Virginia York Whisman, 92, of Marion, died Sunday August 17, 2003, in the Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie.
She was born in Smyth County to the late John Edward and Anna Kate Morris York and preceded in death by her husband, James Howard Whisman. She was employed at Marion Laundry and Southwestern State Hospital in Marion for several years.
She was a member of the Matson Drive Church of God and the Ladies Auxiliary of the Francis Marion VFW post 4667.
Survivors include seven sons and daughters-in-law, Fred and Margaret Whisman of Cleveland, Tenn., Jim and Evelyn Whisman of Alabama, Jack and Marie Whisman and Harold and Dee Whisman, all of Owosso, Mich., David Whisman of Saltville, Paul and Donna Whisman of Bluff City, Tenn., Curtis and Teresa Whisman of Henderson, Nv.; one daughter, Shirley Whisman Cook of Radford; one sister-in-law, June York of Tennessee; 25 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tues., August 19, 2003, from Bradley’s Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kevin Whisman and Debra Weddle officiating.
Graveside services will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations can be made to the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, 861 Goolsby St., Marion, Va. 24354.
The family received friends Tuesday evening at the funeral home.
Joan Ferguson Atkins, 68, died Monday, April 14, 2003, at Fairfax Hospital in Fairfax, Va.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Atkins; five brothers; and three sisters.
She was employed by Harwood Manufacturing Co. and Supreme Mills for several years. She attended Rowland Creek Church of the Brethren.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and John Tidwell of Springfield; one granddaughter, Courtney Tidwell of Springfield; one sister, Charlotte Blevins of Fairfax; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 17, at 8 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Fred Parker and the Rev. Rick Shuler officiating. Graveside services were held Friday, April 18, at 11 a.m. at Thomas Cemetery in Marion. The family received friends Thursday evening at Seaver-Brown Chapel prior to the service. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of your choice.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
Jack A. Barker, 49, of Damascus, died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie.
He was a lifelong resident of Damascus, and was the son of the late Russell and Anne Barker. He was a member of the Damascus Church of Christ. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Bill Barker; and his stepfather, Robert Vannoy.
Survivors include two daughters, Holly Baumgarner and husband, Tony of Vilas, N.C., and Jamie Barker of Glade Spring; one son, Russell Barker of Leceister, N.C.; two sisters, Sandra Parker and husband Steve of Orange Park, Fla., and Janet Regan and husband Neal of Glade Spring; one sister-in-law, Judy Barker of Damascus; one aunt, Marie Ironside of Kennett Square, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, April 18, at the graveside at Sunset Memorial Park in Damascus with the Rev. Mike Bowers officiating. The family received friends Thursday evening at the funeral home or will welcome friends at any time at the home of his sister, Janet Ragan. Condolences may be sent to the family at the website www.garrettfuneralhome.com.
Garrett Funeral Home in Damascus is in charge of arrangements.
Famon N. Blevins, 87, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion.
He was born in Washington County to the late Aras and Bertie Blevins and was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Blevins. He was retired from B.F. Goodrich and was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in World War II.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Blevins of Centreville; two sons, Billy J. Blevins and Michael F. Blevins, both of Marion; three sisters, Naomi Combs of Troutdale, Mary Howell of Granite Falls, N.C., and Ellen Louise Hamm of Lenoir, N.C.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 18, at Bradley’s Funeral Home Chapel in Marion with the Rev. Mike Sage officiating. Internment followed in Resurrection Gardens. The family received friends Friday morning at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Bradley’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
John Dewey McGrady, 89, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at Smyth County Community Hospital.
Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Jim Cornin of Atkins; three grandchildren, Mary Hawthorne of Rural Retreat, Ella Wingate of Sugar Grove, and Ray Lyons Jr. of Marion; three great-grandchildren, Ashley Wingate, Sheri Heldreth and Crystal Ann Lyons; two great-great-grandchildren, Nova Heldreth and Bly Lyons; two step-great-grandchildren, Tiffany Doane and Dustin Stamper; and a special friend, Raymond Lyons of Sugar Grove;
Funeral services were held Thursday, April 17, 2003, at 2 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Herman Cress officiating. A private burial followed in Round Hill Cemetery in Marion.
The family received friends Thursday afternoon at Seaver-Brown Chapel.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Nannie Lee Trail Orr, 87, of Marion, died Monday, April 14, 2003, in the Smyth County Community Hospital.
She was born in the Walkers Creek section of Smyth County, a daughter of the late John George and Susie Evans Trail. She was retired from the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Abraham Orr; three brothers, Garland Trail, J.D. Trail, and Gordon Trail; two sisters, Mae Trail Clark and Bessie Trail Orr; and a daughter-in-law, Martha Rymer Orr. She was an avid gardener and had a love for traveling which included many spots in the U.S. and abroad.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, John L. and Frances Orr of Las Vegas, Nev., and Robert F. and Bobbie Orr of Baird, Texas; three sisters, Maggie Trail, Doris Murrray and Helen Falke, all of Marion; eleven grandchildren, John P. Orr of Ramstein, Germany, Barbara A. Orr, Jeff Fuhreng, Brenda-Lee Fuhreng and Frances Sisk, all of Las Vegas, Nev., Robert P. Orr of Hedgesville, W. Va., Derek A. Orr of Marion, Daniel R. Orr of Temple, Texas, Chris J. Orr of Midlothian, Texas, Kelly Orr Jones of Alvarado and Traci Orr Knight of Lake Worth, Texas; 24 great-grandchildren; special friends Geneta Noonkester, Ching Barr, and Mrs. O.O. Smith, all of Marion; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends and neighbors.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at Bradley’s Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. William Wing officiating. Interment will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 12 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Bradley’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lillian Taylor Pruitt, 84, of Laytonsville, Md., died Wednesday, April 9, 2003, at the Shady Grove Adventist Hospital in Rockville, Md.
She was the widow of Woodrow W. Pruitt.
Born February 8, 1919, in Chilhowie, Va., she was the daughter of the late William F. and Ada B. Taylor. She attended Radford University and graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in elementary education. She taught school in Lexington, Va., and taught for 35 years at the Laytonsville Elementary School.
Survivors include two children, Linda P. Eastep of Spring Grove, and W. Kenneth Pruitt of Boyce; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Grace T. Pugh of Chilhowie, Edith T. Winkler of Texas and Venia Blankenbeckler of Florida.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 26, at 11:00 a.m. at Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to The Virginia Tech Foundation, Inc./A.L. Eller Scholarship, 210 Pack Building (0336), Blacksburg, VA.
Barber Funeral Home in Laytonsville is in charge of arrangements.
This is a courtesy announcement by Seaver-Brown Funeral Service.
Nancy Smith, 66, of Damascus, died Sunday, April 13, 2003, at her residence.
She was a lifelong resident of Washington County and was the daughter of the late Tom and Beatrice Stanley. She was a member of the Alvarado Bible Church and was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Smith.
She is survived by one daughter, Ruth Surber and husband Charlie of Abingdon; one grandson, Dale Surber and wife Michelle of Glade Spring; one granddaughter, Connie Surber of Radford; four sisters, Ella Mae Whitaker of Damascus, Connie Lane of Virginia Beach, and Dorothy Rhodes and Carol Gusinger, both of Ohio; three brothers, Bob Stanley of Maryland, and Ted Stanley and Tom Stanley, both of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside memorial service was conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Greenwood Cemetery in Alvarado with the Rev. Billy Hawkins officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be sent to the Damascus Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 458, Damascus, VA 24236 or to the Damascus Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 426, Damascus, VA 24236. There was no viewing at the funeral home. Condolences may be sent to the family via email at www.garrettfuneralhome.com.
Garrett Funeral Home in Damascus was in charge of arrangements.
Beulah Killinger Greer, 85, died Monday, Sept. 2, 2002, in Brandon Oaks Retirement Center in Roanoke.
A native of Marion, she was the daughter of Lucie Venable and Kenneth G. Killinger. She was a member of Attoway Lutheran Church until 1941, when she joined Ebenezer Lutheran Church and became the first woman to serve on the Ebenezer Lutheran Church Council.
Upon moving to Roanoke, she joined St. Mark's Lutheran Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Greer Jr., and her son, George W. Greer III.
Survivors include one daughter, Judith Greer Schulz and husband Stephen of Lynchburg; one son, Dr. Kenneth E. Greer and wife Louise of Charlottesville; nine grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Marion with Pastor James H. Bangle officiating. The family will receive friends at the church immediately after the service.
Burial will follow in Round Hill Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Ebenezer Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 1799, Marion, VA 24354, or Furnace Hill Lutheran Church, c/o Pastor Ed Schaack, 214 Buck Avenue, Rural Retreat, VA 24368.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Robert L. Kestner Sr. of Saltville, 54, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at the Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn.
He was born is Saltville to the late Howard and Alma Kestner and was preceded in death by two brothers, Martin and J.W. Kestner, and one infant son, Christopher Kestner.
He was retired from H.S. Williams with over 20 years of service. He was veteran of the U.S. Army having served in the Vietnam war. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where he served as superintendent and was a deacon.
Survivors Include: his wife, Claudine Kestner; three sons and daughters-in-law, Robbie and Donna Kestner of Chilhowie, Johnny and Terri Kestner of Saltville, and Chad and Kristie Kestner of Tannersville; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Claude Kestner, and Garnett and Nioka Kestner, all of Saltville; five sisters and brothers-in-law, Bessie Kestner of Chilhowie, Christine Griffitts of Marion, Lois and Roy Taylor of Saltville, Mary and Buddy Blevins and Wilma and David Bradley, all of Marion; seven grandchildren, Joey, Cody, Amanda, Nikki, Kelcey, Brooke and Richie; a special friend, Johnny Barr; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, at Bradley's Funeral Home Chapel in Marion with the Rev. Donald Wyatt, the Rev. Bobby Briggs and the Rev. Gary Trout officiating.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with full military honors being rendered by the Francis Marion VFW Post 4667. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Bradley's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
John George MacFarland of Chilhowie, 55, died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, at his home.
Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Gale Compton MacFarland; one daughter, Christina Lynn Beck, Rock Hall, Md.; one son, Sgt. C.F. Schuyler, U.S. Marine Corps, Columbus, Ohio; two grandchildren, Tyler Beck and Craig Beck.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, in Cleghorn Baptist Church with the Rev. Wesley Eller officiating.
Burial will be in the Cleghorn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the church. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Williams Funeral Home of Chilhowie is in charge of arrangements.