Bland, James Anthony

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kinkade-evening-forestJames Anthony “Tony” Bland, 53, of Elliston, passed away with family and friends by his side to be with the Lord following a short battle with cancer on March 28, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, James Edward Bland. He is survived by his mom, Joe Ann Sowder Bland; daughter, Jessica and husband Clinton Sowers; brother, Terry and wife Betty Bland; niece and nephew, Stephanie Davis and Matthew Peyton; his special furry companion, Bandit; as well as other family and friends.

Tony loved animals, especially eagles. He was a loving son, dad and good friend to many and will be missed by all who knew him.

The Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 2 p.m. in the Horne Funeral Home Chapel, with Ed Simmons officiating.

The family would like to thank Tony’s Good Samaritan Hospice nurse, Heather Hurd, as well as the entire staff of Good Samaritan Hospice for their excellent care of Tony. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made to Good Samaritan Hospice, 1160 Moose Drive, Christiansburg, VA 24073, or to the SPCA of your choice.