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HELEN WIGGINSHelen Covington Wiggins, 73, of Chesterfield and formerly of Buena Vista, went to live with her Heavenly Father on Thursday April 16, 2015.She is survived by her beloved husband of 54 years, Billy G. Wiggins; daughter, Denise Cauley (Robert); son, Mark Wiggins (Susan); sisters, Doris Bryant (Bill) and Sharon Eades (Rodney); brother, Harry “Jack” Covington (Wanda); grandchildren, Amanda, Allison, Stephen, Lindsay, Taylor, Forrest, and Jonathan; and great-grandchild, Joseph.She was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Covington and Lois Barger; brothers, John Slough and Joseph Covington, and Homer “Buddy” Slough. Helen was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. She was the Chesterfield delegate of the “Walking Mommas” of SONS, who walked from Richmond to Washington, D.C. Helen was also an accomplished floral designer, and won many awards for her work. She retired in 1994 from the Powhatan Flower Shoppe. Helen’s passions included genealogy, camping and her Parry McCluer classmates. Her greatest joy in life was her grandchildren. Her funeral service will be 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, at Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service. Interment will follow at Dale Memorial Park. The family asks that donations be considered for Hospice of Virginia, 1700 Bayberry Ct. Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23226 or the Meherrin Volunteer Fire & Rescue, 64 Moores Ordinary Road, Meherrin, VA 23954.
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CHARLES CALABRIACharles P. Calabria, age 80, of Venice, Fla., and formerly of Maynard, Mass., and Atlanta, Ga., died on Tuesday, April 7, 2015. He is survived by his wife, the former Gayle Donald Calabria (and her family in Virginia), his two daughters, one son, four grandsons, one granddaughter, one brother and one sister. A celebration of his life was held Saturday, April 18, at Venice Presbyterian Church, 825 The Rialto, Venice, FL. 34285. Memorial donations may be made to the Venice Presbyterian Church or to a memorial fund at Colonial Manor, 1200 Ridgewood Ave., Venice, FL. 34285.Farley Funeral Home in Venice is handling the arrangements. To send condolences please visit www.farleyfuneralhome.com.
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BETTY JARVISBetty Davis Jarvis, 82, of Buena Vista, passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015, at her residence. She was the daughter of the late Anthony and Rena Davis and the wife of the late Carlyle M. Jarvis. She is survived by one son, Timothy D. Jarvis; two daughters, Jacqueline Jarvis Flint and Jeanie Chittum Kessler. She was preceded in death by a daughter Cheryl Jarvis De Ryder. She has two grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and three great-great grandchildren. A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 21, at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home with the Rev. Butch Grow officiating. Burial followed at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. Arrangements were by Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
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AUBREY COFFEYAubrey Thomas Coffey, 77 of Buena Vista, died April 15, 2015. Born on Sept. 13, 1937, in Amherst County, he was the son of the late Nelson McKinley and Mary Thompson Coffey. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Lois Webb and Madeline Johnson.Surviving are his wife, Mary Cochran Coffey; son Gary Coffey and wife Cherie; daughters Michelle Moses and husband Doug, Carolyn Smith, Marlene Coffey and Teresa Burnette and husband Steve; 11 grandchildren, Christina Hatcher, Jessica Lilly, Katie Board, Amy Pugh, Tommy Coffey, Emily Coffey, Hailey Keiser, Robbie Keiser, Ashley Keiser, Sara Moses and Kelsey Moses; and 11 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Lewis Coffey. The funeral was conducted Saturday, April 18, at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel by the Rev. W.A. Mills and the Rev. Butch Grow. Burial followed at Green Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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BARBARA GEDDESBarbara Elizabeth Geddes, a long-time house director at Washington and Lee’s Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, died on March 12 at her home in Cartersville, GA, surrounded by family. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, Barbara was the daughter of Hazel Douglas Hartman and William Hartman, and sister of Betty Jean Ickes. She was lifelong advocate for the rights and needs of others. Her professional career spanned a range from fundraising for the International Service Agency - an organization that supports nonprofits and charities worldwide, including Project HOPE , CARE, and the American Korean Foundation – to establishing long-term care ombudsman’s programs for senior citizens in several states.She served as Southeast Campaign coordinator for Congresswoman Shirley Chisolm’s presidential bid in 1972, and worked with victims of domestic abuse in West Virginia. She established the first Georgia chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in the early 1970s.One of her greatest joys during her retirement years was serving as “house mom” for the fraternity in Lexington, where she formed many lasting relationships. Barbara is survived by family members the Rev. Douglas and Karen Geddes, Michele and Tim Tolle, Susan Geddes, Pamela Troxel, Scott Geddes, Leah Smith, and four great-grandchildren. She is also honored by lifelong friends Patricia Hein and daughters. She was an inspiration to her family and all who knew her, encouraging them to “be who you are, believe that you can do anything, enjoy life, and never stop learning.” A memorial celebration of her life will be held at the Phi Gamma Delta house, 112 W. Preston St., at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2, followed by a reception at the fraternity. Barbara’s friends in the community are invited to attend. A scholarship award in her honor is being established by the fraternity.Her family will gather for a private burial service this summer.
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ELEANORE NELSONEleanore June Nelson of Roanoke, formerly of Lexington, died peacefully on April 13, 2015.Eleanore was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1928, the daughter of Clarence P. Nelson and Anna Benson Nelson. She was a devoted and loving mother and grandmother, and a longtime member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lexington. Ellie is predeceased by her husband of 63 years, William F. Nelson. She is survived by her children, Mark Nelson of Lexington, Scott Nelson of Blacksburg, Leslie Herman of Greenbackville, and their spouses Elaine Nelson, Susan Miley Nelson and the Rev. Dr. John D. Herman. She leaves six grandchildren: Isaac Nelson of New York, N.Y., Kristin Langholz and husband, Samuel of Ankeny, Iowa, Catherine Hesh and husband Scott of Greenbackville, Benjamin Nelson of Asheville, N.C., Grey Nelson and fiancée Rachel Devore of Weaverville, N.C., and William Nelson of Lexington; and three great-grandchildren, Andrew and Adam Langholz and Karla Hesh.Ellie’s legacy of love for her family is described by a grandson: “She gave us undying love. She was always there for me in my formative years and was truly a rock of support and compassion. I will never forget what she and my grandfather told me about life: ‘Go out and explore, adventure, and live life for who you are, always.’”The family would like to thank the staff of Brandon Oaks Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, and special caregiver Tonya Board, for their years of loving and devoted care.A memorial service will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church in Roanoke on Saturday, May 23, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. Kenneth P. Lane officiating. Burial will be at a private family ceremony in West Hartford, Conn.
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ELLEN GROOTMrs. Ellen Herndon Groot, 73, of Gastonia, N.C., passed away after a brief illness on Friday, April 17, 2015, surrounded by family. She was born Oct. 3, 1941, in Russellville, Ky., the youngest daughter of the late Grover C. and Minerva McCraw Herndon.Ellen earned her BA degree from Peabody College in education for the blind. She substitute taught for many years in Buena Vista, where she also attended Christ Episcopal Church. She lived an almost minimalist lifestyle and believed in giving to and helping others on a personal level. She was known for giving her sourdough bread and aloe plants to others, just to let them know she was thinking of them. Ellen was gracious, kind, and was very accepting of others. She loved music, enjoyed playing guitar, was an avid traveler, enjoyed walking and taking care of her health. Ellen was a devoted wife, loving mother, and doting grandmother.Survivors of Ellen include her daughters and sons-in-law, Stefanie Groot and Eric Cottrell of Charlotte, N.C.; Donna Groot Taylor and Mark of Gastonia; beloved grandchildren who called her “Lolly” - Anna Cottrell, Miranda Cottrell, Emma Taylor, Fiona Cottrell, and Andrew Taylor; brother and sister-in-law, Thomas C. and Ruth Herndon of Augusta, Ga.; sisters, Minerva Van Wagner of Greenville, N.C.; Cynthia Beard of Paducah, Ky.; Fann Lewis of Lexington, Ky.; Thetus Smith of Anchorage, Alaska; sisters-in-law, Helen Ann Borchardt and husband Marvin of Corpus Christi, Texas; Mildred Herndon of Russellville, Ky.; numerous nieces and nephews.In addition to her parents, Ellen was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, Roger Douglas Groot; her son, Michael Andrew Groot; and her brothers, Grover Mac Herndon and George Herndon.A service to celebrate Ellen’s life will be held privately for the family.In lieu of flowers, it is Ellen’s wish that you to contribute your time and/or talents to help children in need in your local public schools.Condolence messages and remembrances may be shared online at www.McLeanFuneral.com.McLean Funeral Directors of Gastonia is serving the family of Mrs. Groot.
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