Jason McArthur Turner, 76, of Patrick Springs, Va., passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the Blue Ridge Nursing Home in Stuart, Va. He was born in Patrick County, Va. on May 3, 1942 to the late John Homer Turner and the late Clemmie Kendrick Turner. He was also preceded in death by several brothers.
He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Sarah Turner of the home; four sons, Jason W. (Pee Wee) Turner, Douglas W. Turner, William M. (Albert) Turner and wife Lynn and George (Randy) Turner; one daughter Sarah (Shorty) Cooke and husband Sammy; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren; six brothers Sammy, Nathan, Alan, Landis (Whitey), Ted and James (JD) Turner; one sister Marlene Dalton; and several nieces and nephews.
The visitation will be Monday, June 18, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the chapel of Bassett Funeral Service and at other times at the home. Funeral Service will be Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Bassett Funeral Service with Minister Sammy Cooke and Minister Avery Preston officiating. Burial will follow in the Buffalo Ridge Church Cemetery.
Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the Turner family.
Hortense Rorrer Crawford, 93, of Collinsville, Va., passed away on Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Golden Living in Martinsville. She was born in Patrick County, Va. to the late Fred Rorrer and the late Fannie Lawless Rorrer. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, Maynard Rorrer, J. W. Rorrer and English Rorrer.
She was a member of the Fairview Baptist Church in Martinsville, Va.
She loved her family and was a great cook. Her home was always open to her friends and family. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.
Hortense is survived by three children, Betty Thompson (B.B.) of Axton, Va., Freddie Crawford of Collinsville and Barbara Mitchem (Phillip) of Collinsville; two granddaughters, Wendy Lawrence of Denton, N.C. and Teresa Davis of Martinsville; one great-grandson, Catlin Carter of Asheville, N.C.; brother, Calvin Rorrer of Patrick County; and sister, Maureen Blankenship of Collinsville.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ray Fields officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Burial Park.
In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to Mountain Valley Hospice and Collative Care, 730 East Church Street, Martinsville, VA 24112.
Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the Crawford family.
Alice Marie Mason Russell, 88, died on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Blue Ridge Village. She was born on October 6, 1929, in Bassett, Va., to the late Terry Buford Mason, Sr., and Dessa McGhee Mason.
She spent most of her life in Henry County where she graduated from Bassett High School in 1947. She worked at Lacy Manufacturing Company and retired as office cashier from J. C. Penney Company. She spent most of her high school years in Richlands, Virginia, where she met Claude Newton Russell, whom she married on December 24, 1947. He preceded her in death on September 4, 2003, after 57 happy years of marriage.
After her retirement she continued to be active in her church, Villa Heights Baptist, where she worked tirelessly on the kitchen committee, as a Sunday School teacher, and a choir member. In addition, she became very active in civic and community affairs, organizing her neighborhood with the clean community campaign, for which she was recognized with a good citizenship award.
In 2014 she became wheel-chair bound and became a resident of Blue Ridge Rehab Center. At Blue Ridge she continued to joyfully serve others as she had at church, in the community, and with family and friends. She loved to cook and would help anyone who needed her. She was a dedicated and loving (Gan Gan) to her granddaughters.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, Terry Mason, Jr.; and one sister, Ruby Mason Yeatts.
She is survived by one daughter, Sandra Utt (Wilbur) of Bassett, Va.; granddaughters Adrianne Edwards (Lee) of Martinsville, Va., and Ashley Dunovant (Jason) of the Snow Creek community. She is also survived by one sister, Lucille Mason Hundley, of Collinsville, Va..
Visitation will be Monday, June 18, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Collins Funeral Home, and other times at the home of the daughter. The funeral service will be Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Collins Funeral Home Chapel in Bassett with the Reverend Keith Spangenburg officiating. Interment will be at Roselawn Burial Park in Martinsville, Va.
Buddie Ray Rogers, 79, of Axton, Va., passed away on Thursday, June 14, 2018. He was born in Axton on May 9, 1939 to the late Walter J. Rogers and Frances Rebecca Hankins Rogers.
Buddie is survived by his wife of 58 years, Louise Rogers; son, Michael Ray Rogers and his wife Christy of Walnut Cove, N.C.; grandson, Justin; granddaughter, Nicole; sister, Sherleen Payne; brother, James and his wife Tempie; also numerous nieces and nephews.
He retired from NCR. At the time of his death he had worked for Lowes Building Supply for 22 years. Buddie loved car racing and go cart racing. He won many trophies and awards from his go cart racing career. He loved his dogs, cricket, lexie and punkie.
A visitation will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Mount Vernon Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m. at the Church and will be officiated by the Reverend Michael Jordon and the Reverend Tracy Freeman. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Buddie to the Martinsville Henry County SPCA, 132 Joseph Martin Hwy, Martinsville, VA 24112.
Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home-Martinsville, VA
James E. McDonald, 77, of Axton, Va., passed away on June 13, 2018 at Hospice of Rockingham County in Reidsville, N.C. At Mr. McDonald's request, all services will be private.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made to the Carroll Memorial U.M.C., U.M.W. Fund, 16 Axton Rd, Axton, VA 24054 or to Mountain Valley Hospice, 730 East Church Street - Suite 13, Martinsville, VA 24112.
Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the McDonald family.
Overseer Geraldine Jones Giles, 75, of Axton, Va. died Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at her home. She was born in Maybeury, W.Va. on November 4, 1942, a daughter of the late Amos and Quillar Scales Jones. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew (Dyke) Giles.
She was retired from Memorial Hospital of Martinsville & Henry County and was a member of Spirit of Truth Apostolic Church wheres she served as an Usher, Missionary, Evangelist, and on the Culinary Ministries.
Those left to cherish her memory include five daughters, Elder Andrea Hairston, of Collinsville, Va., Lavonda Hairston, of Burlington, N.C., Tamara Hairston, of Newport News, Va.; Gloria (Michael) Hodge, of Martinsville, Va.; and Tina (Marvin) Roy, of Axton, Va.; three sons, Elder Darrell (Sharon) Hairston, of Ridgeway, Va., Elder John Hairston, III, of Axton, Va., and Vent Hairston, of Lebanon, Ohio; two sisters, Darlene Jones, of Augusta, Ga.; and Ruby Stafford, of Detroit, Mich.; two brothers, Edward Jones, of Augusta, Ga., and Ronald Jones, of Baltimore, Md.; 39 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 1 p.m. at the Pentecostal Assembly Building on Carver Road with Elders Andrea, Darrell and John Hairston, officiating. Burial will follow in Carver Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the funeral and will be at the home at 121 Wade Place, Axton, Va. at other times.
Arrangements entrusted to the care of Hines Funeral Services.
Leonard Lee Craig, born January 18, 1926, of Martinsville, Va. passed away peacefully on the morning of Friday, June 15, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, Richard Lee Craig and Ada Hollandsworth Craig; three brothers, Curtis Lee Craig, Richard Kenneth Craig and Percy H. Craig. He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Marie Smith Craig; a son, Michael Lee Craig and wife, Brenda; a daughter, Susan Craig Midkiff and husband, Dickie, of Midlothian; two very special grandsons, Michael Adam Midkiff of Washington, D.C. and Matthew Craig Midkiff of Blacksburg; a brother, Bobby E. Craig and sister-in-law, Patsy Craig, of Martinsville.
Leonard was a member of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church in Martinsville where he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Administrative Board Member, member of the Young At Hearts Fellowship Group, United Methodist Men's Club and was a lifetime member and teacher of the Lester Thore Sunday school class. He was veteran of WWII, serving in the China, Burma, India Theater with the MARS Task Force that relieved the famous Merrill's Marauders. He worked for E.I. DuPont Company for thirty-nine years as a supervisor and engineering specialist, continuing to maintain the heating and air-conditioning at his church, even during retirement. Leonard was extremely handy and was always able to find a way to fix broken items. He often built birdhouses for friends and family. Leonard's favorite pastimes included spending time with his family, golfing and gardening. He had a beautiful garden and shared many of his delicious vegetables with family and neighbors. He loved nature and the outdoors as well as bluegrass music and flatfoot dancing. He had a great passion for classic cars and NASCAR, was an avid canasta player and took great pride in his grandsons, Michael and Matthew.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., that same day with Pastor Tim Gearheart officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Burial Park with military honors presented by the Martinsville-Henry County Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be offered to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 826 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, Va. 24112.
McKee-Stone Funeral Home, Martinsville, Va. is handling arrangements.
Ralph C. Lester, 99, of Martinsville, VA passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2018. He was born December 1, 1918 in Figsboro, VA to the late Loury Lawson Lester and Mamie Draper Lester. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Victor Arlington Lester and Lawson Jackson Lester; sisters, Virginia Joy Lester Saunders Phillips and Golden Lester Slawson; and by his first wife, Alice Saunders Lester.
He is survived by his wife, June D. Wilson Lester of the home; daughter, Elizabeth Lester Winn of Greensboro, NC; son, Ralph C. Lester, Jr. of Lincolnville, ME; step-son, D.E. “Skip” Wilson of Martinsville, VA; sisters, Inez Lester Montel and Lottie Lester Estes both of Martinsville, VA and Vaulene Lester Harris of Wrightsville Beach, NC. Also surviving are three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and several nieces and nephews.
Before graduating from Martinsville High School, he worked with his father in the lumber business. After graduating in June 1936, he worked for V.M. Draper Mfg as a booking trainee. Before joining the U.S. Army Air Corp in July 1941, he worked for Lester Lumber Co. as an outside salesman. He came home a 1st Lieutenant after serving 50 months. His overseas service was in the Pacific, namely the 5th Air Force as a military glider pilot and as a co-pilot on the C-47 troop carrier. He flew 62 combat missions, hauling ammunitions, food, and other supplies to the other services in the combat zone. Most of his combat service was on the island of New Guinea.
After returning home in September 1945, he and his brother Lawson started a partnership building houses. This partnership was organized into a corporation with others in 1946 named Lester Bros. Inc. He ran several divisions. After resigning his position at Lester Bros, he founded Continental Homes in 1955, a competitor of Lesco Homes. With the help of many friends as shareholders, he organized another company in 1959, founding Nationwide Homes, Inc. At the time, this was unique in that its devoted purpose was to the contracting and building of shell homes. This industry, the Home Manufacturing Association, honored him in several ways. He was given the Eugene Kurtz Memorial Award in 1969 for his outstanding contributions to the industry. In 1987, he received the James R. Price Award for innovation and leadership in the industry.
Ralph was the pioneer in the manufacturing and marketing of the modular house with his unique structure design first offered by Continental Homes in the mid 1960’s.
Don O. Carlson, editor and publisher of Automation in Housing Manufactured Home Dealer said, “He is the father of the modern modular housing industry, an innovative individual who is committed to hard work and willingness to risk capital to pioneer new ideas.”
As a community worker, Ralph was a Kiwanian, a Phythian, and served in many civic and charitable organizations. He was chairman of the Salvation Army board for 5 terms and was a recipient of its highest honor, The Others Award. He was a charter member of the Patrick Henry Community College Scholarship Foundation where a scholarship was established in his honor. He served the Martinsville-Henry County Memorial Hospital as its chairman and was president of the board when the Ravenel Cancer Center was established and organized.
As a result of his civic activities, he received the Heck Ford Award, sponsored by the Martinsville-Henry County Chamber of Commerce. Ralph also served on several business boards including Piedmont Trust Bank and Virginia Mirror Company.
In the early 1950’s, he helped to organize the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon, an Elder, and was a Trustee until his death.
Ralph said: “First of all, my Lord God is responsible for any worthwhile legacy.” He also gave credit to his friends, his bankers, his shareholders, and his employees.
In 2008, Ralph authored a book, Magnet, to identify and perpetuate the entrepreneurial spirit that has dominated Martinsville and Henry County.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018 at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church with Chaplain Paul Johnson officiating. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel. Burial will be at George Washington Lester Family Cemetery.
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory in Martinsville, Virginia is serving the Lester family.
James E. McDonald, 77, of Axton passed away on June 13, 2018 at Hospice of Rockingham County in Reidsville, NC. At Mr. McDonald’s request, all services will be private.
In lieu of flowers the family request memorial donations be made to the Carroll Memorial U.M.C., U.M.W. Fund, 16 Axton Rd, Axton, VA 24054 or to Mountain Valley Hospice, 730 East Church Street – Suite 13, Martinsville, VA 24112.
Bassett Funeral Services is in charge.
Rev. Amos C. Turner, 90, of Patrick Springs, Va., passed away on Monday, June 11, 2018. He was born in Patrick County on August 10, 1927 to the late Grover and Ada Foster Turner. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Margaret J. Turner and several brothers and sisters. He was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church. He pastored several churches in Virginia and West Virginia.
Rev. Turner is survived by a daughter, Brenda Owens; a son, Maynard Turner; three grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sister, Mildred Stone; and several nieces, nephews and other loving family members.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 16, 2018 from 11:30 to 1 p.m. at Pleasant View Baptist Church where a funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. with Dr. Joey McNeill officiating. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery.
Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the Turner family.
William Henry Fowler Jr. of Martinsville passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018. Born on August 30, 1930 in Philadelphia, PA, he was the son of William Henry Fowler Sr. and Amanda Greinberg Fowler. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Elizabeth (Betsy) Ziegenfuss Fowler, a son, William Henry Fowler III, and a sister, Amanda Kichline.
He is survived by his daughter, Lizabeth Ann Fowler Wolchko and her husband, John Frank Wolchko, of Martinsville, and sister, Georgianna Reininger of East Hampton, NY. Mr. Fowler leaves behind his cherished grandchildren, Chloe Ann Wolchko and Aurora Beth Wolchko, both of Martinsville, and nephews in California, New York, Florida, and Arizona.
Mr. Fowler served in the United States Army during the Korean War, rising to the rank of sergeant. He graduated from Moravian College in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in business. Mr. Fowler sold computers for National Cash Register, and Honeywell ending his career working with Falkner Motors in Bethlehem, PA.
Mr. Fowler lived in Bethlehem for 53 years until the deaths of his wife and son. There, he was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem and known by many for his positive attitude and commitment to his family. For more than 30 years, Mr. Fowler was also grateful to be part of the fellowship of people who called themselves friends of Bill W.
In 2013, Mr. Fowler moved to Martinsville to spend time with Liz, John, and his wonderful granddaughters.
A memorial service will be held on June 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Christ Episcopal Church with Reverend Nicholas Hall officiating. The family wishes everyone to join at the Parish House for a reception following the service. Military rites will be performed at the internment on August 4, 2018 at Bethlehem Memorial Park in Bethlehem, PA.
In Lieu of flowers, contributions in Mr. Fowler’s memory may be made to the Hospice of Rockingham County, Inc. PO Box 281, Wentworth, NC 27375.
Norris Funeral Services Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville is serving the family.
Robert Dyer Conklin, 83, of Ridgeway, VA passed away Sunday, June 10, 2018. He was born June 8, 1935 in Havaco, WV to the late, Robert Glen Conklin and Maude Mae Waller Conklin. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by many brothers and sisters.
Mr. Conklin served in the United States Army during the Korean War.
He is survived by his children, Debbie Wyatt (Jim) of Martinsville, VA, Pamela Steele (Dean) of Bassett, VA, Donald Conklin (Patricia Ezzyk) of Ridgeway, VA, Christine Crews (Junior) of Martinsville, VA, David Conklin of Martinsville, VA, and Linda Patterson (Johnny) of Martinsville, VA; sister, Gaynell Williams of Martinsville, VA; and brother, Ricky Conklin (Faye) of Jacksonville, FL. Also surviving are fifteen grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel. Visitation will be prior to the service from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at Norris Funeral Services.
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory in Martinsville, Virginia is serving the Conklin family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneralservices.com
Gertrude (Ann) Mayhew Vaughn, 90, passed peacefully on June 1, 2018 in Stuart, Virginia.
Ann is survived by her daughter, Nancy Vaughn and a son-in-law David Gempel of Florida; a sister, Lucille Thompson of Roanoke, Virginia; as well as many wonderful nieces and nephews.
Ann has recently been lovingly cared for by niece and nephew, Trish and Bobby Hylton at their home in Stuart and at the Blue Ridge Therapy Center where Trish is employed. She was born and grew up in Moneta, Virginia and is preceded in death by her parents, Myrtle and Harry Mayhew; four sisters, Frances Howell, Clarene Wilson, Dorothy Hylton, Phyllis Scott; and two brothers, Boyd and Wallace Mayhew.
Ann moved to "the big city" of Martinsville and worked for DuPont Company for twenty years. She was a member of McCabe Memorial Baptist Church. Ann and her daughter moved to West Palm Beach, Florida where Ann owned and operated several successful restaurants and a commercial property maintenance company. She returned to Virginia several years ago to care for friends and family.
She had many hobbies; she loved to play golf, dance, garden and laugh, she made friends wherever she went. She spent her last few years growing vegetables and flowers, making others laugh with stories of her long and eventful life. She will be missed by all the lives and hearts she touched.
Generous and free-spirited to the end, Ann donated her body to the Virginia Anatomical Society.
A memorial and celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 23, 2018 at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Patrick Springs. In lieu of flowers it was Ann's wish that in addition to loving your friends and family every day, individuals donate to your favorite charity or cause.
Moody Funeral Services is in charge.
Edna Katherine Campbell, 94, of Martinsville, passed away Friday, June 8, 2018. She was born, October 1, 1923 to George Cabel Campbell and Nannie Young Campbell. Edna retired from the office of Hooker Furniture Company.
Surviving are nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at 2 p.m.at McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Burial will be at Roselawn Burial Park.
Ruth Irene Austin, 90, died Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Sovah Health. Born June 17, 1927 at “The Hollow” (now Ararat) in Patrick County Virginia to the late Arnold Arthur Marshall and the late Myrtle Christine Dawson. Ruth moved to Schoolfield, VA from Hillsville, Carrol Co. VA during WWII, to work at Dan River Mills as a weaver.
She married Elba “Eb” Branscomb Austin on November 17, 1946 in the Schoolfield Baptist Church. Ruth met her husband, Eb Austin, while they both were working in 4-A Weave Room, at Dan River Mills, Danville, VA. Ruth became a bookkeeper for Slater Food Service in 1959, then as payroll clerk and factoring agent (selling mortgages) for Wise Homes/Future Homeowners in Greensboro, NC, during 1962; then moving back to Danville, VA in 1963 and employed as bookkeeper and Assistant Treasure of Southside Manufacturing Corporation until Dec. 1972.
Her hobbies usually paralleled her husband Eb’s hobbies. Both were enthusiastic rock hounds for many years, camped and hiked together, enjoyed drawing and painting. However, their interest differed when Ruth took up the pursuit of genealogy. While Ruth would be busy searching through volumes of ledgers at courthouses or mulling over microfilms of old census records and genealogy books at libraries. Eb would hike around the streets of whatever city they visited, and perhaps read newspapers until their allotted time expired. She maintained her research after his death and has extensive records of many families.
She is preceded in death by her husband after caring for him for many years. She is also preceded in death by her sister Charlotte Elaine Gwynn.
She is survived by her close friend George Crowel, sister Virginia Mae Marshall Brady, daughter Judy Lewis of Winston Salem, stepson Jimmy Austin, stepdaughter Dianna Nance, grandchildren James Wilson, Jonathan Custer, Jerry Custer, Tom Buck, Mike Austin, Randy Austin, Kimberly Tilley Foley, great-grandchildren Echo Janisse, Amanda Crews, D.J Custer, Savannah Guiterrez, Addison Custer, Austin Buck, Patrick Doyle and Jack Doyle, and 6 great-great-grandchildren.
Arrangements have been made with Norris Funeral Home on 58W Saturday June 9, 2018 with visitation to be held at 1pm and services to follow at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Danville Public Library to aid in the continuance of research.
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory, West End Chapel, 511 Church Ave. Danville is serving the Austin family.
Meralyn Morgan Fleming Clark Jones, 87, of Martinsville, VA passed away on Saturday, May 5, 2018. She was born on July 15, 1930 in Clarksville, VA to the late Luther James Morgan and Frances Chappell Morgan.
Born in Clarksville, VA, Mrs. Jones made many moves as a child with her family, including Martinsville, VA and Lexington, VA. She attended Ferrum College. Most of her adult life was devoted to raising her children and being a homemaker, although she did have several part time jobs and did volunteer work with hospitals and charities. Quite a mover, as an adult she lived in Richmond, VA and Brookneal, VA; Raleigh, NC, Apex, NC and Fayetteville, NC; Steele’s Tavern, VA, Clarksville, VA and finally back to Martinsville, VA. Her travel bug led her on adventures to England, Ireland, Scotland, France, Italy, Kazakhstan, Nova Scotia, and Canada. Her love of life, her sense of humor and her unquestioning love and support will be missed by all.
She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Nutt and husband Harvey of Wake Forest, NC; sons, Rusty Fleming and wife Jennifer of Clover, SC, Chuck Hutcheson and wife Debbie of Brevard, NC, and Nathan Fleming and wife Koolyash of Shenzhen, China; sister, Jeanne Morgan of Clarksville, VA; husband, Gene Jones of Martinsville, VA; granddaughters, Sarah Fleming and Asena Fleming, Madison Hansen and Emma Hensen; grandsons, Ashley Edwards, Travis Hutcheson and wife Mandi, Samuel Fleming, Jonah Fleming, Joshua Fleming, and Noah Fleming; great-grandchildren Bree, Rion, Nadia and Aidan; two stepsons, Jeff Jones and wife Kim and Jonathan Jones; step-daughter Julie Gooding and husband Chet; and step-grandchildren Zach, Ben, Gabe, Olivia and Sophia Jones.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 28, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Clarksville Presbyterian Church in Clarksville, Va. Visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will be at Oakhurst Cemetery in Clarksville, VA.
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville, VA is serving Mrs. Jones’ family.
DeLavinia "Dee" Covington, 95, of Stuart, Va., passed away Saturday, June 2, 2018 at Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. She was born on January 26, 1923 in Patrick County, Va. to the late Walter E. Spencer and Madeline Joyce Spencer. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, C.W. Pete Covington; brothers, J. Paul Spencer, Wayne E. Spencer, Rudolph Spencer, Frank D. Spencer; John Howard Spencer, and Ralph Pinkney Spencer; daughter, Bonnie Covington Ashworth; and grandson, Kristopher Ashworth.
Mrs. Covington attended Hillcrest Baptist Church. Her love of animals and flowers will be passed on to family and friends.
She is survived by her daughter, Mary Sue Covington McCormack; grandson, Kevin Ashworth and wife, Jennifer; great-grandson, Trey Ashworth and wife Lacey; great-granddaughter, Kayla Dee Ann Ashworth and great-great grandson, Spencer Ashworth, three sisters, Nancy Grant from Abingdon, Rachel Cheatwood from Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Jane Shumate and husband Jesse from Martinsville; special nephew, David Spencer; and sister-in-law, Peggy Jefferson.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Norris Funeral Services, Stuart Chapel with Trey Ashworth officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at Norris Funeral Services in Stuart, Va. Burial will follow the service at Spencer Family Cemetery in Patrick Springs.
Memorials may be made to S.P.C.A. of Henry County 132 Joseph Martin Highway Martinsville, VA 24112.
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Stuart, VA is serving the Covington family.
Benjamin Harrison Perkins, 79, of Greenway Road, Martinsville, Va. departed this life Tuesday June 5, 2018 at his residence. Born in Virginia he was the son of the late, Guidy Hobert Perkins and the late Gracie Seay Perkins. He was also preceded in death by three sisters and one brother. He was retired from Tultex Industry and was a member of New Fall Creek Primitive Baptist Church.
He is survived by three sisters, Molois Philpott of Martinsville, Va., Gracie (George) Devins of Axton, Va. and Margaret Hairston of Cascade, Va.; other relatives and friends.
Funeral service will be conducted Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 4 p.m. at the CRV Memorial Chapel at Hairston Funeral Home, with Elder Herbert Prunty, officiating. Interment will follow in the Perkins Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends a half hour prior to service and all other times at the residence 74 Greenway Road, Martinsville. Arrangements entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home.
Beatrice (Bea) Wood Mitchell, went to be with the Lord on June 5, 2018 at the age of 75 after suffering complications from Hemochromatosis. Bea was born in Charity, Va., raised in Collinsville, Va.. and moved to Martinsville, Va. upon marrying the most handsome man she had ever seen -Terry Mitchell.
Bea loved God, family and friends. After graduating from Bassett High School, she held the roles of Office Administrator, Financial Secretary and Executive Assistant at Broad Street Christian Church, First United Methodist Church, and the family business, Mitchell-Howell Ford. However, she believed her most important roles were that of a loving wife and nurturing mother - she was immensely proud of the adults her children became and adored her five grandchildren. Another great love of hers was cooking. She began cooking in restaurants at the age of 12 and pursued a life-long culinary passion, sharing her love of food with her fellow congregants at First United Methodist Church as Co-Chef and one of the founders of the Soup Kitchen. She also served as Church Librarian and Superintendent of Children's Education.
Bea enjoyed growing herbs and was an avid bridge player with many dear friends - who no doubt loved her contagious laugh as much as her family did. In January of this year, she and her husband, Terry, celebrated 54 beautiful years of marriage.
A devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be missed beyond belief, she is survived by her husband, Terry Mitchell: children, Kelli Mitchell-Digges and her husband Sasha Digges Jr., Christopher Mitchell and his wife Holly Mitchell; and grandchildren, Mitchell and Bryce Digges, and Jack, Madeleine and Brynn Mitchell. Bea is preceded in death by her parents, Gifford M. Wood and Era Thomas Wood; brother, Gifford M. Wood Jr.
The family will receive friends at McKee Stone Funeral Home on Saturday, June 9, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m.
A funeral service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 146 East Main Street, Martinsville, VA, Sunday, June 10, 2018 at 2:30 p.m. A reception will be following in the Fellowship Hall. The burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church Food Bank, 146 East Main Street, Martinsville, VA 24112 or at http://fumcmartinsville.net/donate.php.
Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home.