Philip Gimli-mead, 63 of Daleville, passed away on September 18, 2017.

Phil’s family will celebrate his life by receiving friends 6-8 p.m. Saturday, November 4 at Rader Funeral Home, 630 Roanoke Road, Daleville.

Come, celebrate his life and share some memories.

Online condolences may be made to the family at



Elaine Wilma Grieshaber, 86, of Buchanan, passed away Tuesday, October 17, 2017.  “Mom walked into the open arms of Jesus.  Waiting there to meet her was her husband, Richard; son, Rick; and daughter, Charlene.”

She is survived by her daughter, Sandy and husband, Jack Hinchliffe; grandson, Dave Hinchliffe; granddaughters, Sarah Lindsey, Jennifer Grieshaber, and Melissa Nardi; very special friend, Barbara Black; sister, Glenda Adams; and many nieces and nephews.

Everyone will remember her love for any and all animals, flowers, birds, and butterflies.  “My mom was my anchor through life’s storms and my best friend. We all are loving and missing her, but she is suffering no more.” Services will be private. Online condolences may be made at


KIDD, Patrick S.

Patrick Shane Kidd died on the 42nd anniversary of his birth, this on Sunday morning, October 15. This was after he received a diagnosis, now well more than two years ago, of stage four cancer.

His death was as gracious as was his life. Known by his Christian name, and not an abbreviation, he was, quite simply “Patrick” to a great many who loved him. Patrick will be forever remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, and his even greater quick wit. He was early on an apprentice to his father in masonry work. Examples of this team effort will long survive both men. His special calling was in finished carpentry. He was sought after for work throughout the entire Western Slope of Virginia. However, his work in renovations was in no way limited to Virginia. Rather, he worked on homes in redesign, this in the entire Sacramento Valley of California, but also back East, in Washington, D.C.

For many years, his stewardship extended to the Springwood section of Botetourt County. There he ran a 128-acre tree farm. More relevant, he managed the 1899 Farm Victorian, which was originally the Farrell homestead, later known as “Dribble Creek,” a name the owner, Burt Buford, inherited. As with Patrick’s family, there were 12 Farrell siblings: each one born in this house.

Patrick owed the recent good quality of his life to Augusta Health’s Cancer Center. In the end, it was the Rockbridge Area Hospice which was there for him. Their care allowed Patrick to live and die at home. Sherri Hartless, R.N., Patrick’s nurse, is the living embodiment of a modern day saint. With Bert, she was bedside on the 15th, to attend Patrick’s every need.  She also helped this very large and very diverse family address the inherent emotional issues of death: among siblings from the San Francisco Bay area to the Atlantic Ocean, and many states in between.

So many have asked, what can they do at this time? The family, each member, is now collecting stories of Patrick’s life. They are thus asking for anyone who wishes to send a note describing their life and wonderful times with Patrick. For ease, you can simply drop a note to his postal box addressed thus: Patrick Kidd, P.O. Box 220, Natural Bridge Station, Va. 24579. You can there, still, write to Patrick or his family.

Patrick Shane Kidd was born in Rockbridge County on October 15, 1975, to Robert Lee Kidd Sr. and Anne Marie Schneider Kidd. Except for his brother, Shawn Kidd (aka, Shane Kidd), Patrick was the youngest of 12 siblings, two of whom predeceased him. Now with Patrick’s sister, Victoria Kidd, she and Shane are the only siblings who remain in Glasgow. He is, of course, the beloved uncle to his Glasgow nephews, the children of “Brother Shane” and his wife, Leanna Nichole Rodgers Kidd.

Getting this family together is not easy. Nonetheless, since many have asked, they are considering at least one open Celebration of Patrick’s Life, this at a later date. Again, they are available via the postal box, above. You know, and so many, in the end know how they were there for Patrick. So many loved him, in such special ways. Each day brings the news of yet another distant family member or friend who helped Patrick. His Virginia family wishes simply to say, thanks! In the end, Patrick became a “Botetourt Boy.” Appropriately, Botetourt Funeral Home was also helpful in seeing (at the very end) that his death was with dignity. Online condolences may be made at