Obituary for J.B. Stanley “Jefferson Bevely”

J.B. Stanley “Jefferson Bevely”, age 83 of Dublin passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at the Lewis Gale Hospital-Pulaski.

Born October 22, 1931 in Giles County he was the son of the late John Albert & Ethel Morris Stanley. His sisters; Nancy Smith, Lucille Eaton and Ethel Banie Dowdy also Stanley,JB001preceded him in death.

He is survived by his 

Wife                Phyllis Lane Stanley – Dublin

Children          Beverly & David Farmer – Dublin

Diane Stanley – Dublin

Lou McPeak – Dublin

Robin S. & Bobby Martin – Barren Springs

Brian Epperly – Dublin

Casey Epperly – Dublin

9 Grandchildren         8 Great Grandchildren


Sisters             Alma Stump – Dublin

Sarah & Carl Neel – Zenith, WV

Special Pet Companion


Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at the Bower Funeral Home-Chapel, Pulaski with Pastor Ruth Anne Henley officiating. Interment will follow at the Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

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

To send the family your online condolences, visit

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


Obituary for Wayne Edward “Ed” Sykes

Wayne Edward “Ed” Sykes, age 55 of Hiwassee, Virginia passed away Monday, November 24, 2014 at his home.

Born July 11, 1959 in Ronceverte, West Virginia he was the son of the late Lloyd Layton & Margie Walkup Sykes. His brother; Orville Walter Sykes also preceded him in death.

He is survived by his 


Robin Reginia Sykes – Hiwassee


Joshua Lee O’Dell – Winchester, VA


Angie Brown – Covington, VA

 1 Step-Grandson- Reid Brown 


Sharon & Jerry Craft – Sharon, VA


Duane & Angelia Sykes – White Sulphur, WV

Michael & Virginia Sykes – Fincastle, VA

William Douglas & Cindy Sykes – Clintonville, WV

David Ray & Jane Sykes – Clintonville, WV


Kathy Sykes – Manassas, VA

Numerous nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM – Friday, November 28, 2014 at the Hiwassee Pentecostal Holiness Church , Julia Simpkins Road, Hiwassee with Rev. Don Scott   officiating. Interment will follow at the Cox Cemetery (Dugspur, VA).

The family will receive friends  Friday from 12:00 noon until service time at the Church.

To send the family online condolences, visit

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

Obituary for Annie Zelma O’Dell Jonas

Annie Zelma O’Dell Jonas, 82, of Dublin, passed away Sunday, November 23, 2014 at Cozy Home Haven in Fairlawn. She was a member of Dublin Baptist Church.

Annie was born in Botetourt County, the daughter of the late Amos and Minnie Miller O’Dell. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Junior O’Dell.

Survivors include her husband, James Roscoe Jonas of Dublin; step daughters, Pamela Howard, and Nancy (Ronald) Lawson, all of Draper; step son, Tim (Janet) Jonas of Pulaski; 5 step grandchildren and 5 step great-grandchildren; brothers, Otis (Lois) O’Dell of Dublin, and Elbert O’Dell of Pulaski; sisters, Frances Thompson of Florida, and Eunice Marshall of Radford, Sister-In-Law Violet O’Dell of Dublin; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at the Mullins Funeral Home in Radford with Rev. Dennis Jones officiating. Entombment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens Mausoleum in Dublin. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 10:30 am at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to Carilion Hospice,  701 Randolph St., Radford, VA 24141.

The Jonas  family is in the care of Mullins Funeral Home & Crematory in Radford.



RICHMOND – The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year, which increases Virginians’ risks of being involved in a serious or deadly traffic crash. As families and friends prepare to gather to give thanks this year, the Virginia State Police reminds motorists to make safety a priority during the holiday weekend. Virginians are reminded to drive to save lives by always buckling up, never driving drunk and avoiding distractions.

During the 2013 Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 12 people died in traffic crashes across the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the past five years, a total of 63 men, women and children have lost their lives in a traffic crash on Virginia’s highways over the four-day statistical counting period for the Thanksgiving holiday.*

“In 2014, traffic crashes have claimed 619 lives on Virginia’s highways, which averages to about 56 traffic deaths a month,” said Colonel W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent. “This is the time of year when we talk of giving thanks and committing selfless acts of kindness to help others. What better way to put that into action than by driving to save lives every time you’re on the road? Share the road, be alert to motorcyclists, pedestrians and bicyclists, and do not drive aggressively, distracted or drunk. Simply drive to save lives because every life counts.”

Virginia State Police will increase patrols and traffic enforcement efforts in order to prevent traffic deaths and injuries as part of the state police’s participation in Operation C.A.R.E., an acronym for the Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Operation C.A.R.E. is a state-sponsored, national program designed to reduce crashes, fatalities and injuries caused by speeding, impaired driving and failure to use occupant restraints. Motorists can expect to see an increase in troopers throughout the Commonwealth beginning Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at 12:01 a.m., and continuing through midnight, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014.

During the 2013 Thanksgiving Operation C.A.R.E. initiative, Virginia State Police cited 9,841 speeders and another 2,697 reckless drivers statewide. Troopers arrested 98 impaired drivers and issued 772 seat belt citations. State police also cited 213 child restraint violations. Virginia troopers assisted 3,341 motorists.

In addition, weather-related crashes accounted for 4 percent of fatalities during the Thanksgiving weekend in 2012 nationwide.** With the potential for snow and freezing rain forecasted for the Commonwealth as the holiday approaches, motorists are reminded to plan ahead for possible delays, slow speeds for conditions, always buckle up, and call VDOT’s 511 or go to to check road conditions.

With the increase of emergency personnel on the highways, Virginia State Police also reminds drivers to comply with Virginia’s “Move Over” law. A life-saving law intended to protect public safety responders and others who have a responsibility to work the roads. Drivers are required to change to another travel lane or, when unable to, to cautiously pass emergency personnel stopped on the side of the road. The law also includes highway maintenance vehicles and tow trucks equipped with flashing amber lights.

Two arrested Saturday in Parrott on drug charges

From Sheriff Jim Davis
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
Two drug related arrests were made Saturday evening following search warrants executed at two residences in the Parrott Mountain Road area of Pulaski County.
The Claytor Lake Regional Drug Task Force executed the search warrants and have arrested John Barrett Bullion, age 29 and Gary Wayne Page Jr. age 39, both residents of Parrot Mountain Road.
The felony charges range from conspiring and manufacturing  methamphetamine to possession. Bullion received three felony charges and Page had four.
The two were transported to the New River Valley Regional Jail and are being held without bond.
The drug task force consists of law enforcement officers from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office, Pulaski Police Departments, Dublin Police Department, Va. State Police and the Wythe County Sheriff’s Office.
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Obituary for Marvin Richard Sutphin

Marvin Richard Sutphin, age 73 of Christiansburg passed away Friday, November 21, 2014 in the New River Valley Medical Center.

Born June 21, 1941 in Pulaski County, he was the son of the late Columbus Franklin Richard Sutphin and Goldie Dalton Sutphin. He was also preceded in death by three sisters, and two brothers.

He was retired from RAAP.

He is survived by

His wife of 46 years- Joyce Sweeney Sutphin-Christiansburg

Son- Richard Sutphin and ,Claren-Christiansburg

Grandchildren-Sophie Rose Sutphin and Rucker Boone Sutphin


Funeral services will be held Tuesday 1:00 p.m., November 25, 2014 in the Bower Funeral Home Chapel, Pulaski with Pastor Tommy Shafer officiating.

Interment will follow in Highland Memory Gardens, Dublin.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. at Bower Funeral Home.

To send online condolences, visit

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



Obituary for Bennie Delano Dean

Bennie Delano Dean, age 75 of Pulaski, died Thursday Morning, November 20, 2014 at his residence.  He was born on April 1, 1939 in Wythe County, and was the son of the late Bulah Mae Lilly Dean and Walter Ceymore Dean.  He was a 32 year employ of Xaloy in Pulaski, and was a proud veteran of the United States Air Force.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, W.C Dean, Everette Dean, Marlon Dean and Bobby Dean;  two sisters, Wilda Pennington and Betty Stewart, and a grandchild, Nicole Rohlfs.  He is survived by his wife, Gena Bryant Dean of Pulaski;  four daughters;  Delaina Gallimore of Pulaski, Jenice Lasky of Dublin, Juanita Leuffgen of New Jersey, and Debra Rohlfs of New Jersey.  He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Victoria Gallimore and Talitha Gallimore, along with Jeffrey, Corey, Kevin, Scott, Daniel, Sarah and Greg.  Funeral services will be held Monday, November 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Seagle Funeral Home, with the Rev. Randall Lawrence officiating.  Interment will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the Southwest Virginia Veterans Cemetery in Dublin.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 7 until 9 p.m.  Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting  Arrangements by Seagle Funeral Home, Pulaski.  540-980-1700

Two killed in Nov. 7 crash identified

From Capt. J.B. Saunders
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office
The Medical Examiners office in Roanoke has identified both persons killed in the accident on Rt. 11 between Dublin and Pulaski on Nov. 7, 2014.
The Driver of the 1995 Ford pickup was Timothy Wayne Jones, 45 of Pulaski and the passenger was David Eugene Rupe, 53, also of Pulaski.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office.