Obituary for Dorothy Ann Ray Lester

Dorothy Ann Ray Lester, age 78 of Dublin passed away Wednesday, December 17, 2014 at the Lewis-Gale Hospital, Pulaski.

LesterBorn May 10, 1936 in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late John Nelson Ray & Virginia Tennessee Dotson Ray

She is survived by her husband of 54 years

James Kenneth Lester – Dublin


James Darrell Lester & wife, Abi – Christiansburg

Jamie Shawn Lester & wife, Amanda – Pulaski

Kimberly Newberry-Missouri

Nine Grandchildrern and one Great Granddaughter


Junior Ray – KY

Turner Ray – KY

Randy Ray – Dublin


Erma Graham Trail– Fairlawn

Funeral services will be held Saturday 11:00 a.m., December 20, 2014 in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with   Rev. Richard Johnson and Pastor Billy R. Akers officiating. Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time at Bower Funeral Home, Pulaski.

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

Obituary for Larry John “LJ” Sheridan Potts Jr.

Larry John “LJ” Sheridan Potts Jr., 43, of Goldsboro passed away at his residence. He is the son of Thomas Baker Sr. and the late Linda B. Baker, and Larry Potts Sr., and wife Sharon; and was husband of Julie Massengill Potts. He had been a cabinet maker for Master Brand.

PottsA graveside service will be held on Saturday at 1:00 P.M. at Highland Memorial Gardens in Dublin, Virginia.

In addition to his wife he is survived by a sister, Angie Hylton and husband, Todd of Floyd, VA; a brother-in-law, Jason Massengill and wife, Carey of Goldsboro; his mother-in-law, Eunice Massengill, Goldsboro, NC; two nieces, Emma Grace Massengill of Goldsboro and Courtney Parnell of Floyd, VA; a nephew, Austin, Hylton of Floyd, VA; two great nieces, Kenzie and Alexis of Floyd, VA.  He also leaves behind his very special kitty cat, Scuffy.  She was his pride and joy.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Relay For Life c/o “The Flip Flop Gang” 120 Sheridan Forest Rd., Goldsboro, NC 27534.

Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Potts family and online condolences may be directed to


AAA: Busy holiday travel season for Virginians

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than one-third of Virginians are expected to travel this holiday season.

AAA Mid-Atlantic says more than 2.8 million Virginians will be traveling 50 miles or more from home for the 2014 year-end holiday season that runs from Tuesday until Jan. 4.

That’s 3.5 percent more than last year and the highest travel volume for the holiday period in the auto club’s records.

Nearly 91 percent of Virginia travelers will celebrate the holidays with a road trip, up more than 4 percent from 2013. More than 151,800 travelers are expected to take to the skies, down less than 1 percent.

The auto club says hotel and car rental rates are expected to rise modestly. However, gas prices in Virginia are down nearly 80 cents from last holiday season.

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Forecast: Wintry mix, but not much snow

National Weather Service’s latest forecast:

  • Friday – Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Northwest wind 6 to 8 mph.
  • Friday Night – A slight chance of snow after 3am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 29. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%.
  • Saturday – Snow before 3pm, then rain. High near 36. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
  • Saturday Night – Rain, snow, and freezing rain before 3am, then a chance of snow. Low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Little or no ice accumulation expected. Little or no snow accumulation expected.
  • Sunday – Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.
  • Sunday Night – A chance of sleet. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
  • Monday – Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40.
  • Monday Night-  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 30.
  • Tuesday – A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 45. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
  • Tuesday Night – A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
  • Wednesday – A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 41. Chance of precipitation is 50%.


McAuliffe proposes Virginia state budget changes

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to more than double the pot of money he can spend trying to attract companies to Virginia, ease school districts’ teacher retirement burdens, and give raises to rookie deputy sheriffs.

To help pay for these and other programs, McAuliffe wants to limit tax credits designed to bolster the coal industry and sell off $250 million worth of unclaimed property that’s been turned over to the state.

The Democratic governor unveiled these and other proposed changes to the state’s biennial budget Wednesday at a Capitol briefing to state lawmakers. He said he was proposing common sense ideas that should garner bipartisan support when the GOP-controlled General Assembly takes up his budget during the 2015 legislative session, which begins in January.

“We literally have gone through every single item in the budget and we’ve done it in a way to try and protect our core assets,” McAuliffe told reporters after his presentation.

But while Republicans leaders praised some of McAuliffe’s proposals, they acted coolly toward others and made it clear that they will be responsible for determining what the final budget looks like.

Much of the current budget season has been marked by bad news as revenues have come in smaller than initially forecast, thanks partly to a slowdown in federal defense spending. Lawmakers and McAuliffe already adjusted the current budget in September, when they agreed to tap the state’s rainy day fund and making cuts to higher education and aid to local governments.

Budget officials said the situation has brightened in recent months due to several factors, including large savings in the state’s current Medicaid program, slower-than expected public school enrollment and low interest rates. These factors spared McAuliffe from having to make draconian cuts, allowed him to avoid eliminating money for K-12 public education and gave him new money to put into some of his top policy goals.

McAuliffe also wants to use a one-time $250 million sell off of unclaimed property that’s been turned over to the state, like stocks, bonds and insurance policies, to help reduce school districts’ teacher retirement liabilities and future costs and to help with new school construction.

One of the governor’s top priorities is to put an additional $10 million a year in the Governor’s Development Opportunity Fund, which McAuliffe has used to help lure companies to locate in Virginia. Currently, the governor has about $7.5 million a year available to spend.

In his speech to lawmakers, McAuliffe touted his record of bringing foreign companies, particularly Chinese firms, to Virginia and ticked off a list of 18 foreign ambassadors he’s met with as part of his effort to boost the state’s economy.

The governor also is looking boost state funding by putting new limits on Virginia’s tax credit program for the coal industry, which was designed to help increase the demand for coal and increase hiring by coal companies. McAuliffe cited a review by the Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission, General Assembly’s watchdog agency, which found the coal credits don’t appear to be reaching their intended goals. Other changes to tax policy proposed by McAuliffe include limiting tax credits for land preservation and combining the state’s three sales tax holidays into one three-day event in August.

And the governor said he was fulfilling a campaign promise by increasing the salaries of deputy sheriffs so that new officers will no longer have to apply for public assistance in order to make ends meet.

“I think that it’s a disgrace that in the commonwealth of Virginia that our deputy sheriffs are on food stamps,” McAuliffe said.

The governor is also renewing his push to expand Medicaid, a longshot top legislative priority that’s been repeatedly blocked by Republican lawmakers who control the General Assembly.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment, Jr. said the governor’s proposal to expand Medicaid and his embrace of “the coal-killing policies” of the Obama administration — along with McAuliffe’s recent announcement of proposed gun control measures — showed that the governor’s rhetoric did not match his actions.

“While he talks about bipartisan collaboration, he throws out hand grenade issues he knows are going to be very divisive,” Norment said.

Obituary for Alan Dyer Groseclose

Alan Dyer Groseclose, age 83, passed away in Lewis Gale Hospital – Pulaski on November 13, 2014, following a brief illness.  The devoted husband of Betsy, Alan enjoyed a full life of dedicated service to his family, his legal clients and colleagues, his church, and his beloved hometown.

Born on January 11, 1931, in Pulaski, Virginia, Alan was the younger son of Ballard Preston Groseclose and Jane Dyer Groseclose.  A graduate of Pulaski High School and Davidson College (Class of 1952), he served two years in the United States Army, first as a teacher of map reading and later as a Legal Officer for Special Troops.  A 1957 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, he notably passed the bar after his second year.  Working for General Electric’s Employee Relations Program in Schenectady, New York, for a year, he and Betsy then returned to Pulaski in 1958.  Establishing a partnership with the late Garnett S. Moore, Alan practiced law for fifty-four years, as well as serving for a time as a juvenile court judge.

A lifelong, active member of First United Methodist Church in Pulaski, he assumed many roles including teacher, lay leader, and choir member of fifty years.  His commitment to the church extended beyond his local congregation.  For decades, he served as a lay member of the Holston Annual Conference.  Over the years, he chaired the Conference Council on Finance and Administration, as well as the Conference Board of Trustees.  Also he was a member of the Conference Council on Ministries and the Episcopacy Committee.  Additionally, Alan performed many legal tasks related to the chancellor’s work within the southwestern Virginia districts of the Holston Conference.  Five times he was elected by his peers to be a delegate to the United Methodist General Conference, spanning a worldwide ministry, and the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference.  Considered the “go-to layman” for his expertise in legal and financial matters, Alan offered countless hours of counsel benefitting both churches and individuals alike.

Among his civic endeavors were the building campaign in the 1970’s for the Hensel Eckman YMCA, the restoration of the Pulaski County Courthouse after the fire of 1989, and most recently, the support of the Raymond F. Ratcliffe Memorial Transportation Museum, which opened in the spring of 2013.  Content to work behind the scenes, Alan possessed a low-key, yet effective, leadership.  Esteemed for his integrity and pragmatism, he eagerly embraced projects that parlayed his talents and skills into meaningful pursuits.  His satisfaction derived from the fruition of accomplishment.  His richly rewarding friendships were forged by close associations with like-minded citizens, many of whom were lifelong friends.

With the capacity to cultivate an array of interests, Alan was an avid reader and enthusiastic competitor.  A fan of all sports, he most enjoyed playing golf and tennis.  Genealogy and travel (particularly cruises) gave him great pleasure, and he revelled in the cognitive challenges of myriad games.  Until the end of his life, he passionately supported the Davidson Wildcats in football and basketball, attending as many events as possible, yet appreciating the computer’s live-streaming coverage if he could not cheer them on to victory in person.  An equally loyal Cavalier fan, he seldom missed a game.  Whether in the stands or in his recliner, his sheer exuberance delighted his loved ones.  Winning or losing, Alan analyzed and strategized with his inimitable wit and matchless logic.

Survivors include his wife of nearly sixty years, Betsy Wrenn Groseclose of the home; his brother William Preston Groseclose and his wife Ellen Eskridge Groseclose of Eden, NC; and many family members and friends who mourn his passing while celebrating in gratitude his life  of  service and legacy of love.

“Let the work I’ve done speak for me. . . . . . .”

— a Gospel hymn inspired by John 10:25 

   For those who desire to honor Alan’s memory, consider a donation to the Hensel Eckman YMCA, 615 Oakhurst Avenue, Pulaski, VA  24301, or a charity of your choice.

Caterpillar moving call center from Va. to WV

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (AP) — Caterpillar Inc. says it is moving a call center from Pearisburg, Virginia, to Bluefield, West Virginia.

Media outlets report 24 jobs will be transferred to a former AAA auto club facility.

Janet Bailey of the Development Authority of Mercer County says the new facility will involve both domestic and international calls for Caterpillar.

Officials say the call center will open on Jan. 1.

‘Saving Private Ryan’ among films being preserved

WASHINGTON (AP) — “Saving Private Ryan” and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” are among 25 movies being inducted this year into the National Film Registry for long-term preservation, the Library of Congress announced Wednesday.

The library selected films for their cultural, historic or aesthetic qualities. This year’s selections span the years 1913 to 2004. They include such familiar and popular titles as “The Big Lebowski” and “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” while others were milestones in film history.

Stephen Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” from 1998 was chosen in part for its ultra-realism with scenes depicting “war as hell.” On a lighter note, the comedy “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” from 1986 was chosen as the first film on the registry from the late director John Hughes. Curators noted Ferris Bueller emerged as one of the great teen heroes of film.

The oldest selection dates to 1913 and is believed to be the earliest surviving feature film starring black actors. Vaudevillian Bert Williams gathered with black performers in New York City to make the film “Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day.” The film was discovered 100 years later in the film vault at the Museum of Modern Art.

The Library of Congress runs a major film preservation effort at its audio-visual conservation center built inside a Cold War-era bunker in Culpeper, Virginia. With this year’s additions, the National Film Registry now includes 650 films — a small part of the library’s motion picture collection, which contains 1.3 million items.

“By preserving these films, we protect a crucial element of American creativity, culture and history,” Librarian of Congress James Billington said in announcing the new selections.

Some of the most endangered films are silent films. A report from the library last year found 70 percent of the nation’s silent feature films have been lost and only 14 percent still exist in their original 35 mm format.

The silent films selected for preservation this year include “The Dragon Painter” from 1919, starring Hollywood’s first Asian star, Sessue Hayakawa, and the 1916 silent film “Shoes,” which examined poverty and prostitution, curators said.

Other films were chosen for their cultural significance. A 1976 independent film entitled “Please Don’t Bury Me Alive!” that was chosen for the registry is considered by historians to be the first Chicano feature film. Set in a San Antonio barrio, filmmaker Efrain Gutierrez explored his story as a young Chicano man, questioning his people’s place in society at the end of the Vietnam War as thousands of his Latino brethren returned home in coffins. Others faced segregation, poor schools and a justice system that was filling prisons with Chicanos. The filmmakers were angry with how Hollywood portrayed Mexican Americans.

“We were invisible in our own national culture,” Gutierrez said in a written statement. “We were being buried alive.”

25 movies chosen for the National Film Registry
The Associated Press

Here are the 25 films selected in 2014 by the Library of Congress to be preserved as part of the National Film Registry:

— “13 Lakes” (2004)

— “Bert Williams Lime Kiln Club Field Day” (1913)

— “The Big Lebowski” (1998)

— “Down Argentine Way” (1940)

— “The Dragon Painter” (1919)

— “Felicia” (1965)

— “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986)

— “The Gang’s All Here” (1943)

— “House of Wax” (1953)

— “Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport” (2000)

— “Little Big Man” (1970)

— “Luxo Jr.” (1986)

— “Moon Breath Beat” (1980)

— “Please Don’t Bury Me Alive!” (1976)

— “The Power and the Glory” (1933)

— “Rio Bravo” (1959)

— “Rosemary’s Baby” (1968)

— “Ruggles of Red Gap” (1935)

— “Saving Private Ryan” (1998)

— “Shoes” (1916)

— “State Fair” (1933)

— “Unmasked” (1917)

— “V-E Day + 1″ (1945)

— “The Way of Peace” (1947)

— “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” (1971)

Obituary for Alfred Eugene Copeland II

Alfred Eugene Copeland II, 29, of Pulaski, Va., passed away Friday, Dec. 12, 2014.

He was born June 11, 1985, in Montgomery County, Va., the son of Kurt Copeland and Threasa Coe Copeland.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Alfred E. and Maxine Copeland and Henry and Sylvia Coe; great-grandmothers Iva Copeland and Carrie A. Goad; and special aunts Berdie Trail and Pauline Anderson.

Eugene graduated with top honors from Pulaski County High School in auto collision. He was awarded a $500 scholarship from Volvo Trucking for tools. He was encouraged by his teacher, Roger Caudell, to attend NADC, which Eugene later did. Eugene graduated from NADC in auto-collision repair as Valedictorian with top honors and perfect attendance.

In addition to his parents, Copeland is survived by his daughter, Rozalind; a sister, Holly Copeland; an aunt, Wanda Walters; uncles Stephen Copeland, Jim Copeland and Michael Copeland; cousins Eric Copeland, Al Copeland, Tracey Copeland, Jennifer Copeland, Brooke Copeland-Rosen, Aaron Copeland, Eddie Coe, Todd Walters, Amy Macias, and Donald and Jean Anderson; special friends Dale and Anita Quesenberry; his ex-wife, Amanda Quesenberry; his employer and friends, Duane, Stacy and Isaiah Tuck; his devoted companion, Bear; and by many other cousins. Eugene will also be greatly missed by many car enthusiasts, and he was a very valued employee of Tuck’s Collision.

Eugene also loved fishing and swimming on Claytor Lake, and deer hunting and archery, which he loved to do with his daughter, Rozalind.

“My Daddy, ‘My Hero’

You held my hand

When I was small.

You caught me when I fell.

You’re the hero of my childhood

And in my heart, later years, as well.

And every time I think of you

My heart still fills with pride.

Though I’ll always miss you, Dad

I know you’re by my side.

In laughter and in sorrow

In sunshine and through rain,

I know you’re watching over me

Until we meet again.”

– Author Unknown

Daddy, I love and miss you and a day will never go by that you will not be in my thoughts and in my heart. I will always be proud to be your daughter. I love you, Rozalind.

“Eugene was a kind, selfless person who was very dependable, genuine and always eager to get started on the next project. Eugene was a very hard and compassionate worker who loved the job that he did and was good at it. He took pride in all the work that he completed; his main attribute was working on antique cars. Eugene’s moto was – It’s not only Tuck’s Collision’s name, it was also his name that was associated with the vehicle/job.” Sadly missed, Stacy, Duane and Isaiah Tuck

“Dearest Gene,
You have given me the greatest gift I could ever ask for. I would give all I have for you to be here to help me raise our beautiful daughter. I promise to always take care of her for the both of us. You will be with us wherever we go and not a day will go by that you aren’t thought of or talked about. Thank you for all the wonderful memories. I will love you always, Mandy”

Memorial services will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the Water’s Edge Meeting Facility at Claytor State Park, Dublin, Va., with Pastor Mike Coleman officiating. The family will receive friends at the same facility from 3 to 9 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes donations be made to The National Bank, c/o The Rozalind Copeland Educational Fund, 250 N. Washington Ave., Pulaski, VA 24301.

Arrangements are by Stevens Funeral Home, Pulaski.