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Nellie Pierce Bell Davis 
Nellie Pierce Bell Davis, 92, of Wytheville, Va., died Wednesday, June 5, 2002. 
Funeral service will be held Sunday June 9, at 2 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Jeff Callahan officiating. Interment in the Mt. View United  Methodist Church Cemetery. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy C. Davis; two sons, Rufus Davis and Edward Davis; a daughter, Sadie Marie Davis; and two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 
Survivors include seven sons, Roy C. Davis Jr. of Beaufort, S.C., David Elmo Davis, Earlwood Davis, Roger Lee Davis, Kenneth R. Davis, Curtis Graham Davis and Billy Joe Davis, all of Wytheville, Va.; one daughter, Betty Jean Davis Hickson of Salem, Va.; one sister, Mary Ann Bell Davis of Wytheville, Va.; special caregiver, Sandra Fields; 16 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Saturday, June 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home. 
Grubb Funeral home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Robert C. Holmes 
The Rev. Robert C. Holmes, 80, of Wytheville, Va., formerly of Richlands, Va., and Rosedale, Va., died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, at his home following a lengthy illness. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at the Richlands Tabernacle Church in Richlands, Va., with the Rev. Ralph Horton and the Rev. Kenneth Fogus officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Va. Casey-Shortt VFW Post No. 9640 and Tazewell County Chapter No. 31 DAVE will conduct military graveside rites. 
He was born in Seaboard, Va. He had made his home in the Wytheville, Va., area for the past four years and was a retired minister/evangelist and co-owner of V.H. Holmes & Sons, Inc., a recycling center in Richlands, Va. He attended both the Wytheville Pentecostal Holiness Church and Draper Valley Pentecostal Holiness Church and was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was an activist in the field of securing funding for the care of the mentally retarded in their home communities. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor H. and Margaret "Maggie" Lawson Holmes, both Richlands, Va., natives; one sister, Carrie Holmes Helton; and six brothers, L.C. Holmes, Garfield Holmes, Mansfield Holmes, Willie Holmes, Arvil Holmes and Thedford Holmes. 
Survivors include his wife of 50 years, Rebecca Ruth Musick Holmes; two daughters, Ann Bramblett of Norfolk, Va., and Barbara G. Holmes of Wytheville, Va.; three sons, Larry C. Holmes of Hillsville, Va., Randall W. Holmes of Hillsville, Va., and Danny L. Holmes of Hillsville, Va.; one sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Walter Puckett of Eure, N.C.; one brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. Alvin and Betty Holmes of Richlands, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Loyale Epling Holmes of Hampton, Va., and Martha Asbury Holmes of Richlands, Va.; five grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, June 6, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the United Pentecostal Holiness Church in Richlands, Va.; Friday, June 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va.; and Saturday, June 8, from 10 to 11 a.m. (service time) at the Richlands Tabernacle Church in Richlands, Va. 
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Georgia Pearl Hagy 
Georgia Pearl Hagy, 90, of Bland, Va., died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, in the Kegley Manor Nursing Home in Bastian, Va. 
A graveside service will be held Saturday, June 8, at 11 a.m. at the Morning Star Cemetery, Bland, Va. 
She is survived by three sisters, Nancy Hagy Staley of Wytheville, Va., Allie Ingram of Bland, Va., and Callie L. Mercer of Md.; a brother, John M. Hagy of Kentucky; and several nieces and nephews. 
There will be no visitation at the funeral home. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

John Dennis McDonald 
John Dennis McDonald, 47, of Wytheville, Va., died Wednesday, June 5, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 8, at 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., with Pastor Todd Porter officiating. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Jack McDonald; father-in-law, Charles Preston Adams Sr.; and a brother-in-law, John Adams. 
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Adams McDonald of the home; a stepdaughter, Crystal Durrance of Wytheville, Va.; two stepgrandchildren, Michael Seth Durrance and Jared Andrew Durrance, both of Wytheville, Va.; his mother, Betty Sue McDonald of Tulsa, Okla.; two sisters and brother-in-law, Pat McDonald of Tulsa, Okla., and Linda and Tony Mancini of Springfield, Va.; mother-in-law, Mary Carolyn Adams of Wytheville, Va.; a sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Regina and Rick Christian of Lexington, N.C.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Charles Jr. and Nicole Adams of Tuscaloose, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Friday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. (service time) at the Barnett Funeral Home. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Raymond R. "Ray" Myers 
Raymond R. "Ray" Myers, 80, of Plant City, Fla., died June 25, 2002. 
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Plant City in Plant City, Fla., with Dr. Ron Churchill officiating. Interment followed at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla. 
He was a resident of Plant City, Fla., for 15 years, coming from Winter Springs, Fla. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a federal employee for 32 years. He was a member of the H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society and the Historical Museum Visitors Center was named in his honor. He was a member of the Elks Lodge No. 727, the Retired Federal Employees Association, and the First Baptist Church of Plant City. 
He is survived by his wife, Mary Myers of Plant City, Fla.; one son, Steven Myers of Frederick, Md.; one daughter, Julie Cooper of Mt. Joy, Pa.; one brother, George Myers of Roanoke, Va.; and one sister, Patricia Edwards of Creedmoor, N.C. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Life Path Hospice or First Baptist Church of Plant City Building Fund. 
Hopewell Funeral Home and Cemetery in Plant City, Fla., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Samuel Richard Rosenbaum 
Samuel Richard "Buttercup" Rosenbaum, 70, of Wytheville, Va., died Sunday, June 30, 2002 in the New River Valley Medical Center, Radford, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 4, at 2 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va. Interment will follow in the Bethany Lutheran Cemetery. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Robinson and Anna Mae Sutliffe Rosenbaum. 
Survivors include his wife, Sandra Rosenbaum of the home; one daughter, Connie R. Lane of Guam; one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Kay Rosenbaum of Wytheville, Va.; four stepsons and spouses, Kenneth and Sharon Kirby of Dublin, Va., David and Yuka Kirby of Jacksonville, Fla., Ralph and Janice Kirby of Virginia Beach, Va., and Roy and Paula Kirby of Roanoke, Va.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Irene and Robert Clippard of Martinsville, Va., Dolly and John Williams, and Mae Rosenbaum, all of Wytheville, Va.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Damon Rosenbaum, Bill and Mary Rosenbaum, and Pat and Marie Rosenbaum, all of Wytheville, Va.; two grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Clinton Monroe Webb 
Clinton Monroe Webb, 77, of North Augusta, S.C., and formerly of Wytheville, Va., died Monday, July 1, 2002. 
Graveside services will be Wednesday, July 3, 11 a.m. in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Rural Retreat, Va., with the Rev. Dr. Tom Sproule officiating. 
He was a U. S. Navy veteran of World War II and was a retired engineer from the Merchant Marines. He was the son of the late Clinton M. Sr. and Nettie Miller Webb. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Josie Pearl "Sally" Webb. 
Survivors include three sons and one daughter-in-law, John O¹Dell Webb of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Clinton M. III and Linda Webb of North Augusta, S.C.; Robert Charles Webb of Roanoke, Va.; two special nieces, Thelma "Teetie" Hoback and Ramona "Noodie" Etter, both of Wytheville, Va.; three grandchildren, John O¹Dell Webb Jr., James Matthew Webb, both of Baltimore, Md., and Clinton Monroe Webb IV of North Augusta, S.C.; and four great-grandchildren. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Joan Louise Stohr Gonda 
Joan Louise Stohr Gonda, 68, of Wytheville, Va., died Sunday, July 7, 2002. 
A memorial service will be held Wednesday July 10, at noon at St. Mary¹s Catholic Church in Wytheville, Va. 
She was the daughter of the late Carl and Phyllis Yottes Stohr. 
She is preceded in death by her husband, Andrew William Gonda Jr. 
Survivors include one daughter, Dr. Elizabeth Gonda of Wytheville, Va.; two sons and daughter-in-law Cdr. Philip Andrew and Aimee-Christine Gonda of Memphis, Tenn., and William Gonda of Asheville, N.C.; sister, Carolyn Wood of Scottsdale Ariz.; and two grandchildren, James Andrew Gonda of Memphis Tenn., and Stephen Philip Gonda of Memphis, Tenn. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 10, from 10:30 a.m. to noon (service time) at St. Mary¹s Catholic Church. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Wythe County Rescue Squad. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Elsinda Albert Hicks 
Elsinda "Susie" Albert Hicks, 79, of Austinville, Va., died Saturday, July 6, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 8, at 8 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home Chapel, Austinville, Va., with the Rev. Jerry Long officiating. Interment will be held Tuesday, July 9, at 11 a.m. in the Bethany Cemetery. 
She was born in Leigh, Neb., a daughter of the later Ray Graham Albert and Emma Wachal Albert. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Joseph "Pat" Hicks. 
Survivors include a special friend and caregiver, Doris "Junior" Eversole of Austinville, Va.; two cousins, William Cisler of Nebraska, and Edward Linn of Colorado; and a special attorney friend, Archie Campbell of Wytheville, Va. 
Friends may call at the Reese Funeral Home Monday, July 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Gladys Eleanor Kincer 
Gladys Eleanor Kincer, 83, of Wytheville, Va., died Sunday, July 7, 2002. 
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, July 10, at 8 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Kevin Fiorini. A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 11, at 11 a.m. in the West End Cemetery. 
She was the daughter of the late Thomas S. and Lillie Cassell Kincer. 
She is survived by several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. (service time) at the Grubb Funeral home 
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Justine King 
Justine King, 68, of Ceres, Va., died Sunday, July 7, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 10, at 2 p.m. at the Bethany United Methodist Church in Ceres, Va., with the Rev. Bruce Shelton and the Rev. Ruthanne Henley officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethany United Methodist Church Cemetery. The body will be taken to the church one hour before service time. 
She was born in Bland County, Va. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Owen Charles King; and her parents, Olen P. and Clara Umbarger Hanshew. 
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Gary Sadler of Bland, Va.; two sons, David Anthony King and Steven Eric King, both of Ceres, Va.; three grandchildren, Laura Victoria Leonard of Ceres, Va., Melissa Annette Sadler and Jerrod Matthew Sadler, both of Bland, Va.; two great-grandchildren, Justin Tyler Leonard and Taylor Nichole Leonard; a sister and brother-in-law, Gertrude and Lee Tate of Ceres, Va.; and a brother and sister-in-law, Larry R. and Donna Hanshew of Ceres, Va. 
The family will receive friends Tuesday, July 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Highland's Bland Funeral Chapel. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Ceres Fire Department or the Bland County Rescue Squad. 
Highland's Bland Funeral Chapel in Bland, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Helen Ruzie Pack 
Helen Ruzie Pack, 90, of Wytheville, Va., died Wednesday, July 10, 2002, in Asbury Center at Birdmont, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 12, at 11 a.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va. Interment will follow in the West End Cemetery, Wytheville, Va. 
She was born in Cripple Creek, Va., a daughter of the late John Stuart and Annie Lottie Wolfe Littreal. She was a member of the Cripple Creek Church of God of Prophecy. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Theodore Pack; a son, Phillip Pack; three brothers and four sisters. 
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Terrence Maxwell and Polly Lucinda Pack of Route 3, Wytheville, Va., and Jene Douglas and Patsy Mozelle Pack of Jarrettsville, Md.; three grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mary Morgan Stoots 
Mary Morgan Stoots, 66, of Austinville, Va., died Monday, July 8, 2002, in the Roanoke Community Hospital, Roanoke, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 11, at 11 a.m. at the Reese Funeral Home Chapel, Austinville, Va., with the Rev. Gary Cope officiating. Interment will follow in the Bethany Cemetery, Poplar Camp section of Wythe County, Va. 
She was born in North Wales, U.K. the daughter of the late Joseph and Annie Rogers Morgan. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Stoots. 
Survivors include a daughter, Patricia Anne Stoots of Austinville, Va.; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael Eric and Wynn Stoots of Collinsville, Okla.; three grandchildren, Erica Michelle Callahan, Maryanne L. Stoots and Andrea Denise Stoots; a sister, Dolly Burchell of Petersborough, London, U.K.; a brother, John and Una Morgan of Australia; niece, Kathryn Price of Wisconsin; a special friend, Beatrice Surratt of Austinville, Va.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, William R. and Sharon Stoots of South Carolina; a sister-in-law, Linda Stoots Lawson and David of Wytheville, Va.; special-in-laws, Deniske and Richard Albin of Texas; great-uncle, C.T. "Charlie Mike" Stoots of Austinville, Va.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Swanson and Ellen Stoots; special friends, Pauline Stevens and family of Texas; and many nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends in the U.K. and Australia. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Home. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Frankie M. Leedy 
Frankie M. Leedy, 81, of Wytheville, Va., died Thursday, July 11, 2002, in the Edgemont Center, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 14, at 3 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the East End Cemetery, Wytheville, Va. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer Leedy; a son, John E. Leedy Jr.; her parents and stepmother, William Glen and Elsie Hudson Martin and Annie Huff Martin. 
Survivors include two daughters and sons-in-law, Becky and Billy Fields of Wytheville, Va., and Donna and Donald "Dee" Stroupe of Crockett, Va.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Bill and Charlene Leedy of Wytheville, Va., and Marty and Leslie Leedy of Wytheville, Va.; a grandson, Jeff Fields; four granddaughters, Dawn Fields Riley, Diane "Tink" DeHaven, Melissa "Lisa" Gamblin, and Chelsea Stroupe; great-granddaughters, Falon Ayers and Bridget Fields; a great-grandson, Troy Gamblin; a great-great-granddaughter, Diamond Ayers; a step-grandson, Jason Cornett; a step-granddaughter, Lauren Cornett; two sisters-in-law, Nancy Udell and Mary Leedy; and a daughter-in-law, Libby Leedy Richardson of Roanoke, Va. 
The family will receive friends Saturday, July 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel or at any of the children's homes at any time. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Glen R. Brewster 
Glen R. Brewster, 74, of York, Pa., died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, in the York Hospital. Graveside service will be held Saturday, July 20, at noon at the West End Cemetery in Wytheville. Funeral cortege will form at the gate of the cemetery at 11:45 a.m. 
He was born Nov. 10, 1927, in Logan, W.Va., son of the late Dow and Sallie Curry Brewster. Retiring in 1997, he worked as a research chemist for Adhesive Branch in Glen Rock, Pa. He was a member of Providence Presbyterian Church of York, where he was an elder and a charter member. He was a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., class of 1950, and a U.S. Army veteran. 
Survivors include a son, Loren Brewster of York, Pa.; a daughter, Nancy Brewster of York, Pa.; brother, Paul Brewster of Tazewell; sister, Melaine Fraley of Troutville. Several nieces and nephews also survive. 
Memorial contributions may be made to Providence Presbyterian Church, 1215 church Road, York, Pa. 17404. 
Heffner Funeral Chapel and Crematory Inc., 1551 Kenneth Road, York, Pa., 17404, is in charge of the arrangements. 

Rev. Harless DeHart 
The Rev. Harless DeHart, 86, of Max Meadows, died Sunday, July 14, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at the Riverview Church of God with the Rev. Ronnie Stuart, the Rev. Michael Collins, the Rev. David Allison and the Rev. Raymond White officiating. Interment will follow at the Memorial Christian Church Cemetery. 
He was born in Patrick County, the son of the late Austin Jones and Laura Jane Viars DeHart. He was a retired minister with the Church of God and a member of the Pickett's Chapel Church of God. 
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virgie DeHart; four sisters, Lessie Viars, Violet Riggins, Josephine Allison and Frances Payne; two brothers, Delmer DeHart and Charlie DeHart. 
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Daniel Payne of Max Meadows, Velma and Elroy Williams of Hillsville, and Phyllis and the Rev. Billy Dean of Max Meadows; one special grandson, Danny Payne; five other grandchildren, Douglas Payne, Sandra Williams, Ronnie Williams, Janet Beasley, and Teresa Gilman; one sister, Cora Dell Surface of High Point, N.C.; two brothers and a sister-in-law, James DeHart of High Point, N.C., and Pete and Dorothy DeHart of Max Meadows; eight great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville is in charge of the arrangements. 

Jerry Dale "Fred" Heldreth 
Jerry Dale "Fred" Heldreth, 26, of Wytheville died Saturday, July 13, 2002, at his residence. 
A graveside service will be held Thursday, July 18, at 11 a.m. at West End Cemetery, Wytheville. 
He is survived by his mother, Kathy Hale of Wytheville; his father, Alan Heldreth of Max Meadows; his stepfather, Andy Joe Hale of Speedwell; grandmothers, Annie Stevens and Carolyn Heldreth, both of Wytheville; a sister, Samantha Hale of Wytheville; and a half brother, Charles Heldreth of Wytheville. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements. 

Shelby Jean Frye Shupe 
Shelby Jean Frye Shupe, 65, of Rural Retreat died Monday, July 15, 2002. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 19, at 11 a.m. at Speedwell United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Harvey E. and Gladys Hess Frye; and her husband, Jerry Russell Shupe. 
Survivors include one daughter, Tina Shupe of Rural Retreat; three sons and daughters-in-law, Jeff and Teresa Shupe of Wytheville, Joe and Donna Shupe of Speedwell, and Dwayne and Becky Shupe of Rural Retreat; two brothers, Bobby Frye and David Frye, both of Wytheville; five grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 18, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home, Wytheville. The body will be taken to the church one hour before service time. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements. 

Rosa Hoback Smith 
Rosa Hoback Smith, 88, of Wytheville, died Monday, July 15, 2002. Funeral services will be held Friday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, with Charles Murphy officiating. Interment will follow at the West End Cemetery, Wytheville. 
She was preceded in death by her parents, Charlie and Willie Smith Hoback; and her husband, Norman "Coon" Smith. 
Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Viola and Bob Dickerson of Max Meadows, and Elizabeth Willis of Wytheville; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great- grandchild. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements.


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