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From the Roanoke Times, October 12, 2000

BLACK, Cecil P., 91, of Roanoke, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2000. He was born in Staunton, Va., and was retired from Garst Brothers Pet Dairy with 40 years of service. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucy Stanley Black. He is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Grace Black of Botetourt; daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Julian Venable of Charlotte, N.C.; sister, Dorothy Phillippi of Staunton; eight grandchildren, Michael, Mark, Dana, Darin, and Terri of Roanoke, and Donald, David, and Douglas of Charlotte, N.C.; and 14 great-grandchildren. We love you, Your Family. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2000 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Bob Hutchens officiating. The family will receive friends 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Oakey's North Chapel.

HODGES, Mary Elizabeth Clingenpeel, (Liz), 76, of Roanoke, died Monday, October 9, 2000. She was born March 23, 1924 in Roanoke, a daughter of the late Lester and Ada Young Clingenpeel. Liz was a member of First Baptist Church and was active in the Dorcas Sunday School Class and the WMU. Liz enjoyed her God-given gifts of sewing and especially painting in her younger years. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Michele Hodges. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Claude A. Hodges; one son and daughter-in-law, Les and Cheryl V. Hodges, Roanoke; one daughter and son-in-law, Beth H. and Chris Rice, Ridgecrest, Calif.; six grandchildren, Michael Hodges, Alex Hodges, Tori Hodges, Will Hodges, Adam Rice and Margaret Rice; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Lois Paxton of Danville, Mae and Guy Kidd of Troutville; also several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, October 12, 2000 at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Krause officiating. Burial will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakey's South Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church.

JEFFREYS, Everett L., 81, of New Castle, departed this life on Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at the Virginia Veterans Care Center, where he had resided for the past four years after suffering a stroke. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Surviving are his wife of fifty two years, Dollie Myers Jeffreys; a son, Gary W. Jeffreys, and daughter-in-law, Judy F. Jeffreys of Salem; a grandson, Michael W. Jeffreys of Arlington; a granddaughter, Lisa C. Jeffreys of Salem; and a sister, Virginia S. Tedder of Richmond. He was a veteran of WW II, honorably discharged as Tech / Sergeant. He retired from A.B. Burton Construction Company of Lynchburg. He was a faithful member of Bethel United Methodist Church, Route 42, of the Sinking Creek Valley. Graveside services will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, October 12, 2000, at Huffman Memorial Park with Dr. Thomas Au officiating. Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Building Fund, c / o Scott Jones, P.O. Box 44, New Castle, Va. 24127. Arrangements are being handled by Lotz Funeral Home, Salem. 

KING, Katherine Gunter, 59, of Salem, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, October 10, 2000. She was preceded in death by her father and mother, Millard and Vivian Gunter, her brothers, Gordon and Eugene Gunter, and her husband Arthur W. King, Sr. Surviving are her beloved companion, George Bibb of Salem; sister, Shirley G. Woolwine and husband Robert of Salem; son, Arthur W. King, Jr. and wife Donna of Shawsville; grandson, A. J. King; daughter, Vivian J. King of Salem; and a number of nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the American Diabetes Association, 530 E. Main Street, Suite 200, Richmond, Virginia 23219. Funeral services will be private. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home, 5160 Peters Creek Road. (366-0707)

KRIPPENDORF, Elvira Sawyer, 93, of Roanoke, formerly of Virginia Beach, passed away Monday, October 9, 2000. A graveside service and burial will be at the Rosewood Memorial Park, Virginia Beach, on Friday, October 13, 2000 at 11:00 a.m.

LOUDERMILK, Glen Franklin, 89, of Roanoke, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000. Frank was a longtime member of Greene Memorial United Methodist Church and retired from American Oil Company as Plant Manager with 30 years service and also retired from Culligan Water Softener with 14 years service. He was a 50-year member, Past Master, and Secretary for Pleasants Masonic Lodge #63, was a 50-year member and Past Venerable Master of the Roanoke Scottish Rite Bodies, and was a 50-year member of Kazim Temple and served on the Director's Staff, and was a member of the Roanoke Valley Shrine Club. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Ruth P. Loudermilk; his daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Ron Smith of Roanoke; his granddaughter, Tracy Lax and husband, Roy of Roanoke; a great-grandson, Andrew Thomas Lax; a sister, Bee Gladwell of Coal City, W.Va. A funeral service will be held at Oakey's South Chapel Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 12 noon with the Rev. Robert L. Watts, the Rev. Walter M. Lockett, Jr. and Dr. Harry Y. Gamble officiating. Interment in Sherwood Memorial Park with a graveside Masonic service. The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's South Chapel.

MARTIN, Bobbie G., 66, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2000. Funeral services 2 p.m. Thursday, at Lotz Vinton Chapel.

McBROOM, Lucille Trent, 85, of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday October 11, 2000. Arrangements by Oakey's Funeral Service.

McNAIR, Rodney Brent, 23, of Roanoke, passed away Saturday, October 7, 2000. Funeral services will be held Friday in Tassaie, N.J. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home.

PARSONS, Elizabeth Hooper, of Roanoke, passed away Monday, October 9, 2000. Born in Bluefield, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Landon Alexander Hooper and Freda Anderson Hooper. She was preceded in death by her husband Donald Woods Parsons. A graduate of Hollins College, Mrs. Parsons was a member of the Second Presbyterian Church, a former violinist with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, and a Life and Honorary member of the South Hills Garden Club. She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Bette) Parsons of Roanoke, and many close friends. Graveside service will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. at Evergreen Burial Park with Dr. George Anderson officiating. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday evening at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel. Arrangements by Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

RAMSEY, Claude Franklin, 82, of Roanoke, died Tuesday, October 10, 2000. He is survived by his wife, Knelphie K. Ramsey; special daughter, Angela Smith Howell; a sister, Daphne Ramsey of New Market; and nephew, Dale Moore of Wise. Graveside funeral services will be held 12 noon Friday at Evergreen Burial Park by Pastor Ken Studer. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Lotz Roanoke Chapel.

SMITH, Valydia Coon, 88, of Our Lady of the Valley, Roanoke, formerly of Fincastle, died Tuesday, October 10, 2000. Funeral 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Fincastle United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Rader Funeral Home, Daleville.

SPENCER, Rev. Steven Brian, 45, of Troutville, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2000. Arrangements are being handled by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.

ST.CLAIR, Edward Henry Sr., 78, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 10, 2000. He was a graduate of Jefferson High School Class of 1941 and a graduate from the University of Virginia Class of 1949, where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, and he served as President of the Inter Fraternity Council in 1948. He was a veteran of World War II, where he served in the Army Air Corps as a pilot. He named his B-17 Aircraft " The Roanoke Magician." He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for a mission over Germany in December of 1944. Mr. St.Clair was a retired Food Broker with 27 years of service. He was a member of Shenandoah Baptist Church. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Edward Henry "Hank" St.Clair, Jr. and Rebecca St.Clair of Chesapeake, Va.; former wife, Lorraine S. St.Clair of Roanoke; granddaughter, Alexandria St.Clair of Chesapeake; brother, the Rev. Walter H. St.Clair of Orange Park, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews. Services will be held at Shenandoah Baptist Church 11 a.m. Saturday, October 14, 2000 with Pastor Robert Alderman officiating. Interment with military rites will be held at Sherwood Burial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Oakey's Vinton Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the D-Day Memorial Foundation, 202 East Main Street, Bedford, Va. 24523 or the World War II National Monument in Washington, D.C.

TOWNSEND, Margaret Moore, 80, formerly of Roanoke, passed away Monday, October 9, 2000 in Enterprise, Ala. She was the widow of J. C. "Bud" Townsend, and together, they ran the Cloverdale Mattress Company. Surviving are six daughters and sons-in-law, ReDel and Zed Cawthon of Enterprise, Ala., Alice and Barry Holman of Herndon, Fonceil Roupe of Richmond, Patricia and Tim Spear of Fishersville, Naomi and David Kohen and Heather and Bill Myers, all of Roanoke; a son and daughter-in-law, the Rev. John and Yvonne Townsend of Christiansburg; a sister, Mattie Lutz of Chester, S. C.; 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, October 13, 2000 from Oakey's North Chapel. Family members, the Rev. John Townsend, the Rev. Kevin Cawthon and the Rev. Tim Spear will officiate. Interment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Oakey's North Chapel.

TURNER, Harry Conover, 78, of Roanoke, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel.

TUTEN, Beverly Ann Baker, 59, wife of Bruce Thomas Tuten, Blue Ridge Council Scout Executive, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2000, after a lengthy illness. Born in Griffin, Georgia, March 6, 1941, she graduated in the Class of 1959 from Griffin High School and received her AB degree in History in 1963 from Mercer University, Macon, Georgia. While at Mercer, Mrs. Tuten was chosen as the model student to recruit for the University and made public appearances as well as starred in the University's recruiting video. Mrs. Tuten was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity, Sweetheart of Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity, and Georgia Pimento Queen in 1962. Mrs. Tuten's life was centered around her family, her friends, and her faith. As a young wife and mother, she was involved in her children's many school, sport, and dance activities. Over the years, the Tutens were called to different cities with the Boy Scouts: Macon, Georgia, Albany, Georgia, Paducah, Kentucky, Asheville, North Carolina, and Roanoke, Virginia. Wherever they went they always had a strong and supportive circle of friends with whom they shared wonderful fellowship. In every city Mrs. Tuten was active in her church where she was a Sunday School teacher, served on the Altar Guild, was a member of the Bell Choir, and served as a Vestry member and as lay reader. Mrs. Tuten's life was dedicated to serving others. In addition to spending time with her family, church community, and friends, she taught social studies at McEvoy High School in Macon. Later she pursued a career in banking at Macon Bank and Trust Company in Macon, Ga., as marketing and public relations manager; at First State Bank in Albany, Ga., as Director of Marketing and Public Relations of the Loan Division; and at Republic Bank and Trust Company in Paducah, Ky., as Vice President of the Loan Division. Her commitment to business and community service resulted in her receiving the Women In Business Award given by the Paducah Chamber of Commerce in 1989. Mrs. Tuten, the daughter of Elizabeth Yarbrough Baker and the late Henry McGowan Baker, is survived by her husband, Bruce Thomas Tuten; three children, and two grandchildren, Bruce, Jr., and Deborah Tuten, Bruce Thomas, III, and William Joseph of Peachtree City, Ga., Elizabeth and Sean Tobin of Bend, Ore., and Terrell and Cheryl Tuten of Duluth, Ga. Other survivors include three sisters and their families in the Atlanta, Ga., area, Nancy, Charles, Charles, Jr., and Johnson Clark, Reba and George Keller, Scott and Brian Rowe, and Cynthia and Lucinda Baker. Survivors also include Glenda (Tuten) and Captain William T. Brown of Savannah, Ga., and their children and grandsons, Erik, Paige and Ethan Brown, and Dana and Dylan Brown. The funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, October 13, 2000, at 11 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 1 Mountain Avenue SW, Roanoke. Graveside services and interment will be at Bonaventure Cemetery, Greenwich Section, in Savannah, Georgia, on Saturday, October 14, 2000, at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends at Oakey's South Chapel on Thursday, October 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. Following interment, the family will receive friends at the home of Glenda and Bill Brown at 108 Millward Court, Wilmington Island, Ga. Fox and Weeks Funeral Home is in charge of Savannah arrangements. Anyone who wishes to make a memorial contribution may donate to the Blue Ridge Council of The Boy Scouts of America, P.O. Box 7606, Roanoke, Virginia, 24012; The American Cancer Society; The Brain Tumor Center at Duke University, DUMC 3624, Durham, North Carolina, 27710; Gentle Shepherd Hospice, P.O. Box 3754, Roanoke, Virginia; St. John's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 257, Roanoke, Virginia, 24002; or to the charity of your choice.

VAUGHAN, Richard Craddock, 90, of Roanoke, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at the Raleigh Court Health Care Center. He was born in Bedford County November 11, 1909, a son of the late John M. and Avvie Watson Vaughan and was a member of First Presbyterian Church and the McClanahan Bible Class. Craddock served in the United States Army during World War II in a hospital unit in England, attended Randolph-Macon Academy and graduated from National Business College. He was retired from Nelson Hardware with 46 years service, where he served as Purchasing Agent and in many other capacities. Craddock was a 50-year Mason and Past Master belonging to Virginia Heights Masonic Lodge #324 and was a charter member of Webber High Twelve Lodge #282. He held many offices in the York Rite, Elmwood Royal Arch Chapter #33 and Bayard Commandry #15, and also held offices in the Scottish Rite and was presently serving as Tiler. He was a 50-year member of Kazim Temple and a 32ND Degree KCCH and was also a member of the Roanoke Valley Shrine Club and the Provost Guard. Craddock was a member of the Kiwanis Club of Roanoke, the Elks Club and the American Legion. He retired in 1975 and had enjoyed many years of golfing and associating with his lodge members. Craddock was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Rubye Vaughan and is survived by a brother, B. E. Vaughan of Vinton; a sister, Reba Watson of Bedford; also one niece; two great-nieces; and one great-nephew. Funeral service will be held at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel Friday, October 13, 2000 11 a.m. with Dr. Harry Y. Gamble officiating. Interment in Evergreen Burial Park with Masonic graveside rites. Friends may call Thursday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

WHITE, Robert, 63, of Roanoke, went to sleep in the Lord on Saturday, October 7, 2000, after a long illness. Funeral services will be Friday, 11 a.m. at Glorious Church of God In Christ. Pastor Jacquline Jackson will officiate and the eulogy will be by Elder Frank Johnson, Jr. The interment will be in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the church. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.

WHITLOCK, Frederick W., 72, of Salem, died Monday, October 9, 2000. He was a long-time employee of Rusco Window Company. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruby Whitlock; his parents, Frank and Lena Whitlock; brothers, Howard and Willie; sister, Mabel Barker; and a grandson, Samuel Weldon Dooley. Surviving family include a son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Linda Whitlock; a daughter, Carolyn W. Dooley; grandchildren, B. J. Dooley, Caralee and Kevin Radford, and Mark Bowling; great-grandchildren, Ethan and Andee Radford; brothers and sisters and their spouses, Virginia Drewry, Louis Whitlock, Phyllis and Calvin Craighead, Melvin and Thelma Whitlock, Roger and Jean Whitlock, Barbara Jane Doyle; a sister-in-law, Betty Whitlock Brown; and a special sister and brother-in-law, Peggy and Bob Carroll. Graveside services will be held on Thursday, October 12, 2000 at 11 a.m. at Sherwood Memorial Park with Dr. Thomas Cribb officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 11, 2000 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the John M. Oakey & Sons Salem Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salem Rescue Squad.

WIRT, Annie L., 88, of Salem, died Wednesday October 11, 2000. Arrangements by Lotz Salem Chapel.

Bedford Franklin Obituaries

FRALIN, Jerry Milton, 61 of Rocky Mount, died Monday, October 9, 2000. Funeral 11 a.m. Thursday, Flora Funeral Chapel, Rocky Mount. 

LEWIS, Robert Nelson, after a long and courageous battle with cancer, Robert Nelson Lewis ended the fight on Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at Virginia Baptist Hospital. He leaves to celebrate his life, his wife, Shirley Lewis; one daughter, China Carter of Bedford with James Carter of Ft. Leonardwood, Mo.; two sons, Defraunce Lewis (Donna) of Lynchburg, Robert K. Lewis (Gwen) of Bedford; four granddaughters, Brittini, Sierra, Skylar and Lacey; two sisters, Mattie Saunders (Richard) of Illinois, Ruth Singleton of Bedford; four brothers, Albert Lewis of Roanoke, Kenneth Lewis of Richmond, Frank Lewis (Linda) of Bedford, James Gross of Bedford; one aunt, Sophie Coles of Baltimore, Md.; and a host of nieces and nephews and very special friends. Viewing of the body will be Friday evening, October 13, 2000 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the Bedford Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the Otterville Baptist Church, Bedford, Va. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive visitors at the residence of China Carter at 1283 Emerald Crest Drive, located in the City of Bedford, in the Governor's Hill Subdivision. Arrangements by Bedford Funeral Home.

RUSMISELL, Donald Dewey, 58, of Goodview, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2000 at the Veterans Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dewey and Lucille Rusmisell and his sister, Eloise. He served in the U. S. Army during the Vietnam Conflict. Mr. Rusmisell was a former employee of Viar Brothers Heating & Air Conditioning. Surviving are his children, Nancy A. Simpson and husband, Tommy of Danville, Richard L. Rusmisell and wife, Carol of North Carolina, Susan R. Dewberry and husband, Ronald, Raymond A. Rusmisell, all of Danville; eight grandchildren; an aunt, Gladys Cunningham and a devoted friend, Marilyn Meador. Funeral services will be private. Arrangements by Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 366-0707.

New River Obituaries

DUNFORD, Haynes Moran, (Monk), 84, of Christiansburg and formerly of Pearisburg, died at his home Tuesday, October 10, 2000 after a long illness. Born in Giles County on June 14, 1916, he was a son of the late Wirt and Kate Turner Dunford. He had been employed as a carpenter and was a veteran of the U.S. Army in WW II. He was preceded in death by five children. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Harvey L. and Leda McGuire Dunford of Pembroke; two grandsons, Chris and wife, Cherie Dunford and Timothy Dunford, all of Pembroke; two great-grandchildren, C. J. and Chelsea Dunford, both of Pembroke; a brother and sister-in-law, Wallace and Bobbie Dunford of Pearisburg; a special niece and nephew, Junior and Joyce Keffer of Pearisburg; a special friend, Maynard Doss of Christiansburg. A memorial service will be conducted Friday at 1 p.m. in the Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke. Private burial will follow cremation in the Dunford Cemetery at Pearisburg. Friends may call at the home of Harvey Dunford at 1016 Cascade Drive in Pembroke.

HALL, Eugene Tunis, 62, of Blacksburg, died Sunday, October 8, 2000 at Montgomery Regional Hospital. Funeral services will be held Thursday, October 12, 2000 at 11 a.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. Bobby E. Fuller officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.

HIXON, Michael Brian, 21, of Blacksburg, died Saturday, October 7, 2000 at his home. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, October 12, 2000 at 2:30 p.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Early officiating. Interment will follow in the Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Michael Hixon Fund, c / o First National Bank Christiansburg. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.

YEAROUT, Ralph Allen, 65, of Floyd, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2000. He was preceded in death by his mother, Celesta E. Yearout. He served as the Floyd County Sanitation Superintendent for 23 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Dayle Agee Yearout of Floyd; his precious son, Monty Shane Yearout of Floyd; a loving aunt, Elsie Spangler of Floyd; a dear uncle, Clarence Yearout of Floyd; and a dear and special friend, Curtis Nolen of Floyd. Funeral services will be held Friday, October 13, 2000, at 2 p.m. at Gardner Funeral Home with the Rev. Mike Varner and the Rev. Elbert Lee Naff officiating. Interment will follow in Jacksonville Cemetery with Military Rites by VFW Post #1115 Hillsville. Friends may call Thursday at Gardner Funeral Home where the family will be from 7 until 9 p.m.

State Obituaries

ALLEY, Lois Marie, 65, of Austinville, passed away Tuesday, October 10, 2000. Graveside services 1 p.m. Thursday, October 12, at Bethany Cemetery, Wythe Co. Arrangements by Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel, Hillsville.

BEARD, Natalie Ann, 18, of Martinsville, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, October 13, 2000 at the Roselawn Chapel Funeral Home.

BOYD, Marion Roscoe, 57, of Fries, died Monday, October 9, 2000. Funeral service 2 p.m. Friday, at Vaughan-Guynn Chapel.

BRANNON, Glenna Fisher, 94, of Harrisonburg, died Monday, October 9, 2000. Memorial service 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sunnyside Retirement Community. Arrangements by Reynolds Funeral Service.

CARTER, Leonard Lee, 59, of Hot Springs, died Tuesday, October 11, 2000. Funeral Friday 2 p.m. in Arritt Funeral Home Chapel, Covington.

CRAIG, Thelma, 79, of Patrick Springs, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000. Arrangements by Howell Funeral Home, Stuart.

FIFER, Lorene Sandidge, 70, of Lexington, died Tuesday, October 10, 2000 in the Stonewall Jackson Hospital. Mrs. Fifer was born on May 1, 1930 in Buena Vista and was a daughter of Leana Coffey Sandidge of Buena Vista and the late Cameron Blair Sandidge. She was a member of the Manly Memorial Baptist Church, the Lexington Woman's Club, the Arthritis Foundation and the Lexington Golf & Country Club. She was the co-owner of The Emily Shop with her husband. She began her teaching career with Mrs. Fauber's Nursery School and was the owner and operator of the Providence Hill Nursery School for 26 years and continued as a teacher with the Providence II Pre-School until her death. She was preceded in death by two half brothers, Herman Sandidge and Walter Sandidge. In addition to her mother, Mrs. Fifer is survived by her husband of 50 years, Roland L. Fifer of Lexington; two sons and daughters-in-law, R. Edward and Beverley Fifer of Bristol and Stephen B. and Laura Fifer of Ashburn; one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra F. and Richard Flora of Roanoke; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Essie S. and Bill Coleman of Lynchburg, Dorothy S. Floyd, Carolyn S. and Bob Withers, Marolyn S. and Donnie Cash, all of Buena Vista; two half sisters, Alpha S. Coleman, and Virginia S. Camden, both of Buena Vista; one brother-in-law, Lurty E. Fifer, Jr., of Arroya Grande, Calif.; seven grandchildren, Jennifer and Michael Fifer, Matthew, Allison, Anna, Audrey Fifer, and Kristin Flora; one stepgrandson, R. Terrill Flora; one stepgreat-granddaughter, Michelle Flora; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday, October 12, 2000 from the Harrison Funeral Chapel with Dr. Thomas G. Harvey officiating with burial to follow in the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery, Lexington. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Manly Memorial Baptist Church 202 S. Main Street, Lexington, Va. 24450, or the Buena Vista Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 406, Buena Vista, Va. 24416. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Harrison Funeral Home, Lexington. Her wonderful memory will live on through her beloved family and the lives of children she loved and taught.

FORD, Shelby Jean Hartless, 34, of Buena Vista, died Monday, October 9, 2000. Funeral service 11 a.m. Thursday, from the Harrison Funeral Chapel, Lexington.

HOOD, Alexis F., (Ace), 48, of Madison Heights, died Sunday, October 8, 2000. Memorial service Saturday, October 14, 2000 at 2 p.m. at the Lomax Funeral Home Chapel, Buena Vista, Va.

KESLER, Benjamin Robert, of Charlottesville, died Tuesday, October 10, 2000. Ben was born on November 15, 1911 in Eelamsville, Va. He received his Masters degree in History from the University of Virginia. Ben served in the Pacific during W.W.II as a Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy. He worked as an education officer in the Marshall Islands, Pakistan, Nigeria and Washington D.C. for the Agency for International Development. After his retirement in 1966, he and his wife Vera moved to St. Croix, USVI where they lived for 22 years. He enjoyed his favorite sports of spear fishing and ocean diving. He wrote extensively on the history of the St. George Village Botanical Gardens in St. Croix. Ben is survived by his beloved wife, Vera C. Kesler of Charlottesville; son, Ben Jr. and his wife, Marjorie of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, Richard Kesler of Pinehurst, N.C.; four granddaughters and one great-grandson. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Reverend George Thomas Kesler Scholarship Fund, Ferrum College, Ferrum, Va. 24088. A private graveside will be held in Roanoke, Va. Teague Funeral Service, Charlottesville, is in charge of arrangements.

MASSIE, Walter P., Sr., 79, of Lexington, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000. Arrangements by Williams-Wilson Funeral Service.

MATHEWS, Mary, 74, of Collinsville, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000. Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is in charge of the arrangements.

MINES, Daisy Crouse, 98, of Covington, died Wednesday, October 11, 2000. Arrangements by Loving Funeral Home.

MIZE, Celia Sherwood, 86, of Marion, died Tuesday, October 10, 2000. Funeral service 11 a.m. Friday, October 13, 2000 at the Seaver-Brown Chapel.

PRIDDY, Anthony Scott, 39, of Stuart, died Tuesday, October 10, 2000. Funeral 11 a.m. Friday at Moody Funeral Home Chapel, Stuart.

SMOTHERS, Geraldine Johnson, 67, of Goshen, died Monday, October 9, 2000. Funeral service 1 p.m. Saturday, at Williams-Wilson Funeral Service Chapel, Lexington.

TURNER, David Wayne, 51, of Martinsville, died Sunday, October 8, 2000. Funeral service 8 p.m. Thursday at Collins Funeral Chapel, Bassett, Va.

Out-of-State Obituaries

FISHER, Mary Shelton Gillock, of Minnetonka, Minn., passed away, Wednesday, August 11, 2000. Graveside service 10 a.m. Friday, October 13, at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. Arrangements by Williams-Wilson Funeral Service, Lexington.

IRVIN, Elbert Sr., (Lou), of 75 LeFoll Blvd., South Windsor, Conn., answered God's call on the evening of Friday, October 6, 2000 following a brief illness. Graveside services will be held on Friday, October 13, 2000, 12:30 p.m. at the Franklin Memorial Park. Family will receive friends Friday, 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lou Irvin Scholarship Fund c / o Manchester High School, Manchester, Conn. Arrangements are being handled by the Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.

KENNEDY, George Cary, entered into rest Tuesday, October 10, 2000, at VA Medical Center Downtown. Mr. George Cary Kennedy of Augusta, Ga., was the husband of the late Mattie V. Stokes Kennedy. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at Poteet Funeral Home, West Chapel, 3686 Wheeler Road at 11 a.m. followed by burial in Bellevue Memorial Gardens. Mr. Kennedy is survived by sons, George W. Kennedy, Ralph B. Kennedy; daughters, Karen V. O'Bryant and Patricia A. Lewis; seventeen grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends Friday evening at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Arrangements by Poteet Funeral Home-West, 3686 Wheeler Road, Augusta, Ga. 30909.


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