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Violet Pingley

Dec 9, 2021

Violet Irene Pingley, 96, of Warren, OH passed away on December 9, 2021 at her home. She was born May 31, 1925 in Hightown, a daughter of the late Clay and Viola (Washburn) Hise.

Irene worked for a period of time at Red's Auto Glass and will be remembered for her love of growing and tending to...

Judy Kincaid

Dec 7, 2021

Judy Carol (Hodge) Kincaid, 73, of Staunton passed away Tuesday, December 7, 2021 at Augusta Health.

She was born December 8, 1947 in Bath County, a daughter of the late Bland Newton and Minnie Gladys (Simmons) Hodge.

A homemaker who loved holidays and family gatherings, Judy, was the “glue that held it together.” She could...

Mark Hodge

Dec 4, 2021

Mark David Hodge, 59, of McDowell, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021 while escorting a Boy Scout troop through Butler Cave in Williamsville.  He transitioned from the depths of the earth while doing the thing he loved most in this world, exploring the soil and soul beneath his feet and sharing his passion for caving with young folk and...

Bertha "Sandy" Hevener

Dec 4, 2021

Bertha “Sandy” (Coukouma) Hevener, 76, of Blue Grass, passed away Saturday, December 4, 2021 at Augusta Health.

She was born March 7, 1945 in Brooklyn, New York, a daughter of the late Richard Speros and Ida Mae (Cagle) Coukouma.

Sandy was a contributor to the Washington D.C. Color School movement of abstract expressionist artists in...

Betty Caricofe

Dec 2, 2021

Betty Sue (Mauzy) Caricofe, 86, of Monterey passed away Thursday, December 2, 2021.

She was born in Hightown on September 8, 1935, a daughter of the late William Whitfield and Lillie Grace (Harper) Mauzy. On October 7, 1972 she married Waide Franklin Caricofe, Jr., who predeceased her on April 6, 1992.

A woman of great faith, Betty was a member...

Steve Stephenson

Nov 20, 2021

Note: Those attending the service are encouraged to arrive no later than 12:45 p.m. and wear waterproof boots as well as warm clothing.

Boyd Wilson “Steve” Stephenson Jr., 73, of West Augusta passed away, Saturday, November 20, 2021 at his home with his family by his side.

He was born in Staunton, November 14,...

June Hevener

Nov 14, 2021

NOTE: AT THE FAMILY'S REQUEST THE SERVICE VENUE AS BEEN CHANGED FROM THE CEMETERY TO HIGHLAND BAPTIST CHURCH.

June Ann (Ellsworth) Hevener, 80, of Fredericksburg and formerly Monterey, passed away Sunday, November 14, 2021.

She was born in Alexandria, a daughter of the late Clarence J. and Edna B. Ellsworth

June favored...

Dorothy Whitson

Nov 13, 2021

Dorothy Josephine (Collins) Whitson, 91, of Deerfield, passed away, Saturday, November 13, 2021 at her home.

She was born in Augusta County on October 1, 1930, a daughter of the late Roy Nicholas and Mary Ervine (Rawley) Collins. On April 29, 1950 she married Francis Leo “Bud” Whitson, who preceded her in death on June 11, 2016....

Robert "Benny" Ralston

Nov 12, 2021

Robert “Benny” Ralston, 90, of McDowell, passed away Friday, November 12, 2021.

He was born in McDowell on October 15, 1931, a son of the late Frank Tyler and Caroline (Hess) Ralston.

An Army veteran, Benny served in Korea from July 1952 until June 1954. He was a former member of Stonewall Ruritan Club and...

Chrissy Simmons

Nov 2, 2021

Chrissy Lyn Simmons, 38, of McDowell, passed away Tuesday, November 2, 2021 at the home of her father, Roger Simmons.

She was born March 17, 1983, in Staunton, a daughter of Donna Marie (Moore) Keffer and Roger Allen Simmons.

A family-oriented girl, Chrissy loved spending time hunting with her dad, time spent with her niece...

Kevin Thornsbury

Nov 1, 2021

Kevin Thomas Thornsbury, 51, of Mill Gap, passed away Monday, November 1, 2021 at his home on Back Creek.

He was born July 10, 1970, in Richlands, a son of Glenna Carolyn (Bailey) Thornsbury of Grundy and the late Billy Edward Thornsbury.

A 1988 graduate of Grundy Senior High, Kevin continued his education at Diesel...

Thomas "Butch" Gray

Oct 22, 2021

Thomas “Butch” Abram Gray, 62, of Monterey, passed away Friday, October 22, 2021 at Sentara RMH Medical Center.

He was born June 5, 1959 in Marlinton, WV, a son of the late Robert Lee and Bessie Ann (Cutlip) Gray.

A kind-hearted gentleman, Butch was always there to help those in need. He enjoyed mowing grass...

William Will

Oct 16, 2021

William Boyd Will, 72, of Blue Grass, passed away Saturday, October 16, 2021 at Augusta Health.

He was born November 22, 1948 in Blue Grass, a son of the late William Cyrus and Alice Wanda (Harper) Will.

A 1967 Highland High School graduate, William was drafted by the United States Army and ultimately served three...

Thelma Townsend

Oct 8, 2021

Thelma Lorraine (Hiner) Townsend, 93, of Mill Gap, passed away, Friday, October 8, 2021 at her home.

She was born December 4, 1927 in Monterey, the only child of the late Rhoda (Hiner) Evick. On December 20, 1946 she married the late Lynn Elwood Townsend and shared 71 years of marriage with him until his passing July...

Ethel Frampton

Oct 6, 2021

FUNERAL SERVICES HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED Ethel Lee Frampton, 67, of Head Waters, passed away suddenly, Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at her home.

She was born June 30, 1954, in Staunton. a daughter of the late Wesley and Nora Lee (Helmick) Frampton.

Ethel had worked in the cafeteria at Highland County Public School for...

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