Obituaries – August 2nd, 2017



Gerald Robert Adams, age 63, of Stuart, passed away Thursday, July 27, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Henry County on January 16, 1954 to the late Cecil Adams and Clara Adams.

He was a member of Piedmont Lodge #152 AF-AM Masonic Lodge in Martinsville. He was one of the founders of the Fairystone Fishing Club and was a member of the Country Boys Bass Masters of Martinsville. He was a member of New Hope Church of the Brethren.

Surviving are his wife, Dianne Lawless Adams of the home; one stepdaughter, Sherry Chandler and husband Joe of Christiansburg; one stepson, Ricky Vance and wife Renee of Floyd; four step-grandchildren, Paige Chandler, Taylor Vance, Dietz Vance and Bailey Vance; one sister, Kim Trogdon and husband Doug of Centerville; one niece, Jennifer Trogdon of Fairfax; one nephew, Ben Trogdon of Atlanta, Ga.; and a special pet, Bam Bam.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 31 at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastor Rick Randall officiating. Masonic rites were performed by the Piedmont Lodge #152. Burial was in the Ross-Harbour United Methodist Church cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Ross Harbour Women’s Ministry or to the Ross Harbour Cemetery Fund, c/o Cathy Adams, 35 Goblintown Road, Stuart, VA  24171.

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Jerry Dale Branch, 63, of Patrick Springs, died on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at his home.

He was the son of Betty Mae Felts Branch and William Edward Branch. Surviving are his sister; Linda Branch Martin of Spencer; and one brother; Edward Dudley Branch of Dugspur.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.



Eula Wyatt Burcher, age 99, of Stuart, passed away Monday, July 31, 2017, at the Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart.

She was born in Glade Springs to the late Hubert and Hester Wyatt.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Vance A. Overbay; her second husband, Levin Burcher; a grandson, Andrew Bryant Mayo; two sisters, Ida Wyatt and Catherine Hart; and four brothers, Bob, Bill, Frank, and Mahlon Wyatt.

Surviving are two daughters and a son-in-law, Nancy Fox of Surrey, and Peggy and Frank Sawyer of Woolwine; one son and daughter-in-law, Vance A. “Sonny” and Anne Overbay of Poquoson; eight grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, August 3, at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olivet Church Cemetery in Glade Springs. Farris Funeral Home in Abingdon will be handling the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Smith River Church of the Brethren, 1386 Bob White Rd., Stuart, VA 24171.

Local arrangements are being provided by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. Online condolences may be sent to or to



Becky Lynn Foley left this world unexpectedly into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

She was born in Patrick County. She was preceded in death by her father, Thomas Glenn Foley.She is survived by her mother, Phyllis Clement Foley; two sisters, Glenda Foley Verlinden and Denise Foley Ramachandran; and numerous relatives, including uncles Rev. Jack Foley, Marvin Foley, and Sam Foley.She was a member of the Stuart United Methodist Church. She graduated from Patrick County High School and attended Radford University.Becky loved people, growing flowers, taking pictures, and taking care of animals.  Her sweet smile and friendliness will be sadly missed by her family and friends.Funeral services were held privately on Monday, July 17, at 11 a.m. in Patrick Memorial Gardens and Pastor Tommy Shepherd officiated.

Funeral arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.


Elijah Grant, 47, of Stuart, answered the Master’s Call on Thursday, July 27, 2017.

He was born on August 4, 1969 to Willie Grant Jr. and Lillie Mae Self Davis.  He attended the public schools in Martinsville, and Patrick Henry Community College, where he earned an associate degree and a certificate in Industrial Welding, as well as met the “apple of his eye” for 18 years, Rev. Kathy Street Thomas Grant. He was a loving husband and a doting father.

His work experience included Martinsville Dupont, Applied Felts, and Hanesbrand. He achieved his dream when he became the owner and operator of Easy Eats Restaurant in Martinsville. He loved to cook.

He was a former member of Reach Out Apostolic Church, First Christian Church and Refuge Temple Ministries before uniting with New Life in Christ Church. He loved singing and studying God’s Word.  He served as an usher, and he sang with Ordained by God.He leaves to mourn his passing and cherish the memories his parents, beloved wife, stepmom Doris Grant; six children, Chontresia Hairston of Collinsville, Katherine Dillard of Arizona; Jasmine Lowe of Martinsville, and Nekeyda (Michael) Wimbush, Kimberly Tatum and Cindy Thomas, all of Stuart; two brothers, Eugene (Michelle) Grant of Martinsville and Willie (Victoria) Grant III of Greensboro, N.C.; one sister, Senora Grant Carter of Martinsville; six grandchildren: Alyasia Hairston, Aniya Hairston, Yahweh Dillard, Yulan Dillard, Karisalyn Wimbush and Mitchell Wimbush; aunts and uncles, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives; and friends.The homegoing services will be held on Thursday, August 3, at First Christian Church, 131 Forest Lane of Stuart at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Roger R. Hagwood, eulogist.

Visitation will begin at noon, and other times at the home.

Arrangements are by Moody Funeral Services of Stuart, and online condolences may be sent by visiting



Chloe Lawless Litten, age 67, of Stuart, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at Carilion Memorial Hospital in Roanoke.

She was born in Danville on April 9, 1950 to the late Arthur W. Lawless and Jewett Hall Lawless.

She had worked for JP Stevens and United Elastic and retired with 33 years of service. She was a member of Sycamore Baptist Church.Surviving are her husband of 43 years, Harry Lee Litten of the home; one son, Andrew Shelton of Stuart; one stepson, David Lee Litten of Mt. Jackson; five grandchildren, Andrew Jacob Shelton, Nathan Lee Shelton, Morgan Leigh Litten, Matthew Litten, Joshua Litten; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Bobby and Patsy Lawless of Stuart and Mike and Mildred Lawless of Stuart; and several special nieces and nephews.A memorial service was held Saturday, July 29 at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with the Rev. Gerald Melton officiating. Burial was private.

Memorials may be made to the Sycamore Baptist Church c/o Nancy Midkiff, 171 Sycamore Church Lane, Stuart, VA 24171.

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Ruffin Elwin Lynch, age 82, of Meadows of Dan, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Patrick County on April 24, 1935 to the late Frank B. Lynch and Cora Brook Boyles Lynch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Wilburn “Bo” Lynch; and a nephew, Frank Lynch.

He served in the United States Army, and had been a member and deacon of Reed Island Springs Baptist Church for more than 55 years. He retired from DuPont in 1992 as a computer operator.

Ruffin never met a stranger. His good nature, friendliness, and kindness to all was legendary. His motto was to always “leave ‘em laughing!”

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Geralyne Cockram Lynch of the home; two daughters, Jerri Lynch Montgomery and husband Tony of Draper, and Jeannie Lynch Terry and significant other Don Hinz of Zephyrhills, Fla.; four grandchildren, Patty Lowder, Anthony Terry and wife Sarah, Andrew Terry and significant other Paige Bain, and Lucas Terry; seven great-grandchildren, Amber Rippey, Taylor Lowder, Will Lowder, Zachary Terry, Beckham Terry, Alice Terry and Hannah Terry; one sister, Golda Quesinberry of Baltimore, Md.; two nieces, Brenda Lynch and Lisa Q. Allen; and a nephew, Phillip Quesinberry.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 5, at 11 a.m. at Reed Island Springs Baptist Church with Pastor David Johnson, and the Revs. Roland McCraw and Lonnie Hylton officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church, and other times at the home.

Moody Funeral Home in Stuart is handling the services, and online condolences may be sent by visiting



Angela Faye Martin, 68, of Fork Mountain, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017.

She was born in Stuart, on February 17, 1949 and was a daughter of the late William Robert Corns and the late Ruth Etta Corns (Mabe).

She was a very active life member of New Vision Baptist Church in Fork Mountain where she accepted Christ and was baptized November 14, 1999.

She loved to cook for the masses and was well-known for her amazing coleslaw and baked beans. She loved being outdoors, working in her garden, tending to her flower beds, and feeding her hummingbirds.

She is survived by her two children, Todd Cassell and his wife Melissa, Julie Morris and husband David; three grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Sunday, July 30 at New Vision Baptist Church in Rocky Mount.

Arrangements were by Bassett Funeral Service.



Dewey Sanders Moss, age 97 of Stuart, passed away Sunday, July 30, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Patrick County on May 19, 1920 to the late James William Moss and Minnie Goad Moss.  In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara Midkiff Moss; a sister, Mary Lou Francis; and two infant sisters.

He was the owner and operator of Moss Orchards for over 30 years and was a brick mason, laying brick on many homes in Virginia and North Carolina. He also had a passion for farming and raising cattle, from which he received several conservationist awards.

He was a member of Creasey’s Chapel United Methodist Church and past member of CCDF Fire Department. He was also an active volunteer with the Peter’s Creek Community Building for many years.

Surviving are three daughters and sons-in-law, Leigh and Roger Wilson and Laura and Ronnie Smith, all of Stuart, and Lyn and Tony Hill of Danville; grandchildren, Tyler and Laura Wilson, Haleigh and Colton Wood, Parker Smith, Lauren Smith, Caleb Hill, and McKenzie Hill; great-granddaughter, Annaleigh Wilson; one sister, Margaret Blackard of Stuart; one brother, Wade Morse of Sanford, Fla.; several nieces and nephews; and caregivers, Faye Fain, Teresa Stegall, Linda Moore, and Jerry Wagoner.

Funeral services were held at Creasey’s Chapel United Methodist Church on Tuesday, August 1 with Pastors Tammy Franklin and Billy Stegall officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

The family requests that memorial donations be made to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart, VA  24171 or to Creasey’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Ann Sheppard, 119 Witt Creek Lane, Stuart, VA 24171.

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Sharon “Sherry” Rose Stanley, 72, of Critz, passed away on Monday, June 26, 2017 at Stanleytown Health and Rehab.

She was born on June 12, 1945 in Shelby, Ind. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Franklin Stanley, and an aunt, Shirley MaeDette O’Shaughnessy.

She survived by cousins, Bonnie Sell of Spring Hill, Fla., Colleen Webster of Virginia Beach, Kevin O’Shaughnessy of Bedford, N.H., Sean O’Shaughnessy of Sugar Hill, Ga. and Shayne O’Shaughnessy of Virginia Beach.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 4, 2017 at Horsepasture Christian Church where a funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 5 by Pastor David Cuthbertson. Burial will follow at Roselawn Burial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Arrangements are by Bassett Funeral Service. Online condolences may be made by visiting




The middle name of Monnie Burgess was spelled incorrectly in her obituary which was printed in last week’s edition. Her name was Monnie Delene Pendleton Hughes Burgess.