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Barbara Clements Died Sunday

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Barbara Camden Clements, 57, of Buena Vista passed away on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, at her home with her family by her side.

Born in Rockbridge County, she was the daughter of the late David Drumwright Camden Sr. and Virginia Pooley Camden.

Mrs. Clements is survived by her husband of 31 years, Mike Clements; her son Mikel Clements; her daughter Holly Clements; a brother, David D. Camden Jr.; sisters Patricia Beard, Gracie Holstein and Wanda Watkins; her special companion, Roxie; and numerous extended family.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 28, at the Buena Vista Pentecostal Holiness Church by the Rev. W. David Bain and the Rev. Bryon LePere. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends today, Wednesday, Aug. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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

Stuart Fitzgerald, Employed By Munters

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Stuart Wayne Fitzgerald Sr., 48, of Buena Vista died Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014.

He was born Jan. 19, 1966, in Rockbridge County, a son of Geraldine Layton Fitzgerald Carter and the late Ronald Wayne Fitzgerald. Stuart was employed by Munters Des Champs Products in Buena Vista, and served his country in the United States Navy.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Donna P. Fitzgerald; one son, Stuart W. Fitzgerald Jr.; two daughters, Brittany F. Burke and Kara L. Fitzgerald; one brother, David Fitzgerald and wife Cindy; one sister, Debi Fitzgerald Lynn and husband Bobby; one grandson, Matthew Chase Burke; one granddaughter, Analeigh Paige Burke; four nephews, Brandon Fitzgerald, Bobby Lynn, Jon Lynn, Buck Mohler; five nieces, Ashley Fitzgerald, Sheena Davis, Peggy Sue Mohler, Ashley Potter, Danielle Potter; stepfather, Robert Carter; special close friend, Carnes “Chip” Mason; and by many many friends and extended family.

A funeral service will be conducted Friday, Aug. 29, at 2 p.m. at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dean Staton officiating. Burial will follow at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens. Family will receive friends Thursday, Aug. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington, VA.

Jim White, Created Old Virginia Log Home Building Company

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James H. “Jim” White died in Virginia Beach on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014.

He was born in Detroit, Mich. in 1934 and spent much of his youth in Watertown, N.Y. and Oak Park/River Forest, Ill. He attended Swarthmore College. A good student while there, he also excelled in lacrosse and soccer, setting many records which stand today. He will be inducted posthumously into the Swarthmore Athletic Hall of Fame in October of 2014.

He worked in sales for many years. His love of wood and construction led him to his true vocation and in 1989 he created Old Virginia Log Home Building Company. He and his wife Dottie retired from that business in 2003. A quiet man, Jim enjoyed a good book, a good chocolate bar (Hershey's would do), good sushi and a good joke.

He is survived by his wife, Dottie Puffer, two sons, Chad White and Houston White and their families; a sister, Cynthia Smith and her husband David; and three stepdaughters and their families.

In thanks for all of the medical aid he received in his life, his body has been donated to science.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Rockbridge Regional Library and Rockbridge Area Habitat for Humanity.

Audrey Boyd, Worked For Girls Scouts, American Cancer Society

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Audrey DeJong Bass Todd, 92, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Lexington.

She was born April 29, 1922, in Nyack, N.Y. Audrey attended the New York City schools and Cornell, Columbia, and George Washington universities. In 1945 she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, Nathan W. Bass, an executive at the Brush Beryllium Company, later Brush Wellman Inc.

A lifelong member of the Society of Friends, Audrey was active in educational causes. She worked as adult education director at the Girl Scouts and public education director at the American Cancer Society.

After Nathan’s death, she married Arthur W. Todd, a retired executive at Lincoln Electric. After the death of her second husband, Audrey moved to Lexington, where she enjoyed the companionship of former VMI engineering professor Samuel W. Dobyns.

Audrey was an engaged citizen, doting grandparent and thoughtful friend.

She is survived by her half-brother and sister, George DeJong and Kate Geller; her children, Andrew, Barbara and Thomas Bass; her daughters-in-law, Sharon Stieber and Roberta Krueger; her stepchildren, James, Robert, and Ann Todd and Louise Todd-Stoll; and her four grandchildren, Jonathan Bass and Maude, Tristan, and Julian Bass-Krueger.

A private ceremony will be held in Ithaca, N.Y. Donations in Audrey’s memory can be made to the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.


Helen Slough, Worked At Reeves 35 Years

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Helen Austin Slough, long time Buena Vista resident, passed away in her home Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, after a long illness. She was married for over 61 years to Lawrence “Sonny” Slough, and they had one daughter, Sharon Slough Joustra. Born in 1932, Helen lovingly devoted much of her life to her family, church and community.

She was born in Rockbridge County to John Gardner Austin and Ruby Johnson Austin. After attending business school, she worked briefly at the Valley Department Store and then at Rockbridge County Cleaners. It was here that she met Lawrence “Sonny” Slough. They were married in 1952 and became very active, as a couple, in the Buena Vista Baptist Church. Helen taught Sunday School and served as the church librarian for many years. Her career at Reeves Brothers Corporation spanned over 35 years.

Helen is survived by her husband, Lawrence “Sonny” Slough; daughter, Sharon Slough Joustra; son-in-law, Jim Joustra; grandson, Andrew Joustra; sisters; Ann Austin (Robert) Bennett, Jessie Austin (Doolie) Secrist, Gladys Austin (Wallace) Floyd and Nancy Austin (Brad) Carver; brother, Gerald (Mary) Austin; numerous nephews and nieces, and many devoted friends. Graveside Services at Green Hill Cemetery will be held Friday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m. A memorial tribute will follow at noon at the Buena Vista Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice.