Albert Melvin Lester Jr.
KEELING, Va. - Albert Melvin Lester Jr., 66, of 1301 Birch Creek Road, died Wednesday, January 29, 2003, in Danville Regional Medical Center after being in declining health for 4 months.
Born Sept. 27, 1936, in Pittsylvania County, he was the son of Albert Melvin Lester Sr., deceased, and Rose Dodson Lester.
Mr. Lester had spent his entire life in the Keeling Community. He was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church. Prior to his decline in health, Mr. Lester was employed by Star Paper Tube Company.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran.
He married Annie Mae Simmons Lester on June 25, 1955.
In addition to his wife, of the residence, and his mother, of Keeling, he is survived by one son, Michael Peyton Lester and his wife, Tori of Keeling; and one granddaughter, Taylor Blaze Lester, also of Keeling.
The funeral will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel with the Rev. Tom Erwin officiating. Interment will be in Danville Memorial Gardens.
The family received friends 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel. At other times they will be at the residence.
The family suggets memorials may be sent to Keeling Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 12, Keeling, VA 24566 or Laurel Grove Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 26, Sutherlin, VA 24594.
Angie D. Palmer Long
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. - Angie D. Palmer Long, 78, of 1023 Newton Farm Road, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at Twin Oaks Convalescent Home.
Born June 25, 1924, in Rowan County, N.C., she was a daughter of Linwood Johnson Dease and Maggie Mae Hunsucker Dease.
She was a retired textile worker for Tultex.
She was first married to Bernard Lee Palmer, then to Johnie Matt Long, both of whom predeceased her.
She is survived by two sons, Breinard J. Palmer of Nathalie and David J. Palmer of Danville; two daughters, Evelyn P. Trent of Bassett and Patsy P. Puryear of South Boston; a stepson, Bernice Long of South Boston; a stepdaughter, Joyce Long Conner of South Boston; four brothers, Issac "Pete" Dease of Oxford, N.C., Johnny Dease, Paul Dease, both of Halifax and Wayne Dease of Oxford, N.C.; four sisters, Frances Wagstaff of Halifax, Janie Saunders of Oxford, N.C., Betty Clay of Fredericksburg and Addie Hobgood of Oxford, N.C.; 19 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren and 5 great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Brooks Funeral Home with the Rev. Raymond Bucklew officiating. Interment will be in Halifax Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday at Brooks Funeral Home and at other times at the residence of Patsy and Phil Puryear, 1322 North Main St., South Boston.
Brooks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Gladys Newbern Mays
DANVILLE, Va. - Gladys Newbern Mays, 92, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born June 21, 1910, in Way Cross, Ga., she was the daughter of John Robert Newbern and Fannie Elizabeth Moore Newbern, who predeceased her.
She was married to Charles Perkins Mays, who predeceased her.
She was a member of Shockoe Baptist Church.
She is survived by four daughters, Ellen Mays Brumfield of Chatham, Fannie Mays Ragsdale of Blairs, Sarah Mays Farson of Vernon Hill and Dale Mays Farmer of Keeling; three sons, Carl P. Mays of Blairs, Harvey M. Mays of Moneta and Jackie N. Mays of Forest; one sister, Minnie Spires of Augusta, S.C.; 29 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by three daughters, Betty Mays Yeatts, Virginia F. Mays and Joyce Mays East; two sons, Charles W. Mays and Ted P. Mays; one brother, Harvey Newbern; three sisters, Johnnie Morgan, Dessie Powell and Charlotte Varner and two grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday with the Rev. Kyle A. Flora and the Rev. Russell East III officiating. Interment will be at Hillcrest Burial Park.
The family received friends 7-8 p.m. Friday at Scott Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the residence of her daughter, Ellen M. Brumfield.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Riceville Java Vol. Fire Department, or the 640 Rescue Squad, 1604 Riceville Road, Java, VA.
Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Violet C. McCain
DANVILLE, Va. - Violet C. McCain, 83, of 5224 Rock Spring Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2003, at her residence.
Born Dec. 1, 1919, in Pittsylvania County, she was a daughter of James Carter and Fannie Wilson Carter.
She was a homemaker. She was a member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church and the Deaconess Board, Eastern Star #194, and a life member of the Disabled American Veteran's Auxiliary.
She was married to Robert G. McCain.
In addition to her husband of the residence, she is survived by five sons, Robert L. McCain of Milton, N.C., Thomas E. McCain of Danville, Melvin G. McCain, John W. McCain, both of Ringgold and H. Lester McCain of Danville; three daughters, Doris M. Farmer of Milton, N.C., Mary R. McCain and Mable L. McCain, both of Ringgold; a brother, Johnnie Carter of Danville; a sister, Otelia Ferrell of Landover, Md.; 14 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Monday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Howard Graves officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
A viewing will be held 4-8 p.m. Sunday at Cunningham and Hughes Funeral Home.
The family will be at the residence.
Cunningham and Hughes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lucille Trent Robinson
DANVILLE, Va. - Lucille Trent Robinson, 75, of 1111 Washington St., died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2003, at her residence.
Born Nov. 21, 1927, in Danville, she was the daughter of Norman and Martha Ware Trent.
She was married to Willie Robinson, who predeceased her.
She is survived by a son, Clyde Robinson and three daughters, Joyce Brandon, Juanesta Robinson and Denise Robinson, all of Danville.
The funeral will be held 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Bibleway Cathedral with Apostle Lawrence G. Campbell Sr., Eulogist, officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Fisher and Watkins Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PENHOOK, Va. - Mary Elizabeth Chalkley Belcher, 85, of Penhook, VA, formerly of Richmond, went to be with the Lord, Monday July 15, 2002, after a lengthy illness. She was born July 19, 1916 to Blanche and Willie Chalkley. She was the widow of Earl H. Belcher, Jr. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Brenda and Linwood Cook, of Penhook, VA; granddaughter, Elisabeth (Beth) Lynn Cook; grandsons, E. Grayson (Gray) Cook and his family, Theresa, Jessica Mary and Kayla; Matthew C. (Matt) Cook and his wife, Tara; brother, Walter R. Chalkley; sister-in-law, Mildred Bell; special friend, Jocelyn Nunez Kent; and many caring nieces and nephews. Mrs. Belcher was a member of Branch's Baptist Church, Dorcas Sunday School Class, Emma Gill Circle and The Friendship Neighbors Club. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 PM and 7 to 9 on Wednesday at the Morrissett Funeral Home, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd. (Rt. 10), in Richmond. Memorial funeral services will be held 11 AM Thursday at the funeral home. The family will hold a private intermenty service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Friends of Barnabas Foundation, P.O. Box 2194, Chesterfield, VA 23832 or the Cool Branch Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 54, Penhook, VA 24137.
CALLANDS, Va. - Cameron James Dabbs, 1 month 3 days, of 2868 Union Hall School Road, died July 15, 2002, at Duke University Medical Center.
Born June 12, 2002, in Danville, she was the daughter of Raymond Dabbs and Michelle Moore Dabbs, who survive.
Survivors in addition to her parents of Callands, include one sister, Ashley Dabbs of Callands; grandparents, Quain and Gale Moore, both of Callands; grandfather, Raymond K. Dabbs of Danville; great-grandparents, Henry and Claudine Owen of Alton; and great-grandmother, Ruth Gauldin of Danville.
The graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mountain View Cemetery with the Rev. Randy Williams officiating.
Brooks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
J.W. Edwards, Jr.
DANVILLE, Va. - Joseph Walker "J.W." Edwards, Jr., 77, of 101 Forest Road Drive died Monday, July 15, 2002 at the Roman Eagle Memorial Home. He had been in declining health for nine years.
Mr. Edwards was born March 13, 1925 in Danville the son of Joseph Walker Edwards, Sr. and Annie Payne Edwards. He worked for the Virginia Highway Department as an Inspector and an Assistant Resident Engineer until 1959 and then worked for the Vulcan Materials Company in the sales department before retiring in 1990. He was a graduate of the Turbeville High School and attended Virginia Tech for two years.
Mr. Edwards was an Army veteran of World War II and a member of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church. He had been a member of the Roman Eagle Masonic Lodge since 1950. Survivors in addition to his mother, of Danville, include his wife, Violet Austin Edwards of the residence; two sons, Jerome C. Edwards and his wife, Nanette T. Edwards of Louisville, CO and Stewart W. Edwards and his wife, Terry L. Edwards of Fairfax; two granddaughters, Holland Edwards and Colleen Edwards of Louisville, CO and a grandson, Ryan Walker Edwards of Fairfax.
The Reverend James Gravely will conduct funeral services Friday, July 19, 2002 at 1:00 P.M. from the graveside at Highland Burial Park.
The family will be at the residence and Wrenn-Yeatts North Main Chapel is in charge of funeral arrangements.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to teh Roman Eagle Memorial Home 2526 North M ain Street Danville, VA 24540 or the Averett University MBA 146 Scolarship Fund 420 West Main Street Danville, VA 24541.
DANVILLE, Va. - Loretta Mae Jordan Hedrick, 71, of 141 Fuller St., died 6 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2002, at Avis B. Adams Christian Convalesent Center in Emporia.
Born Feb. 19, 1931, in Augusta County, she was the daughter of Roy Denton Jordan and Edith Elizabeth Jackson Jordan.
She was married to Ray Kermit Hedrick Sr., who predeceased her.
She retired as a shipping clerk for Durham Hosiery in 1998 due to declining health. She was of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include four sons, Ray Kermit Hedrick II of Petersburg, Bruce E. Miller of Gordonsville, Greg Henninger of Virginia Beach, and Terry Lea Sears of Germany; three daughters, Rose Marie Adams of Pelham, N.C., Gail Colie of Gordonsville, and Pamela Jean Anthony of Yanceyville, N.C.; one brother, Denton K. Jordan of Bonita, Calif.; one sister, Shirley Boehmer of Richland, Pa.; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
She was predeceased, in addition to her parents and husband, by one son, David Allen Miller, one grandson and two sisters, Evelyn Muessie and Clarice Breeden.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Barker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Claude Bailey officiating. Interment will follow at Lively Stones Baptist Church Cemetery in Pelham, N.C.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Barker Funeral Home Chapel and other times will be at 6149 Old U.S. Highway 29 in Pelham, N.C.
Barker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Vera Cornell Walker Hogan, 73, of 2262 Fanning Road, died 6:45 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2002, at K.B. Hospice Home in Winston-Salem.
Born July 21, 1928, in Caswell County, she was the daughter of William Thomas Cornell and Dollie Pruitt Cornell.
She was married to James Hogan, who predeceased her. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church. She attended Cedardale Baptist Church in Winston-Salem. She had been employed as a salesperson for Hines Shoe Company.
Survivors include one son, Michael Walker of Yanceyville; two daughters, Delores Rose Turner of Stokesdale and Sandra G. Walker of Winston-Salem; one brother, Junius Cornell of Durham; three sisters, Lillie Underwood of Danville, Va., Mary Gentry of Providence and Edna Turner of Durham; eight grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by one son, H.A. Walker Jr.; one step-daughter, Lelia Walker Compton; one brother, George Cornell; and three sisters, Virgie Austin Leonard, Rosa Gentry and Fannie Cornell.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Barker Funeral Home with the Rev. Clint Branch and the Rev. Mark Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery in Providence.
The family received friends 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Barker Funeral Home Chapel and other times will be at 43 Rosewood Lane in Providence.
Barker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
DANVILLE, Va. - Richard Lee Stegall, 82, of 965 Orphanage Road, died Tuesday, July 16, 2002, at UVA Hospital in Charlottesville following two weeks of declining health and two weeks in the hospital.
Born July 11, 1920, in Pittsylvania County, he was the son of Clarence G. Stegall and Hattie Holley Stegall, who predeceased him.
He was married April 8, 1944, to Gladys Holley Stegall, who survives. Mr. Stegall lived his life in the Pittsylvania County and Danville area where prior to his retirement he was employed with Pet Dairy as a refrigeration mechanic. Mr. Stegall was a member of Malmaison Primitive Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon. He was a veteran of the United States Army during World War II and served in the 13th Infantry division.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of the residence, include daughter and husband, Rachel S. Wimmer and Mike Wimmer of Danville; granddaughter and husband, Michelle W. Dison and Shawn Dison of Kernersville, NC; granddaughter, Amy Wimmer of Henderson, NC; great granddaughter, Kiera Nicole Dison of Kernersville, NC; two brothers, Charlie Stegall of Whitmell and William Stegall of Danville; and two sisters, Janie S. Wyatt of Danville, and Irene S. Oakes of Museville.
He was predeceased by one son, Ricky Wayne Stegall; one brother, Percy Stegall; and one sister, Virginia S. Turner.
The funeral will be held Thursday, July 18, 2002, at 2:00 PM at Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel by Elder Marvin Brumfield, Elder C.B. Davis and Elder Raymond Goad. Interment will follow at Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, July 17 from 7:00 til 8:30 PM at Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel and other times will be at the residence.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to: Malmaison Primitive Baptist Church c/o Nancy Walton, 1520 Moorefield Bridge Road, Danville, VA 24540 or to: Mount Hermon Fire and Rescue, 4268 Franklin Turnpike, Danville, VA 24540.
Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
CHESTER, Pa. - Tishie White, 101, of 339 Kerlin St., formerly of Route 1, Chatham, Va., died Friday night, July 12, 2002, at Fair Acres Nursing Home in Lima.
Born Sept. 7, 1900, in Pittsylvania County, she was the daughter of Grant and Lelia Washington Coleman.
She was married to Gable White, who predeceased her. She was a homemaker and member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Java. She is the last surviving member of her generation.
Survivors include a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held 1 p.m. Thursday at Ebenezer Baptist Church with the Rev. R.L. Watkins officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will be at the residence of a niece, Lottie Davis, 1676 Malmaison Road in Blairs, Va. Miller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. - Ola Merricks Bashaw, 62, of Powhatan County, died Tuesday, May 21, 2002.
She was married to Berkley F. "Turk" Bashaw, who survives. She was retired from Philip Morris and was a floral designer for many area florists.
Survivors include her husband; one daughter, Shiree Bashaw; and two sisters, Louise Cartor and Lemma Powell.
She was predeceased by one son, Robert Michael Bashaw.
The memorial service will be held 2 pm. Saturday at Huguenot Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Hawthorne Cancer Support Center or Muscular Dystrophy Association.