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DOUGLAS ALLEN REEVES RAPHINE, VA… Douglas “Allen” Reeves, 18, of Raphine, gained his heavenly wings Monday, May 15, 2017. He was born on May 23, 1998 in Fishersville. He was employed by Subway at White’s Truck Stop. Allen was a pending member of Raphine Fire and Rescue, which he had a passion for all his life. He loved fishing and all of his family and friends. He never met a stranger and had a heart of gold. He also had a place in his heart for his four dogs. He is survived by his mother, Lisa Falls Reeves and fiancé, Wayne Brown; father, Doug Reeves and wife, Kimberly Pullen Reeves; half-brother, Andrew Reeves of Staunton; step-brother, Daniel McManaway of Craigsville; maternal grandmother, Wanda Falls of Raphine; paternal grandparents, Gary and Brenda Hevener of Mt. Sidney; a very special girlfriend, Tabitha Sowell; two aunts and uncles, Kathy and Calvin Hemp, Jr. of Greenville and Carolyn and David Hemp of Middlebrook; and numerous cousins. He was preceded in death by his great grandmother, Eleanor Painter; his grandfathers, Dean Falls and Marshall Reeves, Sr.; and a step-grandfather, William Pullen. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, May 19, 2017 in Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Olivia Haney. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be friends attending the service. Honorary pallbearers will be members of Raphine and Verona Fire and Rescue. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017 in the Henry Funeral Home and other times at family member’s homes. Memorials may be made to SpiritHorse Shenandoah Valley Therapeutic Riding Center, 13 Shawnee Trail, Raphine, VA 24472. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.henryfuneralhome.net.
05/17/2017

WILLIAM STEWART HERR Well, finally I’m dead at the age of 88. Not dead really I’ve passed from a lower state of Entrope to a higher state. I think that is the Second Law of Thermodynamics. I was born in Pittsburgh, Pa. Nov. 1, 1928, to Agnes Smith and Ernest Adolph Herr. In elementary school I worked delivering bread in my little red wagon, as a pin boy at the bowling alley, soda jerk at the drug store and later life guard. Jobs were easy to come by in those days! As World War II raged, my brother Ernest joined the Navy and my sister June (Lewis) joined the Marines. I followed them, joining the Army. Not long after I enlisted, the Japanese surrendered; they knew they didn’t have a chance! After service I earned an M.A from the University of Pittsburgh and married the love of my life, Roberta Scott. Over the years I was instructor of psychology at Edinboro State University, assistant professor of psychology at Eau Clair State University, visiting scholar at Princeton University, chief psychologist at DeJarnette Center for Human Development, Staunton, guest lecturer at the Univ. of Tilburg, Holland, numerous Virginia universities, and proprietor of “Hobbywood” in Charlottesville. In Greece, I walked where Socrates walked, sat where Socrates sat, saw what Socrates saw, stood where he delivered the Apology and knelt where he died. Inspired by the Minoan civilization, I wrote “Santorini Logbook 1628 B.C. The Last Day.” I’ve had a long and happy life, being a member of “The Greatest Generation,” blessed with a delightful family, my late wife Roberta, son Dane and memories of our home The Log House near Brownsburg. I leave back on shore the second love of my life, my wife Jane, without whom this last journey would have been impossible, and my daughters April Weaver, Roanoke, Circe Lindsey, Lexington, and daughter-in-law Ann Marie Herr, Clifton Forge. These three women raised eight remarkable grandchildren and four great grandchildren. After 88 years I have learned that the entire universe is governed by the three Laws of Thermodynamics which boiled down are: 1.You can’t win! 2. You can’t even break even! 3. You can’t quit! These govern daily life as well. Your only chance is to prepare yourself the best you can and get lucky as I did … PERSEVERE! “The afternoon became bright and sunny. I walked about looking for a shady spot for a little nap. Finding one, I settled comfortably and was surprised to be joined by Grandma, Ernie, June, Bobbie and Dane. We sat quietly, holding hands. After a bit, I began to doze, my little nap became an eternal one.” [“Bill” died May 8, 2017, at home, Weyers Cave. He directed his journey with help from the excellent staff of Sentara Hospice. Memorial donations may be made to the Weyers Cave Volunteer Fire Department, 1235 Keezletown Rd, Weyers Cave, VA. 24486 or Grottoes Rescue Squad, 805 Augusta Ave., Grottoes, VA, 24441.]
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PEGGY MORRISON Peggy Buchanan Morrison, 91, of Raphine died Friday, May 12, 2017, at the Benjamin Borden Center in Lexington. Born July 4, 1925, in Rockbridge County, she was a daughter of Guy Buchanan Sr. and Gertie Lotts Buchanan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Lyle Fletcher Morrison; two brothers, Guy Buchanan Jr. and George Buchanan; three sisters, Polly Lunsford, Estelle Fix and Kathleen Spencer; and one daughter-in-law, Irma S. Morrison. Mrs. Morrison was a member of the Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church and retired from Genesco after 35 years of service. Surviving are one son, Jerry L. Morrison; and four siblings, James F. Buchanan, Charles M. Buchanan, Russell Buchanan and Dorothy B. Patterson. A private burial will be conducted at a later date at the Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Cemetery. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.
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LIESEL MOORE Liesel Orians Moore, 93, of Buena Vista passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at her residence. Born Nov. 5, 1923, in Germany, she was a daughter of the late Karl Orians and Margaret Brandenburger Orians. She was a member of the First Brethren Church. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Curtis M. Moore, and a grandson, Michael A. Sorrells. Surviving are her children, Margaret M. Sorrells and husband Charles, Doris Moore Bane and husband Baner, and Karl Morrison Moore and wife Katharine; grandchildren Charles L. Sorrells and wife Laurie, Melinda S. Breeden and husband Kerry, Molly Bane Moore and husband Robbie, Bradley Moore and wife Fallon, and Benjamin Moore and wife Laura; and great-grandchildren Cassidy Cubbage, Makenlee Sorrells, DeLana Breeden, Destiny Breeden, Maggie Moore, Curtis Moore, Addison Moore, Emma Moore, Jaci Moore, Christian Moore and Canaan Moore. A service was conducted Friday, May 12, at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens by the Rev. W. David Bain. Arrangements were handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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PATSY STATON Patsy Spence Staton, 83, of Buena Vista, went to be with the Lord from her home on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, at the age of 83. She worked at Seay’s Drug Store from her high school years until she retired. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry, after 62 years of marriage; her parents, Harry and Ileta Spence; and sister, Peggy Spence Brown; and brothers, Jerry, Delmas, and Rodney “Genie” Spence. She is survived by six sisters, Judy Coleman, Donna Floyd (Larry), Buena Vista, Dorothy Coleman (Claude), Lexington, Edith Staton and Mary Staton, Fairfield, Debra Clark (Daryl), Englewood, Fla.; and brothers, Bill Spence (Joyce), Buena Vista, Bob Spence (Barbara), Amherst; sister-in-law, Virginia Spence, Buena Vista; numerous nieces and nephews who she loved dearly; and her beloved dog, Sammy. A memorial service was held at First Brethren Church on Friday, May 12, led by Pastor Dean Staton. In lieu of flowers, the family would like for you to do a good deed for someone in need in memory of Patsy, because that is what Patsy spent her entire life doing giving to others. Arrangements were handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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EDNA COFFEY Edna Burch Coffey, 88, of Buena Vista passed away Wednesday, May 10, 2017, at Augusta Health. Born Nov. 7, 1928, in Buena Vista, she was a daughter of the late Rufus Burch and Mamie Lawhorne Burch. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Vaden Coffey; five brothers, Lewis W. Burch Sr. (Frances), Elwood (Bo) Burch, Clayton (Jack) Burch, Garland (Mutt) Burch, and Kenneth (Zip) Burch; and sisters, Amy Sorrells (Andy), Virginia Laudermilk and Gracie Allen (Ray). Surviving are her son, David Lee Coffey; sisters-in-law Edith Burch, Lena Burch and Faye Burch; brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Carroll Coffey; sister-in-law, Lorraine Mays; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was loved and cared for by her niece, Carol Allen, and Linda Freeman. The funeral was conducted Saturday, May 13, at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Mike Hamilton. Burial followed at Green Hill Cemetery. Arrangements were handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
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