Josephine Hess

Josephine Hess (Matney)

Monday, December 26th, 1932 - Sunday, July 26th, 2020
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Mrs. Josephine Matney Hess, age 87, of the River Mountain Road section of Lebanon, Virginia passed away Sunday (July 26, 2020) at Valley Healthcare in Chilhowie, Virginia. Born December 26, 1932 in Buchanan County, Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Henderson and Jenny Runyon Matney. A lifelong resident of the area, she was a member of Blackford United Methodist Church. She enjoyed embroidery, cooking, gardening and listening to gospel music. Her very favorite pastimes included going to yard sales and flea markets, and she didn’t do anything or go anywhere without a Pepsi.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the love of her life for over sixty-three years, Ralph Clifford Hess; step-granddaughter, Melissa Ray; son-in-law, Wayne Herndon; infant brother, Ralph Matney and sisters, Ora Vance and Lena Looney.
Survivors include two daughters, Wanda Reid and husband, Tom of Chilhowie, Virginia and Connie Hess of Abingdon, Virginia; one son, Clifford Lee Hess and wife, Cynthia of Honaker, Virginia; granddaughters, Jennifer Barnes and husband, Jason of Chilhowie, Virginia and Sarah Johnson and husband, Jeremiah of Nickelsville, Virginia; step-granddaughter, Michelle Mullins and husband, Greg of Swords Creek, Virginia; great-grandchildren, Rachael, Will, Max, Colten and Gunner; step-great-grandchildren, Jada, Jayson and Alexia; sister, Garnie Stacy of Grundy, Virginia and several nieces and nephews also survive.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the staff of Valley Health Care in Chilhowie for the wonderful care they provided for Josephine.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 PM Wednesday in the Honaker Funeral Home Chapel with Frank Branson officiating. Interment will follow in the Forest Hills Memory Gardens in Abingdon, Virginia.
Relatives and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends at Honaker Funeral Home from 1 PM to 2 PM on Wednesday.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Honaker Funeral Home
    4686 Redbud Highway
    HONAKER, VA 24260
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 2:00pm
    Honaker Funeral Home
    4686 Redbud Highway
    HONAKER, VA 24260
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Frank Branson
  • Interment

    Forest Hills Memory Gardens
    Lee Highway
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Cathy Compton

Posted at 09:21pm
Clifford, I am so sorry to hear about your mother. Prayers for your family. Cathy Boyd Compton

Miranda Eliott & Amanda Arnold

Posted at 02:28pm
Sarah, We pray the love of God enfolds you and your family during this time. With all our hearts, we love you!
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Patricia Ward

Posted at 06:57am
Wanda, so very sorry for your loss...Mrs Josephine will be missed. Pat Ward

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Posted at 03:12pm
Wanda, Clifford, Connie: so Sorry to hear this sad news, keeping you all in our prayers. Cousins: Bev, Nell, Rinda, Gary, Greg, Vera, Joann, Rick.
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