Obituaries – May 3rd, 2017



Alma (Blue) Barnes DeVoe, 72, of Ridgeway, died Tuesday April 25, 2017, at Alamance Hospital in Burlington, N.C.

She was born April 27, 1944 in Ridgeway and was a daughter of the late Franklin and Alma Jenkins Barnes. She was also predeceased in death by three brothers, Franklin, Elwood and Virgil Barnes; three sisters, Nancy Coleman, Lelar Hollandsworth, and Louise Jenkins; and a sister-in-law, Joan Barnes.

Blue was an active member of Christian View Pentecostal Holiness Church, where she served on the church board. She was a graduate of Drewry Mason High School class of 1962, graduated from Midwestern State University with a B.S. degree in accounting, was a member of the United States Air Force from 1963 to 1969, where she rose to the rank of SSGT, and was a retired auditor with the Unites States Justice Dept. She was also a member of Pannill Post #42, American Legion.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Douglas DeVoe Sr. of the home; one son, Douglas DeVoe Jr. of Fairfax; one daughter, Deborah DeVoe Miller and Grant Foley of Stuart; three brothers, Billy Barnes of Ridgeway, Bobby Barnes of Axton, and Homer Barnes of Charleston, S.C.; two sisters, Patsy Cox of Stoneville, and Betty Watkins of Ridgeway; one grandson; one brother in law, David DeVoe of Whitelake, Mich.; an uncle; and nieces, nephews, and many cousins.

The funeral service was held Saturday in the Roselawn Chapel with Pastor Rick Wilkie officiating. Burial was in Mountain View Cemetery in Ridgeway with full military honors by the Martinsville Henry County Veterans Honor Guard.

Memorial donations in memory of Blue DeVoe may be made to Pannill Post #42, American Legion, Veterans Relief Fund, P.O. Box 4082, Martinsville, Va. 24015.

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Louise Clark Fuller, age 64, of Stuart, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at Pioneer Community Hospital.

She was born in Patrick County on November 4, 1952.

She was preceded in death by her father, Wade Willie Clark; a sister-in-law, Linda Nowlin Clark; a brother-in-law, John Staples; and two nephews, Ronald and A.J. Clark.

She retired from the Blue Ridge Nursing Center.  Surviving are her mother, Edith Mae Tatum Clark of Stuart; two sisters, Vanessa Staples and Susan Clark, both of Stuart; and a brother, Willie Clark of Martinsville.A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 2 at Tatum Macedonia Church Cemetery with Elder Manuel Jessup officiating.

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

Oma Hettybell Thomas Grey, 77 of Ararat, died Sunday evening, April 30, 2017, at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, N.C.

She was born in Carroll County on June 24, 1939 to the late Charlie Roe Thomas and Sarah Jane Ayers Thomas. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Charlie Monroe Thomas.

Left to cherish her loving memory are her husband, Glenn Grey; a daughter, Sandra Knott; two grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gert and Bob Collins, Alice and Bub Ayers, and Pat and Robert Smith; brother and sister-in-law, Clifton and Louise Thomas; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, May 3) at Crooked Oak Moravian Church at 2 p.m. with Pastor Gary Easter and the Rev. Emmett Crotts officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

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

Arrangements are by Moody Funeral Home in Mount Airy, N.C. Online condolences may be made by visiting

Ruby Helms Giver, age 85, of Mountaintop, Pa. (formerly of Williamsburg), passed away Monday, May 1, 2017.She was born in Stuart on June 13, 1931 to the late John Edd and Dorothy Dalton Helms. She was also preceded in death by a foster brother, Buddy Handy.Ruby graduated from Stuart High School in 1950 and attended National Business College in Roanoke.Surviving are her son, Thomas (Tommy) E. Purves (Teresa), of Chester and daughter, Rita P. Hall (Fred) of Drums, Pa.; and four grandchildren, Brad, Charles, Mian and John.A private memorial service will be held in Stuart at a later date.



Arthur Mitchell Hitt passed away peacefully on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in Roanoke.

Art lived a busy life raising his family and running his logging business, Northern Timber Services, that he started in 1979. He enjoyed the outdoors and animals of all kinds. He’ll be remembered as a kind, loving and giving man who was always there to help anyone in need.

He was predeceased by his parents, Melvin Hitt and Phoebe Hitt.

He is survived by his wife, Laureen Hitt of Critz; his three daughters, Joy Hitt of Delhi, N.Y., Alysha Hitt of Collinsville, and Chelsey Hitt of Boston, Mass.; his three sons, Jason Hitt of Cilo, Mich., Andrew Holmes of Queensbury, N.Y., and Randy Holmes of Salem, N.Y.; his grandchildren, Teddi Jo Robinson of Hobart, N.Y., Jordan Robinson of San Francisco, Calif., Justin Hitt of Bainbridge, N.Y., and Charleen Hitt of Orlando, Fla.; his sisters, Rose Grant of Stamford, N.Y. and Marian Kosier of Lakeland, Fla.; and his brothers, Larry Hitt of Delhi and Leroy Hitt of Stamford.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Moody Funeral Home in Stuart has been entrusted with the services and online condolences may be sent by visiting



Ruth M Kolinski, 92, of Critz, died on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at her home.

She was the daughter of Elsie Babcock Warren and Benjamin H Warren of Middletown, N.Y. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Alexander Kolinski; one sister in law, Wilma Warren; and one grandson, Matthew Kolinski.She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church and worked in the clerks office for Orange County, N.Y., until retirement.Surviving are one son, Harry Gregg Kolinski of Belview, Fla., and wife Ardith; one brother, Benjamin Warren of Dunnellon, Fla.; three grandchildren, Staci Hicks and husband Todd, Dan Kolinski and wife Erica, and Cameron Kolinski; four great-grandchildren, Matthew and Pela Kolinski, Richie Hicks and Stetson Rogers; special niece and nephew, Sarah and David Warren; family through love, Cecil and Becky Nelson, Lori Cole, Millie Carr; and special friends Edie Lemons, Bobby McArthur, Mike Gilley and Steve Clifton.The funeral was held Tuesday, May 2, at Norris Funeral Services Chapel in Stuart with the Reverend John Franklin officiating. Burial was in Critz Baptist Church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Weiland Friendship Fund c/o Blue Ridge Bank, 48 Animal Clinic Road, Stuart, Va., 24171; or Clover Cat Rescue, P.O. Box 829, Stuart, Va., 24171.Online condolences may be made to the family at



Otis Lee Jessup, 92, of Claudville,  passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Northern Hospital of Surry County.

He was born in Patrick County to the late Hillary and Laura Tilley Jessup. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Irene Pruitt Jessup; a son, Mike Jessup; twin grandsons, Brad and Chad Jessup; sisters, Audrey Hayden and Betty Lou Beane; and brothers, Alvin, Burton, and Raymond Jessup.

He bravely served in the U.S. Marines during World War II and was a Purple Heart recipient. Prior to the war he worked in CC Camps in various locations.

He was a well-known farmer throughout the community and a faithful member of Mountain View Pentecostal Holiness Church.

He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Dwight and Faye Jessup, David and Renee Jessup, and Vickie Jessup; grandchildren, Brian Jessup and wife Traci, Travis Jessup and wife Tennille, Stephanie Gallemore and husband Tom, Brandon Jessup and fiancée Lori Fisher, Shawn Jessup, Andrew Jessup and wife Mallorie, Heather Jones and husband Clay, Jennifer Jessup, and Courtney Jessup; great-grandchildren, Chase, Luke, Thaxton, Noah, Barrett, Olivia and soon to arrive, Arya; step grandchildren, Elizabeth, Brittany and Kristen; step great-great-grandchildren, Lennon and Clary; a sister and brother-in-law, Helen and Larry Moorefield; sisters-in-law, Mary Ellen Jessup and Libby Jessup.

Funeral services were held Friday at 11 a.m. at Mountain View Pentecostal Church, Claudville, with the Revs. Tony Goins and Roger Collins officiating. Entombment was at Skyline Memory Gardens with full military honors by the Patrick County Veterans’ Memorial Honor Guard.

Memorials contributions may be made to Mountain View Pentecostal Church, 497 Hatchers Chapel Rd., Claudville, Va., 24076; or to the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard, c/o Tom Inman, 426 Big A School Rd., Stuart, Va., 24171.

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


H. David Liles, age 75, of Stuart and formerly of Grifton, N.C., passed away on Monday, April 24, 2017 at his home.

He was born in Wadesboro, N.C. on May 5, 1941 and was a son of the late Fred Brooks Liles and Julia Elizabeth Hatcher Liles. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Fred B. Liles, Jr.; and his sister, Beth Liles Howie.

David was known as “Spot” to many. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Grifton, where he had been a deacon and taught Sunday School. He had 41 years of service with duPont with seven of those years at the Savanah River Plant in Aiken, S.C., and the remaining years at the Kinston Plant in Grifton.

He was an avid hunter, gun collector, and a proud lifetime member of the NRA. His quick wit led to “Davidisms,” funny phrases that family and friends find themselves repeating. He loved and was loved by many and will be truly missed.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Nancy Dietz Liles of the home; his son and daughter-in-law, David Wayne and Lauren Liles of Brooklyn, N.Y.; his daughter, Rebecca Liles Kolb of Grifton; and his grandchildren, Daisy Wayne Liles and Maximillian David Liles.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at a later date in North Carolina.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorial donations be made to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart, Va., 24171.

Arrangements are by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. Online condolences may be sent by visiting



Jackie Barbour Pack, age 66, of Stuart, passed away Monday, May 1, 2017, at the Blue Ridge Therapy Connection in Stuart.

She was born in Martinsville on October 3, 1950 to the late Robert Alan “Corky” Barbour and Peggy Louise Samuel Barbour. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Barry Phillip Pack.

She had worked at the Patrick County Commonwealth’s Attorney Office as the victim/witness director.She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Kelly Marie and Joseph Walton of Stuart; a grandson, Jacob Ray Walton; a granddaughter, Addison Marie Walton; three sisters, Jeanne B. Scott of Danville, Joyce B. Lippens of Waynesboro and Kathy B. Price of Roanoke; a brother, Michael Barbour of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Elwood and Marie Pack of Stuart.A graveside service will be held Thursday, May 4, at 2 p.m. in the Haley-Pack Family Cemetery with Pastor Keith Vernon officiating.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.

Online condolences may be sent by visiting



Sgt. Randall Lee Penny, 62, of Hillsborough, N.C., died on Monday, April 24, 2017.

Sgt. Penny was born in Durham, N.C. He was a 23-year veteran of the Durham Police Department. He was member of the Fraternal Order of Police and the Durham Sailboat and Power Squadron. He was a member of the West Durham Pentecostal Holiness Church.

He loved to hunt and fish; enjoyed exercising and workouts. He loved his family; his church and the police.

He was predeceased by his father, Julius M. Penny; and a brother, Jimmy Penny.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Karen Elgin Penny; his mother, Peggy Penny of Durham; four sons, Randall L. Penny Jr. and wife Bethany of Durham, Joey Penny of Durham, Tim Penny and Jeremy Penny, both of Hillsborough; one daughter, LoraMae Pons and husband Chris of Chesapeake; two brothers, Danny Penny and wife Sharron of Gastonia, N.C., and David Penny and wife Lynn of Durham; one sister, Judy Dickens and husband Scott of Timberlake, N.C.; and two granddaughters, Alexis Penny and Melanie Penny. He was loved by his extended family.

Funeral services were held Friday at West Durham Pentecostal Holiness Church. The Rev Greg Long and Dr. Danny Penny officiated. Burial was Saturday at the Buffalo Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church cemetery in Stuart, officiated by the Rev. Kenneth Terry and Dr. Danny Penny.

Memorial donations may be made to the Gideons International, Durham South Camp, P.O. Box 2155, Durham, N.C., 27702.

Online condolences can be made at



Jesse Marlin Wood, 85, of Stones Dairy Road, Bassett, died Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Moses Cone Hospital.

He was born April 12, 1932, in Meadows of Dan, to the late Joseph Clyde Wood and Maggie Dale Reynolds Wood. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Turner.

He was a high school graduate and was retired from West Window Company. He served in the United States Air Force in Germany. He was a member of the Smith River Wildlife Club in Woolwine, a member of the Rangely Ruritan Club and a VFW member.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Koger Wood; one daughter, Anita Wood Gammons; two sons, Michael Dean Wood and Larry E. Wood; one brother, Benton Wood; and three grandchildren.

The funeral was held Friday at Wright Funeral Service Chapel. Burial was in Henry Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be made at


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