Edith A. Conner, 80, died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, in Smyth County Community Hospital.
She was a member of First United Methodist Church for 55 years and was preceded in death by her parents, Melvin and Nannie Allen Sprinkle; one sister, Mildred S. Wolfe; and one brother, Glenn Sprinkle.
Survivors include her husband, Ralph E. Conner, of Marion; two daughters and sons-in-law, Jeannie and Gene Craft of Clifton Forge and Brenda S. and Mark Montgomery of Marion; two sisters, Ruth King of Marion and Elsie McMillan of Galax; two grandchildren, Kevin and Amy Montgomery.
Funeral services were held Friday, July 25, 2003, at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Buddy Miller officiating. Burial followed in Rose Lawn Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday evening at Seaver-Brown Chapel.
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
Zella Irene Gravley, 74, of Marion, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at the Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion.
She was born in Jefferson, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert P. Gravley; and her parents, Garnett and Rosa Lee Graybeal.
Survivors include four daughters and sons-in-law, Linda and Dewayne Arnold, Peggy and Udale Reed, all of Wythe County, Barbara and Frankie Mulkey of Speedwell, and Sandy Jackson of Ivanhoe; one brother and sister-in-law, Harden and Bessie Graybeal of Mt. Airy, N.C.; three sisters and brother-in-law, Loanie Jones of Kingsport, Tenn. Ruth Greer of Jefferson, N.C., and Esther and Ralph Henderson of Wytheville; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Thursday, July 24, at 2 p.m. at the Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Rural Retreat with the Rev. Richard Collins officiating.
Friends may visit at the home of Barbara Mulkey of Grayson Turnpike in Speedwell. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville was in charge of the arrangements.
Corin Anderson Hale, 90, of Wytheville, died Thursday, July 24, 2003.
She was born Oct. 12, 1912, in Brevard, N.C. She remained a widow for 56 years. She spent a large portion of her life working for several families in Wytheville, and was as a dietary technician at Wythe County Community Hospital in Wytheville. Upon retirement, she spent many years at her home in Max Meadows. She was a member of Harrison Memorial Chapel United Methodist Church in Max Meadows.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Hale; her parents, Fate and Lucinda Gaston Anderson; and a daughter, Mary Lula Hill.
Survivors include two daughters and son-in-law, Greta and Dr. William G. Weldon of Ivanhoe, and Marlyn A. Hale of Fairfax; one son and daughter-in-law, Herbert W. and Carol Hale of Marion; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, five great-great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Katherine “Libby” Taylor of Wytheville.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 27, at 2 p.m. at the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel, Wytheville, with Dr. William G. Weldon, the Rev. Shelley Kyle and Pastor Janet Lampkins officiating. Interment will be in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens, Rural Retreat.
The family will receive friends Sunday, July 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. (service time) at Grubb Funeral Home.
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of the arrangements.
Simon Dennison Hubble, Sr., 87, of Appomattox, died Saturday, July 19, 2003.
He was born April 30, 1916 in Nebo, the son of the late Henry C. and Mahala Catron Hubble, and was preceded in death by one son, Patrick L. Hubble. He was a member of the VFW, Structural Iron Workers Union and served in the U.S. Army during WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was also a member of the Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Nebo.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, Mildred Curd Hubble, he is survived by two daughters and sons-in-laws; Barbara H. Briggs and Bill, and Simone H. Manis and Randy, all of Appomattox; three sons and daughters-in-laws, Simon “Dee” and Sheri Hubble, Jr. of El Cajon, Ca., Thomas C. and Darlene Hubble of Lake Milton, Ohio and Jeffrey C. Hubble of Appomattox; one sister, Nell Hanshew of Nebo; one brother, Bal Hubble of Nebo; 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces, nephews and many special friends.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, July 22, 2003, in the Mt. Zion Methodist Church in Nebo, burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends Monday, July 21, at the Tharp Funeral Home and Cremation Center.
Those considering making memorial contributions please consider The American Lung Association, P.O. Box 7065, Richmond, Va. 23221. To send condolences to the family, go to www.tharpfuneralhome.com
Tharp Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Lynchburg was in charge of arrangements.
Thurman Lewis Olinger, 74, died Thursday, July 17, 2003.
Mr. Olinger was a lifetime member of the Buckeye Hollow Free Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was the son of the late Graham L. and Nannie Olinger. He was a loving, husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret H. Olinger of Saltville; five sons and daughters-in-law, Charles and Judy Olinger of Bristol, Tenn., the Rev. David and Joyce Olinger of Chilhowie, Dempsey and Wanda Olinger of Saltville, Johnny and Sharon Olinger of Ceres, and Harold and Doris Olinger of Bristol, Va.; one daughter and son-in-law, Virgie and Bobby Dowell of Saltville; one brother, the Rev. Vernon Olinger of Marion; four sisters, Katie Parks of Saltville, Bessie Evans of Chilhowie, Charlotte Conger of Minneapolis, Minn., and Ronna Casey of Saltville;10 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchilden; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, 2003, in the D.R. Henderson Funeral Home with Pastor Wade Kestner, the Rev. Andy Hunt, and the Rev. Roby G. Hayden officiating. Burial followed in the Mount Rose Cemetery.
The D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements.
Mary Ruth Smith Orr, 81, of Independence, died Tuesday, July 22, 2003, at Smyth County Community Hospital.
She was the daughter of the late Oscar O. and Ruth Reeves Smith and preceded in death by two brothers, Charles P. and John R. Smith of Independence and a nephew, Robert L Hoffman of Marion.
She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Jo Ann Orr of Rochester, N.H., and Betsy and Dr. Paul Brown, of Marion; one son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Elda Orr of West Linn, Ore.; two brothers and sister-in-law, James A. Smith of Independence, Dr. O.O. and Nancy Smith of Marion; two sisters, Anna Price of Sparta, NC and Alta Hoffman of Marion; one sister-in-law, Nancy Smith of Independence; four grandchildren, Preston and Aaron Brown, Carson and Lauren Orr; and several nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life will be held in the First United Methodist Church of Independence at 2 p.m., Sunday, July 27, 2003, with the Rev. Nathan Brooks and the Rev. Barry Sarver officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorials be made to the charity of your choice. The family will be at the home of James A. Smith, 475 Peach Bottom Road, Independence, where friends may call at any time.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence is in charge of arrangements.
Babette “Betty” Reichold Pupa died Wednesday, July 23, 2003, at Rex Hospital in Raleigh, N.C.
She was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany on April 1, 1922 to the late Margaretta and Conrad Reichold. The Reichold family immigrated to a new life in America in 1925.
She was a graduate of Delany Business College of New York City, N.Y., and a paralegal. She was also a former cheerleader, an avid bridge player and crotchetier, making hundreds of baby blankets for charity.
She is survived by her husband, Walter Eugene Pupa; three sons, Walter Reichold, Edward Reichold, and Thomas Reichold. All her sons have her maiden name as to carry on the Reichold name. She is also survived by Margaret Linda Jones Pupa and Mary Ruth Jones Pupa, both of Raleigh, N.C. and Linda Sue Clawson Pupa of Hartsville, S.C.; and seven grandchildren.
There will be a funeral mass at 10 a.m., Saturday, July 26, 2003, at Our Lady of Lourdes in Raleigh, N.C. The family will receive visitors briefly after Mass. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that donations be made to Our lady of Lourdes Church, 2718 Overlook Dr., Raleigh, NC, 27608.
Mitchell Funeral Home in Raleigh Memorial Park is in charge of arrangements.
Mary "Lockie" Pennington Barlow of Chilhowie, 88, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion.
She was born April 7, 1914, in Ashe County, N.C., to the late Edward and Betty Richardson Pennington, She was a member of the Adwolfe Freewill Baptist Church and resided at the Professional Assisted Living/Maple Grove Village Retirement Home in Chilhowie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Vance M. Barlow; one daughter, Mary Alice Pennington; and two grandchildren.
Survivors include: one son and daughter-in-law, Marvin and Renee Barlow of Bristol, Tenn., four daughters and sons-in-law, Lillian Wyatt of Chilhowie, Wanda Widener of Damascus, Polly and Willis Gilley of Marion, and Betty and Bobby Coe of Sugar Grove; 15 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren; one brother and sister-in-law, William "Bill" and Iva Lee Pennington of Seven Mile Ford; son-in-law, Roy and Pat Pennington of Troutdale; special friend, Betty Davidson; and many loving family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, at Bradley-Finney Funeral Chapel of Chilhowie. Interment will follow in Grosses Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the American Kidney Fund at 1-800-638-8299. Bradley-Finney Funeral Chapel of Chilhowie is in charge of arrangements.
Golda Allison Roark of Saltville, 76, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2002, at Valley Nursing Home in Chilhowie.
She was of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edd Roark, and one son, Bailey Roark.
Survivors include one son, Dan J. R. Roark of Covington; three daughters, Annette Taylor and Cathy Harris, both of Saltville, and Jolene McGlocklin of Chilhowie; one brother, William "Bill" Allison of San Pedro, Calif.; 15 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Mac Davidson.
Funeral services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4, at Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bob Surber and Kenny Gilbert officiating. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Allison Family Cemetery.
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Glenn Smith Cress, 76, died Friday, July 11, 2003, in Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion.
He was born in Smyth County to the late John S. and Betty Blevins Cress and was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Carolyn Cress, a granddaughter, Precious Ann Widner, and two brothers, Fred and John Robert Cress.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, having served in WWII and Korea. He was a member of the Francis Marion VFW Post 4667, The American Legion Post #18 and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a member and deacon of the Hopkins View Primitive Baptist Church.
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, John and Reba Cress of Marion, and James and Mary Cress of Titusville, Fla.; two daughters and son-in-law, Debra Ann Cress and Sue and James Widner, all of Marion; two brothers, Doug Cress of Chilhowie, and Roger Cress of Sheryl’s Ford, N.C.; five sisters, Patsy Bowman and Lola Pennington of Marion, Violet Cress of Abingdon, Ruth Yule of Fallsmills, Va. and Mae Ward of Kodak, Tenn.; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday, July 14, 2003, at Bradley’s Funeral Home Chapel with Elder Larry Blevins and Elder Danny Smith officiating. Interment followed in the Mountain View Cemetery with full military honors rendered by the Francis Marion VFW Post 4667.
Bradley’s Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Harry Wesley Danner, 53, of Wytheville, died Sunday, July 13, 2003 in the Wythe County Community Hospital.
He was born in Pulaski Co., to the late John Edward, Sr. and Dorothy Simmerman Danner. An infant daughter, Kara Rebecca Danner and an infant sister preceded him in death.
Danner was a former member of the Galena Presbyterian Church, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a well-known brick mason and farmer.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Catron Danner; one daughter, Katie Loraine Danner of the home; two brothers, John Edward Danner, Jr. of Wilksboro, N.C. and David R. Danner of Max Meadows; father-in-law, Hubert Catron, Jr. of Rural Retreat; two sisters-in-law and spouses, Linda and Kevin Fiorini, Wanda and Larry Pruitt, all of Wytheville; one brother-in-law and spouse, Ron and Ginny Catron of Wytheville; an aunt, Loraine Heldreth of Hendersonville, Tenn.; and several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, July 17, 2003, at the Barnett Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Kevin Fiorini and the Rev. Russell Catron officiating. Interment will follow in the Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Rural Retreat. Wytheville American Legion Post #9 will conduct graveside military rites.
The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, at the Barnett Funeral Home or at the residence at any time.
The family suggest that those who prefer, may make memorials to the American Diabetes Association, The Memorial and Honor Program, Call Center, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, Ohio, 44720.
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of arrangements.