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Yvonne Sherow Emerson passed away peacefully in her 80th year at Hickory Creek of Athens, Ohio, after several years of declining health.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson


Yvonne Sherow Emerson

Yvonne Sherow Emerson passed away peacefully in her 80th year at Hickory Creek of Athens, Ohio, after several years of declining health.

Yvonne was born July 25, 1933, on Staten Island, N.Y. She graduated from Athens High School, Athens, Ohio, in 1951.

Yvonne attended Ohio University where she earned a bachelor's degree in French Literature and was an active member of the Chi Omega sorority. Her junior year was spent at the Sorbonne in Paris, beginning a life-long interest in the language and culture of France. For many years she led student groups for the Experiment in International Living. Most of her trips were in France and Germany. She also led the first student group to China for the Experiment.

She had taught school at Lexington High School and also at Southern Virginia University and Virginia Military Institute.

In the mid-1980s she returned to Athens to work towards her masters specializing in the poetry of Rimbaud. During this time she assisted her younger sister Stephanie in the care of her aging parents: Marjorie Kocher and "Vic" Sherow.

She is survived by her sisters Myrdith H. Sherow of Athens, Ohio, Carla S. (Roger) Levien of Stamford, Conn., and Stephanie S. (Alan) Goldsberry; her brother D. Gregor (Jo Ellen) Sherow both of Athens, Ohio. She also leaves her nephews and nieces: Roy Levien, Alisa Levien, Kimberlie Goldsberry, Stuart (Kim) Goldsberry and Olivia G. (Brian) Weisman.

As an older sister and mentor to many, she gave her wisdom and humor with generosity. She set the bar high for all of us and we are the better for it.

A memorial service for family members will be held later in the summer. The family welcomes donations in her name to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, PO Box 528, Lexington, VA 24450 or the Alzheimers' Association. Arrangements are with Jagers & Sons Funeral Home, Athens, Ohio. Please share a memory, a note of condolence or sign the online register book at


Ralph Gordon Echols, Was Professor Of Architecture

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Ralph Gordon Echols, 84, of Lynchburg, formerly of Lexington, died Friday, July 18, 2014, at Lynchburg General Hospital.

He was a highly acclaimed professor of architecture at several different colleges, including Texas A&M University, from which he retired in 1998.

Echols began his teaching career at Virginia Tech, where he taught architecture and urban planning. He was then the professor and chair of the Department of Architecture at Miami University in Ohio, and later professor and dean of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design at Texas A&M University, where he founded the Center for Historic Resources.

He served in the U.S. Air Force, rising to the rank of captain. He did planning and architecture work and early civil defense planning for the Department of Defense. He worked with Walter Gropius at Architects Collaborative. He participated in the excavation of and recording of inscriptions at the Temple of Inscriptions (Temple Seven), at Tikal, Guatemala

He earned bachelor's and master's degrees in architecture from Virginia Tech. He received a master's of architecture from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University, studying under Josep Luis Serte. He received a Master of City Planning degree from the Graduate School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

In retirement he lived in Lynchburg, serving as a planning commissionery and as a board member of the Lynchburg Historical Foundation, the Southern Memorial Association and the Valley Conservation Council.

He was born Sept. 12, 1929, in Bluefield, W. Va., a son of the late Ralph and Rowena Carper Echols. He and his first wife, Agnes Patton Echols, who preceded him in death, grew up in the Rockbridge area. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Annette lee Palmer.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Rowe Echols; a son, Ralph James Echols and wife Elaine; a son, Gordon Alexander Echols and wife Chriss Pryately; a son, Stuart Echols and wife Anne; a son-in-law, Thomas Palmer; and four grandchildren, John, Pete, Emily and Karina Echols.

A mass of resurrection was celebrated Monday, July 21, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Lynchburg by Monsignor J. Kenneth Rush. Burial was at New Providence Presbyterian Church in Raphine. Arrangements were handled by Whitten Funeral Home in Lynchburg.

Barbara Genevie McCloud, 78, of Buena Vista died July 18

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Barbara Genevie McCloud, 78, of Buena Vista died Friday, July 18, 2014, in Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

She was born Dec. 30, 1935, in Neptune, N.J., the daughter of the late John Barrett and Genevieve J. Barrett. She graduated from Neptune High School.

She is survived by her husband James McCloud; three children, David Layton, Daryl Lee Layton and Darlene M. Vrabel; two stepchildren, Kathy and Mark McCloud; a sister Joyce Megill; six grandchildren, David Layton, Daryl Lee Layton, Derek Lee Layton, Heather L. Vrabel, Kristy M. Vrabel and John E. Vrabel; and a step-granddaughter Christine O’Donald. She is predeceased by her brother John Barrett.

Funeral services will be private. Arrangements are by Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home & Cremation Service.

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.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

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.