Our Obituaries

Sarah Elizabeth Ussery

December 9, 1916 - November 24, 2017

Sarah Elizabeth Howell (Beth) Ussery, 100, died peacefully on November 24, 2017 at King's Grant in Martinsville, VA. Born in Suffolk, VA on December 9, 1916, Beth was the daughter of the late Paul and Effie Brinkley Howell. She was the youngest of three children, and the first girl on her father's side of the family for three generations. Beth lived a caring, loving, and full-life on earth, and...
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Olaf Guldmar Hurd

September 15, 1945 - November 17, 2017

Olaf Guldmar Hurd, Jr., 72, of Martinsville, highly regarded, respected, and loved by many, has completed his journey to a new address in Heaven where he will be with Jesus, his Lord and Savior.He was the son of Olaf G. Hurd, Sr. and Rosa Mae Davis Hurd, born on Waters Street in Martinsville, Virginia, September 15, 1945, and the brother of Charleen Hurd McDaniel. His parents and sister preceded...
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Hannah Nicole Cousins

July 17, 2000 - November 13, 2017

Hannah Nicole Cousins, 17, of Axton, passed away Monday, November 13, 2017.Hannah was born July 17, 2000 in Danville, VA. She was a senior at Tunstall High School where she was in the ROTC Program and was studying Criminal Justice. She was an avid reader and loved to play her X-box. Her love for her family was her priority. Family came first for Hannah. She is survived by her mother, April ...
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James A. Dickerson

February 25, 1937 - October 30, 2017

Dr. James A. Dickerson, 80, of Martinsville passed away on October 30, 2017, surrounded by his family in love and peace. He was born February 25, 1937, in Cincinnati, OH, to the late Harry S. Dickerson and Carrie Mae Dickerson. In addition, he was preceded in death by his sister Gyelda Ruth Gill. Jim graduated from Johnson Bible College in 1959, and was ordained to the Christian Ministry that...
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James Henry Ford

September 29, 1933 - October 28, 2017

James Henry Ford passed away at his home Saturday, October 28. Born September 29, 1933, he was the son of the late Dorothy English and Thomas Martin Ford. Jim was preceded in death by his two brothers, Thomas Martin Ford, Jr. and Judge John English Ford, his sister-in-law Irma Wright Ford, and a niece, Elizabeth May Ford. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Sandra Turner Ford, a daughter,...
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Thomas Edward Marshall

November 25, 1946 - October 27, 2017

Thomas Edward Marshall, 70, of Martinsville, passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 in Roanoke. He was born in Martinsville, November 25, 1946 to James Edward Marshall, Jr. and Elizabeth Cowan Marshall, both deceased. Thomas was a 1965 graduate of Martinsville High School and a graduate of Sonoma State University with a degree in Psychology. He served in the Air Force during Vietnam where he...
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Thomas B. Cooper

September 21, 1935 - October 3, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Services, Martinsville, VA.
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Thomas Benjamin Cooper

September 21, 1935 - October 3, 2017

Thomas Benjamin Cooper, 82, of Calabash, NC passed away Tuesday, October 3, 2017. He was born in Roanoke County, VA, September 21, 1935 to the late Benjamin Franklin Cooper and the late Mildred Hill Cooper. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Mary Agnes Patterson Cooper and a brother, Jerry Cooper. He is survived by his sons, Benjamin Ray Cooper of...
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Dorothy Smith Weaver

August 12, 1926 - October 3, 2017

Obituary for Dorothy Smith Weaver Dorothy Smith Weaver, 91, of Kings Way Road, Martinsville passed away on October 3, 2017 at Kings Grant Retirement Community. She was a life-long resident of Martinsville and Henry County with her beloved husband, Milford Anderson Weaver. She was born on August 12, 1926 in Martinsville to the late Enfield Bartley Smith and Erie Young Smith. She was also proceeded...
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Ella Marie Trent

August 20, 1938 - September 30, 2017

Ella Marie Trent, 79, of Surfside Beach, SC, passed away Saturday, September 30 in Myrtle Beach. She was born in Martinsville, August 20, 1938 to William Marshall Belton and Treva Marie Fulcher Belton. Marie attended Drewry Mason High School and was a long-time member of Horsepasture Christian Church.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Eric Todd Trent.She is...
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Mabel Hancock Holt

December 13, 1923 - September 25, 2017

Mabel Hancock Holt, steadfast friend, known for her love of books and life-long learning, her wonderful sense of humor and her strong faith, passed away on Sept. 25, 2017. An only child, she was preceded in death by her beloved and revered parents, Mabel Elizabeth Dudley Holt and Charles Wood Holt, who were responsible for Mabel's strong, happy character and high intelligence.Mabel grew up in...
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Bettie Reid Haynes

September 25, 1932 - September 15, 2017

Bettie Reid Haynes, age 88, of Ridgeway, passed away Friday, September 15, 2017 at Stanleytown Health and Rehab Center. She was born September 25, 1928 in Buchanan, VA, to the late Henry G. and Molly J. Gray Reid, Sr. Her husband, William Clayton Haynes, preceded her in death. She was a Den Mother for the Cub Scouts and volunteered countless hours with the American Red Cross. She is survived...
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George Raymond Wilson

October 1, 1949 - September 12, 2017

George Raymond Wilson, 67, of Martinsville passed away Tuesday, September 12 at his home. He was born October 1, 1949 to the late George Robert Wilson and Myrtle Jackson Gauldin Wilson.In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, Bobby Wilson.He is survived by his son, David Wilson; one daughter, Tammy Blankenship and husband Todd; two granddaughters, Lauren Wilson and...
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Mary Agnes Cooper

May 24, 1942 - September 9, 2017

Mary Agnes Cooper, 75, of Calabash, N.C. passed away Saturday, September 9, 2017. She was born in Roanoke, Va., May 24, 1942 to the late Charles Ray Patterson and the late Eva Frances Belcher Patterson. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Jean Patterson.She is survived by her husband of 60 years Thomas Benjamin Cooper; sons Benjamin Ray Cooper of Riceville, Tenn.,...
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Jean Caracofe Fitzgerald

December 13, 1928 - September 8, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Services, Martinsville, VA.
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Robert Jasper Gillispie

October 3, 1924 - September 5, 2017

Retired pastor Robert J. "Bob" Gillispie, age 92 of Chatmoss Court Martinsville, VA, while surrounded by his family, claimed the promise of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and entered heavens gates on September 5, 2017. Born in the Coleman Falls area of Bedford County Virginia on October 3, 1924, Bob was the son of the late Robert J. Gillispie and Florence McGann Gillispie. Bob was preceded...
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Irving Minter Groves

March 8, 1929 - August 31, 2017

Irving Minter Groves, Jr., longtime Martinsville banker, respected businessman, tireless civic leader, community advocate, and beloved husband, father and grandfather, died on Thursday, August 31, 2017, in Memorial Hospital of Martinsville. He was 88.He was born on March 8, 1929, in Martinsville, Virginia, the son of Irving Minter and Mattie Hundley Groves, Sr. After graduating from...
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Dewey A. Roberts

April 9, 1948 - August 29, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Services, Martinsville, VA.
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Raleigh Paris Holland

August 29, 1961 - August 29, 2017

Raleigh Paris Holland, Jr., 56, of, Martinsville, passed away on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Piney Forest Rehab Center in Danville. He was born August 29, 1961 to the late Raleigh Paris Holland, Sr. and Geneva Coleman Holland. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Peggy Keen. He is survived by his brother; Kennon Holland.A graveside service will be held on Friday, September 1, 2017,...
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Georgia T. Schilling

March 20, 1928 - August 21, 2017

Georgia Taylor Schilling, 89, passed away in her home surrounded by her loving children on Monday, August 21, 2017. She was born on March 20, 1928, in Roanoke, VA., to the late Harbor Leath Taylor, Sr. and the late Bessie Shough Taylor. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers, Frank L. Taylor, H.L. Taylor, Jr., Mack W. Taylor, Carter W. Taylor and two sisters,...
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Irene Martin Pugh

April 17, 1925 - August 11, 2017

Irene Martin Beasley Pugh, 92, of Martinsville, passed away Friday, August 11, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville. She was born in Pittsylvania County, April 17, 1925 to Lemon George Martin and Eva Amos Martin. Irene retired from DuPont after 35 years of service and was a member of Chatham Heights Christian Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first...
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Jeanette Belton Swain

June 22, 1940 - August 8, 2017

Jeannette Belton Swain, 77, of Martinsville, passed away Tuesday, August 8, 2017. She cared for other as a private duty nurse and was a member of Trinity Friends Church. Surviving are two daughters, Kimberly Coggin (Todd) and Pamela Sue Swain (Talmage); one son, Daniel H. Swain, Jr. (Notra) and one grandson, Steven Coggin. A visitation will be held Sunday, August 13, 2017 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m....
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Mary Harpole Creasy

July 2, 1918 - August 7, 2017

Mary Lillian Harpole Creasy, age 99, passed away on August 7, 2017. She was born on July 2, 1918, in Union City, TN, to the late Albert Hunter and Lillian Ethel (White) Harpole. She was predeceased by three brothers and two sisters; Frank Harpole, Elizabeth Harpole Dunlap and her husband, Dr. W. B. Dunlap, Vera Harpole Wehman and her husband, Roy Wehman, and Dr. Joseph Harpole and his wife, Mary...
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James Early Lawson

April 24, 1932 - August 7, 2017

James Early Lawson, 85, of Martinsville passed away on Monday, August 7, 2017 at his home. James was born on April 24, 1932 to the late Ernest Jake Lawson and Carrie Dillon Lawson, in Patrick County. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Sue Lawson. He married the love of his life, Erma Williams Lawson, on December 24, 1951. He started his own business,...
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Philip Thomas Lester

December 24, 1949 - August 4, 2017

Philip Thomas Lester, 67, of Ridgeway, VA died Friday, August 4, 2017 at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville, VA. He was born on December 24, 1949 in Henry County, VA to the late Thomas Lawson Lester and Jewel Carmichael Lester. Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Elizabeth Wood Lester; daughter, Lori Lester Suarez and husband Jon of Greensboro, NC; son, David Thomas Lester of Atlanta, GA; sister,...
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James Walter Paris

May 7, 1934 - July 20, 2017

James Walter Paris, 83, of Martinsville passed away on Thursday, July 20, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born on May 7, 1934 to Walter Reynolds Paris and Myrtle Lovell Paris, both deceased. He was the loving husband of 55 years to Rebecca Mills Paris.Jimmy was a lifelong resident of the Mount Olivet Community and a member of Mount Olivet Christian Church for 58 years where he served as...
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Katherine White Likens

August 23, 1963 - July 13, 2017

Katherine White Likens, 53, of Martinsville passed away Thursday, July 13, 2017. She is survived by her son, Sam Likens and wife Brittany; her father, Charles M. White; brothers, Thomas E. White, James B. White and Daniel C. White.All services are private.Arrangements are by Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville.To express condolences on line, please visit www...
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Willia Pilson Stone

August 30, 1926 - July 12, 2017

Willia Pilson Stone, 90, of Martinsville, passed away Wednesday, July 12, 2017. She was born in Woolwine, VA, August 30, 1926 to Edgar G. Pilson and Carrie Mae DeHart Pilson. She received a BS degree from Radford College and attended the University of Maryland as well as the University of Virginia. She was a teacher in the public school system for 38 years. Willa was a long-time member of...
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Patrick Edward Pratt

March 19, 1938 - July 12, 2017

Patrick Edward Pratt, 79, of Martinsville passed away on July 12, 2017. He was born in Henry County on March 19, 1938 to Thomas J. and Ocie Cooper Pratt. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Jimmy Pratt.He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Ruby L. Pratt; sons, Dusty Pratt and his wife Amette, Steven Pratt and his wife Crystal; grandchildren, Lauren, Amber and...
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Monalee Boggs

September 26, 1929 - July 10, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Services, Martinsville, VA.
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Donna Rae Bray

June 28, 1951 - July 7, 2017

Donna Rae Bray, 66, of Westfield, N.C., passed away Friday, July 7, 2017, at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, N.C.She was born June 28, 1951, in Danville, VA., to the late Hoover Ray Meeks and Barbara Rose Scearce Meeks of Kernersville, N.C. She was preceded in death by one son, Larry Dewayne Meeks; one sister, Teresa Ann Shanahan.Donna worked for Kmart as a manager for 22 years. She is survived...
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Lorena Cox Compton

June 8, 1921 - July 1, 2017

Lorena Compton, 96, of Martinsville, passed away peacefully on July 1, 2017. She was born June 8, 1921 in Ridgeway, VA., to Harry T. and Irene S. Cox. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years, Logan Compton; her son, Glenn Compton; 1 sister, Helen C. Eggleston; 5 brothers, Wallace, Jesse, Tom, John and Sonny Buck (Harry) Cox.Lorena was a sales associate at...
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Rachel Donovant Foley

June 25, 1928 - June 26, 2017

Rachel Donavant Foley, 89, of Martinsville passed away, June 26, 2017. She was born in Henry County, June 25, 1928 to Alexandria Donavant and Thelma Weaver Donovant. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred J. Foley. She is survived by her daughter, Rita Yvonne Baliles and son, Douglas Claude Baliles. She retired from Bassett Walker Knitting and was the last...
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Sharon Anne Baker

September 27, 1956 - June 24, 2017

Sharon Anne Baker, 60, passed away Saturday June 24, 2017 at her home in Martinsville, VA. Born in Chester, PA September 27, 1956, she was the daughter of late Bernard Allen Baker and Virginia Corbett Baker of Martinsville. Surviving are two sisters, Beverly Anne Baker of Charlotte NC and Leslie Baker Miller, brother-in-law, Steven Denny Miller as well as two nieces, Alexandra and Brooke Miller...
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Elva Ingram Turner

May 16, 1917 - June 21, 2017

Elva Ingram Turner, 100, of Blue Ridge Manor of Martinsville and formally of Ridgeway where she was a long-time resident, passed away on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. She was born in Ferrum, Va. on May 16, 1917 to Robert Spottswood Ingram and Lillie Mae Peters Ingram. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Russel Turner; brothers, Herman Poff Ingram, Guy...
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James Martin Wilson

November 22, 1935 - June 14, 2017

James Martin Wilson, 81, of Martinsville, passed away Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at his residence. He was born in Hampton, VA, November 22, 1935 to James Edward Wilson and Josephine Ann Tumelavich Wilson. Jim was a 1954 graduate of Hampton High School and later graduated from National Business College in Roanoke. He served in the United States Navy. He was an accountant in Roanoke before moving...
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Moss Lockwood Roach

November 2, 1935 - June 6, 2017

Moss Lockwood Roach, 81, of Martinsville, passed away Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at his residence. He was born in Martinsville, November 2, 1935 to Hogie Tyler Roach and Jinx Prillaman Roach. He was a 1954 graduate of Martinsville High School and Perry Business School and served in the Army and Virginia National Guard. He retired from National Building Systems. Moss was a long-time member of...
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Charles Hampton Cross

April 2, 1954 - June 2, 2017

Charles Hampton Cross, 63, of Bassett, passed away Friday, June 2, 2017 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital. He was born in Martinsville, March 2, 1954 to Fred and Lois Grant Cross, both deceased.Mr. Cross was a truck driver who enjoyed hunting and fishing and was a fan of NASCAR.He is survived by two daughters, Ashley and Audrey Cross of Bassett; one sister, Ann C. Wickline (Michael), of Jamestown,...
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Henry Clay Turner

June 25, 1923 - June 1, 2017

Henry Clay Turner, 93, of Axton, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Thursday, June 1, 2017. He was born in Henry County, June 25, 1923 to Eugene L. Turner and Maude Oakes Turner. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Mildred Highfill Turner, and siblings, Oakes Turner, Miriam Turner and Walker Duigiud. He was a member of Tabernacle...
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Edith Mae Maxwell

October 5, 1930 - May 31, 2017

Edith Mae Maxwell, 86, of Ridgeway, passed away Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at her residence She was born in Fieldale, VA, October 5, 1930 to Thomas Fulton Walker and Ethel Mae Vaughan Walker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Arthur Leroy (Sonny) Slaughter, and a nephew.Aside from working at American of Martinsville for over 25 years, Edith sold tickets at...
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Virdner Edna Prillaman

September 8, 1921 - May 29, 2017

Virdner Rakes Prillaman, 95, of Martinsville, passed away Monday, May 29, 2017 at her residence. She was born in Ferrum, Va., September 8, 1921 to George Ed Rakes and Virgie Anne Ferguson Rakes. She was employed by Lacy Mfg. Company as well as Pannill Knitting from where she retired.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur H. Prillaman; brothers, Elton, Elmer,...
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James Clayton Stone

January 26, 1957 - May 26, 2017

James Clayton Stone, Jr., 60, of Martinsville, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017.He was born in Martinsville , January 26, 1957 to James C. Stone, Sr. and Cevera Martin Stone of Martinsville. He was a member of Chatham Heights Baptist Church.In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Sue H. Stone; one sister, Lisa Vinson (Wally) of Greensboro; two brothers, Clayton Scott Stone (Tami)...
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Christine Martin Bennett

October 29, 1926 - May 19, 2017

Christine Martin Bennett, of Martinsville, went to meet her Lord on Friday, May 19, 2017. Christine was born on October 29, 1926 in Martinsville to Mary Stegall Martin and Robert Cutler Martin. She was a realtor for over 30 years and owned Rimmers Jewelry Store for a number of years. She was active in many clubs and organizations including Exchange Club of Martinsville, Toastmasters Club,...
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Mabel S. Ingram

January 16, 1924 - May 10, 2017

Mabel Stone Ingram, 93, of Martinsville, passed away on May 10, 2017 at King's Grant Retirement Community. She was born on January 16, 1924 in Vinton, Va. to Dillard and Lucy Turner Stone.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband E. Johnson Ingram; her siblings and her daughter-in-law, Antonella Segato Ingram. Mabel was a life-long resident of Martinsville/Henry County...
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Margaret G. Knight

November 27, 1934 - May 3, 2017

Margaret Gravely Knight, 82, of Martinsville, passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at King's Grant Retirement Community. She was born on November 27, 1934, in Henry County, daughter of Ben Franklin Gravely and Gracie Richardson Gravely. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Knight; sisters; Ollie Bouldin, Kathryn Dowdy, Lorene Sundquist, and brothers;...
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Robert Harrison Smith

March 25, 1976 - May 1, 2017

Robert Harrison Smith, 41, of Martinsville passed away on May 1, 2017. He was born on March 25, 1976 in Martinsville to N. Frank Smith and the late Kathryn Ascough Smith. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his grandmother, Purnell Ascough.Harrison is survived by his father; brother, Will Smith and his wife Susan; nephew Woodson and niece Ann Mason Smith; sister, Julie...
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Loretta Dempsey Calaman

July 11, 1919 - April 30, 2017

Loretta Dempsey Calaman, 97, of Martinsville passed away on April 30, 2017. Loretta was born on July 11, 1919 in Mildred, PA to James and Florence Dempsey. She married Victor Calaman on Dec 27, 1943 at St Francis Church in Mildred. She is survived by her five children: Beverly Turner Lake Mary, Florida, Douglas Calaman (Becky) Waterford, MI, James Calaman (Terri) Virginia Beach, VA, Vic Calaman...
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Deborah Riddle Akers

April 14, 1955 - April 29, 2017

Deborah Kay Riddle Akers, 62, of Axton passed away on April 29, 2017. She was born in Axton on April 14, 1955 to Benjamin Carroll Riddle and Era Flippen Riddle.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Jacob Akers III and a brother, Martin Riddle.Mrs. Akers was the owner of Akers Bookkeeping and Tax Service. She was a member of Clearview Gospel Missions. She enjoyed...
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Judith Kennedy Matthews

February 25, 1939 - April 24, 2017

Judith Kennedy Matthews passed away in the presence of her family on Monday, April 24, 2017. Judy is survived by her loving husband, John C. Matthews; by her brother, Oscar W. Kennedy Jr.; and by her children, John Hart Matthews, David Hunter Matthews and Brian Nelson Matthews. A native of Richmond, Va., Judy graduated from the University of Virginia Nursing School in 1961. She practiced as a...
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Jean Muscatello Beam

February 5, 1930 - April 23, 2017

Jean Muscatello Beam, 87, of Martinsville, died on Sunday April 23, 2017, at the home surrounded by her loving family. Jean was born on February 5, 1930, in the Snow Creek Community of Franklin County, to the late Frederick Augustus Brodie and Essie Martin Brodie. At her mother's death after childbirth, she was lovingly reared by her "Mama", Mamie Brodie Hurd and her "Daddy Ben", Benjamin Garner...
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Lorene McCubbins Dance

March 29, 1926 - April 17, 2017

Lorene McCubbins Dance, 91, of Ridgeway, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017 at her residence. She was born in Pittsylvania County, March 29, 1926 to Rufus Lee McCubbins and Mary Ellen Hardy McCubbins. Lorene was a graduate of Whitmell High School and retired from Leggett (Belk) Department Store after 22 years of service. She was a member of Ridgeway United Methodist Church and was also a Red...
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Hazel C. Stultz

June 27, 1921 - April 10, 2017

Hazel Compton Stultz, age 95, of Martinsville, passed away Monday, April 10, 2017, at Blue Ridge Manor in Martinsville.She was born June 27, 1921, in Henry County to the late Eugene and Snowy Mae Law Compton. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Lee Stultz, 5 sisters and 4 brothers. She was a member of the North Fork Primitive Baptist Church. She retired from DuPont as a Nylon...
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Mildred Pickurel Smith

September 12, 1938 - April 9, 2017

Mildred L. Smith, 78, of Ridgeway, passed away on April 9, 2017 at Blue Ridge Rehab Center with her family surrounding her. Mrs. Smith was born on September 12, 1938 in Martinsville, VA to Sam Pickurel and Lillie Emmerson Pickurel.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband James "Homie" Smith and her daughter Kimberly Hawks.Mrs. Smith worked alongside her husband, who...
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Susan Carter Moss

July 9, 1953 - April 3, 2017

Susan Carter Moss, 63, of Martinsville, passed away Monday, April 3, 2017 at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. She was born in Martinsville, July 9, 1953 to E. Dillard Carter and Virginia Gunter Carter. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William "Bob" Moss, Jr.; step-son, Robert "Robbie" Moss; and step-daughter, Kristy Moss Sutton.She is survived by her sister,...
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Louise G. Young

February 16, 1923 - April 2, 2017

Louise Gravely Young, 94, of Martinsville, passed away Sunday, April 2, 2017 at her residence. She was born in Henry County (Mountain Valley), February 16, 1923 to Jabez Leftridge Gravely and Lula Stanley Gravely. She retired from A & P Grocery where she worked as a cashier. She also assisted her husband in his restaurant. Louise was of the Baptist faith.In addition to her parents, she...
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Mary T. French

November 5, 1925 - March 31, 2017

Mary Lambert Trent French, age 91 died March 31, 2017. She was born in Perrysbury, Ohio the daughter of Jane Yant and Francis Trent. She was a graduate of Ohio State University with a BS in microbiology. Mary worked at several hospitals in Ohio and Virginia in the field of diagnostic medicine. She was married August 5th, 1950 to John David French, MD and in 1957 moved to Martinsville. She...
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Robert Irving Shaw

September 2, 1928 - March 31, 2017

Robert Irving Shaw, 88, of Collinsville, passed away Friday, March 31, 2017 at Danville Regional Medical Center. He was born in Baltimore, Md., September 2, 1928 to Irving J. Shaw and Gertie Handy Shaw.He served in the Air Force during the Korean Conflict where the attained the rank of Staff Sergeant and was a 1945 graduate of Fieldale High School. He retired from DuPont and was of the Baptist...
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Bobby R. Wilson

August 14, 1947 - March 31, 2017

Bobby Reid Wilson, 69, of Axton, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, March 31, 2017 at his residence. He was born in Henry County, August 14, 1947 to George Robert Wilson and Myrtle Jackson Gauldin Wilson, both deceased. He was a graduate of Drewery Mason High School and served in Vietnam with the Army during the Vietnam War. He retired from Smurfit-Stone Container Company. Bobby was a...
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Elizabeth S. Green

May 8, 1919 - March 22, 2017

Elizabeth Slaydon Green, 97, of Martinsville passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2013. She was born in Martinsville, May 8, 1919 to Willie Sandrous Slaydon and Laura Elizabeth Barrow Slaydon. In addition to her parents, she was preceded her death by her husband, George Gillette Green; a son, Pete Green and a grandson, Cory Green.She is survived by 1 daughter, Shelia Elizabeth Saul; 2 sons, Anthony...
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Jean Clark Morse

June 2, 1927 - March 19, 2017

Jean Clark Morse, age 89, passed away Sunday, March 19, 2017, at Kings Grant after a lengthy illness. Jean was born June 2, 1927, in Fieldale, to the late William N. and Ennis Hinson Clark. She was very active in First Baptist Church of Martinsville. She loved to play bridge and golf. She was a true caregiver and someone who cared for others more than she cared for herself. She was preceded...
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James Albert Belcher

August 12, 1937 - March 17, 2017

James Albert Belcher passed away on March 17 at the age of 79. Known as Jim to his friends, he was born in Detroit MI to the late Henry and Theodora Belcher where his father assembled cars for Chevrolet. The Belcher family, originally from Virginia, relocated back to Henry County in 1946. Jim graduated from Basset High and was very active in Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout award. He...
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Bessie Hennis Pratt

April 16, 1920 - March 15, 2017

Bessie Hennis Pratt, 96, of Spencer, passed away Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at her residence. She was born on April 16, 1920 in Sandy Ridge, NC to Walter E. Hennis and Virginia Amos Hennis.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Gerald Pratt; and eleven brothers and sisters.She is survived by her daughter, Denise P. Morrison (Larry) of Ridgeway; son, Keith...
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Eliza Victoria Lester DeShazo Turner

June 22, 1922 - March 13, 2017

Spencer has lost one of its kindest hearts and most beautiful smiles. Eliza Victoria Lester DeShazo Turner passed away peacefully on March 13, 2017. Born June 22, 1922, she was the fourth child and only daughter of Powell Jackson Lester and Mary Bryan (Mazie) Martin Lester. Eliza was the last surviving member of her family, having lost her parents as well as her five beloved brothers: Martin...
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Louise G. Pinkard

January 29, 1921 - March 11, 2017

Louise Gilbert Pinkard, age 96, passed away Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Stanleytown Health and Rehab Center.She was born in Mayodan, N.C., on January 29, 1921, to the late Lemley C. and Mary McGhee Gilbert.She was a member of Starling Ave. Baptist Church. She was in a Rook Club and a Garden Club. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles William Pinkard.Surviving are her children,...
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Garnett Handy Moore

May 4, 1928 - March 6, 2017

Garnett Handy Moore, 88, of Ridgeway, passed away Monday, March 6, 2017, at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart. She was born in Patrick County, May 4, 1928, to Thomas J. Handy and Nannie Roark Handy. She was a 1947 graduate of Hardin Reynolds Memorial School in Critz and retired from DuPont after 39 years of service. Garnett was a member of Grace Baptist Church.In addition to her parents,...
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Aliene Glascock Thornton

February 22, 1937 - March 1, 2017

Aliene G. Thornton, 80, of Martinsville, VA passed away March 1, 2017 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was born in Virgilina, VA, February 22, 1937 to Allie P. and Ophelia V. Glascock. Aliene was a graduate of Halifax County High School, held a Bachelor's degree from Longwood University, and a Master's degree from Radford University. She taught Kindergarten through 5th grade and the Enrichment...
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Charles Edward Reed

July 30, 1923 - February 22, 2017

Martinsville, VA - Charles E. (Barney) Reed, Jr., 93, passed away peacefully at his home at Kings Grant Retirement Community in Martinsville, VA, on Feb. 22, 2017. He was born on July 30, 1923, in Martinsville, Va., son of the late Charles E. Reed, Sr. and the late Doris Jane Gregory Reed. He was preceded in death by his wife Billie Stovall Reed, his sister Norma R. Talley, his brothers Alfred...
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Perry J. POWER

October 3, 1922 - February 21, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Services, Martinsville, VA.
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Sarah L. Robertson

March 19, 1927 - February 15, 2017

Sarah Lee Robertson, 89, of Danville, VA passed away on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. She was born on March 19, 1927 to the late George Murray Robertson and Lelia Demaris Doyle Reeves Robertson. After the early death of her mother Lee was raised by her loving late grandparents, George Wilmot and Sarah Murray Robertson.Lee attended St. Anne's School in Charlottesville and was a graduate of...
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Jerome R. Nagle

June 9, 2016 - February 1, 2017

Jerome R. Nagle Jr., 89 of Martinsville went to be with our Lord on February 1, 2017. He was born in Charleston, W. Va. on June 9, 1927 to the late Jerome R. Nagle Sr., and Bess T. Shields.He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Margaret Haynes Nagle; daughters, Teri Nagle and Christy Nagle; sons, Jay Nagle (Becci), Timmy Nagle (Becky), Thomas Nagle their mother Peggy Hollander; sons, Ron...
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Virginia Hodges Leach

January 4, 1926 - January 19, 2017

Virginia Anne (Phoebe) Hodges Leach, 91, passed away quietly Thursday January 19, 2017 at her home. She was born in Henry County, Virginia January 4, 1926 to the late George Dewey Hodges and Virginia Thomasson Hodges. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Armead Leach in 1974. Mrs. Leach is survived by one son, Clayton Armead Leach and wife Elizabeth of...
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Thomas Franklin McGuire

December 11, 1936 - January 18, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Services, Martinsville, VA.Thomas Franklin McGuire, 80, of Axton, passed away Wednesday, January 18, 2017. He was born in Martinsville, December 11, 1936 to Harry Thomas McGuire and Lottie Dale Roach McGuire. He retired from DuPont with 26 years of service and was a member of County Line Christian Church. In addition to his...
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Betty Hatcher Gilbert

October 28, 1941 - January 16, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Services, Martinsville, VA.
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James Curtis Whitlow

July 12, 1929 - January 10, 2017

A graveside service will be held Monday, January 16, 2017 at 10 AM at Roselawn Burial Park in Martinsville. Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville.
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Frances Hall Gilley

April 13, 1928 - January 9, 2017

Frances Hall Gilley, 88, of Martinsville passed away on January 9, 2017. She was born in Stuart, VA on April 13, 1928 to William B. Hall and Cora Frances Hall.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, R. Randolph Gilley; brother, Dr. William B. Hall, Jr.; and son-in-law George L. Moore. She is survived by her daughter, Donna G. Moore; sons Dwayne R. Gilley and wife...
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Louise Robertson Lester

July 10, 1920 - January 8, 2017

Laura Louise Robertson Lester, 96, of Martinsville, passed away on January 8, 2017.Born July 10, 1920, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Hattie Robertson of Preston, VA. Also preceding her in death was her husband, Victor Arlington Lester, two infant daughters, and brothers, Russell Ray Robertson, Dudley Harry Robertson, Claude Homer Robertson, and John Worley Robertson, and very...
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Janet Marie Hall Montgomery

June 4, 1947 - January 7, 2017

Janet Marie Hall Montgomery, 69, of Martinsville, was whisked away to paradise by her loving and wise Heavenly Father on January 7, 2017. She was born in Martinsville, June 4, 1947 to Raymond C. and Elizabeth Hall. She was a 1965 graduate of Fieldale High School. Janet was employed by Bank of America for over 20 years, Hooker Furniture for 14 years and retired from Carter Bank and Trust. She...
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Melva S. Martin

May 24, 1921 - January 6, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Services, Martinsville, VA.
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James Earl Bigler

October 14, 1928 - January 5, 2017

James Earl Bigler, 88, departed this life on January 5, 2017. Jim was born on October 14, 1928, in Massillon, Ohio to the late Edward and Minnie Bigler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James Allen Bigler and his siblings, Robert, Harold and Joyce. He is survived by his wife Judy, daughter Jennifer Hanson (Bill), and son Jonathan Bigler (Robyn). After...
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James Homie Smith

February 12, 1935 - December 31, 2016

Mr. James "Homie" Smith, age 81, of Ridgeway, passed away December 31, 2016, at his residence with his family surrounding him. He was born February 12, 1935 in Stokes County, N. C. to the late Clayton and Emma Gray Smith. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Kimberly Hawks and two brothers, Herman Smith and Wade Smith. He served his country in the U. S. Navy. He was a woodworker all his...
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Anna Maria Ogle

January 18, 1959 - December 30, 2016

Anna Maria Ogle, 57, of Martinsville died Friday, December 30, 2016 at her residence. She was born January 18, 1959 in Lynchburg, VA to Carlos H. and Roslyn Lawrence Roberson, both deceased.Mrs. Ogle was employed by Guilford Orthopedics for ten and a half years and was of the Baptist Faith.She is survived by her husband, Joseph Wayne Ogle of the home; daughters, Victoria Leigh Antille and her...
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Beverly Navaree Cross Roach

August 21, 1943 - December 30, 2016

Beverly Navaree Cross Roach, 73, of Axton, passed away December 30, 2016, at Danville Medical Center. She was born on August 21, 1943, in Belington, W.Va., to the late William McKinley Cross and Ruth Scott.She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She loved to serve other people. She enjoyed cooking, sewing and attending church.In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her...
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Philip Martin Sprinkle

August 5, 1926 - December 28, 2016

A true son of Martinsville, Dr. Philip Martin Sprinkle, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at the age of 90. Doc was raised in Martinsville and would tell stories of his youth in the 30's riding his pony on dirt roads to the then "new" schools in Martinsville including Martinsville High School (now Martinsville Middle School) or driving (at the age of 14) the delivery routes...
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Marie Haynes Fain

September 6, 1930 - December 27, 2016

Marie Haynes Fain, 86, of Spencer, Virginia passed away on Tuesday, December, 27, 2016. She was the daughter of Morton Dudley Haynes, Sr. and Gladys Spencer Haynes.For many years Mrs. Fain was a sales associate at Robby's Army-Navy Surplus Store in downtown Martinsville. In addition to being a homemaker and a gardener, she also had a passion for dogs and hummingbirds. A charter member of...
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Louis Guy Norton

December 14, 1928 - December 18, 2016

Louis Guy Norton Jr., 88, of Martinsville passed away on December 18, 2016. He was born on December 14, 1928 in Marion N.C. to Louis Guy Norton Sr., and Berta Spencer Norton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 49 years, Ruth Blankenship Norton; his second wife Evelyn Chappell Norton, and his sisters Ellen N. Haynes and Joyce N. Johnson.He is survived by...
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Aaron Gerald Potter

December 14, 1942 - December 16, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Services, Martinsville, VA.
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William Dudley Smith

March 27, 1926 - December 15, 2016

William Dudley Smith, 90, of Martinsville passed away peacefully at his residence on December 15, 2016 with his family by his side. He was born in Martinsville on March 27, 1926 to John Wesley Smith and Annie Beck Smith.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother John Wesley Smith Jr. He is survived by his wife Gloria Chaney Smith; sons, Stephen Reed Smith and his wife...
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Patrick J. Ahern

August 18, 1932 - December 10, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Services, Bassett, VA.
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Frances Newman Davis

January 15, 1924 - December 6, 2016

Frances Ruth Newman Davis, 92, of Martinsville, passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at King's Grant.She was born January 15, 1924, in Patrick County, to the late Samuel Arthur and Martha Jane Wimbish Newman. She was a 1942 graduate of Martinsville High School and attended Patrick County Community College. She was a lifelong member of Broad Street Christian Church, where she served in many...
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Janet Carolyn Gordon Gibbs

July 28, 1939 - November 29, 2016

Janet Carolyn Gibbs, 77, of Blue Ridge Nursing Center of Martinsville, Va., passed away on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at Memorial Hospital Martinsville, Va. She was born July 28, 1939 to the late Paul and Cora Gordon. She was also preceded in death by her sister, Priscilla Ann Figols of New York and a brother, Braxton Scott Gordon of Martinsville, Va. She is survived by three brothers; Richard...
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Purnell Schottland Ascough

April 14, 1919 - November 29, 2016

Purnell Schottland Ascough, 97, of Martinsville, died Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at her home. She was born in Martinsville, Virginia on April 14, 1919 to Michael Robert Schottland and Lucy Purnell English Schottland. Mrs. Ascough was a lifetime member of Broad Street Christian Church. She graduated from Fairfax Hall High School and attended Hollins College. In addition to her parents, she was...
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Austin Dodd Bryant

June 24, 1981 - November 28, 2016

Austin Dodd Bryant, 35, of Richmond, VA passed away unexpectedly on November 28, 2016 at his home.Austin (Dodd) was born in Lynchburg, VA to Linda Grover and John Bryant on June 24, 1981. He attended Martinsville High School and graduated in 1999. He went on to earn a bachelor's degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management from Virginia Tech, where most of his family also attended. He was an...
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Carolyn Ruth Fugate Hobson

September 19, 1940 - November 24, 2016

Carolyn Ruth Fugate Hobson, 76, passed away on November 24, 2016. She was born on September 19, 1940 on the family farm in Rye Cove, Va. to the late J.E. Fugate, Jr. and Elizabeth Click Fugate. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her daughter Carrie-Lyn Hobson and only nephew, Charles William Fugate, II.She is survived by her husband James "Squeaky" M. Hobson; daughter Julie...
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Martha Jane Nelson Harris

March 17, 1931 - November 10, 2016

Martha Jane Nelson Harris, Martinsville, died November 10, 2016 in Memorial Hospital of Martinsville with complications from pneumonia. She was born in Spencer VA on March 17, 1931 to Willie Everitt Nelson and Mollie Jane Tudor Nelson. A 1949 graduate of Hardin Reynolds Memorial High School in Critz, and a 1951 graduate of Perry Business School in Martinsville, she retired from Patrick Henry...
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Gary Willis Wright

June 6, 1956 - November 8, 2016

Gary Willis Wright, Jr., passed away at Trinity Mission Health and Rehab, Rocky Mount, VA on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 after battling a long term illness.Gary was born in Annapolis, Maryland on June 6, 1956 and was preceded in death by his father, Gary Willis Wright, Sr.; mother, Ramona Hankins Burford and step-father, John B. Burford. Gary is survived by his son, Gary Willis Wright, III; brother...
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Elizabeth Price Wright

August 23, 1917 - October 25, 2016

Elizabeth Price Wright, 99, of Martinsville passed away on October 25, 2016. She was born in Blacksburg, Va., on August 23, 1917 to George Mathew Price and Minnie Lee Smith Price. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas William Wright, Jr.; sisters, Mabel P. Lucas, Lucille Price, Thelma P. Wills, Lil P. Harvey, Josephine P. Grissom and Frances P. Hobbs;...
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Bernadine Pavco Chaussy

April 1, 1922 - October 22, 2016

Bernadine Pavco Chaussy, of Martinsville, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2016 at her residence. She was born in Pennsylvania, April 1, 1922 to John M. and Christine Conrad Pavco. She was a graduate of Wilkes Barre General Hospital School of Nursing in Pennsylvania. She served as a Lieutenant Jr. Grade in the United States Navy Nurse Corps during WW II where she met her husband. She was a...
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Betty Powell Cardwell

August 18, 1934 - October 20, 2016

Betty Powell Cardwell, 82, of Martinsville passed away on October 20, 2016. She was born in Martinsville on August 18, 1934 to William "Willie" Esker Wright and Mallie McCrary Wright.In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her son, Stephen L. Powell; sisters, Judy Nelson and Patricia Hunt; brother, James "Bo" Wright.She is survived by her husband, Gene Cardwell, Sr. of residence...
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Wilbert Curtis Johnson

June 18, 1925 - October 18, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Services, Martinsville, VA.
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Norma Parcell Prillaman

July 28, 1932 - October 15, 2016

Norma Parcell Prillaman, 84, of Martinsville passed away on Saturday, October 15, 2016. She was born on July 28, 1932 to Harry and Dolly Prillaman Parcell.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Prillaman; sisters, Aileen Parcell Price and Marion Parcell Yeaman.She is survived by her daughter, Mitzi Prillaman Dailey (Ron) of Martinsville; sons, Blaney A....
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