Kathleen W. Smith


Kathleen SmithKathleen W. Smith, 89, of Monterey, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014 at her home.

She was born April 10, 1925 in Durbin, WV a daughter of the late Joseph Houston and Margie Marie (Rexrode) Wimer.

A homemaker, Mrs. Smith had also worked many years at Aileen, Inc.  She loved looking after her family, cooking and bird watching.  She was a member of Monterey United Methodist Church.

On November 10, 1945, she married Frank W. Smith, Sr., who passed away two years ago on the same day.  She was also predeceased by a sister, Gretta Johnson.      

She is survived by her son, Wilson Smith; daughter and son-in-law, Gloria and Jack McConnell; grandson, Brandon Smith and wife, Hilary; two great-granddaughters, Makynley and Ashlyn Smith, all of Monterey; her sister, Dot Stone of Franklin, WV.

Also surviving is a special friend to the family and Brandon’s mother, Ruth Newman; two nieces, Rita Simmons and Cindy Johnson and nephew, Steve Johnson.

A graveside memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Blue Grass Cemetery with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating.

Friends may call at the home of Wilson Smith.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Highland County Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 268, Monterey or Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 267, Monterey or Highland Medical Center, P.O. Box 490, Monterey or Highland County Humane Society, P.O. Box 458, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Sandra Robinson

Williamsville, VA

Sandra Neill Robinson, 71, of the Williamsville community in Highland County, left to be with her Lord Jesus Christ Saturday, April 19, 2014.

She was born Sept 10, 1942 in Florala, Alabama a daughter of the late John Thomas and Mary Neill (Smith) Albritton.

Mrs. Robinson was a faithful member of McDowell Presbyterian Church for over 40 years.

She is survived by her husband of 53 years, R.D. Robinson; her son, Steve Robinson and wife, Jennifer of Churchville, VA; her daughter, Melissa Robinson Spittle and husband, Don of Blacksburg, VA; 2 granddaughters, Molly Robinson of ­Churchville, VA and Ashley Welch and husband, Jason of Centerville, VA; her grandson, Christopher Robinson and wife, Kelly of Dante, VA, as well as her sisters, Mary Leah Veneable of Goodlettsville, TN and Theresa Phillips of Little River, AL.

A memorial service will be conducted 7 p.m., Thursday, April 24, 2014 at McDowell Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Beth Pyles officiating. Additionally, the family will hold a celebration of her life at the home of R.D. and Sandra, 332 Flood Lane, Williamsville, VA, to be announced at a later date. Family and friends will be notified. A second memorial service and inurnment will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Andalusia, Alabama, also to be announced at a later date.

At the family’s request memorial contributions may be made to the McDowell Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 66, McDowell, VA 24458. Donations will be applied towards the Heifer Fund International and the Presbyterian Children’s Home of Wytheville, VA.

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Lora F. Lowry

Monterey, VA

Lora LowryLora F. Lowry, 65, of Monterey, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at Bath Community Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born April 9, 1948 in Sonora, CA, to the late James H., Sr. and Bessie (Farman) Nickley.

Lora was of a family (Nickley/Nichley and Manley) with deep pioneering roots in California, having settled there following the American Civil War; amongst her ancestors were generations of miners and ranchers in Tuolumne and Amador counties. The family lived in Jacksonville, CA, where Lora’s father, always known as “Slim” Nickley, was a foreman at the Eagle Shawmut Gold Mine.

A devoted wife and homemaker, Lora had also been employed at The Homestead as well as Virginia Department of Transportation. She will be remembered as a loving mother and mamaw, who enjoyed living in the mountains and caring for flowers, especially her roses.

On January 28, 1965, she married Edward William Lowry, Sr. who preceded her in death on November 30, 2013. She was also predeceased by her brother, James H. Nickley, Jr. and her sisters, Patricia Ramsey and Betty Holmes.

Lora is survived by her children, Edward Lowry, Jr., of Monterey, Shirley Cox and husband, Leland of Hamlin, PA, Kevin Lowry and wife, Penny of Fulks Run and Tammy Simmons and husband, Mark of Franklin, WV; grandchildren, Gary Hoke, Jr. and wife, Kimberly of Lake Ariel, PA and Samantha Metz of Dayton; step-grandchildren Nicholas Simmons of Huron, SD, Falica and Amanda Pettit of Fulks Run and Tanya and John Hollister of McDonald, PA; great-granddaughters, Kaleigh Rose and Makenzie Lora Hoke of Lake Ariel, PA; step-great-grandchildren, Tyler, Cameron and Cheyenne Hollister of McDonald, PA. Additionally, Lora is survived by an aunt, Annie Freeman of Jamestown, CA and special friends, Dave and Ellie Dykes of Richmond and John Metz of Dayton.

The family will hold a private memorial service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lora Lowry Memorial Fund, c/o Blue Grass Valley Bank, P.O. Box 516, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Wilma “Ruth” Bird


Ruth BirdWilma “Ruth” Bird, 89, of Staunton, passed away Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Augusta Health. She was born July 1, 1924 in Clawson, WV a daughter of the late Reed Calvin and Flora (Perry) Johnson.

A 1943 graduate of Monterey High School, Mrs. Bird was a homemaker and had retired from C & P Telephone Company. She was a member of St. James United Methodist Church in Churchville, the Blanche Gilbert Bible Class and the Telephone Company Pioneers of Virginia. She loved spending time in her flower gardens, especially tending to her irises.

On October 28, 1950, she married Charles Daniel Bird, who preceded her in death on March 11, 2011. Additionally, Mrs. Bird was predeceased by her brother, Kyle Calvin Johnson.

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Helen Johnson of Staunton; niece, Beverly Neff and husband, Jim of Staunton; great-nephew, Michael Neff and wife, Rose of Stuarts Draft; two great-great-nieces, Maria and Hannah Neff; cousin, Minnie Faye Taylor of Minnehaha Springs, WV and her special pet and loyal companion, Joy.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014 at St. James United Methodist Church with the Rev. Eddie Barnett officiating.

Burial will follow in Oak Lawn Memory Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Seth Smith, Bob Rexrode, Steve “Buck” White, John McManamay, Winifred Smith, Jr., Sam Brown and Bob Kite.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Blanche Gilbert Bible Class.

The family will receive friends, at a luncheon, following the interment, in the fellowship hall of St. James United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. James United Methodist Church, c/o Mary Ann Byrd, 337 Hotchkiss Rd, Churchville, VA 24421.

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Carl N. Ratcliff


Carl Nelson Ratcliff, 79, of Mustoe passed away Monday, March 10, 2014 at his home.

He was born February 18, 1935 at Mustoe a son of the late John Howard and Elva Kate (McLaughlin) Ratcliff. 

Mr. Ratcliff had worked at Howell’s Leather Company in Frank, WV, H.H. Dice Stock Farm and Mill Run Farm.

He is survived by a nephew, great-nephew, cousins and special friends, Allen and Kathy Downs of Moon and Herb Lightner of Monterey.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Clara Ratcliff and his brother, Gerald H. Ratcliff.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at Hamilton Chapel Cemetery with Pastor Mike Puffenbarger officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hamilton Chapel Cemetery, c/o Carol Waybright, 98 Airport Terrace Rd, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Maxine J. Huffman


Maxine HuffmanMaxine J. Huffman, 73, of McDowell passed away Saturday, March 1, 2014 at her home.  She was born February 2, 1941 in Moyers, WV a daughter of the late Dewey Marcelles and Shirley Ruth (Hoover) Jamison. 

Maxine was a past secretary for the Electoral Board of Highland County.  She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, charter member of McDowell Volunteer Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary and a loyal volunteer in assisting the Highland County Fair Association and Stonewall Ruritan Club. Her favorite pastimes were gardening, growing flowers and a passion for hunting morel mushrooms.  Maxine loved spending time with her family and large circle of friends.

She is survived by her husband, William B. “Bill” Huffman, whom she married on December 4, 1964; son, Michael M. Jamison and wife, Lisa of Moyers, WV; daughter, Teresa Lynn Duncan and husband, Dennis of Blue Grass; seven grandsons, Jonathan, Shaun, Joshua, Cody, Chris, Steven and Aaron.; two great-grandchildren, Colton and Peyton; two brothers, Arlin Dale Jamison and wife, Freda of Franklin, WV and Gary Lee Jamison of Franklin, WV; sister, Geraldine M. Neil of Moyers, WV and a very special “sister”, Adeline Hull of Doe Hill.  Maxine is also survived by a foster daughter, Debra J. Young of Cloverport, KY; a foster son, Billy D. Campbell of Radcliff, KY; her special girls, Ashley, Sarah and Rachel and three special caregivers, Kay Smith, Patricia Warner and Alice Shumate.

She was preceded in death by her three siblings, Delmas Clyde Jamison, Anna Lynn Fleisher and Charles Henry Jamison.

A funeral service will be conducted 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell with the Rev. Beth Pyles officiating.  Burial will follow in McKendree Cemetery. 

Active pallbearers will be Wesley Fleisher, David Jamison, Steven Jamison, Greg Jamison, Rick Neil, Jonathan Gwin, Shaun Gwin and Josh Gwin.  Honorary pallbearers will be Brent Obaugh, Kyle Obaugh, David Simmons, Craig Smith, Wes Eye, Olin Hoover, Willard May, Wilt Simmons, Larry “Bub” Armstrong, Rodney Via, Dennis Jamison, Benny Armstrong, Steven Beverage and Ken Nelson.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday at Obaugh Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to McDowell Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Delbert Rexrode, 527 Windrush Lane, Doe Hill VA 24433 or St. John Lutheran Church Building Fund, c/o Mr. Eston Propst, treasurer, 101 Rebel Lane, Sugar Grove, WV 26815.

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Thomas J. Simmons


Thomas SimmonsThomas Jefferson Simmons, 80, of Woodbridge, passed away Friday, February 21, 2014 at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.  He was born January 7, 1934 in Doe Hill, VA, son of the late Thomas and Leta Belle (Mitchell) Simmons.

Mr. Simmons served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict.  A Maintenance Superintendent with the Virginia Department of Transportation, he retired after 21 years of service.  He was an avid gardener and enjoyed time spent watching and feeding “his” birds.

He is survived by his wife, Dollie Recie (Galford) Simmons, whom he married December 26, 1955; daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Gary Stoffregen of Woodbridge; two sons and daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Kathy Simmons of  Woodbridge and Jeffrey Simmons of Fredericksburg; two grandchildren, Paul Botto and Amber Simmons; great-granddaughter, Kayla Botto; step-granddaughter, Brandy Knighting; sister, Lillian Dever and husband, Garland of Monterey and brother, Wallace Simmons and wife, Norine of Dunmore, WV.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m., Monday, February 24, 2014 in Monterey Cemetery with the Rev. C. William “Bill” Cox officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Monterey Cemetery, c/o Nancy Sweitzer, 228 Triple Oak Lane, Hot Springs, VA24445.

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