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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Louise Botkin

McDOWELL, VA

Louise BotkinLouise Botkin, 74, of McDowell passed away, Thursday, April 24, 2014 at Augusta Health. She was born October 27, 1939 in McDowell a daughter of the late Russell Lee, Sr. and Mabel Clara (Moats) Hatcher.

Louise was a homemaker and a devoted caregiver for many family members. Also, she had worked at Aileen, Inc. and Highland Data. She was a member of McKendree United Methodist Church and enjoyed cooking and gardening.

Just hours after her passing, her husband, Charles Ray Botkin also passed away. She was also predeceased by her son, Thomas Walton “Tommy” Hatcher; brother, William Gilbert “Gibby” Hatcher and nephew, Danny Hatcher.

She is survived by her brother, Russell Lee Hatcher, Jr and wife, Nancy of Takoma Park, MD; niece, Candi Lowry of Millboro and three sisters-in-law, Jerry Armstrong of Deerfield, Wilma Simmons of Verona and Mary Ardella Botkin of Waynesboro.

A memorial service honoring both Louise and Ray 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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Kathleen W. Smith

MONTEREY, VA

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

STAUNTON, VA

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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