Basil C. "Bud" Haraway Jr., 93, of Oak Island, North Carolina, passed away on January 23, 2020. Mr. Haraway was born on December 19, 1926, in Danville, Virginia, to the late Basil C. Haraway Sr. and Esther B. Haraway. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corp having served during World War II. He graduated from George Washington High School in Danville, Va., and from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. Bud was a past member of First Baptist Church of Danville. He was employed with Dan River Mills for 42 years, having last worked in product development. Bud was a 33rd Degree Mason, and a member of the Pythagoras Lodge in Southport, The Oak Island Masonic Lodge, and the oldest member of the Danville Chapter of the Scottish Rite Masons. He was a past master of Roman Eagle Masonic Lodge in Danville, Va. and had been a member for 70 years. Bud was a past member of the Danville Golf Club, Young Men's Club, the German Club, and Kiwanis Club. He was a life master of the American Contract Bridge League. Bud and his wife Lynda are active members of the community, having moved to Oak Island in 1991 and own Lynda Haraway Group Real Estate Survivors include his wife, Lynda Haraway of Oak Island; a son, Douglas C. Haraway and wife, Sharon, of St. Cloud, Florida; a stepdaughter Tammy Ashley of Monroe, N.C.; and a cousin, Doris Bullington. He was preceded in death by a son, William D. Haraway. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 28, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Townes Memorial Chapel with the Reverend Angela Zimmerman officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Burial Park with Military Honors and Masonic Graveside Rites. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday prior to the funeral from 1 until 2 p.m. Townes Funeral Home, 215 West Main Street is serving the Haraway family.
Betty Stout Williams Saunders flew out on the wings of an angel Thursday night, January 23, 2020 and rests now in the arms of her mama. She leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter and generosity of heart so big that it extended across eight decades and created an incredible bond with anyone that knew her. She leaves behind the love of her life, Owen Saunders; three children, Lisa, Lori, and Paul; daughter-in-heart, Temma; beloved son-in-law, Jim; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren as well as a sundry of "heart" siblings and scattered cousins; and the Wineaux women and more friends than you can imagine. Truly to know her was to love her. She also has three sons and their wives and children that she inherited. She fell in love with them just as she did their father and grandfather, Owen. She was predeceased by her parents and two brothers. She was the loving widow of Paul Williams, who predeceased her in 1995. A Celebration of Life, Love, and Laughter will be held from 2 until 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 26, 2020, at Hayworth Miller Silas Creek. A private family interment will be held in Goldsboro. The family requests that in lieu of flowers you donate to St. Jude's Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or the charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at www.hayworth-miller.com.
Christian G. Murray, 58, of Dry Fork, Va., passed away Wednesday, January 22, 2020. He was born to the late Beverly Hile Murray and the late Alan Douglas Murray on April 8, 1961. He was married to his loving wife, Bonnie Trexler Murray, who survives, of the home. Mr. Murray loved hunting, supported the 2nd Amendment, the NRA, enjoyed politics, and was a supporter of Trump 2020. He was employed by Lawrence Trucking, Roanoke, Va. Mr. Murray, in addition to his wife, is survived by a daughter, Rachelle Whynott Poskus (Jon) of Hudson, N.H.; a sister, Heather Murray Powers of Winchester, Va; a stepson, Blake Trexler; a stepdaughter, Mary Trexler; and his precious furbabies, Lilly, Gretchen, J.B., Chewie, and Jake. The family will hold a memorial service on Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Norris Funeral Service, Mt. Hermon Chapel, Danville, Va., officiated by the Rev. J.B. Baldridge. Norris Funeral Services, Inc. & Crematory, Mt. Hermon Chapel, 3995 Franklin Tpke., Danville, Va. is respectfully serving the Murray family. Online condolences may be made at www.norrisfuneral.com.
Elaine Raye Handy Parker, aged 84, passed away at her home on January 24, 2020. Elaine was born on October 21, 1935 in Danville, Virginia to David Ray Handy and Ada Cecile Harris Handy. She attended Schoolfield High School until its closure in 1953, and graduated as Salutatorian from George Washington High School in Danville in 1954. She attended both Longwood College and Averett College, from which she graduated in 1958 with a degree in education, earning K-12 licensure. She was employed by the Danville Public School System as an elementary school teacher, specializing in fourth and sixth grades, and helped to develop the system's Gifted and Talented educational programs. Over her career she taught at both West End School and Cedarbrook Elementary School (later known as Townes Lea Elementary.) She retired from full-time teaching in 1994 after thirty-five years of service. Following her retirement, she enjoyed traveling both domestically and internationally with her family. A lifelong supporter of animals, she welcomed many cats and a dog into the family over the years and was a devoted pet parent all her life. Elaine was a member of Pilot International during her professional career, and was also a supporter of the Schoolfield Museum. She is remembered by her family, friends and colleagues as a loving mother, grandmother and sister, a fierce advocate for quality education, an amazing cook, a ridiculously successful gardener and a lively, funny companion. Elaine was married to Arthur Harfield Parker in 1958, and they have one daughter, Melissa Carol Parker Taverner. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband, and her sister, Doris Marie Handy. She is survived by her sister, Lynda Carol Handy; her daughter and son-in-law, David John Taverner, and granddaughters, Rachel Charlotte Taverner Titus and Jordan Catherine Taverner. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Danville Area Humane Society, P.O. Box 3352 Danville, VA 24543, or dahs.com, to honor Mrs. Parker's life and legacy. Expressions of condolence can be shared online at www.townesfuneralhome.com.
Mrs. Nettie B. Jones, 94, of 3140 Coleman Mountain Road, Java, Virginia, departed this life on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at SOVAH Health, Danville, Virginia. She was born on October 1, 1925, in Pittsylvania County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Pastor and Myrtle Bennett Guy. She was married to the late Clifton Jones. A funeral service will be held 12 p.m. Monday, January 27, 2020, from Greater Triumph Missionary Baptist Church by the Rev. Michael K. Ferrell. Burial will be held in the church cemetery. A viewing will be held Sunday, January 26, 2020, from 4 until 7 p.m. from the chapel of Howerton Funeral Home. Howerton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.