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Services dates and times have been posted for Jayne S. Beverage, Dallas Ray Doyle,  and Robert “R.E.” Elkins Stephenson.  Arrangements can be found within posted obituaries.

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Glenna Colaw


Glenna ColawGlenna Louvina Colaw, 93, of Monterey, passed away Friday, March 20, 2015 at Augusta Health. She was born July 5, 1921 in Blue Grass a daughter of the late Ambrose and Blanche (Fox) Wimer.

A devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, she was a homemaker, who enjoyed gardening, canning and will be remembered as a great cook. She graduated from Blue Grass High School class of 1940. She was a member of the former New Church (Methodist), Crabbottom Presbyterian Church as well as president of the Crabbottom Women’s’ Group. She was also a member of Highland County Cancer Society and Blue Grass and Highland Extension Clubs.

On June 22, 1940, she married Paul Swecker Colaw, who preceded her in death on June 16, 2009. She was also predeceased by her siblings, Opal Wimer Gum, Greta Wimer Gum, Virgil Ray Wimer, Roscoe Wimer, Arvie Wimer, Argle W. Sponaugle and Evelyn Harper.

Surviving family members include a daughter, Betty C. Kiser and husband, David of Blue Grass; son, Sam Colaw and wife, Carol of Monterey; four granddaughters, Scarlett A. Kiser of Waynesboro, Melanie Simmons and husband, Scott of Huddleston, Paula Colaw and James Layman of Hightown and Kim Moyers and husband, Perry of Monterey; three great-grandsons, Isaac and Owen Simmons and Ransom Moyers, and her sister-in-law, Josephine Wimer of Blue Grass.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2015 in Blue Grass Cemetery with the Rev. C. William “Bill” Cox and Rev. Andre Crummett officiating.

Pallbearers will be Larry Wimer, Virgil L. Wimer, Lanny Wimer, Joe Will, Gary Jack and Jackie Will.

Friends may call at the homes of Betty or Sam. Additionally, Obaugh Funeral Home will keep the room open for viewing opportunity throughout the day and into the evening on Monday, March 23 for those wishing to pay their respects.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Blue Grass Cemetery, 3042 Blue Grass Valley Rd, Blue Grass, VA 24413.

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Audrey Ray Corbett


Audrey Ray Corbett, 89, of Monterey, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2015 at University of Virginia Medical Center. She was born August 2, 1925 in Highland County a daughter of the late Ernest Blair and Hester Grace (Simmons) Armstrong.

Always a homemaker and caregiver, she retired from The Pentagon as an executive secretary for the general services administration.   She formerly attended Word of Faith Church and was a media member of Jimmy Swaggart Ministries. She was a wonderful and loving mother and grandmother, who gave of herself, constantly was on the go, and always put others before herself.

On February 17, 1947, she married R.M. “Jimmy” Corbett, who preceded her in death on December 29, 1991. She was also predeceased by her sister, Thelma Jane Armstrong and five brothers, Waldo, Wayne, Eugene, Frankie and Carl “Scotty” Stover Armstrong.

She is survived by two daughters, Sheila Raye Corbett and Carla Lynn Dunn, both of Monterey; five grandchildren, Sherry Anderson of Stephens City, Mark Runion of Monterey, Colleen Richardson of Winchester, Vicky Chrisner of Leesburg and Brooke Corkhill of Stephens City; thirteen great- grandchildren; her sister, Pearl McCray of McDowell and her brother, Charles Armstrong and wife, Belle of Head Waters.

A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 17, 2015 in Head Waters Cemetery with the Pastor Chip Hill officiating.

Pallbearers will be Gary Armstrong, David Armstrong, Brian Doyle, William Beach, E. Joseph Chrisner and Chris Doyle.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home.

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Jason “Jake” Wayne Roberts


Jason RobertsJason “Jake” Wayne Roberts, 35, of Burnsville, passed away Saturday, March 7, 2015 at his home. He was born January 16, 1980 at Roanoke Community Hospital a son of Richard Dale, Jr. and Linda (Wooddell) Roberts.

Jason graduated from Bath County High School in 2000. He was a member of Burnsville United Methodist Church. Jason enjoyed hunting and fishing and loved spending time with his family and friends. Though he suffered his entire life with cerebral palsy Jake never complained, a testament to his character. He loved to play mercy and will be remembered as being able to squeeze your hand half off. He also loved to play Rook and Texas Hold’em, as well as playing little tricks on people to make them laugh. Everyone knew Jake by his little red truck. Jason was a very special son, brother, uncle, and friend to so many people that were lucky enough to have known him. He especially loved attending truck pulls and watching Kevin, Logan, and Dylan pull no matter how sick he was. He was a special buddy to Hannah, who would do anything for Jason (including cussing to get a laugh out of him).  Additionally, Jason would look forward to his daily phone conversations with his buddy Bill. Jason will be dearly missed by his family who loved him so much and “can’t wait to see him again”.

He is survived by his parents, Richard “Sam” and Linda Roberts of Burnsville; sister, Cindy Armstrong and husband, Kevin of Burnsville; brother, Michael Roberts and wife, Brenda of Warm Springs; nieces and nephews, Logan, Dylan, Hannah, and Blake Armstrong and Samantha Roberts; maternal grandmother, Mary Wooddell and paternal grandfather, Ritchie Roberts, both of Burnsville; as well as his special friends, Whitney Shifflett of Hot Springs, Bill Wilson of Sandusky, OH and Jim Perkins of Abingdon.

He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Timothy Dale and Jody Scott Roberts; maternal grandfather, Luther Wooddell and paternal grandmother, Twila Roberts.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Burnsville United Methodist Church with the Pastor Lorrie Aikens and Pastor Billy Gram officiating. Interment will follow in the Burnsville Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Kevin, Logan and Dylan Armstrong, Johnny Shaeffer, Bill Wilson, Joe Lockridge, J.P. Plecker and Jesse Lambert. Honorary pallbearers will be friends attending the service.

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

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Robert “Bob” Shuttleworth



Bob ShuttleworthRobert “Bob” Smith Shuttleworth, 100, of Monterey, passed away Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Augusta Health. He was born November 23, 1914 in Harrison County, WV a son of the late Oliver Morton and Virginia (Anglin) Shuttleworth.

Mr. Shuttleworth was employed with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, D.C. and retired a police inspector after 30 years of service. A man known to “keep busy”, he went on to begin a second career as a livestock farmer, raising Black Angus cattle outside of Monterey. On May 6, 1953 he was raised to the degree of Master Mason in Arlington, VA and would go on to belong to the Almas Shriners, Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, as well as Highland Masonic Lodge #110. Mr. Shuttleworth served on the Highland County School Board from 1980 to 1992, chairing the board for 11 years. He was also a former member of the Monterey Lions Club, former Highland Farm Bureau Delegate, member of the Republican Party, Sons of the American Revolution, and the Monterey Presbyterian Church. Additionally, family and friends will remember Bob as an avid hunter, and square dancer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Meigs (Frush) Shuttleworth on February 7, 1987; as well as his brother, Victor Shuttleworth.

Surviving are three daughters, V. Ann Noel and husband, Paul of Sterling, VA; Margaret R. Shuttleworth of Fairfax, VA and Patricia L. Dove and husband, Vinton of Indianapolis, IN; three grandsons, Vinton Paul Dove and wife, Jocelyn of Nashville, TN; Robert Allen Dove of Indianapolis, IN and Christian Garet Noel of Leesburg, VA; four great-grandchildren, Zachary, Jason and Madisen Dove and Jackson Noel, and a number of nieces and nephews.

A funeral service with Masonic rites will be conducted 2 p.m., Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. C. William “Bill” Cox and the Rev. Andre Crummett.

Interment in Monterey Cemetery will be announced at a later date.

Active pallbearers will be David Vandevander, Clifton Vandevander, Donnie Botkin, Jared Dever, Randy Richardson, Robin Sullenberger and Jerry Moats.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Highland Masonic Lodge #110.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Highland County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 268, Monterey, VA 24465 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr., Tampa, FL 33607.


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Mary Ardella Botkin

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Mary BotkinMary Ardella Botkin, 71, of Staunton, went to be with her Heavenly Father, and husband, Franklin, Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Avante at Waynesboro. She was born May 6, 1943 in Staunton a daughter of the late Harry Lusby and Mary Dorothy (Huffman) Moran.

On July 4, 1965 she married Franklin “Nanny Goat” DeWitt Botkin, who passed away on June 9, 2012. She was also predeceased by her brother, Roger Lee Moran.

Mrs. Botkin was a homemaker and loved her roses.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Botkin of Radford and Theresa Wooddell and husband, Don of West Augusta; son, Mike Botkin and wife, Amy of Staunton; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and her brother, Marvin Moran and wife, Ann of Staunton.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m., Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Obaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Dave Boger officiating. Burial will follow in McKendree Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be James Carter, Vincent Charnick, Jr., Larry Botkin, Stevie Huffman, Jimmy Hays and Jeffrey Hebb.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1160 Pepsi Place #306, Charlottesville, VA 22902.

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Russell Lee Hatcher, Jr.


Russell Lee Hatcher, Jr., 70, of Takoma Park, MD, passed away Monday, February 16, 2015 at his home. He was born August 5, 1944 in McDowell a son of the late Russell Lee and Mabel Clara (Moats) Hatcher.

Junior was a brick mason for 39 years and later installed windows and siding. He was a member of the McKendree United Methodist Church. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He was preceded in death by his son, Danny Lee Hatcher; brother, William “Gibby” Gilbert Hatcher; sister, Louise Botkin and his nephew, Tommy Hatcher.

Surviving is his wife, Nancy Ann (Simmons) Hatcher, whom he married December 31, 1966.

A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m., Tuesday, February 24, 2015 in McKendree Cemetery with the Rev. Dave Boger officiating.

Active pallbearers will be Cecil Moats, Ray Cox, Michael Moats, Gary Wimer, Kyle Obaugh and Toby Siron.

There will be no public viewing.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to McKendree Cemetery, c/o Sandy Botkin, P.O. Box 23, McDowell, VA 24458.

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