Friday, June 14, 2024

Mary Walton Janney


Mary Walton Janney, 94, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 12, 2024. She was preceded in death by her husband of 37 years, Arnold Edward Janney; son, Curtis Edward Janney; parents, Alonzo Curtis Walton & Mamie Conner Walton; brothers, Elwin Walton, Percy Walton, and John Walton; sister, Annalee Conner; and a very special friend, Alfred Ratliff.

Mary was a faithful member of Salem Church Head of the River Primitive Baptist. She served as clerk for many years.

She was a caregiver almost all of her life. Being the middle child of 7, she helped her mom take care of her younger siblings. When she married Arnold, they moved in with his parents and she cared for them, while also caring for her own children. When her Mom received a diagnosis of cancer, she moved her in and cared for her for 8 years.

Mary was an excellent seamstress and cook. She sewed for her family as well as others in the community, including prom dresses. She was very crafty, if you ever visited her home, you would see her work displayed throughout. She stayed busy with her hands up until the end. She made the best green beans, mac-n-cheese, and coconut caramel pies. She was the most kind and patient person you would ever meet.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy and her son-in-law, Paul Haynes; two granddaughters, Amanda Boyd and Katy Haynes; two great-grandchildren, Levi Glosh and Adde Boyd; one brother, Ezra Walton (Jane); one sister, Jean Rorrer (Sebert); one sister-in-law, Joyce Walton; step-grandchildren, Amy Goodrich and Sarah Cluck; and an adopted daughter in love, Alfreda Cadd.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 17, 2024 at Salem Church – Head of the River Primitive Baptist with Elder Carl Terry and Elder Mark Terry officiating. Interment will follow in the Restvale Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel.

Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Betty Jane Marshall Quesenberry

 

Betty Jane Marshall Quesenberry, 93 of Indian Valley, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2024. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 68 years, Fenton Darrah Quesenberry; beloved grandson, Tracy Darrah Bunn parents, Hobert & Lula Marshall; sister, Jeanetta Bond; and sister-in-law,                         Vera Maude Quesenberry.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dianne Holder and Donnie; special grandson, Brandon (Amber) Bunn; beloved great grandson, Levi Austin Bunn; brother-in-law, Chester (Janet) Quesenberry; sisters-in-law, Deloris Mills, Verta Owen, Sandra (Ronnie) Holder, Dorcas (Myron) Sprinkle; special nephew, Julian Bond; special nieces, Debra Bond, Jennifer (Allen) Gardner, Brenda Nester; and extra special great-nephew, Andrew Gardner.

 Betty was a faithful member of the Mitchell Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church for 77 years. She played the piano and served her church with humbleness and grace. Betty had a special love for her “little family.”

 Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 7, 2024 at Mitchell Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastor Nathan Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in the Kermit Quesenberry Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to The Gideon International. Checks may be made and sent to Mitchell Chapel P.H. Church earmarked “Gideons”, at 821 Indian Valley Road, Dugspur, VA 24325.


Saturday, June 1, 2024

Tommy Ray Harmon


 

Tommy Ray Harmon, 71 of Floyd, passed away on Saturday, June 1, 2024.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Bonita Sue Harmon; daughters and sons-in-law, Angie and Nick Duncan and Amy and Beryl Whitfield; brothers and sisters-in-law, Willard “Billy” and Annie Harman and Roger and Vaughnia Harmon; sister, Peggy Moles; grandchildren, Jacob and Whitney Duncan, Krista and Jake Thompson, Bradley and Makayla Duncan, Kazey Martin, MaCayla Duncan; great-grandchildren, Raelynn, Callen, and Coy Duncan; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Tommy was known as a jack of all trades and will be remembered as a hard working humble and kind hearted man that will be deeply missed. 

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at Dillon Chapel Church on Black Ridge Road with Pastor Dale Belcher and Pastor Roy Turpin officiating.

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Foster Henry Williams, Jr.


 

Foster Henry Williams, Jr., 79 of Willis, passed away on Monday, May 27, 2024.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Helen Smith Williams; children, David Williams (Lynn), Donnie Williams (Diana), Melanie W. Leonard (Robin), and Richard Foster Williams (Kerri); grandchildren, Michael, Crystal, Brandon, Jarrett, Hallie, Evie, Samantha, Kaitlyn, Crystal, and Jacob; seven great-grandchildren; brother, George Williams; sisters, Carol Boemhler (Brad), Sharon Glenn (Andrew), and Margaret Love (Billy); and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 1, 2024 at Mitchell Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastor Nathan Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in the Quesenberry Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

Mark Wayne Blankenship


Mark Wayne Blankenship, 54 of Floyd, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 25, 2024. 

Mark loved to tell stories, joke, have a good time, and make people laugh. He never met a stranger and will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his parents, Clyde & Elsie Blankenship; brother, David Blankenship; nieces, Lydia Major (Jaylen) and Emma Blankenship (Mikie Allen); aunts, Annie Lester, Marie & Don Lester, and Peggy & Marvin Parker; and cousins, Angie Wright, Hannah Quesenberry, Bruce Neece, and Tony Neece.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 31, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Frankie Graham officiating. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg, VA. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Friday, May 24, 2024

Louise Shelton Quesenberry

 

Louise Shelton Quesenberry, 91 of Floyd, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2024. She is preceded in death by her parents, Kyle E. & Jocie T. Shelton; brothers, Erbie, Charlie & Arthur Shelton; sisters, Myrtle Rotenberry, Jeanette Bishop, and Hazel Phillips; and granddaughter, Cynthia G. Holland.

She is survived by her husband of 72 years, Cobern R. Quesenberry; son & daughter-in-law, Larry D. & Nancy Quesenberry; daughter & son-in-law, Donna Q. & Rodney Gardner; sisters, Irene S. Dalton and Zula M. Saul; special nieces, Amy Witters, Vicky Gillespie, Shelby Quesenberry, Peggy Ann Phillips; special nephew, Dewey Rotenberry; several nieces & nephews; and special friends, L.T. & Nell Simmons and Julia Montgomery.

Funeral services will be held at Noon on Tuesday, May 28, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Roy Turpin and Pastor Dinah Akers officiating. Interment will follow in the Captain George Quesenberry Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until Noon prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Skyline Nursing & Rehabilitation and Good Samaritan Hospice.

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Kirby Cecil Duncan

 


Kirby Cecil Duncan, 88 of Willis, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2024. He is preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Irene Simpkins Duncan; and parents, James F. “Bud” & Zola P. Duncan.

He is survived by his son & daughter-in-law, Kent & Trish Duncan; daughters & sons-in-law, Rebecca & Roger Pauley and Audra & Doug Weddle; well-loved granddaughters, Kaitlyn & Drew Harman and Mckenzie Weddle; special brother & sister-in-law, David & Betty Duncan; in-laws, Rollie & Ruby Simpkins, Maurice & Christine Simpkins and Diane & Gene Bishop; uncle, Ted Phillips; and several nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Kenneth Poston and Rev. Joe Cox officiating. Interment will follow in the Phillips-Kessler Cemetery. The family will receive friends from Noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Simpkins Phillips Cemetery, c/o Diane Bishop, 194 Indian Creek Rd, Willis, VA 24380.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Melvin Leon Francisco

 

Melvin Leon Francisco, 74 of Floyd, passed away on Sunday, May 19, 2024. He is preceded in death by his parents, James & Virginia Francisco; and siblings, Norma Jean Lipscomb, Erma Jo Huffman, Pete Francisco, Margarett Sweet, Clyde Francisco, Richard Francisco, and Franklin Francisco.

Melvin will be remembered as a giving and kind-hearted man. He was often seen giving people rides to and from food banks. He was always sharing jokes and funny stories. He was a treasured son-in-law to Emmie C. Conner and will be missed by his cat, Luna.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Linda Francisco; daughters & son-in-law, Jo Ann & Will Mcglothlin, Peggy Francisco, and Linda Beltran; grandchildren, William Lee Statome (Trae), Amanda Statome, Cristofer Lopez, and Laci Lopez, Chelsea Francisco, Larissa Raines, Haley Raines, and Conner Raines; great-grandchildren, Brayleigh, Mariza, and Sage; brother, Marvin Francisco; and mother-in-law, Emmie C. Conner.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2024 at Little River Baptist Church with Mr. Steven Wade officiating. The family will receive friends from 3 p.m. until 4 p.m. prior to the service at the church. A meal of fellowship will follow.

Friday, May 10, 2024

Charles William Altizer

 


Charles William Altizer, 79 of Christiansburg, passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2024. He is preceded in death by his parents, Shelor Guy, Sr. & Juanita Ester Williams Altizer; granddaughter, Jennifer Kay Sheppard; and siblings, Bobby Altizer, Linda Gilmore, and Joann Via.

He is survived by his wife, Martha A. Altizer; sons, Gary Wayne Altizer (Dreama), William “Tommy” Altizer (Marcie), Sammy Lee Altizer (Alice) and Danny Lane Altizer (Lisa);  grandchildren, Amber, Jeremy, Sierra, Daniel, Jacob, Madison, Angel, Jaelyn, Lauren, Tyler, and Paris; great-grandchildren, Noah and Rory; and brothers, Shelor Guy Altizer, Jr. “Peanut” and Eddie Altizer.

The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, May 13, 2024 with a funeral service to follow at 7:00 p.m. in the Cornersview Pentecostal Holiness Church with Pastor Frankie Graham and Pastor Jerry Shepherd officiating. Interment will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 in the Willis Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Good Samaritan Hospice for their care during this time.

Friday, May 3, 2024

Elizabeth Jane Haynes Gallimore Davis

 


Elizabeth Jane Haynes Gallimore Davis, 64, passed away in the comfort of her home in Edmond, Oklahoma on April 30, 2024. 

She is survived by her husband, Charles E. Davis; her children, Jason Gallimore and partner Mark Williams, Joseph Gallimore and wife Crystal Gallimore, Thornton Gallimore and wife Ana Gallimore, Steven Davis and wife Jennifer Davis, Paul Davis, James Davis, Kurt Davis and Kevin Davis. Also surviving are  her parents, Paul and Betty Haynes; and brothers, Paul Haynes, Dallas Haynes, Dwight Haynes and Luke Haynes. In addition to her surviving children, Jane was blessed with 10 grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her late husband, Alan Gallimore; and sons, Chris Davis (surviving widow Katie Davis) and TJ Davis. 

Jane graduated from Christiansburg High School in 1978 and held a Bachelors of Science in Psychology, a Master of Arts in Human Services, Marriage and Family, and a Master of Arts in Professional Counseling from Liberty University. From providing a loving home to her own children and many foster care children over the years, to maintaining a large roster of counseling clients, Jane was always passionate about improving the lives of those around her, especially children. Her passions throughout life centered around being the best mother she could be, along with a love for music, gardening, cooking, genealogy, reading and so much more.  

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Randy McDaniel officiating. Interment will follow in the Jacksonville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2024 at the funeral home.

A celebration of life potluck meal will be held at Floyd United Methodist Church fellowship hall immediately after the interment. 

Flowers are appreciated or donations can be made to CASA, a national organization for children's advocacy by visiting nationalcasagal.org.

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Ramona Carol Thomas Turman

 

Ramona Carol Thomas Turman, 82, passed away peacefully on May 1, 2024 in Salem, VA. She was born in Greenbrier, West Virginia as the daughter of Floyd Milton Thomas & Alta Pearl Thomas. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two sisters, Arlene Rosenbaum and Virgie Burleson; one brother, Rae Thomas; and her father-in-law & mother-in-law, Walter Lee & Addie Mae Turman.

Ramona graduated from Andrew Lewis High School where she then gained employment at Western Electric in downtown Roanoke. It was there that she met her loyal and loving husband Don and they celebrated 59 wonderful years in marriage together. She also worked as a stenographer and secretary. Mona was a fantastic cook, talented interior decorator, and had a passion for the music and memorabilia of Elvis Presley.

Mona was a devoted and loving wife to her surviving husband of 59 years, Donald Lee Turman; one daughter, Leigh Anne Foster; one granddaughter, Taylor Leigh-Scott Foster; and one niece, Beverly Russell.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Mike Vest officiating. Interment will follow in the Jacksonville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from Noon until 1 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Sherry Haid

 

Sherry Haid, 81 of Willis, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, April 29, 2024 after a hard battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Sherry was a loving and devoted mother. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. 

Sherry is survived by her three children, Thomas Haid, Ronald Haid and his wife Chanel, and Kellie Sousa and David Sousa whom faithfully watch over her to keep her safe during the day.  Sherry was a grandmother to six grandchildren, Tiffany Kirby and her husband Allen Lee Kirby, Aaron Haid and his wife Taylor Haid, Amber Fain, Stephanie Sousa, Devynn Haid, and Madison Haid. Sherry was also blessed to be a great grandmother, GiGi, to nine  beautiful great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2024 in Big Sand Cemetery with Pastor Jeff Dalton officiating. She always said she never wanted people wearing black at her funeral, so only colorful outfits will do!

Saturday, April 27, 2024

Verna Pauline Marshall

 

 

Verna Pauline Marshall, 91, of Indian Valley, VA, passed away peacefully on April 25, 2024 at Skyline Assisted Living Center in Floyd, VA.

 

She was born December 23, 1932 in Indian Valley, VA, and was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Edgar Marshall; son, Kenneth Ray Marshall; daughter, Barbara Marshall Hylton; and several siblings.

 

She is survived by her son, Charles Edward Marshall of Hattiesburg, MS; her two grandsons, Brandon Elliot Marshall of Hattiesburg, MS, and Jason Edward Marshall (Cristy) of Madison, MS; two great grandsons, Noah and Logan; her sisters, Alice Snyder of Elliston, VA and Shirley Bryant and her loving friend and caregiver, Renie Gates.

 

A loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, Verna was devoted to her fellow Christians at Pine Grove Missionary Baptist Church, and enjoyed gardening, soap operas, baking, traveling, puzzles, long talks filled with humor and just a bit of gossip, and the occasional strawberry daiquiri on special occasions. Known for her generosity, warmth, sincerity, smile and love of life, she touched every soul she encountered and brightened every room she entered. She will be greatly missed by all those who knew and adored her.

 

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Ricky Atkins officiating. Interment will follow in the Willis Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.


Hilda "Peggy" Harris


 

Hilda “Peggy” Harris, 94 of Floyd, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family, on Friday, April 26, 2024. She is preceded in death by her husband, Posey Harris; parents, Charles & Arizona Peters; five brothers and five sisters. 

She is survived by her sons & daughters-in-law, Kirby & Janet Harris, Benny & Pam Harris; daughter & son-in-law, Gail & George Phillips; grandchildren, Diana & Brian Davis, Chad & Meagan Harris, Michael & Lynnsey Harris, Ryan Phillips & Rebecca Wiseman, Evan & Morgan Phillips, Haley & Alex Gates and Adam & Caitlyn Scaggs; great-grandchildren, Reagan & Grayson Harris, Avri, Brylee & Camden Phillips, Jaxon & Callie Gates and Harper & Peyton Scaggs; special nephew, Randall Nolen and special friends Virginia Williams and Carolyn Shockley.

Peggy was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was a member of the Floyd United Methodist Church for 70 years.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Timothy Hale officiating. Interment will follow in the Jacksonville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

 The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Carilion Clinic Hospice, especially Heather, Sarah, Rebekah & Sue and to her caregiver, Lois Hubbard.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Benjamin "Ray" Spangler, Sr.


 

Benjamin “Ray” Spangler, Sr., 95 of Shawsville, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2024. He is preceded in death by his wife, Geraldine Smith Spangler; son, Russell Samuel Spangler; six brothers and five sisters.

Ray was a WWII Navy Veteran. He was a 60 year member of the Stuart Lodge #224, of Lebanon, VA, a member of the Shriners of Roanoke, and a 73 year member of Operating Engineers Local 147, Norfolk, VA. Ray is remembered locally for his ability to repair and restore heavy equipment and farm machinery and he is especially remembered for his generosity to others.

He is survived by his son & daughter-in-law, Benjamin Ray Jr. & Thelma Spangler; granddaughter, Anne Marie Graham (John); sister, Shirley Spangler Barlow and his pets, Henry and Kitty Cat.

Memorial services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Warren Bumgarner officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that you donate to the Shriners Children’s Hospital or to the Humane Society of your choice.

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Al Lee Bolt


 

Our beloved father and husband passed away on March 18, 2024, while visiting Charleston, South Carolina, from complications due to a stroke he suffered eleven days before.

 He was born and raised in Willis, Virginia, in Floyd County, and was a southern gentleman through and through. His curiosity about the world around him led him to study world languages at Emory and Henry College in Emory, Virginia. Upon graduation, he was hired by Fairfax County Public Schools as a World Language Teacher at W.T. Woodson High School. After two years he took a sabbatical from teaching to serve as a volunteer for the United States Peace Corps. In 1965, he was sent to Valle Bajo, Bolivia, a small, rural farming town, with the mission of teaching agricultural practices to the local farmers. However, he saw a more urgent need for this town. He initiated, and carried out, a clean water project that brought cleaner, safer water to a central location for the residents of this town. From that point on he was known as “the man who brought us water”. During this time, he also met and married Sonia, who lived in Samaipata, a nearby town. After two years in Bolivia, in 1967, he and his new bride returned to the United States to resume his teaching career and to start a family.

 He was a respected and admired teacher at W.T. Woodson High School and Lake Braddock Secondary School for 31 years where he taught Spanish, French, and German. As a teacher, and as a father, his integrity never wavered. He was happiest traveling to any place in the world, camping at the beach, socializing with friends, and spending time with his family.

 He and Sonia raised three children, MarĂ­a, Jon, and Mark. Our memories are filled with Volkswagen vans full of camping gear, meals around picnic tables, summer birthday parties, laughter, Thanksgivings in Willis, and mass every Sunday.

 In addition to his wife and three children, he leaves behind his grandchildren, Alex, Ben, Marek, Jesse, Addison, and Scout, his daughters- and son-in-law Karen, Mary Anne, and Edo, and his sister Helen. We will all do our best to live up to the example he set for us.

 Sonia and family ask for donations to St. Jude’s children’s Research Hospital in lieu of flowers. You can share in honor of Al at the Al Lee Bolt St. Jude Memorial Fund. 


Monday, April 15, 2024

Jo Ann Conner Maberry

 

Jo Ann Conner Maberry, 93 of Floyd, passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family, on Sunday, April 14, 2024. She is preceded in death by her husband of 55 years, Carlin G. Maberry; and her parents, Curtis and Ocie Conner.

Jo Ann was a graduate of Check High School Class of 1948 where she was known as “petite, popular, and a speedy ball player” in her senior yearbook. Her love of basketball continued into her 80’s as she thoroughly enjoyed watching Floyd County High School basketball, even traveling to Richmond for state games until she was no longer able. She also loved being outside any chance she got; working in her garden and planting flowers. Traveling was a favorite pastime, especially taking Abbott Bus trips in later years, and she always made sure her daughters got to go on vacation growing up.

She married the love of her life on June 5, 1953 and settled into their first home in Willis. She worked at Maberry Store when it was located in Willis. She worked for Floyd County Public Schools for 25 years, working at Willis Elementary, Floyd Elementary, Floyd County High School, and the Bus Garage and Maintenance Department as secretary until her retirement. In addition to the school, she worked with her family at Maberry Funeral Home, Inc., becoming Owner and President in 2008 following Carlin’s death. She was lovingly referred to as “The General” by her staff, “The Troops.” She’s remembered for always working three jobs; the school system, the funeral home, and raising her two daughters and later keeping her granddaughter after school.

She was co-chair and instrumental in starting the Floyd County Chapter of the American Red Cross with her husband. She was a member of the Floyd Rebekah Lodge for many years. She enjoyed outings with the Blue Ridge Model A Club where she got to show off her cherished 1931 Model A that belonged to her dad and that she learned to drive on. She valued being a dedicated member of Floyd United Methodist Church until she was no longer able to go in-person.

She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Ann M. and Larry C. Phillips and Mitzi M. and Rodney D. Roberson; granddaughter, Nicole R. Carr (Tyler); great-granddaughter, Natalynn C. Carr; special caregiver, Barbara Gallimore; and special co-workers, Phillip Owens, Frank Keith, Isaiah Cox, Janelle Cox, Todd King, Wayne Lovelace, and Paul Hill.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Timothy Hale officiating. Interment will follow in Jacksonville Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Floyd United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 55, Floyd, VA 24091 or to the animal charity of your choice.

Friday, April 12, 2024

Barbara Ann Russell Bishop

 

Barbara Ann Russell Bishop, 72 of Willis, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, 2024 after a hard fought battle with cancer. She is preceded in death by her father, Joe Russell of Baywood; brother, Jerry Russell of Woodlawn; niece, Teri Lyn Russell of Baywood; sister-in-law, Linda Russell of Baywood; and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

She was a member of Harris Chapel Church where she enjoyed singing. She loved going to the beach, working at the food bank, flowers, and gardening.

She is survived by her husband, Allen Bishop of Willis; mother, Edith Russell of Baywood; brother, Jesse Russell of Baywood; son, Ted (Crystal) Cole of Independence; granddaughters, Samantha Cole of Independence and Brooke (Tyler) Hallyburton of Woodlawn; special aunt, Olive Furman of Houston, TX; special friends, Hope Banard and Norma Pratt; one brother-in-law and several sisters-in-law, aunts, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on April 21, 2024 at Harris Chapel Church with Pastor Marcus Wood officiating.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place • Memphis, TN 38105.


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Earl Reece

 

Earl Reece, 82 of Christiansburg, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. He is preceded in death by his parents, Willie & Maywood Reece.

Earl was well known as a husband, dad, friend, and co-worker but his most treasured title was “Pa.” 

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Loraine Reece; children, Kim Brown and Darryl Reece; grandchildren, Cristina Dunfee (Seth) and Jessica Brown; great-grandchildren, Mason Dunfee and Charlie Dunfee; sisters & brother-in-law, Faye Showers and Gelia & Nelson Phillips; and numerous other family and friends.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Joe Cox officiating. Interment will follow in the Dalton-Turman Cemetery. The family will receive friends from Noon until 2 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Monday, April 8, 2024

Carolyn Conner


Carolyn Conner, 81, of Riner, Virgina, passed away on April 6, 2024 surrounded by her family.

Carolyn was a kind, caring and giving person who always put the needs of her family before her own. She was a strong woman and a source of inspiration to all. She was a woman dedicated to her faith, and she instilled in those closest to her the importance of family, hard work, and above all else, following the Lord in every situation of life.

Carolyn was born on May 17, 1942 to Mary & Marvin Bower in Montgomery County, VA. She attended Check High School where she met the love of her life, Clyde Edsel Conner. They were married in Christiansburg, Virginia on January 23, 1960. Clyde and Carolyn were married for over 64 years and had four children, Edsel, Brenda, Kevin, and Garrett. Being a devoted wife and mother was one of the most important parts of Carolyn’s life, a role that gave her much pride and joy. She was an excellent mom, and was supportive, kind, and quick-witted. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

Carolyn was preceded in death by her parents, James Marvin Bower and Mary Edna Underwood.

She is survived by her husband, Clyde Edsel Conner of Riner, VA; her four children, Rev. Edsel Conner (Judy) of Check, VA, Brenda Tamondong (Liborio) of Greenville, NC, Kevin Conner (Christi) of Radford, VA, and Garrett Conner (Susan) of Dublin, VA; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 12, 2024 in the Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Richard Kingrea officiating. Interment will follow in the Wilson Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 11, 2024 at the funeral home. All are welcome to attend.