Obituary for Eva Doyle Simpkins White O’Dell

Eva Doyle Simpkins White O’Dell, age 82 of Hiwassee passed away Thursday, September 03, 2015 at the Highland Ridge Rehab Facility, Dublin.

Born April 16, 1933 in Snowville she was the daughter of the late Charlie & Myrtle Trail White. Her husband, Roley Taswell “Tas” O’Dell, and biological parents, Lemon & Evie Simpkins also preceded her in death.

She is survived by her 


Charlie B. O’Dell – Dublin

Connie Snider – Hiwassee

Janet & David Nester – Dublin

Barry & Debbie O’Dell – Snowville

Donna Surratt – Hiwassee

Jeff & Kathy O’Dell – Dublin

13 Grandchildren                             18 Great Grandchildren


George & Melita Simpkins – Snowville

Several Half-Brothers & Sisters

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM – Saturday, September 5, 2015 at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski with Rev. Ernie Depew officiating. Interment will follow at the Cecil’s Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery.

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

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

Obituary for Linda Irene Adams Turner

Linda Irene Adams Turner, 65, of 3169 Chantilly Drive, Fancy Gap, VA went to be with the Lord Tuesday, September 1, 2015.  She was born in Hillsville, VA on October 11, 1949 and was the daughter of the late Vaughn and Irene Snow Adams.

Linda was a lifetime member of the Ladies Auxiliary at VFW Post #1115 with over 30 years.  She also was a loving wife, homemaker and loving mother.

Upon Randal’s retirement, he also retired Linda from the kitchen and decided to travel.  They filled the car with gas, packed the suitcases and headed down the road.  They drove through 51 states, Mexico and Canada on three different occasions.  This lasted for 25 years, off and on.

Their next trip would have been to Hawaii, making it the 52nd state, but the good Lord decided to take Linda to a better place and have it ready for her husband.

Survivors are:

Her Loving Husband of 35 Years – Randal B. Turner

Son – Ronnie Scott Lyons

Daughters – Melissa Burleson

Sheila Quesenberry & her husband, Terry

Grandsons – Michael “Mickey” Quesenberry

Ethan Phipps

Granddaughter – Emily Burleson

Step-Sons – Randall Douglas Turner and his wife, Donna

Jerry Wayne Turner and his wife, Jeannie

Step-Granddaughters – Josie, Jessica, Jana, Michelle and Christi

Five Great-Step-Grandchildren

Brother – Ronald Adams ad his wife, Becky

Sisters – Freida May Edwards

Darlene Reeves and her husband, Rusty

Numerous Nieces and Nephews

Great-Granddaughter – Isabella Phipps

Brother-In-Law – John Turner

Sisters-In-Law – Jean Moran

Joanne Chappell

Barbara Gosnell and her husband, Bert

Melissa Corvin

Funeral services will be held Friday, September 4, 2015, at 2:00 PM from the Stevens Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Michael Shockley officiating.  Burial will follow in the Newbern Cemetery, Pulaski Co.  Visiting will be Friday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 1:00 PM until the service hour.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski, VA.


Obituary for Virginia Darlene Jones Duncan

Virginia Darlene Jones Duncan, age 76 of Pulaski passed away Wednesday, September 02, 2015 at the Pulaski Health & Rehab Center, Pulaski.

Duncan001Born April 11, 1939 in Wythe County she was the daughter of the late Gilbert Walden Jones & Mae Frances Musser Jones. Her daughter, Linda D. McGlothlin, brothers, Walter Jones, Edward Jones and sisters, Olivia Jones, Catherine Goodwin and Bessie Taylor also preceded her in death.

She was a member of the Hilltop Pentecostal Holiness Church.

She is survived by her


Robert Louis Duncan – Pulaski


Perry Duncan – Pulaski

Roberta & Dwight Bond – Max Meadows


Crystal Sexton & Ricky McGlothlin

Great Great Grandchildren-

Alexa Barker & Peyton Blackburn


Douglas (Joyce) Jones – Damascus

Jim (Jean) Jones – Atkins

Franklin (Marlene) Jones – Pulaski

Sister     -Rebecca Burgis – Pulaski

Funeral services will be held Saturday 2:00 p.m., September 5, 2015 at the Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski with Rev. Danny McGlothlin  officiating. Interment will follow at the Thornspring Cemetery,Pulaski.

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

To send online condolences, visit

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


SALEM – Bridge work on Interstate 81 in Pulaski County has extended beyond the overnight hours and will impact traffic today and overnight into Thursday morning.

The right lane of northbound Interstate 81 in Pulaski County is closed between mile markers 93 and 95.

Complications with freshly poured concrete will require these lane closures to remain in place all day today and overnight until Thursday morning at approximately 6 a.m.

Drivers should expect congestion and delays or seek alternate routes.

Obituary for William Charles Yates

William Charles Yates, 86; Bill to his family and Friends; of Pulaski Virginia, passed away peacefully on Sept. 1, 2015 after a long illness in the comfort of family and friends.

Born in Clintwood, VA in 1929, and a graduate of Grundy High School, He attended Lees McRae College and arrived in Pulaski in 1955 spending his first nights in town in the Maple Lodge. He began with Home Credit Company in 1956 and spent his entire professional career with Home Credit Company later Barclays American financial retiring in 1984. Known to be Strong, Loyal, Opinionated, Fearless and Independent, he was a dedicated contributing member of the community. He never met a stranger or refused anyone in need. He was an Honorably Discharged Veteran of the United States Army having served during the Korean Conflict. He was a 55 Year Mason and a Member of the Pulaski Masonic Lodge AF & AM – Pythagoras 239. He was a long time member of the Pulaski Elks Lodge. He was a member of Memorial Baptist Church in Pulaski, where he Married Jeane Marie Sutphin Yates in 1957. He was preceded in death by his parents; Lester Lawrence Yates and Sarah Jane Matney Yates, and his Sisters; Lavada Edwards and Betty Burns.

He is survived by his beloved and dedicated wife of 58 years; Jeane Yates, Daughter, Sarah Yates McGee, Son, Chuck Yates, and Daughter, Iris Yates Bevins. Daughter-in law, Shannon Yates. Son-In Laws, Michael McGee and Ron Bevins

Grandchildren, Amanda McGee, Tyler Yates, Jacob McGee, Kasey Bevins

Niece Rebecca Galyon and Nephew Richard Edwards. His Beloved Dog Sandy

Special thanks and love to Cherished Friends Robyn Arnett Payne, Rose Davis, and Tracy Brown.

The Family will be receiving friends on Thursday, September 3rd, from 6pm to 8pm at Stevens Funeral Home Pulaski, VA Masonic Rites to follow.

The Procession will be accompanied by Patriot Guard on Friday morning for a 10am Grave Side Services and Interment at the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery, in Dublin, Virginia, with Pulaski V.F.W. Post #1184 conducting military graveside rites.

Arrangements by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.



Report: AG Herring to seek re-election, not run for governor

Staff Report

The Richmond Times Dispatch is reporting that Attorney General Mark Herring has announced that he will run for re-election as attorney general rather than seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor.

The Times Dispatch said his decision avoids a potentially divisive fight with Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam for the party’s nomination.


Man being transported for mental evaluation escapes custody, later apprehended

From Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis

A 21-year-old male subject being transported to the Petersburg, Va. area for a mental evaluation by two Pulaski County Deputy Sheriff’s on Monday morning escaped custody for a period of time before being apprehended.

The officers stopped their vehicle when the subject demanded a restroom stop. A struggle to the ground ensued with one Deputy Sheriff as the handcuffed subject attempted to flee. He was able to leap free of the officer and fled as the second officer came from the rear of the police vehicle and was unable to apprehend or use his taser to halt the escape.

The subject ran into a densely wooded area as one officer pursued him on foot and the second officer secured the vehicle and called for assistance.

The Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office and Virginia State Police responded and the subject was apprehended several hours later after a thorough search of a wooded section of Dinwiddie County.

No injuries occurred during the incident.

There were no criminal charges on the subject as he was being transported for a mental evaluation only.

Phoenix Packaging Offers “Green” and Cost-saving Transportation Benefits to Employees

Radford, Va. – Phoenix Packaging joins a growing number of regional employers who recognize the benefits of commuters’ transportation choices. The company has partnered with RIDE Solutions to provide its employees with a transportation choice program to promote practical, cost-saving options for their commutes.

Reliable transportation is critical to employment. When employees have access to consistent and reliable commuting options, showing up to work and showing up on-time benefits both employer and employee. Phoenix Packaging has signed on to RIDE Solutions’ Workplace Partner program to help employees more readily identify and access the commute choices. This free employee benefit will improve their job access and save them money. It can also benefit Phoenix Packaging with reduced absenteeism and employee turnover.

“We are extremely excited to partner with RIDE Solutions in providing this benefit to our employees and to the surrounding community. This program is right in line with our corporate goals to promote our social responsibility and commitment to our employees and the environment,” said Mr. Ruben Mendez, HR Manager, after approving the partnership with RIDE Solutions.

Through its Workplace Partner program, RIDE Solutions partners with area organizations to implement employer-based alternative transportation programs. By working directly with area employers, RIDE Solutions can more easily educate employees about the cost-savings and environmental benefits of using alternatives even as little as one day a week. RIDE Solutions supports its employer partners with promotional materials, contests, communication plans, even bike racks and signage, all free of charge.

With this support, Workplace Partners dedicate themselves to improving the region’s air quality and providing an important transportation alternative for their employees, all the while reaping benefits like reduced parking demand, more space for customers, free employee benefits, and a smaller carbon footprint. Some of RIDE Solutions Workplace Partners are:

  • Carilion Clinic
  • Virginia Tech
  • Community Housing Partners
  • New River Community College
  • Rowe Fine Furniture
  • Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center

More information about the Workplace Partner program can be found at