Miscellaneous Roanoke County, Virginia Obituaries

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From the Roanoke Times, November 9, 2000

HENEGAR, Bertha Margaret Welling, 84, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 8, 2000. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who willingly gave to her family and those around her. Bertha will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. She is survived by her sons, Robert Vance Guinn and fiancˇ Brenda Wideman, and Edward Charles Henegar and wife Cynthia; grandchildren, Melissa, Christina, Rebecca, Robert and Alexandria Henegar; and loving niece, Margaret Robinson. A graveside service will be held Friday, November 10, 2000 at 11 a.m. at Sherwood Memorial Park. Friends may call 7-9 p.m., Thursday, November 9, at Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home (5160 Peters Creek Rd.). Arrangements by Consumer's Choice Funeral Services (366-0707).

HYLTON, Bobby J., 49, of Salem, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2000. Service 3 p.m. Thursday at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

McNIEL, Frances Reynolds, of Waco, Texas, formerly of New Castle, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2000. Arrangements are pending.

NAJJUM, Joseph R. Sr., 90, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2000. He was a member of the St. Andrew's Catholic Church and was a graduate of Jefferson High School, attended Roanoke College, and graduated from the University of Virginia. He was a veteran of World War II and was retired co-owner of Roanoke Fruit and Produce Company. Mr. Najjum was an avid golfer and member of the Roanoke Country Club. He was preceded in death by his parents, Melhem A. and Rachel Grayeb Najjum; a brother, Fred Najjum; and sisters, Elizabeth Najjum, Evelyn Najjum, Louise Bacon and Nellie Lucas. Surviving are his wife, Audrey Dooley Najjum; daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and David Frye of Harrisonburg; son and daughter-in-law, Rick and Kim Najjum of Roanoke; grandchild, Cody Najjum Frye; sister, Ethel Gresham of Melbourne, Fla.; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be at Oakey's East Chapel, 1 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2000. Interment will be in the St. Andrew's Diocesan Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Oakey's East Chapel, 5188 Cloverdale Road, Roanoke, Va. 24019. {977-3909}

PATTON, Luther M., (Pat), 71, of Vinton, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2000. He was a retired supervisor with the Norfolk & Southern Railway, and was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Patton and Ellie Brock, sisters, Geraldine Barcliff, Wanda Cooper, Rachel Weston, bothers, Edward Patton, Jr., Richard Patton, Boyd Brock, and niece, Lynn Gale. Surviving are his wife, Margaret Shuffler Patton; a son, J. Keith Patton of Vinton; five nieces, Jerry Ann Anderson of Milwaukee, Wis., Jodi Stanley Fields of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Diane Scubia of Long Island, N.Y., Theresa Rustay of Vinton, Faye Waggoner of Pine Bluff, Ark.; several great-nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be at Forest Hill Cemetery in Morganton, N.C., 2 p.m. Saturday, November 11, 2000 with the Rev. Michael Riley and Rev. William A. Shuffler officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 3512 Brambleton Avenue, Suite 3, Roanoke, Va. 24018. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Oakey's Vinton Chapel.

REID, Lewis Cass, 84, formerly of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday, November 1, 2000. Graveside service 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 11, 2000 at Hollins University. Arrangements by Ruck Towson Funeral Home. 

SMITH, Ernest Lee Sr., 82, of Tampa, Fla., formerly of Roanoke, died Wednesday, November 8, 2000. Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

VAN HOY, Harold W. Sr., 74, of Salem, passed away Monday, November 6, 2000. Graveside service, 2 p.m. Thursday at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel.

WOOD, Virginia White, 88, formerly of Roanoke, Va., died Thursday, November 2, 2000 in Redlands, Calif. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frazier W. Wood. Surviving are a daughter, Peggy W. Basham of Redlands, Calif.; son and daughter-in-law, David I. and Shirley Wood of Roanoke; grandsons, David A. and wife, Gail Wood and their son, Jonathan Larsen of Green Bay, Wis., Eric H. and wife, Kristina of Roanoke; granddaughters, Donna B. Vega and her children, Virginia, T. J. and Margaret, Julie Basham and her husband, Richard Atkinson, all of Coppell, Texas, Ginger Basham and her children, Crystal, Teresa and Elizabeth Puzon of Webster, Texas. She is also survived by her "Best Buddy," Al of Redlands, Calif. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2000 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with Rev. Harry Christie officiating. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Oakey's North Chapel.

YOUNG, Donald Jerry Jr., (Don), 44, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, November 5, 2000. Memorial service 7 p.m. Thursday, November 9, 2000 at Simpson Tharp Funeral Home, 366-0707. 

Bedford Franklin Obituaries

GILLISPIE, Macie Ann Midkiff, 88, of Ferrum, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2000. Funeral services will be held, 1 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2000 Lynch Funeral Home Chapel.

OVERSTREET, Dorothy Latney Smith Edwards, 74, of Bedford, passed away Tuesday, November 7, 2000 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was a member of the Bedford Christian Church. She was born May 27, 1926 the daughter of the late Thomas E. and Stella Simmons Smith. She was preceded in death by her first husband, Stanley Marshall Edwards and her second husband, Joseph Overstreet. Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Sandra E. Parker of Moneta, and Scarlett and Russell Stevens of Bedford; nine grandchildren and spouses, Michael and Kelly Parker, Michelle and Darrell Mullins, Tammy P. Webster, Shane Parker, Marty and Janice Stevens, Timmy and Tamara Stevens, Jenny and Dennis Overstreet, Sam Stevens, and Carrie Stevens; and seven great-grandchildren, Anthony and Alexis Stevens, Travis Parker, Zachary and Brittney Webster, and Kayla and Eli Mullins; one sister and brother-in-law, Jeanette and Herbert Plymale of Moneta; one brother, Donald Smith of Montvale; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services will be held Friday, November 10 at 7 p.m. at the Carder-Tharp Funeral Home in Bedford with Dr. Frank J. Schmitt officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Bedford Lifesaving Crew. Arrangements by Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.

WILKERSON, Earvin S., (Nick), of 1460 Shiloh Road, Bedford, Va., departed this life on Monday morning, November 6, 2000. Born in Filbert, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Elmo and Lillie Lazenby Wilkerson. He was a veteran of WW II, a member of Shiloh Baptist Church, and retired from Bedford County Nursing Home. He is survived by adopted son, John Henry Jackson and wife, Linda; and nieces and nephews, Doris H. Skipper, Maxine Hicks, Nathalia Johnson, Gladys Carter and Maurice Calloway; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday at 12 noon in Shiloh Baptist Church. Rev. Phillip Brown, Pastor, officiating. Interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church from 11 a.m. until funeral time. Services by Franklin Funeral Home. (804) 845-7101.

New River Obituaries

MICKALONIS, Annett Christine, passed away on Monday, November 6, 2000 in Radford, Va.; beloved wife of George David Mickalonis and daughter of Gerhard and Irmgard Keller of Erlangen, Germany. Also survived by her brother, Ralph Keller of Weiden, Germany; and several nieces and nephews. Originally from Erlanger, Germany, Mrs. Mickalonis was a former resident of Laurel, Md. and recently located to Radford, Va. A funeral Mass will be offered on Monday, November 13, 2000 at 11 a.m. at St. Lawrence the Martyr Roman Catholic Church, 2815 Jessup Road, Jessup, Md. Friends will be received immediately following the Mass in the parish hall. Arrangements by Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory.

SPIERS, John Benjamin Jr., 74, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 7, 2000. He was surrounded by his wife and children at the time of his death. Mr. Spiers, known to family and friends as "Bunny", was born on December 12, 1925, in Radford, Virginia, where he spent his life. He was a local attorney, civic leader, devoted husband and father, and devout member of Grace Episcopal Church in Radford, Virginia. He was an avid motorcycle enthusiast, having logged more than 400,000 miles of travel on his BMW motorcycles, both with friends and with his wife. Mr. Spiers attended Hampden-Sydney College, and earned his law degree from the University of Virginia College of Law in 1949, where he also was awarded the Order of the Coif. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict. During that time, he graduated from the Naval School of Justice, served as legal officer for the Atlantic Reserve Fleet, and taught courses on the Uniform Code of Military Justice to non-lawyers in the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. Mr. Spiers has practiced law in Radford for more than 50 years. He practiced first with his father as Spiers & Spiers. In 1961, Mr. Spiers was appointed Municipal Judge and Domestic Relations Judge for the City of Radford. He described the most important aspect of his judicial position to be that of dealing with juveniles, given the power of the court to alter one's life. He then practiced law with the Honorable Duane E. Mink in the firm of Spiers, Spiers & Mink. During the past four years, he has practiced local government law with the firm of Sands, Anderson, Marks & Miller. He was a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. In 1966, Mr. Spiers was named City Attorney by the Radford City Council. He served as City Attorney and attorney for the Radford City School Board through 1999. He continued to serve the City the remainder of his life. Mr. Spiers is survived by his wife, Josephine Hurley Spiers, one son, three daughters, and three grandchildren: John B. Spiers, Jr., Valerie Paul, and Lindsey Josephine Spiers of Guam, Sherry Spiers, Philip Spratt and Alexander Spratt of Tallahassee, Florida, Vikki Spiers Catellacci, Gianni Catellacci, and Alima Catellacci of Panuilo, Hawaii, and Joanne Spiers Moche and Spero Moche, Jr. of Floyd, Virginia. Memorial services will be held Saturday, November 11, at 11 a.m. at the Grace Episcopal Church with the Rev. Claude McCauley and Bishop Frank Vest (retired) officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Grace Episcopal Church, Harvey & Fourth Streets, Radford, Va. 24141. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford. Arrangements by Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory. 

State Obituaries

ALDRED, Ray Troy, 49, of Galax, died Monday, November 6, 2000. Graveside service 2 p.m. Thursday at the Monta Vista Cemetery. Arrangements by Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home.

CARSON, Ruth Glenn, 88, of Appomattox, wonderful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, died Wednesday morning in Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the wife of the late Eugene Watson "Kit" Carson whom she married on August 30, 1932. Born in Prospect, January 13, 1912, she was a daughter of the late Daniel Stuart and Etta Rae Jenkins Glenn. She was a member of Hebron Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the WMU. Upon graduation from Longwood College, June 9, 1931, she taught at the Darlington Heights School. She is survived by two sons and their wives, Daniel E. (Dan) and Edna Carson of Appomattox, and Gene W. and Karen Carson of Blacksburg; five grandchildren, Danny Carson, Carol Gage, Glenell Peterson, Mildred Carson Newman, and Lynn Harris; ten great-grandchildren, Dylan Carson, Emily Peterson, Eric Peterson, Sarah Peterson, Jake Gage, Cody Gage, Irene Newman, Carson Newman, Duncan Harris, and Martin Harris. Three sisters, Maude Raiford, Martha Chick, and Mary Atkinson; two brothers, Stuart Ray Glenn and Charles Walker Glenn; and daughter-in-law, Frances Adair Carson, preceded her in death. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 12, at Hebron Baptist Church by the Rev. Mitch Luckie with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Robinson Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, and other times at the home of Dan and Edna Carson, Rt. 4, Appomattox. Those wishing to make memorials are asked to consider the Parkinson's Disease Research Fund, UVA Health System Neurology Dept., P.O. Box 800394, Charlottesville, Va. 22908.

DAVIS, Wesley Accord, 72, of Ridgeway, died Tuesday, November 7, 2000. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday at Grace Baptist Church. Arrangements by Roselawn Funeral Home.

DUDLEY, Jean Beckner, 72, of Bassett, passed away Monday, November 6, 2000. Funeral service 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 9, 2000 at Oak Level Baptist Church. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service, Rocky Mount.

JONES, Robert G., 54, of Chilhowie, died Tuesday, November 7, 2000. Graveside services 1 p.m. Friday at Riverside Cemetery. Arrangements by Barnett's Marion Funeral Home.

RILEY, William Robert, 79, of Buena Vista, died Wednesday, November 8, 2000, at Stonewall Jackson Hospital. He was born November 8, 1921 in Bath County, son of the late William Harrison Riley and Blanche Jack Riley. Mr. Riley was retired as a self-employed truck driver. He served with the United States Army during WWII. He was a member of the Millboro Christian Church. He was preceded in death by a son, Roy Dean Riley. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Piney McGlothlin Riley; five daughters and sons-in-law, Brenda and Larry Kerr of Buena Vista, Dinah and Larry Whiting, Jr. of Raphine, Helen Riley and Tony Leslie of Lexington, Shirley and Billy Campbell of Raphine, Linda Nofsinger of Lexington; one son, Thomas and Iris Riley of Churchville; three sisters, Evelyn and Elmer Baronowski of Florida, Edith Campbell of Craigsville, Ruby Riley of Millboro; five brothers, Everett and Brenda Riley, Palmer and Theresa Riley, Leslie (Buck) Riley, all of Millboro, and Samuel Riley and John Riley, both of Clifton Forge; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2000 at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel with the Reverend Gary Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Service.

SHARP, Jerry Oliver, 55, of Covington, died Tuesday, November 7, 2000. Funeral service 7 p.m. Thursday at the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel.

ULREY, Robert G., 68, of Stuarts Draft, died Tuesday, November 7, 2000, at his residence. He was born December 5, 1931 in Roanoke, Virginia son of the late John and Bertha Ulrey. He was a member of the Calvary United Methodist Church and had served as president of the Cancer Society at UVA in Charlottesville. Survivors include one son, Rodney Ulrey and his wife, Paulette of Chicago, Illinois; four daughters, Deborah Butler and her husband, Bart of Stuarts Draft, Kathy Cook of Dillwyn, Debra Buchanan and her husband, John of Stuarts Draft, and Denise Ulrey of Georgia; one sister, Opal Ayers of Virginia Beach; and seven grandchildren. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery conducted by Dr. Roy Creech. Active pallbearers will be Larry Cohron, Walt Henkel, Sam Robb, Archie Barnett, Paul Arbaugh and Carl Price. Honorary pallbearers will be church members attending the service. Friends and family wishing to attend may meet at 10:30 a.m. at Reynolds Funeral Service of Stuarts Draft to ride in procession. The family will receive friends 7 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

ZIMMERMAN, Ruth Brown, 85, of Lexington, died Sunday, November 5, 2000. Graveside service 2 p.m. Thursday in the Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by the Harrison Funeral Home, Lexington.

Out-of-State Obituaries

CITTY, Carroll Wilson, 85, of Del City, Okla., and formerly of Bedford County, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2000. Graveside Friday, 2 p.m., Greenwood Cemetery. Family visitation today from 7 to 9 p.m. at Updike Funeral Home, Bedford. 

HOPKINS, John W., 80, of Lindside, W.Va., died Monday, November 6, 2000. Funeral 12 noon Friday at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown, W.Va.

LEFFEL, Mildred H, 77, of Rockville, Md., died Sunday, November 5, 2000. She was the beloved wife of the late Charles E. Leffel; mother of Ronald W. Leffel and wife, Sarah, Michael E. Leffel and wife, Mary, Cherri Bean and Keith Benjamin; grandmother of Monica Bean and fiancˇ, John Bolt, Heather Leffel, Desareˇ Leffel, and Michael Leffel, II. Also surviving are sisters, Mrs. Mary Margaret Thompson and Ms. Joann Hatcher, both of Roanoke; a brother, Mr. Eugene Hatcher and wife, Velma of Troutville; sisters-in-law and husbands, Mr. and Mrs. Bob Falls of Troutville, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Cronise of Fincastle; sisters-in-law, Mrs. Jean Powell of Fincastle, Mrs. Lorraine Morgan of Severna Park, Md.; brother-in-law, Mr. Linver "Billy" Leffel of Chesapeake, Va.; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 10, 2000, at the Rader Funeral Home Chapel in Daleville with the Rev. Carol Johnston officiating. Interment will follow in the Troutville Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rader Funeral Home.

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