Miscellaneous Henry County, Virginia Obituaries

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Curtis Lynch

ROCKY MOUNT -- Curtis Lynch, 69, of Rocky Mount, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, at his home.

He was a son of the late John Luther Lynch and the late Maggie Smith Lynch.

Surviving are a daughter, Debra Kay Lynch of Bassett; three sisters, Mrs. Alfred (Christine) Ellis and Shirley Mae Lynch, both of Rocky Mount, and Mrs. Wade (Betty) Bowman of Bassett; three brothers, Jay Hugh Lynch, Shelton Lynch and James Lynch, all of Rocky Mount; stepchildren, Gail Hodges, Lynn Songer, Jeff Songer and Rod Songer, all of Rocky Mount; seven grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be conduced at 3 p.m. Saturday at Flora Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Johnny Thompson officiating. 

Burial will follow in the Hodges-Lynch family cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. today at Flora Funeral Services.

Addie Y. Harbour

Addie Young Harbour, 90, of 2576 Old Leaksville Road, Ridgeway, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.

A native of Franklin County, she was a member of Spray Baptist Church, Eden, N.C.

Surviving are two sons, Druie Junior Harbour of Eden and Billy Jack Harbour of Ridgeway; two sisters, Flora Stegall and Faye Parker, both of Eden; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mountain View Cemetery in Ridgeway.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday at Fair Funeral Home in Eden.

Blanche R. Wood

BLACKSBURG -- Blanche Edna Roberson Wood, 97, of Blacksburg, a former resident of 1903 West Main St. in Princeton, W.Va., died Jan. 7, 1998, in Montgomery General Hospital.

She was born Sept. 14, 1900, in the Dodson community, (now Fairystone) of Patrick County, a daughter of the late the Rev. James Benjamin Roberson and the late Judith Jane Turner Robertson.

Wood was active in the Houston United Methodist Church from 1923 until 1970, serving in various capacities in the church. After moving to Princeton in 1970, she became a member of the First United Methodist Church. She had been a resident of Blacksburg since 1994.

Wood was preceded in death by her husband, Amos Riley Wood, in 1986; a son, Lt. J.G. Ernest Gordon Wood; eight brothers and sisters.

Surviving are a daughter, Shirley W. Casali of Drive, Blacksburg; a grandson; a sister, Janet R. Kessler of Roanoke, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church in Princeton. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.

Friends may call at the George W. Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. today and at the church one hour prior to the fund.

Memorials may be made to the Houston United Methodist Church, Kimball, W.Va. 24583, or First United Methodist Church, 100 Center St. Princeton, W.Va., for assistance to underprivileged children.

Joseph E. Booker

Joseph Edward Booker, 91, of 1111 Corn Tassel Trail, Martinsville, died Thursday, Jan. 8, 1998, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.

A native of Patrick County, he was a World War I Army veteran and a retired fixer at Fieldcrest Mills. 

Booker was a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Eden, N.C.

His wife was the late Marie D. Booker

Surviving is a stepdaughter, Judy Pettigrew of Martinsville.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Ridgeview Cemetery, Eden, N.C.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. today at Fair Funeral Home in Eden and other times at the home.

Naalma M. Hylton

Naalma Martin Hylton, 78, of 4208 Daniels Creek Road, Collinsville, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998, at her home.

She was born Nov. 28, 1919, in Page, W.Va., to the late Ora Setliff Martin and the late Ellis Martin. She also was preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Martin.

Hylton was employed at Fieldale-Collinsville High School and was a member of Stone Memorial Christian Church.

Surviving are her husband, James V. Hylton; a son, Andrew Hylton of Martinsville; a daughter, Lois Ann Mosely of Chuncula, Ala.; two brothers, Lonnie Martin of Collinsville and Glen Martin of Ridgeway; six sisters, Louise Burch of Fieldale, Dorothy Martin of Collinsville, Eulalah Koger and Gladys Walker, both of Martinsville, Elaine Lemons of High Point, N.C., and Algie Hall of Bassett, and two grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today at Stone Memorial Christian Church in Collinsville.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church with Minister Lawrence Harris officiating. 

Burial will be in Roselawn Burial Park.

Memorials may be made to Stone Memorial Christian Church Building Fund.

Roselawn Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gladys M. Grindstaff

Gladys Motley Grindstaff, 78, of Martinsville, died Wednesday, Jan. 7, 1998.

She was born Nov. 5, 1919, to the late John Motley and Daisy Campbell Motley. She was preceded in death by two sons, Mack Grindstaff Jr. and Gene Grindstaff; two sisters, Elizabeth Nemmus and Frances Reynolds; and three brothers, Jim, Lloyd and Robert Motley.

Surviving are her husband, Mack Grindstaff Sr. of the home; a daughter, Mrs. David (Nancy) Brodie of Martinsville; stepmother, Lucy Motley; four sisters, Doris Grindstaff, Mary Law, Katherine Martin and Bertha Mann, no addresses given; five brothers, Calvin Motley, Alton Motley, George Booth Motley, Wayne Motley, and Gerald Motley, no addresses given; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lynch Funeral Home chapel in Rocky Mount. The Rev. Glenn Voss will officiate.

Burial will be in the Grindstaff family cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. today at Lynch Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 161 Mount Carmel Road, Rocky Mount, Va. 24151; Snow Creek Rescue Squad, Rt. 2, Box 216-D, Penhook, Va. 24137, or Hospice of Franklin County, 430 Franklin St., Rocky Mount, 24151.

Thomas L. Cook
A memorial service for Thomas L. Cook, 80, of 730 Corn Tassel Trail, Martinsville, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Martinsville. The Rev. Jim Maddox will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Burial Park.
Cook, who died Wednesday, June 10, 1998, in Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, was a native of Graham, Texas.
He was born Jan. 15, 1918, a son of the late Charles J. Cook and the late Emma Gaines Cook. He also, was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Thomas Cook and William Charles Cook.
After attending Graham public schools, he graduated from the University of Texas in Austin, served in the Army Air Corps and retired from York International after 20 years service.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church.
Surviving are his wife, June Cook of the home; one daughter, Sharon Cook of Martinsville; one brother, Jim F. Cook of Arlington, Texas; and three grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 450 Starkey Road, S.W., Suite 115, Roanoke, Va. 24014, or to an organization of the donors choice.
Friends will be received at the home.
Norris Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Sherman S. Dutton
The funeral for Dr. Sherman Sumpter Dutton, 70, the first president of Patrick Henry Community College, who died Wednesday, June 10, 1998, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First United Methodist Church of Martinsville. 
A 3 p.m. service will be held at Fulton United Methodist Church in Rural Retreat, with burial to follow in Kimberlin Cemetery in Rural Retreat.
A native of Wythe County, he was born April 9, 1928, to the late George Hobart Dutton and the late Alva Heldreth Dutton. He received a bachelor's degree from Emory and Henry College in 1949, a master's degree from the University of Virginia in 1957, and a doctorate from U.Va. in 1963. He taught at Marion High School in the 1950s. He was director and professotr of chemistry at Patrick Henry College of the University of Virginia from 1962 to 1971, and then was president of Patrick Henry Community College from 1971 to 1978.
He was a former chairman of the Danville-Martinsville Chapter of Emory and Henry College Alumni Association, and had served on its executive committee. The association named him Distinguished Alumni of the Year in 1970. 
Dutton was active in many civic and charitable organizations, including serving on the board of the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and former president of the Martinsville Rotary Club with 35 years of perfect attendance; former board member of the Martinsville Family YMCA; and former board member and chairman of the United Way.
He was chairman of the regional planning committee for the 1970 Commonwealth of Virginia White House Conference on Children and Youth, and was a state delegate to that conference.
He had served on the board of directors of the Martinsville-Henry County Cancer Society; was organizer and past president of the Patrick Henry Chapter of Archaeological Society of Virginia; served on the planning committee for the Martinsville High School; and was on the advisory board for the Rangeley-Lester Educational Fund and Patrick Henry Educational Foundation. Dutton was an honorary member of Jaycees, and was awarded special citation by the National Conference on Christians and Jews for moderating discussions on "New Horizons in Human Relations."
Dutton had been active in all phases of Boys Scouts, including membership of Troop 63, Patrick Henry District commissioner in 1971-74; district chairman in 1974-1977; and former Philmont Crew advisor and contingency leader. He was a Boy Scouts of America District Scouter of the Year and received the Award of Merit and the Silver Beaver Award.
Dutton was listed in Who's Who in Education in the South; Who's Who in the Southeast; Personalities of the South; Dictionary of International Biography; Outstanding Educators of America; Community Leaders and Noteworthy Americans; Contemporary Notables; Leaders in Education; Men of Achievement; Who's Who in Community Service (International-London); and Personalities of the South.
A member of the First United Methodist Church, he had served on the official board and was chairman of the worship committee, chairman of member canvass and past president and teacher of the Smith Hamilton Men's Bible Class.
Dutton was a captain in the U.S. Chemical Corps in 1952 to 1955.
Surviving are his wife, Joan Powell Dutton of the home at 507 Rives Road, Martinsville; two daughters, Kathy Dutton Tattersall of Wilmington, N.C., and Lindalee Dutton Edwards of Raleigh, N.C.; one son, David Sumpter Dutton of Danville; one brother, George William Dutton of Rural Retreat; and four grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today at Norris Funeral Services in Martinsville, and from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the Fulton United Methodist Church in Rural Retreat.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 146 E. Main St., Martinsville, Va. 24112, or Boy Scouts of America, Blue Ridge Mountains Council Endowment Fund, 2131 Valley View Blvd. N.W., P.O. Box 2606, Roanoke, Va. 74010-0606.

Aylease S. High
A graveside funeral for Aylease Lynskey Steagall High, 84, of Glendale, Ariz., will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Roselawn Burial Park. Dr. David Atkins will officiate.
The family will be at the residence of Belle E. Lynskey, 175 Lafayette Ave., Martinsville.
Memorials may be made to Starling Avenue Baptist Church, 932 Starling Ave., Martinsville, Va. 24112.
High was born Jan. 28, 1914, in the Brosville community, to the late Martin C. Lynskey and the late Annie Hyler Lynskey.
She was a retired legal secretary and manager of a law firm, and was a member of Starling Avenue Baptist Church.
Surviving are one son, Rodney K. "Skip" Steagall of Glendale; and two granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Vernon and Randall Lynskey.
Norris Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Henry R. Jones
Henry Raymond Jones, 78, of 3578 Daniels Creek Road, Collinsville, died Thursday, June 11, 1998, at his home.
He was a native of Patrick County, born Dec. 31, 1919, a son of the late Henry Isaac Jones and the late Susan Hatcher Jones.
Jones served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II, was retired from J.D. Bassett Manufacturing Company, and was a Pentecostal Holiness.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Lorene Bryant Jones of the home; one daughter, Mrs. David (Linda) Witt of Bassett; one son, James Curtis Jones of Chesapeake; one sister, Irene Martin of Easton, Md.; one brother, Hubert Jones of Stuart; and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Collins Funeral Chapel, Bassett. The Rev. Barry Crumpton will officiate. Burial will follow in Roselawn Burial Park.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, P.O. Box 4788, Martinsville, Va. 24115.

Ernest L. Merriman
Ernest L. "Buck" Merriman, 90, of 106 Merriman Road, Fieldale, died Thursday, June 11, 1998, at the Blankenship Adult Home.
Born Dec. 20, 1907, in Spencer, he was the son of the late Charles L. Merriman and the late Mary Lou Clark.
He was retired from the plumbing and heating division of the Henry County school system and from Patrick Henry Community College where he taught plumbing for a number of years.
Merriman was a World War II Navy veteran and served on the battleship Missouri. He also was a member of Fieldale Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Beatrice Robertson Merriman, who died in January 1991; one brother, Jay William Merriman; and two sisters, Sue M. Wilkinson and Virginia M. Compton.
Surviving are one brother, George W. Merriman of Fieldale; two sisters, Lucy M. Shelton and Polly M. Barrow, both of Fieldale; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral is set for 2 p.m. Sunday at Norris Funeral Services with the Rev. Richard Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Burial Park.
The family will receive visitors from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday at Norris Funeral Services.
Memorials may be made to Fieldale Baptist Church, P.O. Box 98, Fieldale, Va. 24089.

Gladys Y. Nolen
A memorial service for Gladys Young Nolen, 87, of Harrisonburg, who died Dec. 22, 1997, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bassett Church of the Brethren. The Rev. R. Douglas Jones, Dr. Paul H. Jones, W.H. "Bill" Smith, and Charlotte Bishop will officiate.
Burial was in Linville Church of the Brethren cemetery. 
Nolen was born April 1, 1910, to the late Gabe and Jennie Dillon Young. She was a resident of Bassett for 79 years and employed as a Henry County school teacher for 30 years. Nolen also was a member of Bassett Church of the Brethren.
A graduate of Bridgewater College, Nolen and her husband, A.D. Nolen, had moved to the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, in 1989.
Surviving are a daughter, Judy Nolen Henneberger; and a son, Donald Nolen.
Memorials may be made to Bridgewater College, Bridgewater, Va.
Collins Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Edwin C. Smith
Edwin Carroll Smith, 88, of 1237 Chatham Heights, Martinsville, died Wednesday, June 10, 1998, at his home.
A native of Stokes County, N.C., he was born Sept. 16, 1909, to the late Franklin C. Smith and the late Lou Ellen Smith Smith. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charlie Smith, and two sisters, Nancy Smith and Nell S. Rogers.
Smith was a retired electrician for National Homes, was a member of the Knights of Pythias, Patrick Henry Lodge No. 82, and was a Baptist.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Joyce Smith of the home; two sons, James Edwin Smith of Waynesboro and Franklin Hamilton Smith of Richmond; three brothers, N.D. "Dick" Smith of Walnut Cove, N.C., Warren Davis "Dave" Smith of Martinsville, and David Thomas "Tom" Smith of King, N.C.; three sisters, Nettie S. Collins of Stoneville, N.C., and Annie S. Martin and Gertrude S. Hall, both of Stokes County; and four grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Norris Funeral Services Chapel. Dr. Calvin Rains will officiate. Entombment will be in Roselawn Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today, and other times at the home in Chatham Heights.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 450 Starkey Road, S.W., Suite 115, Roanoke, Va. 24014, or to a charity of choice. 

Debra B. Turner
Debra Bunner Turner, 39, of 434 Jeesteen Lane, Bassett, died Thursday, June 11, 1998, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
She was a native of Galax, born Jan. 28, 1959.
A resident of Bassett for several years, she graduated from Bassett High School, and was a member of The Church of Christ of Collinsville.
She was a daughter of William Bunner of Parkersburg, W.Va., and Verla Hollingsworth Bunner of Stanleytown.
Surviving in addition to her parents are, her husband, Joseph Gary Turner of the home; a daughter and a son, Heather Lawson and Jonathan Lawson, both of the home; three sisters, Darlene Marshall of Bassett, and Kim Taylor and Evelyn Smith, both of Parkersburg; one brother, Mike Bunner of Parkersburg; and grandmother, Florence Bunner of Parkersburg.
A graveside funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Henry Memorial Park. Pastor Johnny Robertson will officiate.
Tomlinson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Claude E. Wray
Claude E. Wray, 49, of 916 Carol St., Martinsville, died Thursday, June 11, 1998, at his home.
Funeral arrangements were incomplete at Bassett Funeral Service.

Erma S. Fralin
GLADE HILL -- Erma Stump Fralin, 89, of Glade Hill, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998, at her home.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Frank Fralin, and brothers Paul and Alton Stump. 
Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Ira "Bill" (Jo Emma) Houston of Rocky Mount, Sue George of Glade Hill and Mrs. Wesley "Wick" (Mary) Furrow of Snellville, Ga.; a number of grandchildren, including several from Bassett and Martinsville; several great-grandchildren; one sister, Ira Rau of Roanoke; and one brother, Donald Stump of Copper Hill.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at Flora Funeral Chapel in Rocky Mount by the Revs. B. Glenn Voss and Gary Edwards. Burial will follow in Franklin Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 161 Mount Carmel Road, Rocky Mount, Va. 24151.

Susie B. Jones
Susie Beasley Jones, 88, formerly of Cherward Street, Collinsville, died Saturday, Dec. 5, 1998, at Blue Ridge Rehab Center, Martinsville.
She was the widow of Carmon J. Jones.
Collins Funeral Services, Bassett, is in charge of arrangements. 
 

Lester Kyle Plaster
The funeral for Lester Kyle Plaster, 84, of Patrick Springs, who died Friday at Blue Ridge Nursing Center, Stuart, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Moody Funeral Home Chapel, Stuart.
The Rev. Kay Marsh will lead the service. Burial will be in the Plaster Family Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home.
Plaster was retired as a bus driver with Greyhound and the Patrick County school system.
He was born in Patrick County to the late William A. "Buck" Plaster and the late Nannie Conner Plaster. He also was preceded in death by his first wife, Mildred Powell Plaster; a grandson; and three brothers, Conner, Richard and Roy Plaster.
Surviving are his wife, Cloie McPeak Plaster of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Warren (Nancy) Hillyard of Wilmington, Del., and Mrs. Paul David (Rebecca) Nelson of Berea, Ky.; two stepdaughters, Lorraine McPeak of Eden, N.C., and Paula Fain of Stuart; a stepson, Kenton McPeak of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Marion C. Plaster of Martinsville; and two grandchildren.
 

Anne S. Rakes
Anne Spencer Rakes, 70, of 3454 Dillons Fork Road, Fieldale, died Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998, at Blue Ridge Rehab Center.
A Henry County native, she was born July 16, 1928, a daughter of the late Sam G. Spencer and the late Janie Nolen Spencer. Also preceding her in death was a brother, Samuel L. Spencer.
She graduated from Ferrum College and worked at Gravely Furniture Co. for 35 years before retiring. She was a Baptist.
Surviving are her husband, Chester E. Rakes of the home; one stepson, Don Rakes of Martinsville; one brother, Vergil E. Spencer of Martinsville; one sister, Patsy S. Deniston of Walnut Creek, Calif.; and a stepgrandson.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the graveside at Union Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Patrick County. Dr. Calvin Rains and Elder Leonard Brammer will officiate.
The family will receive friends at Norris Funeral Services from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today and other times at the Dillons Fork Road residence.

Walter Lee Smith
Walter Lee Smith, 70, of Blue Ridge Drive, Bassett, died Friday, Dec. 4, 1998, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
Born Feb. 2, 1928, in Franklin County, he was a son of the late Harrison Smith and the late Amanda Brown Smith. He also was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Mae Nolen Smith.
Walter Smith had been employed at Bassett Mirror Co. for 45 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Betty L. Young of Stuart and Mary L. Stanley of Bassett; three sons, Paul M. Ingram of Cleveland, Elmer "Mickey" Ingram of Atlanta and Henry C. Ingram of Fieldale; two sisters, Kate Tinsley of Bassett and Louise Smith of Rocky Mount; one brother, Tommy Smith of Rocky Mount; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at noon Monday at Collins Funeral Chapel at Bassett, the Rev. John W. Tinsley officiating. Burial will follow in the Nolen family cemetery in Woolwine.
The Wake will begin one hour prior to the funeral. 

Peggy H. Turner
The funeral for Peggy Hill Turner, 69, of 201 Original Hemry Road, Bassett, who died Friday, Dec. 4, 1998, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Collins Funeral Chapel.
The Rev. Calvin Tabor will lead the service. Burial will be in Roselawn Burial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Monday at Collins Funeral Services and at other times at the home.
Turner died at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
She was born May 20, 1929, in Bluefield, W.Va., to the late Henry C. Hill and the late Shirley Estep Hill. She was retired from DuPont.
Surviving are her husband, Elmead Turner of the home; a son, Jack Hill Turner of Midlothian; a sister, Shirley B. Hill of Charlotte, N.C.; and a granddaughter.
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

George A. Waller
George Anthony Waller, 77, of 540 Hamilton Tract Road, Vernon Hills, Va., died Thursday, Dec. 3, 1998, at Danville Regional Medical Center, Danville.
Hairston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


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