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STUART, VA
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2015
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LUETTA M. HARRIS
Luetta McAlexander Harris, 90, of Stuart, died Monday, January 19, 2015, at Pioneer Hospital in Stuart.
She was born in Patrick County on June 10, 1924 and was a daughter of the late Zera C. McAlexander and Martha Daisy Hall McAlexander. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Esmond G. Harris, in 1993; a sister, Gladys Roberts; and two brothers, Alvis L. McAlexander and William Douglas McAlexander.
She retired from Bassett-Walker Knitting and was a member of Valley Drive Baptist Church. She had been a resident of The Landmark Center for nine years and was a resident of Blue Ridge Therapy Connection for the past 3-1/2 years.
Surviving are four daughters, Shirley Goad of Keeling, Margaret Lawson and Jean Shorter, both of Bassett, and Jane Hawks of Ridgeway; two sons, James Harris of Patrick Springs, and Tommy Harris of Bassett; two brothers, Calvin McAlexander of Ashland and Cleo McAlexander of Bassett; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home in Bassett.
The funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at Valley Drive Baptist Church in Fieldale by Pastor Bobby Rakes. Burial will follow at Overlook Cemetery in Eden, N.C. Arrangements are by To express condolences online, please visit www.collinsmckeestonebassett.com
 
WILLIAM R. HYLTON
William Robert Hylton, age 86, of Martinsville, died Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Blue Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Martinsville.
He was born in Princeton, W.Va., on February 8, 1928, and was a son of the late Charlie Green Hylton and Etta Meadows Hylton. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Stella Odell Hylton; a son, Larry Hylton; two brothers, Carl Hylton and James Hylton; and three sisters, Willa Mae Shelton, Henrietta Cassidy and Lelia Rorrer.
He had worked at W.M. Bassett and later retired from Martinsville Novelty.
Surviving are four daughters, Ann Campbell of Ridgeway, Pearl Moore of Spencer, Deborah Handy of Martinsville, and Sandra Ayers of Spencer; one son, Charles Hylton of Bassett; 14 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren two great-great-grandchildren; one sister; four brothers and several nieces and nephews..
Funeral services were held Monday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastor Delmas Rorrer officiating. Burial was in the Roberson family cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
XAVIER JOSEPH
Xavier Joseph, age 65, of Ontario, Canada, passed away on December 31, 2014. He had ties to Patrick County.
He was born in Kerala, India, on November 25, 1949 and immigrated to Canada in 1972. He settled there and built a great life for himself and his family. In 1987 he started a textile business in Stoney Creek, Canada (Narroflex Inc.) which expanded to another manufacturing facility in Stuart, (United Elastics) and numerous locations across North America and Central America.
A vibrant, generous, hard-working and brilliant man, he touched the lives of many and helped countless others establish themselves. He will be greatly missed by all.
Mr. Joseph was the beloved husband to Mary (nee Ayyankana) for 37 years, the adored father of Ann (Jeremy), Rose (Jason), Jacob (Nikol) and Maryann, and the cherished "Apappa" to Ava, Aubrie and Oliver. He is also survived by one brother and five sisters, as well as many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Saturday January 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. A special thank you goes to the staff of Pioneer Community Hospital of Patrick as well as the Neuro-ICU ward at Forsyth Medical Center. Donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation in his name.
 
THELMA H. MOORE
Thelma Hill Moore, 73, of Martinsville, died Thursday, January 15, 2015, at Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart where she was a resident.
She was born in Carroll County on November 5, 1941, and was a daughter of the late Otis Foy Reece and Mary Wright Reece. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Moore; two sisters, Mildred McHone and Bertha Arrington; and a brother, Roger Dale Reece.
She was a member of Wayside Tabernacle Holiness Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Pamela Hall of Sophia, N.C., Tammy Hill of Martinsville and Teresa Hill of Bassett; one son, Ray Reynolds Jr. of Collinsville; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Secrest of Concord, N.C. and Iva Lou Edwards of Florida; and one brother Foy Fulcher of Patrick Springs.
The funeral service was held Monday at Collins Funeral Home in Bassett with burial in the Unity Baptist Church Cemetery in Patrick County.
To express condolences online, please visit www.collinsmckeestonebassett.com.
 
BEULAH R. OWENS
Beulah Clark Rice Owens, age 97, of Stuart, died Friday, January 16, 2015, at Pioneer Community Hospital.
She was born in Seven Mile Ford on March 28, 1917 and was a daughter of the late Archeil Clark Rice and Lena Mary Alice Harris Rice. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Owens; a son, Foy Rice Owens; and two brothers, Charles Bernice Rice and Francis Marion Rice.
She was a member of Stuart Baptist Church. After her husband's passing in 1966, she became the sole owner and operator of Owens' Jewelry Store, which she operated until it was sold to Lemons' Jewelry.
Surviving are one son, Joseph Marvin Owens of Stuart; three grandchildren, Mark Owens and wife Tara of Milton, Tenn., Natalie Foreman and husband Gary of Edenton, N.C., and Rice Owens and wife Kimberly of Superior, Colo.; six great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; one stepgreat-great-grandchild; several nieces and nephews; and a caregiver and friend, Darlene Mills of Stuart.
Funeral services were held Monday at Stuart Baptist Church with Pastor Robert Belcher officiating. Burial was in Stuart Cemetery with Dan Owens, Ron Owens, Lamar Owens, Warren Rodgers, Sandy Rodgers and Steve Willard as pallbearers.
If desired, memorials may be made to CCDF Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad, 1409 Dry Pond Hwy., Stuart, VA 24171.
Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
JAMES C. RATLIFF
James Curtis "J.C." Ratliff, 77, of Collinsville, died Saturday, January 17, 2015, at his home.
He was born in Patrick County on January 15, 1938, and was a son of the late Daniel G. Ratliff and the late Elizabeth Stewart Ratliff. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Robin Ratliff; and a sister, Elizabeth Ann Ratliff.
He attended the Vision Assembly of God.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Ratliff; one son, Darrell Ratliff; one daughter, Joyce Waller; a stepdaughter, Patricia Lawson; seven grandchildren, two stepgrandchildren, two great-grandsons, two stepgreat-granddaughters; two sisters, Doris Eggleston and Helen Hardy; and five brothers, Leon Ratliff, Melvin Ratliff, Joe Ratliff, Alvin Ratliff and Larry Ratliff.
The funeral service will be held today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. in the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel with Pastor Marla Moore officiating. Burial will follow in the Ratliff family cemetery.
Arrangements are by Bassett Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.bassettfuneralservice.com.
 
SYLVIA B. SMITH
Sylvia Boyles Smith, 66, of Ararat, died Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at her home surrounded by her loving family.
She was born in Surry County. N.C., on July 3, 1948 and was a daughter of the late Sylvester Warren and Mary Margaret Chandler Boyles.
She was a homemaker.
Survived are her husband, Dan Henry Smith of the home; sons, Joseph Dan Smith of Pilot Mountain, N.C., and Kevin Henry Smith of Ararat; two grandchildren; brothers, Glen Boyles of Ararat, David Boyles, Randy Boyles, Ken Boyles, and Kirk Boyles, all of Mount Airy, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11 a.m. at the Smith family cemetery with the Rev. Keith Love and her son, Joseph Smith, officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mount Airy Dialysis Center, 1280 Newsome St., Mount Airy, NC 27030; or to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030.
Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
BURDIE W. SPENCER
Burdie Wagner Spencer, age 95, died at the Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart on Tuesday, January 13, 2015.
She was a retired furniture factory and knitting mill worker. She also enjoyed attending church whenever she could and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church for many years.
She was born in Lawton, W.Va., on May 28, 1919. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Emma Mize Wagner; her husband, Jefferson G. Spencer; an infant son, Fred Allen Spencer; her brothers, Raymond, Willie, Tommy and Veemon Wagner; her sisters, India Clark, Bibbie Hodges, Dellie Ramsey, and Dollie Norfleet; and a granddaughter, Deborah P. Cox.
She is survived by two daughters, Loretta Branch and Bonnie Clifton; two sons, Carl "Len" Spencer and Curtis Larry Spencer; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She was a retired furniture factory and knitting mill worker. She also enjoyed attending church whenever she could and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church for many years.
Services were held at McKee-Stone Funeral Home on Broad Street in Martinsville on Friday with Pastor Donald Reynolds officiating. Burial was at Roselawn Burial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, Blue Ridge of Virginia Chapter, 2728 Colonial Avenue, Suite 2, Roanoke, Va. 24015.
Arrangements were by McKee-Stone Funeral Home, serving the Spencer family. Online condolences may be made at www.collinsmckeestone.com.
 
CHARLES THOMPSON JR.
Charles Calvin òCharlieó Thompson Jr., age 63 of Claudville, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2015, at Forsyth Medical Center.He was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on October 28, 1951 to the late Charles Calvin Sr. and Mary Jane Thompson.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran. After the Army, he spent most of his working career at F.L. Smithe in Duncansville, PA.
He is survived by his sister Kathy Thompson, his sons Patrick Grove and daughter Hannah, Charles Thompson and his wife Emily, their sons Jordan and Micah, and their daughters, Kayleen, Mercedes, Charley and Emma. He is also survived by his girlfriend Pamela Errichetti and her children: Joey and wife Susanne Errichetti, Scott and wife Michelle Errichetti, Jennifer and husband Jason Coleman and all their chil- dren.
There will be no service at this time. A memorial will be at a later date at one of his favorite places: Lakemont Park in Altoona, PA.