William Arlington "Bill" Thomasson1,2,3

M, b. January 2, 1944, d. September 28, 2021
     William Arlington "Bill" Thomasson was buried at Mountain View Cemetery, 1300 Mountain View Road, Vinton, Roanoke Co., Virginia.3 He was born on January 2, 1944 at Virginia.2,3 He married Judy Lynn Neely, daughter of William Horace Neely and Juanita Joyce Layman, on October 31, 1971 at Eden, Rockingham Co., North Carolina.1,2 William Arlington "Bill" Thomasson and Judy Lynn Neely were divorced on April 28, 1976 at Roanoke Co., Virginia.2 William Arlington "Bill" Thomasson died on September 28, 2021 at Virginia at age 77.3 He William "Bill" Arlington Thomasson, January 2, 1944 - September 28, 2021. William Arlington "Bill" Thomasson, 77, of Goodview, Va., went to be with Lord on Tuesday, September 28, 2021, after a long and courageous battle against cancer. William was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, military service member, successful businessman, civil servant, and an avid hunter, fisherman, and conservationist. He was also a serious car enthusiast serving as an officer and member of the Roanoke Valley Region Antique Automobile Club of America as he cruised in style in his 1965 Sting Ray Corvette. William served his country as a member of the United States Army and National Guard, attended Virginia Tech studying business, owned and operated a successful insurance business, and practiced Real Estate after he retired. Most recently he served two terms as the district 1 Supervisor of Bedford County, Virginia. William was preceded in death by his father, W. Floyd Thomasson; mother, Missouri C. Thomasson; and brother, Cecil Ray Thomasson. Surviving William are his wife, Gayle J. Thomasson; son, W. Scott Thomasson and wife, Samantha; his daughter, Melissa D. Smith; his siblings, F. Wayne Thomasson and wife, Ruby, Francis T. Hall and husband, Russ, and Dale L. Thomasson and special friend, Tim Clark; and sister-in-law, Lynda Thomasson. Also surviving William are his most adored and loving grandchildren, Sydney Kate and Grace Scott Thomasson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Recently celebrating their 43rd year of marriage, Gayle was by his side loving and supporting him until he took his last breath. Their love for each other will be unending and will transition into eternity. William's life can best be described as "Well Lived." From his decorated military and civil service career to his numerous business accolades, to his many lessons taught to his successful children, William was known for shooting it straight, sharing his knowledge, and treating everyone he met the way he wanted to be treated. William was also known for his planned functions and gatherings. From fish fries to company picnics, William always invited his guests to come early and stay late. Lastly, William's keys to his life "Well Lived," in order of importance, were Loving his God, Loving his Family, and Loving his work. Additionally, Gayle, Scott, and Missy would like to give special thanks to Dr. William Fintel and his son, Dr. Andrew Fintel and the entire Blue Ridge Cancer Care Team who worked tirelessly to restore William's health and never gave up on his will to fight! The Funeral Service will be conducted at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 4, 2021, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel. William will be laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery in Vinton, Va., immediately concluding the funeral. on September 30, 2021.3

Family

Judy Lynn Neely
Marriage*He married Judy Lynn Neely, daughter of William Horace Neely and Juanita Joyce Layman, on October 31, 1971 at Eden, Rockingham Co., North Carolina.1,2 
Divorce* William Arlington "Bill" Thomasson and Judy Lynn Neely were divorced on April 28, 1976 at Roanoke Co., Virginia.2 
Child
  • William Scott Thomasson1,3

Citations

  1. [S599] Sr. Robert Somerville Radford Yates, A History of John Yeardley Yates of Pittsylvania and Patrick Counties, Virginia.
  2. [S5151] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Divorce Records, 1918-2014.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the William Arlington Thomasson obituary in the Sep 30, 2021 edition.

Gerald W. Conner1,2,3

M, b. March 26, 1944, d. March 26, 1944
FatherJohn Cledys Conner1,2,3 b. December 27, 1909, d. October 6, 1981
MotherWillie Oliver Sisson1,2,3 b. April 21, 1915, d. January 16, 1968
     Gerald W. Conner was buried at Wilson Cemetery, Daniel's Run Road (Rt. 661), Locust Grove, Floyd Co., Virginia.1,2 He died on March 26, 1944 at Floyd Co., Virginia.3 He was born on March 26, 1944 at Floyd Co., Virginia.3

Citations

  1. [S292] Rena Worthen & Margarette Tynan, Floyd Co. Virginia Cemetery Inscriptions, Volume 1.
  2. [S920] Paul Craghead, Wilson Cemetery, Floyd Co., VA.
  3. [S349] Erma C. Sowers, A Report on the Descendants of Henry Iddings and Abigail Richardson.

Robert Carlton Layman1,2,3

M, b. January 29, 1945, d. January 31, 1945
FatherWilliam Demetris Layman1,2,3 b. May 30, 1902, d. October 21, 1996
MotherWeda Ruth Sweeney1,2,3 b. June 23, 1909, d. February 8, 2008
     Robert Carlton Layman was born on January 29, 1945 at Roanoke, Virginia.1,2 He died on January 31, 1945 at Roanoke, Virginia.1,2

Citations

  1. [S599] Sr. Robert Somerville Radford Yates, A History of John Yeardley Yates of Pittsylvania and Patrick Counties, Virginia.
  2. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Weda Ruth Sweeney Layman obituary in the Feb 10, 2008 edition.

Dallas Garland Yates1,2,3

M, b. August 24, 1947, d. September 13, 2006
FatherAbner Garland Yates1,4,3 b. August 22, 1922, d. June 27, 2011
MotherVirginia Craig Troutt1,4,3
     Dallas Garland Yates was buried at Mountain View Cemetery, 1300 Mountain View Road, Vinton, Roanoke Co., Virginia.1 His Social Security Number was 229-68-5222.5 He was born on August 24, 1947 at Craig Co., Virginia.5,2,3 He married Vicki Marie Hale, daughter of Harold Stephenson "Steve" Hale Sr. and Lois Dean Gearheart, on January 1, 1970 at Bedford Co., Virginia.1,3 Dallas Garland Yates died on September 13, 2006 at Virginia at age 59.1,5 He Dallas Garland Yates, 59, of Roanoke, died Wednesday, September 13, 2006. Dallas was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved the outdoors. He was a member of East Gate Church of the Nazarene. He worked for 34 years at Ferguson-Reed & Spradlin and was more recently partnered with his brother, Vernon Yates, in the home improvement business. Dallas is survived by his wife of 36 years, Vickie Hale Yates; two sons, Dallas Randall Yates and wife Missy, Anthony Craig Yates and wife Tracy; his two beloved grandchildren, Tiffany and Dylan Yates; his parents, Garland and Virginia T. Yates; three sisters, Virginia Hartman and husband Wayne, Lynda Ferguson and husband Mike, and Bobbie Webb; five brothers, Wayne Yates and wife Libby, Denny Yates and wife Arvada, Vernon Yates and wife Sandy, Dale Yates and wife Susie, and Rodney Yates; 15 nieces and nephews; also many other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be conducted 12 noon Saturday, September 16, 2006 at Oakey's Vinton Chapel with the Rev. George Stevenson officiating. Burial will follow in Mountain View Cemetery, Vinton. The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's Vinton Chapel, 982-2221. on September 15, 2006.1

Family

Vicki Marie Hale
Marriage*He married Vicki Marie Hale, daughter of Harold Stephenson "Steve" Hale Sr. and Lois Dean Gearheart, on January 1, 1970 at Bedford Co., Virginia.1,3 
Children
  • Dallas Randall "Randy" Yates1,6
  • Anthony Craig "Andy" Yates1,6

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Dallas Garland Yates obituary in the Sep 15, 2006 edition.
  2. [S5152] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Birth Records, 1864-2014.
  3. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Abner Garland Yates obituary in the Jun 29, 2011 edition.
  5. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  6. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Kyle Huston Purdy, Jr. obituary in the Aug 24, 1997 edition.