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Lois Tickle Deckleman 
Lois Tickle Deckleman, 60, of Maryland died Friday, July 12, 2002. 
A memorial service will be held Friday, July 19, at 2 p.m. at the Newberry Funeral Home in Bland, Va., with the Rev. Lee McIntosh officiating. 
She was born in Bland County, Va., a daughter of the late Eugene and Pinkie Pickle. She was of the United Methodist faith and had made her home in Maryland for the past 30 years. 
Survivors include two brothers, Lewis "Mick" Tickle of Bland, Va., and Dan C. Tickle of Pulaski, Va. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Mildred Sue Tickle Green 
Mildred Sue "Maw" Tickle Green, 78, of Bland County, Va., died Sunday, July 14, 2002. 
Graveside services were held Wednesday, July 17, at 11 a.m. at the Bland Cemetery in Bland, Va., with the Rev. Lee McIntosh officiating. 
She was born March 25, 1924, in Bland County, Va., a daughter of the late Lemuel and Ida Tickle. A lifelong resident of Bland County, Va., she was of the United Methodist faith. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Green; and one son, Greg Green. 
Survivors include one son, Charles G. Tickle of Danville, Va.; two grandchildren, Rebecca and Tony, both of Danville, Va.; two brothers, Kent Tickle and Wayne Tickle, both of Bland, Va.; and one sister, Mabel Tickle of Bland, Va.. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Bland, Va., was in charge of the arrangements. 

Anna Rose Harrell Hughes 
Anna Rose Harrell Hughes of the Grahams Forge Community of Wythe County, Va., died Thursday, July 18, 2002, after a battle with cancer. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 20, at 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home. Graveside services will be held Sunday, July 21, at 2 p.m. in the West End Cemetery, Wytheville, Va. 
She owned and operated the Grahams Forge Foodette for the last 22 years and the Trail Motel and Restaurant from 1958 to 1982. She moved to Virginia from York County, Pa. where she attended school and graduated from Business College in York, Pa. She was born in Mitchell County, N.C., to the late Edward and Nettie May Green Harrell. 
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Doug and Sue Hughes of Max Meadows, Va.; daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Wayne Anglim of Maryville, Tenn., and Kim and Dan Whittemore of Abingdon, Va.; grandchildren, Penny Chumbley, Chris Hughes, Caroline Anglim, Annemarie Anglim, Samantha Whittemore and Morgan Whittemore; one great-grandchild, Lucas Hughes; siblings, Thelma Lombardi of Hampstead, Md., Wayne Harrell of East Berlin, Pa., and Buster Harrell of Edgewood, Md.; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Earl and Ruby Hughes of Grahams Forge section of Wythe County, Va.; many special nieces, nephews, extended family and friends; and special friends, Pat Roser, Malcolm and Margaret Friend, Mary Collins, Tracy Ratcliffe, and Carolyn Eddins. 
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Max Meadows 
Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 432, Max Meadows, VA 24360; Lead Mines Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 502, Austinville, VA 24312; or the American Cancer Society (memorials), c/o Jean K. Lester, P.O. Box 778, Wytheville, VA 24382. 
The family will receive friends Saturday, July 20, from 5 to 8 p.m. (service time) at the Barnett Funeral Home or at her residence at any time. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Lena M. Hutton 
Lena M. "Mike" Hutton, 83, of Marion, Va., died Friday, July 19, 2002, at her home. 
Funeral services will be held Monday, July 22, at 11 am. at Seaver-Brown Funeral Services Chapel with the Rev. Herman Cress officiating. Burial will follow in Middle Fork Cemetery, Chilhowie, Va. 
She was a veteran of World War II having served in the United States Army. She was a member of Marion V.F.W. Post 4667 and Marion DAV Chapter 39. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene H. Hutton; and a son, Clarence Hutton. 
Survivors include four daughters, Donna Dillman of Atkins, Va.; Mary Preston of Chilhowie, Va., Debbie Turnmire of Fayetteville, N.C., and Norma "Susie" Hamm of Marion, Va.; two sons, James "Odie" Hutton of Marion, Va., and Rickie Hutton of North Carolina; one sister, Pauline Wallace of Texas; one brother of Texas; 23 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; special friends, Jeff and Beck Harris and their family, Joe Testerman, and Eva Sexton; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Sunday, July 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Services in Marion, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Buford Marshall Taylor 
Buford Marshall Taylor, 87, of Ivanhoe, Va., died Wednesday, July 17, 2002, in Asbury Center at Birdmont, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 20, at 11 a.m. at the Fairview United Methodist Church in Ivanhoe, Va., with the Rev. Rance Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Ivanhoe, Va. 
He was retired from the National Carbide Company and a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert L. and Annie Taylor; two daughters, Della Mae Taylor and Anita Taylor Dubach; one brother and two sisters. 
Survivors include two daughters, Shelva Jean Gravley of Ashtabula, Ohio, and Carolyn June Gwynn of Galax, Va.; three sisters, Leona Hartley of Ashtabula, Ohio, Donna Williams of Wytheville, Va., and Geneva Groseclose of Ivanhoe, Va.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Friday, July 19, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fairview United Methodist Church in Ivanhoe, Va. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Louise Rhudy Delp Large 
Louise Rhudy Delp Large, 67, of Norton, Va., died Monday, July 22, 2002, at Norton Community Hospital, Norton, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. at the Norton First Church of God with the Rev. William Watson, the Rev. Shawn Easterling and the Rev. Gary Shelton officiating. Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 25, at 11 a.m. in the Mountain View Cemetery, Rural Retreat, Va. 
Born Aug. 11, 1934, she was a native of Rural Retreat, Va., and resided in Norton, Va., for the past 36 years. She attended the First Church of God in Norton, Va., serving as organist for 17 years. She volunteered her musical talent in various area churches. She was a longtime volunteer at Norton Community Hospital and St. Mary's Hospital. 
She is survived her husband, Willie Large of Norton, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Samantha Delp of Norton, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Melita and Jackie Fields of Norton, Va.; grandchildren, Levi Delp, Sarah Delp, Jacob Fields and Abram Fields, all of Norton, Va.; two sisters, Katherine Hines and Esther Rhudy, both of Huntsville, Ala.; and sisters-in-law and brother-in-law, Nancy Rhudy of Marion, Va., Carolee Rhudy of Independence, Va., and Sandra and Bob Lewis of Rural Retreat, Va. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Norton First Church of God, Norton, Va. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Norton First Church of God, P.O. Box 857, Norton, VA 24273; or to the Blue Springs United Methodist Church, Rural Retreat, VA 24368. 
Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton, Va., is in charge of arrangements. 

Thurman Eugene Thompson 
Thurman Eugene "Tater Bug" Thompson, 68, of Bastian, Va., died Monday, July 22, 2002, in St. Luke's Hospital, Bluefield, W.Va. 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 24, at 8 p.m. at the Highland Funeral Service Bland Chapel with the Rev. Carl Holland officiating. Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 25, at 2 p.m. at the Hoge's Chapel Cemetery. 
He was born in Bland County, Va., a son of the late Paris Esteele and Nannie Lilly Thompson. He attended Bastian Church of God. 
He is survived by a brother, Glen Shuler Thompson of Bland, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. (service time) at the Highland Funeral Service Bland Chapel. 
Highland Funeral Service Bland Chapel, Bland, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Sylvia JoAnne Kitts Fisher 
Sylvia JoAnne Kitts Fisher, 54, of Roanoke, Va., died Wednesday, July 24, 2002. 
A graveside service will be held Friday, July 26, at 2:30 p.m. in the Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery, Wythe County, Va., with the Rev. C.W. Huff officiating. 
She was preceded in death by her father, Fred M. Kitts Sr. 
Survivors include her mother, Lakie Felty Kitts of Wytheville, Va.; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Alice Faye Tate, Melissa Kaye and Mike Moore, and Kathy Kitts and Eddie Umberger, all of Wytheville, Va.; six brothers and sisters-in-law, James S. and Stephanie Kitts of Alvarado, Texas, William R. Kitts of St. Petersburg, Fla., Fred M. Jr. and Debbie Kitts of Wytheville, Va., Stephen D. Kitts of Wytheville, Va., Charles J. and Pam Kitts of Walnut Cove, N.C., and Bryan F. and Kathy Kitts of Wytheville, Va.; a special friend, William "Harvey" Johnson of Roanoke, Va.; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Friday, July 26, from 1to 2 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home, Wytheville, Va., or at the home of her mother, Lakie Kitts, 445 Cassell Road, Wytheville, Va., at anytime. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Howard Garnett Jones 
Howard Garnett Jones, 70, of Vansant, Va., died Monday, July 22, 2002, at Buchanan General Hospital in Grundy, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 25, at 11 a.m. at Haysi Funeral Home with Denver Barton, David Owen and D.J. Barton officiating. Burial will follow in the Deel Family Cemetery in the Little Fox section of Route 1, Vansant, Va. American Legion Post 164 will conduct military graveside rites. 
Born in Rural Retreat, Va., he was a son of the late George Harvey and Edith Sage Jones. He was retired from the United States Air Force where he was last employed as a computer operator at Wright Patterson Air Force Base. He was a member of the Russell Fork Freewill Baptist Church. 
He is survived by his wife, Maxine Deel Jones; two sisters, Jean Copenhaver of Crockett, Va., and Nena Caroll Jones of Rural Retreat, Va.; and one nephew, David Copenhaver of Kingsport, Tenn. 
The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 24, after 6 p.m. at the Haysi Funeral Home. 
Haysi Funeral Home in Haysi, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Joseph White McCarthy III 
Joseph White McCarthy III, 43, of Wytheville, Va., and formerly of Lynchburg, Va., died Monday, July 22, 2002, as the result of injuries after being hit by vehicle while working. 
A memorial service will be held Thursday, July 25, at 11 a.m. at St. John¹s Episcopal Church, Lynchburg, with the Rev. Frank Dunn officiating. A private graveside service will be held in Spring Hill Cemetery. 
Born May 18, 1959, in Lynchburg, Va., he was a graduate of E.C. Glass High School and graduated from Virginia Military Institute with a bachelor¹s degree in civil engineering. He was a member of St. John¹s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg, Va. He attended St. John¹s Episcopal Church in Wytheville, Va. He was interested in the Civil War and was an authority and lectured on the Battle of McDowell that took place in Virginia. He served in the United States Army after graduating from VMI with the rank of captain. He was employed by VMS Inc. as a civil engineer. 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles Langhorne Lewis and Helen Thomas Lewis and Joseph White and Alma Walker McCarthy. 
Survivors include his parents, Joseph White and Langhorne Lewis McCarthy Jr. of Lynchburg, Va.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Charles Lewis and Beth Ann McCarthy of Chesapeake, Va., John Thomas and Jennifer McCarthy of Lynchburg, Va.; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Langhorne McCarthy and Wade Stinnette of Columbia, S.C. and Laura Alma McCarthy-Spear and Matt Spear of Charlotte, N.C.; nine nieces and nephews, Langhorne Lewis Stinnette, Kathryn Chafee Stinnette, William Walker Stinnette, Charles Lewis McCarthy Jr., Caroline Rose McCarthy, Meredith Patricia McCarthy, John Thomas McCarthy Jr., Robert Huntley McCarthy and Virginia Lewis McCarthy; and a uncle and aunts, Warren Maynard Goddard Jr., Ann McCarthy Goddard and Helen Lewis Holt. 
The family will receive friends Thursday, July 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Diuguid Wiggington Chapel, 811 Wiggington Road, Lynchburg, Va. 
Memorial contributions may be made to the VMI Foundation, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, VA 24450 or a charity of your choice. 
Diuguid Wiggington Chapel in Lynchburg, Va. is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Martin Hicks 
Charles Martin Hicks, 77, of Brownstown, Mich., died Sunday, July 21, 2002, at the Oakwood South Shore Medical Center in Trenton, Mich. 
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 24, at 11 a.m. at Arthur Bobcean Funeral Home, Flat Rock, Mich., with the Rev. Lloyd Locklear of Woodheaven Free Will Baptist Church officiating. Burial was at Huron Valley Cemetery, Flat Rock, Mich. 
He was born May 25, 1925, in West Virginia, a son of the late Kenneth S. Sr. and Bessie May Gillenwater Hicks, formerly of Rural Retreat, Va. He was a retired maintenance welder for McLouth Steel with 32 years of service. He was a member of Woodhaven Free Will Baptist Church. 
He was preceded in death by one brother, Harold Hicks; and two sisters, Willie White and Heneritta Hicks. 
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Christine Blessing Hicks of Flat Rock, Mich.; two sons and daughters-in-law, Charles M. and Suzanne Hicks of Trenton, Mich., and Don and Rebecca Hicks of Woodhaven, Mich.; two daughters, Zoie C. Kern of Topeka, Kan., and Marty C. Mohamed of Trenton, Mich.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Jim and Blanch Hicks, and Kenneth S. Jr. and Loretta Hicks, all of Salem, Va.; a sister, Bess H. Summers of Flat Rock, Mich.; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 
Arthur Bobcean Funeral Home in Flat Rock, Mich., was in charge of the arrangements. 

Virginia Bowman Shelton 
Virginia Bowman Shelton, 80, of Wytheville, Va., died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, in the Asbury Center at Birdmont, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 27, at 11 a.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, Va. Interment will be in the West End Cemetery, Wytheville, Va., with Dr. Barry W. Losey and Clarence Marshall officiating. 
She was the daughter of the late Isaac and Bessie Turner Bowman and was a retired insurance claims agent. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry C. Shelton. 
Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Ann and David Lovingood of Chesapeake, Va.; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Carolyn Shelton of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; four sisters and brother-in-law, Nellie Bausell of Wytheville, Va., Iva Manley of Austinville, Va., Frances Jefferson Bowman of Wytheville, Va., and Bettie and Arthur Inman of Fredericksburg, Va.; a brother, Douglas Bowman of Wytheville, Va.; grandchildren and a spouse, William and Sherry Haskins, Angela Shelton and Amy Shelton; a great-grandchild, Morgan Haskins; and several nieces, nephews and other relatives. 
The family will receive friends Friday, July 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home. 
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Bluefield College. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.

Jason Paul Altman 
Jason Paul Altman, 26, of Max Meadows, Va., died Thursday, July 25, 2002. 
Funeral service will be held Sunday July 28, at 2 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Ted Anders. 
He was preceded in death by a niece, Emily Altman. 
Survivors include his parents, David Jr. and Melody Sprinkle Altman of Max Meadows, Va.; sister and brother-in-law, Candy and Raymond Marchand of Monroe, N.C.; brother and sister-in-law, David Aaron III and Tanzie Altman of Dahlonega, Ga.; nephews, Christopher Altman of Catawba County, N.C., and Alexander Marchand of Monroe, N.C.; and several cousins. 
The family will receive friends Saturday, July 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Grubb Funeral Home. 
The Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Patrick Haymond Casey 
Patrick Haymond Casey, 49, of Max Meadows, Va., died Wednesday, July 24, 2002, at his residence. 
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 26, at 8 p.m. at the Wytheville First Church of God with the Rev. Mike Mowery officiating. 
He was employed at Pulaski Community Hospital in the anesthesiology department and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. 
He was preceded in death by his father, Haymond Casey. 
Survivors include his wife, Cheri Casey of Wytheville, Va.; a daughter, Brittany Casey of Wytheville, Va.; his mother, Betty Casey of Nutter Fort, W.Va.; a brother, Ronald Jarvis of Texas; and several nieces and nephews. 
The family will receive friends Friday, July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. (service time) at the Wytheville First Church of God. 
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Wytheville First Church of God, 1135 Cove Road, P.O. Box 874, Wytheville, VA 24382. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Stella Francis Dunford 
Stella Francis Dunford, 88, of Max Meadows, Va., died Thursday, July 25, 2002, in the Asbury Center at Birdmont, Wytheville, Va. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home Chapel in Wytheville, Va., with the Rev. Rocky Dalton officiating. Interment will follow in the Gunton Park Cemetery. 
She was born in Wythe County, Va., the daughter of the late Richard Spencer and Rosie Pinion Isom. She was a member of the Gunton Park Church of God of Prophecy. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Guy Herman Dunford; a son, Harry O'Dell Dunford; and a grandson, Donald Dunford. 
Survivors include three daughters and sons-in-law, Frances Nadine Dean of Max Meadows, Va., Audrey and Dale Semones of Richmond, Va., and Ruby and Harry Dunford of Pulaski, Va.; four sons and daughters-in-law, Otis Woodrow and Cleo Dunford of Greensboro, N.C., Elmer James and June Dunford, and Donald Herman and Nancy Dunford, all of Rural Retreat, Va., and Larry and Janet Dunford of Max Meadows, Va.; 24 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. 
The family will receive friends Saturday, July 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Home. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

James Grandstaff 
James "Frank" Grandstaff, 66, of Rural Retreat, Va., died Friday, July 26, 2002, at his home. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 28, at 2 p.m. at Freedom Tabernacle Baptist Church with the Rev. Mike Sage and the Rev. Mark Totten officiating. Burial will follow in the Resurrection Gardens in Atkins, Va. Graveside military rites will be conducted by Marion V.F.W. Post 4667. 
He is survived by his wife, Donna Totten Grandstaff of Rural Retreat, Va.; five daughters, Missy Sullins, Sharon Grandstaff, Julie Grandstaff, Ashton Grandstaff, all of Rural Retreat, Va., and Dawn Miller of Chilhowie, Va.; one son, Matt Grandstaff of Rural Retreat, Va.; his mother, Annie M. Grandstaff of Edinburg, Va.; two sisters, Barbara Bowman of Edinburg, Va. and Frances Walker of Stanardsville, Va.; three brothers, Robert Grandstaff of Basye, Va., William Grandstaff and Kenneth Grandstaff, both of Edinburg, Va.; seven grandchildren, Anita Sullins, Amanda Sullins, Savannah Miller, Gracie Billings, Jordan Huffman, Devin Huffman, and Channing Miller; his mother-in-law, Virginia W. Totten of Atkins, Va.; two brothers-in-law, Pete Totten of Manassas, Va., and the Rev. Mark Totten of Marion, Va.; and two sisters-in-law, Annette Adkins of Wise, Va., and Saundra Landes of Manassas, Va. 
The family will receive friends Saturday, July 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Seaver-Brown Funeral Service Chapel. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service in Marion, Va., is in charge of the arrangements. 

Kathryn Reynolds Thompson 
Kathryn Reynolds Thompson, 78, of Wytheville, Va., died Thursday, July 25, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 27, at 2 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel. Interment will follow in the St. Johns' Lutheran Church cemetery. 
She is survived by her husband, William Curtis Thompson of Wytheville, Va.; a daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Phil Ball of Clemmons, N.C.; two sons and daughter-in-law, Curtis McArthur Thompson of Minerva, Ohio, and David and Cindy Thompson of Wytheville, Va.; two sisters, Rachel Cline of Wytheville, Va., and Dottie Reichenbach of Manheim, Pa.; two brothers, Eldridge Reynolds of Austinville, Va., and Billy Reynolds of Max Meadows, Va.; and seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren 
The family will receive friends Friday, July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gillman Funeral Chapel. 
Gillman Funeral Chapel in Wytheville, Va., is in charge of the arrangements.


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