ALTON DAVID MATHIS
MEADOWS OF DAN - Alton David Mathis, 88, passed away Friday, April 25, 2003 at the VA Medical Center in Salem. He was an Army Veteran of World War II and retired from Chrysler Corp.
Survivors include: his wife, Marie L. Mathis, Meadows of Dan; two daughters, Diane Robinson, Perkiomenville, PA, Lynne Moore, Cape May Court House, NJ; step-daughter, Jeannie Belcher, Meadows of Dan; son, Alton David Mathis II, Meadows of Dan; brother, Delbert P. Mathis, Coco Beach, FL; sister, Carol Massey, Woodlawn; nine grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at Light House Baptist Church with Reverend J. C. Willard officiating. Military services was conducted by Patrick County Memorial Honor Guard. The family was served by Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd.
RICHARD A. "DICKY" PALMER
RINER - Richard A. "Dicky" Palmer, 51, was taken from us along with his loyal faithful friend, his loving dog, Rufus, on Tuesday, April 22, 2003.
He was an active and faithful member of Mount Elbert United Methodist church where he served as Stewart.
An avid photographer, artist, woodworker and outdoorsman he was known for his love of animals. A cattle rancher he had been employed as a photographer for both the Montgomery News Messenger and the Southwest Times, and more recently had been a relief bus driver for Montgomery County Public Schools. A loving son, father, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend to all he met he will be sadly missed.
Preceded in death by his older brother, Fred S. Palmer, Jr., he is survived by his parents, Fred S. and Elizabeth Dunn Palmer; son, Jeremiah Palmer, all of Riner; sisters and brothers-in-law, Sandra P. and Junior Moye, Riner, Elizabeth P. and Barry Burbage, Girard, PA; a step-son, Will Vest, and step-daughter, Amy Vest Hamm both of Bent Mountain; numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 28, at Mount Elbert United Methodist Church conducted by Reverend Mickey White. Memorials may be made to Mount Elbert United Methodist Church. Horne Funeral and Cremation Service, Christiansburg, handled arrangements.
BERNICE BOND REED
FLOYD - Bernice Bond Reed, 96, passed away, April 27, 2003 at Skyline Manor Nursing Home. She was a long time member of Beaver Creek Church of the Brethren. She was preceded by her husband, Asa C. Reed; son, Freeman Reed and a grandchild, Becky Lynne Reed. She is survived by: daughter and son-in-law, Treva and Clarence Reed of Roanoke; two sons and daughters-in-law, Elvin and Betty Reed of Floyd, Menis and Carolyn Reed of Floyd; daughter-in-law: Elenaor Reed of Floyd; brother, Glare Bond of Floyd; 12 grandchildren, several great grandchildren. Funeral service was held on Tuesday, April 29, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Gardner Funeral Home with the Reverend Richard Thomas officiating. Interment followed in Beaver Creek Cemetery. Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd, handled arrangements. RAYMOND EUGENE SHARVER FLOYD - Raymond Eugene Sarver, 73, passed away, April 26, 2003. He was preceded in death by his wife Gertrude Sarver. He retired from Radford City Schools as Head Custodian. He is survived by: brother-in-law, Gordon Rose of Delaware; two special nieces, Linda Cook of Floyd, Nancy Hubbard of Floyd. Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Gardner Funeral Home, with Reverend Becky Ayers officiating. Interment followed in Jacksonville Cemetery. Arrangements by Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd.
WILLIAM (BILL) JACKSON DICKERSON
WINCHESTER - William Jackson Dickerson (Bill), 72, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003 in Winchester Medical Center.
He was born August 24, 1930 in Montgomery County, the son and only child of the late Pose J. Dickerson and Louann Thomas Dickerson Licklider. He worked for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, where he earned many awards.
He was a 1949 graduate of Warren County High School and an Airman First Class in the United States Air Force serving in the Korean War.
He served as head trustee and custodian for Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church and worked as an audio technician.
He married Coraella Pierce on July 22, 1955 in Winchester.
Surviving with his wife are: three daughters, twins, Brenda Kay Virts of Stephens City, and Linda Gay Fox of Winchester, and Pamela Jean Wallace of Yorktown; five grandchildren. The funeral was held at 1 p.m. on March 28, 2003 at Jones Funeral Home, Winchester, with the Reverend Darrel Taylor officiating. Burial was in Shenandoah Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Grace Brethren Church Building Fund, 1025 Cedar Creek Grade, Winchester 22602.
Special cousins from this area include: Julius and Eunice Dickerson of Floyd; W. Clyde and Velta Maxey of Cloverdale; Nettie Alice T. and Walter Boothe of Daleville; Frank and Isobel Dickerson of Fincastle; Anne (Obetta) D. Trevethan of Amherst; Jean D. Young deLamorton of Chesapeake and Evelyn D. Webb of Roanoke.
HENRY HARRISON EARLES
RADFORD - Henry Harrison Earles, 77, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2003 at the VA Medical Center in Salem. He served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.
Survivors include: son, Lamont Earles, Findlay, OH, two daughters, Enid Earles, Lory Earles, Brooklyn, NY; two brothers, Maurice Lee Earles, Smith Mountain Lake, William Barker Earles, Claytor Lake; two sisters, Marie Hypes, Newport, Patricia Ann Moses, Floyd; two grandchildren, Bridget Earles, Findlay, OH and Adam Henry Pelling, Orlando, Florida.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2003 at Maberry Funeral Home Chapel, Floyd, with Reverend Gina Rhea officiating.
Interment will follow in Beaver Creek Cemetery, Floyd, with military honors by Floyd V.F.W. Post #7854 and Floyd American Legion Post #127.
JOHN HOWARD FERRIS
COPPER HILL - John Howard Ferris, 63, passed away Sunday, April 13, 2003 at the VA Medical Center.
He is survived by: his wife, Dorothy Stump Ferris; one daughter and son-in-law, Christina and Steve Sixbey of Thaxton; two grandchildren, Savannah and Brandon Sixbey; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Marie and James Yopp of Bent Mountain and Frances and Ira Waller of Copper Hill; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 16, at 11 a.m. at Wood Funeral Home with Reverend Tim Nichols officiating.
Interment was at Salem Church Cemetery with military honors by Floyd VFW Post #7854 and Floyd American Legion Post #127. Wood Funeral Home, Floyd, handled arrangements.
GOLDIE KING POFF
COPPER HILL - Goldie King Poff, 82, passed away Wednesday, April 9, 2003. She was the widow of Eldridge Oscar Poff.
Survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy and R. Stephen Nichols, Copper Hill, Sharon and Boyd Blevins, Roanoke; grandchildren, April Nichols, Lori Ann Nichols, Copper Hill; sister, Ollie Bartlett, Copper Hill; brother, Hilton King, Roanoke.
Funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 11 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel, Floyd, with Reverend David Henderson officiating.Interment in Restvale Cemetery.Obituaries for week of April 17, 2003
WILLIAM ALVIN SHANKS
SALEM - William Alvin Shanks, 92, passed away Tuesday at Lewis-Gale Hospital. He was a retired Iron Worker.
He is survived by: two sons and daughter-in-law, James Shanks, Crownville, Maryland, Thomas and Peggy Shanks, Laurel, Maryland; two grandsons, Raymond and Richard Shanks, four great-grandchildren; five bothers and sisters, Lewis Shanks, Covington, Ralph Earl Shanks, Salisbury, Maryland, Tom Shanks, Florida, Betty Selmar, Fredricksburg, Iowa, Peggy Shanks, Florida; numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held on Friday, April 11, at 1:00 p.m. at Piedmont Pentcostal Holiness Church with Reverend Ed Richardson and Reverend Willie Yates officiating.
Burial was in the Piedmont cemetery. Arrangements by Wood Funeral Home, Floyd.Obituaries for week of April 17, 2003
RODNEY PATRICK BOOTH
FLOYD - Rodney Patrick Booth, 37, passed away, March 18, 2003.
He is survived by: wife: Jodie Humphries Booth; mother: Rebecca Grace Booth of Shawsville; daughter: Autumn Booth; three step-children: Kaya Williams, Shay Williams, Cheyenne Williams; two brothers: John Booth of Christiansburg, Joe Booth of Riner; mother-in-law and father-in-law: John and Kathy Humphries of Ohio.
A memorial service was held on Friday, March 21, 2003 at 11 a.m. at Gardner Funeral Home with Rev. Eddie Booth officiating.
Gardner Funeral Home, Floyd, handled arrangements.
LOLA MARY MYERS
PENNSYLVANIA - Mrs. Lola Mary Myers, 73, of Trevanion Road, Taneytown, died Thursday, March 20, at The Brethren Home Community, New Oxford, PA, after an extended illness.
Born February 7, 1930 in Floyd County, she was a daughter of the late Jabe H. and Carsie Ella Weeks Hylton. She was the wife of Thurston S. Myers, her husband of 54 years.
She as a member of the Union Bridge Church of the Brethren and the M and M Senior Citizens of the church. She was formerly employed at the Brethren Service Center, New Windsor with SERRV.
She was a homemaker enjoying cooking, baking, sewing, gardening and reading.
In addition to her husband she is survived by two daughters, Linda K Vitello, Fairfax, Barbara J. Ferguson and husband James, New Windsor; three grandchildren, Laura Schweitzer and husband Mark, Terry Gooding and wife Yvonne, Timothy Ferguson; four great-grandchildren; one sister, Wilma Jean Dippery and husband Joe, Westminster; three brothers, Ervin K. Hylton, Riner, Reverend Clyde E. Hylton and wife Mona, Richmond, IN, Nelson R. Hylton and wife Nancy, Roanoke; two sisters-in-law, Della Cook, North Carolina, Mildred Darnall, New Windsor; nieces and nephews.
She was predeceased by a sister, Luvina Heskett and a brother, Emory T. Hylton.
Funeral service was held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 24, at Union Bridge Church of the Brethren, with Reverend James Benedict, her pastor, officiating.
Interment followed in Pipe Creek Cemetery, near Linwood.
Memorial contributions may be made to Union Bridge Church of the Brethren, P.O. Box 518, Union Bridge, MD 21791 or The Brethren Home Community, 2990 Carlisle Pike, P.O. Box 128, New Oxford, PA 17350.
Hartzler Funeral Home handled arrangements.
HESTER CLOWER CARR
CHECK - Hester Clower Carr, 94, passed away, November 6, 2002 at New River Valley Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Ronceverte Carr; father and mother, Dalas and Minnie Clower; six brothers, Elmer, Clinton, Paul, Lewis, Jewel and Vernon Clower. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, Cecil and Dorothy Carr, Check; grandson and wife, Jerry and Wanda Carr, Check; great-granddaughter, Kayla Carr, Check.
Graveside service was held Saturday, November 9, 2002 at Huffville Cemetery with Dr. Fred Austin officiating. Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd, handled arrangements.
ORVILLE HENRY CONNER
ROANOKE - Orville Henry Conner, 64, passed away in his sleep at home on Thursday, November 7, 2002. He retired from Roanoke City Mills with over 40 years of service, and was a member of Poages Mill Church of the Brethren.
He enjoyed his retirement with farming, gardening, and flea market produce sales. He was preceded in death by a son, Andrew Hank Conner.
Surviving are: his wife of 42 years, Polly Young Conner; children and spouses, Basil and Stephanie Conner, Lola and David Bush, Helen and Charles Lamb; four special grandchildren that he loved very much, Matthew and John Henry Bush, Emily and Hank Conner; special neighbors considered as adopted family, Haleigh, Jackie, and Jennifer Wolfe; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mildred and Cecil Craighead, Margaret and Shelton Beckner, Alice and Kenny Stevens.
Services were held Oakey's South Chapel, at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2002. Reverend Maurice Wright officiated. Interment followed in Copper Hill Church of the Brethren Cemetery. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel.
LILLIAN MARY DEHART DICKERSON
WILLIS - Lillian Mary Dehart Dickerson departed this life Friday, November 1, 2002 at her home in Willis.
She was born in Floyd on September 20, 1912, one of ten children born to Abraham and Mary Weddle Dehart. She attended Radford College and taught school at Union, Willis, Floyd, Mount Ruffner, and in Knoxville, Tennessee. In 1935 she married Walter Howard Dickerson, Jr. Besides living on the Dickerson family farm in Willis, they also lived in Knoxville, Tennessee, and Morgantown, West Virginia. Howard, Jr. passed away in 1973.
She is survived by: two sons and daughter-in-law, Howard III and Hilda Dickerson, Marion Dickerson, all of Willis; one daughter and son-in-lawe, Mary and Jack Fazenbaker, Frisco, Texas; grandchildren, Walt Dickerson, Ann Burkhart, Jenni Webb and Ben Webb; great grandchildren, Jared and Evan Richardson; a loving sister, India Dehart, Orlando, Florida; numerous nieces and nephews also survive.
A graveside service was held on Tuesday, November 5 at 11:00 a.m. at the Greasy Creek Cemetery in Willis. Thank you MaMa Lil for blessing our lives. We will miss you.
Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd, handled arrangements.
IVAN MCCOY HARMON
FLOYD - Ivan McCoy Harmon, 74, passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2002 at his home.
Survivors include: his wife, Alva Mae Harmon, Floyd; brother, Earl Harmon, Floyd; sister, Ethel Williams, Floyd; sisters-in-law, Treva Harman, Ruby Harman, Dorothy Harmon, Juanita Harman, Floyd, Marie Williams, Roanoke; brothers-in-law, Eugene Hylton, Floyd, William Owens, Southmont, North Carolina, Jerry Harman, Jr., King George; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 7, 2002 at Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Reverend Michael Varner officiating. Burial followed in Topeco Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Topeco Church of the Brethren Building Fund or Floyd County Rescue Squad.
TERESA ANN LESTER LYNN
CHRISTIANSBURG - Teresa Ann Lester Lynn, 41, passed away suddenly at home Sunday, November 10, 2002. She was born July 1, 1961.
Surviving are: her husband, Clyde Lynn, Jr., Christiansburg; two daughters, Stacy Lynn, Heather Lynn, both of Christiansburg; parents, Ronnie and Betty Lester, Riner; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Debbie and Donnie Quesenberry, Riner, Cindy and Troy Ford, Christiansburg; grandmother, Zell Lester; brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Missy Lester, Riner; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Karen and Ronnie Smith, Pulaski, Mack Lynn, Rick and Donna Banks, Christiansburg.
She is also survived by nephews, nieces and many friends who loved her. Teresa was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Riner. She was a kind and gentle spirit who loved animals and family. Her girls were precious to her as she was to them. The love between mother and daughter is forever.
Funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel, Floyd, with Reverend Murray Agee officiating. Burial followed in Duncan Cemetery in Riner.
ZULA "JUDY" WEEKS SCHAEFFER
WILLIS - Zula "Judy" Weeks Schaeffer, 65, passed away Friday, November 8, 2002 at New River Valley Medical Center.
She was the daughter of the late Thornton C. and Oneta Keith Weeks.
Surviving are: her husband, William Lewis Schaeffer, Willis; five daughters, Karen Bell, Seattle, WA, Vanessa Bartlett, Brunswick, ME, Renee Schaeffer, Willis, Raye McCoy, Shinnston, WV, Risa Retzlaff, Front Royal; six sons, William L. Schaeffer, Jr., Manassas, Roger Schaeffer, Jefferson City, TN, Tom A. Silvious, Albany, NY, Richard Schaeffer, Hubert, NC, John Schaeffer, Wesley J. Harris; brother, Joseph C. Weeks, Lusby, MD; 20 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 13, 2002 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel, Floyd, with Reverend Bryan Childress officiating. Burial followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Willis.
DORIS RUDOLPH TURMAN
FLOYD - Doris Rudolph Turman, 80, passed away Tuesday, November 5, 2002.
He was a veteran of the Army Air Corp of World War II. He retired as owner and operator of Floyd Gulf Station, Went End Gulf Station and Floyd Tire Shop. An antique auto enthusiast, he was a charter member of the Roanoke Valley Region AACA. He was committed to community service and was actively involved in bringing progress to Floyd County. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, he will be greatly missed.
Survivors include: his wife of 59 years, Nettie Clifton Turman, Floyd; twin sons and daughters-in-law, David and Diana Turman, Hickory, NC, Danny and Jackie Turman, Salem; brother and sister-in-law, Walter and Addie Mae Turman, Christiansburg; sister-in-law, Elma Turman, Floyd; grandchildren, Andrew Turman and wife Jane, Jinny Turman, Alex Turman, Michelle Richardson and husband Eric, Ashley Allemann and husband Alex; step-grandsons, Chris Burkett, Matthew Burkett; great-grandchildren, Spencer Richardson, Regan Richardson.
Funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, November 8, 2002 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Allen Terry and Elder James L. Cassell officiating. Burial followed in Plasters Family Cemetery in Vesta, VA.
CAVEL LEE BISHOP
WILLIS - Cavel Lee Bishop, 88, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2003 at New River Valley Medical Center. He was born August 20, 1914. He was preceded in death by: his parents, Charles and Ida Dulaney Bishop; two brothers, Ray and Junior Bishop; two sons-in-law, Roger Woolwine and Eldon Duncan.
He leaves behind a loving, caring wife Daisy H. Bishop. Other survivors include: daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara B. Duncan, Willis, Gail B. and Lloyd Cole, Dublin, Brenda W. and Wayne Henegar, Alum Ridge; sons and daughters-in-law, Donnie W. Bishop, Floyd, Danny and Pat Bishop, C. L. and Dreama Bishop, Christiansburg; sister and brother-in-law, Nina and Junior Wiess, Pulaski; 16 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, five step great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2003 at Maberry Funeral Home Chapel, Floyd, with Reverend Kenny Wurzburger and Reverend Justin Quesenberry officiating. Interment followed in Big Sand Cemetery.
TROY LEE HOLLANDSWORTH
INDIAN VALLEY - Troy Lee Hollandsworth, 81, passed away Saturday, May 24, 2003 at Montgomery Regional Hospital. He was born April 4, 1922. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norman and Mae Hollandsworth and a brother, Kineth Hollansworth. He was a loving father, husband, grandfather and brother. He retired from Radford Army Ammunition Plant after 32 years of service. He was also a World War II veteran and a member of Hillsville V.F.W. Post #1115.
Survivors include: a loving wife of 60 years, Mabel S. Hollandsworth, Indian Valley; son and daughter-in-law, Roger Wayne and Darelene Hollandsworth, Roanoke; daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Dennis Roop, Houston, Texas, Judy and Phil Pope, West Lafayette, IN, Peggy and Wayne Duncan, Willis; granddaughters and husbands, Katrina and Todd Wilson, Hiwassee, Tracey and Tim Slaughter, Floyd, Danelle and Bill Bradshaw, Roanoke; grandsons, Greg Pope, Austin, Texas, Jason Pope, Indianapolis, IN, Travis Duncan, Orlando, Florida, Michael Hollandsworth, Harrisonburg, Brian Duncan, Willis; step-granddaughter, Chrys Pope, New Orleans, LA; brother and sister-in-law, Bill and Muriel Hollandsworth, Christiansburg; sister and brother-in-law, Myrtle and Carmon Marshall, Radford; sister-in-law, Vera Hollandsworth, Willis.
Funeral service was held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at Indian Creek Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Kenneth Hopkins officiating. Burial was in Captain George Quesenberry Cemetery with military honors by Hillsville V.F.W. Post #1115. Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd, handled arrangements.
ERMAN LANE NAFF
CHECK - Erman Lane Naff, 88, passed away Thursday, May 22, 2003 at his home. He was retired from Radford Army Ammunition Plant with 30 years of service. During his retirement years he enjoyed his hobby, working on clocks.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hybunia Naff. Survivors include: son and daughter-in-law, William and Connie Naff, Lebanan, Tennessee; daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Boyce Thompson, Orlando, Florida; grandchildren, Virginia Thompson, London, England; Caroline Thompson, Gainesville, Florida, Alicia Naff, Lebanon, Tennessee.
Graveside service was held Tuesday, at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27, 2003 at Jacksonville Cemetery with Reverend Elbert Lee Naff officiating. Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd, handled arrangements.