GARY D. ROBINSON
Gary Dean Robinson, 49, died Sunday, September 28, 2003, in the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem.
He was born in Richlands and was a son of Lorraine and Dean Robinson of Marion.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in Korea. He was employed as a medical equipment engineer with General Electric and Toshiba and was most recently self-employed.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are three children, Sara Beth Robinson, Joseph Patton Robinson and Christopher Dean Robinson, all of Dallas, Tex.; one sister and brother-in-law, Vanessa and Wayne Evans of Marion; a special niece, Kiah Evans of Blacksburg; his former wife, Joy P. Robinson of Dallas; a special friend, Linda East of Salem; special aunts and uncles; and a special great-aunt, Gertie Dill.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Bradley's Funeral Home chapel in Marion. The Revs. Dennis Banks and Neville Mozingo officiated. A graveside service, with full military honors, will be held today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at Claypool Hills Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Gideon's International, P.O. Box 1326, Marion, Va. 24354.
MITCHELL R. WALL
Mitchell Ray Wall, 59, of Vinton, died Thursday, September 25, 2003.
He was a machine operator at Norfolk Southern Railway for over 33 years.
Surviving are his children, Timothy Wall and Ricky Wall, both of Stuart, John Wall of Roanoke and Loria Wall of Hagerstown, Md.; one brother, George Wall of Dobson, N.C.; two sisters, Bonnie Grey of Arcadia, Fla., and Peggy Dollyhigh of Mount Airy, N.C.; and one grandson.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Arrangements are by Oakey's North Chapel and Crematory in Roanoke.
SONDA C. BELCHER
Sonda Cassell Belcher, 41, of Martinsville, died Monday, November 17, 2003, at her home.
She was born in Henry County on November 18, 1961 and was a daughter of Donald L. and Thelma Cauley Cassell.
She was a member of Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church and attended Fieldcrest Church of God in Eden, N.C.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Clarence Belcher of the home; one daughter, Lindsey Ashburn of Patrick Springs; two sons, Josh Cassell of Lawsonville, N.C., and Corey Long of Eden; two sisters, Bonnie C. Kendrick of Patrick Springs and Melissa G. Pilson of Martinsville; one brother, Tim Cassell of Martinsville.
Funeral services were held Friday at Patrick Springs Pentecostal Holiness Church. The Revs. Jack Foley, Johnny Cox, Curtis Pilson and John Shore officiated. Burial was in the Providence United Methodist Church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Robert Witt, Leonard Trent, Lee Pilson, Chad Corns, Justin Plaster, Charles Cauley, Ronnie Shough and Bobby Jefferson.
Arrangements were by Howell Funeral Home in Stuart.
THELMA I. CASSADY
Thelma Inman Cassady, 79, of Stuart, died Thursday, November 20, 2003, at Blue Ridge Nursing Center.
She was born in Patrick County on June 14, 1924 to the late John D. and Fozey Ellis Inman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Henry Jackson Cassady; a grandson, Barry Cassady; a great-granddaughter, Megan Palmer; a son-in-law, Murray Roberson; three sisters, Wilma Cassady, Lilla Willard and Gladys Hudson; and five brothers, Raymond Inman, Edward Inman, Fred Inman, Lewis Inman and Stafford Inman.
She was a member of Five Forks Wesleyan Church and was retired from Blue Ridge Nursing Center.
Surviving are two daughters, Lorene Martin of Lawsonville, N.C., and Frances Roberson of Stuart; two sons, Harvey Cassady of Patrick Springs and Leon Cassady of Collinsville; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Five Forks Wesleyan Church with the Revs. Gary Combs and Curtis Hall officiating. Burial was in Patrick Memorial Gardens.
Pallbearers were Junior Roberson, Stevie Cassady, Tony Reynolds, Rick Shively, Eddie Windham and Randall Bowman.
Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.
CURTIS D. CONNER
Curtis Daniel Conner, 88, of South Mayo Drive, Stuart, died Saturday, November 22, 2003, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, N.C.
He was born July 18, 1915 to the late Cord Lee Conner and Nettie Handy Conner. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ada Fulcher Conner, and a son, Phillip Daniel Conner.
He served as chief mechanic at the National Airport during World War II and was a member of High Point Baptist Church. He was the owner and operator of Conner's Frame and Alignment Shop in Patrick Springs.
Surviving are one daughter, Karen Conner of Williamsburg; a stepdaughter, Myra McMinn of Florida; two sisters, Mae Lang of Patrick Springs and Annie Fain of Stuart; one brother, Frank Conner of Stuart; two grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Monday at Howell Funeral Home in Stuart by Ministers Wayne Moore and Mark Wright. Burial was in Patrick Memorial Gardens.
JUNE C. DEAL
June Laveta Cannady Deal, 72, of Stanleytown Health Care and formerly of Fieldale, died Wednesday, November 19, 2003, at the health care center.
She was born in Franklin County on June 26, 1931 and was a daughter of the late Roy Lee and Eula May Hollandsworth Cannaday. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Carlos Cannady, and a sister, Nina Sue Jefferson.
She was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and worked at DuPont, Lacy Manufacturing and Sara Lee.
Surviving are her husband, George Herman Deal of Stanleytown Health Care; one son, Richard Lee Wiggington of Patrick Springs; one stepson, Roger Deal of Martinsville; one sister, Lola Huff of Martinsville; and one grandson.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday at the Bassett Funeral Service chapel by the Rev. Rick Anderson. Burial was in Henry Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Marty Wiggington, Mike Cannaday, Curtis Jefferson, Tray Hollandsworth, Joseph Cannady, Howard Huff, Walter Atkins, Chris Cannaday, Keith McGuire, Joel Cannaday and Perry Sink.
ESSIE H. LOWRY
Essie Irene Hunter Lowry, 88, of Mount Airy, N.C., died Monday, November 17, 2003, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
She was born in Patrick County on February 11, 1915 and was a daughter of the late John and Susan Ella Smith Hunter. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Willie Lowry; five brothers, Romey Hunter, Curtis Hunter, Monroe Hunter, Walter Hunter and Wise Hunter.
She was the owner/operator of Lowry Grocery and was a member of Friendly Chapel Church in Pilot Mountain, N.C.
Surviving are one daughter, Mary Sue Dawson of Mount Airy; one son, William (Randy) Lowry of Mount Airy; two sisters, Hazel Willard and Viona Hunter, both of Mount Airy; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, November 19, at Friendly Chapel Church. Bros. Don Collins and Jerry Pardue officiated. Burial was in Zion Hill Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Mount Airy.
Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy.
LUCINDA H. PHILPOTT
Lucinda Hall Philpott, 77, of Henry, died Monday, November 24, 2003, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
She was born March 22, 1926 in Patrick County and was a daughter of the late Turner Clay Hall and Flora Shelton Hall. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Homer Junior Philpott, who died in 1983; a son, Lester Lee Philpott; and a brother, Leonard E. Hall
She attended Mill Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Teresa Bryant of Martinsville; one son, T.C. Philpott of Henry; three sisters, Jackie Stegall of Collinsville, Pauline Turner of Stuart and Violet Padgett of Fieldale; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Collins Funeral chapel. The Rev. Eugene Lawson will officiate. Burial will be in the Mill Creek Baptist Church cemetery.
Arrangements are by Collins Funeral Services in Bassett.
MATTIE W. STONE
Mattie Sue Wright Stone, 100, of Bassett, died Friday, November 21, 2003, at her home.
She was born July 1, 1903 in Patrick County and was a daughter of the late George William and Ruth Helms Wright. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Larkin McKinley Stone Sr.; two sons, Warren G. Stone and C.D. Stone; three sisters, Mary A. Cox, Nellie Eanes and Nina Turner; and seven brothers, Walter Wright, Robert Wright, Daniel Wright, Lem Wright, Flem Wright, John Wright and Squire Wright.
She was a member of Riverview Primitive Baptist Church and the VFW Ladies' Auxiliary.
Surviving are five daughters, Lee Morse of Williamsburg, Elsie Perkins of Portsmouth, Doris Pattisall of Chatham, Virginia Williamson of Williamsburg and Dorothy Freeman of Greensboro; three sons, Herman T. Stone of Collinsville, Ralph B. Stone of Eden, N.C., and Larkin M. "Ken" Stone Jr. of Axton; three brothers, James B. "Jimmy" Wright of Gulf Breeze, Fla., Roy D. Stone and Bernard R. Stone, both of Bassett; 24 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren with Pastor Marvin Wade officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren Cemetery Fund, c/o Wesley Wirt, 144 Mount Hermon Church Rd., Bassett, Va. 24055
CAROLYNE P. VERNON
Carolyne Ann Puckett Vernon, 50, of Siloam, N.C., died Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at her home.
She was born May 25, 1953 in Patrick County to the late Lester Hayes Puckett and Dora Marie Overby Puckett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Wade Michael Vernon.
She was a private duty nurse and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are four daughters, Heather Wilkins of Siloam, Marty Cox of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Dana Alguire and Jill O'Neal, both of Tallahassee, Fla.; one son, Nevada Alan Thompson of Wyoming; three brothers, Michael Puckett of Durham, N.C., William Puckett of California and Jimmy Puckett of Raleigh, N.C.; five granddaughters and three grandsons.
Funeral services were held Friday at Howell Funeral Service chapel of Pilot Mountain, N.C. The Revs. Gene Edwards and Deward Scott officiated. Burial was at Jesus' Church of Corinth Cemetery in Siloam.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 345, Mount Airy, N.C. 27030.
JOSEPHINE D. WRAY
Josephine D. Wray, 92, of Meadows of Dan, died Tuesday, November 18, 2003, at her home.
She was born in Henry County on September 14, 1911 to the late John and Margie Merriman Dunovant. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Earl Wray Sr., and several sisters and brothers.
She was a retired manager from American Tobacco of Reidsville, N.C., and was a member of Meadows of Dan Baptist Church, where she was a former choir director and Sunday school teacher.
Surviving are three sons, William E. Wray Jr. of Richmond, Robert Spencer Wray of Meadows of Dan and Charles Merriman Wray of Virginia Beach; one brother, Claude Donovant of Reidsville, N.C.; one sister, Beatie Faulkner of Tennessee; four grandchildren and a sister-in-law.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday at Wilkerson Funeral Home chapel in Reidsville with the Rev. Bob Kerr officiating. Burial was in Reidlawn Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Meadows of Dan Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 830, Meadows of Dan, Va. 24120; Vesta Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 238, Vesta, Va. 24177; or to Laurel Fork Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 107, Laurel Fork, Va. 24352.
Local arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.
Estelle Bowman Bran-scome, 87, of Greenville, Ill., and formerly of Patrick County, died Tuesday, January 20, 2004, at Cardinal Hill Healthcare in Greenville.
She was born in Patrick County on June 5, 1916 to the late James Pet and Josie Elliott Bowman. She was also preceded in death by three brothers, Erving Bowman, Judd Bowman and Moir Bowman; and two sisters, Elsie Justice and Hattie Mae Bowman.
She was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are one daughter, Sandra Epstein of Newport News; one son, Fred Branscome of Pawleys Island, S.C.; one sister, Mary Morgan of Eden, N.C.; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with the Rev. Jim Churchwell officiating. Burial was in the Wayside Community Cemetery.
SALLY S. CLARK
Sally Agnes Stowe Clark, 79, of South Mayo Drive, Stuart, died Wednesday, January 21, 2004, at R.J. Reynolds Patrick County Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Patrick County on February 27, 1924 and was a daughter of the late Willie and Sally Catherine Biggs Stowe. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Marion Clark; eight sisters, Mae Hopkins, Bertha Mabe, Ruby Clark, Mildred Guilliams, Allie Freeman, Effie Wyatt, Julie Plasters and Vance Hutchens; and six brothers, Jim Stowe, Tom Stowe, Lemly Stowe, Charlie Stowe, Harry Stowe and Ed Stowe.
She attended New Beginnings Baptist Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Sally Ruth Smith of Stuart; one son, Robert Clark of Stuart; one brother, Davis Stowe of Collinsville; a half-sister, Bertie Spencer of Martinsville; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and three stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Friday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart by the Revs. Mark Wright and Bernard Handy. Burial was in Patrick Memorial Gardens.
MYRTLE W. DRAPER
Myrtle Wells Draper, 101, of Stuart, died Tuesday, January 27, 2004, at the Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart.
She was born in Henry County on November 3, 1902 to the late George W. and Martha Ann Hodges Wells. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Wertie H. Draper; three sisters, Bertha Wells, Lena Wells Duncan and Kate Wells Webster; and three brothers, Hughes Wells, Ernest Wells and Archie Wells.
She was a charter member of the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Martinsville, and had been a secretary for American Furniture and American Dry Cleaners.
Surviving are one daughter, Nancy Draper Hazelwood of Stuart; one son, Ralph Dudley Draper of Martinsville; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with the Revs. Warren Stackhouse and Phillip Waltz officiating. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Martinsville.
The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 824 Starling Ave., Martinsville, Va. 24112; or to New Hope United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Carroll Eastridge, 2789 Wayside Rd., Stuart, Va. 24171.
Elizabeth C. Drehmer, 70, of Axton, died Monday, January 19, 2004, at Morehead Memorial Hospital in Eden, N.C.
She was born May 26, 1933 in Meadowview and was a daughter of the late Wyndom and Margie Mitchell. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Cheryl Oliver, in 2001; and several brothers and sisters.
She attended Mountain View Baptist Church in Collinsville.
Surviving are three daughters, Kym Norman of Fieldale, Marlena Scott of Collinsville and Cindy Drehmer Schandel of Fieldale; two brothers, Johnny Mitchell of Stuart and J.D. Mitchell of Abingdon; one sister, Martha Mitchell of Meadowview; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Mountain View Baptist Church. The Rev. Charles Harrison officiated. Burial was in Old Center Primitive Baptist Church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Todd Norman, Greg Norman, Shannon Chrisholm, Brian Hall, Kevin Schandel and Issaic Johnson Jr.
Arrangements were by Bassett Funeral Services.