Miscellaneous Roanoke County, Virginia Obituaries
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William Warren Humphrey
who went to be with our Lord 5 years ago today, March 2, 1995. We cherish you, love you, and miss you...and we always will...
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ALEXANDER, Pearl Marie, 84, of the Brian Center in Fincastle, Va. and formerly of Richmond, died Friday, February 25, 2000. Memorial service 11 a.m. Thursday at the Brian Center. Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home, Daleville.

AYERS, Evie J. Hannabass, 96, of Roanoke, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000. She was the widow of Homer Ayers. Mrs. Ayers was a member of Waverly Place Baptist Church where she had taught Sunday School for over 70 years, was Chairman of the Flower Committee, and had worked with the G. A.'s and the Acteens. She had adopted as her sons and spouses, Luther and Irene Light of Vinton, Jim and Carol Howell of Marietta, Ga.; her grandchildren and spouses, Diane Ross of Vinton, Steve and Lisa Light of Roanoke, Dennis and Karen Light of Moneta, Amy and Shannon Grammer of Roanoke; also great-grandchildren, Joseph Ross, Nick Belbro, Ali Bevins, Abby Light, Kyndal Grammer; also nephews and wives, Robert H. and Dorothy Hannabass of Goodview, David and Carol Ayers of Vinton, Ed and Frances Ayers of Bowling Green; niece and husband, Joan and Ira Crouch of Bedford; great-nephews and spouses, Terry and Beth Hannabass of Goodview, Kevin and Beth Crouch of Vinton, Tony and Rhonda of Bedford, Travis Crouch; also great-niece and spouse, Margaret and Gary Pagans of Goodview; sister-in-law, Lallie Hannabass of Moneta. Funeral services will be conducted at Waverly Place Baptist Church 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2000 with Rev. Reed Ness officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Friends may call at Oakey's Vinton Chapel from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

CARRINGTON, Ernest, 70, of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2000. He was the son of the late Isaac and Hannah Chappell Carrington. He was preceded in death by nine sisters and three brothers. Survivors include his wife, Charlotte Carrington; two sons, Jonathan Carrington and Richard Conner; two daughters, Tamatha and Nicole Carrington of Roanoke; one brother, Joe Nathan of Washington, D.C.; and one sister, Eglantine Jenkins of New Jersey; seven grandchildren; and a devoted friend, Susie Martin of Roanoke. A funeral service will be held Friday 2 p.m. at Emmanuel Tabernacle with Bishop J. C. English officiating. Interment will follow in Williams Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral hour. Friends may call at Serenity Thursday, 2 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home.

DEIS, Stella Wilson, 92, of New Castle, passed away Monday, February 28, 2000. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, March 2, 2000 at the Paitsel Funeral Home Chapel, New Castle.

ELLISON, Joseph Clarence, 79, of Buchanan, passed away Tuesday, February 29, 2000. He was a member and deacon of the Lithia Baptist Church and the Buchanan Lions Club. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Eva Samuel Ellison; daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda E. and Robert Kelley of Roanoke, Carol E. and Robert Johnson of Jacksonville, Fla., Mary E. and Howard Cote of Wilmington, N.C., Lois E. and Wordell Carter of Jacksonville, Fla.; sister, Eveleen Jones of California; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 3, 2000 at 2 p.m. in Lithia Baptist Church with the Rev. Dan Scott and Rev. Ed Nicholson officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Those wishing to make a contribution, please consider the Down's Syndrome Association in honor of his grandson, Kota Edward Kelley. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Botetourt Funeral Home, 14920 Lee Highway, Buchanan (254-3000).

FAULKNER, Marvell, 72, of Roanoke, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000. She was born in Alton, Va. to the late Isaac and Geneva Faulkner. She was preceded in death by her brother, John Faulkner. Survivors are a host of cousins and friends. Graveside services will be Friday 1 p.m. at Williams Memorial Park. Friends may call Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home on Thursday for viewing.

HARRIS, Elizabeth Bryant, 99, formerly of Salem, passed away on Monday, February 28, 2000. Graveside service Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 11 a.m. at Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem. Arrangements by John M. Oakey & Son Salem Funeral Home. (389-5441)

HICKMAN, Pauline M., "Sister," 67, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, February 29, 2000. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Sarah Elizabeth Campbell. She was predeceased by her husband, George M. Hickman, a daughter, Pauline Hardy and a brother, Percy Mack. Survivors include seven sons, George Hickman, Jr., Paul Hickman, Ricky Hickman, Leon (Bernice Campbell) Hickman, Frederick Hickman and Maurice Hickman, all of Roanoke, Wayne (Cassandra) Hickman of Indiana; three daughters, Yvonne Robertson of Roanoke, Kim and Nicole Hickman of Roanoke; one brother, James R. Mack of Roanoke; 21 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four devoted friends, Mary Crump, Crystal Fields, Cecil Wingo and Millie Sullivan and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew COG. Interment will follow in Williams Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the church. Friends may call at Serenity Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home.

JONES, Annie Graveley, 70, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, February 27, 2000. A funeral service will be held Friday 1 p.m. at Serenity Funeral Home with Dr. J. Eugene Young officiating. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home.

MARTIN, Juanita Lea Webster, 70, of Roanoke, passed away Monday, February 28, 2000 at her home. She was a daughter of the late Robert Tisdale Webster and Evelyn Cordelia Rhinehart Webster; and predeceased by a son, Stephen C. Martin. Mrs. Martin was a member of Williamson Road Chapter #119 O.E.S. Surviving are her husband, Francis Martin; daughter, Stephanie Martin of Roanoke; daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Bob Fuqua, Dayton, Tenn.; son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Shelby Martin of Roanoke; son and daughter-in-law, Shawn and Tina Martin of Valparaiso, Ind.; a sister, Evelyn Whisnant of Roanoke; brother and sister-in-law, James Robert and Betty Webster of Roanoke; brother, Wyatt Edward Webster of Hiram, Ga.; seven grandchildren; mother-in-law, Margie Martin and her family, Bill Martin of Bedford, Tony and Lynette Martin, Larry and Mildred Martin, Brenda and Robin Belcher, all of Roanoke, Rhonda and Butch Moses of Wirtz, and Glenn and Carolyn Martin of Roanoke; uncle, W. Lewis Webster and his wife, Geneva; and an aunt, Ethel Alderman. The family wishes to express their gratitude to both Carilion Home Health Care and Carilion Hospice for their kind and gentle care given Mrs. Martin. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2000 from Oakey's North Chapel. The Rev. Charles Ward will officiate. Interment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Services conducted by Williamson Road Chapter #119, Order of the Eastern Star, will be at 7 p.m. Thursday from Oakey's North Chapel. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Oakey's North Chapel.

PARKER, Harry Louis, 64, of Salem, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 10 a.m. at the Lotz Salem Chapel.

RHODES, Lurline Showalter, 93, of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman E. Rhodes; parents, Mr. & Mrs. E. L. Showalter; sisters, Mrs. Lois S. Weeks, Mrs. Clara Mae S. Whitt; and a nephew, Philip W. Weeks. Mrs. Rhodes retired from Dun and Bradstreet and was a devoted member of Cloverdale Church of the Brethren. She was extremely interested and well informed of community affairs. She was outspoken, independent, and a great inspiration to those around her. She is survived by her sister-in-law, Stella Painter; and niece, June Painter, Salem; niece, Betty Weeks Carroll, Roanoke; great-niece, Mary Lois Mitchum, Richmond; great-nephews, Richard Mitchum, Richmond; Daniel Weeks, Corte Madera, Calif.; and David Weeks, Wellington, Fla.; great-great-nieces, Emily Mitchum, Richmond, Leena Weeks, Florida; great-great-nephews, Chris Mitchum, Herndon, Va.; Andrew Weeks, California. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to a favorite charity. A grave side service will be conducted 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2000 in Daleville Cemetery by the Rev. Glenn McCrickard and the Rev. Weldon Myers. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home 5160 Peters Creek Road. (366-0707)

ROBERTS, Joseph Daniel Sr., "Dan," 84, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, February 29, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Virginia Logene Roberts; sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph D. Roberts, Jr. and wife, Karen of Roanoke, Jerry C. Roberts of Bedford, and Gary K. Roberts and wife, Sandy of Roanoke; daughter, Diane Wray of Roanoke; brother, Douglas Roberts; sister, Audrey Schorah; grandson and wife, Scott and Julie Wray; granddaughters, Angie and Nickey Roberts. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Friday at the Lotz Roanoke Chapel by Rev. JoEllen Hetherington with burial in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. They will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Lotz Roanoke Chapel.

WEBSTER, William Warrington, 73, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Graveside funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Evergreen Burial Park. Arrangements by Lotz Roanoke Chapel.

WILLIAMS, Julia Barnett Welch, 81, of Blue Ridge, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home, Daleville.

BOWLES, Isabelle Chitwood, 80, of Rocky Mount, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000 at her home. She was the daughter of the late William Henry and Alice Hubbard Chitwood , and was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas D. Bowles. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Patrick France of Penhook; her sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Catherine Bowles of Chatham, James and Brenda Bowles of Penhook, Tommy and Thomasina Bowles of Los Lunas, N.M.; her grandchildren, David and Angela Bowles of Gretna, Joe and Melinda Bowles of Chatham; two great-grandchildren, Savanna Butts and Jacob Bowles; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Ulis and Geraldine Chitwood of Rocky Mount, Coleman and Christine Chitwood of New Castle, Del., Oliver and Ottie Chitwood, Clifton and Nadine Chitwood, all of Conway, S.C.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Peggy and Glenn Turman of Rocky Mount, Edith Perdue of Rocky Mount, Madeline and Kenneth Brown of Salem. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday in Flora Funeral Chapel with Rev. B. Glenn Voss officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. Those desiring to, may make memorials to the Snow Creek Rescue Squad, c / o Ruby M. Oakes, 8235 Snow Creek Road, Penhook, VA 24137. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Thursday with her family receiving friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at Flora Funeral Service, South Main Street, Rocky Mount.

HAWLEY, Joseph Chapman, 68, of Moneta, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000. He was a Marine Corps veteran of the Korean Conflict and was retired from Yellow Freight. Mr. Hawley was a member of Smith Mountain Lake Church of the Brethren. Surviving are his sons, Dean David Hawley and William Joseph Hawley, both of Roanoke; stepson, Dennis Sexton of Florida; two grandchildren, Nicholas Hawley and Sarah Hawley; one sister, Frances Parrish of Colonial Heights, Va.; special friends, Rose Dudley and Phyllis Hawley. A memorial service will be at Oakey's South Chapel 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2000. The Rev. Jerry Naff will officiate. Private interment in Arlington National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Smith Mountain Lake Church of the Brethren, 400 Scruggs Road, Moneta, VA 24121. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel.

JONES, Stafford O., 65, of Henry, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital. He was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church, was a U.S. Army veteran, a graduate of Lynchburg College, and was a teacher in the Franklin County School System with 27 years of service. Surviving are his wife, Patricia E. Jones; his daughter and son-in-law, Sarah and Carroll Owen; his son and daughter-in-law, Bryan E. and Stacey Jones; his sisters and brothers, Ina Messenger, Juanita Howell, Estelle E. Jones, Ishmael and Thelma Jones, Christine Jones, Rudolph and Molly Jones, Geraldine and William Smith; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday in Flora Funeral Chapel with Rev. Fletcher Hardy and Rev. Larry Mann officiating. Interment will follow in the Town Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Thursday with his family receiving friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at Flora Funeral Service, South Main Street, Rocky Mount.

SCHLINTZ, John Edward Sr., 82, of Bedford, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday at Carder-Tharp Funeral Home Chapel, Bedford.

SLUSHER, Janette, 76, of Bedford, died Monday, February 28, 2000. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 2, 2000 in the Troutville Cemetery. Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home in Daleville.

BROWN, Kenneth Eugene, "Kenny," 64, of Pulaski, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Fuenral 2 p.m. Friday at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

BROWN, Nannie May Rogers, 85, of Pulaski, departed this life on Monday, February 28, 2000 at her residence after a long illness. She was born January 17, 1915 in Pulaski, Va., daughter of the late Rev. J. H. Rogers and Mayme Rogers. She was preceded in death by her husband, the late Isaac Brown, also five brothers and six sisters. She was a member of the Randolph Avenue United Methodist Church (formerly Clarks Chapel). She leaves to cherish her memory, a loving and devoted companion, Henry Lee Dyer of Pulaski; a devoted niece, Mamie H. Marshall; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2000 at the Randolph Ave. United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donald Swift officiating. Burial will be at Pinehurst Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 2 p.m. until the time of service. Friends may call anytime at the home of Mrs. Mamie H. Marshall, 1639 Randolph Ave., Pulaski. Penn's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

DAVIS, Jasper Hampton Sr., 80, of the Little Creek Section of Bland County, died Tuesday evening, February 29, 2000 in the Wythe County Community Hospital. Born February 26, 1920 in Little Creek, he was the son of the late Comie Davis and Edna Davis. Mr. Davis was a contract mail carrier for the Star Rt. in Dublin for 45 years. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Meadows Davis; one son and daughter-in-law, Jasper and Shirley Davis of Little Creek; one daughter, Louise Davis Parker of Little Creek; two brothers, Ranold Davis of Newbern and Earl Davis of Pontiac, Mich.; two sisters, Mrs. Victor "Violet" Combs of Pearisburg, Mrs. Margaret Davis Linkous of Rocky Mount; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2000 at Thomas M. Seagle & Sons Funeral Home, with the Rev. Richard Csanyi and the Rev. James Angle officiating. Interment will follow in the Goshen Cemetery in Bland County. Visiting will be anytime after 2 p.m. Thursday, and the family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

HERSHBERGER, Lois Jane Whittaker, 72, of Blacksburg, died Monday, February 28, 2000 at her home. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 2, 2000 at 11:00 a.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doug Price officiating. Interment will follow in the Robinson Family Cemetery, Blacksburg. The family requests that no flowers be sent. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 446, Christiansburg, Va. 24073. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.

KEISTER, Hazel Christina Furrow, 77, of Christiansburg, passed away Tuesday, February 29, 2000 in Montgomery Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at the Horne Funeral Chapel conducted by Pastor Leroy Peters with interment to follow in West View Cemetery, Radford. Arrangements are being handled by Horne Funeral Service in Christiansburg.

ROGERS, Charles Junior, 78, of 5510 Locust St. Ext., Dublin, went to be with the Lord, Tuesday evening, February 29, 2000. Born May 21, 1921 in Inman, Va., he was the son of the late Sarah Smith Rogers and Rufus Rogers. He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Rogers; one sister, Edith Rogers; and a grandson, Jeffrey Altizer. He is survived by his wife, Georgia Nelson Rogers; two daughters, Mrs. Wayne "Saundra" Gray of Pulaski and Mrs. B. J. "Sharon" Altizer of Snowville; two brothers, Stanford Rogers of Pulaski and Chester Rogers of Dayton, Ohio; three grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2000 at Thomas M. Seagle & Sons Funeral Service with Rev. Jim Linkous officiating. Interment will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens. Visiting will be anytime after 2 p.m. Thursday and the family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

STEGER, Mary Sue Miles, 78, of 125 12th Street, N.W., Pulaski, died Tuesday afternoon, February 29, 2000 in the Pulaski Community Hospital. She was born in Pulaski on March 8, 1921 and was the daughter of the late Arrest Miles and Nell Willis Miles. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Denny Steger, Sr. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Pulaski. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Emily and Jerry Thomas of Pulaski; three sons and daughters-in-law, William D. Steger, Jr. and Karen Steger of Reidsville, N.C., Sidney Miles Steger of Pulaski, John Mason Steger and Robin Steger of Dublin; a sister, Lois Hurst, Roanoke; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. from the Stevens Funeral Chapel with Dr. Randy Frye officiating. Burial will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens in Dublin. Visiting will be Thursday evening from the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, 135 4th St., N.W., Pulaski, Va. 24301. Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.

AKRIDGE, John Cecil, 63, of Bassett, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Funeral 2 p.m. Saturday at Oak Hill Cathedral of Glory, Bassett. Collins Funeral Services in Bassett will be handling the arrangements.

BRALLEY, David E. Jr., 72, of Austinville, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Funeral 1 p.m. Thursday, Reese Funeral Chapel, Austinville.

COLEMAN, Morris O., 76, of Lexington, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Arrangements by Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Service, Buena Vista, Va.

DALTON, Avis H., 87, of Laurel Fork, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Funeral 2 p.m. Friday at Mayberry Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Moody Funeral Services, Stuart.

DALTON, Mozelle Lawson, 88, of Martinsville, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Funeral 2 p.m. Friday at Norris Funeral Services Chapel.

DAVIDSON, Sheldon L., 69, of Buena Vista, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Graveside service 3 p.m. Friday at Green Hill Cemetery. Arrangements by Lomax Funeral Home.

EASTER, Chrisley, of Galax, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Funeral 2 p.m. Friday at Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home Chapel.

FITZGERALD, Willie Violet Phillips, 85, of Covington, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Funeral 2 p.m. Friday at Arritt Funeral Home Chapel.

FLEEMAN, Bessie Craig, 88, formerly of Waynesboro, Va., passed away on Friday, February 25, 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Roy G. Fleeman, and all of her ten siblings. She is survived by her daughter, Hazel F. Moyer and husband, Harold S. Moyer; two grandchildren, Linda M. Critzer and Timothy G. Moyer; two great-grandchildren, Andrea N. Critzer, all of Roanoke, and Justin G. Moyer of Rocky Mount, Va.; also a special niece, Connie Keffer of Ephrata, Pa. Mrs. Fleeman was a member of the Williamson Road Church of the Brethren. In keeping with her wishes, her body was donated to science. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2000 at the Williamson Road Church of the Brethren at 11 a.m. Pastor Emeritus, Harold S. Moyer will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service. Anyone wishing to make a memorial gift, the family suggests they be made to: Williamson Road Church of the Brethren Bus Fund at P.O. Box 5463, Roanoke, Va. 24012.

HELDRETH, Sue Lambert, 73, of Martinsville, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Funeral 11 a.m. Friday at McKee-Stone Funeral Services Chapel. Graveside service 11 a.m. Saturday at the Maplewood Cemetery in Tazewell.

JOHNSON, Ruth Farmer, 79, of Gretna, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Funeral 2 p.m. Friday at Midway Baptist Church. Arrangements by Colbert-Moran Funeral Home.

JONES, Janice M., of Tazewell, after a short illness and stay at Tazewell Community Hospital, went to be with Jesus Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Today she is walking with Jesus in his wonderful and marvelous garden in Heaven. She is happily running and skipping through the mansion God has prepared for her. She was loved by all who came in contact with her and returned that love tenfold. There has never been someone so kind, caring and thoughtful to those who surrounded her. She will be dearly missed. Janice was co-owner and manager of Jones' of North Tazewell, Va. Janice's passing was preceded by her father, Paul E. Jones of North Tazewell. Janice is survived by her mother, Narcie Cox Jones of North Tazewell; her brother and his family, Eddie and Cathy Jones, their son, Casey and daughter, Madison, all of Tazewell; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Jean and Ruphas Sluss of Dublin and Jolene and Forrest Otey of Roanoke; nephews, Kevin and Peggy Sluss and their son Marshall Sluss, all of Roanoke and Keith and Tina Sluss and their daughter, Lauren and son, Austin, all of Kingsport, Tenn. and John Otey of Blacksburg. Also surviving is her longtime special friend and faithful employee, Mary Spurgeon of North Tazewell. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2000 at the North Tazewell United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Lewis Weaver, the Rev. Darrell Williams and the Rev. Jim Russ officiating. Burial will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Va. Pallbearers will be Keith Sluss, Kevin Sluff, John Paul Otey, Randall Linkous, Claude Reedy and R. G. Spurgeon. Friends may call at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2000. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the North Tazewell United Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 125. North Tazewell, Va. 24630.

KEFFER, Berl N., 71, of Fieldale, passed away Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday at the County Line Church of God of Prophecy, Arrangements by Howell Funeral Home, Stuart. (540-694-6899)

MARSHALL, Barbara Mabry, 49, of Barren Springs, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Funeral 11 a.m. Friday, March 3, 2000 at the Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel in Hillsville, Va.

MORRIS, Ethel Robbins, "This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it." Psalms 118:24. Mrs. Ethel Robbins Morris, age 89, passed away at her home on Tuesday, February 29, 2000. The daughter of Hilda Pollard and Thomas Freeman Robbins, she was born in Washington, North Carolina on September 19, 1910. After graduating from Washington High School, she attended East Carolina Teachers' College. She came to Galax in 1931 and worked in the office of Galax Knitting Mill. On November 15, 1933, she married Robert Vaughan Morris, Sr., a Galax business and civic leader. Her husband and three sisters, Emily Freeman Robbins, Mary Robbins Rhodes, and Hilda Robbins Bowen, preceded her in death. She is survived by three sons, Robert V. Morris, Jr. of Clarksville, Virginia, Dr. Thomas R. Morris and his wife, Barbara-lyn of Emory, Virginia, and David P. Morris, Sr. and his wife, Linda of Roanoke. Also surviving is one brother, Edgar Clark Robbins of St. Louis, Missouri. A devoted mother, grandmother, and aunt, she is survived by seven grandchildren, Robert V. Morris, III of Neptune Beach, Florida, Mrs. Tabbitha Morris Barnes, Sharon Robbins Morris, and Rosa Vaughan Morris, all of Emory, Virginia, Mrs. Melanie Morris Johnson of Mooresville, North Carolina, Amy C. Morris of Blacksburg, Virginia, and David P. Morris, Jr. of Roanoke; and one great-grandchild, Anthony Barnes. An active member of First United Methodist Church, she taught Sunday school and Bible school and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a member of the Galax Garden Club. In 1994 she founded the R. V. Morris and Ethel R. Morris Scholarship Fund, a four-year academic scholarship offered to students at Galax High School. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Galax Foundation for Excellence in Education, P.O. Box 487, Galax, Virginia 24333. The family will receive visitors at her home, 307 Grayson Street, on Thursday night from 7 until 9 p.m. Services will be at First United Methodist Church at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 3, 2000 with interment at Felts Cemetery. Arrangements by Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home, Galax, Virginia.

MOTLEY, Mary N., 74, of Covington, passed away Monday, February 28, 2000. A funeral service will be held 1:30 p.m. Thursday at Reed Street Baptist Church. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home.

MURPHY, Marie T., 73, of Marion, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000 in Smyth County Community Hospital. She was a faithful member of St. John's Catholic Church, Marion, Virginia and was a retired employee of Smyth County Community Hospital following 33 years of service. Mrs. Murphy was preceded in death by a daughter, Barbara Murphy. She is survived by her husband, Hugh F. Murphy, Sr. of Marion, Virginia; two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Tracy Untiedt and Patty and Phil Hendren, all of Marion, Virginia; five sons and four daughters-in-law, Billy and Terry Murphy of Dublin, Virginia, Joey and Lisa Murphy of Marion, Virginia, Jack and Cindy Murphy of Radford, Virginia, Robert and Janet Murphy of Rural Retreat, Virginia and Hugh F. Murphy, Jr. of Galax, Virginia; one sister, Joan Herman of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania; one brother, Joseph Bosha of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; eleven grandchildren. A Mass of Resurrection will be held Friday, March 3, 2000 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Catholic Church with Father Robert Krenik and Rev. Neville Mozingo officiating. Entombment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 7 until 9 p.m. at Seaver--Brown Chapel. Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is serving the Murphy family.

PRILLAMAN, Annie Belle Richardson, 89, of Martinsville, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Funeral 2 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2000 at Norris Funeral Services Chapel of Martinsville, Va.

SMITH, Gayleon Hamilton Jr., 57, of Bassett, died Sunday, February 27, 2000. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gayleon, Sr. and Ruth Smith. Survivors include three sisters, Joyce (Carl) Story of Roanoke, Loretta Ball of Salem, and Anita Bower of Christiansburg; four brothers, Nelson Smith of Salem, Norman (Pat) Smith of Roanoke, Wayne (Jeanne) Smith of Vernon Hill, Va., and Curtis Smith of Christiansburg; along with several nieces and nephews. Also surviving are G. H.'s "special family" Susie and Daniel Orange of Christiansburg and their children. Visitation will be Thursday, March 2, 2000 from 6 to 8 p.m. at McCoy Funeral Service in Blacksburg, Va. A graveside service will be held Friday, March 3, 2000, 11:00 a.m. at Sunset Cemetery in Christiansburg. Rev. Jimmy Price officiating.

TAYLOR, Diane Berger, 45, of Chatham, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Miller Funeral Home, Gretna, is in charge of arrangements.

WEBB, Gale Bowyer, 69, of Abingdon, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Funeral 2 p.m. Friday at Chestnut Grove Community Church. Arrangements by Campbell Funeral Home.

WEBB,, Barbara A., 56, of Martinsville, died Wednesday, March 1, 2000. Funeral 1 p.m. Saturday, March 4, 2000 at the Stanfield-Miller Funeral Home Chapel in Martinsville, Va.

WILKERSON, William Harvey, "Willie," 92, of Clifton Forge, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000. Funeral 11 a.m. Friday at Nicely Funeral Home Chapel.

WILLIAMS, Robert H. Sr., "Bobby," 71, of Wytheville, died Tuesday, February 29, 2000 in the Wythe County Community Hospital. He was born in Wytheville, Va., the son of the late Sherman H. and Annie Laurie Martin Williams; and was preceded in death by a brother, Sherman L. Williams. Mr. Williams was the founder of Williams Manufacturing Corporation and was a member of the Wytheville Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his wife, Ann Cox Williams of the home; two daughters, Bobby Ann Williams and Dixie Susan Williams, both of Wytheville; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert H., Jr. and Kathy Williams of Ceres; two grandchildren, Virginia Ann Williams and Grace Katherine Williams; four sisters, Patsy Kulp of Roanoke, Nancy Alley of Wytheville, Rebecca Stultz of Floyd, Mary Brewster of York, Pa. Several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 3, 2000 at 11 a.m. at the Barnett Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Michael Wingard officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethany Methodist Church Cemetery in Ceres. The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday or at the residence at any time. The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Wythe County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 389, Wytheville or to the Wytheville Presbyterian Church Building Fund. Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va. is in charge of the arrangements.

GAINER, Robert Merrill, 87, of Shepherdstown, W.Va., died Wednesday, March 1, 2000 at the City Hospital, Martinsburg, W.Va. Born January 27, 1913 in Latonia, W.Va., he was the son of the late Lee and Ola Gainer. He was a member of the New Street United Methodist Church. Merrill Gainer coached high school for 31 years. During his coaching career, he coached at Big Creek High School in War, W.Va., Poca High School, Elkview High School, Bluefield High School and Patrick Henry High School, Roanoke, Va. Merrill Gainer retired from teaching and coaching in 1978. He was an inductee of the National High School Athletes Hall of Fame in 1979, West Virginia Sports Writers Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Shepherd College Hall of Fame in 1986. Merrill Gainer was a 1940 graduate of Shepherd College. He faithfully served his country in the U. S. Navy during WWII. He leaves his wife of 58 years, Ruby Mae Akers Gainer; two sons, Richard Lee Gainer of Shepherdstown, W.Va. and Joseph Merrill Gainer and his wife, Betty of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; three grandchildren, Kelli Gainer Waldeck of Martinsburg, W.Va., Joseph Merrill Gainer, II of Harpers Ferry, W.Va. and Michael Kevin Gainer; two great-grandchildren, Kelcie Gainer Waldeck and Kara Merrill Waldeck; one sister, Judy Rhoades of Charleston, W.Va.; five brothers, Harold Gainer of Boonsboro, Md., Lynn Gainer of Elkins, W.Va., Fred Gainer of Laurel, Del., Ronald Gainer of Elyria, Ohio and James Gainer of Elyria, Ohio. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Thelma Hardman and two brothers, Eldred Gainer and Scott Gainer. Funeral services will be Saturday, March 4, 2000 at 1 p.m. from the Rosedale Funeral Chapel, Martinsburg, W. Va., with the Rev. James Embrey officiating. Interment will be in Rosedale Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday, March 3, 2000 from 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Rosedale Funeral Chapel, Martinsburg, W.Va., is in charge of arrangements.

LILLEY, Vivian C., 78, of Jacksonville, Fla., formerly of Buena Vista, died Monday, February 28, 2000. Graveside service 11 a.m. Friday in Rockbridge Memorial Gardens, Lexington. Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home.

ROBERSON, Clifford James Jr., 61, of Sunnyvale, California and formerly of Roanoke, died Sunday, February 27, 2000. He was a graduate of Jefferson High School and Roanoke College. He attended the University of Virginia and received his master's degree at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces. He was a self-employed computer consultant worldwide. Surviving are his daughters, Kristal Roberson Bradfield of Baker, W.Va., Tanya Roberson Wanganui of New Zealand; his mother, Pauline Pollard Roberson of Roanoke; a granddaughter, Emily Claire Bradfield of Baker, W.Va. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2000 at Evergreen Burial Park. Dr. Harry Y. Gamble will officiate. The family will receive friends at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or any local hospice group.

TINGLER, Robert Lewis, 53, of Kernersville, N.C., passed away Sunday, February 27, 2000. Graveside services 1 p.m. Thursday at Huffman Memorial Park, Craig County, Va. Arrangements by the Paitsel Funeral Home, New Castle.

WEEKS, Harry J., 56, of Chester, Md., formerly of Radford, died February 29, 2000. Arrangements by Fellows, Helfenbein and Newnam Funeral Home, Chester, Md.


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