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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.



Kenneth W. Newman, 64, of Lexington died March 2

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 Kenneth W. Newman, 64, of Lexington died March 2, 2014.

He was a devoted husband, father, friend, and leader in the community. Ken served 31 years in the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, where he retired as deputy chief. In retirement, he returned to work for a private security firm and the FBI.

Ken earned a master’s degree from American University and attended multiple executive leadership programs throughout his career. A life-long baseball fan, Ken was pivotal in the foundation and management of the Rockbridge Rapids, a collegiate summer baseball team.

Ken’s love for Lexington began when he attended and graduated from Washington and Lee University, where he played soccer and was a member of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. Upon retirement from the Inspection Service, Ken returned to Lexington where he became involved in multiple civic organizations. He served on the electoral board and was a member of the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club and Lexington Police Department Foundation. Ken volunteered at the RARA food pantry, served in leadership positions at Trinity UMC, and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa.

Ken was preceded in death by his parents, George and Marion Newman, and survived by his wife, Mary; daughter, Leslie; son, Craig; daughter-in-law, Melissa; brother, Don; sister-in-law, Sue; and mother-in-law, Margery Couper; as well as several nieces and nephews.

A service of remembrance will be held on Thursday, March 6, at 1 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Lexington.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Rockbridge Area Relief Association, specifically, the food pantry program.

Martha Lee Zollman Campbell, 89, of Buena Vista died Feb. 28

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 Martha Lee Zollman Campbell, 89, of Buena Vista died Friday, Feb. 28, 2014, at her home.

Born Feb. 12, 1925, in Rockbridge County, she was a daughter of the late Coleman Miller Zollman and Mary Jessie Ramsey Zollman. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie E. Campbell.

Mrs. Campbell attended Lauderdale A.R. Presbyterian Church and Oxford Presbyterian Church.

Surviving is one stepson, Billy Joe Metz of Covinal, Calif.

A funeral will be conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Harrison Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor Mike Hamilton. Burial will follow at Oxford Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oxford Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, 143 Oxford Lane, Lexington, VA 24450.





Ruby Evelyn Clark, 90, of Buena Vista died Feb. 27

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 Ruby Evelyn Clark, 90, of Buena Vista died Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014.

She was born in Rockbridge County March 15, 1923, a daughter of the late Samuel Clark and Odie Southers Clark.

Mrs. Clark was a member of the Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church.

She is survived by her husband, Raymond Marshall Clark; her children, Rick Clark, Raymond Clark Jr. and Geraldine Clark; two brothers, James “Lucky” Clark and Marshall Clark; a sister, Juanita Jordan; and five grandchildren.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, March 3, at the Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church by the Rev. W.A. Mills and Rev. W. David Bain. The family will receive friends one hour prior at the church.

Burial will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens.

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