VAVRS Family and Friends and 2018 VAVRS Memorial Service Page

Agencies and Members, if you have information with regard to any of our

VAVRS Family and Friends Please send information to:  VAVRS Chaplain.

Robert Hall Braithwaite, III - Virginia Beach VRS-Rescue 14
Virginia - Robert "Rob" Hall Braithwaite III, 60 of Virginia Beach passed
way on Monday, June 11, 2018, unexpectedly. Rob was born August 10,     
1957, in Norfolk, VA, to Nancy Freeman Braithwaite and the late Robert
Hall Braithwaite Jr. As a young man Rob started his life of service by
becoming a Boy Scout attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.
Rob was a life member of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad
(Rescue 14) and the City of Virginia BeachEMS. Prior to becoming a member
of Rescue 14 he was a volunteer firefighter with Virginia Beach Companies 3 
and 8. Rob's contribution to EMS extended beyond Virginia Beach, he was a
member of a number of volunteer agencies throughout the Commonwealth,
including, but not limited to, the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad and
Orange County Rescue Squad. Rob's career spanned over 40 years working
with Nightingale Air Ambulance, the state Office of EMS, Medical Transport
LLC, UVA-Pegasus Medical Transportation Network (Medic V), AirCare 5, and       
most recently as a CCT/Paramedic for American Medical Response.

Rob was a teacher and mentor to all who knew him, he touched countlless            lives throughout the Commonwealth during his long career.

Rob was a gentle giant known for his tender touch to lives and hearts in both 
his personal and professional communities. The hole he leaves behind is felt   
as acutely by those that knew him intimately as well as those that were not            as lucky.

Rob is survived by his mother Nancy Braithwaite and sister Nancy G. Braithwaite,  both of Virginia Beach, a son Robert H. Braithwaite IV of St. Louis, MO, and life partner Diane Reid of Virginia Beach and his beloved fur babies Dickens and      Minnie, and countless family and friends.

Rob will be missed but never forgotten. "Fly High Rob. We've got the Watch"

In lieu of flowers we ask donations in Rob's honor be made to the Volunteer        Rescue Squads of Virginia Beach or to the rescue squad of your choice.      Condolences can be left at

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held on Sunday, June 24,            noon at the Wyndham Oceanfront, 5700 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA.


Hilda Finch - Life Member-Brunswick Auxiliary

Hilda Finch, life member of Brunswick Auxiliary passed away this morning.
Funeral arrangements incomplete at this time. 

Submitted by Ailease Short, AVAVRS President 06-13-18

Here are addresses of Hilda Finch’s 2 daughters to send sympathy cards;
Hilda Finch was Life Member of Brunswick Aux.
Donna Whitby  14109 Tupelo Lane Jarratt, Va 23867
Lois Varner  208 Rocky Knoll Place  Dolphin, Va 23843

John "Jack" C. Shelar - Colonial Beach VRS

Colonial Beach Life Member Jack Shelar passed away.  Please see the
arrangements below.

Card can be sent to the wife, Donna Shelar.
210 3rd St.
Colonial Beach, VA  22443

The Following is the services for Jack:
Thursday May 31, 2018
Storkes Funeral Home
4pm-5pm  Viewing Family and CBVRS Members Only
5pm-8pm Other Fire and Ems and Citizens

Friday June 1, 2018
10am Meet at Storkes Funeral Home- We will be lining up there along
with other Fire and EMS Units to give Jack a Ride around the point.
11am Service at the St. Mary's Episcopal  Church.
The uniform per Donna's request will be the Blue Polo along with EMS Pants.

Any questions please feel free to contact me.  -  Rescue Chief Joey Straughan


John "Jack" Campbell Shelar, 61, of Colonial Beach, passed away May 26, 2018 after
a short battle with cancer. He was born September 28, 1956 to his parents, Eugene
and Josephine Shelar. He was a cabinet maker for the United States Senate for 24 years.
He was a former member of the Colonial Beach Fire Department and was currently
the lieutenant as well as a life member of the Colonial Beach Rescue Squad.
He enjoyed fishing and being a member of the Rescue Squad.

He is survived by his wife, Donna Shelar; his brothers, Eugene (Kay) Shelar
and Bill Shelar; his sister, Martha Pope; his father, Eugene Shelar (Victoria);
daughter, Danielle Adair (Jon); stepsons, Fidel Rivera (Kathleen May),
Dominic Rivera; step daughter, Mary Taylor; grandchildren, Kyla, Kamron,
Kwentin, Konnor, Kaligah, Cole, Cruz, Tre, Arianna, Kaylyn, Azahlyn,
Jocelyn, Marissa, Ryan and Sam; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his mother, Josephine Shelar.

A visitation will be held at Storke Funeral Home Colonial Beach Chapel on
Thursday, May 31, 2018 from 5:00pm-8:00pm. A funeral service will be
held at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Colonial Beach on Friday,
June 1, 2018 at 11:00am. In lieu of flowers the family asks that
donations be made to the Colonial Beach Humane Society or the
Colonial Beach Rescue Squad.

Submitted by Kevin Dillard and Joey Straughan - 05-29-18

Sam Henry "Pete" Crawley Jr - Gretna

Gretna……Sam Henry “Pete” Crawley, Jr, age 87 of Gretna died
Friday, May 11, 2018 at Lynchburg General Hospital.    

Born March 26, 1931 in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of the
late Sam Henry Crawley, Sr. and Irene Toler Crawley.  He was also
predeceased by three brothers, Tommy Crawley, Ray Crawley and
John Crawley; and two sisters, Myrtle Scott and Agatha Shelton.  

Pete was a member, Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent of
Gretna Christian Church.  He was also a former member, Board Chairman
and Sunday School Superintendent of West End Church of Christ. 
Mr. Crawley was an Army Veteran of the Korean War and member of
American Legion Gretna Post 232.  He was a former employee of
Central Motor Company, Ross Laboratories and Colbert-Moran
Funeral Home. Pete was a Life Member and former Fire Chief of the
Gretna Fire Department. He was also a Life Member and former
Member of the Year of the Gretna Rescue Squad.
Mr. Crawley was an active member of the Masons, Anderson Lodge
258 A.F. and A.M. where he was a 50-year member and past Master.
He was also a past Patron of the Gretna Chapter No. 118 Order
of the Eastern Star.  He was a former member of the Gretna
Town Council, the Ramsey Memorial Medical Board and PTA
President. Mr. Crawley was awarded the Distinguished Service
Award from the Chamber of Commerce in 1961.   

He is survived by his wife, Joyce Hedrick Crawley of Gretna;
one daughter, Melody Cherise Margrave and husband,
Richard of Ridgeway; one grandson, Zachary Allen Margrave
of Ridgeway; two sisters, Katherine Rowland of Gretna and
Ruby Rowland of Florida.  

Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 P.M. Sunday,
May 13, 2018 at Colbert-Moran Chapel by Lee Ashley Minister.
Burial with Military Honors by American Legion Post 36 and
Gretna Post 232 and Masonic Rites by Anderson Lodge
258 A.F. and A.M. will follow in the Gretna Burial Park.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M.
Saturday, May 12, 2018 at Colbert-Moran Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials be made to your favorite charity.

Wayne Butler - Memorial Service
I. Wayne Butler, 72 of Mechanicsville was called home on May 4, 2018.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Louise and Ira Butler.
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Elsie, and daughters Dr. Kelly
Patterson (Phillip) and Tracy Norman (Josh).  Five grandsons Mason and          Marshall Norman, Jack, William and Phillip Patterson.  Wayne was an
active member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where he served in several capacities.  He is past president and Life Member of Henrico VRS and
Past President of the Mechanicsville Businessman Association.  Wayne
was the former owner of Emergency Equipment.  A memorial service will
be held at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1100 West Grace St. Richmond,
VA 23220 on May 20th at 12:30.
You are invited to attend a reception in the Fellowship Hall after the
service.  In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Bethlehem or
Henrico VRS, PO Box 911, Sandston, VA 23150

Cards can be sent to:
Elsie and/or Wayne Butler
7049 Tammy Ct
Mechanicsville, VA 23111

posted per Gloria Smith 5/1/2018

James "Jim" M. Chandler - Executive Director-Tidewater EMS Council

Norfolk - James Mapp "Jim" Chandler, 62, of Norfolk, passed away
Friday, May 4, 2018 after a brief illness.

Born in Onancock, Virginia, he was the son of the late William Hogg              Chandler and Cora James Mapp Chandler. From an early age, Jim was 
involved in Emergency Medical Services, volunteering as a teenager as         
a firefighter and rescue squadsman with the Onancock Volunteer Fire Department.
His passion continued as he attended Virginia Tech, and served on their
rescue squad. He is a Life Member and Past Captain of the squad.
After graduation, Jim worked in the field of Emergency Medical Services,
also volunteering with the Campbell County Rescue Squad and
the Princess Anne Courthouse Rescue Squad. He began his EMS
career as a Field Coordinator for the Eastern Shore Medical Services
Council, then on to the Blue Ridge EMS Council as Executive Director.
He started out at the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council
as a Training Coordinator. He currently serves as the Executive
Director of the Tidewater Emergency Medical Services Council,
where he has spent most of his career, 36 years. He also proudly
serves as an Administrative and Finance Section Chief for the
Virginia-1 Disaster Assistance Team, DMAT.

Survivors include his loving wife, Ramona Allen Chandler;
daughters, Chelsea Paige Chandler and husband
Derrick Myles Edwards, and Kendall Christine Chandler;
a brother, William H. Chandler, Jr. and wife
Connie Muhle Chandler, as well as nieces, nephews
and extended family.

The funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m.,
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at Oman Funeral Home & Crematory,
Chesapeake. Rev. Kevin Tremper from Crossroads
Church will officiate. The interment will be at 3:00 p.m.,
Thursday in Fairview Lawn Cemetery, Onancock, VA.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.,
Wednesdayat the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Onancock
Volunteer Fire Department or the Tidewater
Emergency Medical Services Council.

Joyce Atkins - Henrico Aux-AVAVRS Life Member/Past President

It is with sadness again that we announce another one of our auxiliary
members has passed away.  Joyce Atkins, Henrico Auxiliary Life Member
and AVAVRS Past President and Life Member, passed away last night. 
It is a blessing that she is not suffering any longer and has now gone
to be with her late husband George and her son Mark.  However, it is
still a shock to our auxiliary which has lost 3 good and faithful members
within the past two weeks.  Details on the arrangements for Joyce will
follow later.

Please keep her son Jeffery and his family in your thoughts and prayers. 
He was very faithful to his Mom and will miss her very much as well as
all of us.

Joyce Atkins, Life Member of Henrico is now at
Autumn Care in hospice, please keep Joyce and her family in your
Cards can be sent to:
Joyce Atkins
c/o Jeff Atkins
7986 Willow Avenue
Mechanicsville, VA  23111

posted per Gloria Smith 5/1/2018

Carol Harding - Henrico Aux

Carol Harding – Henrico Aux. passed away on Tuesday
afternoon- April 24, 2018.  She was a very active member
of Henrico Auxiliary. Cards may be sent to her daughter
Tammy H. Stevens at 6700 Charles City Road Henrico Va 23231.

Thanks - Ailease Short

HARDING, Carol Childress, age 78, died on Tuesday, April 24, 2018
surrounded by family, friends, and so much love. Carol was predeceased
by her mother and father, Myrtle and Raymond Childress, her husband,
John H. Harding Jr., and her son, John ("Trey") Harding III.
Carol is survived by her daughter and son in law, Tammy and Billy Stevens,
her sister and brother in law, Barbara and Robert Flournoy, her grandchildren,
Mindy Harding, Drew Stevens, and Carsan Stevens, and a host of other
very special family and friends. Carol was retired from Hunton & Williams
where long time friendships were born, was a member of Sandston
Baptist Church where she volunteered regularly, and was a lifetime
member of Henrico Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary where she spent
much of her time after retirement volunteering. In lieu of flowers,
Carol requested donations be made in her name to
HVRS 5301 Huntsman Road, Richmond, VA 23250.

Visitation will be held on Friday April 27, 2018 from 4-8 p.m. at
Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Avenue, Richmond, VA 23231.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10 a.m.
at Sandston Baptist Church, 100 W. Williamsburg Road. Sandston, V
A 23150 with burial at Washington Memorial Park immediately following.
Online condolences received at

Roger Robertson 

Please keep Mollie Hodges and Ruth/Jack Swicegood in your thoughts and
prayers.  Mollie (Jack and Ruth's daughter) lost her partner recently
and the family could use our support.

Sympathy cards would be appreciated:

  • Mollie Hodges 420 Falcon Ridge Rd Rocky Mount, VA 24151
  • Ruth & Jack Swicegood  280 Riverview St  Rocky Mount, VA 24151

Thanks for uplifting them in prayer, during this time of immense loss ,

Submitted by Maxine Kerns

OBITUARY - Roger Clark Robertson, 75, went home to be with his Lord
and Savior on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

He experienced a peaceful passing at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro.

Roger, son of the late John Lewis and Cora Hatchett Robertson, was born in
Franklin County, VA on February 1, 1943. As one of six children, he learned
to value family and hard work at a very young age. After completing high
school, Roger went to work at DuPont in Martinsville, VA. Drafted by the
United States Army in 1967, Roger attended basic training at Fort Bragg, NC,
before being sent to Fort Huachuca, AZ where he was trained as a Medical
Supply Specialist. After completing Advanced Individual Training (AIT),
he was then assigned to the 23rd Infantry "Americal" Division in
Fort Sam Houston, TX, and deployed to Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam.
During his service, Roger achieved the rank of Specialist (E-4) and
earned the Army Commendation Medal, in addition to the Vietnam

Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal,
and the Army Expert Shooting Badge. He was proud of his service and
continued to uphold the Army values of loyalty, duty, respect, selfless
service, honor, integrity, and personal courage throughout the remainder
of his life.

Returning to the States in 1969, Roger was honorably discharged from
the United States Army and returned to work in the textile, welding, and
plumbing industries. Roger loved living life to the fullest. He loved music,
including singing and dancing. In 1995, he met his best friend and
partner of 23 years, Mollie Hodges, at a dance club in Danville, VA. Roger
loved traveling and spending time with Mollie, family, and friends. He was
a proud partner, brother, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

Roger is survived by the love of his life, Mollie Hodges of the home;
a sister, Shirley Lea Robertson; as well as his four children, Kimberly
Robertson Spearman and her husband, Kim Morris of Gastonia, NC;
Michael Clark Robertson of Gastonia, NC; Sharon Mullen of Martinsville,
VA; and Roger Colby Robertson of Stuart, VA; four grandchildren,
Darby Sadler of Kyle, TX, Hailey Spearman of Gastonia, NC, Westley
and Emily Mullen of Martinsville, VA; and six great-grandchildren,
including twin girls expected in August, also survive him.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Lucy Robertson Walker
and Catherine Robertson Martin; and two brothers, John Henry
Robertson and William Edward Robertson.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 13, at Flora
Funeral Service in Rocky Mount, VA. Roger will be laid to rest
following a service at Forrest Hill Christian Church, with the
Reverend Wayne Keith officiating on Saturday, April 14 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be
made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 1264 at 4930
Grandview Ave NW, Roanoke, VA 24012 in honor of
SPC Rodgie C. Robertson, Vietnam Veteran, U.S. Army or
donations to Forrest Hill Christian Church in Penhook, VA.


Barry Rose - Life Member VAVRS Distric One - Covington FD,
Covington RS, Clifton Forge RS, Sharon VF&R

May 6, 1951 - March 30, 2018
Barry Estel Rose, 66, of Clifton Forge, died Friday March 30, 2018 at Lewis
Gale Alleghany  Hospital in Low Moor.
He was born May 6, 1951 in Alleghany County, the son of the late Boyd E. Rose
and Lois Wells Simmons. Other than his parents, he was preceded in death by
his mother-in-law, Betty Collins Persinger; a sister-in-law, Melissa Persinger;
his beloved dogs, Wahoo and Hershey and his cat, Radar.
He was a Life Member and Past Captain of the Clifton Forge Rescue Squad;
he was a retired member of Sharon Fire and Rescue; Honorary member of
Covington Rescue Squad; past member of the Covington Fire Department;
served on the Advisory Board for Administration of Justice Program at
Dabney S. Lancaster Community College; member and past president of
the president of the Virginia Crime Prevention Association.  While at the
Sheriff’s Office he started out as a dispatcher, became a Deputy and worked
his way through the ranks to become a Lieutenant, the office he held when
he retired after 30 years of service.  He was involved in Crime Prevention,
DARE, and assisted in organizing and starting the Bike Rodeo. Barry earned
a life membership of the VAVRS; he was awarded the Virginia DARE Officer
of the year in 2002 and the James L. Biggs Memorial Award in 2005.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce Persinger Rose of Clifton Forge; daughter
Stacie Booze and her husband Matt of Selma; Jonathan Rose and his
wife Ryann of Winston-Salem, NC and Heather Brooks of Frederiksberg;
grandchildren, Carson, Paisley, Tinley and Everly; his father–in-law,
Frank Persinger, Sr. of Clifton Forge; brother-in-law, Frank
Persinger, Jr. and his wife Mary of Clifton Forge; sister-in-law,
Debbie Gamer and her husband Carl of Roanoke Rapids, NC and
several aunts, uncles and cousins.
In keeping with his wishes, his body has been cremated.
The service will be held Saturday April 7, 2018 at 11:00 AM in
the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Gary Marshall officiating.
The interment will follow in Persinger Memorial Cemetery.
The family will receive their friends from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM 
riday April 6, 2018 at the Arritt Funeral Home.
Memorial donations in Barry’s name may be made to:
Clifton Forge Rescue Squad, 520 Commercial Street, Clifton Forge, VA 
24422; Sharon Fire and Rescue, 3910 Longdale Furnace Rd., Clifton Forge,
VA 24422 or the Virginia Crime Prevention Association, 3032 Maplevale
Rd., Chester, VA 23831.
Funeral Home Address:
Arritt Funeral Home
1102 S Highland Ave
Covington VA 24426
(540) 962-2201
Cards may be sent to Stacy or   If you wish to send cards to
Joyce Booze please use this address (she is still at MCV in
Critical Care Burn Unit)

Stacie Booze
P O Box 181
Selma, VA 24474

Barry Rose - Life Member VAVRS Distric One - Covington FD,
Covington RS, Clifton Forge RS, Sharon VF&R

Barry Rose was killed from a tragic house fire last night.  
The fire started around 10:30pm and Barry was pronounced dead later
in the morning. He and his wife, Joyce, both had limited mobility
and used wheelchairs.

The fire started in the kitchen of the home and that was their
primary entry and exit point.  They both became trapped and
had to be rescued by firefighters. 
As of this email, Joyce is in MCV in Richmond in critical condition.
Barry was a former member of Covington Fire department and
Covington Rescue Squad.  More recently, Barry was a member
of Sharon Volunteer Fire and Rescue and served for many years
as Captain of Clifton Forge Rescue Squad.
Barry was a Life member of District One and an EVOC and
Vehicle Extrication Instructor.
Submitted by Greg Burton 03-30-18

Janet Weymouth Whitlow - Chesterfield Insurers
Janet Weymouth Whitlow passed away on March 23, 2108. 
Janet was President of Chesterfield Insurers and a long time
supporter of the fire and rescue associations. 
She was an honorary member of the VAVRS and AVAVRS. 
She will be greatly missed.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to
Journey Christian Fellowship, P.O. Box 768, Quinton, Va.
or to New Missions, P.O. Box 2727, Orlando, Fla. 32802.
If sending flowers, they can be delivered to Journey
Christian Fellowship, 2587 New Kent Hwy., Quinton, Va. 23141.
A celebration of Janet's life will be held at Rockahock Campground,
1428 Outpost Rd., Lanexa, Va. 23089, under the dome on
Friday, April 6, 2018, at 2 p.m.

John Fray - VAVRS Life Member, Hall of Fame and Madison County RS

John Temple Fray, 79 of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, March 28,
2018.  He was the son of the lat Joseph Brenton Fray and Mary Temple Hill
Fray.  He is survived by his wife, Patricia Lee Wash Fray of Madison,
daughters, Cathy Mangiere and husband Richard of Goochland, VA and Mary Yowell and her husband Edwin of Gordonsville; a son, John William Clarke, Sr  and wife Tiffany of Crozet. VA and a brother Joseph Jackson Fray and wife
Judy of Madison, and grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at
Hebron Lutheran church with interment in the church cemetery.
Family will receive friends at the reception being held at Madison Vol.
Fire Company, Mail Stree Extended, Madison, VA

Hebron Lutheran Church 899 Blankenbaker Rd Madison VA 22724
Madison Vol Fire Do 1223 N Main Street Madison Va 22727

Submitted by William Bazzle 03-28-18 - Madison Co VRS

Karen D. Wagner - VAVRS Life Member, Past President, Hall of Fame and

Woodstock VRS

It is with deep sadness that we report that Karen Wagner died at approx.               6am on Monday, March 19, 2018. 


Karen Darnell Wagner, 62, of Woodstock, went home to be with
her Heavenly Father Monday, March 19, 2018 at the Blue Ridge
Hospice Inpatient Care Center in Winchester.

Karen was born January 21, 1956 in Arlington, VA. She was the
daughter of the late Hugh G. Darnell Sr. and Lucille Stinnett Darnell. 
Her beloved husband, James D. (Jim) Wagner, whom she married
on April 27, 1991, preceded her in death in 2013. Karen attended
St. John Bosco Catholic Church and was an active member of their
Outreach Program. 

Karen joined the Woodstock Rescue Squad in 1982 and was honored
by the squad as a life member in 1992. She has served in numerous
positions of leadership including Vice President, Secretary, Training
Lieutenant, By-laws Committee, and as the Infectious Disease Officer.

She also served roles in her local government including the Shenandoah
County Emergency Services Task Force as Chair, Secretary of the
Shenandoah County Fire and Rescue Association and EMS Safety Committee.

She was immensely active in the Virginia Association of Volunteer
Rescue Squads (VAVRS), for over 35 years, where her achievements
are well known, serving the VAVRS as President, Vice President,
Secretary, LIFELINE Editor (the quarterly magazine), as well as
numerous district offices including District Vice President.

She served as State Rescue College Chair and as staff instructor
along with serving as a Virginia EMT Instructor, EVOC instructor,
VAVRS Instructor Trainer, and Infectious Disease Coordinator.

She was honored by the membership of the VAVRS in September 2003
being elected a Life Member of the organization and for all of her activities
and years of service she was inducted into the Virginia Lifesaving and
Rescue Hall of Fame in February 2018.

Karen served the Commonwealth of Virginia on the Emergency Medical
Services Advisory Board for eight years and chair of the board for four
years (the first totally volunteer EMS provider to attain that position),
she served as the Chair of the Financial Assistance Review Committee,
and received many EMS awards including the Outstanding Service
Award from Lord Fairfax EMS Council, VAVRS Outstanding Service
Award, and the Governor's Award for Excellence in EMS.

Karen has been the number one person for the VAVRS Infectious
Disease programs since its beginning in 2013 serving as the original
and only coordinator of the program and personally taught over
50 classes statewide.

She is survived by her son, Robert DuBrueler and his wife Susan;
six grandchildren, Milo Holden DuBrueler, Orie Bellatrix DuBrueler,
Brooklyn Nicole Stanger (Colton), Nathan Shank, Matthew Shank,
and Austin Shank; four brothers, Hugh Darnell Jr. (Teri) of
Dunnellon, FL, Patrick Darnell of Charlotte, NC, Michael Darnell
of Winchester, VA and Mark Darnell of Strasburg, VA; and two
sisters, Linda Mock (Roger) of Bluemont, VA and Kathleen
Pritt (Dave) of Millboro, VA.

Karen also leaves behind a host of beloved nieces and nephews
that dearly loved their "Aunt Karen". She also leaves behind
many, many friends who loved and admired her.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made
to the Outreach Program, St. John Bosco Catholic Church,
315 N. Main Street, Woodstock, VA. or to Blue Ridge
Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, #405, Winchester, VA  22601.

The family wishes to express their appreciation for the kind,
compassionate care that she received from the loving staff
at the Blue Ridge Hospice.

Arrangements are in the care of Dellinger Funeral Home, Woodstock.

Charlie Miller - Forest View VRS Life Member

We are sad to inform you of the passing  of  one of our Life Members,                 Charlie Miller, passed away this weekend.  Charlie was a former  Captain                   of Forest View  and ran calls in the 60s and early 70s 

MILLER, Charles A., 88, of Chesterfield, went to be with his beloved wife
Shirley on Friday, March 16, 2018. He is survived by his daughter,
Dawn A. Bonura; son, Charles A. Miller Jr; grandchildren, Michael Kersey
and Taylor Bonura; great grandchildren, Caleb Kersey, Alexis Carrington
and Braeden Kersey; and son-in-law, Roger Rogerson. Charles “Charlie”
loved being around people and touched the lives of everyone he encountered.
He was drafted at a young age by the Army and served his country in WWII.

Upon his return, he had a distinguished career of 30 years as a truck driver
for McLean Trucking, while in his free time he and his wife spent over 35 years
as volunteers for the Chesterfield community. He was 1 of the 9 founding
members of the Forest View Rescue Squad and spent those years driving the
ambulance on thousands of calls. He loved telling the stories of his experiences
to anyone who would listen. After retiring from McLean, he took up a new career
as head of security at Chesterfield Town Center, where he spent his days
ensuring the safety of all who visited. Charles had a natural born gift of
craftsmanship and would often be found in his shop creating wooden sculptures
that his wife would paint and craft into works of art. He was truly, a man of many
talents. He spent his life, supporting his family and enriching the lives of
everyone he encountered, proving that through love, faith and hard work,
a man can leave his mark on this earth that will live forever in our hearts.
 In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to the Forest View Rescue Squad,
Charles A. Miller Memorial Fund, 8008 Midlothian Turnpike,
North Chesterfield, VA 23235.


Ionel A. Kahn - Tuckahoe VRS
KAHN, Ionel A., age 89-ish, of Richmond, Va., passed away Sunday,                    March 4, 2018, while surrounded by his loving family.
He was preceded in death by his daughter-in-law, Melinda Kahn. He is survived        by his loving wife of 67 years, Bernice Kahn;
five children, Michael Kahn (Jacqueline), Alene Kaufman (Ron), William Kahn,     Joseph Kahn, Elliot Kahn; eight grandchildren, Jason Kaufman (Jessica), Adam Kaufman, Pinina Morgan (Jacob), Theodore Kahn (Lila Santos), Eitan Kahn,
Robert Kahn, Christopher Kahn, Noach Kahn; three great-granddaughters,          Maya, Lillian, Aria; and other extended family.
Ionel dedicated his life of service to others through his involvement with Temple   
and education in both New Jersey and Virginia.
Another passion of his, in Virginia, was the Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
Temple Beth Ahabah, Beth Sholom Lifecare Community, or Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Dan Moses Sr - Luray VRS

With great sadness that I must announce the passing of Dan Moses Sr.
4-25-1929 / 02-15-2018

Dan was a Charter and Life member of the Luray Volunteer Rescue
Squad, Inc. serving  in many rolls and elected positions since January 1, 1969.
 Dan was also a member of the Luray Fire Department for
approximately the past 74 years. Dan was a devoted family man as well as     
selfless servant to multiple other organizations through his time.
All squad members, firemen, coworkers, and friends are encouraged to attend
and celebrate Dan's life with his family on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the       25th.
We request that you please share this announcement with your respective      members agencies and departments.
If anyone has any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out
to me, as I have been assisting the family and the funeral home in the planning process. email or my cell is best
Capt. Chad Gregg NREMT-I

Steve Davis, Giles Co RS, Member of Hall of Fame and Life Member of VAVRS 
It is with a heavy heart that I have to pass on the passing of a
Life Member, Hall of Fame, and Life Member Committee Chair, W Steve Davis.
Davis Sr. Walter Steven February 27, 1949 February 11, 2018
Walter Steven Davis Sr., 68, of Riverbend Lane, Pembroke, Va.,
departed this life Sunday morning, February 11, 2018, at his home.
Born in Bluefield, W.Va. on February 27, 1949, he was a son of the
late Basil C. and Edith Fields "Brownie" Davis. Steve joined the Giles
County Life Saving and Rescue Squad when he was fifteen years old
and served faithfully for over fifty years. He was a lifetime member
and Hall of Fame member of the VAVRS. As a youth he was baptized
into the Christian faith in Narrows. He leaves to cherish his memory
his wife of 25 years Bonnie Brannock Davis; his sons and
daughters-in-law Steven Davis Jr. and Amy of Pembroke, Scott Davis
and Denise of Pembroke, Stuart Davis and Katie of Pembroke;
his daughters Sara Midkiff of Narrows and Kaitlin Davis of Pembroke;
his brothers Doug Davis and wife Donna of Pembroke and Mark Davis
of El Paso, Texas; his grandchildren Adarah, Lance, Jada, Sunnie, Sloan,
Misty, Michael, Josh, Kayleigh, Lillian (Lilli); his great-grandchildren
Autumn, Shianne, Michael Dale, Madisyn, and McKade; the mother
of his children Steven, Scott, Stuart, and Sara, Karen Hale Davis;
his special brother-in-law Alvin Brannock and several nieces, nephews,
and cousins.

Wanda B. Morehead, Long Shop-McCoy Rescue Squad -
                        Past President & Life Member of VAVRS
Wanda Bowyer Morehead, age 66, of McCoy died, Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at
her home. She was born in Montgomery County, VA on March 22, 1951 to the
late Marvin Harold and Chlora Keith Bowyer.  She was also preceded in death
by her husband, Lloyd Terry Morehead; and her sister, Brenda Carol Bowyer.  
She was a lifetime member of Long Shop-McCoy Rescue Squad, and Wanda
served as president of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads.
Wanda was a member of the Senior Bowling League. She is survived by her son,
Keith Morehead; sister-in-law, Bobbi Lynn Yopp; two nephews Bill Barnett and
James Barnett and their families; and special friend, Maryann LaRue and  her 

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the
Long Shop-McCoy Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 489 McCoy, VA 24111.
Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg

Rossie "Robbie" Robertson, Nansemond Suffolk Rescue Squad 
Date of Birth : July 24 1936
Date Deceased : February 5th 2018
Place of Death : Windsor, Virginia
Rossie Lee Robertson "Robbie", 81, of Windsor, VA passed away
February 5, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents Rossie
Lee Robertson, Sr. and Bessie Hines Robertson; brother, Curtis
Robertson (Lucille); and sister, Katherine Drake (Doc). He is
survived by his devoted wife of 20 years, Joanne Taylor-Robertson,
sons, Dale Robertson (Lisa), and Glen Robertson; daughter,
Kathy Moore (H.B.); grandchildren, Nathan and Mallory Moore;
and several nieces and nephews.  
He is also survived by his step-children, Lee Burton and Keith Burton
(Shawn), and Cynthia Watts (Brandon); nine step grandchildren;
and two step great grandchildren. Robbie was employed by Thom
McAn Shoes, then proudly served in law enforcement in Chicago, IL
and later in the Nansemond-Suffolk area. He was an insurance agent
for AIG and enjoyed a successful career as a car salesman, most
recently at Duke Automotive.
He served as a Deacon of his beloved church, Colosse Baptist Church,
for several years, and was President of the Senior Adult Class there.
He volunteered for the Nansemond-Suffolk Rescue Squad and was
a Charter Member and Captain of the Windsor Rescue Squad. Robbie held
the offices of Vice-President of District 2 and State Secretary of the VA Assoc.
of Volunteer Rescue Squads.
He was a lifetime member of the Windsor Ruritan Club. Robbie loved children
and coaching little league baseball. A memorial service will be held at a later.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer's
Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Liz Heinbuch, Greater Manssas Volunteer Rescue Squad
It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of our
Chaplain, Liz Heinbuch,
Greater Manassas Volunteer Rescue Squad on 1 February.  
Liz had been district 4 secretary for many years and was a
life member of our squad for over 20 years.

Contributions can be made to The Greater Manassas Volunteer
Rescue Squad.

Theresa Thompson, Greater Manassas VRS 2/2/2018

BETTY CLOWDIS ARTHUR- Auxiliary Member Campbell Co RS
Betty Clowdis Arthur, 81, of Lynchburg passed away Tuesday,
January 30, 2018, at Lynchburg General Hospital. She was the wife
of the late George Onyx Arthur, Jr.  Born September 12, 1936, in Lynchburg,
she was the daughter of the late Ennis Neil Clowdis and the late
Evelyn Perrow Clowdis.

Betty was a retired co-owner of Arthur's Industrial Maintenance.
She was also the owner of The Doll House, and worked in the
credit department at Leggett downtown. Betty was a member at
Thomas Road Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, Betty was preceded
n death by one granddaughter, Cathy Boling.

Betty is survived by her daughters, Ellen Arthur Boling
(Bobby) of Rustburg, Deborah Arthur White (Robert) of Goode
and Vickie Arthur Claybaugh (Scott) of Lynchburg; eleven
grandchildren, Daniel Boling, Natalie Boling, Amanda Boling,
Neil Davidson White, Evelyn Claybaugh, Eleanor Claybaugh,
Eric Claybaugh, Ethan Claybaugh, Eli Claybaugh, Emma
Claybaugh and Everette Claybaugh; eight grandchildren,
Jaylyn Boling, Makenna Boling, Harlee Boling, Savannah
Boling, Roman Boling, Konnor White, A bel White and Rhylee
Boling; and other loving family members and friends.



It is with a heavy heart that I tell you of the passing this morning of life
member Bonnie Coghill. Bonnie joined the Prince George Emerge
Crew in 1979 and faithfully attended until the discovery of a Left
Temporal Glioma last summer. She is survived by two daughters,
Sharron Grzybowski and Donna Coghill.
1709 Avondale ave, Richmond, Va 23227
Thank you, Brenda Skalsky, Chaplain



Notice of Death:

Lawrence V. "Rita" Bryant was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, on
August 17, 1939, to Vaughan Thaxton and Hilda Higginbotham
Bryant, who preceded him in death; as well as a brother,
Kenneth Allan Bryant; a son, Glenn Eric Bryant; a great- granddaughter,
Kennedy Drew Anderson; and his mother
and father-in-law, Helen and Tom Mason. He was married 
to the love of his life, Carol Mason Bryant for 58 years.
His family was very important to him. His children include
the Dr. Tom (Martha) Bryant of Bedford, Neal C. (Jill) Bryant
of Lynchburg, and a daughter, Joan B. (Greg) Anderson of Ft. Lauderdale
Florida; sister-in-law, Sandra Bryant; and
nephews, Jeff (Julie) and Chris (Deana) Bryant, Bobby
and David Mason, and Yvette Clark; grandchildren include
Tommy Bryant, Taylor (Anthony) Bourn, Kacey Poe, 
Jeremy Poe, Michelle Anderson (Cole) Hopper, Drew (Kacie) Anderson, 
Hope Anderson, Whitney Gray, Conner
(Maria) Gray, Landon Bryant, Zealan Bryant, Kensi
Wilberger, Josh Wilberger, and Emma Bryant.

He had four great-grandchildren, Avery Bryant, Harper
and Gabriel Bourn, and Parker Anderson. He is also
survived by a number of great-nephews and nieces,
and many wonderful lifelong friends. Rita was a charter
member of The Well Church. In years past, he was a
member of the Lynchburg Life Saving Crew, Mended
Hearts Chapter 16, the Masonic Lodge and
Lynchburg Shrine Club & Clown Unit, Exchange Club,
The Thomas Road Baptist Church choir and served on
the Village Park Court Board.


Lyndell Bowers - wife of Kelcie Bowers, FLoyd Co RS - District 7

Notice of Death:

Lyndell Weddle Bower, 73 of Floyd, went home to be with The Lord on
Tuesday, January 16, 2018.
Lyndell was one of the best seamstress’ around. She was lovingly known as
“Nanny”, not only to her own grandchildren and great grandchildren but also
to several children she babysat in which she referred to them as her babies.
She is survived by her loving husband of 54 years, Kelcie Waldon Bower, Jr.;
children and their spouses, Eddie Bower and Delores, and Donna Toler and
Richard; grandchildren, Adam Toler, Kelsei Barker and Michael, Rachel Toler,
Maggie Bower; great grandchildren, Bradley and Wyatt Barker; sisters and their
spouses, Hilda and Kenneth Belcher, Delphia Sutphin, Janet and Russell Hylton;
several nieces and nephews. 

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be
made to Medical Charities of Floyd County, VA. Inc., 100 East Main Street,
Room 108, Floyd, VA 24091. The family would like to thank The Blue Ridge
Cancer Center, Dr. McCoy and Staff, and The Radford Health and Rehab and
Staff for their excellent care.

Address for Kelsie Bowers:
364 Christiansburg Parkway
Floyd, VA  24091

posted per request 1/18/2018 Dist 7 VP Toby Akers 

Butch Beasley - Southside Virginia EC-District 3 Life Member

Notice of Death:

It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of one of our friends
and valued members. Butch Beasley, 56, a Life Member of Southside
Virginia Emergency Crew and Life Member of VAVRS District 3,
passed from this life on Saturday, January 13, 2018. 

posted at request of District 3  - 01-16-18

Walter Thomas (Tommy) Nichols Jr. - Campbell Co RS

Notice of Death:

Walter Thomas "Tommy" Nichols Jr., 83, of Altavista, passed away on Wednesday,
January 10, 2018, at his residence. Born in Lynchburg on April 9, 1934, he was the
son of the late Walter Thomas Nichols and Maggie Gertrude "Gertie" Smith Nichols.
Tommy proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was the retired
owner and operator of Imported Auto Parts. He was a life member of the Campbell
County Rescue Squad and served his community for over 53 years. He was also an
avid collector and was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He is survived by
his wife of 60 years, Betty B. Nichols; one daughter, Beverly Nichols Vaughan and
her husband, Phillip, of Altavista; two sons, Gary Wayne Nichols of Altavista and
Steven Thomas Nichols of Lynchburg; six grandchildren, Kevin B. Dalton,
Melissa Ann Slayton and husband, Ryan, Kelly Rae Ashley and husband,
John, Katheryn Elizabeth "Katie" Nichols, Darryl Nichols and Shana Nichols Pierce
and husband, Shawn. He is also survived by a number of great-grandchildren and
many dear friends.

posted at request of Joan Smoot

Beatrice Cobler - wife of Life Member Claude Cobler
Notice of Death:

Beatrice Cobler, 90, of Bassett, died on Wednesday, January 3, 2018. 
She was born in Patrick County on August 19, 1927 to Mallie and Brooksie
Adams.  Beatrice was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Bernard
and Frank Adams; brother-in-law, Henry Sword;  sisters-in-law, Doris
and Helen Adams;  nephew, Michael Adams;  nieces, Betty Cardwell and
Sandra Adams and granddaughter, Ashley Cassell.

Beatrice is survived by her loving husband of 69 years, Claude Cobler;
son, Allen Cobler; daughters, Jeanie McVay and husband, Chris McVay
and Janice Foley and husband, John Foley; grandchildren, Daniel Cassell,
Jason McVay, Kelly Crowe, Ted Crowe, David Crowe, David Foley,
Daniel Foley; their spouses/significant others, Crissa, Ruth, Olivia,
Stephanie, and Ema; great grandchildren, Blaine, Archer and Grace;
sister, Roberta Sword and many nieces and nephews. 

Please join us in honoring an amazing woman – independent, strong,
hard-working, helped all in need, fed everyone who came to her home
and unconditionally loved us all! 

Mom loved flowers so send if you like or in lieu of flowers a memorial
contribution can be made in her honor to the Bassett Rescue Squad,
1950 Riverside Drive, Bassett, VA 24055.



Notice of Death:

Ruth A. Stanley, wife of District 9 VP and Glade Spring VLSC Captain
Dwayne Stanley, Glade Spring, Virginia.
Ruth Anne Stanley, age 56, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday,
December 23, 2017, at Johnston Memorial Hospital. Ruth was a dedicated
Ruth is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Dwayne Stanley,
Captain of the Glade Spring Volunteer Lifesaving Crew, 35 years.
Three children, and twelve grandchildren.
Ruth had a loving and compassionate heart and would help anyone she could.
Her love for children was what lead her to drive a bus for People Inc.
for many years.    
Cards may be sent to: Dwayne Stanley, P. O. Box 59, Glade Spring, Va. 24340 
Submitted by  Fern Puckett

posted at request Fern Puckett 12-27-17

Margie Pugh Vassar, 62, of 504 Pigeon Run Road, Gladys died
Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Lynchburg General Hospital.
She was the wife of Roger Allen Vassar for 43 years.

She was born October 14, 1955 in Altavista, a daughter of the
late Grady Lawrence Pugh and Martha Elliott Pugh. She was a
member of Kedron Baptist Church, a self-employed daycare
provider and an honorary member of the Citizens Emergency
Crew. Margie loved cooking, baking and especially her grandchildren. 

She is survived by a daughter, Alicia Vassar Fannon and her
husband Larry of Gladys; one brother, Grady W. Pugh and his
wife Bonnie; one sister, Pamela Pugh Hall and her husband
Jeffrey all of Gladys; and three grandchildren, Kaydee Dawn
Fannon, William Allen Fannon and Hank Wyatt Fannon.

She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Allen Vassar, II.

The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials
consider Kedron Baptist Church Cemetery Fund,
P.O. Box 38, Gladys, VA 24554, Citizens Emergency Crew,
P.O. Box 158, Gladys, VA 24554 or Gladys Volunteer Fire
Department, P.O. Box 85, Gladys, VA 24554.

Finch and Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Gladys is in charge of arrangements.

posted by VAVRS Office, 12 1 2017

You can send cards to:
Roger Vassar
504 Pigeon Run Rd
Gladys, VA  24554

posted at request Mike Smoot, District 5 VP 11-30-17



James Sydnor Cook, age 66, of Lawrenceville, VA passed away
November 19, 2017. He is preceded in death by his parents,
Carl Cook and Lillian Hoover and a sister, Barbara Sayles.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Moseley Cook; his daughter,
Tanya Cook; his son, Jamie Cook; his granddaughter,
Carli Cook; his brother, Harold Cook and wife Joyce;
his sister, Shelby Jewell; and special nieces, Brenda,
Linda and Brittany. 

Memorial contributions may be made
to the Lawrenceville Volunteer Fire Department,
400 N Main St., Lawrenceville, VA 23868.

His wife address is 1860 Lawrenceville Plank Road
Lawrenceville VA 23868

posted at request of Ailease Short, AVAVRS President 11-20-17


It is with sadness that we report that James Carlton Hudson, age 89,
of the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad passed away early this morning.
Carlton had just recently been discharged from the hospital and was
recuperating at HealthSouth Rehabilitation Hospital in Fredericksburg. 
It was at HealthSouth where he passed away. 
Carlton was a VAVRS Life Member, VAVRS District 10 Life Member,
former VAVRS District 8 Vice President and held just about every
elected office in the Colonial Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad. 
He also had worked at LifeCare, where he drove the wheelchair van. 
His patients all loved him, just as each of us did also.
Carlton will be remembered as a very dedicated volunteer and
having a passion of helping others.

posted at request Kevin Dillard, VAVRS Life Member 11-07-17


Agencies and Members, please send information regarding VAVRS members that have passed away between September 1, 2017 and August 31, 2018 to: 

(Names are listed in alphabetical order)


Betty C. Arthur - Campbell Co RS Aux

Joyce S. Atkins - Henrico VRS Aux

Steven A. Bales  -  Glade Spring VLSC

Patricia E. Bates  -  Founder's Aux-Clifton Forge RS

Wilbert “Butch” Beasley Jr – Southside VA EC

Robert H. "Rob" Braithwaite III - Virginia Beach VRS

Lawrence V. "Rita" Bryant - Lynchburg LSC

I. Wayne Butler - Henrico VRS

James M. "Jim" Chandler - VA Tech RS

Rev. Thomas S. Childrey -  Brunswick VRS

Gary Lee Clark - Millwood Station VF & R

Bonnie C. Coghill - Prince George EC

Patricia U. Connor - Gretna RS

James S. Cook – Brunswick VRS

Sam H. "Pete" Crawley - Gretna RS

Dreama Crutchfield  -  Clifton Forge RS

W. Steven Davis Sr - Giles Co LS & RS

Robin W. DeBord - Stafford RS

Hilda C. Finch - Brunswick VRS

John T. Fray - Madison Co RS

Carol C. Harding - Henrico VRS Aux

Robert W. "Buddy" Harper - Southside RS

Mary E. "Liz" Heinbuch - Greater Manassas VRS

J. Carlton Hudson – Colonial Beach VRS

Arthur C. Hunt Sr. – Madison Co RS

Charlie W. King - Danville LSC

Terrance "Terry" McKinney  -  Danvile LSC

Vona L. La Claire - Chancellor VF&R

Frank E. Lincoln Jr. - Colonial Beach VRS

Banie N. Luck - Forest View VRS Aux.

Betty McCraw - Citizens EC

Matthew T. McLeod - Chancellor VF&R

Charles A Miller - Forest View VRS

Fred C Morene  -  Hopewell EC

Wanda B. Morehead - Long Shop-McCoy RS

Dan Moses Sr - Luray VRS

Della J. Murphy - Pipers Gap RS

Walter T. “Tommy” Nichols – Campbell Co RS

Joseph L. Powell Sr. – Brunswick VRS

Glady L. Pugh - Citizens EC

Frank E. Redd  -  Bassett RS

Dorothy L. Reed - Forest View VRS

Robbie Robertson - Nansemond Suffolk RS 

Barry E. Rose  -  Clifton Forge RS

John "Jack" C. Shelar  -  Colonial Beach VRS

Lawrence E. Slough Jr. – Buena Vista VRS

Julian M. Smith – Christiansburg RS

Ruth A. Stanley – Glade Spring VLSC

James C. Thomas Jr. – Brunswick VRS

Margie P. Vassar – Citizens EC

Karen D. Wagner - Woodstock VRS

Walter P. Warner – Colonial Beach VRS


VAVRS Chaplain.