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Buford Charlie Bratton 
Buford Charlie Bratton, 91, of Dublin, Va., died Friday, May 23, 2003, in the Highland Ridge Rehab Center. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, May 25, at 3 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. John Boyd officiating. Interment will follow in the Duncan Cemetery in Draper, Va. 
He was born in Wythe County March 1, 1912. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Luvina "Lou" Reynolds Bratton; two daughters, Betty Martin and Nancy Dunford; son-in-law, Charles Taylor; parents, James and Minnie Sue Roope Bratton; and several sisters and brothers. 
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby Gene and Elizabeth Bratton, Dublin, Va.; three daughters, Linda Bratton, Draper, Va., Shirley Ann Taylor, and Rita Sue Coleman, both of Pulaski, Va.; five sisters, Virginia DeHart, Martha Eads, Bonnie Wiseman, Stella Wright, all of Pulaski, Va., and Colleen Lucian, Dublin, Va.; three brothers, Brown Bratton, Robbie Bratton, both of Radford, Va., and Junior Bratton, Staunton, Va.; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Saturday, May 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home. 
Barnett Funeral Home, Wytheville, Va., is in charge of arrangements. 

Nannie Elizabeth Lineberry Hoback 
Nannie Elizabeth Lineberry Hoback, 85, of Speedwell, Va., died Friday May 23, 2003, Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral service will be held Monday, May 26, at 2 p.m. in the Speedwell United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Bill Perkins. Interment will be in the Speedwell United Methodist Church Cemetery. The body will taken to the church one hour before service time. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter H. Hoback; her parents, Wiley and Sarah Kane Lineberry; sister, Goldie Frances Lineberry; and brother, Peter Marshall Lineberry. 
Survivors include four daughters and a son-in-law, Sarah Agnes Hoback, Mary Nancy Hoback, Edna Elizabeth Hoback, and Barbara Ann Hoback and Roy Hale, all of Speedwell, Va.; five sons, Everett Hasten Hoback, Walter Marshall Hoback, Thomas Chitwood Hoback, Robert Herbert Hoback, and Randy Junior Hoback, all of Speedwell, Va.; three sisters, Martha Tate, Mary Lineberry, both of Wytheville, Va., and Edna Fifer of Bedford, Va.; one brother and sister-in-law, Robert H. "Bob" and Carrie Lineberry of Rural Retreat, Va.; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 
The family will receive friends Sunday, May 25, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grubb Funeral Home. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Virginia Pearl Finley Reed 
Virginia Pearl Finley Reed, 61, of Wytheville, Va., died Friday, May 23, 2003. 
A memorial service will be held in Smyrna, Tenn. 
She was born in Tennessee. She was a former clerk at Count's Drug Company. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Finley. 
Survivors include her husband, Fillmore Reed; a son and daughter-in-law, Lt. Col. Jerry and Freida Reed of Mildenhall, England; her mother, Virgie McDowell of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two grandchildren, Austin Reed and Leah Reed, both of Mildenhall, England; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Louise and Harold Weatherill of Mims, Fla., June Cagle of Gladesville, Tenn., and Ima Hagynemacher of Smyrna, Tenn.; and three brothers and sisters-in-law, Lawrence and Naomi Finley of Shelbyville, Tenn., Charles and Brenda Finley of La Vergne, Tenn., and Fred and Laura Finley of Lowell, Ind. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Elbert Ray "Pappy" Walters Sr. 
Elbert Ray "Pappy" Walters Sr., 75, of Wytheville, Va., died Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at his residence. 
Funeral service will be Friday, May 30, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church with the Rev. C.W. Huff officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The body will be taken to the church one hour before service time. 
He was retired from the U.S. Forest Service and was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Pierce O. and Georgia Umberger Walters; a brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Mary Walters. 
Survivors include his wife, Genevieve Kincer Walters of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Mike Lawson of Knoxville, Tenn.; a son and daughter-in-law, Elbert Ray Jr. and Emmy Walters of Wytheville, Va.; a sister and brother-in-law, Jean and Ralph Cassell of Wytheville, Va.; a brother and sister-in-law, Warren and Marie Walters of Wytheville, Va.; a grandson, Jonathan Pierce Walters of Wytheville, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grubb Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Building Fund. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of arrangements. 

Bobby Eugene Wynn 
Bobby Eugene Wynn, 64, of Rural Retreat, Va., died Tuesday, May 27, 2003, at his residence. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 29, at 11 a.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel in Rural Retreat, Va., with the Rev. Jim Jenkins officiating. Interment will be in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Rural Retreat, Va. 
He attended the Rural Retreat United Methodist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Roy Wynn; and two sons, Roger Lee Wynn and Rocky Allen Wynn. 
Survivors include his wife, Joan H. Wynn; a daughter, Pamela D. Wynn of Crockett, Va.; three sons and a daughter-in-law, Ricky E. and Louise Wynn of Crockett, Va., Randy J. Wynn of Wytheville, Va., and Ronnie Dale Wynn of the Ft. Chiswell section of Wythe County, Va.; his mother, Emma S. Wynn of Crockett, Va.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Virginia and Glen Burkett of Rural Retreat, Va., Linda and Roger Pruitt of Crockett, Va., and Barbara and David Clark of Rural Retreat, Va.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jerry and Ann Wynn of Elk Creek, Va., and Charles Roy Jr. and Annie Wynn of Crockett, Va.; and two grandchildren, Christen Wynn and Ronnie Allen Wynn. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 28, 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 Emergency Services. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Russell Frank "Smily" Puncochar 
Russell Frank "Smily" Puncochar, 68, of Vienna, Va., died Tuesday, April 29, 2003, at his residence. 
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated Thursday, June 5, at 8:45 a.m. at Fort Myer Old Post Chapel. Inurnment with full military honors will be held in Arlington National Cemetery. 
He was born June 12, 1934, in Berwyn, Ill., a son of Joseph Charles and Blanche Pechous Puncochar. He was an airline pilot captain. 
He is survived by his wife, Patsy Callahan Puncochar; a daughter, Stephanie L. Ennis; and a grandchild, Shiloh. 
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 1250 Hyland Blvd., Suite 4B, Staten Island, NY 10305. 
Money & King Funeral Home in Vienna, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

John Edwin Thompson 
John Edwin Thompson, 67, of Rocky Gap, Va., died Thursday, May 29, 2003, at his residence. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 31, at 11 a.m., at the Rocky Gap United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Callahan officiating. A graveside service and interment will be held Saturday, May 31, at 4 p.m. in the Burke Memorial Park, Morganton, N.C., with Dr. Paul Felker officiating. Graveside military honors will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 234, Valdese, N.C. 
He was a member of the Rocky Gap United Methodist Church and served on the Board of Directors of the Bland County Clinic. He was a retired U.S. Air Force Major with 22 years of service and was a retired agriculture teach with the Bland County School system after 21 years of teaching everything from forestry to welding. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mangus and Zelda Atwell Thompson. 
Survivors include his wife of 24 years, Gwen A. Garrou Thompson of Rocky Gap, Va.; two sons and daughter-in-law, Scott and Cyndi Thompson, and Mark Thompson, all of Fredericksburg, Va.; three stepchildren and their spouses, P. Marcus III and Christine Buff of Raleigh, N.C., Lori J. Buff-Belcher and Sammy Belcher of Rocky Gap, Va., and Priscilla A. and Wesley Ashburn of San Antonio, Texas; a sister-in-law, Betty Gaye Wilson of Morganton, N.C.; three sisters, Mildred Mathews of Mission Viejo, Calif., Laura J. Thompson of Pasedena, Calif., and Betty McMillian of Ulmer, S.C.; and seven grandchildren and two stepgrandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Friday, May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Rocky Gap United Methodist Church. 
Highland Funeral Service Bland Chapel is Bland, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Vivian Palmer Vaughn 
Vivian Palmer Vaughn, 99, of Bluefield, W.Va., died Sunday, May 25, 2003, in the Bluefield Regional Medical Center. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 2, at 1 p.m. at the John Stewart United Methodist Church, Bluefield, W.Va., with Pastor Eugene Nesbitt officiating. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell, W.Va. 
She was born in Floyd, Va. She was a member of Jones Street Christian Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel W. Vaughn; and her parents, Thaddeus and Minnie Palmer. 
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Colonel J.T. Jr. and Patty Vaughan of Landover Hills, Md.; three grandchildren, Barbara Swayne and Tina Jones, both of Lanham, Md., and Daphne Vaughan of Galax, Va.; nine great-grandchildren, Frank A. Jones III of Forestville, Md., Tia M. Jones, Lawrence S. Swayne II, both of Lanham, Md., Chawn C. Vaughan, Tameka L. Vaughan, both of Galax, Va., Kristy M. Jones of Lanham, Md., Joseph A. Fletcher, Tynesha P. Fletcher, both of Galax, Va., and Patricia D. Swayne of Lanham, Md.; two great-great-grandchildren, Breonna M. Vaughan, and Luiz A. Vaughan, both of Galax, Va.; and several other close relatives, nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Monday, June 2, from noon to 1 p.m. (service time) at the John Stewart United Methodist Church, Bluefield, W.Va. 
Highland Funeral Service Bland Chapel in Bland, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Ethelyn Osborne Witte 
Ethelyn Osborne Witte, 91, of Wytheville, Va., died Friday, May 30, 2003. 
A memorial service will be held later. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Cora Cypher Osborne. 
Survivors include her husband, Walter D. Witte of Wytheville, Va.; a daughter, Caroline Veres of New Jersey; three sons and daughters-in-law, Walter R. and Caroline Witte of Rural Retreat, Va., Richard and Eleanor Witte, and Harry Witte, all of New Jersey. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Pearle Myers Blankenship 
Pearle Myers Blankenship, 91, of Rural Retreat, Va., died Sunday, June 1, 2003, in the Edgemont Center, Wytheville, Va. 
A memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 3, at 11 a.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel in Rural Retreat, Va., with Pastor Joe Shumate officiating. Inurnment will be in the Mountain View Cemetery at a later date. 
She was born in Wythe County, Va. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore Martin "Pedie" Blankenship; and her parents, Thomas Gordon and Sara Bell Scott Myers. 
Survivors include one sister-in-law, Blanch Smith of Wytheville, Va.; six nieces, Constance Wilkie of St. Petersburg, Fla., Vivian L. Hampton, Pearle S. Lee and Patricia S. Huddle, all of Rural Retreat, Va., Joannie L. Harris of Martinsville, Va., and Mary S. Vaught of Speedwell, Va.; and 13 great-nieces and great-nephews. 
The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 3, from 10 to 11 a.m. (service time) at the Lindsey Funeral Home. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the charity of one's choice. 
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Kenneth Wayne Gilman 
Kenneth Wayne Gilman, 64, of Wytheville, Va., died Friday, May 30, 2003. 
Funeral service will be held Monday, June 2, at 2 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va. Interment will be in the Lebanon Lutheran Cemetery. American Legion Post No. 9 will conduct military graveside rites. 
He was a U.S. Army veteran and was an active member of the American Legion Post No. 9. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Gilman; and a brother, William Gilman. 
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Bonita and Clinton Gordon of Charlotte, N.C., and Connie and Doug Hancock of Rural Retreat, Va.; his mother, Laura Corvin Gilman of Wytheville, Va.; three grandchildren, Laura Jones, Denise Hall and Timmy Hall, all of Rural Retreat, Va.; and a great-grandson, Austin Six. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of arrangements. 

Opal C. Ogle 
Opal C. Ogle, 97, of Brethren Village, Pa., formerly of Carroll County, Va., died Thursday, May 29, 2003. 
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 4, at 1 p.m. at the Pine Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Carroll County, Va. Burial will be in White-Allen Cemetery, Carroll County, Va. 
She is survived by three daughters and a son-in-law, Joyce D. Shaffer of Manheim, Pa., M. Laverne and C. Eugene Carpenter of Penryn, Pa., and Thelma F. Haddad of Lititz, Pa.; two sons and daughters-in-law, V. Kermit and Marjory Urquhart Ogle of Manheim, Pa., and V. Dale and Sandra LeCalsey Ogle of Lancaster, Pa.; 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 4, from noon to 1 p.m. (service time) at the Pine Grove Primitive Baptist Church, Carroll County, Va. 
Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home in Hillsville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Julia Margaret Parmesano Parson 
Julia Margaret Parmesano Parson, 100, of Staunton, Va., died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at her residence. 
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, June 4, at 10 a.m. at the Henry Funeral Home Chapel in Staunton, Va., with Father John A. Abe officiating. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, June 4, at 4 p.m. in the Concord United Methodist Church Cemetery in Stony Creek with Father Dennis McAuliffe officiating. 
She was born July 7, 1902, in Elkins, W.Va. Before retiring, she was a teacher at Wytheville High School. She was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. 
She was preceded in death her husband, Leslie Parson; her parents, Vincent and Barbara Crovo Parmesano; four brothers and two sisters. 
Survivors include several nieces and nephews. 
Memorial donations may be made to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 126 N. Augusta Street, Staunton, VA 24401. 
Henry Funeral Home in Staunton, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Elmer Wayne Tickle 
Elmer Wayne Tickle, 75, of Bland, Va., died Friday, May 30, 2003, in a Bluefield hospital. 
Funeral service was held Sunday, June 1, at 2 p.m. at Newberry Funeral Home in Bland, Va., with the Rev. Lee McIntosh and the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. Burial was in the Bland Cemetery, Bland, Va. 
Born April 15, 1928, in Bland County, Va., he was a lifelong resident of Bland, Va. He retired from the Tazewell County Correctional Department. He was a member of the Bastian Union Church and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lemuel Hezekiah and Ida Louise Blankenship Tickle; three brothers, Fred Tickle, Jesse Tickle and Everett Tickle; three sisters, Mary Lou Tickle, Josephine Pauley and Mildred Green. 
Survivors include his wife, Nellie R. Tickle; two sons and daughters-in-law, Tim and Mary Lee Tickle of Rocky Mount, Va., and Barry and Lisa Tickle of Bland, Va.; one brother and sister-in-law, Kent and Margaret Tickle of Bland, Va.; one sister, Mable Tickle of Bland, Va.; and four grandchildren, April Tickle, Ashley Tickle, Elizabeth Tickle and Alisha Tickle, all of Bland, Va. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bastian Union Church. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland, Va., was in charge of the arrangements.

Nannie Colleen Wright 
Nannie Colleen Wright, 75, of Ivanhoe Road, Ivanhoe, Va., died Sunday, June 1, 2003, in Edgemont Center, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 4, at 11 a.m. at the Wytheville Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Glennard Quesenberry, the Rev. Kenneth Kingrea and the Rev. Gary Cope officiating. Interment will be in the Appalachian Pentecostal Holiness Conference Cemetery, Dublin, Va. 
She was born June 19, 1927. She grew up in Wythe County and graduated from Max Meadows High School. She was a member of the Wytheville Pentecostal Holiness Church. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Wesley and Nora Bell Jones Wright; and a grandson, Jeremy Wright. 
Survivors include her husband, the Rev. Glenn R. Wright Sr.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn R. "Rudy" Jr. and Donna Wright of Hickory, N.C., and Jerry Randolph "Randy" and Janet Wright of Wytheville, Va.; three daughters and sons-in-law, Dianne and Alfred Stephens of Wytheville, Va., Nancy and Ron Styles of Christiansburg, Va., and Rebecca and Mike Stevenson of Salisbury, N.C.; two sisters, Faye Campbell of Wytheville, Va., and Edna Farmer of Landenberg, Pa.; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Tuesday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home or at the home of her daughter, Dianne Stephens, at any time. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorial donations to George Wythe High School Jeremy Wright Scholarship Foundation, One Maroon Way, Wytheville, VA 24382. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.


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