WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5, 2014
JAMES P. BARBOUR JR.
James "J.P." Peter Barbour Jr., 91, of Collinsville died Sunday, March 2, 2014. He was born in Patrick County on September 13, 1922, and was a son of the late James Peter Barbour Sr. and Vada Pendleton Barbour. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Marie Dillon Barbour; and a son, Michael Lane Barbour. He served in the Army during World War II as a medic with battles and campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). He was a retired U.S. postal worker where he served for 33 years and was a member of NARFE where he served as secretary.
Surviving are three sons, Donald L. Barbour, Stephen L. Barbour and Kenneth L. Barbour; one brother, Buford (Butch) Barbour; 10 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home in Bassett with the Rev. Bobby Rakes officiating. Burial, with full military honors, will follow at Roselawn Burial Park. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 1081 Spruce Street, Martinsville, Va. 24112. To express condolences online, please visit www.collinsmckeebassett.com.
SHIRLEY H. CATRON
Shirley Ann Hatcher Catron, 72, of Critz and formerly of Bassett, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at Pioneer Hospital of Stuart. She was born in Henry County on January 25, 1942 and was a daughter of the late Nathan Jasper Hatcher and Mary Myrtle Holt Hatcher. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Maggie Woods and Peggy Dalton; and her brother, Lewis "Kenny" Hatcher. She was of the Holiness faith.
Surviving are her husband of 53 years, Richard Thomas Catron of the home; two sons, Robert Wayne Catron of Bassett and Ricky Dean Catron of Collinsville; one daughter, Donna Catron Clifton of Critz; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; one brother, Nathan Daniel "Danny" Hatcher of Archdale, N.C.; and one sister, Ruby Faye Whorley of Bassett.
The family will receive friends on Thursday in the Bassett Funeral Service chapel and other times at the home. The funeral service will be conducted on Friday at 11 a.m. in the Bassett Funeral Service chapel with Pastor Terry Dalton and the Rev. Mark Wright officiating. Burial will follow the service in the County Line Church of God of Prophecy cemetery.
ROY N. EPPERSON
Roy Newton Epperson, 85, of Ararat, went home to be with the Lord in the early morning hours of March 1, 2014. He was born in Ararat on March 10, 1928, son of the late Harry Arnold and Lula Ann Watson Epperson. Mr. Epperson is survived by a loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Josie Boyd Epperson; one son, Gregory Roy Epperson of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Brent D. and Julie L. Epperson of Forest; one daughter and son-in-law, Carla Robin and Rich Shimko of Frederick, Md. He is also survived by many beloved grandchildren, Richard, Joey, Emily, Austin, Jennifer, Sarah, William III, Olivia, Roy II, and Charles Epperson; and great-grandchildren, Tanner, Mason, Abigail, and Justin Epperson; one sister, Mary Lee King, one brother and sister-in-law, Stuart and Nancy Epperson; a sister-in-law, Olive Epperson, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Harold Moir Epperson; a sister and brother-in-law, Lucy and Buzz Bowman; a brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Erlene Epperson; and a brother, Harry Epperson Jr.
Homegoing services will conducted today (Wednesday, March 5) at 2 pm at Unity Church in Ararat by Pastor Buford Jessup and Pastor Ricky Rogers. Arrangements are by Moody Funeral Services in Mount Airy, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com
EUGENE G. GRAVELY
Eugene Grey Gravely, 76, of Bassett, died Friday, February 28, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville. He was born in Henry County on May 24, 1937 and was a son of the late Fred Gravely Sr. and the late Lula Ingram Gravely. He was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Kenneth Young; and a brother, Bernard Gravely. He was a former pastor and evangelist for several years in the surrounding area and retired from Stanley Furniture after working for over 35 years.
Surviving are his wife, Thelma Horton Gravely; one son, Richard Gravely of Patrick Springs; two daughters, Carolyn Young of Port Richie, Fla., and Denise Knight of Patrick Springs; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; three brothers, Fred Gravely Jr. of Ohio, William "Bill" Gravely of Irisburg and Larry Gravely of Bassett; two sisters, Eunice Terry of Norfolk and Frances Hall of Penhook; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive today (Wednesday) from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bassett Funeral Service chapel where the funeral will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Bud Sedwick officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Burial Park. Send online condolences to the family at www.bassettfuneralservice.com.
MacKENZIE H. HUBBARD
MacKenzie Hope Hubbard, 2, daughter of Coby and Sherry Hubbard of Patrick Springs, died Friday, February 28, 2014, at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. She was preceded in death by her great-grandparents, George Robert and Laura Davis Lackey, Charlie and Mae Hubbard, and Glidewell and Verna West; and a cousin, Travis Fallin.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are one sister, Abrielle Hubbard of the home; grandparents, Thomas H. "Tommy" and Wanda R. Lackey of Bassett and Charles "Pete" and Linda Kaye Hubbard of Meadows of Dan; great-grandparents, Woody and Jane Richardson of Bassett; aunts and uncles, Jarrett and Amanda Hubbard of Hillsville, Robert "Robby" and Melissa Lackey of Bassett, and cousins, Trinity Lackey and Ian Lackey.
The funeral will be conducted today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at County Line Church of God of Pro-phecy with Pastor Jeff Rhea officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Arrangements are by Bassett Funeral Service . Send online condolences to the family at www.bassettfuneralservice.com.
JOHN B. HUTCHENS
John Bud (J.B.) Hutchens, 58, of Critz, died on Friday, February 28, 2014, at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville. He was born on March 9, 1955 in Patrick County to Martha Clark Hutchens and the late Lowell Bernard Hutchens. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lowell James Hutchens Sr. He was a member of Fieldale United Methodist Church and Moorefield Store Fire Department. He was self employed and worked as an electrician.
Surviving are his wife, Becky Hutchens of Critz; two daughters, Crystal Hutchens Fain of Bassett and Ashley Hutchens Compton of Tobaccoville, N.C.; one son; Andy Hutchens of Danbury, N.C., two brothers; Elmo Hutchens of Stuart and Kenny Hutchens of Spencer; and six grandchildren.
A memorial service was held Sunday at Unity Baptist Church in Stuart with the Reverend Ed Hartman officiating. Burial was private. Memorial contributions may be made to Children's Miracle Network, 7 Albemarle Ave., Roanoke, Va. 24016 Arrangements were by Norris Funeral Services in Stuart. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.norrisfuneral.com.
PATRICIA C. LANE
Patricia Carolyn Lane, age 73, of Lanes Dr. Stuart, died Sunday March 2, 2014, at her residence. She was born March 8, 1940 in Washington, D.C., to the late Willard Eugene Herrin and the late Della Mae Herrin. She was also predeceased by a sister, Audrey Simpson. She was a member of Faymont Baptist Church in Fayetteville, N.C.
Surviving are her husband, Curtis Lane of the home; three daughters, Ann Stewart of Fayetteville, Janet Mesecher of Roseboro, N.C., and Cindy Barnett of Dry Pond; eight sisters; Marlene Durben of Fayetteville, Anita Procopio of Maryland, Yvonne Engel of Suffolk, Betty Joyce Matthews of Snow Camp, N.C., Jean Ivey of Sante, S.C., Phyllis Newman of Sante, Ernestine Adams of Darlington, S.C., and Linda Palmer of Fort Worth, Tex.; eight brothers, Sonny Herrin of Suffolk, Bruce Herrin and Phillip Herrin, both of Maryland, Roy Lee Herrin of Suffolk, Richard Herrin of Portsmouth, James David Lane of Fork, S.C., Larry Lane of Georgia and Glenn Lane of Fayetteville; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A private memorial service will be held at the home at 304 Lanes Dr. at noon on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Arrangements are by Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, Stuart Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.NorrisFuneral.com.
JOYCE L. MANESS
Joyce Love Maness, age 97, of Rocky Mount and formerly of Patrick County, went to be with the Lord and to join her family and friends in Heaven on Saturday, March 1, 2014. She and her husband, C. Edwin "Ed" Maness, made their home in Stuart for about 60 years. Because of failing health, Joyce had lived the past two years in the Yadkin Nursing Center in Yadkinville, N.C. She was born on June 17, 1916 in Gretna to William Daniel Love and Lillian Reynolds Love and had four brothers. Her husband, Ed, her parents, and her brothers, Ryland, Clifford, Harold and Dan Love, preceded her in death. Joyce was a registered nurse and a graduate of Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Danville. She, however, spent most of her time being a loving homemaker, wife and mother. She was a faithful member of Stuart United Methodist Church while she was able to attend.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Betty Jane and Jim Gruver of Rocky Mount and Peggy and Philip Beavers of Yadkinville; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Friday, March 7, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Dr. Philip Beavers officiating. Burial will follow in Patrick Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Joyce loved cats and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Yadkin County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1652, Yadkinville, N.C. 27055. Send online condolences to www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
THOMAS K. MARTIN
Thomas Kevin Martin, 47, of Lawsonville, N.C., died on Sunday, March 2, 2014, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Danbury, N.C. He was born on October 3, 1966 in Patrick County and was a son of Gloria Nelson Martin and William Brewster Martin.
Surviving are his parents, Gloria Nelson Martin and William Brewster Martin of the home; two brothers; Keith Martin of King, N.C., and Kyle Martin of Lawsonville.
A graveside service was held Tuesday at Peters Creek Baptist Church with the Pastor Tracy Collins officiating. Memorials may be made to Pioneer Community Hospital, c/o Carol Tilley, P.O. Box 10, Danbury, NC 27016. Arrangements were by Norris Funeral Services in Stuart. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.
OCIE G. PULLINS
Ocie Goode Pullins, age 101, of Stuart, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at the Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart. She was born on January 3, 1913 in Patrick County and was a daughter of the late Joseph William Goode and Mary Via Goode. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Millard Pullins; six sisters, Ada Via, Pearl Torry, Judy Smith, Hattie Pilson, Ella Aikens, Bertha Goode; and one brother, Joseph William Goode Jr. She was a longtime member of West Liberty Christian Church where she served as secretary and Sunday school teacher. She looked after several children for many years through the Stuart Baptist Church nursery program.
Surviving are several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with the Revs. Eugene Reynolds, Junior Wimbush, and James Houchins officiating. Burial will follow in the Patrick Memorial Gardens. A wake will be held one hour prior to the service on Saturday and at other times at the home of her niece, Della Pilson. Online condolences may sent to www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
DONALD R. RACHELS
Donald Ray Rachels, age 76, of Ararat, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Forsyth Medical Center. He was born in Surry County, N.C., on November 22, 1937, and was a son of the late Earl Franklin and Celia Key Rachels. He proudly served the country in the U.S. Air Force and Navy and was a former member of VFW Post 2019. He was a member of Union Primitive Baptist Church. He also owned and operated Rachels Heating and Air. He enjoyed life to the fullest exploring many daring adventures from flying planes to riding Harleys.
Surviving are his wife, Brenda Harrell Rachels; daughters, Kristi Horton of Mount Airy, N.C., Lisa Snody of Westfield, N.C., Jane Knight and Lisa Billings, all of Mount Airy, and Beverly Shields of Virginia Beach; sons, Donald Mark Rachels of Sparta, N.C., Wayne Marshall of Mount Airy, and Gary and Jennifer Marshall of Ararat; 19 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, his mother-in-law, Bertha Harrell; a brother-in-law.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday) at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Airy by the Rev. Avery Branch. Burial will follow in Harrell family cemetery with military honors by VFW Memorial Honor Guard Mount Airy Post 2019 and Pilot Mountain Post 9436. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
LONIE B. RORRER
Mrs. Lonie Bryant Rorrer, age 95, of Stuart, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2014, at Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart. She was born in Patrick County on December 15, 1918. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Chester Columbus Bryant and Cephus Rorrer, and a son-in-law, G.W. Thomas. She was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church, where she faithfully attended until her health declined. Lonie was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother; she devoted her life to her family and her faith.
Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Erman and Linda Bryant of Stuart, Calvin and Debby Bryant of Dover, Del., and Kent and Charlene Bryant and James and Judy Bryant, all of Stuart; two daughters, Lucille Thomas of Madison Heights and Anna Walker of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Regina Thomas, Heather Thomas, Jason Bryant, Janet Wilson, Austin Bryant, Kaitlyn Bryant and Seth Bryant; 12 great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; three stepgreat-grandchildren and several cousins.
A funeral service was held Sunday at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart with the Rev. Gerald Melton officiating. Burial was in the Sycamore Baptist Church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Sycamore Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Nancy Midkiff, 171 Sycamore Church Lane, Stuart, Va. 24171. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
RUTH W. SPENCER
Ruth Watkins Spencer, 87, of Grayleaf Circle, Martinsville, died Friday, February 28, 2014 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke. She was born in Henry County on January 16, 1927 and was a daughter of the late Charles Everett Watkins and Lucy Wells Watkins. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Orris E. Spencer; a son, Donald Lynn Spencer and infant twins. She graduated from Spencer Penn High School and was a member of Pleasant Grove Christian Church. She retired after 29 years of service at Tultex Knitting Company where she worked in the office of production control.
Surviving are her children, Lewis Herman Spencer and Sylvia Ruth Lewis, both of Martinsville, Patricia Sue Spencer of Bassett, Alfred Darrell Spencer of the home, Alvin Ray Spencer of Stuart, Phyllis Spencer Smith of Salisbury, N.C.; 13 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Tuesday at Norris Funeral Services' Martinsville Chapel with the Rev. Frank Newman Jr. officiating. Burial was at Roselawn Burial Park in Martinsville. Memorial donations may be made to Pleasant Grove Christian Church at 5232 Preston Road, Martinsville, Va. 24112. Online condolences may be made at www.NorrisFuneral.com.
JOSEPH E. WIMBUSH
Mr. Joseph Elijah Wimbush, age 57, of Stuart, passed away Friday, February 28, 2014, at his home. He was born in Patrick County on December 19, 1956 and was a son of the late Lester and Nannie Conner Wimbush. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Curtis, Alfred, Warren and Bernard Wimbush; and two sisters, Annie Hairston and Barbara Foddrell.
Surviving are two stepdaughters, Kimberly Pruitt of Kannapolis, N.C., and Lindy Penn of Eden, N.C.; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Rev. Junior and Avis Wimbush of Woolwine, James L. and Violet Wimbush of Collinsville, and Clifford and Rosie Mary Wimbush of Martinsville; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Dorothy and James Wells of Stuart and Virginia A. and Kenneth Hairston of Martinsville; a host of nieces and nephews; and a companion, Margie Linster of Stuart.
Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) March 5, 2014 at 2 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart with his brother, Rev. Junior Wimbush officiating. Burial will follow in the Wimbush Family Cemetery on Pilson Sawmill Road. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the funeral home. Memorial donations may be made to the Joseph Wimbush Burial Fund, c/o Moody Funeral Home, PO Box 307, Stuart, VA 24171. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com
HAZEL L. WRIGHT
Hazel Lee Wright, 85, of Collinsville, died Friday, February 28, 2014, at her residence. She was born in Patrick County on January 10, 1929, and was a daughter of the late Flem D. Craig and Queenie Hancock Craig. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Paul E. Wright; two sisters, Lera Washburn and Vivian Ratliff; and one brother, Rev. D.C. Neal Craig. She retired from the Maryland State Social Services Department and formerly worked for more than a year for The Southern Area on Aging as a van driver. She was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sons; Rodger Lee Wright of Cumberland, Md., Michael E. Wright of Monroe, N.C., and Donald C. Wright of Martinsville; one sister, Viola Voorhees of Patrick Springs; two brothers, Wayne Craig and Clarence Craig, both of Patrick Springs; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister-in-law.
A celebration of life service was held Monday at the Pleasant View Baptist Church with the Revs. Rick Anderson and Wayne Hannah officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 22099 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart, Va. 24171. Arrangements were by Collins Funeral Home of Bassett. Send online condolences to www.collinsmckeestonebassett.com.