Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 24, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008


Ethel (Layne) Cline, 90, of Baisden, died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008, at Logan Regional Medical Center, Logan. Mounts Funeral Home of Gilbert is in charge of arrangements.

Gracie Mae Lusk, 94, of Pinoak, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008. Arrangements are incomplete at Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton.

Frances Pickel, 62, of McDowell Nursing and Rehabilitation in Gary, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008 at Welch Community Hospital. Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger is in charge of arrangements.

Ronald Drew Smith, 70, of HC 6204 Abbs Valley Rd., Bluefield, Va. (Abbs Valley), died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2008, at his home. Funeral arrangement are incomplete at Rodriguez Pocahontas Funeral Home, Pocahontas, Va.

Helen Cash Summerlin, 71, of Bastian, Va., died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2008. Arrangements by Highland Bland Funeral Chapel, Bland, Va.


Allan Wayne Akers

PRINCETON — Allan Wayne Akers, 43, of 164 Shadow Wood Valley, Princeton, died Sunday, January 20, 2008 at his home.

Born August 25, 1964 in Princeton, he was the son of Walton Akers of Princeton and Emma Dean Thomason Akers of Green Valley.

Mr. Akers enjoyed music, flying kites, art and wrestling.

Survivors include one son, Mathew Wayne Akers; one daughter, Krystyna Nell Akers; one brother, Barry Akers of Princeton; two sisters, Deanna Zade and family of Princeton and Terri Walthers and family of Minooka, Ill.; and five grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Mt. Olive United Methodist Church at Rock with Pastor David White officiating. Honoring Mr. Akers' wishes, the body has been cremated.

Arrangements by Bailey-Kirk Funeral Home in Princeton. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Jimmy J. Bailey

OCEAN CITY, Md. — Jimmy J. Bailey, age 81, died Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at his home in Ocean City.

Born in West Virginia, he was the son of the late Oscar and Verlie Milan Bailey. Mr. Bailey was a Navy veteran, a member of the Moose and Elks Clubs. His hobbies included hunting and fishing.

Mr. Bailey is survived by his beloved wife, Mary L. Bailey; one son, Jimmy Bailey Jr.; and one daughter, Cheryl Bailey of Pasadena, Md.; one brother, Eugene Bailey of Ocean City; five sisters, Carmen Bailey, Genalee Arnold, Bonnie McKinney, Peggy Adams and Gertrude Cameron. Also survived by four grandchildren, Stacie, Derek, Jeffrey and Brooke, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 3:00 p.m. at Brooklyn United Methodist Church, 4th and Pontiac, Baltimore, Md.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brooklyn United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are being handled by the Burbage Funeral Home in Berlin, Md.

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Howard S. Bishop

BLUEFIELD — Howard S. Bishop, age 66, of Grassy Branch Road, Bluefield, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 23, 2008. He was a brief resident at The Maples Nursing Home in Bluefield suffering from kidney failure and Alzheimer's.

Born on May 10, 1941 in Bluefield, he was a son of the late Vivian Bishop Ott and the late Harold Douglas Bishop. He served in the U.S. Army early in his life and worked in New York as a carpenter and interior decorator making and hanging curtains professionally. Howard made many friends in Mercer and surrounding counties working at Bishop Home Improvement. He was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Hamm; and two brothers, Larry Belcher and Wayne Bishop.

Survivors include: Wife: Vickie Akers Bishop of the home; one son: Howard Bishop of Maine; two daughters: Barbara Bishop of Edgewater, Fla. and Holly Bishop of Maine; stepdaughter: Bridget Neal and friend Nova Kell and children Logan and Damian; three brothers: Jerry Rosten and wife Kathy of Springtown, Texas, Jimmy Bishop, Richard Belcher and wife Kathy of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters: Marlene Prater and husband Bobby of Richmond, Va., Connie Reynolds of Richmond, Va.

Graveside services will be conducted on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 1:30 p.m. at the Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Bluewell with the Rev. Reginald Blakewood officiating. Burial will follow.

Friends may call on Saturday at Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell from 12:00 noon until 1:30 p.m.

Cravens-Shires Funeral Home in Bluewell is serving the Bishop family.

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Elton Rosenbrough (Pookie) Brown

BLUEFIELD — Elton Rosenbrough (Pookie) Brown , 61, of Bluefield was called home Saturday night, January 19 at the Beckley VA Hospital following a big illness. He was preceded in death by his Mother Elizabeth B. Ponder, Aunt Willie Watterson; Sister Dorothy Ponder; Nephew Jerome Crawford; beloved niece Del Marco Bartee. He was born May 12, 1946 in Washington D.C. to the late Elizabeth Brown Ponder and Father William Ponder. He has been a resident of Bluefield for the past 53 years. He was educated in the McDowell County Public School system during his grade school years and graduated from Park Central High School in Mercer County in June 1946. He further attended Bluefield State College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education in Music in January 27, 1969. He immediately was deployed to the United States Army on January 27, 1969 to Ft. Dix, N.J., and later to Germany where during his duty he received the Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal and Sharpshooter M16 while serving in the USAREUR Co. A 187 Infantry. He also was a pledge of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. at Bluefield State College.

He leaves to cherish his memories his Father William Ponder of Bluefield; sisters, Patricia Bartee (Norman) of Charlotte, N.C.; Mernie Crawford of Bronx, N.Y.; Elsie Ponder of McDough, Ga., Betty Ponderof Bronx, N.Y.; Archie Mae Ponder of Bronx, N.Y.; Mary Ponder of Ridgeland, S.C.; Gayle Collins, Willie Hick, Anthony Walton of Princeton, WV with whom he resided; one Brother William Paul Ponder of Bronx, N.Y. and Georgia; and a host of nieces; nephews and cousins who loved him dearly. He also cherished the WVA Golden Voices Band with whom he played consisting of : Grady Price; Cecil Bullard; Ellis Thomas; Michael Taylor; Bishop Anderson Martin; Shawn Barnette; known to him as "The Boys" and beloved cousin Clarence Via (Della).

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 26, 2008 at 12 Noon at Greater Mt. Zion Pentecostal Church, 312 Park St., Bluefield with the Bishop Anderson Martin officiating.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to service.

Burial will take place in Grafton National Cemetery

Chapel Funeral Home and Cremation served the Brown Family.

Olivia W. Hill Cannady

BLUEFIELD — Olivia W. Hill Cannady, daughter of the late James L. and Emma J. Hill, and wife of James A. Cannady, was born on October 3, 1915 in Bluefield. Late Saturday evening, January 19, 2008, the death angel visited, looking for a full grown flower to be plucked to adorn the Master's table.

After moving with her parents to Institute, she completed her elementary schooling at the "Model" school, which was connected with West Virginia Sate College. It was there that her music career began. Olivia graduated from West Virginia State High School and then attended West Virginia State College where she received her B.A. degree in music, majoring in piano with a minor in voice. Realizing that, "He who thinks he can...", she continued her education at Columbia University, in New York City, and received her Master's degree there.

She began her teaching career in Martinsville, Virginia, and then returned to Bluefield were she inspired the lives of many children. Olivia was a dedicated lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She always enjoyed playing the Sweetheart song at Delta functions. She was also a lifetime member of the N.A.A.C.P. Olivia loved her church and her church loved her. She faithfully served as the pianist and choir director of the John Stewart United Methodist Church, three Sundays of every month, until she was 89 years young. On the fourth Sunday, she played the piano and directed the Celestial Chorus at the Scott Street Missionary Baptist Church.

She leaves to cherish her memory: Her nieces and nephew, Patricia Schwartz of Florida, Olivia D. Grant and David G. Joynes of Baltimore, Maryland; her cousin, John Willis of Washington, D.C.; her brother-in-law, Frederick Joynes of Baltimore, Maryland; her best friend, Diane Bell; her godson, Charles Thompson; and a host of great nieces, great nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, January 26, 2008 from the John Stewart United Methodist Church of Bluefield at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Homer Davis officiating. Entombment will follow at the Woodlawn Memorial Park in Bluewell.

Friends may call at the church two hours prior to service.

Richardson Funeral Home of Bluefield is in charge of arrangements.

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Harry Benjamin Christie

DURHAM, N.C. — Reverend Harry Benjamin Christie, 82, passed away Monday, January 21, 2008. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruth S. Christie. Born in Radford, Virginia, he was the son of the late Harry and Kathleen Christie.

A naval veteran of WWII and Korea, Christie graduated from Roanoke College and was a leader in the establishment of Colonial Presbyterian in Roanoke, Virginia where he was later named Pastor Emeritus. Upon graduation from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia, Reverend Christie began his ministry in Franklin County, Virginia in a three church field centered at the Piedmont Presbyterian Church in Callaway, Virginia. He served as pastor at the Bethany Presbyterian Church in Zuni, Virginia where he helped to locate the Zuni Presbyterian Home, part of the Presbyterian Homes and Family Services system, and at the Floyd Presbyterian Church in Floyd, Virginia. He also served as moderator of Greenbrier Presbytery, Charleston, West Virginia and on the board of directors of the General Assembly Recreation Workshop of Montreat Conference Center, Montreat, North Carolina.

Reverend Christie served for 27 years as Pastor at the Princeton Presbyterian Church, Princeton, West Virginia where he was named Pastor Emeritus. In Princeton, he led a church building program and helped establish the Tender Mercies outreach ministries. Upon retirement he served several temporary pastorships in the Roanoke area, including Colonial Presbyterian, Green Ridge Presbyterian in Roanoke and Vilamont Presbyterian in Bedford County.

Reverend Christie was selected as National Pastor of the Year in 1992, the initial year of the award, by the Academy of Parish Clergy as based on excellence in Parish ministry. He served on the Board of Directors of the Presbyterian Homes and Family Services. During his ministry he led Youth Mission trips to Mexico and Oklahoma and helped to coordinate various Presbyterian youth camp recreation programs at the Massanetta Conference Center in Harrisonburg.

Reverend Christie was a past president of the Princeton West Virginia Kiwanis Club and was active with the Princeton Chamber of Commerce and SCORE.

In addition to his wife Ruth, Reverend Christie is survived by his children Harry Christie and wife Vivian of Franklin, Virginia; Gary Frederick Christie and wife Frances of Lynchburg, Virginia; Joya Schmidt and husband Bill of Douglasville, Georgia and Dan Christie and wife Sarah Beth of Mebane, North Carolina. Reverend Christie was especially proud of his grandchildren, David Foley, Jr. of Maryland, Charles Foley of South Carolina, Jonathan Foley of South Carolina, Daniel Christie of Kansas; Ericka Christie of North Carolina and Catherine Martinette of Virginia and great grandchildren Seth , Steven and Brittany.

A memorial service will be held at the Colonial Presbyterian Church, 3550 Poplar Dr. Roanoke, Virginia, on January 26, 2008 at 2:00 p.m. An additional memorial service will be held at the Princeton Presbyterian Church in Princeton, West Virginia on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 5 p.m. with Dr. Ed Pettus officiating.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Tender Mercies Ministries, P.O. Box 669, Princeton, West Virginia 24740.

Information submitted by Seaver Funeral Home of Princeton.

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Mildred Helen Hart

PRINCETON — Mildred Helen Hart, 82, of Rt. 2, Box 415 (Moore Hollow Road) in Princeton, died Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at Princeton Community Hospital.

Born March 20, 1925 in Crab Orchard, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Effie Blevins Wood. Mildred was a homemaker and a member of the Rich Creek Baptist Church in Spanishburg. She was an avid bowler receiving numerous trophies from league bowling through the years.

In addition to her parents, three brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.

Survivors include her husband of fifty years, Wesley Preston Hart of Princeton; two sons, Charles William Carrico and wife Sandy Gayle, and David Seible all of Middletown, Ohio; two grandchildren, Christopher Matthew Carrico and Ruth Ann Seible; and four great-grandchildren, Christopher Sebastian, Catherine Gayle, Aroura, and Hayley.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the George W. Seaver Chapel of Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton with the Rev. Ralph Calfee officiating. Entombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum in Princeton. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. today.

Seaver Funeral Home in Princeton is serving the Hart family.

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Roy James Hatfield

IAEGER — Roy James Hatfield, 61, of Iaeger, died Wednesday, January 23, 2008, at Welch Community Hospital following a sudden illness.

Mr. Hatfield was born February 21, 1946 in Jolo, a son of the late Walter and Birdie Cox Hatfield. He was a disabled coal miner, enjoyed hunting, and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, a twin brother, Walter, preceded him in death.

Survivors include his wife, Juanita Steele Hatfield of the home; three sons, Roy Lee Hatfield and Stanley Hatfield both of Wolfpen, and Michael Stacy of Roxboro, N.C.; one daughter, Jennifer Stacy of Iaeger; three grandsons, Michael Ray Hatfield and Toby Hatfield both of Jolo, and Blake Stacy of Iaeger; two brothers, Walter Hatfield Jr. of Tennessee, and Luther Hatfield of Florida; and six sisters, Juanita Yates, Zettie Hagerman, Gladys Dykes, Linda Newman, and Edith Carpenter all of Florida and Opal Mitchell of Virginia.

Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, January 27, 2008 at 12 o’clock with the Reverend Lawrence Cantrell officiating at the Mile Branch Community Church. Burial will follow in the Steele Cemetery at Sandy Huff near Iaeger. Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.

Friends may call at the church Saturday evening, January 26, 2008 after 5 p.m. where evening services will be conducted at 7 p.m.

Arrangements by Fanning Funeral Home in Iaeger.

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Susan Cole Hawke

TAZEWELL, Va. — Susan Cole Hawke, age 53, of Tazewell, Va., died Wednesday, January, 23, 2008 at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem, N.C. after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer.

Born March 16, 1954 in Kansas City, Mo., she was a daughter of the late Nathaniel John Hawke Jr. and Jessie Hibbs Hawke. She was a granddaughter of Dr. Horace Hibbs, the founder and first president of the former Richmond Professional Institute, now Virginia Commonwealth University. Susan graduated from Kirtland High School in Kirtland, Ohio and earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She then graduated from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College at Clifton Forge, Va. where she received her degree in nursing. As a registered nurse, she worked at several area hospitals, including Tazewell Community Hospital, Bluefield Regional Medical Center, Clinch Valley Medical Center, Johnston Memorial Hospital and Bristol Regional Medical Center.

Survivors include two daughters, Molly Katherine Cole Altizer and Samantha Anne Altizer both of Tazewell, Va., stepchildren, Brooks Altizer and wife, Whitney of Blacksburg, Va. and Cary Altizer Petrusek and husband, Brett of Evergreen, Colo., children of former husband, Robert B. Altizer; three brothers, Henry Hibbs Hawke and wife, Judy of Asheville, N.C., David Allen Hawke and wife, Phyllis of New York, N.Y., and Nathaniel John Hawke III of Long Island, N.Y. Additional family include, Robert B. Altizer and wife, Susan Dellamea Altizer and Kameron Altizer all of Tazewell, Va.; Barbara Sergent of Beckley, and Sandra Hicks of Princeton; nieces and nephew, (children of Henry Hibbs Hawke) Lisa Hawke of Houston Texas, Rebecca Hawke of New York, N.Y. and Hibbs Hawke of San Francisco, Calif.

A memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Tazewell Presbyterian Church with Dr. James H. Grant officiating.

In honoring Susan's wishes, her body will be cremated and interred at a later date in the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery at Lexington, Va.

The family will receive friends at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, Va. from 7-9 p.m. Friday (today), January 25, 2008.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Four Seasons YMCA Wellness Center, P.O. Box 625, Tazewell, VA 24651 or Susan G. Komen for the Cure, 5005 LBJ Fwy., Ste. 250, Dallas, TX 75244.

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Gladys Wagner McComas

PETERSTOWN — Gladys Wagner McComas, age 92, of Peterstown, passed away Sunday, January 20, 2008 at Riverview Nursing Home, Rich Creek, Va.

She was born April 5, 1915 in Princeton, to the late Sylvester and Cora Wagner. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, E.W. “Bus” McComas in 2001; one sister: Inez Coburn; four brothers: Howard, Lawrence “Lonnie,” Harold “Bus”, and Benjamin “Bennie” Wagner.

Gladys was a member of the Peterstown United Methodist Church, past president of the United Methodist Women as well as a member of Chapter No. 118 O.E.S. Peterstown. Her last six years were spent at the Riverview Nursing Home where she died peacefully. Gladys was a graduate of Princeton High School and Concord College; and she did substitute teaching in Giles and Monroe Counties. She worked at the Maidenform Plant in Princeton for several years. She was well known for her cream pies as well as a quilter and seamstress.

She is survived by two daughters: Linda Buckland and husband Donald of Dover, Del., Brenda Maxey and husband Alvin of Peterstown; four grandchildren: Gary Buckland and wife Niki of Middletown, Del., Gwen Clark and husband Jim of Dover, Del., Chad Maxey and wife Cindy of Goodview, Va., Shawn Maxey and wife Loretta of Peterstown; nine great-grandchildren: Ryan, Lindsay and Eric Buckland, Paige and Mitchell Clark, Madison and Abbey Maxey, Kaleigh and Sadie Lynn Maxey.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 26, 2008 at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown, with Dr. John Sauvage officiating. Burial will follow at the Roselawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Princeton. Friends may call from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday (today), January 25, 2008 at the funeral home.

Donations of sympathy can be made to the Peterstown United Methodist Church, Peterstown, WV.

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Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Harold D. “Toby” Meadows

WILLOWTON — Harold D. “Toby” Meadows, 85, a prominent resident of Willowton, died Sunday, January 20, 2008 at Princeton Community Hospital.

Born June 21, 1922 in Willowton, he was the son of the late James E. and Myrtle Thomas Meadows. He was retired from the Celanese Corporation with twenty-two years service as a custodian and had been a life long resident of Willowton. Toby was an active member of the Willowton Christian Church and prior to his declining health; he acted as “caretaker” of the church, making sure everything was in good working order before any service. Toby and his late wife Helen owned and operated the Twin Fork Trout Ponds in Willowton for some twenty years. The trout ponds were enjoyed by fishermen and their families, who would become life long friends of the Meadows’ family, by their relationship while fishing.

Toby was recognized with a Certificate of Appreciation for his support in helping to build the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. in January 2000. He was also recognized and honored as the East River Ruritan Club Citizen of the Year in 1999. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in World War II from September 1942 to January 1945 and was captured at the Arno River in Leghorn, Italy and taken to Germany where he was held as a Prisoner of War for fourteen months. Toby was an honored recipient of the Bronze Star for his service to his country.

In addition to his parents, his wife, Helen Foster Meadows preceded him in death. Survivors include one daughter, Brenda J. Whitlow and husband Larry “Reggie” Whitlow of Toledo, Ohio; three grandchildren, Steve Whitlow and wife Julie of Toledo, Ohio, Jeffrey “ Todd” Whitlow and wife Natasha of Pembroke, Va., and Greg Whitlow and wife Jennifer of Toledo, Ohio; 11 great-grandchildren, Erica, Aaron, Steven, Jillian, Joshua, J.T., Derrik, Kyle, David, Shaine, and Brett Whitlow; two brothers, Tommy Lewis Meadows and wife Shirley of Willowton, and Newton Meadows and wife Ina of Knoxville, Tenn.; three sisters, JoAnn Meadows and husband Charles of Appomattox, Va., Mary Brillo and husband Leon of Rich Creek, Va. and Opal Scherer of Baltimore, Md.; one brother-in-law, Curtis Meadows of Willowton; and three sisters-in-law, Leona Meadows and Mildred Meadows both of Willowton, and Irene Meadows of Peterstown.

Funeral services will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 26, 2008 at the Willowton Christian Church with the Rev. David Stauffer and Mike Robertson, minister of the Willowton Christian Church, officiating. Entombment will follow at Resthaven Park Cemetery in Princeton. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. The West Virginia National Guard Honor Guard will conduct cryptside rites.

Friends may call at Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Friday (today), January 25, 2008 and one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the Willowton Christian Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Willowton Christian Church, Rt. 4, Box 529, Princeton, WV 24740.

Fredeking Funeral Service in Oakvale is serving the Meadows family.

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Thelma Euva Ridge

GARY — Thelma Euva Ridge, age 64, of McDowell Nursing and Rehab Center, Gary, formerly of the Kimball/McDowell County area, died early Thursday morning, January 24, 2008 at the Rehab Center after a long illness.

Born April 26, 1943 in Kimball, she was the daughter of the late William “Jack” Shrader and Maggie Anthony Shrader. She was affiliated with the Protestant faith, was a homemaker, and a resident of McDowell County most of her life.

Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; three sisters, Carolyn Eldridge, Alice Bullyboyd, and Mary Sharpe; one brother, James Shrader.

Survivors include: One brother, Jackie Lee Shrader and wife Bonnie of Bluewell; two sisters, Dorothy Evans and husband James of Burke Mountain, Patricia Brock of Bluefield; several nieces and nephews.

There will be no visitation or funeral service.

Arrangements by Widener Funeral Home, Northfork.

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William Shepard Roberts

PARKERSBURG — William Shepard Roberts, of Parkersburg, departed on Monday, January 14, 2008 at the age of 74 after a heroic battle with cancer.

His spirit lives on through his brother, Robert D. Roberts of Newport News, Va. and his three children: William Shepard Roberts II of Roanoke, Va., Kristina Grace Roberts of Vinton, Va., and Tara Rochelle Roberts of Charleston. His lineage is forever echoed by his two “Grandboys” William Shepard Roberts III and Soren Sebastian Gracen Roberts. He also had a special kinship with Joseph Watts of Salem, Va., Sharon Roberts of Roanoke, Va., and Darren Greathouse of Parkersburg.

His journey included the occupations of minister, teacher, soldier, social worker, and college administrator.

Dad strode through the world with a grand sense of honor, humility, and humor was only surpassed by his humanity.

Memorial services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, January 26, 2008 at Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel.

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Arrangements by Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home, Peterstown.

Margaret Arlene Dillow Tibbs

MADISON HEIGHTS, Va. — Margaret Arlene Dillow Tibbs, “Granny”, 81, of Madison Heights, passed away Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at her home. She was the wife of the late Dennis Keith Tibbs.

Born February 23, 1926, in Bland County, Va., she was a daughter of the late William Arthur Dillow and Mary Hanshew Dillow; she was also preceded in death by three brothers, Billy, Harold and Gene (Skip) Dillow. She attended Church of God of Prophecy and loved Pastor Gary and little Alma Vernon. She made many good friends during her stay here in Lynchburg. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and could be seen out with her red and purple hat enjoying each meeting.

Margaret “Granny”, as she was affectionately known, is survived by two children, a son, Walter L. Tibbs and wife, Doris, of Bland; her daughter and caregiver, Mary Jane T. Chapman and husband, J.D., of Madison Heights; a sister, Betty D. Penley and husband, Robert, of Bland; five grandchildren, Tonya Anders and husband, Brad, of Roanoke, Shawn Chapman and fiancée, Connie Garrett, of Madison Heights, Crystal Sage and husband Steve, of Bland, Hope Chapman and fiancé, Skip Johnson, of Matthews and Stacy Grady and husband, Travis, of Bland and eight great-grandchildren; a special niece, Zareda Ward, many other nieces and nephews; six sisters-in-law and four brothers-in-law, other relatives and friends.

The family received friends Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Whitten Monelison Chapel and at other times at the residence of Mary Chapman.

A funeral service will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Friday (today) at Highland Bland Funeral Chapel, Main Street in Bland, Va., conducted by the Rev. Gary Vernon.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday at Bland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Hospice of the Hills, 3300 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24501 or to Church of God of Prophecy, 2600 Garfield Ave. Lynchburg, VA 24501.

Whitten Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Monelison Chapel, Lynchburg, Va. is assisting the family. To send a condolence to the family, please visit,


Funerals scheduled today include:

• Robert M. (Mr. Bob) Elswick: 1 p.m., Hurst-Scott Funeral Home in Tazewell, Va. Interment will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens, Bluefield, Va.

• John Allen Hypes: 2 p.m., Burns Wornal Chapel of Memorial Funeral Directory on the Athens Road in Princeton. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Princeton.

• Roger Thomas Jennings: 10 a.m., Leon L. Williamson Funeral Home in Milwaukee, Wis. Burial will follow in Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Union Grove, Wis.

• Mary Jane Meredith: 2 p.m., Heritage Funeral Home in Indian Trail, N.C. Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens.

• Amanda Carol Muncy: 11 a.m., graveside services at Otis-Hess Cemetery at Miller Creek, Russell County, Va.

• Ricardo Maurice Myers (Rickey): 11 a.m., Chapel Funeral Home and Cremations in Bluefield.

• Avon F. Phipps: 1 p.m., Grundy Funeral Home Chapel in Grundy, Va. Burial will follow in Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill, Va.

• Rabbi Elbert L. Sapinsley: 11 a.m., McMillan-Small Funeral Home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Burial will follow at Southeastern Memorial Gardens, North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

• Betty L. Wills: 11 a.m., Broyles-Shrewsbury Funeral Home Chapel in Peterstown. Burial will follow at Peterstown Cemetery.