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Barbara Genevie McCloud, 78, of Buena Vista died July 18

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Barbara Genevie McCloud, 78, of Buena Vista died Friday, July 18, 2014, in Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

She was born Dec. 30, 1935, in Neptune, N.J., the daughter of the late John Barrett and Genevieve J. Barrett. She graduated from Neptune High School.

She is survived by her husband James McCloud; three children, David Layton, Daryl Lee Layton and Darlene M. Vrabel; two stepchildren, Kathy and Mark McCloud; a sister Joyce Megill; six grandchildren, David Layton, Daryl Lee Layton, Derek Lee Layton, Heather L. Vrabel, Kristy M. Vrabel and John E. Vrabel; and a step-granddaughter Christine O’Donald. She is predeceased by her brother John Barrett.

Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are by Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

Palmer Linwood Hart, 89, of Rockbridge Baths died July 17

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Palmer Linwood Hart, 89, of Rockbridge Baths died Thursday, July 17, 2014, at the Shenandoah Hospice House in Fishersville.

Born June 25, 1925, in Rockbridge County, he was a son of the late Raymond Stonewall Hart and Nina Withrow Hart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Richard W. Hart, Harold S. Hart, Boyd G. Hart, and one sister Phyllis H. Vanderveer.

Mr. Hart served his country in the United States Navy in 1944 and during his 22 years he served in New Guinea, Germany, the Philippines, and the Pacific Island beaches to support World War II. He served on 11 ships over his 22 years.

After retiring he worked for R.S. & L.D. Hart Excavating as a heavy equipment operator for 25 years.

Surviving are two brothers, Lawrence D. Hart and wife Gladys, of Rockbridge Baths, and Raymond E. Hart of Gastonia, N.C.

A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens with Dr. Wyatt Mayes officiating. Family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 18, at Harrison Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Palmer to The Shenandoah House, 111 North Campus Lane, Fishersville, VA, 22939.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Charles Preston “Bill” Tolley Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.), 81, of The Chamberlin Ft. Monroe died July 9, 2014, at Sentara Hospital in Hampton after a long illness.

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Charles Preston “Bill” Tolley Lt. Col. USAF (Ret.), 81, of The Chamberlin Ft. Monroe died July 9, 2014, at Sentara Hospital in Hampton after a long illness.

The second of nine children of the late Charles Lloyd Tolley and Elizabeth Barger Tolley, he was born Feb. 9, 1933, at Natural Bridge Station. Bill graduated from Natural Bridge High School and then Virginia Military Institute in 1956 with a degree in civil engineering. After graduation, he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in the United States Air Force. In 1957 he married Elsie Lee Elliott of Buena Vista and began a career as a navigator in SAC and TAC, ending his service career as base Civil Engineer at Mildenhall AFB, in England. He served from 1957 to 1978, which included a tour in Vietnam. After retirement from the Air Force, Bill and Else opened the Corner Cottage in Gloucester, VA which they owned and operated for 25 years. Bill was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Gloucester, where he was a Deacon, Elder, sang in the church choir in addition to the Tricounty Express. He was a former president of the Tidewater VMI Association and the Class Agent for the VMI Class of ’56.

Bill was predeceased by sisters Jeanne Tolley Bourne and Susan Tolley. He is survived by Elsie Lee Elliott Tolley, his wife of 56 years; four daughters, Betsy (Mark) Healy of Chapel Hill, N.C.; Becky Tolley of Arlington, Sarah (Conrad) Chin of Minneapolis, Minn.; Jenny (Bill) Crossen of San Antonio, Texas; three grandchildren, Elise and Kyle Healy, and Coleman Chin; four brothers, Ed Tolley of Buchanan, Carl (Betty) Tolley and Brownlee (Gayle) Tolley of Natural Bridge Station and Stephen Tolley (Kim) of Birmingham, Ala.; two sisters, Nancy (Ken) Hostetter of Lexington and Doris (Bill) Trussell of Fairfax; and numerous nieces, nephews and many other special relatives and friends. The heavenly choir has a new tenor!

A memorial service celebrating Bill’s life will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to: American Parkinson's Disease Association, Hampton Roads Chapter, c/o OLOPH, 4560 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach Blvd., 23462; Lewy Body Dementia Association 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W. Lilburn, GA 30047; or the VMI Foundation, Inc., Neikirk Hall, 304 Letcher Avenue, Lexington, VA 24450. Arrangements are by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home in downtown Hampton, (757) 723-3191.

Robert Christopher “Bob” Trani, 63, of Lexington died Friday, July 11, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem.

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Robert Christopher “Bob” Trani, 63, of Lexington died Friday, July 11, 2014, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salem.

Born Sept. 10, 1950, in Bronx, N.Y., a son of the late Basilio R. Trani and Rose Agnone Trani. He had 20 years of military service with the U.S. Navy and twice commander of VFW Post 1499. He was a member of Collierstown Baptist Church.

For many years, he coordinated and hosted the Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremony in downtown Lexington. He volunteered with Theatre at Lime Kiln, the Effinger Fire Department and Fridays Alive. He loved to hunt, fish and paint and was proud to be an Italian-American Yankees fan.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie Lee Trani of Lexington; his daughters Robin Rose Bell of Franklin and Julianna Trani of Chesapeake; his brothers Christopher Trani of the Bronx and Albert Trani of Yonkers, N.Y.; and two grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, July 15, at 11 a.m. at Harrison Funeral Chapel by Pastor Jesse Krystowiak. Burial will follow with military honors Thursday, July 17, at 2 p.m. at Culpeper National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Care Box Project, P.O. Box 556, Lexington, VA 24450; or to The American Cancer Society 2840 Electric Road, Suite 106A Roanoke, VA 24018.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Mildred Belle Rhodes Ruble, 83, of Lexington, formerly of Petersburg, died Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Beaufont Towers in Richmond.

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Mildred Belle Rhodes Ruble, 83, of Lexington, formerly of Petersburg, died Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Beaufont Towers in Richmond.

She was born March 18, 1931, a daughter of the late Claude W. Rhodes and Theresa McKinney Rhodes. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, William Cecil Ruble.

Millie Ruble was born and raised in Natural Bridge and graduated from Natural Bridge High School and Virginia Baptist School of Nursing in Lynchburg. She was a practicing registered nurse for more than 45 years, working as both a registered nurse anesthetist and a labor and delivery nurse. She worked at Southside Regional Medical Center in Petersburg and at Carillion Roanoke Community Hospital. After retiring from nursing, Millie worked as a volunteer for the Rockbridge Area Free Clinic in Lexington and for the Carillion Stonewall Jackson Hospital Auxiliary. She was a member of the Virginia Baptist School of Nursing Alumnae Association and Lexington’s Red Hat Society. She was a frequent volunteer for the Effinger Volunteer Fire Department, helping to raise funds for the department by making apple butter. She traveled with members of the department as they entered apple butter making contests around the state. She was an election poll official and volunteered often during local and state elections. Millie attended Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her children, William C. Ruble III of Providence Forge, Charles Lee Ruble of Christiansburg, April Harper of Franklin, Tenn., and Bonnie Reilly of Pinehurst, N.C.; one sister, Mae Garrett, and one brother, Franklin Rhodes, both of Natural Bridge Station; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, July 12, at Oxford Presbyterian Church by Dr. Horace Douty and Dr. Randy Ruble. Burial will be private. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Mrs. Ruble to the Effinger Volunteer Fire Department, 2824 Collierstown Road, Lexington, VA 24450, Rockbridge Historical Society, 101 E. Washington Street, Lexington, VA 24450 or Rockbridge Area Hospice 315 Myers Street, Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.