LINKOUS, Clifford Garfield

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Clifford Garfield Linkous, 81, of Martinsville, died Monday, January 23, 2006 at Martinsville Memorial Hospital after a long illness.

Mr. Linkous who was born July 29, 1924 one of nine children of the late David and Winnie Linkous. He was born and grew up in Montgomery County and was also formerly of Wirtz in Franklin County.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Calhoun Linkous in 1973; also a brother, Elmer Linkous; a sister, Naomi Linkous, who died in childhood; and two nephews.

Survivors include his special friend of 18 years, Ruth Griffin of Martinsville; his son, Larry Linkous of Martinsville; his daughter and son-in-law, Jean and Bobby Angell of Boones Mill; sisters and brothers-in-law, Frances and John Cupp of Blacksburg, Nellie and Johnny Overstreet of Floyd and Shirley and Tenny Howard of Riner; brothers and sisters-in-law, Colbern and Radie Linkous of Dublin, Bud and Catherine Linkous of Christiansburg and Weldon and Marjorie Linkous of Bassett; sister-in-law, Edna Linkous of Roanoke; grandchildren and spouses, Carolyn and Roy Davis of Roanoke, David and Allison Angell of Blue Ridge, Michelle and Eric Schmucker of Roanoke and Amy Linkous of Rocky Mount; great-granddaughter, Rachel Davis of Roanoke; and 12 nieces and nephews. He was also survived by members of Ruth’s family including her parents, Wiley and Lucille Hall; children, Janie Catron, Amy Joyce and Andrew Garman; grandchildren, Chuckie Catron, Jerry Lee Williams, Jessica Pickard and Jody Joyce, all of Martinsville; also her brothers and sisters and their families.

Mr. Linkous was a veteran of World War II and was retired after 30 years as a truck driver for Roy Stone Transfer Company in Martinsville.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2006 at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church in Wirtz. The officiating Clergyman will be the Rev. Charles R. Doyle of Roanoke, who was a former pastor of Sandy Ridge. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Friends may call after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 25, 2006 at the funeral home. We want to give special thanks to the nurses in the critical care unit at Martinsville Hospital. Arrangements by Lynch Funeral Home, Rocky Mount, Va.