Roma Dale Shinault, age 63, of Mount Airy, died Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at North Carolina Baptist Hospital. He was born in Fries, Va. on June 30, 1948 to the late Boyd Lee and Katherine Semones Shinault. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Patricia Shinault; a son, Roma Dale Shinault Jr.; and a brother, Roger Lee Shinault.
He is survived by his children, Lisa Gough and Bess Shinault, both of Fries, David and Amanda Carper of Mount Airy, Amanda and Jamie Mabe of Galax, a special son, Tim Gough; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Willa Dean and Ray Wilson of Fries, Geraldine and Jerry Perry of Sparta, Lois and Junior Perry, Cecil and Susie Shinault and Kathy Lineberry, all of Galax, Va.; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was conducted May 26 in Fries with Wayne Coleman officiating.
Rex Jay Johnson, age 71, of Sparta, died Monday, May 21, 2012 at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta. He was born April 17, 1941 in Wilkes County to Carlie Johns and Ada Evans Johnson.
He is survived by his wife, Helen Johnson of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and David Bishop of Rural Hall; a son, Mack Johnson of the home; two grandchildren, Sonya Rudi and David Bishop Jr.; three great-grandchildren; three sisters and two brothers-in-law, Nina Eller of Laurel Springs, Wilma and Wayne Laws of Statesville and Dorothy and Clyde Nickelson of Miller Creek; several nieces and nephews; and a special caregiver, Virginia Cox of Independence, Va.
Funeral services were conducted May 23 at Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel in Independence with burial in South Fork cemetery in Piney Creek. The Rev. Jerry Roten officiated.
Memorial contributions may be made to Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Independence, VA 24348 to assist the family with funeral expenses.
Donna Duncan Hardin, age 83, of Sparta, died Sunday, May 27, 2012 at Alleghany Care and Rehabilitation Center in Sparta. She was born in Alleghany County on Aug. 24, 1928 to the late Glenn and Rose Perdue Duncan. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Otis Hardin; one son, William Allen Hardin; two brothers, Kemp Duncan and Champ Duncan; and two sisters, Anna Rose Higgins and Gretchen Bloodworth.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Charlotte and Hugh Logan of Kings Mountain; three grandchildren and a spouse, Allen and Amanda Logan of Huntersville, Luke Logan of Kings Mountain and Jay and Crystal Hardin of Sparta; three great-grandchildren, Lila Logan, Alyssa Hardin and Meagan Davis; one brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Peggy Duncan of Sparta; one sister, Glenna Osborne of Independence, Va.; one daughter-in-law, Kay Hardin of Sparta; one sister-in-law, Maxine Duncan of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of life graveside service will be conducted May 30 at 2 p.m. at Shiloh cemetery in Sparta. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Bruce Wayne Osborne Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7034, P.O. Box 1838, Sparta, NC 28675.
Grandview Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Infant Jaxon Reese Funk of Hillsville, Va., died Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Va. He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Dennis “Pete” Funk.
He is survived by his parents, Michael and Courtney Funk of Hillsville; three brothers, Levi Funk of Ennice and Zackrey Funk and Landon Funk, both of Hillsville; his grandfather, Michael Robinson of Woodlawn, Va.; his grandmother, Patricia Elliott of Hillsville; and his great-grandparents, Dorothy and Ivan Robinson of Woodlawn.
A graveside service was conducted May 28 at Providence cemetery.
Maxine Hodge Brinegar, age 86, of Sparta, died Sunday, May 27, 2012 at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta. She was born in Wilkes County on Feb. 23, 1926 to the late Luther and Izettia Cook Hodge. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Wade H. Brinegar; two sons, Junior Brinegar and Wayne Brinegar; one sister, Kathryn Anders; and two brothers, J.M. Hodge and Charlie Hodge.
She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Tommy Greene of Ennice; two sons and daughters-in-law, David and Phyllis Brinegar and Kenneth and Diane Brinegar, all of Sparta; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; one sister and brother-in-law, Irene and the Rev. Frank Jones of Glade Valley; one brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Patsy Hodge of Sparta; four sisters-in-law, DeEtte Hodge of Vox, Va., Mary Ruth Brinegar of Independence, Va., Pearl Crouse of Galax, Va. and Hazel Price of Churchville, Md.; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted May 31 at 11 a.m. at Full Gospel Church in Sparta with burial in Shiloh cemetery in Sparta. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Shiloh Cemetery Fund, c/o Walter Lee Hampton, 1173 US Hwy 221, Sparta, NC 28675.
Grandview Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Patricia Phipps Cheek, aged 72 years and one day, departed this life on May 14, 2012 at Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, attended by her loving daughter-in law. She was born to Thomas French and Annie Francis Thomas Phipps, in Forsyth County, On May 13, 1940. She was preceded in death by her mother and father; her sister Janet Owen; and her beloved son Gary Alan Cheek. She was the eldest of four sisters and, in time, became the family matriarch in every way.
Her life was devoted to service in all her endeavors. She always held herself accountable to a higher standard, both personally and professionally. She held a BSN and was a valued employee of Wake Forest Baptist Health and a clinical nursing instructor for Forsyth Technical Community College. Her dedication and love of nursing and teaching never failed to leave a lasting impression on every patient, co-worker and student who came to her care or attention. Many charities benefited from her generous support, as well as her childhood church, Cox’s Chapel, in Grayson County, Va. She considered it an honorable duty to care for the sick and elderly, family, friend and neighbor.
Her life was filled with the simple pleasures she valued; home and family, love and laughter, great food and music. Her legacy to her family and friends is of a life that is rich with the memories of her childhood in the Blue Ridge Mountains with its history and traditions that were so dear to her.
These same values were handed down to her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in the age- old tradition of her parents and theirs before them. Her love of the earth was reflected in her beautiful flower and vegetable gardens, whose bounty she was ever willing to share.
Whether you knew her as Ms. Cheek, Pat, Aunt Pat, MaPat or Mama, you knew a kind and giving lady with a heart as big as the mountains she loved. Remaining behind to cherish her memory and legacy are her sisters Janice Head and Jacqueline Phipps, daughter Leigh Ann Cheek, son Kenneth W. Cheek, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A celebration of her life and memory was held on May 28 at Cox’s Chapel United Methodist Church in Mouth of Wilson, VA
Memorial contributions may be made to the Cox’s Chapel Cemetery Fund, 3747 River Bend Rd. Mouth of Wilson, VA 24363.
Ross Dean Richardson, age 86, quietly and peacefully went home to be with the Lord Wednesday, May 9, 2012. He was born April 27, 1926 in Whitehead to the late Ross Emmett and Mabel Estep Richardson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Alda Richardson Hayhurst.
He lived out his life in the Whitehead Community he loved. We celebrate this life well lived, the life of a kind, loving and shinning light. Dean, as he was known, took Jesus’ instruction to love one another, seriously. He was generous beyond measure to all who came through his life. He loved his God, his family, the mountains and the people without reservation. Dean was the greatest ambassador for the Blue Ridge Parkway. He was a man of peace, laughter and reverence. He stood in awe of the Creator and His creation, every day. The love, admiration and respect shown him by the people of this community were merely the return of what he gave them, every day in every way possible. What a testimony, what a wonderful example of what we all aspire in some small way to achieve. He will live forever, a treasured memory in many hearts.
He is survived by his wife he adored for 58 years, Betty Beard Richardson of the home; two daughters and a son-in-law, Dena R. and Greg Alspaugh of Lawndale and Milly B. Richardson of Sparta; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Ross E. Richardson II and B.J. Dowell of Sparta and John B. and Frani Richardson of Sparta; one grandson and fiancé, Joe B. McMeans and Ashleigh Franks of Greensboro; and his step-grandchildren and spouses, Jody and Nesie Mabe of Sparta, and Brian and Sandy Kinsey, Lee Edwards and Cole and Cassidy Edwards, all of the Bahamas; three sisters and a brother-in-law, Irene R. Wagner and Wilma R. Foster, both of Sparta and Carol R. and Bert Sellers of Wendell his nieces and nephews, Allen and Robin Wagner, Ross Wagner, Tim and Gail Sellers, Debbie and Donnie Turner, Kathryn Foster, Steve Hayden, Jesse Lamm and Ron and JoAnn Hayhurst; and all his beloved animals and a host of other family and friends.
Funeral services were conducted May 12 at First Baptist Church in Sparta with burial in Liberty Missionary Baptist Church cemetery in Sparta with full military rites conducted by Bruce Wayne Osborne Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7034.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Liberty Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Irene Wagner, 5839 Pine Swamp Road, Sparta, NC 29675.
Grandview Memorial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.
Ethel Marie Kegley, age 85, of Galax, Va., died Monday, April 23, 2012 at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax. She was born in Maryland on Nov. 7, 1926 to the late Roy and Lela Anderson McMeans. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Fred Kegley; and a son-in-law, Gary Plant.
She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Judy Plant and Janice and Gary Lineberry, all of Galax; her grandchildren and spouses, Tammy and Hobert Bailey, Jon and Mary Plant, Ginny Plant, Ashley Lineberry and Sara and Darren Hanks; her great-grandchildren, Garrett Bailey, Gavin Bailey, Molly Plant and Madisyn Hanks; two half-sisters and spouses, Ruth and Hugh Halsey of Glade Valley and Shirley and Joe Frances; a half-brother and spouse, Pete and Verna McMeans of Sparta; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted April 25 at Mount Vale United Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Jeff Callahan and the Rev. Rick Lindamood officiated.
Ethel Fowler Gambill, age 85, of Sparta, died Thursday, May 3, 2012 at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta. She was born in Ashe County April 10, 1927 to the late Dewey and Bessie Hurley Fowler. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Bobby Joe Gambill; three brothers, Bill Fowler, Rex Fowler and Carl Fowler; and two sisters, Hazel Dean McGrady and Gladys Gilliam.
She is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Gambill of the home; one daughter-in-law, Susie Gambill of Sparta; two grandsons and a spouse, Greg and Jill Gambill and Brad Gambill, all of Sparta; one granddaughter, Kristen Gambill of Wilmington; two great-grandchildren, Hope Gambill and Zoe Gambill, both of Sparta; two sisters, Dallas Crouse of Sparta and Lillie Miller of Maryland; and two brothers, Howard Fowler of South Carolina and Frank Fowler of Maryland.
Funeral services were conducted May 5 at Grandview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Elk Creek Primitive Baptist Church cemetery in Sparta.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Elk Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Bobbie Duncan, 4899 US Hwy 21 N, Sparta, NC 28675.
Anna Lou Adams, age 89, of Independence, Va., died Sunday 29, 2012 at her residence. She was born March 10, 1923 to the late John and Edith Bobbitt in Independence. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Barney Caviness Sr.; a son, Barney Caviness Jr.; two sisters; and five brothers.
She is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, Harold Dean and Bertha Caviness of Independence; two daughters and a son-in-law, Shirley Anderson of Sparta and Barbara and Jimmy Halsey of Independence; 11 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a special caregiver, Jimmy Smith; a special daughter-in-law, Jane McMillon; and several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was conducted May 3 at Buck Mountain Baptist Church in Independence.