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Obituaries for Jan. 16, 2013

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Joseph William ‘Billy’ Amiss Jr.

Joseph William “Billy” Amiss Jr., 74, of Amherst, passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at Runk & Pratt Residential Adult Care.

He was the devoted husband of Joan Perez Amiss for 55 years. Born April 6, 1938 in Amherst County, he was the son of the late Joseph William Amiss Sr. and Elise Hudson Amiss and was also preceded in death by one son, Timothy Dean Amiss.

Billy was a retired welder with Boiler Makers Local 45 and was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy Reserves. He was a member of Sandy Bottom Christian Church.

In addition to his wife, Billy is survived by two daughters, Judy Amiss Reynolds (Steve Breedlove) of Big Island and Sharon Amiss Hodges (Tony) of Appomattox; one brother, Carroll Amiss (Carole) of Lynchburg; two sisters, Betty Jo Steuart (Jimmy) of Madison Heights and Jean Kostka of Sun City Center, Fla.; three grandchildren, Naomi Reynolds, Kristen Baker, and Andrea Hodges and two great-grandchildren, Olivia Baker and Alex Layne.

A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012 at Whitten Monelison Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Chris King officiating.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Disorders Association.

The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to Dr. David Haga, Dr. Peter Betz, Monelison Family Physicians, and to the staffs of Runk & Pratt and Centra Hospice.

William Ray (Chuck) Campbell

William Ray Campbell, 81, of Monroe, died on Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at his residence. He was the husband of Eleanor W. Campbell for 57 years. Born Thursday, Jan. 29, 1931, in Amherst County, he was a son of the late Willie L. Campbell and the late Lottie C. Campbell.

In addition to his wife, Chuck is survived by his daughter, Faye C. O’Brien of Monroe, three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, three sisters, two brothers, and (My Boy’s). Chuck was retired from General Electric.

He served our country as a member of the Air Force. He was a member of Elon Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service was held Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Elon Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Mr. Barry Tucker officiating. The family received friends following the service, and at other times at the residence.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Madison Heights, is assisting the family, (434) 929-0055. Condolences may be sent to www.tharpfuneralhome.com.

David M. Coffey Sr.

David M. Coffey Sr., 76, of Buena Vista, went home to be with the Lord on Jan. 4, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.

David was born on Sept. 10, 1936, to the late John Robey Coffey and Mamie Womack Coffey.

David grew up in Amherst County and was a farmer at heart. He enjoyed working with cattle and raising the best garden in the county. He was a U.S. Army veteran. He was on the Buena Vista Rescue Squad for several years. He led a life of service and was always ready to lend a helping hand.

He retired from Reeves Brothers Inc. as a junior chemist and spent his retirement years enjoying most of all serving God, his family, especially being Papa to his four grandchildren and his beloved Oronoco Church of the Brethren. There he served as a trustee, deacon and lay speaker. He was also vice president of the Macedonia Community Association of Coffeytown.

He was preceded in death by one brother and sister-in-law, William Lewis and Martha Ann Coffey, and two brothers-in-law, Robert Thomas and Jessee Humphreys.

Surviving is his wife of 53 years and childhood sweetheart, Janie Grant Coffey; son, David M. Coffey Jr.; daughter Lisa Coffey Stendig and husband, Dan; four grandchildren, Lindsey Coffey Stinnett and husband, Zack, Sydney Coffey, Eli Stendig and Lily Sunshine Stendig; three sisters, Jeanie Thomas, Shirley Humphreys and Patsy Wingfield; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Jan. 7 at Oronoco Church of the Brethren. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Buena Vista, handled arrangements.

Benjamin Phillip Elliott

Benjamin Phillip Elliott, 68, of Lynchburg passed away Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 in Lynchburg.

He was the husband of Linda Kay Elliott. Born in Lynchburg, Nov. 27, 1944 he was the son of Ruby Cundiff Elliott of Madison Heights and the late Benjamin Terrell Elliott.

He was involved in sales throughout his professional career and was a member of People’s Baptist Church.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Candice Elliott Burke and his sister, Kathy Elliott Brown.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by a daughter, Jill Elliott Wagner and her husband Alan of Lynchburg; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 at People’s Baptist Church in Madison Heights with Pastor Mark Brown officiating.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center 1701 Thompson Dr., Lynchburg, VA 24501.

Martha Marie Essex ‘Mary’

Martha “Mary” Marie Essex was born on May 6, 1944 in Nelson, to the late Kenny and Josephine Essex of Cub Creek Massies Mill. Aunt Mary, as she was most known, departed this life in her home in Arrington, on Jan. 1, 2013. Aunt Mary worked as a Nurse in Brooklyn, N.Y., and was a faithful member of Mt. Pleasant Church in Tyro.

Martha was preceded in death by Louise and Barbara Essex, Beulah Jones, Betty Gaines, William, Jessie, James, Roger and Lewis Essex.

Mary is survived by one brother, Robert Essex of Arrington; two sons, Shawn and Shaki Essex of Arrington, and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A funeral service was conducted Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013 at Byrum-Parr Funeral Home by the Rev. Annette Diggs, officiating and the Rev. Allen Pannell, eulogist. Burial followed in Mount Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery. The body lay in state one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Edison Vermont (Pops or Red) Hansen

Edison Vermont Hansen, 85 of Gladstone, Virginia died on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012, at Fairmont Crossing in Amherst.

He was the husband of Nellie Tyree Hansen for 58 years. Born Wednesday, May 4, 1927,in Greenville, Mich., he was the son of the late Bert Hansen and the late Josephine Dazey Hansen.

In addition to his wife Red is survived by his children: Peggy Charles and her husband Alfie, of Jacksonville, N.C., Lois Lucado and her husband, Phillip, of Appomattox, and Patrick Hansen and his wife, Stephanie, of Gladstone; 11 grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Red was preceded in death by a son Jerry W. Hansen, three brothers, and five sisters.

Red was a retired SP5 having proudly served our country as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II. He also retired from Flowers Bakery.

A memorial service was held Saturday Dec. 29, 2012 at New Beginning Tabernacle located at 1886 S. Coolwell Road Madison Heights, VA 24572, with the Rev. Scott Flow officiating.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Madison Heights, is assisting the family, (434) 929-0055. Condolences may be sent to www.tharpfuneralhome.com.

Douglas Hartless

Douglas Fitzgerald Hartless, 48, of Lynchburg died Monday, Dece. 24, 2012. Born in Lynchburg, April 13, 1964, he was a son of Robert Edward Hartless of Monroe and the late Geneva Margaret Mason Hartless.

Survivors include three children, Candyce Faye Grant, Crystal Dawn Trent and Douglas Ashton Ewing; two sisters, Wanda Sue Hartless of Monroe and Janice Lynn Hartless of Rustburg; two brothers, Jerry Wayne Hartless of Lynchburg and Joseph Edward Hartless of Madison Heights and three grandchildren.

A graveside service was conducted Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at the Old City Cemetery. The family received friends at Whitten Park Avenue Chapel.

Alma Evelyn Watts James

Alma Evelyn Watts James, of Flint Rock Farm in Nelson County, died on Jan. 6, 2013. Evelyn was the daughter of the late Eddie L. and Alma Dawson Watts.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Robert H. James; a son, Richard R. James, and his wife, Vickie, of Richmond; her beloved four sisters and brother, Janet W. Martin of Mechanicsville, Mary W. North of Nelson County, Frances W. Shareck of Richmond, Anna W. Johnson of Duck, N.C.; and James R. Watts of Richmond; and by her many much loved nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

St. Stephens Baptist Church (at the intersection of Va. 657 and Va. 654 in Nelson County) hosted a memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, 118 Commonwealth Drive, Madison Heights, is assisting the family, (434)929-0055.

Wilton Lewis Lair

Wilton Lewis Lair, 76, of Amherst, passed away Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012 at Lynchburg General Hospital.

Twice married, he was the husband of the late Lorraine Metz Lair and the late Mamie Rigney Lair. Born October 11, 1936 in Campbell County, he was the son of the late Harry Franklin Lair Jr. and Reva Cyrus Lair.

Mr. Lair retired from Taylor-Ramsey Corp. with 25 years of service and was a U.S. Navy veteran. He was a member of Providence United Methodist Church.

Mr. Lair is survived by one brother, Edward F. Lair of Falcon, Mo., and a sister, Elizabeth L. Gaddy of Lynchburg.

A graveside service was conducted Friday, Dec. 28, 2012 at Fort Hill Memorial Park with the Rev. Andrew Grose officiating. The family received friends Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 at Whitten Park Avenue Chapel.

Charles Alexander Lawhorne ‘Alex’

Charles Alexander Lawhorne “Alex,” 69, of Tyro died Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013 at his home after a brief battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in Nelson County March 29, 1943, he was a son of the late Daniel Lawhorne and Nettie Lawhorne.

Alex was a loving husband, father and grandfather who was dedicated and devoted to his family. He was especially known for his famous grilled cheese sandwich and for taking his grandchildren fishing. He enjoyed his garden and yard work and used to say no one could mow a straight line to suit him. Alex had retired from VDOT after 31 years of service.

He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend of 41 years, Bessie F. Lawhorne; his daughter, Teara Martin (Kenny) of Tyro; his step-son, Tony Fitzgerald of Arrington; sisters, Sylvia Allen, Lorraine Lawhorne and Rachel Lawhorne, all of Tyro, Inez Mays of Lovingston, Eva Mays of Shipman and Janet Fitzgerald of Roseland; grandchildren, Chase, Lexi and Aniston Martin; numerous nephews, nieces, and other loving relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, George Lawhorne.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 at Byrum-Parr Funeral Home. The family received friends Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 at the funeral home and immediately following the funeral service.

Patricia McGuire Mazanec

Patricia McGuire Mazanec, 75, of Monroe, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2012.

She was the wife of Bernard Edwin Mazanec for 55 years. Born Friday, Oct. 1, 1937 in Spring Hill, Mont., Patricia was a daughter of the late Alfred McGuire and the late Martha Bennett McGuire.

In addition to her husband Patricia she is survived by four children: Thomas Paul Mazanec and his wife, Beth, of Helena, Mont., David Brian Mazanec, of Alexandria, Daniel Gerard Mazanec and his wife, Juvy, of Chapel Hill, N.C., Julie Terese Barger and her husband, Tracy, of Franklin, Tenn.; four grandchildren: Mike Mazanec and his wife, Traci, of Helena, Mont., Nicholas Mazanec and his wife, Sarah, of Helena, Mont., Mark Mazanec, of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Molly Mazanec, of Chapel Hill, N.C.; two step grandchildren Natalie and Lea Barger, of Franklin, Tenn.; two great Grandchildren, Isaac and Andrew Mazanec, of Raleigh, N.C., a brother, Michael McGuire, of Butte, Mont., two sister: Juanita Swanson and her husband, Clarence, of Billings, Mont., and Dixie Johnson, of Grand Junction, Co.

Patricia was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Family meant everything to her. Her other passion was hard work. She became a nurse to be able to take better care of her children. Later she earned a pre law degree and worked for Liberty University. She convinced Bernard that they needed to travel and they along with their children eventually visited 35 of the states.

A celebration of Patricia’s life was conducted Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at Elon Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Mr. Barry Tucker officiating. The family received friends following the service.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Elon Presbyterian Church, 250 Camden Drive, Madison Heights, VA 24572.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Madison Heights, is assisting the family, (434) 929-0055. Condolences may be sent to www.tharpfuneralhome.com.

Calvin Wilson Mitchell

Calvin Wilson Mitchell, 83, of Madison Heights, died Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, at Virginia Baptist Hospital.

He was the husband of the late Grace Johnson Mitchell. Born February 17, 1929, in Amherst County, he was the son of the late Edward Lee Mitchell and the late Mildred Mitchell.

Mr. Mitchell was a retired employee for Food Fair and McCormick Foods, and he was a member of Parkville Baptist Church in Baltimore, Md.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Mitchell was preceded in death by his son, Richard C. Mitchell; four brothers, Charlie Mitchell, Howard Mitchell, James Mitchell and Woodrow Mitchell; four sisters, Mary Hackett, Linda Clements, Anna Mitchell and Elizabeth Mitchell. Mr. Mitchell is survived by one brother, George L. Mitchell and his wife Linda of Madison Heights; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was conducted Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Whitten Monelison Chapel with the Rev. D. Jack Hamilton officiating. Military honors were presented by the U.S. Army National Guard. Interment was Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens, 200 Padonia Road, Timonium, MD, 21093. The family received friends Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Robert Allen Moore ‘Bobby’

Robert Allen Moore “Bobby,” 58, of Amherst died Friday, Jan.11, 2012 at his home. Born in Lexington, Oct. 27, 1954, he was a son of Dorothy Smith and the late Herman Alfred Moore. Bobby was a kind and generous person who would do anything for anybody. He loved his pets and had a deep passion for all animals.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 30 years, Vera Moore; step-children, Rebecca Lara of Florida and Thomas Lara of Texas; a brother, Clyde Alfred Moore and his wife, Judy, of Fredericksburg; a sister, Dorothy May Crespo and her husband, David, of Orange County; a niece, Frances Hawkins of Culpeper and his beloved four-legged children, Tinker Bell, Junior, Jo Jo, Jimmy, Freckles, Molly, Lady Bug, Buster, Tiny and Precious.

Friends may call or visit with expressions of sympathy at the family home.

Walter Linwood Owen Jr.

Walter Linwood Owen Jr., 82, of Madison Heights, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at his residence.

He was the devoted husband of Joan Hartman Owen for 61 years. Born Nov. 17, 1930 in Richmond, he was the son of the late Walter Linwood Owen Sr. and Ada Bishop Owen and was also preceded in death by his sister, Vivian Owen Knotts.

He was a retired vice president with Joyce International, formerly Litton Office Products and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a longtime member of Madison Heights Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Owen is survived by two sons, David W. Owen and wife Abby and Steven E. Owen and wife Becky, all of Lynchburg; two daughters, Diane O. Irvin and Alice O. Hamlett, both of Madison Heights; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, Dec. 31, 2012 at Madison Heights Baptist Church with Pastor Todd Blake officiating. The family received friends following the service.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Madison Heights Baptist Church.

Whitten Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Monelison Chapel is serving the family.

Ronald Vaden Ross

Ronald Vaden Ross, 72, of Lynchburg, died, Friday, Dec. 28, 2012, at his residence.

He was the husband of Dorothy Seay Ross. Born Oct. 7, 1940, in Smyth County, he was the son of the late Ray J. Ross and the late Lucille Armstrong Ross.

Ronald was a retired industrial engineer for Intermet and a member of First Baptist Church, Monroe. Ronald was also a member of the Gideon’s.

In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by two sisters, Sharon R. Clements and Brenda R. Arthur.

In addition to his wife, Ronald is survived by his son, Vaden R. Ross and his wife Linda of Christiansburg; his daughter, Jo R. Davis of Amherst; his siblings, the Rev. Larry Ross of Bedford and Myrene R. Brown, Rayetta R. Knight and Ellen R. Branch, all of Big Island; three grandchildren, Diane Ross, Justin Ross and Jennifer Ross; one great-grandson, Dylan Haley; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was conducted Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at First Baptist Church, Monroe, with the Rev. Glynn Coleman officiating. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at First Baptist Church, Monroe.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, Monroe.

Viola Florence Warf

Viola Florence Warf, 85, of Madison Heights, passed away on Friday, Dec. 28, 2012.

She is survived by her caregiver, Anita Drinkard.

There was a graveside service Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 at Holy Land Cemetery in Bedford.

Arrangements by Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, (540)-586-3443.

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