Miscellaneous Roanoke County, Virginia Obituaries
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BEANE, Lenny Timothy, 37, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2002. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.

COLES, Katie Leach, 95, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2002. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.

DURETTE, Edward, 50, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2002. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.

FITZGERALD, Garry Hall, 55 of Roanoke, passed away Friday, May 31, 2002. Survivors include four sons, Eric (Angela) Fitzgerald, Ron Fitzgerald, both of Seattle, Wa., Christopher(Tracy) Fitzgerald, and Garet (Teresa) Fitzgerald both of Roanoke; daughters, Elizabeth (John)Davis and Audrey (Calvin) Cumbie both of Roanoke; devoted ex-wife, Barbara Jean Fitzgerald also of Roanoke; total of 16 grand and great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends Tuesday 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home. 

FLESHMAN, Gertrude D., (Trudy), passed away Thursday, May 30, 2002. Funeral service 11 a.m. Monday, June 3, 2002 at John M. Oakey & Son Salem Chapel.

JAMISON, Ms. Lorene Agnes, 67, of Roanoke, departed this life Thursday, May 30, 2002. Funeral services 2 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2002, Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home Chapel.

LOVERN, Agnes Mae, 100, of Roanoke, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2002. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Virginia and Joe Glass. She had four grandchildren, Delmas Smith, Doris Chatting, Janice Kimberlin and Charlie Smith. She also had four step-grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren, twelve great-great grandchildren and ten step-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at Bible Baptist Church with Pastor Tim Kirchoff and Pastor Sonny Miller officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. View Cemetery, Vinton. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements are being handled by Lotz Funeral Home, Roanoke.

MAYS, Eugene Tony, 52, of Roanoke, passed away Friday, May 31, 2002. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Lomie Mays, Sr. Survivors include, two sons, Andre Bryant of Roanoke and Carlos Dunnaville of Salem; three brothers, Joseph Mays, Jr. and Carroll Kenny Mays of Roanoke and Basil Mays of N.C.; five sisters, Yvonne Via, Lucille Mays, Cheryl A. Stephens, Elaine Mays and Estelle Mays; two grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and cousins; a special niece, T.J. Mays; other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Williams Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral. Friends may call at Serenity Monday from 5 to 8 p.m. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home. 

McFARLAND, William Harrison, 90, of Roanoke, died Saturday, June 1, 2002. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel. 

McGUIRE Julia Simmons, 91, of Roanoke passed away Saturday, June 1, 2002. Julia was a retired seamstress from Steadman House Interior Decorators and was preceded in death by her parents, William and Mary Jane Simmons; her sisters, Wealthy Perdue, Lura Beard, Lillie Ridgway and Jane Booth; her brothers, Taft and William David Simmons. She was the widow of John Robert McGuire and is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Robert Gene and Linda J. McGuire of Roanoke; granddaughter, Marcie M. Lovell and husband Alan of Roanoke; her grandson, Robert Matthew McGuire and family friend, Karen McNew of Roanoke; her sisters, Lucy Simmons and Esther Drewry, both of Roanoke; numerous nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at Oakey's Vinton Chapel Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 1:30 p.m. with Pastor Joe Greene and the Rev. Sam McPhail officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakeys' Vinton Chapel. 

MORGAN, David Lynn, 60, of Troutville, went to be with Jesus Saturday, June 1, 2002 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was a retired supervisor with Emery Worldwide with 25 years service. David was a member of Harvest Ministries Church of God of Prophecy, where he sung in the choir and was on the cleaning team. Survivors include his loving wife of 33 years, Vicki L. Morgan; two daughters, Leslie Morgan of Charlottesville, Amy M. Foster and her husband Chuck of Greenville, S.C.; his parents, Luther and Helen Morgan of Bristol, Va.; lifetime friend, Jean Thomas of Kingsport, Tenn.; numerous relatives and friends. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Third Floor Rehab staff and Dr. Gerald Schertz for their kindness and support. those wishing to make memorials, please consider the Harvest Ministries Building Fund, 4120 Challenger Ave., Roanoke, Va. 24019. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at the Harvest Ministries Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. Tim Coalter officiating. Interment, with military rites, to follow in Old Dominion Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Oakey's East Chapel. 

NESTER, Ralph Lee, 91, of Roanoke, died Saturday, June 1, 2002. He was retired from Wilson Electric Company and was a World War II Army veteran. He was predeceased in death by his wife, Pauline Wiles Nester. He is survived by two sisters, Dessie Roberts of Roanoke, Pearl Larrabec of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be conducted Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 10 a.m. in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Carter Sloan officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, June 3, 2002 at the funeral home. Lotz Roanoke Chapel is in charge of arrangements. 

RODRIGUEZ, Reynel J., (Rey), 57, of Roanoke, passed away June 1, 2002 after a long battle with colon cancer. Born in Havana, Cuba, at the age of 15, Rey came to the U.S. in 1961 as part of the "Peter Pan" Group. He became a U.S. Citizen and tried to live the American Dream. Mr. Rodriguez earned a B.S. and Masters in Mechanical Engineering at Marquette University and an M.B.A. at the University of Detroit. He was a member of the Triangle Engineering Fraternity. Due to failing health, Mr. Rodriguez moved to Roanoke from Buffalo, N.Y. where he was General Manager of Fedco Automotive. Prior to that position he was President of Pacific Steamex, V.P. of Sales for Lorin Industries, both in Muskegon, Mich. and from 1987-1992, he was Marketing Manager, Shelters Division of Brunswick Defense, Marion. Mr. Rodriguez attended St. Andrews Catholic Church. Rey is survived by his wife of 13 years, Victoria Eller Rodriguez of Roanoke; his mother, Rosalia Rodriguez; brother, Ramon Rodriguez, both of Miami; stepdaughter and son-in-law, Marney and Charles Heath of Roanoke; daughters Heather and Holly Rodriguez of Indiana; step-son, Aaron Justin Heath of Buffalo; one grandson and several nieces. A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 5 at St. Andrews Catholic Church, 631 N. Jefferson St. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Simpson Tharp Funeral Home. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and personnel of the Cancer Center of SW Virginia, Carilion Home Care Services, and Good Samaritan Hospice for their kindness and support. In lieu of flowers, those who prefer may make a memorial donation to the St. Andrews Catholic Church, 631 N. Jefferson St., Roanoke, Va. 24016. or to the Good Samaritan Hospice , 3825 Electric Road, SW, Suite A, Roanoke, Va. 24018. Arrangements by Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home (366-0707)

STONEBURNER, Karen Irene, 52, of Roanoke, died Friday, May 31, 2002. She was born January 21, 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany to Wilbur E. and Dora Beryl Deans. Originally from Falls Church, she moved to Roanoke in 1975. She received her Bachelors Degree from James Madison University. She was an avid artist and past member of the Decorative Artist Association. She is survived by her husband, Dennis R. Stoneburner; her children, Brian C. Stoneburner, SSgt, USAF, and wife Susan of Colorado Springs, Co., Julie C. Buckingham of Virginia Beach, Va.; her mother, Dora Beryl Deans, Sterling, Va.; grandchildren, Shannon Stoneburner, Joshua Buckingham; her brothers, Benn S. Deans of Owings, Md. and Glenn W. Deans, Ashburn, Va. Services will be at Oakey's South Chapel 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002. The Rev. Walter Wood will officiate. Interment will follow in Evergreen Burial Park. Friends may call at Oakey's South Chapel Monday where the family will be from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Art Museum of Southwestern Virginia, St. Judes Childrens Hospital or the National Wildlife Association. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel. 

TAYLOR, Robert Edward, 55, of Roanoke, formerly of Martinsville, Va. died Friday, May 31, 2002 at his home with his family by his side after a brief and courageous battle with cancer. He is preceded in death by his father, James Woodrow Taylor of Martinsville, Va. A 1965 graduate of Martinsville High School, Robert lived and worked in Martinsville until August 1994. While living in Martinsville, he was employed by Sarah Lee Knit Products for 13 years. Most recently, Robert worked for Chi Associates, Inc. of Arlington, Va. as a road and bridge inspector. He was an avid firearms enthusiast and outdoorsman and a skilled photographer. Among other things, Robert will be fondly remembered for his unpredictable sense of humor and the ability to make others smile. He is survived by Debbie Thurman, his best friend and "fishin' buddy" for the past ten years; his mother, Louise Levisay Taylor of Lynchburg, Va.; daughter, Whitney Taylor of Charlotte, N.C.; sister, Anita Louise Talley and her husband, Charles of Lynchburg, Va.; his "only" brother James W. Taylor, Jr. of Boca Raton, Fla.; niece, Morgan and nephew, Stephen; as well as a wealth of caring, supportive friends. A memorial service will be held Monday, June 3, 2002 at 11 a.m. at Oakey's North Chapel with Rev. Marvin Barbre officiating. In lieu of flowers, Debbie and the family ask that donations be made in Robert's memory to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3825 Electric Rd., Suite A., Roanoke, Va. 24018 or the American Cancer Society, 9 East Church Ave., Roanoke, Va. 24016. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel & Crematory. 362-1237

DOOLEY, Rebecca Orange, 75, of Clinton, N.C., formerly of Thaxton, passed away Friday, May 31, 2002. Graveside service 11 a.m. Monday in the Orange Family Cemetery. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.

DUNCAN, Mae J. Stump, 82, of Rocky Mount, went to be with her Lord Friday, May 31, 2002. Mae was born March 26, 1920 in Franklin County to the late Walter H. Underwood and Luvetta Elizabeth Stump. She resided at Richfield Nursing Center until her death. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William H. Stump (Kevey), second husband, Carl B. Duncan, son Charles W. Stump (C. W.), special brother, Thurman W. Underwood (Dollie), as well as three other brothers. Surviving are her children, Evelyn Caldwell of Vinton, Drema Hicks and husband, Howard of Tennessee, Noah Stump and wife; and momma's special sister-in-law, Margie of Rocky Mount, Valarie Owens and husband Kenneth of Bedford, Gaynell (Wanda) Mays and husband, Charles, of Elliston; five stepchildren and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at the Simpson-Tharp Chapel by Pastor Kenneth Owens and Pastor Irvin Sloan. Interment will follow at Fair View Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home (366-0707).

ELLIS, Thomas, (Junior), 68, of Hardy, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2002 in the Carilion Cancer Center of Western Virginia. He was born June 26, 1933 in Franklin County, a son of the late Thomas Ellis and Bessie Bobbitt Ellis. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Thelma Meador Ellis. He was a retired employee of the Rubatex corporation, was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, a member of the V.F.W. Post #4522, Vinton and also a member of the Epworth United Methodist Church. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Estelle Gray Ellis; a son, Mark Thomas Ellis, Boones Mill; a daughter and son-in-law, Rita E. and Ronald Jenkins, Hardy; a stepson and his wife, Barry and Martha Gray; two stepdaughters and their husbands, Lois and Kenneth Gray, Cheryl and James Bush; two grandsons, Mark Tanner Ellis and Brent Jenkins; three sisters, Gladys Powers, Hardy, Dorothy Wuergler, Lorraine Meador, both of Moneta; six stepgrandchildren and six stepgreat-grandchildren. A funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at 11 a.m. from the Halesford Baptist Church by the Rev. Melvin Harris. Interment, with military rites by V.F.W. Post #4165 and DAV Chapter #46, will follow in the Epworth United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Hales Ford Baptist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society. Friends may call after 12 noon today and the family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. at Updike Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Bedford. 

MORRIS, Eleanor Louise Graham Clark, (Lou), 70, of Goodview, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, June 1, 2002. She was a member of Garden City Baptist Church and worked for the Vinton War Memorial and the Roanoke County School System until her death. Lou was preceded in death by her husband and father of her children, David P. Clark, her second husband, William E. Morris, a brother, James Harley Graham, Jr. Surviving are her sons, Thomas E. Clark and wife, Mary Ann of Maryland, David W. Clark "Bill" and wife Lou of Vinton; daughters, Jane A. Webster and husband, Robert of Colorado, Pamela C. Hylton and husband, Calvin of Roanoke; brother, Donald W. Graham and wife, Betty of Roanoke; close friend, Curtis Clark of Goodview; ten grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, 2002 at Garden City Baptist Church, 3536 Garden City Blvd. S. E., by the Rev. Ed H. Nicholson. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Buchanan. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Arrangements by Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home (366-0707)

STANLEY, Evelyn Lam, 72, of Villamont went to be with her Lord Saturday, June 1, 2002 after a courageous battle with Cancer. She was a member of Belmont Christian Church. Evelyn retired as a registered nurse from Lewis-Gale Hospital after 22 years of service. Left to cherish her memory and caring ways are her husband of 51 years, Donald R. Stanley, Sr.; a son Donnie Stanley and his fiancee, Janice Leffell of Salem; daughters and son-in-law, Vicki and Gene Newburn and Joan S. Ayers, all of Roanoke; a daughter-in-law, Deborah Stanley; grandchildren, Scott and Amy Stanley, Hayley and Greg Burnett, Erin and Bobby Lafoon, Brian and Amanda Ayers, Jonathan Ayers, Matt and Cindy Newburn, Heath and Kellye Newburn; six great-grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Douglas and Barbara Lam of Blue Ridge; sisters and brothers-in-law Ruth Gayhardt of Greenville, N.C., Elsie and Gene Jones of Bedford, Gladys Falls of Montvale, Verda Falls of Colonial Heights; a sister-in-law, Kathy S. Wood of Roanoke and many loving nieces; nephews; cousins; and friends. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002 from Belmont Christian Church, Roanoke. The Rev. David Walton will officiate. Interment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakey's East Chapel, 977-3909

Colson, Charles Hartie, 76, of Christiansburg, died Saturday, June 1, 2002 at the VA Medical Center in Salem. He was born in Galway, N.Y. on May 19, 1926 to the late Charles and Mary Call Colson. He is survived by his wife, Violet Colson of Shawsville; daughter, Barbara Phillips of Gloversville, N.Y.; six sons, Christopher Colson, of Christiansburg, Charles Colson, Jr., Harold Colson, and Fred Steinburg, all of Gloversville, N.Y., Jim Colson, of Mayfield, N.Y. and Richard Colson, of Caroga Lake, N.Y.; two brothers, James Colson and Benjamin Deere, both of Gloversville, N.Y. The family will have a private service at a later date. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Drive, SW, Blacksburg. 

OLIVER, DONALD LEE, 48, of Christiansburg, passed peacefully in his sleep, Saturday, June 1, 2002. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald R. Oliver. Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Oliver, daughters, Doris Ann (Annie) Oliver, Tania Kathleen Goble, granddaughter, Emma Goble, mother, Doris C. Oliver, brother and sister-in-law, Bruce Alan and Sharon, sister and brother-in-law, Desiree and John L. Beamer. He is also survived by four nieces and three nephews. Lee will be remembered by all who knew him for his courage, love, determination and abilities. "He was our hero." Friends may call anytime after 12 noon Monday, June 3, 2002 at the Horne Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6 - 8 p.m. Tuesday evening. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. in the Horne Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Fredrick Hodges officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery. Horne Funeral Service in Christianburg is serving the Oliver family. (382-2612) 

PHILLIPS, Lula Quesenberry, 77, of Willis and Blandinsville, Ill, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2002. Funeral service 3:30 p.m. Monday at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel, Floyd.

ROBERTSON, Arthur Glenn, 86, of Pearisburg, died Sunday, June 2, 2002. Arrangements by Riffe's Funeral Service, Narrows.

SEIPLE, Robert Benton, 62, of the Maybrook Community in Giles Co., VA died Thursday, May 30, 2002 after a short illness. Bob lead a life of adventure and passion. He touched so many with his love of life, wisdom and creativity, and mischief. Born in York, Pennsylvania he was a son of the late Edwin and Jean Strawbridge Seiple. He graduated from Aberdeen High School in Maryland and continued his education at Johns Hopkins University and American University with a Phd in Psychology. Bod worked most of his life as a psychotherapist healing and caring for people. He was an excellent musician and teacher and was retiring his healing practice to pursue his interest in music to light. Bob is survived by his wife Marcia, his children Edwina Seiple of Roswell, GA, RB. Seiple of Kailua, Hawaii, Cassie and Jarrett Seiple of the home, a grandson Christopher and a brother Ron Seiple of Kailua, Hawaii. A celebration of Bob's life will be held at his home at 385 Eggleston Road in Pembroke, VA on Tuesday at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers please send contributions to the Robert Seiple Memorial Scholarship Fund at the above mentioned address in memory of Bob and all his dreams for the future. Funeral arrangements are with the Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke, VA.

SULT, Stella Caldwell, 76, of Blacksburg, died Sunday, June 2, 2002. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg. 

Barbour, Burton Gilley, 97, of Collinsville, died Sunday, June 2, 2002. Funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday, Starling Baptist Church, Arrangements by McKee Stone Funeral Services, Martinsville. 

BEDWELL, Helen Ellison Gearhart 73, of Rural Retreat, died Saturday, evening June 1, 2002 in the Wythe County Community Hospital. She was born the daughter of the late Howard J. Ellison, Sr. and Mabel Heldreth Ellison. She was a lifetime member of the Rural Retreat United Methodist Church, a past employee of the U.S. Government at the Pentagon, The Ford Motor Company, and the Chrysler Corporation. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Eugene Gearhart; and a brother, Howard J. (Jack) Ellison, Jr. She is survived by one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Susan Ellison of Rural Retreat; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Ellison of Rural Retreat; an aunt and uncle, Walter M. and Patsy H. Jones of Galax; two nieces, Beth King of Rural Retreat and Ann Ellison of Wytheville. two nephews and spouses, Frank and Lynn Ellison of Staunton; Jack and Andrea Ellison of Pearisburg; a host of cousins, great-nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday June 4, 2002 at the Lindsey Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jim Jenkins officiating. Interment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Gardens. The family suggests that those who prefer, may make memorials to the Rural Retreat United Methodist Church or the Rural Retreat Volunteer Emergency Services. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening at the Lindsey Funeral Home or at the residences of Carolyn Ellison or Jim Ellison at any time. Lindsey Funeral Home, Rural Retreat is in charge of arrangements. 

DRAPER, Rhodia Ellen, 62, of Martinsville, died Friday, May 31, 2002. Memorial service 11 a.m. Tuesday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah. Arrangements by Stanfield-Miller Funeral Home. 

GAY, Frances Margaret, 93, of Stuarts Draft, died Friday, May 31, 2002. Funeral Mass 11 a.m. Monday at St.Patrick's Catholic church. Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home, Lexington. 

HARRIS, Harold Edward, (Little Doc), 51, of Lexington, died Thursday, May 30, 2002. Funeral 3 p.m. Monday at the Harrison Funeral Home Chapel.

HASH, Nannie Fraley Boyer, (Nan), 87 of Independence, recently living at Wheatland Retirement Center in Hillsville, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2002 at Forsyth Hospital, Winston-Salem, N.C. She ws born October 31, 1914 in Duffield, Va. to Jefferson and Suzanna Fraley. She was raised and fondly remembered the years growing up with her siblings and cousins in the Scott County area. She journeyed to Akron, Ohio as a young adult. There she met her husband, (Burton C. Boyer), of 32 years. They spent the majority of their lives together in Independence and served together in Brush Creek Baptist Church, which they loved dearly. They raised three children in that community which believed in the old Native American adage "It takes a village to raise a child" as they all participated in the Christian rearing of its children. She later married Greek Hash and joined those two families for many happy years. Surviving Mrs. Hash are tow daughter and sons-in-law, Linda B. and Marvie B. Shelor, Sparta, N.C. and Gena B. and Thomas G. Anders of Wytheville; one son and daughter-in-law, Dallas B. and Nancy G. Boyer, Redmond, WA.; one stepdaughter, Lois S. Hash, Roanoke; one sister-in-law, Anetta M. Boyer of Toms Brook, Va.; nine grandchildren and spouses, John B. and Donna Shelor of Kernersville, N.C., Myron K. and Kelli Shelor of Cherryville, N.C., Cari A. and Rev. Allen Mahan of Bastian, Thomas M. "Mitch" and Mary Lee Anders of Crockett, Mary Suzanne "Molly" Anders of Wytheville, Mark, Melissa and Micah Boyer of Redmond, WA, Matthew and Alisa Boyer of Portland, OR; six great-grandchildren, Grant Mitchell Anders, Caleb Allen Mahan, Grayson Lee Anders, Elliott Boyer, Camden Anders Mahan and Madeline Grace Shelor; and several dear nieces and nephews and a host of great friends. The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday night at 8 p.m. in the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel, Independence, Va. with the Rev. Allen Mahan and Rev. Paul Boyer officiating. Interment in Independence Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday night from 6 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Brush Creek Baptist Church, C / O H. T. Moxley, 1858 Bethany Rd., Independence, Va. 24348. Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, Independence, Va., is in charge of arrangements. 

HUTTON, Grady Lilburn, 63, of Marion, died Saturday, June 1, 2002. Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bradley's Funeral Home Chapel.

LONG, Barbara B., 62, of Richmond, died Monday, May 27, 2002. Graveside service 3 p.m. Monday in the Long Family Cemetery. Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home, Lexington.

LUNDY, Arlie Elizabeth, 89, of Wytheville, died Sunday, June 2, 2002. Arrangements by Bob Newberry Funeral Home, Bland. 

PULTZ, Margaret Harrison, 71, of Buena Vista, died Friday, May 31, 2002 in the Stonewall Jackson Hospital. Mrs. Pultz was born in Rockbridge County, a daughter of Mable Hatcher Harrison of Natural Bridge Station and the late Baxter Alexander Harrison. She was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church and was preceded in death by a son, Daryl Pultz. Surviving are her husband, C. Wilbur Pultz; three children, Deborah P. Wilson of Plano, Texas, Donna P. Sensabaugh of Chesterfield, David Pultz of Baton Rouge, La.; three sisters, Helen H. Bullock of Natural Bridge Station, Gladys H. Duff of Stuarts Draft, Martha H. Sorrells of Buena Vista; two brothers, Hughie W. Harrison of Lexington, James H. Harrison of Excel, Ala.; three grandchildren, Kendall Pultz, Hillary Sensabaugh and Morgan Sensabaugh. Graveside services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 4,2002 in the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, with the Rev. Mark Reuter officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Harrison Funeral Home, Lexington, Va.

SMITH, Reba McPeak, 70, of Dugspur, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2002 at the home of her daughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Ocie Sutphin McPeak, son, Freddie Joe Smith, and sisters, Dot Thompson and Stella Harden. She is survived by her husband, Levi S. Smith, Dugspur; daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Randy Turman, Dugspur; son, Michael William Smith, Dugspur; foster son and spouse, Donnie Lee and Paula McPeak, Hillsville; brother and sister-in-law, Mike and Daphine McPeak, Hiwassee; sister and brother-in-law, Lake and Wayne Jenkins, Stephen City; grandchildren, Shawn Turman, Michelle Gallimore, Levi G. Smith; and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2002 at the Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel, Hillsville, with burial in the Smith Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel.

STANLEY, Ruby Keen, 73, of Martinsville, died Saturday, June 1, 2002. Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday at Norris Funeral Service Chapel.

THOMAS, Pearl Price, 94, of Martinsville, died Friday, May 31, 2002. Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mt. Olivet Apostolic Church. Arrangements by Stanfield Miller Funeral Home. 

DREW, Evelyn Mitchell, 81, formerly of Roanoke, passed away Saturday June 1, 2002 in Rockville, Md. She was born in Catawba to the late John E. and Fannie Blaney Mitchell. She was faithful to her country serving in the United States Army. Mrs. Drew was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph Drew and her sister, Maria M. Dock. Survivors include her four children, Randolph (Gale) Drew, Jr., Hampton, Lois Drew, Diane Drew, both of Maryland and Linda Drew (Walter) Wilson, Woodbridge; four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Amanda Campbell and Frances Mitchell, both of Catawba; four nephews, a niece that loved her dearly, several cousins and a host of friends. Funeral services will be Wednesday 2 p.m. in the Hamlar-Curtis Chapel. Rev. Carl Tinsley will officiate and the interment will be in Williams Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday 7 to 8 p.m. at Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.

BARKER, Hazel S., 74, of North Little Rock, Ark., formerly of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2002. She is survived by two sons, Donn Barker and friend, Liz Loftin of Little Rock, Ark., David Barker and wife, Rebecca of Memphis, Tenn.; a granddaughter, Lauren Barker; and two stepgrandchildren, Amy Charlton and Gregory Charlton, all of Hernando, Miss.; two sisters, Edna Dexter of San Antonio, Texas and Ruth Holman of Roanoke, Va.; also many nieces and nephews; and a beloved pet, Maxx. Family will greet friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at Vinton Baptist Church, with a memorial service to be held at 11 a.m. and interment to follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Vinton. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association. Friends are encouraged to bring a rose to the church as a way of expressing their love for Hazel.

BIRCHFIELD, Frances Hodges, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2002, Funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2002, at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

BRUBAKER, N. Arthur, 86, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 18, 2002. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel.

BURLEIGH, Howard W., 85, of Roanoke, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2002 at Lewis-Gale Medical Center. Born June 17, 1916, he was the son of the late Isabelle and Henry Burleigh and was educated in the Rome, N.Y. schools. Howard was united in marriage to the former Doris A. Cagwin on July 31, 1938 in Zion Episcopal Church, Rome, N.Y. He was part owner of the family business, Cagwin Manufacturing Company, Inc. of Rome, N.Y. and also worked at the former Rome State School, retiring in 1979. Surviving besides his wife, Doris of 63 years, is a daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Richard Miller; three grandchildren, Arber and her husband, Paul Hickerson, Aaron Miller and wife, Leslie Arthur, and Adam and wife, Angie Miller; two great-grandchildren, Allyson Miller and Seth Miller, all reside in the Roanoke area; also two nieces that reside in Florida. He was predeceased by a twin brother, Henry Burleigh and two sisters, Dorothy Rose and Ethyln Whaling. The family would like to extend their heart felt thanks to Dr. John Daugherty, Dr. Liaqua Zaman, and Andrew Maiolo and Joseph Baker, all the emergency room people and all of the nurses and staff on the 2nd and 3rd floor and MICU that took care of Howard. Friends may call at John M. Oakey & Son Salem Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2002 where memorial services will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. John A. O'Connor officiating. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the American Heart Association.

COX, Rev. John Francis, 68, of New Castle, passed away Monday, February 18, 2002. A minister his entire life, he received education at Atlanta Christian College, Thomas Edison State College, and earned his Masters at the University of West Georgia. For the past seventeen years he had been a drug counselor at the Botetourt Correctional Unit in Troutville. John was loved and respected by all who knew him. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Onie Cox. He is survived by his wife, Dessie S. Cox; son, Thaddeus R. Cox, of New Castle; daughter and son-in-law, Flavia C. and Alan Creech, of Hookerton, NC ; son and daughter-in-law, Matthew and Lucy Cox, of Radford; grandchildren, Gwen Cox, Nick Cox, Cole Creech, Jessie Creech, Jessica Cox, Katina Cox . A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at Gravelhill Christian Church, Simmonsville, Virginia, with the Rev. Doyle Wyatt officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Craig County E.M.S., P. O. Box 81, New Castle, Va. 24127 or the Diabetes Association of America. Friends may call at the Cox home 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Arrangements by Paitsel Funeral Home, New Castle.

EMMONS, Howard Evert, 81, of Roanoke, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2002 at his home. He was an active and long time member of First Church of the Brethren after being baptized in 1949. Later on he served as a deacon, sang in the choir, taught Sunday School class and volunteered at Friendship Manor. Howard was born in Key West, Fla. and grew up in Parkersburg, W.Va. He had served our country during WWII and studied Italian while there. After returning he attended and graduated from Madison College. Later he obtained his master's degree in teaching at Vanderbuilt University. He had retired from Roanoke City Schools where he had taught at Monroe Junior High, Jefferson High School, Breckinridge Junior High, Rufner Junior High and the UVA Extension. He is predeceased by his wife, Virginia Swann Emmons. Howard is survived by his much beloved children and grandchildren, Frederick Emmons and Debbie Emmons with Emily and Edith Emmons, Timothy Emmons and Alice Emmons with Jonathan, Michael and Nathan Emmons, Anthony Emmons and Vicky Emmons with Shawn and Kristi Emmons, Annette Byrd and Rodney Byrd with Jessica, Ashby and Joshua Mason; sisters-in-law, Margaret Schomisch and husband, Ron, June Hoal and Muriel Emmons; a devoted friend, Nancy Dickerson and a faithful and life long friend, Jones Keller. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2002 from the First Church of the Brethren, Carroll Ave., Roanoke. The Rev. David R. Miller will officiate. Interment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Those preferring donations, please consider First Church of the Brethren (Memorial Fund), 2001 Carroll Avenue, Roanoke, Va. 24017 or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 3959 Electric Rd. Suite 310, Roanoke, Va. 24018. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday and 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Oakey's North Chapel.

ENGLE, Madeline Ford, 89, of Vinton, went to be with the Lord Saturday, February 16, 2002. She was born in Amherst County to the late Theodore and Katie S. Ford. She was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar C. Engle; a daughter, Joanne E. Young and son-in-law, Ray Young; grandson and granddaughter; brothers, Ned T. Ford, Howard C. Ford and Richard H. Ford; and a sister, Alma Crist. Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and Fred Graham of Christiansburg, Kathryn and Elmon Kelley of Vinton; son, Jerry C. Engle and Betty George of Daleville; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at the graveside at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens 11 a.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2002 with Dr. Robert Wayne officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Oakey's Vinton Chapel.

ERWIN, William R., (Rick), 62, of Daleville, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2002. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Patricia J. Erwin of Daleville; daughters, Angela E. Schuder and husband, Robert K., of Roanoke, Melissa E. VanCamp and husband, Colin, of Bedford; granddaugther, Whitney M. Crouse; mother, Catherine D. Erwin of Clio, S.C.; brothers, Lawson S. Erwin of Bennettsville, S.C., James R. Erwin of Roanoke; sister, Myra E. Dowse, Clio, S.C.; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, William N. Erwin. Special thanks go out to the doctors and nurses of the Lewis Gale Clinic and Gentle Shepherd Hospice. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2002, at Oakey's North Chapel with the Rev. David Mucha officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, February 18, 2002, at Oakey's North Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Marks United Methodist Church, Daleville, P.O. Box 186 Daleville, Va. 24083 or Gentle Shepherd Hospice 4005 Electric Road S.W. Roanoke, Va. 24014. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel.

EUBANK, Charles Elmer, 79, of Buchanan, passed away Friday, February 15, 2002. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home. (254-3000). 

FORE, Grace Elizabeth, 87, of Danville, Va., went to be with the Lord on Friday, February 15, 2002. Graveside services, Tuesday, February 19, 2002, at 2 p.m. in Highland Burial Park in Danville. Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

GOFF, Jesse Alvin, 54, of Buchanan, passed away Sunday morning, February 17, 2002. Jesse was employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation for over 30 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie B. Goff and Bertha Goff Tolley; brothers, John W. Noel, Charlie E. Goff, and Wesley D. Goff. Survivors include his fiancˇe, Christie A. Click of Buchanan; special child, Cara Click; daughter and son-in-law, Ginger and Justin Titus of Albemarle, N.C.; son, Jesse A. Goff of Buchanan; grandson, Corbin Titus; sisters and brother-in-law, Bobbie and Joseph H. Hensley of Big Island, Erma G. Whorley of Big Island, Clara D. Goff of Buchanan; sisters-in-law, Shirley Goff and Ruby Noel, both of Bedford; and numerous beloved nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home with Pastor Walker Thompson officiating. Interment will follow at 4 p.m. in Hunting Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Big Island. Pallbearers will be his nephews, David, Dwayne, Delbert, and Durwood Hensley, Brad and Terry Noel, Todd and Direck Whorley. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Botetourt Funeral Home, 14920 Lee Highway, Buchanan, (254-3000). 

HELMS, Beulah Mae Huff, 87, of Salem, died peacefully on Monday, February 18, 2002. She was a longtime Salem resident and worked for Yale & Towne Lock Company and was also a member of Temple Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lewis Helms, brothers, Louis Irvin Huff, Luther Roy Huff and James Herbert Huff. Her surviving family includes daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Carl Bradford, Ruth and Tony DeLeo, and Betty Underwood; grandchildren, C.L. Underwood, Darrell Lee Williams and his wife, Judy, Ricky Lee Bohon and his wife, Vicky; great-grandchildren, Phillip Bohon, Heather Underwood, Tyler Underwood, Dillon and Travis Williams; a sister, Ollie Ann Painter; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2002, 11 a.m. in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel in Salem with the Rev. Jimmy Jennings and the Rev. Elwood White officiating. Burial will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by John M. Oakey & Son Salem Funeral Home. 389-5441

LEWIS, Belton, 72, of Roanoke, formerly of South Carolina, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2002. He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Lewis. Survivors include two daughters, Constance Barnett of Roanoke, Ida Mae Wilson of Capital Heights, Md.; one brother, Dock (Mary) Lewis of South Carolina; three sisters, Dolly Young of South Carolina and Estelle Shepherd; a devoted friend, Paul (P.W.) Hannah of South Carolina; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held Wednesday from the Green's Funeral Home in Lake City, South Carolina. Interment will follow in Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Olanta, South Carolina. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home.

NICHOLS, Gloria Meade, 72, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 17, 2002. She graduated from Jefferson High School and attended Meredith College. Gloria worked for Graves-Humphreys, retired from Charles Lunsford & Sons, and was also active in her husband's family business of Granite Memorial. She was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church, where she had been a Sunday School teacher in the 1950s and 1960s. Gloria was preceded in death by her husband, Charles H. Nichols, and is survived by two sons, Charles H. Nichols, Jr. of Roanoke, Robert A. Nichols of Roanoke; three grandchildren, Charles Lucas Nichols, Carrington Leigh Nichols, Andrew Ryan Nichols; two sisters, Joanna Milliken of Vero Beach, Fla., Shirley Romano and husband, Frank Sr. of Roanoke. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday from Oakey's Roanoke Chapel with the Reverend Charles H. Ward and the Reverend Charles A. Krause officiating. Interment will follow in Evergreen Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

RADER, Ann Massie McCormick, 79, of Roanoke, passed away Monday, February 18, 2002. Arrangements by Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home.

SISK, Elsie G., 64, of Salem, passed away quietly on Sunday, February 17, 2002. She was a lifelong Salem resident, and was employed as a cafeteria worker at South Salem Elementary School for 23 years. She was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Salem, where she was an active member in her Sunday School Class. She is survived by her husband, William "Bill" Sisk; daughters and sons-in-law, Billie Sue and Mike Martin, Bonnie S. and Kevin Boyd; grandchildren, Rachel and Christa Martin, and Logan and Lauren Boyd; brothers, Carl, Odell, Levi "Bud", and Gene Grubb; a sister, Mildred Ruff; and a great number of nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at 12:30 p.m. at Sherwood Memorial Park with the Rev. Brenda Rowe officiating. The family will receive friends on Tuesday at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Carilion Hospice Services, 1917 Franklin Road, Roanoke, Va. 24014. Arrangements by John M. Oakey & Son Salem Funeral Home. 389-5441

SOWDER, Charlie B., 75, of Salem, died Saturday, February 16, 2002. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 19, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Lotz Salem Chapel. Lotz Salem Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

St. CLAIR, Mary Mason, 91, of Roanoke, died Saturday, February 16, 2002. Mrs. St. Clair was a member of Raleigh Court United Methodist Church and was a charter member of the Elks Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband, Palmer K. St. Clair; two brothers, W. F. "Bill" Mason and Edward Mason; and a great-nephew, David Burrows, III. Surviving are her sister-in-law, Elizabeth D. Mason of Roanoke; two nephews, Richard E. Mason of Raleigh, N.C. and W. F. Mason, Jr., of Roanoke; two nieces, Betty M. Burrows of Longwood, Fla., and Susan Mason of Roanoke; three great-nieces, Jennifer Crouch, Jessica Mason, and Pam Mason; one great-nephew, Shaw Mason. Graveside funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 19th, in Sherwood Memorial Park with the Rev. Roy P. White officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the S.P.C.A., at P.O. Box 11863 Roanoke, Va. 24022. The family will receive friends Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, Church Ave.

VAUGHAN, Irene, 87, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2002. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.

WALTERS, Edna Mae, 83, of Roanoke, went home to be with the Lord in Saturday, February 16, 2002. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, February 19, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

BIGNEY, Frances Anderson, 61, of Chesapeake and formerly of Rocky Mount, died February 15, 2002 at her home after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was one of five children born to the late Jesse Anderson and Mamie Anderson, who survives her. Frances was active over the years in Girl Scouts and Little League. She was a great seamstress and has worked for Jefferson National Bank and WACHOVIA. She was active in her church and sang in the choir. A devoted mother, loving wife and devoted grandmother, she leaves behind a family who loved and cared for her during her illness, her very loving husband, Vernon Bigney; her daughters and sons-in-law, Rhonda and John McNulty III of Chesapeake, Pamela Seader and special friend Stacey of Chesapeake; her sons, Charles W. Deyerle, Jr., Alex Bigney and Bud Bigney all of Chesapeake; seven wonderful grandchildren whom she loved and cherished, Ashley, Spencer, Sterling, Kendall, Michael, Brenden and Dylan; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Gail and Robert Hutcherson, Lisa and Steve Hodges all of Rocky Mount; brothers and sisters-in-law, J.B. and Jean Anderson, Carl and Carol Anderson all of Rocky Mount, many nieces and nephews, special uncle and his wife, Floyd and Sandy Anderson and her best friends Audrey and Virginia. Frances was a special lady who kept her family together and served as a pro in all she did. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday from Flora Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jim Compton and Rev. Larry Mann officiating. Interment will follow in the Anderson Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials be made to the Frances A. Bigney Memorial Fund, The Bank of Hampton Roads, 201 Volvo Parkway, Chesapeake, VA 23320 or the American Cancer Society. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Monday at Flora Funeral Service and other times at the home of Gail and Robert Hutcherson 4014 Doe Run Rd., Rocky Mount. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service, S. Main St., Rocky Mount.

CAKE, Mary Lee Harvey, of Bedford, died Friday, February 15, 2002. Funeral service 2 p.m., today, St. Johns Episcopal Church. For more information or to send condolences, please visit www.carder-tharp.com. Arrangements by Carder-Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 586-3443.

ELLIS, Frederick, (Fred), 76, of Glade Hill, died Monday, February 18, 2002. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the Marine Corps, and retired from the Lane Company after many years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie F. and Annie Lou Ellis, sisters, Hilda J. Ellis and Melva A. Etter, brothers-in-law, Vestel Harrison and Warren Ferguson. Surviving are a brother and sister-in-law, Woodrow and Cheryl Ellis; sisters, Mary E. Ferguson and Edna E. Harrison; very special nephew and caregiver, Brian Bowles; caregivers, Cheryl Ellis, Brenda Davis, Debra Bowles and Tanja Terry; also surviving are several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Association, P.O. Box 554, Roanoke, Va. 24003-0554. Memorial services will be announced at a later date. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service, South Main Street, Rocky Mount.

MCMANAWAY, Sudie Hines, 84, of Bedford, passed away Thursday, February 14, 2002. Funeral Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford. Family visitation from 9 a.m. until time of service at Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.

PETERS, Linda Willis Dooley, 58, of Bedford, died Sunday, February 17, 2002, in U.Va. Medical Center. She was born in Trenton, N.J. on October 22, 1943, a daughter of the late Herman Earl Dooley and Anna Murray Carter Dooley. She is survived by a daughter, Lynn Bowyer Cash and her husband, James Cash, Jr. of Bedford; a son, Michael Anthony Peters and his wife, Cindy of Vinton; two sisters, Shirley D. Comer and her husband, Berkley of Bedford and Sarah D. Goff of North Carolina; one brother, Roland Earl Dooley of Bedford; two grandchildren, Eric Peters and Shana Peters, both of Vinton; and two stepgrandchildren, Kerri and Chelsey Cash, both of Bedford. A private family service will be held at a later date with the Rev. Jerry Parr officiating. For more information or to send condolences, please visit www.carder-tharp.com. Arrangements by Carder-Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, 586-3443.

PETTMAN, Howard Frederick, 85, of Bedford, died Sunday, February 17, 2002. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the Pettman residence. Arrangements by Carder-Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford.

PINION, Blanche May Campbell, 70, of Bedford, died Saturday, February 16, 2002. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, Carder-Tharp Funeral Chapel. Visitation 5 to 7 p.m., tonight, Carder-Tharp Funeral Home, Bedford. To send condolences, please visit www.carder-tharp.com.

RUFF, Ruby Overstreet, 84, of Thaxton, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2002. Funeral Thursday, 11 a.m., Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford. Friends may call after 12 noon Wednesday and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Updike Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Bedford.

SHELTON, Charles Aaron, 70, of Huddleston, passed away Saturday, February 16, 2002. Funeral Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Updike Funeral Chapel, Huddleston. 

WOODSON, Miss Roxie A., 84, of Bedford, passed away on Saturday, February 16, 2002, in Friendship Health Care Center in Roanoke. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at 1 p.m. at the Bedford Funeral Home Chapel, Bedford, Va. Interment will be in the family cemetery, Bedford, Va. The remains may be viewed one hour prior to the service. Arrangements by Bedford Funeral Home.

AKERS, Larry, 55, of Pulaski, passed away Monday, February 18, 2002, at the Montgomery Regional Hospital. Arrangements are pending at the Bower Funeral Chapel, Pulaski.

BELL, Chauncey, 15, of Dublin, passed away Monday, February 18, 2002, at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital Arrangements are pending at the Bower Funeral Chapel, Pulaski.

BERESFORD, Dorothy Wheeler Adams, (Dot), left this earth on Saturday, February 16, 2002. She was preceded in death by her husband of 29 years, Rudolph "Rudy" Adams, her father, Charlie T. Wheeler, her mother, Lacy Wheeler, and her brother, Wayne T. Wheeler. She is survived by her husband, Robert "Bobby" Beresford of Christiansburg; her son, Tony Adams and daughter-in-law, Brenda Adams of Floyd and one stepgrandson, Adam English; her daughter, Renee Adams Lester and son-in-law, Michael Lester and grandson, Rollin Lester, all of Floyd; three sisters, Beth Campbell of Martinsville, Jean Brown of Dunedin, Fla., and Billie Bibb of Monroe; six nephews, seven nieces and their children. Dot was employed with NationsBank, Main Street, in Lynchburg until 1992 and then relocated to Christiansburg to be closer to her children. The last two years of her life she was blessed to have spent with her husband, Bobby. She will be dearly missed by all of her family and many friends. A memorial service will be held Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at 7:30 p.m. at Christiansburg Wesleyan Church, 525 Harkrader Street, with Dr. David L. Hurd officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to a charity of choice.

HODGE, Maynard Russell, 81, of Christiansburg, died Monday, February 18, 2002, at his home. He was born in Eggleston, Va. on February 25, 1920, to the late W.H. and Bertie Sartin Hodge. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Robert and James Hodge, his sisters, Mary Latta and Louise Church, two grandsons, Eric Richardson and Jarrett Hodge, and a granddaughter, Kristie Richardson. He was a veteran of World War II having fought under Patton in the 29TH Infantry Division. He retired from Cooper Industries after 20 years of service and he was an avid fisherman. He is survived by his wife, Hazel Kanode Hodge of Christiansburg; a daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Kenneth Richardson of Christiansburg; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Marsha Hodge of McCoy; a grandson, Patrick Hodge; a granddaughter, Amanda and Tommy Gwinn; a great-grandson, Caleb Gwinn; stepchildren, Joan Henderson and husband, Richard of Massillon, Ohio, Marie Alban and husband, Harry of Hollywood, S.C., Debbie Specht and husband, Bill of Bossier City, La., Eric Nowlin and wife, Carrie of Riner, Philip Nowlin and wife, Sherri of Roanoke; nine stepgrandchildren; three step-great-grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Harry "Preston" and Polly Hodge of Blacksburg, Arnold "Tooter" and Dorothy Hodge of Blacksburg, Lewis "Monk" Hodge of Radford; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Lena Brooks of Elliston, Margaret and Harry Fenton of Blacksburg, Mae Cromer of Floyd, Isabelle and Claude Drinkwater of Crewe, Va., Patricia and John Sweeney of Christiansburg; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at 2 p.m. in the First Church of God with Pastor Keith Paff and Rev. Ronnie Hodge officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg. Friends may call anytime after 12 noon on Tuesday, and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg. 

ALLEN, Gregory Stevenson, 51, of Max Meadows, beloved husband of Diane Stockton Allen for 28 years went from the care of his loved ones into the care of his Lord on Friday, February 15, 2002. He was preceded in death by his father, Delmer Allen; his sister, Sally Farrier; his brother, Kimberly Allen and his brother, Geoffrey Allen. Gregory died at home after an extended illness. In addition to his wife, he is survived by and mourned by his mother, Marjorie Allen; his son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Kristy Allen; his daughter, Sarah Allen; his sisters-in-law, Rebecca Allen and Deborah Allen; his brother, Terry Allen; and his brother-in-law, Marty Farrier. Others who will miss Greg greatly are his parents-in-law, Edgar and Edith Stockton; his sisters-in-law and their husbands, Carol and Donald Mackinder and Sandra and Harley Easter; his brother-in-law and his wife, Glenn and Penny Stockton; his dedicated caretakers, Ann Correll and Inez Akers; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family wished to express its gratitude to the nurses and caretakers at Virginia's Home Health and Hospice Care of Rural Retreat. Gregory was a graduate of Virginia Tech and taught agriculture in Frederick County and in Bath County. He was building fund treasurer and former member of Calvary Baptist Church in Millboro, Va. where he also actively helped build its addition; and in recent years he has been a member of First Baptist Church in Hillsville where services will be held Sunday, February 17, 2002 at 2 p.m. and will be conducted by the Rev. Steve Stephenson. Interment will follow at the West End Cemetery in Wytheville. The family will receive friends Saturday, February 16, 2002 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home, Hillsville, Va. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Huntington's Disease Society of America at 140 West 22nd Street, 6th Floor, New York, N.Y. 10011-2420.

CAMPBELL, Osburn Azo, (Ozie), 78, of Covington, died Sunday, February 17, 2002. Funeral 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel.

HUTTON, William K., 62, of Marion, died Sunday, February 17, 2002. Funeral arrangements 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at Seaver-Brown Chapel. Arrangements by Seaver-Brown Funeral Home, Marion.

HYLTON, Claude A., 55, of Fork Mountain, died Sunday, February 17, 2002. Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is in charge of the arrangements.

JOHNSON, Sadie G., 97, of Buena Vista, died Sunday, February 17, 2002. Graveside funeral service, 11 a.m. Tuesday, Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery in Rockbridge Baths. Arrangements by Lomax Funeral Home, Buena Vista, Va.

LAYTON, Leslie H., 80, of Fairfield, died Friday, February 15, 2002. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Tuesday, at Lomax Funeral Home, Buena Vista, Va.

McGRANAHAN, Joseph Francis, died Monday, February 11, 2002, in Hatteras, N.C. Born May 24, 1916, in Philadelphia, Pa., he came to Vesuvius in 1935 to work in the CCC camp there. He was married for 47 years to the late Edith Cash McGranahan, and is survived by his daughter, Mary M. Shepherd; a grandson, Jason Rothrock; sisters, Eleanor McGranahan, Constance McGranahan, and Anna Youse; and much loved nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews in Virginia and Philadelphia. A Navy veteran of World War II, he saw action in the Pacific Theater as a Pharmacist's Mate, First Class, aboard the LST 724. After the war he was employed by DuPont, where he retired as a supervisor in 1975, with 34 years of service. He was a member of Vesuvius Baptist Church and St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Lexington and was an active member of the Steeles' Tavern VFW. Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick's in Lexington at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 23, 2002, with a graveside service following at Mt. Carmel Church in Steeles' Tavern at 12:30 p.m. Donations in his memory can be made to his churches; the family requests that if flowers are sent to the graveside they be removed after the service and taken to area shut-ins, nursing homes, or churches.

PICKLE, Fred N., 73, of Atkins, died Monday, February 18, 2002, in Smyth County Community Hospital. Survivors and funeral arrangements will be announced later by Seaver-Brown Funeral Service.

QUESINBERRY, Elmira Martin, 81, of Laurel Fork, died Monday, February 18, 2002. Funeral 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at Bluemont Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel, Hillsville.

ROWLAND, Sandra Mills, (Sandy), 49, of Altavista, died Sunday, February 17, 2002. Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Altavista.

SAVILLE, Bernice Simmons, 89, of 813 Park Street, Clifton Forge, Va., died Monday, February 18, 2002, at Alleghany Regional Hospital, Low Moor, Va. Mrs. Saville was born September 9, 1912, at Lignite, Va., a daughter of the late Marcue Tillman and Mattie Swartz Simmons. Mrs. Saville attended Central United Methodist Church and worked in production as a twister for the former Industrial Rayon in Covington, Va. Mrs. Saville is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Fred Feazell of Clifton Forge, Va. and Judy and Mike Switzer of Summerville, S.C.; three grandchildren, William "Bill" S. Mahaney, Dawn Belcher, and Wendy Mahaney; and five great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Sterling Saville. A funeral service will be conducted Thursday, February 21, 2002, at 11 a.m. from the Chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, Va. with the Rev. John Carrier officiating. Interment will follow in the Eagle Rock Baptist Church Cemetery, in Eagle Rock, Va. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, Va. To send condolences online, please register at www.nicelyfuneralhome.com

SCALES, Marlon Jerome, 29, of Martinsville, died Friday, February 15, 2002. Funeral 1 p.m. Tuesday at Sandy Ridge Primitive Baptist Church. Arrangements by Stanfield-Miller Funeral Home. 

THOMPSON, Lucy Vera, 55, died Sunday, February 17, 2002, in the Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion. Funeral services, 2 p.m. Thursday, from the Bradley's Funeral Home in Marion, Va.

WADDELL, Mary Ellen Patterson, 70, of Clifton Forge, died Sunday, February 17, 2002. Memorial service, 2:30 p.m. Saturday, at Mount Carmel Cemetery, Steeles Tavern. Arrangements by Nicely Funeral Home.

WAGNER, Alois Andreas, (Lewis), 65, of Bassett, died Sunday, February 17, 2002. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, at Fork Trial Christian Church. Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is in charge of arrangements.

BLASSINGHAM, George Ladd, 70, a retired photographer, died Saturday, February 9, 2002, at Ocala Regional Medical Center in Florida. A native of Norfolk, Va., he resided in Roanoke before relocating to Florida in 1978. Mr. Blassingham was former chief of Ocklawaha, Florida, Volunteer Fire Department. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Mr. Blassingham was preceded in death by his parents William V. and Margarette Blassingham, and a brother, William V. Blassingham, Jr. Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Charlene Blassingham, Ocala, Florida; sons, Charles L. Dowdy, Suffolk, Va., Gregory Elmore and James M. Blassingham, both of Ocala; daughter Cindy Dowdy, Tampa, Florida; sister, Kay Strong, Union Hall, Va.; and five grandchildren. Arrangements were handled by Veterans Cremation and Burial Society, Clearwater, Florida.

COULSON, Rita, 63, of Harlem, Georgia, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2002. Funeral service, 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at the Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel, Hillsville, Va.

DALTON, Douglas McArthur Sr., 59, of Ballard, W.Va., died Saturday, February 16, 2002. Funeral services, 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 20, 2002, at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown, W.Va.

PAYNE, Margaret Weavil, 92, of 3812 Forrestgate Drive, Winston-Salem, N.C., died Sunday, February 17, 2002, at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. She was born in Forsyth County to E.E. and Vada Hastings Weavil. Mrs. Payne was preceded in death by her husband, T. Stuart Payne. Surviving are her daughter, Susan Payne English of Charlotte; grandchildren, Jim English, Jr. and wife, Lisa and Sarah Stuart English, all of Charlotte; two brothers, Jim Weavil and wife, Barbara of Winston-Salem and Bruce Weavil and wife, Nancy of High Point, N.C.; sisters, Juanita Kelly of Winston-Salem, Helen Starnes and husband, Ralph of High Point, N.C., Betty Doub and husband, Jay of Lewisville, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Bill Weavil of Kernersville, N.C., Margie Weavil of Denton, N.C. and Imogene Weavil of Scottsboro, Ala. A funeral service will be 3 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, 2002, at Bethany United Church of Christ in Midway, N.C. The body will lie-in-state for one hour prior to the services and the family will receive friends following the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the donor's choice or the T. Stuart Payne Foundation, 21218 Baltic Drive, Cornelius, N.C. 28031. The T. Stuart Payne Foundation is an organization benefiting various charities through music. Hayworth-Miller Silas Creek Chapel is serving the Payne family.

WERTZ, Harvey James, 89, of Port Charlotte, Fla., died on Monday, February 18, 2002. Mr. Wertz served his country in the U.S. Army Air Corps during W.W.II. Formerly of Claytor Lake, Virginia, he had resided here since 1986, and was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Port Charlotte and Kingsway Country Club. He retired from the Kroger Company in 1968 as an advertising manager. Surviving are his wife of 25 years, Elizabeth, whom he married in Chattanooga, Tenn. in 1976; and numerous nieces and nephews. At his request, there will be no services and Mr. Wertz will be laid to rest next to his first wife, Elsie Kennedy Wertz near Natural Bridge, Virginia. Memorials in Mr. Wertz' memory may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 42, Punta Gorda, Fla. 33951. Arrangements by Kays-Ponger / Royal Palm Funeral Homes, Port Charlotte, Chapel.

WILLIAMS, Jane Noland, 59, died in an Atlanta, Georgia hospital on Thursday, February 7, 2002. She was born November 19, 1942, in Waynesboro, Va. and was valedictorian of the 1961 High School Class in Pulaski, Va. She then earned degrees from the College at William and Mary, from Wake Forest University, and from Georgia State University. She served as a school psychologist in Charlotte, N.C., in Hampton, Va., and for the last twenty-four years in Georgia. At her death she was serving her tenth year as historian for the Georgia Association of School Psychologists. Her principal hobbies were genealogy, photography, and travel. Surviving are her husband, Dr. John E. Williams; her father, Thomas B. Noland, Martinsville, Va.; her brother, Thomas B. Noland, Jr. of Blountsville, Alabama; her daughter, Ginger Carraher of Sharpsburg, Ga.; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held in Conyers, Ga. on February 11, 2002, at the Mormon Church, followed by burial in Conyers. The family suggests that memorials be sent to the American Cancer Society. 


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