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Louis Wendell HodgesLouis Wendell Hodges, 83, of Lexington died Monday, February 8, 2016 at Heritage Hall. He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Helen Davis Hodges; sons John Hodges and wife Linda, Glendale Arizona, and George Hodges and wife Nina, Arab Alabama; sister, Mary Aycock, Prairie Grove Arkansas; one Grandchild Christine Hodges; two step-grandchildren, Shelly Farrington and Troy Baintor; nine step-great grandchildren, and six step-great-great Grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews. Lou was born on January 24th, 1933 in Eupora Mississippi; graduate Millsaps College, Duke Divinity School, and Duke Graduate school with a PhD in Theology.  He was an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church.  He joined the religion department at Washington and Lee University in 1960. In 1974 he created an ethics program entitled Society and the Professions, conducting seminars for undergraduates in Medicine, Law, Business, and Journalism.  From 1981 to 1986, he was Academic Director of the institute for Executives held in the summer.  He taught at the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in Florida in 1985.  In 1987, he was named a Fellow at the Hastings Center, New York and appointed the Fletcher Odie Thomas Professor of Religion at W&L.  (In an Advisory Committee memorandum to President John Wilson, John W. Elrod said of Louis; “His most distinctive accomplishment in his long career at Washington and Lee is his success with students and alumni in helping them to think critically and systematically about ethical issues in the professions.)  During the winter of 1995-96, he was the Fulbright Scholar in Journalism Ethics appointed to Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, visiting in 17 different universities and meeting with the press Council of India during his four month stay.  In 1997 he was appointed Knight Professor of Journalism Ethics at Washington and Lee, retiring from the university in that position in 2003.  While at W&L, Lou gave numerous Baccalaureate addresses and was known as the unofficial chaplain to many students and personnel.  He often performed weddings and funerals when called upon. After retiring, he returned for temporary appointments as visiting professor of Society and the Professions and summer programs. Louis was known throughout the area as guest minister in numerous churches. His community involvement Lexington Rockbridge United Fund, 1972; President, Rockbridge Area Housing Corporation, 1968-1974; and unofficial advisor to the Rockbridge Area Hospice organizers, 1982-1992, for whom he organized and taught a seven week class on “Serving the Dying”.  His love of hunting led him to his part-time job as gunsmith, and with his tradecraft rebuilt and repaired many guns for his satisfied customers.  An interest in Beekeeping provided many gifts of honey to friends and family, pollination of Rockbridge County crops, and Bee education to local school children and youth camps. A special “thank you” is given to Christine Hopkins, a home aide from the Maury River Home Care, who in six months became as close as family.  Thanks also to the wonderful staff at Heritage Hall and the Rockbridge Area Hospice. Service will be held at the Lexington Trinity United Methodist Church, on Saturday February 13, 2016 at 2:00 PM, with Reverand Norman Tippens officiating.  Interment will be private.  Family will receive friends in the church Fellowship Hall following the service.  In lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made to the Washington & Lee University or Rockbridge Area Hospice.  Arrangements are being made by Harrison Funeral Home, Lexington VA.
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JOSEPHINE CLAWSONJosephine Margaret Clawson, 89, of Buena Vista died Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016, at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital. Born Aug. 16, 1926, in Riddlesburg, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Phillips. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Bob Clawson, and a grandson, Raye Wilhelm. Surviving are two daughters, Bobbie Jo Smith and husband Oak, and Brenda Wilhelm and husband David; grandchildren, William, Rachel, Laci, Joe, Shana and Kimber; two great-grandchildren; one sister, Elaine MacLellan and husband Paul; and two nieces. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements are being handled by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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BRIDGET KAVANAUGH-GONCHARBridget Ella Kavanaugh-Gonchar, 31, died unexpectedly on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016, at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Born Aug. 28, 1984, in La Crosse, Wis., Bridget moved with her family while growing up to Bay City, Mich., Eau Claire, Wis., and Holmen, Wis., and lived most of her adult life in New York City.Bridget is survived by her husband, Vladimir Gonchar, Brooklyn, N.Y.; her mother, Mary Kay (Woodhouse) Kavanaugh, La Crosse, Wis.; her father, Kevan Kavanaugh and his wife, Susan Groves, Lexington; her brother, Tony Kavanaugh, La Crosse, Wis.; her grandparents, Ken and Shirley Kavanaugh, La Crosse, Wis.; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, and her beloved cat, Simcha. Bridget was predeceased by her grandparents, Ray and Kathleen Woodhouse, Stoddard, Wis.A 2002 graduate of Holmen High School in Wisconsin, Bridget loved drama – and was an actor in many theatre productions in high school, at The La Crosse Family Playhouse, La Crosse Community Theatre and Holmen Community Theatre. After high school, Bridget attended New York University, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre in 2006.Like many starving artists in New York City, Bridget held a variety of jobs while pursuing acting opportunities, including positions at a law firm, a large brokerage firm and, most recently, served as receptionist at Tommy Hilfiger USA headquarters from 2012 to 2014.Although she was first diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder while still in college, in 2014 Bridget’s mental illness led to a prolonged hospitalization in Virginia, and in 2015 she went on permanent disability and returned to her beloved New York City and husband Vladimir.Autopsy results are pending, but doctors believe it was a mixture of large doses of Tylenol and alcohol that caused Bridget’s liver to fail, leading to her accidental death.Bridget’s funeral was Monday, Feb. 8, at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church, Holmen, Wis. Burial was at St. Charles Catholic Cemetery, Genoa, Wis.Despite suffering from often debilitating symptoms of her mental illness, Bridget was bright in both mind and spirit. Her smile lit up every room she entered, and she will be forever missed by her family and friends.Please remember Bridget by opening your heart and offering compassion without judgment to those suffering from mental illness.
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GEORGE SNIDERGeorge H. Snider, 82, of Waynesboro went home with Jesus where he wasn’t having to suffer or work anymore on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at his home with his wife, Margaret Elsie Snider, by his side.The funeral will be conducted at 1 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 12, at the Waynesboro Chapel of Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes, 618 W. Main St., by Pastor Roy Trump. Burial will follow in Ludrick Cemetery, Fairfield. Sue Browning will be interpreting for the services.The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, at the funeral home.To view a complete obituary, sign the guest book or leave condolences, please visit www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com.
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BETTY COCHRANBetty Jane Sandidge Cochran, 83 of Buena Vista, passed away Monday, Feb. 1, 2016, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home.Born Nov. 30, 1932, in Rockbridge County, she was a daughter of the late Willie A. Sandidge and Kathleen Chittum Sandidge. She was a member of the Buena Vista Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, George C. Cochran; son, Randall T. Cochran; grandson, Arie Burch; and sister, Sandra S. Brantley.Surviving are her children, Michael A. Cochran and wife Diane of Amherst County, Wayne N. Cochran and wife Dawn of Glasgow, Jeffrey D. Cochran and wife Michelle of Buena Vista, and Charlene C. Graves and husband Rick of Buena Vista; grandchildren, Michael C. Cochran and wife Lauren, Trevor B. Mitchell and fiancée Shannon Sarkozy of Charlotte, N.C., Heather N. Cochran and fiancé Jacob Woody, Brittany M. Cochran of Buena Vista, Jacob N. Cochran of Richlands, Kaitlin E. Graves, Toby J. Cochran, W. Chase Graves, Cameron Staton, Logan Staton and Ashton H. LaRue, all of Buena Vista, and Chris Burch and wife Betsy of Appomattox; great-grandchildren, Christopher Kincade Burch and Levi Burch of Appomattox, Owen Carpenter, Ryleigh Cochran and Cullen Cochran, of Mechanicsville; siblings, Linda S. Brantley and (WeWa) of Buena Vista, Willie A. Sandidge Jr. and Pat of Waynesboro, and Rhonda Sandidge of Roanoke; and many beloved nephews, nieces, family and friends.A funeral was conducted Friday, Feb. 5, at Buena Vista Baptist Church with the Rev. Arnold Bradley officiating. Burial followed at Green Hill Cemetery. Thanks are extended to the special caregivers, Goldie Byers, Geraldine Carter, Bonnie C. Gibson and Vicky M. Houser, the staff of Heritage Hall and Rockbridge Area Hospice.Memorial contributions can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or Rockbridge Area Hospice.Arrangements were handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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JERRY EGGLESTONGerald Francis Eggleston of Lexington died on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. He was 90 years old.Jerry was born in Antwerp, New York, on Sept. 9, 1925, the son of the late Scott Earl Eggleston and Mary Curtin Eggleston. He graduated from Watertown High School (N.Y.) in January 1944 and joined the Marines, becoming a WWII Pacific veteran, 1944-46. He later served as captain in the U.S. Army reserves, 1951-61.Upon return from the war, Henry Wise, (also from Watertown, N.Y.), a 1927 graduate of VMI, convinced Jerry to attend his alma mater, and play football. “The Egg” followed Henry’s advice, made varsity team as linebacker third class year, was coached by Arthur “Slick” Morton and later Tom Nugent, and began receiving a tuition scholarship. It was never known whether Henry Wise was the generous grantor. Eggleston also wrestled and became captain of his team. He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1951. Being a WWII veteran, Eggleston was granted permission to get married before his first class year (senior year) to Anna Hileman of Lexington on Aug. 5, 1950. They were married until her death on July 21, 2005. Upon graduation, Jerry served as clerk of the New York State Senate Committee on Public Relief and Welfare. Chairman of this committee was the late Henry Wise. In 1955, he became a salesman with the Dupont de Nemours Co. in Wilmington, Del. In 1965, he became the director of alumnae relations of Penn Hall Junior College and Preparatory School in Chambersburg, Pa. In 1970, he became the director of Development for Boys Home in Covington. Eggleston was named the alumni secretary of the VMI Alumni Association in 1973 until 1989. Among his accomplishments were hiring Sandy McNamara’73,creating the New Cadet Recruiting Program, establishing new alumni chapters, updating the Register of Cadets, engaging alumni in educational travel programs, all at a time when computers and cell phones did not exist. After his retirement, he most proudly helped secure The Eugenio Lopez Visiting Chair for Asian Studies, bringing a scholar to teach cadets at VMI for one semester. The late Eugenio “Geny” Lopez ‘51 of the Philippines was Jerry’s great friend and brother rat. Eggleston served as chairman of the Electoral Board of the city of Lexington for nine years. He was a member of the Rockbridge Volunteers Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution and also served the Virginia Society of the SAR as its secretary. Jerry is survived by his children, Nancy Eggleston Brand, Cynthia Eggleston Robertson, both of Roanoke, and Gerald Scott Eggleston of West Valley, Utah; his grandchildren, William F. Brand IV, John Mitchell Eggleston and Danielle Marie Eggleston; and many nieces and nephews.He is predeceased by his sisters, Helen LeBeau, Shirley Shovea, and Mary Scherer.A graveside service will be held 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, in Stonewall Jackson Cemetery. Friends of the family are invited to his home at 302 Jackson Ave., Lexington, to celebrate his life on Friday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 7 p.m.Memorial donations in honor of Jerry can be made to the VMI Keydet Club, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, VA 24450. Arrangements are being handled by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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DEANNA GLATTDeanna Lee Glatt, 51, of Fairfield passed away Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.She was born Dec. 12, 1964, in Lynchburg, the daughter of the late Richard Glatt and the late Carolyn Wicks Black. She was also preceded in death by her stepfather, Henry Black.Deanna is survived by two sons, Christopher and Joshua Glatt, and one grandson, Jaxon Glatt, all of Roanoke. She also leaves four sisters, Barbara Davis, Michele Mathis, Cindy Poindexter, Heather Mitchell, and step-siblings David Black, Jeannette Jarvis and Wendy Gilliam. Other surviving family members include nieces, nephews and many cousins.Before becoming disabled due to health issues, she was employed at CRMH as a unit secretary in the mother/baby unit.She did not want a service. Memorial contributions may be made to Project Horizon, 120 Varner Lane, Lexington, VA 24450.
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KARIN GOODBARKarin Elizabeth Bassett Goodbar of Williamsburg went to be with our Lord and Savior Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016. She was born on Aug. 17, 1965, in Hartford, Conn., and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colo. She is preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Bassett, and mother, Sally Cuckow. A graduate of Blair Junior College, she worked for The Broadmoor resort in Colorado and later for USAA in its Colorado Springs policy services division. Over the years, she worked in the various school districts as a teacher’s aide and substitute teacher, including Jupiter, Fla., and Williamsburg. Most recently she worked with special education students at James River Elementary School in the Williamsburg/James City County school district. Her survivors include her husband, Perry Goodbar, formerly of Lexington; daughter, Mikaela Goodbar; son, Preston Goodbar; brother, Mark Bassett of Colorado Springs, Colo.; brother, Chris Bassett of Calhan, Colo.; sister Cathy Archuleta of Calhan, Colo.; mother-in-law, Nadine Goodbar of Lexington; and brother-in-law, Geoff Goodbar, and wife Gaylea, and their children Bradley and Carter. The family received friends on Saturday, Feb. 6, at Nelsen’s Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg. A memorial service will occur at a later date in Colorado where her family and lifelong friends reside.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the American Heart Association.
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HELEN BARGERHelen Elaine Barger, 69, of Lynchburg, passed away Friday, Feb. 5, 2016, in her home.Born in Lexington April 30, 1946, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin West and Helen Hayslette West. Helen was a member of Central Baptist Church, Glasgow, and was retired from Kirkland’s. She was the wife of Terry Dean Barger for 49 years.In addition to her husband, Terry, she is survived by two children, Matthew Barger (Missie) of Rustburg, Crystal Bolling of Salem and five grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Mary Ann Wright of Michigan and Carol Ann Pugh of Rocky Mount, and a brother, Melvin Chittum of Rocky Mount. The funeral was conducted in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory by the Rev. Luther Witt. Interment was private. Memories and thoughts may be shared with the family at www.heritagefuneralandcremation.com
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