney Dean Slusher, one brother, Clarence Slusher, and two sisters, Lorena Harmon and Beulah Sowers. 
Funeral service was conducted a t 1:00 p.m. Wednesday from the Elmwood Chapel of the Day and Carter Mortuary of Bedford. Burial followed in Clover Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg. 


CHRISTIANSBURG-Walter Andrew Slusher, 66, of English Meadow, Christiansburg passed away Sunday, May 12, 2002 at Richfield Nursing Center. Surviving are: two sisters, Enith Bernard of Roanoke and Mona Dickerson of Christiansburg; a brother-in-law, Cecil D. Edwards of Roanoke; seven nieces and nephews including a special niece, Melody Booker of Salem; several great nieces and nephews. 
Funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, at Pleasant Valley Church with the Reverend Roy Turpin and Reverend Kenneth Gray officiating. 
Interment followed in the church cemetery. 
Arrangements by Wood Funeral Home.

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