Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Kenneth "Ken" Bonanno

Kenneth “Ken” Eugene Bonanno died Monday, August 1, 2016, in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The son of the late E. Ruth Hatcher of Floyd, and Antonio C Bonanno, Ken was a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University. He went on to obtain a gemological diploma from the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, and was a Fellow of the Gemmological Association (FGA). He had been a partner with his mother at Bonanno’s Antiques in Fredericksburg for almost 40 years.
    From the time he was a young child, he spent many summers in Floyd with his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. He considered Floyd and Meadows of Dan his summer home-away-from-home, where he is remembered by all as the kid who knew no fear when it came to animals, snakes and assorted other creatures of nature! Most vivid in the memories of most of his aunts and uncles was the afternoon he disappeared at about age 3 while visiting at the home of one of his uncles, only to be found kneeling alongside his newest friend, a nice “big bull” out in one of their fields! When Ken was finally found, both he and the bull seemed content with one another, but none of the family was “content” until Ken had been “gingerly removed” him from the bull’s side. Ken was never able to understand why everyone was making such a commotion upon finding him!
     Ken went on to become a highly respected gemologist with an extensive knowledge of rare gems and jewelry. In addition to “gemology” he was also interested in other areas of science, including astro-physics. He was also a passionate collector of fine watches and classic cars that he enjoyed restoring. He loved skeet shooting and was a former president of the Fredericksburg Rod & Gun Club as well. Those who knew him well knew he also loved jazz and was an excellent saxophone player.
    Ken was a loving brother with a keen mind, kind heart, gentle nature, and intense curiosity about the world around him. He loved animals of every kind. He was devoted to our mother and cared for her lovingly for the many years she was confined to a nursing home. 
    Survivors include his siblings, Anthony J Bonanno of Santa Fe, NM; Antoinette Bonanno Matlins of Woodstock, VT; Beth Rosine Bonanno Honeycutt of Floyd, VA; Karen Bonanno DeHaas of Land O’Lakes, FL; Kathryn Bonanno Patrizzi of New York City and Flumet, France; and a niece and 4 nephews who adored him.
    A brief memorial and burial service will take place at Topeco Church of the Brethren, on October 8th at 11:00 am.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Samuel Floyd Bolt

Samuel Floyd Bolt, 43 of Willis, passed away Friday, September 23, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, J.E. Bolt; brother, Julius “Scott” Bolt.
Those left to cherish his memory is his fiancee’, Angela Montejo; sons, Michael and Isaac Bolt; mother, Dorothy Bolt; brothers and sisters-in-law, Steven Bolt; Stewart Bolt (Jenny); Daniel Bolt (Stacie); Erica Bolt; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held at noon on Monday, September 26, 2016 at Maberry Funeral Home with Dr. Ricky Atkins officiating. The interment will follow at the Mabry Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. till noon prior to the service. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation toward funeral expenses.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Dorcie Cox Semones

Dorcie Cox Semones, 96 of Salem, VA. passed to her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. She passed peacefully at home with family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Grover K. Semones; son, Howard M. Semones; granddaughter, Carla Grace Semones.

She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Darell and Lois Semones, Larry and Mary Semones; daughter and son-in-law, Sue McDaniel and Jack; ten grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren. A special thanks to Good Samaritan Hospice.
Funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, September 25, 2016 at Maberry Funeral Home with Elder Larry Hollandsworth officiating. The interment will follow in the Big Sand Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. prior to the service.

Drayton Lee Mabry

Drayton Lee Mabry, 96 of Indian Valley road, passed away on Thursday, September 22, 2016. He was the son of Fred Lee and Myrtle Haley Mabry. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Rosa Mabry, and his sister Velma Akers.

He was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Radford. He was the owner of Mabry’s Grocery for 40 plus years, and his passion was running his country store, sometimes starting at 4:00 a.m.

He is survived by two nieces, Sonya Regan and Kathy Benedetto; two nephews, Neville Smith and Ramsey Gallimore; who cared for Drayton during his later life. Special thanks to the English Meadow Staff and Good Samaritan Staff.

Funeral service will be held at noon on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Gethsemane Baptist Church with Pastor Ersell Alderman officiating. The interment will follow in the Sunset Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to noon prior to the service. A Masonic service will be held at the graveside by the Snowville Masonic Lodge #159.