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Geneva Fielder Grubb
Geneva Fielder Grubb, 67, of Wytheville, died Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2000, at her residence.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery.
She is survived by a daughter, Rhonda G. Hall of Wytheville; a son, Terry N. Grubb of Dublin; two sisters, Betty Sewell of Clarksville, Ohio, and Verne Cline of Wytheville; three half sisters, Ann Gambill of Wytheville, Cathleen Haulsee of Rocky Mt., and Ethel Perkins of Wytheville; six brothers, Don Fielder, Roger Fielder, Carl Fielder and Michael Fielder, all of Wytheville, David Fielder of North Carolina, and Robert Fielder of Botetourt; and four grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Wythe County Rescue Squad.
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements.

Geneva Lorraine Myer Mams
Geneva Lorraine Myer Mams, 80, of Wytheville, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2000, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
A funeral mass was held Friday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church with Father Rene Castillo officiating. Entombment followed in the West End Cemetery Mausoleum.
She was born in Salem, W.Va., a daughter of the late Delbert and Alcinda Norris Myer. She was a graduate of Elkins High School and Davis and Elkins College in Elkins, W.Va. For more than 20 years, she taught school in McDowell County and other West Virginia school systems. After moving to Wytheville in 1964, she taught until her retirement at Spiller Elementary School. She was a member of the Virginia Retired Teachers Association, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a former member of the Wytheville Woman’s Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl F. Mams Sr.
Survivors include a daughter, Tamera Annette Mams of Denver, Colo.; a son and daughter-in-law, Carl Jr. and Linda Mams of Lexington, Ky.; a granddaughter, Ashley Nichole Mams of Lexington, Ky.; a sister, Marvadell Myer of Florida; and a brother, Eugene Myer of Severna Park, Md.
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the American Heart Association.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements. 

Brenda R. Bear
Brenda R. Bear, 52, of Rural Retreat, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2000, in Smyth County Community Hospital.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Funeral Services Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Black and the Rev. Neville Mozingo officiating. Burial followed in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Rural Retreat.
She was an employee of Smyth County Community Hospital.
She is survived by her husband, Billy Bear of Rural Retreat; two daughters and one son-in-law, Melissa and Michael Musser of Rural Retreat, and Stephanie McCleese of Austin, Texas; two stepsons, and one stepdaughter-in-law, Scott and Anita Bear and B.J. Bear, all of Rural Retreat; her mother, Daisy Riggins of Pulaski; her father, George Riggins of Newbern; two sisters, Joyce Brown of Dublin, and Linda Cox of Pulaski; and one grandson, Garrett Musser.
Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or to the Virginia Breast Cancer Foundation, 5001 West Broad Street, Suite 201, Richmond, VA 23230.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service in Marion was in charge of the arrangements.

David E. Bralley Jr.
David E. Bralley Jr., 72, of Austinville, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 2, at 1 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home Chapel. Entombment will follow in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Rural Retreat.
He was born in Wythe County, a son of the late David E. Sr. and Roberta Fields Bralley. He was a member of the Austinville Baptist Church where he served as deacon and treasurer. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and was retired from the New Jersey Zinc Company. He was a member and Past Master and Past District Deputy Grand Master of Ivanhoe Masonic Lodge 235, A.F.&A.M., a member and Past High Priest of Royal Arch Chapter 51, a member and Past Commander of Lynn Commandry 9, and a member and past patron of Evansham Chapter No. 97, Order of the Eastern Star.
He is survived by his wife, Faye Hines Bralley of the home; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Orita and Lee Pike of Wytheville, and Novella and Jerry Riggins of Louisa; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Ralph and Sally Bralley of Max Meadows, and Duane Bralley of Dobson, N.C.; and several nieces, nephews and special friends.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home or at the residence at any time.
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville is in charge of the arrangements.

Edward Thomas Buckhout
Edward Thomas Buckhout, 69, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2000, at Mount Vernon Hospital, Alexandria, because of complications from heart surgery and diabetes.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m. at Miller Funeral Home in Woodbridge. A military burial service followed at Quantico.
A native of Scipio Center, N.Y., and a long-time resident of Northern Virginia, he was a son of the late Richard Claude Buckhout and the late Erma Fausnaugh Buckhout Clark. He served as a master sergeant in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for First Virginia Bank and International Bank in Washington. Overseas assignments with International Bank took him to Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, England and Hong Kong. After retiring from banking, he owned and operated a tax preparation business in Northern Virginia. He attended Syracuse University and graduated from George Washington University. 
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ann Wilson Buckhout in 1968.
Survivors include his wife, Ethel Aker Buckhout; three sons, Christopher, Dana and Jonathan; a daughter, Amanda; two brothers, Phillip V. of Scipio Center, N.Y., and Richard W. of Auburn, N.Y.; a sister, Betty B. Wiley of Auburn, N.Y.; four grandchildren; two daughters-in-law; and five nieces and nephews.
Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association in memory of Edward Buckhout.
Miller Funeral Home in Woodbridge was in charge of the arrangements.

Thomas L. Braxton Sr.
The Rev. Thomas L. Braxton Sr., 68, of Wytheville, died Friday, Feb. 25, 2000, at his residence.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 29, at 1 p.m. at the Franklin Street United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the Oakwood Cemetery.
He was born in Wythe County, a son of the late James and Lola Waugh Braxton. He served as pastor of the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church and was a retired house foreman from the Radford Army Ammunition Plant. He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Crockett Braxton of the home; two daughters and a son-in-law, Georgia B. Crockett of Wytheville, and Lolena B. and Sergio Lopez of Speedwell; four sons and a daughter-in-law, Thomas L Braxton Jr. of Wytheville, James S. and Debra Braxton of Speedwell, Joseph V. Braxton and Claude A. Braxton, both of Wytheville; a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Daisy and George Chaffin of Grand Rapids, Mich.; a brother and sister-in-law, James Randolph and Iva Braxton of Columbus, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Stephanie Suttles, Heather Grubb, Christian Crockett, Micaiah Braxton, Christa Braxton, Jessica Braxton, Matthew Braxton, and Nazareth Lopez; five great-grandchildren; aunt, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins; the congregation of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church; and host of friends.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.

Russell Lee Conway
Russell Lee Conway, 75, of Rural Retreat, died Sunday, Feb. 27, 2000, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel with Jack King and Paul Lineberry officiating. Interment will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery in Rural Retreat. Military graveside rites will be conducted by Marion V.F.W. Post 4667.
He was born in Owensboro, Ky., a son of the late Luther and Flora Cundiff Conway. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II from 1943 to 1946. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rachel Lee Conway.
Survivors include two sons, David Lee Conway of Staunton, and Jerry Lee Conway of the home; two grandsons, Cliff Conway and Chris Conway; and four great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Rural Retreat Church of Christ or to the Rural Retreat Volunteer Emergency Services.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, March 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home.
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat is in charge of the arrangements.

Opal Juanita Looney
Opal Juanita Looney, 85, of Bastian, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 1, at 2 p.m. at the Green Valley United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Kitts officiating.
She was born in Grapefield, the daughter of the late Vernie O. and Annie M. Heilman Kidd.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Looney.
Survivors include a sister, Pearl O’Farrell of Bastian; and several nieces and nephews.
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert H. Williams Sr.
Robert H. "Bobby" Williams Sr., 71, of Wytheville, died Tuesday, Feb. 29, 2000, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 3, at 11 a.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Michael Wingard officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery in Ceres.
He was born in Wytheville, a son of the late Sherman H. and Annie L. Williams. He was the founder of Williams Manufacturing Corporation and was a member of the Wytheville Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Ann Cox Williams of the home; two daughters, Bobby Ann Williams, and Dixie Susan Williams, both of Wytheville; one son and daughter-in-law, Robert H. Jr. and Kathy Williams of Ceres; two grandchildren, Virginia Ann Williams, and Grace Katherine Williams; four sisters, Patsy Kulp of Roanoke, Nancy Alley of Wytheville, Rebecca Stultz of Floyd, and Mary Brewster of York, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends Thursday, March 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home or at the residence at any time.
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Wythe County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 389, Wytheville, VA 24382, or to the Wytheville Presbyterian Church Building Fund.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements.

Sue Vaught Dunkley
Sue Vaught Dunkley, 72, of Wytheville, Va., died Monday, May 8, 2000, at her residence.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 11, at 11 a.m. in the Crockett Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeff Callahan officiating. Interment will be in the Gleaves Family Cemetery, Cripple Creek, Va.
She was a daughter of the late Thomas O. and Annie McClintock Vaught and was retired from the Wythe County School system. She was a member of the Crockett Chapel United Methodist Church where she held many offices. 
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Loretta Fuller, Ann Early and Lucille Vaught.
Survivors include her husband, James E. Dunkley Sr. of Wytheville, Va.; four daughters and three sons-in-law, Cathy and Donnie Pattison of Wytheville, Va., Kay Dunkley of Fredericksburg, Va., Susan and Russell Fisher of Wytheville, Va., and Helen and Harry Moore of Cripple Creek, Va.; one son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Jacqueline Dunkley of Cripple Creek, Va.; one sister, Bonnie V. Crigger of Virginia Beach, Va.; three brothers and two sisters-in-law, Thomas O. "Tom" Vaught, George A. and Jane Vaught and Mack B. and Wanda Vaught, all of Wytheville, Va.; seven grandchildren, Jill Brewster, Kelly Thomas, Jon Fisher, Jared Fisher, Jamie Dunkley, Jeff Dunkley and Jessica Moore; two great-grandchildren, Meagan Brewster and Shania Thomas; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Crockett Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Linda Porter, 1861 St. Peters Road, Cripple Creek, VA 24322; or to the Wythe County Rescue Squad.
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Rosa Arlene Shinault Hamlin
Rosa Arlene Shinault Hamlin, 59, of Wytheville, Va., died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
A graveside service will be held Friday, May 12, at 2 p.m. at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Isaac Fred Hamlin; her father, Wilbert Francis Shinault; a brother, Steven Patrick Shinault; and a sister, Patricia Darlene Jennings.
Survivors by her mother, Ellen Peak Shinault of Lovers Lane, Wytheville, Va.; six brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Nancy Shinault of Pulaski, Va., Jake and Belle Shinault of Piney section of Wythe County, Va., Jack and Susie Shinault of Wytheville, Va., Merle and Kay Shinault of Groveport, Ohio, Gabe and Linda Shinault of Max Meadows, and Preston Shinault of Wytheville, Va.; special friends, Wilma Brown and Shirley Jenkins; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Marge Shinault, Linda Blevins, Melba and Charlie Creger, and LeJeanne and Dennis Cassell, all of Wytheville, Va.; 26 nieces and nephews, 23 great-nieces and great-nephews, and several aunts and uncles.
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 11, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel, or at the residence of her mother, Ellen Shinault at anytime.
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Sarah Price Sheffey
Sarah Price Sheffey, 89, of Wytheville, Va., died Tuesday, May 2, 2000, in the Edgemont Nursing Home.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 5, at 11 a.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel. Interment followed in the Davis Cemetery.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Sheffey; a daughter, Joyce Sheffey; and two sons, Jimmy Sheffey and Dan Sheffey.
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Bill Long of Longwood, Fla.; a son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Wanda Sheffey of Wytheville, Va.; six grandchildren, Wayne Sheffey, Dennis Sheffey, Mark Sheffey, Danny Sheffey, Kim Davidson and Bill Long IV; six great-grandchildren, Dawn Sheffey, Matthew Sheffey, Philip Sheffey, Chad Sheffey, Jordan Davidson, Ashlyn Sarah Davidson; and special friends, Layuna and Holly Shinault.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Huddle Memorial Church.
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va., was in charge of the arrangements.

Wilson Winfield Belcher 
Wilson Winfield Belcher, 67, of Rocky Gap, Va., died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002, at his residence after a long bout with cancer. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. at Riffe’s Funeral Service Chapel in Narrows, Va., with the Rev. Allen Mahan, the Rev. Barry Absher and Keith Gore officiating. Burial will be in the Monte Vista Park Cemetery, Bluefield, W.Va. 
He was a lifelong resident of Bland County, Va., and was born Aug. 26, 1934. He was a member of the Laurel Fork Baptist Church and American Legion Post No. 68 of Narrows, Va. He was a retired employee of the Celanese Plant at Narrows, Va., after 30 years of service and was a farmer. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Winfield and Mary Wilson Belcher; and a sister, Joyce Belcher Lilly. 
Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Mary Lou Belcher of the home; a son, Sammy Belcher of Rocky Gap, Va.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and Mark Neal of Rocky Gap, Va., and Susan and Teddy Kinder of Alexis, N.C.; and six grandchildren, J.C. Belcher, Joshua Neal, Jeremy Neal, Jacob Kinder, Mollie Neal and Samantha Belcher. 
The family will receive friends Monday, Jan. 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows, Va. 
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Hospice of Southwest Virginia, 600 West Ridge Road, Wytheville, VA 24382. 
Riffe’s Funeral Service in Narrows, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Erma Grubb Frye 
Erma Grubb Frye, 76, of Wytheville, Va., died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 2 p.m. at Evergreen United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bob Carbary and Sherman Dixon officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the service. 
She was a daughter of the late Walter S. and Georgia Etter Grubb. She was a member of the Evergreen United Methodist Church. 
She is survived by her husband, H. Peyton Frye of Wytheville, Va.; a son and daughter-in-law, Foye and Peggy Frye of Marion, Va.; a sister, Dolly Robinson of Wytheville, Va.; a grandson, Billy Frye of Blacksburg, Va.; and many nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Monday, Jan. 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. 
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Evergreen Church Cemetery Fund or the American Cancer Society. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Myrtle Gilbert Lambert 
Myrtle Gilbert Lambert, 95, of Wytheville, Va., died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, in the Edgemont Health Care Center, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Ann Blair officiating. Interment will be in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Lambert. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Judson and Barbara Lambert of Wytheville; three sisters, Vivian F. Wampler of Marion, Va., Edna Blessing of Wytheville, Va., and Hazel Brinkley of Lenoir, N.C.; one grandson, John Lambert of Washington, D.C.; a special niece, Helen Burkett of Marion, Va.; a special nephew, Don Wampler of Marion, Va.; and several other nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Claudine King Martin 
Claudine King Martin, 74, of Ivanhoe, Va., died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home Chapel in Austinville, Va., with the Rev. John Jenkins and the Rev. Gary Cope officiating. Interment will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Ivanhoe, Va. 
She was born in Ivanhoe, Va., a daughter of the late Eli Davis King and Florence Walke King. She was a member of the Ivanhoe Pentecostal Holiness Church and the Ivanhoe Senior Citizens. She was retired from Wythe County Community Hospital where she was a nurse’s aide for 26 years. 
She was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. 
Survivors include her husband, Warren G. "Billy" Martin of the home; four sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny and Joyce Martin of Austinville, Va., Terry and Kathy Martin, Tom and Connie Martin, all of Wytheville, Va., and Mike Martin of Ivanhoe, Va.; a brother, Randolph King of Ivanhoe, Va.; a sister, Sarah Jane Russell of Smithfield, N.C.; five grandchildren, one great-grandchild, one stepgrandchild and one great-stepgrandchild. 
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home or at the residence at any time. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Earnie Allen Roberson 
Earnie Allen Roberson, 41, of Wytheville, Va., died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2002. 
A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Edward Schaack officiating. 
He was preceded in death by his mother, Macie Roberson; a brother, Harold "Dean" Roberson; and a sister, Virginia Ann Merritt. 
Survivors include his father, Harold Roberson of Wytheville, Va.; a brother and sister-in-law, Tim and Evelyn Roberson of Wytheville, Va.; a sister, Linda Roberson of the Piney section of Wythe County, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in a charge of the arrangements. 

Clinton Rash Taylor 
Clinton Rash Taylor of Austinville, Va., died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare in Galax, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Bethany United Methodist Church, Austinville, Va., with the Rev. Wayne King of Richmond, Va., and the Rev. RuthAnn Henley officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. 
He was born in Carroll County, Va., a son of the late James Monroe and Martha Lawson Taylor. He was a prominent cattle/horse farmer. He retired after 44 years with Bertha Mineral Company which was a division of New Jersey Zinc Co. He was a member of the New River Trail Wagon Train. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche Easter Taylor. 
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Adeen T. and William Randolph Myers of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Hazel T. and Whitney Keys of Annapolis, Md.; one granddaughter and her husband, Adeen Bell and David Orth-Moore of Los Lunas, N.M.; three great-grandchildren, Cassidy Orth-Moore, Shea Orth-Moore and Jordan Orth-Moore; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home, Galax, Va. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Bethany Cemetery Fund, 4255 Fort Chiswell Road, Austinville, VA 24312. 
Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home in Galax, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.


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