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Ralph Luther Blair Sr. 
Ralph Luther "Samp" Blair Sr., 70, of Cana, Va., formerly of Ivanhoe, Va., died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, in North Surry Hospital, Mt. Airy, N.C. 
A memorial service will be held Friday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. conducted by IVA Lodge No. 173, I.O.O.F. Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at 1 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home Chapel, Austinville, Va., with the Rev. Caudill Ashford officiating. Interment will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Ivanhoe, Va. American Legion Post No. 9 will conduct graveside military rites. 
He was born in Wythe County, Va. He was a retired merchant, rural route mail carrier with the U.S. Postal Service and a former Wythe County Supervisor (Lead Mines District). He was a member of the IVA Lodge No. 173, Independent Order of Odd Fellows and a U.S. Navy veteran. 
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Peggy Weatherman Blair; his parents, William and Augusta Argyle Blair. 
Survivors include his wife, Claudine Blair of Cana, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Robert Baker of Max Meadows, Va.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph Jr. and Bobbye Blair of Byron, Ill., and Sampson and Marylou Blair of Phoenix, Ariz.; three stepsons, Ricky Hawks, Randy Hawks and Rusty Hawks, all of Mt. Airy, N.C.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Mildred and Doug Goeff of Florida, Audrey Blair of Radford, Va., and Charlotte and Aubrey McRoberts of Annapolis, Md.; two brothers and sister-in-law, Troy Blair of Silver Springs, Md., and Reggie and Patty Blair of Ivanhoe, Va.; seven grandchildren, six stepgrandchildren and two great-stepgrandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Friday, Feb. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. (service time) at the Reese Funeral Home or at his home in Ivanhoe, Va., at any time. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Joey Lynn Huff 
Joey Lynn Huff, 44, of Max Meadows, Va., died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2002, in Dublin, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. at the Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski, Va., with Pastor Donald Drummond officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Cemetery, Pulaski, Va. 
He was born in Wythe County, Va., on May 23, 1957. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph V. Huff Jr. and Betty Armbrister Huff; and two brothers, Barry Steven Huff and Dennis Ray Huff. 
Survivors include his wife, Kelly Huff of Dublin, Va.; a son, Travis Huff of Dublin, Va.; a granddaughter, Cierra Huff; his paternal grandmother, Lissie Huff of Hopewell, Va.; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Charlotte Denise and John Rye of Pilot, Va., and Diane and Jeffrey Plant of Willis, Va.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Kirt and Teresa Huff of Castlewood, Va., and Mike and Sabrina Huff of Parrot, Va.; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and friends. 
The family will receive friends Friday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va. 
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials to be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 554, Roanoke, VA 24013. 
Stevens Funeral Home Inc., in Pulaski, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mary Elizabeth Wohlford Kincer 
Mary Elizabeth Wohlford Kincer, 79, of Wytheville, Va., died Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Ephriam United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Allen Reed Wohlford; a sister, Thelma Wohlford Tarter; and a brother, Clayton Wohlford. 
Survivors include a son, Timothy "Butch" Kincer of Wytheville, Va.; her mother, Mae Irvin Wohlford of Wytheville, Va.; four sisters and brother-in-law, Zelma Tarter of Crockett, Va., Audrey and John Copenhaver of Rural Retreat, Va., Vivian Worton of Marion, Va., and Myra Sayers of Florida; five brothers and sisters-in-law, E. Reed and Elizabeth Wohlford of Wytheville, Va., Willis and Betty Wohlford of Wytheville, Va., Fred "Skip" Wohlford of Wytheville, Va., Danny and Nancy Wohlford of Christiansburg, Va., and Brownie Wohlford of Wytheville, Va.; and several nieces, nephews and friends. 
The family will receive friends Friday, Feb. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel. The body will be taken to the church one hour before service time. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Violet Irene Spraker 
Violet Irene Spraker, 79, of Austinville, Va., died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at the Carilion New River Valley Medical Center. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 9, at 2 p.m. at the Shorts Creek Church of God in Austinville, Va., with Pastor Wayne Burnette, Brother Olen Alexander, the Rev. Carl White Jr. and the Rev. Dale Frazier officiating. Burial will follow in the Myers Cemetery in Carroll County, Va. 
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Jewell and Giles Surratt of Radford, Va.; fours sons and daughters-in-law, Ray and Clara Spraker of Austinville, Va., J.D. and Paulette Spraker of Pulaski, Va., Wayne and Judy Spraker of Pulaski, Va., and Charles and Patricia Ann Spraker of Poplar Camp, Va.; three sisters, Ruth Carpenter of Max Meadows, Va., Dorothy Melton of Max Meadows, Va., and Eunice Burris of Max Meadows, Va.; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Shorts Creek Church of God. 
Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home Chapel in Hillsville, Va. is in charge of the arrangements. 

Ada Dell Arnold 
Ada Dell Arnold, 83, of Wytheville, Va., died Friday, May 10, 2002, in the Edgemont Center, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 13, at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ted Anders and the Rev. Joe Carrico officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. Zion Cemetery. 
She was born in Wythe County, Va., a daughter of the late Benjamin and Nannie Parks Arnold. She was member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Cecil Arnold; a sister, Anna Mae Jones; and five brothers, James Arnold, Lawrence Arnold, Willie Gray Arnold, Elmer Arnold and Marvin Arnold. 
Survivors include a daughter, Evelyn Young of Las Vegas, Nev.; two sons and daughter-in-law, Marvin and Lenney Arnold, and David Leon Arnold, all of Wytheville, Va.; four sisters, Rose Shupe and Lillie Arnold, both of Fries, Va., Elizabeth Turner of Max Meadows, Va., and Ethel Smythers of Wytheville, Va.; a brother, Cloyd Arnold of Cooksville, Tenn.; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

James David Baumgardner 
James David Baumgardner, 44, of Ivanhoe, Va., died Friday, May 10, 2002, in the Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tenn. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 13, at 3 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Bob Steele officiating. Interment will follow in the Umberger Family Cemetery. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack B. Baumgardner. 
Survivors include his wife, Edith G. Baumgardner of the home; a son, John T. "Buster" Baumgardner of the home; two daughters, Kelly Baumgardner and Kim Baumgardner, both of Chilhowie, Va.; a stepdaughter, Jennifer Wills of Baltimore, Md.; his mother, Josephine Shuler Baumgardner of Wytheville, Va.; a sister, Nancy Owens of Wytheville, Va.; two brothers, Ronald and Shirley Baumgardner of Kanapolis, N.C., and Jack Baumgardner of Chilhowie, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

William Melton Peake 
William Melton "Mull" Peake, 80, of Pulaski, Va., formerly of Wythe County, Va., died Friday, May 10, 2002, in the Columbia Pulaski Community Hospital, Pulaski, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 13, at 2 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home Chapel, Austinville, Va., with the Rev. Richard Walls officiating. 
He was born in Wythe County, Va., a son of the late Jasper and Mandy Davis Peake. He attended the Church of God. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Magdaline Hardy Peake; one son, William Lee Peake; two grandsons, Wayne Smith and Marvin Dwayne Banes; and one granddaughter, Susie Massie. 
Survivors include eight daughters and sons-in-law, Effie Mae Banes of Wytheville, Va., Bonnie Stone of Draper, Va., Deanna and Jewel Pauley of Galax, Va., Helen and Buford Corvin of Crockett, Va., Betty Davidson of Cripple Creek, Va., Wanda and Starling Jennings of Speedwell, Va., Linda and Roy Wingfield of Rural Retreat, Va., and Brenda and Junior Stone of Austinville, Va.; son, Harry Peake of Speedwell, Va.; a brother, Harry Peake of Virginia Beach, Va.; a longtime companion, Lucy Massie of Pulaski, Va.; 28 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren, several stepgrandchildren, great-stepgrandchildren, great-great-stepgrandchildren, nieces and nephews. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Helen Blanche Coburn 
Helen Blanche Coburn, 89, of Bastian, Va., died Monday, May 13, 2002, in the North Carolina Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, N.C. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 17, at 11 a.m. at the Bastian Union Church, Bastian, Va., with the Rev. Lee McIntosh officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va. 
Born in the Round Bottom section of Bland County, Va., she was a daughter of the late Charles and Dora Walker Morehead. She was a member of the Bastian Union Church, Bastian, Va. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Claude Coburn; one sister, Leona Neal; and three brothers, Gilbert Morehead, Byron Morehead and Emory Morehead. 
Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Donald and Roberta Coburn of Greensboro, N.C., Vernon and Connie Coburn of Bastian, Va., and Warren and Donna Coburn of Roanoke, Va.; two brothers, Jay Howard Morehead of Petersburg, W.Va., and C.L. Morehead of Millville, Del.; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bastian Union Church. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the Bland County Rescue Squad and Fire Department or Grapefield Volunteer Fire Department. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland, Va., is in charge of the arrangements 

Emory Junior Hill 
Emory Junior Hill, 76, of Austinville, Va., died Monday, May 13, 2002, in the Columbia Pulaski Community Hospital, Pulaski, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 16, at 1 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home Chapel, Austinville, Va., with the Rev. RuthAnne Henley and the Rev. Earnest Chinault officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethany Cemetery. 
He was born in Carroll County, Va., a son of the late Sanders and Lillie Dale Hill. He was a member of Beulah United Methodist Church for more than 30 years, a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and retired from the New Jersey Zinc Company. He was a charter member of the Lead Mines Rescue Squad and a member of the Believers Quartet. 
He was preceded in death by three sisters and two brothers. 
Survivors include his wife, Treva Porter Hill; three sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Debra Hill of Galax, Va., Gary and Dinah Hill of Chester, Va., and Jeff and Jodi Hill of Salem, Va.; four grandchildren, Crystal Hill, Eric Hill, G.L. Hill and Shannon Hill; and one sister, Alice Riggins of Greensboro, N.C. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home or at the residence at any time. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorial donations to the Beulah United Methodist Church or the Lead Mines Rescue Squad. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Noma K. Bowers 
Noma K. "Kat" Bowers, 76, of Middle Road, North Kingsville, Ohio, died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, in the Ashtabula County Medical Center. 
Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 18, at 11 a.m. in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Fries, Va., with the Rev. Rance Edwards officiating. 
She was born in Wythe County, Va., a daughter of the late Moody and Emma Holiday Collins. She retired from Molded Fiber Glass. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Forrest C. Bowers; two brothers, Joe Collins and Jack Collins; and a sister, Anna-Margaret Wright. 
Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Douglas C. and Sandra K. Bowers of Ashtabula, Ohio; five grandchildren, Penny Bowers of Painsville, Ohio, Rebecca Bartone of Indianapolis, Ind., Keith Bowers of Columbia, S.C., Tracy Daniels of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Jessica Green of North Kingsville, Ohio; three great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Frankie Lawson of Fries, Va., and Barbara Collins of Ivanhoe, Va. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mary Elizabeth Cline Crockett 
Mary Elizabeth "Sis" Cline Crockett, 59, of Wytheville, Va., died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, in the Roanoke Rehabilitation Center, Roanoke, Va. 
Graveside services will be held Saturday, May 18, at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with the Rev. Robert Billingsley officiating. 
She was born in Wythe County, Va., a daughter of the late Gordon C. and Mary Virginia King Cline. 
Survivors include a daughter, Virginia L. "Jeni" Crockett of Wytheville, Va.; two grandchildren, Brandon Keith Gravely and Derek Weston Gravely, both of the home; an aunt, Bea Lawson of Wytheville, Va.; and special friends, Dennis D. Crockett of Cripple Creek, Va., Judy Safewright of Wytheville, Va., and Barbara McNutt of Pulaski, Va. 
The family will receive friends Friday, May 17, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mary Littreal Mills 
Mary Littreal Mills, 82, of Cripple Creek, Va., died Wednesday, May 15, 2002, at Edgemont Center, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, May 17, at 2 p.m. at the Cripple Creek Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. Jerry Phillips, the Rev. Geary Jonas and the Rev. Cecil Frazier officiating. Interment will follow in the Littreal Family Cemetery. 
She was born in Wythe County, Va., a daughter of the late Bays and Edith Kirby Littreal. She was a member of the Cripple Creek Church of God of Prophecy and was a retired lab technician at the former Malin Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Swanson P. Mills; and a daughter, Edith Authehrieth. 
Survivors include five sons and daughters-in-law, Julius and Glenda Mills of Cripple Creek, Va., Sam Mills, Will and Judy Mills, Jim and Talitha Mills, and E.J. and Lynn Mills, all of North Wilkesboro, N.C.; two daughters, Helen Littig of Orlando, Fla., and Kitty McMillan of Christiansburg, Va.; two brothers, Bill Littreal and Ralph Littreal, both of Cripple Creek, Va.; three sisters, Rachel Crockett and Becky Moore, both of Cripple Creek, Va., and Clarice Sullivan of Fries, Va.; 16 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, May 16, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home, Wytheville, Va. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorial donations to the American Heart Association, c/o Imogene Orfield, P.O. Box 297, Wytheville, VA 24382. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Anne Watson Lindamood Callahan 
Anne Watson Lindamood Callahan, 92, of Wytheville, Va., died Thursday, May 16, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, May 20, at 11 a.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel in Wytheville, Va. Interment will follow in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. 
She was born in Wythe County, Va., the daughter of the late James and Nannie Lindamood. She was a member of the Mt. Ephriam United Methodist Church. 
She was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters. 
Survivors include four sons and daughters-in-law, James R. and Kathrine Callahan of Wytheville, Va., Edward R. and Kattie Callahan of Maple Lake, Minn., Terry P. and Barbara Callahan of Sparta, N.C., and Andrew R. and Bobbie Callahan of Winchester, Va.; 14 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Sunday, May 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery Fund or the Hospice of Southwest Virginia, 600 W. Ridge Road, Wytheville, VA 24382. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Bertie Mae Drumheller Burns 
Bertie Mae "Perk" Drumheller Burns, 69, of Staunton, Va., died Saturday, May 18, 2002, at the Augusta Medical Center in Fishersville, Va. 
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m. at Oak Lawn Mausoleum and Memory Gardens with the Rev. Deborah A. Koontz officiating. 
She was born May 15, 1933, in Staunton, Va., a daughter of Paul Franklin and Mattie Drumheller. She was a member of Stonewall United Methodist Church. Before retiring, she was manager of Ray's Restaurant. 
She is survived by her husband of 34 years, Hencil A. "Buddy" Burns of the home; two sons and daughters-in-law, Ralph L. and Vickie Leitch of Staunton, Va., and Ray D. and Anita Leitch of Augusta County, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Angela and David Bratton of Millboro, Va.; one sister, Marguerite Davis of Lawrenceville, Va.; one brother, Tommy Drumheller; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a special friend, Joyce Bosserman; and her pet, "B.J." 
Memorial donations may be made to Staunton Augusta Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 2566, Staunton, VA 24402; or to the SPCA, P.O. Box 2014, Staunton, VA 24402. 

Thomas M. Jackson Sr. 
Thomas M. Jackson Sr., 94, of Austinville, Va., died Sunday, May 19, 2002, in the Twin County Regional Hospital, Galax, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at the Bethany United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ruthanne Henley and the Rev. Ramon Torres officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethany Cemetery. 
He was born in Wythe County, Va., a son of the late Michael Hastwell and Bessie Councilman Jackson. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 1933, he served in Tazewell County, Va., and Pittsylvania County, Va., as an extension agent. He was a U.S. Army Air Force veteran of World War II, serving in the 5th Army 351st Bomber Group. As a member of the Jolly Roger Bomb Squadron, he flew over 50 missions in the South Pacific. He was a lifelong member of Bethany United Methodist Church, serving in various leadership capacities. He was a director of Southwest Virginia Farm Credit for many years, an active member of the Wythe County Democratic Committee, a prominent award-winning dairy farmer and a member of the Wythe County School Board from 1963-1977 serving as chairman for the last 10 years. He was a charter member of the Lead Mines Ruritan Club, having helped establish the club in 1948. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Barbour Jackson; a grandson, Michael Barbour; and a sister, Betty J. Ward. 
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Thomas M. Jr. and Cynthia J. Jackson of Galax, Va.; two stepsons and one stepdaughter-in-law, J.A. "Sandy" and Joanne Barbour of Roanoke, Va., and Robert H. "Bobby" Barbour of Austinville, Va.; four grandchildren and their spouses, Thomas M. Jackson III, Jenna Katherine Jackson, David Brian and Kellee M. Barbour, and Suzanne B. and Jeffrey K. Wolfe; and one great-granddaughter, Ashlyn Elizabeth Wolfe. 
The family will receive friends Monday, May 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bethany United Methodist Church. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorial donations to the Bethany Cemetery Fund, 4255 Ft. Chiswell Road, Austinville, VA 24312. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Bertha Williams Underwood 
Bertha Williams Underwood, 56, of Painter's Woods section of Draper, Va., died Friday, May 17, 2002, at her home.Funeral services will be held Monday, May 20, at 4 p.m. at Draper Valley Baptist Church with the Rev. Wilfred Overton officiating. Burial will follow in the Draper Valley Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery, Wythe County, Va. 
She was born May 3, 1946 in Wythe County, Va., a daughter of the late James E. Williams Sr. and Janie Dix Williams. She was a member of Draper Valley Baptist Church. She was a graduate of George Wythe High School Class of 1964. She was dispatch clerk for Roadway Express in Wytheville, Va., with 10 years of service. 
She is survived by her husband, Daniel L. Underwood of Draper, Va.; two sons, Stephen W. Underwood and Brian Keith Underwood, both of Draper, and Brian¹s friend, Shannon Umberger of Wytheville, Va.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Michelle U. and James Nelson of Draper, Va., and Sharmon U. and Bryan Dalton of Fairlawn, Va.; grandchildren, Dylan S. Underwood, Sierra D. Underwood, Brenna R. Nelson and Merinna C. Nelson, all of Draper, Va.; honorary daughter and son, Katie McDaniel and Travis Cregger of Pulaski, Va.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and Agnes Williams of Wytheville, Va., Jim and Jamie Williams of Rural Retreat, Va., Joe and Jean Williams of North Ridgeville, Ohio, John and Dollie Williams of Wytheville, Va., George and Mary Ann Williams of Bluefield, W.Va.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Katherine and Jim Callahan of Wytheville, Va., Janie and Carl Harmon of Max Meadows, Va., Ruby and Johnny Tickle of Draper, Va., and Edna and Ricky Parks of Wytheville, Va.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Judy and Don Harrel of Pulaski, Va.; brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, Ronnie and Teresa Underwood of Draper, Va., and Ray and Elizabeth Underwood of Pulaski, Va.; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends. 
The family suggests that memorials be made to the Draper Valley Baptist Church in Draper, VA 24324. 
Stevens Funeral Home in Pulaski, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.


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