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STUART, VA
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2014
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DOROTHY H. CHILTON
Dorothy Hubbard Chilton, age 85 of Mount Airy, N.C., died Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Northern Hospital of Surry County.She was born in Patrick County on October 19, 1929 and was a daughter of the late Albert and Millie Hatcher Hubbard. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Gaston Lowell Chilton; nine brothers and sisters, May Hubbard Lupton, George Hubbard, Ralph Hubbard, Ruth Hubbard Hill, Bertie Hubbard, Pearl Hubbard Tilton, Murry Hubbard, Frank Hubbard and John Hubbard.
Surviving are daughters, Janet Miller and Annette Kelly; sons, Danny Chilton, Delmer Chilton and Tony Chilton; six grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren, Sherri Miller­Kell and Theresa Miller Marion; four great-grandchildren; and five stepgreat-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy. Burial will follow in Unity Church cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight (Tuesday) from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that memorials be made in her memory to Hatcher's Chapel United Methodist Church, 268 Hatcher's Chapel Rd., Claudville, VA 24076; or Unity Cemetery Fund, C/o Patricia Anderson, 358 Mears Rd., Claudville, VA 24076. Online condolences may be made at moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
ESSIE H. CONNER
Essie Hylton Conner, age 95, of Meadows of Dan, died Sunday, November 23, 2014, at Berkshire Nursing Home in Vinton. She was born in Patrick County on November 29, 1918 and was a daughter of the late Robert C. and Lula Cockram Hylton. She was also preceded in death by her husband, John E. Conner; three brothers, Ray, Paul and Lacy Hylton; and two sisters, Ola Walker and Pauline Evans. She was a member of Mountain View United Methodist Church and had retired from J.P. Stevens.
Surviving are one son, Hansel Conner of Meadows of Dan; one daughter, Helen Spradlin of Roanoke; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Virginia Conway of Danville.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Mountain View United Methodist Church with Pastor Terry Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Arrangements are by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
ANNIE A. FRANCE
Annie Pauline Ayers Jones France, 81, of Willis Gap Road, Ararat, died Sunday morning, November 23, 2014, at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was born October 7, 1933, in Patrick County, and was a daughter of the late George and Jessie Childress Ayers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Fred Ray France; a sister, Ruby Marshall; and two brothers, Leonard Ayers and G.C. Ayers. She retired from Kentucky Derby Hosiery and was a member of Salem United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Ronnie Jones of Ivanhoe, and Michael "Mike" Jones of Cana; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Mary Willis of Mount Airy, and Lillian Scales and Betty Eaton, both of Ararat.A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday) at Salem United Methodist Church cemetery with the Rev. Dennis "Bud" Cameron officiating.
The family will receive friends from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home. 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103. Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
SHELLY V. GRAVELY
Shelly Dawn Vessell Gravely, age 33, of Stuart, passed away on November 22, 2014.She was born in Enid, Okla., on October 13, 1981, and was preceded in death by her father, Donald Vessell, and her father-in-law, Carl Gravely. She was a member of Harvest Worship Center and had been employed with STEP, Inc. She was a loving and devoted mother, and she truly enjoyed her job as a child care advocate. She took great pleasure in caring for the young and old alike and always put others ahead of herself.
Surviving are one daughter, Trinity Laday Gravely, and one son, Vincent Treyvon Gravely III, both of the home; her mother, Peggy Chick Vessell of Patrick Springs; one brother, Shawn Michael Chick of Independence; one sister, Amanda Christine Vessell of Goochland; a niece, Megan Reign Vessell; and a nephew, Josiah Keyshawn Vessell.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 26, 2014, at 3 p.m. at Harvest Worship Center with Pastor David Coleman officiating. Burial will follow in Patrick Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Harvest Worship Center Building Fund, 21225 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart, Va. 24171; or to STEP, Inc., 200 Dent Street, Rocky Mount, Va. 24151, or to Go Fund Me by going online to www.gofundme.com/hhfj0s. Moody Funeral Home in Stuart is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
HAZEL H. HANDY
Hazel Ann Hensley Handy, age 74 of Stuart, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014, at her home. She was born in Patrick County on May 15, 1940 to the late Nick Hensley and Laura H. Hensley Justice. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Oscar Handy; three brothers, Nick, Ellis and Coy Hensley; and two sisters, Betty Branch and Kelly Harris. She was a member of Five Forks Wesleyan Church. She was an avid gardener and loved her flowers.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews, Evelyn, Ava, Laura, Junior, Tony, Wanda, Bill, Roy, David, Charles, Jimmy, Alpha Mae, Jenny Mae, Eddie, Tommy, Wayne, Mary and Shirley.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastor Mitchell Smith officiating. Burial will follow in Patrick Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends tonight (Tuesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart, and other times at the home. If desired, memorials may be made to Five Forks Wesleyan Church, c/o Pastor David Henry, 3800 Salem Hwy., Stuart, Va. 24171. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
VIRGIL H. KNOWLES
Virgil Herbert Knowles, 92, of Axton, died Sunday, November 16, 2014, at the home of his son. He was born in Vesta on September 16, 1922, and was a son of the late Wilson Eldridge Knowles and Lillian Bashee Knowles. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Nettie Harris Knowles; two sisters, Glennie Earles Reynolds and Eula K. Wray; four brothers, Clyde W. Knowles, James Knowles, Arnold Knowles and Hassel G. Knowles. He was retired after more than 27 years of service with Sara Lee Knitting Co. He was a member of the Adventure In Faith Church, formerly known as North Martinsville Pentecostal Holiness Church under the pastorate of the late Rev. Albert J. Robertson. He and his wife were two of the founding members of the church and were known for their duet singing.
Surviving are his son, Virgil Herbert (Herbie) Knowles Jr. of Axton; one sister, Cassie K. McPeak of Meadows of Dan; two brothers, Euron W. (Pete) Knowles of Patrick County and Kinnard K. Knowles of Springfield, Ohio.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A celebration of life service was held Thursday in the Community Funeral Service Chapel in Ridgeway. Arrangements were by Community Funeral Services, Ridgeway. Online condolence may be made by visiting www.communityfuneralservices.com.
 
HEWLUS A. MARTIN
Hewlus Arthur Martin, of Collinsville, died peacefully on Friday, November 21, 2014, at home with his loving family. The son of the late Abner Dallas and Martha Lou Stone Martin, he was born on November 9, 1926, in the Fayerdale community of Patrick County. He was also preceded in death by brothers Posey, Harry, and Curtis Martin.He was employed for 37 years in the financial services industry. He began his career as a bookkeeper at First National Bank of Bassett. He was later promoted to branch manager and vice president at First Bassett Bank and Trust Collinsville branch, holding that position for 25 years. He retired in 1991 from Dominion Bank. Martin served his community through the Lion's Club, Fieldale-Collinsville Booster Club, United Fund, and Habitat for Humanity. He was a long time member of Fieldale United Methodist Church where he served as financial secretary for 44 years, as well serving on various committees and church repair projects. He served his country during the Korean Conflict.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Verona Turner Martin; daughter, Beth Martin Deal and husband John of Charlotte, N.C., and son, Barry Martin of Collinsville; two grandsons, Travis R. Deal of Atlanta, Ga., and Brendan R. Deal of Davidson, N.C.; one sister, Ida G. Martin of Bassett; two nephews, and five nieces.
The funeral service was held Monday at Collins Funeral Home. A graveside service followed at Roselawn Burial Park.
The family wishes to thank Shanika Southers and Lois Koger for their assistance, as well as, the compassionate care provided by the staff of Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care. The family asks that memorial gifts be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105; or to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart, Va. 24171.
 
FLORENCE P. ORE
Florence . Ore, age 98, of the Blue Ridge Nursing Center, died on November 18, 2014, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County. She was born in Patrick County on February 9, 1916, and was a daughter of the late George E. and Lucy Minter Purcell. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Fred Ore; her brothers, David Purcell, Burton Purcell and Herman Purcell; six sisters, Ida Boaz, Claudia Young, Pansie Grady, Virginia Purcell, Eva Beck and Louise Carver. She was a member of Broad Street Christian Church. She had been a secretary at Piedmont Trust Bank for many years to Charlie Broun and Irving Groves. She graduated from Hardin Reynolds Memorial High School in the class of 1934.
Surviving are one sister, Gae Purcell Saville of Martinsville; many nieces and nephews; and her special caregivers, Sarah Craighead, Elizabeth Pilson, Rosie King, Brionna Stanley and Rosie Price.
Her graveside funeral service was held Friday in the Roselawn Burial Park with the Rev. Mark Parkinson officiating. Memorial donations may be made to the Broad Street Christian Church, 106 Broad Street, Martinsville, Va. 24112.Arrangements were by Roselawn Chapel Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.roselawnchapelfuneralhome.com.
 
JAMES A. RORRER
James "Jimmy" A. (Banni Rooster) Rorrer, 75, of Woolwine, died on Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Franklin Health and Rehab in Rocky Mount. He was born on March 12, 1939, in Anawalt, W.Va., and was a son of the late Beamer Lee Rorrer and the late Lillie Mitchem Rorrer. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Cockram Rorrer; three sisters, Lucille Rorrer, Mary Ellen Roberts and Doris Rose; and one brother, George S. Rorrer. He was a truck driver for over 49 years. He worked for Roy Stone Transfer, B and B Trucking and Shelbra Johnson Transportation.
Surviving are three daughters, Theresa Scott Oliver of Stuart, Kathy Rorrer Vaught of Bassett, and Sherry Rorrer Wigington of Stoneville, N.C.; one son, James Philip Rorrer of Bassett; 14 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mattie Lou Perry and Joann Minnick; and two brothers, Paul C. Rorrer and Robert "Jackie" J. Rorrer; and numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family members.
The funeral service was held Saturday at Bassett Funeral Service with Pastor Gerald Melton officiating. Burial was in Sycamore Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers were: Paul Rorrer, Rus Rorrer, Matthew Rorrer, Tim Vaught, Bo Wigington, Dustin Scott, Chris Waller and Jonathan Waller. Memorial contributions may be made to Sycamore Baptist Church or Church Cemetery, 179 Sycamore Lane, Stuart, Va. 24141. Online condolences may be made at www.bassettfuneralservice.com.
 
LINDA S. SHINAULT
Linda Ann Smith Shinault, 66, of Mount Airy, N.C., died Sunday, November 23, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Patrick County on December 1, 1947 and was a daughter of the late Eugene and Etta Frances Niten Smith. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Frances Gwyn. She was retired from B&J Hosiery.
Surviving are her husband, Ralph "Buddy" Shinault of the home; daughters, Kathy Shumate, Jody Sawyers and Lisa Shinault, all of Mount Airy; one son, Jammy Shinault of Mount Airy; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Debra Smith, Jackie Smith, and Kay Morris, all of Mount Airy; one brother, Kermit Smith of Pilot Mountain, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy is assisting the family with the cremation. Online condolences may be made at moodyfuneralservices.com
 
NANNIE R. TERRY
Nannie Ruth Terry, age 91, of Meadows of Dan, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at the Laurel Meadows Nursing Home. She was born on January 14, 1923, in Patrick County and was a daughter of the late P.E. Vipperman Sr. and Laura "Kate" Underwood Vipperman. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Terry; a daughter-in-law, Pam Terry; two sisters, Elva Fain and Dorothy Lyons; and six brothers, Charles, Raymond, Herman, Warren, Calvin, and Leon Vipperman. She attended New Bell Spur Primitive Baptist Church. An avid gardener, she enjoyed cooking wonderful meals, and spending time with all her family.
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Margaret and Lane Hubbard of Meadows of Dan, Sarah and Dwight Wood of Floyd, and Elva and Kevin Wilhite of Richmond; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Steve and Barbara Terry and Roger Terry, all of Meadows of Dan; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters and a brother-in-law, Ann Roberts of Spencer, and Mary and Caleb Boyd of Tallahassee, Fla.; one brother and sisters-in-law, P.E. Vipperman Jr. and wife Margaret of Stuart, Evelyn Vipperman of Ridgeway and Louise Vipperman of Henry; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday at New Bell Spur Primitive Baptist Church with Elders Alan Terry, Tim McGrady, and Edward Bowman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the New Bell Spur Primitive Baptist Church, c/o Carla Horton, 1429 Howlett St., Hillsville, VA 24343; or to the Vesta Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 911, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120. Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. Online condolences may be sent to www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
ALICE M. WATTS
Alice Marie (Lil-Bit) Watts, age 65, of Martinsville, died Wednesday, November 19, 2014, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County. She was born in Patrick County on December 25, 1948, and was a daughter of the late James Thomas Reid and Gladys Hairston Reid. Also preceding her in death were brothers Leorn and Ronnie Reid. After graduating from Hardin-Reynolds High School, she moved to the Upper Bronx, N.Y., residing there until June of this year. She also graduated from cosmetology school, and retired as office manager for Debois, Attorney-at Law in the Bronx. She was a member of Red Hollow Primitive Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Sanford Watts of the home; sisters, Juanita R. Richardson of Fieldale, and Brenda Eggleston and Debra Joyce, both of Martinsville; brothers, Wayne Reid and Sandy Reid, both of Spencer, Michael Reid of Martinsville, and Winfred Reid of Johnson City, Tenn.; aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.
The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., today (Tuesday) at Collins Funeral Home in Bassett with Elders Carl Morgan, Rodney Keen and Walter Scales officiating. Burial will follow in the Hairston family cemetery in Patrick County. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 1 p.m. prior to the service. Online condolences may be made at: www.collinsmckeestonebassett.com.
 
LARRY A. WHITE
Larry Alen White, 58, of Leland, N.C., died Saturday, November 15, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy White. He attended Fieldale-Collinsville High School and was the owner and CEO of A&P Hydraulics in Leland for over 20 years.
Surviving are his wife, Cheryl of the home; his mother, Sue Gusler of Collinsville; siblings, Jay White of Lawrenceville, Ga.; Susan Combee of Mechanicsville; Paul Gusler of Martinsville; Frances Mitchem of Bassett; Glenda Inman of Collinsville; Melanie Rippey of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Jeffrey White and Scott White, both of Patrick Springs; and Kevin White of Bolivia; and also nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Monday at First Baptist Church, Collinsville. Memorial donations may be made in his name to the charity of the donor's choice, or adopt a pet, or reach out to someone in need.