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Obituary for William Earl (Billy) Stover William Earl (Billy) Stover
Bath County High School Grade Was Master Carpenter, Avid Golfer

William Earl (Billy) Stover, 50, of Hot Springs, Virginia died Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at his residence.

He was born August 20, 1967 in Alleghany County, Virginia, the son of Smokey Joe Stover and the late and Patricia Ann Peery Stover.

Billy was a master carpenter with Coles Mountain Building for 21 years. On the side he enjoyed mowing lawns for numerous families in Bath County.

He was a 1986 graduate of Bath County High School and was a member of the Chargers golf team. He placed second in the State VICA Contest his senior year.

Billy joined the Hot Springs Fire Department in 1986 when he was 18 years old. During his 32 years in the department, he held the offices of Chief from January 2005-January 2008; Assistant Chief, Captain and Lieutenant. He was the 2000, 2005 & 2014 Recipient of the Fireman of the Year Award. He was a Support Member of Hot Springs Rescue Squad.

Billy was always willing and able to lend a hand to those in need. He was a member of the Healing Springs Baptist Church. He was an avid outdoors man. He was a loving husband, son, brother, uncle, nephew and friend to all.

He is survived by his wife, Angela "Angel" Kay McElwee Stover, whom he married on October 26, 1991; his father, Smokey Joe Stover of Hot Springs; a brother, Brian Stover and wife, Annette of Hot Springs; a sister, Cindy Fry and husband, Kevin of Hot Springs; his mother-in-law, Brenda McElwee of Hot Springs; a brother-in-law, Robin McElwee of Hot Springs; nieces and nephews, Sarah Church and husband, Lee and Will Fry, all of Hot Springs; Nathan Helpler and wife, Emily of Rome, New York; Rebecca Stover and Joseph Stover, both of Hot Springs; great niece and great nephews, Erika Church, Hunter Church, Owen Hepler; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

He was preceded in death by mother, Patrica Stover and father-in-law, Gene McElwee.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 21, 2018 at Life Line Ministries with Mike Spurgeon officiating. Interment will be in Union Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Robbie Chestnut, Lonnie Martin, Greg Pritt, Brian Smith, Jess Pritt, Michael Hamilton, Eddie Swearengin, Travis Braxton, Gilbert Williams. Honorary Pallbearers will be Lee Fry, Craig Harold, Joseph Stover, James Jones and Members of the Hot Springs Fire Department & Hot Springs Rescue Squad.

The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Life Line Ministries.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hot Springs Fire Department, P. O. Box N, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445.

The McLaughlin & Young Funeral is in charge of arrangements.



Obituary for Gladys Mae Bates Gladys Mae Bates
Buena Vista Resident Dies At Age 100

Gladys Mae Bates, 100, of Buena Vista, Virginia went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Kendal Assisted Living Center.

Born June 15, 1917 in Rockbridge County, she was one of seven children born to William McKinley Huffman and Regina Greene Huffman of Rockbridge County.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Charlie Lee Bates, and dear son, David Lee Bates.

Gladys was a sublime example of selflessness, love and faith to all who knew her. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, spending time with her family, cooking, and serving the Lord. She lived a long, beautiful life, all the while maintaining a bright and youthful spirit, a desire to help others, and a strong penchant for living graciously. Gladys will sincerely be remembered for her quiet strength, caring nature, and thankfulness to God for His many daily blessings.

Gladys is survived by her son, Joseph "Joe" Bates, of Buena Vista, Donna Bates Tomlin and husband Larry Tomlin, of Inman, South Carolina; six grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; and sister, Mary Bates Humphries.

A funeral service to celebrate Gladys's life will be held ‪2 p.m. Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church conducted by the Rev. W. A. Mills Jr. Interment will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Kendal at Lexington and the Rockbridge Area Hospice Service for their service to caring for Gladys during her final days and last few years. We are grateful for your kindness and dedication to making Gladys's stay in all capacities comforting and peaceful. She was always in good hands.

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



Obituary for Virginia Thomas Faurote Virginia Thomas Faurote
Hot Springs Native Was Longtime Bath County Housekeeper

Virginia Thomas Faurote, 96, of Hot Springs, Virginia died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Springs Nursing Center in Hot Springs, Virginia.

She was born March 2, 1922 in Hot Springs, the daughter of the late Frank Brown Thomas and Laura Mae Mines Thomas.

She was employed as a housekeeper for the Ellis family in Hot Springs for more than 60 years.

She was a member of Healing Springs Baptist Church.

She was a fabulous cook, who was famous for her lemon meringue pie. She loved her dogs, especially her Pugs.

She was married to the late Charles W Faurote.

She is survived by a niece, Lettie Mae Cauley and husband, Thorton of Hot Springs, Virginia; nephews, William Harold Peery and Smokey Stover, both of Hot Springs; great nieces, Renea Lindsay and Karen Carter, who were her caregivers; numerous great nieces and great nephews; special friends, Karen Ellis and Dr. Jay Kain of Hot Springs; her dog, Lucky.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Faurote and Olivia Peery; a nephew, Clarence Peery; and nieces, Patricia Stover and Betty Bond.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday April 20, 2018 at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home with Pastor Bill Gilliand officiating. Interment will be in Union Chapel.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Carter, Justin Lindsay, Alex Lindsay, David Lindsay, Billy Baldwin and Dr. Jay Kain. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bobby Fry, Thorton Cauley, Harold Peery, George Wolfe.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Springs Nursing Center, P. O. Drawer 1, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445 or Bath County Meals on Wheels. Make check payable to Valley Program for Aging Services, P. O. Box 817, Waynesboro, Virginia 22980.



Obituary for Cleo Ann Edwards Stanley Cash Cleo Ann Edwards Stanley Cash
Botetourt County Native Was Former Omni Homestead Resort Employee

Cleo Ann Edwards Stanley Cash, 80, of 601 N. Alleghany Ave., Covington, Virginia died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at the Brian Center Rehabilitation & Nursing Care in Low Moor.

She was born March 1, 1938 in Botetourt County, a daughter of the late Gordon Edwards and Minnie Smith Edwards.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cash was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Cash, in 2005 and also by three brothers, Carl Smith, Albert Smith and Bubby Smith and one sister, Jean Grogan.

Mrs. Cash retired in 2003 from the Omni Homestead Resort in the Housekeeping Department.

Surviving are two daughters, Roxanne Law and her husband, Welland of Hot Springs and Rebecca Sue Woodruff and her husband, Ray of Covington; three sons, Charles Stanley and Becky Tingler of Covington; Larry Stanley and his wife, Mindy of West Palm Beach, FL and Pete Stanley and his wife, Jean of Frederick, MD; a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren; one brother, Russell Edwards and his wife, Wanda of Covington; two sisters, Dorothy Johnson of Fredericksburg, VA and Jeannie Mae Jerman and her husband, J.C. of Covington.

The funeral service will be held Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. in the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Doug Hollenbeck officiating.

The interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time on Friday at Arritt Funeral Home and at other at the residence of Sue Woodruff at 351 Sammys Road, Covington, VA 24426.



Obituary for Charles (Dickie) Richard Harold Charles (Dickie) Richard Harold
Hot Springs Native Worked With Bacova Guild, Cascades Inn

Charles (Dickie) Richard Harold, 81, of Hot Springs, Virginia died Friday, April 13, 2018 at his residence.

He was born May 19, 1936 in Hot Springs, Virginia, the son of the late James Welton Harold and Ruth Ann Taney Harold.

He was married to Martha Jane Kuntz Harold, whom he married on December 20, 1969.

He was retired from Bacova Guild Ronile. Prior to that he worked at the Cascades Inn for the Homestead, and he worked in Puerto Rico as the manager of the pro shop at The Darado Beach Country Club.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, having served during the Korean War.

He was an avid reader who enjoyed westerns. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He loved fishing, the outdoors, and golfing.

He is survived by his wife, Martha Jane Kuntz Harold of Hot Springs; a son, Zachary Landon Harold and wife, Amanda of Daleville, Virginia; and grandchildren, Balor, Miller, and Bridger Harold of Daleville.

A private funeral service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hot Springs Rescue Squad, P. O. Box N, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445.



Obituary for Ronald Wayne Craft Ronald Wayne Craft
Former White Sulphur Springs Resident Dies At Age 75

Ronald Wayne Craft, 75, of Vinton, VA, formerly of White Sulphur Springs, WV, passed away on March 30, 2018 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a long illness.

Ronnie was born April 5, 1942 in White Sulphur Springs, the son of the late Warren "Jim" and Edna Craft Arnold.

He was a U. S. Air Force mechanic during the Vietnam War, worked as an airplane mechanic with Lockheed and was a retired manager of One Hour Martinizing Dry Cleaners in Richmond, VA.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, whom help raise Ronnie, Whipple and Norma Grimmett Craft.

Surviving are his daughters, Roni Craft of Ashville, NC., Shari Craft of Midlothian, VA and Norma Bradford of Culpeper, VA.; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren; brothers, Ridge Arnold of The Villages, FL and Lewisburg, WV; Rusty and Pam Arnold of Ronceverte, WV; Robbie and Brenda Arnold of White Sulphur Springs, WV and Beezle and Bobbi Arnold of White Sulphur Springs, WV; several nieces and nephews, as well as many friends in Vinton, VA.

Interment will be at a later date.

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



Obituary for Betty Bailey Bare Betty Bailey Bare
Former Drug Store Employee Was Ronceverte Resident

Betty Bailey Bare, 91, of Ronceverte, WV passed away on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at The Brier in Ronceverte, WV.

She was born on August 16, 1926 in Charleston, WV.

Betty was a graduate of Stonewall Jackson High School and WVU with a B.S. in Chemistry.

She worked at George's Rexall in Ronceverte from 1965 until it closed in 1996.

She was preceded in death by her husband, S. Elwood Bare, Jr; her parents, Arnie and Inez Wallace Bailey; a sister, Beatrice Andrews and a brother, Thomas Bailey; a niece, Dianna Andrews, and a grandson, Steven Bare.

Left to cherish her memory are sons, Woody, David (Faye), Dudley (Terry); special niece, Beth Andres College (Terry); grandchildren, Sterling (Cara), Laura, Liz; and great grandchildren, Gavin, Ryan, Bailey, Aubrey, Liam, and Morgan.

In accordance with her wishes, graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Riverview Cemetery in Ronceverte, WV. with Rev. Stephen Baldwin officiating.

In lieu of flowers, she requested memorial donations be made to the Ronceverte Christian Church, 240 Gypsy Heights Road, Ronceverte, WV 24970.



Obituary for Frances Elizabeth Porter Frances Elizabeth Porter
Longtime Educator Was Avid Gardener

Frances Elizabeth Porter was born on April 6, 1920 to the late AlgieLee Porter and Ruth Regina Mitchell of South Boston, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband as well as her aunt, Mary Mitchell Woods of Lexington.

Frances began her education in the public schools of West Virginia. In 1937 she graduated from Simmons High School in Lafayette County. She continued her education at West Virginia State College, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Education (1942) and a Bachelor of Arts in Education (1949).

Frances taught in the West Virginia public schools and after retiring, she moved to Lexington, where she became involved in the Rockbridge Garden Club, sharing her green thumb and love for flowers and gardening. She was an active member of the garden club for more than 40 years, where she also served in leadership capacities. She participated in projects that included area cleanup at Evergreen Cemetery and Jordan's Point as well as numerous statewide competitions for flower arranging, etc.

Until her health began to decline, Frances was an active member of the Buena Vista-Lexington community, where she believed in preserving and contributing to its beautification in any way that she could.

A graveside service will be held at Evergreen Cemetery on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 11 a.m.

Services are being provided by Harrison Funeral Home of Lexington.



Obituary for Phyllis Juanita Huffman Phyllis Juanita Huffman
Lexington Native Was Westwood Baptist Church Member

Phyllis Juanita Huffman, 80, of Buena Vista, Virginia died Monday, April 16, 2018 at Shenandoah Valley Health and Rehab Center.

Born June 10, 1937 in Lexington, she was a daughter of Edward Hatcher and Minnie Kate Moore.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Fred Vaden Huffman Sr.

Mrs. Huffman was a member of Westwood Baptist Church.

Surviving are her children, Marsha L. Thoemke, Richard N. Creasy, Vaden L. Huffman, Wanda N. Hite and Roland R. Creasy; six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren; brothers, Carl Moore, Pete Worth and Tommy Worth; and sisters, Myrtle Clark, Linda Johnson, Lois Smith, Peggy Painter and Joanne Jones.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 19, at Harrison Funeral Chapel by the Rev. W. A. Mills. Burial will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at the funeral home.



Obituary for Frank Wexler Hopkins Frank Wexler Hopkins
U. S. Navy Veteran Was Retired CSX Machinist

Frank Wexler Hopkins, age 89, formerly of 501 Wintergreen Avenue, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Monday, April 16, 2018 at Carrington Memory Care in Daleville.

He was born June 13, 1928 in Lumberport, West Virginia to the late Frank and Grace Swiger Hopkins.

He served in the United States Navy and was a retired machinist for CSX Transportation with over thirty years of employment.

He was a member of Central United Methodist Church and the Clifton Forge Moose Lodge.

Frank loved West Virginia University sports.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, JoAnn Hodge Hopkins.

He is survived by a daughter, Sharon Sheppard and husband, Mark, and a son, Frank Joey Hopkins and wife, Faye, all of Daleville; six grandchildren, Bradey Craft and wife, Teresa, Renee Jamieson, Nicole Grant and husband, Steve, Michelle Johnson and husband, Reid, Michael Sheppard, and Jon Hopkins and wife, Renea; and nine great grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Sherwood Memorial Park, Salem with Reverend Lynn Wright officiating. Interment will immediately follow. The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the American Heart Association.



Obituary for Loretta Lynn Dunsmore Loretta Lynn Dunsmore
White Sulphur Springs Food Lion Employee Was Covington Resident

Loretta Lynn Dunsmore, 45, of 108 Craig Ave., Covington, Virginia died Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Lewis Gale Alleghany Hospital in Low Moor.

She was born November 12, 1972 in Greenbrier County, WV, a daughter of Nina Selleck Ratcliff Bostic of Covington and Victor Lee Dunsmore, Sr. of White Sulpur Springs WV.

She was preceded in death by a niece, Amber Dunsmore.

Lorretta was employed by Food Lion in White Sulphur Springs, WW in the Deli Department for 17 years. She loved shopping and was always there for her family and friends. She loved to cook and was an amazing cake decorator.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her two sons, Dallas Wayne Jarrell II and Liza Chestnut of Covington and Ryan Taylor Jarrell and Andara Taylor of Lewisburg; her brother, Victor Lee "Bo" Dunsmore Jr. and his wife, Michelle of Lewisburg; her sister, Wanda Nicely and Tom Linkenhoker of Clifton Forge; her best friend and sister, Melissa Dunsmore and her husband, Dale of Glace, WV; her stepfather, Dwight Bostic of Covington; three nieces; three nephews; three great nieces and her beloved dog, Lilly.

The funeral service will be held Friday, April 20, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Marva Smearman, assisted by the Rev. Garrett Bostic.

Interment will follow in Palestine Chapel Cemetery.

The family will receive their friends Thursday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Arritt Funeral Home.

Memorials in Loretta's name may be made to the Alleghany Humane Society, 9313 Rich Patch Road, Covington, VA 24426.



Obituary for Mary Jean Butler Nelson Mary Jean Butler Nelson
Hot Springs Resident Worked Many Years With The Homestead

Mary Jean Butler Nelson, 74, of Hot Springs, Virginia died Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at her residence.

She was born June 20, 1943 in Butlertown, Maryland, the daughter of the late Preston Sam Butler and Alease Bruce Butler Matthews.

She retired from the Homestead Resort after many years of service as a room attendant.

She was a member of the Piney Grove Baptist Church.

She loved to cook for her family, friends, and her neighbors. She never met a stranger. She had many friends that loved her dearly. She enjoyed spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, who were so dear to her heart.

She is survived by two sons, Kevin L. Nelson and wife, Jeanette of Newport News, Virginia, Derrick A. Nelson and wife, Gennifer of Tolleson, Arizona; a brother; Alvin Matthews of Clinton, North Carolina; three sisters; Gloria Braxton of Hot Springs, who was her caregiver; Virginia Delores Stewart and husband, Tommy of Warm Springs, Virginia and Bessie Matthews of Salemburg, North Carolina; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews; special friends, Doris Clarke, Barbara Bonney, Donald Cardwell, Euphemia Stevenson and Louise Gwynn.

She was preceded in death by three sisters, Dorothy Lee, Kathryn Boxley and Alease Matthews; two brothers, Stanley Matthews, Jr. and an infant brother.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Piney Grove Baptist Church with Reverend W. Ed Mansfield officiating. Interment will be in Pine Hurst Heights Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be family and friends attending the service.

The family will receive friends 1 hour prior to services from 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at Piney Grove Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Doris Via Cancer Fund, P. O. Box 174, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445 or Mountain Regional Hospice, P. O. Box 637, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422 or The American Cancer Society.

Arrangements are being handled by McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.mclaughlinandyoung.com.