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Veronica S. Brooks and Patrick J. Broyles were united in marriage on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Voice of Praise Worship Center. Patrick is the manager at O’Reilly Auto Parts and Veronica is an Occupational Therapist at Princeton Community Hospital. 


William E. “Billy” Berry of Chattanooga, Tennessee, and coach of the Tennessee Wesleyan baseball team won the 2019 Avista NAIA World Series Championship for the second year in a row. “For the tournament, Tennessee Wesleyan (56-10) led in a number of offensive categories including batting average (.332), slugging percentage (.526), runs scored (41), hits (63) and RBIs (37). The pitching staff for the Bulldogs had the second-best ERA (3.48) of the tournament. The 56 wins on the season are the most in the program's history dating back to at least the 2004 season. The second most wins in a season dating back to the same time period are 53….the amount the 2012 national championship team had.” Copyright http://www.twcbulldogs.com/article/3392.php


Brandon S. Caldwell of Clifton Forge, Virginia graduated from the Virginia Bankers School of Bank Management at the University of Virginia in August 2019.

Ryan F. Schalles, and his wife, Lindsay, of Charlotte, North Carolina, welcomed the addition of their son, Kullen Robert, on July 12, 2019, weighing 8 lbs. 7 oz. and 21 inches long. Kenna loves her little brother.

Anthony L. Whitmore of Atlanta, Georgia graduated from West Chester University with a Doctorate in Public Administration in May 2019.  Currently, he is a Federal Agent with the FBI and NCIS.


J. Andrew Berry of North Chesterfield, Virginia was ordained as a minister at his home church, First Baptist Church of Richmond, Virginia in November of 2019.  He was surrounded by family, friends, and a handful of incredibly influential leaders in his life.


Chad L. Arnold is the new Associate Pastor at Life Changers Christian Center, Wytheville, Virginia.  Chad's wife, Montana, is the Worship Pastor.  Their children, Lucas and Hazel, are happy to be a part of the church, too.


Vincent L. Jones of North Garden, Virginia is President and CEO of Pine Grove Adult Home in Charlottesville, Virginia.


Le ‘Andra Sabatino Metzger and husband, Nathan, welcomed their newborn son, Gabrielle Alexander, on September 16th, weighing 6 lbs. 14 oz., 19 inches long.  Nathaniel is excited to have a little brother.

Evan G. Sherman and his wife, Jordan, of Newport, Pennsylvania welcomed their firstborn son, Jameson Grant on April 25, 2019.  He weighed 7 lbs. 1 oz. and was 19 3/4 inches long.


Ashley M. Strickland and Jon Nowlin were married on May 4, 2019.  They welcomed their firstborn son, Rhett Cooper, weighing 6 pounds, 13 ounces, and 20 inches long on February 10, 2020.


Samantha A. Magyar of Bland, Virginia married Nathan Cox on June 22, 2019. The couple currently resides in Rocky Gap, Virginia.

Patricia Wright Thomas of Wytheville, Virginia was selected as Employee of the Year for 2019 at Wythe County Community Hospital (WCCH). She is the Revenue Integrity Specialist and leads the Rewards and Recognition Team at WCCH.

Leslie A. Williams is the Director of Sports Performance and Student Wellness at Hollins University, in Roanoke, Virginia. In her new role, Leslie will assume responsibility for the wellbeing content for student-athletes and assist in employee wellness programming. When hired in 2019, Williams became the first strength and conditioning coach in Hollins Athletics history.


Michael Callaghan and Summer Rigney Callaghan (’15) were married on September 29, 2017.  Both are employed at Bluefield College, where Michael is the Head Coach for women's soccer and Summer is a Traditional Financial Aid Advisor.  They welcomed their newborn daughter, Aella Louise, on October 16, 2019 weighing 8 lbs. and 20 ½ inches long.  

Jonathan D. Taylor and his wife, Casey Palmer Taylor (2012), welcomed their firstborn daughter, Lillian Grace, born on September 5, 2019.  She weighed 7 lb. 14 oz. and was 20.5 inches long. 


Amanda Overby DeVor of Princeton, West Virginia was accepted into the Chemistry Ph.D. program at West Virginia University in August 2019.

Brian W. Vaught of Rural Retreat, Virginia, was selected to serve as the Chairman of the Wythe County Board of Supervisors in January 2020. Brian looks forward to being a voice for the people of Blacklick District and Wythe County.



Guy W. Gilbert of Glen Allen, Virginia passed away on March 31, 1998.


George Russell Garrett passed away on September 3, 2019.  He served in the United States Navy aboard the LST 878 in the Pacific.  Russell was a comptroller and accountant at Pocahontas Fuel Company (Consol).  He was the treasurer of both First United Methodist Churches in Pocahontas, Virginia and Bluefield, Virginia.  Russell was an avid gardener and shared his homegrown tomatoes with friends and neighbors.


Robert R. Stuart, Jr. of Bluefield, Virginia passed away on February 13, 2012. Bob was a captain and carrier pilot in the United States Naval Academy.  He was the president of Betsy Ross Bakeries.  Bob served on the board at the Bluefield Flat Top National Bank and  Fincastle Country Club. He was a deacon and choir member at First Presbyterian Church.


Roger M. Aker of Bluefield, West Virginia, passed away on May 7, 2016.   He was a manager at Spear Sterling and enjoyed plumbing and carpentry.

Lance E. Oblinger of Charleston, West Virginia passed away on February 19, 2014. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during WWII and retired from the West Virginia Public Commission. 


Marjorie Norman Bailey of Narrows, Virginia, passed away on January 15, 2020. Margie volunteered for Sunday School, Brownies, Cub Scouts, Lion's Club Eye Exams, Junior Woman's Club, and Red Hat Society. As a long-time member of Giles Country Club, she recorded a hole-in-one (much to the chagrin of her husband). 


Ruth Ownbey Gibbs of Greensboro, North Carolina, passed away February 13, 2018. Ruth was an active volunteer and leader with the American Red Cross, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Federation of Women's Clubs, Greensboro Lecture League, Greensboro Symphony Guild, Ingleside Garden Club, Potpourri Club, Starmount Forrest Country Club, and Tar Heel Seniors Golf Association. She also was a strong advocate for youth, appointed by Governor Bob Scott to the North Carolina State Youth Advisory Board and the White House Conference on Children and Youth. Also, she served her church as a Sunday School class president, circle leader, and Woman's Missionary Union president.

Louis Lazerow of Deerfield, Illinois passed away on September 22, 2018.


Harold R. Bausch of Amityville, New York passed away on December 18, 2011.


Charles G. Gunn, Jr. of Winston-Salem, North Carolina passed away on September 28, 2018. Charlie trained as a doctor in the United States Navy V-12 program and served on a ship, the USS Bayfield. He remained in the Naval Reserves for decades. Charlie was employed at Ford Motor Company and was the medical director at Hanes Hosiery Company, which later evolved into part of Sara Lee Corporation. He won national recognition for developing a program of preventive care, employee education, and regular examinations. Charlie had many hobbies, such as a 1965 Prairie Bronze convertible, paintings, woodworking, and in writing music and lyrics. He was a volunteer at Contact Helpline of the Triad, the Community Care Center, Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity ReStore.

Fred L. Troy of Los Alamitos, California passed away on January 15, 2020. He was a B-17 bomber pilot in the Army Air Corps and flew 35 missions over Germany. Fred was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and four Air Medals. He was employed with General Electric, Motorola, Fairchild Semiconductor, Inc., and sold real estate for DeBenedictis Realty and Century 21. Fred’s WWII memoir, ‘Flak Storm’, is available at https://www.amazon.com/FLAK-STORM-Soldiers-Journey-Decorated-ebook/dp/B00RI9R5QI/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=flak+storm&qid=1584566603&sr=8-1


Franklin C. Johnson, III of West Palm Beach, Florida passed away on March 8, 2014.


Marilyn B. Mustard Tinder of Bluefield, West Virginia, passed away on July 21, 2019. She attended Marilyn Watts Hospital School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina. Marilyn was an employee of the Bluefield Daily Telegraph and for Maggie Bennett, a boutique in Bluefield. She was a member of the East River Mountain Garden Club and served as a board member for the Bluefield Area Arts and Crafts Center.


Dr. Conrad G. Crow of Jonesborough, Tennessee passed away on August 21, 2018. He was employed with General Electric in Pennsylvania, Vermont, Georgia, and Kentucky. Conrad pastored Highland Presbyterian Church and Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church in Kentucky; Village Chapel Presbyterian Church in West Virginia, Great Bridge Presbyterian Church in Virginia, and was the interim minister at six Presbyterian churches in Tennessee. Conrad was a member of the Kiwanis Club and supported the International Storytelling Center of Jonesborough.

Patrick A. Romano, Sr. of Bluefield, West Virginia passed away July 4, 2012. Pat served in the United States Army, was a member of the Army band and received a Purple Heart.  He was an industrial sales representative for Texaco. Pat was member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1404, Elks Lodge, and Sons of Italy.  Pat sang in the choir at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.


William P. Eaton of Greenwood, South Carolina passed away on May 10, 2011. He served as a Commissioned Officer in the Air Force. Bill was a pioneer in the infant television broadcasting industry beginning as a salesman selling TV advertising, growing to sales manager, TV Station General Manager, Operations Vice President for two different major Broadcasters, and ultimately to President and Owner of his own Radio Stations. 

Jean Smith Felts of Virginia Beach, Virginia, passed away on Jan. 25, 2020.   She was a nurse at Maguire Veterans Hospital in Richmond, Virginia. 

Sandra N. Godsey Torquato of Boca Raton, Florida passed away on January 4, 2019. She self-funded her undergraduate degree at Bluefield College through her modeling career. Sandy was employed in the medical field and was an accomplished artist in painting and sketching.


Joseph D. Van Dyke of Chesterfield, Virginia passed away on April 5, 2016.

George L. Evans of Princeton, West Virginia passed away on July 25, 2013. He was a veteran of the United States Army and mechanical engineer with Appalachian Power Company.

William R. Gardner, Jr. of Summerfield, North Carolina passed away on August 17, 2013.

Shirley Branch Ring of Thaxton, Virginia passed away on March 3, 2012. She was a travel clerk with the Department of Defense.


George C. Kitts of Moneta, Virginia passed away on January 12, 2019.  He was a sales engineer with Gulf Oil and Chevron, where he was known as an expert on lubricant products. Carter appeared in several Gulf Oil print media publications, such as the 'Pro from Gulf.’


John T. Anderson of Richmond, Virginia passed away on August 6, 2014.

David B. Camden of Appomattox, Virginia passed away on February 16, 2019.  Dave began as a minister in the Southern Baptist denomination and then moved to the United Methodist Conference where he served until his retirement in 1993.


Robert J. Johnston, Jr. of Bluefield, Virginia passed away October 27, 2015. Bob had served in the United Stated Navy, was Vice President of Sales at Rish Equipment, and partner and founder of Global Equipment in London, Kentucky. He was an elder, deacon, and Property Manager for the Administration Committee at First Presbyterian Church, in Bluefield, West Virginia. Bob was a member of Fincastle Country Club, the Sales Executive Club and supported the Bluefield Union Mission.


Stuart R. Grim of Barboursville, Virginia passed away on January 5, 2015.

Charles R. Schellenger of South Point, Ohio, passed away on September 19, 2010.  He was a World War II Navy veteran and a retired trainmaster from Norfolk and Western Railroad.


Phyllis G. Gibson of Bluefield, West Virginia passed away on June 1, 2018. She had taught piano lessons for the past 60 years and was the pianist at Pine Grove Church of Christ.

Joseph E. Moricle of Bluefield, West Virginia passed away on July 1, 2017.  He was a detective with the Bluefield Police Department and security guard at Flat Top Bank and First Community Bank.

James Woodrow Turner of Martinsville, Virginia passed away on January 19, 2019.  He had retired from E. I. Du Pont de Nemours.

Roy N. Young of Saint Petersburg, Florida passed away on October 25, 2018.   He and his wife, Mary Lou, had resided in Saudi Arabia for a brief time.  Roy retired from the University of Tampa.  He was a member of the Boca Ciega Yacht Club and enjoyed dancing.


James E. Shumate of Coal City, West Virginia passed away on March 18, 2013.  James was the former owner of Shumate Furniture of Coal City.  He was a member of the Missionary Baptist denomination of the Coal City Community Church where he served as deacon and Sunday School superintendent.


Robert ‘Doug’ Coon of Bluefield, Virginia passed away on March 30, 2019. He served in the Army Reserves from 1961 to 1967. Robert’s career included tenures at Dixie Appliance Company, Norfolk and Western Railway, Poly Scientific, and retired from Pyott Boone Electronics. He was a mechanic, electrician, craftsman, and gardener. Doug was a member of the Chancel Choir at the First United Methodist Church and a participant with the Bluestone Choral.


Denos C. Demopoulos of Bluefield, West Virginia and originally from Leriza-Nemea, Corinth Greece passed away on August 17, 2019. He served as a lieutenant in the Greek Army and traveled across Europe with NATO as an intelligence agent.  Denos emigrated to the United States and was a clinical psychologist at Bluefield Mental Health, Southern Highlands, and Mercer County Health Department. He was awarded the Americanism Medal by the John Chapman Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Denos was inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow and voted Rotarian of the Year by the Bluefield Rotary Club.  He was also a member of the Century Club.

Thomas H. Webb of Lynchburg, Virginia passed away on October 24, 2018. He was employed with the Campbell County School System, served on the Lynchburg City School Board, was an elder of Quaker Memorial Presbyterian Church, and involved in many philanthropic activities.


Barbara “Bobbie” Jones Vinsonof Pearisburg, Virginia, passed away on January 22, 2020. She was a pre-school and elementary school teacher and a member of the Angels Rest Baptist Fellowship in Pearisburg, Virginia. 


Preston L. Foster of Lowry, Virginia passed away on May 25, 2016. He retired from B & W Technologies in 2006. Preston served on the Board of Directors of CVFCU and was a substitute teacher in Bedford County.

James C. Mabe of Moneta, Virginia passed away on March 21, 2012. He served in the United States Army, and enjoyed fishing and gardening.


William G. Whittington of Chesterfield, Virginia passed away on May 14, 2018. Bill served in the United States Army. He loved sports, animals, gardening, and playing the stock market. 


Philip E. Blankenship of Sarasota, Florida passed away on June 8, 2011. He was the Executive Director of the Suncoast School for Innovative Studies and the Administrator of Education at First Baptist Church. Philip founded the Small Forest Foundation to help people in need.

Robert C. Hufford of Hopewell, Virginia passed away on March 4, 2019.  Bob was a Physician's Assistant for 40 years, 15 of those were for the Army.  He was an actor of the American Revolution, a biographer on finding a grave; an interpreter; and ran marathons.


Stephen E. Boling of Waynesboro, Virginia, passed away on July 25, 2019. He held positions in local companies as a sales representative and retired from OryxDesigns promotional products. Stephen served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher, and member/chair of numerous committees at First Baptist Church.


Major Arthur A. Shrader of Columbia, South Carolina passed away on June 24, 2014. He retired as a Major from the U.S. Army, and served during Vietnam and the Gulf War, receiving a Bronze Star.  Shrader was employed with SCDHEC as a hydrogeologist.  His hobbies included rock hounding, duck/deer hunting, and Civil War history. He was a past president of Columbia Gem and Mineral Society.

Donald L. Tatum of Petersburg, Virginia passed away on July 20, 2012.


Ida C. Allgood of Boydton, Virginia passed away on May 21, 2011.

Thomas L. Bailey, Jr. of Henrico, Virginia passed away on August 23, 2019


George “Rich” R. Nuckolls, Jr. of Marietta, Georgia, passed away on May 23, 2019. Rich retired from Norfolk Southern, was the co-founder of Art Colony Giverny, and sang with Georgia Festival Chorus and church choirs. He was past-president of the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra, a volunteer for Bugles Across America, and a member of the Weatherstone ALTA team. Rich was an Eagle Scout and an award-winning photographer.


Stephen R. Drosick of Lexington, Kentucky, passed away on April 15, 2019. Mr. Drosick was a LFUCG engineer, and an active member of Holy Spirit Parish Newman Center.


Michael L. Miles of Bluefield, Virginia passed away October 11, 2019. Mike was an employee of Richwood Golf Club and Fincastle Country Club, and was active in the junior golf programs throughout the area and in Virginia.  He was an assistant coach for the golf team at Bluefield College.


Mary Ann Robinson Price of Franklin, Tennessee passed away on March 24, 2018. She was a teacher, worked in a flower shop and dental office, taught water aerobics at the Y, but her favorite positions were serving as Student Personnel Director at Bluefield College, working with special needs adults in Kentucky, and Upward Bound High School students in Virginia. Mary Ann was in the Girl Scouts for 21 years, participated in synchronized swimming, was active in various churches, including as a hand bell choir member and choir director. Her hobbies included arts and crafts, gardening, collecting seashells and sea glass (some on the beaches of the Dominican Republic), and visiting friends across the United States and Germany.


Joseph F. Spear of Okinawa, Japan passed away on August 3, 2015.  Joe was the former pastor at Christ First Community Fellowship Baptist, Norfolk; served as interim pastor at Shadowlawn Baptist Church and served at the Korean Baptist Church.  Joe also taught the Kingdom Seekers Sunday School at Kempsville Baptist Church. 


James D. Brumagin of Dublin, Virginia, passed away on April 29, 2018. He served in the United States Navy, was an associate professor at New River Community College, and Lay Witness Minister for the Methodist Church.

Nannie Elswick Dunford of Claypool Hill, Virginia, passed away on February 21, 2014. Nan was the Business Manager from Southwest Virginia Community College. She was a member of the Red Hatter's, the Richlands Women's Club, the Friendship Circle, and Richlands First United Methodist Church.


Tammy Burcham Vass of Hillsville, Virginia passed away February 16, 2014.


David T. Kimball of Marion, Virginia passed away on July 7, 2002.

F. David Shockley Jr. of Newport News, Virginia passed away on June 18, 2019. David was a United States Navy veteran and retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad. He also worked for the Federal Railway Administration and was an adjunct professor at Bluefield College. David was active with the Big Brothers Mentoring Program, Little League sports associations, Parent Teacher Association, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, and the Piedmont Chapter of the American Foundry Society.


Denise Sykes Harris of Portsmouth, Virginia passed away on October 4, 2019. She organized Bridal Shows and assisted brides-to-be in finding the perfect dress at Tiffany Bridal Shop in Norfolk, Virginia.  Denise was also employed in the Workforce Development Department at Tidewater Community College until health issues forced her to retire at an early age.

Shirley A. Webb of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina passed away on February 6, 2014.


Harold Daniel “Dan” Churchey of Haymarket, Virginia passed away on January 13, 2020.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and the Chief of Facilities for the National Park Service on the National Mall.


Jennifer Stender Burton of Roanoke, Virginia passed away on October 27, 2019.  At the time of her passing, Jenny was employed with Carillion in the Department of Orthopedics. She loved sailing, skiing, and trips to the beach.


Shelley L. Allen of Emporia, Virginia passed away on December 22, 2017.  She was a probation and parole officer with District 38.

Ethan Brown and his wife, Ashlee Voegtly Brown, welcomed their second son, August Michael,  in February 2020, weighing 6 pounds and 10 ounces.  Oliver is excited to have a little brother.


James ‘Jay’ E. Dunford, III of Rich Creek, Virginia passed away February 16, 2020. Jay was a lieutenant at the Radford University Police Department.  


Sandy Motyleski Minor, of Canonsburg, Pennsylvania passed away unexpectedly on September 22, 2019. Sandy was an employee of the Human Resources Department at Prince William County Social Services and later worked as a Resource Manager for Amazon. 


Julian A. Roberson of Fredericksburg, Virginia passed away on September 16, 2019.  He was employed with PepsiCo and recently accepted a position as a procurement officer in Homeland Security. Julian served as a junior trustee at Branch Fork Baptist Church.


Hazel F. Martin Delgado of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, passed away on October 10, 2019. Hazel was the wife of the late Primitivo Delgado, former Academic Dean and Professor of Bluefield College. Hazel worked in the Bluefield College library, and was a hostess to many college gatherings, as well as students, in her and Primitivo’s home. She had a master’s degree in religious education and had taught at Tazewell and Graham Elementary Schools in Virginia.

David W. Dockery of Princeton, West Virginia, passed away on October 9, 2019. David was trustee emeritus at Bluefield College; pastor of Highland Creek Baptist Church in Martinsville, Indiana (1978-1981); associate pastor of Colonial Avenue Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia (1981-1986); pastor of Fairlawn Baptist Church in Parkersburg, West Virginia (1986-1990); and pastor of First Baptist Church in Princeton, West Virginia, since July 15, 1990.

Alice J. Edwards of North Augusta, South Carolina, and spouse of Dr. T. Keith Edwards, passed away on August 12, 2019.  They served as medical missionaries in Nigeria, West Africa, where Alice worked as the operating room supervisor for the Baptist Hospital of Ogbomoso, now known as Bowen University Training Hospital (BUTH). She also served as the visiting nurse for an orphanage, Kersey Children's Home.  During their residence in West Virginia, Alice was a nurse practitioner and assisted her husband both in surgery and as the office manager.  She was the president of the West Virginia Medical Auxiliary, national vice president of the American Medical Auxiliary, and taught Sunday School classes.

Eugenia ‘Genie’ Hughes Hancock of Shepherdstown, West Virginia passed away on March 20, 2020. Genie was a runway model, a singer with the Robert Shaw Chorale, a soloist at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, and a volunteer with the USO in New York City. Locally, she was a Choral Director at Graham High School, Voice Instructor at Bluefield College, and vocal coach and choir director for individuals and First Presbyterian Church. After retiring, she was a realtor and manager of the Commercial Department of Citizens Real Estate. Genie helped establish and was president/vice-president of the Community Concert Association (now Blue Mountain Performing Arts). She was the first woman president of the Greater Bluefield Chamber of Commerce, president of Main Street America, and co-founder of the Chamber of Commerce's annual Reading Bee. Genie was named Paul Harris Fellow by the Bluefield Rotary Club, received the Distinguished Citizens Award from the American Legion, and the Athena International Leadership Award for Outstanding Women. She was the first woman to be installed as Moderator of the Presbytery of West Virginia and served as an Elder/Trustee of First Presbyterian Church where she taught adult Sunday school classes.