In Remembrance 2016


In Remembrance 2016

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December 30, 2017

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Dolores S. Colston

Dolores S. Colston was born on October 24, 1932 in Clifton Forge, Va. She went to her eternal home on December 30, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thurman E. Smith Sr. and Lillian Javins Smith.

Mrs. Colston was a member of Central Baptist Church. She previously worked for J.J. Newberry, Leggett and Hecht Dept. Stores, Secretary for the EVA of the United Church of Christ and the Secretary of Immanuel Baptist Church of Chesapeake and Ortega Baptist Church of Jacksonville, FL. She was active and supportive in her husband’s pastorates.

Survivors include her husband, The Rev. R. Otis Colston of sixty-five years, two sons, Raymond Otis Colston, Jr. of West Columbia, SC, Robert L. “Bob” Colston and wife Cyndi of Midlothian, VA, a daughter Debra C. Moose of Chesapeake, VA, a brother, Thurman “Curley” Smith and wife Mary of Covington, VA, five grandchildren, Crystal C. Redden and husband Clyde of Rome, GA, Ryan Colston of Lexington, SC, Ashley Colston of Midlothian, VA, Amy and Alissa Moose of Chesapeake, VA and one great grandson, Branson Redden of Rome, GA and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, January 4,  from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Norview Chapel.

A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, January 5, 11:00 a.m. at Central Baptist Church, 701 W. Olney Road, Norfolk, VA by The Rev. Dr. Tinney Parrish and The Rev. Keith Vaughan. Interment will follow at Rosewood Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be given to the church of your choice. Friends may offer condolences at

Mother of Robert Colston, manager at Woody Funeral Home in Richmond

Central District



December 18, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Gloria B. Charity

Gloria B. Charity, 91 of Charles City, departed this life December 18, 2016.  She is survived by two daughters Josie C. Hayes (Henry), and Janice C. Overby (James), son Joseph L. Charity, Jr., Grandchildren James T. III, Jerry L. Overby (Donna), and Jewell A. Charity.  14 great grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  Remains

rest at J. Leroy Charity Funeral Home, 5130 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Charles City, VA 23030 where view will be held Wednesday 9 am to 3 pm.  At 4 pm, Mrs. Charity will rest at the St. John Baptist Church, 8131 Roxbury Road, Charles City, VA 23030 where the family will receive friends 6 to 8 pm.  Services will be held Thursday at 1 pm at the church.  Rev. Ellsworth Tait, pastor.  Interment Church cemetery.

Mother of Joseph L. Charity, Jr. at J. Leroy Charity Funeral Home.

Central District


December 9, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Jeanie Hall Perry

BIG STONE GAP, Va. Jeanie Hall Perry, age 67, of Big Stone Gap, Va., went to be with the Lord on Friday, December 9, 2016, surrounded by the love and care of her family after a courageous battle with leukemia. Jeanie was born on March 4, 1949, in Inman, Va., and was a lifelong resident of Wise County, Va. She and her husband owned and operated Webb’s Appliance and Bedding in Big Stone Gap, Va. for over 20 years. She was a dedicated Christian and a member of the Lighthouse Family Worship Center. She was a loving wife, mother, sister, and dear friend. Throughout her life she was an incredible homemaker for her family. She was always able to provide a great meal, and more importantly, a comforting word when things went wrong. Her giving spirit touched everyone she met. Throughout her battle with cancer the love she had for her family and her peaceful Christ-like personality always showed. She never wavered and never gave up the fight even though she knew her final healing reward was so much more than her earthly battle. Whenever she prayed you could always hear her say “Jesus is my healer” and now she has received the greatest healing of all. No words can express the love and appreciation to the many family members and friends who were willing to give tireless hours of love and support during this time. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Robert Hall and Margie Anderson Hall. Surviving are her loving husband of 47 years, Ronnie Perry, of the home; son, Matthew Perry and wife, Amanda, of Abingdon, Va.; three sisters, Pat Austin and husband, Hollie, of Plainfield, Ill., Jodi Orndorff and husband, Dana, of Appalachia, Va., and Debbie Ford and husband, Tom, of Duffield, Va.; two brothers, Bob Hall, of Bowling Green, Ky. and Larry Hall and wife, Fran, of Big Stone Gap, Va.; two very special sisters-in-law, who were her sisters at heart, Retha Williams and husband, Estell, of Abingdon, Va. and Shirley Kyle and husband, Roy, of Glade Spring, Va.; sister-in-law, Mary Ellen Powers of Wise, Va.; several nieces, nephews, and many special friends. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to those that provided such excellent and compassionate care, Dr. Leonid Volodin, Dr. Michael Keng and staff at the University of Virginia Medical Center Cancer Center, the staff at the Regional Cancer Center at Indian Path Medical Center, and Dr. Audrey Campbell, Dr. Brandon Moore, and Dr. Bryan Watson. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial gifts be made to the Lighthouse Family Worship Center, P.O. Box 2103, Wise, VA 24293. Visitation will be held from 4 until 7 p.m., Sunday, December 11, 2016, at the Lighthouse Family Worship Center, 145 Lake St. NW, Wise, Va. A funeral service will follow at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church with Pastor Roger Barker, Pastor Nathaniel Maggard and the Rev. Leonard Lane officiating. Committal services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday, December 12, 2016, at Glencoe Cemetery, Big Stone Gap, Va. A funeral procession will assemble at the church at 12 p.m. Active pallbearers will be Eddie Buchanan, Doug Campbell, Doug Carico, Jimmy Hall, David Mullins, and the Rev. Bud Kilbourne. Honorary pallbearers will be the Rev. Stan Tate, Wayne Wells, Estell Williams, Roy Kyle, Dana Orndorff, Tom Ford, nephews, and her church family at the Lighthouse Family Worship Center. Online condolences may be expressed at Frost Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 250 E. Main St., Abingdon, Va., is honored to serve the Perry family.

Mother of Matthew Perry at Frost Funeral Home & Cremation Services

Southwest District



November 18, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Betty J. Reukauf

Of Orchard Park, New York, passed away Friday, November 18, 2016, beloved wife of 63 years to the late Roy A. Reukauf; loving Mother of Craig ( Kathy ) Daniel ( Nancy ), Jane Ann Reukauf, and Mary Beth ( Halsey ) Van Lew; survived by eleven Grandchildren, 16 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great Great Grandchild, two sisters and many nieces and nephews.

Betty served her community in many ways all her life. As a devote Catholic, she was an active communicant of Nativity of our Lord Church in Orchard Park and was also an active member of the Rosary Altar Society of the church. A staunch Democrat all her life, she was a loyal member of the Orchard Park Democratic Committee and a former election inspector. In the year 1972, Betty was appointed Deputy Town Clerk of Orchard Park where she served until 1980 when she was elected to the position of Town Clerk. She served for three consecutive terms before retiring in 1993. She was known as an exemplary public servant as she opened up her home to many who needed licenses and assistance after hours and during weekends.

Betty enjoyed cheering her favorite Buffalo sports teams, the Bills and the Sabres, even during the recent years when performances according to her were much less than acceptable. She also enjoyed the theatre, visiting over a cup of tea and her frequent trips to New Smyrna Beach, Florida. She was actively involved in the lives of all her Children, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren and a recent Great Great Grandchild who all considered her the family Matriarch or the “Queen Mum” going back to her English heritage. She never missed an occasion to “send a little something” to each one just to make sure they knew she loved them. She will surely missed by All of her Family.

The Family will receive Friends Tuesday 2-4 and 7-9 P.M. at the F. E. Brown & Sons Funeral Home, Inc., 6575 E. Quaker Street, Orchard Park, New York. Services from the funeral home will be held Wednesday 9 AM followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in Nativity of Our Lord Church, 26 Thorn Avenue, Orchard Park, New York at 10:00 AM. Friends are invited. Memorials may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 1298 Main Street, Buffalo, New York 14209 or Making Strides against Breast Cancer Buffalo Chapter. Cash donations will provide a special Christmas for families in need: c/o Jane Ann Reukauf 15 Hillside Drive Orchard Park, New York 14127

On line condolences can be sent to

Mother of Son Dan Reukauf, Sales consultant with Batesville Casket Company in Virginia and Grandson, Paul Reukauf, Sales Consultant in Florida.




October 29, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Richard F. “Dick” Boudreau 

Richard F. “Dick” Boudreau, 89 of Fitchburg, MA passed away peacefully Saturday afternoon, October 29,2016 in Health Alliance Leominster Hospital with his family at his side.

He was born April 13, 1927, son of the late Ivan and Irene (LeBlanc) Boudreau. He was raised in Fitchburg, MA and lived there all of his life.  He attended Fitchburg schools. In 1946 he enlisted the U.S. Navy serving our country during WW2. He was honorably discharged in 1952.

Dick worked as a machine saw operator for Simonds Saw & Steel in Fitchburg, MA. Over 35 years and retired in 1989.

He was very athletic and spent much of his time playing softball for many years, tennis and golf. He also was a Babe Ruth League coach for the Simond’s Saw & Steel for several years. He was always very active

He had made many friends over the years and will be sadly missed by all who met or knew him.

He is survived by his children, two sons, Richard J. Boudreau and wife Shellie of Sterling , Virginia, R. Kenneth Boudreau of Fitchburg, MA., Louise Horgan of Norton MA., and Lois Boudreau of Ft. Myers, Florida,  four grandchildren, Christopher Horgan ,Kara Petrucci, Lauren LeDonne, and Richard B. Boudreau, three great grandchildren, Brady and Logan Petrucci and Summer Horgan. He also leaves several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife of sixty years, Phyllis (Alario) Boudreau in 2011, his son Ralph F. Boudreau in 1993, his sister Doris Robare, and son-in-law David Horgan in 2012.

His funeral will be held on Wednesday November 2, 2016, with a Mass at 11a.m. in St. Anthony de Padua Church 84 Salem St. Fitchburg, MA. Inurnment will be held in St. Bernard’s Cemetery at a later date. Calling hours will be on Tuesday evening at the funeral home from 5 until 8p.m. In lieu of flowers donations in his memory may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts Chapter 480 Pleasant St. Watertown, MA 02472.

The Lavery Chartrand Alario Funeral Home 99 Summer St. Fitchburg, MA is directing.

Father of Richie Boudreau




October 27, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Allen Dale Lowry, Sr.

Allen Dale Lowry, Sr., 59 of Covington, VA   died Thursday, October 27, 2016.

He was born August 27, 1957, a son of the late Quentin and Mildred McElwee Lowry.   In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Lowry.

Dale was employed as an HVAC Supervisor with Mountain Air Inc. and had been with the company for 40 years.  He attended Greenwood Presbyterian Church.  Dale was a member and former officer of the Falling Spring Fire Department. For many years he was active in the Covington Little League Baseball, servicing as a coach and as an officer.   He was an avid outdoorsman.

Surviving are his wife of 39 years, Dolly Carter Lowry, of Covington; two sons and daughters–in- law, Dale Lowry, Jr. and Holly, and Anthony Lowry and Nikki, all of Covington;   his granddaughter, Maddy Lowry of Covington;    his brother, Bill Lowry and his wife, Patricia, of Millboro;   his Father-in–law and Mother–in-law,Vernon and Eunice Quantz, of Covington and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Monday, October 31, 2016, at 2:00 PM in the Arritt Funeral Home Chapel in Covington, VA.

The interment will follow in Falling Spring Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The family will receive their friends Sunday evening from 7:00 until 8:30PM at Arritt Funeral Home and at other times at the Lowry’s Home, 1510 Dunbrack Rd., Covington, VA  24426.

The family suggests that donations in Mr. Lowry’s name be made to the Falling Spring Fire Department and Rescue Squad; P.O. Box 880; Covington, VA 24426.

The online guest book is available at

Anthony Lowry, son Dale Lowry, is a licensed funeral director with Arritt Funeral Home in Covington, VA

Blue Ridge District



October 21, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Warren Beadles Braxton

Warren Beadles Braxton, of Hampton, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on October 21, 2016. Warren, a native of Lanexa, Virginia was the son of the late Warren and Mamie Braxton. He is preceded in death by his wife, Pearl C. Braxton, sisters, Quetta Spruell, Alma Booth, Elizabeth Weatherly, a brother Clarence Braxton and a niece, Sheryl Hopper Brown. Warren was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church of Hampton for over 50 years and faithfully attended the worship services. His period of active duty in the Army of the United States was from 1951-1953. Warren retired in 1986 after 41 years of faithful service with the United States Government. He was an active member of the Bachelor-Benedicts and also served as the Chaplain for the Aberdeen Gardens Historic and Civic Association. Warren was a devoted husband, caring father, loving brother and brother-in-law, uncle and friend. Left to cherish and celebrate his memory is a devoted daughter, Suzanne Braxton, three nephews, Alphonzo Spruell, Jr. (Janice), James Pope, Jr. and Burl Brown, a niece, Brenda Spruell, a grand nephew, William Spruell, two grand nieces, Kellye Spruell and Nikia Miller (Richard), three great grand nieces, Anissah Auzenne, Akailyn and Celeste Miller, a great grand Nephew, Warren Miller, two sisters-in-law, Thelma Hopper and Janice Walker, a god-daughter and god-son, Judy and David Jones and a host of relatives and friends. The funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 12:00 noon at First Baptist Church of Hampton, 229 North King Street, Hampton, VA. The viewing will be from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon. Should friends and family desire, in lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Hampton, 229 North King Street, Hampton, VA 23669. Professional services are entrusted to Bland and Tucker Funeral Homes, Petersburg, VA.

Father of Suzanne Braxton at Optima Health

Central District


October 14, 2017

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Barbara Hawthorne Craft

Barbara Hawthorne Craft, 76, of Dundas, VA died October 14, 2016, at Heritage Hall in Blackstone. She was preceded in death by her parents, Peter Blackwell and Louise Reekes Hawthorne. Barbara fought a good fight; she was a 5 time survivor of cancer and 5 strokes. She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Curtis N. Craft; their son, Chris H. Craft both of Dundas; and several cousins. The family will have a private burial service on Sunday, October 23rd followed by a Celebration of Her Life from 2:00pm until 4:00pm at her favorite restaurant, Louise’s Southern Comforts, Highway 46, 31155 Christianna Highway, Dundas, about halfway between Blackstone and Alberta. Per her request, dress is to be comfortable and casual. Since she was an avid poker player (Texas Holdem) all poker players who have a club are requested to wear shirts or jackets with their club logo or a shirt with something poker related. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Perseverance Christian Church, 3027 Gigg Road, Kenbridge, VA, 23938 or to Kenbridge Rescue Squad, PO Box 328, Kenbridge, VA, 23944. Condolences may be registered at

Wife of Curtis Craft at J.T. Morriss & Son

Central District


October 9, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Henry E. “Gene” Harris

Henry E. “Gene” Harris, age 79, a lifelong resident of Thompson Valley in Tazewell, VA died Sunday, October 9, 2016 at his home. Born February 20, 1937 in Thompson Valley, he was a son of the late Henry Greever Harris and Sally Grace Meredith Harris. He was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Thompson Valley. Gene was a US Army Veteran and member of the American Legion Post #133 of Tazewell, VA. He worked 26 years with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department and retired as an investigator. Gene loved tending to the very farm he was born on, where he raised cattle and horses. Another fond pastime was riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle. He was a member of the NRA, American Quarterhorse Association, and the Foundation American Quarterhorse Association. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, and the love of his life, Jeanene; one sister, Eula Buchanan.

He is survived by his son, Jody G. Harris and wife, Detra of Thompson Valley, VA; one sister, Nancy Claytor of Thompson Valley, VA; two brothers, James L. “Bub” Harris of Lebanon, VA and Paul L. Harris and wife, Carol of Mechanicsville, VA; two grandchildren, Heather Kitts and husband, Zack of Gratton, VA and J. Heath Harris of Thompson Valley, VA; two great grandchildren, Landon Alexander Kitts and Lauren Alexis Kitts; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM Thursday, October 13, 2016 at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, VA with Minister Lee Blackburn and the Reverend Lou Crandall officiating. Interment will follow at Grandview Memory Gardens in Bluefield, VA. Pallbearers are Heath Harris, Zack Kitts, Randall Whittaker, Bobby Cornwell, Joey Claytor, Kenny Daughtery, Jimmy Neel, Jeff Buchanan, and Jimmy Harris. Honorary pallbearers are Frank Salyers, Kenny Necessary, Methodist Men’s Breakfast Group, Jeff Gillespie, Alfred Lambert, Lou Peery, Marvin Lively, Thomas Stroud, and Doug Wimmer.

The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6-9 PM Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be directed to the Methodist Men’s Breakfast Group C/O Jack T. Bundy 4977 B.F. Buchanan Hwy Tazewell, VA 24651.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Father of Jody G. Harris, a funeral director at Peery & St.Clair Funeral Home in Tazewell, VA

Southwest District


October 8, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Kim D. Aguilar

Kim D. Aguilar, 44, of Henrico, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2016. She loved family, friends, animals and spending time at the beach.

She is survived by her loving husband, Jim Aguilar; daughter, Amaris Thomas (David); son, Anthony J. Delgado; mother, Faye. E. Curlee; father, Ronald Hughes (Diana); brother, Jeff Hughes (Kristi), and numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of her life will be held at 2 pm on October 14, 2016 at Bennett Funeral Home in Mechanicsville.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Society for Vascular Medicine at Friends of SVM Headquarters, One Parkview Plaza, Suite 800 Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181 USA, or any charity of your choice.

Mother of Amaris Thomas at Welch Funeral Home

Central District


September 30, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Myrtle Virginia Blake Davis Faulkner

Myrtle Virginia Blake Davis Faulkner, 91, of Locust Hill passed away Friday, September 30, 2016.  Myrtle was the owner and operator of Mizpah Health Care Center from 1969 until 2015.  She was a life member, historian and former organist of Harmony Grove Baptist Church where she served on the Board of Trustees. She served as a member of The Advisory Board on Aging, Commonwealth of Virginia Statewide Health Coordinating Council and The Governor’s Advisory Council.  Myrtle was also a member of The American Health Care Association, Virginia Health Care Association and received the National Award from HUD for high performance in 2000. She was a member of the Oriental Chapter No. 30 O.E.S., Mathews County and the Garden Club of Middlesex County. Myrtle was a life member of the Middlesex County Woman’s Club, Urbanna and the Red Hat Society. She was the widow of John D. Davis, Sr. and Charles William Faulkner, Sr. Survived by her daughters, Martha D. Cottingham (Don) of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Ann Carleton Davis Gresham of Locust Hill; her son, John Dallas Davis, Jr. (Mary Ann) of Locust Hill.  Five step-children; Jeanne F. Ames (John) of Bowling Green, Susan Lee Bailey (Frank) of Chesterfield, Shannon Kay Faulkner also of Chesterfield. Charles W. Faulkner, Jr. (Joanie) of King William, Gregg C. Faulkner (Valerie) of Charlotte, N.C.; sisters, Nell Weston of Deltaville and June Edwards of Northern Virginia.  Nineteen grandchildren and twenty-two great grandchildren. The family will receive friends Monday, October 3, 2016 from 6 until 8 p.m. in the Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, October 4, 2016 in Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping.  Burial will follow in the Middlesex Memorial Cemetery, Urbanna.  Memorial donations may be made to Harmony Grove Baptist Church Scholarship Fund or to the Bell Choir P.O. Box 138, Topping, VA 23169 and or to Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue P.O. Box 98, Deltaville, VA 23043.

Widow of Charles W. Faulkner, Sr. co-owner of Bristow-Faulkner & Foster-Faulkner Funeral Homes

Grandmother of Raymond D. “R.D.” Monson, FSL, CPC Senior Account Executive/ Homesteaders Life Company-Virginia

Central District



September 26, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Janet Z. Torchinsky

On Monday, September 26, 2016, JANET Z. TORCHINSKY, of Silver Spring, MD. Beloved wife for nearly 66 years of Irving L. Torchinsky. Loving daughter of the late Murray and Anna Jaffe Sincoff. Devoted mother of Marilyn (Howard) Politzer, Linda (Chester) Katz, Susan (Elliott) Prissman, Sally Schtevie, Joyce E., David (Laura), Annette and Jay Torchinsky. Cherished grandmother of Shirley Politzer, Lisa (Slava) Slavin, Gary Politzer, Joanna (Joshua) Rubin, Martin (Arielle) Katz, Bonnie Prissman, Annie Schtevie, Joseph Dekelbaum, Shira and Rina Torchinsky and Alexander Flum. Loving great-grandmother of Jacob and Sarah Slavin and Benjamin Rubin. Dear sister of Ellen Rudin, Richard (Barbara) and Dr. Michael (Kathy) Sincoff. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 11 a.m. at Shaare Tefila Congregation, 16620 Georgia Ave., Olney, MD. Interment following at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery, Adelphi, MD. Shiva will be observed at the home of Linda and Chester Katz on Wednesday, after the interment until 9 p.m. with Minyan at 6:30 p.m., Thursday morning Minyan at 7 a.m. and Shiva from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m. with minyan at 6:30 p.m., Friday morning minyan at 7 a.m. and Shiva from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday evening minyan at 8 p.m. and Shiva until 9 p.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with minyan at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes, 1500 E. Jefferson St., Rockville, MD 20852 or to the charity of your choice . Arrangements entrusted to TORCHINSKY HEBREW FUNERAL HOME

Mother of Joyce, Member of Northern Virginia Funeral Directors Association

Northern District


September 25, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Ignatius Benedict Gerring, Jr.

Mr. Ignatius Benedict “Iggy” Gerring, Jr., age 96 of Chesterfield, died Sunday, September 25, 2016. He was a retired electrical engineering technician, a World War II army veteran, Boy Scoutmaster and a member of Ramsey Memorial United Methodist Church. Mr. Gerring is survived by two daughters; Beth Lane (Craig) of Midlothian and Kaye Hite (Randolph) of Bracey, five grandchildren; Matthew Hite (Amy) of Wynantskill ,NY, Sarah Lane Gonzalez (Henry) of Henrico, Melanie H. Winter (Jason) of Bracey, Curtis C. Lane (Megan) of Richmond and Amanda Lane of New York, NY., three great grandchildren; Henry Gonzalez Jr., JoBeth and Sue Winter. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years Sarah Sarrette Gerring and his son, George Bernard “Bernie” Gerring. A funeral service will be conducted Thursday at 2:00 PM at Ramsey Memorial United Methodist Church with interment in Dale Memorial Park with military honors.. The family will receive friends Wednesday for 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Bliley’s Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull Street Rd.. Memorial contributions may be made to Ramsey Memorial UMC Capital Fund, 5900 Hull St. Road, Richmond, Va. 23224.

Father of Kaye Hite (Wife of Randolph Hite at Crowder-Hite Crews Funeral Home & Crematory)

Southside District



September 24, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Gary Milton Lavinder

Gary Milton Lavinder, 48, of 800 Grace Street, Herndon, Va. passed away Saturday, September 24, 2016, at his residence.  He was born September 3, 1968, in Martinsville, Va., son of Pat H. Gatewood and William “Billy” Lavinder.  Gary was a graduate of Averett University in Danville, Va.  He owned and operated his own software consultant firm, Lavinder Enterprises.

Gary is survived by his mother, Pat H. Gatewood and husband, Butch of Chatham, Va.; his father, William “Billy” Lavinder and wife, Barbara of Blairs, Va.; his son, Chase Dillon Lavinder of Altavista, Va.; his sister, Robin L. Lester and husband, David of Danville, Va.; his fiancée, Mary Harp of Herndon; his step-brothers, H.L. Gatewood, III of Danville, and Randy E. Gatewood of Chatham, Va.; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends Monday, September 26, 2016 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Norris Funeral Services, Mt. Hermon Chapel.

Graveside services will be private.

The family respectfully requests memorial donations can be made to the Animal Welfare League of Pittsylvania County, PO Box 936, Chatham, VA 24531, or the SPCA of Martinsville & Henry County, 132 Joseph Martin Hwy, Martinsville, VA 24112.

Norris Funeral Services, Inc. & Crematory, Mt. Hermon Chapel, 3995 Franklin Tpke., Danville, Va. is respectfully serving the Lavinder family.  Online condolences may be made at

Son of Pat Gatewood.  Pat and Butch Gatewood are employed by Norris Funeral Service, Inc. And Crematory

Southside District


September 20, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Jimmy Lane Harris

Jimmy Lane Harris, 84, a longtime resident of Durham, died peacefully Tuesday following a period of declining health.

Jimmy was a native of Roanoke Rapids, the youngest of five children born to Paul E. and Flossie P. Harris. He graduated from Roanoke Rapids High School and served in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. He attended Louisburg College, later transferring to UNC-Chapel Hill to earn his bachelor’s degree in business administration. Throughout his working life he was associated with building material sales, retiring from the Lowes Contractor Yard in 1999.  In addition to his parents, siblings Jack, Billy and Melba preceded Jimmy in death.

Surviving are his wife Kathy McKinney, three children, Paul Harris of Durham, Jennifer H. Bazari of Clayton and Andrew Harris of Clayton; his brother Paul T. “Baldy” Harris of Roanoke Rapids and three grandchildren, Duncan, Pearce and Sarah.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, September 24th at Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church in Durham. The family will greet friends at the church immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 3541 Rose of Sharon Road, Durham, NC 27712.

Clements Funeral Service in Durham is handling cremation arrangements.

Father of Paul Harris, President of Regulatory Support Services, Inc.



September 5, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Pearl Carr Braxton

Pearl Carr Braxton, 84 of Hampton, VA peacefully transitioned to eternal rest on Monday, September 5, 2016 at Sentara Careplex Hospital, Hampton, VA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the staff of Bland and Tucker Funeral Homes, 137 Harrison Street, Petersburg, 804-732-7841. For more information or to leave an online condolence, visit us at

Mother of Suzanne Stewart, VFDA Affiliate Member


September 4, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Judith Randolph Minor Preddy

PREDDY, Judith Randolph Minor, 75, of Orange, passed away Sunday, September 4, 2016, in Autumn Care of Madison. She was born November 30, 1940, in Richmond, and was the daughter of the late Herman Randolph Minor and Christine Fagg Minor. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Joseph W. “Tony” Preddy Jr.; and daughter, Susan Minor Preddy. Judy was married to Tony on October 24, 1964, in Richmond. They became members of Trinity United Methodist Church in Orange and she was an X-ray technician in the Gordonsville Hospital for many years. They both enjoyed their three dogs, Angel, Nick and Scarlet. She is survived by her son, Barry Anthony Preddy and wife, Becky, of Madison; brother, Herman Randolph Minor Jr. and wife, Cathy, of Indiana; sister, Ann Minor Baker, of Richmond; grandchildren, Bryan, Bradley and Marcus, all of Madison. Funeral services will held 11 a.m. Thursday, September 8, 2016, at Preddy Funeral Home, in Orange, with interment in Graham Cemetery, conducted by Pastor Craig Newman and Rev. Olin Herndon. Judy will be at Preddy Funeral Home, in Madison, all day Tuesday with a family visitation Wednesday, September 7, 2016, at Preddy’s, in Orange, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family wishes to thank the staff of Autumn Care and Hospice of the Piedmont for their personal attention given to Judy. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, Va. 22911 or the Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1020 Carrington Place #100, Charlottesville, Va. 22901.

Central District


August 28, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Mildred A. (McIntyre) Boisse

Mildred A. (McIntyre) Boisse, 92 years young , Gold Star Widow and wife of the late George H. Boisse Jr., died Sunday, August 28. She was also known as Mill, Milly, Aunt Mil, Nanny, Little Nanny, and Mom.

She was born September 11, 1923, youngest of 7 children, in Somersworth, N.H., and was raised and educated in Marlboro, Ma. She was a graduate of Marlboro High School. She worked for a short time in MA, before moving to Philadelphia where she managed her own business. With the beginning of WW II, and her father getting ill, she flew back to MA to assist her Mother. During the War, she worked in the shipyards as a “riveter”, building submarines for the War effort. Settling in Marlboro after the War, she worked as a waitress and in sales of women’s fashions. She and her George were married in 1953, settling in Marlboro. They had a relationship that his 1990 death could not interrupt or deter. She for many years tended to the needs of her aging Mother, but yet found time to work and care for her family. For several years she was the Dining Room Manager of the former Sea ‘n Surf Restaurant in Framingham, Ma. She also co-managed , with her George , a family owned restaurant in Marlboro which was food and coffee to many workers during the “blizzard of 78”, as it remained opened 24 hours a day during the crisis.

After retiring, she settled mostly on Cape Cod in Yarmouth Port, and moved to Virginia in 2012 to be closer to her family.

She was a true representative of the Great Generation, having lived through the Great depression and WW II. Reading was her favorite hobby and she even found time to write an unpublished novel, but nothing got in the way of her love and devotion for her son George, daughter in law Debbie, her Grandchildren  George, Denise and Brian and Great Grandchildren Joslynne, Sierra, Myles and Dante. Her many nieces and nephews and their children were very special to her too. Over the past months she remembered often her late and beloved sisters, Catherine, Mary, Celia, and Madeline, and her late brothers Edward and Thomas, and all of their spouses. She will be remembered also, by many friends she has made along the way.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at the FAIRFAX MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, from 10am until the service time at 11am

Burial will be in the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne, MA.


Northern District



August 15, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

George P. Kalas, Jr.

On Monday, August 15, 2016, at his residence in Annapolis, MD, the beloved husband of Ellen B. Kalas; father of George P.(K.K.) Kalas III, Kristina (Trip) Harrison and Rachel Kessler; brother of Kathy (Joseph) Thibadeau and Robert (Glynis) Kalas; grandfather of Jack and Burke Harrison and George “Gus” IV, Genevieve and Graydon Kalas and Noah, Reed and Ellie Kessler. He is also survived by his many nieces, nephews, other relatives and numerous friends. Family and friends are invited to celebrate George’s life on Thursday, August 18 from 2 to 4 and from 6 to 9pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD 21037. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered on Friday, August 19 at 11am at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD 21035. Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Clinton, MD. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Old South Pink & Blue Memorial Cancer Golf Tournament, payable to The Old South Charitable Trust, c/o Margaret S. Owens, 5932 Little Rd., Lothian, MD 20711.

George P. Kalas, Jr. of Kalas Funeral Homes in Oxon Hill & Edgewater, MD

Northern District



July 11, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Adam Lynn Light

Adam Lynn Light, age 37 of Kingsport, Tennessee passed away July 11, 2016 in Sevierville, Tennessee.

He is survived by his children, Grant, Griffen, Graham and Gryder; mother and step-father, Sandra and Edward Duncan of Rocky Face, Georgia; father and step-mother, Greg and Deonna Light of Seymour, Tennessee; brother, Anthony Light of Big Stone Gap, VA; sister, Whitney King of Atlanta, GA, brother, Jonathon and Shannon King of Savannah, GA, Teddy King Jr. of West Palm Beach, FL; and grandmother, Carroll and Bill Miracle of Rutledge, TN; and a host of loving extended family members and friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to an educational fund for Adam’s children at Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union, P.O. Box 15994, Knoxville, TN 37901.

A service to celebrate Adam’s life will begin at 6 PM, Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Farmstead Cabin at Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, TN. A time of fellowship with his family will follow the service. The family encourages friends to come prior to 6 PM and enjoy the activities of the park. Online condolences may be made at


Previously worked for Matthews Casket Company and served as vice-president to VFDA Southwest District


Southwest District


July 18, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

John Sidney Royall

John Sidney Royall, 69, died July 18, 2016 at his home in Mechanicsville, Va.  He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Charlotte Harver Royall; his sons, Jon Royall (Stacy), of Salem, VA, and Adam Royall (Kimberly) of Chesterfield, VA; a daughter, Crystal Royall Pate (Gary) of Homewood, AL., nine grandchildren, and brother, Ronnie Royall of Amelia VA. He was preceded in death by a son, Micah Hughes Royall.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam era and former owner of Hillsman-Royall Funeral Home and Florist in Amelia, VA.  He was a licensed funeral director for 45 years.

The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday July 20, 2016 at the Chester Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the Veterans Cemetery Chapel in Amelia, Va. Condolences may be registered at

Central Distsrict


July 2, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Murrell Warren Thornhill, Jr.

On Saturday, July 2, 2016, Murrell Warren Thornhill, Jr. was called from labor to rest at his residence. He was born in Lynchburg on March 31, 1921, the eldest son of the late Murrell W. Thornhill, Sr. and Mrs. Alease Gilbert Thornhill.In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Kyle; and his brother in law, Lawrence Ferguson.Teedy as he was affectionately called, graduated from the historic Paul Lawrence Dunbar School in the class of 1940. He also attended and graduated from the prestigiuos St. Emma’s Military Academy. He went on to attend and graduate from the prestigious Eckels College of Embalming and Funeral Services of Philadelphia, Pa.He was a faithful member of Historic Court Street Baptist Church where he served as a dedicated trustee.Following his graduation from Eckels School of Embalming and Funeral Services he returned home to become managing director of Community Funeral Home. He later became president and owner of the establishment, a position he held until his demise.M.W. was first married to the late Frances Edley Thornhill. To this union two children were born, Murrell “Butch” Thornhill, III, and Nan Thornhill Evans. The paths of M.W. Thornhill, Jr and Frances Scruggs Thornhill crossed and they were married at Court Street Baptist Church by the late Rev. Dr. Donald Winston Johnson on New Year’s Eve in 1981.Teedy had a sterling political career. He served as president of the Lynchburg Voter’s League for over 40 years. He won the Ward II seat on Lynchburg City Council in 1972. He became the first African American Mayor in 1990 and retired in 1992 due to failing health.In addition to his loving, devoted and caring wife, Frances Scruggs Thornhill; his children, Murrell, III “Butch” (Brenda), and Nan Thornhill Evans (Richard), he leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted sister, Yvonne Thornhill Ferguson’; two daughters equivalent, Charleta Mason, who was by his side until the end and Shirley Thornhill who so often gave of herself to care for Teedy; his grandchildren, Chonda Thornhill, Richard Joe Evans, Jr., Murrell W. Thornhill, IV, and Mekale Thornhill; great grandchildren, Imoni, Tyler, Alexis, Rashad, Jalyn, Sasha, Makalah, and Rhian; his sister in law, Willie Thornhill, and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.A viewing will beheldat Court Street Baptist Church, 6th and Court Streets, Friday, July 8, 2016, from 9 a.m.until 6 p.m. A service of celebration for the life on Murrell Warren Thornhill, Jr. will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Court Street Baptist Church. Interment will be held in the Forest Hill Burial Park. Condolences may be emalied to Community Funeral Home

Southside District


June 16, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

William Lucius Foster

William Lucius Foster, of Locust Hill, born Sept. 23, 1930 received his eternal reward June 16, 2016 with his family at his side. He was predeceased by his wife Josephine M. Foster. Survived by his children, Wayne A. Foster (Lisa), Deborah F. Figg (Ed), Linda Foster-Burkard and Annette F. Greenwood. Grandchildren, Josh Fitchett (Debbie), Joey Fitchett (Nina), Vail Blake, Ashley Hutcheson (Jesse), Lauren Figg, Christopher Deal, Charlotte Deal (Sonny), Lucius Williams and Stefanie W. Campbell (Kevin). Great-grandchildren, Lisa-Faye Hinson, Alex Fitchett, Kloe Fitchett, Trey Fitchett, Sarah Fitchett and Matthew Fitchett. Sisters, Betty Williams, Ada Powell, and Agnes Wade. Numerous nieces, nephews and special pet, Dixie. Lucius proudly served his country as a United States Marine, worked for and retired from Chesapeake Corporation and was a farmer, farming the land he loved. He was a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church and served as a deacon with a gentle, quiet spirit. The later years of his life he fought the fight with leukemia and also head and neck cancer. He displayed to his family and all who knew him the strength of the good soldier. His journey was completed, well done good and faithful servant. Special acknowledgment from the family to The Cancer Center, RGH Bon Secours, Riverside Radiation Gloucester, Hospice of VA, and special caregivers Rachel & Susan Hudnall. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society for research of Head & Neck Cancer and the American Heart Association. Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2016 at Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping, VA, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Jonathan Davis & Rev. Edward Harrow, Sr. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

Central District

Provider/Horizon Trust

Father of Annette F. Greenwood, Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President


June 14, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Charles Allen (Charlie) Alderman

Charles Allen (Charlie) Alderman age 67 of Galax, Virginia passed away Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at his home.

Charlie was born in Pulaski, Virginia on January 12, 1949 to Charles Elvis and Nina Ellen Farmer Alderman.

He is survived by his wife Sandy Alderman of Galax, Virginia; son and daughter-in-law Danny and Vicki Alderman of Galax, Virginia; daughters and son-in-law Nicole Alderman of Woodlawn, Virginia; Charity Shupe and her fiance’ Damon Smith; Amy and Robby Lundy all of Galax, Virginia; sisters and brother-in-law Jane and Ronnie Taylor of Woodlawn, Virginia; Margaret Alderman of Hillsville, Virginia; brother and sister-in-law Clyde and Joyce Alderman of Franklin, Virginia; eleven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the Vaughan-Guynn Chapel with the Rev. Myron Dalton and Dr. Clyde Alderman officiating. Burial will follow in the Felts Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening from five until eight at the Vaughan-Guynn Funeral Home. The family request in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Midway Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Building Fund, P.O. Box 1135, Galax, Virginia 24333.

Funeral Director & Embalmer at Vaughan Guynn, Funeral Home, Galax, VA

Blue Ridge District


May 24, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Laurence Hale Wood

Laurence Hale Wood, 99, of Floyd, VA, passed away May 24, 2016 after a brief illness.  He is preceded in death by his wife, France Brodie Wood.  He is survived by his daughter, Anne Wood, and son-in-law, Dr. Oisin McGuinness of New York City.

He graduated from Randolph-Macon Military Academy, and Randolph-Macon College. A veteran of World War II, he served in the US Army Air Corps.  He was an active member of many civic organizations in his beloved Floyd County, including the American Legion, the VFW, the Lion’s Club, the Masonic Lodge, and the Rotary Club. He was a member and former deacon of Floyd Baptist Church.

Funeral will be held at 1:00 p.m, Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Floyd Baptist Church with Rev. Jeff Hudgins officiating with interment in the Roselawn Burial Park in Martinsville, VA. with Full Military Rites by Floyd V.F.W. Post #7854 and American Legion Post #127. Family will receive friends 2pm -4pm and 6pm-8pm, Friday, May 27, 2016 at Maberry Funeral Home Chapel.

He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.  The family would like to especially thank his dear friend and caregiver Amy Stepp for her devotion and kindness.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to one of the civic organizations listed above of which he was a faithful member.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

Blue Ridge District



May 24, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Richard Minor Hamrick, Jr.

Richard Minor Hamrick, Jr., the former president of Hamrick Funeral Home, died May 24, 2016 at Augusta Health. Born in Staunton on January 4, 1926, he was a life-long Stauntonian and a descendant of one of the earliest Scots-Irish settlers in Augusta County. He attended local schools and was a graduate of Randolph-Macon College. His college studies were interrupted by World War II, when he served in Italy as a member of the U.S. Army’s 88th Signal Corps.

He was very active in Staunton civic affairs. He was a board member and officer of numerous local organizations, including the Staunton YMCA, the Staunton Augusta Community Chest, the Staunton United Way, the Augusta County SPCA, King’s Daughters’ Hospital, the Staunton-Augusta Chamber of Commerce, the local board of Crestar Bank (now SunTrust), and SURE (Staunton United Revitalization Effort – the old downtown association). He was a member of Central United Methodist Church, where he had served as treasurer and chairman of the Official Board.

He was past president, treasurer and board member of the Virginia Funeral Directors’ Association.

An avid reader, he served for nearly 50 years on the board of the Staunton Library, as well as the Staunton Library Foundation board. In 2004 he was honored with the Virginia Library Association’s Trustee Library Award for Distinguished Service. Another passion was local history. He was a charter member of the Augusta County Historical Society, where he also served as president, archivist and interim treasurer. He was one of two recipients of the inaugural ACHS Distinguished Service award, presented in 1997. A well-known local historian, he frequently gave presentations on various aspects of local history, and initiated the cataloguing of the cemeteries in Augusta County, as well as many of the local mills. He and his brother, Thomas Hamrick, amassed an extensive collection of local historical photographs, postcards and letterheads, much of which became the Hamrick Collection at ACHS. He was a 66-year member and past president of the Staunton Rotary Club, and did his best to adhere to the tenets of the Four-Way Test, as well as instill them in his children. He served for many years as District Historian for Rotary District 7570.

He was a Mason for more than 60 years. He was a member and Past Master of Past Master of Staunton Masonic Lodge No. 13, A. F. & A. M; Past High Priest of Waynesboro Union Royal Arch Chapter No. 2.; Grand High Priest of Grand Chapter of Royal Arch Masons in Virginia from which he received the John Dove Meritorious Award; a member of Stevenson Commandery No. 8 Knights Templar, where he served as Commander, Treasurer and Deputy District Grand Commander; a member of Knight York Cross of Honor, Grand Council of Anointed High Priests of Virginia, Grand Council of Thrice Illustrious Masters in the Commonwealth of Virginia; a past Sovereign Master and member of Allied Masonic Degrees; a member of the Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests, Society of Red Cross, Knight Masons and the Red Cross of Constantine.

He was the son of Richard M. and Jonnie Hiner Hamrick, and the husband of Martha Bell Brown Hamrick, all of whom predeceased him. Survivors include his children, Martha Peyton Hamrick of Harrisburg, PA, Jane Ledgerwood Hamrick of New York City, Richard Minor Hamrick III and his wife, Bonny DeLauney Hamrick of Richmond, and John Hiner Hamrick and his wife, Heather Harris of Denver, and his grandson, Richard Minor Hamrick IV of Richmond and Nashville, TN; his brother, Thomas Bell Hamrick and wife Yvonne Wood Hamrick of Staunton; three nieces, Carolyn Hiner Hamrick of Mechanicsville, Linda Wood Hamrick of Harrisonburg, and Karen Yvonne Hamrick of Staunton, as well as first cousins Jean Bickle Smith and Jacob Haigler Walmsley II .

The family will receive friends at Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes of Staunton on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

A graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. David Churchman Brown, his wife’s nephew, in Thornrose Cemetery on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Staunton Library Foundation, c/o David Didawick, CPA, Treasurer, 117 MacTanly Place, Staunton, VA 24401 or to Central United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 953, Staunton, VA 24402-0953.

Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting


Former president of Hamrick Funeral Home

Past President of the VFDA

Shenandoah District


May 6, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Charles Melvin Bristow, Jr.

Charles Melvin Bristow, Jr. December 3, 1931 – May 6, 2016. Charles spent a lifetime donning coat and tie as a funeral director. He was simply polished. A few years ago, his son mentioned to him at lunch that his hair was looking wild. He replied “I don’t give a damn anymore.” He understood the essence of life. He was keenly aware that the important aspects of life embodied; his friends and family, enjoying the company of friends regularly, solid relationships, taking care of people, doing the right thing regardless, listening to people’s concerns and always attempting to be a great role model. He reached unparralled achievement at listening to people when they needed to talk. He wisely realized that there were always two sides to an argument. He would often turn concerns into a smile; sharing one of his never ending cache of stories. Once endearingly tagged by a friend, Charles was a ‘wealth of packsaddle yarns’. Charles’s actions reflected his values. While visiting an elderly lady regarding an aging funeral debt, he ultimately left her home after paying her electricity bill. Charles M. Bristow, Jr. is survived by his wife Betty Page Waddill Bristow; his daughter Cynthia Page Bristow (Cyndy); his son Charles Reginald Bristow (Reggie, Reg, or Reginald to Charles) and wife Judy Lin Bristow; three grandsons; Kobe Franklin Bristow (11); Jett Lin Bristow (9); and Jock Lee Bristow (3). He knew there were a variety of styles and personalities, and he had a special place in his heart and a smile for each one in his family. His emotions and love for his daughter Cyndy brought tears of love to his eyes immediately. His often repeated advice to his son among other special gems included his favorites; do the best you can, play ball aggressively even with friends; with ultimate decency, dance with and kiss as many girls as you can and make sure if you have a girl, that you have two or three others as well. He and his wife and love of 63 years, took pride in maintaining their home and businesses, only because they enjoyed it, they believed it was proper, and it created a pleasant, peaceful environment for his family, and the families he served for 60 years. Charles maintained the highest standards for professionalism and care for his service as a third generation funeral director. He partnered in business with his great friend Bill Faulkner in several funeral homes; Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home in Mathews County; Marks-Bristow Funeral Home in Tappahannock which included a partner, local funeral director Jeannette Baylor; and his cherished Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda which was originally his childhood home and remained his sacred ground. Charles maintained a few business partnerships with other close friends in investments that he was knowledgeable and cared in varying degrees because he simply trusted his friends. At eighty-four, he wheeled an iPhone like a twenty year-old. His mind remained sharp and alert. He served his community as a member of the Urbanna United Methodist Church, Urbanna Masonic Lodge, Urbanna Royal Arch Chapter, Shrine & Scottish Rite, Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, Urbanna Boosters Club and Middlesex Lions Club. He was a founding member of the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation. He was also proud to mention that he was the first running-back on the Middlesex High School football team (then the Saluda Saxons) for which his father ‘Jock’ Bristow had combed the county for contributions for uniforms. Additionally, he was equally as happy to share that he served in the US Army during the Korean War. However, his Sargent saw his talent as a seasoned baseball pitcher and kept him close to home for inter-company games. His heroes were few consisting mostly of renowned football coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant and decorated US Marine Core Lieutenant General Lewis B. ‘Chesty’ Puller of Saluda. The stories highlighting the values of each man ran strong and deep through Charles. He rarely became upset. But one incident while his son Reg was in high school generated a phone call from the principal informing him that Reg was serving detention hall for kissing a girl on the cheek before class. He was instantly upset and enormously proud. He phoned a few friends to share the fantastic news before visiting the school principal where he gently presented his position of pride relieving his son from detention hall. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 in the Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda. Interment will follow in the family cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be made to The Virginia Home, 1101 Hampton St., Richmond, VA 23220. Charles would hesitate but deeply enjoy adding that you also put aside a little reserve to go out and enjoy a great time with friends.

Central District



March 25, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Mr. Larry W. Jenkins

Mr. Larry W. Jenkins, 64 passed peacefully Friday, March 25, 2016.  He was born in Ahoskie NC, the son of Raymond L. Jenkins (deceased) and Margaret D. Jenkins.

He is survived by his fiancé, Joyce Hill of Halifax, daughter Lisa (Eric) Hutchings of Portsmouth   granddaughter, Gabrielle Hutchings, Carolyn J. Parker of Norfolk, niece Tina Parker and nephew Jeff Parker.

Larry was raised in Norfolk, VA and attended Norview High School.  He served Tidewater and other communities including South Hill, VA as a funeral director for more than 40 years.  He gave peace and comfort to many families in their time of need.  He was an active member of the south Hill Shrine Club as well as many other community clubs and organizations.  Larry was a very creative person, having designed and constructed the “Star” for the town of South Hill used for the annual New Year’s Celebration.

The family will receive friends Saturday, March 26 from 6-7:30 at Farrar Funeral Home where a service will be held at 7:30. On Sunday, March 27 the family will receive friends from 6-7:30 at Holloman-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Chapel, Norfolk, VA. A graveside funeral service will be held Monday, March 28 @ noon in Rich Square, NC. Memorial considerations may be directed to Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greensville, SC  29605.  Online condolences to  Farrar Funeral Home of South Hill is serving the family.

Southside District


March 24, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Carrie Lee Charlton McCoy

Carrie Lee Charlton McCoy, age 68, of Christiansburg died, Thursday, March 24, 2016, at her home. She was born in Christiansburg, Va. on February 16, 1948 and was  preceded in death by her father, George D. Charlton. She was a 1966 graduate of Christiansburg High School. Carrie retired from Verizon Communications after over 25 years of service. She was a selfless mother who always provided for her sons. She enjoyed nothing more than being with her sons and later her grandsons at sports and their other events as well as collecting Longaberger. She is survived by her husband, Clifton Lee McCoy, sons and daughter-in-law, C. Ross and Elizabeth Blount, Charlton Lee McCoy, grandsons, C. Brody Blount and Hunter W. Blount, mother, Elsie T. Charlton, sister and brother-in-law, Vicki and Johnny Bartlett, nephew, Jonathan Bartlett and wife, Krista and their son, Bryce, mother-in-law, June L. McCoy, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Leon and Betsy McCoy, Vanessa and Kenneth McCoy, Rebecca and Mark Matusevich and their families. Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 11:00 am in the McCoy Funeral Home Chapel with Mr. David Williams and Dr. Thomas Harvey officiating. Interment will follow in the McCoy Family Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the McCoy Family Cemetery Fund c/o Leon McCoy 2010 Seymour Drive, Blacksburg, Va. 24060. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 pm Monday evening at the McCoy Funeral Home 150 Country Club Dr. SW, Blacksburg.

Mother of Ross Blount, a director at McCoy Funeral Home  

Blue Ridge District



March 17, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Irene Preston Brown

MARION, Va.: IRENE PRESTON BROWN, age 89, passed away peacefully Thursday, March 17, 2016 at her home in Marion, Va.

Mrs. Brown was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, Marion, Virginia and a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and a 60 year plus member of The Order of the Eastern Star.  She was a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Mrs. Brown was a licensed funeral director and assisted her late husband for many years at Seaver-Brown Funeral Home. She was also the original owner of the Marion Flower Shop.  Today, both of these businesses remain in her family’s care.  Something she was very proud of.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm M. Brown, Jr.; son, Malcolm M. “Mal” Brown, III; parents, Thomas Montgomery and Clara Rebecca Brown Preston; sister, Isabelle Preston Jackson; brother, Thomas Ballard Preston.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her daughter, Becky Brown Rankin; daughter-in-law, Sharon Rouse Brown; grandson, Malcolm M. Brown, IV and wife, Dr. Jenna S. Moore; granddaughter, Emily Claire Rankin; great-granddaughter, Zoe Aurelia Brown, all of Marion, Va.; special niece, Mary Helen Preston; and loving sister-in-law, Martha Preston.

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 20, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Seaver-Brown Chapel with Reverend John Graham and Reverend David Woody officiating. Graveside service will be held Monday, March 21, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Rose Lawn Cemetery, Marion, Va. The family will receive friends Sunday from 5 p.m. until the time of service at Seaver-Brown Chapel.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory is honored to serve the Brown Family.

Southwest District



March 13, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Ruth Elkins Phipps

Ruth Elkins Phipps, age 91, of Bristol, Virginia passed away Sunday, March 13, 2016 At the Wexford House, Kingsport, TN She was a native of Jonesville, VA and had lived in Bristol most of her life. She was the daughter of late Will and Faye Glass Elkins. She was the widow of Harold L. Phipps and was also preceded in death by a son, William H. Phipps, one great-grandson, three brothers, two sisters and three sisters-in-law.

Ruth was an employee of Gordon Garment Co. and a member of I.L.G.W.U., currently called U.N.I.T.E. where she held various positions. She was one of the founding members of the Gospel Gordonaires.

She was a member of Euclid Avenue Baptist Church where she was a member of the Young At Heart and Agape Sunday School Class.

Survivors include one daughter: Carolyn A. Hicks (Charlie) of Bristol, VA; one son: Anthony Dale Phipps (Jennifer) of Kingsport, TN; six grandchildren: Tony Phipps (Angie), Cindi Phipps (Dave), Robert Hicks (Stephanie), Emily Phipps Redman (Shane), Mary Phipps Skinner (Jackson) and Sarah Phipps; five great-grandchildren: Buddy Phipps, Kelsey Phipps, Alyson “Aly” Redman, James Redman and Isaac Redman; one sister-in-law: Maxine Elkins; former daughter-in-law: Brenda Phipps and several nieces and nephews.

The funeral service will be conducted 7:00 P.M., Tuesday, March 15, 2015 in Akard Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Bob Jones and Pastor Scott Price officiating. The committal service and interment will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Wednesday in Glenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Akard Funeral Home from 5:00 – 7:00 P.M. Tuesday or at other times at the home of the daughter. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be sent to Euclid Ave. Baptist Church (meals on wheels or the music program); 900 Euclid Ave.; Bristol, VA 24201 or Fellowship Chapel; Benevolent Fund, 201 Crockett St.; Bristol, VA 24201. Condolences and memories may be sent to the family at

Mother in law of Charlie Hicks.

Southwest District



March 10, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Donald David Depew

Donald David Depew, 70, of Kingsport, went to be with the Lord (Thursday March 10th, 2016) following a long, courageous fight with Parkinson’s.

Don was a lifelong resident of Kingsport and a 1965 graduate of Ketron High School. He started working at Gate City Funeral Home where he ran with their ambulance service as a licensed EMT.  He volunteered with the Sullivan County Sherriff’s Department and also worked at Oak Hill Funeral Home for 15 years. He retired from Eastman Chemical Company following 32 years of service. He was a member of Homeland Baptist Church.

A member of the Orebank community, he was raised up around gospel preaching and singing. For years he sang with various gospel groups, at revivals and funerals. Though he couldn’t join in with his friends these past few years, he knew that one glorious day we’ll all sing together again around God’s throne.

He was preceded in death by his son, Michael Depew and his parents, Paul and Mable Bear Depew

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Jody Depew; daughters, Christina Depew Ketron and Megan Lane and husband Jeremiah; son, Jonathan Depew, Pam Depew; brother, J.W. Depew and wife Frances; nine grandchildren, Alex, Austin and Abby Depew, Aaron and Ryan Ketron, Braelyn, Brandyn, Brooklyn and Bricyn Lane; two great grandchildren, Henry and Waylon “Major” Depew ; step mother, Mary Depew; step brother, Ralph Stapleton and several in laws, nieces and nephews

The family will receive friends from 2 until 5pm Sunday (March 13th, 2016) at Homeland Baptist Church. A funeral service will follow at 5pm with his brother, J.W. and Rev. David Harrison officiating.

A graveside service will be conducted at 11am Monday (March 14th, 2016) at East Lawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers will be Steve Meade, Joe Miller, Gary Spears, John Dixon, Mike Robinson and Grady Vaughn.

Honorary pallbearers are Dwight Browder and Jim Culbertson and some of his childhood friends, Wayne Collins, Ralph Roberts and Mike Culbertson.

Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at Homeland Baptist by 10am Monday to follow in procession.

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Carter-Trent/ Scott County Funeral Home is serving the Depew family.
Brother of J. W. Depew, manager of Gray Funeral Home, Gray, TN and uncle to Damon Depew, manager of Carter-Trent/ Scott County Funeral Home, Weber City, VA.

Don was also a former sales representative at Cortrim Casket Company (now a part of Aurora Hardwood plant) in Bristol, TN.


Southwest District



It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Mr. Nelson Edward Hayes

Mr. Nelson Edward Hayes, age 75, of Matthews, North Carolina, passed away peacefully at Novant Presbyterian Hospital – Matthews, surrounded by his two loving daughters.

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Nelson E. Hayes will be conducted at 5:00 PM Sunday, February 28, 2016, with visitation one hour prior to the ceremony, at Morning Star Lutheran Church, 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews, North Carolina, 28105, officiated by Reverend John (PJ) Mouritsen.

Additionally, the family will receive friends from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM Saturday, February 27, 2016, at Davis Funeral Home in Monroe, 1003 East Franklin Street, Monroe, North Carolina, 28112.

Mr. Hayes was born on November 28, 1940, in Gastonia, North Carolina, a son of the late Robert Lee Hayes and Lena Viola Lee Hayes.

Nelson was a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner (CFSP) at Davis Funeral Service in Monroe; a former Manufacturer’s Sales Representative for North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia with Pierce Chemicals Royal Bond Company of Dallas, Texas. He was also a Former Chairman and Secretary of the North American Division of the British Institute of Embalmers (BIE), and member of the American Society of Embalmers.

Nelson was a graduate of Gaston County Schools, High Point University, UNC-Chapel Hill, and a Summa Cum Laude Graduate of the Kentucky School of Mortuary Science, class of 1970.

There are numerous professional designations, NC Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer, two-term elected member of the North Carolina Board of Funeral Service, Past Director of District #9 NCFDA, Past President of Belmont Rotary Club, Past President of the Belmont United Way, Past President of the Belmont Chamber of Commerce, Past President of the Sacred Heart College Board of Visitors in Belmont, former member of the Salisbury Rotary Breakfast Club and a high school biology teacher.

There are also fraternal memberships, such as Member of Belmont Lodge #627 AF & AM, Past President of Virginia Funeral Supply Sales Association, Member of West Virginia Sales Association, Past President of North Carolina Sales Association, Member of Mu Sigma Alpha, National Mortuary Honor Society, and was selected to appear in the 1973 edition of Outstanding Young Men Of America.

Nelson was an accomplished organist, having served numerous churches, such as Love Memorial Baptist Church of Gastonia, First Baptist Church of Belmont, First Baptist Church of Gastonia, Providence Presbyterian Church of Charlotte, Second Presbyterian of Salisbury, St. Marks Lutheran of Charlotte and many many more.

Survivors include his two daughters, Dr. Holly Jennifer Hayes Robbins of Christiansburg, VA and Heather Catherine Hayes Ferguson of Monroe, NC; mother of the daughters, Vicki Smith Lemons; two grandchildren, Anya Zoe Robbins of Christiansburg, VA and Aedan Edward Ferguson of Monroe, NC; a brother, Raymond Douglas Hayes and wife Clara.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Morning Star Lutheran Church, Music Ministry Organ Fund, 12509 Idlewild Road, Matthews, North Carolina, 28105.

Davis Funeral Home of Monroe is honored to serve the Hayes family. An on-line guest register book is available at

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February 21, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Arthur Raymon Thacker, Mayor Emeritus and 32nd Degree Mason

On Sunday, February 21, 2016, Arthur Raymon Thacker, 106, of Scottsville slipped the surly bonds of this earth to reside with our Lord and Savior in Heaven.

He was born on October 14, 1909 in Stuarts Draft, Virginia, the son of a Miller, Arthur Lewis Thacker and his wife, Eddie Bell (Carey) Thacker. Raymon’s father accepted a position with the Scottsville Flour Mill and loaded his family, including Raymon’s older brother, Homer Dodge Thacker, onto a horse drawn carriage to make the journey to Scottsville on May 6, 1911.  Scottsville has been their home since that time and was also the place where Raymon and Homer’s sister, Sara Elizabeth Thacker, was born several years later.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Emma Lou (Via) Thacker; a son, Arthur Raymon Thacker, Jr.; a brother, Homer Dodge Thacker and wife, Beatrice (Davis) Thacker; his sister, Sara Elizabeth (Thacker) Kershaw and husband, James; and a son from her first marriage, Buddy Hudson.

He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 54 years, Arbutus May (Deihl) Thacker; their son, Matthew Lewis Thacker and wife, Donna, all of Scottsville; his daughter, Virginia Lee Bishop and husband, Arthur of Yorktown, Virginia; his son, Cary James “Sonny” Thacker and  wife, Arlene (Napier) Thacker of Charleston, South Carolina; five grandchildren, Doreen Harmon, Jamie, David, and Ricky Velasquez, and Kirk Thacker; many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; a niece, Linda Thacker Marshall and  husband, Jimmy; a very special niece, Diane McVicker and husband, John; a number of extended family members; and many, many friends.

Raymon and his brother, Homer, owned and operated Thacker Brothers Funeral Home for 57 years in the town of Scottsville.  He took great pride in his community and served it faithfully throughout his life.  He was a Town Council member for 6 years before being elected Mayor of Scottsville, a post he would occupy for 30 years and 6 months.  During his tenure as Mayor he organized the Scottsville Volunteer Fire Department, the Scottsville Lions Club, and assisted in the organization of the Scottsville Rescue Squad.  Raymon, along with the help of Mrs. Elizabeth Tompkins, acquired the Old Scottsville Christian Church and immediately converted it to the Scottsville Museum and Historic Landmarks Foundation.  Mrs. Virginia Moore and Bob Walls also helped in the process of turning the church into the Scottsville Museum.

Both he and Dr. Luther R. Stinson were instrumental in having the United States Rubber Company (Uniroyal) locate its plant in Scottsville. Raymon also went to the Albemarle County Service Authority and worked to have them to install the first sewage treatment facility in the Town of Scottsville.  In addition, he organized the Scottsville Chamber of Commerce and served as Chairman of a group of neighboring counties seeking a community college in the Scottsville area. This later materialized into the Piedmont Virginia Community College.  He also held a position on the Board of Highways at the time Route 20 was listed as the “Constitution Route.”

Through his tireless efforts to gain more funding for the Scottsville area, he fought vigorously with the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors for a boundary adjustment of the town limits to include the Scottsville shopping center. This gave the town many more acres than it had previously and included businesses with a taxable base, which aided in securing a positive cash flow for the town.  In an effort to preserve the cemetery in perpetual care for the townspeople, he founded the Scottsville Cemetery Association.   Raymon was a proud 32nd degree Mason, and as a member of the Scottsville Masonic Lodge #45, served as Past Virginia Deputy Grand Master.  He was also a former President of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association.

For 20 years prior to 1988, the Town of Scottsville was inundated with horrific flooding.  Raymon was instrumental in leading many aspects of the recovery efforts.  During the 1969 flood caused by Hurricane Camille, Mayor Thacker went to the Department of Housing and Urban Development to acquire government loans at a nominal rate to help small businesses rebuild.  In 1972 as flooding ravaged the Town of Scottsville from Hurricane Agnes, he again went to H.U.D. and asked for help. At this time, they forgave the loans of 1969, an act which helped the town’s businesses and residents tremendously.

But his greatest achievement by far was the Scottsville Levee.  Armed with a feasibility study and a friend in the Army Corps of Engineers, Raymon helped the town to have a plan that would protect the small community from any future devastation of the James River, The Scottsville Levee Project.  Raymon went to Washington, DC countless times, making application to H.U.D. to build a dam on the Mink Creek to stop water from backing up into the Town of Scottsville.  Danny Van Clief, who was on the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors and owned Nydrie Farms, graciously donated a 172 acre parcel of land through which the creek ran; this land was just to the north of downtown.  Raymon was granted $500,000 to complete the Mink Creek Dam, but this was just the first step in his idea of protecting his beloved town.  He again began to go to Washington, DC and made friends.  One of those friends was Senator John Warner, who was instrumental in helping him to acquire the funding for the rest of the levee project. Through diplomacy, tenacity, and a last minute trip before an appropriations bill was to be voted on, Raymon’s efforts gained Congressional approval.  Funds were granted to build the Scottsville Levee, a project that was completed in 1988 and dedicated as the “A. Raymon Thacker Levee” in April of 1989.

Governor George Allen officially recognized July 1, 1996 as “A. Raymon Thacker Day” with a ceremony at the Virginia State Capital Building.  This was a celebration of his 30 years as Mayor and honored his as being the longest serving Mayor in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 pm, Friday, February 26, 2016 in the chapel of Thacker Brothers Funeral Home by the Reverends Peter Way and James Jetton.  Interment with Masonic Rites will follow in the Scottsville Cemetery.

Friends may pay their respects at the funeral home from 1:00 until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, February 24 and from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 25 with the family receiving friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm.

Those desiring to make a donation in Raymon’s memory may do so to a favorite charity of choice.

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Shenandoah District




February 20, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Samuel Whitelock Purviance                                       

Samuel Whitelock Purviance, age 94, a resident of Wakefield VA died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Born September 12, 1921 in Huntington Indiana, he was the son of the late Harmon Montgomery Purviance, JR and Annetta Whitelock Purviance.  Sam is survived by Hilda Wills Purviance, his beloved wife of 73 years (married September 26, 1942); two sons, Samuel Wills Purviance (Terri), and Thomas Whitelock Purviance (John Salventi); sister, Mary Belle Futrell; nine grandchildren, W. Gregory Ewald, Ronald A. Ewald (Melissa), Samuel W. Purviance II (Sunni), Mary Alice Purviance, Felicia S. Pompa (Tony), Amy M Bohn (Jeremiah) and Michael L. Haselberger (Nicole); seven great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, H. “Monty” Purviance III, two sisters, Nanette P. Kirkland, Jean P. Stephenson, and daughter-in-law Alice A. Purviance.

Sam became a licensed funeral director in the Commonwealth of Virginia in June of 1942. Along with his wife Hilda, he owned and operated Purviance Funeral Home in Wakefield for nearly 50 years.  He also operated funeral homes in Boykins and Jarrett, VA.  He was a former president of the Tidewater Funeral Directors Association in the early 1950’s.  He was instrumental in organizing the Virginia Eye Enucleation Program in the 1960’s, a program that has given sight to thousands of Virginians over the years.  He was 1938 graduate of Boykins High School, attended Hampton-Sydney College, and was a graduate of Cincinnati School of Embalming in 1942.

All of his life Sam contributed to his community. He was a former mayor of Boykins, VA in the late 1940’s; a member of the Wakefield Town Council and the Sussex County Planning Commission; he was a Boy Scout troop leader, and active member and past president of Wakefield Ruritan and Waverly Rotary Clubs. Sam was a 32nd degree Mason of Wakefield Lodge No. 198 AF & AM and a Shriner (Kedive and Acca Temples).

Sam was a faithful member and Sunday School teacher of the Wakefield United Methodist Church, and had served as Chairman of the Administrative Board.  He was also a member of the Dendron and Surrey Historical Societies.  He was a WWII veteran of the Virginia National Guard.  An avid golfer and sportsman, he was a former club champion of Cypress Cove Country Club in Franklin, VA.  He was proud to have been a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Waverly Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Friends and family are invited to pay their respects at R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, Wakefield Chapel on Tuesday February 23, 2016, from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. There will be a private burial in Wakefield Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at Wakefield United Methodist Church on Wednesday, February 24, 2016, at 1:00 pm, with the Reverend Curtis D. Lucy officiating. Following the memorial service a reception will be held in the fellowship hall of the church.

The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Wakefield United Methodist Preschool, PO Box 87, Wakefield VA 23888-0087. Condolences may be registered at

 Tidewater District



February 18, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

George Bernard “Bernie” Gerring

George Bernard “Bernie” Gerring, age 65 of Dinwiddie, died Thursday, February 18, 2016 in VCU/MCV hospital, Richmond. He was a retired employee of Petersburg Training Center and a member of Ramsey United Methodist Church. Bernie is survived by his father Ignatius B. Gerring of Richmond; two sisters, Beth Lane (Craig) of Chesterfield and Kaye Hite (Randolph) of Bracey; three nieces, Melanie H. Winter (Jason), Sarah Gonzalez (Henry) and Amanda Lane; two nephews, Matthew Hite and Curtis Lane; two great-nieces, JoBeth and Sue Winter; and one great-nephew, Henry Gonzalez Jr. He was predeceased by his mother, Sarah Sarrette Gerring.

A memorial service will be conducted Sunday at 3:00 P.M. at Ramsey Memorial United Methodist Church, 5900 Hull Street Rd,  Richmond, VA 23224. The family requests memorial contributions to be made to Ramsey Memorial UMC Capital Fund. Online condolences may be sent through

Bernie is the brother-in-law of Randolph Hite, co-owner of Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory in South Hill. Condolences to him or his wife Kaye may be sent to

Southside District


It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Scott Brian Spangler

Scott Brian Spangler, age 49 of Hillsborough, NC, formerly of Bristol, TN, went home to be with his Savior, February 17, 2016 at his home. He was born May 1, 1966, in Bristol, Tennessee, the only son of the late Steve and Deanna Weaver Spangler.

Scott had many talents, and making friends was one of his best. Another of his talents was singing Southern Gospel Music; he began as a child singing in his local church and sang for local groups in the area, but at the young age of 20 he started singing professionally with Naomi and The Sego’s; he felt honored to be able to share the stage with the Living Legend and in 1999 he became their new baritone singer, replacing Naomi’s recently deceased husband, Vernon Reader.

He stayed with Naomi from 1999 until July 2003, working his way up from baritone singer of the group to manager of the group, booking agent and handling the emcee duties on stage. In 1986 he was invited to become a member of The Blackwood Quartet from Memphis, TN. And this afforded Scott the opportunity to sing all across the United States. After leaving the Blackwoods, Scott moved back home to Bristol, got married and became a father to his only child, Stephanie Spangler- Falin. Scott graduated from Gupton – Jones College of Funeral Service at the age of 26 and became a Licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and worked for many local funeral homes in the Tri-cities. Scott was also known for his wresting talent; he started professional wresting at age 15, where he traveled the United States and Overseas, he was later a ring announcer for Smokey Mountain Wresting. He was also well known for his famous radio personality “Brian Scott”. He was a radio disc jockey with many stations in the Tri-cities area of TN and also in West Virginia. Scott’s last years he has enjoyed working as a Funeral Director/Embalmer, and was employed with Walker’s Funeral Service in Chapel Hill, NC.
Scott is survived by his daughter, Stephanie Spangler – Falin and husband David of Kingsport, TN, a grandson, David Luke Falin, his ex-wife and friend Rebecca Russell Young of Gate City, VA, a special friend, Cindy Hall, and other beloved family and friends.
The family will receive friends Monday, February 22, 2016 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at Weaver Funeral Home, Bristol, TN.
Funeral Services will be held, Monday February 22, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Weaver Funeral Home Chapel, Bristol, TN, with Rev. Vaden Horne officiating.
Graveside services will be conducted, Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Glenwood Cemetery, Bristol, TN. Honorary pallbearers will be Jerry Gill, Al Hall, David Falin, Logan Pfaff, Tim Bates, Jeff Walker, Eddie Reynolds, Tracy Young and Brad Trinkle.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Weaver Funeral Home, 630 Locust St. Bristol, TN to help the family with funeral expenses.

Southwest District


January 24, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Mary Katherine Thompson Lotts

Mary Katherine Thompson Lotts, 82, of Natural Bridge passed away Sunday, January 24, 2016 at Blue Ridge Christian Home in Raphine, Virginia. Born May 27, 1933 in Rockbridge County a daughter of the late Sidney Truman Thompson and Mary Mahood Thompson.  In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three brothers, James Calvin Thompson, Loyd Alexander Thompson, and Sidney Truman Thompson, two sisters, Ruth Thompson Childers and Gladys Thompson Ruggerio. Mrs. Lotts was a life member of the High Bridge Presbyterian Church and was the last surviving member of her immediate family.  Surviving are husband of  sixty two years, Malcolm Brown Lotts; one son, Michael Brown Lotts and wife Joanna; one daughter, Rebecca “Becky” Lotts Flint and husband, Chuck; six grandchildren, Amanda White and husband Jason; Sidney Lotts and wife Donna; Jennifer Funkhouser; Joseph Lotts and wife Jordane; Christopher Funkhouser; Robbie Flint; eleven great grandchildren, Kayleigh Funkhouser; Jacob and Lexi Flint; Jackson, Madeline, and Preston White; Katherine, Caroline, Julianne, Jon Marshall and Jacob Lotts. A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Thursday, January 28, 2016 at High Bridge Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Jason M. Grimes officiating. Burial will be private. There will be no visitation at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial contributions be made in loving memory of Mary Katherine to the High Bridge Presbyterian Scholarship Fund, c/o Tommy Thompson, 304 Marl Lane, Natural Bridge Station, VA 24579.  Arrangements by Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory, Lexington, VA.

Mother of Michael Lotts at Harrison Funeral Home & Crematory

Shenandoah District


January 18, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Martha Lillian Smith Cecil

Martha Lillian Smith Cecil, 83, died Monday, January 18, 2016. She was born in Warwick County and had been a lifelong Newport News resident.

Martha graduated from Morrison High School and was the 4th generation of her family to operate W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home, which was started by her great-grandfather in 1854. The legacy of her family’s business continues today in its 5th and 6th generation. She was recognized by Virginia Funeral Directors Association for having served 50 years in funeral service, was past board member of Virginia Funeral Directors Association, past president of Tidewater Funeral Directors Association, and a founding member of Peninsula Widowed Persons Service. Martha was a charter member of Temple Baptist Church and had recently moved her membership back to Temple Baptist Church from Menchville Baptist Church due to declining health. After retirement she enjoyed traveling with her husband and was a member of the Colonial Model A Club. She was affectionately known as “Gram” by her fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren, whom she adored.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, John David “Gramp” Cecil, Sr. in October, 2015, and is survived by her four children, Lynn Davis Horton and her husband, Willie, J. David Cecil, Jr. and his wife, Terrie, Walter L. Cecil and his wife, Suzanne, Doral J. Cecil and his wife, Jacki; fourteen grandchildren, Abbey Davis Dupuy (George), Laura Davis Collins (Jeff), Gabrielle Everett (Thane), Abram Horton, Brandon Cecil (Amy), Nathan Cecil (Jancy), Kelsey Cecil Williams (Philip), Kyle Cecil (Bonne), Chance Cecil (Carrie), and Moriah, Hadley, Noah, Grace, and Caleb Cecil; thirteen great-grandchildren with number fourteen and fifteen on the way.

The family would like to thank the Mennowood Retirement Community for their care and compassion, and in giving back to them to help others, the family requests that in lieu of flowers memorial donations be made to the Mennowood Foundation, 13030 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23602.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 PM Thursday, January 21, 2016 at W. J. Smith & Son Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 10 AM Friday, January 22, 2016 at Temple Baptist Church with burial following in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Mother of J. David Cecil, Jr., Walter L. Cecil, and Doral J. Cecil at W.J. Smith & Son Funeral Home

Tidewater District



January 15, 2016

It is with sincere regret that we advise you with the death of

Cornelius H. Doherty Jr.

Cornelius H. “Neil” Doherty Jr. of Mt. Pleasant, SC, passed away on January 15, 2016 surrounded by his family.

Neil graduated from St. John’s Military High School in Washington D.C.  He earned his undergraduate and law degree from Georgetown University.

He was a prominent attorney and businessman and was the founding member of an insurance defense law firm in Fairfax and Washington DC.  He presided as President of Fairfax Memorial Park (cemetery) for many years and was the founder of Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home.

He was an avid golfer and member of numerous golf clubs, including Washington Golf and Country Club and the Country Club of Fairfax.  A supporter of Capital Hospice instrumental in the Halquist Memorial Inpatient Center, Catholic Charities and others.    He was also a member of several legal and funeral associations. He enjoyed spending time between his homes and family in Virginia, Florida, and South Carolina.

He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Jean Doherty, his children, Michael Doherty (Jinny), Sharon Harris (Steve), Daniel Doherty, Ana Fritsch (Aaron) and Mary Catharine Doherty, a sister, Jean Murray (Ray) and a stepdaughter, Dawn Engeman, 7 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.   He was preceded in death by his parents, Cornelius H and Mary (Cavanaugh) Doherty, a son Steven E. Doherty, 3 sisters, Mary Catherine Doherty, Anne Engeman and Joan Harper.

The family will receive friends at the FAIRFAX MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, 9902 Braddock Road, Fairfax, VA 22032 on Thursday January 21, 2016 from 2-4pm and 7-9pm    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 8800 Braddock Road, Annanadale, VA 22003 on Friday, January 22nd at 12noon, followed by burial at Fairfax Memorial Park.   Memorial Contributions in Neil’s name may be made to the American Lung Association, Alzheimer’s Association or Catholic Charities.  For guest book and directions visit:


Father of Michael H. Doherty at Fairfax Memorial Funeral Home

Northern District