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Thomas Edward Brown, age 90, of Pilot Mountain, N.C., a well-known farmer in the Westfield, N.C., community, died at his home Thursday, August 20, 2015.
Born on February 1, 1925, he was a veteran of World War II and served in Europe. Until the decline of his health, he was a active member of Westfield Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon and on numerous committees.
He was preceded in death by his parents: W. H. (Hub) Brown and Elizabeth S. Brown; two brothers, Will Brown and John Brown; three sisters-in-law, Betty Mae Brown, Martha Brown, and Frances Shackelford Glass; and two brothers-in-law, Joe McCann and Max Quillen.
He served on the Surry County Soil and Conservation Committee for 45 years, and was also a member of the original Board of Education when East Surry High School opened.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Betty Shackelford Brown; two daughters: Peggy Best of Ararat and Judy Flake of Pilot Mountain, N.C, two grandsons and one granddaughter; four great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter; one brother, Wayne Brown of Chatham; three sisters: Virginia Quillen of Blacksburg, Irene McCann of Salisbury, N.C., and Ilene East of Ridgeway; two brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law and many wonderful nieces, nephews and friends.
A celebration of life was held at Westfield Baptist Church on Saturday with Dr. Joel Stephens officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery with full military honors by VFW Memorial Honor Guard, Pilot Mountain Post 9436 and Mount Airy Post 2019.
Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care at 401 Technology Lane, Suite 200, Mount Airy, NC 27030.
The family would like to express their deepest gratitude to the nurses and staff of Mountain Valley Hospice for their care and support.
Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy.
Carroll Curtis Coates Sr., age 85, of Stuart, died Saturday, August 22, 2015, at the Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart.
He was born in Halifax County on November 4, 1929 and was a son of the late Garland and Nellie Younger Coates. He was also preceded in death by a son, Thad Coates, and a daughter, Sherri Coates.
He had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a man of honor, integrity and love for his family; a life well lived.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia Wilson Coates of the home; one son, Curt Coates of Stuart; three grandchildren, Colt, Mason and Meghan Coates; one brother, Wayland Coates of Halifax; and one sister, Jane Sadler of Pittsburgh, Pa.
A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 27, at 2 p.m. at Fairystone Baptist Church with military rites by the Patrick County Veterans' Memorial Honor Guard. Burial will be private.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Moody Funeral Home in Stuart is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent by visiting
Minnie Alice Cockram DeHart, age 80, of Woolwine, died Sunday, August 23, 2015 at her home.
She was born in Patrick County on July 12, 1935 and was a daughter of the late Buren and Pat Harbour Cockram. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Roy Cline DeHart, and an infant brother.
Surviving are four daughters, Ann DeHart Scotti of New Jersey, Ellen Sue DeHart Carty of Salem, Jean DeHart of Boone, N.C., Margaret DeHart McManus and husband Mike of Pulaski; and five grandchildren, Jennifer Carty, Melissa Carty, Evan McManus, Daniel McManus and Jackson McManus.
A graveside service will be held Friday, August 28, 2015 at 2 p.m. in the Cockram family cemetery.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.
If desired, memorials may be made to Smith River Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 122, Woolwine, Va. 24185 or to the Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department, 9957 Woolwine Hwy., Woolwine, Va. 24185.
Online condolences may be held by visiting
"Heaven gained a beautiful bearded angel" when Marvin "Dale" Hawks, age 59, of Ararat, passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Surry County, N.C., on January 16, 1956, to Clinton Hawks and the late Myrtle Belle East Hawks. He was deeply loved and admired not only by his family and friends, but by his entire community as well. He will be dearly missed.
Surviving is his devoted wife, Margaret Bowman Hawks; daughters, Kristine "Kristy" Amanda Hawks, Rosemary "Jeanette" Hawks and "Rebecca" Dale Hawks; his father, Clinton Hawks; sisters and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Joe Meadows and Judy and Michael Grove; brothers and sisters-in-law, Wade and Linda Hawks, Carl Hawks and fiancé Kathy Little and Jamie and Kristy Hawks; special friends, Tony Martin and Dale Wright; several nieces and nephews and many other special friends.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, August 22, 201, at Moody Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Tim Crotts and eulogy by Scott Sutton. Burial was in the Hawks Family Cemetery.
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Iris Hazlewood Hylton, age 85, of Danville, died Thursday, August 20, 2015, at her home.
She was born in Patrick County on April 13, 1930 and was a daughter of the late Joseph Samuel and Wayra Gunter Hazlewood. She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Ethelyne Creasey, Thelma Martin and Doris Ellen Martin.
She was a member of North Main Baptist Church in Danville.
Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Julia and Lynn Hughes of Brosville and Beth and Jim Deleharty of Washington, D.C.; one son, Frank Hylton of Laurel Fork; granddaughters, Brynn Daniel and husband Jacob of Raleigh, N.C., and Jeri Buckner and husband Michael of Danville; a great-grandson, Beven Grey Daniel; one sister, Faye Staples of Ridgeway; one brother, Lee Hazlewood of Patrick Springs; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friends, Mary Ann and Judy Elliott and Pauline Osborne.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with the Rev. Jim Churchwell officiating. Burial was in the Gunter family cemetery.
The family would like to offer a special thank you to Iris's caregivers, Pat, Priscilla, Cindy and Jackie, and to the nurses and staff of Liberty Homecare and Hospice.
If desired, memorials may be made to the Gunter Family Cemetery, c/o Ann Goad, 225 Clark House Farm Road, Stuart, Va. 24171.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting
Mildred West Martin, age 90, of Stuart, went to be with the Lord on August 14, 2015, at Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation in Elkin, N.C.
She was born to the late Andrew Bennett West and Emma Hall West. She graduated from Meadows of Dan High School in Virginia. She worked in the shipyards at Newport News and later was a dedicated farmer's wife and homemaker. She was an active member of Peters Creek Baptist Church, which she loved dearly.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, William R. Martin, and brothers; Jesse, Bud, and Glidewell West.
Surviving are her daughters, Sue M. Redden (Steve) of Jonesville, N.C., and Carol M. Luckey (Tony) of Denver, N.C.; grandchildren, Steven Drum and Amy Drum. both of Winston-Salem, N.C.; great granddaughter, Bailee Drum of Winston-Salem; sisters; Marie Combs of Clemmons, N.C., and Lucy L. Cruise of Vesta; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at Peters Creek Baptist Church on Sunday, August 16 at 3 p.m. with Pastor Terry Ragsdale officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Peters Creek Baptist Church, 6561 NC 8 Hwy. North, Lawsonville, NC 27022.
The family would like to thank Dr. Evan Ballard of Jonesville Family Medical Center and all the staff at Chatham Nursing and Rehabilitation for the excellent care she received.
Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. Online condolences may be sent by visiting