A precious baby girl, Betty Jo Johnson, came into this earthly world on June 13, 1948. During her early years, Betty Jo lived in Cismont, Virginia, (Quietude Farm) with her foster parents, Clifford and Victoria Spicer. Betty Jo attended Cismont School while enjoying the best years of her life, within a beautiful community of caring people in the Southwest Mountains. Betty Jo enjoyed numerous farm animals, including horses, cows, peacocks, dogs and cats. Betty Jo had a special fondness for jewelry, especially pretty rings. She enjoyed keeping up with the daily news and weather. Betty Jo, a ward of the state, was transferred to Central Virginia Training Center, residing there for nearly sixty years. Through no fault of her own, the statewide mental health system often ensured a grim outcome at the time. As always in life, Betty Jo met many loving citizens, doctors, and staff while living in the Lynchburg area. Betty Jo passed away on Friday, May 29, 2020. She was laid to rest on her birthday, within the Spicer family section at Grace Episcopal Church, Cismont, Virginia. Betty Jo is survived by her co-guardians, Susan Spicer Craddock and Patricia Spicer Napoleon, and their families. Betty Jo's guardians offer special thanks to the staff and church family of Grace Episcopal Church.. We also wish to thank all the kind people who loved and cared for Betty Jo, throughout her life, in the Lynchburg and surrounding area.
Dorothy Irene Greene Nelms, 88, of Bedford, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. She was the wife of the late Silas Roy Nelms. Dorothy was born October 21, 1931, to the late Harry Greene Sr. and Erma Belle Harris Greene. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her sister Lillian Greene Hughes, Lucy Greene; brothers, Harry Greene Jr and Peyton Greene; and children, Roye Eugene Nelms and Roberta Christine Nelms. Dorothy was a long-time member of Oak Grove Baptist Church where she was the Mother of the Church and head of the Deaconess Board. In her spare time, Dorothy enjoyed cleaning, spending time with her dogs, Pepper and Sugar and watching TV especially Steve Harvey. Dorothy is survived by her children, Patricia Nelms Cunningham, Alfred Nelms and wife, Linda, Brenda Nelms, and Charles Nelms; nine grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and one great great grandchild. A funeral service will be held at Tharp Funeral Chapel, Bedford on Monday, June 29, 2020, at 12 noon with the Rev. Waddell Jones officiating. Interment will follow in Virginia Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family. To send online condolences please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.
Howard R. Croft, sonin-law of Ferdinand and Betty Kain departed this life on Saturday, June 20, 2020, at John Hopkins University Hospital, Baltimore, Md. Graveside service will be held on Friday, July 3, 2020, at 11 a.m. at Otterbein cemetery in Mowersville, Pa.
January 25, 1943 - June 25, 2020 Arlean S Hunter, 77, of Monroe, Va., departed peacefully on Thursday, June 25, 2020, at home. Arlean was born on January 25, 1943, to the late Wardie and Hattie Sandidge, who she honored and cherished. Arlean is preceded in death by her husband, William K Hunter Sr.; her brother, Wardie Kenny Sandidge; and life long friend, Donnie Lee. Arlean is survived by her two sons, Bill Hunter (Denise) and Larry Hunter (Coral); one brother, Dr. Oneal Sandidge (Janice); four grandkids, Cierra, Celeste, Celena, and Jayden Hunter, whom she adored; her nephew Jermaine Sandidge (Tiffany); devoted niece, Ieke Sandidge, who she called "her girl"; a devoted uncle Robert Dawson; aunts, Dorothy Jones and Cammie Miller; loving cousins Virleen Stevenson, Georgia Brown and Jeanette Carpenter and friend Martha Ann Norris. Arlean gave her life to Christ at a young age when she joined Timothy Baptist Church, where she served faithfully until her health declined. Arlean was a loving mother and caregiver to her mother and father and also as a caregiver to others. She was always there to help lend a hand to someone who was in need. She was a shining star wherever she was, and her smile will be greatly missed. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2020, at Timothy Baptist Church Cemetery. Community Funeral Home directing.
Jim Henry Abbitt, 61, passed away on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. He was born on December 14, 1958, to the late Mary Abbitt Carter and his father Henry Junior Abbitt and step-father Jesse Carter; he was also preceded in death by two sisters, Patricia Brown and Phyllis Hamlette. Jim served his country in the United States Army and the National Guard. He is survived by one brother, Kenneth Abbitt (Janice); sisters, Diana Abbitt, Mary Haynes; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. A celebration of life will be at 1 p.m. at Tharp Funeral Home Chapel, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, on Monday, June 29, 2020. Interment will follow at Baptist Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at Centra Health Cancer Center and the Oncology staff at Lynchburg General Hospital. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory
Jullian "JuJu" Cortez Arrington, 17, from Altavista, Va., currently living in Columbus Ohio, went to be with the Lord in Lynchburg Va., on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Jullian was born in Lynchburg Va., on May 16, 2003, to Quinthnie Martin and Galen Jackson. He attended elementary and middle school in Altavista Va., where he played basketball. He was currently a high school student at Pickerington Central/Eastland-Fairfield Career Center where he was in the pre-engineering program. He was a member of Columbus Christian Center where he was an active member of the youth program U-Turn. He was currently working his first job at Raising Cane's after school. When he wasn't at school or working, he was up all-night playing video games. He loved playing basketball and riding bikes with his mom. He had a smile that would light up a room and he was a stranger to no one. He was the biggest kid at heart and loved spending time with his family. He is survived by his parents, Quinthnie "Poohlooh"Martin, Galen Jackson and his step-father, Eric Jackson; his grandparents, John Arrington, Jeannette Arrington, Barbra Martin, and Nathaniel Hall; his aunt and uncles, Heather (Luis) Vaca-Guzman, Jade (Fred) Morris, Samantha (Chad)Tucker, Dustin (Kyle)Lee, and Caleb (Jamie)Arrington, Michael (Tanya) Martin, Jermaine (Kendra) Martin, Kunta Martin; his cousins, Diamond, Latoya, Michaela , Jasmin, Zoe, India, Makalya, Bishop, Trey, Adriana, Jeramiah, Cecily, Kenady, Ava, Liam, Mia, Zane, Charlotte, Hazel, Rowen, Anita, Eli and Silas. A visitation service will be held at Tharp Funeral Home, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, Va. 24502 from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2020. The church service will be at Tree Of Life Ministries at 2812 Greenview Dr. Lynchburg,Va, 24502 on Monday, June 29, 2020, at 1 p.m. Interment will be at Presbyterian Cemetery. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg is assisting the family. To send condolences please visit, www/tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory
Russell Tune June 2, 1935 - June 23, 2020 Mr. Russell Tune, age 85, of Lynchburg, passed away on Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in Appomattox. He was the son of the late Mr. Ernest Tune and Mrs. Nannie Waller Tune. He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert L. Tune, Goldie Tune, Joe J. Tune and Douglas Tune; two sisters, Rossie T. Hubbard and Mary T. Petty. He is survived by his sisters-in-law, Mary P. Tune of Nathalie, and Zelma Tune of New Kent, Va.; nieces; nephews; also a devoted niece, Helen Marie Petty and nephew, Marvin Tune and Herman Petty; special cousins, his Washington D.C. family of the late Pearlie and Gracie Hubbard; and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Jeffress Funeral Home Chapel in Brookneal with interment at Tune Family Cemetery in Nathalie. Public viewing will begin on Saturday, June 27, 2020, from 12 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed at www.JeffressFuneralHome.com. Jeffress Funeral Home and Cremation Service 304 Lusardi Drive, Brookneal, Virginia 24528