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Judy Wagg Bridgeman

Volney, VA

Judy Wagg Bridgeman, 62, of Volney, died Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at her home. She was the widow of Dennis Eugene Bridgeman. She was born Nov. 11, 1954, to John Jackson "Jack" Wagg and Jean Adams Wagg. Survivors include daughter and spouse, Tanya Bridgeman and Arthur  Lee...

Penick Gentry

Spring Valley, VA

Penick Gentry, also known as Bud and Buddy, passed away on Thursday, Aug.10, 2017. He was born in Roxboro, N.C., May 6, 1927. He was preceded in death by his parents, Abner C. Gentry and Lelia Walters Gentry. Survivors include his wife, Janie Hale Gentry; several nieces and...

Arnold Perry

Dobson, NC

Arnold Perry, 77, of Independence, Va., passed away Monday , Aug. 14, 2017, at the Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, N.C. He was born Sept. 23, 1939, at Independence to John Robert Perry and Sylvia Dona Halsey Perry. Survivors include his wife, Gladys Krauss Perry of the home; ...

Garnett Ralph Ross

Flat Ridge, VA

Garnett Ralph Ross of Flat Ridge, Va., passed away to be with his Lord on Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at home surrounded by his family.  He was born in Flat Ridge, Va., on Sept. 16, 1929, to the late Wilmor Garnett Ross and Allie Rose Phipps Ross. In addition to his parents, he...

James Rex Yonce

Wytheville, VA

James Rex Yonce, 86, of Wytheville, formerly of Comers Rock, died Friday, Aug. 11, 2017, at Carrington Place, Wytheville. He was born April 3, 1931, at Comers Rock, to Lester Yonce and Nonnie Poole Yonce. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Patsy Yonce; his second...

August 10, 2017 Obituaries

Perry R. Burcham

Woodlawn, VA

Perry R. Burcham, 65, of Woodlawn, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2017, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital.  Burcham was preceded in death by his parents, Orbon and Delta Burcham; and two sisters, Joyce Carico and Linda Funk. Survivors include his wife, Beverly Burcham; brother...

Owen Labon Lawson

Austinville, VA

Owen Labon Lawson, 80, of Austinville, died Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at his home. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mattie S. Lawson; sisters, Ovella Lawson and Mina Sue Lawson; and brothers, Buford Lawson, Clayron Lawson and Haskell Lawson. Survivors include his...

William A. McAllister Jr.

Dobson, NC

William A. McAllister Jr., 88, passed away peacefully on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at the Mountain Valley Hospice Home in Dobson, N.C. He was born in Philadelphia, Pa., on Oct. 30, 1928. Bill was the beloved husband of Carol D. McAllister; father of Jill Burcham,...

Janie Taylor Sells

Kingsport, TN

Janie Taylor Sells, 80, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, at Crystal Jolston Manor in Kingsport, Tenn. She was born May 13, 1937, at Independence, to Glen Taylor and Bertha Ray Taylor. Survivors include two sisters, Mary Taylor and Lavon Taylor  of Independence; three brothers, Ray...

Sylvia J. Stilwell

Dugspur, VA

Sylvia J. Stilwell, 96, of Dugspur, died Saturday, Aug. 5, 2017, in Galax. She was preceded in death by her husband, J. Roosevelt Stilwell; and her parents, Perry and Bessie Duncan Jennings. Survivors include her two daughters and son-in-law, Maxine Choate of Galax and Carol...

Nancy Janet Kirby Thore

Ivanhoe, VA

Nancy Janet Kirby Thore, 82, better known as Janet Thore, of Ivanhoe, died Monday, Aug. 7, 2017, in the Twin County Regional Hospital. She was born on Dec. 29, 1934, in Galax, to Joe Garnett and Litha Matilda Hampton Kirby. Survivors include her daughters and sons-in-law,...

August 3, 2017 Obituaries

Patricia “Patty” Ann Bobbitt

Lambsburg, VA

Patricia Ann "Patty" Bobbitt, 53, of Lambsburg, Va., passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at her home.  Bobbitt was born Aug. 10, 1963, in Carroll County, Va., one of two children born to the late Howard Morgan and Alma Lee Thompson Bobbitt.  Patty worked at Proctor-Silex Inc....

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