MARGARET M. BURGE
Margaret Coe Morrison Burge, 83, of Martinsville, passed away Sunday, January 29, 2017, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
She was born on March 10, 1933 in Patrick County to the late Bedie Mary Morrison and John Abe Morrison. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Paul David Burge, two infant sons, Gary Kenneth Burge and Chuckie D. Burge, four sisters, Alpha Pilson, Addie Sue Talley, Irene Morrison and Josephine May, and four brothers, Roy Morrison, Lawrence C. Morrison, John G. Morrison and Henry Clay Morrison.
She attended Woolwine High School and worked at E.I. DuPont 34-1/2 years. She was a member of Wilson Street Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving are her sons, Jerry Paul Burge and wife Cae of Stuart and Randy David Burge of Atlanta, Ga.; grandson, Kevin A. Burge of Manassas; sister, Christine Dalton Burnette of Roanoke; and a special friend, George L. Hundley of Martinsville.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. today (Wednesday, February 1) at Norris Funeral Services Martinsville. Burial will be at Roselawn Burial Park, Martinsville.
Arrangements are by Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, Martinsville. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com. I’m Free Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free. I’m following the path God has told, you see.
I took His hand when I heard His call, I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day, to laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way.
If my parting has left a void, then fill it with remembered joys. A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss; oh yes, these things I too will miss.
Be not burdened with times of sorrow, I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full; I savored much; good friends, good times, and a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief. Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your hearts, and peace to thee—God wanted me now; He set me free.
JUNIOR A. FLIPPIN
Junior Andy Flippin of Stuart, passed away Saturday, January 28, 2017, at his home.
He was born in Stokes County, N.C., on September 6, 1942 and was a son of the late Andy Jesse Flippin and Lula Mae Bingman Flippin. He was also preceded in death by a sister, Betty Lou Flippin, and a brother, Kenneth Ray Flippin.
Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Ilene Hall Flippin of Bassett; one daughter, Connie Cox of Stuart; one son, Darryl S. Flippin of Martinsville; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two step-granddaughters; two step-great-grandsons; three sisters, Bonnie Lawson of Stuart, Shelby Hall of Collinsville and Linda Quesenberry of Laurel Fork; two brothers, Billy Wayne Flippin and Eddie Joe Flippin, both of Stuart; and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Junior Andy Flippin Memorial Fund, c/o Moody Funeral Home, P.O. Box 307, Stuart, Va. 24171.
Moody Funeral Home in Stuart is handling the arrangements and online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
ADDIE W. GIBBS
Addie Wilkinson Gibbs, 84, of Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart, passed away Friday, January 27, 2017, at the center.
She was born June 21, 1932, in Pittsylvania County to the late John Thomas Wilkinson and Annie Myers Wilkinson. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Gibbs and a sister, Charlotte Frances Joyce.
She was a graduate of Fieldale High School and was owner and operator of Vogue Designs Upholstery. She was of the Baptist faith.
Addie is survived by her sister, Virginia W. Horsley of Fieldale; two nephews; one niece; three great-nephews and two great-nieces.
A funeral service will be held today (Wednesday) at 1 p.m. at Wright Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Stanley Waddell officiating. The family will receive friends from noon until time of the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Martinsville Henry County SPCA, 132 Joseph Martin Highway, Martinsville, Va. 24112.
Wright Funeral Service is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.wrightfuneralservices.net.
KATHERINE W. JOYCE
Katherine W. Joyce, age 56, of Winston-Salem, N.C., passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart.
She was born July 11, 1960 in Oakland, Calif., to Thomas and Phyllis Wilson. She was raised in Piedmont, Calif., but finished school in Darien, Conn. She was a 1978 graduate of Darien (CT) High School, and a 1982 graduate of Mount Vernon College where she majored in interior design.
She married James H. Joyce III in 1988, and they lived and raised their family in Winston-Salem. She worked as an interior designer and travel agent before starting the career she loved most in the world, being a full-time mom devoted to her three children: Jimmy Joyce, Matthew Joyce and Jennifer Joyce.
She accepted Christ as her savior as an adult and was baptized with her two sons at First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem. She was active in her church, her community, and her neighborhood. She loved playing tennis, skiing, sailing, photography, music and travel. She was happiest at the beach with her beloved family and friends.
Beyond her family and friends, her special passion was serving as a missionary each January to the village of Cielo in the Dominican Republic. She came to know and love Christ and the people of the DR over her many trips there.
In addition to her husband and three children, Katherine is survived by her father, Thomas Wilson; mother, Phyllis Carmichael; brother, Jonathan Wilson; daughter-in-law Rachel Joyce, special family friend Maria Alexander, and her big extended family who loved her dearly.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in her name to the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org).
Two memorial services will be held to celebrate her life. The first will be on Saturday, February 4 at 11 a.m. at Moody Funeral Services in Stuart. The second will be on Tuesday, February 7 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Winston-Salem. Her family will receive visitors at both services one hour before each service.
A reception will follow the memorial service at First Baptist Church on February 7.
Moody Funeral Home in Stuart is in charge of the arrangements and online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
CHARLOTTE J. SETLIFF
Charlotte Ann Jones Setliff, age 86, of Stuart, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017, at the Blue Ridge Therapy Connection.
She was born in Patrick County on July 10, 1930. She was preceded in death by her father, Eck Foley; her mother and stepfather, Beatrice Martin Jones and Joseph Odell Jones; her husband, Chester Setliff; a grandson, Nash Boyd Jr.; four sisters, Hazel Hall, Lois Jones, Peggy Manns and Lottie Rorrer; and two brothers, Richard and Clarence Jones.
She was a member of Elamsville Church of God of Prophecy.
Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Wanda and Larry Handy of Stuart, Brenda and Nash Boyd of Woolwine, and Ella Mae Setliff of Rocky Mount; five sons and daughters-in-law, Clinton and Patsy Setliff of Henry, Coy Setliff of Rocky Mount, Earnie and Valerie Setliff of Stuart, Ronnie and Margie Setliff of Henry and Tommy Setliff of Stuart; 19 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Holley and Jolene Walker, both of Reidsville, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Ocie DeHart and husband Billy of Woolwine, and Pat Jones of Collinsville; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastor Greg Martin officiating. Burial was in the Elamsville Church of God of Prophecy Church cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent to www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
JAMES L. SLATE
James Leon Slate, 67, of Mount Airy, N.C., passed away on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Forsyth Medical Center after a brief illness.
He was born in Surry County, N.C., on March 9, 1949 to Margaret Mae Sechrist Slate and the late Ralph Lewis Slate.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was a one of a kind super human being with a heart of gold and a great friend to everyone. He retired as general manager from Mt. Airy Oil Company after 32 years of service, yet continued to go by and visit every day.
Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of almost 50 years, Connie Sue Boyles Slate; his daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Bradley Radford; two grandchildren, Christopher Radford and wife, Chrisie, and Jamie Radford and girlfriend, Makayla Martin; great-grandchildren, Ellie King, Jayden Radford and Kenzie Radford; a sister and brother-in-law, Jewel and Horace Bondurant; mother-in-law, Ruth Allred; a special niece, Amy Leech and an “adopted daughter,” Kathy Alderman; and several nieces and nephews.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at the Pedigo Family Cemetery in Ararat with the Revs. Darren Slate and Ed Hartman officiating. The family received friends at the home from 4 to 6 p.m. last Saturday.
Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy assisted the Slate Family. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
WILLIAM T. SMITH
William Tyler Smith, 29, of Horsepasture, died Thursday, January 26, 2017.
He was a 2005 graduate of Magna Vista High School, attended Ferrum College and was an avid fisherman and hunter. He had been living and working at Quiet Creek Farm in Irvine, Ky., for almost two years.
He is survived by his mother, Susan P. Smith of Ridgeway; his son, William Maxwell Smith of Stuart; his sister, L. Anna Sullivan of Richmond; and aunts, uncles, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Clarence Smith III.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Horsepasture Christian Church with Minister David Cuthbertson officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service from 12 to 1 p.m. Burial will be in the Burnette Prillaman Ross Family Cemetery in Ferrum.
The family would like to thank all those who truly cared for Tyler and worked with him and saw him as a child of God.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Horsepasture Christian Church, 1146 Horsepasture Price Rd., Ridgeway, VA. 24148 or Tackfully Teamed Riding Academy, 7975 Henry Road, Henry, VA 24102
Norris Funeral Services Inc. and Crematory Martinsville is serving the Smith family. Online condolences may be made at www.NorrisFuenral.com.
MARY F. THOMAS
Mary Jerelane Foley Thomas, age 85, of Woolwine, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart.
She was born in Patrick County on December 24, 1931 and was a daughter of the late James Frank Foley and Vada Mary Sawyers Foley. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Swanson Ray Thomas; a daughter, Patricia Ann Foley; two sisters, Odean Thomas and Pauline Foley; and four brothers, Alvis McCray Foley Sr., Alexander Foley, Frank Foley and Grady Foley.
She was a member of Buffalo Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church, and had been a school bus driver for 27 years with the Patrick County School System. Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie Bryan and Sylvia Foley of Collinsville, and Alvin William and Rhonda Foley of Bassett; four grandchildren, Anthony Lee Foley, Samantha Pendleton, Mary Hayzlett and Alvin Foley Jr., two great-grandchildren; one brother, Lewis Foley of Stuart; three sisters, Allene Foley and Nannie Bett Martin, both of Stuart, Brenda Adams of Ferrum; and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with the Rev. Kenneth Terry officiating. Burial was in the Foley family cemetery.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
WILLIE B. WITT
Willie Marie Biggs Witt, 102, of Axton, died Sunday, January 29, 2017, at her home.
She was born on September 2, 1914 in North Carolina to the late George Preston Biggs and Nannie Dalton Biggs. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Richard William Witt Sr., sons, Larry Witt, and Michael Witt, sisters, Hilda Gilley, Lillie Gilley, Hilda Martin, Kate Laymon and Nina Martin, and brothers, Isom Biggs and George Biggs.
Surviving are her daughters, Sharon Harris of Ridgeway, Brenda Moore of Reidsville, N.C., Myrna Knight of Eden, N.C., Maxine Lucas of Pembroke and Majorie Bowles of Eden; sons, Richard William “Billy” Witt and Travis Witt , both of Bassett. She was also survived grandchildren, great- grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, great-great-great-grandchildren which totaled 124.
The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at Norris Funeral Services, Stuart with Elder Roy Bowles officiating. Burial will be at Patrick Memorial Gardens.
Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.