Jesse Allen Cowart,
Sr., 83, passed
away, Sunday, March 6, 2011, after a long illness. Jesse
was born on January 4, 1928, the first child of Marion
Jesse and Thelma Wilson Cowart.
Jesse is survived by his wife of 62 years, Muriel
Faler Cowart and their seven children, Ronald and Robin
Cowart of Rustburg, Karen and Edward Taylor of Bedford,
Leonard (Butch) and Carolyn Cowart of Altavista, Marian
G. Lemons of Reidsville, Jesse A., Jr. and Judy Cowart
of Gladys, Sean Cowart and lifemate Todd Gunderson of
Raleigh, and Shannon M. Cowart and lifemate C.J. Jenkins
of Greensboro. Jesse was "Papa" to 16
grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, one
great-great-grandchild and two very special kitties -
K-Kat and Mollie.
Jesse was preceded in death by a sister, Marjorie N.
Stanley and a brother, Earl T. Cowart. He is survived by
five brothers and their wives, Leonard and Nancy of
Rustburg, Louis and Nancy of GA, Larry and Carolyn of
Rustburg, Roger and Barbara of Amherst, Dennis and Pam
of Rustburg and a special sister-in-law, Mrs. Earl
Jesse went into the service in the USAF one week
after graduating high school and served his country for
6 years. After retiring from the USAF, he started
selling insurance and continued to advance until he
started his own insurance agency that he operated with
his son Jesse, Jr., his granddaughter, Julie Blakely and
his dedicated secretary Tammy Zimmerman in Greensboro.
Jesse had many loves, the first being his faith in
God and then his family. He was an avid horse lover and
is the current president of the Colorado Ranger Horse
Association (CRHA) and a member of Appaloosa Horse
Association and a breeder of the two types of horses.
Jesse loved sports of all types but baseball was his
#1 sport. He loved to play baseball and did so as a
child, a teen, in service for the Airforce Base Team and
after returning home from service, played on the county
leagues. Once his children became old enough to play,
Jesse started coaching little league, which he did for
five years in Fairfax, VA and then his job kept him on
the road. He still took every chance he could to watch
his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren
play baseball or softball.
Jesse was a Mason and a member of the Masonic Lodge
#69 AF and AM. Jesse will be missed by his family and
friends, but they all know he is safe in God's hands.
A funeral service will be conducted, 1 p.m.,
Thursday, March 10, 2011, at Diamond Hill Presbyterian
Church on Mollie's Creek Road in Gladys with the Rev.
Susie Atkinson and Rev. Sam Caldwell officiating.
Interment will follow at Cumbie Memorial Cemetery in
Rustburg, where the Masonic Lodge #69 AF and AM will
present Masonic Rites and the American Legion Post 16
will present Military Honors.
The family will receive friends, 6 - 8 p.m.,
Wednesday, March 9, 2011, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel
and at other times at the residence.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be
made to Diamond Hill Presbyterian Church, 1090 Mollie's
Creek Rd., Gladys, VA, 24554.
To send condolences to the family, please visit www.whittenfuneralhome.com.
Whitten Funeral Homes and Cremation Services,
Timberlake Chapel is serving the family.
William "Buddy" Crist, Sr.
of Rustburg passed away Thursday August 2, 2012. He was
married 53 years to Nancy Schley Crist. Richard was born
August 28, 1939 in Lynchburg, the son of the late
William and Lillan Crist of Madison Heights. Richard was
also preceded in death by one sister, Barbara Ann Crist.
He is survived by his two daughters, Sharon Crist Rakes
and her husband, David of Forest, and Carolyn Crist
Burgess and her husband, Titus of Altavista; one son,
Richard W. Crist, Jr. of Bedford. Also a very loving
Best Friend his dog "Hummer"; eight
grandchildren, Emily Rakes Woody, Crystal Burgess Hicks,
Jaclyn Burgess Carter, Kayla Rakes, Titus "
Tyler" Burgess, Jr., Tara Burgess Dalton, Keith
Burgess, Troy Burgess; and eight great grandchildren.
Richard worked 40 years for G.E. / Ericsson, customer
service center. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge
Mackey No. 69 Rustburg, Va. He was a long time member of
the Lyn-Dan Heights Ruritan Club and past president of
the ruritan. He was a member of Mead Memorial United
Methodist Church. A funeral service will be conducted
Saturday, August 4, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Whitten
Timberlake Chapel conducted by the Rev. George Hatmaker
and Rev. Thomas Hicks. Interment will follow in Fort
Hill Memorial Park with Masonic rites at the grave. The
family will receive friends today at the funeral home
from 6: 00-8:00 p.m.
(Papo) Parsons Ralph William Parsons of
Lynchburg, died peacefully Wednesday, December 26, 2012
at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the loving husband
of Doris Mae (Dhu) Estabrook Clemenson Parsons for the
last 45 years. Born in Rolandus, Ohio on August 6, 1916,
he was a son of the late Connel Otimer Parsons and Mary
Moody Parsons and was also preceded in death by a
brother, Connel Parsons, Jr.; a sister, Ina Zastudil and
a daughter, Judy Lynn Parsons. In addition to his wife,
he is survived by his children, Roger C. Parsons of Fort
Myers, FL, David Clemenson and wife, Judy of Okeechobee,
FL, Julianne Scullen of Lynchburg, Greg Clemenson and
wife, Carol of Forest; 13 grandchildren and 8 great
grandchildren. Ralph served his country both in the Ohio
National Guard and in the US Army
during WW II. He retired from Babcock & Wilcox after
46 years of service and was a member of Quaker Memorial
Presbyterian Church. Volunteering was an important part
of his life; he was active in Boy Scouts and over the
years earned a Silver Beaver Award. At the age of 21, he
petitioned the Master of Victory Masonic Lodge # 649 to
join the Masonry and in September 2012 was awarded his
75 year pin. In 1980, Ralph joined the Lynchburg Shrine
Club in order to become a Shrine Clown. This is where he
found his calling as "Papo the Clown." He
visited and entertained children in Shriners Hospitals,
local hospitals, schools, churches and birthday parties.
The family would like to express appreciation to all the
nurses in STICU at Lynchburg General Hospital for their
tender loving care. A funeral service will be conducted
11:00 a.m., Saturday, December 29, 2012 in the chapel of
Heritage Funeral Service by the Rev. Bart Edwards with
burial to follow in Fort Hill Memorial Park with Masonic
Rites. The family will receive friends Friday, December
28, 2012 from 7-8:30 p.m. at Heritage Funeral Service,
427 Graves Mill Road. Memorial contributions may be made
to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris
Street, Greenville, SC 29605. Heritage Funeral Service
and Crematory, (434) 239-2405 is assisting the family.
Memories and thoughts may be shared with the family at www.heritagefuneralandcremation.com
Burks Nash Sr.
of 1094 Pigeon Run Road, Gladys died
unexpectedly on Thursday, November 14, 2013. He was the
beloved husband of Bessie Brown Nash for over sixty
years. He was born August 14, 1933 in Appomattox County,
a son of the late Hunter S. Nash and Willie Burks Nash.
He was a member of Kedron Baptist Church where he served
as a deacon and trustee. Binnie was the former owner of
Nash Trucking Inc., a charter member of the Gladys
Volunteer Fire Department and Gladys Ruritan Club, held
membership in Mackey Lodge #69 A.F. and A.M. for over 50
years. He was the recipient in 2012 of the Golden
Achievement Award for over 50 years in the trucking
business given by the American Truck Historical Society
and honorably served his country in the U.S. Navy during
the Korean War. In addition to his wife, he is survived
by a son, Binford Burks Nash Jr. "Little Binnie"
and his wife, Susan of Gladys; a daughter, Deborah Nash
Burman and her husband, Don of Eagle Point, Oregon; two
brothers, Buford H. Nash and wife, Janet of Gladys and
Paul T. Nash and wife, Peggy of Ohio; five
grandchildren, Jennifer N. Becker (Matthew), Keri B.
Castro (Daniel), Jessica L. Nash, Collin N. Burman
(Nicole), and Jillian E. Nash; two great grandchildren,
Lily Becker and Presley Burman. He was preceded in death
by a brother, David S. Nash. A funeral service will be
conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, November 17, 2013 at
Kedron Baptist Church, Gladys by the Rev. Brian Reynolds
with interment to follow in the church cemetery.
Military honors by the U.S. Navy Funeral Honor Guard.
The family will receive friends following the service in
the church fellowship hall and other times at the
residence. The family suggests that those wishing to
make memorials consider Kedron Baptist Church, c/o
Mission Trip to Guatemala, P.O. Box 38, Gladys, VA
24554. Finch and Finch Funeral and Cremation Service,
Gladys is in charge of arrangements. Please visit the
online tribute at www.finchandfinchfuneralservice.com to
share a memory or send a condolence to the family.