Joseph Wiley "Joe" Smith1,2,3

M, b. June 9, 1878, d. August 19, 1953
FatherWilliam Riley Smith1,2,4,5 b. December 25, 1845, d. October 30, 1924
MotherEllen Elizabeth Conner1,2,4,5 b. July, 1850, d. February 17, 1937
     Joseph Wiley "Joe" Smith was buried at Pleasant View Cemetery, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia.4,6 He was born on June 9, 1878 at Floyd Co., Virginia; His WWI Draft Registration Card has a birth date of Nov 16, 1879.3,4,6 He married Eller Stewart Prather on November 26, 1900 at Fayette Co., West Virginia.5,7,8 Joseph Wiley "Joe" Smith died on August 19, 1953 at Montgomery, Fayette Co., West Virginia, at age 75.4,6 He Fayetteville, Aug 19 - Funeral services for Joseph W. Smith, 75, of Fayetteville, who died Wednesday as a result of a cerebral hemorrhage, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday from the Pleasant View Brethren Church with the Rev. W. T. Wampler and the Rev. E. L. Clover officiating. He was born in Floyd County, Va., in 1878, was a retired coal miner, and a member of local union 5875. Survivors include: three brothers, G. T. of Route 1, Fayetteville, Don H., of Route 1, Princeton, and Eli Lee, of Alderson; three sisters, Mrs. Nancy McNeil of Prosperity, Miss Elizabeth Smith of Fayetteville, and Mrs. Laura Stull of Fayetteville; one daughter, Mrs. Bessie Adkins of Hopewell, Va; six sons, R. V., William, Charles, and Walter of Fayetteville, Route 1, Arnold of Kaymoor, and Homer , of Quinwood; 70 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. The body will be removed from the Dodd-Payne Mortuary to the home of a son, William Smith at 2 p.m. Thursday, and will be removed to the church one hour prior to the funeral hour. Burial will be in the Pleasant View Cemetery. on August 20, 1953.6

Census Records

1880Dwelling 92, District 29, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia1
1900Dwelling 13, District 13, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia2
1920Dwelling 62, District 23, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia9
1930Dwelling 1098, District 13, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia10
1940Dwelling 152, District 10-16, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia11

Occupation

1900Farm laborer2
1920Coal miner9
1930Coal mine laborer10
1940Coal miner11

Family

Eller Stewart Prather b. March 9, 1883, d. June 1, 1940
Marriage*Joseph Wiley "Joe" Smith married Eller Stewart Prather on November 26, 1900 at Fayette Co., West Virginia.5,7,8 
Children

Citations

  1. [S109] National Archives and Records Administration, 1880 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S533] National Archives and Records Administration, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18.
  4. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Joseph W. Smith death certificate.
  5. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Smith-Prather marriage record.
  6. [S1863] Beckley Post Herald, From the Joseph W. Smith obituary in the Aug 20, 1953 edition.
  7. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Eller Smith death certificate.
  8. [S2049] Beckley Raleigh Register, From the Eller Smith obituary in the Jun 2, 1940 edition.
  9. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  10. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  11. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  12. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Payne-Smith marriage record.
  13. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Bertha E. Payne death certificate.
  14. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Charles T. Smith death certificate.
  15. [S5940] Salt Lake City, UT FamilySearch, Ohio, County Marriages, 1774-1993.
  16. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  17. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Adkins-Smith marriage record.
  18. [S5223] Social Security Administration, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.

Albert Sidney Smith1,2,3

M, b. August 17, 1891, d. December 3, 1945
FatherWilliam Riley Smith1,2,3 b. December 25, 1845, d. October 30, 1924
MotherEllen Elizabeth Conner1,2,3 b. July, 1850, d. February 17, 1937
     Albert Sidney Smith was buried at Webb Cemetery, Dothan, Fayette Co., West Virginia.3 He was born on August 17, 1891 at Oak Hill, Fayette Co., West Virginia; His death certificate has a bith date of Aug 17, 1896.1,4,3 He married Gretchen Clara Bragg circa 1912.5,3 Albert Sidney Smith died on December 3, 1945 at Oak Hill, Fayette Co., West Virginia, at age 54.3

Census Records

1900Dwelling 13, District 13, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia1
1910Dwelling 235, District 9, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia2
1920Dwelling 50, District 19, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia6
1930Dwelling 39, District 16, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia5

Occupation

1910Sawmill lumberman2
1920Farmer6
1930Coal mine inspector5

Family

Gretchen Clara Bragg b. January 5, 1899, d. January 17, 1992
Marriage*Albert Sidney Smith married Gretchen Clara Bragg circa 1912.5,3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Albert Sidney Smith death certificate.
  4. [S533] National Archives and Records Administration, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18.
  5. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Toney-Smith marriage record.
  8. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, Fron the Ernest Donald Smith death certificate.

John Harvey "Coe" Smith1,2,3,4

M, b. July 9, 1895, d. November 26, 1968
FatherWilliam Riley Smith5,6,7,1,3,8,9 b. December 25, 1845, d. October 30, 1924
MotherEllen Elizabeth Conner5,6,7,1,3,8,9,4 b. July, 1850, d. February 17, 1937
     John Harvey "Coe" Smith was buried at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Courthouse Road, Princeton, Mercer Co., West Virginia.3,4 His Social Security Number was 235-10-7123.3 He was born on July 9, 1895 at Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia; His death record has a birth date of Jul 20, 1895.2,3 He married Pearl May "Pearly" Austin, daughter of Phillip Elijah Austin and Adelia Attaline "Delia" Walters, on March 24, 1920 at Floyd Co., Virginia.5,4 John Harvey "Coe" Smith died on November 26, 1968 at Princeton, Mercer Co., West Virginia, at age 73.3,4 He Princeton - John (Coe) Smith, 73, died Tuesday morning in a Bluefield hospital. A retired coal miner, he was last employed by Pocahontas Fuel Co. at Dearfield. Smith was a member of the United Mine Workers of America Local No. 9690 at Itmann and Pentecostal Holiness Church at Princeton. Born in Fayette County, he was a son of the late John (should be William) R. and Ellen Conner Smith. Survivors include his wife, Pearl Austin Smith; two sons, Alvis, serving with the Navy, and John Junior Smith of Concord, N.C; two daughters, Mrs. Laura Thorn of Mullens and Mrs. Bondean Spence of Shenandoah, Va; a brother, Bruce of Alderson; 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. The funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. today in the Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. Marvin Richardson and Rev. Arthur Repass in charge. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Gardens. Friends may call at Memorial Funeral Directory in Princeton. on November 27, 1968.4

Census Records

1900Dwelling 13, District 13, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia7
1910Dwelling 235, District 9, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia6
1930Dwelling 450, District 30, Rock, Mercer Co., West Virginia10
1940Dwelling 226, District 28-47, Rock, Mercer Co., West Virginia11

Occupation

1920Miner5
1930Coal miner10
1940Coal miner11

Family

Pearl May "Pearly" Austin b. January 6, 1895, d. October 22, 1981
Marriage*John Harvey "Coe" Smith married Pearl May "Pearly" Austin, daughter of Phillip Elijah Austin and Adelia Attaline "Delia" Walters, on March 24, 1920 at Floyd Co., Virginia.5,4 
Children

Citations

  1. [S342] Researcher and Compiler William Harvey Green Sylvia Gearheart Albert, Argabright Family of Floyd, Franklin, and Montgomery Counties, Virginia.
  2. [S533] National Archives and Records Administration, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18.
  3. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the John Harvey Smith death record.
  4. [S1863] Beckley Post Herald, From the John Smith obituary in the Nov 27, 1968 edition.
  5. [S8] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 4, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  6. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S1980] Post Herald and Register, From the Elizabeth Ellen Smith obituary in the Jul 7, 1957 edition.
  9. [S1980] Post Herald and Register, From the George Smith obituary in the May 13, 1967 edition.
  10. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  11. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.

Nannie Belle Ratliff1,2,3

F, b. June 17, 1903, d. August 30, 1997
FatherRobert Lee Ratliff4,5,1 b. May, 1874, d. February 27, 1935
MotherSarah Jane "Sally" Conner4,5,1 b. April 30, 1864, d. January 12, 1929
     Her Social Security Number was 401-42-9476.6 Nannie Belle Ratliff was born on June 17, 1903 at Gatewood, Fayette Co., West Virginia.1,2,6 As of October 14, 1923,her married name was Lewis.3 She married Elmer Dale Lewis on October 14, 1923 at Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia.3 Nannie Belle Ratliff died on August 30, 1997 at Cincinnati, Hamilton Co., Ohio, at age 94.2,6

Census Records

1910Dwelling 464, District 13, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia4
1920Dwelling 299, District 12, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia5
1930Dwelling 79, District 12, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia7
1940Dwelling 47, District 68-6, Lewis Co., Kentucky8

Family

Elmer Dale Lewis b. circa 1905, d. August 5, 1964
Marriage*Nannie Belle Ratliff married Elmer Dale Lewis on October 14, 1923 at Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia.3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S5627] FamilySearch, West Virginia, Births Index, 1804-1938.
  2. [S857] Ohio Department of Health, Ohio Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2018.
  3. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Lewis-Ratliff marriage record.
  4. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  7. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S5223] Social Security Administration, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.

John Tyler Prillaman1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

M, b. May 18, 1897, d. December 29, 1975
FatherJames William Prillaman1,9,5,6,10,8 b. November 25, 1864, d. May 8, 1940
MotherAlice Alabama Wright1,9,5,6,10,8 b. August 19, 1872, d. June 5, 1923
     His Social Security Number was 228-16-0554.11 John Tyler Prillaman was buried at Restvale Cemetery, Rt. 221, Check, Floyd Co., Virginia.12,7,8 He was born on May 18, 1897 at Copper Hill, Floyd Co., Virginia.11,12,9,4,5,8 He married Elvada Esther Conner, daughter of James Mearmon Conner and Laura Byar Walton, on November 27, 1919 at Floyd Co., Virginia.9,1,2,13,5,7,8 John Tyler Prillaman died on December 29, 1975 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 78.7,8 He COPPER HILL -- John Tyler Prillaman, age 78, died Monday, Dec. 29, 1975, in a Roanoke hospital. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Elvada Conner Prillaman, Copper Hill; one daughter, Mrs. Frank F. Carmack, Roanoke; four sons, James T. Prillaman, Alton W. Prillaman, both of Delray Beach, Fla., John L. Prillaman, Lovittsville, Donald Q. Prillaman, Orlando, Fla; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Richards, Floyd, Mrs. Doris Kanode, Roanoke; two brothers, J. Huffman Prillaman, Copper Hill, L. Clinton Prillaman, Roanoke; 15 grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild. Funeral was Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1975, at 11:00 a.m. at Copper Hill United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gene Sowder officiating. Interment in the Restvale Cemetery. on January 1, 1976.7

Census Records

1900Dwelling 86, District 20, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia6
1910Dwelling 8, District 53, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia10
1920Dwelling 67, District 100, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia14
1930Dwelling 134, District 11, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia15
1940Dwelling 140, District 32-14, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia16

Occupation

1920Farm merchant14
1930Auto repair shop mechanic15
1940Farmer16

Family

Elvada Esther Conner b. September 26, 1897, d. April 12, 1990
Marriage*John Tyler Prillaman married Elvada Esther Conner, daughter of James Mearmon Conner and Laura Byar Walton, on November 27, 1919 at Floyd Co., Virginia.9,1,2,13,5,7,8 
Children

Citations

  1. [S297] Ellen Stanley Rogers & Norris Prillaman Miller, The Prillaman Family, Descendants of Jacob Prillaman.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Elvada Conner Prillaman obituary in the Apr 14, 1990 edition.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Donald Quinn Prillaman obituary in the Nov 26, 2004 edition.
  4. [S533] National Archives and Records Administration, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18.
  5. [S162] Sylvia Gearheart Albert, William G. "The Settler" Aldridge, Floyd Co., VA.
  6. [S132] National Archives and Records Administration, 1900 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S116] Floyd Press, From the John Tyler Prillaman obituary in the Jan 1, 1976 edition.
  8. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  9. [S8] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 4, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  10. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  11. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  12. [S104] Billy and Juanita Grice, Cemeteries in Floyd County.
  13. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  14. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  15. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  16. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  17. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  18. [S116] Floyd Press, From the Leila Aleia Prillaman obituary in an undated edition.
  19. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the John Lennis Prillaman obituary in the Jan 21, 2018 edition.
  20. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Virginia Alice Prillaman Carmack obituary in the Feb 5, 2017 edition.
  21. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Rosa E. "Rosella" Ratliff1,2,3,4

F, b. June 9, 1906, d. October 2, 1998
FatherRobert Lee Ratliff1,5,4 b. May, 1874, d. February 27, 1935
MotherSarah Jane "Sally" Conner1,5,4 b. April 30, 1864, d. January 12, 1929
     Rosa E. "Rosella" Ratliff was buried at Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia.2 Her Social Security Number was 233-96-5091.6 She was born on June 9, 1906 at Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia.6,2 As of August 5, 1925,her married name was Dennler.4 She married Charles Clifford Dennler on August 5, 1925 at Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia.3,4 Rosa E. "Rosella" Ratliff died on October 2, 1998 at Beckley, Raleigh Co., West Virginia, at age 92.6,2 She GARTEN - Rosella Dennler, 92, of Garten, Fayette County, died Oct. 2, 1998, in a Beckley hospital after a long illness. She was born in Fayetteville. Surviving: sons, Fred of Oak Hill, Charles of Louisville, Ky., Bernard of Bean Station, Tenn., Robert of Fayetteville; daughters, Betty Hall of Charleston, Beverly Fulghum of Toccoa, Ga; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren. Service will be 10 a.m. Monday at Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, Fayetteville, with the Rev. Morris Nutter officiating. Burial will be in Huse Memorial Park, Fayetteville. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.
on October 4, 1998.2

Census Records

1910Dwelling 464, District 13, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia1
1920Dwelling 299, District 12, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia5
1930Dwelling 148, District 12, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia7
1940Dwelling 324, District 10-13, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia8

Family

Charles Clifford Dennler b. March 4, 1903, d. April, 1984
Marriage*Rosa E. "Rosella" Ratliff married Charles Clifford Dennler on August 5, 1925 at Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia.3,4 
Children

Citations

  1. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S616] Charleston Gazette, From the Rosella Dennler obituary in the Oct 4, 1998 edition.
  3. [S1397] Independentmail.Com, From the Beverly Jean Dennler Fulghum obituary in the Apr 23, 2005 edition.
  4. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Dennler-Ratliff marriage record.
  5. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  7. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Dennler-Whitt marriage record.
  10. [S2185] Dodd-Payne-Hess Funeral Home, online http://www.doddpaynehessfuneralhome.com, From the Freddie Lee Dennler obituary.
  11. [S2051] Raleigh Register, From the Violet Dennler Pennington obituary in the Mar 17, 1971 edition.
  12. [S5223] Social Security Administration, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
  13. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Dennler-Malenick marriage record.
  14. [S2878] FamilySearch, West Virginia, Births Index, 1853-1969.
  15. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Pennington-Dennler marriage record.
  16. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Dennler-Menarchik marriage record.

Myrtle M. "Nettie" Ratliff1,2,3

F, b. May 16, 1908, d. July 28, 1930
FatherRobert Lee Ratliff1,2,3,4 b. May, 1874, d. February 27, 1935
MotherSarah Jane "Sally" Conner1,2,3,4 b. April 30, 1864, d. January 12, 1929
     Myrtle M. "Nettie" Ratliff was born on May 16, 1908 at Lively, Fayette Co., West Virginia.4 As of February 13, 1928,her married name was Underwood.3 She married Gordon Clifford Underwood on February 13, 1928 at Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia.3,4 Myrtle M. "Nettie" Ratliff died on July 28, 1930 at Beckley, Raleigh Co., West Virginia, at age 22; Died of tuberculosis.4

Census Records

1910Dwelling 464, District 13, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia1
1920Dwelling 299, District 12, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia2
1930Dwelling 145, District 12, Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia5

Family

Gordon Clifford Underwood b. March 18, 1908, d. November, 1984
Marriage*Myrtle M. "Nettie" Ratliff married Gordon Clifford Underwood on February 13, 1928 at Fayetteville, Fayette Co., West Virginia.3,4 
Child

Citations

  1. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Underwood-Ratliff marriage record.
  4. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Myrtle Underwood death certificate.
  5. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S5627] FamilySearch, West Virginia, Births Index, 1804-1938.

Lee Ward Conner1

M, b. February 10, 1909, d. October 13, 1986
FatherJasper Conner2,3,1,4,5,6,7 b. October 20, 1879, d. October 11, 1957
MotherElizabeth Ann "Betty" Bowles2,3,1,4,5,6,7 b. March 17, 1883, d. March 31, 1981
     His Social Security Number was 231-03-5417.8 Lee Ward Conner was buried at St. Michael's Church Cemetery, Bel Air, Harford Co., Maryland.1 He married Margaret Smith.1 Lee Ward Conner was born on February 10, 1909 at Floyd Co., Virginia.8 He died on October 13, 1986 at age 77.1

Census Records

1910Dwelling 38, District 51, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia4
1920Dwelling 171, District 100, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia5
1930Dwelling 169, District 11, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia6

Occupation

1930Farm laborer6

Family

Margaret Smith
Marriage*Lee Ward Conner married Margaret Smith.1 
Children
  • David Lee Conner1
  • Brook Ann Conner1

Citations

  1. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Hazel C. Ferris obituary in the Sep 6, 2001 edition.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Iva Lillian Morgan obituary in the Aug 14, 2004 edition.
  4. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S116] Floyd Press, From the Elizabeth A. Bowles Conner obituary in the Apr 9, 1981 edition.
  8. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.

Samuel Henry "Sam" Conner1,2,3,4,5

M, b. February 28, 1910, d. November 3, 1980
FatherJasper Conner6,7,3,2,8,9,10,5 b. October 20, 1879, d. October 11, 1957
MotherElizabeth Ann "Betty" Bowles6,7,2,3,8,9,10,5 b. March 17, 1883, d. March 31, 1981
     Samuel Henry "Sam" Conner was buried at Head of the River Cemetery (also known as Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery), Rt. 221, Check, Floyd Co., Virginia.1,5 His Social Security Number was 227-09-0895.11 He was born on February 28, 1910 at Floyd Co., Virginia; His death certificate has a birth date of Feb 28, 1909.11,1,3,2,5 He married Elzora Emma "Alorza" Conner, daughter of Jacob Valentine "Doll" Conner and Mary Elizabeth Hill, on November 26, 1930.2,1,3,4,5 Samuel Henry "Sam" Conner died on November 3, 1980 at Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia, at age 70.1,5

Census Records

1910Dwelling 38, District 51, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia8
1920Dwelling 171, District 100, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia9
1930Dwelling 169, District 11, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia10
1930Farm laborer10
1940Dwelling 35, District 32-14, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia12

Occupation

1940Landscaping laborer12

Family

Elzora Emma "Alorza" Conner b. July 15, 1909, d. October 15, 1982
Marriage*Samuel Henry "Sam" Conner married Elzora Emma "Alorza" Conner, daughter of Jacob Valentine "Doll" Conner and Mary Elizabeth Hill, on November 26, 1930.2,1,3,4,5 
Children

Citations

  1. [S104] Billy and Juanita Grice, Cemeteries in Floyd County.
  2. [S12] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 5, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  3. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  4. [S1164] Geneva Conner Bell White, "In Memory of the Family of Jacob Valentine Conner and Mary Elizabeth Hill Conner."
  5. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  6. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Hazel C. Ferris obituary in the Sep 6, 2001 edition.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Iva Lillian Morgan obituary in the Aug 14, 2004 edition.
  8. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  10. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  11. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  12. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  13. [S10] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 7, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  14. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Maynard Odell Conner obituary in the Jun 7, 1997 edition.
  15. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  16. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Harold Edward Conner obituary in the May 20, 1963 edition.
  17. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.

Hazel Sarah Conner1,2,3

F, b. March 6, 1912, d. September 3, 2001
FatherJasper Conner4,5,3,2,6,7,8 b. October 20, 1879, d. October 11, 1957
MotherElizabeth Ann "Betty" Bowles4,5,2,3,6,7,8 b. March 17, 1883, d. March 31, 1981
     Hazel Sarah Conner was buried at Restvale Cemetery, Rt. 221, Check, Floyd Co., Virginia.9 Her Social Security Number was 229-82-7972.10 She was born on March 6, 1912 at Floyd Co., Virginia.10 She married Coy William Ferris, son of Valentine T. Ferris and Lucinda Ann Elizabeth "Cindy" Aldridge, on August 10, 1935 at Floyd Co., Virginia.3,11,4,2 As of August 10, 1935,her married name was Ferris. Hazel Sarah Conner died on September 3, 2001 at Montgomery Co., Virginia, at age 89.10,4 She FLOYD - Hazel C. Ferris, 89, passed away Monday, September 3, 2001 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Olen Gardner. She was preceded in death by her husband, Coy Ferris, her mother and father, Jasper and Elizabeth Conner, two brothers, Lee W. Conner and Samuel H. Conner, and sisters, Golda Bartlett, Pauline Rakes and Mabel Poff. Surviving are: daughter and son-in-law, Frances and Olen Gardner, Riner; two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul C. and Hilda Ferris, Floyd, Bentley and Rio Ferris, Floyd; brothers and sisters, Iva Morgan, Roanoke, Woodrow Conner and wife, Reba, Sarasota, Florida, Virginia Conner, Roanoke, Velva Conner, Roanoke, Dexter Sowers, Copper Hill, Bonnie Conner and husband, Arthur, Copper Hill, Georgianna Link and husband, Leon; grandchildren, Debra Ferrell and husband, Bill, Christiansburg, Rebecca Stanley and husband, Scott, Pilot, Amanda Ferris, Christiansburg; great-grandchildren, Justin Harris, Christiansburg, Travis Harris, Christiansburg, Chris Spencer, Riner; twelve step-grandchildren; thirteen step-great grandchildren; 7 step-great-great-grandchildren and several special nieces and nephews. Funeral service was Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Salem Church (Head of the River) (she was actually buried in Restvale Cemetery - Scott) with Reverend Olen Gardner, Elder Lane Carter, and Dr. Tom Rice officiating. Interment was in Salem Church Cemetery. Gardner Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. on September 6, 2001.4

Census Records

1920Dwelling 171, District 100, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia6
1930Dwelling 169, District 11, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia7
1940Dwelling 19, District 32-14, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia12

Family

Coy William Ferris b. July 3, 1904, d. August 21, 1968
Marriage*Hazel Sarah Conner married Coy William Ferris, son of Valentine T. Ferris and Lucinda Ann Elizabeth "Cindy" Aldridge, on August 10, 1935 at Floyd Co., Virginia.3,11,4,2 
Children
  • Paul Calhoun Ferris4,1,2,12
  • Frances Lane Ferris4,1,2
  • Bentley Gerald Ferris4,2,13

Citations

  1. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  2. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  3. [S12] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 5, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Hazel C. Ferris obituary in the Sep 6, 2001 edition.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Iva Lillian Morgan obituary in the Aug 14, 2004 edition.
  6. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S116] Floyd Press, From the Elizabeth A. Bowles Conner obituary in the Apr 9, 1981 edition.
  9. [S104] Billy and Juanita Grice, Cemeteries in Floyd County.
  10. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  11. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, Funeral pamphlet for Coy Ferris.
  12. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  13. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Iva Lillian Conner1,2,3,4

F, b. March 14, 1914, d. August 13, 2004
FatherJasper Conner5,1,4,3,6,7,8 b. October 20, 1879, d. October 11, 1957
MotherElizabeth Ann "Betty" Bowles5,1,3,4,6,7,8 b. March 17, 1883, d. March 31, 1981
     Her Social Security Number was 225-44-1654.9 Iva Lillian Conner was born on March 14, 1914 at Floyd Co., Virginia.10,1,9,4,3 She married Robert James "Bob" Morgan Sr., son of William Henry Morgan and Florence Mayle Woodward, on December 22, 1934 at Floyd Co., Virginia.4,1,3,11 As of December 22, 1934,her married name was Morgan. Iva Lillian Conner died on August 13, 2004 at Virginia at age 90.1,9 She Iva Lillian Morgan, formerly of Copper Hill, went to be with the Lord on Friday, August 13, 2004. At 90 years young, and known for her wittiness, she was a devoted wife and mother of seven children; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. She was a member of Copper Hill Church of the Brethren and was a Sunday School teacher and a long time faithful member of the Women's Fellowship. Born March 14, 1914, she was the daughter of the late Jasper and Elizabeth (Betty) Conner. She is preceded in death also by her husband, Robert (Bob) Morgan; three brothers, Lee, Sam and Woodrow Conner; five sisters, Pauline Rakes, Goldie Bartlett, Mabel Poff, Hazel Ferris and Virginia Conner; two sons-in-law, Alton Shaver and Walter (Bob) Poff. She is survived by two sons and their wives, Wilburn Harris (Will) and Diane Morgan of Hardy and Robert (Bobby) and Joan Morgan of Roanoke; and five daughters and three sons-in-law, Ruby Poff, Sylvia and Wayne Wimmer of Salem, Betty Shaver of Roanoke, Phyllis and Richard Phillips of Richmond, Dorma and Lowell Yeatts of Check. She is also survived by four sisters, two brothers-in-law, Dexter Sowers and Bonnie and Arthur Conner of Copper Hill, Velva Harris Davis of Roanoke, Georgianna and Leon Link of Bristol, Tenn. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. We loved her very much and will miss her dearly. The family wishes to especially thank the staff at Raleigh Court Health Care Center for their loving care. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, August 16, 2004 at 11 a.m. at Copper Hill Church of the Brethren with Rev. Jim Worline and Rev. Doug Jones officiating. Flowers are welcome, as well as memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, Adventa Hospice, Bent Mountain Rescue Squad, or Copper Hill Church of the Brethren. The family will receive friends Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Oakey's South Chapel. on August 14, 2004.1

Census Records

1920Dwelling 171, District 100, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia6
1930Dwelling 169, District 11, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia7
1940Dwelling 144, District 32-14, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia12

Family

Robert James "Bob" Morgan Sr. b. August 5, 1908, d. September 14, 1964
Marriage*Iva Lillian Conner married Robert James "Bob" Morgan Sr., son of William Henry Morgan and Florence Mayle Woodward, on December 22, 1934 at Floyd Co., Virginia.4,1,3,11 
Children
  • Wilburn Harris "Will" Morgan1,2,3,12,13
  • Ruby Dare Morgan1,14,3,12
  • Betty Sue Morgan1,3,14,12
  • Phyllis Mae Morgan1,3,12,13
  • Sylvia Lenna Morgan14,1,3
  • Robert James "Bobby" Morgan Jr.1,3
  • Dorma Lillian Morgan15,1,3

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Iva Lillian Morgan obituary in the Aug 14, 2004 edition.
  2. [S51] Rhonda Lynn Morgan, "Iva Lillian Conner," e-mail to Scott Schaffer, Feb 21, 2003.
  3. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  4. [S12] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 5, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Hazel C. Ferris obituary in the Sep 6, 2001 edition.
  6. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S116] Floyd Press, From the Elizabeth A. Bowles Conner obituary in the Apr 9, 1981 edition.
  9. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  10. [S104] Billy and Juanita Grice, Cemeteries in Floyd County.
  11. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  12. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  13. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  14. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  15. [S10] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 7, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.

Virginia Dare Conner1,2

F, b. April 10, 1918, d. January 21, 2004
FatherJasper Conner3,4,2,5,6,7,8 b. October 20, 1879, d. October 11, 1957
MotherElizabeth Ann "Betty" Bowles3,4,2,5,6,7,8 b. March 17, 1883, d. March 31, 1981
     Virginia Dare Conner was buried at Head of the River Cemetery (also known as Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery), Rt. 221, Check, Floyd Co., Virginia.1 Her Social Security Number was 223-48-0433.9 She was born on April 10, 1918 at Floyd Co., Virginia.9,2 She died on January 21, 2004 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 85.1,9 She Virginia Dare Conner, 85, of Vinton, formerly of Copper Hill, passed away Wednesday, January 21, 2004, at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Surviving are her sisters, Velva Davis, Iva Morgan of Roanoke, Dexter Sowers, Bonnie Conner of Copper Hill, Georgianna Link of Bristol, Tenn; several nieces and nephews. Funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, January 23, at Salem Church (Head of the River) with Elder W.T. Conner officiating. Interment will follow in Salem Cemetery (Head of the River). The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Maberry Funeral Home, Floyd. on January 22, 2004.1

Census Records

1920Dwelling 171, District 100, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia5
1930Dwelling 169, District 11, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia6
1940Dwelling 36, District 32-14, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia8

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Virginia Dare Conner obituary in the Jan 22, 2004 edition.
  2. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Hazel C. Ferris obituary in the Sep 6, 2001 edition.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Iva Lillian Morgan obituary in the Aug 14, 2004 edition.
  5. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S116] Floyd Press, From the Elizabeth A. Bowles Conner obituary in the Apr 9, 1981 edition.
  8. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.

Woodrow Blaine Conner1

M, b. March 31, 1920, d. November 2, 2002
FatherJasper Conner2,3,4,5,6,7 b. October 20, 1879, d. October 11, 1957
MotherElizabeth Ann "Betty" Bowles2,3,4,5,6,7 b. March 17, 1883, d. March 31, 1981
     His Social Security Number was 227-14-1442.8 Woodrow Blaine Conner was buried at Restvale Cemetery, Rt. 221, Check, Floyd Co., Virginia.1 He was born on March 31, 1920 at Floyd Co., Virginia.8,4 He married Reba Odessa Collins, daughter of Asa William "Ace" Collins and Annie Adaline King, on July 8, 1939 at Floyd Co., Virginia.4,9,1,5 Woodrow Blaine Conner died on November 2, 2002 at Sarasota, Sarasota Co., Florida, at age 82.8,1 He CONNER, Woodrow Blaine, 82, formerly of Copper Hill, passed away Saturday, November 2, 2002 in Sarasota, Fla. He was a veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Reba Collins Conner of Sarasota; two sons and daughters-in-law, Glenn and Dottie Conner, Larry and Pat Conner, all of Baltimore, Md; two daughters and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Walter Morey of Sarasota, and Barbara Joyner of Delaware; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; six sisters, Georgianna Link of Bristol, Tenn., Bonnie and Arthur Conner of Copper Hill, Velva Davis, Virginia Conner and Iva Morgan, all of Roanoke, and Dexter Sowers of Copper Hill. Funeral services 11 a.m. Thursday at Salem Church (Head Of The River) with Elder Lane Carter and Rev. Olen Gardner officiating. Interment in Restvale Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Wood Funeral Home in Floyd. on November 4, 2002.1

Census Records

1930Dwelling 169, District 11, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia6
1940Dwelling 57, District 32-14, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia10

Occupation

1940Farm laborer10

Family

Reba Odessa Collins b. July 1, 1920, d. August 23, 2004
Marriage*Woodrow Blaine Conner married Reba Odessa Collins, daughter of Asa William "Ace" Collins and Annie Adaline King, on July 8, 1939 at Floyd Co., Virginia.4,9,1,5 
Children

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Woodrow Blaine Conner obituary in the Nov 4, 2002 edition.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Hazel C. Ferris obituary in the Sep 6, 2001 edition.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Iva Lillian Morgan obituary in the Aug 14, 2004 edition.
  4. [S12] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 5, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  5. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  6. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S116] Floyd Press, From the Elizabeth A. Bowles Conner obituary in the Apr 9, 1981 edition.
  8. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  9. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Reba Collins Conner obituary in the Aug 25, 2004 edition.
  10. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.

Charles B. Belcher Jr.1,2,3,4

M, b. March 11, 1911, d. January 14, 1974
FatherCharles B. "Charlie" Belcher1,3 b. October 10, 1877, d. 1953
MotherAla Ann Reed1,3 b. 1884, d. 1964
     His Social Security Number was 224-16-0211.5 Charles B. Belcher Jr. was buried at Wilson Cemetery, Daniel's Run Road (Rt. 661), Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia.2,4 He was born on March 11, 1911 at Floyd Co., Virginia.5,6,2 He married Avon Lynn "Ava" Lucas, daughter of Trigg Mosby Lucas and Laura Conner, on May 4, 1946 at Montgomery Co., Virginia.1,7,3,8 Charles B. Belcher Jr. died on January 14, 1974 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 62.2,4 He FLOYD -- Charles B. Belcher, Jr., age 62, died in a Roanoke hospital Monday, January 14, 1974. Surviving are two sons, Mack W. Belcher, U.S. Navy, Pearl Harbour, Hawaii, Dwight L. Belcher, Pilot; four sisters, Mrs. Waitie Ratliff, Willis, Mrs. Delores Belcher, Chester, Mrs. George Hill, Mrs. Ruth Reed, both of Alexandria; two brothers, Grant Belcher, Floyd, Freeman Belcher, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. Funeral was Thursday, January 17, 1974, at 1:00 p.m. at the Creasy Creek Church. The Rev. Everett Reed officiated. Interment is in the Wilson Cemetery. on January 24, 1974.4

Family

Avon Lynn "Ava" Lucas b. April 10, 1915, d. April 9, 1972
Marriage*He married Avon Lynn "Ava" Lucas, daughter of Trigg Mosby Lucas and Laura Conner, on May 4, 1946 at Montgomery Co., Virginia.1,7,3,8 
Children
  • Mack Wayne Belcher7,3,4
  • Dwight Lee Belcher7,3,4

Citations

  1. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  2. [S920] Paul Craghead, Wilson Cemetery, Floyd Co., VA.
  3. [S306] Ora Belle Mayberry McColman and Others, Emera Altizer of Montgomery Co., VA and Some of his Descendants 1736-1997.
  4. [S116] Floyd Press, From the Charles B. Belcher, Jr. obituary in the Jan 24, 1974 edition.
  5. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  6. [S292] Rena Worthen & Margarette Tynan, Floyd Co. Virginia Cemetery Inscriptions, Volume 1.
  7. [S628] Trigg Mosby Lucas Family Bible Digitized Records.
  8. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.

Belva Carmen "Velva" Conner1,2,3

F, b. March 26, 1925, d. September 16, 2008
FatherJasper Conner4,5,1,2,6,3,7,8 b. October 20, 1879, d. October 11, 1957
MotherElizabeth Ann "Betty" Bowles4,5,1,2,6,3,7,8 b. March 17, 1883, d. March 31, 1981
     Belva Carmen "Velva" Conner was buried at Head of the River Cemetery (also known as Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery), Rt. 221, Check, Floyd Co., Virginia.3 She and Wilford Harris were divorced.2 Belva Carmen "Velva" Conner was born on March 26, 1925 at Floyd Co., Virginia.9,1 She married Wilford Harris, son of Jerry Edward Harris and India Ruth Epperly, on March 30, 1946 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,2 As of March 30, 1946,her married name was Harris. As of September 5, 1981,her married name was Davis.10 Belva Carmen "Velva" Conner married Henry Marshall Davis on September 5, 1981 at Roanoke, Virginia.2,3,10 Belva Carmen "Velva" Conner died on September 16, 2008 at Virginia at age 83.3 She Velva Carmen Davis, 83, of Roanoke, Va., went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, September 16, 2008. She is preceded in death by her husband, Henry Davis; her parents, Jasper Conner and Elizabeth Bowles Conner; eight sisters; and three brothers. Surviving are four sons and daughters-in-law, Randel and Elaine Harris, Allen Harris, Steve and Sally Harris and Maurice Harris, all of Roanoke; five grandchildren; six greatgrandchildren; sisters and brothers-in-law, Dexter Sowers, of Floyd, Georgianna and Leon Link, of Tennessee, and Arthur Conner, of Floyd; and a number of nieces and nephews. The family would like to give a special thanks to the staff at Berkshire Health Care Center for all their care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Maranatha Baptist Church, P.O. Box 188, Shawsville, Va. 24162. Funeral services will be held noon on Friday, September 19, 2008, at Oakey's South Chapel with the Rev. Olen Gardner and Randel Harris officiating. Interment will be in The Head of the River Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2008, at Oakey's South Chapel, 540-989-3131. on September 18, 2008.3

Census Records

1930Dwelling 169, District 11, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia6
1940Dwelling 36, District 32-14, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia8

Family 1

Wilford Harris b. October 18, 1924, d. September 26, 2013
Divorce*Belva Carmen "Velva" Conner and Wilford Harris were divorced.2 
Marriage* Belva Carmen "Velva" Conner married Wilford Harris, son of Jerry Edward Harris and India Ruth Epperly, on March 30, 1946 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,2 
Children
  • Randel Wallace Harris2,3
  • Stephen "Steve" Harris2,3
  • Allen Harris2,3
  • Maurice Harris2,3

Family 2

Henry Marshall Davis b. September 11, 1919, d. May 9, 1990
Marriage*Belva Carmen "Velva" Conner married Henry Marshall Davis on September 5, 1981 at Roanoke, Virginia.2,3,10 

Citations

  1. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  2. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Velva Carmen Davis obituary in the Sep 18, 2008 edition.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Hazel C. Ferris obituary in the Sep 6, 2001 edition.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Iva Lillian Morgan obituary in the Aug 14, 2004 edition.
  6. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S116] Floyd Press, From the Elizabeth A. Bowles Conner obituary in the Apr 9, 1981 edition.
  8. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S3] Mary Conner Williams, "Conner Family Researcher Mary Conner Williams," e-mail to Scott Schaffer, 2001-2005.
  10. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Leonard Terry "Penny" Yates1,2,3,4,5

M, b. December 30, 1907, d. February 11, 1984
FatherFlurnoy Gustavus Yates6,7,1,2,5 b. December 19, 1864, d. June 26, 1949
MotherLaura Greene Bower6,7,2,1,5 b. October 16, 1866, d. June 27, 1948
     His Social Security Number was 229-01-3885.8 Leonard Terry "Penny" Yates was buried at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5737 Airport Road NW, Roanoke, Virginia.4,5 He was born on December 30, 1907 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,2,8,3,4,5 He married Ruby Edith Collins, daughter of George Washington Collins and Maggie M. Vest, on April 25, 1933 at Floyd Co., Virginia.2,3,5 Leonard Terry "Penny" Yates died on February 11, 1984 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 76.1,4,5

Census Records

1910Dwelling 47, District 19, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia6
1920Dwelling 65, District 97, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia7
1940Dwelling 151, District 41-20, Slab Fork, Raleigh Co., West Virginia9

Occupation

1940Coal miner9

Family

Ruby Edith Collins b. October 23, 1918, d. August 20, 1979
Marriage*Leonard Terry "Penny" Yates married Ruby Edith Collins, daughter of George Washington Collins and Maggie M. Vest, on April 25, 1933 at Floyd Co., Virginia.2,3,5 
Child
  • Terry Eugene Yates3,9,10

Citations

  1. [S599] Sr. Robert Somerville Radford Yates, A History of John Yeardley Yates of Pittsylvania and Patrick Counties, Virginia.
  2. [S12] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 5, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  3. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  4. [S2265] Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, Roanoke VA, online http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=cr&GSln=poff&GSbyrel=in&GSdyrel=in&GSst=48&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GSsr=241&GRid=44634996&CRid=49500&df=all&
  5. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  6. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  9. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  10. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Emma Roxie Conner1,2,3

F, b. September 18, 1896, d. May 20, 1977
FatherJohn William Conner4,5,1,6,7,8 b. February 4, 1871, d. June 4, 1959
MotherMary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hall4,1,6,7,8 b. June 2, 1873, d. June 4, 1956
     Her Social Security Number was 229-98-9667.9 Emma Roxie Conner was buried at Mountain View Cemetery, 1300 Mountain View Road, Vinton, Roanoke Co., Virginia.10,8 She was born on September 18, 1896 at Floyd Co., Virginia.9,10,8 She married Ezra Granville Martin, son of Morrison Celdon "Marson" Martin and Eliza T. Sowers, in 1915 at Roanoke Co., Virginia.1,2,3,8 As of 1915,her married name was Martin. Emma Roxie Conner died on May 20, 1977 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 80.8

Census Records

1910Dwelling 365, District 133, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia6
1920Dwelling 163, District 126, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia11
1930Dwelling 20, District 28, Roanoke, Virginia12
1940Dwelling 75, District 119-51, Roanoke, Virginia13

Family

Ezra Granville Martin b. January 17, 1897, d. November 3, 1985
Marriage*Emma Roxie Conner married Ezra Granville Martin, son of Morrison Celdon "Marson" Martin and Eliza T. Sowers, in 1915 at Roanoke Co., Virginia.1,2,3,8 
Children

Citations

  1. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  2. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, From the Ezra Granville Martin obituary in an undated edition.
  3. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.
  4. [S14] Martin Family of VA, online http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:2531387&id=I533511390
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the John William Conner obituary in the Jun 5, 1959 edition.
  6. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ruby Conner Woods obituary in the Mar 26, 2008 edition.
  8. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  9. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  10. [S1046] Rena Worthen (e-mail address), Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton, Roanoke Co., VA.
  11. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  12. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  13. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  14. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Herbert M. Martin obituary in the May 8, 1996 edition.
  15. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Elsie Janette Martin Rader obituary in the Jun 1, 2006 edition.
  16. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Bonnie Jasper Conner1,2,3,4,5

F, b. July 25, 1927, d. June 14, 2005
FatherJasper Conner6,7,1,3,8,9,10,5 b. October 20, 1879, d. October 11, 1957
MotherElizabeth Ann "Betty" Bowles6,7,1,3,8,9,10,5 b. March 17, 1883, d. March 31, 1981
     Bonnie Jasper Conner was buried at Restvale Cemetery, Rt. 221, Check, Floyd Co., Virginia.11 Her Social Security Number was 231-24-9352.12 She was born on July 25, 1927 at Copper Hill, Floyd Co., Virginia.3,12,5 She married Arthur Allen Conner, son of George Lewis Conner and Mary Della Moran, on May 28, 1948 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,6,7,11,3,13 Bonnie Jasper Conner died on June 14, 2005 at Floyd Co., Virginia, at age 77.11,12,14 She Bonnie J. Conner, 77, of Copper Hill, passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2005. Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Arthur Conner; children, Brenda (Luther) Galyean, Katherine (Clay) Giles, Mickey Conner, Sandy (Richard) DeHart, Tommy (Brenda) Conner, Mary (Leon) Elkins, John Conner; grandchildren, Dixie, April, Dana, Jeaneen, Landon, Shannon, Zachary, Josh, Nathan, Abby, Casey, Meghann; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dexter Sowers, Velva Davis, Georgianna Link; special niece, Frances Gardner. Services will be at Oakey's South Chapel, 12 noon Thursday, June 16, 2005. Elder W. T. Conner will officiate. Interment will follow in Rest Vale Cemetery, Floyd County. The family will receive friends at Oakey's South Chapel from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel, 989-3131.
on June 15, 2005.11

Census Records

1930Dwelling 169, District 11, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia8
1940Dwelling 36, District 32-14, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia10

Family

Arthur Allen Conner b. August 18, 1924, d. April 13, 2020
Marriage*Bonnie Jasper Conner married Arthur Allen Conner, son of George Lewis Conner and Mary Della Moran, on May 28, 1948 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,6,7,11,3,13 
Children

Citations

  1. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  2. [S32] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 8, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  3. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  4. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.
  5. [S5223] Social Security Administration, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
  6. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Hazel C. Ferris obituary in the Sep 6, 2001 edition.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Iva Lillian Morgan obituary in the Aug 14, 2004 edition.
  8. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  9. [S116] Floyd Press, From the Elizabeth A. Bowles Conner obituary in the Apr 9, 1981 edition.
  10. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  11. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Bonnie J. Conner obituary in the Jun 15, 2005 edition.
  12. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  13. [S3624] Oakey's Funeral Service & Crematory, online http://www.oakeys.com/, From the Arthur A. Conner obituary.
  14. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  15. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Michael Allen Conner obituary in the Aug 10, 2012 edition.
  16. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the John William Conner obituary in the Dec 8, 2012 edition.
  17. [S10] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 7, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  18. [S936] VA Montgomery Co., Register 9, Montgomery Co., VA Marriage Records.

John Allen Blankenship1,2,3,4

M, b. May 20, 1945, d. December 19, 1997
FatherJames Moyer Blankenship1,5,3,4,6 b. May 7, 1918, d. August 15, 2005
MotherFlorastene Arminta Mae Conner1,5,3,4,6 b. December 12, 1919, d. January 31, 2013
     His Social Security Number was 225-58-7526.7 John Allen Blankenship was buried at Sherwood Burial Park, 1045 Lynchburg Turnpike, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia.4 He and Kathleen Evelyn Thompson were divorced.1 John Allen Blankenship and Carol Holbert were divorced.1 John Allen Blankenship was born on May 20, 1945.1,7 He married Kathleen Evelyn Thompson on February 18, 1966.1 John Allen Blankenship married Carol Holbert on August 14, 1976.1 John Allen Blankenship died on December 19, 1997 at Elliston, Montgomery Co., Virginia, at age 52.7,4 He BLANKENSHIP, John Allen, 52, of Elliston, died Friday, December 19, 1997 at his home. He is survived by his wife, Tina Blankenship; daughter, Shelia Blankenship, Roanoke; and a son, Jarrod Blankenship, Elliston; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James M. Blankenship, Salem; brother, Paul Wayne Blankenship, Salem; sister, Helen Coleman, Greensboro, N.C. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 22, 1997 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lotz Salem Chapel with the Elder Junior L. Connor officiating. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Lotz Salem Chapel. on December 21, 1997.4

Family 1

Kathleen Evelyn Thompson
Divorce*He and Kathleen Evelyn Thompson were divorced.1 
Marriage* John Allen Blankenship married Kathleen Evelyn Thompson on February 18, 1966.1 
Children

Family 2

Carol Holbert
Divorce*John Allen Blankenship and Carol Holbert were divorced.1 
Marriage* John Allen Blankenship married Carol Holbert on August 14, 1976.1 
Child
  • Jarrod Blankenship4

Citations

  1. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the John Allen Blankenship, Jr., obituary in the Jul 28, 1992 edition.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the James Moyer Blankenship obituary in the Aug 16, 2005 edition.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the John Allen Blankenship obituary in the Dec 21, 1997 edition.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Blankenship 50th wedding anniversary announcement in the Oct 31, 1993 edition.
  6. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Florastene Conner Blankenship obituary in the Feb 2, 2013 edition.
  7. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.

Evelyn Mae Sisson1,2

F, b. July 29, 1926, d. March 13, 2005
FatherDavid Byrd Sisson3,4,2,5 b. November 11, 1877, d. March 31, 1968
MotherLydia Louella "Etta" Conner4,2,5 b. November 8, 1885, d. February 7, 1952
     Evelyn Mae Sisson was buried at Wilson Cemetery, Daniel's Run Road (Rt. 661), Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia.6,7 Her Social Security Number was 229-24-3265.8 She was born on July 29, 1926 at Virginia.7,4,8 She married Curtis Vest, son of Andy Wade "Bud" Vest and Minnie Lottie Perdue, on December 27, 1945.9,10,6,7,11,12,4 As of December 27, 1945,her married name was Vest. Evelyn Mae Sisson died on March 13, 2005 at Virginia at age 78.6,7,8 She Evelyn Sisson Vest, 78, of Check, passed away Sunday, March 13, 2005. She is preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Vest and son, Sherrow Vest. She is survived by three sons and their wives, Glenn and Joan Vest of Crossville, Tenn., Steven and Sue Vest of Check and Charles and Kathy Vest of Pickerington, Ohio; eight grandchildren, Martha Vest, Kari V. and Phil Meek, Nichole V. and Jerry Hatcher, Jr., Caleb Vest, Lindsey Vest, Julie Anna Vest, Benjamin Vest; four great-grandchildren, Michael VanWinkle, Kristen VanWinkle, Samantha Hatcher and Sophie Meek. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2005 at Wood Funeral Home, with Elder Hale Terry and Rev. Leon Wood officiating. Interment in the Wilson Cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Wood Funeral Home in Floyd.
on March 15, 2005.6

Census Records

1930Dwelling 75, District 9, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia2
1940Dwelling 3, District 32-11, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia5

Family

Curtis Vest b. January 24, 1927, d. February 16, 1987
Marriage*Evelyn Mae Sisson married Curtis Vest, son of Andy Wade "Bud" Vest and Minnie Lottie Perdue, on December 27, 1945.9,10,6,7,11,12,4 
Children

Citations

  1. [S10] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 7, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  2. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, Funeral pamphlet for David Byrd Sisson.
  4. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  5. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Evelyn Sisson Vest obituary in the Mar 15, 2005 edition.
  7. [S920] Paul Craghead, Wilson Cemetery, Floyd Co., VA.
  8. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  9. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  10. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, Funeral phamphlet for David Byrd Sisson.
  11. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, From an unidentified funeral home pamphlet for Curtis Vest.
  12. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, From the Curtis Vest obituary in an undated edition.

Dorothy Lewis Sisson1,2

F, b. March 8, 1929, d. January 31, 2011
FatherDavid Byrd Sisson3,4,5,6,7 b. November 11, 1877, d. March 31, 1968
MotherLydia Louella "Etta" Conner4,5,6,7 b. November 8, 1885, d. February 7, 1952
     Dorothy Lewis Sisson was buried at Piedmont Cemetery, Rt. 11 to Shawsville, turn at nursing home, Rt. 637, about 8 miles on the left, Montgomery Co., Virginia.8 She was born on March 8, 1929 at Virginia.5 She married James William Harris on July 3, 1948 at Montgomery Co., Virginia.4,9,5,8 As of July 3, 1948,her married name was Harris. Dorothy Lewis Sisson died on January 31, 2011 at Virginia at age 81.8 She Dorothy Sisson Harris, 81, of Shawsville, Va., entered into Heaven on January 31, 2011. She was a faithful 32 year member of Open Door Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a loving husband, James W. Harris; and sons, Michael David Harris and Billy Norman Harris. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Carolyn Harris, of Newport; son and daughterin-law, Gary and Jean Harris, of Christiansburg; daughter and son-in-law, Joann and David Shepherd, of Shawsville; daughter and son-in-law, Vickie and Kenny Ratcliff, of Ironto; daughter, Stacy Harris, of Christiansburg; eight grandchildren; 13 greatgrandchildren; and many close friends. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 2, 2011, at Horne Funeral Home, 1300 N. Franklin St., Christiansburg. The Funeral Service will be held 10 a.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2011, at the Open Door Baptist Church, Christiansburg, with Pastor Mike Johnston officiating. Interment will follow at the Piedmont Cemetery in Shawsville. The Harris family is being served by Horne Funeral Home, Christiansburg. on February 2, 2011.8

Census Records

1930Dwelling 75, District 9, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia6
1940Dwelling 3, District 32-11, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia7

Family

James William Harris b. May 24, 1925, d. October 19, 1998
Marriage*Dorothy Lewis Sisson married James William Harris on July 3, 1948 at Montgomery Co., Virginia.4,9,5,8 
Children

Citations

  1. [S877] VA Montgomery Co., Register 7, Montgomery Co., VA Marriage Records.
  2. [S905] VA Montgomery Co., Register 14, Montgomery Co., VA Marriage Records.
  3. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, Funeral pamphlet for David Byrd Sisson.
  4. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  5. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  6. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Dorothy Sisson Harris obituary in the Feb 2, 2011 edition.
  9. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, Funeral phamphlet for David Byrd Sisson.
  10. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Billy Norman Harris obitutary in the Dec 8, 2003 edition.
  11. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the James William Harris obitutary in the Oct 21, 1998 edition.
  12. [S10] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 7, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  13. [S1358] Virginia Montgomery Co., Register 15, Montgomery Co., VA Marriage Records.
  14. [S292] Rena Worthen & Margarette Tynan, Floyd Co. Virginia Cemetery Inscriptions, Volume 1.
  15. [S879] VA Montgomery Co., Register 10, Montgomery Co., VA Marriage Records.

Charles Hampton "Charlie" "Hamp" Vest1,2,3

M, b. July 15, 1921, d. August 23, 2016
FatherAlbert Washington Vest4,5,1,2,6,7,8,9,10,3 b. December 7, 1887, d. January 29, 1973
MotherWilda R. McNeil4,11,5,1,2,12,6,7,8,9,10,3 b. February 7, 1891, d. October 5, 1981
     Charles Hampton "Charlie" "Hamp" Vest was buried at Piedmont Cemetery, Rt. 11 to Shawsville, turn at nursing home, Rt. 637, about 8 miles on the left, Montgomery Co., Virginia.3 He was born on July 15, 1921 at Virginia.1,13 He married Wilda Louise Dickerson, daughter of Clarence Louin Dickerson and Elsie Mary Worrell, circa 1947.14,1,13,3 Charles Hampton "Charlie" "Hamp" Vest The world has no shortage of unsung heroes. Last week I was lucky to meet one. His name is Charles Hampton Vest, but everybody he knows calls him “Hamp.”

They’ve called him that for a long, long time. Hamp will turn 92 in July. Living long is not necessarily heroic. But I’d submit that working full time in a quarry at his age makes him one.

It’s no paper-shuffling desk job. For 40 to 50 hours a week, Hamp operates a dump truck that’s so tall he must clamber up a ladder to get into the driver’s seat.

There are 35-year-old men who couldn’t do it with the grace and ease that he does. Until a little more a year ago he operated a huge bulldozer.

Did I mention Hamp has only one arm? That’s a bit of an exaggeration. He has only one hand. Doctors amputated the left one at his wrist in 1953, long after he’d injured it working on U.S. 460 between Shawsville and Elliston. More about that later.

He’s a husband of 66 years, father of four, and has so many grandchildren he’s lost count. The same goes for his posse of great-grandkids. “You’ll have to ask Louise about that,” he said, referring to his wife. She’s the one who keeps track.

The answer is nine and seven, respectively, Louise Vest informed me later. The grandchildren are ages 7 to 38. The great-grandchildren range from 4 to 12.

Hamp and Louise live in the Check area of Floyd County, on a 72-acre cattle farm off Alleghany Spring Road. He works at the Acco Stone Quarry off Jennelle Road, just outside Blacksburg in Montgomery County. It’s a huge, 400-acre limestone pit that sidles up to the Smart Road and employs 20.

I heard about Hamp from J. O’Brien, president of Salem Stone Corp., which owns the quarry.

“We think so much of him,” O’Brien said. “He’s an example to the other employees, in terms of lifestyle, work ethic and character.”

On a bulldozer, which he operated until he turned 90, Hamp’s skills approach the status of legendary.

Quarry Manager Dennis Tawney (who’s young enough to be Hamp’s grandson), says: “He could smooth a road to the point where you could plant grass on it. That’s high praise in the heavy equipment world.

Hamp calls Acco Stone “the best place I’ve ever worked.”

He’s worked at a lot of places, and for a lot of different companies, many of which are now defunct. Hamp helped build part of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Before Lake Gaston, N.C. was a lake, he bulldozed large swaths of overgrown and viney swampland to help create it. He calls that “the hardest job I ever had.”

He also worked on John W. Flannagan Dam, just south of Breaks Interstate Park near the Kentucky border.

He turned the first lick (of dirt) at the site of the Corning plant in Christiansburg. Worked in coal mines down in far Southwest Virginia, on highways up in Augusta County, and helped build Interstate 295, the northern bypass around Richmond.

And that list barely scratches the surface.

It was on one of those jobs that Hamp injured his hand. He was driving a dump truck back then and one day in 1950 rolled over a rock. “Dump trucks didn’t have power steering in those days,” Hamp explained. His left thumb got caught when the rock gave the steering wheel a sudden wrench.

He nursed the mangled hand for three years, until it was so stiff and weak he couldn’t use it to open a car door. Then doctors discovered he’d developed a type of cancer, sarcoma, in it. Was that related to the injury? Who knows? The docs said it had to go.

Now he has a steel hook, which has served him fine for the past 60 or so years.

Why is he still working, at age 91? That was the first question I asked. Hamp offered three reasons.

The first sounded like a line you hear from mountain climbers who’ve summited Mount Everest. Because he can.

The second: Hamp and Louise raised two of their granddaughters. Next year, the younger one, Rebecca Gillespie, will graduate from the Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

“I’m trying to help her get through that,” he said.

The third? He really and truly likes to work. On that one there seems to be little doubt.

“His hobby is work,” Louise Vest told me. “When he’s home, he thinks he’s got to be doing something.”

Will Hamp continue working after Gillespie graduates?

“That all depends on how I feel — if I’m living,” he said.

What’s his secret to a long and productive life?

I don’t know of anything in particular,” he shrugged. “I go to bed at nine or nine-thirty and I get up at five. I eat what I want. I don’t drink and I don’t smoke.”

“Did you ever drink?” I asked. He rolled his eyes.

“That’s a crazy question to ask a miner,” Hamp chuckled.

He was the fifth oldest of seven children, and had three brothers and three sisters. He’s the only one of that bunch still living, although two of his older sisters lived into their 90s.

Hamp didn’t finish seventh grade, which was not too unusual for a farm boy who turned 12 during the depths of the Great Depression.

“I had to go to work,” he said.

His father raised “corn and everything else we ate,” just over the hill from where Hamp and Louise, 86, live now. He quit school to help his dad, who did a lot of produce hauling to the coalfields.

He served three years on a Navy supply ship in the Pacific during World War II. He and Louis married in 1946, after he got back from serving in the military.

I asked where they honeymooned and he snorted.

“Ha, we went to Salem,” he recalled. “I had $20 in my pockets. We got up Monday morning, bought some pots and pans, then went home,” he added.

“Twenty dollars went far back then,” Louise said.

Hamp got into the earthmoving business in 1949, and that’s pretty much all he’s done since.

Louise said he tried retiring in 1989, at age 68, but that didn’t go well. At that time he set about clearing his farm, but he worked himself into the hospital from dehydration.

Within a couple of months, people he knew in the construction industry were calling him, asking if he could help out when they needed some bulldozing in a pinch. The quarry hired him in 1992, when Hamp was 71. He’s been working there full time ever since.

In July 2011, on Hamp’s 90th birthday, he showed up to work just like it was any other day. But it was not.

Salem Stone Corp. had been planning a surprise birthday party. They hatched those plans on the big day, which Louise recalls was a Monday.

“I told him to shave that morning, but he didn’t,” she said. The party was in a large repair garage on the quarry property. All the workers were there, plus some former co-workers of Hamp who had long since retired, plus members of Hamp’s family.

They feted him with a huge cake, decked out with — what else? — bulldozers. And Hamp was definitely surprised.

“He walked in and said, ‘You all are crazy,’ ” O’Brien recalled.

Somehow, I don’t think so.

At the core of that celebration was a profound sense of admiration for a guy who embodies many of the qualities that made America great. Hard work. Devotion to family. Moderation.

To Charles “Hamp” Vest we should all take a bow. on May 13, 2013.15 He died on August 23, 2016 at Virginia at age 95.3 He Charlie Hampton (Hamp) Vest, 95, of Check, lost his battle with cancer and left his earthly journey to continue on to his heavenly home on Tuesday, August 23, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert Washington and Wildie McNeil Vest; brothers, Truman Vest (Dorma), Gratton Vest, and Gerald Vest; sisters, Bonnie Willis (Roscoe), Ruby Foster (Clinton), and Iva Sowder (Frank); and daughter, Peggy Vest Bott (Donnie). Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 69 years, Louise Dickerson Vest; daughters, Kathy Dulaney (Haden) and Tammy Hiatt (Donnie); son, Kevin Vest; granddaughters, Kim Gillespie and Becky Gillespie, who live in the home, Angie LeNoir (Barry), and Amanda Anthony (Matt); grandsons, Brad Dulaney (Kim), Wayne Gillespie, Justin Gillespie, Douglas Gillespie, Zachary Vest, and TJ Lunsford; great-grandchildren, Zander, Cyrus, Zora, Jesse, Isaac, Dakota, Sage, Austin and Caleb; sister-in-law, Marie Sowers Vest; and special friend, Neal Dunn. Hamp served in the Navy during World War II as Boatswain's Mate Second Class on the USS Castor. He was an active member of Crockett Springs United Methodist Church. His love for the Lord would find him serving as Sunday School Superintendent for many years, lifting his voice in song, or stirring apple butter. He was a member of both Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star. His work as a construction worker spanned over a period of 75 years. In 1949 he began work with Albert Brothers using for the first time the "big machines"–rollers, pans and dozers. In 1955 he was a Superintendent for Wiley N. Jackson in Lee Countyoverseeing construction of Keokee Dam. He remained working for Jackson until 1985 at which time he went to work for English Construction Company. He retired from English in 1988 and took small jobs with Bandy Construction and Salem Stone. In October 2014 he retired from Salem Stone at the age of 93. He was recognized by the Roanoke Times in a special article as a "Legendary Earth Mover" and was respected and loved by all who knew and worked with him. Family will receive friends on Thursday, August 25, 2016 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Horne Funeral Home. The Funeral Service will be at Crockett Springs United Methodist Church in Shawsville on Friday, August 26, 2016, at 11 a.m., with Internment to follow at Piedmont Cemetery.The family expresses many thanks for all the visits, cards and prayers during this time of illness. Special thanks to all his friends from Salem Stone Quarry, those working with him from Good Samaritan Hospice, especially Rhonda and Ashley, and Horne Funeral Service. In lieu of flowers the family would request donations be made in his memory to Crockett Springs United Methodist Church, 2780 Crockett Springs Road, Shawsville, VA 24162. on August 25, 2016.3

Census Records

1930Dwelling 61, District 11, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia6
1940Dwelling 123, District 32-14, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia10

Occupation

1940Road laborer10

Family

Wilda Louise Dickerson
Marriage*Charles Hampton "Charlie" "Hamp" Vest married Wilda Louise Dickerson, daughter of Clarence Louin Dickerson and Elsie Mary Worrell, circa 1947.14,1,13,3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  2. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, From the Albert W. Vest obituary in an undated edition.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Charlie Hampton Vest obituary in the Aug 25, 2016 edition.
  4. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, Funeral pamphlet for Albert W. Vest.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Bonnie Vest Willis obituary in the Feb 27, 2000 edition.
  6. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Peggy Lynne Vest Bott obituary in the Jul 28, 2007 edition.
  8. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Gratton W. Vest obituary in the Oct 4, 2007 edition.
  9. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Iva Vest Sowder obituary in the Jan 1, 2013 edition.
  10. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  11. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, Funeral pamphlet for Wilda McNeil Vest.
  12. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, From the Wilda McNeil Vest obituary in an unknown edition.
  13. [S1859] Eleanor Stuart Mcneil Mullins and Maynard McNeil, "Some Descendants of Jacob Ireson McNeil."
  14. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Elsie Mary Worrell Dickerson obituary in the Mar 25, 1995 edition.
  15. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the May 13, 2013 edition.
  16. [S10] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 7, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.

Trigg Mosby Lucas1,2,3,4,5,6

M, b. September 13, 1887, d. February 18, 1951
FatherAndrew Jackson Lucas7,4,8,6 b. June 18, 1843, d. March 12, 1921
MotherPriscilla Altizer7,4,8,6 b. February 17, 1844, d. March 1, 1930
     Trigg Mosby Lucas was buried at Wilson Cemetery, Daniel's Run Road (Rt. 661), Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia.1,3,6 He was born on September 13, 1887 at Simpsons, Floyd Co., Virginia; His WWI Draft Registration card has a birth date of Sep 13, 1885.1,2,3,4,8,5,6 He married Laura Conner, daughter of Samuel Joseph "Sam Joe" Conner and Sarah Jane Smith, on November 13, 1912 at Floyd Co., Virginia.7,1,2,3,8,6 Trigg Mosby Lucas died on February 18, 1951 at Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia, at age 63.2,3,4,8,6

Census Records

1890Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia9
1920Dwelling 163, District 101, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia10
1930Dwelling 46, District 9, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia11
1940Dwelling 35, District 32-11, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia12

Occupation

1920Farmer10
1930Farmer11
1940Farmer12

Family

Laura Conner b. November 28, 1892, d. August 24, 1956
Marriage*Trigg Mosby Lucas married Laura Conner, daughter of Samuel Joseph "Sam Joe" Conner and Sarah Jane Smith, on November 13, 1912 at Floyd Co., Virginia.7,1,2,3,8,6 
Children

Citations

  1. [S292] Rena Worthen & Margarette Tynan, Floyd Co. Virginia Cemetery Inscriptions, Volume 1.
  2. [S628] Trigg Mosby Lucas Family Bible Digitized Records.
  3. [S920] Paul Craghead, Wilson Cemetery, Floyd Co., VA.
  4. [S306] Ora Belle Mayberry McColman and Others, Emera Altizer of Montgomery Co., VA and Some of his Descendants 1736-1997.
  5. [S533] National Archives and Records Administration, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18.
  6. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  7. [S8] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 4, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  8. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  9. [S131] Virginia Court House abbreviated copy on file at Floyd Co., 1890 United States Federal Census.
  10. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  11. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  12. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  13. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.

Avon Lynn "Ava" Lucas1,2,3,4,5,6,7

F, b. April 10, 1915, d. April 9, 1972
FatherTrigg Mosby Lucas2,8,4,9,5,10,6,7 b. September 13, 1887, d. February 18, 1951
MotherLaura Conner8,2,4,9,5,10,6,7 b. November 28, 1892, d. August 24, 1956
     Avon Lynn "Ava" Lucas was buried at Wilson Cemetery, Daniel's Run Road (Rt. 661), Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia.1,3,7 She was born on April 10, 1915 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,2,3,9,7 She married Charles B. Belcher Jr., son of Charles B. "Charlie" Belcher and Ala Ann Reed, on May 4, 1946 at Montgomery Co., Virginia.8,2,4,7 As of May 4, 1946,her married name was Belcher. Avon Lynn "Ava" Lucas died on April 9, 1972 at Blacksburg, Virginia, at age 56.1,2,3,4,9,7

Census Records

1920Dwelling 163, District 101, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia5
1930Dwelling 46, District 9, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia10
1940Dwelling 35, District 32-11, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia6

Family

Charles B. Belcher Jr. b. March 11, 1911, d. January 14, 1974
Marriage*Avon Lynn "Ava" Lucas married Charles B. Belcher Jr., son of Charles B. "Charlie" Belcher and Ala Ann Reed, on May 4, 1946 at Montgomery Co., Virginia.8,2,4,7 
Children
  • Mack Wayne Belcher2,4
  • Dwight Lee Belcher2,4

Citations

  1. [S292] Rena Worthen & Margarette Tynan, Floyd Co. Virginia Cemetery Inscriptions, Volume 1.
  2. [S628] Trigg Mosby Lucas Family Bible Digitized Records.
  3. [S920] Paul Craghead, Wilson Cemetery, Floyd Co., VA.
  4. [S306] Ora Belle Mayberry McColman and Others, Emera Altizer of Montgomery Co., VA and Some of his Descendants 1736-1997.
  5. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  8. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  9. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  10. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.

Joseph Mowyer Lucas1

M, b. September 1, 1913, d. July 5, 1968
FatherTrigg Mosby Lucas2,3,4,5,6,7,1 b. September 13, 1887, d. February 18, 1951
MotherLaura Conner2,3,4,5,6,7,1 b. November 28, 1892, d. August 24, 1956
     Joseph Mowyer Lucas was buried at Wilson Cemetery, Daniel's Run Road (Rt. 661), Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia.8,4,1 He was born on September 1, 1913 at Floyd Co., Virginia.8,2,3,4,1 He died on July 5, 1968 at Pilot, Montgomery Co., Virginia, at age 54.8,2,3,4,1

Census Records

1920Dwelling 163, District 101, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia5
1930Dwelling 46, District 9, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia6
1940Dwelling 35, District 32-11, Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia7

Occupation

1940Construction laborer7

Citations

  1. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  2. [S628] Trigg Mosby Lucas Family Bible Digitized Records.
  3. [S306] Ora Belle Mayberry McColman and Others, Emera Altizer of Montgomery Co., VA and Some of his Descendants 1736-1997.
  4. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  5. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S292] Rena Worthen & Margarette Tynan, Floyd Co. Virginia Cemetery Inscriptions, Volume 1.

Basil Poff Simpson Sr.1,2,3

M, b. March 24, 1918, d. July 20, 1978
FatherWillard Charles Simpson4,5,6,2,3 b. December 25, 1895, d. August 23, 1958
MotherGarnett Eloise Poff4,5,6,2,3 b. January 22, 1898, d. June 16, 1991
     His Social Security Number was 227-36-2864.7 Basil Poff Simpson Sr. was buried at Restvale Cemetery, Rt. 221, Check, Floyd Co., Virginia; His tombstone reads "Capt. U.S. Army WWII."1,2 He A native of Floyd County, Poff served two terms in the Virginia House of Delegates representing his home jurisdiction and Carroll Co. As an active Republican for more than 35 years, he served the GOP in Floyd Co. as treasurer, secretary and chairman. He also served public education in Virginia as a member of the Floyd Co. School Board for 23 years, a term as president of the Virginia School Board Association and by being a strong supporter of educational television in Southwest Virginia. His interest in education began after his return from service in the Army during World War II when he taught school in Campbell and Floyd Counties. During the war he attained the rank of captain and served in the last troop of horse cavalry trained in the U.S. He owned and operated a general store at Check and was previously affiliated with W. C. Simpson & Sons Cannery at Check and Palatka, Florida. He was born on March 24, 1918 at Check, Floyd Co., Virginia.1,7,2 He married Alice Elizabeth Falls, daughter of Loyd Mason Falls and Cecil Serena Craft, on May 18, 1946 at Roanoke, Virginia.1,8,2,3 Basil Poff Simpson Sr. died on July 20, 1978 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 60.1,2

Census Records

1920Dwelling 101, District 100, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia5
1930Dwelling 94, District 12, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia4

Family

Alice Elizabeth Falls b. December 2, 1917, d. August 21, 1973
Marriage*Basil Poff Simpson Sr. married Alice Elizabeth Falls, daughter of Loyd Mason Falls and Cecil Serena Craft, on May 18, 1946 at Roanoke, Virginia.1,8,2,3 
Children
  • Joyce Kay Simpson9,8
  • Bethina Ann "Beth" Simpson9,8
  • Basil Poff "B. P." Simpson Jr.9,10,8
  • William Charles "Chuck" Simpson II8

Citations

  1. [S104] Billy and Juanita Grice, Cemeteries in Floyd County.
  2. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  3. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  4. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Miriam Simpson Stinchfield obituary in the Jul 7, 2013 edition.
  7. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  8. [S116] Floyd Press, From the Elizabeth Falls Simpson obituary in the Aug 23, 1973 edition.
  9. [S10] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 7, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  10. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Garnett E. Simpson obituary in the Jun 18, 1991 edition.

Loys Rayburn Conner1,2

M, b. March 9, 1917, d. October 26, 1995
FatherMoses Allen "Moze" Conner3,4,5,6,7,8,2 b. March 30, 1890, d. April 5, 1985
MotherNettie Gay Conner4,5,6,7,8,2 b. January 20, 1891, d. August 12, 1969
     His Social Security Number was 226-12-3333.9 Loys Rayburn Conner was buried at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens, 5737 Airport Road NW, Roanoke, Virginia.1 He married Mary Bell.10 Loys Rayburn Conner was born on March 9, 1917 at Check, Floyd Co., Virginia.9,2 He married Helen Marie Maxey, daughter of William Vernon Maxey and Edith Ethel Clower, on October 18, 1947 at Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia.11,12,2 Loys Rayburn Conner and Helen Marie Maxey were divorced in 1980; No children.12 Loys Rayburn Conner died on October 26, 1995 at Virginia at age 78.9,1 He CONNER, Loys Rayburn, 78, of Salem, died Thursday, October 26, 1995. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary B. Conner, Salem; two daughters, Mrs. Linda Gail Duncan, Radford, Ms. Geneva DiDanato, Salem; two sons, Robert Van Dowdy, Christiansburg, Leonard James Dowdy, Pulaski; three sisters, Madalene Cousin, Floristene Blankenship, Evadene Dockery, all of Salem; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Marie Conner, Salem; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren. Graveside service at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 28, 1995, at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Arrangements by Grant E. Bryant Funeral Home, Elliston. on October 28, 1995.1

Census Records

1920Dwelling 94, District 100, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia4
1930Dwelling 86, District 14, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia5
1940Dwelling 90, District 81-25, Roanoke, Virginia7

Occupation

1940Farmer7

Family 1

Mary Bell b. November 28, 1930, d. October 7, 2003
Marriage*Loys Rayburn Conner married Mary Bell.10 

Family 2

Helen Marie Maxey b. April 26, 1926, d. May 11, 2015
Marriage*Loys Rayburn Conner married Helen Marie Maxey, daughter of William Vernon Maxey and Edith Ethel Clower, on October 18, 1947 at Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia.11,12,2 
Divorce* Loys Rayburn Conner and Helen Marie Maxey were divorced in 1980; No children.12 

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Loys Rayburn Conner obituary in the Oct 28, 1995 edition.
  2. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  3. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, From the Moses Allen Conner obituary in an unknown newspaper.
  4. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  6. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Evadene Deane Conner Dockery obituary in the Feb 15, 2008 edition.
  7. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Florastene Conner Blankenship obituary in the Feb 2, 2013 edition.
  9. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  10. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Mary Bell Conner obitutary in the Oct 9, 2003 edition.
  11. [S195] Roanoke County, Virginia Marriage License.
  12. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.

Elder Joseph Otie Conner1,2,3,4

M, b. September 29, 1899, d. December 26, 1966
FatherJohn William Conner1,5,6,7,8,9 b. February 4, 1871, d. June 4, 1959
MotherMary Elizabeth "Lizzie" Hall1,6,7,8,9 b. June 2, 1873, d. June 4, 1956
     His Social Security Number was 227-12-3053.10 Elder Joseph Otie Conner was buried at Head of the River Cemetery (also known as Salem Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery), Rt. 221, Check, Floyd Co., Virginia; He and his husband also have stones in Restvale Cemetery.11,3,4,9 He Elder Joseph Otie Conner, 67, of Rt 1, Salem, died Monday in a Roanoke hospital. He was minister of the Primitive Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mary Sowers Conner; two sons, W. T. Conner and Junior Conner, Salem; four daughters, Mrs. R. E. Craighead, Mrs. H. N. Hundley and Mrs. D. J. Conner, Salem; Mrs. L. L. Semones, Roanoke; Two brothers, Jesse Conner, Elliston, I. E. Conner, Florida; two sisters, Mrs. J. C. Woods and Mrs. E. G. Martin. The funeral will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Old Salem Church, Floyd County, with burial in Head of the River Cemetery. Arrangements are being made by Lotz Funeral Home, Salem.4 He was born on September 29, 1899 at Floyd Co., Virginia.10,11,1,6,2,3,9 He married Mary Lucinda Sowers, daughter of Eld. Frazier Tuggle Sowers and Flora Ann Martin, on April 3, 1921 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,12,6,4 Elder Joseph Otie Conner died on December 26, 1966 at Roanoke, Virginia, at age 67.11,6,3,4,9

Census Records

1910Dwelling 365, District 133, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia7
1930Dwelling 99, District 11, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia13
1940Dwelling 92, District 32-15, Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia14

Occupation

1930Farmer13
1940Farmer14

Family

Mary Lucinda Sowers b. July 6, 1901, d. February 15, 1992
Marriage*Elder Joseph Otie Conner married Mary Lucinda Sowers, daughter of Eld. Frazier Tuggle Sowers and Flora Ann Martin, on April 3, 1921 at Floyd Co., Virginia.1,12,6,4 
Children

Citations

  1. [S8] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 4, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  2. [S533] National Archives and Records Administration, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18.
  3. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, From an unidentified funeral home pamphlet for Joseph Otie Conner.
  4. [S137] Unidentified Newspaper Article or Funeral Home Information, From the Joseph Otie Conner obituary in an undated edition.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the John William Conner obituary in the Jun 5, 1959 edition.
  6. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.
  7. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  8. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ruby Conner Woods obituary in the Mar 26, 2008 edition.
  9. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  10. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  11. [S104] Billy and Juanita Grice, Cemeteries in Floyd County.
  12. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Mary Sowers Conner obituary in the Feb 16, 1992 edition.
  13. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  14. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  15. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.
  16. [S1569] Funeral records of Mr. Marion Thomas Hall, online http://www.rootsweb.com/~vafloyd/recordsofmarionthomashall.htm
  17. [S2389] Martin Cemetery, Floyd Co., VA, online http://floydcountyhistoricalsociety.org/cemeteries/martin.html
  18. [S13] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 6, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.

Evadene Vleetis "Deane" Conner1,2

F, b. March 7, 1925, d. February 13, 2008
FatherMoses Allen "Moze" Conner3,2,4,5 b. March 30, 1890, d. April 5, 1985
MotherNettie Gay Conner3,2,4,5 b. January 20, 1891, d. August 12, 1969
     Evadene Vleetis "Deane" Conner was buried at Sherwood Burial Park, 1045 Lynchburg Turnpike, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia.2 Her Social Security Number was 228-12-3075.6 She was born on March 7, 1925 at Virginia.1,6 She married Henry Paul Dockery on July 23, 1945.7,1,2 As of July 23, 1945,her married name was Dockery. Evadene Vleetis "Deane" Conner died on February 13, 2008 at Virginia at age 82.2,6 She Evadene Deane Conner Dockery, 82, of Salem, went to Heaven to join her Lord, husband, and son on Wednesday, February 13, 2008. As an expression of her love to sew and make crafts, she made over one-thousand lap robes for nursing homes and turbans for cancer patients. She was a member of many organizations including the Fort Lewis Women's Club, Eastern Star, Women of the Moose, American Legion Women's Auxiliary (through which she volunteered at the V.A. Medical Center), and was a charter member of the Fort Lewis Rescue Squad Ladies' Auxiliary. She was also retired from Eaton Corporation after many years of service. Preceding her in death were her parents, Moses and Gay Conner; husband, Henry Dockery; son, Richard Dockery; brothers, Avon and Loys Conner; and sister, Madeline Cousins. Her surviving family includes her daughter, Catherine (Kitten) Cumbie and husband, Barry; sister, Florestine Blankenship; sister-in-law, Helen Conner; grandchildren, Celeste Scarzello and husband, Paul, Kerri Cumbie, and Andrea Wills; stepgrandchildren, David Barbour and Lisa Carr; and great-grandchildren, Danny, Ashlen, Anna, Kori, Emily, Hayle, Justin, and Erika. The family will receive friends on Friday, February 15, 2008 from 3 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem. A funeral service will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 11 a.m. in the funeral home's chapel. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park in Salem. The Rev. Larry Atkin and the Rev. Charles Fisher will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her honor to either the Edgewood Christian Church Benevolence Fund at 1006 Peck Street, NW, Roanoke, VA 24017 or to the Fort Lewis Rescue Squad at 3915 West Main Street, Salem, VA 24153. Online condolences to the family may be made at johnmoakey.com. The Dockery family is being served by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, 540-389-5441. on February 15, 2008.2

Census Records

1930Dwelling 86, District 14, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia3
1940Dwelling 90, District 81-25, Roanoke, Virginia4

Family

Henry Paul Dockery b. January 5, 1922, d. February 15, 1998
Marriage*Evadene Vleetis "Deane" Conner married Henry Paul Dockery on July 23, 1945.7,1,2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S582] John Winfield Spangler, John Winfield Spangler Research Papers.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Evadene Deane Conner Dockery obituary in the Feb 15, 2008 edition.
  3. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  4. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Florastene Conner Blankenship obituary in the Feb 2, 2013 edition.
  6. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Henry Paul Dockery obituary in the Feb 16, 1998 edition.
  8. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Richard A. Dockery obituary in the Nov 21, 1996 edition.
  9. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.