• Ruby A. Jones, 96, Bedford

    Ruby Ayres Jones, 96, passed away Aug. 25, 2008, at Oakwood Manor, Bedford. She was born May 21, 1912, in Arvonia, daughter of Reuben Thomas and Ethel Dunnavant Ayres.

    She was preceded in death by her husband, James Harold Jones.

  • Annie P. Johnson, 95, Bedford

    Annie Mae Phillips Johnson, 95, of Bedford, died Thursday, Aug. 28, 2008. She was born April 16, 1913, in Bedford County, a daughter of the late James Owen Phillips and Ossie Ruff Phillips.

    She was a member of Timber Ridge Baptist Church. Annie enjoyed quilting, cooking and gardening.

    In addition to her parents, Annie was preceded in death by her husband, Otho Jasper Johnson; a son, James William Johnson; a daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Johnson; six brothers; and two sisters.

  • Mary B. Hudson, 67, Bedford

    Mary French “Frenchie” Boone Hudson, 67, passed away on Thursday, Aug, 28, 2008, at Bedford Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. She was born on July 3, 1941, in Roanoke. She was the eldest daughter or Norval A. Boone, Sr. and the late Eva H. Boone.

  • Aubrey A. Coleman, 83, Lynchburg

    Aubrey Arthur Coleman, 83, of Lynchburg, died Sunday, Aug. 24, 2008. Twice widowed, he was the husband of the late Secmantha Luella Coleman and the late Lillian Millner Coleman.

    Aubrey was born March 21, 1925, in Lynchburg the son of the late Frank Scott Coleman and Ola Dale Coleman.

    He was retired from the Lynchburg Foundry where he worked as an ironworker and was a member of Whites United Methodist Church in Rustburg.

  • Calvin J. Abbott, 88, Forest

    Calvin Joseph Abbott, 88, of Forest, went to be with the Lord Friday, Aug. 29, 2008, with his family at his side. He was born in Bedford County on Aug. 31, 1919, a son of the late Thomas Dabney Abbott and Frances Genevieve Coffey Abbott.

    Calvin was a United States Navy veteran having served during WWII. He was a life long farmer and cattleman in Bedford County. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church.

  • Shirley. D. Harris, 72, Nashville

    Shirley Daniels Harris, 72, of Nashville, TN, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at her home. Shirley was the daughter of the late Ray and Ethel Mounts Daniels and the wife of the late Joseph Harris Sr., who died in 1996.

    She is survived by her children, Joseph Jr., Lohoma and Glynis; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sisters Priscilla and Barbara; brothers Doug, Van, Clifton and Eldo. Shirley was preceded in death by two sisters and seven brothers.

    Shirley was a member of the Church of God and a dedicated employee of Feed the Children.

  • Geoffrey S. Dowling, 59, Bedford

    Geoffrey Stuart Dowling, 59, of Bedford, died Monday, Aug. 25, 2008, at his residence. Born July 15, 1949, in Glencove, New York, he was a son of the late Robert and Leslie Stevens Dowling.

    Mr. Dowling was a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam conflict. He was a retired salesman and graduated from Lynchburg College.

  • Betty J. Davis, 77, Lynch Station

    Betty Jane Davis, 77 of Lynch Station, passed away Friday, Aug. 22, 2008.

    Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huddleston.

  • Roger D. Crouch, 57, Altavista

    Roger Dale Crouch, 57 of Altavista, passed away Monday, Aug. 25, 2008.

    Arrangements by Updike Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Huddleston.

  • Go ahead, make that call

    I received two calls this week from long-time friends. One was a call about a mutual friend who was sick. The second was from from friends back in Kansas who were coming out east and wanted to stop by for a visit.

    The friend in the hospital I hadn't seen in more than a decade. The couple heading this way I hadn't seen since moving here from the Midwest several years ago. But both calls reminded me of the gift of friendship ? and the importance of keeping up with good friends. Both calls reminded me of how easy it is to let friendships slip away if we're not careful.