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David I. Bernklow

Laurel Fork, VA

David I. Bernklow, 75, of Laurel Fork, died Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, at his home. He was born in Putnam, Conn., to the late Fredrick Alton and Marjorie Elizabeth Corkum Bernklow.  Survivors include his wife, Marjorie Williamson Bernklow of the home; sons and daughter-in-law,...

Larry Gene Sellers

Fries, VA

Larry Gene Sellers, 43, of Fries, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017.  He was born Dec. 27, 1973, in Maryland to the late Bill and Katherine Sellers.  Survivors include wife, Beth Sellers of the home; daughter, Destiny Sellers of Fries; step daughter, Jessica Thomas Sumner of North...

Robert Earl Shaffner Jr.

Fries, VA

Robert Earl Shaffner Jr. better known as Bud Shaffner, 81, of Fries, Va., passed away Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, in the Grayson Nursing and Rehab Center. He was born in Grayson County, Va., on Nov. 24, 1935, to Robert Earl Shaffner Sr. and Jeanetta Yates Shaffner. He proudly...

Dillon Michael Young

Hillsville, VA

Dillon Michael Young, 25, of Hillsville, died Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Robert Lee Young; his grandmother, Goldie Nester Alderman; and mother-in-law, Dianna Carol Bean. Survivors include his...

August 18, 2017 Obituaries

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,...

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