Mr. Bobby Mitchem, age 70, of Bassett, Va., passed away on Monday, December 16, 2019 after a brief illness. Mr. Mitchem was born on July 12, 1949 in McDowell, W.Va. He was a son of the late Simon Homer Mitchem and the late Goldie McFearson Mitchem. He was a graphic artist for Arovik Signs for many years until his retirement. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Mr. Mitchem is survived two sons, Tim Mitchem (Audrey), Jacob Scott; four sisters, Hazel Barlow, Paula Greer, Phyliss Stone, Opal (Bobbi) Mullis; two brothers, Phillip Mitchem, James Church; and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019 at Collins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service from 2 until 3 p.m. The family request memorials to be made to the U.S. Marine Corps "Toys For Tots", 3416 Virginia Avenue, Suite 3, Collinsville, VA 24078. Online condolences at www.collinsmckeestonebassett.com. Collins Funeral Home at Bassett, Va. is respectfully serving the Mitchem Family.
Michael Timothy Perdue, 43, of Martinsville, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019. He was born on January 5, 1976 in Martinsville, to Judy Barbour Cumbee and the late Frank Perdue. He had been employed at Ferrum College, and attended Granberry United Methodist Church. In addition to his mother, Michael is survived by a daughter, Sierra Perdue; son, Clay Perdue; brother, Jerry Wayne Perdue; numerous aunts and uncles; and granddaughter, Faith Rae Wilson. The funeral will be on Friday, December 20, 2019, at 11 a.m. at Wright Funeral Service Chapel, with Tom Blair and Jeanie Nunn officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at Roselawn Burial Park. Wright Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.wrightfuneralservices.net.
Billy Spencer Viars, 66, of Ridgeway, passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2019 at his home. He was born on February 16, 1953 in Pulaski, Virginia, to the late Emmett Clyde Viars and Versie Newbie Viars Hall. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Marsha Viars Bates; sisters, Mae Ferguson, Sybil Brown, and Nancy Willard; brother, James Viars; and stepfather Burch "Junior" Hall. Mr. Viars served in the United States Army over 20 years, and retired from the United States Postal Service with 18 years of service. He was a charter member of Redemption Point Church in Mayodan, North Carolina, enjoyed fishing, helping others, worked the Food Ministry at the church, was an usher and helped in other areas of the church. Mr. Viars is survived by his wife, Wanda Spraker Viars; sisters, Evelyn Mabe (Bobby), and Bonnie Willard (Calvin); brother, Emmett "Leroy" C. Viars Jr.; grandchildren, Zander Bates, Parker Bates, and Reagan Bates. The funeral for Mr. Viars will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019, at Wright Funeral Service with Pastor Kenny Daniels officiating. Visitation will be on Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 6 until 7:30 p.m. at Wright Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Fair Haven Memorial Park in Spencer, Virginia. Wright Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the Viars family. Online condolences may be made at www.wrightfuneralservices.net