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Obituary for Raymond White Aaron Raymond White Aaron
Worked With Eli Lilly And Two Regional Funeral Homes

Raymond White Aaron, 85, of Eagle Rock, Virginia passed away Friday, January 17, 2020.

Raymond retired from Eli Lilly and Eagle Rock and Botetourt Funeral Homes.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward James Aaron and Claudie Seay Aaron; sister, Margaret Aaron Fitzgerald; brothers, Kenneth, Frank, and Leo Aaron; son-in-law, Tommy McCulloch; and sisters-in-law, June Aaron.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Penny Clark Aaron; daughters, Karen McCulloch and Kristi Johnson of Eagle Rock; son and daughter-in-law, David and Debbie Aaron of Buchanan; brother, Bobby Aaron of Buchanan; and in-laws, Nadine, Peggy and Liz Aaron; grandchildren, Lucas and Christina McCulloch, Lance and Latoya McCulloch; Dylan Johnson and fiancee, Sarah Krauss; Kaitlyn Johnson; Ryan and Devin Aaron; and three great-grandchildren, Aiden Joyner, Hannah and Logan McCulloch.

The family will receive friends Sunday, January 19, 2020 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Eagle Rock Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home, 14777 Church Street, Eagle Rock, Virginia, 24085.

Raymond's funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, January 20, 2019 in Eagle Rock Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Ronk officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Those wishing to make a contribution, please consider Eagle Rock Baptist Church, P. O. Box 219, Eagle Rock VA 24085.

Obituary for Charles Joseph (Charlie Joe) Sr. Deane Charles Joseph (Charlie Joe) Sr. Deane
Longtime Virginia National Guard Member Worked With DSLCC For 25 Years

Charles Joseph (Charlie Joe) Deane Sr., 89, of 1308 McAllister Drive, Covington, Virginia died Friday, January 17, 2020 at Lewis Gale-Alleghany Hospital in Low Moor.

Mr. Deane was born April 27, 1930 in Alleghany County, a son of the late Howard and Pearl Cooke Deane.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Charles J. Deane, Jr. in 2018 and also by two sisters, Martha Deane and Regina Boswell.

He was employed in the maintenance department at Dabney Lancaster Community College for 25 years.

He was a member of the Virginia National Guard with 43 years of service, 20 years of which were full-time Civil Service.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Margaret Owens Deane of Covington; a son and daughter-in-law, John and Cheri Deane of Reidsville, NC; a daughter, Catherine Deane of Bridgewater; three grandchildren, Charles J. Deane, III of Roanoke, Jennifer Deane of San Diego, CA, and Lauren Reagan and her husband, Will of Wilmington, NC; three great grandchildren and one sister, Ann Bryan of Kelford, NC.

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

The Arritt Funeral Home, Covington, Virginia, handled the arrangements.

Obituary for Corbett Alster Wilcher Corbett Alster Wilcher
Natural Bridge Station Resident Dies At Age 83

Corbett Alster Wilcher, 83, of Natural Bridge Station, Virginia died Wednesday, January 15, 2020 in Heritage Hall.

Born May 8, 1936 in Rockbridge County, he was a son of Rex Wilcher and Naomi Lackes Wilcher.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Beatrice Miller Wilcher.

Mr. Wilcher was a member of the Faith Baptist Church and retired from Painter's Carpet.

Surviving are his children, Gail W. Cash and Robbie W. Wilcher; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, January 20, 2020 at Faith Baptist Church by Rev. Terry Bostic. Burial will be private.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Obituary for Calvin Cope Hale II Calvin Cope Hale II
Former Professor And Lexington Resident Dies At Age 72

Calvin Cope Hale II - Yup, it is true. If you are reading this, I am dead. I am not up in the clouds looking down at you playing a golden harp. I am not meeting with friends who died before me.

I've not gone home to anyone's arms. I am dead. I am also not burning in a lake of fire or being tortured for the rest of eternity. I am just dead. And someday, you'll be dead too. It's just the nature of life.

I was born on April 6, 1947 in Pittsburgh, Pa. I died on January 12, 2020 in Lexington, Virginia. I was 72 years old.

I was fortunate to wear many hats while I was alive. A partial list includes Boy Scout (Eagle Scout), soldier (Vietnam), professor (University of Missouri, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences), scientist (thirty-five-plus peer-reviewed publications), vineyard owner and winemaker (Lexington Valley Vineyard), lifelong dog owner (too numerous to list), self-taught gourmet in the kitchen. (A note here, anybody that can do biochemistry can cook. One only needs apply one's self).

As important as the aforementioned hats were, they were not my favorite or most cherished hats. Rather the greatest joy in my life was my relationship to my wife, Janet Dolores Hale nee Schwan, daughter, Lisa Jeannine Decrozant nee Hale, son, Ryan Heath Hale, and grandson, Heath Barton Boettcher. As of this writing, these family members survive me.

As you can imagine, there will be no fancy funeral or anything close to that. So there is nowhere to send flowers. However, should you feel the need to do something in my name, I do have a few favorite charities/nonprofits that I have supported over the years. They include: The ASPCA, Planned Parenthood, The Southern Poverty Law Center, and The American Civil Liberties Union.

And finally, a few words from the poet, Ella Wheeler Wilcox's closing lines of her poem "Solitude":
"Feast, and your halls are crowded;
Fast, and the world goes by.
Succeed and give, and it helps you live,
But no man can help you die.

There is room in the halls of pleasure
For a large and lordly train,
But one by one we must all file on
Through the narrow aisles of pain."

Kind of sums a lot of things up, don't ya think?

Obituary for Michael Wallace (Mick) Morgan Michael Wallace (Mick) Morgan
Callaghan Resident Was Ronceverte Native

Michael Wallace (Mick) Morgan, also known as (Green), age 78, of Callaghan, Virginia passed away Sunday, January 12, 2020.

Born November 16, 1941 at Ronceverte, he was the son of the late Joseph Edward and Edith Marie Bennett Morgan.

Mick was a loving father and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

He was most happy when he was on a mountain or in the woods with his hunting buddies.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Joe Morgan and a grandson, Brandon Wilson.

He is survived by three daughters, Tammy Morgan of West Columbia, WV, Tonya Coleman (Rick Sr.) of White Sulphur Springs, WV, Edith Wade of Sinks Grove, WV; sister, Joyce Morgan of Ronceverte, WV; brothers, Gary Morgan (Priscilla) of Staunton, VA, Phil Morgan of Ronceverte, WV; grandsons, Mickey Blankenship, Ricky Coleman Jr. (Tiffany) and Cole Wade; granddaughters, Audra Rue, Adrian Spitz, Jessica Vandall (Eugene), Alisha Vance (Clayton), Jordan Morgan, Abby, Hannah and Morgan Wade; great grandchildren, Zachariah and Bryce Vance, Hayden, Aubrey and Bentley Morgan, Isaiah, Alexus, Lillian, Emma and Davina Coleman, Nirvona, Mercede, Landyn, Icyss and Timber Vandall, several nieces and nephews.

Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Sunday, January 19, 2020 at the Greenbrier Baptist Church, Morgan Hollow Road, Ronceverte, WV with his nephew Johnathan Morgan officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday, January 18, 2020 at the Morgan Funeral Home, 252 Montvue Drive, Lewisburg, WV.

Ricky "Hammer" Coleman, Ryan "Bign" Wilhelm, Gary "Coon Skinner" Wilhelm, David "Sheep Hearder" Shoemaker, Richard "Quick" Anderson, Mark Honaker, Erskin "Erk" Greys and David "White" Wickline will serve as pallbearers. Charlie "Farmer" McNeil, Mack "Mack" Preston and Larry "One Shot" Bartley will be honorary pallbearers.

Online guestbook may be signed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, WV.

Obituary for Calvin L. Sutphin Calvin L. Sutphin
Lewisburg Businessman Dies At Age 80

Calvin L. Sutphin, 80, of Lewisburg, West Virginia passed away peacefully at his home on January 15, 2020, surrounded by family and friends.

Calvin was born on June 7, 1939, son of the late Richard J. and Mildred Sutphin.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brothers, Robert, Hubert, Richard (Arlis), and Curtis Sutphin.

Calvin is survived by his son, Calvin L. Sutphin II and wife, Robin; two grandchildren, Calvin L. Sutphin III and Sydney Sutphin, all of Charleston; former wife, Brenda Sutphin Powell; sisters-in-law, Nancy Sutphin and Linda Sutphin Jenks and extended family, Marilyn Burchett, Rachel (Josh), Raelyn Hastings, and Felicia Gliottone.

Calvin began his life in the town of Marmet, where he worked as a barber at the Sutphin Barber Shop. In his early career, he was the Voter's Registrar for Kanawha County.

Throughout his life, Calvin developed many partnerships in real estate, including residential, commercial, and land, especially with his brother, Curtis and life-long friend, Larry Pack. Additionally, he was the co-owner of Marmet Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Hidden Valley Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, The Summit and The Seasons Assisted Living Centers.

He loved helping others and helped so many in various ways. He especially loved to support friends on special projects and young college students.

Calvin enjoyed people. He had friends from all walks of life, largely because he was interested and cared about them. He enjoyed spending time at the Greenbrier Resort with Robbie, Eric, and Joel. He also enjoyed his morning breakfast at The Wild Bean with Jeremiah, Ron, and Joel and time at Robert's Antiques, especially with Robbie.

It was Calvin's wish that the following scripture be shared in the hopes that people give to help others. "For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out." 1 Timothy 6:7.

The family would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Alan Lee, Dr. Belinda Smith, Mary Jane Hamilton, Daisy Tuckwiller, Joel Burchett, Jeremiah Whitlow, along with many friends for their unequaled love in Calvin’'s last days. Calvin donated his body to the West Virginia University Gift Registry.

A memorial service will be held on January 25, 2020 at 11 a.m., Carnegie Hall, Lewisburg, WV.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Catalyst Ministries Inc., P. O. Box 4385, Charleston, WV 25364.

The Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary for Faye Adamson Hundley Faye Adamson Hundley
Longtime Botetourt County Resident Dies At Age 88

Faye Adamson Hundley was born on September 30, 1931 in Roanoke and went to be with her Lord on January 15, 2020.

A longtime resident of Botetourt County, at 4'11, Faye was short in stature but big in personality.

She graduated from Fincastle High School, where she was a cheerleader, member of the Spanish Club, Chorale, and Phi Beta Kappa.

She first caught her husband's "ear" as a cheerleader and he long joked that he could "hear her before he saw her and fell in love with her voice."

Raymond and Faye were married for 68 years before Raymond's death in November, 2017 and raised four children together on a large farm in Eagle Rock.

Faye loved her family, nature, and her community. Her love of family was apparent in her dedication to her sons' Boy Scout troop #2, (one of the oldest in the country). She worked tirelessly to ensure they all earned their Eagle Scout honors (though all she got was bragging rights and a pin).

She was just as passionate about her daughter's time in 4-H and was a volunteer leader for Eagle Rock 4-H for nearly two decades.

Over the years, she went on many trips with her children, visiting National Parks out west, Canada, and the beach. The beach was always her favorite place and the childlike wonder in her eyes as she played in the waves, well into her 80's, never dimmed.

Faye's love of nature was seen in her numerous pets over the years, including dogs, cats, skunks, fawns, owls and more.

She was a gracious hostess who became "Grandma Hunny" to everyone she met, inviting them to the farm for camping, playing in the swimming hole, and making s'mores.

In sharing family stories, someone said with a grin, "Faye is Faye"!

In the community, Faye was a dedicated member of Galatia Presbyterian Church, acting out her faith in all aspects of her life. At Galatia, she was an Elder, directed the youth group, and taught Sunday School for many years. Faye also volunteered for the PTA and the Eagle Rock Gardening Club; as well as serving as an election poll volunteer and Alleghany Hospital volunteer.

Faye had a strong moral compass and the force of her beliefs were apparent if she felt something was unethical.

Faye is preceded in death by her husband, Raymond E. Hundley, Jr.; sister, Joe Anna Bolton, and parents, Cordelia C. and Cleveland W. Adamson. She lives on through her children, Robert, Ridge, Stephen, and Melissa Hundley; brother, Pete Adamson; seven grandchildren; and four-great-grandchildren.

She will be dearly missed.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Galatia Presbyterian Church. A Service of Celebration of her Life will be held at the church at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Eagle Rock Fire & Rescue Department, P. O. Box 234, Eagle Rock, VA 24085.

Online condolences may be made at

Obituary for Roy William (Butch) Stevens Roy William (Butch) Stevens
Rhode Island Native Served As Lexington VFW Post 1499

Roy William (Butch) Stevens, 72, of Fairfield, Virginia died peacefully Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at his home surrounded by family.

Born May 2, 1947 in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, he was a son of the late Homer Adam Stevens and Mary White Stevens.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Donnamarie Stevens and Gail P. Silvia.

Roy served his country in Vietnam from 1965 to 1969, and also owned and operated Monson General Store in Monson, Maine. He was an independent contractor, and a master craftsman who could create anything.

He was commander of Lexington VFW Post 1499, and a great storyteller, who never met a stranger.

Roy loved his family and was most proud to be a father, a grandfather and a great-grandfather.

Surviving are his wife, Lorie Stevens; children, Michelle K. Stevens of Monson, Maine, and Roy W. Stevens Jr. of Laconia, N.H.; brother, James H. Stevens of Fairfield; sisters, Ellen R. Davis of Mt. Crawford and Charlotte V. Stevens of Warren, R.I.; four grandchildren, Zachary D. Stevens, Ryley G. Gorey, Adin G. Gorey and Ethan E. Stevens; and a great-granddaughter, Brittnie D. Gorey.

A memorial service will be held at the VFW at a later date.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Obituary for Wayne Morris Mann Wayne Morris Mann
Bath County Native Was Lone Star Baptist Church Member

Mr. Wayne Morris Mann, age 75, of Covington, Virginia died on January 14, 2020 at Brian Center-Alleghany, Low Moor.

He was the husband of Mable Mann.

Mr. Mann was born on January 19, 1944 in Bath County, the son of the late Hiram Robert Mann and Mary Lee Peters Mann.

Wayne was employed with Hercules as well as AET.

He was a member of Lone Star Baptist Church.

Wayne loved spending time outdoors, all things NASCAR and especially bluegrass music.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Mann is survived by his son, Joe D. Mann of Rosedale; daughters, Melissa Mann Mays and husband, Garry of Grottoes, VA, Cynthia Brookman and husband, Timmy, and Angela Clarkson of Covington; grandchildren, Alisha Brookman, Brittney Craft, T.J. Brookman, Jeremy Paxton, Angel Brookman and Riley Kornieck; five great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Loretta Mann; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Mann is preceded in death by his brothers, Layne Mann and Robert "Bubby" Mann; sisters, Ruby C. Mann, Molly Hague and an infant sister, Carolyn Mann.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 17, 2020 from the chapel of Loving Funeral Home with Rev. Donald Earwood officiating. Interment will follow at Lone Star Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Timmy Brookman, T. J. Brookman, Jeremy Paxton, Eddie Mann, Garry Mays and David Kincaid.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Loving Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers the family would like to request that donations be made to Boiling Springs Fire Department, 5407 Potts Creek Road, Covington, VA. 24426 and Lone Star Baptist Church Building Fund, 6101 Potts Creek Road, Covington, VA. 24426.

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home;

Obituary for Orren Vaughn Roberts Orren Vaughn Roberts
World War II Veteran Was Retired General Contractor

Orren Vaughn Roberts, 92, of 800 Stratton St., Covington, Virginia died Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at the Brian Center Rehabilitation and Nursing Care in Low Moor.

Mr. Roberts was born October 15, 1927 in Confluence, PA, the son of the late Joseph Orren and Edith Phillips Roberts.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Gum Roberts in 2015; a son-in-law, Jon Harouff in 1986; three sisters, Ruby Thompson, Maxine McCully, and Dora Leah Branham, and a brother, Dale Roberts.

Mr. Roberts was a retired general contractor who had constructed many beautiful homes in the Alleghany Highlands. Prior to this he worked at Hercules.

He was a Charter Member of Mallow Presbyterian Church, where he served as an Elder and Deacon. He had been attending Temple Baptist Church recently. He was active on the board of the Salvation Army and was a member of the Curtis A. Smith Post 1033 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Vaughn served his country in the United States Navy during World War II from December 27, 1945 until October 28, 1947 and was stationed in Guantanamo Bay during his time. After serving active duty, he spent over seven years with the United States Naval Reserve.

He developed and operated one of the earliest recreational campgrounds on Smith Mountain Lake in the late 1960's known as Fort OV Roberts. Family and friends spent many summers on the lake where he taught numerous people how to water ski, boat, and fish. He was an avid hunter and some of his happiest times were spent with his good friends, Jim Sizemore and sons and family at the hunting camp on the mountain.

Mr. Roberts also enjoyed having yard sales, antiquing, stamp collecting, and traveling with friends and family.

Surviving are his three daughters, Angela Jones and husband, Dennis, and Cyndie Woods, all of Covington, and Carol Roberts of Phoenix, AZ; four grandchildren, Stacey Kaiser and husband, Lance of Wilmington, NC, Travis Bradley of Covington, Brandon Jones of Covington, and Scott Jones and wife, Jennifer of Broadway; five great grandchildren, Nathan Kaiser of Wilmington, NC, Mia Jones and Emma Jones of Broadway, Desmond Jones and Kayleah Jones, both of Covington; several of nieces and nephews, and special caregivers and his beloved cat, Gracie.

The funeral service will be held Friday January 17, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. in the Chapel of Arritt Funeral Home with the Rev. William M. Hartsfield officiating assisted by the Rev. Gary Marshall.

The entombment will be held at Alleghany Memorial Park Mausoleum with Graveside Rites presented by the Curtis A. Smith Post 1033 Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The family will receive friends from noon on Friday until the service time.

Pallbearers will be Steve Sizemore, Doc Sizemore, Brandon Jones, Scott Jones, Larry Washburn, and Danny Hiner.

The family suggests that memorial contributions in Mr. Roberts' name be made to the Alleghany Humane Society at 9313 Rich Patch Road, Covington, VA 24426.

Obituary for Betty Celestine Leftwich Thompson Betty Celestine Leftwich Thompson
Clifton Forge Homemaker Was First Baptist Church Member

Betty Celestine Leftwich Thompson, age 94, of 43 Verge Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Monday, January 13, 2020 at The Brian Center Health and Rehab, Low Moor.

Betty was born December 4, 1925 in Lick Run, Botetourt County, Virginia to the late John and Estille Anderson Leftwich.

She was a housekeeper and homemaker throughout her life, and a member of First Baptist Church, Clifton Forge.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Abraham Thompson, Jr.; a son, Abraham Thompson III; two sisters-in-law, Rebecca Harris and Elmira Lewis; a niece, Blondzetta Tyler; and a nephew, Samuel Thompson.

She is survived by a daughter, Vernell Braxton; a daughter-in-law, Rev. Rosetta Stewart; grandchildren, Keniti Pinkett and husband, Warren, Brady Thompson and wife, Jean, and Danowlin Stewart and wife, Alysha; great-grandchildren, Brady Thompson, Jr., Precious Thompson, Kaiyla Thompson, Kenetia Pinkett, Christian Thompson, Warren Pinkett, Jr., Danowlin Khamal Amier Stewart, D'Khari Jehon Stewart, Daylen Reece Stewart, Dallas Thompson, and Davey Valentino Stewart, Sydney, and Seth; nieces and nephews, George Thompson and wife, Ethel, John Thompson, Jr., Susanne Lewis, Matthew Thompson, Emily Essex and spouse, Rudolph, Beatrice Smith and husband, Kent, Charleen Dobson and husband, Robert, Shirley Kelly and husband, Robert, Deloris Lewis, Irene Murell and husband, Robert, Shelia Thomas, Nannie West, Alfred Tyler, Stella Brown, Michael Lewis, James Lewis and wife, Monica, Patricia Williams, and Larry Lewis; and special friends, Bette Carroll, Patricia Davis-Ross, Catherine Godfrey, Gregory Key, Jamie Johnson, Chiqueena Thompson, Gretel Anderson, and Paul Briggs. Betty also leaves a host of additional nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends to cherish her memory.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 20, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in First Baptist Church, Clifton Forge, with Reverend Roslyn Thomas and Reverend Rosetta Stewart officiating. Interment will follow in Red Hill Cemetery, Clifton Forge.

Active Pallbearers will be William Bell, Rodney Brown, Gilbert Davis, Thomas Lee "T.L." Dickerson, Cornelius Ray, and Leonard Tinsely. Honorary Pallbearers are Danowlin Stewart and Gregory Key. Flower bearers will be Delores Burgess, Catherine Godfrey, Etrula Moore, Ione Callendar, Nannie West, Lillie Hughes, Kathy Williams, and Lisa Curtis.

The family will receive friends at First Baptist Church on Monday morning from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, is handling arrangements.

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Obituary for Thomas Stuart Kidd Thomas Stuart Kidd
Clifton Forge Resident Was Alleghany Regional Hospital Cook

Thomas Stuart Kidd, age 73, of 100 Nicholas Drive, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Sunday, January 5, 2020 at the Alleghany Health and Rehabilitation Center in Clifton Forge.

He was born October 21, 1946 in Hartford, Connecticut to the late Eugene Stuart and Louise Daniels Kidd.

He was a cook for Alleghany Regional Hospital in Low Moor.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Marlene Mann Kidd of Clifton Forge; two daughters, Beverly Ann Kidd of Clifton Forge and Cheryl Brandbrugh; and a son, Tim Kidd.

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated. A graveside memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, is handling arrangements.

Obituary for Mary Elizbeth Conner Mutispaugh Mary Elizbeth Conner Mutispaugh
Rockbridge County Native Dies In Georgia At The Age Of 84

Mary Elizbeth Conner Mutispaugh, 84, died January 5, 2020 in Duluth, near Atlanta, Georgia after a brief illness.

Mary was born on July 11, 1935 in Rockbridge County to James Erby Conner and Dorothy Virginia Johns.

Her mother was a proud member of the Monacan Indian Nation and a direct descendent of both Mallory Johns and William Evans, both of whom helped to found the Bear Mountain Settlement.

She married Richard (Ike) Mutispaugh on July 23, 1954, became an Army wife and settled in Augusta, Ga., to raise her three children, Richard, Debbie and Donna.

Mary was widowed at 33 years old when Ike passed unexpectedly.

She faced the challenges of being a single parent with the inner strength that she had gained from her farm childhood. She became the matriarch of her family, raising children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in her home.

Mary is predeceased by her son, Richard Lewis Mutispaugh, and survived by her daughters, Debbie Higgins and Donna Litzinger; her six grandchildren, Ritchie Mutispaugh, Heather Mutispaugh, Kimberly Higgins, Mitchell Greene, Mary Greene and Hilary Litzinger; along with nine great-grandchildren.

Obituary for Roy T. Morris Roy T. Morris
Ronceverte Resident Was World War II Veteran, U. S. Postal Service Retiree

Roy T. Morris, 94, of Ronceverte, West Virginia passed away Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at his residence with family by his side.

He was born April 5, 1925 in Ronceverte, the son of the late Moffett E. and Maude Lightner Morris.

Roy was a World War II Navy veteran for three years with the rank of Coxswain. He served in Africa, Sicily, Italy and through the Suez Canal to Australia to the South Pacific.

He was a life member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Roy worked at Martin & Jones Hardware in Ronceverte, worked 10 years with the C & O Railroad and retired after 33 years of service with U. S. Post Office.

He spent 17 years as Fire Chief with the Ronceverte Fire Department.

Roy was a Master Mason of Monroe Lodge #77, was a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Beni Kedum Shrine in Charleston and also was a member of Greenbrier Valley Shrine Club. He was an avid WVU fan.

Preceding him in death other than his parents, was his wife, Sarah Coffman Morris, on January 1, 2020; son, Ernest; brothers, Earl "Rusty" Morris, George "Mutt" Morris and his sister, Mildred Williams.

Surviving are his children; Alan Morris (Karen) of Lewisburg, Brenda K. Austin (Shawn) of Huntersville, NC. and Angie Morris (Sam Massie) of Ronceverte; brother, Donald Morris of Roanoke, VA.; sister, Dorothy Byers of Alexandria, VA.; grandchildren, Tiffany Steele (Chris) of Lewisburg and Ethan Morris (Lauren) of Lewisburg; great grandchildren, Rhylee Steele, Izaak and Elijah Morris; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Roy will be held on Friday January 17, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in Ronceverte with Pastor Sam Groves officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery in Ronceverte with Masonic graveside rites by Monroe Lodge #77.

The family will receive family and friends from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday January 16, 2020 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to HospiceCare, Inc., 1265 Maplewood Ave., Lewisburg, WV 24901

Obituary for Herbert Wilson Kline Herbert Wilson Kline
U. S. Army Veteran Was Longtime Brick Mason

Herbert Wilson Kline, age 88, of 2300 Grafton Street, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Monday, January 13, 2020 at The Woodlands Health and Rehab, Clifton Forge.

He was born October 4, 1931 in Jersey City, New Jersey to the late W. Homer and Genevieve Kline.

He served in the United States Army in France and Korea, and was a brick mason in the construction business. He belonged to the Brick Masons Union and enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was also an artist who enjoyed painting.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elgie Marie Little Kline; a daughter, Theresa Kline; and a number of brothers and sisters.

He is survived by three sons, Ronnie Kline of Baltimore, Donald Kline of Clifton Forge, and Jeffrey Kline of Baltimore; a special sister-in-law, Paula Cottrell of Low Moor; three sisters; two brothers; two grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated. There are no services scheduled.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge is handling arrangements.

Obituary for Patricia DeMaris Land Harvey Patricia DeMaris Land Harvey
Lexington Resident Dies At Age 91

We have all lost a kind and gentle soul. Patricia DeMaris Land Harvey passed away on January 11, 2020 after a long and courageous battle against the ravages of Alzheimer's disease.

Patricia was born March 1, 1928 in Arlington, Virginia.

She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh, her parents, Spencer and Gertrude Land, and two siblings, Elizabeth "Libby", and Eustace "Eutie."

She graduated from Holy Trinity High School in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. in 1946.

Soon after, at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, D.C., she met Hugh Harvey, an Army corporal wounded in France during World War II. That began a love story with their marriage in 1948, until Hugh's death in 2003.

Patricia and Hugh raised their family in Northern Virginia before moving to Lexington in 1978 following Hugh's retirement.

Patricia loved her family, her Catholic church, her community, and her country. She established a charity that gave day-old bakery bread to the poor. She was charter president of the Lexington Lioness Club and later served in the Lions Club. She was a member of the Extension Homemakers and the Lexington Woman's Club. She delivered Meals to Shut-Ins for many years. Pat was a lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans #10 Auxiliary.

One of her many loves was visiting her South Carolina relatives and Hugh's Mississippi relatives, and researching her family lineage and history, in the days before computer aids. Music and singing were lifelong interests that brightened her days. Sky blue was her favorite color.

Patricia is survived by her five children: Michael W. Harvey (Linda) of Blacksburg, James S. Harvey (Nancy) of Woodbridge, Kathleen H. Gillette (Yogi) of Harrisonburg, Mary P. Harvey-Halseth (Dick) of Lexington, and Martha A. Kleckner (Dick) of Moneta; and her brother, George ("Tim") Land. She is survived also by nine grandchildren (Steve, Adam, Becky, Greg, Sarah, Brian, Allen, Jesse, Tyler), a step-grandson (Chris), and nine great-grandchildren, along with many cousins, nieces and nephews and their children.

The family is appreciative of years of support from both the Webster and Borden Centers at Kendal at Lexington and Rockbridge Area Hospice.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Lexington, at 2 p.m. Monday, January 20 with Father Joseph D'Aurora officiating. A graveside service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date, where she will be laid to rest with Hugh.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice (315 Myers St., Lexington, VA 24450) or Kendal at Lexington (memo line - Staff Appreciation Fund), 160 Kendal Drive, Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are being handled by Harrison Funeral Home.

Obituary for Edgar Winston Spencer Edgar Winston Spencer
Longtime W&L Geology Professor Dies At Age 88

Edgar Winston Spencer, professor of geology emeritus at Washington and Lee University, died peacefully at his home on Poorhouse Mountain on January 8, 2020.

He was 88 years old.

A native of Monticello, Ark., he grew up the second son of Terrel and Allie Belle Spencer with his brother, Terrel Jr. His days in Monticello were happy ones, spent amid family and friends, often visiting his grandfather's farm, camping and exploring as a member of an avid Boy Scout troop and eventually becoming an Eagle Scout, learning photography, and getting into mischief with his friends.

Ed graduated from W&L in 1953 with a B.S. in physics and went on to Columbia University, where he earned a Ph.D. in structural geology in 1957. He spent many summers in the field during this time, studying the structure of the Beartooth Mountains in Montana. After finishing his Ph.D. he returned to W&L for what was supposed to be a two-year stint in the geology department and ended up making Lexington and W&L his permanent home.

Soon after arriving back at W&L, he met local artist, Betty Humphris. They shared a love of natural beauty and creative projects and were wed in 1958. Together they soon produced several geology textbooks at a rapid pace. Betty created the beautiful, detailed illustrations and proofread Ed's text. They also produced and raised two daughters, Shawn and Shannon. Ed treasured his relationships with his friends in Lexington and elsewhere, as well as his W&L colleagues, students, and alumni.

Ed taught at W&L for 42 years, chairing the geology department for many of them. He received awards for teaching, research, and community contributions. One of the highlights of every academic year for him was the spring term field course when, along with other faculty members, he would travel with students to various locations around the country. His legendary walking speed on these fieldtrips earned him the nickname "Fast Ed." He spent many decades hiking the Blue Ridge, eventually publishing intricate geologic maps of the Appalachian region. A well-known fixture within the W&L alumni travel programs between 1989 and 2013, he also led trips to far flung parts of the country and the world to educate folks about the role geology plays in our landscapes.

After retirement Ed maintained an office at W&L, where he continued working on countless projects, among them, maps and guidebooks, including the much labored over "Guide to the Geology and Natural History of the Blue Ridge Mountains".

Ed was a founding member of the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council in 1976, and in that role sought to preserve the quality of Rockbridge County through research, publications and outreach. He was a founding member of the That Club, and a longtime member of the Fortnightly Club. His pastimes included his beloved barbershop quartet, The High Rollers and taking photographs of natural beauty wherever he found it.

Ed is survived by his wife, Liz (Betty); daughters, Shawn Spencer and her husband, Steven Levine (of Boston, Mass.), and Shannon Spencer and her husband, Richard Wallace (of Collegeville, Pa.) and two grandsons, Tucker and Jonah Spencer-Wallace.

He also leaves behind Sarah Alice Spencer, Karen Spencer, and Matthew Spencer of Arkansas, Mary Ann Spencer, Susan Spencer, and Rebecca Schulz and her husband, Chris and children, Lily and Zack of Wisconsin; cousins, Mildred Pendergrass, Paula Pendergrass Allen and Steve Pendergrass of Arkansas and Billy Pendergrass and his wife, Mimi Atkinson of Tennessee. Spencer is also survived by brother-in-law, Curtis Humphris and his wife, Caroline, and nieces and nephews, Margaret Ann Humphris, (Jim Shaver), David Duke Humphris, (Alison), Patsy Humphris Ledford (Joel), and Robert R. Humphris Jr.

He was predeceased by his brother and sister-in-law, Terrel and Rubye Spencer, nephew, Terrel Spencer III, brother-in-law, Robert R. Humphris and his wife, Charlotte, and nephew, Curtis C. Humphris III.

The Spencer family gives its most sincere and heartfelt thanks to the wonderful people at Rockbridge Area Hospice. The depth of our gratitude for their superb support during this difficult time knows no bounds.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice or the Rockbridge Area Conservation Council: Rockbridge Area Hospice, 315 Myers St., Lexington, VA 24450 or; Rockbridge Area Conservation Council, P.O. Box 564, Lexington, VA 24450 or

Obituary for Marion Lawrence (Bob) Shull Marion Lawrence (Bob) Shull
Epworth United Methodist Church Member Was Former Hercules Mechanic

Marion Lawrence (Bob) Shull, age 83, of 103 Wilson Creek Lane, Clifton Forge, Virginia died Monday, January 13, 2020 at the Highland House, Clifton Forge.

He was born January 9, 1937 in Clifton Forge, Virginia to the late Carl Edward Shull, Sr. and Audrey Mannings Shull.

He was a mechanic for Hercules for over 35 years.

He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, a member of the Antique Automobile Club of America, the International Mercury Owners Association, the Mustang Club, and was a former member of Griffith Knob Hunt Club.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Mae Shull; a sister, Betty Shull Bridges; and a brother, Carl Edward Shull, Jr.

He is survived by a brother, Richard Lee Shull and wife, Barbara of Selma; a sister-in-law, Eva Wilcher Shull of Newport News; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel of Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, with Reverend Jonathan Greer officiating. Interment will follow in Central Advent Christian Church Cemetery, Clifton Forge. Military rites will be conducted at the graveside by members of the Burnside-Carpenter VFW Post # 4299.

The family will receive friends on Thursday afternoon from 12:00 p.m. until time of service at Nicely Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to Epworth United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 190, Selma, VA 24474.

Obituary for Emory (Red) Wilson Bowyer Jr. Emory (Red) Wilson Bowyer Jr.
Decorated Korean War Veteran Worked With The U. S. Postal Service

Emory (Red) Wilson Bowyer Jr., 90, of Lexington, Virginia died Saturday, January 11, 2020 at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

He was born June 3, 1929 in Rockbridge County, the son of the late Emory Wilson Bowyer Sr. and Carrie McGuffin Bowyer.

Red proudly served his country in the U. S. Army and was awarded both Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals for his service in the Korean War.

He was retired from the U. S. Postal Service and was also a long-time member of the Sam Houston Ruritan Club. Friends and family will miss his warm nature and quick wit.

He was preceded in death by a son, Byron M. Bowyer; three sisters and three brothers.

Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth McCurdy Bowyer; daughters, Carolyn B. Warren (Joel) and Tina M. Bowyer; two grandchildren, Travis L. Moore and Marcus A. Moore; and three great-grandchildren, Emery Moore, Landon Moore and Abigail Moore.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 at Harrison Funeral Chapel with Dr. J. Michael Wilkins officiating. Burial will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to Manly Memorial Baptist Church, 202 S. Main St., Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home and Crematory.

Obituary for Barbara Baker Fitzgerald Barbara Baker Fitzgerald
Covington Resident Dies At Age 72

Barbara Baker Fitzgerald left her earthly home on January 13, 2020 to reside with her Heavenly Father.

Barbara was born September 15, 1947 in Waynesboro, Virginia to Audrey Graham, who preceded her in death.

Barbara is survived by her husband of 54 years, Lemuel Fitzgerald Jr.; her sons, Timothy (Natalie), Jon (Laurie) and Dale (Michelle).

Barbara was a loving grandmother to Whitney Helmintoller (Ross), Brieanna Coffey (Dustin), Kaylie Johnson (Noah), Cody Fitzgerald (Amanda), Ashlyn Fitzgerald (Michael Reaves). She loved and adored her six great-grandchildren: Graecyn, Autumn, Sadie, Walter, Finley, and Parker. Also, surviving Barbara is a sister, Betty Kanney of Winchester; sister-in-law, Pat Lucas (Wendell), brother-in-law, Steve Fitzgerald (Jane) along with several nieces and nephews.

Barbara was cared for and loved by special friends, Sharon Wright and Connie Holloway. She will also be missed by special friend, Teresa Gleason.

She spent 15 years working in the medical field where she greeted each patient with a smile. She was family-focused and loved being with each and every member of her family. Barbara was an avid sports fan, especially when her sons were growing up. Recently, she enjoyed quiet past times such as reading, crocheting and coloring. The family would like to extend a special thanks to Sharon, Ms. Connie and Amedisys Hospice for the care and love extended to Barbara. In lieu of flowers the family would like to request that donations be made in Barbara's honor to: American Lung Association, 9702 Gayton Road #110, Richmond VA 23248 or Amedisys Hospice at 5221 Valley Park Drive, Roanoke Va 24019. Make checks payable to: The Amedisys Foundation.

Arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home;