VAVRS Family and Friends and 2017 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.

Please keep Shannon Wise in your prayers.  Her father in law
John Wise passed away last evening.

You can send cards to:
Shannon Wise
17454 Courthouse Rd
Yale VA  23897

posted at request Carolyn White 9/19/2017


posted 8/28/2017
It is with sadness that we report  Life Member of the Greater
Manassas RS and Charter Member of the Auxiliary passed away on
August 26, 2017, after a short illness.  She passed peacefully with
family and close friends at her side at the NOVANT Prince William
Hospital.  Up until the time of her death, Sandy was an active
Associate Member of the squad as well as an active member of
the Manassas Volunteer Fire company's auxiliary.  As a faithful
servant to the Manassas community over 50 years, Sandy will be
deeply missed.  Sandy's husband, James (Jim) L. Clarke, another
Charter and Life Member of the GMVRS passed in April of 2016.  
Arrangements for her memorial service are pending.

It is with sadness that the Greater Manassas Rescue Squad learned 
of the passing of John S. Hutton Jr., 84, early Sunday morning
(August 13) with family and loved ones at his side. John lived a
ife of faithful service to our Squad and the Manassas community
for over 50 years, and was one of our founding members. He is a
Life Member of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads
and the Greater Manassas Volunteer Rescue Squad.  John's life will
be honored and celebrated this coming week with a viewing at the
Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas, VA, on
Wednesday August 16, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00pm, and a memorial
service the following day at the same location at 10:00am. Burial
will be at the Warrenton Cemetery. A reception in his honor for
family and friends will be hosted by the GMVRS Auxiliary at the
John S Hutton Jr Hall, located at Rescue Station 1, 9322 Center Street, Manassas, VA, after the service.

August 12, 2017 Walter Scott Weaver, 93, of Christiansburg passed
away Saturday, August 12, 2017. Scott was a proud World War II
United States Army veteran. Mr. Weaver proudly served his
community with many civic contributions, among them are as a
member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, member of the Lion's
Club of Christiansburg with 65 years of perfect attendance,
quartermaster of the Leonard E. McCoy VFW post 5311, member
of the American Legion, life member of the Christiansburg Rescue
Squad, member of Christiansburg Town Council for 35 years,
chairman of the NRV Agency on Aging as well as being on its
developemental team, founding member of Warm Hearth Village,
and treasurer of the NRV Planning Commission along with many
other committees and contributions to his community. He was
preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Conner Weaver; parents,
Robert and Dora Weaver; three brothers and a sister. Scott is
survived by his daughter, the Honorable Cynthia G. Weaver, of
Florence, Ala.; nephew, Dr. W. Scott Weaver and wife, Ann of
Roanoke, Va.; niece, Sue Thacker and husband, Bob of Riner,
Va.; special friend, Mark Grossclose; and other nieces and
nephews. The family would like to thank Warm Hearth at Home
and Good Samaritan Hospice for their loving care of Scott over
the past few years. The family will receive friends on Monday,
August 14, 2017 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Horne Funeral Home. The
funeral service will be on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 10 a.m.
at St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Song
officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery. In lieu of
flowers memorials in Scott's name may be sent to Christiansburg Rescue Squad, Good Samaritan Hospice or the children's music ministry at St. Paul United Methodist Church



Dylan Edwin Patterson born August 8, 1989 passed away unexpectedly
on August 4, 2017. He is preceded in death by his grandfather Donald Patterson
and a cousin Nicholas McDaniel. He is survived by his mother Leigh Ann Patterson
& step-father Joseph Nadder, grandparents Joseph & Gloria Nadder,
Laurel & Jerry Lonnes, sister, Stephanie Erickson, aunts Laurie Patterson(Adib Mograbi),
Joanie N. Cundiff (Tony), Gwen N. McDaniel (Leigh), Angie N. Wells, uncles,
Chris Nadder (Crystal), Vincent Nadder (Amy), Michael Nadder (Peggy), cousins,
Ramzi, Madison, Peyton Mograbi and numerous other cousins & extended family.
The family will receive friends Sunday (today) from 4 until 8 PM at Bliley's-Staples Mill,
8510 Staples Mill Avenue, with a prayer service beginning at 7:30 PM.
A mass will be held 11 AM Monday at St. Anthony Maronite Catholic Church,
4611 Sadler Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060.
Committal service to follow at Westhampton Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Richmond
Volunteer Rescue Squad, 1802 Chantilly Street, Richmond, VA 23230.


Jerry Joseph Skalsky, 74, of Prince George, VA passed away on
Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at Southside Regional Medical Center.

Born in Prince George County, VA he was the son of the late Jerry
Adolph and Mary Kotasek Skalsky. Mr. Skalsky served on the Board
of Supervisors in Prince George County for 18 years. Through those
years he served on numerous boards and commissions in the county
and in the state.

He was a charter life member of the Prince George Volunteer
Emergency Crew and a charter member of the Prince George County
Parks and Recreation Commission. Jerry was truly an ambassador for
Prince George County in many ways throughout his life.

He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Brenda Sober Skalsky;
four children, Deb Skalsky, J.J. Skalsky and wife, Tammy,
Dr. Julie Skalsky Brown and husband, Dr. David Brown
and Heidi Skalsky; four grandchildren, Forrest, Joshua, Haley and Grace;
one sister, Evelyn S. Hanzlik and husband, Ed; a brother, Charles Skalsky
and wife, JoAnn; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

The family will receive friends 
from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, 2017 at Prince 
George County High School. A funeral service will be held 
at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 29, 2017 at Prince George County
High School.

Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be
made to the Prince George County Parks and Recreation Foundation, 
P.O. Box 712, Prince George, VA 23875 or to West End Assembly of God, 
in honor of his missionary daughter Deb, 
401 N. Parham Rd., Richmond, VA 23229 in memory of Jerry Skalsky.
The family is being served by the Petersburg Chapel of J.T. Morriss and
Son Funeral Homes and Crematory. Condolences may be registered at<>
Brenda Skalsky
6405 W Quaker Rd
Disuptanta VA  23842
submitted by VAVRS Office - 5/25/2017

DEATH NOTICE:  Willis Connell, a Life Member of Forest View Rescue Squad, passed away on 5-12-17 at the age of 84.  He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Sue Kidd Connell.

Submitted by J. C. Phillips, VAVRS Life Member

A long time mentor and well respected member of NSVRS;
Melvin Smith, had a Cerebrovascular Event that placed him
in Sentara Norfolk General Hospital early last week. Due to
complications from the injury, Melvin was placed on Life
Support and underwent further evaluation and testing. Early
morning on May 1, 2017 Melvin's family made the hardest
decision to remove him from life support. Melvin Was called
home and peacefully passed away at 1119 hours later that
day. Melvin is survived by his Wife Leola Smith, Daughters
Arlene Smith & Lisa Tarkington, Brother Earl Smith, Sister
in Law Glenda Smith, and Grandchildren Tori & Ginger

Melvin joined the Nansemond-Suffolk Volunteer Rescue
Squad (NSVRS) on February 2, 1961. Melvin served the
citizens of suffolk and Suffolk Fire-Rescue for over 56
years, starting as the first registered EMT in the region
and moving all the way up as a Paramedic Supervisor.
Over the last decade, Melvin served in an active capacity
as the President of NSVRS and our liaison with Virginia
Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS). 

DEATH NOTICE:  It is with deep sorrow that we report that
Tommy Gwaltney, VAVRS Life Member/Hall of Fame suffered
a stroke and died Friday, April 7, 2017.  
Please keep his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.  
Thomas Ackie Gwaltney, 70, passed away April 7, 2017 in Sentara Norfolk
General Hospital with his family by his side. Tommy was the son of the late
Will M. Gwaltney Sr. and Dorothy G. Gwaltney. Tommy retired from Newport
News Shipbuilding as an Apprentice Instructor after 43 years of service.
He was a charter member of the Surry Volunteer Rescue Squad where
he served in many capacities and was currently the Captain.
He selflessly served the citizens of Surry County for the past 54 years.
He also served in the capacity of Rescue Squad Auxiliary Treasurer.
He was a life member and past Vice-President of District 3 of the
Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads. He was also a
state life member and Hall of Fame member in the VAVRS.
He was a state level EVOC instructor and Instructor Trainer
and co-chairman of the state EVOC conference competition.

Tommy was also predeceased by an infant daughter Jamie C. Gwaltney
and his wife of forty-two years Anne J. Gwaltney. He is survived by his
wife of three years Selinda Ward Gwaltney, one son Matt Gwaltney
of Spring Grove and one grandson Colin T. Gwaltney of Elberon.
Two step-children Sandra Gutierrez (Mo) and James C. Judkins, III.
Three-step grandchildren, Miranda Judkins,
Amber Judkins and Carson Gutierrez.
One brother Will M. Gwaltney, Jr (Bina) of Surry.

A very special niece Emily J. Pittman along with several other
nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday
April 11 at 11 o’clock a.m. in Littles Funeral Home, Smithfield with
burial to follow in Old Brick Church Cemetery, Bacons Castle.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Surry Volunteer
Rescue Squad, P O Box 188, Surry, VA 23883.

Cards can be sent to:
Family of Tommy Gwaltney
2645 Colonial Trail East
Surry, VA 23883
Submitted by Gary Dalton 04-08-17

DEATH NOTICE:  James Eugene Sowder, of Blacksburg and
Winchester, Virginia and most recently Jacksonville, North
Carolina entered God's eternal glory early on the morning of
March 3, 2017.  
Jim was a small business owner, community leader, and served
his country at home and abroad in the US Army. He was a life
member and long time officer of Blacksburg Rescue Squad.
Most importantly he was a husband to Lorena Era Iona Sowder,
née Bilyeu; Father to three sons, Brett Alan and wife Donna,
Loyd Eugene and wife Karen, and James Adam and wife Sandra;
as well as, one daughter Aimee Belinda Elizabeth Sowder and
wife Suzanne Gilreath. 
Also surviving are six grandchildren, Jarrett Alan Sowder,
Anthony James Willard, Jacob McKinley Willard and wife Ginny,
Samantha Elaine Sowder, Tedrick Roland Sowder, and
Henry Logan Sowder; and one great grandchild Travis Cole Willard.
Jim was born in Hot Springs, VA on July 14, 1942.  He was
preceded in death by his father the Rev. Eugene Sowder
and his mother Annie Mae Sowder, née Lawson. 
Family and Friends are invited to gather at McCoy Funeral
Home on March 11, 2017 at 11:00 AM in Blacksburg, VA
for a memorial service with The Rev. J. Adam Sowder officiating.  Interment will follow at Sunset Cemetery in Christiansburg, VA. 
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Blacksburg Rescue
Squad, or The American Cancer Society
Submitted by Kathy Eubank, VAVRS Training Coordinator - 03-08-17

Agencies and Members, please send information regarding VAVRS members that have passed away between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017 to: 


(Names are listed in alphabetical order)

Kayla E. Albert - Newport VRS Aux

Linda P. Aldhizer - Staunton-Augusta RS Aux

Ronald W. Alsup – St Charles VRS

Peggy A. Altice - Vinton FAC Aux

Mary E. Arey - Stuart Draft RS

Lauren W. Arrington - Clifton Forge RS

Paul T. Beeler - Madison Co RS

James R. Berry - Madison Co RS

Gerald E. "Jerry" Blankenship - Covington RS

Larry K. Brie – Clifton Forge RS & Covington RS

Nicholas J. Briganti – LifeCare MT and Chancellor VF&R

Frederick M. Broccolo – Chancellor VF&R & LifeCare MT

Anne E. Brown – Holly Grove VRS

Russell C. Brungard – Greater Manassas VRS Aux

Clarence T. Cash Jr - Stuarts Draft RS

Sandra K. "Sandy" Clark - Greater Manssas VRS & Aux

Sandra L. Bockey Clem - Millwood Station VF & R Aux

Willis H. Connell – Forest View VRS

Virginia W. Coppedge – Madison Co RS

Ruth P. Dalton – Hopewell EC

Eugene T. Edmonds Sr - Renan VFD

Dennis L. Edwards – Brunswick VRS

Thomas A. Gwaltney – Surry VRS

Edward R. “Eddie” Hall – Westmoreland County VRS

Herbert B. Hammock - Northumberland RS

Earl E. Harris Jr. - Staunton-Augusta RS

Ryan F. Hubbard - Christiansburg RS

John S. Hutton IV - Greater Manassas VRS

Ian T. Johns – LifeCare MT

Elva R. “Ray” Johnson – Forest View VRS Aux

Carol Kenney - West Hanover VRS Aux

Georgia A. Kerns – Shawnee FD

Constance "Connie" Klopsis - Colonial Beach VRS Aux

John R. Laronda - Altavista FC

Wilma M. Leiss - Broadway ES Aux

Ruth R. Lynch – Cave Spring FA & RS Aux

Jeffrey L. McCoy – Longshop McCoy VFD & FA

Henri G. Moore Jr. – Hanover Fire EMS

Madeline T. Moore – Chase City RS Auxilary

James W. “Jimmy” Musselman IV – Colonial Beach VRS

Charles K. Nicely – Lexington FD

Dylan E. Patterson - Richmond VRS

Deacon Louis I. Pettigrew Jr. – Concord RS

Samuel D. Piercy Jr. - Southside RS

Sharene M. Powell - LifeCare MT

Mitchell L. Reynolds - Stuarts Draft RS

Larry F. Rhodes – Southside VA EC

Elsie L. Rinker – Millwood Station VF & R Aux

John J. Robertson - Renan VFD

Betty J. “BJ” Rohr – Staunton-Augusta RS

Jerry J. Skalsky – Prince George VEC

Willie M. Smith Jr. – Nansemond-Suffolk VRS

Joe P. Snead - Washington Co LSC

Thomas M. Snead - Vinton FAC

James E. Sowder – Blacksburg VRS

Christine E. Spicer – Fredericksburg VRS Aux

Ruth G. Stedman – Bristol LSC Aux

Sherri Strader – Stuarts Draft RS

Frances "Darlene" Taylor - Madison Co RS

Nancy C. Taylor - Cave Spring FA & RS Aux

Arthur "Pee Wee" Wallace - Lexington FD

Walter S. Weaver - Christiansburg RS

Herman E. “Gene” Wells – Southside VA EC

Charles K. “Chuck” White – Henrico VRS

Michael L. "Doday" Wolfe - Lebanon LSC

Vickie Woods - Castlewood F & R

Justin R. "Scooter" Yurong - Washington Co LSC


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