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Billy Northern Ayres, 75, of Lexington died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

Billy Northern Ayres, 75, of Lexington died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

He was born April 9, 1938, in Rockbridge County a son of the late Allison Ayres and Catherine Rader Ayres. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his twin brother, Bobby, and two sisters, Mary and Myra.

Mr. Ayres was a member of the Oxford Presbyterian Church and retired from the Rockbridge Farmers Co-op with 30 years of service.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley M. Ayres of Lexington; one daughter, Lisa Ayres Budzinski of Churchville; two brothers, John Ayres and Alfred Ayres, both of Lexington; one sister, Rosa Lee Bogaev of Fredericksburg; and two grandchildren, Julia Budzinski; Ladd Budzinski.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, March 3, 2014, at Rockbridge Memorial Gardens by Dr. Horace Douty. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 530 E. Main Street, Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23219. Arrangements are by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.

Lucy Claytor Lilley, 74, of Natural Bridge Station died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

 

Lucy Claytor Lilley, 74, of Natural Bridge Station died Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014.

She was born Feb. 26, 1939, in Rockbridge County, daughter of the late Carl V. Claytor and Mary Elizabeth Claytor.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, Clifford Randall Claytor.

Surviving Mrs. Lilley are a daughter, Denita L. Coffman; a sister, Mary Isabelle Camden; a brother, Kenneth Edward Claytor; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at West View Holiness Church, Buena Vista. Arrangements are by Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Service.

 

Polly Anna Tyree Matteson, 80, of Buena Vista entered into her heavenly home surrounded by family on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at her home.

  • Written by Darryl Woodson

She was born on Oct. 7, 1933, in Rockbridge County, daughter of the late Philander P. Tyree and Julia Elizabeth Sorrells. Mrs. Matteson was a member of McCutchen Presbyterian Church in Buena Vista and retired from Modine Manufacturing with 30 years of service.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a granddaughter, Julie; brothers Archie Tyree, Raymond Tyree and Henry Tyree; and sisters Mary Slagle and Rose Tyree.

Surviving Mrs. Matteson are her children, Gail Buzbee, Tracy Clements and husband Alfred, Jeff Matteson and wife Corey and Margaret R. Stinnett; grandchildren Zachary, Justin, Matthew, Sarah, Linda, Katelyn and Steven; five great-grandchildren; and sisters Jean Lineberry and Cookie Carawan.

The funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 28, at Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home by the Rev. Larry Miles and the Rev. Sheldon Sorrels. Burial will follow at Green Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the funeral home. The family suggests memorial contributions be made to McCutchen Presbyterian Church in memory of Polly.

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

Kevin Ruff, 46, of Buena Vista died Feb. 23

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Brian Kevin “Pappy” Ruff, 46, of Buena Vista passed into his eternal home on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014, in Charlottesville.

Kevin was born in Lexington on July 17, 1967, to Joyce Coleman Ruff and the late Lloyd Ruff. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Obie and Gladys Ruff, and his maternal grandparents, Talmadge R. and Myrtle W. “Nanny” Coleman.

Survivors in addition to his mother are his son Bryan Thomas Ruff; a sister, Kristi Ruff; a niece, LaceyRuff. Also, a special friend, Kristin Spence; his canine special buddy and best dog ever, “Rufus.”

Kevin was a very outgoing, generous, kind, and loving person to many friends whom survive him as well as many special relatives.

Kevin was a graduate of Parry McCluer High School, attended Longwood College and was a graduate of the Virginia State Police Academy, served as a Virginia state trooper in King William and Alleghany counties. He later served as a deputy with Rockbridge County Sheriff’s Department.

Kevin was a former dedicated member of the Buena Vista Rescue Squad and the Buena Vista Fire Department. He also served with the Sharon Fire Department while living there and also the King William Fire and Rescue while living there.

A funeral service will be held at Bolling, Grose, and Lotts Funeral Home on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. The family will receive friends two hours prior to the service.

Bolling, Grose & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation service in charge of arrangements.

 

 

 

Louise Josephine Brooks, 85, of Lexington died Feb. 22

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Louise Josephine Brooks, 85, of Lexington died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.

Born March 19, 1928, in Baltimore, Md., she was a daughter of the late Henry Schorr and Mary Migel Schorr. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Dominic Dileggi; a grandson, Skyler Dileggi; and a sister, Patricia Orzech.

Louise attended St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Lexington.

Surviving are her husband, Charles Franklin Brooks; a son, Martin D. Dileggi, of Lexington; a daughter, Joanne Mary Dondero, of New York; brothers George Schorr and Robert Schorr, both of Baltimore, Md.; five grandchildren, David, Aaron, Jordan, Amber and Katie, and five great-grandchildren. 

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Harrison Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Rockbridge Area Relief Association, P.O. Box 640, Lexington, VA 24450 or Rockbridge Area Hospice, 315 Myers St., Lexington, VA 24450.

Arrangements are being handled by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.