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STUART, VA
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 20, 2014
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MARETHIA O. CARD
Marethia Ann "Tish" Oxford Card, age 59, of Meadows of Dan, passed away Sunday, August 17, 2014, at her home. She was born in Miami, Fla., on October 16, 1954, and was preceded in death by a sister, Ida Oxford. She was a kind, loving, free spirited person who was loved by all.
Ms. Card is survived by two sons, Jeffrey Stroika and Damian Stroika, both of San Diego, Calif.; two daughters, Katrina Card Cervero of Wilmington, N.C. and Kimberly Card Gregory of Portland, Ore.; one stepson, Jake Card of Wilmington, N.C.; three grandchildren; her father, Jim Oxford of Woolwine; her mother, Rosalind Boles Oxford of Floral City, Fla.; a sister, Patricia Gunter of Collinsville; and a longtime friend and companion, Chris Barth of Chapel Hill, N.C.
A memorial service will be held at a later date. Moody Funeral Home in Stuart is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
JENNIFER C. CRITZ
Jennifer "Jinky" Cross Critz, 68, died Saturday, August 16, 2014, at home after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on October 19, 1945, in Martinsville, the daughter of the late June Reynolds Cochran and Fletcher R. Cross.
She graduated from Martinsville High School in 1964 and then worked in data entry at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant and Pannill Knitting Company in the customer service department. She retired as an administrative assistant for the Martinsville City Public Schools in April. She was a sustaining member of the Charity League of Martinsville/Henry County and was a former member of The Martinsville Garden Club. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Martinsville where she was a member of the Read-Robbins Sunday School Class and United Methodist Women Circle #6. She was also a member of the Dan River Emmaus Community. She won several awards in the Garden Club of Virginia Daffodil Shows in the categories of horticulture and arrangements.
Surviving are her husband, Daniel K. Critz of the home; one daughter, Elizabeth Critz Clark of Stuart; one sister, Jenny Cochran Holmes of Harrisonburg; an aunt; three nephews; and one niece, Mary Lou Critz Hopper of McKinney, Texas.
A memorial service was held Tuesday at the First Presbyterian Church of Martinsville. Burial was private. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 146 East Main Street, Martinsville, Va. 24112. To express condolences online, visit www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com.
 
KRISTEN A. FRY
Kristen Anne Fry, age 24, of Claudville, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 13, 2014.She was born in Patchogue, N.Y., on May 15, 1990, to Kevin Scott McCormack and Christina Fry. She was member of the Body of Christ Church of Pilot Mountain. She was employed by the Results Telephone Call Center and also by Primland.
In addition to her birth parents, she is survived by her grandparents who took care of her and raised her, Kevin and Barbara McCormack, as well as her other grandmother, Frances McCormack of Patchogue; two sisters and a brother, Margaret McCormack, Lynissa Planas and Jayden Planas, all of Patchogue; and her very special teddy bear, Kicks.
A celebration of Kristen's life was held Sunday at the Peter's Creek Community Center in Dry Pond with Pastor Floyd Dodson officiating. Kristen's smile will be remembered by all. She left this world loving Christ.
Arrangements were by Norris Funeral Services, Inc. in Stuart. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.NorrisFuneral.com.
 
JAMES D. GUYNN
James Donnie Guynn, age 59, of Stuart, died on Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at the VA Hospital in Roanoke. He was born on May 22, 1955, in Winston-Salem, N.C., and was a son of Jesse James Guynn and the late Dorothy Mae Stillwell Guynn. He was of the Baptist faith and had been a self-employed contractor before becoming disabled. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Surviving are his father, Jesse James Guynn and stepmother Margie Guynn of Stuart; two sons, Michael Lee Riggs of Bassett and Billy Joe Guynn of Raleigh, N.C.; one daughter, Stephanie Guynn of Martinsville; two brothers, Neal Guynn of Patrick County and Ronnie Guynn of Bath, Pa.; four stepbrothers, Rodney Milligan and John Dean, both of Bassett, Richard Milligan of Stuart and James Dean of Welcome, N.C.; four sisters, Bobbie Lackey of Ridgeway, Bonnie Snodgrass of Bradenton, Fla., Tammy Bowles of Martinsville and Regina Bullins of Bassett; one stepsister, Rosetta Sprinkler of Stuart; and four grandchildren.
A graveside funeral service was held Saturday with Pastor John Canning officiating the service and military honors by the Martinsville Henry County Veterans Honor Guard in the Roselawn Burial Park. Pallbearers were Jeff Lackey, Doug Billings, Shane Mills, Kenny Sprinkler, Gary Higgs and Richard Milligan. Condolences may be made online at www.roselawnchapelfuneralhome.com.
 
SHELVY M. GWYN
Shelvy Jean Moore Gwyn, 68, of Mount Airy, N.C., died Sunday, August 17, 2014, at her home surrounded by her family. She was born in Forsyth County. N.C., on July 23, 1946 and was a daughter of the late Daller Bland and Beulah Estelle Burrow Moore. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Diane Flippin; and a brother, Robert Moore. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are her husband, David Gwyn of the home; one daughter, Dana Manuel of Mount Airy; two sons, Darin Manuel of Pilot Mountain, N.C., and Darrell Manuel of Mount Airy; one stepdaughter, Barbara Ann Crotts of Mount Airy; two stepsons, David Gwyn of Ararat and Timmy Gwyn of Mount Airy; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother, James Moore Sr. of Midway, N.C.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home chapel in Mount Airy. Burial will follow in Slate Mountain Baptist Church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Slate Mountain Baptist Church, 3644 E. Pine Street, Mount Airy, NC 27030. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
LUCY C. HOPKINS
Lucy Cox Hopkins, age 82, of TLC Adult Home in Henry and formerly of Valley Drive in Fieldale, died Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville. Born in Bassett on May 22, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Jesse James Cox and Mary Alice Wright Cox. Also preceding her in death were her brothers, George C. Cox, Robert A. Cox and Jesse Cox Jr.; her sisters, Minnie Cox Edmonds, Lois Cox, and an infant sister; and two nephews. She was a longtime member of Blackberry Baptist Church in Bassett where she was involved with WMU and served as Sunday school teacher. Retired for many years from Fieldcrest Mills, she was a member of the Garden Club and the American Rose Society where she achieved rank of Consulting Rosarian. She was also active in the local Red Hat Ladies group. In 2013 she was named honoree of the Patrick Henry Allied Families Association.
Surviving are her husband, Clarence R. Hopkins of Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart; her daughters, Cindy Purdy of Roanoke, Shirley Hopkins of Reno, Nev., Carol Lanham of Kingsland, Ga.; one brother, C. Ervin Cox of Bassett, sisters, Vera Cox Rogers and Hazel Cox Norman of Collinsville; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren six nieces and five nephews.
The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Blackberry Baptist Church with her grandson, Josh Purdy, minister at Seaford Church of Christ in Seaford officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Burial Park in Martinsville. Memorial contributions may be made to the Cox Family Cemetery Fund, c/o Vera Cox Dionne, 806 Jefferson Circle, Martinsville, Va. 24112. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home, Bassett, and online condolences may be made at: www.collinsmckeestonebassett.com.
 
JAMES B. LAWSON
James Bennie Lawson, 70 of Claudville, died Sunday, August 17, 2014. He was born on May 5, 1944 and was a son of the late Jesse Allen and Rachel Mae Beasley Lawson. He retired from Proctor-Silex and attended Closer Walk Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Brenda Anne Draughn Lawson of the home; one son, Anthony Gray "Tony" Lawson of Martinsville; one grandson; one sister, Evelean Gammon of Martinsville; and one brother, Jim Lawson of Claudville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Closer Walk Baptist Church with the Revs. Oakley Manring, Ronald Jessup and Doug Cockerham officiating. Burial will follow at Skyline Memory Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Moody Funeral Services, P.O. Box 1288, Mount Airy, NC 27030.
Arrangements are by Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
JACK T. MARION
Jack Tillotson Marion, 82, of Ararat Road, Ararat, N.C., died Thursday evening, August 14, 2014, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.
He was born March 27, 1932, in Surry County, N.C., one of five children born to the late J.A. and Ruth Riddle Marion.
He graduated from Copeland High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company after many years of service and also worked alongside his wife in their family business, Marion's Jewelry.
He was a longtime member of Blackwater United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Patty Danley Marion of the home; two sons, Tony Marion and Tim Marion, both of Ararat; five grandchildren; two sisters, Pandora Darnell of Advance, N.C., and Nan Simmons of Ararat; and two brothers, Johnny Marion of Claudville and Billy Jay Marion of Clemmons, N.C.
A service of worship and a celebration was held Tuesday at Blackwater United Methodist Church with the Revs. Jack Danley, Greg Simmons, and Ted Turman officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4-A Oak Branch Drive, Greensboro, NC 27407-2145; or the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Avenue, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001 (www.alzfdn.org).
Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy.
 
ADAM C. McMILLIAN
Adam Christopher McMillian, age 35, of Ararat, died at his home.
He was born July 2, 1979 in Forsyth County, N.C., and was a son of Harvey Cassell McMillian of Ararat and the late Loretta Nester McMillian. He was also preceded in death by his grandparents, Annie Boyd Johnson and Lonnie and Gloria Cole.
He was a retail sales clerk.
Surviving, in addition to his father, are one daughter, Amelia Faith McMillian of Cana; one son, William Matthew McMillian of Cana; and his grandfather, Dwight McMillian of Galax.
A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Moody Funeral Home chapel in Mount Airy, N.C., by the Rev. Tommy Nichols.
The family will receive friends Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until the hour of the service at Moody Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a local charity.
Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
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CRYSTAL H. SHELOR
Crystal Arlene Hughes Shelor, age 82, of Ridgeway, died Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville.
She was born in Patrick County on September 22, 1931 and was a daughter of the late James Patterson Hughes and Ocie Alice Morrison Hughes. She was also preceded in death by five brothers, James Roy Hughes, J. Edward Hughes, John Taylor Hughes, Joe G. Hughes and William Brewster Hughes; and eight sisters, Mary Alice Hughes, Laura Ethel Hughes Gilbert, Mildred Evelyn Hughes Hatcher, Ruby Hazel Hughes McGirk, Minnie Velma Hughes Howard, Beadie Melba Hughes Kallam, Dorothy Marie Hughes Terry and Doris Ann Hughes.
She graduated from Stuart High School in 1951. She retired as assistant manager of JoAnn Fabrics and was of the Primitive Baptist faith.
Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Thomas Terry Shelor of the home; her children, Joy Shelor Hart of Raleigh, N.C., Gary Thomas Shelor of St. Stephens Church, Jeannette Shelor Gore of Raleigh, Brenda Shelor Crawford of Ridgeway, Terry Wayne Shelor of Ridgeway, and Carol Shelor Kestin of Aiken, S.C.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart with Elder Carl Terry officiating. Burial was in Patrick Memorial Gardens. Online condolences may be sent by visiting Moody Funeral Services www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
RICHARD D. SLAGLE
Richard Dennis Slagle, age 60, of Meadows of Dan, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Stuart. He was born in Charlotte, N.C., on January 6, 1954 and was a son of the late Jesse and Christine Baucom Slagle. He was also preceded in death by a brother, David Slagle. He had worked as an auto body repairman.
Surviving are his wife, Connie Lee Slagle of the home; one son, Richard Alan Slagle of Florida; a stepdaughter, Ashley Griffin of Meadows of Dan; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Buddy and Vickie Lee of Charlotte.
A memorial service was held Saturday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastor Dewayne Troutt officiating. Burial was private.Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard D. Slagle Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 307, Stuart, Virginia 24171. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
JACQUELINE N. SMITH
Jacqueline Jane Newman Smith, 86, of Woolwine, passed away at her home on Tuesday, August 12, 2014.She was preceded in death by her husband, Virgil W. Smith; her parents, Jesse and Adele Newman; and one brother, Wilfred Newman.
She was born on January 3, 1928 in Akron, Oh.. She lived in Akron and Barberton, Oh, for many years until the family moved to Woolwine in 1969.
She was a skilled seamstress and cook whose specialties included homemade biscuits and cobblers. She was devoted to her husband and family and served tirelessly without complaint to ensure their comfort. She was loved by many in the community for her sweet demeanor and kind words. She will be sorely missed.
She is survived by her four children, David Smith (Kimberly), Wayne Smith (Cindy), Lillian Smith, and Donna Neese (Jeffrey); four grandchildren, Clinton Smith, Lauren Jones, Corey Smith, and Brandon Neese; and three great-grandchildren, Bellamy and Rhett Smith and Bryn Jones.
Funeral services were held Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with the Rev. Gerald Melton officiating. Burial was in the Woolwine Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
TONY R. WAGONER
Tony Ray Wagoner, age 40 of Stuart, died Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at his home.
He was born in Martinsville on December 19, 1973, and was preceded in death by a sister, Amanda Vernon.
Surviving are his mother, Jennifer Puckett Vernon of Stuart; his father, Luther Wagoner of Bassett; two brothers, Ricky Wagoner and Richard Vernon II, both of Eden, N.C.; one sister, Patricia Vernon of Madison, N.C.; an adopted brother, Johnnie Deal; two nieces; two nephews; and four adopted nieces and nephews.
All services were private.
Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.