Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Evelyn Wells Johnson

Evelyn Wells Johnson, 86, of Floyd, passed away Wednesday May 27, 2015. Mynatt Funeral Home of Knoxville, TN will be serving the Johnson family. 
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Patricia Dianne Fentress

  Patricia Dianne Fentress, my Wondrous Dove, passed away peacefully in my arms on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at home surrounded by her loving family.
  Dianne was a server at Cracker Barrel, in Christiansburg, where she had many special guests.
  She was preceded in death by her father, Robert John Neilson; Brother, Charles Neilson; and her much loved and missed children, Christopher and Tomia
  Left to cherish her memory is her husband Ron; mother Rita Louise “Weezie” Neilson; Son, Matthew and wife Crystal; Grandchildren Liberty, Harmony, and Patriot; Brother, Michael Neilson; Sister, Robin Reddick and husband, Sam.
  In the near future, friends and family will be invited to attend a Celebration of Dianne’s Life. Memorials may be sent to Sidney United Methodist Church at 2705 Camp Carry’s Brook Rd. Riner, VA 24149.
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Nulan Elwood Sutphin

Nulan Elwood Sutphin, 82, of Christiansburg, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 26, 2015 surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Katie S. Sutphin; Daughters, Joyce Price and Debra and Scott Greear; Grandchildren, Kayla and Jason Harris, Benjamin Price, Abigail Price, Heather Greear; Great-Grandchildren, Isaac Harris, Emma Harris.  One brother and four sisters also survive.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, May 29, 2015 at Maberry Funeral Home with Rev. Jerry Sloss officiating. Military Rites by Floyd V.F. W. Post#7854 and American Legion Post #127.  Interment will follow in the Sutphin Family Cemetery.  Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, May 28, 2015.  

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Eva Spencer Claytor

Eva Spencer Claytor, 94 of Copper Hill, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at her home.  Eva was the 11th of 12 children born to Green Lee and Mary Betty Spencer, in Patrick County.  During her early years, Eva discovered that teaching was something that she was “called to do,” and she left Patrick County at a young age to complete school in Kimball, West Virginia, where further education was offered for
Black youth at the time.  Subsequently, she graduated, with honors, from Bluefield State College, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education.  Eva returned to Patrick County to begin what became a lifelong career teaching the youth of both Patrick and Floyd Counties.  Initially Eva taught in a one room school house in Patrick County, and later in a segregated high school for black youth.  In 1950 she married William “Andrew” Claytor, who led her to Floyd County, where she fulfilled her dreams of teaching both at Harris Hart, prior to desegregation and later, in Floyd County Public Schools.  In the 1960’s, due to her commitment to youth, their education, and their future, and due to her commitment to being a life-long learner, Eva returned to Radford University where she attained a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education.  Ultimately, she retired from Check Elementary School in 1983, after 41 years of teaching.   Upon her retirement, she was an active member of the Floyd County Retired Teacher’s Association.  Eva was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Floyd Courthouse Chapter, and she was also a dedicated and active member of Mount Zion Christian Church, where she served as a Deacon, until her health precluded her activities.  

In addition to her parents, Eva is predeceased by her husband, William Andrew Claytor, and 11 siblings.  She is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Claytor of the home and a host of nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held 1:00 p.m.,Saturday, May 30, 2015 at Maberry Funeral Home, with Rev. Eugene Reynolds and Rev. Kevin McNeil officiating.  Interment will follow at Restvale Cemetery. Family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. prior to the funeral service, at Maberry Funeral Home Chapel. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Donald (Boo Boo) Quesenberry

   Donald (Boo Boo) Quesenberry, age 55, of Floyd, Passed away peacefully in his sleep to enter the gates of heaven to be with his Lord, on May 21, 2015. He was predeceased by his father, Carl Quesenberry.
   Left to cherish his memory is his beloved mother, Colleen White; his two sons, Devin (Sarah) and David (Jordyn); his daughter, Serena; four sisters, Linda Naff, Kathy (Phillip) Keesee, Wanda (Mike) DeWell, Joyce Harmon (Paul); and brother, Ricky Quesenberry; and several nieces and nephews.
   A private Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Patricia Mary Duffy

Patricia Mary Duffy, 68, of Floyd, passed away May 11, 2015.  She was one who thought of others, volunteering many hours at The Friendship CafĂ©, Christmas for Children and Skyline Nursing & Rehab.

There will be a private memorial service at a later date. Arrangements by Maberry Funeral Home.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Harry Lloyd "Sonny" Shelton

Harry Lloyd "Sonny" Shelton, 57 of Floyd,  passed away peacefully at his home, Saturday, May 9, 2015. A private Celebration of His Life will be held at a later date.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Lewis Randolph Thompson

Lewis Randolph Thompson, age 75, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on Friday morning, May 8, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hassell and Judith Thompson, and two sisters, Jean Peters and Judy Miller. He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Louise G. Thompson; four children and their spouses: daughter Lisa (Steve) Helms; son Travis (Cheryl) Thompson; son Tater (Robin) Thompson; and daughter Jackie (Barthel) Padgett. He was also blessed with his precious grandchildren: Brian (Shelia) Helms, Jarrad (Megan) Helms, Jordan Helms, Victoria Helms, Stephanie Helms, John Kiker, Matt (Tressa) Kiker, Amber Thompson, Jacqueline Thompson, Dustin Thompson, Jacob Thompson, and Carly Thompson. More blessings include his 4 great-grandchildren: Matthew, Hunter, Ethan, and Tucker Helms. Other survivors include a niece, Jennifer Eggers; nephews, Frankie Peters, Davie Peters, Stevie Peters, and John Miller; and a special aunt, Aleen T. Wade.

Lewis was owner and operator of Simmons Grocery for thirty-five years, and spent the past four years as a bus driver for Floyd County Public Schools. He was a Virginia Tech graduate and an avid supporter of the Floyd County sports program. His enthusiasm and passion were evident as he showed up to cheer for his Buffaloes. Lewis loved watching his grandkids play sports, and could somehow manage to show up for three games in different locations at the same time. He enjoyed bluegrass music and also loved spending time working in his yard and garden, generously sharing the fruits of his labors with his friends and neighbors.

He loved the Lord and his church family, and we take comfort in knowing that Lewis is in the presence of his Heavenly Father, as His Word assures us, “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”

A celebration of Lewis’ life will be held at Pleasant Valley Church of the Brethren, 3883 Alum Ridge Road, Floyd, on Monday, May 11 at 2:00 p.m. with Pastors Roy Turpin and Frankie Peters officiating. Interment will follow at the Thompson Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church on Sunday evening from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. 
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