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On April 1, 2014, Essie Byers Lanum, 91, of Buena Vista went home to be with her Lord and Savior.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Essie Byers Lanum

 

On April 1, 2014, Essie Byers Lanum, 91, of Buena Vista went home to be with her Lord and Savior.

She was born Oct. 8, 1922, in Amherst County and was the daughter of the late James W. Byers and Florence Stinnett Byers. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Richard Grant and John Lanum; one son, Lowell Thomas Byers; and siblings Henley, Harry, Claude, Berry, Carl, Phenie, Jasper, Lilliam, Annie, Ethel, Odell, Ruth, Helen, Joney, Olgia, and Dimpley.

She is survived by two brothers, Ray Byers of Bedford and Earl Byers of North Carolina. She is also survived by a step-daughter, Judith Lanum, a step-son, Lewis Lanum, step-grandchildren, step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

She was an active member of the Oronoco Church of the Brethren in Amherst County. Essie was a loving caring person to all her family and friends and all that she met. Essie owned and operated Friendly Outlet for many years.

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the Bolling, Grose, and Lotts Funeral Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Oronoco Church of the Brethren, 7742 Lexington Turnpike, Vesuvius, VA 24483.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 4, 2014, at Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Buena Vista.

Thomas Parker Wright, 82, of Lexington, formerly of Richmond, died March 28, 2014.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Thomas Parker Wright, 82, of Lexington, formerly of Richmond, died March 28, 2014.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley Wright Sr. and Anna P. Wright, and son, Nicholas J. C. Wright Sr.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Elinor D. Wright; daughters Billie Metzler of Seeheim, Germany, and Heidi Wright Sheltman of Buena Vista; son Tom D. Wright of Richmond; brother Wesley Wright Jr. of Richmond; and grandchildren.

He was a graduate of Virginia Military Insitute, class of 1954, and remained an active member of the VMI community throughout his life. He was instrumental in developing the VMI COW College Orientation Workshop and was a First Lt. in the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany, where he met his wife.

The funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home,1771 N. Parham Rd., with a reception to follow. Interment private in Wright’s Burying Ground in Ladysmith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Tom and Elinor Wright 1954 VMI Scholarship Fund, the VMI COW Program,P.O. Box 932, Lexington, VA 24450 or the Tom Wright Scholarship Fund, St. Christopher’s School, 711 St. Christopher’s Rd., Richmond, VA 23226.

There will be a memorial service at Kendal at Lexington on Monday, April 7, at 2 p.m. in Kendal hall to celebrate his life.

Mary Gayle James passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the age of 93 in Lexington.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Mary Gayle James passed away on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at the age of 93 in Lexington.

Born Feb. 4, 1921, in Kenton, Ohio, to the late Glenn and Nettie Woodard, she married Colonel Robert B. James Sr. of Kenton. Together with their son, they traveled the United States and the world as an Air Force family.

Upon his retirement from the Air Force they returned to Kenton where they operated the Carpet Nook for a number of years. While in Kenton she was active in the Hardin County Republican Party, the Hardin County Republican Women as well as the Ohio Republican Women and served for 40 years as the Republican precinct committeewoman for Kenton precinct 2A. She loved history and was an avid Ohio State sports fan. She moved to Virginia in December 2013 to be closer to family. She is predeceased by her husband who died in 2002, a sister Margaret Brown and brother Lauren Woodard.

She is survived by one son, Colonel Robert B. James Jr. and his wife Cathy (Forster) of Lexington; two grandchildren, Heather (Steve) Finney of Ashburn and Robert, III (Christine) James of Falls Church. She was the great-grandmother to Shea and Aidan Finney of Ashburn. She is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, 2014, at Harrison Funeral Home. Mary Gayle will be buried next to her husband at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, P.O. Box 33624, WPAFB, OH 45433.

Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington, VA.

Dora Belle Black Hughes, 96, died Monday, March 31, 2014.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Dora Belle Black Hughes, 96, died Monday, March 31, 2014.

She was born at Forks of Buffalo in Amherst County on Jan. 13, 1918, daughter of the late James Edward Black and Christine Franklin Black. She attended the Moss Rock School located near the Forks of Buffalo. When able to, Mrs. Hughes attended Piney Hill Baptist Church. On Sept. 9, 1936, she was married to Elie “Taft” Hughes, now deceased.

She loved her mountain home, farm animals and her gardens. She was a hard worker, but had a pleasant life.

The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home by the Rev. Arnold Bradley. Burial will follow at Hughes Family Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at the funeral home.

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

William "Buddy" Roscoe Higgins Jr., 67, of Buena Vista died March 28

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William “Buddy” Roscoe Higgins Jr., 67, of Buena Vista, died Friday, March 28, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Higgins was born Sept. 22, 1946, in Rockbridge County, the son of William Higgins Sr. and Mary Hostetter Higgins. Besides his parents, his wife, Peggy Higgins, preceded him in death.

Mr. Higgins is survived by his two sons, William “Billy” Higgins III, and Danny Higgins and wife Pam; grandchildren, Taylor, Dylan and Mikayla Higgins; and sister, Jean Moore.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Jay Thorne officiating. Burial will follow in the Green Hill Cemetery.

Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Service is in charge of Arrangements.