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Obituary for Betty Jane (Lowry) Kelley Betty Jane (Lowry) Kelley
Millboro Resident Dies At Age 63

Betty Jane (Lowry) Kelley, 63, wife of Franklin (F.D.) Delano Kelley of Millboro, Virginia passed away Saturday, May 23, 2020 at Hospice of the Piedmonts Center for Acute Hospice Care in Charlottesville.

She was born March 8, 1957 in Hot Springs, a daughter of Charlotte Mae (Wolfe) Lowry of Millboro and the late Paul Brycen Lowry.

Prior to her illness, Mrs. Kelley attended Starr Bolar United Methodist Church and had been employed at Millboro Mercantile.

Always willing to help others in need, Betty faithfully served as a caregiver to both her mother and aunt in spite of her own illness. Additionally, she enjoyed spending time with her beloved grandchildren, especially while joining them on family trips to the beach.

She was also an accomplished outdoorswoman, who loved fishing, camping, bird watching, photography, and working in her flower and vegetable gardens.

Above all, Betty will be remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and beloved friend within her community, whose determination and selflessness was truly inspirational and will be fondly remembered for years to come.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a sister, Ruby L. Hiner; and brother, Jimmy Lee Lowry.

Surviving family members include her loving husband of 23 years; her mother, Charlotte; her son, James W. Lowry and wife, Jacqueline of Winfield, WV; grandchildren, Gwenyth and Vincent Lowry; brother, Allen G. Lowry of Monterey; sisters, Pearl L. Snead and husband, Mark of Waynesboro, Brenda L. Hiner and husband, Jason of Hot Springs and special friend who she considered a sister, Frances Brinkley of Millboro; aunts, Helen Higgins of Delaware, OH and Marie Wolfe of Lynchburg; as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2020 in Wesley Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Bill Gram officiating.

Active pallbearers include James Lowry, Glen Lowry, Michael Lowry, Len Foutz, Bill Wagner, and Bill Gram.

Memorial contributions may be made to "Help for Betty Lowry Kelley & Family" (PayPal account): or by mail to Frances Brinkley, 23931 Mountain Valley Road, Millboro, VA 24460.

The Obaugh Funeral Home, McDowell, Virginia, is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary for Harold F. (Junior) Loomis Jr. Harold F. (Junior) Loomis Jr.
Ronceverte Native Dies At Age 50

Harold F. (Junior) Loomis Jr., age 50, of Ronceverte, WV passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at his home.

Born June 21, 1969 at Ronceverte, WV, he was the son of the late Harold Frye "Crow" Loomis and Jane A. Taylor Loomis.

Junior was a free spirit who loved hunting, fishing and spending time with his family and his K9 companion, Paige.

Survivors include his sister, Tammy O'Brien (Alan) of Ronceverte, WV; nephew, Kevin O'Brien (Jennie) of Lewisburg, WV; great nephew, Will O'Brien and a special friend, Connie Spence of Frankford, WV.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, May 24, 2020 at the Greenbrier Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Lewisburg, WV with Beverly White officiating.

Online guestbook may be signed at

Arrangements by Morgan Funeral Home, Lewisburg, WV.

Obituary for Carol Ann Robinson Carol Ann Robinson
Former Covington Resident Dies In New Jersey

Carol Ann Robinson, 70, of Princeton, New Jersey, formerly of Covington, Virginia, passed away May 17, 2020.

A funeral service will be held Monday, May 25, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. at Wrightsville Baptist Church. Interment will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

The Serentity Funeral Home, Roanoke, is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary for Reba Catherine McDaniel Cammock Reba Catherine McDaniel Cammock
Hot Springs Resident Dies At Age 78

Reba Catherine McDaniel Cammock, 78, of Hot Springs, Virginia died Thursday, May 21, 2020 at Augusta Health.

She was born June 11, 1941 in Bath County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Henry Milton McDaniel and Frances Catherine Hodge McDaniel.

Reba was formerly employed as a florist for many years at Jefferson Florist, as well as a cashier for Valley Supermarket.

She was a member of Lifeline Ministries, and a loving mother and grandmother, who enjoyed cooking for the neighborhood, baking, and being outdoors in nature.

Reba is survived by her husband, Herbert George Cammock, Sr. of Hot Springs; children, Rodney Darrell Chestnut and wife, Mattie of Hot Springs, Richard Chestnut and wife, Rita of Hot Springs, Ralph Chestnut and wife, Patsy of Warm Springs, Rusty Chestnut and wife, Andrea of Williamsville, Robbie Chestnut and wife, Carrie of Hot Springs; step-son, Herbert Cammock, Jr. and wife, Sandia of Hot Springs; step-daughter, Denise Cammock of Southfield, Michigan; 15 grandchildren; sisters, Shirley Terry of Harrisonburg, VA, Carol Ward and husband, J. W. of Ashville, North Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by five brothers, James, Roy, Edison, Lanier, and Joseph McDaniel.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The McLaughlin & Young Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Obituary for Lynn Ann Wickline Lynn Ann Wickline
Ronceverte Native Dies At Age 58

Lynn Ann Wickline, 58, of Hines, West Virginia passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at her home.

Born on February 26, 1962 at Ronceverte, she was the daughter of the late James Robert Wickline and Evelyn Marie Darby Brant.

In addition to her father, she is preceded in death by two brothers, James and David Wickline.

Survivors are her mother, Evelyn Brant; sisters, Katherine Long, Barbara Taylor, Teressea Barlow; nieces, Katrina Lester, Christina Miranda, Amber Barlow; nephews, John Long, II, Brian Taylor and Matthew Wickline.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Wallace Memorial Mausoleum, Clintonville, with Rev. Delmas Beavers officiating.

Online condolences Wallace & Wallace, Inc. 283 Main St., Rainelle, WV 25962 is in charge of arrangements.

Obituary for Chad Hunter Austin Chad Hunter Austin
Buena Vista Resident Dies At Age 31

Chad Hunter Austin, 31, of Buena Vista, Virginia has entered his heavenly home.

Born October 22, 1988, he is the beloved son of David and Ellen Austin, older brother of Michael Austin, (who Chad named), grandson of Mary "Granny" Roberts Berry, as well as nephew to many special aunts and uncles, and close friend to special cousins.

Chad is joining several loved ones who preceded him in death. Namely, he has entered the Kingdom of Heaven to be alongside his maternal grandparents, Ryland "PaPaw" and Margaret "MeMaw" Dyer Argenbright; paternal grandfather, James David Austin, and paternal grandfather, Eddie Thomas Berry Jr.

Chad was a member of First Brethren Church and was involved in the youth group for several years. He was a 2007 graduate of PMHS and captain of the football team, which he loved. He went on to W&L, then transferred to Radford University.

Chad had an adventurous, free spirit and a love for the outdoors, fishing and hiking at nearby rivers and lakes. Gunner, a trusted canine companion, routinely accompanied him. The two were often inseparable, and their close relationship exemplified Chad's broader fascination with animals and his genuine connection to the natural world around him. This love for animals also brought him to his last job where he took great pride in his work and demonstrated the compassion needed to care for the amazing creatures he was entrusted with. He truly enjoyed talking and interacting with the animals.

Although not always comfortable understanding people, he always seemed to be intimately linked with other walks of life. Rest easy and enjoy fishing in heaven Chad with PaPaw. We will forever cherish your memories.

In lieu of flowers, Carter Bank & Trust (116 East Midland Trail, Lexington, VA 24450) will have an account in David and Ellen Austin's name, open for donations to "Be a Tree" in memory of Chad Austin at the Green Hill Cemetery Mausoleum. With this program, a special tree will be planted at a later date to live and grow in his memory. A private memorial service will also be held later.

Arrangements are being handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Obituary for Curtiss Elwood Cook Curtiss Elwood Cook
Rockbridge Area Banker Was Active In His Community

Curtiss Elwood Cook, 80, of Stuarts Draft, Virginia formerly of Lexington, died on May 18, 2020 in his daughter's home in Verona, surrounded by his family.

He was born September 9, 1939 in Danville, son of the late Charles E Cook and Elizabeth B. Cook.

Curtiss graduated from York High School in 1958. Curtiss married Judy Ellen Brown on June 23, 1962 in Danville.

He graduated from Virginia Tech in 1964 with a bachelor of science degree in business and attended the UVA banking school in 1967. He graduated from Rutgers University in 1982 with a master's in banking.

Curtiss was a member of the Lexington Jaycees, Rotary, Moose, Country Club, School Board; he was a past School Board chairman, president of the Area Bankers Association, board member and treasurer of Mental Health, board member of WVPT TV, and a former member of the Manly Memorial Baptist Church.

He started the Rick Mast Golf Tournament for NASCAR. He helped Worth Carter bring Carter Banks to the valley. He retired as the vice president of Carter Bank in Lexington, after 10 years of service. Curtiss enjoyed a lucrative 35- year career in banking mostly in Lexington.

Curtiss was a born again Christian and member of New Vision Church in Staunton where he attended regularly. Curtiss also enjoyed golf, classic cars, and Virginia Tech football.

Curtiss is survived by his three daughters, Sarah Cook Hayslette and her special friend, Floyd Cabell of Stuarts Draft, Caroline Cook Law and her husband, the Rev. Brian Law of Stuarts Draft, and Elizabeth "Libby" Cook-Riddle and her husband, Sean Riddle of Verona; eight grandchildren, Jarrod Hayslette of Charlotte, N.C., Peyton Hayslette of Charleston, S.C., Joel Gunn of Stuarts Draft, Jordan Brown of Harrisonburg, Jude Law of Stuarts Draft, Hannah Bademian and her husband, Sean Bademian of Virginia Beach, (and soon-to-be great granddaughter, Gwendolyn Rose), Emma and Abby Riddle of Verona; sister-in-law, Pamela B. Beckner and her husband, John O. Beckner, of Richmond; nephews, David W. Hall of Mesa, Ariz., James O. "Jay" Beckner and wife, Abby of Atlanta, Ga.; nieces, Stacy Hall of Mesa, Ariz., and son, Zach, Rachel Beckner of Richmond, and Laura Pickert and husband, Jimmy of Richmond. He also leaves behind his fur baby, Maddie, a silkypom.

Curtiss did not have any biological brothers or sisters, but he did have a friend that stuck closer than a brother for 40 years, Eric Sisler of Lexington.

Curtiss was preceded in death by his wife, Judy Brown Cook, his father, Charles Elwood Cook, and his mother, Elizabeth Bradley Cook.

A graveside service was held in Lexington Virginia at the Stonewall Jackson Cemetery and it was officiated by his pastors, Darrell Via and Brian Law.

A celebration of his life service will be held at a later date at New Vision Church.

Arrangements were by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Obituary for Fannie Clark Russ Fannie Clark Russ
Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church Member Dies At Age 91

Fannie Clark Russ, 91, a resident of Shenandoah Valley Health and Rehab, Buena Vista, Virginia, went to be with her Lord on May 21, 2020.

Mrs. Russ was born on August 25, 1928 in Cornwall, the daughter of the late Roy John Allen Clark and Buelah Louise Clark.

She moved to Buena Vista and was married for 60 years to her beloved husband, Horace Edward "Buck" Russ, until his death in 2006.

Mrs. Russ and her young family were members of McCutchen Presbyterian Church, Buena Vista, where she was a member of the choir and loved the hymn "Amazing Grace." Later, she became a member of Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church, Buena Vista, where she and family enjoyed being in the choir. She celebrated the day her husband also became a member of the church.

Mrs. Russ worked for 25 years at Reeves Brothers and 12 years in the cafeteria at F. W. Kling Elementary School. Mrs. Russ was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt who leaves behind a family that will miss her dearly.

She is survived by her daughters, Janice Russ Harrington and husband, Michael of Mechanicsville, Deborah Russ Clark and husband, Ray of Buena Vista, Melissa Russ Dernovish and husband, Eric of Papillion, Neb.; seven grandchildren, Alex Clark and wife, Rachael of Lexington, Jessica Clark Meade and husband, Quincy of Fredericksburg, Emily Clark of Lawrence, Kan., Jonathan Guill of Golden, Colo., Claudia Guill of Papillion, Neb., Ashley Dernovish Kinard and husband, J. R. of Biloxi, Miss., Elena Dernovish of Richmond; three great-grandchildren, Kelsey Montgomery and husband, John of Lexington, Nicholas Meade of Fredericksburg, and Charles Meade of Fredericksburg; two great-great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Montgomery of Lexington, and Wesley Montgomery of Lexington; sister, Loraine Spence of Buena Vista; brother-in-law, Clinton Russ and wife, Nita of Buena Vista; sister-in-law, Myrtle Clark of Buena Vista; along with numerous nieces and nephews.

She is preceded in death by her brothers, Franklin Clark and Robert Clark, and sisters, Francis Garrett and Junie Hamilton; brothers-in-law, Owens Hamilton and Andrew Spence; and sisters-in-law, Odessa Milburn, Libbie Clark.

A graveside service will be held at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Adam Williams officiating.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1702 Chestnut Ave., Buena Vista, VA 24416.

The family would like to thank the staff at Shenandoah Valley Health and Rehab for their love and compassion.

Arrangements are being handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Obituary for Henry P. Palmer Jr. Henry P. Palmer Jr.
Lexington Resident Dies At Age 92

Henry P. Palmer Jr., 92, of Lexington, Virginia died on Monday, May 18, 2020.

Hank was born on February 19, 1928 in Langhorne, Bucks County, Pa.

He graduated from the Lawrenceville School in 1947 and attended the University of Virginia before starting his 43- in lumber and heating oil management, initially with his father's company (the Henry Palmer Company, Langhorne, Pa.) and then Meenan Oil Company in Clinton, N.J., from which he retired in 1993.

Hank served in the New Jersey National Guard from 1948 to 1955. He was very active in civic organizations in Bucks County, Pa., Hunterdon County, N.J., and most recently in Lexington. His most long-standing membership was with Rotary International where he was an active Rotarian since 1957, most recently with the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club.

Hank was an avid outdoorsman throughout his life and enjoyed boating, fishing, camping, canoeing, hiking and tennis.

Hank is survived by his wife of 68 years, Audrey Wetzel Palmer, as well as four sons, Henry P. Palmer III, William W. Palmer (Patricia), Timothy B. Palmer (Louann) and Bruce B. Palmer (Lucia), and eight grandchildren.

No services will be held at this time.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory can be sent to Historic Fallsington, Inc. (4 Yardley Road, Fallsington, PA 19054).

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Obituary for Loretta Spinks (Etta) Ayers Loretta Spinks (Etta) Ayers
Emmanuel United Methodist Church Member Dies At Age 84

Loretta Spinks (Etta) Ayers, 84, of White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia passed away Tuesday evening May 19, 2020 at her residence with her family by her side.

Etta was born August 28, 1935 in Alvon, WV and was the daughter of the late Vernard F. and Lonie Rider Spinks.

She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church. She loved cooking, gardening and reading. She offered her help at church for whatever function she could help.

Other than her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Henry F. "Dixie" Ayers in 2018; her granddaughter, Amy Michelle Burdette; sisters, Wanda Scott and Sharon Dudley; brothers, Jimmy Spinks, Marvin Spinks and Oliver Spinks.

Surviving are her daughters, Brenda Arnold (Robbie) and Karen Ayers; grandchildren, Brittany Arnold and Saylor Arnold; her only great grandson, Braylon Calhoun; sister, Barbara Spinks as well as many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Loretta will be held Saturday May 23, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Wallace & Wallace Funeral Home in White Sulphur Springs with Rev. Steve Grimes officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in White Sulphur Springs.

The family will receive family and friends on Saturday from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to your local food pantry.

We will be observing Covid 19 restrictions.

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

Obituary for Ashley Nicole Cooper Ashley Nicole Cooper
Former Low Moor Resident Was AHS, DSLCC Graduate

Ashley Nicole Cooper, age 33, of 169 Monterey Ave, Roanoke, Virginia died Monday, May 18, 2020 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, Roanoke.

She was born October 22, 1986 in Low Moor, Virginia to the late Debra Kay Godfrey Cooper and Norman Cooper.

She was a member service advocate for United Healthcare and a graduate of Alleghany High School and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Myrtle Sledd, and her maternal grandparents, Lester and Virginia Hardman.

She is survived by her father, Norman Cooper and wife, Gladys of Canal Winchester, OH; a daughter, Ri'yahn J. Cooper; her significant other, Florian Carl Ortiz; a sister, Heather Lynn Phelps and husband, Trevon, all of Roanoke; a step sister, Tinika Hutchinson; a step brother, Donald E. Hutchinson, III, both of Columbus, OH; special friends, Tasha Smothers, Myles Parker, Vanessa Curtis, her secret society crew; and a number of aunts, uncles, nephews and cousins.

A private graveside service will be held in Mountain View Cemetery, Clifton Forge. There will be no formal visitation. Friends may casually visit at the funeral home during normal business hours on Friday, while keeping with the compliance of the Governor's Order.

Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge, is handling arrangements.

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Obituary for Bruce Scott Laraway Bruce Scott Laraway
Lexington Resident Was Former University Of Buffalo Employee

Bruce Scott Laraway, 83, died on May 15, 2020 at Havenwood Assisted Living in Lexington, Virginia after a lengthy battle with Alzheimers.

He leaves his wife of 59 years, Lynne (Kellerman) Laraway; his daughter, Lisa Black and her husband, David; his son, Scott Laraway and his wife, Apryl; and grandchildren, Kristin, Justin, Casey, Rory, and Riley.

Bruce was born and raised in Sidney, N.Y.

He was predeceased by his parents, Robert and Mildred Scott Laraway, and his younger brother, Richard.

Bruce graduated from Broome Community College with a degree in engineering science. He then moved his family to Buffalo to continue his education. He graduated from University of Buffalo with an industrial engineering degree.

Bruce worked for the University of Buffalo in the Physiology Department as a facilitator for the Hyperbaric Chamber for 30 years, retiring to Lexington in November 1999.

Bruce and Lynne shared a love to travel. They took many trips around the country with their Goldwing motorcycle and later in their Miata.

A memorial service will be conducted by the Rev. Joe Cailles at Trinity United Methodist Church at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make a contribution in memory of Bruce Laraway to Rockbridge Hospice or the Alzheimer's Association.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Obituary for David Lewis Morris David Lewis Morris
Covington Resident Died May 17, 2020

David Lewis Morris was granted his angel wings on May 17, 2020. His final days were spent surrounded by his family.

David is most remembered for his love of his family, flying airplanes, and the Marine Corps. He could spend hours discussing different types of aircrafts and revisiting his days in the USMC.

David is survived by his wife:, Sharon; son, David D. Morris (with grandsons, Tyler and Jaxson); daughter, Jayme Ketzer and her husband, T. J. Ketzer (with grandchildren, Emily, Warren, Margaret, and Wyatt); daughters, Heather Morris, and Lauren Morris; grandson, Conner Humphreys; granddaughter, Jordan Humphreys; grandson, Jensen Humphreys; sister, Rosemary Brindisi and her husband, Frank Brindisi; niece, Lori Thielman and her husband, Bill Thielman (with grandnephews, Nicholas, Michael, and Matthew and grandniece, Arianna), and niece, Jennifer Brindisi (with grandniece, Ellason Aspenleiter).

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Pam Humphreys.

David Morris will be laid to rest on Saturday, May 23, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at Fletcher's Chapel Church Cemetery in Callaghan, Virginia with Rev. Nancy Palmer officiating.

The family suggests that flowers be sent to: Loving Funeral Home, 350 N. Maple Avenue, Covington, VA 24426.

Local arrangements are being handled by Loving Funeral Home;