DANVILLE, Va. - Pearl Eva Brooks Coleman, 83, formerly of 38 Hylton Ave., died Monday, July 29, 2002, at Roman Eagle Memorial Home.
Born August 3, 1918, in Haywood County, N.C., she was the daughter of Reno Brooks and Amanda Calhoun Brooks.
She was married to William Wesley Coleman, who predeceased her. She lived most of her life in Danville and had been a patient at Roman Eagle Memorial Home for 10 years. She was a sales clerk at K-Mart prior to retirement and was a member of Burton Memorial Presbyterian Church. She was a member of the Senior Citizens Club and Rebekah's Lodge.
She is survived by two daughters, Carole Travis and Joan Madren, both of Danville; one sister, Ruth Sparks of Pinnacle, N.C.; four grandchildren; and 7 great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two brothers, Wallace Scott and Clarence E. Brooks.
The graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Schoolfield Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at 38 Hylton Ave.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CLOVER, Va. - John Patrick Coyne, 89, of 2002 Green Valley Road, died July 29, 2002, at Halifax Regional Hospital.
Born Feb. 4, 1913, in Long Island, N.Y., he was the son of John Coyne and Margaret Joyce Coyne.
He was married to Annie Mae Seamster Coyne, who survives. He was a member of St. Paschal's Catholic Church.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three nephews and one niece.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Powell Funeral Home with Sister Edna Maher officiating. Interment will follow in the Clover Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Powell Funeral Home and at other times at the residence.
Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
DRY FORK, Va. - Mack Ferrell, 59, of 1985 Hopewell Drive, died Friday, July 26, 2002, at the Danville Regional Medical Center.
Born June 23, 1943, in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of John Henry and Bessie Glass Ferrell.
He is survived by two daughters, Valerie F. Nunnally, of Danville and Revonda Ferrell of Dry Fork; one sister, Valean Barley of Danville; and three brothers, Willie Ferrell of Blairs, Jack Ferrell of Dry Fork and John Preston Ferrell of Danville.
The funeral will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Laurel Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. James Cabell Sr. officiating. Interment will be held at the church cemetery.
Fisher and Watkins is in charge of arrangements.
Edwin L. Keesee Sr.
GRETNA, Va. - Edwin Lee Keesee Sr., 81, of 533 Taylors Mill Road, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at Gretna Health Care Center.
Born Feb. 23, 1921, in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of John William Keesee and Mamie Burnette Keesee.
He was first married to Jewel Myers Keesee, who predeceased him, and then married Cora Lee Briggs Keesee, who also predeceased him. He was a retired supervisor at Newport News Ship Yard and Dry Dock and was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Gretna.
He is survived by four sons, Edwin Lee Keesee Jr. and Ronald Keith Keesee, both of Hampton, and Joseph Steven Keesee and Roy Dale Keesee, both of Coco Beach, Fla.; one brother, Bobby Keesee of Mobile, Ala.; one sister, Louise Jones of Gretna; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Roy Keesee, Earl Keesee and James Keesee, and two sisters, Hilda K. Cocke and Sara K. Hiltzheimer.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, at Colbert-Moran Chapel with the Rev. R.G. Rowland officiating. Interment will follow at Gretna Burial Park.
The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Colbert-Moran Funeral Home.
Colbert-Moran Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
DANVILLE, Va. - Melinda Towler Lence, 87, of 120 College Ave., died Monday, July 29, 2002, at her residence.
Born June 30, 1915, in Gretna, she was a daughter of William Letcher Lence and Annie Jefferson Lence.
She was married to Dennis Riley Lence, who predeceased her. She lived most of her life in Chatham and was retired from the Pittsylvania County Health Department. She was a member of the Oak Grove Christian Church.
She is survived by one son, J. Glenn Holley, of Danville; one daughter, Katie H. Petrick, of Danville; one sister, Mrs. Howard Brumfield, of Danville; and six grandchildren.
The memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Oak Grove Christian Church with the Rev. Frank Fuller officiating. A private interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to the Danville Life Saving Crew, 202 Christopher Lane, Danville, VA 24541.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Blanche Campbell Lewis
HALIFAX, Va. - Blanche Campbell Lewis, 85, of 1012 Mountain Road, died July 28, 2002, at her home.
Born July 22, 1917, in Hanover County, she was the daughter of Daniel Elliott Campbell and Emma Beazley Campbell.
She was married to W.M. Lewis. She was a member of St. Johns Episcopal Church.
In addition to her husband of the residence, she is survived by two daughters, Catherine Lewis Maxwell of Charlotte, N.C., and Dorothy Lewis Dabney of Deland, Fla.; two sons, Richard Fielding Lewis of Fredericksburg and William Wardwell Lewis of Houston, Texas; and seven grandchildren.
She was predeceased by three sisters, Dorothy Elizabeth Campbell, Mildred Campbell Broome and Catherine Campbell Wright; and one brother, Daniel Edward Elliott Campbell.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Johns Episcopal Church with the Rev. David L. Booher officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to St. Johns Episcopal Church Memorial Fund.
Powell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CASCADE, Va. - Gladys Matthews Moore, 76, of Cascade and formerly of South Hill, died Friday, July 26, 2002, in Danville Regional Medical Center.
She was married to Thomas Shelton Moore, who predeceased her.
She is survived by three daughters, Joyce Ann Bottoms of Lawrenceville, Linda Lee Turner of Cascade and Sandra Kaye Moore of Lynchburg; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
The graveside service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Canaan Cemetery near La Crosse.
Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home in South Hill is in charge of arrangements.
YANCEYVILLE, N.C. - Reba Vernon Sadler, 87, formerly of 2878 U.S. Highway 158 West, died Monday, July 29, 2002, at Riverside Health and Rehab Center following several years of declining health.
She was born in Caswell County to Hassie E. and Olivia Myers Vernon.
She was married to Ralph E. Sadler Sr., who predeceased her. She attended Caswell County schools and graduated from Averett College. She taught school in Caswell County and Mebane for 40 years and was a member of First Baptist Church where she served on several committees within the church.
She is survived by one son, Ralph E. "Chuck" Sadler Jr. of Yanceyville; one brother, Broadus Vernon of Henderson; and three grandchildren.
She was predeceased, in addition to her husband, by one son, Harry Edward Sadler.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Claude Harrelson officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Harrelson Funeral Home.
Harrelson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CASCADE, Va. - Claude Allen Scearce, 87, of 1183 West Fork Road Lot 3, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at his residence.
Born May 17, 1915, in Pittsylvania County, he was the son of Daniel Bruce Scearce and Nannie Dishman Scearce.
He was first married to Anna Collins, who predeceased him, and then married Maggie Parker Scearce, who also predeceased him. He lived most of his life in the Brosville Community and was a well known farmer. Prior to that, he ran a grocery store in Brosville. He had been in declining health for 10 years and was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by seven daughters, Virginia Scearce of Wake, Barbara Meeks of Ridgeway, Barbara Turner of Bassett, Mary Parker of Thomasville, N.C., Lula Mae Hunt of Collinsville, Dianne Dyson of Eden, N.C. and Jimmie Stout of Cascade, Va.; two sons, Clyde Allen Scearce of Cascade and Lynwood Hardy of Danville; one sister, Willie Mae Kendrick of Danville; one brother, James Scearce of Danville; 17 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and a number of great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Swicegood Chapel with the Rev. Wayne Hall officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends at the residence of his daughter, Jimmie Stout, 1100 West Fork Road, Cascade.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
DANVILLE, Va. - Dexter Garland Trusler, 94, of 680 Holland Road, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at Piney Forest Health Care Center.
Born Nov. 26, 1907, in Floyd, he was the son of John Robert Trusler and Rebecca Ann Cockram Trusler.
He lived most of his life in Danville and worked as a supply clerk at Dan River Mills. He had been a patient at Piney Forest Health Care for seven years and was the last member of his generation. He was of the Baptist faith.
He is survived by several nieces and nephews.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Danville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with the Rev. Donald Thomas officiating.
The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at Danville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Swicegood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Seward J. Wilson Jr.
DANVILLE, Va. - Seward J. Wilson Jr., 78, of 240 Lady Astor Place, died Sunday, July 28, 2002, at the VA Medical Center at Durham, N.C.
He was born January 9, 1924, in Durham, N.C., a son of Seward J. Wilson and Minnie Carter Wilson. On February 14, 1953, he was married to the former Inez Marguerite English, who died June 4, 1999.
He attended George Washington High School and the Randolph Macon Military Academy, Front Royal, Va., and graduated from the Richmond Public School System following his return from military service.
Mr. Wilson volunteered for the U.S. Army in World War II and served as a medic in the 26th Infantry Division, attached to the Third Army in the European Theater of Operation. He earned four battle stars during 210 days of combat and was awarded the Bronze Star medal "for meritorious service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in Eastern France, Luxembourg and Germany between October 6, 1944 and May 8, 1945."
Following his return to Danville, he worked in the shoe department of Frances Kahn's. He later joined his father's business, Danville Dental Laboratory, Inc. and served as president of the firm until his retirement in 1984. He also served as president of the Virginia State Dental Laboratory Association from 1958-1959 and was a charter member of the Certified Dental Technicians of the USA. After his retirement from the Danville Dental Laboratory, he became the distributor for USA Today in Danville, South Boston and Roxboro, N.C., a position he held for almost 14 years, until retiring again in November 1998.
In civic activities, he was a member of the Danville Jaycees and served as Chairman and Campaign Director for the 1952 March of Dimes campaign conducted in Danville. He had been active with the YMCA and the Indian Guides program. He was a member of the American Legion Post 325.
Mr. Wilson was a member of the First Baptist Church of Danville and had served as a Sunday school teacher.
He is survived by a daughter, Marguerite Veniece Burlage of Virginia Beach; a son, Seward J. Wilson III of Jacksonville, N.C.; a brother, Harold N. Wilson of Danville; a grandson, Cougar James Wilson of Boynton Beach, Fla.; a nephew, Andrew Wilson of Danville; a niece, Elizabeth Wilson of Danville; and three cousins, Mary Jones, Mary Elinor Jones, and Betsy Jones Fletcher, all of Durham, N.C.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at Wrenn-Yeatts, Westover Chapel by the Reverend Paul Johnson and the Reverend Eddie Phenix. Interment will follow at Highland Burial Park with Military Honors by the American Legion Post 325. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 7:00-9:00 P.M. at Wrenn-Yeatts, Westover Chapel and other times at the residence.
Memorial donations may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Blue Ridge Chapter, 1 Morton Drive Suite 106, Charlottesville, VA 22903; the American Heart Association, 4504 Starkey Road SW, Roanoke, VA 24014, or the Danville Cancer Association, 1225 West Main Street, Danville, VA 24541.
Reba M. Banks
CHATHAM, Va. - Reba M. Banks, 94, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2003 in Gretna Health Care Center.
Born Oct. 23, 1908, in Halifax County, she was the daughter of the late James M. and Lizzie McNorton Banks.
She was a retired seamstress. She was a member of Corinth Christian Church.
She is survived by two sisters, Lenna Donnell of Chatham and Helena Banks of New York, N.Y.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the chapel of Howerton Funeral Home with the Rev. Garry N. Page and the Rev. H. Shackleford officiating. Interment will be in Chatham Cemetery.
Viewing will be 3-7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
The family will be at the residence of her niece, Mrs. Phyllis Jordan, Highway 29 North, Chatham.
Howerton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PELHAM, N.C. - Bradley "Brad" David Bullins, 36, of 851 Chandlers Mill Road, died Wednesday, February 5, 2003 in Wesley Long Hospital.
Born June 18, 1966, in Martinsville, Va. he was the son of David Jason Bullins and Connie McGuire Bullins, both of whom are living.
Brad lived his life in the Ringgold and Pelham areas where, prior to his decline in health, he was employed with Doggett Construction in Greensboro, N.C. as a heavy equipment operator. Brad attended Danville Christian School and was a graduate of Dan River High School, where, in 1983, he started the golf team and was the first player to qualify for regionals. Brad was an avid Nascar fan and Dale Earnhardt was his favorite driver. Brad was a member of The Tabernacle and he attended Westover Baptist Church. Brad touched many other lives and he had many devoted friends who were with him to the end.
He married Rita "Flossie" Martin Bullins on April 13, 1988.
In addition to his parents, of Ringgold, Va. and his wife, of the residence, he is survived by a sister, Allyson B. Springs; two brothers-in-law, Allen Springs, also of Ringgold, Va. and Michael Shane Martin of Eden, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Kimberly Ann Carswell of Pelham, N.C.; a paternal grandmother, Sharline Bullins Joyce Martin of Bassett, Va; two uncles, Keith McGuire of Bassett and Gene Bullins of Martinsville, Va.; one aunt, Bonnie Winingham of Bassett, Va.; three nieces, Heather Springs of Ringgold and Adrianna Carswell and Carolyn Carswell, both of Pelham, N.C.; one nephew, Jason Springs of Ringgold, N.C. and a mother-in-law, Joyce Hancock of Pelham, N.C.
He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Johnny Bullins; maternal grandparents, Mae Cannaday McGuire and Clifton (Mac) McGuire); and brother, Rodney Jason Bullins.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at The Tabernacle with the Rev. Lamarr Mooneyham and the Rev. Doug Barber officiating. Interment will be at Floral Hills Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at The Tabernacle. At other times they will be at the residence and also the parents' residence, 1488 Ringgold Road.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to The Danville Cancer Association, 2323 Riverside Drive, Suite J, Danville, VA 24540.
Wrenn-Yeatts Funeral Home, North Main Street is in charge of arrangements.