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Clarence "Peanut" Thomas

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Clarence Albert “Peanut” Thomas, 83, of Lexington died Saturday, June 28, 2014, at his home.

Born Dec. 6, 1930, in Rockbridge County, he was a son of the late Walter William Thomas and Ethel Montgomery Thomas.

Peanut loved farming and the outdoors. He enjoyed riding through the countryside, speaking words of wisdom, and swapping stories with his friends in the community.

Surviving are his wife, Pearl Irvine Thomas; two daughters, Dorothy “Dottie” Thomas, and Brenda Thomas Crowder and husband Joey; four grandchildren, Nathan Deacon, Seth Deacon and wife Meagan, Zachary Crowder and wife Laura, and Jordan Crowder; two great grandchildren, Sophia Deacon and Avery Deacon; one brother, Charles W. Thomas, all of Lexington; special caregiver, Pam Benton of Raphine.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel with the Dr. Martin Stokes officiating. Burial will follow at Collierstown Presbyterian Church Cemetery. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in loving memory of Peanut to the Effinger Volunteer Fire Department, 2824 Collierstown Road, Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington.

  

John Patton, Former N-G Reporter

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John Fewell Patton, 56, of Des Moines, Iowa, died June 24, 2014, of prostate cancer. He was a former reporter for The News-Gazette.

As a grant writer for a variety of Des Moines area non-profits, Patton helped secure funding for projects, including the state of Iowa judiciary building, World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, Planned Parenthood of the Heartland’s administrative and education headquarters, Meals from the Heartland, and the 1875 Flynn mansion at Living History Farms.

He and his family moved from the Rockbridge area to Des Moines in 1996. From 1988 to 1994, Patton worked as a reporter for The News-Gazette, winning awards from the Virginia Press Association.

He was born March 22, 1958, in Lynchburg, a son of Jane Taylor Patton of Lexington, and the late Claude Herbert Patton. In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife of 26 years, Pamela Messer Patton of Des Moines; daughter Rebecca Cady Patton of St. Paul, Minn.; and sisters Karen Patton Priest of Norfolk and Olivia Patton of Lexington. He was predeceased by an older brother, Claude Herbert “Pat” Patton, Jr.

He and his family want to express their gratitude to the caregivers at John Stoddard Medical Center in Des Moines and Hospice of Central Iowa. He requested that his body be donated for medical research at Des Moines University. Memorial contributions may be made to his alma mater, St. Andrews University (Laurinburg, N.C.), or to the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation, to preserve and protect the Iowa outdoors he grew to know and love.

John’s warmth, love, and laughter will long be remembered by all who knew him.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Iles Funeral Homes in Des Moines is handling arrangements. Online condolences are welcome at www.IlesCares.com.

 

 

Jacquelyn Haller Newcomer of Buena Vista died June 26

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Jacquelyn Haller Newcomer, of Buena Vista, died on Thursday, June 26, 2014, at Heritage Hall in Lexington.

She was born on Oct. 25, 1938, in Waynesboro. Her parents and her sister preceded her in death.

Surviving are two daughters, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild and a special son.

Ms. Newcomer graduated from Waynesboro High School in 1955; she graduated from Dunsmore Business College. Ms. Newcomer retired after 51 years of service at the Rockbridge Area Social Services Department.

Family night will be Friday, June 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. at McDow Funeral Home in Waynesboro.

Funeral services will be Saturday, June 28, at St. John's Episcopal Church in Waynesboro at 11 a.m., followed  by interment at Augusta Memorial Park in Waynesboro. There will be a celebration of life held at the Christ Episcopal Church in Buena Vista at 4 p.m. following the services.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to the Alzheimer's Association, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306 Charlottesville, VA 22901, or the Rockbridge Area Hospice, 315 Myers Street, Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are by McDow Funeral Home.

Lenwood Howard Humphries, 64, of Vesuvius died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.

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Lenwood Howard Humphries, 64, of Vesuvius died Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond.

He was born July 25, 1949, in Lexington a son of Dorothy Snyder Humphries and Howard Lenwood Humphries. In addition to his father he was preceded in death by one son, Charles R. Humphries and one daughter, Ashley Brooke Humphries.

Mr. Humphries was a member of the Mt. Paran Baptist Church, retired from DuPont after many years of service, and served his country in the United States Navy.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Kathy Groah Humphries of Vesuvius; two sons, Lee Humphries of Raphine and Shawn Humphries of Vesuvius; one daughter, Brandy Hulvey of Staunton; one sister, Judy Harmon of Florida; three brothers, Larry Humphries of Fairfield, Leon Humphries of Staunton and J.W. Humphries of Verona; and six grandchildren.

The funeral will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 28, at Harrison Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Fred Salmons. Burial will follow at Mt. Paran Cemetery. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Eddie Lee Hostetter, 52, of Lexington died June 24

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Eddie Lee Hostetter, 52, of Lexington died Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at his home.

Born July 17, 1961, in Rockbridge County, he was a son of Florence Clark Hostetter and the late Oliver Martin Hostetter.

Mr. Hostetter hung and finished drywall in the community for over 35 years and was a member of the Painter Mountain Hunt Club.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife Adriene G. Hostetter of Lexington; and five siblings, Randall Hostetter of Texas, Larry Hostetter, Steven Hostetter, Carol Hostetter and Rhonda Rhodenizer, all of Lexington.

A celebration of his life will take place at 5 p.m. Friday, June 27, at his home at 2182 Big Hill Road, with the Rev. Skip Hastings officiating. Burial will be private. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Effinger First Responders, 2824 Collierstown Road, Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.