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Obituaries - Last Seven Days

Obituary for Gloria (Marie) Willis Gloria (Marie) Willis
LBHS Graduate Was Fincastle Resident

Gloria (Marie) Willis, 59, of Fincastle, Virginia passed away Friday, March 15, 2019.

She was preceded in death by her father, George Thompson and grandmother, Elsie Burns Willis.

Marie was born December 28, 1959 and graduated from Lord Botetourt High School and Virginia Western Community College.

She is survived by her husband, Clarence Burrell, Jr.; sons, Demetrius Willis, Keaton Willis, and Clarence Willis, III; grandchildren, Briana, Sophia, Jaden, Orian, Killian, Kylah, and Shylah; mother, Nannie Willis; siblings, Linda Clark, Kenneth Willis, Patricia Willis, Ray (September) Willis, and Robert Willis; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. with funeral services at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, 2019 in the Buchanan Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home.

Interment will follow in First Baptist Church Cemetery in Fincastle.

Obituary for Mildred (Millie) Proud Mildred (Millie) Proud
Lewisburg Resident Dies Saturday

Mildred (Millie) Proud of Lewisburg, West Virginia passed away peacefully away early Saturday morning, March 16, 2019 at Peyton Hospice House in Fairlea, WV.

She was lovingly surrounded by family during her time at Hospice.

She is survived by her husband, Jay Proud; children, Jean and Joe Kirk, Diane and Charlie Caddock, Priscilla Proud and William Proud; grandchildren, Tyler and Joy Kirk; sisters, Marcia Hofmann and Marilyn Beebe.

The family will have a "Celebration of Life Ceremony" for her at the Lewisburg Methodist Church on May 18th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

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

Obituary for Roger Dale (WildMan) McCulloch Roger Dale (WildMan) McCulloch
Buchanan Resident Dies At Age 68

Roger Dale (WildMan) McCulloch, 68, of Buchanan, Virginia, passed away Wednesday, March 13, 2019.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Viola McCulloch; sister, Mary Fitzgerald; and brother, James McCulloch.

He is survived by his daughter, Brandy McCulloch; granddaughter, Tiona Burwell; sisters, Kathy Nemeth and Brenda Poole; brother, Robert McCulloch; numerous nieces and nephews including special niece, Melissa "Snoky" Browning; and pet companion, Rex.

Visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 16, 2019. A graveside service will follow at 11:30 a.m. in Fairview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the SPCA.

Online condolences may be made at

Obituary for Leroy Alexander Brown Leroy Alexander Brown
Alleghany County Native Worked With The City Of Covington

Leroy Alexander Brown, 64, of 218 N. Alleghany Avenue, Covington, Virginia, passed away Friday, March 15, 2019 at his home following a two year battle with cancer.

Mr. Brown was born April 16, 1954 in Alleghany County, a son of the late Sylvester and Lucille Umbles Brown.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Johnson in 2018.

He retired in 2017 as a truck driver for the city of Covington after 34 years of service.

He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and fishing with his late son and his longtime friend, Lonnie Givens.

Surviving are his fiance, Melisa Johnson of Covington; his daughter, Nicelle Brown of Clifton Forge; two grandsons, one granddaughter, his daughter-in-law, Candice Johnson, and a host of other family and friends, including Lonnie and Susan Givens and Caprice Reynolds.

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

The Arritt Funeral Home, Covington, Virginia, handled the arrangements.

Obituary for Elizabeth League Bonday Elizabeth League Bonday
Rockbridge County Resident Dies At Age 109

Elizabeth League Bonday, 109, died on Saturday, March 9, 2019.

She was a longtime resident of Newport News, Virginia and the Peninsula for 81 years.

She was born August 12, 1909 in Baltimore, Maryland. She, her husband and two daughters moved to Newport News in 1930, where her husband came to establish and manage the Peninsula News Company. During World War II, she volunteered at the old Buxton Hospital as a Gray Lady, Red Cross volunteers who helped in the war effort.

She was active in her community and church. She was a former member of St. Vincent dePaul Catholic Church and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church.

She moved to Blue Ridge Christian Home near Lexington, Virginia in her 100th year. Family was a strong force in her life and she maintained close relationships with them near and far.

Mrs. Bonday was preceded in death by her husband, John Henry Bonday, and her son, Thomas League Bonday.

She is survived by her three daughters, Margaret B. Powell (Edwin) of Williamsburg, and Gwendolyn B. Howe and Victoria B. McCormick-Goodhart, both of Lexington, Virginia; 15 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

The family would like to thank Blue Ridge Christian Home for their compassion and loving care shown to their mother.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at Peninsula Memorial Park. Please enter at the Nettles Drive gate.

Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.

Obituary for Donald (Donnie) Eugene Mason Donald (Donnie) Eugene Mason
U. S. Army Veteran Retired From Advance Auto Parts

The Mason family sadly announces the passing of beloved husband and father Donald (Donnie) Eugene Mason on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

He was born on March 24, 1948 to George "Buster" Mason and Muritta "Rene" McDaniel Mason and was raised in Buena Vista.

He retired from Advance Auto Parts.

In 1968 during the Vietnam War, he joined the Army, where he proudly served his country stationed in Okinawa, Japan for two years, before receiving an honorable discharge.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his daughter, Stephanie O'Flaherty; brothers, Marion and Calvin Mason; sisters, Louise Humphries and Ruby Mason, and nephew, Greg Mason.

He is survived by his wife, Marlene Mason; three daughters, Lisa Mason Brown, Denise Mason, and Charity Clark and her husband, Kevin Clark; 11 grandchildren, Josh Nuckols and fiance, Cortney Carter, Kristen Nuckols, Kaitlyn Nuckols and fiance, Malyk Smith, Rylan Decker, Stephanie, Andrew and Phillip Gomez, Michael and Callison O'Flaherty and Shawn and Bryan Clark. He also had five great-grandchildren, Macyn Nuckols, Santanna Diggs, Amiyah O'Flaherty, and Joey and Chelsea Valente; his nephew, David "Peanut" Mason; and his great-nephew, Greg Mason Jr.

Donnie was a devoted husband and a loving father. As a grandfather, he was patient and kind. With his cheerful personality and fun sense of humor, he was known for telling the funniest stories. He was a family-oriented man with a strong work ethic, passion for motivation and a desire to live each day for ones he loved. He was well-respected, liked within the community and loved by those closest to him. He will he missed by everyone, including his beloved chihuahua, Lucy.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 3 p.m. at New Beginnings Mosaic Church, 248 Poplar Hill, Lexington. Donations may be made to the American Lung Association.

Obituary for Vivian Buchanan Watson Pyle Vivian Buchanan Watson Pyle
Former Lexington Resident Dies In Florida

Vivian Buchanan Watson Pyle, 89 of Sebring, Florida, died March 8, 2019 at her home surrounded by her husband and family.

Mrs. Pyle was born on December 6, 1929 to Walker and Anna Buchanan in Lexington.

She married Harry Pyle on February 14, 2009.

She was a member of the Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Sebring. She worked for many years as a sales clerk at JC Penney for many years. She would spend time making flower arrangements, sewing and cooking.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Maj. James G. Watson of Panama City, Fla., Walker Watson of Gainesville, Fla., Mark Watson of Evergreen, Colo., John Watson of Chipley, Fla., Janna Scott of Sebring, Fla., and Anieca Carnes of Sebring, Fla.; one sister, Betty Buchanan Ferguson of Buena Vista; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and first husband, Capt. James M. Watson USAF, who died in 1959.

The funeral will be conducted on March 16 at noon at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, 854 Memorial Drive in Avon Park, with a visitation for one hour prior to service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Sebring.

Arrangements are by Banks/Page-Theus Funerals and Cremations, Wildwood, Fla.

Obituary for Mary Lee Lynn Mutispaugh Mary Lee Lynn Mutispaugh
Buena Vista Resident Dies At Age 91

Mary Lee Lynn Mutispaugh, 91, of Buena Vista, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on March 9, 2019.

She was born July 26, 1927 to Charles Lynn and Laura Shanks Lynn.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Fred Mutispaugh, and 12 siblings. She was the last surviving member of her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Lawhorne and husband, Larry; granddaughters Beth Cullen (Mike), Stephanie Higgins (E.J.) and Robyn Lawhorne; five great-grandchildren, Brenden and Aaron Plogger, Sydney and Allie Cullen, and Emma Higgins; and several nieces and nephews to whom she was the "favorite" aunt.

Mary was a life-long member of First Brethren Church.

She loved babies and children and always saw the beauty in the people she met.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13 at Bolling, Grose and Lotts Funeral Home.

A funeral will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14 at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel by Pastors Mike Hamilton and Butch Grow. Burial will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens.

The family requests that in honor of her memory that you perform an act of beauty or an act of kindness. Contributions may also be made to St. Jude's, the SPCA, or a children's charity.

A special thank-you to the doctors, nurses and caregivers who provided loving care during her later years.

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

Obituary for Shirley May Peery Dudley Shirley May Peery Dudley
Clifton Forge Native Was Retired From Northrop Grumman; Worked At Three Local Restaurants

Shirley May Peery Dudley, age 79, of The Woodlands Health and Rehab Center, Clifton Forge, Virginia and formerly of Christiansburg, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at LewisGale Hospital-Alleghany.

She was born May 5, 1939 in Clifton Forge, Virginia to the late Woodrow Wilson Peery and Mamie Tolley Peery.

She was a retired molder for Northrop Grumman and previously worked at Kostel's Restaurant, The Old Forge Restaurant, and Farrar's Drug Store.

Shirley was a member of the Clifton Forge Baptist Church, the Blacksburg Moose Lodge and enjoyed dancing.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a stepmother, Ruby Newcomb Peery; three brothers, Kenneth W. Peery, Ralph M. Peery and S. Richard Peery.

She is survived by a sister, Arlene Woodson of West River, Maryland; a brother, Bernard Wade Newcomb of West Hills, California; a lifelong friend, Madeline Nicely of Iron Gate; and a number of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 12:00 noon in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with Reverend Edith Snedegar officiating. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Clifton Forge. Pallbearers will be selected from friends and family attending the service. The family will receive friends on Thursday morning from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at Nicely Funeral Home.

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Obituary for Phyllis Ann Grimmett Phyllis Ann Grimmett
Lewisburg Baptist Church Member Was Former AT&T Employee, ABB Accounting Specialist

Phyllis Ann Grimmett, 76 of Lewisburg, WV passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Peyton Hospice House.

Born September 27, 1942 at Green Sulphur Springs, WV, she was the daughter of the late Edward Monroe and Anna Williams Fox.

Mrs. Grimmett was a member of the Lewisburg Baptist Church. She was an operator and worked in the Business Office for AT&T and retired from ABB as an accounting specialist.

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

Survivors include her loving husband of fifty-four years, Graden Reece Grimmett; son, Rodney Reece Grimmett (Katherine) of Boones Mill, VA; daughter, Gina Lynn Mitchell (Donald) of Charlottesville, VA; grandchildren, Ryan Reece Grimmett (Emily), Regan Lewis Grimmett, Connor Reece Mitchell, Caden Andrew Mitchell and Cameron Brady Mitchell; great grandson, Graden Reece Grimmett; brothers, Alfred Fox (Jenny Ann), Roger Fox (Anna) and David Fox; sister, Carol Sowder (Ronnie); several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the Lewisburg Baptist Church with Pastor Jonathan Comer officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg, WV. Visitation will be 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at the Morgan Funeral Home, 252 Montvue Drive, Lewisburg, WV.

Online guestbook may be signed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, WV.

Obituary for Betty Jean (Snyder) Ralston Betty Jean (Snyder) Ralston
Fairfield Resident Worked With Western State Hospital

Betty Jean (Snyder) Ralston, 78, widow of Bobby Lee Ralston, of Fairfield, Virginia, died Saturday, March 9, 2019 at the Shenandoah Hospice House.

She was born November 20, 1940 in Fairfield, a daughter of the late Curby and Estelle Snyder.

Prior to retirement, Mrs. Ralston was employed by Western State Hospital.

She was a member of First Baptist Church.

She was a HAM radio operator, a member of "REACT" - Radio Emergency Associated Citizens Teams.

She was known for baking bread and would always have it available for a brotherhood yard sale or for giving away.

In addition to her husband, she was also preceded in death by a sister, Joyce Snyder.

Family members include two daughters and a son-in-law, Margaret Ralston of Staunton and Linda and Richard Tabor of Waynesboro; a grandson, Michael Andrew Ralston; and two great grandchildren, Jaxon Ralston and Kinsley Ralston.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019 in the Henry Funeral Home Chapel in Staunton by the Rev. Dr. Steve Traylor and Danny Pritchett. Burial will be private at Oak Lawn Mausoleum and Memory Gardens.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 406 W. Frederick Street, Staunton, VA 24401 or to the Valley Mission, 1513 W. Beverley St., Staunton, VA 24401. Condolences may be sent to the family at

Obituary for Marlin Lee Linton Marlin Lee Linton
Paint Bank Native Was Elizabeth Chapel United Methodist Church Member

Marlin Lee Linton, 86, of Organ Cave, WV passed away Monday, March 11, 2019 at the Greenbrier Health Care Center.

Born December 10, 1932 at Paint Bank, Virginia, he was the son of the late Coy B. and Effie Mottesheard Linton.

Mr. Linton had a long career in various companies including Robert Hanna Construction, Point Trucking, Smith Transfer, Bell Lines, Burns Motor Freight and RIPCO.

He was a member of Elizabeth Chapel UMC and had attended Ronceverte Christian Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of fifty-three years, Nora Agnes Hill Linton.

Survivors include three sons, Butch Linton (Barbara) of Lewisburg, WV, Steve Linton (Donna) of White Sulphur Springs, WV and Chris Linton (Susan) of Organ Cave, WV; daughter, Sonya Bucklen (David) of Organ Cave, WV; brothers, Junior Linton (Cora Sue) of Waynesboro, VA and Jerry Linton (Betty) of Lewisburg, WV; eight grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Morgan Funeral Home Chapel, 252 Montvue Drive, Lewisburg, WV with Pastor Roger "Wahoo" McDaniel officiating. Burial will follow in the Rosewood Cemetery, Lewisburg, WV. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 14, 2019 at the funeral home.

Online guestbook may be signed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, WV.