Chalmer Thomas Blevins, age 84, of Dublin, passed away Friday, June 22, 2012 in Pulaski Health Care Center.
Born April 11, 1928 in Kentucky, he was the son of the late David Blevins and Belvia Sheets Blevins. His loving and beloved wife of 51 years, Catherine Smith Blevins, and numerous brothers and sisters also preceded him in death.
He was a veteran of the United States Navy and Air Force. He served with the Naval Occupational Forces after World War II in the European Theatre and on patrol when Israel became a nation in 1948. While in the Air Force, he served during the Korean War. He received the Korean Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Navy Occupational Medal and European Clasp.
He was a retired mechanic for the former Kenrose Mfg Co. and then Russell Apparel Company. He will always be remembered as a Walmart greeter in Pulaski.
Mr. Blevins was a member of Dora Highway Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher for many years. He loved his special church family and enjoyed singing, lay speaking, and other numerous church activities.
He loved his family and was devoted to them and also loved his special friends and neighbors. He was a wonderful husband, father, and gentleman and was a fine example of what our Heavenly Father would want us to be.
We want to “Thank” all the doctors, nurses and staff who took care of him during his illness.
Surviving are his loving and devoted daughter to both parents, Diane Blevins, Dublin, and sister, Thelma Stamper of Chilhowie.
Funeral services will be Monday, June 25, 7 p.m., in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Harry Gunter and Johnny Howlett officiating.
Graveside services will be held Tuesday, 1 p.m., at Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin, with the Pulaski VFW Post 1184 conducting military honors.
The family will receive friends Monday, 5-7 p.m., at Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski. To send online condolences to the family, visit www.bowerfuneralhome.com.
Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski, is handling arrangements for the Blevins family.
David Douglas “Bolo” Mannon
David Douglas “Bolo” Mannon, 57, of Pulaski, died Thursday, June 21, 2012.
He was born in Radford Aug. 27, 1954, and was the son of the late Rowley Curtis Mannon. He was also preceded in death by a step-brother, Charles Lucion.
Surviving are children, David Fields of Pulaski, Amanda Mannon of Pulaski, Toni Parsons of North Carolina, Michael Mannon of North Carolina, Brandon Dobbins of Pulaski and Sheila Adkins of Pulaski; grandchildren, Madison, Maggie and Hunter; mother and step-father, Beatrice Colleen and Albert Lucion of Dublin; sisters, Teresa Bolling and husband, Henry, of Pulaski, and Gail Byrd and husband, John, of Dublin; brother, Anthony Curtis Mannon of Pulaski; step-brother, Albert Lucion and wife, Tammy of Chilhowie; dear friend, Cindy Mannon of Dublin, and many nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to David’s best friend and caregiver, Glenda Hodge and Randy Brinkley.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, June 24, 4 p.m., at Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski. Visiting will be Sunday from the funeral home, where the family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the service hour.
In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that memorials be made to Stevens Funeral Home Inc., P.O. Box 32, Pulaski, VA 24301 to help with funeral expenses.
Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.
Betty Cooper Pinkard
Betty Cooper Pinkard, age 89, of Pulaski, died Thursday June 21, 2012 at Highland Ridge Rehabilitation Center in Dublin.
She was born Oct. 24, 1922 in Draper and was the daughter of the late Ida Safewright Cooper and Homer Dewey Cooper. She was a former employee of Jefferson Mills for over 22 years, was a member of the First Church of The Brethren, and attended Trinity United Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John E. Pinkard; three sisters, Mamie Lawson, Lula Bell Peek, and Beatrice Gallagher; two daughters, Barbara Saunders and her husband, Nick, of Richmond, and Linda Grantham and her husband, Gale, of Pulaski: a son, John Edwin “Jerry” Pinkard and his wife, Judy, of Charlotte, N.C.; seven grandchildren, Kristi Young and her husband Richard of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., John Pinkard of Indian Trail, N.C., Susan Saunders of Washington, D.C., Nicholas Saunders and Mercedes of Washington, D.C., Angie Phillips and her husband, Rodney, of Dublin, Todd Grantham and his wife, Paige, of Athens, Ga., Tony Grantham and his wife, Mollie, of Annapolis, Md., along with 10 great-grandchildren. The family also recognizes a very long-time and special friend, Myrtle Sutphin.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday June 26, 2012, 11 a.m., at Seagle Funeral Home, with the Rev. Judy Yonce officiating. Interment will follow in Thornspring Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday, 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Flowers will be appreciated, but for those who wish, may make memorial contributions in her memory to Joy Ranch or to the charity of ones choice. The family will receive friends following the funeral on Tuesday at the home of Linda and Gale Grantham, 2012 Twin Oaks Ave. in Pulaski.
Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.seaglefuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski, 980-1700.