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Walter Fred Crouse
Walter Fred Crouse, 77, of St. Leonard, Md., formerly of Rural Retreat, died Monday, April 19, 1999, at his residence.
Funeral services were held Friday, April 23, at 11 a.m. at Rausch Funeral Home PA with the Rev. Charles Harrell officiating. Interment was in Waters Memorial Cemetery, St. Leonard, Md.
He was born April 1, 1922, in Rural Retreat. He was a retired cattleman.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ellie Crouse; a brother, George Crouse Jr.; and a sister, Bertie Smith.
Survivors include by his wife, Della Hale Crouse of the home; two daughters, Betty Bowen and Mary Ledford, both of Lusby, Md.; two brothers, James Crouse and Mike Crouse, both of Rural Retreat; and three sisters, Iva Gordon of Thurmond, N.C., Emma Parks of Rural Retreat and Margaret Lowe of Apollo Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.
Rausch Funeral Home in Port Republic, Md., was in charge of the arrangements.

Vernon Lamor Drummond
Vernon Lamor Drummond, 56, of the Mechanicsburg community in Bland County, died Friday, April 23, 1999, at the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Monday, April 26, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Earnest Chinault and Brother Dewey Conley officiating. Burial was in the Mechanicsburg Cemetery, Mechanicsburg.
He was born Oct. 22, 1942, in Bland, a son of Ruth Drummond Wolfe of Bastian, and the late Eugene Drummond. He was an employee of the Bland Virginia Department of Transportation, was president and volunteer fireman with the Hollybrook-Mechanicsburg Fire Department and a volunteer for the Bland County Rescue Squad.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Dorothy Carroll Drummond; two daughters, Any Rasnick of Mt. Airy, N.C., and Ashlee Drummond of the home; one brother, Charles "Andy" Drummond of Gaffney, S.C.; one sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Donald Sines of Roanoke; two granddaughters, Brittanie Rasnick and Sara Jo Rasnick of Mt. Airy, N.C.; his mother-in-law, Louise Carroll of Bland; several stepsisters and stepbrothers; special friends, Bill and Nancy Pruitt; and many other relatives and friends.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate was in charge of the arrangements.

Joseph Marion Farlow Sr.
Joseph Marion Farlow Sr., 57, of Rustburg, formerly of Bland County, died Sunday, April 25, 1999, in Kegley Manor Nursing Home in Bastian.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, April 28, at 2 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with the Rev. Randy Queen and the Rev. Frank Clifton officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook.
He was born July 28, 1941, in Bland County, a son of the late Carl Robert and Edna Mae Coffey Farlow. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa Farlow and the Rev. Randy Queen of Maiden, N.C., and Tammy Farlow and Herman Young of Claremont, N.C.; one son, Joseph Marion Farlow Jr. of Pulaski; four sisters, Audrey F. Gusler and Linda F. Boksa, both of Bland, Edith F. Ramsey of Dublin, and Delephine F. Barker of Harve De Grace, Md.; five brothers, Herbert Farlow of Radford, Hensel Farlow of Bristow, Jerry Farlow, Charlie Farlow and Randy Farlow, all of Bland; five grandchildren, Stacy Hopkins, Steven Hopkins, Jonathan Young, Tony Young, and Brittany Farlow; and a devoted friend, Betty L. Miles of Rustburg.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate is in charge of the arrangements.

Albert Eugene Mustard
Albert Eugene Mustard, 78, of Emporia, died Tuesday, April 13, 1999.
A graveside funeral service was held Saturday, April 17, at 11 a.m. at the Emporia Cemetery, Emporia, with the Rev. Lowell Petry officiating.
He was born in Bland County.
He is survived by one son, Albert Eugene Mustard Jr. of Bland; one sister, Josephine Stowers of Bland; three brothers, Jake Mustard and Wayne Mustard, both of Bland, and Kermit Mustard of Pulaski; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Echols Funeral Home in Emporia was in charge of the arrangements.

Lena Mae Ramsey
Lena Mae Ramsey, 65, of the Hollybrook community in Bland County, died Monday, April 26, 1999, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with Brother Dewey Conley, Brother Jimmy Conley, and the Rev. Tommy Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook.
She was born Nov. 27, 1933, a daughter of the late Robert F. and Lucy Billips Wright.
She is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Buford and Carolyn Ramsey, and William and Theresa Ramsey, all of Bland; five daughters and sons-in-law, Lucy and Wallace French, Cathy and Robert Chewning, Freda and Eddie Crusenberry, Sylvia and Jesse DeHart, all of Bland, and Barbara and Gregg Tolbert of Max Meadows; one brother, Jack Wright of Roanoke; five sisters, Rosie Davis of Christiansburg, Dorie Thompson of Bland, Nellie Mitchem of Elliston, Mollie Miller of Virginia Beach, and Virginia Lilly of Princeton, W.Va.; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate is in charge of the arrangements.

Owen Hadren Ramsey
Owen Hadren Ramsey, 69, of the Hollybrook community in Bland County, died Sunday, April 25, 1999, at his home.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 29, at 11 a.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, White Gate, with Brother Dewey Conley, Brother Jimmy Conley, and the Rev. Tommy Ramsey officiating. Burial will be in the Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook.
He was born June 10, 1929, in Bland County, a son of the late William Benjamin and Cora Lee Hubbard Ramsey.
He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Buford and Carolyn Ramsey, and William and Theresa Ramsey, all of Bland; five daughters and sons-in-law, Lucy and Wallace French, Cathy and Robert Chewning, Freda and Eddie Crusenberry, Sylvia and Jesse DeHart, all of Bland, and Barbara and Gregg Tolbert of Max Meadows; three brothers, the Rev. Tommy Ramsey of Dublin, William Reed Ramsey and James David Ramsey, both of Bland; two sisters, Lorene Wills of Peterstown, W.Va., Joyce Pennington of Maryland; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home.
A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate is in charge of the arrangements.

Lettie Bruce Repass
Lettie Bruce Repass, 93, of Ceres, died Saturday, April 24, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at the Bethany United Methodist Church, Ceres, with the Rev. Larry Patton officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
She was born in Ceres, a daughter of the late James Wriley and Dora Umbarger Bruce. She was a lifetime resident of Bland County, a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, Ceres, and a member of the Virginia Homemakers Association.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Roy F. Repass and Roger A. Repass; and two brothers, Claude Bruce and Joubert Bruce.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Esther and Thornton Umbarger, and Frieda and Danny Hanshew, all of Ceres; two sons and daughters-in-law, Buck and Sue Repass of Ceres, and Ken and Rita Repass of Marion; a stepdaughter, Mallie Tibbs of Bastian; a stepson and his wife, Arten and Jonan Repass of Ceres; 13 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland was in charge of the arrangements.

Fred J. Simpkins Jr.
Fred J. Simpkins Jr., 64, of Bluefield, W.Va., formerly of Rocky Gap, died Monday, April 26, 1999, at a local nursing facility.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 29, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Tami Shoup officiating. Interment will follow in the Rose Hill Cemetery.
He was the son of the late Fred Sr. and Ada Walters Simpkins. He was a construction worker and a U.S. Army veteran having served tours of duty in Germany and Vietnam. He was a member of the American Legion in Princeton, W.Va., and a member of the United Methodist faith.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma A. Simpkins.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Fred J. III and Dianne Simpkins of Rocky Gap; three grandchildren, Courtney Simpkins, Christian Simpkins and Patrick Simpkins, all of Rocky Gap; two sisters, Freda Simpkins and Janice Martin, both of Rocky Gap; and several nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 28, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home or at the residence of his son in Rocky Gap.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

Bettie Lou Ingo Walker
Bettie Lou Ingo Walker, 59, of Charlottesville, died Monday, April 26, 1999, in a local hospital.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 29, at 10 a.m. at the Hill & Wood Chapel with the Rev. Karl Netting officiating. Interment will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at the West End Cemetery in Wytheville.
Born June 17, 1939, in Wytheville, she was a daughter of the late Steve and Irene Porterfield Ingo. She attended Bluefield College in West Virginia.
She is survived by two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jeff and Janna Walker of Denton, Texas, and Michael Walker of Fairfax; three brothers, James Ingo and Garland Lee Ingo, both of Wytheville, and Gene Ingo of Colonial Heights; four sisters, Lucille Cassell of Wytheville, Dorothy Dean of Crockett, Nancy Scott and Linda Jackson, both of Wytheville; and one granddaughter, Halle Elizabeth Walker.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3025 Berkmar Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22901.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, April 28, from 7 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Hill & Wood Funeral Services in Charlottesville is in charge of the arrangements. 

Obed Kermit Bedwell
Obed Kermit Bedwell, 79, of Speedwell, died Saturday, Sept. 25, 1999, at the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. at the Speedwell United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
He was born in Grayson County, a son of the late James Kinley and Lila Sexton Bedwell. He was a retired farmer.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Argil Bedwell; and a sister, Ruby Faddis.
Survivors include his wife, Iowa Cassell Bedwell of Speedwell; two daughters and a son-in-law, Joyce Mitchell of the home, and Teresa and George Flanary of Jonesville; one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Patricia Bedwell of Mountain City, Tenn.; one sister, Ruth Bishop of Roanoke; two brothers, Grady Bedwell of Elk Creek, and Clute Bedwell of Galax; four grandchildren, Debbie Wilburn, David Mitchell, Raynee Eastwood, and George Flanary Jr.; and three great-grandchildren.
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Stephen Leroy Berry
Stephen Leroy Berry, 23, of Harmony, N.C., died Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1999, at his residence.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, at 2:30 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Chapel in Bland with Pastor Barry Skaggs officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethany Cemetery in Ceres.
He was preceded in death by his father, Paige Leroy Berry.
Survivors include his wife, Angela Kinder Berry of the home; two sons, Philip Andrew Pruitt and Stephen Paige Berry, both of Harmony, N.C.; his mother and stepfather, Betty and Bill Helton of Bland; and two sisters, Paula Marie Whited and Patricia Leigh Mutter, both of Ceres.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

William Donald Hancock
William Donald Hancock, 73, of Wytheville, died Thursday, Sept. 23, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, at 11 a.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Doug Hyndrich officiating. Interment will follow in the Bland Cemetery.
He was born in Bland, a son of the late Charles Sheffey and Lessie Kidd Hancock. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Lambert; two brothers, Andrew Hancock and Ronald Hancock; and one grandson, Joshua Hancock.
Survivors include his wife, Anna Bell Hancock of Wytheville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Anita and Art Baker of Falls Church, and Julie and Phil Church of Fairfax; five sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil and Donna Hancock of Stafford, Donnie and Dianna Hancock of Fairfax, Eddie Hancock, Dean and Ruthann Hancock, and Richard Hancock, all of Manassas; a sister, Glorena Schwonke of Roanoke; and 10 grandchildren.
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Bland County Rescue Squad Building Fund, P.O. Box 10, Bastian, VA 24314.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

Clyde Vernon Leonard
Clyde Vernon Leonard, 65, of Nashville, N.C., died Tuesday, Sept. 28, 1999.
Memorial services were held Friday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Philadelphia Baptist Church with the Rev. Jerry Boyd officiating.
He was born June 25, 1934, in Nash County, N.C., a son of the late Louis and Bettie Hawkins Leonard. He was a member of the Philadelphia Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Leonard of Charlotte, N.C.; a son and fiancée, Steven Leonard and Sarah Reynolds of Charlotte, N.C.; a stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Keith and Kathy Harmon of Wytheville; a stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Kimberly and Greg Kimble of Woodlawn; three grandchildren; five brothers, Jimmie Leonard, Plummer Leonard, Steven Leonard, and Spencer Leonard, all of Nashville, N.C., and Randolph Leonard of Castalia, N.C.; and a sister, Bettie Leonard of Wendell, N.C.
Memorials may be made to the Hurricane Floyd Flood Relief Fund, c/o Tar River Baptist Association, 92 NC 56 Hwy East, Louisburg, NC 27549.
Johnson Funeral Home in Rocky Mount, N.C., was in charge of the arrangements.

Clyde Warren Mallory
Clyde Warren Mallory, 65, of Manassas, died Thursday, Sept. 30, 1999, at his home.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodbridge.
Born in Richmond on June 30, 1934, he was a graduate of the Richmond Professional Institute and the Medical College of Virginia School of Physical Therapy. He was a former systems analyst for the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor and was a physical therapist. He served as a captain in the U.S. Army Reserves and was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church in Woodbridge. Upon his retirement from the government, he resumed his practice of physical therapy, concentrating in the treatment of school-aged children and home health in Prince William and Fauquier counties.
He was preceded in death by his son, Brian Mallory.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Mallory, formerly of Wytheville; a daughter and son-in-law, Lynn and Raymond Milograno; and two grandchildren, Anna and Jonathan Milograno.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made tot he Warren Mallory Memorial Fund, All Saints Episcopal Church, 5290 Saratoga Lane, Woodbridge, VA 22192.
Blasius Baker Funeral Home in Manassas is in charge of the arrangements.

James P. Thorp
James P. Thorp, 78, of Independence, died Monday, Sept. 17, 1999, at Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Independence.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 10 a.m. in the West End Cemetery, Wytheville, with the Rev. Leland Smith officiating.
Born April 25, 1921, at Fries, he was the son of the late John and Bessie Jones Thorp. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran.
He is survived by a brother, John D. Thorp of Chagrin Falls, Ohio; and a cousin, Richard King of Rural Retreat.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence was in charge of the arrangements. 

Rhea McGee Billings
Rhea Jane McGee Billings, 81, of Wytheville died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James Black, the Rev. Connie Black and the Rev. A.C. Ashford officiating. Burial will be in the Pickett Cemetery, Carroll County.
She was born in Carroll County, the daughter of the late John Henry and Victoria McGee. She was the oldest resident of the Wytheville Housing Authority and was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Billings.
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Darlene and James Dalton of Austinville, and Joyce and Thomas Gravley of Wytheville; a son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Patricia Billings of Wytheville; two sisters, Edith Harris of Ivanhoe and Dana Grimes of Bedford; one brother, Raymond Perry McGee of Wytheville; nine grandchildren and spouses, Vickie and Michael Stephens, Paul and Alice Gravley, Drema Richardson, Brenda Wright, Ricky and Romonia Gravley, Christy and Kevin Carroll, Terry Dalton, Jerry Dalton, and Tammy and Michael Keaton; and 16 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Barnett Funeral Home or any time at the residence.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements.

Peggy Louise Camper
Peggy Louise Camper, 66, of Wytheville, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Chapel in Wytheville with Chaplain Marilyn Saarinen officiating. Interment followed in the West End Cemetery.
She was born in Glade Spring.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edgar Adrian Camper; a daughter, Deborah Darlene Camper; her father, Paige Osborne; and a brother, Bobby Norris.
Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Janet and Bobby Kennedy of Max Meadows, Ada "Pep" Camper and her fiancé, Curtis Worrell of Blacksburg; seven sons and daughters-in-law, William Hubert and Deborah Norris of Statesville, N.C., Darrell and Karen Camper of Rural Retreat, Michael D. Camper, Mark and Judy Camper, Jeff and Mary Ann Camper, David D. Camper, and Charlie and Lorie Camper, all of Wytheville; her mother, Helen Osborne of Chilhowie; four sisters, Janet "Peanut" Marion of Orlando, Fla., Mildred Vannoy and Mary Socarras, both of Chilhowie, and Linda Owens of Meadoview; four brothers, Ben Osborne, John Osborne, Avery Osborne and Stuart Osborne, all of Chilhowie; 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two stepgrandchildren, one stepgreat-grandchild and many special friends.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Lula Marie Barnette Hall
Lula Marie Barnette Hall, 73, of Bastian, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, at her residence.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home Chapel in Bland with the Rev. Samuel Shupe officiating. Interment will follow in the Bland Cemetery.
She was born in Gratton, a daughter of the late Oliver and Ollie Pritt Barnette.
She was preceded in death by her husband, B.F. "Joe" Hall; two sisters, Effie Bennett and Laura Bryant; and five brothers, Alonzo Barnette, Leonard Barnette, Clinton Barnette, Clarence Barnette and Jack Barnette.
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Monica Hall of Bastian; a sister, Reba Gross of Bastian; a granddaughter, Beverly Milanese of Fort Riley, Kan.; and several nieces and nephews.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

Malcolm Robinson Lawson
Malcolm Robinson Lawson, 92, of Ivanhoe, died Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1999, at his home.
Funeral services were held Friday, Oct. 8, at 2 p.m. at the Forest United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jean Layell and Jack King officiating. Interment followed in the Lawson Family Cemetery.
He was born in Wythe County, the son of the late Malcolm and Lizzie Jackson Lawson. He was a lifelong Wythe County farmer.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Thelma Shipwash; and his brother, Virgil Lawson.
Survivors include four nieces Addie Wier, Mary Goodman and Ruth Andrews, all of Pulaski, and Alice Taylor of Fries; three nephews, Foster Lawson of Ivanhoe, Malcolm Lawson of Richmond, and Marion "Popeye" Lawson of Max Meadows; one special great-nephew, Philip Bevil of Pulaski; and a host of other great-nieces and great-nephews.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Charles M. Vaughan Jr.
Charles M. Vaughan Jr., 81, of Wytheville, formerly of Rural Retreat, died Thursday, Oct. 7, 1999, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
A graveside service will be held Sunday, Oct. 10, at 2 p.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery in Rural Retreat with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. at the Rural Retreat United Methodist Church with the Rev. Robert Countiss and the Rev. George Jones officiating.
Born in Spring Valley in Grayson County, he was a 1941 graduate of Virginia Tech and a World War II Army Air Corps veteran. He was a lifelong educator, teaching agriculture in Dickenson and Giles counties before moving to Rural Retreat in 1949. He received both state and national recognition for his work, including the Honorary National FFA Award.
He opened and served as the administrator of the Wythe County Vocational School from 1968 to 1980 and served as president of the Virginia Vocational Education Association. He was an active community leader, serving for many years on the Rural Retreat Town Council, the Rural Retreat Fair Association, the Smyth County Community Hospital Board, the Wythe County Industrial Development Authority and the Rural Retreat Lions Club.
He was a devoted member of the Rural Retreat United Methodist Church and taught the Wesley Fellowship Class for more than 30 years.
Survivors include his wife, Frances M. Vaughan of Wytheville; two daughters and son-in-law, Carol and Steve Dagwell of Salem, and Rosamond Vaughan of Issaquah, Wash.; a grandson, Michael Papadales of Issaquah, Wash.; a niece, Charlotte Philen of Galax; a sister-in-law, Jennie-June Vaughan of Spring Valley; and a foster sister, Hassie Leo of Silver Spring, Md.
The family will receive friends Saturday, Oct. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rural Retreat United Methodist Church.
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Rural Retreat United Methodist Church.
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat is in charge of the arrangements.


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