Miscellaneous Roanoke County, Virginia Obituaries
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From the Roanoke Times, June 24, 2001

ADAMS, Kathleen Moore, 90, of Roanoke, formerly of Lynchburg, passed away Friday, June 22, 2001. She was the widow of Thala H. Adams. Kathleen was a 1930 graduate of Jefferson High School, Roanoke. She retired from Central Virginia Training School, Lynchburg. Mrs. Adams was a member of Melrose Baptist Church, Roanoke and formerly a member at Rivermont Avenue Baptist Church, Lynchburg. Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, T. Donald and Josephine Adams of Pulaski; grandchildren, Patrick F. Adams and his wife, Leslie and Kathleen A. Sirgy and her husband, Abraham, all of Roanoke, Michael D. Adams of Christiansburg, Donald J. Adams of Atlantic Beach, N.C.; 4 great-grandchildren, Matt, Jessica, Kristen and Shane; a sister, Mrs. Edmund C. Potter of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and a special niece, Lee Nash Harp of Ventura, Calif. The family suggests memorials be made to Melrose Baptist Church, Roanoke or a favorite charity. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2001 from Oakey's North Chapel. The Rev. Larry Sprouse will officiate. Interment will follow at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Lynchburg, Va. The family will receive friends for one hour at 10 a.m. Tuesday prior to the service at Oakey's North Chapel.

BELCHER, Luther V., 100, of Roanoke, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2001 in a Roanoke hospital. He was predeceased by his wife, Manota Surratt Belcher. Luther was born in Franklin County, Va. to Mary Etta Walker Belcher and Sterling Isham Belcher, the eighth in a family of fifteen. He moved to West Virginia in his early 20's. There in Kimball, he was manager of Clark Hardware and Furniture Company for 25 years. He then rented and later bought Eads Music and Furniture Store. After a fire destroyed the two businesses in Kimball, he bought land and built L. V. Belcher Hardware and Furniture. He served in this capacity until his retirement at age 70. At that time, he sold his store and house in Kimball and he and his wife moved to Roanoke. As a charter member of the Kimball Rotary Club, which was formed in April of 1937, Belcher later continued as a member of the North Roanoke Rotary Club, now chartered as the Roanoke-Hollins Rotary Club. Luther has attained a 63-year perfect attendance record, broken only once when he was in the hospital. He was named a "Paul Harris Fellow" in Rotary International, whose goal is to help crippled children and help stamp out polio all over the world. On Saturday, December 2, 2000, nearly 150 friends, neighbors, relatives and fellow Rotarians gathered at the Huntington Court United Methodist Church, Roanoke at a reception given in honor of his 100TH birthday, December 20, 2000. The Honorable W. Alvin Hudson of the Roanoke City Council read and presented a proclamation to Mr. Belcher proclaiming that day as Luther V. Belcher Day in the City of Roanoke. Mr. Hudson also presented him with a gold star paperweight that reads "You are a star in the "Star City", Roanoke, Virginia." His birthday was announced by Willard Scott on NBC's Today Show on Thursday, December 21, 2000. It was also announced on Channel 7 in Roanoke on December 20TH. A plaque was presented to Luther by the Roanoke-Hollins Rotary Club at their annual ladies night on December 12TH. A longtime member of Huntington Court United Methodist Church, Roanoke, Mr. Belcher was active in the Saturday Morning Prayer Breakfast and his Sunday School Class. His garden has served as his hobby, as well as supplying vegetables and fruits, for many over the years. Surviving are his daughters and their husbands, Doris Lee and Samuel E. Ward of Charleston, S.C., Janet Rae and Paul W. Gramlich of Bellerose, N.Y.; grandchildren and spouses, Kathy and Bruce Williams, David and Mary Ann Ward, Martha Ann and Richard Gamble, Keith and Sharon Gramlich, and Scott Gramlich; great-grandchildren, Steve, Brooke and Lindsay Williams, David and Maren Ward, Michael and Harrison Gamble and Jeffrey Gramlich; a sister-in-law, Alma Belcher of Penhook; and numerous nieces and nephews. Those preferring memorials, please consider the Roanoke-Hollins Rotary Club (for use in the Paul Harris Foundation), P.O. Box 5391, Roanoke, Va. 24012. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, June 25, 2001 from Oakey's North Chapel. The Rev. Kenneth K. Patrick 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. Sunday at Oakey's North Chapel, Roanoke. 

BOARD, Deacon James Fletcher, Jr., 94, of Roanoke, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2001. Funeral Tuesday, 1 p.m. at Spirit of Liberty Worship Center. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home.

BRODERICK, Barbara Ann Dillon, 64, of Salem, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2001. She is survived by three sons and daughter-in-law, Kevin Broderick, Midlothian, Texas, Wayne and Pamela Broderick, Glen Ellyn, Ill., Michael Broderick, Salem; three daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Rick Kelso, Marietta, Ga., Lorraine and Michael Laquirre, Bal Rico, Fla., Marie Broderick, Downers Grove, Ill.; a very special friend, Pat Fralin, Roanoke; six grandchildren; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Chet Tomasheski, Malabar, Fla.; and a brother, Steve Dillon, Midlothian, Texas. Funeral services will be conducted 12 noon on Tuesday at Lotz Roanoke Chapel with the Rev. Charles Hoffler officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home. Arrangements are being handled by Lotz Roanoke Chapel. www.LotzFuneralHome.com

CHEWNING, Nancy Louise, 56, of Vinton, entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 21, 2001, following a valiant battle with cancer. She was predeceased by her parents Oscar A. Chewning and Rose Likens Chewning. She is survived by her loving sister, Joyce Ann Chewning; beloved pets, "Abbie" and Sissy"; aunts and uncles, Warren and Trudie Likens, Ruth Likens Bailey, Lewis G. Chewning, A.A. and Vestine Chewning; numerous cousins; devoted friends, Marshall and Mary Margaret Brillhart, Garry and Joan Sands, Earl and Carolyn Henritze. Born on April 4, 1945, in Roanoke, she completed her training as a Registered Nurse as a member of the first graduating class of Community Hospital. She began a long and dedicated career at Community Hospital where she served until she moved to the new Lewis Gale Hospital when it opened. She later joined the staff at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salem where she served as a nurse and an administrator until her retirement. She was a member of Belmont Christian Church where she served as a Deaconess, an Elder, and a teacher. She will always be remembered fondly for her unfailing friendship, her great compassion for others, her ability to find the humor in things, her avid love of reading, and her deep devotion to those she held dear. She truly touched the lives of countless numbers of people in many special ways. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2001, at Belmont Christian Church, 1101 Jamison Avenue S.E. in Roanoke. Visitation will be 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Oakey's Vinton Chapel. 982-2221.

FIRESTONE, Herbert R., Jr. 73, of Troutville, passed away peacefully Saturday, June 23, 2001 after a courageous battle with cancer. Herb was predeceased by his mother and father, Herbert, Sr. and Jewell Firestone. He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Dorothy W. Firestone; his sons and daughter-in-law, Ronald D. and Melinda Firestone and T. Scott Firestone; brothers and sisters-in-law, Richard and Connie Firestone, who was like another son; James and Loraine Firestone; David and Pat Firestone, all of Troutville, and Robert Firestone, of Richmond; sister, Helen Etzler, Troutville; his two loving grandchildren, Adam and Corey Firestone; and many nieces and nephews. Also left to mourn his passing are his extended family at Scotts Thrift Store and J. and R. Paving. Herb will be deeply missed by all whom he has known over the years and put his hand out to. Herb loved spending time at his farm playing with his "meanies" and collecting his old farm equipment. The family wants to thank Good Samaritan Hospice for all the support they gave us as well as everyone else who called, came by, and thought of us in their prayers. Funeral services will be held on Monday, June 25, 2001 at 2 p.m. at Oakey's North Chapel with the Rev. Glenn McCrickard officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends, Sunday, June 24, 2001 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakey's North Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 3825 Electric Road, Roanoke, Va. 24018. 

HOBACK, Thelma Elizabeth, 90, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 22, 2001 in Wake Forest, N.C. She is a retired clerk from J.J. Newberry after many years of service. She is preceded in death by her husband, Theren T. Hoback; two brothers, Jasper W. L. McDaniel and Roy C. McDaniel; one sister, Beatrice McDaniels-Vandergrift. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Suzanne Cofer and Rayford (Wiley ) Cofer; two grandchildren, Shannon Coble and Adam Coble; seven great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ruth McDaniel Garst Showalter, Ruby McDaniel Phlegar, and Sara Frances McDaniel Douthat; several nieces and nephews; two special friends, Steve and Carolyn Coble. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Monday in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel with the Rev. Billy White officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at John M. Oakey & Son Salem Funeral Home. 

LAING, Gladys M., 88, formerly of Roanoke, died Friday, June 22, 2001. Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

LAMB, Charles Howard, 70, of Vinton, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2001. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Everett Lamb and his mother, Edith Phipps Lamb Bartgis, his first wife, Patricia Mae Shumate Lamb, his stepfather, Joseph Linwood Bartgis, and a son-in-law, Robert Alan Henry. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Dorris Wasco Lamb; two daughters and a son-in-law, Lisa Lamb Henry of Alexandria, Cynthia Lamb Rogers and her husband, John Spencer Rogers of Roanoke; two adored grandchildren, Jillian Elizabeth Rogers and Benjamin Clay Rogers. Mr. Lamb was born and raised in Beckley, West Virginia and was a United States Navy veteran. He graduated from Rutgers University in New Jersey with a degree in banking. He worked for 30 years in the U.S. Treasury Department as a Bank Examiner on the East Coast for the Comptroller for the Currency. He enjoyed the beauty and nature of the outdoors. He was a spiritually devoted man to his church and he loved God and his family with all of his heart. He will be sadly missed by all that knew him, loved him, and had been helped countless times by his generosity to give. Memorial services will be conducted 12:30 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2001 in Waverly Place Baptist Church with the Rev. Reed Ness officiating. The family would like to extend to all of Mr. and Mrs. Lamb's neighbors and friends a very warm thank you for all your love and support. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to be made to Waverly Place Baptist Church, 1407 Kenwood Blvd., S.E., Roanoke, Va. 24013. Arrangements by Oakey's Vinton Chapel.

LARUE, Mary Willie Collins, 60, of Roanoke went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 23, 2001. She is survived by her husband of 43 years. Leonard W. (Billy) LaRue, Sr.; two sons, Leonard W. LaRue, Jr. and wife Melissa of Franklin County, Van LaRue of Roanoke; one daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and John Spence, Franklin County; two grandchildren, William (Little Billy) Osbourne, III and Nicole LaRue; one brother and wife, Buddy and Patty Collins of Christiansburg; brothers-in-law, Wallace (Wally) LaRue and wife Peggy of Roanoke, Richard LaRue and wife, Betty, Duluth, Ga.; sister-in-law, Pauline Wilkerson of Roanoke; aunt and husband, Rosie and Jessy Conley, Pearisburg; best friend, Eva Heath; also several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 12 noon Tuesday, June 26, 2001 from the Lotz Vinton Chapel. The Rev. Kenneth Wright will officiate. Burial to follow in Old Dominion Memorial Gardens. Friends may call anytime after 9 a.m. Monday at the Lotz Vinton Chapel.

NEMETH, John Joseph, 80, of Roanoke, passed away Friday, June 22, 2001. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 25, 2001 at 11 a.m. at the Lotz Salem Chapel. 

NIELSEN, Patricia Mulville, 72, of Roanoke, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2001. She was a retired school teacher with the Botetourt County School System, a volunteer at Our Lady of the Valley, and also a volunteer for the American Cancer Society Discovery Shop. She was preceded in death by her husband, Barry R. Nielsen. She was a devoted mother of four children, Maryann, Nancy, Michael and Melissa; three sons-in-law, Steven, Mark and Mike; 14 grandchildren, Sarah, Rachel, Steven, Maureen, Andrew, Grace, John, Daniel, Michael, Gabriel, Zephren, Kalli, Dagny and Jesse; two brothers, Peter and Michael Mulville. She will also be sadly missed by many close friends. A Funeral Mass will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, June 24, 2001 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church with Father Randy Rule officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. with a Prayer Vigil to be held at 7:30 p.m. at Oakey's North Chapel. Flowers are lovely, however those wishing to make memorials are asked to please consider the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society.

PRESTON, John Vivid, 42, of Roanoke, passed away Thursday, June 21, 2001. He was preceded in death by a brother, Arthur Preston, Jr. Survivors include his parents, Arthur L. and Jane E. Preston; one son, Juvontee Tinsley of Conn.; a brother, Ladwone (Brenda) Preston; sisters, Bernice (Fred) Crockett and Sylvia Preston all of Roanoke; four nieces; five nephews, uncles, aunts, great uncles and aunts, other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held Wednesday June 27, 2001 at 1 p.m. at Pilgrim Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Henry A. Lindsey officiating. Interment will follow in Williams Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at the church. Friends may call at Serenity Monday 5 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday 10 a.m. -5 p.m. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home. 

ROGERS, Inez Camper, 98, of Buchanan, entered into rest Saturday, June 23, 2001. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at Buchanan Baptist Church. Visitation Monday evening. Full notice to follow Monday. Arrangements by Botetourt Funeral Home, 14920 Lee Highway, Buchanan (254-3000)

SNOW, Anne Virginia, 92, of Salem, passed away on Friday, June 22, 2001. She was the widow of Robert N. Snow. She is survived by stepsons, Roscoe G. Snow and wife, Faye, and Patrick Gary Snow. A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2001 at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Oakey's North Chapel.

SOUTHERN, Virginia Bass McBride, 83, of Salem, passed away Friday, June 22, 2001. Memorial service, 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1, 2001, at Oakey's North Chapel.

STATON, Avis Lawson, 81, of New Castle, passed away Friday, June 22, 2001. She is preceded in death by her husband, James N. Staton; son, Wayne Staton; daughters, Debra Staton, Brenda Sue Staton; brother, Curtis Lawson; sister, Lena Bratton. She is survived by daughter, Wanda Mills; sons, Roger Staton and James Staton; sisters, Irene Harry, Shirley Jones; brothers, Harold Lawson and Jonny Lawson; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at the New Zion Union Church, Waiteville, W.Va. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at the Paitsell Funeral Home, New Castle. Memorials may be made to the Newport Rescue Squad. 

TAYLOR, Jessie Winfred 
Bidding this world goodby. Left behind sons, Ricky, Kenny and Charlie Taylor; two stepdaughters, Nancy W. and Pat S.; stepson, Arnold F.; three stepgrandsons, Brian "Bubba", Donnie "Hardrock", and A.W.

Bedford Franklin Obituaries

NANCE, Kenyon Jarrett, infant son of Troy and Kelly Nance, of Thaxton, died Friday, June 22, 2001. Funeral 11 a.m. Monday at the Carder-Tharp Funeral Home Chapel, Bedford. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. 

PARCELL, Charles Hassell, (Hass) 75, of Rocky Mount, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2001. He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred Lee Parcell and Roxie Bowles Parcell and three brothers. Surviving are his wife, Joan Elaine Parcell of the home; one daughter, Roxie Harrison of Rocky Mount; two sons and daughters-in-law, Mickey and Marie Nichols of Blue Ridge and James and Sandra Parcell of Roanoke; one sister and brother-in-law, Bernice and Sterling Whitlow of Bassett; two brothers and one sister-in-law, Jimmy Parcell of Rocky Mount and Melvin and Mae Parcell of Martinsville; eight grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2001 in Lynch Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Larry Lykens officiating. Interment will follow in the Bowles Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. and Sunday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Arrangements by Lynch Funeral Home, Rocky Mount. 

PEEKEL, Arthur Kenneth, "Art," 83, of Moneta, passed away at his home on Saturday, June 23, 2001. Art was a commercial artist for many years before retiring to Smith Mountain Lake. Art was an avid golfer, fisherman, and bridge player. He was also an animal lover. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jayne. He is survived by his wife, Betty Wolford Peekel of the home. He is also survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and Jim Koller of Buffalo Grove, Illinois; two sons, Arthur Kenneth Peekel, Jr. of Palatine, Illinois and Rick Peekel of North Brook, Illinois. Also surviving are two grandchildren, Lori Koller and Michael Koller; one brother, George Peekel of Clearwater, Florida; also his beloved dog, Shannon, his constant companion. Funeral services will be conducted from Oakey's Vinton Chapel at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2001 with the Rev. Dr. Tim Martin officiating. Burial will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Scruggs Rescue Squad or the League for Animal Protection, Fincastle, Virginia. Friends may call at Oakey's Vinton Chapel where the family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday. 

TAYLOR, Jessie Winfred, 76, of Rocky Mount, died Friday, June 22, 2001. Funeral services will be conducted from Flora Funeral Chapel, S. Main Street, Rocky Mount, 2 p.m. Sunday. 

WRAY, Thomas V., 79, of Rocky Mount, passed away Friday, June 22, 2001 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He is a veteran of World War II. He was born May 12, 1922 in Franklin County, son of the late Norman V. Wray and Mary A. Wray; his brothers, Robert Wray and Terry Wray and his sister, Dorothy Wray also preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Ruby Houston Wray; a daughter, Sue Wray Haase; and son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Connie Wray; grandchildren, Heather Wray and fiancˇ, Jason Reger, Erin Wray, Kelly and Lori Haase; great-grandson, Ethan Berger; two brothers, Harry Wray and Jesse Wray; one sister, Audrey Wray Woodard; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be conducted from Flora Funeral Chapel, 2 p.m. Monday with the Rev. Harry Shelton officiating. Interment will follow in Franklin Memorial Park. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Sunday with his family receiving friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Flora Funeral Service, S. Main Street, Rocky Mount. 

WRIGHT, Patricia Persinger, 68, of Huddleston, passed away Saturday, June 23, 2001, in the Carilion Bedford Memorial Hospital. She was born August 22, 1932, in Hazy, W.Va., a daughter of the late Clarence Cecil Persinger and Violet Clark Persinger. She was a member of the Wesley Methodist Church, Charleston, W.Va. She was preceded in death by a son, Gary Wayne Wright. She is survived by her husband, Lewis Alexander Wright; three sons and daughters-in-law, Lewis Dean and Rebecca W. Wright, Shawn A. Wright, all of Huddleston, Brian and Suzanne Wright, Orlando, Fla.; a granddaughter, Sherilyn J. Wood, Nashville, Tenn. A funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at 10 a.m. from the Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford. Interment will follow in the Tyler Mountain Memory Gardens, Cross Lanes, W.Va. The family request that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Arthritis Foundation or the Faith Fellowship Assembly of God Church. Friends may call after 12 noon on Monday and the family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at Updike Funeral Home, Bedford.

New River Obituaries

ERICKSON, Virginia Gee, of Blacksburg, Va., died Thursday, June 21, 2001, in Roanoke. A native of Kenbridge, Va., she taught school in Virginia and North Carolina for several years followed by four years of secretarial services with a Richmond law firm. She was a member of Grove United Methodist Church in Radford for 49 years. Survivors include her husband, Ira H. Erickson of Blacksburg; her niece, Mary Drew Ivey of Virginia Beach; her nephew, Bracey Dennis Gee, Jr. of Danville; grand nephew, Christopher Gee; grand nieces, Pamela Anne Ivey and Mary Jill Castle; a great-grand niece and two great-grand nephews. Graveside funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2001, in the Kenbridge Heights Cemetery, Kenbridge. Clarke Funeral Home, Kenbridge, is in charge of services. 

LONG, Lena Goodwin, 96, of Elliston, passed away Friday, June 22, 2001, in a Roanoke hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodrow; and grandson, David Long, II; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Goodwin; five brothers and three sisters. She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, William R. (Bill) and June Long of Salem, David F. and Lorene Saunders Long of Roanoke; grandchildren, Bob Long and Patsy Long of Blacksburg, Amy and husband, Mark Ebel of Roanoke; great-grandchildren, William and Courtney Long of Blacksburg, Alexandra and Nicole Ebel of Roanoke; sisters, Ruth Gresham and Naomi Dent of Salem; sisters-in-law, Treva Reese and husband, Earl, Pauline Hoover and husband, Ed; brother-in-law, Robert Waters; a number of nieces and nephews. She was one of the remaining three of the Salem High School class of 1924 which had a reunion every year. Funeral services will be held Monday, June 25, 2001, at 2 p.m. in the Lotz Salem Chapel with interment at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday at the Lotz Salem Chapel. 

PSATHAS, Bonnie Bateman, 68, of Pearisburg, passed away Friday evening in Pulaski County Hospital. Mrs. Psathas was born on November 27, 1932 in Red Sulphur Springs, W.Va. and was a daughter of the late Oscar Bateman and Thelma Ellison Bateman. Mrs. Psathas grew up in Ballard, W.Va. and graduated from Peterstown High School. Mrs. Psathas was a former employee of Hercules and had helped her husband run Capitol Cafe in Pearisburg for the last 30 years. Besides her mother, she is survived by her husband, Bill G. Psathas, Sr. of Pearisburg; one son, Bill G. Psathas, Jr. of Pearisburg; 1 daughter, Amy Jo Psathas of Christiansburg; one sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Willie Overton of Baltic, Conn.; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and a very close friend, Ethel Shrader. Funeral services will be conducted Monday June 25, 2001 at 2 p.m. in the Givens Funeral Chapel in Pearisburg with the Rev. Todd Millsaps officiating with burial to follow in the Orchard Cemetery in Ballard, W.Va. The family will receive friends Sunday evening at the Givens Funeral Home from 6 to 9 p.m. 

REESE, Elizabeth Bouldin, A memorial service will be held for Elizabeth B. Reese at 10:30 a.m. on the morning of Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at Sunrise Burial Park in Fairlawn, Virginia. Mrs. Reese and her husband, Asa Whitney Reese, were longtime residents of Radford, Virginia. He preceded her in death in 1967. Survivors include her only daughter, Ann Reese Dye and her husband, Albert of Roswell, New Mexico; and a sister, Frances Bouldin Barnard of Clearwater, Florida. She had three granddaughters, Denise Wilemon of Midland, Texas, Deborah Shattuck of Boise, Idaho, and Diana Cottle of Ann Arbor, Michigan. She had two great-granddaughters, Sarah Whitney Wilemon and Meredith Ann Wilemon of Midland, Texas. Mrs. Reese, who had made her home in South Carolina for approximately twenty years, moved to Roswell, New Mexico, in 1997. It was there that she died on January 30, 2001. It was her wish to be laid to rest with her husband, brother, and parents in Sunrise. Mrs. Reese's family wish to extend an invitation to those who are able to attend the memorial service to meet with them following the service at the Best Western in Radford for a luncheon honoring the life of a lovely lady.

State Obituaries

CARLIN, Beatrice May, 56, of Hot Springs, died Friday, June 22, 2001. Arrangements by Loving Funeral Home, Covington. 

GIBSON, James Robert (Jimmie), 64, of Covington, died Thursday June 21, 2001. Funeral 2 p.m. Monday at Edgemont Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by Loving Funeral Home. 

HAMILTON, Arlene Rae Vest, 72, of Buena Vista, died Friday, June 22, 2001, in the Stonewall Jackson Hospital. She was born August 22, 1924, in Rockbridge County, daughter of the late Phillip K. and Nannie Coffey Vest. She was the manager of the former High's store in Buena Vista. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Her husband, Racey C. Hamilton, preceded her in death. She is survived by her three children, Margaret H. Smith, of Buena Vista, Marshall Hamilton and wife, Gay, of the South Buffalo section of Rockbridge County, and Marvin Hamilton and wife, Carol, of Buena Vista; grandchildren, Shannon and P.J. Flint, Angelica Hamilton, Bryant and Diana Hamilton, Jason Hamilton and Marsha, and Joshua Hamilton; great-granddaughter, Kylie Flint; sister, Violet Botkin of Staunton; sister-in-law, Mrs. Russell Vest of Roanoke. The funeral service will be 11 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2001, at the Lomax Funeral Home Chapel with Bishopric Toby Anderson officiating. Burial will follow in the Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. The family will be receiving friends on Sunday, June 24, 2001, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Lomax Funeral Home. 

HENLEY, Velmar M., 86, of Hillsville, died Saturday, June 23, 2001. Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel, Hillsville. 

KLING, Catherine Louise Stone, 92, of Clifton Forge, died Friday, June 22, 2001. Arrangements by Nicely Funeral Home.

LOWERY, Frank E., 51, of Collinsville, died Friday, June 22, 2001. Funeral 11 a.m. Monday at the Roselawn Chapel Funeral Home. 

O'CONNOR, Paul Douglas, 92, of Ogles Creek, died Saturday, June 23, 2001. Arrangements by Loving Funeral Home, Covington. 

ROWLAND, Reuben W., 91, of Gretna, died Saturday, June 23, 2001. Graveside services 11 a.m. Monday at Rowland Family Cemetery, Gretna. Arrangements by Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Gretna.

STOWE, Melvin Lester, 74, of Stanleytown, who died Saturday, June 23, 2001, will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Tabernacle Baptist Church, Bassett. Arrangements are by Collins Funeral Services. 

WALTON, Margaret Reynolds, 75, of Covington, died Thursday, June 21, 2001. Funeral 3 p.m. Sunday, at Covington Baptist Church. Arrangements by Arritt Funeral Home. 

Out-of-State Obituaries

DEWEESE, Pearl Mills, 98, of Myrtle Trace, Conway, S.C., died Friday, June 22, 2001, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. She was born in Copper Hill, Va., March 13, 1903, a daughter of the late William Hayden Mills and Eliza L. Aldridge Mills. She moved to the area in 1986 from Roanoke. She was a homemaker and a member of the First United Church in Myrtle Beach and was a member of the Women's Society of the Church. She is survived by one son, Hugh O. DeWeese, of Vancouver, Wash.; two daughters, Katherine D. Price and her husband, Basil, Jean Preas and husband, Fred, all of Conway, S.C.; six grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Birdine V. DeWeese. Cryptside funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at Fern Cliff Abbey in Evergreen Burial Park with Elisha E. Jones officiating. Memorials may be made to the Epworth Children's Home, P.O. Box 50466, Columbia, S.C. 29250. The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's South Chapel. 

JEHLE, Jean Carper, 70, a resident of Montgomery, Ala., died Tuesday, June 19, 2001. Graveside services were Friday, June 22, 2001 at Greenwood Cemetery, with Rev. Mike Sigler, Pastor of Aldergate Methodist Church officiating. Mrs. Jehle was preceded in death by her parents, Milan C. Cooper and Wincie Lee Carper, her brothers, Milan C. Carper, Jr. and Norman L. Carper. She is survived by her husband, Harry W. Jehle of Montgomery, Ala.; sisters, Lyda Richard of Covington, Va., Carolyn Heldreth of New Castle, Va. and Sandra Reynolds of New Castle, Va.; brother, Wayne W. Carper of Satellite Beach, Fla.; and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Craig County Rescue Squad or one's favorite charity.

NOELL, Virgil Garrett Jr., 59, of Marietta, Ga., formerly of Roanoke, Va., died Friday, June 22, 2001. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in Sherwood Cemetery with Dr. Philip Humphries officiating. Virgil was preceded in death by his father, Virgil Garrett Noell, Sr. and by his son, Virgil Garrett Noell, III. Virgil retired from Norfolk Southern Corporation in January 2001 with 34 years of service. Survivors include his wife, Becky; loving stepdaughters, Brooke Knight and her husband, Corey, and Sarah Zipfel. The lights of his life were his grandchildren, Caroline and Gabriel. He is also survived by his mother, Elmira Noell; two brothers, Winfred Noell and Roger Noell and his wife, Cheryl; two sisters, Roberta Reedy and husband, Orvil and Dayna Shelley; and eight nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society or Tranquility Hospice at Wellstar Cobb Hospital, 4040 Hospital West Drive, Austell, Ga. 30106-8117. The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Oakey's South Chapel.

WALLACE, Col. Winston Earl, (U.S. Army Ret.) of 115, Argonne Drive, died Thursday, June 21, 2001 at Greenville Medical Center. Born in New Castle, he was the son of the late William Earl and Estelle McGuire Wallace and had lived in Greenville since 1983. He was a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute receiving his B.S. in Agricultural Education, George Washington University where he received an M.A. in Personnel Administration, and North Dakota State University receiving his M.S. in Education. He was a teacher of Agriculture at Willis High School, Willis. Ret. Col. Wallace served in the U.S. Army for 30 years. He was in the Army, Branch, Military Police Corps, 1941 to 1971, he was an Associate Professor of Military Science (Military Police), University of Nebraska, Chairman of Provost Marshal Department, Military Police School. After retiring from the military, he was Assoc. Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and professor of business, North Dakota State University and was a member of the International Association of the Chiefs of Police, Future Farmers of America, and the Retired Military Officers Association. He was a member and a Stephen Minister of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He is survived by his loving wife, Jacquelyn Johnson Wallace, of almost 61 years; a daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Richard and Mary Wallace Schanler of Houston, Texas; two sons and daughters-in-law, William L. and Barbara Wallace of Greenville, S.C. and Winston E. and Melanie Wallace, Jr. of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Morris Wallace of New Castle; five grandchildren, Melanie W. Stewart, Larkin W. Hegler, Susan Schanler, William L. Wallace, Jr. and Daniel S. Schanler; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Stephen Ministries Westminster Presbyterian Church, or to the church, 2310 Augusta Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605. The family will receive friends Sunday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. Funeral services with full military rites will be held Monday June 25 at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church with burial in Graceland East Memorial Park. The family is at the residence. 

WHEELER, Judith Saunders, 50, of 809 Berkley Road, Columbus, Ohio, died Saturday, June 16, 2001 in Columbus Ohio. in Williamson, Virginia to the late Ernest B. Saunders, and Evelyn Small Claytor and stepfather, Archie H. Claytor. She is survived by her spouse, Charles Wheeler, Columbus, Ohio; one son, Mario D. Claytor and wife, Liaina of South Carolina; three brothers, Dwight A. Saunders, San Diego, Calif., Richard A. Saunders and wife Lynn, Apple Valley, Minn., and Steven V. Saunders and wife, Janice, Tampa, Fla. Funeral services will be conducted from Zion Hill Baptist Church 1 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2001 with the Rev. Henry Lindsey officiating. Burial to follow in Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be one from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Arrangements by Claytor-Dean Funeral Home.


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