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12, 2003 at New River Valley Medical Center. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday, April 14, in the Horne Funeral Home Chapel conducted by Rev. Joe Taylor and Rev. Robert Hartsock with interment to follow in Sunset Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Christiansburg Rescue Squad, Box 176, Christiansburg, Va. 24068 or Bethel United Methodist Church, 2471 Wintergreen Drive, Radford, Va. 24141. The Kenley family is being served by Horne Funeral Cremation Service, Christiansburg, Va. (382-2612) OBITUARIES New River Valley KENLEY, KERMIT, 89, of April Radford, passed away Saturday, COX, Larry William, 52, of Riner, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2003 at New River Valley Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife, Billie Bishop Cox; two children, Shawn Cox and Brandi Cox of Christiansburg; one stepson, Pete Jones of Christiansburg; a granddaughter, Lakin Golden Cox; a stepgranddaughter, Ashley, Renee Jones; a special friend, David Smith; his mother, Doris B. Cox of Riner; five sisters and broth Helen and Richard Smith of Riner, Ethel and Harold Estes of Blacksburg, Ann Altizer of Christiansburg, Wanda and Ronnie White of Elliston and Vicki and Tony Surratt of Bassett; two brothers, Clay Cox and John Cox, both of Riner; several nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. Graveside Funeral Services will be Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Cole Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 7 to 9 p.m.: at Wood Funeral Home.

4003 Boyd Road, Draper, Virginia, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2003. Born February 25, 1932 in Radford, Virginia, he was the son of the late Charles Washington Mottesheard, Sr. and Virginia Allison Mottesheard. Mr. Mottesheard owned and operated Lee Hi Gulf Station in Radford for 27 years until his retirement.

In his later years, he farmed in Draper. He was a veteran of the United States Army, where he served during the Korean War as a Medic and was wounded in action. He received the Korean Service medal, a Purple Heart and a Bronze Service Star. He was a member of the Radford V.F.W. Post the Disabled American Veterans and the American Legion.

He was also a member of the First Christian Church, Radford. Surviving are his wife, Christine Burkett Mottesheard of Draper; son, Charles Burkett Mottesheard of Roanoke; sister, Isabelle Mottesheard Bell of Harrisonburg; nieces, Martha Bell Graham and Elizabeth Bell Stevens of Harrisonburg; nephew, Frank Bell of Richmond; and numerous cousins and friends. Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m. at Sunrise Burial Park, Fairlawn with Pastor Gina Rhea officiating. Interment will follow with full military graveside rites conducted by the Radford V.F.W.

Post 776. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bower Funeral Chapel, Pulaski. The family requested memorials be made to the First Christian Church, 400 Tyler Street, Radford, Va. 24141 or The REMSI rescue squad, P.O.

Box 949, Dublin, Va. 24084. Bower Funeral Chapel, Pulaski is handling the arrangements. MOTTESHEARD, Charles Washington, (C.W.), 71, of SAVILLE, Walter Cleveland, (W.C.), 78, of Blacksburg, died Friday, April 11, 2003 at Radford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Funeral services will be conducted Monday, April 14, 2003 at 2 p.m.

in the New Mt. Zion Lutheran Church, with Rev. Linda Mitchell officiating. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery, Blacksburg. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Blacksburg.

WHITLOCK, Ralph Carlyle, of Blacksburg, died Thursday, April 10, 2003 at his home. He was born in Montgomery County, Va. on November 20, to the late Henry Byrd and Rosa Turner Whitlock and was also preceded in death by a sister, Hortense Scott. He was a veteran of WWII serving in the U.S. Navy's 37th Battalion Seabees as a Chief Petty Officer in the Pacific Theater.

He was a self-employed residential contractor in Montgomery County. He is survived by his wife, Dolly L. Whitlock of Blacksburg; a daughter, Sarah Whitlock of Palo Alto, Calif; a son and daughterin-law, Stan and Becky Whitlock of Kingsport, two grandchildren, Olivia and Bianca Whitlock; five sisters and brother-in-law, Lucile Jones of Hobbsville, N.C., Irene Talley of Floyd, Helen Funnell of Va. Jewell Whitlock of Va. Beach, Josephine and Bill Prentice of Des Plaines, three brothers and sister-in-law, Harry C.

Whitlock of Richmond, Sidney Whitlock of Stone Mountain, H.B. and Dottie Whitlock of Richmond; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their appreciation to Ralph's caregivers, Louise Rogers and Bertha Shelor for care shown to Ralph during his illness and to the kindness shown by pastor Keith Paff and his wife Ruth during this time also. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 2 p.m. in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with Rev.

Keith Paff officiating. Interment will follow in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg. Flowers will be appreciated, however, memorial contributions may be made to the Bedford Veterans D-Day Memorial Fund, Bedford, Va. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday evening at McCoy Funeral Home, 150 Country Club Blacksburg.

37 The Roanoke Times, Monday, April 14, 2003 C3 Civic volunteer Robert Johnson was 84 TAYLOR, Edith 84, of Vinwent to be with the Lord Thursday, April 10, 2003. Funeral services, 1 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2003 at Oakey's Vinton Chapel. VALENTINE, Ralph 94, of Roanoke, passed away on Sunday, April 13, 2003. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel.

WHITE, Nellie Leonard, 90, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord on 1 Sunday afternoon, April 13, 2003. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel. WILLIAMS, Nelson Lee, 60, of Roanoke, passed away Thursday, April 10, 2003. He was born in Stewartsville, son of the late Herbert and Irene P. Williams Houser.

Nelson was a veteran of the US Navy. He was a member of the V.F.W. and D.A.V. Survivors includes son, Galax; daughters, Angelica Willi a of Roanoke, Rechell and Jeralynn Williams, of the home, Ina Dearing, of Roanoke; aunt, Gladys Hubbard; uncle, Dunsmore Williams; cousin, Doris Forrest, who was raised as a sister; special friend, John Marasco and a host of other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, April 15, 2003, at Hill Street Baptist Church.

Rev. Johnny Re Stone will officiate. The interment will be in Fairview Cemetery. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Friends may call on Monday for viewing at HamlarCurtis Funeral Home.

WINCE, Daniel Webster, 87, of Roanoke, went to be with the Lord Thursday, April 10, 2003. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Monday, April 14, 2003, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel Bedford-Franklin DOOLEY, Laura Belle Cart- er, 71, of Bedford, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2003. Funeral 2 p.m. Monday at Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford.

LAWSON, Edith Comer, 78, of Moneta, went to be with the Lord Friday, April 11, 2003. She is preceded in death by her husband, James William Lawson. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by two daughters, Sheila Taylor and her husband, Don of Kingwood, Texas, Sue Myers of Moneta; three grandchildren, Carey Boles, Scott Taylor, Jamie Myers; two greatgrandsons, Taylor and Ryan Boles; sister, Lois Williamson and many loving nieces and nephews. The family would like to express their appreciation to the Community Hospital, 5th Floor ICU nurses and to Dr.

William Hdoubler for their care and kindness during her illness. Graveside funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, April 14, 2003 in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, with Pastor Mark Washington and Pastor David Jones officiating. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m.

Sunday at Oakey's Vinton Chapel. MARTIN, Vernie Walker, 93, of Moneta, passed away Thursday, 10, 2003. Funeral Monday, 11 a.m., Updike Funeral Chapel, Bedford. ments by Flora Funeral SLATE, Elmer 76, of Rocky Mount, died Sunday, April 13, 2003. Services will be private.

Arrange- 46, of Forest, died Saturday, April 12, 2003 at her residence. Born September 3, 1956 in Lynchburg, she was the daughter of David R. and Jean Desmond Wallace of Lynchburg; and the granddaughter of the late Archie A. and Hattie Rudd Wallace and the late John C. and Elizabeth Kelly Desmond.

She was a graduate of Holy Cross Catholic High School, Central Virginia Community College and was a 1991 graduate of Lynchburg College. She was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church and was retired Budget Director of the City of Lynchburg. In addition to her parents, she is survived by three aunts, Mary V. Cummings of Las Vegas, Virginia W. Weber of Lynchburg and Christine O.

Wallace of Richmond; a dear friend, William "Bo" Parker of Bedford; her dog, Buddy; and cats, Sampson and Bandit. A graveside service will be held Monday, 3:30 p.m. in Fort Hill Memorial Park with the Rev. Father J. Kenneth Rush officiating.

The family will receive friends today from 3 to 5 p.m. at Diuguid Wiggington Chapel and at other times at the home of Carolyn and Wiley Green, 243. Chesterfield Lynchburg. Those wishing to make memorial contributions, please consider the Awareness Garden Foundation, P.O. Box 3231, Lynchburg, Va.

24503. WALLACE, Martha Kathryn, Card of Thanks Customize your "Thank You" with a Card of Thanks. Call 540-981-3205 THE ROANOKE TIMES MASSEY, Roy 68, of died Saturday, April 12, 2003. Funeral service 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at Moody Funeral Home, Stuart, Va.

MILLER, Edna Mozelle Stroupe, 87, of Wytheville, passed from this life on Sunday, April 13, 2003 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. She is preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lula Stroupe, two brothers, Cecil Stroupe and Raymond Stroupe and son-in-law, Charles Smith. She was a charter member of West End United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Dean Odell Miller; daughter, Betty Miller Smith of Wytheville; son, Robert Miller of Martinsville; grandson and wife, Todd and Julia Smith of Roanoke; granddaughters, Megan Miller of Harrisonburg, Blair Miller of Midlothian, greatgrandchildren, Hunter and Erin Smith of Roanoke; sisters, Pauline Cregger of Wytheville, Estelle Jackson of Pulaski; brother, Vance Stroupe of Pulaski; sisters-in-law, Joan Burchett of Wytheville, Opal Cassell of Rural Retreat, Mabel Sult of Wytheville; brothers-in-law, David Miller of Rural Retreat, James Chapman of Wytheville; special niece, Beulah Sult; and many other nieces and nephews also survive. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at 11 a.m.

at the Barnett Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Steve Johnson officiating. Interment will follow in the West End Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Barnett Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday or at the home of Betty Miller Smith at any time.

The family suggests that contributions be made to the Wythe County Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 389, Wytheville, Va. 24382. Barnett Funeral Home, Wytheville, is in charge of arrangements.

MILLS, John 67, of Claudville, died Sunday, April 13, 2003. Memorial service 7 p.m. Tuesday at Moody Funeral Home Chapel, Stuart, Va. MOORE, Virginia Anderson, 92, of Asbury Place at Wytheville, Va. and formerly of Fries, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2003 at Wythe County Community Hospital, Wytheville, Va.

She was born in Wythe County, February 1, 1911 to the late Maggie Jonas Anderson and Marion Anderson. She was the widow of Gwynn Moore. Surviving is a sister, Bertha A. Hill of Hilltown Road, Fries, several nieces, nephews, great and great-great nieces and nephews; and lots of friends. The funeral service will be conducted Tuesday, April 15 at 11 a.m.

in Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church with Rev. Bill Linkous and Rev. Rance Edwards, officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church. VaughanGuynn Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. POWERS, Gracie Mae Bateman, 86, of Marion, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2003.

Arrangements by Seaver-Brown Funeral Service. STANLEY, Dorothy Liptrap, 72, of Millboro, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2003. Arrangements by McLaughlin Funeral Home, Hot Springs. WHITT, Norman Carwood, 80, of Marion, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2003. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m.

Tuesday from the Bradley's Funeral Home Chapel in Marion. Interment to follow in Roselawn Cemetery. Out-Of-State DIXON, Ella 86, of Essex, died Saturday, April 12, 2003. Graveside services 11 a.m. Friday in Knollkreg Memorial Park, Abingdon, Va.

Arrangements by Campbell Funeral Home, Abingdon, Va. Oak Ridge Boys' former bass singer, Noel Fox, dies at 63 NASHVILLE, Tenn. Noel Fox, a former bass singer with the Oak Ridge Boys who became a power in the music business, died at a Nashville hospital after surgery following a series of strokes. He was 63. Fox died Thursday, according to longtime band manager Jim Halsey.

Fox was born and raised in Columbia, about 40 miles south of Nashville. He sang with the Oak Ridge Boys for five years before leaving in 1972 for a Nashville music business career that included booking, talent management and publishing. In 1978, Fox began managing the Oak Ridge Boys' publishing entity, Music Inc. He later served as vice president of MCA and president of Maypop Music Group, which was owned by members of the group Alabama. -ASSOCIATED PRESS Co-creator, booster of Wytheville college dies When he retired from R.P.

Johnson Sons, Johnson took on the job of Wythe County planner. By PAUL DELLINGER THE ROANOKE TIMES WYTHEVILLE Robert Eley Johnson has been called a circuit rider for drumming up support to create what is now Wytheville Community College. Former college president William Snyder came up with that description for Johnson's work in 1990, when the college conferred its first honorary degrees in humane letters. Johnson headed a steering committee that was successful in creating a two-year branch of Virginia Tech in Wytheville, and helped argue for it in 1961 before the State Council of Higher ROBERT ELEY JOHNSON 1919 2003 Education. In the years that followed, Johnson often appeared before Wytheville Town Council and other governing bodies as he kept pushing for the college.

The effort was successful and, with the coming of the state system of community colleges, the branch became one of the first community colleges in Virginia. The branch college began in temporary rented quarters in downtown Wytheville before moving to its permanent site on East Main Street. As a community college today, it takes students from Wythe, Bland, Smyth, Carroll and Grayson counties, and the city of Galax. Johnson, 84, died Friday. In lieu of flowers, the family has suggested gifts to the Wytheville Community College Scholarship Fund or St.

John's Episcopal Church in Wytheville, where Johnson was an active, lifelong member. Last June, the Johnson family celebrated his and his wife Jane's 60th wedding anniversary with a $100,000 gift to the college in their honor. Johnson also received the college's annual Distinguished Service Award in 1991, and had his name placed on Wytheville's Civic Wall of Honor in 1993. He served on the college's board from 1969 to 1978. Johnson was a Wytheville businessman, and was president of R.P.

Johnson Sons which sells golf cars and carts in Wytheville. When he retired ras president of that company, he took on the job of Wythe County planner. He became executive director of the Wythe County Industrial Development Corp. and was instrumental in bringing several industries to the State ANDREWS, Bernard Leroy, 50, of Colonial Heights, formerly of Roanoke, passed away in Richmond, on Sunday, April 13, 2003. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.

BAKER, Eddie, 90, of Konnarock, died Sunday, April 13, 2003. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by Bradley-Finney Funeral Chapel, Chilhowie. CARUSO, Joseph, 86, of Lex- ington, died Friday, April 11, 2003. Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at Lomax Funeral Home Chapel, Buena Vista.

EARLY, Joseph Howard MD, 78, passed away at his home on Sunday, April 13, 2003. A lifelong resident of Hillsville, he was born September 6, 1924. He was the only son of J.Howard andMyrtle Worrell Early. An infant son, James Wygal Early, preceded him in death. Dr.

Early graduated at sixteen from Hillsville High School. He attended Roanoke College for two years and then transferred to Emory and Henry College under the V12 Program at the outbreak of World War II. He graduated from George Washington University School of Medicine in 1948 and interned at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda, Md. He returned home to Hillsville and opened his medical practice on August 17, 1949. During the Korean War, he was called back to the Navy as a phsician from 1953 through 1955.

After the war he came back to Hillsville, where he practiced medicine until retiring in 1992. Dr. Early was president of the Southwest Virginia Medical Society in 1967, a member of the Virginia Professional Standards Board and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He also served as a delegate to the American Medical Association from the Medical Society of Virigina for six years. In 1998 he was elected an Honorary Lifetime Member of the Medical Society of Virginia for his many years of service to the medical community.

Dr. Early was also an FAA Medical Examiner as well as the Carroll County Medical Examiner for forty-two years. In addition, Dr. Early was active in the advancement and prosperity of Carroll County. He was a founder, Charter Director and Vice President of the Bank of Carroll that was opened in 1971.

He was also instrumental in the construction of the Twin County Airport and served on the Airport Commission from 1964 until 1991. In the last several years, Dr. Early has worked to establish the Carroll Wellness Center to improve the health of the citizens of Caroll County. Dr. Early is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Chrlotte Taylor Ridge Early; children, Susan Early Otero, M.D.

and her husband Juan Pablo Otero, Deborah Early Hunter and her husband Robert Clarke Hunter, India Early Keith and her husband, Graeme M. Keith, Lt. Col. Joseph Howard Early, IlI and his wife Susan Murphy Early and Jubal Anderson Early and his wife Katherine Currence Early. His grandchildren include Pablo, Luis Otero, Rob, Elizabeth and Allison Hunter, Dowd, Graeme, Barrett, Tanner and Cody Keith, Josh, Marshall and Matt Early and Madison, Jubal and Linton Early.

In lieu of flowers, donations may made to the Carroll Wellness Center, Randall Gravley, Hillsville, Va. The family will receive everyone who wishes to express their condolences at their home at 1561 N. Main Street, Hillsville from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2003. FOX, Callie Farmer, 83, of Martinsville, died Saturday, April 12, 2003.

Graveside service 12 noon Tuesday, April 15, 2003 at Floyd Webb Cemetery, Hillsville, Va. Arrangements by Community Funeral Service, Ridgeway, Va. GRANT, Myrtle 94, of the Mountain Valley Community of Henry County, died Sunday, April 13, 2003. Funeral services 11 a.m. Wednesday at McKee-Stone Funeral Services Chapel.

HAGY, Everette Hale, of Abingdon, passed away Saturday, April 12, 2003. Funeral 2 p.m. Tuesday at Carvosso United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Campbell Funeral Home. HENSON, William Elijah, 92, of Greenville, died Sunday, April 13, 2003.

Arrangements by Bolling, Grose Lotts Funeral Service, Buena Vista, Va. region. He was one of the founders of the Wytheville Chamber of Commerce, which now includes Wythe and Bland counties, and served as its first secretary. He was the first president of Wythe County Community Hospital when it was built in Wytheville. He was a longtime secretary and treasurer for the Smyth-Wythe Airport Commission, which oversaw Mountain Empire Airport located near the border between the two counties.

He was a charter member of the Wytheville Recreation Commission, Wythe County Community Concert Association and Wythe County United Fund, a past Wytheville Rotary Club president and chairman of the Wythe County Bicentennial Committee when the county celebrated its 200th birthday in 1990. He was named grand marshal for that year's Wytheville-Wythe-Bland Chamber Christmas parade that year. Johnson attended the University of Missouri and the University of North Carolina. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Paul Dellinger can be reached at (276) 228-4752 or Workers at S.C. youth home charged in death of Va. boy A preliminary autopsy report lists the cause of Jamal Odom's death as positional asphyxiation, which can result from restraint. ASSOCIATED PRESS MONCKS CORNER, S.C.' Authorities have charged three employees at a home for troubled youth in South Carolina with homicide after a 9-year-old Newport News, boy died while being restrained.

Josette Lee Pearson, 35, of Moncks Corner, and Robyn Nutzman, 23, of North Charleston, are accused of restraining Jamal Odom while William Brightharp, 39, also of North Charleston, lay on top of the boy for seven minutes, according to prosecutors. A videotape of the March 23 incident shows the 105-pound Jamal unable to move underneath the 200-pound man, prosecutor Blair Jennings said. A preliminary autopsy report lists the cause of death as positional asphyxiation, which can result from restraint. All three employees were arrested in late March and charged with homicide by child abuse. The workers are free on bond pending a May 2 probable cause hearing.

Lawyers for the employees and the New Hope Treatment Center maintain that the employees followed proper procedure to mOD restrain a violent patient. "This is a normal medical technique that is used widely in the psychiatric said David Haller, a Mount Pleasant lawyer. "Just because a medical procedure goes wrong doesn't mean a crime has been committed." South Carolina authorities said the incident occurred when Jamal struck a staff member at the center, while walking down the hallway. He tried to run away, but the three employees caught him and restrained him. Jamal's family in Newport News has declined comment.

Pastor's sermon sets record SHAWSVILLE A Shawsville minister was taking a well-earned sleep Sunday after delivering a world record-setting sermon lasting 51 hours and 30 minutes. The Rev. Norman Ramsey began his sermon Friday morning and ended it before the 11 a.m. Palm Sunday service at White Memorial United Methodist Church. The previous record, set by a vicar in England, was a sermon in excess of 40 hours, according to the Guinness Book of Records.

Now, Ramsey will be the record holder in the book's next edition. The church took pledges from people willing to sponsor a block of time or to pledge an amount for the entire sermon. It also sold quarts of Brunswick stew, made by parishioners, in the church basem*nt during the sermon, along with desserts. Ramsey sold CDs and audiotapes of religious songs he had written and recorded. The money was to go for church programs and other religious or charitable organizations, but the totals were not completed Sunday SO it was not known how much was raised.

Under Guinness rules, Ramsey was allowed a 15-minute break every eight hours. The entire sermon had to be videotaped, and there had to be people in the audience the entire time. Church members signed up in advance to make sure the whole time would be covered. PAUL DELLINGER..

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