• David F. Duncan, 71

    SPARTA, N.C. --  David F. Duncan, 71, of Sparta, died May 26, 2011 at his home.
     He was born June 20, 1939 in Wilkes County, N.C., to Champ and Maxine Richardson Duncan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Finney Duncan.
    He is survived by his mother, Maxine Richardson Duncan of Sparta; three aunts; mother-in-law, Nancy Finney of Sparta; sister-in-law, Betty Moxley of Sparta; and three nephews.
    His funeral was held May 28, 2011 at the Grandview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Sparta, with burial in the Shiloh Cemetery.

  • Lou Reid Landreth, 97

    SPARTA, N.C. -- Lou Reid Landreth, 97, of Sparta, died May 25, 2011 at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta.
    She was born May 17, 1914 in Sparta to the late Grover and Bettie Landreth.
    She is survived by four nieces; one nephew; two great nieces and four great nephews.
    A graveside service was held May 28, 2011 at the Sparta Cemetery. 
    Memorial donations may be made to the Alleghany County Historical Society, PO Box 817, Sparta, NC 28675.
    Arrangements by Grandview Memorial Funeral Home in Sparta.

  • Thomas Dewey Sturdivant, 54

    GALAX – Thomas Dewey Sturdivant, 54, of Galax, died May 26, 2011 at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax.
    He was born Sept. 19, 1956 in Galax, to Dewey and Dora Sexton Sturdivant.
    In addition to his father of Galax, he is survived by a son, Thomas (T.J.) Sturdivant Jr. of Woodlawn, sisters and brothers-in-law, Carol and Gary Boring of Galax, and Betty and Charlie McDaniel of Max Meadows; one niece; two nephews; one great-niece; and four aunts and uncles.

  • Swanson Monroe Murray, 85

    GALAX, Va.-- Swanson Monroe Murray, 85, of Galax, died May 25, 2011 at his home. 

    He was born March 31, 1926 in the Baywood community to the late John and Lois Sparks Murray.

    He is survived by his wife, Martha Smith Murray of the home; daughter, Shirley Brown of Independence; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

  • Kage Ryan Freeman, Infant

    HILLSVILLE -- Kage Ryan Freeman, born May 20, 2011, died May 20, 2011 at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

    He is survived by his parents, Jessica Anders and Kevin Freeman, both of Hillsville; maternal grandmother, Katy Copeland and special friend, Joseph Tate of Ararat, Va.; maternal grandfather, Danny Anders of Galax; great maternal grandparents, Vera and Doug Copeland of Fries; paternal grandparents, Ronnie and Darlene Freeman of Fancy Gap; sisters, Katana Freeman of Hillsville and Kaitlyn Freeman of Pulaski; and several aunts and uncles.

  • Donald “Don” Glen Bauguess, 67

    GALAX -- Donald “Don” Glen Bauguess, 67, of Galax, died May 24, 2011 at Twin County Regional Hospital in Galax. 

    He was born Jan.  2, 1944  in Maryland to the late Walter and Rose Bauguess.

  • Dewey Ray Baldwin, 62

    FRIES -- Dewey Ray Baldwin, 62, of Fries, died May 25, 2011 at his home.

    He was born Jan. 29, 1949 in Havre De Grace, Md., to Ovis and Addie Catron Baldwin.

  • Fern Davis Higgins, 94

    GALAX -- Fern Davis Higgins, 94, of Galax, died May 23, 2011 at Waddell Nursing Home in Galax.

    She was born April 16, 1917 in Carroll County, Va., to the late Estel and Rosa Cox Davis.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, Lauren Higgins.

  • Edith P. Blevins, 84 (Paid Obituary)

    MARION, Va.– Edith P. Blevins, 84, died Monday, May 23, 2011 at Francis Marion Manor in Marion, Va.

     She was born June 3, 1926 in Grayson County to the late Steve and Jeston Wells Plummer. Besides her parents, she was also preceded in death by the love of her life, husband, David H. Blevins and her son-in-law, David Gentry. 

  • Ruth Montana Hash Phipps, 97 (Paid Obituary)

    Ruth Montana Hash Phipps, 97, of Mouth of Wilson, Va., passed away May 17, 2011 at Alleghany Memorial Hospital in Sparta, N.C.

    Ruth was born Jan. 5, 1914 in Harlowton, Mont., to Christie Halsey and Charles Hash. She was the first of 10 children and quickly learned the value of hard work, and dedication to family and God.

    She graduated from Oak Hill Academy. She married Paul J. Phipps on Dec. 21, 1935, forming a union that held strong for 63 years.