• Rosie D. Coulter, 91, of Lindside, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at Riverview Nursing Home, Rich Creek, Va. Arrangements are incomplete at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.
• Mary Cepelnik Gaspersich, 87, of Princeton, died Wednesday, July 11, 2007, at Princeton Community Hospital in Princeton. Arrangements are incomplete at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.
• Rev. T.B. Hamlin, 86, of Clinton, Md., formerly of Crystal and Bluefield, died July 10, 2007 at Bradford Oaks Nursing Home in Clinton. Funeral arrangements are incomplete at McConnell Funeral Home of Bluefield.
Linda Arlene Baker
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Linda Arlene Baker, 60, of Coomac Road, died Saturday, July 7, 2007 at her residence following an illness.
Ms. Baker was born in Big Four, a daughter of the late Virgil M. and Marjorie Miller Noe. Prior to retirement, she was employed by the American Red Cross for 29 1⁄2 years. Ms. Baker was of the Protestant faith.
Surviving are: Her fiancé, Tony O’Neil of Socastee, S.C.; two brothers, William Paul Noe and his wife Greta of Ringgold, Ga. and Virgil David Noe of Socastee; three sisters, Mary Lou Walters and her husband Buddy of Centreville, Va., Carolyn Sue Sparks and her husband Tommy and Beatrice Darnell Terry and her husband J.R. Campbell, all of Socastee; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, 2007 from Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, Conway, S.C. Burial was held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in Hillcrest Cemetery, Conway, S.C.
Memorials may be sent to Liberty Home Care Hospice, 2035 Glenns Bay Road, Surfside Beach, SC 29575.
Sign an online guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
James “Chuckie” Bridges
WELCH — James “Chuckie” Bridges, 47, of Welch, died July 4, 2007.
Born Oct. 23, 1959, he was the son of Laura Greenwood and the late James Bridges. Chuckie, in his younger days, attended Welch High, then decided to join the National Guard. He was currently employed at the Welch Save-A-Lot and faithfully attended Court Street Methodist Church every Sunday morning.
In addition to his father, Chuckie was preceded in death by his grandparents and one sister, Shelia Greenwood-Barge.
Chuckie leaves lasting, cherished memories to his devoted mother, Laura (Paul) Booker of Princeton; one daughter, Shaunna Adams and three sons, Shawn Adams, James Adams and Jermaine Adams all of Long Island, N.Y.; four sisters, Mrs. Paulette Graham of North Caroline, Laura Greenwood of Hemphill, Deborah Bridges of New York, Patricia (John) Francis of Long Island, N.Y.; a very special friend, Marva Martin; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Memorial services will be Friday at 3:00 p.m. at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Route 20, with the Rev. Kenneth Price officiating.
Professional services entrusted to Durgan Funeral Home, Beckley.
Mr. John Lee Cantrell
CLIFFIELD, Va. — Mr. John Lee Cantrell, 61, of Cliffield, Va., passed away Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at Tazewell Community Hospital.
Born July 29, 1945 in Buchanan County, Va., he was the son of the late James W. and Goldie Jane McGlothlin Cantrell. Mr. Cantrell was a retired coal miner having worked for 38 years with various coal mining companies. He was a member of the UMWA Local 1760 and attended the Cliffield Church of Christ.
Mr. Cantrell was preceded in death by his wife, Bertina L. “Judy” Cantrell, his parents and one brother, James Lewis Cantrell.
He is survived by his son, Gary Cantrell and his wife Linda of Thompson Valley, Va.; his daughter, Donna Cantrell of N. Tazewell, Va.; three grandchildren, Mason Lee Colley, Leanna Cantrell and Steven Cantrell; fiancée, Barbara Whitt of Pounding Mill, Va.; five sisters, Annabelle McDonald and her husband John of Sunland, Calif., Naomi McFrederick of Ashland, Ohio, Erma Horn and her husband Joe of Grays Branch, Cedar Bluff, Va., Mary Crawford of Cliffield, Va., and Carrie Hammond also of Grays Branch, Cedar Bluff, Va.; his brother, Oris Cantrell and his wife Peggy of Raven, Va.; several nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for John Lee Cantrell will be conducted Friday, July 13, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at the Singleton Funeral Service Chapel in Cedar Bluff with the Rev. Joe Horn officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenhills Memory Gardens at Claypool Hill, Va.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 9 p.m., Thursday (today) at the Singleton Funeral Service in Cedar Bluff.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by going to www.SingletonFuneralService.com.
Singleton Funeral Service is serving the Cantrell family.
Dewey Wayne Corder
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Dewey Wayne Corder, 53, of Newport News, formerly of Bluefield, Va., died Sunday, July 1, 2007 in Newport News.
He was born in Bluefield and was a son of the late Alvie Garland Corder and Lelia Millirons.
He was a graduate of Graham High School.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Roger Corder and a sister, Edna Corder.
Survivors include: Brothers, Robert Corder and wife Lelia of North Tazewell, Va., Garland Corder and wife Marie of Knoxville, Tenn.; sister, Ruth Mitchell and husband Woody of Newport News, Va.
Mr. Corder’s body has been cremated.
Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va. was in charge of arrangements.
Stanley Ray Ferguson
HARWOOD, Md. — Stanley Ray Ferguson passed away Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at his home in Harwood, Md. He was 67.
Mr. Ferguson was born on May 12, 1940 in Princewick to Chippie White and Donzie L. Ferguson. Mr. Ferguson was the President and Co-Founder of the Ferguson Trenching Co. Inc. in Odenton, Md. since 1966. He was a member of the Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Old South Country Club, The Elks, Utility Contractors of Anne Arundel County, National Republication Committee and was past President of Associated Builders and Contractors. His hobbies included farming, golf and breeding and raising Polled Herefords and he previously bred and raised quarter horses.
Mr. Ferguson's first wife, Doris V. Ferguson, whom he married Dec. 15, 1962, passed away in March of 1994. Mr. Ferguson remarried on Dec. 31, 2001 to Leigh A. Ferguson.
Other survivors include his children, Jeffrey Ferguson of Lothian, Md., Cynthia Jimenez of Harwood, Md., Timothy Ferguson of Brackenridge, Pa. and his stepsons, Shane Clingerman and Josh Collins both of Harwood, Md.; two siblings, Steve Ferguson of Queenstown, Md. and Rebecca Zutaut of Beckley.
Family and friends are invited to Mr. Ferguson's Life Celebration on Friday, July 13, 2007 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD 21037.
A funeral service will be offered on Saturday, July 14, 2007 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 122 Bayard Road, Lothian, MD. Interment immediately following funeral service in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division, Inc., Attn.: Memorial Gifts, 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, Bethesda, MD 20814.
Mary Ann Gay
PRINCETON — Mary Ann Gay, 82, of Princeton, died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlot-tesville, Va.
She was born in Princeton, May 11, 1925 and was the daughter of the late Harry Steele Gay and Bertha Scott Gay. Also preceding her in death was her stepmother, Byrthol McClaugherty Gay; and brother, Harry Scott Gay.
Miss Gay, as a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest in Princeton, was baptized and confirmed on May 22, 1938. Activities at the church included former service as Treasurer of the Altar Guild, a Vestry member, and a member of the St. Agnes Guild.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Bernice Keaton Gay; her niece, Kimberly Ann Gay Vickers and husband David; a great nephew, Jeremy Johnscott Fallecker; great niece, Brittany Kaye Fallecker; and a great grand niece, Jaiden Marie Fallecker all of St. Albans; cousins, Sibyl Keesee, Mike McClaugherty and wife Kristy and children of Princeton, Sally Putnam and husband Roy and children of Clifton Forge, Va.; and devoted friend, Jewell Kessinger of Princeton.
Mary Ann attended Mercer School and graduated from Princeton High School. Higher education was completed at Concord College (University). Her teaching career started at Montcalm Elementary School, and after teaching at Knob School, she retired with 38 years service. Her former students continued to speak of her influence on them during their fourth grade year. Professionally, she was a member of both the West Virginia and Mercer County Association of Retired School Employees; a member of the Zeta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma; and a member of the Princeton Delphian Club serving as a former secretary. Mary Ann was a member and participant in the Cancer Support and Pulmonary Support groups, both based at Princeton Community Hospital and was actively involved in the Clean Indoor Act and supported the No Smoking Ban in Mercer County.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2007 at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with Father William Armstrong officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Princeton.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. today.
Memorial gifts and contributions may be made to the University of Virginia Medical Health Care Systems, P.O. Box 801445, Charlottesville, VA 22908, The American Cancer Society, 1808 Jefferson St., Bluefield, WV 24701 or Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest, ATTN.: Altar Guild, 1207 Mercer St., Princeton, WV 24740.
Helen H. Holley
WELCH — Mrs. Helen H. Holley, a long-time resident of Welch, died early Saturday morning, July 7, 2007 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she had lived for the past nine years.
Born in Johnson City, Tennessee on February 12, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Elizabeth Wagner of Wilcoe. She graduated from Gary District High School and received her BA degree from Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. She attended graduate school at Marshall and West Virginia Universities and received a MA degree in Education and a Reading Specialist certificate.
Her teaching career spanned 37 years. During that time she taught at Kimball High School, Welch Dunbar Junior High School, Welch High School and Mount View High School. She taught Reading, English and Social Studies in grades seven through twelve. Mrs. Holley was honored as an Outstanding Educator and was chosen Teacher of the month at Welch High.
She was an active member of Court Street United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. She formerly served on several boards and committees of organizations including the McDowell Area Scholarship Association, American Association of University Women, the Association of Classroom Teachers and the McDowell Literacy Volunteers of America.
She was a committed, life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Bluefield Alumnae Chapter, Les Modernes and a former member of the Links of Southern West Virginia.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, J. Harold Holley and her sister, Annabelle Callahan.
Survivors include two daughters, Frances H. Blount of Cleveland, Ohio, and Paula H. Penebaker of Milwaukee, Wis.; four grandchildren, Jared Armand and Derrick Wayne Blount and Kelsey Elyse and Khary Dia Penebaker; two nieces, Sheila Callahan McDaniel of Laurens, S.C. and Leslie D. Callahan of Philadelphia, Pa.; and many other relatives and friends.
Family visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday (today) at the Court Street United Methodist Church. Funeral Service will be on Friday at 11:00 a.m. at the Restlawn Mausoleum, Rt. 20, Bluewell. Dr. Leslie Callahan will officiate, assisted by the Elder Andrew H. Montgomery and the Reverend Kenneth L. Orr. Entombment will follow in Restlawn Mausoleum. The Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Omega Omega Service will be at 10:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions in her memory to the McDowell County Cancer Society or The Greater Cleveland Delta Foundation Life Development Center (GCDFLDC), c/o Norma Singleton, 24020 Hermitage Rd., Shaker Hts., OH 44122.
Gregory-Page Funeral Home in Welch is in charge of arrangements.
Roy Thomas Lewis
JENKINJONES — Roy Thomas Lewis, 67, of Box 103, New Town Road, Jenkinjones, WV 24848, died Saturday, July 7, 2007 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Bluefield. Born in Tazewell County, Va., he was the son of the late James and Callie Larue Lewis. He was a coal miner.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Candy Elizabeth Lewis, one brother and two sisters.
Survivors: Wife of 44 years, Peggy Lewis of the home; three sons: Billy J. Lewis and wife Becky, Jenkinjones, James Lewis and wife Stacy, Jenkinjones, and Ray Lewis, Pocahontas, Va.; four daughters: Deborah Wyckoff and husband Frankie, Leckie, Ellen J. Lewis, Jenkinjones, Lisa Gale Maynard, Jenkinjones, and Elaine Mitchem and husband Wayne, Jenkinjones; seven granddaughters, seven grandsons and one great grandchild; two brothers: Jimmy Lewis, Louisiana and Luther Lewis, Michigan.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 13, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Jenkinjones United Methodist Church, Jenkinjones, with the Rev. Dan Parrish officiating. Burial will follow at the Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.
Friends may call from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Thursday (today), July 12, 2007 at the Jenkinjones United Methodist Church, Jenkinjones.
Pallbearers will be friends and family.
Rodriguez Pocahontas Funeral Home is serving the Lewis family.
E-mails of condolences may be sent by visiting www.rodriguezfuneral.com.
Johnnie Ray Little
BLUEFIELD, Va. — Johnnie Ray Little, 30, (Romans 3:28) of Rt. 1, Box 364-E (Abbs Valley), Bluefield, Va., passed away on Monday, July 09, 2007 at Bristol Regional Medical Center in Bristol, Tenn.
He is the son of James Shultz of Falls Mills, Va. and Evelyn Gillespie Little of Pocahontas, Va. Johnnie was preceded in death by his father: Clyde Little and grandparents: Ernest Gillespie and Vivian Tate Gillespie.
Johnnie was a member of the Brushfork Baptist Church in Brushfork and a graduate of Pocahontas High School. He worked for Super Vulc Mining and Belt Company. He enjoyed spending time outdoors, teaching Brooke how to play basketball and riding Josiah on the ATV. Johnnie was a wonderful husband, father, brother and friend to all who met him.
Survivors include: Wife: Kari McLeod Little of the home; son: Josiah Little of the home; daughter: Brooke Williams of Abbs Valley, Va.; brother: Mark Little of Pocahontas, Va.; sisters: Becky Altizer and husband Toney of Springville, Va., Beverly Mitchem and husband Donald of Bluewell, Veronica Milam of Pocahontas, Va.; sister in law: Sherri Lindamood and husband Tony of Montcalm; half sister: Patricia Hubble; brother in law: Jason McLeod and wife Tabitha of Bluewell; father and mother in law: Burton “Butch” and Linda McLeod of Bluewell; and numerous nieces and nephews who will deeply miss him.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, July 13, 2007 at 11:00 a.m. at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell with the Rev. Barry Fleming officiating the service.
Friends and family may call at the Cravens-Shires Funeral Home on Thursday (today), July 12, 2007 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Cravens-Shires Funeral Home is serving the Little family.
NEW YORK CITY, N.Y. — Nancy Lowendahl, 81, of New York City, formerly of West Graham, Bluefield, Va., died Sunday, July 8, 2007 in New York.
She was born in Bluefield and was a daughter of the late Nevous V. Reed and Annie Louise Reed.
She was a former member of the Graham Christian Church and was a graduate of Bluefield College. She was former president of the Cancer Society in New York.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Bernard; second husband, Walter Lowendahl; brothers, William P. Reed and Harold D. Reed.
Survivors include: Son, Robert Bernard of New York; daughter, Jennifer Bernard of New York; stepdaughters, Annie Jeliazkor of Bethesda, Md., Fritzie Larresu of Redwood, Calif.; stepson, Richard P. Bernard of New York City, N.Y.; nephews, Billy Reed of Princeton, Dr. Hal Reed of Morgantown; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 13, 2007 at 10:00 a.m. at the Dudley Memorial Chapel in Bluefield, Va. with Dr. Allen Hammond officiating. Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery, Bluefield, Va.
Friends may call Friday morning from 9:00 a.m. until the hour of services at the Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va.
Coy M. “Bood” McManaway
PIPESTEM — Coy M. “Bood” McManaway, 80, of HC 78, Pipestem, died Monday, July 9, 2007 at the Princeton Community Hospital.
Born November 7, 1926 in Pettry, he was the son of the late Coy Carl and Christie Caperton McManaway. He was a retired truck driver with Westvaco Corporation in Baltimore, Md. with over 35 years service.
Mr. McManaway was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II, and was a member of the Pettry Church of Christ.
He was preceded in death by one son, Daniel Lee McManaway and four brothers, Giles, James, Arlo and Harless McManaway.
Survivors: Wife of 60 years, Eula Sims McManaway; five children, Phyllis Andrews and husband Stanley of Baltimore, Md., Jerry “Bud” McManaway of Princeton, James “Jay” McManaway of Princeton, Teresa Cluster and husband Lee of Columbia, Md., Dawn Provenzano and husband Jeff of Baltimore, Md.; seven grandchildren, Joanne Bender, Christie Thibeault, Carl McManaway, James Evans, Brian Cluster, Stephanie Hullihen, Nicholas Provenzano; five great grandchildren, Jason, Evan, Shephard, Alyssa and Sophie; sister, Violet Taylor of Princeton; brothers, Robert McManaway and wife Beverly of Pettry, Leroy McManaway and wife Shirley of Pettry, Arnold McManaway and wife Christine of Princeton; special friend, Ted Painter of Tennessee.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2007 from the Burns Wornal Chapel of the Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton with Jim Stanley officiating. Burial will follow in the McManaway Cemetery on Hackett’s Ridge.
Friends may visit with the family Thursday (today) from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends may share online condolences via www.memorialfd.com
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
The McManaway family is being served by the Memorial Funeral Directory & Cremation Center on the Athens Road in Princeton.
William H. “Bud” Poteet Sr.
BLUEFIELD, Va. — William H. “Bud” Poteet Sr., 74, of 403 Lynn St., Bluefield, Va., died Tuesday, July 10, 2007 at his home.
He was born in Princeton and was a son of the late Gurthie Edgar Poteet and Sadie Osborne Poteet.
Bud was of the Christian faith, was a former employee for many years for Pet Dairy in Bluefield, Va., worked for Poteet Oil Co. and retired from Sutphin & Sons Petroleum. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Osborne, Nancy Cox, Betty Dillman and Doris Brooks; and by a brother, Gurthie Edgar Poteet Jr.
Survivors include his wife, Evangeline “Van” Boothe Poteet; son, William H. (Spud) Poteet Jr. and wife Rosalie of Bluefield; daughters, Cheryl Peery and husband Eddie of Bluefield, Va., Dana Poteet of Colorado, Carla White of Florida; brother, Don Poteet of Bluefield, Va.; sister, Dana Porterfield and husband Bob of Newport, Va.; 12 grandchildren, five great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, July 13, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. at the Dudley Memorial Chapel in Bluefield, Va. with Minister Bill Boyd officiating. Burial will follow in the Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Bluewell. Pallbearers will be members of the family. Military graveside services will be conducted by the Bluefield, Va. VFW Memorial Post 9696.
Friends may call today from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va.
Mrs. Madie Alta Smith
PORT DEPOSIT, Md. — Mrs. Madie Alta Smith, 88, of Port Deposit, Md., formerly of Richlands, Va., passed away Monday, July 9, 2007 in a Harve de Grace, Md. care center.
She was born in Tazewell County, Va. and was the daughter of the late J.C. and Mary Ann Perkins Cook, both Tazewell County natives.
She had made her home in Maryland most of her life and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Waldorf in Waldorf, Md.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Lacy Smith and several brothers and sisters. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Survivors are: One son: George H. Smith of Port Deposit, Md.; two daughters: Pauline M. Redman of Tampa, Fla., Caroline A. Wilson of Stockton, Mo.; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services for Mrs. Madie Alta Smith will be conducted Friday, July 13, 2007 at 12:00 noon at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Va. with the Rev. David Brannock officiating. Interment will follow at the Clinch Valley Memorial Cemetery in Richlands, Va. Relatives and friends will serve as pallbearers. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon on Friday at the funeral home.
Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Richlands, Va. is in charge of arrangements and those wishing to express sympathy online may do so at www.hurstscottfuneralhomes.com
Keegan Gabrielle Sweeney
BRADSHAW — Keegan Gabrielle Sweeney, age three, of Bradshaw, died Monday, July 9, 2007 at Clinch Valley Medical Center in Richlands, Va.
Keegan was born on July 29, 2003, in Grundy, Va., the daughter of Kevin and Keisha Harrison-Sweeney.
She was preceded in death by her grandfathers, Tommy Harrison and Vester Sweeney.
Those left to cherish her memory are her parents, Kevin and Keisha Harrison-Sweeney of Bradshaw; her grandmothers, "Nana" Peggy Harrison and "Grammy" Birdie Sweeney both of Bradshaw; aunts and uncles, Jerry Sweeney of Bradshaw, Darnell Sweeney of Connecticut, Danny and Donna Sweeney, Teresa and Jr. Clark, Randall and Becky Sweeney, and Dave Sweeney all of Jolo, Eugene and Ameda Sweeney of Raysal, Keith and Michele Sweeney of Paynesville, Richard and Tomi Jo Adkins of Bristol, Brian and Jessica Harrison of Bradshaw, and Kevin and Nicole Justice of Gilbert; cousins, Abbie Kate Justice and Blake Thomas Harrison, Danny Ray, Garrett, Emily, Arnie, Randall, Jerry, Rebecca, Christine, Stephanie, Brittany, Hannah and Damian Sweeney, Scarlett Ann and Jeffrey Bryant, and Chandler and Channing Harrison.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, July 13, 2007 at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Gene Addair officiating at the chapel of Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger. Burial will follow in the Lawrence Mullins Cemetery on Stateline Ridge near Paynesville. Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Friends may visit with the family Thursday (today), July 12, 2007, at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m.
Fanning Funeral Home of Iaeger is in charge of arrangements.
Anna Mae Laws Bowman Whitt
DUBLIN, Va. — Anna Mae Laws Bowman Whitt, 82, of Dublin, Va., died Wednesday, July 11, 2007 at her home. The Lord called Mom to her heavenly home where she will spend eternity with God and will sing with the angels. She humbly served the Lord on this earth and was such a blessing to her family and to all who knew her. She worked hard to give her children a good home where she taught us values based upon the Bible. We were taught to sing the old gospel songs that her mother had taught her as a child. Mom often told me that she had come to know the Lord as a young girl and that He was so close she could almost touch Him and now she can do just that. I know that the Lord was Mom’s best friend and she never doubted His love and mercy even during her lengthy illness and suffering.
Mom was born to Elbert Laws and Nola Simpson Laws of Jonesboro, Tenn. on August 2, 1924 and was one of seven children. Awaiting her in heaven is her first husband and the father of her children, Charles Emory Bowman; one son, Emory “June” Bowman; and daughter, Shirley Browning. She will also be met in her heavenly home by her beloved parents, her brothers, Charlie, Henry, John and Sammy Laws along with her sisters, Lula Hankle and Jo Bess Hale. They will all welcome her home. But greatest of all, she will look upon the face of Jesus.
Mom leaves to cherish her memory and to follow her example, her husband, Donald Whitt of the home; daughters, Louise Roseberry of Alliance, Ohio, Emma Altizer of Dublin, Va., Linda Sylmar of Pulaski, Va., Freda O’Neal of Draper, Va., Marvin “Tiny” Bowman of Dublin, Barbara Hancock of Pulaski and David Bowman of Newbern, Va. She also leaves to follow in her footsteps, 13 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
A graveside service will be held Thursday (today) at 11:00 a.m. from the Roselawn Memorial Gardens in Princeton with Ernie Depew officiating. Mom always taught us to rejoice when a saint gains her reward, therefore we will “Celebrate Her Life” at the Community Christian Church in Newbern, Va. on Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.
Flowers are appreciated or in lieu of flowers donations in her memory may be made to the Community Christian Church in Newbern, Va. or to the Christian ministry of your choice.
Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, Va.
Funerals scheduled today include:
• Virginia K. Comer: 11 a.m., Graveside services at New Zion Cemetery, Princeton.
• Lucio G. Garibay: 11 a.m., memorial service at Tip Top United Methodist Church, Tip Top, Va.
• Kenneth Hamilton: 1 p.m., Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown.
• Randall Earl Livingston: 2 p.m., graveside services at Iaeger Memorial Cemetery, Roderfield.
• Shirley L. Main: 2 p.m., Hanes-Lineberry Vanstory Street Chapel in Greensboro, N.C. Entombment will follow at Guilford Memorial Park’s Mausoleum.
• Charles Allen Proffitt: 2 p.m., Rodriguez Pocahontas Funeral Home in Pocahontas, Va. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.
• Maggie Ellen Wade Ramsey: 11 a.m., A. Vest & Sons Funeral Home in White Gate, Va. Burial in Shiloh Cemetery, Hollybrook, Va.
• Margaret Elizabeth “Peggy” Rudder: 2 p.m., graveside rites at Monte Vista Cemetery, Green Valley.
• William A. “Bill” Sizemore: 11 a.m., Burns Wornal Chapel of Memorial Funeral Directory, Athens Road, Princeton. Burial will follow in New Zion Cemetery near Princeton.
• Adam Blaine Taylor: 11 a.m., memorial service at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Claypool Hill, Va.
• Bernard A. Thomas: 11 a.m., Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.
• Mary Francis Crigger Wells: 2 p.m., Rodriguez Bluefield Funeral Home in Bluefield, Va. Burial will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.
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