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Cheryl Frost Jarvis, 57, of Lexington died June 29

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Cheryl Frost Jarvis, 57, of Lexington died Sunday, June 29, 2014, at her home.

Born May 8, 1957, in Lexington, she was a daughter of the late Raymond Peck Frost and Katherine Luecker Frost.

Cheryl was a member of the Greater Vision Pentecostal Assembly. She was employed as a machine operator at HDT, former member of the Fairfield Rescue Squad where she served as an EMT, and loved to ride motorcycles and fish.

Surviving are her husband, Tony Jarvis; one son, Michael Frost and wife Heather; two stepchildren, Crystal Jarvis and Chase Jarvis, all of Lexington; biological mother, Vivian Maxine Anthony of Staunton; six siblings, Wanda Gansan of Churchville, Anthony Cash of Md., Jay Fields of North Carolina, Michael Fields of Georgia, Kevin Fields of Harrisonburg, and Jason McCelland of Troutville; three grandchildren, Ryen Beach, Jonathan Entsminger and Christopher Clark; three God children, Jessica May Hahn, Caleb Andrew Fine and Jared Clifton Simmons; and best friend, Tamara Lea Simmons.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, July 5, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Horace Douty officiating. Burial will follow at Timber Ridge A.R. Presbyterian Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Cheryl to the Lexington Fire Department, 708 S. Main St., Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

 

 

Anthony Thompson, 52, of Buena Vista died July 1

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Anthony Thompson, 52, of Buena Vista died Monday, July 1, 2014, in Buena Vista.

He was born July 15, 1961, in Staunton, the son of the late Willie and Ruby Thompson.

He was employed at Ocala Gas Company in Ocala, Fla., Anton Trucking in Goshen, Luck Stone Trucking, Moffett Paving and Excavating in Staunton, and Meade Trucking Company in Verona.

He was a member of the Goshen Volunteer Fire Department and Goshen Baptist Church. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, spending time with his family, and driving his 1977 black Trans Am.

He is survived by his four sisters, Shirley Craft and husband John of Staunton, Sandra Heizer of Greenville, "Willie" Frances Watkins and husband Tom of Roanoke, and Betty Gail Hudson of Ocala, Fla.; eight nephews and five nieces; and close friend and caregiver Debbie Fitzgerald.

He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Robert Hudson and Harold Heizer.

A funeral service will be conducted at Craigsville Funeral home at 2 p.m., July 5, with Pastor Scott Reese officiating. Interment will be in Goshen Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Goshen Fire Department.

Arrangements are being handled by Craigsville Funeral Home. Online condolences may be made at www.craigsvillefuneralhome.com.

Claude Obenshain Hartbarger Sr., 87, of Lexington died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at his home.

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Claude Obenshain Hartbarger Sr., 87, of Lexington died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at his home.

He was born Oct. 23, 1926, in Rockbridge County a son of the late John Henry Hartbarger and Clara Morris Hartbarger. Mr. Hartbarger was a member of Bible Church at Rockbridge and retired from Burlington Industries after 42 years of service. Claude served his country in the United States Navy during World War II on board the Destroyer USS O’Hara. He also loved to fish and hunt.

Surviving are his wife, Dessie H. Hartbarger of Lexington; three sons, Claude O. Hartbarger Jr. of Lexington; Gregory Hartbarger of Raphine and Dexter Hartbarger of Nokesville; two sisters, Frances Irvine of Lexington and Margaret Jean Lilly of Buena Vista; two brothers, A.R. Hartbarger of Buena Vista and Jerry Hartbarger of North Carolina; 16 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 3, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. George Warden. Burial will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Claude to the National Parkinson Foundation, Inc., 200 SE 1st Street, Suite 800, Miami, FL 33131.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Clarence "Peanut" Thomas

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Clarence Albert “Peanut” Thomas, 83, of Lexington died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at his home.

Born Dec. 6, 1930, in Rockbridge County, he was a son of the late Walter William Thomas and Ethel Montgomery Thomas.

Peanut loved farming and the outdoors. He enjoyed riding through the countryside, speaking words of wisdom, and swapping stories with his friends in the community.

Surviving are his wife, Pearl Irvine Thomas; two daughters, Dorothy “Dottie” Thomas, and Brenda Thomas Crowder and husband Joey; four grandchildren, Nathan Deacon, Seth Deacon and wife Meagan, Zachary Crowder and wife Laura, and Jordan Crowder; two great grandchildren, Sophia Deacon and Avery Deacon; one brother, Charles W. Thomas, all of Lexington; special caregiver, Pam Benton of Raphine.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Dr. Martin Stokes officiating. Burial will follow at Collierstown Presbyterian Church Cemetery. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Peanut to the Effinger Volunteer Fire Department, 2824 Collierstown Road, Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington.

  

John Patton, Former N-G Reporter

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John Fewell Patton, 56, of Des Moines, Iowa, died June 24, 2014, of prostate cancer. He was a former reporter for The News-Gazette.

As a grant writer for a variety of Des Moines area non-profits, Patton helped secure funding for projects, including the state of Iowa judiciary building, World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s administrative and education headquarters, Meals from the Heartland, and the 1875 Flynn mansion at Living History Farms.

He and his family moved from the Rockbridge area to Des Moines in 1996. From 1988 to 1994, Patton worked as a reporter for The News-Gazette, winning awards from the Virginia Press Association.

He was born March 22, 1958, in Lynchburg, a son of Jane Taylor Patton of Lexington, and the late Claude Herbert Patton. In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife of 26 years, Pamela Messer Patton of Des Moines; daughter Rebecca Cady Patton of St. Paul, Minn.; and sisters Karen Patton Priest of Norfolk and Olivia Patton of Lexington. He was predeceased by an older brother, Claude Herbert “Pat” Patton, Jr.

He and his family want to express their gratitude to the caregivers at John Stoddard Medical Center in Des Moines and Hospice of Central Iowa. He requested that his body be donated for medical research at Des Moines University. Memorial contributions may be made to his alma mater, St. Andrews University (Laurinburg, N.C.), or to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, to preserve and protect the Iowa outdoors he grew to know and love.

John’s warmth, love, and laughter will long be remembered by all who knew him.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Iles Funeral Homes in Des Moines is handling arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.