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ELWOOD BO” BURCH SR.Elwood Bo” Thurman Burch Sr., of Buena Vista died Thursday, Nov. 19,2015, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Born Aug. 17,1931, in Amherst County, he was a son of the late Rufus Burch and Mamie Lawhorn Burch. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Garland (Mutt), Clayton (Jack), Kenneth (Tip), and Lewis Burch; and three sisters, Gracie Allen, Virginia Loudermilk and Odell Sorrells.He had been an active member of First Brethren Church since 1956 and served in the role of deacon.Surviving are his wife, Edith Southers Burch; son, Elwood Bo” Burch, Jr., daughters Pam Whitten, Debbie Duncan and Heidi Shafer; five special grandchildren, Chad, Highland, Palmer, Aidan and Parker; and a sister, Edna Coffey.A celebration of life was conducted Sunday, Nov. 22, at First Brethren Church by the Rev. Mike Hamilton and Pastor Rick Ramsey. Burial followed at Green Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to First Brethren Church in memory of Bo Burch.Arrangements were by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.,,,,,,

LESLIE BURCHLeslie Rudell Burch, 81, of Lexington died Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Born Aug. 21, 1934, in Rockbridge County, he was the son of the late Gilliam and Dolly Burch. Leslie was a member of the Buena Vista Baptist Church. He served in the United States Marine Corps and retired from the Natural Bridge Learning Center. Mr. Burch was preceded in death by his two brothers, Gilliam Burch Jr. and Bobby Burch.Surviving are his wife, Joan Burch; two sons, Marty Burch and wife Rhonda, and Pete Burch and wife Julia; a daughter, Lori Ferranti and husband Tom; brother, Donald Burch and wife Sylvia; two sisters, Nancy Kidd and husband Harold, and Jeanette Weeks; special cousin, Lucille Carr; grandchildren Emma Burch, Brock Burch, Andrew Burch, Phillip Burch, Tino Ferranti and Trevi Ferranti; and a special trusting companion Daisy.The funeral will be conducted today, Wednesday, Nov. 25, at 11 a.m. at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home by the Rev. Mike Hamilton and the Rev. Bryon LePere. Burial will follow at the Green Hill Cemetery. Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services is in charge of arrangements.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

COL. RICHARD BROWNLEYCol. Richard H. Brownley, age 94, died at Sibley Hospital, Washington, D.C., on Oct. 28, 2015. Col. Brownley served 30 years in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.He was born in Bradford, Pa., in 1921 and grew to maturity in Virginia. He earned a bachelor's degree in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and a master's degree in industrial engineering from New York University. He served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam as well as other overseas assignments in Labrador, Greenland, England and Indonesia. Additionally, of interest to citizens of Lexington and Rockbridge County, he served as the professor of military science at Washington and Lee University from 1964 to 1967. Col. Brownley retired from the Army in 1972 and spent the following 20 years in Lexington doing community work, with his church and the Red Cross. He spent 16 years with the volunteer Lexington Life Saving and First Aid Crew. He served as secretary on the squad, assisted in planning a new squad building, and executed a mailed fundraising campaign for the purchase of a new crash truck. Upon retirement from the rescue squad, he was the first recipient of the Loyalty Award, inspired by his service. Upon receiving the award, he responded that his work with the rescue squad had been one of the most satisfying experiences of his life.Among other commendations and medals, Col. Brownley was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, the Vietnam campaign and Vietnam Service Medal, the National Defense Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the World War II Victory Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.He was married to Eunice Brownson in 1946 while both were serving in Japan. He is survived by a daughter, Kathleen B. vanEsselstyn (David vanEsselstyn) of Richmond; a son, Dr. Richard H. Brownley Jr. of Chico, Calif.; two grandchildren, Drew vanEsselstyn (Nicole) and Carrie Cybulski (Floyd); and four great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Army Distaff Foundation Inc., designated for the Benevolent Care Fund/FAF, 6200 Oregon Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20015,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

CAROLYN W. BLACKCarolyn Wicks Black, 77, of Lexington, passed away Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.Carolyn was born in Utica, N.Y., on Jan. 3, 1938, to George and Ruth Hess Wicks. She received a culinary degree from Piedmont Community College. She worked in several different food service positions at Washington and Lee for many years and was a W&L retiree. Carolyn was an avid reader, traveler and quilter. Carolyn was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Black, parents and one older sister, Jeanne Kokosenski of Largo, FL.Carolyn was very much loved by her surviving family, daughters Barbara Davis, Deanna Glatt, Michele Mathis, Cindy Poindexter; extended children David Black, Jeannette Jarvis and Wendy Gilliam; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Esther Hughes, of Vernon Center, N.Y.; countless other extended family; and her two dogs, Max and Bella.By her request, there will not be a memorial service. Memorial gifts can be made to the Virginia Quilt Museum, 301 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

REV. GEORGETOMPKINS IIIThe Rev. George J. Tompkins III of Glasgow and Charleston, S.C., died Nov. 17, 2015, at the age of 64. He was born in Lexington, the son of George and Jeanne Tompkins. He is survived by his sister, Sallie T. Thielecke; and two children, Pendleton Dabney du'Bose Tompkins and Giles Frederick Porcher Tompkins of Charleston, S.C. A graduate of the University of Virginia, he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. The Rev. Tompkins attended Yale Divinity School, General Theological Seminary and the University of the South where he received a doctor of ministry. He devoted his life to the Episcopal Church. He was curate at St. James Episcopal Church in New London, Conn., curate at Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, priest at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Windsor, N.C., and served the parish of Old St. Andrews in Charleston, S.C., for 19 years. Upon retirement, the Rev. Tompkins enjoyed history and was an active member in the Rockbridge Historical Society as well as the Lexington Historical Society. A memorial service was conducted at St. John's Episcopal Church in Glasgow on Saturday, Nov. 21, by the Rev. Robert Copenhaver. Burial followed in the Glasgow Cemetery. Donations may be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 607, Glasgow, VA 24555 or Grace Church Cathedral, 98 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC 29401.Arrangements were by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

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