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November 2019

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NORTON, VA - Ocie Roberts Woods, 89, passed away at her home on November 8, 2019.  She was a daughter of Joseph and Mary Roberts, and was the widow of Robert Lee Woods.  Ocie was a retired nurse at the former St. Mary’s Hospital in Norton.  She was a loving and devoted mother and grandmother, and was of the Baptist faith.  A son, Delmar Hensley and a granddaughter, Missy Hensley preceded her in death.

Surviving are her children (and spouses):  Mildred Hershman, Baltimore, MD, Randy (Marilyn) Hensley, Patricia (Sandy) Burton, Wayne (Della) Woods, and Beverly (Ken) Adams, all of Norton.

There are 13 grandchildren, 22 great grandchildren, and 3 great- great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5-8 PM Sunday at the Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton.  Her graveside funeral service will be at 11:00 AM Monday at the Laurel Grove Cemetery with Jacob Messer officiating.  Family and friends will gather at the funeral home Monday between 10:00 and 10:30 AM, and then travel in procession to the cemetery.


NORTON, VA – Mary Cowden, 98, died Saturday, November 2, 2019, at the home of her son in Kingsport, TN. She was a member of Central Freewill Baptist Church in Norton and was a Life Member of the DAV Ladies Auxiliary. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jesse Cowden and two children, Willie Ray Cowden and Brenda Sue Cowden.

She is survived by two daughters, Loretta “Jean” Stidham and her husband Bob of Norton, Va., Joyce Ann Watts and her husband Greg of Kingsport, TN; three sons, James Harold Cowden of Kingsport, TN, William Clinton Cowden and his wife Shirley of Gulf Shores, AL and Jackie Ray Cowden of Circle, GA; 17 grandchildren; 28 great grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at Hagy & Fawbush Funeral Home in Norton. Funeral services will be conducted at 7 PM in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Steve Powers officiating. Graveside committal services will be conducted at 12 noon Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at the Laurel Grove Cemetery in Norton. Family and friends will meet at the funeral home by 11:30 AM to travel in procession to the cemetery.

Memorial contribution may be made to the Central Freewill Baptist Church, PO Box 621, Norton, VA 24273.