Riffe's Funeral Service, Inc.

Riffe's Funeral Service is located in scenic Giles County, Virginia, nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia near the banks of the majestic New River, offering a variety of funeral and cremation services.

From humble beginnings in 1932 and through three generations since, our family and staff have worked long and hard to care for the families of Southwest Virginia and Southern West Virginia, at the absolute lowest time in their lives with dignity, class and compassion.

These days, families are more value-conscious than ever, even more so during the loss of a loved one. That's why Riffe's Funeral Service truly is the better value during your time of need. Here's why.

We have the largest visitation and funeral facilities in Giles County (over 10,000 square feet across three adjoining buildings, to be exact). That means plenty of room for family and friends to gather and honor the life of their loved one.

In addition, Riffe's Funeral Service offers a better way to choose caskets, outer burial containers, cremation urns and other merchandise using our "Family Advisor" selection system. That means less stress and anxiety in picking out funeral goods and services, as opposed to walking through a room full of displays.

It has been our privilege to offer dignified, meaningful tributes, at an affordable cost in an environment that offers spacious comfort, compassion and convenience. And this new website is but one way that we can share with you information to help you prepare to celebrate the life of your loved one.


Our Obituaries

Dorothy French Hayworth

June 25, 1924 - November 28, 2016

Dorothy Faye "Dot" French Hayworth, affectionately known as Nana by many, 92, peacefully passed away November 28th, 2016 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Rich Creek Va. She was born June 25th, 1924 in Narrows Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Andrew J. French & Lathey Clark French. She was employed at Hoechst Celanese for 45 years. She loved cooking for her friends and family and...
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Harry Lee Bailey

February 11, 1930 - November 25, 2016

Harry Lee Bailey, 86 of Narrows passed away Friday, November 25th, 2016, surrounded by his family. A lifelong resident of Giles County, he was born on February 11th, 1930, and was the son of the late George Coburn and Gladys Mae Runions Bailey. In addition to his mother and father, he was most recently preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Irene Bailey; a son, Jeff Bailey; a grandson,...
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Kenneth Cecil Hale

October 15, 1940 - November 24, 2016

Kenneth Cecil (Kenny) Hale, 76 of Narrows, passed from this life peacefully at home with his family by his side on Thursday, November 24th, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Cecil Hale; and his mother, Dorothy Johnson Hale. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Carol Anne Hale; a son, Paul Cecil Hale of Narrows; a daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Maurice Swain of Craig...
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Della Jo Goad Poff

April 25, 1950 - November 23, 2016

Della Jo Goad Poff, 66 of Pearisburg went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016. She was born in Radford on April 25th, 1950 and was the daughter of Edith Lyon Goad and the late Lawrence T. Goad, Sr. Della loved the outdoors and the beach, but most importantly, she loved her family. She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. In addition to her mother,...
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Russell Edward Wheeler

June 2, 1915 - November 18, 2016

Another member of the Greatest Generation passed away on November 18th, 2016. Russell Edward Wheeler actively served during World War II in the U.S. Army with the Tenth Mountain Infantry in Italy. A lifelong resident of Giles County, he was born on June 2nd, 1915. Russell was preceded in death by his wife, Rosetta Agee Wheeler; parents, Arthur M. Wheeler and Nora Richardson Wheeler, as well...
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Macy "Irene" Bailey

March 14, 1927 - November 18, 2016

Macy "Irene" Bailey of Narrows, born March 14, 1927, passed peacefully November 18 2016. She leaves behind her husband of 68 years, Harry Bailey, a daughter Patty Shepherd and husband Jerry of TN. A son Steve Bailey and wife Connie of Narrows. She was preceded in death by her son Jeff Bailey and grandson Devin Bailey. Also surviving are her grandchildren Hunter Bailey, Keith Shepherd, wife...
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Lois Candler Parcell

March 18, 1935 - November 14, 2016

Lois Candler Parcell, 81 of Narrows passed away peacefully on Monday, November 14th, 2016. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on March 18th, 1935, and was the daughter of the late Robert Aaron and Annie Mae Morrison Candler. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Luther Garnett Parcell; two sisters, Opal Knowles and Tiny...
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Melissa Atkins Payne

January 6, 1966 - November 7, 2016

Melissa Atkins Payne, 50 of Max Meadows, went home to be with her Heavenly Father on Monday, November 7th, 2016 at her home. She was born in Pearisburg on January 6th, 1966, and was the daughter of the late Brenda Jones Atkins Oakes. In addition to her mother, Missy was preceded in death by a longtime companion, Billy Lynn Smith. Missy found the most happiness in time spent with her family...
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Elma Maude Mannon Hale

March 25, 1919 - October 27, 2016

Elma Maude Mannon Hale, 97 of Narrows, went to be with her Heavenly Father on Thursday, October 27th, 2016. She was born in Radford on March 25th, 1919, and was the daughter of the late Early and Isabelle Altizer Mannon. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Garland Kenner Hale; four sisters, Helen Grayble, Louise Mannon, Margaret...
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Barbara Blankenship Pennington

May 22, 1946 - October 18, 2016

Barbara Blankenship Pennington, 70 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on May 22nd, 1946, and was the daughter of the late William Claude and Clara Elizabeth Shrader Blankenship. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 40 years, David Freeman Pennington; two...
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Iris Eastburn Wheeler

July 31, 1925 - October 9, 2016

Iris Eastburn Wheeler, 91 of Narrows, departed this life on Sunday, October 9th, 2016 at Heritage Hall in Rich Creek. She was born in Oakvale, West Virginia on July 31st, 1925, and was the daughter of the late Wirt Lee and Sarah Catherine Crawford Eastburn. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Jefferson Wheeler; a son, Steven Wayne Wheeler; a...
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Kendall Wesley Wheeler

October 5, 2016

Kendall Wesley Wheeler, 92 of Pearisburg, passed away Wednesday, October 5th, 2016. He was born in Narrows in 1924, and was the son of the late Everett W. Wheeler and Alta Wheeler Coburn. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his wife of over 50 years, Mae Stone Wheeler; a brother, John Vincent Wheeler; and a sister, Shirley Wheeler. Kendall was an active member...
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Martha Wood Nester

December 20, 1954 - September 30, 2016

Martha Faye Wood Nester, 61 of Pearisburg, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 30th, 2016 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital in Pearisburg. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on December 20th, 1954, and was the daughter of Phil Wood, Sr., and the late Lucille Blankenship Wood. A 1973 graduate of Narrows High School where she was Homecoming Queen and...
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Barbara Shepherd (Bobbie) Martin

July 29, 1947 - September 30, 2016

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies…but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised. Barbara Shepherd (Bobbie) Martin, 69 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 30th, 2016. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on July 29th, 1947, and was the daughter of the late James Wesley and Jocell Garnett (Jody) Shrader...
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James O'Keefe Smith

August 11, 1953 - September 12, 2016

James O'Keefe (Jimmy) Smith, 63 of Narrows went home to be with the Lord on Monday, September 12th, 2016. A lifelong resident of Giles County, he was born on August 11th, 1953, and was the son of the late William Randall and Elizabeth Martin Smith. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Farley Smith. Lovingly known to his co-workers as...
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Patsy Dent Clyburn

August 19, 1934 - August 23, 2016

Patsy Dent Clyburn, 82 of Rich Creek, passed away Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016. She was born in Glen Lyn on August 19th, 1934, and was the daughter of the late Estell (Mike) and Myrtle Thompson Dent. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her former husband and very good friend, Bobby Clyburn; two sisters, Jean Dent and Billie Dent; a brother, Jack Dent; and a...
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Mary Ellen Nipper Cornwell

June 11, 1951 - July 30, 2016

Mary Ellen Nipper Cornwell, 65 of Narrows, passed away Saturday, July 30th, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Raleigh, North Carolina on June 11th, 1951, and was the daughter of the late Joseph Junior (John Henry) Nipper and Dorothy Chappell Nipper. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by two brothers, John Paul Nipper and Joe Russell Nipper. ...
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Norma Earle Mount Smith

October 14, 1915 - July 27, 2016

It took Him 100 years, but on July 27, 2016 the Lord decided that He was finally ready to bring Norma Earle Mount Smith home to join her family. We are sure it took Him this long to prepare Heaven for the five Mount sisters to be together again. He knew she was the instigator of all of their shenanigans on earth, so he left her until he could get the angels ready for her arrival. She was...
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Margaret Dent Williams

May 27, 1926 - July 21, 2016

Margaret Dent Williams, 90 of Pearisburg, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 21st, 2016. She was born in Elgood, West Virginia on May 27th, 1926, and was the daughter of the late Dexter Hamilton and Laura Thompson Dent Short. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Earvingston Williams, Sr.; a son, Harold Williams, Jr.; a daughter-in...
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Roy Anthony Turner, Sr.

September 27, 1931 - July 20, 2016

Roy Anthony Turner, Sr. 84 of Narrows went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016. He was born in Richmond, Virginia on September 27th, 1931 and was the son of the late Thomas Plecker and Alma Rose Turner. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Philip Scott Shirley; and numerous brothers and sisters. A U.S. Navy veteran who served...
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Russell Lowell Deeds

June 16, 1929 - July 18, 2016

Russell Lowell Deeds, 87, died peacefully Monday, July 18th, 2016 in Southaven, Mississippi. He was born on June 16th, 1929 in Richwood, West Virginia, the only child of the late Russie and Pauline Caines Deeds. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Jean Broyles Deeds. Lowell moved to Pearisburg, Virginia at the age of 12, graduating from...
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Glada Mae Robertson

June 27, 1933 - May 31, 2016

Glada Mae Robertson, 82 of Pearisburg, formerly of Glen Lyn, went to join her Heavenly family on May 31st, 2016 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, after fighting a lengthy illness. She was born in Narrows on June 27th, 1933, and was the daughter of the late James A. and Ethel P. Robertson. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Ronald Jeffery (R.J...
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Joan Caulfield Witt

May 21, 1921 - May 26, 2016

Joan Caulfield Witt, 95 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 26th, 2016. She was born in Derby, United Kingdom, on May 21st, 1921, and was the daughter of the late John William Caulfield and Ada Appleyard Caulfield. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, Harry Vaughn Witt; two sisters, Mary Biggs and Betty Blankenship;...
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Viola Meadows Perdue

February 27, 1923 - May 19, 2016

Viola Meadows Perdue, 93 of Narrows, passed away Thursday, May 19th, 2016. She was born in Mercer County, West Virginia on February 27th, 1923, and was the daughter of the late Euva Meadows. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 50 years, Fred Lawrence Perdue; two infant children, Wanda Kathleen Perdue and Freddie Lawrence Perdue; a daughter, Brenda M....
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Gilbert Jennings Meadows

December 26, 1920 - April 28, 2016

Gilbert Jennings Meadows, 95 of Narrows, passed away Thursday, April 28th, 2016. He was born in Willowton, West Virginia on December 26th, 1920, and was the son of the late Helen Meadows McDilda. In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by his wife, Katherine Blankenship Meadows; several half-brothers, and a half-sister. Since 1945, he was a member of the International...
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Madeline Blankenship Gautier

April 16, 1940 - April 24, 2016

Madeline Blankenship Gautier, 76 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 24th, 2016. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on April 16th, 1940, and was the daughter of the late Gilbert Houston and Gladys Stebers Blankenship. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of many years, Harry Green Gautier; a son, Harry Wayne...
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Marl Jennings Wall

May 14, 1941 - April 9, 2016

Marl Jennings Wall, 74 of Bluefield, West Virginia, passed away Saturday, April 9th, 2016. He was born in Giles County on May 14th, 1941, and was the son of the late Phlegar Penkey and Thelma Conley Wall. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by three brothers, George Wall, Carl Livingston Wall, and Penkey Edward Wall; and a sister, Lola Lucille Clemons. A true...
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Jeffery Wayne Bradley

April 28, 1961 - April 6, 2016

Jeffery Wayne Bradley was born on April 28, 1961 and slipped quietly away on April 6, 2016 in Narrows, Virginia to join his parents, Raymond Lee Bradley and Ernestine Ratcliff Bradley and nephew Neal Dennis. He was a 1980 graduate of Narrows High School and proud to be a Green Wave. Jeff enjoyed being outdoors and loved to hunt and fish with his brothers. He was a gentle spirit who sometimes...
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Dorothy Suttle Ratcliff

June 16, 1927 - March 24, 2016

Dorothy Suttle Ratcliff, 88 of Rich Creek went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 24th, 2016. She was born in Peterstown, West Virginia on June 16th, 1927 and was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Ballard Suttle. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 30 years, John Alfred Ratcliff; four brothers, William, James, David and...
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Roger Dale Conley

January 14, 1959 - March 23, 2016

Roger Dale Conley, 57 of Narrows, passed away Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016. A lifelong resident of Giles County, he was born on January 14th, 1959, and was the son of the late David Estle and Evelyn Rosetta Blankenship Conley. Roger was a longtime employee of Celanese in Narrows with 32 years of service. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and riding his four-wheeler. But more importantly,...
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Hazel Wheeler Akers

May 15, 1923 - March 10, 2016

Hazel Wheeler Akers, 92 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 10th, 2016, after a long life well lived. She was born in Narrows on May 15th, 1923, and was the daughter of the late William H. and Nora Lake Lambert Wheeler. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Henry Arthur Akers; a son, Phillip Tyler Wheeler; ten...
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Frank Letts

June 26, 1946 - March 7, 2016

Frank Letts, 67 of Narrows, Virginia, passed away Monday, March 7th, 2016. He was born in Alice, Texas on June 26th, 1948, and was the son of the late Henry Frank and Grace Cox Letts. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Lynn Letts Horadam. Frank was an accomplished actor, and enjoyed theatre work. He also enjoyed playing softball, singing, and...
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Claudine Robinson Campbell

November 25, 1920 - March 7, 2016

Claudine Robinson Campbell, 95 of Narrows, passed away Monday, March 7th, 2016. A private family graveside service will be held Friday, March 11th, 2016 at 1 PM at Birchlawn Burial Park in Pearisburg. The family is being served by Riffe's Funeral Service in Narrows, (540) 726-2442 and online at www.riffefuneralservice.com.
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Beulah McGuire Radford

January 31, 1926 - February 24, 2016

Beulah McGuire Radford, 90 of Rich Creek went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016, after a short illness. She was born in Pembroke on January 31st, 1926 to the late Charlie McGuire and Salonia Williams McGuire. She is preceded in death by her brothers, Roy, Everette and Samuel McGuire; sisters Lucy Ann Lucas, Agnes Merrix, Glenna Morris, Sippie Hutchison and Dorothy...
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Sheffie Chambers Godfrey

March 11, 1920 - February 23, 2016

Sheffie Rae Chambers Godfrey, 95 of Princeton, West Virginia, has entered her Eternal Life with her Heavenly Father. She was a resident of Angel's Touch Personal Care of Princeton, West Virginia. We will miss you Mom. You deserve this long awaited rest! She was born in Athens, West Virginia to A.W (Bud) and Rosa Lee Chambers, the tenth of seventeen children. She graduated from Narrows...
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Thomas Frank Tickle

March 18, 1954 - February 12, 2016

Thomas Frank Tickle, 61 of Narrows, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, February 12th, 2016. A lifelong resident of Giles County, he was born on March 18th, 1954 and was the son of the late Frank Augustus and Evelyn Marie Scott Tickle. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Deborah Ann Tickle. Tommy was a retired employee of Celanese in Narrows with 31...
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Granville Carr Shrader

March 4, 1927 - February 5, 2016

Granville Carr Shrader, 88, of Narrows passed quietly into the presence of Jesus on Friday, February 5th, 2016. He was born in Narrows on March 4th, 1927, and was the son of the late Fitzhugh Lee and Flossie Glade Fizer Shrader. Granville joined the Army Air Force in 1945 and served as a corporal in the Pacific during World War II. He was a member of the VFW Post 6000. After the war,...
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Elizabeth Ann Trout Williams

May 10, 1964 - February 2, 2016

Elizabeth Ann Trout Williams, 51 of Narrows, passed away Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016. She was born on May 10th, 1964 and was the daughter of birth mother Alice Haga, adoptive mother, Charlotte Jane Trout; and adoptive father, Billy Trout. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two uncles, Danny Blankenship and Wesley Blankenship; an aunt, Lillie Mae Blankenship Rogers; and a...
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Ronald Allen Stafford

June 22, 1946 - January 30, 2016

Ronald (Ron) Allen Stafford, 69, of Narrows, VA, died on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA. He was the son of the late Ralph Porter Stafford, Celestia Conley Stafford, and stepmother Aulena Hankins Stafford. He was also preceded in death by sister Mary Stafford King, and a brother, Dr. William David Stafford. Born on June 22, 1946 in Bluefield, WV, he...
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David Wayne (Milt) Blankenship

October 9, 1962 - January 18, 2016

David Wayne (Milt) Blankenship, 53 of Narrows passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday, January 18th, 2016 at his home. A lifelong resident of Giles County, he was born in Pearisburg on October 9th, 1962, and was the son of the late Daniel Lee (Danny) Blankenship and Joyce Ann Spicer Blankenship. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pamela Ann...
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Dorothy Ray (Dot) Patteson

June 21, 1923 - January 4, 2016

Dorothy Ray (Dot) Patteson, 92 of Glen Lyn, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 4th, 2016. She was born in Castlewood, Virginia on June 21st, 1923 and was the daughter of the late Sam and Martha Snow Ray. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Baker Patteson; a daughter, Barbara White and her husband Curtis; a son, Stephen Bowles; and...
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Marshall Allen Coburn

August 18, 1935 - December 21, 2015

Marshall Allen Coburn used his Golden ticket for his last train ride to Beulah Land on December 21, 2015 at Carillion Roanoke Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born to Alfred (Doc) Walker and Mabel Dunn Coburn on August 18, 1935. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife Colleen Martin Coburn, his grandson, Marshall Lee Thurber, his brother in law, Harry...
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William Preston French

March 25, 1931 - December 11, 2015

William Preston (Bill) French, 84 of Narrows passed away peacefully in his home on Friday, December 11th, 2015. He was born in Narrows on March 25th, 1931 in Narrows, Virginia, and was the son of the late George Francis and Bessie Patteson French. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a twin brother, Patteson French; and a sister, Corky French Ragland. Bill...
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Mark Carroll Ellison

January 11, 1970 - November 28, 2015

Mark Carroll Ellison, 45 of Bluefield, West Virginia passed away Saturday, November 28th, 2015. He was born in Giles County on January 11, 1970 and was the son of Kathy Fleeman Barrett and the late Joe Ellison. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by four infant brothers; his paternal and maternal grandparents; and an uncle, Jerry Fleeman. Before becoming ill, Mark was...
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James Darryl Ratcliffe

January 29, 1962 - November 11, 2015

James Darryl (J.D.) Ratcliffe, 53 of Asheville, North Carolina, passed away Wednesday, November 11th, 2015. He was born in Roanoke, Virginia on January 29th, 1962 and was the son of Ruby Ellen Goad Ratcliff of Pulaski, and the late Walter Turner Ratcliff, Jr. A graduate of Pulaski County High School, J.D. proudly served as a Sea Bee in the United States Navy, was an avid outdoorsman, North...
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Gladys Elizabeth Richardson

September 30, 1920 - November 2, 2015

Gladys Elizabeth Richardson, 95 of Narrows, departed this life peacefully in her home on Monday, November 2nd, 2015. She was born on September 30th, 1920 and was the daughter of the late Samuel Mark and Lena Clara Byrd Richardson. She was a graduate of Narrows High School, and held a secretarial degree from Bluefield State College. Gladys was a retired employee of First Virginia Bank in...
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Patsy Jean Tiller Lucas

March 21, 1939 - October 25, 2015

Patsy Jean Lucas (Pat), age 76, passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 25, 2015 with her children by her side. Patsy was born March 21st 1939, in Giles County to the late John Allen Tiller and Clara Blankenship Tiller. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Lacy Lucas Sr. (Bud), and sisters Margaret Johnston and Joann Wilson. She is survived by the "loves of her life",...
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Deborah Frazier Fleeman

October 18, 1958 - October 24, 2015

Deborah Frazier Fleeman, 57 of Narrows, departed this life on Saturday, October 24th, 2015 after battling a long illness. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on October 18th, 1958, and was the daughter of John Tyler (J.T.) Frazier and the late Patricia Jane Smith Whitlow. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a brother, Chris Whitlow; and a stepfather, Larry...
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Randy Craig Wimmer

April 5, 1962 - October 24, 2015

Randy Craig Wimmer, 53 of Lexington, North Carolina, passed away Saturday, October 24th, 2015 at the home of his parents, Andy and Gracie Wimmer in Narrows. He was born in Pearisburg on April 5th, 1962. When he was a child, he lived in several states because his Dad worked construction. Randy's family moved to Narrows in 1977, where he graduated from Narrows High School in 1980. After...
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Brenda Gail Jones Atkins-Oakes

October 1, 1947 - October 21, 2015

Brenda Gail Jones Atkins-Oakes, 68 of Christiansburg, passed away Wednesday, October 21st, 2015. She was born in Giles County on October 1st, 1947, and was the daughter of the late Benford Columbus and Iola Thornton Jones. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by two brothers. Brenda loved trips to the beach, shopping, and spending time with her loving family. ...
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James A. (Jim) Jenkins

March 4, 1946 - October 8, 2015

Rev. James A. (Jim) Jenkins, 69 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, October 8th, 2015. He was born in Michigan on March 14th, 1946 and was the son of the late Astor L. and Elisabeth Cooke Spahr. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Doris Jenkins; and a nephew, Stephen Jenkins. Jim grew up in Knoxville and graduated from...
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Frank Marvin (Cotton) Guynn, Sr.

March 13, 1924 - September 22, 2015

Frank Marvin (Cotton) Guynn, Sr., 91 of Narrows passed away Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 at Carilion Giles Community Hospital, surrounded by family and loved ones. He was born in Rich Creek on March 13th, 1924 and was the son of the late William Joseph and Annie Ethel Harvey Guynn. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Paul, Carl, Earl, Joe, Dave,...
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Daniel Ray Elmore

August 22, 1936 - September 15, 2015

Daniel Ray Elmore, 79 of Christiansburg, formerly of Narrows, passed away Tuesday, September 15th, 2015. He was born in Waiteville, West Virginia on August 22nd, 1936, and was the son of the late Clarence Carmel and Lillie Elmore Shrader. Although handicapped as a child with Cerebral Palsy, he worked many years at Camp Easter Seals in New Castle, and also at New River Valley Workshop in...
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Henry Clay Crumpler, Sr.

December 25, 1959 - August 31, 2015

Henry Clay Crumpler, Sr., 55 of Narrows, passed away Monday, August 31st, 2015. He was born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina on December 25th, 1959, and was the son of the late William Clarence Crumper, Sr. and Lola Elizabeth Harts Crumpler; a brother, William Clarence Crumpler, Jr.; a sister, Elizabeth Ann Crumpler Holland; and a niece, Jamie Renee Holland. Henry served in the U.S. Navy...
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Frances Joan Cassell Bowman

February 18, 1936 - August 30, 2015

Frances Joan "Joy" Cassell Bowman, 79, of Narrows, VA went home to be with the Lord on August 30, 2015 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital following a long, well fought battle with several health issues. Mrs. Bowman was born on February 18, 1936, in Wytheville Va. She was the daughter of the late Paul Randolph and Mable Marie Cassell. In addition to her parents, Joan was preceded in death by her...
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Barbara Christian Perdue

February 23, 1947 - August 30, 2015

Barbara Christian Perdue, 68 of Narrows, passed away peacefully at home and has now joined her husband and son in Heaven on Sunday, August 30th, 2015. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on February 23rd, 1947, and was the daughter of the late Elmer Lee and Kathern Ida Blankenship Christian. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of 48...
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Ruth Kathryn Sexton Smith

May 11, 1946 - August 30, 2015

Ruth Kathryn Sexton Smith, 69 of Narrows, was united with her husband, daughter and granddaughter in Heaven on Sunday, August 30th, 2015. She was born in Pearisburg on May 11th, 1946, and was the daughter of the late Andrew Thomas and Lura Faye Robertson Sexton. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of nearly 40 years, Bobby Joe Smith; a daughter,...
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Charlotte Stone Martin

March 20, 1936 - August 14, 2015

Charlotte Stone Martin, 79 of Narrows, passed away peacefully Friday, August 14th, 2015 at her home. She was born in Fayette County, West Virginia on March 20th, 1936, and was the daughter of the late Richard and Edith Carver Stone. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by six brothers, Jessie, Edward, Frank, Bill, John and Virgil Stone; and a sister, Margaret...
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Katherine Williams Booth

November 1, 1923 - August 1, 2015

Katherine Williams Booth, 91 of Narrows went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 1st, 2015. She was born Anna Katherine Williams to the late George Kemper and Ercel Sykes Williams on November 1st, 1923. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Landon B. "Red" Booth; a son, Joel W. Booth; one brother, Ralph Williams; and three sisters, Helen...
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Daniel Paul Broussard

August 19, 1953 - August 1, 2015

Daniel Paul Broussard, 61 of Glen Lyn, passed away on Saturday, August 1st, 2015 at his home with his wife of 41 years, Judy Pollard Broussard, by his side. Born in Jennings, Louisiana on August 19th, 1953, he was preceded in death by his parents, Ferris Joseph Broussard and Delta Broussard Berger; his stepfather, Marvin Berger; and his father-in-law, James O. Pollard. He is survived by his...
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Burley Edward "Eddie" Mullins

March 20, 1943 - July 9, 2015

Burley Edward (Eddie) Mullins, 72 of Narrows, passed away suddenly on Thursday, July 9th, 2015. He was born on March 20th, 1943, and was the son of the late Roy Lester and Helen Louise Cawley Mullins. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Danny Mullins, Doug Mullins and Richard Mullins. Eddie was a retired employee of Celanese Acetate in Narrows...
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Harry Vaughan Witt

April 29, 1920 - July 5, 2015

Harry Vaughan Witt, 95 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 5th, 2015. He was born in Beckley, West Virginia on April 29th, 1920, and was the son of the late Charles Booker and Lucy Johnson Witt. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Glen E. Doherty; four sisters, Frances Henderson, Marcella Thomas, Peggy Hopkins, and Ellen Erwin;...
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Jerry Kelly Frazier

April 26, 1942 - July 5, 2015

Jerry Kelly Frazier, 73, of Narrows, VA, left this life on Sunday, July 5, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. Jerry was born on April 26, 1942, to the late Jack and Sadie Frazier. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Arnold G. Frazier and Wade H. Frazier. He was a member of the Vinton Order of Eastern Star and a Shriner, as well as proudly serving as a...
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Judith Caldwell Frazier

February 11, 1942 - July 2, 2015

Judith Caldwell Frazier (Judy), 73, of Rich Creek, peacefully passed away with her family by her side on Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on February 11th, 1942 and was the daughter of the late Peck Caldwell and Frances Shumate Caldwell. She was raised in Glen Lyn, and was a 1960 graduate of Narrows High School where she met her husband. Judy was...
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Inez Blankenship Smith

April 16, 1923 - June 27, 2015

Inez Blankenship Smith, 92 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 27th, 2015. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on April 16th, 1923, and was the daughter of the late Edward Lowman and Sallie Belle King Blankenship. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Hewitt Smith; a son, William David Smith; two daughters,...
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Jerry Maxwell (Dee) Martin

June 15, 1934 - June 24, 2015

Jerry Maxwell (Dee) Martin, 81 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 at Heritage Hall in Rich Creek. A lifelong resident of Giles County, Dee was born on June 15th, 1934, and was the son of the late Eldridge Richard and Lillian Frazier Martin. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his wife, Vada Hilton Martin; three brothers,...
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Edward Riley Perdue

June 13, 1959 - June 8, 2015

Edward Riley Perdue, 55 of Narrows, passed away Monday, June 8th, 2015. He was born in Bluefield, West Virginia on June 13th, 1959, and was the son of the late Jack and Lena Blankenship Perdue. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Perry Perdue. He is survived by a son, Matthew Perdue and Lindsey Seymour of Narrows; a granddaughter, Emma Rose Perdue;...
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Donna Elizabeth Morris Dunn

September 18, 1947 - May 24, 2015

Donna Elizabeth Morris Dunn passed unexpectedly at her home in Max Meadows Virginia where she lived with her son and his family on May 24, 2015. She was born on September 18th, 1947, and was the daughter of the late John William (Bill) and Elizabeth Richardson Morris. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Sandra Kay Morris Bowles; and a brother-in-law,...
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Donald Lee Hall, Sr.

December 13, 1947 - May 24, 2015

Donald Lee Hall, Sr., 67 of Narrows, known as "Doc," passed away suddenly on Sunday, May 24th, 2015. He resided in Narrows for 21 years, formerly a resident of Magnolia, New Jersey. He was the son of Mary Alice Geckle Hall and the late Merton Hall. In addition to his mother, Don is survived by his wife, Eileen Hall; his children, Cheryl Atkinson (Ronald) of Florida, Don Hall, Jr. (Dona)...
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Edward Henry Shaw, Jr.

January 12, 1944 - May 24, 2015

Edward Henry (Pete) Shaw, Jr., 71 of Narrows passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 24th, 2015. He was born in Beckley, West Virginia on January 12th, 1944, and was the son of the late Edward Henry Shaw, Sr. and Mary Elizabeth Kovach Shaw. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Edwina Henrietta Shaw. A United States Army veteran during the Vietnam War,...
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Rosa Hobbs Buckland

March 12, 1947 - May 22, 2015

Rosa Hobbs Buckland, 68 of Narrows, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 22nd, 2015. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on March 12th, 1947, and was the daughter of the late Gilbert W. and Martha Davis Hobbs. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Azel Arthur Buckland; and a brother, William Bruce Hobbs. Rosa was a...
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Cathy Ann Hill Bowles

September 25, 1975 - May 12, 2015

Cathy Ann Hill Bowles, 39 of Narrows, passed away Tuesday, May 12th, 2015. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on September 25th, 1975, and was the daughter of Linda and Dwight Ingo, and James and Jeannie Hill. She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Clarence and Louise Palmer; and a father-in-law Gary (Poodle) Bowles. Cathy was loving wife and mother with a heart as...
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Clarence Fulmer Clevenger

November 12, 1936 - May 9, 2015

Clarence F. Clevenger, 88, of Narrows, VA went to be with our Lord on May 9, 2015. Clarence was born on November 12, 1926 in Williamson, WV. He was a 1943 graduate of Castle Heights Military Academy in Lebanon, TN. He served as a company clerk with the 331st Field Artillery Battalion in Manila, Philippines from 1945 to 1946; graduated from Virginia Tech in 1950: owned and operated the Western...
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Reba Hare Wheeler

December 8, 1917 - May 8, 2015

Reba Hare Wheeler, 97 of Narrows, passed away on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at the Kroontje Health Care Center at Warm Hearth Village in Blacksburg. She was born in Narrows on December 8th, 1917, and was the daughter of the late James Andrew and Mary Carol Beamer Hare. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Erroll Wheeler, Sr.; a brother and sister-in...
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Vasco John Nunes

October 25, 1931 - April 24, 2015

Vasco John Nunes, 83 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, April 24th, 2015. He was born in Newark, New Jersey on October 25th, 1931, and was the son of the late Goaquim (Jack) Nunes and Mary Medeiros Nunes. Vasco served in the United States Army during the Korean War, and was a retired employee of Norfolk and Western Railroad with 23 years of service. He loved working in...
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Melanie Chambers LaFon

September 19, 1946 - April 20, 2015

Melanie Chambers LaFon, 68, of Narrows, VA entered into eternal peace on April 20, 2015. Melanie was born on September 19, 1946, a daughter of the late Paul and Doris Chambers. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by a sister, Cheryl Smith. She was a graduate of Narrows High School Class of 1964 and went on to become a graduate of Roanoke School of Nursing. ...
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Peggy Hite Tobin

July 16, 1935 - April 16, 2015

Peggy Hite Tobin, 79 of Narrows, passed away Thursday, April 16th, 2015. A graveside service will be held Monday, April 20th, 2015 at 12 noon at Fairview Cemetery in Narrows. The family will receive friends at Riffe's Funeral Chapel Monday from 11 AM until just prior to the graveside service.
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Betty Buchanan Conley

May 25, 1931 - April 14, 2015

Betty Buchanan Conley, 83 of Hickory, North Carolina, formerly of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015. She was born in Narrows on August 25th, 1931, and was the daughter of the late Arie and Annie Shrader Buchanan. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Clifford Conley; a daughter, Judy Kay Conley; a sister,...
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Bonnie French Harvey

March 17, 1923 - April 4, 2015

Bonnie Dodrill French Harvey, 92, formerly of Narrows, passed away Tuesday, April 7th, 2015 at The Shannon Gray nursing facility in Jamestown, North Carolina. She was born in Elgood, West Virginia on March 17th, 1923, and was the daughter of the late Walter Guffy and Lena Belle Chipps Dodrill. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Claude William...
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Lillian Harriet Straley

July 11, 1916 - March 23, 2015

Lillian Harriet Straley, 98 of Eggleston, passed away Monday, March 23rd, 2015 at Heritage Hall Rich Creek. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born in Eggleston on July 11th, 1916, and was the daughter of the late Charles French and Georgia Walker Straley. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by two brothers, John D. Straley and Charles Chapman Straley; a...
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Wayne Calvin Shrader

February 9, 1960 - March 17, 2015

Wayne Calvin Shrader, 55 of Pearisburg, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 17th, 2015. A lifelong resident of Giles County, he was born on February 9th, 1960, and was the son of the late James Allen and Gracie Lorene French Shrader. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Allen Shrader, Jr. Wayne was a longtime employee of furniture...
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James Preston (Pop) Beale, Jr.

February 23, 1922 - March 10, 2015

Known by many throughout Virginia in his 93 years of life, James (Dick, Pop) Preston Beale, Jr., departed this earthly life on Tuesday, March 10th, 2015. He was born in the Holland community of Suffolk, Virginia on February 23rd, 1922 to the late James Preston Beale, Sr. and Estelle Holland Beale Phelps. He had one brother, Thomas Alvin Beale; one sister, Helen Beale Hawkins, also preceding...
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Lorraine Hopson Hughes

February 4, 1923 - February 12, 2015

Lorraine Hopson Hughes, 92 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 12th, 2015 at Heritage Hall Rich Creek. She was born in Paw Paw, Pike County, Kentucky on February 4th, 1923. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ross Hughes. In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by two sons, Randall Hughes and George Hughes; a son-in-law, David Fleeman;...
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Violet Buck Ould

January 10, 1929 - February 8, 2015

Violet Virginia Buck Ould, 86, of Glen Lyn, passed away on Sunday, February 8th, 2015. She was born in Blacksburg, Virginia on January 10th, 1929, and was the daughter of the late Arthur Edward and Arlena Jane Duncan Buck. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Richard Ould, Sr., and a son, Thomas Richard (Rick) Ould, Jr. Violet retired from...
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Jerry Wayne Hodge

May 13, 1942 - January 19, 2015

Jerry Wayne Hodge, 72 of Pearisburg, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 19th, 2015. He was born in Newport on May 13th, 1942 and was the son of the late Thomas Cleveland Hodge and Erma Maynard Rogers Paxton. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a brother, T.J. Hodge; and a nephew, Josh Hodge. Wayne enjoyed gardening, fishing and golfing. He was a...
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Jerry Ray Ratcliff

December 12, 1941 - January 6, 2015

Jerry Ray Ratcliff, 73 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015. A lifelong resident of Giles County, he was born on December 12th, 1941, and was the son of the late Wirt Jackson and Ida Caperton Ratcliff. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Lisa Dawn Ratcliff; and four brothers, Jennings Ratcliff, Gene Ratcliff, Bill...
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David Sanders Dalton

June 20, 1926 - December 27, 2014

David Sanders Dalton, 88 of Narrows, went to be with his loving family in Heaven on Saturday, December 27th, 2014. He was born in Wytheville, Virginia on June 20th, 1926, and was the son of the late William and Mary Dalton. David was the last surviving family member of four sisters and three brothers. He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Jean Spicer Dalton; and two daughters in...
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Leona Lamie Stanley

December 2, 1921 - December 16, 2014

Leona Lamie Stanley of Narrows passed away Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, after 92 years of leading a healthy, happy life. Leona led a full life, surrounded by a large family since she was born on December 23rd, 1921. Growing up in McDowell County, West Virginia, she was one of sixteen children. Later, at age eighteen, she married Lonnie Stanley, who preceded her in death. In addition to...
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Janet Blankenship Martin

November 1, 1937 - December 13, 2014

Janet Doris Blankenship Martin, 77 of Rocky Gap, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, December 13th, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her family. She was born in Glen Lyn, Virginia on November 1st, 1937, and was the daughter of the late Drew Cephas and Gladys Mae Meadows Blankenship. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Lee Martin, Jr., a...
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Thomas Richard Ould, Jr.

August 5, 1955 - December 12, 2014

Thomas Richard (Rick) Ould, Jr., 59 of Glen Lyn, passed away Friday, December 12th, 2014. He was born in Pearisburg, Virginia on August 5th, 1955 and was the son of Violet Buck Ould and the late Thomas Richard Ould, Sr. A 1973 graduate of Narrows High School, Rick was a retired employee of Appalachian Power in Glen Lyn where he worked as a supervisor. He served as mayor of Glen Lyn and...
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Dorothy Peck Wheeler

September 5, 1921 - December 2, 2014

Dorothy Marie Peck Wheeler, 93 of Narrows, passed away at her home on Tuesday, December 2nd 2014. She was born in Peterstown, West Virginia, and was the daughter of the late James Lacy and Vivian Chambers Peck. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of 39 years, Edward Mason Wheeler; a son, Timothy Edward Wheeler; two sisters, Jewell Peck and Peggy...
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Buford H. Hamilton

December 14, 1939 - November 29, 2014

Buford H. Hamilton, 74 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 29th, 2014. He was born in West Virginia on December 14th, 1939, and was the son of the late Clifford Dunn and Louella Niday Hamilton. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by six brothers and a sister. A loving and caring family man, Buford was fascinated with the challenge of...
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Charles Otto Blankenship, Jr.

April 17, 1932 - November 19, 2014

Charles Otto Blankenship, Jr., 82 of Narrows, passed away Wednesday, November 19th, 2014. He was born on April 17th, 1932, and was the son of the late Charles Otto Blankenship, Sr. and Mamie Davis Blankenship. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Hixie Blankenship, Sidney Blankenship, Arnold Blankenship, and Homer Blankenship; and two sisters,...
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Thomas Wayne Gautier, Sr.

July 4, 1944 - November 15, 2014

Thomas Wayne Gautier, Sr., 70 of Narrows, went to be with his loving wife on Saturday, November 15th, 2014. He was born in Giles County on July 4th, 1944 and was the son of the late Walter Lee and Virginia Rose Hale Gautier. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his cherished wife of 45 years, Linda Marie Bales Gautier. He was a retired employee of Radford Army...
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Lottie Jean Harris

December 19, 1931 - November 13, 2014

Lottie Jean Harris, 82 of Narrows, passed away Thursday, November 13th, 2014. She was born in Giles County on December 19th, 1931 and was the daughter of the late Charlie Epling and Safrona Mary Jane Elmore Epling. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her first husband, George Walter Taylor; four sisters, Callie Sarver, Sadie Rice, Ruby Whitt, "Mat" Songer; and...
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Leona Belle Lawson Vogt

June 4, 1919 - November 11, 2014

Leona Belle Vogt, 95, of Narrows went home to be with the Lord on November 11, 2014. She was born in Vivian, West Virginia on June 4, 1919 and was the daughter of the late Henry and Myrtle Surratt Lawson. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her first husband Jack Chisenhall; her second husband John Vogt; sisters Alma Vogt, Gertrude Blaker and Madeline...
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Buddie Raymond Spicer, Sr.

September 1, 1935 - November 4, 2014

First Sergeant (Ret). Buddie Raymond Spicer, Sr., of Peterstown, West Virginia, and Narrows, Virginia, died peacefully at his home after a two-year struggle with cancer on November 4th, 2014. Born in Giles County on September 1st, 1935, he was the son of the late James William Spicer and Ida Mae Keffer Spicer. Joining the Army in 1952 while stationed in Karlsruhe, Germany, he met his late...
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Dr. William D. Stafford

July 17, 1936 - October 24, 2014

Dr. William D. (Doc) Stafford, 78 of Narrows, passed away Friday, October 24th, 2014 at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg. He was born in Rocky Gap, Virginia on July 17th, 1936, and was the son of the late Ralph Porter and Celestia Conley Stafford. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a stepmother, Aulena Hankins Stafford; a sister, Mary Emma King; a son...
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Clara Belle Willliams Thorn

January 21, 1934 - October 6, 2014

Clara Belle Williams Thorn, 80 of Narrows went home to be with the Lord on Monday, October 6th, 2014. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on January 21st, 1934, and was the daughter of the late Ernest Eugene (Kale) Williams and Macie Jane Blankenship Williams. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Harold Williams; four sisters, Martha...
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Bobby Ray Perdue

December 2, 1941 - October 1, 2014

Bobby Ray Perdue, 72 of Narrows passed away Wednesday, October 1st, 2014. A lifelong resident of Giles County, he was born on December 2nd, 1941, and was the son of the late William and Sallie Davis Perdue. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a son, Kelly Ray Perdue; a brother, Kelly Lawrence Perdue; and a sister Kay Perdue Hale. Bobby was a U.S. Army Vietnam...
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