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Audrey Boyd, Worked For Girls Scouts, American Cancer Society

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Audrey DeJong Bass Todd, 92, died Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in Lexington.

She was born April 29, 1922, in Nyack, N.Y. Audrey attended the New York City schools and Cornell, Columbia, and George Washington universities. In 1945 she moved to Cleveland, Ohio, with her husband, Nathan W. Bass, an executive at the Brush Beryllium Company, later Brush Wellman Inc.

A lifelong member of the Society of Friends, Audrey was active in educational causes. She worked as adult education director at the Girl Scouts and public education director at the American Cancer Society.

After Nathan’s death, she married Arthur W. Todd, a retired executive at Lincoln Electric. After the death of her second husband, Audrey moved to Lexington, where she enjoyed the companionship of former VMI engineering professor Samuel W. Dobyns.

Audrey was an engaged citizen, doting grandparent and thoughtful friend.

She is survived by her half-brother and sister, George DeJong and Kate Geller; her children, Andrew, Barbara and Thomas Bass; her daughters-in-law, Sharon Stieber and Roberta Krueger; her stepchildren, James, Robert, and Ann Todd and Louise Todd-Stoll; and her four grandchildren, Jonathan Bass and Maude, Tristan, and Julian Bass-Krueger.

A private ceremony will be held in Ithaca, N.Y. Donations in Audrey’s memory can be made to the American Friends Service Committee, 1501 Cherry Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.


Helen Slough, Worked At Reeves 35 Years

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Helen Austin Slough, long time Buena Vista resident, passed away in her home Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, after a long illness. She was married for over 61 years to Lawrence “Sonny” Slough, and they had one daughter, Sharon Slough Joustra. Born in 1932, Helen lovingly devoted much of her life to her family, church and community.

She was born in Rockbridge County to John Gardner Austin and Ruby Johnson Austin. After attending business school, she worked briefly at the Valley Department Store and then at Rockbridge County Cleaners. It was here that she met Lawrence “Sonny” Slough. They were married in 1952 and became very active, as a couple, in the Buena Vista Baptist Church. Helen taught Sunday School and served as the church librarian for many years. Her career at Reeves Brothers Corporation spanned over 35 years.

Helen is survived by her husband, Lawrence “Sonny” Slough; daughter, Sharon Slough Joustra; son-in-law, Jim Joustra; grandson, Andrew Joustra; sisters; Ann Austin (Robert) Bennett, Jessie Austin (Doolie) Secrist, Gladys Austin (Wallace) Floyd and Nancy Austin (Brad) Carver; brother, Gerald (Mary) Austin; numerous nephews and nieces, and many devoted friends. Graveside Services at Green Hill Cemetery will be held Friday, Aug. 22, at 11 a.m. A memorial tribute will follow at noon at the Buena Vista Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to Rockbridge Area Hospice.

Jeanette Moore Mackey left her earthly life Aug. 17, 2014, at AMC in Fishersville with Reid and Drew at her side.

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Jeanette Moore Mackey left her earthly life Aug. 17, 2014, at AMC in Fishersville with Reid and Drew at her side.

She was born Sept. 14, 1947, to Andrew D. and Dorothy D. Moore who preceded her in death. In addition to her parents she was preceded by her in-laws, Joe and Jane Mackey, several aunts, uncles and cousins.

She is survived by her husband of 45 years, J. Reid Mackey, special sons Joedy and Drew; cherished 4-year-old granddaughter Miranda; a special daughter, Beth Armstrong; aunts Emma Moore of Lexington and Martha Beard of Clifton Forge; several cousins and a multitude of friends.

Jeanette was a seamstress, a baker, a caterer, a food salesman, an excellent cook, and a kind, generous, beautiful and loving person. She attended New Monmouth Presbyterian Church with her family and her presence at functions and planning skills will be greatly missed.

A memorial service celebrating her life will be conducted at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 19, at New Monmouth Presbyterian Church by the Dr. Martin Stokes. A reception will follow at the New Monmouth social hall. Burial will be private. The family will welcome friends at their home at 1060 Reid Road anytime.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to National Cancer Institute BG 9609 MSC 9780; 9609 Medical Center Drive Bethesda, MD 20892-9760.  

Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory.


Humphries Memorial Date Set

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A memorial service for James Nathaniel Humphries of Buena Vista, who died Aug. 10, will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 19, at 11 a.m. at The First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Buena Vista.

Mr. Edward Joseph “Joe” Doby Jr., 73, of Harlem, Ga., left this life after a long illness to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

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Edward Joseph Doby Jr.

Mr. Edward Joseph “Joe” Doby Jr., 73, of Harlem, Ga., left this life after a long illness to be with the Lord on Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at 1 p.m. at the Chapel at Bellevue Memorial Gardens with interment following. Dr. Brad Whitt, pastor of Abilene Baptist Church, will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service time.

Joe was born in Birmingham, Ala., on March 9, 1941, and graduated high school in Pell City, Ala. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and earned his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in industrial management from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He held multiple positions of vice president and general manager for Blue Bird Corporation (school buses), working at plants in Georgia, Iowa, Virginia and Canada, and was also actively involved in church and community activities with each transfer. He was an enthusiastic manager, conceiving and developing improvements in the production and plant facilities. He designed and developed several production machines and tools that were adopted corporate-wide. He liked greeting employees at the door in the morning, being regularly in the plant, and being accessible with an open door. He encouraged suggestions and sought to ensure that anyone with a good idea received the credit. He later said that encouraging and supporting the growth and development of staff and plant employees and to see their success was the most rewarding part of his career.

Throughout his life, Joe’s abiding passion was building, particularly with wood. He restored their turn of the century home in Iowa, built furniture and worked to improve each home. As he became ill, he continued building, and, in a new home, built a bridge across a creek and a bench to sit on when you reached the other side. He was a faithful Christian, husband, father and grandfather, and will be lovingly remembered by family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Kay Blackwood Doby; his son and daughter-in-law, Edward Lee and Nancy Doby; his grandchildren, Jacob Doby and Jessica Doby; his brother-in-law, Dr. Charles Little; his nephews, Jeff (Karen) Little, and Brent Blackwood, his nieces, Dr. Catherine (Dr. Brian) Finnegan, Elisabeth Little, and Jennifer (Phillip) Chivers, as well as many other loving family members.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward Joseph Doby and Chloe Rackley Doby Drummond, and by his sister, Dr. Chloe Doby Little.

If so desired, memorials may be made to the Samaritan’s Purse, PO Box 3000, Boone, North Carolina, 28607, or to Abilene Baptist Church, 3917 Washington Road, Martinez, Georgia, 30907.

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