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MARION WHITEHEADMarion Whitehead, 89, of Piney River, died Sunday night, July 20, 2014, at 11 p.m.She was born Dorothy Marion O'Reilly-Brown, in the City of London, England, on March 23, 1925, the daughter of Winifred Pat O'Reilly Brown and Harker Brown. Marion attended Leystone Senior Girls School and worked in London. She was fortunate to survive the Nazi blitz of London during World War II, while some of her family did not.She was preceded in death by her husband, Landon Hill Whitehead, whom she had met in Astor, England, while he was stationed there preparing for the invasion of Normandy. They married in 1945 in Bucks, England, and she came to a new world as a war bride. After having her four children, she became a teacher's aide and worked at Massies Mill, Fleetwood, and Tye River Elementary Schools for over 30 years.Marion followed current events, was a student of history, an avid reader, and an accomplished artist. She remained physically active, enjoying walking and water aerobics, until the last days.Marion was happiest in her service to the community and those in need. She volunteered for the SPCA Thrift Store, Fleetwood Community Center, and was devoted to Rose Union Baptist Church. Her faith and trust in God has been her inspiration.She is survived by her four children, Ronald Landon Whitehead (Barbara) of Front Royal, Murray Seth Whitehead (Miranda Breit) of Piney River, Barbara Whitehead Faust of Arlington, and Mark Hill Whitehead (Joanne) of Piney River; and eight grandchildren, Kris Whitehead, Clarke Whitehead, Pamela Faust, Brian Faust, Robby Whitehead, Katie Whitehead, David Whitehead (Katie Pendery), and Sammy Whitehead. She has one great-grandson, Spencer Whitehead, son of Amanda Spencer Whitehead and Kris Whitehead. She also leaves behind many dear friends, among them, Lila Campbell and Jesse Abbitt. She will be remembered always for her warmth, humor, wit, intelligence and giving nature.A celebration of her life, conducted by Rev. John Campbell, will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 2 p.m. at Rose Union Baptist Church, followed by a reception hosted by the family at the home of Murray Whitehead and Miranda Breit, 4418 Lowesville Road, Piney River, VA. A private family burial will take place at a later date.Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Rose Union Baptist Church, Piney River, VA.Byrum-Parr Funeral Home is serving the family, (434) 277-5194.
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PALMER HARTPalmer Linwood Hart, 89, of Rockbridge Baths died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Shenandoah Hospice House in Fishersville.Born June 25, 1925, in Rockbridge County, he was a son of the late Raymond Stonewall Hart and Nina Withrow Hart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard W. Hart, Harold S. Hart, Boyd G. Hart, and one sister, Phyllis H. Vanderveer.Mr. Hart served his country in the United States Navy in 1944 and during his 22 years he served in New Guinea, Germany, the Philippines, and the Pacific Island beaches to support World War II. He served on 11 ships over his 22 years. After retiring, he worked for R.S. & L.D. Hart Excavating as a heavy equipment operator for 25 years.Surviving are two brothers, Lawrence D. Hart and wife Gladys of Rockbridge Baths, and Raymond E. Hart of Gastonia, N.C.A graveside service was conducted Saturday, July 19, at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens with Dr. Wyatt Mayes officiating.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Palmer to The Shenandoah House, 111 North Campus Lane, Fishersville, VA, 22939. Arrangements were by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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BARBARA McCLOUDBarbara Genevie McCloud, 78, of Buena Vista died Friday, July 18, 2014, in Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was born Dec. 30, 1935, in Neptune, N.J., the daughter of the late John Barrett and Genevieve J. Barrett. She graduated from Neptune High School.She is survived by her husband James McCloud; three children, David Layton, Daryl Lee Layton and Darlene M. Vrabel; two stepchildren, Kathy and Mark McCloud; a sister Joyce Megill; six grandchildren, David Layton, Daryl Lee Layton, Derek Lee Layton, Heather L. Vrabel, Kristy M. Vrabel and John E. Vrabel; and a step-granddaughter Christine O'Donald. She is predeceased by her brother John Barrett.Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are by Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home & Cremation Service.
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DOROTHY HARTLESSDorothy Helena Hartless, 82, of Lexington died Friday, July 18, 2014, from complications that occurred after having a stroke on April 23 at the Golden Living Center in Buena Vista.She was born April 14, 1932, in Lexington, a daughter of the late William Ellis Hartless and Dorothy VanNess Hartless. She was preceded in death by one sister, Virginia Ann Hartless, and one brother, James Jasper Hartless.She was a member of Lauderdale A.R. Presbyterian Church. She served her country in the United States Army from 1950 to 1952 and worked at Kroger's approximately 50 years. She also worked at the R.E. Lee Restaurant and White Top Family Restaurant.She is survived by her three children, J.V. Telling (Kathy) of Natural Bridge Station; Carolyn E. Tolley (George); and Karen Roundy (Gary); two sisters, Willie Bell Baldwin and Loretta Clark (Graham); and a special nephew, Larry W. Hartless, all of Lexington; six grandchildren, Ethan Emma, Chris Emma, Lorelei Pisha, Candice Roundy, Torrie Austin and Brandi Austin; four great-grandchildren, Jaden Emma, Silas Emma, Georgette Pisha and Rayna Powell; and a special family friend, Norma (Petie) Robinson.She will be cremated per her request and a memorial will be held at a later date at the Lauderdale church.In lieu of ▀owers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Lauderdale ARP Church, 300 S. Main St., Lexington, VA. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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YVONNE EMERSONYvonne Sherow Emerson passed away peacefully in her 80th year at Hickory Creek of Athens, Ohio, after several years of declining health. Yvonne was born July 25, 1933, on Staten Island, N.Y. She graduated from Athens High School, Athens, Ohio, in 1951.Yvonne attended Ohio University where she earned a bachelor's degree in French literature and was an active member of the Chi Omega sorority. Her junior year was spent at the Sorbonne in Paris, beginning a life-long interest in the language and culture of France. For many years she led student groups for the Experiment in International Living. Most of her trips were in France and Germany. She also led the first student group to China for the Experiment.She had taught school at Lexington High School and also at Southern Virginia University and Virginia Military Institute.In the mid-1980s she returned to Athens to work towards her master's, specializing in the poetry of Rimbaud. During this time she assisted her younger sister Stephanie in the care of her aging parents, Marjorie Kocher and Vic Sherow.She is survived by her sisters Myrdith H. Sherow of Athens, Ohio, Carla S. (Roger) Levien of Stamford, Conn., and Stephanie S. (Alan) Goldsberry; her brother D. Gregor (Jo Ellen) Sherow, both of Athens, Ohio. She also leaves her nephews and nieces, Roy Levien, Alisa Levien, Kimberlie Goldsberry, Stuart (Kim) Goldsberry and Olivia G. (Brian) Weisman.As an older sister and mentor to many, she gave her wisdom and humor with generosity. She set the bar high for all of us and we are the better for it.A memorial service for family members will be held later in the summer. The family welcomes donations in her name to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, PO Box 528, Lexington, VA 24450 or the Alzheimers' Association. Arrangements are with Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens, Ohio. Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at www.jagersfuneralhome.com.
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DOYLE SMOUTDoyle Jay Smout died on May 12, 2014, in Lexington.He was born to Wilmer Ward Smout and Edith Mortensen Smout in Rigby, Idaho, on Aug. 9, 1939. He grew up in Idaho Falls and married Mary Elaine Worlton there on June 12, 1959. He attended Idaho State University in Pocatello for a year, studying accounting, then worked as an accountant in Pocatello, Idaho; Rome, Ga.; and Largo, Fla., where Elaine died on March 26, 2009. Doyle had a stroke while riding his bike on July 22, 2010, moving to Lexington on Oct. 1, 2010, to be near his son. Doyle and Elaine are both buried in St. Petersburg, Fla.Doyle is survived by his son Kary of Lexington, his son Randall of American Fork, Utah, their wives Synthia and Cori, and seven grandchildren. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunter, and fisherman, serving for many years in the Idaho Rod and Gun Club and in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He loved helping people and was known for his witty comments, his mechanical and engineering skills, his precision with numbers, and his ability to fix anything.
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MILDRED FUQUAMildred Price Anderson Fuqua, formerly of Richmond, died peacefully on July 4, 2014, in Virginia Beach.She was a dearly loved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend who viewed life with optimism and gratitude and always looked for and found the best in everyone. She was a steadfast support to all her family and a role model to which her children will aspire. Born in Lynchburg to Willie Ida Price Anderson and William Robert Anderson and raised in Richmond, she graduated from John Marshall High School and worked for the C&P Telephone Company for more than 25 years. She married William Carlisle Fuqua in 1939, and later she left her job to make a warm and loving home for two daughters and a son. A devoted member of Westhampton Baptist Church, she taught Sunday school there for many years. She later returned to the telephone company and worked in the medical and engineering departments. In retirement, she and her husband enjoyed a golden decade together, traveling and spending time with family. She moved to Virginia Beach to be closer to family in 1997, spending 10 years at Atlantic Shores and seven years at Westminster-Canterbury.Her beloved husband of 54 years, her sister, Grace Lee Napier, and two brothers, Harry Anderson and William Anderson Jr., preceded her in death. She is survived by two daughters, Elisabeth Fuqua Miles and her husband Edward of Virginia Beach, Susan Fuqua Hastings and her husband Richard of Lexington and a son, John Stephen Fuqua, M.D., and his wife Jane of Zionsville, Ind.; seven grandchildren, Sarah Miles Hill and her husband Gaines, Edward Miles Jr. and his wife Danielle, Cary Hastings, Lee Stuart Hastings, William Fuqua, Stephen Fuqua and his wife, Kasey, and Christopher Fuqua; and three great-grandchildren.A graveside service was held on Tuesday, July 8, at Riverview Cemetery in Richmond with the Rev. Dr. William B. Hardison Jr. officiating. Thankful for the loving care provided by the staff, the family suggests donations in Mrs. Fuqua's memory to the Westminster-Canterbury Employee Gift Fund, 3100 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23451.
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