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Shirley Mae Monteith, 73, of Glasgow died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Shirley Mae Monteith, 73, of Glasgow died Saturday, July 26, 2014, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

She was born May 24, 1941, in Rockbridge County a daughter of the late Russell Gilliam and Gracie McDaniel Gilliam. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James Lee Monteith Sr. and her son, James Lee Monteith Jr.

Surviving are her children Cathy M. Jenkins of Montvale, Donna M. Clark of Buena Vista, Deborah J. Monteith, of Glasgow, Crystal D. Monteith of Bedford and Allan Q. Monteith of Bedford; brothers John David Gilliam of Natural Bridge Station, Kenneth Gilliam of Arlington, Texas; 12 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 30, at Harrison Funeral Home chapel by the Rev. Matt Coiner. Burial will follow at Glasgow Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 29. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

James Ernest Phillips, 77, of Buena Vista, died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at his home.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

 

James Ernest Phillips, 77, of Buena Vista, died Thursday, July 24, 2014 at his home.

He was born April 16, 1937, in Thomasville, Ala., a son of the late Grover E. “Popper” Phillips and Effie Rush Phillips. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four brothers and four sisters.

Mr. Phillips was a member of the Greater Vision Pentecostal Assembly Church.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Barger Phillips; two daughters, Brenda P. Moneymaker and husband Jerry and Linda P. Knick and husband Darryl; one brother, Noah Phillips; one sister, Madeline Pugh; four grandchildren, Anthony Eshaghi, Ashley Barnett, Patrick Knick and James Moneymaker; and three great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, July 28, at the Greater Vision Pentecostal Assembly Church in Buena Vista by the Rev. Steve Ramsey and the Rev. W. David Bain. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

 

Ernest "Greenlee" Wood Sr., 81, of Buena Vista died July 24

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Ernest “Greenlee” Wood Sr., 81, of Buena Vista died Thursday, July 24, 2014, at his home.

Born Dec. 24, 1932, in Rockbridge County, he was a son of the late Samuel Greenlee Wood and Leanna Sorrells Wood. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one child, Ken Chandler Wood and five siblings.

Mr. Wood served his country in Germany while in the United States Army.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Nancy Joann Moore Wood; four children, Ernest Greenlee Wood Jr., Donna Wood, Owen Samuel Wood and wife Erin, and Ernest Mason; five siblings, Clarence, Mary, Margaret, Thelma and Betty; four grandchildren, Nancy Campbell, Wyatt Wood, and Phobe and Vince Wilson; two great-grandchildren, Mia Wood and Shawn Campbell Jr.

A funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 26, at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel with Pastor Art Brumit officiating. Burial will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice.

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

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

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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 www.jagersfuneralhome.com.

 

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.