Deborah Ann Edwards
Ann Lester Ed-wards, 38, of Big Rock, died Sunday, February 5,
2006 at her home.
Born in Buchanan County, she was the daughter of Polly Ann
Vandyke Lester of Big Rock and the late Franklin D. Lester.
She was a 1985 graduate of Grundy High School, was of the
Christian faith, and a homemaker.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband,
Leslie A. Edwards; paternal grandmother, Ocie Lester of Big
Rock; mother-in-law, Claudett Edwards of Big Rock; one
brother, Jeffery Lester of Grundy; two sisters-in-law, Teresa
Casey and husband, Jason, of Big Rock and Evelyn Sargent and
husband, Danny, of Hurley; two nephews, two nieces and one
Services were held Wednesday, February 8 at Shortridge-Ramey
Funeral Home Chapel in Grundy with Evangelist Michael Trent
and the Revs. Tony Lowe and Shea Shrader officiating. Burial
followed in Mountain Valley Memorial Park, Big Rock.
Active pallbearers were Keith Stollings, Don Powers, Mark
Phillips, Rick Grizzle, Bill Johnson and Ronnie Phillips.
Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Sonny Joe Yates
Joe Yates, 58, of the Little Prater section of Buchanan
County, died Friday, February 3, 2006 at his home following an
Born in Buchanan County, he was a son of the late Sidney
Ralph and Daisy Viola Yates, both Buchanan County natives. He
was a life-long resident of Buchanan County and a member of
Victory Baptist Church. He was a disabled coal miner.
He is survived by his wife, Judy Diane Stiltner Yates; one
daughter, Deanna Jolene Yates of Vansant; two sons, Brian
Keith Yates of Grundy and Sidney Ralph Joseph (Joey) Yates of
Bowie, MD; three sisters, Inez Mae Yates Pugh of Grundy,
Juanita Virginia and husband, Glade Metz of Vansant and Leona
Omalene and husband, Aven Viers of Prater; two brothers, Paul
Robert and wife, Stella Vandyke Yates of Grundy and Ralph
Dewey and wife, Janet Yates, of Vansant; several nieces and
Services were held Monday, February 6 at Victory Baptist
Church at Vansant with the Rev. Larry Ratliff and Evg. Michael
Trent officiating. Burial followed in the Yates Cemetery on
Active pallbearers were Marshall Lineberry, Brandon Yates,
Keith Viers, Clinton Dotson, Jim Stiltner, Tim Herring,
Billmon Elswick, Fred Coleman, James "Stretch" Mounts and
Honorary pallbearers were Terry Looney, Lilly Dotson, men of
Victory Baptist Church, Special Care Hospice and employees of
Buchanan Health Care.
Grundy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Retha O. Miller
O. Ratliff Miller, 68, of Mulkeytown, died Wednesday, January
4, 2006 in Saint Johnís Medical Center in Saint Louis.
Born in Grundy, she was the daughter of the late James and
Pricy (Stiltner) Ratliff. She was of the Baptist faith and had
worked at Maytag for 23 years.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two
brothers, Ame and Ercell Ratliff; and two sisters, Villa
Weavers and Eula Wright.
She is survived by two sons, Robert A. and Anja Homes of
Germany and Eugene and Tonya Miller, of Benton; two daughters,
Linda Bagby and husband, Gordan, of Waterloo and Karla
Donaldson of Benton; seven brothers and sisters, Udell Darnell
of Big Rock, James Ratliff of Grundy Jerrell Anderson of Lick
Creek, KY, Marie Recant of Williamsburg, Emil Ratliff of
Menardsville, Tenn., Ruth McColl of Steeleville, and Lester
Ratliff of Louisa, KY; five grandchildren.
Services were held Saturday in Gilbert Funeral Home in
Christopher with burial in Mulkeytown Cemetery.
Robert Lee May
Lee May, 77, of the Paw Paw section of Hurley, died Sunday,
February 5, 2006 at Buchanan General Hospital, Grundy.
Born in Kelsa, he was the son of the late Joseph Harrison
and Ella Hurley May Cole-man. He was a retired merchant,
owner/operator of Hazel D. May Grocery, was a trucker, deputy
sheriff and coal miner.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two
granddaughters; four brothers; and one sister.
He is survived by his wife, Hazel Davis; three sons, Earl
Dean May and wife, Nancy, of Paw Paw, Bobby Lee May of the
home and Thomas Edward "Tommy" and wife, Katrina, of Camp
Creek, KY; two daughters, Sherry Robin Sullivan and husband,
Tony, of Race Fork, Kathy Robertta Sullivan and husband,
Charles E. "Dusty" of Bland County; two half-brothers, Billy
Joe May of Paw Paw and Billy Coleman of Bland County; one
sister, Ruby Steele of Richmond; eight grandchildren and four
Services will be held today (Thursday), February 9 at 12
noon at Bethany Bible Church, Paw Paw, with Pastor Paul Rife,
Elders E.C. Honaker and Harold Thornsbury and the Revs. Donnie
Prater and Ronnie Hurley officiating. Burial will follow in
the Lee Davis Cemetery at Slate Creek.
Active pallbearers will be Brandon May, Matthew Justus,
Samuel Justus, Andrew Justus, Mitchell May, Russell May, Timmy
Smith and Keith Fields.
Honorary pallbearers will be Auburn Ratliff, Cecil Dotson,
Sheriff Ray Foster, Bobby Hall, Terry Hall, Tommy Blankenship,
Dusty Sullivan, Walter Honaker, Herbert May, Jerry M. Lester,
Clell Blankenship and Dr. Clint Sutherland.
Shortridge-Ramey Funeral Home, Grundy, is in charge of
Ralph W. Compton
W. Compton, 82, a resident of Deel and a Buchanan County
native, died Tuesday, January 31, 2006 in Buchanan General
Hospital, Grundy, following a brief illness.
Born near Whitewood April 16, 1923, he was a son of the late
Hannibal A. and Celia Cox Compton.
He was a veteran employee of the Federal Mine Safety and
Health Administration, having retired in 1989. He was a
graduate of Whitewood High Schoolís Class of 1942, studied
Electrical Engineering at Virginia Tech and entered his first
employment with DJB Collieries, Feds Creek, KY.
He served in the United States Army during World War II from
early 1943 through 1945, was assigned to the 36th Field
Artillery Division, serving in North Africa, Sicily, Italy and
France and participated in the invasion of Southern France in
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his
wife of 60 years, Goldie Ball Compton, on January 13, 2004;
one brother, Victor H. Compton; one niece and a nephew.
He is survived by three brothers, W. Ray Compton and wife,
Betty, of Norton; Lodge Compton of Vansant and William B.
Compton and wife, Shelby, of Elkins Branch; a devoted cousin,
Ralph H. Cox and wife, Alta, also of Elkins Branch; six nieces
and three nephews.
Funeral services were held Saturday, February 4 at Grundy
Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Danny Hess officiating.
Burial followed in Greenhills Memorial Gardens, Claypool Hill.
Members of John Ratliff Post 164 of the American Legion
conducted military rites at the cemetery.
Active pallbearers were Timothy Compton, Steve Jones, Steven
Smith, Ronald Compton, James M. Bevins, Jr., Charles Compton,
Sam Bartley, Bob Cole, Bobby G. Reece, and Jonathan Comp-ton.
Honorary pallbearers were Calvin Compton, Lonnie Love, Omer
Bunn, Carl Cartwright, Jr., George Stewart and Elmer Simmons.
Grundy Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Rev. Cecil C. Presley, Sr.
Rev. Cecil C. Presley, Sr., 79, of Abingdon, died Sunday,
February 5, 2006 at a Chilhowie health center.
Born in Council, he was a son of the late P.E. Presley and
Maude Wampler Presley. He was a retired pastor, having
pastored several churches throughout southwest Virginia and
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by
his first wife, Violet Mullins Presley; one brother, C.A.
"Ashby" Presley; and one half-sister, Emma Tiller.
He is survived by his wife, Gay Presley; three daughters,
Lana Clear and husband, Charles, of Saltville, Brenda
Dawkins of West Columbia, SC and Sarita Surber and husband,
Tim, also of Saltville; two sons, Timothy Presley and wife,
Mary, of West Columbia and Clyde Presley and wife, Reva, of
Chilhowie; one step-daughter, Patty Mumpower of Bristol, VA;
sister-in-law, Shirley Presley of Charlottesville; one
nephew, one uncle, 12 grandchildren, three
step-grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, four
Services were held Tuesday in Honaker with the
Revs. Kyle French and Tim Surber officiating. Interment
followed in the Presley Cemetery at Council.
Pallbearers were relatives.
Owens, 70, of Abingdon, formerly of Buchanan County, died
Saturday, February 4, 2006 at his home.
Born in Buchanan County, he was the son of the late John
Henry and Nancy Viers Owens. He had lived most of his life
in Grundy until moving to Abingdon. He was the owner of the
former ANS Furniture in Grundy for 38 years, served on the
Buchanan County Housing Authority and the Buchanan County
Social Services Board.
He was ordained as a minister in 1990 and was pastor of
Christian Service Center in Grundy for several years. After
moving to Abingdon, he served as the Sunday School
Superintendent at Holston Valley Baptist Church before
becoming assistant pastor there. He was also a choir member
there and had a radio ministry outreach in Grundy and
Bristol, VA. He was honorary chaplin at Johnston Memorial
Hospital and was a volunteer on the critical care unit.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a
daughter, Claudia Jozan; three sisters, Hattie Looney, Cleo
Looney and Merle Owens; two brothers, Clayton Owens and
He is survived by his wife, Jo Owens; two sons, Kem Owens
and wife, Doris, of Richlands and Cory Owens and wife,
Diane, of Augusta, GA; four sisters, Clara Looney, Ellen
(Parley) Meadows, Evelyn (Avery) Wimmer and Pat (Fayne)
Viers; one sister-in-law, Maxine Owens; one brother-in-law,
Harvey Loon-ey; five grandchildren, two great-grandchildren,
several nieces and nephews.
A memorial service was held Tuesday, February 7 in the
Main Street Chapel of Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon
with the Rev. Paul Ketron officiating. A committal service
was held at Holston Valley Baptist Church.
Active pallbearers were Timothy Owens, Timothy Vandyke,
Andrew Owens, John Owens, Frank Elswick, Arthur Phillips,
Parley Meadows and Hunter Brown.
Honorarary pallbearers were John Cornette, Jason Dunn,
Jerry England, Randal Keyte, Junior Lowe, Ray Montgomery,
Jerry Sanders, Fayne Viers, James Ward and men of Holton
Valley Baptist Church.
Expressions of sympathy may be made in the form of
memorial contributions to the building fund of Holston
Valley Baptist Church, State Road 665, 18396 Cleveland Road,
Abingdon, VA 24211.
Farris Funeral Service - Main Street Chapel was in charge
Junilee P. Fletcher
P. Fletcher, 81, of Abingdon, died Thursday, February 2,
2006 in Johnston Memorial Hospital, Abingdon.
Born in Elkhorn Creek, KY, she had resided in Buchanan
County most of her life before moving to Abingdon in 1977.
She was of the Primitive Baptist faith.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Guy and Florence
Sykes Potter; and two brothers, Percy Potter and Atlas
She is survived by her husband, Earl Fletcher of Abingdon;
four sons, Roger Fletcher of Vansant, James C. Ratliff and
Teddy Fletcher, both of Bristol, VA and Mikeal Fletcher of
Abingdon; three daughters, Linda Gail Farmer of Rowe, Earla
Kay Stacy of Abingdon and Myra Jane Fletcher of
Tannersville; one brother, William Patton Potter of Elkhorn
City, KY; three sisters, Audrey Newberry of Vansant, Mildred
Wallace of Toledo, OH and Wanda Jo Warren of Pound; 14
grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Services were held Sunday, February 5 in the Main Street
Chapel of Farris Funeral Service.
Pallbearers were family members.
Farris Funeral Service was in charge of arrangements.
(Swords Creek, VA)
Marie Shortt Lowe
Shortt Lowe, 89, of Swords Creek, died Monday, January 30,
2006 in a Lebanon hospital.
She was a daughter of the late Elbert Lee and Clara
Virginia Coleman Shortt. A lifelonglong resident of the
Swords Creek area, she was a member of Horton Ridge Church
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by
her first husband, Leonard Salyers; her second husband,
Claude Lowe; two daughters, Innas Bernice Vance and Ocie Mae
Vance; three sisters, Ocie Mae Shortt, Ida Belle Newberry
and Stella Keen; two brothers, Lawrence Shortt and Roy
Shortt; one grandson, Rick Miller; and one great-grandson,
Desperado Gage Miller.
She is survived by two daughters, Doris Yvonne and
husband, Larry G. Miller, of Honaker, and Wanda Carol and
husband, Ferd Ellis Miller of Knoxville, TN; one sister,
Hazel Beatrice Dugger of Oak Lawn, IL ; one brother, Elbert
Lee Shortt, Jr. of Raven; 12 grandchildren, several
Services were held Friday in Honaker with the Revs. Carl
Robinson, Ancil Childress and Dennis White officiating.
Interment followed in Greenhills Memory Gardens, Claypool
Pallbearers were grandsons.