|LILLIE M. BIGGS
Lillie Murphy Biggs, 92, of Dogwood Lane, Patrick Springs, died Tuesday,
January 30, 2001, at R.J. Reynolds Patrick County Memorial Hospital.
She was born February 20, 1908 in Stokes County, N.C., and was a daughter
of the late George Preston and Nannie Dalton Biggs. She was also preceded
in death by three sisters, Mary Hilda Biggs Martin, Nannie Kate Biggs Layman
and Ada Hulda Biggs Gilley; and two brothers, Isom Biggs and George Biggs.
She worked in her father's store until she was appointed postmaster
of Patrick Springs in 1944, where she served for 28 years. She was a member
of Providence United Methodist Church for 40 years where she served as
a member of the United Methodist Women, was a youth leader, and was secretary
of the adult Sunday school class.
She was a long-time member of the R.J. Reynolds Patrick County Memorial
Hospital Auxiliary Pink Ladies, and in 1995 was awarded a pin for 9,000
hours of service..
Surviving are two sisters, Nina B. Martin of High Point, N.C., and
Willie B. Witt of Axton, and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Providence United
Methodist Church. The Revs. Kay Marsh and Norman Biggs will officiate.
Burial will be in Patrick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at
Howell Funeral Home, Hwy. 58 East, Stuart.
In lieu of flowers and food, memorial contributions may be made to
Providence United Methodist Church, c/o Mary Arrington, treasurer, 22894
Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart, Va. 24171.
EVA E. BOTTOMS
Eva Emerson Bottoms, 85, of Pinnacle, N.C., died Wednesday, January
23, 2001, at the home of her daughter.
She was born September 30, 1915 in Ararat, and was a daughter of the
late William Henry and Emma Scott Bishop. She was also preceded in death
by her two husbands, Herman Emerson and Roy Bottoms; a daughter, Janie
Holt; two sisters and four brothers.
She was a beautician and was a member of Friendly Chapel Church.
]Surviving are one daughter, Donna Jessup of Pinnacle; one son, Ken
Emerson of Hudson, Fla.; one stepdaughter, Ruby Dunman of Pilot Mountain,
N.C.; one stepson, R.B. Bottoms of Pilot Mountain; three sisters, Evelyn
Carter of Mount Airy, N.C., Sylvia Ogles of Granite Falls, N.C., and Ethel
York of Thomasville, N.C.; one brother, Arthur Bishop of Mount Airy; several
grandchildren, great-grandchildren, stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday at Cox-Needham Funeral Home. Brother
Don Collins and the Revs. Milton Sewell and Robbie Stevens officiated.
Burial was in the Friendly Chapel Church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of Stokes County, P.O. Box 10, Danbury,
EVA W. COCKRAM
Eva Wood Cockram, 85, of Stuart, died Monday, January 29, 2001, at
Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
She was born in Patrick County on September 8, 1915, and was a daughter
of the late German and Rillie Hall Wood. She was also preceded in death
by her husband, Edwin Wilson Cockram; a daughter, Diane Doss; a brother,
Dewey Wood; and two sisters, Emma Boyd and Lizzie Cockram.
She was a member of Reed Island Springs Baptist Church, and had worked
at United Elastic.
Surviving are one daughter, Geralyne Lynch of Meadows of Dan; one son,
Douglas Cockram of Stuart; five grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren;
seven great-grandchildren and one stepgreat-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Reed Island
Springs Baptist Church. The Rev. Roland McCraw will officiate. Burial will
be in the Alex Cockram Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association,
P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, Va. 23058-5216.
SALLIE H. CONNER
Sallie Mae Harris Conner, 86, of Stanleytown Health Care Center, died
Monday, January 22, 2001, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry
She was born June 2, 1914 in Vesta and was a daughter of the late Posie
R. and Mollie Etta Dalton Harris. She was preceded in death by her first
husband, Theadore "Albert" Hundley; her second husband, Otha Hodges; and
her third husband, Ray Conner; a son, James Albert Hundley; a daughter,
Dorothy Hundley; four brothers, Clarence, Goffrey Harris, Arnold Harris
and Elwood Harris; and two sisters, Pearl Hundley and Gaynell Paschal.
She was a member of Fontaine Baptist Church and was retired from the
former Lacy Manufacturing.
Surviving are three daughters, Mildred Ann Beyer of Lake Havasu City,
Ariz., Venita O'Connor of Adelphia, Ga., and Carol Faye Lenihan of Donners
Grove, Ill.; three sons, Franklin O'Neil Hundley of Kernersville, N.C.,
William Clay Hundley of Ferrum and Robert Wayne Hundley of Redwood; one
brother, Martin Harris of Ridgeway; three sisters, Katherine Cox of Burlington,
N.C., and Shirley Williams and Julia Sommers, both of Reidsville, N.C.;
four stepdaughters, Geneva Clemmons of South Port, N.C., Charlotte Ann
Shumate of Lumberton, N.C., Geraldine P. Conner of Naples, Fla., and Gloria
C. Kallam of Ridgeway; two stepsons, Ray T. "Butch" Conner of Lynchburg
and Roy Lee Conner of Stoneville, N.C.; 18 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren;
one great-great-grandchild; 11 stepgrandchildren and 13 stepgreat-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Thursday at Collins Funeral Services in Bassett.
The Revs. Bill Preskitt and Bynum Orr officiated. Burial was in Dan View
Cemetery in Eden, N.C.
Pallbearers were Mark Hundley, Steve Hundley, Robbie Hundley, Matthew
Hundley, Willie Hundley, Tony Smith, Bryan Lenihan and Roger Lenihan.
Arrangements were by Community Funeral Services of Ridgeway.
CARRIE D. FLIPPIN
Carrie Elizabeth Dollarhite Flippin, 88, of Westfield, N.C., died Sunday,
January 21, 2001 at Northern Hospital of Surry County.
She was born September 30, 1912 in Patrick County and was a daughter
of the late George William and Geneva Cox Dollarhite. She was preceded
in death by her husband, Tom Lester Flippin; one son, Carl Thomas Flippin;
and a brother, David Dollarhite.
She was a homemaker and a farmer and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are two daughters, Estelle Shaw of King, N.C. and Inez Chilton
of Westfield; four sons, Pete Flippin of Germanton, N.C., Wade Flippin
and Horace Flippin, both of Westfield, and Dwayne Flippin of the home;
nine grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was conducted Tuesday, January 23, at Cox-Needham Funeral
Home by the Revs. Wesley Flippin and Dewayne Sands. Burial was in Big Creek
Primitive Baptist Church cemetery.
CLYNDA B. HARRIS
Clynda Bowling Harris, 78, of Elamsville Rd., Stuart, died Friday,
January 26, 2001, at her home.
She was born in Franklin County to the late Wilton and Minnie Lou McAlexander
Bowling. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James E. Harris
Surviving are two daughters, Bonnie Dillon of Stuart and Wanda Gibson
of Christiansburg; three sons, J.E. Harris of Woolwine, Vernon Harris and
Jason Harris, both of Stuart; one sister, Glendola Duncan of Roanoke; five
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Sycamore Baptist Church with the
Rev. Gerald Melton officiating. Burial was in the Jack's Creek Primitive
Baptist Church cemetery.
Pallbearers were James Hylton, Leon Pendleton, Charlie McAlexander,
Lane McAlexander, Timmy Hughes, Kevin Dillon, George Harris and Kelly Dillon.
Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.
DOROTHY T. HELMSTUTLER
Dorothy Louise Turner Helmstutler, 77, of Bassett, died Wednesday,
January 24, 2001, at Stanleytown Health Care Center.
She was born October 9, 1923 in Henry County and was a daughter of
the late Samuel and Pearl Joyce Turner. She was also preceded in death
by two half sisters, Linnie Stone and Lucy Gibson, and one brother, Edd
She was retired from Bassett Walker Knitting Company.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, Thomas J. Helmstutler of Stanleytown
Health Care Center; three sons, Thomas W. Helmstutler of Martinsville,
Richard G. Helmstutler of Hampton and Barry G. Helmstutler of Bassett;
six sisters, Annie T. Crotts, Mae T. Turner, Frances T. Nelson, Teeny T.
Smith, Jean T. Chitwood and Nancy T. Edwards, all of Bassett; three brothers,
Cletus Turner of Stuart, Harry Turner of Bassett and Wayne Turner of Church
Road; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Friday at Collins Funeral Services
chapel in Bassett by Elder Carl Terry. Burial was in Old Center Primitive
Baptist Church cemetery at Sanville.
Pallbearers were Steve Edwards, Gary Ashburn, Mike Chitwood, Brenna
Helmstutler, Randall Helmstutler and Jay Helmstutler.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bassett Rescue Squad, P.O. Box
510, Bassett, Va. 24055, or to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 3907,
Martinsville, Va. 24115.
KATIE S. KEYS
Katie Mae Staples Keys, 84, of Bassett, died Sunday, January 28, 2001,
at Blue Ridge Rehab Center in Martinsville.
A native of Stuart, she was born January 31, 1916, and was a daughter
of the late Archer Hughes Staples and Mary Agnes Staples. She was also
preceded in death by her husband, Herman G. Keys, and a son, Robert Earl
She was a member of McCabe Memorial Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Patricia K. McAlevy of Bassett and Yvonne
K. Jacobs of Timberlake, N.C.; three sons, Joseph J.C. Keys and Raymond
"Ray" Keys, both of Bassett, and Randolph "Randy" Keys of Martinsville;
one brother, William Staples of Penhook; 16 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Norris Funeral
Chapel by Dr. Phillip Duckett and the Rev. Lewis Harris. Burial was in
Roselawn Burial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to McCabe Memorial Baptist Church,
107 Clearview Drive, Martinsville, Va. 24112.
ANTHONY D. POWELL
Anthony Dale Powell, 40, of Rocky Mount, died Wednesday, January 24,
He was a 1978 graduate of Patrick County High School and attended Virginia
Tech. He was consumer manager at Mod-U-Kraf Homes, Inc.
Surviving are his parents, Dale H. and Shirley L. Powell of Rocky Mount;
two brothers, Jeffrey D. Powell of Rocky Mount and Bradley N. Powell of
Greensboro, N.C.; one niece and one nephew.
A graveside service was conducted Sunday at Mary Horner Walker Presbyterian
Church cemetery by the Rev. Barry Clements.
Arrangements were by Flora Funeral Service, Inc. in Rocky Mount.
WALTER C. TATUM
Walter Clarence Tatum, 82, of Mount Airy, N.C., and formerly of Patrick
County, died Thursday, January 25, 2001 at Northern Hospital of Surry County.
He was born in Patrick County on November 1, 1918, and was a son of
the late Percy and Josephine Mills Tatum. He was also preceded in death
by a son, Mitchell Tatum; a sister, Mary Carter; and a brother, Willie
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Surviving are two daughters, Elaine Thomas and Sheila Thomas, both
of Stuart; one son, Elder Larry Tatum of Cleveland, Oh.; one sister, Cassie
Brinkley of Fairmont, N.C.; a half-sister, Pearl Tatum of High Point, N.C.;
two half-brothers, Lester Tatum and Bruce Tatum, both of High Point; 12
grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.
Dr. Roger R. Hagwood officiated. Burial, with military rites by the Patrick
County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard, was in Hylton Thessalonia Primitive
Baptist Church cemetery.
Members of the honor guard also served as pallbearers.
RAYMOND A. VIPPERMAN SR.
Raymond Atkins Vipperman Sr., 83, of Peters Creek Drive, Stuart, died
Sunday, January 28, 2001, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Patrick County on March 23, 1917, to the late Posey
Elmer Vipperman and Laura Kate Underwood. He was also preceded in death
by three brothers, Herman Vipperman, Leon Vipperman and Charlie Vipperman;
and a sister, Elva Fain.
He was a member of New Dan River Primitive Baptist Church where he
served as a deacon, and was retired from United Elastic Corporation.
Vipperman served as a radar technician in the U.S. Air Force during
World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Wilda Pendleton Vipperman of the home; four
daughters, Janie Landford of Claudville, Janet Clark of Stuart, Eleanor
Stovall of Martinsville and JoAnn Brothers of Poquoson; three sons, Donald
Vipperman of Stuart, Joseph Gary Vipperman of Pulaski and Raymond Atkins
"Buddy" Vipperman of Shallotte, N.C.; four sisters, Mary Boyd of Tallahasssee,
Fla., Nannie Ruth Terry of Meadows of Dan, Annie Kate Roberts of Spencer
and Dorothy Lyons of Buchanan; three brothers, Posey Elmer Vipperman Jr.
of Claudville, Warren Vipperman of Ridgeway and Calvin Vipperman of Spencer;
16 grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Moody
Funeral Home in Stuart. Elder Ken Hopkins and the Rev. Jim Churchwell will
officiate. Burial will be in Patrick Memorial Gardens. Military rites will
be conducted by the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to CCDF Volunteer Fire Department
and Rescue Squad, c/o James Love, 567 Collinstown Rd., Stuart, Va. 24171.
ROSIE L. HAIRSTON
Rosie Lee Hairston, 85, of Bassett, died Friday, March 30, 2001, at
She was born March 10, 1916 in Patrick County and was a daughter of
the late Frank Ferris and Annie Reynolds Via.
Surviving are her husband, Vincent B. Hairston of the home; three daughters,
Iris Marie Taylor of New Rochelle, N.Y., Sallie M. Oliver of Mesa, Ariz.,
and Ida Shelton of Martinsville; four sons, Elder Terry Hairston of Bassett,
Willis C. Hairston of Baltimore, Md., Sammie L. Hairston of Plainfield,
N.J., and Harry J. Hairston of Wyandanch, N.Y.; 26 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren
and five great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Hairston Funeral Home in Martinsville.
Elder Terry Hairston officiated. Burial was in Carver Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Mark Hairston, Joe Hairston, Reginald Stone, Naeem
Taylor, Timothy Stone, John Hairston, Lance Hairston, Bilal Taylor, Omar
Hairston, Willis Hairston Jr., Donny Hairston and Keith Hairston.
HARLEY R. HOPKINS SR.
Harley R. Hopkins Sr., 95, of JEB Stuart Hwy., Stuart, died Tuesday,
March 27, 2001, at R.J. Reynolds Patrick County Memorial Hospital.
He was born on February 17, 1906 in the Buffalo Ridge section of Patrick
County to the late James Daniel and Etta DeHart Hopkins. He was preceded
in death by four brothers, Brewster Hopkins, A.D. Hopkins, Earley Hopkins
and Coy Hopkins; and by two sisters, Rosa Agee and Mary Dolly Hughes.
He graduated from Central Academy School in 1924 and joined the county
treasurer's office in 1926. He was named deputy treasurer in 1927 at the
age of 21.
Hopkins served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and returned
to his job with the county following the war. He was elected treasurer
of Patrick County in 1947 and was re-elected for six more terms before
retiring in December 1975.
He was an active member of the Bouldin Memorial Presbyterian Church
where he served as Sunday school superintendent, deacon and elder. He was
a member of Mountain Home Masonic Lodge No. 263 and the Stuart chapter
of Order of Eastern Star.
In 1989, Hopkins was the recipient of the Patrick County Jaycees' Distinguished
Surviving are his wife, Margaret Howell Hopkins of the home; one son,
Harley Ray Hopkins Jr. of Stuart; and one sister, Jessie Stanley of Richmond.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Howell Funeral Home chapel in
Stuart. Revs. Clint Hopkins and David Kirk officiated. Burial, with military
rites by the Patrick County Veterans' Memorial Honor Guard, was in Bouldin
Memorial Presbyterian Church cemetery.
Pallbearers were James Hopkins, Fred Smart, Larry Hutchens, Charles
Vernon, D.G. Hanby and Frank Greenwalt. Honorary pallbearers were past
treasurers of Patrick County and employees of the treasurer's office, members
of the Masonic lodge and the Eastern Star.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bouldin Memorial Presbyterian
Church, c/o Virginia Hopkins, 343 Central Academy Rd., Stuart, Va. 24171.
JAMES M. HOUCHINS
James Martin Houchins, 73, of Plainfield, N.J., died Wednesday, March
28, 2001, at the Raritan Bay Medical Center in Perth Amboy, N.J.
He was born in Stuart and lived in Westfield, N.J., before moving to
Plainfield, where he lived for 41 years.
He was a veteran of the Army-Air Force and served in the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of the Centennial Lodge of the Elks in Westfield. He was
employed as a supervisor of custodial maintenance at Rutgers Medical School,
Piscataway, N.J., for 20 years, and at Athens Industries of Rahway for
Surviving are his wife, Patricia Houchins of Plainfield; three sons,
Damon Foreman of Columbus, Md., and Mark Houchins and Darryl Houchins,
both of Plainfield; two sisters, Mary Louise Dulin of Winston-Salem, N.C.,
and Ruth Edwards of Ridgeway; and two grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Saturday at St. Mark's Episcopal Church
in Plainfield. Arrangements were by Judkins Colonial Home in Plainfield.
This obituary is courtesy of Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.
LOIS S. McCRAW
Lois Slate McCraw, 86, of Mount Airy, N.C., died Saturday, March 24,
2001, at Surry Community Nursing Center.
She was born in Patrick County on April 5, 1914 and were a daughter
of the late Hannibal and Neva Bell Smith Slate.
She was a homemaker and was a member of Old Hollow Primitive Baptist
Surviving are three daughters, Margaret Goard of Gainesville, Fla.,
Shelby Lineberry of Woodlawn and Jo Ann Coleman of Lowgap; one son, William
Ray (Billy) McCraw of Mount Airy; three sisters, Polly Jennings, Penny
McDaniel and Mamie Slate, all of Mount Airy; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren
and three great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Tuesday, March 27 at Moody Funeral Home chapel
in Mount Airy. Elder Walter Thomas and Elder Gary Low officiated. Burial
was in Old Hollow Primitive Baptist Church cemetery.
MARION C. PLASTER
Marion C. Plaster, 85, of Martinsville, died Thursday, March 29, 2001,
at Blue Ridge Rehab Center.
He was born in Patrick County on November 12, 1915 and was a daughter
of the late William "Buck" and Nannie Conner Plaster. He was also preceded
in death by his son, William "Bill" (Ice Cream) Plaster; four brothers,
Conner, Richard, Roy and Lester Plaster; and a granddaughter, Lindy Dea
He retired from Stanley Furniture Company as a supervisor with 48 1/2
years of service and was a member of Rangely Ruritan Club for 14 years.
He was a member of Pleasant Grove Christian Church.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Okie Plaster of the home; one daughter,
Joyce Ann Cornett of Martinsville; four grandchildren and one great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Pleasant Grove Christian
Church by the Revs. Stephen Smythers and Berlin Hanks. Burial was in the
Memorial contributions may be made to American Cancer Society, P.O.
Box 3907, Martinsville, Va. 24115; or to Pleasant Grove Christian Church,
5285 Preston Rd., Martinsville, Va. 24112.
Arrangements were by Collins Funeral Services.
RAYMOND T. RORRER
Raymond T. Rorrer, 72, of Collinsville, died Sunday, April 1, 2001,
at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
He was born April 11, 1928 in Patrick County and was a son of the late
Dewey Lee and Lelia Hilton Rorrer. He was preceded in death by a sister,
Crystal Thomas, and a brother, Alvin Rorrer.
He was a self-employed electrician and plumber and was a member of
Stone Memorial Christian Church.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Rorrer of the home; two sons, Wesley
D. Rorrer of Rocky Mount and Leslie D. Rorrer of Philadelphia, Pa.; one
stepson, Alex Tolzda of Kansville, Wisc.; two daughters, Kathy R. Carroll
and Emily Rorrer, both of Fork Mountain; two sisters, Lorene Merrill of
Collinsville and Louise Desmond of Blacksburg; seven grandchildren; three
stepgrandchildren; five great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Stone
Memorial Christian Church by Pastor Lawrence Harris. Burial will be in
Roselawn Burial Park.
CASSIE C. SIGMON
Cassie C. Sigmon, 87, of Stuart, died Thursday, March 29, 2001, at
Lewis Gale Hospital in Salem.
She was born February 21, 1914 in Franklin County and was a daughter
of the late Taylor and Emma Elgin Cahill. She was also preceded in death
by her husband, Harvey J. Sigmon, who died in 1973; two sisters, Ethel
Mize and Viola Blakely; and a brother, Deward Cahill.
She and her husband owned and operated Sigmon's Grocery near Fairy
Stone State Park for 25 years. She was of the Primitive Baptist faith.
Surviving are one daughter, Gaye Sigmon of Salem; two sons, Glenford
Sigmon of Stuart and Coy Sigmon of Collinsville; one grandchild; stepgrandchildren;
stepgreat-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Union Primitive Baptist Church.
Elder Leonard Brammer officiated. Burial was in the Mt. Hermon Church of
the Brethren cemetery.
Pallbearers were Donald Prillaman, Kenneth Mize, Ralph Shelton, Wayne
Sigmon, Bill Prillaman, John Paul Thomas, Chester Rakes and Alvis Shelton.
Arrangements were by Bassett Funeral Services.
MANUEL J. BLEVINS
Manuel Jackson "Jack" Blevins, 69, of Dogwood Rd., Critz, died Thursday,
May 31, 2001, at North Carolina Baptist Hospital.
He was born December 10, 1931 in Ashe County, N.C., to the late Claude
C. Blevins and the late Ella Mae Wagerner Blevins Phipps. He was also preceded
in death by his stepfather, Ernest "Peanut" Phipps, and two brothers, James
Carson Blevins and June Blevins.
He served in the U.S. Army and received honors during the Korean Conflict,
and was a retired carpenter. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Wanda Goad Blevins of the home; one son, Michael
Dale Blevins of Stuart; three daughters, Robyn Blevins-Kuser and Sherry
Cowan, both of Patrick Springs, and Pamela Gorham of Chesterfield; one
brother, Bill Blevins of Alamosa, Colo.; a half-brother, James Phipps of
Hagerstown, Md.; five grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Calvary Baptist Church. The Rev.
David Freeman officiated. A graveside service, with military rites, was
held Sunday at Jefferson cemetery in West Jefferson, N.C.
Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.
NANCY B. COLEMAN
Nancy Barnes Coleman, 64, of Blue Ridge Rehab Center and formerly of
Horsepasture, died Thursday, May 31, 2001.
She was born July 6, 1936 to the late Frank and Alma Jenkins Barnes.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Vin David Coleman, in January
2000; a son, Mark Travis Coleman; and a sister, Lelar Hollandsworth.
She retired from Sara Lee (formerly Lacy's Manufacturing) in Martinsville
with over 30 years of service. She was a member of Christian View Pentecostal
Holiness Church, where she had served as church clerk and Sunday School
teacher for several years, and also organized church events.
Surviving are one son, Rev. David T. Coleman of Patrick Springs; three
sisters, Patsy Cox of Stoneville, N.C., Betty Watkins of Ridgeway and Alma
Devoe of Woodbridge; a half-sister, Louise Jenkins of Ridgeway; four brothers,
Billy Barnes of Ridgeway, Frankie Barnes of Martinsville, Bobby Barnes
of Axton and Homer Barnes of Greensboro, N.C.; two half-brothers, Virgil
Barnes of Eden, N.C. and Elwood Barnes of Manassas; two grandchildren and
several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Sunday at Christian View Pentecostal
Holiness Church in Stoneville, N.C. by the Rev. Delmar Scotton. Burial
was in Barnes family cemetery in Ridgeway.
Pallbearers were Jeremiah Schock, Mitch Barnes, Danny Barnes, Billy
Byrd, Doug Devoe, Jesse Goble, Scott Barnes and Jeff Barnes.
Arrangements were by Community Funeral Services in Ridgeway.
JOHN R. FOLEY
John Ray Foley, 78, of Martinsville, died Monday, June 4, 2001, at
Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
He was born December 13, 1922 in Patrick County and was a son of the
late Cleve and Lonie Pilson Foley.
He was a building contractor for 50 years and was a member of the Martinsville
Church of God.
Surviving are his wife, Peggy I. Foley of the home; one daughter, Teresa
Foley of Cornelius, N.C.; two sons, Jimmy R. Foley of Linden, N.C. and
Jerry W. Foley of Johnson City, Tenn.; three sisters, Hazel Hall of Bassett,
Pauline Hazelwood of Stanleytown and Mildred Evans of Ridgeway; three brothers,
Paul Foley of Stanleytown, Thelmar Foley of Hildergran, N.C., and Eugene
Foley of Stuart; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Martinsville
Church of God by the Rev. Jimmy Woods. Burial will be in Roselawn Burial
Arrangements are by Norris Funeral Services.
VIRGINIA H. HODGES
Virginia Haley Hodges, 71, of Martinsville, died Thursday, May 31,
2001, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
A West Virginia native, she was born May 17, 1930 to the late Tom and
Katie Haley. She was preceded in death by a son, J.R. Hodges Jr.; a sister,
Rachel Laverne Haley Barker; and a brother, Eustace Haley.
She retired from Tultex with 29 years of service and was a member of
Boone's Chapel Church of the Brethren.
Surviving are her husband, John R. Hodges of the home; four daughters,
Rachel "Cathy" H. Martin of Patrick County, Linda H. Cooper and Pat H.
Brown, both of Franklin County, and Pam H. Palmer of Greene County; one
brother, William "Billy" Haley of Martinsville; eight grandchildren and
The funeral was conducted Sunday at Norris Funeral Services chapel
by the Rev. Keith Spangler. Burial was in Roselawn Burial Park.
Pallbearers were Euell Overstreet, Tucker Wright, Donald Belcher, Grady
Hodges, Charles Cooper and Timmy Law.
CLIFTON T. LACKEY
Clifton Theodore Lackey, 61, of Fredericksburg and formerly of Patrick
County, died Friday, June 1, 2001, at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg.
A Henry County native, he was born August 21, 1939.
He worked for Stoneville Furniture Company.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara Lackey of Fredericksburg; two daughters,
Drama Trevorah of Crescent City, Fla. and Amber Lackey of North Carolina;
two stepsons, Michael Turman of Stafford and David Turman of Spotsylvania;
one stepdaughter, Yvonne Beasley of Spotsylvania; one brother and one granddaughter.
A memorial service was held Monday at Mullins and Thompson Fredericksburg
chapel. Dr. Larry Haun and the Rev. Robert Rorrer officiated. Burial was
MYRTLE H. SHREVE
Myrtle Harger Shreve, 81, of Mayodan, N.C., died Friday, June 1, 2001,
at her home.
She was born April 9, 1920 in Patrick County and was a daughter of
the late Cabel and Mattie Biggs Harger. She was preceded in death by her
husband, Harold Shreve.
She was a member of Mayodan Baptist Church. She retired after working
in the textile industry and was formerly employed by Priddy's Restaurant.
Surviving are her sister, Margaret Alley of Walnut Cove, N.C.; a half-sister,
Edith Compton of Ridgeway; two brothers, Walter Harger of Martinsville
and J.T. Harger of Asheboro, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held Sunday at Colonial Funeral Home chapel in Madison,
N.C. The Revs. Bill Fryar and Charles Roberts officiated. Burial was in
Walnut Cove City Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Rockingham County,
Inc., P.O. Box 281, Wentworth, N.C. 27375.
GEORGE O. STAPLES
George Otis Staples, 54, of Stuart, died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at
He was born in Patrick County and was a son of John J. Staples of Stuart
and the late Mary Rucker Staples. He was also preceded in death by a brother,
He was a U.S. Army veteran and served in the Vietnam War, and was retired
from International Paper Co.
Surviving, in addition to his father, are three sisters, Ollie Spencer
of Martinsville, Lucy Moore and Marjorie Nowlin, both of Stuart; and two
brothers, Henry Staples and James Staples, both of Stuart.
Funeral services were held Monday at Moody Funeral Home chapel in Stuart
with the Rev. Willie Covington officiating. Burial, with military honors
by the Patrick County Veterans' Memorial Honor Guard, was in the Loggins
Pallbearers were Frank Nowlin, Ernie Nowlin, Ricky Tatum, Charles Tatum,
Travis Nowlin and Courtney Nowlin.