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Billy Ray Collins

LEBANON, VA- Billy Ray Collins, age 83, completed his journey here on Earth Wednesday, July 16, 2014.

Billy was born May 10, 1931 he lived his childhood and young adult life in Virginia, later moving to Michigan to work in the automotive industry. He was employed by Metal Fab for 30 years upon his retirement in 1986. He returned to his roots in Russell County, Virginia where he was a beloved and active member in the Mocassin Valley community. He was a member of the Oak Grove Senior Citizens and a member of the Free Hill Baptist Church of Nickelsville, VA. He was a member of the Copper Creek Mocassin Fire Department for 16 years before becoming assistant fire chief in 2008. His masonic membership was at Stuarts Lodge, of Lebanon, VA. He enjoyed 54 years of marriage to Love Joyce Jessee Collins who preceded him in death in 2006.

In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents: Aaron and Sylvia Collins; three brothers: Emory Lee Collins, Aaron Woodrow Collins and Emmett Collins; four sisters: Lucille Cox, Lois Wheatley, Lucille Jessee and Peggy Gent; grandsons: Christopher Nance, and Randy Collins; granddaughter: Tanya Collins;

Survivors include three sons: Roger Lee and wife Mary, Tawas, MI; Billy Gene and wife Penny, Fenton, MI; and David Wayne and wife Shelley, West Richland Washington; grandchildren: Denice Utter, Jessica Beyer, Mathew Collins, Jason Collins, Amy Harris, Elizabeth Collins and Lexi Collins; special great-nieces: Katie and Kelsey Wise; special niece and nephew: Darlene and James Wise; Also 9 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews survive.

The funeral service will be conducted 2 pm Saturday, July 19, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Larry Beavers and the Rev. Darrell Fletcher officiating. Burial will follow in the Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood, VA. Serving as pallbearers will be Chief Sonny Austin and members of the Mocassin Volunteer Fire Department. The family will receive friends after 6 pm Friday, July 18, 2014 at the funeral home. Masonic Rites will be conducted at 7 pm by Stuart Masonic Lodge # 224 A.F &A.M.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Collins family.

Patricia (Patty) Johnson

CLEVELAND, VA- Patricia (Patty) Johnson, age 65, passed away Friday July 4, 2014.

Patty was born October 14, 1948 in Garden City, Michigan a daughter of the late Nicolas Cicirelli and the late Patricia Price Cicirelli.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by one son: Lee Roy Johnson; two sisters and a brother.

Survivors include one daughter: Faith Johnson, Walkertown, NC; one son: Carl Johnson and wife Judy, Lebanon, VA; companion: Mike Kiser, Cleveland, VA; 13 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren; and one sister: Dorothy Derrick- Frazee, Westland, MI.

A private burial service will be held at a later date.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA (276) 889-4444 is serving the Johnson family.

Ira Clinton Smith

CLEVELAND, VA-Ira Clinton Smith, age 78, went to be with the lord on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 after a courageous battle following a stroke.

Ira was born on December 26, 1935 on the Smith Family Farm in Back Valley where he continued living in the family home his entire life. He was never as happy as he was on the farm raising his family, farming, and driving the school bus. Maybe a simple life to some, but there was nothing he would rather have done or any other place he would rather have been. He loved his family, farming, fishing, hunting and was an avid sports fan.

He was a graduate of Cleveland High School and a member of Weavers Creek Baptist Church.

Ira was preceded in death by his parents, Ballard and Elizabeth Smith, four brothers, and three sisters.

Survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Vernie Smith of Back Valley, Va., three daughters, Jennifer Crockett and husband Matt Crockett, Melinda Sergent and husband Skip Sergent, Mary Hackathorn and husband Bob Hackathorn, all of Mt. Pleasant, SC., 5 grandchildren, Alex Crockett, Christian Sergent, Savannah Sergent, Tyler Hackathorn and Kaitlyn Hackathorn. His grandchildren were his pride and joy. Also survived by two brothers, Les Smith and wife, Trish of Oxford, Pa., Jim Smith of Lebanon, Va.; two sisters, Esther Militier of Charlottesville, Va. and Norma Jessee of Charlotte, N.C.; also numerous nieces and nephews.

A loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend and neighbor, he will be missed by many.

The family will receive family and friends at Combs Funeral Service on Saturday, July 5, 2014 from 12:00–2:00 p.m., immediately followed by funeral services officiated by Pastor Rick Smith of Weavers Creek Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Ketron Memorial Gardens in Lebanon, Va.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Smith family.

 

Mary L. Glovier

LEBANON, VA-Mary L. Glovier, 92, went to be with the Lord, Friday June27, 2014.

Mary was born February 12, 1922 in Wise County, a daughter of the late James Cheek and

The late Manora Sutherland Cheek. She was the wife of the late Cecil B. Glovier. Mary was a member of Lebanon Baptist Church and where she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years.

In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by many brothers and sisters.

Survivors include two daughters: Ida Ashbrook, Lebanon and Ange O’Neal, Folly Beach, SC.;

Two grandchildren: Farah Monday Scruggs and husband Matt and Noah Ashbrook; one sister Tango E. Jessee, Largo FL and nieces Pam and Robbie Jessee; special friends: Leisa Rainbolt and Jane Castle Fields. Also several nieces and nephews.

The graveside service will be held on Monday, June 30, 2014 at 2:00pm in the Chapel of Love mausoleum in Temple Hill Memorial Park in Castlewood with the Rev. Heath Kahlbau officiating. Burial will follow in the cemetery. Friends may call at the mausoleum.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266, (276) 889-4444 is serving the family of Mrs. Glovier

 

James Garland Adams Sr.

James Garland Adams Sr. (78) of Mesa, Arizona, and formerly of Laury’s Station, PA, and Winston-Salem, N.C., died in his home on June 12, 2014 of complications of a progressive neurological disease. He was a retired Electrical Engineer.

 

Jim was born on a farm in Russell County, Virginia on October 16, 1935 to Elmer and Edna Adams who precede him in death. He was the valedictorian of his high school class of 1952 at Lebanon High School and received a full scholarship to attend Lees-McRae College in Banner Elk, North Carolina. It was there that he met his wife of 56 years, Kerin Whitlock Adams. During the summers of his college years, he worked as a surveyor for the Virginia Department of Transportation and helped survey many of the roads in deep Southwest Virginia. He received an associate degree from Lees-McRae before continuing his education and receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (now Virginia Tech), in 1959.

 

He worked his entire career with Western Electric before retiring in 1995. He was active in the community in Winston-Salem, serving as a long time Little League Baseball Coach, a police volunteer, and the Exalted Ruler of the Elks Lodge. Upon retirement, he moved to Mesa, Arizona where he enjoyed hiking and working outdoors.

 

He is survived by his loving wife, Kerin, who, aided by Hospice of the Valley, cared for him diligently and skillfully during his long illness, two sons, Dr. James G. Adams Jr. (Lisa) of Galax, Virginia, and Allen Adams of Chandler Heights, Arizona, his brother Clovis Adams (Betty) of Castlewood, Virginia, a granddaughter, Kelsey Adams of Galax, Virginia, a grandson, Charley Adams of Arlington, Virginia, and 8 nieces and nephews.

 

The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday, June 21, 2014 1 pm until 2 pm prior to the graveside. The graveside service will follow in the Adams Family Cemetery on the family farm with the Rev. Dwight Whitlock officiating.

Memorial Donations should be made to Hospice of the Valley or the Virginia Tech Foundation.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Adams family.

Nannie S. Bevins

LEBANON, VA- Nannie S. Bevins, age 95, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 14, 2014 in Johnson Memorial Hospital.

Nannie was born January 8, 1919 in Russell County. A daughter of the late Martin Luther Skeens and the late Cynthia Beatrice Jessee Skeens, and was the wife of the late Woodrow Wilson Bevins. She was a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church and attended Hansonville Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by three brothers; Grady Skeens, Dennie Skeens and Gaines Skeens: seven sisters; Ida Chafin, Hazel Patrick, Cora Powers, Edna Adams, Gertrude Dean, Delphea Dean, and Novada Robinson: one granddaughter; Karen Bevins.

Survivors include one daughter: Della Musick and husband Carlton, Blountville, TN; three sons: Carl (Bobby) Bevins and wife Dora, Lebanon, VA, Douglas R. Bevins and wife Shelby, Bristol, VA, Woodrow W. (Woody) Bevins, Jr. and wife Brenda, Lebanon, VA; one sister Beulah S. Worley, Dante, VA; one sister-in-law: Betty Skeens, Lebanon, VA; six grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; one great great granddaughter; several nieces and nephews.

A special thanks to the staff of the Maple Grove Rehabilitation for the care and kindness shown to Nannie Bevins. Special friends: Robert and Joann White and Bill Sargent.

The funeral service will be conducted 8 pm Monday, June 16, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jack Lyons, Preacher Bob Smith officiating. The burial will be at 11 am Tuesday, June 17, 2014 at the Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood, VA. Family and friends are requested to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 to go in procession to the cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 June 16, 2014 prior to the service. Serving as pallbearers will be Dennis Bevins, Tim Musick, Josh Musick, Bill Sargent, Robert White, and Michael Jessee. Honorary pallbearers will be Eugene Skeens, Paul Skeens, Johnny Easterly, Philip Dale, and Bill Collins. Friends may call at the home of Woody and Brenda Bevins at any time, (276) 889-3332.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com. Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Bevins family.

 Rachel Dawn Boger

LEBANON, VA- Rachel Dawn Boger, age 31, went to be with the Lord Friday, June 6, 2014 from injuries received in an automobile accident.

Rachel was born December 28, 1982 in Russell County the daughter of the late Malcom Meade and the late Reva Salyer Meade. She was a 2001 graduate of Lebanon High School and attended Southwest Virginia Community College. She had been employed by Northrop Grumman in Lebanon. She was also a member of Morning Star Church.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her grandfather: Turner Gilmer Salyer.

Survivors include her husband of 12 years: Jackie W. Boger; two daughters: Melody Boger and Emily Boger, of the home; one brother: Caleb Meade, Gate City, VA; father-in-law: and mother-in-law: Billy C. Boger, Jr. and Kathy, Lebanon, VA; brother-in-law: Billy Boger and wife Elizabeth, Lebanon, VA; sister-in-law: Rebecca Amburgy; Also several aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins and friends;

The funeral service will be conducted at 11 am Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in the Combs Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Woody Scott officiating. Burial will follow in the Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon. Serving as pallbearers will be Mark Fields, Joey Long, Billy Boger III, Robert Hampsten, Charlie Fugate, and Austin Cox. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Darrell Puckett, Randy Duty, Johnny Boger, Terry Spencer, Don Smith. The family will receive friends after 6 pm Monday, June 9, 2014 at the funeral home.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family online at www.combsfuneralservice.com.

Combs Funeral Service, 291 Fincastle Road, Lebanon, VA 24266 (276) 889-4444 is serving the Boger family.

 

Written on May 31st, 2012

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    Dana commented

    To the family of Sarah Beth,

    Words can not express the pain you are feeling in this season. I am praying for you all and will continue to lift you up to Jesus. I pray for His comfort, His peace for each of you. I pray that you are able to feel the Lord’s arms holding you close in this rough time. Love and Blessings….The Williams Family

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    July 11, 2012 at 11:00 am
    SUE JOHNER commented

    I HAD ONLY KNOW SARA FOR A SHORT TIME BUT SHE WAS A SWEET,BEAUTIFUL YOUNG LADY WHO WILL BE MISSED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER. MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS AT THIS TERRIBLE TIME OF LOSS. SUE JOHNER,ATWORK PERSONNEL SERVICE, MARION,VA.

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    July 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm
    Gary, Tammy, Lori Burke commented

    To the family of Guy Tignor

    I pray the Lord will wrap his loving arms around you. I hope you find comfort in knowing Guy is with Jimmy now in heaven. We love you all and wish we could be there. If I can help in any way please let my know.
    Love & Prayers,
    Gary, Tammy, Lori

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    July 12, 2012 at 6:58 am
    Dorothy Taylor Bailey commented

    To the family of Betty Jean Lark Blinne,

    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Betty Jean. I had just talked to Betty Jean When Mary Ellen passed away on June 15th. We pray that God will give you peace and comfort in your loss.

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    July 13, 2012 at 11:04 am
    Della Bush Salinas commented

    I am so sorry for your loss. As a mother I know exactly the hurt and pain you are feeling for I loss my son back in 2001. And if it wasn’t for the Lord’s help I would have never made it through this terrible ordeal. I pray that you lean on Jesus in this time of sorrow and let him help you through this. God is our refuge in our time of need. I pray God gives you all the strength that you need.Lord I ask you to help this family in their time of sorrow in Jesus name I pray. Amen.

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    July 14, 2012 at 11:14 pm
    wayne heath commented

    TO MICHAEL SKEEN. SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR GRANMOTHER.OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO YOU . YOUR IN OUR PRAYERS ALLWAYS. WAYNE AND NANCY HEATH

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    July 16, 2012 at 9:39 pm
    Joyce Snead commented

    to the family of Elane Smith
    Corkey so sorry to read about the passing of your wife. May God watch over and comfort you and the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Joyce Snead

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    August 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm

    To Elane’s Family:
    I want to express my sadness at hearing of Elane’s passing.
    I am proud to say that Elane and I were sisters-in-law for many years. I always appreciated her for the way she would “tell it like it is”. You always knew where you stood with Elane, that was so refreshing. Althought it has been several years since I had seen Elane, I still thought the world of her and remember the good times that we shared back then. She was an intelligent, beautiful woman and an extremely proud mother. I am honored to have been her sister-in-law. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother, Bret and Jacyln, she will be missed.

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    August 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm
    Phyllis Blankenship commented

    Karen Robinson was my BFF for the last 14 yrs, she was such a great friend to everyone that she came into contact with. I miss her so much, she was more than a friend, she was my sister in heart. Love you Karen, but I know that we will see each other again in Heaven. Give my nephew, Dominic Hugh, a hug and kiss and tell him I love him from his Aunt.

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    August 28, 2012 at 10:47 pm

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