O.B. Gilley Jr., 86, of Ridgeway, passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019. He was born November 20, 1933, to the late O.B. Sr. and Lydia Biggs Gilley. He was a graduate of Spencer Penn High School and retired from Centel-Sprint. Previously he was a partner in Gilley & Smith TV & Appliances and the body shop foreman for Burroughs-White Chevrolet before going to Centel. He attended Ridgeway United Methodist Church. He was a member of the A.A.C.A and the Danville Regional A.A.C.A. He was an honorary member of The Ridgeway Sportsman Club and the Ridgeway Volunteer Fire Department. Mr. Gilley is survived by his wife Peggy Warren Gilley, daughter, Karen G. Brady; grandchildren, Benton Wyatt and Zachary J. Brady; and brothers, H. Clyde Gilley and Linwood A. Gilley. Visitation will be held Saturday, December 14, 2019, from 6 until 8 p.m. at McKee Stone Chapel, 109 Broad St, Martinsville, Va. The funeral service will be held on Sunday, December 15, 2019, at 2 p.m. at McKee-Stone Chapel with the Rev. Clyde Deloach and Pastor Kenneth McFarling officiating. Interment will follow at Mountain View Cemetery in Ridgeway. Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville. To express condolences online, please visit www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com.
Margaret Johnson Hazelwood, 86, passed away on Wednesday evening, December 11, 2019, at her home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at Fair Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1 until 2 p.m. at Fair Funeral Home and other times at 139 Rhodes Road in Eden. Mrs. Hazelwood was born in Leaksville, N.C. on September 14, 1933, to the late Leonard and Wilda Franklin Johnson. She was a graduate of Leaksville High School, Class of 1951 and worked for Centel Telephone Company in Martinsville, Va., for 34 years before retiring. She was a former Sunday School teacher at Osborne Baptist Church where she was a charter member and actively attended until her recent health decline. Her passions were sewing, catering, even planning, and flower designing. Margaret loved her children, grandchildren, great-grandchild, and her pet dog, Rosie. She was an active volunteer at Morehead Memorial Hospital for many years in the gift shop. She also loved going to the beach. She is survived by her daughter, Avis Minter (Ricky); son, Jimmy Hazelwood; grandchildren, Samantha Minter, Adam Minter (Rachel), Courney Stowe (William), and Lee Hazelwood; and one great-grandchild. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Winfred Hazelwood; brother, Isaac Johnson; and beloved sister, Becky J. Gilley. The family would like to offer special thanks to the staff of UNC-Rockingham Health Care, Wake Forest Baptist Health, Hospice of Rockingham County, and to Dr. Terry Daniel. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.fairfuneralhome.com.
James Alexander "Jim" Piller Jr., 62, of Axton, Va., died unexpectedly on Monday, December 9, 2019, from injuries sustained from an automobile accident. Jim was born in Danville, Va., on May 22, 1957, son of the late James A. Piller Sr. and Mary Booker Piller. He spent all of his life in the Danville and Pittsylvania County areas, where he graduated from Averett College with a B.S degree in business. He went on to work at DuPont, Green Rock Correctional Center, Medi Home Care Services, Asco Rentals and other various jobs throughout his life. Jim was a member of the Sons of the Confederate Veterans. He enjoyed listening to bluegrass and gospel music, gardening and he loved trains. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors include his sisters, Sandra Gilliam and husband, Rudolph, of Portsmouth, Va., and Patricia Grubbs and husband, Jim of Brown Summit, N.C.; nephews, Ian Gilliam, Cory Gilliam, Eddie Scruggs, and Michael Scruggs; great nephew, Everett Gilliam; and numerous cousins and friends. Funeral services will be conducted on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at 1 p.m. at the Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel with Elder Gleason Worrell officiating. Interment will follow the service at Highland Burial Park. The family will receive friends on Friday night, December 13, 2019, from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest that memorial donations be made to a charity of your choice. Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel is respectfully serving the Piller family. Online Condolences at www.wrenn-yeatts.com.
Mr. Henry "Dwight" Wilson, age 74, of Axton, Va., passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2019, after a decline in health. Mr. Wilson was born on August 29, 1945, in Martinsville, Va., a son of the late Henry Drewry Wilson and the late Louvenia Moxley Wilson. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Neal Jackson Wilson. He was a member of the Mount Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church. He had retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation "VDOT" with 43 years of service. He was an avid softball player and played many years for Rumleys Restaurant in Martinsville. He also loved to bowl and play golf. He also loved spending time with his grandchildren. Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Brenda Wilson Wilson; two sons, Roger Lee Wilson (Mary Carter Wilson) and Jason Dwight Wilson (Nydia Koger Wilson); and seven grandchildren, Alaynah Koger, Will Cassell, Brayden, Chloe, Lilliana, Joshua and Zaylan Wilson. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2019, at McKee-Stone Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Kenny Gunn Officiating. Interment will follow in Roselawn Burial Park.The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.. and other times at the residence. Online condolences at www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com. McKee-Stone Funeral Home at Martinsville, Va. is respectfully serving the Wilson family.