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Accomack

 

2014, Whitesville, Accomack Co., VA, Obituary

Published in The Coal Valley News from Jan. 21 to Jan. 22, 2014

Fred Lowe passed away Jan. 7, 2014, in Whitesville. He was born Aug. 29, 1937 in Drill, Virginia.

He is survived by his children Connie Hess and husband Rick; Freddie Lowe and wife, Connie; Eddie Lowe and wife, Carol; Keith Lowe; Kevin Lowe and wife, Michelle; Terry Lowe and wife, Karen; Sonya Lowe; Mike Lowe and wife, Manda; and Michelle Hedges and husband Bill. One sister, Sue Meade and brothers, Ira Lowe and Bill Lowe, along with several grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bailey Crockett and Julia Viola Childress Lowe, four brothers, Roy Lowe, Brian Lowe, Sonny Lowe and Everett Lowe, and eight sisters, Lucille Blankenship, Vada Shepherd, Bea Baldwin, Arbutus Smith, Betty Thomas, Helen Wyatt, Ruth Lowe and Jeanette Lowe.

Funeral services were on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014 at Honaker Funeral Home Chapel in Honaker, Virginia, with the Rev. Wayne Baldwin and Rev. Donna Johnson officiating. His place of interment was in Lowe Cemetery in Drill, Virginia. Pallberers were gravediggers and Jackie Meade.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Alexandria City

 

2013, Alexandria City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Washington Post on January 18, 2013

On January 14, 2013, Barbara Adams Cross of Alexandria, VA passed away at Fairfax Hospital [Falls Church, Fairfax Co., VA] with loving family at her side reading Bible verses. Barbara was born on July 28th, 1954 to Joseph and Helen Adams in New Jersey.

She is survived by her husband, Douglas Cross, her daughters Bethany Pulice and Lauren Cross, her son-in-law Christopher Pulice, her father Joseph Adams, her mother Helen Adams, her sisters Shirley Blankenship and Doris Thompson and their husbands Skip Blankenship and Mike Thompson, her mother-in-law Agnes Cross, and her brothers and sisters-in-laws John and Joan McGuffog and Leon and Sue Cross. She also leaves behind six nieces and nephews: Christopher Blankenship, Michelle Edling, Wendy Blankenship, Elizabeth Weader, Nathan Thompson, and Rebecca McGuffog. She also leaves behind a vast church body that loved her like family.

In her lifetime, Barbara was a pastor's wife for 26 years, the director of the art department at the American Physical Therapy Association, a talented artist, an archeologist, a museum curator, a world traveler, a lover of children, a devoted daughter and sister, and a beloved wife and mother. She loved lighthouses, history, Celtic music, going to see plays, camping, painting, drawing, hiking, sketching, laughing until she cried, playing games with her family, caring for children, talking with her sisters, and, above everything else, Jesus. She was very wise and very kind and will be missed by many.

Viewing will be held on Saturday, January 19th from 9am to 11am at the Alexandria Free Methodist Church at 4901 Polk Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304. Where a funeral service will take place at 11am Saturday. Interment to follow at Fairfax Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Alexandria City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Washington Post on March 7, 2013

Our beloved Louise Dunnett of Alexandria, VA passed away peacefully in her sleep March 5, 2013.

She is survived by three daughters, Tamara Updegraff (Don), Rhonda K. Vest (Jimmie) and Donna L. Wion (Zoubair). Also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husand John D. Dunnett; mother, Maude Blankenship; father William Caldwell; eight siblings and a daughter, Linda D. Andahazy. Always to remain in our hearts we love you.

Services will be held at the Everly-Wheatley FuneraL Home, 1500 West Braddock Rd., Alexandria, VA on Tuesday, March 12 at 11 a.m. Interment Mount Comfort Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Alexandria City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Washington Post from Feb. 9 to Feb. 10, 2014

Marie Blankenship Carmody (Age 81) Beloved sister of George Blankenship and daughter of George and Mary Blankenship passed away peacefully at the Fountains at Washington House in Alexandria, VA on January 14, 2014. Born in Washington, DC, she graduated from Dunbarton College of Washington, DC and eventually settled in Alexandria. She was a member of the St. Rita's Catholic Church parish (Alexandria) and a member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral (Washington) choir. She spent most of her professional career as the accountant for her parents restaurant business, a construction company and dental offices. After retirement, she was a volunteer at the Alexandria Hospital and other service organizations.

She is survived by her brother, George Blankenship; her sons, Robert and Stephen Carmody; her granddaughter, Taylor Marie Carmody; nieces, Mary Marcelle Niles, Angela Bramlet and Alexis Ciziunas; nephew, George Blankenship; along with her many cousins that live in the Washington metropolitan area. She was a deeply caring person and will be missed by all.

There will be a Memorial Mass at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in the Mount Vernon area of Alexandria on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Amelia

 

+2014, Jetersville, Amelia Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - April 20, 2014

Mrs. Elizabeth Peters Wade, 85, of Amelia passed away Saturday, April 19, 2014. She was born June 10, 1928 in Rocky Mount, Va. to the late Leonard S. and Mary Barbour Peters.

She retired from the Dress Company in Farmville. She was the widow of Daltern Lloyd Wade. Mrs. Wade loved playing cards, Bingo and going camping with her family. She was a member at Sandy Creek Baptist Church in Amelia.

She is survived by her children, Jimmy Wade (Belinda) of Ashland, Va. and Brenda Foster (Carlton) of Amelia; siblings, Wayne Peters (Brenda) and Linda Blankenship both of Rocky Mount, Va.; grandchildren, Thomas Wade (Jeanne) of Powhatan, Va., Sylvia McGinnis of Richmond and Lisa Adkins (Adam) of Charles City, Va.; three great-grandchildren, Rachael and Josh Wade of Powhatan and Olivia Adkins of Charles City.

She was preceded in death by siblings, Aubrey Peters, Shirley Peters and Geraldine Dillon.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, April 21, 2014 at Sandy Creek Baptist Church with interment to follow in Trinity Memorial Gardens, Rice, Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Amherst

 

2013, Madison Heights, Amherst Co., VA, Obituary

Published in The News & Advance on January 3, 2013

Linda Morgan Mays, 67, of Madison Heights, died January 1, 2013. She was the devoted wife of David Allen Mays, Sr. for 40 years. Linda was born December 21, 1945 in Lynchburg, a daughter of the late William Tunstall Morgan and the late Magdeline Nicholas Morgan. Linda was retired from Ericsson and General Electric and was a charter member of Randolph Memorial Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by son Bryan Lee Morris and wife Jane of Forest, a daughter Valerie M. Kidd and husband Wayne "Bootsie" of Monroe, a sister Sandra M. Spencer and husband Robert of Lynchburg, five grandchildren: Morgan Kidd, Regan, Skyler, Kaine, and Walker Morris, a step-son Darrell Lee Mays and wife Jenny of Evington, a step-daughter Debbie Blankenship and husband Billy of Forest, 7 step-grandchildren and eight step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother William Dixon Morgan and a step-son David Allen Mays, Jr.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Thursday, January 3, 2013, at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg. A Graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday January 4, 2013, at Fort Hill Memorial Park with the Rev. Jack Hamilton officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Madison Heights, Amherst Co., VA, Obituary

The News & Advance, (Lynchburg, VA) - July 4, 2013

Evelyn Loretta Franklin, 80, of Madison Heights, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, at Lynchburg General Hospital. Born in Nelson County, April 9, 1933, she was a daughter of the late Nolan Stevens and Blanche Tate Stevens. Evelyn had been employed with Nelson Manufacturing where she worked as a trimmer for twenty-nine years. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by sons, Kenneth Franklin of Madison Heights and Michael Franklin of Amherst; daughters, Wanda Harris (John) of Norfolk, Cheryl Allen (Houston Allen Jr.) of Tyro, and Carolyn Wheeler (Edward) of Madison Heights; sister, Catherine Blankenship of Ohio; grandchildren, Allen, Tonya, Eric, Aaron, Wesley, Brandon, H.C., Jessica, Shannon, Rickey and Brandi, and fifteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Lewis Henry Franklin Sr.; son, Lewis Henry Franklin Jr.; one brother and four sisters.

A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Byrum-Parr Funeral Home by Pastors Jay and Kim Logan. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery on Davis Creek.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Augusta

 

2013, McKinley, Augusta Co., VA, Obituary

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Dennis Edward Clemmer, 66, husband of Betty Jo Clemmer, of McKinley, died Sunday, September 29, 2013, in the University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville. He was born May 30, 1947, in Augusta County, a son of the late James Lloyd and Elizabeth Estaline (Patterson) Clemmer. He was a beef producer and the 2013 Ruritan National President.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by Joanna Clemmer Nichols and husband, Garrett, and their son, Alex, Beth Dilley of Stuarts Draft, Tabitha Balser of Newport; brothers, J. L. Clemmer of Lexington, Donnie Clemmer of McKinley, and Larry Clemmer and wife, Pam, of McKinley. He is also survived by nephews, Richard, Bobby, Tim, and Philip Clemmer; a niece, Mindy Blankenship; and numerous great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2013 in Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 334 Mt. Tabor Road, Staunton, by the Rev. JoAnn Bunn and Pastor Rick Dellinger. Burial will follow at Mt. Hermon Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Elliott Hogge, James Mills, Jr., Corky Camin, Michael Chrisley, Jerry Ellis, Calvin Shelton, Joe Pancione, and Mike Morrison. Honorary pallbearers will be Ruritan National Board Members attending the service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Middlebrook, Augusta Co., VA, Obituary

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Mrs. Sue Blackwell (Cash) Clemmer, 70, wife of Donald Clemmer of Middlebrook died on Sunday, September 1, 2013 at Augusta Health [Fishersville, Augusta Co., VA]. She was born on March 19, 1943 in Verona, a daughter of the late Marion Dick Cash and Margaret (Cash) Steigel.

Mrs. Clemmer worked as a beautician for many years. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and a friend to many. She attended Goshen Baptist Church and loved the Lord, Jesus Christ. She is at peace with Him now. She no longer suffers from pain and sickness. She finally has her mansion in the sky.

In addition to her husband, family members include a daughter, Margaret Blackwell Rocco of Middlebrook, and step-daughter Mindy Blankenship of Lake Oconee, GA; a special granddaughter Sarah Blackwell, of Middlebrook, that she loved the most; three sisters and brothers-in law, Barbara and Sammy Economus of Charlottesville, Dixie and Mike Johnson of Waynesboro, and Nancy and Gordon Jennings of Staunton.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 4, 2013 in the Henry Funeral Home Chapel by Reverends Scott Reese, Tyler Clem, and JoAnn Bunn.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Staunton, Augusta Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - February 26, 2014

Deceased Name: HARVEY, Harold Reed

Harold Reed Harvey, 94, of the Legacy of Staunton and formerly of Arvonia, passed away Sunday, February 23, 2014 at King's Daughters Health and Rehabilitation Center. Mr. Harvey was born May 29, 1919 in Hinton, W.Va., a son of the late Bryan and Lessie (Noble) Harvey.

Harold retired in 1981 from Virginia Power as a machinist. He proudly served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army as a Technical Sergeant, receiving an Honorable Discharge with two Purple Heart Medals, the Gold Leaf Cluster, Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Medal and a Bronze Star. He was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church and the Stonewall Masonic Lodge #200 in Arvonia. Mr. Harvey liked to hunt, fish, woodworking and he enjoyed making walking canes for his friends.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Harvey was preceded in death by his first wife, Christine (Blankenship) Harvey; and his second wife, Evelyn (Snoddy) Harvey; five brothers, Jennings B. Harvey, Donald D. Harvey, Bill Harvey, Robert N. Harvey and Franklin Harvey; and three sisters, Dorothy H. Wade, Arline H. Wood and Pauline Harvey.

Surviving are three sisters, Phyllis H. Porter and husband, Dennis, of Staunton, Erma H. Lewis and husband, Bud, of Midland and Marie H. Browning and husband, Earl, of Hume;a special friend, Stuart Webster; a number of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews also survive.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, February 27, 2014 in Arvonia Community Cemetery, 239 Morgan's Hill Rd., Arvonia, by Pastor Steven P. Donahue, with Military and Masonic rites.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bedford City

 

+2013, Bedford City, VA, Funeral

The Roanoke Times, (VA) - January 23, 2013

Avis Nelda Blankenship Johnson, 85, of Bedford, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at her home.

A graveside service will be conducted Thursday, January 24, 2013, in Virginia Memorial Park.

Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

 

+2013, Bedford City, VA, Obituary

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Avis Blankenship Johnson, 85, of Bedford, passed on to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at her home with her loving family by her side. Born March 13, 1927, in Bedford, she was a daughter of the late James Edward Blankenship and the late Martha Wilkes Blankenship.

Avis was a member of Radford Baptist Church in Moneta, VA. She was a retiree of Bedford Weaving Mill. She enjoyed baking, ceramics, flower gardening, shopping, and family vacations. She treasured her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, always holding her babies close to her heart.

Avis was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband of 66 years, Richard Henry Johnson, Sr.; their love story continues in heaven. In addition, she was predeceased by a son, Richard H. Johnson, Jr., five brothers and nine sisters.

She is survived by two daughters, Jan J. Johnston and husband, Rick, of Moneta; Teresa J. Key and husband, Dennis, of Bedford; two grandchildren, Amy J. Jackson and husband, Johnathan, Jenny J. Hiner and husband, Tim; five great-grandchildren, Ethan, Emma, and Clay Jackson, and Andrew and Reilly Hiner.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, January 24, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. in Virginia Memorial Park with Pastor Karl Hofheinz and Chaplain Mark Flores officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bedford City, VA, Obituary

The News & Advance, (Lynchburg, VA) - March 17, 2013

James Howard Wood, 81, of Bedford, died Friday, March 15, 2013 at Oakwood Health & Rehab Center. He was the loving husband of 59 years of Pauline Ann Dooley Wood. He was born in Bedford County, September 16, 1931, a son of the late Charles Ira and Ruby Virginia Rice Wood.

Jim operated a service station at "The Forks" from 1956-1993. James was a member of Bedford Baptist Church, past member Lynchburg Elks Lodge, the Has Been Club, and proudly served in the Virginia National Guard, Co. A 116th, with 8 years of service as Motor Pool Sgt. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed restoring antique automobiles.

James was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Mack E. Wood and Charles A. Wood; a brother-in-law, Clarence L. Brookshier; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Wood.

In addition to his wife, James is survived by his daughter, Kristy Wood Milton and husband, Craig; a grandson, Will Milton; four brothers, Raymond Wood (Carrie), Leonard Wood, Maurice H. Wood (Evyleen), Sherman D. Wood (Dorothy); four sisters, Mae Brookshier, Eleanor W. Overstreet, Frances W. Stanley (William), Joyce W. Blankenship (Carl); Sheree W. Wood, sister-in-law; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of James' life will be conducted at 2 PM, Monday, March 18, 2013 at Bedford Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. David L. Henderson officiating. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bedford City, VA, Obituary

Published in Bedford Bulletin from March 20 to March 21, 2013

James Howard Wood, 81, of Bedford, died Friday, March 15, 2013 at Oakwood Health & Rehab Center. He was the loving husband of 59 years of Pauline Ann Dooley Wood. He was born in Bedford County, Sept. 16, 1931, a son of the late Charles Ira and Ruby Virginia Rice Wood.

Jim operated a service station at “The Forks from 1956-1993. James was a member of Bedford Baptist Church, past member Lynchburg Elks Lodge, the Has Been Club, and proudly served in the Virginia National Guard, Co. A 116th, with 8 years of service as Motor Pool Sgt. In his spare time, Jim enjoyed restoring antique automobiles.

James was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Mack E. Wood and Charles A. Wood; a brother-in-law, Clarence L. Brookshier; and a sister-in-law, Barbara Wood.

In addition to his wife, James is survived by his daughter, Kristy Wood Milton and husband, Craig; a grandson, Will Milton; four brothers, Raymond Wood (Carrie), Leonard Wood, Maurice H. Wood (Evyleen), Sherman D. Wood (Dorothy); four sisters, Mae Brookshier, Eleanor W. Overstreet, Frances W. Stanley (William), Joyce W. Blankenship (Carl); Sheree W. Wood, sister-in-law; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A celebration of James life was conducted at 2 pm, Monday, March 18, 2013 at Bedford Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. David L. Henderson officiating. Interment followed in Greenwood Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Bedford City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on April 15, 2013

Algie Blankenship Mayhew, 74, of Bedford, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013. She was born August 18, 1938, in Bedford County. She was the daughter of the late Amos and Florence D. Blankenship.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, William W. Mayhew. Algie was a graduate of Moneta High School class of 1957. She was a member of Morgan's Baptist Church and the Lady Sunshine Sunday school class. She was employed as an optical assistant for various opticians. She was a volunteer for Victims Advocate Program.

Surviving are her three children, William W. Mayhew Jr. and wife, Lewanne, Beth M. Bradley, and Bryon L. Mayhew; four brothers, Dennis (Madeline) Blankenship, Bobbie (Lois) Blankenship, Lynwood (Alma) Blankenship, and Michael (Sharon) Blankenship; and three sisters, Marjorie (Silas) Dalton, Shelby (Barry) Robertson, and Sandra (Leslie) Falls; also seven grandchildren, Chris (Kelly) Mayhew, Crystal (Shannon) Walker, Shanna (Andy) Clark, Nicholas (Courtney) Mayhew, Vanessa Bradley, Kevin (KC) Bradley, and Brittany Mayhew; and three great-grandchildren, Haylee Mayhew, Lane Mayhew, and Nova Clark; special friends, Farrell Sowers, Joyce Mayhew, Erica Jarrells, Mark Ray, Amber Fields, George Thomas.

A celebration of Algie's life will be held at Morgan's Baptist Church 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, with the Rev. Rick Mallory officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bedford City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on May 7, 2013

Robert James "Old Dude" Dinwiddie Sr., 81, of Bedford, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2013, at his residence. He was born Tuesday, November 24, 1931, in Bedford County, a son of the late Thomas Dinwiddie and Evelyn Roberts Dinwiddie.

He was a retired employee of Rubatex, a member of Bedford Christian Church, the VFW, Bedford Moose Lodge # 1897 and the American Legion. He was also a veteran of the United States Navy, having served during the Korean Conflict.

Surviving is his daughter, Robin, of California; two sons, Robert James Dinwiddie Jr. and wife, Julie, Benjamin Dinwiddie, all of Bedford; a brother, Davis Dinwiddie; a sister, Betty Blankenship; grandchildren, Carrie Dinwiddie, Derrick Dinwiddie, Benjamin David Dinwiddie Jr., Brooke Nicole Dinwiddie; and great-grandchildren, Thomas Dinwiddie, Benjamin Robert Dinwiddie III.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. with military honors to follow at Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bedford.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bedford City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on Nov. 24, 2013

Betty Lee Bennett Barton, 82, of Bedford, and formerly of Roanoke, passed away Friday, November 22, 2013, at the home of her daughter. She was born on Saturday, April 25, 1931, in Bedford County, a daughter of the late Harry Marvin Bennett and Flossie Ferguson Bennett.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Barton. She was an assembler with AMP.

Surviving are her son, Mickey R. Barton and wife, Brenda; daughter, Trevia L. Blankenship and husband, Kelly; her grandchildren, William O. Barton and wife, Tammie, Brittany M. Dunbar, Lanie D. Holbrook, Kristen H. Chapman; her great-grandchildren, Lindsey R. Barton, Regina D. Barton, Megan N. Barton, Grace Chapman; and her great-great-grandchildren, Erica L. O'Quinn and Brooklyn R. O'Quinn.

Funeral services will be held at the graveside at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens on at 1 p.m. Monday, November 25, 2013, with the Rev. Wayne Murphy officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Bedford City, VA, Obituary

Published in Bedford Bulletin from Jan. 8 to Jan. 9, 2014

Hazel O. Pete Wood, 87, formerly of Huddleston passed away Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at Campbell Rest Home in Bedford. She was born Nov. 28, 1926 in Roanoke, a daughter of the late Joseph Earl Owens and Virgie Ora Willis Owens.

She was preceded in death by her husband Aubrey Willard Jack Wood. A brother Frederick E. Owens and a sister Frances O. Blankenship.

Hazel worked for many years at Kenrose Dress Company in Roanoke before going to work at General Electric in Lynchburg where she retired. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Hazel enjoyed gardening, canning, working in her flower gardens, and taking bus trips with her friends.

Surviving are her children, Richard Wood and wife Barbara of Huddleston, Betty Overstreet and husband Gary of Bedford, Ronald Wood and wife Darlene of Roanoke, Josie Arney and husband Earl Michael of Goode, and Garland Mort Wood of Bedford. Ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Two brothers, Ray E. Owens and wife Sylvia and Joe Owens and wife Jeanette both of Roanoke. Two sisters-in-law, Nancy W. Duncan of Richmond and Judy Wood of Hardy.

Funeral service was at noon Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at Oakeys Vinton Chapel with burial in Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton, with Rev. Jeff Gardner officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bedford

 

2013, Bedford Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on Oct. 30, 2013

Carol Anderson, of Bedford County, departed this life Monday, October 28, 2013. She was the widow of John Mason Anderson and was a faithful member of Mays Memorial Methodist Church.

Surviving family includes daughters, Cindy Dixon and Billy, Debbie Haven and Ricky, of Mississippi; son, Timmy Blankenship, of Richmond; brothers, Bill and Penny Goodwin, of Salem, Jack and Arabel Goodwin, of Christiansburg; sisters, Shirley and Russell Price, of Salem, Wyoma and Cecil Rock, of Roanoke; special sister-in-law, Vicky Ellett, of Vinton; special friend, David Dixon, of Mississippi; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and special little companion, Sadie. Her children adored her and rejoice in her resting in the Lord's hands with John.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, October 31, 2013, at the Lotz Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton with Pastor Mickey White officiating. Carol will be laid to rest beside her husband in Cedar Lawn Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Bedford Co., VA, Obituary

The Roanoke Times, (VA) - March 5, 2014

Ren Cosby (RC) Bare, 80, of Bedford County, passed away at 3:20 a.m. on Tuesday morning, March 4, 2014. The Gates of Heaven opened to receive him. {REST} RC was born in Washington County, Va., son of the late Gilmer S. and Alice A. Bare.

A son, Lionel Dwight Bare; a brother, J.B. Bare; and a dear friend, Cliff Wilson, also preceded him in death.

Mr. Bare proudly served his country in both the United States Army and Navy. RC was patient, kind, and had a wonderful sense of humor. Even folks who only knew him for a short time, loved him.

He is survived by his wife, Willis; children, Terressa B. Woodie and her husband, David, Rocky Bare and his wife, Doris, Mona Lisa Bare and her partner, Joyce Patterson, Ray Bare and his wife, Tonja, Shannon Bare, Angela Blankenship and her husband, Mike, Garren "Gee" Bare; brother, Dub Bare; grandchildren, Brandy Bare Foster, Paden Bare, Wyatt Bare, Colton Bare, Patrick Ford, Megan Ford, Ray Bare II and his wife, Emily, Ren Bare and his wife, Samantha, Jeremy Woodie and his wife, Sheena, Brent Blankenship , Spencer Blankenship , Hunter Shrewsberry, and Anna White; great-grandchildren, Lindsey Foster, Kendra Foster, Jason Dammann, Abigail Bare, Alyssa Bare, and Colton White; and numerous other family members and friends.

Funeral Service with Military Honors will be held at the graveside at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014, with the Rev. Roger N. Okes officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Forest, Bedford Co., VA, Obituary

The News & Advance, (Lynchburg, VA) - April 20, 2014

Shirley Nickerson Barrett, 77, of Forest, Va., died Thursday, April 17, 2014. Born Tuesday, November 24, 1936, in Bedford, Shirley was a daughter of the late Rev. Charles Augustus Nickerson and the late Arra Radford Nickerson.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was preceded in death by her sisters, Rachael McFaden, Georgia Beautelspacher, and Alene W. Smalls; and brothers, Albert Nickerson and Seaman First Class Floyd E. Nickerson.

Shirley is survived by her daughter, Jane Barrett Sowers and her husband, John Sr., of Forest; a grandson, John Sowers Jr. of Lynchburg; a granddaughter, Michelle Sowers Wallace and her husband, Charles, of Evington; great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Cameron, and Karissa Sowers of Forest, Morgan Smith of Lynchburg, Donovan and Caleb Day of Evington, and Raghen and Lucas Sowers of Lynchburg; a great-great-granddaughter, Kayleigh Day of Evington; sisters, Gladys McFaden and Marjorie Martin of Lynchburg, and Nancy Farrar of Apopka, Fla.; special nieces, Frances Mealy and her husband, Dan, of New York, Cathy Baumgardner and her husband, Wayne, of Pennsylvania, Judy Goodart and her husband Jim, of Georgia, and Marie Baisden and her husband, Okey, of Evington; a special nephew, David Blankenship of Evington, special friend, Brenda Hall, and a host of other nieces and nephews.

Nanny B loved her family, word search, and computer games. She retired in 1995 from GE/Ericsson, to be a caregiver to her great-grandchildren. She was a member of Timberlake UMC.

A celebration of Shirley's life will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at Timberlake United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Lynne Alley-Grant officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Huddleston, Bedford Co., VA, Obituary

Published in The News & Advance on January 22, 2013

Alfred Clay Morgan, Sr., 74 of Huddleston, passed away Saturday, January 19, 2013 at his residence. He was born on Sunday, June 12, 1938 in Bedford County, a son of the late Samuel Henry Morgan and Clara Blankenship Morgan.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Judith Anne Ferguson Morgan. He was a retired employee of BGF Industries.

Surviving are his sons, Alfred C. Morgan, Jr. and wife, Theresa, Ronnie Morgan & wife, Kim all of Goodview, Henry Morgan & wife, Renee of Altavista; a brother, Wallace Morgan & wife, Betty of Body Camp; a sister, Marie Holland & husband, Marvin of Rocky Mount; his close friend, Loretta Cheek of Huddleston; several grandchildren & great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at the graveside at Virginia Memorial Park on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 11:00 am with Rev. Riley Smith officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Huddleston, Bedford Co., VA, Obituary

The News & Advance, (Lynchburg, VA) - August 2, 2013

Bevy Morgan Johnson, 97 of Huddleston, passed away Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at Autumn Care of Altavista. She was born on Wednesday, December 1, 1915, in Bedford County, a daughter of the late Rufus J. Morgan and Annie L. Blankenship Morgan.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Russell Gilbert Johnson; a sister, Ruth Edna Mitchen; and two brothers, Odell J. Morgan and William T. "Billy" Morgan. She was a member of Palestine Baptist Church and a former employee of Singer Furniture Company.

Surviving is her niece, Joyce M. Allen and husband, Morgan, of Gretna and a nephew, Russell O. Morgan and wife, Edna, of Huddleston.

Funeral services will be held at the graveside at Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church Cemetery on Friday, August 2, 2013, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Glenn Stevens officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the graveside.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Huddleston, Bedford Co., VA, Obituary

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Hazel O. Pete Wood, 87, formerly of Huddleston passed away Friday, January 3, 2014 at Campbell Rest Home in Bedford. She was born November 28, 1926 in Roanoke, a daughter of the late Joseph Earl Owens and Virgie Ora Willis Owens.

She was preceded in death by her husband Aubrey Willard Jack Wood. A brother Frederick E. Owens and a sister Frances O. Blankenship.

Hazel worked for many years at Kenrose Dress Company in Roanoke before going to work at General Electric in Lynchburg where she retired. She was a devoted wife and a loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Hazel enjoyed gardening, canning, working in her flower gardens, and taking bus trips with her friends.

Surviving are her children, Richard Wood and wife Barbara of Huddleston, Betty Overstreet and husband Gary of Bedford, Ronald Wood and wife Darlene of Roanoke, Josie Arney and husband Earl Michael of Goode, and Garland Mort Wood of Bedford. Ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Two brothers, Ray E. Owens and wife Sylvia and Joe Owens and wife Jeanette both of Roanoke. Two sisters-in-law, Nancy W. Duncan of Richmond and Judy Wood of Hardy.

Funeral service will be at noon Monday, January 6, 2014 at Oakeys Vinton Chapel with burial in Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton, VA with Rev. Jeff Gardner officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Area A, Roanoke, Roanoke City, Roanoke City, VA,

Owens, Joseph E. 39, M, VA, Head,

Owens, Virgie 38, F, VA, Wife,

Owens, Francis 17, F, VA, Dau,

Owens, Lucille 13, F, VA, Dau,

Owens, Ray E. 08, M, VA, Son,

Owens, Joe R. 06, M, VA, Son,

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2014, Huddleston, Bedford Co., VA, Obituary

The News & Advance, (Lynchburg, VA) - March 9, 2014

Jesse James Blankenship Jr., 49, of Huddleston, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014.

Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huddleston.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Huddleston, Bedford Co., VA, Obituary

http://www.roanoke.com/obituaries/blankenship-jesse-james-jr/article_0042757d-838a-5a33-b667-bc0be2157f4d.html

Jesse James Blankenship Jr., 49, of Huddleston, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014. He was born on Thursday, October 15, 1964, in Bedford County, a son of Jesse James Blankenship Jr. and Virginia Alice Hodges Blankenship, of Huddleston, who survive.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Linda Durwin.

He was an employee of Kannett Construction and was a member of Palestine Baptist Church.

In addition to his father and mother, he is survived by two sons, Hunter Gregory Blankenship and wife, Chelsea, of Charleston, S.C.; Cody Thomas Blankenship, Roanoke; a daughter, Kali Nichole Blankenship, Huddleston; a sister, Toni Robertson and husband, Michael, of Huddleston; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at 8 p.m. at Palestine Baptist Church, with Dr. Kevin King officiating.

 

2014, Huddleston, Bedford Co., VA, Obituary

http://www.roanoke.com/obituaries/myers-judy-gail-hayes/article_479834c2-6c82-51f0-9381-2096321e408f.html

Judy Gail Hayes Myers, 55, of Huddleston, passed away on Sunday morning, April 13, 2014. The Lord reached down and took her hand. She loved flowers, cooking, music and laughing with her family and friends. She also loved cows and monkeys with her favorite being monkeys.

She was predeceased by her father, Roschell William Hayes; and stepfather, Lynwood Blankenship.

Left to cherish her memory is her husband of 40 years, Terry Calvin Myers Sr.; son and daughter-in-law, Terry C. Jr. and Amy Myers; daughter and son-in-law, Sarah Nicole Myers and Justen White; mother, Nancy Overfelt Hayes Blankenship; sister, Debra Hayes Fore; brother, William (Bill) Hayes; nephew, William Travis Hayes; grandchildren, Devin, Dylan, Darby and Ellie Myers, Joewell and Breanna Jackson and Justice White; great-grandson, Braydon Wayne Myers; five aunts; five uncles; two great-uncles; one great-aunt; numerous cousins; and her beloved dog, Moo Moo.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014, at the Lotz Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton with Pastor Barry Witt officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lynwood Blankenship poss son of Amos Kelly Blankenship & Nancy Florence Dinkle

 

2013, Moneta, Bedford Co., VA, Obituary

http://oakeys.com/?pagetype=obitlink&obit_id=1027786

Mandy Hartman Blankenship, 83, of Moneta, went to be with her heavenly Father Thursday July 4, 2013.

She is preceded in death by her son, Ray Garland Blankenship. Mrs. Blankenship was retired from the Roanoke City School Board. She was a loving wife and mother who enjoyed cooking, quilting and her flowers.

Survivors include her husband of 66 years Raymond G. Blankenship, Sr.; sons, Gerald Blankenship Jr. and wife Sharon, Eddie Blankenship and life partner Robert Idol; daughter, Loretta Tuckwiller and husband Ralph; grandchildren, Raymond Greg Blankenship, Audi Danielle Wimmer, Jimmie and Tonya Brown; four great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brothers, John Hartman and Ira Hartman and wife Joanne; numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon Monday at Oakeys Vinton Chapel with Rev. Sam Belisle officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Cave Spring District, Roanoke Co., VA,

Hartman, James E. 47, M, VA, Head,

Hartman, Bertha M. 39, F, VA, Wife,

Hartman, Fannie G. 19, F, VA, Dau,

Hartman, Joseph L. 16, M, VA, Son,

Hartman, John H. 14, M, VA, Son,

Hartman, James A. 12, M, VA, Son,

Hartman, Mandy E. 09, F, VA, Dau,

Hartman, Ira E. 07, M, VA, Son,

Hartman, Anothy W. 05, M, VA, Son,

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2013, Moneta, Bedford Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - October 15, 2013

Jack Edward Lacy Jr., 67 of Moneta, passed away Saturday, October 12, 2013, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was born on Sunday, February 3, 1946, in Bedford County, a son of the late Jack Edward Lacy Sr. and Frances Anne Blankenship Keen.

He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Christopher Silas Keen; a sister, Ruth Ann Keen; and a brother, Christopher Keen.

He was a truck driver with DSI, was a member of Morgans Baptist Church, and a veteran of the U. S. Army having served in Vietnam.

Surviving is his wife, Cheryl Annette Stephenson Lacy; two sons, Jack Edward Lacy III and fiance, Jeanette Krantz and her daughter, Dixie Krantz of Bedford, Henderson Lane Lacy and wife, October of Bedford; a step son, Matthew Alan Smith of Chantilly; three grandchildren, Dana Alexander Lacy, Christopher Lacy and Katlyn Lacy;and a brother, John Keen of Lynchburg.

Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at Morgans Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Mallory officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Moneta, Bedford Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2013

Rita Blankenship McGlothlin, 64, of Moneta, went to her heavenly home on October 20, 2013, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Roanoke to the late Otey and Hazel Blankenship.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Joseph Blankenship.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, James (Jim) McGlothlin; daughter, Melissa Hearn and husband, James; son, James Matthew McGlothlin and wife, Heather; grandchildren, Devin Taylor, Alex Hearn, Bailey Hearn, Cody McGlothlin; and great-grandchild, Oliver Taylor; two sisters, JoAnn Linton, Debbie Sapp and husband, James; brothers, Ricky Blankenship, Jesse Blankenship, Sonny Blankenship and wife, Teri; and many nieces and nephews.

Rita was retired from Verizon with 34 years of service. She was a member of Bonsack United Methodist Church and Life Happens Sunday School Class. Rita and Jim took many cruises and vacations and loved to visit new places "as long as they did it together". She was well known for her cooking, especially "desserts" and cooked for many people who loved her "new recipes". She loved her God, her husband, children and grandchildren with all her heart and soul. Her beautiful smile, her laugh and caring for all God's creatures will be sorely missed.

Thanks to all her many friends who called, visited and sent numerous cards. They all helped her and Jim during this difficult time. Also, thank to all her caregivers, especially Dr. Jones, Dr. Inhorn, Dr. Boyd, and all the nurses, staff and others who gave her compassionate care during this illness.

A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 25, 2013, at Bonsack United Methodist Church with Pastors Tim Tate and Mike Miller officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bland

 

+2013, Bland, Bland Co., VA, Obituary

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Quinton Roosevelt Carroll, 94 of the Hollybrook Community, Bland went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 21, 2013 from Carrington Place, Wytheville [Wythe Co., VA]. He was born November 19, 1918 at Draper, VA the son of the late Posey and Mae McPeak Carroll.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lila Ellen Blankenship Carroll. Quinton was member of the Bland Masonic Lodge #206, Bland V.F.W. Post #7969 and a veteran of World War II.

He is survived by two sons and daughter-in-law, Gary E. and Wanda Carroll, Bland; Quinton G. Carroll, Dublin; a sister, Helen C. Tickle, Bland; three grandchildren and spouses, Sonya Carroll and Jason Ramsey, Bland; John Adam and Rebecca Carroll, Georgia; Leslie Carroll and John Thompson, Bland; eight great-grandchildren, Erin E. Duncan, Haley N. and Taylor J. Ramsey; Maya J. Carroll; Brady A. and Bailee R. Thompson, Peyton M. and Brady Quinton Carroll.

Graveside Service - Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 1:00 P.M. at Mountain Field Cemetery, Bland with military rites by the Bland Masonic Lodge #206 and Bland V.F.W. Post #7969. Burial at Mountain Field Cemetery, Bland

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Bland, Bland Co., VA, Funeral

Published in Roanoke Times on April 14, 2013

Pearlie Mae Blankenship, 85, of Bland, died Friday, April 12, 2013.

Funeral is 3 p.m. Sunday, April 14, 2013, at A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate, 540-921-2985.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Bland, Bland Co., VA, Obituary

http://bdtonline.com/obituaries/x437163072/Pearlie-Mae-Blankenship

Pearlie Mae Blankenship, 85, of the Hollybrook Community, Bland, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 12, 2013 from the Pulaski Health and Rehab Center. She was born on October 29, 1927 at Bland, Va. the daughter of the late Scott McKinley and Josephine Burton Harmon.

Also preceded in death by a stepmother, Annie Burton Harmon; her husband, Archie Walter Blankenship; a brother, Scott McKinley Harmon; a sister, Sadie Marie Rogers. She was a charter member of the Bland VFW Ladies Auxiliary and worked 42 years at the Bastian Tultex Company.

She is survived by one son, Archie Dee Blankenship; one daughter, Jenny Blankenship; three grandsons, Jason and Josh Gusler, Gary Blankenship and wife Amy Blankenship; two great-grandchildren, Taryn and Jaci Blankenship; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Ethel and Larry Cox, Shirley and Donnie Medley, Dwighty and Lonnie McMillan; six brothers, Wade Harmon and wife Frances, Rod Harmon, Bob Harmon, Buck Harmon, Bill Harmon and Emery Harmon; also numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today (Sunday ) at 3:00 p.m. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate, Va. with the Rev. Ted Anders officiating. Burial in Mountain Field Cemetery, Hollybrook, Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bland, Bland Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on April 14, 2013

Mrs. Edyth Frances Medley Harris, 84, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, at her home in Bland after a long illness. She was born May 17, 1928, in Sugar Grove to the late James Crockett and Lula Clyde Anderson

Medley. Edyth was a homemaker and worked on the farm until her health forced her to stop. She was also a correspondent for The Bland Messenger for several years. She was the last survivor of her immediate family.

She was preceded in death by a son, David Allen Harris; and a great-grandson, Jonathan Washer.

Those left to cherish her memories are her husband of 62 years, Henry Harris, of the home; two daughters, Connie Blankenship, of Bland, and Rebecca Harris, of Bastian; two sons and daughters-in-law, Carl and Nenita Harris, of Columbia, Md., Mark and Sherry Harris, of Max Meadows; a grandson whom they raised and thought of as a son, Carl Harris Jr. and wife, Sabrina, of Chilhowie; 11 other grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; special friends at Rural Retreat Baptist Church; two special little friends, Elizabeth Garland and Lindsey Price. Her little granddog, BeBe, also survives.

Per her wishes, only a graveside service will be held 4 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2013, at Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook, with the Rev. Jason McNeese officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Bland, Bland Co., VA, Obituary

http://vestfuneralhome.us/1973.html

Leonard Lee Blankenship, 65 of the No Business Community of Bland went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at his home. He was born on November 13, 1947 at Bluefield, WV the son of the late Edison Lee and Florence Geneava Nelson Blankenship.

He was retired from Bland Correctional Center as a Lieutenant with 31 years service, was a U.S. Army veteran, a member of Wesendonck United Methodist Church, loved to fish, enjoyed traveling and yard sales was his favorite activity.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Brenda M. Blankenship; two sons and daughters-in-law, Lionel and Diane Blankenship, Bland; Kris and Crissy Blankenship, Bland; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny and Bonnie Blankenship, Bland; Jerry Blankenship, Bland; Keith Blankenship, Charlotte, N.C.; Kyle (Bucky) and Pam Blankenship, Narrows; two sisters, Debra Wolfe, Bland; Mary Stanley, Pulaski; five grandchildren, Kimberly, Karrie, Kathryn, Leland Blankenship and Nate Houseman.

Funeral Services - Tuesday, November 5th at 1:00 P.M. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Danny Shortridge and Rev. Wayne Monroe officiating. Burial - Mountain Field Cemetery, Hollybrook.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Bland, Bland Co., VA, Obituary

http://www.vestfuneralhome.us/1973.html

Virginia Ann Blankenship, 59 of the Hollybrook Community, Bland went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 15th from her home. She was born on October 6, 1954 in Bland County, VA the daughter of the late Archie Walter and Pearlie Mae Harmon Blankenship.

She is survived by two sons, Josh Gusler, Bland and Jason Gusler, Petersburg; one brother, Archie Dee Blankenship, Bland; one nephew, Gary W. Blankenship and wife Amy; two great-nieces, Taryn and Jaci Blankenship; her two dogs, Shi and Sammy.

Funeral Service - Saturday, January 18th at 2:00 P.M. at the A. Vest & Sons funeral home with Rev. Jim Conley officiating. Burial - Mountain Field Cemetery, Bland

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Bland, Bland Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - January 25, 2014

Henry R. Harris, age 85, of Bland, died Thursday, January 23, 2014 at his home. Born in Rich Valley, VA, he was the eldest of 13 children born to the late Toby Carl and Lena Farmer Harris.

He was also preceded in death by his wife of 62 1/2 years, Edyth M. Harris; a son, David Allen; an infant great-grandson, Jonathan Washer; four brothers, Carl, June, George, and John Harris; two sisters, Margaret Thomas and Bertha Zimmer.

Henry was a carpenter in Washington, D.C. for many years, retired from the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, and a farmer. He is survived by two daughters, Connie Blankenship of Little Creek, VA and Rebecca Harris of Bastian, VA; two sons, Carl (Nenita) Harris, Sr. of Columbia, MD and Mark (Sherry) Harris of Max Meadows, VA; twelve grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Ella Mae (Jimmy) Tuggle of Marion, VA, Jean (Ronnie) Crigger of Saltville, VA, Jenni Riley of Lebanon, VA; three brothers, Bill Harris of Marion, VA, Tony (Rose) Harris of Chilhowee, VA, Ed Harris, Mouth of Wilson, VA; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 7:00 P.M. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate, VA with the Rev. Jason McNeese and Rev. Ron Patterson officiating. Burial in the Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Bland, Bland Co., VA, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - March 14, 2014

Lorraine Diana Green, 61, of Bland, passed away on Sunday, March 9, 2014. Born on June 28, 1953, in Cub Creek, W.Va., to Friedman Cline and Bertha Blankenship Cline.

Ms. Green was a homemaker and previously worked as an accountant. She had a passion to help others and never asked anything in return. She enjoyed golfing and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Benny Cline.

Survivors include her fianc, Bill Sovine, of Bland, and sisters, Linda Schiphof and Loeda Jackson and her husband Gleason.

In keeping with Lorraine's final wishes her services will be held private.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Bland, Bland Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - April 18, 2014

John Henry French, 66, of Bland, VA went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. He was born on July 24, 1947 in Bland County, Virginia the son of the late Mitchell McKinley and Bertie Saunders French.

He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Shirley Mae Cregger, Betty Patton and Thelma Sutphin; one brother, Hubert McKinley French.

John was a Pastor of New Hope Tabernacle in Bland for over 20 years.

He is survived by his wife, Linda G. French; one son, John French, Jr., Bland; two daughters, Samantha French, Bland; Tabitha Blankenship, Bastian; two grandsons, Jordan Fisher and Jeremy Dax; one brother, Wallace French, Bland; one sister, Mary Edna Conley, Bland.

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 1:00 P.M. at the A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home, White Gate with the Rev. Jeff Johnson officiating. Burial in the Morning Star Cemetery, Bland.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Botetourt

 

2013, Botetourt Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on October 9, 2013

Ronald Lee (Ron)(Paw) Lucas, 64, of Botetourt County, died on Sunday evening, October 6, 2013, at his home. He was Owner-President of R. L. Lucas Construction Company, Inc. Ron was a member of Fincastle Presbyterian Church, a Board Member of Botetourt County Historical Society, Inc., and a former President of Historic Fincastle. Inc. (HFI). He was affiliated with the Williamson Road Area Business Association and a former Mason.

Ron was an avid history buff who enjoyed architecture and restoring old buildings and homes. He loved his dogs, Beaux and Lonestar, and cherished the time with his grandsons. Ron's other hobbies included gardening, piddling on the farm, listening to music and woodworking.

Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Marie Thompson Lucas; and his twin grandchildren, Sebastian William and Scarlett Victoria Lucas.

Surviving are his devoted and loving wife of 41 years, Valerie Minter Lucas; his daughter, Mandeline (Mandy) Suzanne Hetzel and husband, John, of Southbury, Conn.; his son, Jason William Lucas and wife, Vicki, of Fincastle, Va.; his grandsons, PFC Dylan Blankenship, Jackson Connor Hetzel, Griffen William Lucas, Kyle Braedon Hetzel and Sawyer James (Rooster) Lucas; his father, Jack W. Lucas, of Roanoke, Va.; and his brother, Stephen Ray Lucas and wife, Lucy, of Texas.

A service celebrating Ron's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2013, at Fincastle Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Iain S. Maclean officiating. Interment will be at Godwin Cemetery, Botetourt County.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Fincastle, Botetourt Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times from June 23 to June 24, 2013

Gary Wayne Maynard, 53, of Fincastle (formerly of Pineville, North Carolina) passed away Friday, June 21, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Maynard.

Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, LeAnna Ratliff and husband Race of Fincastle; mother, Mae Maynard of Bristol; brothers, Jim Maynard and wife, Nell, of Raven; Donald Maynard and wife Jamie of Pineville, North Carolina; Larry Maynard, of Grundy and Scott Maynard also of Pineville, North Carolina; sisters, Ann Lester of Bristol; Carol Sullivan and husband Marty of Maryland; Wilma Blankenship and husband Jamie of Buchanan; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2013 in the Mausoleum at Old Dominion Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Troutville, Botetourt Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on August 9, 2013

Sarah Ellen Overfelt Hodges, 71, of Troutville, passed away Tuesday, August 6, 2013, and the Heavenly Angels took our angel home. Sarah was retired from B & L Upholstery and was a member of Family Bible Fellowship. She loved baking, cooking, sewing and laying out by her pool.

She was predeceased by her husband, William Thomas Hodges, Sr. and parents, Allen (Sam) and Lear Hartman Overfelt.

Survivors include her son, William Thomas Hodges Jr., the second love of her life; daughter-in-law, Jenny Hodges; granddaughters, Marissa Tunno and Killey Renee; sisters and brothers-in-law, Nancy Blankenship, Mary and Sonny Long, Bertha Blake and Richard; brothers and sisters-in-law, Sam and Gloria Overfelt, Kelvin and Dreama Overfelt, Joseph (Joe) and Ruth Overfelt; aunt, Frances Overfelt; uncles, John Hartman, Ira Hartman and wife, Joanne, Raymond Blankenship; numerous nieces and nephews, all of whom she spoiled; many cousins, her church family and special friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 10, 2013, at the Lotz Funeral Home Chapel in Vinton with the Rev. Barry Witt officiating. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Troutville, Botetourt Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - January 17, 2014

Deceased Name: Frances Akers Nelson

One of God's angels on earth, our beautiful sweet mother, Frances Akers Nelson, 92, of Troutville, went home to be with her heavenly father, she departed from this life at home with her family by her side on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. Born December 10, 1921, a daughter of the late McKinley H. and Eva Akers, she was the last surviving sibling of five children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin D. Nelson and infant daughter, Paulette.

She enjoyed sewing, crocheting, embroidering, quilting, gardening, bird watching, and cooking. Her grandchildren's fondest memories, was going to grandma's house eating her biscuits, cornbread, homemade soup, and fried apple pies. She had a heart of gold always loving, giving, and caring. Her spirit, faith, and compassion will remain deeply ingrained in all who was fortunate to know and love her.

Left to cherish her memory are her ten children, Roger and Diane Nelson of Bedford; Gerry and Carl Taylor of NC; Larry and Tina Nelson of Troutville; Ada and David Taylor of NC; McKinley Nelson of Troutville; Terry and Jackie Nelson of Troutville; Andrew Nelson of Bedford; Ruby and Wayne Keith of Troutville; Julie Russell of Troutville; and Jackie and Lynn Blankenship of Troutville; twenty grandchildren: Greg, Melisha, Carla, Leisa, Jesse, Michael, Dee, Ann, Linda, Bobby, Jennifer, Terry Jr., Lance, Jamie, Crista, David, Cheyenne, Erin, Sean Jr., Lacey; 45 great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Frances's Life will be held 6 pm, Friday, January 17, 2014 in the Buchanan Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home with the Rev. Troy Mays officiating. Graveside services will be held at 1 pm in Elgood Cemetery in Elgood, WV. "If roses grow in heaven Lord, please pick a bunch for us, place them in mom's arms and tell her they're from us. Tell her we love her and when she turns to smile, place a kiss upon her cheek and hold her for awhile." We were truly blessed to have you for our Mother.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Troutville, Botetourt Co., VA, Viewing

http://www.roanoke.com/obituaries/shevetz-sharon-blankenship/article_54601585-cb8a-5af3-8866-e4019556ce9e.html

Sharon Blankenship Shevetz, 63, of Troutville, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Simpson Funeral Home, 540- 366-0707.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Bristol City

 

2013, Bristol City, VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - August 30, 2013

Dorothy Canter Williams, 88, of Bristol, Va., went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was born in Bristol, Va., a daughter of the late Haskell and Mary Little Canter. Mrs. Williams was a lifelong resident of the area and retired from the Bristol Virginia School System. She was a member of Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by, her husband, Frederick A. Williams; a son, Frederick A. Williams Jr.; and siblings, Haskell Canter Jr., Benjamin L. Canter, Mildred Sharrett, Robert L. Canter and Beverly R. Canter.

Survivors include her children, Judith W. Blankenship and husband, Claude, Janet W. Pauley and husband, Franklin, Paul A. Williams and wife, Beth, and Rodger A. Williams; grandchildren, Jason A. Blankenship and wife, Michelle, Joshua I. Blankenship , Ethan A. Williams, and Mairin E. Williams; great-grandchildren, Nathaniel Blankenship, and Preston Blankenship ; brother, Eddie W. Canter and wife, Laverne; sister-in-law, Lucy Hooper; several nieces and nephews; and special friends, Hazel Moretz, Polly Dickson and her Reynolds Memorial Church Family.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Ralph Kidd officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jason Blankenship, Joshua Blankenship, Ethan Williams, Donald McGlothlin Jr., Jim Warren and Jay Barfield. Honorary pallbearers will be Herschel Stevens and the men of Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bristol City, VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - October 27, 2013

David Ray Ratliff, 64, of Bristol, Va., passed away on Friday, October 25, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Toby and Lottie Blankenship Ratliff. David's life revolved around being a husband, father, and grandfather. He loved God, church and attending local revivals. David never met a stranger and loved talking to people. He was a member of the Lions Club.

He is survived by his wife Sondra Horne Ratliff; son, David Ray Ratliff II and wife, Sherry, of Forest, Va., and their children, Cassidy, Delaney and Kennedy; son, William Sparrell Ratliff and his children, Morgan and Noah; and daughter, Andrea Catina Shea Ratliff.

The family will receive friends Monday, October 28, 2013 from 5 until 6:45 p.m. at Blevins Funeral Home. The funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. with Preacher Tim Wallingford officiating. The committal and interment will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at Mountain View Cemetery in Bristol, Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bristol City, VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - November 16, 2013

Deborah Warf Blankenship, Bristol, VA, born September 22, 1953, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, November 13, 2013, after a brief illness.

Debbie graduated from Grimsley High School in Greensboro, N.C., and VI College in Bristol, Va. She loved her job working in retail. She also loved cats, growing flowers, reading, cooking, and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Blankenship; parents, Mable and Letcher Warf; and dear sister, Dorcas McMurray.

She is survived by one brother, Robert Warf of Winston Salem, N.C.; sisters, Sharon Abernathy of Valdese, N.C., Darlene Eades of Abingdon, Va, Dreama Spence of Bristol, Va., Drucilla Morris of Morganton, N.C., and Lanice Honaker of Greensboro, N.C. Also left to cherish her memory are many nieces and nephews. Debbie will be missed by many who loved her, especially her niece and friend, Kathryn and her special friend, David Spence, who she worked with on many art projects.

A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013, at the Frost Funeral Home Chapel with her brother-in-law, Sam Honaker officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Bristol City, VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - March 1, 2014

Janet Williams Pauley, age 64, of Bristol, Va., passed away on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was born in Bristol, Va., a daughter to the late Fred A. and Dorothy Canter Williams.

Janet retired as Deputy Treasurer for the city of Bristol, Va., and was a member of Reynolds Memorial United Methodist Church.

Along with her parents she was preceded in death by her brother, Freddie Williams Jr.

Survivors include her husband of 12 years, C. Franklin Pauley Jr.; siblings, Judith Williams Blankenship and husband Claude, Paul Williams and wife Beth, and Rodger Williams; step children, Forrest A. Pauley and Seth Pauley of Asheville, NC.; sister-in-law, Mary Jo P. Wagner and husband John Swope, of Nags Head, NC.; granddaughter, Elsa Jane Pauley;and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, a 1 p.m. in the Weaver Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ralph Kidd officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery. Pallbearers include Kevin Corbett, Jim Warren, Josh Blankenship, Jason Blankenship, Forrest Pauley, and Seth Pauley. Honorary pallbearers include Herschel Stevens, Eddie Canter, Don McGlothlin, and Kevin McGlothlin.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Bristol City, VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - March 27, 2014

Mrs. Delilah Ellen Smith Hutchinson, 87, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Lakebridge Health Care Center in Johnson City, [Washington Co.,] Tenn. She was born December 4, 1926, in Buchanan County, Va. to the late Henry Rufus Smith and Mary Etta Brown Perkins Smith of Jewell Ridge, Va.

Mrs. Hutchinson lived much of her life in Big Rock, Va., where she worked as a cook at Big Rock Elementary School before moving to Bristol in 1977. December 17, 1949, Ellen married Dallas Devere Hutchinson, who was her loving husband of nearly 60 years until his passing June 19, 2009. Ellen lived a spirited life and enjoyed gardening at her home and singing hymns she learned in her youth. Though a dedicated worker in various capacities, she was happiest when spending time with her family.

She was also preceded in death by her sisters, Vernie Eunice "Toots" Smith Hurley (Elster), Roxie Virginia Smith, Frankie Smith Ratliff (Amel), and Doris Jessie Smith Street (Elmer);brother, Marion Richard Smith; half-sisters, Audrey Perkins Blankenship (Burt), Golden Perkins, Loran Perkins, Cora Perkins, Rebecca Smith Rogers (Claude, Sr.), and Nannie Bell Smith; half-brothers, William Leck Smith (Myrtle), Hannibal Hubert Smith (Gladys), Dexter Perkins (Lennie Ellen), and Ivor Perkins.

Ellen is survived by two sons and their families, Wanson Devere Hutchinson and wife Sharon McCoy Hutchinson of Bristol, Va., and their children, Jason Kirk Hutchinson and wife, Kimberly Ann of Bristol, Tenn., and Sara Kate Hutchinson Tallman and husband, Matthew of Bluff City, Tenn., Robbie Darin Hutchinson of Bristol, Va., and his children, Shannon Luke Hutchinson and wife, Rachael, of Bristol, Va. with sons, Holden Luke and Collen Lane, and Amy Jocelyn Hutchinson Roberts and husband, Billy, of Bluff City, Tenn. with daughter, Bailly Faith and son, Eli Mason; two brothers, Chester Carl Smith and wife, Gaynelle of Springfield, Ohio, and Wayne Elden Smith and wife, Norma of South Vienna, Ohio; and a special niece, Ada Smith Horn (Harrison) of Meadowview, Va.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Forest Hills Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Pastor Wayne Lambert officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Buchanan

 

2013, Davenport, Buchanan Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - January 12, 2013

Cleora Breeding Sykes White, 91, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, with her family by her side. Cleora was born on Sept. 16, 1921, and was preceded in death by her first husband, Carl Mosco Sykes; her second husband, Irvin White; and her daughter, Wilma Blankenship.

She is survived by two daughters, Eula Faye Owens and husband Gerald, and Grace Joann Kiser and husband Garland; two sons, Raymond Edward Sykes and wife Vanessa and Johnny Dewayne White and wife Paulette; one sister, Ivanelle Deel and husband Earl; numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great grandchildren.

A private memorial service was held for the family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Hurley, Buchanan Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - June 23, 2013

Retha Sparks Justus, 66 years of age, of the Davis Fork Section of Hurley, Va., passed away Friday, June 21, 2013 at her home following a brief illness. Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of the late Dave and Hettie Sparks of Wolford, Va.

She was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County and a member of the North Springs Old Regular Baptist Church. She was a volunteer for the Hurley Community Center and the Buchanan County School System for several years. She was also an avid quilter. She made and donated quilts for benefit shows and different youth organizations throughout the United States. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and was a wonderful homemaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clifford Justus; two sons: Larry Randell Sparks and Jeffery Dwight Justus; one son-in-law: Alvie Stacy; one great-grandchild: William (A. J.) Blankenship; two sisters: Opal Baker and Audrey Sparks; seven brothers: A.C. Sparks, Kermit Sparks, Junior Sparks, Johnny Sparks, Verner Sparks, Kelly Sparks and Clifford Sparks.

She is survived by four daughter: Dreama Lynn Stacy of Hurley, Va., Mary (Ronnie) Clabough of Hurley, Va., Samantha (Derick) Stacy of Hurley, Va., Patricia (Chris) Waters of Big Rock, Va.; three sons: Jessie (Rita) Justus of Hurley, Va., Jimmy Justus (Fiance Billie Harris) of Hurley, Va., Billy (April) Justus of Wolford, Va.; two sisters: Lonie Stacy of Wolford, Va., Harriett (John) Justus of Hurley, Va.; four brothers: Hobart Sparks of Wolford, Va., Eli (Pinkie) Sparks of Wolford, Va., Ed (Peggy) Sparks of Whitewood, Va., Henry (Ann) Sparks of Michigan. Also, survived by 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral Services for Retha Sparks Justus will be conducted Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:00 P.M. at the North Springs Old Regular Baptist Church at Wolford, VA, with North Springs Old Regular Baptist Preachers officiating with burial to follow in the Justus Cemetery on Davis Fork, near Hurley, VA. Active pallbearers will be nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Lynn Camp, Buchanan Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - January 10, 2013

Gerald Hank Blankenship, 61 years of age, of the Lynn Camp section of Buchanan County, Va., passed away, Monday, Jan. 7, 2013, at his residence. Born Feb. 16, 1951, in McDowell County, W.Va., he was the son of the late Virgil Roy and Fay Fields Blankenship.

Gerald was a member of the Grundy Church of Christ, was an avid drag racer in which he had won numerous awards since 1967. He was currently employed by Car Quest in Hurley, Va., and the IHRA-Internal Hot Rod Association as a technical director. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda Faye Baldwin Blankenship of the home; daughter, Kimberly Michelle Blankenship Dykes and husband, Christopher Paul, of Bristol, Va.; sons, Anthony Leon Keen and wife, Kayla, of Piney Flats, Tenn., and Wesley Ryan Keen and fianc, Jessica Looney, of Grundy, Va. He is also survived by his grandson, Brantley Colton Dykes; and two step-granddaughters, Emma Grace Keen and Layla Faith Keen.

Funeral services for Gerald Hank Blankenship will be conducted at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel in Grundy, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at 1 p.m., with Pastors Dennis Wimmer and Wade McGeorge officiating. Burial will follow at Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, Va. Active pallbearers will be the employees of Car Quest of Hurley. Honorary pallbearers will be Anthony Keen, Ryan Keen, Junior Jackson, Christopher Paul Dykes, Chris Justus, Troy Viers and the employees of IHRA-Internal Hot Rod Association.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Rowe, Buchanan Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - September 7, 2013

Mrs. Teresa Jane Peck, 53, of the Drill mountain section of Rowe, Va. went to be with the Lord on Thursday September 5, 2013 in a Richlands, [Tazewell Co.], Va. hospital after a courageous battle with ovarian cancer. Born July 18, 1960, in Richlands, Va., she was a daughter of the late Eldon McKinley and Janice Virginia Brown Compton.

A lifelong resident of the area, she was a 1977 graduate of Garden High School. She was member of Robinson Fork Holiness Church. She gave her life to the Lord as an eight year old girl and devoted her entire life to going to church, serving the Lord and witnessing to others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Eldon Kenneth Compton.

Survivors include her husband of 37 years, Curtis Peck of the home; one son, Cody Tyler Peck of the home; three sisters, Wanda Helton and husband, Clarence of Swords Creek, Brenda Blankenship and husband, John of Clifton Fork, Va. and Sharon Helton and husband, Darrell of Finney, Va.; several nieces and nephews; and she was loved very much by Roger and Peggy Harris of North Carolina.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, September 9, 2013, at the Rowe Pentecostal Holiness Church in Rowe, Va. with the Rev. Michael Justice and the Rev. Ralph Shortridge officiating. Interment will follow in the Whitt Cemetery at Drill, Va. Nephews will serve as pallbearers. Nieces and nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Vansant, Buchanan Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - March 10, 2013

Virgie Sarah Varney Love, 84 years of age, of Deel Hill in Vansant, passed away Thursday, March 7, 2013, at her home, following an extended illness. Born in Buchanan County, Va., she was the daughter of the late Alex and Eva Dawson Varney.

She was a life-long resident of Buchanan County and was a member of the Deel Church of Christ. She held an Associate's Degree from Clinch Valley College, a Bachelor of Science Degree from Pikeville College and a Master of Arts Degree from East Tennessee State University. She was a teacher with the Buchanan County School System for more than 30 years.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Bessie M. Stacy; and two brothers, Dewey Varney and Hallard Varney.

She is survived by her husband, Lonnie Love Sr., Vansant; one son, Lonnie Gene Love, Deel, Va.; one daughter, Haleta Ann Love (Philip) Costa, Deel; six grandchildren, Lacy (Elizabeth) Love, Big Rock, Va., Ann (Johnny) Love Smith, Hudson, N.C., Sarah Jane Hargis, Austin, Tenn., Leslie (Kirby) Lloyd, Caledonia, Miss., Constance Deann Keen, Home Creek, Va., and Joe Blankenship, Deel; and six great-grandchildren, Chad Slone, Hudson, Alexandria Love, Big Rock, Cherish Lloyd, Caledonia, Addison Smith, Hudson, Jacob Lloyd, Caledonia, and Jacoby Blankenship , Big Rock.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, March, 10, 2013, at 1 p.m. at the Deel Church of Christ, with Evg. Fred Osborne, Evg. Larry Arnold, Evg. Bobby Yates and the Rev. John Richard Rowe officiating, with burial to follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, Va. Active pallbearers will be L.A. Lacy Love, Joseph "Joe" Blankenship, Kirby Lloyd, William Key II, Joseph Love, James Love and Johnny Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be George "Bud" Looney, Bob Cox, Bobby Yates, Dewey "Bud" Looney, Rury Osborne and Henry Stiltner.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Vansant, Buchanan Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Bristol Herald Courier from September 6 to September 7, 2013

Joseph Wilson Street, 90, of the Dry Fork section of Vansant, a., went to be with the LORD, Thursday, September 5, 2013, at his residence surrounded by family. Born in Buchanan County, Va, December 20, 1922, he was the son of the late James Tildon Street and Patty Looney Street.

Joe was a retired coal miner having worked in the mining industry for over 40 years. No matter where Joe was, his passion for animals and love of nature followed. He loved all his pets, which at times, included squirrels, raccoons and birds of all kinds. Besides the love of animals, Joe loved plants, tending to trees which he started from seeds and vegetable gardens was one of his favorite pastimes. He was an avid fisherman whether it be on the banks of New River or deep sea fishing with family and friends. He always kept his camera on hand for that special photo of the biggest catch of the day or one of the children's special moments. He will be missed terribly by his ever-present Chihuahua, Sam. Joe was a member, deacon and trustee of Victory Baptist Church where he was choir director for many years, and a member of the John Ratliff Troop Post #164. He served in the U.S. Army in the 101st Airborne Division as a Paratrooper in World War II. He was a loving husband, father, brother, father-in-Law, papaw and great-papaw.

In addition to his parents, Joe was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Frankie Mae Mullins Street; his son, Donald Drew Street; three sisters, Bertha Shortridge, Gertrude Church, and Rosie Vandyke; two brothers, Harrison Street, and Arvil Street; and one brother-in-law, Basil Looney.

He is survived by four daughters, Lois Ann (Larry) Clarke, and LaDonna (John) Boardwine of Bristol, Tenn., Reva (Jerry) Fields, and Jan (Ralph) Blankenship of Vansant, Va.; three sons, Joe Gary (Lanette) Street, and Michael (Bertha) Street of Vansant, Va., and Jimmie (Barbara) Street of Bristol, Tenn.; one sister, Linnie Looney of Spartanburg, S.C.; and one brother-in-law, Dannie Looney of Alamo, Tex.Joe was a proud grandfather of 15 grandchildren; Frank Glasscock, Alan Clarke, Jodi Reynolds, Jessica Savage, Jonathan Street, April Dalpiaz, Brandi Clevinger, Heather Thomas, Josh Street, Dr. Dia Owens, Jeremy Fields, Marc Blankenship, Shawna Rader, Joey Powers and Tanner Boardwine.; he is also survived by 22 great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted Sunday, September 8, 2013, 2 p.m. at the Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel, Keen Mountain, Va., with Pastor Phillip Cook, Pastor Larry D. Ratliff Sr. and Pastor Benny Williams officiating. Full military rites will be conducted at the funeral home by The American Legion Post # 164. A private graveside service will be held at the Street Family Cemetery on Dry Fork, Vansant, Va. Grandsons will serve as active pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the Members of Victory Baptist Church, and Dr. Dia Owens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Vansant, Buchanan Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - October 28, 2013

Mr. Daniel "Boone" Duty, 60, of the Hurricane Creek section of Vansant, Va., passed away Sunday morning, October 27, 2013, at a Richlands, [Tazewell Co.], Va. Hospital. Born April 17, 1953, in Davenport, Va., he was a son of the late Clayton Tiller and Pearl Duty Gibson. A lifelong resident of the area, he was a member of Boyd-Ratliff Chapel. He was a self-employed truck driver and enjoyed riding horses and four wheelers. He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Loretha Barton; one brother, John Henry Lester; maternal grandparents, Benjamin and Matilda Duty; paternal grandparents, Garland and Lennie Tiller; foster parents, Henry and Elaine Lester; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Clarence Barton Jr. and Verna Bethel Barton; sister-in-law, Jessica Sexton; and brother-in-law, Freddie Charles "Boe" Barton.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Nina Barton Duty of the home; son, Duane Duty of the home; three step-sons, Kevin Burress and wife, Cyndi of Tazewell, Va., Chris Burress and wife, Jessica of Breaks, Va. and Greg Burress and wife, Teresa of Swords Creek, Va.; nine grandchildren, Cody Lester, Shonna Lester, Miranda Burress, Kyle Wiggs, Sarah Wiggs, Cheyenne Burress, Kaylee Burress, Jordyn Burress, and Piper Burress; one brother, Tolbert Adkins and wife, Donna of Vansant, Va.; sister, Janie May and husband, Dean of Thacker, W.Va.; special sister, Narcie Blankenship and husband, Carlos of Vansant, Va.; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, the Rev. Avery and Debbie Barton, Harold and Sue Wilson, Johnny and Betty Crabtree, Rex and Melissa Green, Darlene Barton, Gary Barton, and Brenda Lester; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 29, 2013, at the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Avery Barton and Danny Breeding officiating. Interment will follow at the Barton Family Cemetery on Back Hurricane, Va. Pallbearers will be Kevin Burress, Chris Burress, Greg Burress J.R. Ratliff, Duane Duty, Eugene Hackney, Tolbert Adkins, and Otis "Peanut" Gilbert. Nephews and brothers-in-law will serve as honorary pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Buena Vista City

 

+2013, Buena Vista City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on April 25, 2013

Aileen Blankenship Clark, 60, of Buena Vista, passed away on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. She was born in Rockbridge County on February 16, 1953, daughter of the late Lee Blankenship and Thelma Ramsey Blankenship. She was a member of the First Brethren Church in Buena Vista.

Surviving Mrs. Clark are her soul mate, Larry Clark; her uncle, Raymond Blankenship; and many cousins.

A funeral service will be 11 a.m. Friday, April 27, 2013, at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel with Michael Hamilton officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Campbell

 

2013, Altavista, Campbell Co., VA, Obituary

Nelson County Times (Amherst, VA) - July 24, 2013

Arthur Coleman Price Arthur Coleman Price, 85 passed away Wednesday morning, July 17, 2013, at Virginia Baptist Hospital in Lynchburg. He was born June 9, 1928 in Nelson County. He was the son of the late Bessie Tinnell Coleman. Buck resided in Altavista with his wife, Myrtle Giles Price.

In addition to his wife of 23 years, he is survived by two sons, Lester Lee Price and Charles Dale Price and wife, Brenda, all of Stuarts Draft; and his brother, Andrew "Pete" Coleman of Keswick.

He is also survived by Myrtle's children, Kaye Puryear and husband, Glen, and Dewayne Blankenship. Buck had seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren who called him Granddaddy Buck; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his mother, his brother, Ray Price, and sister, Helen Clark, preceded him in death.

Born and raised in Nelson County, Buck was a hard worker. He enjoyed going to dances, listening to his Purple Martin Birds and spending time with his family. He was retired from American Cyanamid of Piney River with over 20 years of service. Buck is leaving this life to start a new journey and will be missed by many.

The family will honor his wishes to have no formal services and his body will be cremated.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Altavista, Campbell Co., VA, Obituary

The News & Advance, (Lynchburg, VA) - February 15, 2014

Brenda Reynolds Pickeral, 67, of Altavista, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014, at Virginia Baptist Hospital [Lynchburg City, VA]. She was born on Thursday, April 11, 1946, in Huddleston, a daughter of the late Rev. Jermone Dennie Reynolds and Rachel Fortner Reynolds.

She was also preceded in death by a brother, Dillard Reynolds.

She was retired from Universal Electric and was a member of the Altavista Church of God of Prophecy. Brenda was a sweet, loving, caring wife, mother and grandmother. Her favorite past time was time spent with her grandchildren, who lovingly called her "Big Mama." She read the Bible daily and enjoyed her family and many friends. Brenda was known for her excellent cooking, special recipes, gardening and bargain shopping.

She fought a good fight against cancer, never failing to Praise the Lord even in her darkest hours. Her battle was finally win and did not end in death, instead she was Promoted.

Surviving is her husband, Otis Wyatt Pickeral Jr.; a son, Chris Pickeral & wife, Teena; a daughter, Shann Blankenship Cline and husband, Gary; two brothers, Mike Reynolds and wife, Susan, Clayborn Reynolds and wife, Arlene; two sisters, Oleta Clark, Shirley Steward and husband, Joel; her grandchildren, Landon Blankenship, Cody Cline, Kylee Pickeral, Natalie Pickeral, Waytt Pickeral and close family friend, Jetty Hall.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Monday, February 17, 2014, at Altavista Church of God of Prophecy with the Rev. R. J. Reynolds, the Rev. Paul Horton and the Rev. Joe Hill officiating. Interment will follow at Altavista Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Evington, Campbell Co., VA, Obituary

The News & Advance, (Lynchburg, VA) - January 31, 2014

Annie Catherine Blankenship, 79, of Evington, died Wednesday January 29, 2014. She was the wife of the late Carl Edward Blankenship. Catherine was born August 9, 1934, in Huddleston, a daughter of the late Joel Nathaniel Woodford and the late Lillie Creasy Woodford. She was a member of Marsh Memorial United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Ann Phipps of Evington; her granddaughter, Katelyn Coghill of Evington, and a sister, Dorothy Woodford of Huddleston.

In addition to her husband, and parents, she was preceded in death by eight brothers.

The family will receive friends from 12 until 1 p.m. Saturday February 1, 2014, at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg with a graveside service to follow 1:30 p.m. at Spring Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Carl E., 77, 10Oct1928 - 13Feb2006, Evington, Campbell, VA, VA-224-52-7279

 

+2014, Gladys, Campbell Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - March 16, 2014

James Henry Neese, formerly of Richmond, Va., died peacefully in his home in Gladys, Va., March 10, 2014 with Joan Blankinship Neese, his wife of 57 years, by his side. Jim was born December 28, 1930 in Philadelphia, Pa.

He served as a corporal in the United States Marine Corp during the Korean Conflict. He was a graduate of Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., and attended West Virginia University Graduate School of Geology. He officiated high School and college wrestling for over 30 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, son and daughter-in law, Rex and Judy Neese of Ruther Glen, Va.; daughter, Jeanne Loving and Jim Greene of Richmond, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Amy and Terry Kelley of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandchildren, Sara Loving of Cincinnati, Ohio, Jennifer Loving of Belfast, Nl Melissa and Austin Kelley of Virginia Beach, Va.; his sister, Joan Neese Downing of Salem, Va., numerous nieces and nephews and a host of special and cherished friends from every decade of his life.

He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Richard Montgomery Neese and a special niece, Debbie Downing Rambo.

A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, March 29, at Sharon Methodist Church, Naruna, Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Carroll

 

2013, Dugspur, Carroll Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Galax Gazette from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2013

Rebecca Elizabeth Hamlin, 38, of Dugspur, died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013 at her home. She was born on April 13, 1975, in Galax, to Floyd Eugene and Elizabeth Cain Vaughan.

Survivors include her mother and step father, Elizabeth and Allen Duncan of Galax; her husband, Prentiss Kendall Hamlin of Dugspur; daughters, Brooklyn Blankenship and fiance' Jonathan Sturgill of Galax and Karen Hamlin of Dugspur; son, Derek Lineberry of Dugspur; step children, Brittany Hamlin, Kimberly Hamlin, Billy Hamlin and Brandon Hamlin; sisters and brothers-in-law, Edna and Mike Dye of Galax, Cassandra Yelton and Michael Burcham of Woodlawn; a granddaughter; a step granddaughter; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kendall and Linda Hamlin of Byron, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held today, Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2013, at 2 p.m. in the Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Roy Bentley officiating. Burial will follow in the Ebenezer Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Fancy Gap, Carroll Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Galax Gazette from September 9 to September 10, 2013

Hattie L. Moxley, 70, of Fancy Gap, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013, at Twin County Regional Hospital. She was born in Carroll County to the late Rosten and Mattie Garris Lowe.

Survivors include her husband, James G. Moxley of the home; sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Judy Lintecum of Hillsville, Terry and Barbara Lintecum of Palmyra and Teddy and Michelle Lintecum of Galax; grandchildren and spouse; a great grandson; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray and Sina Lowe of Mount Airy, N.C., and Virgil and Jane Lowe of Fancy Gap; and sister, Betty Blankenship of Hillsville.

A funeral was held on Sept. 7, 2013, at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home Chapel at 2 p.m. with Pastor Ray Bolen and the Rev. Ernie Smith officiating. Burial followed in the Blue Ridge Chapel Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Charlottesville City

 

2013, Charlottesville City, VA, Obituary

The Daily Progress, (Charlottesville, VA) - April 15, 2013

John D. Hamilton, 86, died peacefully on Friday, April 12, 2013, at Martha Jefferson Hospital. He was born on December 4, 1926, in Schuyler, Virginia, the son of the late Lois Mae Davidson Hamilton and Harry A. Hamilton Sr. He was the second of 10 children.

He was preceded in death by his oldest brother, Seymour Hamilton;and his youngest sister, Helen Hamilton Poore.

His career with the United States Government in Washington, D.C. spanned many years. His first job was with the Treasury Department and he ended his career in a supervisory position at the United States Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C. During World War II, John served with the United States Army in Leyte, Philippines, and during the Korean War John served in the United States Marines. John was a longtime member of Rockfish Lodge #108 in Schuyler, Virginia. He enjoyed many things;he was an avid reader, loved fishing with his sons, sports, doing crossword puzzles and visiting many state parks with family. Later in life, he enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, and visiting many of its famous sites. He loved the ocean and vacationed on many of the coastal islands. Those who knew him understood that he had a special place in his heart for animals, especially dogs. He was a good, kind, generous and compassionate man and will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by Dolores, his wife of 57 years whom he affectionately referred to as the "love of his life". Also survived by four brothers, Harry A. Hamilton Jr. and wife, Bea, of Schuyler, Virginia, Paul S. Hamilton and wife, Fran, of Troy, Virginia, Albert W. "Dickie" Hamilton and wife, Silvi, of Sault Ste Marie, Canada, and Tommy Hamilton and wife, Chris, of California; and three sisters, Marjorie Blankenship of Alexandria, Virginia, Ellie Jamison and husband, John, of Titusville, Florida, Barbara and husband, Ernie, of Midlothian, Virginia. Also surviving are four children, Donna Hamilton McWhorter and husband, Jimmy, of Louisa, Virginia, John A. "Jeb" Hamilton and wife, Jami, of Overland Park, Kansas, Leonard P. Hamilton and wife, Linda, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and Daniel J. Hamilton of Boise, Idaho; and six grandchildren, Marie, Laura, Austin, Morgan, Matthew, and Jacob; a favorite cousin, Valda Wray Martin of Richmond, Virginia; and many nieces and nephews. John was a longtime member of the New Faith United Methodist Church of Schuyler, Virginia, and told the story that his grandparents helped build the church. He took great pride in his hometown of Schuyler, and his beloved state of Virginia.

A "Celebration of Life" service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, with lunch to follow at the church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Charlottesville City, VA, Obituary

The Daily Progress, (Charlottesville, VA) - April 20, 2013

Barbara Ann Gilmore, 73, of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed away at her home on Thursday, April 18, 2013. She was born on September 26, 1939, to the late John and Eva Saunders. Barbara was raised by two loving grandparents, Alex and Allie Ables of Princeton, West Virgina.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, Boyd J. Gilmore;her uncle, Howard "Bernard" Ables;and two aunts, Glenna Fowler and Cora Ables, all of Princeton, West Virginia.

She is survived by one loving daughter, Tammy and her husband, Robert Autry, of Charlottesville, and their four children, Aaron, Adam, Andrew, and Ashley. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Spenser, Ella, Aubrey, T. J. and Eli; her aunts and uncles that were like brothers and sisters to her, Dillard and his wife, Ruby Ables, of Princeton, West Virginia, William "Mickey" and his wife, Lulla Ables, of Princeton, West Virginia, Amer Blankenship of Princeton, West Virginia, and Audrey Pool of Portsmouth, Virginia;three half siblings, Pete Saunders, Gayland Markham, and Reba Long;a special cousins, Timmy Ables and Brenda DeHart;a special friend and loving neighbor, Kay Haroney, whom will never be forgotten; and many extended family and friends. Barbara was an employee at Depaul Medical Center where she retired after 23 years. In 1999, she began her career at Sam's Club until her passing. She was a great employee, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend. She will truly be missed.

A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, at Teague Funeral Home. The family will receive two hours prior to the service, from 1 until . friends from 1 until 3 p.m. Burial will be private in Norfolk, Virginia.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Chesapeake

 

+2013, Chesapeake City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Virginian Pilot on April 23, 2013

Harold Lorriane Teager, 83, of the 2400 block of Devonshire Dr., passed away on April 19, 2013. Born in Illinois, Harold was retired from the U. S. Navy and was a member of the Samuel R. Hamilton Masonic Lodge #1031.

He was predeceased by his wife, Norma Teager and is survived by his daughter, Sue Blankenship and husband Patrick, sons, Raymond and Scott Teager, grandchildren, Cameron Blankenship and Morgan Teager, and great grandchildren, Eliana and Declan Blankenship.

All services are private and a military burial at sea will take place at a later date. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.snellingsfuneralhome.com.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Chesapeake City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Dec. 7, 2013

Robert Wayne "Bob" Blankenship, 73, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, after a long period of declining health. He was born on July 21, 1940 in Roanoke, Va. to the late Roy Earon and Mable Biller Blankenship; and lived most of his life in Portsmouth and Chesapeake. Bob attended Portsmouth Public Schools; and was a proud U. S. Air Force veteran. He was employed by the Belt Line Railroad, Project Lifesaver and operated an Employee Assistance Program.

Bob is survived by his children, Pamela Blankenship Peele and her husband John, Robin Blankenship Brian Smith and her husband, Robert W. Blankenship Jr., Anita Green and her husband Dwight, Charlie Wilkins and Bobby Wilkins; his former wife, constant companion and caregiver Lou Blankenship; a sister, Dawn Blankenship Bray and her husband Richard; eight grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and two nieces.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, December 9, 2013 in Sturtevant Funeral Home, Portsmouth Blvd. Chapel by Dr. Gene Primm. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Public Records Index; https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KT18-QZR

Blankenship, Roy E. b. 29 Jan 1914, Residence: Chesapeake, VA

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Roy E., 85, 29Jan1914 - 04Mar1999, Chesapeake City, VA, VA-226-01-7434

SSDI; Blankenship, Mabel B., 75, 22May1917 - ??Jan1993, Chesapeake City, VA, VA-226-01-6822

 

Chesterfield

 

2014, Chester, Chesterfield Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - February 10, 2014

Robert G. "Looney Tune," Ferguson, 51, took his heavenly ride on February 6, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl H. Ferguson and Mary C. Ferguson.

He is survived by his brothers, John Ferguson, Mike Ferguson (Mary);and sister, Cathy Ferguson Blankenship (Kevin); nieces, Kelly Ferguson, Abby and Kendal Craiglow; "daughter," Harley Barlow; and "granddaughter," Abby Jackson. Rob entrusted his final days on this earth to his devoted friends, Chuck and Pam Barlow, Cindy Barlow and Stephanie St. John. As he rode off into the sunset he was surrounded by many of his loving friends. He leaves numerous family and friends to cherish his precious memory.

A celebration of life will take place on Saturday, February 15 at 2 p.m. at Gulliver's Crossflite Restaurant, Chester, Va. Rob will be taking his final bike ride to Ohio to be joined with his beloved parents.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

http://www.zabasearch.com

Robert G. Ferguson - 4804 Burnettedale Ct., Chester, VA, 23831 - (804) 748-8247

 

2013, Chesterfield, Chesterfield Co., VA, Death

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch from February 13 to February 14, 2013

Raymond Blankenship, 69, of Chesterfield, passed away suddenly, on Monday, February 11, 2013. He is survived by two sisters and one brother, also numerous beloved friends and neighbors.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Chesterfield, Chesterfield Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch from March 31 to April 1, 2013

Kathren Elizabeth "Betty," Blankenship, 67, of Chesterfield, passed away suddenly on March 29, 2013.

Preceded in death by her brother, Raymond. Retired from Westminster Canterbury as a CNA after 16 years. At her request there will be no funeral.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Chesterfield, Chesterfield Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - August 15, 2013

Edith Schrum Blankenship, 92, of Chesterfield, passed away August 12, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cleveland Eugene Blankenship Sr.

She is survived by daughter, Janice Snellings (Harvey); son, C. E. Blankenship Jr. (Gloria); her grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Along with her late husband, she rescued many dogs and provided them with a loving and safe home. She was a long time member of Unity Christ Church of Bon Air, they welcomed her as family as she thought of them as such. She will always be remembered as a "feisty little lady." A special thanks to those who have helped her over the years.

Family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday (today) at Bliley's-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd., where a funeral ceremony will be held 12 noon Friday. Interment Dale Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Chesterfield, Chesterfield Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - August 18, 2013

Herman M. Wilson, 92, of Chesterfield, Virginia, was called home by his Lord and Savior on Saturday, August 17, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth Blankenship Wilson; son, Melvin F. Wilson; daughter, Helen W. Roach and husband, Joe; four grandsons, Jason Roach and wife, Kathy, William Roach and wife, Vanessa, Tyler Roach and Wesley Roach; great-granddaughter, Emily Roach; and one step great-grandson, Hunter Butterworth; one sister-in-law, Lucille Wilson; several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Hatcher D. and Minnie Spain Wilson; two brothers, Hatcher D. Wilson Jr. and Bernard A. Wilson.

He served in WWII and was stationed in Australia and New Guinea. When he returned from the war, he married Elizabeth Blankenship on September 28, 1946. He was employed by the Titmus Optical Plant in Petersburg, Va. for number of years. He was later employed by the Chesterfield County Schools and was well known as The Pony Man". He was a lifelong member of Second Branch Baptist Church. He had a great love for his family, gardening, hunting, fishing and beekeeping. He knew no strangers and he loved to talk to everyone.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Second Branch Baptist Church Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Chesterfield, Chesterfield Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - August 29, 2013

Teresa Jean Byrum, 49, of Chesterfield, passed away peacefully Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at her home. She loved life and enjoyed many things in life, especially breeding and raising her dogs, Gabby, Taz, Bella, Sophie and Izzie.

Left to cherish her memory is her fianc, Richard "Dicky" Fenner; father, Joseph T. Byrum and wife, Jane; mother, Emogene Babb and husband, Jimmy; children, Ashley Brooke Perkinson, Hunter Keane Perkinson, Zackariah Kane Thomas and Gabriel Ian Thomas; grandson, Landon Shane Perkinson; brothers, Gregory Byrum and Travis Byrum; stepbrothers, Leslie Babb, Bryan Babb, Mark Mitchell, Craig Mitchell and Christopher Mitchell; stepsister, Susan Blankenship; and many other extended family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 at R.W. Baker & Company Funeral Home and Crematory, Wakefield Chapel, with Pastor John Carson officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Chesterfield, Chesterfield Co., VA, Obituary

http://morrissett.com/?pagetype=obitlink&obit_id=1168892

Russell Russ G. Blankenship, 82, of Chesterfield, passed away at Brandermill Health Care Center [Midlothian, Chesterfield Co., VA], on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret F. Blankenship; daughter, Teri B. Naugle (Bobby); son, Mark R. Blankenship; grandchildren, Christopher Ryan McReynolds (Courtney), Shannon Elizabeth Snellings, Joshua Mark Blankenship and Lori Nicole Blankenship; great-granddaughter, Chloe Brooke McReynolds.

Russ retired from Dominion Power after 30 years of service, was a member of the Old Geezers Club in Petersburg, a member of Branchs Baptist Church for 46 years where he was a deacon emeritus, member and stewmaster of Broad Rock Ruritan. He was a former minor league baseball player and an avid golfer.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd. (Rte. 10) with his funeral service to be held at 2 p.m. Interment to follow in Dale Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013 Chesterfield, Chesterfield Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - November 24, 2013

Russell "Russ" G. Blankenship, 82, of Chesterfield, passed away at Brandermill Health Care Center on Thursday, November 21, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret F. Blankenship; daughter, Teri B. Naugle (Bobby); son, Mark R. Blankenship; grandchildren, Christopher Ryan McReynolds (Courtney), Shannon Elizabeth Snellings, Joshua Mark Blankenship and Lori Nicole Blankenship; great-granddaughter, Chloe Brooke McReynolds.

Russ retired from Dominion Power after 30 years of service, was a member of the "Old Geezers Club" in Petersburg, a member of Branch's Baptist Church for 46 years, where he was a deacon emeritus, member and stewmaster of Broad Rock Ruritan. He was a former minor league baseball player and an avid golfer.

The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Morrissett Funeral and Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd. (Rte. 10), with his funeral service to be held at 2 p.m. Interment to follow in Dale Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Chesterfield, Chesterfield Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - March 6, 2014

Joseph V. "Joe," Morgan, of Chesterfield, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 4, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Edith Morgan.

He is survived by his children, Christine Marie Salmons (Larry), Steven Morgan (Karen), Belinda Burton (Preston), Wanda Blackburn (Kenny), Penny Jo Foster (Wakefield) and Michael Morgan (Jan); two sisters, Shirley Blankenship and Barbara Bradley; brothers, Dickie, Rudy and Buddy Morgan;10 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter and many other loving family members and friends.

Joe was a 50-year member of the Chesterfield Moose Lodge #1980. He loved to fish and garden and will be remembered as a devoted father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

The family will receive friends 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bliley's-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd., where a celebration of his life will be held 12 noon Saturday, March 8, 2014. Interment Dale Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Midlothian, Chesterfield Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on May 10, 2013

Breanna J. Fuller, 62, of Midlothian, went to be with our Heavenly Father May 8, 2013. She is now resting peacefully with her mommy, Nancy Fuller; daddy, Junior Blankenship; sister, Kitty Bartlett; and brother, Enos Blankenship.

She will be missed by her three daughters, Tammy Capps (Rob), Amanda Mazloum (Abbas) and Cindy Baker (Troy). She also leaves behind six grandchildren, Taylor, Celeste, Robbie, Dillan, Adam and Yazmyn; three sisters, Kaye, Evelyn and Connie; two brothers, Carvel and Dean; aunts, Thelma and Faye; 15 nieces and nephews and many other family and friends that will miss her dearly. Though our hearts are saddened that she is gone, we are relieved that she is no longer suffering. We all love and miss you.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Bliley's - Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd., where a funeral ceremony will be held 2 p.m. Saturday. Interment Maury Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Covington City

 

2013, Covington City, VA, Funeral

http://www.lovingfuneralhome1913.com/Obituaries/Obituary-Ruby%20Chapman.index.htm

Mrs. Ruby Blankenship Chapman, age 87, of Covington, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at the Brian Center-Alleghany, Low Moor [Alleghany Co., VA].

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Friday, March 22, 2013, at Edgemont Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Donnie Bowker officiating, assisted by the Rev. Bill Harris.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Covington City, VA, Obituary

http://www.lovingfuneralhome1913.com/Obituaries/Obituary-Priscilla%20Redman.index.htm

Mrs. Priscilla Layne Blankenship Redman, age 54, of Covington, died Monday, September 16, 2013, at LewisGale Hospital-Alleghany, Low Moor, [Alleghany Co.], VA. She was the wife of Steven W. Redman. Mrs. Redman was born May 9, 1959 in Alleghany County, the daughter of Daisy Wolfe Blankenship and the late Lacey Blankenship.

She was a lifetime resident of this community and a 1977 graduate of Alleghany High School. Priscilla was employed as a jewelry manager by Kmart for twenty-eight years. Mrs. Redman was a member of Pinnell Chapel United Methodist Church. She was active in many community affairs including Eagle Wings and the Relay for Life team. Priscilla, along with her mother, was deeply involved with feeding families going through difficult life events. She was active in counseling and advising others who may be starting with cancer treatments. She was a beacon of hope for many. Known to her grandchildren, as Grancilla, Priscilla was loved and adored by her husband and family and by all who knew her.

In addition to her mother and husband, Mrs. Redman is survived by one son, Phillip Wayne Redman of Covington; one daughter, Summer Redman Pullin of Clermont, FL; five grandchildren, Jake Redman, Elijah Pullin, Noah Pullin, Isaac Pullin and Chloe Pullin; one brother, Dale Blankenship of Covington; and one sister, Ramona Reed, of Covington.

In addition to her father, Mrs. Redman was preceded in death by one brother, Sherman Blankenship.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, September 19, 2013, at First Christian Church with Rev. David Brown officiating, assisted by Rev. Bill Gilliland. Interment will follow in Lone Star Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Shawn Wolfe, Donnie Kelly, Adam Harris, Jeremy Cromer, Chris Cromer, Wayland Mayo, Gary Bess, Gary Bowers, and Carl Tingler. Alternate pallbearers will be Wilson Wright and Kenneth Redman.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Culpeper

 

2014, Culpeper, Culpeper Co., VA, Obituary

Culpeper Star-Exponent (VA) - March 7, 2014

Rubylee Weaver Hawkins, 79, of Culpeper, passed away on Wednesday, March 5, 2014, at Culpeper Regional Hospital. She was born on May 8, 1934, in Charlottesville, to the late Reuben B. and Nannie Lillard Weaver.

Rubylee worked many years in Culpeper County food service and later for Culpeper Regional Hospital. She was a very active member of Alum Springs Baptist Church where she took great pleasure in serving others. She loved to feed people with her exceptional cooking and reassured that the church food closet was fully stocked. Rubylee spearheaded numerous hospitality functions and was always there to lend a hand.

She is survived by her husband of 59 years, Lewis Richard Hawkins; two children, Richard Hawkins and his wife, Regina, of Fredericksburg, and Pamela Dodson and her husband, Rick, of Culpeper; three siblings, Peggy Breeden, Alice Bennett and Reuben Weaver Jr.; four grandchildren, Tammy Blankenship and her husband, Wayne, Jamie Barnard, Tarah Stanley and her husband, Jeremy, and Dana Dodson all of Culpeper; and four great-grandchildren, Ricky, Davie, Christina, and Robbie. Ruby always cherished her time spent with her family.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, Virginia, with Pastor Ron Young officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Bill Staton, Pete Stover, Robert Clatterbuck, Jimmy Bennett, David Weaver, and David Bennett.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Culpeper, Culpeper Co., VA, Obituary

Culpeper Star-Exponent (VA) - April 5, 2014

Donald Leroy Baker, 68, of Culpeper, died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, at his residence on Friday, April 4, 2014. Donald was born on July 8, 1945, in Mitchells, Virginia, to the late Paul Baker and Flora Belle Blankenship Baker.

Donald was a diesel mechanic by trade having retired in 2010 after 33 years with the Coca-Cola Bottling Plant in Fredericksburg. He was a member of the Ellis Mine Hunt Club and the Rapidan Campgrounds in Syria, Virginia, as well as a volunteer for the Richardsville and Rapidan Volunteer Fire Department events. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, metal detecting, collecting war relics and Coca-Cola memorabilia.

Donald is survived by his loving wife, Joyce W. Baker; his daughter, Donna Jo Baker Baldwin of Rixeyville, Virginia; one sister, Mary Belle Morgan and her husband, Mack, of Andrews, North Carolina; two grandchildren, Jessica Baldwin Jarrells of Rixeyville, and Megan Baldwin Edwards and her husband, Jonathan, of Culpeper; and one great- grandchild, Aaron Jarrells of Rixeyville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two siblings, Robert Baker and Gladys Alkire.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, April 7, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, with the Reverend Randy Allensworth officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memory Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Danville City

 

2013, Danville City, VA, Obituary

Danville Register & Bee (VA) - August 21, 2013

Louise Viola Dalton Thornton, 86, of 712 Franklin Turnpike, Danville, Va., died Monday, August 19, 2013, at Roman Eagle Memorial Home after being in declining health for the past five years and a resident of Roman Eagle since March of 2008. Mrs. Thornton was born in Pittsylvania County, Va., on June 28, 1927, a daughter of the late Robert Page Dalton, step father Lenwood Hawker and Viola Puckett Hawker.

She lived her life in Pittsylvania County and mostly in Danville, Va. and was a member of North Main Baptist Church. She loved working with her flowers, traveling, and caring for her pets. Louise worked for twenty-two years at Dan River Mills, Inc. before retiring from Corning Glass, after twenty-two years, where she worked as an inspector. After retiring from Corning Glass she worked at Karen's Hallmark Store and the K & W Cafeteria as a cashier. She was married to the late Willie Lemuel Thornton who died February 1, 2002.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Harold Dalton.

Survivors include a son, Terry Lemuel Thornton and wife, Doris, of Danville, Va.; a sister, Nancy H. Mills Danville, Va.; three grandchildren, Natalie Thornton and Andrew Thornton, both of Danville, and Tyler Thornton of Yanceyville, N.C.; and five great-grandchildren, Austin, Tyler, Kierstyn and Ryleigh Thornton, and Oryea Stuck.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. from the Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel with the Reverend Fred Unger officiating. Interment will follow in the Blankenship -Thornton Family Cemetery in Ringgold, Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Danville City, VA, Obituary

Danville Register & Bee (VA) - November 9, 2013

Hazel Wilkins Nix, 92, of Danville, Virginia, died Friday, November 8, 2013, at Roman Eagle Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. Born December 1, 1920, in Pittsylvania County, she was the daughter of the late Lessie Younger Wilkins and the late Lester Henry Wilkins.

She married the late Ernest Orbin Nix on October 8, 1938. She lived all her life in Danville and was an accountant. She worked at Dan River Accounts Payable Department, Harville Motor Company, and 38 years for Clarke Printing Co., Inc. as accountant and secretary/treasurer of the corporation. She attended Schoolfield High School, George Washington High School, Averett College, and Dan River Technical School. She was a member of First Baptist Church, 871 Main Street in Danville. She was and active member of the Executive Board for the Greater Danville Chapter of the March of Dimes and was secretary from 1972 until 2002. She was elected to the March of Dimes State Board in 1996 and was presented a Proclamation in 1998 proclaiming that she was commended and recognized for her dedication and support to the mission of the March of Dimes. She was and active member of the Dan-Pitts Chapter of the American Business Women's Association since 1969 and was nominated "Women of the Year" in 1979. She was a past member of the Printing Industry of the Virginias and America. She was also past president of the Hill Toppers Club from 1993 untl 1994. She was elected "Women of the Day" in 1992 from a letter submitted by Robert H. Clarke.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her daughter, Gloria Nix Lewis;and two brothers, James Henry Wilkins and Edgar Thomas Wilkins.

She is survived by two granddaughters, Angie Lewis Blankenship of Danville and Kim Lewis Cantley of Raleigh, North Carolina; one nephew, James Vernon Wilkins of Miami, Florida; one niece, Jackie Pyles of Tobaccoville, North Carolina; and a special cousin, Penny Turner Peden.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2013, at Highland Burial Park with the Reverend John Carroll officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Danville City, VA, Funeral

Danville Register & Bee (VA) - April 7, 2014

Shirley Blankenship McCain, 79, of Danville, died Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Arrangements are being made by the Cremation Society of Virginia -Clarksville. An obituary is forthcoming.

A graveside service will be held at the Blankenship /Thornton Cemetery in Ringgold at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Dickenson

 

2014, Clinchco, Dickenson Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - March 16, 2014

Patsy Bloodgood, 76, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014. She was a member of Mill Creek Freewill Baptist Church for 15 years, a volunteer at Dickenson County Medical Center for five years, and a loving wife and mother.

Mrs. Bloodgood is preceded in death by her parents, Chester and Emma Smith; her first husband, Harold Sperow; one daughter, Tammy Kiser; one son, Kendall Sperow; two sisters, Cheryl Clay, and Irene Smith; and one brother, Norman Smith.

Survivors Include her husband, Paul Bloodgood; five sons, Paul (Kim) Sperow, Terry (Jeannie) Sperow, Dwayne (Jenny) Bloodgood, Gary (Anita) Bloodgood, and Larry (Pam) Bloodgood; four sisters, Edie Gay Patton, Charlotte Blankenship, Genoa (Mike) Stewart, and Cookie (Ray) Barnes; two brothers, Bill (Brenda) Smith and Joey (Sharon) Smith;14 grandchildren;21 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family received friends Saturday, March 15, 2014, 6 p.m. at Mullins Funeral Home Chapel, funeral service 7 p.m. where Clergyman Matt Deel officiated, Mill Creek Singers. Graveside service will be conducted 1 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Chapel of Love at Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood, Virginia. Entombment will follow. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dwayne Bloodgood, Gary Bloodgood, Larry Bloodgood, and Dr. Roy Deel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Dinwiddie

 

+2014, Dinwiddie, Dinwiddie Co., VA, Obituary

Published in The Progress-Index on Mar. 12, 2014

Lenora Anne Blankenship Jackson, 81, of Dinwiddie, passed away on Monday, March 10, 2014. Born in Petersburg, Va., she was the daughter of the late Garland Booker and Lenora Brockwell Blankenship; and was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert O. Jackson.

Mrs. Jackson retired from Fort Lee, where she worked as a budget analyst for 39 years.

She is survived by her two sons, Douglas and George Jackson; and numerous other extended family and friends.

A funeral service will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2014, at the Petersburg Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Blandford Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Fairfax

 

2013, Annandale, Fairfax Co., VA, Obituary

The Herald-Sun, (Durham, NC) - June 28, 2013

On June 6th 2013, Phyllis Minor (nee Hayes) passed away in Northern Virginia. Phyllis, the daughter of Russell and Bessie King Hayes, was born and raised in Durham, NC. She was a graduate of Durham High. In 1951, she married James Arnold Minor also of Durham. Phyllis was a long time resident of Annandale, Virginia and retired from the CIA in 1992.

She was preceded in death by her husband, "Jim;" granddaughter, Jillian; and sister, Emily Blankenship.

She is survived by her children, Cathy of Colorado Springs, CO, James Jr. of Stem, NC, and Michael of Annandale, VA. She is also survived by her brother, Eddie Hayes; and sister, Mary Jane Copeland, both of Durham NC, as well as by her grandchildren, Tracie, Corrie, Jason, and Cheryl. She had seven great grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Phyllis and Jim will be reunited at a graveside Celebration of Life on August 3rd at 2 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Durham, NC.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Annandale, Fairfax Co., VA, Obituary

Published in The Washington Post on Mar. 13, 2014

Sandra Diane Allport, (nee Robey), age 67, of Annandale, VA, on March 10, 2014.

Beloved wife of Charles L. Allport; loving mother of two sons, Byron Robey Marteny (Bari) of Fairfax, VA, Daniel Clinton Marteny (Linda) of Springfield, VA; daughter of James Everett Robey, Sr.; sister of James E. Robey, Jr. (Patti), Robert E. Robey (Vivian). Also surived by five grandchildren, Myna, Jordan, Morgan, Dylan and Mackenzie.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mildred Dean Blankenship; stepfather, Roy Jackson Mock and stepmother, Lois Wilson Robey.

Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m., Monday, March 17, 2014, at Everly-Wheatley Funeral Home, 1500 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria, VA, with interment services to follow at 3 p.m. at National Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Vienna, Fairfax Co., VA, Obituary

Published in The Washington Post on July 7, 2013

Mrs. Barbara Kay Lee, age 74 of Vienna, VA passed away June 7, 2013 at home with her son and grandson by her side. Kay was born in Atlanta, GA to the late Jay and Katherine Blankenship Taylor, preceded in death by her husband, Tom, sisters, Jeanne Coolidge, Patricia Owen and niece, Genie Richardson Barber.

She was a long time member of Vienna Presbyterian Church. Kay and Tom met while attending Huntingdon College in Alabama and traveled during his military career to New York, Michigan, England, Virginia, Colorado, Nebraska and Hawaii. Kay spent time in Turkey and the Middle East region with daughter, Cynthia (Cindy), and in-laws Bob and Dorothy Lee while Tom was in training. Kay was the strong military wife who efficiently moved the family every two to three years and enjoyed the sights in every region of the country we resided. Employed in multiple fields including medical and business at each duty station she eventually owned and operated a print shop when they settled back into Virginia post military life. Kay retired after a successful yet short experience in the realty industry.

Kay is survived by her brother, Jay (Tina) Taylor of Alabama; children, Cynthia of Hawaii and Robert (Sarah) of Virginia; and six grandchildren.

Kay will be laid to rest with Tom at Arlington National Cemetery on July 19, 2013 at 1 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Ward 6, Atlanta, Atlanta City, Fulton Co., GA,

Taylor, Jay M. 27, M, NC, Head,

Taylor, Katherine 25, F, GA, Wife,

Taylor, Kay 01, F, GA, Dau,

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K75L-5WP

 

+2013, Vienna, Fairfax Co., VA, Obituary

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 1, 2013

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/washingtonpost/obituary.aspx?n=elliott-e-blankenship&pid=168255134

Elliott E. Blankenship (Age 88) Of Vienna, VA passed away on Sunday, November 17, 2013.

Beloved husband of 70 years to Elizabeth Ellen Blankenship; father of Timothy Blankenship (Shirley), Peggy Clark and Jamie Love; grandfather of Kate, Hayley, Connor, and Brooke.

Elliott was a World War II veteran and long time resident of Vienna, VA. He retired from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and was an electrical contractor.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Monday, December 2, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church, 8601 Wolf Trap Road, Vienna, VA. Inurnment at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery.

 

Fauquier

 

+2013, Remington, Fauquier Co., VA, Obituary

Culpeper Star-Exponent (VA) - December 7, 2013

Carolyn Jean Blankenship, 65, of Remington, died on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, at Fauquier Hospital. She was born on November 5, 1948, in Alexandria, to the late Joseph and Margaret Corbin Brenner.

Mrs. Blankenship was a member of Canaan Faith Church of God in Stafford and enjoyed horseback and bike riding.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Harvey W. Blankenship; one daughter, Vickie G. Bateson of Remington; one sister, Gwen Lee Lee of Hawaii; and two grandchildren, Ryan and Robyn Bateson.

A gathering to celebrate her life will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2013, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, Virginia.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Warrenton, Fauquier Co., VA, Obituary

Culpeper Star-Exponent (VA) - February 23, 2014

Virginia Susan Blankenship, 87, of Warrenton, Virginia, passed away on Friday, February 21, 2014, at Oak Springs of Warrenton. She was born on July 8, 1926, in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Henry William Phillips and Nettie Miller Phillips.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Basil Lloyd Blankenship; and her son, Basil L. Blankenship Jr.

She is survived by her two sons, Harvey William Blankenship of Remington and Richard Alan Blankenship and wife, Jackie, of Bealeton; a sister, Linda Frazier of Amissville; a brother, Harold Phillips of Shenandoah, Virginia; five grandchildren and six great- grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton on Tuesday, February 25, 2014; from 10 a.m. until funeral service begins at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Mt. Holly Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Basil, 73, 22Feb1914 - ??May1987, Brandy Station, Culpeper, VA, WV-233-16-1155

SSDI: Blankenship, Basil L., 61, 26Dec1944 - 23Nov2006, (SI), VA-231-52-5571

 

Floyd

 

2013, Floyd, Floyd Co., VA, Obituary

The Floyd Press, (VA) - October 3, 2013

Ray Lee Mitchell, 94, passed away on Friday, September 27, 2013, with his family by his side.

He is survived by his son and wife, Robert "Bob" and Linda; two granddaughters and husbands, Teresa and Kevin Sweeney, and Sherry and Randy Quesenberry; great- grandchildren, Christopher Wayne Sweeney, Ryan Mitchell Baker and fiancee, Kelly Akers, Mitchell Lee Quesenberry, and Laken Rae Quesenberry; sister, Maynis (Mitch) Howlett; nieces and husbands, Sandra and Dennis Johnson, Suzi and David Rogers; nephew and wife, John and Barbara Howlett. He is also survived by several other extended family members, his church family, and special friends, all the guys at Alum Ridge Auto Repair, and Buddy, Mark, Frank, Eddie, and Deryle, along with many others. He was grateful for Sue and Jeff Wheeler, dear friends, who delivered his paper to his door every morning.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Elizabeth Blankenship Mitchell; parents, Ezra and Sadie Mitchell; two sisters and three brothers-in-law, Mabel and Zenas Wheeler, Faye and Lowell Altizer, H. B. Howlett; and niece, Joan Howlett Cox.

Ray was a faithful member of Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren, serving as trustee, deacon, and various other offices through the years. He loved his church family and considered each one a special part of his life. He was often called at the church "grandpa" and was a mentor to many in the church, as well as the community. Being a farmer, horseman, and livestock dealer, he was a hard worker. Many people considered him to be a "horse whisperer" because of his unique way with horses. He was blessed to remain active up to the time of the stroke on September 25, 2013, even able to mow and rake hay the previous day.

We appreciate the special service led by Pastor Roy Turpin and Pastor Brian Turpin and all those who shared in the celebration of Ray's life. Thank you to all who have been so good to him. A funeral service was held at Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren, 3883 Alum Ridge Road, 11 a.m Monday, September 30, 2013, with Pastor Roy Turpin officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Franklin City

 

2013, Franklin City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Virginian Pilot on September 4, 2013

George Bryan Lupton was born September 25, 1934 to the late Sherman Alexander and Lizzie Dean Lupton of Lowland, NC. He departed this world on Sunday, September 1, 2013 after a lengthy illness. He was a longtime resident of Franklin, VA, where he was retired from his many business ventures.

He was predeceased by one son Steven Scott Toler and two brothers, Sherman Howard Lupton and Roman Keith Lupton.

George was a veteran of the US Navy where he served aboard the USS Rochester, a member of VFW Post 4411 and Gates County Hunt Club. He was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Franklin and was devoted to his church and his Savior where there was no task too menial or monumental. In his congregation, George served on the vestry and was truly the guardian of the church's property. Most importantly, day by day he was faithful in prayer, scripture study and devotions with humility and gentleness. The Bible says that Moses was the most humble man on the face of the earth, but George was a close second with his quiet steady faith and huge heart for service. George joined the Franklin Masonic Lodge #151 A.F.&A.M. in 1960 and enjoyed the fellowship of Freemasonry for 53 years; receiving his 50 year membership in 2010. He was also a Shriner belonging to the Khedive Shriners in Chesapeake, Va. and also a member of the Franklin Shrine Club. George was a 32nd degree mason joining the Southampton Scottish Rite Association as a charter member in 1968 and serving as Vice President that same year. He served as President in 1969.

George is survived by his wife Hannah Toler Lupton, two sons, Roy Lupton and wife Sherri and Calvin Toler and wife Paula and three daughters, Lori L. Lambdin, Rachel L. Blankenship and husband Johnnie and Jewel T. Johnson and husband Mickey and two brothers, Charlie Lupton of Franklin and Vernon Lupton of Oak Harbor, WA and a sister-in-law Beth Lupton. Children were his passion and George was the proud grandfather to Daniel Lupton, Ryan Lupton, Rebecca Lupton Stokes, Will Lambdin, Grace Blankenship, Cal Toler, Amy Johnson and Katie Johnson and Great-grandfather to Calvin and Sydney Toler.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 6, at 6 p.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, Franklin, VA with a reception immediately following in the church fellowship hall.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Franklin City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Nov. 3, 2013

Mildred Cobb Johnson, 90, widow of Robert Emmett "Bobby" Johnson, passed away November 1, 2013 at Riverside Convalescent Center in Smithfield [Wight Co., VA]. A native of Franklin, she was the last of nine children of the late James Percy and Evie Gardner Cobb. Mrs. Johnson was a member of Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

Survivors include her daughters, Diane J. Blankenship, of Franklin and Janet J. Hudgins and husband, Wayne, of Mineral; three grandchildren, Dayna Burton (Rick), Dara Epperly (Brent) and Tre Blankenship (Karen), and six great-grandchildren, Cole Barnette, Reagan and Carter Epperly, Ayden, Ashlynn and Landon Blankenship.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday, November 4, at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church with the Rev. Edmund Pickup officiating. Burial will follow at Poplar Spring Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Franklin

 

2013, Ferrum, Franklin Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on February 1, 2013

Charles H. Young, Jr., 86, of Ferrum, died Wednesday, January 30, 2013.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Woods Young; daughter, Judy Thompson (Billy); granddaughter, Olivia Thompson (Frank Craighead); sisters, Jean Ruth, Margaret Cooper, Pearl Santrock, Betty Blankenship, Josephine Micolupo; numerous nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be private. There will be no visitation.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Ferrum, Franklin Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times from August 27 to August 28, 2013

Harold L. Woods, 79, of Ferrum, passed away Monday, August 26, 2013. He was born June 27, 1934, a son of the late Jesse and Lura Woods.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lora Woods and second wife, Virginia Woods; sisters, Dorothy Blankenship, Lottie Cooper; and brothers, Buren, Wilsie, Roy and Ernest Woods.

Surviving are two sons, Tim Woods (Kitty), Todd Woods (Lisa); grandchildren, Chad, Travis, Shannon, and Stacey Woods; stepdaughter, Barbara Parker (Gene); and her children, Pana Caviness and Blake Lynch; many other family members and friends. Also surviving are one loving brother, Jackie Woods (Nancy); and two dear sisters, Phyllis Holley (Ronald) and Janet Stanaland (Paul); and his good friend, Curtis Waid. Harold was a gifted wood craftsman, making beautiful clocks and country porch swings.

Funeral services will be conducted from Flora Funeral Chapel at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, with Pastor Jeff Wray officiating. Burial will be in High Street Cemetery in Rocky Mount following the service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Brown Hill District, Franklin Co., VA,

Woods, Jessie R. 38, M, VA, Head,

Woods, Lura J. 38, F, VA, Wife,

Woods, Buren A. 19, M, VA, Son,

Woods, Dorothy J. 17, F, VA, Dau,

Woods, Walsie 13, M, VA, Son,

Woods, Earnest L. 10, M, VA, Son,

Woods, Harold L. 05, M, VA, Son,

Woods, Roy E. 03, M, VA, Son,

Woods, Lotta M. 00, F, VA, Dau,

https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VRYB-DV7

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Dorothy J., 85, 03Aug1922 - 12Apr2008, Ferrum, Franklin, VA, VA-227-52-0039

 

2013, Ferrum, Franklin Co., VA, Obituary

http://connerbowman.com/?pagetype=obitlink&obit_id=1203029

Beulah Sloan Mountcastle, 84 of Ferrum passed away Saturday, December 28, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband Marvin Mountcastle; daughters, Debra Mountcastle, Paula Blankenship and Elizabeth Young; two infant sons.

She is survived by her daughter, Cathy Mountcastle; special sons-in-law, Rickey Blankenship and John Wesley Young; special daughter-in-law, Valerie Blankenship; special niece, Carolyn Radford. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Bruce (Frances) Young, Melissa (Tommy) Amos; and her great-grandchildren, Savannah, Brooke and Courtney Amos; several other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted from Lynch Conner-Bowman Funeral Chapel 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2013 with Pastor Rick Poland officiating. Interment will follow in Maple Grove Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Glade Hill, Franklin Co., VA, Funeral

Published in Roanoke Times on June 3, 2013

Emilyn Christine Hubbard, infant, Glade Hill, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013.

Graveside services 2 p.m. Monday at the Blankenship Family Cemetery. Arrangements by Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount/Smith Mtn. Lake.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Rocky Mount, Franklin Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times from January 4 to January 5, 2013

Homer Elmore Graham, 78, of Rocky Mount, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 2, 2013. He was born May 2, 1934, the son of the late Edwin and Martha Graham.

He was also preceded in death by a brother, Paul Graham; sister, Barbara Cox; and niece, Diana Belcher. He served in the United States Navy and was the previous owner of Graham's Garage as a mechanic. He was a faithful member of Rocky Mount Baptist Church where he served as Deacon.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Ruth Graham; sons, Douglas Graham, of Roanoke, Bill Childress (Ann), of Ashburn; daughters, Mary Angle (Terry), Linda Bedsaul, both of Roanoke; seven grandchildren, Crystal Bradford, Jennifer Blankenship, Chad Blankenship, Monica Duncan, Darryl Childress, Cameron Graham, and Ashley Graham; nine great-grandchildren, Trevor, Tyler, Cayla, Zachary, Gabriel, Jay Paul, Luke, Kaitlyn and Cayden; brothers, Wendell Graham (Marcella) Fort Myers, Florida, Neil Graham (Cathy), Richmond; sisters, Bonnie Hawks, Beatrice Belcher (Guy); special sister-in-law, Shirley Graham; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Rocky Mount Baptist Church with Pastor Jeff Robinson and Dr. Jack Corvin officiating. Interment will follow in Antioch Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Rocky Mount, Franklin Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on July 9, 2013

Guydie Blankenship Haskins, 92, of Rocky Mount and formerly of Hurt, died Sunday, July 7, 2013, at Franklin Health and Rehabilitation Center of Rocky Mount. She was the wife of the late Samuel Douglas Haskins. She was born January 16, 1921, in Roanoke, a daughter of the late Joseph Blankenship and Cora Belle Witt Blankenship. She was a member of Rocky Mount Baptist Church and was also a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She is survived by a son, Jerry L. Haskins, of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; three daughters, Janet H. Crouch, of Hurt, Joan H. Wolfe and her husband, Mike, of Goldsboro, N.C., and Connie Wray and her husband, Mike, of Rocky Mount; two sisters, Helen Sink, of Roanoke and Hazel Harris, of Hampton; eight grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a son, Douglas Joe Haskins; a brother, Joe Blankenship; a sister, Louise Deal; a son-in-law, C. H. Crouch; two daughter-in-laws, Geraldine Haskins and Barbara Haskins; and a grandson, Keith Haskins.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, 2013, at Altavista Memorial Park by the Rev. John Collins.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Rocky Mount, Franklin Co., VA, Obituary

http://connerbowman.com/?pagetype=obitlink&obit_id=1106217

Elizabeth M. Young, age 64 of Rocky Mount passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her father, Marvin MountCastle; two sisters, Debra MountCastle and Paula Blankenship; two infant brothers.

She is survived by her husband, John Wesley Young; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Tommy Amos, Troutville; son and daughter-in-law, Bruce and Frances Young, Ridgeway; her mother, Beulah MountCastle; her grandchildren, Savannah, Brooke, and Courtney; and her sister, Cathy MountCastle.

A Memorial Service will be conducted from Bethany United Methodist Church, 2:00 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2013 with Rev. Bud Nichols officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Smith Mountain Lake, Franklin Co., VA, Obituary

The Roanoke Times, (VA) - June 12, 2013

Richard Thomas (Dick) Johnson, 88, of Smith Mountain Lake, Va., passed away on Monday, June 10, 2013. He was born December 16, 1924, in Henderson, N.C., the son of the late Claude William and Hallie Averette Johnson.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, and three brothers. Mr. Johnson retired as Executive Vice President of the Lane Furniture Company after 40 years. He graduated from Henderson High School and then served three years in the United States Air Force. He received his Industrial Engineering Degree at NC State University in Raleigh, N.C., where he was a member of Theta Tau Engineering Fraternity and played varsity football all four years. He served on the Engineering Curriculum Committee at NC State for many years, and remained an avid member of the University Athletic Association. He was formerly a member of Rocky Mount United Methodist Church where he held numerous positions on the administrative board over the years. He served on the board of Franklin Memorial Hospital from 1966 until 1970 and also was active in Boy Scouts of America. After moving to Smith Mountain Lake, he transferred his church membership to Christ Community Church where he remained active. He was an active member of the Rocky Mount Rotary Club and received the Paul Harris Fellow award of Rotary International. An avid golfer, he was a member of The Waters Edge at Smith Mountain Lake.

Mr. Johnson is survived by his loving wife, Viola Hoyle Johnson; sons, Richard T. "Rick" Johnson Jr., of Lynchburg, and Carl H. Johnson and wife, Ellen, of Roanoke; daughter, Mittie J. Hambrick and husband, P.D, of Union Hall; three grandchildren, Cameron H. Blankenship and husband, Cody, Perry Hambrick and fiancee, Lauryl Anglin, and Brian Hambrick; and two great-granddaughters, Shelby and Avery Blankenship.

He possessed a charming sense of humor, was a firm boss, but always fair. Dick loved his family, his church, his friends, NC State Wolfpack, a good book, and golfing where he had five holes in one. A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013, at Flora Funeral Home in Rocky Mount, Va., with the Rev. Jim Hight officiating. Burial at Franklin Memorial Park will be private.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Wirtz, Franklin Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on March 29, 2013

Joyce B. Smith, 65, of Wirtz, died Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at her home. She was born March 29, 1947, a daughter of the late Warren and Thelma Blankenship Bradford.

She was also preceded in death by her great-grandson, Brayden Bogle.

Surviving are her husband, Donald Wayne Smith; son, Darryl Smith; grandchildren, Jessica Smith and Kady Smith; great-grandchildren, Hunter Bogle and Mason Smith; brothers and sisters, Janice and Roger Smith, Geraldine and Larry Hylton, Roger and Barbara Bradford; and nephew, Bobby Smith.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, March 30, 2013, from Flora Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Denver Turner officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Fredericksburg City

 

+2013, Fredericksburg City, VA, Obituary

The Free Lance-Star, (Fredericksburg, VA) - May 25, 2013

Della Agnes Hite, 94, formerly of Raysal, W.Va., and Sterling, Va., passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, in the hospice wing of Mary Washington Hospital, Fredericksburg, after a short illness. Della was born Feb. 19, 1919, in Bartley, W.Va., to John Wallace and Susie Elizabeth Addair Blankenship. Della was a loving, caring and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother.

Survivors include her sons, Ed Hooker and Charles Hooker (Darlene) of King George County; daughter Carol Hite-Smith Malloy (Richard) of Fredericksburg; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Eugene Hite; her parents; four sisters; six brothers; one daughter-in-law; and one son-in-law. Della enjoyed traveling, being with family and friends, embroidering and her passion, cooking.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Mullins and Thompson Funeral Home in Fredericksburg. Burial will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Princeton, W.Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Galax City

 

+2013, Galax City, VA, Obituary

http://www.twincountyfunerals.com/obituaries/Hershel-Blankenship/#/Obituary

Hershel Vester Blankenship, age 80, of Galax, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013 at his home. He was born August 22, 1932 to the late Pattie and Elias Blankenship in WV.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by son, Autry Blankenship; sister, Florine; two brothers, Tussell and Hassell; grandson, Douglas; great granddaughter, Skye Danille.

Survivors include his wife, of 40 years, Shirley Jean Blankenship of the home; three daughters, Audry Kay King and husband, Rick of Dundee, MI, Patty Marie Hill and husband, Terry of Galax and Becky Rogers and husband, Larry of Crockett, VA.; four sons, Alda Blankenship and wife, Betty of Sand Springs, OK, Allen Blankenship and wife, Robin of Stillwater, OK., Gary Crigger and wife, Lesia of Woodlawn, David Crigger of Crockett, VA; two sisters, Corine Goad and husband, Emmanuel and Lorine Johnson all of Galax; two brothers, Ersel Blankenship and wife, Florence of Grundy, VA. and Russell Blankenship and wife, Betty of Hillsville; 19 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren.

A Funeral Service will be held Saturday, March 30, 2013 at Twin County Funerals Sanctuary beginning at 11am. Rev. Gary Adams and Rev Myron Dalton will officiate. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Galax City, VA, Obituary

http://www.meaningfulfunerals.net/fh/obituaries/obituary.cfm?o_id=2089427&fh_id=10771

Mary Elizabeth Elliott age 47 of Galax, Virginia passed away Monday, May 13, 2013 at her home. Mary was born in Los Angeles, California on November 21, 1965 to John S. and Barbara Crabtree Pertee.

In addition to her father John S. Pertee of Welch, West Virginia and mother Barbara Pertee of McKenney, Virginia she is survived by her husband Michael Roy Elliott of Galax, Virginia; children Stacie Blankenship Hylton of Woodlawn, Virginia; Joshua Pertee of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Jessica Garlic and Kayla Elliott both of Galax, Virginia; sister Sheri Fraser of McKenney, Virginia; brothers Charles Pertee of Virginia Beach, Virginia; John R. Pertee of Bluefield, West Virginia; eight grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from six until eight at the Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home. The body will then be sent to Iaegar, West Virginia for service and burial.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Giles

 

2013, Eggleston, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on May 29, 2013

Dannie Eugene Johnston, 65, of Eggleston, departed this life Saturday evening, May 25, 2013, at Bedford Memorial Hospital, Bedford. Born in Pearisburg on August 10, 1947, he was a son of the late George W. and Eileen Morris Johnston.

Dannie was a 1968 graduate of Giles High School and earned an Associates Degree from New River Community College. He was retired from the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem and had later worked as a security officer with Securitas. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force, Viet Nam era. He had been a member of Eggleston Lodge AF&AM and was a member of Green Valley United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, James Johnston.

Dannie leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 42 yrs, Etta Mae Ryder Johnston; his sons, Phillip Eugene Johnston of Littleton, Colo. and William Jackson and wife, Lisa, of Canton, Mich.; his daughter, Shirley Ann and her husband James Moore, of Pearisburg; his grandchildren, Andrew Bernard, Camron Moore, and Isaac Moore; his brother, Bobby Wayne Johnston, of Narrows; his sisters, Becky Lucas, of Pembroke, and Dreama Blankenship, of Narrows; and his "special foster daughter" Dawn Stump, of Pearisburg.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 2013, in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke with Bob Evans and Eddie Kendall officiating. Burial will follow in the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery at Dublin with graveside military rites.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Narrows, Giles Co., VA, Death

Published in Roanoke Times on January 2, 2013

Roxie Ellen Blankenship Fleeman, 84, of Narrows, passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

Arrangements by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Narrows, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on February 15, 2013

Virgie Lucille Pruett, 79, of Narrows, passed away Wednesday, February, 13, 2013, at her home following an eight year long battle with cancer. Born October 2, 1933, at Austinsville, she was the daughter of the late Harry Maynard and Laura Belle Davis Surratt.

Lucille was a member of the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ of Narrows. She was retired from the Celenese Corp. Lucille was an awesome cook and loved to provide food for her church and family. She would prepare enough food during the holidays to feed a small army of people. She was always making cakes and pies for her friends. Her delicious meals will be missed by all. Lucille always took great pride in working in her yard with all of her flowers.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one brother, Dickie Surratt; and one sister, Laverne Lester.

Survivors include two sons, Rick Pruett and wife, Sandy, and David Pruett, all of Narrows; one daughter, Laura Reed and husband, Jeff, of Bland; one brother, Mickey Surratt and wife, Edith, of Fincastlel; two sisters, Minnie Belle Warner and Fran Caldwell, both of Narrows; eight grandchildren, Chad Pruett, Heath Hyatt and wife, Lyndsay, Heather Krienbring and husband, Koby, Holly Hyatt and fiancé, Joey Powell, Bryan Pruett and wife, Kelly, Ethan and Ian Reed and Ashley Blankenship; and five great-grandchildren, Maddie, Hattie, Gavin, Kolier and Cannan; several nieces and nephews.

At Lucille's request her body was donated to science. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, February 16, 2013, at the First Christian Church Disciples of Christ at Narrows.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Narrows, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - January 12, 2013

Anna Sue Bradley Boothe, age 72, of Narrows, Va., passed away Friday, January 11, 2013 at the Riverview Nursing Home, Rich Creek, Va. Born July 15, 1940 at Lindside, [Monroe Co.], W.Va., she was the daughter of the late Perry and Louise Williams Bradley. Mrs. Boothe had retired from the Dietary Department at the Riverview Nursing Home. She was of the Christian faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Boyd Lee Boothe; one son, Timothy Lee Boothe; brother, George Bradley; and a sister, Drema Bradley Farmer.

Survivors include one daughter, Regina Boothe Blankenship and husband Jonathan of Narrows, Va.; one brother, Mack Bradley and Hedy of Princeton, W.Va.; three sisters, Bonnie McDaniel of Peterstown, W.Va., Emma Lou Blevins and husband Johnny of Falls, Mills, Va., and Patricia Havens and husband Donnie of Narrows, Va.; five grandchildren, Andrea Rowe, Allishia Clemons, Cody, Lee and Bella Blankenship; six great-grandchildren, Skyler, Levi and Gaven Rowe and Landon, Elianna and Eva Clemons; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be 12:00 noon, Monday, January 14, 2013 at the Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Alvin Trivette officiating. Burial will follow in the Bradley Cemetery, Lindside, W.Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Narrows, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

http://hosting-22456.tributes.com/show/Roxie-Blankenship-Fleeman-95010049

Roxie Blankenship Vaughn Fleeman, 84 of Narrows went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, January 1st, 2013. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on April 7th, 1928, and was the daughter of the late Edward and Sallie Belle King Blankenship.

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John C. Vaughn, her second husband, Elmer Arland (Pat) Fleeman; four brothers Clarence, Marvin, Clifton, and Arby Blankenship; three sisters, Macie Williams, Irene Hale, and Verena Vaughn; and two stepdaughters, Mary Ellen Ganoe and Johnnie Jean Boyd.

She was a founding member of the North Narrows Tabernacle, a faithful Christian, and exemplified a life that was based on 2 Timothy 4:7, "I have fought the good fight. I have finished the race. I have kept the faith." A loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great grandmother, sister and friend, she will be dearly missed by her family and many special friends. She was the sweetest mother this side of Heaven.

Left to cherish her memory are three daughters, Panzie Whittaker and husband Douglas of Pearisburg, Bonnie Dunford and husband Jerry of Narrows, Sharon Wilson and husband Tex of Narrows; a step-daughter, Golena (Pat) Thompson of Bladensburg, Maryland; four grandchildren, Malcolm and Darren Whittaker, Kevin Dunford, Chris Wilson; six step-grandchildren, Jackie, Debbie, Becky, Karen, Patty and Teresa; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a brother, Eugene Blankenship of Roanoke; a sister, Inez Smith of Narrows; the family of Pat Fleeman; several special nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends.

Funeral services will be held Friday, Janu 4th, 2013 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service with Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating, assisted by Rev. Tommy Ramsey. Burial will follow in Angels Rest Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Narrows, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on March 27, 2013

Gloria Jane Blankenship, 64, of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 25, 2013, at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg. She was born in Pearisburg on October 21, 1948, and was the daughter of the late Norman Jackson (Jack) and Gertrude Ellen Chambers Blankenship.

Gloria was a longtime employee of H&R Block in Pearisburg and Giles Shoe Center. She enjoyed helping people file their tax returns for 34 years. She loved shopping and spending time with her family.

She is survived by three brothers, Perry Blankenship and wife, Lola, John Blankenship and wife, Dreama, Jeffrey Blankenship and wife, Karen, all of Narrows; four sisters, Teresea Riddle and husband, Allen, of Narrows, Kay Lang and husband, Herby, of Pearisburg, Lisa Robertson, Rhonda Sanders, and Gary Bowles, all of Narrows; also survived by foster family members, "Lightnin'," Gary, and Larry Bouldin, and Lewis and Leslie Bostwick; special friends, Larry Huffman of Craig County, Carol, Rosie, Herbert Vest, of White Gate; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 28, 2013, at New Village Pentecostal Holiness Church on Pulaski-Giles Turnpike (Route 100 South) in Staffordsville, with Pastor Kathy Higgs officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Narrows, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on June 4, 2013

Robert Aaron Candler Jr., 84 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 2, 2013. He was born in Rich Creek on May 6, 1929, and was the son of the late Robert Aaron and Annie Mae Morrison Candler.

In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his wife of 51 years, Eva Blankenship Candler; and two sisters, Alice Eleanor Stallings and Opal Nowles.

A United States Army veteran during the Korean War, Bob was a retired employee of Celanese Acetate in Narrows with 45 years of service. He loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing, and spending time in the mountains. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great- grandfather, brother and friend, he will be missed by his family and many friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Wayne Candler, of Peterstown, W.Va., Yolanda Vickers and husband, Jack, of Florence, S.C., Bruce Cumbee, of Narrows, and Antjuan McGhee Oliver, of Texas; five grandchildren, Jeremy Candler, Crystal Candler, Wayne Dunn, Jack Vickers IV. and wife, Jenny, and Jennifer Vickers; nine great- grandchildren; three sisters, Jean Wickline, of Broadhead, Wis., Dorothy Dunn of Peterstown, W.Va., and Lois Parcell, of Narrows; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 5, 2013, in the chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows with the Rev. Jack Vickers and the Rev. Chris Stanfield officiating. Burial will follow in Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg with Graveside Rites conducted by VFW Post #6000 of Narrows, American Legion Posts # 68 of Narrows, #311 of Pembroke, and #145 of Peterstown.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Narrows, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on September 18, 2013

Diana Harry Akers, 43, of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, September 15, 2013, with her family by her side. She was born in Pearisburg on March 16, 1970, and was the daughter of Larry Wayne Harry and Reta Blankenship Kellison.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Pete and Annie Harry, of Waiteville, W.Va.; and maternal grandparents, Zelma and Kermit Blankenship, of Narrows.

Diana was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and friend, touching many hearts with her wonderful smile.

She is survived by her parents, Reta Kellison, and Larry and Linda Harry, all of Narrows; a daughter, Casey Laws; a son, Andrew Harry; three grandchildren, Caden Laws, Dawson Dunford, and Raleigh Dunford; three sisters, Angela Frazier, Tammy Davis, and Chelle Mosley; two brothers, Chris Harry and Ryan Darr; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins; and many special friends.

At Diana's request, she was cremated. A Memorial Service will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 20, 2013, at Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead with the Rev. Ward Harris officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Narrows, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

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Helen Fleeman Blankenship, 86, formerly of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, November 8th, 2013 at Summers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Hinton. She was born on August 5th, 1927 and was the daughter of the late David and Cindy Robertson Fleeman.

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Elmer (Buster) Blankenship; a daughter, Gaynell Montgomery; and a son, Franklin Blankenship.

A retired employee of Celanese Acetate in Narrows, Helen was a devout Christian. She enjoyed gardening and flowers, along with shopping with friends and family. But most importantly, Helen was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother, who loved her family dearly.

Left to cherish her memory are a daughter, Juanita Shrader and husband Gary; 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandhildren, 4 great-great grandchildren; several nieces, nephews, cousins, and many special friends.

Funeral services will be held Monday, November 11th, 2013 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Elmer , 67, 06Jun1925 - 12May1993, Narrows, Giles, VA, VA-223-28-5867

 

+2013, Narrows, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on Nov. 15, 2013

Stephanie Dawn Hudson, 44, of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 14, 2013, at Lewis-Gale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg [Montgomery Co., VA]. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on October 6, 1969, and was the daughter of the late Arnold Matthew (Shorty) and Juanita Faye Blankenship Hudson.

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kermit Matthew (Huck) Hudson; and a fiancée that she loved dearly, Randy H. Blankenship; grandparents, Kermit Fitchue Blankenship, Zelma Henderson Blankenship, Arthur Hudson and Pauline (Polly) Hudson.

Stephanie was an avid Washington Redskins fan and was a wonderful friend to all who knew her.

Left to cherish her memory are a sister, Brandi Robertson, of Narrows; two nieces, Carol Cumbee and Daniele Cumbee; a nephew, Logan Hudson; three aunts, Reta Kellison, Brenda Myers, Juanita Croy; an uncle, Roland Hudson; many cousins and special friends; and her special cat, Buffy.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 16, 2013, in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows with the Rev. Chris Stansell officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Narrows, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on Dec. 2, 2013

Sherrie Lynn Atwell, 55, of Narrows, was reunited with her mother and father on Friday, November 29, 2013. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on November 11, 1958, and was the daughter of the late Jerry Scott Atwell and Barbara Jean Sigmon Atwell.

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Mawyer and Lillie Sigmon; and her paternal grandmother, Mildred Wilkinson Atwell.

Sherrie was a former employee of Celanese Acetate in Narrows with 25 years of service. Full of life, yet down to earth, Sherrie had a huge heart and loved her family and many friends.

Left to cherish her memory are a son, Jordan Scott Atwell of Narrows; a sister, Misty Atwell Blankenship of Narrows; two very special nephews, Darryl Blankenship and wife Chenaye, and Jacob Blankenship, all of Narrows; a very special niece, Kristen Brooke Blankenship of Pembroke; many special family members and friends.

At her request, Sherrie was cremated. A celebration of Sherrie's life will be held Friday, December 6, 2013 at 5 p.m. at Cornerstone Pentecostal Holiness Church in Narrows with the Rev. Chris Stansell officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Narrows, Giles Co., VA, Death

http://www.roanoke.com/obituaries/article_898aa963-a690-59c0-b223-d599bc22d9eb.html

Deborah Celosia Blankenship, 53, of Narrows, passed away Friday, January 31, 2014.

Arrangements by Valley Funeral Home, and Cremation Service, 540-562-1192.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Narrows, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

http://www.roanoke.com/obituaries/bowles-william-gary/article_b5fbe65d-5f51-50ed-b55a-0165c1a2e493.html

William Gary Bowles, 64, of Wolf Creek Road, Narrows, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He was born on June 12, 1949, and was the son of the late Ira Bowles and Sylvia Blankenship Bowles.

In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Douglas Wayne Bowles.

Gary was known as "Poodle" to many friends and employees at Celanese. Gary loved his five grandchildren, fishing, and having friends stop by his garage.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, of 43 years, Helen M. Bowles; a daughter, Debbie Hedrick and husband Anthony; a son, Eddie Bowles and wife, Cathy; grandchildren, Rachel, Jordan and Keeli Bowles, Grace and Timothy Hedrick; two sisters, Dianne Gautier and husband, Bobby, and Judy St. Clair Sadler; a sister-in-law, Terrie Bowles; an uncle who was loved like a brother, Jerry Blankenship and wife, Sharon; a mother-in-law, Pat Wise; sisters-in-law, Vickie and Ninette Wise; brothers-in-law, Terry and Bill Wise of Ohiopyle, Pa.; several nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and their families, along with his early mornings at Marathon and Burger King in Narrows.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in the Chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows with Pastor Jimmy Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery in the Wolf Creek community near Narrows.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Pearisburg, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on February 7, 2013

David Davis Carroll, 86 of Pearisburg, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, February 4, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents, D. M. (Slim) Davis and Gladys Kelley Davis. Carroll was also preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel (Bike) Davis and Donald (Pee Wee) Davis. He served in the United States Air Corp. and the U.S. Air Force. Carroll retired after 33 years of service at Celanese Fibers. After retirement, he spent time farming and spoiling his grandchildren. The Sheffey Camp Ground and Ingram Village Church were close to his heart.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 63 years, Mary Stafford Davis. He is also survived by their daughter, Joy Boutwell and her husband, Billy, of Williamsburg; two sisters, Betty Ross Raynes of Pearisburg; Ann and Jim Blankenship, Petersburg; one brother, Russ and Gail Davis, Ripplemead; two granddaughters, Tami Lee and husband, Ryan, of Highland Ranch, Colo.; Angie Clark and husband Jeff, of Newport News; two grandsons, Mike Boutwell, Jarrod Vass and wife, Heather, all of Newport News. He was blessed with two great-grandsons, Christian and Aiden Vass, of Newport News.

Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Friday, February 8, 2013, at the Ingram Village United Methodist Church, Pearisburg with the Rev. James Blankenship and the Rev. Ted Anders officiating. Military graveside rites by the Narrows V.F.W Post #6000, Narrows American Legion Post #68, Pembroke American Legion Post #311 and Peterstown American Legion Post #145 at Birchlawn Burial Park, Pearisburg.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Pearisburg, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - February 7, 2013

Carroll David Davis, 86, of Pearisburg, Va., passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, Feb. 4, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents, D. M. (Slim) Davis and Gladys Kelley Davis. Carroll was also preceded in death by two brothers, Daniel (Bike) Davis and Donald (Pee Wee) Davis. He served in the U. S. Air Corp. and the U.S. Air Force. Carroll retired after 33 years of service at Celanese Fibers. After retirement, he spent time farming and spoiling his grandchildren. The Sheffey Camp Ground and Ingram Village Church were close to his heart.

Left to cherish his memory is his wife of 63 years, Mary Stafford Davis. He is also survived by their daughter, Joy Boutwell and her husband, Billy of Williamsburg, Va.; two sisters, Betty Ross Raynes of Pearisburg, Va., and Ann and Jim Blankenship, Petersburg, Va.; one brother, Russ and Gail Davis, Ripplemead; two granddaughters, Tami Lee and husband Ryan of Highland Ranch, Colo., and Angie Clark and husband Jeff of Newport News; and two grandsons, Mike Boutwell, and Jarrod Vass and wife, Heather all of Newport News. He was blessed with two great-grandsons, Christian and Aiden Vass of Newport News.

Funeral services will be Friday, Feb. 8, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Ingram Village United Methodist Church, Pearisburg with the Rev. James Blankenship and Rev. Ted Anders officiating. Military graveside rites by the Narrows V.F.W. Post #6000, Narrows American Legion Post #68, Pembroke American Legion Post #311, and Peterstown American Legion Post #145 at Birchlawn Burial Park, Pearisburg.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Pearisburg, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on February 23, 2013

Ilene Perdue Harrison, 89, of Harrison Lane, Pearisburg, departed this life for her heavenly home Thursday evening, February 21, 2013, in the loving care of her family and Good Samaritan Hospice. Born in Niday, Bland County January 22, 1924, she was a daughter of the late James E. and Glenna G. Blankenship Perdue. She was a devoted member of Pearisburg Christ Fellowship and was retired from the Celanese Plant with over 40 years of service.

Ilene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Luther B. Harrison; her brother, James Perdue; and her sisters, Ruth Russ, Bertha Moran, Edith Goad, and Lilly Smith.

She leaves to cherish her memory her six daughters and sons-in-law, Carol and Jim Gallimore, of Cleveland, Tenn., Paulette Phillips, of Narrows, Glenna Mann, of Pearisburg, Benita H. Bradds, of Verona, Sandy Ingram, of Pearisburg, Patricia and Richard Glaholt, of Ripplemead; her 10 grandchildren; her 13 great-grandchildren; her brother, Roven Perdue, of Ripplemead; and her sisters, Maxine Agee, of Narrows, and Cloye Bird of New Haven, W.Va.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke, with entombment following in Birchlawn Abbey at Pearisburg.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Pearisburg, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on March 22, 2013

Hersell Odell Bailey, 83, of Pearisburg, Giles County, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 20, 2013. Hersell was born in Glen Lyn on July 3, 1929, and was the son of the late Arthur Hampton and Nita Alma Blankenship Bailey.

In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Alma Susan Bailey; two brothers, Trelby and Donald Halsey Bailey; and a sister, Chlorene Ruth Bailey Cecil. He was a member of Riverview Baptist Church in Ripplemead. Hersell served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and retired in 1972 after serving 23 years in the United States Navy. He was later employed with the Giles County Sheriff's Office, retiring in 1990.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 60 years, Ruth Ann Ayers Bailey; three sons, Jerry Wayne Bailey, of Giles County, Danny Steven Bailey and wife, Regina, of Botetourt County, and Barry Dean Bailey and wife, Lynn, of Opelika, Ala.; a daughter, Peggy Jean Bailey, of Botetourt County; two brothers, Arthur Hampton Bailey and wife, Lois, of Rich Creek, and James Gillespie Bailey and wife, Delores, of Montgomery County; grandchildren, Jean Ann Bailey, of Giles County, Angela Marie Tuck and husband, Marshall, of Bedford County, Matthew Arthur Bailey, Jacob Edward Bailey and Rachel Virginia Bailey, all of Opelika, Ala., Ethan Kyle Jones, of Botetourt County, and Clayborn Daniel Bailey and Andrew Hampton Bailey, both of Botetourt County; two great-grandchildren, Ashley Marie Tuck and Bailie Nicole Tuck, both of Bedford County; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and many special friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2013, in the chapel of Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows with Pastor Shahn Wilburn officiating. Burial will follow in Fairview Cemetery in Narrows with Graveside Rites conducted by VFW Post #6000 of Narrows, American Legion Posts #68 of Narrows, #311 of Pembroke and #145 of Peterstown.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Pearisburg, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - April 21, 2013

Robert Clyde Via, 80, of Pearisburg, VA, formerly of Oak Hill, passed away Friday, April 12, 2013, at his home. Born March 27, 1933, at Hinton, the son of the late Clyde Via and Louis Ann Brabben Via.

He graduated from Collins High School and attended WV Tech. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was a Korea veteran. He was a member of the Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Pearisburg, VA, and contributed his time and talents to the church. He was a member of the Oak Hill Volunteer Fire Department, where he served as Fire Chief for 12 years, but prior to that time he came up through the ranks with the department. He received many awards for his work in fire and EMS with the state, serving as a State Fire Marshal and State Fire Academy Instructor. He was a member of the Oak Hill Masonic Lodge #120 AF & AM. He was a 32nd degree Mason and had received recognition for serving as a Free Mason for over 50 years. He was active in community and civic affairs in both West Virginia and Virginia, and he was an entrepreneur in various entities in West Virginia and Virginia. For more than 40 years, he worked as Plant Manager with Long Airdox at various locations; as the company was sold he remained with each company until his retirement.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by family members Benny Via, Michael Via, Paul Via, Edward Via, Larry Via, sister Lois Warren, and his beloved pet Lil Bob, whose cremains were buried with him at his request.

Survivors are his daughter, Monna Lou Via of Staffordsville, VA; grandchildren, Kelli Maria Blankenship and James-Robert Roland Blankenship of Virginia; brothers, James T. Via and wife, Betty, and family of Fort Walton Beach, FL, Milton "Jack" Via and wife, Diane, and family of Parsons, TN, Ronnie Via and wife, Linda, and family of Roanoke VA, and Mark Via and wife, Vanessa, and family of Fayetteville, WV; and Simon, his little beloved pet he had for the past year and was with him until the end.

A private funeral was held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 19, 2013, at High Lawn Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tom Martin officiating. Entombment followed in High Lawn Memorial Park with last call by the Oak Hill Fire Department, Masonic rites by the Oak Hill Masonic Lodge #120 AF & AM, and military taps and flag presentation by the U.S. Army National Guard Honor Guard.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Pearisburg, Giles Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on Nov. 25, 2013

Stephen Theron Meredith, 57, of Bear Spring Road, Pearisburg, departed this life Saturday morning, November 23, 2013, at his home, in the care of his family and Carilion Hospice, after a short illness. Born in Giles County on November 19, 1956, he was a son of Betty Jean Martin Meredith, of Pearisburg and the late Teddy Theron Meredith.

He was employed with Patrick Enterprises in Pembroke and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, New River Ward in Pembroke.

He was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Richard Meredith.

He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Betty Martin Meredith, of Pearisburg; his wife, Kathy Orey Meredith, of the home; his son, Joshua Shane Meredith, of North Carolina; his stepsons, Brian Lee Blankenship, of Radford and Joey Carson Blankenship, of Peterstown; his eight grandchildren; his brother, David Meredith, of Pearisburg; his sisters, Carolyn Moore, of Florida, Patsy Radford, of Pembroke, Alesia Meredith, of Pearisburg; his mother-in-law, Ruth Orey, of Narrows; his sisters-in-law, Patricia Riddle, of Narrows, Carol Orey, of Narrows, Lisa Beaver, of Afton Mtn.; and his nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be conducted Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke, with Elder Beverly Meredith speaking.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hampton City

 

2013, Hampton City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on March 4, 2013

Stuart (Stony) Johnston Glass, 85, of Hampton and formerly of Roanoke, died Saturday, March 2, 2013. He was born January 31, 1928.

He was preceded in death by Hubert Royston Glass Sr.; Jean Elise Glass; Hubert Royston Glass Jr.; and Andrew Carper Glass.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn; son, Edmund Glass; daughter, Julie Blankenship; nieces and nephews, Patricia Little, and David and Richard Glass; and sister-in-law, Louise Glass.

Funeral will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, 2013, Emanuel Episcopal of Hampton. He will be laid to rest in the family plot of Evergreen Burial Park in Roanoke on Thursday March 7, 2013, at a time to be determined.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Hampton City, VA, Obituary

Daily Press (Newport News, VA) - November 24, 2013

Catherine Ann Powers, 68, passed away peacefully on Friday, November 22, 2013 surrounded by her family. She had been a resident of Hampton, VA for 68 years and charter member of Central Baptist Church. She was the daughter of G. Thornton Hall, Sr. and Mattie L. Hall of Hampton, VA.

Throughout her career, Catherine loved all aspects of education from teaching kindergarten to driving a school bus. She touched many lives and will be missed by those who knew her gentle spirit, compassion and quick wit. Her love for the Lord was reflected by her cheerful and generous giving of her time, talents and love for others. She touched many lives through her favorite pastime of making monogrammed tissue box covers. In 2009 Catherine made over 1000 boxes for her favorite cause, Breast Cancer Research.

Catherine was preceded in death by her husband, Herman L. Powers of Hampton, VA. She met the love of her life at the age of 18 and enjoyed 43 years of marriage together.

She leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her sisters, Linda L. Farmer, Joan E. Hostettler, Brenda G. Morgan, Martha F. Whitehead; brother, Garland T. Hall, Jr.; four nieces, Katrina L. Blankenship, Jodi E. King, Melinda A. Cook, Monica L. Vedvig; 2 nephews, Gordon L. Hostettler II and R. Dean Farmer, Jr. and 20 great nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Central Baptist Church, Yorktown, VA officiated by the Rev. John Charles with burial to follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Hampton City, VA, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Betty-Blankenship&lc=1549&pid=168334660&mid=5761756

Mrs. Betty Sue Blankenship, age 71 of Hampton, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2013 at Piedmont Henry Medical Center. Mrs. Blankenship was born January 31, 1942 to the late Wilbur Turner and the late Iris Bryant Turner. She loved the Lord, enjoyed gardening and was a proud military grandmother.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband, William Blankenship.

Survivors include her daughters & son-in-law, Angela Boothe of Hampton, Debra Elkins of Hampton, Cynthia & David Walker of Dahlonega and Kimberly Shepherd of Hampton; sons, Timothy Boothe of Hampton and Randy Boothe of Griffin; numerous grandchildren & great-grandchildren; sisters, Gladys Clark of Clairmont, FL and Mary Falls of Augusta, GA and brother, Clair Turner of Edgeville, S.C.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, December 5, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Haisten McCullough Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hanover

 

+2013, Mechanicsville, Hanover Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on January 21, 2013

Welford Gary Blankenship, 78 [1934], of Mechanicsville, died January 19, 2013.

He was predeceased by his daughter, Dianna Robbins.

He is survived by a son, Dale Blankenship, daughter, Denise Mitchell (Michael); sister, Deloris Kilbourn; brother, Gerald Blankenship (Jackie); five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He was retired from Duplex Envelope Company and was an Army National Guard veteran.

A graveside service will be held 12 noon Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at New Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Mechanicsville, Hanover Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on January 27, 2013

Delores B. Kilbourn, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 24, 2013.

She is survived by her son, Craig Kilbourn (Kathy); three grandsons, Daniel, Jason and David; brother, Gerald Wayne Blankenship (Jackie), and several nieces and nephews. She was retired from CSX-C&O Railroad.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 2, 2013, at New Bethesda Baptist Church, Mechanicsville, following a private interment.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Mechanicsville, Hanover Co., VA, Obituary

Mechanicsville Local (VA) - March 20, 2013

Doris Walker Aigner, 83, of Mechanicsville, formerly of Walkerton, Va., went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 14, 2013.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Thomas E. Aigner Sr.; her children, Brenda Blankinship (Terry), Tammy Caskie (Dan), June Beck (Fred), and Tom Aigner Jr. (Michelle); eight grandchildren, the loves of her life, Walker, Cecily, Gabrielle, Courtney, Lauren, Kyle, Britney and Addison.

The family received friends March 17 at the Mechanicsville Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Road, where services were held March 18. Interment was at Signal Hill Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Mechanicsville, Hanover Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - August 23, 2013

Nate Metheny, 6, of Mechanicsville, passed away August 20, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Beverly Metheny; and cousin, Shea Blankenship.

Nate is survived by his loving parents, Kevin and Diane Metheny; sisters, Kaitlyn and Caroline; grandparents, Buddy and Judy Metheny of Sandston, Charlotte and Larry Bishop, and Dick and Gerri Workman, all of Mechanicsville; aunts and uncles, Joe and Lisa Workman of Aylett, and Stacey and Gray Blankenship of Beaverdam; and a host of cousins, neighbors, teachers and friends.

The family will receive friends Friday 5 to 8 p.m. at the Monaghan Funeral Home, 7300 Creighton Pkwy., Mechanicsville.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. at Black Creek Baptist Church, 6289 McClellan Rd., Mechanicsville. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Mechanicsville, Hanover Co., VA, Obituary

Mechanicsville, Loudoun Co., VA; Mechanicsville, Rockbridge Co., VA; Mechanicsville, Rockingham Co., VA

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - April 10, 2014

William Thomas Blankenship Sr., 85 [1929], of Mechanicsville, passed away on April 8, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his wives, Violet T. Blankenship and Betty A. Blankenship.

He is survived by his son, William T. Blankenship Jr. (Karen Blankenship );daughters, Valerie L. Thacker (Robert N. Thacker Jr.) and Diane E. Collins; grandchildren, Tyler Lee Blankenship , Seth Collins and Sydney Collins; and sisters, Bernice MacFarland, Daisy Hall and Thelma Tinsley.

Billy was retired from Northside Electric Company as a field superintendent. He was a former president of the Virginia Field Trial Association and also a 60-year veteran of Local Electrical 666 Union. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Marine Corps as a Sergeant and was twice awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Korean Service Medal and a United States Medal.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Greenwood Memorial Gardens, Richmond, Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Henrico

 

+2013, Henrico, Henrico Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - June 25, 2013

Joyce Anne Blankenship Spencer, of Henrico, died peacefully at her home on June 24, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred F. and Doris T. Blankenship.

She is survived by her husband of 57 wonderful years of marriage, James J. Spencer Sr.; daughter, Judy Lewis and husband, Steve; daughter, Jackie Akers and husband, Robert; son, James "Jamie" Spencer and wife, Kim; daughter, Jennifer Gallini and husband, Mike;10 grandchildren who she absolutely adored, Steven, Jacob and Lindsey Lewis, Erin Cameron, Ryan Cameron and wife, Meghan, Jessica, James "Jay" and Justin Spencer, Adam and Anne Marie Gallini; two sisters, Janice Jackson and Carol Taylor; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mrs. Spencer was a graduate of Powhatan High School (Class of 1952), and was a longtime member of Skipwith Baptist Church. The family would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers over the last six months.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Skipwith Baptist Church, 1900 Skipwith Rd. Entombment in Greenwood Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Henry

 

2013, Collinsville, Henry Co., VA, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - March 14, 2013

Jerrell David Miller Sr., 68, of Collinsville, formerly of Brenton, died Monday, March 11, 2013 at his home. He was born in Marianna, W.Va., on December 16, 1944, to the late Roscoe Miller and the Ella Craig Miller.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Carol June Miller and two sisters, Lilly Roscoe and Shirley Miller. He was raised in the Church of God and was a retired coal miner having worked over 20 years for U.S. Steel. He was a member of the UMWA Local 1713.

He is survived by two daughters, Michelle Green of Collinsville, and Tammy Hatfield of Mt. Hope; one son Jerrell David Miller Jr. of Brenton; eight grandchildren, six great grandchildren; one brother, Roscoe Miller, Brenton; three sisters, Dorothy Green and Janine Miller, both of Brenton, and Sharon Blankenship of Mt. Hope.

The funeral service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Church of God with Pastor Lee Fisher officiating. Burial will follow in the Madison-Miller Family Cemetery in Mill Creek, W.Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Fieldale, Henry Co., VA, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Sandy-Blankenship&lc=7528&pid=164962808&mid=5543607

Sandy June Blankenship, 44, of Fieldale, died Thursday, May 23, 2013 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was born in Henry County on June 12, 1968 to Farliey and Carrie Shoemaker Milam of Ridgeway. She received an Associate Degree from Patrick Henry Community College and was employed by Bank Services. Sandy was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Bassett.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Stephen H. Blankenship of the residence; two sisters, Tina Shelton of Bassett and Jennifer Cheshire of Salisbury, NC.

The funeral service will be held Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11:00 AM at the LDS Church. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery in Ridgeway.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Spencer, Henry Co., VA, Obituary

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Dorothy+Blankenship-Barrow&lc=7529&pid=167987726&mid=5738055

Dorothy Blankenship Wagoner Barrow, 87, of Spencer, passed away Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Golden Living Center in Martinsville. She was born in Henry County, March 9, 1926 to Clarence and Ida Wright Blankenship.

She retired from DuPont after 30 years of service and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, H. Banner Wagoner; her second husband, Joe Barrow; her daughter, Linda White Hubbard; one sister, Isabelle B. Williams Milam and one brother, Shockley Blankenship.

She is survived by one son, Henry B. "Butch" Wagoner, Jr. and wife, Carolyn of Roanoke; five grandchildren, Jerry and Charles White, Kim Phulgar, Drew Wagoner and Calena Wagoner; six great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Marvin Blankenship of Martinsville.

The funeral service will be held Friday, November 15, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church with Pastor Doug Ramsey and Pastor Roger Jones officiating. Entombment will follow in Roselawn Abbey.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Clarence, 76, 29May1905 - ??Jun1981, Martinsville City, VA, VA-226-10-8472

SSDI: Blankenship, Ida M., 92, 17Mar1909 - 04Jan2002, Spencer, Henry, VA, VA-230-10-7359

 

+2013, Stuart, Henry Co., VA, Obituary

http://www.moodyfuneralservices.com/new_view.php?id=5328745&op=view

Mr. Taylor Stuart Blankenship, age 73 of Stuart, passed away Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the result of an automobile accident. He was born in Henry County on October 6, 1940 to the late Homer and Helen Cobler Blankenshilp.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Blankenship was preceded in death by four brothers, William H., J. D., Roosevelt and Charles Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship is survived by his wife, Shelby Lawson Blankenship of the home; two brothers, Clifford Blankenship of Collinsville and Raymond Blankenship of Axton; one sister, Nellie Branscome of Ridgeway; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service for Mr. Blankenship will be held Saturday, November 16, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at Patrick Memorial Gardens with Pastor Dewayne Troutt officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Hopewell City

 

+2013, Hopewell City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Progress-Index on February 24, 2013

Ursula "Sue" Martin Gibbs was born on Jan. 18, 1916, in Parkersburg, W.Va., to Elso W. Martin and Florence Blankenship.

Surviving is her sister, Florence Hosack; and her nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis C. Gibbs; brothers, Elbert Martin, Archie Martin and Douglas Martin.

Sue moved to Hopewell as an infant and has lived in the neighborhood for over 90 years. Ms. Gibbs graduated from Hopewell High School in 1934 and was a cheerleader in 1933 and 1934. Married to Louis Gibbs in 1939, they later became members of First United Methodist Church, where she remained a member until her death. She served in the Hopewell community as the deputy commissioner of revenue for more than 20 years. Ursula overcame a major illness and continued to generate a selfless, positive influence in the community while generously providing for nonprofit organizations and supporting students in their academic pursuits. Through her kindness she provided scholarships to numerous students given through the John Randolph Foundation Louis C. and Ursula A. Sue Gibbs Scholarship Fund. The fund will remain active for many years to come.

Mrs. Gibbs received many awards for the way she maintained her yard. Newspapers came to take pictures and many people stopped to admire her yard and compliment her on the beauty of her yard. She continued to enjoy the flowers until her death. At 94 years old, Ms. Gibbs attended the 2009 Hopewell homecoming celebration and was the oldest cheerleader. Even though it was cold she was so glad to participate. She later said, "There sure were a lot of people there". After attending this special event, she received a Proclamation from the mayor.

As a community activist, she wrote many letters to the editor of the Hopewell newspaper about cleaning up the neighborhood and contacted property owners. She was always trying to clean up Hopewell through her Ward counselor and code enforcement officer. Sue had many friends that would call and come by to chat. She kept track of her classmates and read the church bulletins as people brought them to keep up with the sick and shut-ins and would send those cards. "I've lived a good life, the Lord has been good to me", she would often say.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in Bermuda Memorial Park, Chesterfield, Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Hopewell City, VA,

Martin Elso W. 55, M, VA, Head,

Martin Florence I. 49, F, VA, Wife,

Martin Florence M. 17, F, VA, Dau,

Gibbs Louis C. 27, M, VA, SonL,

Gibbs Ursula F. 24, F, WV, Dau,

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Lexington City,

 

2014, Lexington City, VA, Obituary

The Roanoke Times, (VA) - April 16, 2014

Marjorie Knick Plogger, 81, of Lexington, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at her home. Born May 11, 1932 in Rockbridge County a daughter of the late John B. Knick and Ottie Higgins Knick.

Mrs. Plogger was a member of the Lauderdale A.R.P. Church where she taught Sunday School, Bible School, a member of Willing Workers, and enjoyed singing in the choir. Marjorie was very talented and she enjoyed sewing, quilting, and painting. Her artwork was very special to her and these treasures have been shared with family and friends.

Surviving are her devoted husband of 64 years, William S. Plogger; one daughter, Vickie P. Hickman and husband Jimmy all of Lexington; one son, Mark Plogger and wife MaryAnn of Staunton; five siblings, Marie Canady of Goshen, Carl Knick, John Henry Knick, Christine Blankenship all of Lexington, Richard Knick of Danville, Pat Magee of Lexington; six grandchildren, Cara, Laura Beth, Megan, Ryan, Krista, and Jordan; five great grandchildren, Davis, Brady, Grant, Anderson, and Ansley Kate.

A graveside service will be conducted 10:30 a.m. at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery followed by an 11 a.m. memorial service in the Lauderdale A.R.P. Church on Friday, April 18, 2014 with the Rev. Benjamin W. Dowling, III officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Louisa

 

2013, Louisa, Louisa Co., VA, Obituary

The Daily Progress, (Charlottesville, VA) - March 10, 2013

Linda Carolyn Hite, 65, of Louisa, died on Friday, March 8, 2013, at the University of Virginia Medical Center [Charlottesville City, VA]. She was born on December 20, 1947, in Charlottesville, a daughter of Frances Goodson Jones of Troy and the late William Joseph Jones. Mrs. Hite was a member of Jehovah Witness, Palmyra Congregation.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Wilson Leroy Hite of Louisa; one daughter, Tammy Blankenship and husband, Michael, of Rock Hill, South Carolina; one son, Gary Lee Hite and wife, Mary Jane, of Louisa;one sister, Betty Jo Garrison of Charlottesville; two grandchildren, Amanda Jane Birkelund and husband, Donny, of Louisa, and Brad Edward Blankenship of Rock Hill, South Carolina; and one great-grandson, Conner Andrew Birkelund of Louisa.

She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Linda Sue Hite.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2013, at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Gordonsville with interment to follow at Holly Memorial Gardens in Charlottesville. Andrew L. Hogg Jr. will officiate.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Lynchburg City

 

2013, Lynchburg City, VA, Obituary

The News & Advance, (Lynchburg, VA) - April 19, 2013

Elizabeth "Liz" Ann Brown Coleman, 86, of Lynchburg, passed away Friday, March 8, 2013, at Guggenheimer Nursing Home. She was born in Lynchburg May 18, 1926, a daughter of the late Robert and Anne Harrison Brown. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Liz was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Addison Burkly Coleman Jr.;her brothers, Charles, Robert, Kenneth, and Scott Brown;and sisters, Christine Thompson, Ruby Davis, and Hazel Davis.

Liz is survived by a son and two daughters, David L. Coleman and wife, Page Ferrara of Williamsburg, Deborah Brandl and husband Bernd W. Brandl of Forest, and Karen "Molly" McNutt of Evington. Additional survivors include her grandchildren, Adam F. Coleman and wife, Sarah, of Vancouver, Washington, Janie Coleman of Atlanta, Georgia, Robert A. Wallin, III and wife, Amber, of Pooler, Georgia, and Matthew H. Wallin and wife, Kristen, of Forest; and great-grandchildren, Mason and Isabelle Coleman, and Stella, Adeline and Berkly Wallin. Also survived by her brothers-in-law, Milton D. Coleman, Carl Coleman; sisters-in-law, Daphne Coleman, Dorothy Coleman, Ruby Tyree, and Sandy Brown; a special friend, Margaret Sowder; and a dear niece, Jane Blankenship.

A celebration of Liz's life will be held 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013, in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 Graves Mill Road. The family will receive friends immediately prior to the service beginning at 2 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Lynchburg City, VA, Obituary

Published in The News & Advance on May 14, 2013

John Earl Matheson, 90, of Lynchburg died Sunday May 12, 2013. He was the loving husband of Dorothy Mary Matheson for 67 devoted years. John was born October 4, 1922 in Watertown, MA a son of the late Malcolm Angus Matheson and the late Mary Biddiscomb Matheson.

John honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII and then became a Master Pipe Fitter by trade. He belonged to the Pipefitters Local Union #537 of the UA in Boston, MA and also volunteered for over 25 years at Virginia Baptist Hospital. His most cherished accomplishments will be his large close knit family who will miss him beyond measure.

In addition to his wife he is survived by his children: John Matheson, Jr. and his wife Cindy of Lynchburg; James Matheson and his wife Sandra of Jacksonville, FL; Dorothy Matheson Fagan and her husband Robert of Fort Myers, FL; Patricia Matheson Pond and her husband Ed of Stockton Springs, ME; and a former daughter-in-law Elaine (Matheson) Blankenship of Durham, NC, 13 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son Dr. Thomas Matheson.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday May 16, 2013 at Holy Cross Catholic Church with Monsignor J. Kenneth Rush as celebrant. A reception will follow the service in the church commons. Interment will be held privately at Fort Hill Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Lynchburg City, VA, Obituary

The News & Advance, (Lynchburg, VA) - March 13, 2014

Brian Andrew Brooks, 36, of Lynchburg, died suddenly on Monday, March 10, 2014, at Lynchburg General Hospital. Brian was born April 20, 1977, in Lynchburg, a son of Elizabeth (Betty) Taylor and the late Gerald (Jerry) Brooks.

Brian was a graduate of E.C. Glass High School, class of 1995. He loved sports from age two on. He played tight end for E.C. Glass during his high school years and he was very proud that they won N.W. Region/ Western District Championship in 1993. He attended Bridgewater College and continued to play football. Brian loved music;he played piano, trombone and handbells for First United Methodist Church. He loved to ride his mountain bike and hike along the Blue Ridge Parkway especially with his son, Ayden. Brian was a member of First United Methodist Church and then transferred to Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church. Brian was an employee of Hill City House Restaurant.

Those left to cherish his memories are his mother, Elizabeth (Betty) Taylor and stepfather, William (Cliff) Taylor, a loving second mom, Tricia S. Brooks, all of Lynchburg;a son, Ayden Michael Brooks and his mother, Alicia Gomez, of New Orleans;a brother, Burton C. Brooks and wife, Linda, of Nashville, Tennessee;two stepbrothers, Scott C. Taylor, and wife, Pamela, of Roanoke, Va., Larry Burchette of Hudson, Florida;two stepsisters, Amy Martin and husband, Jared, of Lynchburg, Va., Lisa T. Blankenship and husband, Ben, of Richmond, Va.;and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews many loving relatives, friends and a very special friend, Angie Regan.

Brian was preceded in death by his father, Gerald (Jerry) Brooks; uncle, Roy (Bunky) Brooks; his maternal grandparents, Herbert C. Woody, Helen Woody Layne and Edwin T. Layne (Ed); paternal grandparents, Emmett R. Brooks and Lucille H. Brooks. Brian was an employee of Hill City House Restaurant.

The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, in the sanctuary of Chestnut Hill United Methodist Church, 4660 Fort Ave., Lynchburg. A funeral service will follow 11 a.m. at the church with interment to follow in Spring Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Lynchburg City, VA, Death

The News & Advance, (Lynchburg, VA) - April 18, 2014

Henry "Jack" Jackson Blankenship, 79, of Lynchburg, passed away, Thursday, April 17, 2014.

Arrangements are incomplete. Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Lynchburg City, VA, Obituary

The News & Advance, (Lynchburg, VA) - April 19, 2014

Henry "Jack" Jackson Blankenship, 79, of Lynchburg, passed away, Thursday, April 17, 2014, at his residence. He was the husband of Mary Barese Blankenship. Born March 5, 1935, in Lynchburg, he was the son of the late Henry Robertson Blankenship and the late Juanita Bolling Blankenship.

Jack was a retired computer operator for Babcock and Wilcox Corporation and a member of Rustburg United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, Jack is survived by his children, Henry Jay Blankenship of Lynchburg, Teresa B. Scott and her husband, Brandon of Lynchburg, Carl N. Blankenship and his wife, Kim of Largo, FL, and Ellen B. Molla and her husband, Zaman of Escondido, CA; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Martinsville City

 

+2013, Martinsville City, VA, Obituary

http://www.roselawnchapelfuneralhome.com/book-of-memories/1671013/Moore-Delcie/obituary.php

Delcie Ann Stegall Moore, age, 102, died in her sleep on Sunday Sept. 15, 2013 at the home of her daughter, Patricia Hair, in Asheville, NC.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, J. Ralph Moore, a daughter, Barbara M. Blankenship, a granddaughter, Katherine Marie Blankenship, and two sisters, Madge Pulliam and Myrtle Gilley. Prior to living in Asheville, she was a member of Wilson St. Pentecostal Holiness Church.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia M. Hair and Sandra F. Moore, both of Asheville, NC, two sons, J. Frank Moore (Ila) of Clewiston, FL, Billy C. Moore (Liz) of Bedford, VA, nine grandchildren, nineteen great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Roselawn Burial Park in Martinsville, VA at 1:00 pm on Wednesday Sept. 18, 2013, with visitation one hour prior to the service. Officiating will be Pastor James King of Family of Faith Fellowship in Asheville, NC.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Barbara M., 60-61, 20Aug1934 - 10Aug1995, Martinsville City, VA, VA-227-40-6825

 

2013, Martinsville City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on Nov. 21, 2013

Jett Carter Groves, 85, of Martinsville, died on Wednesday, November 20, 2013, from complications of a brain tumor. She was born on July 9, 1928, in Martinsville, Va., graduated from Martinsville High School and attended Longwood University.

She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Irving M. Groves Jr. of the home.

Groves's community involvement was extensive. She was past president and sustaining member of the Charity League of Martinsville and Henry County. When Groves was president of the Charity League, polio was a major problem. According to a story in the Martinsville Bulletin on September 4, 2011, Groves said she "would go down in history as having spent the most money as the organization provided 3,120 local children with polio vaccinations during her term."

She was life-long and active member of First United Methodist Church having served on numerous committees, including the Administrative Board, the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, the Lunch Bunch and was a past president, secretary, treasurer and current courtesy chairman of the Wesley Guild.

As an avid reader, she was a past president, secretary, treasurer and current courtesy chairman of Wednesday Book Club, one of the oldest continuously operating book clubs in the area.

Additionally, she was a past member of the Garden Study Club; was on the organizing committee of King's Grant; served as vice chairman of the United Way and was appointed by Governor John Dalton to serve on the citizen advisory committee overseeing furnishing and decorating the Virginia Governor's Mansion. Jett was also member of Carolyn's Ceramics where her artistic white hand-painted pieces were coveted.

She was also proud president of the Supper Club.

Groves actively supported community organizations including The Boys and Girls Club, Theatre Works, Piedmont Arts, Patrick Henry Community College and numerous other civic and fund raising activities.

At the age of nine, Jett was elected mascot of the Virginia American Legion. She attended the National Convention of Legionaries in New York and held the distinction of being the only female in attendance at the banquet. She led the Virginia delegation down 5th Avenue in the annual American Legion parade. According to a September 22, 1937 story in the Martinsville Bulletin, "She was the darling of the convention."

She lived a full life and a life full of faith, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn and George Carter; and two sisters, Virginia "Jingle" Carter Fulcher and Mary Prillaman Carter Meyers.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are three children, Irving Minter Groves III, of Dallas Texas, Jett Groves Wood (Reed), of Williamstown, W.Va., and Mattie Groves Sheppard (Steve), of Martinsville; six grandchildren, Vaughn Heilman, Claiborne Linville (Darren), Mollie Blankenship, Jeremiah Wood, Micah Wood and A. J. Hice; and three great- granddaughters; a brother, George Amos Carter, of Atlanta, Ga.; and a sister, Evelyn Carter Wood, of Columbia, S.C., also survive her.

A Graveside Service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 23, 2013, at Oakwood Ceremony followed by a celebration of her life at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church with the Revs. Ron Mateer and Keith Ritchie officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Mecklenburg

 

2013, South Hill, Mecklenburg Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch from January 11 to January 12, 2013

Marian Wolfe King, 82, formerly of South Hill, Virginia, passed away January 8, 2013 at The Laurels of Bon Air in Richmond, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bertha Taylor Lambert and Henry Earl Wolfe; a brother, Clarence "Bucky" Wilkinson Wolfe; and a daughter, Norma Wilkins Blankenship.

She is survived by her loving husband of 39 years, Charles Lucien King; three daughters, Susan Wilkins Davis (Tim) of Lynchburg, Va., Ellen Howerton Clark of Midlothian, Va., and Kathryn Howerton Robertson of Richmond, Va.; and one son, Thomas Allen Howerton Jr. of Rawlings, Va.; as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, January 12, 2013 at Bliley's- Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd., Richmond, Va. 23224, followed by a reception.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Montgomery

 

2013, Blacksburg, Montgomery Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on July 24, 2013

Jack Lloyd Bailey, 74, of Blacksburg, went to be with the Lord on July 23, 2013, at his home. Mr. Bailey was born on April 29, 1939, in Hinton, W.Va., and was a son of the late Frank and Pearl Grimmett Bailey.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Geneva Thomas Bailey; two sisters; and four brothers. Mr. Bailey was a retired machinist at Electro Tech in Blacksburg, recently worked for Montgomery County at the Prices Fork Collection Site and was a member of the Blacksburg First Wesleyan Church.

He is survived by one daughter, Deborah B. Eaton and husband, J. D., of Pearisburg; three sons, Donald L. Bradberry and wife, Evelyn, of Roanoke, Ronald K. Bradberry and wife, Karen, of Covington, and Davis Timothy Bradberry and wife, Linda, of Clermont, Fla; three brothers-in-law, Lee Blankenship, of Bluewell, W.Va., Sterling Thomas, of Alderson, W.Va., and Billy Thomas, of Talcott, W.Va.; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; his honorary granddaughter, Stevee Shelor, better known to Jack as Elmer; and his beloved pets.

Funeral services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2013, at the Givens Funeral Chapel in Pearisburg with the Rev. John Hopkins officiating. A graveside funeral service will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at the Upland Cemetery in Hinton, W.Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., WV, Obituary

The Register-Herald, (Beckley, WV) - January 29, 2013

Clarence Lee "Buck" Gibson, 91, of Christiansburg, formerly of Lynco, passed away on Friday, January 25, 2013, at his home. He was born January 11, 1922, in Lorado, W.Va., a son of the late Levi Martin Gibson and the late Alpha Mae Brown Gibson Albright. He worked for Eastern Associated Coal Corporation for 35 years and was a member of the UMWA local 7604.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his stepfather Tom Albright; four brothers Chester Gibson, Lovell Gibson, Doyle Gibson and Seldon Gibson; a sister Vonda Gibson.

Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 72 years, Erna Lucille Bishop Gibson; two sons Roger D. (Carol) Gibson of Maben, W.Va., and Donald L. "Goldwater" (Toni) Gibson of Lynco; four daughters Betty (JD) Parris of Glade Spring, Va., Diana (Tim) Donathan of Christiansburg, Va., Debbie K. (Ray Thomas) Toler of Rincon, Ga., and Madonna L. (Rod) Burchett of Stanford, Ky.; a brother Vester (Lorraine) Gibson of Claramore, Okla.; a sister Evelyn (Powell) Lusk of Hartville, Ohio; 11 grandchildren Sonja Seymore, Sherry Blondino, Kimberly Adkins, Erica Frankum, Leslie Powell, Jeremy Toler, Donald Gibson, Michael Gibson, Brittany Gibson, and Gabe Gibson, and Elizabeth Burchett; 15 great-grandchildren Clay and Zane Seymore, Zak Blankenship , Jacob Blondino, Tyler and Tanner Adkins, Zachary Frankum, Heather Rouse, Hunter Powell, Eli and Abe Toler, Levi and Jordan Gibson, Rileigh Gibson and Makilah New; and a host of other loving family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30, 2013, at the Bright Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, with Rev. Earl Brewer and Bro. Jimmy Gibson officiating. Buck will be laid to rest in Palm Memorial Gardens, Matheny, W.Va. Friends may gather with the family from 6 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday, January 29, 2013, at the church. Grandsons and great grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on April 19, 2013

Barry Norman Huffman, 67, of Christiansburg, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 17, 2013, at Montgomery Regional Hospital surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Roanoke County on October 30, 1945.

Barry was predeceased by his father, Ernest Huffman; stepmother, Ethel Huffman; mother, Victoria Clark; stepfather, Elbert Clark; brother, Jimmy Huffman; sister, Judy Huffman; brother, Steve Clark; and sister, Doris Moore.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Danny Altizer; son and daughter-in-law, Jeff and Tammy Huffman; his grandchildren, whom he loved dearly, Lauren (Tadpole) Huffman, Tyler Altizer, Paris Altizer, Tiffany Huffman, Amanda Huffman, and Christina Huffman; a precious great-grandson, Noah; his wife, Nancy; brothers, Don (Lori) Huffman, Tommy (Teresa) Clark, and Danny (Donna) Clark; and sisters, Joyce Blankenship, Brenda Fransisco, and Vickie Whitlow. Barry is also survived by his best friend, Joyce Songer; as well as many nieces and nephews.

In honoring Barry's wishes, he will be cremated with no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on Dec. 18, 2013

James Edward French, 74, of Christiansburg, departed this life Monday morning, December 16, 2013 at Lewis-Gale Montgomery Hospital in Blacksburg. Born in Giles County on August 30, 1939, he was a son of the late Homer Clayton French and Mamie French Bowles, and grew up in the Wolf Creek-Narrows area of the county.

He had been employed with Poly-Scientific in Blacksburg and with Montgomery County Schools for over 30 years and was a veteran of the United States Navy.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Maxine Gautier and Elizabeth Price.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Mildred Blankenship French; his sons, David and his wife Laura French of Floyd, Calvin French of Christiansburg, Jimmy French and his fiancé Amy Stanley of Christiansburg; his daughters, Sally and her husband Dale Shumate of Christiansburg, Sue Shrewsbury of Dublin; his seven grandchildren; his eight great-grandchildren; his mother-in-law Elsie Blankenship of Ripplemead; his sisters-in-law- Alma Whittaker and Linda Stephens; his brother-in-law and his wife Danny and Becky Blankenship; and his beloved nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 2 p.m. in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke with Pastor Gary McCoy and Pastor Eddie Kendall officiating. Burial will follow in the Dotson-Clark Cemetery on Wolf Creek above Narrows.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., VA, Obituary

http://mullinsfuneralhome.com/?pagetype=obitlink&obit_id=1247178

Charlotte Musselman Blankenship, June 22, 1946 - February 16, 2014

Charlotte Musselman Blankenship, 67, of Christiansburg, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a retired retail store manager. She was preceded in death by her father, Irving Ellis Musselman.

Survivors include her mother, Virgie Musselman of Radford; son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Darlene Blankenship of Maitland, FL; daughter, Lori Davis of Morganton, GA; grandchildren, Tess, Chandler, Brandon, Bryce and Jared; great grandson, Cayden; sisters, Jackie Armbrister of Bristol, TN, and Bonnie Stone of Radford; brother, Irving E. Musselman, Jr. of Suffolk; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 1:00 pm at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford with Pastor Brian Cockram officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Christiansburg.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 624 Sixth Street, Radford, Virginia 24141. The family will receive friends beginning at 12:00 pm prior to the service.

The Blankenship family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home in Radford.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Riner, Montgomery Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on April 4, 2013

Anna Lucille Cecil Justice, 86, of Riner and formerly Pulaski, passed away Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at her home. Born December 21, 1926, in Pulaski, she was the daughter of the late James Cecil and Bertha Thorton Cecil. Her brother, Jason David "J. D." Cecil, also preceded her in death.

Surviving are her husband, Rush Farley Justice, of Riner; sons and daughters-in-law, Cecil Justice, of Texas, Garrett and Mary Justice, of Check, Sam and Brenda Justice, of Riner; three grandchildren, Candice Lambdin, Tiffany Gibbs, and Davina Justice; brother, Robert Cecil, of Riner; sisters, Betty Blankenship, of Pulaski, Brenda Edmonds, of Snowville.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, 2013, at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski, with Pastor Earnest Fulcher officiating. Interment will follow in the Cecil's Chapel Church Cemetery, Hiwassee (between Snowville & Hiwassee).

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Shawsville, Montgomery Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on September 24, 2013

Hazel Fralin Altis, 84, of Shawsville, went home to join her loved ones and her Lord on Sunday, September 22, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Willard Altis; son, Larry Altis; daughter, Louise Ogden; grandson, Paul Vaught; granddaughter, Becky Tolbert; and sisters, Gladys Mills and Ethel Greenwood.

She is survived by her children, Douglas Wayne Altis and wife, Roberta, of Dekalb, Mo., Debbie Vaught and husband, Larry, of Pilot, Lori Rodriguez and husband, Jose, of Lynchburg, and Bruce Altis and wife, Lisa, of Shawsville; daughter-in-law, Shirley Altis, of Pulaski; son-in-law, Robert Ogden, of Amherst; grandchildren, Doug Altis and wife, Cheryl, Dawn Christy and husband, Brett, Michael Altis and wife, Lynn, Scott Altis, Melissa Smith and husband, Leon, Wayne Blankenship and wife, Faith, Brian Blankenship and special friend, Amber, Willard Vaught, Cheryl Clark and husband, Milton, L J Altis and wife, Kerri, Jeanette Crouse and husband, Chris, Travis Ogden and wife, Melissa, Jessica Simpson, Aisha Rodriguez, Nicole Rodriguez, Adam Altis and wife, Andrea, Brandi Rettig and husband, Greg; 45 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister-in-law, Eleanor Futten; many nieces and nephews; special friends; and her special pets who were with her always, Buster and Mitzy.

Hazel was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. She was a woman of strong faith and loved her Lord. Her love of taking care of people spilled over from her home into her job as CNA at McVitty House. Hazel enjoyed flowers, gardening, wildlife, and loved the various pets she had during her lifetime. She was a member of the Senior Saints at Good Shepherd Baptist Church.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at Good Shepherd Baptist Church, 155 Dunlap Drive, Christiansburg, with Pastor Matthew Kirkland and Pastor George Bulson officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery, Christiansburg.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

New Kent

 

2013, Quinton, New Kent Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - July 14, 2013

Elizabeth Sue Dameron, of Quinton, Va., went to be with the Lord on July 13, 2013, on her 69th birthday, at home surrounded by her closest loved ones.

She was predeceased by her parents, Robin and Phyllis Routt; and her brother, Vincent "Bruiser" Routt.

Sue was born and raised in Foxwells, Va., and spent the remainder of her life in Varina and New Kent with her beloved husband, Charles Dennis Dameron, with whom she recently celebrated 49 years of marriage. Sue was retired from the Workmen's Compensation Board after 19 years and from Harleysville Insurance Company after 22 years. Sue was a wonderful and strong woman who always put others first.

In addition to her husband, Sue is survived by her sister, Phyllis Mae Blankenship (Mike); sister-in-law, Pam Routt; brother-in-law, Robert E. Clarke Sr.; numerous nieces and nephews, including devoted nephews, Robbie, Chris and George Clarke; best friend, Amy Tu; and wonderful caregiver, Mary Beth Durrette.

The family will receive friends at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., Richmond, Va. 23231, from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, July 15, where funeral services will be held on Tuesday, July 16, at 2 p.m. Interment following at Washington Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Newport News City

 

+2013, Newport News City, VA, Obituary

Published in Daily Press on April 3, 2013

Vera Aldine Banks Wilson Johnson, age 82, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 31, 2013. She was born August 19, 1930 to the late Charlie and Agnes Blankenship Banks, of Yancey County, NC. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Evelyn McPeters, Ida Angel and Madge Fagan; brothers, Willie Crate, Rolin, Hobert, Edwin, Vernon and Bruce; husbands B. M. Wilson and Eugene Johnson, Sr.

She attended high school at Bald Creek, where she excelled in baseball and basketball. Her stories of playing catcher and guard are family lore. In 1947, she married her high school sweetheart, B. M. Wilson. They shared almost 26 years, producing four children from this union, until his untimely death in 1973. She remained a widow for several years until her marriage to Eugene Johnson, Sr. She volunteered at Mary Immaculate Hospital, Newport News Public Schools substitute teacher, member of the Windsor Great Park Garden Club, worked with the Peninsula Literacy Council, clerical assistant for the State Life Insurance Company, taught Sunday School at Steven's Memorial Baptist Church and current member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include four children, Linda Wilson Phillips (Lewis) of Newport News, Dianne Wilson Melton of Newport News, Michael Garrett Wilson (Andrea) of Fredericksburg, and Timothy Lynn Wilson (Sharon) of Bedford; sisters, Carolyn Stern of Las Vegas, NV, June Everhart of Asheville, NC, and Anna Lee Higgins of Rutherfordton, NC; a brother Benjamin Banks of Concord, NC; grandchildren, Lewis Phillips, IV, Rebecca Wilson, Sarah Wilson, Mary Wilson, James Wilson, Victoria Wilson, Ann Marie Wilson, David Wilson, Stephanie Oldengram and Amy Melton; great-grandchildren, William Phillips, Christian Phillips, Robert Holloman, Jr. and Rachel Holloman.

Viewing and visitation will begin at 10 AM Friday, April 5, 2013 at First Baptist Church, Newport News, with a funeral service to follow at 11 AM officiated by Reverend Walter Satchell, Jr. On Monday, April 8, 2013, at the Holcombe Brothers Funeral Home Chapel, Burnsville, NC, from 1 to 2 PM there will be viewing and family receiving and funeral service at 2 PM, officiated by Reverend Anthony Fox. Burial will follow in Marrietta Atkins Cemetery, Burnsville, NC.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Price Creek Twp., Yancey Co., NC,

Banks Charlie 47, M, NC, Head,

Banks Agnes 45, F, NC, Wife,

Banks Madge 21, F, NC, Dau,

Banks Ina 19, F, NC, Dau,

Banks Mayo 17, F, NC, Dau,

Banks Hobert 15, M, NC, Son,

Banks Vernon 14, M, NC, Son,

Banks Edwin 12, M, NC, Son,

Banks Aldine 09, F, NC, Dau,

Banks June 07, F, NC, Dau,

Banks Bruce 06, M, NC, Son,

Banks Benjamine 03, M, NC, Son,

Banks Anna Lee 00, F, NC, Dau,

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+2013, Newport News City, VA, Obituary

Published in Daily Press from September 16 to September 18, 2013

Elsie C. Blankenship, 95, died Saturday Sept. 14, 2013. A native of Campbell County, VA. She had been a Peninsula resident for 63 years.

Elsie retired in 1980 from the finance and accounting department of Ft. Eustis. Her favorite job when moving to Hampton in 1950 was Secretary of Copeland Park Baptist Church with Rev. J.B. Flowers. She has been a member since 1950, which is now West Hampton Baptist Church and served as a Sunday School Assistant for many years with the children's class. Elsie was devoted to her church, loved singing in the choir and her WMU work was the center of her life.

Elsie was preceded in death by her beloved Granddaughter, Lara Wright Fairfield and her husband of 63 years David E. Blankenship, one brother and three sisters.

Survivors include two daughters Joyce B. Thomas and husband James; Sandra B. Fairfield and husband Bucko; granddaughter Tara F. Griffin and husband James; great-grandchildren Aryn and Cole Porter and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank everyone at The Chesapeake for all their special care and kindness, The Odessy Hospice, especially Steve Burnette. A huge thank you to William Overby and Jim Alivs for all their care and kidness for taking mom to Church all these years, Doloris Taull and many ladies at Church. A special thank you to Ann, Cheryl and Glenn at International House of Beauty for taking mom and fixing her hair and nails every week. Everyone that went above and beyond for all the love and care of out Mom. May God bless you all.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, September 18 at 11 a.m. at West Hampton Baptist Church with Dr. Danny Owens officiating. A private burial will be conducted at Peninsula Memorail Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, David E., 82-83, 24Mar1920 - 14Mar2003, Newport News City, VA, VA-228-10-1009

 

Norfolk City

 

+2013, Norfolk City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Virginian Pilot on July 3, 2013

John Roberts left us June 27, 2013. He was born on November 10, 1930 in Vulcan, West Virginia to James P. and Kathleen Blankenship Roberts.

He served in the U S Navy during the Korean War, was stationed with squadrons on carriers USS Boxer; USS Essex CVA9; and USS Yorktown. After leaving the Navy he worked at American Laundry Machine Co. in Norwood Ohio. John met his wife-to-be there, married, and went to Barber School and became a licensed barber in Ohio. He joined the Navy again in November 1965, and was stationed on the USS Austin, USS Independence, VP-9 Squadron, and the USS Guam. He was Command Chief at NARF when he retired on February 29, 1984. He worked at Barry Robinson Center as maintenance mechanic until his wife Dot and daughter opened "Dot's Tax Service & Gifts" in Norfolk. They worked together there for 20 years.

John is predeceased in death by his parents, sisters Irene Maynard, Agnes McGovern, and Mary Pfingsten; brothers, James P Roberts Jr and Raymond Roberts.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Dorothy; Three children, Cynthia Roberts Gregory (Cathy) and Dennis R. Roberts of Ohio; grandsons, Paul and Tyler Roberts; brothers Guy Roberts of Blanchard Ohio, and Morris (Gladys) of Blue Ash, Ohio and many, many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, July 5 at 10 a.m. with funeral services at 12 p.m., burial will immediately follow.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Magnolia District, Mingo Co., WV,

Roberts, James 40, M, WV, Head,

Roberts, Kathleen 35, F, WV, Wife,

Roberts, Raymond 17, M, WV, Son,

Roberts, Agnes 15, F, WV, Dau,

Roberts, Junior 13, M, WV, Son,

Roberts, Kennith 11, M, WV, Son,

Roberts, John 09, M, WV, Son,

Roberts, Marris 07, M, WV, Son,

Roberts, Mary Alice 05, F, WV, Dau,

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2014, Norfolk City, VA, Obituary

The Virginian Pilot Sunday February 3, 1985

James K. Styles of 207 W. 31st St., a native of Moyock, NC, and the son of Cora Blankenship Everett, died Friday in the 2600 block of Church St.

He was a retired, 20-year employee of International Longshoremans Association, Local 1248.

Other survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Styles and Sharon Ann styles, both of Norfolk and five grandchildren. Sister Marcella Styles of Marion, MD and a brother, Frank Styles of Chicago.

The funeral will be conducted at noon Wednesday in Graves Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Julius Cooke. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. The family will be at 1006 W. 38th St., the home of Eliza Horne.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Orange

 

2014, Barboursville, Orange Co., VA, Obituary

The Daily Progress, (Charlottesville, VA) - February 28, 2014

Anna Morris Haney Shifflett, 92, of Barboursville, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, February 26, 2014. She was born on February 17, 1922, in Orange, to the late Winnie and Allie Morris.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Malvin P. Shifflett; her first husband and father of her children, Leslie E. Haney; two sisters, Elizabeth Morris and Annie "Polly" Haney; two brothers, Roy and Lawrence Morris; a daughter-in-law, Mildred Haney; and two grandsons-in-law, John Woodson and Mike Pritchett.

She is survived by her sons, Robert "Bobby" Haney, William Haney, and Wayne Haney and wife, Doris; grandchildren, Bobbi Lynn Childress and husband, William, Kelly Pritchett, Terri Woodson, Tracey Shifflett and husband, Bobby, Douglas Haney and wife, Molly, Bradley Kilmartin, Leslie Haga and husband, Jason, and Kristi Haney and fiance, Randy Fitzgerald; great-grandchildren, Keith, Angie, Mikie, Sheena, Michelle, Jeremy, James, Caleb, Bryse, and Myles; seven great-great-grandchildren; special nieces, Barbara Jenkins, Linda Blankenship and Marilyn Hanner; stepchildren, Rose Poll and husband, Shane, Sandra Pokropski and Kenneth Shifflett.

Anna was a member of Union Grove Christian Church. She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be missed by everyone. She is now at peace and dancing in Heaven. Many people will remember her from selling Avon, which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday March 1, 2014, at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Gordonsville, with the Reverend John Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Orange Co., VA, Funeral

The Free Lance-Star, (Fredericksburg, VA) - April 18, 2013

Roy Blankenship, 91, of Orange County died Wednesday, April 17, 2013.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Orange, Orange Co., VA, Obituary

The Daily Progress, (Charlottesville, VA) - October 25, 2013

Lena Mae Pendleton, 80, of Orange, died on Wednesday, October 23, 2013, at the Culpeper Regional Hospital. Born on April 22, 1933, in Greene County, she was a daughter of the late John Wesley and Maggie Taylor Lamb.

Mrs. Pendleton was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Weaver Pendleton.

She is survived by a son, William "Billy" Thomas Pendleton Jr. and wife, Kathy, of Madison; two daughters, Brenda Sue Pendleton of Orange, and Teresa Pendleton Blankenship and husband, Charles, of Orange; a brother, Alfred "Phil" L. Lamb and wife, Thelma, of Hood; three sisters, Anna M. Taylor and husband Marshall of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Elva Weakley of Madison, and Priscilla Breeden of Rhoadesville;11 grandchildren, Frannie P. Smith, Billy W. Pendleton, Stephanie Krautkramer, Angelia Woodard, Amanda L. Wilson, Joshua L. Pritchett, Jennifer M. Weakley, Justin L. Blankenship , Jennifer L. Blankenship , Dana M. Blankenship , and Theresa A. Blankenship ;and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday October 26, 2013, from the Calvary Baptist Church, with interment to follow in Graham Cemetery. Pastor Tim Atkins will officiate.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Pittsylvania

 

2014, Ringgold, Pittsylvania Co., VA, Obituary

Danville Register & Bee (VA) - January 6, 2014

Mrs. Margaret Wilkerson Thornton, age 93, of 7000 Kentuck Road, Ringgold, VA, died on Sunday, January 5, 2014, at Danville Regional Medical Center after a decline in health for several years and a patient at the hospital for one week. Mrs. Thornton was born on February 1, 1920, in Pittsylvania County, a daughter of the late Walter Edward Wilkerson and the late Mary Lou Wiles Wilkerson.

She had lived her entire life in the Kentuck Community where she attended Dan River High School and was a member of Kentuck Baptist Church. She was a Past Matron of Robertson-Bennett Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter #70.

She was married to Olin Corbin Thornton, who predeceased her on April 15, 1993.

Mrs. Thornton is survived by one daughter, Linda T. Dodson and husband, Johnnie, of Ringgold; two sons, David Carroll Thornton and fiancee, Brenda Anderson, of Danville, and Paul Clyde Thornton and wife, Carolyn, of Ringgold; one brother, Waverly E. Wilkerson and wife, Margaret, of Ringgold; one sister, Hazel W. Collie and husband, Wallace, of Ringgold; sisters-in-law, Mildred B. Wilkerson and Christine B. Wilkerson of Ringgold; grandchildren, Clifton Dodson and girlfriend, Cindy Smith, of Ringgold, Sharon Dodson Whitacre and husband, James, of Raleigh, NC, Dr. Dean Thornton and wife, Tracy, of Birmingham, AL, Todd Thornton and wife, Courtney, of Durham, NC, Jason Thornton of Ringgold, and Ellen Thornton of Danville; and great- grandchildren, Morgan Dodson, Jared Dodson, Patrick Thornton, Eliza Thornton, Emma Thornton, Paige Thornton, Owen Thornton, Ryan Whitacre, Mitchell Whitacre, and Charlie Whitacre.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Kathy Leigh Thornton; two brothers, Everette W. Wilkerson and Donald C. Wilkerson; and two sisters, Eloise W. Hawkins and Juanita Collie.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 8, 2014, from Kentuck Baptist Church with the Reverend Allen Mahan officiating and Robertson-Bennett Chapter # 70 Order of Eastern Star. Interment will follow in the Blankenship -Thornton Family Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Powhatan

 

+2013, Powhatan, Powhatan Co., VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - August 29, 2013

Mildred Shrader Blankenship, 88, of Powhatan, widow of Henry Clyde Blankenship, died August 27, 2013.

She is survived by sons, Ronnie J. Blankenship (Conway), Gary Wayne Blankenship, all of Powhatan; daughter, Donna Applebaum (Jack) of Manassas; brother, Ben Shrader (Joyce) of Bedford; sister, Irene Lowe of Indiana; grandsons, Jay and Heath Blankenship.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday in Red Lane Baptist Church, Powhatan. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday in Sunrise Burial Park, Dublin.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Prince William

 

2013, Prince William Co., VA, Obituary

http://www.covenantfuneralservice.com/obituaries/james-w-blankenship-sr/

James W. Blankenship Sr., Born on 03/20/1939, Departed on 07/08/2013. Resided in Prince William County, Virginia.

James Ward Blankenship Sr., 74, a resident of Prince William County for 65 years, passed away Monday, July 8, 2013 at Prince William Hospital. Mr. Blankenship was a member of Church of the Nazarene religion. He also attended Lighthouse Baptist, in Calverton. James was a volunteer for the Nokesville Fire Department. He was a member of the NRA.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Blankenship; son, James Ward Blankenship Jr.; daughter, Sherry Lee Blankenship (Dave); three brothers, Harry (Blanche), Ronald (Lois) and Phillip (Donna) Blankenship; four sisters, Charlotte Compton, Shelby Jean Compton, Dorothy Mae Towler and Carol Ferguson (Chuck); and two grandchildren, Blake Alan Blankenship and Brett Stephen Blankenship.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 11, 2013 at Covenant Funeral Service Lee Chapel, 8521 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109. Interment will follow in Stonewall Memory Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Woodbridge, Prince William Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on Nov. 23, 2013

Gwendolyn Elaine Dalton, 70, formerly of Narrows, departed this life Sunday evening, November 17, 2013 at Sentara and Potomac Hospital in Woodbridge. Born in Giles County on June 29, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Ira and Helen Blankenship Chambers. She had been employed in the civil service of the United States Government.

She leaves to cherish her memory her sons, Steven Dalton and Gregory Dalton, both of Dale City; her two grandsons, Stephen and Adam; and her brother, Phillip Chambers of Waynesboro, Pa.

She was preceded in death by her brothers, William Chambers in 2006 and David Chambers in 2008.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. in the Kendall Funeral Home, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke, with Pastor Larry Johnson of Glen Lyn Church of Christ officiating. Graveside services will follow in the Peterstown Cemetery at Rich Creek.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Pulaski

 

+2013, Draper, Pulaski Co., VA, Obituary

The Roanoke Times, (VA) - July 15, 2013

Edna Elizabeth Bevil Isbill, of Draper, passed away Friday, July 12, 2013, in the New River Valley Medical Center [Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., VA]. Born May 2, 1938 in Pulaski, Va., she was the daughter of the late James Roy Bevil and Mildred Sayers Bevil.

Her husband, William Donald Isbill; son, Brian William Isbill; brother, Herman Bevil and Sister, Ann Reese also preceded her in death. Mrs. Isbill was a graduate of Radford University and received her Master's degree in Sociology.

Surviving are her daughter, Teresa Isbill and Jeff Sheets, of Staffordsville; grandchildren, Athena Thornton, Pulaski, Joshua Isbill, Draper, Allison Isbill, Draper; sisters, Irene Blankenship, Pulaski, Jean Caravas and husband, Pete, of Portsmouth, Christine Byrd and husband, Charlie, of Draper, Barbara "Bobbie" Cook, of Wirtz; and brother, James Roy Bevil, of Christiansburg

A private family interment will be at the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Dublin.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Dublin, Pulaski Co., VA, Obituary

The Roanoke Times, (VA) - November 5, 2013

Raymond Guy Fisher Jr., 37, of Dublin, passed away Sunday, November 3, 2013. Born November 4, 1975, in Giles County, he was the son of Deborah "Debbie" Blankenship Webb and the late Raymond Guy Fisher.

He was a 1993 graduate of Giles County High School. He was an avid Virginia Tech fan. He loved to hunt with his family. Ray had so many friends - he wanted the best for everyone - he was a true friend to many and will be truly missed. He was a wonderful father to Rachel and Bryce, a loving husband to Dena, and loving son and brother; his life centered around his family.

He is survived by his Wife of 15 years - one Very lucky woman, Dena Christy Fisher , of Dublin; daughter, Rachel Madlyn Fisher, of Dublin; stepson, Bryce Jerrad Alley, of Dublin; mother, Debbie Blankenship Webb, of Giles County; sisters, of Angela Fisher Darden and husband, David Darden, of Dublin, Michelle Fisher Hale and Scott Stables and niece, Paula Cecile Hale, of Narrows; sister-in-law, Debbie and Lucky Palmer and nephews, Cody, Brad and Gary Palmer, of South Boston; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, November 6, 2013, at the Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Pulaski, Pulaski Co., VA, Obituary

The Roanoke Times, (VA) - October 17, 2013

Richard Franklin Handy Jr., 84, of Pulaski, passed away Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at the Carrington Place in Wytheville. Born May 25, 1929, in Bland County he was the son of the late Richard Franklin Handy, Sr. and Alma Jane Turman Handy.

His son, James Marvin Handy; daughter, Linda Sue Davis; granddaughter, Ida Denise Handy; sister, Lena Mae Newman; and brothers, James and Jack Handy also preceded him in death.

He was retired from Lynchburg Foundry with over 25 years of service and also worked at NRO Gas, Pulaski and RAAP.

He is survived by his special friend and life companion, Helen Emanuel, of Pulaski; ex-wife, Eula Mantz, of Dublin; children, Betty and husband, Dale Blankenship , of Pulaski, the Rev. William "Bill" and wife, Jane Handy, of Dublin, and Crystal Baker, of Dublin; five stepchildren, Belinda Ann Hinkley, Cindy Wilcox ,Theresa Bowman, Katrina Altizer, and Rusty Mantz; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Lola Showalter, of Pennsylvania, Patsy Thomas, of Highpoint, N.C., and Juanita Sherman, of Highpoint, N.C.; and brothers, Leland Handy Sr., of Marion, N.C. and Ferrell Handy, of Highpoint, N.C.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2013, in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with the Rev. Cody Akers officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Radford City

 

2013, Radford City, VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - January 9, 2013

Daisy Aretta Wade Mitchell, 76, of Radford and formerly of Glen Lyn, Va., passed away Sunday, January 6, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kyle and Flora Wade; her husband of 52 years, Raymond Cecil Mitchell; son, Curtis Wayne Mitchell; daughter, Betty Jean Mitchell; sisters, Mildred Haywood and Lena Basham; brothers, Sonny (Gene) Wade and Lee Wade.

She is survived by a daughter, Melissa Mitchell of Radford; son, Ralph Mitchell and wife Rita of Rich Creek, Va.; daughter-in-law, Rachel Mitchell of Roanoke; brother-in-law, Tommy Mitchell; sister-in-law, Loreen Reed; and grandchildren who were the love of her life: Samantha Mitchell of the home, Dustin Bain and fiance Jocelyn St.Clair of Roanoke, Lynn Bain of Radford and boyfriend Dusty Dishon, Kyle Mitchell of Roanoke, Christina Mitchell of Rich Creek; three very special boys, David Wade, Anthony Bain, and Brandon Bain; brothers, Owen Tee Wade and wife Mary of Dublin, Walter (Stan) Wade and wife Dorothy of Oakvale, W.Va.; sister, Hazel Pollard of Glen Lynn, Va.; aunts, Virgie Kingrea of Dublin and Zella Blankenship of South Carolina; life-long friend, Barbara McDaniel of Peterstown W.Va.; friend, Drema Thompson of Christiansburg, Va.; two very special nephews by marriage, Junior Terry and Dennis Lambert. Daisy was a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Narrows and of Glen Lynn Christian Church.

Funeral services will be Thursday, January 10 at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Valley Church in Alum Ridge Floyd, Va. with the Reverend Roy Turpin officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Radford City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on March 13, 2013

Joyce Layne Simpkins, 80, of Radford, passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2013. She was a member of First Baptist Church and retired teacher and principal. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert (Skeeter) Harrell Simpkins.

Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law, Danny Joe Layne and Doris BeCraft Layne, of Wytheville; sister, Jean Layne Blankenship, of Pulaski; a nephew and his wife, Damon Layne and Rhonda Holston Layne, and their children, Megan, Ashley and Morgan, of Wytheville; niece, Danette Layne, of Roanoke, and her daughter and husband, Chalee Layne Juba and Nicholas Juba, and their daughter, Laci Mae Lyons, of Roanoke; her Georgian family, George Togonidze and wife, Nino, and their children, David Albert and Demetre, of Tibilise; dearest friends, Judy Malcolm Barr and Annie Laurie Maiden James; and a multitude of friends, neighbors and colleagues.

Funeral Services will be held at noon on Thursday, March 14, 2013, at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford with Dr. Paul Lane officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant UMC Cemetery in Wytheville.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Richmond City

 

+2013, Richmond City, VA, Obituary

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on January 22, 2013

Susan Blankenship O'Kelly, 52, of Richmond, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Blankenship III; and sister, Virginia Stathom.

She is survived by her husband of 22 years, Christopher O'Kelly; daughter, Heather O'Kelly; and brothers, John M. Blankenship (Courtney) and Robert C. Blankenship. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1984 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, was a certified interior designer, and was a member of N.C.I.D.Q.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 24 in Hollywood Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Richmond City, VA, Obituary

Published in Richmond Times-Dispatch on May 10, 2013

"Jack" Linberg D. Raikes, 81, of Richmond, a USMC veteran, went to be with the Lord May 8, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Barbara Woods Raikes; daughters, Karen Day (Gary) and Vicki Blankenship (Frank); grandchildren, Jessica Stephen and Maggie Day and Hunter and Emily Blankenship; two great-grandchildren, Layla Blankenship and Casen Blankenship; sister, Gladys Walker.

Jack graduated from John Marshall High School in 1949, and was the Captain of "C" Company. He was employed by Mazo Lerch and a business owner of Video 2000. Kaycee and Jake were his beloved feline companions.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Bliley's - Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd. A graveside ceremony will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Dale Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Richmond City, VA, Obituary

The Richmond Register, (KY) - June 6, 2013

Deceased Name: Paul E. Stephens, 83

Paul E. Stephens, 83, of Richmond, passed away Tuesday afternoon, June 4, 2013, in the Hospice Compassionate Care Center of Richmond. He was born, January 15, 1930, in Winfield, Tennessee, to the late Robert L. and Elizabeth Ann Stephens.

He was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Orpha Lee Daugherty Stephens, in 2008. He was a retired plant superintendent for Stuebing Automatic Machine Co., and a member of the Lighthouse Baptist Church in Berea.

He is survived by: three devoted daughters, Paula Sue Benne (Harvey), Elizabeth Ann Blankenship (Clarence) and Tina Marie Sickinger (Rich), all of Berea; five grandchildren, Denay, Kevin, Todd, Erica and Jessi; nine great-grandchildren, Kaylyn, Dillion, Morgan, Ashlin, Maisie, Caden, Amiyah, Wyatt and Ava.

Services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2013, at Oldham, Roberts & Powell Funeral Home with Bro. Roy Himes officiating. Burial will follow at Madison County Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Richmond City, VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - July 26, 2013

Cathryn E. Blankenship, 90, of Richmond, passed away peacefully July 25, 2013.

She was preceded in death by a son, Richard.

She is survived by her dedicated husband of 75 years, Leonard M. Blankenship Jr.; son, Bobby Blankenship and his wife, Carolyn; daughter, Cathy Robins and her husband, John; six grandchildren, Cindy Stanton, Bob Blankenship , Kelli Netherland, Mitch Blankenship , Jennifer Provan and Wesley Fallin; eight great-grandchildren, one great-great-granddaughter and many other loving family and friends. She retired from American Tobacco after 43 years of service and was a longtime member of Bethany Place Baptist Church.

Her family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m. Friday (today), at Bliley's-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd., where a funeral ceremony will be held 12 noon Saturday. Interment Maury Cemetery.

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+2013, Richmond City, VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - August 14, 2013

Edith S. Blankenship, of Richmond, formerly of Beach, Va. (near Petersburg), passed away August 12, 2013.

She is survived by two children, Cleveland Blankenship Jr. and Janice Snellings.

Arrangements by Bliley's-Chippenham. Full obituary in Thursday's newspaper.

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SSDI: Blankenship, Cleveland E., 68, 25Dec1920 - 21Sep1989, Richmond, Chesterfield, VA, VA-228-10-7720

 

2013, Richmond City, VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - October 6, 2013

Maude Blankenship Hobgood, 95, of Richmond, passed away October 3, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Averett Hobgood; and her daughter, Barbara Hobgood.

She is survived by her niece, Louise Owens of Kingsport, Tenn. Mrs. Hobgood was a member of First Baptist Church and was retired from the Virginia Baptist General Board.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 8, in the Mausoleum Chapel at Westhampton Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Richmond City, VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - December 5, 2013

Charles Edward Blankenship Jr., of Richmond, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, December 3, 2013. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Edward Sr. and Ira Mae Blankenship; father-in-law, Horace J. Traylor; and grandson, David Alexander Copley.

He is survived by his devoted wife of over 40 years, Betty Lou Traylor Blankenship; daughter, Kimbra B. Kelley and her husband, Randy; son, Keith A. Blankenship and his wife, Deborah; son, David V. DuVal and his wife, Cari; daughter, Suzanne D. Copley and her husband, John; grandchildren, Jennifer and James Caldwell, Nicole and Mollie Blankenship, Lillian and Traylor DuVal and Sarah Copley; sister, Barbara B. Steadman; and many nieces and nephews.

He graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School, where he was a cadet, and University of Richmond, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta. He had a lifelong career in real estate beginning in 1957. He started James River Inc., Realtors in 1966, which he built into one of the premier real estate firms the he operated until his passing. He was a founder, director and president of the Richmond Multiple Listing Service. He was president of the Richmond Board of Realtors in 1983 and was elected by his fellow realtors as Realtor of the Year in 1986. He was a true entrepreneur in the real estate and development fields. He was one of the founding members of Fidelity Federal Savings Bank. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. "Chalie" had a zest for life, loved people and lived for summers at Virginia Beach with his family.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2103 at Bliley's-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond, Va. 23230, where a celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Richmond City VA, Obituary

Richmond Times-Dispatch (VA) - March 18, 2014

Ms. Ella Mae "Nanny" Blankenship, 76, of Richmond, passed away on Sunday, March 16, 2014. She was the daughter of the late Roy Hollifield and Vera Belle Hensley Beers.

Ms. Blankenship is survived by her sons, Bruce L. Netherton and Jeff A. Blankenship Sr.; daughters, Teresa L. Blankenship and Lillie D. Kennedy; grandchildren, Ricky E. Weeks Jr., Emily A. Laing and husband, Donnie, Tammy L. Stewart, Darlene G. Stewart, Jeffery A. Blankenship Jr. and Grace E. Stewart; great-grandchildren, Destiny N. Weeks, Joshua T. Weeks, Jade E. Laing; and other loving family and friends.

All services will be private.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Roanoke City

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Elmer Gene Webb, 71, of Roanoke, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 2, 2013, after a brief illness. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad after more than 30 years of service, and enjoyed listening to blue grass music.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lee Roy and Lettie Webb; and a brother, Carter Webb and his wife, Delores.

Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Rachel Webb; daughters, Pamela Blankenship and husband, Ronnie; and Tina Webb; a special grandson, Mitchell Webb Blankenship; brother Don Webb and wife, Gale; sister, Gatha Radford; and serveral nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:30 a.m. Saturday, January 5, 2013, at Simpson Funeral Home, 5160 Peters Creek Road by Pastor Jay Fields. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on January 6, 2013

Rebecca Eilene Spicer, 61, of Roanoke, passed away on Thursday, January 3, 2013, after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her father, Darrell R. Spicer, mother, Mary W. Spicer, life partner, Roger Varney, and a brother-in-law, Edward Ooghe. Becky was employed with the Virginia Truck Company for 15 years, and she attended Cave Spring Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons, William Gilmer and his wife, Misty, Raymond Greg Blankenship; brother, Darrell Spicer and his wife, Patsy; sisters, Donna Ooghe, Peggy Baynton and her husband, Jim; granddaughters, Kaitlin Campbell, Meagan Dunford, Rynn Gail Blankenship; grandsons, Cody Blankenship and Matthew Dunford; two great-grandchildren; and a nephew; and a niece.

There will be no funeral service

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on January 24, 2013

Louise Blankenship (Lou) Spicer, 90, of Roanoke, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Lee Spicer; a son, Thomas Ray Spicer; her parents, Moss T. and Eula Mae Blankenship; a sister; and three brothers.

Louise is survived by her children, Patricia S. Brown, of Vinton, John D. Spicer and Kay, of Roanoke, and Jenae S. Patsell and Gary, of Vinton; and her grandchildren, Deena L. Davis- Musselman and Darrel, of Roanoke, Lynez Humphries and Lance, of Roanoke, Nicole Patsell, of Vinton, Ashley S. Richardson, of Roanoke, and Travis W. Patsell and Brooke Ayers, of Goodview. Louise also is survived by eight great-grandchildren, Leslie, Amberlee, Deven, Alec, Bryant, Alexander, Ariana, and Aidan.

She will also be sadly missed by her sweet friend, Lois Huddleston; and her two beloved pets, Colita and Freda. Louise was a life-long member of Belmont Christian Church. She was a former employee of Johnson Carper Furniture Company and retired from Roanoke County Schools. She was an active member of the Single's Travel Club of Roanoke and loved her many friends there. Louise was a wonderful lady, sweet and gentle, with a cute sense of humor, who always greeted you with a smile and a giggle. Throughout her life she touched the lives of many people who loved her tremendously. She was an avid gardener, loved her flowers, and was a talented crafter and quilter. She loved to dance and she kept a suitcase packed and ready for traveling. She will be missed.

The Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 25, 2013, at Simpson Funeral Home with the Rev. Craig Rutherford officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on March 9, 2013

Steven Thomas Perkins, born very early on January 18, 2013, went back home to Heaven, March 7, 2013, after fighting like a Marine for 48 days.

He is survived by his parents, Shawn and Amber Perkins; brother, Bailey Allen Stultz; maternal grandparents, David and Donna Dickerson; paternal grandmother, Patricia Lee Cook; great-grandparents, Tommy and Joan Blankenship, and Bonnie C. Dickerson; great- great-grandmother, Geraldine Carter; uncle, Thomas Dickerson; aunts, Kelly Akers, Shelly Sullivan, and Sherry King; numerous other family members, including a special great-aunt, Esther Blankenship Langford.

There will be a celebration of his life at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 24, 2013, at Vinton Wesleyan Church, 246 Jefferson Ave., Vinton, VA 24179, and the Rev. Ricardo Rodriguez will officiate.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on March 12, 2013

Barbara Ann Firebaugh, 75, of Roanoke, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. Barbara was born in Roanoke, on January 7, 1938, and lived in the area all of her life. She was the daughter of the late Clarence William and Nettie Elizabeth Fisher Blankenship. Barbara had many friends and loyal customers for 15 years at the 7-Eleven at Bennington. She enjoyed dancing at the Vinton Moose for many years.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, James H. Firebaugh; and her brother, Lloyd Clarence (Junior) Blankenship.

She is survived by her sons and daughter- in-law, Howard and Rhonda Rader, and Danny Rader, all of Roanoke; granddaughters, Kira Rader and her fiancé, Christopher Branson, and Magen Rader; great- grandchildren, Landon and Aiden Branson, and Colby and Eli Huffman; brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Patricia Blankenship, of Roanoke; her sister, Katherine Mae Peters, of Salem; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services honoring Barbara's life will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2013, at Lotz Funeral Home, 305 East Washington Avenue, Vinton. Burial will be at Mountain View Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on April 16, 2013

God called Wanda Shrader (Janie) Body, of Roanoke, to her heavenly home on Saturday, April 13, 2013. She was born in Nida on November 16, 1932, a daughter of the late Charles Gratton and Louisa Leftwich Shrader.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by the father of her children, Dennis W. Body Sr.; her dear sister, Vernie Hayes Russell; and three brothers, Douglas, Everett, and Troy Sharader.

Janie worked for Smartwear Irving Saks as an Estee Lauder/Lancome beauty advisor for many years, and retired as a beauty consultant for Talhimers Department Store. Janie was an avid gardener and grew beautiful roses. She loved the beach, and enjoyed making wonderful home cooked meals for her family during the holidays. She resided at the Our Lady of the Valley Retirement Community where she leaves behind many cherished friends, and a special friend, Ken Skinnell, of Bedford.

Janie is survived by her loving children, Janie Body Blankenship, of Roanoke and Dennis W. Body Jr., of Richmond; grandsons, Matthew A. Blankenship and Marcus L. Blankenship; and a beloved great-granddaughter, Clarissa A. Blankenship, all of Roanoke.

There will be a gathering of family and friends from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, 2013, at Simpson Funeral Home, 5160 Peters Creek Road. Private interment will be in Sherwood Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times from April 18 to April 20, 2013

Mildred Lee Atkins (Nana) Smith, 89, of Roanoke, met her Lord face to face on Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul H. Smith; her parents, Thomas and Myrtle Atkins; and her sisters, Carlista Blankenship, Bernice Adkins and Rachel Epperly.

She is survived by her children, Tommy (Nellie) Smith and Jeanie (Terry) VandeLinde; grandchildren, Chip (Teresa) Smith, Tim (Tara) Smith, Chris (Nicole) VandeLinde, Andy (Laura) Smith, Ryan (Erin) VandeLinde, and Erin Elizabeth VandeLinde; and great-grandchildren, Zac Smith, Cole Smith, Caleb Smith, Anna Smith, Micah VandeLinde, Morgan VandeLinde, Tate VandeLinde, Josiah VandeLinde and Ariel Smith.

She was a devoted daughter, faithful wife, nurturing mom and since the birth of her first grandchild, she became "Nana" to everyone who knew her. She was a gentle, kind, loving lady with the heart of a true servant. One of the greatest joys of her life was preparing traditional southern meals for her family complete with homemade desserts. "Friday night dinner at Pop and Nana's" was a cherished tradition for family, friends and anyone who happened by.

Nana was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ and was a longtime member of New Hope Christian Church where she taught a children's Sunday School class, sang in the choir and spent countless hours in Bible study and prayer. She never hesitated to lovingly share her belief with others, whether they be family, friend, or new acquaintance. For many years, she was an active member of Woodmen of the World where she participated in various community and fraternal endeavors.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 20, 2013, at New Hope Christian Church, 4229 Welcome Valley Road, Roanoke. Her grandchildren will conduct the service with the assistance of Mickey Derrow and Barry Clark. Interment will be held in Sherwood Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

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Walter Craig Hamilton, Sr., of Roanoke, VA, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013, quietly and into the arms of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was 96 years old. Born on March 23, 1917, he is preceded in death by his parents, Walter Henry and Laura Trenor Hamilton, sisters Lela Mitchell and Vera Bandy, identical twin brother, Carl Hamilton, and loving wife of 56 years Flora (Flo) Blankenship Hamilton, of Boones Mill, VA.

Craig grew up in Roanoke and attended Lee Junior High and Jefferson High School. He joined, and served in the Virginia Protective Forces and, from 1934 1938 in the Virginia National Guard, Company M, 116th Infantry Regiment (Stonewall Jackson Brigade), 29th Infantry Division. He and his twin brother, Carl, became part of the Greatest Generation" They were reassigned to General George S. Pattons Third Army, 1101 Combat Engineers. Together, they served in WWll across the European Theatre of Operations at Normandy, in Italy and Germany, Battle of the Bulge, England, and Ireland. Their unit was responsible for the liberation of prisoners at Buchenwald concentration camp. Their unit was awarded five battle stars and two Presidential Unit citations with oak leaf clusters. Both were honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant, on December 13, 1945, and returned to Roanoke.

Craig was a member of Post 64, 29th Division Association. As early as 1942 (prior to the war), Craig had joined the Roanoke Life Saving and First Aid Crew (founded, May 1928), the worlds first, organized, volunteer rescue squad. He was a life member until his passing. After college, Craig enjoyed a life-long career with Auto Spring and Bearing Co., Inc. as a traveling automotive parts salesman, covering many southwest Virginia communities. Craig joined First Baptist Church in downtown Roanoke in 1927, at the age of 10. Across his 86 years of continuous membership, he served as a youth Sunday School teacher, usher, and Deacon. He served as a chaperone and mentor to many youth programs, delivered White Christmas food boxes, yearly, to the underprivileged in the area, and travelled extensively with the XYZs seniors programs. A big part of Craigs life was dedicated to the Boy Scouts of America. He was active for close to 50 years with the Blue Ridge Mountains Council. He served as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 25, Big Lick District Committee member, Assistant District Commissioner, Southeast Region Area Camp Appraiser, and a 33-year member of Tutelo Lodge 161, OA Kitchen Crew. He was awarded The Scouters Key, Scouters Training Award, District Award of Merit, James E. West Fellow, Woodbadge Adult Leader Training Award, and the Silver Beaver Award for Distinguished Service to Youth. Craig was also a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, Scoutings National Honor Society. Another big part of his life came through his service as a lifetime member and Master Mason of Lakeland Masonic Lodge AF AM #190, whose mission is to help aid and assist all distressed brothers and sisters.

Walter Craig Hamilton, Sr. is survived by his two sons, Walter Craig Hamilton, Jr., and wife Doris, and Edward Carl Hamilton, all of Roanoke. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Brian Taylor Hamilton and Anna Hamilton Turner and seven great-grandchildren. Craigs additional family includes many nieces and nephews.

The family is truly grateful to Home Based Primary Care at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Through their care and support Craig was able to overcome many health challenges in his later years. The family is also very grateful to First Baptist Church and the Homebound Ministry Program. Their continued support, cards, letters, and prayers have been so comforting. The family also acknowledges the care and compassion from Good Samaritan Hospice. Our heartfelt thanks and deepest appreciations go to the entire staff and management, and residents, at Elm Park Estates.

Finally, words cannot describe the overwhelming love, care, and support from his primary caregiver, Betty Montgomery. Betty, along with daughter Taylor and granddaughter Chyanne, have overseen so much of Craigs healthcare needs. They have dedicated their hearts and energies through their smiles, hugs, and untold hours of faithful attention to Mr. Craig.

A visitation will be held at Oakeys South Chapel in Roanoke, on Monday, June 3, 2013 from 10:00 A.M.- noon. A grave side service at Evergreen Cemetery will follow with Masonic Rites and Military Honors. On Wednesday, June 5, at 2:00 p.m., a Memorial Service will be held at the First Baptist Church Worship Center in downtown Roanoke.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on July 17, 2013

Thomas Sidney (Sam) Snead, 80, of Roanoke, passed away on Monday, July 15, 2013, at his home. He retired from General Electric in 1996 with 37 years service and was a Veteran of the United States Air Force, where he served from 1953 to 1957.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joanne Snead; parents, Alfred L. and Daisy W. Snead; brothers, Wesley, Fred and Clyde Snead.

He is survived by two sisters, Lillian E. Blankenship, of Alexandria, Betty Laine and husband, James, of Lexington, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 19, 2013, at Sherwood Memorial Park with Military Honors.

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+2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on July 25, 2013

Goldie Grisso Blankenship, 90, of Roanoke, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday morning, July 24, 2013.

Goldie was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Blankenship Sr.; her daughter, Charlotte Marie Blankenship; and her sister, Elsie Mills.

She is survived by her son, Charles E. (Buddy) Blankenship Jr. and Neva Kay Blankenship, of Roanoke; her grandsons, Kevin Blankenship and his wife, Cindy and Chris Blankenship and his wife, Beth; her great-grandchildren, Jessica, Samantha, Kayli, and Colin; her great-great- grandchildren, Briona, Michael, and Nicholas; her brother, Paul Grisso and wife, Marlene, of Roanoke County.

A graveside service will be held in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2013, with Pastor Greg Fleshman officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on July 27, 2013

Eugene Samuel Wirt, Jr., 86, of Roanoke, entered in to heaven July 25, 2013, to meet his granddaughter, Michelle Leigh Guilliams, who died in 1986 of Lupus.

Eugene served in the United States Navy during World War II; he served in Normandy and the North Atlantic Theater. He was injured during combat, and received not only a Purple Heart, but also earned a Silver Star, Medal of Merit, Navy Cross and the American Theater Victory Medal. He went to work as an accountant for the United States Postal Service, retiring after over 25 years of service, then went on to become a life insurance agent for Durham Life. In his later years he enjoyed watching the History Channel and Old Westerns. He was known by his loved ones as "Pop Gene", "Big Poppa" and "Pawpaw".

His survivors include his son, William W. Wirt; daughters, Vicky Rhoaten and her husband, Otis, Kim Ferguson and her husband, Stephen, Sandy Schelsky and her husband, Walter; grandchildren, Dawn Marie Blankenship, Heather Burrows, Cindy Rhoaten, Justin Booker, Bradley Booker, Renee Shelor, Samantha Tilley, Madison Schelsky, Ted Peters, Bryce Peters, and Keven Ferguson; 17 great-grandchildren; a great-great grandson, Gabe; a very special great-granddaughter, Victoria Michelle Blankenship, whom he baby sat until preschool; a brother, Paul Wirt and his wife, Pat; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at the Chapel of Light Mausoleum of Evergreen Burial Park. Pastor Barry Witt will officiate and Military honors by the VFW, DAV honor guard.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on August 2, 2013

William Traver (Bill) Cornette, 89, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Bill was a longtime member of Bonsack Baptist Church where he was a member of the Berean Sunday School Class. He served in World War II, and retired from Norfolk and Western Railroad.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Christine Cornette; two daughters, Ellen Cornette, of Brunswick County, Rosemary Blankenship and husband, Lewis Blankenship, of Roanoke; four grandchildren, Jason and Christopher Coleman, Danielle LaPrad, Matthew Blankenship; and two great-grandchildren, Traver and Brenden Coleman.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 3, 2013, at Oakey's East Chapel with Dr. Robert G. Moore III. officiating. Interment will follow in the Sherwood Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on August 9, 2013

Violet Long Wiggins, 90, of Roanoke, died Thursday, August 8, 2013, at Our Lady of the Valley Nursing Facility. She was born February 28, 1923, and was the last surviving child of the eight children born to the late James Long, and Jelanie Fox Long.

Her husband, John Jerome Wiggins and a son; John Douglas Wiggins also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Wiggins grew up in Roanoke; she graduated from Jefferson High School, and married her neighborhood sweetheart upon his return from World War II in 1945. She retired from F. W. Woolworth after 20 years of service. Violet was an avid reader, loved to sew and was known for her pecan pies, party mix, and applesauce cakes. Though her aspirations were those of a homemaker, she believed in equal opportunities for men and women, and supported her children in their chosen fields.

She is survived by her son, Gary Robert Wiggins and his wife, Mickey, of Mooresville N.C., daughter, Diane Wiggins, of Roanoke; grandchildren, John David Wiggins and wife, Kristy, Joseph Agee, Adam Agee and wife, Jessie, Karen Jacobsen and husband, Shawn, Trina Temples and husband, Travis, John Robert Wiggins and wife, Heather; numerous great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; additional family members, Pam Williams and Helen Wiggins.

Special thanks to Nelva Blankenship, her niece and frequent visitor.

Funeral service will be held at the graveside 2 p.m. Saturday, August 10, 2013, at St. Andrews Diocesan Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on August 18, 2013

Crystal Loraine McHargue Shetley Blankenship, 34, of Roanoke, passed away on Friday, August 16, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Keith Blankenship; son, Bronson Shetley; father, Vernon "Chief" McHargue II (Debra); mother, Sandra Webber (Roy Fralin) and numerous other family members.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 19, 2013 in the chapel of Valley Funeral Home, with Pastor Chris Kingery officiating.

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times from September 18 to September 19, 2013

Clara Foutz (June) Clasbey, of Roanoke, passed away Monday September 16, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

She was preceded in death by her father, George L. Foutz; mother, Ila B. Foutz; and sister, Mae Richards.

She was known as "Me Mom" to those who knew and loved her. She was always generous with her time and love and had a strong passion for helping others. She was employed with Joe Bandy and Son/Country South for 47 years.

Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Mahlon L. Clasbey; sons, Dennis M. Clasbey and wife, Wanda, and David W. Clasbey and wife, Eunice; Me Mom's grandchildren, Shannon Boothe and husband, Andy, Lori Blankenship and husband, Nicky, and Emily Clasbey; Me Mom's great-grandchildren, Ashlyn Boothe, Andrew Boothe, Madison Blankenship, Logan Blankenship, and Morgan Mills; brothers, Roy L. Foutz, and Daniel R. Foutz and wife, Joyce; several nieces and nephews; special sister-in-law, Joyce Foutz; and special friends, Sue Adams, Helen Asimakopoulos, and Don Bandy.

Funeral Services will be held at noon on Thursday, September 19, 2013, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel with the Rev. Burrell Baker and the Rev. Laney Mofield officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

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Margaret Marshall Blankenship, 92 of Roanoke, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Margaret graduated from Duke University with a Bachelors Degree, which was followed up years later during her teaching career by a Masters Degree. Margaret was proud that she had taught for decades in Roanoke Public School Systems, finally retiring from Roanoke City Schools. She was a lifelong member of Thrasher Memorial United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, William Hanan Edward Marshall, her first husband, George W. Booth, her son, G. Wythe Booth, and second husband, Eual Matthew Pat Blankenship.

She is survived by two nephews, William Frederick Marshall and Christopher Lee Marshall, a niece, Elizabeth Marshall Dobbs, great nephews, great nieces and other relatives.

A private service celebrating Margarets life will be held by the family at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times from Oct. 28 to Oct. 29, 2013

Doris Blankenship Hall, 92, of Roanoke, joined her loving husband, Howard in Heaven on Sunday, October 27, 2013.

Left behind to cherish her memories are her sons, Sonee Hall of Bristol and Bill Hall of Blue Ridge; daughters, Beth Hall of Roanoke and Lisa Haas of Fredericksburg. She is also survived by five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Doris has been a member of Bonsack Baptist Church since 1963. Mom loved her children, and family time was very important. She traveled the world with her good friends and made lifetime memories. Flowers were her passion, and she loved the beauty of nature. A favorite time was to sit in the sunroom and watch the snow fall around her.

A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Oakey's East Chapel in Bonsack. Burial will be held in Sherwood Memorial Park.

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2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on Nov. 25, 2013

Earl Ray Stamper, 80, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on November 24, 2013.

He was preceded by his parents, Frances Virginia and Durphy Mack Stamper; brothers, Billy Mack and Vernie McCoy Stamper and a sister, Frances Virginia Blankenship.

He retired from Rish Equipment Company with over 25 years of service, and is a member of Southview United Methodist Church. Mr. Stamper was a fifty year, 32nd Degree Mason, Harman Lodge #222 AF & AM in Bluefield Virginia. A loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend, he will be dearly missed by all.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 56 years, Jean Lewis Stamper; daughters, Carrie Johnson and husband Tom, Teresa Carter and husband Ric; grandchildren, Trevor Johnson, Amber Green and husband Nicholas, Cheyenne Carter and Saje Carter; brothers, Jackie L. Stamper and wife Cookie of Richmond, Charles David Stamper and wife Sue of Bluefield, W.Va.; along with many other relatives and special friends.

A service celebrating Mr. Stamper's life with Masonic Rites will be held Tuesday November 26, 2013 with the time to be announced at Simpson Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Klotz officiating. Entombment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times from Dec. 1 to Dec. 2, 2013

Sallie Frances Blankenship, 90, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord, Thursday November 28, 2013.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Ralph, brothers, George Bohon, Bill Bohon, Ira Bohon, sisters, Mattie Shockley, Mary Patsel, Bertha Weeks.

Survivors include her son, Cecil Blankenship; daughter, Barbara Blankenship; several nephews and nieces.

Funeral Services will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Oakey's Vinton Chapel with the Rev. Robert Stutes officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI: Blankenship, Ralph J., 82, 18Mar1924 - 17May2006, Roanoke City, VA, VA-225-22-2593

 

+2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

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Marie Blankenship Stilton, 81, of Roanoke, passed away on Wednesday, December 18, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, John T. and Mary Blankenship; and a sister, Odessa Harlow.

She is survived by her husband, Jack Stilton of Roanoke; sons and daughter-in-law, Keith and Joan Stilton of Richmond and Kenneth Stilton of Kitty Hawk, NC; 4 grandchildren; and 1 great grandchild; 3 step-grandchildren; and 3 step-great grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, December 21, 2013 at Evergreen Burial Park, with Mr. Richard Simmons officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Death

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Jesse Stephen Blankenship, 57, of Roanoke, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013.

Arrangments by Oakey's Vinton Chapel, 540-982-2221.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

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Lori Clasbey Blankenship, 35, of Roanoke, passed away on Friday, December 20, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was born June 18, 1978.

Left to cherish her memory are her husband, Nicky W. Blankenship, and her two children, Madison and Logan Blankenship, who were the light of her life. She is also survived by a stepdaughter, Morgan Mills. Also surviving are her parents, Dennis and Wanda Clasbey; grandfather, Mahlon L. Clasbey; a sister, Shannon Boothe and husband Andy; a special niece and nephew, Ashlyn and Andrew Boothe; a special cousin, Emily Clasbey; special friend, Jennifer Foley; along with many other relatives and friends.

Lori was a strong, courageous, young lady who touched the lives of everyone she knew. She was an inspiration to all and truly showed everyone the meaning of love and life.

Funeral services will be at noon Monday, December 23, 2013 at Oakey's Vinton Chapel, with the Rev. Laney Mofield officiating. Interment will be in Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

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Richard Morris Magee, 80 of Roanoke, died Thursday, February 13, 2014.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Wharton Magee, his sister, Margaret Blankenship, nephew, Robert Magee and his wife, Becky; niece, Regina Dudley and husband, J. B.; nephews, Brian Kelly and wife, Amy, Brad Kelly and wife, Laura.

Morris is also survived by his sister-in-law, Billie Roth, and her sons, Johnny Roth, Rodney Marshall-Roth and wife, Melanie, and Keith Roth and wife, Patty, and other nieces, nephews and relatives.

Morris served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

A graveside service with military honors will be held in Sherwood Memorial Park 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, February 19, 2014 with the Rev. Susan Bentley officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Roanoke City VA, Obituary

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Hazel A. Hairfield, 94, of Roanoke, went to be with her Lord, Saturday February 22, 2014.

She is preceded in death by her first husband, William Edward Adams, and second husband Charles Douglas Hairfield; 3 brothers; 2 sisters. Mrs. Hairfield was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church and retired from Vinton Weaving Mill with 48 years of service.

Survivors include her daughter Nancy Lee Adams Bond and husband Dr. G.M. Bond, Gretna; step-daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Bobby Casper, Rocky Mount; grandchildren, Cindy Ingram, Stephen Bond; great-grandchildren, Jillian Harless, Mac Ingram, Leah Bond, Zeke Bond; great-great grandchild, Isaac Harless; special nieces, Mary Maynard and Joyce Blankenship.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon Thursday at Oakeys Vinton Chapel with Rev. Mark Manning officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

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Jean Bailey Bowyer Blankenship, 87, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 11, 2014. She was a member of North Roanoke Baptist Church. She retired from J.C. Penney's and later worked for Southern Tile and Carpet.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Oakley Blankenship; parents, Arthur and Nellie Bailey; brothers, Artie Bailey, C. P. Bailey and Earl Bailey.

She is survived by her favorite daughter, Twinkle Star Walden; favorite son, James Steven Bowyer and wife, Debra; sister, Nita Fekas and husband, Alex Fekas; grandchildren, Jennifer and Mike Beamesderfer, Lisa and Joey Willie, Christy and Robert Hudson; great grandchildren, Bralynn Beamesderfer, Layla and Liam Willie, Thomas and Tinlee Hudson; many nieces and nephews; special friend, Elsie Moore; and very special roommate, Kathryn Atkinson.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Friday, March 14, 2014 at Oakey's North Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Darryl G. Crim and the Rev. David Long officiating. The interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

The Roanoke Times, (VA) - March 20, 2014

Douglas (Dug) Patrick Duschean, 55, of Roanoke, passed away Sunday, March 16, 2014 after a lengthy illness.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph "Jake" Duschean and a brother David.

Douglas was a diehard University of Virginia Cavaliers and Green Bay Packers Fan. His early professional years were spent in radio as an on the air personality. He later worked as a cashier at Kroger in Hollins where he always enjoyed his old friends coming through his checkout line.

Surviving are his mother, Aileen Blankenship Duschean; sisters, Teresa Duschean and Tracy Williams and husband Tom; brother, Darren Duschean, all of Roanoke; nephews, Jacob and Alec Williams.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

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Vernell B. (Bunny) Eakin, 83, of Roanoke, passed away on Sunday, March 30, 2014.

She was preceded in death by 3 sisters and 3 brothers.

She is survived by a brother, Herbert Blankenship; grandchildren, Victoria Johnson and R.D. Shook; great grandchildren, Justin Shook and Donovan Johnson; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Oakeys North Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Roanoke City, VA, Obituary

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Alie Blankenship Hartman, 95, of Roanoke, died on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert L. Hartman; brothers, Robert, Pete, Melvin and Henry Blankenship and her sisters, Sylvia and Florence Blankenship, Pearlie Jordan and Lucy Coon.

Surviving are her son, Jerry L. Hartman and wife, Eloise; grandson, David L. Hartman of Chapel Hill, NC; step-granddaughter Karen Durett and great granddaughter, Abbie Durett; special sister-in-law, Dorothy Hartman and numerous nieces and nephews.

Alie was a longtime member of Red Hill Baptist Church and was retired from Eli Lilly. The family wishes to thank South Roanoke Nursing Home for their compassionate care given by the nurses, staff, CNAs and especially to Hope and Phyllis. Special thanks are also extended to Gentle Shepherd Hospice.

Services will be held at Oakeys South Chapel on Monday, April 14, 2014 at 12 Noon with Rev. Leonard Martin officiating. Interment will follow at Franklin Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Roanoke

 

2013, Roanoke Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times from April 21 to April 22, 2013

Mildred Irene Spangler Deaton, 83, of Roanoke County, passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013. She began her working career at Woolworth's in downtown Roanoke and later served as a dental assistant with various dentists. Her church home was Central United Methodist Church in Salem, and was a loyal member of both the Home Builder's Sunday School and Business Women's Circle. She enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad, and found pleasure in gardening, embroidering, and ceramics.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Deaton; mother, Edith Spangler Blankenship; father, Henry Spangler; brothers, Ernest and Gene Spangler; and brother-in-law, Dick Jenkins.

Her surviving family includes her sister, Joyce Jenkins; brothers, Gilbert Spangler and wife, Phyllis, Glenn Spangler and wife, Donella (Donnie), and Richard Spangler and wife, Cheryl; nieces and nephew, Marlene Smith and husband, Larry, Melody Chapman and husband, Bruce, and Harry Miles and wife, Ermma; and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral home's chapel with Chaplain Dave Vanderpool officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Vinton, Roanoke Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times from January 12 to January 13, 2013

Betty Jo Boothe, 82, of Vinton, went to be with the Lord Friday, January 11, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her father, Fred T. Huddleston; husband, Jewell E. Boothe; sister, Carol Huddleston; and infant daughter, Susan Marie Boothe. She was a member of Good News Baptist Church. Betty Jo was known for her kindness and generosity and was loved by all her friends.

Survivors are son and daughter-in-law, Daniel E. and Ann Boothe, of Roanoke; daughters and son-in-law, Teresa R. Peters and friend, Rodney, of Vinton and Lisa Jo and Jim Blankenship, of Virginia Beach; grandchildren, Amanda N. Jarvis, of Vinton, Tommy Boothe and wife, Kari, of Roanoke, Heidi Boothe, of Roanoke and Joshua Blankenship, of Virginia Beach; great-grandchildren, Destiny Jarvis and Jaidynn Ratcliffe; mother, Ethel Y. Huddleston, of Moneta; brother, Jimmy Huddleston and wife, Kim, of Roanoke; sisters, Dot Morris, of Roanoke, Nancy Martin, of Roanoke, Mary and Keith Mullinnex, of Blue Ridge and Dena and Ronnie Scott, of Vinton; special friends, Margaret Roach and Edith Bowyer; several nieces and nephews; and her pet companion, Princess.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon on Monday, January 14, 2013, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel with Rev. Irvin W. Sloan officiating. Burial will follow in Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Vinton, Roanoke Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on June 5, 2013

Robert Wayne St.Clair, 70, of Vinton, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 3, 2013.

He retired from Overnite Transportation and also worked for Virginia Truck Center until his health no longer allowed him. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather who enjoyed camping, racing, fishing and any outdoor family activity. He and his wife enjoyed traveling and the Great Smokey Mountains.

He was a member of Gravel Hill Baptist Church, and was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy L. St.Clair; and his parents, Sam and Ruby St.Clair.

He is survived by four daughters, Lisa Hacker and husband, Steve, Tammy Hamblin and husband, Kenny, Wanda Arfan and husband, Eido, and Sandra Donahue; nine grandchildren, Michael and Allen Stover, Mattie Wagner, Kenny and Ronnie Hamblin, Kevin, David and Brandy Blankenship, Elizabeth Strickland; nine great- grandchildren; one sister, Nancy Hosey and husband, Clarence; two sisters-in-law, Juanita Spence and husband, Butch, and Betty Brizendine; and three brothers-in-law, Warren and George Brizendine, and James Morris.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2013, at Oakey's East Chapel with Pastor Elmer Clemons officiating. Interment will follow in Daleville Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Vinton, Roanoke Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on Dec. 10, 2013

Paul Enoch Lockhart, 91, of Vinton, went to be with the Lord on Saturday evening after struggling with cancer. He was born to the late William Frederick and Ottie Enoch Lockhart on May 18, 1922, in Akron, Ohio.

Paul attended Eastern Nazarene College and became an ordained minister for the Church of the Nazarene. He married the late Marie Eileen Albright in 1949, and together they served in the Pastorate of Nazarene Churches in Jackman, Maine, Stoneham, Mass., Newport, Vt., Waynesboro, Va., Roanoke, Va., Hopewell, Va., and Boones Mill, Va. He eventually retired and moved back to the Roanoke area and was serving as the Visitation Pastor of the East Gate Nazarene Church at the time of his death.

Paul is survived by three daughters, Judith Ann Abugelis (Thomas) of Moneta, Joanne Blankenship (Stephen) of Troutville, and Brenda Lee Yearout (Ronald) of Vinton; two grandsons, Bradley Blankenship of Salem and Paul Yearout of Vinton; and two great-grandsons, Christopher Stephen and Alan John (AJ) Blankenship, both of Salem. He also is survived by one brother, Carl (Cathy) Lockhart of W Henrietta, N.Y., their two children as well as two nieces and their families.

A memorial service will be held at the East Gate Nazarene Church on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 7 p.m.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Rockbridge

 

2014, Natural Bridge Station, Rockbridge Co., VA, Obituary

The Roanoke Times, (VA) - February 27, 2014

Lucy Claytor Lilley, 74, of Natural Bridge Station, passed away on Tuesday, February 25, 2014. Born on February 26, 1939 in Rockbridge County, daughter of the late Carl V. Claytor and Mary Elizabeth Claytor.

In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by a son, Clifford Randall Claytor; a sister, Lacy William Claytor.

Surviving Mrs. Lilley are a daughter, Denita L. Coffman; a sister, Mary Isabelle Camden; a brother, Kenneth Edward Claytor; grandchildren, Robert William Blankenship, Daniel Scott Ayers, and Keith Alexander Claytor; great-grandchild, Marissa Brook Blankenship.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Friday, February 28, 2014 at West View Holiness Church, Buena Vista.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Rockingham

 

2013, Dayton, Rockingham Co., VA, Obituary

Daily News-Record (Harrisonburg, VA) - January 21, 2013

Barbara Ann Lloyd May, 67, of Dayton, Va., and formerly of Mathias, W.Va., died Jan. 20, 2013, at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. She was born Sept. 12, 1945, in Kentucky, and was a daughter of the late James and Ruth Ritchie Lloyd.

She was a homemaker. On Jan. 26, 1962, she married Garland Lee May Sr., who preceded her in death Feb. 1, 1985. Her brother, James Lloyd Jr., preceded her in death.

Surviving are four sons, Garland Lee May Jr. of Sugar Grove, W.Va., Daniel Wayne May of Timberville, Richard Marshall May of Broadway and Roger Lee May of Dayton; three daughters, Rose Ann Miller of Fulks Run, Ruth Ann Coffman of Criders and Shelley Jane Blankenship of Harrisonburg; two brothers, Timmy Lloyd of Mathias, W.Va., and Alton Lloyd of Stanley; two sisters, Mavis Womack of Fulks Run and Susan Ritchie of Stuarts Draft; 18 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Michael Shenk will officiate a graveside service at 11 a.m. Thursday at Perry Moyer Memorial Cemetery in Bergton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, McGaheysville, Rockingham Co., VA, Obituary

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Mrs. Lillian Emmie Lam, 92, a former resident of McGaheysville, went to be with the Lord on Saturday afternoon, March 9, 2013 at Sunnyside Retirement Community. A daughter of the late Walter and Gracie Brogan Atkins, she was born on June 3, 1920 in Franklin County, VA and lived the majority of her life in McGaheysville.

She was a member of the New Hope Christian Church. She loved the Lord and enjoyed going to church on Sunday. She was an animal lover, and enjoyed being with family. She lived at Sunnyside Retirement Community and made many good friends there. On June 6, 1953 she married Layton Winfield Lam who preceded her to Heaven on Aug. 12, 1996.

She is survived by one son, Nelson Janney and partner, Linda of Moneta, VA; three daughters, Mary Blankenship and husband, James, of Salem, VA; Evelyn Landes and husband Rev. Al of Keezletown, and Shirley Landes and husband, Carl, of Harrisonburg. She has numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Her body will be cremated at the Lindsey Harrisonburg Funeral Home and Crematory. There will be a time of fellowship for family and friends at the Meredith Sunnyside Chapel from 1:00 until 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 16, 2013. Private interment will be at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Russell

 

2013, Belfast, Russell Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Bristol Herald Courier on May 25, 2013

Mr. Elbert E. Justus, age 84, formerly of Hurley, Va., passed away Thursday, May 23, 2013, in a Richlands, Va. hospital. Born at Hurley, he was the son of the late Jim and Goldie Smith Justus. He was a retired coal miner and a member of the U.M.W.A.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Frank Arlin Justus, Paul Justus, Ermil Justus, Alfred Justus and Bobby Ray Justus; two sisters, Elsie Justus Brown and Pauline Schegle; and one grandson, Joshua Aaron Justus.

Mr. Justus is survived by his wife, Janice Justus; two sons, Richard Justus and Larry Justus; six sisters, Patsy Cook, Gloria Blankenship, Carylon Stoots, Mary Paul, Nancy Baker and Linda Farmer; three brothers, Mack Justus, Freddy Justus and Roger Justus; four grandchildren, Rachel Justus Banks, Tabitha White, Jacob Justus and Cage Justus; many nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 12 noon Saturday May 25, 2013, in the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff, Va., with the Rev. Grady McGlothlin officiating. Burial will follow in the Prater Family Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Cleveland, Russell Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - December 23, 2013

John T. "Tom" Puckett, 90, passed away Saturday, December 21, 2013, in the Russell County Medical Center [Lebanon, Russell Co., VA]. He was the son of the late George Puckett and the late Gertrude Taylor Puckett.

He was an employee of the Virginia Department of Corrections with over 20 years of service. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II receiving five battle stars. He was of the Baptist faith and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Garnett and Clyde Puckett.

Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Mary Ruth Puckett; one daughter, Wanda Hamblin and husband, Billy, of Bland County, Va.; two sons, Larry Puckett and wife, Nancy, of Christiansburg, Va., and John T. "Johnny" Puckett Jr. and wife, B. J., of Cleveland, Va.; three grandsons, Larry Wayne Puckett and wife, Kate, of Charlotte, N.C., David Blankenship of Bland County, Va., and Bryan Cruey and wife, Sheryl, of North Tazewell, Va.; one great-grandchild, Courtney Cruey of North Tazewell, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

The graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, December 24, 2013, with the Rev. Aaron Feeser officiating. Burial will be at Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon. Military graveside rites will be conducted by the Lebanon V.F.W. Post #9864.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Honaker, Russell Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Bristol Herald Courier on May 8, 2013

Mrs. Ollie Marie Barrett, age 93, of the Cedar Cliff Road section of Honaker, passed away Monday, May 6, 2013, in an Abingdon [Washington Co., VA], Virginia nursing facility. Born Jan. 14, 1920, in Dickenson County, Va., she was a daughter of the late Carl McKinley Taylor and Doshia Compton Taylor Booth. A life-long resident of the area, she was of the Baptist faith. She had formerly been employed as a Quality Inspector with Honaker Mills and Lebanon Apparel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Douglas Barrett; one sister, Naomi Claybourne; three brothers, James Taylor, Isaac Taylor and Franklin Delano Taylor; and one great-granddaughter, Karah Thomas.

Survivors include two daughters, Juanita Ratliff of Oakwood, Va., and Bettye Fields and husband, Russell "Fuzzy" of Meadowview, Va.; two sons, John Barrett and wife, Audrey, and David Barrett and wife, Betty, all of Honaker; one brother, Carl M. Taylor Jr. and wife, Joann, of Dunedin, Fla.; 10 grandchildren, Rocky Ratliff, Ronna Blankenship, Jeanie Jantzen, Kevin Barrett, Davy Barrett, Christopher Barrett, Jason Fields, Kelli Thomas, Tony Street and Chrissy Phipps; and 20 great-grandchildren, Brandon, Travis, Amanda, Phillip, Ryan, Kyle, Josh, Brian, Kolton, Sydney, Dylan, Rylee, Hunter, Dom, Tripp, Cassie, Derek, John, Levi and Abigail also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., Friday, May 10, 2013, in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, Honaker, with the Rev. Paul Ketron officiating. Entombment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool Hill, Va. Pallbearers will be grandsons and Kent Osborne.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Honaker, Russell Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - May 31, 2013

Mrs. Betty Burns Honaker Hess, age 78, of Honaker, Va. passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013. Born Dec. 6, 1934, in Lebanon, Va., she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Myrtle Mae Ball Honaker. A lifelong resident of the area, she was a member of the Swords Creek Block Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by five brothers, Kyle, Charlie, Ralph, Kenneth, and Donald Honaker; one sister, Mary Honaker; and one grandson, Joe Foleno.

Survivors include her husband of 59 years, William Hess of the home; five daughters, Cathi Hess and husband, Dean of Blackford, Becky Miller and husband, Rick of Nickelsville, Shelia Hess and husband, Rick of Honaker, Jeri Blankenship and husband, Rick of California, and Rachel Stevens of Honaker; three sons, George Hess, Bill Hess and wife, Patty, and Clarence "Bear" Hess and wife, Samantha all of Honaker; one sister, Patty Shortridge of Rogersville, Tenn.;12 grandchildren, Amanda, Daniel, Adam, Alaina, Justin, Aaron, Brittany, Jordan, Morgan, Janey, Nicole, and Hannah; eight great grandchildren;and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, Honaker with the Rev. Steve Perkins officiating. Interment will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens at Lebanon. Pallbearers will be Justin Hess, Jordan Hess, Adam Hess, Aaron Hess, Daniel Reynolds, Dustin Barton, and Ryan Owens. Honorary pallbearers will be Cheyenne Harris and the men of the Swords Creek Block Church.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Honaker, Russell Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - March 24, 2014

Mr. Bernard Gray Hart, 69, of the New Garden section of Honaker, Virginia, passed away Sunday morning, March 23, 2014, at his home. Born March 11, 1945, in Hart's Creek, Virginia, he was a son of the late Elmer and Margaret Duty Hart.

A lifelong resident of the area, he was a member of Finney Baptist Church. He was a retired coal miner, having been employed by Island Creek/Consol for over twenty-seven years. He was a member of United Mine Workers of America Local 1640.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen Yates, and Anna Mae Murphy; two brothers, Thurman Hart, and Michael Lynn Hart; nephew, Rick Hart;and brother-in-law, Dallas Honaker.

Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Bonnie Hess Hart of the home; two sons, Terry Hart and wife, Betty, and Michael Hart both of Honaker, Virginia; five grandchildren, Tabitha Miller and husband, Koby, Tyler Hart, Derrick Hart, and Tiffani Hart all of Honaker, Virginia, and Katlyn Blankenship of Richlands, Virginia; one great-grandchildren, Brentlee Miller of Honaker, Virginia; three sisters, Virginia Honaker and husband, Archie, Irene Yates and husband, Howard, both of Honaker, Virginia, and Earnesteen Honaker of Maryland; three brothers, Edward Hart and wife, Audrey, Ronnie Hart and wife, Sandy, and Lonnie Hart and wife, Tammie all of Honaker, Virginia; two brothers-in-law, Orville Lee Yates, and James Murphy both of Honaker, Virginia; several nieces, nephews; and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014, in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Musick and the Rev. Chester Ball officiating. Interment will follow at the Hart-Kendrick Cemetery in Hart's Creek, Virginia. Nephews and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Lebanon, Russell Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - October 1, 2013

Sandra Lynn Blankenship, 68, went to be with the Lord Saturday September 28, 2013, at the Russell County Medical Center. Sandra was born May 9, 1945, in Russell County, a daughter of the late Woodrow Hess and the late Gladys Gilbert Hess. She was a graduate of Lebanon High School and a retired employee of E. Dillon and Co. Sandra was a member of the Ball Chapel Church in Belfast.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Shella Gene Hess; and nephew, Carl Gene Hess.

Survivors include husband of 23 years, Coy Blankenship ;one daughter, Denise Carol Leftwich and husband, Mitch, Cleveland, Va.; one step-daughter, Tonscia Osborne and husband, Michael, Lebanon, Va.; one step-son, Greg Blankenship and wife, Melanie, Richlands, Va.; three grandchildren, Brittany Austin and husband, Chris, Katlyn Tilley and Zachary Leftwich;eight step-grandchildren, Justin Osborne, Dylan Osborne, Haley Osborne, Javen Blankenship, Eva Blankenship, John Blankenship, Branson Blankenship, and Destiny Blankenship;two sisters, Maggie Ray, Lebanon, Va., and Yvonne Heath and husband, Bill, Lebanon, Va.; one brother, G. B. Hess and wife, Wilma, Lebanon, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday, October 3, 2013, at the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Wilma Shelton and the Rev. Benny Adams officiating. Burial will follow at the Hess Family Cemetery near the home. Serving as pallbearers will be Chris Austin, Justin Osborne, Dylan Osborne, Levi Allison, David Triplett and R. J. Shelton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Lebanon, Russell Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - October 7, 2013

On Wednesday, October 2, 2013, Trevor Isaac Blankenship went to be with the Lord. Trevor served at Lebanon Community Fellowship Church and Recovery at Lebanon outreach as worship leader. Trevor was also an employee of AMT Engineering. His life was a testimony of his love for the Lord and his love for people. He will be remembered for his contagious smile, his relentless storytelling and his heart-felt kindness. He had a genuine concern for others that came from a tangible relationship with Jesus. His passion to see others healed and restored was evident in the way he loved them.

Trevor was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Blankenship; and his grandparents, Joe Worley Stinson, and Kathryne K. Stinson.

He is survived by his mother, Sandra S. Blankenship; and brother, Justin Blankenship and wife, Rebekah; nephews, David, Matthew, and Jeremiah Blankenship.

A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at Lebanon Community Fellowship with Pastor Jeff Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Ketron Memorial Gardens. Pallbearers will be Tanner Dotson, Casey Dotson, Manly Stinson, Joey Stinson, Justin Honaker, Jordan Keen, Tanner Balkcom, and Dustan Balkcom.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Rosedale, Russell Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - February 12, 2013

Sylvia Kathleen Charles McFearin, age 73, of Rosedale, Va., died Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn. She was born May 15, 1939 at Hurley, Va. and was a daughter of the late Arthur and Ruth Justus Charles, both Buchanan County, Va. natives.

Mrs. McFearin was a 1958 graduate of Matewan High School. She had worked for many years as a Security Analyst Specialist for the Department of Navy in Washington, D.C. Mrs. McFearin had made her home in Rosedale, Va. for the past fourteen years and was a member of the Community Heights Baptist Church at Wardell, Va.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Allen McFearin; one sister, Lucille Jeanette Charles Kennedy.

Those left to cherish her memories include: Two sisters: Glendene Charles Blankenship of Rosedale, Va., Josephine Charles DeSerio and husband, George R. of Cedar Bluff, Va.; three brothers: Harold F. Charles and wife, Kathy of Pounding Mill, Va., Larry Charles and wife, Robin of Logan, W.Va., Ronnie E. Charles and wife, Judy of Pounding Mill, Va. Several other family members and friends also survive.

Funeral services for Sylvia Kathleen Charles McFearin will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2013 at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Home Chapel in Richlands, Va. with the Reverend Bill Keele officiating. Burial will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens in Claypool Hill, Va. Friends and family will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Swords Creek, Russell Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - September 22, 2013

James Fred Blankenship, age 66, of Swords Creek, Va., passed away Friday, September 20, 2013, at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, [Sullivan Co.], Tenn., following a lengthy illness. He was born in Bandy, Virginia, and was the son of Hassel Blankenship of Bandy, Virginia, and the late Nannie Mae Barnes Blankenship.

Mr. Blankenship was a Class of 1966 graduate of Richlands High School and Vocational Tech School in Tazewell, Virginia. He was a veteran of the Virginia Army National Guard. Mr. Blankenship was a former mining electrician and mechanic and he owned several businesses. He loved music and was an artist at heart. He lived most of his life in the Cedar Bluff and Claypool Hill areas. He attended the Bandy Chapel Church in Bandy, Virginia. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by one brother, Arthur Hassel Blankenship; and father-in-law, Elmer Dye.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his wife, Mary Lynn Dye Blankenship; two sons, Todd Blankenship and wife Jessica, of Johnson City, Tenn., Jamey Blankenship and fiance Michele Martin, of Asheville, N.C.; one sister, Phyllis Mitchell and husband Randal, of Claypool Hill, Va.; mother-in-law, Narcie Dye of Swords Creek, Va.; and two grandchildren, Evan Blankenship and Ava Blankenship. Several nieces and nephews also survive along with a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, September 23, 2013, at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Va., with Brother Barry Jessee and Brother Walter Jessee officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, Virginia. Members of Casey-Short VFW Post #9640 will conduct military graveside rites. Pallbearers will be Jim Steele, Dave Curry, Woody Grindstaff, Eddie Jessee, Bobby Joe Dye, and Bill Dye. Honorary pallbearers will be Randy Matney, Randal Mitchell, Leo Barnett, John Patrick, Tim Jessee, Larry Meadows, Alan Honaker, A. G. Brewster, Gene Hurst Jr., and Doug Steele.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Salem City

 

2013, Salem City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on January 20, 2013

Timothy Eric Terry, 50, of Salem, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2013.

He was predeceased by his father; Herman Lee Terry. Tim loved being outdoors fishing, boating, hunting and racing.

Left to cherish his memory are wife, Brenda Terry; mother, Margaret Terry; daughter, Kimberly Terry; grandson, Landon Martin; brothers, Larry Terry (Kathie) and Greg Terry (Melinda); sister, Debbie Blankenship (Larry); nephews, Jeremy, Trent, Gregory, Austin, Eddie, Chris, David and Brandon; brother-in-law, Buddy Wilhelm; mother and father in-law, Ethel and Eddie Wilhelm; godson, Jackson; and numerous friends.

Friends may call on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. A memorial service will follow at 7 p.m. in the Valley Chapel.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Salem City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on February 2, 2013

Florastene Conner Blankenship, 93, of Salem, passed away Thursday, January 31, 2013. She was born December 12, 1919, in Floyd County to the late Moses and Nettie Gay Conner. She enjoyed attending church, quilting, sewing, traveling, and was an avid reader. Above all, she will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Moyer Blankenship; son, John A. Blankenship Sr.; grandson, John A. Blankenship Jr.; brothers, Avon Conner and Loys Conner; and sisters, Madelene Cousins and Evadene Dockery.

Family left to cherish her memory includes her son, Paul Blankenship and wife, Trudy; daughter, Helen Coleman and husband, Ivan; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, February 4, 2013, at the Blue Ridge Memorial Park in Roanoke.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Salem City, VA, Obituary

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Lera Kathleen Bowles Hawley, 83, of Salem, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2013. She was born on March 15, 1930, in Callaway, VA.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Sallie Bowles; husband, Jerry Cline Hawley; daughter, Susan Hawley Davenport; siblings, Russell Bowles and his wife Ann, Rachel Wright and her husband Eldridge, Raymond Bowles and his wife Ora Lee, and her brother-in-law, Joe Feazell.

She is survived by her children Kevin Hawley and his wife Rebecca, Jerri Barron and her husband David, and Greta Bratton; her grandchildren Ian Davenport, Samantha Hawley Blankenship and her husband Bobby, Makayla Hawley, Isaac, Benjamin and Isabel Barron; her sisters Christine Maxey and her husband Harold, and Elizabeth Feazell; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

A graveside service will be held at Sherwood Memorial Park on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 11 am with Pastor Cameron Smith officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Salem City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on May 18, 2013

Ellen Louise Keene, 65, of Salem, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. She was born on July 8, 1947, in Buchanan County, and was a Salem area resident for 46 years. She loved strawberries, and enjoyed painting and drawing. She was loved by all who knew her and will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by her father, Raymond Ellis Cantrell.

Family left to cherish her memory include her mother, Jeanette Bucklen Cantrell; sons, Harold Keene, R. B. Keene, Markus Keene and his wife, Crystal, and Paul Keene; daughter, Beverly Keene; brothers, Jeff Cantrell and Greg Cantrell and his wife, Dookie; sisters, Cheryl Smith and her husband, Tom, Jennifer Rife and her husband, Ralph, Althea Hicks and her husband, Larry, and Marsha Blankenship; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 19, 2013, from 2 to 4 p.m. at John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem and on Monday, May 20, 2013, from noon to 2 p.m. at Loggy Bottom Church, Rt. 638 in Pilgrims Knob, with funeral services beginning at 2 p.m. Pastor Lawrence Horn will officiate. Interment will follow at Ferrel Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Salem City, VA, Obituary

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Robbie (Rob Zombie) Lee Shively, 25, of Salem, passed away on Thursday, December 26, 2013 at 4:20 p.m. He graduated from Salem High School in 2007 and went on to pour himself into the music that he loved. He was a fun-loving and kind-spirited person who always put others before himself.

Preceding him in death was his sister, Jessika Dooley.

His surviving family includes his great-grandmother, Phyllis (Maw-Maw) Saunders; grandparents, Grey and Marilyn Flora, Jerry and Betty Shively, Bruce and Gail MacFarland, and Donnie and Sandy Dooley; parents, Robin and Jeff MacFarland and Bobby and Linda Shively; brothers, Eric J. Shively, Matt Jordan, and Josh Stover; sisters, Brittany MacFarland, Robin Meyer, Michelle Kelly, and Katie Kelly; uncles and aunts, Rodger Saunders, Lee Dooley, Alan Blankenship, Howard Shively, Becky and Nathan Hartless, and Donna Flournoy; nephew, Bentley Graham; cousins, Josh and Ashley Roberts, and Timmy and Justin; and many other family members and friends.

A memorial service celebrating Robbies life will be held on Sunday, December 29, 2013 at 2 p.m. in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel in Salem.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Salem City, VA, Obituary

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Billy Keith Browning Sr., 65, of Salem, passed away Monday, December 30, 2013.

A retired U.S. Air Force veteran, he was preceded in death by his father, Harold Browning and his son, Brian Browning.

He is survived by his wife, Connie Browning, of Salem; daughter, Greta Browning, of Grundy; son, Billy Keith Jr. and Laura Browning, of Panama City, Fla.; his mother, Melba Blankenship Browning, of Wytheville; stepdaughters and spouse, Jenna and James Fidler, Roanoke, Shana Williams, Roanoke; sister and brother-in-law, Rita and Clyde Mullins, of Wytheville; brother and sister-in-law, Rex and Sherry Browning, of Wytheville; his grandchildren, Brian Browning, Haley Posey, Bryce Browning.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, January 2, 2014, at Liberty Hill Pentecostal Holiness Church, conducted by Pastor Bob Lewis. Burial will follow in the A. F. Deel Cemetery, Haysi, Va., with full military honors.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Scott

 

+2014, Nickelsville, Scott Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - February 22, 2014

Freddie Kenneth Street, 57, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loved ones Thursday, February 20, 2014, at the Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center [Kingsport, Sullivan Co., TN]. Freddie was born June 3, 1956, in Grundy, Va., a son of the late Alvie Linkous Street and the late Virgie Blankenship Street. He was a retired Coal Miner.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Christopher Street; two sisters, Phyllis Street, and Mildred Ratliff; and one brother, Ricky Street.

Survivors include the mother of his children, Lula Street, Lebanon, Va.; two sons, Randy Street and wife, Georgette, Nickelsville, Va., and Jeff Street, Castlewood, Va.; step-mother, Velma "Granny" Lee Street, Lebanon, Va.; one sister, Geneva Blankenship , W.Va.; two brothers, Ray Street, Maryland, and Ronnie Street and wife, Reba, Belfast, Va.; also several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Monday, February 24, 2014, at the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Dr. Phil Kidd officiating. Burial will follow at the Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Shenandoah

 

+2013, Strasburg, Shenandoah Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Oct. 23, 2013

James Dale Stiltner, 66, a resident of Strasburg, VA passed away Monday, October 21, 2103 at Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, [independent city, and county seat of Frederick Co.],VA. He was born in Grundy, Virginia on July 14, 1947 a son of the late Christopher C. "Lum" and Beulah Childress Stiltner. He was a devoted husband, Loving father, and proud grandfather.

A funeral service for Mr. Stiltner will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Friday, October 25, 2013 at Stover Memorial Chapel with Pastor Douglas Martin officiating. Burial will follow in Fishers Hill Cemetery, Fishers Hill, VA.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by siblings, Becky Baldwin, Arlene Wheeler, Virgil Stiltner, and Randy Stiltner.

Survivors include his loving wife, Lou Ann Stiltner; a son, Timothy Andrew "Andy" Stiltner and wife, Mandy and a granddaughter, Ellie Larsyn Stiltner all of Strasburg, VA; siblings, Jerry Stiltner, Judy Schubert, Larry Stiltner, John Stiltner, Diann Blankenship, Margaret Brown, Christopher Stiltner, Mary Kay Pierce, and Jack Snyder; numerous nieces and nephews.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Woodstock, Shenandoah Co., VA, Obituary

Published in The Beaumont Enterprise on January 13, 2013

Kenneth H. Clingaman passed away, Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at Greenfield Assisted Living Facility in Woodstock, Virginia, with his family by his side, at the age of 91. He was born on February 2, 1921, in Denver, Indiana, to the late Samuel and Bessie (Whitney) Clingaman.

Kenneth married Cleo M. Egolf on May 6, 1944; she predeceased him on March 19, 1993. His second wife, Joyce Clingaman, predeceased him on January 31, 2005. Kenneth served in the United States Navy and later became a salesman.

Surviving are two children, Jackie (Lyle) Holmes of Mount Jackson, Virginia and Jon K. Clingaman, Sr. of Orange, Texas; two daughters-in-law, Jeannie Ross-Clingaman and Michelle Clingaman; eight grandchildren; Lyle (Stacey) Holmes III; Christiana Collins; Stanley Holmes; Jon K. (Gayle) Clingaman, Jr.; Jeffrey K. Clingaman; Blake L. Clingaman; Corey McMullen; and Trey McMullen; ten great-grandchildren; SPC Steven Holmes; Elizabeth Blankenship; Kade Holmes; Landon Holmes; Devan Holmes; Corey Iglesias; Jesse Iglesias; Courtney Iglesias; Piper Ashworth; and Miller Ashworth; one great-great-grandchild; Kyleigh Grace Hayzlett; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is predeceased by three brothers, Leon (Lavonne); Russell (Marion); and Wendell (Maxine) Clingaman; two sisters, Lois (Don) Click and Garnett (Jack) Dock.

A gathering of Mr. Clingaman's family and friends will begin at 12:00 p.m., with his funeral service at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 14, 2013, at Broussard's, 490 Cemetery Road, Silsbee, Texas. His interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery, Silsbee.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Smyth

 

2013, Marion, Smyth Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - June 12, 2013

Laura Elizabeth Dales Ward, age 29, passed Marion, VA. away Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion. She was born in Richlands, Va., and was the daughter of Mona Marie Dowell of Pulaski, Va., and Ralph Dales of Cedar Bluff, Va. She was a class of 2000 graduate of Abingdon High School in Abingdon, Va. She was a typist for the Trading Post in Pulaski. Beth was gifted with many artistic abilities. She loved playing her guitar, drawing and painting. She especially enjoyed being a makeup artist. She loved the outdoors and lived with a free spirit.

She was preceded in death by maternal grandparents, Spencer and Virginia Dowell; paternal grandfather, Jarrett Dales and one uncle, David Dales.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Donny Ward of Richmond, Va.; one son, Elijah Reece Ward of Richmond; one sister, Jenny Dales Koslow of Cedar Bluff; paternal grandmother, Evelyn Davis Dales of Claypool Hill, Va.; six aunts, Carolyn Lowe, Marilyn Altizer, Sherry Jones, Joann Lindsay, Mary Jane Blankenship , Julia Ann Dowell;one uncle, William Dowell; three cousins, Timothy Lowe, Nikki Elswick Jessee, Britt Altizer; special friend, Whitney Mabe of Marion; and a host of cousins and friends also survive.

Funeral services for Laura Elizabeth Dales Ward will be conducted Thursday, June 13, 2013, at 2 p.m. at Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel, Richlands, Va., with the Rev. Annette Warren officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill. Pallbearers will be: Tim Lowe, Tim Altizer, George Bowen, Timothy Lowe, and William Dowell.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Suffolk City

 

2013, Suffolk City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Virginian Pilot on February 27, 2013

Vernetha J. "Granny" Hart, 90, of the 4700 block of Camellia Drive, passed away on Friday, February 22, 2013 in Norfolk. She was born in Scotland Neck, NC and was a retired Playground Director for the City of Portsmouth Recreational Department.

Vernetha was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Hart, mother and father: Betsy Clark Jones and John Thomas Jones; brothers: Clarence L. Jones and Henry Clark; sisters: Corine Hill and Rebecca Louise Hopkins; daughters: Beverly Ann Speaker and Phyllis Hart and great-grandchildren: T. J. Hughes, Daniel DeBram and Serina Lee.

Survivors include five daughters: Carolyn Vinson (Ray) of Portsmouth; Julia Ames (Broderick) of Suffolk; Yvonne Mercado of Portsmouth; LaVerne Vick of San Antonio, TX and Marie Blankenship (Tommie) of Gravette, AR; one son, Herbert L. Hart of Portsmouth; one sister, Annie Williams; one brother, Lewis Jones; 14 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, March 1 at 11AM at Corprew Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Charles Beamon presiding. Burial will follow in Olive Branch Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Suffolk City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Virginian Pilot on February 28, 2013

Marshall Lee "Junior" Bryant, Jr., age 74, passed away February 26, 2013. He was born June 2, 1938 to Marshall Lee Bryant, Sr. and Frances Gay Bryant.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Shirley Parker Bryant; daughters, Jody Blankenship (Jack), Kim B. Opauski, and Tracy B. Vick all of Suffolk; grandchildren, Jason Blankenship (Amanda), Jessica Hunt, Jennifer Opauski, Michael Opauski, Daniel Underwood, Chad Winslow, and Kasey Winslow; great grandchildren, Alexis, Chloe`, Austin, Zayne, Ayden, Tristan, Lily; brother, S.T. Bryant of Windsor; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by brothers, Robert L. Bryant, Sr., Jimmy N. Bryant, Sr., William R. Bryant, Sr., and Rawls E. Bryant; sister, Rosa Jean Bryant; and stepfather, Roy E. Atkins.

Junior was a member of Antioch Church in Windsor, VA. He was one of the original members of the Nansemond River Boys. He loved to play the banjo, he had a great love for working on John Deere tractors and equipment. He most enjoyed working in his garage and outdoors. He was a dear husband, father, brother, and friend to many. He will be greatly missed by his family and they are left with the fondest of memories.

A funeral service will be held Friday, March 1, 2013 at 2 p.m. at Parr Funeral Home & Crematory with Rev. Mark Habecker officiating. Burial will follow at Holly Lawn Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Tazewell

 

2013, Baptist Valley, Tazewell Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - October 2, 2013

Janet Evelyn McGlothlin, age 84 of Baptist Valley, Va., passed away, Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at the Maple Grove Nursing Home in Lebanon, [Russell Co.,] Va. following a brief illness. She was born in Cedar Bluff, Va. and was the daughter of the late, Shuler and Amy O. Lowe Williams.

Janet was a loving mother who dedicated her life to caring for her family. She enjoyed crocheting, and was of the belief that cleanliness was next to godliness when it came to her home. Janet was of the Protestant faith and was a lifetime resident of the area.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of almost 65 years, Junior C. McGlothlin. Those who remain to carry on her spirit are her daughter, Janet Lovonne M. Little and husband, Thomas of Baptist Valley, Va.; sons, Johnny McGlothlin of Baptist Valley, Va. and Daniel McGlothlin of Baptist Valley, Va.; sisters, Thelma L. Linkous of Baptist Valley, Va., Phyllis Blankenship of Richlands, Va. and Loretta Keen of Richlands, Va.; brother, Jerry Williams of Baptist Valley, Va.; two grandchildren, Beth Evelyn and Janet Andrea; along with a host of family and friends.

A Committal Service for Janet Evelyn McGlothlin will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Claypool Hill, Va. with the Reverend Max Linkous officiating. Entombment will follow.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bluefield, Tazewell Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - January 10, 2013

Nancy White Williams Blankenship, of Bluefield, Virginia and a winter resident of Tampa, Florida, passed away Monday, January 7, 2013, in Tampa [Hillsborough Co., FL]. She was born in Richlands, Virginia and was the only child of the late Robert Lee (R. L.) and Maude Duncan Williams.

She lived in Cedar Bluff, Virginia until relocating to Bluefield, Virginia in 1962. She was a class of 1947 graduate of Richlands High School. She attended Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from Virginia Intermont in Bristol, Virginia. Nancy taught 4th grade at Cedar Bluff Elementary until her daughter was born. She was a past member of Cedar Bluff Presbyterian Church, charter member of Fincastle Presbyterian Church and current member of Graham Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by: One daughter: Anne Karen Yost and husband, Larry of Tampa, Florida; two sons: A Kyle Blankenship and wife, Lisa of Amelia, Virginia, Robert W. Blankenship and wife, Vivian of Max Meadows, Virginia; seven grandchildren: Mia Walk-Hardy and husband, Rick of Portsmouth, Virginia, Lee D. Yost and wife, Kimberly of Tampa, Florida, Ashley Blankenship and Audrey Blankenship of Richmond, Virginia, Sara Blankenship and Rachel Blankenship of Max Meadows, Virginia, Kevin Sword of Draper, Virginia; seven great-grandchildren: Hayden Yost and Jordan Yost of Tampa, Florida, Anthony Morris, Zachary Morris, McKenzie Wright, Isaiah Blankenship and Isaac Smith of Max Meadows, Virginia. Several cousins, close friends and former 4th grade students also survive her.

Graveside services for Nancy White Williams Blankenship will be conducted Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum #4 at Claypool Hill, Virginia with Terry Morris and the Rev. William Lively officiating. Interment will follow.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Bluefield, Tazewell Co., VA, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - April 28, 2013

Helen Minnie Belcher White, 95, of 137 Cottage Street, Bluefield, Va., died Thursday, April 25, 2013 at home. She was born in Kegley, W.Va. to the late William Burl and Minnie Duncan Belcher.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Wayfarers Sunday School Class, the Friendship Club, RSVP and Senior Friends. She was a former resident of Princeton, W.Va. and Tazewell, Va. She was a former employee of General Instrument, JC Penney and in later years of Clinch Valley Community Action in Tazewell.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Pansy Neal, Ruth Blankenship and Ruby Helms; four brothers, George, Carl, Roy and Clarence (Buster); her daughter, Claudette Robinson; her daughters-in-law, Marjean and June; son-in-law, James Robinson.

She is survived by four sons, Bobby White of Bradenton, Fla., John White of Bluefield, Va., Jack White of Virginia Beach, Jerry White and wife Nancy of Raleigh, N.C.; 11 grandchildren, Judy Francis, Bob White Jr., Beth Jaworski, Bryan Robinson, Cindy Pearce, Jenny Lowe, Kim Clem, Kollette Henry, C.J. White Jr., Mark White and Susan Pullium; 23 great-grandchildren; seven great great-grandchildren; one sister, Wilma Thorne of Ft. Washington, Md.; a host of nieces and nephews to whom she was very close and her caregivers, Jo Ann Massey, Debbie Bennett and the staff of Total Home Care and Hospice.

Funeral services for Mrs. White will be held Monday, May 6, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Bluefield, Va. Dr. Brad Scott, pastor of First United Methodist Church assisted by Dr. Don Scott will conduct the services. Music will be provided by Bill Elliot and vocals by Peggy Scott. Burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Bluefield, Va. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Ted Yost, Harmon Sexton, Ervin Rich, Roscoe Matney and Bob Clendenen.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Bluefield, Tazewell Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - January 10, 2014

Fred Eugene Neel, 80, of 118 Wicker Lane, Bluefield, VA, passed away Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. He was born in Tazewell, VA and was the son of the late William Newton and Lena Marie Bennett Neel.

He was a driver for Nehi Bottling Company. Mr. Neel enjoyed gardening, carpentry, woodwork, and playing his banjo.

Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Michael Neel of Roxboro, NC and his daughter, Michelle Smith and husband Stephen from Duncannon, PA; sisters, Mary Belle Stowers of Bluefield, VA, Edith Blankenship and husband Richard of Bastian, VA, Georgia Durham of Bluefield, VA; brother, James Edward Neel of Bluefield, VA; grandchildren, Rebekah, Julia, Aaron and Emma Smith, and Michael Eugene Neel, Jr.; great-grandchildren, Jaden, Abby, Ashton and Aubrey Neel.

A service to celebrate Mr. Neel's life will be held Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Dudley Memorial Chapel with Pastor Paul Looney officiating. Burial will follow in Grandview Memory Gardens with family and friends serving as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

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Richard M Blankenship, b.21Nov1940, Residence; Bastian, VA, Relatives; Edith N Blankenship

 

2013, Cedar Bluff, Tazewell Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - January 3, 2013

Frances Helton Alsbrook, age 82, of Cedar Bluff, Va., passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at Golden Age Retirement Home, Claypool Hill, Va. She was born in Tazewell County, Virginia and was the daughter of the late Lloyd and Lottie Clay Helton. She had worked as an LPN at the Mattie Williams Hospital in Richlands, Va. She was a lifelong resident of the Cedar Bluff area.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Kenneth Isaac Alsbrook; one brother and three sisters.

Those who remain to carry on her spirit are her daughter, Alma Lowe of Richlands, Va., sons, Richard Alsbrook of Richlands, Va., Kenneth Alsbrook and wife Peggy of Richlands, Va., Lonnie Alsbrook of Richlands, Va., and Darrell Alsbrook of Richlands, Va.; sister, Delores Ellis and husband Fred of Princeton; grandchildren, Rick Alsbrook of Baptist Valley, Va., Vanessa Alsbrook of Baptist Valley, Va., Jessica Blankenship and husband Eddie of Kingsport, Tenn., Jason Alsbrook of Richlands, Va. Donita Presnell and husband Jeff, of Johnson City, Tenn., Travis Lowe and wife Jessi of Cedar Bluff, Va., Chad Lowe of Cedar Bluff, Va., Eric Alsbrook and wife Kathryn of Bristol, Tenn., and Jeremy Alsbrook of S.C.; and eleven great-grandchildren and a host of family and friends also survive her.

A graveside service for Frances Helton Alsbrook will be conducted Friday, Jan. 4, 2013 at 1 p.m. at the Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Claypool Hill, Va. with the Rev. Jerry Barrett officiating. Interment will follow. Grandsons will be serving as pallbearers.

 

+2013, Cedar Bluff, Tazewell Co., VA, Obituary

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Dorothy Jane Blankenship, age 70 [1943], of Cedar Bluff, Virginia died Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at Golden Age Assisted Living Facility, at Claypool Hill, Virginia following a long-term illness. She was born in Buchanan County, Virginia and was the daughter of the late Frank and Carrie Edwards Stout. She was a homemaker and lived most of her life in the Cedar Bluff area. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Ethel Stout and Gaye Street; one brother, Joe Stout.

She is survived by: Her Husband of 51 years, James H. Rabbit Blankenship, Her Nephew, Rodney Stout, whom she loved as a son, his wife, Shelly Stout and their son, Jordan Stout. Three Sisters: Wilma Stout of Abingdon, Virginia, Helen Stout of Abingdon, Virginia, Shirley Stout of Abingdon, Virginia. One Brother: John Stout and wife, Barbara of Havelock, North Carolina. One Niece, Lois Street. Five Nephews:David Stout, Brad Stout, Glenn Street, Roger Stout and Bill Stout

Graveside committal services for Dorothy Jane Blankenship will be conducted Friday, January 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Virginia with Rev. Jerry Harman officiating. Interment will follow. Pallbearers will be: Glenn Street, David Stout, Brad Stout, John Hess, and Jerry Compton.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Cedar Bluff, Tazewell Co., VA, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - March 8, 2013

James H. "Rabbit" Blankenship, age 73, of Cedar Bluff, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 7, 2013 at Golden Age Memory Care Facility, Claypool Hill, Virginia following an extended illness. He was born in Buchanan County, Virginia and was the son of the late David and Nora Bailey Blankenship. He was a coal miner and retired from Island Creek Coal Company No. 4. He was a member of UMWA Local No. 1807. He was of the Pentecostal Faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Dorothy Jane Stout Blankenship; two sisters, Faye Street and Lucy Belcher; and three brothers, Patton, Ovil "Badeye", and Arthur " Mousie" Blankenship .

He is survived by his nephew, Rodney Stout, whom he loved as a son, his wife, Shelly Stout and their son, Jordan Stout; three sisters, Ruby Cox and husband, Emory, of Oakwood, Virginia, Trula Harman and husband, Clyde, of Oakwood, Virginia, Dorothy Harman and husband, Ken ,of Tazewell, Virginia; two brothers, David Junior (June) Blankenship and wife, Barbara, of Oakwood, Virginia, Bill Blankenship and wife, Jean, of Norton, Virginia; several nieces and nephews also survive along with a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Friday, March 8, 2013, at 7:00 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Virginia with the Rev. Jerry Harman officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool Hill, Virginia on Saturday, March 9, 2013. Pallbearers will be: Jordan Stout, J. T. Harman, Larry Blankenship, Donnie Belcher, Ronnie Belcher, Jeff Blankenship, Ricky Blankenship, Glen Street, Jerry Compton and John Hess.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Richlands, Tazewell Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - January 12, 2014

Gary Donald Street, age 61, of Richlands, Va., passed away Friday, January 10, 2014, at his home. He was born February 26, 1952, in Grundy, Va., and was the son of the late George and Lethia Blankenship Street. He was a lifelong resident of the area.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two infant siblings.

He is survived by two sisters, Judy Conley and husband Gregory, of Richlands, Va., Lorraine Altizer and husband Roger, of Tazewell, Va.; one niece, Drema Schweingruber; three nephews, Dean Anderson, Shawn Altizer, Bobby Altizer; one great-niece, Alexis May; two great-nephews, Jordan May Logan Altizer; and a host of extended family and friends also survive Mr. Street.

Funeral services for Gary Donald Street will be conducted Monday, January 13, 2014, at 11 a.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Va., with the Rev. Otis Musick officiating. Interment will follow at the Street Family Cemetery, Garden Creek, Va. Pallbearers will be Scott Schweingruber, Jordan May, Dean Anderson, Shawn Altizer, Hershel Street, and Paul Street.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Richlands, Tazewell Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - February 15, 2014

Edward Clay Barber, age 58, of Richlands, Virginia passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at his home in Hidden Valley, Richlands, Virginia surrounded by his family. He was our cherished and beloved father, husband, brother, uncle and friend. He was born in Richwood, West Virginia and was the son of the late J. C. and Garnet Sneed Barber.

Edward was a graduate of Richlands High School and a Bachelor of Arts from ETSU in Johnson City, Tennessee. He was a salesman in the Mining Industry where he previously worked at Joy Manufacturing, Jewell Smokeless, Ingersoll Rand, Electroquip and most recently, American Mine Research. He was an avid golfer being a member of the Tazewell County Country Club and he was a longtime resident of the area.

He is survived by: His wife, Peggy Barber. One daughter: Jill Barber Blankenship and husband, Derick of Raleigh, North Carolina. One son: Jason Clay Barber of Richlands, Virginia. One sister: Nancy Meadows of Nashville, Tennessee. One brother: J C Barber and wife, Sharon of Beckley, West Virginia. One nephew: Thomas Meadows and wife, Dottie of Nashville, Tennessee. Three nieces: Julie Nagy and husband, Dan of Raleigh, North Carolina, Jann O'Hara and husband, Chris of Morgantown, West Virginia, Jennifer Manchau and husband, Doug of Morgantown, West Virginia. Great nieces and nephews: Kortney Brus of Wilmington, North Carolina, Sarah Meadows of Nashville, Tennessee, Sean Meadows of Nashville, Tennessee, Jenna and Justin Nagy of Raleigh, North Carolina, Julianna and Jessica Manchau of Morgantown, West Virginia. His two dogs that he loved: Jager and Boomer.

Funeral services will be 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Virginia with the Rev. Larry David Ratliff and the Rev. Betzy Elifrits Warren officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, Virginia. Pallbearers will be: Dailey "Buck" Bucklen, Dale Conn, Gerald Ramsey, Kenneth "Butch" Reed, Robert "Bob" Saxton and Larry Worrell.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Richlands, Tazewell Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - March 1, 2014

Grover (G.W.) Walter Jones, age 62, of Richlands, Virginia, passed away Thursday, February 27, 2014 at his home following a lengthy illness. He was born in Buchanan County and was the son of the late Flem A. and Maggie Wimmer Jones.

He had made his home in both the Buchanan and Tazewell County areas all of his life and was a 1970 graduate from Whitewood High School. He worked many years in the coal mines before becoming disabled.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Daniel Lee Jones; one sister, Erma Nell Buress; and three brothers, Donald Ray, John L. Benton, and Albert Jones.

Survivors are: Fiance and best friend of 21 years, Teresa Strouth of Richlands, VA. Three sisters: Nadine Hornsby of Flatwood, Kentucky, Linda Bowman and husband, Wayne of Bassett, Virginia, Bernie Delk and husband, Kermit of Springfield, Ohio. One brother: Jimmy D. Jones of Bassett, Virginia. One grandson: Joshua Jones of Richlands, Virginia. One granddaughter: Raegan Strouth of Falls Mills, VA. Two stepsons: Brad Strouth and wife, Martha of Falls Mills, VA, Kyle Strouth of Falls Mills, VA. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Grover Jones will be conducted Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Virginia with the Rev. Troy Lester and Rev. Ray Craiger officiating. Interment will follow at the Wimmer- Blankenship Cemetery on Compton Mtn. near Whitewood, Virginia. Pallbearers will be: Darrell Jones, Jr. Blevins, J.R. Jones, John Jones, Brad Strouth, and Kyle Strouth. Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Anthony Rasi.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Tazewell, Tazewell Co., VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - July 24, 2013

The Reverend Franklin D. Hale, Tazewell, Va. Born September 9, 1936 in Jewell Ridge, VA he was a son of the late Estil Willie Hale and Ocie Mae Blankenship Hale. He was a loving husband of fifty seven years and a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and friend.

Frank was a member of the Tazewell Family Worship Center and a member of the Pentecostal Ministerial Association of America. He was a US Navy Veteran and longtime member of the Great Smoky Mountains Volunteer Programs. He traveled many mountains preaching and singing for the Lord. He will be missed by family and friends alike.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Mitchell Alan Hale; two sisters, Daisy Cox and Athalie Elswick.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma Hale; three brothers, Carl Hale of Oakwood, VA, Elmer Hale of Cedar Bluff, VA, and Don Hale of Baptist Valley, VA; two sons, Christopher Hale and wife, Sherry of Tazewell, VA and Brian Paul Hale and wife, Susan of North Tazewell, VA; seven grandchildren, Aaron Hale and wife, Kelly of Tazewell, VA, Heather Peoples and husband, Rodney of Alabama, Dedra Owens and husband, Chris of Tazewell, VA, Megan Griffith of Charleston, WV, Tanner Hale of Radford, VA, Garrett Hale of North Tazewell, VA, and Hannah Hale of Tazewell, VA; four great- grandchildren, Austin and Jaxon Hale of Tazewell, VA, Channing Peoples of Alabama, and Xandrea Griffith of Charleston, WV.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM Friday, July 26, 2013 at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, VA., with the Reverend Lawrence Hayes officiating. Entombment will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Bluefield, VA., where military graveside rites will be conducted by members of the Barns-Beavers VFW Post # 7136 of Tazewell, VA., and the Virginia National Guard Honor Team of Gate City, VA. Pallbearers will be Rodney Peoples, Junior Boardwine, John Ralph Repass, John Boothe, Jr., Manny L. Elswick, Phillip Hale, and Donald Hale, Jr.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2014, Tazewell, Tazewell Co., VA, Obituary

Princeton Times (WV) - January 12, 2014

Cora Shamblin Blankenship, age 98, of Tazewell, Virginia, passed away Friday, January 10th, 2014 in a Richlands, Virginia hospital. She was born December 3rd, 1915 in Pounding Mill, Virginia; she was the daughter of the late Doyle Clyde and Mary Ellen Williams Shamblin.

Mrs. Blankenship made her home in the Richlands area later moving to Tazewell. She was a retired beautician and enjoyed many years of membership in the Rebekah Lodge. She was a member of the Tazewell Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, H. Warren Blankenship, her brother Doyle Robert Shamblin and her daughter Wilma Blankenship Boyer.

Survivors are: One son: Phillip W. Blankenship and wife Barbara of New Philadelphia, Ohio. Daughter: Doris Branam of Tazewell, Virginia. Grandsons: John Blankenship and wife Dusty Jo of New Philadelphia, Ohio, Randall Branam of Margate, Florida, Bryan Branam and wife Monique of Ft. Pierce, Florida. Granddaughters: Karen Wynegar of Waverly Hall, Georgia, Brenda Smith of Abingdon, Virginia and Ame Branam Hull and husband, Corey, of Richmond, Virginia. Great grandchildren: Megan Wynegar, Brittany Rowell, Kayla Rowell and Warren Hull. Great-great grandchildren: Arianna and Camden Rowell. Niece: Becky Shamblin Hurt of Richlands, Virginia.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Virginia with the Rev. Bob Button officiating. Entombment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Virginia. Relatives and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, H. Warren, 81, 14Dec1910 - 10Nov1992, Richlands, Tazewell, VA, VA-230-09-1674

 

Virginia Beach City

 

2013, Virginia Beach City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Virginian Pilot on April 14, 2013

James Edward Hale, 93, passed away on April 11, 2013 in the VA Hospital in Hampton. Mr. Hale was a native of Bertie County, N.C. and was the son of the late Buel and Cora Hale.

He was a recipient of 4 Bronze Stars for his service in WWII as a member of the U.S. Army. He also served in the Korean War with the U.S. Navy. He was retired from the Sears Service Department where he served for 36 years. He was a longtime dedicated member of London Bridge Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon, usher, and a Sunday School Teacher.

Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Helen S. Hale, two daughters, Bonnie Erb and her husband Eugene, Sandi Blankenship, Kyle Blankenship, two brothers, E. B. Hale, and Dana Hale, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. He also leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews and extended family members.

A funeral service will be held at London Bridge Baptist Church on Tuesday at 12 noon. Interment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Virginia Beach City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Virginian Pilot on May 19, 2013

Clelia T. Freeman, 97, died peacefully on May 17, 2013, at her home at Atlantic Shores Retirement Community.

She was predeceased by her husband George Clifford Freeman; son George Clifford Freeman, II; great grandson Jackson P. Freeman and sister and brother-in-law Harvey and Virginia Blankenship.

Clelia was born on September 15, 1915, in Spencer, NC. Subsequently her family moved to Portsmouth, Virginia, where Clelia attended the public schools. She graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1932 and received a BS degree in Education from Radford College in 1936. Her first teaching position was four years at Great Bridge High School where she taught chemistry, physics, plane geometry and solid geometry.

In October of 1940, Clelia married the love of her life, George Clifford Freeman, whom she had known since he had entered her third grade classroom in Portsmouth. Over the years Clelia and George had many wonderful experiences in various places throughout the world, including a three-year stint in Japan, Newfoundland where Clelia taught fifth grade, and Washington, DC, where George was assigned to the Pentagon. After George left the service, the family settled in Virginia Beach where George established a surveying business. Clelia earned her Master of Education degree at William and Mary and, subsequently serving as a guidance counselor at Princess Anne and Cox High Schools and as an Assistant Principal at Kempsville High School. Clelia was an active member of the Alpha Rho Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International for 46 years and a life member of Sandbridge Methodist Church.

Clelia is survived by her son, Richard R. Freeman of Richmond, VA; seven grandchildren, George C. (Tamara) Freeman, III, Amelia F. (David) Rohrer, Hunter P. Freeman, Sara E. Freeman, Catherine I. Freeman, Catherine C. Freeman and Mary M. Freeman; and great-grandchildren, Ben W. Freeman and Jordan E. Freeman.

A memorial service will be held at Atlantic Shores Retirement Community on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at 1 o'clock.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Virginia Beach City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Virginian Pilot on September 25, 2013

Nancy J. Williams, 76, passed away Sept. 18, 2013. She was an awesome tailor from which she retired. She had a great sense of humor and a love for cats. She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family.

She was preceded in death by her husband Monte Williams, and son Timothy Hall.

Left to cherish her memory are children Patti Johnson (Ray), Sharon Blankenship, Teresa Tyer (Casey), Trudi Hall, grandchildren Crystall Reder, Kyle Tyer, Logan Tyer, Jaime Rice and Jennifer Pritchard, and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, Sept. 28 at 4 p.m. at Altmeyer Funeral Home Maestas Chapel; 1801 Baltic Ave, Virginia Beach. A private burial will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery at a later date.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Virginia Beach City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Nov. 15, 2013

Fred V. Blankenship, 91, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2013. Born in Lynchburg, VA to the late Thomas L. and Ella Catherine Blankenship.

He was retired from the U. S. Army as a CWO2 and was a veteran of WWII and the Korean Conflict. He attended War College. He also retired from civil service. Fred was a member of Great Neck Baptist Church and served as a deacon of the church. He was also a member of D.A.V. Chapter 20 in Virginia Beach and he coached little league baseball for many years.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Norma Cloyd Blankenship; two daughters, Vicki Colston and husband Jim of Windsor, VA, Lisa Donovan and husband Jim of Virginia Beach; three sons, Wyndal K. Blankenship and wife Kaye of Florida, Curt A. Blankenship of Virginia Beach and Brian T. Blankenship and wife Renee of Virginia Beach; fourteen grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.

The family will receive friends at Great Neck Baptist Church on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 12 to 1 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. in the church sanctuary by Mr. Michael Spencer and Rev. Dr. K. Todd Holt. Burial will follow in Princess Anne Memorial Park.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Virginia Beach City, VA, Obituary

Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 23, 2014

Teddie R. LeMond passed away suddenly on January 20, 2014 of natural causes. He was born in Medina, TN on November 11, 1931.

Preceded in death by his wife Ethel Mae, and his two sons Steven and Larry David and a sister Nell Blankenship of Humboldt TN.

Teds love of nature and life started at an early age riding horses in rural Tennessee and a train ride at 16 to boot camp in San Diego. His love of Navy life would last his lifetime, with his love of family and home town friends; he would continue to add new friends wherever he hung his hat. His continued his career working in civil service for the Navy Weather Department. Always gathering family and friends, old and new for hunting, snow skiing, and fishing from one of his Grady-Whites on the Chesapeake Bay or he would take you for a plane ride, up in the sky he loved. His favorite alone time was rising before sun up and flying a plane along the Virginia coast and watching the sun rise over the sea and beach he loved. In his senior years it was his love of golf with friends, and reminiscing to all who would listen about his favorite fairways and holes at the many courses he played. Traveling and reading a good book, especially military history, were things he also liked to share. His greatest pleasures were always interacting with young and old, from the guard at the base saying "have a good day Chief", to his many favorite restaurants from the Shore Drive corridor to the beautiful rural Pungo area who would start making his Manhattan as he walked in the door. Along these same areas on Sunday you would find him worshipping at different churches finding old friends and making new. Ted never met a person that didn't become a friend.

He is survived by two sisters Wilma McKenzie and husband Homer of Germantown, TN and Carolyn Kimbrell of Medina, TN, and beloved nieces and nephews. Ted is survived by numerous friends and two very special friends Marilyn McDonald and Todd Alspaugh. Ted retired from the US Navy and from Civil Service. Ted was a Mason for fifty years, Navy Weather Service Assoc. and Solo of Tidewater.

Masonic service will Saturday Jan. 25th at 4 p.m. followed by reception for family and friends until 6 p.m at the Bayside Masonic Temple No. 218 at 1465 Independence Blvd. Virginia Beach Virginia 23455.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Warren

 

2014, Front Royal, Warren Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Northern Virginia Daily on Jan. 11, 2014

Eula M. Blankenship, 90, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Wednesday, January, 8, 2014 at her home in Front Royal.

She is predeceased by her two husbands, Albert Wheeler Baker and Edward Blankenship.

Eula is survived by her daughters, Barbara (Donald) Hoover, Jo (John) Gearheart and Edwina Hitt; sister of Carl Hamm, Bobby (Louise) Hamm, Carol (Chuck) Long, Glenna Boaz, Peggy (Paul) Cool and Ruby Lee; grandmother of Lisa (Scott) Bolden, Guy Staats, Christopher (Jessie) Weeks, Joshua (Tasha) Gearheart, Robert Hoover, Aleta Hoover (Linda Kitchen) and Michael Gearheart; great-grandmother of Brandie Branzelle, Deanna Jenkins, Philip Jenkins and Alicia Gearheart; great-great-grandmother of Madison and Ethan Winner and Vincent Massullo.

Relatives and friends are invited to Eula's Life Celebration at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA on Sunday, January 12 from 2-4 PM and where a Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 13 at 11:00 AM. Interment will follow at Flint Hill Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Washington

 

+2013, Abingdon, Washington Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - February 19, 2013

John L. Lewis, Abingdon, Va., age 77, passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, at Valley Healthcare Center following an extended illness. He was born on Jan. 22, 1936, in Tazewell County, Va., a son of the late Marty and Pearl Blankenship Lewis.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, and two brothers. He was a former coal miner and truck driver. John had served his country in the U.S. Army in which time he was a Golden Glove Boxer. He was an avid fisherman and would never let the chance pass to spend time fishing at South Holston Lake which he deeply enjoyed. John loved all of his family and was particularly fond of his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He attended Adoration Church.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Loretta Looney Lewis of the home; five children, Samuel A. Lewis and wife Linda of Andersonville, Tenn., Michael D. Lewis and wife Stephanie of Abingdon, Rebecca Eskridge and husband Jeff of Shelby, N.C., Elizabeth Jenkins and husband Kerry of Greenville, Tenn., and Russell Z. Lewis of Abingdon;11 grandchildren, Margaret (Maggie) Lewis, Matthew Lewis, Mary Beth Dewberry, Samuel Lewis Jr., Katherine Ann Lewis, Stephen Inman, Keith Inman, Christopher Price, Jake Cumbo, Danni Roberts and Keri-Ann Jenkins; eight great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, at Adoration Church, 52 Old Airport Road, Bristol, VA 24201, with Pastor Todd Asbury and Pastor Ancil Childress officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1930 Census, Hurricane District, Buchanan Co., VA,

Lewis, Mardy 22, M, VA,

Lewis, Pearl 22, F, VA, Head, Wife,

Lewis, Durkis 01, F, VA, Dau,

Lewis, Darnell 00, M, VA, Son,

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1940 Census, Hurricane District, Buchanan Co., VA,

Lewis Mardie 32, M, VA, Head,

Lewis Pearl 30, F, VA, Wife,

Lewis Darcas 11, F, VA, Dau,

Lewis Darnell 10, F, VA, Dau,

Lewis Mabel 06, F, VA, Dau,

Lewis John 04, M, VA, Son,

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2013, Abingdon, Washington Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - February 24, 2013

Madalene Burks Hess, 76 years of age, formerly of Grundy, Va., passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, in Sarasota, Fla. Born in Roseann, [Buchanan Co.], Va., on Nov. 9, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Olivia Blankenship Burks.

She attended Bluefield Business College and worked as a secretary for several years as well as a dental assistant to her husband, Dr. L.L. Hess. She was a long-time member of Grundy Baptist Church and attended Highlands Fellowship in Abingdon. She was also a member of several clubs including: Red Hat club, Junior Women's club of Virginia, and Ladies Canasta club. She was an avid gospel music fan, enjoyed cooking (she was well known for her chicken and dumplings, chocolate gravy and banana pudding), attending UK basketball games and, most of all, spending time with her family.

Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray Burks and Robert Burks;and a very special Aunt, Lottie Ratliff.

She is survived by her husband, Lowell Lee Hess, Abingdon;four children, Tenesia Hess Daugherty, Lexington, Ky., Jeffrey L. Hess and wife, Nancy Yates Hess, Abingdon, Michele Hess Kennedy and husband, Tim Kennedy, Irmo, S.C., and Ashlee Hess Medley and husband, Chad Medley, Chilhowie, Va. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, Justin Daugherty, Nathan and Haylee Hess, Lucas and Lauren Kennedy, Hannah, Madison and Makenzie Medley;one sister, June Burks Marler and husband, Larry Marler, Titusville, Fla.;one brother, Bill Burks Jr., Hurley, Va.;and special friends, Carol McGlothlin Shumaker, Mary Stiltner, Mary Matney, Jean Liston (cousin), Brenda Lester, Judy Lester and Carmella Matney.

Funeral services for Madalene Burks Hess will be conducted Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at 11 a.m. at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Danny Hess and the Rev. Hans Hess officiating, with burial to follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock, Va. Active pallbearers will be Ronnie Burks, Danny Burks, Benny Burks, Ritchie Burks, Benjamin Burks, Reggie Burks, Travis Burks, Brad Burks, Robert Burks, Willie Burks, Larry Burks, Terry Hess, Eddie Jo Hess, Sam Hess, Chris Keen, Michael White, Greg Belcher, Greg "Bub" Belcher Jr., Halver Belcher, Eric Belcher, Gary Keen and Terry White. Honorary pallbearers will be Bill Kilgore, Tom Scott, Don Shumaker, Regis Stiltner, Bobbie Lester, Lloyd Lester, Larry Marler, Junior Endicott, Pastor Donald Medley, Pastor Hobert Kennedy and Mel Keen.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

1940 Census, Knox District, Buchanan Co., VA,

Burks, Willie 31, M, WV, Head,

Burks, Oliva 29, F, WV, Wife,

Burks, Roy 10, M, WV, Son,

Burks, Robert 08, M, WV, Son,

Burks, Madalene 03, F, VA, Dau,

Burks, Jundine 01, F, VA, Dau,

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2013, Abingdon, Washington Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - April 9, 2013

Matthew Brian Jones, age 43, went home to be with his Savior on Sunday, April 7, 2013. Matt was born on April 23, 1970, the youngest son of Butch and Peggy Jones. He was an outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting and gardening.

He was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Cornelius Blankenship; and both sets of grandparents.

In addition to his parents he is survived by his wife, Trish Jones; two sons, Josh Jones and wife Amber and Jacob "Boo Boo" Jones and wife Ashley all of Blountville, Tenn.; brother, Dave Jones and wife Marcella of Abingdon; sister, DeLana Jones of Abingdon; four very beautiful granddaughters, Isabella, Trinity, Ollie, and Rhylan;three nieces, Tiffany Jones, Allison Patrick and Alexis Patrick all of Abingdon; two nephews, Andrew Jones and wife Kelsey of Abingdon and Christian Montgomery of Roan Mountain, Tenn.; mother-in-law, Lydia Blankenship of Lebanon, Va.; sister-in-law, Drema Morris and husband Geoff of Roan Mountain; several uncles and aunts; and very special friends, Kenneth and Eileen Long.

A funeral service will be held at 8 p.m., Tuesday at the funeral home with the Rev. Kenny Fields and the Rev. Adam Wise officiating. A committal service will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday at Forest Hills Memory Gardens where "Dude" Bowman, Josh Fields, Mike Hearl, Andrew Jones, Dave Jones, Jacob Jones, Josh Jones, and Daniel Nunley will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Jones, Keith Nunley, and Randy Wooten.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Cornelius, 58, 20Sep1944 - 16Nov2002, Lebanon, Russell, VA, VA-229-58-2406

 

+2013, Abingdon, Washington Co., VA, Obituary

http://www.farrisfuneralservice.com/new_view.php?id=3424126

Hazel Irene Blankenship, age 77, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at Johnston Memorial Hospital. She was born to the late William Grizzle and Lydia Taylor Grizzle.

She is also preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Roosevelt Blankenship; six brothers; and one sister.

She is survived by her son, David Blankenship and wife Rebecca of Abingdon, VA; two daughters, Helen Sheeren and husband David of Aurora, CO and Shirley Lagioia and husband Frank of Arlington Heights, IL; brother, Dewey Grizzle of Mouthcard, KY; four grandchildren, Aveeda Walker of Chicago, IL, Lydia Blankenship of Austin, TX, Kevin Sheeren and Kathleen Sheeren both of Aurora, CO; and two great grandchildren, Lona Walker and Damien Walker.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 15th at the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service. Interment will follow at Mt. Rose Cemetery where family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Abingdon, Washington Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - August 24, 2013

Martha Barton Rowe Hall, 87, of Abingdon, Va., formerly of Rowe, Va., passed away Friday morning, August 23, 2013, at Grace Healthcare Center in Abingdon, Va. Born July 16, 1926, in Davenport, Va., she was a daughter of the later Abe and Nora Boyd Barton. She was a member of the Rowe Pentecostal Holiness Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Ellis Rowe; second husband, Earl Hall; two sons, Markrum Rowe and Souel Rowe; two daughters, Nora Rowe and Wanda Rowe; step-son, Dexter Rowe; and step-great-grandson, Chad Rowe.

Survivors include two sons, Ellis B. Rowe and wife, Joyce of Morristown, Tenn., and Fred Rowe and wife, Elizabeth of Rowe, Va.; one daughter, Patty Taylor and husband, Andy of Abingdon, Va.; daughter-in-law, Mary Rowe; step-daughters, Fonnie Hess of Honaker, Va. and Allie Hess and husband, Brady of Rowe, Va.; step-daughter-in-law, Opal Rowe of Rowe, Va.; grandchildren, Dean Rowe, Michael Rowe, Allen Rowe, Jennifer Arnold, Andrew Taylor, Richard Rowe, and Rosalee Taylor; great-grandchildren, Souel Rowe, David Rowe, Keith Rowe, Savnannah Arnold, Emily Arnold, and Trevor Rowe; step-grandchildren, Barbara McGraw, Ruth Vandyke, Kathleen Osborne, Joan Jamison, Gary Hess, Chester Rowe, Johnny Rowe, Danny Hess, and Charlene Jesse; several step-great-grandchildren; step great-great-grandchildren;nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, Auguat 25, 2013, at the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Osborne officiating. Interment will follow at the Rowe-Blankenship Cemetery in Rowe, Va. Grandsons and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Abingdon, Washington Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - August 27, 2013

Larry G. "Jake" Mullins, 64, Abingdon, VA, passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013, after a short illness. He was born to Laura Blankenship Mullins and the late Frank Mullins on April 9, 1949.

Larry graduated from Grundy High School in 1967 and shortly after married the love of his life, Judy Street Mullins of Garden Creek, Va. Larry was a Senior Vice President and the Clinch Mountain Regional Manager for New Peoples Bank. He had over 40 years of experience in the banking industry where he was passionate about making a difference in the lives of his customers and employees. Larry was also current president of the Washington County Shrine Club and was an active member of the Kazim Shrine Temple and the Sandy Valley and Shelby Masonic Lodges. He currently served as a deacon at Green Spring Presbyterian Church and was involved with Boy Scouts of America and Abingdon Faith in Action. Larry mostly loved to spend time with his grandchildren, golfing, hunting and working in his yard with his wife.

Larry is survived by his wife, Judy; two sons and their wives, Dr. Sean and Dianna Mullins of Bristol, Tenn., and Dr. Todd and Courtney Mullins of Swanton, Md; his mother, Laura of Grundy; his sister, Sandy Mullins Stiltner of Grundy; two brothers, Bill Mullins of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. and Frank "J. J." Mullins of Bristol, Tenn.; six grandchildren that he loved dearly, Carter, Bailey, J.T., Jordyn, Jake and Reagan; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at Green Spring Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jon Martin officiating. Masonic Rites will be provided by the Kazim Shrine Temple and the Sandy Valley and Shelby Masonic Lodges. It was Mr. Mullins' wish to be cremated after the service. Honorary pallbearers are Ronnie Phillips, Donnie Phillips, Gary Rose, Kevin Abel, Kenny Perkins, Mike Hillman, and his colleagues at New Peoples Bank.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Abingdon, Washington Co., VA Obituary

Washington County News (Abingdon, VA) - November 13, 2013

Donna Kay Stiltner, 42, passed away on Thursday, October 31, 2013, following an extended illness.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ann Campbell; sisters, Theresa Hartwell and Sherry Campbell; niece, Sydney Fleenor; and father-in-law, Johnny Stiltner.

She is survived by her husband, John Stiltner; son, Tyler Stiltner; daughters, Savannah Addair and fiance Brandon Bullington, Santanna Addair and fiance Mitchell Reed, McKenzie Stiltner and Bailey Stiltner; father, Junior Blankenship and wife Liz; grandchild, Rileigh Bullington; brother, David Blankenship ; sisters, Angie Hamblin and fiance Steve Henegar, Christine Fleenor and Theresa Smith and husband Greg; mother-in-law, Rhonda Stiltner; brother-in-law, Jeff Stiltner; aunt and uncle, Brenda and Bobby Musick; and several nieces and nephews.

Family and friends traveled in procession to Forest Hills Memory Gardens for graveside services where Chaplain Mark Morgan officiated. Pallbearers were Brandon Bullington, Mitchell Reed, Steve Henegar, David Blankenship, Dakota Blankenship, and Theron Naples. Honorary pallbearers were Scotty Musick, Greg Musick and Mikey Blankenship.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Abingdon, Washington Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - January 6, 2014

Russell Henry Rife, Abingdon, Va. age 80, passed away on Saturday, January 4, 2014, in the Camp section of Smyth County, Va. He was born in Hurley, Va., on August 6, 1933, to the late John Alvin Rife and Polly Rife Whitt.

He was also preceded in death by his step-father, Martin Whitt;and siblings, Judy Blankenship, Joe McMillen, Tennessee Rife, Rheta Walker, Shelby Coleman, and Cletus Rife.

Russell was a lifelong Coal Miner. He lived a good life and enjoyed being with his children and grandchildren, they were his life. He was a loving husband and is now sleeping and walking in the clouds.

He is survived by his loving wife, Molly Rife; his children, Terry Rife and wife Sharon, Speedwell, Va., and Donna Adkins and husband Jake, Meadowview, Va.; his siblings, Eleanor Walker, Oceana, W.Va., Pat Belcher, Oceana, W.Va., Roland Rife, Max Meadows, Va., and Andrew Rife, Wytheville, Va.; his grandchildren, Jessica Adkins and Ryan Cooke, Jason Adkins and Sami Brotherton, Brittany Rife and Sean Kell, Melody Pickle, and Jeremy Evans; great-grandchildren, Sylas Cooke, Rhiana Blankenship , Alex Blankenship , and Riley Pickle; his brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, William Matney and wife Arlene, Union, W.Va., and Wayne Matney, Panther, W.Va.; and a host of other loving friends and family members.

Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. on Monday, January 6, 2014, from the Bradley's Funeral Home Chapel in Marion, Va., with the Rev. Danny Hurley, the Rev. Hershel Hurley and the Rev. David Lester officiating. A graveside service will be held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at the Rife Cemetery in Hurley, Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Meadowview, Washington Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - January 22, 2013

Regina Mae Blankenship , age 83 [1930], of Meadowview, Va., passed away on Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, at the Smyth County Community Hospital [Marion, Marion Co., VA].

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph Blankenship; and four brothers, Virgil, Cecil, David and John Cameron Grady. Regina was a member of the Mahanaim United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Kay Maiden and husband Gale, Moravian Falls, N.C., Sheila Heldreth and husband Mike, Meadowview, and Karen Bordwine and husband O'Dell, Meadowview; six sisters, Lockie Blankenship, Agnes Farris, Bonnie Ratcliffe, Laurel Chapman, Ruby Henderson, and Edith Rector; three brothers, Lionel Grady, Henry Grady, and Derwood Grady; two grandchildren, Jill Howard and Krista Maiden; two great grandchildren, Ali Baty and Kayni Grace McGlocklin; and several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Meadowview, Washington Co., VA, Obituary

Bristol Herald Courier (VA) - May 27, 2013

Creed Fulton Pursifull, age 76, left his loving family here on Earth to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Johnston Memorial Hospital [Abingdon, Washington Co., VA]. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was born in Balkan, Ky., on March 20, 1937, to the late William Fulton Pursifull and Reba Wilder Pursifull.

He is also preceded in death by his sister, JoAnn Rutherford; granddaughter, Stephanie Nicole "Nikki" Smith; and grandson, Zachary Benjamin Pursifull.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Carolyn Sue Pursifull; son, William Thomas Pursifull of Meadowview; three daughters, Lori Ann Baxley of Abingdon, Va., Cynthia "Cin" Renee Keen and husband, Rodney, of Belfast, Va., and Sara Marie Snead and husband, Timmy, of Abingdon; brother, Otto Pursifull and wife, Bonnie, of Georgetown, Ky.; grandson, William Thomas "TJ" Pursifull II; six granddaughters, Amanda Blankenship and fianc, Ernie Yost, Tabitha Hughes and husband, Maurice "Mo", Tara Pursifull, Tiffany Smith, Mattie Snead and Bentlea Snead;and three great-grandsons, Landon Smith, Dominic Hughes and Taytumn Blankenship.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Greenfield Baptist Church, 13514 Glenbrook Ave., Meadowview, VA 24361, with the Rev. Thomas Capron officiating. Interment will follow in Greenfield Baptist Cemetery, where Rodney Keen, William Thomas "TJ" Pursifull II, Maurice "Mo" Hughes, Ernie Yost, Timmy Snead and John Pursifull will serve as pallbearers. Deacons of Greenfield Baptist Church will serve as honorary pallbearers. Military honors will be presented by Highlands Veterans Honor Guard and the Virginia National Guard.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Waynesboro City

 

+2013, Waynesboro City, VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - October 29, 2013

Margaret Ellen Hambrick, 82, of Waynesboro, Va., passed away peacefully at 11:40 a.m. on Monday, October 28, 2013 at Augusta Health in Fishersville, [Augusta Co.], Va. after a multiyear fight against multiple conditions. At the time of her death, her loving husband and constant caregiver, Dorphus "Corky" Hambrick, was at her side, as he had been the entire time of her fight. Born July 27, 1931 in Iaeger, W.Va., she was the daughter of A. Scott Blankenship and Maggie Collins Blankenship.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two brothers, Shelby Blankenship and Hugh Blankenship.

Margaret graduated from Princeton High School in Princeton, W.Va. in 1948 and later graduated from National Business College in Bluefield, W.Va. She met her husband, Dorphus Hambrick in 1949 in Glenwood, W.Va. They celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary this year. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Princeton, W.Va. and Westwood Baptist Church in Waynesboro, Va. Margaret was an artist (oil painting and ceramics), an avid crafter and loved cooking. She was also an entrepreneur and ran many successful businesses in Waynesboro during her life. She ran the Western Union office in the 70s, and started Waynesboro Secretarial Services at the same time. She ran Margaret's Gifts on West Broad Street and expanded the store to include a large ceramics shop where she taught classes. Margaret also did tax and bookkeeping work for many businesses and individuals throughout the years as Professional Bookkeeping and Tax Service.

Margaret is survived by her loving husband; and two devoted sons, Scott Hambrick of Alexandria, Va. and Michael Hambrick of Princeton, W.Va.; Scott's partner, John LeFlore; Michael's wife, Shirley Hambrick; three granddaughters, Keira Hambrick of Marietta, Ohio; Kirsty Hambrick of Baltimore, Md., and Fiona Hambrick of Princeton, W.Va.; and a special friend and caregiver, Sandra Whitlock of Waynesboro, Va.

Private services for family and immediate friends will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2013 at McDow Funeral Home - 1701 West Main Street in Waynesboro, Va. Interment will follow at Augusta Memorial Park - 1775 Goose Creek Rd in Waynesboro, Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Waynesboro City, VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on Dec. 6, 2013

William (Bud) Calvin Watts, 83, of Waynesboro, passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ilene Blankenship Watts and brother, Joseph Eldridge Watts.

He is survived by his daughter, Robin Smith of Schuyler; sisters, Gladys Davis of Waynesboro, Va. and Mary Ellen Ball of Racine, Ohio; special friend, Wyma Phillips; and nephews, Larry and David Ball.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013 in Fairview Cemetery with Mr. Jim Driscoll officiating.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Williamsburg City

 

2013, Williamsburg City, VA, Obituary

The News & Advance, (Lynchburg, VA) - May 18, 2013

George Ulric "Mickey" Brooks Jr. 78, of Williamsburg passed away Monday, May 13, 2013. He was born October 19, 1934, in Sycamore, Va., the son of the late G. U. Brooks Sr. and Vera White Brooks.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Vera Colucci.

Mickey is survived by his wife of 56 years, Shirley Blankinship Brooks; two sons G. U.Brooks III and H. Vincent Brooks; a brother, Ray B. Brooks and wife, Sharon; and cousin (or "second brother"), D. T. LeFew Jr. and wife, Barbara.

Upon his mother's passing, he went to live with his aunt, Vivian B. LeFew, in Lynchburg, Va. He graduated from E. C. Glass High School where he was voted friendliest in his class, and served as band president and lead drummer. He spent three years as a Naval Hospital Corpsman before attending Lynchburg College. George was a Boy Scout leader, member of the Jaycees, Rotary Club, and Salvation Army where he was named Southeastern Division Man of the Year. He began his professional career with Blue Cross, moved to real estate, and ultimately began his own business cleaning carpets. In addition to his sense of humor, he was known for his dedication to volunteering, ministering and encouraging those in need. Mickey was devoted to his Savior, his family and his fellow man. He was a member of Victory Christian Fellowship in Lynchburg and Williamsburg Christian Church in Williamsburg. He left quite a legacy...much more than any of us will ever know.

A celebration of his life will take place 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Williamsburg Christian Church on John Tyler Lane.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Winchester City

 

2014, Winchester City, VA, Obituary

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) - February 15, 2014

Arnold Junior Shortt, age 87, of Winchester, Virginia, formerly of Richlands, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, February 12, 2014 in Winchester, Virginia. Mr. Shortt was born October 25, 1926 in Buchanan County, Virginia to the late Floyd and Mandy Whitt Shortt.

He worked as a coal miner for 14 years, served as a sergeant in the Army, followed by many years as a commercial drywall contractor in Washington, DC. He was married to Janie Lee Osborne in 1957 until her death in 1991. In retirement, he enjoyed church, gardening, his dogs and his grandchildren. After the death of his wife, Mr. Shortt moved back to Richlands for 13 years. Eight years ago, Mr. Shortt moved back to the DC area to be with his children and grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by sisters, Pearl Blankenship, Grace Bucklen, and Rose Arwood; three brothers, Earl, Vervie, and Ervin Shortt, and two infant siblings, Bella and Velvie Shortt.

Survivors are: Daughter, Joan Cheney of Aberdeen, MD. Sons: Brian Keith Shortt of Frederick, MD, Dale Shortt of Cross Junction, VA. Sister: Gertie Reba Mosley of Richlands, Virginia. Six grandchildren and two great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Funeral services for Arnold Junior Shortt will be conducted Monday, February 17, 2014 at 11:00 am at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Virginia with the Rev. Arvil Arwood, Rev. Phillip Horton, and Rev. Bob Osborne officiating. Interment will follow at Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Virginia. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

Poss Wife of Elbert Blankenship in Buchanan Co., VA

 

Wise

 

2013, Coeburn, Wise Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Bristol Herald Courier on January 23, 2013

Lorraine Virginia Blankenbecler, 88, passed away Monday, Jan. 21, 2013, in the Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, [Bristol Co.], Tenn. She was a member of Mary's Chapel Church serving as secretary of the Sunday school; a member of the Order of Eastern Star No. 153, Coeburn and Rebekah Lodge.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Beecher and Ethel Perry; her husband, Ralph Leslie Blankenbecler; and a grandson, Lee Blankenbecler.

Surviving is a daughter, Cathy B. McConnell of Kingsport; two sons, Larry Blankenbecler and wife, Kathy, of Lexington, Ky., and Garry Blankenbecler of Coeburn; three brothers, David Perry of Coeburn, Beecher Perry of Marion, Va., and Greg Perry of Coeburn; a sister, Brenda Goodnough of Culpeper, Va.; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sturgill Funeral Home, 310 6th St. NW, Coeburn. Funeral Services will follow at 7 p.m., with the Rev. Marty Puckett officiating. Graveside services will be conducted 11 a.m., Friday, Jan. 25, 2013, at the Greenwood Acres Cemetery,

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2014, Wise, Wise Co., VA, Obituary

The Roanoke Times, (VA) - February 5, 2014

Mr. Winston D. (Hammer) Baker was born September 3, 1959 to the late Clinton and Cora Baker in Pulaski, Va. On January 30, 2014, our Heavenly father in his infinite wisdom called to his reward, Winston (Hammer) Baker. God sent his angel to Giles Community Hospital [Pearisburg, Giles Co., VA]and closed his eyes in that peaceful sleep, surrounded by his wife, and loving family.

Winston was a graduate of Pulaski County High School Class of 1978 and employed with New River Valley Truck Plant.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Cora Baker and a sister, Peggy Baker.

He leaves to mourn his loving wife, Angela Baker; daughters, Tenisha Holmes, April Corn (Shannon) of Raleigh, N.C., Marcus Baker of Radford, Dominque Biggs; stepchildren, Nicole, Terry, and Trey Freeman; one brother, Ronnie Baker; sisters, Mary Frances Henderson (James) of Roanoke, Carrie Clark of Dublin, Jenny (Gary) Redd of Pulaski, Ellen (Sammy) Poindexter of Dublin, Polly (Cory Robertson) Baker, and Desera Baker both of Pulaski; the new addition to the Baker Family, triplets, Keyon, Daejon,and Laron Baker; a special mother-in-law, Jenny Edwards of Pearisburg; brother -in-law, Darren Blankenship ; sisters-in-law, Vanessa (Jeff) Perkins, and Carl Evans (Mike Kirk); special friends, Prince Banks and Alfred "Al" Blankenship ; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, February 8, 2014 at Refreshing Center Church of God of Bob White Blvd. Rev. Gary Hash will deliver the eulogy. Interment will be held in Birchlawn Cemetery, Pearisburg, Va. Arrangements by Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

http://www.zabasearch.com ; Winston D Baker - 6312 Stephens Rd., Wise, VA 24293

 

Wythe

 

2013, Wytheville, Wythe Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Wytheville Enterprise on January 5, 2013

Maude L. Umberger, age 103, of Wytheville, Va., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. She was the daughter of the late Royand Lottie Walters Lindamood.

She was preceded In death by her husband, Cornelius Umberger.

She is survived by her daughters, Alma R. Testerman and Vivian Blessing, both of Wytheville; son and daughter-in-law, E.N. and Gladies Catron of Wytheville; special Nieces Edna Davenport and Jean Blankenship; and many special grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren.

Funeral service will be Friday 1 p.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Brian Wolford. In

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

2013, Wytheville, Wythe Co., VA, Death

Published in Wytheville Enterprise on April 27, 2013

Pansy Archer Blankenship, age 81, of Wytheville, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013. Arrangements will be announced later by Grubb Funeral Home.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Wytheville, Wythe Co., VA, Obituary

Wytheville Enterprise (VA) - May 1, 2013

Pansy Archer Blankenship, age 81, of Wytheville, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Warm Hearth in Blacksburg [Montgomery Co., VA]. She was the daughter of the late Frank and Eva Kincer Archer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Rudolph Blankenship.

She was survived by two daughters; and one granddaughter.

Graveside services were held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the West End Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

SSDI; Blankenship, Howard, 49, 10Dec1931 - ??Mar1981, Wytheville, Wythe, VA, VA-227-34-2858

 

1940 Census, Wytheville District, Wythe Co., VA,

Blankenship, Raymond 32, M, VA, Head,

Blankenship, Ethel 33, F, VA, Wife,

Blankenship, Rudolph 08, M, VA, Son,

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1940 Census, West Ward, Wytheville, Wytheville District, Wythe Co., VA,

Reed, Flora 75, F, VA, Head,

Archer, H. Frank 37, M, VA, NephewL,

Archer, Eva D. 30, F, VA, Niece,

Archer, Frank A. 13, M, VA, GNephew,

Archer, Robert R. 11, M, VA, GNephew,

Archer, Pansy L. 08, F, VA, GNiece,

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2013, Wytheville, Wythe Co., VA, Obituary

Published in Roanoke Times on July 21, 2013

Dr. Betty Vance Craft died Friday, July 19, 2013, after a long courageous battle with cancer.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Don; parents, Paul and Etta Bostic Vance; and a brother, Marvin Vance.

Left to cherish her memory are her son, Kevin; her sister, Joyce Pritt; and brother, Paul and wife, Barbara; sisters-in-law, Joyce Vance, Charlotte Craft, Betty Townsend and June Blankenship. Several nieces and nephews also survive.

Betty was born April 20, 1938, in Monroe County, W.Va. She graduated from Union High School, Concord College, Central Michigan University and earned her Doctorate from Virginia Tech. She was a Medical Technologist at the Appalachian Hospital in Beckley, W.Va., and taught at Alderson High School in Bluefield and Fort Chiswell High School.

In 1970 Dr. Craft joined the faculty at Wytheville Community College and served the college well as an outstanding teacher and instructional leader until her retirement June 1, 2002. She held the rank of Program Director of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program at the time of her retirement. Dr. Craft was recognized and honored for excellence in teaching by her colleagues through receipt of various awards which included the WCC Improvement of Instruction Award, the Virginia Community Colleges Association Faculty Showcase Award and National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development Teaching Excellence Award. Most important of all, she gave generously of herself to the students of the Medical Laboratory Technology Program by supporting them through her roles as teacher, mentor and friend. Betty was recognized by Wytheville Community College as Professor Emeritus in 2005 for her dedicated service as teacher and scientist.

Betty was an active member of the Wytheville Presbyterian Church and attended Circle 1. She served as State Treasurer of the Virginia Retired Teachers Association for many years as well as serving on local committees of the organization. She was co-chairman for recruiting volunteers for the Red Cross Bloodmobile. Betty was a former member of AAUW, Delta Kappa Gamma and was past president of the Wytheville Woman's Club.

Services for Betty Vance Craft will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013, at the Wytheville Presbyterian Church with Dr. John DiYorio officiating. Interment will be 2 p.m. at the New Lebanon Cemetery in Pickaway, W.Va.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com

 

+2013, Wytheville, Wythe Co., VA, Obituary

Wytheville Enterprise (VA) - September 4, 2013

Mary Etta Brewer Sloper, 85, of Wytheville passed away Sunday, August 25, 2013. The daughter of the late James and Maude Virginia Crigger Blankenship.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, John Walter "J. W." Brewer Jr.; second husband, Leroy "Sonny" Sloper; son, Timothy Byron Brewer; grandson, Jody Brewer; great-grandson, Joseph Nathaniel Gordon.

She is survived by her sons and daughter-in-law Johnny and Jackie Brewer, of Wytheville, Jeffrey Keith Brewer, of Speedwell; sisters and brothers-in-law Rhea Johnson, of Keesville, Gladys Brewer of Johnson City, Tenn., Barbara and Cecil Hall, of Bumpass, and Joan and Larry Miller, of Wytheville; brother and sister-in-law, Barney and Sue Seagle, of Ft Chiswell; grandchildren and spouses Timothy Lee Brewer, of Dublin, Kelli and Mark Winbourne, of Crockett, and Nathan and Yvonne Gordon, of Wytheville; great-grandchildren, Dakota, Jayden, and Kolbi; step-grandchildren, Sherry and Wes Eversole, and Jerry and Lorie Ward; and special care givers, Betty Parks, Pam Wynn, and Donna Andrews.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 2 p.m.. at the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel with the interment in the Speedwell United Methodist Church Cemetery.

From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)yahoo.com