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Willie Elizabeth "Billie" Wymer Blankenship 
Willie Elizabeth "Billie" Wymer Blankenship, 82, of the Crandon community in Bland County, Va., died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Wheatland Hills Retirement Center, Radford, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 29, at A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate, Va., with the Rev. Henry Allen Conley and the Rev. Joe M. Taylor officiating. Burial will be in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg, Va. 
She was born Oct. 9, 1920, in Marion, Va. 
She was preceded in death in 1985 by her husband, Harold Thomas "Bill" Blankenship Sr.; her parents, James Rhudy Wymer and Bessie Mae Carrico; a sister, Mary Wymer Dixon; and brother, Sydney Wymer. 
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, James W. and Barbara Blankenship of Pulaski, Va., and Harold T. Jr. and Ella Jean Blankenship of Woodstock, Ga.; two daughters and son-in-law, Rebecca B. and Kenneth Brim of Christiansburg, Va., and Michelle Blankenship-Taylor of Roanoke, Va.; grandchildren and their spouses, Jennifer B. and Jeff Repass, Jeannette B. and Jeff Jones, all of Pulaski, Va., Kristol B. and Mark Dudley of Roanoke, Va., and Harold T. Blankenship III of Alexandria, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Kenley Elizabeth Jones and Audrey Rebecca Jones; a sister, Josephine W. Davidson of Marion, Va.; a brother, Walter W. "Doc" Wymer of Pearisburg, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Isabelle G. Blankenship of Roanoke, Va., and Lola C. Wymer of Wytheville, Va.; 19 nieces and nephews; many cousins; special friends, the family of Elmer and Lenora Chewning, and Joanne M. Bingham of Radford, Va.; and many special neighbors and former co-workers. 
The family will receive friends Friday, March 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate, Va. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Mechanicsburg Cemetery Fund, c/o Lenora Chewning, Route 2 Box 86, Bland VA 24315; the Bland County Volunteer Fire Department; or the Bland County Volunteer Rescue Squad. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Madie Hawkins Durkin 
Madie Hawkins Durkin, 84, of Hope Mills, N.C., died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at the Carolina Health Care Center, Fayetteville, N.C. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 5, at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church in Austinville, Va., with the Rev. Mike Waller officiating. Inurnment will be in the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery. 
She was a homemaker. 
She is survived by a daughter, Barbara Hawkins Butzgy of Hope Mills, N.C.; a son, Charles B. Hawkins Jr. of Austinville, Va.; two sisters, Nellie Atkins of Tazewell, Va., and Almedia D. Teague of Bensenville, Ill.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 
A reception will be held Saturday, April 5, following the noon memorial service at Trinity United Methodist Church. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the local arrangements. 

Ethel Dixon Patterson 
Ethel Dixon Patterson, 92, of the Pulaski Retirement Community, Pulaski, Va., died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, in the Pulaski Community Hospital, Pulaski, Va. 
Funeral service will be held Thursday, April 3, at 3 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, Pulaski, Va., with Dr. Randy Frye and the Rev. Richard J. Patterson officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Pulaski, Va. 
She was born Feb. 25, 1911, in Wytheville, Va. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Pulaski, Va., where she was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Loyal Worker Sunday School Class. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Lloyd Patterson; and her parents, Rush Jackson Dixon and Minnie Kincer Dixon. 
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Chuck Shomo of Pulaski, Va.; three sons and two daughters-in-law, Dr. James L. Jr. and Sue Patterson of Colonial Heights, Va., the Rev. Richard J. and Martha Patterson of Morristown, Tenn., and Ronald E. Patterson of Arlington, Va.; seven grandchildren, James L. Patterson III, Johnny Patterson, Tom Patterson, Jennifer Crittenden, Rick Patterson, Chuck Shomo Jr. and Christopher Shomo; 10 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Jo Patterson of Wytheville, Va.; and many nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, April 3, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. (service time) at the First United Methodist Church, Pulaski, Va. The family will be meeting at the home of the daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Chuck Shomo, Oakland Drive, Pulaski, Va. 
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church, 135 4th Street NW., Pulaski, VA 24301. 
Stevens Funeral Home in Pulaski, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Harvey Newton Pauley 
Harvey Newton Pauley, 88, of Bland, Va., died Tuesday, April 1, 2003, at the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Graveside funeral services will be held Thursday, April 3, at 11 a.m. at the Morning Star Cemetery, Bland, Va., with the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. 
He was born April 1, 1915, in Bland, Va., a son of the late Harve and Julia Hancock Pauley. 
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sylvia Rasnake Pauley; one son and daughter-in-law, Harvey Edward and Connie Pauley of Bland, Va.; one sister, Helen Blankenship of Bland, Va.; three grandchildren, Carla Mustard, Julie and Chris Pauley, all of Bland, Va.; and three great-grandchildren, Brittni Mustard, Hannah Pauley and Anna Pauley, all of Bland, Va. 
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Roy William Arthur 
Judge Roy William Arthur, 85, of Wytheville, Va., died Friday, April 4, 2003 in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
A memorial service will be held Monday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Dr. Donald E. Stansell, pastor of the church, officiating. 
He was born in Louisa County, Va., but lived most of his life in Wytheville, Va. He practiced law in Wytheville, Va., for a number of years and was a Circuit Court Judge for 15 years prior to his retirement on Jan. 1, 1985. He was a graduate of the College of William and Mary and its Marshall-Wythe School of Law. He was a member of the college's Board of Visitors for a number of years and a recipient of the William and Mary Alumni Medallion. He was a member of the Virginia Higher Education Study Commission, which recommended the merger of the Medical College of Virginia and Richmond Professional Institute into Virginia Commonwealth University. The commission also recommended the creation of the Virginia System of Community Colleges. Judge Arthur was a member of a number of civic organizations and of St. Paul United Methodist Church. He was a past Mayor of Wytheville, Va. having served from 1946 to 1952. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy Watson Arthur and Verna Pelter Arthur; and two sisters, Audrey A. Price and Lucille A. Jones. 
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Ellett Arthur; a niece, Martha Price Nance; and a nephew, William H. Price. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of one's choice. The family requests that no food be taken to the home. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Bertie Mae Umbarger Leedy 
Bertie Mae Umbarger Leedy, 101, of Rural Retreat, Va., died Friday, April 4, 2003, in Asbury Place, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 6, at 2 p.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Will Shewey officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church Cemetery. 
She was born in Wythe County, Va., and was a member of the Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Nora Payne Umbarger; and a son, William Harry "Bill" Leedy. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, James and Margaret Leedy of Rural Retreat, Va.; two grandsons and their spouses, Jeff and Evelyn Leedy, and Eugene and Vickie Leedy, all of Rural Retreat, Va.; four great-grandchildren, Samantha Leedy, Tanya Leedy, Jeffrey Leedy Jr. and Zachary Leedy; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Sunday, April 6, from 1 to 2 p.m. (service time) at the Lindsey Funeral Home or at the residence of her son, Jim Leedy, at any time. 
The family suggests that those who prefer, may make memorials to the Mt. Mitchell United Methodist Church or to the Rural Retreat Volunteer Fire Department. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Stacy Bernice Key Waller 
Stacy Bernice Key Waller, 87, of Pinnacle, N.C., died Wednesday, April 2, 2003 at the Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. 
A memorial service will be held Friday, April 4, at 7 p.m. at the Friends Union Friends Meeting. Funeral Services will be held Saturday, April 5, at 2 p.m. at Friends Union Friends Meeting with Pastor Frank Huffman, Pastor Carl Whittaker, Pastor Lem Sprinkle and the Rev. Bobby Shinault officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. 
She was born Jan. 30, 1916, in Ararat (Surry County), N.C., to Jasper David and Cora Vance Collins Key. She was a member of Friends Union Friends Meeting, was retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company and was an avid flower gardener. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Grady Waller; an infant son, W.G. Waller Jr.; a son-in-law, James R. Quesenberry; three brothers, Davis Key, Laurance Key and Clarence Key; and two sisters, Mildred Key Bryant and Mary Ruth Key Fulk. 
Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law; Sheryl Waller and James A. "Pete" Shore of Siloam, N.C., and Joy Waller Quesenberry of Pinnacle, N.C.; five grandchildren and their spouses, Farrar and Mike Shinault of Millers Creek, N.C., Alecia and Troy Haynes of Rockingham, N.C., Lisa and Darrell Burchette of Tobaccoville, N.C., Patricia and Todd Thornton of New Berlin, Wis., and James A. Shore Jr. of Durham, N.C. and his fiancée Kellie Ann Hazelwood of Rocky Mount, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Aiden Vance Haynes, Hannah Marie Burchette, Nicolas Thornton and Hugh Thornton; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Betty Jean and Harry Whitaker of Randleman, N.C., and Hettie L. and Weldon Campbell of Mt. Airy, N.C.; one brother and sister-in-law, Paul D. and Myrtle Key of Ararat, N.C.; one aunt, Ruth Collins Denny of Morristown, Tenn.; 41 nieces and nephews and many cousins. 
The family will receive friends Friday, April 4, from 8 to 9 p.m., at the Friends Union Friends Meeting. 
Memorials may be made to the charity of the donors' choice. 
Cox-Needham Funeral Home of Pilot Mountain, N.C., is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Penley Hardy
Helen Penley Hardy, 91, of Roanoke, Va., died Friday, April 4, 2003, at the Alterra Clare Bridge Nursing Home in Roanoke, Va., where she had been a resident for the past few years. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, April 7, at 11 a.m., at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Bland, Va. Burial will be in the Temple Hill Cemetery, Bland, Va. 
She was born in Bland, Va., and lived there until 1976, when she and her husband moved to Ridgewood Farms in Salem, Va. She taught mathematics and French at Bland High School for over 30 years after graduating from Radford College in 1927. In Roanoke, Va., she was an active member of the Thursday Morning Music Club and the Raleigh Court Presbyterian Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Sam L. Hardy Sr.; her parents, Way and Agnes Wohlford Penley; and her brothers, Gordon Penley and John Starnes "Buddy" Penley. 
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Sam Jr. and Mercedes Hardy of Roanoke, Va.; two daughters and sons-in law, Elizabeth and David Hubble of Export, Pa., and Ann and Elmer Beardshall of Hattiesburg, Miss.; eight grandchildren and their spouses, Mark Hubble of Columbus, Ohio, Jay Hubble of Chicago, Ill., Greg and Colleen Hubble of Rineyville, Ky., Kimberly Hardy of Vernon, Conn., Linsley Beardshall and Ryan Michael of Flowery Branch, Ga., William and Amydell Beardshall of Houston, Texas, Lisa and Marc Hirshorn of Roanoke, Va., and Jennifer and David Boush of Roanoke, Va.; seven great grandchildren, Dalton Hubble and Nathan Hubble, both of Rineyville, Ky., John Ryan Michael and Anna Michael, both of Flowery Branch, Ga., Lauren Hirshorn, Emily Hirshorn and Alexis Boush, all of Roanoke, Va.; four nieces, Martha Penley Umberger of Wytheville, Va., Jean Penley Harman of Willis, Va., Dorothy Penley Dickens of Florence, S.C., and Molly Penley Thompson of Bland, Va. 
The family will receive friends Monday, April 7, at the Lutheran Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall in Bland, Va., immediately following the burial service. 
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Scholarship Fund of the Bland County Retired Teachers Association, c/o James Sink, Rocky Gap, VA 24366. 
John M. Oakey & Sons Funeral Home in Salem, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Roy Vernon Manning 
Roy Vernon Manning, 83, of Wytheville, Va., died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at Asbury Place in Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 8, at 11 a.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Robert "Bob" Billingsley officiating. Interment will be in the Jackson Family Cemetery. 
He was born in Galax, Va., a son of the late Roy Clinton and Zollie Moore Manning. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, a charter member of the Lead Mines Ruritan Club with 52 years of perfect attendance and was retired from Hobart N. Grubb. 
He is survived by his wife, Shirley Jackson Manning; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Maggie Manning of Dublin, Va., and Stephen and Connie Manning of South Boston, Va.; four grandchildren, Brian Manning, Christian Manning, Karen Cook and Brennan Manning; and one sister-in-law, Dell J. McKenney. 
The family will receive friends Monday, April 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorial donations to the charity of one's choice. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Janie Louise Hudson Marlar 
Janie Louise Hudson Marlar, 86, of Max Meadows, Va., died Saturday, April 5, 2003, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 8, at 2 p.m. in the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va., with Pastor Larry Barnes officiating. Interment will be in the West End Cemetery, Wytheville, Va. 
She was a longtime member of Pickett's Chapel Church of God. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harvey B. Marlar; her parents, Frank and Bertha Hollingsworth Hudson; two sons-in-law, Harold W. Mabe and Steve Stevenson; and several sisters and brothers. 
Survivors include three daughters and a son-in-law, Lois Stevenson of Seaford, Del., Margaret and Franklin McHone of Max Meadows, Va., and Leetha Mabe of Max Meadows, Va.; one son and daughter-in-law, Harvey Elwood and Mary G. Marlar of Rome, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Lucille Hudson of Max Meadows, Va.; a special niece, Iva Jean Smith of Max Meadows, Va.; 10 grandchildren and their spouses including Carol and Steve Ryan of Wytheville, Va., Diana and Jim Lloyd of Rural Retreat, Va., Kenneth and Diane Mabe of Boones Mill, Va., and Danny and Deanna Mabe of Wytheville, Va.; several great-grandchildren and great-stepgrandchildren; and several other nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Monday, April 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home; or at the home of her daughter, Leetha Mabe, at any time. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Richard E. "Woody" Bralley Sr. 
Richard E. "Woody" Bralley Sr., 63, of Speedwell, Va., died Monday, April 7, 2003, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 10, at 11 a.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va. Interment will be in the Speedwell United Methodist Church Cemetery. 
He is survived by his wife, Josie Richmond Bralley of Speedwell, Va.; one son, Richard E. "Woody" Bralley Jr. of Speedwell, Va.; two sisters, Mildred Bralley of Speedwell, Va., and Wanda Sue Stroupe of Rural Retreat, Va.; a brother, David Russel Bralley of Speedwell, Va.; and a grandson, Joseph Lee Bralley. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 9, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Catherine Foote Griffis 
Catherine Foote Griffis, 85, of Rural Retreat, Va., died Tuesday, April 8, 2003, in Asbury Place in Wytheville, Va. 
Graveside services will be held Friday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at the West End Cemetery in Wytheville, Va., with Steve Smith officiating. 
She was born in Wytheville, Va. She was a member of the Wytheville Church of Christ. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Elmer Griffis; her parents, James D. and Lady Byrd Miller Foote; one sister, Patty Lipinski; and one brother, James Foote. 
Survivors include two sisters-in-law, Margaret Peggy Foote of Florida, and Ginnie Griffis of Silver Spring, Md.; one brother-in-law, Richard Griffis of Silver Spring, Md.; an aunt, Zephanna Miller of Wytheville, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and many cousins including a special cousin, Sue Govin of Max Meadows, Va. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, April 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home. 
Flowers will be appreciated or memorials may be made to the Hospice of Southwest Virginia, 600 West Ridge Road, Wytheville, VA 24382. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.


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