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Bland
William M. "Billy" Bland, age 68, of Elk Creek, and Durham, N.C., died Monday, Nov. 24, 1997 at his home in Durham. 
He was born Sept. 14, 1929 at Comers Rock to Glenn C. and Sibble Comer Bland. He was a life member of Missile Space and Range Pioneers, a life member and former officer of Grayson County Historical Society, and was a retired IBM Advisory Engineer. 
For many years, Mr. Bland was a licensed private pilot and flew off and on for 46 years. He was on the Board of Directors for the Comer's Creek Foundation. He worked on the Apollo/Saturn Program at Kennedy Space Center through almost all program flights. 
Mr. Bland was a member of Comer's Rock Baptist Church. 
Surviving are his wife, Carol F. Bland, Durham, N.C.; two daughters and sons-in-law, Amelia Bland and Joe Beaty, Marion, and Karen and Paul Harris, Raleigh, N.C.; four grandchildren, Benjamin Bland Halsey and William Bland Beaty, both of Marion, and Kathryn Marie Cooper and Summit M. Harris, both of Raleigh, N.C.; one brother, Gerald Bland, Tacoma, Wash. 
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. at Cliffview Church of God, Galax, with the Rev. D.G. Fox, the Rev. Rick Eminhizer and the Rev. Jimmy Harmon officiating. Interment will follow today, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. at Comer's Rock Cemetery in Comers Rock. Flowers will be appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to Twin County Hospice, P.O. Box 70, Galax, VA 24333. 
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Inc., Independence, is in charge of arrangements.

Carter
Betty William Carter, age 63, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997 at her home in Danville. 
She was a native of Glade Spring and was the widow of Jimmy Ray Carter. 
She was retired from DuPont and was of the Baptist faith. 
Survivors include one son, Walter Blake Carter, Danville; five sisters, Lois Gayler and Carolyn Keesee, both of Glade Spring, Evelyn Musselwhite, Memphis, Tenn., Dotty Taylor, Richmond, and Rita Colley, Morristown, Tenn.; two grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held today, Nov. 29, in Swicegood Funeral Home Chapel in Danville. 
This is a courtesy announcement by D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville.

Hunt
Earnest "Matthew" Hunt, age 53, of Glade Spring, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997 in Duke University Hospital, Durham, N.C. 
He was a deacon and song leader in Little Flock Holiness Church for over 15 years. 
Survivors include his wife, Carol Compton Hunt; two daughters and one son-in-law, Glenda and Dennis Dempsey, Glade Spring, and Lisa Hunt of the home; three brothers, Curtis Hunt and Franklin Hunt, both of Saltville, and Dewey Hunt, Morganton, N.C.; four sisters, Dorie Pruitt, Bristol, Tenn., Claudia McMahan, Chilhowie, Katie Smith, Saltville and Lizzie Wyatt, Glade Spring; one grandson, Gabriel Dempsey; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 29, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Don Stanley and the Rev. Roger O'Quinn officiating. Burial will be in Mount Rose Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements.

Jarrett
James Franklin Jarrett, age 68, of Atkins, formerly of Catawba County, N.C., died Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997 following a lengthy illness at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C. 
Mr. Jarrett was born in Catawba County on Aug. 18, 1929, a son of Eoline M. Leatherman Jarrett and the late Homer K. Jarrett. He was a truck driver and a restaurant owner. He was a member of Sardis Lutheran Church and a U.S. Army veteran. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald J. Jarrett. 
Survivors include his wife, Emma Jean Little Jarrett of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Jack (Donna) Price of Reynoldsville, Penn., and Mrs. Ronnie (Susan) Thomas of Plantsville, Conn.; three sons and daughters-in-law, Wayne A. and Elaine Jarrett, O.J. and Ellen Jarrett, all of Hickory, N.C., and Leonard H. and Jennifer Jarrett of Speedwell; his mother, Eoline M. Leatherman Jarrett of Hickory, N.C.; two sisters, Mrs. Herman (Joanne) Heavner and Mrs. Ernest (Helen) Sigmon, both of Newton, N.C.; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Keith N. and B.J. Jarrett of Denver, N.C., and Ned M. and Martha Jarrett of Newton, N.C.; 13 grandchildren: Laura Jarrett, Holly Jarrett, Alan Jarrett, Jennifer Jarrett, Matt Price, Anna Price, Sherry Price, Samantha Jarrett, Chelsea Jarrett, Benjamin Jarrett, Juda Thomas, Benjamin Thomas, Miracle Thomas. 
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, Nov. 30, at 2 p.m. at Sardis Lutheran Church in Vale, N.C., with the Rev. Harvey Blume, the Rev. Ronnie Thomas and Mr. Leonard Jarrett officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Willis Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton, N.C. Memorials may be sent to Sardis Lutheran Church, 6103 NC Hwy. 10 West, Vale N.C. 28168. 
Willis Reynolds Funeral Home in Newton, N.C., is in charge of arrangements.

Repass
Katherine McGhee Repass, age 81, widow of Robert Kelly "Cab" Repass, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 1997 in Francis Marion Manor Nursing Home. Mrs. Repass was a member of the Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. 
She is survived by two daughters, Mary Repass Blevins of Marion, and Elizabeth Repass Jones of Bristol, Tenn.; one son, Paul Repass of Marion; four sisters, Elizabeth Cassell of Roanoke, Imogene Copenhaver of Rural Retreat, Geraldine McGhee of Marion, and Martha Minter of Raleigh, N.C.; two brothers, Reed McGhee of Chilhowie, and Neal McGhee of Marion; three grandchildren, Alan Blevins, Bob Repass and Beth Jones Glass; one great-grandson, Robert Paul Repass III; several nieces, nephews and cousins. 
Funeral services will be held today, Nov. 29, at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Calvin Tabor officiating. Burial will follow in Mount Carmel Cemetery. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Wix
Jackie W. Wix, age 42, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 1997 at his home in Chilhowie. 
He was an employee of Visador Company in Marion. 
Survivors include his wife, Dreama Doane Wix; two sons and daughters-in-law, Larry Joe and Melissa Wix, Chilhowie, and Darrell J. and Bobbie Jean Wix, Marion; his mother, Alma Wix, Chilhowie; one brother, James Wix, Chilhowie; one sister, Eola Hall, Newton, N.C.; several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 29, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Frank Branson and the Rev. Charles Counts officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements. 

Barbary
Harold Lee Barbary, age 65, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997 in Holston Valley Medical Center, Kingsport, Tenn. 
He was a native of Smyth County. 
Survivors include one brother, Don Barbary, York, S.C. 
Military graveside services were conducted at noon Friday, Dec. 5, in Mountain Home National Cemetery, Mountain Home, Tenn., with Charles DeWitt Byrd Post 3382 of VFW officiating. 
Gate City Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Bishop
Thelma Odell Bishop, age 80, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997 at her home in Lenoir, N.C. She was a member of the Heavenly Hope Baptist Church. 
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Mack Bishop; one son, Douglas Bishop; four brothers, Kyle, Lucian, Garfield and Ray Scott; two sisters, Lura Mae and Evelyn Faye Scott. 
She is survived by one son, Gerald Bishop, Seattle, Wash.; four sisters, Katherine (Toots) Rector, Mrs. James (Juanita) Cassell, and Mamie Scott, all of Marion, and Helen Hanshew, Nebo; one grandchild, Grey Bishop; four step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. in the Heavenly Hope Baptist Church in Lenoir, N.C., with the Rev. Benny Greene, Rev. Terrell Goble, and Brother Zendall Greene officiating. A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m. today at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Groseclose. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Davis
Lois Brott Davis, age 76, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997. 
She is survived by her husband, Ralph Davis Jr., Marion; one daughter, Linda Sue Davis of Chatsworth, Calif.; two sons and daughter-in-law, Ralph III and Pam Atkins Davis of Chilhowie, and Craig Davis of Marion; one brother, Gerald Brott of Bald Eagle, Minn.; four grandchildren, Brandy Davis, Desiree Davis, Michelle Davis, and Michael Davis. 
Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 6, at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Pastor James H. Bangle officiating. Burial will follow in Rose Lawn Cemetery. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Dunford
Louise Campbell Dunford, age 76, of Wytheville, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997 in the Wythe County Community Hospital. 
Mrs. Dunford was born in Cripple Creek, the daughter of the late Charlie R. and Ella Fay Pack Campbell. She was a member of the Wytheville Church of God of Prophecy and was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Fred R. Dunford; two brothers, Paul and Donald Campbell. 
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Bridgett Kline of Summerville, S.C.; one daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and Daniel Hawks of Draper; one stepson and spouse, Barnett and Faye Dunford of Narrows; two stepdaughters and spouses, Freda and Thomas McCroskey of Tazewell, and Marlene and Dana Jonas of Wytheville; four grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Harlan and Betty Campbell of Greensboro, N.C., and Charles Hicks and Wilma Campbell of Ivanhoe; four sisters and brothers-in-law, Helen and Jack Stoots of Pulaski, Juanita and Sloan Gibson of Kirkland, Wash., Marie and Ted Wojciechowski of Ft. Pierce, Fla., and Edna and Bob Bond of Kernersville, N.C.; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. at the Reese Funeral Chapel with t he Rev. Sonny Ayers, the REv. Randolph Eversole and the REv. Fred Fisher officiating. Interment followed in the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Ivanhoe. The family suggests that those who prefer may make memorials to the Wytheville Church of God of Prophecy Mission Fund. 
Reese Funeral Home in Austinville was in charge of arrangements.

Jones
Conley Jones Sr., age 74, of Jamestown, N.C., died Saturday, Nov. 29, 1997 at Wesley-Long Hospital. 
A native of Marion, Mr. Jones was the creator of the concept of the Barn Dinner Theatre and was sole owner and operator for almost 35 years. He attended college in Concord and graduated from the University of Tennessee where he played football. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and strongly supported the VFW. 
Surviving are his wife, Ana Rendic-Jones of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Connie Sue and Rick Pitts, Virginia Beach; two sons and daughter-in-law, Roy Conley (Rick) Jr. and Faye Jones, Jamestown, N.C., and David Jones, Archdale, N.C.; his mother, Mary Jane Jones, Kingsport, Tenn.; mother of his children, Elizabeth Pauline Jones, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; one sister, Elizabeth Jones Gibson, Kingsport, Tenn.; two stepsons, Cris Farroch, Kernersville, N.C., and Franco Farroch, Greensboro, N.C.; daughter-in-law, Gail Jones, Randleman, N.C.; five grandchildren: Corey Jones, Erica Jones, Eryn Jones, Whitney Pitts and Julie Jones; special nephew, Allen Jones, Abingdon; several friends all across the country. 
A memorial service was held Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 11 a.m. at Hanes-Lineberry Funeral Home in Greensboro, N.C. 
This is a courtesy announcement by Seaver-Brown Funeral Service.

Owens
Lantha J. Owens, age 61, of Meadowview, died Tuesday, Dec. 2, 1997 in Wellmont Hospice House, Bristol, Tenn. 
She was a lifelong resident of Washington County and a member of Barns Chapel Bible Church. 
She was employed with Washington County School System as a secretary at Neff Vocational Center for 16 years. 
Survivors include her husband, Elwood E. Owens; two sons, Darryl Owens, Meadowview, and Carson Owens, Blountville, Tenn.; one daughter, Mrs. Albert (Yana) Owens Minton, Glade Spring; her mother, Dora Johnson, Saltville; one brother, Howard Johnson, Saltville; one sister, Margie Robertson, Laporte, Texas; two daughters-in-law, Ginger Owens and Ramona Owens; seven grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Farris Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Leonard Hicks and the Rev. Roger Hearl officiating. Burial was in Baptist Cemetery, Glade Spring. 
Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon was in charge of arrangements.

Robbins
Jonathan Earl Robbins, age 38, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 1997 in Marion. 
Mr. Robbins was a native of Phoenix, Ariz., and had been living in southwestern Virginia since January. He was recently employed with Bob Evans in Wytheville and with the Petro & Flying "J" Stations in Fort Chiswell. 
Survivors include one son, Jonathan Robbins; two daughters, Michelle Lynn Robbins and Christine Robbins; his mother, Betty Brown Robbins; his father and stepmother, Jessie Ray and Gail Robbins; three half brothers: William Pycon, Dave Pycon, and J.R. Pycon; and two half sisters, Virginia Rose Pycon and Jean Marie Tettiecord; and a special friend, Maryann Weaver Justus. 
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Sage officiating. Interment followed in Rosewood Cemetery in Rural Retreat. 
Barnett's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Smith
William Thomas Smith, age 53, of Abingdon, died Monday, Dec. 1, 1997 in Sierra Gorda, Chile, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. 
He was a native of Akron, Ohio, had lived in Abingdon for the past three years and attended Fellowship Baptist Church, Meadowview. 
He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Akron. 
He was employed with Goodyear Akron Productions Division for 21 years and was construction engineering manager for Titan Wheel Corporation in Saltville since 1990. 
Survivors include his wife, Mitzi Smith; two sons, Michael Smith, North Canton, Ohio, and Thomas Smith, Hartville, Ohio; one daughter, Anne Miller, Canal Fulton, Ohio; one stepson, Jason Bopp of the home; one stepdaughter, Jessica Bopp of the home; his mother, Virginia O. Smith, Massillon, Ohio; two brothers, James E. Smith, Massillon, Ohio, and Stephen R. Smith, Akron, Ohio; one sister, Joanne Ballway, Massillon, Ohio; two grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. in Fellowship Baptist Church with the Rev. Wayne Parsons officiating. 
Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon was in charge of arrangements.

Tuell
Curtis Allen Tuell, age 54, of Glade Spring, died Wednesday, Dec. 3, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Survivors include two sons, Eugene A. Tuell, Saltville and Curtis Lee Tuell, Meadowview; four brothers, Paul Eugene Tuell, Colorado Springs, Colo., David Wayne Tuell, Charles Steven "Bobby" Tuell and William Earl "Billy" Tuell, all of Chilhowie; two sisters, Margaret Ellen Hamm, Meadowview, and Christine Wyatt, Glade Spring; six grandchildren; eight nieces; 11 nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Benny Bowman officiating. Burial was in Baptist Cemetery, Glade Spring. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements.

Williams
Eva Virginia Harris Williams, age 76, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 1997 in Francis Marion Manor Nursing Home. 
She was the widow of Eulis Earnest Williams and a member of the Tate's Chapel United Methodist Church. She was also preceded in death by one son, Ronnie Williams. 
Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Arnold E. and Charlotte Sutherland Williams, Hampton, and Luther P. and Elaine Williams, Chilhowie; four daughters: Mrs. Vincent (Lois) Gallagher, Aurora, Ill., Mrs. Arlis (Judy) Crutchfield, Mrs. Lee (Sherry) Hale, and Mrs. Weaver (Vicky) Cole, all of Chilhowie; one brother, Charles E. Harris, Hillsboro, N.C.; one sister, Madeline Keith, Chilhowie; six grandsons and three granddaughters-in-law: Bryan A. and Regina Heath Crutchfield, Luther P. and Vicki McCormick Williams Jr., Joel A. Williams, Michael D. Hale, Ryan W. Cole, Stephen and Misty Daugherty Crutchfield; two great-grandchildren, Aaron Heath Crutchfield and Carly Elizabeth Crutchfield; one sister-in-law, Winona Harris; one brother-in-law, Herman Keith. 
Funeral services were conducted at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, in Williams Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Scott A. Robertson-Gouge and Pastor Bobby Dunn officiating. Graveside services and burial will be conducted at 11 am. today, Dec. 6, in Sulphur Spring Cemetery. Flowers will be appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to the Sulphur Spring Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 353, Chilhowie, VA 24319. 
Williams Funeral Home in Chilhowie is in charge of arrangements.

Caudell 
Cholie M. Caudell, age 63, of Sugar Grove, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
She was born March 13, 1934 in Troutdale, the daughter of John and Laura Eskridge Shumate. 
Surviving are her husband, William "Bill" Caudell of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca and George Overland, Wright City, Mo.; one son and daughter-in-law, Paul Wesley and Phyllis Caudell, Sugar Grove; three grandchildren, Jamie Caudell of the home, Michael Caudell, Orlando, Fla., and Rachel Overland, Wright City, Mo.; four sisters and a brother-in-law: Vesta Baldwin, Abingdon, Nervie Blevins, Konnarock, Wadie and Bud Sturgill, Chilhowie, and Okie Shumate, Sugar Grove; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Lacy and Nell Shumate, Pottstown, Penn., Harding and Rita Shumate, Junction City, Kansas, and Carl and Nora Shumate, Old Town, Fla.; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted today, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. at the Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Grant with the Rev. Charles Bunn and the Rev. Tim Boyette officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state at the church 30 minutes preceding services. 
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence is in charge of arrangements.

Farmer 
Talmadge Franklin Farmer, age 66, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
Mr. Farmer was a native of Grayson County and had lived most of his life in Smyth County. He was employed with the Holston River Rock Quarry for many years and with Visador Company for 10 years. 
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Farmer; one son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Linda Farmer, Marion; three brothers, Stacey Farmer and Robert Earl Farmer, both of Marion, and Willis Farmer, Hiawassie; one granddaughter, Victoria Farmer, Marion; several aunts and uncles. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday,. Dec. 14, in Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Mike Sage officiating. Interment will follow in the Haw Orchard Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight from 7 to 9 at the funeral home. 
Barnett's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Ferguson 
Ronald A. Ferguson, age 55, died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997 in Bristol Regional Medical Center, Bristol, Tenn. 
Mr. Ferguson was a Route Man for A.D. Ferguson & Son in Memphis, Tenn., for many years before moving to Marion, where he had been a courier for Federal Express for the last 13 years. He was of the Baptist faith and was an organ donor. 
He is survived by his wife, Sandra L. Ferguson of Marion; one daughter, Tracey W.A. Lipford of Memphis, Tenn.; one son, Steven Bradford Ferguson, Memphis, Tenn.; his mother, Adele Vanlandingham Ferguson of Searcy, Ark.; one brother, James D. Ferguson Sr., of Searcy, Ark.; two stepdaughters, Tracey Gross and Sharon M. Hart, both of Marion; two stepsons, James Harold Harvey of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Larry Ronald Conway of Marion; 13 grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 11, at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. James Pollock officiating. Flowers will be accepted or donations may be made to the Smyth County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1124, Marion, VA 24354. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Hall 
Clara E. Woods Hall, age 86, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997 at her home in Marion. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herman G. Hall; a son, Don Hall; and three grandchildren. 
She is survived by five daughters and sons-in-law: Linda and Bill (Dump) Hanshew, Zana and Jackie Fisher, all of Atkins; Frankie and Harold Minnick of Chilhowie; Brenda H. Blevins and Dorotha H. Elswick, both of Marion; five sons and daughters-in-law: Grant S. Sr. and Olivene Hall, Fred E. and Pricilla Hall, James (Pete) K. and Mary Ann Hall, Ronald R. and Shirley Hall, Willard P. and Sandra Hall, all of Marion; one sister-in-law, Ruby Woods of Marion; a daughter-in-law, Carol Hall of Marion; 29 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. at the Faith Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. J.B. Arthur, Rev. Mark Lundy, Rev. Dewey Teaster and Pastor Pat Gilbert officiating. Burial followed in Rose Lawn Cemetery. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Heldreth 
Thelma Reedy Heldreth, age 82, of Wytheville, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997 in Wythe County Community Hospital. She was the widow of James R. Heldreth. 
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Patsy and Louie Watson, Max Meadows, Barbara and Ollie Farnam, Vinton, and Debra and Michael Spangler of Marion; one son, Richard Heldreth of Marion; one brother, Charles Reedy of Manassas, 13 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren. 
A memorial service will be held today, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. in the Grubb Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Stephen Tilley and Dr. William Rodgers officiating. 
There will be no flowers, however those who wish may make donations to their favorite charity. 
Grubb Funeral Home in Wytheville handled the arrangements.

Holmes 
Minnie Louise (Abel) Holmes, age 66, of Saltville, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
She was a member of the Church of God, Broadford. 
Survivors include her husband, Newman Holmes; one son and daughter-in-law, James and Darlene Holmes, Saltville; six sisters, Helen Kelley and Curtis Vanhoozer, both of Tannersville, Margaret Taylor, Saltville, Elma Palmer, Glade Spring, Oakie Palmer, Marion, and Vernie Smith, Beckley, W.Va.; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted today, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Luther Watson and the Rev. Neville Mozingo officiating. Burial will be in Mount Rose Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements.

Jackson 
Sadie Viola Jackson, age 87, of Chilhowie, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 1997 at Valley Health Care Center. She was a member of the Chilhowie Church of God and was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Sylvester Jackson. 
She is survived by one daughter, Shirley Jackson Lawrence, Chilhowie; two sons, Neil Sylvester Jackson, Chilhowie, and George David Jackson, Marion; two special grandchildren that she raised, Debby Bates, Greensboro, N.C., and Timmy Jackson, Chilhowie; two sisters, Gussie Surber and Marilyn Hicks, both of Glade Spring; two brothers, Matthew Hicks, Norfolk, and Mason Hicks, Marion; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 13, at Newberry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kenneth Barnes and the Rev. E.B. Ford officiating. Burial will follow in the Mountain View Cemetery. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Chilhowie is in charge of arrangements.

Pennington 
Margaret Olive "Bird" Pennington, age 67, of Glade Spring, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997 in Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon. 
She was a member of Church of God of Prophecy, Chilhowie. 
Survivors include one son, Donald Pennington, Glade Spring; two daughters, Brenda Wilson, Meadowview, and Kathy Totten, Atkins; two sisters, Ellen Roberts, Maryland, and Elizabeth Neal, Seven Mile Ford; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the Church of God of Prophecy, Glade Spring, with the Rev. Geary Jonas and the Rev. Dan Lawson officiating. Burial was in Mount Rose Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements.

Price 
Wade Price, age 96, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997 in Frances Marion Manor Nursing Home. 
Mr. Price was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by his wife, Lelia Dunivan Price. 
He is survived by several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were held Thursday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Kenny Price and the Rev. Donald Harrington officiating. A viewing and committal service followed at 3:30 p.m. at the Helton Valley Baptist Church in the Mt. Rogers Community with the Rev. Rex Hall officiating. Private burial followed in the Cole Cemetery in Whitetop. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.

Shelton 
The Rev. Dallas Josiah Shelton, age 86, of Chilhowie, died Monday, Dec. 8, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
He was a preacher, pastor and evangelist of the Pentecostal Holiness faith for over 60 years. 
Survivors include his wife, Irene Shelton; one daughter, Eva Petree, Hopewell; one stepdaughter, Judy Arnold, Chilhowie; one stepson, J.C. Shepherd, Abingdon; one brother, W.J. "Willie" Shelton, Chilhowie; one sister, Susie Hockett, Alexandria; five grandchildren; five-great-grandchildren; one step-granddaughter; four step-grandsons; one step-great-grandson; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in Little Flock Holiness Church with the Rev. Bruce Shelton, the Rev. Don Stanley and the Rev. Paul Stanley officiating. Burial was in Mount Rose Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements.

Sheppard 
Alice Emaline Sheppard, age 85, of Glade Spring, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1997 in Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon. 
She was a native of Saltville, a member of Plasterco Church of God and a member of Senior Citizens, Saltville. 
She was the widow of Edward Sheppard and was also preceded in death by one son, Robert Sheppard. 
Survivors include one son, Willie Sheppard, Abingdon; six daughters, Margaret Puckett, Manassas, Mary Chapman and Josephine Frye, both of Saltville, Anna Bell Williams, Wichita, Kansas, Gladys Becker, Glade Spring, and Elizabeth Reedy, Chilhowie; one brother, Henry Urbani, Abingdon; 21 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; a special daughter-in-law, Marge Sheppard. 
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 12, at 11 a.m. in D.R. Henderson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sherman Fields, the Rev. J.L. DeBord, and the Rev. Joel Slemp officiating. Burial was in Mount Rose Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville was in charge of arrangements.

Willard 
Estelle C. Willard, age 93, of Rural Retreat, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997 in the Birdmont Health Care Center in Wytheville. 
Mrs. Willard was born in Crockett, the daughter of the late Sanders and Elizabeth Umbarger Copenhaver. She was a member of the Kimberlin Lutheran Church and was the widow of Dewey R. Willard. She was preceded in death by one son, Franklin W. Willard. 
She is survived by two daughters and son-in-law, Luella Willard, Gray, Tenn., and Joan and J.R. Whalen, Rural Retreat; one son and daughter-in-law, Albert R. and Brenda Willard, Wytheville; 10 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two step-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. at the Lindsey Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Edward Schaack and the Rev. Harry Howe officiating. Interment will follow in the Kimberlin Lutheran Church Cemetery in Rural Retreat. 
Lindsey Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 

Caudill
L. Garfield Caudill, age 84, of Meadowview, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997 in Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon. 
He was a lifelong resident of Washington County and attended Meadowview Pentecostal Holiness Church. 
He was an employee of Washington County Cannery for 22 years and an employee of Sterling Casket Company for several years. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Betty Lou Sanders; and a twin brother, Delmer Caudill. 
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Hash Caudill; one son, Gilmer Caudill, Seven Mile Ford; one sister, Ada Taylor, Abingdon; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 19, in Farris Funeral Chapel with Pastor Tommy Wilson officiating. Entombment was in Chapel of Memories Mausoleum in Forest Hills Memory Gardens. 
Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon was in charge of arrangements.

Dickerson
Paul D. "Doug" Dickerson, age 78, of Vinton, died Sunday, Dec. 14, 1997. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Force, having been a P.O.W. for 13 months in Germany. He was retired from U.S. Steel of Gary, W.Va., with 26 years of service and was a member of the American Ex-Prisoner of War Chapter and the VFW #3028 Anawalt, W.Va. He was a past VFW State Commander of West Virginia from 1977-1978. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Hayes Meredith; a brother, Gordon F. Reed; and a son, Thomas J. Dickerson. 
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Josephine Tagnesi Dickerson; six children: Larry Dickerson, Colorado Springs, Colo., Susan Dickerson, Harrisonburg, Gary Dickerson, Vinton, Michael Dickerson, New Kent, John and Brenda Dickerson, Roanoke, Mark and Melanie Dickerson, Richmond; five granddaughters, Stacey, Rachel, Ashley, Brittany, and Tracey; a grandson, Joshua; two sisters, Rosamond Tallent, South Charleston, S.C., and Madeline Sprouse, Marion, Texas; a brother, Harry Meredith, Berryville; numerous nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services were conducted Thursday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. in St. Andrews Catholic Church with the Rev. Randy Rule officiating. Entombment with military honors by VFW Post #1264 was in Old Dominion Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Vinton First Aid Crew. 
Oakey's Funeral Chapel in Vinton was in charge of arrangements.

Goodman
Judy Anderson Goodman, age 47, died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997. 
Survivors include her husband, Henry L. Goodman; two sons, Robert McDaniel and Ronald McDaniel; one grandson, Eric Ray McDaniel; her mother, Gladys Ratcliff Anderson; two brothers, David E. Anderson and Gary Wayne Anderson; one sister, Nancy E. Vaught. 
Funeral services were conducted Friday, Dec. 19, at noon in Lotz Salem Chapel with the Rev. R.E. Wood officiating. Burial was in Garst Family Cemetery, Catawba Valley. 
Lotz Salem Chapel was in charge of arrangements. 

Hash
W. Major Hash, age 91, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. Mr. Hash was preceded in death by his wife, Myrtle Rouse Hash. 
He is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Elizabeth and Arlen Sturgill of Chilhowie, and Edith and Don Jones of Peach Tree City, Ga.; three sisters, Nancy Rhudy and Belle Rowland, both of Marion, and Ethel Hash of Johnson City, Tenn.; one brother, Max Hash of Pleasantville, N.J.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held today, Dec. 20, at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Jack Stevens and Pastor Chuck Herrell officiating. Burial will follow in South Fork Baptist Church Cemetery in Marion. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chilhowie Rescue Squad, P.O. Drawer X, Chilhowie, VA 24319. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Lockard
David Edward Lockard, age 39, died at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond. 
Mr. Lockard was a native of Smyth County. He was preceded in death by his mother, Francis Marshall Lockard. 
He is survived by three sons, David Edward Lockard Jr., Joshua Allen Lockard and Jeremy Stephen Lockard, all of Roanoke; his father, Billy Lockard, Bedford County; a host of other relatives and friends. 
A private graveside service was conducted Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. in Slemp Cemetery with the Rev. Steve Hutton officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity in memory of David E. Lockard. 
Barnett's Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. 

Patrick
Ronald Eugene Patrick, age 45, of Jefferson, N.C., died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1997 at Ashe Memorial Hospital. 
He was born in Chilhowie on June 24, 1952, to John Edward Patrick and Sarah Heath Patrick, and was a 1970 graduate of Chilhowie High School. He was a member of the Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church. 
Mr. Patrick was store manager at Eckerd's Drug Store, a member and former president of Jefferson Rotary Club, a member and past board member of the Peak Creek Ruritan Club, and was a town alderman. 
Surviving are his wife, Ruth Goss Patrick of the home; his mother, Sarah Heath Patrick of Chilhowie; one stepson, Rev. Cameron Byrd of Creswell, N.C.; two daughters, Krystal Patrick and Shannon Patrick, both of Marion; one stepdaughter, Stephanie Byrd, Creswell, N.C.; two grandchildren. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at Fletcher Memorial Baptist Church with the Rev. Carroll Arant and the Rev. Cameron Byrd officiating. Burial followed in the Ashelawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery. 
Boone Family Funeral Service Inc., West Jefferson, N.C., was in charge of arrangements.

Surber
Lizzie E. Canter Surber, age 79, of Saltville, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 1997 in Smyth County Community Hospital. 
She was a member of McCready United Methodist Church and a member of Saltville Senior Citizens. 
She was the widow of Dale Surber. 
Survivors include two sons, Curtis Surber, Des Plaines, Ill., and Ricky Surber, Chilhowie; three sisters, Peggy Mae Olinger, Mechanicsville, Ruth Shortt and Mary Cardwell, both of Saltville; three brothers, Robert Mike Canter, Wellington, Fla., Paul C. Canter, Sandston, and Charles "Buddy" Canter, Glade Spring; five grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Dec. 20, in D.R. Henderson Funeral Ho me Chapel with burial in Mount Rose Cemetery. 
D.R. Henderson Funeral Home in Saltville is in charge of arrangements.

Blevins
Charles Greek Blevins, age 68, of Mouth of Wilson, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997, at his home. Mr. Blevins was born May 9, 1929 at Mouth of Wilson to Willie Lee and Lola Ennice Hill Blevins. 
He is survived by his wife, Betty Crowe Blevins; his sister and brother in law, Mary and Virgil Elliott of Mouth of Wilson; a special niece and her husband, Susan and Roger Banks. 
Funeral Services will be conducted Sunday, Dec. 28, at 1 p.m. at Young's Chapel Baptist Church, Mouth of Wilson with internment in Hall Cemetery at Volney. The Rev. Hal Eaton, Rev. Douglas Halsey and Pastor Garland Day will officiate. 
The family will receive friends at the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home tonight from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Flowers will be appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, care of Mrs. Abigal Boyer, 403 Churchview Lane, Fries, VA, 24330. 
Military rites will conducted at the graveside by Grayson County VFW Post 7726. 
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Independence is in charge.

Blevins
Marvin F. Blevins, age 85, of Atkins died Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997, at Smyth County Community Hospital. 
He was a native of Whitetop and was retired from the County of Fairfax. He attended Whitetop Baptist Church and also Green Cove Baptist Church. 
He is survived by his wife, Grace Royal Blevins, Atkins; two daughters, Mary Ann Pitkin, Leesburg, and Erma Thompson, Front Royal; seven sons, Robert Blevins, Saltville, Lee Blevins, Bridgewater, James Blevins, Martinsville, Howard Blevins, Atkins, Lyle Blevins, Saltville, Leonard Blevins, Atkins, and Roger Blevins, Chilhowie; three sisters, Mae Blevins, Green Cove, Ruby Hamm, Groseclose, and Ruth Graham of North Carolina; 37 grandchildren; 51 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. at Barnett's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Bowman officiating. Interment will follow in the family cemetery in Whitetop. 
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to the Marion Life Saving Crew and Rescue Squad. 
Barnett's Funeral Home of Marion is in charge of arrangements. 

Gillespie
Levi Preston "Dub" Gillespie, age 81, of Chilhowie died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at Smyth County Community Hospital. 
He was a retired painter and was a member of Chilhowie Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II under Col. George Patton in the European Theater. He was a member of Francis Marion VFW Post 4667. 
He is survived by his wife, Mozell Wright Gillespie, Chilhowie; two daughters, Charlotte Bise, McCalls Gap, and Bonnie Sue Vanhoy, Chilhowie; one son, Harold D. "Butch" Gillespie, Glade Spring; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 28, at Newberry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Chuck Herrell and the Rev. Eugene Baldwin officiating. Interment will follow in Middlefork Cemetery. 
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Chilhowie Rescue Squad. 
Newberry Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hall
Janet R. Hall, age 65, of Damascus died Saturday, Dec. 20, 1997, at Bristol Regional Medical Center. 
She was a lifelong resident of Damascus and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Damascus. 
She is survived by her husband, Robert E. Hall; one daughter, Patty Thompson, Shalimar, Fla.; two sons, David Hall, Woodland Park, Col., and Robert Hall, Vinton; one sister, Hazel Watson, Konnarock; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law; one son-in-law; and several nieces and nephews. 
The funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Johnson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Brooks Peters officiating. Burial followed in Sunset Memorial Park. 
Johnson Funeral Home in Damascus was in charge of arrangements. 

McAllister
Elsie Miller McAllister, age 73, of Damascus, formerly of Whitetop, died Thursday, Dec. 25, 1997, at Watauga Medical Center in Boone, N.C. 
The daughter of Charles G. and Ettie Dolinger Miller, she was born July 8, 1924, in Whitetop. 
She is survived by her husband, Cecil G. McAllister; two daughters and sons-in-law, Evelyn and Herman L. Jones, Reidsville, N.C., and Joan E. and Jaye B. Baldwin, Whitetop; two stepdaughters, Rita Blythe, Virginia Beach, and Cindy Hayes, Roanoke; two sisters, Beulah Edwards, Hillsville, and Ruby Dillard, Jefferson, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, Dec. 28, at 3:30 p.m. at Whitetop Baptist Church with the Rev. T.A. Pennington, the Rev. Warren Wilson and the Rev. Jody Blevins officiating. Interment will be in Byars Cemetery. 
The body is at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence and will be taken to Whitetop Baptist Church Saturday evening. The family will receive friends there from 7 to 9 p.m. Friends and relatives may call at the home of Jaye and Joan Baldwin in Whitetop anytime. 
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence is in charge of arrangements.

Reedy
Betty Marie Reedy, age 74, of Chilhowie died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 1997, at Smyth County Hospital. 
She was of the Baptist faith and was preceded in death by her husband, James Harding Reedy. 
She is survived by a granddaughter, Betty Hamm, Chilhowie; five sisters, Betty Ward, Marietta, Ga., Patsy Bowman, Marion, Ruth Yule, Falls Mills, Violet Cress, Abingdon, and Lola Pennington; and three brothers, Douglas Cress, Chilhowie, Glenn Cress, Marion, and Roger Cress, Sherill's Ford, N.C. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 27, at Newberry Funeral Home Chapel with Elders Ben Blevins and Larry Blevins officiating. Burial will follow in St. Clair's Bottom Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. 
Newberry Funeral Home in Chilhowie is in charge of arrangements. 

Vipperman
Anna Blanche Vipperman, age 67, of Wytheville died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at Wythe County Community Hospital. 
A daughter of the late Andrew Jackson Vipperman and Eva Mary Schneider Vipperman, she was born in Smyth County. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Agnes Sluder, Fern Louise Vipperman and Crystal Marie Vipperman. 
She is survived by four sisters, Luella Authenrieth, Rural Retreat, Virgie Whitley, Havre De Grace, Md., and Ruby Cook and Myrtle Zellman, both of Bel Aire, Md.; two brothers, Louis Vipperman, Rural Retreat, and William Clarence Vipperman, Dalzell, S.C.; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Chapel in Wytheville with the Rev. Stephen Tilley and the Rev. Thomas Bunting officiating. Interment will follow in Rosewood Memorial Gardens in Rural Retreat. 
The family will receive friends at Barnett Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. 
Barnett Funeral Home in Wytheville is in charge of arrangements. 

Walton
James William (Billy) Walton Sr., age 75, of Glade Spring died Wednesday, Dec. 24, 1997, at Johnston Memorial Hospital in Abingdon. 
He is survived by his wife, Louvene Dowell Walton; four sons, James W. Walton, Damascus, George W. Walton, Smithfield, John A. Walton, Virginia Beach, and Michael L. Walton, Winchester; three daughters, Anita Mason, Mesa, Ariz., Linda Lenhard, Columbus, Ga., and Ada Pasdiora, West Des Moines, Iowa; one sister, Sibyl W. Davis, Roanoke; 22 grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. 
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Chilhowie with Elders Howard Davis Jr. and J.D. Cleek officiating. Burial will be in St. Clair Bottom Cemetery. 
Flowers will be accepted, or memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Joyce Blevins, Treasurer, P.O. Box 905, Marion, VA 24354. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Home in Chilhowie.

Williams
Marvin Williams, age 81, died Monday, Dec. 22, 1997, at Francis Marion Manor Nursing Home. 
He was a member of Davis Memorial United Methodist Church of Atkins and the Marion Masonic Lodge #31 A.F. & A.M. He retired from Southwestern State Hospital in 1982, having worked there for 40 years. 
He is survived by his wife, Eva Shuler Williams, Atkins; and one daughter and son-in-law, Marleen and Major Robert F.D. Alberts, Silver Spring, Md. 
Funeral services were held Friday, Dec. 26, at 11 a.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with the Rev. Calvin Tabor and the Rev. Neville Mozingo officiating. Burial followed in Rose Lawn Cemetery. 
Seaver-Brown Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements. 


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