Betty Jane Alexander (B.J.) Swecker, 85, of Roanoke, Va., died on Friday, July 22, 2016. Arrangements by Oakey's South Chapel and Crematory, 540-989-3131.
Thomas Paul (Tom) Dean, 67, of Forester Ave., Clifton Forge passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Va.He was born on October 31, 1948 in Clifton Forge, Va., a son of the late Aubrey Elbert and Jean McGovern Dean. He was a member of the St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Clifton Forge, he was a 1967 graduate of Clifton Forge High School and a 1971 graduate from Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. Following his college graduation, he returned to Clifton Forge where he became a licensed real estate broker and a licensed property and casualty, life and health insurance agent and joined his father at Racey & Dean Inc.In 1997 he became president of Racey & Dean Inc. Tom served on the Alleghany Highlands School Board from 1986 to 1994 and on the Joint Board of Controls, Jackson River Technical Center and later served on the advisory board of the Jackson River Technical Center. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Alleghany Highlands Economic Development Authority having been appointed to this position by Governor's L. Douglas Wilder, George Allen and Jim Gilmore.He was a past president of the Clifton Forge Chamber of Commerce and the Clifton Forge Merchants and Professional Associates, past President of the Clifton Forge Kiwanis Club, the Cliftondale Country Club, Industrial Loan Co. of Clifton Forge, the Clifton Forge High School Alumni Association, and he currently served on the Advisory Board of the First Citizens Bank and Chairman of the Clifton Forge Industrial Development Authority. In 1999 Tom was named volunteer of the year by the Virginia Economic Developers Association. From 1976 to 1983, he was the voice of the Clifton Forge High School Mountaineers and announced the school's football and basketball games on behalf of WXCF radio station in Clifton Forge, he was a charter member of the Clifton Forge Titans. The Titans fielded teams for softball, basketball, and bowling in Covington. Tom was recently appointed to serve a term as director on the Alleghany Foundation.He is survived by his wife of 42 years Mary Anne Day Dean of Clifton Forge. The couple had two daughters, Catherine L. Wright and husband, Jason of San Anselmo, California and Kelly C. Dean of Clifton Forge; two grandsons, Brian and Gabriel Wright also of California; two brothers, Mark and John Dean; and a uncle, Edward Dean.A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m. celebrated Saturday, July 23, 2016 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Clifton Forge. Interment will follow in Mountain View Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2016 at Nicely Funeral Home in Clifton Forge.The family suggest that memorial contributions take the form of donations to the Historic Masonic Theater, P.O. Box 119, Clifton Forge, Va. 24422, the Clifton Forge High School Alumni Association, P.O. 118, Clifton Forge, Va. 24422 or to the local charity or organization of your choice.To send condolences to the family online, please visit www.nicelyfuneralhome.com
Aileen Cary, 88, of Vinton, Va., went Home to be with the Lord on Thursday, July 21, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry E. Cary; her parents, David and Zilpha Cassell; and her sister, Pauline Webb.Aileen was a loving grandmother who loved to shop and to travel, especially with her sidekick, Danielle. She was a longtime active member of Vinton Baptist Church.She is survived by her daughter, Teresa Witmer (John); four granddaughters, Danielle Martin Carlisle (Troy Duncan), Christine Martin (Tim Whorley), Rebecca Whorley (Brandon) and Amanda Martin, all of Vinton. Also surviving are several great-grandchildren, nieces and a nephew.The family would like to acknowledge Becca Whorley, Shannon Monk and Carilion Hospice for their loving care.A Celebration of her Life will be held at noon on Monday, July 25, 2016, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel with Dr. Bill Booth officiating. Interment will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 24, 2016, at Oakey's Vinton Chapel. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.oakeys.com.
Michael Wayne Poff, 65, of Christiansburg, passed away Wednesday, July 20, 2016. Visitation will be 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 23, 2016, at Horne Funeral Home & Crematory, 540-382-2612.