Harold E. DeVore

MILL GAP, VA

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.

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Lavenia “Beany” Bird

MONTEREY, VA

Lavenia BirdLavenia “Beany” (Vance) Bird, 100, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 23, 2014 at Augusta Health.She was born on Nov.24, 1913 in McDowell a daughter of the late John W. and Ruth (Crouch) Vance.

Mrs. Bird was a livestock farmer and a member of Monterey Presbyterian Church. Lavenia found joy in dancing and time spent visiting with family and her many friends. Overall, she will be remembered as having devoted life to farm and family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Bird; brothers, Lohr and Bruce Vance; sisters, Josephine Hauge, Helen Vance, Irene Michael, Jean McKenna, and Janet Dunn.

Surviving family members include nephews, Ricky Dunn and wife, Mary of Kenbridge, Gary Dunn and wife, Kathy of Christiansburg, Robin Vance and wife, Nancy of McDowell, and John Vance of McDowell; nieces, Jean Hoechst and husband, Bill of Apopka FL, Jackie Alexandrow and husband, Nick of Springfield, Bea Heatwole and husband, Daryl of Weyers Cave, and Ilane Batten and husband, Chip of Waynesboro, as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

A celebration of life will be held conducted 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Melissa Litrel Harmon officiating. Burial will follow in Monterey Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Ricky Dunn, Gary Dunn, John Vance, Robin Vance, Nicky Alexandrow, and Buddy Hunt.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Additionally, the room will remain open throughout the day and into the evening on Monday for friends to pay their respects.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highland County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA or Highland County Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 267, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Ruth H. Bird

MILL GAP, VA

Ruth H. BirdRuth H. Bird, 94, of Mill Gap, passed away Saturday, May 17, 2014 at Augusta Health. She was born October 26, 1919 in Scranton, PA a daughter of the late James Mathis and Leolia May (Lester) Henderson.

Mrs. Bird was a homemaker and a member of the Green Hill United Methodist Church. She enjoyed visiting with friends and family on the front porch of her home. She loved taking care of her cats and feeding the hummingbirds. She had a remarkable memory and loved to tell stories about the past in great detail. At 94, her recollection of dates, places and people was amazing.   She will be greatly missed by all who were blessed to have known and loved her.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Warren McArthur Bird and an infant daughter. Also, by four brothers Clarence, Frankie, Johnny and her twin, Billy Henderson and one beloved sister, Lillian Reed.

She is survived by two daughters, Jessie Bird Gutshall and husband, Eddie of Goochland and Linda Bird Fulton of Mill Gap; two sons, David Oscar Bird of Charles City and Jimmy Bird and wife, Joan of Dayton; eight grandchildren, Vickie Rapalee and husband, Todd, Kevin Fulton, Chris Fulton, Alysa Morgan, David Bird, Erica Conley, Jonathan Bird and Corey Bird ; nine great-grandchildren, Dillon Rapalee, Logan Fulton, Ryan Fulton, Keegan Lull, Wyatt Fulton, Jack Yates, Tierney Conley, James Conley and Julian Bird; also a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at Green Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Erin Geoffrion officiating. Burial will follow in Green Hill Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Allen Lowry, Bill Wagner, Mike Armstrong, Robert Lightner, Ronnie Williams and Randy Harold.

Friends may call at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell on Monday and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Highland SPCA, P.O. Box 6, Monterey, VA or Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA 24465.

 

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Lois D. Varner

STAUNTON, VA

Lois D. Varner, 73, of Staunton, passed away Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Augusta Health. She was born November 19, 1940 in Vian, AR, a daughter of the late Jack and Bonnie Lorene (Milligan) Craighead.

Mrs. Varner was a homemaker, who enjoyed gardening, especially flower gardening, as well as bingo. A kind person, she always did for others before herself and loved time spent with her grandchildren.

On October 9, 1957, she married Sandy J. Varner, who preceded her in death on September 9, 1994. She was also predeceased by two brothers and her sister.

She is survived by three sons, Jerry Varner and wife, Barbara of Monterey, Danny Varner of Woodstock and Glen Varner of Lexington; two daughters, Cathy Puffenbarger of Sugar Grove, WV and Sandra Botkin and husband, Doug of Churchville; seven grandchildren, Miranda Wagoner, Timmy Varner, Tabitha Brogan, Douglas Dean Botkin and his wife, Brianna, Danielle Sisson, Dillon Varner and Dakota Varner; nine great-grandchildren; five sisters; two brothers and thirty-five nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, May 18, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Davis officiating. Burial will follow at Crummett Run Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Tom Jones, Gilbert Pullin, Tom Griffin, Nelson Simmons, Ronnie Lambert and Jay Varner

The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crummett Run Cemetery, c/o Dennis Botkin, 56 Limestone Lane, Sugar Grove, WV 26815.

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Glenn W. Mullenax

GLOUCESTER, VA

Glenn MullenaxGlenn Walter Mullenax, 76, of Gloucester passed away Friday, May 9, 2014 at Walter Reed Convalescent Center. He was born February 25, 1938 in Blue Grass a son of the late Ray and Thelma (Mullenax) Mullenax.

Mr. Mullenax retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation after 40 years of service. He was a former member of Union Chapel United Methodist Church, an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed gardening and woodworking.

He is survived by his best friend and mother of his daughters, Charlotte Hefner Mullenax of Gloucester; daughters, Paula Mullenax of Hayes and Pamela Brown and her husband, David of Gloucester; two grandchildren, David and Candice Brown; two sisters, Harriet Cox of Staunton and Phyllis McKee of Clinton, NC and his brother, James Mullenax of Staunton.

His son, Otis Glenn Mullenax, preceded him in death.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating.

Burial will follow in Union Chapel Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Arlen Breeden, Harry Swecker, Seth Smith, Bob Rexrode, Bill Mullenax and Richard Mullenax. Honorary pallbearers will be June Swecker, William Rexrode, Gene Mullenax, Bud Mullenax, Nathan McKee, David McKee, Ross Hefner and Dennis Hull.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Monday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Union Chapel Cemetery, c/o Alan Puffenbarger, 351 Forks of Water Rd, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Norma H. Hunt

STAUNTON, VA

Norma Hamilton Hunt, 87, of Staunton and formerly of Mustoe, passed away Sunday, April 27, 2014 at Hospice House in Charlottesville.

She was born February 14, 1927 in Mustoe a daughter of the late Kenton Mustoe and Mary Emma (McLaughlin) Hamilton.

Mrs. Hunt was a homemaker and a member of Victory Chapel Advent Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Hamilton and Blanche Folks and two brothers, Bill and Loyd Hamilton.

Mrs. Hunt is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Walker of Monterey; son, Ellison “Buddy” Hunt of Mustoe; sister, Annie Baldwin of Fishersville and five grandchildren, number of great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was blessed to have a wonderful neighbor and caregiver, Edith Jackson.

A special blessing is sent to Hospice of the Piedmont and Hospice House of Charlottesville, for sharing the journey with Norma.

A graveside service will be conducted 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in the McLaughlin Cemetery at Norma’s homeplace with the Rev. Kevin Haynes officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McLaughlin Cemetery, c/o Myra Lowry, 6617 Upper Back Creek Rd, Monterey or Victory Chapel Advent Christian Church, c/o Irene McAllister, P.O. Box 446, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Ray Botkin

 

McDOWELL, VA

Ray BotkinCharles “Ray” Botkin, 71, of McDowell, died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at his home.

He was born October 10, 1942 in McDowell, a son of the late Charles William and Mary Shirley (Rexrode) Botkin.

Ray retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation. He was a member of McKendree United Methodist Church and McDowell Volunteer Fire Department. Ray was an avid hunter, outdoorsman and enjoyed gardening.

His wife, Louise (Hatcher) Botkin, preceded him in death just hours before his passing. He was also predeceased by four brothers, Franklin, Woodrow, Randolph, and Dennis Botkin; three sisters, Lola Armstrong, Grace Grogg and Marie Spain and stepson, Thomas Walton Hatcher.

He is survived by two sisters, Jerry Armstrong of Deerfield, Wilma B. Simmons and her husband Larry, of Verona and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service honoring both Ray and Louise will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, May 3, 2014, at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell with the Rev. Dave Boger officiating.

Inurnment will follow at McKendree Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to McKendree Cemetery, c/o Sandra Botkin, P.O. Box 23, McDowell, VA 24458 or McDowell Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Delbert Rexrode, Jr., 527 Windrush Lane, Doe Hill, VA 24433 or Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA 24465.

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