Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 10, 2007

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


Deaths

• Mary Ann Gay, 82, of 1703 Honaker Ave., Princeton died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Va. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton.

• Shirley Georgeff, 81, of Greenville, S.C., and formerly of Maybeury, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at a Greenville, S.C., nursing home. Arrangements will be announced by Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.

• Lee Lester, Jr., 60, of Baisden, died Monday, July 9, 2007, at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Huntington. Mounts Funeral Home, Inc., Gilbert, is in charge of arrangements.

• Nancy Lowendahl, 81, of New York City, N.Y., and formerly from West Graham, Bluefield, Va., died Sunday, July 8, 2097 in New York. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va.

• Johnnie R. Little, 30, of Route 1 Box 364-E (Abbs Valley), Bluefield, Va., died Monday, July 9, 2007 at a Bristol, Tenn., hospital. Arrangements will be announced by Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.

• Helen Matney, 79, of Panther, died Monday. July 9, 2007 in the Charleston Area Medical Center, General Division, in Charleston following a long illness. Fanning Funeral Home, Iaeger, is in charge of arrangements.

• Coy M. “Bood” McManaway, 80 of HC 78, Pipestem died Monday, July 9, 2007 in Princeton Community Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete at the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.



Obituaries

Bobby Edward Buchanan

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. — Bobby Edward Buchanan, 69, of Havre de Grace, died on July 8, 2007 at Harford Memorial Hospital, Havre de Grace.

Born in Bluefield, he was the son of the late Robert Crockett and Martha Kathleen Brewer Buchanan. An Air Force veteran, he served our country during the Korean War. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and boating and was an assistant Scout Master for many years for Troop 967 in Havre de Grace. His family said that sharing time with family and friends was especially enjoyable. In his later years, he and his wife hosted dinners every other weekend for their family and friends.

Mr. Buchanan is survived by his wife of 41 years, Patricia Virginia Buchanan of Havre de Grace; two sons, Michael Anthony Buchanan and his wife, Jillian, and their son, Reese Christian Buchanan of Aberdeen, Md., and Robert Michael Hagy and his wife, Lisa, of Rising Sun, Md.; two daughters, Deborah Bailey of Aberdeen, Md., and Margaret Coomes of Oklahoma; four brothers, Herbert “Bud” Buchanan of Rising Sun, Md, ,Phillip Buchanan of Richmond, Va., Thomas Buchanan of Blacksburg, Va., and David Buchanan of Bluefield; two sisters, Kathy Doughton of York, S.C. and Nancy Wade of York; and mother-in-law, Nellie Scotten of Havre de Grace,

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Theresa Marie Buchanan, three brothers, and three sisters.

Friends may call at the McComas Funeral Home, P.A., Abingdon, Md., on Thursday, July 12, 2007 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Services will be held at the funeral home in Abingdon on Friday, July 13, 2007 at 11 a.m. with Pastor James Wright officiating. Interment will be in Harford Memorial Gardens, Aberdeen, Md.

Memory tributes may be sent to the family at mccomasfuneralhome.com.



Virginia K. Comer

OAKVALE — Virginia K. Comer, 88 of Rt. 3 Box 247 (Cheesy Creek Road) in Oakvale died Monday, July 9, 2007 at her residence.

Born May 7, 1919 in Mercer County she was the daughter of the late John William and Lura Dunnagan Whittaker. She was a homemaker, a lifelong resident of Oakvale, and prior to her illness she attended the New Zion Baptist Church, Rt. 3, in Princeton.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Barton Comer; one infant great-grandson, Vincent Farmer; four brothers, Arnold Whittaker, Lawrence Whittaker, Everette Whittaker and Paul Whittaker; and two sisters, Savanna Thornton and Annetta White preceded her in death.

Survivors include one daughter, Alberta Farmer and husband Teddy of Princeton; one son, Joe E. Comer and wife Renee of Princeton; six grandchildren, Mark Comer of Holland, Elaine Herald and husband Bill, Phyllis Farmer, and Rodney Farmer all of Princeton, Kellyn Comer of Birmingham, Ala., and Ian Comer serving with the U.S. Army at Fort Knox, Ky; three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Evelyn Comer of Princeton.

Graveside services will be conducted at 11 a.m.. Thursday, July 12, 2007 at the New Zion Cemetery, Rt. 3, in Princeton with Pastor Ginger Neely officiating. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call at Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale from 6-8 p.m., today. Those attending the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home by 10:30 a.m. on Thursday.



Lucio G. Garibay

NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. — Lucio G. Garibay, 62, of North Tazewell, died Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Tazewell Community Hospital.

Born September 1, 1944 in Michigan he was a son of the late Lucio and Petra Garcia Garibay.

Survivors include his loving wife, Dorothy Heffinger Garibay and her family who loved Lucio very much; one sister, Susie Martel and husband, Saul of Donna, Texas; one brother, Chris Colin of Lubbock, Texas; two stepsons, James Mikels and Sam Mikels both of Florida; seven step grandsons; two nieces and five nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12, 2007 at the Tip Top United Methodist Church with the Rev. Leon Yost officiating.

Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home of Tazewell, Va., is serving the Garibay family.



Kenneth Hamilton

GREENVILLE — Kenneth Hamilton, 58, of Greenville, died Saturday, July 7, 2007 at his home.

Born January 17, 1949 at Jolo, he was the son of the late Charles and Blanch Hamilton.

Kenny was a disabled coal miner, a veteran of the US Army and a member of the American Legion Sandy River District, Bradshaw Post No. 175.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers; Franke and Douglas Hamilton, and a half-sister; Peggy Beavers.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Lively Hamilton of Greenville; two sons, Kenneth Hamilton Jr. and wife Tammy of Flat Top, and Frankie Hamilton of Charleston; one daughter; Rebecca Gill and husband Joe of Greenville; one step-son Jason Lively of Iaeger; seven grandchildren, Tyler, Kendall Grace, Steven and Christopher Hamilton, Dakota and Hunter Yates and Morgan Gill; two half-sisters, Paitsel Lockhart of Welch, and Betty Rios of Hickory, N.C., and two aunts, Juanita Hamilton of Richlands, and Eliza Jo Knutson of Roseau, Minn.

In honor of Kenny’s wishes, his body will be cremated. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m., Thursday, July 12, 2007 at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel, Peterstown, with Pastor Ronnie Steele and Rev. Danny Steele officiating. Military rites will immediately follow the funeral at Kenny and Kathy’s home in Greenville.

Friends may call from 4-7 p.m., Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at the funeral home.

Online guest book can be signed or condolences may be sent to the Hamilton family at www.broyles-shrewsbury.com.

Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.



Shirley L. Main

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Shirley L. Main, 85, of Greensboro, departed from this life Sunday July 8, 2007, at Evergreens Nursing Center.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m., Thursday July 12, 2007 at Hanes-Lineberry Vanstory Street Chapel, with the Reverends Henry Newton and Russ Reaves officiating. Entombment will follow at Guilford Memorial Park's Mausoleum.

Mrs. Main was born in Iaeger, to the late Robert C and Grace Coleman Smith. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist church for 35 years where she taught an adult ladies Sunday School class for many years. She was a member of The Old North State Chapter of the American Business Woman's Association, and a former Woman of the Year. In addition, she was a member of the West Virginia Club of Guilford County. Above all things, she loved her family and friends, but she most adored spending time with her granddaughter and great-granddaughter.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Vernon H. Main, her brother, Ralph Smith, and a sister, Josephine Ferry.

Those left to cherish her memory include her daughter and son-in-law, Bobbie and David Brown of Greensboro; sister, Elizabeth Smith of Iaeger; granddaughter, Erica E. Brown of Lenoir/Greensboro; great-granddaughter, Alison Grace Brown; and two nieces, Debbie Thomas of Ada, Okla., and Diane Lail of Tulsa, Okla.

The family will receive friends from 7 until 8:30 p.m., Wednesday evening at the funeral home.

In addition to flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association 100-200 Centreport Dr., Greensboro, NC 27409.

Hanes-Lineberry, 1900 Vanstory St., Greensboro is in charge of arrangements.



Charles Allen Proffitt

BOISSEVAIN, Va. — Charles Allen Proffitt, 58, of 860 Boissevain Rd., Boissevain, Va. 24606, died Sunday, July 8, 2007 at his home.

Born in Boissevain, he was the son of Elizabeth L. Proffitt of Boissevain, and the late Clarence Edward Proffitt. His last employment was with Flowers Bakery.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Delores and Virginia and one brother, Ed Proffitt Jr.

Survivors: wife, Tammy Keller Proffitt of the home; one brother, Roger Lee Proffitt and companion Eugenia of Bluefield; three children, Ashley Nicole Proffitt and Donna Folks, both of Princeton, Virginia Ann Hymes and husband Marty of North Tazewell, Va.; four sisters, Pamela J. Ball and husband Davy of Bluefield, Va., Lena M. Hodges and husband, Michael of Abbs Valley, Va., Ruth A. Byrd and husband Tommy of Yards, Va., and Louise Proffitt of Bluefield; two grandchildren, Brittney Folks of Princeton and Kathlyn R. Clark of Princeton; stepson Steven Moore of Hales Bottom, Va.; and mother-in-law, Carol Watkins of Bluewell.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 2 p.m. at the Rodriguez Pocahontas Funeral Home, Pocahontas, Va., with the Rev. Mike Gibson and the Rev. Robert Buckles officiating. Burial will follow at the Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.

Pallbearers will be Charles McClanahan, Roby Phipps, Bill Tabor, Robert Clendenen, Bill Earls and David Nester.

Friends may call Wednesday, July 11, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at the Rodriguez Pocahontas Funeral Home Chapel.

Rodriguez Pocahontas Funeral Home is serving the Proffitt family.

E-mails of condolences may be sent by visiting www.rodriguezfuneral.com



Margaret Elizabeth

“Peggy” Rudder


BLUEFIELD — Margaret Elizabeth “Peggy” Rudder of Bluefield, passed peacefully in her sleep after a short illness Tuesday, July 10.

Born Nov. 13, 1928 in Elbert, to the late George “Buck” Spriggs and Margaret Elizabeth Spiva Spriggs, she spent her entire adult life as a resident of Bluefield. She graduated from St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing at the age of 20 and began her career as a registered nurse. She retired from Bluefield Regional Medical Center in the early 90s after a lifelong service of comforting and caring for the mentally and physically ill. She was a member of the First Christian Church of Bluefield, founding member of the Blue-Gray Horseman’s Association, and served over a decade as an election poll worker.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Billy Mitchell Rudder; three brothers, Walter, Lawrence and Preston Spriggs; one sister, Betty Jane Reynolds and one nephew, Joseph Spriggs.

She is survived by her only child, Margaret Louise “Too” Presley and her husband, James of Ceres, Va., and her only grandchild, Virginia Louise Valentine and her husband Brett of Washington, Va.; two brothers, Oscar “Buddy” Spriggs and his wife Ruth, Chester Spriggs and his wife Alice, all of Florida; one sister, Eva Tolley of North Carolina, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Honoring her wishes, graveside rites will be conducted Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 2 p.m. at the Monte Vista Cemetery in Green Valley with Rev. Bill Schoeneman officiating.

There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations ay be made to the American Cancer Society, 1816 Jefferson St., Bluefield, WV 24701.

Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va., is in charge of arrangements.



William A. “Bill”

Sizemore


RINCETON — William A. “Bill” Sizemore, 67, of the Black Oak Road, Princeton died peacefully Sunday, July 8, 2007 at his residence.

Born April 3, 1940, at Bud, he was the son of Letha Lester Sizemore of Bud Mountain and the late William Fred Sizemore.

For many years, Mr. Sizemore worked in the steel factories in Rochester, Ind. He was a member of the New Zion Regular Baptist Church near Princeton.

Mr. Sizemore was an avid collector of fishing poles, he loved the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. He was also a gun and knife collector.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a infant son, Perry Ambrose Sizemore.

Those left to cherish his memory, include: His loving wife of 42 years, Florina Faye Shrewsberry Sizemore; his children, William Gregory Sizemore of the home, Lenora Renee Hagerman of Athens, Bruce Wayne Sizemore and wife Donna of Princeton, and the apple of his eye, his granddaughter, Alyssa Marie Sizemore; his mother, Letha Lester Sizemore of Bud Mountain; siblings, Loretta “Mary” Lawson and husband Bob of Lester, Calvin Sizemore and wife Sylvia of White Oak, Glenna “Kaye” Dunn and husband Lynndall of Bud.

On Thursday, July 12, 2007, at 11 a.m., we will celebrate the life of Mr. Sizemore from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Pastor David Shutt officiating. Burial will follow in the New Zion Cemetery near Princeton.

Friends may visit with the family today from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home

Family and friends may share online condolence via www.memorialfd.com

His nephews will serve as pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the American Heart Association, WV Region, 162 Court Street, Charleston WV 25301.

The Sizemore family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.



Adam Blaine Taylor

GARY — Adam Blaine Taylor, age 25 of Gary, formerly of Richlands, Va., passed away Wednesday, July 4, 2007.

Born January 3, 1982 in Richlands, he was the son of Dennis Taylor of Doran, Va., and Barbara Nearhood of Boiling Springs, N.C.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Leonard Curtis and Goldie Marie Taylor and Ershel and Mary Ann Griffith.

He is survived by his father, Dennis Taylor of Doran, Va.; mother and step father, Barbara and Ralph Nearhood of Boiling Springs, N.C.; one brother, Brad Taylor and fiancé Bonnie Hicks of Cedar Bluff, Va.; one niece, Amber Nicole Taylor of Richlands, and grandparents, Bill and Wanda Nearhood of Cedar Bluff, Va.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Thursday, July 12, 2007 at Covenant Presbyterian Church at Claypool Hill, Va., with Rev. Carl Howell officiating.

Friends and family may visit one hour prior to service at Covenant Presbyterian Church at Claypool Hill.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.SingletonFuneralService.com.

Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Taylor family.



Bernard A. Thomas

PRINCETON — Bernard A. Thomas, Sr., 88, of Princeton, died Monday, July 9, 2007 at his home.

Born October 11, 1918 at Narrows, Va., he was the son of the late Nathan Thomas and Mae Hare Thomas.

Mr. Thomas was retired from Itmann and was a member of U.M.W.A. Local 9690. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in World War II. He liked to hunt and fish.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Ray Thomas, Arnold Thomas, Dennis Thomas, Nathan Thomas, Jr. and Benny Thomas; and five sisters, Gladys Wiley, Lula Edwards, Sarah Fox, Maxine Robinson and Lena Pine.

Survivors include one son, Bernard A. Thomas, Jr. of Rileyville, VA; three daughters, Bernardine C. Shampo and Sharon Elaine Browne both of Princeton and Deborah Igal and her husband Sam of Bowie, Md.; one brother, William C. Thomas of Princeton; nine grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12, 2007 at the Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. James Coburn officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton. Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call today from 6-8 p.m. at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bailey-kirk.com.



Mary Francis Crigger Wells

NEMOURS — Mary Francis Crigger Wells, 73, of Rt. 4, Box 217B, Nemours, died Thursday, July 5, 2007 at the Wellington Regional Medical Center, Wellington, Fla.

Born in Dott, she was the daughter of the late Doll and Ellie Sipp Crigger.

She was a homemaker and an avid flea marketer. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Abraham Lincoln Wells; one son, William D. Wells; brother, Frank Crigger; stepson, Timothy Wells and wife, Lisa and granddaughter, Heather.

Survivors include one son, Abe A. Wells and wife, Glenna of Lebanon, Va.; three daughters, Ravenna Meadwell and husband, Mike, of Bluefield, Va., Ambie Wells and husband, Ronnie, Mary Lynn Mitchem and life partner, Amy of Greenacres, Fla.; one brother, Daniel Crigger of Greenville, S.C.; four sisters, Lucille Raczkowski of Greenville, S.C.; Violet Chaffin of Greenville, S.C., Lillie Crigger and Sandra Popp of Bluestone; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, July 12 , 2007, at 2 p.m. at the Rodriguez Bluefield Funeral Home, 210 S. College Ave., Bluefield, Va., with the Rev. Pat Wheeler officiating. Burial will follow at the Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va. Pallbearers will be family and friends.

Friends may call Wednesday, July 11, 2007 from 6-8 p.m. at the Rodriguez Bluefield Funeral Home Chapel.

Rodriguez Bluefield Funeral Home is serving the Wells family.

E-mails of condoloences may be sent by visiting www.rodriguezfuneral.com



Funerals

Funerals scheduled today include:

• Rev. Edward Eugene Harold: 11 a.m., Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel of Tazewell, Va. Interment will follow iat Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.

• Jerry C. Hill: 11 a.m., graveside services at Hill Cemetery at Pipestem.

• Rodney E. Hodges: 2 p.m., Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Va. Interment will follow at the Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery in Richlands.

• Tiffany Ann Rowe Lester: 1 p.m., Shortridge Ramey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in the Green Hills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Va.

• Clara Ernestine Shannon: 2 p.m., graveside services at Resthaven Memorial Park in Princeton.