Helen Hines Archie, passed away on December 16, 2019, in Atlanta, Ga. She was preceded in death by her father, Walter C. Hines Sr. and mother, Ruby P. Hines. Funeral arrangements wil be held in Columbia, S.C. on December 28, 2019.
William F. Duncan, 89, of Bassett, died on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the Blue Ridge Therapy Connection. He was born in Montgomery County on August 26, 1930, to the late Elmer Duncan and the late Mollie Smith Duncan. He was also preceded in death by a grandson, Thomas "Tommy" Boothe; brothers, Edward Duncan, Richard "Bud" Duncan, Thurman Duncan and Carl Duncan; and sisters, Clara Mae Kinsley and Lois Barker. He was a charter member of the Faith Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon, Sunday school superintendent and usher. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Phyllis Albert Duncan; four daughters, Debra K. Duncan, Patricia D. Graham (George), Donna D. Boothe (Richard) and Janice L. English; six grandchildren, Tim Duncan, Shannon Simmons, Tonia Gilley, Clay Boothe, Joshua (Josh) Duncan and Melissa English; seven great-grandchildren; and one sister, Gladys Young. The family will receive friends Monday, December 23, 2019, from 12 until 1 p.m. in the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel where the funeral will follow at 1 p.m. with Dr. David Towler officiating. Burial will follow in the Mount Hermon Church of the Brethren cemetery. The family would like to thank the Blue Ridge Therapy Connection and Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care in Stuart for all the care and kindness shown Ford. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care, 18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy, Stuart, VA 24171, or the Alzheimer's Association, 3959 Electric Rd. Suite 357, Roanoke, VA 24018. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bassettfuneralservice.com. Bassett Funeral Service is serving the Duncan family.
Gary Ann LaMar Fitts, whose generosity, wit and great sense of fun brought her many life-long friends, died on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at her home, surrounded by family and friends. Mrs. Fitts did not wish to disrupt the holidays for family or friends, therefore, the arrangements are being planned for Saturday, January 18, 2020, 11 a.m., at Fair Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 10 until 11 a.m. at the funeral home and respectfully request no visitation at the home. She was born August 12, 1934, in Leaksville, N.C. (now Eden), the eldest daughter of the late James B. LaMar Sr. and the late Mary Lily Morehead Hayden LaMar. She was a 1952 graduate of Leaksville High School, attended Woman's College of the University of North Carolina in Greensboro, N.C. and was graduated from Rex Hospital Nursing School in Raleigh, N.C. in 1956. Her work experience included employment at Tri-City Hospital in Leaksville, N.C., Rockingham County Health Department, the office of Dr. Maurice Couturier, and Morehead Memorial Hospital (now UNC Rockingham). She married Allen Fitts on November 4, 1956, began farming and housekeeping in Cascade, Va. Together with her late husband she owned and operated S. A. Fitts Tractor & Equipment and Cascade Cattle, Land & Machinery. A deep sense of commitment to the welfare of her community led to many years of service on the boards of Pittsylvania County Social Services, the Brosville-Cascade Volunteer Fire Department, the Cascade Volunteer Fire Department and the Pittsylvania County Zoning Board. She was a member of the Eden Literary Club, the Cascade Homemakers Club, and the Pittsylvania County Historic Society. An avid reader, she was an active and devoted member of the Border Book Club. Surviving are sons, Sanford Allen Fitts,] Jr. (Karen) of Lebanon, Tenn., and Benjamin Watkins Fitts (Patricia) of Cascade, Va.; daughter-in-law, Virginia Fitts Fulton (Tom) of Eden, N.C.; grandchildren, Ann Lea Fitts, Nathaniel Fitts, Kasey Fitts, and Anthony Saunders; friends of the family, Aaron Fulton, Landon Curry; and many nieces and nephews. Her surviving sisters are Barbara LaMar Carrubba (James), of Valley Stream, N.Y., Patricia LaMar Hossenlopp (John) of Amagansett, N.Y., and Margaret LaMar Mauney (Steve) of Oak Island, N.C. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sanford Allen Fitts Sr.; sons, James Lamar Fitts and Harry Jones Fitts; brother, James B. LaMar; and sister-in-law, Norma Jean Overby LaMar. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial contributions be made to a charity of the donor's choice. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.fairfuneralhome.com.
Alvin Leavelle, 88, of Rocky Mount, Va., passed away Friday, December 13, 2019, at his residence. He was born September 27, 1931, to Charles Linwood Leavelle and Gillie Holland Leavelle. Alvin leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife, Jean Leavelle, of Rocky Mount, Va.: two daughters, LeSonya Leavelle Bullard (Victor) of Fishersville, Va., Sherri Leavelle of Rocky Mount, Va.; four grandchildren, Dontavius and Dijuan Gilbert of Rocky Mount, Va., SeQoya and VJ Bullard of Fishersville, Va.; one brother, Charles Leavelle II of Rocky Mount, Va., and two sister-in-laws, Joan and Louise Leavelle of Rocky Mount, Va.; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. A funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Sunday, December 22, 2019, at the Pigg River Association Building Rocky Mount. The interment will be in the Franklin Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 21, 2019, from 6 to 7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Rocky Mount and other times at the home. Condolences may be sent to www.Davis-Turner.com. Service of comfort rendered by Davis-Turner Funeral Service.