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Obituary for Frederick Lisle (Fred) Whiting Frederick Lisle (Fred) Whiting
Former Hercules, Inc. Employee Was Lone Star Advent Christian Church Member

Frederick Lisle (Fred) Whiting, age 88, of 4419 Riverland Road, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Friday, October 22, 2021 at his residence.

He was born October 18, 1933 in Covington, Virginia to the late James Whiting and Carrie Caldwell Whiting.

He retired from the carpenter shop at Hercules, Inc. in Covington, attended Lone Star Advent Christian Church, was a board member for Hilltop Ministries and attended Bethesda Church in White Sulphur Springs.

He was a father figure to many children and loved to show the children God's love.

Fred enjoyed hunting, fishing, baseball and football.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Nicely Whiting of Clifton Forge; a daughter, Jodi Vaughn and husband, Scott of York, PA; two sons, Frederick L. Whiting, Jr. and wife, Rebecca of New Port Richie, FL and Tommy Whiting and wife, Colette of Alpharetta, GA; two sisters, Frances Bush of Covington and Gwen Carwile of Lynchburg; two brothers, Jimmy Whiting of Lynchburg and Garland Whiting and wife, Wanda of Covington; eight grandchildren, Michelle Vaughn, Kerri Vaughn, Forrest Vaughn, Kristy Thomas, Holley Whiting, Frederick Whiting III, T.J Whiting, and Brooke Whiting; eight great grandchildren, Oliver Lopez Vaughn, Victoria Himes, Sean Paul Thomas, Jr., Derrick Whiting, Erick Whiting, Bryson Whiting, Brayden Whiting, Brantley Whiting; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 24, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with Reverend Doug Moore and Reverend Grover Nicely officiating.

Interment will follow in Sharon Baptist Church, Clifton Forge. Pallbearers will be Randy Whiting, Luke Lyons, Lee Bush, Ray Crush, Matt Crush and Frank Cook.

The family will receive friends on Saturday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at Nicely Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Hilltop Ministries, 4419 Riverland Road, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422. Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge is handling arrangements. To send condolences to the family online, please visit www.nicelyfuneralhome.com



Obituary for Betty Delores Hoke Betty Delores Hoke
Ronceverte Resident Dies At Age 61

Betty Delores Hoke, 61, of Ronceverte, West Virginia, passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Peyton Hospice House.

Betty was born February 15, 1960 at Second Creek and was the daughter of the late Harvey Johnson and Juanita Forren Morris. Betty was a homemaker and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Other than her parents, Betty was preceded in death by sisters, Becky and Bertie, and a brother, Carlos.

Survivors include husband, Emory L Hoke; daughter, Sarah Marie Hoke; son, Charles D. Mentz; four grandchildren with one on the way; brothers, Frankie, Timmy and Michael.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 28, 2021 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte with Pastor Brandon Eggleston officiating. Burial will follow at the Highland Park Cemetery.

Friends may call one hour prior to the service.

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



Obituary for Michael Henry Wilmer Michael Henry Wilmer
Natural Bridge Resident Dies At Age 64

Michael Henry Wilmer, 64, of Natural Bridge, Virginia, died Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Heritage Hall.

He was born November 28, 1956 in Rockbridge County, a son of William T. Wilmer and Nancy Jane Chittum Wilmer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, David Franklin Wilmer.

Michael had worked at Walmart as a stocker. Surviving are his siblings, Steve Wilmer of Fairfield and Patricia Sorrells of Stuarts Draft.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, October 25, 2021 at Fairfield Cemetery by the Rev. Brandon McClung.

Memorial contributions may be made to South River Fire Department, P. O. Box 203, Fairfield, VA 24435.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.



Obituary for Cecil C. Rider Cecil C. Rider
White Sulphur Springs Resident Was Greenbrier Hotel Air Conditioning, Refrigeration Specialist

Cecil C. Rider, 97, of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia passed away October 19, 2021 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center following a long illness.

He was born March 12, 1924 in the area of Meadow Creek, now Sherwood Lake. He was the son of the late Clarence H. Rider and Mary Dilley Rider.

Cecil was an avid hunter all his life. He loved to recount his hunting stories to his family and friends.

He worked at the Greenbrier Hotel as air conditioning and refrigeration maintenance journeyman for 37 years and loved it. Cecil was the oldest living member of Local #837.

He loved the word of God and was a charter member of the White Sulphur Springs Baptist Church on Willow Street.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Betty G. Lawhorn Rider; brothers, Howard Rider and Fred Rider; sisters, Violet Carter and Edith Piefer.

Among those left to rember Cecil are his daughters, Gladys Wykle and husband, Kenneth of Neola and Barbara Holmes and fiancé, Bob Dudley of Harts Run; sisters, Faye Sea and Lorene Phillips; grandchildren, Tanya Hall and husband, Jason, James Honaker, Cecil Honaker and wife, Beth and four great grandchildren, Ethan, Kaylie, Katheryn and Anna.

Graveside services will be Friday October 22, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at May Chapel, Neola, with Rev. Randy Gilliam officiating.

The Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.



Obituary for Avery Kenos Johnson Avery Kenos Johnson
Lewisburg Resident Was Retired WV Department Of Highways Supervisor

Avery Kenos Johnson, 84, of Lewisburg, West Virginia, passed away at October 8, 2021 at Peyton Hospice House in Lewisburg.

He was born November 24, 1936 near Lewisburg, and was the son of the late Richard and Tessie Legg Johnson.

Avery was a member of Shuck Memorial Baptist Church, had worked for Anderson Paving and was a retired supervisor with the WV Department of Highways with 28 years of service.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Earl and Edwin.

Surviving are his wife of 33 years, Phyllis Lewis Johnson; sons, Russell "Choppy" Williams and his wife, Carol of Frankford, WV and John Johnson of Washington, DC; and several cousins.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home handled the arrangements.



Obituary for Patricia Gordon Hostetter Patricia Gordon Hostetter
Natural Bridge Resident Dies At Age 62

Patricia Gordon Hostetter, 62, of Natural Bridge, Virginia, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021.

Born February 11, 1959 in Rockbridge County, she was the daughter of Phyllis Carter Helmodallar.

In addition to her mother, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Richard Hostetter Sr.

Surviving are her sons, Matthew Hostetter and Andrew Hostetter; and siblings, George Helmodallar, Mary Helmodallar, Judy Conner, Crystal Helmodallar, Johnny Gordon and Bob Helmodallar.

The family will have a private service.

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



Obituary for Gwynn Vaden Grow Gwynn Vaden Grow
Buena Vista Resident Was Military Policeman, Mohawk Retiree

Gwynn Vaden Grow, 80, of Buena Vista, Virginia, passed away Monday, October 18, 2021.

Born July 28, 1941 in Buena Vista, he was the son of Joseph Henry Grow Sr. and Margaret Rogers Grow.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Virginia Gleason, and two brothers, Tommy Grow and Keith Grow.

Gwynn was a 1959 graduate of Parry McCluer High School, then served in the U. S. Army as a military policeman.

Gwynn retired from Mohawk after many years of service.

He was a member of Grace Chapel. Gwynn had a love of sports; he loved his Blues, Redskins and the Red Sox. He was well known for umpiring softball games in the area. Besides his love for his family and sports, he had a special love for his fur baby, Maggie.

Surviving are his wife of 43 years, Ruby Fox Grow; son, Matthew Grow and wife, Harmony; brother, J. H. "Butch" Grow Jr. and wife, Gerry; and numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend, Ken Hammack.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, October 22 at Grace Chapel by Pastor Butch Grow and Pastor Tommy Johnson.

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



Obituary for Jessica Dawn Lilly Jessica Dawn Lilly
Buena Vista Resident Dies At Age 40

It is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Jessica Dawn Lilly, of Buena Vista, Virginia, on October 19, 2021, at age 40.

She was preceded in death by her loving grandparents, Aubrey and Mary Francis Coffey.

She will be lovingly remembered by her mom, Teresa (Steve) Burnette; children, Madison and Javan; sisters, Katie (Michael) Board and Amy (Chad) Pugh; nieces and nephews, Kaleb, Emma, Dylan, Austin, Olivia, Amelia, and Juniper; as well as numerous relatives and friends.

Jessica was an avid beach lover and felt most at peace with her eyes fixed on the horizon line, hearing the waves crashing around her.

A celebration of life will be held ‪on Saturday, October 23, at 1 p.m. at Hebron Baptist Church in Appomattox.

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



Obituary for James (Jimmy) Andrew Strasser James (Jimmy) Andrew Strasser
Buena Vista Resident Was Hot Springs Native

James (Jimmy) Andrew Strasser, 73, of Buena Vista, Virginia, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021 at Kendal at Lexington, Virginia.

He was born June 28, 1948 in Hot Springs, Virginia, the son of the late Jack W. Strasser and Jane Hepler Strasser.

In addition to his parents, Jimmy was preceded in death by a brother, John L. Strasser.

Jimmy is survived and lovingly remembered by his sister, Joyce Campbell and husband, Dallas of Barboursville, West Virginia; brother, Jerry W. Strasser and wife, Margie of Madison, Alabama; sister, Jeannette S. Vickers and husband, Phil of Pearisburg, VA; brother, Jeff Strasser and wife, Kathy of Hot Springs, VA; and many other extended family members.

Jimmy's family would like to express their deep appreciation to the staff of Rockbridge Area Community Services (his Rockbridge family) in Lexington and Buena Vista for their dedicated, compassionate, and loving caring of Jimmy for over 25 years.

The family would also like to thank the staff of both Kendal at Lexington and Rockbridge Area Hospice for the care they provided in his final days.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 20, 2021 at Warm Springs Cemetery, Warm Springs, Virginia.

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



Obituary for Barbara Ann Lindsay Robertson Barbara Ann Lindsay Robertson
Warm Springs Resident Was Starr Bolar United Methodist Church Member

Barbara Ann Lindsay Robertson, 73, of Warm Springs, Virginia passed away Monday, October 18, 2021 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

She was born March 20, 1948 in Bath County, the daughter of the late Joseph Thomas Lindsay and Pauline Ginger Lindsay.

Mrs. Robertson was a housewife and a member of Starr Bolar United Methodist Church.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She loved hunting and fishing.

She is survived by four children, Shirley M. Phillips of Verona, Virginia, John Henry Hise of Warm Springs, Linda G. Hanson and Mary F. Rickertson, both of Mississippi; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a sister, Mae F. Lindsay of Millboro, Virginia.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her late husband, William Jonathan Hise.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday October 22, 2021 at Mclaughlin & Young Funeral Home with John Young officiating. Interment will be in Jacob Cleek Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.



Obituary for Edith Jewell Brummitte Edith Jewell Brummitte
Warm Springs Resident Worked With The Homestead, Bacova Guild

Edith Jewell Brummitte, 62, of Warm Springs, Virginia passed away Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

She was born July 15, 1959 in Bath County, the daughter of the late Peter Joseph Baldwin Jr. and Nina Frances Baldwin.

She was formerly employed as a maid at the Homestead Resort, worked at Bacova Guild, and part-time at the Village Roost.

She enjoyed fishing, camping, hunting, and playing cards, especially poker.

Her grandchildren were the light of her life. She treasured spending time with them. She was a loving mother, and grandmother. She was a fun-loving jokester who loved to make people laugh. She never met a stranger.

She is survived by two sons, Robert Baldwin and special friend, Crissy Smith of Warm Springs and Christopher Brummitte and special friend, Melissa Baker of Scott County, Virginia; grandchildren, Jayden, Braxton, Dakota, Ashley, James, and William Brummitte, Tyler Hill, Joseph and Landon Keaton; two brothers, Richard and Danny "Boone" Baldwin, both of Hot Springs; six sisters, Arlene Meade of Scott County, Carolyn Hise and friend, John Hart, Diana Shifflett and husband, Hugh, and Debbie Baldwin, all of Hot Springs, Mary Simmons of McDowell, Virginia, and Phyllis Lindsay and husband, Robert of Hot Springs.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Brummitte; two stepson's Adam Brummitte, and David Brummitte; and step-daughter, Amanda Hill.

A Celebration of Life will be held at a future date.

Friends may call at the home of Phyllis and Robert Lindsay, 2634 Sam Snead Highway, Hot Springs, Virginia, or call 540-839-5122 at any time.

The McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home handled the arrangements.



Obituary for Jimmy Elden Long Jimmy Elden Long
Lone Star Advent Christian Church Member Was Marine Corps Veteran

Jimmy Elden Long, age 74, of 310 W. Ridgeway Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia, died Monday, October 18, 2021 at LewisGale Hospital-Montgomery.

He was born April 27, 1947 in West Virginia to the late James Edward Long and Audrey Breeding Long.

He was retired from the United States Marine Corps and was a retired coal miner in West Virginia. He was also a member of Lone Star Advent Christian Church.

He enjoyed fishing, hunting, being in the outdoors, car shows and classic cars. Jimmy enjoyed helping others and was friends to everyone he met; he never met a stranger.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a step son, Ernie Underwood, and a step grandson, "Tee" Underwood.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Harlow Underwood Long of Clifton Forge; two daughters, Jennifer Hagerman and husband, Randall and Robin Graham and husband, Michael, both of West Virginia; a step daughter, Rhonda Hoke of Clifton Forge; a son, Jimmy Edward Long and wife, Lynne of Ohio; two step sons, Ronnie Underwood and wife, Betty of Roanoke and Cheyenne Underwood and wife, Brandi of Dinwiddie; a sister, Patricia Arlene Long of West Virginia; thirteen grandchildren, Matthew, Kayla, Steven, Courtney, Randy, Audriana, Natalie, Matthew, Chad, Jamie, Ronnie, Ryan and Kelly; seventeen great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; and special companions, his dog, Lady and his cat, Tigger.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in Alleghany Memorial Park, Low Moor, with Reverend Doug Moore officiating. Interment will immediately follow. The friends may visit the funeral home anytime during normal business hours.

The Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, is in charge of arrangements.



Obituary for James Paul (Arnold) Hanna James Paul (Arnold) Hanna
Longtime Perk Organic Farms Employee Dies At Age 58

James Paul (Arnold) Hanna, 58, of Frankford, West Virginia, passed away Sunday, October 17, 2021.

Born February 17, 1963 in Union, WV, he was the son of Shelby Jane Decker Hanna and the late Joseph Sidney Hanna Jr.

Arnold was a longtime employee of Perk Organic Farms.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing and would often drive the back roads to pass time and clear his head. He was loving and caring and was always helping someone in need. He was dependable and loved raising his garden. Arnold was an avid WVU fan.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cindy Caruthers Hanna and a nephew, Chance Erskine.

Including his mother, he is survived by his companion of six years, Cindy White; daughter, Ashley Bennett (David); brother, Terry Hanna (Sharon); sisters, Judy Fogus (Pete) and Julia Erskine (Steven) and the light of his life, his granddaughter, Mariahlynn Jane Bennett; all of Frankford, WV.

Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m, Saturday, October 23, 2021 at the Morgan Funeral Home Chapel, 252 Montvue Drive, Lewisburg, WV.

A memorial service will follow at 1:00 p.m. We will be following COVID-19 recommendations and request all guests wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.morganfh.net.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, WV.



Obituary for John McKenzie Gunn John McKenzie Gunn
Lexington Resident Was Longtime W&L Professor

John McKenzie Gunn, 97, of Lexington, Virginia, died Saturday, October 16, following his beloved wife, Charlotte (2014) and elder son, John (1986) in death.

His younger son, David Gunn Mecsas, daughter-in-law Joan Mecsas, granddaughter, Gwendolyn Lee Mecsas and an extended family, live on to celebrate his life another day.

John was born January 16, 1924 in Pensacola, Fla., the first of John McKenzie and Gladys MacMillan Gunn's four children. He spent his childhood in Cuthbert, Ga., before moving to Montgomery, Ala., just before John's senior year.

John entered W&L in September 1941, arriving via train on what is now the Chessie Trail. The war interrupted his studies in February 1943, and after training he joined the 84th Infantry Division's Medical Corps.

In September 1944, the 84th took up the extreme left flank of the Allied Forces' main front. Though his duties were primarily clerical (think Radar O'Reilly), he was often pressed into service in the OR and was bedside at the deaths of more than a dozen of his fellow soldiers. Later, the 84th helped repulse the point of the German offensive in the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, John was stationed in Paris for several months, where he attended the Sorbonne and spent an afternoon in salon with Gertrude Stein.

Upon returning to the states, he transferred to Georgia Tech, graduating with a degree in physics in 1949. After working for nine months as a metallurgist, he decided his real passion was economics. Using the GI Bill, he went to the University of North Carolina, and then to Princeton for graduate school, focusing on international finance.

John's first academic job was at Florida State University. He was quite content there, but in September 1957, he got the chance to return to W&L as an Assistant Professor of Economics. He had found his calling.

In Lexington, no fewer than four couples tried to set John up with Charlotte Hall Davis. Those friends knew what they were doing, and John and Charlotte wed in 1958. John immediately adopted Charlotte's young son, John, and David joined the family in 1960.

At W&L, John quickly earned a reputation as a demanding teacher. But for many students, the classroom was only the beginning of their mentorship under John. He excelled in helping students move to the next stage, whether it was finding a job, applying to business or law school, or applying for a post-graduate fellowship, and he followed his students after graduating, often helping them at later stages of their careers. Many became lifelong friends.

John received numerous recognitions at the university, but none were more meaningful to him than the establishment of two endowed scholarships in his name. The John M. Gunn International Scholarship brings exceptional international students to W&L to study for one year. The John McKenzie Gunn Scholarship is awarded to rising W&L seniors majoring in economics on the basis of outstanding achievement, leadership and character. Over the years John relished getting to know many of the various Gunn scholars.

In recent years W&L has been debating whether it should keep Lee's name. From his arrival, John had admired Lee, but over the last few years he and others uncovered evidence that Lee's roles at W&L had been exaggerated. He also came to reject – like the university - the Lost Cause thinking that justified much of the Lee worship, and found he could forgive neither Lee's treason nor his leadership of the war to preserve and extend slavery. In May 2021 he joined the call to drop Lee's name.

In 1984, John's older son, John, was diagnosed with schizophrenia, eventually losing his life to this terrible disease. Wanting resources and finding few, John and Charlotte became active in the Alliance for the Mentally Ill. John eventually served on the state and national boards of directors and as the national treasurer. He testified before Congress, advocating for better funding for mental health research. He was also passionate about brain donation.

Locally, John served as president of the PTA for several years and was an active member of the local Democratic Party. He also helped create the Lexington Lacrosse Club, which played its first official game in 1976 and eventually morphed into the Rockbridge High lacrosse team.

In 2008 John and Charlotte moved from their home on a bluff high above the Maury River to the Kendal retirement community. The family wishes to thank both the Kendal staff and residents for the community they create, as well as the staff of the Borden Center where John spent the last two months of his life.

Finally, John Gunn was a wonderful storyteller, and his life gave him plenty of material. Despite tragedy and war, his was a charmed life and those around him were warmed by it.

A memorial service will be held at University Chapel on the W&L campus on Sunday, October 24 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow in Evans Hall. Donations in memory of John may be made to the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill or the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council.

A longer, more personal version of this obituary and more pictures of John's life can be found at ,a href="https://www.forevermissed.com/john-m-gunn/">www.forevermissed.com/john-m-gunn/. The official W&L obituary may be found at https://columns.wlu.edu/in-memoriam-john-mckenzie-gunn-jr-45/.



Obituary for Terry Lynn McClung Terry Lynn McClung
Food And Friends Employee Was Longtime Frankford Fire Department Auxiliary Volunteer

Terry Lynn McClung, 61, of Frankford, West Virginia, passed away Monday, October 18, 2021 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

Born November 9, 1959 in Elkins, WV, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Ernestine Barbara Moore Heavner.

Terry worked for over twenty-five years at Food and Friends.

She was a longtime auxillary volunteer for the Frankford Fire Department and had previously volunteered on the ambulance service.

Survivors include her loving husband of twenty-six years, Bruce McClung; sons, Bradley Miller (Tammy) of Frankford, WV and John McClung of Williamsburg, WV; daughters, Pamela Sue Miller and Julie Hinkle (Steve), all of Lewisburg, WV, and Angela McClung of Organ Cave, WV; brothers, Ralph Heavner of Lewisburg, WV and Jess Heavner (Bev) of Asbury, WV; sister, Kathleen Gladwell of Ronceverte, WV, thirteen grandchildren, one great-grandson, several nieces, and nephews.

Visitation will be 11:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 21, 2021 at the Morgan Funeral Home Chapel, 252 Montvue Drive, Lewisburg, WV.

Funeral services will follow at 1:00 p.m., Thursday. Burial will be in the Rosewood Cemetery.

We will be following COVID-19 recommendations and request guests to wear a mask and be mindful of social distancing.

An online guestbook may be signed at www.morganfh.net.

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, WV.



Obituary for Keven Parker Swisher Keven Parker Swisher
Dominion Energy Project Specialist Was Fairfield Resident

Keven Parker Swisher, 61, of Fairfield, Virginia, died Friday, October 15, 2021 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Born October 1, 1960 in Lexington, he was a son of Thelma Hockman Swisher and the late Keith Delano Swisher.

In earlier years, Keven was employed with Hefflefinger Farms and Herb Carwell at Midway Machine Shop.

Keven graduated from Blue Ridge Community College and was a member of New Mt. Olive Lutheran Church.

He presently was project specialist for Dominion Energy while running the family farm.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 33 years, Teresa (Terry) Hart Swisher; children, Karlie Jo Swisher Schriver (Oliver), and Tyler Hart Swisher; and a brother, Terry Swisher (Deborah); and father and mother-in-law, Don and Gladys Hart.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, October 20 at New Mt. Olive Lutheran Church Cemetery with the Rev. Carl Trost officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to New Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 216, Fairfield, VA 24435.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.



Obituary for Donald Miller (Donnie) Hall Donald Miller (Donnie) Hall
Iron Gate Town Council Member Was U. S. Army Veteran

Donald Miller (Donnie) Hall, age 81, of Iron Gate, Virginia died Monday, October 18, 2021 at Lewis Gale Hospital-Salem.

He was born August 3, 1940 in Clifton Forge, Virginia to the late Abner Hall and Grace Kendall Hall.

He was a retired Staff Sergeant in the United States Army, serving four tours in Vietnam, with his last duty station being 82nd Airborne Division in Ft. Bragg, NC.

He was a retired installer for Able Material Handling Company of Roanoke.

Donnie was a Master Mason, a member of Clifton Forge Elks Lodge #1065, a member of Clifton Forge Moose Lodge #1683, a member of Clifton Forge Masonic Lodge #166 A.F. & A.M., a member of Clifton Forge Lions Club and a member of Clifton Forge Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4299. He was also on the Iron Gate Town council.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Samuel "Sammy" Hall; a niece, Rita Kay Krafft (Gibson); a brother-in-law, Roy Calvin Brown; a nephew, Bernie Gibson and former wives.

He is survived by two daughters, Kelly Bowles and husband, Chris of Roanoke, Amanda Morris and husband, Tommy of Covington; two sons, Kevin Hall and wife, Tracy of Kentucky, Matthew Rivera and wife, Cindy of Florida; a sister, Margaret Brown of Clifton Forge; a brother, Richard Hall of Texas; sixteen grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; and host of friends throughout the community and beyond.

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

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



Obituary for Wayne Richard Angell Wayne Richard Angell
Hinton Native Was Local Union Leader, Gospel Singer

Mr. Wayne Richard Angell, age 77, of Covington, Virginia, died Sunday, October 17, 2021 after an extended illness at Carrington Place, Botetourt, Virginia.

Mr. Angell was born July 25, 1944 in Hinton, West Virginia, the son of the late Woodrow Angell and Eileen Yancey Angell.

He graduated from Hinton High School, Class of 1962, of which he was very proud. He loved keeping up with all of his classmates and looked forward to the class reunions.

His first job after graduating was delivering milk to local residents from Halstead Dairy. He was then employed by Westvaco for forty-two years in the carbon plant. While at Westvaco, he was the president of the Local 675 union. He took pride in that position, as he was a strong believer in equal rights.

Wayne enjoyed writing music and could take the words of any song and make it a gospel song. He sang with several groups in and around Hinton, WV. He loved his home church, Mt. Olivet in Hinton and attended there as often as he could.

After coming to Covington, he sang with his cousin, Bobby Angell. In the early 2000's and he and his wife, Lola, started the gospel group, The Gospel Mountaineers. He also played with several locals, Jessie Morris, Bill Mack Carter, Gene Whiting and a host of others who are still playing and singing. Mr. Angell taught music lessons to numerous children throughout the years and gifted each one with a brand new trumpet. He was a member of the Weekday Religious Education program in the local school system.

Wayne loved hunting with his brother-in-law, David, and four-wheeling with his friends and especially his grandchildren on the farm in WV.

He and Lola loved to travel many places. Their favorite trip was traveling across the country and visiting many of the western states and Mexico, which was their favorite. Wayne never met a stranger and never said a bad word about anyone. Mr. Angell was a member of First Church of Nazarene as well the Salvation Army Band.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving and faithful wife of 17 years, Lola Holbert Angell; one son, Jeffrey Angell (Cynthia); two daughters, Stephanie Myers (John) and Christi Huffman(Craig); six grandchildren, Phoenix Angell, Justin Myers, Landon Myers, Josh Humphries, and Brooke Dellis and Charles W. "Billy" Holbert, III.; three great grandchildren; stepson, Charles W. "Bill" Holbert, II; one brother, Jennings Angell and wife, Polly of Casselberry, Florida; one sister, Carol Nutter and husband, David of Morehead, Kentucky; sisters-in-law, Wanna "Tim" Angell of Washington, D.C., and Phyllis Burr of Covington; brother-in-law, James Lockhart Blue and wife, Cheryl; a very special niece, Tina "Georgia Peach" Cadle (Bruce); and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Angell was preceded in death by his grandson, Justin Andrew Angell, and brother, Leon Angell.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, October 22, 2021 from the chapel of Loving Funeral Home with Pastor Sonny Wiseman officiating with Rev. Bill Gilliland and Pastor Danny Harris assisting. Interment will follow at Alleghany Memorial Park.

Pallbearers will be Phoenix Angell, Justin Myers, Landon Myers, Josh Humphries, Billy Holbert, and Dennis Carter.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Loving Funeral Home. The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to First Church of the Nazarene, c/o Donna Wiseman, 336 E. Parrish St., Covington VA, 24426 and Mt. Olivet Church, P. O. Box 274, Nimitz, WV 25918.

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home; www.lovingfuneralhome1913.com.



Obituary for Clabe (Pops) Hicks Clabe (Pops) Hicks
Covington Resident Dies At Age 51

Clabe (Pops) Hicks, 51, of 515 E. Kline St., Covington, Virginia, died Saturday, October 16, 2021 at his residence.

Pops was born March 8, 1970 in Elkton, MD, a son of the late William T. and Mary Mullins Hicks.

In addition to his parents, he preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

Surviving are his wife, Arnetta Irene Hicks of Covington; one daughter, Linda Williams and her husband, James of Covington; two sons, Larry Hicks and Brittany Honeycutt of Covington, Clabe G. Hicks and his wife, Monica of Covington; six grandchildren; one great grandchild; two sisters, Stella Beard of Delaware and Margaret Jones of West Virginia; three brothers, Earl Hicks of Vinton, R. C. Hicks and wife, Alice of Roanoke, and Stevie Hicks of Chicago, Il, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wish, his body has been cremated.

A service will be held at a later date.

Arrangements are being handled by Arritt Funeral Home. Online condolence may be made at arrittfuneralhome.com.



Obituary for Vivian June Brooks Pendleton Vivian June Brooks Pendleton.
Clifton Forge Resident Was instrumental In The Creation Of The "STARS" Program Here

Vivian June Brooks Pendleton, age 75, of 1710 Main Street, Apt. 116, Clifton Forge, Virginia went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, October 18, 2021 at her residence.

She was born February 24, 1946 in Covington, Virginia to the late Frank Brooks and Agnes Honaker Brooks.

Vivian was raised in the Grace Brethren Church in Covington and attended Immanuel Baptist Church and Oak Hill Bible Church.

She was instrumental in organizing and starting the STARS program for mentally and physically impaired children at the Masonic Theater.

She was also a popular comedian for the Virginia Opry as "Bibbie June".

She loved to collect barometers, and enjoyed all art, painting, loved writing stories, comedy, she loved music and dancing, and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She wanted all of her friends and family to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Nelson Pendleton, and two sisters, Frances Burhenn and Lucille Markum.

She is survived by three daughters, Deborah Pendleton of Covington, Scarlet Nicely and husband, Todd of Selma, Leslie Warlitner and husband, Greg of Salem; five sons, Stephen Pendleton and wife, Beverly of Eagle Rock, Eric Pendleton and wife, Amy of Waynesboro, Vincent Pendleton of Virginia Beach, Samuel Pendleton and wife, Ellarie of Roanoke, and Louis Pendleton and wife, Kim of Clifton Forge; three sisters, Mary Barber and husband, Bill of Covington, Shirley Keith and husband, J. E. of Hampton, Velma Craft and husbandk James of Covington; eleven grandchildren, Jonathon Pendleton, John Warner, Michael Pendleton, Jonah Dwiggins, Nina Quitugua, Kylie Duke, Christian Pendleton, Chloe Warlitner, Tommy Warlitner, Brayden Pendleton, Bryce Pendleton, and Samuel Brooks Pendleton, Christopher Mayo, and Donald Mayo; a host of nieces and nephews; and special friends, Sheila Hostetter Craft, Alison Hayes, Janet Stevens, Bobbie Sue Hancock, Faye Smith, Roxanne Smithers Nicely, and Chris Fisher.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, October 21, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with Reverend Lloyd Camp officiating. Interment will follow in Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery, Clifton Forge.

Active pallbearers will be nephews. The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. The family suggest memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Special Olympics Area 18, C/O J.D Jones, 825 Edgemont Drive, Covington, Virginia 24426 or Intrepid Hospice.

Vivian would like to thank Dr. B. Scott Brown, Dr. Barns, Jim Bay and Alyssa Rexroad with Intrepid Hospice for their companionate care during her last days.

To send condolences to the family online, please visit www.nicelyfuneralhome.com.



Obituary for Thomas Lee (Tom) Porter, Sr. Thomas Lee (Tom) Porter, Sr.
Millboro Resident Was Beef Cattle Producer, Windy Cove Presbyterian Church Member

Thomas Lee (Tom) Porter, Sr., age 79, of 42 Indian Hill Road, Millboro, Virginia, passed away peacefully Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the Woodlands Health and Rehab Center, Clifton Forge.

He was born March 20, 1942 in Bath County to the late Fred Porter and Dora Simmons Porter.

He worked for Geico Insurance for 18 years, was a member of Windy Cove Presbyterian Church and was a member of the Clifton Forge Masonic Lodge #166 A.F. & A.M.

He was a beef cattle producer and a caretaker for Fort Dickinson Farm. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, playing cards and was an excellent baseball player.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Karen Cooper Porter; and two brothers, Don and Jack Porter.

He is survived by a son, Thomas "Tommy" Porter, Jr. and wife, Tracey Buchanan Porter of Millboro; two grandchildren, Thomas Lee Porter, III and Amber Elizabeth Porter; special friends, Terry and Mary Margaret King, his community neighbors and his special companion, Little Bit.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with Mr. Chris Fisher officiating. Interment will follow in Windy Cove Cemetery, Millboro.

Pallbearers will be Michael Campbell, Robert "Chubby" Harlow, Don Porter, Rickey McCoy, Buddy Buchanan, and David Buchanan. Honorary pallbearers are Jimmy White and Frank McCoy. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Nicely Funeral Home with Masonic Rites presented at 7:00 p.m. by Clifton Forge Masonic Lodge #166 A.F. & A.M.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Kazim Shriners Transportation Fund, 628 W. Campbell Ave, SW Roanoke, Virginia 24016.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, is handling arrangements.

Online condolences may be made to arrittfuneralhome.com.



Obituary for Ruby Ardelia Lewis Ruby Ardelia Lewis
Covington Resident Was Personal Care Assistant With AmericaCare Plus

Ruby Ardelia Lewis, 71, of 315 N. Alleghany Ave., Covington, Virginia, died Friday, October 15, 2021 in Lewis Gale Montgomery Hospital.

Mrs. Lewis was born on October 28, 1949 in Covington, a daughter of the late Leroy and Matlene Murphy Hunter.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Ardelia "Saun" Hunter; a son, Carmen Lewis; a granddaughter, Tanyell Hunter; two brothers, James Hunter and William Hunter.

She worked as a personal care assistant for AmeriCare Plus in Clifton Forge and was a member of Wrightsville Baptist Church.

She enjoyed talking to her sister, Glendora Johnson on the phone everyday and loved her family and traveling with her family.

Surviving are two sons, Mark Hunter Sr. and fiancé, Monte Crawford and Philip Lewis Sr.; a daughter, Elisa Rogers and husband, Van, all of Covington; thirteen grandchildren: Tanyell Hunter, Ly'Sha Lewis, Ly'Chelle Lewis Hall and husband, Ryan, Philip Lewis Jr. and wife, Beth, Troy Helton Jr., Zana Helton, Gavin Hunter and wife, Kayla, Mark-ell Hunter, Mya Hunter, Destiny Wright and husband, Zeffrem, Elaishja Helton, Aliyah Hunter, and Mark Hunter Jr.; a host of great grandchildren; four brothers and sisters: Glendora Johnson and husband, Robert, Raymond Hunter and wife, Macelia, Russell Hunter and wife, Carlene, and Linwood Hunter and wife, Beatrice; and a special friend, Audra Hill; and a number of nieces nephews and cousins.

A graveside service will be held Tuesday October 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., in Alleghany Memorial Park with Elder Pete Moore officiating.

The family receive their friends on Tuesday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Arritt Funeral Home.

Arrangements are being handled by Arritt Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be made to arrittfuneralhome.com.