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    Martinsville Daily
    Beulah May Whited, 87, of Ridgeway, Va., passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018, at her residence. She was born on October 18, 1930, in Russell County, to the late Frank and Gertie Stillwell Slate. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters and three brothers.
    Mrs. Whited is survived by her son, Damon Shelton and wife Phyllis; four sisters; a brother; two grandchildren, Tammy Cope, and Billy Shelton and wife Jennifer; and four great-grandchildren, Michael Cope, Kendall Cope, Carter Shelton, and Camryn Shelton.
    A Celebration of Life service will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Greenhills Memory Gardens in Richlands, Va. The family will receive friends at a drop-in visitation on Tuesday, April 24, at 1165 J.S. Holland Road in Ridgeway.
    Wright Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the family. 

    Martinsville Daily
    Juanita Clifton Gilbert, 91, of Stuart, Va. passed away on Monday, April 23, 2018 at Landmark Assisted Living Center in Stuart, Va. She was born on May 31, 1926 in Patrick County, Va. to the late Austin Clifton and Mattie Clifton. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Robert Martin (Bob) Gilbert; and ten brothers and sisters.
    She attended and graduated from Meadows of Dan High School where she played basketball. She went on to marry the love of her life, Robert Martin (Bob) Gilbert of Stuart, Va. in 1946. Juanita had a successful career as a cafeteria manager at South Martinsville Elementary School and eventually at Magna Vista High School where she retired in 1991. Her love of cooking led her to win many awards and her prize winning recipes were featured in the local newspaper. She was a long time member of Dan River Primitive Baptist Church.
    She is survived by her sister, Nettie Clifton Turman of Floyd, Va.; sons, Jerry Gilbert (Cindy) of Surfside Beach, S.C. and Shannon Gilbert (Melanie) of Ridgeway, Va. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Amanda Gilbert Wright of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Austin Gilbert of Ridgeway, Va.
    A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018at 11 a.m. at Norris Funeral Services with Elder Mark Terry and Elder Paul Hopkins officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Norris Funeral Services. Burial will held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at Plasters Family Cemetery in Vesta, Va.
    In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Plasters Family Cemetery Fund. Send donations in care of Linda Hopkins, 1233 Elamsville Road, Stuart, VA 24171.
    The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude to the Landmark Assisted Living Center, Mountain Valley Hospice and the Viers Family.
    Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville, VA is serving the Gilbert family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.

    Martinsville Daily
    Logan Wayne Sessoms, 20, of Axton, Va. passed away on Friday, April 20, 2018 at his residence. He was born on February 7, 1998 to James Earl Sessoms, II and Susan Paige Hampton Sessoms.
    Logan had a love for music and enjoyed playing his guitar, fishing and skateboarding. He was a member of Axton Baptist Church.
    He is survived by his parents, of the residence; sister, Jessica Elizabeth Sessoms of the residence; grandparents, Arlen Hampton and Patricia Hampton of Spencer, Va., and James Earl Sessoms and Willa Sessoms of Ayden, N.C.; grandmother, Vicky Roby of Pikeville, N.C.; great-grandparents, Elwood Harper and Pat Harper of Deep Run, N.C. He is preceded in death by his granddaddy, Charles Roby; great-grandmother, Mary Ellen Harper; paternal great-grandparents, James Albert Sessoms and Mary Elizabeth Sessoms.
    A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at Norris Funeral Services at 2 p.m. with Ricky Bates officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Norris Funeral Services on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. Burial will follow the service at Roselawn Burial Park.
    Memorials may be made to the SPCA of Martinsville-Henry County, 132 Joseph Martin Hwy., Martinsville, Va. 24112.
    Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville, VA is serving the Sessoms family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com

    Martinsville Daily
    Ronald Sherman Easter, 76, of Martinsville, Virginia, passed away Sunday, April 22, 2018 at his home. He
    was born January 24, 1942 in Carroll County to the late Sherman and Sarah Crowder Easter. In addition
    to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, J. R. Easter and Michael David Easter, and a
    brother, Wayne Easter.
    Mr. Easter proudly served in the United States Army; and was a metal worker/Maintenance at Bassett
    Furniture Industries for his entire career. He was a UNC Tarheels fan and enjoyed all sports and western
    movies.
    He is survived by his wife, Patricia Turner Easter; daughters, Norma Joyce Easter, Tammy Trent and
    Bobbi Jo Turner; son, Richard Gauldin; sisters, Phyllis Grayson, Gail Dean and Mary Jordan; brothers,
    Douglas Easter and Mike Easter; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
    The Funeral will be on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 11:00 AM at Wright Funeral Service Chapel with
    Pastor Lewis Harris officiating. Visitation will be one-half hour before the service.
    Wright Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the family.

    Martinsville Daily

    Frances L. Jamison

    By Martinsville Daily, in Obituaries,

    Frances L. Jamison, 70, of Barrows Mill Rd., Martinsville, Va., passed away Wednesday, April 18,2018 at her residence. She was born August 2, 1947 in Martinsville, Va. to the late Elviola Walker Hairston and the late Harry Hairston. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, James Harry Hairston and Waymond Darnell Hairston.
    She leaves to cherish her memory, her daughter, Donnarae J. (Kenneth) Hall of Martinsville, Va.; three sisters, Doris Penn, Mary Staples and Garnette Hairston all of Martinsville, Va.; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
    Frances attended Camp Branch Primitive Baptist Church and was retired as an Excecutive Secretary from the City of Palo Alto, Calif.
    The family will receive family and friends Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3 to 5 p.m. at Hairston Funeral Home. A private graveside service will be held Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Camp Branch Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery. Bishop Michael Penn, Officiating.
    Arrangements entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home, Martinsville, Va.

    Martinsville Daily
    Clifford Lloyd Minter, 99, of Martinsville, Va., passed away Wednesday, April 18, 2018, at King's Grant Retirement Community. He was born March 20, 1919, in Martinsville to Posey and Betty Richardson Minter.
    Mr. Minter retired in 1983 from Centel Telephone Company after 37 years of service. After retirement from Centel, he worked for Piedmont Trust Bank for 14 years. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking. Mr. Minter was a faithful member of First Baptist Church in Martinsville for 73 years, serving as a Deacon for many years.
    He is survived by his loving wife of 73 years, Elsie Hodnett Minter. Also surviving are two children, Michael K. Minter (Emmie), Jackson Hole, Wyoming; and Deborah Minter Landis, Salem, Va., four grandchildren, Heather (Chris) Sumner, Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; Michael (Perry) Minter, Lake Forest, IL; Will (Hannah) Minter, Denver, Colorado; Laura (Brad) Scott, Salem, Va.
    He was predeceased by granddaughter, Elizabeth W. Minter. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren. Mr. Minter is also survived by two sisters, Dorothy M. Clark, Botetourt, Va., and Helen M. Wright, Alabama; two brothers, Jackie (Heddie) Minter, Martinsville, and Billy (Jeri) Minter.
    The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the King's Grant nursing staff and Mountain Valley Hospice in the care of their beloved father.
    Funeral Services will be held Monday, April 23, 2018 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Starling Avenue, Martinsville. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Dr. Dennis Knight will officiate. Burial will follow at Roselawn Burial Park.
    A memorial service will be held Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. at King's Grant Victory Chapel with Chaplain Paul Johnson officiating.
    Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home-Martinsville, VA
    To express condolences online, please visit www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com

    Martinsville Daily
    Daniel Vanious (DV) Turner, Jr., 92, of Bassett, Va. went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at his home. He was born in Patrick County, Va. on January 30, 1926 to the late Daniel V. Turner, Sr. and the late Bessie Spencer Turner. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Jackson L. Turner and wife, Bertha; a sister-in-law, Nellie Turner and three foster brothers, Arthur Bryant, Raymond Bryant and Charlie Bryant.
    DV was proud to be a World War II veteran, joining the army on March 20, 1944. He trained in Ft. Sill, OK and served in Kyoto, Japan until his honorable discharge on May 1, 1946. He earned the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and a World War II Victory Medal.
    After he returned home, he married his sweetheart, Hattie Frances Martin on December 8, 1950. He was employed by E. I. Dupont in Martinsville for 38 years as a mechanic and Union Representative until his retirement.
    DV loved his church, Blackberry Baptist Church, which he joined in 1952. There, he happily served as a Sunday School teacher, a Deacon and a respected leader for many years. He loved to read his Bible, hunt and fish, tend his garden and yard and could often be seen spending time with his (grandbabies and great-grandbabies). He loved sitting in front of his house, watching the traffic go by and waving at neighbors. DV was a loyal member of the Stanleytown (Hardee's Bunch). He never met a stranger, was always smiling, laughing or playing jokes on people, was loved and will be greatly missed by all.
    He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Hattie M. Turner; two sons, Timothy Daniel Turner of Bassett and Roger Lee Turner and wife, Cheryl of Richmond, Va.; daughter, Rebecca Ann Turner Cloldfelter and husband, Steve of Bassett; five grandchildren, Miranda Jane Turner, Jennifer Frances Bailey and husband, Stephen, Elizabeth Ann Hall and Chris Nichols, Morgan Leigh Moran and husband, Patrick, Garrett Reed Turner; three great-grandchildren, Molly Turner, Gwyneth Bailey and Tamara Bailey; one brother, W. Earnest Turner and many nieces and nephews.
    The family will receive friends Tuesday, April 24, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Blackberry Baptist Church. The funeral service will be held Wednesday morning at 11 a.m. in the Blackberry Baptist Church with Rev. Chad Janney and his nephew, Elder Kenneth Bowles. Burial will follow in Old Center Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors by the Veterans Honor Guard of Martinsville and Henry County. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to Blackberry Baptist Church Building fund at 3241 Stones Dairy Rd, Bassett, Va. 24055 or to the Patrick Henry Volunteer Fire Department at 3451 Stones Dairy Rd, Bassett, Va. 24055.
    Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the Turner family.

    Martinsville Daily

    Amos Martin

    By Martinsville Daily, in Obituaries,

    Amos Lee Martin, 88, of Stuart passed away on April 21, 2018 at Landmark Center in Stuart after a prolonged battle with several health issues. He was born on the banks of Goblintown Creek on September 8, 1929 to the late Charles Bishop Martin and Delilah Bryant Martin. He resided in the Fairystone State Park area of Patrick County for most of his life and had been active in the VFW Post 7800 prior to his health issues.
    He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Neva Sigmon Martin of the home. He is survived by three children, Anita Elgin and her husband Dwight of Woolwine, Jeffery and his wife Leslie Martin of Woolwine, and Ronald and his wife Cynthia Martin of Clemmons, N.C. He is survived by five beloved grandchildren, Joshua Martin, Bradley Martin, Casey Elgin, Ashley Martin, and Kiley Martin. He is also survived by three beautiful great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Tyler Martin, LillyAnn Hope Martin, and Grayson Lee Martin. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Austin C. (Nick) Martin and Joseph W. Martin; as well as a sister Hallie Martin Lawson.
    His early life began as many men during those years as he served honorably in the United States Army from 1951-1952, including a stint in Germany. After his tenure in the Army, he worked at several jobs locally until he found his true career passion at Philpott dam-Corps of Engineers in Bassett. He always enjoyed his job with the Corps of Engineers and set an example for his family with a tremendous work ethic. During those years, he became a diehard "Ford Man" as he proudly drove a Ford to work almost every day. Ultimately he retired from the Corps of Engineers after a distinguished 42 year career. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, gardening, working in his yard, and watching Dale Jarrett behind the wheel of the #88 Robert Yates UPS Ford Taurus and then Carl Edwards piloting the #99 Roush Fenway Office Depot Ford Fusion until health issues ultimately forced him to the garage area.
    There will be a visitation beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday at Bassett Funeral Service and the funeral will follow at 2 p.m. Interment will immediately follow at Ross Harbour United Methodist Church. He will be laid to rest with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, any donation or gifts may be sent in his memory to Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 18981 JEB Stuart Highway, Stuart, Va. 24171.
     

    Martinsville Daily
    Hallie Cockram Brown, 82, of Martinsville, passed away on Monday, April 16, 2018 at her home. She was born on May 23, 1935 to the late Clifford and Florence Cockram. Hallie was also preceded in death by her husband, Orrie H. “Pete” Brown; sister, Blanche Williams and two brothers, Ray Cockram and George Cockram.
    Hallie is survived by a sister, Faye Williams; two nieces, Cindy Roberson and Pam Williams and a sister-in-law, Gretchen Cockram.
    A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at Patrick Memorial Gardens with Pastor Jason Alverson officiating.
    In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contribution be made to the SPCA, 132 Joseph Martin Hwy, Martinsville, Virginia 24112 or Pleasant View Baptist Church, 4432 Pleasant View Dr, Patrick Springs, VA 24133.
    Bassett Funeral Services is in charge.

    Martinsville Daily
    Jean Smith Carter, 87, of Bassett, departed this life for heavenly home on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from Liberty Commons in Benson, N.C. She was born on February 11, 1931 the daughter of Oscar M. Smith and Elvie O. Smith. Jean was a longtime member and faithful servant of First Baptist Church of Bassett.
    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by, her brother and sister-in-law, Maynard and Lois Smith.
    Left behind to cherish her memory is her beloved husband of 69 years, Claude; one daughter and son-in-law , Cynthia and Freddy Sawyer of Clayton, N.C.; one grandson and wife, Carter and Hady White of Clayton, N.C.; one brother-in-law and wife, Frank and Donice Carter; sister-in-law, Irene Ingram; one special niece, Susan Cook and many more nieces and nephews; and many family members; and friends too numerous to mention.
    Jean was a wonderful and loving person and her family will miss her so much. The family take comfort in knowing the she lived a full 87 years of life, she is now in Heaven and no longer suffering but has been made whole again.
    The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 10 to 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Bassett. Funeral Service will follow at 11 a.m. with Dr. Lew Bennett officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Burial Park.
    Flowers will be appreciated or memorial contributions in Mrs. Carter's name may be made to Liberty Hospice Service, 105 Hunt Valley Road, Dunn, NC 28334.
    Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bassettfuneralservice.com. Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the Carter family.

    Martinsville Daily
    Beverly R. Marsh, 44, of Wickersom Rd., Ridgeway, Va. passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018 at her residence.
    She was born February 2, 1974 in Martinsville, Va. She was preceded in death by her father, Bryant R. Marsh; her maternal grandparents, Otha L. and Hazel Dawson; and her paternal grandparents, the Rev. Theo B. and Sadie Marsh.
    Beverly is survived by her mother, Shirley D. Marsh of Martinsville, Va.; one sister, Catina Marsh; and one brother, Orlando B. Marsh both of Martinsville, Va.; step grandmother, Mary Marsh of Martinsville, Va.; three nieces; one nephew; two special friends, Coretta Jones of Martinsville, Va. and Levita Bowman of Bassett, Va.; and other relatives and friends.
    She was a member of Greater New Bethel Apostolic Church.
    The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and other times at the home of her mother, Shirley Marsh, 712 Melody Lane, Martinsville, Va. Funeral service will be held Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at Noon at Greater New Bethel Apostolic Church. Pastor Mark E. Price. Eulogist.
    Interment will be in Carver Memorial Gardens, Martinsville, Va.
    Arrangements entrusted to Hairston Funeral Home, Martinsville, Va.

    Martinsville Daily
    Edith Galilee Clark, 98, of Bassett, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, April 12, 2018. Mrs. Clark was born on January 29, 1919 to the late Maggie Lou Morris Smith and the late Watt Wade Smith.
    Mrs. Clark is survived by her daughter, Peggy Clark Wilson; a son, A. Wills Clark Jr.; and a grandson, Seth Clark.
    In addition to her parents, she was deceased by her husband, Albert W. Clark Sr.; two sisters, Louise W. Hargrave and Evelyn Nodelyk.
    Funeral Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from Collins Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Clyde Hylton officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Burial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 12 to 1 p.m., one hour prior to the service.
    The family would like to thank their mother's caregivers, Thee Wooten and Anita DeShazo.
    The family also request that memorials to be made to the Pocahontas Baptist Church or to the Bassett Historical Center.
    Collins Funeral Home in Bassett, Va. is respectfully serving the Clark family.

    Martinsville Daily
    David "L.D." Fallin, 49, of Patrick Springs, died Thursday, April 12, 2018. He was born in Martinsville, Va., on June 4, 1968 to the late Charles Fallin Sr. and the late Ethel Dalton Fallin. He was also preceded in death by his a daughter, Emily Fallin; brother, Ollie Fallin; and nephew, Travis Fallin.
    He is survived by daughters, Tori Fallin (Adam Ashley), Ashley Fallin, and Brittany Pope (Justin) all of Ridgeway; brothers, Jimmy Fallin (Freda) of Bassett, Herbet Fallin (Wendy) of Patrick County, and Charles Fallin Jr. of Martinsville; grandchildren, Daniel Pope, Bentley Lockridge, and Hailey Pope all of Ridgeway; and a special friend, Ronnie Suite.
    The family will receive friends on Monday, April 16, 2018 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel where a funeral service will be at 2 p.m. with Pastor Marty Furrow Officiating. Burial will follow in the Roselawn Burial Park.
    Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the Fallin family.

    Martinsville Daily
    Fred Taylor Renick, Jr., 76,  died on April 10, 2018 at Blue Ridge Center after a long period of declining health.  He was born August 21, 1941 in San Antonio, Texas to Fred Taylor Renick and his wife, Florence (both deceased) and moved in 1946 to Martinsville, Va. where his father was a pediatrician. 
    Fred graduated from Martinsville High School in 1959, attended the University of Virginia, and graduated from East Tennessee State University in 1964.  He then attended the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry graduating in 1968.  Following this he served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War, reaching the rank of  Captain, and received a purple heart and also a bronze star.   
    He practiced dentistry for over 40 years in Martinsville until he suffered a stroke in 2012.  He was a lifelong pet lover and nurtured many cats through the years.  During his lifetime he traveled extensively through Europe, Asia, Australia, North America, and all 50 states. 
    Fred is survived by two sisters, Jeannie Renick Davis (husband John) of Asheville, N.C. and Ginger Renick Griffin (husband Haynes) of Greensboro, N.C,; as well as 2 nieces, Ginny Davis Wilmerding of Hong Kong, and Ann Davis Vaughan of Houston, Texas; 3 nephews, Jeff Griffin of Greensboro N.C.,  Jason Griffin of Greensboro, N.C. and Carter Griffin of Brooklyn , N.Y.; and eight  great-nieces and great-nephews. 
    The family wants to thank the staff at Blue Ridge Center and Blue Ridge Rehab for his care. 
    A memorial service will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity will be appreciated.   
    Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home-Martinsville, VA

    Martinsville Daily
    Larry Dalton Hinchee, 54, of Martinsville, Va., passed away Saturday, March 31, 2018. He was born December 17, 1963 in Martinsville to Jeanne Flora Hinchee and the late Billy Rea Hinchee. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, David Michael Hinchee; and grandparents, Jack and Annie Hinchee and Dalton and Gayela Flora.
    Larry served as a United States Navy Reservist, and was a supervisor at Eastman Chemicals. He was a member of the Elks Club. He was a good family man and loved to spend time with his sons; he enjoyed fishing and helping people.
    In addition to his mother, Larry is survived by his wife, Lori Wells Hinchee; sons, Andrew, Billy and Charlie Hinchee; sister, LuAnn (Ricky) Nickelston; seven nephews and three nieces.
    The funeral will be Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 3 P.M. at Wright Funeral Service Chapel with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be private.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Autism Speaks, Inc., 1 East 33rd Street, 4th Floor, New York, NY 10016.
    Wright Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the family. On Line condolences may be made at www.wrightfuneralservices.net

    Martinsville Daily
    Willie Steve (Uncle Boy) Hairston, 93, of Martinsville, Va. transitioned on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Sovah Health-Martinsville. He was born in Martinsville on February 21, 1925 a son of the late Tom W. and Rosa Gravely Hairston.
    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two sons, Toney and Steven Hairston.
    He was retired from American of Martinsville and was a member of Mt. Olivet Apostolic Holiness Church where he served as an Honorary Deacon, Parking Attendant and the Brotherhood Ministry.
    Those left to cherish his memory include two daughters, Ella Hairston and Marietta Hairston, both of Martinsville, Va.; one son, James H. Hairston, of Martinsville, Va.; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
    Funeral services will be held Friday April 13, 2018 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Olivet Apostolic Holiness Church with Elder Jack Thompson, officiating. Burial will follow in the Hairston Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one half hour prior to the funeral and will be at the home of a granddaughter, LaKeisha Law, 84 Apache Trail Martinsville, Va. at other times.
    Arrangements entrusted to the care of Hines Funeral Services.

    Martinsville Daily
    James (Bill) William Foster Sr., 88, of Martinsville, Va. passed away Saturday, April 7, 2018, at SOVAH Health of Martinsville. He was born March 19, 1930, in Franklin County to the late James Foster and Vera Sink.
    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his first wife, Helen Foster; second wife, Vera Foster; sisters, Mildred Goode and Lena Foster; brothers, William, Roy, and J. P. Foster; and granddaughter, Katy Bennett Joyce.
    Mr. Foster is survived by his daughters, Nancy Arrington (Bobby), Marie Davis-Greenhill (David) and Brenda Hooper (Ray); sons, James "Billy" Foster, Jr. (Wilma), Johnny Foster (Connie Jones), and stepson Mike Sands (Freda); sisters Betty Lou Huff and Judy Hylton; 14 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren; and special friends Mae Holley and James Hylton.
    The memorial service will be Friday, April 13, 2018 at 6 p.m. at Wright Funeral Service Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
    Wright Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the family. On Line condolences may be made at www.wrightfuneralservices.net

    Martinsville Daily
    Curtis Roy (Rocky) Cobler, 62, of Bassett, Va. passed away peacefully at his home on April 8, 2018 with his loving family surrounding him. He was born on June 29, 1955 to Betty Joyce Cline and the late Curtis Roy Harris.
    Rocky graduated Bassett High School in 1973. He was the owner of Arovik Signs since 1972 and was also known as "The Sign King". He enjoyed camping, gold prospecting and produced The Quickdraw Show on television and preached the Weary Pilgrim Show. He was a lifelong musician who played bass for Fork Mountain Grass, Lee Terrace, and Quickdraw. He was a dedicated member of Fort Trial Baptist Church. He studied at Cornerstone Bible College and led many services with The Weary Pilgrim Ministry at Stanleytown Healthcare and Harmony Hall. He supported numerous local charitable organizations and ministries in his lifetime. He was granted the J.T. Hooker Award from Piedmont Arts for his support of the arts.
    In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by one infant son, Andrew Cobler and one brother, G.W. Cobler.
    In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Vickie Lynn Brown Cobler; three children Kris Cobler and wife Sabrina of Salem, Va., Sarah Cobler of Fayetteville, N.C., Nicholas Cobler of Charlotte, N.C.; one brother, Michael Cline and wife Vickie of Bassett, Va.; and one granddaughter, Anna Cobler.
    Visitation will be held at Fort Trial Baptist Church on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted on Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Fort Trial Baptist Church with Joey McNeil officiating. Burial will follow at Roselawn Burial Park.
    Collins Funeral Home in Bassett, Va. is respectfully serving the Cobler family.
    To express condolences online, please sign the guestbook at www.collinsmckeestonebassett.com
    After dealing with this battle of cancer and liver failure, the Cobler family encourages the community to take into consideration their choice of becoming an organ donor.

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