Obituaries – March 29th, 2017

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HENRY S. AMOS

Henry “Pete” Simpson Amos, 88, of Rocky Mount, died on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Franklin Memorial Hospital in Rocky Mount.

He was born on August 27, 1928 and was a son of the late Mary Martin and James C. Amos. He was also preceded in death by four sisters; Irene Joyce, Grace Parrish, Ann Steckler and Lillian Hutchens, and five brothers; Elmer Amos, Thomas Amos, Wade Amos, Carl Amos and Emory “Mutt” Amos.He was in the United States Army during the Korean war and was of the Baptist faith.Surviving are two daughters, Pam Amos Thornhill and Teresa Amos, both of Rocky Mount; one sister, Lou Hutchens of Spencer; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.The funeral was held Saturday at Unity Missionary Baptist Church in Stuart with Pastors Ed Hartman and Randy Sawyers officiating. Burial was in Pleasant Grove Primitive Baptist Church cemetery with military rites by Patrick County Veterans’ Memorial Honor Guard.Arrangements were by Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Stuart. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.NorrisFuneral.com.

 

GILBERT CASSADY

Gilbert “Junior” Cassady, 88, of Bassett, died Saturday, March 25, 2017.

He was born on September 20, 1928 in Stuart and was a son of the late Gilbert R. Cassady and the late Annie B. Cassady. He was also preceded in death by his wives, Frances “Tince” Clark and Delcie A. Cassady; a son, Paul Wayne Cassady; a daughter, Margaret LaVelle Cassady; a brother, James Cassady; and a sister, Thelma Woods.

He is survived by daughters, Janice Davis and Ada Hemrick; son, David Cassady; 11 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; brother, Bobby Cassady; sisters, Lois Turner and Dorothy Rigney; sister-in-law, Lillie Cassady; brother-in-law, Bill Woods; numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family members.

The family will receive friends from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 at First Baptist Church of Bassett where a memorial service will be conducted at 1 p.m. with Dr. Lew Bennett officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Bassett, P O Box 557, Bassett, VA 24055.

Arrangements are by Bassett Funeral Service..

 

PAUL E. CANNADAY

Paul Edward Cannaday, 96, died Friday, March 24, 2017.

He was born April 10, 1920 in Patrick County and was a son of the late Steven and Clara Turner Cannaday. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, James, John, Aaron and Riley Cannaday.

He retired from American Furniture with 45 years of service. He was a life-long member of Fairview Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Richard L. Cannaday; a stepdaughter, Joyce Wilder; one stepgrandson and two stepgranddaughters; three stepgreat-grandchildren; three stepgreat-great-grandchildren; a brother, Victor Cannaday; three sisters, Mary Hodge, Hester Wilson, and Josephine Ferguson; and many nieces and nephews.

His graveside funeral service was held on Tuesday in Roselawn Burial Park with Pastor Steve Pasley officiating.

The family extends special thanks to all the nurses and caregivers at the Franklin Health and Rehab.

Online condolences may be entered at www.roselawnchapelfuneralhom.com.

 

MARIE H. EDWARDS

Marie Hopkins Edwards, age 85, of Stuart, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Pioneer Community Hospital in Stuart.

She was born on June 26, 1931 in Patrick County to the late Joseph E. Hopkins and Maude Cochran Hopkins.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph L. Edwards; a sister, Lora Griffith; and three brothers, Lloyd Hopkins, Hoy Hopkins, and Lloyd Soyars.

She was a member of Stuart Baptist Church and had retired as an office manager with Blue Ridge Nursing Center.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Don Critchfield of Locust Grove; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jimmy and Sandra Edwards and Ricky and Susan Edwards all of Stuart; five grandchildren, Mark Critchfield, Joseph Edwards and wife Kate, Adrian Edwards and wife Kristy, Taylor Edwards and Gracen Edwards; three sisters, Dorothy Tatum, Anita Cox and Mae Pace all of Stuart; two brothers and a sister-in-law, George Hopkins of Stuart and Clint and Nancy Hopkins of Roanoke; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday in Sycamore Baptist Church cemetery with the Revs. Gerald Melton and Robert Belcher and Pastor Joe Pauliks officiating.

The family requests memorial donations be made the Stuart Baptist Church Youth Fund, P.O. Box 472, Stuart, VA  24171 or to the Sycamore Baptist Church Youth Fund, C/o Nancy Midkiff, Treasurer, 171 Sycamore Church Lane, Stuart, VA  24171.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

 

FLORENCE C. FAIN

Florence Clement Fain, age 83, of Claudville, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at her home.

She was born on July 2, 1933 in Patrick County and was a daughter of the late Raffie Clement and Sally Hiatt Clement. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Fain; a son, Delbert Fain; and one brother, Raffie Clement Jr.

She attended New Beginnings Church. She had a great passion for gardening, canning, and her flowers. She loved her family especially her grandbabies and great-grandbabies.

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Dawn Steele of Claudville and Lala and David Mabe of Lawsonville, NC; one son and daughter-in-law, Odell and Glenda Fain of Stuart; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; five sisters, Irene Belton of Ararat, Girlene Dollyhigh of Mount Airy, N.C., Lorene Bowman of Ararat, Pansy Hunter of King, N.C., Pam Wood of Ararat; several nieces and nephews; a special brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Clyde and Edna Hill of Claudville; and a special friend, Lib Maxwell of Claudville.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastors Dewayne Troutt and Barry Clement officiating. Burial was in the Fain Family Cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

 

HOMER W. FAIN

Homer William Fain, age 85, of Stuart, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, N.C.

He was born in Patrick County on March 19, 1932 and was a son of the late Paul Harold Fain and Lois Dollarhite Fain. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Audrey Gregory; and a brother, Howard Fain.

He retired from United Elastic with 40 years of service and had been a paper carrier for several years. He loved gardening and bee keeping. He was a sweet, humble and kind man who was devoted to his wife and family, and was fondly known as “Poppy” to his great-grandchildren.  Surviving are his wife of 63 years, Anna Cox Fain of the home; two daughters, Beverly Fain Shelton of Stuart and Sonya Lea Fain of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a grandson, Kevin Duane Shelton; three great-grandchildren, Tamara Shelton, Claira Frisco and Brittany Shelton; five siblings, Lucy (Elder Donnie) Conner and Elaine (Winfield) Gammons, all of Stuart, Herman (Linda) Fain of Patrick Springs, and Vernon “Pete” Fain and Bernice (Vernon) Tilley, all of Stuart; a brother-in-law, Thomas Gregory of Patrick Springs; a sister-in-law, Hollis Fain of Patrick Springs; and several nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 3 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Elder Tim McGrady officiating. Burial will follow in Patrick Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home, and at other times at the home.

If desired, memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice or to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting  www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

 

GARY W. GRAY

Gary Wayne Gray, age 73, of Westfield, N.C., passed away Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart.

He was born in Stokes County, N.C., on November 26, 1943 and was a son of the late Lloyd Gray and Rachel Collins Gray Jefferson. He was also preceded in death by an infant daughter, Leslie Michelle Gray; his stepfather, Thomas “Jack” Jefferson; and a brother-in-law, Dennis Mabe.

He was a member of Collinstown Presbyterian Church, and had been a driver for Clark Gas and Oil for many years. He was an avid golfer and a life-long fan of the UNC Tarheels.

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Mary Beth and Tony Boles of Lawsonville, N.C., and Jessica Gray of Stuart; 10 grandchildren, Amelia Boles, Allee Boles, Destiny Butski and husband Doug, Ian Eckrote, Serinity Eckrote, Lawney Eckrote III, Ethan Eckrote, Clariti Mitchell, Maisley Mitchell and Journee Pack; three great-grandchildren, Bently, Corbin and Marley Butski; two sisters, Annie Laura Mabe of Advance, N.C., Kaylene Shelton of Westfield; a brother, Timmy Jefferson and wife Teresa “Tee” of Westfield; several nieces and nephews; long-time best friend, R.W. Goins of Westfield; and special caregivers, Carolyn Rose and Destiny Butski.

Funeral services will be held  Thursday at 11 a.m. at Collinstown Presbyterian Church with Pastors Shaun Draughn and Ricky Rogers officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Gary Wayne Gray Memorial Fund, c/o Moody Funeral Home, P.O. Box 307, Stuart, Va. 24171.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

 

BRENDA L. HOWELL

Brenda Lee Howell, age 56, of Stuart, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, N.C.

She was born in Patrick County on January 2, 1961, and was preceded in death by her father, Samuel Chester Howell.

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Tabitha Foley and Kimberly and Ryan Steele, all of Stuart; a son and daughter-in-law, Jody and Yvvette Foley of Stuart; three grandchildren, Emma, Raymond and Hunter; her mother, Virginia Marshall Howell of Meadows of Dan; two sisters, Betty Boyd and Gina Justice, both of Meadows of Dan; and two brothers, Jimmy Howell and Sammy Howell, both of Meadows of Dan.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastor Wayne Moore officiating. Burial was private.

If desired, memorials may be made to Woltz Hospice Home, 945 Zephyr Road, Dobson, N.C. 27017.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

 

EVERLENE S. JOYCE

Everlene Stewart Joyce, 81, of Martinsville, died on Thursday, March 23, 2017, at Blue Ridge Nursing Home.

She was born on July, 29, 1935 in Patrick County and was a daughter of the late William Bryant Stewart and Annie Riggs Stewart. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Moir Allen Joyce Jr.; and a granddaughter, Jessica Hulsey

She was a member of Friendly Christian Church

Surviving are her daughters, Pario Lee and husband Rick Law of Jacksonville, Fla., and Donna and husband Bob Hulsey of Martinsville; son, Moir A. “Chip” Joyce III of Winston-Salem, N.C. She is also survived by four grandchildren, Richard N. “Rusty” Law Jr. “of Orlando, Fla., Whitney Law of Jacksonville, Fla., and Ian Hulsey and Connor Joyce, both of Winston-Salem; and three great-grandchildren.

The graveside service was held Saturday at Roselawn Burial Park with the Rev. James Jordan officiating

Memorials can be made to Alzheimer’s Association, (www.alz.org), 225 N. Michigan Ave. FL17, Chicago, IL, 60601-7633.

Arrangements were by Norris Funeral Services and Crematory of Martinsville. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.

 

JAMES R. MARTIN

James Roy Martin, 76, of Patrick Springs, died Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

He was born on July 10, 1940 and was a son of the late Randolph and Annie Martin. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Shirley and brother, Randolph “Tom” Martin.

He served in the United States Army during Vietnam, he was the past post commander, Post #35 AmVets; past Post #35 finance officer, past state finance officer AmVets, and also belonged to the American Legion #105, Stuart, Bassett Moose Lodge #383, and was a life member of AmVets Post #35, Collinsville.

He is survived by a son, Randy; daughter, Kimberley; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Frances Hopkins and Shirley Greer; and two brothers, Demious Martin and Paul Martin.

The funeral service was held Saturday at Bassett Funeral Service chapel with Pastor Terry Dalton officiating. Burial was in County Line Church of God of Prophecy Cemetery.

 

VIRGINIA T. MOTT

Virginia Dare Trent Mott, 81, of Spencer, died on Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at her home.

She was the daughter of Helen Virginia Hylton Trent and William Basil Trent Sr. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde J. Mott; a sister, Mollie Allen Trent; and a brother, William Basil Trent Jr. and wife Charleen.She was a proud member of Mayo Baptist Church and served as secretary and treasurer for numerous years. Her dedication to our nation was unprecedented with over 30 years of honorable government service beginning with three years and six months as a member of the United States Air Force and concluded with 27 years of exceptional government service as a professional administrative specialist.She was a loving daughter, mother, wife,  grandmother, a leader, counselor, guiding light and inspiration to us all.

Surviving are two sons, Basil Keith Mott Sr. and wife Rebecca and Kevin Clyde Mott and wife Misuk, all of Spencer; one sister, Lillie Sue Hoyle and husband Jacob of Spencer; one brother, George Robert Trent of Spencer; and four grandchildren; Brandi D. Mott, Jason T. Mott, Basil K. Mott Jr. and Krystal F. Mott. The funeral will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Mayo Baptist Church with Pastor Ricky Bates officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors by Patrick County Veterans’ Memorial Honor Guard.The family will receive friends tonight (Wednesday) from 6 to 8 p.m. at Norris Funeral Services in Stuart and other times at the home.Memorials may be made to Mayo Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 25 Spencer, VA 24165.Online condolences may be made to the family at www.NorrisFuneral.com.

 

ALMA F. MULLINS

Alma Foley “Pat” Mullins, age 74, of Stuart, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017, at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart.

She was born in Patrick County on October 28, 1942 and was a daughter of the late James Todd Foley and Jessie Alma Hodges Foley.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Okey Carl Mullins; a daughter, Elizabeth “Janie” Allen; three sisters, Mildred Hughes, Faye Dunford and Jean Williams; and a brother, James Wesley Foley.She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Deborah Mullins of Stuart and Pam Foley and Kenny Hylton of Spencer; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Joann Downs of Georgia, and Hilda Parker and Carolyn Eanes, both of Martinsville; a brother, Troy Foley of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.A graveside service was held Saturday in the Stateline Cemetery with Pastor Gene Pearson officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Alma Mullins Memorial Fund, c/o Moody Funeral Home, P.O. Box 307, Stuart, Virginia 24171.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting  www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

 

BUDDY PENDLETON

The angel band came for Patrick County bluegrass fiddler, Buddy Pendleton, Friday evening, March 24, 2017 to bear him away to his immortal home.

Buddy, age 81, of Woolwine was born in Patrick County to the late Roscoe N. Pendleton and Mabel Hopkins Pendleton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Kaye P. Rorrer; and a brother, Bruce Pendleton.

Buddy loved trees and all of nature and was a steward of the land. His lifelong career as a rural mail carrier enabled him to enjoy his cherished Blue Ridge Mountains. He connected with people through the universal language of music and his particular passion was for what he called “mountain jazz.” People were drawn to his complex tune variations played in an effortless long bow style.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Barbara Jean Byers Pendleton of the home; one daughter and son-in-law, Robin and Joby Kauffman of Christiansburg; two grandchildren, Vivian and Joel Kauffman; one sister and brother-in-law, Faye and Philip Plaster of Patrick Springs; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Bob and Paula Pendleton of Patrick Springs and Lane Pendleton of Stuart; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday) at 11 a.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with the Rev. Danny Redman officiating. Burial will follow in the Buffalo Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church cemetery where the family would like to invite all musicians who knew and loved Buddy and his music, to bring instruments to the graveside service for a memorial jam. Three familiar hymns (Will the Circle Be Unbroken, I’ll Fly Away and I Saw the Light) will be played as part of the committal service.

The family received friends Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Chris Byers, Ivan Byers, Rick Fain, Joby Kauffman, Ryan Pendleton and Jim Wyatt. Bernard Hylton and Carroll Wood will serve as honorary pallbearers.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Smith River Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 122, Woolwine, VA 24185.

Online condolences may be sent to http://www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

 

CHARLES H. TATUM

Charles Hughes Tatum, age 83, of Stuart, passed away at his home on Thursday, March 23, 2017.

He was born in Patrick County on November 20, 1933 and was a son of the late James “Jim” Tatum and Abigail Rucker Tatum. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Ruth E. Turner Tatum; a son, Charles G. Tatum; five brothers, Joe Tatum, James Tatum, William Faye Tatum, Glen E. Tatum and Kyle E. Tatum; and two sisters, Dorothy Tatum and Inez Tatum Agnew.

He served three tours in Vietnam while in the United States Army with the 101st Airborne Division. He attended the Greater Tabernacle of Praise.Surviving are three sons, Terry Marshall Tatum and wife Martina of Winston-Salem, N.C., Carvey Lee Tatum of Stuart and James L. Tatum and wife Martina of Danville; six grandchildren: Marcel Tatum, Maurice Scott, April Jefferson, Kasey Evans, Carvey Evans, and Carolyn Jean Hauser; five great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Hill of Martinsville and Virginia Loggins of Stuart; a brother, Ralph Tatum of Fredericksburg; and a host of nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 1, at 12 p.m. at the Greater Tabernacle of Praise with Elder Melton Roberson officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Patrick Memorial Gardens with military rites by the Patrick County Veterans’ Memorial Honor Guard.

The wake will be held 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.

If desired, memorials may be made to PAWS (Patrick Animal Welfare Society), P.O. Box 743, Stuart, Va. 24171.

Moody Funeral Home in Stuart is in charge of the services, and online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

 

DOROTHY B. VIA

Dorothy “Dot” Barbour Via, 83, of Critz, died on Monday, March 27, 2017, at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart.

She was born on January 1, 1934, and was a daughter of the late Rader William Barbour and Andrew Lee Barbour. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Marilyn Cummings; and a brother, Harold Barbour.She was a member of Stella Christian Church and worked at Bassett-Walker for many years.Surviving are her husband; Ben Lee Via of the home, three sisters, Lenna Martin, Midge Tatum and Phyllis Patterson, all of Patrick Springs; two daughters; Jo Kapfer and husband Doug and Duane Via, three grandchildren, Katie Litton and husband Daniel, Steve Kapfer and wife Krissy, and Anna Amos, and three great-grandchildren, Sarah Litton, Kristopher Litton and Lilly Kapfer.The funeral will be held at 2 p.m.. today (Wednesday) at Stella Christian Church with Pastor Steve Hayes officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.The family will receive friends 30 minutes before the service from 1:30 to 2 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Patrick County Food Bank, P.O. Box 1304, Stuart, VA 24171, or to Juvenile Diabetes, J.D.R.S. Greater Blue Ridge, 3959 Electric Rd. #222, Roanoke, VA 24018; or American Cancer Society P.O. Box 3907, Martinsville, VA 24115.Arrangements are by Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Stuart. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.NorrisFuneral.com.

 

G. EUGENE WOOD

G. Eugene Wood, age 94, of Woolwine, passed away Thursday, March 23, 2017, in Richmond.

He was born in Franklin County on December 19, 1922 and was a son of the late Soloman Sylvanus “Syl” Wood and Lillie Nolen Wood. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, Flossie Richardson, Elsie Griffith and Ilene Thomas; and two brothers, Roy and Clifford Wood.

He served in the United States Army during World War II in the European Theatre of Operations as a security guard.Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Crystal W. Wood of the home; two daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Doug Niemi of Jackson, Wyo., and Darlene and Clayton Clevey of Richmond; four grandchildren, Chad Niemi, Cheryl Schaefer and husband Mike, Rachel Clevey and Jordan Clevey; and a great-grandchild, Heath Schaefer.Funeral services were held Sunday, March 26, at Woolwine United Methodist Church with Pastor Sandy Wright officiating. Burial was in the Woolwine Cemetery with military rites by the Patrick County Veterans’ Memorial Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to Smith River Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 122, Woolwine, Va. 24185 or to Woolwine Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 138, Woolwine, Va. 24185.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt appreciation to Westport Rehabilitation and Nursing Center and to friends for their many, many acts of kindness.

Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.