Ray Lester Rhoades1,2,3,4,5

M, b. February 14, 1921, d. May 6, 1977
     Ray Lester Rhoades was buried at Riverview Memorial Park, Fort Pierce, St. Lucie Co., Florida.6 His Social Security Number was 234-22-5775.5 He was born on February 14, 1921 at Point Pleasant, Mason Co., West Virginia.3,4,5 He married Ethel Pauline "Polly" Wickham, daughter of James Edward Wickham and Thelma Mae/May Gilmore, on May 22, 1946 at St. Lucie Co., Florida.1 Ray Lester Rhoades and Ethel Pauline "Polly" Wickham were divorced on August 5, 1975 at St. Lucie Co., Florida.2 Ray Lester Rhoades died on May 6, 1977 at St. Lucie Co., Florida, at age 56.3

Family

Ethel Pauline "Polly" Wickham b. May 24, 1924, d. March 9, 2010
Marriage*He married Ethel Pauline "Polly" Wickham, daughter of James Edward Wickham and Thelma Mae/May Gilmore, on May 22, 1946 at St. Lucie Co., Florida.1 
Divorce* Ray Lester Rhoades and Ethel Pauline "Polly" Wickham were divorced on August 5, 1975 at St. Lucie Co., Florida.2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S1369] Florida Department of Health, Florida Marriage Collection, 1822-1875 & 1927-2001.
  2. [S1238] Florida Department of Health, Florida Divorce Index, 1927-2001.
  3. [S417] Florida Health Department, Florida Death Index,1877-1998.
  4. [S3706] 1926–1975, RG 147. The National Archives at Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia Records of the Selective Service System, U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947.
  5. [S5223] Social Security Administration, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
  6. [S6313] Riverview Memorial Park, St. Lucie Co., FL, online http://www.findagrave.com/
  7. [S1802] Vero Beach Press Journal, From the Ethel Rhoades obituary in the Mar 13, 2010 edition.
  8. [S996] West Virginia Division of Culture and History, online http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/, From the Bonnie Rae Rhoades death record.

Clarence Edward Sowers1,2

M, b. April 15, 1931, d. March 23, 2013
     Clarence Edward Sowers was buried at West View Cemetery, 5th Street and Carter Street, Radford, Virginia.2 He was born on April 15, 1931.3 He married Doris I. Wickham, daughter of James Edward Wickham and Thelma Mae/May Gilmore, circa 1956.1,2 Clarence Edward Sowers died on March 23, 2013 at Virginia at age 81.2 He Clarence Edwin Sowers, 81, of Radford, passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and owner of Sowers Paving Inc. and retired from Lynchburg Foundry with 37 years of service. He was a United States Army veteran having served during the Korean Conflict. He was a very giving and loving man and will be missed by his family and community. He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Wickham Sowers; brothers, H. C. and Tommy Sowers; and sisters, Virginia Small and Gertrude Buckland. Survivors include his daughter, Rita S. Quesenberry; son and daughter-in-law, Danny and Marie Sowers; grandchildren, Charlie Quesenberry, Jessie (Donald) Norris, Katie Hinkley and Daniel Sowers Jr; great-grandchildren, Elizabeth Mae and Faith Ann Norris, and Skylar, Cole and Kaven Hinkley ; brother and sister-in-law, Billy Ray and Barbara Sowers of Radford; sisters and brothers-in-law, Norma Jean Bishop of Radford, Walton Buckland of Baytown, Texas, Lilly Mae Trigg of Dearborn, Mich., and Mary Ann and Lakie Linkous of Radford. Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 11 a.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Radford with the Rev. Brian Cockram and the Rev. O. D. Morgan officiating. Interment will follow in West View Cemetery in Radford. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. on March 25, 2013.2

Family

Doris I. Wickham b. July 26, 1931, d. July 29, 2007
Marriage*He married Doris I. Wickham, daughter of James Edward Wickham and Thelma Mae/May Gilmore, circa 1956.1,2 
Children
  • Daniel "Danny" Sowers1,2
  • Rita Sowers1,2

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Doris Wickham Sowers obituary in the Jul 31, 2007 edition.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Clarence Edwin Sowers obituary in the Mar 25, 2013 edition.
  3. [S1235] Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1.

James Henry Basham1,2,3,4

M, b. December 19, 1857, d. March 25, 1941
     James Henry Basham was buried at Laurel Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, from Rt. 221, right on Rt. 612, left on Rt. 673, right on Rt. 608. The cemetery is on the left on a hillside, Floyd Co., Virginia.1 He was born on December 19, 1857 at Floyd Co., Virginia.5,1,3 He married Laura Ellen Lawrence, daughter of Jacob R. Lawrence and Nancy Rutrough, on March 31, 1881 at Floyd Co., Virginia.3,2 James Henry Basham died on March 25, 1941 at Floyd Co., Virginia, at age 83.5,1,4

Census Records

1890Little River, Floyd Co., Virginia6

Family

Laura Ellen Lawrence b. December 16, 1857, d. April 24, 1920
Marriage*James Henry Basham married Laura Ellen Lawrence, daughter of Jacob R. Lawrence and Nancy Rutrough, on March 31, 1881 at Floyd Co., Virginia.3,2 

Citations

  1. [S219] Updated listing by Edgar Vest Ruth G. Hale & Jimmie Steele, Laurel Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery (also known as Martin Cemetery).
  2. [S331] William Lindsay Lawrence, Judy G. Blackwell, Erma C. Sowers, and Mabel Collins Willis Ora Belle Mayberry McColeman, Descendants of Elder John Lawrence.
  3. [S16] Floyd Co., Virginia Court House, Book 3, Floyd Co., Virginia Marriage Records.
  4. [S1569] Funeral records of Mr. Marion Thomas Hall, online http://www.rootsweb.com/~vafloyd/recordsofmarionthomashall.htm
  5. [S33] Surnames of Families of Floyd Co., Virginia, online http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~barbr/zz_main_contents.htm
  6. [S131] Virginia Court House abbreviated copy on file at Floyd Co., 1890 United States Federal Census.

Bobby Harman "Bob" Cole1,2

M, b. July 13, 1935, d. April 30, 2006
FatherRoscoe Douglas Cole2,3,4 b. October 9, 1905, d. November 30, 1963
MotherVada Lenora Akers2,3,4 b. June 19, 1906, d. November 30, 1963
     His Social Security Number was 223-38-9371.5 Bobby Harman "Bob" Cole was buried at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 2880 North Franklin Street, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia.2 He was born on July 13, 1935 at Virginia.5 He married Judy Faye Epperly, daughter of Clarence Austin Epperly and Alma Mae Hodge, on October 17, 1970.6,1 Bobby Harman "Bob" Cole died on April 30, 2006 at Montgomery Co., Virginia, at age 70.2,5 He Bobby Harman Cole, 70, of Christiansburg, passed away peacefully Sunday, April 30, 2006 at Montgomery Regional Hospital, after a courageous battle with cancer and leukemia. Bobby proudly served in the United States Army. He retired from Federal Mogul and Hubbell Lighting. He was an avid sportsman and race car fan. Bobby was a friend to all and will be missed by many. Bobby is survived by his wife of 35 years, Judy E. Cole; his son, Travis; daughter, Sabrina; and granddaughter, Galen Cole. He is survived by two brothers and their wives, Charles E. and Dot Cole, Georgia, Lee and Norma Cole, Pilot; his sister-in-law, Connie E. Turner, Christiansburg; mother-in-law, Alma H. Epperly, Roanoke. He is also survived by several special nieces and nephews. Bobby was preceded in death by his parents, Doug and Vada Cole in 1963; his infant daughter, Tracie, in 1976, and his brother, Don, in 1999. The family would like to thank the entire staff at Montgomery Regional Hospital and, most especially, the 2nd floor nursing and respiratory staff for their care and concern during his illness. The family deeply appreciates the services of Dr. Harry E. McCoy and his staff and Dr. Jose' Rivero. The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 2, 2006 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Horne Funeral Home. Services will be conducted Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Horne Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Richard Horne and the Rev. Neal Turner officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens. The Cole Family is being served by Horne Funeral Service, Christiansburg, 382-2612. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.hornefuneralservice.com on May 2, 2006.2

Census Records

1940Dwelling 61, District 61-17, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia3

Family

Judy Faye Epperly
Marriage*Bobby Harman "Bob" Cole married Judy Faye Epperly, daughter of Clarence Austin Epperly and Alma Mae Hodge, on October 17, 1970.6,1 
Children

Citations

  1. [S331] William Lindsay Lawrence, Judy G. Blackwell, Erma C. Sowers, and Mabel Collins Willis Ora Belle Mayberry McColeman, Descendants of Elder John Lawrence.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Bobby Harman Cole obituary in the May 2, 2006 edition.
  3. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Lacy Lee Cole, Sr. obituary in the Aug 1, 2010 edition.
  5. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  6. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Clarence A. Epperly obituary in the Jul 22, 1997 edition.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Alma Hodge Epperly obituary in the Sep 27, 2009 edition.

Tracie Lenora Cole1

F, b. July 18, 1976, d. July 19, 1976
FatherBobby Harman "Bob" Cole1,2 b. July 13, 1935, d. April 30, 2006
MotherJudy Faye Epperly1,2
     Tracie Lenora Cole was born on July 18, 1976.1 She died on July 19, 1976.1

Citations

  1. [S331] William Lindsay Lawrence, Judy G. Blackwell, Erma C. Sowers, and Mabel Collins Willis Ora Belle Mayberry McColeman, Descendants of Elder John Lawrence.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Bobby Harman Cole obituary in the May 2, 2006 edition.

Ernest Meredith1

M, b. June 18, 1886, d. August 3, 1958
     Ernest Meredith was buried at St. Matthew's Cemetery, Rt. 677 near intersection with Rt. 617, Laurel Ridge, Montgomery Co., Virginia.1 He married Gladys Bishop.1 Ernest Meredith was born on June 18, 1886 at Floyd Co., Virginia; His WWI Draft Registration card has a birth date of Jun 18, 1887.1,2 He died on August 3, 1958 at age 72.1

Family

Gladys Bishop b. May 28, 1899, d. June 5, 1955
Marriage*He married Gladys Bishop.1 
Child

Citations

  1. [S576] Margaret Tynan & Rena Worthen, Montgomery Co., Virginia Cemeteries, Volume I.
  2. [S533] National Archives and Records Administration, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Roy William Meredith obituary in the Dec 31, 1997 edition.
  4. [S331] William Lindsay Lawrence, Judy G. Blackwell, Erma C. Sowers, and Mabel Collins Willis Ora Belle Mayberry McColeman, Descendants of Elder John Lawrence.
  5. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Gladys Bishop1

F, b. May 28, 1899, d. June 5, 1955
     Gladys Bishop married Ernest Meredith.1 Gladys Bishop was buried at St. Matthew's Cemetery, Rt. 677 near intersection with Rt. 617, Laurel Ridge, Montgomery Co., Virginia.1 Her married name was Meredith. She was born on May 28, 1899.1 She died on June 5, 1955 at age 56.1

Family

Ernest Meredith b. June 18, 1886, d. August 3, 1958
Marriage*She married Ernest Meredith.1 
Child

Citations

  1. [S576] Margaret Tynan & Rena Worthen, Montgomery Co., Virginia Cemeteries, Volume I.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Roy William Meredith obituary in the Dec 31, 1997 edition.
  3. [S331] William Lindsay Lawrence, Judy G. Blackwell, Erma C. Sowers, and Mabel Collins Willis Ora Belle Mayberry McColeman, Descendants of Elder John Lawrence.
  4. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.