• Hortense Overstreet Southern, 91

    Hortense Overstreet Southern, 91, of Hiwassee passed away Thursday evening March 1, 2012, at her home.

    She was born Feb. 28, 1921, in Longdale, Va. She was the daughter of the late Emmett Edgar Overstreet Sr. and Mayme Mays Overstreet.

    Her husband, Early C. Southern Sr.; brothers, Emmett Edgar Overstreet Jr., and Gordon Overstreet; and sisters, Virginia Campbell and Marie Metz also preceded her in death.

  • Barbara E. Sells, 63

    Barbara E. Sells, 63, of Mouth of Wilson, died Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, N.C.

    She was born June 30, 1948, at Hartford, Conn., to the late Raymond Sweeney and Josephine Dondero Sweeney.

  • William D. Hudson Sr. “Bill,” 58

    William D. Hudson Sr. “Bill,” 58, of Galax, passed away Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Twin County Regional Hospital.

    He was born May 22, 1953, to the late Alberta and Donald Hudson.

  • Charlotte Taylor Ridge Early, 85

    Charlotte Taylor Ridge Early, 85, of Hillsville, Va., passed away peacefully at her home on March 11, 2012.

    She was born on Dec. 14, 1926, in Langhorne, Pa. She was one of three children of Henry Lovett and Elizabeth Logan Ridge.

    Mrs. Early was preceded in death by her loving husband, Joseph Howard Early Jr., M.D.; and an infant son, James Wygal Early.

  • Pearl Marie Chappell, 80

    Pearl Marie Chappell, 80, of Galax, Va., passed away Sunday, March 11, 2012, in the Waddell Nursing Home.

    She was born in Surry County, N.C., on Oct. 22, 1931, to Oscar and Hazel South Ramey.

    In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Chappell; and a daughter, Peggy Lynn Chappell.

  • Arthur J. (Jack) Blevins, 72

    Arthur J. (Jack) Blevins, 72, of Rugby, died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.

    He was born Feb. 4, 1940, at Grassy Creek, N.C., to the late Joe Vey Blevins and Cora Greer Blevins.

    Survivors include his wife, Dorothy (Dottie) Blevins of the home; daughter and spouse, Amy and Scott Sinnett of Fancy Gap; son, Steven Blevins of Whitetop; three granddaughters; and two sisters and spouse, Lessie Blevins of Rugby and Laura and Lloyd Walls of Troutdale.

  • Gerald Collin Smythers, 80

    Gerald Collin Smythers, 80, of Woodlawn, passed away on Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at Forsyth Medical Center.

    He was born in Carroll County to the late James and Jessie Mae Guynn Smythers on April 17, 1931.

    In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by his wife, Edith Goad Smythers; a daughter, Jean Mae Smythers; three brothers; and one sister.

  • Harry Wade Rutherford, 82

    Harry Wade Rutherford, 82, of Santa Paula, Calif., and formerly of Elk Creek, Va., passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2012, in the Santa Paula Memorial Hospital.

    He was born on May 10, 1929, in Winston-Salem, N.C., to Virgil and Ola Funk Rutherford.

    In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Leon, Paige and Elmo Rutherford; brother-in-law, Claiborne Sutherland; and sister-in-law, Ellen Rutherford.

  • Opal Alene Barber Robinson, 83

    Opal Alene Barber Robinson, 83, of Galax, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, at her home.

    She was born in Grayson County on April 16, 1928.

    His parents were Chap and Senia Bobbitt Barber.

  • Bobby Lee Newman, 50

    Bobby Lee Newman, 50, of Woodlawn, died Wednesday, March 7, 2012, in the Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, N.C.

    He was born in Virginia on July 15,1961, to Archie and Rosa Lee Tompkins Newman.