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William Byron CummingsWilliam Byron Cummings, 100, of Lexington died Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Stonewall Jackson Hospital. Born February 11, 1916 in Rockbridge County a son of the late Joseph Foraker Cummings and Daisey Eveline Reynolds Cummings. Mr. Cummings served his country in the United States Army during World War II in the 175th Infantry. Byron was a member of the Collierstown Presbyterian Church, retired from Reeves Brothers, and was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Surviving are his wife of seventy four years, Virginia McCaleb Cummings; daughter, Kathy Cummings Shepard and husband Roger; son, William Joseph Cummings and wife Alisa; daughter, Jane Cummings Shelton and husband Vic; eight grandchildren; sixteen great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren. A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2016 at Collierstown Presbyterian Cemetery with the Rev. Skip Hastings officiating. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington, VA.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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LARRY LINDSAYLarry Wayne Lindsay, born on Nov. 12, 1945, in Lexington, a long-time resident of Buena Vista, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 23. Larry is preceded in death by his father, Jack Lindsay, and his mother, Helen Sorrells.He is survived by his stepfather, J.W. “Red Sorrells; three sisters, Carolyn Stirrett, Donna Delaney and Joyce Mikels; and four sons, Larry Lindsay Jr., Derrick Harrison, Michael Lindsay and David Lindsay.A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel in Buena Vista with the Rev, David Bain officiating. Family visitation will follow the memorial service.The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to any local charity.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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CHARLENE SHOEMAKER-KLEPANCharlene Shoemaker-Klepan, 90, of Delray Beach, Fla., passed on Sunday, April 24, 2016. Born in Vesuvius on Jan. 5, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Charles W. Shoemaker and Willie Edna Shoemaker. Charlene worked at Morgan Bank from where she retired and enjoyed traveling and puzzles. She was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Klepan; son, George Crouch; daughter, Jenesta Marlin; brother-in-law, Herbert Sorrels, nephew, Kenneth Sorrels.She is survived by her daughters, Deloris Sheehan (William), Shirley Bright (Thomas), and Brenda Reiter, all of Port Saint Lucie, Fla.; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and sister, Ruth Sorrels of Buena Vista. An interment was held at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Bryon LePere. Arrangements were handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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RHONDA MILLSRhonda Robertson Mills, age 49, of Lexington, passed into the presence of her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, April 26, 2016, after a four-and-a-half year long battle with reoccurring health challenges. Rhonda was born on Monday, Sept. 19, 1966, in Lynchburg. She was predeceased by her biological father, Cpl. Ronald Edward Robertson who died in the Vietnam War; her paternal grandmother, Dorothy Robertson; paternal grandfather, Edward I. Robertson; and paternal uncle Jerry R. Robertson.Rhonda is survived by her parents, the Rev. Earl and Carla Ragland of Thaxton; Pastor W. A. Mills Jr., husband of 30 years; and their adult children Rachel Mills Wilson and husband David of Lexington, Tré Mills and wife Megan of Blacksburg, and Hannah Mills of Washington, D.C. It was Rhonda's great joy to live long enough to see and hold their firstborn grandchild, Gabriel David Wilson.Rhonda leaves behind her five siblings, Ronnie Robertson (Astrid), Mark Robertson (Regina), Robin Ragland Bass (Alvin), Murdock Ragland, and “baby brother Corbert Ragland (Dale). She is also survived by her beloved in-laws, the Rev. Tim and Ruth Mills Creel.Rhonda met her college sweetheart at Holmes Bible College in Greenville, S.C., in 1983. After dating two years they were wed on Saturday, Oct. 12,1989, and spent their 30 years together as husband and wife pastoring churches in North Carolina and Virginia, the last 20 years as Senior Pastor and First Lady of the Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church, who has faithfully stood by their side from day one, providing special care during the last years and days of her life on this earth.Rhonda served as a registered nurse for nearly 20 years until her health necessitated an early retirement. She was an accomplished musician, vocalist, and artistic individual who was described by some as sassy and classy, fun and feisty. She loved her husband, children, grandson, family and friends, but most of all her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, in whose presence she now dwells eternally.A celebration of Rhonda's life was held Saturday, April 30, at the Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1702 Chestnut Ave., Buena Vista. The internment followed at the Green Hill Cemetery. Pastor Bart Hellmuth, Bishop Preston Mathena, and Presiding Bishop Doug Beacham officiated at the service. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church Building Program. The family would like to thank Carillion Home Health, UVA Medical Staff, church family, and friends all around the world for their faithful, unwavering love and care shown to them during Rhonda's extended illness.Arrangements were by Bolling, Grose, and Lotts Funeral Home in Buena Vista.
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CHARLES UPDIKECharles Lewis Updike, 61, of Glasgow passed away peacefully in his sleep on April 24, 2016. Charles was the son of Lewis Anderson Updike and Margaret Hawks Updike. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Bruce and Bobby.Charles was born on Nov. 5, 1954, in Buena Vista and led a “Mountain Man way of life essentially from birth. He loved his family and many friends and hunting buddies, but his love for the mountains and ocean (OBX) was undeniable, and he was an avid fisherman and hunter of bear (“Armadillo), deer and turkey. He is survived by his sister, Lynn; his brother, Mark; his stepdaughter, Kelly Jo; and his cat, Stuart. He was an avid gardener and grew some of the best damn tomatoes, hot peppers and peaches. Charles retired from Washington and Lee University as grounds keeper, and was responsible from maintaining the athletic fields. He loved the W&L community, especially the players and coaches of the baseball team. The family invites you to his home in on Fitzlee Street in Glasgow on May 14 from 4 to 6 p.m. for a time of remembrance and the telling of tall tales. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made in Charles' name to the ALS Foundation at www.alsa.org. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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W.R. “TINK DEACONWilton Rufus “Tink Deacon,85, of Lexington died Wednesday, April 27,2016, at his home.Born May 21,1930, in Rockbridge County, he was a son of the late Waitman Stuart Deacon and Roxie Hickman Deacon. After the death of his mother, W.R. was raised by his Aunt Maggie Harrington. Mr. Deacon was a member of Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church where he served as the superintendent of Sunday school, and on the board of trustees. Tink graduated from Effinger High School in 1949, and went to work at Lees Carpets in Glasgow. In 1955 he became an insurance agent for Home Beneficial Life Insurance. In 1962 he began logging with his brother Chester Deacon; he then started driving truck for Smith Transfer in 1967. In 1977 he started his own logging business, W.R. Deacon & Sons Timber Inc. with his three sons. A small sawmill was erected in 1981 and then in 1988 a new sawmill was built. W.R. Deacon was elected as president of Deacon Timber where he continued to work throughout his life. W.R. served as president of the Ruritan Club and later years as an honorary member; he was also the president of Palmer School for 29 years and a member of Rockbridge Odd Fellows Lodge No. 58 for over 50 years. During the flood in August of 1969, Tink wrote and recorded with Mark Jones “The Night of the Flood and “Three More Miles. In 2009, he had poems and other writings published.Surviving are his wife, Florence Deacon; sons Stuart Lee Deacon, Jerry Wayne Deacon, and Phillip Wilton Deacon, all of Lexington; six grandchildren, Brent, Hillary, Seth, Nathan, Jansen and Garth; and six great-grandchildren, Sophie, Ty, Vincent, Avery, Tanner and Greyson. A funeral was conducted Saturday April 30, at Harrison Funeral Chapel with the Rev. James Bollinger and Rev. Calvin Griffin officiating. Burial followed at Oxford Presbyterian Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in loving memory of Tink to the Effinger Fire Department, 2824 Collierstown Road, Lexington VA 24450 or to the Mt. Horeb United Methodist Church.Arrangements were by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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DOLORES RYANDolores May Parkhurst Ryan, 87, of Lexington died Tuesday, April 26, 2016, at The Mayflower. She was born June 17, 1928, in Australia, a daughter of the late Roger Williams Parkhurst and Dolores Cooke Parkhurst. Mrs. Ryan was a member of the R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church. Surviving are her husband, Ronald Reed Ryan of Lexington; one daughter, Sarah “Sally Moorfoot and husband Eric of Michigan; one brother, Roger Willcox; two sisters, Sally Cartwright and Ann Seidman; three grandchildren, Leah, Margot, and Tatum. A memorial service was conducted Friday, April 29, at the R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church by the Rev. Tom Crittenden. Burial was private. The family suggests that memorial contributions be made in loving memory of Dolores to the Stonewall Jackson House, 8 E. Washington St., Lexington, VA 24450. Arrangements were by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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BOYD MITCHELLBoyd T. Mitchell, 85, of Natural Bridge, while at home, left his earthly body to join his beloved wife, Ethel Mitchell, who he loved dearly and was preceded in his death on May 8, 1995. Boyd was born on Nov. 9, 1930, and was a loyal husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He was also preceded in death by his mother and father, Samuel A. Mitchell and Bessie Beckner Mitchell; a brother, Samuel Mitchell Jr.; and a son-in-law, Rick Newcomb. He is survived by his daughter, Linda Newcomb; three grandsons, Phillip and Lorna Newcomb, Jared and Angela Newcomb, and Joseph Newcomb; four great-grandchildren, Micayla and Cameron Newcomb, and Matthew and Zoey Clark. Boyd was retired from Burlington Industries (Mohawk), and he was also a farmer, mechanic, and a mentor. He was an intelligent, gentle, understanding, yet stern man. Many have recollected his deep voice, which spoke volume, with few words. He is, and will always be our hero, and role model, who will sadly, sadly, be missed. His memories and the life he gave and shared with us will never be forgotten. Special thanks to Lorna Newcomb, who through the last year or so of his life, provided the special care, love and patience he required; also special thanks to the nurses at Hospice.The funeral was conducted Monday, May 2, at the Natural Bridge Baptist Church by the Rev. Randy Smith. Burial followed in the Natural Bridge Baptist Church Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice, 315 Myers St., Lexington, VA 24450.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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DUSTIN BYRDDustin Alan “Big Byrd Byrd,26, of Eagle Rock passed away Thursday, April 28, 2016.He was preceded in death by his father, Richard “Ricky James Byrd; and grandmother, Sarah “Sally Anne Byrd. He is survived by his wife of three years, Brittany A. Byrd; son Callen, and unborn son Colten; mother Christy and Patch Robinette; sister Summer Austin and husband Travis; grandparents ImaJean Crawford and Preston Crawford; mother-in-law Lisa Goodrich and husband Ronnie; father-in-law Tony Frymier and wife Pam; Brittany's grandparents David and Barbara Fridley; brothers-in-law Matthew Frymier, Mark Frymier and girlfriend Autumn Compton; uncle Justin Crawford and wife Rebekah; aunts Sarah and Cheri Byrd; niece Miley Austin; and numerous cousins and endless friends. The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, May 4, in the Buchanan Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard Knepp. Interment will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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