Beatrice Irene Owen Nelson, age 73, of Wytheville, passed away Friday, April 24, 2009. She was born March 2, 1936 in Richmond, the daughter of the late James Ralph and Della Mae Pruett Owen. She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Nelson; a daughter, Donna Kay Maddy; a son, Dennis Wayne Ratcliffe; a sister, Lorene Tillman; three brothers, J.R. Owen, "Bootie" Owen and Alvin Owen. Beatrice attended the Fort Chiswell Church of Christ.
She is survived by: three daughters, Sharon Rebecca Ann Harmon of Wytheville, Joyce Elaine Shirley of Valley Head, Ala., Deborah Lynn Dunn of Fries; four grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren also survive.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 2 p.m. at the Barnett Funeral Chapel with Minister Steven Canup officiating.
Interment will follow in West End Cemetery.
The family received friends Saturday night at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations be made to Fort Chiswell Church of Christ.
Barnett Funeral Home, Wytheville, is in charge of arrangements.