Dorothy R. Vandevander

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MONTEREY, VA

Vandevander goodDorothy “Doris” Ruth Vandevander, 81, of Monterey, passed away Sunday, February 15, 2015 at her home. She was born August 5, 1933 in Blue Grass a daughter of the late Russell Edward and Mary Emma (Ervine) Bowers.

A homemaker, she had also worked as a cook at High’s Restaurant, Maple Restaurant, the Highland Inn, as well as the high school and elementary school and she did housekeeping. She enjoyed gardening, her flowers and was an avid NASCAR, UVA Basketball and Cowboys Football fan. She was a past member of the Church of God of Prophecy Church.

Mrs. Vandevander was preceded in death by her sister, Mona Helmick and her brother, Russell Judy Bowers.

She is survived by her husband, Arnold Vandevander, whom she married October 27, 1951; two daughters, Carolyn “Kay” Wright and husband, Johnny of Franklin, WV and Elsie “Mae” Hazelwood and husband, David of Charlottesville; two sons, David Wayne Vandevander of Monterey and Bobby W. Vandevander and wife, Clara of Blue Grass; eight grandchildren, including Charles “Cliff” Clifton Vandevander, whom she reared, Melissa Wright Hull, James Wright, Julie Wright Hartman, Genia Gail Adkins-Towler, Timmy Lee Adkins, Dacy Cesar and Diana Geraghty; four step-grandchildren, Lisa Finney, Kimberly Claytor, Ashley Robertson and Derrick Ross; eleven great-grandchildren; eight step-great-grandchildren; her brother, Melvin Bowers of Franklin, WV and sister, Thelma Arbogast of Richmond.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Thursday, February 19, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating.

The family will hold interment at a later date.

Active pallbearers will be Roger Arbogast, Raymond Smith, Alan Puffenbarger, Jim Pennington, Russell Hull and Jerry Moats. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandchildren.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highland Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 267, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Meredith A. Colaw

HOT SPRINGS, VA

Meredith ColawMeredith “Tookie” Arlene Colaw, 73, of Hot Springs and formerly of Monterey, passed away Thursday, February 5, 2015 at The Springs Nursing Center. She was born November 1, 1941 in Doe Hill a daughter of the late Meredith Ilo and Elsie Mae (Harris) Hull.

Mrs. Colaw had worked as a custodian at the Highland County Courthouse. She had an abiding faith in God and loved being a mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her grandson, Logan Stuber and her sister, Doris Ann Smith.

She is survived by four daughters, Kay Spangler of Roanoke, Tina Stuber and fiancé, Philip Rader of Sugar Grove, WV, Paula Colaw and James Layman of Hightown and Kim Moyers and husband, Perry of Monterey; her son, Johnny Gwin of Paw Paw, WV; eight grandsons, Joey and Matthew O’Dell, William Lambert, Jr. , Draven Duncan, Ransom Moyers, John, Josh and Shaun Gwin; seven great-grandchildren, Dylan, Owen, Grady and Jax O’Dell, Colton, Peyton and Sophia Gwin; her brother, Noel I. Hull and wife, Doris of Doe Hill; two sisters, Darlene Harold and husband, Luther, Jr. of Doe Hill and Leta Grey Norfleet and husband, Larry of Warm Springs.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, February 7, 2015 in Doe Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Mark Davis officiating.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Meredith Colaw Burial Fund, c/o First & Citizens Bank, P.O. Box 529, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Robert Emmet Johnson

RICHMOND, VA

Robert Emmet Johnson, 62, of Richmond, passed away Sunday, February 1, 2015 at Brookdale Midlothian Senior Living. He was born November 13, 1952 in Richmond a son of Ellen Stephenson Johnson and the late Roy Ernest Johnson.

Mr. Johnson was a member of Forest Hill Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of the University of Richmond. He retired from the State Department of Agriculture after working as a seed analyst for 30 years.

Survivors include his mother, Ellen S. Johnson of Richmond; his brother, Stephen R. Johnson of Pella, IA and special friends, John Sheehan and Dave Fore.

A graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, 2015 in Monterey Cemetery with C. William “Bill” and Mary Lou Cox officiating.

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Robert “R.E.” Stephenson, Jr.

Robert “R.E.” Elkins Stephenson, Jr., 46, of Williamsville, passed away Friday, January 30, 2015 at his home. He was born February 16, 1968 in Hot Springs a son of the late Robert Elkins and Lydia Emma (Bauer) Stephenson.

R.E. was a self-employed carpenter with S & S Carpentry and a past hunting guide. He was a member of Williamsville Presbyterian Church and Bath-Highland Volunteer Fire Department. He enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid photographer.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert Lee and Alan Dale Deel and his nephew, Billy Deel.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Stephenson of Millboro Springs; step-son, Brandon Thomas of Mitchelltown; two sisters, Barbara (Deel) Mernin and husband, Tom of Williamsburg and Mary Lee (Stephenson) Jackson and husband, Terry of Burnsville; brother, Billy Deel and wife, Pam of Hot Springs and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, April 11, 2015 in Williamsville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Williamsville Cemetery, c/o Robert Marshall, 13039 Tower Hill Rd, Williamsville, VA 24487.

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Shirley Arlene Hartman

HIGHTOWN, VA

Shirley HartmanShirley Arlene Hartman, 75, of Hightown, passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She was born August 27, 1939 in Highland County a daughter of the late Dewey Esau and Ethel (Mullenax) Rexrode.

Shirley was a homemaker who loved to cook and bake, a babysitter and a waitress at various restaurants in the county. She was a member of Hightown United Methodist Church and Highland Senior Citizens. She enjoyed bluegrass festivals and being with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

On December 14, 1957, she married James Otis Hartman, who preceded her in death on September 26, 2007. She was also predeceased by her brothers, Cletus Rexrode and Harry “Jake” Rexrode.

She is survived by three daughters, Karen Hartman of Hightown, Arlene Rhodes and husband, Fred of Hightown, Belinda Dunkle and husband, Robert of Franklin, WV; five grandchildren, Chasity Wilson, Jamie Hull, Kristen Armstrong, Tracy Armstrong and Timmy Armstrong; eight great-grandchildren, Isiah and Quintin Garland, Kaitlyn Wilson, Cayden Warner, Kolton and Kaylee King, McKinzy and Brooklyn Rhodes. Also surviving are two sisters, Margurite Dunsford of Covington and Charlotte Tyree of Fredericksburg; brother, William Rexrode of Richmond and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Thursday, January 22, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home in McDowell with the Rev. Andre Crummett and Rev. George Taylor officiating. Interment will follow in Hightown Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Herman Puffenbarger, Doug Puffenbarger, Larry Whitecotton, Richie Hicks, Doug Gumm, Andy King, Timmy Armstrong and Jason Wilson. Honorary pallbearers will be the grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home and other times at the home of her daughter, Arlene, 2290 Maple Sugar Rd, Hightown.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Hightown Cemetery, c/o Bardon Warner, P.O. Box 34, Blue Grass, VA 24413, Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA or The American Cancer Society, c/o Norma Reynolds, 3052 Mill Gap Rd, Monterey, VA 24465.

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Jayne (Smith) Beverage

MONTEREY

Jayne BeverageJayne S. Beverage, 93, of Monterey, passed away Wednesday, January 7, 2015 at Emeritus of Staunton. Born on October 29, 1921 in Norfolk, Virginia, she was the daughter of William H. and Amelia (Kellam) Smith.

She is preceded in death by her husband William Nicholas Beverage and a daughter, Nicola (Beverage) O’Connor. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and Edward Magilley of Charlotte, NC; three sons and daughters-in-law, James and Gee Beverage of Charlottesville, Jerome and Gail Beverage of Richmond and William N. Beverage Jr. of Richmond; son-in-law Dennis O’Connor of Waynesboro, eleven grandchildren, Ted, Brian and Mark Magilley, Ryan and Devon O’Connor, Justin Beverage and Erin (Beverage) Loudin, Beck, Sam and Hannah Beverage and Nicole Beverage; six great-grandchildren, Luke, Nick, Nate and Dylan Magilley, Sarah O’Connor and Henry Loudin.

She was committed to her three passions in life, her family, the community of Highland Co., and her love of horses. For more than a decade in the 1960’s-70’s, she was a dedicated volunteer lifeguard at the Monterey swimming pool. She was also an active contributor and participant in the Highland Maple Festival and the Highland County Fair. As an avid horsewoman, she taught many adults and children to ride both in Newport News and Highland County. She, along with her husband Nick, was a devoted founding member of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Blue Grass Virginia.

A graveside memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, March 28, 2015 in Monterey Cemetery.  A reception will follow the service at Monterey United Methodist Church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highland Volunteer Fire Department, P. O. Box 267, Monterey, VA or Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA 24465

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.obaughfuneralhome.com

 

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Catherine E. Palmer

Catherine Elizabeth Palmer, 98, of Orange, passed away Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 at Dogwood Village of Orange County. She was born July 25, 1916 in Monterey, a daughter of the late Charles Richard and Louise Puffenbarger Gum.

Mrs. Palmer was a homemaker, and member of the Monterey United Methodist Church, as well as the former Seybert Chapel. Catherine will always be remembered for her love for her cats.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lacy Tines Palmer; and two brothers, Alvie Richard Gum and William Robert Gum Sr.

Surviving family members include her nephews, Richard Gum of Woodbridge and William “Bill” Gum of Monterey; her sister-in-law, Hannah Gum of Monterey; nephew-in-law and caregiver, Pete Puffenbarger of Locust Grove; and nephew-in-law, Kenny Hopkins of Bridgewater. A host of extended family members also survive.

A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Andre Crummett officiating. Interment will follow in Monterey Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Richard Gum, Ray Gum, Terry Stevens Jr., Scotty Stevens, Tracy Triplett, and Billy Triplett.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Monterey Cemetery, c/o Nancy Sweitzer, 228 Triple Oak Lane, Hot Springs, Va. 24445.

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