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Obituary for Joyce Elizabeth Fitzgerald Croushorn Joyce Elizabeth Fitzgerald Croushorn
Joyce Elizabeth Fitzgerald Croushorn, 86, of Raphine, Virginia died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Kings Daughters Community Health & Rehab.

Born June 22, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Robert Luther Fitzgerald and Sophie Humphries Fitzgerald.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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



Obituary for Daniel Warwick Burger Jr. Daniel Warwick Burger Jr.
LHS Graduate Was DuPont Executive, Mustang Car Restorer

Daniel Warwick Burger Jr., 73, of Camden, S.C., died Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Mr. Burger graduated from Lexington High School and from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a bachelor of science in history.

He worked for over 30 years for E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, both in the United States, where he was vice president, corporate human resources, and in Europe, where he was the president of the Europe, Middle East, Africa region.

Mr. Burger enjoyed restoring classic Mustang convertibles and listening to bluegrass music.

Surviving are two daughters, Elizabeth Baule of Oakton, and Emily Reeder of Greenville, S.C.; two sons, Daniel W. Burger III of Kiawah Island, S.C., and Andrew S. Burger of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Mary Anna Womeldorf, and former wife, Anne Burger.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, January 26 at Lexington Presbyterian Church by the Rev. William Klein.

Online condolences may be sent to the Burger family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.



Obituary for Guy Chittum (Johnie) Nicely Jr. Guy Chittum (Johnie) Nicely Jr.
Decorated World War II Veteran Was Rockbridge County Native

Guy Chittum (Johnie) Nicely Jr., age 94, of Rockbridge County, Virginia went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, January 20, 2018.

Born May 10, 1923, in the North Buffalo area of Rockbridge County, he was the oldest son of the late Guy C. Nicely Sr. and Hattie Agnor Nicely. Also preceding him in death was his wife of 63 years, Bertha Plogger "Bootsie" Nicely; infant son, Larry Chittum Nicely; and three sisters, Dorothy McKenna, Louise Markham and Ruth Bullock.

Johnie was a charter member of Collierstown Baptist Church, where he was very active in many capacities throughout the years, including trustee, deacon and Sunday school teacher.

Guy retired from Burlington Industries as a supervisor in the tufted department, after 43 years of service.

Mr. Nicely was a veteran of World War II, serving his country for 33 months as platoon sergeant in an infantry rifle company. He was responsible for tactical employment and welfare of 43 enlisted men, participating in six major campaigns including Sicily, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes and central Europe. For his service, he was awarded several medals, including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star.

Surviving are his son, Wayne H. Nicely and wife, Lana; three brothers, Paul W. Nicely Sr. and wife, Tiny, Kenton L. Nicely, and Ovie E. Nicely and wife, Betty; and many nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to caregivers Sandra Fix, Jerrah McKemy, Lisa Black, Tina Hall and many others who lent a helping-hand over the last five years.

A celebration of his home going will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Collierstown Baptist Church by Pastor Jesse Krystowiak. The committal service will follow at Oxford Presbyterian Church Cemetery with military rites.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Collierstown Baptist Church, C/O Sandra Fix, Treasurer, 92 Whispering Woods Lane, Lexington, VA 24450 or Effinger Fire and Rescue, 2824 Collierstown Road, Lexington, VA 24450. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 23 at the Harrison Funeral Home.



Obituary for Joe Russell Sloan Joe Russell Sloan
Botetourt County Native Was Lexington Resident

Joe Russell Sloan, 89, of Lexington, Virginia died Thursday, January 18, 2018 at his home.

He was born March 25, 1928 in Botetourt County, a son of the late Newman Russell Sloan and Ethel Perry Sloan.

Mr. Sloan was a member of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church and the Painter Mountain Hunt Club.

He retired as a logger.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia Frances Sloan; daughter, Patsy Sloan Edwards, and husband; son, Elwood R. Sloan and wife; sisters, Nadine S. McCallister and Shirley Sloan; two grandsons, and two great-grandsons.

The funeral was conducted Monday, January 22, 2018 at Harrison Funeral Home by Rev. Jim Bollinger officiating. Burial was private.

Arrangements were handled by the Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.



Obituary for David Leonard Humphries David Leonard Humphries
Calvary Brethren Church Member Was Raphine Resident

David Leonard Humphries, 82, of Raphine, Virginia, passed away Sunday, January 21, 2018 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Born October 12, 1935 in Buena Vista, he was the son of the late Clarence Humphries and Lelia Smith Humphries.

He was a member of Calvary Brethren Church.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Clarence Humphries Jr. and Elijah Humphries; and sister, Virginia Henson.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Staton Humphries; daughters, Ramona H. Cornmesser of Lexington and Vanessa Tomlin and husband, John of Buena Vista; son, Wayne Humphries and wife, Teri of Raphine; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister, Beatrice Whiteside.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, January 25 at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Rick Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 24 at the funeral home.

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



Obituary for Rhoda Virginia Twitty Lewis Rhoda Virginia Twitty Lewis
Covington Native Was Basketball Star & Coach

Rhoda Virginia Twitty Lewis, 53, of Richmond, Virginia, died Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Springs Nursing Home in Bath County.

She was born December 8, 1964, in Covington, a daughter of the late Charles E. Twitty, Sr. and Mary Graves Twitty.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David M. Lewis in 2017.

Rhoda attended the public city schools in Covington, graduating from Covington High School in 1983. While in school she was a phenomenal basketball player. She surpassed both the girls' and boys' records with 1,535 points, which held firm for 30 years before another female basketball player broke the record.

She graduated in 1988 from Saint Paul College in Lawrenceville, VA, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration. While attending Saint Paul College, Rhoda played on the women's basketball team scoring 1000 points. In May of 2016 Rhoda received her Master’s Degree in Psychology from North Central University.

Upon graduation from college, Rhoda was employed by the City of Covington Police Department and was a girls' basketball coach at Covington High School. Later she moved and was head girls' basketball coach at Saint Paul College in Lawrenceville. While in Richmond, Rhoda was the director at the Boys' and Girls' Club; was an adult disability counselor at the "Village"; an employee at George Washington Carver Elementary School and coach for the Special Olympics Parks and Recreations.

She was a founding member of the Christian Community Center in Richmond, where she faithfully served as a trustee and deaconess. Whenever she visited Covington she attended the Concerned Christian Baptist Church. Pastors Julius and Karen White, as well as William O. Hickman, were instrumental in her spiritual growth.

Rhoda is survived by her daughter, Jalen Yvette Lewis of Richmond; brothers and sisters, Priscilla and Curtis Stewart; Diane Twitty; Charles E. Twitty, Jr.; Linwood Twitty; Steven and Elizabeth Twitty and Gary Wayne and Gay Lynn Twitty, all of Covington; Derelene Twitty and her fiance, Paul of Clifton Forge; Thomas Twitty of Ashburn and William and Winifred Twitty of Richmond; three godchildren, Jawann Jeter, Janae Morris White and Lesha White, and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

The funeral services will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 12:00 noon in Curfman Hall Auditorium at Covington High School with the Rev. Marvin Green officiating, assisted by the Rev. Julius White, Rev. William O. Hickman and Rev. Matthew T. Barnette.

The family will receive friends for one hour before service time at Covington High School.

In keeping with her wishes, her body will be cremated following the service.

The Arritt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



Obituary for Charles Richard (Ikey) Walton Charles Richard (Ikey) Walton
U. S. Air Force Veteran Was Westvaco Retiree

Charles Richard (Ikey) Walton, 81, of Covington, Virginia, left this life for his heavenly home on January 22, 2018 with his family by his side.

Mr. Walton was born April 24, 1936 in Pence Springs, WV, the son of the late John L. Walton and Annie B. Walton.

He was the last surviving member of his nine brothers and sisters: Julian Walton, Delbert Walton, Fronia Fury, Geneva Ellis, Florence Huffman, James Walton, Berman Walton and his twin brother Leslie Walton.

In addition to his brothers and sisters, he was preceded in death by his in-laws, Arthur and Etna Weikle, who loved him dearly like their own; three grandchildren and a daughter-in-law, Dustin Walton and Candace Walton and their mother, Peggy Walton and Greg Smith.

He proudly served his country for nine years in the United States Air Force.

He retired from Westvaco in 1998, where he worked on the No. 8 paper machine for 38 years.

He was also very active in the Dunlap Fire and Rescue Squad for 51 years, where he was an EMT and firefighter and held a number of different offices. One of his favorite things while in the department was doing the Santa Claus run for the children in the community.

He was a member of the Moss Run Baptist Church, where he was a deacon, youth leader and choir member. He was a Scoutmaster of Troop 173 for numerous years, where he had several Eagle scouts and had all three of his boys make the rank of Eagle. He was also the very proud grandfather of six Eagle scouts.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Letsie Ann Walton, who he was married to since May 3, 1958; five children: a son, Michael Walton and wife, Nancy of Southern Shores, NC and their children, Stephen Walton and Stacey Walton, a daughter, Marlene Smith and husband, Randy of Covington and their children Steven Smith and wife, Beverly, Christina Studebaker and husband, Kevin, and Matthew Smith, a daughter, Gwen McAllister and husband, Randy of Rifle, CO and their son, Cecil McAllister and wife, Nicki, a son, Kevin Walton and wife, Donna of Craigsville and their children Rachel Jones and husband, Brandon Kevin Walton Jr. and wife, Nikki, Megan Miller and husband, Phillip, and Hillary Lockridge and husband, Anthony, and a son, Tim Walton and wife, Susan of Covington and their children, Brandon Walton, Craig Walton, Derek Walton, and Mark Walton.

The funeral service will be held on Thursday January 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Mt. Hermon Baptist Church in Sarton, WV with the Rev. Frank Sizemore officiating assisted by Rev. Nathan Miller.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Arritt Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Pallbearers will be his grandsons.

The family would like to thank the staff at the Springs Nursing Home for all their kindness and care throughout the time he was there. Also many thanks to the staff at Bath Community Hospital for all the great care they showed not only to him, but to all of his family. Everyone was always treated like they were part of their own family.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Walton's name to the Moss Run Baptist Church, where he was a very much-loved member.



Obituary for Maynard Randolph Ingram Maynard Randolph Ingram
U. S. Army Veteran Was Retired Terminal Trainmaster

Maynard Randolph Ingram, 84, of 1810 North Oakwood Drive, Clifton Forge, Virginia, died Monday, January 22, 2018 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

He was born July 25, 1933 in Anthony's Creek, West Virginia, a son of the late Bun Mason and Lorena Cummings Ingram.

He was a U. S. Army veteran stationed in Germany and a retired Terminal Trainmaster for CSX Transportation.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy Ann Phillips Ingram in July of 2017; a son, Randy Ingram; four brothers, Allen Ingram, Leonard Ingram, Gerald Ingram, Tony Ingram; two sisters, Katherine Ruby and Theta May Ingram.

He is survived by two daughters, Vickie Terry and husband, Roger, Pamela Balliett and husband, Paul, all of Clifton Forge; three brothers, Avis Ingram and wife, Geraldine, of St. Augustine, FL, Basil Ingram and wife, Patty, of Clifton Forge, Asil Ingram and wife, Lela, of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; seven grandchildren, April, Lisa, David, Alicia, Tabitha, Michael, Randy; fourteen great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home in Clifton Forge with the Reverend W. Pembroke Hall officiating. A private interment will follow in Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery in Clifton Forge.

His family will receive friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at Nicely Funeral Home.



Obituary for Bessie Bare Woolf Bessie Bare Woolf
Lexington High School Grad Married The Trooper Who Once Pulled Her Over...

Bessie Bare Woolf, age 96, of Winchester, Virginia passed away Sunday, January 14, 2018 at her home.

She was the wife of the late Sgt. F. L. Woolf of the Virginia State Police.

Mrs. Woolf was born February 10, 1921 in Lexington, the daughter of the late Ernest Newton and Cottie Reid Whitmore Bare.

She was a graduate of Lexington High School and Madison College, Harrisonburg.

She had done secretarial work in years past and was a homemaker. She attended Braddock Street United Methodist Church, Winchester, where she was a member of the Wesley and Golden Rule Fellowship Sunday School Class.

Mrs. Woolf was proud of the Shenandoah Valley and of growing up as part of a hard-working farm family in Rockbridge County. Throughout her life, she displayed a strong work ethic, was fiercely independent and believed in personal responsibility.

She took pride in her home and mowed the grass on her acre lot well into her 90s. For many years, she enjoyed long walks in her neighborhood and frequent visits to Lexington to see her brother. She also liked watching TV, reading books and keeping up with local and national events in the newspaper.

For most of her adult life, she enjoyed the friendships and fellowship among members of her Sunday school class. She also was a kind and generous person, whether it was helping out a family member or rewarding someone who gave her extra service. As a young mother, she donated time to the Cub Scouts and to school projects as part of the parent-teachers association. She also served in the Braddock Street Church nursery for nearly 20 years.

Bessie Bare was 22 and employed as a clerk in the Rockbridge County treasurer's office in 1943 when she married Francis Woolf, who was a trooper with the Virginia State Police. They met when Miss Bare was pulled over in a routine traffic stop by her future husband. The two lived briefly in Lexington and Strasburg before settling in Frederick County, where they resided for more than 60 years.

Surviving are her children, Mary Kathryn Woolf Bowers of Frederick County and Richard Lee Woolf and wife, Gwen of Spotsylvania County; one grandchild, Stacy Lynn Bowers Baggett and husband, David of Winchester; two great-grandchildren, Cailen David and Meredith Ainslee Baggett.

She was preceded in death along with her husband by her brother, James W. Bare; and her son-in-law, Merdie Bowers. The family will receive friends at Stover Funeral Home, 177 N. Holliday St., Strasburg, on Saturday, January 20 from 10 a.m. until noon with private graveside rites to follow at Riverview Cemetery, Strasburg. Memorials may be made to an area rescue squad or the American Diabetes Association.

You may sign the guest book and send condolences to www.stoverfuneralhome.com. Stover Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., Strasburg, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Woolf.



Obituary for Luther A. Gibson Luther A. Gibson
Strip Miner Dies At Age 67

Mr. Luther A. Gibson, age 67, of Covington, Virginia died Friday, January 19, 2018 at his residence.

He was the husband of Patricia Ann Hoskinson Gibson.

Mr. Gibson was born June 2, 1950 in Hurley, the son of the late James Lewis Gibson and Gladys Blankenship Gibson.

He was employed as a strip miner by Morris and Marshall.

Luther was of the Baptist faith.

He enjoyed the being outdoors especially hunting and fishing.

In addition to his wife, Patricia Gibson, Mr. Gibson is survived by a son, Luther Ashley Gibson and wife, Nora; two daughters, Amanda Underwood and husband, Mitch and Abigail Sizemore and husband, Chris; eight grandchildren, Samantha Gibson, Krissy Shifflett and husband, Kory, Rachael Gibson and fiance, Rusty Allen, Savanna Underwood, Avery Underwood, Nicholas Gibson, Jordan Sizemore and Grayson Sizemore; a great grandson, Karter Shifflett; six siblings, James Gibson, Shelia Hensley, Evelyn Looney, Kathleen Bailey, Brenda Deel and Tennessee Smith; and several nieces and nephews who were very dear to him.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Gibson was preceded in death by a son, James Lewis "Jamie" Gibson and siblings, Ike Gibson, Bonnie Blankenship, Lynn Bailey, Shirley Meadows, Wanda Gibson and Nathaniel Gibson.

A visitation will be conducted Monday, January 22, 2018, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Loving Funeral Home.

The family wishes to thank the staff and volunteers of Mountain Regional Hospice as well as the staff of Blue Ridge Cancer Care for all of their care and support.

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



Obituary for Danna Star King Downey Danna Star King Downey
Homemaker Was Alleghany County Native

Danna Star King Downey, age 69, of 1725 Main Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Friday, January 19, 2018 at the Alleghany Health and Rehabilitation.

Danna was born January 29, 1948 in Alleghany County, Virginia to the late John Clifford King, Sr. and Margaret Gooch King.

She was a homemaker throughout her life, and enjoyed traveling and watching cooking shows on TV.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Sylvia Rebecca "Becky Sue" Downey.

She is survived by her daughter, Dreama Darlene Downey of Clifton Forge; a sister, Kay Simmons of Millboro; two brothers, Walter Clifford King and wife, Mary of Hawaii, and John Clifford King, Jr. of Clifton Forge; a granddaughter, Shaina Downey; and her friends and nursing staff of Alleghany Health and Rehabilitation.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with Reverend Pam Irvine officiating. Following the service, her body will be cremated. The family will receive friends on Monday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at Nicely Funeral Home.



Obituary for Warren Lee (Harley) Maydian Warren Lee (Harley) Maydian
England Native, Iron Worker, Dies At Age 57

Warren Lee (Harley) Maydian, age 57, of 1289 NC 8 & 89 Hwy S., Walnut Cove, North Carolina died Saturday, January 13, 2018.

He was born December 6, 1960 in the 81st Tactical Hospital RAFB- Bentwaters, England to Georgina Patricia Yvonne "Lang" Maydian and the late Thomas Warren Maydian.

He was an Iron worker who had fierce love for his family and friends and had a huge heart for animals, including his beloved China Girl.

He was passionate about riding motorcycles, music, and most of all, loved spending time by the river with his family.

He is survived by his mother, Georgina Yvonne Maydian of Covington; a son, Waylon Maydian of Covington; the mother of his son, Sandra Lee Maydian of Covington; a sister, Tracey Leach and husband, Bruce of Clifton Forge; three brothers, Thomas Maydian and wife, Sandra of Texas, Curtis Maydian and wife, Sarah of Eagle Rock, and Dale Maydian and wife, Lisa of Daleville; twelve nieces and nephews, Threy Leach, Rhawny Leach, Asheby Leach, Kimberly Maydian, Cierra Maydian, Cassidy Maydian, Matthew Maydian, Kaci Maydian, Trevor Maydian, Brandon Maydian, Cole Maydian, and Kelci Maydian; longtime companion, Linda Marie Wilmoth of Walnut Cove, North Carolina; and many close friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with Mr. James David Williams officiating. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until the time of service.

"It's all about the journey
It’s the past that counts
Even when he gets there
He may just turn around
He rides like an eagle flying
All along the stars
It's all about the journey
Safe now from any harm
Too soon he left to travel
Beyond where we can see
But it's all about the journey
Forever riding free"



Obituary for Wesley Leland Snead, Sr. Wesley Leland Snead, Sr.
Korean War Veteran Was Retired CSX Engineer

Wesley Leland Snead, Sr., age 88, of 3107 Longdale Furnace Road, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Thursday, January 17, 2018 at Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem.

He was born August 10, 1929 in Clifton Forge to the late Charles Sidnal Snead, Sr. and Anna Wentworth Johnson Snead.

He served in the United States Army as a transportation engineer during the Korean War and was a retired engineer for CSX Transportation.

He belonged to the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and was a member of Sharon Baptist Church, where he served as the Cemetery Overseer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Charles Sidnal Snead, Jr. and Johnnie Wentworth Snead, and two sisters, Linda Carter and Marion White.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Fayne Nicely Snead of Clifton Forge; a son, Wesley L. Snead, Jr. and wife, Debbie of Clifton Forge; two sisters-in-law, Audrey Nicely and Dorothy Nicely, both of Clifton Forge; two granddaughters, Heather Lynn Hogan and husband, Vincent of Virginia Beach and Jill Susanne Wheelin and husband, Michael of Glen Allen; four grandchildren, Isabella Grace Hogan, Brady Michael Hogan, Abigail Kaylee Wheelin, and Mason Caleb Wheelin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with his pastor, Reverend Virgil Woodie officiating. Interment will follow in Sharon Baptist Cemetery, Clifton Forge. Pallbearers will be Jerry Webb, Cletus Nicely, Terry Loving, Delmas Conner, Barry Daniel, Ralph Tucker, Buddy Buchanan, Stephen Nicely, and W. V. Nicely.

The family will receive friends on Saturday afternoon from 12:00 p.m. until the time of service at Nicely Funeral Home. The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Sharon Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 227, Clifton Forge, VA 24422.



Obituary for Richard Lunsford Hyler Richard Lunsford Hyler
Former Whiting Jamison Employee Was Sharon Baptist Church Member

Richard Lunsford Hyler, age 92, of 528 Commercial Avenue, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem.

He was born May 8, 1925 in Clifton Forge to the late Charles and Mattie Elizabeth Ayers Hyler.

He was a retired fuel deliveryman for Whiting Jamison in Covington and a member of Sharon Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lillian M. Johnson Hyler; a daughter, Iris "Muffin" Morris; a son, Norman Lee Hyler; four brothers, Paul Hyler, Frazier T. Hyler, Charles Hyler, and Delmas Hyler; and a sister, Madeline H. Clark.

He is survived by a son, Monte Hyler and wife, Sheila of Covington; a son-in-law, Dr. Clay Morris of Valley Ridge, Covington; a grandson, Clay "C.S." Morris, Jr. and wife, Rebecca, as well as their sons, Colton and Austin, of Mosely; a special niece, Linda Thomas and husband, Rob of Frankford, WV; two sisters, Vadnia Clark of Clifton Forge and Carolyn Waldron and husband, Tom of High Springs, FL; and two brothers, Ray Hyler and wife, Rhonda of Lynn Haven, FL and Harry Hyler and wife, Janet of Mt. Crawford.

A graveside funeral service will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Bethel Cemetery, Eagle Rock, with Reverend Virgil Woodie officiating. Interment will immediately follow. There will be no formal visitation. Friends may call any time at Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge.

The Nicely Funeral Home is handling arrangements.



Obituary for Roy Griffith Johnson, Jr. Roy Griffith Johnson, Jr.
Buchanan Native Was Former Government Telephone Operator

Roy Griffith Johnson, Jr., age 81, of 625 Thornton Avenue, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at his residence.

He was born March 10, 1936 in Buchanan, Virginia to the late Roy G. Johnson, Sr. and Mary Virginia Thrasher Johnson.

He served in the United States Air Force for eight years, and retired from the United State Government as a telephone operator in the Civil Service.

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

He is survived by a brother, Richard L. Johnson and wife, Nancy Lynch Johnson of Moneta, and number of nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated. There will be no services held at this time.

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



Obituary for Barbara Ann Mays Altizer Barbara Ann Mays Altizer
Retired ARH Phlebotomist Dies At Age 59

Barbara Ann Mays Altizer, age 59, of 107 Circle H Lane, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at LewisGale Hospital – Alleghany, Low Moor.

She was born August 17, 1958 in Clifton Forge to the late Morris F. "Curley" Mays and Juanita Watson Mays.

She was a retired phlebotomist for Alleghany Regional Hospital in Low Moor.

She loved dogs and ducks, and was an avid NASCAR fan.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Douglas Wayne Altizer of Clifton Forge; a step daughter, Mary Beth Altizer of Alabama; a step son, D. W. Altizer and wife, Heidi of Covington; four step grandchildren; and a number of cousins, including a special cousin, Patrick Lopez, who was like a son to her.

In keeping with her wishes, her body has been cremated. A memorial service will take place at a later date.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, is handling arrangements.



Obituary for Gary Lee Carter Gary Lee Carter
Former Ronceverte Police Officer Dies At Age 68

Gary Lee Carter, 68, of Ronceverte, West Virginia passed away on Tuesday January 16, 2018 at Peyton Hospice House in Lewisburg.

Gary was born January 3, 1950 in Summers County, the son of the late Harold B. and Norma Jean Wenger Carter.

Gary was a former deputy director and dispatcher for the 911 Center in Greenbrier County. He was a life member of the Ronceverte Volunteer Fire Department with 40 years of service, having served in the various positions within the department. Gary was a former police officer with the Ronceverte Police Department.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Candy Carter.

Surviving are his loving wife, Norma Christian Carter; daughters, Tina Guthrie and her husband, David of Ronceverte and Cindy Heaster and her husband, Chad of Clintonville; grandchildren, Eric Guthrie (Amber), Ryan Guthrie, Lauren Heaster and Haylee Heaster; great grandchildren, Chase Guthrie and Braxton Doss; brothers, Jerry Wayne Carter and wife, Joyce of Fort Spring, Eddie Carter of Fort Spring, Dennis Carter and wife, Martha of Hematite, VA and Joe Carter of Pickaway.

Funeral services for Gary will be Sunday January 21, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg with Pastor Stewart Farley and Pastor Ray Propps officiating, with interment to follow at Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg.

The family will receive friends on Sunday from 1:00 p.m. until time of services at the funeral home.



Obituary for Nellie Ann Hall Sarver Nellie Ann Hall Sarver
Smyth County Native Dies At Age 94

Nellie Ann Hall Sarver, 94, of Ronceverte, West Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at The Brier Nursing Home.

Nellie was born August 5, 1923 in Smyth Co., Virginia to the late Elbert Monroe and Samantha Caroline Sturdivant Hall.

Nellie was a homemaker, who loved to sew and garden and she thoroughly enjoyed watching birds.

Other than her parents, Nellie was preceded in death by a husband in 1988, Hampton Wade Sarver; son, Bill Monroe Sarver; grandson, William "Will" Patrick Hurt; sisters, Hattie Hall Hoke and Grace Hall Maupin; brothers, Emmitt, Wesley, Walker, Conley, Henry, and Adam Hall.

Surviving include daughters, Karen Sue Sarver (Charles Anderson) from New Louden, NC, Sally Brown of Ronceverte, and P. Sharnell Hurt (Mike) of Richmond, KY; sons, Pete Sarver (Pam) of White Sulphur Springs and Doug Sarver (Nancy) of Clintonville; 13 grandchildren, 8 great grandchildren and 6 great great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at the Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Lewisburg with Pastor John Groves officiating. Burial will follow at a later date in New Lebanon Cemetery at Pickaway in Monroe County.

Friends may call one hour prior to service on Saturday at the funeral home.



Obituary for Carter Dewey Rogers Carter Dewey Rogers
Covington Native Was U. S. Army Veteran, Night Houseman At The Greenbrier Hotel

Carter Dewey Rogers, 70, of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia passed away January 14, 2018 at the Beckley VAMC.

Carter was born January 10, 1948 in Covington, Virginia, the son of the late Dewey and Martha J. Rogers.

Carter was a member of Wild Meadow Baptist Church, where he had been a youth pastor and Sunday school teacher.

He was a U. S. Army veteran and was a shop steward and night houseman at the Greenbrier Hotel.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Dennis Hoke, Jr., sisters, Jane Hartley, Ruth Allen, Nora Knapp, Margaret Dove, and his twin sister, Claudine Knapp; brothers, Henry Cox and Charles Cox.

Surviving are his wife, Sharon Ann Dean Rogers; son, Carter Dewey Rogers, Jr. and his wife, Christinia of White Sulphur Springs; daughter, Denise Feury and her husband, Sammy of Covington, VA; daughter-in-law, Debbie Hoke of Waynesboro, VA; brothers, Myles Cox of White Sulphur Springs and Lloyd Cox of Alvon; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Wild Meadow Baptist Church with Pastor Roger McDaniel and Pastor Lowell O'Dell officiating with Military graveside rites to follow at the Mapledale Cemetery.

The family will receive family and friends on Friday, January 19, 2018 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Wild Meadow Baptist Church.

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



Obituary for Eleanora Josephine Reynolds Black Eleanora Josephine Reynolds Black
Millboro Homemaker Was Alleghany County Native

Eleanora Josephine Reynolds Black, 86, of Millboro, Virginia died Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at Woodlands Health and Rehab Center in Clifton Forge, Virginia.

She was born October 5, 1931 in Alleghany County, the daughter of the late Harvey William Reynolds and Mary Viola Nicely Reynolds.

Eleanora was a lifelong homemaker.

She was a member of Horeb Baptist Church, where she was a member of the WMU and a Sunday school teacher for many years.

She was also a loving mother and grandmother.

Eleanora is survived by her husband of 68 years, Everett Jackson Black of Millboro; children, Dianne Mynes of Clifton Forge, Timothy Lee Black and wife, Charmain of Millboro, Jay Stewart Black and wife, Linda of Millboro; grandchildren, Jason Pauley, Jeffrey Black, Nathan Black, and Aubrey Black; great grandchildren, Sydney and Jett Black; and several nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her 10 brothers and sisters. She was the youngest and last of her family.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 19, 2018 at Horeb Baptist Church with Pastor Mike Rollins officiating, and Rev. Steven Markem assisting. Interment will be in Horeb Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be her sons and grandsons.

The family will receive friends two hours before the service at Horeb Baptist Church and at other times at Timothy or Jay's homes.

Memorial contributions may be made to Horeb Baptist Church or Mountain Regional Hospice.



Obituary for Bane Eason Dudley, Sr. Bane Eason Dudley, Sr.
Buena Vista Resident Dies At Age 76

Bane Eason Dudley, Sr., 76, of Buena Vista, Virginia died Sunday, January 14, 2018.

Surviving are a daughter, Georgia Smith; two sons, Russell Thomas Dudley Sr. and Bane Eason Dudley Jr.; two brothers, one sister and his beloved grandchildren.

A memorial service will be conducted 7 p.m. Thursday, January 18 at the Rockbridge Community Church of the Nazarene in Buena Vista by Pastor Kris Peaden.

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



Obituary for Virginia Pittman Sikes Virginia Pittman Sikes
Retired Lexington Attorney Was North Carolina Native

Virginia Pittman Sikes, 68, of Lexington, Virginia died Saturday morning, January 13, 2018.

Virginia was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John B. Pittman of Rockingham, N.C., and the wife of William A. Sikes, who was born in Albermarle, N.C.

Jennie graduated from Rockingham High School in 1967, and attended U.N.C. Chapel Hill, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1971. Bill and Jennie were married on January 21, 1972 and the couple moved to Cambridge, Mass., where Bill was a student at Harvard Divinity School.

Jennie obtained an master of education from U.N.C. before deciding on a law career. She attended Columbia School of Law, where she was a Stone Scholar, editor-in-chief of The Journal Of Law and Social Problems, and winner of the E. B. Convers Prize for the best original essay on a legal subject. In the years following graduation, Jennie co-chaired the reunion committee for her class.

After law school, Jennie clerked for the Hon. Max Rosenn, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She and Bill then moved to Philadelphia, Pa., where Jennie became a partner in the law firm of Montgomery, McCracken, Walker, & Rhoads. Jennie served many years on the management committee of Montgomery, McCracken. She was the first woman ever to be named managing partner of the firm.

Jennie taught law courses at several Philadelphia area colleges. She was also very active in charitable organizations and arts groups, serving a term as president of both The Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and the Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Jennie and Bill retired to Lexington in 2014.

In addition to her husband, Jennie is survived by her brothers and sisters: John L. Pittman (Lucinda); Betty Pittman Parr (Dewey); Jane Pittman Modla (Jake); Carol Pittman Latimer (Harrison); Ira B. Pittman (Tina); Irene Pittman Aiken (Kevin). The family will receive friends at 204 Jackson Ave. between 6 and 8 p.m. on Friday, January 19, 2018. The funeral will be conducted by the Rev. William Klein at Lexington Presbyterian Church, 120 S. Main St., 2 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018. The funeral will be followed by a brief committal ceremony at Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.