Frank Bruce Carter, 93

Frank Bruce Carter, 93, of Galax, died Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at his home.

He was born in Carroll County on Dec. 3, 1928, to the late Bruce and Lola Kirby Carter.

Survivors include his wife, Edith Virginia Cox Carter of Galax; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and David Edwards of Palm Springs, Calif.; sons and daughters-in-law, Frank Alan and Katie Carter of Galax and David Lewis and Lynn Carter of North Myrtle Beach, S.C.; brother, Donald Grey Carter of Galax; seven grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the River Hill Christian Church with Pastor Eddie Easter officiating. Burial will follow in the River Hill Christian Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the River Hill Cemetery Fund.

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Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home is serving the family.

Matthew Lee Jarrells, 56

Matthew Lee Jarrells, 56, of Hillsville, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at Parham Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond.

He was born in Radford on Aug. 14, 1965.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Cecile M. Calvin Jarrells; and his grandmother, Ethel Blanche Jarrells.

Survivors include his wife, Zana Jarrells; daughter and son-in-law, Brittnay and Anthony Boyd; two grandchildren; father, Mathew D. Jarrells; sister, Melinda Chrisley and C.J.; brother, Eric Jarrells; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral was held on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. with Pastor Doug Duncan officiating. Burial followed in the Trail Family Cemetery in Hiwassee.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Benefit for Zana and Lee at any Skyline National Bank.

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Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home Chapel is serving the family.

Paid Obituary

Richard "Rick" Ray Reeves

May 30, 1955-December 30, 2021

On the spring night of April 30, 1955, the special gift of a loving son was born to Richard Cullen and Bonnie Sue Ray Reeves in Sparta, N.C.

As they were entrusted with his care, they proved to be ahead of their time as they decided to present him, Richard Ray Reeves, a special needs child, to the world.

On the bright morning of Dec. 30, 2021, 66 years later, in the same hospital, the beaming light that brought so much joy to the world faded only to shine even more brightly on fairer celestial shores. Our world has been brighter and better because Rickey Reeves passed through it.

To celebrate his gain and to mourn our loss is his devoted loving mother, Bonnie Sue Ray Reeves who has been constantly by his side. She is of the home in Independence, Va. Also surviving are three brothers, Cullen and Sarah Reeves, Bill and Sharon Reeves, both of Independence, Virginia and John and Renea Reeves of Mouth of Wilson, Va.; one sister, Nancy Reeves of Independence, Va.; nieces, Hannah Reeves, Molly Mitchell, Cassie and Freddie Adams and Meara Compton; a special cousin, George Black; and a host of other beloved relatives and friends.

In addition to his father, Rick was preceded in death by his sister and childhood best friend, Susan Kay Reeves; his maternal grandparents, Harrison and Faye Ray; and his paternal grandparents, Wayne and Edna Reeves.

Rick enjoyed traveling across the United States. He enjoyed spending the winter months in Florida with his mom and dad. He was especially fond of fishing, swimming, bowling, and riding his bike. He was an avid admirer and collector of flashlights. He also loved money, one-dollar bills, which he faithfully collected from his Florida neighbors as his fee for taking out the trash! He loved dogs - but not cats! He greatly promoted recycling! If the morning paper wasn’t finished by noon, Rick recycled it- no exceptions! You could never trust him at a card game or at a board of checkers - winning was of utmost importance- even if cheating was necessary! He loved playing the guitar and dobro. He was a regular at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention and was always ready to attend a musical concert.

Dec. 30, 2021, has been a grand day for Rick Reeves who is now whole and perfect. He finally found his beloved dad, for whom he had been searching and he has once again joined hands with his childhood playmate and sister, Susan. Together, they reside in a perfect paradise, surrounded by a host of family and friends contently awaiting our arrival.

While Rick has always enjoyed the unwavering love, support and dedication of his family throughout his lifetime, his nieces, Meara Compton and Cassie Adams are to be especially commended for their tireless and constant companionship over the past eleven years seeing to Rick’s every need.

Services to honor this incredible life will be held on Jan. 8, 2022, at 11 a.m. at the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel in Independence, Va. Inurnment will follow in the Saddle Creek Cemetery in Independence, Va.

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence is serving the famiy.

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Robert Leon Sexton, 77

Dec. 25, 1944 – Jan. 2, 2022

Robert Leon Sexton, 77, of Hilltop Drive in Independence died unexpectedly on Sunday morning, Jan. 2, 2022.

Mr. Sexton was born in the Black Rock Community of Independence on Christmas Day in 1944 to Muncy Summit and Birdie Cassell Sexton.

His childhood home, commonly known as the "home place," remained throughout his lifetime a sanctuary of peace housing a host of memories and reflections that remained dear to him.

On the first day of 2022, an unusually warm and beautiful day, he returned to the home place and walked again the paths of his youth along the creek banks and enjoyed reflecting on the front porch.

Mr. Sexton will be remembered for his kind and gentle nature. He lived an honest life that was dedicated to hard work while adhering to a creed of honesty and simplicity.

He enjoyed traveling in the western states and in the Cherokee areas of the Smokey Mountains.

He was dedicated to his two dogs, Romeo and Lady.

Mr. Sexton was a Bill Elliott and Davy Allison fan, and in later years expanded his allegiance to include anybody who was a “Ford Driver.”

Mr. Sexton is survived by his only son, Ronald Sexton of Independence, Va.; one sister, Lockey Kirk of Independence; brother and sister-in-law, Scott and Betty Jane Sexton of Comer’s Rock, Va.; sister-in-law, Gardella Sexton of Independence; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Sexton was preceded in death by two brothers, Lawrence Sexton and John Mack Sexton; and two sisters, Helen Barrios and Lucille Kirk.

Funeral services to honor his life will be conducted on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at 2 p.m. at the Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home Chapel by Bob Cheeks and the Rev. Danny Pruitt. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the funeral at the funeral home. Committal and burial will immediately follow in the Saddle Creek Cemetery.

Flowers are appreciated or memorial contributions may be made to the Independence Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 607, Independence, Va. 24348.

Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home of Independence is serving the Sexton family.

Wayne Leonard Sowers, 77

Wayne Leonard Sowers, 77, of Hillsville, died Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, at Northern Regional Hospital.

He was born in Carroll County to the late Willie and Beulah Quesenberry Sowers.

Survivors include his wife, Norene Sowers of the home; daughters, Teresa Sowers Dickerson and Jennifer Sowers, both of Hillsville; two grandchildren; and brother, Glenn Sowers of South Carolina.

A funeral was held on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Funeral Home Chapel at 11 a.m. with Pastor David Bays officiating. Burial will follow in Wilkinson Memorial Cemetery.

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