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Obituaries - Last Seven Days

Obituary for Lettie Imogene Crist Lettie Imogene Crist
Buena Vista Resident Was Pluto, WV Native

Lettie Imogene Crist, 78, of Buena Vista, Virginia, formerly of Rupert, West Virginia, passed away on December 12, 2019.

Born on January 18, 1941 at Pluto, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Norma Russell Bennett.

She is preceded in death by her parents, sister, Freida Hanna and brothers, Danny, Eddie, Rodney, Kenneth, Stevie and Larry.

Lettie was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include her husband, Basil Crist of Buena Vista; daughter, Ann Downer of Charlotte, NC; sister, Linda Holcomb of Rupert; brothers, James Bennett, Jimmy Bennett, Teddy Bennett; grandson, Josh Davis of Charlotte, NC; many nieces and nephews and one nephew who she raised, Danny Bennett of Mississippi.

Services will be held at 2:30 p.m., Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Wallace & Wallace Chapel, Rainelle, with Pastor Ralph Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at the End of The Trail Cemetery, Clintonville.

Friends may call Saturday evening 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Online condolences

Wallace & Wallace, Inc. 283 Main St., Rainelle, WV 25962 is in charge of

Obituary for June Hall Stanley June Hall Stanley
Lexington Resident Dies At Age 78

June Hall Stanley, 78, of Lexington, Virginia died Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Franklin County on June 28, 1941 to Fred Hall and Hettie Amos Hall.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Earl Conner Stanley. She was the youngest of 10 siblings.

Surviving are two sons, James Earl Stanley of Blythewood, S.C., and Charles Lee "Chip" Stanley II of Lexington; two daughters, Wendy Gayle Stanley of Charlottesville and Sheryl Kaye Stanley Wagner of Lexington; six grandchildren; two sisters, Lula Craddock of Stuart and Joyce Shively of Roanoke; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral will be conducted Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 2 p.m. at Old Bell Spur Primitive Baptist Church by the Rev. Stewart Childress. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. Memorial contributions may be made to Maberry Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 776 Pinnacle Lane, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120.

Obituary for William Darfow Rice, Sr. William Darfow Rice, Sr.
Covington Native Dies At Age 89

Mr. William Darfow Rice, Sr., age 89, of Covington, Virginia died Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at his residence.

He was the husband of the late Ruby Lee Brisendine Rice.

Mr. Rice was born May 11, 1930 in Covington, the son of the late William Lee Rice and Nellie Rea Rice.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church with Rev. Yun Goo Kang officiating.

Interment will follow in Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Graveside rites will be conducted by the Curtis A. Smith Post 1033 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The family will receive friends Saturday evening from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Loving Funeral Home.

The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Building Fund, 107 Mount Pleasant Drive, Covington, VA 24426 or Presbyterian Children's Home of the Highlands, P. O. Box 545, Wytheville, VA 24382.

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home,

Obituary for Titan Houston Martin Titan Houston Martin
Buena Vista Infant Dies December 5, 2019

Heavens gain was our loss when our angel was called by our Lord. Titan Houston Martin met the eyes of Jesus on December 5, 2019.

He weighed three pounds, 14 ounces and was 17 inches long.

Titan was the son of Mick and Tabitha Martin of Buena Vista.

He is loved by his K9 big sister, Ellie Mae Martin.

Preceding him in Heaven are his great-grandparents, Marshall and Cecil Stinnett, Larry and Sally Hamm; great-uncle, Robert "Snooks" Stinnett; and uncle Wayne Olstad.

In addition to his parents and big sister, Titan is survived by his grandparents, Randy and Debra "Pudden" Stinnett, Curtis and Donna Martin; uncle Zack, aunt Lindsey and cousin Marshall Stinnett; uncle Porter Martin, uncle Jake Martin, uncle Ryan Martin, aunt Kileigh Andrus, aunt Katie Martin and aunt Megan Martin; and many other great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins, family and friends.

"Dearest baby, please know that our greatest blessing was having you." Although our time was cut short, God had greater plans for you. We find peace in knowing that the first thing you saw when you opened your eyes was the face of Jesus. We are so thankful for God's promise of tomorrow and have faith in knowing that one day, we will all be reunited together again. Until then, we will remember you and cherish you every day. "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).

"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." – Winnie the Pooh.

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

Obituary for Phyllis Marie Dowdy Miller Phyllis Marie Dowdy Miller
White Sulphur Springs Resident Worked With Greenbrier Technical Services

Phyllis Marie Dowdy Miller, 61, passed away, Sunday, December 8, 2019 at the Peyton Hospice House following an extended battle with cancer.

Born August 27, 1958 at Union, WV, she was the daughter of the late Glenn Richmond and Marie Belle Boggs Dowdy.

Phyllis was employed at Greenbrier Technical Services in Ronceverte, WV and attended Bethesda Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Eric Lee Taylor.

Survivors include her loving husband of twenty six years, Danny Miller; step son, Daniel Todd Miller of Covington, VA; brothers, Lewis Richmond Dowdy (Connie) of Hopewell, VA and Jeff Dowdy (Michele) of Ronceverte, WV; sisters, Donna Dowdy Trent (Buddy) of Ronceverte, WV and Gail Evans of Gap Mills, WV; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 12, 2019 at the Morgan Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Gary Baker officiating. Burial will follow in the Salem Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Organ Cave, WV. Visitation will be 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at the funeral home.

Online guestbook may be signed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, WV.

Obituary for Mary Kathryn Martin Mary Kathryn Martin
Was Co-Owner/Operator of Fancy Hill Restaurant in Natural Bridge

Mary Kathryn Martin, 69, of Lexington, Virginia passed away Friday, December 6, 2019 at The Mayflower.

Born August 16, 1950 in Temple, Texas, she was a daughter of the late J. Wade McCormick and Kathryn L. Whitaker.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Robert "Bill" Torrence.

Mary spent much her life in south Florida before moving to Lexington, where she worked at W&L. Later, she and Bill became owner/operators of Fancy Hill Restaurant in Natural Bridge before retiring.

Surviving are her daughter, Melissa K. Alexander and son-in-law David and their children, Jack and Rachel. She was a loving stepmother to Scott Torrence, Brian Torrence and Claire Swauger and grandmother to their children.

Also surviving are her siblings and their families, Barbara Peck, Virginia Wade and Thomas Whitaker IV.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice and Mayflower staff and Dr. Lyons for their care and support.

Services will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date. In her memory, donations may be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice, 315 Myers St., Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home& Crematory.

Obituary for Carolyn Louise Ingram Farkas Carolyn Louise Ingram Farkas
Bath County Native Dies At Age 74

Carolyn Louise Ingram Farkas, 74, of Millboro, Virginia died Friday, December 6, 2019 at Lewis Gale Medical Center, in Low Moor, Virginia.

She was born March 20, 1945 in Bath County, the daughter of the late William Ingram and Elizabeth Belle Steele Ingram.

Carolyn was retired from Ashland Oil Company in Canton, Ohio, and also helped take care of Helen Williams.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, as well as an avid outdoor lady who enjoyed hunting, loved volunteering at the Grace Bible Camp, spending time spoiling her grandchildren, watching birds, and feeding wildlife.

She was a member of the Millboro High School graduating class of 1962.

Carolyn is survived by her husband, Edward Steve Farkas, who she married on June 20, 1982; daughters, Susan Ann Rao and husband, Nabeel of Fredricksburg, VA, Elizabeth Elvira Richards and partner, David Jackson of Pulaski, Tennessee; son, Robert Charles Ewell of Canton, Ohio; step-sons, Steve Farkas and wife, Christine of Delaware, Keith Farkas and wife, Becky of Canton, OH, Shawn Farkas and wife, Michelle of Washington Court House, OH; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Ingram, and a sister, Shirley Kelican.

A memorial service will be conducted at 12:00 p.m., Friday, December 13, 2019 at Goshen Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Reese officiating.

The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Bible Camp, 111 Bible Camp Lane, Goshen, VA 24439.

The McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary for Dawn (Jill) Curtis Kern Dawn (Jill) Curtis Kern
Former Clifton Forge Resident Dies At Age 69

Dawn (Jill) Curtis Kern, age 69, of Buena Vista, Virginia and formerly of Clifton Forge, Virginia died Saturday, December 7, 2019 at the Golden Living Center-Shenandoah Valley Nursing Home, Buena Vista.

She was born October 3, 1950 in Clifton Forge, Virginia to the late Thomas Young Curtis and Helen Marie Black Curtis Brady.

She was a counselor for Alleghany Highlands Social Services, and also worked at Jane Colby apparel for a number of years. She was a member of Living Stones Ministry Church, enjoyed gardening and canning food.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Allen Kern.

She is survived by a daughter, Shannon Lynn Kern of Clifton Forge; a son, Jody Allen Kern of Covington; a brother, Monte F. Curtis, Sr., of Clifton Forge; a sister in law, Patricia Kern Cumor and husband, Roland of Naples, Fl; a granddaughter, Lexy Kern and her mother, Lori Kern; a great granddaughter, Isabelle Powell; a step father, Lee Brady of Clifton Forge; two nephews, Frankie and Thomas Curtis; and dear friend, Debbie Elmo.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with Pastor Mike Rollins officiating. Interment will follow at Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until time of service at Nicely Funeral Home. A luncheon will be held at Hillcrest Mansion Inn following the memorial service.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Living Stones Ministries, 100 Griffith Road, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422.

The Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, handled the details.

Obituary for Anthony Carvello Anthony Carvello
New Jersey Native Dies In Clifton Forge At Age 51

Anthony Carvello, 51, of 352 East Mallow Road, Covington, Virginia died Friday December 6, 2019 in Clifton Forge.

He was born on May 18, 1968 in New Jersey, a son of Thomas and Patricia Carvello.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Kara Dunbar.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Vickie Gunter Carvello of Clifton Forge; two daughters, Chastity Schooler and husband, Jonathan, and Georginna Dunbar, both of Clifton Forge; two sons, Louis Daniel Carvello of Clifton Forge, John Colvin and wife, Stephanie of Roanoke; a brother, Thomas Carvello and wife, Geri of New Jersey; and twelve grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019 in Iron Gate Community Cemetery with Reverend Edith Snedegar officiating. Interment immediately followed.

The Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, handled the arrangements.

Obituary for Sandra Carol Phillips Sandra Carol Phillips
VMI Dining Services Employee Was Gospel Way Church of God in Christ Member

Florine Ruth Cooper Walker was born in Collierstown, Virginia on September 20, 1931 to Agnes Cooper Myers.

She moved to Gala at the age of 10 to live with her aunt and uncle to finish attending elementary school in Eagle Rock.

At the age of 15, she moved to Lexington and attended Lylburn Downing High School. Following graduation she married Charles Henry Walker Jr.

She is preceded in death by her mother, husband, and two sons, Charles "Bumps" and Jackie Sr.

Surviving are three sons, Vernon (Jackie) Walker, of Buena Vista, James Walker of Lexington, and Paul (Gloria) Walker of Toana; three daughters, Gail Walker of Roanoke, Charlene Fitch of Lexington, and Kelly (Thomas) Brown of Lexington; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; one special aunt, Ophelia Payne of Lexington; a dear sister-in-law, Lois Green of Lexington; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Florine was employed by Virginia Military Institute Dining Services for 34 years. She had a love for softball, badminton, pinochle, bingo and most of all, her large family. She was a member of Gospel Way Church of God in Christ, Lexington, for 28 years. She served as one of the church mothers, on the hospitality committee and as an usher.

A funeral was held Saturday, December 7.

Arrangements were by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.