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Obituary for Susan King Stoklasa Susan King Stoklasa
Clifton Forge Native, Longtime Hot Springs Resident, Was Warm Springs Presbyterian Church Member

Susan King Stoklasa, 75, of Lady Lake, Florida, originally of Hot Springs, Virginia, passed away peacefully, the morning of Wednesday, January 25, 2023.

Our beloved mother was born May 13, 1947 in Clifton Forge, Virginia to Henry Lee King Jr. and Carrie King (Bonner).

She was a devoted and loving wife to George, the love of her life, for 42 years.

She was a long-time member of the Warm Springs Presbyterian Church. Susan lived out her faith and Love for God by loving people. Susan never met a stranger. Her smile and love for others was felt by all who met her. She was an avid cook and loved making holiday treats for her neighbors.

She loved spending time outdoors whether it be a boat ride or golf cart ride in the neighborhood with George.

She is survived by her husband, George Emil Stoklasa: two children, Sean Kenney and wife, Mary Beth of McKinney, Texas, Laura Connell and husband, Dave of Tampa, FL; five grandchildren: Amy Stoklasa and Chris Lushine of Chicago, IL, Karen Briceno and husband, Lolo of Chicago IL, Linda Stoklasa-Craig and husband, Max of Chicago, IL, Morgan Kenney and Madelyn Kenney of McKinney, TX and Stephanie Stoklasa; seven great-grandchildren: Jack and Dylan Lushine, Cheyenne, Izayah, Gabriel Briceno, Bradley Schmidt, and Hugo Craig.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2023 at the Warm Springs Presbyterian Church. Interment will be in Warm Springs Cemetery.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home, Hot Springs.

Obituary for Dorothy Robertson McAllister Miller Dorothy Robertson McAllister Miller
Warm Springs Resident Was Longtime Ingalls Family Housekeeper, Foster Parent

Dorothy Robertson McAllister Miller, 91, of Warm Springs, Virginia, passed away peacefully at Shenandoah House in Fishersville, Virginia on Thursday, January 26, 2023.

Dorothy was born June 13, 1931 in Hot Springs, Virginia, the daughter of the late Clyde and Ruth Layton Robertson.

Dorothy has one daughter, Clara (Susie) Godschalk and her son-in-law, Herb Godschalk of Staunton, Virginia; two foster children, Michael Jones and wife, Yolanda and Benjamin Jones and wife, Marsha, all of Titusville, Pennsylvania. She has nine grandchildren.

Dorothy grew up in Dunns Gap with her five brothers, Ira, Lewis, Albert (Jiggs), Delbert and Bobbie, all of whom along with her parents, proceeded her in death.

She was married to Berlin Torrence McAllister for 43 years, who preceded her in death in 1993. After Berlin's death, Dorothy later married Alfred Miller and moved to Titusville, Pennsylvania where she resided until his death 2001.

Dorothy worked for many years as a housekeeper for the Daniel Ingalls family, and anyone who knew the Ingalls would say that Dorothy was not just a housekeeper but a part of the Ingalls family.

She was a loving mother to her daughter and foster sons. She was also known as "Aunt Sissy" to her many nieces and nephews who she loved and cared for deeply. She will be greatly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held 3:00 p.m., Sunday, January 29, 2023 at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home, with Reverend Garland Humphries officiating. Dorothy will be laid to eternal rest beside her husband, Berlin, in Warm Springs Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to services from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Shenandoah, c/o Augusta Health Foundation, P. O. Box 1000, Fishersville, Virginia 24445.

Obituary for David Dwayne Richmond David Dwayne Richmond
White Sulphur Springs Resident, Professional Painter, Dies At Age 62

David Dwayne Richmond, 62, of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, passed away from cancer on January 25, 2023.

David was a professional painter by trade. He insisted on doing the job well and was proud of the work he accomplished.

He enjoyed the outdoors, golfing, listening to music and spending time with friends.

Throughout his life, David hunted game, fished, and foraged for wild ginseng, ramps and mushrooms. He enjoyed grilling and cooking what he brought home.

He loved his children, grandchildren and the family he leaves behind.

David was preceded in death by his father, Tony Wayne Richmond of White Sulphur Springs.

He is survived by his mother, Mildred Richmond Black of White Sulphur Springs; two sons; Christopher Richmond (Shannon) of Covington, VA, Anthony Richmond (Samantha) of Winnabo, NC; a daughter, Amie Richmond of Ronceverte; a sister, Teresa Parker (Eddie) of White Sulphur Springs; brothers, Jerry Richmond of Sweet Springs, WV; Ricky Richmond of White Sulphur Springs; Scott Richmond (Christi) of White Sulphur Springs; five grandchildren, several aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins and friends.

David's wishes were to be cremated.

A gathering of friends and family will be held to celebrate his life on Sunday, January 29th at 2:00 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Chapel in White Sulphur Springs.

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

Obituary for Lawrence B. Tingler, Jr. (Larry) Lawrence B. Tingler, Jr. (Larry)
White Sulphur Springs Resident, Army Veteran, Westvaco Oiler, Dies At Age 82

Lawrence B. Tingler, Jr. (Larry), 82, of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at Peyton Hospice House in Fairlea.

He was born April 26, 1940 in Alleghany County, Virginia, the son of the late Lawrence B. and Frances Craft Tingler Sr.

Larry was of the Methodist Faith, a veteran of the U. S. Army, former member of the VFW in Covington, member of the Christian Motorcycle Association and a former member of the Fire Brigade at Westvaco.

He was a retired oiler for Westvaco.

Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Mildred Frances Tingler, Treva Weikel and brother-in-law, Harold Weikel.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Patricia Coleman Tingler; daughter, Marisa Hylton and her husband, Wes of Lewisburg; son, Larry Tingler and his wife, Lisa of White Sulphur Springs; unofficial adopted son, George Clark of White Sulphur Springs; grandchildren, Logan Hylton and Clayton Tingler; his furry companion, Peaches; sister, Mona G. Workman and her husband, Charlie of Clintonville; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Larry will be Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the James Chapel United Methodist Church in Clintonville with Pastors Jesse Pope and Buck Caldwell officiating. Entombment will follow at the Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, Clintonville.

The family will visit with family and friends from 10:00 a.m. until time of services at the church.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Peyton Hospice House, 1265 Maplewood Avenue, Lewisburg, WV 24901.

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

Obituary for Steven Manson Rutledge Steven Manson Rutledge
Longtime Civil Rights Activist Dies At Age 81

On Tuesday, January 17th, civil rights activist Steven Manson Rutledge passed away peacefully in Lewisburg, West Virginia, surrounded by family, after a long struggle with Parkinsons disease. He was 81 years old.

Steve was a soft spoken, kind, and gentle person with the heart and courage of a lion, fighting for racial equality, civil rights, and social justice during the social upheaval of the 1960's and throughout his life.

He was, he liked to say, "a foot soldier in the movement."

His gentle manner disguised a determination, tenacity, and unshakable will that served him well into his last years, making him a remarkably effective community organizer.

Since settling in West Virginia during the 1970s, Steve worked to improve the lives of West Virginians. As a labor organizer and founding member of AFSME Council 77, he was a steadfast advocate for public employees' right to collective bargaining. He investigated claims of discrimination under the West Virginia Human Rights Act, and organized a statewide coalition against the National Alliance, a white supremacist group. "Whenever the Ku Klux Klan shows up in West Virginia," Christian Giggenbach of the Register-Herald observed, "Rutledge is there organizing against them."

He exposed substandard living conditions in Section 8 housing, which led to the buildings' demolition and new construction of buildings that were named "Rutledge Run" in his honor. He brought his considerable energy and faith to organizing the original Charleston Multifest to promote cultural diversity, and as a member of the planning committee for Greenbrier County's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. march and celebration, he helped to create an inclusive celebration of human rights and community. In 2004, his work was recognized with the State of West Virginia's Civil Rights Award. "He worked tirelessly for the Civil Rights Movement's highest principles," the governor's proclamation noted.

Steve spoke of the annual event by saying, "For me, the holiday honoring the life and beliefs of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the only one that was created in our lifetime to place equality, justice and peace at the top of our list of what is important. It is a day on, not a day off, because it gives each of us a chance to unite with one or more other persons to make something better - it could be our family, our school, our job, or our community."

Stephen Manson Rutledge was born May 1, 1941 in Fort Collins, Colorado to Maude and Edward Rutledge, an economist, whose lifelong career in civil rights started in 1944 when he oversaw the desegregation of West Coast shipyards.

Steve's early life was marked by tragedy, courage, and extraordinary lessons in the power of love. Steve was four years old in 1945 when his mother Maude died of heart failure one week after giving birth to his younger brother, Jonathan Manson Rutledge. In 1946, his father married Karyl Klinger. In 1949, seven months after the birth of their son, Anthony Michael Rutledge, Karyl died of cancer. Steve was eight years old.

Edward Rutledge then moved to the Bronx, NY, where his sister, Betty, and brother-in-law David Liberson, helped raise the three boys. Steve played youth-league baseball in a ball field adjacent to Yankee Stadium, to which he always attributed his lifelong love of the Yankees and baseball. His father became Housing Director of New York's Human Rights Commission and in 1956, married Renata Cook, who was divorced with a daughter, Nina. The newly blended family settled in Croton-on-Hudson, NY. Still, it was his life with his aunt and uncle that became the model of loving family support that Steve carried with him into adult life, while his father's civil rights work offered a model of civic engagement.

"In our living room were the architects of Brown v. Board of Education and fair housing policies," Steve's sister recalls. Frequent visitors included Judge Robert Carter, HUD Secretary Robert C. Weaver, Urban League Executive Director Whitney Young, Harlem Renaissance poet and activist Dr. Frank Horne, among many others who shared strategies to further civil rights legislation. In that environment, all four children developed an awareness of history and current events that differed from what was being taught in their schools.

Steve was particularly affected. He graduated from Croton-Harmon High School in 1959. Shortly after he entered Cornell University, college students from Northern states began joining the growing Southern freedom movement. Restless in an environment of social and cultural change, Steve transferred to a college in Wisconsin, and by the end of his sophomore year, feeling called to put his belief in human rights into action, he transferred again to Tougaloo College, ten miles north of Jackson, Mississippi. There at the historically Black college, where he was one of two white students, he was voted student body president and earned a B.A. in history and sociology in 1964. He also joined Mississippi's voter registration drive.

He had found his place. "I wasn't just studying history anymore, I started helping make history, along with a lot of people, that became the focal point for the rest of my life," he told Register-Herald reporter Christian Giggenbach in 2005.

While at Tougaloo, Steve served as treasurer on the North Jackson Youth Council of the NAACP and as field secretary for the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). He worked directly with pioneering civil rights leader Medgar Evers during Jackson, Mississippi sit-ins, boycotts, and voter registration drives, and he last worked with Mr. Evers on June 12, 1963, just hours before Evers was assassinated. Three days later, when police and white citizens attacked the Jackson funeral march for Evers, Steve drove the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. safely to the airport. In 1964 during Freedom Summer, Steve met with Mickey Schwerner, who, with James Cheney and Andrew Goodman, was one of three Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) field workers murdered by the Ku Klux Klan. Every threat deepened Steve’s commitment, and he continued to organize voters and demonstrate for desegregation. He was arrested and jailed several times.

After graduation, from 1964 to 1966, he continued his public service as a Peace Corps volunteer in northeastern Brazil. On his return, he settled in New York City and married Tougaloo classmate Arverna Adams. He earned a Masters in Social Work from New York University in 1969. The couple soon discovered that they had very different goals: She was living her dream of settling in Harlem, while he longed to head south to the Appalachians. They divorced and remained friends until her death in 2004.

While organizing in the Ironbound district of Newark, NJ, in the early 1970s, Steve met his second wife, Terry Mansheim. With Terry, who was divorced, and her four children - - daughters, Kathy and Jennifer, and sons, Tom and Tim - Steve moved south and settled in West Virginia. "Almost heaven,"" Steve liked to sing as he drove with his family along the winding mountain roads of his adopted state.

Once again, in every way possible, he had found his place.

Steve is remembered with love by: his soulmate and devoted spouse of 51 years, Theresa A. Mansheim; his children, Kathleen Mansheim, Thomas (and Sara) Mansheim, Timothy (and Sheila) Mansheim, and Jennifer Cherry; his brothers, Jonathan (and Lindy) Rutledge, and Tony (and Renee) Rutledge; his sister, Nina D'Alessandro, as well as his grandchildren Michael (and Heather), Kaydee (and Ricardo), TJ, Chloe, Cooper, and Luella, and his nephew, Elijah (and Liz) Rutledge.

He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Rutledge; mothers, Maude Manson, Karyl Klinger, Renata Cook, and his uncle and aunt, David and Betty Liberson.

It was Steve's wish to be cremated. A Memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Saturday, February 4, 2023 at the Morgan Funeral Home Chapel, 252 Montvue Drive, Lewisburg, WV with Joan Browning moderating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service, Saturday at the funeral home.

An online guestbook may be signed, and livestream of the service may be viewed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, WV.

Obituary for Theodore Cowell Theodore Cowell
Covington Resident Worked With Norfolk Public School System

Theodore Cowell, age 84, of Covington, Virginia, died Saturday, January 21, 2023 at his residence.

Mr. Cowell was born April 1, 1938 in Norfolk, the son of the late James Copeland and Shedore Cowell Grimsom

He had been employed as a janitor with the Norfolk Public School System for twenty years before his retirement.

Mr. Cowell is survived by his children, Corinthia Tavers, Jewell Carrington, Bridgett Cowell, Theodore Combo and Maria Combo.

A graveside service will be conducted at 12:00 p.m., Friday, January 27, 2023 at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home;

Obituary for Doris Crutchfield Rhodenizer Doris Crutchfield Rhodenizer
Longtime Lexington Resident Dies At Age 88

Today (January 23, 2023), our momma, Doris Crutchfield Rhodenizer, went to see Jesus and hold my daddys hand!

The sweetest love story I've ever been a part of is the one of our mom and dad.

Both were born in Lexington, Virginia (she on September 23, 1934) to farming parents during a poor economic time in our country. Hard workers and good students, they met in mom's first grade year, which means, she was 6 years old.

Momma, with her reddish brown hair and freckles, became the apple of our dad's eye as soon as they met and their love story began. Neither ever dated another person and they were married when mom turned 18 and dad had just been drafted into the U.S. Army, and they moved to Georgia.

Married just shy of 70 years, they did cherish each other so very much, as well as Butch and I, our spouses, our children and their children, but their love of Jesus is the legacy they have left for all of us to live by. Mom was always a "servant spirit" and kind to everyone she met and that, that is an amazing example of God's love on this Earth.

You were the best momma anyone could have asked for, so thankful the prize is yours today! Love God, love your family and serve others well!

Doris is lovingly survived by her brother, Johnny Crutchfield and his wife, Betty; children, Butch Rhodenizer and his wife, Julie, and Lynn Scarbrough and her husband, Jeff; grandchildren, Tabitha Anderson and her husband, David, Jared Rhodenizer and his wife, Rebekah, Tiffany Blackwood and her husband, Joe, Carson Rhodenizer and his wife, Brooke; great-grandchildren, Caroline Anderson, Brady Anderson, Quinn Blackwood, Everett Anderson, Anna Rhodenizer, Amelia Blackwood, Josie Blackwood, Cash Rhodenizer, Levi Anderson, and William Blackwood.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Lexington.

Bernstein Funeral Home, Athens, Ga., is in charge of funeral arrangements.

Obituary for Arthur (Art) James LaFountain Arthur (Art) James LaFountain
Hot Springs Resident Worked On Pump Storage Project; Was Caretaker Of Local Farm

Arthur (Art) James LaFountain, 84, of Hot Springs, Virginia passed away Thursday, January 19, 2023 at the Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia.

He was born April 9, 1938 in Plattsburg, New York, the son of the late Wilfred Joseph LaFountain and Eva Marie Rascoe LaFountain.

In his early years he was a member of the Local Labor Union #186 in Plattsburg, New York. He moved to Bath County and worked as a Blasting Supervisor for the Vepco Project. After the project was over, he worked in construction and became a caretaker on a local farm.

Art was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting Snowshoe Hares in New York with his beagles, fishing and farm work. One of his true passions was cutting grass and outdoor yard work. The entire neighborhood could always depend on Art to get their lawn looking just right.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Jane Turner LaFountain; his parents; a daughter, Jo Ann Medina; and a brother, Clifford LaFountain. He is survived by a daughter, Julie LaFountain Emery and husband, Geoff of Blue Ridge, Virginia; grandchildren, Specialist 4th Class Samuel Ryder and Gabriel Medina; sisters, Jeannette Petrashune of Saranac, New York, Helen Underwood and husband, Robert of Chazy, New York, Agnes Barber of Saranac, New York, and Teresa Bodah of Altona, New York; and a son-in-law, Miguel Medina of Richmond, Virginia.

A private funeral service will be held at a later date. Interment will be in Union Chapel Cemetery.

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

The McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Obituary for Mary Marlene Mason Mary Marlene Mason
Buena Vista Resident Died On January 11, 2023

With great sadness, the family of Mary Marlene Mason announce her passing on January 11, 2023, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

Mary was born and raised in Wilmington, Del., and moved to Virginia in the late 1970s, residing in Buena Vista for more than 30 years with her beloved husband, Donal E. Mason (deceased).

She is survived by her brother and sisters, Ray Mays, Rena Bailey, Paulette Mercado and Linda Smith; her daughters, Charity Clark and Denise Mason; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mary was a kind and giving person who gave generously of herself and was always doing for others - dogs, cats, kiddies or critters - it didn't matter to her, she loved and cared for them all.

Contributions in memory of Mary can be made to your local ASPCA animal shelter.

A memorial service honoring Mary's life will be scheduled at a later date and location to be announced by the family.

Obituary for Evelyn Hodge Peery Evelyn Hodge Peery
World War II Veteran Worked With The Homestead; Was Ashwood United Methodist Church Member

Evelyn Hodge Peery, 99, of Bath County, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 22, 2023.

She was born in Warm Springs, Virginia, the daughter of Clara Louise Stinnett Hodge and Willie Gratton Hodge.

She had one sister, Ruth Hodge Cleek, who preceded her in death in 2021.

After graduating from Valley High School in 1941, she worked for the Homestead Hotel as a telephone operator.

In 1943, she joined the U. S. Coast Guard and was trained at Hunter College in New York as a Communication Specialist.

She was assigned to the U. S. Customs Office in Boston, Massachusetts, and later to the Coast Guard Airbase in Salem, Massachusetts as part of the World War II effort. She worked in a top-secret unit to decode messages from offshore enemy submarines. Mrs. Peery had the distinction of being one of the oldest surviving World War II veterans in Bath County.

In 1944, she received an honorable discharge and returned to her beloved Bath County and married, Richard F. Peery, also a World War II veteran, who preceded her in death in 1981.

She is survived by her two children, Lynn Ellen Kirsch (Michael Kirsch), Westport, Connecticut, and Michael F. Peery (Carolyn Day) Simpsonville, Kentucky; six grandchildren, Abigail McCrosky, Stephen Peery, Matthew Peery, Jonathan Cox, Susan Wilkinson, and Melissa Kirsch; nine great grandchildren, Grayson McCrosky, Everly Peery, Emilia Peery, Parker Peery, Reagan Peery, Logan Peery, Evelyn Cox, Austin Cox, and Emma Wilkinson. To all her grandchildren she was known as "Nanny".

Mrs. Peery was a devoted homemaker and mother. She later worked for William E. Allen Jeweler at the Homestead Hotel and the Irish Express in Hot Springs.

She had many friends and interests. She was a devoted member of the Ashwood United Methodist Church, where she sang in the choir, and often did solos with her beautiful soprano voice. She taught Sunday School and was a Lay Leader. For over 20 years, she provided and arranged the flowers for the altar every Sunday.

She was an avid gardener and member of the Hot Springs Garden Club.

A dedicated veteran, she was a member of the Hot Springs American Legion Post #92 and the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post #4204.

She was proud to have served as the 2018 Parade Marshall in the Hot Springs Christmas Parade.

She greatly enjoyed cooking and loved sharing her special recipes. She enjoyed sewing, knitting and needlepoint, creating many items for family and friends. Mrs. Peery will be remembered for the kindness she showed to everyone and for her devotion as a loving wife, mother, and adoring Nanny to her grandchildren. She will be missed by all who knew her.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, January 26, 2023 at Warm Springs Cemetery. A Memorial Service and Celebration of Her Life will be held on what would have been her 100th birthday at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 18, 2023 at the Ashwood United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to Hot Springs Fire and Rescue, P. O. Box N, Hot Springs, Virginia, 24445.

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

Obituary for Clinton Wayne Burks Clinton Wayne Burks
Clifton Forge Resident Dies At Age 85

Clinton Wayne Burks, 70, of Clifton Forge, Virginia passed away Saturday, January 14, 2023 at the VA Medical Center in Salem, Virginia.

He was born May 25, 1952 in Clifton Forge, the son of the late Melvin Noel Burks and Frances Lavone Turner Burks Hiler.

He was a retired Insurance salesman.

Mr. Burks was a veteran of the United States Marines having served during Vietnam.

He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing, and the beach.

He is survived by a sister, Elizabeth A. Willingham of Winchester, Virginia.

Mrs. Burks was preceded in death by the love of his life, Sharon Kay Carpenter Harvey, who passed away on April 6, 2020.

A private graveside service was held at the Warm Springs Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warriors.

The McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home, Hot Springs, is handling the arrangements.

Obituary for Floid Merchant III Floid Merchant III
Longtime Clifton Forge Resident Dies At Age 57

On Thursday, January 19, 2023, Floid Merchant III, 57, passed away in Greenville, SC, after a brief illness.

Born January 20, 1965 he now joins his parents, Floid Merchant, Jr. and Eddie Mae Merchant; sister, Gwendolyn Merchant, and brother, Marvin Edward Lee in heaven.

Survivors include brother, Stephen Merchant and sister-in-law, Sarah Merchant of Simpsonville, SC; brother, Darryl Lee of NY; nieces, Raemona Merchant-Lewis and her husband, Terrence of Charlotte, NC, Asabi Lee of N. Hollywood, CA, Aubrey Porter of S. Pasadena, CA, Amanda Merchant of GA and nephew, Corey Campbell of Charleston, SC; four great nieces and two great nephews.

Floid was a honorary graduate of Clifton Forge High School in Clifton Forge, VA. After graduation he participated in the Life Skills program where he formed many lifelong friendships. He worked briefly at JRE in Covington, VA and Opportunity Village in Las Vegas, NV. A Special Olympic Athlete who regularly competed at State Competitions in Richmond, VA, Floid amazed everyone with his softball, basketball, and bowling skills.

In addition to spending time with his friends and family, he enjoyed watching movies, especially his beloved Wizard of Oz, Grease, Batman, and Spider-Man. While living in Las Vegas, he loved playing Wheel of Fortune slot machines, drinking margaritas at the pool, and attending dances at the Opportunity Village campus. He also enjoyed dancing at his hometown Moose Lodge in the mountains of Virginia where he always ended the evening with a very special attention grabbing "fall"! Sweet and loving, he never met a stranger and greeted everyone with a hug and his very special "Floid smile".

The family is planning a Celebration of Life for Saturday, March 25th at Nicely's Funeral Home in his hometown of Clifton Forge, Virginia. Time and details to follow.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations be made in his name to the Area 18 Special Olympic program. Checks must be written to Area 18 Special Olympics, 260 Shiloh Church Road, Eagle Rock, VA 24085, Attention: Ruth Britt.

Obituary for Michael Craig Veasey Michael Craig Veasey
Monterey Resident Dies At Age 85

Michael Craig Veasey, age 85, of Monterey, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at the home of his son.

Arrangements will be announced at

Obituary for Robbie Lynn McBride Robbie Lynn McBride
Vevusius Resident Dies At Age 65

Robbie Lynn McBride, 65, of Vesuvius, Virginia, passed away Saturday, January 21, 2023.

Born May 16, 1957 in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Lester and Edith Montgomery of Buena Vista.

She was also preceded in death by her husband, George McBride.

Surviving are her daughter, Sayward Kasdan; her sons, Jacob Matthew, Lucas Kasdan and Ian Kasdan; sisters, Leslie Camp (Gary) and Tammy Reid (Billy); grandsons, Shai, Aiden and Ethan Kasdan; granddaughter, Harley Kasdan; and nieces and nephews Brittney, Ryan, Braddock and Will.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family asks if you would like to attend to reach out via social media.

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

Obituary for Phyllis Withrow Fitzgerald Phyllis Withrow Fitzgerald
Former Schewels Inventory Control Manager Dies At Age 78

Phyllis Withrow Fitzgerald, 78, of Lexington, Virginia, was welcomed home Saturday, January 21, 2023.

She was born June 2, 1944 in Lexington, a daughter of Phil Withrow and Elizabeth Smith Calhoun (John).

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Elvin Fitzgerald, and brother, Jerry Withrow (Doris).

She was a member of the Oronoco Church of the Brethren and retired from Schewels Furniture as their Inventory Control Manager.

Phyllis loved camping, crocheting, bird watching and spending time with grandchildren and granddogs.

Surviving are her children, Pamela F. Flint (Adam) of Lexington, Richard Fitzgerald (Linda) of Christiansburg and Michael Floyd (Stephanie) of Winchester; four brothers, Johnny Calhoun (Kathy), David Calhoun, Gary Calhoun, Ed Calhoun (Kim), all of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, Joshua Aaron Floyd (Chloe), Nicholas Spencer Floyd (Lauren), Ivana Hope Fitzgerald and Casey Jacob Floyd.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2023 at Harrison Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Arnold Bradley. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, January 27, 2023 at Harrison Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be given to Oronoco Church of the Brethren, 7742 Lexington Turnpike, Vesuvius, VA 24483.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Obituary for Konda Iris Teague Morrison Konda Iris Teague Morrison
Longtime Buena Vista Medical Associates Employee Dies At Age 85

Konda Iris Teague Morrison of Buena Vista, Virginia, passed away surrounded by her family on January 20, 2023 in Roanoke.

Konda was born to John Woodrow and Ruth Berry Teague on March 31, 1937 in Franklin, N.C., where she grew up on a dairy farm.

She was the middle child of the family with two wonderful brothers, Vic and Doug Teague, whom she loved very much.

The family had a very strong work ethic, which Konda continued to carry her entire life. She would often be excused from farm work to go in the house and fix a warm lunch for the family as early as age 6. The family also helped run the Prentiss Cannery near their farm. They took pride in being told by local World War II veterans that they were always happy to receive cans of food from Prentiss.

Her brothers grew to have farms of their own in Western North Carolina.

Konda attended Western Carolina University where she met Korean War Navy veteran C.J. "Pete" Morrison while she was a freshman and he was a senior. They were married on June 4, 1955, and in the following years they moved from town to town with Burlington Industries.

Michael, Anthony, Patrick and Crystal came along and made them a family of six.

In the mid 1960s, C.J. was transferred to the Glasgow plant and the family made a home and life there in nearby Buena Vista. C.J. and Konda loved it there and made wonderful friends.

Once all her children were in school, Konda wanted a new challenge, and went to work as a dental assistant for Dr. Rudy Radick. She loved working with the patients and staff there, and Rudy became a lifelong best friend. Later, as the kids grew older, she became an EMT and volunteered with the Buena Vista Rescue Squad. As her love for medicine grew, she went to work for Buena Vista Medical Associates, where she stayed for more than 25 years. She loved her work family there very much. Only at her childrens urging did she reluctantly retire in her mid 70s.

At age 53, she lost C.J. to a heartbreaking battle with cancer after 35 years of marriage. She later lovingly cared for C.J.'s father until his death. As her own parents aged, she spent time in North Carolina assisting with their care. Konda developed Alzheimer's/Vascular Dementia in the later years of her life. She was a beautiful, feisty, funny, loving and caring mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to the end. She will be missed beyond measure.

Those left to cherish her memory are Anthony Morrison (Teresa) of Hardy, Patrick Morrison (Sharon) of Lexington and Crystal Hoeppner of Roanoke. She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Morrison. She has seven wonderful grandchildren, Justin Boyd, Erica Cundiff (Daniel), Kylie Stanley (Richard), Ian Morrison, Grant Morrison, Lydia Hoeppner and Ella Hoeppner. She has two great-grandchildren, Logan and Wade Stanley. She has a wonderful gaggle of nieces and nephews that she loves dearly in North Carolina. Harold and Joyce Lail have been the kindest neighbors anyone could have. Linda Morrison, Brian Hoeppner and the Radick family hold a special place in all our hearts for the love they have shown Konda through the years.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the Buena Vista Rescue Squad, your local hospice, Good Samaritan, 2408 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018 (online at") or to any charity of your choice that you think she would like.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, January 24 at 2:15 p.m. at Green Hill Cemetery. Prior to this at 1 p.m. the family will receive friends at Bolling, Gross and Lotts Funeral Home.

Obituary for Joseph Boyd Thompson Joseph Boyd Thompson
Longtime W&L Psychology Professor Dies At Age 85

Joseph Boyd Thompson, age 85, passed away January 20, 2023 in the Benjamin Borden Health Center at Kendal at Lexington, Virginia.

Born on November 11, 1937 in St Paul, Minn., he was the son of Margaret Johnson Thompson and Ross Thompson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Erik Thompson of Lexington.

He is survived by his wife, Beth Braford Thompson of Lexington; and son, Ross Thompson, and daughter-in-law, Betty, of Los Gatos, Calif.

Joe was a graduate of Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., and received his master's and doctorate degrees in psychology from the University of Wisconsin. He retired from Washington and Lee University after 33 years as a psychology professor.

He was an avid reader and puzzle connoisseur and frequented The Best Seller bookstore in Lexington where he met and married the owner. He spent many happy days in the bookstore helping customers and tending to the cats who called the bookstore their home.

He enjoyed smoking his pipe and listening to music. He also dabbled with a variety of musical instruments and once was member of a barbershop singing group.

The family would like to thank the staff at Kendal for their care and kindness to Joe. He was well known for his witty comebacks, which brought a smile to many.

If you wish to make a donation in Joe's honor, please consider the Staff Appreciation Fund at Kendal at Lexington and Rockbridge Area Hospice.

There will be no services.

Obituary for JoAnn Joseph Yelverton JoAnn Joseph Yelverton
Buena Vista Resident Dies At Age 81

JoAnn Joseph Yelverton, 81, of Buena Vista, Virginia, unexpectedly passed away on January 22, 2023.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Dorothy Joseph.

She is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Fred Yelverton; her children, Amy Walters and Brian Yelverton; her grandchildren, Paige Walters, Ryan Walters (Miranda); and a great-grandchild, Savannah.

She will be missed by so many friends who loved her and her infectious laugh.

Per the family's request, no funeral or service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Buena Vista Presbyterian Church.

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

Obituary for Clarence Potter Clarence Potter
Longtime Kroger Employee Was Effinger Volunteer Fire Department Charter Member

In the early morning hours of Jan. 20, 2023, CB Potter passed away peacefully surrounded by family. CB was 66 years old.

Clarence Potter was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia on April 18t, 1956. He was the child of Mae Conner Potter and Ray Lee Potter Jr. CB was a godly man, joining Collierstown Presbyterian Church in 1969 before graduating from LexingtonHigh School in 1974. During his time at CPC, he served as an elder and chair person who led the celebration of the 175 year church anniversary. "CB did many things for the church and never looked for any praise," S.W.

CB was a charter member of the Effinger Volunteer Fire Department established in 1976. He worked at Kroger for 39 years before retiring in 2012.

After retirement, CB worked at Donald's Meat Processing with the Potter family until his heart condition worsened in 2015. CB devoted his spare time to the church, RARO as a board member and coach, the Effinger Elementary School PTA as the president, and as a founding officer of the Rockbridge Diamond Club. He continued to be a proud supporter of sports and school functions after his children graduated.

In the summer, you’d most likely find him working in his beloved garden or listening to bluegrass music in the pool. The beach was one of his favorite places even though he did'’t like fighting with the sand. He especially enjoyed driving out onto the beach in the Outer Banks. Among other things, CB enjoyed canning vegetables from his garden, baking, and dancing with his wife. He was always eager to try out new recipes he'd found on the internet.

CB's favorite season was Christmas. He loved decorating, watching Christmas movies, and had to make sure that every light bulb twinkled.

In addition to his parents, Clarence was preceded in death by his brother, Ray Lee Potter III, and his sister, Stacey Potter Campbell. Clarence is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Donna VanNess Potter. He is also survived by his children, Cavett Potter, Paul Potter, Conner Ray Potter (Kelsey), Maelea Potter and his mother-in-law, Carrie VanNess. CB had two grandchildren, Zach Potter and "grand-dog." Sadie Gray. He is survived by many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to honor CB may do so by making a monetary donation to either his daughter’s education fund at CornerStone Bank or to his church: Collierstown Presbyterian Church. The family would like to thank all of the medical care team at UVAMedicalCenter and a very special "thank you" to Dr. Patricia Schirmer at Rockbridge Health.

A memorial service will be conducted Thursday, January 26 at 1 p.m. at Collierstown Presbyterian Church (31 Church Drive, Lexington, VA 24450) by the Rev. Steve Willis.

Arrangements were by Simpson Funeral Home of Roanoke.

Obituary for William Roy Sharp William Roy Sharp
U. S. Army Veteran Was Retired Boiler Operator For Westvaco

William Roy Sharp, age 80, of 434 Blackerry Lane, Gap Mills, West Virginia died Monday, January 23, 2023 at his residence.

Roy was born on October 28, 1942 in Marlinton, West Virginia to the late Dorsey and Clara Shearer Sharp.

He served in the United States Army and was a retired Boiler Operator for Westvaco. He was also a farmer and loved bear hunting.

In addition to his parents, Roy was preceded in death by a son, Ernest James Sharp; a son-in-law, Gary Whitehead; three brothers, Harold Sharp, Joe Sharp, and Jerry Sharp; and a sister, Janet Gurd.

He is survived by his wife, Anita Sharp of Gap Mills, WV; a daughter, Jacqueline S. Whitehead of Salem; two very special friends, Ellis J. Bates and his son, Levi Michael Bates, who supported, loved, and cared for Roy and Anita as if they were family; three sisters, Susan Terrell of Covington, Delores Rose of Ohio, and Carolyn Waugh of Covington; a sister-in-law, Nellie Sharp of Ozark, AL; a granddaughter, Courtney Whitehead Dillman and husband, Bradford of Salem; a great granddaughter, Evelyn Louise Dillman; a number of nieces and nephews; and his faithful companion, "Butch".

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with Reverend Bill Hartsfield officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service at Nicely Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Temple Baptist Church, 300 Stratton St., Covington, VA 24426, or to the humane society of your choice in Roy's name.

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Obituary for Richard (Calvin) Fridley, Sr. Richard (Calvin) Fridley, Sr.
Vietnam War Veteran Was Retired Houseman For The Greenbrier

Richard (Calvin) Fridley, Sr., age 77, of 2316 Kanawha Trail, Covington, Virginia passed peacefully surrounded by his family on Sunday, January 22, 2023 at 341 Grande Road in Covington.

Calvin was born March 25, 1945 in Alleghany County, Virginia to the late John and Eleanor Wickline Fridley and was a retired houseman for the Greenbrier Hotel.

He served in the United States Army from 1966 until 1969, participating in the Vietnam War in '67 and '68. He was a life member of the Curtis A. Smith Post 1033 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and former trustee and current surgeon and Honor Guard member for decades. He belonged to the Sons of Confederate Veterans, was dedicated to taking care of elderly veterans, and loved his military reunions which he never missed.

He was a lifelong member of the Dunlap Christian Church of Covington, where he served as a deacon for decades. He was a member of the Alleghany County Water and Sewer Board since 2009 and worked on the Board of Zoning Appeals since 2007.

He was very active with his family, and also loved farming and hunting. He really enjoyed spending time at his camp on Big Ridge and loved sharing photos and family history with family and friends. Most of all, he loved the Lord.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Lee Fridley; two sisters, Mary Ellen Fridley and Ruth Johnson; and a brother, Paul Fridley.

He is survived by his wife, Phillis June Bates Fridley; two daughters, Mary Anne Fridley (fiancée, Ricky Riley) and Phyllis Kathleen Fridley; a son, Richard C. Fridley, Jr. (Ashley Morris Fridley); and a special granddaughter raised in the home, Adrienne Fridley, all of Covington. Also surviving are four brothers, Ledford Fridley of Newport News, Allen Fridley of Covington, Delbert Fridley (Susan), of Covington, and Michael Fridley (Emily) of Covington; two sisters, Becky Kelley of Lexington, KY and Elizabeth Bates (Richard) of Covington; seven grandchildren, Laura Rogers, Andy Rogers, Emma Fridley, Ashley Wolfe, Michael Wolfe, E. J. Wolfe, and McKinlee Riley; eleven great grandchildren, Ethan Rogers, Kylie Fridley, Emberlyn Fridley, London Noel, Paris Noel, Oaklee Jessee, Hazel Wolfe, Xavier Wolfe, Journee Hosey, Paislee Wolfe, and Peyton Robertson; a number of nieces and nephews; and special friends, Wayne "Weasel" Reese, Roger Kirk, David Fawcett, Jerry Hepler, Jerry Humphries, Buddy Coleman, Larry Canterberry, and Delmas Burns.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 27, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. in First Christian Church of Covington with Reverend Bill Gilliland, Reverend Larry Atkin, Pastor Don Kennedy, and Mr. Chris Fisher officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Covington. Military rites will be conducted at the graveside by members of the Curtis A. Smith Post 1033 VFW of Covington and by members of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Pallbearers will be Matthew Holland, Ricky Riley, E. J. Wolfe, Gary Knuckols, Doug McClain, Scott Fridley, Roger Kirk, and David Fawcett. Jerry Hepler will serve as an alternate pallbearer. A dinner will be served at the church following the service.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Dunlap Christian Church, c/o Larry Canterberry, 2353 Kanawha Trail, Covington, VA 24426.

Arrangements by Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge.

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Obituary for Linwood Earl King Linwood Earl King
Eagle Rock Resident Was Former Hercules, AET Research Employee

Mr. Linwood Earl King, age 85, of Eagle Rock, Virginia, died Thursday, January 19, 2023 at his residence. He was the husband of Shelvagene Lowery King.

Mr. King was born February 24, 1937 in Alleghany County, the son of the late Howard C. King and Emma Clyde Austin King.

He was a lifetime resident of this area.

Linwood served his country as a member of the United States Army under peacetime conditions.

During his working career, Mr. King was employed by the former Hercules and the former AET Corporation, working in their research department for a number of years until his retirement.

Linwood was a member of Galatia Presbyterian Church.

A true country boy, he was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed camping and listening to bluegrass music. Most of all, Linwood loved spending time with his family especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, Mr. King is survived by one son, Linwood F. King and wife, Brandi of Salem; two daughters, Pamela K. Stinnett and husband, Greg of Buchanan and Marcella K. Campbell and husband, Andy of Raphine; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren plus two more great grandchildren expected in March and July; one brother, David King and wife, Carolyn of Eagle Rock; and one sister, Nona K. Saville of Eagle Rock.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, January 23, 2023 at Galatia Presbyterian Church with Rev. Emily Hook officiating, assisted by Rev. Robert McRae and Rev. Cole Floyd. Interment will follow in Galatia Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The family will have a private visitation on Monday morning from 11:00 a.m. until noon at Galatia Presbyterian Church.

The family will receive friends on Monday from noon until time of service at Galatia Presbyterian Church.

The family suggests that memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Galatia Presbyterian Church Building Fund, 78 Gala Loop Road, Eagle Rock, VA 24085.

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