Body Found In Van Identified

The body of a man found in a van on the Interstate 81-U.S. 60 interchange Tuesday morning, Oct. 29, has been identified.

Allen Lee Vandevander, 57, of Crimora was found deceased in the work vehicle around 3 a.m. The vehicle belonged to Superior Road Service, a service provider to tractor-trailers that experience mechanical issues on roadways. According to Virginia State Police, Vandevander made contact with the company after finishing a service call at 5 p.m. on Oct. 28. An employee from Superior Road Service later located the vehicle in the early morning hours of Oct. 29 and notified law enforcement.

Investigators have determined that the death is not suspicious in nature. Vandevander’s remains have been sent to the Virginia Office of the Medical Examiner in Roanoke to determine the cause of death; which remains pending.

Virginia State Police said in a statement last Thursday the incident is still under investigation.


Deborah Potter McCormick, 463-7652

The Presbyterian Women of Collierstown Presbyterian Church would like to thank the community and all the patrons of their annual church dinner held Saturday, Nov. 2. A total of 948 country ham, turkey and fried oyster meals were served throughout the day. The bazaar room proceeds, which exceeded $2,500, will be divided with half donated to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes of Rockbridge and the other half given to the Jamie Martin Memorial Scholarship fund to be used to award a scholarship to one of her classmates in the Rockbridge County High School class of 2020 later in the spring.

A service of dedication was held in the fellowship hall prior to the start of the day’s event. Many former church members living outside the community returned to help with the event as did friends of the church in the community. Funds from the dinner are used for community outreach and to minister locally and abroad.

Former Collierstown residents and their families who were church dinner patrons or helpers included Will Hartless of Richlands, John Neal Scott of Charlottesville, Dana Rhodenizer of Mt. Sidney, Herb and Nancy Chittum of Mechanicsville, Lillian Lawrence of Lynchburg, Donna S. Potter of Somers, N.Y., and Ronald and Linda Hotinger of Harrisonburg. Attending from the Roanoke area were Greg and Lisa Hartless and Roxanne Lawson. Also in attendance were Carter, Georgia and Thomas Goodbar and the Rev. Skip Hastings of Salem.

The Effinger Community Lunch Bunch will hold its monthly meeting on Friday, Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at the Collierstown Presbyterian Church. All area seniors are invited to participate and enjoy lunch together.

Collierstown United Methodist Church will host a spaghetti supper beginning at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. The meal includes all-you-can-eat spaghetti, salad, bread, dessert and beverages. The cost is by donation with proceeds being used to benefit the missions and ministries of the church.

Members of the community are encouraged to make plans to attend the Thanksgiving worship service sponsored by the Effinger Ruritan Club on Sunday evening, Nov. 24, at 7 at the Palmer Community Center.

High Bridge

Esther Pennington, 291-2629

Attending High Bridge Presbyterian Church Sunday and the dedication of the renovation of the fellowship hall, which was designed and dedicated to the late Brownlee Tolley, were Brownlee and Gayle Tolley’s son Justin Tolley of Nashville Tenn., and their daughter Suzanne Tolley of Roanoke; Brownlee’s sister Nancy T. Hostetter of Lexington; Marla Robinson of Roanoke; John Raynal, Greg and Theresa Fainter, Alecia Armentrout; Evelyn Showalter of Charlottesville; Jim and Iva White of Meadow View; Chris, Courtney, Bettie, Marie and Levi Thomas of Christiansburg; Larry and Joyce Grimes of Ruffin, S.C.; contractor Ray Simmons; and college students Sarah Vest of Virginia Tech, Colin Whitmore of W&L, and Gabriella Goodwin of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College.

After the dedication of the fellowship hall, the chili cook-off trophies were awarded to first-place winner Brad Myers, second-place winner Shasta Armentrout and third-place winner Tracy Tackett.

On Thursday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., the Rev. Jason Grimes will lead Exploring Christ’s Church bible study.

The annual ham and oyster dinner at Beth Horon United Methodist church will be Saturday, Nov. 9, beginning at 2 p.m. Come out and enjoy oysters cooked by the Shafer family and helpers. The Natural Bridge/Glasgow food pantry distribution day will be Saturday, Nov. 9, from 9 to 11 a.m.

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