Barbara Ray Crist, 85, formerly of Forest, passed away Monday, February 10, 2020, at Accordius Health Care. She is survived by two sons; Michael Crist (Loni), Steven Crist (Kimberly); a daughter, Tamara Crist Smith (Timothy); three grandsons, Robbie, Nicholas and Timmy, Jr. and a granddaughter, Lacey; great-grandchildren, Gunner and Grayson Crist, Gabe and Dayton Smith, Joshua Padgett, Colton Padgett, Kyle McCloud, Justin McCloud, Amber McCloud, Josie Padgett, Brookcey Padgett, Kayleigh Brown, Kyleigh Brown, Kynleigh Brown, Devyn Brown, Morgan Brown, Casen Padgett; great-great-grandchildren, Paislyn Smith, Rilen Smith, Gunner and River Padgett all of Florida. These are the children God has given us, God has been good to me. Genesis 33:45. She is further survived by two brothers, Terry Ray (Diane) and Les Ray (Linda); one sister, Mary Evelyn Creger (Tom); and many friends. Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Crist. Barbara was a member of Madison Heights Baptist Church. She accepted Christ at an early age. She retired from Virginia Community College where she worked as an Office Service Specialist. She was a loving, caring daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. Barbara enjoyed reading, gardening, knitting warm sweaters for needy children around the world through an outreach program called "Lamb's Wool" sponsored by Samaritan's purse. Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m., Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Fort Hill Memorial Park. Diuguid Funeral Service & Crematory, Waterlick Chapel (434) 237-2722 is serving the family.
Betty Ora Hoops Kennedy, 81, of Forest, passed away Saturday, February 8, 2020, at her residence. Born on December 1, 1938 in Cucumber, W.Va., she was a daughter of the late Clifton Hoops and Lillian Trivett Hoops. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three siblings, Shirley Albee, B.J. Hoops and Peggy Ellen Hoops and a son, John Kennedy. Her family moved to Tazewell, Va. and she graduated Tazewell High School Class of 1956. She was nominated "The Most School Spirit" and "Wittiest" by her peers. She also graduated from Little French Beauty School in Bluefield, W.Va. Betty's spirit and wit continued to serve her throughout her lifetime. She was everyone's biggest cheerleader and her wit would force you to fall in love with "this 'ol gal from Tazewell, VA" (aka Bisor & MOMMA K to many). Betty was a beloved pianist and organist of many churches across the world as she was married to an active serviceman of the United States Air Force, Stan Kennedy. Not only did she have her children in tow as the Air Force dictated their location, her beautiful Baby Grand accompanied them as well. She was the star of her own show. Betty's family, friends and faith meant everything to her. She had never met a stranger. Her heart and home were open to anyone and everyone. She was a classy lady who believed in the power of laughter and prayer and in her darkest moments she was comforted by her faith. At any moment she would "slap a sermon on you" and always concluded "Do the right thing because it is the right thing to do" or "This too shall pass". Betty's love for her children was unsurpassed. She was proud of all of their accomplishments and was adored by them. Her laughter and shenanigans were contagious. Her retail management career began at Heironimus in Roanoke when her family retired from the Air Force in 1974. She later went on to manage Lazarus and Catherine's in Lynchburg until an injury forced her into retirement. Betty leaves behind to cherish her memory two daughters, Peggy Ellen Linkenauger and husband, Quinn of Fincastle, Karen Kennedy and Rachel Keys of Lynchburg; three grandchildren, Matthew Linkenauger of Fincastle, Adam Linkenauger of Roanoke and her "Baby Boy" Ryan Kennedy of Gulf Shore, Ala.; a great-granddaughter, Paisleigh Kennedy of Mobile, Ala.; and her many nieces and nephews who brought years of love and laughter. Betty adored her Sisters in Christ, "The Dominos Gang" with special loving recognition to Mary Alice Toms, Juanita Presho, Anita Harris, and her lifetime friend, Don Necessary for their unwavering, unconditional love and kindness. A Celebration of Betty's Life will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020, in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service, 427 Graves Mill Road in Lynchburg by Pastor Jonathan Falwell with burial to follow in Forest Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive relatives and friends from 12:30 p.m. until service time at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to The Music Department at Thomas Road Baptist Church in Lynchburg, Va. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory (434) 239-2405 is assisting the family. Memories and thoughts may be shared with the family at www.heritagefuneralandcrematiion.com.
Gary Ward Davis, 75, passed away Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at home with his wife of 54 years, Nancy, by his side. Gary fought courageously against cancer for seven years. Gary was born and raised in Burlingame, Kan. He received a BS degree from California State Univ. in Dominguez, Hills. Gary worked with private companies in Calif., N.C., and Va. before taking a job with the DOD as a computer programmer. One of his favorite assignments was working at the United States Naval Hospital in Okinawa. In 2000, Gary retired to Monroe, Va. where he could enjoy observing wildlife on his dream property. Living behind to cherish his memory are his wife, Nancy; sisters, Marilyn (Larry) Elgin and Geraldine Dorr of Burlingame, Kans., Ardelle Tillish of Kansas City, Kans.; and brother, Kent Davis of Topeka, Kans. He was predeceased by his parents, Harold and Norma Shrader Davis; and a brother, Dale Davis. The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date. Memorial contributions can be made to the Humane Society of Amherst County, PO Box 614, Amherst, VA 24521 or to Centra Hospice, 2097 Langhorne Rd. Lynchburg, VA 24501. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Madison Heights, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.
Naomi Irby McGhee, 89, of Walton Drive, Appomattox, died Monday, February 10, 2020, at Appomattox Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was the wife of the late Richard Terry McGhee Jr. Born in Grit, Va., on October 21, 1930, she was a daughter of the late Florence Bailess and Hugh Irby. She attended Liberty Baptist Church. Naomi was the 1948 class valedictorian for Renan High School and worked in quality control at Altavista Weaving. She is survived by a son, R. Terry McGhee III of Appomattox; two grandchildren, Abigail McGhee and Daniel McGhee of Appomattox; four brothers, Enek Irby and wife, Barbara of Forest, Sam Irby of Hurt, Dwight Irby and wife, Debbie of Burlington, N.C., and Buck Irby of Hurt; and sisters-in-law, Inez Irby and Joyce Irby. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Odessa Irby, Rev Irby, and Vera Hall and two brothers, Paul Irby and Timothy Irby. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020, at Robinson Funeral Home officiated by the Rev. Rusty Small. Burial will follow at 2 p.m. in Highland Burial Park, Danville. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service. Those wishing to make memorials please consider the American Alzheimer's Association, 355 Rio Road West Suite 102, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. An online condolence can be sent by visiting www.robinsonfuneral.com.
On Friday evening, February 7, 2020 while in Lynchburg General Hospital our Heavenly Father called our beloved Clara "Pooly" Louise Harvey-Charlton home. God watched her as she suffered and He knew she had done her share. He gently closed her weary eyes and took her in His care. Clara Charlton was 81 at the time of her death. She was born on October 27, 1938, in Rustburg, Va., to the late James and Carrie (Dabney) Harvey. She was preceded in death by her son, Ronnie "NeeNee" Charlton; her daughter, Delores "Pussy Cat" Charlton; her grandson, Thomas "'TC" Charlton; four sisters, Helen Haskins, Theresa Charlton, Gladys Mitchell, Jamesetta Bradley; and one brother, Robert Harvey Sr.; three brothers-in law, and one sister-in law. She was a faithful member of First St Paul Missionary Baptist Church until her health failed. She leaves to cherish her loving memory a devoted son, Henry "Bo" Charlton (Camisha) of Madison Heights, Va.; a son, Clayton "Squirt" Charlton (Adelia); an adopted son, Dennis "Ray" Charlton (Pam) Rustburg, Va.; a devoted niece, Johanna Tinsley (Jim) of Clifton Forge, Va.; one traveling and devoted sister, Frances Penick of District Heights, Md.; two sisters-in-law, Ilean Pannell of Rustburg, Va., and Glenda Harvey of Lynchburg, Va.; one brother-in-law, Lynn Bradley; ten grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, she loved her grandchildren with all her heart. A host of nieces, great-niece's nephew's and great-nephews all of whom were dedicated to her. Clara graduated from Campbell County High School in Rustburg, Va. She worked in the healthcare field as a caregiver. She loved attending church, reading her Bible, reading the newspapers, cross word puzzles and watching TV which included her soap operas. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at First St. Paul Baptist Church, Rustburg with Pastor, Rev. Allen Pannell, officiating and the Rev. Joseph Charlton, eulogist. The interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Davis-Turner Funeral Service. Service of comfort rendered by Davis-Turner Funeral Service.
Paul Brown Salmon passed away in Aldie, Virginia on Saturday, January 4, 2020, in the loving presence of his wife, Pamela Harding Salmon. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward Austin Salmon and Anna Elizabeth Salmon; and his brother, Edward Austin Salmon Jr. He is survived by his brother, Richard Lee Salmon; sisters-in-law, Barbara and Rebecca Salmon; and a host of nieces and nephews. Born in Lynchburg, Virginia, he graduated from the Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary, and served two years in the United States Navy receiving an honorable discharge. Paul had an outstanding career as a graphic artist. Among his clients were NASA, Time-Life Books, NBC, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian. Three of his paintings were included in the Artist and the Space Shuttle Exhibit at the Air and Space Museum. Honored by the Postal Office, Paul created the stamp art for the First Supersonic Flight (1997), General "Billy"Mitchell (1999) and Sally Ride (2018). A memorial gathering for Paul will occur at a later date.
Richard "Bill" William Carroll, 77, of Lynchburg, died peacefully at his home Monday, February 10, 2020, at his residence, after a battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was embraced with love by his family as he left this life for eternal life. Please visit, www.whittentimberlake.com. Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.
Robert Preston Petty born March 2, 1965, our beloved father, brother, uncle and friend, departed this life on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at UVA Surgical Trauma Intensive Unit. He leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Alexis and her mother, Monica Petty; his siblings, Marvin Tune, Herman Petty (Tina), Helen Petty and Richard Petty (Delores); nieces, Anastasia Slaughter and Synethia Petty; nephews, Chandler Petty and Chase Petty; great nephew, Jaiden Hunter; devoted aunts, Helena Averett, Betsy Edmunds, Mary Tune, Zelma Tune; and a host of many relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020, at Scott Zion Baptist Church with Pastor, Rev. Gary Lee, Eulogist and the Rev. Andre Jackson, officiating. The interment will be in the Tune Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 7 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Turner Funeral Service. Condolences may be sent to www.davis-turner.com. Service of comfort rendered by Davis-Turner Funeral service.
Samantha "Mickey" Robinson Geoghegan, 82, of Lynchburg, passed away Sunday, February 9, 2020. Born July 27, 1937 in Richmond, she was the daughter of the late Sam and Gracie Robinson. Samantha graduated from Meredith College where she received her Bachelors of Arts in Education and taught school in Richmond before her marriage to Richard Meade Geoghegan on July 29, 1961. She loved animals and enjoyed having many cats and dogs over the years and especially loved traveling to various car shows with Richard. Samantha was also an active member of the Junior League. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Gracie Geoghegan and brother, James Robinson. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Mary Marshall Matzell and her husband, Robert; and son, Richard Meade Geoghegan Jr. A private burial will take place at St. John's Episcopal Church Lynchburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Cancer Society. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.
Bedford "Bennie" Celphus Davis Sr., 74, of Bedford, died Tuesday, February 11, 2020, where he joined his son, B.C. in Heaven. He was born in Columbus, Ga. on August 3, 1945 a son of the late T.J. Davis and Elsie Hoback Davis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Sandra Davis Housdan; and a son, Bedford C. Davis Jr. He is survived by two daughters, Wendy Nicole Bradley and Macie Davis; sister, Charlene Scott; brothers, T. Warren Davis and Helen; nephews, J.T. Davis, Michael, Ashley, and Jason Walker; grandchildren, Tabitha, Mateo, Payden, and Tivon Mears. Bennie proudly served his country in the United States Air Force; serving during the Vietnam War. He was retired from Meredith-Burda and helped with the Special Olympics. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut Street. Burial will follow in Virginia Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Main Street location, 317 W. Main St. Bedford. Memorials may be made to The National D-Day Memorial, P.O. Box 77, Bedford, VA 24523. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.