Melvin L. Cokerham, 80, of Axton, passed away Friday, February 7, 2020, at Baptist Hospital in Winston Salem, N.C. He was born in Chicago, July 31, 1939, to the late Paul and Margaret Gardner Cokerham. He is survived by his wife, Kay P. Cokerham; a stepson, Kelly R. Hailey (Karen); step-daughter, Leslie H. Seaman (Jim); sister, Paula Wilson; brother, Gary Cokerham (Marilyn); grandchildren, Grant Seaman, Emma and Logan Hailey; niece, Deloma Lusk, nephew, Farrell Bloss. A memorial service will be held Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 1 p.m. at Chatham Heights Baptist Church with Dr. Michael Hatfield officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Chatham Heights Baptist Church, 1235 Old Chatham Rd., Martinsville, VA 24112. Arrangements are by McKee-Stone Funeral Home in Martinsville. To express condolences online, please visit www.collinsmckeestonemartinsville.com.
David A. Massey, 82, of Bassett, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2020, at Lewis Gale Medical Center in Salem. He was born in Eden, N.C. on September 5, 1937, the son of the late Jess Massey and the late Pearl Alderman Massey. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, David Lee Massey; brothers, Deward Eugene Massey, Calvin Willard, Reed Willard; and a sister, Olene Nester. David served his country in the United States Army. He was a member of Stone Memorial Christian Church. David worked for R.P. Thomas for 27 years and later became a self employed truck driver. David is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Lula Largen Massey; daughters, Donna Wickline (Jeff) of Collinsville and Debbie Kerr (Jeff) of Buena Vista; sister, Iola Hubbard (Pete) of Meadows of Dan; grandchildren, Jessica Hylton (Justin) of Bassett, Grant Wickline (Emily) of Bassett, Hillary Camden (J.D.) of Buena Vista, John-David Kerr (Destinee) of Buena Vista, Taylor Massey of Ridgeway, Gabby Massey of Lakeland, Fla. and Brooklyn Massey of Lakeland, Fla.; six great-grandchildren; Canine Companion Lexi; numerous nieces, nephews and friends. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 12, 2020, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stone Memorial Christian Church in Collinsville. A funeral service will be on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 1 p.m. with Minister Tim Wood and Elder Jerry Nester officiating. Burial will follow at the Plaster's Family Cemetery in Meadows of Dan. In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions be made to Stone Memorial Christian Church, 3030 Virginia Ave., Collinsville, VA 24078. Online condolences may be made by visiting www.bassettfuneralservice.com. Bassett Funeral Service is serving the Massey family.
Donald W. Richman, M.D., of Martinsville, Virginia, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, February 8, 2020. He was born on March 11, 1932, in Cardston, Alberta, Canada, the son of Preston William and Helen Eldredge Richman. He grew up cherishing his dogs, horses, and friends, and loved gardening and opera from an early age. He graduated from Cardston High School and after three years at the University of Utah, was accepted into medical school at George Washington University. He went on to do his medical internship at Johns Hopkins University. After completing his internship, Don enlisted in the Navy and was stationed in Miami, where he met and fell in love with Barbara Ann Emmett. He continued on as a Navy doctor in Corpus Christi, Texas, corresponding by letter with Barbara. The two were married on August 19, 1960. After completing his residency in ophthalmology at Duke University, Don moved with Barbara to Martinsville in 1963 and began his 54-year career in medicine. He was a compassionate doctor who delighted in caring for his patients, not retiring until well into his 80s. He was also a deeply loving and supportive father to his four daughters. Don lived his life to the fullest, pursuing his passions wholeheartedly. He loved listening to opera and attending performances at The Met in New York City. An avid gardener, he found great joy in tending to his roses, peonies, and orchids. He also loved practicing the piano, reading, and caring for his dog. He enjoyed playing tennis with family and friends, as well as traveling. He was especially fond of visiting Italy, along with Glacier National Park, close to his childhood home. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara. He is survived by four daughters, Susan Caraviello (Michael), Barbara Ann Sachs (Paul), Mary Jane Gillum (Winston), and Helen Rathbun (Andrew). He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, John and Anna Caraviello, Charlotte and Camille Gillum, Chloe, Maren, Evie, Amber, and Camille Sachs, and Drew and Claire Rathbun. The family is so very grateful to Shirley Everette for her care and companionship during the last years of his life. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 15, 2020, at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Martinsville, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Henry County or to the SPCA of Martinsville and Henry County. Norris Funeral Services, Martinsville Chapel is serving the Richman family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.