Family and Friends Page


Please keep Wesley Melson, VAVRS Vice President, his wife Kim, their children and his Mom in your thoughts and prayers.  Wesley’s Dad was transported to the hospital by ambulance early this morning and went into cardiac arrest after arriving at the hospital.  They were unable to revive him. 
Expression of sympathy can be sent to –
Wesley Melson and family
200 Madison Ave.
Colonial Beach, VA  22443
Kevin Dillard, MBA

Bruce Edwards (VAVRS Life Member)
It is with deep regret that we have been informed that Bruce Edwards died Saturday, August 22nd.  We will post more information as it is received.


Many of you have asked about memorial arrangements for Chief Edwards.   A number of activities are in the works.  Most notably, I hope you all saw that City Council took action last night to rename the EMS Headquarters and Training Center in honor of Chief Bruce Edwards.  I can think of no better way to honor his service and his legacy.    
City flags are flying at half-staff, and EMS Department badges should be draped through Saturday.  Deputy Chief Hundley is the Department’s primary point of contact and liaison with Chief Edwards’ family.
The visitation will be Friday (1700-1900) at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments, Laskin Road Chapel. Parking is in the rear. Visitors should bring a face mask to wear. Bruce’s family will likely not know your name and has asked that you please introduce yourself upon greeting them and passing along your condolences. Class A uniforms are encouraged as Chief Edwards will be in his dress uniform. Please remember that we are under COVID restrictions for large gatherings.  While we all have fond memories and stories with Chief Edwards, folks are encouraged not to congregate for extended periods of time. We will have Virginia Beach Rescue Squad Honor Guard personnel present to assist in ushering everyone through the viewing.
If weather and calls permit, Nightingale will conduct a flyover of the visitation on Friday night around 6pm.
The funeral is Saturday (1100) at the Church of the Holy Family and will be live streamed from their website at service is private with a limited number of seats for EMS (all non-church parishioner EMS) personnel. If you are interested in attending, please contact Deputy Chief Hundley.  He is building a wait list to attend (there are no guarantees).  We encourage you to watch the live stream.   
If you have any questions, please contact Deputy Chief Hundley.
Lynette Dimitry
Virginia Beach Emergency Medical Services
4160 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, Va 23452
Fax 757-431-3019


Born in Norfolk, Virginia August 31, 1947 to Donald Winston and Emma Lee Edwards, Bruce Winston Edwards, 72, died August 22, 2020. A graduate of Norview High School and Old Dominion University, he earned a Master of Public Administration. Following his father's first heart attack he joined the Ocean Park Rescue Squad in 1967. Pre-hospital emergency care became his passion and his life's work.

As important as his EMS family was to him, his own family was always a priority. He leaves to cherish his memory a wife of 49 years, Jean Smith Edwards, son, Donald James Edwards, son-in-law, Michael John Mailand, and five grandchildren, Robert Bruce and Sarah Ann Edwards, Hannah Marie, Brooke Kimberly, and Evan Bruce Mailand. Bruce was predeceased by his father, mother, brother Donald Brandon and his beloved daughter, Patricia Marie Mailand. He is also survived by his father-in-law Capt. James A Smith, USN (Ret.), brothers and sisters-in-law Eileen S. Shea, James Michael Smith (Sue), Karen S. Lewis (Stan), Bernard L. Smith (Josie) and Richard G. Smith (Sherry) along with numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Friday August 28, 2020 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Laskin Road Chapel. A Mass of Christian Burial for Bruce and his daughter Patricia will be celebrated at Church of the Holy Family Saturday, August 29 at 11:00 am. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

His daughter, Patricia Maitland passed away on August 7th and Bruce is in the hospital with very serious health complications.

Bruce Edwards Family
2441 Windward Shore Drive
Virginia Beach, VA  23451

Patricia Marie Edwards Mailand, loving mother, wife, and friend passed away on August 7th at the age of 43. She was born June 29, 1977 in Virginia Beach. She is survived by her husband of 22 years Michael J. Mailand, her children Hannah, Brooke, and Evan, her parents Bruce and Jean Edwards, and her brother Donald Edwards as well as her grandfather CAPT James A. Smith (USN Ret.), and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. She loved animals and spent many years working in veterinary care. She also enjoyed everything involving the Chesapeake Bay. She enjoyed, playing in the sand, swimming, boating, kayaking and fishing. She also loved to garden and had many hobbies and talents including arts and crafts. She will be missed by all who knew her. A Memorial Mass will be announced at a later date to be celebrated at Holy Family Catholic Church in Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VBSPCA or Ocean Park Volunteer Rescue Squad or your favorite charity. Online condolences may be offered to the family at

Brad Campbell (LifeCare)
Brad Campbell (LifeCare)

Brad Campbell died this morning, July 24th from injuries from a vehicle crash.  Brad was 35 years old and an employee of the LifeCare - Danville office.  Brad has just recently returned from serving with LifeCare for over a month in New York City assisting with the efforts to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.  Card and expressions of sympathy can be sent to his parents.

Mr. and Mrs. Chris Campbell
1624 Little Creek Road
Ringgold, VA  24586

Anyone needing any additional information can contact me.

Kevin Dillard, MBA
President/ CEO
LifeCare Medical Transports


Davone Robinson
We as the members of the Stony Creek VRS mourn the sudden death of one of our dedicated squad members Mr. Davone Robinson, #314, I realize this is a late notice. It has just been so hetic these last past few days, I have fallen short in some areas. Some things I did post on the District 2 & SCVRS Facebook page. Davone lost his fight as the result of a MC accident and leaves behind three(3) precious children & was expecting another very shortly, his fiance, mom, 1 sister & 4 brothers. 

Line-up @ 9:30 am; Processional leaving  @ 10:00 am from:

Johnson's Funeral Home
530 S. Sycamore St
Petersburg, VA. 23803
Tel: 804-863-4411
Fax: 804-863-4412

Funeral Service @ 11 am
Mayfield Family Cemetery 
467 Wyatts Mill Rd
Jarratt , VA. 23867

Cards and expressions of sympathy can be addressed to:
Stony Creek VRS 
Att: Davone Robinson
P. O. Box 38
Stony Creek,  VA. 23882

Please continue to keep this family in your prayers!

William Wesley Winston 

June 2, 1929 - July 4, 2020 William Wesley "Bill" Winston, 91, of 5376 Gladys Road, Altavista, died on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at his home surrounded by his wife and family. He was the husband of his beloved wife of sixty-eight years, Lucile Lovelace Winston. He was born on June 2, 1929, a son of the late Thomas Edward Winston Sr. and Florence Holland Winston. He graduated from Gladys High School in 1947 and Virginia Commercial Business College in 1949. Bill served in the U.S. Army from 1951-1957 in both active and reserve duty. His service in Texas led to an enduring friendship with Ray McBryar of Loganville, Ga., and he treasured visits from his dear friend. Bill was a farm boy at heart and couldn't wait to return home to Virginia after serving in the Army. He was a lifelong cattle farmer working until the last year of his life. He was happiest when he was on a tractor working in the hay field or in his garden. He had a great love for all of the community and for many years planted a salad patch for all to enjoy. Bill was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish with family and friends during his spare time. He was retired from the Campbell County Sheriff's Office and Presbyterian Homes (Humankind). He was a member of Lambs United Methodist Church and served in many capacities during his lifetime. In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Kayla Pribble and her husband, Tarry, of Altavista, John Winston and his wife, Lisa, of Cove City, N.C., Elaine Wright of Altavista, and Kristi Tinsley and her husband, Philip, of Lynchburg; eight grandchildren, Jessica Tilley, Curtis Wesley Rice, Kimberly Norton, Helen Zehr, Ashley King, Lindsay Wright, Nicholas Boley and Ella Tinsley; ten great-grandchildren, Madeline Tilley, Savannah Rice, Eli Rice, Sarah Norton, Will Norton, Anna Norton, Landon Schrock, Alicia Zehr, Alana Zehr and Nikolas Wright; an aunt, Cornelia Holland; four sisters-in-law, Carol Roakes, Joan Cunningham and her husband, Billy, Joyce Revak and her husband, L. Denny, and Odelsie Winston; one brother-in-law, Ronald Lovelace and his wife, Brenda; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Lillian Winston; a sister, Shirley Vassar and her husband, Burleigh; a brother, Thomas Winston Jr.; a brother-in-law, Walter Roakes; and two grandsons, Johnathan Winston and Brett Boley. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Tuesday, July 7, 2020, at Finch & Finch Chapel, Altavista, with interment to follow in Lambs United Methodist Church Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Altavista Memorial Post 36 and Gretna Post 232. The family will receive friends at the residence. The family would like to thank Stacey Dalton, Amedisys Hospice and the Veteran's Administration staff, too numerous to mention, for the exceptional care provided. The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider Lambs United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Treasurer, 3098 Marysville Road, Altavista, VA 24517, Brothers in Arms, P.O. Box 1656 Rustburg, VA 24588, or Campbell County Sheriff's Office, P.O. Box 280, Rustburg, VA 24588. Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Altavista is in charge of arrangements. Please visit the online tribute at www.finchandfinchfuneralservice.comto share a memory or send a condolence to the family. Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service 809 Main Street, AltaVista, VA 24517

Please keep Tarry and Kayla Pribble in your thoughts and prayers.  Kayla's father (William Winston) passed away on Saturday, July 4th.  His service will be on Tuesday at Finch and Finch in Altavista at 11:00 a.m with interment in Lambs United Methodist  Cemetery.

Cards may be sent to Tarry and Kayla at
5127 Gladys Rd.
Altavista, VA  24517

Jim Bailey, VAVRS Life Member

We received word this evening that Jim Bailey, Life Member of Manchester and Life Member of the VAVRS has passed away.


We have the following to pass on:

Viewing will be

Wednesday, July 1 from 2pm to 4pm

Wednesday, July 1 from 6pm to 8pm

Funeral will be

Thursday, July 2 at 10 am


Bliley's Funeral Home

6900 Hull Street Rd,

Richmond, VA 23224


Interment will be at

Dale Memorial Park

10201 Newbys Bridge Rd

Chesterfield, VA 23832  


Jim was 92 years of age at his death.  He died peacefully at his daughter's Chrissy Munson’s’ home.


The family has requested Manchester provide an ambulance from funeral home to graveside.  Members to serve as honorary pallbearers (please wear appropriate dress uniform and arrive at Bliley’s Funeral home on Thursday no later than 9:30 a.m.


We will be providing Station 2 for a family luncheon after the graveside – for the family is about 50 people, their church is providing the food for the family.


The family has requested donations to Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad in lieu of flowers.


Cards may be sent to:

Chrissy Munson and Family

8507 Whirlaway Drive

Midlothian, VA 23112


We hope that if you can attend to pay final tribute to Jim that you will.


Thank you.

Kathy Eubank, Manchester Rescue

BAILEY, James "Jim" Richard, a resident of Chesterfield County, died June 24, 2020, peacefully at home. Born in Rochester, N.Y., the son of Elvina Verle Brendla and Percy Fredrick Bailey, he grew up in Florida. The army brought him to Virginia, where he stayed and raised his family. Loving father to nine children, he will be survived by 25 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. He was inducted into the Chesterfield County Hall of Fame for his many years of active service to Manchester Rescue Volunteer Squad. You could always find him taking time to teach and encourage others especially during his years of service in the Boy Scouts. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Theonia Wright; his second wife, Edith Darlene Randall; and his son, Patrick Neal Bailey. He is survived by daughters, Sherry Fletcher, Donna Howdershelt (Bob), Cathy Bartley (Anthony), Shelly Palmer (Rob), Christi Munson (Jairus) and Jesse Bosher (Lance); and his sons, Scott Bailey and Richard Bailey (Maggie). The family will receive friends 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at Bliley's-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd., where a funeral ceremony for family and close friends will be held 10 a.m. Thursday, July 2. The ceremony will be available to view online at All are welcome to join the family for interment following the ceremony at 11:15 a.m. in Dale Memorial Park, 10201 Newbys Bridge Rd., Chesterfield. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Manchester Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 198, Chesterfield, Va. 23832.

Betty Dean - VAVRS Life Member

I just spoke to one of our members at Stuarts Draft Rescue Squad and was informed that Betty Dean was placed on hospice care. Her health has been declining for several months and has gotten worse over the past couple of weeks. The hospice nurse is saying she may have a couple of weeks to a month left. She is a VAVRS and District 1 life member and a past state officer. We felt that the VAVRS would like to know about her condition. Her address is 29 Sunset Drive, Stuarts Draft, Va. 24477. 


Nick Brown


VAVRS District 1

Joseph F. "Joe" Garrett, Washington Co and Bristol Life Saving Crew

Joseph F. “Joe” Garrett, age 82, of Abingdon, Va., went to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at his home.


He was born May 28, 1938, in Sullivan County, Tenn., a son of the late Fred Garrett and Lura Burgess Garrett. He lived his entire life in the Washington County area and was a member of Greendale Chapel. He retired from Unisys and was self employed as a roofer and carpenter for several years. He was a member of the Washington County Life Saving Crew and Bristol Life Saving Crew for over 35 years. He and his crew won 1st place in competition for VAVRS—Virginia Association Volunteer Rescue Squads. He was also Chief Rescue Officer of District 9 for 32 years.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his triplet brothers, Jay Garrett and George Garrett, and an older brother, Lynn Garrett.
Survivors include his wife, Jean T. Garrett; three children, Beverly Kay Burgess, Belinda Jane Garrett, and Mark Garrett; two step-children, Donna Belisle and Victor Counts; three grandchildren (including special granddaughter, Katelin Holmes); three great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 7 p.m. in the Frost Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry A. Eggers officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 5:30 p.m. until time of the funeral service. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Cleveland Presbyterian Church Cemetery. A funeral procession will depart from the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Wilkinson, Michael Wilkinson, Darrell Beavers, Bob Boatright, Eddie McConnell, Sherlock Kimberlin, Gary Clatterbuck, Gary Stiltner, Noel McMillan, Dee Combs, Paul Combs, Bobby Timbs, Bob Belisle, Dan Hickok, Gary Estep, Bill Haworth, Larry Haworth, Ken Fleenor, Members of the Washington County Life Saving Crew and Bristol Life Saving Crew, all of District 9 Life Saving Crew Members, and men of Greendale Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Greendale Chapel, P. O. Box 1314, Abingdon, Va., 24212.

Online condolences may be expressed at


Frost Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 250 East Main Street, Abingdon, Va. 24210 is honored to serve the family of Mr. Garrett.

Submitted by Fran Philips

Glenn H. Roberson - Father-In-Law to Ford Wirt, VAVRS Life Member

Glenn Hansel Roberson departed this life Saturday, June 20th at English Meadows Senior Living. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sybil Gardner Roberson; his parents, Carl and Vada Roberson; and his two brothers, Hubert and Calvin Lee. 

He leaves behind his daughter, Martha A. Wirt (Ford); his grandson, Alex Wirt (Amber); two precious great-granddaughters, Jordan and Audrey Wirt; his sister, Reva Marrow; and sister-in-law, Helen Roberson.

He was a simple man who worked hard to meet the needs of his family and was anxious to meet his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ upon leaving this life. Many thanks to Kindred at Home Care and the staff at English Meadows - Christiansburg Campus for their kindness and care. 

Graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 in the Jacksonville Cemetery with Pastor Shake Smith officiating. 

In lieu of flowers please make contributions to Auburn Baptist Christian Academy, PO Box 917, Riner, VA 24149.

Ford and Martha Wirt

P O Box 458

Floyd, VA  24091



Susan Slough 
72, of Buena Vista died March 16 
Published on Mon, 03/16/2020 - 3:29pm 
Susan Ogden Slough, 72, of Buena Vista, peacefully went to be with her Lord and Savior after a long courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease on March 16, 2020. 
Susan shared her father’s birthday of Dec. 9, born in the year of 1947 to the late Charles William Ogden and Zelia Kerr Ogden.
Susan was a life member of the Buena Vista Rescue Squad, actively serving 15 years during which time she held many offices.  She retired from Mundet-Hermetite as quality control manager after 32 years of service.  Susan was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother who loved spending time with her family.  Her love will be missed immensely.
She leaves to cherish her memory, her husband of 36 years, Ronald L. Slough; her children, Sherry B. Cash (Dean), Amy S. Coada (Mike) and Chad Slough (Janna); her grandchildren, Whitney Williams, Vanessa Cole (Dallas), Joshua Cash, Brittany Moore and Kyleigh Arehart (Brandon); one brother, Phillip Ogden (Sherrill); three sisters, Wanda Bane, Bernice Stinnett, and Lois Alford; many nieces and nephews. Our precious memories will be passed on to her 12 great-grandchildren.  
A celebration of life will be held at the Ben Salem Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, with the Rev. Bryon LePere and the Rev. Dean Staton officiating.  Fellowship and dinner will take place directly after the service at the Ben Salem Community Building.
The family would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to each and every caregiver.  Special thanks to Amber Camden, Katie and Mark Smith and family, all staff of Havenwood Assisted Living and the staff of the Lexington Area Hospice.
Arrangements are being handled by Bolling, Grose, & Lotts Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

Ronnie Slough, 740 W. Fourth Street, Buena Vista, VA  24416   -  540-570-7404

Bruce Bullington 
Bruce Bullington a life member of Henrico rescue squad and a member of the VAVRS has posted the following on Facebook. Cards can be mailed to 7421 Kousa Drive Chesterfield, VA 23832. 

We all have things or ailments to be afraid of, diabetes, futures, finances, job security, health, aging…  I could go on and on.  My two greatest fears are stroke and cancer.  Both my parents died from cancer. My brother has bladder cancer.  This week one of those fears became reality.  I have been diagnosed with internal squamous cell carcinoma cancer.  It is located at the base of the tongue where the tongue meets the throat.  It is so deep-seated surgery is impossible and chemo is not an option.  Thirty-five rounds of radiation will begin once all the scans and paperwork reach the oncologist, probably next week.
              I did not see this coming.  It may have begun with a mild off and on sore throat over a year ago. Never thought to mention it to my PCP doctor.  Suspicion was aroused during an ear exam by my ENT doctor.  Something wasn’t right, he said.  Days later, fifteen biopsy samples were taken and tested positive for this dreaded disease.  My cellphone rang at 7:40 a.m. while Trisha and I were driving back to Richmond from Savannah, GA, her hometown.  It was her 55th high school class reunion.  “Mr. Bullington, Dr. Gibbons.  You have cancer.”  The cellphone was on speaker position via Bluetooth.  Total silence.  After what seemed like an hour the three of us chatted.  The journey, as so many cancer patients call it had begun.  This type of cancer has a good rate of remission.  Radiation could damage teeth, gums, salivary glands, taste buds, throat and esophagus.  If the throat is damaged and swallowing is difficult a stomach feeding tube may be necessary.  However, the tube is mainly required when chemo is administered.
              The next two months will be a whirlwind of medical appointments and other related activities.  I have not given a thought to the coronavirus, COVID-19.
              Please add us to your prayer list, as well as all cancer patients and cancer survivors.  God works miracles.  I pray He has saved one for me.

 Doug Adams

It is with great sadness that I must inform you of the passing of Doug Adams, District 6 Treasurer, Life Member and past District 6 VP. Doug was a member of Vinton Rescue Squad. Please keep the family and friends in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days and I will pass on the service information as soon as I know it.  

Service Information:
Visitation is Sunday 2:00 - 4:00 and 6:00 - 8:00 at Oakey’s in Vinton. 
Funeral is 10:00 Monday at Oakey’s in Vinton.

Jessie Sadler Daniel 
age 83, of Dolphin, VA passed away December 15, 2019. She is the daughter of the late Harvey and Swanee Sadler. Jessie was a lifelong member of Liberty Church, a life member of Virginia Association of Volunteer Rescue Squad Auxiliary (state, district and local), and a Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Squad Administrative Board member. Jessie retired from the Virginia Cooperative Extension Office after 36 years and then volunteered with the Hospice Support Group of Southside Virginia. Jessie loved her garden, word searches, cats, bus trips, cooking and helping others. She will be missed by so many. She is preceded in death by her husband, John Shelton “Jack” Daniel, Jr. and her brother, Wayne Sadler. She is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Strickland of Dolphin and Karen Williams and husband Gary of Glen Allen; five grandchildren, Elizabeth Strickland, Ryan Strickland (Gabi Whitten), Meredith Strickland, Kevin and David Williams; her sister-in-law, Frances Wright of Valentines; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews; her Brunswick Volunteer Rescue Squad  Auxiliary sisters; her sitter, Delores Dickens; and her lifelong friend, Kitty Burge. 

  • The family will receive friends Wednesday, 12/18/19  from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville.
  • A Celebration of Life service will be held  Thursday 11:00  a.m.  12/19/19  at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville with interment at Oakwood Cemetery, Lawrenceville.
  • Cards to: Carolyn Strickland & Karen Williams, daughters of Jessie  c/o:  7010 Liberty Rd     Dolphin, VA 23843
  • In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Liberty Church General Fund, c/o Jean Browder, 3827 Planters Rd., Lawrenceville, VA 23868;  VAVRS,     P. O. Box 279, Oilville, VA 23129; the Massey Cancer Research Center; or a charity of your choice.

Thanks for uplifting Jessie's family during their time of immense loss.    Maxine Kerns, AVAVRS Secretary ***

*** data transcribed from Jessie's obituary / arrangements   :   Williams Funeral Home , Lawrenceville   


Jack Dye
It is with great sadness and regret that I inform you that Jack Dye passed away this weekend out of state. Jack was a 44-year active member of the Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad and the Department of EMS. Jack was a staple of VBVRS, VBEMS, and worked to promote good EMS practices throughout the state. There are so many great stories involving Jack, and he has most certainly left our organization in a better place.
 Our squad is in direct communication with the family, and will assist with their wishes when they become available. At this time, both Station 14 and Station 8 will be draped. Also, all VBVRS badges will be draped until 1/1/2020. 
 Dale and Corey will have VBVRS cards if anyone would like to write something for the family. Jim Obal will be the point of contact to the family from the Squad.
Please keep Jack and his family in your thoughts and prayers. If anyone needs assistance, please reach out to us. 
Thank you,
Travis W. Smith
Virginia Beach Volunteer Rescue Squad


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.