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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Donald Gene “Duck” Hull

MONTEREY, VA

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Donald Gene “Duck” Hull, age 65, of Monterey, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 7, 2015 at his home. He was born July 4, 1949 in Mustoe, a son of Thelma Mae (Doyle) Hull and the late Russell Edward Hull.

Mr. Hull was a veteran of the US Army having served honorably during the Vietnam War. A truck driver, Mr. Hull was a longtime employee of the Highland Oil Company and most recently Spruce Hill Excavating.  He will be remembered as an avid NASCAR fan and for his passion of truck pulling.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Delmas and Elva Doyle.

Surviving family members include his mother of Monterey; partner and lifelong friend, Vickie Hoover of Monterey; two daughters and sons-in-law, Meranda and Bob Lokey of Broadway, and Lacy and Jon Graham of Lutherville, MD; his “four legged” daughter and beloved pet, Biffie; three granddaughters, Aliza Lokey, Ellie Lokey and Chloe Graham; grandson, Connor Graham; four brothers and sisters-in-law, Gary “Beef” and Kay Hull of Monterey, Allen “Radar” and JoAnn Hull of Monterey, Russell Lee “Beatle” and Mellissa Hull of Monterey, and Larry “Sop” and Jeanne Lou of Monterey; sister and brother-in law, Carol Ann and Larry Maynard of Warm Springs; brother-in-law, Pete Kay of Warm Springs; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at Victory Chapel Advent Christian Church with the Rev. Beth Pyles officiating. Interment will follow in Monterey Cemetery. Those wishing to attend the funeral may choose to attend the committal portion of the service in Monterey Cemetery taking into consideration the size of the family as well as the church. Don Hull informal

Active pallbearers include Brad and Scott Hull, Trey Williams, Danny Hull, Jamie Will, and Travis Kay. Donald’s nieces will serve as honorary pallbearers.

The family will receive friend from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Victory chapel Advent Christian Church, c/o Myra Lowry, 6617 Upper Back Creek Rd., Monterey, VA 24465 or Monterey Cemetery, c/o Nancy Sweitzer, 228 Triple Oak Lane, Hot Springs, VA 24445

 

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Dorothy Marie Ratcliff

HOT SPRINGS, VA

Dorothy Ratcliff

Dorothy Marie Ratcliff, 75, of Hot Springs, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2015 at her home.

She was born July 6, 1939 in Bath County a daughter of the late Joseph Lee and Mary Alphia (Jackson) Hodge.

Mrs. Ratcliff graduated from Valley High School in 1958 and had been a dispatcher for the Bath County Sheriff’s Office. She was a member of Ashwood United Methodist Church and a past financial secretary at the church. She will be remembered as one who enjoyed time spent with friends and overall she simply enjoyed life.

On April 27, 1963, she married Kyle Kenton Ratcliff, who preceded her in death on April 8, 2012.

Surviving family members include her sister, Mary Lindsay and husband, Jim of Warm Springs; foster brother, Kenneth Robertson of Warm Springs; two nieces, Mary Lou Ford and husband, David of Roanoke and Stacy Edwards of Warm Springs; and her nephew, David Lindsay and wife, Renea of Hot Springs. Also surviving are four great-nephews, Samuel Ford and wife, Claire of Bealeton, Joseph Edwards of Dahlgren, Justin Lindsay of Hot Springs and Alex Lindsay of Hot Springs; three great-nieces, Carlee Ford Jang and husband, Moonkyu of South Korea, Sarah Edwards of New York and Marianna Ford Nice and husband, Daniel of Toano; great-great-nephew, Sammy Ford; great-great-niece, June Ford; special friend, Joyce Woodson; caregiver, Debbie Rodgers and her beloved pet, Rufus.

A memorial service will be conducted 3 p.m., Sunday, June 21, 2015 at Ashwood United Methodist Church with Rev. David V. Ford and Pastor Vivian Utz officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jacob Cleek Cemetery, c/o John A. Lindsay, IV, 1179 Poor Farm Road, Warm Springs, VA 24484 or Mountain Regional Hospice, P.O. Box 637, Clifton Forge, VA 24422.

 

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