John Jefferson Austin, age 80, died on Thursday, December 5, 2019, at Kings Grant. He was born April 18, 1939 in Bassett, Va. to Mary Philpott Austin and Alfonso Allen Austin, and he was married to Ann Hall of Charlotte, N.C. for 52 years. He graduated from Bassett High School, where he played football, basketball and baseball. He was offered football scholarships from two Virginia colleges, but he opted to attend the University of Virginia where he graduated from the McIntire School of Commerce with a BS degree in 1961. He attended Naval Officer Candidate School in Newport, R.I., and served in the Navy as both a paratrooper and an ANGLICO officer for the U.S. Marine Corps. He and his unit performed maneuvers with the Spanish Marines as Generalissimo Francisco Franco reviewed the troops. John started his career in the financial services industry at Wheat and Company in 1966 and retired as Senior Vice President and branch manager at Wheat First Union in 2000. Throughout his career, he counseled many people and organizations on their finances and life plans. He treated all of his clients like family and helped them through the good and bad times in life. He was especially proud to be a part of the honor system at the University of Virginia. John was also proud to serve his country by being in the Navy. Most important was his infinite love of his family and friends, God, and church. John was an elder, deacon, youth group advisor with his wife Ann at Forest Hill Presbyterian Church. He headed the Finance Committee at Presbytery and participated in the development and construction of the Alice Lester building at Camp Hat Creek in Brookneal, Va. Locally, he served two terms each on the boards of Chatmoss Country Club and Kings Grant as well as many terms at the Vista Pointe Homeowners Association at Smith Mountain Lake. John was a very generous person who donated to almost any organization and privately to individuals in need. He is survived by his wife, Ann; his daughter, Susan (Thomas) Prendergast; and son, Jeff (Kim) Austin; as well as his two sisters, Martha Stone and Kathryn Keck; and his brother-in-law, Billy Osborne. He was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Jane Osborne. He also has five grandsons, Jake, Tyler and Max Austin of Bernardsville, N.J. and Kirwan and James Prendergast of Denver, Colo. A reception will be held at Forest Hills Presbyterian Church on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at 1 p.m. followed by a 2 p.m. service at the church and then interment at Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Forest Hills Presbyterian Church, 725 Beechnut Lane, Martinsville, VA 24112; Grace Network, P.O. Box 3902, Martinsville, VA 24115; Kings Grant Retirement Community, 350 Kingsway Road, Martinsville, VA 24112 or the charity of your choice.
John Fenwick Edelen Sr., age 92, returned home on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Born on April 14, 1927 to James Gough Edelen Sr. and Genevieve Hilton Edelen of Baltimore, Md.. He grew up with his mother, father, brother and sisters and spent his Saturday mornings at the theater and tending to his family's victory garden during World War II. He attended Loyola High School and had a passion for sports more so than academics, playing lacrosse and ice hockey. Beginning in 1950, he served in the U.S. Army for two years and was assigned to the 116th Combat Construction Engineers, Co. A at Fort Belvoir, Va. Following this, he joined his father, uncle, and brother working for the J.G. Edelen Company in Baltimore. Selling furniture hardware brought Finney on frequent trips to southwestern Virginia where he met his bride-to-be, Nancy Ellen Lackey of Woolwine. They were married in 1957 and soon filled their home in Martinsville with four children. Finney passed along his love of sports and music to his children, serving as little league coach, Martinsville High School band booster, and carting his kids to horse shows in the area. Anyone that knew him would know he had one speed—full throttle—in whatever he did. He was not one to slow down and even in his 60s showed his pride for the Martinsville High School football team by roller-blading around the track with a Bulldog flag whenever the team scored a touchdown. He established the Martinsville office of the J. G. Edelen Company in 1997 and was proud to have his sons Jay and Ed join the company which he remained active in even after retirement. Family was his heart and soul throughout his life, whether it be work or home or play. As a "northerner", he was a bit of an odd character here in southern Virginia, but regardless he formed close bonds with his in-law kin here and was beloved by his Lackey kin. Finney was an active member and volunteer at St. Joseph Catholic Church, ushering and maintaining church grounds for many years. Finney also played for St. Joseph in the local church softball league. A devoted grandfather to his nine grandchildren, he enjoyed trips to Vermont, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Texas to visit them. After his ice skating injury in 2006 he was very limited physically, but remained the center of attention and object of great affection for his family. The Edelen family is grateful to the loving caregivers that have attended to him for the past 13 years, making him as comfortable as possible in a difficult situation. He's now free of his afflictions and the family takes comfort in that. Finney is survived by his wife of 62 years, Nancy Edelen of Martinsville, Va.; children, John F. "Jay" Edelen Jr. of Martinsville, Va., daughter, Andrea Powell and husband, Terry Powell, of Hellertown, Pa., son, Chris Edelen and wife, Kristin Coffey, of Houston, Texas, and son, Edward "Ed" Edelen and wife, Pei Shu Sun, of Baltimore, Md. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Jessica Powell of Berkeley, Calif., Garrett Powell of Hellertown, Pa., Elizabeth Edelen of Durham, N.C., Yana Edelen of Los Angeles, Calif., Patrick Edelen of San Francisco, Calif., John and Sarah Edelen of Houston, Texas, and Oliver and Cyrus Edelen of Baltimore, Md. He was predeceased by his parents, James Gough and Genevieve Hilton Edelen; brothers, James Gough Edelen Jr. and William H. "Billy" Edelen; as well as sisters, Ellen Leigh Ogle and Jane Frances Healy. A funeral mass will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Martinsville on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 9:30 a.m., followed by interment at Roselawn cemetery. The family will receive friends at Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 4 until 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2481 Spruce St., Martinsville, VA 24112 Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville, Va. is serving the Edelen family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.
Johnnie Lee Koger, 76, of Patrick Springs, passed away on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Red Oak Manor in Rocky Mount. He was born on March 14, 1943 in Patrick County to the late George D. Koger and the late Virginia Handy Koger. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nancy R. Koger. Johnnie is survived by his brothers, Posey Koger of Danville and William "Willie" Koger (Mary) of Patrick Springs; sisters, Annie Maxwell (Bill) and Jeanette Poteat (Wes), both of Patrick Springs; and five nephews. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2019 in the Bassett Funeral Service Chapel where a funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. with Pastor Danny Gilley officiating. Burial will follow in Fair Haven Memorial Park in Spencer. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bassettfuneralservice.com. Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the Koger family.
Mary Law Oakes, 99, of Martinsville, Va. passed away on Thursday, December 5, 2019. She was born on March 23, 1920 to the late Bogie Oglesby Law and Cassie Fralin Law. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest Eugene Oakes; and 11 siblings. Mrs. Oakes was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church and she was a homemaker. She is survived by her son, Tony Daniel Oakes and wife, Johnna, of Martinsville, Va.; and brother, Junior Law of Snow Creek, Va. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Rocky Mount with Eric Ferguson and Reverend Todd Barnes officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 until 3 p.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at Mount Carmel Baptist Church Cemetery. Norris Funeral Services, Inc. and Crematory of Martinsville, Va. is serving the Oakes family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.
James Hurd Scott, 93, of Bassett went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at his home. James was born on August 26, 1926 in Henry County to the late Euyles B. Scott and the late Lula M. Scott. In addition to his parents, he was preceded death by brother, Reggie Scott; sisters, Arlene Young and Christine Chitwood. James was a World War II veteran having served in the U.S. Army. He was a member of Collinsville Baptist Church, as well as the Amvets, Veteran of Foreign Wars, and drove for Roy Stone Trucking for 32 years and past president of Teamster. James is survived by his loving wife of 20 years, Mary Frances Scott; sons, JW Scott (Shirley) and Jeff Dixon (Annette); daughters, Kim Dixon (Woody Mize) and Debbie Parrish (Keith); seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters, Jackie Newman and Phala Ingram; and brother, Billie Scott. The family will receive friends on Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 12 until 1 p.m. at Collinsville Baptist Church where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. with Pastor Tracy Freeman officiating. Burial will follow in Roselawn Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to Amedisys Hospice, 5221 Valley Park Dr., Roanoke, VA 24019, in his honor. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bassettfuneralservice.com. Bassett Funeral Service in Bassett is serving the Scott family.