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ADAMS, Elizabeth Silcox, 80, of Daleville, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2000. She was a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, nursed in Virginia and Kentucky for 40 years, and was a member of the Philadelphia United Methodist Church in Conyers, Ga. She was preceded in death by her husband, A. Kyle Adams; her parents, R. Benjamin Silcox and Willie Silcox Draper; and one brother, Frank W. Silcox. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Susan A. and Mike Cuthbertson of Savannah, Ga.; one brother, Louis C. Silcox of Daleville; one sister, Ann S. Holloman of Vinton; two grandchildren, Cindy Cuthbertson of Charleston, W.Va. and Melinda C. Moore of Conyers, Ga. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2000, at the Rader Daleville Chapel with the Rev. James G. Holloman officiating. Interment will follow in the Tombstone Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to your neighboring rescue squads. 

CHISOM, Oscar Ray, 77, of Vinton, died Thursday, December 14, 2000. He was a member of Barnhardt Baptist Church, a veteran of World War II, having served in the United States Army and was the retired owner and operator of O. R. Chisom Electrical, Inc. Mr. Chisom was preceded in death by his parents, Luther Frank Chisom and Annie Jane Pentecost Chisom. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Verna Catron Chisom, Vinton; one daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and Robert Caldwell; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ronald and Kathy M. Chisom, Jerry and Debbie R. Chisom, all of Vinton; five grandchildren, Chad P. Chisom, Matthew R. Chisom, Timothy W. Caldwell, David A. Caldwell and Mandy J. Chisom; one great-grandson, Derek W. Caldwell; four sisters and two brothers-in-law, Leah Powers, Omega and Lewis Chandler, Emogene and Herman Preston, Shirley Thomas; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Coleman and Barbara Chisom, Wilbert and Virginia Chisom. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2000 at Barnhardt Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jerry Smith Officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or to the Barnhardt Baptist Church Building Fund. The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakey's Vinton Chapel.

HOLCOMB, Ada Basham, 93, of Salem, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2000 at her home. The daughter of the late Nathan and Grace Correll Basham, she was the widow of David P. Holcomb and was also preceded in death by a sister, Esthma B. Collings. Surviving are a sister, Frances B. Townley of Salem; a niece, Peggy A. Radike and husband, Paul Radike; three great-nieces, Townley Aide Hamilton, Martha and Alexandra Radike, all of Roanoke. She attended schools; Radford University, University of Virginia and Richmond Professional Institute. She began her teaching career in Montgomery County and also taught in Prince William County, Occoquan, and Fairfax County, Herndon, Va. She was retired from the City of Richmond Schools after twenty years. Mrs. Holcomb was a past member of the Colonel William Christian Chapter of the D.A.R., the Hamilton D. Wade Chapter of the U.D.C., Christiansburg, Va., the Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, and a member of Salem Baptist Church. Graveside services Monday, December 18, 2000 at 11 a.m. in Evergreen Burial Park officiated by Pastor Everette Kier of the Salem Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the Salem Rescue Squad (201 South Broad Street, Salem, Va. 24153). Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

KELLEY, Glen Allan, 48, of Roanoke County, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000. He was a member of Garden City Church of the Nazarene and was a salesman for Woodson Pontiac. Glen was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Alza Kelley, his brothers, Wendell and Warren. Surviving are his brothers, Wayne Kelley and wife, Janice of Vinton, Tommy (Tom) Kelley and wife, Sherry of Roanoke; four nieces; five nephews; a good friend, Teresa. Funeral services will be held at Oakey's Vinton Chapel Saturday, December 16, 2000 at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Lowell Chaney officiating. Interment in Bandy Cemetery, Roanoke County. The family will receive friends Friday 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakey's Vinton Chapel.

KONIECZNY, John, 68, of Roanoke, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000. He is survived by his loving wife, Norma Rhea Konieczny; three brothers, Walter Konieczny of New Jersey, Peter Konieczny of Connecticut and Chester Konieczny of New Jersey; along with several nieces and nephews. He was retired from Exxon and a member of the Kiwanis. Services will be at Oakey's South Chapel 11 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2000. The Rev. Joseph Lehman will officiate. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Oakey's South Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Heart Association.

LANZA, Ruth Elizabeth, 86, of Roanoke, went to Heaven Tuesday, December 12, 2000. Born September 16, 1914 in New York City, N.Y., she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph N. Lanza, parents, Daniel and Nellie Harrington, brother, Daniel Harrington, Jr.; sisters, Helen Spahr, Agnes Kain and Mona Gevrekian. Surviving are her sons, Michael J. Lanza, Thomas R. Lanza, and Bruce S. Lanza, all of Roanoke; granddaughter, Christina R. Lanza; nieces, Ginger Gevrekian and Judy Gevrekian of Roanoke, and Daniel Kain of Richmond; nephew, Robert Gevrekian of Roanoke. Ruth Lanza, a good, caring and religious woman, was a devoted wife and mother. She was a dance instructor for many years in Pelham, N.Y., where she lived and raised her family. After the death of her husband, she moved to Virginia to be with her sisters. She will be missed by all her family and friends. A memorial service will be held Saturday, December 16, 2000 at 11 a.m. at St. Elias Catholic Church (3740 Cove Road). Arrangements by Consumers Choice Funeral Service. (366-0707)

LEAR, Mary Lou, 68, of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Memorial service will be 2 p.m. on Saturday at Villa Heights Baptist Church. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home.

McCULLOCH, Casey Woodrow Sr., 81, of Roanoke, formerly of Buchanan, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2000. Mr. McCulloch was a member of the Buchanan Moose Lodge #2182. Survivors include his wife of 31 years, Patricia Hodges McCulloch of Roanoke; former wife, Oprel L. McCulloch of Buchanan; and their sons and daughters-in-law, Casey, Jr. and Dorita McCulloch of Knoxville, Tenn., Herb and Penny McCulloch of Chester, Terry and Renee McCulloch of Harrisonburg, Tommy and Karen McCulloch of Eagle Rock, James McCulloch of Hampton; thirteen grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; brother, Robert McCulloch of Daleville; numerous nieces and nephews; and special pet, Angel. Graveside services will be held Saturday, December 16, 2000 at 1 p.m. in Fairview Cemetery - Buchanan with Dr. John Sloop officiating. The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Botetourt Funeral Home, 14920 Lee Highway, Buchanan (254-3000). Those wishing to make a contribution, please consider the American Cancer Society, 9 E. Church Ave., Roanoke, Va. 24011.

McVEY, Roby, 101, of Roanoke, went home to be with his Lord Thursday, December 14, 2000. Arrangements by Oakey's Vinton Chapel.

PERKINS, Vivian Otis, 80, of Vinton, died Monday, December 11, 2000. Graveside service 1 p.m. Friday at Westhampton Memorial Park, Richmond, Va. Arrangements by Oakey's Vinton Chapel.

POLLARD, Jean Tees, 79, of Salem, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Born in Conshohocken, Penn., she was the beloved widow of Harry A. Pollard. Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, Richard H. and Rebecca F. Pollard, Robert W. and Denise W. Pollard, all of Salem; grandchildren, Matthew J. Pollard, Richmond, Kelly B. Pollard, Charlotte, N.C., Drew Pollard and Tracy Pollard, both of Salem; brother and sister-in-law, John and Claire La Penta, Jack Boyle, all of Conshohocken, Penn.; brother-in-law, Richard Westgate, Macomb, Ill. and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 10 a.m. Saturday, December 16, 2000 at Lotz Salem Chapel, with the Rev. R. Stuart Carlton officiating. Interment will follow next to her husband in East Hill Cemetery, Salem, amid the mountains that she loved so much in her adopted home. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jean's memory, to the Salem Rescue Squad. Arrangements are being handled by Lotz Funeral Home, Salem.

ROBERTSON, Wesley G., 74, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Arrangements by Oakey's Vinton Chapel.

SMITH, Charles Stewart, 65, of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2000. He was a son of the late William Joseph and Nettie Irene Smith, was an Army veteran, and a member of the D.A.V. Survivors include his wife of twenty-one years, Elsie Pearl Smith of Roanoke; two daughters, Brenda R. Eagle of Troutville, Molly Kay Cutroni of Goodview; one son, Michael Charles Smith of Salem; two stepdaughters, Nancy P. Prillaman of Vinton, Diane P. Tucker of Roanoke; four grandchildren, Richard Steven Brown, Jr. of Vinton, Melissa Ann Smith of Salem, Carolyn Kay Ridgeway of Vinton, Michael Adam Brown of Goodview; one great-grandchild, Aspen Renee Knott of Vinton; two stepgrandchildren, Brian K. Prillaman of Vinton, Grattan H. Tucker, IV of Roanoke. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 15, 2000 at Oakey's Vinton Chapel with the Pastor Eddie Gilpin officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Veterans Affairs Medical Center, c / o Voluntary Service, 1970 Roanoke Boulevard, Salem, Va. 24153. Arrangements by Oakey's Vinton Chapel. 

WHEELER, Nannie Emily Stevens, 83, of Vinton, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 13, 2000. She was the widow of Zernie Elbert Wheeler. Survivors include two sons and daughter-in-law, Bobby Ray Wheeler of Thaxton, Darrell and Lynn Wheeler of Vinton; three daughters and sons-in-law, Hilda (Verlie) and LeRoy Hall, June and Jack Sublett, all of Vinton, Shelene and Ken Divers of Blue Ridge; nine grandchildren, Jeff and Shannon Wheeler, Joey and Monty Hall, Jerry and Jimmy Sublett, Tammy Gusler, Kevin Divers, Nathan Wheeler; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; five brothers, J. Sherard Stevens of Vinton, C. Berkley Stevens of Roanoke, Duane B. Stevens of Blue Ridge, Versal R. Stevens of Vinton, Kendrick H. Stevens of Roanoke; four sisters, Elizabeth Louise Brown of Vinton, Isabelle (Dee-Dee) Crawford of Blue Ridge, Hilda Eloise Bowyer of Vinton, Carlie Ann Woods of Vinton; a special friend and loving caregiver, Eunice Adams. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2000 from the Lotz Vinton Chapel. The Rev. Mike Werle and the Rev. C. Berkley Stevens will officiate. Burial to follow in Stevens Family Cemetery in Moneta. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday at the Lotz Vinton Chapel. 

BOWLES, Paige, 89, of Callaway, died Thursday December 14, 2000. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow Bowles. Surviving are two daughters, Rose McPherson and Rachel McPherson; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Kate Gulliams; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Casey Bernard. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday in Flora Funeral Chapel with Pastor Ron Hill and Rev. Bill Pagen officiating. Interment will follow in the Bowles Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Friday with her family receiving friends from 7 to 9 p.m. at Flora Funeral Service, S. Main St., Rocky Mount.

DELANCEY, Willie Woodrow, 83, of Redwood, died Thursday, December 14, 2000. Surviving are two sisters-in-law, Thelma V. Delancey of Rocky Mount and Maizie Delancey of Oak Level; a number of nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2000 at the Lumpkin Family Cemetery with the Rev. Jackie Spence officiating. Interment will follow. Arrangements by Lynch Funeral Home.

GLOVER-FISCHER, Dr. Deborah, 34, of Rocky Mount, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Funeral 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Loving Funeral Home Chapel, Covington, Va. 

MORGAN, Claudine Robertson, of Moneta, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2000. Funeral Friday, 11 a.m., Morgans Baptist Church. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home, Bedford.

SAUNDERS, Willie N., 80, of Bedford, departed this life on Monday, December 11, 2000 in the Veterans Medical Center, Salem, Va. He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Irene Johnson Saunders; one daughter, Rita (Lorenza) Williams, Thaxton, Va.; one son, Lee (Cheryl) Saunders of Grandfolks, North Dakota; three grandchildren; one sister, Katherine West of Roanoke, Va.; four sisters-in-law, Josephine Jones, Julia Kasey, Betty Parker, all of Bedford, Va., Mary Jennings of Big Island, Va.; three brothers-in-law, Fletcher Johnson, Genis Johnson, Rudolph Johnson, all of Bedford, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, December 19, 2000 at 11 a.m. at the Seven Day Adventist Church, 1601 Melrose Ave. N.W., Roanoke, Va. Interment will follow in the Saunders Family Cemetery, Bedford, Va. The family will receive friends Monday evening, December 18, 2000, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bedford Funeral Home Chapel, Bedford, Va. Arrangements by Bedford Funeral Home.

BOWER, George J., 76, of Christiansburg, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2000 at the Horne Funeral Chapel with Rev. Don Peters officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by Horne Funeral Service.

CREASY, Fred Lawrence, of Christiansburg, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at New River Valley Medical Center. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2000, in the Horne Funeral Chapel with Rev. Doug Kanney and Rev. Chuck McHose officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Christiansburg Rescue Squad, Box 176, Christiansburg, Va. 24068. Arrangements are being handled by Horne Funeral Service.

FERRELL, Michael Lee, 32, of Narrows, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Funeral arrangements by Riffe's Funeral Service, Narrows.

GREGORY, William Boyd, 84, of Max Meadows, Va. and formerly of Pulaski, passed away on Thursday, December 14, 2000. Funeral service 7 p.m. on Friday at the Bower Funeral Chapel, Pulaski.

HENDRIX, Lydia Garking, (Dollie), 90, of Radford, died Tuesday, December 12, 2000. She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and a retired sales clerk at Crigler Shoes. Survivors include her son, Ronald S. Hendrix of Raleigh, N.C.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Bette Wright. Memorial services will be held Saturday, December 16, 2000 at 11 a.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church with Father Kris Kramer officiating. Interment will follow in West View Cemetery in Radford. There will be no visitation. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.

HICKS, Charlie Quintoe I, infant, of Blacksburg, died Monday, December 11, 2000 at Montgomery Regional Hospital. Graveside services will be conducted on Friday, December 15, 2000 at 1 p.m. in the Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg, with the Rev. Robin Henrickson officiating. There will be no public visitation. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.

ALDERMAN, Ennis Friel, 84, of Galax, and lately a resident of Wheatland Retirement Center, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2000 in Twin County Regional Hospital. He was born in Carroll County, Va., on September 18, 1916 to the late Henry and Lucinda Jennings Alderman. Mr. Alderman was in the Air Force and served during World War II. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and the Hillsville VFW Post #1115. He attended National Business College and was a fifty-year member of the First Christian Church in Galax. Mr. Alderman was the widower of Mattokia Durnil Alderman and Arlie Alderman. He is survived by a daughter, Yvonne Alderman of Roanoke, Va.; a sister, Grace Robinson of Galax, Va.; and many loving nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. in Vaughan-Guynn Chapel with the Rev. Charles Smythers officiating. Interment will be held in Monta Vista Cemetery with military rites by Hillsville VFW Post #1115. Arrangements by Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home in Galax, Va.

ARMENTROUT, Pauline Price, 79, of Covington, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Funeral service, 2 p.m on Saturday, December 16, 2000, Arritt Funeral Home Chapel.

BOYER, Robert H., 83, of Independence, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Funeral 3 p.m. Friday in the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel, Independence, Va. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

CALDWELL, Archie Donald Sr., (Donnie), of Lynchburg, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

CASSELL, Austin Elmer, 68, of Collinsville, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday at the Roselawn Chapel Funeral Home in Martinsville, Va.

CHENAULT, Ray Douglas, 75, of 1015 Ingalls St., Clifton Forge, died Thursday, December 14, 2000 at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, Va. He was born in Clifton Forge September 6, 1925, son of the late Burliegh C. and Lotus Harris Chenault. He was a retired Train Dispatcher for the C & O Railway Company and had served in the U. S. Navy during WWII. He was a member of Central United Methodist Church. Mr. Chenault is survived by his wife, Ruth Burr Chenault of Clifton Forge; two daughters, Ann Chenault Walsh of Stuarts Draft and Betty Lou Douglas of Springfield, Tenn.; one son, Stephen Douglas Chenault of Alexandria and one brother, Robert T. Chenault, Sr. of Clifton Forge; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. It was his request that his body be cremated. Arrangements by Nicely Funeral Home.

CREWS, Hazel, 72, of Danville, died Thursday, December 14, 2000. Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett, Va. is in charge of the arrangements.

DUDLEY, Wayne Carson, 54, of Lexington, died Tuesday, December 12, 2000. Funeral service 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Harrison Funeral Home, Lexington. 

FIELDS, Elder Chancy Byron, 86, of Galax, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000 at the Waddell Nursing Home. He was born in Grayson County, Va. on June 16, 1914 to the late Isaac and Cecelia Murray Fields and was the widower of Eva Hodges Fields. In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by two daughters, Edna Brewer and Jama Lee Fields. Surviving are a daughter and sons-in-law, Mary and Jack Bartlett of Salem, Va. and Jim Brewer of Winston-Salem, N.C.; sons and daughters-in-law, J. C. and Shirley Fields of Mt. Airy, N.C., Thomas and Carolyn Fields of Columbia, S.C., Samuel and Rosa Mae Fields of Hillsville, Va., David and Sheila Fields of Galax, Va.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Lucille and James Leath, Stella and Johnnie Anders, all of Galax; ten grandchildren; twenty great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Vaughan-Guynn Chapel with Elder Jess Higgins and Elder Ronnie Bowman officiating. Interment Crab Creek Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from six until eight p.m. Friday evening at Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home. 

GRAY, Ralph Mitchell, (Mitch), 47, of Barren Springs, passed away Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Funeral 2 p.m. on Saturday at Stevens Funeral Chapel, Pulaski.

HALL, Margaret Alta, 66, of Marion, died Thursday, December 14, 2000. Arrangements by Bradley's Funeral Home.

HANDY, Ava C., 89, of Martinsville, died Thursday, December 14, 2000. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Norris Funeral Services.

HUDSON, James D. Sr., 70, of Abingdon, formerly of Roanoke, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Funeral services 1 p.m. Saturday in the Farris Funeral Chapel, Abingdon, Va.

PETERS, George M., of Pamplin, died in his home on Saturday, December 9, 2000. He was 68 years old. The son of George Petrasko and Mary Machno Petrasko, George grew up in Detroit, Michigan. He was a graduate of the Admiral Billard Academy and the Carnegie Institute of Technology. After his college graduation in 1954, George worked as a corporate executive throughout the United States before settling in Virginia in the late 1970s with his wife, Kitty Connor Peters (deceased). Survivors include his three daughters, Michelle Pigott, Kathleen Petrasko, and Sue Peters. Upon retirement from the corporate world, George dedicated the remainder of his life to serving others in the not-for-profit sector, primarily through his career at Hampden-Sydney College, where he worked with alumni, parents, and friends to provide a quality education to deserving young men. His 19 years of unfailing dedication and excellence were recognized by the awarding of Hampden-Sydney College's Keating Medallion in May 2000. In describing George's success at the college, C. Beeler Brush, Vice President for Institutional Advancement said, "George had a singular way of simplifying the complicated by combining the technical expertise and knowledge of his field with Hampden-Sydney's programs and people. He always put donors first, and they appreciated his dedication, honesty, and sincerity." Generous in all that he did, George shared his unique talents with many in the fund-raising profession through his volunteer work with the Virginia Association of Fund-Raising Executives (VAFRE) and the Virginia Planned Giving Study Group. As one of VAFRE's early members and later a board member, he helped VAFRE expand its membership and strengthen its programs. As importantly, he served as a mentor to any and all who needed advice and support to further their ability to better serve their organizations. In 1997, VAFRE acknowledged his unique blend of unwavering honesty, respect, compassion, stringent personal and professional ethics, and expertise in working with benefactors of Hampden-Sydney College with the Nina F. Abady Award. The award specifically recognized George for his leadership abilities, outstanding ethical standards, innovation in planning and implementing successful funding strategies, positive impact on the mission of Hampden-Sydney, and mentoring role to VAFRE members. George also was active in his community of Farmville, Hampden-Sydney, and Pamplin, where he served on the board of the Chamber of Commerce and supported many local businesses in an era where larger, discount chains often have led to the decline of local family-owned companies. In honoring George's legacy of giving to others and his love for animals, his family requests that donations be sent to the Southside SPCA in Meherrin, Va., where George served as treasurer for several years. There will be a memorial service on January 6, 2001, at College Church in Hampden-Sydney. A private interment will immediately follow. Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home of Farmville in charge of arrangements.

POE, Darrell Allan, 42, of Abingdon, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Funeral 11 a.m. on Saturday in the Campbell Funeral Home Chapel.

QUARLES, Thomas, of Covington, passed away Thursday, December 14, 2000 in Richmond, Va. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home, Clifton Forge Chapel (540) 862-9100.

SHUMATE, Ellen Burkholder, wife of the late Rev. Alfred R. Shumate of Wytheville, Va., died Wednesday, December 13, 2000 in the Wythe County Community Hospital following a brief illness. She was born February 8, 1904, in Mt. Sidney, Augusta County, Virginia, to Dr. Alexander Joseph and H. Katherine Fauver Burkholder. She attended Mary Baldwin College, and received a BS degree from Radford University. A resident of Wytheville for the past 54 years, she served the public school system as secretary and elementary teacher. After retirement, she taught children in her Jack and Jill Kindergarten. She was preceded in death by one sister and one grandson. She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kathleen and Jim Tucker of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Joseph and Liz Johnson Shumate of Wytheville, Robert and Mildred Cole Shumate of Waynesboro, Va.; nine grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren also survive. The service of celebration will be held in Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Wytheville, Saturday, December 16, 2000 at 11 a.m., with Pastor Steven Ridenhour officiating. The family will receive friends in the church parlor from 10 a.m. until service time. Interment will be in the Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, Va. at 3:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alfred and Albert Shumate Scholarship Fund, Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, in the care of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 405 W. Main Street, Wytheville, Va. 24382 or Grace Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 478, Rural Retreat, Va. 24368. The Grubb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

TOMLINSON, Charles Addison, 83, of Buena Vista, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000 in the Stonewall Jackson Hospital. He was born June 25, 1917 in Rockbridge County, son of the late Charles Allen and Lilly Jones Tomlinson. He was retired from Bernson Silk Mill and was an avid outdoorsman. He was a member of the Stone Church of the Brethren. He is survived by his loving wife and best friend of 62 years, Clara Humphries Tomlinson; his children, Rodney Wayne Tomlinson, Sr. and wife, Joanne of Carnesville, Ga., Nancy T. Plogger and husband, Jack of Lexington, Brenda T. Entsminger and husband, Jerry of Lexington, Garry L. Tomlinson and wife, Anitta of Buena Vista, David C. Tomlinson and wife, Carol of Lexington, Larry N. Tomlinson and wife, Sandra of Forest and Keith Tomlinson and wife, Kay of Collierstown; seventeen grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; and sisters, Louise McCullough and Edna Taylor, both of Buena Vista. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Saturday, December 16, 2000 at the Lomax Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Sheldon Sorrels officiating. Burial will follow in Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. The family will be receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2000 at the Lomax Funeral Home. Memorial donations may be made to the Buena Vista Rescue Squad or the Rockbridge Area Hospice. Arrangements are being handled by the Lomax Funeral Home.

WIMMER, Dennis Earl, 71, of Woodlawn, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2000 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dennis O. and Rachel Beckner Wimmer, and a brother, Paul Wimmer. Surviving are four daughters, Denise Goad, Sandra Royal, Rebecca Smith, Stephanie Hancock; three sons, Wendell Wimmer, Jerry Wimmer, Daniel Wimmer; one brother, Lane Wimmer; two sisters, Lera Sue Kidd, Linda Clarkson; thirteen grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, December 15, 2000 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel, Floyd with Pastor John Ellingson officiating. Placing of the cremains will follow in Wimmer Monument at the Wimmer Cemetery located on the Blue Ridge Parkway. There will be no night visitation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wimmer Memorial Cemetery Fund, c / o Wendell Wimmer, P.O. Box 194, Union Hall, Va. 24176.

HANDY, Betty B., 57, of Westfield, N.C., died Wednesday, December 13, 2000. Funeral 2 p.m. on Sunday at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart, Va.

LOWRY, Marjorie Tanquary, 85, of Atlanta, Ga. and formerly of Roanoke, died Tuesday, December 12, 2000. Mrs. Lowry taught kindergarten at Northview United Methodist Church and was a piano teacher in the Summerdean / Hollins area for many years. She was the wife of the late Richard M. Lowry and is survived by her brother, Dr. Ray Tanquary of Sebastapol, Calif.; her children, Bruce Lowry of Dayton, Ohio, Virginia Lowry Ives of Chapel Hill, N.C., Barbara Lowry Landes of Atlanta, Ga., William Lowry of Charlotte, N.C., John Lowry of Marietta, Ga.; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held Thursday, December 14, 2000 at Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta. A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 16, from Green Ridge Presbyterian Church (7640 Alpine Road, Roanoke, Va.). Interment will follow at approximately noon in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church immediately after the graveside service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Martha Wilson Bible Class, Peachtree Presbyterian Church (3434 Roswell Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30363; phone 404.842.5800). Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.


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