Richard Lee "Rick" Obenchain1,2,3

M, b. September, 1960, d. July 13, 2013
FatherLewis "Dale" Obenchain1,2,3 b. January 23, 1940, d. August 30, 1999
MotherLucille Ann Dodson2,3 b. October 18, 1939, d. October 28, 2005
     Richard Lee "Rick" Obenchain was buried at Sherwood Burial Park, 1045 Lynchburg Turnpike, Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia.3 He was born in September, 1960.4 He married Shelia Stump circa 1996.3 Richard Lee "Rick" Obenchain died on July 13, 2013 at Salem, Roanoke Co., Virginia, at age 52.3 He Richard Lee Obenchain (Rick), 52, passed away peacefully at his home in Salem early Sunday morning. He was an employee of Walker Foundry and the family appreciates their support during his recent illness. Rick was preceded in death by his mother and father, Lucille Ann Reese and Lewis Dale Obenchain; his maternal grandparents, Robert and Cora Dodson, and his paternal grandparents, Horace and Learleen Obenchain. Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 17 years, Sheila Stump Obenchain; one son, Joe Obenchain; three daughters, Rebecca (Becky) and Mike Phillips, Danielle Obenchain, and Candice and Ross Campbell. He was Grandpa to his grandchildren whom he adored, Kinley and Annabelle, Jonah and Jossalyn, and Adam, Kadence, and Sally. His brother and sisters surviving him are Greg Obenchain, Teresa and Bruce Lucado, and Karen and Chuck Woolwine. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Ruth Stump; his life-long friend, Doug Baker; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. A funeral service will be conducted on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 2 p.m. at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem, with Pastor Shawn Tanner and Pastor Dean Cole officiating. The family will receive friends beginning at noon, with the service to follow at 2 p.m. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. on July 15, 2013.3

Family 1

Children
  • Rebecca Obenchain1,3
  • Danielle Obenchain1,3
  • Candice Obenchain1,3
  • Joe "Joey" Obenchain1,3

Family 2

Shelia Stump
Marriage*He married Shelia Stump circa 1996.3 

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Lewis Obenchain obituary in the Sep 2, 1999 edition.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Lucille Ann Dodson Reese obituary in the Oct 29, 2005 edition.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Richard Lee Obenchain obituary in the Jul 15, 2013 edition.
  4. [S1235] Ancestry.com, U.S. Public Records Index, Volume 1.

Mary Mosby Bower1,2,3

F, b. August 23, 1910, d. November 21, 1994
FatherSamuel Evans "Sam" Bower1,2,3,4 b. March 7, 1851, d. June 4, 1942
MotherSarah Rosabell B. "Rosie" "Rosa" Conner1,2,3,4 b. March 10, 1877, d. September 2, 1938
     Her Social Security Number was 227-42-2739.5 Her married name was Edwards.3 Mary Mosby Bower was buried at Sunset Cemetery, North Franklin Street, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia.6 She married Herman Edwards.3 Mary Mosby Bower and Herman Edwards were divorced.3 Mary Mosby Bower was born on August 23, 1910 at Riner, Montgomery Co., Virginia.3,5,4 As of April 27, 1968,her married name was Lovell.3 She married Lebanon Ward Lovell on April 27, 1968 at Riner, Montgomery Co., Virginia.3 Mary Mosby Bower died on November 21, 1994 at Radford, Virginia, at age 84.5,7,6 She LOVELL, Mary Mosby, 84, of Riner, died Monday morning, November 21, 1994 in Radford Community Hospital. She is survived by one daughter, Barbara Stanford, Stanton, Delaware; and three sisters, Elsie Sowers, Christiansburg, Nellie Kelly, Harrisburg, PA., Hazel Epperly, Shawsville; three grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; her companion, Irvin Cole of Pilot. The funeral will be 11 a.m. Wednesday from the Richardson-Horne Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Nancy Whiteley and the Rev. Walt Simmerman, with burial in Sunset Cemetery. The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Christiansburg Rescue Squad, Box 176, Christiansburg, Va. 24073. Friends may call anytime Tuesday at the funeral home and the family will receive friends there from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday. Arrangements by Richardson-Horne in Christiansburg. on November 22, 1994.6

Census Records

1920Dwelling 390, District 106, Auburn, Montgomery Co., Virginia2
1930Dwelling 23, District 4, Auburn, Montgomery Co., Virginia1

Family 1

Herman Edwards
Divorce*Mary Mosby Bower and Herman Edwards were divorced.3 
Marriage* Mary Mosby Bower married Herman Edwards.3 
Child
  • Barbara Lucille Edwards3,6

Family 2

Lebanon Ward Lovell b. May 3, 1890, d. May 16, 1970
Marriage*Mary Mosby Bower married Lebanon Ward Lovell on April 27, 1968 at Riner, Montgomery Co., Virginia.3 

Citations

  1. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  4. [S5223] Social Security Administration, U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007.
  5. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  6. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Mary Mosby Lovell obituary in the Nov 22, 1994 edition.
  7. [S5149] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.

Freda W. Bower1,2

F, b. July 22, 1905, d. April 24, 1990
FatherSamuel Evans "Sam" Bower1,3,4 b. March 7, 1851, d. June 4, 1942
MotherSarah Rosabell B. "Rosie" "Rosa" Conner1,3 b. March 10, 1877, d. September 2, 1938
     Her Social Security Number was 229-46-4666.5 Freda W. Bower was buried at St. Matthew's Cemetery, Rt. 677 near intersection with Rt. 617, Laurel Ridge, Montgomery Co., Virginia.2 She was born on July 22, 1905 at Virginia.1,5 As of circa 1926,her married name was Chafin.6 She married Shirley B. Chafin circa 1926.4,6,2 Freda W. Bower died on April 24, 1990 at Radford, Virginia, at age 84.2 She Freda Bower Chafin, age 84, of Rt. 1, died Tuesday, April 24, 1990, in Radford Community Hospital. She was the widow of Shirley B. Chafin and is survived by two sons, Samuel L. Chafin, Blacksburg; Donald G. Chafin, Wilmington, Ohio; four sisters, Nellie Kelly, Harrisburg, Penn; Hazel Epperly, Shawsville; Mosby Lovell, Riner; Elsie Sowers, Christiansburg; three grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday from the St. Matthew's Church conducted by the Rev. Bob McCoy and the Rev. Nancy Whiteley with burial in the St. Matthew's Cemetery. Anyone wishing to make memorial contributions is asked to consider St. Matthew's Cemetery Fund in care of Ms. Thelma Bower , 100 Cherry Lane, Christiansburg, Va. 24073. Friends may call anytime Thursday at the Richardson-Horne Funeral Home, Christiansburg, where the family will receive friends from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. on April 25, 1990.2

Census Records

1910Dwelling 215, District 94, Auburn, Montgomery Co., Virginia1
1920Dwelling 390, District 106, Auburn, Montgomery Co., Virginia3
1930Pennsylvania State Hospital, District 102, Susquehanna, Dauphin Co., Pennsylvania6
1940Dwelling 409, District 61-6, Auburn, Montgomery Co., Virginia4

Occupation

1930State hospital attendant6

Family

Shirley B. Chafin b. October 11, 1905, d. December, 1985
Marriage*Freda W. Bower married Shirley B. Chafin circa 1926.4,6,2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S205] National Archives and Records Administration, 1910 United States Federal Census.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Freda Bower Chafin obituary in the Apr 25, 1990 edition.
  3. [S119] National Archives and Records Administration, 1920 United States Federal Census.
  4. [S3353] National Archives and Records Administration, 1940 United States Federal Census.
  5. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  6. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.

Hazel Nannie Bower1,2,3

F, b. November 8, 1907, d. March 26, 2000
FatherSamuel Evans "Sam" Bower1,2 b. March 7, 1851, d. June 4, 1942
MotherSarah Rosabell B. "Rosie" "Rosa" Conner1,2 b. March 10, 1877, d. September 2, 1938
     Hazel Nannie Bower was buried at St. Matthew's Cemetery, Rt. 677 near intersection with Rt. 617, Laurel Ridge, Montgomery Co., Virginia.4 Her married name was Epperly.3 She was born on November 8, 1907 at Virginia.1,5 She married Willie Lee "Bill" Epperly circa 1925.4,6 Hazel Nannie Bower died on March 26, 2000 at Shawsville, Montgomery Co., Virginia, at age 92.5,4 She EPPERLY, Hazel Bower, 92, of Shawsville, died early Sunday, March 26, 2000 in a Shawsville nursing home. She was preceded in death by her husband, W. L. (Bill) Epperly and is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Frances Epperly of Christiansburg, Ray and Mary Epperly of Shawsville, Jerry and Remona Epperly of Lake Wylie, S.C; seven grandchildren, David, Patricia, Mark, Michael, Nancy, Jerry and Lisa; four great-grandchildren, Felicia, Samuel, Ntasha, Teresa. Mrs. Epperly was devoted to her family and anyone in the community whom she could help. She was a member of the White Memorial United Methodist Church for over 50 years where she was active in many areas of the church. The funeral will be 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Horne Funeral Chapel in Christiansburg, conducted by the Rev. Nancy Whiteley and the Rev. Jeri Bishop. Burial will follow in the St. Matthews Cemetery on Laurel Ridge. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions be made to the White Memorial United Methodist Church, Shawsville, Va. 24162 or the Shawsville Rescue Squad, Box 14, Shawsville, Va. 24162. Friends may call at the funeral home anytime after 2 p.m. Monday and the family will receive friends there Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. The family is being served by Horne's in Christiansburg. on March 27, 2000.4

Census Records

1910Dwelling 215, District 94, Auburn, Montgomery Co., Virginia1
1920Dwelling 390, District 106, Auburn, Montgomery Co., Virginia2
1930Dwelling 212, District 7, Cave Spring, Roanoke Co., Virginia6

Family

Willie Lee "Bill" Epperly b. September 13, 1902, d. October 18, 1990
Marriage*Hazel Nannie Bower married Willie Lee "Bill" Epperly circa 1925.4,6 
Children

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. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Elsie Bower Sowers obituary in the Dec 19, 1999 edition.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Hazel Bower Epperly obituary in the Mar 27, 2000 edition.
  5. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  6. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Willie Lee Epperly obituary in the Oct 20, 1990 edition.
  8. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Paul Preston Epperly obituary in the Feb 9, 2007 edition.
  9. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ray Edward Epperly obituary in the Oct 16, 2015 edition.
  10. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Nellie C. Bower1,2,3,4

F, b. January 15, 1909, d. June 18, 2002
FatherSamuel Evans "Sam" Bower1,2 b. March 7, 1851, d. June 4, 1942
MotherSarah Rosabell B. "Rosie" "Rosa" Conner1,2 b. March 10, 1877, d. September 2, 1938
     Her Social Security Number was 226-26-6155.5 Nellie C. Bower was buried at St. Matthew's Cemetery, Rt. 677 near intersection with Rt. 617, Laurel Ridge, Montgomery Co., Virginia.4 Her married name was Kelley.3 She married Joseph L. Kelley.3,4 Nellie C. Bower was born on January 15, 1909 at Riner, Montgomery Co., Virginia.5,4 She died on June 18, 2002 at Susquehanna Township, Juniata Co., Pennsylvania, at age 93.5,4 She Kelley, Nellie Bower, 93, of Susquehanna Township, Pa. and formerly of Riner, Va. Mrs. Kelley was born on January 15, 1908 (should be 1909), in Riner, Va. and died on Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Blue Ridge Haven Nursing Home in Susquehanna Township, Pa. She was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse at the Harrisburg State Hospital in Pennsylvania. She was a member of the Colonial Park United Methodist Church. She was the widow of Joseph L. Kelley. She is survived by a daughter, Janice D. Lindsey of Palm Harbor Fla., four granddaughters, Catherine Riordan of Harrisburg, Pa., Janice Politis of Riner, Rebecca Christie of Newport and Nanette Soliday of Harrisburg, Pa. She is also survived by ten great-grandchildren. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22, 2002, at St. Matthews Church in Riner with Rev. Steve Aker officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Matthew Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral service. Horne Funeral Service in Christiansburg is serving the Kelley family. on June 21, 2002.4

Census Records

1910Dwelling 215, District 94, Auburn, Montgomery Co., Virginia1
1920Dwelling 390, District 106, Auburn, Montgomery Co., Virginia2

Family

Joseph L. Kelley b. September 1, 1904, d. November 4, 1995
Marriage*Nellie C. Bower married Joseph L. Kelley.3,4 
Child
  • Janice D. Kelley4

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. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Elsie Bower Sowers obituary in the Dec 19, 1999 edition.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Nellie Bower Kelley obituary in the Jun 21, 2002 edition.
  5. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.

Willie Lee "Bill" Epperly1,2,3

M, b. September 13, 1902, d. October 18, 1990
     Willie Lee "Bill" Epperly was buried at St. Matthew's Cemetery, Rt. 677 near intersection with Rt. 617, Laurel Ridge, Montgomery Co., Virginia.3 His Social Security Number was 223-48-1720.4 He was born on September 13, 1902 at Virginia.2,4 He married Hazel Nannie Bower, daughter of Samuel Evans "Sam" Bower and Sarah Rosabell B. "Rosie" "Rosa" Conner, circa 1925.1,2 Willie Lee "Bill" Epperly died on October 18, 1990 at Montgomery Co., Virginia, at age 88.4,3 He Willie Lee (Bill) Epperly, age 88, died Thursday evening, October 18, 1990 at his residence. He was a member of White Memorial United Methodist Church in Shawsville for 42 years and remained on the Church's Board of Trustees throughout those years. Surviving are his wife, Hazel B. Epperly; three sons, Paul P. Epperly, Christiansburg; Ray E. Epperly, Shawsville; Jerry L. Epperly, Tega Cay, S.C; one brother, Randolph W. Epperly, Pilot; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The funeral will be 1:30 p.m. Sunday from the White Memorial United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Keith E. Ritchie with burial in St. Matthews Cemetery near Riner. In lieu of flowers the family suggests those wishing to make a memorial contribution to either the White Memorial United Methodist Church Debt Retirement Fund or to the Shawsville Rescue Squad. Friends may call anytime Saturday and also on Sunday morning at the Richardson-Horne Funeral Home, Christiansburg. The family will receive friends at the Richardson-Horne Chapel, Saturday evening from 7:00 until 9:00. on October 20, 1990.3

Census Records

1930Dwelling 212, District 7, Cave Spring, Roanoke Co., Virginia2

Occupation

1930Farm laborer2

Family

Hazel Nannie Bower b. November 8, 1907, d. March 26, 2000
Marriage*Willie Lee "Bill" Epperly married Hazel Nannie Bower, daughter of Samuel Evans "Sam" Bower and Sarah Rosabell B. "Rosie" "Rosa" Conner, circa 1925.1,2 
Children

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Hazel Bower Epperly obituary in the Mar 27, 2000 edition.
  2. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Willie Lee Epperly obituary in the Oct 20, 1990 edition.
  4. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Paul Preston Epperly obituary in the Feb 9, 2007 edition.
  6. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ray Edward Epperly obituary in the Oct 16, 2015 edition.
  7. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.

Joseph L. Kelley1,2

M, b. September 1, 1904, d. November 4, 1995
     His Social Security Number was 226-05-7108.3 Joseph L. Kelley married Nellie C. Bower, daughter of Samuel Evans "Sam" Bower and Sarah Rosabell B. "Rosie" "Rosa" Conner.1,2 Joseph L. Kelley was born on September 1, 1904.3 He died on November 4, 1995 at age 91.3

Family

Nellie C. Bower b. January 15, 1909, d. June 18, 2002
Marriage*He married Nellie C. Bower, daughter of Samuel Evans "Sam" Bower and Sarah Rosabell B. "Rosie" "Rosa" Conner.1,2 
Child
  • Janice D. Kelley2

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Elsie Bower Sowers obituary in the Dec 19, 1999 edition.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Nellie Bower Kelley obituary in the Jun 21, 2002 edition.
  3. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.

Paul Preston Epperly1,2,3,4

M, b. January 10, 1927, d. February 8, 2007
FatherWillie Lee "Bill" Epperly1,2,3,4,5 b. September 13, 1902, d. October 18, 1990
MotherHazel Nannie Bower1,2,3,4,5 b. November 8, 1907, d. March 26, 2000
     His Social Security Number was 231-24-9229.6 Paul Preston Epperly was buried at Sunset Cemetery, North Franklin Street, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia.4 He was born on January 10, 1927 at Virginia.2,6 He married Frances Ruth Meador on December 7, 1946.4,7,8 Paul Preston Epperly died on February 8, 2007 at Radford, Virginia, at age 80.4,6 He Paul Preston Epperly, 80, of Christiansburg, passed away Thursday, February 8, 2007 at the Radford Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was a veteran having served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was the retired owner and operator of Epperly's Small Engine and Epperly's Restaurant. He was of the Methodist faith being very active in many Methodist Churches most recently Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Hazel Epperly; sons, David Epperly and Sammy Epperly. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 60 years, Frances Epperly; daughter, Pat Robinson; daughter-in-law, Charlotte Epperly; grandchildren, Teresa Barnett and husband, Richard, Samuel Epperly and wife, Melissa, Roxann Norford and Dawn Rowland; three greatgrandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ray and Mary Epperly and Jerry and Ramona Epperly; aunt, Mary Epperly; many other special brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Horne Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, February 10, 2007 at the Mt. Tabor United Methodist Church with the Rev. Donna Sharp, assisted by the Rev. Raymond Kelley and the Rev. Mickey White. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery. Flowers will be appreciated, however those wishing to make memorial contributions please consider, Christiansburg Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 176, Christiansburg, Va. 24068. The Epperly Family is being served by Horne Funeral Service, Christiansburg, 382-2612. Online condolences may be sent by visiting www.hornefuneralservice.com. on February 9, 2007.4

Census Records

1930Dwelling 212, District 7, Cave Spring, Roanoke Co., Virginia2

Family

Frances Ruth Meador b. October 20, 1926, d. January 15, 2009
Marriage*Paul Preston Epperly married Frances Ruth Meador on December 7, 1946.4,7,8 
Children

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Hazel Bower Epperly obituary in the Mar 27, 2000 edition.
  2. [S118] National Archives and Records Administration, 1930 United States Federal Census.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Willie Lee Epperly obituary in the Oct 20, 1990 edition.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Paul Preston Epperly obituary in the Feb 9, 2007 edition.
  5. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ray Edward Epperly obituary in the Oct 16, 2015 edition.
  6. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Frances Ruth Meador Epperly obituary in the Jan 16, 2009 edition.
  8. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Epperly 50th anniversary announcement in the Dec 8, 1996 edition.
  9. [S3196] Radford News Journal, From the Samuel C. Epperly obituary in the Jan 16, 1967 edition.

Frances Ruth Meador1

F, b. October 20, 1926, d. January 15, 2009
     Her Social Security Number was 223-30-8803.2 Frances Ruth Meador was buried at Sunset Cemetery, North Franklin Street, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia.1 She was born on October 20, 1926.2 As of December 7, 1946,her married name was Epperly.3 She married Paul Preston Epperly, son of Willie Lee "Bill" Epperly and Hazel Nannie Bower, on December 7, 1946.4,1,3 Frances Ruth Meador died on January 15, 2009 at Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia, at age 82.1,2 She Frances Ruth Meador Epperly, 82, of Christiansburg, Va., known as "Granny" to her family and many friends, passed away on Thursday, January 15, 2009, at New River Valley Medical Center. She had worked in the family restaurant and the repair shop after being a homemaker for many years. She was preceded in death by her parents, Oat and Minnie Meador; brothers, Earnest and Carl; sisters, Bernice, Ruby, Audrey, Louise and Shirley; her husband, Paul Epperly; and her sons, David and Sammy Epperly. She is survived by her daughter, Pat Robinson; daughter-in-law, Charlotte Epperly; grandchildren, Teresa Barnett and husband, Richard, Samuel Epperly and wife, Melissa, Roxann Hawley, and Dawn Martin; three greatgrandchildren; one greatgreat-grandchildren; a sister, Evelyn Stanley and husband, Elton; brothers, Leon Meador and wife, Lucille, and Vernon Wayne Meador and wife, Ann; a sister-in-law, Laeta Meador; her brothers-in-law, Ray Epperly and wife, Mary, and Jerry Epperly and wife, Remona; and numerous nieces and nephews. Flowers will be appreciated or for those wishing to make donations, the family suggest the Christiansburg Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 176, Christiansburg, Va. 24068. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday evening, January 16, 2009, at the Horne Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 17, 2009, in the Horne Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Donna Sharp, with interment to follow in Sunset Cemetery. The Epperly family is in the care of Horne Funeral Service, Inc. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.hornefuneralservice.com. on January 16, 2009.1

Family

Paul Preston Epperly b. January 10, 1927, d. February 8, 2007
Marriage*She married Paul Preston Epperly, son of Willie Lee "Bill" Epperly and Hazel Nannie Bower, on December 7, 1946.4,1,3 
Children

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Frances Ruth Meador Epperly obituary in the Jan 16, 2009 edition.
  2. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Epperly 50th anniversary announcement in the Dec 8, 1996 edition.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Paul Preston Epperly obituary in the Feb 9, 2007 edition.
  5. [S3196] Radford News Journal, From the Samuel C. Epperly obituary in the Jan 16, 1967 edition.

Ray Edward Epperly1,2,3

M, b. February 2, 1938, d. October 14, 2015
FatherWillie Lee "Bill" Epperly1,2,4,3,5 b. September 13, 1902, d. October 18, 1990
MotherHazel Nannie Bower1,2,4,3,5 b. November 8, 1907, d. March 26, 2000
     Ray Edward Epperly was buried at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 2880 North Franklin Street, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia.3 He was born on February 2, 1938 at Roanoke Co., Virginia.6,5 He married Mary Elizabeth Bowles on June 28, 1957 at Shawsville, Montgomery Co., Virginia.3,5,7 Ray Edward Epperly died on October 14, 2015 at Virginia at age 77.3 He Our beloved father, Ray Edward Epperly, 77, of Shawsville, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, October 14, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Mary Bowles Epperly; parents, Willie and Hazel Epperly; and brother, Paul Epperly. A firm believer in hard work, he worked his entire life until shortly before his death. He was first employed at Yale & Towne Lock and Hardware Manufacturing, which later became Eaton Corporation, in Salem. He later founded E & V Enterprises, Inc., and Heritage Homes in Shawsville, where he and Mary renovated, built and sold homes for more than 20 years, until their retirement in 2011. From 2011 to 2015, he owned and operated Epperly Enterprises, a Shawsville property management company. He was a dedicated community servant and a member of White Memorial United Methodist Church in Shawsville for 64 years. He had a passion for helping local families achieve the dream of home ownership, and dedicated much of his free time to this endeavor. He also believed in the power of education, and founded a scholarship to ensure that local high school students could achieve the dream of a college education. Other philanthropic interests included the Community Foundation of the New River Valley, the Meadowbrook Center for Community Improvement, and the Shawsville Lay Ministerial Association Food Pantry. His devotion to his community was surpassed only by his love for and commitment to his family. He is survived by his children, Mark Epperly and husband, Rob Morrow, of Christiansburg, Michael Epperly and wife, Andrea, of Cary, N.C., and Nancy McGhee and husband, Mark, of Christiansburg; grandchildren, Felicia, Hazel, McKenzie and Erica; brother Jerry Epperly of Pinehurst, N.C; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to WMUMC Memorial Fund or the local food pantry. Address both to White Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 217, Shawsville, VA 24162 and note the preferred fund in the memo line. The family will receive friends from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015, at Horne Funeral Home. A celebration of Ray's life will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2015, in the chapel of Horne Funeral Home with the Rev. Herb Williams officiating. A private entombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, in Christiansburg. on October 16, 2015.

Family

Mary Elizabeth Bowles b. October 6, 1936, d. June 23, 2012
Marriage*He married Mary Elizabeth Bowles on June 28, 1957 at Shawsville, Montgomery Co., Virginia.3,5,7 
Children
  • Mark Lee Epperly3,7
  • Michael Ray Epperly3,7
  • Nancy Epperly3,7

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Hazel Bower Epperly obituary in the Mar 27, 2000 edition.
  2. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Willie Lee Epperly obituary in the Oct 20, 1990 edition.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ray Edward Epperly obituary in the Oct 16, 2015 edition.
  4. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Paul Preston Epperly obituary in the Feb 9, 2007 edition.
  5. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  6. [S5152] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Birth Records, 1864-2014.
  7. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Mary Elizabeth Bowles Epperly obituary in the Jun 25, 2012 edition.

Mary Elizabeth Bowles1,2,3

F, b. October 6, 1936, d. June 23, 2012
     Mary Elizabeth Bowles was buried at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, 2880 North Franklin Street, Christiansburg, Montgomery Co., Virginia.3 She was born on October 6, 1936 at Montgomery Co., Virginia.2,4 As of June 28, 1957,her married name was Epperly.2 She married Ray Edward Epperly, son of Willie Lee "Bill" Epperly and Hazel Nannie Bower, on June 28, 1957 at Shawsville, Montgomery Co., Virginia.1,2,3 Mary Elizabeth Bowles died on June 23, 2012 at Virginia at age 75.4,3 She Mary Elizabeth Bowles Epperly, 75, of Shawsville, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, June 23, 2012. She was preceded in death by her parents, Mark and Elsie Bowles; brothers, Earl and Charlie Bowles and several half brothers. She was a member of White Memorial United Methodist Church for 39 years. She worked all of her life, until shortly before her death, employed first at Yale & Towne Lock/Hardware Manufacturing in Salem, later as a hair dresser, which she continued in her community for 45 years, retiring in 2011. During which time she also sold housing from their Shawsville home business. Her interest included helping local needy children, as well as others in the community, also providing scholarships for local high school students and contributions to Meadowbrook Center for community improvement. She is survived by her husband of 55 years, Ray Epperly; children, Mark Lee Epperly and friend, Rob, of Christiansburg, Michael Ray Epperly and wife, Andrea, of Cary, N.C. and Nancy McGhee and husband, Mark, of Christiansburg; brothers, Bill Bowles, of Dublin and Minor Bowles, of Pearisburg; sister, Evelyn Echols, of Christiansburg; and grandchildren, Felicia, Hazel, McKenzie, and Erica. She is also survived by a niece, Mary Helen Brockwell, of Chester; and several other nieces and nephews. A very special thanks to friends Judy Musselman, Nel Wilson Shifflet and many others who were so kind during her illness. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to WMUMC Memorial Fund or the local food pantry. Address both to White Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 217, Shawsville, VA 24162 and note which fund that you prefer. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012 at Horne Funeral Home. A Celebration of Her Life will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 26, 2012, from the chapel of Horne Funeral Home, with the Rev. Herb Williams officiating. A private entombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Christiansburg. on June 25, 2012.3

Family

Ray Edward Epperly b. February 2, 1938, d. October 14, 2015
Marriage*She married Ray Edward Epperly, son of Willie Lee "Bill" Epperly and Hazel Nannie Bower, on June 28, 1957 at Shawsville, Montgomery Co., Virginia.1,2,3 
Children
  • Mark Lee Epperly1,3
  • Michael Ray Epperly1,3
  • Nancy Epperly1,3

Citations

  1. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Ray Edward Epperly obituary in the Oct 16, 2015 edition.
  2. [S5130] Virginia Department of Health, Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014.
  3. [S102] Roanoke Times, From the Mary Elizabeth Bowles Epperly obituary in the Jun 25, 2012 edition.
  4. [S9] Unknown subject, unknown file number, SSDI, U.S. Social Security Administrations Death Master File.