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Obituaries

  • Allen Hale Bedwell, 78

    Allen Hale Bedwell, 78, of Redfield, Ark., died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012.

    He was born June 26, 1933, in Fries, Va., to Felix and Rose Bedwell.

    He is survived by three children: Douglas Allen Bedwell, Sheila Carico, and Sharon Miller. Also surviving are six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

    Graveside service was held at noon Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, at Arkansas State Veterans’ Cemetery in Sherwood.

  • Eric Bryan, 53

    Eric Bryan, 53, of Galax, died Monday, Feb. 6, 2012, at his home.

    He was born in Galax on May11, 1958, to Rudolph Bryan Sr., and Madeline Edwards Bryan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Walter F. Bryan.

  • Claude Edward Turner Jr., 73

    Claude Edward Turner Jr., 73, of Galax, passed away Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem, N.C.

    He was born in Scott County Va., on June 17, 1938. He was the son of the late Jeanella McCormick Turner and Claude Edward Turner, Sr. of Gate City.

  • Magalene M. Rigney, 82

    Magalene M. Rigney, 82, of Fancy Gap, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

    She was born in Carroll County, to the late William and Stella Ayers.

    She was also preceded in death by her husband, Jessie B. Rigney.

  • William Stark Phipps, 94

    William Stark Phipps, 94, of Independence, died Feb. 5, 2012, at Grayson Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Independence.

    He was born March 13, 1927, at Independence, to the late William Stark Phipps Sr. and Ellen Hash Phipps.

    He was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Mary Ruth Wheatley Phipps.

  • Frances Martin Moretz, 85

    Frances Martin Moretz, 85, of Galax, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, in the Golden Living-Blue Ridge Nursing and Rehab Center.

    She was born in Galax on March 3, 1926, to William Lonnie and Ora Thompson Martin.

    In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Thomas Moretz.

  • Shirley Mae Eller Hill, 73

    Shirley Mae Eller Hill, 73 of Fries, died Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012, at her home.

    She was born on May 7, 1939, in Grayson County, to the late Walter and Dorothy Bourne Eller.

  • Bernard Levi Easter, 89

    Bernard Levi Easter, 89, of Satsuma, Fla., and formerly of Carroll County, Va., died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, at Putnam Community Hospital.

    He was born in Carroll County to the late Levi Hamilton and Flora Payne Easter.

  • Virginia Helen Burcham, 82

    Virginia Helen Burcham, 82, of Galax, died Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, in the Twin County Regional Hospital.

    She was born on March 31, 1929, in Galax to Arthur and Clara Belle Tate Melton.

    In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clinton W. Burcham.

  • James “Junior” Alex Bowers

    James “Junior” Alex Bowers of Independence died Feb. 5, 2012, at Grayson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Independence.

    Survivors include his wife, Ada Lee Farmer Bowers of the home; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Tommy Sells of Mouth of Wilson; several cousins; and four caregivers; and brother-in-law and spouse, Claude and Jessie Jean Farmer of Independence.