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Thomas Arthur BrizendineThomas Arthur Brizendine, 97, of Glasgow died Sunday, December 14, 2014 at Hackettstown Memorial Hospital in Hackettstown, NJ. Born December 2, 1917 in Bedford County, VA the son of the late Henry Arthur Brizendine and Connie Elizabeth Padgett Brizendine. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Lula Elizabeth Milam Brizendine. Mr. Brizendine was a member of the Glasgow Presbyterian Church. Surviving are one daughter, Anne B. Acuff of NJ; one sister, Elsie B. Humphreys of TN; one granddaughter, Laura B. Acuff of NC; numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be conducted 3 p.m. Thursday, December 18, 2014 at Big Island Cemetery with the Rev. Wayne Meredith officiating. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington, VA.
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STEPHEN LEE DENSONStephen Lee Denson of Lexington died on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, following a courageous battle with cancer. Stephen leaves behind his wife Susan, daughter Jenny and her husband Eric Miller, and four grandchildren, Caity and her husband Steve Chiado, Hayley, Sam, and Reese.Stephen was born on March 14, 1940, to the late Helen and Charles Denson of Roanoke. He attended Jefferson High School in Roanoke and subsequently graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1962. He served under Adm. Hyman Rickover on the ballistic missile submarine, the USS Andrew Jackson. In addition to his service as a submariner, Stephen also taught at the Navy 's Nuclear Power Training Center in Bainbridge, Md. Following his military service, he was employed by Pennsylvania Power & Light Utilities as a mechanical engineer to build power plants. He also obtained a Professional Engineering license from the state of Pennsylvania. After his retirement in 2004, Stephen continued to work part time for the Federal Emergency Management Agency in Disaster Preparedness. Stephen and Susan resided in Danville, Penn., for over 40 years, raising their daughter, Jenny, restoring the 18th century farmhouse in which they lived, and enjoying an active life in their Pennsylvania community. Stephen served as senior warden at Christ Memorial Episcopal Church in Danville. In 2009, Stephen and Susan relocated to their beloved Shenandoah Valley, becoming active members of the R.E. Lee Memorial Episcopal Church, where Stephen oversaw the monthly Men 's Breakfast, served on the Stewardship Committee, and conducted Morning Prayers. He also served as the secretary for Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club. Whenever time permitted, Stephen could be found walking either the Chessie Nature Trail or Woods Creek Trail with his wife. In addition to his immediate family, Stephen is survived by his siblings Michael Denson, David Denson, Kay Denson, Rosemary Miller, Beth-Boyd Blair, and numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Friday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. at R.E. Lee Episcopal Church in Lexington with the Rev. Tom Crittenden officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rockbridge Area Relief Association or the Rockbridge Area Health Center. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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NINA BROOKSNina McClelland Brooks, age 94, a resident of Long Beach, Miss., passed away on Dec. 11, 2014, in Long Beach.She was preceded in death by her husband, Cloice W. Brooks; and five siblings.Nina is survived by her children, Peggy Brooks of Gentryville, Ind., and Charlie (Melody) Brooks of Long Beach, Miss.; a sister, Anne McClelland Braford of Natural Bridge; and two grandchildren, Jeremy Brooks and Joel Brooks.She was born in Natural Bridge on July 17, 1920, and married C.W. Brooks in 1949. Nina was very active in community and social activities and an avid supporter of the Girl Scouts, 4-H Club and PTA. She was also a member of, the Eastern Star and DAR.She was an active member of the First United Methodist Church, Long Beach, where she participated and held office in the United Methodist Women, O.A.K.S, and the Good News Sunday School Class.Memorial donations may be made to: First United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, 208 Pine Street, Long Beach, MS 39560.A service will be held at High Bridge Presbyterian Church in the spring.An online obituary may be viewed and memories shared at www.riemannfamily.com.
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ANN LOTHERYAnn McNutt Lothery, age 96, died Monday morning, Dec. 15, 2014, at Summit Square Retirement Community in Waynesboro.She was born Oct. 27, 1918, in Rockbridge County and was the daughter of the late Mary Johson McNutt and Robert James McNutt.In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Earley Lothery Jr., and by her brother, Hugh Johnson McNutt, both of whom she dearly loved. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family; however, she is survived by her brother's stepdaughter, Marjorie Chittum and her husband, Earl, who have shown unbelievable kindness, thoughtfulness, and love for me.She was a member of the Lexington Presbyterian Church and an affiliate member of First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro. She was active in her church circle. She spent many hours volunteering at the Rockbridge Regional Library, the Augusta County Regional Library, and the Augusta Regional Free Clinic. She loved animals and nature.A memorial service will be held at a later date.Memorials may be given to the Lexington Presbyterian Church, 120 South Main Street, Lexington, VA 24450, First Presbyterian Church of Waynesboro, P.O. Box 877 Waynesboro, VA 22980 or the Augusta Regional Free Clinic, P.O. Box 153, Fishersville, VA 22939.This obituary was written by Ann in 2007.Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.mcdowfuneralhomeinc.com.
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JOSEPH GRAHAMJoseph Beard Graham Sr, 93, formerly of Goshen, died on Dec. 11, 2014, in Bedford. He was the son of Andrew Dewitt and Rebecca Vaughan Graham.In August 1947 he married Ellen Montgomery Bennett. He is survived by Joseph B. Graham Jr. of Goshen, Ellen White (Mark) of Moneta, Mary Wiseman (Bob) of Moneta and Lucy Hayes (Ed) of Rochester, Minn.; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and brother-in-law, Roy Coker, as well as a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife Ellen, his brother and sister-in-law Andrew and Mary Lydia Graham, and two sisters, Anne Coker and Rebecca Catlin and husband Francis. He graduated from Goshen High School in 1938 and from Virginia Tech with a degree in animal husbandry in 1943. He was a lifelong member of Goshen Presbyterian Church where he taught Sunday school for over 50 years. He held other positions such as elder, treasurer, trustee and choir member.In 1943 he entered the army and served as an instructor of Basic Infantry at Camp Wheeler, Ga., from May 1944 until April 1945. He was sent to the Pacific where he served with the 6th Army and later with the 9th Corps during the occupation of Japan.He said that when he went to college his family was farming with horses, and when he returned, the horses were gone, having been replaced by a tractor. From 1947 until 1952 he managed Aspen Dale Farm at Delaplane, and was a herdsman at Angus Hill Farm, New Market. In 1952 he returned to Goshen and started farming for himself. In 1954 he joined the Virginia Division of Markets as a livestock grader until 1973. He became the official grader for the Virginia Beef Cattle Improvement Association, weighing and grading cattle on farms in all but five of Virginia's counties. He graded bulls at the Culpeper BCIA Bull Sale for 28 consecutive years and at the Red House Bull Sale from its start until the mid-1980s. His work with the Virginia BCIA was instrumental in making performance testing of beef cattle a national program. He also was an official classifier for the American Angus Association for three years.From 1973 to 1975 he managed Roanoke Hollins Stockyard, Hollins. He was a field man for Staunton Livestock Market from 1975 to 1986 and from 1986 to the late 1990s as a field man with Staunton Union Stock Yard. In 1999 the Beef Improvement Federation honored him with the Pioneer award. He kept his small herd of Angus cattle started in 1946 until recently.He has judged draft horses at a few county fairs in Virginia and West Virginia and once at the West Virginia State Fair Horse Show. He took his dream trip to England and France in 1989 with his son-in-law Bob Wiseman where they toured Percheron horse farms on estates there, and they visited the battlefields of Normandy. His life 's greatest joys were his family, his church, people and livestock.Memorials may be made to Goshen Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 217, Goshen, VA 24439 or a charity of choice. A graveside service was held Monday, Dec. 15, at the Goshen Cemetery at Goshen Baptist Church with a service of celebration immediately following at Goshen Presbyterian Church. Arrangements are being handled by Craigsville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.craigsvillefuneralhome.com.
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JUNE PAGEJune Fix Page, 89, of Buena Vista, passed away after a brief illness at the Golden Living Center in Buena Vista on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.Born in Rockbridge County, she was a daughter of the late Decker R. Fix and Nellie Wolfe Fix In addition to her parents, she is also preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd T. Page Jr., who both worked together and previously owned the Buena Vista News; siblings, Vivian F. Comer, Decker Fix Jr. and Virginia F. Breeden.She is survived by her children, Lloyd T.Page III (Charlie) and Martha of Roanoke, and Cindy P. White and Jim of Hot Springs; four grandchildren, Kelly P. Stilson, Ashley Paul, Jamie and Paul White; and six great-grandchildren, Cameron, Johanna and Allyson Stilson, Landon Paul, and Sophia and Benjamin White. She is also survived by two siblings, Norma Jean (Jingles) Coffey and Reginald Fix, plus a host of nieces and nephews. A lifelong member of St. John's United Methodist Church for over 60 years, she was a member of the board of trustees, Page Bible Sunday School Class, worship committee and much more. She was a proud member and supporter of the Buena Vista Democratic Committee and worked tirelessly on the Labor Day breakfasts since its inception. For many years, June served as a member of the Buena Vista Electoral Board.A funeral service was held Tuesday, Dec. 16, at St. John 's United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Choi officiating. Burial followed at Green Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to St. John's United Methodist Church. Arrangements are by Bolling Grose & Lotts Funeral Home.
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EDDIE BRADLEYEddie Wilson Bradley, 98, of Buena Vista passed away Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital. He was born June 24, 1916, in Amherst County, a son of the late William Hope Bradley and Callie Frances Burks Bradley. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 63 years, Velma Coleman Bradley. Mr. Bradley was the youngest of five children, who were all born and raised in Amherst County. He was an avid outdoorsman, hunting and fishing in his younger days. Most importantly he loved the ball field, still playing and stealing bases in his 80s. His most important love was watching his granddaughter carry on the family tradition of playing ball. He loved to watch her on the field. He lived his life everyday to witness and serve God, and was a strong supporter of his church, the Oronoco Church of the Brethren. Surviving are one son, Stanley Bradley and his wife Charolette; one granddaughter, Katlyn “Stick” Bradley; two sisters-in-law, Arnona Kerr and Lucille Coleman and husband Buddy. The funeral was conducted Monday, Dec. 15, at Oronoco Church of the Brethren by the Rev. Arnold Bradley and Stan Ogden. Burial followed at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens.
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LAWRENCE COLLINSLawrence Edward Collins, 86, of Natural Bridge Station died Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at Heritage Hall.Born Dec. 2, 1928, in Bedford, he was a son of the late Robert Francis Collins and Ethel Reynolds Collins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Larry Collins, and two brothers, Earl Layne Collins and Frank Collins.Mr. Collins was a member of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association in Roanoke and was a U.S. Army veteran during the Korean War. Lawrence owned and operated Collins T.V. and Repair for over 25 years in the community. Surviving are his wife, Gladys Ginger Collins; sisters, Jean C. Wines and Kay C. Ginger, both of Natural Bridge Station; and several nieces and nephews. A funeral service was conducted Tuesday, Dec. 16, at Harrison Funeral Chapel with the Pastor Larry Lambert officiating. Burial followed at Glasgow Cemetery.
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VERTIA SHERBURNEVertia Mace Sherburne, 98, of Lexington died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014, at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.Born April 5, 1916, in Grottoes, she was a daughter of the late John Jacob Mace and Laura Roadcap Mace. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, George Phillip Sherburne Sr. Mrs. Sherburne was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.Surviving are her children, Shirley Leech and husband Clinton of Lexington, Margaret Halterman and husband Sam of Charlottesville, Nancy Tyler and husband Joe of Richmond, George Sherburne Jr. and wife Sandra of Lexington, and Dale Sherburne of Roanoke; one sister, Ellen Anderson of Fishersville; 11 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren. The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. James Crews and the staff at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital for the care that was given to Mrs. Sherburne during her illness.A funeral service was conduct Saturday, Dec. 13, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Daniel Xisto officiating. Burial followed at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Vertia to the Seventh Day Adventist Church Building Fund, 2335 Magnolia Avenue, Buena Vista, VA 24416.
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