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Donald Delano Strode, 91, of Lexington died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Kendal.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Donald Delano Strode, 91, of Lexington died Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Kendal.

He was born Sept. 29, 1922, in Wilder, Idaho, a son of Don Lee Strode and Ruth VanAtta Strode. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Julia M. Strode.

He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, and retired as a wildlife biologist from the U.S. Forest Service.

Surviving are his children, Dan Strode of Springfield, Donna Strode of Keswick, Peggy Strode Pfeuffer of Raleigh, N.C., and Shirley Strode Coffey of Cincinnati Ohio; seven grandchildren, and six and a half great-grandchildren.

A service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at Stonewall Jackson Cemetery by the Rev. Norman Tippens. A memorial service and reception at Kendal will take place at 3 p.m. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Madison County Historical Society, which houses the Strode Collection of Native American Artifacts, P.O. Box 467 Madison VA 22727.

Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Patricia J. Lawless, 71, wife of the late Randall O. Lawless, died Monday, March 24, 2014 at her home.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

She was born in Rockbridge County, the daughter of Hazel Adair Saunders Jarvis and the late Clinton Boyce Jarvis. She was the director of preschool at Brodaus Memorial Baptist Church in Richmond and at Shenandoah Preschool in Lexington.
Surviving in addition to her mother of Lexington are three sons, Matthew and Nathan Utz both of Atlanta, Ga., and Billy Utz of Roanoke; a daughter, Sandi Rutan of Conway, S.C.; 15 grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.
Private family services will be held at a later date.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

Julia Evelyn Higgins, 89, of Lexington died March 23

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Julia Evelyn Higgins, 89, of Lexington died Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

Born July 5, 1924, in Santa Maria, Calif., she was a daughter of the late Joseph M. Souza and Phyllis Nunez Souza. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Emory Wilbert Higgins Sr., and one sister, Dorothy Reitz.

Mrs. Higgins was a member of the Bible Church at Rockbridge.

Surviving are one son, Emory W. Higgins Jr.; two daughters, Susan Marlene Bennington and Carol Nair; one brother, Wilfred Souza; one sister, Viola Mead; special friend, Edith Smith; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, March 27, at Harrison Funeral Home with the Rev. George Warden officiating. Burial will follow at Ebenezer A.R. Presbyterian Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 26, at Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

 

 

Earl Eugene Evans, 73, of Buena Vista died March 18

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 Earl Eugene Evans, 73, of Buena Vista died Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at his home.

He was born May 19, 1940, in South Hill, a son of the late Joe Evans and Ruby Jackson Evans.

Mr. Evans was in the United States Navy from 1958 to 1962. He was a member of the Smith Mountain Moose Lodge and he loved fishing, boating, NASCAR races, pool and Wii bowling.

Surviving are wife of 22 years, Pam Evans; daughter, Tammy Carter of Buena Vista; brother, Billy Evans of Buena Vista; sister, Mable Taylor of Powhatan; and three grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the home, 1954 Chestnut Ave., from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 21.

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

Marjorie Little Tucker, 88, of Lexington died Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Virginia Baptist Hospital, Lynchburg.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

 

Marjorie Little Tucker, 88, of Lexington died Saturday, March 15, 2014, in Virginia Baptist Hospital, Lynchburg.

Born Oct. 29, 1925, in Rockbridge Baths, she was a daughter of the late Jesse Franklin Little and Susie Miller Little. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Boyce Tucker Sr.; two sisters, Betty Overcash and Josephine Bower; and a brother, Charles Henry Little.

Surviving are children Ava Virginia Tucker and Philip Clayton of Lexington, Mary Sue Oas and husband Lee of Rockbridge Baths, Samuel Tucker and wife Heidi of Chantilly, Marie Sutcliffe and husband, Glen of Bethesda, Md., and Jo Ann Thomas and husband Mike of Rockbridge Baths; siblings Kathleen Painter of Lexington, Alma Bernier of Maryland, Dorothy Zimmerman and J.W. Little, both of Staunton; 10 grandchildren, Blair, Joseph, Tucker, Ava, Marjorie and husband Nick, Patrick, Trey, Noah, Nicole and husband Jamie, and Ben; five great-grandchildren, Christopher, Nora, Will, Caleb and Levi.

Marjorie was a life member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church and the Presbyterian Women Circle. With a heart of a servant she cared for her family and community. Along with her own family, she was like a second mother to many children and always had room in her heart and time in her day for one more child.Her kind words, bright smile and loving heart made friends out of strangers. Her love for the elderly was evident in the number of senior friends she cared for. She served in the Stonewall Jackson Auxiliary Hospital as a Pink Lady and Thrift Store volunteer. Marjorie’s family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to their church family at Bethesda, Marjorie’s family of friends at the Lexington House, Dr.Laura Kornegay and staff, the emergency room staff at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital, the Lexington Fire and EMT Team, the PHI Air Care 5 and the Medical Teams at Lynchburg General and Virginia Baptist Hospitals that provided excellent Stroke, Palliative and Hospice care.

A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22, at the Bethesda Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Christina Tutterow and the Rev. Bernard Bangley. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends after the service in the fellowship hall of the church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Arrangements by are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington, VA.