State Senate candidate Mike Hamlar has canceled a fundraiser planned for tonight, citing respect for the victims of Wednesday's stunning on-air shooting of a WDBJ-TV (Channel 7) news crew.
On Thursday night, citizens once again paid their respects to Alison Parker, 24, and Adam Ward, 27, the two WDBJ-TV journalists fatally shot while reporting live from Smith Mountain Lake on Wednesday morning.
Ralph Curtis Burchett Sr., 76, of Pulaski, passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2015. He was born September 26, 1938. Ralph was a graduate of Pulaski High School where he was a four-sport star – football, basketball, baseball, and track. Ralph enjoyed outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, and all sports. He served two terms in the United States Army, after which he returned to Pulaski and married Beulah Cox Burchett until her death in 2001.
Adam Ward was tragically taken from this world on Wednesday, August 26, 2015. He was a bright light in our lives for 27 wonderful years.Adam was born on May 10, 1988, to Charles "Buddy" and Mary Lou Speas Ward of Daleville. Although he grew up in Botetourt with his sister and brother, Sarah and Jay, he was truly a Salem Spartan, born and bred. From childhood, he loved Salem sports, especially football, and joined his father, a guidance counselor at Salem High School, as a 7th grader in the school system. After high school, he fulfilled another dream by becoming a proud member of the Hokie Nation. Adam was the one with the painted chest in 20 degree weather screaming the loudest from the end zone. While at Tech, he discovered a passion for journalism and interned on the Greg Roberts Radio Show and at WDBJ-7, which eventually led to a full-time role post-graduation. It was there that he met his fiancée and the love of his life, Melissa Ott, of Gibbstown, N.J. They were together for a little over two years and were planning to get married in July 2016.Adam was known throughout the Roanoke Valley as a loyal and giving friend, a champion for the underdog, and someone who lived every day to the fullest. Everyone who met him instantly loved him. We'll always remember his smile and laughter.He was preceded in death by his beloved grandparents, who we know are spoiling him rotten right now.He is survived by his loving father and mother, Buddy and Mary Ward; sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Dave Crowder; brother, Jay Ward; fiancée, Melissa Ott; and niece, Olivia, or "tater tot" as her uncle Adam affectionately called her. He is also survived by numerous uncles and aunts; cousins; and a host of friends he considered family.A celebration of Adam's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Roanoke, 515 3rd Street SW, Roanoke with Pastor Rob Lough officiating. A private committal service will follow at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. Adam's family will receive friends on Monday, August 31, 2015, at Salem High School Auditorium, 400 Spartan Drive, Salem from 2 to 8 p.m. We encourage everyone to wear their colors and show their Spartan and Hokie pride.In lieu of flowers, we request donations be made to two scholarships set up in Adam's name, Salem Education Foundation and Alumni Association, P.O Box 1461, Salem, VA 24153 or to the Adam L. West Scholarship at Virginia Tech through WDBJ-7, 2807 Hershberger Road, NW, Roanoke, VA 24017.On-line condolences may be made to the family at www.rader-funeralhome.com.
Richard Wayne Long, 65, of Elk Creek, passed away Tuesday, August 25, 2015. Memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home.
John D. Hubbard, 62, of Roanoke, passed away Thursday, August 27, 2015. Arrangements by Hamlar-Curtis Funeral Home.