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Alice Pendleton

Dec 25, 1933 - Nov 21, 2023

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Salem, VA

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Donald "Duck" Curtis Jonas, Sr.

May 09, 1934 - Feb 19, 2024

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Salem, VA

Donald "Duck" Curtis Jonas, Sr., 89, of Salem, Va., went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 19, 2024. Don was born in Cripple Creek, Va. He married the love of his life and best friend, Dot, in 1956, and moved to Salem where they raised their family. He was a dedicated and trusted diesel truck mechanic for 47 years. He prided himself in his career and his family. He loved to tell stories about working all night, driving across the country, and customers asking for him specifically when they needed their truck worked on. He was a selfless man who would do anything for anyone and worked tirelessly to provide for his family. He was a loving husband, father, and grandfather. He enjoyed fishing, camping, working in his garden, being outdoors, singing to all the kids, and attending church. He was preceded in death by his parents, Emma W. Jonas and Hugh C. Jonas; wife of 58 years, Dorothy L. Jonas; brother, Gerald E. Jonas, Sr.; sisters, Blanch J. Dillman and Jacqueline J. Stuart; daughter, Donna L. Hodges; and grandsons, Randy C. Glass and Lacy D. Hodges. He is survived by his children, Diana L. Cornette and husband, Jack, Virginia C. Glass and husband, Johnny, Hugh Troy Jonas and special friend, Misti, and Donald C. Jonas, Jr. and wife Mitzi; 6 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 1 very special great-great-grandchild, Aleeah, who was his best buddy; and his beloved dogs, Izzy and Kilo. A period of visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 12 Noon on Thursday, February 22, 2024, in the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel in Salem. A service celebrating Donald's life will begin right after at 12 Noon with Pastor Clay Dalton officiating. Online condolences may be expressed at www.johnmoakey.com.

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Michael O Motley

Feb 09, 1964 - Feb 20, 2024

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Salem, VA

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Kathleen Callahan Goodwin

Mar 01, 1942 - Feb 17, 2024

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Salem, VA

Kathleen Callahan Goodwin, 81, of Salem, VA, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2024. Arrangements will be announced by John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem.

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Gurdine Vaden Bennett

Sep 19, 1947 - Feb 18, 2024

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Salem, VA

Gurdine Vaden Bennett, 76, of Blairs, VA, passed away on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at Lewis Gale Medical Center, Salem, VA. Born September 19, 1947 in Pittsylvania County, VA, she was the daughter of the late George Jones, Sr. and Malinda Vaden Watkins. She was married to the late Clemon “Hockem” Bennett. Survivor include three daughters, Sophia McKenzie of Woodbridge, VA, Subrena Fitzgerald (Jeffrey) of Danville, VA and Victoria Bennett of Washington, DC; one stepson, Bruce Fitzgerald of Lynchburg, VA; eight sisters, Betty Walker, Ellen Vaden and Kathy Davis all of Java, VA, Norma Jean Stephens of Chatham, VA, Velma Jones and Costella Jones both of Lynchburg, VA, Gloria Adams of Danville, VA and Susie Harris of Baltimore, MD; two brothers, Walter Vaden of Danville, VA and George Jones, Jr. of Chatham, VA and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and beloved friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by one daughter, Nina Lewis; one sister, Wallen Johnson; two brothers, Wallace Vaden and Willie Watkins, Jr. Graveside services will be conducted on Friday, February 23, 2024 at 1 PM from Shockoe Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery with Bishop Cecil Bridgeforth, Eulogist. Fisher and Watkins Funeral Home is assisting the Bennett family.

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Sharon Ann Scott

Jan 01, 1941 - Feb 18, 2024

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Salem, VA

Sharon Ann Scott, 82, of Salem went home to be with the Lord while surrounded by her children on Sunday February 18, 2024. She was preceded by her husband, Gary Keith Scott; parents, Clarence and Eleanor Tilton; and sister, Ruth Painter. Mrs. Scott worked in Real Estate for servral years before going to work for Wells Fargo. She retired from Wells Fargo in 2008. Surviving is her daughter, Kimberly S. Nance; sons, James A. (Tanya) Scott, Chad E. Scott; grandchildren, Jennifer Nance, Jillian Nance, Joshua Nance, Jordan Hunt, Peyton Scott, Maaike Scott, Cameron Scott, and Louise Scott; five great grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorials be made to St. Jude Children's Hospital. Funeral services will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Thursday, February 22, 2024 at Simpson Funeral Home 5160 Peters Creek Road. Interment will follow in Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at Simpson Funeral Home. 540 366 0707

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Kimberly "Kym" Hackett

May 19, 1977 - Feb 18, 2024

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Salem, VA

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Dr. Margaret Gene Senter (Peggy)

Apr 01, 1937 - Feb 08, 2024

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Salem, VA

Dr. Margaret Gene Senter (Peggy) passed away February 8, 2024. Fully appreciating an academic atmosphere, she graduated from VPI, attended Medical School at MCV, received her master’s degree in public health from Yale University, a master’s degree in Psychology from Hollins University and a doctorate in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Peggy's career spanned from teaching science at Cave Spring High School to teaching at ECPI. She retired after teaching for many years at Carilion Jefferson College of Health Sciences. Always a lover of flowers, plants and trees, Peggy served as various officers in the Salem Garden Club as well as the Bonsai Club. A lifelong Episcopalian, she was an active member of St. Paul's in Salem and a member of The Guild of Martha and Mary. Peggy was well known for making magnificent floral arrangements for many Sunday mornings as well as large arrangements for wedding receptions and celebrations at St. Paul's. Her family envisions her now in heaven, skipping through fields of brightly colored wildflowers as far as the eye can see. Peggy was preceded in death by her parents, Margaret Lewis Stearnes and Eugene William Senter, Sr, M.D. as well as many pets that she rescued, loved and tenderly cared for throughout her lifetime. She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Eugene William (Bill) Senter, Jr. and Camille Sheahan Senter of Mesa, Ariz.; nephew and godson, Eugene (Gene) William Senter III (Rebecca), of Vinton, Va,; nephew, John Lewis Senter (Dawn); great niece and nephews, Greg, Lance and Lillian Senter, all of Mesa, Ariz.; beloved and faithful cousins, Joe and Ellen Austin, and family of the heart, Louise Dillon, of Salem, Va. The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Joseph C Thomas Center for taking such loving care of our Peggy. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 42 E. Main St, Salem, VA 24153 or to a charity of your choice. A Memorial Service will be held in the Columbarium at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Salem, VA. on March 2. 2024 at 10:00 a.m. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting www.johnmoakey.com.

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Richard Carlson Arnold

Jun 01, 1960 - Feb 16, 2024

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Salem, VA

Richard Carlson Arnold, 63 of Ivanhoe, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2024 at Lewis Gale Hospital in Salem. Mr. Arnold was born in Wythe County, Virginia to the late Hal M. and Mable Lucille Moore Arnold. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Donna Edwards Arnold; daughter, Brandy Arnold; brothers, Dwayne Arnold and Brian Arnold; and sister, Beverly Arnold.Survivors include his son, C.W. Arnold (Amy Thomas); grandchildren, Chris Arnold, Justin Arnold, and Brandon Arnold; siblings, Deb Davis, Karen Childress, Mack Arnold, and Kay Savoie; and several nieces and nephews. There will be no services at this time. Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel is serving the family. To plant Memorial Trees in memory of Richard Carlson Arnold, please click here to visit our Sympathy Store.

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Robert Anderson Craighead

Dec 18, 1926 - Feb 09, 2024

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Salem, VA

Robert Anderson Craighead, 97, of Salem, Va., passed away on February 9, 2024. He was born on December 18, 1926, in Hyattsville, Md., a son of the late William M. and Jean C. Craighead. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, William M. Craighead, Jr and James L. Craighead; and by his loving wife, Janet Terry Akers Craighead. Bob and Janet met on a blind date, were soon married, and spent a wonderful fifty-seven years together raising their family, being active in the community, their church and with friends, and were most proud that all of their children received college degrees. Surviving family members include five children and their spouses / partners, Russell Craighead and Cynthia Miller, Anne Craighead, Steve and Beth Craighead, Nancy Craighead and Janet Ardam, Tim and Debra Craighead; and an adoptive daughter, Amanda Allen. Mr. Craighead is further survived by nine grandchildren; and sixteen great-grandchildren. Graduating from Andrew Lewis High School at age sixteen, Mr. Craighead began his 44-year railroad career in September, 1943, as a messenger in the N&W’s Blacksmith Shop. At seventeen he volunteered for the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served as a rifleman with the Fourth Marine Division and was wounded in the battle for Iwo Jima, for which he received the Purple Heart. Returning to the railroad after WWII he completed a four-year apprenticeship, and studied courses in both engineering and business. In 1954, he moved to the Industrial Development Department, and retired in 1987 as Regional Manager. During his 33 years in plant location work he played a key role in locating a number of important industries on the N&W, its successor Norfolk Southern and certain subsidiary lines. In Salem these included the Mohawk Rubber plant, General Electric, the Koppers plant, Blue Ridge Beverage facilities, and the Kroger Distribution Warehouse. Others included Goodyear Tire in Danville, Jos. Schlitz and CPC International at Winston-Salem, Alcoa in Portsmouth and Halstead Industries in Pine Hall. His community activities included serving as the President of the Salem/Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Salem Industrial Development Authority, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee of the Virginia State Chamber of Commerce, and he was a member of the Regional Partnership of the Roanoke Valley. While serving as a director and Vice President of the Salem Educational Foundation and Alumni Association he established the Craighead Family Endowment to provide scholarships for graduates of Salem High School, and he is an inductee into that organizations Hall of Fame. In his younger years he was active in the First United Methodist Church in Salem, where he served on various committees, and as a Scoutmaster following WWII. In retirement he wrote and published a book titled “Jackson’s Legacy”. The family will receive friends at the John M. Oakey & Son Chapel on Thursday, March 14, 2024, from 6 to 8 p.m. A private graveside service will be held the following day. Memorials may be made in his honor to a favorite charity, or to organizations offering care and seeking a cure for those with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia. The family would like to thank Good Samaritan Hospice for their assistance with care during his final days, and to Kaylie Milliner for her care and devotion to Bob as a long term caregiver. Online condolences may be expressed at www.johnmoakey.com.

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Mary "Monty" B. Sowder

Jul 13, 1932 - Feb 14, 2024

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Salem, VA

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