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Roger Lee Matney
GRUNDY, Va. - Roger Lee Matney, 52, of the Slate Creek area of Grundy, Va., passed away Saturday, November 4, 2000, at his home following an extended illness. 
Born in Tazewell County he was a son of Luther and Bernice Keen Matney-HCR-Grundy, Va. He was a life-long resident of Buchanan County and a member of Tookland Pentecostal Church. He was a retired employee of Island Creek Coal Company and a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local Union 1568.
Mr. Matney is survived by his parents Luther and Bernice Keen Matney, Grundy, Va.; his wife, Diana Fay Matney, of Grundy; one sister Sandra Ogle and her husband Danny Ogle, of Tazewell, Va.; one nephew Jonathen Daniel Ogle, also of Tazewell, Va.
Funeral services for Roger Lee Matney will be conducted Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at 1 p.m. at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Buford Smith and Rev. Ancil Childress officiating with burial to follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, Va.
Friends may call at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel today at 6 p.m. with services at 7 p.m.
Active pallbearers will be Earl Compton, David Compton, Matthew Compton, Danny Ogle, Edward Matney, Curtis Crouse, Jackie Rife, Michael Keen and Leon Keen.
Honorary pallbearers will be Alden Ward, Dr. V. Modi, Rev. Orvin Thacker, Tim Herring and Bill Keene. Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy is in charge of all arrangements.

Mr. David R. Dobbins
ATHENS - Mr. David R. Dobbins, 64, of W. Broadway Street in Athens passed away Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at the Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston.
Born June 19, 1934, at Athens, he was the son of the late John and Eva Hall Dobbins. He was a retired mechanic, retiring from the West Virginia Department of Transportation in Princeton with more than 22 years of service.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Elbert Dobbins, James "Ed" Dobbins and J.B. Dobbins; along with five sisters, Elva Pettrey, Naomi Hill, Iva Shaffer, Lousie Taylor and Hazel Pettrey.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Meadows Dobbins; one son David "Rick" Dobbins and his wife Pat of Princeton; two daughters, Roxanne Dobbins, of Oakhill and Teresa Dobbins, of Princeton; three grandsons, David Richard Dobbins III, Jonathan Dobbins and Caleb McClung: They were the sunshine of his life; several nieces and nephews; and two sisters, Ozella Lott, of Ohio and Gertrude Higginbotham, of Texas.
Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000, at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens on the Courthouse Road in Princeton with Lay Speaker Edward L. Comer officiating.
Friends may call today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Those wishing to attend graveside services are requested to meet at the funeral home on Tuesday by 1:45 p.m. Pallbearers will be John Rose, Jack McClung, Randall Blevins, Shawn Comer, Gary Short and Dave Sutphin.
In lieu of flowers to the family, memorial gifts of love can be made to the American Lung Association of West Virginia, P.O. Box 3980, Charleston, W.Va., 25339-3980.

Rachel Ann McGuire Coleman
PEARISBURG, Va. - Rachel Ann McGuire Coleman, 77, of Pearisburg, Va., passed away Saturday, November 4, 2000, at Fairfax Nursing Center in Fairfax, Va.
Mrs. Coleman was born on June 10, 1923, and was a daughter of the late George and Marjorie Combs McGuire. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Coleman, whom she married on August 28, 1948, and one brother.
Mrs. Coleman grew up in Grundy, Va., graduated valedictorian of the Grundy High School class of 1940, graduated Radford College in August 1943 with honors and then attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Mrs. Coleman became a school teacher after college and moved to Pearisburg, Va., in 1960.
She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church of Pearisburg, loved music and playing the piano and was a volunteer at the Giles Memorial Hospital in Pearisburg. 
She is survived by one son and son and daughter-in-law, Robert and Nan Coleman of Oakton, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Jerry Drye of Vienna, Va.; four grandchildren, Jennifer and Katharine Drye, Patrick and Jonathan Coleman; and three sisters, Helen Hahn, Marjorie Booker and Harriette Doordan.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 8, 2000, at 2 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Pearisburg with the Rev. Charles Lockerby officiating, with the burial following in the Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. 
The family will receive friends one hour service at the church. 

Robert F. Harman
PRINCETON - Robert F. Harman, 62, of 236 West View Ave., Princeton, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000 at Thomas Memorial Hospital in Charleston.
Born May 1, 1938, in Abbs Valley, Va., he was a son of the late Everette E. Harman, Sr. and Ruth Mae Davis Harman. He had been a resident of Princeton for 18 years and was a retired concrete finisher. He was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and John Harman.
Survivors include his wife, Edia Wells Harman of Princeton; daughters, Shelby Carroll and Deanna Harman, both of Princeton; sisters, Joyce Sue Brock of Princeton, Nellie Breeden of Christiansburg, Va., Macie L. Fields of Delbarton, Marion D. Eldridge of Princeton and Marie Scott of Roanoke, Va.; brothers, Everette E. Harman, Jr. of Gardendale, Ala., Drexel D. Harman of Princeton, Claude T. Harman of Varney, Larry R. Harman of Princeton and Gary Harman of Bluefield; four grandchildren, Sharon Wyatt, James Harman, Joseph Taylor and Christopher Taylor; and special friend, Mary Eldridge of Princeton.

Clara M. Kegley
ROANOKE, Va. - Clara M. Kegley, 90, of Winona Ave., S.W. Roanoke, Va., formerly of Matoaka, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at Salem Health Rehab in Salem, Va. Born February 10, 1910, at Burkes Garden, Va., she was the daughter of the late Wiley Benton Etter and Mary Edgar Lawson Etter. 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Floyd Jefferson Kegley; one son, John Kegley; three brothers, John (Buster) Etter, Prevo Etter and Sammy Etter; and two sisters, Elizabeth Lambert and Eva Etter Kegley.
Mrs. Kegley was a homemaker and was a member of the Rosiland Hills Baptist Church at Roanoke. She is survived by four sons, Randy Kegley and his wife Ruth of Princeton, Ralph Kegley and his wife Ellen of Rich Creek, Va., Pete Kegley of Charlottesville, Va., and Gene Kegley and his wife Mary of Blacksburg, Va.; five daughters, Nancy Kegley of Rich Creek, Va., Sheila Schmitt and her husband Dennis of Neenah,, Wis., Juanita Walker and her husband Ralph of Dearborn Heights, Mich., Mary Patrick and her husband Joe of Roanoke, Va., and Barbara Justice of Appleton, Wis.; 32 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, November 6, 2000, at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Tom Stocks officiating. Interment will follow at Monte Vista Park Cemetery in Green Valley. Friends may call Sunday from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Clara Mae Smith
PRINCETON - Mrs. Clara Mae Smith, 82, of 138 Willowbrook Road, Princeton died peacefully at the University Hospital in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, to meet her Lord and Savior.
Born June 19, 1918, at McComas, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Lucy East Spencer. She was educated in Mercer County, a homemaker and devoted sister, aunt, friend and Christian. She was a member of the Fundamental Christian Church in Princeton.
She was preceded in death by her husband Elden "Raymond" Guy Smith in 1989, along with a sister Dolly Kalowick.
Survivors include her loving sisters and brothers Evelyn Anderson of Princeton, Joyce McBride of Broken Arrow, Okla., Thomas Spencer of Carthage, Mo. and Earl "Tuck" Spencer of Amonate, Va. and a host of nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, from the Fundamental Christian Church in Princeton with the Evangelist R.A. West officiating.
Burial will follow in the Grandview Memory Gardens on the Bluefield-Tazewell Road near Bluefield, Va.
Friends may call Sunday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Memorial Funeral Directory on Athens Road in Princeton and one hour prior to services at the church. 

Leola M. Peters
ELKHORN - Leola M. Peters, 88, of P.O. Box 142, Elkhorn, went to be with the Lord Friday evening, Nov. 3, 2000, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center after a short illness. 
She was born Feb. 13, 1912, in Bluefield, Va. She was the daughter of the late Edward and Jeanne Tibbs Devor. 
She was a member of the Elkhorn United Methodist Church in Elkhorn, where for many years she was very active in church affairs, was a member of the United Methodist Women, and served as the pianist until her recent illness of the past few weeks. She was a homemaker and a resident of Elkhorn most to her life.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Paul Peters in 1973; one son, David Peters in 1990; two daughters, Chevaeze and Ellen Jane Davis; two sisters, Vera Poff and Mary Ruble; Kenneth Devor, Roy Devor, Ralph Devor and Claude Devor.
Survivors include three daughters, Jeannette Doss, of Elkhorn, Sandra Paul, of Pineville, Louis., Linda Sue Creed and her husband Ralph, of Wayne; three sisters Betty Tibbs, of Bluefield, Va., Agatha Welch, of Newport News, Va., Beulah Toth, of Newport News; four brothers Robert Devor and wife Juanita, of Clearfield, Utah, Edward Devor and wife Florence, of Orlando, Fl., Leon Devor and wife Betty, of Bluefield, Va. and Jack Devor and wife Brenda of Bluefield; numerous grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, numerous great-great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Nov. 6, at 11 am. at the Elkhorn United Methodist Church in Elkhorn with the Rev. Arthur Spring, Rev. Ron Miller and the Rev. Olen Robertson officiating. 
Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell. Friends may call Sunday from 6 p.m. 8 p.m. at the Widener Funeral Home, Northfork, and at the church Monday one hour prior to services. Pallbearers will be church members and friends of the family.

Bannie Myrtle Robertson
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Bannie Myrtle Robertson, 89, of 114 West Main Street, Chattanooga, Tenn., died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at her home.
Born on Nov. 18, 1910, in Floyd County, Va., she was the daughter of the late George and Susie McGradey Sumpter. She was a homemaker and a former member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church. 
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband Henry Cloyd Robertson, a son Blair Robertson and three brothers.
She is survived by a son, P. Barry Robertson and his wife Becky, of Chattanooga, Tenn., and a daughter Sarah Sue Cochran, of El Paso, Texas; grandchildren Barry Cochran, Lynn Mijarez, Monica Garcia, Denise Robertson; and great-grandchildren Cyrus Garcia, Katlyn Cochran, Ezra Wiggins, Shawn Trujillo, Jonathan Cochran, Miles Reavey and Josh Mijarez.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, November 6, 2000, at 11 a.m. from the Mercer Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Meredith Williams officiating. Burial will follow in the Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery in Princeton. The family will receive friends today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Robert B. Cochran, Ezra Robertson-Wiggins, Arnold Smith, John Williams, Billy Kinser and Lloyd Walker.
Mercer Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia M. Stanley
CRUMPLER - Virginia M. Stanley, 86, of H.C. 76, Box 857, Crumpler, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, in a Bluefield hospital.
Born on July 22, 1914, in Galax, Va., she was a daughter of the late Fletcher and Laura Hanks Thomason. She had lived in Crumpler for the past 82 years, was a homemaker, and attended the Liberty Chapel. 
In addition to her parents, her husband Chester Stanley, 7 brothers and 1 sister preceded her in death.
Survivors in include four sons, Howard Stanley and his wife Shirley of Crumpler, Earnest Stanley and his wife Darlene of Richmond, Va., Ray Stanley and his wife Mary of Burnsville, and Larry Stanley and his wife Linda of Richmond, Va.; one daughter Judy Rickman and her husband Fred of Beckley; two brothers, Paul Thomason of Indiana, and Glen Thomason of Princeton; one sister Gertha Frazier of Indiana; 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at 11 a.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with the Rev. Robert Hudley officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton where her grandsons will be serving as pallbearers. 
Friends may call today from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Lewis Vernon Johnson
FREEMAN - Lewis Vernon Johnson, 69, of Cumberland Care Center and formerly of Freeman, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. 
Born August 29, 1931, in Coopers, W.Va., he was a son of the late William Leroy Johnson and Sadie Jeffrey Bogle Johnson Shumate.
Mr. Johnson had been a resident of Freeman (Old River Road) for 10 years and was retired from Ohio Rubber Plant in Perry, Ohio, where he worked as the assembly line foreman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and attended the Church of Christ. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Willis Johnson. 
Survivors include two daughters, Sandra Riggs and her husband Doug, of Rock, and Aretta Hamby and her husband Robert, of Rock; three sisters Lorene Surface and her husband Carl of Sandlick, Margaret of Pannell, of Peery, Ohio, and Louise Shammas of Downy, Calif.; three granddaughters, Cynthia Gore, Amand Riggs and Lindsay Hamby; two step-granddaughters, Melissa Pertee and Gwendolyn Lowe, one great-grandson; three step-great-grandsons; eight nieces and eight nephews.
Gravesides rites will be conducted on Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at 1 p.m. at Houck Cemetery on Peel Chestnut Mountain with the Rev. George Hamrick officiating. Burial will follow the graveside rites.
The family will receive friends at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home on Monday from 12 noon till 12:30 p.m. Bernard White, Scott Ramsey, Richard White, Donnie White, Denzil Swanner and Jason Gore will serve as pallbearers and the Sandy River District American Legion Post #175 and the Mercer County Veterans Council will conduct military graveside rites.
Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is in charge of arrangements.

Lucille A. Crisp
DIX CREEK, VA. - Lucille A. Crisp, 82, of the Dix Creek area of Bandy, Va., died Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000, at a Richlands, Va., hospital following a brief illness.
She was born at Russell County, Va., and was a daughter of the late Ellis Donald and Lucy Ball Musick, both Russell County, Va., natives. She had made her home in the Dix Creek area for the most of her life. She was of the Protestant faith.
She was preceded in death by a son, Donald Crisp and three brothers, Lawrence, Lacy and Harold Musick.
Survivors include her husband Clifford Crisp; daughter and son-in-law Doris and Jerry McReynolds of North Tazewell, Va.; son and daughter-in-law Ellis and Donna Crisp of Bandy, Va.; daughter-in-law Mavis Crisp of Bandy, Va.; brother Ellis Donald Musick, Jr., of Castlewood, Va.; nine grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday, Nov. 6, 2000, at 11 a.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel, Tazewell, Va., with the Rev. Kenny Fields and the Rev. Garland Bandy officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Memory Garden, Bluefield, Va. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.
Friends by call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. Sunday. Hurst-Scott Funeral of Tazewell, Va., is in charge of arrangements.

Earl Newton Weatherly
PIGEON CREEK - Earl Newton Weatherly, 68, of Pigeon Creek, near Oakvale, died Friday, Nov. 3, 2000, at Princeton Community Hospital. Born Jan. 6, 1932, in Monroe County he was the son of Jamie Crawford Weatherly of Oakvale and the late Raymond Weatherly.
He was a retired employee of the West Virginia Dept. of Highways. He had lived in Pigeon Creek most all of his life. 
Survivors, in addition to his mother, include his wife Juanita Carroll Weatherly; one son Tommy Weatherly and his wife Robin, of Princeton; one daughter, Anita Lambert and her husband Jeffery of Princeton; three granddaughters, Samantha Jean Weatherly, Stephanie Lambert and Kiri Lambert; one great-grandson Brandon Reese Weatherly; two brothers, Claude Weatherly, of Narrows, Va., and Jerry Weatherly, of Princeton; and one sister Eva Ann Steele, of Roanoke, Va.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday at the Davis Funeral Home in Oakvale with the Pastor Michael Hager officiating. Burial will follow in the New Zion Cemetery on Cheesy Creek. Pallbearers will be family and friends. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. today.

Dorothy Sue Davis 'Ginger' Fox
SALEM, Va. - Dorothy Sue Davis 'Ginger' Fox, 58, of Salem (formerly of Bluefield), passed away Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000 at her home.
She was an administrative assistant for Lewis-Gale Hospital.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Lloyd and Lucille Davis.
Surviving are her husband, Richard L. Fox; sister, Shirley Medley of Dublin; brothers, Bill Davis of Waldorf, Md. and Eddie Davis of Princeton; stepmother, Stella Davis of Princeton; and her beloved pets, Scuffy and Onyx.
A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at Simpson-Tharp Funeral Home, 5160 Peters Creek Road in Roanoke, Va. by the Rev. James S. Angle.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the S.P.C.A., P.O. Box 11863, Roanoke, Va. 24022.

Robert F. Harman
PRINCETON - Robert F. Harman, 62, of 236 West View Ave., Princeton, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000 at Thomas Memorial Hospital in Charleston.
Born May 1, 1938, in Abbs Valley, Va., he was a son of the late Everette E. Harman, Sr. and Ruth Mae Davis Harman. He had been a resident of Princeton for 18 years and was a retired concrete finisher. He was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles and John Harman.
Survivors include his wife, Edia Wells Harman of Princeton; daughters, Shelby Carroll and Deanna Harman, both of Princeton; sisters, Joyce Sue Brock of Princeton, Nellie Breeden of Christiansburg, Va., Macie L. Fields of Delbarton, Marion D. Eldridge of Princeton and Marie Scott of Roanoke, Va.; brothers, Everette E. Harman, Jr. of Gardendale, Ala., Drexel D. Harman of Princeton, Claude T. Harman of Varney, Larry R. Harman of Princeton and Gary Harman of Bluefield; four grandchildren, Sharon Wyatt, James Harman, Joseph Taylor and Christopher Taylor; and special friend, Mary Eldridge of Princeton.
The family will receive friends at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell today from 6-9 p.m.

Lee Ironton Looney
GRUNDY, Va. - Lee Ironton Looney, 78, of the Looney's Creek section of Grundy, passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2000 in the Russell County Medical Center in Lebanon, Va.
Born Nov. 7, 1921, in Buchanan County, Va., he was the son of the late Floyd and Cretie Ratliff Looney. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran having served four years and 12 days for his country. He was in combat action in the Philippine Islands. He received several medals including the Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, AP Theatre Ribbon with two bronze stars, Combat Infantryman Badge, Philippine Liberation Ribbon. He was wounded in action on April 8, 1945 where he was honored with the distinguished Purple Heart Medal. He was a member of the John Ratliff Post #164 of the American Legion and VFW Post #7360. He was formerly employed as a bus driver for the Buchanan County Public Schools System. He was a member of the Grundy Church of Christ.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.
Survivors include two daughters, Peggy J. Potter of Harman, Va. and Mrs. (Tony) Connie Hurley of Grundy; one son, Jeffery Lee Looney of Grundy; five sisters, Edna Stiltner, Ida Burks and Pearl Colley, all of Grundy, Ival Woodruff of Indianapolis, Ind. and Grethel Ryan of Tazewell, Va.; five brothers, Stuart Looney, Lonnie Looney and William Looney, all of Grundy, Melvin Looney of Vansant and Kenneth Looney of North Carolina; one granddaughter, Donna Ratliff; four grandsons, Jerry Potter, Johnathon Shane Potter, Lee Derek Hurley and Justin Cody Hurley; and one great-granddaughter, Mariah Potter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Danny Hess, the Rev. Eddie Wilson and Evangelist Mike Trent officiating. Burial will follow in the Looney's Creek Cemetery, Grundy.
Active pallbearers will be Donnie Potter, Gene Potter, Derek Hurley, Buddy Ratliff, Jerry Potter, Timmy Waters, Greg Brown, Tony Hurley and Tim Potter.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Maran, Dr. Henery, Dr. Sahai and the nursing staff of the ICU Unit of Russell County Medical Center.
The body will remain at the funeral home where friends may call today after 6 p.m. and services will be held at 7 p.m.

Elizabeth Munsey Horne
SUGAR GROVE, Va. - Elizabeth Munsey Horne, 90, of Sugar Grove, passed away Friday, Nov. 3, 2000 at the Birdmont Health Care Center in Wytheville, Va.
Born in Smyth County, Va., she was the daughter of the late John D., Sr. and Katherine Florence Munsey Horne. She was a member of the Blue Springs United Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, John D. Horne.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Frances W. Horne of the home; special nieces, nephews and spouses, Phyllis H. and Clifford Jones of Rural Retreat, Va., Clayton and Fran Horne of Rural Retreat, Charles R. and Belinda Horne of Marion, Va. and Frances Taylor of Elizabethton, Tenn.; several other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great-nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Blue Springs United Methodist Church with the Rev. Bill Perkins officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat today from 7-9 p.m. or at the residence at any time.
The family suggests that those who prefer, may make memorials to the Blue Springs United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Ruth Wolfe Holbrook
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Mrs. Ruth Wolfe Holbrook, 95, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000.
She was the daughter of the late Dr. C.M. and Susie Wolfe of Coeburn, Va. and the widow of J.M. (Banty) Holbrook She was formerly of Bartley and Jacksonville, Fla. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Punta Gorda.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Marion Lowman.
Survivors include three children, Joan Cardwell and husband, Frank of Auburndale, Fla., James M. Holbrook, Jr. and wife, Mildred of Punta Gorda and Sue Perkins and husband, Tom of Sedro Woolley, Wash.; son-in-law, Willard Lowman of Welch; two sisters, Emma Jane Taylor of Abingdon, Va. and Inez Coates of Roanoke, Va.; 11 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday in Farris Funeral Chapel in Abingdon, Va. with the Rev. Bill Rowland officiating. Burial will follow in Knollkreg Memorial Park, Abingdon.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 6-8 p.m.

Mrs. Mary Alberta Johnson
WAR - Mrs. Mary Alberta Johnson went to be with her Lord on Tuesday morning, Oct. 31, 2000.
Born in Wards Cove, Va., she celebrated her 90th birthday last Jan. 7 with a party where she was given a "Key" to the city of War marking her 74 years as a citizen of that town. She was a faithful member of the War United Methodist Church.
She had recently moved back to War after a short stay in Princeton following several health problems. She was the last living child of Charles and Lucy Angles Pruitt.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Johnson in 1956; two infant daughters, Betty and Delores; and 10 brothers and sisters.
Survivors include her son, Robert Johnson and wife, Era of Cleveland, Ohio; son, William Johnson and wife, Charlotte of Yuma, Ariz.; daughter, Mary Jane Cayne of Mentor on the Lake, Ohio; son, Charles Johnson of Cleveland; son, John Johnson and wife, Carol of Princeton; 10 grandchildren, Bob Cayne, Johnny Cayne, Betsy Cayne, Becky Snyder, Beth Abbott, Charles Johnson, Robbie Johnson, Kim Johnson, Shelly Watson and David Johnson; five great-grandchildren, Melissa Cayne, Alexis Cayne, Phillip Watson, Jessica Watson and Rachel Belle Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the War United Methodist Church in War with the Revs. Gus Anderson and David Jasper officiating. Burial will follow in the Maplewood Cemetery, Tazewell, Va.
Friends may call at the church today from 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton is in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family ask that a donation be made to your favorite charity or the War United Methodist Church.

Larry Wayne Williams
PULASKI, Va. - Larry Wayne Williams, 45, of Pulaski, passed away at his home Monday, Oct. 30, 2000.
Born Dec. 5, 1954, in Princeton, he was the son of the late Dewey and Gail Lilly Williams. He had made his home in Pulaski for the last 35 years.
Survivors include his brothers and sisters-in-law, Dewey L. (Butch) and Margaret Williams of Topeka, Kan., Roger L. and Kathy Williams of Princeton, Jerry G. and Michelle Williams of Dublin, Va. and Frankie D. Williams of Pulaski; sister and brother-in-law, Patricia K. and Curtis Crowder of Pulaski; nine nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today from the Highland Memory Gardens with the Rev. Dale Akers officiating.
The family will receive friends after the service at the cemetery.
Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Inc., Pulaski.

Kimberly Dawn Melton
PRINCETON - Kimberly Dawn Melton, 30, of 805 Washington Ave., Princeton, died Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2000 at Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
Born June 22, 1970, in Roanoke, Va., she was the daughter of Kirsta 'Kitty' Cassidy Graham of Princeton and the late Marvin Lee Graham. She was a former courier for Airborne Express and was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by one brother, Mark Anthony Graham; and maternal grandparents, Mark A. and Kirsta Cassidy.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, include two daughters, Sabrina Dawn Melton and Helen Marie Melton of the home; two brothers, James Marvin Graham and wife, Debra and David Wayne Graham and companion, Vera Cordell, all of Princeton; and one nephew, James Miles Graham of Princeton.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Pastor Scott Hall officiating. Burial will follow at Resthaven Park Cemetery, Princeton.
Friends will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 6-8 p.m.

Eloise Camper Johnson
ROANOKE, Va. - Eloise Camper Johnson, 82, of Roanoke, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William McKinley Johnson; and three brothers and four sisters.
Survivors include two sisters, Juanita Camper Snyder of Roanoke and Geraldine Camper Garner of Newport News, Va.; a daughter and son-in-law, Judith Carol and Harold Richard Obenshain of Boones Mill; grandchildren, Tammy Lee Blankenship, Tina Lynn Bryd-Baugh, both of Roanoke, Loyd Ken Obenshain, Steven Terry Obenshain, both of Boones Mill, and George W. Blankenship of Roanoke; great grandchildren, Gatlin McKinley Blankenship of Roanoke, Tiffany Dawn Byrd and Joseph Brian Byrd, both of Salem, Va.; and many nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Lotz Roanoke Chapel with the Rev. Larry Atkins officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem.
The family received friends at the funeral home Thursday from 6-9 p.m. and will receive friends again today from 6-9 p.m.

Woodrow Wilson (Woody) Hartsock
BLUEFIELD, Va. - Woodrow W. Hartsock, Lt. Col., USAF, Retired, 83, died Thursday morning in Bluefield, Va.
He entered the military service in 1941 and flew 50 missions with the 15th Air Force stationed in Foggia, Italy in World War II. He served also on the Berlin Airlift when the Russians blockaded Berlin in 1948, as well as flew 31 missions during the Korean conflict.
During and after his military career, he obtained a baccalaureate degree from the University of Southern California, a master's degree from Southern Methodist University, and a doctorate degree from West Virginia University.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Conley J. and Maude Hartman Hartsock; and an elder brother, Emmett P. Hartsock.
He is survived by a brother, Lewis C. (Jack) Hartsock of Bluefield; three sisters, Virginia (Ruth) Reed of Princeton, Margaret (Dee) Phillips of Wytheville, Va., and Luetta (Rita) Armbrister of Max Meadows, Va.; as well as several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at Dudley Funeral Home in Bluefield, Va. Saturday from 10 a.m.-noon. A memorial service will follow at noon.
His body has been cremated.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that contributions be made in memory of Woodrow to the National World War II Memorial. The address is American Battle Monuments Commission, P.O. Box 96766, Washington, D.C. 20090-6766.

Annie Louise Shupe
POCAHONTAS, Va. - Annie Louise Shupe, 79, of Box 534, Pocahontas, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000 at Tazewell Community Hospital.
Born in Boissevain, Va., she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Georgie Island Gillespie Sayers. She was a homemaker and attended the Boissevain Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hamilton (Joe) Shupe; one daughter, Agnes Payne; one granddaughter, Tammy Jean Payne; and several brothers and sisters.
Survivors include five sons, John B. Shupe and wife, Edna, Billy J. Shupe and wife, Kaye, Jerry B. Shupe and wife, Sheila, Barnes A. Shupe and wife, Janet, and Hamilton M. Shupe and wife, Sandy, all of Boissevain; three daughters, Judy M. Tuttle and husband, L.M. of King, N.C., Sally M. Shupe and ex-husband, Larry Lambert of Bluewell, Wash., and Nora L. Crist and husband, Joseph of Pounding Mill, Va.; two brothers, Ronnie Sayers of Brushfork Road and Tommy Sayers of Coopers; four sisters, Helen Johnson of Natural Bridge, Va., Mary Mikulcik of Disputanea, Va., Judy Moretto of Littlesburg Road, and Ann Lambert of Princeton; 24 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Rodriguez Pocahontas Funeral Home Chapel in Pocahontas, Va. with the Rev. Danny Shortridge officiating. Burial will follow in the Grandview Memory Garden, Bluefield, Va.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 7-9 p.m.

Rosa Lee (Farley) Wilson
BISHOP, Va. - Rosa Lee (Farley) Wilson, 90, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Oct. 30, 2000.
Born Aug. 5, 1910, in Fairfield, Ala. to the late Rosa Farley, she was the youngest of 11 children. She attended schools in Alabama and obtained a G.E.D. at age 60.
She held various offices in the district and her church over the years. She was a member of the Big Creek Singing Convention, where she served as secretary for 46 years. She was the recording secretary for the Interdenominational Alliance for 36 years. She was the mother of Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church, the oldest member of the combined choir, a long standing member of the missionary society, and a Sunday school teacher. She attended prayer service regularly. She was a member of the Women's Auxiliary of the West Virginia State Baptist Convention and a staunch supporter of the Hill Top Baptist Project. She also supported many charitable causes.
On Sept. 23, 1935, she was united in marriage to Cosolo Wilson, Sr. To this union three children were born, Lorna (Wilson) Dykes of Princeton, Cosolo Wilson, Jr. of Cincinnati, Ohio and Calvin Wilson, who like her husband, preceded her in death.
In addition to her surviving children, she leaves to mourn her loss, one sister, Ella Griffin of Birmingham, Ala.; five grandchildren, Kito and Kali Dykes, Lamont and Yvette Wilson and Chandra Warren; three great-grandchildren, Marcus, Brittany, and Jasmin 'Jazz' Wilson; a beloved daughter-in-law, Linda Wilson; and son-in-law, Rev. Robert Dykes.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday at Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Bishop with the Revs. Roy Hargraves, Ronald Dykes, Joseph Moore and George Masterson officiating. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery, Tazewell, Va.
Friends may call at the church from noon until time of the service.
McConnell Funeral Home in Bluefield is in charge of arrangements.

Myrtle Mae Barker
BLUEFIELD - Myrtle Mae Barker, 95, of Route 4, Box 468, Bluefield, formerly of Anawalt, died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2000 in a Bluefield hospital.
Born May 24, 1905, in Jefferson, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Eli and Mettie Perry Sexton. She had been a resident of Bluewell for eight years and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Bluewell. She was a homemaker.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Elzie Barker; one son, William Barker, Jr.; two brothers and one sister.
Survivors include two daughters, Gracie Blanche Wooldridge of Bluefield and Ada Mundy and husband, David of Baltimore, Md.; one son, Marshall Barker and wife, Evelyn of Bluefield; one sister, Hazel Davis of Anawalt; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and several great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home Chapel in Bluewell with the Rev. Robert Walker officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell where Chris Walker, Brian Walker, Michael Barker, Timothy Barker, Charlie Brandner, and Jackie Johnson, Jr. will serve as pallbearers.
Rodney Walker, William Barker, Jessie Johnson, Jr. and Zackary Barker will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Friends may call at the funeral home today from 6-8 p.m.

Mrs. Carrie Belle Poole
NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. - Mrs. Carrie Belle Poole, 61, of Route 2 Box 471, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000 at the Bluefield Regional Meidcal Center in Bluefield.
Born May 31, 1939, in Gary, she was the daughter of the late Robert Jack and Opal Rose Bartfai. She was a homemaker and was raised in and attended the Brewsterdale Holiness Church at Big Creek.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Sidney Rex Hunt; and her second husband, James E. Poole.
Survivors include two sons, Willis Hunt and wife, Faye of Princeton and Franklin Hunt and wife, Linda of Princeton; four daughters, Priscilla Revsch and husband, John of Dry Ridge, Ky., Wilma Dillow and husband, Wayne of Bluefield, Va., Peggy Farmer of North Tazewell, Va. and Delores Clemons of Huntington; four sisters, Julia Muncy and husband, John of North Tazewell, Frances Nunley and husband, Sylvia of Martinsville, Va., Bertha Morgan and husband, Benny of Martinsville and Mary Hazelwood and husband, Gary of Athens; two brothers, Bobby Bartfai and wife, Judy of Princeton and Harry Bartfai and wife, Adena of Princeton; and 11 grandchildren, Valeria Combs, Heather Fortune, Cassie Dillow, Samantha Dillow, Cynthia Farmer, Travis Hunt, Justin Hunt, Chad Hunt, Amy Riley, Shaun Clemons and Jeffery Clemons.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday from the Brewsterdale Holiness Church at Big Creek with the Rev. Charlie Junior Mars officiating. Burial will follow in the Brewsterdale Church Cemetery, Big Creek.
Friends may call at the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton today from 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to services Saturday at the church.

William Lee Gilbert
NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. - William Lee Gilbert, 46, of North Tazewell, died Monday, Oct. 30, 2000 in Tazewell, Va.
Born Jan. 31, 1954, in Tazewell, he was a son of Shirley A. McClung of Pearisburg, Va. and Ryland Fox 'Buddy' Gilbert of Princeton.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Charles and Florence Linkous and Della Turlington and John Gilbert; and one sister, Rhonda Gilbert.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include two brothers, William Donald Gilbert of Princeton and Donald Lee Gilbert and wife, Gail of Thomasville, N.C.; one sister, Judy Gilbert of Princeton; stepmother, Sue Gilbert of Princeton; stepfather, Kenneth McClung of Pearisburg; two aunts; one uncle; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, 'Ruffie'.
Funeral services and burial will be conducted privately and there will be no public visitation at the funeral home.
Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell is in charge of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial contributions may be made to a local animal shelter or to humane society.


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