Miscellaneous Roanoke County, Virginia Obituaries
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AUSTIN, Warren Berkeley, 65, of Roanoke, went to be with Jesus, Monday, January 29, 2001, and is permanently in Heaven. He was retired from Coca-Cola with 22 years of service. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Dorothy L. Austin; a daughter, Kathy Austin Sloan of Roanoke; grandchildren, William Andrew Sloan, Sharon Sloan Bryant; great-grandchildren, Warren Berkeley Sloan, Kailee Marie Bryant, and Hannah Sinclair Sloan; brothers and sisters, Clyde Austin of Roanoke, Alice Gable of Pennsylvania, Juanita Lovell of Michigan, Virginia Altice of Roanoke, Ruby Manering of North Carolina; also survived by lots of loving and caring relatives and friends. The family wishes to express their thanks to Dr. Chris Keeley, and the nursing staff on the 8th floor of Roanoke Memorial Hospital for all of the loving care shown Mr. Austin during his illness. Funeral services will be conducted from Oakey's Vinton Chapel, 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001, with the Rev. L. W. Carter officiating. Burial will be in Old Dominion Memorial Gardens, Botetourt County. Friends may call at Oakey's Vinton Chapel after 12 noon, Tuesday. 

BASHAM, Harry Joe, 61, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 28, 2001. He was predeceased by his parents, Roy Calvin Basham and Pauline Turpin Basham. Harry was a member of Bonsack Baptist Church. He was employed by Elizabeth Arden for 25 years. Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Shirley Richards Basham; daughters and sons-in-law, Wendi B. and Gary W. Jenkins of Bedford, Kristi B. and Carl U. Power of Roanoke; a son and daughter-in-law, Gregg A. and Traci G. Basham of Salem; three grandchildren, Taylor McKinley Basham, Aaron Michael Jenkins, Dylan Shane Jenkins; four brothers, Roy C. Basham, Jr. of Novato, Calif., Jack E. Basham of Panama City, Fla., Donald E. Basham of Daytona Beach, Fla., Perry W. Basham of Roanoke; a sister, Mary B. Thurman of Roanoke; numerous nieces and nephews; and his most faithful companion, Tina. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001 from Oakey's North Chapel. Pastor Stafford Frederick will officiate. Interment will be in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Oakey's North Chapel. 

CASTLE, Pamela Haynes, 56, of Roanoke, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, January 29, 2001. She was a member of Southview United Methodist Church and a graduate of National Business College. Surviving are her father and mother, Woodrow Wilson Haynes and Margarette Via Haynes, Mechanicsville; brothers, Samuel Wilson Haynes and wife, Addie, Roanoke, David Wayne Haynes, Sandston; nephew, the Rev. Kevin Wilson Haynes and wife, Beth, Stanley, Va.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the Baby Grand Piano Fund c / o Stanley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 15, Stanley, Va. 22851. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home 8014 Lee Davis Road by the Rev. Kevin Wilson Haynes. Interment will follow in Gethsemane Christian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home. Local arrangements by Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home & Cremation Center. (366-0707)

HERRON, Payton Ray, 68, of Roanoke, died Monday, January 29, 2001. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles R. and Myrtle Herron, brothers, Raymond Jackson Herron, Charles Lee Herron, Roy Albert Herron, Edmond Eugene Herron and Clayton Herron, sister, May Riley. His is survived by his children, Rufus Herron, Judy Bowles, Joanne Sterling, Debbie Costa and Dennis Herron; brother, Tommy F. Herron; sister, Mary H. Gusler; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at the Lotz Roanoke Chapel by the Rev. B.D. Baker with burial in Cedar Lawn Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the Lotz Roanoke Chapel.

HUDDLESTON, Alice R., 84, of Vinton, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2001. She was the widow of Charles E. Huddleston and a retired Licensed Practical Nurse from Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Joy and Don Gray of Goodview, Kay and Jerry Tingler of Missouri, Chalice and David Meador of Hardy; a son, Charles Michael Huddleston of Vinton; ten grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; three brothers, T. C. Russ, Richard Russ, Victor Russ; two sisters, Ethel Jane Jordan and Aileen Hood, all of Clarkton, N.C.; sister-in-law and dear friend, Janet Russ of Goodview. Funeral services will be conducted from Oakey's Vinton Chapel at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001 with the Rev. Tim Wright officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery. Friends may call at Oakey's Vinton Chapel after 12 noon Tuesday.

JOHNSON, Thelma Darre Drewry, 95, of Roanoke, passed away early Saturday, January 27, 2001. She was preceded in death by her husband, William L. Johnson. Born in Craig County, New Castle, Va., she worked at the Visco, Silk Mill in the 1920's. She was a former member and Sunday School teacher at Tabernacle Baptist Church and Colonial Baptist Church. She is survived by one daughter, Ruth Johnson Via and son-in-law, Lauren A. Via; granddaughter, Rhonda Fritz; grandson, Curtis L. Via and his wife, Kathy W. Via; three great-granddaughters, Joyce Gardner, Reneˇ St.Clair and Mistie Huffman; also two great-great-granddaughters. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at Lotz Salem Chapel, with the Rev. Carter Sloan officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements are being handled by Lotz Funeral Home, Salem.

MEBANE, William Lincoln, passed away on Saturday, January 27, 2001. He was born in Hillsboro, N.C., to the late Abraham Lincoln Mebane and Annie Bell Kirby Mebane, both of whom preceded him in death. Also preceding him were two brothers and one sister. He moved to Roanoke in the early forties where he met and married, Muriel Odelle Poindexter, June 1941. He served in the United States Army from July 17, 1941 to December 14, 1945. He was honorably discharged from the service four years later. Upon his discharge he entered the Philadelphia Chef School and when he graduated he became Head Chef at the Veterans Administration in Salem, Va. This position he held until his retirement January 31, 1974. Those who survive him are his faithful wife of 60 years, Muriel Odelle Mebane; twin sons, William Eugene "Billy" (Roberta) Mebane of Hampton and Robert Lincoln "Bobby" Mebane of Memphis, Tenn.; two grandsons, Sean of Chattanooga, Tenn. and Darnell of Hampton; two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Poindexter, Portsmouth and Mrs. Faye Love, Washington, D.C.; a longtime close family friend, Ms. Loretta W. Jones. A funeral service will be held Thursday, February 1, 2001, in the Hamlar-Curtis Chapel at 12 noon, with Rev. K. B. Wright, officiating. Interment will follow at Williams Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the home of Mrs. Mebane's sister. Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

PARKS, Gwyn Charles, 81, of Salem, passed away Monday, January 29, 2001. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 37 years, Margeret Katharryn Jackson Parks. Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Dennis L. and Betty L. Parks, R. Derrell and Sharyn F. Parks; grandchildren, Gregory A. and Sarah J. Parks, Hunter A. Parks, Eric D. and Ann Marie Parks, Andy T. Parks and fiancee, Hope Reynolds; great-grandchildren, Lourdes Parks, Oakley Parks, Joshua Parks, Raegan Parks, Evan Parks; sisters and brother-in-law, Hazel Franklin, Geneva Parsons, Ruby and Tommy Carter, Nannie Spach; and brothers, Breece Parks and Fred Parks. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, February 1, 2001, at Lotz Salem Chapel with the Rev. William F. McMahan officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Arrangements are being handled by Lotz Funeral Home, Salem.

ROBINSON, Mae Lavern, 83, of Salem, passed away Monday, January 29, 2001. Arrangements are being handled by Lotz Funeral Home, Salem.

RUSSELL, Robert Lee, (Bobby), 63, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday January 28, 2001. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.

STANLEY, Grace Pearl, 80, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 28, 2001. Born March 10, 1920 in Floyd County, Va., she was a graduate of Roanoke Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Class of 1943, and retired from Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Preston Oaks Baptist Church and Crossroads Mall Walking Club. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, James H. Stanley; son, James H. Stanley II of Roanoke; special friend, Marlena H. Jones of Roanoke; sister, Nova Jennelle of Blacksburg; brothers, James E. Gardner of Amherst, Cecil R. (Jack) Gardner of Tampa, Fl.; brother-in-law, George Reid Hudson of Rocky Mount; numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, Giles Matt and Ocie Phillips Gardner; brother, Bob Gardner; and sister, Izola G. Everheart. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at Oakey's North Chapel with the Rev's James Milsap and Joseph Greene, officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at Oakey's North Chapel. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel.

TANNER, Judith McGuire, (Judy), 59, of Roanoke, died Sunday, January 28, 2001. Judy was a member of Westhampton Christian Church, was a volunteer with Lewis Gale Hospital and was retired from Allstate Insurance Company as a Claims Representative, with 37 years service. Surviving are her husband of 41 years, Charles M. "Charlie" Tanner, III; her daughter, Vicki M. Tanner, Richmond; her son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Michelle Tanner, Bloomington, Ill.; her mother, Ruth McGuire Flora, Roanoke; her brother, Bobby McGuire and wife, Christine of Moneta. A funeral service will be held at Oakey's South Chapel Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 11 a.m., with the Rev. R. G. (Skip) Ericson officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the National Kidney Foundation, 5001 W. Broad St., Suite 217, Richmond, Va. 23230. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakey's South Chapel. 

TERRY, John Mack, 83, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2001. A native of Franklin County, Va., Mr. Terry was the son of the late Samuel and Cora Terry. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Evie G. Terry of Roanoke; three sons, Douglas M. (Carolyn) Terry, Joe H. (Betty) Terry and Kenneth L. Terry, all of Roanoke; one daughter, Lena M. (Curtis) Welcher, Roanoke; four brothers, Clinton (Betty) Terry, Roanoke, Odell (Ella) Terry, Wallace Terry and Roy Terry, all of Hardy, Va.; one sister, Dorothy Taylor, Roanoke; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; aunt, Rosie Starkey of Wirtz, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Mattie P. Hancock, Bedford, Va., Ruby Terry, Roanoke; devoted friend, Pricilla Motley, Roanoke; and a host of nieces, nephews, relative and friends. Funeral service will be held Wednesday, January 31, 2001, 2 p.m. at Greater Mt. Zion Baptist Church with Rev. Cedric Malone officiating. Interment will follow in Williams Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Friends may call at Serenity Funeral Home Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home.

THURMAN, Pauline B., 71, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 28, 2001. She is survived by her husband, Emory T. Thurman; sisters-in-law, Frances T. Wilson of Seguin, Texas, Adele C. Thurman, Irene C. Thurman, Doris P. Thurman, all of Roanoke; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at Oakey's North Chapel with Rev. Frank Feather officiating. The interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Oakey's North Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

UMBERGER, Camille Grant, 77, of Salem, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2001. Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Randolph A. Umberger; children, Judy and Jerry Grubb, Sandra and Richard Layman, Debbie and John Smith; grandchildren, Jerry, Jr. and Mary Lynn Grubb, Randy and Anna Grubb, Kimberly Layman and fiancˇ, Mike Murnane, Melissa and Larry Stump, Kevin Layman, Johnny Smith, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Matthew Grubb, Conner Grubb, Jenny Grubb and Henry Stump. Funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at Lotz Salem Chapel with Dr. Tom Cribb officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Salem Rescue Squad or Bethel Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1601 Colorado Street, Salem, Va. 24153. Arrangements are being handled by Lotz Funeral Home, Salem.

WIRT, Madie Cromer, 94, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2001. She was the widow of Ellett L. Wirt. She was a war mother, charter member of the Wildwood Civic League, member of Vinton Senior Citizens and the Dogwood Senior Citizens, member of the Vinton Baptist Church for 51 years, and served as Sunday School teacher and officer of the Phebean Class and also active in the WMU. She was predeceased by nine brothers and four sisters. Survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Douglas K. and Norma P. Wirt, Herbert L. and Norma C. Wirt, Loomis (Jack) and Clara J. Wirt; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene L. and Jim E. Garrett; one sister, Grace Rowell; 11 grandchildren, Michael P. Garrett and wife, Missy, Michele G. Crigger and husband, Rich, Marybeth G. Venable and husband, Chris, Matt S. Garrett and special friend, Terri Cassaras, Laura W. Morris, Melissa G. Wirt, Helen C. Humbert and husband, William, Richard D. Wirt and wife, Wanda, Teresa A. Dowdy and husband, Greg; stepgrandchildren, Rick Meador and Carolyn Meador; 12 great-grandchildren, Jamie M., Shannon M., and Holly N. Garrett, Adam B., Alex B., and Erin E. Crigger, James R. Venable, Christina and Whitney Morris, Carla Wirt, Jonathan Dowdy; stepgreat-granddaughter, Kelly Meador. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001 from the Lotz Vinton Chapel. The Rev. Byron Greene and the Rev. William E. Hungate will officiate. Burial to follow in Mountain View Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Lotz Vinton Chapel.

HOLLAND, Boyd Nellis, 73, of Rocky Mount, died Monday, January 29, 2001, at his residence. He was born February 27, 1927 a son of the late Bruddie and Emma Holland and was preceded in death by his first wife, Myrtle Anderson Holland; brother, Thomas Holland; and sisters, Dean Hodges, Bell Rigney, Mary Dudley. Surviving are his wife, Lonnie Greer Holland; two sons and daughters-in-law, William Ellis and Diane Holland, Tommy Lee and Pam Holland; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Fred Poindexter, Joyce and Lewis (Red) Perdue; stepsons, Paul Wesley Hudson and wife, Bonnie, Mark Hudson and wife, Darlene, Phillip Bruce and wife, Ann, Kenny Bruce and wife, Karen; stepdaughters, Linda Little and husband, Jerry, Deborah Corn and husband, Bill; grandchildren, Chris and Gianni Poindexter, Melanie and Wesley Hudson, David and Suzette Perdue, Samantha Holland; great-granddaughter, Alyson Perdue. Funeral services will be conducted from Furnace Creek Baptist Church 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. David Jones, Rev. Bill Doss, and Rev. David Robertson officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Furnace Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Furnace Creek Baptist Church. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service, Rocky Mount.

JENSEN, Kirsten, of Wirtz, died on Wednesday, January 25, 2001, at Richardson Nursing Home, Richardson, Texas. Mrs. Jensen was born on December 8, 1912, in Copenhagen, Denmark, to Axel Christian Lund and Mary Ellen Jensen Lund. She immigrated to the United States and became a citizen in 1944. Mrs. Jensen resided in Yonkers, N.Y. until 1996. Following the death of her husband, George G. Jensen, she moved to Wirtz and lived with her son, Richard. In 1999, during a visit to her daughter in Highland Park, Texas she became incapacitated and stayed in Texas. Mrs. Jensen is survived by two sons, Richard Reinholdt Jensen of Wirtz, Frank Kenneth Jensen of Naples, Fla.; a daughter, Nancy Margeret Gilbery of Highland Park, Texas; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held in Rocky Mount at a later date.

MASON, Rudolph Wade, 86, of Snow Creek, died Sunday, January 28, 2001. Graveside services 11 a.m. Wednesday at Spring Creek Baptist Church Cemetery (Charlotte County). Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Flora Funeral Service, Rocky Mount.

PERDUE, Mary Elizabeth, 85, of Glade Hill, passed away Saturday, January 27, 2001. Funeral 1 p.m. Tuesday, Lynch Funeral Home Chapel. 

TAYLOR, Thomas W., (TW), 88, of Hardy, died Thursday, January 25, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Christine N. Taylor of the home; five daughters and sons-in-law, Mrs. Priscilla T. (William) Mitchell, Goodview, Mrs. Norma T. (Ernest) Sweetenberg, Roanoke, Mrs. Della T. (Ronnie) Staples, Roanoke, Mrs. Betty T. (Ruben) Roseboro, Salem, Mrs. Lisa T. (Walter) Banks, Roanoke; five sons and daughters-in-law, Lester W. (Cora) Taylor, Campspring, Maryland, Thomas E. (Essie) Taylor, Rocky Mount, Bufus W. (Leola) Taylor, Roanoke, Lonnie J. (Judy) Taylor, Rocky Mount, Gregory (Pete) (Ruth) Taylor, Rocky Mount; one brother, Willie H. Taylor, Boones Mill; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Louise Martin, Columbia, Maryland; one brother-in-law, James T. (Bus) Nemmo, Danville; 29 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Community Hospital, 9th floor doctors and nurses. Funeral will be conducted on Monday, 1 p.m. at the Lovely Valley Baptist Church, with the Rev. James D. Holland officiating. The family will receive friends at the church Sunday from 7 to 8 p.m. Interment in the church cemetery. Arrangements by Stanfield Mortuary Service.

CHARLTON, Thelma Basham, 88, of the Kroontje Health Care Center, Blacksburg, departed this earth peacefully on Monday, January 29, 2001 at Montgomery Regional Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was the widow of Garland W. "Brown" Charlton and the daughter of the late B. H. and Olivia S. Basham of Pilot. She was a retired employee of Leggett and attended Pilot United Methodist Church and New River Holiness Church. She was preceded in death by sisters, Beaulah B. Brammer and Minnie B. Light, and a brother, Earl S. Basham. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Garland W. "Dubby", Jr. and Vickie M. Charlton of Christiansburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Sue C. and Michael E. Smith of Riner; a grandson, Brian E. Smith of Riner; a granddaughter, Sara B. Charlton of Christiansburg; sisters, Katherine B. Link of Roanoke and Mary B. Epperly of Floyd; brother, Arnold E. Basham of Bluefield, Va.; sister-in-law, Lois M. Basham of Christiansburg; a brother-in-law and wife, George D. and Elsie Charlton of Christiansburg; special nieces, Carol Gunter of Christiansburg and Rose Basham of Floyd; special friends, Perry Blackwell of Bluefield, Va., and Jo Jones of Christiansburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, at the Horne Funeral Chapel with Rev. Everett Shepherd officiating with burial to follow in Sunset Cemetery. Flowers will be appreciated, but memorials may be sent to New River Holiness Church, c / o Everett Shepherd, 3635 Pepper's Ferry Road, Radford, Va. Arrangements are being handled by Horne Funeral Service, Christiansburg.

COCKRAM, Darrell Eugene, 68, of Floyd, passed away Monday, January 29, 2001 in a Salem hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Pearl Nason and Lissie Smith Cockram, and a brother, Raymond Cockram. Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, D. Michael and Becky Cockram; one daughter and son-in-law, Margie and Lane Belcher; four grandchildren, Shalena and Timmy Conner, Aleesha Cockram, Jaimie Belcher, Paul Michael Belcher; one great-grandchild, Baylee Conner; four brothers, Welby Cockram, Randolph Cockram, Freeman Cockram, Tommy Cockram; six sisters, Myrtle Compton, Corien Belcher, Betty Hawkes, Linda Dickerson, Elaine Harris, Loretta Smith. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Gardner Funeral Home with Brother Mike Varner and Rev. Brian Cockram officiating. Interment will follow in Lee Cemetery Tuggles Gap. Friends may call after 12 noon Tuesday at Gardner Funeral Home where the family will be from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Lee Cemetery Tuggles Gap, c / o Cemetery Fund, 1046 Long Level Road, SW, Floyd, Va. 24091. Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

HIGHLEY, Aldora, 90, of Pulaski, died Sunday, January 28, 2001 at New River Valley Health Care. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Radford, Va. Surviving are one brother, James Morton of Radford; two sisters, Esterline Coles of Radford, Sudie Parson of Fayetteville, N.C. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at the First Baptist Church, Radford with burial in Mountain View Cemetery. There will be no visitation. Arrangements by Claytor-Dean Funeral Home.

HUFF, Pearlie M. Linkous, 101, of Blacksburg, went to be with the Lord on Monday, January 29, 2001 at her home with her family by her side. She was the daughter of the late Scott and Nellie Linkous. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie D. Huff, Sr., two sons, Carlyn D. Huff and Charles D. Huff, Jr., and one daughter, Pauline Mullens. This precious mother is survived by five sons and daughters-in-law, Rev. Roy and Agnes Huff of Barboursville, Va., Albert and Mary Huff of Christiansburg, Samuel and Martha Huff, Billy and Darlene Huff and Boyd and Connie Huff, all of Blacksburg, Va.; five daughters and son-in-law, Clara Sheppard, Charlene Keen and Treva Huff of Blacksburg, Va., Maudie Ramsey of Christiansburg, Va., and Laura and Charlie Williams of Richmond, Va. She is also survived by one daughter-in-law, Sadie Huff of Blacksburg, Va.; 27 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; 33 great-great-grandchildren; and three great-great-great-grandchildren. She was a charter member of Merrimac Pentecostal Holiness Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher, organist and Secretary / Treasurer and was a faithful supporter until her death. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 30, 2001 from 5 until 8 p.m. at the Horne Funeral Home. The funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at Merrimac Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Reverend Jerry Sloss and Reverend Eddie Wood officiating. Interment will be at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Flowers are appreciated but donations are welcomed to Hospice Services and the Blacksburg Rescue Squad. Arrangements are being handled by Horne Funeral Service, Christiansburg.

HURD, Harry Thomas, "Tom," 62, of Blacksburg, died Sunday, January 28, 2001 at Roanoke Memorial Rehab Center. He was born in Roanoke on May 26, 1938 to the late Harry Thorton and Beulah Price Hurd. He was also preceded in death by a nephew, Ralph "Rusty" Hale Dowdy, Jr. and a brother-in-law, Ralph Hale Dowdy. He was a graduate of VPI and SU where he received a B.S. degree and earned his Masters degree from Radford University. Tom was employed at Corning Glass Works for 12 years and was currently the Director of Sponsored Programs at VPI and SU. He was a lifetime member of the Blacksburg Fire Department and First Aid Crew. He is survived by his wife, Jane D. Hurd of Blacksburg; nephews, Joseph "Joe" N. Dowdy of Newport, Matthew Dowdy of Christiansburg; a brother, Samuel Payton Hurd and wife, Norma B. Hurd of Topeka, Kan.; niece, Tamara L. Hurd of Topeka, Kan.; nephew, Michael B. Hurd and wife, Konnie Hurd of Leawood, Kan.; great-niece, Shelby Morgan Hurd of Leawood, Kan.; great-nephews, Andrew Logan Hurd and Spencer Payton Hurd of Leawood, Kan.; mother-in-law, Pauline K. Dowdy of Blacksburg; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Peggy D. Huffman and William O. "Chuck" Huffman, both of New Castle; niece, Shari Huffman Tripp and husband, Robert Tripp, both of New Castle; great-niece, Ashlei Huffman Tripp; great-nephew, William Robert Tripp, both of New Castle; sister-in-law, Pat B. Metcalf of Christiansburg; and sister-in-law, Ginny D. Hawks of Fancy Gap, Va. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, February 1, 2001, at 1 p.m. in the Blacksburg United Methodist Church with the Rev. Herbert Hobbs, Rev. Don Roberts, and Dr. Thomas Au officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg. Friends may call at the funeral home anytime after 12 noon on Wednesday and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at the McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.

McEVER, Eleanor Stover, 92, of Blacksburg, died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at Kroontje Health Care Center. She was born in Luray, Va. on April 11, 1908 to the late William Ruffner and Martine Lockett Stover. She was a graduate of Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Va. She was a longtime member of the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church where she served as President of the Women of the Church and was a member of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Macauley "Mac" McEver and a son, H.M. "Buddy" McEver, Jr. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Frances M. H. and George Russell of Blacksburg; a son and daughter-in-law, William Stover and Vicki McEver of Warrenton, Va.; a sister, Mary Shelley of Silver Spring, Md.; four grandchildren, Elizabeth Hutcheson Domico, Thomas B. Hutcheson, III, Dr. Joel C. Hutcheson, Mark A. McEver; and four great-grandchildren, Patrick H. Domico, Adam T. Domico, Thomas B. Hutcheson, IV, Henry R. Hutcheson. Graveside services will be held Thursday, February 1, 2001, at 10:30 a.m. in Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg. A memorial service will be conducted Thursday, February 1, 2001, at 11 a.m. in the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Alex Evans officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Blacksburg Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 144, Blacksburg, Va. 24063, the Warm Hearth Foundation, 2603 Warm Hearth Drive, Blacksburg, Va. 24060, or the Gentle Shepherd Hospice, 4005 Electric Road, Suite 202, Roanoke, Va. 24014. Friends may call at the funeral home anytime after 1 p.m. Wednesday and the family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday evening at the McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.

REED, Lettie Victoria, 90, of Christiansburg, died Sunday, January 28, 2001 at Montgomery Regional Hospital. She was born in Floyd County, Va. on June 16, 1910 to the late John W. and Rachel Duncan White, and she was also preceded in death by her husband, Alva Reed. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Linwood and Erma White of Blacksburg; a sister, Elizabeth Flinchum of Salem; two grandchildren, Tonia Daner of Ruckersville, Va., Ronnie White of Elliston; three great-grandchildren, Scott White, Shelly White and Jahred Danker. The family wishes to thank the nurses on the right side of Heritage Hall, and the nurses on the 4th floor at Montgomery Regional Hospital for all the kind care given during Mrs. Reed's illness. Funeral services will be conducted on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at 11 a.m. in the Pentecostal Holiness Church, with the Rev. Richard Kingrea officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Cemetery, Christiansburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Jude Children's Hospital, P. O. Box 318, Memphis, Tenn. 38101. Friends may call anytime after 4 p.m. Tuesday and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the Pentecostal Holiness Church at 305 Phlegar Street, Christiansburg. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.

BOBBITT, J. Kyle, 91, of Independence, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2001. Graveside service Wednesday at 11 a.m., Brush Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Independence, Va. in charge of arrangements.

CARR, Samuel Hinkle, 76, of Covington, died Sunday, January 29, 2001. Funeral service 2 p.m. Wednesday at Arritt Funeral Home Chapel.

CASTLE, Charles B., 75, of Castlewood, Va., passed away Monday morning, January 29, 2001. Born February 11, 1925 a son of the late Anderson C. and Lina Slayers Castle, he was a retired employee of the Clinchfield Coal Company. He was a U.S. Army veteran of WWII. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one daughter, Teresa Castle Daniels. He is survived by his wife, Lucille V. Castle, Castlewood, Va.; one daughter, Virginia Castle Bryant of North Carolina; one son, Charles B. Castle, Jr., Trout Dale, Va.; two brothers, Henry Eugene Castle and Roy F. Castle, both of Castlewood; seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel in Lebanon with James Holmes officiating. Burial will follow in the Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood with military graveside rites conducted by the Lebanon V.F.W. Post #9864. The family will receive friends after 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Combs Funeral Service is serving the Castle family.

COCKRAM, Eva W., 85, of Stuart, died Monday, January 29, 2001. Funeral 2 p.m. Wednesday at Reed Island Springs Baptist Church. Arrangements by Moody Funeral Services, Inc., Stuart, Va.

KEITH, William Harold, 73, of Abingdon, died Sunday. Funeral 2 p.m. Wednesday at Campbell Funeral Home Chapel.

KEYS, Katie Mae Staples, 84, of Bassett, died Sunday, January 28, 2001. Funeral 1 p.m. Wednesday at Norris Funeral Chapel. Arrangements by Norris Funeral Services.

KING, Franklin Matthew, 91, of Collinsville, died Sunday, January 28, 2001. Funeral 2 p.m. Thursday at Collinsville Pentecostal Holiness Church. Collins Funeral Services, Bassett, is handling the arrangements.

LEWIS, Harry Vaughn Jr., 69, of Lexington, died Saturday, January 27, 2001. Funeral service 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Manly Memorial Baptist Church. Arrangements by the Harrison Funeral Home, Lexington.

LYON, Thomas D. (T.D.) II, 51, of Sugar Grove, Va., passed away Sunday, January 28, 2001. Funeral 2 p.m. Wednesday at Seaver-Brown Funeral Service Chapel.

MEYERS, Gilbert Franklin, 87, of 62 Workshop Road, Martinsville, Va., died Sunday, January 28, 2001 at Memorial Hospital Martinsville & Henry County. He was born July 20, 1913 in Pulaski County, Va. to the late Frank Lawrence Meyers and Mary Brown Meyers, and was also preceded in death by a brother, Lawrence Meyers. Mr. Meyers was retired with 38 years service from the Virginia Department of Transportation as Maintenance and Equipment Supervisor. He was a World War II veteran of the 181ST Division Air Force Unit. He was a member of Villa Heights Baptist Church as a Deacon, a former Sunday school class secretary, and former chairman of the property committee. He is survived by his wife, Ocie Ratcliffe Meyers of the home; one daughter, Alda Draper and husband Bobby of Martinsville, Va.; two brothers, Carl Rudolph Meyers of Pulaski, and David Ralph Meyers of Newbern; one grandson, Kyle Truman Draper; one great-granddaughter, Kasey Draper. Funeral services will be conducted at Villa Heights Baptist Church at 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001 with the Rev. Keith Spangenberg and Bobby Draper officiating. Interment service will be held at 3 p.m. in the Westview Cemetery, Radford. Visitation will be Tuesday, January 30, 2001 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Norris Funeral Services and other times at the residence. Memorials may be made to Villa Heights Baptist Church, 150 Corse Ave., Martinsville, Va. 24112.

MILES, James Berry, 89, formerly of Buena Vista, died January 28, 2001 at Roanoke United Methodist Home. He was married to the late Mary Louise Hamilton Miles. James was born March 6, 1911 in Bedford County. He was a graduate of Virginia Tech which made him an avid Hokie fan. James was a retired accountant with Reeves Bros. in Buena Vista where he was also an active Lions Club member, School Board, and City Council member. He was also a member of St. Johns United Methodist Church in Buena Vista. He was preceded in death by one brother, George Miles. James is survived by a nephew, Thomas Shelton of Daleville and a brother-in-law, Horton Shelton of Lynchburg. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Spring Hill Cemetery, January 31, 2001 with the Rev. A. Howell Franklin officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Virginia Tech Foundation. Diuguid Waterlick Chapel is serving the family, 385-8900.

MOORE, Clarence Lackey, (Red), 78, of Lexington, died Sunday, January 28, 2001, in the Health South Hospice in Richmond. Mr. Moore was born on July 21, 1922, in Natural Bridge and was a son of the late William Frazier Moore and Hannah Lackey Broughman Moore. He was a veteran of the US Army retiring after 20 years of service as a Staff Sgt. E-6. While in the military, he was awarded two Purple Hearts, three Bronze Stars and one Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a member of the V.F.W. and was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Jane Moore. Mr. Moore is survived by a son, Clarence (Lucky) Lackey Moore, Jr. of Gum Spring and two grandchildren, Erik and Katie. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2001, at the Harrison Funeral Chapel with the Rev. R. W. Swisher officiating with burial to follow in the Rockbridge Memorial Gardens, Lexington. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Hospice of Central Virginia, 5540 Falmouth St., Suite 307, Richmond, Va. 23230. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Harrison Funeral Home, Lexington.

MORTON, Joseph R. Sr., (Joe), 66, of Wise, passed away Monday, January 29, 2001. Funeral services 7 p.m. Wednesday at Sturgill Funeral Home Chapel, Wise, Va. 

VIPPERMAN, Raymond Atkins Sr., 83, of Peters Creek Drive, Stuart, died Sunday, January 28, 2001, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was born in Patrick County on March 28, 1917, to the late Posey Elmer Vipperman, Sr. and the late Laura Kate Underwood. In addition to his parents, Mr. Vipperman was preceded in death by three brothers, Herman, Leon and Charlie Vipperman, and a sister, Elva Fain. Mr. Vipperman was a member of the New Dan River Primitive Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, was retired from United Elastic Corporation, and served in the United States Air Force during World War II was a radar technician. Mr. Vipperman is survived by his wife, Wilda Pendleton Vipperman of the home; four daughters, Mrs. Jimmy (Janie) Landford of Claudville, Mrs. Robert (Janet) Clark of Stuart, Mrs. Frank (Eleanor) Stovall of Martinsville, Mrs. William (JoAnn) Brothers, III of Poquoson, Va.; three sons, Donald Vipperman (and wife, Barbara) of Stuart, Joseph Gary Vipperman (and wife, Brenda) of Pulaski, Raymond Atkins "Buddy" Vipperman (and wife, Edie) of Shallotte, N.C.; 16 grandchildren; five step grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mary Boyd of Tallahassee, Fla., Nannie Ruth Terry of Meadows of Dan, Annie Kate Roberts of Spencer, Dorothy Lyons of Buchanan; three brothers, Posey Elmer Vipperman, Jr. of Claudville, Warren Vipperman of Ridgeway, Calvin Vipperman of Spencer. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Vipperman will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Elder Ken Hopkins, Dr. Clint Hopkins, and the Rev. Jim Churchwell officiating. Burial will follow in Patrick Memorial Gardens. Military rites will be conducted by the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. If desired, memorials may be made tot he CCDF Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, c / o James Love, 567 Collinstown Rd., Stuart, Va. 24171. Arrangements by Moody Funeral Services, Stuart.

WOLCOTT, Nellie McElwain, "Nell," 88, of Wytheville died Sunday, January 28, 2001 in the Birdmont Health Care Center. She was born in Kane, Pennsylvania March 18, 1912. Mrs. Wolcott had lived in Wytheville Presbyterian Church. She was an avid Bridge Player and belonged to numerous friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar F. Wolcott and son, Edgar D. Wolcott. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Thomas G. and Judith Bird Wolcott of Forest; daughter-in-law and spouse, Donna and Dr. Gershon Silver of Bland; grandchildren, Ann Elizabeth Kegley Wolcott, Thomas Gary Wolcott, Jr., both of Lynchburg, Christopher Charles Wolcott, David Buchanan Wolcott, both of Bland; special friend, Jonathan Britton of Lynchburg; several special nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral survive will be Wednesday 11 a.m. in the Wytheville Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. Dr. Michael Wingard with the interment in the West End Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Grubb Funeral Home Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. The Grubb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

ATKINS, Linda Thomas, 50, of Ballard, W.Va., formerly of Christiansburg, Va., died Sunday, January 28, 2001 at home. Born October 18, 1950, in Christiansburg, she was a daughter of Edgar "Bud" and Kathleen Linkous Thomas of Christiansburg. She was a secretary for the Virginian Leader and attended Little Wolf Creek Baptist Church, Summers County, W.Va. In addition to her parents, she is survived by her fiancˇe, Manuel R. Kendall of Ballard; two sons, Jimmy Shepherd of Germany, and Jeffrey Shepherd, his wife Melissa, and their daughter Haley of Riner, Va.; one daughter, Trina Turpin and husband Eddie of Pulaski, Va.; two brothers, Ricky Thomas of Christiansburg and Michael Thomas of Pembroke, Va.; four sisters, Vicki Chatin of Salem, Va., Patricia Jones of Dublin, Va., Charlene Dowdy of Radford, Va., and Crickett Hoffmiester of Christiansburg. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 31, 2001 at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown, W.Va., with Pastor Joseph Naylor officiating. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Memorial Gardens, Lindside, W.Va. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, January 30, 2001 at the funeral home. Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsubury Funeral Home in Peterstown, W.Va.

FERRELL, Anna Clayton Bivens, 94, born December 18, 1906, passed away Sunday, January 28, 2001 after a long illness. Anna was the fifth and last surviving of ten children born in Ballard, W.Va. to Frank C. and Clara Josephine Ballard Bivens. Anna graduated from Peterstown High School. She attended Marshall University and taught in several Monroe County Schools before her marriage. She later attended Concord College in Athens while she and her husband, John Spurgeon "Doc" Ferrell operated the Sweet Shop. After the Sweet Shop, she and her husband operated the Green Tree Restaurant in Princeton from which she retired in 1982. Anna was active during these years in Athens and Princeton in the White Pine and Princeton Garden Clubs, the DAR and the Athens Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John Spurgeon Ferrell, her beloved daughter, Alice Ferrell Moore, and infant son, David Bivens Ferrell, four beloved brothers, E. D., William O., Frank C., Jr., and Howard Bivens and five beloved sisters, Vivian Spangler, Nina Keffer, Gladys Bivens, Louise Webb and Ruth Webb who passed away on January 23, 2001. Surviving to cherish the memories of her remarkable life are her daughter, Suellen Ferrell Hodges and her husband, Jim of Roanoke, Va.; four granddaughters, Sue Moore Hansen and her husband, David of Raleigh, N.C., Sally Moore Nelson and her husband, John of Stephens City, Va., Mary Moore of Blacksburg, Va. and Keller Hodges Sadler and her husband, Gregory of Roanoke, Va.; two grandsons, Kris Hodges and his wife, Erika of Floyd, Va. and Kevin Hodges and his wife, Tyler of Wayne, Pa.; seven great-grandsons, Christopher Hansen, Nathan Hansen, Ben Nelson, Tyler Nelson, Jasper Wilson Hodges, Tristan Johnson Hodges and Noah Sadler; three great-granddaughters, Rachel Hansen, Rabekah Hansen and Jordyn Sadler; three sisters-in-law, Jeanette Bivens of Welch, W.Va., Rosetta Bivens of Ballard, W.Va., and Dorothy Ferrell of Lexington, Ky.; son-in-law, V. E. Moore, Jr. of Princeton; one brother-in-law, Howard L. Webb of Roanoke, Va. Additional survivors include many beloved nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank three special caregivers, Vickie Edwards, Judy Sweet and Frances Sweet. Family visitation will be two hours prior to the service at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2001 in the chapel of the Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton, W.Va. with graveside services following at the Ferrell Family Cemetery in Forest Hill, W.Va. Following the graveside service will be Rev. Frank "Ted" Reid, former pastor of the Athens Baptist Church in Athens. In lieu of flowers, in Ann and Spurgeon's memory and to honor their years of assisting others in receiving an education at Concord College, donations may be made to the Concord College Foundation, Box 83, Athens, W.Va. 24712.

HINER, John Tate, 80, of Ocean Pines, Md., died Monday, January 29, 2001 at Peninsula Regional Medical Center. He was born in Marlinton, W.Va., a son of the late Tate Henry and Roberta Gumm Hiner. His survivors include his wife of 50 years, Anne Fleniken Hiner; two sons, John Robert Hiner and wife, Janice of Cape Coral, Fla.; Lovick Stephen Hiner and friend, Cindy Ciprianno of Houston, Texas; a grandson, Paul Robert Hiner of Roanoke, Va. He was graduated from the Virginia Military Academy in 1943 and served as an officer in the US Army in Europe in WW II. His career was entirely in railroading, serving in various capacities and locations in the engineering departments of the Southern Railway, Norfolk and Western Railway and the combined Norfolk Southern Railways. He retired in 1983 and moved to Ocean Pines. He was active in the Power Squadron as long as his health permitted. Friends may call at Ullrich Funeral Home, Rt. 50, on Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. Chapel service will be held at 2 p.m. at the Maryland Veterans Cemetery at Hurlock. Contributions in his memory to Ocean Pines Paramedics, 911 Ocean Parkway, Berlin, Md. 21811.


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