Obituaries for June 10 Edition



Gail W. Jasper, 75, died June 2, 2020 as he lived, putting the final polishing touches on his car.  

He was born in Sayre, Oklahoma, on January 25, 1945, while his father was stationed there in the Navy during World War II. He grew up in Gary and Thorpe, West Virginia, graduated from Fork Union Military Academy, earned his business degree from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky, then served for seven years in the United States Army. During his two years in Germany, he met and married his wife, Pat, and went on to serve 13 months in Vietnam as commander of a truck company convoying goods and materials to fire bases daily. When we came home to his family home in Buchanan, , he managed the Truckstops of America at Exit 150 for 25 years, worked as a cashier for The Bank of Fincastle for 10 years, and was a member of the VFW Post 1841 in Daleville. Gail loved his model trains and showing them to the local kids in the no matter what their age. He was also a member of the Model Train Collectors Club.

He wass predeceased by his parents, John Basil and Mary Faith Paine Jasper, and his beloved cocker spaniel, Peanut. 

He is survived by his wife, Pat, of nearly 50 years; his sons, Michael John (Tracy) and Thomas Wesley (Missy) Jasper; grandchildren, Luke Michael and Quinn Jasper, Corey (Hannah) White, Brian, Deborah and Samuel Matute, and Henry Parker; great-granddaughter,  Ella LeAnne White; and his beloved Cockers, Molly and Puddles.  He is also survived by his brother, John B. (Anita) Jasper from Boise, Idaho, and sisters, Jane (Barry) Wise from Roanoke and Kimberly (Karl) Fischbeck from Pelzer, South Carolina; and his Godsons, Nicholas and Jonathan Gogal from Savannah and Bishop, Georgia.  Gail loved his family, neighbors, friends, customers, and his employees at TA, who were family to him as were his co-workers at The Bank of Fincastle, also Chris and Spring Witt and their teenage employees at the Witt Stop.

A memorial service was held Sunday, June 7, at 2 p.m. in the Buchanan Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home, with the Rev. Matthew Aldas and Elder Cleatus Newcomb officiating. Inurnment was in Fairview Cemetery with military honors.  His grandsons, Luke and Quinn, played “Taps” for him.  The family received friends after the burial at the Anchorage on Main Street in Buchanan.  Those wishing to make a contribution, please consider St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Wounded Warriors Project, and New Freedom Farm in Buchanan.  Online condolences may be made at or 540-254-3000.


JONES, Leroy N., Jr.

Leroy Nathaniel “Ted” Jones Jr., 73, of Buchanan passed away Wednesday, June 3, 2020.

Ted worked for James River Limestone and Da’Longs Furniture. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy N., Sr. and Carrie Day Jones; brothers, Curtis and Doug Jones; and sister, Daphine Brown.

Survivors include his daughter, Latrice Anjanette Jones of Triangle, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Derek Nathaniel and Nicole Jones of Floyd; grandchildren, Jimmy E. Wall, Tyrese M. Bates, Aaliyah Q. Bates, Samantha Arnold, Desmon Wheeler, and Taylor Jones; great-grandchildren, Desmon Treamaine Throne, Leonna Michelle Maria Wheeler, Aasim Sekani Taamir Bates, and Josiah Rylo Wall; brother, Emmit and Debra Jones of Roanoke; numerous nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, extended family, and friends. A special thank you to Michelle Long of taking care of Dad.

A graveside service for Ted was held at 11 a.m. Monday, June 8, int Mt. View Cemetery, Buchanan. Online condolences may be made at or 540-254-3000.


LOAN, Bryan K.

Bryan Keith Loan, 27, of Buchanan, passed away Monday, June 1, 2020.

Bryan was an Army Veteran serving in Fort Stewart, Georgia and was presently a police officer with the Roanoke County Police Department. He was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Harry Charles Humphrey and Dennis Louis Loan Sr.

Survivors include his daughter, Savannah Grace Loan, and her mother, Shauna Hostetter Loan; parents, John David and Tammy Humphrey Loan; sister, Brittany Ann Nichols and husband, Larry; brother, Kendall David Loan; grandmothers, Susie Humphrey and Pat Loan; niece, Payton Hostetter; and nephew, Laddy Hostetter; and their father, Buddy Hostetter; and girlfriend, Macy Thompson.

A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. Monday, June 8, in the Buchanan Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home. Interment was private. Those wishing to make a contribution, please consider New Freedom Farm. Online condolences may be made at or 540-254-3000.


MOYER, Myrtle P.

Myrtle Evelyn Asbury Purdy Moyer, 77, of Fincastle, passed away Thursday, June 4, 2020.

Mrs. Moyer loved yard sales and NASCAR. She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Virginia Asbury; husband, Glenn Moyer; brother, Raymond Asbury; and sisters, Shirley Dampman and Brenda Holt.

Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law, Rose and Paul Hurd of Buchanan; son and daughter-in-law, Frank and Mary Purdy of Bulls Gap, Tennessee; sisters, Linda Wilder of Taneytown, Maryland and Mary Mathis of Thomaston, Georgia; grandchildren, Angela (Jason) Hazelwood; April (Matt) Moulton; Thomas Purdy, John (Kourtney) Hurd, Stephanie Purdy, Steven (Patty) Purdy, Andrea (Andrew) Lawhorn, Lindsey Purdy, and Jaylyn Purdy; sixteen great-grandchildren; and her feline friend, Calie.

Mrs. Moyer’s funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 6, in the Buchanan Chapel of Botetourt Funeral Home. Interment was in Old Dominion Memorial Gardens. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. Online condolences may be made at or 540-254-3000.