Homer A. Simmons


Homer SimmonsHomer Albert Simmons, 74, of Hot Springs passed away Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Bath Community Hospital. He was born January 8, 1940 near Blue Grass a son of the late Russell Dice and Mabel Alice (Grogg) Simmons.

Mr. Simmons was a member of Ashwood United Methodist Church and Men’s Club of the Church. He served in the U.S. Army and retired from Westvaco after 37 1/2 years of service. Mr. Simmons was also a self-employed roofer, NASCAR fan and loved to hunt and fish.

He is survived by his wife, Nora Elizabeth (Chestnut) Simmons, P.O. Box 653, Hot Springs, whom he married on June 12, 1961; brother, Raymond Dice Simmons of Shreveport, LA; nephew, Logy Anzures and two nieces, Lynn and Carla Anzures.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Ruby Wilma Anzures.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Ashwood United Methodist Church with the Pastor Vivian M. Utz and Rev. Lynn Wright officiating. Burial will follow in the Mountain Grove Cemetery. 

Active pallbearers will be Carl Chestnut, Berlie Chestnut, David Chestnut, Dickie Kershner, Whimpy Taylor, Lonnie Martin, Jimmy Gillispie and Jimmy Cauley.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Men’s Club of Ashwood United Methodist Church, Rodney Chestnut, Freddie Harold and Johnny McManamay.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church and friends may call Monday at Obaugh Funeral Home or anytime at the residence, 146 Wilkinson Ave, Hot Springs.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashwood United Methodist Church, c/o Betty Harold, treasurer, 54 Methodist Lane, Hot Springs, VA 24445 or Mountain Grove Cemetery Fund, c/o Janice O’Farrell, 5792 Mountain Valley Rd, Warm Springs, VA 24484.

Posted in August 2014 | 6 Comments

Margaret S. Blagg


Margaret BlaggMargaret S. Blagg, 92, of Doe Hill passed away Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Pendleton Manor.  She was born May 22, 1922 in Carlisle, PA a daughter of the late Lee E. and Lena Alice (Heishman) Sheaffer.

Mrs. Blagg was a member and pianist at Doe Hill United Methodist Church.  An educator for 42 years, Mrs. Blagg began her career as a teacher in Doe Hill, then taught at Franklin, WV before returning to Highland County to teach music at all three elementary schools.  She later taught at Stonewall Elementary, where she went on to become principal, and completed her career at Highland Elementary School.

On June 19, 1946, she married Alfred Wilson Blagg, who preceded her in death on October 7, 1998.  She also was predeceased by her sister, Helen M. McCoy and her brother, William B. Sheaffer.

Mrs. Blagg is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Lee Wilson and Marilyn G. Blagg and James Abner and Tracey C. Blagg, all of Doe Hill; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Martha R. Palmer of Stuarts Draft and Ruth A. Daugherty of Lancaster, PA and her brother, Rev. Lee B. Sheaffer and wife, Sue of  Mechanicsville.                       

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m.Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Doe Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dave Boger officiating.  Burial will follow at Doe Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Gary Simmons, Lynn Pullin, Steve Botkin, Scotty Armstrong, Alfred Armstrong and Josh Simmons. Honorary pallbearers will be friends attending the service.  The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m., Tuesday at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell.

Memorial contributions may be made to Doe Hill Cemetery, c/o Larry Armstrong, P.O. Box 73, McDowell, VA 24458.

Posted in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Mabel Blanche (Martin) Ryder


Ryder goodMabel Blanche Ryder, 98, of Warm Springs, passed away Saturday, June 28, 2014 at her home.   She was born November 23, 1915 in Falling Springs a daughter of the late James Oliver and Winnie (Vance) Martin.

Mrs. Ryder was a homemaker, member of Chimney Run Church of the Brethren and was actively involved with the Ladies Circle of the church.

On January 15, 1931, she married Charles William Ryder, who preceded her in death in January of 1975. She was also predeceased by her son, Leroy Ryder; great-granddaughter, Gracie Woodzell; seven brothers, Cliff, Wilber, James, Lonnie, Jewel, Raymond and Sidney Martin and three sisters, Myrtle Tolley, Virgie Faurote and Ruby Rimel.

She is survived by four daughters, Betty Robertson and husband, Calvin, Sr. of Warm Springs, Phoebe Stanley and husband, Hal of Alleyton, TX, Judy Ryder and companion, Louis Murray of Warm Springs and Ella Rexrode and husband, Frank of Warm Springs; two sons, Larry Ryder of Warm Springs and Charles Ryder and wife, Sandy of Warm Springs; twenty-eight grandchildren; sixty-four great-grandchildren; thirty-eight great-great-grandchildren and two sisters, Arbutus Bright of Deerfield and Arlys Gutshall of Emporia.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m., Sunday, June 29, 2014 in Warm Springs Cemetery with the Pastor Billy Robertson officiating.

Memorial contributions may be made to Chimney Run Church of the Brethren, Attn: Treasurer, 2033 Indian Draft Rd., Millboro, VA 24460

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Gladys Viola Mullenax

Gladys MullenaxFRANKLIN, WV

Gladys Viola Mullenax, 87, of Franklin, WV passed away Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Pendleton Manor. She was born September 22, 1926 at Blue Grass a daughter of the late Albert Luther and Eliza (Fleisher) Puffenbarger.

Mrs. Mullenax was a homemaker, graduate of Blue Grass High School, and member of the former Union Chapel United Methodist Church. Additionally, she enjoyed her crochet work and time spent listening to bluegrass gospel music.

She is survived by her husband, Luther “Leo” Mullenax, whom she married on August 28, 1948; daughter, Viola Jean “Jeanie” Riggleman and husband, Glenn; son, William K. “Bill” Mullenax; grandson, whom she helped to rear, Eric W. Mullenax, all of Franklin, WV; brother, Dale Puffenbarger of Forks of the Water and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Mullenax was preceded in death by her brother, Harry L. Puffenbarger and three sisters, Margaret Newlen, Ina Wimer and Lillian Puffenbarger.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Wayside Baptist Church with the Pastor D.W. Feaster and Rev. Andre Crummett officiating. Burial will follow in Blue Grass Cemetery.

The family will receive friends 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at Wayside Baptist Church.  Friends may also pay their respects throughout the day on Friday.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Gladys Mullenax Memorial Fund, c/o Blue Grass Valley Bank, P.O. Box 516, Monterey, VA 24465 or Wayside Baptist Church, 8846 Upper South Branch Rd., Franklin, WV 26807

Posted in June 2014 | 1 Comment

Permelia Anne Jones


Permelia Anne Jones, 98, of McDowell, passed away Thursday, June 5, 2014 at her home. She was born July 31, 1915 in Monterey a daughter of the late Ernest Buck and Sally Juanita (Herold) Whitelaw.

Mrs. Jones was a homemaker and had worked at Hanover Shoe Company for 15 years. She was a wonderful housekeeper, good cook and loved to play the piano.

She is survived by her daughter, Margaret S. Harper of Franklin, WV; son, Thomas J. Jones and wife, Linda of Doe Hill; grandchildren, Cheryl Jolley of Maysville, WV, Barry Armstrong of Timberville and Craig Armstrong of Harrisonburg; great-grandchildren, Nicole Ballard, Justin Armstrong, Wyatt Armstrong and Kyle Jolley and her sister, Betsy Geserick of Herndon.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Juanita Anne Armstrong; her sister, Nancy Gentry and two brothers, E.B. and Heyward “Red” Whitelaw.

A graveside service will be conducted 3 p.m., Sunday, June 8, 2014 in the Monterey Cemetery with the Bishop J. Hartman officiating.

Friends may call at Obaugh Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA 24465 or McDowell Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Delbert Rexrode, 527 Windrush Lane, Doe Hill, VA 24433 or Monterey Cemetery, c/o Nancy Sweitzer, 228 Triple Oak Lane, Hot Springs, VA 24445.

Posted in June 2014 | 1 Comment

Dr. John H. Beveridge


Beveridge, JohnDr. John Harmon Beveridge, age 97, of Nashville, TN died on May 28, 2014. He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Reed Munson Beveridge; his granddaughter, Anne Taylor Beveridge; his parents, Isaac Luther and Clara Seybert Beveridge and six brothers and sisters. He is survived by daughters, Lucinda Beveridge Wilds (David), Anne Beveridge Wallace (Jake), and son, Mark Stockton Beveridge (Nancy); grandchildren, Reed Harwell Harrison, Jonathan McKelvey Harwell, Paige Wilds Kern, Tracey Ann Wilds, John Beveridge Wallace, Virginia Wallace Dolezal, Anne Wallace Nesbitt, Johnson Bransford Wallace, Jr., Elena Wallace Graves, Elizabeth Wallace Taylor, Elizabeth Reed Beveridge, Mark Stockton Beveridge, Jr., Gloria Bond Beveridge and Henry Seybert Beveridge; 21 great grandchildren; a sister Lucinda and a brother Charles.

The descendant of a pioneer first family of Virginia, John Harmon Beveridge was born on June 14, 1916 in Monterey, VA, a small town in the Allegheny Mountains bordering the Shenandoah Valley surrounded by National Forests and the headwaters of the James and Potomac rivers. This place, where he spent his childhood, inspired his lifelong love of nature and early American history. Among other things he could recognize most every bird by its song and every tree by its bark.

Although his father was a surveyor and County Clerk, he also farmed land long owned by his family. When John was a child, he did literally walk several miles to help feed the cattle before breakfast. Thus began his strong work ethic. He remarked throughout his life how much his growing up years meant to him. John was the sixth of nine children all of whom earned advanced degrees in their respective fields.

After graduating from Monterey High School, John attended the University of Virginia where he earned his undergraduate (1941) and medical (1944) degrees. While at the University, he met his wife, Helen Reed Munson, from Connellsville, PA, who was a student at Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, VA. They married on September 18, 1942. During World War II, John was a Captain in the U.S. Army and was post surgeon at A. P. Hill Military Reservation. After an internship at St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, PA, he came to Nashville to do his residency in radiology at the Veterans Administration Hospital where he was Chief Radiology Resident from 1949 to 1950. Thereafter, he joined the radiology practice, then known as McClure, Lanier, Ivie and Beveridge. The practice grew and ultimately became Radiology Associates, now known as Radiology Alliance, P.C. John practiced medicine for more than 50 years and was a member of the radiology faculty at Vanderbilt Medical School from 1950 until his retirement there as Professor of Radiology and Radiological Science, Emeritus, in 1995. He served on the hospital staffs at Veterans Administration Hospital, General Hospital, St. Thomas Hospital, Baptist Hospital and Vanderbilt Hospital. He was a member of many professional societies and organizations including the American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, Nashville Academy of Medicine and Davidson County Medical Society (Board of Directors), American College of Radiology (Fellow), Radiological Society of North America, Tennessee Radiological Society (Past President), Middle Tennessee Radiological Society (Past President) and the Roentgen Ray Society.

John was a past President of the Middle Tennessee Heart Association and formerly a board member of the Davidson County Cancer Society, a member of the Nashville Rotary Club, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Committee for the Medical Alumni Association of The University of Virginia, Belle Meade Country Club, Farmington Country Club, The University Club and a member and former Deacon at Westminster Presbyterian Church. John was a dedicated and caring physician who was highly respected in his field. He had many interests and hobbies and was an accomplished painter, gardener and naturalist and an avid reader and collector of books. He loved the outdoors, particularly in the mountains of his native Virginia where he will be buried with a family graveside service. Above all, he was a loving and devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who was loved by his family.

The visitation with his family will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Friday, May 30, 2014 from 5-7 pm. If you wish to send a memorial, the family suggests Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3900 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37205, Vanderbilt School of Medicine/Vanderbilt Gift Processing Office, PMB 407727, 2301 Vanderbilt Place Nashville, TN 37240-7727 or The Friends of Warner Parks/The Warner Park Nature Center, 50 Vaughn Rd, Nashville, TN 37221.

Posted in May 2014 | Leave a comment

Harold E. DeVore


Harold DeVoreHarold Edward DeVore, 72, of Mill Gap passed away Monday, May 26, 2014 at his home. He was born June 18, 1941 in Staunton a son of the late Raymond Chester and Mary Janet (Coyner) DeVore.

Mr. DeVore was a member of Beulah Presbyterian Church and had served in the U.S. Army. He could do many things, among them construction work, which included building greenhouses overseas and working at a dairy. Later in life, he found a new gift in caring for older people. He had a passion for the outdoors and enjoyed hunting and fishing. Being a genuine, candid and caring person, he loved life and people and was not afraid to speak his mind.

Mr. DeVore is survived by his wife of 25 years, Karen Lowry DeVore; three daughters, Mary Arsenault and husband, George of St. Augustine, FL, Teresa DeVore and Linda Bowman, both of Palatka, FL; his son, Robert DeVore and wife, Jen of Wadsworth, IL; two sisters, Audrey Bonadore of Kenosha, WI and Maudie Hyde of Lyndhurst; two brothers, twin, Harry DeVore and wife, Peggy of Lyndhurst and Ronald DeVore, and wife, Carolyn of Pooler, GA and step-daughter, Tracey McCray and husband, Mike of McDowell;. Also surviving are three grandsons; several nieces and nephews and many loyal friends.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Friday, May 30, 2014 at Beulah Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Melissa Litrel Harmon officiating. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be John Brock, Gary Williams, Vernon Simmons, Glendon Mullens, Glen Mullens, Delmar Vandevander, Herman Puffenbarger, Buddy Hall, Gregg Stump and Mark Mills. Honorary pallbearers will be friends and neighbors attending the service.

Friends may call at Obaugh Funeral Home on Thursday. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the church service as well as at the home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beulah Presbyterian Church, c/o Donna Hooke, treasurer, 3048 Mill Gap Road, Monterey or Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey or Valley Program for Aging, Highland Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 117, Monterey, VA 24465.

Posted in May 2014 | 2 Comments