• Dewey L. Davis, 72, of the Slate Creek area of Grundy, Va. died Monday, April 3, 2006 at Buchanan General Hospital following an extended illness. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday at Grundy Funeral Home Chapel in Grundy. Burial will follow in the Davis Cemetery on Davis Ridge, Paynesville. Friends may call at the funeral home today at 4 p.m. with services at 7 p.m. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.grundyfuneralhome.com.
• Clarence Edward Mills, 79, of Palasades Drive in Eggleston, Va., died Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at Montgomery Regional Hospital in Blacksburg, Va. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Kendall Funeral Chapel, 605 Snidow St., Pembroke, Va. Burial will follow on his own land in Eggleston at the Clarence E. Mills Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 6-8 p.m. Online condolences may be sent by visiting kendallfuneralhome.com.
• Virginia May (Dolly) Smith, 84, of Reese Harmon Ridge, Lashmeet, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at her home. Arrangements are incomplete at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bailey-kirk.com.
• Lola E. Sparks, 90, of Mercer Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Bluefield, formerly of Tazewell Avenue, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Mercer Funeral Home & Crematory of Bluefield. Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages may do so by visiting www.MercerFuneralHome.com
• Margaret Faye Ward, 96, of 416 Heather St., Falls Mills, Va., died Tuesday, April 4, 2006. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home, Bluewell.
Mrs. Beulah Faye Sullivan Farmer
BRISTOL, Va. — Mrs. Beulah Faye Sullivan Farmer, 79, of Bristol, Va., passed away Monday (April 3, 2006) at Wellmont Hospice House in Bristol, Tenn.
Born March 14, 1927 in Bee, Va., she was a daughter of the late Christopher and Ailcie Lambert Sullivan. She had lived in the Bristol area for the past 25 years, moving there from Bee. She was a member of the Duty Church of God and attended the Trigg Street Church of God. She was owner and operator of Tri-City Trailer Park and Farmer's Body Shop.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Donald Farmer; one son, James Stanley Farmer; one son-in-law, Dallas F. James; one grandson-in-law, Jerry W. Bostic; three brothers, Paul Sullivan, George Sullivan, Arthur Lee Sullivan; one sister, Evonne Stacy; four half-sisters, Martha Sullivan Lambert, Rausie Sullivan O'Quinn, Mary Ann Sullivan, and Hazel Sullivan; one half-brother, Arthur Sullivan.
Survivors include two daughters, Velma Carol Farmer James of Honaker, Va., and Mrs. Darrell (Sue Farmer) Boyd of Abingdon, Va.; one son, Clell Farmer and his wife, Linda of Abingdon; grandchildren, Michael and Deby James, Donna Bostic, Ricky and Vicky Boyd, Mrs. Jeff (Tammy Boyd) Huff, Timothy and Neta Farmer, Kevin and Jonnetta Farmer, Mrs. Stacy (Michelle Farmer) Harris, and Brandon Farmer; great-grandchildren, Mrs. Artie (Nicole Bostic) Nuckles, Tyler Bostic, Mackenza Harris, Landon Harris, Jordan Huff, Colin Huff, Zachary Boyd, Ethan Boyd, and Raleigh Farmer; eight sisters, Mae Lovett of Norton, Va., Mrs. Harley (Bessie) Lester, Mrs. Ervin (Laurie) Breeding, and Rev. Roy Lee (Delphia) Wilson all of Bee, Mrs. Eurice (Lucille) Lester of Lebanon, Va., Maudie Gay Barton of Davenport, Va., Mrs. Paul (Irene) Harris of Belfast, Va., and Mrs. Gerald (Arlene) Fletcher of Honaker; two brothers, Rev. Donald Sullivan and his wife, Kathy of Bee, and Rev. Roy Sullivan and his wife, Joyce of Hansonville; special friends, All residents of the Tri-City Trailer Park; several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel, Honaker, Va., with the Rev. Wayne Chant and the Rev. James Beavers officiating. Interment will follow in Ketron Memorial Gardens at Lebanon, Va.
Pallbearers will be Dewell Stevens, Darrell Stevens, Harold W. Stevens, Donald Ray Sullivan, Rodney Lester, Randall Lester, David Lee Harris, Stan Sullivan, Brad Farmer, and Clinton Farmer.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Men of Trigg Street Church of God.
Friends may call at the Honaker Funeral Home after 6 p.m. today, where an evening song service will be conducted at 7 p.m.
Garnet Ray Mayo
BLUEFIELD — Garnet Ray Mayo, 76, of No. 5 Redden Village, Bluefield, died Monday, April 3, 2006 at his residence.
Born May 18, 1929 in Duhring, he was the son of the late John and Ella Dillon Spencer. Mr. Mayo was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. He was the designer of the Shoney's logo in 1975, while employed as a Graphics Designer for Acken Signs. Mr. Mayo was also the first artist at WVVA-TV and was in charge of the engraving/art department and the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. He was the former owner and operator of Sign/Ad Graphics.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jim and Ed Mayo; and one sister, Carol Mayo.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Braskey Mayo of the home; three children, Karen Weese and her husband (Dwain) of Bluefield, Rebecca Faughn and her husband Rodney of Springfield, Va., and Deborah Iden and her husband Terry of Melbourne, Fla.; nine brothers and sisters, Jean Baker and her husband Jim of Longview, Texas, Shirley Shrader and her husband Butch of Bluefield, Va., Judy Gardner and her husband Richard of Staunton, Va., John Mayo and his wife Sybil of Bluefield, Mike Mayo of North Carolina and Steve Mayo of Bluefield, Va., Ann Coffey of Bluefield, Va., Brenda Mayo of Bluefield, Va. and Charles Mayo; three grandchildren, Kiley Weese of Bluefield, Kevin Cooke of Fairfax, Va. and Marrisa Boulware of St. Paul, Minn. and his stepmother, Betty Lou Mayo of Yards, Va.
In accordance with Mr. Mayo's wishes, there will be no services.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation, National Headquarters, Donations, 6350 North Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309-2130.
Those wishing to share memories or condolence messages may do so by visiting www.mercerfuneralhome.com
Mercer Funeral Home and Crematory of Bluefield, is serving the Mayo family.
Delores Gladys Messer
NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. — Delores Gladys Messer, 75, of North Tazewell, died Tuesday, April 4, 2006 at Heritage Hall Health Care in Tazewell, Va.
Born June 21, 1930 at Tazewell, Va., she was a daughter of the late Robert J. Rye and Ida Mae Crouse Rye. Mrs. Messer was active in the Tazewell Democratic Party.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Robert Estel Messer; one sister, Esther Russell; four brothers, Robert Harry Rye, Jimmy Rye, Raymond Lee Rye, and Jack Rye.
Survivors include her husband, Jack W. Messer; two daughters, Karen Lea Rose and husband, Donnie R. Rose of Tazewell, Susan “Sue” Hall and husband, Dennis “Satch” Hall of Tazewell; one brother, Edward “Eddie” Rye and wife, Pat of Harrisburg, Pa.; four sisters, Mabel Flemming and special friend, Harold of Statesville, N.C., Joann Duncan and husband, Floyd of Hickory, N.C., Madeline Sterling of Salisbury, Md., Gracie Wiellen and Herman of Pennsylvania; four grandchildren, Amanda Dianne Cline, Amy Lea Tibbs, Veronica Lea Rose, and Jeremy Walter Hall; one great grandchild, Olivia Rose; special grandchildren, Brennan Rife, Whitney Rife, Hannah Hart, and Brandon Hart; sister in law, Carolyn Rye of Harrisburg, Pa.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2006 at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell with Pastor Ricky Herald officiating. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, Va.
Pallbearers will be Travis Lowman, Wayne Duncan, Jake Vance, Lonnie Davis, Jesse Wimmer, Jarrod Tibbs, Terry Cline, and Jeremy Hall. Honorary pallbearers will be H.S. Caudill, Jim Honaker, and Denny Ramsey.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. today, April 5, 2006.
Flowers are welcome, but for those who wish to make memorial contributions, the family requests memorial contributions be directed to American Cancer Society, 1808 Jefferson St., Bluefield, WV 24701.
Phyllis Pauline Pitts
TAZEWELL, Va. — Phyllis Pauline Pitts, 70, of Tazewell, died Monday, April 3, 2006 at Tazewell Community Hospital.
Born April 27, 1935 at Saint Johnsbury, Vt., she was a daughter of the late Carl and Mabel E. Chatfield Dudley. Mrs. Pitts was a retired registered nurse.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Pitts.
Survivors include one daughter, Deborah Thorne and husband, Ricky of Narrows, Va.; five sons, Steven Dakin and Joseph Pitts both of North Tazewell, Va., Frederick Dakin Jr. of Florida, Timothy Dakin and Daniel Pitts both of Massachusetts; one granddaughter, Melissa Thorne and one great grandchild, Courtney Elizabeth Spicer.
The family will receive friends at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell from 6-8 p.m. today, April 5, 2006.
In honoring Mrs. Pitts’ wishes, cremation will follow and no other services will be held.
Curtis “Buddy” Nathaniel Smith
POCAHONTAS, Va. — Curtis “Buddy” Nathaniel Smith, 70, of Pocahontas, died Sunday, April 2, 2006, at the VA Medical Center, Beckley.
Born in Pageton, he was the son of the late Lewis James and Mittie Gladys Newsome Smith. He was retired from the U.S. Army and was a Korean War veteran. He was employed by Consol Coal Company and was a member of the UMWA. He was a member of Pocahontas Post No. 14 American Legion having served as a past Post Commander, District Commander and State Vice Commander. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and was a member of Triangle Sportsman Club and Wilderness Creek Club. He was a member and current president of the Pocahontas Lion’s Club. He was associated with the Pocahontas Baptist Church.
He loved his family, grandchildren and traveling.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters: Louise, Norma Gay, Jane A. Smith and N. Marlene Zoyac.
Survivors: His wife of 44 years, Carolyn of the home; one son: Curtis N. Smith Jr. and wife, Karin of Monroe, Va.; two daughters: Lynn Smith Farra and husband, Jeffrey of Fayetteville, N.C., R. Robin Smith Hylton and husband, Richard of Huntington; granddaughters: Chelsa Thomason Green and husband, Marcus of Honolulu, Hawaii, Emile´ Thomason and Madison Hylton of Huntington, Nicole and Katelyn Smith of Monroe, Va. and Devon Farra of Fayetteville, N.C.; grandson: Curtis Justin Smith of Monroe, Va.; sisters: Ella Sue Bissett and husband, Ron of Fairmont, Rebecca D. Billips and husband David of Weber City, Va.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 6, 2006 at the Rodriguez Pocahontas Funeral Home Chapel, Pocahontas, with the Rev. William Davis officiating. Burial will follow at the Woodlawn Memorial Park, Bluewell. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. today, April 5, 2006 at the funeral home chapel. Graveside military rites will be conducted by the WV Army National Guard.
Pallbearers: Members of the Pocahontas Lion’s Club.
Honorary pallbearers: Members of the Pocahontas Post No. 14 American Legion and VFW 9696, Bluefield, Va.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Pocahontas Lion’s Club, P.O. Box 243, Pocahontas, VA 24635 and the Pocahontas Baptist Church.
Rodriguez Pocahontas Funeral Home is serving the Smith family.
E-mail condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Funerals scheduled today include:
• Gay Ola Willis Deel: 11 a.m., Bethlehem Old Regular Baptist Church No. 1 on Poplar Creek, Route 2, Grundy, Va. Burial will follow in Hoppy Deel Cemetery on Deel Fork near Harman, Va.
• Mrs. Opal Maria Hambrick: 2 p.m., Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Park Cemetery, Princeton.
• Geneva Ola Johnson: 1 p.m., Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Va. Interment will follow at the Fitzgerald Family Cemetery at Maple Gap near Swords Creek, Va.
• Sherman Harold (Stubbo) O’Quinn: 2 p.m., Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel in Grundy, Va. Burial will follow in O’Quinn Family Cemetery, Jolo.
• Pauline Taylor: 11 a.m., memorial service at Gospel Tabernacle in Abingdon, Va.
• Mrs. Liza Jane Vance: 11 a.m., Singleton Funeral Services Chapel in Cedar Bluff, Va. Burial will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens Cemetery, Claypool Hill, Va.
• Janetta Bragg Williams: 2 p.m., Cornerstone Pentecostal Holiness Church in Narrows, Va. Burial will follow in Angel’s Rest Cemetery.