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Obituary for Bobby Joe Dawson, Sr. Bobby Joe Dawson, Sr.
Alleghany County Native Was Accomplished Vehicle Mechanic, Longtime Covington Fire Department Member

Mr. Bobby Joe Dawson, Sr., age 79, of Covington, Virginia died Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at his residence.

He was the husband of the late Marlene Jones Dawson.

Mr. Dawson was born July 1, 1939 in Alleghany County, the son of the late Joseph Chapman Dawson and Mary Givens Dawson.

A lifetime resident of this community, he enjoyed working on cars and was an accomplished mechanic.

Mr. Dawson worked for Dominion Virginia Power for over forty years. Bobby was a member of the Covington Fire Department from April 9, 1982 until July 1, 2004 and was a member of the Dominion Virginia Power Union.

Mr. Dawson is survived by his children, Randall Wayne Dawson, Roger Allen Dawson and wife, Janet, Michelle Kimberlin and husband, Will, Leisa Dawson Kimberlin and husband, Norman, all of Covington; two grandchildren, whom he raised as his own, Charlene Sass and Kristie Kimberlin and husband, Chuckie; eleven grandchildren, Bobby Joe Dawson, III, Hannah Jefferies, Samantha Dawson, Beth Ann Dawson, Blake Dawson, Victoria Humphries, Austin Kimberlin, Zach Humphries, Ethyn Kimberlin, Nathan Kimberlin and Abigail Kimberlin; eight great grandchildren, Autumn, Logan, Abby, Daylin, Conner, Scot, Riley and Marley-Ray; his brothers, Johnny Dawson and Dean Dawson; his sister, Trudy Dawson Wright and his sister, Linda Dawson Wright, who has gone above and beyond to take special care of her brother.

In addition to his wife, Marlene Jones Dawson, Mr. Dawson was preceded in death by two sons, Bobby Joe Dawson, Jr. and Fabian Dawson; a daughter, Tammy Dawson; a granddaughter, Marlena Dawson; his brother, Billy Dawson and his sister, Dorothy Dawson Clark.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2018 from the chapel of Loving Funeral Home with Rev. Doug Hollenbeck officiating. Interment will follow in Cedar Hill Cemetery. Graveside rites will be conducted by Covington Fire Department.

Pallbearers will be Randall Dawson, Zach Humphries, Ethyn Kimberlin, Austin Kimberlin, Blake Dawson, Nathan Kimberlin, Logan Kimberlin and Lonnie "Bubby" Givens, who was like one of his own. Alternate Pallbearers will be Terry Simpson, Bob Simmons, Bobby "Lil Bobby" Dawson III and Harry "Butch" Brown.

The family will receive friends Friday afternoon from 12:30 p.m. until time of service and at other times at the residence, 305 E. Oak Street, Covington.

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



Obituary for Button Guinnett (B.G.) McElwee, Jr. Button Guinnett (B.G.) McElwee, Jr.
U. S. Navy Korean War Veteran Was Hot Springs Resident

Button Guinnett (B.G.) McElwee, Jr., 86, of Hot Springs, Virginia passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs, Virginia.

He was born October 7, 1931 in Hot Springs, the son of the late Button Guinnett McElwee, Sr. and Christine Griffith Lucas McElwee.

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

Mr. McElwee retired December 1, 1995 from the Homestead Resort Commissary Department. He was a member of the Virginia Chapel United Methodist Church and the VFW.

B. G. was an avid Redskin fan and Bath County Chargers fan, who rarely missed a game. He enjoyed golfing. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Rachel Marie McElwee, whom he married on November 10, 1960; two children, Richard McElwee of Salem, Virginia and Christine McElwee of Roanoke, Virginia; two grandchildren, Kelly Altizer and husband, Damin of Crozet, Virginia and Brittany McElwee and husband, Michael Duff of Charlottesville, Virginia; a great grandchild, Kate Hays Altizer of Crozet; a special cousin, Kay Sykes of Knoxville, Tennessee; three sisters-in-law, Ina Turner and husband Eddie, Betty Schooler and Faye Harold; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Robert "Stack" McElwee and a sister-in-law, Carol McElwee; two brothers-in-law, Paul Schooler and Paul Harold.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, August 19, 2018 at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home with Pastor Lorrie Aikens officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Virginia Chapel United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, Susan Phillips, P. O. Box 251, Warm Springs, Virginia 24484 or the charity of your choice.



Obituary for Jerry Edward Roane Jerry Edward Roane
Lexington Native Dies At Age 88

Jerry Edward Roane, 88, of Lexington, Virginia was called to greater works Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 3:43 p.m.

Born December 7, 1929 in Lexington, he was a son of the late Herman Robert Roane and Frances Strange Roane.

The second oldest of five children, Jerry's life's work, achievements and his commitment to God, distinguished him as an exceptional man.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his siblings, Herman Roane Jr., Naomi Watts, Frances Green and Leon Roane.

Jerry served in the United States Air Force for 21 years and worked for 20 years at Virginia Military Institute until he retired. He was a lifelong member of Randolph Street United Methodist Church, where he exemplified his servanthood to Christ.

Jerry will be sorely missed by his beloved wife of 62 years, Alice "Poo" Roane, and his children, Kirk (Sandy), Valarie, Yolanda "Yo-Yo" (Phillip), and Troy (Cynthia); ten grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, ten great-great-grandchildren; in-laws, nieces and nephews are also left to cherish his memory.

A Celebration of Life will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, August 17, 2018 at Randolph Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Louis H. Caddell and the Rev. James Bollinger officiating. Burial will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 16, at Harrison Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice, 315 Myers St., Lexington, VA 24450 or Randolph Street United Methodist Church, 118 S. Randolph St., Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.



Obituary for Robert Joseph (Bobby) Jones, Jr. Robert Joseph (Bobby) Jones, Jr.
Covington Resident Dies At Age 72

Robert Joseph (Bobby) Jones, Jr., 72, of 214 E. Gray Street, Covington, Virginia died Saturday, August 11, 2018 at The Woodlands Nursing Home in Clifton Forge.

He was born March 24, 1946 in Baltimore, MD, a son of the late Robert Jones, Sr. and Helen Marie Thacker Jones.

Bobby graduated from the West Virginia University with a Master Degree in English.

He was self-employed lawn care service in the Highlands and supplied live bait to area retailers for fishing.

Bobby coached Little League Baseball and also coached football and basketball. He was a Pittsburg Steelers and West Virginia University fan. He was very passionate about gardening and fishing.

Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Armielda Anderson "Millie" Jones of Covington; his son, Bailey Matthew Jones of Covington; his daughter, Jennifer Jones of Covington; his sister-in-law, Cheryl Persinger and her husband, Robert of Covington; nieces and nephews and a special friend, Larry Andrews.

The funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Gilliland officiating.

Interment will follow in Alleghany Memorial Park.

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

The family suggest that memorial donations in Bobby's name be made to the funeral home for his final expenses.



Obituary for Christopher Michael Sorrells Christopher Michael Sorrells
Glasgow Resident Dies At Age 34

Christopher Michael Sorrells, 34, of Glasgow, Virginia passed away Saturday, August 11, 2018 at his home.

Born October 13, 1983 in Lexington, he was a son of Emily Staton Sorrells and the late Daniel Wayne Sorrells.

Also surviving are son, Wyatt Michael Sorrells; brother, David Sorrells and wife, Katherine; sister, Jennifer Sorrells and husband, Joshua Neil; nephews, Jepson Neil and Charlie Huff; friends, Phillip Price, Chelsea Rankin and Lauren Burger; and numerous other family and friends.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to any charity of choice in Chris' memory.

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



Obituary for Agnes Kegley Arritt Agnes Kegley Arritt
Wytheville Native Was CNA; Worked With Industrial Rayon Corp.

Agnes Kegley Arritt, 88, died August 10, 2018 at The Carrington Place in Daleville.

Mrs. Arritt was born August 22, 1929 in Wytheville, a daughter of the late John Millard Kegley and Carl Smelser Kegley.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert B. Arritt, Sr. in 2008; an infant granddaughter, Tara Diane Arritt; two sisters and six brothers.

Agnes worked for a time at the Industrial Rayon until the birth of her children, at which time she focused caring for her growing family. After her children were grown, she continued caring for others by serving as a CNA in various capacities.

She was a longtime member of McAllister Presbyterian Church in Covington and had been attending Green Ridge Presbyterian Church in Roanoke in her later years.

Surviving are her son, Robert Arritt, Jr. and his wife, Nancy of Daleville; a daughter, Donna Martin and husband, Jeff of Fincastle, four grandchildren: Boone Arritt of Daleville, Brook Arritt of Nashville, TN, Emily Keogh and husband, Justin of Roanoke, and Abby Ferguson and husband, Steven of Fincastle; three great grandchildren: Jack, Andi, and Beau; one brother, Peyton Kegley and his wife, Shirley of Charleston, WV; and a number of nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Tuesday August 14, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Arritt Funeral Home.

The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until service time at Arritt Funeral Home.

The interment will be held at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Arritt's name to McAllister Memorial Presbyterian Church at 900 N. Alleghany Ave., Covington, VA 24426 or the Green Ridge Presbyterian Church at 7640 Alpine Road, Roanoke, VA 24019.

The family would like to thank all the caregivers at the Carrington Place for your love, compassion and care.



Obituary for Shirley Ann Harold Foster Shirley Ann Harold Foster
Hot Springs Resident Dies At Age 75

Shirley Ann Harold Foster, 75, of Hot Springs, Virginia passed away August 10, 2018 at Alleghany Regional Hospital in Low Moor, Virginia.

She was born February 22, 1943 in Bath County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Russell Frederick Harold, Sr. and Anna Marguerite May Harold.

Shirley was a private sitter, who enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially the Atlanta Braves and UVA. She loved to crotchet and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Ernest Elwood Foster, who preceded her in death on August 20, 1992 and Robert Lockridge Foster, who preceded her in death on July 8, 1997.

She is survived by two children, Lisa Foster Matheny of Hot Springs, Steven Foster and fiance, Kamila Feury of Covington, Virginia; a grandchild, Christi Nicole Matheny of Hot Springs; two brothers, Russell Frederick "Freddie" Harold, Jr. of Hot Springs, Roger Paul "Curly" Harold and wife Elda of Hot Springs; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by brother, Larry Ray Harold.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home with Pastor Donald Lee Altizer officiating. Interment will be in Union Chapel Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Vincent Broce, Jacob Broce, Jay Bryant, Nathan Harold, Casey Bradberry and Keaton Hall.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society, 9313 Rich Patch Road, Covington, Virginia 24426.



Obituary for Dessie Higgins Hartbarger Dessie Higgins Hartbarger
Lexington Native Dies At Age 93

Dessie Higgins Hartbarger, 93, of Lexington, Virginia died Monday, July 30, 2018 at Fox Trail Assisted Living in Manassas.

Born November 6, 1924 in Lexington, she was a daughter of James Edward Higgins and Lottie Hostetter Higgins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Claude Obenshain Hartbarger Sr.

Surviving are her children, Claude Hartbarger Jr., Gregory Hartbarger and Dexter Hartbarger; sisters, Mary Ellen Hostetter of Lexington and Anna Rhodes Engleman of Fairfield; and 14 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

The funeral was conducted at Harrison Funeral Chapel at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, 2018 by the Rev. George Warden. Burial followed at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour before the service at Harrison Funeral Home.

Arrangements were handled by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.



Obituary for Margaret Anne Rooklin Margaret Anne Rooklin
Former Covington Resident Dies At Age 63

Margaret Anne Rooklin of Charlottesville, Virginia passed away August 9, 2018 at the age of 63.

Margaret was a beloved daughter of the late Woodrow and Helen Rooklin.

At the time of her death, Margaret was Manager of the Rooklin Family, LLC.

Margaret was a 1977 graduate of Radford College, earning a degree in business.

After successful careers in advertising sales and jewelry sales, Margaret retired from radio management in 1998.

Margaret enjoyed a life well-lived. So much of her time was devoted to her family, friends and neighbors.

Margaret is survived by sisters, Patricia and Elizabeth and brother, David. She is also survived by two brothers-in-law and one sister-in-law. Margaret leaves behind the adoring nieces, nephews, and grand nephews that she loved so much: Lauren, Jason, Jack, George, Edward, Gary, Michael, Hannah, Seth, Julia Margaret, Leah, Hillard, Woodrow, and Sarah Margaret. Margaret is also survived by her many lifelong friends, new friends, and neighbors.

Margaret's ashes will be interred at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Covington. A grave side service will be held on Saturday August 18, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Father Tom Collins officiating.

The family respectfully requests that memorial donations in Margaret's name be made to your favorite charities.

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



Obituary for McGinnis James Perkins McGinnis James Perkins
Virginia Tech Grad Taught Industrial Arts, Aerospace Classes For Three Decades

McGinnis James Perkins, 79, of Natural Bridge, Virginia died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018 at his residence on Plank Road.

He was born February 19, 1939 in Clintwood, a son of L.D. Perkins and Frances Robinson Perkins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Walter F. Perkins; nephews, James E. Sperka and Porter Knight, and great-niece, Mary Cole Sayre.

Surviving are his wife, Judith Lotts Perkins; children, Paige Perkins and John Perkins, both of Natural Bridge; grandchildren, Cole Fitzgerald and Alex Perkins, both of Natural Bridge; five sisters, Frances Hines and Rebecca Jones (Tom), both of Jonesville; Dorothy Perkins and Gail Sperka (Ernest), both of Natural Bridge; Mary Knight (Jon), Ashland; one brother, Joseph D. Perkins (Jo Anne B.) of Natural Bridge; sister-in-law, Josephine Anne Z. Perkins, Crozet.

Jimmy graduated from Virginia Tech (VPI) in 1964 and taught industrial arts and aerospace classes in Roanoke city schools for 30 years. After his father's death he and his brothers continued in earnest the conservation practices on the Plank Road farm and on the Short Hills Mountain property - and for some years, drove the Plank Road cattle miles to the top of the mountain for summer pasture - no small feat.

He was a friend to many in state and federal projects including a conservation easement on the farm, fencing, and waterways. He hunted, managed hunt clubs on Short Hills, and improved the deer herd there through a state program; adept at woodworking, built his house, barns, and building; and ran his mill to saw farm, mountain and neighbor's logs. Nor did Jimmy cease during 34 retirement years, cheerfully recruiting his children, grandchildren, kin, friends and neighbors to join in.

He drove the truck for the church's food bank and stoked and stirred the apple butter.

The family will receive friends Friday, August 10, 2018 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Harrison Funeral Home.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018 at Beth-Horon United Methodist Church, Natural Bridge Station, by the Rev. Lucy Hughes and the Rev. Thad Decker.

In lieu of flowers, make memorial contribution to Natural Bridge or the Glasgow rescue squads.

Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.



Obituary for Roy Thomas Nuckols Roy Thomas Nuckols
Former Buena Vista Resident Dies In Arizona

Roy Thomas Nuckols of Phoenix, Ariz., formerly of Buena Vista, Virginia, died July 17, 2018.

He was born May 30, 1958 in California, the son of Roy E. Nuckols and Nancy L. Nuckols, who both predeceased him. He was also predeceased by a brother, Jaret Lee Nuckols.

Mr. Nuckols served in the United States Marine Corps.

He is survived by his daughter, Monica Wills of Lexington; brothers, Larry Nuckols of Florida, Martin Nuckols of Ohio and Jack Nuckols of Buena Vista; and a sister, Pam Jennings of Buena Vista.

A private service is planned for October.



Obituary for Garland Wayne (Gary) Felty Garland Wayne (Gary) Felty
Roanoke Native Was Covington Resident

Garland Wayne (Gary) Felty, 54, of 2902 Jackson River Road, Covington, Virginia died Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at Lewis Gale-Alleghany Hospital in Low Moor.

Mr. Felty was born August 13, 1963, in Roanoke, a son of Virginia C. "Jenny" Felty of Covington and the late Garland Preston "Pete" Felty.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Matthew Walsh.

He retired as an Activity Therapy Associate at the Eastern Shore Hospital Center.

He was an avid bass fisherman, loved to play cards, watch and play lacrosse, and was a big fan of Virginia teams; the Washington Capitals, and the Dallas Cowboys, loved Lexington and the Civil War history, and was a food enthusiast.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 24 years, Mary Jane Walsh Felty of Cambridge, MD; a daughter, Sophia Felty of Cambridge, MD; a son, Nicholas Felty of Fort Bragg, NC; a brother, Terry Felty and wife, Rebecca of Boston, MA; a half sister, Anita Mitchem and husband, Jim of Pulaski; a mother-in-law, Rose Mary Walsh of Centerville, MD; a number of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as his Facebook friends.

In keeping with Gary's wishes his body has been cremated.

A memorial service will be held this evening (August 9, 2018) at 5:00 p.m. at the Greenwood Evangelical Presbyterian Church at 626 E. Morris Hill Road, Covington, VA 24426.

The family will receive friends following the service.

The family suggests that memorial donation be made in Mr. Felty's name to the Alleghany Humane Society at 9313 Richpatch Road, Covington, VA 24426.

The Arritt Funeral Home, Covington, Virginia, is in charge of arrangements.



Obituary for Doris Mae Painter Long Nicely Doris Mae Painter Long Nicely
Clifton Forge Native Was Member Of Central Advent Christian Church, Sharon Ruritan Club

Doris Mae Painter Long Nicely, age 83, of 511 Wintergreen Avenue, Clifton Forge, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at her residence.

She was born April 29, 1935 in Clifton Forge to the late Ivan Painter and Elsie Clark Painter Goodwin.

She was a molder for Acadia in Iron Gate.

She was a member of Central Advent Christian Church and the Sharon Ruritan Club, where she served as Past President and Secretary.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Carol Ann and Eugene Blaker, and a nephew, Russell Smithers, Jr.

She is survived by her husband, David Nicely of Clifton Forge; a daughter, Pamela Long Lipes of Buena Vista; two sons, William Henry Long, Jr. of Fincastle and Christopher Lee Long of Clifton Forge; a sister, Charlotte Rose and husband, Melvin of Clifton Forge; a brother, Daniel Warren Goodwin of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren, Stephen Edward Lipes, William Travis Lipes, Joseph Adam Lipes, Andrew William Long, and Meagan Elizabeth Long; five great grandchildren, Skyler Lipes, Kameron Lipes, Killian Lipes, Novah Long, and Isaiah Wayne Gordon; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In keeping with her family's wishes, her body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 12, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. in Central Advent Christian Church, Clifton Forge with Reverend Gene Ayers officiating. The family will visit with friends on Saturday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge.

Nicely Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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



Obituary for Catherine O_Brien Tucker Catherine O_Brien Tucker
Clifton Forge Native Dies At Age 64

Catherine O_Brien Tucker, age 64, of 577 Roxbury Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 at her residence with her husband, John W. Tucker by her side.

She was born February 5, 1954 in Clifton Forge, Virginia to the late Charles Patrick O'Brien and Phyllis Richards O'Brien. Catherine worked for the C. & O. Hospital, Alleghany Regional Hospital, and Dr. Raymond Claterbaugh, Jr., and retired in the 2000's.

She is survived by her husband, John Tucker of Clifton Forge; two children, Joyce Tucker Nicely and husband, Jamie, and Jonathan "Peck" Tucker, both of Clifton Forge; three sisters, Patricia Vance and husband, Doug of Roanoke, Mary George of Covington, and Stella Clark of Clifton Forge; three grandchildren, Austin Nicely, Jereme Nicely, and Patrick Tucker; four nephews, Christopher George and wife, Heather, Derrick George, Rusty Clark and wife, Christin, and Landon Clark and wife, Leanna; two nieces, Mary Catherine Johnson and husband, Kenny, and Brooke Starkey and husband, Jacob; three great nephews, Logan Bower, Chase Clark, and Zachary Starkey; three great nieces, Mackenzie Clark, Isabella Clark, and Mercy George; three sisters-in-law, Myrtle Thompson, Shirley White, and Margaret Wolfe; a brother-in-law, Jesse Tucker; as well as many friends and loved ones.

In keeping with her wishes, her body has been cremated. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Living Stones Ministries, Clifton Forge, with Pastor Mike Rollins officiating. The family will receive friends on Saturday at Living Stones Ministries from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, is handling arrangements.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Clifton Forge Area Food Pantry, 909 Church Street, P. O. Box 361, Clifton Forge, VA 24422.

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