Miscellaneous Roanoke County, Virginia Obituaries
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|ALDERMAN, Ethel Webster, (Nonnie), 88, of Roanoke, died Thursday, November
29, 2001. A funeral service will be held at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel Monday,
December 3, 2001, 2 p.m.
AMICK, Lavina Susan, 90, of Roanoke, entered into Heaven on Wednesday, November 28, 2001. She was a beloved mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by a son, Gary Amick, a daughter, Delores Joanne Amick, granddaughter, Natalie Amick, great-grandson, Steven Amick, a brother, Ed Hinkle, and a sister, Pearl Imler. She is survived by sons, Donald Amick and wife, Jeannette of California, Paul Ellis Amick and wife, Judy of Pennsylvania, Robert Allen Amick and wife, Linda of Montvale; daughter, Irma Jean Gaylor of Roanoke; 11 grandchildren, Richard Mason Gaylor, Pamela Jo Davis, Tina Marie Rhodes, Brenda Sue Graham, Lisa and Sara Moreno, Mark E. Amick, Scott Amick, Mark G. Amick, Jeffrey and Benny Amick; 14 great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren. Also mourning her loss, her two pet companions, Missy and Sassy. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Sunday, December 2, 2001 at Oakey's North Chapel with Rev. Dr. George K. Bowers officiating. The interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Oakey's North Chapel.
AUSTIN, Joan Craighead, 58, of Salem, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2001. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 1, 2001, 2 p.m., at the Lotz Salem Chapel.
BALLENTINE, Julia Stahl, 89, of Roanoke, died Monday, November 26, 2001. She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace M. Ballentine, and her stepson and his wife, John S. and Peggy Ballentine, and stepson, Horace J. Ballentine. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Julia B. and Jerry Miller; and her son, Bill Ballentine and Pat Owen. She was born and reared in Blacksburg, Va., graduated from VPI Class of '33, and received her Master's Degree from the University of Virginia. She was a longtime member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and a charter member of Trinity Lutheran Church, both in Roanoke. Before becoming homebound, she was an active member of the WELCA, Williamson Road Action Forum, and the Williamson Road Woman's Club. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2001 at St. Mark's Lutheran Church with the Rev. Timothy Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends at the church 30 minutes before the service, and again immediately following. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to be made to the Social Ministry of St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1008 Franklin Road, Roanoke, Va. 24016.
BARGER, Irney Rice, 95, of Vinton, passed away Friday, November 30, 2001. She was a longtime member of Beaverdam Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Robert Mitchell Rice and Ray O. Barger and her son, Robert Matthew Rice, Sr. Surviving are her son, Haynes O. Barger and his wife, Ruth of Midlothian, Va.; a daughter, Rosemary Newcomb and her husband, Otmer of Clifton Forge, Va.; a daughter-in-law, Georgine Rice of Roanoke. Also surviving are her grandchildren, Roberta Kotz, Diane Whittaker, Donna Price, Becky Eanes, Robert M. Rice, Jr., Tim and Kristen Barger, Mark Barger, Debbie Sizemore, Sherry Ayers and Richard Newcomb; and numerous great and great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at Oakey's Vinton Chapel on Monday, December 3, 2001, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dennis Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may call on Saturday from 6 to 9 p.m. and Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's Vinton Chapel.
CHEVERIE, Thomas Richard, 71, of Vinton, died Thursday, November 29, 2001. He was born May 13, 1930 in North Weymouth, Mass. to Harry William and Mary Cheverie. Besides his parents, he was predeceased in death by brothers, William, Roy, Walter, Bernard and John, sisters, Isabel, Marie, Bernadette and Barbara and daughter, Karla Louise. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy with 20 years of service. He retired from General Dynamics, Quonset Point, Rhode Island Facility after ten years of service. He also retired from the V.A. Hospital in 1995. He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Polly of Sarasota, Fla., Edward and Carol of North Kingstown, R.I. and William and Jo Ann of Boones Mill, Va.; a daughter, Kathleen Lyle; and special friends, Michael Elmore and Rhona and Charles Langridge of Bastrop, Texas; and special friend of the family, Ellen Reed; grandchildren, Donald Lyle, Jr. of Burlington, Ky., Karla Baggett of Goodview, Va., and Melissa Hayth of Floyd, Va., Grant Cheverie of New London, Conn.; six great-grandsons and three great-granddaughters. Also surviving are a sister and husband, Lorraine and William Mount; a brother, Anthony Cheverie; and sister, Edith DeCoste. He was a member of St. Andrew's Catholic Church and was loved by all whose lives he touched. A Funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2001 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church with interment to follow in Mountain View Cemetery in Vinton. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. with a Christian Wake Service at 3 p.m. at Oakey's Vinton Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Roanoke Area Ministries (RAM House). Arrangements by Oakey's Vinton Chapel.
CRADDOCK, Hallie Chewning, 92, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2001, peacefully at her home. Her daughter and granddaughter were given the gift of being with her at the time of her passing, telling her they loved her, one last time. Mrs. Craddock was born on January 31, 1909, in Nelson County, Virginia. She was a daughter of the late George and Sally Chewning. She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover William Craddock, a retired captain with the Roanoke City Fire Department. Surviving are her daughter, Ruth C. Jamison; her son-in-law, James S. Jamison; her granddaughter, Nikki Marie Nakdimen-Byers and husband, Chris Byers; her great-granddaughter, Amanda Marie Nakdimen; her great-grandson, Tyler Ezekiel Byers; her sister, Sadie Wills, and her nephew, Fred Willoughby. Mrs. Craddock was a very devout Christian who had a strong faith in Christ. She was a member Hillcrest Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. Mrs. Craddock truly loved people, and she spent her entire life loving and serving others, especially her family. She had many friends her entire life. The most important thing in her life was her daughter, Ruth. She loved to travel, and she went on two Caribbean Cruises with her daughter and son-in-law. She truly cherished and celebrated life. She was blessed in being allowed to live a good and long life, doing most of the things she wanted to do. She was very attached to the two family dogs, Mathis and Felina. She was unfortunately beset by many health problems during her later years, the most serious of which was diabetes. For those preferring to make memorial contributions, the family suggest the American Diabetes Foundation 1290 Seminole Trail Suite C Charlottesville, Virginia 22901. An Eastern Star Service will be conducted 7 p.m. Friday at Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home. A graveside service will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2001 in Evergreen Burial Park by the Rev. Rick Geoghegan. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home. (366-0707)
CUNDIFF, Rosie D., 92, of Vinton, formerly of Hardy, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2001. She was a lifelong member of Ninth Street Church of the Brethren and was retired from the American Viscose Corporation. She was the widow of William Charlie Cundiff. Surviving are a half sister, Hazel Butts of Chesapeake; a number of nieces and nephews, including Geraldine Hudson, Gracie J. Hogan, Robert L. Harris, all of Roanoke; special friends, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Scott of Hardy, the Conner Family of Bent Mountain, and Hessie Sledd of Roanoke. Funeral services will be conducted from Oakey's Vinton Chapel at 12 noon Monday, December 3, 2001 with Pastor Patrick Starkey and Rev. Melvin Harris officiating. Burial will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at Oakey's Vinton Chapel after 1 p.m. Sunday.
DARAGO, Myrtle Wright, 85, of Roanoke County, died Thursday, November 29, 2001, at Community Hospital. She was born December 21, 1915 in Bedford County, a daughter of the late Joseph C. Wright and Lula Dillon Wright. She was a beautician for 66 years and was preceded in death by four brothers, J. Lanier Wright, T. Mermon Wright, John F. Wright, and Walter W. Wright. Survivors include her husband of 55 years, Joseph Francis Darago, Jr.; one son, Joseph Francis Darago, III of Knoxville, Tennessee; her grandsons, David Colbey Darago and his wife, Candice, Jessie Daniel Darago, and Andrew Wright Darago, all of Knoxville, Tennessee; two sisters, Mary W. Leftwich and Lula W. Hines of Roanoke; also several nieces and nephews. Graveside funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2001, in St. Andrew's Diocesan Cemetery with the Rev. Joseph P. Lehman officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Our Lady of Nazareth Catholic Church. The family will receive friends Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m. with a Prayer Service at 7 p.m. at Oakey's South Chapel.
DONAHUE, Jesse O., 72, of Roanoke, passed away Friday, November 30, 2001. Arrangements by Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd.
EASLEY, Zelma G., of Roanoke, passed away Thursday, November 22, 2001. She was a member of Green Ridge Presbyterian Church and retired from Nationsbank. Surviving are her husband of 51 years, Robert M. Easley; daughter, Cynthia E. Teague, Waynesboro; granddaughter, Kirsten Teague; sisters, Gerry Sigmund, Beckley, West Virginia; Fern Edmonds, Halifax; Genevieve Reed, Barboursville, West Virginia. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Green Ridge Presbyterian Church, 7640 Alpine Road Roanoke, Virginia 24019. A memorial service will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2001 at Green Ridge Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Harry B. Christie. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. Arrangements by Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home & Cremation Center. (366-0707)
EUBANK, Ralph Elbert, 81, of Buchanan, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2001. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2001 at Oakey's North Chapel.
FERRIS, Clyde Braymond Jr., (Bennie), 73, of Roanoke, died Thursday, November 29, 2001. He was retired from N & W Railroad as a Brakeman and was a member of Belmont Presbyterian Church, member of the VFW Post #264, a veteran of the United States Navy, a member of the Railroad Retirement Group that met at the Roanoker, and a member of the U.T.U. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Arlene Ferris, also a brother, Carlton Dean Ferris. Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Ina M. Ferris; four sons and daughters-in-law, Clyde Richard and Linda K. Ferris, David and Judy Ferris, Tom and Gloria Ferris, Matthew Kevin and Lisa Ferris, all of Roanoke; six grandchildren, David Allen Ferris, Jr., Kelly Marie Ferris, Daniel Hunter Ferris, Jamie Ferris, Kristin Ferris, Amanda Ferris; two stepgrandchildren, Ashley Shelton and Matthew Newcomb; one great-grandson, Taylor Michael Reed; cousins, Nancy Simpson, Kenneth Ferris, Mason Ferris, Kyle Ferris; two brothers-in-law, Carl Tony Terry and Pete Thomas; four sisters-in-law, Clara Wray, Charlotte Bellflower, Bea Whitt and Pauline Terry; several devoted nephews and nieces; special friends, Elmer and Irene Fitzgerald; special pets, Tit, J.R., Flashy, Queenie, Abby, Winkie and Tabby. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2001, at the Lotz Roanoke Chapel with Emily S. Hoyer, Commissioned Lay Pastor, Belmont Presbyterian Church and Elder Joe Ben Jamison officiating. Burial will be at Glade Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday, December 1, 2001, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. and also on Sunday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Lotz Roanoke Chapel.
GILES, Harold Alfred Sr., 66, of Troutville, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2001. Funeral service, Parkway Wesleyan Church, 11 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2001. Arrangements by Oakey's East Chapel (977-3909).
GOODE, Archie R., 82, of Roanoke, went home to be with his Lord Friday, November 30, 2001. Archie was an active member of Airlee Court Baptist Church for 51 years where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He was manager and Golf Pro at Par 3 Brookside Golf Club for 25 years, and had Life Membership in the Virginia Turfgrass Council where he served as Director of the Board from 1975 to 1980, and President in 1980. He was a member of The Virginia's Turfgrass Council from July 1962 to the present, and was extended Honorary Lifetime Membership for his dedication to the organization. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII as a Gunner's Mate on a P.T. Boat with Squadron 13 and was a member of the P.T. Boater's Association. He was preceded in death by his parents, Oake and Rhoda Goode; three brothers, Denver, Oakey, and Dennis; three sisters, Ethel Horn, Bertie Cook, and Dorothy Kelch; one grandson, Brandon Hiner; and one stepgrandson, Michael Brown. He is survived by Elsie, his loving wife of 56 years; three daughters and one son-in-law, Diane Goode of Roanoke, Judy and Robert Brown of Blue Ridge, Nancy Hiner of Troutville; two brothers, Otto Goode of Vinton, Arnold Goode of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; one sister, Gertrude Smith of Hardy; one sister-in-law, Frances Goode of Ga.; four grandchildren, Scott Blake and wife, Becky, Dana Blake, Stacie Hiner, Aaron Hiner; three stepgrandchildren, Patricia Ashley, David Brown, and Sharon Niday; three great-granddaughters, Miranda Blake, Madison Jones, Haley Blake; one stepgreat-granddaughter, Whitney Ashley; one stepgreat-grandson, Caleb Brown; and several nieces and nephews. Archie was an avid golfer, loved to travel and spend time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all. A Celebration of his Life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2001, at Airlee Court Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gene Burris and the Rev. Thomas McCracken officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Saturday, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., and on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. at Oakey's North Chapel. Those wishing to make memorials, please consider the P. E. P. Club at Airlee Court Baptist Church.
HARRIS, William Ray, 58, of Vinton, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2001. He was a graduate of William Byrd High School, Class of 1961, Ferrum College and the University of Miami. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael and his mother, Essie Duncan Harris. Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Katie and Eric Poindexter; a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Beth Harris; and a granddaughter, Amanda Poindexter, all of Roanoke; father, Esmond Ray Harris of Vinton; brother, Herbert S. Harris of Goodview; sister and brother-in-law, Nancy and Al Hammond of Vinton. Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2001 in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with Rev. Edward P. Creel officiating. Friends may call at Oakey's Vinton Chapel after 2 p.m. Sunday.
HARRISON, Betty Louise, 78, of Roanoke, died Thursday, November 29, 2001. Funeral services, 11 a.m. Saturday, Bethel Assembly of God Church in Salem. Arrangements by John M. Oakey & Son Salem Funeral Home. 389-5441
HEDRICK, Wilma J., 75, of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2001. Funeral services will be held at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel on Saturday, December 1, 2001 at 10 a.m.
JEFFERSON, Lillian Annie, 102, of Salem, passed away Thursday afternoon, November 29, 2001. She was born in Pittsylvania County to Minnie R. and Benjamin F. Hubbard in 1899. She was a 1918 graduate of the National Business College of Roanoke. Lillian was first married in 1921 to Oscar Wall and had three children, Betty Jane, Charles and Bennie, who are all deceased. Lillian was also married to the late James N. Jefferson in 1948 and lived in Harrisonburg, Va. for 30 years before returning to Salem at the Richfield Retirement Community. Lillian was very active in the Virginia Federation of Garden Clubs and received many awards for her flower arrangements in Harrisonburg. She attended VPI and Athens College in Georgia, studying landscape design and earned a diploma as a National Accredited Flower Show Judge. Lillian served as Secretary / Treasurer to the Community Concert Association of Harrisonburg for ten years. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Harrisonburg. Lillian received a Certificate of Appreciation from President Harry Truman in 1948 for her work as a Registrar for the City of Roanoke. She is survived by six grandchildren, Kathleen Wall, Teresa Seaback and spouse, Robert, Patricia Thompson, James N. Parker and spouse, Sandy, Michael L. Parker and spouse, Vicki, and Stephen L. Parker and spouse, Bonnie; one deceased grandson, David L. Wall; four great-grandchildren, Laura and Bobby Seaback, Stephanie and Caroline Parker; her son-in-law, James L. Parker; and special friends, Mary Darby and Ruby Secor of Salem. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to caregivers, Vicki Eakin and Karen Hancock for their love, care and compassion as well as the care of the Knollwood Apartment Staff. The family would like to thank the Adventa Hospice nurses for their care and kindness during her illness. Lillian lived her life as an energetic, loving person who had a great love for people. Her loves in life included her family and friends, flower gardening, and playing Bridge and card games. Funeral services will be held on Monday, December 3, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Richfield Chapel with the Rev. Thomas Clay officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends on Sunday, December 2, 2001 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the John M. Oakey & Son Salem Funeral Home. 389-5441
LeGRANDE, Fannie DeBerry, 101, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday November 27, 2001. Funeral services will be Saturday, 11 a.m., at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.
LUNDY, Maynard Douglas, 78, of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday, November 28, 2001, at the Virginia Veteran's Care Center, surrounded by his family. Maynard was born November 5, 1923 in Toms Creek, Va., the first born son of James Worth and Vena Ketron Lundy, who preceded him in death. He grew up on a farm in Pound, Va. with one brother and two sisters-one of which, June, precedes him in death. Surviving siblings are Rex Lundy and his wife, Betty of Fredericksburg, Va. and Erma Lee Belcher of Mount Morris, Mich. Maynard served in the Army in World War II with tours in North Africa, France and Italy. He was a life member of VFW Post #4522, Vinton, Va. and Masonic Lodge #59, Pound, Va. He was a 1953 graduate of the Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy. He was a much beloved pharmacist in the Roanoke area for nearly 40 years with employment at Super X, Powell Pharmacy, and the Veteran's Administration. He is preceded in death by his lovely first wife and mother of his children, Cuba "Gay" Mullins Lundy, and his dear second wife, Anne Pitzer Bolton Lundy. Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, James Michael and Linda Drewry Lundy and their daughter, Whitney Anne Lundy of Roanoke; a daughter and son-in-law, Dave and Melissa Lundy Milam of Boones Mill. He is also survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends-including two very special longtime friends, Polly and Raymond McFarlane of Roanoke; and a special cousin, Helen Davis of Vinton. Maynard was a very talented man. He was a carpenter, builder, sportsman and mechanic. He loved to grow roses and restore old cars and motorcycles. He was a funny, wonderful, loving man. Unable to speak more than a few words in his declining years, he managed to say "I love you" and would always smile and wink. As Alzheimers began to take his mind, his caregivers stepped in to take his hand. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to caregivers, Nita Belcher (a niece) and to Clancy Payne for their love and compassion, also to the loving and caring staff of 1 East Special Care Unit at Virginia Veteran's Care Center. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 30, 2001 from 7 to 9 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 1, 2001 from 12 to 2 p.m., followed by a celebration of life. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Association at 2728 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, Va. 24015. Arrangements by John M. Oakey & Son Salem Funeral Home. 389-5441
MYERS, Maggie Abbott, 100, of New Castle, passed away Friday, November 30, 2001, at the Salem Health and Rehabilitation Center. She is survived by her husband, Kenneth M. "Samp" Myers; two nieces, Lois and Jesse Ring of Salem, Ella Jean Wade of New Castle; four nephews, Edwin and Curtis Abbott, Robert and Clara Abbott of New Castle, Jack and Geneva Abbott of Sumter, S.C., Jimmy and Liz Watkins of Covington. Also surviving are several great-nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2001 at Huffman Memorial Park with Rev. Larry Jent officiating. Her husband requests that memorials be made to the Craig County Rescue Squad or the New Castle Volunteer Fire Department. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Paitsel Funeral Home, New Castle.
NOLEN, Geneva Williams, 81, of Roanoke, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2001, in an area hospital. She was preceded in death by the love of her life, her husband, Lester M. Nolen; her parents, John "Buck" and Emma J. Williams; three brothers, Glen, James and Hilbert Williams; one sister, Hillie W. McCrickard. She is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, W. Jones and Ruth T. Williams. Joan W. Francisco, June W. Anderson and also numerous nieces and nephews; special friends, Carl and Polly Brown. A graveside service will be held, 2 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2001 at Roselawn Cemetery in Martinsville, Va. with Rev. Barry Sink officiating. Friends may call between 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday at Oakey's North Chapel.
RILES, Franklin, 81, departed this life on Tuesday, November 27, 2001. Funeral services will be Monday 1 p.m. in the Hamlar-Curtis Chapel. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.
ROSS, Kathleen Virginia, 78, of Roanoke, passed away Friday November 30, 2001. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.
RUTLEDGE, John M., 57, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord Wednesday evening, November 28, 2001, while surrounded by his beloved family and friends. John was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Orchard Lake, Michigan. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he served his country working in Army Intelligence. Upon his discharge, he returned to Michigan to pursue his life's ambition as a police officer. He was an officer for the Pontiac Police Department and in 1969 transferred to South Florida to continue his enforcement career as an officer for the Pompano Beach Police Department. Much of his time was involved as a dedicated "Choir Dad" for the King's Choir at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. (King's Choir is a boy's choir comparable to the Vienna Boys Choir). He, too, served as League President for four years for his son's North Pompano Beach Little League. After working as a Dairy Distributor for MacArthur Dairy, he and his wife and son relocated to Roanoke, Va. in 1988. Initially, he worked for Burns International. In 1993, he began serving as Police Chief for the Valley View Mall where he gave total dedication. John's most recent position was as a machine operator for American Commercial Assembly, Inc. In whatever capacity he served in life, John always gave 110% of himself. John has a very soft place in his heart for children. In past years, he taught the young ones about God's love in Sunday School, served with the King's Choir and worked with hundreds of children during his son's baseball years. His desire was to teach them both God's love and to encourage good character. John was an avid deer hunter. Many winters he traveled back to Michigan to hunt deer with beloved friends, Gordon and Shirley Loch. John is survived by his wife of 28 years, Beverly; and his son, Gordon. He, too, is survived by a son and daughter from a previous marriage, John and Tammy Rutledge of Okinawa. He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Spitler of N. Lauderdale, Florida; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Barbara Feltenbarger of N. Lauderdale, Florida and Elizabeth and Robert Forrest of Lake Worth, Florida; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Elizabeth and Glenn Baumgartner of Springfield, Virginia, Edward and Debbie Rayfield of Boca Raton, Florida, Barbara and Patrick Leahy of Roanoke, Virginia, John and Mary Rayfield of Ocala, Florida; seven nieces and eight nephews; four great-nieces and eight great-nephews; and many special friends. Family will receive friends Friday evening, November 30, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel. A graveside service will be conducted Saturday morning, December 1 at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5737 Airport Road, Roanoke. Pastor Rick Elmore of Cave Spring Baptist Church will be officiating.
SALMONS, Homer E., 87, of Roanoke, died Friday, November 30, 2001. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel.
SIMMONS, David Edward, 48, of Catawba, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Catherine Sweeney Simmons; daughter and son-in-law, Alician S. and Robert Bratton; son and daughter-in-law, David Martin and Nancy Simmons and grandchild on the way; daughter, Olivia Brooke Simmons; parents, Hubert and Carrie Simmons; brother, Robert Simmons; parents-in-law, Randolph and Lucille Sweeney; sisters-in-law, Karen Ferguson and Wanda Wickline; canine companions, Sam and Chip; numerous cousins, nephews, nieces and friends. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2001 at the Paitsel Funeral Home Chapel, New Castle with Rev. Lowell Chaney officiating. Interment will follow in the Brookman Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends after 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
STONE, Douglas, (Doug), 93, of Salem, died Friday, November 30, 2001. Graveside services, Monday, December 3, 2001, at 2 p.m. at Sherwood Memorial Park. Arrangements by John M. Oakey & Son Salem Funeral Home. 389-5441
TODD, Stanley Mitchell, 45, of Roanoke, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Shannon B. Todd; daughter, Jessica Ann Todd who he dearly loved; his parents, Dan B. and Wilma Todd; sisters, Marianne Todd and Sherry Todd Vinson; brother, Eric Stephen Todd; niece, Tiffany Marie Todd; nephew, Ethan Kirk Todd. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2001 at Huntington Court United Methodist Church with Rev. Richard T. Woodall officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church. A memorial graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2001 at Independence Cemetery in Independence, Va. with Rev. Kathie Wilson-Parker officiating. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel.
VEST, Thelma Ann Martin, 81, of Roanoke, passed away Thursday, November 29, 2001. She was a member of Woodlawn United Methodist Church and retired from General Electric. Thelma loved to garden and was always sharing her harvest of vegetables with many. Surviving is a daughter, Sharon Williams and special friend, Bill Thornton of Roanoke; a daughter and son-in-law, Vicki and Eddie Allman of Hardy; a sister, Jane M. Farrand of Roanoke; sisters-in-law, Virginia A. Martin of Richmond and Cathryn V. Ayres of Roanoke; several nieces and their families. Services will be at Oakey's South Chapel, 11 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2001. The Rev. Morris A. Bennett will officiate. Interment will follow at Evergreen Burial Park. The family will receive friends at Oakey's South Chapel from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday. The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, 9 East Church Avenue, Roanoke, Va. 24011, or to your favorite charity.
MAXEY, Thomas Henry, (Tom), 61, of Hardy, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, November 28, 2001. He attended Harvest Ministries, and was a former employee of Singer Furniture for over 33 years, and more recently, Hooker Furniture. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles H. and Bessie G. Maxey, and a son, Roger Maxey. Surviving are his wife, Gail Hodge Maxey; a son, Mark Maxey of Roanoke; a daughter and son-in-law, Theresa Maxey and Troy Dickerson of Christiansburg; five grandchildren, Tim Ratcliff, Dwonna Ratcliff, Brandi Hale, Ginger Hale, Jacob Maxey; three great-grandchildren; brothers, Carl Shilling, Wesley Shilling, Charles Maxey, Kenneth Maxey; sisters, Madeline Hall, Gladys Cronise, Garnett Dale, Mary Mills, Fay Craighead; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted from Oakey's Vinton Chapel at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, December 1, 2001 with Pastor Tim Coalter officiating. Burial will be in Monte Vista Cemetery, Franklin County. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Oakey's Vinton Chapel.
MONROE, Lillie Catherine Compton, 67, of Thaxton, died Wednesday, November 28, 2001. Funeral 2 p.m. Monday at Carder-Tharp Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Carder-Tharp Funeral Home. For more information or to send condolences, go to www.carder-tharp.com.
NELSON, Katie Irene Fogle, 77, of Bedford, died Wednesday, November 26, 2001. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday at Carder-Tharp Funeral Chapel. Arrangements by Carder-Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory. For more information or to send condolences go to www.carder-tharp.com.
PERDUE, John Henry, 86, of Wirtz, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, November 28, 2001. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 1, 2001 at 2 p.m., Lynch Funeral Home Chapel, Rocky Mount.
WOODS, Ruby Mae Webb, 65, of Ferrum, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, November 28, 2001. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 1, 2001 at 11 a.m. at Lynch Funeral Home Chapel, Rocky Mount.
HARVEY, Kathleen A., (Kas), 65, of Christiansburg, died Friday, November 30, 2001 at her home. The daughter of the late William Riley and Cloudie Lovern Stump, she is also preceded in death by her infant son, Ervin Wayne Harvey. She is survived by her husband, Loren Douglas Harvey; son, Darrell Dean; daughter, Linda Sowders; grandchildren, John Karr IV and Christy Karr; great-grandchildren, Preston Topham and "God" great-granddaughter, Katherine Fifer, all of Christiansburg. She is also survived by her brothers, Riley Stump, Robert Stump and Ward Stump, all of Christiansburg; her sister, Nina Mills of Shawsville; and special friend, Josephine Howard. Several nieces and nephews also survive her. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, December 1, 2001 at Horne Funeral Home. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2001 with the Rev. Everett Sheperd and the Rev. Homer Sawyer officiating. Interment will follow in North Fork Cemetery. The family request in lieu of flowers that contributions be made to American Cancer Society, Box 554, Roanoke, Va. 24003 or to New River Valley Hospice, 111 Mail St., Christiansburg, Va. 24073. Arrangements are being handled by Horne Funeral Service, Christiansburg.
HAWLEY, Mary Edith, 81, of Elliston, passed away at her home on Saturday, November 17, 2001. She was owner and operator of Edith's Beauty Shop for over fifty years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alice and Earl Hawley; one brother, Thomas M. Young; and one sister, Marie H. Mayer and husband, Henry. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Earl Lynwood and Mary Lou Hawley of Lafayette; two grandsons, Gregory T. Hawley and wife, Jennifer of Ocracoke, N.C., and Jeremiah A. Hawley of Lafayette; and three granddaughters, Amy S. and Timothy A. Glover of Shawsville, Emily W. and Douglas P. Hundley of Roanoke and Autumn L. Hawley of Lafayette; and three great-grandsons, Noah and Joshua Glover and Logan Hundley. She had made previous arrangements to donate her body to science. She was a member of the Big Spring Baptist Church in Elliston where a memorial service will be held on Sunday afternoon, December 2, 2001 at 3:00 p.m. Memorial gifts may be made to your favorite charity.
SAUNDERS, Robert Eugene, 65, of Elliston, died Friday, November 30, 2001. He was born June 8, 1936 in Bedford County to the late Davis Edward and Ruby Lucado Saunders. Robert is survived by his loving wife, Norma Powell Saunders; daughters, Patricia Baughn, Dawn Ross and Wanda Willihan; son, Robert Saunders; sisters, Virginia Kirkwood and Phyllis Silvers; brother, Donald Saunders; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2001 at Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home. A funeral service is pending for Monday, December 3. Arrangements by Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home and Cremation Center (366-0707).
SOUTHERLAND, Alma Leona, 42, of Blacksburg, died Sunday, November 25, 2001. She was born on November 1, 1959, in Buffalo, N.Y. She is survived by a son, Bobby Southerland of Lynchburg. Graveside services will be conducted Sunday, December 2, 2001, at 2 p.m. in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg, with the Rev. C. Coles Casey officiating. Friends may meet at McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg between 12 noon and 1:30 p.m. on Sunday and will go in procession to the cemetery. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.
SUMNER, Odetta Bishop, 88, of Pulaski, died early Friday morning, November 30, 2001, in the Community Hospital of the Roanoke Valley. She was born in Floyd County on February 27, 1913, and was the daughter of the late Asa Bishop and Dessie Shelor Bishop. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edgar F. Sumner, Sr. She was a member of the Aldersgate United Church, Pulaski. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Edgar F. Sumner, Jr., and Vickie Sumner of Rocky Mount; two brothers, Okie Bishop and Edsel Bishop, both of Christiansburg; grandchildren and spouse, Christy and Wes Blair of Draper, Nathan Hartwell and Robert Hartwell, both of Roanoke. Funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. from Stevens Funeral Chapel, Pulaski. Entombment will follow in the Highland Memory Gardens Mausoleum, Dublin. Visiting will be Sunday evening from the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.
BLANKENSHIP, James Lewis Sr., 60, of Bassett, died Thursday, November 29, 2001. Funeral 11 a.m. Monday at Collinsville Pentecostal Holiness Church. Arrangements by Bassett Funeral Services, Bassett.
DUNCAN, Blair R., 73, of Woolwine, died Friday, November 30, 2001. Funeral 2 p.m. Monday at Woolwine United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Moody Funeral Service, Inc., Stuart, Va.
LONG, William Guy, (Bunk), 68, of Rural Retreat, died Friday, November 30, 2001. Funeral 3 p.m. Sunday at Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
MILLER, Ethel, 90, of Galax, died Thursday, November 29, 2001. Funeral 2 p.m. Sunday at Vaughan-Guynn Chapel.
REED, Doris Jane Gregory, (Janie), 102, of Martinsville, died Thursday, November 29, 2001. Funeral 11 a.m. Monday, at First United Methodist Church. Norris Funeral Services & Crematory is in charge of arrangements.
ROWLAND, Irene, 83, of Gretna, died Friday, November 30, 2001 at Riverside Health Care Center, Danville. Born August 1, 1918 in Pittsylvania County, she was a daughter of the late Jesse Greene Rowland and Lucy Bell Rowland. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Gretna Branch and she filled an 18-month mission for the church. She was predeceased by a brother, Hamet Rowland and two sisters, Pearl Mitchell and her twin, Edith Robertson. Miss Rowland first worked in the Gretna High School cafeteria and later served as assistant manager for the University of Virginia dining room. She enjoyed working with flowers and helping the sick. She is survived by two brothers, Herbert Rowland of Gretna and Carlton Rowland of Waynesboro; two sisters, Myrtle Morris of Jacksonville, N.C. and Helene Dalton of Gretna. Funeral services will be conducted 2:30 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2001 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Gretna Branch by President Karl Hansen. Burial will follow in Gretna Burial Park. The family will receive friends 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Colbert-Moran Funeral Home and other times at the residence of her sister, Helene Dalton, 4700 Rockford School Road, Gretna. Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Gretna, Va. is in charge of arrangements.
WATSON, Joshua Caleb, infant son of Paul and Vila-Sheree Watson, of Austinville, died Tuesday, November 27, 2001. Graveside service 2 p.m. Sunday in the Crockett Family Cemetery in Austinville. Arrangements by Barnett Funeral Home, Wytheville.
YOUNGBLOOD, Joanna Womack, of Lighthouse Point, Fla., passed away Monday, November 26, 2001. Memorial service, Saturday at 11 a.m., Cave Spring United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel.