Miscellaneous Roanoke County, Virginia Obituaries
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PLATZ-In loving memory of
Robert M. Platz
who left us one year ago today, March 6. Gone but not forgotten.
9-18-27 - 3-6-99
"Forever in our Hearts"
Your Family 

ARTHUR, Norma Feazell, 53, of Roanoke, passed away Friday, March 3, 2000. Graveside services 2 p.m. Monday, Fair View Cemetery. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel.

ASHE, Mabel Phillippi, 89, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 4, 2000. She was born in Rural Retreat, a daughter of George W. and Alice Heldreth Phillippi. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bill Ashe. She is survived by a son, Billy Kelley of Roanoke; a brother, Frank Phillippe of Sun City, Ariz.; and many nieces and nephews. In keeping with her expressed wishes, Ms. Ashe has made a gift of her body to the Virginia State Anatomical Division of Health.

BELCHER, Lettie Ellen, 85, of Roanoke, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000. Funeral services 11 a.m. Tuesday at Oakey's North Chapel.

BONNER-HORAN, Lynne, 39, of Fincastle, died Saturday, March 4, 2000. She is survived by her husband, Christopher Horan of Fincastle; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Julian R. Johnson of Reform, Ala.; her mother-in-law, Kathleen Rabke of Warminster, Pa.; her grandmother, Mary Lee Peeks of Reform, Ala.; and two brothers, Mark Bonner of Reform, Ala., and Dennis Bonner of Roanoke. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at the Rader Daleville Chapel, with Dr. William E. Baker officiating. Interment will follow in Pleasant Dale Memorial Park in Fincastle. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

BROWN, Ray Calvin, 80, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2000. Arrangements by Oakey's Vinton Chapel.

BURWELL, John Daniel, of Roanoke, died Friday, March 3, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary J. Burwell; his mother, Mrs. Lena Bonds; one son, John Daniel Burwell, Jr.; two daughters, Miss Marion Day and Ms. Felicia Burwell; three sisters, Ms. Emma J. Burwell, Mrs. Mary Hairston and Mrs. Nancy Lee Young; six brothers, James (Joyce) Burwell, Jack Burwell, Calvin (Patricia) Burwell, David Burwell, Paul Burwell, Samuel W. (Judy) Burwell; mother-in-law, Jane Day; five sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and other relatives. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home. 

CARTER, Everett Clyde Jr., "Ed," 75, of Roanoke, passed away Friday, March 3, 2000. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2000 at 11 a.m. from Oakey's Roanoke Chapel. 

CARTER, Francis B. Sr., 76, of Roanoke, died Thursday, March 2, 2000. Services will be private with arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel.

CARTER, Martha Lacy Werth, March 17, 1952-March 3, 2000. Survived by her husband, J. Meade Carter and daughters, Elizabeth and Katharine Carter of Roanoke. Also survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick M. Werth, Rural Retreat; her brother, Frederick M. Werth, Jr. of Grayson County; and her sister, Elizabeth W. Estep of Dallas, Texas. Memorial service Monday at 2 p.m., Covenant Presbyterian Church, Roanoke. Burial at New Dublin Presbyterian Church, Dublin, Virginia 11 a.m. Tuesday.

COLEMAN, Phyllis Artrip, 82, of Roanoke, died 6:15 p.m. Friday, March 3, 2000 in a local hospital. Mrs. Coleman was the widow of W. Tredway Coleman. Mrs. Coleman was an extraordinary person, who during the Depression when her father was too ill to work, quit school to support her family by working at Smartwear Irving Sach's and continuing school at night. She met her husband at the age of 17 and was married at 19. Throughout her life she was an aid and support to others. When her son was very ill for five years, she kept him alive with her care and dedication. In her own home, she nursed her mother from the time she was 72 until her mother's death at the age of 94. When her daughter died in 1987, Mrs. Coleman was by her bedside until her death. And, when her husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, she alone, took care of him until the end of his life, after a marriage of 61 years. Mrs. Coleman was active in the community and church. A member of Virginia Heights Baptist Church for 62 years, she was many times the president of her Sunday School class. Mrs. Coleman was a member of and president of Mt. Vernon School PTA twice. She was a member of and one-time president of Cave Spring High School PTA; and was a founding member of the Cave Spring Music Boosters Club, formerly the "Band Aid Club". In addition, Mrs. Coleman was a life-long member of the Roanoke Valley Women's Club, where she also served as president for a term. An avid bridge player, she belonged to her local club for almost 50 years. Phyllis Coleman competed extensively in ballroom dancing through the Fred Astaire and American Dance Studios. She won many awards and trophies for her excellence. It was a passion she held until her dying day. Mrs. Coleman was an accomplished artist who took lessons throughout her life and though she provided gifts to many people, she always refused to sell her work for profit. Mrs. Coleman was a world traveler, having traveled throughout Europe with the Cave Spring High School Band in 1962. She vacationed with her husband, daughter and son-in-law to Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific Islands. Additionally she vacationed in Mexico, Panama, the Amazon River, Alaska, Canada and more. Mrs. Coleman was an intellectual, avid reader who discussed any topic with authority. Her home was always a warm and welcome place for her friends, her children's friends and her neighbors. Lastly, she was a perfect Mom who will be missed each day, forever. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Carolyn Coleman Stone of Norfolk. Surviving are a son, Stephen Tredway Coleman; daughter-in-law, Pamela A. Martin; two grandchildren, Catherine Hughes Martin Coleman, and Louisa Grace Martin Coleman; brother-in-law, C. Daniel Coleman; sister-in-law, Phyllis H. Coleman; niece, Nancy Coleman Long and her husband, Darrell Long; nephew, Peter D. Coleman and his wife, Yvonne Coleman; four great-nieces; one great-nephew and one great-great-nephew. The family suggests memorials be made to the Carolyn Coleman Stone's Memorial Scholarship Fund, Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va. Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, with the Rev. C. Nelson Harris and the Rev. Michael Hopkins officiating. Friends may call at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

FLINT, Kim Darnell, 39, of Roanoke passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000. Graveside service 11:00 a.m. Monday in Sherwood Memorial Park. Arrangements by Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home.

GRIFFIN, Elizabeth Pansybell Mayo, of Roanoke, died Saturday, March 4, 2000. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Thelma Campbell and husband Donald, Mrs. Emma Jane Woods, Mrs. Girthalee Swain; three grandchildren, Ms. Carolyn Woods, Ms. Velma Campbell, and Donald Campbell and wife Stephanie; two great-grandchildren, Ms. Jennifer Campbell, and Ms. Tempest Campbell; three sisters-in-law, Mrs. Jenni Mayo, Ms. Alberta Mayo, Mrs. Nellie Webster of Pittsburg, Pa.; two devoted friends, Mrs. Anna Lee Jones and Mrs. Slorine Allen; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home. 

JOURNIETTE, Benjamin Push, 87, of Springwood, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000. Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home, Daleville.

KINSEY, Jean Johnson, 79, of Salem, died Sunday, March 5, 2000. She was a graduate of Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Surviving family include her husband of 56 years, Roy M. Kinsey; sons, Roy M. Kinsey, Jr. and his wife and stepdaughter Pat and Jennie Marie of Pensacola, Fla., and G. Scott Kinsey of Sheldon, S.C. Memorial services will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2000 at 10 a.m. at St. Elizabeth's Episcopal Church, Roanoke. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The American Lung Association or to a charity of choice. Arrangements by John M. Oakey & Son, Salem Funeral Home and Cremation Services. 389-5441.

LaPRAD, Choy Dalfort, 73, of Roanoke, passed away Friday, March 3, 2000. Funeral services 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, from the Lotz Roanoke Chapel.

OLIVER, Roberta Mae, 88, of Vinton, died Sunday, March 5, 2000. Arrangements by Oakey's Vinton Chapel. 

PENTECOST, Nellie L., (Summers), 90, of Roanoke, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Millard "Fuzzy" Pentecost; four sons, Gene "Snookie" Pentecost, Tony W. Pentecost, Toby Pentecost and Robert Pentecost; a daughter, Joyce P. Anderson. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Salem and was a member of the Rebekah Sunday School class. She was also a member of the Vinton Chapter #136 Order of Eastern Star. Mrs. Pentecost was loved by many and will be greatly missed. She is survived by nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2000 at Oakey's North Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Cribb officiating. The interment will follow in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Oakey's North Chapel. 

PRICE, Richard Lee, 70, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2000. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home. 

SMITH, Mildred A. Hunt, "Bobbie," 54, of Roanoke, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000. Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home, Daleville.

SOYARS, David T., 74, of Roanoke, formerly of Patrick County, died Saturday, March 4, 2000. Graveside services 2 p.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery. Arrangements by Moody Funeral Services, Inc., Stuart.

SPICKARD, Elwood William, 87, of Salem, passed away Friday, March 3, 2000. Graveside service, Tuesday, 1 p.m., Evergreen Burial Park. Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

STONEMAN, Lester Ray, 75, of Salem, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000. He retired from G.E. after 35 years of service. A local sports enthusiast, "Hosea" was a regular at Salem High School, Glenvar High School, Roanoke College, and Salem Avalanche events, to name a few. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred B. Stoneman, and brother, Grover Stoneman. He is survived by his daughters and son-in-law, Joan and James H. Stump, Rhonda Stoneman; son, Dudley Stoneman; grandchildren, Elaine Gray and husband, Michael W. Gray, Jeffery J. Stump; great-granddaughter, Ashleigh Nicole Gray; sisters and brother-in-law, Edith and Melvin Pratt, Ethel Foley; numerous nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, March 8, 2000, at 10 a.m. in Sherwood Memorial Park, with the Rev. Carter Sloan officiating. Friends may call at Lotz Salem Chapel Tuesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salem Rescue Squad.

SWAIN, Beulah, of Roanoke, died Sunday, March 5, 2000. She was the widow of Edward J. Swain and a longtime member of First Baptist Church. Surviving are her sisters, Miss Tabitha Meador, Roanoke, Mrs. Florence Sink of North Carolina, Mrs. Maxine Mitchell of Roanoke; brothers, Percy Meador, Wirtz, Claude Meador, Roanoke, Raymond Meador, Roanoke; also several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2000 in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. John Cochran officiating. Friends may call at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

WALTON, Charlie R., 91, of Roanoke, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000. Graveside services 2 p.m., Thursday, March 9, in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Lotz Roanoke Chapel. 

WEBER, Norman F., 77, of Roanoke, passed away Friday, March 3, 2000. He was a very kind and loving husband, father, grandfather and was always a gentleman. He was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church. He retired from Norfolk & Southern with 40 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Cammie Weber; daughters and sons-in-law, Pam and Chuck Toms, Jill and Dennis Blanchard; grandchildren, Carla Dunaway and husband Nick, Michael and Michelle Blanchard; brother, Frank Weber; sisters, Eva Steiner and Katherine Winterhalter; several nieces and nephews. A funeral mass will be held 12 noon Monday, March 6, 2000 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church with the Rev. Randy Rule officiating. The interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew's Catholic Church. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Andrew's Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to St. Andrew's Catholic Church Building Fund or St. Francis House. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel. 

WOLFE, Ray Clayborne, 82, of Salem, and formerly of Buchanan, died Saturday, March 4, 2000. Graveside service 1 p.m. Monday, March 6, 2000, in the Fariview Cemetery, Buchanan. Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home, Buchanan.

WOOD, Ruby L. Nichols, 71, of Roanoke, passed away Friday, March 3, 2000. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wilburn F. Wood; her father, Flem L. Nichols; her mother, Virgie Lee Hodges Nichols; brothers, Earnest Nichols, Harry Nichols, Will Nichols, John Nichols, and infant brothers, Vernon and Roy Nichols; sisters, Edith Hylton, Belle Hyder, Julia Huffman, Blanche Frye. Leaving to mourn her are daughters, Carolyn Toner and husband, Merle, Sr., Roanoke, Shirley Hunley and husband, Harold, Jr., Goodview; sons, Gary W. Wood and wife, Janie, Roanoke, Kenneth L. Wood and wife, Vanessa, Rocky Mount, Daryel W. Wood and wife, Lisa, Roanoke; 16 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; a brother, Luther Nichols and wife, Fran, Vinton; sisters, Margaret Underdown, California, Ann Shough and Wallace, Bassett; brothers-in-law, James Wood and wife, Wilma, Roanoke, Aubrey "Jack" Wood and wife, Hazel "Pete", Bedford, Garland M. Wood, Roanoke, Leonard Hylton, Stuart; sisters-in-law, Reba Nichols, Roanoke, Sally Nichols, Vinton, Lorene Shell, Roanoke, Stella Davis, Roanoke, Mayonia Adkinson and husband, Clyde, Bedford, Nancy Dunkin and husband, Don, Fincastle, Judy Wood and Pat, Roanoke; an aunt, Madeline Hodges, Rocky Mount; an uncle, Walter Hodges and wife, Elva, Rocky Mount; countless nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and neighbors. She was retired from Harris Hardwood of Roanoke and Mason Distributing of Roanoke. She was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy, Southwest Roanoke. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Funeral services will be conducted from Oakey's North Chapel at 3 p.m. Monday, with the Rev. Jerry W. Hooper and the Rev. Roy W. Shewbridge officiating, with burial in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at Oakey's North Chapel Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. 

YOUNG, Marion Eloise Cox, of Roanoke, died Sunday, March 5, 2000. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel. 

AMOS, Charlotte Jean, 61, of Hardy, passed away Friday, March 3, 2000. Funeral services will be conducted from Oakey's Vinton Chapel at 10 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2000. 

CHAPPELLE, Frances Kennedy, 74, of Bedford, died Saturday, March 4, 2000 at her residence. She was born in Bedford County on December 13, 1925, a daughter of the late James Austin Kennedy and Katie Minnick Kennedy. Mrs. Chappelle was a former employee of the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company. She was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and sister. Mrs. Chappelle is survived by her husband of 47 years, Henry H. Chappelle; two sons, Stephen H. Chappelle, John V. Chappelle and his wife Wendy of Bedford; a daughter, Susan Chappelle Brooks and her husband Steve of Bedford; two granddaughters, Carly Brooks and Kaitlyn Brooks of Bedford; six sisters, Kathleen J. Kennedy, Mildred K. Taylor, and Betty K. Nash, all of Bedford, Eleanor K. Manning of Forest, Jane K. Waid of Rocky Mount, Ann K. Dickens of Florida; one brother, James H. Kennedy of Poquoson; six nieces and three nephews. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 3433 Brambleton Ave., S.W. Roanoke, Va. or the Ebenezer United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2000 at the Carder-Tharp Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Roger Dixon and the Rev. Garry Shelton officiating. Burial will follow in the Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Carder-Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 586-3443. 

FALLIN, Frank E., 80, of Huddleston, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2000. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home.

KING, W. R., "Robbie", 28, of Goodview, went to be with the Lord Friday, March 3, 2000. He was the former owner of Vinton Automotive. Surviving are his wife, Lisa Darnell King; son, Robert Wesley King; daughter, Stacey Lynn King, all of Fredericksburg; his parents, Auburn and Elizabeth King, Goodview. Funeral services will be at Oakey's Vinton Chapel 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 8, 2000, with Pastor Andy Ratliff officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton. Friends may call after 12 noon Tuesday at Oakey's Vinton Chapel, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. 

SHEPPERD, Lula Frances, 78, of Hardy, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 2, 2000. Funeral services Monday, March 6 at 2 p.m. from Coopers Cove Baptist Church. Arrangements by Lotz Roanoke Chapel.

BRADFORD, William Frank, 88, of Elliston, passed away on Friday, March 3, 2000 at Lewis-Gale Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at Hall's Church on Monday, March 6, 2000 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Charles "Billy" Wells and Mr. Bill Williams officiating. Burial will be at Hall's Church Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Horne Funeral Service in Christiansburg. 

CONWAY, Eugenia Burton Costingan, "Jennie," 52, formerly of Radford, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000. She was preceded in death by her father, Claude E. Burton, and also by her first husband, Wayne Costingan. She is survived by two daughters, Cammy and Jeff Stephens, and Sherry Costingan, both of Lawrenceville, Ga.; mother, Reva Burton of Radford; brother, Edsell Burton of Radford; sister, Sonja Burton of Christiansburg; four grandchildren, two nieces, and two nephews. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, March 7, 2000, at 11 a.m. at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford with Dr. Marty Glisson officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Monday, at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford. 

COOK, Michael David, "Mike," 36, of Blacksburg, died Friday, March 3, 2000 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, March 6, 2000 at 2 p.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jimmy E. Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg. 

HARMON, Virginia Tolley, 54, of Christiansburg, passed away suddenly Saturday, March 4, 2000. Surviving are her husband, Jimmy Lee Harmon; daughters and son-in-law, Janice Elaine O'Brien, Sandra Ann and Rodney D. Howell; son and daughter-in-law, Tony Joe and Amy Sale O'Brien; her mother, Rena Tolley; sister and brother-in-law, Violent and Steve Woolwine; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Doris Tolley; stepdaughters, Pam, Patty and Brenda; grandsons, Nathaniel Hunter O'Brien, Zachary Thomas Sale; granddaughter, Krista Michelle Howell; her mother-in-law, Hester Bowman; very special friend, Paige Selvey; numerous other family members and friends. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2000 at the Horne Funeral Chapel conducted by the Rev. Dallas Vines. Entombment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens. Friends may call anytime after 12 noon Monday at the Horne Funeral Service, where the family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday evening. Arrangements are being handled by Horne Funeral Service in Christiansburg. 

WILLIAMS, Annie Miller, 83, of 161 Able Drive, Pembroke, died Sunday morning, March 5, 2000, in Carilion Giles Memorial Hospital in Pearisburg after a long illness. Born on August 14, 1916, in Hoges Store in Giles County, she was a daughter of the late John Bill and Jane Mae Smith Williams. Annie was a member of Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church at Hoges Chapel and was retired from VPI and a member of AARP and RSVP in Pearisburg. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Wilbur Wesley Tingler, and Kenneth Mason Williams, and two brothers, Willard and Russell Williams. Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca Tingler and Kenneth Able of Hoges Chapel; three grandchildren, Lloyd Able and wife, Donna Summers Able of Newport, Jerian Able of Portland, Oregon, and Margaret Warren of Portland, Oregon; a great-grandson, Drake Able Warren; two sisters, Virginia Habernigg, and Margie Ferrell and husband, Jimmy, both of Pembroke; a special loving and devoted friend, Freddie King of Pembroke. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Kendall Funeral Home with burial following in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family will receive friends at the Kendall Funeral Home at 605 Snidow St. in Pembroke Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.

WILLIAMS, Deward Ted, 68, of Floyd, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2000. Arrangements by Maberry Funeral Home. 

BLEVINS, Charlotte Blackburn, 69, of Independence, passed away Sunday, March 5, 2000. She was the widow of Herbert Carl Blevins. Graveside service 2 p.m. Tuesday at Corinth Cemetery, Rugby, Va. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Independence, is in charge of arrangements. 

BRADY, Nathan Franklin Sr., 87, of Galax, died Saturday, March 4, 2000. Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday at Vaughan-Guynn Chapel.

BURCH, Margaret Louise Armstrong, 78, of Buena Vista, died Friday, March 3, 2000. Funeral services 2 p.m. Monday at the Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel. 

COOK, Mildred, 70, of Pittsville, died Sunday, March 5, 2000. Arrangements by Miller Funeral Home, Gretna.

CORNETT, Violet Fisher Johnson, 95, of Independence, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Alleghany Memorial Hospital, Sparta, N.C. She was born June 4, 1904, in Elk Creek, Va. She was preceded in death by her parents, John B. Fisher and Melissa Delp Fisher, and husbands, John L. Johnson and Clarence Cornett, and a son-in-law, Jack L. Rudolph. She was a graduate of Radford College and a retired educator. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Independence. Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Carolyn J. Rudolph, and Elizabeth J. and Andrew L. Bailey, all of Independence; grandchildren and spouses, Ann R. and George Wright, Dr. Jack L. and Debbie Rudolph, and Anthony and Barbara Rudolph; six great-grandchildren also survive. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel, Independence, with the Rev. Kathie Wilson-Parker and Rev. Fred E. Jennings officiating. Interment will be in Independence Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Flowers will be appreciated or memorials may be made to the charity of choice. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Independence is in charge of arrangements.

GEMMELL, Ruby Jones, 86, of Bristol, passed into eternal rest at her home on Saturday, March 4, 2000 surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Gemmell was born October 9, 1913 to Ida Rogers Jones and James E. Jones of Blountville, Tenn., and was a life-long resident of the Bristol area. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Law Gemmell, Jr. and an infant son, William Law Gemmell, III. She was dedicated to her children and grandchildren. She was a graduate of Lee's McCrae College and was a member of the St. Anne's Catholic Church, Bristol. She leaves to mourn, her two daughters, Billie Gemmell of Houston, Texas and Donna Shaffer of Bristol, Tenn.; five sons and daughters-in-law, James M. and wife Brenda Gemmell of Littleton, Colo., David E. and wife Pat Gemmell of Pilot, Daniel J. and wife Carolyn Gemmell of Johnson City, Tenn., Dr. John P. and wife Vicki Gemmell of Campobello, S.C. and Charles R. and wife Dena Gemmell of Bristol; one sister, Pearl Hamilton of Bristol, Tenn.; two sisters-in-law, Rosamond G. Fagan of Bristol, Helen D. Gemmell of Mechanicsville, Md.; seventeen grandchildren, Jennifer, Billy, Jaima, Lauren, Joe, Bill, Clay, Matt, John, Parker, Megan, Scott, Rubyn, Travis, Ben, Justin and John Paul; three great-grandchildren, Shannon, Dylan and Blaklie. Also surviving are a host of special nieces, nephews and loving friends. Mass of the Resurrection will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday in the St. Anne's Catholic Church, with Father Thomas A. Ianucci and Father Stephen Smith Celebrants. Burial will follow in the Glenwood Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Earl Jones, Bobby Hall, Ben Arnold, Charles Hamilton, Martin Hamilton, Justin Arnold, Travis Arnold and P. D. Fagan, III. Honorary pallbearers will be Vernard (Shorty) Douberly, Lloyd Autin, Billy Jones and her sons and grandsons. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at the Akard Funeral Home. Akard Funeral Home is serving the family of Mrs. Gemmell. 

GOODMAN, Bannie Eller, 83, of Covington, formerly of New Castle, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Marshall (Bud) Goodman, Sr. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Betty G. and John S. Bell of Covington; sons and daughter-in-law, Thomas M. (Tommy) and Thelma Goodman of New Castle, James E. Goodman of Rocky Mount; six grandchildren, Judy Goodman of Roanoke, Karen Tracey of Hampton, Jaimie Goodman of New Castle, John Marshall (Marty) Bell of Covington, David Edward Goodman, Mary Beth Goodman; two sisters-in-law; several half sisters and one half brother. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Paitsel Funeral Home Chapel, New Castle, with Jim Morris officiating. Interment will follow in Huffman Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

HAYNES, Roy Wilson, 86, of Martinsville, died Sunday, March 5, 2000. Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday at Norris Funeral Services Chapel.

KEELEY, Gordon D., "Dick," 77, of Wytheville, died Saturday, March 4, 2000. Funeral 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Barnett Funeral Chapel, Wytheville. Visitation will be 12 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home until service time.

LOWE, James Ellis, 78, of Austinville, died Saturday, March 4, 2000. Funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Reese Funeral Chapel. Visitation from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. 

MATHERLY, Arlen L., 65, of Galax, passed away Saturday, March 4, 2000 at her home. She is survived by four sisters and brother-in-law, Opal Jones, Bernice Matherly, both of Christiansburg, Ruby and Sammie Phillips, Thelma Quesenberry, all of Willis; brother, Vernon Matherly, Willis; special friend, David Sherdon Marshall, Dugspur; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2000 at the Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home Chapel, with Elder Joe H. McGrady and the Rev. Harvey Carrico officiating. Burial will follow at Cox Cemetery, Dugspur. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel, Hillsville.

POWER, Oma Payne, 89, of Altavista, died Saturday, March 4, 2000. Funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday at Colbert-Moran Funeral Chapel, Gretna. 

STRAUB, William Herman, 89, of Lexington, died Saturday, March 4, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Hospital. Born in Rockbridge County, February 11, 1911, he was the son of the late William Edward and May Almond Lewis Straub. Mr. Straub was a member of the Timber Ridge (Old Stone) Presbyterian Church for 75 years, was a charter member of Sam Houston Ruritan Club and operated Straub Texaco in Lexington for many years. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Connie Straub Zapar. Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Lackey Straub of Lexington; son and daughter-in-law, William Lewis and Theresa Joyce Straub of Lexington; son-in-law, Lou Zapar of Chesterfield; four grandchildren, Amy Beth Straub of Blacksburg, William Nathan Straub of Lexington, Gregory Zapar of San Diego, Calif., Mrs. Virginia Zapar Cohen of Virginia Beach; one great-granddaughter, Eliza MacKenzie Cohen of Virginia Beach. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, March 7, 2000 at 11 a.m. from the Harrison Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James Rohne and Dr. Richard young officiating. Burial will follow in Timber Ridge A. R. P. Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Timber Ridge (Old Stone) Presbyterian Church or the Lexington First Aid Crew. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday at the Harrison Funeral Home. 

SUTPHIN, Velva Celesta, 93, of Johnson City, Tenn., died Saturday, March 4, 2000 in the Johnson City Medical Center Hospital following a brief illness. A native of Hillsville, Va., Mrs. Sutphin was a daughter of the late Wise and Florence Ella Kemp Shokley. A graduate of Morris-Harvey College, Mrs. Sutphin was a retired school teacher from the Roanoke, Va. school system. Mrs. Sutphin was a member of the Retired Teachers of America and was a member of First Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harley Sutphin. Survivors include two sons, Carlton Sutphin of Orlando, Fla. and Ronald Sutphin of Johnson City, Tenn.; one daughter, Dorothy Gregory of Gray, Tenn.; three brothers, Ohlen Shokley of Hillsville, Va., Giles Shokley of Salem, Va. and Ed Shokley; three sisters, Goldie Arcaro of Michigan, Melda Alexander of Roanoke, Va. and Dixie Lee Howard of Vinton, Va.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, March 8, 2000 at 2 p.m. in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens in Roanoke, Va. Mrs. Sutphin had requested to be cremated. The family requests no flowers, but memorials may be made to the Johnson City-Washington Animal Control Center, 525 Sells Ave., Johnson City, Tenn., 37604. Applachian Funeral Home, 800 E. Watauga Ave., is in charge of arrangements.


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