Obituaries – April 26th, 2017

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CLARA A. ADAMS

Clara A. Adams, 92, of Bassett, died on Monday, April 17, 2017.

She was born in Patrick County on August 19, 1924 and was a daughter of the late George T. and Anna Foley Adams. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Cecil R. Adams; brothers, Lloyd, Lester, Noel and Buren Adams; and sisters, Lena Clark and Lucille Koger.

She is survived by a son, Gerald Adams; a daughter, Kim Trogdon; two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and one brother, Barney Adams.

The funeral service was held Friday at Bassett Funeral Service chapel with the Revs. Rick Anderson and Wayne Hannah officiating. Burial was in the Ross-Harbour United Methodist Church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ross-Harbour United Methodist Church, Cemetery Fund or Ladies Auxiliary, 6230 Elamsville Rd., Stuart, VA 24171.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bassettfuneralservice.com.

 

ROBERT L. CLARK

Robert Lester Clark, age 69, of Stuart went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 23, 2017, at Pioneer Community Hospital.

He was born in Patrick County on July 16, 1947 and was a son of the late Robert Marion Clark and Sally Agnes Stowe Clark. He was also preceded in death by a great-granddaughter, Addilynn Grace Hooker.

He graduated from Stuart High School in 1965. He had worked in the textile industry for 40 years before becoming disabled. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. One of his greatest joys in life were all of his grandchildren.

Surviving are his loving wife of 51 years, Janet Vipperman Clark of the home; one son, Kevin Clark of the home; two daughters, Rhonda Clark and Shannon Leath, both of Stuart; eight grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren, Brittany Martin (Joshua), Sydney Clark, Emily Clark, Hope Hall (Preston), Holly Hooker (Josh), Cody Wyatt (Tina Holt), Hannah Boyd (Danny), Sara Leath, Austin Leath, Dale Leath (Patti) and Jessica Catron; four great-grandchildren; Haven Wyatt, Abigail Hall, Aiden Hooker, and Sterling Martin; four step great-grandchildren, Mason Leath, Addison Leath, Arianna Catron, and Payton Catron, and one sister, Sally C. Smith (James) of Stuart.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 27 at 3 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart with Pastor Jim Churchwell officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Patrick Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends tonight (Wednesday) from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life Patrick County Chapter, P.O. Box 3907 Martinsville, VA 24115-3907, Breast Cancer Foundation, as Robert was an avid supporter of breast cancer research.

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

 

LUCY L. CRUISE

Lucy Lea Cruise, age 86, of Vesta, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017.

She was born in Patrick County to the late Andrew Bennett West and Emma Hall West. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Mildred W. Martin and Marie W. Combs; and three brothers, Jesse R. West, John “Bud” West, and Glidewell “Goob” West.

She worked for the Vesta Post Office and was a cafeteria worker at Meadows of Dan Elementary School. She was a member of Meadows of Dan Baptist Church.

Surviving are three daughters and a son-in-law, Barbara Cruise of Vesta, Cathy Boyd of Meadows of Dan, Ann and Norman Wood of Meadows of Dan; a special nephew, Garland West and wife Stacy of Vesta; a sister-in-law, Martha B. West of Collinsville; a nephew and several nieces; and her special caregivers, Carolyn Belcher, Shirley Sutphin, and Bonnie and Jimmy Goad.

Funeral services were held Sunday at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastors John Franklin and Shawn Carter officiating. Burial was in the Meadows of Dan Baptist Church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Meadows of Dan Fire Dept., P.O. Box 830, Meadows of Dan, VA 24120 or to the Meadows of Dan Baptist Church, 2511 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Meadows of Dan, VA 24120.

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

 

JAMES E. FAIN

James Emmit Fain, age 84 of Stuart, passed away at the Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

He was born in Patrick County on April 18, 1933 to the late Amos Green Fain and Minnie Eunice Rakes Fain. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Dorothy (Dot) Fain (they are now walking hand in hand on the streets of gold), and his sisters, Virginia Scearce, Stella Mitchell, and Audrey Rorrer.

He faithfully served his country in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict. James was a loving husband, father, grandfather, son, uncle and friend. He loved his family and the simple things in life, like hunting and fishing. He will be loved and missed always.

Surviving are one daughter, Wanda Shough of Stuart; a grandson, Jason Shough of Stuart; two brothers, William Fain of Patrick Springs and Clayton Fain of Stuart; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, April 26) at 3 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart with Pastor Kriss Foley officiating. Burial will immediately follow the service in Patrick Memorial Gardens. Patrick County Veterans’ Memorial Honor Guard will conduct military rites.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to PAWS, (Patrick Animal Welfare Society), P.O. Box 743, Stuart, VA  24171, or to the American Heart Association, c/o Patty Hazelwood, Memorial Gift Chairman, 1988 Wayside Road, Stuart, VA  24171.

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

 

JAMES D. HANNAH

Direct on Good Friday, April 14, 2017, it was late in the evening when James Delano “Big Jim” Hannah, 83, of Romney, W.Va., lost his battle with cancer but saw victory as he left his earthly life to spend Easter with Jesus in heaven.Known for his great storytelling, sense of humor, gentlemanly ways, black cowboy hat and willingness to help anyone in need, Jim was born at home in Roanoke on July 14, 1933.He left Roanoke at the age of eight, when his parents moved north to Baltimore in search of work. He grew up in Berkshire playing street ball and sharing his love of Jesus Christ with the neighborhood guys. He attended Sparrows Point High School, but left before graduating to join the Navy at the age of 17.

He spent the Korean War years in occupied Japan. During that time he received many letters from a high school friend, who he had met while on the newspaper staff. That began a love story that transcended death as even after her passing in 2011, Jim would tell anyone who would listen about the love of his life, wife and mother of his four children, Martha.Jim was a police officer and security guard by trade. He walked a beat in the steel town of Sparrows Point, Md., until the higher ups at Bethlehem Steel recognized his great people skills and moved him into the office. There he may have seemed a mere receptionist but the fallacy of that was very clear the day a distraught employee who’d been let go turned sniper. Jim single-handedly brought the man in without firing a shot.Jim was a great family man, always willing to sacrifice his own plans or hobbies for his wife, girls and son. Lots of days were spent together at the Baltimore Zoo, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Fort McHenry, and Baltimore waterfront, not because they were Jim’s favorite pastimes, but because he and Martha wanted their children to have a vast array of experiences.He was an active member of Our Lady of Hope Church and prayer groups in Baltimore and equally active in Romney’s Our Lady of Grace. He was a Knight of Columbus, an active volunteer at the Vineyard Home where his son Jimmy lived for many years, and with both the Maryland and West Virginia Special Olympics.

Jim was an active member of the Dundalk Jaycees while in Baltimore and was responsible for bringing new members into the organization, who carried on his good work when he moved to West Virginia. As a Knight, he was awarded the West Virginia Layperson of the Year in 2010. After moving to West Virginia, he worked for many years at Winchester Medical Center as a security guard and later as head of night security. Many a nurse there would tell you she felt safer accessing her car at night because Jim took time to escort her to her vehicle.

At Winchester Medical Center, Jim once again used his wonderful people skills to de-escalate unruly patients and to see that staff and patients alike were safe and received the care they needed.After retirement from Winchester Medical Center, he worked for the Committee on Aging in the Meals on Wheels program and as a driver. Chemotherapy treatments in 2006 and 2007 resulted in Jim having neuropathy in his legs so he reluctantly resigned from Committee on Aging, but then joined the organization as a board member.He spent the last years of his life faithfully caring for his son Jimmy and watching “Wheel of Fortune,” “Jeopardy” and “Blue Bloods” with his daughter Lynn. He was an avid sports fan especially when it came to his Baltimore Orioles and Ravens. Jim was happiest when his daughters in Baltimore and Connecticut could come with their spouses and daughters for a visit because from the beginning of his life to the very end, Jim was a family man.His family and friends rejoice that he is at peace from the pain of cancer and at home with Jesus, while wishing they’d see his tall, cowboy hatted frame coming in the door.Surviving are his son, James M. “Jimmy” Hannah of Romney; three daughters, Barbara Chapolini and husband Bob and their daughter Elizabeth of Baltimore, Beth Warweg and husband Tim and daughter Emily of Connecticut, and Lynn Adams of Romney; a sister, Dorris June Greggs of Northeast, Md., and two brothers, Wayne D. Hannah and wife Sally of Stuart, and Ronnie R. Hannah and wife Sharon of Bunker Hill, W.Va., who he saw regularly; and many nieces and nephews.There will be no visitation. Jim donated his body to WVU medical science. A funeral Mass in celebration of his life and entrance into heaven is tentatively set for the afternoon of Friday, April 28, at Our Lady of Grace Church in Romney. For details, call the family or church.In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hampshire County Special Services Center or Hospice of the Panhandle.

MARY W. HUNT

Mary Ware Hunt, age 89, of Stuart, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Pioneer Community Hospital in Stuart.

She was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., to the late Ray V. Owens and Opal Handy Owens. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Elenor Owens Hill.

She was a longtime member of Stuart United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 68 years, Nelson Hunt of the home; one son and daughter-in-law, Eddie and Diane Hunt of Stuart; three grandchildren, Emily Hunt, Olivia Hunt and Molly Hunt; and her special caregivers, Sue Reynolds and Shelby Stevens.

The family will receive friends Sunday, April 30 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. A graveside service will immediately follow in the Patrick Memorial Gardens with Pastor Tommy Shepherd officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Stuart United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 436, Stuart, VA 24171.  Online condolences may be sent to www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

 

GEORGE W. RATCLIFFE

George Walter Ratcliffe, age 74, of Stuart, passed away on Friday, April 21, 2017, at  his home.

He was born in Pulaski on January 22, 1943 to the late Roy D. Ratcliffe and Virginia Annie Rudisill Ratcliffe. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by an infant daughter and a brother, David Lee Ratcliffe.

Surviving are his children, Melissa Lynn Turner of Stuart, Tonya Ratcliffe of Henry County, George Walter Ratcliffe Jr. of North Carolina, and Christina Ratcliffe of Stuart; brothers, Rondy Ratcliffe of Henry, Bobby Ratcliffe of Stuart, and Danny Ratcliffe of Bassett; sisters, Judy Pendleton of Stuart, and Brenda Dawson and Linda Chrisley, both of Pulaski; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside memorial service was held on Tuesday, April 25, at Goblintown Primitive Baptist Church cemetery with Elder John Wingfield and Pastor Frank Peters officiating. Burial was in the cemetery.

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

 

LENA W. YOUNG

Lena Wall Young, age 90, of Stuart, passed away Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy, N.C.

She was born in Stokes County, N.C., on October 15, 1926 and was a daughter of the late A.J. Wall and Trudie Ray Wall. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Diane Young Gilley, a great-grandson, Quentin Redd; and three brothers, Ray, Bobby and Clyde Wall.

She had retired from United Elastic with over 30 years of service.

Surviving are her husband of 70 years, Curtis Young of Blue Ridge Therapy Connection; a son and daughter-in-law, David and Linda Young of Rockingham, N.C.; three grandchildren, Nikki Redd and husband Chris, Don Young and wife Alanna, and Chris Young and wife Laura; seven great-grandchildren, Lydia Young, Piper Young, Kayla Redd, Cameron Redd, Julianna Young, Steven Young and Bradley Young; a brother and sister-in-law, Gene and Christine Wall of Sandy Ridge, N.C.; a sister, Joy W. Slate of King, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 22 at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastor Gary Combs officiating. Burial was in Patrick Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1079C Spruce Street, Martinsville, VA 24112.

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