VAVRS Family and Friends

Agencies and Members, if you have information with regard to any of our VAVRS Family and Friends Please send information to:  VAVRS Chaplain

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. 

Barbara Cherry

Health concern regarding Barbara Cherry of Forest View.
She is having heart catherization today 01-29-19).
Send cards to her at 4700 Sterlingheath Drive, Midlothian, VA 23112

Ailease Short AVAVRS President

Angie Lymberg

Angie Lymberg of East Hanover Aux. is having surgery next week 01-31-19 on her foot and
will be non weight bearing for weeks. Keep her in your prayers. Cards can be sent to her home
at 7233 Jamie Court  Mechanicsville, VA 23111

Ailease Short AVAVRS President

Diana Wills

Diana Wills, VAVRS District 10 Alternate Vice President had a bad fall yesterday
on the ice.  She was taken by ambulance to Stafford Hospital, where she has been
admitted to room 405.  She has a very bad break in her ankle and they will be performing
surgery in the next couple of days.
Cards can be sent to her home address—
Diana Wills
741 Courthouse Road
Stafford, VA  22554
Calls can be made to Stafford Hospital, (540) 741-9000 room 405.
Please keep Diana in your thoughts and prayers.
Kevin Dillard, MBA

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