Many HopeTree Family Services supporters have kindly included us in their estate plans in the event of their deaths. Their forethought ensures that we will continue performing, after their deaths, the valuable ministry they deemed important during their lives. We extend our gratitude for these friends whose gifts will enable us to continue ministering to children and youth as well as adults with intellectual disabilities for years to come.

Melvin Cecil Allen lived 92 full years in Richmond, VA where he was respected and loved by all who knew him. A graduate of John Marshall High School, Allen worked as a draftsman for the City of Richmond and was a devoted Christian who attended Woodland Heights Baptist Church. His generous spirit led him to remember HopeTree Family Services in his will.


Dora Alice Brown was born near Buchanan, VA in Botetourt County in 1920 and lived a full, admirable life that touched the hearts and souls of countless people throughout the Greater Roanoke Valley. Educated at the Jefferson Hospital in Roanoke, Brown became a nurse who worked in the maternity ward of Rocky Mount’s Wolfe Medical Clinic. A very active member of Rocky Mount Baptist Church, Brown was gracious enough to remember HopeTree in her estate plans. Brown’s half-sister, Janet Smith said of Brown, “She was a fine Christian woman who tried to help everyone. I always admired and looked up to her.”


Annie Lou Chandler worked as a chemist at Allied Chemical in Pulaski, VA for 30 years, but will long be remembered for having the perfect formula for community service.Born in South Boston, VA in 1919, Chandler received her Bachelor’s Degree from UNC-Greensboro in 1942. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Chandler excelled at demonstrating Christ’s love to those around her. She was a founding member of Trinity Baptist Church in Pulaski, Director of the Retired Senior Volunteer program, President of the Pulaski Chapter of AARP, and volunteered with the Pulaski Senior Center and the American Cancer Society.Throughout her many activities, Chandler still found time to stage a number of walk-a-thons in support of HopeTree Family Services. Her dedication to serving others led her to provide HopeTree with continued support by way of her estate gift.


Elizabeth Wheeler Channel personified ‘service’ during her days on Earth. Born in Howardsville, VA in 1913, she graduated from Schuyler High School in 1932, then moved to Alexandria, VA to attend St. Mary’s Academy, where she earned a Business Degree by 1933. Channel then worked for the federal government for 30 years.In addition to serving during her professional career, Channel made service to others her personal vocation. She served as a Sunday School teacher, was active with senior citizens, and worked with the nursery school program. Also, she established an endowment for pastoral studies through her church when her husband died. Since Channel’s father was a trustee of Sharon Baptist Church in Alexandria, she was raised with a love for missions instilled in her from a very young age.Channel and husband Frank had no children of their own, but are survived by many nieces and nephews. Her tremendous dedication to missions and to children led her to contribute a portion of her estate to HopeTree Family Services. In fact, a classroom at HopeTree Academy has been named in her honor to commemorate her dedication to serving others.