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Obituary for Mary Aileen Cantrell Rutherford

Mary Aileen Cantrell Rutherford, 93, of Bristol, Tennessee passed away March 18, 2021 at NHC Rehabilitation of Bristol. She was born October 28, 1927 in Bristol, Tennessee to the late Jess and Minnie Grubb Cantrell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leo H. Rutherford; sisters Myrtle Butterworth; Ada Black; and a brother, Jerry Cantrell and son-in-law, Michael Akers.

Aileen and Leo were married November 18, 1950. She graduated from Holston Valley High School in 1946. Aileen began working at age 16 at Woolworths and later worked at the Thread Mill. She also worked at Big Jack, as well as Monroe Calculating. As they started to build their family, Aileen began her journey as a homemaker. In her earlier years you could find Aileen in her garden or cultivating her beautiful flower gardens. She loved traveling and spending time with her family while caring for others. She truly was a servant of God. She always put others before herself.

Aileen was a member of Rosemont Presbyterian Church where she loved visiting her friends and rejoicing with them. She was a charter life member of the Bristol Life Saving Crew and a life member of the Auxiliary of Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads. Aileen will always be remembered for her strong faith in God, her love for her family and her astounding care and compassion for others.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Akers of Bristol, TN; a son Herschel Rutherford (Linda) of Knoxville, TN; special great-niece, Joan Williams and special nephew, Noble Cantrell. She also leaves behind many special friends and family.

The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at Oakley-Cook Funeral Home in Bristol, Tenn. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Laura Plaster and Rev. Scott Spence officiating. To watch the service via livestream, please click here. The committal and interment will be held after the service at Glenwood Cemetery in Bristol, Tenn. Pallbearers will include Bill Bowman, Mike Coches, Bryan Gentry, Alex Holdway, Tim Holdway, Allen Peppler, and David Wright. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Bristol Lifesaving Crew and Auxiliary, Dr. Thomas Green, Jr. and staff, Dr. Tom Townsend and pharmacy staff of CVS on West State Street.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Bristol Lifesaving Crew, 1601 Euclid Avenue Bristol, VA 24201 or Grandfather Home for Children, 158 Grandfather Home Dr. Banner Elk, NC 28604 or McIver Presbyterian Church 1900 Euclid Avenue Bristol, VA 24201

Arrangements especially for Ms. Aileen and her family have been made through Oakley-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory.

CHARLES ANDREW "ANDY" MOORE, JR. - Husband of VAVRS President Connie Moore

Charles Andrew “Andy” Moore, Jr., age 69, a longtime resident of Kenbridge, VA, passed away Tuesday, July 20, 2021. Andy grew up in Emporia and was a 1970 graduate of Greensville County High School. He loved music and was the bass guitarist in several popular Southside Virginia bands over the years. An avid sports fan, Andy was a huge Virginia Tech fan and was sideline manager for the football team at Central High School of Lunenburg. Andy was preceded in death by his mother, Josy Lawrence Moore. He is survived by his wife, Connie Gaskins Moore; a daughter, Tracy Moore; his father, Rev. Charles A. Moore, Sr; sisters, Kathy Baker (Tim) and Betsy Draper (Calvin); an aunt, Ann Moore, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service will held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 24, 2021 at Warfield Baptist Church Cemetery, 7318 Flat Rock Road, Warfield, VA 23889. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victoria Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 1419, Victoria, VA 23974. Arrangements are by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville. Condolences may be expressed at


It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of William L. Woodfin, Jr. [Bill].  He joined the squad in  1964 as a Junior.  He rejoined the squad in 2015 and became a Life Member.  He was a dedicated member of the squad and we will miss him.
J.C. Phillips, Forest View Chaplain

Visitation at Bliley's on Hull Street - Wednesday - 7/7 from 5p -8p

Service at Providence United Methodist Church located at 901 S. Providence Rd. - Thursday - 7/8 at 3pm

Masks not required if fully vaccinated. asks required if not fully vaccinated.


The Memorial Service for Bob Wingfield will be held this Saturday, 06/05, at 2:00 pm. The service will be at Raleigh Court United Methodist Church at 1706 Grandin Road SW in Roanoke.

The church needs an approximate headcount as they are still following some COVID-19 protocols. Also, if any EMS personnel plan to attend &/or bring units, they need to know that as well. Please contact June Wilkes using the information below before 1 pm on Friday to let her know. 

June Wilkes
Phone: 540.206.4210
Facebook IM: June Ann Wilkes

Shirley Bagby - Graveside Rights:

The graveside service and burial for Shirley Bagby will be held on Wednesday May 26th at 11am.  The burial will be at Signal Hill cemetery in Hanover.  Shirley's daughter, Sandi would like to extend an invitation to anyone that would like to come to pay respects to Shirley.

Any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.

Kevin Dillard

Buford "Boots" Belcher - VAVRS Life Member

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Founding and Life member Buford "Boots" Belcher.
A life member of both Newport and Giles Rescue, Boots has probably had a hand in "training" most of the EMS personnel in Giles county.
Rose Sexton and I (Roechelle) had the honor of driving Boots to Virginia Beach for convention a few years ago. We laughed the whole way.
Boots my friend, it has been a privilege to know you, to listen to your stories and to hear you bang that gavel on the table when we got out of hand at a meeting.
We love you and will miss you terribly.
I know Miss Virginia was waiting for you this morning and welcomed you with open arms.
Till we meet again.
960 answered his final call May 16, 2021.

Roger A. Bryant, VAVRS Life Member

It is with great sadness to share that Roger Bryant has passed away after a brief illness on April 28, 2021.
Roger was dedicated to public service. He was an active member and life member of the Christiansburg Volunteer Rescue Squad for 43 years. He served as the squad’s treasurer for 10 years. He served as the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (VAVRS) District 7 Vice President from 1987-89 and then again in 1990-1991. From 1991-1993, he served as the VAVRS Training Officer. He was granted life membership of the VAVRS in 1993. He loved helping the community and built lifelong friendships with his fellow crew members.
Roger is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Bryant Salyers, and her husband, Kevin Salyers, his granddaughters, Emily Salyers and Sydney Salyers, his brother, Michael Bryant, his nieces Caroline Sodemann, Sabrina Francis, Sara Levesque, Jodie and Jamie Bryant, his nephews Tommy Bryant and William Rawlings, his great nieces and nephews Arden Marsh, Peyton Sodemann, William and Viviam Levesque, and Vincent and Liam Rawlings, and his sisters-in-law, Sue Francis and Doris Rawlings.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Arnold and Dollie Bryant of Galax, Virgina, his wife, Pat Bryant, his brother, Dwight, his brothers-in-law, McRay “Buddy” Francis and Art Rawlings.
Condolences can be sent to Roger's daughter at:
Mrs . Jennifer B. Salyers
117 Lester St NE
Christiansburg, VA 24073

A visitation will be held at Horne Funeral Home in Christiansburg on Sunday, May 2nd from 4-6:00 pm. A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Horne Funeral Home Chapel
1300 N. Franklin Street
Christiansburg, VA 24073

Judy Matthews - AVAVRS Life Member

It is with a heavy heart that I am informing you of the passing of Judy Matthews on January 27, 2021. Judy has been a valuable asset to Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad and Auxiliary for many years. Judy joined the Auxiliary January 1968 and faithfully served for 53 years. She held many elected offices but was most noted as President and Historian. She was honored with Life Membership in 1978 and received our Auxiliary’s Outstanding Service Award in 1982. She was on the Auxiliary EMT Competition team for many years. The team won 1st Place in the state in 1984. Judy served as the Southeastern District as Vice President 1997-98 and 1998-99 and Historian. In the Auxiliary to the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads [AVAVRS] she served as an officer and presented many beautiful scrapbooks into state competition. She was honored with AVAVRS Life Membership in 1996. Judy joined the Forest View Rescue Squad as an Associate Member in 1988 and became a full member in 1993. She was an EMT and an excellent driver for the squad. I had the pleasure of being on Crew 6 at the Midlothian Station with her as my driver for many years. She was awarded Senior Life Membership in February 1998 and honored with the J. C. Phillips Leadership Award in 2008. She served many years as Comptroller, an elected position, of the Senior Executive Board. Her presence will be greatly missed. What she inspired in us will live on.
Daughters and granddaughters
Christine Koogler - Daughter
Granddaughters -  Lindsay and Madison
5609 Woods Walk Road
Midlothian, VA    23112
Shari and Dan Caston - Daughter and Son-in-Law
Granddaughter - Mallory
1820 Maiden Lane SW
Roanoke, VA   24015

Fran Phillips FVRS Auxiliary President FVRS Secretary

BAGBY, Shirley Edwards - Obituary

Shirley"Tootie" Edwards Bagby, born March 11, 1931 passed away peacefully on December 28, 2020 after a brief illness (non-COVID-19 related). She was preceded in death by her father, Edward Lee Edwards; mother, Grace West Lee; and stepfather Bernard Russell Lee; devoted husband of fifty-one years, Thomas Phillips Bagby; loving son, Thomas Phillips Bagby, Jr. "Phil"; and son-in-law Richard "Rick" Perry. She is survived by sister, Jean Edwards Venner; two brothers, James Rial Lee (Judy) and Ernest Stuart Lee (Pat); daughter, Sandra Lee Perry; grandchildren, Jennifer Perry Solomon (Dan), Jeremy Andrew Perry (Nancy), Richard Sean Perry (Cheryl), and Steven Thomas Perry (Lexi); six great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and countless dear family friends and colleagues.

Shirley graduated from John Marshall High School in 1947. In addition to raising her family, she held jobs as a secretary, bank teller, was an excellent seamstress, and a top-notch Tupperware salesperson. In 2016, at the age of 84, she retired from the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads, where she was employed as a secretary for many years. She also served on the board of directors for the National EMS Memorial Service in Oilville, VA from 1993 until her death and was an honorary member of the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads. She was a dedicated member of Discovery United Methodist Church in Henrico, where she enjoyed the fellowship of countless other worshippers.

Shirley enjoyed travelling and visited such places as Alaska, the Grand Canyon, and Greece. Despite being a life-long southerner, she was a die-hard Yankees fan and relished regaling others with play by plays, player statistics, and trades and acquisitions. Later in life and up until her demise, Shirley was an avid jigsaw puzzle enthusiast who enjoyed the assistance of others in those endeavors and would proudly display her accomplishments through blast emails. She always enjoyed the company of her myriad visitors, especially with her lunch companions, and brought a light to all those she met.

There will be a private, in-person service for family members at Discovery United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. For others, the service will be broadcast live at

On Friday, December 25, 2020, Robert “Bob” George Wingfield, of Vinton, Virginia, loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away at the age of 75.
He was born in 1945 in Newark, New Jersey to William and Irene (Hulse) Wingfield. Bob was a proud graduate of Virginia Tech and served in the Corps of Cadets before joining the United States Army and serving in Vietnam.
Upon returning to Virginia, he served as a manager at Hop-In and U-Haul and founded Communications Plus and was known around the state for his passion of tinkering with radios.
Through all of this, Bob was an EMT serving with Williamson Road Life Saving Crew and landing at Cave Spring Volunteer Rescue Squad where he ran EMS calls for more than 35 years, was a Life Member and was still assisting with fundraising in 2020.
Bob was a Life Member of the Botetourt Mounted Search and Rescue which became Commonwealth Search and Rescue, and Angel Search and Rescue and served as an instructor around the state for Search and Rescue Operations for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.
He was a former district and state officer for the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads (District 6) where he was a Life Member of both the State and District and assisted volunteer rescue squads around the area for many years. Bob helped with the formation of the To The Rescue Museum, serving on the Board of Directors and working with the National EMS Memorial Service before its departure from Roanoke. He also served on the Board of the Vinton First Aid Crew and assisted with the Vinton Needy Families Program.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Patsy (Perdue) of Vinton; his daughter, Sarah (Nick); his grandchildren, Payton, Brayden and Dade, all of Jeffersonville, Indiana. Also surviving are sister, Jane Curtis (John) of Heath, Texas; cousins, Traver Hulse of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Charlotte Bennett of Bedford, and Shirley Bray of Danville; sisters-in-law, Janet Pugh (Leon) of Glade Hill, and Karen Young (Donald Mabry) of Rocky Mount; nieces, Elise Landrum of McKinney, Texas, and Lori Pugh of Glade Hill; nephews, James Curtis of California, and Steve Pugh of Salem; and great-nephew, Liam Landrum of Texas.
The family wants to thank the amazing medical staff of the HCA System for helping him through 2020 and the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Trauma and Palliative care teams.
A memorial service will be held in the Spring. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Raleigh Court United Methodist Church ( or to Cave Spring Volunteer Rescue Squad (

Kelly Brice Walters  - OBITUARY