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Obituaries – November 29, 2017

MARGARETE BROWN

Margarete “Gretel” Brown, 78, passed away peacefully her home on November 27 , 2017.

Gretel was born to the late Ida and Franz Moseleit in Haltern am see, Germany on April 24, 1939. She grew up in Germany with her six brothers and sisters.

Her passion for helping others lead her to become a nurse in her hometown.

She met her husband Jackie Brown while he was stationed at Hahn Air Force Base in spring of 1960. In October of that year they were married.

She and Jack traveled the world together while he served in the United States Air Force.

She is survived by her husband, Jackie Brown; 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.

Gretel was a kind and loving person with a passion for teaching our youth. She spent six years at Stuart Elementary School as a teaching assistant for computer classes and Mrs. Reynolds’ fourth grade classes.

She loved to travel the world; however she was never more comfortable then in her home in Stuart.

The family has chosen to honor her wishes and not hold funeral services. Instead her remains will be cremated and scattered into the Caribbean Ocean by her beloved husband Jackie Brown.

WANDA G. ISLEY

Wanda Faye Goad Isley, age 66, of Critz, passed away on Monday, November 27, 2017, at the Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Stuart.

She was born in Carroll County on June 24, 1951, and was a daughter of the late Eden Walker Goad and Della Virginia Quesenberry Goad.  She was also preceded in death by her husband, Manuel J. Blevins “Jack”; a son, Austin Eugene Peery; two brothers, Sidney Allen and Dorsie Goad; and a sister, Bertie Goad.

Wanda was of the Baptist faith and had retired from Bassett Walker. She loved collecting black bears and was always willing to help others.

She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Roberts (Richard Lane) of Critz; three grandchildren, Karen Lawson, Austin Dyer and Ashlynn Roberts; two step-grandsons, Matthew Daniels and Shawn Daniels; one great-granddaughter, Riley Grace Dyer; one sister, Wilma Pedigo (Ron) of Dugspur; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 30, at noon at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Stuart with Pastor David Freeman officiating. Burial will be in the Silverleaf Cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wanda Goad Isley Burial Fund, C/o Moody Funeral Home, P.O. Box 307, Stuart, VA 24171.

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

 

CLAUDE L. JOYCE SR.

Claude Lee Joyce Sr., age 86, of Stuart, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Monday, November 20, 2017.

He was born in Stuart on May 17, 1931, and was a son of the late Watson Alexander Joyce and Wilma Lee Dalton Joyce. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Swanson Joyce, Glenn Joyce, Lawrence Joyce and Larry Joyce.

Claude proudly served in the United States Army. After his military service, he went to work for Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co. as an electrician and retired in 1995 with 41 years of service. He enjoyed gardening and being with his family and grandkids.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Dixie Joyce of the home; his children; son, Claude Lee Joyce Jr. of Newport News; daughter, Susan C. Sieber and husband Jim of Newport News; stepson, Ronald Holt of Stuart; stepdaughters, Kathy Kisamore and husband Roy of Critz and Carolyn Holt of Stuart; five grandchildren, Christopher Joyce and wife Marissa, Ashley Joyce, Kayla Ayers, Jacob Kisamore, and Gracen Kisamore; four great-grandchildren, Ty, Avery, Oliva and Layla; his brother, Lloyd Joyce of Stuart; a brother-in-law, Charles Rakes and wife Nancy of Stuart; his best friend and cat Charlie; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 25, at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastor Michael Morrison officiating. Burial was in the Aaron’s Corner Primitive Baptist Church cemetery with military rites by the Patrick County Veterans’ Memorial Honor Guard.

If desired, memorial donations may be made to Aaron’s Corner Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Dorothy Craddock, 1543 Aaron’s Corner Church Road, Lawsonville, N.C. 27022; or to Wayside Community Church.

Members of the family would like to express their sincere appreciation and thanks to the staff and nurses of Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and Mountain Valley Hospice for their help and support.

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

 

ANNIE H. NOLEN

Annie Laura Hall Nolen, 88, of Bassett, died Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Landmark Center.

She was born in Patrick County on March 14, 1929, and was a daughter of the late Lemly Gilbert Hall and the late Beadie Dalton Hall. She was also preceded in death by her husband, James  “Fred” Nolen, and a brother, Bill Hall.

She was a member of the Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family will receive friends today (Wednesday, November 29) from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel. The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with the Revs. Noel Naff and Dave Rittenhouse officiating. Burial will follow in the Patrick Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bassettfuneralservice.com. Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the Nolen family.

 

GLORIA R. OWENS

Gloria R. Owens, of Stuart, passed away at Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital on November 22, 2017, after a brief illness.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ned and Charlotte Rorrer.

She was a graduate of Stuart High School and James Madison University. She had been a teacher at Stuart Elementary School prior to her retirement and was a member of Providence United Methodist Church in Patrick Springs.

Left to cherish her memory are her sisters, Peggy Rorrer of Stuart and Brenda Rorrer of Roanoke; and two aunts, Freida Grogan of Chandler, Ariz., and Virginia Rorrer of Peterstown, W.Va.

Funeral services will be held today (Wednesday, November 29) at 2 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart. Burial will follow in Patrick Memorial Gardens.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Providence United Methodist Church, 1021 Providence Dr., Patrick Springs, VA 24133.

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

 

B. COY PLASTERS

Burrell “Coy” Plasters, age 79, of Patrick Springs, passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017, at his home.

He was born in Patrick County on June 21, 1938, to the late Samuel Plasters and Jessie Mae Howell Plasters. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Muriel Hughes and Helen Plasters; and seven brothers, Samuel Jr., Howard, Albert, J.B., R.T., Ralph and Melvin Plasters.

Coy had retired from Fieldcrest Mills after 27 years of service and attended County Line Church of God of Prophecy. He loved farming and raising cattle.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 50 years, Barbara Wright Plasters of the home; one daughter, Jessie Lea Plasters of Patrick Springs; four sisters, Dorothy DeHart and Lucille Hopkins, both of Woolwine, Sadie Spencer of Fieldale and Betty Jean Spence of Patrick Springs; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 28, at County Line Church of God of Prophecy with Pastor Jason Callahan officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to County Line Church of God of Prophecy, 2900 County Line Rd., Patrick Springs, VA 24133; or to Mountain Valley Hospice, 18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart, VA 24171.

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

 

ALLEN C. QUESINBERRY

Allen Charlton Quesinberry, 91, of Pinnacle, N.C., passed away Saturday, November 25, 2017, at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C.

He was born in Patrick County on June 26, 1926, and was a son of the late Merritt and Georgia Keith Quesinberry. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary Magdalene Young Quesinberry; sisters, Imalene Bowman and Virdy Forman; and a brother, Cecil Quesinberry.

He bravely served in the U.S. Navy and retired from a career as a truck driver. He was a wonderful father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.

He is survived by three daughters, Jo Ann Holder of Rural Hall, N.C., June Creed and husband Franklin of Pinnacle, N.C., and Mary Tilley of Siloam, N.C.; two sons, Richard and wife Sharon Quesinberry and Mark Quesinberry, all of Pinnacle, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; sisters, Freida Scott of Rural Hall, N.C., Delcie Montgomery of Ararat, Va., and Geraldine Culler of King, N.C.; brothers, Roy Quesinberry of West End, N.C., and Odell Quesinberry and wife Amy of Mount Airy, N.C.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, November 28, at Moody Funeral Home Chapel in Mount Airy, N.C., with Pastor Michael Kelly officiating. Burial was in the Young Family Cemetery with full military honors conducted by the VFW Honor Guard Mount Airy Post 2019 and Pilot Mountain Post 9436.

The family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Crystal Hiatt for the wonderful care assisting him and her precious granddaughter, “sweet Maddie” for her warm friendly smiles.

 

PATSY W. RORRER

Patsy Jane Williams Rorrer, age 85, of Stuart, passed away Monday, November 20, 2017, at her home.

She was born in Patrick County on January 9, 1932. She was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert L. Rorrer; her parents, Carlyle Williams and Madge Branch Williams Quesinberry; a sister, Brenda Jefferson Weaver; and a brother, Ronald Williams.

She was a longtime member of Bouldin Memorial Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by three sons, Terry Rorrer, Kenneth Rorrer and Steve Rorrer (Kelly), all of Stuart; three grandchildren, Shawn Rorrer (Misty), Amber Rakes (Erik), and Tiffany Whorley (Dustin); four great-grandchildren, Titus Rorrer, Collin Rakes, Asher Rorrer and McKenzie Whorley; three sisters, Bet Williams of Martinsville, Joan Martin of Sandy Ridge, N.C., and Doris Smith (Arlen) of Stuart; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Friday, November 24, at Bouldin Memorial Presbyterian Church with Pastors Rick Burnett and David Heath officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bouldin Memorial Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Della Fulcher, 590 American Legion Road, Stuart, VA 24171, Patrick County Developmental Center, c/o Penny Belcher, P.O. Box 785, Stuart, VA 24171 or to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy., Stuart, VA 24171.

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

 

EDWARD P. SOWDER JR.

Edward Peter Sowder Jr., 89, of Stuart, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2017, at home.

He was born on June 8, 1928, in Patrick County and was a son of the late Edward Sowder Sr. and the late Mary Sheer Sowder. He was also preceded in death by his son, Eddie Sowder; daughter, Katherine Mullins; brother, Frank Sowder and sister, Rosemary Martin.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Linda Sowder. He is also survived by Jimmie Johnson (Anne) of Charlotte, N.C., James Hutcheson (Lori) of Moneta, Lisa Hudson of Charlotte, and Justin Sowder (Amanda) of the home; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held today (Wednesday, November 29) from 11 a.m. to noon at Bassett Funeral Service Chapel. A graveside service will be held at Roselawn Burial Park in Martinsville at 12:30 p.m.

 

LOUISE R. TATUM

Louise Rogers Tatum, 92, of Patrick Springs, passed away on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy, N.C.

She was born in Montana on January 3, 1925, to the late H. B. Rogers and Anna Woodall Rogers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Douglas Tatum; an infant son; one sister, Pearl R. Wingo; and three brothers; Robert Clarence Rogers, Richard Dean Rogers and Clifford Earl Rogers.

She was a member of Providence United Methodist Church and was part owner of the former Town and Country Market and Discount Store and was named Business Person of the year in 1979.

She was instrumental in the organization of the Penny House in Patrick Springs. She was a great cook, loved her flower garden, played a mean game of bridge and liked living near her family especially her great-nieces, Christina Johnson and Amanda Holt.

Surviving are two sisters; Carolyn East of Patrick Springs and Claudine Cannaday of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, December 6 at 12:30 p.m. at Concord United Methodist Church cemetery with Pastor Keith Vernon officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Providence United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1021 Providence Drive, Patrick Springs, VA 24133.

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

 

Card of thanks

Members of the family of Sidney “Junior” Jones would like to express our gratitude for all the love, support and prayers given on our behalf.

Special thanks to Kim Compton for being such a great health care provider to our loved one through the years. Thanks to Mountain Valley Hospice and Moody Funeral Home for the care and compassion given.

To the wonderful people of Dry Pond and surrounding communities, thank you for providing the amazing meal after the service. We are truly blessed with great friends and family who will stay by our sides and we are deeply humbled.

With love,

Wanda and the Jones family

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