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Jo Marushia Looney 
Jo Marushia Looney, 83, of Wytheville, Va., died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at her home. 
Funeral mass will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m., at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Rene Castillo officiating. Interment will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Speedwell, Va. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Parris Looney; and her parents, Joseph and Julia Headvil Marushia. 
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Pat and Glenda Looney of Apopka, Fla., and Joe and Bridget Looney of Auburn, Calif.; two sisters and brother-in-law, Louise and Rufus Williamson of Wytheville, Va., and Elizabeth "Judy" McClure of Merritt Island, Fla.; and seven grandchildren, Heather Looney, Sarah Looney, Ashley Looney, Peter Looney, Mathew Looney, Mark Looney and James Looney. 
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Nov. 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the home on Withers Road, Wytheville, Va. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of arrangements. 

Gladys Vaughn Millirons 
Gladys Vaughn Millirons, 81, of the Little Creek section of Pulaski County, Va., died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, in a Greensboro, N.C., nursing facility. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 11 a.m. at the Millirons United Methodist Church with the Rev. J.P. Hale officiating. Interment will follow in the Millirons Cemetery. 
Born January 21, 1921, in Carroll County, Va., she was a member of the Millirons United Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Millirons; and her parents, Earnest and Litha V. Jefferson Swiney. 
Survivors include one son, Luther Vaughn of the Little Creek section of Pulaski County, Va.; one daughter, Mrs. Lawrence (Twila) Hamm of Greensboro, N.C.; seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Monday, Nov. 18, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Thomas M. Seagle & Sons Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va. 
Thomas M. Seagle & Sons Funeral Home in Pulaski, Va. is in charge of the arrangements.

Donna Williamson Porter 
Donna Williamson Porter, 93, of Fries, Va., died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at Evansham Manor in Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home Chapel in Galax, Va., with the Rev. John Williams and the Rev. Grover Holder officiating. Interment will be in the Ebenezer Church Cemetery. 
Born April 2, 1909, she was a daughter of the late Robert H. and Ida Jane Burcham Williamson. She is the widow of Kyle C. Porter. 
She is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Cassie and Ted Litteral of Roanoke, Va.; a brother and sister-in-law, Rufus and Louise Williamson of Wytheville, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. 
Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home in Galax, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Carrie Caulder Muncy 
Carrie Caulder Muncy, 77, of Fayetteville, N.C., died Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002 in the Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, Fayetteville, N.C. 
Funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 11, at 2 p.m. at Highland Presbyterian Church, Fayetteville, N.C., with Dr. J. Ernest Johnson and the Rev. Leighton McKeithen officiating. Interment was in LaFayette Memorial Park, Fayetteville, N.C. 
She is survived by her husband, Robert Peery Muncy of the home; a son, Vance Lee Muncy of Hickory, N.C.; one niece, Susie Becker of St. Paul's, N.C.; and one grandchild, Justice Hope Muncy of Vale, N.C. 
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Highland Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 111 Highland Ave., Fayetteville, NC 28305. 
Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home in Fayetteville, N.C., was in charge of the arrangements. 

Barbara Kester Reed 
Barbara Kester Reed, 89, of Martinsville, Va., died Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002, at her residence. 
Memorial services will be held Friday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville, Va., with the Rev. Randal Stevens officiating. 
She was born Jan. 21, 1913, in Middlesburg, Ky. She attended First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry Buckfus Kester and Nora Clarke Kester; a daughter, Barbara R. Kilian; a brother Julian B. Kester. 
Survivors include her husband, Henry C. Reed of the home; four daughters, Elizabeth R. Godsman of New Canaan, Conn., Margaret R. Cundiff of Newton, N.C., Anne R. Zach of Virginia Beach, Va., and June R. Markel of Novato, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Robert O. Minter of Martinsville, Va.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends following the memorial service on Friday, Nov. 22, at the First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville, Va. 
Norris Funeral Service in Martinsville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

James W. Thompson 
James W. "Jack" Thompson, 71, of Marion, N.C., died Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2002, at his residence. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 22, at 11 a.m. at Westmoreland Funeral Home Chapel in Marion, N.C., with the Rev. Sam Robinson and the Rev. Steve Durham officiating. Military honors will be provided by the U.S. Army. 
He was born June 10, 1931, in Bland County, Va., a son of the late Charles M. Thompson and Mary Repass Thompson. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from both C.E. Air Preheater and Sara Lee Knit Products. He was a member of North Cove Baptist Church. 
He is survived his wife, Mary Rozetta Stevens Thompson of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, James Timothy and Jennifer Thompson of Nebo, Va.; two granddaughters, Jordan and Hannah; three sisters, Helen Caldie of Hampton, Va., Gladys Faulk of Hampton, Va., and Letha Olson of Waverly, Va. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, Nov. 21, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Westmoreland Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials may be made to Hospice of McDowell County, 218 Logan Street, Marion, NC 28752. 
An online register is available under "Obituaries" at www.westmorelandfuneral.com. 
Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion, N.C., is in charge of the arrangements.

Raymond Andrew Arnold 
Raymond Andrew "Murt" Arnold, 84, of Smith Hollow Road, Wytheville, Va., died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel in Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Roger Cregger officiating. Interment will be in West End Cemetery, Wytheville, Va. 
He was born in Wythe County, Va. He was retired from Pendleton Construction Company and attended the Stony Fork Church of God. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Gordon Arnold and Lula Jane Eversole Arnold; a son, John Gordon Arnold; two grandsons, John Gregory Arnold and Andrew Arnold Jr.; a daughter-in-law, Edna Virginia Umberger Arnold; two sisters and one brother. 
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Roberta and Larry Pruitt of Winston-Salem, N.C., Mary and Danny Shearer of Melborne, Fla., and Marvene and Tommy Brooks of Max Meadows, Va.; one son, Wilson Andrew Arnold of Wytheville, Va.; two sisters, Daisy Earheart of Forest Hill, Md., and Louise Hurst of Dublin, Va.; one brother, Warren Arnold of Chilhowie, Va.; two special friends, Margaret McGee and Peggy King; 19 grandchildren and 45 great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home or at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Marvene and Tommy Brooks, at any time. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Eva B. Pruett Dunagan 
Eva B. Pruett Dunagan, 92, of Princeton, W.Va., died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at the Princeton Community Hospital, Princeton, W.Va. 
A service to celebrate her life was held Saturday, Nov. 23, at 1 p.m. at the Burns Wornal Chapel of Memorial Funeral Directory, Athens Road, Princeton, W.Va., with the Rev. Gerald McKinney, the Rev. Joe Fritz, and the Rev. Barry Skaggs officiating. Burial was in the Shiloh Cemetery, Bland, Va. 
Born Oct. 10, 1910, in Bland County, Va., she was a former employee for National Coil Company in Bluefield, W.Va., and the Bastian Sportswear Company. She was a member of the Silver Springs Baptist Church in Princeton, W.Va. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Louise Alburt Williams; her first husband, Henry H. Pruett Sr.; her second husband, T.R. Dunagan; a grandson, Steven Pruett; two great-grandchildren, Tonya and Chris; and five brothers and sisters, Pauline Helvey, Della Sarver, Ed Williams, Jim Williams and Blake Williams. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Henry H. Jr. and Lena Pruett of Bluefield, W.Va.; a daughter and son-in-law, Hilda and Charles Bowling of Princeton, W.Va.; four grandchildren, Jerry Lee Pruett, Patricia Dotson, Donald Pruett and Michael Bowling; eight great-grandchildren, Becky Pruett, Kelly Skeens, Christie Tooley, Lucretia Templeton, Joshua Pruett, Stephanie Pruett, Casey Bowling and Josh Bowling; three great-great-grandchildren, Tiffany Scott, Michael Gillespie and Justin Templeton; three stepchildren, Maxine, Rachel and Babe. 
Memorial Funeral Directory in Princeton, W.Va., was in charge of the arrangements. 

Kenneth Arnold Fowler 
Kenneth Arnold Fowler, 38, of Cary, N.C., died Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002. 
A funeral mass will be held Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Saint Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, High House Road, Cary, N.C. 
He was born in Riner, Va., and was a graduate of Auburn High School in Riner, Va. He also graduated with a business and marketing degree from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. He was involved in radio advertising, owning a limousine service, Interactive Concierge and recently Citysearch.com. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nelson Price and Ethel Bessie Mabry Fowler, and Claude Willis and Ollie Mae Peak Dalton. 
Survivors include his wife, Suguna Kothapalli Fowler of Cary, N.C.; two children, Sean Kenneth Fowler and Malli Kothapalli Fowler, both of the home; his parents, Arnold Nelson and Mary Frances Fowler of Riner, Va.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dr. Rao and Lakshmi Kothapalli of Siler City, N.C.; six sisters and brothers-in-law, Donna and Lin Wadsworth of Tappahannock, Va., Brenda Light of Christiansburg, Va., Joyce and Steve Black of Radford, Va., Carol and Roger White of Dublin, Va., Rebecca and Steven Partin of Radford, Va., and Mary and David Hughes of Radford, Va.; brother-in-law, Mark Kathapalli of Cary, N.C.; sister-in-law, Radhika Kothapalli of Cary, N.C.; four nephews, five nieces, and many other relatives and friends. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Kenneth Arnold Fowler Scholarship, Attn.: Brian Thomas, 1906 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018. Contributions will be applied to a scholarship for an Auburn High School graduate who plans to attend Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. 
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Nov. 26, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Cary Funeral Home. 
Cary Funeral Home in Cary, N.C., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Clifford Edward Payne 
Clifford Edward Payne, 70, of the Little Creek section of Bland County, Va., died Friday, Nov. 22, 2002. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 25, at 1 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Stanley Lester officiating. Interment will follow in the West End Cemetery, Wytheville, Va. 
He was born Feb. 20, 1932, in Horse Creek, (McDowell County) W.Va. He was a retired coal miner, carpenter, and brick mason and was affiliated with the Full Gospel Tabernacle in Rural Retreat, Va. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence Edward and Virgie Ellen Wagner Payne; a grandson, Melvin Edward Mullins; a son-in-law, Oren S. Gray; and a sister, Etta Marie Moore. 
Survivors include his wife, Mary Elizabeth "Mazie" Kennedy Payne of the home; children and their spouses, Brenda and Bobby Mullins of Rural Retreat, Va., Priscilla and Stanley Lester of Hurley, Va., Sheba and Jimmy Payne of Little Creek section of Bland County, Va., Daria Gray of Wytheville, Va., and Clifford E. Jr. and Mildred Payne of Little Creek section of Bland County, Va.; 16 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several sisters and brothers and their spouses, Freda Payne of Tazewell, Va., Wanda and Bobby Muncy of Princeton, W.Va., Wilma and Bud Finley of Bluefield, W.Va., Fern and Robert Akers of Ivanhoe, Va., Theodocia and the Rev. Rance Edwards of Ivanhoe, Va., Phillip S. Payne of Indiana, Hubert Payne of Ivanhoe, Va., Roland Payne of Bandy, Va., Burrell and Anna Payne of Ivanhoe, Va., and Chester and Barbara Payne of Ivanhoe, Va. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Mabel Hounshell Creger 
Mabel Hounshell Creger, 79, of Marietta, Ga., formerly of Wythe County, Va., died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, at the St. Joseph's Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Marvin United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tony Perry officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 
She was a daughter of the late Dave and Florence Brown Hounshell of Rural Retreat, Va. She was a graduate of Rural Retreat High School and attended West Virginia Business College and East Tennessee State University. She was employed by the Kingsport City School System in Kingsport, Tenn., where she and her husband lived for 40 years. She was a member of the Mafair United Methodist Church in Kingsport, Tenn., and then at the First United Methodist Church of Marietta, Ga. 
She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Edward T. Creger; a son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Barbara Creger of Newnan, Ga.; a daughter, Jo Ann Moss of Powder Springs, Ga.; two grandsons, Grant Moss and Greg Moss, both of Powder Springs, Ga.; a sister, Anna Guy of Birmingham, Ala.; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred and June Hounshell of Rural Retreat, Va., and Dal and Louise Hounshell of Franklinton, La. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Black Lick Cemetery Fund at Marvin United Methodist Church, c/o Mary N. Cassell, 1040 Queen's Knob, Wytheville, VA 24382, or to the McConnell Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Mafair United Methodist Church, 1409 East Center St., Kingsport, TN 37664. 
The family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 29, following the 11 a.m. service at the Marvin United Methodist Church. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Thelma Porter Groseclose 
Thelma Porter Groseclose, 92, of Ivanhoe, Va., died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel in Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Robert E. Billingsley officiating. A memorial service will also be held Thursday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. conducted by Evansham Chapter No. 97 Order of the Eastern Star. A graveside service and interment will be Friday, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at the Bethany Cemetery in the Poplar Camp section of Wythe County, Va. 
She was born April 23, 1910, in Carroll County, Va., a daughter of the late Robert and Sadie Collins Porter. She was a member of Evansham Chapter No. 97 Order of the Eastern Star and was an avid cat lover. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Clayton Groseclose Sr.; a son, David P. Groseclose; a stepson, Harry C. Groseclose Jr.; and a brother, Jack Porter. 
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Beth and Ralph Mabe of Wytheville, Va., and Danni and Sam Lowman of Roanoke, Va.; seven grandchildren, Christine Shepherd, Charlene Martin, Melissa Irvin, Carolyn Akers, Dianne Cranford, Mark Lowman and Sammy Lowman; four great-grandchildren, Thomas Clay Irvin, Anna L. Lowman, Miles Lowman and Austin Lowman; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, Nov. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. (service time) at Barnett Funeral Home or at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Ralph Mabe, at any time. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Hubert L. Kincer 
Hubert L. "Jelly" Kincer, 87, of Crockett, Va., died Monday, Nov. 25, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 2 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va. Interment will be in the Mt. Ephriam United Methodist Church Cemetery, Wythe County, Va. 
He was the son of the late Christopher C. and Mary Crigger Kincer. He was retired from the Norfolk & Western Railroad. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Dix Kincer; a son, Robert Dix Kincer; and a sister, Christine Wilkerson. 
Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Alice Faye and James W. Brown of Rural Retreat, Va., Wanda Leon Hall of Crockett, Va., Donna Jean and Bill Lethco of Wytheville, Va., and Norma Sue "Hoppy" and Richard Linkous of Wytheville, Va.; two sisters, Vivian Catron of Wytheville, Va., and Mabel Spraker of Gathersburg, Md.; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Nov. 27, from noon until 1 p.m. (service time) at the Grubb Funeral Home. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.


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