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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.

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.

 


 

 

Shirley H. Wilmore, 95, of Buena Vista, died peacefully Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Buena Vista.

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Shirley (Tomlin) Huffman Wilmore

Shirley H. Wilmore, 95, of Buena Vista, died peacefully Wednesday, July 2, 2014, at Golden Living Center in Buena Vista. She was the daughter of the late Howard and Nettie (Spence) Tomlin.

She retired from Burlington Mills in Glasgow after 29 years of service and continued working for Clelia Agnor’s catering business in Lexington for many years.   She was a member of the Buena Vista Presbyterian Church and past member of the Elliott’s Hill United Methodist Church in Rockbridge County. She also served as a member of the Buena Vista American Legion Auxiliary, Lexington Lioness Club and the Rockbridge Arthritis Support Group. She will be remembered for her strength of character and sense of humor as well as her devil’s food/caramel icing and bunny cakes.  

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Gardner Huffman; her second husband, Walter B. Wilmore; infant daughter, Marjorie Isabelle Huffman; son, Raymond E. Huffman; brothers, Ben and Bill Tomlin; sisters, Emma Watts and Martha Nixon; and special friend Jay Donald.

Surviving members of her family include son Thomas E. Huffman Sr., of Buena Vista; daughter Brenda H. Taylor (Ed) of Waynesboro; step-son, Walter “Doc” Wilmore (Ann) of Lexington; daughter-in-law Lucille Biby of Staunton; granddaughters Kim Thompson of Oak Island, N.C.; Terri Wheeler (Kirk) of Buena Vista; Brooke Dalton (Matt) of North Stonington, Conn; Grandson, Thomas E. Huffman, Jr., of Wrightsville Beach, NC; step-grandson, Kelly Wilmore (Jackie) of Daleville; eight great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and one step-great-granddaughter. Also surviving are family members Mary Huffman, Jan Craft and Mandy Daniel, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Monday, July 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Bolling, Grose and Lotts Funeral Service. The funeral will be conducted at the Buena Vista Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, July 8, at 1 p.m. by the Rev. George Chapman and the Rev. Bart Hellmuth. Interment will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Buena Vista Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 406, Buena Vista, VA 24416.

DOREEN (BELLABY PRITTS) WILLA of Lexington known for her joyful outlook, strength, love, intelligence, resilience, and British wit and humour in the face of numerous adversities, died peacefully in her sleep at home on June 27, 2014, at age 84.

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DOREEN (BELLABY PRITTS) WILLA of Lexington known for her joyful outlook, strength, love, intelligence, resilience, and British wit and humour in the face of numerous adversities, died peacefully in her sleep at home on June 27, 2014, at age 84.

She loved to play bridge and golf, became a great cook, found British TV irresistible and was a voracious reader and an accomplished seamstress of her daughters’ costumes, school clothes and wedding dresses. She was always proud of her English heritage but also of her naturalized U.S. citizenship. She was resolute in her beliefs and had an amazing ability to manage cantankerous people.

Born Feb. 22, 1930, in Nottingham, England, to Thomas “Les” and Annie “Nancy” Bellaby, as a child she survived both her father’s accidental death and the WWII bombings that destroyed neighbors’ homes. During the Korean War she married Victor Wayne “Pug” Pritts, an England-based U.S. Air Force communications officer and, eight months pregnant, moved to his hometown of Oakland, Md., where she and her in-laws struggled with their Appalachian and her British accents.

Widowed by her young husband’s 1967 fatal heart attack, she was left to raise their four children, ages 5 to 12. Three years later she married Frank Alex Willa, moved to Chadds Ford, Pa., and had another daughter. Retired in 1990, Doreen and Frank moved to a 1700s farmhouse on nine acres in the Shenandoah Valley near Lexington with a view of the mountains and lots of room for vegetable and flowers gardens, dogs, cats and even a few head of cattle. Following Frank’s severe stroke in 1996, she became his full-time caregiver until in 2000 she was widowed again at the age of 70. She insisted on remaining in the farmhouse and did so with increasing support from her children.

She is survived by her brothers John Bellaby (Pamela) of Dunoon, Argyle, Scotland and Michael Lamont (Adela) of Richmond; children Theresa Anne Cassling (Edward) of Newark Valley, N.Y., Sandra Lee Pritts of Staunton, Brenda Lynn Doyle of Lexington, Michael Eric Pritts of Troutvile and Nancy Willa Dayton (Mark) of Catonsville, Md.; grandchildren Sara Kate Doyle, Max and Melanie Pritts and Alec Dayton Willa; sisters-in-law Susan Fulk, Linda Grabarek (Paul) and Barbara Pritts; a large step-family; a host of nieces, nephews and friends; and probably some British cousins we don’t know about.

Interment is Sunday, July 13, at 2 p.m. at Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetery, 314 with reception to follow at the Piovano Building. (formerly the rescue squad). 

Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Central & Western Virginia Chapter, 1160 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA 22901 (or go to www.alz.org)