Billy James Kester

Billy ObitBilly James Kester, 89, of Goshen, Virginia passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016 at Carillion Stonewall Jackson Hospital in Lexington, Virginia.

He was born March 7, 1927 in Slab Fork, West Virginia, the son of the late George Leonard Kester and Topsey Mae Sarver Kester.

Billy was retired from Estes Trucking and Hauling.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served in Germany from 1945 to 1946.

Billy was a member of Goshen Presbyterian Church.  He loved his family and was an avid outdoorsman.

He is survived by his daughter: Peggy Sue Patterson of Goshen; grandchild: Eric Nicholas Stevens & wife Lorry of Goshen; 2 great grandchildren; brother; Samuel Mack Kester of Midway, West Virginia; sisters; Alice Marie Paugh of Daniels, West Virginia, Emma Lauressa Chornoby & husband Eddie of Scarbro, West Virginia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Billy was preceded in death by his wife Peggy Kester who passed on September 8, 1998, and 3 sisters: Loretta Kester, Bernice Compton, and Edna Allenbaugh.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at Goshen Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Haney & Bobby Spurgeon officiating. Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mike Kester, Tony Kester, Edmund Davidson, Steve Kester, James Ramsey, John Ramsey, honorary pallbearers are Billy Wayne Kester and Justin Thompson.

The family will receive friends from 4 – 6 p.m. Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at Craigsville Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Eric Stevens, 99 Big River Road, Goshen, Virginia  24439.

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Margie Ann Terry

MargieMargie Ann Miller Terry, 81, of Lexington, Virginia, formerly of Goshen, died Tuesday, August 23, 2016 in Kendal at Lexington.

She was born June 7, 1935 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Cecil Miller and Florence Alice Hinkle Miller.

Margie was previously employed as a seamstress for Jane Colby.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She loved to fish, hunt mushrooms, and play cards.

Margie is survived by her children: Deborah Curry-Lee & husband Bobby of Covington, VA, Sandra Kirby & husband Wayne of Dandridge, TN; grandchildren: Donald Curry III & wife Angel, Lacey Kirby; great grandchildren: Khaleesi Faye Curry; brothers-in-law: Golden Terry & wife Bonnie, Homer Terry & wife Betty, Jessie Terry; sister-in-law: Ruth Ramsey; numerous nieces and nephews, friends she thought of as grandchildren: Travis and Angie Matheny, a special caregiver: Susie Vess, and the staff at Kendal.

She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Lee Terry, a son-in-law Donnie Curry, and a sister-in-law Nellie Bryant Boyd.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday August 27, 2016 at Goshen Baptist Church with Pastor Scott Reese and Pastor Tyler Clem officiating. Interment will be in Goshen Baptist Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Travis Matheny, Donald Ingram, Chris Robertson, Gary Curry, Jason Lee, and Mike Jolly.

The family will receive friends one hour before the service at Goshen Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Goshen Baptist Church, 51 Baptist Hill Rd, Goshen, VA  24439 or the Roanoke Alzheimer’s Association, 3959 Electric Rd, Roanoke, VA  24018.

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Daniel Lee Soutar

DanielDaniel Lee Soutar, 58, of Goshen, Virginia died Monday, August 15, 2016 at his home.

He was born February 5, 1958 in Hollywood, California and grew up in Long Beach, California, the son of the late Robert Ernest Soutar and Phyllis Joan Jumper Soutar.

Daniel was formerly employed as an irrigation consultant for landscape architects.

He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, he was a loving husband and father, who loved to cook and do carpentry work.

Daniel is survived by his wife, Deborah “Debbie” Lynn Matzenger Soutar;  children: Justin and Amanda Soutar of Goshen, Virginia; brother; Steve Soutar of California; and several other extended family members.

A funeral mass will be conducted at 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 19, 2016 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with Father Joseph Wamala officiating. Interment will be in Terra Patris (Faucher family farm).

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Joseph “Joe” McLain

JoeJoseph “Joe” Alexander McLain, 93, of Craigsville, Virginia died Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at his home.

He was born May 6, 1923 in Fordwick, Virginia, the son of the late Charles Abraham McLain and Ella Jane Montgomery McLain.

Joe was a retired iron worker.

He was a veteran of the US Army & US Air Corp, having served in World War II.

Joe was a 32nd Degree Master Mason, of Millboro Lodge 28.  He was also a member of  St. Paul’s United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his children: Amanda McLain Benson & husband Bob of Craigsville, VA; Joseph Barry McLain & wife Susan of Millboro, VA; grandchildren: Anthony “Alex” Rankin & wife Jessica of Craigsville, VA, Joley Allison McLain of Millboro, VA; step grandson: Kevin Benson; great grandchildren: Evelynn and Gabrielle Rankin; step great grandson Nathan Shiley; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife Sally Lumsden McLain and 13 brothers and sisters.

A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday July 30, 2016 at Craigsville Funeral Home with Rev. Billy Gram officiating. Interment will be in Craigsville Community Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Douglas Leggett, John Eavers, Kevin Benson, Jarred Kincaid, Patrick Nuchols, and Burke Huddleston.

The family will receive friends 6 – 7 p.m. the night before at Craigsville Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Craigsville Fire Department.

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Earl Stone Rowe

Earl Stone Rowe, 81, of Craigsville, Virginia died Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Augusta Health.

He was born September 1, 1934 in Craigsville, the son of the late Henry Edgar Rowe and Bertha Mae Reed Rowe.

Earl was employed as a weaver at Stillwater.

He was a member of Estaline Valley Church of the Nazarene.  He loved hunting, Nascar, taking vacations, and going to yard sales.

Earl is survived by his wife, Doris Jean Ludwig Rowe; children: Earl “Peanut” Rowe & wife Tammy of Jennings Gap, David “Crockett” Rowe & wife Doris of Craigsville, Henry Rowe of Craigsville, Mike Rowe & wife Kelly of Craigsville, Teresa Rowe of Staunton,

George Rowe & wife Yvonne of Staunton, Martha Sanchez & husband Lee of Waynesboro;  19 grandchildren; 26 great grandchildren and many others who knew him as pawpaw; brother; Roosevelt Rowe & wife Mary Anna of Verona; sister; Bertha Berry & husband Bill of Staunton; numerous nieces and nephews, and a special great nephew Roger Lee Rowe, Jr.

He was preceded in death by his brothers: Odell, Oney Lewis, Solomon, Randolph Robert, and John Rowe; and his sisters: Mary Margaret Rowe, Gladys Michaels, Elizabeth Varner, and Helen Cash.

A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 10, 2016 at Estaline Valley Church of the Nazarene with Pastor Billy Curry officiating. Interment will be in Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Bill Rowe, Larry Byram, Shane Lilly, Tommy Humphries, Matt Stickley, and Fred Sprouse, Jr.

The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 pm the night before at Craigsville Funeral Home and at the old home place on Henry Rowe Ln at any other time.

Memorial contributions may be made to Estaline Valley Church of the Nazarene.

Arrangements are being handled by Craigsville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at http://www.craigsvillefuneralhome.com.

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Ella Mae Williams

Ella MaeElla Mae Hilton Williams, 71, of Crimora, Virginia died Sunday, May 22, 2016 at her home.

She was born December 4, 1944 in Elizabethton, Tennessee, the daughter of the late Willard Hilton and Virginia Merle Hilton.

Ella Mae was a lifelong housewife.  She was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother.  She loved the outdoors, fishing, Elvis, and playing all types of card games.

Ella Mae is survived by her children: Sharon Ann Hilton Hoover & husband Brian of Knoxville, TN, Karen Williams of Townsend, TN, Carlton Jesse Williams, Jr. & wife Melissa of Crimora, VA, Clayton Williams & wife Carol of Craigsville, VA, Athey Williams of Crimora, VA, Virginia Mae Davis  & husband Daniel of Knox County, TN; 25 grandchildren; 16 great grand children and one on the way; brothers; Eugene, Terry, and Gene Hilton; sisters; Brenda Rose, Patricia Brooks, Delores Dobbs; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years Carlton Jesse Williams, Sr., 3 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild, a sister Helen Hilton, and a brother Carl David Hilton.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 27, 2016 at Craigsville Funeral Home with Pastor Claude Williams officiating. Interment will be in Barren Ridge Church of the Brethren Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Clayton Williams, Jesse Williams, Matthew Beverly, Brian Hoover, David Read, Arthur Wells, James Chandler, and Jeffery Chandler

The family will receive friends one hour before the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Craigsville Funeral Home to help with expenses.

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Larry Joslyn Brunson

LarryLaurence “Larry” Joslyn Brunson, 86, of Goshen, Virginia died Wednesday, April 13, 2016 at his home.

He was born December 28, 1929 in Amsterdam, New York, the son of the late Benjamin Dixon Brunson, Sr. and Gladys Leah Joslyn Brunson.

Larry was retired from Stillwater Worsted Mills as a dyer.

He was a veteran of the US Army during the Korean War.

Larry was an active lay pastor at the Westminster Chapel & Williamsville Presbyterian Churches for many years.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather who loved music and reading.

He is survived by  his wife, Phyllis June Doak Brunson of Goshen, Virginia; 4 children: Laurie Brunson Altieri of Goshen, Patrick Leigh Brunson & wife Amanda of Louisa, Virginia, James Doak Brunson of Roanoke, Amanda Kay Crawford of Roanoke; 6 grandchildren: Sara Snider, Jason Feather, Ashley Altieri, Christopher Crawford, Troy Crawford, Jesse Brunson; and 9 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a brother Benjamin Dixon Brunson, Jr., and a sister Leah Frances Brunson Haratonik.

A celebration of Larry’s life will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. on May 1, 2016 at Goshen Presbyterian Church with Pastor John Haney officiating.

Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to the Goshen Rescue Squad and Fire Company.

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