• Billy Edward Hodge, 61, of Pearisburg, Va., died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2007. Kendall Funeral Home in Pembroke, Va. is in charge of arrangements.
• Michael Steven Nicewander, 46, of Route 3 (Lorton Lick Road), Bluefield, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2007 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.
• James Plaster, 78, of 405 Park Ave., Drexel, N.C., died Friday, Aug. 24, 2007 at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell.
Mrs. Alice Coleman
ABINGDON, Va. — Mrs. Alice Coleman, 87, died Thursday, August 23, 2007 at Johnston Memorial Hospital. She was a native of Prater, Va. in Buchanan County and had lived in Abingdon since 1979. She was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Mandy Jane Keene Clevinger.
She was a member of Bull Creek Old Regular Baptist Church in Harmon, Va. She worked as an Avon sales representative for 43 years. She was very active in her children’s education working with the PTA and served as PTA President. She worked as a substitute teacher and enjoyed canning and cooking. She loved people and was a very inspirational person to family and friends.
She was the widow of Bernice Coleman and also preceded in death by an infant son, Billy; one sister, Stella Dales; four brothers, Frank, Fred, Larkin, and Jimmy Clevinger; one granddaughter, Teresa Coleman; and one daughter-in-law, Janice Coleman.
She is survived by three sons, Gary Coleman and fiancée Christa Vesta of Clintwood, Va., James Coleman and wife Anna Ruth of Vansant, Va., and Thomas Coleman and wife Patsy of Grundy, Va.; four daughters, Christine Buckles and husband Jack of Bristol, Va., Lora Anne Viers of Atlanta, Rebecca Jane Mullins of Abingdon, and Mellie Stiltner and husband Larry of Pounding Mill, Va.; one brother, Gilbert Clevinger of Haysi, Va.; four sisters, Lou Owens of Poplar Creek, Va., Rachel Cochran of DeFiance, Ohio, Polly Bateman of Shuglac, Miss., and Jean St. Claire of Harmon, Va.; 15 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, one great great granddaughter, Elle; cousin, friend and special caregiver, Helen White; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in the Main Street chapel of Farris Funeral Service with Elder Howard Daniels, Elder Jackie Yates, and Elder Larry Puckett officiating. Interment will follow in Forest Hills Memory Gardens, Abingdon. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends today (Saturday) from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home with a song service to follow at 7:00 p.m.
Those wishing to send messages of sympathy may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com.
The Main Street chapel of Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon is serving the family of Mrs. Coleman.
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Viola Marie English
BLUEFIELD, Va. — Viola Marie English, 69, of 105 Logan Street in Bluefield, Va., died Tuesday, August 21, 2007 at Bluefield Regional Medical Center.
Born September 5, 1937 in Dott, she was the daughter of the late Jack and Vida Billings Gunther. She was a graduate of Matoaka High School and Bluefield Business College. She was a former two-term president of the Non-Commissioned Officers Wives Club in Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. and a former reporter for the Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. Post Newspaper. She had been a resident of Bluefield, Va. since 1982 moving here from El Paso, Texas.
Survivors include her husband, Donnie Eugene English of Bluefield, Va.; four sons, John Piersall and wife Kathleen of Raleigh, N.C., Jackson Piersall and wife Tammy of Bluefield, James Piersall and wife Cindy of Orlando, Fla. and Russell English of Bluefield, Va.; one daughter, Donna Hall of Bluefield, Va.; nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; two brothers, Alfred Gunther and Leonard Hewitt and wife Mary all of El Paso, Texas; and two sisters, Barberie Ann Pulver of Schenectady, N.Y. and Mary Ellen Jordon and husband Greg of El Paso, Texas.
In keeping with Mrs. English's wishes the body was cremated and a private family memorial service was conducted.
Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton served the English family.
James Roby Fowler
MAYBEURY — James Roby Fowler, 73, of Maybeury, went to be with the Lord late Thursday night, Aug. 23, 2007 at his residence after a long illness. Born June 29, 1934 in Freeman, he was the son of the late Effie Mae Fowler.
He was a disabled miner from Eastern Associated Coal Company, Keystone No. 1. He was a member of the Elkhorn Church of God, a veteran of the Korean conflict where he served two years, and a resident of McDowell County all of his life.
Other than his mother, he was preceded in death by one son, Samuel Allen Fowler; one daughter, Barbara Denise Fowler; one sister, Helen Fowler.
He leaves to cherish his memory: His wife of 51 years, Agnes Lane Fowler of the home; one daughter, Shelby J. Cheeks and husband Jeff of Bluewell; five sons, James A. Fowler and wife Tammy of Maybeury, Roger Lee Fowler of Elkhorn, Jerry A. Fowler of Northfork, Fred R. Fowler and wife Vivian of Northfork, Justin Wayne Fowler of the home; one sister, Judy Long and husband Lavon of Salem, Va.; a special niece, Elizabeth Fowler of Brushfork; eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren; a host of additional nieces and nephews.
Graveside service will be held Monday, August 27, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, Princeton with the Rev. Ronald Reeves officiating. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Those wishing to attend the committal service are asked to meet at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel by 1:00 p.m. Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.
In honoring Mr. Fowler’s request, there will be no visitation or funeral service at the funeral home.
Arrangements by Widener Funeral Home, Northfork.
Helen Havens Harvey
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Helen Havens Harvey went to be with the Lord on August 23, 2007. She was born on March 15, 1911 in North Dakota to the late George W. and Safronia Havens.
Helen was a lifelong member of Graham Christian Church in Bluefield, Va.
She was preceded in death by her loving and devoted husband, Arthur K. Harvey and grandson, Alan K. Byrd.
Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Peggy Byrd of Rock Hill, S.C., Jo Anna Waterson and her husband Terry of Virginia Beach, Va. and son, Kelly Harvey and wife Carol Sue of Bluefield, Va.; seven grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. in Grandview Memory Gardens Cemetery in Bluefield, Va. with Minister Robert Johnson officiating.
Dudley Memorial Mortuary in Bluefield, Va. is in charge of arrangements.
George Washington Horne
TAZEWELL, Va. — George Washington Horne, 81, of Tazewell, Va. died Thursday, August 23, 2007 at Heritage Hall Health Care in Tazewell, Va. Born July 4, 1926 in Tazewell County, Va., he was a son of the late Condairy Horne and Rebecca Asbury Horne.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II. Mr. Horne attended the Church of God. He was an avid flea marketer.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Mark Horne; two sisters, Millie Jarvis and Bertha Gates; three brothers, Tom Horne, Bill Horne, and Jim Horne; best friend, John Witten Abel.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Helen Shepard Horne; three daughters, Brenda Witten and husband, Rev. James Witten of Chilhowie, Va., Betty Horne of Roanoke, Va., and Laura Horne Bevis of Clemmons, N.C.; one son, George M. Horne and wife, Susan of Tazewell, Va.; one brother, Raymond Horne and wife, Shirley of Salem, Va.; four grandchildren, Sam and Kristy Witten, Ashley and Brian Fox, Olivia Witten McCarty, and Melissa Horne; four great grandchildren, MaKayla and Bryson Witten, Austin and Zachary Fox; brothers and sisters in law; several nieces and nephews; special friends, Robert and Mary Abel and Nell Monk.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today (Saturday), August 25, 2007 at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home Chapel in Tazewell, Va. where funeral services will be conducted at 8:00 p.m. with the Rev. Dan Absher and the Rev. Mitch Nichols officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2007 at the Neel Cemetery in Tannersville, Va. Pallbearers will be Matthew Seeber, Mark Anderson, Frankie Parsons, Jimmie Parsons, Henry Horne, Jack Horne, Mike Monk, and Edwin Monk. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Town of Tazewell Fire Department, Tazewell County Fire and Rescue, and Dr. Stephen Rinehart.
Those attending the graveside services are asked to meet at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2007.
Kenneth R. Kensinger
FORT MYERS, Fla. — Kenneth R. Kensinger, 82, joined the Lord on August 22, 2007.
Mr. Kensinger was a member of the Fort Myers Christian Church, and retired from the phone company after 30 years of service. He was also in the Army during World War II.
Mr. Kensinger is survived by his wife of 59 years, Mary; his loving children, Debbie (Paul) Kensinger-Hillman and Kenneth Jr. (Kathi); his grandchildren, Preston, Nicholas and Caroline; and his siblings, Edward H. (Dot), Donald C. (Eleanor) and Janice (Raeford) Heath.
He is predeceased by his parents, James A. and Faye, and his brother, James Jr. Funeral Services to be held on Sunday 3 p.m. at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, Fla.
Friends may visit an hour prior to the service.
Klell Royal Pettrey
ATHENS — Klell Royal Pettrey, 87, of Oxley Hollow Road, Athens, went to be with his Lord on August 23, 2007 following a short illness. Born to the late Sidney and Rachel Pettrey on May 16, 1920, in the Pettrey area of Mercer County, Mr. Pettrey was a life-long Mercer County resident where he lived with his beloved wife, Naomi “Boots” Butler Pettrey for 60 years before her death on August 21, 2004.
Mr. Pettrey loved his family and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He was an avid gardener before his health started to fail. He took great pride in keeping a weed-free garden and growing the largest vegetables. He always wanted to give everyone a good measure of whatever he shared with his family, his neighbors and church family. Mr. Pettrey was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene on the Oakvale Road in Princeton where he attended faithfully with his wife until his health began to fail.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Pettrey was preceded in death by three brothers, Jessie Lee Pettrey, Daniel Charles (Pettie) Pettrey, and Jay Pettrey; and two sisters, Violet Elizabeth “Tootie” Lucas and Lida Wyrick.
He is survived by one brother, Buddy Pettrey; and one sister, Sadie Johnson both of Princeton. He is also survived by four children, Rebecca “Becky” Casey and husband John “Butch” Casey of Athens, Sharon Bailey and husband R.D. Bailey of Goodview, Va., Samuel (Sam) Pettrey and friend Teresa Neeley of Athens, and Anthony (Tony) Pettrey and wife Sheila also of Athens; 15 grandchildren, John Casey and wife Tracy of Athens, Mark Casey and wife Rose of Rock, Deno Sweeney and wife Eve of Princeton, Candy Bailey of Moneta, Va., Rob Bailey and wife Apryl of Roanoke, Va., Todd Bailey of Goodview, Va., Tania Styles of Claremont, Tasmania, Australia, Josh Pettrey and Brooke Pettrey of Radford, Va., Zach Pettrey of Richmond, Va., Zane Pettrey and Billy Manning of Athens, Adam Pettrey and wife Kayla of Princeton, Michelle Pettrey of Oakvale, and C.J. Owens of Rock; nine great grandchildren, Gabrielle and Tabitha Casey of Athens, Haley and Clay Holdren of Moneta, Va., Allyssa Bailey of Roanoke, Va., Georgia, Conner and Sienna Styles of Claremont, Tasmania, Australia, and Madison Pettrey of Oakvale; and special caregivers Rose Casey and Miss Eddie “Sissy” Matthews, who gave loving care and devotion to both Mr. and Mrs. Pettrey over the past five years.
Mr. Pettrey was retired from the West Virginia State Road Commission where he was employed as a truck driver and from the Mercer County Board of Education where he was employed as a custodian at Athens High School where he loved working with the teachers and children. The children lovingly knew him as the “ice cream man.” After his retirement, he loved spending time fishing on Smith Mountain Lake, ginseng hunting and walking.
A celebration of Mr. Pettrey's life and reunion with his beloved wife will be held at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton on Sunday, August 26, 2007 at 3:00 p.m. with the Rev. Jeff Beckett officiating. Burial will follow in the Butler Family Cemetery at Hill Top. Mr. Pettrey's grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. today.
Staff Sergeant Stanley Brian Reynolds
FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska — Staff Sergeant Stanley Brian Reynolds, 37, of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, formerly of Lashmeet, died Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at Al Taqqadum, Iraq, as a result of injuries received when his CH-47 Chinook Helicopter crashed. Born July 18, 1970 in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of Sandra Shrewsbury Reynolds of Lashmeet and the late Bernard Reynolds.
Staff Sergeant Reynolds attended Matoaka schools and was a graduate of West Iredell High School in Statesville, North Carolina. He was a former self-employed truck driver and worked in the coal mines for a short time. He was of the Baptist faith and in his spare time he enjoyed restoring old Ford trucks.
In March 2002 he joined the Army and went to Fort Jackson, South Carolina for basic training. He did his advanced training at Fort Eustis, Virginia in June 2002, then was assigned to Fort Wainwright, Alaska in December 2002 where he became a member of Bravo Company 4-123 Aviation Company (Sugar Bears). His first tour of duty in Iraq was from January-December 2005. While stationed at Fort Wainwright he served his second tour of duty in Iraq with 1st Battalion, 52nd Aviation Regiment Task Force Dragon 49. He was a graduate of the Warrior Leaders Course. He received the Army Commendation Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Ribbon, Non-Commissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon and the Aviation Crewman Badge. He was also awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ernest and Lorraine Bell Reynolds; and his maternal grandparents, Hosea and Grace Hall Shrewsbury.
In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Dudress “Jill” Stroud Reynolds of Fort Wainwright, Alaska, formerly of Mocksville, N.C.; three daughters, Katelyn, age 8, Kristan, age 7 and Emily, age 5; one brother, Jeffrey Reynolds and his fiancée, Charlotte Poindexter of Lashmeet; two sisters, Lagena Setzer and her husband Randal of Hickory, N.C. and Laresa Reynolds and her special friend, Anthony Masters, of Lashmeet; and father-in-law and mother-in-law, Dudley and Frances Stroud of Mocksville, N.C.
A graveside service will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 26, 2007 at the Shutt-Shrewsbury Cemetery, Wright Mountain Road, Lashmeet, with the Revs. Charlie Farmer, Larry Cecil and Paul Hall officiating. Military Honors will be conducted by the Fort Knox, Kentucky Military Honor Guard. Friends attending the graveside service are asked to meet at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton by 3:30 p.m.
Friends may call Sunday from 1:00-3:30 p.m. at the Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. To view a video tribute to Staff Sergeant Reynolds or send the family online condolences, please visit www.bailey-kirk.com.
Mr. Scott Eugene Rickman
THOMASVILLE, N.C. — Mr. Scott Eugene Rickman, 42, a resident of 12 Marietta Court, died Thursday evening, August 23, 2007 at his residence. He was born August 1, 1965 in McDowell County, a son of Samuel Eugene Rickman and Belva Jean Runyon Rickman. He was co-owner and operator of The Blind Factory.
He was preceded in death by his father, Samuel Eugene Rickman and a brother, Derick Edgar Patrick.
On April 2, 1997 he was married to Wendy Hoover Rickman, who survives of the home. Also surviving are a daughter, Kayla Renee of the home; a son, Ryan Nicholas of the home; his mother, Belva Jean Patrick of Welch; and four sisters, Susan Vandall and husband Randy of Sophia, Samantha Rickman of Wyoming, Stephanie Shrewsbury of Wyoming and Laketa Adair and husband McKinley of New Bern, N.C.
Funeral services will be held Monday, August 27, 2007 at 2 p.m. in J.C. Green & Sons Chapel in Thomasville with the Rev. Riley Puckett officiating. Burial will follow in Holly Hill Memorial Park Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the funeral home Sunday from 6 to 8 p.m.
On-line condolences may be sent to the Rickman family at www.jcgreenandsons.com.
Funerals scheduled today include:
• Sam D. Bowman: 7 p.m., Westside Chapel Funeral Home in Morristown, Tenn. Graveside services at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.
• Lucine N. Phillips: 2 p.m., Rowland H. Bailey Funeral Chapel of Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. Interment will follow at Phillips Family Cemetery, Lerona.
• Nathaniel Winston Wade: 11 a.m., memorial service at Chapel Funeral Home and Cremations in Bluefield. Entombment will follow at Restlawn Memorial Gardens, Bluewell.
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Eva Mae Beggs
LASHMEET — Eva Mae Beggs, 95, of Beeson Road, Lashmeet, loving mother, grandmother and sister, died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at her home.
Barbara Kingrea Wilson
DUBLIN, Va. — The Rev. Barbara Joyce Kingrea Wilson (Patrick), 75, of Dublin departed this life for her heavenly home Friday evening, March 7, 2014 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA after a short illness.
Betty Jean Wilson
PRINCETON — Betty Jean Wilson, 78, of Glenwood Park Rd., Princeton, WV, passed away Saturday March 8, 2014 at Princeton Community Hospital.
Reginald O. Bailey
WINDER, Ga. — Reginald O. Bailey, age 88, of Winder, GA, passed away Friday, March 7, 2014.
Shelby Jean Roop
NORTH TAZEWELL, Va. — Shelby Jean Roop, age 66, of North Tazewell, VA died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, VA.
BLUEFIELD — Lester Shrader, 85, of Moonlight Lane, Bluefield, WV, passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014 at his residence.
Ronald Dale Henry
BLUEFIELD — Ronald Dale Henry, 67, of 415 Federal Street, Bluefield, WV, passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the Maples Nursing Home in Bluefield.
Richard Lee Thomas
LINDSIDE — Richard Lee Thomas, 86, of Lindside, WV, passed away, Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the Springfield Center, Lindside, WV.
William Kelsey “Bill” McClure
PRINCETON — William Kelsey “Bill” McClure, 97, of the Athens Road in Princeton, died Thursday, March 6, 2014 at Glenwood Retirement Village following a long illness.
Neil Franklin Thompson Jr.
PETERSTOWN — Neil Franklin Thompson, Jr., 35 of Peterstown, WV passed away Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke, VA.
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