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Ruth Hope Jordan

OBITUARIES October 22, 2019 Press release
Ruth Hope Jordan, 84, of Chester, Va., passed away peacefully in her home on Oct. 12, 2019. Ruth was born on Dec. 25, 1934, in Colonial Heights to John David Jordan and Ruth Alma Pate Jordan. She was born prematurely, so small that her first crib was just a small box placed near a space heater for warmth; yet she persevered and went on to dedicate her life to volunteering and serving the people of Chesterfield County. After graduating Thomas Dale High School and the Norfolk College of William and Mary (now Old Dominion University), she returned to Chester, where she spent 32 years teaching elementary school for Chesterfield County Schools, endearing herself to hundreds of her students.  During this time, she also volunteered for the Bensley-Bermuda Volunteer Rescue Squad, receiving numerous certifications and accolades for her work as both a volunteer and as an instructor. After 10 years of continuous service, in 1982 the squad named her a member for life. In retirement, “Miss Ruth,’’ as she was so affectionately addressed by many, continued her public service by volunteering for the Chesterfield County Police Department, leaving only when her aging body told her it was time to fully retire. Ruth’s lifelong commitment to serving her community, including over 7,000 volunteer hours, culminated in her receipt of the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015, and her induction into the Chesterfield County Senior Volunteer Hall of Fame in 2016. Ruth was predeceased by her three brothers, John, Robert and Russell Jordan; her sister, Edith Early; her foster sister, Joan Rusmisell; and her niece, Stephanie Jordan. Ruth is survived by her two sisters-in-law, Pat and Lois Jordan; five nieces and nephews; 11 grandnieces and grandnephews; one great-great grandniece; and a host of former students, friends and fellow volunteers. While her family was very dear to Ruth, her friends and acquaintances in and around Chester meant the world to her. Thank you, to all who touched her world, watched out for her and helped take care of her. Her life would not have been the same without you. A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at St John’s Episcopal Church, 12201 Richmond St., Chester, Va., 23831 with the Rev. Dale Custer presiding, followed by a reception at the parish hall. A private interment will take place at Sunset Memorial Park in Chester. Memorial gifts in Miss Ruth’s memory can be made to Smitty’s Cat Rescue (now SPCA of Chesterfield), Chesterfield Police Department or the Bermuda-Bensley Volunteer Rescue Squad. Funeral arrangements are by the Colonial Heights Chapel of E. Alvin Small Funeral Homes and Crematory, 2033 Boulevard, Colonial Heights, Va., 23834. Condolences may be registered at
Gail Elizabeth Dean, 45, of Montvale, died Wednesday, September 11, 2019. She was born in Roanoke, VA on November 3, 1973, a daughter of James Edward Dean and May Alphin Dean of Montvale. She was preceded in death by an uncle, William Bernard Alphin. She worked security at Walmart and was a member of Montvale Presbyterian Church.  Gail was a lifetime member of Montvale Rescue Squad. She was very actively involved in Relay for Life and volunteered with police work. In addition to her mother and father she is survived by a brother, Wayne Dean and wife Robin; special friend, Lisa Stewart; uncle, Richard “Dick” Alphin and wife Nancy; aunts, Carol Alphin, Jean Dawson; and cousins, Valeria Alphin, Jeff Alphin, Lynette Dawson. The family wishes to give a special thanks to the nurses on 10 South at Roanoke Memorial Hospital for their loving care to Gail. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m., Saturday, September 14, 2019 at Montvale Recreation Club, 1182, Pike Rd., Montvale, VA with Rev. Rodney Wilson and Steve McChesney officiating. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your local Fire, Rescue, or Police Department. Arrangements by Burch-Messier Funeral Home, Bedford, 540-586-7360.

Patrick David Moody, 40, of Neighbors Place, Lynchburg, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 18, 2019. He was the loving husband of Leslie Paige Moody. Born in Durham, N.C., on February 16, 1979, he was a son of Dianne D. and David S. Moody Jr. of Appomattox. Patrick was an EMT with Babcock and Wilcox and an EMT and fire fighter with Campbell County Public Safety. Patrick had also been a lighting lechnician with Special Event Services during which he toured with various Country/Western groups, Christian artists, Veggie Tales and Presidential debates. He was a 1997 graduate of Southern Durham High School and received an Associate Degree from Full Sail University, Winter Park, Fla. Patrick was a member of Blue Ridge Community Church where he served on the Tech Team and Parking Team. He was a level 2 firefighter for the LynDan Heights Fire Department for 13 years where he served as secretary. He was an EMT Enhanced with many other certifications. His most meaningful aspect of the LynDan Heights Fire department was serving as their Chaplain. Patrick organized the non-profit "Brothers In Arms" which is a first response to first responders with a debilitating illness. In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by two sons, Cameron Blaine Mitchell and Declan Patrick Moody of Lynchburg; a brother, Bryan Moody and wife, Angel of Appomattox; an almost brother, Michael "Bubba" Clemons and wife, Kelly of Middlesex, N.C.; grandparents, Bobbie A. Seagroves of Timberlake, N.C. and Peggy S. and Patrick B. Dennis of Appomattox; father-in-law, Mike Watts Sr. of Lynchburg; mother-in-law, Dana Thompson and husband, Kevin of Wilmington, N.C.; and numerous in-laws, nieces, nephews, and church family. He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Manning Earl Seagroves and grandmother-in-law, Peggy "Moo" St. John. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Tuesday, July 23, 2019, at Blue Ridge Community Church by Pastor Jeremy Wilkinson. Burial will follow in the Arthur-Neighbors Family Cemetery, Beaver Creek Crossing, Lynchburg, Va. The family will receive friends from 4 until 8 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2019, at Blue Ridge Community Church and other times at the residence. The family requests memorial donations be made to Brothers In Arms, P.O. Box 1656, Rustburg, VA 24588 or at Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. An online condolence may be sent by visiting


PATRICIA BRYANT - Christiansburg Auxiliary - AVAVRS Life Member

Obituary for Patricia Cox Bryant

Patricia Cox Bryant, 72, of Christiansburg, passed away on July 15, 2019. 

Pat was preceded in death by her mother and father, Vivian and John Dean Cox; and her brother, Larry Michael Cox. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Roger Bryant; daughter, Jennnifer Bryant Salyers and husband Kevin Salyers; granddaughters, Emily Salyers and Sydney Salyers; sisters, Sue Francis, Doris Rawlings and husband Art Rawlings. Pat is also survived by nieces and nephews, Caroline Francis, Sabrina Francis, Sara Levesque, Celeste Bryant, William Rawlings, Tommy Bryant; great-nieces and great-nephews, Arden Marsh, Vivian Levesque, Jamie Bryant, Jodie Bryant, Peyton Sodemann, William Levesque, Vincent Rawlings, Liam Rawlings; as well as brother-in-law, Michael Bryant.

Pat was a life member of the Christiansburg Rescue Auxiliary and a life member of the Auxiliary to the Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squads. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019, from 12-2 p.m. at Horne Funeral Home. The Memorial Service will follow at 2 p.m. in the Chapel, with Rev. Neal Turner officiating. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Pat to St. Jude Children's Hospital.


AVAVRS Members
Pat Bryant AVAVRS Life member has been in hospital recently with defibrillator problems.
Keep her in your prayers and send cards to 60 Griggs Street Christiansburg, VA 24073

Also, Laura Booze, AVAVRS Life member has been in hospital but is home now.
Cards can be sent to 224 West Ridgeway Street Clifton Forge, VA 24422

Also, Connie Bazzle of Broadway lost her mother in law recently. 

Cards can be sent to 9837 N. Valley Pike Rockingham Va 22802

Please keep these 3 ladies in your prayers.

Submitted by Ailease Short AVAVRS, President

Mike Johnson, District 5 EVOC Instructor
Wanted to let everyone know that Mike Johnson, District 5 EVOC Instructor, was taken to Bon Secour Memorial Regional Medical Center on Friday Night while working the races in Richmond.  He was admitted and will be having a pacemaker put in later this week after the doctors get some other medical conditions under better control.  Please keep Lelia and Mike in your prayers.

Cards may be sent to their home address at:
584 Oakville Rd.
Appomattox, VA  24522
Mike Smoot
District 5 VP


Blanche A. Bish
VAVRS Life Member, Past President and Hall of Fame Member Bubby Bish's mother -  Blanche A. Bish, 95, of Colonial Heights died
Thursday, April 4, 2019. She was a longtime resident of Battersea in Petersburg. Blanche retired from Brown & Williamson after 35 years. She is survived by her son, E.B. “Bubby” Bish, Jr. and his wife, Martha; daughter-in-law, Glenda J. Moody; grandchildren, Crystal R. Bish, Kenneth E. Bish, Jr., Dawn E. Twombly and Grace B. Piotrowski; eleven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her son, Kenneth E. Bish, Sr. and her parents, Ellet W. and Ella Davis Williams. A service will be held at the Mausoleum in Southlawn Memorial Park on Friday, April 12, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. The family would like to extend a special thanks for the love and care provided to Blanche by the nurses, doctors and caregivers at Colonial Heights Health Care. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be donated to Southside Virginia Emergency Crew, P.O. Box 574 Petersburg, VA 23804. Condolences may be registered at

Bubby Bish
920 Dogwood Circle
Colonial Heights VA  23834

Frances Wildman
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of 25 year veteran of LifeCare, Frances Wildman.  Frances was very dedicated to LifeCare and was loved by all who had the privilege of meeting her.
Frances is the grandmother of Danny Wildman.  She passed away yesterday around 6pm.
Frances started off with the company dispatching calls and later began assisting with the weekly billing group.  She would have turned 96 on May 5th.
Please keep Danny and his family in your thoughts.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Kevin Dillard, MBA
President/ CEO
LifeCare Medical Transports
1170 International Parkway
Fredericksburg, VA  22406-1126

Larry Shaw Memorial Service
2:30 pm, Thursday, April 11, 2019
Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad, Station 14
740 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
There will be light snacks following the service.  The family could use your help, and if you would like to help, would you please sign-up online for food, set-up, or clean-up at , or call Nicole at 757-450-6790.
Memorial donations may be made in Larry’s memory to his beloved Rescue Station, VBVRS, at the above address or online at  Expressions of sympathy and flowers may be shared with Larry’s family by for his sister’s address.
Parking is permitted in the Virginia Beach Public Library next door to our building.  Enter through the front door on Virginia Beach Blvd.  There is also parking further away behind our building and the library on 18th St. next to Wareing’s Gym.

Elizabeth "Ann" Cole Eubank
VAVRS Life Member Kathy Eubank's mother Elizabeth "Ann" Cole Eubank went to be with the Lord on March 28, 2019. 
She was prceded in death by her loving husband, James "Jimmy" C. Eubank Jr.; and brother, Herman Cole. 
She is survived by her children, Katherine, Gayle Miller (Bill), Jimmy (Suzanne), Nancy Georges (Tony) and Mark;
grandchildren, Cody and Ashley Eubank (Colson Lawrence), Nicholas (McKenzie), Hunter, Cole and Tanner Georges,
Kaitlyn Gregaitis (Blaine) and Mark Eubank Jr.; and siblings, Charles, Gloria and Curtis Cole.  Ann and Jimmy
founded Eubank and Sons, a successful busines that continues today.  She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother.
"Nanny Ann" was a special gift to many others whom she loved as her own.  She will be greatly missed, but the family
finds comfort that she is in Heaven with the love of her life. 
The family will received friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, 2019 at Bliley's-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd. 
A graveside funeral ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 5, 2019, at Dale Memorial Park, 10201 Newbys Bridge Rd.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU or
Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Kathy Eubank

2231 Westwood Pine Dr

Moseley VA  23120

Karen E. Giles
Here are the complete arrangements for Karen E. Giles.
Visitation is:
Thursday and Friday from 4pm-7pm
Cross Pointe Church of the Nazarene
8710 Hull Street Road
N. Chesterfield, VA 2323
Memorial Service:
Saturday, February 23rd at Amelia County High School, 8500 Otterburn Road, Amelia VA beginning at 1pm.
Members of public safety community are asked to be there by noon.  It is requested they arrive in dress uniform, for those that can.  There will be designated parking for emergency vehicles.
There will be a small reception after the service to allow people to spend time with each other. 
I would suggest getting to the high school early because they are expecting a large attendance.
They have set up a Go-fund me account and a memorial fund at Citizens Bank and Trust in Amelia.  They are also looking for anyone that can assist with an honor guard. 


Mike Chewning

It with deepest regret and sorrow, I must advise of the passing of
Mike Chewning, a long time Life Member & Board of Directors on the
Vinton First Aid Crew.  Mike had been ill for some time.  He will be
missed by our Crew and our community.
Visitation at Oakley's Vinton Chapel Friday 2-4 and 6-8.
Funeral will be Saturday at 11:00 AM at Mineral Springs Baptist Church.
Doug Adams



Please keep Maxie, his wife and their family in your hearts and prayers. 

Maxie Skeen
177 Cleveland Heights Road
Cleveland, VA  24225
Hone:  276-889-2382

Obituary for Johnny Swaine Skeen Sr.

Johnny Swaine Skeen Sr., 86, of Cleveland, Va., passed away on Friday, January 4, 2019,
after a courageous battle with cancer. Born on December 19, 1932, in the Hurricane Fork
section of Dumps Creek, Russell Co, Va., he was the son of the late Stafford and Cora Skeens.

A 1952 graduate of Cleveland High School and a veteran of the Korean Conflict, he proudly
served his country in the Army from 1952 to 1961. He was a member of Cleveland Baptist
Church and of the William Birchfield Lodge #294 of Cleveland. Johnny was a charter member
of Lebanon and Cleveland Rescue and a life member and Captain of Cleveland Lifesaving Crew.
He retired from the Appalachian Power Company with 38 years of service at the plant in Carbo, Va.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one infant brother; brother,
Wilson Clifford Skeens; sisters, Vivian Johnston and Ettis Back; brothers-in-law, Athenis Tiller,
Kenneth Stevens, Eddie Back, Nash Johnston, and Donald Turner.

Survivors include his loving wife of 60 years, Maxie Tiller Skeen; sons, Swaine Skeen (Patricia)
and Bryant Skeen (Christina); daughter, Carla Adkins (Fred); grandchildren, Kari Beasley (Ben),
Heather Skeen-Brennan (Ross), Aaron Adkins (Kayla), Phillip Adkins (Nicole), Hope Skeen,
Ethan Skeen, Emma Skeen, and Christopher Skeen; great grandchildren, Troy Adkins,
Sullivan Brennan, Reid Adkins, and Lucy Beasley; sisters, Donna Carter (Don), Mary Conner (Thomas),
Cara Bell Musick (Kermit), Jean Turner, Sue Phillips (Clitis); brother, Guy Skeens (Linda);
sisters-in-law, Geneva Skeens, Theresa Wilson (Don), Larnell Stevens, Frances Conner (Gene),
Cloteen McReynolds (Ballard), brother-in-law, T.C. Tiller and a host of nieces and nephews.


In Loving Memory of

Barbara Abell Johnston

Barbara Abell Johnston, 85, formally of Pearisburg, Virginia died December 26, 2018
at the Raleigh Court Health Center in Roanoke, Virginia. Barbara was born March 21 1933
in Roanoke, Virginia the daughter of the late Jess Ivanhoe Abell and Katherine Overfelt Abell.
She was also proceeded in death by her husband of 61 years Wilford Pharr (Bill) Johnston.
She is survived by her sons Frank K. Johnston of Roanoke and Scott A. and Michelle G. with
their children Sullins A., Eliza S. and Maverick K. Johnston of Daleville. Barbara grew up in
Boones Mill and Fairlawn, VA. and graduated from Dublin High School in 1950. She went to
Radford College earning her BA degree in 1954 and was an art teacher for Pearisburg High School,
a career she truly loved.

Jean Powell, Bensley-Bermuda Auxiliary/AVAVRS Life Member
Jean Powell has been back in hospital with pacemaker problems and possible blood clot. 
She is a member of Bensley Auxiliary and 
AVAVRS Life member.  She had been admitted to Chippenham
Hospital for a pacemaker insertion.
Please keep her in your prayers and send cards to her
at her home- 9125 Quinnford Blvd. Richmond, VA 23237.
Thomas Alvin "Tommy" Rowland - Citizens EC

Long Island…..Thomas Alvin “Tommy” Rowland, age 75 of
Long Island died Saturday, December 1, 2018 at his residence.  

Born July 16, 1943 in Pittsylvania County, he was a son of the late
William Albert Rowland and Elizabeth Worley Rowland. He was
predeceased by two brothers, Elwood Rowland and Johnny Rowland. 
Tommy retired from Klopman after 39 years of service.  Following
his retirement from Klopman he worked for an additional 10 years
for Sonny Merryman.  He enjoyed woodworking, fishing with his
brothers, the Dallas Cowboys, and loved spending time with his
grandchildren. Tommy loved the church and spent 47 years as a
Deacon and was currently a member of Edge Baptist Church in Gladys. 
Involved in community affairs, he was a Life member of
Citizens Emergency Crew in Gladys and had over 35 years of
service with the crew.  

He is survived by his wife, Brenda Pickeral Rowland of the
residence; one daughter, Lora R. Layne and husband,
Gerald of Long Island; one son, Stuart A. Rowland and wife,
Amanda of Gladys; one brother, Paul Rowland and wife,
Liz of Gladys; five grandchildren, Justine Layne,
Carter Thomas Layne, Kaylee Rowland, Leslie Rowland
and Scarlett Rowland. 

Wilkes Corba Stacy  

Corba Stacy Wilkes, 95, of Roanoke, Va., went home to be with the Lord on
Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

She was born in Panther, W.Va., the daughter of James and Meda Stacy.
Corba was a member of Belmont Baptist Church in Roanoke and Goodwill Baptist
Church in Patrick Springs, Va.  She was a member of Roanoke Emergency Medical
Services Auxiliary.  Corba was predeceased by her husband, Marvin C. Wilkes;
three sisters, Wilma Opal Bailey, Charlotte Marie Branham, and Kathleen Robinette;
two brothers, James H. Stacy Jr. and Donald Edward Stacy; nephews, Eddie Bailey, 
Ricky Stacy, Tommy Robinette, Jerry Dale Robinette and Terry Robinette;

and two sisters-in-law, Betty Stacy and Viola Huddleston.

Surviving are her daughter, June Ann Wilkes; a sister-in-law, Zella Stacy;
and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Corba had many special friends throughout Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina.

June Wilkes

1002 Morgan Ave

Roanoke VA 24013


James Wesley Phillips 
78, of Rustburg, passed away on Wednesday, October 10, 
2018. He was the husband of Kanzada Thaxton Phillips for 30 years.
Born in Rustburg on December 8, 1939, he was a son of the late Moorman
and Louise Tucker Phillips and was also preceded in death by a son,
baby boy Phillips; a brother, Gene Phillips; and a nephew, Michael Phillips.
Jimmy was a life time member of Campbell County Rescue Squad, New Hope
United Methodist Church, member of Mackey Masonic Lodge, Lynchburg,
and Roanoke Shrine Club and was a U.S. Air Force Veteran. In addition to his wife,
he is survived by two children, Karen Wolter (Jeffrey) and Vince Phillips (Katie Johnson);
five grandchildren, Ryan, Mikala, Kennedy, Logan and Anson Wolter; two sisters,
Barbara Blankinship (Eugene) and Delores King (Herbert), a brother, Ray Phillips (Judy);
two sisters-in-law, Shirley Phillips and Caressa Talley (Earl); and his mother-in-law,
Mary Chumbley Thaxton. 

Leonard E. "Buddy" Phillips, Jr. - VAVRS Life Member, Past President, Hall of Fame - Life Member-Forest View VRS

It is with sadness that we say goodbye to our long time friend and squad member
Leonard E. "Buddy" Phillips, Jr.  "Buddy" was a Life Member and Past President of Forest View. 

He was a VAVRS Life Member, Past President and had been inducted into The Virginia Life Saving and

Rescue Hall of Fame.



Sympathy Cards may be sent to:

Dot Phillips

The Towers

7015 Carnation Street  #414

Richmond, VA   23225


John V. Hilliard, Jr.

President, Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad


Glen Kimball - LifeCare Medical Transport
Glenn Kimball passed away at home surrounded by his family on Sunday morning. 
He had retired from LifeCare and was fighting a terrible disease.

Expressions of sympathy can be sent to his family at--

Alice Kimball (wife)
11041 Jackson Court

Locust Grove, VA  22508

Submitted by Kevin Dillard 09-19-18

Willie Mae Knott (Billie) Cope, Mecklenburg Co Life Saving and Rescue Squad

Willie Mae Knott “Billie” Cope of Clarksville died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018.

She was 74 at the time of her death. 

She was born Feb. 9, 1944, in Raleigh, N.C., and was married to
Kenneth Roger Cope, who survives. She was a former elementary school
teacher, and substitute high  school teacher. She was a Girl Scout leader for more than 45 years.
She was the  first female member of the Clarksville Fire Department where she was a life member, 
and was the first female advance ife support member of the Mecklenburg
Rescue Squad, where she was also a life member. She served as Sunday
school teacher for many years and hosted many exchange students over the years. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her mother, Willie Doster
Knott, two brothers, Lindsey Knott and Michael Knott, and a sister,
Betsy Knott Blalock,  all of Raleigh, N.C., two sons, Kenneth Roger Cope Jr.,
of Maryland, and Michael Cope, and his wife Angela, of Clarksville, nine grandchildren, Walter Daevid (Tripp) Conner III, James Robert Lindsey
Conner,  Zachary Iaian Neal Conner, all of South Boston, Jacob Roe,
Rebecca Cope, Nicholas Cope, Phillip Cope, Lucas Cope and Daniel Cope,
all of Clarksville, and her son-in-law W. David Conner II, of South Boston. 

She was predeceased by her father, Alvis Lindsey Knott, and daughter,
Elizabeth Lindsey Cope Conner. 

Kenneth Cope
103 Willow Oak Dr
Clarksville VA 23927