A celebration of life and legacy for Bishop Alfred M. Kee II will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the Biltmore Church, 801 Fairview Rd., Asheville, NC 28803 with Bishop Paul L. Kee eulogist. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be held 10 a.m. Monday, February 17, 2020, at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery, 962 Old US Highway 70, Black Mountain, NC 28711. Military Rites will be provided at both the church and cemetery. Condolences may be emailed to BishopAKee2ndTributes@gmail.com. Courtesy of Community Funeral Home
Angela C. Smith, 69, of Forest, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020. She was born in Mississippi, on June 18, 1950, the second of four daughters to the late John Caruso and Vernita Caruso. Angela was a talented dancer and creative artist, with a great sense of humor. She married her high school sweetheart, Radford "Sonny" Spencer Smith III, on February 14, 1969. They had a beautiful, enduring love, and this year would have been their 51st wedding anniversary. Together, she and Radford raised one daughter, Lauren, who is deeply grateful to have had Angela as her mother and role model. Angela lived with Multiple Sclerosis, but the disease did not define her. Nor did it stop her from living a full and fulfilling life, she raced canoes in Tennessee, snorkeled in the Bahamas, saw the Mona Lisa in Paris and the Sistine Chapel in Rome, and drove solo coast-to-coast to see her daughter in L.A. Even as the disease made her less mobile in later years, Angela still embraced life, celebrating her beloved granddaughter's 6th birthday at Disney World in a scooter and enjoying Myrtle Beach in a special off-road wheelchair. Despite ever-growing health challenges, she remained upbeat her entire life. Angela's strength and positivity when facing the inevitability of an incurable disease was inspirational. All who knew and loved her will miss her greatly, but there is comfort in remembering an abundant life, struggles faced with grace, and her joyous and deeply loving heart. We are grateful she is finally free to dance again. In addition to her devoted husband, Radford, she is survived by her daughter, Lauren Shanta and son-in-law, Dennis, of Reston; her beloved granddaughter, Deven Shanta of Reston; and her three sisters, Karen Caruso of Riva, Md., Giselle Caruso of Alexandria, and Antonia Siebert of Arlington. A visitation will be held from 3 until 5 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the MS Foundation, at www.msfocus.org, an organization who helps those with MS live richer lives. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com. Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.
Arlene McLane Davis, 86, of Lynchburg, died on Saturday, February 8, 2020. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 16, 2020, at RC Worley Prayer Chapel at Liberty University, 101 Carter Glass Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Tharp Funeral Home. Lynchburg, Va. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.
Bruce Allen Fabian, of Danville, Va., entered into eternal rest and went to his heavenly home on Monday, February 10, 2020, at UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va. He was born on February 3, 1964, in Reading, Pa. He was preceded in death by his father Steven Fabian Sr. Bruce was a member of Rosedale UCC. He was a quiet person and enjoyed watching his favorite football team the Philadelphia Eagles. Left to cherish his memories is his loving wife, Norma Jean Fabian; mother, Arlene Fabian of Schuylkill Haven, Pa.; his sisters, Cindy Reinhart (Al) of Middletown, Pa., and Karen Christian (Frank) of Schuylkill Haven, Pa.; brother, Steven Fabian (Beth) of Reading, Pa.; son, Andrew Fabian of Raleigh, N.C., a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, 1 p.m. at the chapel of Bruce & Stiff Funeral Home, 1121 Old Courthouse Rd., Appomattox, VA 24522.
Catherine "Kitty" Norman Layne, 98, of Lynchburg, went home to be with Lord Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at The Summit. She was the wife of the late Edward "Buck" Calvin Layne. Born on April 24, 1921, in Zearing, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. Norman and the late Myrtle Gogerty Norman. Kitty was a former secretary for a real estate company, and a faithful member of West Lynchburg Baptist Church for 67 years. She served our country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Kitty was a loving daughter, wife, sister, aunt and friend. In addition to her husband and parents, Catherine was preceded in death by her son, David Calvin Layne; and three siblings, Loren Norman, Harold Norman and Pearl Thorson. Kitty is survived by numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family members and friends. A graveside service will be conducted 1 p.m., Friday, February 14, 2020, at Fort Hill Memorial Park with the Rev. Randy Kent officiating. There will be no scheduled visitation hours at the funeral home, yet family and friends are welcome to visit. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to West Lynchburg Baptist Church, 3031 Memorial Ave. Lynchburg, VA 24501, or a charity of your choice. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com. Whitten Timberlake Chapel is serving the family, (434) 239-0331.
Christopher Steven Coley, age 48, of Amherst, husband of Leanne R. Wood, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020. Chris was born on December 20, 1971, in Lynchburg, son of Steve A. Coley and Brenda C. Davis. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Herbert and Katherine Crickenberger and his paternal grandparents, James and Janice Coley. Chris had many of life's ups and downs. He loved to hunt with his father and brother. He worked at several jobs during his lifetime including welding, art, carpentry and as a mechanic. He had been a long time employee for his father at Steve Coley's Auto. In addition to his wife, Leanne and his parents, he is survived by three children, Cheyenne Coley, Jacob Coley, and Jordan Coley; stepmother, Barbara Pryor (mom); a brother, Derrick Coley and wife, Kristina; and two sisters, Valarie Martin and husband, Tom and Tabitha Schneider and husband, Charles. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Ryleigh and Ashton; one stepdaughter, Sabannah, as well as a number of nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank all the friends and customers for their support over the years. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, February 14, 2020, at Whitten Monelison Chapel. Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be directed to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, 199 Water St 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038 or the Amherst Humane Society, 318 Shelter Ln, Amherst, VA 24521. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittenmonelison.com. Whitten Funeral Home and Cremation Services Monelison Chapel, Madison Heights is serving the family.
James Harper Burkholder, age 91, of Lynchburg, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020. He was born on January 14, 1929, in Arnprior, Canada, son of the late James A. Burkholder and Hester B. Burkholder. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Betty B. Burkholder; two sons, Boyd Burkholder and James "Ed" Burkholder; and a brother, Ed Burkholder. James was retired from the state of Connecticut. He was a member of Lynchburg American Legion Post #16 and Moose Lodge #715. An Army veteran, he served his county during the Korean conflict. He loved watching Virginia Tech football, playing poker with the boys, watching movies with his granddaughter, Tiff and collecting stamps and coins. Survivors include two daughters, Martha B. Rice and Lillian E. Rice; as well as four grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great great-granddaughter. A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday February 15, 2020, at American Legion Hall Post #16. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittentimberlake.com. Whitten Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Timberlake Chapel, is serving the family.
Deaconess Louise Elizabeth Anderson, 88, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at Lynchburg Health & Rehab. She was born on March 28, 1931, to the late John W. Andrews and Julia Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband, Perno T. Anderson Sr.; son, Perno Thomas Anderson Jr; one sister, Judeal Andrew Banks; and three brothers, Eugene Andrews, Randolph Andrews and Leroy Andrews. She was a faithful and dedicated member at Forest Level Baptist Church. Those left to cherish her memories are six daughters, Ruth Moss (Kurt) of Evington, Linda Watson (Bobby) of Lynchburg, Patricia Andrews of Black Mountain, N.C., Barbara Eggleston (David) of Lynchburg, Barbie Randolph (Archie) of Lynchburg, and Felicia Hatch of Richmond; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020, at St. Paul Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Echols, officiating. The interment will be held in the Forest Level Baptist Church. Condolences may be sent to www.Davis-Turner.com. Service of comfort rendered by Davis-Turner Funeral Service.
Lucy Paulette Willard Puckett, 75, of Bedford, died on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. She was born in Franklin County, Va., on September 17, 1944, a daughter of the late Morton Dudley Willard and Myrtle Sigmon Willard Lynch. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Tony Bryant. She is survived by her husband, Henry Shelton Puckett; daughters, Teresa Bryant, Leona Phillips and husband, Rodney, and Debra Sprouse and husband Chris; son, Micheal Puckett and partner, Cody Hudson; eight grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; special friends, Carol Crochiere, Linda Altice, and Brenda Arrington; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other family members. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Friday, February 14, 2020, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel, 1235 Walnut St. Bedford, with Pastor Earl Ragland officiating. A burial will follow in Holy Land Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Thursday, February 13, 2020, at Burch-Messier Walnut Street Chapel. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.
Rose Laverne "Boots" Wingfield, 90, of Lynchburg, passed away on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. She was the loving wife of the late Wilford Clyde Wingfield for 55 years. Born in Lynchburg on November 4. 1929, she was a daughter of the late Herbert Earl Elliott and Ethel Lucille Kirby Elliott. Boots was retired from General Electric and was of the Presbyterian faith. She was an accomplished bowler where she was inducted in 1989 into the Lynchburg Area United States Bowling Conference Hall of Fame with lifetime membership in the Lynchburg Bowling Association. She enjoyed reading, cooking, knitting, puzzles and spending time with family. Boots is survived by her children, Carolyn Jacques (Richard) of Lynchburg, Eugene Wingfield (Jeannine) of Lynchburg, and Danny Wingfield (Donna) of Forest; six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. The family would like to give their heartfelt thanks to the staff at Guggenheimer Health and Rehabilitation for their loving care and support. A graveside funeral service will be held at 12 p.m., Saturday, February 15, 2020, at the mausoleum chapel of Fort Hill Memorial Park in Lynchburg, with Sheriff Donald Sloan officiating. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association of Lynchburg, 3831 Old Forest Road, Lynchburg, VA 24501. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory, (434) 239-2405 is assisting the family. Memories and thoughts may be shared with the family at www.heritagefuneralandcremation.com.
Sheila Ann Franklin, 59, of Hampton, passed away on Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at Riverside Health System, in Hampton, Va. She was born on June 22, 1960, to the late Maurice Moore and Barbara Harvey. She was also preceded in death by her son, Korey Franklin and her brother, the Rev. Keith Moore. She is survived by her devoted husband, Bernard Franklin of Hampton; son, Brandon Franklin of Sterling, Va.; brother, the Rev. Gary Moore (Kim) of W.Va.; one grandson, Jaidyn Franklin of Hampton, Va., and a host of nieces nephews, other relatives and friends. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020, at Scott Zion Baptist Church. The interment will be held in the First Baptist Church Coolwell. Condolences may be sent to www.Davis-Turner.com. Service of comfort rendered by Davis-Turner Funeral Service.