VAVRS Family and Friends and 2018 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

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. 

Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday, December 3, 2018 at the Colbert-Moran Chapel by Dr. Jerry P. Jordan.  Burial will follow in Gretna Burial Park.  

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Colbert-Moran Funeral Home and other times will be at the residence. 

Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Gretna is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

The services for Roy Redd, Honorary Member Christiansburg Rescue Squad:
are as follows:

Visitation- Saturday, Dec 1 from 3pm - 6pm
Funeral- Sunday, Dec 2 at 2 pm
Interment will follow at Sunset Cemetery

All services will be held at Auburn Baptist Church
Jean Powell, Bensley-Bermuda Auxiliary/AVAVRS Life Member
Jean Powell of Bensley Auxiliary and AVAVRS Life member was
admitted to Chippenham Hospital on Friday and having
pacemaker inserted today.
Please keep her in your prayers and send cards to her
at her home- 9125 Quinnford Blvd. Richmond, VA 23237.
Glen Drumheller, Staunton Augusta FA/RS
Glen Drumheller saw his is cardiac physician this morning. 
He was given great news!
His doctor advised Glen that his heart is doing very well and
therefore has removed him from hospice care.
Please keep him in your prayers.
He would love to hear from you and would appreciate your visits.
His address is:
10 Herlock Road, Staunton,  VA 24401

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.

Funeral Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. on

Saturday, November 3, 2018, at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel with the Rev. John W. Fox and the Rev. Ed K. Watkins officiating.

Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018, at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggest memorials be made to Roanoke Emergency Medical Services (REMS), P.O. Box 1830, Roanoke, Va. 24008. Online condolences may be made at

Honorary pallbearers will be All 1st Responders – All Responders are asked to wear your Agency’s uniform

- If you plan on bringing an emergency vehicle Please contact Jackie Dean at 504-798-8043.  Leave a message or text with your Agency’s name and contact person along with a telephone number.

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. A funeral service will be conducted 11 a.m.,
Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service by
Dr. Dick Daily and the Rev. George Harris with Masonic Rites to follow with
burial to follow at Phillips-Tucker Cemetery, Rustburg with military honors
provide by Altavista American Legion Post 36. The family will receive friends
from 6 until 8 p.m., today Friday, October 12, 2018, at Heritage Funeral Service,
427 Graves Mill Road. In lieu of flowers, please consider Kazim Shriners transportation fund, 628 W. Campbell Ave., Roanoke, VA 24016. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory, 
(434) 239-2405 is assisting the family. Memories and thoughts may be shared with the family at www.heritagefuneralandcremat

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.


Below are the Memorial Service arrangements.


The memorial service will be held on October 10, 2018 at

Branch's Baptist Church

3400 Broad Rock Boulevard

Richmond, VA  23234


Visitation at 10:00 a.m.

Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m.

There will be a gravesite service at Dale Memorial Park after the service.


A reception will be held at the church afterward.


Memorial donations may be made to:

Forest View Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 36153, Richmond, VA   23235


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


Aileen Rutherford - Bristol LS Aux
Aileen Rutherford is in the Bristol Regional Hospital in CCU. Today,
at 1:00 p.m. she is having a blood transfusion. Other tests are also
being run on Aileen. At Convention this year she got very weak, dizzy,
and felt sick at stomach, so when they got home her daughter Barbara took her to the Doctor.
Aileen has served our association over 60 years and she is a Life
Member of the Bristol Lifesaving Auxiliary, Southwestern District
and the AVAVRS.
Please keep Aileen in your thoughts and prayers.
Thinking of you or Get Well cards can be sent to:
Aileen Rutherford
156 Carlton Road
Bristol, Tenn. 37620  

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.

Funeral will be on Monday at Found and Son Funeral Home in Fredericksburg (Rt. 208 in Spotsylvania County).
Family visitation will be from noon until 1pm.
Funeral service will be at 1pm.
He will receive full military honors, as he was a Korean War Veteran and a Vietnam Veteran.

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. 

A memorial service will be held Friday, Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. at St. Paschal
Baylon Catholic Church. The family will receive friends after the service. 

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you consider the charity of your choice. 

Kenneth Cope
103 Willow Oak Dr
Clarksville VA 23927



Agencies and Members, please send information regarding VAVRS members that have passed away between September 1, 2018 and August 31, 2019 to 
Willie Mae Knott "Billie" Cope - Mecklenburg Co LSRS

Glen Kimball - LifeCare MT

James Wesley Phillips - Campbell Co RS

Leonard E. "Buddy" Phillips - Forest View VRS

Below is a list of names of individual reccognized during the 2018 VAVRS Convention Memorial Service and links to their obituary.  

(Names are listed in alphabetical order)

Taylor H. Almarode  -  Stuarts Draft RS

Betty C. Arthur - Campbell Co RS Aux

Joyce S. Atkins - Henrico VRS Aux

Steven A. Bales  -  Glade Spring VLSC

Randolph "Randy" Barker  -  Waynesboro FAC

Patricia E. Bates  -  Founder's Aux-Clifton Forge RS

Wilbert “Butch” Beasley Jr – Southside VA EC

Mary M. Bell  -  Staunton-Augusta RS Aux

Robert H. "Rob" Braithwaite III - Virginia Beach VRS

Lawrence V. "Rita" Bryant - Lynchburg LSC

I. Wayne Butler - Henrico VRS

Rev. Dr. Robert L. Cannon  -  Richmond VRS

James M. "Jim" Chandler - VA Tech RS

Rev. Thomas S. Childrey -  Brunswick VRS

Gary Lee Clark - Millwood Station VF & R

David M. Claytor Sr.  -  Waynesboro FAC

Bonnie C. Coghill - Prince George EC

Jack B. Collins Sr - St Charles RS

Patricia U. Connor - Gretna RS

James S. Cook – Brunswick VRS

Sam H. "Pete" Crawley - Gretna RS

Carl E. Crowder  -  Bassett RS

Dreama Crutchfield  -  Clifton Forge RS

W. Steven Davis Sr - Giles Co LS & RS

Robin W. DeBord - Stafford RS

Gerald Elks - AMR & LifeCare MT

Hilda C. Finch - Brunswick VRS Aux

John T. Fray - Madison Co RS

Richard N. Graham  -  Christiansburg RS

Carol C. Harding - Henrico VRS Aux

Robert W. "Buddy" Harper - Southside RS

Mary E. "Liz" Heinbuch - Greater Manassas VRS

A. B. Hoback  -  Salem RS

Charles R Houchins Jr  -  Nottoway Co ES

Justin Howard  -  Southside VA EC

J. Carlton Hudson – Colonial Beach VRS

Arthur C. Hunt Sr. – Madison Co RS

Charles "Charlie" Kerns  -  Milwood Station VF&R

Charlie W. King - Danville LSC

Vona L. La Claire - Chancellor VF&R

Marjorie H. Lamar  -  Madison Co RS

Frank E. Lincoln Jr. - Colonial Beach VRS

Banie N. Luck - Forest View VRS Aux.

Curtis Mason Sr  -  King William F&R

Linwood S. "Lin" Matthews  -  Forest View VRS

Betty McCraw - Citizens EC

Terrance "Terry" McKinney  -  Danville LSC

Matthew T. McLeod - Chancellor VF&R

Charles A Miller - Forest View VRS

Wanda B. Morehead - Long Shop-McCoy RS

Fred C Morene  -  Hopewell EC

Dan Moses Sr - Luray VRS

Della J. Murphy - Pipers Gap RS

Kelly M. Myers  -  Lebanon LSC

Walter T. “Tommy” Nichols – Campbell Co RS

Shirley Orndoff  -  Greater Manassas VRS Aux

Joseph L. Powell Sr. – Brunswick VRS

Grady L. Pugh - Citizens EC

Carey M. Ramsey  -  Madison Co RS Aux

Frank E. Redd  -  Bassett RS

Dorothy L. Reed - Forest View VRS

John W. Reeves  -  Pipers Gap RS

Walter "Johnson" Reynolds  -  Longshop McCoy RS

Robbie Robertson - Nansemond Suffolk RS 

Robert Rohr  -  Staunton-Augusta RS

Barry E. Rose  -  Clifton Forge RS

John "Jack" C. Shelar  -  Colonial Beach VRS

Lawrence E. Slough Jr. – Buena Vista VRS

Julian M. Smith – Christiansburg RS

Richard "Dick" Smith  -  Lake of the Woods RS

Ronald D. Smith  -  Loudoun Co VRS

Ruth A. Stanley – Glade Spring VLSC

Vince Suthard  -  LifeCare MT

Glen W. Sutton  -  Stuarts Draft RS

Sandra G. Tatum  -  Madison Co RS Aux

James C. Thomas Jr. – Brunswick VRS

Margie P. Vassar – Citizens EC

Karen D. Wagner - Woodstock VRS

Walter P. Warner – Colonial Beach VRS

Al F. "Frankie" Whitesell  -  Waynesboro FAC

Robert "Bobby" Wilcox  -  Salem RS