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Marriages and Deaths from Lynchburg, Virginia Newspapers 1794-1836

Elwin Braxton Almond
Elwin Braxton Almond, 70, of 24 Hogan Lane, Lynch Station, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999 in Avante Nursing Home. He was the husband of Mattie West Almond. Born Sept. 21, 1929 in Md., he was a son of the late Robert Lee and Eva Johnson Almond. He was a member of Lynch Station Baptist Church and a retired employee of BWX Technologies Inc. In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sisters, Lois Taylor and Arlene Richardson both of Lynchburg. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald L. Almond and Robert H. Almond. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999 in Lynch Station Baptist Church by the Rev. Robert Brubaker. Burial will follow in Mount Hermon United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. today at Finch & Finch Funeral Home, Altavista and other times at the residence.

Miss Juliette Barnett
Miss Juliette Barnett of 1109 10th Street, departed this life Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999 at Lynchburg General Hospital. Her remains rest at Community Funeral Home.

William Dempsey Jr.
William Dempsey Jr. of Church Street, departed this life Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville. He was born March 26, 1943 in Amherst County, the beloved son of Dorothy Johnson Dempsey and the late William Dempsey Sr. William accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Timothy Baptist Church in Pleasant View. He was employed by Interment Foundry at Archer Creek for 25 years until his illness. In addition to his mother, he leaves to cherish his memory four sisters, Florence Robertson, Mary Miller, Hazel Roach and husband, Robert all of Lynchburg and Sarah Mackey of Oxen Hill, Md.; one brother, George L. Dempsey and wife, Virginia of Lynchburg; a devoted former wife and friend to the family, Sarah Dempsey; two aunts, Rennie Dempsey of Washington, D.C. and Mary Sue Dempsey of Lynchburg and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be conducted at noon Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999 at Timothy Baptist Church with the Rev. William G. Johnson officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. today at Community Funeral Home and other times at the home of his sister, Mrs. Florence Robertson, 822 Centerdale Street. The family will assemble at the funeral home. Community Funeral Home directing.

Richard (Skinny Minnie) Hughes
Funeral services for Richard (Skinny Minnie) Hughes will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999 from the St. Mark Baptist Church with Rev. J.L. Sandidge officiating. Interment will be in the Jones family cemetery. The cortege will assemble at the residence of his mother, 125 Green Meadow Drive at 1 p.m. Services are entrusted to the care of Carl B. Hutcherson Funeral Home.

Wayne Pruett
Wayne Pruett, 45, of Bandy, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999 at Burkes Garden. Born April 7, 1954 in Tazewell, he was a son of David C. and Iris Patton Pruett of North Tazewell. He attended the Adria Advent Christian Church. He was a 1972 graduate of Tazewell High School, a member of U.M.W.A. Local #6025 in Bishop and a member of Tazewell County Sportsman Club. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Reva Sullivan Pruett; one brother, David C. Pruett Jr. and his wife, Judy of Lynchburg; two nephews, David Thomas Pruett and his wife, Lisa and Christopher Pruett; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Red and Pauline Sullivan of Bluefield. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999 at Peery & St. Clair Funeral Chapel in Tazewell with the Rev. Leon Yost and the Rev. Don Elswick officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory in Bluefield. Friends may call the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. tonight.

Walter Roosevelt Viar
Walter Roosevelt Viar, 65, of Easley Avenue, died Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999 at Virginia Baptist Hospital. Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the Viar Family.

Mrs. Lena Kathleen Walker
Mrs. Lena Kathleen Walker, formerly of Brookneal, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 1999 in Alexandria. She is survived by five children, Dorothy Ann Haynes and Barbara McBride of Alexandria, Juanita Poe of Brookneal; two sons, Roosevelt Walker of Brookneal and James Walker of Baltimore, Md.; one daughter-in-law, Corrine Walker; one son-in-law, Robert McBride, 18 grandchildren and 28 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today at the Greenspring Baptist Church in Brookneal with interment in the church cemetery. Jeffress Funeral Home of Brookneal is in charge of arrangements.

Beatrice S. Harner
Beatrice S. Harner, 96, of Vinton, died Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999. She was a member of the West End United Methodist Church for over 70 years, and a member of Electa Chapter O.E.S. for over 50 years. She was the widow of Frank Harner. She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Sue Harner of Lynchburg, and Ann H. and William H. Huddleston of Vinton, other friends and relatives. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 1999, at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel, with the Rev. Jeff Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today.

Ervin Harris
Ervin Harris, 63, of 1468 Maple Drive, Callands, died Wednesday afternoon at his residence. Miller Funeral Home, Gretna is in charge of arrangements.

Richard (Skinny Minnie) Hughes
Richard (Skinny Minnie) Hughes, 41, of 2508 Wise Street, Richmond, departed this life Monday, Nov. 1, 1999 at his residence. Born in Amherst County, he was the son of Josephine J. Hughes and the late Elbert Hughes. He received a Honorable Discharge from the United States Army. In addition to his mother, Josephine, he leaves to cherish his memories one son, Jimmy Lee Higginbothan; one daughter, Phyltasha Hughes both of Amherst; one brother, Elburn (Billy) Hughes of Amherst; five sisters, Shelia Hughes and Cynthia (Ronnie) Turner both of Amherst, Patricia (Sherman) Morgan of Lynchburg, Diane Hughes of Richmond and Jennifer (Herbert) Spencer of Atlanta, Ga.; a devoted friend, Bridgette Lynch of Richmond; five nieces, eight nephews, halfbrothers and sisters and a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, 1999 from the St. Mark Baptist Church with Rev. J.L. Sandidge officiating. Interment will be in the Jones family cemetery. The cortege will assemble at the residence of his mother, 125 Green Meadow Drive at 1 p.m. The family is receiving friends at the aforementioned address. Services are entrusted to the care of Carl B. Hutcherson Funeral Home.

Ruth V. Smith
Ruth V. Smith departed this life Tuesday night in Lynchburg General Hospital. Born in Halifax County, she was the daughter of the late Elijah Sr. and Maria Sydnor Canada. She was the wife of the late Edward Smith. She was preceded in death by four sisters, five brothers and one grandson. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Morris and Mrs. Edna Robey; nine grandchildren, Ruth Doyle, Ft. Washington, Md., James Morris of Roanoke, Cornelia Thomas, Herbert Morris, Blake, Monet, Monique, Brooke, Rita Robey all of Lynchburg and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday in Court Street Baptist Church with Pastor James E. Coleman Jr. officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hill Burial Park. Mrs. Smith’s remains may be viewed at the church from 1 p.m. until funeral time. The family will receive friends at the residence of Mrs. Morris, 1003 Fillmore Street. Services by Franklin Funeral Home, 301 Fifth Street, 845-7101.

Anna Dunn Taylor
Anna Dunn Taylor, 86, of 6362 Marysville Road, Gladys, died Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999 in her home. She was the wife of 69 years of Hubert G. Taylor. Born Aug. 27, 1913 in Pittsylvania County, she was a daughter of the late Paul W. and Nettie Jennings Dunn. She was a member of Lambs United Methodist Church, a homemaker, and was retired from Gladys Elementary School Cafeteria. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Albert Dunn Taylor and his wife, Pat of Dunwoody, Ga. and H. Dwight Taylor and his wife, Emma of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; one daughter, Melba T. Blanks and her husband, Bobby of Altavista; seven grandchildren, Michelle Gordon, Mark Blanks, Kerry Covington, Philip Taylor, Tara Smith, Gary Moore and Grant Taylor, eight great-grandchildren and eight step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Aurrelia T. Moore; six sisters and five brothers. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 1999 in Lambs United Methodist Church by the Rev. Paul Beighley, the Rev. Samuel Caldwell and the Rev. Shelton Miles. Burial will follow in Altavista Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. today at Finch & Finch Funeral Home, Altavista and other times at the residence. The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider the Citizens Emergency Crew, P.O. Box 158, Gladys or the Gladys Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 85, Gladys, Va. 24554.

Annie B. Ward
Annie B. Ward of Richmond, died Nov. 3, 1999 in Charlottesville. She was born in Bartow, Fla., Nov. 26, 1908, daughter of the late J. Gordon Boyd and Annie Fort Boyd. She was the wife of the late Col. Peter O. Ward of Richmond and was also preceded in death by four brothers, J. Gordon Boyd Jr., C. Fort Boyd, Randolph W. Boyd and Jack Martin Boyd. Mrs. Ward spent her early life in Jacksonville, Fla. and attended Florida State University. Surviving are her son, Peter O. Ward Jr. of Lynchburg; three daughters, Dr. M. Dearing Ward Johns Lewis of Charlottesville, Annie Kate Ward Stern of Cincinnati, Ohio, Nathalie Floyd Randolph Ward of Woods Hole, Mass.; six grandchildren, Peter O. Ward III, Pope Briley Ward, Sarah Dearing Johns, Robert Ward Stern, Ward Preston Stern and Aanjes Elvira Larkin; one great-grandson, Tucker Benis Ward and a sister, Marian Elizabeth Boyd of Jacksonville, Fla. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, 1999 at Presbyterian Cemetery in Lynchburg. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. or to another college or university. Hill and Wood Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Eleanor Simmons Albee
Eleanor Simmons Albee, 80, of 2205 Woodcrest Drive died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999 in Virginia Baptist Hospital. Born in Grafton, Mass. on June 23, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Harold Aborn Simmons and Mildred Lenord Simmons and was the wife of William Cranston Albee. Mrs. Albee was a past member of The Congregation Church in Grafton, Mass. and was a member of the Bedford Hills Garden Club. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Heather Albee Michaud and her husband Ronald of Wilmington, Del. A memorial service will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday at Diuguid Rivermont Chapel with the Rev. C. Douglas Pillow officiating.

Mary Frances Boxley
Mary Frances Boxley of Amherst died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999 in Drinkard Health Care Center. A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. today at the Anglican Church of the Epiphany with the Rev. William Crites officiating. Diuguid Rivermont Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Charles Edward Cyrus Jr. “Eddie”
Charles Edward Cyrus, Jr., 74, of Forest died Sunday evening on Oct. 31, 1999 in Virginia Baptist Hospital. He was the husband to Mrs. Laura Ramsey Cyrus. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today in Fairview Christian Church with the Rev. Jan Weston and the Rev. John Browning officiating. Interment to follow in Virginia Memorial Park. Please make any memorial contributions to Fairview Christian Church. Diuguid Waterlick Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Frances Daniel Dickerson
Frances Daniel Dickerson, 79, of 1724 Lakeside Drive, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999 at her home. She was the wife of the late J. Frank Dickerson. Born June 19, 1920 in Lynchburg, she was a daughter of the late Carlton Herbert Daniel Sr. and the late Frances Plymale Daniel. Mrs. Dickerson was the owner and operator of Dee’s Antiques on Lakeside Drive and was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, Concord. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Carlton Herbert Daniel Jr. and one sister, Lois Daniel Brookman. Mrs. Dickerson is survived by her son, Wayne D. Earnist of Forest; two sisters, Irene Daniel Torrence and her husband, Lyle and Eunice Daniel Mason and her husband, the Rev. Paul G. Mason all of Lynchburg; four grandchildren, Piper Earnist Balch of Harvest, Ala., Jon Wayne Earnist, Kayse Lynn Earnist and Kelli Marie Earnist all of Melbourne, Fla. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Friday from Whitten Timberlake Chapel by the Rev. Paul G. Mason, assisted by the Rev. Charlie Harbin. Interment will follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, P.O. Box 144, Concord, Va. 24538.

Shawn Anthony Ferguson
Funeral services for Shawn Anthony Ferguson will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday from Court Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Leroy Mitchell officiating. Interment in the Baptist Cemetery. He will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service. The cortege will assemble at 2120 Florida Avenue and 10:15 a.m. Services are entrusted to the care of Carl B. Hutcherson Funeral Home.

John Carlon Harvey
John Carlon Harvey, 71, of Lynchburg died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999 in Virginia Baptist Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer. He was the husband of Helen Cox Harvey. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Heritage United Methodist Church with Dr. Stephen C. Hundley officiating. Interment will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery. Those who wish to make memorial contributions, please consider Heritage United Methodist Church Foundation, 582 Leesville Road, Lynchburg, Va. 24502. Diuguid Wiggington Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Snead Holt
Dorothy Snead Holt of South Boston, died Tuesday. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Main Street United Methodist Church with burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Richard “Skinny Minnie” Hughes
Richard “Skinny Minnie” Hughes departed this life in Richmond. Survived by his mother, Josephine, two children, five sisters and one brother. Carl B. Hutcherson Funeral Home, 846-1337.

Mrs. Virginia Irvine
Funeral services for Mrs. Virginia Irvine will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday from Fifth Street Baptist Church with the Rev. Joseph D. Moore officiating. Interment in the Baptist Cemetery. She will lie in state at the church for one hour prior to the service. The cortege will assemble at the residence, 1906 A. McGuffey Lane at 12:15 p.m. Services are entrusted to the care of Carl B. Hutcherson Funeral Home.

Jessie Wilson Johnson
Jessie Wilson Johnson of Hilton Head, S.C., formerly of South Boston, died Tuesday. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Powell Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Gwendolyn Mangum Johnson
Gwendolyn Mangum Johnson, 63, of Philadelphia, Pa., entered eternal rest on Oct. 29, 1999. She was the daughter of the late T.V. Mangum and Euver L. Mangum of Statesville, N.C. A graduate of North Carolina Central College (now University), where she was soloist with the college choir from her freshman year. She received a teaching certificate from Livingston College in Salisbury, N.C. and taught at Morningside High School for several years before moving to New York City where she ventured into social work, and worked also in Philadelphia before retiring. Cherishing her memories are her husband, George C. Johnson; her son, Audwin L. Thomas and his wife, Sandra R. Thomas; three granddaughters, Farrol S. Thomas, Gwendolyn F. Thomas and Audwina L. Thomas; her brother, Charles M.L. Mangum, publisher of the Piedmont Area Journal newspaper, Lynchburg. Services are scheduled for Friday evening at 6 p.m. at Mt. Olive Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, 2039 W. Toronto, Philadelphia, Pa. Professional services are entrusted to the Wescott Funeral Home, 101-03 W. Hunting Park Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. Courtesy of Franklin Funeral Home, 845-7101.

John Allen Moon Jr.
John Allen Moon Jr., 51, of 104 Forest Drive, Lynchburg, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999 in Lynchburg General Hospital. Mr. Moon was born Aug. 27, 1948 in Lynchburg, a son of Shirley Moon and the late John A. Moon. He was a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, employed as ESP Inc. and a graduate of Drieux High School in Paris, France. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, John A. “Tres” Moon III of Calif.; a sister, Barbara “Bobbie” Moon of Lynchburg; a niece, Stephanie Epling of Forest and a nephew, E. Winston “Rusty” Goff of Forest. A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999 in Fort Hill Memorial Park with the Rev. Dr. Tim Madison officiating. The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. Woodall-Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements, 237-9424.

BB James Tyson
Maude Kimbrough James (BB) Tyson of 106 Oakwood Place, died Nov. 2, 1999 at her home. She was the wife of William E. Tyson. Born in Lynchburg, April 10, 1947 to the late Stanley Phillips James and Martha Watts James Sawyer, she graduated from Seven Hills School, received a Bachelor’s Degree from Salem College and a Master’s from Lynchburg College. She was well known in the area as a Latin scholar and as a teacher, first at William Campbell High School, then at V.E.S. and Seven Hills School. For the last 14 years until her illness, she taught at Jefferson Forest High School. In 1998, she was named by the students from Jefferson Forest who attended the Central Virginia Governor’s School for Science and Technology as their selection for the “Dedication to Quality Education” award. Besides her husband and her mother, BB is survived by two daughters, Kimbrough Watts Gay of Charleston, S.C. and Martha Hannon Gay of Lynchburg. She also leaves two brothers, Stanley P. James Jr. (Bucky) of Madison Heights and Edwin Nelson James (Blitz) of Lynchburg; two sisters, Martha James Palmer (Bullet) of Charlottesville, Nancy Harrison James Pruitt (Bo) of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; her stepfather, Preston Sawyer Jr. and other relatives and friends. She was a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church and a former member of Lynchburg Garden Club, the Lynchburg Junior League and Boonsboro Country Club. Following a private commitment service at Spring Hill Cemetery, a memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999 at First Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends at “Marsan”, 1111 V.E.S. Road after the service. Instead of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice of Hills, the American Cancer Society, the First Presbyterian Church or the Latin Department at Jefferson Forest High School. Diuguid Rivermont Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Cecil Quinn Wright
Cecil Quinn Wright, 72, of 550 Partridge Creek Road, Amherst, died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999 at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the husband of Virginia Pearl Hudson Wright. Born June 2, 1927 in Nelson County, he was a son of the late George Quinn Wright and Lottie Bell Mays Wright and was preceded in death by two brothers, Abraham and William and three sisters, Sadie, Georgie and Mary. Mr. Wright was a member of Madison Heights Baptist Church. In addition to his wife, Virginia, he is survived by four sons, Dale, David, Donald and his wife, Kim and Ronald and his wife, Brenda; three daughters, Betty W. and her husband, David Allee, Kathy W. and her husband, Louis Howard Jr. and Brenda Wright and special friend, Calvin Edwards Jr.; four brothers, Ernest, Matthew, George and Leonard; three sisters, Lottie Eubanks, Eveline Plowman and Ashby Staton, 10 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999 at Whitten Monelison Chapel by Dr. Tim Madison. Burial will be at Amherst Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at 405 Hood Street. Memorial contributions may be made to the Monelison Rescue Squad.

Eleanor Simmons Albee
Eleanor Simmons Albee, 80, of 2205 Woodcrest Drive died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999 in Virginia Baptist Hospital. Born in Grafton, Mass. on June 23, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Harold Aborn Simmons and Mildred Lenord Simmons and was the husband of William Cranston Albee. Mrs. Albee was a past member of The Congregation Church in Grafton, Mass. and was a member of the Bedford Hills Garden Club. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Heather Albee Michaud and her husband Ronald of Wilmington, Del. A memorial service will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday at Diuguid Rivermont Chapel with the Rev. C. Douglas Pillow officiating.

Mary Frances Boxley
Mary Frances Boxley of Amherst died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999 in Drinkard Health Care Center. Born May 29, 1905 at “Boxley Farm”, Amherst, she was a daughter of the late Alphonso Price Boxley and Mary Lena Dillard Boxley. Miss Boxley was a graduate of Amherst High School and Longwood College. She did graduate work at the University of Va., University of Michigan, and Madison College and University. She was employed by the school board of the city of Winchester from 1928-1970 at John Handley High School, Department of Home Economics. Miss Boxley was a member of Christ Episcopal Church and the Altar Guild, active in the Winchester Fredrick County Historical Society and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts serving on the Board of Directors for each organization. She retired to her home on Ridge Drive, Amherst in 1970, and became a member of Ascension Episcopal Church and the Angelican Church of the Epiphany, Amherst Historical Museum, Amherst Chapter of NSDAR and Amherst Woman’s Club. She was preceded in death by one sister Lucy Petty Boxley Fanning and one brother, Alexander Wills Boxley. Miss Boxley is survived by two brothers, Alphonso Price Boxley, Jr. of Stuarts Draft and James Dillard Boxley of Richmond; one sister, Sallie Catherine Boxley Files of Lynchburg; two nieces, Catherine Boxley Swanson of Amherst and Mary M. Boxley Basten of Lynchburg; three nephews Robert Dillard Boxley of Wilmington, N.C., Benjamin Wills Boxley of Richmond, Alphonso Price Boxley, III of Stuarts Draft; and a number of great nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held Wednesday at 12 p.m. at the Anglican Church of the Epiphany with the Rev. William Crites officiating. Diuguid Rivermont Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

William Paul (Willie) Curry
William Paul (Willie) curry, 16, of Vinton passed away Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999. Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home, Bedford.

Bernice Curtis
Mrs. Terry Dorsey, wife of Elder Ralph Dorsey of VES Road, was notified of the death of her father, Bernice Curtis, who departed this life Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999, at 4:45 a.m. in a Hampton Hospital. A funeral service will be conducted at noon Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999, at First Baptist Church, 2300 Wickham Ave., Newport News, VA 23607. Cooke Brothers Funeral Home, 1601 27th St., Newport News, VA 23607, is in charge of arrangements. Courtesy of Community Funeral Home.

Charles Edward Cyrus Jr. “Eddie”
Charles Edward Cyrus, Jr., 74, of Forest died Sunday evening on Oct. 31, 1999 in Virginia Baptist Hospital. He was the husband to Mrs. Laura Ramsey Cyrus. Born in Lynchburg on Jan. 15, 1924, he was the son of the late Charles Edward Cyrus, Sr. and Mary Houston Cyrus. In 1948 Eddie began working at Hamilton’s Cabinet Shop, where in 1970 he became co-owner, working until his retirement in 1985 as a master cabinet maker. Mr. Cyrus was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II and a member of Fairview Christian Church. He was preceded in death by one brother Preston Eugene Cyrus. In addition to his wife and mother, Charles is survived by one daughter, Lynda Cyrus Malone of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two sisters, Mary Ellen (Sis) Cyrus and Phyllis Cyrus Anderson both of Lynchburg; two brothers, Clarence J. Cyrus and Franklin D. Cyrus both of Lynchburg; and two grandchildren, Anna R. Malone of Memphis, Tenn. and Edward (Ned) W. Malone of Chapel Hill, N.C. The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. today at Diuguid Waterlick Chapel. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 1999, at 2 p.m. in Fairview Christian Church with the Rev. Jan Weston and the Rev. John Browning officiating. Interment to follow in Virginia Memorial Park. Please make any memorial contributions to Fairview Christian Church.

Shawn Anthony Ferguson
Shawn Anthony Ferguson of Lynchburg departed this life on Oct. 30, 1999. He was born on Sept. 28, 1973 to Wayne B. and Mildred B. Ferguson of Lynchburg. His paternal grandparents Ruth B. Ferguson and the late Ray Ferguson, his maternal grandparents, the late Julian and Corrine Banks. In addition his parents, he is survived by three brothers, Wayne B. Ferguson, Jr., Timothy D. Ferguson both of Lynchburg, and Quintin J. Williams of Charlottesville; his devoted and loving partner, Sante Williams Perez; five beautiful children, DeTrey, Amber, Shawn, Jr., Alyssia and Tony; and a host of great uncles, great aunts, uncles, aunts, cousins, relatives and friends. Shawn attended the Lynchburg City Schools and graduated from University High School in Orlando, Fla. He professed faith in Jesus Christ at an early age and joined the Brookville Baptist Church. He was employed with Kenneth Hammersley Motors, Inc. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999 at the Court Street Baptist Church by the Rev. Leroy Mitchell. The family will receive friends at the residence. Carl B. Hutcherson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gracie I. Gilbert
Gracie Irene Gilbert, 62, of Hurt died Saturday, Oct. 30, 1999 in Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the wife of Frank Mose Gilbert, Sr. Born Feb. 15, 1937 in Campbell County, she was the daughter of the late William and Maggie Williams Graham. She was employed by the Lane Company of Altavista, and was a faithful member of the New Bethel Baptist Church in Hurt. In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, Frank M. Gilbert, Jr. of Atlanta, Charlie H. Gilbert of Long Island, and Patrick H. Gilbert of Hurt; one daughter, Joyce Gilbert Witcher of the residence; two sisters, Susie A. Hunter of Pamplin and Florence White of Concord; and a host of other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at New Bethel Baptist Church in Hurt by the Rev. Johnny Hunt. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state from 12 p.m. until the hour of service. The cortege will assemble at the residence. The family will receive friends from 7-8 p.m. on Wednesday in the Chapel of the Cook & Minnis Funeral Home, Altavista.

George Neal Maddox Sr.
A funeral service for George Neal Maddox Sr. will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. tonight at Flat Creek Baptist Church by the Rev. Earnest G. Carey Jr. and the Rev. Melvin Winters. Interment will follow at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999 in Fort Hill Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at the church prior to the service and other times at the home of his daughter, Barbara Salmon, 1202 Timberlake Drive. The family requests that those wishing to make memorial contributions, please consider Flat Creek Baptist Church, 4426 Wards Road, Lynchburg, Va. 24502 or the American Cancer Society, 2316 Atherholt Road, Lynchburg, Va. 24501. Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving Mr. Maddox’s family.

Lena Jane Mays
Lena Jane Mays, 62, of 183 Ridge Street, Madison Heights died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999 at her home. Born Jan. 22, 1937 in Madison Heights, she was the daughter of the late Carl J. and Mattie Faris Mays Drewry and was the granddaughter of the late John and Myrtle Wyne Mays and William A. and Janie Childress Harris. Ms. Mays is survived by two sisters, Carole Anne Lewallen of Cincinnati, Ohio and Jennett Faris Neal of Xenia, Ohio. She will also be missed by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and aunts. Graveside services will be conducted at 11:15 a.m. Thursday at Meade Cemetery by the Rev. Glynn A. Coleman. The family will receive friends Thursday, prior to the service, from 10-11 a.m. in Whitten Monelison Chapel and at other times at the residence. The family requests those who wish to make memorial contributions consider Hospice of the Hills, 3300 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg, Va. 24503 or Meals on Wheels, 605 Clay Street, P.O. Box 1388, Lynchburg, Va. 24501.

Brett Louis Nappier
Mr. Brett Louis Nappier, 23, of 2051 Old Rose Mill Road departed this life suddenly on Oct. 31, 1999. He leaves to cherish his memories his loving parents Carroll and Elsie Nappier; the love of his life, Ms. Carolyn Carter; and a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins, relatives and friends. His remains rest at Winfree-Wright Funeral Service, 162 Depot Street, Amherst. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at White Rock Baptist church with the Rev. James Rose officiating and the Rev. Curtis Hedgeman as eulogist. Interment will be in the White Rock Baptist Church Cemetery. His remains will lie in state one hour prior to service scheduled time. The family will receive friends at the home of Carroll and Elsie Nappier throughout their time of bereavement. The family may be contacted at (804-277-5331). M. L. Winfree, directing.

Cecil Quinn Wright
Cecil Quinn Wright, 72, of Partridge Creek Road, Amherst died Monday, Nov. 1, 1999. He was the husband of Virginia Hudson Wright. Whitten Monelison Chapel is serving the family.

Annie Lillian Hensley Crews
Lillian Crews departed this life Oct. 30, 1999. She was born Sept. 29, 1914 in Buchanan, to Clifton Hensley and Carrie Hensley Dowdy. She was preceded in death by her parents, her stepfather, Ezra Dowdy; her husband, Barkley D. Crews and her sister, Virginia D. Wood. She is survived by a half-brother, James E. Dowdy Jr. and a devoted friend, Mr. Walsey Robertson of Lynchburg; a loving niece, Claudia H. Viar; great-nephews, Michael and Bryan Viar and a great-niece, Jennifer Viar Muncy all of Louisville, Ky. She had been employed by the Lynchburg Hosiery Mill and Wheelers Pharmacy and was a member of College Hill Baptist Church. A private family memorial service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cancer Society. Whitten Funeral Home is serving the family.

Gracie G. Gilbert
Gracie G. Gilbert, 62, of Hurt, died Oct. 30, 1999. She was the wife of Frank Mose Gilbert Sr. Other survivors include three sons and a daughter. Arrangements by Cook & Minnis Funeral Home, Altavista.

Margaret Rudder Gray
Margaret Rudder Gray of Lynchburg, died Saturday morning, Oct. 30, 1999 in Avante Nursing Home. She was the wife of the late Stanley D. Gray. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late William Bruce Rudder and Mary Luttrell Rudder. Mrs. Gray was a retired administrative clerk with the Lynchburg Health Department and a charter member of Zion United Methodist Church in Knoxville, Tenn. Margaret is survived by one daughter, Peggy Gray Andrus of Houston, Texas; two sons, Stanley D. Gray Jr. of Lynchburg, James B. Gray of Forest; six grandchildren, Jason Andrus, James Andrus, Rebecca Gray, Sarah Gray, Jennifer Seay and Martha Gray. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, 1999 in Highland Memorial Funeral Home in Knoxville, Tenn. Diuguid Waterlick Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Virginia Rose Irvine
Virginia Rose Irvine of 1906 McGuffy Lane, Lynchburg, died Friday, Oct. 29, 1999 at Virginia Baptist Hospital. She was the wife of William (Billy) Irvine. Born Aug. 8, 1928 in Nelson County, she was the daughter of the late Edward Rose and Harriett Cable. She joined Fifth Baptist Church at an early age and later in life, she joined Wingfield Baptist Church under Christian experience, where she served on the Usher Board. In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Sylvia C. Spinner and her husband, Larry, Helen C. Herndon and her husband, Melvin; two grandchildren, Melvin Jr. and Ashley Herndon; mother-in-law, Hortense Irvine and brother-in-law, James Davis all of Lynchburg; a sister, Helen Scott; an aunt, Margaret Scott both of Cleveland, Ohio and a sister-in-law, Jean Holmes of Upper Marlboro, Md. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Annabell Robinson, Maggie Davis and Nannie Carter; one brother, John Rose. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, 1999 at Fifth Street Baptist Church by the Rev. J.D. Moore. The cortege will assemble at the residence. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Burial Park. The family will receive friends at the residence. Carl B. Hutcherson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

William Harold Martin
William Harold Martin, 62, of Lynchburg, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 1999 in Virginia Baptist Hospital. Born in Helmet, Va., July 16, 1937, he was a son of the late John Sitney and Elsie Fogg Martin. Mr. Martin was employed by the U.S. Department of Visionally Handicapped, at the downtown U.S. Post Office in Lynchburg for over 25 years. He was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church. He is survived by one brother, Garrett Martin of Richmond; one sister, Mable Martin Williams and her husband, Jesse also of Richmond; special friends, Walter Glass and his wife, Elizabeth of Lynchburg and a number of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Whitten Park Avenue Chapel with Dr. Robert A. Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in Virginia Memorial Park. The family request those wishing to make memorial contributions to consider the Lions Club.

Emmett F. Tweedy
Emmett F. Tweedy, 91, of Clearwater, Fla., died Saturday, He was the husband of Louise Collins Tweedy. Arrangements are incomplete. Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 Graves Mill Road, 239-2405.


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