Obituary for Vera Lee Hull Sexton

Vera Lee Hull Sexton, age 70 left us to join her parents / Phillip Aaron Hull & Maude Madeline Tuttle Hull and brothers in heaven November 25, 2015.

An angel on earth, an angel to watch over us all as we remember her love and compassion for her family and dogs.

Sexton,VeraShe is survived by her fiancé, Bill Aldridge who loved her and cared for her with all his heart; two sisters, Gloria Surber and Ruth Spriggs and brother, Donald Hull.

Her children blessed by her love are Daughter, Debra Lee & husband, Lucky Palmer and grandsons, Gary, Brad and Cody Palmer, Son – John Aaron Sexton and grandchildren, Alex and Brook Sexton, great granddaughter, Yuna Sexton, Daughter – Dena Chrisie Fisher and grandchildren, Bryce Alley and Rachel Fisher.

Mom will be greatly missed but we find comfort now that she is with the Lord and no longer suffering. She is now with her family and loved ones who were waiting for her to welcome her home.

A visitation will be 5:00-7:00 PM – Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at the Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the

Following visitation please join the family if you can for fellowship and refreshments at

Dena’s Home – 5463 Ridgeview Way, Dublin.

To sign the online guestbook, visit

Bower Funeral Chapels, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.

Obituary for Ola Mae Humphrey Roudebush

Ola Mae Humphrey Roudebush, 95, formally of Dublin passed away November 23, 2015 at Island Home Park Health and Rehab, Knoxville, Tennessee.  She was born in Wilco, West Virginia, on April 15, 1920 to the Rev. C. G. Humphrey and Clarice Booth Humphrey.  Ola Mae was preceded in death by her parents and husband Joseph ROUDEBUSH002(Buzz) Roudebush II of Dublin, Virginia; brother William R. Humphrey of East Hartford, Connecticut; son-in-law the Rev. Dr. Charles Burnett of Knoxville, TN; a special nephew Steve Humphrey of Kernersville, N.C.; and niece Clarice Parker of Connecticut.

Ola Mae is survived by a daughter Judy Burnett of Knoxville, TN: a son J. C. Roudebush III and wife Glenda of Galax, VA.  She is also survived by her four grandchildren:  Wes Burnett of Max Meadows, VA;  Dr. Jill B. Dickerson and husband Clint of Atlanta, Georgia; Wendi R. and husband Dr. Arthur Pemberton of Galax, VA; and the Rev. Jake Roudebush IV and wife Kimberly of Salem, VA.  Her seven great-grandchildren are Andrew (Drew) and Rebekah Dickerson of Atlanta, GA; Madelyn (Mimi) and Jaycie Pemberton of Galax, VA; and Graham, Clarke, and Quinn Roudebush of Salem, VA.  Other survivors include one niece Margaret “Dixie” Botticello of Massachusetts; several cousins, nieces, and nephews; and her deceased brother’s grandchildren Todd and Staci Humphrey of Greensboro, NC.  A special cousin Robert S. Booth and wife Meda of Austinville, VA also survive.

Ola Mae loved growing up and going to school in Roanoke, VA, but her father’s ministry took the family to Pennsylvania.  Here she finished her schooling and started her career as the bookkeeper at the Company Store in the coal mining town of Volant, PA.  Ola Mae met and married Buzz Roudebush, and their daughter Judith Ann was born in PA.  By the time their son J.C. was born, the family had moved to Virginia.  During her lifetime as a working mother and homemaker, she worked at the Radford Arsenal (World War II), in Dublin at Allen’s Furniture Store and the Dublin Theater, and at Norfolk and Western in Pulaski.  She opened Montgomery Ward in Radford and was store manager there for many years.  She was a hostess and relief house mother at Radford University, and she also worked at the Dublin Post Office.  She came out of retirement to be the bookkeeper for Mayberry Buick in Pulaski and then retired for the last time as the bookkeeper for Heritage Buick, also in Pulaski.

Buzz and Ola Mae enjoyed camping and boating and spent over twenty years at the Roseberry Campground at Claytor Lake.  They entertained family and friends from April to October, and this is where their grandchildren learned to swim and waterski.  She and Buzz even named their boat for their granddaughters!

Ola Mae was a lifelong Methodist.  She joined the Methodist Church in Roanoke, VA when she was twelve years old and was a faithful member of the Dublin United Methodist Church for many years where she was a long-time member of the choir and the Guild.  She was a Christian lady–a loving daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, and faithful friend.  She was known for her gifts of chicken casseroles and coconut pound cakes whenever church family or friends in the Dublin area had sickness or death.

Growing up in Roanoke, spending summers as a girl in Wythe County, and the summers camping at Claytor Lake were the best years of her life.  Family was the most important thing to her; she loved reunions and cooking for friends and family at all the holiday gatherings at their home or at the lake.  Ola Mae and Buzz always supported their children’s and grand-children’s activities and were so very proud of ALL of them and their accomplishments.

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 PM – Wednesday evening – November 25, 2015 at the Bower Funeral Chapel, Pulaski where the family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 PM.

The funeral service will be conducted by the Rev. Jake Roudebush following the visitation.

It is fitting that Ola Mae’s final resting place will be at her beloved Booth Family Cemetery in Wythe County where her grandparents, parents, brother, and husband of forty-nine years are buried.  Interment will be 11:00 AM – Friday – November 27, 2015.

Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.

VSP to heighten patrols during the long holiday weekend

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Starting Wednesday, Virginia State Police will be out in force as highway traffic swells for the start of the long Thanksgiving holiday.

Spokeswoman Corinne Geller says the increased patrols will continue through Sunday night.

Col. Steven Flaherty is superintendent of the state police. He says the aim of the beefed up patrols is to stress safe driving and to counter aggressive or impaired driving.

One year ago, eight people were killed in crashes over the Thanksgiving weekend.

But so far this year, fatal crashes are up. Since Jan. 1, 652 people have died in traffic crashes. That’s up from 633 recorded over the same period in 2014.

Obituary for Roy Lee Nester

Roy Lee Nester, age 80 of Dublin passed away Sunday evening November 22, 2015 at the Pulaski Health & Rehab Center.

Born February 12, 1935 in Pulaski County he was the son of the late Roscoe Nester & Lura Mabry Nester. His first wife and daughter’s mother, Treva Ross Nester (1992); grandson, Blake Osborne and twelve brothers & sisters also preceded him in death.

He was retired from Lynchburg Foundry with over 33 years of service.

He is survived by his

Wife                     Goldie Lester Nester – Dublin

Daughters           Yvonne (Alan) Osborne – Dublin

Brenda D. (Kevin) Hurst – Dublin

Step Son             Billy J. Shouse – Pulaski


Carri Beth Dalton – Dublin


John Allen Shouse             Alaxendra Young

Three Step Great-Grandchildren

Sister                    Ethel Carter Towle – Dublin

Numerous nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM – Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at the Bower Funeral Chapel, Pulaski with Pastor Rusty Spears officiating. Interment will follow at the New Dublin Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Dublin.

The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 PM – Tuesday evening at the Bower Funeral Home.

To sign the online guestbook, visit

Bower Funeral Chapels, Pulaski is handling the arrangements for the family.

Obituary for Dean Christopher “Kit” Cox

Dean Christopher “Kit” Cox, 79, of Pulaski, VA lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, November 21, 2015.  Dean was born in Pulaski County, Virginia on December 6, 1935 and was the son of the late Theodore James and Freda Turpin Cox.  He served in the U.S. Air Force.  Dean was a member and past president of Pulaski Jaycees, a life member of Virginia Jaycees and a member of American Legion Post 7.  He was a retired general contractor and superintendent on many projects in the southeast United States and in the Middle East.

Surviving are:

Beloved Wife of 58 Years – Garda Turner Cox, Pulaski

Daughter & Son-In-Law – Dena & Stuart Radcliffe, Charlotte

Granddaughters – Amanda, Morgan & Haley Radcliffe, Charlotte

Brother – Theodore J. “Ted” Cox, Dublin

Nephew – T.J. Cox, Bristol

Niece – Kelli & Mike Clayton and their sons, Michael, Trey & Zachary, Pulaski

Numerous Cousins

The family would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Joanna Kolodney, the caring staff of the LewisGale Regional Cancer Center-Pulaski and the staff of Southern Care Hospice.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM from the Stevens Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Johnny Howlett officiating.  Burial will follow in the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, Dublin, VA with the VFW Post 1184 conducting the military graveside rites.  Visiting will be Tuesday evening at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.  In lieu of flowers the family wishes memorials be made to the LewisGale Regional Cancer Center – Pulaski, 2400 Lee Highway, Pulaski, VA 24301 or to the American Legion Post 7, P.O. Box 545, Pulaski, VA 24301 or to your favorite charity.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, VA.

Thanksgiving travelers to pay lower gas prices

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — AAA Mid-Atlantic says Virginia motorists will pay the lowest Thanksgiving week gasoline prices since 2008.

The auto club says the average cost of a gallon of regular unleaded gas in Virginia on Sunday was $1.92. That’s down seven cents from last week and significantly below the $2.66 that state drivers were paying a year ago.

The Richmond and Norfolk areas are tied for the lowest average price at $1.88, while the Charlottesville area is the highest at $1.95.

The national average is $2.08, down from $2.83 a year ago and nine cents lower than last week.

AAA predicts prices will continue to fall and could drop below $2 per gallon nationally by Christmas for the first time since 2009.

Pulaski Police investigating shooting

From Pulaski Police Dept.

On Saturday at approximately 9:45 PM officers of the Pulaski Police Department responded to the 1000 Block of English Forest Rd. in reference to a shooting.

A male subject was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in critical condition.

A female subject, Kimberly Johnson was arrested for aggravated malicious wounding.

Johnson was held without bond and transported to New River Valley Regional Jail.

The case is currently under investigation and there is no further information being released at this time.

18 bodies found after jihadists attack Malian hotel

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — Malian national television reported that no more hostages were being held at a luxury hotel after a day-long siege by Islamic militants.

National broadcaster ORTM, citing security officials, said 18 bodies already had been at the hotel and that no more hostages were being held. A source with Mali’s U.N. mission said at least 12 bodies had been recovered from the hotel. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

It was not immediately clear whether attackers were still alive inside the hotel.

Gunfire continued into the late afternoon, and Malian army commander Modibo Nama Traore said operations were continuing.

An extremist group that two years ago split from al-Qaida’s North Africa branch claimed responsibility for the attack on the Radisson Blu hotel in Bamako.