Wesley E. Arbaugh

MONTEREY, VA

Wesley ArbaughWesley Eugene Arbaugh, 45, of Monterey passed away suddenly Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at Augusta Health. He was born March 25, 1970 in Staunton a son of Lonnie and Betty (Beverage) Arbaugh.

After graduating from Highland High School in 1991, Wesley enjoyed working various jobs and touched the lives of many people. He enjoyed bowling, loved the Redskins and Chevy’s.   He was also passionate about horses, dogs, and fishing. His love for life and people can be best summed up through the words of his Pastor, Chip Hill, “he loved life, loved his family and friends and his Redeemer, Jesus Christ…Everyone was drawn to Wesley like flies to honey and was always happy and always ready to pick and be picked on.”

Wesley is survived by his parents Lonnie and Betty Arbaugh of Monterey; two sisters and his brother-in-law, Lisa Arbaugh of Churchville and Amy and Mickey Strunk of Richmond, KY; niece, Micaela Clatterbaugh and nephew, Caleb Clatterbaugh, both of Churchville; great-nephew, Brady Mullins of Monterey and maternal grandparents, John and Gladys Beverage of Monterey. He also leaves behind special caregivers, Bonnie and Jeff Puckett of Steeles Tavern and special friend, James.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Willie and Regana Arbaugh.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Word of Faith Church with the Pastor Chip Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Beverage Memorial Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Vernon Wimer, Kermit Arbaugh, Billy Arbaugh, Dwight Arbaugh, Jason Arbaugh, Steven Arbaugh, Bob Beverage, Wayne Beverage, Wayne Marshall and Mickey Strunk. Honorary pallbearers will be Micaela Clatterbaugh, Caleb Clatterbaugh and friends attending the service.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at Word of Faith Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beverage Memorial Cemetery, c/o James Beverage, 3256 Churchville Ave, Staunton, VA 24401.

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Kristin (Botkin) Tilt

ALACHUA, FL

Kris TiltKristin (Botkin) Tilt, 64, of Alachua, FL passed away Thursday, August 20, 2015. Kristin was born in Headwaters, the only daughter of the late Gilbert Lacy and Lucy Henrietta (McCray) Botkin. She grew up in Falls Church, VA but spent her adult life in Georgia.

She was an Executive Assistant for many years to Robert Holder of Holder Corporation. She got an up close view of the formation of the Atlanta Olympics through Mr. Holder’s involvement in ACOG. She was very involved with the Marietta and South Cobb Jaycees, serving as President of the South Cobb Jaycees and Jaycee Women. Additionally, she was a life member of the Georgia Jaycee Rebel Corps and served as its first female Commander.

Kristin was baptized and raised in Headwaters Presbyterian Chapel and attended Grace United Methodist Church in Gainesville, FL. Kristin was most proud and loyal to her children and did everything imaginable to help them become successful. Always concerned with helping others, she loved a good party or a good book and was always willing to try a new recipe. She was also great at planning and organizing events and loved collecting antiques. Kristin will be remembered for having cared for many cats and dogs that needed a good home.

She is survived by  her son, Mike Harden and wife, Misty of Dacula, GA; their sons, Micah and Mattox; her daughter, Kelli Winkel and husband, Mike of Alachua, FL and their son, Blake. Kelli also has twins on the way! Kristin is also survived by a special friend and companion, Dennis “Petey” Armstrong of Deerfield; her brother, Owen Botkin of Alexandria; niece, Rachel Santino and nephew, Daniel Botkin.

Kristin was predeceased by her brother, Robin.

A funeral service will be conducted 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 25, 2015 at McDowell Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Beth Pyles officiating. Burial will follow in Headwaters Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Bob Ralston, Mike Ralston, Mark Ralston, Mike McCray, Jerry Warner, Carson Snyder and Bobby Terry. Honorary pallbearers will be friends attending the service.

There will be fellowship and a meal following the interment at the Stonewall Ruritan Building.

In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to Headwaters Cemetery, 14952 Highland Turnpike, Headwaters, VA 24442.

 

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Mary Irene Hise

MONTEREY, VA

Mary HiseMary Irene Hise, 88, of Monterey, passed away Friday, June 26, 2015 at Envoy of Staunton. She was born December 4, 1926 in Highland County a daughter of the late James and Viola (Edmond) Lowry.

A longtime cook, Mrs. Hise had formerly worked at High’s Restaurant as well as the Maple Restaurant. She was a loving mother, homemaker and enjoyed time spent with family.

On December 30, 1948, she married Clem Richard “Dick” Hise, who preceded her in death on April 29, 1991. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by four grandchildren; son-in-law, Charlie Vandevander; as well as eight siblings.

She is survived by five daughters, Margie Bennett and husband, Eston of Circleville, WV; Mary Jane Vandevander of Circleville, WV; Thelma Mae White of Circleville; Patsy Shiflett and husband, Edward of Greenville and Isabelle Bussard of Monterey; two sons, Charles “Richard” Hise and wife, Shirley of Stuarts Draft and David “Sourwood” Hise and companion, Virginia Belle Smith of Monterey; nineteen grandchildren; thirty-one great-grandchildren; thirteen great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Leo Lowry of Augusta County and Bedford Lowry of Staunton.

A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 30, 2015 in Monterey Cemetery with the Rev. Andre Crummett and the Rev. Mark Davis officiating.

Active pallbearers will be Douglas Bussard, Charlie Vandevander, David Vandevander, Richard Bussard, Tim Wimer and Steven Shiflett.

Honorary pallbearers will be friends in attendance.

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

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

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Andrew “Nelson” Simmons

MONTEREY, VA

Andrew “Nelson” Simmons, 76, of Monterey, passed away Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at his home. He was born February 25, 1939 in Highland County a son of the late James and Margie (Halterman) Simmons.

Nelson was a self-employed mechanic. He was an avid outdoorsman, who especially enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Viola (Seward) Simmons, whom he married on October 12, 1960; his daughter, Tredena Young of Detroit ,MI; two sons, Dennis W. Simmons of Staunton and Kevin D. Simmons of Monterey; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; his sister, Peggy Shaffier and husband, Julian of Warm Springs and special friends, Ralph and Sudie Selmon.

He was preceded in death by his half-brother, Ed Lester.

At his request, his body will be cremated with no formal services.

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

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Melanie R. Smith

MONTEREY, VA

Melanine Smith

MONTEREY, VA

Melanie Jean Smith, age 40, wife of Tracy M. Smith, of the Hightown Community of Highland County passed away Friday, June 19, 2015 at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System. She was born February 18, 1975 at Bath Community Hospital, a daughter of Melvin Eugene and Terry Lynn (Hull) Rexrode.

Mrs. Smith was a graduate of Highland High School, the Staunton School of Cosmetology, and was a member of the Hightown United Methodist Church.   A beloved wife, mother, and daughter, she will be fondly remembered for her willingness to place others ahead of herself and always found time to lend a helping hand. Melanie was also fond of all types of animals, having cared for so many throughout her life. She shared that love of animals with her sons, and found no greater enjoyment than the time spent helping them with their show animals. Melanie was employed with First and Citizens Bank in Monterey, and formerly Pendleton Community Bank.

She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Berlin Rexrode; maternal grandfather, Matlin “Peewee” Hull; aunt, Brenda Lightner and loving cousin, Derek Rexrode.

In addition to her husband and parents, surviving family members include two sons, Avery and Alex Smith; maternal grandmother, Fay Hull of Monterey; paternal grandmother, Dorean Rexrode of Franklin, WV and uncles, Tom Hull of Blue Grass and Johnny Rexrode of Moyers, WV.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Hightown United Methodist Church with the Rev. Andre Crummett and George Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Hightown Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jimmy Wright, Richie Hicks, Josh Auville, Jamie Will, Luke Hise, Sam Hise and George Smith, Jr. Honorary pallbearers will be friends attending the service.

Friends may call at Obaugh Funeral Home throughout the day and into the evening on Monday. The family will receive friends following the service at Blue Grass Ruritan Building.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of their mother, to the Avery and Alex Smith Educational Fund, c/o First and Citizens Bank, P.O. Box 529, Monterey, VA 24465.

At the request of the family the casket will remain closed. Additionally, it should be noted that the service will take place underneath a large tent beside the church and steps have been taken to ensure ample seating; however you may choose to bring a lawn chair if attending the service.

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Thomas F. Hise

WARM SPRINGS, VA

Thomas Hise 1Thomas Fred Hise, age 68, of Warm Springs, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 17, 2015 while working in the woods. He was born Sept. 24, 1946 in Bath County, son of the late George Hamilton and Maggie May (Layton) Hise.

Mr. Hise was a member of the Chimney Run Church of Brethren and a lifelong logger, well known for his skills in the woods and tackling “Big Timber”. A selfless man, he never greeted anyone without a smile, knew a stranger, or did anyone wrong. He will be remembered as a friend to many, enemy to none, and “Paw” to all.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hise was predeceased by five brothers.

Surviving family members include his daughter “Daddy’s Little Girl” and son-in-law,thomas hise 3 Cherie and Ronnie Robertson, of Hot Springs; his son, Tommy Lee Hise, Sr. and wife, Kathy of Warm Springs; grandchildren, Matt Robertson, Miranda Crouse, Mironica Robertson, Ashlee Hise, Tommy Lee, Jr., Billy Baldwin, Nick Parker, Megan Parker, Dusty Parker, Liberty Nolan, and Destiny Nolan; great-grandson, Winchester Ray Burke; lifelong friend and mother of their children, Kathy Morton of Warm Springs; special friend, Melinda Parker of Hot Springs, whom he thought of as a daughter; special cousin, Wes Hise of Warm Springs, whom he always thought of as a son; his dear friends, Tommy and Tracy Baldwin of Warm Springs; beloved dogs and true companions, Cody and Boomer; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins; and good friends, too many to count also survive.

Thomas Hise 2The family will hold a memorial service 6 p.m., Friday, June 19, 2015 at Chimney Run Church of the Brethren with Pastor Billy Robertson officiating. The family encourages family and friends in attendance to share in a meal following the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to charity of choice.

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Sally Virginia (Griffin) Falls

Sally FallsSally Virginia (Griffin) Falls, 90, of Burnsville passed away Monday, June 15, 2015 at her home. She was born November 8, 1924 in Williamsville a daughter of the late Ira and Ada (Bennett) Griffin.

Mrs. Falls was a homemaker and a member of the Burnsville United Methodist Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother, friend to all, and will be remembered for her love of cats.

On April 7, 1945 she married Fred Falls, who preceded her in death on February 4, 1992. Additionally, her son, Dan Houston Falls and two sisters, Mary Jane Persinger and Kate Williams preceded her in death.

Survivors include, two daughters, Mary Ann Falls and husband, Jimmy Mills of Burnsville and Janet Virginia Smith of Woodbridge; her son, David Lee Falls and wife, Kathy Stout of Goshen; six grandchildren, Tina Marie Mills of Bridgewater, Norma Jean Hiner of Deerfield, Sandra Sue Roberson of Staunton, William Roy Smith, Jr. of Stafford, James Stout of Pittsburgh, PA and Brian Stout of Pittsburgh, PA; ten great-grandchildren and two brothers, Calvin Griffin of Iron Gate and Carl Griffin of Woodbridge.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Burnsville United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lorrie Aikens officiating. Interment will follow in Williamsville Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Alex Ford, Jesse Lambert, Patrick Webb, James Rexrode, Tommy Jackson, Rusty Allen, Jr., Shannon Roberson, and Travis Grimm.

Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to McClintic/Williamsville Cemetery, c/o Robert Marshall, 13039 Tower Hill Rd, Williamsville, VA 24487 or Burnsville Rescue Squad, c/o Betty Alexander, 8601 Muddy Run Rd, Burnsville, VA 24487.

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