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Obituary for Carl William Shiflett Carl William Shiflett
Botetourt County Native Was Former Construction Laborer

Carl William Shiflett, age 74, of 276 Pennsylvania Avenue, Rainelle, West Virginia died Friday, June 22, 2018 at Meadow Garden Nursing Home in Rainelle.

He was born November 15, 1943 in Botetourt County, Virginia to the late George Hubert Shiflett and Cantie Nicely Shiflett.

He worked in construction as a laborer.

He never met a stranger, and loved to play his records.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister.

He is survived by a daughter, Sandra Kay of Covington; two sons, Robert W. Shiflett and wife, Andrea, and Jeffrey A. Shiflett and wife, Jacklyn, both of Covington; six grandchildren, Brandon C. Kelley, Christopher R. Haynes, Chase X. Cooper, Olivia R. Shiflett, Izayah J. Shiflett, and Julius A. Shiflett; a great granddaughter, Jennisys E. Haynes; and many close friends.

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, is handling arrangements.



Obituary for Lucille Carter Floyd Lucille Carter Floyd
Bedford Native Dies In Lexington

Lucille Carter Floyd, 93, of Lexington, Virginia passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at The Mayflower.

Born in Bedford, she was the daughter of the late Earl Carter and Nora Dooley Carter.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, Albert Floyd; and brothers, William and Leonard Carter.

Surviving are her children, Roy Floyd, Bob Floyd (Sandra), Linda Johnson (Gary), Ann Stearns (John), and Wesley Floyd (Susan); four grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2018 at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Paul Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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



Obituary for John Marshall Leighton John Marshall Leighton
U. S. Navy Veteran Was Burlington Industries Retiree

John Marshall Leighton, 86, of Buena Vista, Virginia passed away Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Havenwood Assisted Living of Lexington from the effects of Parkinsons disease.

John was born Nov. 26, 1931 in Buena Vista to the late Terry Alexander Leighton and Lora Etta Whiteside Leighton.

He was preceded in death by brothers, Edell, Calvin, Robert and Saylor Leighton and sisters, Anna Snook and Frances Henson.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Whiteside Leighton; daughter, Donna Leighton of Goodview; son, Brian Leighton (Tracy) of Bedford; and granddaughter, Sarah of Roanoke.

He was a lifelong member of Stone Church of the Brethren, served in the U.S. Navy, and was retired from Burlington Industries.

On Friday, June 22, at 9 a.m., the family will lay John to rest at Green Hill Cemetery. Following the burial, visitation will be at 10 a.m. and a memorial service at 11 a.m. at Stone Church of the Brethren, 2162 Forest Ave., Buena Vista.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Havenwood and Rockbridge Area Hospice for their loving attention to John's needs and the needs of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Stone Church of the Brethren or to Rockbridge Area Hospice (315 Myers St., Lexington, VA 24450).

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



Obituary for Dana Waid Young Dana Waid Young
Longtime Nurse Was White Sulphur Springs Native

Dana Waid Young of White Sulphur Springs, WV, age 64, entered into her heavenly home on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at the Peyton Hospice House in Fairlea, WV.

Dana was born October 5, 1953 at the Abbott Clinic in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

She was a graduate of Greenbrier East High School, Fairlea, WV in 1971 and received her EMT Paramedic certification from Bluefield State College in 1995.

She joined the Anthony Creek Fire Department and Rescue Squad in 1985 and over the years, held the office of Secretary, Squad Captain, and Squad Training Officer. She also held certifications in Firemanship 1 & 2. She had served as a paramedic for WSS EMS and Anthony Creek Rescue Squard.

Dana had a very strong compassion for helping and caring for people in need. She always wanted her patients to know and feel that they were important and that she truly cared about them and their health.

Dana was a devoted wife, mother and Nannie. She absolutely loved her grandkids and loved spending time with them and creating wonderful memories. She loved going to the beach, one of the most peaceful and beautiful places on earth. She liked going to the lake and camping. She loved the Lord and attended the Neola Baptist Church.

Dana was a nurse for almost 30 years. She was previously employed by Valley Medical Associates, Lynn Smith, MD, Dorris Ragsdale, MD, WVVA Health Care Alliance, Belinda K. Smith, DO, Canterbury Family Practice, Jayne L. Canterbury, DO, Greenbrier Primary Care, Cindy Mann, FNP, Justin Jeffries, DO, Alderman's Pharmacy and Greenbrier Medical Arts. She also had the best co-workers anyone could have the pleasure of working with over the years.

Preceding her in death was her mother, Ruth Hanna Waid in 1981; her father, Calvin Carson Waid in 1996; and her brother, Roger C. Waid in 2010; mother and father in law, John and Lillian "Sis" Young and sister-in-law, Helen Scott.

Those left to cherish her memory is her husband and teenage sweetheart of 45 years, Johnnie Ray Young of Neola; son, Jaron R. Young of White Sulphur Springs; Todd Clay Young and wife, Debbie of White Sulphur Springs, WV; grandchildren, Clay Young of Beaver, WV, Tyler Young, and Jacob Young, both of White Sulphur Springs; step-granddaughter, Bre Humphreys of White Sulphur Springs; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Edwin "Boss" Young, many nieces and nephews and close friend and adopted daughter, Crystal Young.

Dana attended the Neola Baptist Church. She had an amazing loving pastor and church family who supported her with prayers, love, food, and encouragement. She dearly loved each and every one.

They amazing outpouring of love and support from her dear friends and close family members, church family, with love, cards, food, gifts, daily visits and phone calls, totally overwhelmed her with joy.

Special thanks to her medical team at Blue Ridge Cancer Care at Low Moor, WV, 21st Century Oncology at Fairlea, WV.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Neola Baptist Church up 92 with Pastors Ralph Hubbard, Lowell O'Dell, Roger McDaniel and Mr. Leo Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Watts Cemetery in Neola.

There will a visitation held on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Neola Baptist Church for friends and family.

Pallbearers are Tim Stanley, Steve Arbogast, Raymond Honaker, Jack Dean, Otis Canada, Buster Varner, Buck Ayers, Brent Young and David Young.

The Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.



Obituary for Rita Faye Hylton Goodwin Rita Faye Hylton Goodwin
Charlottesville Native Was Covington Resident

Rita Faye Hylton Goodwin, 63, of Covington, Virginia died Tuesday, June 19, 2018 in Lewis Gale Alleghany Regional Hospital.

She was born July 18 1954 in Charlottesville, VA, a daughter of the late Donald P. Goodwin and Phyllis Mead Hylton.

Surviving are her husband, Joel P. Goodwin of Covington; her daughter, Nicole Goodwin of Covington; her son, Chris Goodwin of Covington and a brother, Richard Hylton of Washington, DC.

In keeping with her wishes he body has been cremated.

A service will be held at a later date.

The Arritt Funeral is in charge of arrangements.



Obituary for Sandra Gail Redman Jenkins Sandra Gail Redman Jenkins
Covington Homemaker Was Bethesda Church Member, Alleghany County Native

Sandra Gail Redman Jenkins, age 72, of 600 West Main Street, Covington, Virginia died Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at her residence.

She was born September 20, 1945 in Alleghany County, Virginia to the late Horace Milton Redman and Cecil Irene Jones Redman.

She faithfully served the Lord and was a member of Bethesda Church in White Sulphur Springs, WV.

She was a homemaker throughout her life who loved her family passionately. She enjoyed cooking and baking.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Priscilla Redman.

She is survived by her husband of 48 years, Howard Jenkins; a daughter, Melissa Kelley-Pyle and husband, Christopher; two sons, Troy Jenkins and wife, Dee-Dee, and Donald Kelley; three sisters, Tammie Neff and husband, Steve, Sue Wolfe and husband, Calvin, and Tina Via and husband, Gary; two brothers, Phillip Redman and wife, Becky and Steven Redman, all of Covington; nine grandchildren, Kristina, Taylor, Brandon, Zach, Nicholas, Dillon, Jacob and Sammy, Nick and Kaleigh, and Dakota; seven great grandchildren; and her adopted daughter, Angela Deisher-Travis.

In keeping with her wishes, her body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Bethesda Church, 232 Bob White Lane, White Sulphur Springs.

A family-friend celebration of Sandra's life will be held on Saturday, one hour prior to the service at Bethesda Church. The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Bethesda Church Building Fund, 232 Bob White Lane, White Sulphur Springs.

Nicely Funeral Home in Clifton Forge is handling arrangements.



Obituary for Barbara Ann Huffman Barbara Ann Huffman
West Virginia Native Had "A Need To Know"

Barbara Ann Huffman, age 85, of Clifton Forge, Virginia died Tuesday, June 19, 2018.

Ms. Huffman was born on November 22, 1932 in Bellepoint, WV, a daughter of Leonidas Jackson and Mary Golden Huffman.

Barbara graduated from Hinton High School in 1950 and moved to Washington, D.C. shortly thereafter, where she worked until 1988 and retired to Clifton Forge to be near family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Bernard Ryan, and Frederick H. Huffman of Hinton, WV, and sister, Rita Jean Brender of Wayne, Michigan.

Surviving is a sister, Sue Leitch of Clifton Forge, Virginia, and brothers, David L. and Linda Huffman of Talcott, WV and L. J. and Becky Huffman of St. Augustine, Florida.

Barbara took great delight in sharing in the love and lives of her nieces and nephews, Becky Kivlin, Fred, Jeff, Bev, Pat, and Marcus Huffman, Greg, Steven, and Thumper Leitch, Lori Morita and Bret Huffman. She was also blessed to have special relationships with 18 great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her friends at Clifton Woods Apartments, especially Tom Oliver.

Barbara attended the Clifton Forge Baptist Church as her health permitted. She delighted in sharing loving bonds with family, relatives and friends. She was kind, considerate, and you could count on her remembering your special occasions with a card or note. She always had a bag of candy and a million questions to be answered – and her reply "Yes, I do have a need to know."

She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

In keeping with her wishes, her body has been cremated and a memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Nicely Funeral Home in Clifton Forge is handling the arrangements.



Obituary for Abraham Jonathan (A.J.) Simmons, Jr. Abraham Jonathan (A.J.) Simmons, Jr.
Former Iron Gate Mayor Was Retired CSX Transportation Clerk

Abraham Jonathan (A.J.) Simmons, Jr., age 89, of 3614 Douthat Road, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke.

He was born January 12, 1929, in Botetourt County, Virginia to the late Abraham Jonathan Simmons, Sr. and Stella Gertrude Clarkson Simmons.

He retired as a clerk for CSX Transportation after 42 years of service.

He was a member of Living Stones Ministries. He was the previous Mayor and long time council member for the town of Iron Gate.

He loved woodworking, hunting, gardening and spending time with his family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Louise Young Simmons; seven sisters, Hazel Piscunare, Dorothy Myers, Patricia Griner, Mary Capalby, Frances Bober, Bernice Deisher, and Phyllis Huffman; and a brother, Homer Simmons.

He is survived by his wife, Gertrude Rollins Simmons of Clifton Forge; two sons, Lee Simmons and wife, Frances of Clifton Forge, and Roger Simmons and wife, Linda of Troutville; a sister, Alice Wilkerson of Lynchburg; three brothers, Charles L. Simmons and wife, Mary of Clifton Forge, Donald Simmons and wife, Robin of Eagle Rock, and Robert Simmons and wife, Linda of Covington; three grandchildren, Sharon Blanchard and husband, Travis, Wesley Simmons and wife, Crystal, and Krista Simmons; two great grandchildren, Tristan Blanchard and Avery Simmons; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Living Stones Ministries Church with Reverend Mike Rollins officiating.

The family will receive friends at the church on Saturday afternoon at 12:00 p.m., one hour prior to the service.

A. J.'s special request is for memorial tributes to be in the form of contributions to the Special Missions Outreach-Through Living Stones Ministries, 601 Granville Ave, Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422.

Nicely Funeral Home in Clifton Forge is handling arrangements.



Obituary for Berlyn Edgar McElwee Berlyn Edgar McElwee
Former Grounds Superintendent Dies At Age 91

Berlyn Edgar McElwee, 91, of Bridgewater, Virginia, formerly of Hot Springs, passed away Sunday, June 17, 2018 at the Bridgewater Village Wellness House.

He was born March 10, 1927 in Bath County, Virginia, the son of the late Edgar William McElwee and Eva Gladys Gibson McElwee.

Mr. McElwee retired as a Grounds Superintendent from the Virginia Hot Springs Company Incorporated with over 50 years of service.

He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, having served during World War II.

Mr. McElwee was a member of Eden United Methodist Church in Hot Springs and attended the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren after moving to the Bridgewater Village in 2008. He was one of the founding members of the Edenaires and a former member of the Hot Springs Volunteer Fire Department. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening.

Mr. McElwee is survived by his wife of 71 years, Ethel Frances Lowry McElwee, whom he married on December 20, 1946; two children, Berlyn Edgar "Eddie" McElwee, Jr. of Chesterfield, Virginia, Joyce Grove and husband, Sidney of Bridgewater; three grandchildren, Brad Grove and wife, Denise, Kelly Herron and husband, Scott, Katie Swartzendruber and husband, Steve, all of Bridgewater; seven great grandchildren: Zach, Brady and Paisley Grove, Camden and Briton Herron, Noah and Lane Swartzendruber, all of Bridgewater.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home with Pastor Lorrie Aikens officiating. Interment will be in Warm Springs Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Winifred Smith, Keith McElwee, Gary Ratcliff, Brad Grove, Scott Herron, Steve Swartzendruber, Greg Adkins and Ledford Carpenter. Honorary Pallbearers will be David Jones, Ronnie Keyser, Harold Wainwright, Gary Smith, Elwood Smith, Larry Smith, Terry Smith and Gene Carpenter.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

A memorial service will be held 7:00 p.m., Thursday evening June 21, 2018 at the Bridgewater Church of the Brethren in Bridgewater.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bridgewater Village, 302 North 2nd Street, Bridgewater, Virginia 22812-1712.

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



Obituary for William M. Breeden William M. Breeden
Former Ronceverte Resident Dies At Age 78

William M. Breeden, 78, of Lewisburg, West Virginia, formerly of Ronceverte, passed away on Sunday June 17, 2018 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

Bill was born August 15, 1939, the son of the late John and Ethel Breeden.

He was of the Methodist faith, a handyman and he knew no stranger.

Preceding Bill in death, other than his parents, was a sister, Louella Hoke and brothers, Robert and Charles Breeden.

Surviving is a daughter, Tina Breeden of Oak Hill; sisters, Ruby Hutchison of Ronceverte and Nellie McWilliams of Arizona; brother, Russell Breeden of Missouri and a host of nieces and nephews; and caregiver Beth Caples of Lewisburg.

Funeral services for Bill will be Thursday June 21, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte with interment to follow at the Carmel Cemetery, Gap Mills.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Thursday.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made to Wallace & Wallace to help with Bill's funeral expenses.



Obituary for Mary Jane Kubis Rooklin Mary Jane Kubis Rooklin
Grace Episcopal Church Member Dies At Age 86

Mary Jane Kubis Rooklin, 86, of Lexington, Virginia died Thursday, June 14, 2018.

She was born in Johnstown, Pennsylvania on August 22, 1931.

She was the daughter of the late Roman and Mary Kubis.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Alfred J. Rooklin; and her twin brother, Roman James Kubis.

She is survived by two nieces, one nephew and several cousins.

She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Lexington.

A religious graveside service will be performed by Father James Hubbard of Grace Episcopal Church at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.



Obituary for Dorothy Benson (Dottie) Reynolds Dorothy Benson (Dottie) Reynolds
Retired Medical Technician Dies At Age 77

Dorothy Benson (Dottie) Reynolds, 77, of 6412-R Ogles Creek Road, Covington, Virginia died Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Lewis Gale – Alleghany Hospital in Low Moor.

Mrs. Reynolds was born August 4, 1940, in Covington, a daughter of the late Robert E. and Vivian Forbes Benson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William E. "Gene" Reynolds; two brothers, Tommy Benson and Walter Benson; one sister, Laura Benson and a grandson, Travis West.

Dottie had retired as a medicine technician at the former Tanglewood Manor Adult Care in Callaghan. She was a member of the United Baptist Church on Ogles Creek, where she was a fond of the Youth Group. She enjoyed singing in the choir, watching the Washington Redskins and singing alto in the Reynolds family gospel group.

Surviving are two sons, Willliam E. "Bill" Reynolds II and his wife, Martha and Robert "R.J." Reynolds and his wife, Heather, all of Covington; two daughters, Debbie Bowen of Covington and Connie Bouchard of Clifton Forge; her beloved dog, Sweet Thing; 15 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; two nephews, Jimmy Spivey and his wife, Debbie of Covington and Barry Spivey and his wife, Tina of Lynchburg and a number of cousins including J.B. Broughman and Darlene Thomas, both of Covington, and a baby brother, Bobby Dale Benson of Waynesboro.

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

The funeral service will be held June 29, 2018 at the United Baptist Church with Pastor Gary Tingler officiating assisted by Pastor Matt Taylor.

The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

Her ashes will be buried on her husband's grave in Cedar Hill Cemetery on June 30, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.

The family suggests that donations in Dottie's name be made to the Youth Fund of the United Baptist Church, 6412-A Ogles Creek Road, Covington, VA 24426.

The Arritt Funeral is handling the arrangements.



Obituary for Thomas Ronald Young Thomas Ronald Young
Vietnam Veteran Worked In Heating And Air Conditioning Field

Mr. Thomas Ronald Young, age 72, of Clifton Forge, Virginia died Friday, June 15, 2018 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke.

He was the husband of the late Patricia Dianne Seay Young.

Mr. Young was born September 11, 1945 in Washington, DC, the son of the late Sexton Terry Young and Mary Winifred Matchet Young.

He served his country as a member of the United States Navy during the Vietnam War.

During his career, Thomas worked in the heating and air conditioning field for several different companies.

He enjoyed fishing and boating.

Mr. Young is survived by three daughters, Susan Schilling and husband, John of Clifton Forge, Tricia Young of Roanoke and Winnie Wagner and husband, Rick of Clayton, NC; two stepchildren, Melissa Adcock Bradley and husband, Greg and Robbie Adcock; seven grandchildren, Shauna "Merritt" Hill, Aryn Wagner, Angela Schilling, Emma Schilling, Zachary Shumaker, Amanda Newman and Jessica Shumaker; great grandchildren, Allysa Merritt, Thomas James "T.J." Hill and Cameron Hill; a brother, Ted Young of Gwynn's Island; a sister, Loretta Tingen; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Sexton and Mary Young and his wife, Patricia Young, Mr. Young was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Young.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2018 from the chapel of Loving Funeral Home with Pastor Lynn Wright officiating.

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