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iArea obituaries ? William Lawrence Cooke, Jr. ? , William Lawrence Cooke, Jr. Cue), 73, Hickory, NC, passed fiway on Sunday, February 15 at his home. Born September 9, 1935 in Tazewell, he was the son of the late William L. Cooke, Sr. and Katie Cooke. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in .death by a son, Michael Cooke, "a granddaughter, Michelle Co- Joke and a brother, Earl Cooke. ," Mr. Cooke was a member of the First Church of God in Hickory, NC, the Masonic 'Lodge in Hickory and the Oasis Shrine. He was retired, a former partner-owner of the Howard 4ohnson Hotel in Hickory. He "proudly served in the 101st 'Airborne Division of the U.S. Army. '.' Survivors include his loving .wife of 57 years, Janice Cooke; a *son, Freddie Cooke and fiance, 'Brenda Bryant, of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Tamra and Charlie Wise, Vale, NC; a "granddaughter, Laurie Cooke, "Wilmington, NC; sisters, Judy Raulerson, Glen St. Mary, FL, Mary A. Lizzie Cooke and Susie Cooke, Ft. Myers, FL; brothers, Wayne Cooke and James Cooke, Ft. Myers, FL; step-mother Janet Cooke, Ft. Myers; and step- grandchildren, Adam and Vict- oria Hefner, Vale, NC. A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend, he will be missed by all who knew him. A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb- ruary 18 at First Church of God in Hickory, NC with Pastor Michael Hone officiating. Burial followed in Catawba Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Palliative Care Center & Hospice of Catawba Valley, 3975 Robinson Rd., Newton, NC 28658 or First Church of God, 306 14 th SW, Hickory, NC 28602. The family would like to give their sincere thanks to the Catawba County Hospice and Frye Pulmonary Rehab Center for their love and care. Bass-Smith Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Skeber Mrs. Mary Agnes (Adamick) :Skeber, 91, passed away Tues- day, February 17 at Hummin.g- bird Retirement Villa in Lebanon. She was of the Catholic faith. Mary was born in Canton Township, Ohio on February 5, '1918. As a young adult, she ,Worked for Timken Roller -Bearing Company in Canton, Ohio. She made her home in 'Long Beach, California. On April 26, 1948 she married William Lee Skeber and moved to Virginia in 2007. Mary was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her parents, Stephen and Maria (Minarik) Adamick; brother, John F. Adamick; sisters, Ann Foxman and Agnes Brothers. Survivors include her hus- band, William L. Skeber; sons, Ron Skeber and wife, Diane, St. Paul, Rich Skeber and wife, Deanne, Long Beach, California and Bob Skeber, Long Beach, L : Pastor Bobby Califomia; grandchildren, Kelly Skeber Raile, Coeburn, Kate Skeber, Abingdon, Kristin Daymon, Phoenix, Arizona and Jeffrey Skeber, Long Beach, California; great-grandson, Cody Daymon; brother, Steve Ada- mick, Orlando, Florida; and several nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to Hummingbird Retirement Villa for their loving and attentive care during Mary's last few years. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association at the following Web site: r, Services are private. Castlewood Funeral Home handled arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the Skeber family through the Web site at m. Harold Mullins . ": Pastor Bobby Harold MuUins, 63, St. Paul, died Sunday, February 22 at his home. - Born in Wise County, he was the son of the late Emmitt and Becky Booher Mullins. He was Pastor and founder of The Church of the Most High God. He was a retired miner with over 35 years of service., He was preceded in death by one brother, Delmar Mullins and one ister, Anne Meade. Survivors include his widow, Mary Ann Mullins; four dau- ghters, Tammy Harding and ihusband, Donald, Wise, Teresa %ckson, Coeburn, Twila Wal- dron and husband, Larry, St. ])aul and Tina Trent and husband, Mark, Castlewood; eleven grandchildren, Tabitha "Shepherd and husband, Mike, Abigail Harding, Corey Ellis, Donald Harding III, Brogan Trent Addington, Zachary Jckson, Caleb Jackson, Sydney Ellis, Maitlyn Trent, Reagan Tj'ent and Jocelyn Trent; one great grandchild, Jeremiah Shepherd; twins due in August; eght sisters, Shirley Phillips and hlisband, M.A., Castlewood, l?arbara Mullins and husband, Mancel, Hickory, North Caro- lina, Glenda Rose and husband, Walter, Coeburn, Gaye Greear and husband, Fred, Coeburn, Brenda Branson and husband, Bill, Saltville, Mildred Mullins anti, husband, Eugene, Castle- woc.1, Betty Bush and husband, Jeff, Castlewood, and Reba Meade and husband, Delbert, Villa Rica, Georgia; special aunts and uncle, George Booher, Jimmy and Lois Rose and Ruby Couch; several nieces and nephews. Services were conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 25 in Castlewood Funeral Home Chapel, Castlewood with Evan- gelist Donald Harding and Brother Dennis Scarberry office- ating. Entombment followed in Valley View Mausoleum, Temple Hill Memorial Park, Castlewood. Pallbearers were Corey Ellis, Donald Harding III, Brogan Addington, Zachary Jackson, Caleb Jackson, Reagan Trent and Mike Shepherd. Honorary pallbearers were Fred Greear, Jr., Dr. Todd Cassel, Jamie Riner, Dillan Sexton and Tyler Phillips. Online condolences may be sent to the Mullins family through our web site at m. Castlewood Funeral Home, Castlewood, was in charge of arrangements. Psychology professor Feeser next in UVa-Wise Last Lecture Series Kristina Feeser, associate pr.ofessor of psychology, will deliver the talk she would give if itwere her final address as the p6pular Last Lecture Series continues at The University of Virginia's College at Wise on February 25. The series allows professors t choose a topic and present it a if it were their final lecture. Feeser, chair of the Department of Social Sciences, will reveal her "Top 10 List" during her lecture. Feeser's list focuses on such issues as change, living one's values and talent. The event begins at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of All Faiths. The Office of Student Activities sponsors the Last Lecture Series. Organizers revived the series because of the educational and cultural growth it provides students, faculty and staff. The Last Lecture Series features a different professor each month. For more information, contact the Office of College Relations at 276-328-0130. St. Paul, Vo, CLINCH VALLEY TIMES, St. Paul, VA, Thursday, February 26, 2009 Page 3 Church and related activities calendar APOSTOLIC LIGHTHOUSE-or- PHILLIPS CHAPEL CHURCH-West ship Thursdays 7 p.m., Sundays, 6:30 Dante. Saturday worship, 7 p.m.; Sun- p.m. Hwy 65 (Mew Road). 276-467- day School l0 a.m.: Sunday worship, 11 1700. Pastor, Bryan K. Hall am.; Wed. Youth Service 6 p.m. Bible ARK OF FAITH CHURCH-Sunday School, 10 a.m, Worship, 11 a.m.: Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Youth Group.: from Dungannon Rd. (Rt. 65) to Rt. 684, drive 1 1/2 miles. Peggy POrter is pastor. BEAR WALLOW FREEWILL BAP- TIST-Sunday School, 10 a.m., Sunday worship, 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Wed. prayer servuce, 7 pm. Pastors are J. T. Hartsock and Jo Bailey. BIBLE BAPTIST CHURCH-Sunday worship services--10 a_m. and 7 p.m.: Pastor, Richard Minton. Youth Minis- ter. Everette Minton. BOND TOWN CHURCH..Coebum. Sunday School 10 a.m.; worship, 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday; 7 p.m. Wednesday. BRICK BAPTIST CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m., morning worship 1] a.m., Youth Meeting, 6 p.m. Rev. Lester Ferguson. BUFFALO HOLINESS CHURCH HOUSE OF REDEMPTION-Services Saturday, 7 p.m., Thursday Bible Stud), 7 p.m. Pastor, Vernon Scarberrv. BUFFALO HOLINESS CHURCH HOUSE OF REDEMPTION SING- ING-A singing will be at 7:30 p.m. the first Friday of each month. All singers welcome. Pastor, Vernon Scarbens. CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH- Gravel Lick. Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship 11 a.m., Sunday night 6:30 p.m. Prayer meeting Wednesday, 7 p.m. Pastor.. Leonard Ferguson. CASTLE RUN COMMUNITY CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Bible Study Wednesday, 7 p.m. CASTLEWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH-Worship 9:45 a.m, Sunday School, 11 a.m. 762-0569. CHERRY GROVE CHURCH-Dry Fork. Sunday School 10 a.m., Services at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays. Rev. Marcus Meade. 276-395-3588. CHURCH OF GOD OF PROPHE- CY-Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship service I1 a.m., 7 p.m.. Wed. Bible Study 7 p.m. CHURCH OF MOST HIGH GOD. St. Paul, Sunday, 6 p.m.; Wednesday. 7 p.m.; Pastors Bro. Harold Muilins, Bro. Larry Powers. For information, call 762- 0909.. DELIVERANCE MINISTRY CHUR- CH, formerly known as Campbell Chapel, on Moccasin. Sunday School. 11 a.m. Sunday worship 6:15 p.m.: Wednesday worship, 7:15 p.m. Special Prayer Meeting first Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. DRY FORK FREEWILL BAPTIST- Sunday School, 10 &m.; Sunday worship 11 a.m., 6 p.m.; Bible Study Wed.. 6:30 p.m. Pastor, D. J. Couch. EMMANUEL CHAPEL.-Castlewood. Sun-day services 11 a.m, 7 p.m.; Wed, 7 p.m. The Rev. Myers Vicars. ERVIN CHAPEL FREEWILL BAP- TIST-Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m., Wed. Bible Study 7 p.m. Fred Dingus is pastor. FIRST ASSEMBLY OF GOD-Dante. Sunday School, 10 a.m., Sunday wor- ship 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Wed., 7 p.m. The pastor is Nathaniei Maggard. FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH-St. Paul. Sunday School, 9:45, Sunday worship 11 a.m., 6:30 p.m. Rev. Mike Moore. FIRST MT. CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH-Dante. Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m, Wed. worship, 7 p.m. Rev. Leslie Dean, pastor. FORT GIBSON UNITED METHO- DIST CHURCH-Sunday School, 9 a.m.; Worship 10 a.m. The Rev. Harry Layell. FULL GOSPEL REVIVALS-Hanson- ville, services Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 6p.m. GRACE BAPTIST CHURCH- Huffman Hollow, Mill Creek Road, study, 7 p.m. Rev. Ed Slemp, pastor. PLEASANT HILL BAPTIST-Reeds Valley Road, Castlewood. Sunday School 10 a.m,, Sunday Worship 11 a.m, 6 p.m,; Wednesday Bible Study, 7 p.m.. For information or 24 hour prayer, call 276-794-7754. REEDS VALLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH-Sunday School l0 a.m., worship at 11 a.m. and 6p.m. The Rev. Konn Edwards. RINGS CHAPEL CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m.,; Sunday worship I I a.m.; Sunday and Wednesday nights, 6 p.m. Pastor, Tom Anderson. RIVERSIDE BAPTIST-Sunday wor- ship & Children's Church, 11 a.m.; All welcome Pastor, Rev. John Kiser. ST. MARK'S EPISCOPAL-St. Paul. Sunday worship. 9 a.m; Bible Study Wednesday, 10 a.m. ST. PAUL ASSEMBLY OF GOD - Sunday School 10 a.m,, Suntday worship 11 a.m. & 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 p.m., Family Night (Adult Bible Study/ Prayer, Missionettes and Royal Ran- gers.) For information, call 762-7748. ST. PAUL FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 11 a.m. & 6 p.m.; Monday-Ladies' Bible Class 6:30 p.m.; Wed.-Prayer meeting 6:30 p.m., Youth 6 p.m. Whetstone. Rev. Thomas Slemp, pastor. ST. PAUL UNITED METHODIST CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m., worship 11 a.m. The Rev. Harry Layell. ST. THERESE CATHOLIC-St. Paul. Sunday Mass 8:30 a.m. Father Mike Herbert. STRAIGHT HOLLOW FREEWILL BAPTIST CHURCH-Dante. Sunday School 10 a.m., worship 11 a.m, 7 p.m. Wednesday prayer service 7 p.m. WAYSIDE ASSEMBLY-St. Paul. Saturday 7 p.m., Sunday School 10 a.m., Sunday worship 6:15 p.m., Wed., 7 p:m. Pastor, Wallace Sexton. WELLS CHAPEL CHURCH-Vir- ginia City Hollow. Services Thursdays and Sundays at 6 p.m. Call 762-0838 for more information. WEST DANTE COMMUNITY CHURCH-Sunday services 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 6 p.m. The Rev. Danny Meade, pastor. BREAD OF LIFE LIBRARY The Bread of Life Library, a non- denominational Christian Library, is 1.2 miles up the Honey Branch Road. Call 762-9645. FREE CLOTHES Full Gospel Revivals Church, Hansonville, will give free clothes and food to those who need them following the Wednesday 10 a.m. service. Atten- dance at the service is mandatory, to receive clothes and food. The church is beside Ken's Chrysler on Route 19. Call 889-1275 or 794-7477. AGLOW FELLOWSHIP The Women's Aglow Fellowship chap- ter in Lebanon meets third Mondays at 7 p.m. at Lebanon Community Fellow- ship. For information, call Debbie Woods, 889-1807. FOOD BANK First Baptist Church, St. Paul, operates a Food Bank Tuesdavs from 9-11 am. at the church. All in need of food are welcome. CLOTHES CLOSET The Women On Mission at First Baptist Church, St. Paul, open a Clothes Closet Tuesdays from 9-11. Anyone in need of clothing is welcome. FOOD DISTRIBUTION Morning Star Full Gospel Church will distribute food to the needy at the church from 9-11 a.m. on fourth Saturdays at the church in Castlewocd. GOSPEL SINGING A Gospel Singing will be held at 7 p.m. the first Friday of each month at The Celebration Center.. 16607 Broad Street, St. Paul. Everyone is welcome. Lebanon. Sunday School 10 a.m,, wor- Admission is free. ship, 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wed. Youth - Night 7 p.m. Pastor, Dun Bush. Food distribution HAMLIN BAPTIST CHURCH-Cas- t!ewood; Sunday School 10 a.m., Sun- day worship I 1 &m. & 6 p.m; Wednes- day Bible Study, 7 p.m. HIGHPOINT COMMUNITY CHURCH-Castlewood. Sunday School 10 a.m., worship, ! 1 a.m., 6 p.m. HOUSE OF PRAYER-Sunday 6 p.m., Thursday 7 p.m. Rt. 65, Castlewood. Pastor, Lawrence Hollyfield. HOUSE OF THE LORD-Little Jerusa- lem, Castlewood. Sunday School 10 a.m., worship 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.; Thursday worship 7 p.m. Rev. Teddy G. Phillips. MARY MARTIN MEMORIAL CHURCH-Sunday School 10 a.m., Worship I 1 a.m. 762-0569 MILLS CHAPEL FREEWILL BAP- TIST CHURCH-Castlewood; Sunday School 10 am., Sunday worship il a.m., Bible Study and Youth League Wed., 7 p.m. Pastor, Mike Patrick. MORNING STAR FULL GOSPEL CHURCH-Castlewood. Sunday School 10 a.m.; Worship 11 a.m, 6 p.m.; Wednesday, 7 n.m. 276-762-7812. Pastor. Woody Scott. MT. ZION COMMUNITY APOSTO- LIC- Saturdays, 7:30 p.m. Hazel Mountain. For more information, call 276-495-8611. Pastor, Bryan K. Hall. NEW CASTLEWOOD BAPTIST- Sunday School, 10 a.m., Sunday wor- ship 11 a.m., 6 p.m,; Wed. Bible study, 7 p.m. OAK GROVE UNITED METHO- DIST CHURCH-2nd & 4th Sundays, morning worship 10; church school 11. Hansonville. THE PASSION PLACE-Castlewood. Worship Sunday 10 a.m., 6 p.m. Wednesday Family Bible Study (classes for all ages) 7 p.m.; Thursday Passion Heart Youth 7 p.m.; Friday Men's Bible Study 7 p.m. For information, call 276- 762-5483. Deadline for classifiedi is Tuesday noon! VIRGINIA STATE POLICE IN$11MNgI: I:MII0 011/151H Morning Star Church of Castlewood will distribute food to needy families on Saturday, February 28 at the church from9:00 - 11:00 a.m. ID and 911 address are required. CHS Class of 1979 to plan 30 year reunion The Castlewood High School Class of 1979 will plan for its 30 year reunion, to be held sometime this year. All interested members of the class are invited to call Sheila Gibson (Breeding) at 276-467- 2346. If you have knowledge, of insurance fraud, report it. 1-877-62FRAUD Virginia hospitals improve heart care - death and readmission rates decline Virginia hospitals reduced overall death rates of patients hospitalized 'for medical and surgical heart (cardiac) care. Hospital readmission rates for heart patients also dropped. Heart care is the number one reason for hospital admissions in Virginia, and heart disease is a leading cause of death. Virginia Health Information (VHI) released its annual Cardiac Care Report-a free, searchable, online tool at - with quality comparisons among all Virginia hospitals on common heart health care conditions and procedures. "Most of us know someone with heart disease and want timely information on how to avoid it, treat it and how hos- pitals compare" says Michael Lundberg, VHI Executive Dire- ctor. Consumers can see three years of mortality and read- mission rates for each of the 86 Virginia hospitals. Reports are divided into three categories: VMedical Cardiology: Non- surgical therapy for heart disease such as angina, congestive heart failure and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) Vlnvasive Cardiology: Sur- eries include cardiac catheteri- zation, cardiac pacemaker in- sertion, balloon angioplasty and placement of cardiac stents and vOpen Heart Surgery: Cor- onary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery and cardiac valve operations Statewide Sum- maries provide detail on heart care by age, race and gender. National studies report that hospitals performing more sur- geries may experience higher quality outcomes especially when employing newer tech- niques. Hospitals do vary in their mortality and readmission rates, Boucher, announce assistance County farmers U.S. Representative Rick Boucher and U.S. Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner announced that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack has designated Russell and Craig Counties as primary agricultural disaster areas. Additionally, Alle- ghany, Buchanan, Dickenson, Giles, Montgomery, Roanoke, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Wash- ington and Wise Counties have been designated contiguous disaster areas. As a result of this designation, farmers in these areas who have suffered crop losses due to drought may now be eligible to receive help from the federal government. "The lack of precipitation in Southwest Virginia has resulted in substantial damage to crops and thus justifies the need for as well as hospital-specific variation from one year to the next. VHI's report takes into account hospitals caring for sicker patients more likely to die or be readmitted Ramesh K. Shukla, Ph.D. led development of a scientific methodology to fairly compare hospitals while a Professor at VCU's Department of Health Administration. Visitors can also find phy- sicians by city or county treating heart patients. The report in- cludes physician names, contact information, hospital affiliation, foreign languages spoken and education. "Like many health care con- ditions, our interest in heart disease or surgery grows when it affects us," adds Michael Lund- berg, VHI's Executive Director. VHI includes details on heart surgery, diagnostic tests and heart disease as provided by the American Heart Association, Mayo Clinic and Medline Plus. The American Heart Assoc- iation's Michelle Nostheide agrees, "As the leading killer of men and women in Virginia, it is important for all consumers to educate themselves on heart disease and its treatment, and to have a plan of how and where they will seek care should an emergency happen to them." Virginia Health Information (VHI) is the nonprofit organ- ization that businesses, con- sumers, the Commonwealth of Virginia and health insurance companies come to for health information. For those without Intemet access call 1-877-VHI- INFO to receive information by mail. VHI publishes reports and consumer guides on health insurance, hospitals, HMOs, nursing facilities, physicians and other topics at Webb and Warner federal disaster for Russell, Craig livelihood is paramount," said Senator Jim Webb. "I am pleased that the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture has recognized this need, making hundreds of affected farmers eligible to apply for and receive federal aid." "This assistance will help support a vital part of the South- west Virginia economy, and I am pleased the Secretary of Agri- culture moved quickly to eval- uate and approve this request for low-interest emergency loans for our agricultural producers," said Senator Warner. As a result of primary or contiguous disaster designation, farmers in Russell and Craig Counties who lose 30% of their farm income are eligible to be considered for up to $500,000 in low-interest loans from the US. federal assistance to the pro- Farm Service Agency for losses ducers of affected commodities," sustained as a result of last said Congressman Boucher. "I am pleased that, as a result of this designation by the Secretary of Agriculture, farmers in our area may now qualify for federal help." year's drought. The Agency's will individually consider each application based on the extent of loss and other eligibility requirements. Boucher, Webb and Warner "Farmers and livestock will continue to work to secure producers in Southwest Virginia federal assistance for Southwest have been hit hard by the recent Virginia farmers in other drought and the need for federal localities who have been affected assistance to maintain their by the ongoing drought. 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