Friel, Joshua James

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Joshua James Friel, 18, of Floyd, suddenly passed away on Wednesday, May 17, 2006. Josh was an Honor student at Floyd County High School. He was going to graduate this June.

He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and was scheduled for deployment in August. Josh worked with his grandfather James for the past few years building beautiful decks. He had a passion for working with his hands and creating beautiful things for other people to enjoy. He took pride in everything he accomplished from schoolwork to watching his siblings to creating decks.

He was a wonderful son, brother, grandson, great-grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. We all will miss him and his scientific arguments each and every day. He was and still is greatly missed and loved by all that knew him.

Josh was preceded in death by his grandmother, Edith Friel. He is survived by his mother, Colleen Wallis; sisters, Samantha Walser, Laura Friel, and “special sister” Jamie Calabria; brothers, John Friel and Justin Kliovski; great-grandmothers, Irene Schriefer, Sylvia Jean Huffman; grandparents, Nancy and Ron Cross, James and Hazel (Phillips) Huffman; great-uncle and aunt, Teddy Joe and Shelia Huffman; nephew and nieces, Rollen, Felicia, and Nicholas, and special friend, Michael “B.J.” Barrett; and numerous extended family and friends.

A private funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20, 2006 at Maberry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Graham Mitchell officiating with interment to follow at Jacksonville Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Josh’s mother, Colleen Wallis, 517 Rock Hill Church Road, Floyd, VA. 24091, to cover expenses. Arrangements by Maberry Funeral Home.