Miscellaneous Smyth County, Virginia Obituaries

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Leon D. Beville Jr., age 63, died Friday, March 20, 1998 Smyth County Community Hospital. He was the son of the late Marguerite Phipps BeVille and Leon D. BeVille Sr. 
Mr. Beville retired from Brunswick Corporation with 30 years of service and was a member of the First United Methodist Church. 
He is survived by his wife, Sue Hedrick BeVille of Marion; one daughter, Dana BeVille Walker of Aylett; one son and daughter-in-law, Michael E. and Debbie BeVille of Charlottesville; four grandchildren: Alison and Christopher Walker, both of Aylett, and Alex and Adam BeVille of Charlottesville. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. James Pollock and the Rev. Mary K. Briggs officiating. Burial followed in Rose Lawn Cemetery. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

James Edward Bise, age 71, of Summerville, S.C., died Wednesday, March 18, 1998 in a Charleston hospital. 
Mr. Bise was born in Smyth County, a son of James B. and Evie Wyatt Bise. He attended Rich Valley schools. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a retired merchant seaman. He was a member of the VFW and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member of the Order of the Moose and the National Maritime Union. 
He was of the Methodist faith. Surviving are his wife, Vivian Gay Bise; two sons, James E. Bise Jr. of Summerville, S.C., and Glen R. Bise of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; two daughters, Melaney B. Krause of Quakertown, Penn., and Linda B. Spain of Marion; three brothers, Herbert H. Bise of Baltimore, Md., George J. Bise of Marion, and John W. Bise of Saltville; one sister, Mildred Ball of Lebanon; a half-brother, James E. Bise of Marion; two half-sisters, Darlene Tuggle and Angelia Griffy, both of Marion; 11 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services were held Saturday, March 21, at 11 a.m. in Summerville Cemetery. 
James A. Dyal Funeral Home in Summerville, S.C., was in charge of arrangements. 

Fay A. "Gammy" Yates Caruso, age 70, died Saturday, March 21, 1998 in Heritage Hall Health Care, Big Stone Gap. 
She was of the Catholic faith. Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Steve (Pokey) Harris, Chilhowie, Mrs. David (Sherry) Yearly, Wise, Cecelia Caruso, Charlottesville, and Mrs. Ed (Mary) Hawley, Catlett; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services were conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 24, in Abraham Salyers Cemetery, Caney Ridge, with the Rev. Darrell Fletcher officiating. 
Sturgill Funeral Home in Wise was in charge of arrangements.

Bridget Feigley Dancy, age 29, died Monday, March 23, 1998 at her home in Atkins. 
Mrs. Dancy was employed with King Pharmaceuticals in Bristol. 
She is survived by her husband, Tom W. Dancy of Atkins; her father and stepmother, Bart and Sally Feigley of Atkins; her mother, Judy Catron of Marion; one brother and sister-in-law, Drew and Mona Feigley of Marion; one stepsister, Tammy Fisher Blevins of Marion; four stepbrothers, Tony Fisher of Chatham, Travis Fisher of Richmond, Tracy and Trent Fisher, both of Marion; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, David and Helen Dancy of Marion; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Debbie and Danny Reynolds of Marion; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 24, at 8 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. David Neitch and the Rev. Ron Whitener officiating. Graveside services will be held today, March 25, at 11 a.m. at Thomas Cemetery in Marion. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Clarence Edward "Tonnie" Hart, age 63, of Konnarock, died Friday, Mach 20, 1998 in Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon. 
He was a lifelong resident of Washington County and was employed with the Washington County Public Schools for the past 41 years. He was a member of Azen Baptist Church in Konnarock. 
Survivors include his wife, Katrina Hart; one son, Nelson Hart, Damascus; one stepdaughter, Wanda Hayes, Konnarock; one stepson, Jim Pennington, Stevens, Penn.; his mother, Baney Hart, Tazewell; three sisters, Gaynell Phillips, Parsons, W.Va., Eva Hagerman, Sky Gusty, W.Va., and Dalphia Bright, Lenoir, N.C.; four brothers, Lee Roy Hart, Parsons, W.Va., J.C. Hart, Princeton, W.Va., Hershal Hart Jr., Tazewell and Robert Hart, Oregon; one granddaughter; one great-grandson; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, in Azen Baptist Church with the Rev. Stephen LaPoint officiating. Burial was in Azen Cemetery. 
Johnson Funeral Home in Damascus was in charge of arrangements.

Faye Helton, age 63, of Cleveland, Tenn., died Friday, March 20, 1997 in a Cleveland hospital. 
Mrs. Helton was the daughter of the late Georgie Creggar Cullip and William Cullip. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William O. "Bill" Helton Sr., and was a member of the First Christian Church in Cleveland, Tenn. 
Survivors include two daughters, Janet Harris and husband Wayne of Cleveland, Tenn., and Robin Weaver and husband James of Charleston; three sons, Bill Helton Jr. and wife Kim of Greenbrier, Tenn., Nathan Craig Helton and Larry "Ace" Helton, both of Cleveland, Tenn.; eight grandchildren: Shane Harris, Jessica Helton, Leslie Harris and Amber Helton, all of Cleveland, Tenn., Barry Weaver and Ross Weaver of Charleston, and Murray Hipp and Donny Hipp, both of Manning, S.C.; one great-grandchild, Alyssa McCarter of Cleveland, Tenn.; three sistes, Evelyn Counts of Glade Spring, Mildred Lee of Saltville, and LaVerne "Susie" Dye of Maryville, Ohio; two brothers, Bill Cullip of Joppa, Md., and Duane Cullip of Glade Spring; special friends, Karole Elrod, Charles Elrod and Melissa Elrod; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services and burial were held in Cleveland, Tenn. 
This is a courtesy announcement by Barnett's Funeral Home.

Madge Shumate Parsons, age 75, of Konnarock, died Fridaay, March 20, 1998 in Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie. She was the widow of Hurtle W. Parsons. 
Born Feb. 19, 1923 in Rugby, she was the daughter of Brack and Mae Riddle Shumate. 
Surviving are one daughter, Wilma P. Shumate, Konnarock; one son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Virginia Parsons, Troutdale; her mother, Mae R. Shumate, Troutdale; four brothers, Carson Shumate, Willamina, Ore., Ward Shumate, Charles Shumate and Mack Shumate, all of Troutdale; five grandchildren: Cindy Parsons, Troutdale, Jeffrey Shumate, Benjamin Shumate, Gene Shumate, all of Memphis, Tenn., and Gregory Shumate, Konnarock; four great-grandchildren: Miranda, Matthew, Patrick and Zachary. 
Graveside services were conducted Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at Fairwood Cemetery in Troutdale with Pastor Edward Schaack officiating. 
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence was in charge of arrangements.

Josie Stines Thomas, age 90, of Chilhowie, died Monday, March 23, 1998 in the Smyth County Community Hospital. She was the widow of Raymond Earnest Thomas Sr.
Survivors include one son, Raymond E. Thomas Jr., Chilhowie; four daughters, Frances Thomas, Ethel Kuhn, Cora Holmes, all of Chilhowie, and Estelle Louthian, Marion; two sisters, Beulah Burchett, Chilhowie, and Cletis Clark, Bristol; one brother, John Stines, Marion; 23 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted today, March 25, at 2 p.m. in Williams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dan Lawson and the Rev. Chris Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Sulphur Spring Cemetery.
Williams Funeral Home in Chilhowie is in charge of arrangements. 

Carla Doss Alden, age 48, died Monday, May 11, 1998 in Charlotte, N.C. 
Mrs. Alden was born in Johnson City, Tenn., the daughter of Carl and Clara Hart Doss. She was a graduate of Marion Senior High School and Kings College in Charlotte, N.C. She had been a resident of Charlotte, N.C., since 1969. 
She was an active member of the Church at Charlotte and a volunteer in many community activities. 
She is survived by her husband, Gary Alden; two daughters, Abbey and Emily Alden; her mother and stepfather, Dr. and Mrs. Charles Blain of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Linda Chrosniak of Oakton, and Grace Cappa of Charlotte, N.C.; one brother, Henry Doss of Charlotte, N.C.; eight nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 14, at 1 p.m. at the Church at Charlotte with the Rev. James G. Kallam Jr. officiating. Interment was in Forest Lawn East Cemetery. The family requests that memorials be made to the Church at Charlotte Youth Scholarship Fund, 2500 Carmel Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28226. 
Harry and Bryant Company in Charlotte, N.C., was in charge of arrangements. 
This obituary is a courtesy announcement by Seaver-Brown Funeral Service.

Malcolm C. Allison, age 86, of Bristol, died Monday, May 11, 1998 in Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tenn. 
He was a veteran of World War II. 
Survivors include his wife, Myrtle Woodward Allison; one half-brother, Verlin Allison, Saltville; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Branson officiating. Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 14, in Elizabeth Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Gladys G. Doane, age 82, died Wednesday, May 13, 1998 at her home in Chilhowie. She was the widow of William L. Doane. 
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Gay and Tim Anderson, Chilhowie; six sons and daughters-in-law, James and Shirley Doane, Rev. Paul and Letha Doane, Lewis and Opal Doane, Fred and Mary Doane, Jerry and Joan Doane, and Benny and Diane Doane, all of Chilhowie; one brother, Sam George, Tampa, Fla.; 15 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, May 15, at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lloyd Sheets officiating. Burial followed in the Middlefork Cemetery. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Chilhowie was in charge of arrangements.

Everett Eugene "Grandpappy" Keesee, age 57, of Atkins, died Tuesday, May 12, 1998 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Smith Keesee; three sons, Alan Keesee, Chilhowie, Bobby Petty and Kenny Petty, both of Marion; three daughters, Anna Brooks, Chilhowie, Rhonda Petty and Pamela Propst, both of Atkins; four brothers, Ernest Keesee, Sierra Vista, Ariz., Burton Keesee, Gate City, David Keesee, Chilhowie, and Tommy Keesee, Fairfax; four sisters, Virgie Wilson, Patsy Brooks, both of Chilhowie, Norma Shuler, Saltville, and Mary Curry, Marion; five grandchildren: Cody Keesee, Brandon Keesee, Josh Keesee, Hunter Propst and Keegan Petty. 
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, May 14, at 2 p.m. in Williams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Avery Sheets officiating. Burial was in the Mount Zion Cemetery, Marion. Flowers will be appreciated or donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Joyce Blevins, P.O. Box 905, Marion, VA 24354. 
Williams Funeral Home in Chilhowie was in charge of arrangements.

Madge Osborne Parsons, age 80, of Mouth of Wilson, died Monday, May 11, 1998 at the home of her daughter, Janet and Doug Wingate in Raleigh, N.C. 
She was the widow of Robert H. "Rob" Parsons. She was born Jan. 28, 1918 in Marion, the daughter of James Esker Osborne and Bertha Grubb. 
Surviving are five daughters and sons-in-law: Janet and Doug Wingate, Raleigh, N.C., Jeanette and Robert Toohey, Harrisonburg, Pauline and Maurice Hoffman, Grant, Jo Ann Hessig, Woodbridge, and Nancy and Gerald Davies, Independence; one son, Jack Parsons, Mouth of Wilson; 15 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; two sisters and one brother-in-law, Ruth and Marvin Gullion, Marion, and Ruby Johnson, Atkins. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at Young's Chapel Baptist Church, Mouth of Wilson, with the Rev. Eddie Patton and the Rev. Hal Eaton officiating. Interment was in Young's Chapel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Young's Chapel Cemetery, c/o Mr. Gwyn Halsey, 200 Oak Hill Road, Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363 or Twin County Hospice, P.O. Box 106, Galax, VA 24333. 
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence was in charge of arrangements.

Joshua Schechter, age 83, of Atkins, died Wednesday, May 13, 1998 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
He was a native of New Haven, Conn., had recently relocated to the Atkins area, and was employed as a carpenter for many years. 
Survivors include two daughters, Star Olderman and Roxanne Bahn, both of Madison, Wisc.; one son, Joseph Aaron Schechter, Silver Spring, Md.; one brother, Irving Schechter, New York City, and two grandchildren. 
At Mr. Schechter's request, his body will be cremated. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Anna Mae Baumgardner, age 95, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Rural Retreat, died Wednesday, June 3, 1998 in the Henrico Health Care Center in Highland Springs.
Miss Baumgardner taught school in Rural Retreat for several years and also at Russell Elementary School, Quantico Marine Base for over 30 years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles R. and Mary Tobler Baumgardner, and two brothers, Claude Baumgardner and Master Sergeant Robert C. Baumgardner. 
She is survived by two nephews, Robert S. Baumgardner Sr., Mechanicsville, and Charles R. Baumgardner, Newport News; three nieces, Ann Bittner and Frances Hewitt, both of Hampton, and Peggy Pirhala of Newport News; several great-nieces and nephews. 
Graveside services will be held today, June 6, at 3 p.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery in Rural Retreat with the Rev. Robert Countiss officiating. Friends may call from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home prior to the service. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat is in charge of arrangements.

Edna Pearl Clark, age 80, of Yadkinsville, N.C., died Tuesday, June 2, 1998 in Yadkin Nursing Center, Yadkinville. 
She was the widow of Francis "Howard" Clark. 
Survivors include two sons, James Clark, Climax, N.C., and Alfred Clark, Sebring, Fla.; three daughters, Zella "Tira" Phillips, East Bend, N.C., Annis Thompson and Virginia Franklin, both of Lewisville, N.C.; one brother, Arthur Chapman, Saltville; 15 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted today, June 6, at 11 a.m. at D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville with the Rev. Jennings Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Crabtree Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements.

Rickey Allen Cline, age 47, died Thursday, June 4, 1998 at his home in Marion. 
Mr. Cline was born in Marion on Sept. 23, 1951. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. Prior to serving in the Navy he worked on his family's farm. After returning to the area he worked for the Housing Authority, Empire Mfg., and Mountain CAP. 
Survivors include his mother, Helen Pauline Cline, Marion; two aunts, Henrietta Willis, Hampton, and Hazel Patton, Seven Mile Ford; one uncle, Baise Haga, Marion; several cousins and many friends. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 7, in Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Paul Horton and the Rev. Bobby Baker officiating. Interment will follow in the Slemp Cemetery in Sugar Grove with full military honors being rendered by the Francis Marion VFW Post 4667. The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at the funeral home. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Marvin W. Greer, age 66, died Monday, June 1, 1998 at Smyth County Community Hospital. He was born July 27, 1931 at Grant, the son of Franklin Monroe and Ida Lee Anderson Greer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. 
Survivors include his mother, Ida Lee Anderson Greer, of the home; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Isaac and Virginia Greer, Mouth of Wilson, Bryant Greer, Manassas, and Gayle and Penny Greer, Glade Spring; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted Friday, June 5, at 2 p.m. in Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. George Russell and the Rev. Fred E. Jennings officiating. Interment was in Bartons Crossroads Cemetery. Military rites were conducted at the graveside by Grayson County VFW Post #7726. Flowers will be appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Marion Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 784, Marion, VA 24354 or Bartons Crossroads Cemetery, c/o Isaac Greer, 4018 Fox Creek Road, Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363. 
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence was in charge of arrangements.

Mable Louise Haas, age 60, of Lake Wylie, S.C., died Monday, June 1, 1998 at the home of her son. 
Mrs. Haas was born March 17, 1938 in Saltville, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry C. Ratcliff. She attended school in Saltville. She was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church. 
Survivors include her husband of 26 years, Dick Haas; one son and daughter-in-law, Vincent and Sue Maizy of Matthews, N.C.; two brothers, Charles Ratcliff of Saltville, and George Ratcliff of Marion; one sister, Hazel R. Wyatt of Seven Mile Ford; four grandchildren, Vanessa and Nick Maizy of Matthews, N.C., and Jim and Kelly Haas of Saugus, Calif. 
Funeral services were held Friday, June 5, at 11 a.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church in Clover, S.C. Those who wish may make memorial donations to Hospice of Union County, 700 W. Roosevelt Blvd., Monroe, N.C. 28110. 
This is a courtesy announcement by D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville.

Fred James Litz, age 70, died Thursday, June 4, 1998 at his home in Rural Retreat. He was the son of the late French Soloman and Ruth Inez Myers Litz. 
Mr. Litz was a member of the Grace Lutheran Church in Rural Retreat and was a retired employee of Brunswick Inc., Marion. 
He is survived by his wife, Lois Copenhaver Litz; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Sandra Litz, Speedwell, and Keith and Dawn Litz of Crockett; four grandchildren, Jason, Ashleigh, Caitlin and Aaron Litz; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Constance and W.J. Wilkie, St. Petersburg, Fla., Vivian Hampton, Rural Retreat, and Joanne and R.D. Harris Jr., Martinsville; one aunt, Pearle Blankenship, Draper. 
Funeral services will be held today, June 6, at 5 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church with Pastor Larry M. Bollinger officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery in Rural Retreat. The family requests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Rural Retreat Volunteer Emergency Services or to the Grace Lutheran Church Organ Fund. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat is in charge of arrangements.

Garland C. Owens, age 46, of Glade Spring, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998 in Johnston Memorial Hospital. 
He was a lifelong resident of Washington County. 
Survivors include two daughters, Melissa Sue Owens, Kentucky, and Belinda Ann Owens, Vermont; one son, Shane Garland Owens, Hampton; his parents, Carl "Mose" and Carrier Owens, Glade Spring; two brothers, Robert J. Owens, Glade Spring, and Cecil C. Owens, Chilhowie; three sisters, Connie Mae Moorefield and Wanda Owens Tuggle, both of Damascus, and Patricia A. Arnold, Chilhowie; one grandson, Johnathon Owens, Kentucky; several nieces and nephews; his beloved girlfriend, Brenda Guinn, Meadowview. 
Graveside services were conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday, June 4, in the Mount Olivet Cemetery in Glade Spring with the Rev. J.L. DeBord officiating. 
The Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon was in charge of arrangements.

Burl Parks, age 83, died Thursday, June 4, 1998 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Mr. Parks was an active member of the Cedar Bluff Baptist Church, Marion Civitan Club, and the CB Club. He was retired from Southwestern State Hospital. 
He was preceded in death by one son, Don Parks, and an infant granddaughter, Connie Parks. 
He is survived by his wife, Leota Sexton Parks of Marion; three daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Harold Kirby, Janice and Barney Heath, all of Archdale, N.C., and Judy and Max Jones of Chilhowie; one son and daughter-in-law, Carter and Ruby Y. Parks, Marion; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held today, June 5, at 2 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Beck and the Rev. John Bishop officiating. Burial will follow in Honey Grove Cemetery in Flatridge. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 


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