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Thursday, February 8, 2007

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In-County

Frank A. Witt, Jr.
(Grundy)

  Frank Almond Witt, Jr., 94, of Grundy, died at his home Friday, February 2, 2007 following a brief illness.
  Born in Bramwell, WV, he was the son of the late Frank Almond and Lydia Haynes Witt. He had been a resident of Buchanan County for the past 67 years. He was a member of Buchanan First Presbyterian Church where he had been a member since 1950. He served as deacon and elder and was Superintendent of Sunday School for many years. He was an employee of Harman Mining Company where he first worked in the mines and then as a purchasing agent for many years until his retirement in 1978. He also co-owned and operated W&W Coal Company for many years.
  He served in the United States Army Air Corp twice; once before World War II and again during World War II where he served with the 37th Fighter Squadron in North Africa and Europe. He was a member of  John Ratliff Post #164 of the American Legion and was a Master Mason of Sandy Valley Lodge #17 AF and AM and the Kazim Temple of Roanoke.
  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie McClanahan Witt, June 6, 1997; one daughter, Frankie Jean Witt; and two sisters, Lydia Richardson and Frances Morgan.
  He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Edwin (Lynn) Bunn of Grundy and Mrs. Leroy (Kaye) Jones of Abingdon; two sisters, Dorothy Fitzwater of Martinsburg and Hope Craft of Shamokin, PA; one brother, Bill Witt, of Abingdon; four grandchildren, Brian Christian of Richmond, Kevin Christian of Bristol, VA, Katy and husband, Jason Davidson, of Abingdon and Andy Bunn of Atlanta, GA; and two great-grandchildren.
  Services were held Sunday, February 4 at Buchanan First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jeff Porter and Elder Bill Parrish officiating. Entombment followed in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock.
  Active pallbearers were Mark Mutter, Chuck Crabtree, Clint Sutherland, Pollard Shortt, Lewis Holland and Gary Christian.
  Honorary pallbearers were elders and deacons of Buchanan First Presbyterian Church.
  The family suggests expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to Buchanan First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 1339, Grundy, VA 24614
  Grundy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Billy Joe Lester
(Rowe)

  Billy Joe Lester, Sr.,  59, of Rowe, died Friday, February 2, 2007 in Buchanan General Hospital, Grundy.
  Born in Rowe, he was a son of the late John Ellis and Margaret Marie Cook Lester. A lifelong resident of the area, he was employed as a truck driver for Consol Energy for 30 years. He was a member of Trinity Pentecostal Holiness Church in Lebanon and was an avid fisherman.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one grandson, Joshua Jackson, and three uncles.
  Survivors include his wife, Mary Ruth Wilson Lester; three sons, Michael Lester and wife, Sherry, of Rowe, Billy Joe Lester, Jr. of Gatlinburg, TN and Tommy Lester and wife, Michelle of Honaker; three daughters, Vickie Dye and husband, Joey of Rowe, Patricia Jackson and husband, Mark of Castlewood, and Bethany Hess and husband, Cameron of Blackford; step-mother, Pauline Lester of Lebanon; one sister, Sandra Baldwin and husband, Earl of Rowe; one brother, Roger Lester and wife, Cathy of Rowe; eight grandchildren, two nieces and two nephews.
  Services were held Monday in Honaker with the Rev. David Wilmoth officiating. Interment followed in the Whitt Cemetery at Drill.
  Pallbearers were relatives and friends.


Earnest Paul Lamb
(Vansant)

  Earnest Paul (Pete) Lamb, 33, of Vansant, died Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at his home.
  Born in Pike County, KY, he was the son of Carma Lojean Mullins Ratliff of Vansant. He was of the Primitive Baptist faith, was a 1993 graduate of Grundy Senior High School, was an employee of L & D Well Service, and was an avid outdoorsman and car enthusiast.
  In addition to his mother, he is survived by one daughter, Akira Brooke Lamb of North Carolina; three sisters, Tonya Ketreka Ratliff Sexton and Jada Ratliff, both of Vansant and Paula Diana Ratliff Green of Davison, MI; seven brothers, Danny Harold Lamb of Grundy and Gregory David Ratliff, Johnny Earl Lamb, Joshua Harley Ratliff, Kyler Lloyd, Tyler Lloyd and Deyton Lloyd, all of Vansant; several nieces and nephews.
  Services were held Friday, February 2 at Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel with Elders Elzie Mullins, Darrell Mullins, Kenneth Mullins, Ezra Davis, Jr. and Harold Thornsbury officiating. Burial followed in the Ratliff Family Cemetery at Mott Branch on Leemaster.
  Active pallbearers were family and friends.
  Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Leonard Francis Matney
(Grundy)

  Leonard Francis Matney, 75, of Grundy, died Friday, February 2, 2007 at his home following an extended illness.
  Born in Buchanan County, he was a son of the late Dave and Jane Vandyke Matney. He was a life-long resident of Buchanan County, a member of Grundy Church of Christ for 43 years, a member of the Loyal Leaders Sunday School Class and an active member of the Butterfly Benevolent Group. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, gardener and outdoorsman. He was a retired employee of Harman Mining Company and a member of United Mine Workers of America Local Union No. 7025.
  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Dolly Dotson and Lovis Shortridge and two brothers, Walter and Datsy Matney.
  He is survived by his wife, Dorothy (Peggy) Stiltner Matney of Grundy; two daughters, Deborah (Debbie) and husband, Michael Yates of Grundy and Robin and husband, Richard Cauvel, of Clayton, NC; one son, Roger and wife, Susan Matney, of Wendell, NC; one sister, Elsie Mae Matney, of Canton, OH; one brother, Luther and wife, Betty Matney of Navarre, OH; one half-brother, Johnny and wife, Val Matney, of Waverly, OH; one sister-in-law, Ocie Matney, of North Tazewell; three grandchildren, Kristina (Squirt) and husband, Kenneth Carter, of Maxie, Matthew Matney of Wendell, NC and Adam (Butter Bean) Cauvel of Clayton, NC; two great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
  Services were held Monday, February 5 at Grundy Church of Christ with Evgs. Dennis Wimmer and Tom Cooper officiating. Burial followed in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock.
  Active pallbearers were men of the Grundy Church of Christ, Ricky Davis, Bill Stacy, Robert Little, Herb Fields, Truman White and Bill Neeley.
  Honorary pallbearers were Dr. J.P. Sutherland, Jr. and staff, Buchanan General Hospital Home Health Services, Joey Yates and staff, Dr. J.G. Patel, Buchanan General Hospital third floor nursing staff, Dr. S. Patton and staff, Nicewander Cancer Center at Bristol, employees of Hospice and Palliative Care of Virginia and members of the Walker Hill Hunting Club of North Carolina.
  The family suggests expressions of sympathy be made in the form of donations to the Church of Christ Youth Camp, P.O. Box 493, Grundy, VA 24614 for sending children to camp.
  Grundy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Paul C. Hackney
(Home Creek)

  Paul C. Hackney, 67, of the Home Creek section of Buchanan County, died Monday, February 5, 2007 in Buchanan General Hospital following a brief illness.
  Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Lundy and Hettie Deel Hackney. He was a lifelong resident of Buchanan County and a member of New Zion Freewill Baptist Church. He was a retired coal miner miner for Island Creek Coal Company and a member of the United Mine Workers of America.
  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Lee Newsome Hackney, April 9, 2005; one son, Michael Hackney, January 31, 2004; two sisters, Ella Dotson and Mary Waters; and three brothers, Travis, Kennard and Verlon Hackney.
  He is survived by three daughters, Patricia and husband, Larry Helton, of Hurley, Joyce and husband, Billy Helton, of Grundy and Lisa and husband, Rusty Osborne, of Keen Mountain; one son, Steven and wife, Ashley Hackney of Pilgrim Knob; four brothers, Buford "Duke" Hackney and C.A. Hackney, both of Grundy, Emsy Hackney of Wyoming and Gene Hackney of Ohio; seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
  Services will be held today (Thursday), February 8 at 1 p.m. at New Zion Freewill Baptist Church at Big Rock with Ministers E.C. Honaker and Jimmy Kerr officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock.
  Active pallbearers will be Billy Joe Helton, Chris Helton, Jonathan Helton, Joshua Hackney, Brian Hackney, Charles Hackney, Roger Hackney and Thomas Hackney.
  Grundy Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Nancy Jean Hurley
(Hurley)

  Nancy Jean Justus Hurley, 54, of Hurley, died Saturday, February 3, 2007.
  Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of the late Joe Justus and Kizzie Sparks Justus. She was a member of  Kelsa Freewill Baptist Church.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Ruth Steele Shaw.
  She is survived by her husband, William Randall Hurley, of Hurley; two daughters, Nancy Melissa Mounts and husband Larry of Hurley, and Crystal Diane Murray and fiancé, Wesley Erick Sparks, of Hurley;. two step-sons, Dennis Hurley Jr. and wife, Tammy, and Kermit Hurley, all of Hurley; one sister, Peggy Steele and husband, Bobby, of Abingdon; one brother, Joe Justus Jr. and wife, Loretta, of Rosedale; four grandchildren, Joseph Melvin Mounts, James Matthew Mounts, Austin Tyler Murray and William Jacob Murray; and two step-grandsons, Johnathan Hurley and Joshua Hurley.
  Services were held Tuesday, February 6 at the Kelsa Freewill Baptist Church on Paw Paw with Elders Ronnie Hurley, Kenny Jackson, Berlin Wolford, Ervin Hurley, and Joe Jackson officiating. Burial followed in the Hurley Family Cemetery on May Branch at Hurley.
  Active Pallbearers were the men of  Kelsa Freewill Baptist Church.
  Honorary pallbearers were members of  Kelsa Freewill Baptist Church.
  Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home, Grundy, was in charge of arrangements.

Harold Gene Stevens
(Grundy)

  Harold Gene Stevens, 52, of Grundy, died Friday, February 2, 2007 at Bristol Regional Medical Center.
  He was the son of the late Clovis Stevens and Thelma Mae Hurley Stevens. He was a disabled coal miner, enjoyed boating and fishing and was of the Christian faith.
  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Billy Darrell Stevens and William Stevens, and one sister, Judith Marie Stevens.
  He is survived by his wife, Karen Fields Stevens; one son, Harold Gene Stevens, Jr. and wife, Tabitha, of Jacksboro, TN; one sister, Patricia Ann Stiltner and husband, Billy, of New Port, NC; six brothers, Terry Ray Stevens and wife, Robin, of Grundy, Brady Lee Stevens and wife, Shirley, of Cleveland, James Robert Stevens of Lebanon, Clovis Darnell Stevens of Port Clinton, OH, Ralph Stevens and wife, Brenda, of Port Clinton and Michael Stevens and wife, Patty, of Speedwell, TN; two grandchildren, Nathan Dewayne Stevens and Destiny Nichole Stevens.
  Services were held Monday, February 5 at Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home Chapel in Grundy with Evg. James Ling and Mike McCoy officiating. Burial followed in Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill.
  Pallbearers were nephews.
  Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 













Out-of-County

     Joeann Lester
                 (Elkton, MD)

  Joeann Lester, 61, of Elkton, MD, formerly of Hurley, died Tuesday, January 30, 2007.
  Born in Harman, she was the daughter of the late Dale and Quinnie Murphy Charles. She was a homemaker and attended Charlestown Missionary Baptist Church. She was an artist and an avid gardener.
  She is survived by her husband, Roger L. Lester; children, Phillip L. Lester and Jessica Kula, both of Elkton and Russell Lester of North East, MD; siblings, Earl Charles, Phyllis Arms and Bonnie Young, all of Mooresburg, TN and Nevelyn Heldreth of Wheeling, WV; grandchildren, Phillip M., Amanda E., Eric R., Jacob L. Lester, Kara N. and Kaleb L. Kula.
  Services were held Friday, February 2 at Charlestown Missionary Baptist Church in Charlestown, MD with Pastor Dennis Gilbert officiating. Interment followed in Gilpin Manor Memorial Park, Elkton.
  Hicks Home for Funerals in Elkton was in charge of arrangements.


Loncie Carl Varney
(Red Jacket, WV)

  Loncie Carl Varney, 69, of Red Jacket, WV, died Thursday, February 1, 2007 at a South Williamson, Kentucky hospital.
  Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Willie Oscar and Chloe O'Quinn Varney. He was a disabled coal miner and was a member of the Home Creek Old Regular Baptist Church.
  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Jettie Ann Sumpter and Rosie Mae Varney.
  He is survived by two sisters, Tilda Edna Blair of Red Jacket and Mabel Marie Adkins of Waverly, OH; two brothers, Troy Edward Varney of Chillicothe, OH and Mack Arthur Varney and wife, Eula Mae, of Rosedale.
  Services were held Monday, February 5 at the Home Creek Old Regular Baptist Church with Elders Howard Daniels, Harold Ramey and Roger Coleman officiating. Burial followed in the Blair Cemetery at Home Creek.
  Pallbearers were Henry Blair, Elwood Blair, Glenn Varney, Curtis Varney, Chris Chapman and Bennie Ray Stiltner.
  Honorary pallbearers were Onis Hogston, Paul Hogston and Cecil Hogston.
  Virginia Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Arlie W. Lawson
(Beltsville, MD)

  Arlie W. Lawson, 93, of Beltsville, MD,  died Wednesday, January 24, 2007. 
  Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late Lula Fletcher Lawson and Clarence Lawson. He spent the early years of his life in Buchanan County and surrounding areas before moving to Bluefield, VA with his wife.  He settled in Beltsville in 1960 and remained there for the entirety until his death.
  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Fonnie Farris and Sadie Sword, and two brothers, Harvey and Henry Lawson.
  Survivors include his wife, Myrtle (Ball) Lawson, of the home, formerly of Honaker;  daughter and son-in-law, Cathy and John Thomas of Ellicott City, MD, daughter and son-in-law, Pamela and John McLean of North Potomac, MD; three grandchildren, John, Ryan and Melanie McLean;  sisters, Ethel Pendergraph of Ocala, FL, Bernice Beaton of Port Charlotte, FL; brother and sister-in-law, Houston and Nannie Lawson of Ashland, brother and sister-in-law, Harold and Mary-Lou Lawson of Houston, TX.
  Services were held Sunday, January 28 at Borgwardt Funeral Home in Beltsville with Pastor Keith Holland officiating.  A private graveside service was held on Monday, January 29, at George Washington Cemetery in Adelphi, Maryland.


Dorothy Doreen Yates
(Haysi, VA)

  Dorothy Doreen Yates, 44, of Haysi, died Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at Dickenson Community Hospital in Clintwood.
  Born in Chicago, she was a daughter of Estil and Mona Rowe Hill. She was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.
  In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Dewayne; one daughter, Vanessa Yates of the home; two sons, Josh Yates and Cody Yates, both of the home; three sisters, Bridgett Kiser and Donna Stanley, both of Haysi and Rita Keene of Clintwood; two brothers, Ronnie Hill of Haysi and Tommy Hill of Gate City.
  Services were held Saturday, February 3 at Haysi Funeral Home with Elders Buster Mullins and David O'quinn offiiciating. Burial followed in the Hill Cemetery at Rt. 1, Clintwood.
  Pallbearers were family and friends.
  Haysi Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

George E. Cook
(Deerfield, OH)

  George E. "Pete" Cook, 68, of Deerfield, OH, died Thursday, February 1, 2007 in a Ravenna, OH hospital.
  Born in Drill, he was a son of the late Clovis and Nancy "Vic" Arms Cook. He was a retired press operator with Chrysler Corporation in Twinsburg, OH, was a member of Blackhorse Baptist Church and was a United States Army veteran.
  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Margaret Lester; one brother, William Cook; and one brother-in-law, Carlos Musick.
  Survivors include four sisters, Doris Musick of Honaker, Ruth Lewis of Streetsboro, OH, Maudie Clark and husband, Harold of Ravenna, OH, and Arbutus Compton and husband, Calvin of Roanoke; several nieces and nephews.
  Services were held Tuesday in Honaker with the Rev. Stephen Musick officiating. Interment followed in Ketron Memorial Gardens, Lebanon.
  Pallbearers were relatives and friends.

Melvin Lee Shelton
(Belfast, VA)

  Melvin Lee Shelton,  53, of Belfast, died Friday, February 2, 2007 in a Lebanon hospital.
  Born in Red Ash, he was a son of Mattie V. Shelton of Doran and the late Fred Thomas Shelton. He resided in Red Ash most of his life, later moving to White's Subdivision in Belfast. He was a disabled coal miner, having been employed by JK & G Coal Company. He was a member of the Bible Way Church at Raven.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by one son, Ronnie Wayne Shelton; four sisters, Doris Mae Proffitt, Shirley Anna Jean Dye, Louis Faye Shelton and Margaret Ann Shelton; his mother-in-law, Beulah Mae Reynolds; father-in-law, Shade Reynolds; and two brothers-in-law, Steve Reynolds and Robert Lee Dye.
  In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Gladys Lee Shelton; one daughter, Virginia "Jenny" Ann Shelton of Bucyrus, OH; two sons, Melvin Lee "Hunchie" Shelton, Jr. and his fiancée, Sherry Beth, of Swords Creek and Michael Shelton and wife, Tommie, of Belfast; six grandchildren, Brett Lee Love, Derrick McBride Love, Justin Lane Shelton, Austin Blade Grizzle, Chelsey Nicole Shelton, and Hannah Brooke Shelton; one step-granddaughter, Desiree Danielle Horton; three brothers, Joe Shelton and wife, Lovell, of Richlands, George Washington Shelton of Red Ash, and Jeffery Shelton and  wife, Tish, of Doran; three sisters, Anna Mae Dye of Bucyrus,  Patsy Leveling and husband, John, of Swords Creek, and Mary Elizabeth Rose of Richlands; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Claude Herman "Peck" Reynolds, Charlie Reynolds, David and Freda Reynolds, Raymond and Judy Reynolds, Clifford and Emma Reynolds, Carl and Madeline Reynolds, Teresa Reynolds, and Billy Dye; several nieces and nephews.
  Services were held Thursday in Honaker with the Rev. Dannie Short officiating. Interment followed in Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool Hill.
  Pallbearers were George Shelton, Terry Shelton, Ronny Hurt, Will Shelton, Jerry Carver, Mose Cordle, Tom Cordle, and Tony Cordle.
  Honorary pallbearers were Lee Brown, Ricky Sparks, Joey Shelton, and Clifford Reynolds.

Flornia Turner Viers
(Clinchco, VA)

  Flornia Turner Viers, 88, of Clinchco, died Friday, February 2, 2007 at her home.
  Born in Dickenson County, she was a daughter of the late Larkin and Bertha Turner.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Berta "Frank" Viers; brothers, Leonard, Guy, Bob and Fred; and two sisters, Betty Viers and Nell Rose.
  She is survived by her children and their spouses, Priscilla-Ann Viers and Kelly and Vonnie Viers, all of Clinchco and Janice and Roy Owens of Beckley, WV; two brothers, Carrol and Sally Turner and Jeff and Betty Turner, all of Clinchco; one sister, Barbara, and Doug Deel of Breaks; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
  Services were held Monday, February 5 at Haysi Funeral Home with her son-in-law, Pastor Roy Owens, officiating. Burial followed in the Viers Cemetery on Backbone Ridge.
  Pallbearers were grandsons - Tim Triplett, Randy Owens, Jeffery McCleland and David McCleland and great-grandsons, Joshua Owens, Zachary Triplett, Seth Yates and Christopher Yates.
  Honorary pallbearers were Blake Triplett, Marty Genusa, Matt Mullins, Nick Powers, Kimble Turner and Justin Yates.
  Haysi Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Aleene Davenport
(Hacienda Heights, CA)

  Aleene "Sissie" Rowe Davenport, 73, of Hacienda Heights, CA,  formerly of Crystal River, FL and Buchanan County, died Friday, February 2, 2007 in Hacienda Heights.
  Born in Pike County, KY, she was the daughter of Sheridan and Hazel Rowe. She moved to Hacienda Heights six years ago from Crystal River. She had previously resided  in Grundy for 30 years before relocating  to Crystal River. She retired in 1991 from The Florida Power Nuclear Operations Center, Quality Procurement Department. She was a member of St. Benedict's Catholic Church in Crystal River.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Sheridan Davenport, January 1975.
  She is survived by one son, Steve Stiltner, of Hacienda Heights; one sister, Flossie Yates. and husband Jack, of Crystal River.
  A funeral mass will be celebrated  today (Thursday), February 8, at 10 a.m. from St. Benedict's Catholic Church , 455 S. Suncoast Blvd., Crystal River, with Father Michael Suzynski as Celebrant. Interment will follow at the Crystal River Memorial Cemetery in Crystal River.
  Strickland Funeral Home, Crystal River, is in charge of arrangements.

Fay E. Harrison
(Statesville, NC)

  Fay Elizabeth Morgan Harrison, 89, of Statesville, formerly of Bluefield, VA and Buchanan County, died Sunday, February 4, 2007 at Gordon Hospice House.
  Born in Grundy, she was the daughter of the late Frank E. Morgan and Martha Hatfield Morgan. She was a graduate of Grundy High School, was a homemaker and member of Springville Christian Church in Bluefield.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John Raymond Harrison, February 16, 1990; five sisters, Glee M. McClanahan, Zelma M. Cooper, Mazel M. Arms, Innez M. Feathers and Hazel M. Wyatt; four brothers, Naaman Morgan, Jack Morgan, Frank E. "Sambo" Morgan, Jr. and Norman (Dad) Morgan.
  She is survived by one daughter, Katherine H. Wells (Gary) of Rocklin, CA; four sons, Ray Harrison (Freda) of Roanoke, Douglas Harrison (Pat) of Lexington, KY, Michael Harrison (Janice) of Statesville and Phillip (Phil) Harrison (Sheila), of Landerburg, PA; one sister, Lettie Cox of Grundy; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
  Graveside services were held Wednesday, February 7 at Grandview Mausoleum Chapel with the Rev. Raymond Klaiber officiating.
  Active pallbearers were Jody Harrison, Brian Wells, Chris Harrison, Ricky Harrison, Patrick Harrison, Bobby Cummings, Craig Spedden and Chris Shortridge.
  Honorary pallbearers were Dwayne Hughes, Michael Taylor and Logan Peterson.
  Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of memorials to Gordon Hospice House, 2341 Simonton Road, Statesville, NC 28625.
  Dudley Memorial Mortuary, Bluefield, VA, was in charge of arrangements.

Iva Nell Dalton
(Dobson, NC)

  Iva Nell Colley Dalton, 65, of Dobson, NC, formerly of Buchanan County, died Saturday, February  3, 2007, in Forsyth Medical Center, Winston Salem, NC, following a brief illness. 
  Born in Buchanan County, she was a daughter of the late Bishop Mack and Lillie Mae Daniel Colley. She had been a resident of Buchanan County several years prior to moving to North Carolina.  She was a member and attended the Free Christian Church on Big A Mountain prior to moving to North Carolina. She was a graduate of Council High School and was a member of the basketball team and a strong supporter of the UMWA. She had worked at various jobs and was a homemaker.
  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Nell Colley Rife and Maxie Justus; and seven brothers, Bruce, Calvin, Jim, Ayers, Andrew, Paris and Lawrence Colley.
  She is survived by her husband, Ballard Duke (Smokey) Dalton; one daughter, Jacqueline and husband, Jeffery C. Hale, of Lenoir, NC; one son, Johnny and wife, Tammie Dalton, of Patterson; eight sisters, Gertrude Rasnake of Prater, Sue Carol and husband, Ferrell Boyd, of Leemaster, Nancy Blankenship of St. Albans, WV, Mary White of Charleston, WV, Faye and husband, Roger McClanahan and Ida Branham, all of Lebanon, Francis Duty of Rosedale, Marie and husband, Calvin Sullivan of Bee; four grandchildren, Zachery Dalton and Karissa Dalton of Dismal Rt., Patterson, Leah Fitzwater and W. Rimley and wife, Suzanne Fitzwater, all of Lenoir, NC; one great-grandchild, several nieces and nephews.
  Services were held Tuesday, February 6 at Coleman's United Methodist Church at Prater with the Rev. Darrell Thacker officiating. Burial followed in the Colley Cemetery at Murphy.
  Active pallbearers were family and friends.
  Grundy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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