Walter Alexander Byram

Walter A. Byram, 85, of Craigsville, Virginia, died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Augusta Health in Fishersville.
He was born January 1, 1929 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, the son of the late William Edward and Mary Ethyl Puckett Byram. He was married to Reba D. Byram for 36 years who preceded him in death on June 28, 2010. He was retired from Mercers Plastics in Florida where he served as the Union Representative. He was a member of the Valley Independent Baptist Church and enjoyed attending several other churches in the community.
Walter is survived by a son, Gorden Byram &wife Zulayma of Oviedo Florida; a daughter Paula Byram of Fayettville, Georgia; two brothers, Richard Byram and Garner Byram both of Craigsville; two granddaughters Christina N. Byram and Sara Byram; and several nieces & nephews. In addition to his wife, Walter was preceded in death by five brother and six sisters.
A funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Peoples Baptist Church on Route 42 in Craigsville with Pastor Claude Williams and Reverend Linwood Wilkes officiating. Burial will be in the Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Craigsville. Pallbearers will be Jeff Byram, Larry Byram, Clarence Byram, Phillip Byram, Billy Reed and Richard Fox.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Craigsville Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to the Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund.
Online condolence may be submitted at http://www.craigsvillefuneralhome.com

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Peggy Gene Davis

Peggy Gene Davis, 68, of Millboro, Virginia died Wednesday, February 05, 2014 at Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Lexington, Virginia.
She was born January 7, 1946 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Edward Davis and Lucille Mason Davis Wykle.
She is survived by her mother Lucille Mason Davis Wykle of White Sulphur, West Virginia; a brother, Lawrence Davis; a sister, Mary Jeanette Treynor; and several nieces & nephews.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m., Friday, February 7, 2014 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with Harry Sisk, Second Counselor in the Bishopric officiating. Interment will be in Green Hill Cemetery in Buena Vista, Virginia.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Millboro Area Rescue Squad.

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Doris Knight Wininger

Doris Knight Wininger, 71, of 1104 Estaline Valley Road, Craigsville, Virginia died Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at Augusta Health in Fishersville, Virginia.
She was born May 8, 1942 in Augusta County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Lloyd Jackson and Birdie Carroll Jackson.
Mrs. Wininger was a homemaker who worked at several of the local sewing factories. She was a member of Estaline Valley Church of the Nazerene.
She is survived by 5 sons, Donald Knight & wife Jennifer of Estaline Valley, Harold Knight of Craigsville, Lloyd Knight of West Virginia, Arnold Knight of Craigsville and Jessie Knight of Craigsville; a brother, Larry Jackson of Estaline Valley; 5 sisters, Wanda Bazzrea & husband Rudy of Estaline Valley, Deltha Jackson of Staunton, Muriel Love & husband Chuck of Mint Springs, Daisy Montgomery & husband Charles of August Springs and Stella Kridell & husband Donald of North Carolina; 12 grandchildren; 18 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by, a son, Douglas Knight; a brother, Lonnie Jackson; and 2 sisters, Bessie Knight and Tisha Fridley; 2 grandsons, Freddy Knight and Jessie Knight, Jr.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Estaline Valley Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Billy Curry officiating. Interment will be in Craigsville Community Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6-8:00 p.m., at Craigsville Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Estaline Valley Church of the Nazarene, 2117 Troxel Gap Road, Craigsville, Virginia 24430.

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Frank A. Smith, Jr.

Frank A. Smith, Jr.
Frank Alexander Smith, Jr., 86, of 3803 Virginia Ave, Goshen, Virginia, went to be with Jesus on Monday, January 13, 2014 at his residence.
He was born March 31, 1927 in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the son of the late Dr. Frank Smith, DDS and Mabel J. Kerr Smith. He was married to Marsha Smith.
At retirement Mr. Smith was employed by Space Technology Labs of TRW, Inc. for 29 years as a rocket engineer, participating in the Lunar Module Descent Engine development, test, integration and launches through Apollo 13 (this engine brought the astronauts safely back from the ill-fated oxygen tank rupture occurring in orbit). He had worked for Radio Plane Co. and Lockheed at White Sands Missile Range, NM, and for Phillips Petroleum Co, at Air Force Plant 66 in McGregor, TX giving him over 40 years of experience in the aerospace industry.
Some of the weapons that Mr. Smith participated in included, Crossbow, XQ-5: ICBM’s Atlas, Titan 2, Minuteman I, II, III, and Peacekeeper, plus other missiles including Cruise, SIAM, and the Homing Overlay Experiment. Mr. Smith also had been associated with several satellite propulsion systems.
Mr. Smith had been the business manager for the American Rocket Society Chapter at Holloman AFB, NM, and Toastmasters president at Alamogordo, NM. He was a licensed commercial pilot (single engine, fixed wing, land).
Mr. Smith attended lower grades in Ponca City, OK schools, high school in Atlanta, TX, and graduated with a BS from East Texas Baptist College, Marshall, TX with a double major in Mathematics and Business Administration.
He was a Trustee of Lebanon Presbyterian Church, Bells Valley near Goshen. Mr. Smith accepted Jesus Christ as his savior during a revival at Lamar Street Baptist Church, Sweetwater, TX in May 1947; served as president of the Yucaipa, CA Unified School District school board, was founding member of the Regional Occupational Program of Redlands, Colton and Yucaipa, CA, and member of the San Bernardino County, CA. RCC. He served during WW II in the U.S. Navy as an activated reservist aboard destroyers USS Bernadon (DD 153) decommissioning crew, and Wm. M. Wood (DD 715) commissioning crew.
In addition to his wife, Marsha, surviving family members include a daughter, Gay Sharon Smith-Lavallee of Driftwood, TX, a son, Thurston A. Smith & wife Rose Anna of Tucson, AZ; their mother is Valera Faye (Thomas) Anderson; a daughter, Piper Jane Smith-Cooper and husband Marc, of Kaysville, UT; her mother is Patsy Jane (Manley) Smith of Layton, UT and a stepson, R. Andrew Schindler and his wife, Anita, their three sons, Ryley, Samson, and Toby of Goshen; a sister, Juanita Victoria Wilson of Carson City, Nevada; eight grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and several nephews and one niece.
He was preceded in death by his two brothers, Bobby and James.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Friday, January 17, 2014 at Lebanon Presbyterian Church with Reverend Linwood Wilkes officiating. Interment will be in Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Dennis Hatkevich, Andrew Schindler, Samson Schindler, Toby Schindler, Marcel Lavallee and Thurston Smith.
The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Craigsville Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Lebanon Presbyterian Church.

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Freddy L. Knight

Freddy L. Knight, 19, of Craigsville, Virginia passed away on Tuesday January 7, 2014 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
He was born September 5, 1994 in Staunton, Virginia, the son of Jessie L. Knight and Sharon Jackson Knight both of Craigsville.
Freddy was a 2013 graduate of Buffalo Gap High School; a gentle giant with a kind heart. He was a loving son and a great friend. He loved to play video games. He enjoyed going places and shopping with his grandmother Wininger. He always enjoyed watching TV and playing with his dogs Layla and Misty.
In addition to his parents he is survived by two grandmothers, Doris J. Wininger of Craigsville and Verna J. Jackson of Pennsylvania; a half-brother Floyd Huntley, Jr. of Churchville, Virginia; a special cousin Dreama Knight of Craigsville; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother, Jessie L. Knight Jr.
A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Craigsville Funeral Home with Pastor Billy Curry officiating. Interment will be in the Craigsville Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Craigsville Funeral Home.

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Richard Lee Landrum

Richard Lee Landrum, 75, of 113 Augusta Springs Road, Augusta Springs, Virginia died Sunday, January 05, 2014 at Augusta Health, Fishersville, Virginia.
He was born February 22, 1941 in Augusta Springs, the son of the late Hansford Landrum and Laura Bell Plogger Landrum.
He was a retired plumber and handyman. He enjoyed fishing and the outdoors. He loved his family and friends.
He was married to Margie Landrum who preceded him in death on December 30, 2005.
He is survived by four daughters, Connie Moyers & friend John Harm of Verona, Virginia, Tammy Clifton & fiancé James Hiner of Augusta Springs, Melissa Haggerty & husband Clifton and Patricia McLain & husband Mark of Augusta Springs; grandchildren, Danny Clifton, Laura Clifton, Heather Bowden, Natasha Bowden, Jessica Bowden, John Bowden, Crystal Bowden, Tina Bartley, Brandon Knight; a sister; Rosa Lee Ingram & husband Abe of Millboro, Virginia; and a Special Friend, Brandon Knight.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Lynwood Landrum; and a sister, Patricia McCoy.
A funeral service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m., Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Craigsville Funeral Home with Pastor Mike Herring officiating. Interment will be in Craigsville Community Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Craigsville Funeral Home.

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Michael G. Clifton

Michael G. Clifton, 59, of 190 Chestnut Ave., Craigsville, Virginia died Thursday, January 2, 2014 at LewisGale Alleghany in Low Moor, Virginia.
He was born September 22, 1954 in Augusta County, Virginia, the son of Fred L. Clifton, Sr. and the late Frances Woods Clifton.
He was employed with Fairfield Bridge Construction Aspen Tree Service.
He enjoyed the outdoors; he loved his family and friends.
He is survived by his father Fred L. Clifton of Craigsville; three sisters; Brenda Morris and Tina Sprouse both of Craigsville and Nina Robertson of Augusta Springs, Virginia.
He was preceded in death by 4 brothers, Charles F. Clifton, James Clifton, Danny Clifton and Fred Clifton, Jr.
A funeral service will be conducted at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Craigsville Funeral Home with Pastor Terry Adkins officiating. Interment will be in Craigsville Community Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to services from 6-7:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Craigsville Funeral Home, P.O. Box 298, Craigsville, Virginia 24430.

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