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Ocie Mae Carter 
Ocie Mae Carter, 79, of Bastian, Va., died Friday, May 9, 2003, in a Bluefield hospital. 
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 11, at 2 p.m. at the Dudley Memorial Mortuary Chapel in Bluefield, Va., with the Rev. Alan Ashworth officiating. Burial was in the Maple Hill Cemetery. 
She was born at Grapefield, Va. She attended the Green Valley United Methodist Church at Grapefield, Va. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Pat Carter; her parents, Harman Carter and Minnie Kidd Carter; and two brothers, Martin Carter and Ray Carter. 
Survivors include three sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary and Charles Akers of Rocky Gap, Va., Shirley and William Walker of Bland, Va., and Irene Heilman of Bastian, Va.; a special nephew and his spouse, Gilbert and Rena Walker of Bastian, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Helen Carter of Bastian and Florence Carter of Springville, Va.; and several other nieces and nephews. 
Donations may be made to the Green Valley United Methodist Church, c/o Lisa Walker, Route 1, Box 32A, Bland, VA 24315. 
Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va., was in charge of the arrangements. 

Blanche K. Compton 
Blanche K. Compton, 82, of Rocky Gap, Va., died Friday, May 9, 2003, at her residence. 
Funeral services were held Monday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at the Highland Funeral Service Bland Chapel in Bland, Va., with the Rev. Lee McIntosh officiating. Interment followed in the Temple Hill Cemetery. 
She was born Jan. 21, 1921, and was a lifelong resident of Bland County, Va. She was a member of the Bastian Union Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Joe B. Compton; her parents, John H. and Straus H. Kinser; and two sisters, Eloise K. Stowers and Eileen K. Wagner. 
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Melinda C. and Jerry Belcher of Rocky Gap, Va., and Nancy C. and Mike Huskins of Cedar Grove, N.C.; a son and daughter-in-law, John F. and Brenda Compton of Oakwood, Va.; a sister and brother-in-law, Nannie Rose and Buford Tiller of Rocky Gap, Va.; a brother and sister-in-law, H.M. "Buddy" and Anne Kinser of Bastian, Va.; two granddaughters, Mary Belcher and Jennifer Belcher; two grandsons, Wes Huskins and Adam Huskins; many nieces and nephews; and special friends, Ruby Roland, members of the Bland County Senior Citizens, Ilee McGlen and Sherry Belcher. 
Highland Funeral Service Bland Chapel in Bland, Va., was in charge of the arrangements. 

Norma Jean Eversole 
Norma Jean Eversole, 68, of Max Meadows, Va., died Friday, May 9, 2003. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at the St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church in the Fort Chiswell section of Max Meadows, Va., with the Rev. David Wood, the Rev. Henry Ayers Jr. and the Rev. James Black officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. 
She was a member of St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton Elwood Eversole; and her parents, Eugene and Edna Porter. 
Survivors include two sons, James R. "Jim" Eversole of Elizabeth Town, Ky., and Edward C. "Eddie" Eversole of Max Meadows, Va.; two daughters and son-in-law, Anita Eversole, and Brenda and Dennis Robinson, all of Max Meadows, Va.; one brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Loma Porter of Wytheville, Va.; three sisters and brother-in-law, Frances Waddell, Wanda Garland, and Kay and Loring Pattison, all of Wytheville, Va.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Monday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., and Tuesday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (service time) at the St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

John Luther Fisher 
John Luther Fisher, 81, of Manassas, Va., died Tuesday, May 6, 2003, at Prince William Hospital, Manassas, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 15, at 10:30 a.m. at the Price Funeral Home in Manassas, Va., with the Rev. Rudy Tucker and the Rev. Denise Childers officiating. Interment will be in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va. 
He was born in Max Meadows, Va., Sept. 3, 1921, a son of the late John C. and Mary Blanche Arnold Fisher. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Manassas, Va. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II and was a POW. 
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dawn S. Fisher; one daughter and son-in-law, Diane Fisher and Steven Chiknas of Vienna, Va.; and one grandson, Gregory Steven Chiknas. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Price Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, Va. 
Flowers will be appreciated or contributions may be made to the Greater Manassas Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 123, Manassas, VA 20108. 
Condolences may be sent to www.pricefh.com. 
Price Funeral Home in Manassas, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Scott Allen Hylton 
Scott Allen Hylton, 43, of Willis, Va., was killed in the line of duty Friday, May 9, 2003. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at Topeco Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Mike Varner officiating. Interment will be in Topeco Cemetery. Graveside services will be conducted by Floyd Masonic Lodge No. 329 A.F.&A.M., Christiansburg Police Honor Guard and the Virginia Army National Guard, Det. 1 Co. B 1st. Bn. 116 Infantry, 29th Infantry Div. (Light). 
He was a member of the Christiansburg Police Department, Floyd Masonic lodge No. 329 A.F.&A.M., the Virginia Army National Guard, Floyd American Legion Post No. 127 and Topeco Church of the Brethren. 
He was preceded in death by a son, Landon Allen Hylton; a brother Lyndon L. Hylton; and his grandparents, Earnest and Ruby Hubbard and Ferry and Odell Hylton. 
Survivors include his wife, Khris L. Hylton of Willis, Va.; daughter, Kayelin Darlene Hylton of Willis, Va.; three sons, Justin Hylton, Jonathan Hylton and Jordan Hylton, all of Willis, Va.; his parents, Jack and Darlene Hylton of Willis, Va.; a sister, Trina Darlene Hylton of Radford, Va.; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gene and Linda Schwidde of Wytheville, Va. 
Maberry Funeral Home in Floyd, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Virgil V. Vaught 
Virgil V. Vaught, 83, of Narrows, Va., died Friday, May 9, 2003, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va. 
Funeral services were held Monday, May 12, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, Va., with the Rev. Clarence Dillon and the Rev. Gerald Hilton officiating. Burial was in Birchlawn Burial Park, Pearisburg, Va., with graveside rites conducted by the American Legion Post, the V.F.W. Post No. 6000 both of Narrows, and Post No. 311 Pembroke, Va. 
Born in Giles County, Va., on Aug. 29, 1919, he served in the U.S. Army for three and one half years during World War II. He retired from Celanese Corporation in 1984, having worked 44 years as a millwright. He was a member of the First Church of God, Rich Creek, Va.; and American Legion, Post 68, Narrows, Va. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jess and Ada Fletcher Vaught; four sisters, Mae Reed, Louise Marcus, Betty Booth and Lucille Thomas; and five brothers, Earl Vaught, Clifford Vaught, Cecil Vaught, Jack Vaught and Clarence Vaught. 
Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Edna Wright Vaught of the home; a daughter, Cheryl Robertson of Knoxville, Tenn.; a son and daughter-in-law, Tommy and Linda Vaught of Narrows, Va.; five sisters, Marie White Spicer, Martha Beasley, Annie Meadows, Joyce Sloan and Racheal Herman; four brothers, Sylvester Vaught, Charlie Vaught, Bill Vaught and Jesse Vaught; two granddaughters and spouses, Julie and Donny Dicer of Athens, Ga., and Melanie and Dewey Reynolds of Narrows, Va.; three grandsons and spouse, Keith and Rhonda Vaught of Jacksonville, N.C., Chris Robertson of Atlanta, Ga., and Cody Rose of Narrows, Va.; four great-grandchildren, Logan Rice and River Lang of Narrows, Va., Zachary and Amari Vaught of Jacksonville, N.C.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and friends. 
Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, Va., was in charge of the arrangements. 

Helen Elizabeth Watkins 
Helen Elizabeth Watkins, 86, of Wytheville, Va., died Saturday, May 10, 2003. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 13, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland, Va., with the Rev. Raymond Vanover officiating. 
She was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith and was a lifelong resident of Wytheville, Va. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Houston Watkins Sr.; one son, Houston Watkins Jr.; and her parents, the Rev. Robert and Ellie Smith. 
Survivors six sons, James Watkins, Joseph Watkins, John David Cregger and Mickey Roberts, all of Wytheville, Va., Robert Lee Kading of Bland, Va., and Lee Roy Watkins of Ashland, Va.; six daughters, Dora Grubb, Mary McFarland and Edna Sutliff, all of Wytheville, Va., Lili Belle Gettig of Colorado, Velvet Thacker of Ashland, Va., and Elsie Monahen of Marion, Va.; 22 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Monday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home of Bland, Va. 
Newberry Funeral Home of Bland, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Albert Percy "Buster" Wilson 
Albert Percy "Buster" Wilson, 69, of Rural Retreat, Va., died Thursday, May 8, 2003, in Richmond, Ind. 
Funeral services were held Monday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel in Rural Retreat, Va., with Pastor Harvey Atkinson and Pastor Marty Stallard officiating. Interment was in the Black Lick Cemetery. 
He was born in Wythe County, Va., and was a well-known Wythe County sheep farmer and sheep judge. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Basil Wilson Jr. and Virginia Preston Wilson. 
Survivors include his wife, Betty Lou Umberger Wilson; one son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Lisa Wilson of Rural Retreat, Va.; two grandchildren, Hunter Wilson and Eric Wilson, both of Rural Retreat, Va.; two sisters, Elizabeth Ann Wilson Bogle of Roanoke, Va., and Charlotte Wilson Orr of Wytheville, Va.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, George and Nelda Umberger and Troutville, Va.; two sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Louise and Alan Walters of Wytheville, Va., and Juanita and Johnny Branscome of Max Meadows, Va.; and several nieces, nephews and many friends. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Black Lick Cemetery Fund. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat, Va., was in charge of the arrangements.

Josephine Coburn Ballard 
Josephine Coburn Ballard, 78 of Rich Creek died Tuesday, January 7th, 2003 at Heritage Hall in Blacksburg. 
Born January 20th, 1924, she was the daughter of the late William Franklin and Mary Ethel Albert Coburn. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marion Clinton Ballard; a daughter, Vicky Sue Ballard; a brother, William Franklin Coburn, Jr.; and a sister, Gladys Boyd. 
She was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Rich Creek. 
She is survived by one son and his wife, Marion and Jackie Ballard of Narrows; one daughter, Patricia C. Ballard of Christiansburg; one sister, Frances C. Hudson of Rich Creek; two grandchildren, Brian C. Ballard and wife Sarah of Christiansburg and Amy E. Smith and husband Randy of Narrows; one great-grandson, Jacob Ballard; and a special family friend, Coreen Mett of Christiansburg. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, January 10th, 2003 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows with Rev. Jimmie Beale and Rev. Jim Pickett officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows. The family will receive friends at Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows Thursday from 6-8 PM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Giles Lifesaving and Rescue Squad; 1801 Wenonah Avenue; Pearisburg, Virginia 24134. 

Virginia York Baker 
Virginia "Nellie" York Baker, 76, of Barren Springs, Va., died Thursday, May 15, 2003, in the Pulaski Community Hospital, Pulaski, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home Chapel in Austinville, Va., with the Rev. James Price officiating. Interment will be in the James Snow Cemetery in Barren Springs, Va. 
She was born in Wythe County, Va. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond R. Baker; her parents, Isaac Andrew York Sr. and Willie Myrtle Carpenter York; two sisters, Daisy Brewster and Maudie June York; four brothers, Clifford Lee York, Claude B. York, Albert Alvin York and William Oscar York. 
Survivors include two sisters, Annie "Janie" Snow of Barren Springs, Va., and Mary Susan Miller of Anaheim, Calif.; two brothers, Isaac Andrew York Jr. of Roanoke, Va., and Jimmy York of Barren Springs, Va.; two aunts, Annie Primm of Max Meadows, Va., and Hestal Carpenter of Baltimore, Md.; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Saturday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Reese Funeral Home Chapel. 
Reese Funeral Home Chapel in Austinville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

James Donovan "J.D." Cox Sr. 
James Donovan "J.D." Cox Sr., 80, of Bristol, Tenn., died Monday, May 12, 2003, in Bristol, Tenn. 
He was born March 2, 1923, in Pickshin, W.Va., a son of the late Clayborn B. and Pauline A. Vaughan Cox. He was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Bastian, Va., in 1940 and 1941, where he met his wife, Winifred Ellen "Toots" Kelly Cox. He was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. After more than 30 years of service, he retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections as a warden. Recently he received his 50-year pin from the Masonic Lodge. He was a Past Master of the Bland Lodge. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Winifred Ellen "Toots" Kelly Cox; and a son, J.D. "Don" Cox Jr. 
Survivors include two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ron and Jane Cox of Bristol, Tenn., and Mike Cox of Mechanicsville, Va.; five grandchildren, Doug Cox and his family of Laurel, Del., Eric Cox and Jill Holcomb, both of Norfolk, Va., and Amanda Cox and Chris Cox, both of Mechanicsville, Va.; extended families, the Havens and the Townleys; and close friends, Bob Myers, Ralph DeHart, both of Bland, Va., Marvin Lambert of Courtland, Va., and Brenda Cox of Salisbury, Md. 
Memorial donations may be made to a local food bank or charity of one's choice. 
Condolences and memories may be sent to the family by visiting oakley-blevins.com. 
Oakley-Blevins Funeral Home in Bristol, Va. is in charge of the arrangements.

Leola Ruth Groseclose 
Leola Ruth Groseclose, 88, of Ceres, Va., died Friday, May 16, 2003. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at the Bethany United Methodist Church in Ceres, Va., with the Rev. Ruthanne Henley officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hub; two daughters, Shirley and Rosemary; her parents, Thomas and Lillian Atwell King; and brothers. 
Survivors include a daughter, Marsha Penley of Wytheville, Va.; grandchildren and their spouses, Chris and Tracy Penley of Wytheville, Va., Faith Seagle of Ceres, Va., Meagan and Chad Parcell of Wytheville, Va., Eleanor and Keith Dunn of Wytheville, Patrick and Sarah Bruce of Ceres, Va., Joy Bruce of Roanoke, Va., and Dixie and Craig Booe of Mocksville, N.C.; eight great-grandchildren, Hayley, Devin, Adrian, Jaden, Jacob, Kaitlyn, Travis, and Jeremy; extended family, Danny and Linda Penley, and Booty Bass; and her little dog, Brittay; and five nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Saturday, May 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Highland Funeral Service Bland Chapel in Bland, Va. 
Highland Funeral Service Bland Chapel in Bland, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Carolyn Stoneman Long 
Carolyn Stoneman Long, 65, of Ashtabula, Ohio, died Friday, April 11, 2003, at Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa. 
Burial was in Ridgeview Cemetery, Ohio. 
She was born on Jan. 17, 1938, in Ivanhoe, Va. She had been an Ashtabula, Ohio, resident for most of her life. She was a 1956 graduate of Ashtabula High School. 
She was preceded in death by an infant son; and her parents, Eugene and Gladys Richardson Stoneman. 
Survivors include her husband, Ernest G. Long, whom she married on Jan. 17, 1959; three daughters, Susan Leonard, Karen Garnett and Kelly Sunderlin, all of Ashtabula, Ohio; one son, Robert Long of Ashtabula, Ohio; seven grandchildren, Michael, Daniel, David, Tommy, Stephen, Brianna, and Felicia; three brothers, K. Douglas Stoneman, Larry E. Stoneman, and Randall Stoneman, all of Ashtabula, Ohio; and one sister, Carol Rey of Boca Raton, Fla. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, 11100 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106. 
Ducro Funeral Services and Crematory in Ashtabula, Ohio, was in charge of arrangements. 

Ruby Hardin Spence 
Ruby Katherine Hardin Spence, 94, of Wytheville, Va., died Wednesday, May 14, 2003, in Edgemont Center, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va. Interment will be in the Lebanon Lutheran Church Cemetery. 
She was a daughter of the late James and Lettie Ann Hardin. She was a charter member of the Wilderness Road Pentecostal Holiness Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard B. Spence; a daughter, Patsy Ann Jordan; and a son, Bobby Gene Spence. 
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and A.M. Owens of Bristol, Va.; three sons and daughters-in-law, David and Margie Harden of Wytheville, Va., Billy Spence of Wytheville, Va., and Wayne and Ruth Spence of Glade Spring; a sister, Edna Mitchell of Wytheville, Va.; a special niece and friend, Shirley Hudson; 17 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Friday, May 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel or at the residence of David and Margie Hardin at any time. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.


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