Our Obituaries

Loretta Kay Lamb

September 16, 1945 - April 4, 2015

Loretta Kay Lamb, 69 of Salem, passed away on April 4, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Fred and Allene Bostic; loving daughter Vickey Martin Hylton; sister Sue Bostic Loan; brothers Sonny Bostic, Wayne Bostic, mother and father-in-law Elbert and Hazel Lamb. She is survived by her husband of 39 years Jerry Lamb; daughter Kathy Martin; grandchildren Alisha Oliver, Jason Oliver, and...
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Jesse A Carper

August 1, 1988 - March 29, 2015

Jesse A. Carper went to play music with his heavenly father Sunday, March 29, 2015 at the age of 26. Jesse was born August 1, 1988 in Salem VA. He grew up with an instrument in his hand and managed to put it down long enough to play his favorite sports, football and baseball. Jesse is a 5th generation musician in the family, who had many friends and never met a stranger. Jesse participated in...
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John Edward Semones

March 13, 1969 - March 29, 2015

John Edward Semones, 46, passed away March 29, 2015 after successfully fighting cancer for an extended period. John grew up in Pulaski Virginia and later lived and worked around the New River Valley. Since 2008 he has resided in New Castle. Passionate to follow in his Grandfather’s footsteps as an airplane pilot, he accomplished his greatest career achievement by building a...
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Keith Ring

February 3, 1928 - March 28, 2015

KEITH OTIS RING February 3, 1928 – March 28, 2015 On a beautiful and chilly spring afternoon, surrounded by family and friends and in his beloved Craig County, Keith Otis Ring transitioned from his journey on earth to his heavenly home. He will be greatly missed by his wife Missy Ring, daughter Bettina Ring and her partner Paula Johnson of Charlottesville, caring mother-in-law Una ...
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Sarah Francis Switzer

April 29, 1919 - March 22, 2015

Sarah Francis Crawford Switzer, born April 29th, 1919­ in Oriskany, Virginia, departed this life surrounded by family and friends on a crisp, bright Sunday morning, March 22nd, 2015. "Aunt Sarah" as she was known to generations of nieces, nephews, and adopted children and grandchildren, leaves behind a legacy of love, generosity, and kindness, and will be sorely missed. Known for her excellent...
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Arlene S Paitsel

January 27, 1924 - March 21, 2015

Arlene S. Paitsel, 91 of New Castle, went to be with her heavenly father Saturday, March 21, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents Roy and Olya Sutphin; husband James L. Paitsel, Sr.; an infant son; son James L. Paitsel, Jr. (Jimmy); sister-in-law Kathleen Sutphin; brother-in-laws Buddy L. Bishop and Jimmy Foster. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Julie and Michael Huffman;...
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Charles Louis Crowder

March 22, 1924 - February 16, 2015

Charles Louis Crowder, 90 of New Castle, passed away on Monday, February 16, 2015. He was born March 22, 1924 and was preceded in death by his parents Charles Jackson "Jack" and Cora Belle Craft Crowder; sisters Mary Bush, Edith Dudding Wright, and Edna Raye Williams Melton. Surviving are his loving wife of 63 years Peggy Lou Huffman Crowder; children Patricia Gail Crowder, Wendell Alan (Sherry...
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Barry W Hoover

December 20, 1948 - February 9, 2015

Barry W. Hoover, 66 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Monday, February 9, 2015. He is preceded in death by parents Lawrence and Ruth Hoover and son Lawrence Jay Hoover. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law Barbara and Michael VanVliet; daughter and son-in-law Ruthanne and Matthew Duffy; son Barry Wayne Hoover II; son Raymond Garcia; daughter and son-in-law Evelyn and Dean Paxton;...
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Shirley Harry

March 27, 1937 - January 31, 2015

Shirley Harry, 78 of New Castle, formerly of Waiteville, WV, passed away on Sunday, February 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband Lacy Harry; sons Lewis (Luke) Harry and Dwyane (Hootie) Harry; and son-in-law Lonnie Oliver. She is survived by daughter Denise Oliver; granddaughters Rebecca and Randy Fox, Brandi Harry and Jesse Peake, Tasha and Jeremy Smith, Jessica and Dustin Cole,...
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Dorothy Wright Tingler

September 22, 1924 - January 31, 2015

Dorothy "Dot" Wright Tingler, 90 of Kernersville, North Carolina, passed away peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, January 31, 2015. Dorothy was born September 22, 1924 in New Castle, VA. She worked at Piedmont Triad International Airport for many years as well as being the hostess for Captain Tom's Seafood in Kernersville, North Carolina for 30+ years before retiring at age 80. She was...
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Dorothy Short

October 6, 1948 - January 25, 2015

Dorothy Ann Short, 66 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 25, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents James and Annabelle Yearout and an infant daughter Angela Short. She is survived by loving husband of 47 years Walter Short; son and daughter-in-law Chris and Renay Short; grandchildren Alexis and Melissa Short; brothers and sister-in-laws Gary and Sue Yearout, Kenneth...
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Lloyd Mullins

March 30, 1966 - January 17, 2015

Lloyd Mullins, 48 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Saturday, January 17, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father Farley M. Mullins; grandparents Ocie & Arthur Mullins and Burl & Gracie Blankenship. He is survived by his loving wife Betty Mullins; mother Arbutus Mullins; sisters and brother-in-laws Margaret & Terry Horn and Tammy & Lowell Mullins; brothers & sister-in-laws Terry &...
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Eva Joyce Wolfe

December 11, 1946 - December 28, 2014

Joyce Wolfe, 68 of New Castle passed away peacefully in her home on Sunday, December 28, 2014. She is preceded in death by her father George E. Richardson; mother Emma A. Harless; former husband and best friend Homer Wolfe Sr.; brother Neil Richardson; grandson-in-law Michael Huffman. She is survived by daughter and son-in-law Joyce and Gary Medley; son and daughter-in-law Homer Wolfe Jr. and...
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Josephine (Jody) Bailey Brizendine

March 12, 1946 - December 24, 2014

Josephine (Jody) Bailey Brizendine, 68, gained her angel wings on December 24, 2014 at home with her family by her side. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends. Jody was born March 12, 1946 in Jolo, WV the daughter to late Robert Bailey and Hattie Bailey Day. A long-time resident of Craig County, Jody enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family. Heaven has gained...
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Joy Hale Paxton

June 25, 1930 - December 20, 2014

Joy H. Paxton, 84 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Saturday, December 20, 2014. She is survived by her husband Walton Paxton; daughters and sons-in-law; Sandra and Mike Hughes, Rhonda and Tommy Zimmerman; grandchildren; James Booe, Dieta Carrow (Mike), Trent Lipes (Belinda), Shannon Kelley (Jeff), and Tasha Hannah (Shaun); great-grandchildren; Keely and Raegan Carrow, Hannah and Joseph...
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Jay R Day

January 18, 1954 - December 12, 2014

Jay R. Day, 60 years old, of New Castle passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, December 12, 2014. Jay is survived by his wife of 29 years, Patricia Ann Day and their children Stephanie Noel, Nathan Jay Randolph, Courtney Elizabeth, Patricia Caitlyn, and Shannon Leigh; his "adopted" children Meghan Mangels and Dakota Disher, as well as many others. Jay had many nieces and nephews that he...
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Billie Logan Saunders

October 4, 1935 - November 19, 2014

Billie L. Saunders, 79 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Waldo and Kate Saunders; and brother Douglas Saunders. He is survived by Aunt Mary Shepherd; special cousins Walton & Joy Paxton and Peggy & Charles Crowder; numerous cousins, caretaker and guardian Mary McDaniel, and friends of the community. Funeral Services...
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Sylvia Missouri Caldwell

October 4, 1933 - November 11, 2014

Sylvia Missouri Caldwell, 81 of New Castle, VA passed away on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the Kroontje Health Care Center in Blacksburg, VA. She was a wonderful crafter for many years and loved animals. She was preceded in death by her son Michael W. Caldwell. She is survived by her husband of 64 years John Lee Caldwell of New Castle, VA; daughter Sylvia Mae Caldwell, Newport News, VA; son and...
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Jesse James "June" Myers, Jr

June 13, 1926 - November 3, 2014

Jesse J. "June" Myers, Jr., 88 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord on Monday, November 3, 2014. June retired from General Electric in Salem after 36 years of service. He was a member of the New Castle United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of WWII. June served as Chief of the New Castle Volunteer Fire Department for several years. He also helped establish the New Castle Volunteer Rescue...
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Shelia Carlynn McKee

February 13, 1961 - October 27, 2014

Shelia C. McKee, 53 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Monday, October 27, 2014. She was preceded in death by her father Carl Odell Griffin; 2 step-fathers John M. Matthews, Jr. and Kenneth W. Davis, Sr. She is survived by fiance' Kenny Davis; daughter and son-in-law Laura and Patrick Gibson; daughter McKenna McKee; granddaughter Avery Gibson; 1 grandson; mother Shelia Davis; brothers and...
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Lisa Strickler Cahoon

June 2, 1965 - October 26, 2014

Lisa Strickler Cahoon, 49 of New Castle, passed away Sunday, October 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Linden and Mildred Strickler. She is survived by loving husband of 32 years Jeff Cahoon; daughter Trish Cahoon; grandchildren Trinity and Noah Breedlove, Jayce Huffman, and Jaden Persinger; brother and sister-in-law Ronnie and Kelly Strickler; special friend Tonya Ryle; many...
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Elizabeth B. Looney

July 10, 1921 - October 26, 2014

Elizabeth B. Looney, 93 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Sunday, October 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Bernie F. Looney; son Benny Ray Looney; and grandson Bernie Wayne Looney, Jr. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Larry Franklin and Fran Looney; son Ronny Lee Looney; daughter and son-in-law Ellen Sue and Danny Aliff; son Bernie Wayne Looney; daughter and...
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Mildred Rock Via

July 25, 1928 - October 22, 2014

Mildred Via, 86 of Norfolk, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 22, 2014. She was born in Oriskany, VA on July 25, 1928 to the late Oscar Tolbert and Oma Mae Rock. She was raised in Lignite, VA and was the oldest of 8 children. She was preceded in death by her husband of 31 years Jefferson Davis Via, Jr. (Cub); parents; brothers Lewis Rock and Donald Rock; sisters Mary Maxey, Freda...
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Barbara Frazier

June 30, 1934 - October 11, 2014

Barbara Frazier, 80, of New Castle, Va, formerly of Lincoln Park, NJ, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 11, 2014. As a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and friend, she would open her door and heart to anyone in need. Barbara carefully delivered hundreds of our children, to and from school, as a bus driver for Craig County Public Schools for over 25 years. Her care seemed to gravitate...
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Cindy Sue Hutchison

November 25, 1963 - October 9, 2014

Cindy Sue Hutchison, 50 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Thursday, October 9, 2014. She was a member of First Baptist Church. Cindy was an avid Hokie fan, she loved the beach, collected antiques and went to numerous auctions. She was preceded in death by her mother Carolyn Custer. She is survived by loving husband Marvin Hutchison; son and daughter-in-law Eric Blankenship (Chelsea);...
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Hubert "Huse" Huffman

May 10, 1925 - September 13, 2014

Daddy Hubert Roscoe Huffman, a loving father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 13, 2014. Hubert, known to his family and friends as Huse, was born May 10, 1925, and was a lifelong resident of Craig County. He enjoyed hunting, cutting firewood, gardening, and spending time with his beloved family. Hubert was preceded in death by his loving wife...
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Fred A Keffer

August 27, 1922 - September 11, 2014

Fred Addison Keffer, 92, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, September 11, 2014. Fred was born on August 27, 1922 in New Castle, VA where he lived most of his life. He volunteered to serve his country in the Air Force during WWII where he was stationed in Manduria, Italy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary Jay Keffer and Frank Leslie Keffer; brother, Leslie "Leon"...
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Michael "Mickey" Medley

December 17, 1958 - August 31, 2014

Michael M. Medley (Mickey) 55, of Newport, passed away Sunday August 31, 2014. He is preceded in death: parents: Roy & Edna Medley, brother: Steven Medley, Sister: Susan Williams. He is survived by: Loving wife of 38 years Betty Medley, son: Christopher Medley & Jennifer Webb, son & daughter-in-law: Lonnie Medley & wife Marie, grandchildren: Tiffany, Tarah, Kelsi, Jason & Natalie Medley, brother ...
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Michael Medley

August 31, 2014

Michael M. Medley (Mickey) 55, of Newport, passed away Sunday August 31, 2014. He is preceded in death: parents: Roy & Edna Medley, brother: Steven Medley, Sister: Susan Williams. He is survived by: Loving wife of 38 years Betty Medley, son: Christopher Medley & Jennifer Webb, son & daughter-in-law: Lonnie Medley & wife Marie, grandchildren: Tiffany, Tarah, Kelsi, Jason & Natalie Medley, brother ...
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Carl Winston Blankenship, Jr.

June 1, 1926 - August 29, 2014

Carl W. Blankenship Jr. (June) 88, of New Castle went to be with the Lord Friday, August 29, 2014. Junior was a member of Craig Valley Baptist Church for many years. He enjoyed working with VBS and the mother-daughter banquet. Junior retired from Newport News Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. in 1986 after 33 years of service. He was an avid hunter and he also served in the United States Navy. He...
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Darey Lee Carroll

January 22, 1956 - July 30, 2014

Darey Lee Carroll, 58 of New Castle, went to be with his heavenly father, Wednesday, July 30, 2014. He was preceded in death by parents Stella and William Carroll, Sr.; mother-in-law Shirley Bailey; brothers William Michael Carroll and William Matthew Carroll, Jr. (Charlie); nephew Joshua Jones; and niece Rebecca Heath. He is survived by his loving wife of 25 years Penny Carroll; daughter and...
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Marta C Bostic

August 17, 1951 - July 28, 2014

Marta C. Bostic went to be with the Lord, Monday, July 28, 2014. She was born August 17, 1951 to the late Roy and Beatrice Carper. She was a hairdresser at Unique Hair for over 30 years. She was a lady full of life and energy, who devoted herself to her husband, children, grandchildren and all those she served within the community. She is survived by her loving husband of 44 years Ronald Bostic;...
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R B Combs

October 4, 1937 - June 29, 2014

R B Combs, 76 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Sunday, June 29, 2014. R B retired from the U.S. Navy after 27 years of service. He was also Commander and Chief for VFW Post #4491 for 20 years+. He was a self-employed contractor all over Craig County and was known for his dedication to his community He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 52 years Bettie Combs; daughter Nancy...
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Barbara Bower Crawford

April 5, 1926 - June 17, 2014

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. Barbara Bower Crawford, 88 of New Castle, VA, found peace June 17, 2014, after an extended period of illness. She was predeceased by husband of 52 years, Harry C. Crawford; mother and father Lewis and Lottie Bower; sister Louise Littreal; and brothers Lewis, William, and Wallace Bower. ...
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William Wayne Carper

May 13, 1926 - June 13, 2014

William Wayne Carper, of New Castle, passed away on Friday, June 13, 2014 at Lewis-Gale Hospital after a long illness. He was born May 13, 1926, the third child of Milan Charles and Wincie Lee Carper. He was a retired military man having joined the Navy in 1943 at the age of 17. A member of the greatest generation, he served in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war ended and he was...
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Pauline Nichols Brooks

May 27, 2014

Pauline Amanda Nichols Brooks, "Pat" to her many friends and "Mimi" to her many loved ones, joined her beloved husband Quincy and her son James Quincy Brooks, Jr. in heaven on May 27, 2014. She is survived by her daughter Marie Holt (Barry Holt) of Ballwin, Missouri; granddaughter Melissa Whiting (Bud Whiting) of Craig County, Virginia; grandson Andy Sells (Heidi Sells) of Wildwood, Missouri;...
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Wanda J. Mills

June 13, 1947 - May 27, 2014

Wanda J. Mills, 67 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 27, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Mills; parents James & Avis Staton; 2 brothers and 2 sisters. She is survived by daughter & son-in-law Lisa Farmer & husband James; sons James W. Mills & Robert C. Mills, Jr.; daughter & son-in-law Roberta Voigt & husband James; daughter & fiancé Willie Carico &...
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Scott Moler

October 16, 1922 - May 3, 2014

Scott E. Moler 91 of New Castle went to be with the Lord Saturday, May 3, 2014. Scott was born in Charles Town West Virginia on October 16, 1922. He was the last of nine children. He served during World War II in the United States Army. He retired from the Fish and Wildlife service after 30 years, where he then farmed on Meadow Creek for 40 years. Scott loved Meadow Creek and Craig County; he...
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John Webster Young

May 17, 1936 - April 16, 2014

John Webster Young, 77 of New Castle, was called home on April 16, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents Hoyt and Lena Young; brother and sister-in-law Harold and Lois Young; and grandson Whitney Dunbar. He is survived by his wife Jeanette Mayo Young; daughter Debbie Hannah and husband; daughter Ann Wiley and husband; daughter Donna Young; daughter Patty Anderson and husband; son John...
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Audrey Basil Hancock

January 15, 1925 - April 14, 2014

Audrey Basil Hancock, 89 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 14, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband Clayton (Bumblebee) Hancock; parents Bubby and May Reed; brothers Benny and Delmus Reed; sisters Beulah Carden, Orpha Lawrence, and Opal Dudley. Mrs. Hancock was the owner/operator of Barbours Creek Service Station from 1965-1988. She was a loving mother, grandmother,...
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Cecil R Flinchum

June 17, 1926 - April 11, 2014

Cecil R. Flinchum, 87 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Friday, April 11, 2014. Services will be held privately for family and friends. .
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Mary Adeline Mayo

March 21, 1922 - April 10, 2014

Mary Adeline Mayo 92 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Thursday, April 10,2014. She is preceded in death by her husband Ralph Mayo, parents; Edgar and Mattie DeVinney, five brothers, 1 sister, daughter-in-law; Phyllis Mayo, son-in-law; Pat Anderson and great grandson; Whitney Dunbar. She is survived by daughters and sons-in-laws; Jeanette Young and husband John, Jeannene (Tiny) Hannah and...
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Anthony Francis Delutis

November 29, 1949 - April 2, 2014

Anthony F. Delutis (Tony), 64 of Christiansburg passed away Wednesday, April 2, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father Alfred (Doug) Delutis; mother Josephine Delutis; and brothers Albert and Michael Delutis. Those left to cherish his memories are loving wife Karen; daughter Rayne Delutis (Michael Fisher); stepson Jessup O'Roberts and Amber; brother Peter Delutis (Joyce); sisters Roberta...
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Edith Dudding Myers

June 1, 1922 - March 28, 2014

Edith Marie Dudding Myers Edith , 91, was called home on Friday March 28th, 2014. She is preceded in death by her parents Charlie and Lilly Dudding, 10 brothers and sisters, her husband James M. Myers, daughter and son-in-law Betty and Ray Frango of Richmond, son-in-law Louie W. Frango granddaughter Marie T. Crawford and sister-in-law Louise M. Huffman. She is survived by her daughter...
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Kenneth "Samp" Myers

February 27, 1921 - February 13, 2014

Kenneth M. Myers "Samp", 92 of New Castle, passed away February 13, 2014. He retired from E.M. Abbott Lumber Co. He was a World War II veteran. His ship, the Cape San Juan was sunk by the Japanese in the Pacific. 70 lost their lives and 48 survived. He received a Purple Heart and 3 Bronze Stars. He served as a trustee of Huffman Memorial Park Cemetery for several years. He was preceded in death...
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James J.C. Oiler

September 9, 1941 - January 27, 2014

James C. Oiler (J.C.), 72 of New Castle died suddenly at his home and went to be with the Lord Monday, January 27, 2014. J.C. was born in the southern coalfields of Cannelton Hollow, WV. He served his country for six years, two years in the United States Army, and four years in the United States Marine Corp. While in the Marine Corp., he served one tour of duty in the Vietnam War. After honorably...
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Samuel Caldwell

June 14, 1948 - January 26, 2014

Samuel B. Caldwell 65 of New Castle Went to be with the Lord Sunday January 26, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents; Czernie and Betty Caldwell. He is survived by brother and sister-in-law; Lee and Sylvia Caldwell, brother; Franklin Caldwell, sister; Elizabeth Steele, brother and sister-in-law; Dellie and Linda Caldwell and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 12:30...
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Robert "Bootie" Via

September 22, 1957 - January 20, 2014

Robert Luther Via (Bootie), 56 of New Castle was called home by the Lord on Monday, January 20, 2014. He is preceded in death by his grandparents; parents Leonard and Mary Via; and brother-in-law Donnie Caldwell. He is survived by his loving wife Carolyn (Susie) Via; daughters Tina and Todd Stauffer, Tyler Via and fiance' James Blankenship; grandchildren Cody Rock and Jadyn Rock; sisters...
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Kenneth Skelton

February 24, 1946 - January 17, 2014

Kenneth E. Skelton 67 of New Castle was born in Roanoke, VA on February 24, 1946. He passed away on January 17, 2014. He grew up in Vinton, VA having wrestled at William Byrd High School taking top honors in state competition. He was active in Boy Scouts at Vinton Baptist Church. Kenneth loved hunting, fishing, archeology, and Bible study. He was in the US Navy Reserves during the Cuban Missile...
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Leon Matthew Sanders

February 26, 1957 - January 9, 2014

Leon Matthew Sanders 57 of Christiansburg (formerly of New Castle) went to be with the Lord Thursday, January 9, 2014. He is preceded in death by his parents; Linard and Opal Sanders. He is survived by; son and fiance; Curtis S. Sanders and Heather Huffman, daughter; Rachel Sanders, Sister; Sylvia Sue Sanders, 4 nephews; Tommy J. Greenway, Darrel Greenway and wife Linda, Joshua Greenway and...
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Frances Teresa Duncan

August 10, 1924 - December 28, 2013

Frances Teresa Duncan passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by family on the 28th of December 2013. Frances (known to her husband and his family as Irish) was born to Thomas and Mary Ryan Devaney on the 10th of August 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She joined the United States Navy as a WAVE in 1945, was stationed in Washington, DC where she met her husband to be, Marine Raider,...
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Frances B Shires

April 10, 1935 - December 25, 2013

Frances B. Shires, 78 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, December 25, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband Roy A. Shires; parents William and Margarite Beverage; and sister Peggy Sue Beverage. She is survived by daughters and son-in-laws Peggy Fridley and husband Chris, Mary Buckland and husband Donald; daughter Shelby Shires and Jake; 3 grandchildren John Fridley,...
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Louise M Huffman

January 13, 1937 - December 23, 2013

Louise M. Huffman, 76 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord, Monday, December 23, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents Levi and Irene Myers; daughter Dora H. Smith; brother James Myers; and sister Dolly Myers. She is survived by her husband of 57 years Kenneth Huffman; son and daughter-in-law Mike and Julie Huffman; grandchildren Jonathan Huffman and girlfriend Jessica, A.J. Huffman...
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Jason D. Ross

November 23, 1975 - December 9, 2013

Jason D. Ross 38 of Roanoke went to be with the Lord Monday, December 9, 2013. He was a graduate of Northside High School and Nashville Auto Diesel College. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church in New Castle. He was preceded in death by his grandfather Mickey Ross, Sr.; uncle Danny Ross; and grandmother Marie Whitehead. He is survived by wife Betty Dickson Ross; daughter Ashley McFalls; step...
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Maddison Ann Fink

September 30, 2013 - December 7, 2013

Maddison Ann Fink of New Castle was born September 30, 2013. She went to be with the Lord Saturday, December 7, 2013. Maddison Ann Fink the meaning of her name was "gift of God" and "strong fighter". That she was, she was a feisty little girl and had attitude. Since day one she called the shots on everything from the day she was born, thru surgery, and the day she was ready to...
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Joe Billy Bayless

August 1, 1943 - November 12, 2013

Joe Billy Bayless, 70 of Vinton, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, November 12, 2013. He was preceded in death by wife Alice Jean Barker and brother Harold Bayless. He is survived by fiancee' Beverly Caviness; step-children Gary Barker and wife Ruth, Stephen Barker and fiancee' Kim Franklin, Derreck Barker and wife Kathy, Robin Kelley and fiance' Chris Gaither, Rebecca Caviness, and Roy Caviness...
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Lawrence Fredrick Leffel

April 24, 1924 - November 4, 2013

Lawrence Fred Leffel, 89 of New Castle, passed away Monday, November 4, 2013. Fred was a member of Craig Healing Springs Christian Church. He was an avid bear hunter, golfer, and had a love for all animals. Fred served in the United States Army during World War II where he received the Purple Heart Medal of Honor. He was preceded in death by his mother Della Leffel Davis and brother...
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Alfred Day

October 20, 1936 - October 18, 2013

Alfred F. Day, 76, of New Castle, Va., made the journey to his heavenly home on Friday, October 18, 2013, from Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City, N.C. He was born on October 20, 1936, to Samuel Walter Day and Elizabeth Alice Meadows Day, in Surveyor, W. Va. Al served in the United States Army during the Cuban Missile Crisis and retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad. Affectionately called, ...
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Tia Gardner

January 15, 1994 - October 7, 2013

Tia Jordan Gardner 19, of New Castle went to be with the Lord Monday, October 7, 2013. Tia came to us on a snowy Janurary day and touched all of us with her beautiful smile, abundant curls and bubbly personality. She was a 2012 graduate of Craig County High School and leaves behind so many special friends. She was a member of the New Castle United Methodist Church. Welcoming her to heaven are...
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Carleigh Taylor

May 13, 1991 - October 6, 2013

Our beautiful star lost its shining light on October 6, 2013, and the bells rang in heaven upon the entrance of Carleigh Megan Taylor. Carleigh, always in a hurry, came bursting into our lives on May 13, 1991. She loved life and was adored by all who knew her. Left to carry on her memory are her parents Suzanne and Ricky Smith, sisters Sara Aldridge (Steve), and Amanda Taylor (Ricky); brother...
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Megan Bradley

October 6, 2013

Megan Anne Bradley 18 of New Castle went to be with the Lord Sunday, October 6, 2013. Megan was a student at Virginia Western Community College studying Radiology. She loved the outdoors especially four wheeling, bear hunting, fishing and sitting around the fire pit with her friends. She was a true Craig County County Girl. Megan was noted for her bubbly personality and ability to make you smile....
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Charles Fulton Reynolds

May 11, 1934 - September 10, 2013

Charles F. Reynolds, 79 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 10, 2013. Charles worked for ITT in Roanoke for 10 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 4 years as a A1C in the Air Craft Warning and Control Squadron. Charles loved fishing, hunting, gardening, and most of all his family. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Sandra Carper Reynolds; parents Charles...
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Trula Street Day

April 12, 1933 - September 7, 2013

Trula Street Day went home to be with the Lord on September 7, 2013. She was born April 12, 1933 in Rowe, VA. She lived and farmed in Craig Co. for 59 years. She always had a job for anybody who wanted to work and always had a place at her table for anybody. She gave her love freely and was always a LADY. She never had a cross word for anybody and her heart and her arms were always open. She...
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Elizabeth Gaynell Persinger

April 1, 1932 - August 5, 2013

Elizabeth Gaynell Persinger, 81 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Monday, August 5, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband Alfred (Rink) Persinger; parents Gerrard and Kathleen Jones; sisters Mildred and Vivian Switzer; and brother Edward (Dillard) Jones. She is survived by sons and daughters-in-law Terry Persinger and wife Leslie, Eddie Persinger and wife Nicole; daughter Kathy...
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Ruth H. Reynolds

July 18, 1914 - August 1, 2013

Ruth H. Reynolds, 99 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, August 1, 2013. She was born in Newport, VA on July 18, 1914, the first child of Martin Payne Hutchison and Lizzie Miller Givens Hutchison. She was a graduate of Newport High School in 1931. Ruth graduated from Farmville State Teacher's College (Longwood) in Farmville, VA in 1933 with a degree in Elementary Education....
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Karen Amanda Wallace Looney

August 18, 1965 - July 9, 2013

Karen Amanda Wallace Looney, 47, of Newcastle VA, went to meet her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ face to face the afternoon of Tuesday, July 9th. Karen was born August 18th, 1965 and after a long hard fight with cancer, passed peacefully at her home in the beautiful Sinking Creek Valley Karen was preceded in death by her father Robert "Buckshot" Wallace and sister-in-law Kristin...
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Michael W. Caldwell

May 27, 1956 - July 8, 2013

Michael W. Caldwell, 57 of Pembroke passed away Monday, July 8, 2013. Mike was an auto body technician for 26 years at Rogers Body Shop in Pearisburg. He was a kind hearted person willing to help everyone and was an avid fisherman. He is survived by his parents Lee and Sylvia Caldwell, New Castle, VA; sister Sylvia Mae Caldwell, Hampton Roads, VA; brother and sister-in-law Russell and Sandy...
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William "Billy" Reynolds

December 29, 1937 - July 8, 2013

William "Billy" Reynolds, 75 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Monday July 8, 2013. He was a carpenter for all of his life and was an avid fisherman. He also loved to work in the garden and was known to grow some of the biggest tomatoes around. He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Kathleen Reynolds; and sister Martha Jennings. He is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law...
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Ileta Huffman

July 17, 1923 - June 28, 2013

Ileta Hughes Huffman was born on July 17, 1923 in Craig County Virginia and passed away on June 28, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband, Cameron W. Huffman; daughter-in-law, Linda J. Huffman, sisters, Eva Saunders and Sally Patton and a special brother-in-law and sister-in-law Jim and Eula Huffman. She is survived by her son and wife, Clyde and Nancy Huffman; daughter and husband,...
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Alveta Hughes Patton

August 30, 1928 - June 17, 2013

Alveta Hughes Patton 84, of Catawba went to be with the Lord Monday, June 17, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband William Miller Patton, Jr.; grandson Dr. Richard Snider; sister Eva Saunders; and son-in-law Charles Edward Moore. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Nelson and Donna Snider; son Neal Snider; daughter and son-in-law Diane and Eddie Crawford; daughter Pamela Moore;...
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William Henry Hodge

January 21, 1938 - June 5, 2013

William "Henry" Hodge Jan. 21, 1938 June 5, 2013 On June 5, 2013, Henry went to be with the Angels. He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas Marion and Edna Virginia Sartin Hodge; brothers Fred, Buddy, and Tom Hodge; sisters Nancy Gaye Moore, Elizabeth Myers, Lucy Surratt, Louise Church, and Alberta Hodge. Left to...
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Grace "Maddie" Wickline

May 26, 1923 - May 14, 2013

Grace C. Wickline, (Maddie) 89 of New Castle went to be with the Lord Tuesday, May 14, 2013. She is preceded in death by her husband Huett O. Wickline; parents Alexander and Ethel Caldwell; and brothers and sisters. She was survived by daughter Patty Price; grandsons Randy Price and wife Rhianna and Rodney Price and wife Melanie; great-grandchildren Dylan and Wyatt Price; brother and sister-in...
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Vivian Switzer

March 1, 1927 - April 27, 2013

Vivian Jones Switzer, 86, of Salem, Virginia (formerly of New Castle, Virginia) transcended from this earth on April 27, 2013. She was the widow of Robert R. Switzer, and was predeceased by her father, James G. Jones, mother, Kathleen Patisel Jones, sister, Mildred Jones Switzer, and brother, Edward Jones. Sisters and brothers-in-laws Leslie and Virginia Switzer, Leonard Switzer, Cecil F. and...
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Alma Wright Smith

February 26, 1930 - April 15, 2013

Alma Marie Wright Smith of Deland, FL, formerly of New Castle, VA went to be with the Lord April 15, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents Elbert & Lillie Wright; sister Allene Huffman; brothers Jim Wright & Fred Wright. She is survived by daughters Darlene Daly and Marlene Spear; sons Walter Smith and Cary Smith; sisters Claudine Huffman and Edna Crowder; brother and sister-in-law Wayne...
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Jack Harrison Ford

January 23, 1931 - April 8, 2013

Minister Jack H. Ford 82 of New Castle went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, April 8, 2013. Jack graduated from Cincinnati Bible Seminary in 1953. He dedicated 60 years of life to the ministry. He worked at Blue Ridge Christian Camp for over 10 years. He ministered at Level Green Christian Church for 7 years before moving to New Castle to minister at Crossroads Christian Church, where he...
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Fred A. Wright

January 6, 1938 - April 8, 2013

Fred A. Wright 75 of New Castle went to be with the Lord Monday, April 8 2013 He is preceded in death by his daughter Betty Lou Wright, parents; Elbert & Lillie Wright, brother; Jim Wright, sister; Allene Huffman, & an infant brother. He greatly loved his mountain feist "Little Henry", fishing, church, family & friends, gardening & canning, and free cell on the computer. He graduated from New...
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Wanda J Lee

April 10, 1931 - April 6, 2013

Wanda Aldridge Lee of New Castle VA courageously won her fight with cancer and joined her true love Bob in Heaven on April 6 2013. Born in Check, VA, Wanda married Bob Lee of New Castle in 1954. Retired from Craig County Public Schools, Wanda will be remembered for her many talents including fabulous cooking, decorating and organizational abilities, She was a charter member of the Craig County...
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Madeline Elmore

May 11, 1932 - April 5, 2013


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John Freeman Shanahan

August 11, 1931 - March 25, 2013

John Freeman Shanahan, 81 of New Castle, born August 11, 1931, passed away Monday, March 25, 2013. He was born in Bossivain, VA and then moved to Mud Fork, VA, "over on the mountain, he called it". Dad served in the Korean War. He married the prettiest woman in all Craig County, Allie Sarver in 1953. Later in life dad and his brother J.P. Shanahan spent many days camping on his favorite place in...
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Louie Wayne Frango

January 19, 1941 - March 13, 2013

Louie Wayne Frango (Pop-Paw), 72, of New Castle went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 while doing what he loved, driving his Sterling dump truck. He is preceded in death by his parents Tony and Pearl Frango and one daughter, Marie Crawford, and brother-in-law Ray Frango. Surviving are his wife Norma Jean Frango; children Darrell Frango, Darren (Sharon) Frango, Angie (Mike)...
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Robert Langly Peters

August 23, 1945 - February 16, 2013

Robert Langley Peters 67 of Roanoke formerly of New Castle went to be with the Lord Saturday, February 16, 2013. Langley served in the United States Navy from 1965-1967. He then became a tractor trailer driver for over 40 years. He was employed by R & L Carriers. Langley loved to hunt, fish and spend time with his family. He is preceded in death by his parents; Jack & Margie Peters, sister-in...
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Mary Duncan Hoback

January 21, 2013

Mary Lee Duncan Hoback, 63 of New Castle went to be with the Lord Monday, January 21, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband Marlin James Hoback; and father Frankie James Duncan. She is survived by mother Ruth Duncan; daughter and son-in-law Roberta Lynn Christian and husband James Sr.; grandchildren Danielle Hickson and husband Stevie and James Christian, Jr. and wife Kassie; great...
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Ronney Price

January 20, 2013

Ronney Mitchell Price 72 of New Castle went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 20, 2013. Ronney was a very devoted, loving, and caring grandfather to his grandchildren Dylan and Wyatt, and his grandchild with Four Paws, his bestfriend and pal Koty. He was preceded in death by his parents Clarence and Pauline Price; brothers William Clarence Price, Jr. (Red) and Danny Wayne Price; sister...
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Julia Ann Duncan

January 8, 1939 - January 15, 2013

Julie Ann Duncan 74 of New Castle, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 15, 2013. She was an active member of First Baptist Church and was also a member of the Hebron E.H. Club. Julie served in the U.S. Army Signal Corp. She was preceded in death by her husband Billy Duncan; and parents Donald and Ellen Diemart. She is survived by son Donald Duncan; daughter and son-in-law Trudy...
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Michael Ray Huffman

January 13, 2013

Michael R. Huffman, 43 of Newport, went to be with the Lord Sunday, January 13, 2013. He was employed with A1 Heating and Cooling for 9 years and loved his job and his fellow co-workers. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved hunting and fishing with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents Charlie and Omi Brickey and Howard and Leona Huffman; and sister Loretta Lynn...
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Robert Whittle Hopkins

August 6, 1961 - January 11, 2013

Robert Whittle Hopkins 51 of New Castle passed away Friday, January 11, 2013 after a long illness. He graduated from NorthCross School and attended Louisiana State University. He was a partner at Mechanical Balancing, Inc. He is preceded in death by his father, Garland James Hopkins Jr.. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Hopkins; sister and brother-n-law, K. Douglass Hopkins Somers and husband...
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Walton F. Mitchell, Jr.

August 11, 1931 - January 8, 2013

Walton F. Mitchell, Jr. went to be with his Lord on January 8, 2013. He was born on August 11, 1931 and spent his lifetime in Craig County – the community that he loved and cherished. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Walton F. Mitchell and Lucille S. Mitchell and sister, Martha McCaleb. Surviving to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 60 years, Evelyn Farrier Mitchell;...
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Christopher Lee Boyer

July 5, 1988 - January 3, 2013

Christopher Lee Boyer, 24 of New Castle, beloved son, brother, uncle, partner, and friend left this world on January 3, 2013. He was our Superman. We will miss his warmth, his smile, and his easy laugh. He was the life of any party and enjoyed the simple things. He loved with a full heart, and was a loyal friend, a devoted son, and a good brother. May he take refuge with the angels. Do not...
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Steve W. Lee

January 2, 2013

Steve W. Lee, 60 of New Castle passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013. He was preceded in death by his wife Debra Lee; son Eric Lee; and parents Carl and Ella Mae Lee. He is survived by son Nathan Lee; daughter Jessie Lee and fiancé James Smith; 2 grandchildren; sister Carolyn Dunkle; nephews Robbie and Kevin; niece Sara; and friends Frieda, the Brizendine family and the Lee family. A...
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Bettie C. Combs

January 31, 1942 - December 20, 2012

Bettie C. Combs, 70 of New Castle went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 20, 2012. She was a lifetime member of Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church in Fincastle. She was preceded in death by her daughter Nancy Combs; parents Leonard and Gladys Elmore; and 3 brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by loving husband of 52 years R.B. Combs; sons and daughters-in-law Frank Combs and wife...
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Homer Lee Wolfe, Sr.

August 18, 1937 - December 16, 2012

Homer L. Wolfe, Sr. 75 of New Castle went to be with the Lord, Sunday, December 16, 2012. He is preceded in death by his parents James and Ruth Wolfe; several brothers, sisters, nephews, and nieces. He is survived by former wife and best friend Joyce Wolfe; daughter and son-in-law Joyce and Gary Medley; son and daughter-in-law Homer, Jr. and Susan Wolfe; daughter and son-in-law Michelle and...
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Frieda Schneeweiss Richardson

June 1, 1928 - December 15, 2012

RICHARDSON Frieda Schneeweiss June 1, 1928-December 15, 2012 Frieda Schneeweiss Richardson, 84, of New Castle, Virginia, went home to be with her Lord and Saviour on December 15, 2012. Preceded in death by her mother and father Katharina and Rudolf Schneeweiss, her brother Rudolf Schneeweiss, and her daughter Mary Richardson Nesbit. Beloved wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and great...
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Jerl Vernon Cantrell

May 17, 1940 - December 9, 2012

Jerl V. Cantrell 72 of Tazewell Virginia passed away Sunday, December 9, 2012. He is preceded in death by his parents; Grover and Waitie Cantrell, brothers; Rolson, Gene, and Alvin Cantrell, sister; Beaulah Cantrell. He is survived by daughter; Carol Cantrell Hutchinson, grandchildren; Justin and Shonna Hutchinson and Casey Hutchinson, brothers and sisters-n-law; Lonnie Cantrell and wife Jane,...
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Lucille Lipes Parsons

May 30, 1929 - December 6, 2012

Lucille Lipes Parsons 83 of New Castle, born May 30, 1929 passed away at Roanoke Memorial Hospital with her family by her side Thursday, December 6, 2012. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Henry Parsons; father Bob Lipes; and mother Lula Lipes; brothers Woodrow Lipes, Deal Lipes and Robert Lipes; sisters Mildred Lipes and infant Ruth Lipes. She is survived by son Gary Parsons,wife...
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Roy Isaac Brookman

November 29, 2012

Roy Brookman 78 of New Castle went to be with the Lord, Thursday, November 29, 2012. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Betty Jo Brookman; parents Samuel & Clara Brookman; brothers Ralph & Dorsey J. Brookman; and sister Claudine Childress. He is survived by daughter Susie Craft; son & daughter-in-law Terry Brookman & wife Cindy; granddaughters Marcy Moore, Rogenia Quesenberry, Jessica...
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Kathryn Kitty Bowles

November 28, 2012

Kathryn "Kitty" L. Bowles 66 of New Castle passed away Wednesday, November 28, 2012. She is preceded in death by her husband David S. Bowles and parents Robert and Kathryn Jones. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Robert Bowles and wife Twyla of Roanoke, VA; daughter Anne Bowles of Columbia, SC; and granddaughter Sunny Meadows of Columbia, SC. In honor of Kitty's memory, the family...
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William David Paxton

November 28, 2012

William David Paxton, 83 of New Castle went to be with the Lord Wednesday, November 28, 2012. He is preceded in death by his loving wife Mavis Paxton; daughter Katherine Marie; and 2 sisters Jane Kendall and Virginia Paxton. He is survived by two sons David L. Paxton and wife Cindy of New Castle and Mike Paxton of New Castle; 2 grandchildren Jessie Bostic and husband Eric of New Castle and...
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Eloise Stebar

November 24, 2012

Eloise Stebar 88 of New Castle passed away Saturday, November 24, 2012 at her home surrounded by her loving family. She is preceded in death by the love of her life; James Stebar, son; James Stebar Jr., grandson; Tyson Wood, parents; Effie and Stemmie Myers, sisters; Evelyn (Bob) Logan, Mary (Jack) Dillard, and brother Gaylen Myers. Eloise leaves to cherish her memory, daughter; Stranna Hammond,...
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Lonnie Oliver

June 7, 1952 - November 23, 2012

Lonnie M. Oliver 60, of Newport, VA passed away November 23, 2012, He was preceded in death by his father: Wayne Oliver, brother; Jack Oliver. He is survived by loving wife; Denise Oliver, daughter and son-n-law; Tasha Smith and husband Jeremy, daughter; Meagan Oliver, 2 granddaughters; Rileigh Olivia and Alexis James Smith, mother; Frances Oliver, mother-n-law; Shirley Harry, brothers and...
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Polly Goad-Lewis

November 14, 2012

Polly Ann Goad-Lewis, 58 of New Castle went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, November 14, 2012. She was preceded in death by her father Leathan R. Brown. She is survived by her mother Mary G. Markin; 2 sisters; 4 children; 7 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren. Graveside Services will be held 12:00 PM Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Roselawn Memorial Garden's Mausoleum (Christiansburg, VA)...
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