Rita Roark Wright
Rita Roark Wright, age 59, died Monday, August 22, 2005 at her home. Rita had attended the Trigg Street Church of God and had worked as a Dental Assistant for Dr. Jim Stanley for almost 20 years. She was preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Roger Dale Roark and Judy Roark and a very special grandmother, Ebbie Roark.
She is survived by her husband Jerry Wright; her sons, Michael Shane Roark and wife Kristie of Bristol, VA and Cody Ryan Wright of the Home; a grandson, Phillip M. Roark her parents, June Roark and Louise Roark of Abingdon; two sisters, Kathy Kestner and husband Sam of Abingdon, VA and Angela Carr and husband Trey of Saltville, VA; a brother, Douglas Roark and wife Diana of Bristol, TN and several nieces and nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M., Thursday, August 25, 2005 in the Forest Hills Chapel of Farris Funeral Service (located on the grounds of Forest Hills Memory Gardens) with Rev. Wayne Chant and Rev. James Beaver officiating. Interment will follow in the cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dr. Jim Stanley, Dean Roark, Roger Allison, Ronnie Allison, Phillip Stallard, Mike Rush, Bobby Wright and Jimmy Anderson.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home. In place of flowers, the family has asked that memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 205 W. Main Street, Suite23, Abingdon, VA 24210.
Joyce Fields Gobble
Mrs. Joyce Fields Gobble, age 61, went to her better home on August 23, 2005 in Johnston Memorial Hospital. Joyce was born May 1, 1944 in Russell County, Virginia and was preceded in death by her parents, William and Thelma Willis Taylor, and by her first husband, Kenneth Fields. She will be remembered most for being a wonderful mother, grandmother and wife.
Survivors include her husband Billy Gobble; one daughter Teresa Henegar and husband Mike; sons Kenny Fields and wife, Tammie, and Dewayne Fields and wife Regina; a special nephew who is like a son, Bobby Taylor; step-daughter Lisa Lane and husband Bo; stepsons Gary Gobble and wife Wilma, and Eddie Gobble and wife Kim; grandchildren Josh Fields and wife Ashley, Keith Henegar, Kendra Fields, Layken Fields, Lindsey Henegar, and Paige Fields; step-grandson Adam Lane; one unborn great-grandchild; sisters Bernice Bagg, Kathleen Cox and husband Jack, and Brenda Selfe; brothers Gene Taylor and Dallas Taylor. Joyce is also survived by her loving church family at Barnes Chapel Church.
Funeral services for Joyce Fields Gobble will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at the Main Street chapel of Farris Funeral Service, 427 E. Main Street, Abingdon, with Rev. Corey Dye and Rev. Roger Hearl officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Gary Gobble, Eddie Gobble, Jackie Poston, Lynn Herbert, Danny Jeffers, McKinley Miller, Junior Taylor and Jimmy Taylor. Honorary pallbearers will be her wonderful neighbors.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Thursday night at the funeral home.
Phyllis Ann Terry
Phyllis Ann Terry, 60, died Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a native of Iaeger, West Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Alice Horn Powell, two brothers, A.C. Powell and Emmitt Powell and one sister, Martha Powell.
She is survived by her husband: King Terry
Son: Kevin Ray Powell, and wife, Samantha of Churchhill, TN
Three step-sons: King Terry, Jr. of Glade Spring, VA
Mark Terry of Glade Spring, VA
Gary Terry of Abingdon, VA
Five step- daughters: Kathy Moore of Charlotte, NC
Angie Ball of Bristol, VA
Pam Severt, of Konnarock, VA
Debbie Cuddy of Meadowview, VA
Wanda Kealey of Abingdon, VA
Two sisters: Jean Mullins of Horse Creek, WV
June Powell of Kenasaw, GA
Two grandsons: Dalton Ray Powell
Dustin Cruzzel Powell
One granddaughter: Kimberly Alice Powell
She is also survived by her daughters-in-law, sons-in-law , six nieces and four nephews.
The visitation for Phyllis Ann Terry will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2005 from 6-8 p.m. at the main street chapel of Farris Funeral Service. There will be a visitation Friday evening, August 26, 2005 at the High Knob Church in Iaeger, WV. The funeral for Mrs. Terry will be held Saturday, August 27, 2005 at the church in West Virginia with Rev. Paul Powell officiating. Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger, West Virginia will be in charge. Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service is in charge of local arrangements.
Florence Hawkins Scott
Florence Hawkins Scott, age 85, died Wednesday, August 24, 2005 at her residence near Abingdon. Florence was the daughter of the late Stephen J. B. Hawkins and Clara McIntyre Hawkins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charlie H. Scott and sisters, Lela Jett (Elsie) Gentry, Pauline Noonkester and Martha Lee Goodson. She was a member of the Woodland Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sisters, Dorothy H. Scyphers and husband Eugene Scyphers and Brenda A. Hawkins all of Abingdon, VA. A brother-in-law, Virgil L. Noonkester of Abingdon, VA, several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be conducted Saturday, August 27, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Pastor Bob McCormick officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens.
Her nephews will serve as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be Phillip Torbett, Mark Parks, Norman Gobble, Jack Shortt, Randy Doss, James F. Hagy and the men of Woodland Baptist church.
Flowers are to be omitted and memorial contributions can be made to the Woodland Baptist Church for the Tri-State Children’s Home, P. O. Box 618, Abingdon, VA 24212 or to the Animal Defense League, P. O. Box 2099, Abingdon, VA 24212.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 10:00-11:00 a.m. in the funeral home.
Frances "Flo" Bailey
Frances F. "Flo" Bailey age 62 passed away, Sunday, August 28, 2005, at the Bristol Regional Medical Center. She was a native and lifelong resident of Washington County, Virginia and was a former member of the Abingdon Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by: Her sister, Mildred L. Bailey; Two aunts, Josie R. Sullins and Mary Belle Jackson all of Bristol, Virginia; Several cousins.
A funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, August 31, 2005, at 2:30 PM in the Chapel of Memories Mausoleum in Knollkreg Memorial Park with Rev. Mr. Harry Hall officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until the time of service at the Mausoleum.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the St. Jude Children's Hospital, Memorial Program, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the Bristol Life Saving Crew, 1601 Euclid Avenue, Bristol, VA 24201.
Aleen Rose Alderman
Aleen Cox Alderman, age 86, formerly of Galax, VA passed away Saturday, August 27, 2005 in Chilhowie, VA. She was the daughter of the late Dr. Carl and Ruth Cox of Galax, VA. She graduated from Radford College and taught school several years. She attended the First United Methodist Church in Galax and Meadowview.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roland Alderman; a brother, Ben Cox and his wife, Virginia Jones Cox.
Survivors include three nieces, Valerie Carter and husband H. C. Carter, Jr., of Chilhowie, VA, Lib Mutter and husband Dennis of Prince George, VA, Deanna Rose (DEDE) Cox of Meadowview, VA, one nephew, Carlisle Cox and wife Sherri of Desert Hills, Arizona.
A memorial graveside service will be conducted Friday, September 9, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. in the Felts Cemetery, Galax, VA. There will no visitation in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 306 West Center Street, Galax, VA 24333-2806.
James Daniel Moore
James Daniel “Dan” Moore, age 60, passed away August 27, 2005 at his home. Dan was born July 13, 1945 in Abingdon and was a life long resident of the area. He was a member of the Appalachian Independence Support Group; Blue Ridge Chapter Washington County ,Virginia
He was preceded in death by his wife Dana McClanahan Moore, his father Daniel Dayton Moore, and one sister Shirley Akers.
Dan is survived by his mother Ruth “Irene” Moore of Abingdon, two daughters Melissa “Missy” Arnold and husband Mark of Abingdon and Shannon Waddell and husband Keith of Mooresville, North Carolina. One brother , Joseph “Donnie” Moore of Abingdon. Two grandchildren, Meagan Lau and Morgan Stevens. Special caregiver and friend of the family, Becky Simmons.
The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, August 30, 2005 in the Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service, with Rev. Irvin Wyatt, Jr. and Rev. Scott Linginfelter officiating. Internment will follow at Forest Hills Memory Gardens, Colonial Chapel Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends from 6:00P.M.-8:00P.M. Monday at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Jody Moore, Joe Arnold, Woody McClanahan, Jerry Arnold, Kenny Gerard, Larry Rust. Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. James Denton, Dr. F. Ellison Conrad, Dr. W.E. Moody, III, Dr. R.D. Neal, Carl Greer, Mike Mangrum, Jay Johnson, and Roscoe Bowman.
Flowers will be accepted or memorial contributions can be made to Appalachian Independence Center in care of Ruth Penland, 230 Charwood Drive, Abingdon, Virginia 24210.
Robert Anthony Jones
Mr. Robert Anthony Jones, age 62, died Tuesday, August 30, 2005 at the Grace Healthcare Center in Abingdon.
Robert was born on June 8, 1943 in Unicoi County, Tennessee and was a son of the late Dudley Jones and Winifred Lee Kiser Jones. Robert was a former employee of the railroad and was a member of St. Ann Catholic Church in Bristol.
Robert is survived by his cousins, John Jones and wife Vivian of Bristol, TN and Hilda Canter of Abingdon, VA.
A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 A. M. Friday, September 2, 2005 in the East Hill Cemetery with Rev. Timothy E. Keeney officiating.
Robert Lee Saunders, Jr.
Robert Lee Saunders, Jr., died Tuesday, August 30th at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Virginia, from complications following a stroke. He was 89. He and his wife, the former Virginia Teague, have been residents of Abington since 1981. September 18th would have marked their 62nd wedding anniversary.
A memorial service will be held at the Abingdon Baptist Church on Tuesday, September 6th, 2005 at 4:30 PM, followed by interment at Forest Hills at 5:30 PM. Mr. Saunders was predeceased by his son, Walter Teague Saunders, who will be interred alongside his father at Forest Hills. Dr. Steven W. Pollard will officiate at both ceremonies.
Attending the ceremonies will be his son Robert L. Saunders, III, of New Bern, NC and his daughter Susan S. Horne of Sharon, MA, along with their families. They include Susan's husband Ernest William Home and their son Henry Robert Home. Also attending will be Robert's wife Cristina and daughter Lesley.
Robert L. Saunders, Jr. was born in New Jersey on July 8th , 1916, the third of four children. His father, Robert L. Saunders, Esq., was superintendent of schools in Irvington, NJ. His mother, the former Edith Daniels, was a schoolteacher. Robert L. Saunders, Jr., graduated from Franklin and Marshall College and Lehigh University with degrees in economics and engineering, respectively.
During World War II, he logged 3,000 flight hours as a naval aviator, 1942-1945. Lt. Saunders flew anti-submarine patrols in the Caribbean and off the coasts of Brazil and Argentina. He later transferred to the 7th Fleet in the South Pacific where he piloted longrange reconnaissance and bombing missions in a twin-engine Lockheed Ventura in the Dutch East Indies. Lt. Saunders' personal decorations included six air medals and the Distinguished Flying Cross for "heroism and extraordinary achievement in aerial flight during operations against enemy Japanese forces in the Philippine Islands Area." Upon release from the US Navy, he resumed his professional career as an engineer, inventing a number of telephone- related devices and devising cost saving processes at New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, Newark, NJ, 1946-1959.
In 1960, he transferred to Bell Laboratories where he worked in New York City and then Holmdel, NJ. He was a member of the Technical Staff, Traffic Engineering, Quality Control and Systems Engineering. He retired in 1981, and moved with Virginia to Abingdon. Throughout his professional career and during his retirement years, Mr. Saunders was active in community affairs. In New Jersey, he served as a deacon at the Basking Ridge Presbyterian Church; President of the Oak Club (Basking Ridge); Vice President of the Bernards Township Board of Education; President, PTA - Freehold Township. In Abingdon, he served as Vice President, Washington County Historical Society and Secretary for the Kiwanis Club of Abingdon.
The Saunders family would like to especially thank Robert L. Saunders' physician, Dr. Jonathan Swank, the nursing staff at Johnston Memorial Hospital, and Hospice of Southwest Virginia for their care and outstanding professionalism in assisting him during his last difficult days.