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Miscellaneous Obituaries
Washington Co., Virginia

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Berchie M. Boyd
Mrs. Berchie Matney Boyd, age 77, died Monday, March 3, 2003 at her residence. Born in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late Bud Matney and Mary Endicott Matney. She was preceded in death by three husbands, Arthur Stacy Jr. of Grundy, Don Ratliff of Abingdon and Turner Puckett of Pearisburg, Va.; five brothers; and three sisters. Mrs. Boyd was a member of the Abingdon Church of the Nazarene and was formerly employed by the Grundy Hospital in Buchanan County and Oakwood Auction in Oakwood, Va. She is survived by her husband, Lee Boyd; two sons, Curtis Stacy and wife Judith of Pounding Mill, Va., and Kenneth Stacy of Barberton, Ohio; two stepsons, Cecil Boyd of McDonough, Ga., and Robert Boyd of Marietta, Ga.; two sisters, Lantha Wolfe of Abingdon and Clementine Lloyd of Palmyra, Va.; six grandchildren, Gregory Stacy and wife Angela of Atkins, Va., Anita Parton and husband Gary of Asheboro, N.C., Timothy Stacy and Cynthia Earls, both of Pounding Mill, Va., and Alina Fedderspieo of Barberton and Kenny Stacy of Barberton; four step-grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and 11 step-great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 5, 2003, in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Wayne Wilson officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens in Claypool Hill, Va. Castketbearers will be friends and family members. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorial donations may be made to the Abingdon Church of the Nazarene, 396 Old Eleven Court, Abingdon, VA 24210 or to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

George D. Shortt
Regional Medical Center. He had lived most of his life in Washington County, Va. He was an active member of the Wyndale United Methodist Church. George was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in World War II, and was a retired distributor for Mac Tools, having worked 20 years. He was a member of the York Masonic Lodge 48 AF & AM and was a Shriner of the Jericho Temple. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gilmer Dock and Cora Jane Shortt; and a brother, Gilmer Shortt. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Lillie Mae Fleenor Shortt; three daughters: Janice Smith and husband, Johnny C. of Morristown, Tenn.; Phyllis Pickle and husband, Roger of Centreville, Va.; and Connie Pender and husband, Boyd of Abingdon; a brother, Howard Zeb Shortt of Abingdon; six grandchildren, Eric Smith and wife Jennifer, Jenny Beth Smith, Brittany and Bradley Pickle, and Adam and Thomas Pender; two great-grandchildren, Dylan and Abby Smith; and special friend, Wallace Belcher. A funeral service will be conducted Friday, March 7, 2003, at 7 p.m. in the Farris Cremation and Funeral Center located on the grounds of Forest Hills Memory Gardens, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon, with Rev. John Sarver II and Rev. Billy Byrd officiating. Also, a Masonic service will be conducted by the York Masonic Lodge after which the family will receive friends. A committal service will be conducted Saturday at 2 p.m. in Forest Hills Memory Gardens with military rites by the Highlands Fellowship Honor Color Guard. Pallbearers will be Sam Graybeal, Nelson Shortt, Calvin Caudill, Tom Hayes, Roy Fleenor, Mike Lewis and Bud Fleenor. Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Fleenor Jr., Charlie Foster, Joe Foster, Wallace Belcher, Pete Williams, Clinton Bailey, staff of 2 East, 4 West and CICU at Bristol Regional Medical Center, and members of the Wyndale United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wyndale United Methodist Church Building Fund or Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. Lillie Shortt, 19173 Astor Road, Abingdon, VA 24210.

Marvin Deward Clear, Sr.
Mr. Marvin Deward Clear, Sr., age 94, died Saturday, March 8, 2003 at his residence. Born in Smyth County, Va., he was a son of the late Loomis Luther Clear and Rose Jarrett Clear. He was a retired farmer. Mr. Clear is survived by his wife of 67 years, Gladys Wagner Clear; a son, Marvin Deward Clear Jr. of Meadowview; a daughter, Margaret Jackson of Abingdon; two sisters, Evelyn Browning of Abingdon and Edith Wright of Glade Spring; five grandchildren, Angie Maye of Meadowview, Rita Kessee of Richmond, Ray Clear of Danville,Va., Steve Jackson of Morristown, Tenn., and Deborah Donofrio of Andover, Mass.; 10 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m.Tuesday, March 11, 2003, at Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Pastor Jimmie Davidson officiating. Casketbearers will be Glenn "Ottie" Thomas, Wayne Rector, John Yeatts, Ronald Yeatts, Jerry Stophel and Tim Campbell. Honorary casketbearers will be Mark Trogdon, Larry Trogdon and Joe Findley. Family, casketbearers and friends will meet at the cemetery at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday for the funeral service. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Claude W. Herndon
Mr. Claude W. Herndon, 83, of Abingdon, died March 9, 2003 at Bristol Memorial Regional Medical Center. A native of Swords Creek, Va. Mr. Herndon had lived here since 1975. He was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith and was retired from the construction business. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Clark Herndon. Survivors include his son, Tim Herndon of Glade Spring; one daughter, Betty Diane Apuzzo of Cookeville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. A graveside funeral service will be held Thursday, March 13, 2003, at 11 a.m. at Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Pastor Carl Robinson will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Farris Cremation and Funeral Center, located on the grounds of Forest Hills Memory Gardens, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon, (276) 623-2727.

Nancy S. Wyne
Mrs. Nancy S. Wyne, age 74, passed away Friday, March 14, 2003 in the Bristol Nursing Home. Graveside services will be conducted Monday, March 17, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Forest Hills Memory Gardens.

Mary Guy Marshall Megginson
Mrs. Mary Guy Marshall Megginson, age 83, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2003 in Wellmont Hospice. She was a member of the Meadowview United Methodist Church and was preceded in death by her husband, William A. Megginson; a son, William T. Megginson; her parents, Charlie H. and Virginia Wright Marshall; four brothers; and five sisters. She was one of 14 children born to Charlie and Virginia Marshall. Survivors include three sons, John E. Megginson, Abingdon, Charles F. Megginson, Ft. Wayne, Ind., and James W. Megginson, Bristol Virginia; sisters, Thelma Montgomery and Addie Lewis; brothers, Granville Marshall and Payne Marshall; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Meadowview United Methodist Church. A special thanks to Wellmont Hospice for their loving care of Mrs. Megginson. In honoring her last wishes, a private graveside service for immediate family and close friends will be conducted in the Old Glade Presbyterian Cemetery. There will be no visitation in the funeral home.

Mary Ratliff Lester
Mrs. Mary Ethel Ratliff Lester, 95, of Glade Spring, died Saturday, March 15, 2003 at Valley Healthcare Center in Chilhowie. Mrs. Lester was born in Glade Spring on April 9, 1907, to the late William Franklin and Maybelle Witt Ratliff. She was a homemaker. Mrs. Lester was a lifelong Presbyterian and was currently a member of Grace Presbyterian Church. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Albert M. Lester; a son, John M. Lester; stepdaughter, Christine Lester Kennedy; stepsons, Alfred M. Lester and Robert O. Lester; five brothers; and three sisters. She is survived by two sons, Cecil and Billie Lester of Glade Spring and Harold and wife Bonnie of Meadowview; daughter, Betty Lester DeFriece of High Point, N.C.; two daughters-in-law, Shelby Price Lester of Gate City and Helen Grace Lester of Glade Spring; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 16, 2003, at 6:30 p.m. at Farris Funeral Chapel. Dr. Darlene Litton will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. A graveside committal service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Mount Rose Cemetery in Glade Spring with Rev. Timothy Bird officiating. Grandsons will be honorary pallbearers. Friends may call at the home of Cecil or Harold Lester. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 565, Glade Spring, VA 24340.

Judy Rice Baumgardner
Mrs. Judy Marie Rice Baumgardner, age 53, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2003 in Grace Health Care of Abingdon. Judy had been a resident of this area since 1965 and was a member of the Pleasant View United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Harold Baumgardner, Abingdon; her parents, Robert and Alberta Rice, Abingdon; a daughter, Mechelle Fleenor, Bristol Virginia; stepson, Blaine Baumgardner, Glade Spring; stepdaughter, Nora Cook, Bristol Virginia; her brother, John Rice and wife Brenda, Bristol Tennessee; grandchildren, J.C. Fleenor and Terri Lea Fleenor; and special friends, Connie Price of Damascus and Michelle Oliver, Abingdon. The funeral service will be conducted Monday, March 17, 2003, at 2:30 p.m. in the Farris Cremation and Funeral Center, located on the grounds of Forest Hill Memory Gardens, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon, VA (276-623-2727). The Reverend Walter Statzer will officiate. Entombment will follow in the Chapel of Memories Mausoleum. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Washington County Hospice Support Services, P.O. Box 1172, Abingdon, VA 24212. A special thanks to the staff of Washington County Hospice and Grace Health Care. The family will receive friends Sunday from 7-9 p.m. in the Farris Cremation and Funeral Center, 19415 Lee Highway, Abingdon.

Lewis Henry Walden, Jr.
Mr. Lewis Henry Walden, Jr. (PEE-PAW, JR) went to be with the Lord Saturday, March 15, 2003 due to a long illness. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and was a Vietnam Army veteran. He was a retired employee of Eastman Chemical Company with 27 years of service. He is survived by his father, Lewis Henry Walden Sr. and his mother, Violet Walden of Abingdon; one daughter, Candy Fields and husband Lee Fields of Abingdon; one stepdaughter, Nancy Rowe of Bristol Virginia; two stepsons, Leslie Kestner of Blountville and Troy Kestner Jr. of Abingdon; three grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; one sister, Yulanda Coe and husband Don Coe of Bristol Virginia, and Carol Norris of Glade Spring; one nephew, Mark Coe of Abingdon; four great-nieces; one great-nephew; and one great-great-niece. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Henry and Betty Glass of Meadowview; paternal grandparents, O.L. and Eliza Walden of Bristol Virginia and one uncle, Clyde Glass of Meadowview. Funeral services will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Farris Funeral Chapel. Pastor Ronnie Blevins, Pastor Tommy Wilson and Rev. Don Tate will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. A committal service will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at noon at Old Glade Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Mark Coe, Lee Fields, Troy Kestner, Les Kestner, Alfred Glass, Frank Glass, Les Yarber, Lee Glass and Kyle Glass. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Trinity Baptist Church. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Highland Ambulance Service or to any diabetes charity.

Hattie Margaret Spriggs Holmes
Mrs. Hattie Margaret Spriggs Holmes, age 89, passed away Saturday, March 15, 2003 at her residence. She was a lifelong resident of Washington County and was a member of the Lindell Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas M. Holmes. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Donald and Joyce Holmes, Meadowview; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Holmes and Michael Holmes, both serving in the U.S. Armed Forces; several nieces and nephews; and a special care giver, Josie Riffey. The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at 6:30 p.m. in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Mr. Everette Morefield, minister, and Mr. Johnny Farmer, minister, officiating. Pallbearers will be Paul Riffey, Allen Riffey, Charles Counts, Bill N. Farris, Joy Henderson and Sam Mitchell. Honorary pallbearers will be Wayne Davenport, D.N. Henderson and nephews. Committal graveside services will be conducted Thursday, March 20, 2003, at 11 a.m. in Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Those attending the service on Thursday are asked to assemble at the funeral home for the procession to the cemetery at 10:40 a.m. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions can be made to the Meadowview Fire Department or to the Glade Spring Volunteer Life Saving Crew. A special thanks to the employees of Johnston Memorial Hospital, Mac's Home Health Care, the Meadowview Fire Department and the Glade Spring Volunteer Life Saving Crew. The family will receive friends Wednesday immediately following the service in the funeral home.

Ruby Irene Gregory
Mrs. Irene Gregory, 72, of Abingdon, formerly of Danville, VA, died Monday, March 17, 2003 at Grace Health Care in Abingdon. Mrs Gregory was a native of Pittsylvania County, VA and had lived in Abingdon since 1993. She was retired from Dan River Mills and was a member of Full Gospel Fellowship in Danville. She was preceded in death by her husband Graham Gregory. She is survived by her daughter, Phyllis Jones of Danville; three sisters, Ruth McCormick, Dora Lee Hampton and Nancy Whittaker, all of Abingdon; two grandchildren, Capt. Randy Jones stationed in Kuwait, United States Marine Corps and Adam Jones; one great-great grandchild, Hanna Jones. A graveside funeral service will be held Wednesday, March 19, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at Schoolfield Cemetery in Danville, VA with Rev. Roger Ewing officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Washington County Life Saving Crew, P.O. Box 65, Abingdon, VA A special thank you to Green Spring Rest Home, Grace Health Care, Johnston Memorial Hospital, Dr. Rhinehart, Dr. McCain and Dr. Steinberg.

John Henry Arnold
Mr. John Henry Arnold, 75, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at the Johnston Memorial Hospital. He was born in Abingdon on April 26, 1927, and had lived most of his life in Damascus until he became a resident at Grace Healthcare Center in 1999. John had worked at Dutt & Wagner in Abingdon for 46 years and was an avid fisherman and bowler. Before his illness, John would almost daily be on the creek banks fishing. He was a loving husband, dad and pa paw who loved his grandchildren more than life itself. He attended the High Point Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Isabelle Odum Arnold; a son and daughter-in-law, Tim and Becky Arnold of Abingdon; two daughters and sons-in-law, Chris and Jimmy Clark of Meadowview and Dianah and Allen Kelly of Lexington, Va.; five grandchildren, Jonathan and Brooke Kelly, Rodney Arnold, and Brittany and Jay Clark; a brother and sister-in-law, Hugh "Doc" and Ethel Arnold of Abingdon; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be conducted Friday, March 21, 2003, at 1 p.m. in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. David Critcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenfield Baptist Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Jonathan Kelly, Rodney Arnold, Jay Clark, Jimmy Cole, Charlie McCracken, Tony Bebber, Dennis Arnold, Ernie Thompson, Blaine Tate and Steve Nerren. Honorary pallbearers will be Ralph Cornett, Vernon Waters, Joe Goolsby, Barry Higgins, Harold Odum, Allen Doss, Chris Dado, men of High Point Baptist Church and employees of Dutt & Wagner. A special thanks to Stacy and the employees of Grace Healthcare Center of Abingdon for their care of Mr. Arnold. Flowers will be accepted or contributions may be made to the High Point Baptist Church Building Fund, 29198 Bluesprings Road, Meadowview, VA 24361.

George Randall Rowland
George Randall Rowland, 27, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003. He was born in Abingdon and lived in Emory until he went in the U.S. Navy. After serving in the Navy, George came back home to live and in 1999 moved to Winston-Salem, N.C., where he stayed until returning to Emory in November, 2002. He was a 1993 graduate of Patrick Henry High School. He loved to listen to music and enjoyed movies but most of all loved his family and his dog, Tinkerbell. He is survived by his parents, John and Linell Rowland of Emory; two sisters, Nan Jones of Abingdon and Susan Rowland of Elizabeth City, N.C.; his grandmother, Nannie L. Rowland of Emory; aunts, Lucy Ameigh, Karen Heinich, Geneve Montgomery and Janet Montgomery; uncles, Lynn Stephenson and Tom Stephenson; and nephews, Tanner and Tyler Smith. A graveside service will be conducted Friday, March 21, 2003, at 3 p.m. in the Holston Conference Cemetery with Rev. Beverly Robinette officiating. The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Flowers will be accepted or memorial may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 246, Abingdon, VA 24212. Friends are asked to assemble at the cemetery before the service.

Phoebe Jane "PJ" Fields
Mrs. Phoebe Jane "PJ" Fields, age 84, passed away Saturday, March 22, 2003 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital. She had lived all of her life in Washington County, Virginia. She was of the Presbyterian faith and was preceded in death by her husband, Elbert Fields. She is survived by three sons, Richard Fields, Gary Fields and wife Pam all of Abingdon, VA, and Darius Fields and wife Drema of Roanoke, VA; two daughters, Denna Pierce and husband Lee of Abingdon, Mary K. Rodriguez and husband Jose of Abingdon, VA; one brother, Andy Perkins of Salem, VA; one sister, Polly Sparrow of Norfolk, VA; grandchildren Joey and Matthew Rodriguez, Cory Barker and David Fields; great grandson, Anthony Fields. A funeral service will be conducted Monday, March 24, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Lawrence Chapin officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Sunday, March 23, 2003 at the funeral home, 427 East Main Street. Pallbearers will be David Fields, Joey Rodriguez, Cory Barker, Greg Case, James Hope and Charles Hope.

Darris Gray Viars
Mr. Darris Gray Viars, age 68, died Saturday, March 22, 2003 at Wellmont Bristol Regional Medical Center Mr. Viars was a native of Dickenson County and had lived in Indiana for many years before moving to the Blountville area. He was a graduate of the University of Indiana with a B.S. degree in Business. Mr. Viars was a retired Cost Analyst with U.S. Steel Company. He retired with 36 years of dedicated service. He was preceded in death by his father, Edgar H. Viars. Survivors include his wife, Wanda Viars; a son and daughter-in-law Steve Viars and Kristy Viars of Lafayette, IN; two daughters, and son-in-law, Ruth Ann Viars of Blountville, TN and Sharon K. Lewallen and Lanc Lewallen of Wheatfield, IN; his mother, Ruth Ellen Viars of Clemons, NC; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary Kiser and Denver Kiser of Clemons, NC and Anna Lou Kline and James Kline of Crown Point, IN; five grandchildren, Bethany, Karis, Andrew, Lorrie and Danny. The funeral service will be conducted at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2003 in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Pastor Steve Viars officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Casketbearers will be selected from family and friends. The famil will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2003 at the funeral home, 427 East Main Street, Abingdon, VA.

Mr. Miness Pridemore
Mr. Miness Pridemore, my loving, kind and precious husband, went to be with the Lord this morning, March 24, 2003, in his home on Gillespie Drive. He was an active member of Pilgrim Baptist Church in Abingdon. He was born in Chapmanville, W.Va., on Nov. 10, 1926, to James H. and Elizabeth Dingess Pridemore who preceded him in death. Four sisters and one brother also preceded him. He came to Virginia in 1964 as a heavy equipment operator with Island Creek Coal Company, where he worked for many years. He was a member of Local Union 1509 and an executive board member of the United Mine Workers of America. He is survived by his wife, Ruth Nickles Pridemore of Abingdon; one sister, Mary Farley of Vinton, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; and a host of friends. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Farris Funeral Chapel. Pastor Elden Bergen and Pastor John Massey will officiate. Entombment will follow at Forest Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Active pallbearers will be George Mitchell, C.L. Campbell, Marcus Prater, Naaman Hensley, Homer Sexton and Jack McCrady. Honorary pallbearers will be the men of Pilgrim Baptist Church, men of Buchanan County Group, Wayne Blevins, Alvin Pridemore and Herbert Kiser.

William A. Zanzinger
Mr. William A. Zanzinger, age 90, passed away Monday, March 24, 2003 in the Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, VA. Mr. Zanzinger was born May 22, 1912 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He worked as a pattern maker and was a Catholic. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ha Zanzinger. Survivors include three sons, Keith, David and William Zanzinger; a daughter, Dayle Zanzinger; two brothers and their wives, Kenneth and Barbara Zanzinger, and Tony and Elaine Zanzinger; three grandchildren, Zachary Zanzinger, Kyla and Paige Hebard. A service will be held later in Pennsylvania.

Steve Alexander Orfield
Mr. Steve Alexander Orfield, age 65, passed away Monday, March 24, 2003 at the home of his sister, Mildred. Steve was employed by Columbus-McKinnon Corporation and had served in the U.S. Army. Survivors include three brothers, Eddie, Lewis and George Orfield, all of Abingdon; two sisters, Mildred Ferguson and Stella Blackwell both of Abingdon; a special friend to Steve, Todd Alexander; eight nieces and four nephews. The funeral service will be conducted Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. at the graveside in Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Reverend John W. Price officiating. Casketbearers will be Sonny Orfield, Wayne Ferguson, Earl Blackwell, Daniel Foster, Malcolm Snead and Jonathan Dicky. Honorary casketbearer is Virgil Ferguson. The family will receive friends Thursday from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. prior to the service in the funeral home.

Madge L. McGlothlin
Mrs. Madge L. McGlothlin, age 87, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at her home. She was born on September 2, 1915 in Russell County, Virginia to the late Henry S. and Molly Puckett Dye. She had lived most of her life in New York where she managed five White Castle restaurants. Madge retired in 1972 and moved back to Abingdon. She was a lifelong Methodist and was a member of the Carvosso United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Paul L. McGlothlin; three sisters, Gladys Dye Slate, Mary Margaret Dye Hughes and Naydean Dye; two brothers, William B. Dye and Ellis Dye. She is survived by a special nephew, Scott Dye of Cleveland, VA and several other nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be conducted Friday, March 28, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Carvosso United Methodist Church with Rev. Leonard Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Hills Memory Gardens. Pallbearers will be family and friends. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Roy Miller
Mr. Roy Isaac Miller, age 75, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2003 at his home. Born in Washington County, he was a son of the late Robert H. Miller and Sallie Ryan Miller. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Jo Ann Newberry Miller and three brothers, John Miller, Paul Miller and Walter Miller. He was a member of the Byar's Cobb Memorial United Methodist Church. Mr. Miller received his Bachelor's Degree from Emory & Henry College and his Master's Degree from Radford College. While attending Emory & Henry College he played football and was a member of the 1950-51 team that went to the Tangerine Bowl, the first bowl game in the college's history. He was retired from the Washington County School System. He began his teaching career in Brammel, West Virginia and had taught at the old Glade Spring High School from 1955 until moving to Patrick Henry High School in 1960. While at Glade Spring High he served as teacher, football coach, baseball coach and basketball coach. From 1960 - 1989 he had served the school system at Patrick Henry as a teacher, coach, Assistant Principal and at the time of his retirement as Principal. He was the football coach at the school from 1960 - 1972 and was named coach of the year in District 6 in 1969. He was awarded a life membership in the Southwest Virginia Coaches Clinic in 1983. Mr. Miller was a U.S. Army Veteran, a former member of the Lion's Club and was also a retired farmer. He had served the Town of Glade Spring from 1994-2000 as Councilman, Vice Mayor and Mayor. He is survived by two sons, Michael Miller and David Miller, both of Glade Spring; two brothers, Charlie Miller and Preston Miller, both of Meadowview, VA; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 28, 2003 in the Farris Funeral Chapel with Rev. Jim Denton officiating. Interment will follow in the Greenfield Baptist Church Cemetery. Casketbearers will be selected from friends. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2003 at the funeral home, 427 East Main Street. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial donations in Roy's memory be made to the Glade Spring Volunteer Lifesaving Crew or the Glade Spring Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 59, Glade Spring, VA 24340.

Earl Crawford Fleenor
Mr. Earl Crawford "Pete" Fleenor, age 74, died Thursday, March 20, 2003 at the Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, VA. Born in Washington County, he was a son of the late Henry Bostic Fleenor and Sarah Eunice Greer Fleenor. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Katherine Fleenor and a brother, Richard Fleenor. He is survived by a sister, Erma Crawford of Damascus and several nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, 2003 at the Widener's Valley Cemetery with Rev. John E. Massey, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow the funeral service. Those attending are asked to meet at the cemetery by 3:20 p.m. There will be no viewing or visitation at the funeral home.

Grace Minton Stigers Millsap
Mrs. Grace Minton Stigers Millsap, age 82, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at the Johnston Memorial Hospital. She had lived most of her life in Washington County, Virginia and had lived in Louisville, Ky for 25 years. She was a faithful member of the Rosedale Baptist Church. She was a retired nurses aide at the Johnston Memorial Hospital and a member of the District 3 Senior Assembly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gressie and Bertha Minton and her first husband, Frank Stigers and her second husband, Willard Millasp. She is survived by one son, Michael A. Stigers of Meadowview, VA; five daughters, Katherine Barger and Karol Sue Davis both of Louisville, Ky; Rosemary Shatley of Abingdon, Brenda Neese of Meadowview and Kim Blevins of Johnson City, TN; three stepsons, Edward Ray Stigers of Chesterfield, MI, Charles Edward Millsap of Charlotte, NC, and Wayne Millsap of Charlotte, NC; one brother, Daniel David Minton of Abingdon; eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A funeral service will be conducted Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 2:00 p.m. in the Rosedale Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Don Paxton officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosedale Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Saturday, March 29, 2003 in the funeral home, 427 East Main Street. Pallbearers will be Richard Davis, James Mesker, Rob Shatley, Steve Blevins, Louis Minton, Sam Neese, Roger Minton and Andrew Neese. Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Rosedale Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720.

Charlie L. Reynolds
Mr. Charlie L. Reynolds, 51, of Bristol, VA, born August 7, 1951, went to be with the Lord Tuesday March 25, 2003 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. He worked 26 years for Bristol Compressors. He served on the board of SunComp Credit Union and was also a member of Moose Lodge 1066. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Sallie Reynolds and brother Jay Reynolds. He left behind his wife of 29 years, Sandra Reynolds; daughter: Christy and her husband Daniel McCracken; son: Charlie, Jr. and his wife Deborah Reynolds all of Bristol, VA; grandchildren: Marlena, Briana, Logan, Kandice, Brandon, Marc, and Jacob; sisters: Linda Mitchell and Brenda Duty both of Abingdon; several nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great nephews; also numerous very special friends. Funeral services will be held Saturday March 30, 2003 at 2:00 P. M. at Farris Funeral Chapel. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-8 P. M. at the funeral home. Pallbearers: Kevin Raby, Bobby Raby, Curtis Felty, Jesse Crosswhite, Roy Burke and Giles Burke. Honorary pallbearers: Glenn Helton, Mike Barrett, Gerald Barrett and Ted McCracken.

Lelia Boardwine Rector
Mrs. Leila Boardwine Rector, 85, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at Smyth County Community Hospital, after a lengthly illness. She was born in North Holston, VA, the daughter of Isaiah and Dora Henderson Boardwine, and was the last surviving child of ten children. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert W. Rector. She was a member of the Byars-Cobbs United Methodist Church. She is survived by three children, Robert W. “Bill” Rector, Abingdon, VA; James A. “Jimmy” Rector, Knoxville, TN; and Patsy R. Parker, Glade Spring, VA. She is also survived by eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, March 28, 2003 at 6:30 P.M. at Farris Funeral Chapel. Rev. Thomas B. Sullivan will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the funeral home. A committal service will be held Saturday, March 29, 2003 at 11:00 A. M. at Mt. Rose Cemetery in Glade Spring. Pallbearers will be: Aaron Rector, Jason Rector, Brian Addington, Adam Sells, Ricky Thomas, and James Kestner. Honorary pallbearers will be: C. G. “Simon” Thomas, John and Eleanor Hamilton, Leo Hayden, and the Harry Prater family. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the charity of choice. The family will receive friends other times than the funeral home at Mrs. Rector’s home, 210 Evergreen Lane Glade Spring, VA. The family would like to thank everyone who has extended help in any way during her illness. They wish to give special thanks to her friend and long-time caregiver, Cindy Keesee, of Saltville; Dr. Wayne Reynolds and Dr. Gerald Murphy and staff; Dr. Michael Bible; former home-health and personal care staff of the Washington County Health Department; Home Nursing Co., Inc.; Virginias Home Health Care and first floor staff of Valley Health Care Center.

Gladys Smith Totten
Mrs. Gladys Smith Totten, 92, died Friday, March 28, 2003, in Abingdon. She was a native of Damascus and had lived in Abingdon since 1931. She was the daughter of the late Vinnie Jones and Emmett F. Smith of Damascus and Abingdon. She was the widow of Arthur J. Totten. She was also preceded in death by her two brothers, Garland J. Smith and Clifton B. Smith; and two sisters-in-law, Carolyne H. Smith and Virginia "Deet" Smith. Mrs. Totten was a graduate of Damascus High School, attended Farmville State Teachers College (now Longwood College) and a graduate of Kingsport Business College. Before her retirement in 1983, Mrs. Totten was employed as a secretary for 40 years. She was with Kingsport Retail Merchants Association and secretary with Pet Milk Company 23 years until the plant closure. Mrs. Totten retired from the Washington County School Board office after 13 years with the special education department. Mrs. Totten was a member of the Abingdon United Methodist Church, an honorary member of the former Administrative Board, member of Women of the Church and a member of the Clara Tucker Perry Circle as treasurer of the Sunshine Fund. Mrs. Totten is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Arthur Gail and Rita Totten of Clifton Forge, Va.; two daughters and sons-in-law: Gloria Faw Totten and Richard Burleigh of Roanoke and Katina Diane Totten and Robert Neuls of Dalton, Ga. Also surviving are two grandsons and their spouses: Alan and Diane Brown and Clifford and Amy Jarrett; two granddaughters, Noel Jarrett and Suzanne and Matt Adcock; and five great-grandchildren, Ella Jarrett, Luke Jarrett, Tyler Adcock, Carter Adcock and Braden Adcock; a sister-in-law, Katie Totten; a brother- in-law, John Totten; beloved nieces, nephews and cousins; great-nieces and great-nephews; loving neighbors; and a special friend, Shelia Reynolds. A celebration of the life of Gladys Smith Totten will be conducted Sunday, March 30, 2003, at 3 p.m. in the Abingdon United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bill Rowland, The Rev. Betty Reiff and the Rev. Jonathan Jonas will officiate. Burial will follow in Knollkreg Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until service time in the fellowship hall of Abingdon United Methodist Church. Contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of Abingdon United Methodist Church, 101 E. Main St., Abingdon, VA 24212.

Arlie Gene Jobe, Jr.
Mr. Arlie Gene Jobe Jr., 43, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003. A native of Michigan, he had lived here 25 years. He was employed by Bristol Compressors. He was preceded in death by his mother, Virginia Jobe; and grandparents, Ed and Nina Adams. Survivors include two sons: Josh Jobe of Appalachia, Va., and Jacob Jobe of Shady Valley; father, Arlie Jobe Sr. of Louisa, Ky.; brother, Tony Lee Phillipi of Blumfield, Mich.; and sisters, Nina Fulton and Jane Pippin, both of Abingdon. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at Farris Funeral Chapel. Rev. Carl Young, chaplain, will officiate. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

Kyle Lethcoe
Mr. Kyle "Kettlefoot" Lethcoe, 90, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, in Johnston Memorial Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Ellen Fields Lethcoe; and a son, Jim Ed Lethcoe. Survivors include one daughter and son-in-law, Myrna Jean and Don Barr, Chilhowie; also a son-in-law, Ben Tugman, Winston-Salem, N.C.; three sisters: Faye McGlothlin, Algeria, Ohio; Lee Wade, Fredericksburg, Ohio; and Penny Singleton, Abingdon; one brother, Lester "Pete" Lethcoe, Abingdon; 11 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be conducted Sunday, March 30, 2003, at 3:30 p.m. at the graveside in the Baptist Cemetery, Glade Spring, with Pastor Benny Bowman officiating. Casketbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons, Chase Johner, McKinley Barr, Jared Riley, Glenn Tugman, Dan Tugman and Bobby Tripp. Honorary casketbearers will be Toddy Church and Coy Nunley. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6-8 p.m. in the funeral home.

Clara Cassell Hatfield
Clara Cassell Hatfield passed away on Friday March 28, 2003 in the Cleveland Regional Medical Center, Shelby, NC. Mrs. Hatfield was born October 20, 1917 in Wilder, VA and for the past twelve years, has been a resident of Blacksburg, SC. She was preceded in death by her parents, Cora Morse Cassell and Ezra James Cassell. Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Redford R. Hatfield, Blacksburg, SC and her daughter, Jackie Potter, also of Blacksburg, SC, her brother, Hershell L. Cassell of Midlothian, VA, two granddaughters, Karen Naylor of Cary, NC and Heather Burr of Garner, NC, grandson, Peyton Burr and granddaughter, Kassidy F. Burr of Garner, SC. The funeral service will be conducted Monday March 31, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in Forest Hills Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday from 7-9 p.m. in the funeral home.

John Barkley Kahle
Mr. John Barkley Kahle died Sunday, March 30, 2003 at Johnston Memorial Hospital. Born in Mercer County, WV, he was a son of the late Clyde Kahle and Minnie Ritter Kahle. Mr. Kahle was a member of the Sinking Springs Presbyterian Church, a retired engineer with the American Electric Power Company and a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran of World War II. He is survived by his wife, Nance H. Kahle; a daughter and son-in-law, Katy Reep and Jaime Reep of Stafford, VA; grandchildren, Jessica Reep and John Reep; a brother, George Kahle of Bluefield, VA; and a sister, Eva Pope of Bluefield, VA. A memorila service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2003 at the graveside in Forest Hills Memory Gardens with Pastor Robert Tolar officiating. Those attending the service are asked to assemble at the cemetery by 10:50 a.m.


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