Obituaries – November 14, 2018


Ronald “Ronnie” Eugene Anderson, 69, of Troutville, died on November 8, 2018.

He was born on January 21, 1949, in Eagle Rock. He was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel “Shorty” Eugene Anderson and Helen Kibler Anderson.

Ronnie served in the United States Marine Corps, a PFC with the “L” Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, First Marine Division during Vietnam from 1967 to 1969 before being wounded in combat in 1968 and was awarded the Purple Heart. He worked at the Roanoke Cement Plant and later owned R&D Machine Shop.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth (Liz) Anderson; sons, Wade Anderson (Stephanie); Ryan Anderson (Rachel); Mark Conner (Blair); stepson, Brian Lambert; step-daughter, Jennie Maldonado; brother and sister, Craig Anderson (Reena) and Susette Thomson (Dave); grandchildren: Madeleine and Carter Anderson, Ian and Owen Anderson, Braden Conner, Layla Maldonado, and Charley Lambert; as well as numerous special nieces and nephews.

Visitation was from 2-5 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, at Botetourt Funeral Home in Buchanan. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, at Eagle Rock Baptist Church in Eagle Rock. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Memorial donations in his honor may be made to the Marines Toys for Tots Foundation, Online condolences may be made at

CARTER, Stuart D.

1-5-1940 ~ 10-26-2018

After a brief struggle with cancer, Stuart Dale Carter passed away on Friday, October 26, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Stuart B. and Mary S. Carter; wife of 55 years, Gloria H Carter; in-laws. James E. and Lily Mae Hodge.

He is survived by his sons Stuart James (Jimmy) Carter of Buchanan and Charles Dale Carter, his wife Rebecca H. Carter, and granddaughter, Olivia G. Carter of Jamestown, N.C.; sister, Shelley Carter Page; husband, Harry L. Page II, of Nashville, Tenn.; niece and nephew, Sheridan Page-Fatzinger and H. Lee Page III, also of Nashville, Tenn.; and special friend, Colleen Myrick of Roswell, Ga.

Dale was a graduate of Virginia Episcopal School in Lynchburg, attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and graduated from Virginia Tech in Blacksburg. He resettled in his hometown of Buchanan in 1970, where he raised his family and enjoyed a long teaching career, from which he was forced to retire after a severe car accident in September of 1994. Dale Carter was many things in his life: devoted husband of 55 years to wife Gloria, and father to Jimmy and Dale; retired business teacher and activities bus driver from James River High School; long-time member of Trinity Episcopal Church; long-time member and past president of Buchanan Rotary Club; and a firm believer in Rotary International’s motto: “Service Above Self.”

A few of the many projects he was involved in included: purchased and restored the Buchanan Theatre after its closure of 17 years; volunteered at the annual 4th of July Carnival on behalf of the Volunteer Fire Dept. & Rescue Squad; hauled Arbor Day trees for the town’s Arbor Day celebrations; helped with the town’s luminaries project every Christmas Eve; helped maintain the grounds at the Buchanan Community House.

As much as he might dislike the comparison, he really did rival his father in many ways. His generosity, community spirit, and self-sacrifice stand on their own as a memorial to a life well-lived and a life well-worth remembering, as a chapter in the history of southwestern Virginia. He will be missed by some, remembered by many, and equaled by very few.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, in Trinity Episcopal Church, Buchanan with the Rev. Jonathan Harris officiating. Private interment will be in Fairview Cemetery, Buchanan. The family will receive friends Tuesday, Nov. 20, from 5-7 p.m. at Botetourt Funeral Home, Buchanan, phone 540-254-3000. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make donations in his name to Standing Room Only (Buchanan Theatre), P.O. Box 796, Buchanan, 24066;; or the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave, Fl.17, Chicago, Ill. 60601; Online condolences may be made at

HIPES, Betty H. Anderson

Betty Delores Anderson Hipes, 82, of 1900 Oakwood Drive, Clifton Forge, died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018 at her residence.

She was born February 21, 1936 in Eagle Rock to the late Samuel Pate Anderson and Emma Trenor Anderson. She worked as a sales clerk for the former Leggett’s Store, Clifton Forge Cleaners and The Sandwich Shop. Betty was a member of the Iron Gate Methodist Church where she was a former Sunday School teacher, involved in the Women’s Circle and was on the Pastor Parish Committee. She enjoyed reading, NASCAR and was a Richard Petty fan, Virginia Tech and collecting Teddy Bears.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Vernon “Buddy” Hipes; a daughter-in-law, Kimberly Hipes; 10 brothers and sisters; and stepmother, Mary Crowder Anderson.

She is survived by a daughter, Sandy Hartley of Clifton Forge; two sons, Larry Hipes and wife Schuyler, David Hipes, both of Clifton Forge; two sisters, Barbara Kern and husband Johnny of Eagle Rock; Delma Lively and husband Harry of Amherst; a brother, Dale Anderson of Eagle Rock; a sister-in-law, Barbara Hipes of Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren, Drew Hipes and wife Ashley, Mikki Curtis and husband Cheyenne, Emily Hipes and fiancé Cody Campbell, Midori “Boo-Boo” Hipes, and Bella Dibenedetto; five great-grandchildren, Hunter Barron, Hannah Hipes, Hallie Hipes, Bryson Hipes, and Sidney Curtis; a number of nieces and nephews; lifelong friends, Mary Lea Brackenridge, Margaret Jeffries, Belinda Ambrose, and Peggy Dunn; and her loyal companion, Blu.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 2 p.m. at Nicely Funeral Home, Clifton Forge with Pastor Ray Sandifer and Chris Fisher officiating. Interment will follow in the Locust Bottom Cemetery, Glen Wilton. Pallbearers will be Steve Hipes, Stacy Anderson, Jamie Tharpe, Todd Patterson, David May and Chris Anderson. The family received friends on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Nicely Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank the following for their care and dedication towards Betty during this difficult time, Dessie Hamilton of Alleghany Home Care, Carilion Home Health and Mountain Regional Hospice.

The family suggests memorial tributes take the form of contributions to the Shenandoah Autism Center, 2419 Valley Ridge Road, Covington, 24426 and to Iron Gate Methodist Church, P.O. Box 190, Iron Gate, 24448. To send condolences to the family online, visit

WILLARD, Lottie C.

Lottie C. Willard, 84, of Troutville, passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018.

She attended Troutville Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Adams Willard Sr.; infant sons, Robert and Andrew; and brother, Billy Coffman.

Lottie is survived by son, Paul A. Willard II; daughters, Teresa Kincer (Mickey), June Hodge (Eddie), Jill Lusher (John); seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and sisters, Pat and Helen.The family would like to extend a special thanks to Link Abbott and Joy Prosperi for their acts of kindness, love and support.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Oakey’s East Chapel with the Rev. Carol Johnston officiating. Interment was in Old Dominion Memorial Gardens. The family received friends one hour prior to the funeral service.

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