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Nettie Higgins Carter, 83, of Lexington died Sunday, March 16, 2014, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

She was born July 1, 1930, in Rockbridge County a daughter of Harry Higgins and Virginia Smith Higgins. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, John Justice Carter.

Mrs. Carter was a member of the Bible Church at Rockbridge and loved gardening and working with her flowers.

Surviving are one son, John Joseph Carter; two daughters, Margaret C. Fauber and Clara C. Hall, all of Lexington; one sister, Bessie H. Jarvis of Fairfield; 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Harrison Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. George Warden. Burial will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20, at the funeral home.

Ruby Claytor Lawhorne, 85, died March 11

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Ruby Claytor Lawhorne, 85, formerly of Glasgow, died March 11, 2014, at the Woodview Nursing Home in South Boston.

She was born March 19, 1928, in Rockbridge County, the daughter of Brenard Guy and Gracie Camden Claytor. She was predeceased by her husband of 64 years, Charles Edward Lawhorne Jr., in 2012.

Mrs. Lawhorne is survived by her youngest brother, Brenard Rudolph Claytor of Glasgow; her four children, Michael Kent Lawhorne of Smithfield, Lissa Lawhorne Eggleston of Midlothian, Barry Keith Lawhorne of Poquoson and Paul Brian Lawhorne of South Boston; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Rick Ramsey.  Burial will follow at Mount Zion Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Contributions may be made to Calvary Brethren Church, 1365 Woodland Ave., Buena Vista, VA 24416.





Marie B. Welch, 84, of Lexington died March 5

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Marie B. Welch, 84, of Lexington passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

Born in Mechanicville, N.Y., to Anthony Zullo and Mary Cimino Zullo on December 8, 1929, she was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Edward J. Welch Jr. (2010), and brothers Anthony and John Zullo.

She was a devoted mother, wife and sister, who managed to combine both a successful career and her family responsibilities.   She retired from a 40-year career with Bendix/Amphenol Corporation where she worked as an aerospace inspector. She was a member of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, the Order of Elks and the Italian-American Club.

Marie had a lifelong passion for travel and was an enthusiastic bridge player, bingo player and enjoyed cooking. Her home was always a focal point for family and friends.

Marie is survived by her daughter, Donna Marie Welch (William de Laat) of Lexington;   son, Edward J. Welch III (Judy) of Sidney, N.Y.; sisters, Ann Campana of Williamsburg and Frances Hess (Wayne) of West Laurens, N.Y.; and her brother, Leonard Zullo (Elise) of Naples, Fla. She will be dearly missed by them and by grandchildren Justin Placilla (Krystal), Sarah Harris (Chris), Benjamin Placilla (Kelly), Andrea de Laat (Chris) and Derek de Laat; her 11 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

The funeral mass will be celebrated today, Wednesday, March 12, at 2 p.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church. Burial will be private.

Mildred "Bill" Walker of Fairfield died March 7

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Mildred Lucille Bedsaul “Bill” Walker of Fairfield went to be with the Lord March 7, 2014, in Lynchburg.

She was born Sept. 24, 1920, to Peter and Dora Hawks Bedsaul.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Percy “Dick” Walker; two grandsons, E.W. Walker and Jonathan Hunt; three brothers, Chester, Woodrow and Wayne Bedsaul; and two sisters, Fannie Fears and Marjorie Cooley.

She is survived by her children, Eugene Walker (Arlene), Juanita “Cricket” Norcross (“Pete”) of Fairfield, and Margaret “Peg” Hunt (Dave) of Lynchburg; and her grandchildren, Melanie Taylor (Larry), Robyn Sherman (Wes) and Marjorie Hunt, as well as her great grandchildren, Derrike Walker, Halei and Dawson Taylor and Brittany, Dylan, and Kaden Sherman; and a great-great-granddaughter Madalyne.  Also surviving is her sister-in-law, Christine Hawks of Mt. Airy, N.C., and many special nieces and nephews.

Mildred was a member of Timer Ridge Presbyterian Church.

She will be remembered for hospitality, selflessness, wit, and friendliness.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, March 14, at Timber Ridge (Old Stone) Presbyterian Church.  Burial will follow at Timber Ridge A.R. Presbyterian Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the South River Fire Department, Fairfield VA 24435, or a Christian charity.  A memorial time in Lynchburg was held at Redeeming Grace Baptist Church Sunday, March 9.

Arrangements are being handled by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.




Lula Evelyn Tyree Arthur, 73, died Feb. 28

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Lula Evelyn “Evelene” Tyree Arthur, 73, passed away on Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at Lynchburg General Hospital with her family by her side.  She was the wife of the late Cecil William Arthur.

Born on Jan. 29, 1941, in Nelson County, she was the daughter of the late Willie Fitch Tyree and Mary Frances Olivia Tyree.

Evelene was affectionately known by her daughter as “Sweet Momma.”  She was a woman who loved to take care of people.  She was a CNA for many years and this passion was seen by all who knew her.  Evelene enjoyed being outdoors, taking care of her gardens and plants.  She had a green thumb and could grow anything.  She also enjoyed the beach, painting, and being a little handyman.  Her greatest joy was caring for her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and her dog, Chloe. 

She attended New Beginning Tabernacle Church.  Evelene had a strong faith and a strong love for God, which was instilled in her children.  She always showed thanks to God for all her blessings.  She believed, till the end, that to be absent from the body was to be present with the Lord, and her family witnessed this transition on Friday.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is preceded in death by a son, Cecil Glenn Arthur; a great-grandson, Dylane Bryant; five brothers; and five sisters.

Left to cherish her wonderful memories are her daughter, Catherine Arthur Brown and her husband Charles of Madison Heights; her son, William W. Arthur and his wife Tracey of Glasgow; her grandchildren, Bridget Bryant and her husband Lloyd of Madison Heights, Tabitha Sprouse and her husband Mike of Monroe, Heather Arthur of Madison Heights, Megan Arthur of Glasgow, Bayli Brown of Madison Heights, Logan Arthur of Glasgow, Ramsi Brown of Madison Heights, and Cecil Orion Arthur of Halifax; her 10 great-grandchildren; her sisters, Nettie Davis of Lynchburg, Mary Pleasants of Madison Heights, and Ethel Wooldridge of Lynchburg; her brothers, Jessie Tyree and William Tyree, both of Amherst; one true friend, Grace Thompson; a special daughter-in-law, Luanne Mayhugh; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank Dr. Khoury for his kindness and love during “Sweet Momma’s” illness.

The family will receive friends on Monday, March 3, 2014 from 6:30 to 8 at Whitten Monelison Chapel.  A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 1 pm at Whitten Monelison Chapel with Pastor Gary Moore officiating.  Interment will follow at Fort Hill Memorial Park.

Evelene’s favorite color was pink and the family would like to encourage everyone attending to wear pink to show your support and love for Evelene.

For those wishing to make memorial contributions, the family would like you to consider New Beginning Tabernacle Church, 1886 S. Coolwell Rd, Madison Heights, VA 24572.