William Bradley


William BradleyWilliam Marian Bradley, 57, of Monterey, passed away Thursday, September 17, 2015 at his home. He was born August 27, 1958 in Baltimore, MD a son of Ida Faye Bradley Weese of Fredericksburg.

A truck driver by trade, he also worked many years painting with his best friend, Dennis Kincaid.  He was an honorably discharged veteran of the U.S. Army. Wally enjoyed hunting and fishing but most of all he loved to spend time with his children, his proudest accomplishments.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Nancy Lee (Toeniskoetter) Bradley, whom he married September 22, 1984; daughter, Sarah Marie Bradley and Phillip Wimer of Broadway; son, Curtis Allen Bradley of Johnson City, TN; three sisters, Lee Lunora Doyle of Monterey, Linda Dawn Liptrap of Clifton Forge and Sherry Elizabeth Wolfe of Monterey. His father and mother-in-law, Robert Lee and Mary Ellen Toeniskoetter, a number of aunts, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends also survive.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, William and Lunora Bradley.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at the Stonewall Ruritan Building in McDowell with the Pastor Chip Hill officiating. Burial will follow in Jacob Cleek Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Curtis Bradley, Phillip Wimer, Cole Smith, Michael Sweeney, Joey Cuento, Paul Cauley, Jr., Johnny Perry and Charles “Chuck” Smith. Honorary pallbearers will be Glen Hiner, Charles Smith, Dennis Kincaid, Joey Liptrap and countless friends.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Stonewall Ruritan Building.   Additionally, Obaugh Funeral Home will receive those wishing to pay their respects throughout the day and into the evening on Monday.

Memorial contributions may be made to Jacob Cleek Cemetery, John A. Lindsay IV, 1179 Poor Farm Rd, Warm Springs, VA 24484.

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Ester “Beanie” Loraine Roberts


Beanie RobertsEster Loraine “Beanie” Roberts, 75, of the Burnsville, passed away Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Bath Community Hospital. She was born July 22, 1940 in Alleghany County a daughter of the late Hugh Rosser and Esther Marie (Webb) Wooddell.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Burnsville United Methodist Church. She enjoyed music and singing, bingo, embroidery, and a good joke.   Beanie will be remembered for her love of life, love of family, and most especially time spent with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cletis Anderson Roberts, Sr.; son, Cletis Roberts, Jr.; grandson, Joey Roberts; and brother, Hugh “Toby” Wooddell, Jr.

Survivors include three daughters and two sons-in-law, Lorie and Leonard Neil of Burnsville, Deena and Danny Neil of Williamsville and Lisa Hise of Buena Vista;   grandchildren, Nicole Smith of Craigsville, Adam Neil and Ashley Neil both of Burnsville, Christina Botkin and husband, Teddy of LaFayette, TN, Scottie Neil and wife, Laci of Doe Hill, Laura Hise of Buena Vista and Brittany Hise of Millboro; and great-grandchildren, Clayton Smith, Peyton and Trevor Neil and Ethan Huffman. She also leaves behind her sister, Shirley Colvin of Warm Springs; two brothers, Billy Allen and Skippy Allen, both of Burnsville; special friend, Susie Hickman of Burnsville; special friend and caregiver, Roger Smith of Burnsville, whom she thought of as a son; and a great number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at Burnsville United Methodist Church with the Pastor Lorrie Aikens officiating. Burial will follow in Burnsville Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Kenny Phillips, Glenn Lowry, Charles Rucker, Jamie Roberts, Jack Lindsey, Steven Nelson, Rusty Allen, Jr., Anthony Lockridge and Curtis Lockridge.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Additionally, a meal will be served in the church’s fellowship hall following the committal service where the family will once more visit with friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Burnsville Rescue Squad, c/o Betty alexander, 8601 Muddy Run Rd, Burnsville, VA 24487.

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Nora V. (Eagle) Rutherford

Fincastle, VA

Nora RutherfordNora Virginia Rutherford, age 94, passed away Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was born November 3, 1920 in the village of McDowell located in Highland County, the daughter of the late Henry C. and Mary (Hupman) Eagle.

Mrs. Rutherford was preceded in death by two sisters, Josephine Pullin and Lucille Hahn; and two brothers, William Rosser Eagle and Henry C. Eagle Jr.

Surviving family members include two daughters and sons-in-law, Bonnie and Glen Hicklin of Millboro, and Brenda and Gary Francis of Riner; two sons, Henry Rutherford of Buchanan, and Samuel Rutherford of Roanoke; sister and brother-in-law, Nellie and Stephan Richards of Madison Heights; brother and sister-in-law, Roscoe and Edna Eagle of Falls Church; her grandson and wife, Wayne and Alice Hicklin of Millboro; two step grandchildren and spouses, Steve Francis and wife, LeAnne of Christiansburg, and Sharon Zuckerwar and husband, Tom of Riner; three step great-grandchildren, Kimberly Smith and husband, Brian, Avery, and Alex Zuckerwar; four step great-great-granddaughters, Peyton, Kenley, Alexa, and Ryan Smith; a number of nieces and nephews also survive.

A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, September 19, 2015 in McDowell Presbyterian Cemetery with the Rev. David George officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to the McDowell Presbyterian Church Cemetery, c/o Shannon Maloy, 1982 Bullpasture River Rd., McDowell, VA 24458.


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Henry M. Hevener


Henry HevenerHenry Morgan Hevener, 75, of Monterey, passed away Monday, September 14, 2015 at his farm home. The youngest of eight, he was born March 5, 1940 in Monterey a son of the late George Pinckney and Bonnie Marie (Rexrode) Hevener.

A dedicated and successful farmer, Mr. Hevener raised sheep, beef cattle, bison, and was one of the first commercial poultry farmers in the county. His life-long passions, maple syrup and the family maple sugar camp, served as inspiration for the development of the Highland County Maple Festival. A member of Highland Baptist Church, he will be remembered as a humble and godly man as well as being a good steward of his land.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Knapp and two brothers, Thomas C. Hevener and George P. Hevener, Jr.

He is survived by his wife, June (Ellsworth) Hevener, whom he married on January 12, 1991; three step-sons, Glenn Conner of Fredericksburg, Greg Conner of Monterey and Gwayne Conner of Alexandria; four grandchildren, Gillian Conner, Jennifer Meyer, John Luke Conner and Jeremiah Byerly; three great-grandchildren, Mariah Conner, Crissy Conner and Ayden Tucker and four sisters, Mary Beverage of Monterey, Thelma Bussard of Bolar, Rosa Barron and husband, Don of Triangle and Ruby Swecker and husband, Jim of Monterey. He also leaves behind nine nieces and ten nephews with whom he was very involved.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Wednesday, September 16, 2015 at Highland Baptist Church with the Rev. Mark Davis officiating. Burial will follow in Monterey Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Tommy Hevener, David Hise, Don Dowdy, J.L. Swecker, John Swecker and Greg Conner.

Following the committal service, the family will receive friends and share a meal in the fellowship hall of Highland Baptist Church.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highland Baptist Church, Building Fund, 302 Jackson River Rd, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Thomas Elmore Robertson

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Tom on the RiverThomas E. Robertson, 67, went to be with Lord, Tuesday, September 8, 2015, in Bath County. He was born April 1, 1948 the son of the late Charles and Inez Robertson.

He is survived by his loving wife, Kathleen Sommers Robertson; his daughter, Christine Carter; two granddaughters, Colette & Hypatia Carter; sister, Charlotte and her husband, Phil Lucas; two nephews, Matthew and Charles Lucas; and his stepmother, Lena Sheets Robertson. He also leaves behind a brother-in-law, Richard Sommers and his wife, Cindy and two sisters-in-law, Deborah Nicholson and her husband, Tom; and Susan Cornwell and her husband, Mike. As well as, many loving nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews.

Tom graduated from Wilson Memorial H.S. in 1966 and graduated with honors as an Electrical Engineer from Virginia Tech.

Among many awards Tom received for his service to his country, the Knowlton Award (Bestowed upon individuals with the highest standards of integrity, moral character, professional competence and Selflessness) this is the highest military intelligence recognition awarded to those who serve in the military intelligence community. He was a Program Manager of many United States Department of the Army Programs. His peers recognized him as one of the most effective program managers supporting the United States Army’s, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance programs.

Tom was an avid angler and hunter with a passion for enjoying wildlife, at his cabin on the Bullpasture River. He will be sorely missed by his loving pups, Scrappy and Chance.

A memorial service will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Novum Baptist Church, 1629 Novum Church Road, Reva, VA with the Rev. Jeff Light officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Thomas E. Robertson can be sent to the Burnsville Rescue Squad, 8601-B Muddy Run Rd, Williamsville, VA 24487 (C/O Betty Alexander).


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Barbara Joan “Bobbi” Chapman

Bobbi ChapmanMcDOWELL, VA

Barbara Joan “Bobbi” Chapman, 85, of McDowell and formerly of Monterey, passed away Thursday, September 3, 2015 at the home of her daughter, Patty. She was born January 22, 1930 in Lake Forest, IL a daughter of the late Jack Clement and Mabel Lillian (Godwin) Bridge.

Bobbi will be remembered as the most amazing woman God could have placed in the lives of her family and friends. She loved everyone unconditionally and had the most nurturing spirit. She was a mother to so many and was an angel on earth. She didn’t like to see any kid suffer or feel hurt. She worked three jobs, just so the neighborhood kids would have a place to stay. Always putting other’s first, she bared everyone’s burden to comfort all and lived her entire life to sacrifice for others. People knew they could always depend on her. She loved God with all of her heart and that was her legacy.

She is survived by three daughters and her son-in-law, Patricia and Steve Shumate of McDowell; Jackie Martin of Virginia Beach and Rhonda Davidson of Florida; three sons and her daughters-in-law, Mike and Tammy Chapman of Virginia Beach; Richard and Janet Chapman of Waynesboro and Billy Otteson of Norfolk; grandchildren, Shyla Hise and husband, Jason of Horsham, PA; Lauren Sampson and husband, Cane of McDowell; Lele Mullins and husband, Glendon of Mill Gap; Linda Gardner of Charleston, SC; Tyler Chapman and wife, Erin of Winchester; Emily Chapman of Waynesboro and Abi Cavellier of Key West, FL; great- grandchildren, Hunter and Chloe Hise, Caynen Sampson and soon to be sibling, Lalea and Gunner Mullins, Meghan Chapman and Kaitlyn Gardner. She also leaves behind her sister and best friend, Patricia Maki of Beaverton, Oregon; brother, Jack Bridge and special friend and neighbor, Erma Hall.

She was preceded in death by her son, Mikie Otteson.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In memory of Bobbi, the family request memorial donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Fund, P.O. Box 758512, Topeka, KS 66675.

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Wesley E. Arbaugh


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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