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Laura Poston Smith
Laura Poston Smith, age 95, of Chesterfield, died Monday, Oct. 28, 1996. 
Survivors include one son, Jim Smith; five daughters: Jean Shrope, Mel Kessen, Mavis McAffry, Donna Estes, and Yvonne Palmer; several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Oct. 31, at 2 p.m. at Bliley Funeral Home's Chippenham Chapel in Richmond with interment in Sunset Memorial Park. 
Bliley Funeral Home in Richmond was in charge of arrangements. 
This is a courtesy announcement by Barnett's Funeral Home. 

Ball 
Virgil Grant Ball, age 81, of Chilhowie, died Friday, Nov. 8, 1996 in the Smyth County Community Hospital. 
He is survived by several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. 
Williams Funeral Home in Chilhowie was in charge of arrangements. 

Buchanan 
Barns Wilson Buchanan, age 73, died Thursday, Nov. 7, 1996 in a Bristol hospital. 
He was a native of Smyth County and a graduate of Rich Valley High School. He attended Marion College. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Wilson and Mary Barns Buchanan; and one sister, Eleanor "Polly" Hooper. 
He had previously been employed by the County of Los Angeles, Calif., and was currently working with the U.S. Forest Service. 
Survivors include one sister, Sue Buchanan Moss, Burkes Garden; two nieces, Nancy Moss, Wilmington, N.C., and Pam Moss, Burkes Garden; one great-nephew, Matthew Ray, Burkes Garden. 
Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, in Rich Valley Cemetery. 
Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell was in charge of arrangements. 

Davis 
Greeta Sue Fletcher Foran Davis, age 49, formerly of the Home Creek Section of Buchanan County, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 1996, at her home in Marion. 
She was born in Buchanan County and was the daughter of the late Waldon (Doc) Fletcher and Nina Martin Fletcher of Grundy. She was of the Pentecostal Holiness Faith. 
Ms. Davis was a graduate of East Tennessee State University School of Nursing and was working on her Masters in Nursing at the time of her death. She was a RN-BSN, and was a former employee of Grundy and Buchanan General Hospital, currently employed as Coordinator for Total Home Care in Abingdon. She was a nursing supervisor for Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. 
Survivors include her mother, Nina Martin Fletcher of Grundy; two daughters, Mrs. Rick (Jennifer) Foran Mullins, Big Rock, and Angela Foran of Meadowview; one son, Jason Paul Davis, Grundy; six grandchildren: Justin Mullins, Caleb Breeding, Sebastian Mullins, Justin Davis, Makiesha Necessary and Skyler Davis. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 14, at noon at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home in Grundy with the Rev. Arville Collins officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Cemetery in Big Rock. The body will remain in the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel where friends may call after 6 p.m. tonight. 
Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of arrangements. 

Dillman 
Samuel H. "Sam" Dillman, age 86, died Saturday, Nov. 9, 1996 in the Summers Continuous Care Nursing Home, Hinton, W.Va. 
Mr. Dillman was a member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church and was a carpenter most of his life. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Emma Cleo Dillman, and one step-granddaughter, Lisa Dawn Glascock. 
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy F. Dillman of Hinton, W.Va.; three daughters, Betty Ross of Stone Mountain, Ga., Charlotte Carceau of Lady Lake, Fla., and Joyce Krafft of Winston-Salem, N.C.; two sons, Quentin Dillman of Chantilly, and Joe Dillman of Marion; three stepdaughters, Faye Glascock of Fairfax, Carolyn Reed of Hinton, W.Va., and Sharon K. Smith of Clarksville, Tenn.; two stepsons, Earl Lee Carson of Gadsden, Ala., and Roy Edward Carson of Point Harbor, N.C.; 18 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 2 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Harry Howe officiating. Burial was in Mt. Carmel Cemetery. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. 

Jones 
Rosa Lee Jones, age 81, of Stewartstown, Penn., died Sunday, Nov. 10, 1996 in the Smyth County Community Hospital. 
She was a native of Smyth County and had been a resident of Stewartstown, Penn., for a number of years. She was the daughter of the late William Connard and Clara Elswick Jones. She was of the Methodist faith . 
She is survived by her twin brother, W.M. "Bill" Jones, Chilhowie; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral and burial will be in Stewartstown, Penn. 
Williams Funeral Home in Chilhowie is in charge of local arrangements. 

Lohman 
Douglas Jay Lohman Sr., age 55, of Bristol, died Friday, Nov. 8, 1996 in Greystone Health Care Center in Bristol. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. 
Survivors include two sons, Douglas Jay Lohman Jr., Killeen, Texas and Daniel Joseph Lohman, Walled Lake, Mich.; his mother, Velma I. Lohman, Bristol; one brother, Eugene E. Lohman, Abingdon; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren. 
Graveside services were conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, in Mount Rose Cemetery with the Rev. Jack Sprinkle officiating. Military rites were conducted by the Saltville VFW Post No. 7328. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements. 

Martin 
George Fred Martin, age 57, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 1996 at his home in Marion. 
He was retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections and was a member of the Smyth County Moose Lodge. 
He is survived by one son, Robbie Martin of Marion; his mother, Anna Laura Martin of Marion; two sisters, Virginia M. Ross of Marion and Patsy A. Sturgill of Chilhowie; two brothers, Billy J. Martin of Alexandria and David R. Martin of Stafford; four grandchildren, Shonna Martin, Eric Sheffield, Jacob Ferley and Trever Ferley. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. David Mumpower officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 

Rollins 
Luther Wesley Rollins Jr., died Monday, Nov. 11, 1996 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Mr. Rollins was a native of Georgia and had been living in Sugar Grove for the past seven years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce B. Rollins. 
Survivors include four daughters: Tammy Coldiron, Marion; Terrie Freeman, Fairfax, S.C.; Tonya Hood, Beech Island, S.C.; and Theresa Rollins Swatzell, Douglasville, Ga.; two sons, Timothy Wesley Rollins, Hephzibih, Ga., and Tommy Rollins, Springfield; one sister, Margaret Harris, Douglasville, Ga.; two brothers, Tommy Rollins, Atlanta, Ga., and David Rollins, Augusta, Ga.; nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild, several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 8 p.m. at Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Neville Mozingo officiating. Interment will be in Augusta, Ga., on Thursday, Nov. 14. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Sample 
Okie Lou Brewer Jennings Sample, age 99, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 1996 in Smyth County Community Hospital. She was the mother of the late Pat Jennings Sr. 
She is survived by one daughter-in-law, Ann C. Jennings of Marion; four grandchildren: G.C. Jennings, William Pat Jennings Jr., and Richard Jennings, all of Marion, and Mary Ann Jennings Hovis of Oakton; eight great-grandchildren, seven great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held today, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Dr. J.N. Howard officiating. Burial will follow in the Blue Springs Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Marion Life Saving Crew, P.O. Box 784, Marion, VA 24354. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 

Sayers 
Harry S. Sayers, age 74, died Friday, Nov. 8, 1996 in the Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn. 
Mr. Sayers was a member of the Falling Water Baptist Church, a veteran of World War II and a retired owner and operator of Sayers Sand Company. He was preceded in death by a son, Michael Clay Sayers. 
He is survived by one son, William C. Sayers of Marion; three sisters, Louise Sayers, Sybil S. Slemp and Jean S. Bailey, all of Marion; one grandson, Gregory Allen Sayers of Williamsburg; a special friend, Sara Dickens of Wytheville. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Nov. 10, at 3:30 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Neville Mozingo and the Rev. Tim Boyette officiating. Burial followed in Rose Lawn Cemetery. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. 

Armbrister 
Harold Francis Armbrister, age 68, of Draper, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996 at his home. He was born in Max Meadows on Sept. 17, 1928, the son of the late Robert Wiley Armbrister and Hattie Fisher Armbrister. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Baker Armbrister, and a son, Geoffrey Armbrister. 
He was a member and deacon of the Draper's Valley Presbyterian Church, a graduate of Bluefield College, a member of the Pulaski Rotary Club, the Draper Ruritan Club, and was a retired manager of the United Cities Gas Co., Pulaski. 
Surviving are one daughter-in-law, Connie Armbrister, Marion; two grandchildren, Harold Scott Armbrister and Eric Lynn Armbrister, both of Marion; three sisters, Eva Worrell, Fort Chiswell, Lillian Corvin, Wytheville, and Elizabeth Hurt, Anderson, Ind.; one brother, Paul F. Armbrister, Claytor Lake; three sisters-in-law, Frances B. Dent and Mrs. Russ Crockett, both of Wytheville, and Mrs. William Hannan, Tucson, Ariz. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 18, at 11 a.m. in Draper's Valley Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Preston O. Sartelle Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday, Nov. 17, at Stevens Funeral Home from 2 to 6 p.m. The family will receive friends after the service Monday, Nov. 18, in the fellowship hall of the Draper's Valley Presbyterian Church. In lieu of flowers the family wishes that memorials be made to the Draper's Valley Presbyterian Church, Route 1, Draper, VA 24324. 
Stevens Funeral Home in Pulaski is in charge of arrangements. 

Clark 
George B. Clark Jr., age 77, died Thursday, Nov. 14, 1996 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Mr. Clark was a native of Smyth County. He was a member of the Walker's Creek Presbyterian Chapel and had retired from Harwood with more than 30 years of employment. 
Survivors include his wife, Nannie Elizabeth Colley Clark, Marion; one son and daughter-in-law, Sherman Ray and Linda Clark, Dublin; one daughter, Carolyn Ramsey, Marion; two sons-in-law, Bob Ramsey and Everette Powell; three sisters, Virginia Richardson, Rustburg, Ida Evans, Princeton, W.Va., and Maude Luhn, Mt. Airy, Md.; five grandchildren: Tammy Alls, Sandra Dunford, Michelle Powell, Keith Powell, and Robert Ramsey Jr.; five great-grandchildren: Mellissa and Andrew Anderson, Michael and Andrea Dunford, and Rachel Ramsey; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted today, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. in Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Weston Guthrie and the Rev. Bryan Childress officiating. Burial will follow in the Rose Lawn Cemetery. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Eblen 
Sarah Ann Eblen, age 74, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996 in Smyth County Community Hospital. She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Marion and was a graduate of Emory & Henry College. 
She was the daughter of the late Rev. S.N. and Mae Garst Eblen. 
She is survived by two sisters, Ruby E. Hollingsworth of Cambridge, Minn., and Joyce E. Cornett of Marion; one brother, J. Paul Eblen of Lynchburg; one sister-in-law, Thelma B. Eblen of Salem; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 15, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church of Marion with Dr. J.N. Howard officiating. Burial was in Rose Lawn Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Marion, 115 S. Church St., Marion, VA 24354. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. 

James 
Frank D. James, age 80, of Grant, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996 at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax. 
He was born April 8, 1916 at Flatridge, the son of David and Virginia Missouri Slemp James. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, and was a self-employed farmer and carpenter. 
Surviving are his wife, Mary Barker James of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Ralph and Rebecca James, Troutdale; two daughters and sons-in-law, Hazel and Thurman Farmer, Troutdale, and Louise and Steve Jones, Independence; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Ruth and Harry Delp, Elk Creek, Minnie Cornett, Marion, and Lizzie and Monroe Nelson, Galax; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel in Independence with the Rev. Tim Boyette, the Rev. Scott Flippin and the Rev. Rex Hall officiating. Interment was in Troutdale Cemetery. Military rites were conducted at the graveside by Grayson County V.F.W. Post 7726. Flowers will be appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Rugby Rescue Squad, Rt. 2 Box 195, Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363. 
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence was in charge of arrangements. 

Taylor 
Nora S. Taylor, age 91, of Chilhowie, died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 1996 in Francis Marion Manor Nursing Home in Marion. 
She was the widow of Wilda Taylor and was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church, Chilhowie. 
Survivors include two sons, Wayne C. Taylor, Baltimore, Md., and Earl Taylor, Saltville; two daughters, Flossie Gerasco, Clarksburg, W.Va., and Flora Cathleen Smith, Baltimore, Md.; two brothers, Ed Stiddoms and Lee Stiddoms, both of Jefferson, N.C.; one sister, Fannie Bowman, Winston-Salem, N.C.; nine grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, in Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Blevins officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements. 

Arnold
Alice Frances Taylor "Shug" Arnold, age 86, of Glade Spring, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 1996 in Smyth County Community Hospital. She was the widow of James S. "Fodder-Shock" Arnold, and was also preceded in death by a son, Garland "Pig" Arnold. 
She was a native of Saltville and was of the Christian faith. 
Survivors include two sons, James S. Arnold, Bristol, and Ernest W. "Lefty" Arnold, Bristol, Tenn.; four daughters, Mildred A. Campbell, Saltville, Patsy A. Bise, Nancy A. Clark and Judy A. Holmes, all of Glade Spring; one sister, Audrey Montgomery, Saltville; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild. 
Graveside services were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the Elizabeth Cemetery with the Rev. David Mumpower officiating. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements. 

Authenreith
Harold E. "Buddy" Authenreith, age 76, died Friday, Nov. 15, 1996 at his home in Marion. 
Mr. Authenreith was a graduate of the Marion Junior College and was employed by the Smyth County Community Hospital in the housekeeping department for over 20 years. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and had worked at the old Lincoln Theater for several years. He was a member of the Francis Marion VFW Post #4667. 
Mr. Authenreith was preceded in death by his parents, Blanche and Howard Authenreith and one brother, Lonnie Authenreith. 
He is survived by several nieces, nephews, cousins and many loving friends. 
Funeral services were conducted at 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in Barnett's Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Neville Mozingo officiating. Burial followed in Rose Lawn Cemetery with military honors being conducted by the Francis Marion VFW Post 4667. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lovelight Tree, c/o Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Barnett's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Barker 
Charles William "Bill" Barker, age 63, died Friday, Nov. 15, 1996 in Bristol Regional Medical Center. He was of the Baptist faith. 
Mr. Barker graduated from Independence High School, served with the U.S. Army from 1953 until 1956 and retired from Brunswick Corp. with 37 years of service. 
Survivors include his wife, Iva Farmer Barker; one daughter, Debbi Y. BeVille, Charlottesville; one son, Rick Barker, Fairfax; two sisters, Mary James, Grant, and Alma Joines, Sparta, N.C.; four half-sisters, Bobbie Jean Taylor, Arlington, Arvinia Hart and Lettie Mae Dean, both of Thomasville, N.C., and Betty Tibbs, Rural Retreat;; four brothers, Garnett Barker, Elkton, Md., Herbert Barker, Troutdale, Ray Barker and Robert Barker, both of Marion; one half-brother, Dexter Barker, Bland; two grandchildren, Alex and Adam BeVille. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Rex Hall officiating. Burial was in Roselawn Cemetery where full military services were conducted by Francis Marion VFW Post No. 4667. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. 

Burnop
Fred Eugene Burnop, age 72, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996 at the Mountain Home VA Center, Johnson City, Tenn. 
He was a native of Atkins and was the son of the late Henry Richard and Mary Caudle Burnop. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army and Air Force. 
Surviving are one son, the Rev. David Burnop of Plumtree, N.C.; two sisters, Helen Harris of Marion, and Elva Greer of Rock Falls, Ill.; two brothers, Carl Burnop and Lee Burnop, both of Marion; three grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Grandfather Chapel of Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home with the Rev. Gary Greene officiating. Interment followed in the Cranberry Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Leukemia Society of America, 2900 Eisenhower Ave., Suite 419, Alexandria, VA 22314. 
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Newland, N.C., was in charge of arrangements. 

Cregger
Charles William Cregger Jr., age two months, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 1996 in Marion. 
He is survived by his father and mother, Charles and Darcy Cregger of Ceres; one sister, Reva Cregger of Ceres; his maternal grandparents, Chet and Kathleen Nicholson of Marion; his paternal grandparents, James and Carol Cregger of Ceres; his great-grandparents, William and Reva Barlett of California, Claudine Sechman of Utah, and Bill Nicholson of New Mexico; five aunts, Lisa Cregger and Caela Cregger, both of Marion, Missy Armstrong of Saltville, Erin Christesen of Atlanta, Ga., and Danielle Nicholson of Washington State; four uncles, Joe Cregger and Bucky Cregger, both of Marion, Robert Armstrong of Saltville, and Cary Christesen of Alaska. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, at 11 a.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Marion with President Howard Burton and Mr. Kenny Hall officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Community Cemetery in Nebo. The family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel. The body will be taken to the church one hour before the service. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 

Hatfield 
Laura Margaret "Peg" Horne Hatfield died Monday, Nov. 18, 1996 in Hillside Manor, Kingsport, Tenn. 
She had lived in Saltville for 54 years before moving to Kingsport four years ago. She was a native of Glade Spring and was the widow of Dr. C.C. Hatfield. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Dr. A.F. Horne and Laura Lincoln Horne; four brothers and one sister. 
Mrs. Hatfield graduated from Marion College and attended Martha Washington College in Abingdon. She later studied music at the Chicago Musical College and Washington University, St. Louis. 
She taught Sunday School and was pianist and organist at the Saltville and Riverview Presbyterian churches for over 50 years. She was a life member of the Presbyterian Women of the church. 
She taught piano for more than 60 years and was a life member and past president of the Four Season Garden Club. She was active with the Rich Valley Fair, the Cancer Society and many other civic organizations. 
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, James A. and Melinda Hatfield, Kingsport, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Susan Elizabeth Hatfield, Kingsport, Tenn.; one grandson, James Andrew Hatfield Jr., Kingsport, Tenn. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 20, in Riverview Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Wiley Neal officiating. Burial will be in the Osborne family cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Riverview Presbyterian Church or the Saltville Rescue Squad. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements. 

Hutton 
Mary E. Hutton, age 77, of Marion, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996 in the Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. 
Mrs. Hutton was a lifelong resident of Marion. She worked at Harwood for several years and had retired from the Blue Ridge Job Corps Center in Marion. She was a member of the Faith Missionary Baptist Church and was preceded in death by a son, Richard Allen Hutton. 
Survivors include her husband, George S. Hutton; two sons, Roger Hutton and Sherman Eugene Hutton, both of Marion; one sister, Margaret Davidson, Marion; one brother, Oscar Sherill Foster, Roanoke; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 2 p.m. in Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Arthur officiating. Interment followed in the Wassum Cemetery. 
Barnett's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Keyes 
Gerald B. Keyes, age 59, of Sugar Grove, died Monday, Nov. 18, 1996 in Grayson County. 
Mr. Keyes served with the Sugar Grove Fire Department for 20 years and was employed at the Marion Telephone Company for 36 years. 
He is survived by his wife, Glenna West Keyes of Sugar Grove; one son and daughter-in-law, Pam and Gary Shirey of Sugar Grove; one son and daughter-in-law, Carl and Dawn Keyes of Sugar Grove; four grandsons, Joe Shirey, Jason Shirey, Lee Shirey, and Jonathan Keyes, all of Sugar Grove; one granddaughter, Kayla Keyes of Sugar Grove; his mother, Ethel Keyes of Sugar Grove; three brothers, Sonny Keyes, Larry Keyes, and Danny Keyes, all of Sugar Grove; one sister, Sue Parks of Sugar Grove; one special sister-in-law, Debbie Alexander of Marion; several brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews; two godchildren, Sarah and Whitney Woods. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Kenny Price and the Rev. Tom Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the Ridgelawn Cemetery in Sugar Grove. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Sugar Grove Fire Department, c/o Jesse Choate, P.O. Box 108, Sugar Grove, VA 24375. The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at Seaver-Brown Funeral Chapel. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 

Little 
Gerdi Heidi Little, age 53, died Friday, Nov. 15, 1996 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
She is survived by two sons, Jan Little of Boston, Mass., and Chris Little of El Paso, Texas. 
Graveside services were held Monday, Nov. 18, 1996 at 2 p.m. in Round Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Calvin Tabor officiating. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. 

Schoeneman 
Eleanore Smart Schoeneman, age 85, widow of Albert Schoeneman, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 1996 in the George B. Kegley Manor Nursing Home, Bastian. 
She was the daughter of the late Isaiah and Eleanore Hupfer Smart. 
Mrs. Schoeneman was a graduate of the New York University in New York City. She wrote "Around Town News" for the Gainesville Sun, Palatka Daily News and the Lake Area Monitor for 15 years. She was a member of the Melrose Women's Club, Melrose Library Board, Melrose Action Committee, Melrose Chapter AARP and served on the Melrose Arts & Crafts Festival Committee. 
She was a member of the Melrose United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Melrose United Methodist Women having served as president and currently was a member of the Red Oak United Methodist Women and the Bland County Senior Citizens. 
She is survived by one daughter, Gail Strickland of Micanopy, Fla.; one son, Rev. William (Bill) Schoeneman, Ceres; four grandchildren: Dorothy Svoboda of Orlando, Fla.; Stephen Svoboda of Jacksonville, Fla.; James Schoeneman of Warner Robins, Ga.; and Andrew Schoeneman of Ceres; three great-grandchildren; a special friend, Jane Jenkins of Manhasset, New York. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. at the Melrose United Methodist Church in Melrose, Fla., with the Rev. Janie Nell Hickman and the Rev. Al Vaught officiating. Burial will follow in Eliam Cemetery in Melrose, Fla. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Holston United Methodist Home for Children, P.O. Box 188, Greeneville, Tenn. 37744 or to the Melrose United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 576, Melrose, Fla. 32666. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements. 

Suits 
Girtha Gertrude Tuggle Suits, age 59, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
She was a member of the Freedom Tabernacle Church in Atkins. 
Survivors include her husband, Douglas Suits, Marion; one son, John Henry Wyatt Jr.; three daughters, Carolyn Roberts, Margann Bridgman and Bessie Hensley, all of Marion; three brothers, Nelson Lee Tuggle, Marion, Edward Tuggle, Saltville, and James Tuggle, Marion; four sisters, Sally Snead, Greeneville, Tenn., Virginia Harris, Rebecca Harris and Katherine Johnson, all of Saltville; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kyle French and the Rev. Mike Sage officiating. Burial was in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements. 

Thomas 
Dora Thomas, age 58, died Saturday, Nov. 16, 1996 in Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. She was a native of Washington County. 
Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Chapman and Catherine Widener, both of Glade Spring; one brother, Tommy Widener, Chilhowie; one sister, Mabel Dempsey; five grandchildren: Johnny Widener, April Widener, Charlie Widener, Jonathan Chapman and Allen Chapman; one great-grandchild, Tommy Warner. 
Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Mt. Olivet Cemetery with the Rev. Mahlon Wyatt officiating. 
Johnson Funeral Home in Damascus was in charge of arrangements.


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