Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Ina Christine Martin


Ina Christine Martin, 80 of Floyd, passed away on Monday, July 20, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, Covy Melvin and Elverna Mamie Harris Sowers; sister, Melva Stuphin.

She is survived by her husband, Owen Roscoe Martin; daughters and son-in-law; Ina Whitlock (Roy), Patsy Martin; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy Martin (Brenda); brother, Roy Sowers; grandchildren, Jerry Whitlock, Tabitha Whitlock (Chris), Gina Turner, Shane Martin, Owen Martin, Wayne Martin; great grandchildren, Tegan Alexis Whitlock, Blandeon Dean, Juliet Grace Vest, Desiree Whitlock, Cheyenne Whitlock, C.J. Whitlock, Alayna Martin, Zayden Martin.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 22, 2020 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Wesley Conner officiating. Interment will follow in the Topeco Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. prior to the service.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Donald H. Semones


Donald H. Semones, 84 of Salem and formerly of Floyd County, went to be with his wife after a hard fought battle with several chronic illnesses on the morning of July 16, 2020.

Don served his country during the Korean War in the Navy and got to travel the world. He came home, met the love of his life and was married on February 15, 1958.

Don is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Hallie; one daughter, Kathy Dawn; and his parents, one brother, and one sister.

Left to mourn his loss are daughters, Vicki Mabery and Kathy M. (George) Bell, of Salem; one grandson, Jake (Maria) Mabery; and one brother, Curtis Semones.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2020 in the Topeco Cemetery with Pastor Howard Nester officiating.

The family would like to express a special thank you to Good Samaritan Hospice for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 2408 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018.

Friday, July 10, 2020

Mary Spence Turman


Mary Spence Turman, 78 of Riner, passed away on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jacob Fred & Wetah Snow Spence; siblings, Charles Benny Spence and Lula Mae Boyd; and nephew, Ricky Spence.

She is survived by her husband, Walter J. Turman; sons, Kenneth Turman and Donnie Turman; grandchildren, Josh Graham, Jacob Turman, Kendra Turman, and Justin Turman; great-grandchildren, Preston, Maddie, Hunter, and Caleb; sister & brother-in-law, Martha & Charles “Billy” Altizer; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ted Farmer officiating. Interment will follow in the Willis Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 – 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Serafina Mackian


Serafina Mackian, 83, died on Thursday, July 2, 2020 in Floyd, Virginia. Born in Bosnia on September 7, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Rose & Ivan Kajic. She is also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 10 years, Gerald “Paddy” Mackian. 

She is survived by one son, Tony Mackian; three daughters, Eli Velickovic & husband Bora, Bozana Young & husband Robert, and Emily Pucelj; seven grandchildren, Ivan and Sergio Velickovic, Milan and Adriana Pucelj, Samuel and Sara Mackian, and Alessandra Young; and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by former son-in-law, Edvard Pucelj and former daughter-in-law, Cheryl Mackian.

Serafina established her faith early on in life. She held her faith dear to her heart and passed down through the generations, to her children and grandchildren. She was known for supporting her family through prayer. Her children say her firm Catholic beliefs helped shape them into the people they are today. When asked to describe Serafina, her children said she was the definition of strength, a constant in this ever changing world. 

She has always provided comfort in times of need. Regardless of what was going on around them, she played her role as mother. Her children say they always had her providing them love and security in time of need.

Serafina spent most of her life living in Eastern Europe providing for her family. She moved to America when she was 49. On top of being a loving mother,she was the kindest grandmother. Her grandchildren say they will miss her Serbian mac and cheese and her famous bread.  Those who were closest to her, refer to her as “Baba,” Serbian for grandmother.

Serbian was Serafina’s predominant language, as she spoke very little English. Her family says for a woman who didn’t speak English, she made America feel like home. Her caring nature and passionate heart will be truly missed. The family she leaves behind says she brought out the goodness in the world and gave them strength to face difficult situations and overcome them. 

A private graveside service consisting of family will be held in the Jacksonville Cemetery.

Serafina will truly be missed, but her family is glad she is finally at peace in the arms of her loving Savior.

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Warren Taylor Williams


Warren Taylor Williams, 67 of Galax, passed away on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie & Estelle Williams.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Diane Williams; son & daughter-in-law, Brad & April Williams; daughter & son-in-law, Karla & Wesley Smith; grandchildren, Austin & Matthew Williams, and Kylie & Seth Smith.

Graveside services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at the St. Matthews Cemetery with Rev. Randy Key officiating.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Nelderee Reynolds


Nelderee Reynolds, 78 of Willis, passed away on July 2, 2020. She was the daughter of the late Bud & Tillie Moles Spence. She is also preceded in death by her husband, James Reynolds; sister, Belva George; and brothers, Milton, Allen, Maurice, Naven, Trenton, and Nelson Spence. 

She is survived by her daughters & sons-in-law, Lorie & John Bolt, Penny & Michael Bolt; grandsons, Andrew, Dereck, and Matthew Bolt; great-granddaughter, Alice Bolt; step great-granddaughter, Klair Davis; sister, Corina Dougill; step-grandson and family, Mickey (Marcia) Bolt and Sierra, Samantha, and Adam; and her special family, DJ, Heather, Avery, Emery, and Marly Chaffin.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jeff Dalton officiating. Interment will follow in the Blue Ridge Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 – 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at Lewis-Gale Medical Center Surgical ICU for their dedicated care.

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Lou Alice Howell Baker



Lou Alice Howell Baker, 83 of Floyd, passed away on Sunday, June 28, 2020. She was born May 17, 1937 to the late Calvin Asa & Eliza Alice Burges Howell.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Vernon Edgar Baker.

She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Winona Baker; Darryl and Lisa Baker; grandchildren, Stacy Lawson and husband Mitch; Andrea Sehen and husband Allen; Colt Baker, Ryan Baker and wife Kelly; great grandchildren, Trent Sehen, Evan Sehen, Tulson Baker; brothers and sisters-in-law; Kurtz Howell, John and Danah Howell, Mary Howell, Becky Howell.

A Graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at Topeco Cemetery with Pastor Roy Turpin officiating. In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to thank Carilion Hospice and a special thanks to our in home care givers; Wendy, Barbara, Crystal, Kiana, and McKeslie.


Monday, June 22, 2020

LeMan Hope Dobrenz, Jr.


LeMan H. Dobrenz, Jr., 55 of Floyd, passed away on Friday, June 19, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lee (LeMan, Sr.) & Ellie Dobrenz. 

LeMan was a friend to many. He devoted many years to his work serving at Ray’s Restaurant and recently with The Bread of Life. 

He is survived by his cousins, Chris Hale, Ginny Hale, Cindy Domenico, and Jason Domenico; as well as numerous other cousins and friends.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2020 in the Jacksonville Cemetery. Friends of LeMan are encouraged to come and share a memory of him.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Glenn Hansel Roberson


Glenn Hansel Roberson departed this life Saturday, June 20th at English Meadows Senior Living. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sybil Gardner Roberson; his parents, Carl and Vada Roberson; and his two brothers, Hubert and Calvin Lee. 

He leaves behind his daughter, Martha A. Wirt (Ford); his grandson, Alex Wirt (Amber); two precious great-granddaughters, Jordan and Audrey Wirt; his sister, Reva Marrow; and sister-in-law, Helen Roberson.

He was a simple man who worked hard to meet the needs of his family and was anxious to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ upon leaving this life. Many thanks to Kindred at Home Care and the staff at English Meadows - Christiansburg Campus for their kindness and care. 

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 in the Jacksonville Cemetery with Pastor Shake Smith officiating. 

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Auburn Baptist Christian Academy, PO Box 917, Riner, VA 24149.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Eunice Darlene Phillips Perdue


Eunice Darlene Phillips Perdue, 84 of Floyd County, passed away on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, Walter Clyde & Ora Duncan Phillips; sons, Fredrick Clyde & Richard Lee Stutler; and brother, Eugene Kelly Phillips, Sr.

She is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Bobby) Payne, Kathy Stutler, and Gloria Stutler; son, Lee Perdue; sister, Geneva Shockley; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 20, 2020 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Roy Turpin officiating. The family will receive friends from 10 – 11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Heritage Hall – Laurel Meadows for their loving care. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the charity of your choice.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

James Warner Casteel, Sr.

James Warner Casteel, Sr., 86 of Floyd, joined family and friends in Heaven on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. He was born to Henry and Dorothy Casteel on November 13, 1933. 

Jim had a great many loves in his life, first and foremost his wife of 63 years, Carrie.  But he also loved his many friends from his high school buddies who remained friends for life, to his former co-workers at the Post Office and at Bob’s Radio and TV, to his regular golf and card buddies.  He loved his country serving in the United States Navy as a radio operator in the VP-56 Squadron and providing funeral honors for years as part of the American Legion.  He loved Great Oaks Country Club in Floyd, where he was a founding member, spending countless hours at Great Oaks. Even as he was losing names and faces because of dementia, he could recite the par for each hole.  Whether from the big smile he often wore or a funny story or joke, he loved to make people smile.  Sometimes the jokes weren’t great, but when he and Carrie started laughing it was contagious to everyone else in the room.   To those who knew him, it’s redundant to say that Jim was an active member of the Floyd United Methodist Church and many other groups in Floyd County.  If he was involved, he was going to be an active member and for much of his life moved from one thing to the next, with a passion for everything he did.  He was an amateur woodworker and would often sign the pieces when he gave them to the kids, one often used signature read, ‘made with little skill, but lots of love,’ which was true for almost everything he did.


He is survived by his wife, Carrie; children, James Jr (Donna) Casteel of Goodlettesville, TN, Paula (Keith) Bolte of Blacksburg VA, and Clark (Amy) Casteel of Danville, VA.; grandchildren, John (Kristen) Casteel, Margaret Casteel, Juli Layne, Taylor Bolte, Ethan Casteel, Jacob Casteel; five great-grandchildren; brother, Leighton Casteel of Roanoke VA; and several nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be held in the Jacksonville Cemetery with Military Rites by Faith Fellowship. 

In lieu of flowers, Jim would really like it if you called an old friend and told them a funny story, played a round of golf, or volunteered in your community.  

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Joseph Wayne Poff


Joseph Wayne Poff, 72 of Willis, passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, Harry & Treva Poff; and brother, Billy Poff.

He served in the U.S. Navy during Vietnam as a Seabee. He was an avid gardener and extremely hard worker who was well loved and known for being selfless.

He is survived by his wife, Terri B. Poff; son, Josiah Poff; daughter & son-in-law, Brandie & Kevin Hall; grandchildren, Becky Lynn Detamore, Matthew Wayne Hall, and Logan James Hall; great-grandchild, Prynce Valley; brother, Michael Ray Poff; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 12, 2020 at ROWJ Ministries with Pastor Greg Poff and Paul Robertson officiating. Interment will follow in the JW Poff Cemetery with Military Rites by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honors. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. prior to the service at the church.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Elvin E. Ingram


Elvin E. Ingram, 88 of Floyd, passed away on Sunday, June 7, 2020. Elvin was born to George J. & Doris Thomas Ingram on January 14, 1932. 

He served in the United States Army for two years from 1952 to 1954 and then worked with his daddy and mother on the farm and business they owned together. He was a member of the Stonewall Church of the Brethren. He was on the CTC Board of Directors and had an Honorary State Farmer Degree.

He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Ruth Ingram; sons & daughters-in-law, David W. Ingram, Sr. & Teresa, and Robert L. Ingram & Amy; grandchildren, David W. Ingram, Jr. & Brandi, Kassie Landes & Tyler, and Jordan Levi Ingram; five great-grandchildren, Rafe Joseph, Limary Ann, and Tripp Lane Ingram, Lillian Grayce Belcher, and Theodore Trent Landes; in-laws, Paul Vest, Charles & Loretta Vest, James & Katie Vest, Dorothy V. Janney, Marie & Bill Thomas, and Penny Vest; and several nieces & nephews. 

A private graveside service was held in the Jacksonville Cemetery. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Stonewall Church, Building Fund, c/o Marie V. Thomas, 536 Poor Farm Road SE, Floyd, VA 24091. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Skyline Nursing Home for their care that was given.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Mildred Ferguson


Mildred Ferguson, 86 of Floyd, passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020. 

She is survived by her sons, Bobby Thomas, Wayne Thomas, Jerry Thomas, and Roger Thomas; daughter, Sherry Shelton; brothers, David Radford, William Radford, and Jimmy Radford; sisters, Betty Martin, Mary Grooms, and Nancy Wade; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. 

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 31, 2020 in the Williams Cemetery with Pastor Mike Bowman officiating. 

Friday, May 22, 2020

William "Bill" Brenc



William “Bill” Brenc of Danbury, CT died on May 19th, 2020 peacefully at home with family by his side.

Bill was born January 18, 1938 in Joliet, IL to William and Victoria Brenc and is survived by his wife Mary Jane Brenc, nee Burigo, to whom he was married for almost 56 years; his three children, Victoria Borin (Chris) of Floyd, VA; Stephanie Parker (Bob) of Danbury, CT; Andrew Brenc (Joyce) of Springboro, PA; his sister Lois Jean Heilman (Lee) of New Lenox, IL; his brother Gerald Brenc, of Wheaton, IL; his ten grandchildren, Christopher Borin (Kelly), Matthew and William Borin, Gregory and Nicholas Parker, Rachel Behrens (Ryan), Tyrus, Lauren, Cate, and Jane Brenc; his great-granddaughter Polly Borin, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. 

Bill served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. from 1958 to 1960 in Vincenza, Italy, and joined General Food Corp. in Chicago in 1961. A year later General Foods transferred him to White Plains, NY, and it was while working there that Bill met Mary Jane Burigo, who he would marry in 1964 and with whom he would settle in Danbury, CT two years later to start a family. 
Bill was given an international assignment a few years later, and he and Mary Jane and their three children spent four years in Europe, returning to Danbury in 1974. 

In 1981 Bill completed his education and earned his MBA degree from Pace University in 1987. In recognition of his many years of dedicated service, the Beverage DIvision of General Foods awarded Bill the Dick Gallagher Leadership Award. Five years later Bill retired from General Foods. After retiring, Bill thoroughly enjoyed visiting many national parks with family and friends. 

Bill spent his free time giving generously to his community, and he especially relished his time coaching Danbury Little League and Danbury Junior League Baseball teams. Bill was an original board member of the Danbury Westerners baseball team and was a contributing and active member for several years. Bill and Mary Jane also delivered Meals on Wheels to the needy and provided periodic volunteer support to Saint Elizabeth Seton parish in Ridgefield, CT. 

Bill will be remembered for his remarkable zest for life, his unfaltering work ethic, and his devotion to his wife and children. He will be dearly missed. A private Funeral Mass will be celebrated in Floyd, VA. A Memorial Mass, interment and a celebration-of-life luncheon will be held in Danbury, CT at a future date. 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Faye A. Sumner




Faye A. Sumner, 78 of Floyd, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020. She is preceded in death by her husband, David Sumner; son, Steve Lawson; parents, Earl & Bonetta Gilbert; sister, Janet Goad; and brother, Larry Gilbert.

She is survived by her son, Joel Lawson (Penny); step-daughter, Missy Bradley (Brandon); grandchildren, Eric Lawson (Dana), Michael Lawson, Josh Lawson, Stephanie Velo, Ethan Bradley and Marley Bradley; brothers, Ralph Gilbert (Gail) and Fred Gilbert (Carolyn); sister-in-law, Brenda Gilbert; and very special friend, Jerry Bugg.

A private graveside service will be held.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

Mildred Rakes DeHart



Mildred R. DeHart, 82 of Floyd, passed peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, May 17, 2020. She is preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Abraham DeHart; parents, Walter “Goode” & Laura Rakes; and siblings, Gaye Worley, Marilyn Lynn Rakes, Altrude Shively, Judy Hale, Oscar Rakes, Randolph Rakes, and Richard Rakes.

She is survived by her five children, Norma Jean Rector, Kerby DeHart (Sandy Thorton), Jacqueline Radford (Ricky), Donna Spangler (Kenneth), and Vickie Wade (Jeff); 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Orben Rakes, Hubert Rakes, Cleo Rakes, and Lane Rakes; sisters, Edna Mae Duncan and Rena Lou Stone; and several nieces and nephews. 

A private graveside service will be held. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you for all of the prayers as well as special thanks to Dr. Christene Jordan and the medical staff at Blacksburg Internal Medicine and Lewis-Gale Montgomery Hospital and to the nurses from Kindred at Home and Intrepid. 

Throughout multiple illnesses over the course of several years, Mildred overcame many obstacles. Her unwavering faith in God was a quality she possessed until the very end. She loved to share her testimony for her Lord and Savior with her nurses and doctors. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed.

Betty Ann Akers Harman



Betty Ann Akers Harman, of Floyd County, was born to the late Ruby Teel and Clynton Tazewell Akers on May 5, 1936. She entered Heaven's gates May 16, 2020.

Betty loved her family and loved to laugh.  She was an excellent cook, a sharp dresser, and avid traveler.  She loved God and tried to always do what was right.

She is predeceased by her husband, Robert Wayne Harman; brother, Tazewell Akers; sister & brother-in-law, Albertine Faye and Robert Montgomery; and son-in-law, Paul McManners.

Surviving are her daughters & son-in-law, Tanya and Steve McDaniel, and Donna McManners; granddaughters, Maegan, Taylor and Katie; great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Paul and Ryan; and numerous special nieces and nephews and long term friends.

A celebration of Betty's life will be held at a later time.


In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to White Rock Church of the Brethren, 1863 White Rock Rd NW, Floyd, VA 24091.

Friday, May 15, 2020

Rose Marie Ratcliffe


Rose Marie Ratcliffe, 69 of Floyd, passed away on Thursday, May 14, 2020. She is preceded in death by her parents, Daniel & Alice M. Ratcliffe; and siblings, Carol Ann Ratcliffe, Kathy Griffin, and Robert Ratcliffe. 

She is survived by her sister & brother-in-law, Betty & Jimmy Boothe; special sister-in-law, Liz Morgan; and nieces & nephews, Charlie Ratcliffe, Brian Ratcliffe, Robert Ratcliffe, II, Robert Ratcliffe, III, Ashley Harmon, and Christina Hinegarener. 

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020 in the Beaver Creek Cemetery with Rev. Graham Mitchell officiating.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Glenn Harvey Peters


Glenn Harvey Peters, 93 of Copper Hill, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020. He is preceded in death by his parents, Leonard & Chloe Peters; son, Roger Peters; brother, Wayne Peters; sister, Peggy Harris; and brother-in-law, Don Fortner.

Glenn was a man who never knew a stranger. He loved his family and friends and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Glenn was a lifelong farmer and loved the land and his cows. He was a simple man who enjoyed the simple things in life. He will be remembered as always having a smile on his face.

He is survived by his wife 58 years, Nancy Hall Peters; son & daughter-in-law, Larry & Carol Peters; daughter & son-in-law, Carole & Brent Craighead; grandchildren, Becca Peters, Bradley Peters, and Samantha Craighead; sister, Shelby Fortner; and brother-in-law, Leonard Harris.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, 2020 in the Restvale Cemetery with Pastor Roy Turpin and Pastor Warren Brown officiating and Military Rites by Floyd VFW Post 7854 and American Legion Post 127.