|Velveradge Y. Beson
Velveradge "Racket" Y. Beson, 86, of 515 West John Redd Blvd., Collinsville,
died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry
Arrangements will be announced by Norris Funeral Services and Crematory.
Hazel A. Enck
The funeral for former Collinsville resident Hazel Allen Enck, 75,
of 1940 Norway St., Bristol, Va., who died July 29, 2001, at Wellmont Hospice
House in Bristol, Tenn., will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Roselawn Chapel
Funeral Home in Martinsville. The Rev. Rob Colwell will officiate. Burial
will follow in Roselawn Burial Park.
The family will receive friends at Roselawn Chapel Funeral Home from
7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today.
She was born Nov. 2, 1925, in Onslow, N.C., daughter of the late Emma
Rhodes Allen and the late C. Rudolph Allen. Her husband, Wilbert Harding
Enck, also preceded her in death.
She had worked at Sun Trust Bank in Collinsville, retiring with 27
years of service, and she was a former member of Smith Memorial United
Methodist Church and a current member of the Virginia Avenue United Methodist
Surviving are one daughter, Teresa Burton of Bristol, Va.; two grandchildren;
two great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ginny Lowen of Chico, Calif., Doris
Laumann of Jacksonville, N.C., and Vila Rae Swaney of Sneads Ferry, N.C.;
and two brothers, Carlton Allen of Walkertown, N.C. and R.C. Allen of Sneads
Pauline F. Hazelwood
Pauline Foley Hazelwood, 74, formerly of Stanleytown, died July 30,
2001, at the Blue Ridge Rehab Center.
She was born Aug. 10, 1926, in Stanleytown, daughter of the late Cleve
Foley and the late Lonie Pilson, Foley. Also preceding her in death were
her husband, John T. Hazelwood, and four brothers, Robert, Ray, Marshall
and Paul Foley, the latter dying on July 23.
She retired from Stanley Furniture Co. with 30 years of service, and
she had been a member of Day Star Ministries Church for more than 30 years.
Surviving are two daughters, Dorothy Foley of Spencer and Brenda Bower
of Bassett; two sons, Ralph Hazelwood of Stanleytown and Earl Hazelwood
of South Boston; two sisters, Hazel Hall of Bassett and Mildred Evans of
Ridgeway; two brothers, Thelmer Foley of Newton, N.C. and Eugene Foley
of Stuart; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Day Star Ministries
Church with the Rev. Sammy Caldwell officiating. Burial will follow in
Henry Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today at
Collins Funeral Services in Bassett, where arrangements are being handled.
Memorials may be made to Day Star Ministries Building Fund, or the
Bassett Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 510, Bassett, Va. 24055.
Geneva S. Holman
EDEN, N.C. -- The funeral for Geneva Mae Simpson Holman, 85, of Eden,
who died July 29, 2001, at her home, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at
El Bethel Presbyterian Church..
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. today at Fair
Funeral Home and other times at the residence, 508 Roberts Road, and also
at the home of Marie Anderson, 590 Roberts Road, Eden.
She was born March 20, 1916, in Cabarrus County, daughter of the late
William and Allie Horton.
In December 1936 she married Arthur Franklin Holman and moved to the
Leaksville (now Eden) area to work with him in the family operation of
Sunset Farms. She later retired from Fieldcrest Mills and became a child-caregiver
with the Mother's Morning Out programs of Eden's First Presbyterian and
First Baptist churches.
She was an active member of El Bethel Presbyterian Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, "Bill" in 1965; an infant
son; and a granddaughter.
Surviving are her children Billie H. Lopushinsky of Wenatchee, Wash.,
Arthur F. Holman Jr. of Marinette, Wis., and Marie H. Anderson and Kate
Holman, both of Eden; two sisters, Rachel Stegall of Collinsville, Va.,
and Jackie McCollum of Axton, Va.; and a number of grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to El Bethel Presbyterian Church, 2515 Price
Road, Eden, N.C. 27288.
Kate G. Merriman
The funeral for Kate Gravely Merriman, 98, formerly of Merriman Road,
Fieldale, who died July 28, 2001, was held Tuesday in the chapel of Norris
Funeral Services with the Rev. William T. Mills officiating. Burial was
in Roselawn Burial Park.
Pallbearers were Jesse B. Joyce, G. Dean Joyce, R.A. Jefferson, Douglas
Gravely, Beverly Padgett and Teddy Compton.
Walter A. Philpott
Walter A. "Pee Wee" Philpott, 75, of 250 White Pine Road, Bassett,
died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at his home.
He was born Dec. 1, 1925, in Henry County, son of the late Edward Jefferson
Philpott Sr. and the late Edna Bryant Philpott. Also preceding him death
were two sisters, Georgia P. Ingram and Marie Philpott; and a brother,
E.J. "Bud" Philpott.
He graduated from Bassett High School in 1943 and the University of
Richmond in 1949.
A World War II decorated veteran, Philpott served with the 5th Bomb
Group in the 13th U.S. Army Air Corps and flew 48 bombing missions in the
Southwest Pacific in the B-24 bomber. For his military service, he was
awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with 1 Silver Battle Star and
2 Bronze Battle Stars; the Air Medal with 2 Bronze Oak Leaf Clusters; and
the Philippine Liberation Medal with 1 Bronze Battle Star.
He was a member of both the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Bassett American
Legion Post 11.
He retired from the L.O.F. plant in Bassett after 16 years of service.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth W. Philpott of the home; two daughters,
Gail P. Thomas of Caroline County and Anne P. O'Brier of Bassett; a stepdaughter,
Robin Buck of Moneta; two sons, David Philpott of Martinsville and Harry
Philpott of Fort Hood, Texas; one stepson, Ed Wilson of Summersville, W.Va.;
a sister, Nellie P. Newman of Fripp Island, S.C.; one brother, Joe C. Philpott
of Bassett; and five grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday at Collins Funeral
Chapel in Bassett with the Rev. Lew Bennett officiating. Burial will be
in Roselawn Burial Park.
The family will receive friends at Collins Funeral Services from 7
p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 4788,
Martinsville, Va. 24115.
The funeral for Blanchard Eugene Schmidt, 70, of 56 Cordova Drive,
Martinsville, who died July 30, 2001, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville
and Henry County, will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Jerusalem Christian Church-Disciples
of Christ with the Rev. Eugene Reynolds officiating. Burial will be in
the Schmidt family cemetery in Martinsville.
He was born Oct. 4, 1930, in Henry County, son of the late Eric Schmidt
and the late Verna Carter Schmidt, and he was a lifelong resident of this
area. He worked for 32 years for Bassett Superior Lines before retiring,
and he was a member of Jerusalem Christian Church and its Christian Men's
Surviving are his wife, Doretha M. Schmidt of the home; two daughters,
Diane S. Kirby and Carol Schmidt, both of Martinsville; three sons, Donald
Schmidt and Douglas Schmidt, both of Martinsville, and Iman Tajiddin (Randolph
Schmidt) of Saudi Arabia; a brother, John Schmidt of Washington, D.C.;
and 12 grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the church Saturday, half an hour
prior to the service, and other times at the home on Cordova Drive.
Hines Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Etta Watkins
The funeral for Mary Etta Rhineholt Watkins, 75, of 724 Henry St.,
Stanleytown, who died July 30, 2001, at the Blue Ridge Rehab Center, will
be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Collins Funeral Chapel in Bassett. The Rev.
William H. Preskitt will officiate. Burial will follow in Henry Memorial
The family will receive friends at Collins Funeral Services from 7
p.m. until 9 p.m. today and other times at the home on Henry Street in
She was born Feb. 18, 1926, in Tiago County, W.Va., daughter of the
late Samuel Rhineholt and the late Muiely Workman Rhineholt.
She had been a member of the Martinsville Church of Truth for 20 years.
Surviving are her husband, John Franklin Watkins of the home; one daughter,
Lois Ann Wagoner of Rocky Mount; one son, Samuel Watkins of Stanleytown;
four sisters, Ora Sturro, Eva Rea Litz and Nellie Saltzman, all of Pasadena,
Md., and Joselean Bloom of Annapolis, Md.; two brothers, Clayton Rhineholt
of Eastern Shore, Md., and Ralph Rhineholt of Pasadena; three grandchildren;
and five great-grandchildren.
Community Funeral Services in Ridgeway is handling arrangements.
Luther Barbour Jr.
AUSTIN, Texas - Luther T. Barbour Jr., 80, of 1909 Robinhood Trail,
Austin, died Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2001.
He was born Feb. 5, 1921, in Leaksville, N.C., son of the late Luther
Taylor Barbour Sr. and the late Erie Lee Hairfield Barbour, who were longtime
residents of Martinsville, Va. Also preceding him in death were his wife,
Alberta Jones Barbour; a son, Steven Taylor Barbour; and two brothers,
Raymond Lee Barbour and James William Barbour.
He served with the National Guard in Martinsville. He left Martinsville
with Company B 116th Infantry, 29th Division, and spent 20 years in the
Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel.
Surviving are one daughter, Cathy Barbour Collins of Austin; five grandsons;
one granddaughter; two sisters, Una Lemons of Martinsville and Nancy Snyder
of Waynesboro, Va.; one niece; and six nephews.
The funeral will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph's Catholic
Church in Austin with full military services to follow.
Arrangements are by Weed-Corley Funeral Home.
Fannie W. Carter
A graveside service for Fannie West Carter, 89, of 723 Corn Tassel
Trail, Martinsville, who died Oct. 17, 2001, will be held at 1 p.m. today
at Westhampton Memorial Park in Richmond.
Norris Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.
Joseph F. Dunford
The funeral for Joseph Fred Dunford, 67, of 4804 Eden Drive, Roanoke,
who died Oct. 17, 2001, at his home, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at
Roselawn Chapel Funeral Home in Martinsville with the Rev. J.D. Harmon
officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Burial Park.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home following Saturday's
Dunford was born in Wytheville on July 15, 1934. He was a son of Elizabeth
Brinkley Dunford, who lives in Wytheville, and the late Ernest Dunford.
He retired from Pulaski Furniture Co.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, Betty Dunford of
the home; one daughter, Freida Adams of Roanoke; three brothers, Howard
and Roy Dunford, both of Wytheville, and Ralph Dunford of Bassett; one
sister, Sue Dunford of Wytheville; and one grandchild.
The funeral for Lester Hill, 83, of Claudville, who died Oct. 15, 2001,
was held Thursday at Howell Funeral Home chapel, Stuart, with the Rev.
Barry Clement officiating. Burial was in the Hill family cemetery with
full military honors conducted by the Patrick County Veterans Memorial
Honor Guard. The flag presentation was made by Arthur Ayers.
Pallbearers were Bernice Hill, Jim Hill, J.E. Collins, Justin Morris,
Danny Sheppard, Bill Kallam, Keith DeHart and Steve Jayson.
Billy R. Kendrick
The funeral for Billy "Henry" Robert Kendrick, 54, of 1489 Figsboro
Road, Martinsville, who died Oct. 17, 2001, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday
at Roselawn Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Harrison and Elders
John Holland and Winford Young officiating. Burial will follow in the Kendrick
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 p.m. to
9 p.m. today.
He was born May 12, 1947, in Martinsville, a son of Margaret Bell Handy
Kendrick of Martinsville and the late Noah Kendrick. Also preceding him
in death were three brothers, Pershing, Calvin and Cliff Kendrick; and
three sisters, Susie Shupe, Bessie Branch and Lilac Fitzko.
He worked as a newspaper carrier for the Martinsville Bulletin.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are two brothers, Jack Kendrick
of Martinsville and Marion Kendrick of Concord, N.C.; three sisters, Rosie
Edwards and Katie Mabe, both of Martinsville, and Gloria Hodges of Laurinburg,
N.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
William H. Mason
William Henry Mason, 59, of 1673 Plantation Drive, Collinsville, died
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry
Arrangements will be handled by Hairston Funeral Home.
A funeral for Jerry Mitchem, 57, of Tahoe Drive, Collinsville, who
died Oct. 14, 2001, was held Thursday at Fairview Baptist Church with Pastor
Jyrone L. Denny Sr. officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Burial Park.
Pallbearers were Arnie Hedrick, Vann Davis, Donnie Church, Eddie Church,
Eddy Spencer, Mark Johnson, Danny Poff, Rodney Poff, Tim Mitchem, Andy
Mitchem, Christopher Mitchem, and Joshua Denny.
Bassett Funeral Service handled arrangements.
Clifton J. Priddy
Clifton Julius Priddy, 74, of 330 Harmon Hill Road, Martinsville, died
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2001, at the home of a daughter in Walnut Cove, N.C.
He was born Oct. 14, 1927 in Mayodan, N.C., son of the late John S.
and Bethie Thornmorton Priddy. Also preceding him in death were his wife,
Geneva Carrico Priddy, in July of 1996; a daughter, Judy Taylor; a sister,
Pearl Priddy White; and a brother, Kenneth Priddy.
He worked as a security guard for J.D. Bassett for 10 years before
retiring. He also drove a cab for more than 12 years.
He was a member of Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren. In addition,
he played banjo with the Jim Eanes, Don Reno and Red Smiley groups and
the Smith River Band and held membership in the Fiddle and Banjo clubs
of both Roanoke and North Carolina.
Surviving are four daughters, Gail Joyce and Debra Letterman, both
of Madison, N.C., Patricia Lee of Stokesdale, N.C. and Janet Roy of Fieldale;
two sons, Clifton J. Priddy Jr. and Johnny Clifton Priddy, both of Martinsville;
two brothers, James Priddy of Greensboro, N.C. and Paul J. Priddy of Mayodan;
17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Community Funeral
Services, Ridgeway, with Charles R. Tomlinson officiating. Burial will
be in Roselawn Burial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. today in
the Community Funeral Services chapel.
Agnes Ann Scott
A funeral for Agnes Ann Scott, 63, of Ridgeway, who died Oct. 12, 2001,
was held Tuesday in the chapel of Community Funeral Services, Ridgeway.
Burial was in the Scott family cemetery.
Pallbearers were William LaPrade, Tommy Cox, Robert Hundley, Tony Bryant,
Daryl Pulliam, Harry Meeks, Dwayne Davis, Gary Pulliam, Charles Atwell,
Brandon LaPrade, Brian Pulliam and Kevin Pulliam.
William Stowe Jr.
The funeral for William R. "Bob" Stowe Jr. of North Fork Road, Martinsville,
who died Oct. 16, 2001, was held Thursday at Norris Funeral Services chapel
with the Rev. J.D. Harmon officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Burial Park
with military rites conducted by the Martinsville-Henry County Honor Guard.
The flag presentation was made by Harrison Donovant.
Pallbearers were Preston Ellis, Daniel Deshazo, Michael Carter, Roger
Sands, Larry Foley, Clay Wilson, Don Miller, Skip Moore and Chris Warren.
Lucy Mae Turner
The funeral for Lucy Mae Arnold Turner, 101, of Spencer, who died Oct.
17, 2001, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Howell Funeral Home chapel, Stuart.
Burial will be in Roselawn Burial Park.
Her husband, Samuel Henry Turner, died in 1967.
Lena W. Franklin
The funeral for Lena White Franklin, 88, of John Redd Blvd., Collinsville,
died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at Bassett Memorial United Methodist Church.
The Revs. James Gravely and James Meredith officiated. Burial followed
in Roselawn Burial Park.
Pallbearers were Bobby White, Eddie White, Pete Adams, Bill Collins,
Howard DeHart, Brad Morton, Danny Hayman and Bobby Yates.
Arrangements were by Collins Funeral Services, Bassett.
Teafus Morris, 46, of 3140 Horsepasture-Price Road, Ridgeway, died
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at the Veterans Hospital in Salem.
Hairston Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Frances H. Rogers
Frances Hankins Rogers, 87, of 4470 Mountain Valley Road, Axton, died
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry
Funeral arrangements were pending at Community Funeral Services, Ridgeway.
Louvenia R. Rorrer
EDEN, N.C. -- Louvenia Adeline Rakes Rorrer, 85, of 1302 Virginia St.,
Eden, died Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001, at Britthaven of Madison.
A native of Patrick County, Va., she was preceded in death by a son
and daughter, Norman C. Rorrer and Kitty B. Hampton. She was a member of
the First Baptist Church of Draper.
Surviving are her husband, Bunyan Rorrer of the home; two sons, Robert
L. Rorrer of Eden and H.D. Rorrer of Ridgeway, Va.; one brother, Garland
Rakes of Broadway; one sister, Lillie Owen of Lexington; 10 grandchildren;
and 11 great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Fair Funeral Home
chapel with burial to follow in Ridgeview Memorial Gardens in Eden.
The family will receive friends at Fair Funeral Home from 7 p.m. to
9 p.m. today, and other times at the home on Virginia Street, Eden.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Rockingham County, P.O. Box 281,
Wentworth, N.C. 27375.
Irene M. Jones
Irene McClanahan Jones, 87, of 337B Jones Road, Danville, died Saturday,
Feb. 2, 2002, at Danville Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.
She was born in Danville on Nov. 25, 1914, to Francis L. McClanahan
and Sissie Hammock McClanahan, both deceased. Her husband, Bennie Owen
Jones Sr., died on July 12, 1967.
She lived most of her life in the Laniers Mill community and was a
longtime member of the Mount Olivet United Methodist Church.
Surviving are 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 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Olivet United Methodist
Church with the Rev. Wayne Crews officiating. Burial will be in Danville
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 tonight today at Wrenn-Yeatts
North Main chapel and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Mount Olivet United Methodist Church, Mount
Cross Road, Danville, Va. 24540.
Mary M. Kirk
The funeral for Mary Mustain Kirk, 91, of 300 Kings Way Road and formerly
of 318 Brown St., Martinsville, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First
Baptist Church of Martinsville. The Rev. John Fulcher will officiate and
burial will follow in Roselawn Burial Park.
She died Feb. 2, 2002, at Kings Grant Retirement Community.
She was born in Republican Grove on April 29, 1910, to the late Samuel
Walter Mustain and the late Ann Bass Mustain. Her husband was the late
John R. Kirk.
Kirk graduated from public school in Halifax County and Averett College.
She also attended St. Louis Institute of Music. She was a piano teacheer
for more than 50 years, and taught in Halifax County, Pittsylvania County
and the Blue Ridge Mission School. She also had taught piano in Martinsville
She was a charter member of the Piedmont Music Teachers Association
and served as its president and parliamentarian.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Martinsville where
she taught the Sunday school class that still carries her name for more
than 40 years.
She served as the president of the Women's Missionary Union (WMU) at
First Baptist, and also led the young people and was superintendent of
the Blue Ridge WMU. Kirk was a member of the State Board of WMU, served
on several state committees and was chairman of the Missionary Library
Committee. She also was first vice president of the Women's Missionary
Union of Virginia for three years.
In 1959, she joined Altrusa International of Martinsville and Henry
County where she served two terms as president and became an emeritus member.
She was assistant director of Eastern Star District No. 11 for four
years, served as the grand organist of the Eastern Star of Virginia from
1962 to 1963, and worked on many local and state committees.
She also volunteered for the American Red Cross.
Surviving are one son, John R. Kirk Jr. of Houston, Texas; one daughter,
Sarah Kirk Albright of Ann Arbor, Mich.; one sister, Jeanette M. Rudd of
Richmond; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Tuesday
at McKee-Stone Funeral Funeral Services chapel.
Memorials may be made to Averett University Music Department, Main
Street, Danville, Va., or King's Grant Employees Fund, 350 King's Way Road,
Martinsville, Va. 24112.
Herbert A. Koger
Herbert "Hub" Alton Koger, 88, of 5913 Stones Dairy Road, Bassett,
died Saturday, Feb. 2, 2002, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry
He was born in Henry County March 11, 1913, to the late Zebulan Pike
Montgomery Koger and the late Belle Koger. He also was preceded in death
by one brother, Ernest Wade Koger, and one sister, Mary Frances Finney.
A co-owner of Koger Orchard Farm, he was the seventh generation of
his family to be a farmer. He also was a charter member of Orchard Drive
Surviving are his wife, Doris Marie Hunt Koger of the home; one daughter,
Judy Hunt Ankeny of Stanleytown; one son, Ewell A. Hunt of Rocky Mount;
three grandchildren; one brother, George R. Koger of Bassett; one sister,
Era K. Prillaman of Collinsville; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Orchard Drive Baptist Church
with the Rev. Michael Harrison and Dr. Joe R. Bryant officiating. Burial
will be in Roselawn Burial Park.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the church and at other
times at the home.
Bassett Funeral Service is handling arrangements.
Mary B. Pike
Mary Bishop Pike, 92, of 58 Sanville School Road, Bassett, died Saturday,
Feb. 2, 2002, at Blue Ridge Rehab.
She was born in Patrick County on July 12, 1909, to Lillie Flippen
Bishop and Bud Bishop, both deceased. She also was preceded in death by
her husband, Edgar P. Pike; five sisters, Mario "Mable" Jovenette, Bertha
B. George, Iris Bishop, Judy B. Norman and Ester B. Lowery; and one brother,
After 33 years of service, Pike retired from Sale Knitting. She belonged
to Woodmen of the World and Blackberry Baptist Church.
Surviving are one son, Richard Irvin Pike of Bassett; three brothers,
Jim Bishop of Rural Hall, N.C.; Bob Bishop of Bassett; and Carl Bishop
of Patrick Springs; one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Roselawn Chapel Funeral Home
with the Revs. Tracy Freeman and Sooter Simons officiating. Burial will
be in Roselawn Burial Park.
Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Bassett Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 510, Bassett,
Robert E. Via
MARION, N.C. -- Robert E. "Bob" Via, 73, of Marion, died Saturday Feb.
2, 2002, at The McDowell Hospital.
He was born in Ridgeway, Va., on March 28, 1928, to Drewey J. Via and
Bessie Bateman Via, both deceased. He was also preceded in death by one
daughter, Arthea Robin Via, and one sister, Jeanette V. Haynes.
Via was a member of Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church in Marion and was
retired from Morganton (N.C.) Dye and Finishing Co.
Surviving are his wife, Marie Bradshaw Via of the home; one sister,
Dorthea V. Clay, and one brother, Drewey "Jack" Via, both of Collinsville,
Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at McKee-Stone Funeral Service
chapel in Martinsville, Va. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Martinsville.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Westmoreland
Funeral Home in Marion and from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at McKee Stone
Funeral Service in Martinsville.
Memorials may be made to Pleasant Gardens Golden Age Club, c/o Pleasant
Gardens Baptist Church, 214 Pleasant Gardens Baptist Church Road, Marion,