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STUART, VA
WEDNESDAY, JULY 23, 2014
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EUNICE R. BOWMAN
Eunice Alma Rakes Bowman, age 86, of Meadows of Dan, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Laurel Meadows Nursing Home in Laurel Fork. She was born in Dublin on January 13, 1928 and was a daughter of the late Harry Cleveland Rakes and Geneva Joy Vipperman Rakes. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Vesta Odell Bowman; a son, Arnold Dale Bowman; a daughter, Rita Joy Bowman; three brothers, Lloyd, Oscar and Roy Rakes; and a sister, Nellie Rakes Hooker. She was a member of Reed Island Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving are six children, Vesta Wayne Bowman of Bluefield, W.Va., Steve Allen Bowman of Laurel Fork, Kathy Joyce Litwin, Randy Leo Bowman, and Gary Dean Bowman, all of Meadows of Dan, and Gloria Jean Pickett of Pulaski; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; one brother, Charlie David Rakes of Pembroke; and two sisters, Margie Gier of Laurel Fork and Ruby Keith of Chesterfield.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Meadows of Dan Baptist Church with Pastor Randy Pickett officiating. Burial was in the Barnard-Terry family cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Meadows of Dan Baptist Church, 2511 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Meadows of Dan, Va. 24120. Moody Funeral Home in Stuart is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
SHIRLEY A. COGAR
Shirley Ann Cogar, 68, a resident of Patrick Springs, left this world after a difficult time with Alzheimer's. Peacefully she went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at 11:10 a.m. Shirley was born and raised in Webster County, W.Va., by her beloved mother, Audrey Harris Springston, where even in her later years her fond memories remained clear. In 2002, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Veuon Cogar whom she devotedly cared for with loving patience. She was also preceded in death by her parents, Ira Ralph and Audrey Springston, and two brothers, Albert Springston and Chester Allen "Buck" Springston.
Shirley leaves behind a brother, Ralph Herbert Springston; and three sisters, Delcie, Dorothy, and Lorenia. She will be missed and remembered for her motherly affections, strong faith, and gentle nature, especially by her four children, Barbara "Bobbie" Roberson, Jim C. Cogar, Jason Cogar, and Darlene Overby and their families of 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Rather than flowers or contributions, the family respectfully requests prayer and remembrance of the special life we were privileged to share with Shirley. All funeral arrangements are private. Norris Funeral Services is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.
 
RICHARD D. LOVETT
Richard Dwayne Lovett, age 52, of Stuart, died Tuesday, July 22, 2014, at the Pioneer Community Hospital in Stuart. He was born in Oklahoma City, Okla., on March 12, 1962 and was a son of the late Meredith Dwayne and Gaylen Finley Lovett.
Surviving are his wife, Mona Dalton Lovett of the home; one son, Ricky Lovett of Stuart; two daughters, Rachael Brewer and Adriene Tysinger, both of Madison, N.C.; five grandchildren; two brothers, Troy Lovett of York, S.C., and Dennis Lovett of Oklahoma; and a sister, Sonya Hand of Oklahoma.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor David Freeman officiating. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Richard Dwayne Lovett Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 307, Stuart, Va. 24171. Moody Funeral Home in Stuart is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
CLEMMIE C. MARTIN
Clemmie Elizabeth Cruise Martin, age 90, of Woolwine, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at the Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart. She was born in Patrick County on October 31, 1923 and was a daughter of the late John Robert and Sally Turner Cruise. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Clyde Martin; a son, Larry Carl Martin; four sisters, Mary Pendleton, Emma Helms, Josie Belcher and Ruth Hylton; and three brothers, James, Hoy and Jess Cruise. She was retired from J.P. Stevens and was a longtime member of Conner's View Primitive Baptist Church.
Surviving are one son and daughter-in-law, Bernice Clint and Inez Martin of Woolwine; a daughter-in-law, Linda Martin of Stuart; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren; one stepgreat-great-grandson; and two brothers, Elmer Cruise of Texas and Alfred Cruise of Bassett.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Conner's View Primitive Baptist Church with Elder Donnie Conner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Smith River Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 122, Woolwine, Va. 24185. Moody Funeral Home in Stuart is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
KENNIS R. MIZE
Kennis Richard Mize, 76, of Bassett, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at his home. Kennis was born in Henry County on September 25, 1937, the son of the late Dock James Mize and the late Ollie Martin Mize. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Posie Edward "Ed" Mize, Lewis "Joe" Mize, Jackson Henry Mize and Harry Ernest Mize; and sister Marie Bowman. Kennis retired from Bassett Fiberboard after 18 years of service and was a faithful member and trustee of Northside Baptist Church.
Kennis is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Peggy Mize; daughter and son-in-law, Debbie Bocock and husband Keith; mother-in-law Verna Ramsey; several nieces and nephews; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and extended family.
Visitation was Tuesday, July 22 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the chapel of Bassett Funeral Service. Funeral services followed at 11 a.m. with the Revs. Ron Peal and Roy Sowder officiating. Burial was in the Old Center Primitive Baptist Church cemetery. Online condolences may be made at www.bassettfuneralservice.com.
 
HOOVER M. NESTER
Hoover Martin Nester, 85, of Mount Airy, N.C., died at his home Saturday, July 19, 2014.
He was born in Patrick County on September 26, 1928, the youngest of 11 children of the late John A. and Della Jessup Nester. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Joy Nester; five sisters, Hallie Nester, Violet Nester, Grace Love, Monnie Vaughn and Alpha Crone; and five brothers, Aaron Nester, Frank Nester, Clarence Nester, Wade Nester, Vernon Nester.
He was a retired farmer and a member of Unity Church in Ararat. Surviving are his wife, Barbara Hiatt Nester of the home; three daughters, Jo Ann Mears of Eden, N.C., Janet Nester of Cornelius N.C., and Jacqueline Pack of Mount Airy; two sons, Dallas Nester of Wilmington N.C., and Marty Nester of Mount Airy; 12 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held today (Wednesday) at noon at Unity Church Cemetery, 4337 Unity Church Road, Ararat, with the Revs. Buford Jessup and Dwight Sechrist officiating. The family will receive friends at Unity Church today from 10 a.m. until noon. Memorial contributions may be made to the Unity Church Cemetery Fund, 4337 Unity Church Road, Ararat, VA 24053.Arrangements are by Moody Funeral Service of Mount Airy. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
JOHN T. PUCKETT
John Taylor Puckett, age 89, of Stuart, died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at his home. He was born in Patrick County on October 14, 1924 and was a son of the late Bennie Robert Puckett Sr. and Bessie Goad Puckett. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Eva Vaught; a sister, Ruby Hall; and four brothers, Joseph Puckett, Leonard Puckett, Bill Puckett and Benny Robert "Bobby" Puckett Jr. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was retired from United Elastic. He was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Bernice Banks Puckett of the home; one son, Johnnie Puckett of Stuart; a son-in-law, Keith Vaught of Stuart; two grandchildren, Dr. Melissa Vaught of Bethesda, Md., and Kenneth Vaught and wife Vanessa of Claudville; two great-grandchildren, Ithaca and Willow Vaught; two brothers, Paul Puckett and David Puckett and wife Warnders, all of Stuart; and two sisters, Ann Pendleton and husband John of Stuart and Ruth Clark of Bassett.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastors Dan Royo and Alan Dean officiating. Burial was in the Puckett family cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 7700 Leesburg Pike, Suite 208, Falls Church, Va. 22043. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
LILLIE D. ROBERTS
Lillie Mae Reynolds Dobson Roberts, 94, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C., after a brief illness. She was born in Ararat on January 21, 1920, and was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Champ (Nora Brim) Reynolds. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Manuel Dobson Sr., on December 30, 1983; her second husband, Charlie S. Roberts, on November 13, 1998; three sisters, Clara Stewart, Mayme Fulton and Louise Hatcher and a brother, Burton Reynolds.
Surviving are two children from her first marriage, Grayland Dobson of Boonville, N.C., and Manuel (Beverly) Dobson Jr. of Winston-Salem; children from her second marriage, Daisy (Samuel) Hatcher of St. Clair Shores, Mich.; Lucy Roberts of Charlotte, N.C.; Theresa (Harold) Spencer of Kernersville, NC,. Danny (Criselda) Roberts of White Plains, Md.; eight grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one sister, Nora Penn of Maywood, Ill.; and one sister-in-law, Fannie Dobson of Boonville, and a host of nieces and nephews and friends. Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Clarks Memorial Baptist Church on Boonville. The Rev. James Tatum was the eulogist. Burial was in the church cemetery.
 
NETTIE C. SANDERS
Nettie Cassell Sanders, age 90, of Patrick Springs, died Sunday, July 20, 2014, at the Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart. She was born in Patrick County on July 23, 1923 and was a daughter of the late William Mack Cassell and Alice Susan Underwood Cassell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Wayne C. Sanders; a granddaughter, Leshia Michelle Overby; four brothers, Madison, Austin, Edison and Clarence Cassell; and three sisters, Melva Dillon, Myrtle Graham and Verna Ratliff.
Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Betty Jo and Pete Williams of Stuart; one son and daughter-in-law, Bobby and Janice Sanders of Jonesboro, Ark.; three grandchildren, Bobby Sanders II, Ronald Overby, and Tracy Pell; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and one sister and brother-in-law, Elsie and Daniel Morrison of Collinsville.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastor Dewayne Troutt officiating. Burial will follow in Old Center Primitive Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service at the funeral home. If desired, memorials may be made to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Online condolences may be sent at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
ELAINE C. STOUT
Elaine Craig Stout, 80, of Bassett, died Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Pioneer Health Hospital of Stuart. She was born on May 13, 1934, in Patrick County and was a daughter of the late John Edd and Ila Rorrer Craig. She retired from Bassett Walker. She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 56 years, Robert Stout Sr. of the home; one son, Bill Stout of the home; brothers, Pete Craig, of Bassett and Lonnie Craig of Chesapeake; one sister, Everlene Helms of Bassett; and several nieces and nephews. The funeral service was conducted Tuesday at Pleasant View Baptist Church with Pastor Rick Anderson officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.bassettfuneralservice.com.
 
CLAYTON S. WATSON
Clayton Solomon Watson, 90, of Mount Airy, N.C., died Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his loving family He was born May 19, 1924, in Surry County, N.C., and was a son of the late Solomon and Edna Mills Watson. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Edith Oneita Hill Watson; a son, Lendon Brent Watson; and three brothers, Lacy Watson, Elbert Watson, and Jay Vann Watson. He was a master carpenter and tobacco farmer for many years and was a member of Westfield Baptist Church. In his spare time, he truly enjoyed flat footing and playing his harmonica with The Snow Creek Band.
He is survived by his companion, Margot Dominic Sams of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Jeffrey Vann and Crystal Watson of Yadkinville, N.C.; three grandchildren, Doyle Watson and his wife, Stacey, of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Jennifer Watson King and her husband, Benny, of Stuart, and Stephanie J. Watson and her fiancé, Steve Seigler, of Mount Airy; and three great-grandchildren, Levi Watson, Lukah Watson, and London Watson, all of Pilot Mountain.
The funeral service was held Friday at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Airy, with the Revs. Rickey Rogers, Bill Watson, and Dale Cline officiating. Burial was in the Westfield Baptist Church cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030.