ANITA M. BALILES
She was predeceased by her parents, Moir Green Martin and Anna Bel Meade, and her husband of 44 years, Larry W. Baliles, who was chief deputy sheriff in Patrick County.
Anita was born February 18, 1937 in Bassett and graduated from Bassett High School. After attending business school, she was employed by Bassett Furniture Industries as a bookkeeper and administrator. She married Larry Baliles in June 1964 at Fairystone Baptist Church in Patrick County, where they maintained their membership throughout their marriage. Anita loved to sing and she played piano for her church for about 20 years.
Through her adult years Anita became a collector of Italian Capodimonte Porcelain flowers, fashion and fine jewelry and decorative angels. As a widow and after losing her sight, she moved to Charlottesville in fall of 2012 to be close to her brother-in-law (and former Governor of Virginia), Gerald L. Baliles, and her sister-in-law, Robin Baliles.
In February 2013 she became a resident of RoseWood Village Assisted Living Center where she resided until her death. She enjoyed the camaraderie of her dining companions at RoseWood, as well as listening to classical and Jazz music. She was an avid consumer of news programs on WVTF, National Public Radio, including the BBC World Service, and UVA sports broadcasts. She was stylish, quietly elegant, highly organized and respectful of all people.Left to cherish her memory are her guardians, Gerald and Robin Baliles; her sister-in-law, Donna Baliles. of Sebring, Fla.; nieces and nephews in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia; and long-time friends, Myrtle Steagall, Pakksi Foley, Becky Foley, Jane Layman, and Nancy Redmond.
Anita’s family wishes to thank: the staff of RoseWood Village for their many kindnesses and compassionate care for “Miss Anita;” Dr. Peter Netland, professor and chair of ophthalmology at University of Virginia Health System, who she considered to be brilliant and who she admired immensely; and, Ms. Gentry Turner for her friendship, care and assistance of Anita in Stuart.
Funeral services and interment will be held Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Fairystone Baptist Church, 82 Fairystone Church Loop, Stuart. Long-time family friend, the Reverend Douglas Spurlock of Kernersville, N.C., will officiate. A reception in the church social hall will be held immediately following interment.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Fairystone Baptist Church Cemetery Trust Fund.Moody Funeral Home in Stuart will be handling arrangements.OBIT w/2 pix
KATHLEEN S. CHEAPE
She was born in Greensboro, Ala., on November 6, 1925 and was a daughter of the late Dudley Willis Cheape and Julia Tutwiler Cheape. She was also preceded in death by a sister, Julia Cheape Lindsay; and two brothers, Dudley W. Cheape, Jr., and John Henry Cheape.
Kitty received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Montevallo and a master’s degree in library science from the UNC-Chapel Hill. She was an assistant law librarian for UNC Chapel Hill for over 20 years and was a published author. She was very well traveled and was baptized in the Jordan River. She loved animals and enjoyed life to the fullest.Surviving are five nieces and nephews, Edselle Lindsay of Chapel Hill, N.C., Eric Lindsay of Indianapolis, Ind., John Lindsay of Patrick Springs, John Cheape of Augusta, Ga., Julia Wood of Opelika, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Melba Cheape of Augusta, many special cousins; many great nieces and nephews; and special friends, Deborah Quesinberry of Meadows of Dan and Bonnie Goad of Laurel Fork .A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 18 at 3 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the UNC Chapel Hill Law Library, 160 Ridge Rd. CB#3885, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 or to the National Humane Society, 1255 23rd St., NW, Suite 450, Washington, DC 20037.
Online condolences may be sent to www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
TAYLOR C. HAWKS
He was born in Patrick County on June 26, 1932 to George Washington Hawks and Roxanna Thompson Hawks. He was a loving father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend to so many in his community. He will be dearly missed.
Those who will always cherish his precious memory are his wife, Shirley B. Hawks; daughters and sons-in-law, Joyce and Joe Meadows and Judy and Michael Grove; his sons and daughters-in-law, Wade and Linda Hawks, Carl Hawks and Kathy Little, Jamie and Kristy Hawks and Margaret Hawks; his grandchildren, Brian, Kristy, Rebecca, Jeanette, Jason, Will, Taylor “T.G.”, Reese, Katie and Caleb; great-grandchildren, Shawn, Brent, Autumn “Tinker Bell” and Tenley “Little T.G.;” a sister, Sylvia Inscore, his best dog friend, Sissy and his precious cat, Arlie.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of more than 50 years, Myrtle East Hawks; a son, Dale Hawks; and all his brothers.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 11, at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Airy, N.C., by the Revs. Tim Crotts, Wendell Horton and Scotty Bullins. Burial was in Hawks family cemetery.
The family would like to express a heartfelt thank you to Paige Combs and the staff of Mountain Valley Hospice for the special love and care given to him.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
BESSIE C. OVERBY
She was born in Patrick County on May 5, 1920 to the late Jim and Una Martin Clark. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Willie Arthur Overby; a son, Willie “Bernice” Overby; a daughter, Frances Ann Overby; a grandson, Roger Dwayne Haden; three brothers, Reed, Junior and Frank Clark; a sister, Ida Newman; a son-in-law, Raymond Gilley; two daughters-in-law, Betty and Shirley Overby; and two brothers-in-law, Ernest Lawson and Clyde Isley.
She had been a member of Minnie’s Chapel Wesleyan Church for over 60 years where she had been a Sunday school teacher. She was a hardworking farmer and homemaker, and was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandma, sister, aunt and friend.Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby Overby of Stuart, David and Shirley Overby of Ferrum, Charles and Dorothy Overby of Stuart, and Richard and Melinda Overby of Ridgeway; five daughters and sons-in-law, Eldean Gilley of Collinsville, Margaret and Monty Hodges of Rocky Mount; Doris O. and William Blackard of Woolwine, and Alma Jean and Dennis Cockerham and Nancy Overby Shelton, all of Stuart; 26 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Rose Lawson and Mae and Ralph Phillips, all of Patrick Springs, and Mildred Isley of Collinsville; a brother and sister-in-law, John and Kaye Clark of Georgia; and a special friend, Kay’cee Glenn of Stuart.Funeral services were held Friday, March 10, at Minnie’s Chapel Wesleyan Church with Pastors Gary Combs and John Hopkins officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Minnie’s Chapel Wesleyan Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Dot Overby, 1873 Salem Hwy., Stuart, Va. 24171.
Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
KENNETH C. REYNOLDS JR.
Kenneth Calloway Reynolds Jr., age 78 of Henry, passed away Sunday, March 12, 2017, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
He was born in Patrick County on August 28, 1938 to the late Kenneth Calloway Reynolds Sr. and Myrtle Roberson Reynolds. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Carol Reynolds, and a sister, Jean Priddy.
He was of the Baptist faith and had served in the United States Navy.
Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Lola Holley Reynolds of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Alicia Reynolds of Rocky Mount; a daughter, Christi Reynolds of Forest; three grandchildren, Jacob Belcher, Erica Foster and husband Jamie, and Kandice Reynolds; two great-grandchildren, Gabriel and Autumn Foster; a brother, Steve Reynolds of Canada; and a nephew, Miles Priddy of Stuart.
All services will be private.
Moody Funeral Home in Stuart will be handling the arrangements, and online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
MARIE F. SMITH
Marie F. Smith, 91, died at Dobson, N.C., Hospice Home on February 27, 2017.
She was born on October 8, 1925 in Port Jervice, N.Y., and resided most of her life on Long Island, N.Y.
She worked at Brookhaven Hospital where she was loved and respected by all, as she had a mutual love and respect for others. She retired after 40 years as a nursing supervisor.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Jack E. Smith. She was a hard working mother of five children, working diligently to care for her family. She was also preceded in death by her two sons, Mark E. Smith and Jeffrey J. Smith, her sister Helen Jean Kerrigan and her parents John J. and Helen F. Kerrigan.
Surviving are her daughters, Karen Smith Braglia and husband Barry of Lewes, Del., Gail Smith Fink and husband Steven of Charlotte, N.C., and Anita Smith Prutting and husband Kenny of Stuart; and daughter-in-law Joan Smith of Powder Springs, Ga.; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements were made at Moody’s Funeral Service in Stuart, and at a later date a Celebration of Life for both Marie and her son, Jeffery, who passed June 6, 2016, will be held at Robertaccio’s Funeral Home in Patchogue, N.Y. Both Marie and her son Jeffrey will then be laid to rest with our father at Calverton Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a cancer society of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
MARY P. WOOD
Mary Lou Pilson Wood, 67 of Bassett, died Thursday, March 9, 2017.
She was born on November 2, 1949 and was preceded in death by her parents, Henry and Beulah Pilson; and her nephew, Corporal Jonathan Bowling.
She accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior at the age of nine at Fort Trial Baptist Church. She was employed at Henry County Schools for 36 years and retired in December 2014. She was a lifetime member at Fort Trial Baptist Church where she played the organ for 45 years, 35 of those years accompanying her sister, Judy who played the piano.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Vern Wood of Bassett, and their two sons, Bridger and wife Maggie of Stuart, and Brandon and wife Emily of Rutherfordton, N.C.; seven grandchildren; two sisters, Judy Fulcher of Bassett and Robin Feron of Stuart; an aunt; numerous nieces and nephews; her mother-in-law, Emily Wood of Martinsville, and a brother-in-law, Kent Wood of Caswell Beach, N.C. A memorial service was held Sunday, March 12 at Fort Trial Baptist Church in Stanleytown. A private family interment will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations may be made to Stitches of Love or The 55+ Fellowship, both in care of Fort Trial Baptist Church, 170 Oak Level Rd, Stanleytown, VA 24168; or to Mountain Valley Hospice, 18981 Jeb Stuart Highway, Stuart, VA 24171.
Arrangements were by Norris Funeral Services Inc. and Crematory in Martinsville. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.