Our Obituaries

Nicholas Bruce Howard

August 15, 1988 - January 10, 2013

LEBANON, VIRGINIA: NICHOLAS BRUCE HOWARD, age 24, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2013 at his home. Nicholas was born on August 15, 1988 in Abingdon, Virginia. He grew up in Lebanon, Virginia and was a 2007 graduate of Lebanon High School. He was employed by Hapco. Nicholas was of the Methodist faith and was a member of Lebanon Memorial United Methodist Church. He enjoyed music and was a fan...
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Dennie Lake Stevenson

June 28, 1929 - January 6, 2013

MARION, VIRGINIA: DENNIE LAKE STEVENSON, age 83, passed away January 6, 2013 at Grayson Nursing Home in Independence, Virginia. He was born June 28, 1929 in New Hall, West Virginia to the late Bessie Myers and Beverly Stevenson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ward Stevenson and Kelly Stevenson; six sisters, Rose Serris, Della Roberts, Eva Roberts, Nila...
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Anne Tilson Cassell

February 16, 1930 - January 5, 2013

CERES, VIRGINIA: ANNE TILSON CASSELL, age 82, entered into her eternal home after a long and courageous battle with Alzheimer's. She was born February 16, 1930 in Smyth County to the late Harmon and Virginia Tilson. She was of the Christian faith, taught Sunday School, and took an active part in the wholesome activities of the Bethany United Methodist Church. Anne graduated from Ceres High...
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William Wade Comer

April 1, 1930 - January 3, 2013

CHILHOWIE, VIRGINIA: WILLIAM WADE COMER, age 82, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at his home in Chilhowie, Virginia. Mr. Comer was of the Baptist faith. He was employed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and upon his retirement on May 15, 1981 he received the Certificate of Service in recognition of 32 years of dedicated service rendered to the Government of the United States. He is survived...
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Vickie Tinsley

August 21, 1943 - January 2, 2013

MARION, VIRGINIA: VICKIE TINSLEY: age 69, died Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Francis Marion Manor, Marion, Virginia. Vickie was preceded in death by her husband, James Robert Tinsley, Sr. She was a loving mother and grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by three sons, James Robert Tinsley, Jr. and wife Melissa of Lexington, Virginia, William Phillip Tinsley and wife Laura and...
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Josephine McKinney

May 11, 1919 - January 2, 2013

SUGAR GROVE, VIRGINIA: JOSEPHINE McKINNEY, age 93, died on Wednesday, January 2, 2013. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law: Robert and Lynn McKinney of Sugar Grove, and special friends Peggy and Allen Cornett, also of Sugar Grove. Graveside service will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Friday, January 4, at Pugh Cemetery, Teas, Virginia with Reverend Charles Leonard officiating. In lieu of...
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Harold Edward Headlee

January 5, 1930 - January 1, 2013

Harold Edward Headlee, age 82, passed away in the morning hours of 1 January 2013 at his home in Marion, Virginia. He was born 5 January 1930 in Garards Fort, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Mapletown High School in 1947, where he lettered in four sports. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1951 and joined the Air...
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Lena I. Cassell

July 27, 1923 - December 31, 2012

CERES, VIRGINIA: LENA I. CASSELL, age 89, died Monday, December 31, 2012 at Bland County Nursing and Rehab, Bastian, Virginia. She loved farming and animals. Lena is survived by her son, Danny Cassell and wife, Kathy of Ceres, Virginia; several nieces and nephews; and a special caregiver, Sue Ellison. Funeral Services will be held Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at 8:00 p.m. at Seaver-Brown...
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Jack Linwood Dewell, Sr.

August 17, 1932 - December 30, 2012

Jack Linwood Dewell, Sr. – August 17, 1932 – December 30, 2012 Jack Linwood Dewell, Sr., known to some as Captain Jack or Skipper, passed away on Sunday, December 30th, 2012. He had been a resident of Charlotte Hall Veterans Home for the past 4 years, and was in Virginia visiting with his family for the Christmas holiday. The Captain was born and raised in mid-western Kansas, and...
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Mildred Virginia Pafford

February 18, 1938 - December 30, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: MILDRED VIRGINIA PAFFORD, age 74, died Sunday, December 30, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Virginia. She was a great wife, mother and grandmother who loved her grandchildren dearly. She was preceded in death by her parents, Terry and Stella Snavely; brother, Donald Snavely; and great-grandchild, Bobby J. Moore, Jr. Mildred is survived by her husband of 56...
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Margaret L. Cressell

September 24, 1922 - December 30, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: MARGARET L. CRESSELL, age 90, went to be with the Lord, Sunday, December 30, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Virginia. Margaret was a faithful member of Fox Creek Baptist Church for many years and presently attended Freedom Tabernacle Baptist Church. She loved God and her family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Cressell. Margaret is survived...
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Barbara Davidson

December 4, 1944 - December 29, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: BARBARA DAVIDSON, age 68, died Saturday December 29, 2012 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Barbara was one great woman. She was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She will be greatly missed and remembered by her family for her faith, sincerity, smiles and laughter. She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and June Hunt Goldberg; daughter, Sherry...
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Eleanor Keeton Meek

May 23, 1931 - December 26, 2012

SUGAR GROVE, VIRGINIA: ELEANOR KEETON MEEK, age 81, widow of William Stephen "Billy" Meek, died Wednesday, December 26, 2012 peacefully at her home in Sugar Grove, Virginia. She was a prominent Rye Valley farmer, a homemaker and a member of Elizabeth United Methodist Church. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Mrs. Meek is survived by her son Steve Meek of Sugar Grove,...
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Hester Rebecca Sawyers

July 12, 1943 - December 26, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: H. REBECCA SAWYERS passed away, Wednesday, December 26, 2012 after a lengthy illness at Valley Health Care Center, Chilhowie, Virginia. She was a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and friend. Becky was a member of the Marion Seventh-Day Adventist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, James and Ella Henderson; and a son, Tony P. Sawyers. She is survived by...
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Judson R. Schleifer

November 8, 1933 - December 25, 2012

CHILHOWIE, VIRGINIA: JUDSON R. SCHLEIFER, age 79, died Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at his home in Chilhowie, Virginia. Judson was born November 8, 1933 in Miami, Florida to the late Judson B. and Elizabeth Chappell Schleifer. He graduated from Miami Edison High School in 1952 and then attended Louisiana State University where he played snare drum in the marching band, symphonic band, and Baton...
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Debra Diane Gross Gullion

September 9, 1958 - December 24, 2012

BASSETT, VIRGINIA: DEBRA DIANE GROSS GULLION, age 54, died Monday, December 24, 2012 at her home in Bassett, Virginia. She was loved by everyone and she loved her pets. Mrs. Gullion was preceded in death by her husband Carl Gullion; son, Danny Gullion; two sisters, Goldie Wolfe and Betty Lou Hamm; and a brother, Dale Gross. She is survived by three sisters, Barbara White of Sugar Grove,...
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James Walter Vipperman

December 9, 1920 - December 18, 2012

ATKINS, VIRGINIA: JAMES WALTER VIPPERMAN SR., age 92, went home to be with his Lord, Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at Francis Marion Manor, Marion, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his wife and best friend of 62 years, Eunice Hess Vipperman; infant great-grandson, Brandon Coley; two brothers and two sisters. James is survived by two sons, James Walter Vipperman Jr. and wife, Brenda of Bland,...
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Faye R. Miller

May 18, 1944 - December 17, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: FAYE MILLER, age 68, died Monday, December 17, 2012 at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee. We would like to thank everyone that has prayed and spoke comforting words of encouragement for our family in our time of such a great loss. Our mother, Faye R. Miller was truly an awesome woman to us. She showed us how to stand and be strong as individuals. We are so...
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Steve Jolliffe

October 8, 1951 - December 2, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: STEVE JOLLIFFE, age 61, died Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Sara Jolliffe of Marion, Virginia; one daughter, Kelly Charapich of Marion, Virginia; three sons, Andy Jolliffe and wife, Kat of Damascus, Virginia, Bobby Jolliffe and wife, Veronica of Atkins, Virginia and Chris Jolliffe of Culpepper,...
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Gordon Thompson Peoples

November 28, 2012

TOLEDO, OHIO: GORDON THOMPSON PEOPLES, age 61, passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at the V.A. Hospital of Ann Arbor Michigan. He was born in Toledo, Ohio to the late Charles and Ruby Peoples. After his high school graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and served in Dover, Delaware from 1969 – 1971. Upon returning home, he worked as manager at the Toledo Chrysler Assembly...
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Bonnie Mae Pawlyk

November 16, 1924 - November 25, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: BONNIE MAE PAWLYK, age 88, died, Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Francis Marion Manor, Marion, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stephen Pawlyk and her loving daughter, Bonnie "Jeanne" Howard. Bonnie is survived by her granddaughter, Bonnie Mae Walls and husband, Jackie of Whitetop, Virginia; grandson, Raymond S. Howard of Chilhowie, Virginia; great...
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Willard Lincoln Lemmon

September 30, 1924 - November 24, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: WILLARD LINCOLN LEMMON, age 88, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, November 24, 2012. He was born on September 30, 1924 to Frank Tremaine and Alexina Lincoln Lemmon. He was a lifelong resident of Marion and Smyth County Virginia which he loved deeply and believed to be the most beautiful place on earth. He was a graduate of Marion Senior High School and entered Davidson...
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Nancy L. Mercer

November 15, 1937 - November 24, 2012

ATKINS, VIRGINIA: NANCY L. MERCER, age 75, died Saturday, November 24, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Virginia. She was of the Christian faith and a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved her grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, Everett Mercer of Atkins, Virginia; two daughters, Vickie Dixon of Atkins, Virginia and Becky Blevins and husband, Gale of...
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Edith Reedy Taylor

June 21, 1918 - November 22, 2012

SUGAR GROVE, VIRGINIA: EDITH REEDY TAYLOR, age 94, widow of Ray Taylor, died Thursday, November 22, 2012 at her home in Sugar Grove, Virginia. She was a skilled musician and assisted her Dad in handcrafting banjos. Edith was the attendant at Ripshin, taking special care in keeping all of the artifacts in fine condition. She is survived by one son, Jack Taylor of Sugar Grove, Virginia; and one...
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Rex A. Brooks

November 20, 2012 - November 20, 2012

SUGAR GROVE, VIRGINIA: REX A. BROOKS, age 60, died Monday, November 19, 2012 at Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Glen Thomas and Gladys Anderson Brooks; sister, Pearl Ellen Lane; two brothers, William Earl Brooks and Rufus Pete Brooks. Rex is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandra Kay Brooks; daughter, Teresa Brooks both of Sugar Grove,...
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Glenn Allen Gross

August 3, 1956 - November 18, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: GLENN ALLEN GROSS, age 56, died Sunday, November 18, 2012 at Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tennessee. He is survived by his former wife, Anna Marie Gross; two daughters, Tina Louise Bell and Tabitha Ann Gross, all of Marion, Virginia; two grandchildren, Leah Marie St. Clair and Serenity Faith Robinette; several cousins. At Mr. Gross's request, there will be no...
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Tessie Marie Colgate

June 29, 1936 - November 17, 2012

CHILHOWIE, VIRGINIA: TESSIE MARIE "PENNY" COLGATE, age 76, died Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ohmar Colgate. Mrs. Colgate is survived by two daughters, Barbara Totten of Chilhowie, Virginia and Joyce Davis and husband, Jerry of Marion, Virginia; three sons, Ronald Colgate and wife Amy, of Marion,...
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Roger C. Haga, Jr.

February 20, 1952 - November 14, 2012

Roger C. Haga, Jr.,, age 60 of Mouth of Wilson, VA., passed away on Wednesday at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. Surviving, his wife, Deborah "Debbie" Blevins Haga of the home; two sons and spouses, Jamie and Karen Haga of Elk Creek, VA, and Jestin and Chancie Haga of Woodlawn, VA; six grandchildren; mother, Grace Haga of Whitetop, VA; five sisters and spouses, Betty and Sherwood...
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Jean Stone

March 10, 1921 - November 11, 2012

Jean McNeil Stone, 91, of Blacksburg, Va., died on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Johnston Stone, of Blacksburg; her parents, Hexie Monroe McNeil and Mary Vaught McNeil of Kingsport, Tenn.; a brother, Charles Monroe McNeil of Destin, Fla.; and a sister, Margaret McNeil Ross of Kingsport, Tenn. She grew up in Kingsport, Tenn., and attended Milligan...
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Tony Patrick Sawyers

February 22, 1971 - November 11, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: TONY PATRICK SAWYERS, age 41, died Sunday, November 11, 2012, after a brief illness at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee. He was a member of Pugh Mountain Freewill Baptist Church; a graduate of the Marion Senior High School class of 1989 and Radford University class of 1996. Tony loved music and playing his guitar, especially bluegrass. He was a sports fan...
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Ershel A. Bostic

September 6, 1915 - November 1, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: ERSHEL A. BOSTIC, age 97, died Thursday, November 1, 2012 at Summit Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee. Mr. Bostic was born September 6, 1915 in Russell County, Virginia to the late William and Minnie Vance Bostic. He lived most of his life in Abingdon, Virginia and was currently residing in Nashville, Tennessee. He was a faithful Christian and a very active member of the...
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Eula Mae Corvin

October 2, 1923 - October 31, 2012

RURAL RETREAT, VIRGINIA: EULA MAE CORVIN, age 89 died Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Wytheville Community Hospital, Wytheville, Virginia. She was a member of Full Gospel Temple in Rural Retreat, Virginia. Mae was very active in the church, in the community and as a prayer warrior. She was retired from Virginia House Furniture and was loved by everyone. She was preceded in death by her husband,...
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Joan Buchanan Sturgill Choate

March 10, 1926 - October 22, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: JOAN BUCHANAN STURGILL CHOATE, age 86 died Monday, October 22, 2012 in Wellmont Hospice House, Bristol, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by husbands Issac M. Sturgill, Jr. and Laton Edward Choate. She is survived by one daughter Rebecca Goble and husband Dave of Marion, Virginia; one grandson, Matthew Thomas and wife Ana of Jonesboro, Tennessee; two great-grandchildren,...
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Ruby Jane Wright

January 12, 1930 - October 18, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: RUBY JANE WRIGHT, age 82, went to be with the Lord, Thursday, October 18, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Virginia. Ruby was born and raised in Grayson County, Virginia; January 12, 1930 to the late Elmer Lee and Virginia Baugess Eller. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death her husband, John Calvin "Kelly" Wright, Jr.; five sisters, Etta Lou,...
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Greta Beane Houck

November 29, 1980 - October 13, 2012

Greta Beane Houck, 31 of Spotsylvania County, VA peacefully departed this life on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at Mary Washington Hospital with her family by her side. Greta was born November 29, 1980 in Fredericksburg, VA. During her time on earth, Greta exhibited a vivacious spirit for life filled with a strong commitment to human rights, a love for animals and the natural ability to make those...
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Jo Lee Bowman

November 12, 1939 - October 11, 2012

RURAL RETREAT, VIRGINIA: JO LEE BOWMAN, age 72, died Thursday, October 11, 2012 at her home in Rural Retreat, Virginia. She was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Bowman. Jo Lee is survived by three children, William "Tinker" Bowman and wife, Missy of Marion, Virginia, Kathy Parks and husband, Steve of Rural Retreat, Virginia and Bruce Bowman and wife, Lisa of Marion, Virginia; twelve...
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Ralph E. Rotenberry

December 10, 1937 - October 8, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: RALPH "BUDDY" ROTENBERRY, age 74, passed away Monday, October 8, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Virginia. He was born in Kimball, West Virginia, December 10, 1937 to the late Luther and Lettie Rotenberry. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Douglas. Buddy served his country in the United States Army and was honorably...
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Grover C. Russell, Jr.

May 4, 1923 - October 4, 2012

MARION VIRGINIA: GROVER C. RUSSELL, JR. age 89, died Thursday, October 4, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Virginia. He was born in Grayson County, Virginia to the late Grover and Ruth Perkins Russell. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Gene and Lasco Russell, one sister, Ann Halsey, and one granddaughter, Laila McGill. Grover was a member of the Cedar Bluff Baptist...
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William Michael Dixon

September 11, 1953 - October 1, 2012

ATKINS, VIRGINIA: WILLIAM MICHAEL "MIKE" DIXON, age 59, died Monday, October 1, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Virginia. He was the born September 11, 1953, the son of the late William "Dutch" and Marie Armstrong Dixon. Mike was a loving and devoted husband for 22 years. He was a member of Davis Memorial United Methodist Church and was employed by Lowe's for over 30 years. ...
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Helen Norman Houck

December 10, 1925 - September 29, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: HELEN NORMAN HOUCK, age 86, died Saturday, September 29, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Virginia. She was born in Marion, Virginia, December 10, 1925 to the late John and Mary Kegley Norman. Helen was a member of the Marion First Church of God; and was retired from Buster Brown after many years of service. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death...
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Antoinette Rose Musso

November 27, 1914 - September 26, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: ANTOINETTE ROSE MUSSO, age 97, died Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Grace Health Care, Abingdon, Virginia Antoinette was born November 27, 1914 in Brooklyn, New York. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick Musso; two brothers, Dominic and Joseph Leogrande; three sisters Lillian Dinielli, Margaret Savino and Mary Cassano. She is survived by two daughters,...
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Fred E. Daugherty

May 3, 1926 - September 21, 2012

SUGAR GROVE, VIRGINIA: FRED E. DAUGHERTY, age 86, went to be with the Lord, on Friday September 21, 2012 after a courageous battle with lung disease, surrounded by his loving family. Mr. Daugherty was of the Christian Faith. He was a veteran of the Korean War having served with the United States Air Force; and was retired from the Radford Arsenal after 20 years of service. He was preceded in...
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Louise Fields Catron Thomas

April 11, 1937 - September 19, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: LOUISE FIELDS CATRON THOMAS, at the age of 75, the Lord took her home from her residence on Matson Drive, Wednesday, September 19, 2012; her services were no longer needed on earth. She was born April 11, 1937 to the late Clayburn and Katherine Fields. She was a loving mother, grandmother and sister to 12 siblings and a beautiful loving caregiver to the whole community. In...
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Sylvia B. Williams

February 19, 1926 - September 18, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: SYLVIA B. WILLIAMS, age 86, died Tuesday, September 18, 2012 at Appalachian Christian Village, Johnson City, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband, Donald C. Williams; sister, Magdalene Mallory and three brothers, Robert L. Lindsey, Richard Lindsey and Darius Lindsey. Mrs. Williams is survived by one daughter, Tina B. Williams of Johnson City, Tennessee; two...
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Harriett Fleming Dickson

June 16, 1938 - September 17, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: HARRIETT FLEMING DICKSON, age 74, died Monday, September 17, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Virginia. She was born June 16, 1938 in Spartanburg, South Carolina to the late Dr. John M. and Caroline Miller Fleming. Harriett graduated from Spartanburg High School in 1956 and attended Gulf Park College in Gulfport, Mississippi, earning an Associates Degree in...
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Joyce Dickson Greenwood

April 2, 1926 - September 16, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: JOYCE DICKSON GREENWOOD age 86, died Sunday, September 16, 2012. She was a member of the Royal Oak Presbyterian Church, Wilderness Road Garden Club, Daughters of the American Revolution and the Smyth County Retired Teachers Association. She was a graduate of Central High in Knoxville, Tennessee, Marion College, and VCU in Richmond, Virginia. She was a teacher for 34 years. Her...
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Barbara Hayes Coe

February 2, 1944 - September 14, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: BARBARA HAYES COE, age 68, died Friday, September 14, 2012 at Bristol Regional Medical Center. Barbara was employed with Blue Ridge Job Corp for over 22 years. She loved to paint and was a wonderful artist. She was a wonderful and loving wife, mother, stepmother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt. She was a former member of the Pilot Club. She is survived by...
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Betty Goodman Simms

January 15, 1935 - September 11, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: BETTY GOODMAN SIMMS, age 77, died Tuesday, September 11, 2012. She was preceded in death by one son, Gary Michael Simms. Betty is survived by her husband, Jack Simms of Marion, Virginia; three sons, James "Jay" Simms, John Simms, both of Marion, Virginia and Joe Simms and wife, April of Rural Retreat, Virginia; two grandchildren, Kenzie and Kylie Simms of Rural Retreat,...
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Winnie Grace Overbay

April 15, 1911 - September 6, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: WINNIE GRACE POWERS OVERBAY, went to be with her Lord Jesus Christ, Thursday, September 6, 2012 at the age of 101. She was born April 15, 1911; and was preceded in death by her husband, John Howard Overbay. Grace is survived by two sons, John David Overbay and wife, Joyce of Marion, Virginia; and Frank Wayne Overbay and wife, Margie of Vinton, Virginia; two grandchildren,...
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Thomas J. Rowland

September 27, 1937 - September 2, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: THOMAS J. "T.J." ROWLAND, age 74: on September 2nd in the year of our Lord 2012, Thomas J. Rowland, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and dedicated born-again Christian was called home to be with the Lord. He answered the call with great peace while surrounded by his family. His faithfulness to God the Father and Christ Jesus was evident in his kind, compassionate, and...
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Edna Morris Sexton

July 29, 1942 - August 30, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: EDNA MORRIS SEXTON, age 70, went to be with the Lord at 11:17 pm on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at her home under the care of Southern Illinois Hospice. She was born on July 29, 1942 in Marion, VA, the daughter of Charles Frank and Mary M. (Burchette) Morris. She married Archie Lee Sexton. He preceded her in death. Edna was an aide at Southwestern State Hospital in Marion, VA...
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Kimberly Ann Davis

October 10, 1982 - August 23, 2012

SUGAR GROVE, VIRGINIA: KIMBERLY ANN PIERCE DAVIS, age 29, passed away after a brave battle with Juvenile Diabetes in Louisville, Tennessee on Thursday, August 23, 2012. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Marietta and Oscar Pierce of Sugar Grove, Virginia and maternal grandfather, Roy H. Burke, Jr. of Marion, Virginia. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by her...
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Lillian Owens Parker

April 25, 1926 - August 19, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: LILLIAN OWENS PARKER, age 86, widow of John H. Parker, died Sunday, August 19, 2012 in Dallas, Texas where she had moved to be closer to her son and family. Mrs. Parker was a member of the Laurel Springs Methodist Church, Laurel Springs Rd., Marion, VA since the family first moved to Marion in 1957. She retired from the Bank of Marion where she worked for over 20 years. She...
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James Ralph Davidson

March 27, 1950 - August 18, 2012

FAIRFAX, VIRGINIA: JAMES RALPH DAVIDSON, age 62, died Saturday, August 18, 2012 in Fairfax, Virginia. He is survived by his mother, Josephine Wymer Davidson of Marion, Virginia; three sisters, Mary Elizabeth Davidson of Marion, Virginia, Nellie Sims of Louisiana, Joan Blevins of Bristol, Virginia; two brothers, David Douglas Davidson and wife, Vicki Ratcliff Davidson of Ocala, Florida and John...
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Frances Ratcliffe Jackson

March 4, 1933 - August 14, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: FRANCES MARIE RATCLIFFE JACKSON, age 79, of Marion, died Tuesday afternoon, August 14, 2012, surrounded by her loving family, in the Smyth County Community Hospital, following a year long struggle with lung cancer. She had a vibrant and fun loving personality. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt, who will be greatly missed by all her family and friends. She was...
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Annie Edwards Francis

July 19, 1920 - August 14, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: MISS ANNIE EDWARDS FRANCIS, age 92, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012, at Francis Marion Manor nursing home. She was born to William S. and Annie E. Francis on July 19, 1920 in Marion, Virginia. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant sister, Eunice G. Francis and her four brothers; Albert W. Francis, Dr. William S. Francis, Walter E. Francis and...
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Warren Allen Hastings

September 26, 1934 - August 10, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: WARREN ALLEN HASTINGS, age 77, died Friday, August 10, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, Virginia. He was born September 26, 1934 in Johnson City, Tennessee to the late, William Allen and Margaret Lowe Hastings. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing and hunting. He also was a wonderful friend to the neighbor cats he enjoyed taking care of. In addition...
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Deane Edwin Beamer

February 22, 1934 - August 9, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: DEANE EDWIN BEAMER, age 78, died Thursday, August 9, 2012 at Wellmont Holston Valley Hospital in Kingsport, Tennessee. He was born in Crewe, Virginia and attended Emory & Henry College where he met his future wife, Libby. He later attended the University of Richmond where he received a B.S. in Accounting. Deane then studied at the Medical College of Virginia where he received...
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Reola Mitchell Buford

September 7, 1922 - August 7, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: REOLA MITCHELL BUFORD, age 89, died Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at Francis Marion Manor, Marion, Virginia. Reola was born September 7, 1922 in Batesville, Mississippi to the late Johnny and Reathie Johnson Mitchell. She came from a large family, 17 in total. She was a wonderful, loving mother and grandmother, and a great cook. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death...
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Bertha Doyle Whitaker

February 3, 1926 - August 6, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: BERTHA DOYLE WHITAKER, age 86, died Monday, August 6, 2012 at her home in Marion, Virginia. She was a member of the Seven Mile Ford United Methodist Church; a wonderful mother and a strong, hard working woman. She is survived by one daughter, Gladys Owens and husband, Dayton of Glade Spring, Virginia; one son, Charlie Whitaker of Marion, Virginia; one grandson whom she raised...
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Ruth Pauley Atkins

June 12, 1921 - August 5, 2012

CERES, VIRGINIA: RUTH PAULEY ATKINS, age 91, died Sunday, August 5, 2012 in Wythe County Community Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert "Bubbie"Atkins; parents, Harmon Wagner and Myrtle Hancock Pauley; one sister, Willie Kitts King and three brothers, Paul, Dow and Will Pauley. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Debra and Joe Kegley of Ceres, Virginia; three...
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Sylvia Jean Heath

December 12, 1945 - August 1, 2012

CHILHOWIE, VIRGINIA: SYLVIA JEAN HEATH, age 66, died Monday, July 30, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Franklin Heath; son, John Heath; brother, J.T. Breedlove; and parents, Glen and Annie Doan Breedlove. Sylvia is survived by a son, James Heath of Chilhowie, Virginia; sister, Joyce Keith and husband, Lawrence of Saltville, Virginia; two...
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Mable Eunice Spencer

May 6, 1939 - July 23, 2012

CHILHOWIE, VIRGINIA: MABLE EUNICE SPENCER, age 73, died Monday, July 23, 2012 at Valley Health Care Center in Chilhowie, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Spencer and son, Joseph Garland Moore. Mrs. Spencer is survived by two daughters, Joy Pannell and husband, Chris of Chilhowie, Virginia, and Carol Moore of Wytheville, Virginia; one son, Douglas Martin Moore; one...
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Philip Michael Smythe

May 20, 1947 - July 17, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: PHILIP MICHAEL SMYTHE, age 65, died Tuesday, July 17, 2012 at his home in Marion, Virginia. Mike grew up in Marion, Virginia as a member of Christ Episcopal Church and later attended Ebenezer Lutheran Church. He graduated from Marion Senior High School in 1965 and attended Roanoke College where he was a member of Pi Kappa Phi. He then graduated from Emory and Henry College...
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James Herman Brant

July 23, 1948 - July 9, 2012

WYTHEVILLE, VIRGINIA: JAMES "JIM" HERMAN BRANT, age 63, passed away Monday, July 9, 2012 at Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his mother, Mildred Hester Brant Blalock; father, Harold Lewis Brant; step-father, Dr. Joseph Rogers Blalock and an infant daughter, Caroline Parrish Brant. Jim is survived by his wife, Caroline Walker Brant of Wytheville...
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James P. Box

May 24, 1945 - July 5, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: JAMES P.BOX, age 67, died Thursday, July 5, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, Virginia. He was an active member of the Greenwood United Methodist Church where he had held many positions within the church. He had served with the Marion Life Saving Crew for over 20 years and was given a lifetime membership. Mr. Box was a school bus driver with the Smyth County...
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Robert W. Stamper

March 19, 1942 - July 2, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: ROBERT "BOB" W. STAMPER, age 70, died Monday, July 2, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital. He was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church. He was retired from the Department of Corrections after over 34 years of service and was currently employed at Hungry Mother Convenience Center. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn B. Stamper; three daughters, Patricia S. Dunford and...
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Dollie G. Billings

May 22, 1927 - June 27, 2012

RURAL RETREAT, VIRGINIA: DOLLIE G. BILLINGS, age 85, died Wednesday, June 27, 2012 at her home in Rural Retreat, Virginia. She was the daughter of a preacher and a faithful member of Freedom Tabernacle Baptist Church for many years. Dollie worked for her son for over 25 years as a sales person and office manager. She was very active and outgoing; an artist and gardener, and the most creative...
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Roger David Reedy

June 19, 1954 - June 25, 2012

RURAL RETREAT, VIRGINIA: ROGER DAVID REEDY, age 58, died Monday, June 25, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Mariann Kegley Reedy of Rural Retreat, Virginia; daughter, Tiffany Reedy and fiancé, Justin Tate of Crockett, Virginia; son, Phillip Reedy and wife, Brooke of Atkins, Virginia; granddaughters, Emilie Hash and Loren Shea Reedy;...
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Olyvia Arleen Whalen Goetzinger

February 1, 1951 - June 23, 2012

SUGAR GROVE, VIRGINIA: OLYVIA ARLENE WHALEN GOETZINGER, age 61, died Saturday, June 23, 2012 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was a beautiful, kind woman with a generous spirit. Sweet, sassy and unique, she will be missed always. A loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. A compassionate friend to all animals who found their way to her home. She was preceded in death by her father, Mr....
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Roddy Rudolph Crabtree

September 29, 1934 - June 20, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: RODDY RUDOLPH CRABTREE, age 77, of Marion, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Paul and Nancy Gibson Crabtree; one infant son, Robert Michael Crabtree; a sister, Peggy Jane Crabtree Riddle; father and mother-in-law, John William and Lois Waddle Barger; and a sister-in-law, Charleene Simmerman Barger. He is survived by his wife...
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Norma Ann Martin Neitch

April 3, 1932 - June 8, 2012

FLATRIDGE, VIRGINIA: NORMA ANN MARTIN NEITCH age 80, died Friday, June 8, 2012 in Alleghany Memorial Hospital, Sparta, North Carolina. She was retired from Food City following 36 years of service. Norma blessed everyone she met with her loving, caring spirit. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy "Dot" Blevins of Chilhowie, Virginia; brother and sisters-in-law, Douglas and Brenda Martin and...
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Betty Joan Atkins

June 15, 1935 - June 1, 2012

ATKINS, VIRGINIA: BETTY JOAN ATKINS, age 76, died Friday, June 1, 2012 in Valley Health Care Center, Chilhowie, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her father, George Robert Atkins and a brother, George Robert Atkins, Jr. Betty is survived a sister, Patsy Edmonds and husband, Bud of Ashland, Virginia; brother, Johnny G. Atkins and wife, Dorothy of Atkins, Virginia; special niece, Melanie...
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Peggy Shufflebarger Hubble

May 11, 1934 - May 31, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: PEGGY SHUFFLEBARGER HUBBLE age 78, of Marion quietly departed this life in Preston Place of Kingsport, Tennessee on Thursday, May 31, 2012 to join family members who've gone before. They include her husband, Brian C. Hubble, Sr., her parents Glen and Mabel Shufflebarger. Left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Penny Hubble and son, Brian C. Hubble, Jr. Her sister,...
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Brenda Gay Powell Tibbs

February 22, 1941 - May 26, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: BRENDA GAY POWELL TIBBS, age 71, widow of Jimmie Tibbs, died Saturday, May 26, 2012 at Francis Marion Manor. Brenda was a loving mother, grandmother, and friend. She was exceptionally sweet natured and was always helping others. Mrs. Tibbs is survived by four daughters, Pamela Ann Tibbs and Lauren Katie Tibbs both of Ceres, Virginia, Beth Brown and husband, Jim and Patty...
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Zigrida Gruzitis Klamert

August 9, 1933 - May 18, 2012

VALLEY VIEW, OHIO: ZIGRIDA (GRUZITIS) KLAMERT was born in the province of Aluksne in Northeastern Latvia in 1933. She was the second oldest daughter and is survived by her three loving sisters, Mirdza (Mitzi), Aina and Maija. Her family fled Latvia as the Russian front moved West during World War II. The family endured many hardships over the next few years and only because of the...
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Linda L. Thomas

June 27, 1948 - May 15, 2012

CHILHOWIE, VIRGINIA: LINDA L. THOMAS, died Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee. She is survived by her husband, James L. Thomas of Chilhowie, Virginia; two daughters, Jennifer Ketchum and husband, Kevin of Abingdon, Virginia, and Lorrie Thomas and fiancé, Billy Stamper of Chilhowie, Virginia; two grandchildren, Austin Ketchum and Sydney Ketchum. ...
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Frank Bauman

October 11, 1922 - May 9, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: REVEREND FRANK BAUMAN, age 89, died Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at Johnson City Medical Center, Johnson City, Tennessee. Benjamin Franklin Bauman was born October 11, 1922 in Henrietta Township, Ohio, to the late Benjamin and Mary Gayer Bauman. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Warren Bauman. He was a graduate of Baldwin Wallace College and Drew...
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Marguerite Yost Kirk

August 1, 1909 - May 8, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: Marguerite Yost Kirk passed away at home on the morning of May 8, 2012, at the age of 102. She was born August 1, 1909, in Marion, Va. to George and Margaret Yost. Marguerite graduated from Marion High School and William and Mary College. In 1931 she married George J. Kirk. Marguerite was a homemaker and a teacher. She taught from preschool/ kindergarten to high school Latin...
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Garland Greever Scott, Jr.

January 19, 1943 - May 7, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: GARLAND GREEVER SCOTT, Jr. age 69, passed away comfortably in his sleep with his family at his side on May 7, 2012. Known as "Scotty" to all those who knew and loved him. Affectionately known as "Papa Scott" to his grandchildren. He was born in Smyth County to the late Garland and Helen Moore Scott. He was a lifetime member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church and was...
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Kenneth Wayne Sturgill

February 1, 1948 - May 6, 2012

SALTVILLE, VIRGINIA: KENNETH WAYNE STURGILL, age 64, died Sunday, May 6, 2012 at Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tennessee. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Sturgill; one daughter, Dolores Sturgill; two sons, Michael Sturgill and fiancée, Lisa Weaver all of Saltville, Virginia and John Edward Sturgill of Maryland; two granddaughters, Ashley and Crystal. At his Kenneth's...
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Shirley Brown Thomas

September 28, 1939 - May 1, 2012

SPEEDWELL, VIRGINIA: SHIRLEY BROWN THOMAS, age 72, died Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at her home surrounded by her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister who was dedicated to the Lord. Shirley will be greatly missed. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Vickey Sheffey. Shirley is survived by her husband Gene Thomas; daughter, Anita Ratcliff; son, Tom...
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Beulah Lucille Dennison

February 1, 1930 - April 30, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: BEULAH LUCILLE DENNISON, age 82, died Monday, April 30, 2012 at Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, Virginia. She was born February 1, 1930 in Smyth County to the late William and Virgie Pickle Greer. Raised in Smyth County, she was a lifetime member of Adwolfe Freewill Baptist Church. Beulah loved her grandkids, singing and her church family. Well loved and known as ...
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Bonnie Denman Kegley

July 4, 1939 - April 25, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: BONNIE DENMAN KEGLEY, age 72 died Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at her home in Marion, Virginia. She was born July 4, 1939 in Muskegon, Michigan to the late William E. and Ethel Titus Denman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Mark Allen Routh. Bonnie is survived by one daughter Mariann Reedy and husband, Roger; one son William "Eddie" Kegley and...
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Ronald James Puckett

June 22, 1950 - April 25, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: RONALD JAMES PUCKETT, age 61, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at The University of Alabama Hospital at Birmingham. He was born June 22, 1950 in Welch, West Virginia to the late Thomas Greever and May Elizabeth Asbury Puckett. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jasper Puckett. Ronald is survived by three sons, Ronald Puckett II and wife, Tina of...
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Carolyn Sue Reed

March 13, 1953 - April 23, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: CAROLYN SUE REED, age 59, died Monday, April 23, 2012 at Francis Marion Manor in Marion, Virginia. She was born March 13, 1953 in Marion, Virginia to the late Charles and Ella Testerman Echols. Carolyn was a long time active member of Falling Water Baptist Church. She was employed by Walmart for over 20 years and was an avid walker at the Lifetime Wellness Center. She was a...
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David Lynn Mabe

October 30, 1946 - April 17, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: DAVID LYNN MABE, passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. Beloved husband of Sharon Kegley Mabe, formerly of Wytheville, VA. Father of Ryan Kegley Mabe (wife Heather Kay Brindley). Grandfather of Mickayla, Dakota and Hunter Mabe. Brother of Carolyn Thompson (husband Tommy) of Sugar Grove, VA. Uncle of Rhonda Reed and Suzanne Thompson. Nephew of Bessie Mabe Largen of Woodlawn,...
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Robert Pennington

February 2, 1929 - April 16, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: ROBERT "BOB" PENNINGTON, age 83, died Sunday, April 15, 2012 at Francis Marion Manor in Marion, Virginia. He was born February 2, 1929 in Konnarock, Virginia to the late Eli and Mae Hutton Pennington. Bob was a lifelong resident of Smyth County. He loved all sports, especially Little League and Marion Recreation Department events. He was employed for 18 years in the...
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Willie Frances Osborne Hayden

January 29, 1929 - March 30, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: WILLIE FRANCES OSBORNE HAYDEN, age 83, widow of Winifred Harland Hayden, went to be with the Lord Friday, March 30, 2012 at Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tennessee. She was born in Smyth County to the late William Curtis Osborne and Gracie Lee Johnson Osborne. She was a member of South Fork Baptist Church. She compiled two books that are in the Smyth-Bland...
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Ethel Harless Rouse

June 19, 1918 - March 24, 2012

BRISTOL, TENNESSEE: ETHEL HARLESS ROUSE, age 93, widow of Lewis H. Rouse, died Saturday, March 24, 2012 in Francis Marion Manor, Marion, Virginia. She was born June 19, 1918 to the late Martin Elic and Sarah "Sadie" Gross Harless. She attended Friendship Baptist Church, Bristol, Tennessee. For more than thirty-five years, she and her husband, Lewis, owned and operated Rouse's Store and Boat Dock...
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Elizabeth V. Eastridge

February 19, 1933 - March 21, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: ELIZABETH V. EASTRIDGE, age 79, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport, Tennessee. She was a lifelong member of Chilhowie Baptist Church. Elizabeth was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She is survived by her husband Guy P. Eastridge; two daughters, Patricia Elswick and Billy Shepherd and Pam E. Hall and husband, Grant S. Hall, Jr.;...
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Patricia Parsons Mozingo

January 21, 1938 - March 18, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: PATRICIA "PATTY" PARSONS MOZINGO, age 74, died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. Mrs. Mozingo was a life long member of the First Church of God and was a Registered Nurse for many years. She is survived by her husband, Reverend Neville Mozingo of Marion, Virginia; one daughter, Sonya McCollian, of Marion, Virginia; two sons,...
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Calvin Hays

April 16, 1933 - March 18, 2012

RICH VALLEY, VIRGINIA: CALVIN HAYS, age 78, died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Francis Marion Manor in Marion, Virginia. He was born in Rich Valley, Virginia to the late Robert and Mary Kegley Hays. He was a veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Hays was a gifted graphic artist. He had an extraordinary talent of using his creativity in combination with his skilled hands to produce unique handcrafted fine...
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Calvin Hays

April 16, 1933 - March 18, 2012

RICH VALLEY, VIRGINIA: CALVIN HAYS, age 78, died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Francis Marion Manor in Marion, Virginia. Survivors and arrangements will be announced later by Seaver-Brown Funeral Service.
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Harvey James Combs, Jr.

October 20, 1950 - March 15, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: Harvey James Combs, Jr., age 61, died Thursday, March 15, 2012 at his home in Marion, Virginia. He was a free spirit. He is survived by four daughters, Kathy Jean Butler of Stanford, Kentucky, Jennifer Lynn Martin of Loveland, Ohio, Pamela Jean Edwards of Wytheville, Virginia, and Kathy Marie Elliott of Pinnacle, North Carolina; one son, Mark James Combs of Stanford, Kentucky;...
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James Junior Harris

March 6, 1959 - March 11, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: JAMES JUNIOR HARRIS, Jr., age 53, died Sunday, March 11, 2012 in Smyth County Community Hospital in Marion, Virginia. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Dunford Harris of Marion, Virginia; son, Robert Allen Harris and wife, April of Blacksburg, Virginia; mother, Nancy Brewster Harris of Chilhowie, Virginia; sister, Linda Trent of Lansing, North Carolina; three brothers, Allen...
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Thomas Leslie McCrickard

March 9, 2012 - March 9, 2012

THOMAS LESLIE McCRICKARD, JR. BORN December 30, 1926 Elkhorn, West Virginia DIED March 07, 2012 Huntsville, Alabama Age 85 GRAVESIDE SERVICES HELD AT Rose Lawn Cemetery Saturday, 11:00 a.m. March 10, 2012 Military Rites Conducted By Francis Marion VFW Post #4667 Masonic Rites Conducted By Masonic Lodge #31 A.F. & A.M. SURVIVORS WIFE Virginia Atkins McCrickard Huntsville, Alabama SONS Tom...
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Nancy Worley Sparger

April 14, 1922 - March 6, 2012

Nancy Worley Sparger, of Marion, VA, died March 6 at the age of 89. She was born and grew up in Pulaski. Upon graduation from Radford College, she moved to Marion where she taught school for two years and met her late husband, Haywood (Woody) Sparger. She worked at the Smyth Bland Library during the 1960-70s. She was preceded in death by son, Robert Sparger, who was married to Sara Hutchinson...
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Dorothy Ann Salley Davis

March 5, 2012 - March 5, 2012

MARION, VIRGINIA: DOROTHY ANN SALLEY DAVIS, age 73, widow of John Davis Jr., died Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at her home in Marion, Virginia. She was born in Pennington Gap, Virginia to the late Herbert and Geneva DePew Salley. Besides her parents and husband, she was also preceded in death by a brother Rondel L. Salley. She is survived by one sister, Nancy Anderson of Pennington Gap,...
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William Stephen Meek

October 10, 1931 - March 1, 2012

SUGAR GROVE, VIRGINIA: WILLIAM STEPHEN "BILLY" MEEK, age 80, died Thursday, March 1, 2012 at his home in Sugar Grove, Virginia. He was a prominent Rye Valley farmer and a member of the Elizabeth United Methodist Church in Teas, Virginia. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor Keeton Meek of Sugar Grove, Virginia; one son, Steve Meek of Sugar Grove, Virginia; one sister, Geraldine Meek...
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