MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Lena Brown Aralios, 82, of Sycamore Care and Rehabilitation Center, died Monday, May 20, 2002 at Sycamore Care and Rehabilitation Center following three years of declining health and three years in the hospital.
Born May 24, 1919, in Pittsylvania County, she was the daughter of Eugene Brown and Mary Beulah Moss Brown.
She was married in 1960 to Constantinos R. Aralios, who predeceased her Oct. 28, 1977. She was of the Baptist faith and lived her life in Pittsylvania County, Va., Centreville, Va. and Memphis for the past four years. She was retired from Sears in Manassas, Va. where she worked as an assistant manager.
Survivors include two sons, Eugene William Shreve of Charlottesville, Va.; Elton Dwayne Shreve of Memphis; one daughter, Bene S. Pritchett of Warrington, Va.; three sisters, Mae B. Collins and Junaita B. Holly, both of Danville, Va., and Adele B. Sipe of Allentown, Pa.; three brothers, Eugene G. Brown, William R. Brown, and James Herbert Brown, all of Danville, Va.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased, in addition to her husband and parents, by one brother, Samuel E. Brown and three sisters, Bessie B. Black, Virginia B. Buckner and Laura B. Cane.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
POWHATAN, Va. - Mary Ellen Berry, 87, formerly of Danville, died Saturday, May 18, 2002, at the residence of her daughter.
Born Sept. 7, 1914, in Person County, N.C., she was the daughter of Walter M. Scott and Aniva Wells Scott.
She was married to Henry Benjamin Berry, who predeceased her in 1975. She was retired from C&P Telephone Co. where she was employed in Danville for 37 years. She was a member of Mount Vernon United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one daughter, Betty Berry of Powhatan; one son, Staley Berry of Clarendon, N.C.; two sisters, Annie S. Casstevens of Hamptonville, N.C., and Nell S. Anderson of Semora, N.C.
The graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mountain View Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Wilson officiating.
The family received friends 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Townes Funeral Home.
Townes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
DANVILLE, Va. - Frankie Lynn Betterton, 43, of 4252 Stoney Mill Road, died Friday, May 17, 2002, on Highway 58 west of Danville in Pittsylvania County.
Born Aug. 5, 1958, in Danville, he was the son of Ocie Crawford Betterton and Mildred Pierce Betterton, who survive.
He was married Dec. 18, 1982, to Mary Katherine Hardy Betterton, who survives. He was a member of Brosville United Methodist Church where he had served as a trustee and as a member of the United Methodist Men. He lived most of his life in Pittsylvania County and worked for the Pittsylvania County Sheriff's office as a Deputy Sheriff. He was a member of Law Enforcement for Christ and was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of the residence and parents of Chatham, include two daughters, Donna Christine Betterton of Lynchburg, and Lauren Crawford Betterton of the residence; one son, Frankie Lynn Betterton II of the residence; two sisters, Dorinda B. Gibson of Danville, and Kathryn B. Burnette of Chatham; and one grandchild.
The funeral will be held 4 p.m. Wednesday at Brosville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dave Rochford officiating. Interment will follow at Danville Memorial Gardens with honors conducted by the Virginia State Police Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel and other times will be at the residence.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Pittsylvania County Sheriff's Department In-Car Camera Fund c/o Brosville United Methodist Church, 12648 Martinsville Highway, Danville, Va. 24541.
Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
CLOVER, Va. - Edith Crews Canada, 87, of 1155 Green Valley Road, died Monday, May 20, 2002, at Halifax Regional Hospital.
Born Dec. 14, 1914, in Halifax County, she was the daughter of Burmah David Crews and Ola Puckette Crews.
She was married to Bernard F. Canada, who predeceased her. She was a retired Deputy Commissioner of Revenue for Halifax County and was a member of Mt. Laurel United Methodist Church.
Survivors include one son, B. David Canada of Petersburg; one daughter, JoAnna C. Hackworth of Moseley; two sisters, Catherine C. Parker of Bedford, and Cynthia C. Kendrick of Nathalie; two grandsons; and one stepgranddaughter.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Laurel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ann Tang officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church and other times at the residence.
Brooks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Frances Waller Holt, 65, of 921 Pembroke Road, died Sunday, May 19, 2002, at Moses Cone Hospital.
Born Nov. 22, 1936, in Pittsylvania County, Va., she was the daughter of Willie T. Waller and Louise Johnson Waller.
She was married to James Kemp Holt, who predeceased her. She was a member of Faith Hill Baptist Church and was employed by Harris Teeter.
Survivors include two brothers, William D. Waller and Vernon T. Waller, both of Dry Fork, Va.
She was predeceased, in addition to her husband and parents, by one sister, Mildred Grubb.
The graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Green Hill Cemetery wit the Rev. Vic Redding officiating.
The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.
Online condolences may be made at www.haneslineberry.com.
DANVILLE, Va. - Sylvia Lewis, 51, of 109 Kemper Court, died suddenly Sunday, May 19, 2002, at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. following a brief illness.
Born July 23, 1950, in Danville, she was the daughter of Eugene Clyde Lewis and Evelyn Lewis.
She was educated in the Danville Public School System and worked at the Fred T. Hatcher Center in Blairs. She was a member of North New Hope Baptist Church.
Survivors include one sister, Joyce Lewis Herbin of Reidsville, N.C.; three brothers, Andrew Lewis and Kenneth Lewis of Danville; and Robert Lee Lewis of Charlotte, N.C.
The funeral will be held 3 p.m. Thursday at North New Hope Baptist Church, 123 Old Piney Forest Road with the Rev. Willard D. Smith officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.
The viewing will be held 4-8 p.m. Wednesday at Cunningham and Hughes Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Cunningham and Hughes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
SOUTH BOSTON, Va. - Franklin Monroe New, 69, of 1081 Shelton Road, died Monday, May 20, 2002, at Halifax Regional Hospital.
Born April 25, 1933, in South Boston, he was the son of James Monroe New and Mollie Cozart New.
He was married to Ina B. New, who survives. He was a supervisor at Daystrom and was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a member of American Legion Post 8.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of South Boston, include three sons, Gary Franklin New, Kenneth Ray New, and Gerald Monroe New, all of South Boston; one sister, Rachel Dixon of South Boston; two brothers, Ronnie New of South Boston and Earl New of Norfolk; and six grandchildren.
He was predeceased, in addition to his parents, by two sisters, Marion Jordan and Marie Barbery.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brooks Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rudolph Jacobs officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Ridge Cemetery.
The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Tuesday at Brooks Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence.
Brooks Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CHATHAM, Va. - Melvin Lee Rigney, 34, of 833 Cavalry Road, died Monday, May 20, 2002.
Born Nov. 11, 1967, in Danville, he was the son of Frances R. Rigney, who survives, and Jackie Roger Rigney.
He was married to Kathy B. Rigney, who survives. He was a member of Hollywood Baptist Church.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of the residence and mother of Leatherwood, include one daughter, Ambert Paige Rigney of the residence; one brother, Jackie E. Rigney of Axton; and two sisters, Angie R. Eanes of Axton and Penny Marie Rigney of Leatherwood.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Matthews Memorial Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Russell H. East III and the Rev. Charles Swanson officiating. Interment will follow at Jefferson Family Cemetery in Chatham.
The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Scott Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence.
Scott Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lonnie Ray Woodall
BASSETT, Va. - Lonnie Ray Woodall, 54, of Westover Drive, died Monday, May 20, 2002, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville/Henry County.
Born Nov. 27, 1947, in Martinsville, He was the son of Bobby Ray Woodall and Myrtle Handy Woodall.
He was married to Sandra Clark Woodall. He was the owner of Woodall's Music. He graduated from Bassett High School and Bluefield College, served in National Guards and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church. He played with numerous local and national bands from his early teens to present including Gene and the Team Beats, City Council, The Rogues, Foxx and Company, Percy Sledge and the Blues Defenders. He was instrumental in establishing Harrison Scales Young Musicians Foundation and worked with Bassett High School Jazz Band.
Survivors include his wife of the residence; one daughter, Jaime Reah Woodall of the residence; one son, Lonnie Jacob Woodall of the residence; parents of Bassett; sisters, Opaline Elizabeth Spencer of Martinsville, and Carolyn Woodall Davis of Roanoke; and one brother, Lewis A. Woodall of New Castle.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hillcrest Baptist Church with the Rev. Doug Ramsey, the Rev. James Alsop, the Rev. Rickie Fox, Ken Hundley and Brittany Martens officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Burial Park.
The family will receive friends 7-8:30 p.m. Tuedsay at Hillcrest Baptist Church.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church Building Fund, 18075 A.L. Philpott Highway, Ridgeway, Va. 24148.
Collins Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Ronald Sutton Bradsher
MILTON, N.C. - Ronald Sutton Bradsher, 71, of 256 Royal Lane, died Saturday, Dec. 28, 2002, at his residence after a period of declining health.
Born Feb. 15, 1931, in Denver, Colo., he was a son of Jacob T. Bradsher and Emily Jones Bradsher.
He retired from Liggett-Meyers Tobacco Company in 1991. He was educated in Person County schools and was a member of Milton Presbyterian Church. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy after serving during the Korean War.
He is survived by three sons, Ronald S. Bradsher Jr. of Blanch, J. Frank Bradsher of Cary and J. Preston Bradsher of Milton; a special friend, Hilda Williamson of Alton; three sisters, Ella Ray Bradsher Chacey of Graham, Jean Bradsher Scott of Milton and Martha Ann Bradsher Spencer of Jacksonville; two brothers, Dr. Jacob Thompson Bradsher Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn. and Sidney Preston Bradsher of Wilmington; and five grandchildren.
He was predeceased by his wife, Nancy Bradner Moorefield Bradsher and a brother, James F. Bradsher.
The funeral will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Milton Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Bruce Wheeler and the Rev. David Lefon officiating. Interment will be in Burchwood Cemetery, Roxboro.
The family received friends 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Harrelson Funeral Home, Yanceyville.
The family suggests memorials may be made to Alamance-Caswell Hospice, P.O. Box 2122, Burlington, NC 27216.
Harrelson Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Eva Searcy Dameron
DANVILLE, Va. - Mrs. Eva Searcy Dameron, age 85, of 623 Brooke Drive, died Sunday, December 29, 2002, at the Blue Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Martinsville, Va.
Mrs. Dameron was born in Washington County, Va. on June 10, 1917, a daughter of the late John C. Searcy and Nora Rush Searcy. She had spent most of her life in or near Danville, where she graduated from George Washington High School and received a degree in English at Averett College (A.A.) in 1935.
Although she has taught home-bound students and substituted in the Danville, Virginia Public School System, much of her adult life was spent as a housewife and mother. She was married to the late Russell O. Dameron, who died on September 12, 1978. Mrs. Dameron began writing poetry at an early age and has had a number of poems published in newspapers and periodicals. She served as a board member of Trinity United Methodist Church and was active in a number of church organizations such as the Suzanna Wesley Circle. She was also a member of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees. Mrs. Dameron was predeceased by two sisters and one brother, Blanche Hughes, Gaynelle Gatewood and John C. Searcy Jr.
Surviving are four sons: Charles R. Dameron, Martinsville, John P. Dameron, Danville, Dale W. Dameron, Martinsville and David G. Dameron of Martinsville. One daughter: Sylvia D. Vaden, Nashville, Tenn. Two sisters: Gladys Laughlin, Pensacola, Fla. and Gloria Beitz, Green Valley, Ariz. Also ten grandchildren: Kenneth R. Dameron, Douglas A. Dameron, Julie E. Dameron, Melinda Vaden Tate, Dr. Laurel Vaden Altsentzer, Amy Vaden Biagini, John Christopher Dameron, Tara M. Dameron, Philip J. Dameron and Marcia Leigh Dameron. Also six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, January 1, 2003, at 3 p.m. from the Townes Funeral Home Memorial Chapel by the Reverend Levi Stroud and the Reverend Linwood Daniel. Interment will follow in Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends at Townes Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 1, 2003, from 2-3 p.m. before the service and at other times will be at the residence, 623 Brooke Drive.
The family requests that memorials may be made to the Agape Fund, c/o Saint Luke's United Methodist Church, 3090 North Main Street, Danville, VA 24540.
YANCEYVILLE, N.C. - Willie Foster, of 783 Blackwell Road, died Sunday, Dec. 29, 2002 in the Brian Center Nursing Facility in Yanceyville after an extended illness.
Born in Caswell County, he was the son of James Madison Foster and Lillie Belle McKinney Foster.
He was a former member of Calvary Baptist Church in Morristowne, N.J., where he was a deacon.
He was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church in Pelham, where he was a deacon and former Sunday School superintendent.
He was also a former member of the Dan River Masonic Lodge #490.
He was married to Adelaide Blackwell Foster.
In addition to his wife, of the Brian Center, he is survived by four sons, Ulysses Foster, John D. Foster and Aubrey Foster, all of Yanceyville and Willie R. Foster of Detroit, Mich.; three daughters, Norma Foster of Washington, D.C. and Carol F. Fuller and Barbara Redding, both of Yanceyville; one sister, Beatrice Foster Gwynn of Yanceyville; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The funeral will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at Blackwell Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Freddie Seabrook officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
The family visitation will be 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Blackwell Missionary Baptist Church. At other times the family will be at the residence.
Fulton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.