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Obituaries

  • Chapman Davis Cox, 89

    Chapman Davis Cox, 89, of Galax, Va., passed away on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in the Wheatland Hills in Christiansburg, Va.

    He was born in Grayson County, Va., on April 6, 1922, to Chap Hampton and Cleo Matilda Cox.

    Survivors include his wife, Beatrice S. Cox of Galax, Va.; daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Dean Schneider of Grapevine, Texas; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Sandy Cox of Christiansburg, Va.; grandchildren, Kate Schneider and Patrick Cox; and several nieces and nephews.

  • Bill Burnett, 62

    Bill Burnett, 62, of Woodlawn, passed away on Jan. 23, 2012, at his home.

    He was born in Virginia to the late Charles and Bertie Robinson Burnett.

    Survivors include his nephew, Glenn Burnett Jr. of Woodlawn; nieces, Debbie Blevins of Moneta and Rebecca Terry of Blue Ridge; and other family and friends.

    A guestbook is available online at www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com.

    Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home Chapel is serving the family.

  • Ethel Reece Sutphin Turman, 89

    Ethel Reece Sutphin Turman, 89, of Hillsville, died Jan. 18, 2012, at Twin County Regional Hospital.

    She was born March 2, 1922, in Carroll County, to the late Abraham Payne Reece and Lucy Ellen Largen Reece.

    She was preceded in death by her first husband, Howard Lee Sutphin; and her second husband, James Lee Turman.

    Survivors include her sister, Yonna I. Reece of Aylett; brother-in-law, Elmo Huff of Dugspur; and several nieces and nephews. 

  • Anna Marie Stone Robinson, 70

    Anna Marie Stone Robinson, 70, of Austinville, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at her home.

    She was born in Carroll County to the late Carl and Vergie Stone.

  • Ralph Parks, 70

    Ralph Parks, 70, of Mouth of Wilson, the Pine Branch community, died Jan. 18, 2012, at his home.

    He was born Nov. 4, 1941, at Newport News, to the late Hayden B. Parks and Callie E. Hash Parks.

    Survivors include brother and sister-in-law, Roger S. and Susan Parks of Mouth of Wilson; sister and brother-in-law, Wanda and Jack Devine of Galax; three sisters-in-law, Liz Parks of Lakin, Kan., Pam Parks of Louisville, Ken,, and Fay P. Palford of Wytheville; and several nieces and nephews.

  • Ronald Franklin Frye, 65

    Ronald Franklin Frye, 65, of Flatridge Road, Sugar Grove, Va., passed away Jan. 19, 2012, at Francis Marion Manor in Marion.

    He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Mae Hall Frye; and son, Franklin Lee Frye.

    He was born Feb. 23, 1946, at Smyth County, Va., to the late Franklin Frye and Thelma Burnham Frye.

  • Bonnie McBride Brannock, 54

    Bonnie McBride Brannock, 54, of Mount Airy, N.C., died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, at her residence following a lengthy illness.

    Bonnie was born in Alleghany County on June 1, 1957, the daughter of Herman and the late Joyce Gardner Cline. 

    She was a cook for various nursing homes in the area and was of Baptist faith.

  • Dorothy Hazel Burnette Bowers, 95

    Dorothy Hazel Burnette Bowers, 95, of Woodlawn, died Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, in the Golden Living Center.

    She was born in Carroll County, on June 29, 1916, to Roby and Ocie Sizemore Burnette.

    In addtion to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Sherman Bowers.

  • Mildred Williams Sawyers, 73

    Mildred Williams Sawyers, 73, of Woodlawn, died Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, at Wake Forest University Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C.

    She was born in Ivanhoe (Wythe County) on Oct. 30, 1938, to the late Dorothy Richardson Hicks and Nile Hicks.

  • John Glen Pless, 75

    John Glen Pless, 75, of Rural Hall, N.C., formerly of Galax, died Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, at Oak Forest Health and Rehab Center.

    He was born Aug. 26, 1936, to the late Kennetta Fulton and Asbury Glenn Pless Jr. in Galax.

    Survivors include wife, Wendy Pless of Rural Hall, N.C.; one son, Jack Pless Jr. of Mebane, N.C.; one daughter, Ellen Anne Erb of Durham, N.C.; and five grandchildren.