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Obituary for Larry Ernest Scott Larry Ernest Scott
Former Covington Resident Dies At Age 81

Mr. Larry Ernest Scott, age 81, of Stuarts Draft, Virginia, died Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at Augusta Health, Fishersville.

He was the husband of Lois Mae Scott.

Mr. Scott was born September 15, 1939 in Covington, the son of the late Ernest Grigsby Scott and Annie Pauline Bartley Scott.

He was a graduate of Covington High School, Class of 1957, and attended Marion Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. Larry returned to college to further his education and in 1968 and graduated from God's Bible College.

During his working career, Mr. Scott was employed as a lab analyst by Proctor/Gamble before retiring in 1996. He and his wife, Lois made their home in Villa Hills, KY for forty-five years before retiring to Stuarts Draft in 2017.

In addition to his wife of fifty-one years, Lois, Mr. Scott is survived by one sister, Linda Killian and husband, Bill of Tucson, AZ; two nephews, Bill Killian of Texas and Scott Killian of Arizona; a niece, Carol Killian of California; and six great nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 17, 2021 from the chapel of Loving Funeral Home with Rev. Bill Hartsfield officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Saturday afternoon from noon until service time at Loving Funeral Home.

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home;

Obituary for Barbara Ann Eggleston Jacobs Barbara Ann Eggleston Jacobs
Former Callaghan Resident Was Retired Lynchburg Special Education Bus Driver

Barbara Ann Eggleston Jacobs, passed away, Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Born December 11, 1941, she was a daughter of the late Emily and Charles Eggleston.

Barbara was raised in Callahan, Virginia, and graduated from Dunlap High School.

She was the youngest child in the family of seven children.

Barbara retired from Lynchburg City as a Special Education School Bus Driver and was a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, Barbara was preceded in death by all of her siblings: Sylvia West, Eleanor Hylton, Maurice Eggleston, Helen Morris Wright, Clara Mason, and Catherine Thurston.

She is survived by her husband, Gerald Jacobs Sr.; three sons, Tony Jackson, Bill Jackson, and Brian Jackson; stepsons, Gerald Jacobs Jr., and his wife, Kim; and Jerry Jacobs, all of Lynchburg; six grandchildren, and four great- grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank caregivers, Ellen and Janet with Centra Hospice.

A funeral service will be held Saturday, April 17, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg. Burial will follow at Virginia Memorial Park.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit

Obituary for Sarah Ann (Carner) Samples Sarah Ann (Carner) Samples
Longtime Highland County Teacher Was Charter Member Of The Highland County Historical Society

Sarah Ann (Carner) Samples, 91, of McDowell, Virginia passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021 at the home of her son, John, in Paducah, Ky.

She was born in Clarksburg, Mississippi on July 7, 1929, a daughter of the late Edna Banta (King) and John Harriss Carner.

On September 9, 1948, she married Charles William Samples Jr., who preceded her in death on May 18, 1979.

Sarah graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with minors in Mathematics and Physics from King College in Bristol, VA. She received her Masters of Arts in Secondary Education degree from the University of Mississippi.

A beloved teacher, Sarah taught chemistry, physics, math seven through pre-calculus, and other subjects as required during her 35 years of teaching in the Highland County Public School system. In addition, Sarah held offices in the local and regional chapters of the Virginia Education Association.

One who loved to be involved with her community, Sarah was a member, past elder, past Clerk of Session, Superintendent of Sunday School, and past President and Treasurer of the Presbyterian Women of the McDowell Presbyterian Church. Sarah was a charter member of the Highland Historical Society and served in various capacities. She was also a charter member of the Highland Center and served on the Board and was past President of the Highland Medical Center. In addition, Sarah served on boards of the Highland Public Library, the Highland Extension Homemakers, and the Monterey Garden Club.

An avid antiques collector, among Sarah's favorites were invalid feeders. She also enjoyed gardening and reading.

Sarah is survived by her son, John William Samples and wife, Kimberly of Paducah, KY; grandsons, Charles Glen Samples of West Chester, Ohio and James Adam Samples and wife, Madison of Loveland, Ohio; great-grandson, John William Bear Samples; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother, Bill Carner.

A graveside funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Monday, April 19, 2021 in Clover Creek Cemetery, with Rev. Beth Pyles officiating.

Obaugh Funeral Home will receive family and friends wishing to pay their respects Sunday, April 18, between the hours of noon and 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland Historical Society, P. O. Box 63, McDowell, Va. 24458 or the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Obituary for Virginia Irene Carter Virginia Irene Carter
Covington Native Dies In Rupert At Age 73

Virginia Irene Carter, 73, of Rupert, West Virginia, passed away on Sunday, April 11, 2021.

Born on July 17, 1947 in Covington, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Radford Salyers and Virginia Tucker Salyers.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, James, in 2012 and her sisters, Linda Oliver and Nancy Salyers.

She was a member of the Big Clear Creek Baptist Church.

Those left to cherish her memory are her daughter, Hope Carter (Clyde); sons, Jimmy Carter and Shane Carter; grandchildren, James, Katelyn, Hunter, Shana and Harper; great grandchildren, Khia, Atticus, Kalayah and Kennedy and a brother, Eddie Salyers (Gloria).

Service will be 11:00 a.m., Friday, April 16, 2021 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Bill Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Lone Star Cemetery, Potts Creek, Virginia. Friends may call Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral chapel.

Online condolences may be made at Wallace & Wallace, Inc. 283 Main St., Rainelle, WV 25962 is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary for Jessie Jewel Callaghan Angle Jessie Jewel Callaghan Angle
Low Moor Resident Was CNA, Lighthouse Pentecostal Church Member

Jessie Jewel Callaghan Angle, age 79, of 214 Crossing Lane, Low Moor, Virginia died Thursday, April 15, 2021 at her residence.

She was born July 11, 1941 in Bath County, Virginia to the late Jessie Norval Callaghan and Minnie Lana Gillispie.

She was a Certified Nursing Assistant for Alleghany Regional Hospital as well as a lifelong caregiver to others.

She enjoyed church and was a member of the Lighthouse Pentecostal Church of Clifton Forge. She loved spending time with her family, especially the grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carlos O'Dell Angle, Jr. and a daughter, Karen Webb.

She is survived by a son, Jonathan Angle of Iron Gate; five daughters, Susan Saville of Covington, Sharon Wright of Low Moor, Elizabeth Angle of Covington, Letha Goode of Low Moor, and Monica Angle Black of Clifton Forge; a step daughter, Cathy Hostetter of Maryland; and a sister, Brenda Milton of Altavista.

In keeping with her wishes, her body has been cremated.

There will be no services held at this time.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, is handling arrangements. To send condolences to the family online, please visit

Obituary for William R. (Bill) Jones William R. (Bill) Jones
Lewisburg Resident Was Partner In Arbuckle Insurance Agency

William R. (Bill) Jones, 81, of Lewisburg, West Virginia, passed away Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at the Peyton Hospice House, Lewisburg, WV.

Born August 12, 1939 in Ramey, PA, he was the son of the late Ralph Jones Sr. and Bernice Loughhead Jones.

Bill was a graduate of Elkins High School and Davis & Elkins College. He worked in insurance all his life. He was a partner of Arbuckle Insurance Agency in Lewisburg, WV until retiring in 2013.

Bill was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister Lois Moore. Survivors include his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Judy Phares Jones; daughter, Kim McMillion (Jeff) of Lewisburg, WV,; granddaughter, Dr. Allie Hinson (Mark) of Lewisburg, WV; sisters, Judy Vandenbergh (Dave), Janet Shears, Irene Lothes; brother, Ralph "Bud" Jones; several nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service will be held later. In lieu of flowers donations can be made in Bill's memory to Clifton Presbyterian Church, 16512 Seneca Trail North, Maxwelton, WV 24957 where he was a longtime member.

An online guestbook may be signed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, WV.

Obituary for Brenda Kay Zimmerman Brenda Kay Zimmerman
Caldwell Resident Was Former Bakery Owner

Brenda Kay Zimmerman, 64, of Caldwell, West Virginia, beloved wife, mother and grandmother passed away Sunday, April 11, 2021 at the Peyton Hospice House, Lewisburg, WV, following a long illness.

Brenda was a hard worker. She worked for some time at Kellwood, she also owned and operated her own bakery, Heavenly Loaves in Fairlea, WV, but will best be remembered for the loving care and kindness she gave to the people she cared for at Greenbrier Manor and in private care.

Her main hobby was sewing, making many quilts and other things for family and friends.

She was a member of the Bethesda Church in White Sulphur Springs. She is preceded in death by her mother, Dora Price; beloved daughter, Amanda Bostic and a nephew, Shawn Worlledge.

Brenda is survived by her loving husband of forty-one years, Ariles Zimmerman; son-in-law, Johnny Bostic of White Sulphur Springs, WV; grandchildren, Riley and Jonah Bostic; cousin, Jimmy Price and sister-in-law, Mae Worlledge; lifelong friend, Lisa McCoy; her little dog, Lilly, many other extended family, and friends.

It was Brenda's wish to be cremated. A memorial service will be scheduled at a late date.

We will be following COVID-19 regulations and request all guests wear a mask and maintain social distancing.

An online guestbook may be signed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, WV.

Obituary for Edwin Pierce Flesher Edwin Pierce Flesher
U. S. Air Force Korean War Veteran Was Modine Retiree

Edwin Pierce Flesher, 91, of Staunton, Virginia, husband of Ann (Humphries) Flesher, went to his final reward on April 13, 2021.

Mr. Flesher was born on February 20, 1930 in McDowell, a son of the late George W. and Grace (Chew) Flesher.

Edwin was known to family and friends as Eddie, Ed, Dad, Pop and Paw-Paw.

He was a proud veteran of the U. S. Air Force, serving during the Korean Conflict. Edwin was a member of the American Legion, a life member of the VFW, holding various positions, and was a member of Annex United Methodist Church.

After retirement from Modine Mfg. in Buena Vista, he enjoyed boating on the Rappahannock River, gardening and woodworking. He was always ready to offer his knowledge when there was a "handy-man" job.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 66 years are three children, Victoria "Vicki" Hodges (Tim) of Lexington, Edwin Jr. (Kimberley) of Staunton and Jane Ann Franklin (Bob) of Richmond. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Mark Hodges (fiancée, Katelyn Ferguson) and Ruthann Anderson (Jared), Eric, Brianna, and Lattinia Flesher, Katherine Grubbs (Daniel) and Sarah Tate; and two great-grandchildren, Rosaleigh Ruth Hodges and Charlotte Ann Grubbs. Also surviving is his sister, Margaret Rose Whitmore of Bridgewater Retirement Home.

At his request, Edwin will be cremated. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 17, at Annex United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to your favorite charity.

Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive in Staunton, is in charge of his arrangements.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Obituary for Mildred Claytor Hockman Brennan Mildred Claytor Hockman Brennan
Glasgow Resident Was Lifelong Member Of Falling Spring Presbyterian Church

Mildred Claytor Hockman Brennan, 90, of Falling Spring Road, Glasgow, Virginia, went home to be with her heavenly Father on April 11, 2021.

Born October 10, 1930 in Covington, she moved to her Glasgow address at the age of one and lived there until her death.

She was the daughter of the late Herbert and Lucille Claytor and was the last surviving member of her family.

Mildred was preceded in death by her first husband of 26 years, Marcus L. Hockman and her second husband of 22 years, Theodore A. Brennan; her brothers, Roy, Ellis and Robert, and sister, Daphna.

"Wee Wee" as she was known to many is survived by her niece, Cindy (Joe) Zollman and great nephews, Frank (Christy) Mundy of Columbia, SC, and Brandon (Kalie) Zollman of Lexington.

A special love was held by her for all her many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A 1948 graduate of Natural Bridge High School, she worked at Adair-Hutton, Swinks Apparel, and Burlington Industries for 24 years when she left to take care of her mother.

She loved to bowl and was a member of the Senior Bowling League of Staunton.

Mildred was a lifelong member of Falling Spring Presbyterian Church.

Graveside services will be held at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, 2021.

Arrangements are being handled by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington, VA.

Obituary for Noah Ricardo Green Noah Ricardo Green
Covington Resident Dies At Age 25

Noah Ricardo Green, 25, of Covington, Virginia, died Friday, April 2, 2021.

Mr. Green was born February 8, 1996 in Fairlea, WV, a son of Newton and Mazie Haynes Green of Covington.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Carl and Mabel Haynes and Noel and Iris Green.

He was a 2014 graduate of Alleghany High School and received a BA Degree from Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by two brothers, Brendan Green of Arlington and Isaiah Green of Los Angeles, CA; seven sisters, Susanna Haynes of White Sulphur Springs, WV, Kim Green of Newport News, Cierra Anderson and her husband, Warren of Stuarts Draft, Brittani Green of Chesapeake, China Green of Charlottesville, Sahara Green and India Green, both of Covington; and three nieces, Essence Green, Alexia Anderson and Alivia Anderson.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until service time at Arritt Funeral Home.

Interment will be made in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Obituary for John Ralph Custer John Ralph Custer
Hercules Retiree Was Low Moor Presbyterian Church Member

John Ralph Custer, age 80, of 119 West Parrish Street, Covington, Virginia died Monday, April 12, 2021 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia.

John was born November 23, 1940 in Botetourt County, Virginia to the late John J. and Elsie Herron Custer.

He retired from Hercules/A.E.T., Inc. and was a member of Low Moor Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Bliss Custer.

He Is survived by his sister, Mary Custer of Covington; two sisters-in-law, Marilyn "Bo" Bliss and Carolyn Hatley, both of Iron Gate; a nephew, Edward Hatley and wife, Dee; great nephews, Calvin Hatley and Zane Hatley; and great niece, Hallie Bliss Barnes.

A graveside funeral service will be conducted on Friday April 16, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Eagle Rock Cemetery in Eagle Rock with Reverend Lisa Marshall officiating. Interment will immediately follow. There will be no formal visitation. However, friends may call any time at Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Low Moor Presbyterian Church, 204 Old Church Road, Low Moor, VA 24457.

To send condolences to the family online, please visit

Obituary for Arlene Jane Breese Lesher Arlene Jane Breese Lesher
Lexington Resident Was Avid Civil War Historian, Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church Member

Arlene Jane Breese Lesher, 77, of Lexington, Virginia, died Friday, April 9, 2021 at Shenandoah Valley Health & Rehab.

Born October 11, 1943 in La Porte, Ind., she was a daughter of the late LeRoy W. Breese and Marcelline Johnson Breese.

She was a member of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church. She liked to read and filled her home with books and was an avid Civil War historian. She loved to spend time with her family but especially loved the time spent with the babies, and sharing family history stories.

Surviving are her husband, Robert E. Lesher; children, Deborah Lynn Lesher Muller (Frank) of La Porte, Ind., Robert T. Lesher (Christine) of Fredericksburg, and Jonathan S. Lesher (Melissa) of Buena Vista; seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Harlean Jean Breese Bruce (Cliff) of Glens Falls, N.Y.

No service will be held at this time.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Obituary for Robert Brown Sayre Robert Brown Sayre
Longtime Attorney Was Former Member Of The West Virginia House Of Delegates

Robert Brown Sayre, 89, died peacefully in his home at Kendal at Lexington, Virginia on April 7, 2021.

Born on April 5, 1932 in Beckley, W.Va., to Floyd M. Sayre and Winifred Lynch Sayre, he was a proud member of the Woodrow Wilson High School Class of 1949. He graduated from West Virginia University in 1953 with a B.S. degree and then enrolled in law school there, earning a law degree in 1957.

After being drafted while in law school he served as a first lieutenant, United States Army, as an adviser to the Chinese National Army on Taiwan.

After law school he returned to Beckley to join his father and brother in the practice of law with the family firm. He continued in active practice until 2014, a total of 57 years.

In 1962 he married Margaret Robertson James, who survives him.

Robert was predeceased by his parents; two brothers, Truman L. Sayre and Floyd M. Sayre Jr.; and two infant children, a stillborn son in 1963 and 11-day-old Robert B. Sayre Jr. in 1967; and two brothers-in-law, William A. James III and Dr. Charles A. Beasley.

Always very active in community affairs, he served as president of the Beckley Area Foundation, Beckley Rotary Club, the Raleigh County Historical Society, Friends of the Raleigh County Library, Raleigh County Bar Association and the Flat Top Lake Association. He represented the New River Gorge National River as a member of the National Park Service Mid Atlantic Regional Council for several years.

He was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church while living in Beckley and transferred his membership to Grace Episcopal Church after moving to Lexington.

Having served as district governor of Rotary International District in 1995-1996, Robert was an avid supporter of Rotary clubs in both Beckley and Lexington.

He was a member of the West Virginia House of Delegates from 1996 to 1997. He was a fellow of the West Virginia Bar Foundation, past president of the Raleigh County Bar Association and a member of the West Virginia Bar. Serving as a judge on the West Virginia Court of Claims 2004-2011 was his final service in the legal profession.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; a daughter, Frances Sayre (Marc Beyer) of Santa Fe, N.M.; a son, Dr. William J. Sayre (Melissa) of Lexington; five grandchildren, William R. McLean, Matthew C. Dewitt, William J. Sayre Jr., Isabella (Ella) M. Sayre and Lillian B. Sayre; two step-grandchildren, Ava and Stelly Crocker; one brother, Graham E. Sayre; one brother-in-law, John B. James; three sisters-in-law, Nora Sayre, Ruth Sayre and Mary James; several nephews and a niece.

Robert was a kind, loving and generous man devoted to his family and the practice of law and would want to be remembered as one who left the world a better place by having lived in it.

The family requests that any memorial contributions be made to the Rockbridge Area Hospice or to the charity of your choice.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time, but will be announced. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Obituary for Patricia Harper Miller Patricia Harper Miller
Lexington Resident Was Lifelong Member of Lexington Presbyterian Church, Teacher's Aide

Patricia Harper Miller, age 94, of Lexington, Virginia, passed away Thursday, April 8, 2021.

Born and raised in Delhi, N.Y., Pat was the daughter of the late Glen and Margaret Harper. She had a long, very active and happy life.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, John Harper and her husband, Richard (Dick) Miller.

She is survived by her daughters, Christie Nadolski (Keith), Debbie Pollard, and Lorie Hughes (Rodney). In addition, she is survived by seven grandchildren, Megan, Bethany, Lindsey, Kate, Susan, Adam and Andrew; and six great-grandchildren. She is survived as well by two special nieces, Kathy and Pam, and their extended family. The family also wishes to recognize special caregiver, Nancy Byers, who assisted Pat with retaining her independence for so long.

Pat attended Syracuse University prior to her marriage to Dick in 1947. In 1952, a new job for Dick at Washington and Lee University brought them to Lexington. She and Dick remained in Lexington permanently, enjoying the many friends they made and participating in community service.

Much of her life was shaped around Dick's work at W&L, often parenting students far away from home. Pat was an ardent supporter of the W&L athletic program, attending multiple sporting events and welcoming new coaches, taking their families under wing.

She was a lifelong active member of Lexington Presbyterian Church, serving as a Sunday school teacher, participating in Ruth Circle, and on various committees. Pat regularly volunteered for the Rockbridge Christmas Basket program, American Red Cross bloodmobile, and served as a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. For many years she worked as a teacher's aide at Mrs. Fifer's Providence Hill preschool, and enjoyed watching her young students grow to adulthood.

Most special were summer return visits to her hometown and eventual Catskill Mountain lake house which she and Dick built together. They hosted many family members and friends at the cabin. It was the place she loved the most!

A memorial service will be held at Lexington Presbyterian Church on May 22 at 1 p.m. Attendance is by registration through the church office and masks will be required.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lexington Presbyterian Church at 120 S. Main St., Lexington, VA 24450; Rockbridge Christmas Baskets at P. O. Box 1030, Lexington, VA 24450 or The Rockbridge Ballet at P. O. Box 150, Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Obituary for Jerry Lee Vess, Sr. Jerry Lee Vess, Sr.
Former Westvaco Supervisor For Security Had Long Law Enforcement Career

Jerry Lee Vess, Sr., age 76, of 3401 Bennington Lane, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Thursday, April 8, 2021 at his residence.

He was born January 11, 1945 in Botetourt County, Virginia to the late Eldon and Grace Layne Vess.

He was a retired Supervisor of Security for Westvaco of Covington. He was also a former police officer for the City of Clifton Forge, a former investigator for the Alleghany County Sheriff's Department, a former Chief of the Sharon Fire Department, and a long standing member of Central Advent Christian Church.

He never met a stranger and enjoyed helping people, especially by delivering wood to those in need during winter months.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 58 years, Crystal Patterson Vess of Clifton Forge; a son, Jerry Lee Vess, Jr. and wife, Teresa of Clifton Forge; two sisters, Betty Schooler and husband Roger and Jean Ann Tucker, both of Clifton Forge; a brother, Donald Vess and wife, Arlinda of Fayetteville, TN; three grandchildren, Melinda Benson, Justin Vess, and Ben Vess; five great grandchildren, Jeslyn Vess, Jack Benson, Carlyn Benson, Kenton Vess, and Preston Vess; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with Reverend Michael Warren officiating. Interment will follow in Central Advent Christian Cemetery, Clifton Forge. Pallbearers will be Monroe Patterson, Preston Faidley, Dale Muterspaugh, Freddie Ambrose, and Hank Benson.

The family will receive friends on Thursday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service at Nicely Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Blue Ridge Cancer Care, 2013 South Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24014.

To send condolences to the family online, please visit

Obituary for Ellen Sue (Harold) Puffenbarger Ellen Sue (Harold) Puffenbarger
Hightown Resident Dies At Age 82

Ellen Sue (Harold) Puffenbarger, 82, of Hightown, Virginia, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021, surrounded by family at her home.

She was born in Monterey on December 17, 1938, a daughter of the late Daisy Enid (Hull) and Charles Roscoe Harold.

On December 25, 1954, Sue married the love of her life, Dareld Gene Puffenbarger.

Sue was a member of the Blue Grass United Methodist Church and an active member of the community until recent years when her health started to decline.

After marriage, Dareld and Sue moved to Staunton for a year but soon returned to their forever home in Hightown. Sue worked at the Aileen plant until it closed, then took on her role as a full-time mother and farmer's wife. She was known to make at least 25 loaves of salt rising bread to deliver to customers all over the county. Sue loved to garden, can her bounty and also enjoyed filling her porch with flowers each summer.

One who loved her family dearly, Sue spent many times preparing big meals to welcome family for the weekend. She was one of eight brothers and sisters, whom she loved being close with. She adored her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, spoiling them every chance she got.

Sue had a great sense of humor, loved telling jokes and would talk to just about anyone. She enjoyed going to the fair to play bingo just so she could visit and see everyone. Sue loved to craft and make things to sell during the maple festival, as well as making things to decorate her home. She especially loved the holidays and would make homemade candy and cookies for Christmas and Easter. Everyone in the family always had a special decorated Easter egg with their name on it.

If you ever visited Sue and Dareld’s home, you were sure to be offered something homemade.

She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Dareld; daughters and sons-in-law, Tammy and Charlie George of Upper Tract, WV and Melissa and Brian "Bubba" Moyers of Hightown; granddaughters, Leslie Bowers and husband, Shaun, Reshella Leary and husband, Brian, Laura George and Daisy Moyers; grandson, Kaleb Moyers; great-granddaughter, Ava Bowers; great-grandson, Hudson Leary; brother, Charles R. Harold Jr., of Roanoke; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Steven "Steve" Blair Puffenbarger; siblings, Josephine Hess, Mamie K. Eagle, Jean Harman, Margaret Rexrode, Leo G. Harold, Jack H. Herold and Warren G. "Mike" Herold.

A graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Friday, April 16, 2021 in Union Chapel Church Cemetery with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating.

Pallbearers will be Paxton Grant, Paul Trible, Herb Lightner, Roy Gutshall, Buddy Hunt, Mark Duncan, Mark Patrick Duncan and Jacob Duncan.

Friends may call at the home of Dareld Puffenbarger.

Flowers may be sent to Obaugh Funeral Home or memorial contributions may be made to the Highland County Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 268, Monterey, Va. 24465.

Obituary for Coralee King Proud Coralee King Proud
Department Of Agriculture Retiree Dies At Age 81

Coralee King Proud, 81, of Lewisburg, West Virginia, passed away Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Peyton Hospice House in Lewisburg.

She was born at Nallen, WV, a daughter of the late John Kyle and Tola Ann Aldridge King.

She was retired from the Department of Agriculture.

She is survived by her only son, Steven Ray Proud of Arlington, VA.

As per her wishes, her body has been cremated and her ashes will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery beside her husband.

Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home, Lewisburg, is in charge of local arrangements and Murphy Funeral Home, 4510 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203 is in charge of arrangements in Virginia.

Obituary for Mary Eileen Farmer Rickett Mary Eileen Farmer Rickett
Granbery Memorial United Methodist Church Member Dies At Age 93

Mary Eileen Farmer Rickett, 93, died Friday, April 9, 2021 at her home, surrounded by her family.

She was the wife of the late Edgar Ray "Eddie" Rickett.

Mrs. Rickett was born January 20, 1928 in Belspring, Virginia, the daughter of the late Robert Orrie Farmer and Mary Sue Miller Farmer.

Mrs. Rickett was a member of Granbery Memorial United Methodist Church. Eileen was also a member of the Martha Chapter 21, Order of the Eastern Star.

She enjoyed bowling and spending time with her team mates, country music and singing hymns.

The last living member of her 13 siblings, Eileen was known for her love of birds, flowers, sweet personality and contagious laughter.

Mrs. Rickett is survived by two sons, Carey A. Rickett and wife, Robin and Mark A. Rickett of Covington; three daughters, Mary "Jann" Lockhart and Kenny Lovelace of Albany, Georgia, Jill R. Burks and husband, L.C., and Lori R. McCormick of Covington; eight grandchildren, Rachel A. Hutchison, Ashley B. Burks, Megan D. Rickett, Carey "Andy" Rickett, Jr., Danny R. "D.J." Moore Jr., Jeremiah S. Lockhart, Daniel J. McCormick, Jr. and Jacob N. McCormick; seven great grandchildren and daughter- in-law, Mary B. Rickett.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Rickett is preceded in death by her son, Adonis "Ricky" Rickett; six brothers, Newt Farmer, Garland Farmer, Billy Farmer, Clarence Farmer, Bobby Farmer and Dwight Farmer; six sisters, Helen Quesenberry, Margaret Winfrey, Evelyn Moore, Doris Ingram, Peggy Via, and Mildred Farmer.

The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you for the loving care given to our mother over the past few years to, Ermine Meadows, Tammy Hoke, Ashley Wiley, Gail DePriest, Afton Brinkley, Amanda Robinson, Shawn Wright, Tonya Wolfe and Crystal Jack.

The funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, 2021 at Granbery Memorial United Methodist Church with Rev. Sung Yoo officiating. Interment will follow in Alleghany Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be James Jennings and Mrs. Rickett's grandsons.

The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 7:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Loving Funeral Home.

The families suggest that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Granbery Memorial United Methodist Church, 425 W. Main Street, Covington, VA 24426 and Mountain Regional Hospice, P. O. Box 637, Clifton Forge, VA 24422.

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home;