Mathena Family Cemetery - Tip Top, Virginia
I know these photos are not the best of quality, but in my defense I took these back in 2004 with my very first Digital camera. It was only a 3.2 MP and I had no idea or understanding of photography concepts. Also, in my defense this cemetery was not in the best conditions. It is a non active cemetery located midway up a mountain in the middle of the woods. The briars were overgrown and I kept getting caught in them. My legs by the end looked like they had been in a meat grinder, The bugs were crazy, it was hot, and I kept running into snakes. So it was a combo of a bad photographer and pain in the butt conditions Below is her obit:
Tip Top, Va., Sept 28. - Last rites were held here Wednesday afternoon for Noah Mathena, and Mrs. Virginia Reynolds, victims of a dual highway tragedy about 25 miles north of Roanoke, Va. The accident occurred while Mr. Mathena was fixing a flat tire, as his niece, Mrs. Reynolds, held a light for him. A large moving van, from North Carolina, struck the two, killing Mr. Mathena instantly, while Mrs. Reynolds lived to reach a hospital before succumbing.
Ms. Reynolds, the youthful auto accident victim, was born in Bluefield, Va. on August 4, 1914. She attended Graham high school and on September 22, 1938, was married to Ernest Reynolds, of Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly of Bluefield, Va. She is also survived by the following sisters: Mrs. Mamie Caldwell, of Hollins, Va.; Mrs. Ruth Dillon, of Radford, Va.; Miss Louise Leedy, of Roanoke; and two brothers, Harry Leedy, Jr., of Hollins, and Steve Leedy, of
Mrs. Reynolds was formerly from Bluefield, Va., although she lived here for several months last year. She was the daughter of Mrs. Pansey Whitlock.
Joint funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Dan Gillespie, of Bluefield. Interment was in Mathena cemetery.