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Riffe's Funeral Service, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Our Obituaries

Cover Jackson Blankenship

March 25, 1932 - August 17, 2017

Cover (Jack) Blankenship, 85 of Rich Creek passed away Thursday, August 17th, 2017. He was born on March 25th, 1932 and was the son of the late Ernest Paul and Carrie Ratcliff Blankenship. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 53 years, Bertie Lowery Blankenship; six sisters, Louise Wiley, Eula Hale, Shorty Blankenship, Carol Bouldin, Brenda...
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Carmella Martin Denson

June 6, 1931 - August 10, 2017

Carmella Martin Denson, 86, of Glen Lyn, VA, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017. She was born in Craig County on June 6, 1931 and was the daughter of the late Phillip H. Martin and Margie Duncan Martin. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a great grandson, Skylar Denson. Carmella was a retired employee of Celanese in Narrows with 17 years' service. She took pride...
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Roger Clayton Davis

May 22, 1951 - August 6, 2017

Roger Clayton Davis, age 66, from Pearisburg, VA, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, August 6, 2017. He was born in Richlands, VA on May 22, 1951 and lived in Pearisburg all of his life. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother, Patsy Sutherland Davis, his beloved son, Travis Clayton Davis, and his nephew Jeremy Barna. He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted daughter, Angie...
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Leda (Bobbie) Gearheart

August 3, 2017

Leda (Bobbie) Lorraine Cassell Gearheart, 95, of Narrows, Virginia passed away peacefully in the comfort of her home, surrounded by her loving family on August 3, 2017. She was born on March 6, 1922 in Linside, West Virginia to the late Dorse Hayden Cassell and Gladys Dunn Cassell. Leda was a faithful member of the First United Methodist Church in Narrows and had served as past-treasurer. ...
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Opal Violet Roop Thomas

September 14, 1933 - July 25, 2017

Opal Violet Roop Thomas, 83 of Narrows, gained her angel wings at home in the loving care of her family on Tuesday, July 25th, 2017. She was born in Grayson County, Virginia on September 14, 1933 and was the daughter of the late Howard and Gracie Blevins Roop. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband George Irvin Thomas, Jr.; a son, Anthony Wayne Thomas; and two...
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Betsy Elaine Wall

July 26, 1968 - July 21, 2017

Betsy Elaine Wall, 48 of Rich Creek, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 21st, 2017. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on July 26th, 1968 and was the daughter of Geraldine Ferrell Wall and the late Carl Livingston Wall. In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Stanley Wall and Gary Wall. She was a 1986 graduate of Narrows High School. ...
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Mary Louise Weatherly

September 30, 1938 - July 7, 2017

Mary Louise Weatherly, 78, of Adairs Run, Kellysville, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 7, 2017 at the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia. Mary, known for her love and hospitality, was born September 30, 1938 at Willowton, WV. She was the daughter of the late Onnie and Nancy Meadows. Mary was a lifelong member of the Kellysville Church of God where she was...
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Connie Sue Clyburn

June 26, 2017

Connie Sue "Sis" Clyburn, 69 of Princeton peacefully passed away at her home. She was born in Princeton, WV and raised in Kellysville, WV. She was the daughter of the late Roy R. and Myrtle Virginia Hill Clyburn. She was a graduate of Oakvale High School and retired from the United States Postal Service in Bluefield, West Virginia. Connie loved butterflies, bingo, all sports and her loving...
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George Burton French

April 3, 1959 - June 15, 2017

George Burton French, 58, of Narrows went to be with his Lord on Thursday, June 15th, 2017. A lifelong resident of Giles County, he was born in Pearisburg on April 3rd, 1959, and was the son of the late Patteson French and Josephine Elmore McAlarnis French. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two step-brothers, Walter "Walkie" Blankenship and Leslie Bostwick; and a step...
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Gerda Ingeburg Gearheart

June 12, 2017

Gerda Ingeburg Gearheart, 89, of Narrows, joined her loving husband, Noah Douthat Gearheart, on June 12, 2017. She was born in Lichtenstein-Callnberg, Germany to Rudolf and Martha Winter Fuchs. In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Gearheart, and brothers and sisters Heinz Fuchs, Lisalotta Fuchs, Anni Bolguski, Albert Fuchs, Karla Fuchs, Rudolf...
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Kelly Lucinda Hale Rice

November 3, 1970 - June 12, 2017

Kelly Lucinda Hale Rice, 46 of Narrows, passed suddenly and began her journey of eternal life on Monday, June 12, 2017. She was born on November 3, 1970, and was the daughter of Bobby and Lucinda Hale. She was preceded in death by her grandparents Garland and Elma Hale, and Herbert "Hub" H. and Lucille "Puff" Shumate Brown. Kelly was a 1988 graduate of Narrows High School and was loved by...
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Lois Blankenship Clark

January 6, 1944 - June 11, 2017

Lois Blankenship Clark, 73, of Narrows, VA passed away Saturday, June 10, 2017. She was preceded in death by her parents Emmitte and Minnie Blankenship, and brother, Jerry. Lois is survived by her devoted husband, Charlie Clark; three children Burman Clark and wife, Karen, Sherri Billos and husband, Robert, and Eddie Clark. Her grandchildren, Ross, Olivia, Rebecca, Steven, John, Maggie, Emily...
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Jo Ann Lucas Mullins

June 10, 1947 - May 15, 2017

Jo Ann Lucas Mullins, 69 of Narrows passed away peacefully Monday, May 15th, 2017 at her home, surrounded by her family. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born in Pearisburg on June 10th, 1947, and was the daughter of the late Raymond Herbert and Muriel Maxine French Lucas. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband of over 50 years, Burley...
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Jeffrey Wayne Hare

September 5, 1965 - May 9, 2017

Jeffrey Wayne Hare, 51 of Amelia, Virginia, formerly of Giles County, Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 9th, 2017, after a lingering illness. He was born in Pearisburg, Virginia on September 5th, 1965, and was the son of Berman Patrick Hare and Patricia Lucille Wimmer Hare. Jeff loved driving cars and trucks, especially through the mountains of Southwest Virginia. An...
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Mildred Spicer Thorne

November 3, 1929 - April 30, 2017

Mildred Spicer Thorne, 87 of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 30th, 2017. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on November 3rd, 1929, and was the daughter of the late Joseph Spicer and Josephine Blankenship Spicer. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by all of her brothers and sisters; and a special niece, Shirley Walters. ...
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Leliah Helvey Pruett

December 19, 1921 - April 25, 2017

Leliah Helvey (Liz) Pruett, 95 of Narrows went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017. She was born in Bland County, Virginia on December 19th, 1921, and was the daughter of the late Zeb and Bessie Mae Coeburn Helvey. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Douglas Fairbanks Shrader; her second husband, Myron Carson Pruett; and her...
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Lucy Madeline Brogan Lambert

July 18, 1927 - April 24, 2017

Heaven gained another angel, as Lucy Madeline Brogan Lambert, 89 of Pearisburg, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at Heritage Hall in Rich Creek. She was born in Peterstown, West Virginia on July 18th, 1927, and was the daughter of the late John Earl Brogan, Sr., and Emma Alberta Davis Brogan. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her...
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Jerry Lee Fleeman

November 26, 1953 - April 23, 2017

Jerry Lee Fleeman, 63, formerly of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 from his home in Randleman, North Carolina. He was born in Giles County on November 26th, 1953, and was the son of Lula Blankenship Fleeman and the late Milton Buford Fleeman. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Milton Fleeman; and two brothers, David Fleeman...
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Harold C. Richardson

June 24, 1925 - April 19, 2017

Harold C. Richardson, 91 of Narrows, left this world to join the love of his life on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017. He was born in Narrows on June 24th, 1925, and was the son of the late John Ira and Leoma Tolbert Richardson. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Jo Richardson; five brothers, Emmett Richardson, Bernard Richardson, Powell...
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Lois Hughes Conley

April 20, 1937 - March 30, 2017

Lois Hughes Conley, 79 of Narrows peacefully departed this life on Thursday, March 30th, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on April 20th, 1937 and was the daughter of the late Lula Thursa Hughes, who Lois took care of until her death. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a daughter and special granddaughter, who Lois...
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James William Sparks

January 31, 1956 - March 11, 2017

James William (Bill) Sparks, 61 of Narrows passed away at home on Saturday, March 11th, 2017 after a long illness. He was born in Narrows on January 31st, 1956, and was the son of the late Earnest Lee and Grace Repass Sparks. In addition to his father and mother, he was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Hawkins; and a brother, Michael Sparks. Bill was a retired employee of New River...
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Kenneth Jackson McWilliams

July 29, 1944 - February 22, 2017

Kenneth Jackson McWilliams, 72 of Narrows, passed beyond to a better world on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 at LewisGale Hospital Montgomery in Blacksburg. He was born in Blackshear, Georgia on July 29th, 1944 and was the son of the late Woodrow Jackson Thrift and Charlotte Gay Showers Thrift. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a sister, Alpha Patricia...
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Joseph Lee Conley

August 21, 1960 - February 19, 2017

Joseph Lee Conley, 56 of Pearisburg, formerly of Narrows passed away Sunday, February 19th, 2017. He was born in Pearisburg on August 21st, 1960, and was the son of the late Joseph Wiley (Junior) and Frances Cora Thorne Conley; a son, Lee Conley; two brothers, Buddy Allen Conley and Wesley Prescott Conley; and a nephew, Marty Wayne Nance. Left to cherish his memory are a son, Daniel Scott...
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Giles Edward "Eddie" Shepherd

December 12, 1956 - February 10, 2017

Giles Edward (Eddie) Shepherd, 66 of Tobaccoville, North Carolina, formerly of Narrows, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, February 10th, 2017. He was born on December 12th, 1950, and was the son of the late James Wesley and Jocell (Jody) Shepherd. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Shepherd (Bobbie) Martin. A loving husband, father, grandfather, great...
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Ruth Hendrickson Simmons

December 15, 1923 - January 9, 2017

Ruth Hendrickson Simmons passed away on Monday January 9th, 2017. She was born in Pembroke, Virginia, on December 15th, 1923 to the late Dorsey Zed and Maggie Rose Hendrickson Sesler. She was later adopted by her grandparents, the late Ott and India Fisher Hendrickson. She graduated from Pembroke High School in 1940 where she played basketball and participated in various other activities and...
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Amy Byrd Shrader

September 3, 1958 - January 6, 2017

Amy Byrd Shrader, or Amy T Byrd as she was known to many, was taken from us much too soon on January 6, 2017. She was born to Marshall Allen Coburn and Millie Lucas Coburn on September 3, 1958. She is with those that had preceded her, in the arms of her father, loving her son Marshall Lee Thurber, greeting her uncle Harry Tabor, finally catching up with her best friend Sherrie Lynn Atwell. She...
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Eloise Harless Ratcliff

July 6, 1926 - December 20, 2016

Eloise Harless Ratcliff, 90 of Narrows, departed on her 69th wedding anniversary to be with her love on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on July 6th, 1926 and was the daughter of the late Haven Hoge and Elizabeth Cruise Harless. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by her husband, William Jennings Ratcliff; a stepmother...
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Pearl Marie Lang Lucas

September 18, 1944 - December 18, 2016

Pearl Marie Lang Lucas, 72 of Narrows went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 18th, 2016. A lifelong resident of Giles County, she was born on September 18th, 1944, and was the daughter of the late George Washington Lang and Vergie Mae Bailey Lang. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Jimmy Lowe Stump and Paul Daniel Lucas; two grandsons,...
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Melaine Brewster Fraley

September 26, 1937 - December 15, 2016

Melaine Brewster Fraley, 79 of Troutville, lovingly known as "Nannie," peacefully departed this life on Thursday, December 15th, 2016, surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Logan, West Virginia on September 26th, 1937 and was the daughter of the late Dow and Sallie Curry Brewster. In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by three brothers, Joe, Glenn, and...
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Donald Lee Neal

December 23, 1927 - December 12, 2016

Donald Lee Neal, 88 of Vinton, passed away Monday, December 12th, 2016 at Our Lady of the Valley Retirement Community in Roanoke. He was born in Narrows on December 23rd, 1927, and was the son of the late Cedric Oren Neal and Eula Earnest Neal. In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by a twin sister, Peggy Davies. A 1944 graduate of Narrows High School, Don entered...
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Dorothy French Hayworth

June 25, 1924 - November 28, 2016

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

February 11, 1930 - November 25, 2016

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

October 15, 1940 - November 24, 2016

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

April 25, 1950 - November 23, 2016

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

June 2, 1915 - November 18, 2016

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

March 14, 1927 - November 18, 2016

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

March 18, 1935 - November 14, 2016

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

January 6, 1966 - November 7, 2016

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

March 25, 1919 - October 27, 2016

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

May 22, 1946 - October 18, 2016

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

July 31, 1925 - October 9, 2016

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

October 5, 2016

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

December 20, 1954 - September 30, 2016

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

July 29, 1947 - September 30, 2016

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

August 11, 1953 - September 12, 2016

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

August 19, 1934 - August 23, 2016

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

June 11, 1951 - July 30, 2016

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

October 14, 1915 - July 27, 2016

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

May 27, 1926 - July 21, 2016

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

September 27, 1931 - July 20, 2016

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

June 16, 1929 - July 18, 2016

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

June 27, 1933 - May 31, 2016

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

May 21, 1921 - May 26, 2016

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

February 27, 1923 - May 19, 2016

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

December 26, 1920 - April 28, 2016

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

April 16, 1940 - April 24, 2016

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

May 14, 1941 - April 9, 2016

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

April 28, 1961 - April 6, 2016

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

June 16, 1927 - March 24, 2016

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

January 14, 1959 - March 23, 2016

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

May 15, 1923 - March 10, 2016

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

June 26, 1946 - March 7, 2016

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

November 25, 1920 - March 7, 2016

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

January 31, 1926 - February 24, 2016

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

March 11, 1920 - February 23, 2016

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

March 18, 1954 - February 12, 2016

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

March 4, 1927 - February 5, 2016

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

May 10, 1964 - February 2, 2016

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

June 22, 1946 - January 30, 2016

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

October 9, 1962 - January 18, 2016

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

June 21, 1923 - January 4, 2016

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

August 18, 1935 - December 21, 2015

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

March 25, 1931 - December 11, 2015

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

January 11, 1970 - November 28, 2015

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

January 29, 1962 - November 11, 2015

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

September 30, 1920 - November 2, 2015

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

March 21, 1939 - October 25, 2015

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

October 18, 1958 - October 24, 2015

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

April 5, 1962 - October 24, 2015

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

October 1, 1947 - October 21, 2015

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

March 4, 1946 - October 8, 2015

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

March 13, 1924 - September 22, 2015

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

August 22, 1936 - September 15, 2015

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

December 25, 1959 - August 31, 2015

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

February 18, 1936 - August 30, 2015

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

February 23, 1947 - August 30, 2015

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

May 11, 1946 - August 30, 2015

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

March 20, 1936 - August 14, 2015

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

November 1, 1923 - August 1, 2015

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

August 19, 1953 - August 1, 2015

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

March 20, 1943 - July 9, 2015

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

April 29, 1920 - July 5, 2015

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

April 26, 1942 - July 5, 2015

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

February 11, 1942 - July 2, 2015

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

April 16, 1923 - June 27, 2015

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

June 15, 1934 - June 24, 2015

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

June 13, 1959 - June 8, 2015

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

September 18, 1947 - May 24, 2015

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

December 13, 1947 - May 24, 2015

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

January 12, 1944 - May 24, 2015

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