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22 April 2010

Steve J. Pittman, 48

Steve J. Pittman, 48, of Goose Creek, SC, died Thursday, April 8, 2010.

Mr. Pittman was born Jan. 11, 1962, in Hot Springs, VA.

He loved Stingrays hockey and “Cool Ray” and was an avid fan of NASCAR racing and Dale Earnhardt, Jr.  He also enjoyed fishing for trout in West Virginia.  Most of all, he loved people and would never hesitate to help when needed.

Surviving are one son Jimmy Pittman of Chester, SC; his mother, Sadie Pittman of Goose Creek, SC; two brothers, James Pittman of Goose Creek, SC, and Kenneth Pittman of Franklin.

A memorial visitation was held April 11 at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek, SC 29445.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 269 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

Condolences may be sent to the family via

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the McAlister-Smith Funeral Home, Goose Creek Chapel, Goose Creek, SC.

Reed Lacy Ruddle

Reed Lacy Ruddle, 86, of Franklin passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2010, at his residence.

Mr. Ruddle was born Dec. 23, 1923, in Ruddle, the son of the late Preston and Clara Ella Ruddle.

He was a 1941 graduate of Franklin High School, a member of Ruddle Presbyterian Church, owner and operator of Ruddle Equipment, and a farmer.

His wife, Kathryn Vandevander Ruddle, survives.

Also surviving are two daughters, Pamela Miller, and husband Dennis of Broadway, VA, and Melissa Weaver and husband, Mike of Brandywine; three sons, William Reed “Bill” Ruddle and wife, Rachel, and Eddie Preston Ruddle and wife, Kim, all of Franklin, and James Mark Ruddle and wife, Tracy of Brandywine; one sister, Pauline Harman of Franklin; one brother, Richard Ruddle, Sr. and wife, Virginia of Franklin; 16 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Joshua Reed Ruddle; and a sister, Maxine Dunkle.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Ruddle Presbyterian Church with Rev. Kevin Hand officiating.  Interment was in the Ruddle Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Mountain Hospice or the Ruddle Presbyterian Church.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Basagic Funeral Home, Franklin.

Velma Blondino

Velma Thompson Blondino, 72, of New Market, VA, died Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

Ms. Blondino was born on May 26, 1937, in Franklin and was the daughter of the late Fred L. and Myrtle Lynn Mitchell Propst.

She was a member of the ladies auxiliary, where she enjoyed volunteer work with Lynchburg General Hospital and Rockingham Memorial Hospital.  She very much loved and enjoyed her grandchildren.  She was a former member and deacon of Euclid Christian Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Susan Thompson Parke and husband, Holt of Boyce, VA; three sons, Robert Lee “Butch” Thompson and wife, Delorse of Grottoes, VA, Michael Leo Thompson and wife, Angie of Lacey Springs, VA, and David Scott Thompson and companion, Jeanetta of Bridgewater, VA; four brothers, Harley Propst, Stanley Propst, Sheldon Propst, Jesse Carroll Propst; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She was also preceded in death by six brothers and sisters.

Pastor Jay Linaburg and the Rev. Craig Richter conducted a memorial service Sunday afternoon at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Moyers.

The family will receive friends on Saturday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. at the McMullen Funeral Home in Harrisonburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Arthritis Foundation, PO Box 96280 Washington, DC 20077-7491.

Online condolences may be made to the family at

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the McMullen Funeral Home, Harrisonburg, VA.

Elmer Odie Nelson

Elmer Odie Nelson, 84 of Franklin, passed away on Sunday, April 18, 2010, at the Pendleton Manor in Franklin.

Mr. Nelson was born in Cherry Grove on March 12, 1926, the son of the late John Adam and Laura Jane Lambert Nelson.

He worked for WV Department of Highways and retired from Esskey Meats in Baltimore, MD.  He was an Army Veteran, a member of Circleville Presbyterian Church and a member of the American Legion in Franklin.

On Jan. 26, 1951, he married Mary Elaine Fleisher, who survives in Franklin.

Also surviving are two daughters, Janice Elaine Samuels and husband, Duane of Stuarts Draft, VA, and Glenda Kay McCutchan of Franklin; one son, Johnny Nelson Wright and wife, Kay of Franklin; two brothers, Bennie Nelson and Jesse Nelson and wife, Dorothy, all of Franklin; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by six brothers, Bob, Glenn, Edgar, George, Richard and Harry.

Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the chapel of the Basagic Funeral Home in Franklin with Rev. Will Vaus officiating.  Interment will be in North Fork Memorial Cemetery, Riverton.

Memorial donations may be made to Mountain Hospice.

The family received friends on Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Diana Lynn Morrison

Diana Lynn Morrison, 53, passed away at March 29, 2010 at 2:20 a.m.  She has left her family for a better place, after suffering from multiple illnesses.

Born March 28, 1957, she was the daughter of Ruby and Jack Warner of the North Fork area.

Her husband, Dan Morrison, survives.

Also surviving are sons, Bobby Arnold and George Branch; grandson, Damien Branch; brothers and sisters, Gary, Vickie, Lorrain and Carol; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was cremated.

Arrangements were under the direction of the Eternity Funeral Home, Jacksonville, FL.

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