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Obituary for Gary Raymond Koah Gary Raymond Koah
Former Jacobs Architecture And Engineering Employee Was Talented Woodworker

Gary Raymond Koah, 56, of Lexington, Virginia died suddenly on Sunday, July 5, 2020 at his farm.

Born in Beaver Falls, Pa., he was the son of Raymond C. Koah and Mary Nell Koah, who preceded him in death.

Gary was a Global Technology Leader at Jacobs Architecture and Engineering. He began his career as a CADD operator, when computer-aided design was in its infancy. He was most proud of the good people that surrounded him at Jacobs, and the amazing work they accomplished together.

Woodworking was Gary's passion, and he spent his last years building his dream workshop in the woods of Rockbridge County in the good company of his beloved boxer, Mauri.

Gary had the heart of a helper and was always ready to lend a hand with projects or plans for a friend or neighbor. You were most likely to run into him at Lowe's covered in sawdust.

Gary is survived by his sister, Nancy Trumps of Lexington, and her children, Sam and Nell Trumps and Shannon McKinstrie; and a brother, Brian Koah and wife, Kim and a nephew, Matthew of Wexford, Pa.

Gary was affectionately known as the Fun Uncle and brought gifts and adventure to every visit.

Gary is also survived by his great love and partner, Tracy Dunlap of Lexington and her son, Will; daughter, Madison, and son, Dylan Garrett and wife, Katelyn and daughter, Aubrey.

Gary was happiest to be in the center of the joys of the Dunlap family: basketball games, beach trips, holidays, family meals, and the honor of being Poppy to dear baby Aubrey. Tracy was his everything, and her family became his family.

A private memorial service will be held at the farm.

Memorial contributions may be sent in Gary's name to Rockbridge Church, Benevolence Fund, P. O. Box 1248, Lexington, VA 24450 or online to

Arrangements are being handled by Harrison Funeral Home and Crematory.

Obituary for Timothy Dean Evans Timothy Dean Evans
Caldwell Resident Dies At Age 57

Timothy Dean Evans, 57, of Caldwell, WV passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at the UVA Medical Center, Charlottesville, VA.

Born October 12, 1962 in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Louie and Joyce Gail Lephew Evans.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-four years, Sissy Evans; daughter, Sarah Wickline (Marshall) of Maxwelton, WV; grandchildren, Ryan Evans, Hunter Allen Wickline and Eve Nicole Wickline; brothers, Mike Evans (Diana) of Pickaway, WV, Wayne Evans of Alderson, WV, David Evans (Cathy) of Sinks Grove, WV, Jeff Evans of Second Creek, WV and Richie Evans (Katie) of Ronceverte, WV; sister, Becky Evans of Wolf Creek, WV; several nieces and nephews.

It was Tim's wish to be cremated. There will be no services.

Online guestbook may be signed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, WV.

Obituary for Mary Ann Jones Tucker Mary Ann Jones Tucker
MeadWestvaco Retiree Was Former Covington American Cancer Society Chapter President

Mary Ann Jones Tucker, 79, of Vassar St., Low Moor, Virginia died, Saturday July 11, 2020 at LewisGale Salem Medical Center.

Mrs. Tucker was born September 7, 1940, the daughter of the late Paul E. Jones and Hazel Fitzgerald Jones Haynes.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Tucker in 1979; a daughter, Sharon Drummond; a granddaughter, Brandi Lyles, and a brother, Paul Jones.

Mary retired in 1988 with 20 years of service with MeadWestVaco.

She was a member of First Christian Church and was a former president of the Covington Chapter of the American Cancer Society.

Surviving are her two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert and Mary Tucker and Charles and Tracy Tucker, all of Covington; a daughter and son-in-law, Donna Terry and Steven of Newport News,; three grandchildren, Kevin Counts, Ida Tucker, and Benjamin Tucker, four great grandchildren, two great great grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held Monday, July 13, 2020 at Lone Star Cemetery with the Rev. Bill Gilliland officiating.

The family will receive friends Sunday evening from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Arritt Funeral Home.

The interment will follow in Lone Star Cemetery.

The funeral arrangements are being handled by Arritt Funeral Home.

Obituary for Donald R. (Donnie) Massey Donald R. (Donnie) Massey
Vietnam War Veteran Was Longtime Accountant, Ronceverte Presbyterian Church Member

Donald R. (Donnie) Massey, 71, of Ronceverte, West Virginia passed away on Wednesday July 8, 2020.

Donnie was born December 14, 1948 in Ronceverte, the son of Nellie Wykle Massey and the late E. Richard Massey.

He was a retired accountant with Walter Sheets and Sons Trucking Company, as well as a private accountant for many friends and relatives.

He served with the U. S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Donnie was a member of Ronceverte Presbyterian Church where he was Treasurer, Elder, Deacon and Trustee; was a member of the Ronceverte Lions Club for over 45 years, where he obtained the Leonard Jarrett award, the Melvin Jones award as well as being treasurer for over 30 years and past president and cabinet secretary and treasurer.

He was an avid WVU sports fan, loved fishing on the river banks of WV and along the Outer Banks, NC. But Donnie's most joy was being with and playing with his grandchildren.

Preceding him in death, other than his father, was his son, Jamie Aaron Massey; his parental grandparents, Kellis and Nellie Burns Massey and his maternal grandparents, Roscoe and Stella Erskine Wykle.

Surviving are his wife, Sue Simms Massey; mother, Nellie Wykle Massey of Ronceverte; daughters, Sophia Simms-Sibold (Brad) of Pickaway and Reagan Simms-Rodgers (Bob); grandchildren, Thomas Sibold, Christian Sibold, Kinsley Rae Sibold and Rhett Rodgers; brother, Gary (Terri) Massey of Fairlea and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Due to the Covid-19, a celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family will be holding private services prior.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to either the Ronceverte Presbyterian Church, 261 Locust Street, Ronceverte, WV 24970 or to the WV Lions Sight Conservation Foundation, 1170 Avalon Road, Fairmont, WV 26554.

The Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary for Brian Lee Lockhart Brian Lee Lockhart
Covington Native Was Self-Taught Musician, Lewisburg Resident

Brian Lee Lockhart, 53, of Lewisburg, WV passed away peacefully on July 7, 2020 at Duke University Hospital following a brief illness.

He was born March 13, 1967 in Covington, Virginia.

Brian was a self-taught musician, and found his place under the sun behind his drum set.

He was a proud father and loyal friend to all that knew him.

He loved life, and his family fiercely.

He was a passionate chef and prided himself on a well-cooked cut of beef, of which his family all enjoyed as often possible.

He is survived by his loving mother, Sandra Lockhart-Dawson (Gerald), as well as his sons, Ryan and Aaron Lockhart; brother, Robert Lockhart (Ashley); an aunt and uncle, Mike and Gail Larned and their three girls are left to cherish his memory, along with his fiancée, Jessica Hammock and her children, as well as many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Lee Maxwell Lockhart, Maternal Grandparents C. R. "Bob" and Mildred Compton, and paternal grandparents, Herbert Lockhart, and Polly Lockhart-Hefner.

A visitation will be held Saturday evening, July 11, 2020 to honor his memory at Wallace and Wallace Funeral Home in White Sulphur Springs from 6-8 p.m. Covid-19 restrictions apply.

A private funeral will be held on Sunday afternoon for family.

Obituary for Shane Jamison Hayslett Shane Jamison Hayslett
Eagle Rock Resident Was Retired N&W Machinist

Shane Jamison Hayslett, age 44, of 64 Hayden Loop, Eagle Rock, Virginia died Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at his residence.

He was born September 11, 1975 in Clifton Forge, Virginia to Tommy and Connie Sloan Johnson.

He was a retired machinist for Norfolk Southern Railroad.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charles and Goldie Sloan, Danny and Betty Johnson; and mother in law, Eulonda Cash.

He is survived by his wife, Melinda Cash Hayslett; a daughter, McKenna Shane Hayslett; a son, Cane Winsom Hayslett, all of Eagle Rock; a brother, Jeremiah Johnson of Roanoke; a special aunt, Doris Balser; two fathers-in-law, Bobby Eisenhower and Ronald Cash; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

In keeping with his wishes his body will be cremated. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 11, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with Mr. Chris Fisher officiating. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at Nicely Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Clifton Forge Food Pantry, P. O. Box 351, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422.

To send condolences to the family online, please visit

Obituary for Camilla I. (Kirk) Grimmett Camilla I. (Kirk) Grimmett
Lewisburg Resident Dies At Age 84

Camilla I. (Kirk) Grimmett of Lewisburg, West Virginia, the loving mother of Rita Altizer and husband, Youel, both of Lewisburg, Robert (Bubby) Grimmett and wife, Gina of Rainelle, Barry Grimmett and wife, Terri of White Sulphur Springs, David Grimmett of Princeton, Sue Surgeon and husband, Jack of Alderson, went home to be with her Lord Saturday, July 4, 2020 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center after a long illness.

She was born August 31, 1935 in Ashford, WV.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Robert (Bob) Grimmett in 1993; her parents, Charlie and Goldie Kirk of Ashford, WV; her sisters, Betty Hoover, Loretta Ball, Chrissy Titus, Brenda Hall, and brothers, Charles and Michael Kirk.

Surviving are sisters, Martha Webb and Margaret Callaghan.

Camilla is survived by her five children and 12 grandchildren: Kevin Altizer, Shawn Altizer, Ryan Grimmett, B. J. Grimmett, Stephany Worley, Brittany Radford, Chandra Johnson, Stanley Grimmett, Abby Bales, Crystal Staten, Chad McCoy, and Shane McCoy.

She also had 32 great-grandchildren: Jacob, Hannah, and Brason Altizer, Logan, Landon, Laci, and Laurel Altizer, Amelia, Grant, Baron, and Liam Grimmett, Charlee and Cash Worley, Kendal, Kadence, and Paxton Radford, Hanna and Boyce Estes, Faith Griffith, Jordan Grimmett, Brianna Bowman, Maddie, Lydia and Emily Bales, Dakota, Noah, and Savannah Staten, Chase and Avery McCoy and Gage, Lakin and Kaylee McCoy; great-great grandchildren, Bayleigh and Braxton Bowman, Finlee Paige due in October.

Private graveside services will be held at the Wallace Memorial Cemetery in Clintonville, officiated by Pastor Youell Altizer, Pastor Kevin Altizer, and Speaker B.J. Grimmett.

Obituary for Charlotte Lou Painter Rose Charlotte Lou Painter Rose
Former Payroll Clerk For Lewis-Gale Hospital - Alleghany Dies At Age 78

Charlotte Lou Painter Rose, age 78, of 924 Park Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at LewisGale Hospital – Alleghany in Low Moor.

She was born February 21, 1942 in Clifton Forge to the late Ivan Lee Painter and Elsie Clark Painter Goodwin.

She was an accounting and payroll clerk for LewisGale Hospital – Alleghany.

She was a very active member of Oak Hill Bible Church and a wonderful servant of the Lord. She was a dedicated and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Russell Smithers, Jr. and two sisters, Doris Long Nicely and Carol Blaker.

She is survived by her husband, Melvin Rose of Clifton Forge; three children, Robin Spears and husband, Allen of Abingdon, MD, Randall Smithers and wife, Brenda of Selma, and Roxanne Smithers Nicely and husband, Tony of Clifton Forge; a brother, Daniel Goodwin and wife, Sue of Pennsylvania; twelve grandchildren, Sarah Duplan and husband, Bernard, Robert Spears II, Laura Spears, Deanna Smithers, Russell Smithers, Cary Tichenor and wife, Heather, Sara Tichenor, Miranda Kimberlin, Rachel Smithers, Avery Smithers, Katelynne Nicely, and Alexander Nicely and wife, Hollie; seven great grandchildren, Caleb, Connor, Ruby, Nora, Corinne, Isla, and Cameron; a special aunt, Barbara Hoke; a number of nieces and nephews; and her special little dog, "Maddie".

A funeral service will be held on Thursday evening, July 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with Reverend Roger Bush and Reverend Mike Simmons officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. until the time of service at Nicely Funeral Home and other times at the home of Roxanne and Tony Nicely, 410 Second Ave, Clifton Forge, VA.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Oak Hill Bible Church, 1601 Chestnut Street, Clifton Forge, VA 24422.

To send condolences to the family online, please visit

Obituary for Roger Lee Morgan Roger Lee Morgan
Ronceverte Resident Dies At Age 74

Roger Lee Morgan, 74, of Ronceverte, West Virginia passed away July 5, 2020 at his residence with his family by his side.

Roger was born July 5, 1946 in Ronceverte, the son of the late Gerald O. and Ruth C. Morgan.

He was a protestant, an avid hunter and enjoyed painting pictures.

Roger had worked with VOCA.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by three infant siblings.

Surviving are his wife, Lucy Gunnoe Morgan; daughters, Stephanie Williams and her husband, Junior of Organ Cave and Angela Remley and her husband, Bernard of Sinks Grove; step-son, Pastor Evan Olachea of KY.; grandchildren, Corey Morgan, Joseph Remley, Joshua Olachea and Julia Olachia.

Graveside services will be conducted on Thursday July 9, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at the Morgan Cemetery near Ronceverte with Pastor Evan Olachea officiating.

The Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Obituary for Madeline Hill Shafer Huffman Madeline Hill Shafer Huffman
Rockbridge County Native Dies At Age 98

Madeline Hill Shafer Huffman, 98, of Buena Vista, Virgina died Friday, July 3, 2020.

Born January 2, 1922 in Rockbridge County, she was the daughter of the late Robert A. Shafer and Nora Hill Jennings Shafer.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Kermit E. Huffman.

Surviving are her daughter, Darlene Huffman Hite, and son, Johnny Huffman; and two granddaughters; and one great- grandson.

There will be no services at the funeral home.

Arrangements are being handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Obituary for Lillian Hayes Wright Lillian Hayes Wright
Rockbridge County Native Was Burlington Industries Retiree

Lillian Hayes Wright, 90, of Lexington, Virginia passed away July 2, 2020 at her daughter's home in Havre De Grace, Md.

Born November 7, 1929 in Rockbridge County, she was a daughter of the late Winder S. Hayes and Maggie Sorrells Hayes.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, William (Willie) Balis Wright; three sons, Ricky Wright, Gary Wright and infant son; one grandson, three sisters, and four brothers.

Mrs. Wright was a member of the Bible Church of Rockbridge and retired from Burlington Industries.

Lillian loved her family and friends. Also she enjoyed cooking, her many flowers and the birds that she fed. She will be greatly missed.

Surviving are her children, Bonnie Cooper and Carl Harris, Joey and Pam Hollis, Sherry and Teddy Weber, David and Julie Wright, Mark Wright, and Lisa and Norman Black; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great- grandson; and two sisters.

A private graveside service will be at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens with the Rev. George Warden officiating.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Obituary for Wayne Lee Potter, Sr. Wayne Lee Potter, Sr.
Clifton Forge Native Was U. S. Army Veteran, Ordained Methodist Minister

Wayne Lee Potter, Sr., age 78, of 2750 Tabernacle Church Road, Pleasant Garden, North Carolina died Friday, July 3, 2020 in Fayetteville, NC.

Wayne was born April 23, 1942 in Clifton Forge, Virginia to the late Gordon Ranson Potter, Sr. and Catherine Taylor Potter.

He retired from the United States Army, having served in the Vietnam War, and was an ordained Methodist minister.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Lee Potter, Jr.; a daughter, Tamara Sue Potter; a sister, Patricia Ann Jeter; and four brothers, Gordon R. Potter, Jr., Charles Richard Potter, Donald Edward Potter, and Robert Larry Potter, Sr.

He is survived by two sisters, Judith Diane Powell and husband, Jack of Low Moor, and Barbara Jean Nicely of Mebane, NC; two brothers, David Allen Potter, Sr. and wife, Linda of Pleasant Garden, NC and Jerry Burton Potter and wife, Marilyn of Mebane, NC; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated. A graveside memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 in Alleghany Memorial Park, Low Moor, with Reverend Gregory "Greg" Sink, MAJ, U. S. Army officiating. Military honors will be conducted at the graveside.

The family will visit with friends at the cemetery following the service.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, is handling arrangements.

Obituary for Acil Algin Deeds Acil Algin Deeds
Clifton Forge Native Was Retired Electrical Supervisor At Hercules

Acil Algin Deeds, age 82, of 1104 Ingalls Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Monday, July 6, 2020 at Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem.

Acil was born February 21, 1938 in Clifton Forge to the late Acil Ambrose Deeds and Cleolia Oakely Brown Deeds.

He was a retired electrical supervisor for Hercules, Inc. of Covington and served in the Virginia National Guard for 17 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters and four brothers.

He is survived by his wife, Emma Emore Deeds and daughter, Lisa Gaye Deeds, both of Clifton Forge; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated. A graveside memorial service will be held at a later date in Sharon Baptist Cemetery, Clifton Forge.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, is handling arrangements.

To send condolences to the family online, please visit

Obituary for Melvin Lavern Langfitt Melvin Lavern Langfitt
U. S. Navy Veteran Was Fairfield Resident

Melvin Lavern Langfitt, 79, of Fairfield, Virginia died Thursday, July 2, 2020 at Augusta Health.

Born July 9, 1940 in Grand Junction, Iowa, he was the son of the late Loyd Langfitt and Hazel Foltz Langfitt.

He served his country in the U. S. Navy.

He was currently working at a Rockbridge County recycling center.

Surviving are his wife, Donna Faye Langfitt; children, Mitch Langfitt, Michelle DeHart, Diana Langfitt, Dawn Crews, J.R. Langfitt, Angela Swecker and Robert Breeden; 20 grandchildren, and two great- grandchildren.

Arrangements are being handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Obituary for Dayton Brook Austin Dayton Brook Austin
Lexington Native Dies At Age 23

Dayton Brook Austin, 23, of Natural Bridge, Virginia died Thursday, July 2, 2020 at his home.

Born September 8, 1996 in Lexington, he was a son of Lewis Edward Austin and Sharon Caldwell Sensabaugh.

He was preceded in death by his Granny Linda.

Dayton was employed by Cave Mountain Construction. He loved to hunt, fish and was an excellent carpenter. Dayton strived to make everyone he knew happy.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a brother, Hunter Scott Landes (Brooke); Paw Paw Homer Duff; aunt, Jennifer Duff; step-father, Dean Sensabaugh; girlfriend, Megan Flint; niece, Dixie-Lynn Landes; nephews, Blayne Landes and Holton Landes; special cousin, Jacob Austin; and special canine companion, Wesley.

There will be a celebration of his life at a later date.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Obituary for Nadine Neely O'Neil Nadine Neely O'Neil
White Sulphur Springs Resident Dies At Age 91

Nadine Neely O_Neil, 91, from White Sulphur Springs WV, passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020 at her home, surrounded by her daughters, brother and sister.

She was born October 25, 1928 in Sunlight, WV.

Nadine was the loving wife of the late Leo O'Neil, daughter of the late Cora and Levi Neely, an incredible mother to Allyson O'Neil Deviney of Greenville SC, Pamela O'Neil Aide (Richard) of Ronceverte WV, Brenda O'Neil of White Sulphur Springs WV, Christi O'Neil-Lynch (George Henry) of White Sulphur Springs WV.

"Na" was a caring grandmother to the late Christopher Deviney, Matthew Aide (Camille), Patrick Deviney, Morgan Lynch Kuprin (Daniel), Joseph Lynch and his fiancé, Nicole Graybeal and Townley Aide Hamilton (Trip). She was a big, ole, softy, great grandmother to Nora, Neely,and Grey Deviney, and Lawson Hamilton IV.

She was a dedicated sister to Frankie Ferrell of Marion, VA and Jack Neely (Lili) of Sarasota, FL.

Nadine leaves behind many beautiful nieces and nephews whom she dearly loved.

She was a fierce Bridge player and was known as the Queen of Slam. She adored her Bridge family and will be sorely missed. Nadine's family requests that her Bridge partners be daring and brave and bid that slam!

Due to COVID-19, there will be a private funeral mass. The family will be limiting the number attending to comply with COVID-19 guidance by the CDC as well as state and local Health Departments. Attendees will be required to wear masks in addition to social distancing to prevent further spread of the virus. The family appreciates your understating.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Greenbrier Valley Hospice, 223 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901.

The Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary for Lizzie Bryant Craft Lizzie Bryant Craft
Eagle Rock Resident Dies At Age 86

Lizzie Bryant Craft, 86, of Eagle Rock, Virginia passed away Wednesday, July 1, 2020.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Clayton Anderson and Harold "Sonny" Craft; sisters, Ethel and Marie; brothers, Elwood, Clarence, Henry, Tommy, Jimmy, and her twin, Coleman.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Jim Tharpe and son, Chriss Anderson and fiance, Anita Aaron; grandchildren, Wade (Sheila) Tharpe, April (Joe) Fridley, Joshua (Shannin) Haynes, Jamie (Meghan) Tharpe, Jared Anderson, nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews; including special niece, Jackie Stevens.

The family would like to thank Carrington Cottages in Daleville and Intrepid Hospice for their care of our mother, especially Charlie, Antonio, Harvey, and Tieke.

Visitation will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020 with memorial services at 7 p.m. in the Eagle Rock Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association.

Online condolences may be made at or 540-884-2276.