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STUART, VA
WEDNESDAY, MAY 20, 2015
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OLLIE A. AYERS
Ollie Ayers Ayers, 87, of Cana, passed away with her family by her side on Sunday, May 17, 2015, at Heritage Hall in Laurel Fork.
She was born December 20, 1927, in Carroll County, and was a daughter of the late Rufus E. and Savada Emaline Ayers. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Chester Ayers; three sisters, Mae Ayers, June Gwynn, and Zettie Gwynn; a brother, E.J. Ayers; and two sons-in-law, William Harnsberger and Wayne Lineberry.
She was a homemaker and orchardist. She was a lifelong member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in the Ward's Gap community. .
She is survived by six daughters, Caroline Harnsberger of Patrick Springs, Frances Dawson of Ararat, Peggy Crotts, Phyllis Allen, and Dorothy Hiatt, all of Cana, and Diana Lineberry of Austinville; one son, Donald Chester Ayers of Laurel Fork; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Joseph Emanuel Ayers and Victor Ernest Ayers; and a brother-in-law, Alfred Gwynn of Walnut Cove.
The funeral service will be held today (Wednesday), May 20, 2015, at 11 a.m. at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Cana with the Revs. Isreal Gwyn and Louis Martin officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Oak Grove Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Esther Ayers, 4217 Bear Trail Road, Cana, VA 24317.
Arrangements are by Moody Funeral Services in Mount Airy, N.C.
 
IMAJEAN H. BRUMMETT
Imajean H. Brummett, 79, of Laurinburg, N.C., formerly of Bassett, died on Monday, May 11, 2015, at Morrison Manor Hospice House of Scotland County, Laurinburg N.C.
She was born in Patrick County on September 30, 1935, and was a daughter of the late Arnold L. and Francis Bowman Hiatt. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert I. Brummett; two brothers, Hayford G. Hiatt and Ronnie L. Hiatt; a grandson, Joshua S. Hutchens; and a great-grandson, Austin McCullen.
She was a member of West Side Baptist Church in Laurinburg, N.C.
Surviving are three children, Imogene Elizabeth Pate, Ricky Lynn Brummett and Daisy Estelle Hutchens; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Patricia Ann Mason, Vada McGlothlin and Edith Ferguson; and three brothers, Robert W. Hiatt, Sayford M. Hiatt and Fordie W. Hiatt.
A graveside service was held Friday at Roselawn Burial Park.
Arrangements were by Bassett Funeral Services. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bassettfuneralservice.com.
 
O. SHELBURNE DOSS
Otis Shelburne Doss, 93, of the Moorefield Store Road community of Patrick County, and Lawsonville, N.C., went to be with the Lord on May 15, 2015.
He had been a resident of Blue Ridge Manor Assisted Living in Martinsville since October of 2012.
He was born on May 17, 1921, in Stokes County, N.C., and was a son of the late Robert L. and Lula Belle Lawrence Doss. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Clarice Mae Purgason Doss; sisters, Bessie L. Doss Corns, Mamie F. Doss Corns and Hester E. Doss Wood; and brothers, George R. Doss and Melvin A. Doss.
He lived and worked most of his life in the Stokes and Rockingham County, N.C., areas. He was a retired tobacco farmer and also worked as a textile mechanic at the former Burlington Industries facility in Madison, N.C.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II in England, France and Germany. He and his wife attended church at the Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church in the Moorefield Store community.
Surviving are his son, Otis Ray Doss and his wife Mary Ann Prillaman Doss of Winchester; and one grandson.
The funeral was held Monday, May 18, 2015 at the Norris Funeral Services Chapel, Stuart, with Elder Laray Smith and Jesse Hutchins officiating. Burial was in the Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church cemetery.
The family would like to sincerely thank the Blue Ridge Manor Assisted Living and Hospice staff for caring for Shelburne in his final days.
Online condolences may be made at www.NorrisFuneral.com.
 
DONALD R. KNIGHT
Donald (Donnie) Ray Knight, 75, of the Moorefield Store section of Spencer, died Monday, May 18, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born December 7, 1939, in Stokes County, N.C., and was a son of the late Flora H. and Hampton D. Knight. He was also predeceased by a brother, O'Neil Knight.
He was a member of Nettle Ridge United Methodist Church and an inactive charter member of Moorefield Store Fire Dept. He retired from West Window Corporation and had worked at Lester Home Center in the paint department.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Judith "Judy" Brown Knight of the home; one daughter, Christy Hall; and two grandchildren, all of Spencer; one sister, Joan Martin of Danbury, N.C., and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Norris Funeral Services Chapel in Stuart with Pastor Mark Clayton officiating. Burial will be private.
The family will receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. prior to the service.
Memorials contributions may be made to Nettle Ridge United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, c/o Willie Lawless, 2290 Mountain View Loop, Stuart, Va. 24171.
Arrangements are by Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Stuart. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.NorrisFuneral.com.
 
EVELYN S. MITCHELL
Evelyn S. Mitchell, 88, of Collinsville, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
She was born in Roanoke County on December 21, 1926 and was a daughter the late Marvin Ulysses Spence and the late Annie Light Spence. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Junior Spence, Curtis Spence, Edward Spence, Clarence Spence and Herbert Spence.
She was a member of the Collinsville Church of the Brethren and retired from Bassett Furniture Company.
She is survived by her husband of 67 years, George E. Mitchell Jr.; two sons, Bobby J. Mitchell and Rodney D. Mitchell, both of Collinsville; one daughter, Debbie Nuzum of Collinsville; two grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Pat Spence of Woolwine, Gary Spence of Alabama, and Clyde Spence of California; four sisters, Margaret Incognito of Callaway, Calif., Juanita Balas of Clovis, Calif., and Faye Bowman and Barbara Roberts, both Patrick Springs.
The funeral service was held Friday in the Collinsville Church of the Brethren with Pastor Roy McVey officiating. Burial was in the Roselawn Burial Park.
Arrangements were by Bassett Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bassettfuneralservice.com.
 
FRANCES D. SPENCER
Frances Ann Dunkley Spencer, age 82, of Stuart, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Stuart.
She was born in Martinsville on October 9, 1932 and was a daughter of the late James and Irene Cox Dunkley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Spencer; a great-grandchild, Konner Sturgill; two sisters, Lucy Jane Dunkley and Mary Dunkley Rautio; and a brother, Jimmy Dunkley.
She was a member of Creasey Chapel United Methodist Church and Pleasant Grove Christian Church, a member of the CCDF Ladies Auxiliary, and enjoyed The Food and Fun Program.
Surviving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Tommy and Glenda Morse of Stuart, David and Pamela Morse of Martinsville and Johnny and Revonda Morse of Walnut Cove, N.C.; one daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Michael Conner of Stuart; one stepdaughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Bob Orsina of Florida; nine grandchildren, J.D. Morse, Sherry M. Jones, Morgan Morse, Brent Morse, Angela Steele, Kim Drake, Amy Spence, Kristen Giarla and Zachary Morse; one stepgrandson; 14 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Creasey Chapel United Methodist Church with the Rev. Ricky Rogers officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
 
THOR R. (TED) THISSE
Born June 19, 1947 in Tampa, Florida--at home with the Lord, May 14, 2015.
Ted's family included mother Esme, father Al, and sisters Joyce and Pat. He grew up in the Florida countryside and earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical technology from LeTourneau College in Longview, Tex.
Directly after graduation, he served for seven years as the director of Camp Horizon, a Christian camp ministry in Leesburg, Fla. He then transitioned through several engineering positions. After retiring from engineering, he served as pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Stuart.
He loved his Lord, his family, and those around him.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Karen; daughter Beth, son Andy, their spouses and five grandchildren; his sisters Joyce, Pat, and brother-in-law David.
He will be missed.
A memorial service is scheduled at Grace Baptist Church (hisgraceforyou.org) in Stuart on Friday, May 22, 2015 at 11 am. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Grace Baptist Church.
Online condolences may be shared by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.