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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 County.
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 Church.
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 Ferry, N.C. 

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.

Blanchard Schmidt
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 Fellowship group.
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 Park.
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 Stanleytown.
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 service.
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. 

Lester Hill
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 family cemetery.
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 County
Arrangements will be handled by Hairston Funeral Home.

Jerry Mitchem
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
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 County.
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 Memorial Gardens.
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 since 1937. 
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 County.
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 Baptist Church.
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, John Bishop.
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, Va. 24055.

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, N.C. 28752.


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