Ivy Jason Price Sr.
PELHAM, N.C. - Ivy Jason Price Sr., 88, of 1736 Newman Road, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002, at his residence.
Born Dec. 13, 1913, in Chase City, Va., he was the son of Julious Washington Price Sr. and Zula Turner Price.
He had lived the past 40 years in the Pelham area and prior to his retirement, was a tobacco farmer. He was also employed with Dan River, Inc. for many years. He was of the Baptist faith.
He married Mary Lou Hoyle Price on Nov. 3, 1933. She predeceased him March 13, 1993.
He is survived by a daughter, Judy P. Staton of Ringgold, Va.; four sons, Ivy Jason Price Jr. of Pelham, Marlin Gene Price of Salem, Ore., Roger Glenn Price of Baltimore, Md. and Phil Price of Reidsville; two sisters, Vivian Price Gholson of Chase City, Va. and Myrtle Price Thompson of Petersburg, Va.; a brother, Jack Price of Petersburg, Va.; nine grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two sons, Dallas Wayne Price and Randy Wayne Price; four sisters, Virlie Price, Sarah P. McGinnies, Mela P. McGinnies and Janie P. Lail; and four brothers, John Price, Chance Prince, Tifford Price and Julious Washington Price Jr.
The graveside funeral will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at Danville Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Mike Kent Sr. officiating.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the Pelham Volunteer Fire Department, Pelham, N.C.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home, Westover, is in charge of arrangements.
George Carlton Stevens
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. - George Carlton Stevens, 77, of 1033 Stevens Road, died Nov. 27, 2002, at Halifax Regional Hospital.
Born March 28, 1925, in Halifax County, he was the son of Alvah Carlton Stevens and Annie Gravitt Stevens.
He was a lifelong member of Grace Baptist Church, where he was a trustee, deacon and Sunday school teacher for over 50 years. He was the founder of Berry Hill Nursing Home. He was a moderator of the Dan River Baptist Association and was also mission chairman and oversaw the creation and maintenance of the Disaster Relief Trailer.
He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, having served aboard the USS Intrepid in the Pacific Theatre. He was a member of VFW Post 8243. He also was on the board of directors of the Don Bryant Evangelistic Association.
He was a life member and past master of Faulkner Memorial Lodge 98, AF&AM, was member and past High Priest of Halifax Royal Arch Chapter 38, was a life member and Past Emminent Commander of Dove Commander 7, was an honorary member of Euclid Royal Arch Chapter 7, Danville. He was a recipient of the KYCH (Knight York Cross of Honor). He was past District Deputy of the 37th Masonic District and was past District Deputy Grand High Priest of the 7th Capitular District. He was Past Sovereign Master of the Allied Masonic Degree and was awarded the Knight Cross of Honor. He was a member and past Governor of the Commonwealth York Rite College 50. He holds the Order of the Purple Cross, York Rite Sovereign College of North America.
He is survived by his wife, Dena Reaves Stevens of South Boston; two sons, Dwight Carlton Stevens of Chapel Hill, N.C. and Mark Edwin Stevens of Virgilina; a brother, Wallace D. Stevens of South Boston; a sister, Leora Stevens Farrar of Richmond; five grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at Grace Baptist Church with the Rev. Richard Cooke, the Rev. Don Bryant and the Rev. Jack Stewart officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery with Masonic rites.
The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Friday at Powell Funeral Home and at other times at the residence.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Don Bryant Evangelistic Association or the Grace Baptist Church Building Fund.
Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Allie Neil Allen
DANVILLE, Va. - Allie Neil Allen, 87, of 431 Lansbury Drive, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002 at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born Sept. 16, 1915, in Pittsylvania County, he was the son of Alonza Allen and Sallie Farthing Allen, who are both deceased.
He was a member of North Danville Church of Christ. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Woodmen of the World Camp 15. He was employed as a security guard for Roman Eagle Memorial Home.
He married Mary Owen Kelly Allen, who survives, on April 16, 1965.
He is survived by three stepsons, Clark Kelly of Danville, Hugh "Doc" Kelly of Whitmell and Larry Kelly of Durham, N.C.; one stepdaughter, June Kelly Calloway of Eden, N.C.; one brother, William Allen of Danville; two grandsons, Neil Calloway of Lenoir, N.C. and Matthew Kelly of Durham, N.C.; two granddaughters, Edwina Huffman of Lenoir, N.C. and Rebecca Kelly of Durham, N.C.; one sister-in-law, Mildred Allen of Chatham; and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday at Barker Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hershel Stone officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Barker Funeral Home and at other times will be at the residence.
Barker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Charlie Calvin Davis
RINGGOLD, Va. - Charlie Calvin Davis, 71, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002 at Danville Regional Medical Center, where he had been in critical condition for the past week.
Born Feb. 10, 1931, he was a son of Lacy Oliver Davis and Viola Lee Ricketts Davis, both deceased.
He married Dorothy Rodgers Davis on Nov. 20, 1955.
Prior to moving to Ringgold in 1977, he was a life resident of the Mt. Herman community.
He was a 1950 graduate of Whitmell Farm Life School, and prior to retiring on disability in 1978, he was co-owner/operator of Davis & Davis Florist.
In addition to his wife, of the residence, he is survived by one son, Larry W. Davis and two grandchildren, all of Ringgold.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by four brothers and two sisters.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home on North Main Street is in charge of arrangements.
Goldie Mason Edwards
DANVILLE, Va. - Goldie Mason Edwards, 79, of 3088 Franklin Turnpike, died Sunday, Dec. 15, 2002 at Kindred Hospital, Greensboro, N.C after a two-month illness.
Born June 20, 1923, in Sydnorsville, she was the daughter of Eugene Mason and Lena Holcomb Mason.
She lived most of her life in Danville and was a member of Mt. Hermon Baptist Church. She worked as a Quality Control Inspector at Dan River Mills, Inc.
She was married to Clarence Morris Edwards.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by one daughter, Cathy Edwards of Danville; two sons, David Edwards of Stafford and Skip Edwards of Orange; two brothers, Buddy Mason of Bland and Buren Mason of Sydnorsville; and two grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, with the Rev. Don Davidson officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Burial Park.
The family received friends 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Swicegood Funeral Home. At other times they will be at the residence.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Mt. Hermon Volunteer Fire Department, 4268 Franklin Turnpike, Danville, Va. 24540.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Norman Oakes 'Duke' Gammon
DANVILLE, Va. - Norman Oakes "Duke" Gammon, 90, of 2552 Vandola Road, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, at Danville Regional Medical Center, after five years of declining health and three days in the hospital. Born July 6, 1912, in Pittsylvania County, he was the son of William Joseph Gammon and Ida Scearce Gammon.
He lived his entire life in the Vandola community. He worked in the maintenance department of Dan River Mills and retired on disability after 40 years of service. He later worked part time at Coachman Cleaners.
He was a charter member and founder of Westover Hills Pentecostal Holiness Church where he was a deacon, a Sunday School teacher and on the board of directors, and he had a perfect Sunday School attendance record for 55 years.
He was the last surviving member of his generation.
He was married to Annie Mildred Moss Gammon.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by four sons, Clifton Gammon and his wife Sandra, John Gammon and his wife, Brenda, Andrew Gammon and Danny Gammon and his wife,Edith, all of Danville; four daughters, Lois G. Sherill and her husband Jerry, Joyce Holt and her husband Johnny, Mary Nell Hanks and her husband Larry and Vickie G. Cassell, all of Danville; two daughters-in-law, Lavonne Gammon and Shelby Gammon; 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by four sons, Frank, Carl, Phillip and Samuel Gammon; two daughters, Kaye and Faye Gammon; three brothers, Seward "Buck" Gammon, Joseph "Pete" Gammon and Oscar "Bud" Gammon; and three sisters, Mabel G. Moss, Emma G. Moss and Flossie Gammon.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at Westover Hills Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Cecil Coates, the Rev. Matthew Pacifico and the Rev. Bennett Shelton officiating. Interment will follow in the Gammon Family Cemetery.
The family received friends 7-8:30 Monday at Westover Hills Pentecostal Holiness Church and at other times will be at 173 Bennett St., off Vandola Road.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Danville Life Saving Crew, 202 Christopher Lane, Danville, Va. 24541, or to the Westover Hills Pentecostal Holiness Church Building Fund.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Melvin 'Shorty' Martin
DANVILLE, Va. - Melvin Meade "Shorty" Martin, 73, of 819-B Holland Road, died Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002 in the early morning.
Born Oct. 22, 1929, in Pittsylvania County, he was the son of Charles Emory Martin and Gertrude Burnett Martin.
He lived most of his life in the Danville area. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II. He retired from the food-vending business. He was a member of Holland Road Baptist Church.
He was a member of Masonic Lodge Roman Eagle #122, a life member of the Danville Scottish Rite Bodies, DAV Archer T. Gammon Chapter and Omar Shrine Temple.
He married Chriso Matsastsos on April 6, 2000.
He is survived by his wife, Chriso Matsassos New Martin of Danville; two daughters, Julia Martin of Danville and Betty Duncan of Roxboro, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Julie New Wheeler; a brother, Paul Martin of Danville; a sister, Betty Jenkins of Tidewater; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and three step-grandchildren.
William Russell Martin Sr.
HURT, Va. - William Russell Martin Sr., 99, of Hurt, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002, at Lynchburg General Hospital.
Born Feb. 17, 1903, in Pittsylvania County, he was the son of Rufus Bernando Martin and Arrena Rorer Martin.
He was married to Lois Vaughan Martin, who predeceased him.
He joined First Baptist Church, Altavista, in 1932, where he served as a deason for 14 years and as chairman of the Finance committee. He served on the board of directors for First National Bank for 33 years.
He was an active and devoted Mason for 77 years, first belonging to Anderson Lodge, Gretna, and then to Campbell Lodge, Altavista. He was both a Past Master of Campbell Lodge and Past District Deputy Grand Master.
He was owner and operator of Martin's Cash Grocery in Hurt for 18 years before his retirement in 1967. Prior to that he enjoyed several other jobs. He was co-owner of a Texaco gas station, a tax collector for Pittsylvania County, farmer, tombstone salesman, cotton mill employee, and sewing machine salesman.
He is survived by one daughter, Betty M. Rice and one son, William R.(Bill) Martin Jr., both of Altavista; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife,he was preceded in death by three sisters and four brothers.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church, Altavista, with the Rev. Kirby Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Gretna Burial Park.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 Tuesday at Finch and Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Altavista. At other times they will be at the residences of his children.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, 404 10th Street, Altavista, or Campbell Lodge 316, P.O. Box 43, Altavista, Va 24517.
Finch and Finch Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.
DANVILLE, Va. - Eugene Franklin (Frank) Saunders Sr, 81, of 403 Kemper Road, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2002 in Danville Regional Medical Center after being in declining health for several years and in the hospital for the last 5 days.
Born April 9, 1921, in Caswell County, N.C., he was the son of Arthur Saunders and Nannie Rice Saunders, both deceased.
He had lived in Caswell County prior to moving to Danville in 1955. He was a graduate of the former Cobb Memorial High School in Caswell County. He had retired from Dan River Inc. where he worked in the Sample Department of the Research Division. He was a member of the Bethany Presbyterian Church, where he had formerly served as church treasurer and deacon.
He served with the U. S. Army during World War II in the Pacific Theater of operations in the 32nd Division, Cannon Company, 127th infantry where he was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Theater Campaign Medal.
He married Myrtle Robertson Saunders on Nov. 23, 1946.
In addition to his wife, of the residence, he is survived by two sons, Eugene (Gene) F. Saunders Jr. and wife Linda, Daniel (Danny)Wayne Saunders and wife Belinda of Blue Ridge, Va.; two sisters, Rosa S. Hamlett of Danville and Viola S. Wray of Eden, N.C.; three granddaughters, Summer S. Milligan and husband Knox of Danville, Jenna Kelly Saunders and Jodie Kendall Saunders, both of Blue Ridge, Va.; and one grandson, Jake Kyle Saunders of Blue Ridge, Va.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Lee Saunders and Russell Saunders; and three sisters, Nettie S. Thompson, Bessie S. Garrison and Elizabeth Paschal.
The funeral will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Reaves officiating. Interment will follow in Danville Memorial Gardens with military honors by Dan River American Legion Post #1097.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel, and at other times will be at the residence.
The family suggests that memorials be made to the Danville Life Saving Crew, 202 Christopher Lane, Danville, Va 24541.
Wrenn-Yeatts, Westover is in charge of arrangements.
Cecil H. Tilghman
DANVILLE, Va. - Cecil H. Tilghman, 81, 226 South Raleigh Court, died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002 at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born March 22, 1921, he was the son of William Edward and Margaret Somers Tilghman, both deceased.
He was married to Doris A. Tilghman, who is still living, on Nov. 28, 1945.
He was an insurance salesman for American General Insurance Co. until his retirement. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving in the Infantry division. He was a member of Moffett Memorial Baptist Church.
He was a member of American Legion Post #325.
In addition to his wife of the residence, he is survived by one son, Jeff Tilghman of Danville; one daughter, Anne T. Bowman of Durham, N.C.; and two grandchildren.
The graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday in Highland Burial Park with the Rev. Steve Carlton officiating. Graveside military honors will be given by American Legion Memorial Post #325 Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 Tuesday at Barker Funeral Home Chapel. At other times they will be at the residence.
Barker Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
Mary Ruth Adkins Trent
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Mary Ruth Adkins Trent, 88, of Wilmington, N.C., died Friday, Dec. 13, 2002 in Autumn Care of Myrtle Grove, after several years of declining health.
Born Nov. 4, 1914, in Museville, Va., she was the daughter of Charlie Ward Adkins and Kate Pruitt Adkins.
She married Walter F. Trent, who predeceased her.
She lived her entire life in the Danville area prior to moving to Siler City in 1995 and then to Wilmington, N.C. in 1997. She was a homemaker and a member of Lakewood Evangelical Methodist Church. She was the last surviving member of her generation.
She is survived by two grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by one daughter, Claudette J. Layton; one son, Langston Jones; and one sister, Elizabeth A. Faison.
The graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Danville Memorial Gardens, with the Rev. Jimmy Burks officiating.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to Bachelors Hall Fire Department, 1301 Berry Hill Road, Danville, Va. 24541.
Wrenn-Yeatts, Westover is in charge of arrangments.