Ellis Eugene Mitchem Sr. of Wytheville, 74, died Friday, May 31, 2002, at his residence. He was a veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Leah Hedrick Mitchem; a brother, Floyd Mitchem; and a sister, Freda Jones.
Survivors include: his wife, Elizabeth Archer Mitchem, Wytheville; daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Gene Slate, Wytheville; son and daughter-in-law, Ellis E. Jr. and Carolyn Mitchem, Marion; step-children and spouses, Ernest and Marie Archer, Max Meadows, Kenneth and Deborah Archer, Pulaski, and Jerry and Patty Archer, Wytheville; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; eight step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held Monday, June 3 at 2 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Penny Dale and the Rev. Bill Dale officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Grubb Funeral Home.
The Grubb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ruby S. Paisley of Independence, 84, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax.
Survivors include: her husband, John C. Paisley of the home; daughter, Joan Paisley Lennon, Winston-Salem, N.C.; son and daughter-in-law, Buddy and Alice Paisley, Galax; two sisters, Cleta Paisley, Mouth of Wilson, and Fannie Hutton of Marion; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Friday at First Baptist Church in Independence. Interment followed in Young’s Chapel Cemetery, Mouth of Wilson.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Allen Monroe Turley of Wytheville, 80, died, Thursday, May 30, 2002 at his residence. He was the son of the late John M. and Ida Dillman Turley and was a veteran of World War II.
Survivors include: his wife,Linda Havens Turley, Wytheville; daughters and son-in-law, Patricia and James Johnson, Marion, and Pamela Cassell, Wytheville; step-daughters, Judy Altizer, Wytheville, and Deanna Allen, Barren Springs; step-son, Philip Havens Jr., Chilhowie; sister, Ruby Hounshell, Wytheville; brother, William “Butch” Turley, Marion; grandchildren, Wendy Hamm, Fries, Tracy Johnson, Marion, Brandy Cassell, Brittany Cassell and Bradley Davis, all of Wytheville; step-grandchildren, Jared Havens, Hillsville, Amanda Altizer, Wytheville, and Maranda Allen, Barren Springs; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Albert Brown officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery in Rich Valley. The family will receive friends at Grubb Funeral Home Saturday, June 1, from 6 to 8 p.m.
The Grubb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Jack K. Owens of Taylors Valley, 70, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at his residence. He was a lifelong resident of Washington County and was a son of the late Clyde Scott and Pearl Emma Campbell Owens. He was retired from the U.S. Air Force after 34 years of service, having served in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam. He was a life member of he VFW Post #9830 and of the American Legion Post #135. Mr. Owens was a member of Walnut Grove Church of the Brethren in Taylors Valley.
Survivors include: his wife, L. Estelle Owens; two daughters, Rosella B. Dixon and Noella V. Griggs, both of Warner Robins, Ga.; three sisters, Lillian Parker, Marion, Ruth McVey, Bristol, and Retha Ganoe, Baltimore, Md.; three brothers, Robert Owens, Damascus, Bert Owens, Bristol, and John S. Owens, Baltimore, Md.; three grandsons, Brett, Caleb and Cody Dixon, all of Hawkinsville, Ga.; one granddaughter, Melissa Griggs, Warner Robins, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2002, at Garrett Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Terry Johnson officiating. The committal service and interment will be Sunday at 2 p.m. in Sunset Memorial Park in Damascus. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Virginia Hospice Care, P.O. Box 257, Rural Retreat, VA 24368 or to a charity of one’s choice. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:45 p.m. Saturday prior to the funeral service. Condolences may be sent to the family via e-mail at email@example.com.
Garrett Funeral Home in Damascus is in charge of the arrangements.
Delmer Neal Harris of Tucson, Ariz., 68, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at the Tucson Veteran’s Hospital. He was born August 1, 1933, in Chatham Hill, a son of the late William Henderson and Myrtle Lamie Harris. He was a former resident of Rich Valley and Troutdale. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was retired after 27 years of service. He was a carpenter by trade.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Grace Harris and Frances Pruitt; two sons, Malcolm Harris and Delmer Neal “Chip” Harris Jr.; and a daughter-in-law, Mary Yonkman.
Survivors include: his wife, Christine Harris of the home, three daughters and sons-in-law, Teresa and Virgil Porter of Max Meadows, Charlene and Danny Bostic of Glace, W.Va., Lisa and Danny Massie , Tucson, Ariz.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Dale and Martha Harris, Atkins, Alan and Sarah Harris, Crockett, and David and Kelly Yonkman of Troutdale; 15 grandchildren; 5 great-grandchildren; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Earl and June Harris, Atkins, Roy and Joanne Harris, Dublin, and Russell Harris, Tucson, Ariz.; his former wife, Peggy Harris, Marion; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at Siloam Gospel Tabernacle, 1771 Ivanhoe Road, Max Meadows, with the Rev. James Porter officiating. Interment will be in Ridgedale Cemetery in Rich Valley. The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Virginia Porter, at any time.
Heather Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Helen Ellison Gearhart Bedwell, 73, of Rural Retreat, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
She was a lifetime member of the Rural Retreat United Methodist Church and was a past employee of the U.S. Government at the Pentagon, the Ford Motor Company and the Chrysler Corporation.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Howard J. Ellison Sr. and Mabel Heldreth Ellison; a son, Michael Eugene Gearhart; and a brother, Howard J. "Jack" Ellison Jr.
Survivors include one brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Susan Ellison of Rural Retreat; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Ellison of Rural Retreat; an aunt and uncle, Walter M. and Patsy H. Jones of Galax; two nieces, Beth King of Rural Retreat, and Ann Ellison of Wytheville; two nephews and their spouses, Frank and Lynn Ellison of Staunton, and Jack and Andrea Ellison of Pearisburg; many cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 4, at 2 p.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel, Rural Retreat, with the Rev. Jim Jenkins officiating. Interment followed in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Rural Retreat.
The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Rural Retreat United Methodist Church or to the Rural Retreat Volunteer Emergency Services.
Lindsey Funeral Home in Rural Retreat was in charge of the arrangements.
Harold E. Dempsey, 68, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at his home.
Survivors include: his wife, Dolores Steele Dempsey, Marion; two daughters, Sharon Dempsey and Kathy Dempsey, both of Marion; one son, Bill Dempsey, Marion; two brothers, Neal Dempsey, Marion, and Sherman Dempsey, Chilhowie; two sisters, Evelyn Dempsey, Marion, and Guilda Smuthers, Orange; two grandchildren, Jason and Casey Hash; and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services were held Monday, June 3 at West Cemetery in Marion with the Rev. David Neitch officiating. Donations may be made to Hospice of Southwest Virginia, 600 West Ridge Road, Wytheville, VA 24382 or the American Cancer Society c/o Lynn Manweiler, 448 Cummings St. #350, Abingdon, VA 24210.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Rachel Merten Douglas, 89, died Monday, June 3, 2002, at Francis Marion Manor in Marion. She was the widow of Charles A. Douglas.
Survivors include one daughter, Nancy Douglas Armbrister, Marion; one son, Stewart M. Douglas, Virginia Beach; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Saturday, June 8 from 10-11 a.m. at the Petersburg Chapel of the J.T. Morriss Funeral Home in Petersburg. Funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Jerry Parker officiating. Burial will follow in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and J.T. Morriss Funeral Home are in charge of the arrangements.
Gertrude (Trudy) Dillman Fleshman of Roanoke, 76, died Thursday, May 30, 2002. She was born October 6, 1926, in Smyth County near Groseclose.
She was preceded in death by her parents Gardner H. and Ruby S. Dillman, her husband, W. Turner Fleshman and her grandson, Kevin S. Arrington.
Trudy was a graduate of of Marion High School and Marion College and moved to the Roanoke Valley in 1954. She retired from the treasurer's Office of Norfolk and Western Railway, was a member of Hidden Valley Country Club, and Grandin Court Baptist Church.
Survivors include: her son, William D. Arrington, daughter-in-law, Teri S. Arrington and three grandchildren, Kristi, Corey and Casey Arrington, all of Novi, Mich.; brother, Rodney S. Dillman, two nieces, Ashley and Jessica Dillman, two nephews, Rodney and Barrett Dillman, all of Troutville, Va.
Funeral services were held on Monday, June 3 at Oakey's Chapel with the Rev. Robert M. Hamner officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gentle Shepherd Hospice, 4005 Electric Road, SW, Roanoke, VA 24014.
John M. Oakey and Son (Salem) was in charge of arrangements.
Virginia Aker Jordan of Jacksonville, Fla., 81, died Saturday, June 1, 2002. She was a native of Smyth County and had lived in Jacksonville since 1948. She was member of Highlands Baptist Church since 1962, where she taught Sunday School for 20 years.
Survivors include: her husband of 61 years, Curtis Jordan; two daughters, Barbara (Mike) Mach and Pam (Johnny) McClellan; one son, Barry Jordan; and four grandchildren, Terra and Nathan Jordan, and Breanna and Brandon McClellan. Local survivors include Patsy Aker, Tom and Marie Aker and Jean and Wally Barker.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Corey-Kerlin Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ron Geiger officiating. Memorial donations may be made in her name to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd. Jacksonville, FL 32257.
Georgia Blizzard Michael of Glade Spring, 83, died Saturday, June 1, 2002, at the Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Willard Michael and three sisters, Sarah Ocia Keesee, Lucy Mae Blizzard, and Dixie Faye Jerrel. She was a potter, sculptor and painter.
Survivors include two daughters, Mary Michael and Shelia J. Hamm, both of Glade Spring, and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted on Tuesday at Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Chilhowie with the Rev. Harry Howe officiating. Burial was in the Sulphur Spring Cemetery.
Williams Funeral Home of Chilhowie, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.
Pauline Kirk Price of Doran, 84, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, at a Richlands hospital following a brief illness. She was born in Ramage, W.Va., a daughter of the late Emory Lester Kirk and Lilly Mae Foster Kirk, both Boone County, W.Va. natives.
She had made her home in the Doran area for the past 54 years and was a retired employee of the Tazewell County School System. She was a charter member of the Doran Wesleyan Church, where she served as a Sunday School teacher, Bible School teacher and pianist for a number of years.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Rev. E.C. Price; one son, Paul D. Price; one granddaughter, Shelia Foster; and two grandsons, Preston M. Price II and Benjamin Foster.
Survivors include: three daughters and sons-in-law, Loretta and Bernard Simmons, Bristol, Lois and Emory Salyers, Raven, and Loraine and Dude Foster, Doran; two sons, P.M. Price and his wife, Doris, of Sugar Grove, Ernie Price, Doran; daughter-in-law, Deloris Price, Richlands; sister, Trudy Smith, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; brother, Bruce Kirk, Ohio; 15 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands with the Rev. Bud Fugate and Dr. Charles Massey officiating. Entombment will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens Mausoleum at Claypool Hill.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
David Leon Richmond of Wytheville, 60, died Monday, June 3, 2002, at his residence. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served during the Vietnam Era.
He was preceded in death by his father, Charles G. Richmond. Survivors include: his wife Helen Richmond of the home; five sons and daughters-in-law, David Richmond, Marion, Gordon Richmond, Wytheville, Lawrence Richmond, and Charles and Michelle Richmond, all of Rural Retreat, and Anthony and Leisa Richmond, Bland; seven grandchildren, Tristian, Jacob, Chad, Adam, Zach, Hannah andChristian "Rowdy" Richmond; four sisters, June Jennings, Speedwell, Jo Bralley, Speedwell, Nancy Hall and Kathy Dodson, both of Wytheville; one brother, Mike Dodson, Cripple Creek; and his mother, Lula Farmer Dodson, Wytheville.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, June 6, 2002, at 11 a.m. at the Barnett Funeral Chapel in Wytheville with the Rev. Hubert Meadows officiating. Interment will follow in the West End Cemetery. Graveside military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #9.
The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral home from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday or at any time at the residence.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of arrangements.