Bath County, Virginia Obits

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MILLBORO &emdash; Ramona Joyce Durham, 75, formerly of Millboro, died Sunday, May 3, 2009 at Carrington Place in Daleville, after a lengthy illness. She was born April 8, 1934 in Millboro, a daughter of the late Alice Smith Howell. She was a lifelong homemaker and member of Windy Cove Presbyterian

CLIFTON FORGE &emdash; Leslie Lambert Tuke, 84, of Clifton Forge, died peacefully April 29, 2009 in the home of her daughter in Chesapeake. Family was present with her. She was born May 26, 1924 in West Virginia, a daughter of the late Arthur and Nellie Arbogast Lambert and the youngest of eight c...

Bath County, Virginia Obits

Submitted by: Sheila Raybourne, August 19, 2008

Source: The Pocahontas Times

Ada E. Buzzard

Ada E. Buzzard, age 85, of Mountain Grove, Virginia, died Monday, June 22, 1998,at home.

Mrs. Buzzard was a Presbyterian.

She was born June 12, 1913, in Giles County, Virginia, the daughter of the

late Joseph and Macy Radford Hare.

She was the widow of William Cash Buzzard. A daughter, Ruby O. Brammer,

also preceded her in death.

Surviving her are two sons, Richard Ray Buzzard, of Mountain Grove, and

Robert Joseph Buzzard, Marlinton; two daughters, Helen Louise Wilburn and Betty

Jane Ryder, both of Mountain Grove; a sister, Virginia Brown, of Georgia;

fourteen grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at VanReenen Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p. m.

Friday by the Rev. Steven Greer. Burial will be in Mountain Grove Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 9 at VanReenen Funeral Home.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to Hot Springs Rescue/Mountain

Grove Fire Department.

Arden J. Buchanan

Arden J. Buchanan, age 68, of Huntersville, died Wednesday, October 28,

1998, by accidental drowning at Seneca State Forest.

Mr. Buchanan was a heavy equipment operator and a member of Cummings Creek

Victory Chapel.

The son of the late Jess Acey and Orpah S. Ryder Buchanan, he was born

April 30, 1930, at Mountain Grove, Virginia.

A brother, Osbourn Buchanan, and a grandchild also preceded him in death.

Surviving him are his wife, Katherine Marie Friel Buchanan; two daughters,

Tana Lam, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Melissa Buchanan, of Huntersville; two

sons, Jesse A. Buchanan, of Elton, Virginia, and Calvin A. Buchanan, of

Shenandoah, Virginia; three sisters, Helen Buzzard, of Mountain Grove, Virginia,

Esta Baker, of Baltimore, Maryland, and Ilene Burchette, of Lynchburg, Virginia;

and two grandchildren.

Services were held at 2 p. m. Sunday at VanReenen Funeral Home by the Rev.

Norman Lee Alderman. Burial was in Mountain Grove Cemetery.

Vernon Tate McLaughlin

Vernon Tate McLaughlin, 64, of Mountain Grove, Virginia, died March 22,

1999, at Bath County Community Hospital, in Hot Springs, Virginia.

Mr. McLaughlin was born January 14, 1935, in Mountain Grove, the son of the

late Vernon Pole and Grace Friel McLaughlin.

He was a member of Mountain Grove United Methodist Church, a pulpwood

cutter and a lifelong farmer.

In addition to his parents, he is also preceded in death by a half-sister, Virginia Grey Beard.

Mr. McLaughlin is survived by his wife, Leta Foster McLaughlin; daughters,

Joyce McQuain, of Dunmore, and Dorothy McLaughlin, of Frost; son, Vernon Pole

McLaughlin, II, of Mountain Grove; two sisters, Edith Price McLaughlin, of

Covington, Virginia, and Nobel Byer, of Mountain Grove; three brothers, Harper

McLaughlin, of Roanoke, Virginia, Jack McLaughlin, of Hot Springs, Virginia, and

James Lee McLaughlin, also of Hot Springs; one grandson.

Services will be held Thursday, March 25, at 2 p.m. at Mountain Grove

United Methodist Church with the Reverends Clyde Gum and David McCauley


Burial will be in Mountain Grove Community Cemetery

Rex Grey Ryder

Rex Grey Ryder, age 50, of Mountain Grove, Virginia, died Saturday, April

3, 1999, at Bath County Community Hospital, Hot Springs, Virginia.

Mr. Ryder was a member of the Mountain Grove Volunteer Fire Department and

Mountain Grove United Methodist Church. He was employed as a bus driver with

Bath County School System for over 20 years and a self-employed farmer.

He was born at Clifton Forge, Virginia, May 3, 1948, the son of Maxie

Jenkins Ryder, of Mountain Grove, and the late Rexford G. Ryder.

Surviving him in addition to his mother are his wife, Kay McDaniel Ryder;

two sons, Gary Wayne Ryder and Rexford Kyle Ryder; one daughter, Lisa Christina

Ryder; a sister, Janice Ryder O'Farrell; a brother, Kenneth G. Ryder, and a twin

brother, Ray Jay Ryder, all of Mountain Grove.

Services were held Tuesday at Mountain Grove United Methodist Church by the

Rev. David McCauley, Darrell Hiner, and the Rev. Lennie Stinnett. Burial was in

Mountain Grove Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mountain Grove Fire Department, c/o

Bruce Ryder, HCR 01 Box 433, Warm Springs, Virginia 24484, or the Hot Springs

Rescue Squad, P. O. Box N, Hot Springs, Virginia 24445

Submitted by: Virginia Buck

This obituary of Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Sturm was published in the Calhoun Chronicle in its issue of August 3, 1897, and is reproduced by request of relatives of the deceased. The following explanation of the obituary was written by the editor of the Chronicle at the time it was published and is remarks are followed by the notes written by Mrs. Sturm about her life for the use of the preacher who conducted her funeral.--Editor.

It seems that during the life of Mrs. ElizabethJ. Sturm she made arrangement with Rev. B.N.Smith to write her obituary after her death, but after making the arrangement she lived several years, and in the meantime Mr. Smith's health had failed and he surrendered the task to someone else, and the data she furnished in her own hand writing, finally fell into our hands with a request that we add whatever we thought best. No amount of eulogy from us could add one jot or title to her noble christian life, and were we to attempt to give a descriptive history of her princely, intelligent and christian character we would be suddenly confronted with utter want of ability and inadequacy of words. Hence we have to be content to publish her letter addressed to Rev. Smith. But before doing so we desire to assure the relatives that we deeply deplore the great loss to the community and enter into profound sympathy.

I, Elizabeth J. Lockridge, was born April 20,1824, in Fayette County, Ohio. While yet an infant my parents moved to Bath County, Virginia, where I resided until the fall of 1865, on the day of the "close of the rebellion," leaving a family of nine children. He being a carpenter by occupation, I was left without any visible means of support, and I decided to come with my family to this (Calhoun) county,which I did in the fall of 1865. I was again united in marriage to Peter Sturm in 1872, and settled on Philip's run, where I have resided ever since. Of my religious life--I was converted and united with the Methodist Church in 1840, but as there was no regular Methodist preaching, I for a length of time drifted along without a "church home," as the community I then lived in was Presbyterian. But during this period I met with a Baptist family, and for the first time learned what the Baptists believed, and their reasons for so believing. My mind was turned to the subjects, and gave me much uneasiness. I conversed with a Presbyterian minister, who for a time quieted my doubts, and I united with his church with the understanding that if I was ever situated so I could unite with the church of my choice, I remained a member of that church about fifteen years, during this time another Baptist family, Mr. Harry Stuart and family, moved into our neighborhood, and again I was thrown into doubt.

They advised me to read the New Testament through with an unbiased mind and let that and no other argument decded for me. I went to work, praying to be led into the right way, and the result was that I was thoroughly convinced.

Up to this time I had never heard a Baptist sermon or seen a Baptist minister. During the war there were two companies of soldiers quartered in our little village of Williamsville, Bath County, Virginia, in the winter of '63-'64, and the chaplain of the regiment to which they belonged was sent to preach for them, who was a Baptist, Rev. J. D.Leachman. He preached for three weeks, and a greater revival I never witnessed, not only among the soldiers but citizens also, and at the close of the meeting there were enough permanent residents who embraced the Baptist doctrine to constitute a church, viz: Williams Baptist Church, of which I eventually became a member.

After my removal to this county I united by letter with the Bethlehem Church of this community. Thus I have given you an outline of my unworthy, almost useless life, which may serve as data from which to say whatever your judgment may suggest. Of course you will have to condense, and as I have used the first person you will use the second. I desire no eulogies, but the simple facts as the future may develop.

---E. J. Sturm.

Submitted by: Darrell     Music Buckeye State ICQ 9784055  

Darrel found in a paper over in Columbus, Ohio, but did not state which one or the date on the paper.

DANIELS Hildred Marie Daniels, 68, passed away on July 18, 1997 at the Pickerington Nursing and Rehabilitation Center near Columbus, Oh. after a long illness. She was born on May 4, 1929 in Milboro, Virginia, the daughter of Lucy Holloway and Moleatus Alexander.

In December 1950, Hildred married Paul Myron Daniels, with whom she raised six children. She worked in the housekeeping department at Cuyahoga Falls General Hospital from 1972 until she was incapacitated by a stroke in 1987.

Hildred was preceded in death by her husband Paul Myron Daniels; two sisters, Mattie Law of Rochester, Pa. and Josephine Brown of Milboro, Va., and three brothers, Earl Alexander of Canton, Oh., Hubert Alexander of Texas, and Rawleigh Alexander of Akron, Oh.

She is survived by daughters, Angela (Kunie) Ogunde of Landenberg, Pa., Cheryl (Charles) Medley and Freda Kendrick, both of Columbus, Oh.; sons, Myron (Joy) Daniels of Dearborn Heights, Mich., Philip Daniels and Keith (Denise) Daniels, both of Akron, Oh.; grandchildren, Leslie, Tara, Chelsea, Ramon, Dameon, Perchell, Asya,  Jamal, Keith, Dante, Dallas, Audria and Richard; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held 12 noon, Wednesday, July 23rd at New Trinity Baptist Church, 1380 Hartford Ave., Akron, Oh. 44320.

Friends may call 11:00 a.m. until time of funeral services at 12:00 p.m.

Interment will be at Knollwood Cemetery, Mayfield Heights, Oh.

Flowers and condolennces may be sent to JERRY JONES, JR. FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1101 Palmetto Ave., Akron, Ohio 44306.

Submitted by: Katreena Riley Crookshanks

If possible, I would like to submit the following obituary I found in The Daily News Leader (Staunton VA) on May 16,2000 (Page A2).

ROBERTSON Eva L. Robertson

Eva Lillian Robertson, 84, of HCR 2, Box 129, died Sunday (May 14, 2000) at her residence.

She was born June 28, 1915, at Highland County, a daughter of John Wesley Hise and Pearl Gertrude Hise.

She was a housewife. She loved the mountains, from fishing to hunting. She was a member of Chimney Run Church of the Brethren since she was 16.

She was proceeded in death by her husband, Willie G. Robertson in November 1981; a grandson, Kenny Liptrap; five brothers; and four sisters.

Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Russell Robertson of Warm Springs, Wayne and Kathy Robertson of Hot Springs and Billy and Bertha Robertson of Warm Springs; two daughters and sons-in-law, Kathleen and Donnie Liptrap and Louise and Jerry Liptrap, all of Warm Springs; two sisters, Mac Argenbright and Margaret A. McCray, both of Hot Springs; a brother, William Hise of Warm Springs; a special friend, Audrey Mines of Warm Springs; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

A service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at McLaughlin Funeral Home by the Rev. David George, with burial at the Robertson Family Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Albert, Don, and John Ailstock, Calvin Jr. and Tommy Robertson and Elmer Mines Jr..

The family will receive friends from 7-8 tonight at McLaughlin Funeral Home or at any time at the home of Billy and Bertha Robertson on Rocky Ridge.

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