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Posted: 25 Jan 2001 5:00AM GMT
Classification: Obituary
Edited: 23 Jun 2001 12:25PM GMT
Surnames: Arnold, Belcher, Boyd, Bridges, Smith, Cummings, Griffen, Bennett, Hale, Honse, Horton, Rieson, Rickman, Shelor, Shelton, Via, Soots, Carter
The Enterprise, Patrick County, VA January 24, 2001

SUSIE B. ARNOLD
Susie Belcher Arnold, 91, of Fieldale, died Wednesday, January 17, 2001, at Stanleytown Health Care Center.
She was born June 11, 1909, in Patrick County, and was a daughter of the late Joseph Benjamin Belcher and the late Fannie Vaughn Belcher. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Edgar D. Arnold Sr.; two sons, E.D. Arnold Jr. and Benny L. Arnold; a brother, Cecil A. Belcher; and a sister, Gladys B. Morrison.
She retired from Fieldcrest Mills after more than 30 years of service, and attended Fieldcrest Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Anita Few of the Rangely community and Nadine Hutchinson of Fieldale; one sister, Almeda Mills of Stuart; 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Norris Funeral Services chapel by the Rev. Richard Harrison. Burial was in Roselawn Burial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fieldale Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 98, Fieldale, Va. 24089.
EARNIE N. BOYD
Earnie Norman "Buddy" Boyd, 59, of Christiansburg, died January 20, 2001, at Heritage Hall Nursing Home.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert W. Boyd.
Surviving are two sons, David Boyd and Steven Todd Boyd, both of Floyd; two sisters, Claudia Light of Willis and Nannie Mae Wood of Meadows of Dan; and one grandson.
Funeral services were conducted Monday at Wood Funeral Home chapel in Floyd by the Rev. Roy Turpin. Burial was in the Boyd family cemetery at Meadows of Dan.
LOIS S. BRIDGES
Lois Smith Bridges, 83, of Hampton, died Wednesday, January 17, 2001, after a short illness.
A Stuart native, she had lived in Hampton for the past 60 years. She was a daughter of the late Herman Walter and Mamie Flippin Smith.
She retired from NASA in 1971 with more than 28 years of civil service and was a member of Sharon Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 45 years, Thomas N. Bridges; one son, Douglas L. Eanes of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; one stepson, Randy Bridges of McCall, S.C.; one brother, Lester Smith of Martinsville; three sisters, Lillie C. Moore of Kernersville, N.C., Virginia Shively of Winston-Salem, N.C., and Pauline Foley of Bassett; one grandson and one stepgranddaughter.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Sharon Baptist Church with the Rev. William J. George officiating. Burial was in Parklawn Memorial Park.
Arrangements were by Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home.
JERRY W. CUMMINGS
Jerry Wayne Cummings, 53, of Trot Valley Rd., Stuart, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at R.J. Reynolds Patrick County Memorial Hospital.
He was born January 9, 1948 in Montgomery County, and was a son of Harold Wayne Cummings of Stuart and the late Irene Altizer Cummings.
A U.S. Army veteran who served in Vietnam, he was a truck driver for A-Plus Transportation.
Surviving, in addition to his father, are his wife, Shirley Pack Cummings of the home; one daughter, Jeannie Harding of Grottoes; one brother, Norman Cummings of Stuart; a niece and three nephews.
A graveside service will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Sycamore Baptist Church cemetery. The Rev. Gerald Melton will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to JEB Stuart Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 340, Patrick Springs, Va. 24133, or to Sycamore Baptist Church, c/o Nancy Midkiff, Treasurer, 179 Sycamore Church Lane, Stuart, Va. 24171.
SAM J. EAST
Sam Junior East, 50, of Patrick Springs, died Tuesday, January 23, 2001, at the V.A. Medical Center in Salem.
He was born November 21, 1950 in Mount Airy, N.C. and was the son of Sam Ed East Sr. and Gracie Vipperman East of Stuart. He was preceded in death by an infant brother.
East had been employed by Vaughan Furniture in Stuart and was a U.S. Army veteran. He had done evangelistic work at several churches for many years.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Frances Murray East of the home; two sons, James Timothy East of Patrick Springs and Charles Edward East of Stuart; and one grandson.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Full Gospel Mission. The Revs. Wade Edwards and George Lambert will officiate. Burial will be in the First Southern Baptist Church cemetery. Military rites will be conducted by the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends tonight (Wednesday) from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Full Gospel Mission.
Arrangements are by Moody Funeral Home in Stuart.
MARY B. GRIFFIN
Mary Bennett Griffin, 82, formerly of Sandy Ridge, N.C., died Tuesday, January 16, 2001, at Old Summit Nursing Home, Winston-Salem, N.C.
She was born in David County, N.C., a daughter of the late Joseph A. and Myrtle Carter Bennett. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Griffin; a daughter, Tina M. Griffin; and a son, Clarence Griffin Jr.
She was a former employee of Burlington Industries, Inc., and Macfield, Inc., and was a member of Delta United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Douglas Griffin of Patrick Springs and Tony Griffin of Madison, N.C.; two daughters, Nancy G. Spencer and Judy G. Stanley, both of Sandy Ridge; three brothers, David Riggs and Fletcher Riggs, both of Martinsville, and Wayne Riggs of Stoneville, N.C.; two sisters, Thelma Newman and Elsie Cahill, both of Martinsville; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Friday at Delta United Methodist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Oak Summit Nursing Home, c/o Home Team, 5680 Windy Hill Drive, Winston-Salem, N.C. 27105.
POSIE B. HALE
Posie Brown Hale, 83, of Ferrum, died Wednesday, January 17, 2001.
He was a son of the late Flint Coleman and Florence Crook Hale. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Ruby Woody, and a son, Leonard Hale.
Surviving are his wife, Cora Mae Quinn Hale; his children, Lovella Hooker of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Joy Cassell of Bassett; Mittie Thornhill and Posie Junior Hale, both of Henry; Mary Shively of Richmond; Barbara Hale, Otis Hale, Willie Hale and George Hale, all of Ferrum; Gladys Hale of Patrick County and Coleman Hale of Dillwyn; one sister, Cora Peters of Ferrum; 29 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday at Lynch Funeral Home in Rocky Mount by the Rev. Bud Nichols. Burial was in Maple Grove Cemetery.
JAMES A. HONSE SR.
Lt. Col. James Arden Honse Sr., USMC Ret., 64, of Woolwine, died Saturday, January 20, 2001, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Salem.
He was born February 23, 1936, in Armstrong County, Pa., and was a son of Julia Stitt Honse of Beaver Falls, Pa. and the late John H. Honse Sr. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, James "Trey" Honse III, and a brother, John H. Honse Jr.
Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, Elizabeth G. Honse of the home; two sons, James A. "Chip" Honse of Kenley, N.C., and LCdr. Christopher G. Honse of Juneau, Ark.; one brother, Joel A. Honse of Woolwine; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Moody Funeral Home chapel in Stuart.
Burial was private.
DEBORAH R. HORTON
Deborah Rieson Horton, 52, of Ringgold, died Thursday, January 18, 2001, at Danville Regional Medical Center.
She was born January 2, 1949 in Fieldale and was a daughter of James T. and Nancy H. Rieson of Fieldale.
She worked 10 years for the City of Danville in the electric department.
Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Alfred R. Horton of Ringgold; two daughters, Angela Parrish of Danville and Wendy Bowman of Ringgold; three sons, Alfred R. Horton Jr. and Robert W. Horton, both of Kissimmee, Fla., and James Roy Horton of Ringgold; three sisters, Linda West of Patrick Springs, Terry Turner of Richmond and Sherry Clark of Collinsville; one brother, James T. Rieson Jr. of Fieldale; and seven grandchildren.
A memorial service will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Danville Rescue Squad or to the Ringgold Fire Department.
Arrangements are by the Cremation Society of Virginia in Clarksville.
JAMES R. RICKMAN
James R. "Rick" Rickman, 79, of Ormond Beach, Fla., died Sunday, January 14, 2001, in Florida.
He was born in Stuart and was a son of the late Fred and Emma Gilbert Rickman.
He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, and retired from his plumbing contracting business in Arlington. He moved to Florida in 1988 after his retirement.
Surviving are his wife, Ruth Rickman; one son, Robert Rickman of Centreville; one sister, who lives in Reidsville, N.C.; and two brothers, Herman Rickman of Eden, N.C., and Bill Rickman of Ridgeway.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Fair Funeral Home in Eden. Burial was in Overlook Cemetery in Eden.
JOHN W. SHELOR
John William Shelor Sr., 71, of Lynchburg, died Wednesday, January 17, 2001, at Hospice House.
He was born in Spray, N.C., on February 18, 1929, and was a son of the late Pyrrhus Davis Shelor and Gertie Brammer Shelor Hill. He was the grandson of William Ellis and Sarah Brammer Shelor.
He was a graduate of Woolwine High School and attended National Business College. He served in the Korean War was a member of the American Legion.
Shelor was employed by Norfolk and Western Railroad for 33 years and was a member of the Bent Rail Train Club.
Surviving are his wife of 50 years, Betty Rae Shelor; one son, John William Shelor Jr.; one sister, Bertha May Pickette; and one brother, Lucian Davis Shelor.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Maberry Funeral Home chapel in Floyd. The Revs. Michael Nelms and Clifton McCoy officiated. Burial was in Jacksonville Cemetery in Floyd.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice House, 4413 Boonsboro Rd., Lynchburg, Va. 24503, or to Lupus Foundation of America.
PAMELA V. SHELTON
Pamela Via Shelton, 37, of Axton, died January 15, 2001, in Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
She was born on October 1, 1963 in Martinsville and lived in Henry and Patrick Counties. She was a daughter of Venton W. Via of Patrick County and the late Lois Hagwood Via.
She was a housewife and was a member of Temple of Spirit and Truth Church in Preston.
Surviving, in addition to her father, are her husband, George S. Shelton of the home; one son and one daughter, Orlando L. Akridge and Madonna M. Akridge, both of the home; four brothers, Barry W. Via and Dwayne V. Via, both of Martinsville, and Kelvin B. Via of Bassett and Jack K. Via of Patrick Springs; three sisters, Shelia O. Joyce, Loretta A. Harris and Lisa M. Via, all of Martinsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
The funeral was held Thursday at Temple of Spirit and Truth Church in Preston. Elder Jerome Kellam officiated. Burial was in the family cemetery in Patrick County.
Pallbearers were Cecil Myers, Cornell Manns, William Red, Marcus Red, Earl Penn and Curtis Hairston.
Arrangements were by Hairston Funeral Home.
DOVIE C. SOOTS
Dovie Carter Soots, 90, of Fieldale, died Friday, January 19, 2001, at Memorial Hospital of Martinsville and Henry County.
She was born February 10, 1910, in Henry County, and was a daughter of the late Willie G. and Lou Craig Carter. She was also preceded in death by her husband, William Cullom "W.C." Soots; five brothers, Levi Carter, George Carter, Martin Carter, Garland Carter and Joe Carter; and two sisters, Blanche Carter and Vina Carter Dyer.
Surviving are one son, Virgil W. Soots of Martinsville; two half-sisters, Zada Joyce of Martinsville and Zola Wright of Patrick Springs; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was conducted Monday at Roselawn Burial Park by the Rev. Richard Harrison.
Arrangements were by Norris Funeral Services.
Correction
The obituary in last week's edition for Harvey E. Hancock Sr. of S. County Line Rd., Patrick Springs, incorrectly listed his age as 83. His correct age was 73. Hancock was born in Henry County and lived in Patrick County all his life.. He and his wife, Marie Cassell Hancock, were married for 53 years.

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