Barbara Clawson Elliott, 74, of Madison Heights, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020. She was the loving wife of Clinton Williams Elliott for over 50 years. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m., today, Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Tharp Funeral Home Madison Heights. A Celebration of Barbara's Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, in the chapel of Tharp Funeral Home Madison Heights with Pastor Gary Moore officiating. Interment will follow at Briarwood Memorial Gardens. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Madison Heights, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory
Branch Edward Branham, 81, an Elder of The Monacan Nation, was called home on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his family. Branch (Bird) was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth; his son, Dane, his parents, Lucien and Cora; brothers, Delmar, Bo, and Gene Autry and sisters, Shirley and Gertrude. He is survived by his son, Dwayne (McKenzie) of Amherst; four daughters, Dee Dee Hitt (Woody), Vickie Branham, Darlene Fifer, all of Big Island and Tiffany Tyree Conn., of Raphine and a sister, Juanita Moran (Dean). Branch is also survived by his "honey bunny", Geraldine Branham and her children, Albert (Donna) and Sherry (Dwayne) and Troy; twelve grandchildren; twenty seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a special grandson, Colton; four special nephews, Eric, Aaron, Delmar Jr., and Dean; a special niece, Debbie Lynn Short and his loving canine companion, Mikey. Branch retired from Houff Transfer and was a member of the Tabernacle Church of God in Big Island and an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Amherst County. Branch was devoted to his God, his family, and The Monacan Nation. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m., on Thursday, July 2, 2020, at Whitten Monelison Chapel with the Rev. Sam Jones and Pastor Sam Stump, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at St. Paul's Episcopal Cemetery in Amherst County. The family will receive friends from 6 until 7:30 p.m., on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the funeral home. The family will receive friends at the Monacan Tribal Hall for a meal after the services and other times at Geraldine's home. The family wishes to thank Centra Health Hospice for their wonderful care and support. To send online condolences to the family, please visit www.whittenmonelison.com. Whitten Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Monelison Chapel is serving the family.
Kimberly Osborne McGuire, 53, of Rustburg, a precious soul left this world to go be with her heavenly father on Sunday, June 28, 2020. She is survived by her loving husband of 32 years, Brian Kent McGuire; her parents, Preston and Barbara Osborne; one daughter, Kayman McGuire; one loved like a daughter, Crystal Miller and family; two sisters, Anita Mitchell and Audrey Revis; and by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Please visit Tharp's website for full obituary. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit tharpfuneralhome.com. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory
September 23, 1942 - June 26, 2020 Son, husband, "Dad", "Boo", "Pap", uncle, cousin, and friend, William L. "Bill" Glaize, accomplished what every man strives to be-loved, deeply admired, and well-respected. It is with great sadness that Bill's family advises of his passing at his residence on Friday, June 26, 2020. Bill was born to Elmer and LaVerne Glaize of Charles Town, West Virginia, on September 23, 1942. Though he was an only child, he thought of his childhood friends, Jim Coulter, of Charles Town, and Bob Spinks, of Jacksonville, Florida, as his "brothers". As years passed and miles began to separate them, it did not diminish the strong bond and true friendship they shared since first grade. Bill's cousin, Donna Glaize Johnson of Charles Town, was not only his dear friend, but someone he loved like a sister. Bill attended the local schools in Charles Town. While at Charles Town High School, he excelled in sports- particularly football and track. He often mentioned being a running back for the 1959 undefeated Charles Town High School football team as one of his greatest honors. During his time on the football team, Bill forged a strong relationship with his coach, Richard (Dick) Harmison, who impressed upon him the value of patience, morality, and integrity- all of which, served Bill well throughout his life. Days after his high school graduation, Bill joined the United States Air Force where he learned the skills necessary to become an Air Traffic Controller. Upon his discharge, he returned home, and on June 26, 1966, married Karen "Kandy" Smallwood Glaize. "Sweet William," as Kandy liked to call him, went on to celebrate 54 years together as husband, and wife, and in time, welcomed their two children, Karmen and Chris. As an Air Traffic Controller, Bill worked at various airports in Maryland, the District of Columbia, West Virginia and Virginia. In 1981, the Glaize family moved to Lynchburg, Virginia, when Bill accepted a promotion as a supervisor at the Lynchburg Airport. He took a brief hiatus and commuted to Roanoke Regional Airport, only to return to Lynchburg and serve as the tower's manager until his retirement in 2016. While his career was a large part of his life, it never took precedence over Bill's love and involvement in his children's lives. In her father, Karmen found her greatest supporter and encourager. They shared a special bond, one that only daddies and daughters can understand. For Karmen, Bill will always be her "Boo" whom she loves with her whole being. Bill also took pride in watching his son Chris' baseball games. He was a prominent fixture at all of Chris' games from Little League to college and because of his unwavering support, Chris achieved his dream of becoming a baseball coach and a passion of sports like his dad. Bill has five grandchildren, all of which called him their "Pap". Bill played a pivotal role in each of their lives, especially Ryan, whom he considered a son, more so, than a grandson. He encouraged Ryan to pursue his dream of becoming a strength coach and is now interning at the University of South Carolina. Bill's love of football was instilled in Micah. Bill always sent words of encouragement or advice before and after Micah's football games from high school on to Liberty University where Micah currently plays. It was Bill's stent in the Air Force and the multiple trips he and his grandson, Kaleb, took to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Virginia that tightened their bond. Kaleb enjoyed talking about airplanes and learning from Bill. This strengthened Kaleb's decision to join the military after high school. From Disney princesses to cars, Bill enjoyed entertaining his youngest grandchildren, Kinley and Kameron. The love for his family is undeniable, and the love his family has for him is evident. The family would like to thank all those who have reached out for their constant offer of unwavering love, support, encouragement, and prayer during this time. Bill is survived by his wife of 54 years, Karen (Kandy) Smallwood Glaize; daughter, Karmen (David) Read; son, Chris (Jasmine) Glaize; and his five grandchildren, Ryan, Micah, Kaleb, Kinley, and Kameron Glaize. There will be a memorial service and fellowship held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to Charles Town High School Alumni Associate Scholarship Fund, 310 Cloverdale Road, Charles Town, WV 25414. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory 427 Graves Mill Road (434) 239-2405 is assisting the family. Memories and thoughts may be shared with the family at www.heritagefuneralandcremation.com.
Steven Dale "Captain" "Buddy" Elder, 78, of Gala Lake Road, Spout Spring, died on Saturday, June 27, 2020, at his residence. He was the husband of the late Margaret Jane Elder. Born in Richmond, Va., on December 4, 1941, he was a son of the late Lewis Ruthers Elder and Mary Guthrie Elder Pollard. He served his country in the United States Army from 1965 to 1971 as a Sergeant first Class, ATC Tower Operator. He was awarded a Bronze Star Medal for his meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces in the Republic of Vietnam. He is survived by a daughter, Stephanie Anastasio (Alexi) of Lynchburg; a granddaughter, Andrea Rousseau (Richard); two great-grandchildren, Elijah and Briahna all of Appomattox; two brothers, Lewis Elder of Spout Spring and Mike Elder (Lynn) of N.C.; a sister, Nancy Wilcox (Buddy) of Appomattox; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Lewis Michael Elder; four brothers, Allen, Charles "Dick", Jesse, and Jimmy Elder; and three sisters, Alice Marie Elder, Mary Lee Atkins, and Barbara Mason. The family will have a private celebration of his life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a Veteran's charity or a charity of your choice. Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family. An online condolence may be sent by visiting www.robinsonfuneral.com.