Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Arnold Hammond

  Arnold Hammond, 84 of Floyd, passed away Friday, October 24, 2014. 
  He was preceded in death by his wife Margie Arlene Dooley Hammond.
  Arnold is survived by his sons & daughter-in-law;
Phillip L. & Jean Hammond, Mark Hammond, daughters & sons-in-law; Debbie L. & Richard Thomas, Frances H. & David Foutz, sister; Lucy Laprad, five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; friends Kenneth & Marie Crowder.
   Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, November 1, 2014 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Floyd, VA with Mr. Tim Johnson officiating.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Thurman W. Janney

          Thurman W. Janney, 90, of Copper Hill, passed away Saturday October 25, 2014 at the Virginia Veterans Care Center in Roanoke, VA. Thurman was born November 11, 1923 to the late Luther and Mincie Janney. He is also preceded in death by his brothers; Raye and Chester Janney, sisters; Thelma Nash, Alma Shank and Marie Murphy.

       Thurman was drafted into The U.S. Marine Corp on October 29, 1943 and served in the Pacific until discharged on April 2, 1946. He was a skilled carpenter and enjoyed farming and caring for his cattle. Thurman was a member of the Stonewall Church of the Brethren.

       He is survived by his wife Dorothy V. Janney, sister; Lelia J. Huff, brother-in-law; King S. Murphy, Jr., sisters-in-law; Helen M. Janney and Evelyn H. Janney, other in-laws; Ralph Vest, David & Darla Vest, Paul & Penny Vest, Charles & Loretta Vest, James & Katie Vest, Ruth & Elvin Ingram, Marie & Bill Thomas and Grace Vest. He was a special uncle to numerous nieces and nephews.

       Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday October 28, 2014 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jerry Hylton and Pastor Darren Landon officiating. The interment will follow at the Stonewall Cemetery with Flag Presentation by Floyd V.F.W. Post #7854 and American Legion Post #127. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, October 27, 2014 at Maberry Funeral Home.

       In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the Stonewall Church Building Fund, C/O Marie V. Thomas, 536 Poor Farm Road SE, Floyd, VA 24091 or the Stonewall Cemetery, C/O Dorothy V. Janney, 249 Boothe Creek Road SE, Copper Hill, VA 24079 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Minnie Belcher Harman

  Three things will last forever-Faith, Hope, and Love-and the greatest of these is love.1 Corinthians 13:13

  On October 22, 2014, Minnie Ester Belcher Harman of Floyd was reunited in heaven with her beloved husband Fred and twin sister, Monnie Lovins. Minnie & Monnie were welcomed into the family of Benjamin Harrison & Manie Conner Belcher on September 8, 1921.

  The two “bashful” girls led a quite life of hard work on the family farm at the base of Hog Mountain in Willis, Virginia. They walked several miles to attend Slate Mountain School and later joined the Slate Mountain Presbyterian Church.

  Minnie loved and was devoted to her siblings. Her brothers, Edgar, Thomas, Ray, and Daniel and two other sisters, Gaye Edwards, and Infant Beulah, preceded her in death.

  She was 23 years old, and starting to worry she might be an old maid, when she met a gregarious, funny guy, totally opposite of her shy and reserved manner. On September 16, 1944, she married Melvin Fred Harman. They were blessed with 66 years of marriage. She spoiled Fred their entire married life and cared for him until he passed on December 29, 2010.

  For many years they resided on a small farm on Burks Fork Creek in Willis. After 12 years of marriage they were blessed with a daughter and five years later a son. Minnie worked hard to provide for her family. She grew and canned fruits & vegetables, milked cows, and raised pigs and chickens. She was an excellent cook who thought biscuits and gravy were a staple for every meal. She dried her own apples for her delicious fried apple pies. Minnie made beautiful quilts for people from all over the country. In 1989 she and Fred left the farm and moved closer to town (Floyd).

  Minnie is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Hilda and Howard Dickerson of Willis, and her son, Norman and fiancee’ Cherie Horton, of Riner. Grandchildren, Jennifer Tunstall and fiance’ Onix Pastrana; Benjamin & Kathie Webb. Her Great-grandchildren, Jared, Evan, and Carter, were the light of her life and gave her much pleasure in her later years. She is also survived by two loving sisters, Lula Harris of Radford and Pauline Bolt of Meadows of Dan. Minnie leaves behind many nephews and nieces including Evona Helms of Meadows of Dan. She was blessed to have a loving church family at Little River Baptist Church and wonderful caregivers, Michelle Smith, Terri Poff, Martha Turpin, Audrey Goad, and Arlene Radford.
  The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25, 2014 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Elmon Thompson, will follow at 2:30 p.m. Burial will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Willis.

  Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her. Proverbs 31:28. Mama-until we meet again, we love you and will miss you. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

David E. Sutphin

David E. “Dave” Sutphin, 78, of Floyd, slipped from this life of pain Monday October 20, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Ewell Leonard and Treva Gay Bolt Sutphin, sister; Joyce Marie Sutphin, brother; Dallas Ray Sutphin.

  David went to Willis Elementary and High School where he played basketball. He served his country in the United States Navy from 1955 till 1959. He served on the Destroyer USS Sigourney. He was in the Engineering Division as an Electricians Mate, and obtained the Rank 2nd class Petty Officer. David married the love of his life Delpha A. Weddle on November 26, 1959. David worked at G.E. in the Test Department until becoming a longtime businessman, he started out in a Frigidaire Dealership and HVAC and then as a Furniture Retailer. He was the Sitting President of the Board of Trustees for the Alderman Cemetery in Willis, VA. He was an avid sports fan of football, basketball and racing and he loved to play cards.

   He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-five years Delpha Sutphin, daughter and son-in-law; Sandra and Russ Rorrer of Woolwine, VA., son and daughter-in-law; Steve and Heather Sutphin of Floyd, VA., grandson; Jeffery A. Sutphin of Floyd, VA., brothers and sisters-in-law; Richard and Ruby Sutphin of Floyd, VA, Randy and Betty Sutphin of Shippensburg, PA, and Ron and Fern Sutphin of Indian Valley, VA., sister and brother-in-law; Marlene and Cecil Compton of Floyd, VA., numerous nieces and nephews and many, many friends.

   Funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday October 24, 2014 at the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Darren Landon officiating. The interment will follow in the Alderman Cemetery with Military Rites by the Floyd V.F.W. Post #7854 and American Legion Post #127. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday October 23, 2014 at Maberry Funeral Home.
  In lieu flowers, donations may be made toward the final expenses.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Donald Ellerd Halverson, Jr.

    Donald Ellerd Halverson, Jr. of Floyd, passed away on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. The oldest of 3 children, Don was born in Metter, GA, June 6, 1946 to Lauree Durden Simmons and Donald E. Halverson, Sr. Don grew up in Atlanta, went to Marist School and graduated from Milton High School. He went on to college at The Citadel. Don's love for football was only exceeded by his deep love of all the children in the family. Don was a coach, teacher, a computer systems consultant, salesman and accountant.  
    He is survived by his spouse, Laura Lee Shawhan, his children Libby Boggs of Buckhannon, WV and Donny Halverson of Mexico City; his sister, Mary Beth Marzulli of Hilton Head, SC, and brother Brian Wesley Simmons of Mason, NH; his loving Aunties, Mary Floyd Giometti of Atlanta, GA, and  Betty Durden Collins of Stillmore, GA; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
   A memorial service is being held at Mt. Elbert Methodist Church in Floyd on Saturday Oct. 25, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.  A reception will follow. Another service is being held in Atlanta on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014.
    In lieu of flowers, donations to Wounded Warrior Project, Nat'l Processing Cntr, PO Box 78540, Topeka, Kansas, will be greatly appreciated.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Eunice "Carlon" Harris

Eunice Carlon Harris, age 89, of Floyd, was called peacefully to his heavenly home, on October 13, 2014. He looked forward to joining his wife of 60 years, Pattie D. Harris.

   He was also preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Zellie Harris; Siblings Cleve Harris, Reva Rierson, Elverna Sowers, Elmond Harris, Melvin Harris, Walden “Sod” Harris, and Oscola Harris; Son-in-Law Butch Tanner and special niece, Linda Gayle Sheppard.

   Carlon was a devout member of Topeco Church of the Brethren. He drove a truck for the Hubbard Lumber Co. for 41 years. He was a NASCAR fan and enjoyed the races with many of his friends. He had developed a love for Golf and enjoyed watching it daily on TV. He was the happiest when surrounded by his family and when he was able to walk his farm. He enjoyed raising cattle and especially enjoyed raising crops to sell on the Market in Roanoke. He was a man with a quiet sense of humor and especially enjoyed the company of “the Coffee Club” at Jim’s Grill when he was able.

   Carlon is survived by his children, Katherine Tanner and Becky and Mike Cockram.

   He was extremely proud of his grandchildren, Michelle Lytton, Shalena Conner, Aleesha Cockram, Shawn Tanner and Shane Tanner.

   He adored his great-grandchildren, Ashton Lytton, Carley Lytton, Baylee Conner, Bryce Cockram, Blake Cockerham, Ashley T. Mathis, Caleb Tanner, Draper Tanner, Triston Tanner, Courtney Tanner, and

great-great grandson Remington Mathis.

   He is also survived by a sister, Mildred Hylton; Sisters-in-law Freeda Harris, Fern Harris, Iva Dell Harris; Brothers-in-law Milton and Ethelene Duncan, and Covy Sowers; Several nieces and nephews; and Special caregiver and friend, Larry Myers. A special thanks to Gentiva and Good Samaritan Hospice for their excellent care of our Dad.

   A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Topeco Church of the Brethren with Pastor Mike Varner officiating. Interment to follow at the Topeco Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Maberry Funeral Home.

   In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Topeco Church of the Brethren Christian Pre-school at 3460 Floyd Hwy South, Floyd, VA 24091, or to Good Samaritan Hospice, 2408 Electric Rd. Roanoke, VA 24018.