Friday, October 12, 2018

Lelia Janney Huff






Lelia Janney Huff, 97 of Floyd, passed away Thursday, October 11, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband Albert “Coolidge” Huff and daughters, Wanda Jean Guill and Sandra Lee.

She is survived by her granddaughter Sherry Holland and husband Matthew; great-grandchildren Andrea and Grayson Holland; son-in-law, Bobby Guill; numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, from 6-8 PM at Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd, VA. A funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at 11AM, at Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Roy Turpin officiating.  Interment will follow in Jacksonville Cemetery, Floyd, VA.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to The Gideons International, Floyd Co. Gideons, PO Box 742, Floyd, VA 24091.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Eva H. Phillips

Eva H. Phillips, 99 of Willis, passed away Monday, October 8, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband Junior Eldridge Phillips and her son Donald Lee Phillips.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Marilyn and RB Duncan, Reta and Jeff  Faris, Colette and Mike Donnelly; grandchildren, Stacy and Travis Hite, Lindsay Osborne, Josh and Angela Faris, Nick and Jesse Faris , Ben Faris, Matt and Amanda Donnelly and Logan Donnelly; great-grandchildren, Jaedyn and Jaxon Hite, Gavin Osborne, Beckham and Kerrington Faris, Rhet and Brooklyn Faris, Clare and Kate Faris, and Cole Palmer.

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, October 12, 2018 at the Showalter Cemetery with Mr. Rudolph Shelburne officiating.  Family will receive friends from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, Thursday, October 11, 2018 at Maberry Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Laurel Hill Church of Christ, 4737 Shanklin Drive, Radford VA 24141 or Floyd County Rescue Squad, PO Box 257, Floyd VA 24091.

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Frances Magdalene Akers Weeks


Frances Magdalene Akers Weeks, 86, of Floyd, passed away Sunday, October 7, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Posey Weeks; parents, Chymer & Lena Akers; brother, J.T. Akers; and sister, Lucille Duncan.  She is survived by a son, Steve Weeks of Greenwood; daughter and son-in-law, Marilyn and Randy Gallimore of Floyd; grandsons: Steven (Allison) Weeks of Riner; Matthew (Jessica) Gallimore of Floyd; Andrew (Charity) Weeks of Troutville; and granddaughter, Sara (Justin) Coleman of Floyd.  Also surviving are her seven great grandchildren: Hunter and Melanie Gallimore; Isaiah, Eli, and Asher Coleman; and Silas and Mason Weeks; sister-in-law, Lucille Akers; and very special nieces and nephews.
Frances truly loved her family and was devoted to caring for them.  She was a dedicated wife and mother, a perfect example of the type of woman ordained by God.  She loved to babysit, reciting every nursery rhyme imaginable.  She was a faithful member and deaconess of Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren.  As a Sunday School teacher she lived as she taught, treating others with kindness and never speaking an unkind word.  She enjoyed spending time sitting on her porch swing overlooking God’s creation.   Following her recent stroke, Frances could still sing from memory so many of her cherished hymns with the most beautiful harmony.
Visitation will be held on Monday, October 8, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Maberry Funeral Home.  The funeral service will be at Pleasant Valley Church on Tuesday, October 9, at 11:00 a.m. with Pastors Roy Turpin and Brian Turpin officiating.  Burial will follow at the church cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pleasant Valley Church building fund. 

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Milfred Leo Slusher


Milfred Leo Slusher, 79, of Floyd, Va., passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 30, 2018 after a lengthy illness. Milfred had been a resident of Skyline Nursing Home for the past year.

He was born on May 23, 1939 to the late Clarence L. Slusher and Cathleen Pratt Slusher.

Milfred was preceded in death by his sister, Shirleen Slusher; brother, Dexter Slusher; and nephew Brannon Scott Slusher.

He is survived by his sons, Darrell Slusher (Jodie) and David Slusher (Joan) of Floyd, Va.; daughter Donna Slusher Poff, also of Floyd, VA.; grandchildren, Autumn (Jeremy) Wade, Taylor Slusher, Austin Poff, Brooke Slusher, Elisabeth Slusher, and Kaitlin Slusher; great-grandchildren, Alice Happ, Amelia Wade, and Alexis Wade; sisters, Ruby Sutphin (Richard), Mary Wade (Dale), Linda Harris (Maurice), and Imogene Cox; brothers, Arthur, Charles , and Dale Slusher.

Milfred was a veteran in the United States army and was stationed in Germany.  He worked for Doris Turman’s Tire Shop and worked for Radford Pipe Shop for 32 years. He also worked for the Blue Ridge Park Service. He was a Ginseng hunter and loved to fish, play horseshoes, and loved to ride around in his truck.

He was a very loving father and grandfather.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 11 AM in Jacksonville Cemetery in Floyd, Va., with United States Military Honors and with Pastor Roy Turpin officiating.

The family would like to thank the nursing staff from Skyline Nursing Home and Good Samaritan Hospice for their care of Milfred.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Susie Belle Albert Vest


Susie Belle Albert Vest, 92, of Floyd passed away on September 12. Originally from McCoy, Virginia, Susie Belle came to Floyd in 1948 when she married Floyd native, David Vest. Together they founded Floyd Automotive Supply, which they operated from 1961 until 1988.

Susie Belle was preceded in death by her husband, Allen David Vest, Jr.; son-in-law, Fred Thayer; parents, Van Hope and Harmon Albert; and four siblings and their spouses, Curtis and Nola Albert; Wayne and Frances Albert and their son, Stephen Albert; Francis, Martha and Zana Albert; John Pauley, and Nedra Croy; brother-in-law and wife, B.W. and Virginia Vest and their son, Joey Vest.

She is survived by her daughter Yvonne Vest Thayer of Christiansburg; son Allen David Vest III and daughter-in-law Ellen Vest of Floyd; granddaughter Dr. Marcee Vest Berry and her husband Garrett Berry of Richmond; great-granddaughter Ollie Belle Berry of Richmond; sister, Mary Nell Pauley of McCoy and brother-in-law Don Croy of Blacksburg; seven nieces and nephews and their spouses, including Peggy Ann Vest Mentel of Roanoke.

The family would like to thank the staff at Skyline Nursing and Rehab Center for their care of Susie Belle over the four last years. They also acknowledge the important services of the Good Samaritan Hospice staff that supported her family.

A funeral service will be held at the Presbyterian Church of Floyd on Friday, September 14, at 11:00 a.m. with burial at the family grounds in Harvestwood Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held at Maberry Funeral Home on Thursday, September 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. For those who want to honor her memory, donations may be made for education and music programs at the Presbyterian Church of Floyd, P.O. Box 164, Floyd, VA 24091. 

Monday, September 10, 2018

Constance Auburn Vest




Constance Auburn Vest, 25 of Copper Hill, passed away September 7, 2018.  She was preceded in death by her uncle, Douglas Delano Neighbors, Jr.

She is survived by her mother, Greta N. Cail (Larry); father, Jimmy Vest; children, Douglas James Vest and Aiden Lyane Hajek; brother, Billy Jack Neighbors; paternal grandparents, James and Katie Vest; maternal grandparents, Loretta Gibson and Doug Neighbors; aunts and uncles, Jesse and Sherri Neighbors, Greg Neighbors.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.


Betsy Bell


Betsy Bell, 50, passed unexpectedly the morning of Thursday, September 6, 2018, at her home in Riner, Va. Betsy was a loving soul who enjoyed creating hand-made greeting cards, jewelry, and Christmas ornaments. She also loved spending time with her family, her friends and especially her pets, Sophie and Erica. Betsy loved traveling, and never more so than during her career opening stores around the country for Liz Claiborne before settling in Riner, where she worked at Riverbend Nursery for a time. Betsy is daughter of the late Sue Haga Townsend and the late Gerald Wayne Bell. Her brother, Brian Christopher Bell, also preceded her in death. She is survived by her step-father, Lt. Col. Kenneth Wayne Townsend; her brother, Barry Duane Bell and his wife Kathryn Shields; nieces Alexandra Bell and Gillian Shields-Bell; nephew Alden Shields-Bell; uncle George Haga and his wife Linda; aunt Shawn Turman and her husband Gray. Arrangements for a memorial service in Betsy's honor are forthcoming. 



Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Doris Junior Hylton


Doris Junior Hylton, 84 of Willis, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 4, 2018.  He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Allie Minnie McAlexander Hylton, his children, William Levi Hylton, Rena McAlexander, two infant son’s , an infant daughter; great grandchildren, Journey Sage Hylton and Shane Alexander Vaughan; four brothers; four sisters.

He is survived by his daughter, Mary Ann Hylton; sister, Kathleen Mabery; grandchildren, Angela Hylton, Ashley John Hylton, Cynthia Dawn McAlexander, Rebecca  McAlexander, April Vaughan; 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, September 7, 2018 at Maberry Funeral Home with Pastor Jeff Dalton officiating with interment to follow in the Alderman Cemetery.  Family will receive friends from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., prior to the service.

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Gary Clifton Hylton




Gary Clifton Hylton, 65 of Floyd, suddenly left his earthly home on August 31, 2018.  He then entered his heavenly home.  He was preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Loretta Bishop Hylton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 41 years, Cynthia “Cindy” Bishop Hylton;  He is deeply missed by his daughter Ariel Bethell and son-in-law, Chris; He was known  as “PopPop” to his grandson, Silas Bethell.  They had many pretend adventures like “Bear hunting”; Also left to cherish his memory are his sister, Roseanna Peters and Donald; mother-in-law, Chloe Bishop; step-mother, Laura Hylton,; niece, Stacie Smith; nephew, Sean Peters; great-niece, Katie Webb.

Gary had recently retired from Volvo.  He had many good friends there.  He also worked for Yokohama and Hubbell Lighting.  He will especially be missed by his longtime friend, Steve Hodges.  They also had many adventures together.  He attended Grace Baptist Church.  He grew up in Willis VA, and had returned to Floyd to retire.  He enjoyed sitting on his front porch sharing his dreams with his wife and special dog “Ricky”.

Gary was a loving husband, father, son, son-in-law, brother, uncle, grandfather, friend and above all a “Man of God”.

Funeral service will be held at Noon, Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Maberry Funeral Home with Rev. Stephen Lackey officiating.  Interment will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg.  Family will receive friends from 10:00 am to Noon prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Floyd County Rescue Squad, PO Box 257, Floyd, VA 24091.  


Friday, August 24, 2018

Daphne Lorene Byrd Sledd

Daphne Byrd Sledd, of Riner, VA., passed away Wednesday, August 22, 2018.  She was born in Martinsville, VA.  August 5, 1937 to the late Leonard and Mary Bondurant Byrd.  She was also preceded in death by her beloved husband, Edward Lane Sledd and a sister, Mildred Byrd Grindstaff.  Daphne and her husband were self- employed with Sledd Body shop.

Survivors are son, Leonard Darrell Spencer; stepson, Donivan Lane Sledd and wife Tammy; grandson, Chris Spencer and wife Laney; step grandchildren, April and Roger Linkous; five step great-grandchildren.  Also surviving is one niece, Cassandra Grindstaff Campbell (husband Gary) and great nieces Danielle White (husband Chris) and Lindsey Campbell.

She had a great love for crafting and especially the art of quilting.

At Daphne’s request, there will be no visitation.  Family and friends who wish may gather at Roselawn Burial Park, Martinsville, VA. at 1:30 p.m., Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the gravesite to celebrate and remember Daphne’s life.  Anyone wishing to make memorial contributions may consider Mount Carmel Baptist Church, 1707 Mount Carmel Road, Rock Mount, VA. 24151 or Riner Rescue Squad, PO Box 858, Riner, VA. 24149.