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27 January 2011

Lillian Belle Mullenax Brown

Lillian Belle Mullenax Brown, 89, of Franklin passed away on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011 in Franklin.She was born at Cave on Aug. 9, 1921, the daughter of the late Luther Edward and Sallie Moyers Mullenax.

Mrs. Brown was a 1940 graduated of Franklin High School and a graduate of Pauline’s School of Cosmetology in Staunton, VA. She was a member of Living Faith Church and Gideons International. She was a beautician and was the Owner/Operator of L. & M. Beauty Shop.

She was also a dedicated Christian and served the Lord in her daily life.

She was devoted to her husband, A. D. “Doug” Brown of Franklin, of nearly 64 years. They were married on March 15, 1947.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a son, James D. Brown and wife, Sheila of Franklin; a sister, Marie Eye of Franklin; seven grandchildren, Stephanie Rose Wilde and husband, Chris, Laura Belle Barbour and husband, Stephen, Christian Douglas Brown, Emily Hannah Brown, Allison Mary Brown, James Mason Brown, and Jonathan Edward Brown and four great-grandchildren, Caden James Barbour, Lillian “Lilly” Belle Barbour, Benjamin Stephen Barbour and Brennan James Pope.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin, with Pastors Steve Teter and Brad Mitchell officiating. Interment was in Cedar Hill Cemetery, Franklin.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International.

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Mary Martha Moyers

Mary Martha Moyers, 82, of Franklin, died Monday, Jan. 17, 2011 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, VA.

She was born July 1, 1928, at Franklin and was the daughter of the late Ocie J. Shrader and Tiva Thelma DePriest Shrader.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren.

Mrs. Moyers and her son, Bucky, enjoyed keeping in touch with friends and relatives by telephone.

On June 24, 1947, she married Conley Jesse Moyers, who preceded her in death on April 18, 1998.

Surviving are one daughter, Wanda M. Sheets of Bridgewater, VA; two sons, Ocie Dee “Bucky” Moyers of Franklin and Arthur William Moyers of Spokane, WA; eight grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by one son, one daughter, one sister, two brothers and one great-great-grandson.

Funeral services were held Saturday at the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren with Pastors Daryl Ritchie and Dan Ludwick officiating. Burial was at the Judy Family Cemetery at Franklin.

Memorials may be made to the Smith Creek Church of the Brethren, PO Box 73, Franklin, WV 26807.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Kimble Funeral Home in Franklin.

Berlin Thompson, Sr., 86

Daniel Berlin “Berl” Thompson, Sr., 86, of Petersburg died Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, in the Veterans Medical Center, Martinsburg.

He was born Dec. 9, 1924, in Riverton and was a son of the late Samuel Thompson, Sr. And Freddie (Flynn) Thompson.

Mr. Thompson was a member of Grove Street United Methodist Church in Petersburg and served in the United State Navy during World War II.

He was also preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude (Moyers) Thompson, and his wife, Virginia (Reaves) Thompson.

Surviving are one son, Daniel B. Thompson, Jr., of Alexandria, VA; one sister, Violet Neil and husband, Dick Neil of Littleton, NC: and one brother, Calvin Thompson and wife, Jean of Petersburg.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Barbara Thompson Keher; two brothers, Samuel Thompson, Jr., and Harlon Thompson; and one sister Mona Thompson Rodgers.

Funeral services were held Sunday at the Schaeffer Funeral Home, Petersburg, with Rev. William R. Brown and Rev. Richard L. Longbon officiating. Military graveside services were held at the North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton, by the United States Navy Honor Guard and Grant and Pendleton county Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to Grant County Nursing Home for the Dementia Wing Addition, the Grove Street United Methodist Church or charity of choice.

John Ours, Jr.

John Ours, Jr., 82, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Willow Tree Nursing Home in Charles Town.

He was born in Dorcas on Dec. 10, 1928, the son of the late John Nicolas and Mary Bell Ours.

He was retired from the US Forest Service and was a Methodist.

His wife, Audrey Virginia Riggleman Ours, preceded him in death on Oct. 11, 2008.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by: a brother, Eston Ours; four sisters, Blanche Vance, Delia Thorne, Rebecca Mongold and Dora Ferrier.

Funeral services were held Friday at the Basagic Funeral Home in Petersburg with Rev. Richard Longbon officiating. Interment was in Kline Cemetery, Line.

Gae Arbogast, 95

Gae Alta Arbogast, 95, of Bridgewater, VA, died Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011, at Avante at Harrisonburg, VA.

She was born in Onego on July 15, 1915, and was a daughter of the late Robert C. And Della Mae (Vance) Arbogast.

She was retired from Shen-Mar and had worked at Celanese.

Surviving are a daughter, Jo Ann Morral of Harrisonburg, VA; a daughter-in-law, Phyllis Arbogast of Bridgewater, VA; a sister-in-law, Elsa Arbogast of Harrisonburg, VA; four grandchildren, Robyn Gibson, Scott Morral, Chris Arbogast and Tim Morral; seven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-granddaughters.

She was also preceded in death by a son, Jerry P. Arbogast; and a granddaughter, Pam Arbogast Swecker.

A funeral service was held Saturday at the Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Bridgewater, VA, with preacher Greg Adamson officiating. Burial followed at Oak Law Cemetery.

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