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ZULA SLUSSERZula Miller Slusser, 89, of Mechanicsville was born at Turtle Creek, Boone County, W.Va., on Dec. 26, 1926 and passed away on Oct. 12, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband of 48 years, James H. Slusser Sr.; sister, Beulah Miller Dewees Boucher; two brothers, Oner Clarion Miller Jr. and Virgil Clair Miller; and parents, Oner and Hazel Ball Miller. She is survived by a daughter, Mary Catherine Slusser of Richmond; and a son and his wife, James H. and Evelyn Dunham Slusser of Chesapeake. She is also survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Claudia Mae Miller Mabe and Kenneth Mabe of Orange Park, Fla. Other survivors include two sisters-in-law, Erma Rowley Miller and Alice Cabell Miller of Jacksonville, Fla., as well as many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Slusser was a graduate of Marshall University in Huntington, W.Va., and did graduate studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Mrs. Slusser taught at Scott High School in Madison, W.Va., from 1947 to 1948. She and her family moved to Lexington in 1950. She later taught for seven years at Lexington High School before moving to Mechanicsville in 1967. In Mechanicsville, Mrs. Slusser taught mathematics for two years at Lee-Davis High School and 19 years at Stonewall Jackson Junior High, now Stonewall Jackson Middle School. She retired from teaching in 1988. She was a member of Cool Spring Baptist Church. The funeral was held at Bliley’s-Staples Mill on Monday, Oct. 17. Interment was in Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton.Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund at Cool Spring Baptist Church, 9283 Atlee Station Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116.

FAY HOBBSFay Wilson Hobbs, 63, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., passed away Oct. 15, 2016, in Madison, Ala., after a valiant battle against cancer. A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 24, at North River Church in Tuscaloosa, Ala., with Pastor Scott Reynolds officiating.She was preceded in death by her parents Curtis Wilson Sr. and Jessie Wilson; and her grandson Landon Madison. Survivors include her husband, Steven Hobbs; her children, Aiden Hobbs of South Korea, Lynsey Madison of Troy, Ala., Justin Hobbs of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Jasen Hobbs (Sarah) of Killeen, Texas; her siblings, Almira Cann (Robert) of Pasadena, Calif., Curtis Wilson Jr. (Cynthia Galen) of Bryn Mawr, Pa., and Lamar Wilson (Patricia) of Wynnewood, Pa; her grandson, Masen Hobbs of Killeen, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.Fay received her Bachelor of Arts in political science from Hollins College in 1983, her Master of Science in social work from The Florida State University in 1988, and her Juris Doctor from Washington and Lee University in 1997.She dedicated much of her adult life to advocating for those in need of an advocate and preparing students to advocate for those needing attention and care as well. She served her community through outreach programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters and was active within her church in Tuscaloosa, North River Church. While more time here on earth would have been ideal, Fay lived her life on her terms and left no regrets behind. Fay will be greatly missed by her family and friends but her spirit lives on in those whom were blessed to know her.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Lupus Foundation of America.

THOMAS MILLER SR.Thomas Lee Miller Sr., 89, of Buena Vista passed away Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016, at the Mayflower Assisted Living.He was born Jan. 30, 1927, in Richmond. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Margarite Martin Miller; and a son, Wayne I. Miller.Mr. Miller was retired from Burlington Industries after 42 years service.Surviving are a son, Tommy; daughter, Sharon Leathers (Sidney); daughters-in-law, Kathy Saufley (Royal) and Sharon Miller; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Eugene Durham and Danny Durham; and sister, Betty Clark (Thurman).A funeral was conducted Sunday, Oct. 16, at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Rick Ramsey officiating. Committal services were conducted Monday, Oct. 17, at the Green Hill Mausoleum.Arrangements were handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

GARY MONTGOMERYGary Neal Montgomery, 59, of Buena Vista, passed away Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, at the Salem Health & Rehabilitation Center. He was born Sept. 24, 1957, in Lexington, a son of Carolyn Ann Montgomery and the late Lyle Barth Montgomery.He was also preceded in death by a sister, Sheryl Denise Chittum.Surviving are his three sisters, Sandra Gail Montgomery, Teresa Lynn Heiser, and Dawn Elaine Walker and husband James E. Walker; nieces and nephews, Blaine Bane, Travis Montgomery, Victoria Walker, and Mason Walker; and special friend, Amy Richardson. A memorial service was conducted Saturday, Oct. 15, at Oronoco Brethren Church with Rev. Arnold Bradley officiating. Arrangements were handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

BEA THARPBeatrice Lillian Tharp of Lexington died Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016, surrounded by family. Surviving are her children, Deborah, Dean and Pepper;  brother, Bruce Person; six grandchildren;  and nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.  A celebration of Bea’s life will be held in Minnesota. At Bea’s request there will be no further obituary.Arrangements are by Simpson Funeral Home & Crematory.

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