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Lillie Virginia Arnold 
Lillie Virginia Arnold, 93, of Fries, Va., died Monday, March 3, 2003, in the Waddell Nursing Home, Galax, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at the Providence United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gloria Lancaster Rhudy and the Rev. Lacy King officiating. Interment will be in the Providence Cemetery. 
She was born Oct. 27, 1909, a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Nannie Melvina Parks Arnold. 
She is survived by three sisters, Rosa Shupe of Fries, Va., Ethel Smythers of the Piney section of Wythe County, Va., and Elizabeth Turner of Max Meadows, Va.; a brother, Cloyde Arnold of Cooksville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews. 
Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home in Galax, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Ricky Lynn Coake 
Ricky Lynn Coake, 51, of Max Meadows, Va., died Monday, March 3, 2003, in Costa Rica. 
Arrangements are pending. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Ruth Hilton Phillippi 
Ruth Hilton Phillippi, 88, of the Cedar Springs community in Rural Retreat, Va., died Monday, March 3, 2003, at her home. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 6, at 1 p.m. at the Asbury United Methodist Church with the Rev. J. Scott Adkins and the Rev. Michael Hoyle officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. 
She was born in Wythe County, Va., and was a member of the Asbury United Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Guy Phillippi; one daughter, Dixie Aileen P. Ireson; her parents, Leland Wise and Leona Waddell Hilton; two sisters, Zella Kitts and Reba Minor; and one brother, Frank Hilton. 
Survivors include four nieces, Jean Burnett of Marietta, Ga., Lois Lucas of Michigan, Louise Warner of Pennsylvania, and Patsy Pope of Fayetteville, N.C.; four nephews, Harold Minor of Dickson, Tenn., Richard Phillippi, Pete Phillippi and John Phillippi, all of Wytheville, Va.; and several grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives and friends. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 5, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home or at the residence at any time. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Rural Retreat Volunteer Fire Department or to the Rural Retreat Emergency Services. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Charlie Stuart Jackson 
Charlie Stuart Jackson, 81, of Austinville, Va., died Wednesday, March 12, 2003. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 15, at 2 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home Chapel, Austinville, Va., with the Rev. Mike Waller officiating. Interment will be in the Bethany Cemetery, Austinville, Va. 
He was born in Wythe County, Va. He was a charter member of Beulah United Methodist Church where he served as a trustee and on various committees and was active in the community. He was a retired mine foreman with the New Jersey Zinc Company with 43 years service and a farmer. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raper and Minnie Shipwash Jackson; a son-in-law, Dennis Quesenberry; and three brothers, Henry Jackson, Glen Jackson and Lee Jackson. 
Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Mildred Lowe Jackson; one daughter, Betty Jackson Quesenberry of Austinville, Va.; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Barbara Jackson of Austinville, Va.; one granddaughter and spouse, Denise Quesenberry and Dexter Cain of Mt. Airy, N.C.; one great-granddaughter, Leah Grace Cain; two great-stepgrandsons, Cory Cain and Brandon Cain; one sister-in-law, Margaret Davidson Jackson of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Friday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home or at the residence at any time. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorial donations to Hospice of Southwest Virginia, 600 W. Ridge Road, Wytheville, VA 24382. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Jesse Kellen Yates 
Jesse Kellen Yates, 75, of Hylton Road, Fairlawn, Va., died Wednesday, March 12, 2003. 
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, March 15, at 11 a.m. at the Fairlawn United Methodist Church with the Rev. Joe Taylor officiating. 
He was born Oct. 25, 1927, in Montgomery County, Va. He was a member of Fairlawn United Methodist Church, a veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy, a retired power house foreman at Hercules Inc. with 20 years of service and a retired employee of Appalachian Power Company with 20 years of service. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Franklin and Cora Compton Yates; and a brother, James Yates. 
Survivors include his wife of 49 years, Ila N. Yates of Fairlawn, Va.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Steven and Debra Yates of Wytheville, Va., and David and Nancy Yates of Radford, Va.; two daughters, Lori A. Yates and Julie Jordan, both of Fairlawn, Va.; two brothers, Harold Yates of Christiansburg, Va., and Reed Yates of Stuart, Va.; and five grandchildren, Ryan Yates, Josh Yates, Blake Yates, Whitley Yates and Kelsey Yates, all of Wytheville, Va. 
The family will receive friends Friday, March 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford, Va. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made to the Gentle Shepherd Hospice, P.O. Box 3754, Radford, VA 24143. 
Mullins Funeral Home in Radford, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Houston F. Casteel 
Houston F. Casteel, 85, of Wytheville, Va., died Wednesday, March 19, 2003 in Baltimore, Md. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 22, at 10 a.m. at the Hubbard Funeral Home, Baltimore, Md. Interment will be in Meadowridge Memorial Park in Baltimore, Md. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Casteel; three brothers, Virgil Casteel, Carson Casteel, and Hobart Casteel; and a sister, Carmen Casteel. 
Survivors include one son, Danny Casteel of Kentucky; three daughters, Rosemary Qureshi, Carol O'Brien and Freida Ford, all of Baltimore, Md.; a brother, Huey Casteel; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Friday, March 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the Hubbard Funeral Home. 
Hubbard Funeral Home in Baltimore, Md., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Joseph A. Cooper Sr. 
Joseph A. Cooper Sr., 86, of Wytheville, Va., died Wednesday, March 19,2003, in the Twin County Regional Hospital, Galax, Va. 
Arrangements are pending. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 
 
Burter Ayers Felts 
Burter Ayers Felts, 97, of Max Meadows, Va., died Friday, March 21, 2003. 
Arrangements are pending. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Edith "Edy" Colley Irvin 
Edith "Edy" Colley Irvin, 63, of Rural Retreat, Va., died Thursday, March 20, 2003, at her residence. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 23, at 2 p.m. at the Summit Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Tate and the Rev. Jody Blevins officiating. Interment will follow in the Blue Springs Cemetery. 
She was born in Buchanan County, Va., on Jan. 11, 1940. She was a member of the Summit Baptist Church and was a retired school teacher with the Wythe County School System. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Holiday Colley. 
Survivors include her husband, H. Dean Irvin of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Beverly and Kirby Sage of Rural Retreat, Va.; one son, Randal Irvin of Rural Retreat, Va.; her mother, Grace Keene Colley of Vansant, Va.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Fred and Juanita Colley of Blacksburg, Va., and Frank and Freida Colley of Vansant, Va.; a foster brother and his wife, George and Margaret Looney of Vansant, Va.; three grandchildren, Chris Sage, Justin Sage and Dusty Sage; two great-grandchildren, Autumn Sage and Wyatt Sage; and 13 nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Saturday, March 22, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home at the residence at any time. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Virginia's Hospice, P.O. Box 257, Rural Retreat, VA 24368. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Shirley Ann Ashe Smith 
Shirley Ann Ashe Smith of Wytheville, Va., died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 23, at 3 p.m. at the Franklin Street United Methodist Church, Wytheville, Va. 
She was born in Pocahontas, Va., and was educated in the Tazewell County Public School System. She also attended Bluefield State College, Bluefield, W.Va. She was a Silhouette of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. of Beckley Southern West Virginia Alumni Chapter. She received certification in American Banking from the American Institute of Banking through Wytheville Community College. She worked as a teacher's aide in the Wythe County Public Schools and at First National Exchange Bank in Wytheville, Va. Because of illness, she retired on disability in 1979. She was a member of Franklin Street United Methodist Church in Wytheville, Va., a former president of the Women's Society of Christian Services and served as a soloist in the community. On June 2, 1956, she married Ernest E. Smith Sr. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Taft and Katherine Kendrick Ashe; and two brothers, Billy Ashe and Michael Ashe. 
Survivors include her husband of 47 years, Ernest E. Smith Sr. of Wytheville, Va.; a daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Marshall Murray; a son and daughter-in-law, Ernest E. Jr. and Dixie Smith; a brother and sister-in-law, Jerry Allen and Elizabeth A. Ashe; five grandchildren, Brianna, Demetrick, Trey, Leann, and Devin; one great-grandchild, Maliah; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and friends. 
The family will receive friends Sunday, March 23, from 2 to 3 p.m. (service time) at the Franklin Street United Methodist Church. 
Chapel Funeral Home in Bluefield, W.Va., and Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., are in charge of the arrangements.

Mike Donald Crouse 
Mike Donald Crouse, 68, of Crockett, Va., died Sunday, March 23, 2003, at his residence. 
A graveside service will be held Thursday, March 27, at 11 a.m. at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Rural Retreat, Va., with the Rev. Doug Stuart officiating. 
He was born April 30, 1934, in the Black Lick section of Rural Retreat, Va., a son of the late George and Ella Mae Hale Crouse. 
He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Lucille Crouse of the home; three sons and a daughter-in-law, John Crouse of Glade Spring, Va., Gary Crouse of Rural Retreat, Va., and Carl and Rhonda Crouse of Crockett, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Treva and Junior Davidson of Pulaski, Va.; one brother and sister-in-law, James and Pauline Crouse of Rural Retreat, Va.; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Iva Gordon of Thurmond, N.C., Emma Jean Parks of Rural Retreat, Va., and Margaret and Hobert Lowe of Apollo Beach, Fla.; six grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Charles E. "Eddie" Hubble 
Charles E. "Eddie" Hubble, 72, of Lorton Lick Road, Bluewell, W.Va., died Monday, March 24, 2003, at his residence. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 27, at 1 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell, W.Va., with the Rev. Omar Burns officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens on Courthouse Road, Princeton, W.Va. 
Born Jan. 31, 1931, in Ceres, Va., he had been a resident of Bluewell, W.Va., for 42 years and was the owner of Hubble Grading and Lumber Company for 21 years. At the time of his death, he was retired from Swope Construction Company because of his health. He had worked on several highway construction sites in West Virginia and Virginia and strip mining sites of Jr. Pocahontas Coal Company, Joe Turley Coal Company, Anderson and Anderson Coal Company, and Tom Seay Construction Company. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, member of the Ceres Alumni Association and attended the Wilderness Creek Church of God. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Andrew Hubble and Mary Virginia Umbarger Hubble; an infant daughter; and two brothers, W.A. Hubble Jr. and Warren Calvin Hubble. 
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Ann Hodges Hubble of Lorton Lick Road, Bluewell, W.Va.; a son, Calvin Edward Hubble of the home; a sister, Virgil Ann Britton of Route 1, Ceres, Va.; and a special friend, Kelly Hubbard. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell, W.Va. 
Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell, W.Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas Hadden Humphreys Jr. 
Capt. Thomas Hadden Humphreys Jr., 96, of Roanoke, Va., formerly of Max Meadows, Va., died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, in Roanoke, Va. 
A family graveside service will be held Sunday, March 30, at the Draper Valley Presbyterian Church Cemetery with Dr. Corty Cooper officiating. 
A son of Thomas H. Humphreys Sr. and Beulah C. Botefuhr Humphreys, he received his law degree from the University of Arkansas. He was assistant attorney general of Arkansas prior to World War II. In 1942 he was made Lt. JG in the Navy Reserve. During the war he was stationed on Attu in the Aleutian Islands. He served in Manila during the Japanese war trials as a civilian legal counsel. Following the war, he accepted a commission in the Navy's Judge Advocate General's office with the rank of Lt. Commander. He served on Guam, in Washington, D.C., Boston and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Upon retirement, he lived in Roanoke, Va., and Max Meadows, Va. for the past 40 years. He was a lifelong Presbyterian and Democrat. He was a member of Draper's Valley Presbyterian Church. 
He was preceded in death in 1954 by his wife of 47 years, Margaret Mae Mastin Humphreys. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas H. III and Verna Humphreys of Harrison, Ark.; three daughters and son-in-law, Reata Atkinson of Jacksonville, Ark., Cathy Hurst of Roanoke, Va., and Al and Margot Walthall Jolly of Madison, N.C.; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; and a special nephew and his wife, Pat and Evelyn Humphreys of Springfield, Va. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Draper's Valley Presbyterian Church, 2755 Old Baltimore Road, Draper, VA 24324. 
Visitation will be held Saturday, March 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. at the home of his daughter Cathy Hurt in Roanoke, Va. 
Oakey's Roanoke Chapel and Crematory in Roanoke, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Dondee Alice Stoots Swecker 
Dondee Alice Stoots Swecker, 76, of Pulaski, Va., died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at the University of North Carolina Hospital, Chapel Hill, N.C. 
Funeral services were held Friday, March 21, at 11 a.m. at the Bower Funeral Chapel in Pulaski, Va., with Pastor Jerry Collins and Pastor L.J. Rippey officiating. Interment was in the Bethany Cemetery in the Poplar Camp section of Wythe County, Va. 
She was born Oct. 9, 1927, in Wythe County, Va. and was a member of the Pulaski Church of God on Bob White Blvd., Pulaski, Va. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Stoots and Gertrude Worrell Stoots; four sisters, Mannie, Bessie, Laura and Hazel; and three brothers, Orel, George and Robert. 
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Thomas Haymon Swecker of Pulaski, Va.; a son, Doug Swecker of Pulaski, Va.; a daughter, Sue Dicker of Barren Springs, Va.; four granddaughters, Rhonda Hinkley, Jennifer Abdelwahed, Holly Duncan and Christy Lowe; seven stepgrandchildren; two brothers and sister-in-law, Ray and Nancy Stoots of Pulaski, Va., and Coy Stoots of Barren Springs, Va.; and three sisters and brothers-in-law, Threcia "Dot" and Andrew Matney of Dublin, Va., Edith and Robert E. Lee Jones of Pulaski, Va., and Violet and Howard Viars of Bassett, Va. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Pulaski Church of God, P.O. Box 2109, Pulaski, VA 24301. 
Bower Funeral Chapel in Pulaski, Va., was in charge of the arrangements.


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