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Raymond Early Crawley, 83, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on Sunday, November 23, 2014, after a long battle with lung cancer and heart complications. He was the loving husband of Joyce Elder Crawley for 57 years. Raymond was born October 10, 1931, in Lynchburg, a son of the late Millard R. Crawley and Alice Doss Crawley.…
Jean C. Evans, 80, of Lynchburg and formerly of Fort Worth, TX, passed away on Monday, November 24, 2014. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Shafer and her husband, Joseph; two granddaughters: Kristal Hayes and Suzanne McCabe; three great-granddaughters: Hailee Woods, Jessica Johnson, and Lacie Johnson; a great-great-grandson, Austin; and Evelyn and Geoffrey Chapman, whom she loved very much.…
James “Steve” Steven Yeatts, Jr., 54, of Afton, passed away on Sunday, November 23, 2014. He was the son of James “Jimmy” Yeatts, Sr. and Hollis Yeatts of Goode. Born on August 19, 1960, Steve worked in medical transport for the Mayo Clinic. In addition to his parents, Steve is survived by his two sons, James Steven “Stevie” Yeatts, III…
Dorothy Marie Hale Karnes, 93, of Bedford, died Sunday, November 23, 2014 in Oakwood Health & Rehab Center. She was born March 28, 1921 in Bedford County, a daughter of the late William Carey Hale and Nannie Driskoll Witt Hale. For many years, she worked at Craddock & Terry Shoe Factory in Lynchburg, the Silk Mill in Bedford, and later…
Michael Allen Bartasavich, 64, of Lynchburg, formerly of Dubois, PA died Saturday November 22, 2014. Michael was born February 15, 1950 a son of the late Allen Bartasavich and the late Maxine Yorko Bartasavich. He honorably served his country in the U.S. Army Reserves. Michael later retired as a professional meat cutter and was currently employed at Fresh Market. He…
Aubrey Kenneth Creger, 84, of Lynchburg, died on Friday, November 21st, 2014, at his home with family at his side, after a short battle with cancer. Kenneth was born in Wytheville, Virginia to the late Thomas Jackson Creger, Sr. and Lillian Estelle Cline Creger on October 27th, 1930. He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Rita…
Katharine Hill Vaden, a devoted wife and mother, and talented artist, died on Friday, November 21, 2014, after suffering a stroke on March 2. Katie was born on March 11, 1950, in Roanoke, Virginia to Emily Blake Hill and the late Ogden Halsey Hill. She graduated Randolph Macon Woman’s College in 1972, and moved to St. Paul, Minn. On December…
Claradene Otis Wood Toms, 103, of Bedford died Thursday, November 20, 2014. She was the wife of the late Oliver Arrington Toms. She is also preceded in death by two daughters, Yvonne E. Thomas and Shirley Toms Dubuque; and one grandson, Steve Dubuque. Born February 28, 1911 Clara was the daughter of the late Frank Edward Wood and Mary Emma…
Lorene Frances Miles Doss went to be with her Lord on Thursday, November 20, 2014. Born February 23, 1931 in Campbell County; she was a daughter of the late Roy Terrell and Minnie Odell Tweedy Miles. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her siblings, James Lee Miles, Doris Miles Singleton, and Odell Miles Isaacs. She…
Russell Martin Ball, 87, died on November 19th at Lynchburg General Hospital following a brief illness. Born in Chicago, he began his studies in journalism at the University of Illinois, but after service in the army at the end of World War II he returned to earn a degree in Physics. He later trained at the Oak Ridge School of…
Ret. Lt. Col. John Michael Byrne, 81, of Madison Heights, died on Tuesday, November 18, 2014. Services will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery in the Old Post Chapel. Tharp Funeral Home, Madison Heights, is assisting the family, (434) 929-0055.  
Tomi Jean Archer, 45, of Lynchburg, VA, died Thursday, November 13, 2014. Born Thursday, February 06, 1969 in Seattle, WA, Tomi was a daughter of Dorothy Mae Pitts Byrum.   In addition to her husband and mother, Tomi is survived by her children: Davilyn Pinney, David Pinney, and Ben Wagner, four grandchildren: Brooklyn, Aylen, Laila, and Paislee; a sister, JoLana Byrum,…
Evelyn Goodman Bruffy, 60, went to be with her Lord on November 17, 2014. She was the loving wife of Carlton H. Bruffy for thirty-eight years. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She was the daughter of Louise P. Goodman and the late Cornelius Goodman. Evelyn was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church, she accepted Jesus as her personal…
Mary Sweeney Ellett died Nov. 17, 2014 in Lynchburg, VA. Born on Dec. 18, 1929 in Greensboro, NC she grew up in Lynchburg and graduated from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College (now Randolph College). In 1951, she married Robert D. Ellett and they had three children. After college, she was a high school teacher, occupational therapist and college magazine editor. She returned…
Crystal Anita McCray Collins, 58, of Fincastle, died Sunday, November 16, 2014 in Lewis-Gale Medical Center. She was born January 26, 1956 in Virginia, a daughter of the late James Leonard McCray, Sr. and Dorothy Agnes Crawford McCray. Crystal attended Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Crystal is survived by her husband, Edward Harold Collins, Jr.; two children, Carrie L. McKay…
Sherrill Dean Messer Mooneyham, 76, of Moneta, went home to be with her Lord Saturday, November 15, 2014. She was the wife of the late Homer Mooneyham. Born on June 25, 1938, Sherrill was the daughter of the late William Handy Messer and Annie Mae Williams Messer. She was a member of Flint Hill Baptist Church. Sherrill is survived by…
Preston L. “Hunkus” Burns, Sr., 69, of Bedford, died Saturday, November 15, 2014. He was the loving husband of Dianne L. Burns for forty-eight years. Born on October 2, 1945, Preston was the son of the late Boyd E. Burns and the late Carrie L. Burns. He began his career at Lynchburg Ready-Mix and then moved on to Bedford Ready-Mix…
Douglas Minor Harrington, 60, died November 15, 2014 in Lynchburg Virginia. He was the husband of Elizabeth Schoenrock Harrington, for 25 years. Born in September 26, 1954, in Mount Morris, Michigan, Doug was a son of Patricia Bates Harrington and the late Donald Weber Harrington. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by his brother, Gregory David…
Odessa Minnick Falls, 88, of Lynchburg passed away Monday, November 10, 2014. She was the loving wife of the late Floyd Shirly Falls for 57 years. Odessa was born in Bedford County June 23, 1926; a daughter of the late Wyatt W. and Pearl Burks Minnick. She is survived by her son, Roger N. Falls and wife, Yvonne of Madison…
David A. Johnson, Lynchburg, died November 12, 2014. He was predeceased by his parents, Bethel and Catherine Johnson; a daughter, Elizabeth Johnson Boatner; and a brother, Andrew C. Johnson. His survivors include his wife, Jan; son, Kerke A. Johnson (Lynne) of Norfolk; son-in-law, Ivan Boatner of Knoxville, TN; and granddaughters, Haley, Peyton, and Margaret. He was born September 12, 1933,…
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