Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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January 14, 2013

Oakley Shortridge Looney Slone

VANSANT, Va. — Oakley Shortridge Looney Slone, 90 years of age, of the Dry Fork Section of Vansant, Va., went to be with the Lord, Sunday, January 13, 2013 at her home following an extended illness. Born in Rowe, Va., she was the daughter of the late Tom and Dealie Arwood Shortridge.

She was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County, the last surviving member of her immediate family and was a member of the Harman Freewill Baptist Church. Mrs. Slone was a homemaker and she said her calling and work for the Lord was to pray for the sick and needy and to call other people to pray for others.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, John Looney and by her second husband, Ernest Slone; by five brothers, Willie Shortridge, Stanley Shortridge, Ernest Shortridge, Ayers Shortridge and Carter Shortridge; and by three sisters, Kansas Gouge, Edna Fuller and Violet Street.

She is survived by two daughters: Mrs. Harold (Loweda Fletcher) Gillespie of Vansant, Va. and Wanda Lea Potter of Warren, Mich.; two grandsons: Randy (wife Bonita) Fletcher of Richlands, Va. and Ricky Fletcher of Vansant, Va.; one granddaughter: Karen Syepytowski of Detroit, Mich.; one great-grandson: Alex of Detroit, Mich.; one sister-in-law: Mae Shortridge of Lebanon, Va.; special friends: Teresa VanDyke, Goldie Mitchell, Phyllis Scott, Sharon Coleman, Anna June Street, Dr. Melissa Keen, Special Care Hospice employees, Friendship Medical employees, as well as all of the many loving hands and hearts that touched her life. Also, survived by several nieces and nephews that loved her and a host of friends that loved her.

Funeral Services for Oakley Shortridge Looney Slone will be conducted Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at 12:00 noon at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Eddie Wilson, the Rev. Ancil Childress and Evg. Mike Rife officiating with burial to follow in Clinch Valley Cemetery, Richlands, Va.

Friends may call at the Grundy Funeral Home Chapel Monday after 6:00 p.m. with a song service at 7:00 p.m.

Active pallbearers will be nephews, Randy Vandyke and Tommy Deel.

Honorary pallbearers will be nieces.    

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Grundy Funeral Home of Grundy, Virginia is in charge of all arrangements.

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