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Frank Adam Amburn 
Frank Adam Amburn, 72, of Wytheville, Va., died Saturday July 27, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 30, at 2 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. W.T. Meredith officiating. Interment will be in the Evergreen Cemetery, Wythe County, Va. 
He was a son of the late Jason and Carrie Eversole Amburn. He was retired from Coleman Furniture Co., Pulaski, Va., and was a member of Lee Street Church of God. 
He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, two sisters and one brother. 
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Amburn of Wytheville, Va.; six daughters, Belinda LaRoue of Lewistown, Mont., Crystal Jackson of Wytheville, Va., Vicki Hoback of Wytheville, Va., Judy Jarrells of Vinton, Va., Barbara Viars of Wytheville, Va., and Shelia Houchins of Wytheville, Va.; three sons, Danny Amburn of Wytheville, Va., Jerry Amburn of Kanapolis, N.C., and Ronnie Amburn of Rural Retreat, Va.; brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Betty Amburn of Wytheville, Va.; 15 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; special niece, Patsy Dunford of Salem, Va.; and several other nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Monday, July 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va. 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Virginia or to the Lee Street Church of God. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Josephine Lannerd Coomes 
Josephine Lannerd Coomes, 96, of Rural Retreat, Va., died Friday, July 26, 2002, in Edgemont Center, Wytheville, Va. 
Burial will be held in Brick Cemetery, Hagerstown, Ind. 
She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Brown of Crockett, Va.; one son, Richard Coomes of Rural Retreat, Va.; one sister, Mary P. Culy of West Jefferson, N.C.; one brother, Frederick Lannerd of Searchlight, Nev.; and one grandson, Gordon Brown of Radford, Va. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Christopher Michael Crockett 
Christopher Michael Crockett, infant, of Wytheville, Va., died Saturday, July 27, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 29, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Jean Layell officiating. Interment will follow in the Crockett Cemetery, Cripple Creek, Va. 
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Robert Lee Shupe; and his paternal grandmother, Lena Faye Crockett. 
Survivors include his parents, Blake and Paula Shupe Crockett of Wytheville, Va.; a half brother, Justin Brian Shupe; maternal grandmother, Jeanette Shupe of Rural Retreat, Va.; maternal great-grandmother, Ethel Childers of Rural Retreat, Va.; paternal grandfather, Jessie Ray Crockett of Crockett, Va.; paternal great-grandmother, Emma Umberger of Wytheville, Va.; and several aunts and uncles. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Charles Eugene Glover Charles Eugene "Gene" Glover, 84, of Meadowview, Va., died Sunday, July 28, 2002 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, Va. 
A graveside service will be held Tuesday, July 20, at 11 a.m. in the Forest Hills Memory Gardens with the Rev. Con Henley officiating. 
He was born in Bristol, Tenn., and had lived most of his life in Washington County, Va. He was the son of the late Adam C. Sr. and Margaret S. Glover. He was the former owner of Glover Cleaners, was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II and was of the Christian faith. 
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Etta G. Glover; one son, Alan "Tom" Glover of Meadowview, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Donna G. and Don Rector of Wytheville, Va.; two brothers, James Glover of Abingdon, Va., and A.C. Glover Jr. of Fredricksburg, Va.; four sisters, Helen Branco and Ruth Jordan, both of Bristol, Va., Mary March of Michigan and Wayne White of Roanoke, Va.; two grandchildren, Tracy Smythers Pauley and Don B. "Donnie" Rector Jr., both of Wytheville, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Victoria Lea Smythers and Stephen Pauley, both of Wytheville, Va. 
The family will receive friends Monday, July 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home. 
Those wishing to express sympathy online may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com. 
Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Gustine Scott Sawyers 
Gustine Scott Sawyers, 79, of Wytheville, Va., died Thursday, July 25, 2002. 
Funeral service will be held Monday, July 29, at 1 p.m. at the Franklin Street United Methodist Church, Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Kenneth Sawyers, the Rev. Shelley Kyle and Elder Kennith Johnson. Interment will be in the Oak Wood Cemetery, Wytheville, Va. 
She was the daughter of the late Walter V. and Augustine Woolwine Sawyers and was a member of Franklin Street United Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by a son, Mack Neal Sawyers. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Charles W. and Barbara Sawyers of Wytheville, Va.; a brother, Albert Sawyers of Johnson City, Tenn.; three sisters, Elizabeth Young Adams of Johnson City, Tenn., Garnett Snowden of Philadelphia, Pa., and Winfred Murphy of Denver, Co.; six grandchildren, one great-grandchild and several nieces and nephews . 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

James Hugh Widener 
James Hugh Widener, 68, of Rural Retreat, Va., died Friday, July 26, 2002, at his residence. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 29, at 11 a.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel, Rural Retreat, Va., with the Rev. Norb Bennetts officiating. Interment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Rural Retreat, Va. 
He was born in Washington County, Va. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Ellie Widener; and several brothers and sisters. 
Survivors include his wife, Lera Rich Widener of Rural Retreat, Va.; four daughters and sons-in-law, Debbie and Homer Burris of Rural Retreat, Va., Pam and Richard Fielder of Roanoke, Va., Karen and Ronnie Jones of Rural Retreat, Va., and Sharon and Bryan Cassell of Max Meadows, Va.; three sisters, Liney Peake, Ella Kegley and Fronie Reeves, all of Marion, Va.; one brother, Bobby Widener of Marion, Va.; one grandson, Andrew Nicolas Cassell of Max Meadows, Va.; a special nephew, Donnie Widener of Rural Retreat, Va.; and several other nephews and nieces. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Rural Retreat Volunteer Emergency Services. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

William Franklin "Billy" Collins Jr. 
William Franklin "Billy" Collins Jr., 35, of Max Meadows, Va., died Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2002, in the Bristol Regional Medical Center. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2 p.m. at the West End Cemetery. 
He is survived by his wife, Kimberly Ratcliffe Collins of Max Meadows, Va.; a daughter, Amada Lee Collins of Max Meadows, Va.; a son, William Matthew Collins of Max Meadows, Va.; his parents, William "Duke" Sr. and Nina Faye Graybeal Collins of Max Meadows, Va.; paternal grandmother, Roberta Collins of Wytheville, Va.; maternal grandmother, Neoma Graybeal of Max Meadows, Va.; a sister and brother-in-law, Janet and Ted Jackson of Max Meadows, Va.; one niece, Emily Jackson; and several aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends. 
The family will receive friends Saturday, Sept. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. (service time) at Barnett Funeral Home. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Earnest Bane Davis Jr. 
Earnest Bane Davis Jr., 32, of Washington, D.C., formerly of Pulaski, Va., died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. James Black officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery. 
He was a graduate of the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Va., and was employed at the Mt. Vernon Hospital in Chesterfield, Va., as a physical therapist. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Dave and Mary Davis. 
Survivors include his father and step-mother, Earnest Bane Sr. and Donna Davis of Clearwater, Fla.; mother, Cheyerl Davis Carbajal of East Bend, N.C.; two sisters, Susan Diane Davis of Dublin, Va., and Debra Lynn Farmer of Pulaski, Va.; a maternal grandfather, Chaffin C. Patterson of Dublin, Va.; maternal grandmother, Peggy Ellen Riggins of Wytheville, Va.; aunts and uncles, Nancy Viars of Dublin, Va., Thelma McDaniel of Pulaski, Va., Douglas Davis of Ivanhoe, Va., and George Marshall Davis of Ivanhoe, Va.; special extended family, Roger and Brenda Dawson, Scott and Leslie Dawson, and Tim and Sarah Dawson, all of Pulaski, Va. 
The family will receive friends Sunday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Janet Evans Harner 
Janet Evans Harner, 66, of Bland, Va., died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at Pulaski Community Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate, Va., with the Rev. Carl Holland officiating. Burial will be in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg, Va. 
She was born April 10, 1936, at Princeton, W.Va. She was a member of the Bland Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Clay and Gladys Williams Evans; one brother, Charles B. Evans; two sisters, Peggy E. Thomas and Betty E. Thornton. 
Survivors include her husband, Harold "Hap" Harner; two sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Kathy Harner of Bland, Va., and Tim and Flora Harner of Rocky Gap, Va.; four grandchildren, Kari Beth Harner, Samantha Harner, Jessica Harner, and Evan Harner. 
The family will receive friends Friday, Sept. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Donald H. Henderson 
Donald H. Henderson, 53, of Davenport, Iowa, died Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002, at Trinity Medical Center, West Campus, Rock Island, Ill. 
Memorial services will be held Monday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. at Weerts Funeral Home, Davenport, Iowa. 
He was born Dec. 8, 1948, to Orville W. and Esther Rasmussen Henderson in Omaha, Neb. He graduated from high school in Saltville, Va. and later from Virginia Tech (VPI). He served in the Army National Guard from 1971 until 1977. He worked as a computer programmer and consultant. 
He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Henderson of Davenport, Iowa; a sister, Cheryl Henderson of Atkins, Va.; brother, Robert Henderson of Santa Clara, Calif., and James Henderson of Kaunakakai, Molokai, Hawaii; his parents, O.W. "Swede" and Esther Henderson of Wytheville, Va.; a niece, Carmen McCartney of Kaunakakai, Molokai, Hawaii; and special friends, Jim Hennessey and his family of Coal Valley, Ill. 
The family will receive friends Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 3 p.m. at Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport, Iowa. 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to an education fund for his daughter, Sarah. 
Weerts Funeral Home in Davenport, Iowa, is in charge of the arrangements.

Anna Christine Mabry Nester 
Anna Christine Mabry Nester, 75, of Doe Run Road, Max Meadows, Va., died Sunday, Sept. 1, 2002, in Asbury Center at Birdmont, Wytheville, Va. 
A memorial service will be held Thursday, Sept. 5, at 6 p.m. at the Galena Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Vaughn Earl Hartsell officiating. 
She was born in Austinville, Va., and was a member of Galena Presbyterian Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Shirley Arlis Nester; her parents, Louis Burton Mabry and Fannie Jackson Colgate Mabry; a son, Alan H. Nester; a sister, Mary Sowers; and a brother, Dick Mabry. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Terry Lee and Jane Testerman Nester of Max Meadows, Va.; stepsons and stepdaughters-in-law, Larry Steven and Linda Peglow Nester of Hampton, Va., and Kyle Walton and Barbara Fariss Nester of Max Meadows, Va.; a brother, Charles W. "Hyde" Mabry of Norfolk, Va.; and six grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends at the residence of her son Terry Nester at any time. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

William Harlen Gillman 
William Harlen "Pill" Gillman, 76, of Wytheville, Va., died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel, Wytheville, Va. Interment will be Thursday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. at the West End Cemetery, Wytheville, Va. 
He is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Gary and Betsy Gillman of Wytheville, Va.; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Elizabeth and Charlie McDaniel, Elsie and Don Wright, all of Wytheville, Va., and Helen Ross of Salem, Va.; and a grandson, Michael Gillman of Wytheville, Va. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Sept. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. (service time) at the Gillman Funeral Chapel. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

George Richard Haisch 
George Richard Haisch, 82, of Wytheville, Va., formerly of Laureldale, Pa., died Tuesday Sept. 3, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services and entombment will be in Laureldale, Pa. 
He was a graduate of Reading High School and was retired from Maiers Bakery after 25 years as a driver and salesman. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emily Shana Quinter Haisch; his parents, Frederick and Alfaretta Horn Haisch; and a brother, Donald F. Haisch. 
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Frances "Fran" and Harry E. Angstadt of Wytheville, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Richard Alan and Anne S. Haisch of Woodbridge, Va.; two grandsons and spouses, Kevin L. and Caroline Angstadt, of Rural Retreat, Va., and Christopher A. and Sherrie Angstadt, of Gastonia, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Cassandra Angstadt and Christina Angstadt, both of Rural Retreat, Va., Amanda Angstadt and Hunter Angstadt, both of Gastonia, N.C. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Virginia, 600 West Ridge Road, Wytheville, VA 24382. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of local arrangements.

Mary Elizabeth Bralley Aker 
Mary Elizabeth Bralley Aker, 86, of Route 3, Wytheville, Va., died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, Sept. 8, at 3 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Bob Lewis and the Rev. A.C. Ashford officiating. Interment followed in the Aker Family Cemetery. 
She was born in Wythe County, Va. She attended the Liberty Hill Pentecostal Holiness Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Bramlet Aker; her parents, Frank and Maggie Eversole Bralley; and a son, James Lacy Aker. 
Survivors include one daughter, Ethel Aker Buckhout of Montclair, Va.; seven sons and daughters-in-law, John "Lucian" and Janet Aker of Draper, Va., Roy B. and Dot Aker of Max Meadows, Va., Julian Milton and Dorothy Aker of Pulaski, Va., Otis Neil Aker of Wytheville, Va., Randolph Mitchell "Randy" Aker of Wytheville, Va., Rudolph Michael "Rudy" and Vicki Aker of Wytheville, Va., and Bruce Timothy "Tim" and Susie Aker of Wytheville, Va.; one sister, Eula B. Arnold of Wytheville, Va.; and 17 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., was in charge of the arrangements. 

Esther Huff Apple 
Esther Huff Apple, 83, of Wytheville, Va., died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, in a Winston-Salem, N.C., hospital. 
Graveside service will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m. in the Roscoe Cemetery, Coshocton, Ohio. 
She was born in Coshocton, Ohio. She moved to Dayton, Ohio, and worked for Wright-Patterson. In 1967, she moved to Merritt Island, Fla., where she worked at Kennedy Space Center as an inventory specialist. She taught a graduate level course as part of the Spaceports Education Program. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Apple; and her parents, Addison F. and Jennie Adams Huff. 
Survivors include her special friend and care giver, Gertrude Whitaker of Wytheville, Va.; and several nephews. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Eldridge Elmo Harmon 
Eldridge Elmo "Mo" Harmon, 67, of Wytheville, Va., died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at his residence. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Bob Lewis, the Rev. A.C. Ashford and Ellen Addison officiating. Interment will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Zion Cemetery. 
He was born in Wythe County, Va. He was retired from the New Jersey Zinc Company and served in the U.S. Army. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis Patrick and Virginia Ellen Akers Harmon; and a sister, Mable Jean Fisher. 
Survivors include his wife, Margaret E. "Tiny" Harmon of the home; three sons and daughter-in-law, Desi K. and Sherri Harmon of Las Vegas, Nev., James E. Harmon, and David Allen Harmon, both of Wytheville, Va.; two grandchildren, Cody Ryan Harmon and Lacie Elizabeth Harmon, both of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sisters and brother-in-law, Flora Mae Thomas of Wytheville, Va., Dorothy Ellen and Edward Leon Freeman of Austinville, Va.; a brother and sister-in-law, David D. and Barbara Harmon of Fries, Va.; a half brother, Otis E. Harmon of Wytheville, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. (service time) at the Barnett Funeral Home or at the residence at any time. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Edgar Brown Huddle 
Edgar Brown Huddle, 83, of Martinsville, Va., died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, in the Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County, Martinsville, Va. 
Funeral services were held Monday, Sept. 9, at 11 a.m. at Norris Funeral Services Chapel, Martinsville, Va., with Dr. David Adkins officiating. Entombment was in the Roselawn Mausoleum. 
He was born in Crockett, Va., on Sept. 18, 1918. He retired with 23 years of services as a merchant- owner of Western Auto in the Martinsville/Collinsville, Va., area. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Starling Avenue Baptist Church where he served as deacon, Sunday school teacher and usher. He also was a member of the house and grounds committee, the Senior Adult Fellowship, and the U.C.T. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Booker B. Huddle and Maggie Mae King Huddle; three sisters, Hazel Shelton, Bonnie Callier and Helen Tickle; a brother, Ralph Huddle; and two half sisters, Alene Simons and Mildred Long. 
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Leedy Huddle of the home; a daughter, Sharon Wayne Huddle of Martinsville, Va.; a son, Garland King Huddle of Carolina Beach, N.C.; three half sisters, Mrs. Harold (Mabel) Waller of Rural Retreat, Va., Mrs. Pat (Jane) Patterson of La Platta, Md., and Mrs. Bill (Rita) Sexton of La Platta, Md.; and one grandson and one granddaughter. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Starling Avenue Baptist Church Building and Grounds Fund, 932 Starling Ave., Martinsville, VA 24112. 
Norris Funeral Services in Martinsville, Va., was in charge of the arrangements.

Florence B. Miller 
Florence B. "Flossie" Miller, 88, of Rural Retreat, Va., died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, in Francis Marion Manor, Marion, Va. 
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery, Rural Retreat, Va., with the Rev. Mike Sage officiating. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Miller Sr. 
Survivors include a daughter, Marlene P. Murray of Marion, Va.; two sons, Kenneth P. Pruitt of Leola, Pa., and John Henry "Rusty" Miller Jr. of Burlington, N.C.; a sister, Martha B. Cummings of Vinton, Va.; a special friend and sister-in-law, Jean F. Miller of Rural Retreat, Va.; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the American Cancer Society. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Lindsey Funeral Home, Rural Retreat, Va. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.


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