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  • ID: I134188
  • Name: Leonard James Rife
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 FEB 1931 in Grundy, Buchanan Co., VA
  • Death: 2 MAY 2015 in Bastian, Bland Co., VA
  • Reference Number: 134188
  • Note:
    2015, Bastian, Bland Co., VA, Obituary
    Bluefield Daily Telegraph (WV) Date: May 5, 2015
    Leonard James Rife, age 84, of Bastian, Virginia died Saturday, May 2, 2015 at his home in Bastian, VA. He was born February 24, 1931 in Grundy, VA and was the son of the late Fred and Watie Honaker Rife.
    Leonard was a retired coal miner of 45 years. He was a member of the Grapefield Church of God. He traveled to many churches in the county and surrounding areas to participate in singing. He sang with Roy and Rachel Breedlove and Joe Blevins. He sang with Ed Addington and Christine Cole, Steven Rife played the piano and organ. Leonard loved singing, gardening, coon hunting, cooking and fishing. He played the piano with Robin Stover; and sang with Graham and Charlene Cooper.
    In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one son, Steven Allen Rife; grandson, William Daniel Ward; great grandchild, Destiny Jade Irizary; three brothers, Johnny Rife, Ervin Rife and Hufford Rife; and two sisters, Mae Jackson and Faye Hess.
    Those who survive him are: His Wife, Geneva Fuller Rife. Three Daughters: Charlene Rife Cooper and husband, Graham of Bastian, VA, Sharon Rife Stover and husband Leon of Bastian, VA, Deborah Rife Brewster and husband, Tommy of Bristol, TN. One Son, Charlie Rife and companion, Aleta of Rocky Gap, VA. Four Sisters: Cloia Rife Payne of Louisburg, NC, Geneva Rife Blankenship of Manasas, VA, Lorine Rife Deel and husband, Harold of Vansant, VA, Marie Rife Griffith of Willard, OH. One Brother, Fred Rife, Jr. of Pilgrims Knob, VA. Seven Grandchildren: Pheobe Ward Largen and husband, Lyndon of Fancy Gap, VA, Gregory Stover and wife, Robin of Bland, VA, James Brewster of Bristol, TN, Wendi Cooper Goad and husband, Allen of Hillsville, VA, Courtney Rife Irizary of Summerville, SC, Christopher Rife and wife, Marlena of Clarksburg, WV. Seven Great Grandchildren: Robert Stover, Autumn Stover, Hunter Goad, Zachary Goad, Ariania Irizary, and Tristian Rife.
    Funeral services for Leonard James Rife will be conducted at 2:00 pm on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at the Hurst-Scott Funeral Chapel in Richlands, Virginia with the Rev. Bruce Hagee, Johnny Blessing, Jack Payne officiating. Interment will follow at the Greenhills Memory Gardens in Claypool Hill, Virginia. Pallbearers will be: Gregory Stover, James Brewster, Christopher Rife, Daniel Rife, Lyndon Largen, Allen Goad, Robert Stover, and David Irizary. Honorary pallbearers will be: Jimmy Helton, Ray Breedlove, Michael Rife, David Hobb, Mark Rife and Mickey Payne.
    From: Diane Renfrow dhrenfrow(at)

    Father: Fred Rife
    Mother: Watie Honaker
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