D. CLEVELAND SPENCER
Daniel Cleveland Spencer, 90, died Monday, February 28, 2005, at the Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Martinsville.
He was born June 6, 1914 in Patrick County to the late Daniel Creed Spencer and Katherine Wood Spencer. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Wade Spencer, and a brother, Guy Spencer.
He worked for V.M. Draper Manufacturing for 25 years as the corporate secretary, and at Prillaman and Pace Co. for 18 years as service manager.
Spencer was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Martinsville where he served as a deacon and clerk of the church.
Surviving are two daughters, Nancy Byrd of Martinsville and Virginia Smith of Lynchburg; a son, Charles Daniel Spencer of Martinsville; one sister, Ruth Burgart of Martinsville; one brother, Bruce Spencer of Martinsville; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Roselawn Burial Park with the Rev. Wilbern Meeks officiating.
The family will receive friends tonight (Wednesday) from 7 to 9 p.m. at Norris Funeral Services.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fairview Baptist Church, 663 Barrows Mill Road, Martinsville, Va. 24112.
RICHARD H. WOOD
Richard Handy Wood, 94, of Richmond and formerly of Stuart, died Wednesday, February 23, 2005, at McGuire's V.A. Hospital in Richmond.
Surviving are two brothers, Laurence H. Wood of Floyd and Rhea B. Wood of Sun Lake, Ariz.; a sister-in-law; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Highland Springs Nazarene Church with the Rev. Rick Crosby officiating. Burial was in Oakwood Cemetery in Richmond with military rites performed by a detachment from Langley Air Force Base.
JOHN E. PILSON
John Eugene Pilson, 87, of Danville, died Tuesday, March 29, 2005, at his home after a long illness.
He was born February 16, 1918 in Stuart and was a son of the late Dallas V. and Alpha Pilson. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Edward Pilson, Ralph Pilson, Wayne Pilson and Alfred Pilson; and by a sister, Wilma Foley.
He lived in the Danville area for the past 48 years and was retired from Dan River Mills. He spent his retirement working on watches and clocks.
Pilson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II on the USS General T.H. Bliss and fought in the Battle of Normandy. He was a member of Ascension Lutheran Church in Danville and VFW Post #647.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Olga S. Pilson; four children, York Pilson of Callanda, Claudia P. Quinn of Decatur, Ill., Dallas Patrick Pilson of Danville and Evelyn Gaddy of Gloucester; one brother, Roy Pilson of Stuart; one sister, Clara Smart of Stuart; and four grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Saturday at Swicegood Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Jonathan Harman officiating. Burial, with military honors by American Legion Memorial Post #325 Honor Guard, was in Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Hospice Support Services, P.O. Box 2713, Danville, Va. 24541; or to Ascension Lutheran Church, 314 W. Main St., Danville, Va. 24151.
ELIZABETH S. RATLIFF
Elizabeth S. Ratliff, 87, of Pleasant View Drive, Stuart, died Saturday, April 2, 2005, at R.J. Reynolds Patrick County Memorial Hospital in Stuart.
She was born August 31, 1917 in Patrick County and was a daughter of the late George W. and Eliza Biggs Stewart. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Daniel G. Ratliff; a daughter, Elizabeth Ann; five sisters, four brothers and a grandchild.
She was a homemaker and was of the Primitive Baptist faith.
Surviving are two daughters, Doris R. Eggleston of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Helen R. Hardy of Ridgeway; six sons, J.C. Ratliff of Stuart, Leon Ratliff of Bassett, Melvin Ratliff of Stuart, Joe Ratliff of Martinsville, Alvin Ratliff of Pinehurst, N.C., and Larry Ratliff of Chatham; 15 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Tuesday at the Ratliff family cemetery at the Church of God of Prophecy in Stuart. Pastor Terry Ragsdale officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to JEB Stuart Rescue Squad, Stuart, Va. 24171; or to the Church of God of Prophecy Cemetery Fund, c/o Marie Gunter, 768 S. Mayo Drive, Stuart, Va. 24171.
Arrangements were by Howell Funeral Home in Stuart.
WILLIAM N. RIGNEY
William N. Rigney, 67, of Bassett, died Sunday, April 3, 2005, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
He was born in Franklin County on Jan. 5, 1938, and was a son of the late Andros and Mary Love Rigney. He was also preceded in death by a stepson, Ronnie "Red" Mitchell.
He was retired from Stanley Furniture Co., and was a member of Fairway Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 27 years, Irene Rigney of the home; two sons, Danny Rigney of Stuart and Ronald Wayne Rigney of Oak Level; two daughters, Theresa L. Bailey of Burnt Chimney and Cheryl R. Pagans of Rocky Mount; a stepson, Steve Mitchell of Patrick Springs; two brothers, Gene Rigney and Fred Rigney, both of Figsboro; six grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; 10 stepgreat-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Fairway Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Montgomery officiating. Burial will be in State Line Primitive Baptist Church cemetery.
Arrangements are by Bassett Funeral Service.
Sue Vaughan, 63, of Bassett, died Monday, March 28, 2005, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Galax on February 3, 1942 and was a daughter of Arthur K. Leonard and Vergie A. Leonard.
She was a member of New Life Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Doug Vaughan of the home; two daughters, Sandra Cornett and Deborah Willey, both of Bassett; one sister, Dorothy Stoots of Patrick Springs; two brothers, Herman Leonard of Galax and Bill Leonard of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; two grandsons; three stepgranddaughters; one stepgreat-granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday at New Life Baptist Church by the Rev. Cletus Lackey. Burial was in Henry Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Eric Cornett, Brandon Spencer, Ronnie Willey, Bryan Branch, Sidney George, Walter Cornett, Matt Foley and Brandon Martin.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Life Baptist Church Building Fund, 415 County Line Rd., Bassett, Va. 24055.
Arrangements were by Bassett Funeral Services.
MARGARET S. BLANE
Margaret Shelburne Blane, 81, of Bowling Green, Ky., and formerly of Martinsville, died March 26, 2005, in Bowling Green.
She was a daughter of the late James Thomas Shelburne and Virgie Lee Shelburne, who lived in the Critz area for a number of years.
Surviving is one daughter, Anne Blane Grubbs of Bowling Green.
A memorial service was held Sunday at the First United Methodist Church in Martinsville with the Rev. John Fulcher officiating.
JUNIOR M. CLARK
Junior McCray Clark, 70, of Bassett, died Sunday, May 15, 2005, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
He was born March 17, 1935 in Henry County and was a son of the late Anderson Carper Clark and Attie Haynes Clark. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Era Mae Widener; and three brothers, Rev. Chester Lee Clark, Rev. Coy Clark and Raymond Clark.
He was employed as a truck driver by Bassett Fiberboard for 30 years and was a member of the plant's fire brigade. He was a founder and charter member of Hilltop Baptist Church and attended Valley Drive Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of over 51 years, Doris Orean Atkins Clark of the home; two daughters, Debrah C. Booth of Roanoke and Doris C. Walker of Patrick Springs; four sisters, Estelle Clark of Bassett, Frances Geneive Cassidy of Dover, Del., Magdalene Triplett of Bassett and Virginia Foley of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and two granddaughters.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Collins Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Rakes officiating. Burial will be in County Line Church of God of Prophecy cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Valley Drive Baptist Church Building Fund, 889 Valley Drive, Fieldale, Va. 24089.
ROY A. CRAIG
Roy Allen Craig, 67, of Washington, D.C., and formerly of Patrick Springs, died February 23, 2005, in Washington.
He was born in the Mayo River section of Patrick Springs on June 26, 1937 and was a son of the late Charles Green Craig and Bessie Lee Oliver. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, William Ralph Craig, Charles Melvin Craig, James Maurice Craig and Chester Maynard Craig; and two sisters, Helen Maxine Craig Earles and Peggy Jean Craig Thompson.
He served in the U.S. Air Force.
Surviving are one brother, Carl B. Craig of Bassett; and two sisters, Lillie May Craig Watson of Panama City, Fla., and Mildred Mozelle Craig Rakes of Fieldale.
A graveside memorial service was conducted Saturday at the Oliver family cemetery by the Rev. Freddie Bonds.
Arrangements were by Bassett Funeral Service.
FREYA H. DALTON
Freya Louisa Howell Dalton, 95, of Martinsville, died Saturday, May 7, 2005.
She was born October 23, 1909 in Amherst to the late Ignaz and Julia Thon Howell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, former Virginia House of Delegates member Grady W. Dalton; a sister, Julia Howell Mitton; and a brother, Nicholas A. Howell.
She was a graduate of Stuart High School and spent most of her life in Richlands in Tazewell County.
She was active in civic organizations and clubs there, including the Kiwanis Club, Garden Club, Woman's Club, Humane Society, Friends of the Library and the University of Virginia Medical Alumni Association. She was also active in politics.
She helped start and operate Richland's first library and assisted in creating the Tazewell County Humane Society. The state named a bridge after her in Richlands to honor her years of work in beautification.
Surviving are one son, Richard Booker Dalton of Richlands; one granddaughter and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 11, at Singleton Funeral Home in Cedar Bluff with the Rev. Jerold Stacey officiating. Burial was in Clinch Valley Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tazewell County Humane Society, P.O. Box 281, Tazewell, Va. 24651; or to the Tazewell County Friends of the Library, P.O. Box 860, Richlands, Va. 24641.
GENEVA C. GALLOWAY
Geneva C. Galloway, 87, died Friday, May 6, 2005, in Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie.
She was born January 20, 1918 and was preceded in death by two daughters, Tammy Joyce and Novella Joyce.
Surviving are two daughters, Evonnie Lieteau and Hattie Sue Joyce; two sons, Cocoa Joyce and Tommy Joyce; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Monday, May 9, at Community Cemetery in Stuart.
IVA U. HANCOCK
Iva Underwood Hancock, 89, of Meadows of Dan, died Friday, May 13, 2005.
She was born February 7, 1916 and lived much of her life in Floyd County.
She was a member of Parkway Church of the Brethren.
Surviving are two daughters, Glynda Bolt of Moneta and Hilda Collins of Salem; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one stepgrandson and one stepgreat-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Topeca Church of the Brethren with the Rev. Roy Turpin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were by Maberry Funeral Home in Floyd.
NANCY T. HAROLD
Nancy Cora Thompson Harold, 102, of Mount Airy, N.C., died Monday, May 2, 2005, at Central Continuing Care.
She was born in Patrick County on December 8, 1902 and was a daughter of the late Murray Samuel and Ruth Francis Childress Thompson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Obie Harold; her first husband, Winton Boyd; a son, Arthur Martin Boyd; two sisters, Kate Brim and Gilley Thompson; and four brothers, Otis Thompson, Walter "Jack" Thompson, Elec Thompson and Robert "Bob" Thompson.
She was a member of Midway Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, William Bryant Boyd Sr. of Mount Airy, and James Stuart Boyd; two sisters, Princess Goins and Virginia Turney, both of Mount Airy; seven grandchildren; several stepgrandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 4, at Midway Baptist Church. The Rev. Larry Phillips officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy.
BESSIE C. MARTIN
Bessie C. Martin, 87, of Stuart, died Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at the Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart.
She was born in Patrick County on March 22, 1918 and was a daughter of the late Lester and Lucy Stowe Reynolds. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Nick Wade Martin; a daughter, Tillice McArthur; a son, David Lee Martin; and a sister, Dorothy Martin.
She was a member of Nettle Ridge United Methodist Church.
Surviving are one son, Richard Martin of Stuart; one sister, Louise Hundley of Bassett; one brother, Grady Reynolds of Spencer; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with the Rev. Warren Stackhouse officiating. Burial was in the Nettle Ridge United Methodist Church cemetery.
Pallbearers were Ed Gallop, Aubrey Martin, Warren Hawks, Wayne Tatum, Mike Niten, Brian McArthur and Bobby McArthur.
DORIS F. RHODA
Doris Farne Rhoda, 87, mother of Jane Carlson of Stuart, who is a hospice nurse, died Thursday, May 12, 2005, in Nashville, Tenn., of natural causes.
She had moved to Nashville from Pawleys Island, S.C., to which she and her husband, Richard N. Rhoda, had retired. He died in 1994. She was the daughter of Harold and Anna Farne and was born in Minersville, Pa., but lived most of her life in Allentown, Pa.
She was a graduate of Westchester State University of Pennsylvania, a former elementary school teacher and a volunteer librarian. She also was an ardent New York Mets fan and an avid golfer.
Surviving are two children, Jane Carlson of Stuart and Richard G. Rhoda, executive director of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission in Nashville; five grandchildren, Nicholas Rhoda, Meredith Rhoda, Christy Menear, Richard Carlson and Stephen Carlson; and two great-grandchildren.
The family requested that memorial gifts be made to Hospice of Rockingham County, Wentworth, NC 27375. Arrangements are pending.