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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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.

Posted in April 2014, Uncategorized | 7 Comments