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Obituaries – February 21, 2018

MARCELLA A. BLEVINS

Marcella Ann Blevins, age 69, of Stuart, passed away February 12, 2018, at her home.

She was born in Bluefield, W.Va., on March 11, 1948, to the late Roy Keither Blevins and Peachy Lockhart Blevins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Reginald Keither Blevins and Rodney “Chip” Blevins.

She had been a bus driver for the Surry and Patrick County School Systems for many years.

Surviving are two daughters, Tonya Pack of Stuart and Tammy Monteforte of New Orleans, La.; one son, Travis Scott Jessup of Mount Airy, N.C.; nine grandchildren, Logan Jessup, Kristen Hulbert, Brandon Pack, Benjamin Pack, Anna Marie Pack, Michael Pack, Brooklyn Modlin, Devin Harris and Justice Harris; two great-grandchildren, Autumn Modlin and Lukas Modlin; two sisters, Marietta Helmandollar and Deborah Crigger, both of Tazewell; one brother, Michael Blevins of Dobson, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Thursday, February 15, at Middle Cross Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Michael Morrison officiating. Burial was private.

Memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart, VA 24171.

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

 

DOROTHY A. BISHOP

Dorothy Marie Arledge Bishop, 98, of Fieldale, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018.

She was born in Patrick County on April 23, 1919, and was a daughter of the late Harry F. and Ida Kendrick Arledge. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jackson Simmons Bishop; sisters, Pauline A. Wilson and Pansy A. Hines; and a brother, Ray F. Arledge.

She is survived by her son, Keith Jackson Bishop and wife Terri.

She was a member of Fieldale Baptist Church, a graduate of Fieldale High School and Gassaway College. She worked in clerical positions at Fieldale Mills and Roy Stone Transfer.

The funeral service was held Monday, February 19, at McKee-Stone Funeral Home with Pastor Alan Jackson officiating. Interment followed at Roselawn Burial Park.

Memorials  donations may be made to Fieldale Baptist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 98, Fieldale, VA. 24089.

 

JACKIE W. BROWN

Jackie (Jack) Wayne Brown, 77, passed away peacefully at his home on February 15, 2018.

Jack was born to Thelma and Charles Brown in Bassett on December 24, 1940.

His quest for adventure led to him having his mother sign a waiver so he could join the military at age 17, first in the Virginia National Guard, then the United States Air Force for a combined total service of over 28 years.

Early in his Air Force career, while stationed in Germany, he met his wife, Margarete Gretel Brown. They were married October 19, 1960. They traveled the world together, both while he served in the Air Force, and until shortly before Gretel’s death.

Jack was preceded in death by his wife, Gretel.

He is survived by three children, Debbie Amos, Cathy James and Jackie Brown Jr.; six grandchildren, Deleon Amos, Crystal Volk, Andrew Hill, Lili Amos, Deon Amos and Jared Pittsenbarger; and six great-grandchildren, Angel Hill, Anna Walton, Maria Walton, Catherine Walton, Katelyn and Eliana Volk.

Jack loved the outdoors. He had a passion for fishing and fished in many waters around the world. His favorites were salmon fishing in Kenai, Ala.

and deep sea fishing off the Carolina coast. He loved to travel, however he was never more comfortable than in his home in Stuart.

The family has chosen to honor his wishes and not hold funeral services.

Instead his remains will be cremated and scattered in accordance with his wishes.

 

GEORGE E. CASSADY SR.

George Ervin Cassady Sr., age 85, of Stuart, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart.

He was born in Patrick County on May 29, 1932, and was a son of the late Willie A. Cassady and Carrie Hudson Cassady. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Cathy S. Cassady; his son, George E. “G.E.” Cassady; his sisters, Irene C. Greenwood, Gloria Ann Cassady and Pauline C. Plaster.

He was in the mortgage brokerage business for many years, retiring as vice president of Home Fund, Inc. He later carried newspapers for the Martinsville Bulletin for 10 years. He had served in the United States Army during the Korean conflict and was discharged as a corporal.

He is survived by his wife, Gipsey Porter Cassady of the home; his daughter and son-in-law, Bonita G. and Gerald Hudson of Ridgeway; his stepson, Glen E. Barrett and wife Christina of Menifee, Calif.; his brother and sister-in-law, Junior and Ramona Cassady of Spencer; a grandson, Ricky E. Seay of Martinsville; granddaughters, Cassady M.

Barrett and Kayley G. Barrett, both of Menifee, Calif.; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 24, at 2 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastor Wayne Moore officiating. Military rites will be conducted by the Patrick County Veterans’ Memorial Honor Guard.

Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until time of the service at the funeral home, and at other times at the home.

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

 

JUNIOR O. GOINS

Junior Odell Goins, 65, of Cana, passed away Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at Forsyth Medical Center.

He was born August 11, 1952, in Patrick County, to the late Harry and Lelia Holt Goins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Tom and Shirley Holt.

He was a brick mason for Frank L. Blum, and was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife, Janet McMillian Goins; daughter and son-in-law, Kimberly and Josh Jancula, son and daughter-in-law, Scott and Dana Goins; grandchildren, Luke, Gavin and Scarlett Goins; sisters and brother-in-law, Peggy and Sammy Slate, Mary Holt, and Betty Collins; and many cherished nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Sunday, February 18, at Flat Ridge Baptist Church with the Rev. Dennis Bledsoe officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were by Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

 

THEODORE R. HIATT SR.

Theodore “Ted” Roosevelt Hiatt Sr., 75, of Mount Airy, N.C., and formerly of Patrick County, died on Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, N.C.

He was born on July 29, 1942, to the late Carrie Susan Hiatt and John Walter Hiatt. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dean Bowman and Leatrice Collins; three brothers, Roger Hiatt, James Hiatt and Mack Hiatt; and one grandson, Teddy Hiatt III.

He was of the Baptist faith and was a self employed contractor.

Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Hiatt of the home; three daughters, Renee Ingle of Dry Pond, Thresa Tucker of Mount Airy and Tina McCray of Kernesville, N.C.; three sons; Teddy Ray Hiatt of Mount Airy, T.R. Hiatt Jr. of Statesville, N.C., and Robbie Hiatt of Kernesville, N.C., one brother, Mike Hiatt of Salisbury, N.C., 12 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters; Marie McNabb and Edith Davis; one stepson, Tim McNabb; nine stepgrandchildren; and three special friends; Rabbit, Nancy and Shirley.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, February 20, at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Ararat with the Revs. Teddy Ray Hiatt and David Tucker officiating .Burial was in the Hiatt Gunnell Family Cemetery in Ararat.

Arrangements were by Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Stuart. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.NorrisFuneral.com.

 

DOUGLAS HYLTON

Douglas Hylton, age 63, of Patrick Springs, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Patrick County on June 12, 1954, to the late Robert Lee Hylton and Eulalea Virginia Hylton. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Joan Tatum and Virginia Penn, and three brothers, Timothy, Mark and Carlton Hylton.

He was an active member of Mount Nebo Holiness Church where he played lead bass guitar, and was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother. He started his career at J.P. Stevens, and later was a driver for Schwan’s Food Service where he was locally known as “The Ice Cream Man”.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Reynolds Hylton of the home; three daughters, Geneva Hylton of Patrick Springs, Yulanda Hylton Hairston and husband Chad of Collinsville, and Adraien Hylton of Patrick Springs; one son, Douglas Hylton II of Patrick Springs; three grandchildren, Chad Dylan Hairston, Christian Hairston and Riley Hundley; four sisters, Ramona “Sue”

Reynolds and husband Leonard of Critz, Darlene Linster and husband Herman of Stuart, Daphne Hylton of Critz, and Michelle Hylton-Ramos and husband Eugene of Martinsville; and two brothers, Gregory Hylton of Critz and Stephen Keith Hylton and wife Mandy of Spencer.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, February 21) at 1 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Elder Frank Tatum officiating,  Burial will follow in Mount Nebo Holiness Church Cemetery.

A wake will be held from 12:00 noon until the time of service today at the funeral home.

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

 

EUGENE A. HYLTON

Eugene Arnold Hylton, 86, of Floyd, died Tuesday, February 13, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Marie Harmon Hylton.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Joyce H. and Allen Hessler; grandchildren, Michelle Weeks, Lisa (Steve) Whitfield, Jennifer Totty, Dawn Hessler, Charles Hessler; seven great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Alfred and Delores, Tommy and Geneva, Clinton and Roselyn, Harry and Merita; sister, Sylvia H. Boyd; aunt, Virginia Chatting, sisters-in-law, Alva Mae Harmon, Ruby Harmon and Reva Hylton; and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held Friday, February 16, at Topeco Church of the Brethren with Pastor Jason Pratt officiating. Burial was in the Shelor Cemetery with military rites by Floyd VFW Post #7854 and American Legion Post #127.

Arrangements were by Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd.

 

LEOTA M. IROLER

Leota Maye Iroler, 75, of Stuart, away Wednesday, February 14, 2018, at Northern Hospital of Surry County.

She was born in Galax to the late Leonard Wellington and Lyda Horton Spangler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Lark and infant Linda Spangler; and a brother, Leonard Spangler.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl and Jeff Branson; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Brenda Nanney; grandchildren, John Wyatt and wife Marie, Shawn Nanney, Matthew Nanney and William Joseph Marchand; great-grandchildren, Hailey, Ashely, Olivia, Lance, Vaughn and Michael; and sisters, Susan Freeman and Jewell Brannock.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Felts Park in Galax.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 2151, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38101-2151.

Arrangements are by Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy, N.C. Online condolences may be made at www.moodyfuneralservices.com.

 

SANDRA L. KENDRICK

Sandra Lynn Kendrick, age 65, of Stuart, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018, at her home.

She was born in Patrick County on January 15, 1953, to the late Lincoln J.

Craddock and Joan Via Craddock. In addition to her parents, she attended Liberty Primitive Baptist Church.

Surviving are one sister, Sharon Moser of Collinsville; a brother, Paul Craddock of Stuart; her stepmother, Dorothy Craddock of Lawsonville, N.C.; and an uncle, J.P. Via of Critz.

Funeral services were held Friday, February 16, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Elder John Wingfield officiating. Burial was in the Old Spoon Creek Primitive Baptist Church cemetery.

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

 

WAYNE D. PURCELL

Wayne Douglas Purcell, 79, of Riner, died Saturday, February 17, 2018, following a recent diagnosis of brain cancer.

He is survived by his wife Nanci of the home; his daughter and husband, Tanya and David Graham of Estelline, S.D.; his son and fiancée, Chris Purcell and Caitlin Moore of Rochester, N.Y.; his three grandchildren, Jeremy Lemire of Aberdeen, S.D., and Beckett and Violet Purcell of Rochester, N.Y.; his three great-grandchildren, Ja’Ayden Branch-Lemire, Jackson Lemire, and Ethan Pletten of South Dakota; his brother, Wendell Purcell of Bassett; his sister and husband, Bonnie and Charles Allen of Fairfax; numerous nieces and nephews.

Wayne was born to Luther and Lillian Gilley Purcell on a small tobacco farm in Patrick County on December 13, 1938. He graduated from Hardin Reynolds Memorial School in 1956 and attended Ferrum College. He then transferred to Virginia Tech, receiving his bachelor’s degree in 1962 and his master’s in 1963. He earned his PhD in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University in 1967.

From 1966 to 1978, he was on the faculty at Oklahoma State University where he taught and did research. He came back to Virginia Tech as a faculty member in 1978. His skills at teaching took him all over the country addressing farmers, producer groups, and financial institutions on agricultural marketing, price discovery, and outlook.

Dr. Purcell retired from Virginia Tech in 2005 as an Alumni Distinguished Professor in the Agricultural and Applied Economics Department. He loved researching and teaching and tried to make a difference in all of his students’ lives.

Thanks to all of the doctors, nurses, techs, and sitters of Lewis Gale Medical Center, Radford Health and Rehab, and Good Samaritan Hospice who helped make the last days more comfortable for him.

There will be no services and interment will be at a later date in the Purcell Family Cemetery in Henry County. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Hardin Reynolds Memorial School Alumni Association Scholarship Fund, Attn Corresponding Secretary, 588 Golf Course Road, Stuart, VA 24171.

Arrangements are by McCoy Funeral Home.

 

CLYDE E. RATLIFF

Clyde Estridge Lee Ratliff, age 84, of Stuart, and formerly of Boston, Ky., passed away February 20, 2018, at the V.A. Medical Center in Salem.

He was born in Patrick County on May 8, 1933, to the late Dimon Lee Ratliff and Verna Etta Cassell Ratliff. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bettie Rose Kappel Ratliff; and a brother, Guy Ratliff.

He served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and was a retired construction superintendent.

He is survived by two sons, Terry Ratliff (Rhonda) of Ridgeway and Todd Ratliff of Bardstown, Ky.; four daughters, Cindy Burton (Lloyd) of New Haven, Ky., Kaye Simpson (Harry) and Brenda Downs (Mike) of Bardstown and Vickie Mardis (Fred) of Lexington Township, Ind.; 19 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Grady Ratliff of Bassett, Coy Ratliff of Patrick Springs and Eddie Ratliff of Fieldale; and seven sisters, Alice Young of Collinsville, Barbara Holt of Bassett, Mary Sigmon of Collinsville, Geraldean Smith and Myrtle Smith of Bassett, Carol Martin and Dot Shough of Stuart.

Funeral services will be held Friday, February 23, at 11 a.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with the Rev. J.D. Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in Liberty Primitive Baptist Church cemetery with military rites by the Patrick County Veterans’ Memorial Honor Guard.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

 

PATTY C. TREXLER

Patty Cox Trexler, age 86, of Stuart, passed away Saturday, February 17, 2018, at Sovah Health in Martinsville.

She was born on November 1, 1931, in Blairs to the late Joe Leonard Cox and Esther Richardson Cox.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, James Ray “Slim” Trexler; a great-granddaughter, Kaylee Strader; two sisters, Peggy Willis and Ruth Davidson; and five brothers, Aubrey, Earl, Nathaniel, William, and Robert Cox.

She was a member of High Point Baptist Church.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Barry Vaughn of Richmond; one son, Robert Thompson of Germanton, N.C.; seven grandchildren; many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; and one brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Portia Cox of Danville.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 20, at High Point Baptist Church with Pastor Wayne Moore officiating. Burial was in the Aaron’s Corner Primitive Baptist Church cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the High Point Baptist Church Building Fund c/o Terry Amos, 439 Biggs Lane, Stuart, VA 24171.

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

 

PENNY S. VIPPERMAN

Penny S. Vipperman, 64, of Bassett, passed away Thursday, February 15, 2018, at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro, N.C.

She was born December 11, 1953, in Stuart to the late Vera Martin Scott. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a brother, Mike Scott, and nephew, James Martin Gates.

She had been a registered nurse.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Bishop of Christiansburg; son, Spencer Vipperman of the home; sister, Brenda Smith; brother, Stuart Scott; special friend, Dewey Whorley; two grandchildren, Caleb and Megan Vipperman; and two great-grandchildren, Erin Vipperman and Nikko Landry.

The funeral was held Sunday, February 18, at Wright Funeral Service Chapel with Pastor Doug Martin officiating. The burial was held Monday, February 19, at Mt. Hermon Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” —Edmund Burke Arrangements were by Wright Funeral Service & Crematory. Online condolences may be made at www.wrightfuneralservices.net.

 

HASSELL T. WOODS

Hassell Thompson “Woody” Woods, age 81 of Stuart, went to be with the angels on February 15, 2018, surrounded by loving family.

He was born on July 2, 1936, to the late Jesse “Gene” Woods and Glassie Wright Woods. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Bobby, Edward and Johnnie Woods; a sister, Sue Holyfield; and a grandson, Bryan Roberts.

Woody was a self-employed plumber for 20 years, serving many faithful customers in Patrick County.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Shirley Ashburn Woods; five children, Wanda Rochte, Dedera Knight, Teddy Woods, Terrie Hazelwood and Kevin Woods; eight grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one brother, Akers Woods; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 24, at 2 p.m. at New Beginnings Baptist Church with Pastor Mark Wright officiating. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Hassell “Woody” Woods Memorial Fund, c/o Moody Funeral Home, P.O. Box 307, Stuart, VA 24171.

The family sends special thanks to all the staff of the Blue Ridge Rehab Center in Martinsville, who took such good care of all of them during this time of need.

Arrangements are by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. Online condolences may be made to moodyfuneralservices.com.

 

BLONDELL S. WRIGHT

Blondell Slaughter Wright, 83, of Collinsville, passed away Thursday February 15, 2018, at Haven of Rest in Ridgeway.

She was born May 19, 1934, in Patrick County to the late Luther E. and Susie Conner Slaughter. In addition to her parents, she was also predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Jack Wright in 2015; one son, Douglas Wright; four brothers, Wayne, Wacho, Lestelle, and Waitman Slaughter; and four sisters, Pauline Martin, Edgena Goard, Juanita Cline, and Hertha Hetrick.

She was a member of Lighthouse Church of the Brethren, graduated from Woolwine High School, class of 1952, worked at DuPont, and was a homemaker.

She is survived by one son, David Wright of Mechanicsville; one brother and spouse, Eldred and Jan Slaughter of Staunton; one sister-in-law, Betty Lou Morris of Roanoke; four grandchildren, Daniel Wright, Evan Wright, Christopher Wright and wife Manuela, and Tyler Wright.

The family wishes to extend special thanks to Haven of Rest, and Mountain Valley Hospice for the care and compassion toward Blondell and the family.

Her funeral service was held Monday, February 19, in the Roselawn Chapel with Pastor Ann Mitchell officiating. Interment was in Roselawn Burial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to Lighthouse Church of the Brethren, 7780 Willowbranch Road, Boones Mill, VA. 24065.

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

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