Menu

120 StauntonElliott Auto Group web button 120  erie200

James Owen Kesler Jr., 79, of Lexington died March 27

  • Written by submitted

James Owen Kesler Jr., 79, of Lexington died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

Born July 26, 1934, in Lexington, he was a son of the late James Owen Kesler Sr. and Meda Harlow Kesler.

Mr. Kesler was a member of the Marvin United Methodist Church, and retired after 38 years of service from Virginia Military Institute as the manager of the laundry department. James also was a 60-year member of the Odd Fellow Lodge and loved to fish and hunt.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Cathaline C. Kesler; one son, Theodore S. “Peppy” Kesler and wife Patricia; one granddaughter, Catherine Ann Kesler; one sister, Peggy Siron, all of Lexington.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Pastor Dale Crosby and Brother Derryl LaFave officiating. Burial will follow at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

 

 

 

Sharon Chittum Duff, 57, of Buena Vista died March 27

  • Written by submitted

 Sharon Chittum Duff, 57, or Buena Vista died Thursday, March 27, 2014.

She was born on Aug. 3, 1956, in Rockbridge County, a daughter of the late Edith G. Chittum.

She is survived by a son, Jason Derek Duff; and a brother, Kenneth E. Chittum.

A memorial service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, at the Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church by the Rev. W. David Bain. The family will receive friends one hour prior at the church.

Arrangements are being handled by Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

Clifford "A.C." Self, 88, of Fairfield died March 27

  • Written by submitted

Clifford “A.C.” Self, 88, of Fairfield died Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

He was born in Hartford, Tenn., on May 12, 1925, the oldest son of Charles Walter Self and Ada Clark Self.  He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife of 40 years, Patricia Topping Self.

He is survived by two daughters, Lois Peterson and Evelyn Johnson; one stepdaughter, Judy Knick; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Harrison Funeral Home on Friday, March 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. A graveside service will be at Fairfield Cemetery, at 4 p.m., Saturday, March 29.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Fairfield United Methodist Church building fund.

Donald Delano Strode, 91, of Lexington died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Kendal.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Donald Delano Strode, 91, of Lexington died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Kendal.

He was born Sept. 29, 1922, in Wilder, Idaho, a son of Don Lee Strode and Ruth VanAtta Strode. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Julia M. Strode.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and retired as a wildlife biologist from the U.S. Forest Service.

Surviving are his children, Dan Strode of Springfield, Donna Strode of Keswick, Peggy Strode Pfeuffer of Raleigh, N.C., and Shirley Strode Coffey of Cincinnati Ohio; seven grandchildren, and six and a half great-grandchildren.

A service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery by the Rev. Norman Tippens. A memorial service and reception at Kendal will take place at 3 p.m. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Madison County Historical Society, which houses the Strode Collection of Native American Artifacts, P.O. Box 467 Madison VA 22727.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Patricia J. Lawless, 71, wife of the late Randall O. Lawless, died Monday, March 24, 2014 at her home.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

She was born in Rockbridge County, the daughter of Hazel Adair Saunders Jarvis and the late Clinton Boyce Jarvis. She was the director of preschool at Brodaus Memorial Baptist Church in Richmond and at Shenandoah Preschool in Lexington.
Surviving in addition to her mother of Lexington are three sons, Matthew and Nathan Utz both of Atlanta, Ga., and Billy Utz of Roanoke; a daughter, Sandi Rutan of Conway, S.C.; 15 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.