In Remembrance 2019

 

In Remembrance 2019

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November 11, 2019

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

Betty Gatewood Bryant

Betty Gatewood Bryant, age 67 of Blairs VA passed away Monday, November 11, 2019 at her residence. She was born January 27, 1952 in Danville, VA to the late Haile Lanier Gatewood and the late Mable Dodd Gatewood. Betty was married to the late Clarence D. Bryant III and preceded in death by a son Clarence D. Bryant IV.

Betty was a member of Spring Garden Community Church where she was very involved in all activities including Vacation Bible School and had taught small children. She retired from Pittsyvania County Emergency Services after 48 years of service having started work in 1970 as the switchboard operator for the county and retiring as Administrative Assistant of Emergency Service Department.

Betty is survived by brother, Haile L. “Butch” Gatewood, Jr. and wife Pat of Chatham; sister-in-law, Donna Bryant Hayes of Danville; Aunt, Aildean Powell Gatewood of Murfreesboro, NC; nephews and nieces, H. L. Gatewood, III of Danville, Randy E. Gatewood of Chatham, Molly French of Charlotte, NC, Heather Barrow of Fort Mill, SC, Robert Hayes of Tyler, TX and numerous cousins.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 am, Friday, November 15, 2019 at Spring Garden Community Church with the Rev. Clark Crowder officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Chatham, VA.

The family will receive friends 6:30 pm till 8:00 pm, Thursday, November 14, 2019 at Norris Funeral Services, Inc., Mt. Hermon Chapel, 3995 Franklin Tpke., Danville, VA 24540.

Memorial donations may be made to Spring Garden Community Church c/o Linda Owen, 1781 Transco Rd., Chatham, VA 24531 or to Blairs Fire and Rescue Dept., PO Box 242, Blairs, VA 24527.

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

To send flowers or a remembrance gift to the family of Betty Gatewood Bryant, please visit our Tribute Store.

Sister of Haile L. “Butch” Gatewood, Jr. Southside Funeral Directors Association


November 2, 2019

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

Polly Ann Hayden

Polly Ann Hayden, 85, of Hardy, Va. passed away Saturday, November 2, 2019 surrounded by her family. She was preceded in death by her parents, Charles and Bessie Hale; and a brother, James Hale.

Surviving are her loving husband, Bernard “Bernie” Hayden; sons, Hunter (Teresa) Lackey, and Vincent Lackey, I; five grandchildren; five great grandchildren; sisters, Betty Conner and Vioma Nichols

Polly was a member of Oyler’s Chapel Church in Hardy, Virginia. She loved working with the children of the church, where she gave a presentation each week for them. She was also a dedicated worker at the churches Vacation Bible School. Polly worked many jobs during her lifetime. She work at Woolworth’s while taking night classes, then became a teacher’s aide at Tinker Creek Elementary School. She then went to work at Noble’s Flower Shop. She then transitioned to Watson Funeral Supply which led to becoming the warehouse manager at Batesville Casket Company. Although the one job that changed everything, was the job at an answering service where Bernie sweet talked her into marrying him in 1972. She was also a charter member for the Headstart program.

Funeral services will be conducted 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Simpson Funeral Home 5160 Peters Creek Road by the Rev. Anthony Budzik. Interment will follow in Cedar Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Simpson Funeral Home.
366-0707

Friend of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association


October 9, 2019

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

Manuel Lawrence “Manny” Sklaroff

Sklaroff, Manuel Lawrence “Manny,” 83, passed away on October 9, 2019, in Denver, Colo. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Gwendolyn; children, Catherine Hale and Elizabeth Sklaroff; and grandchildren, Steele Hale, Cruz Hale and Ella Sklaroff. Born in Philadelphia, Pa., Manny was the son of Samuel and Helen Sklaroff. He graduated from the University of Miami and he spent his professional career running his own business as a manufacturer’s representative. Manny will be well-remembered for his love of his family and friends, his clever storytelling, vibrant sense of humor, obsession with perfectly-sliced deli meats and his passion for the sport of tennis. A funeral ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, October 18, 2019, at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23230. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting donations be made to St. Anthony Health Foundation, Neurology, 11600 W. 2nd Place, Lakewood, Colo. 80228.

Former Representative of Lewis Funeral Dry Goods, Inc.
Friend of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association


September 28, 2019

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

Marvel Lawrence Fielden

FIELDEN, Marvel Lawrence, age 96, of Henrico, passed away surrounded by his family on September 28, 2019. Marvel was born December 16, 1922, in New Market, Tennessee, to Henry and Kate Fielden. He was predeceased by his first wife, Rhoda Lockhart Fielden; his son-in-law, Keith Fielden; and his siblings, Gladys Davis, Pauline Ballinger, Clyde Fielden, Eula Fielden and Robert Fielden. He is survived by his wife, Erma Jo Fielden; his daughter, Rebecca Fielden; and his son, Joseph T. Fielden (Suzanne). He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Taylor Early (D’Anne), Elizabeth Casto, Katherine Sutton (Brian), Sarah Smith (Brian) and Abigail Marshall (Chris); great-grandchildren, Dane Moore, Celia Marsh-Delk, Grace Early and Harper Marshall; daughter-in-law, Georgie Fielden; stepsons, Billy and Steve Lane and their families; plus a host of nieces, nephews and cousins. Marvel was part of the Greatest Generation, having served as an Army medic in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he obtained a degree in chemistry from Carson-Newman College (now University) in Jefferson City, Tennessee. He worked in the pharmaceutical field for his entire career, first in Bristol, Tennessee, then in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and finally in Richmond, where he retired from A. H. Robins in 1986. He was a charter member and a deacon at Derbyshire Baptist Church. Marvel was a longtime resident of Lakewood, where he played and taught bridge for many years. He was also an amateur genealogist and, in 1991, published “The Fielden Stream” tracing the history of the Fieldens of East Tennessee. He organized a number of Fielden reunions and kept in touch with a multitude of relatives. Marvel’s funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 1, at Derbyshire Baptist Church, 8800 Derbyshire Road, with a reception at the Church immediately following the service. Family and friends will gather at 10am on Thursday, October 3, at Nance’s Grove Baptist Church in New Market, Tennessee. Graveside to follow at 11 a.m. in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Derbyshire Baptist Church, Lakewood Manor, or Carson-Newman University.

Father to Joe Fielden, Compliance Specialist with Regulatory Support Services and grandfather to Sarah Fielden Smith, funeral director at Bliley’s Funeral Home.
Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association


September 17, 2019

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

Billy Gene Bunn

Billy Gene Bunn, 87 of Fancy Gap, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019 at Hillsville Health and Rehab. Mr. Bunn was born in Carroll County to the late William Calvin and Rausy Frances Bunn. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his wife, Lois Lee Bunn; an infant daughter; and a grandson, Joel Harris.

Gene was a veteran of the U.S. Army and member of the American Legion Post 245 Galax.

Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Marion Harris of Hillsville; brother, Grey Bunn of Fancy Gap; granddaughters, Adrienne Harris, Natalie Harris, and Callie Harris; and several nephews and nieces.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 20, 2019 at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel at 11:00 AM with Pastor Wendell Horton officiating. Burial will follow in Monta Vista Memory Gardens. Military rites will be conducted by the Hillsville V.F.W. Grover King Post 1115. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday, September 19, 2019 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Independence Cemetery Fund c/o Sheila Harris 322 Chinquapin Trail, Hillsville, VA 24343. A guestbook is available online by visiting www.vaughanguynnandmcgrady.com. Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel is serving the family.

Billy Gene Bunn was employed at Vaughan-Guynn-McGrady Chapel in Hillsville for many years.
Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association


September 3, 2019

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

Joseph F Mercer, Jr.

Joseph F Mercer Jr, 53, Woodbridge Virginia passed away on September 3, 2019. He was born on December 23, 1965 in Altoona PA, the son of Joseph F Mercer Sr and Ida B (Johnson) Mercer.

Joe graduated from Altoona Area High School and joined the US Army. He was assigned to the 3rd US Infantry Regiment, (The Old Guard) at Fort Myer, Virginia. Joe left his military life after 10 years of service to begin his career with Arlington National Cemetery. He served as a Cemetery Representative then Interment Supervisor working his way up to Director of Accountability and Quality Assurance during his 25-year tenure.

Joe is survived by Catherine, his loving wife of 33 years, his daughter Meggan Pontillo (Franco) of Orlando FL and his son Christopher of Denver CO. He is also survived by his mother, his two sisters, Debra Leberfinger, Wendy Bougher and a brother, Brian all of Altoona PA.

Visitation will be held on Friday, September 13, 2019 5:00PM – 8:00PM, Money & King Funeral Home, 171 W. Maple Ave., Vienna, VA 22180

Funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, September 14, 2019 10:00AM, Ft. Myer Old Post Chapel, 204 Lee Ave, Fort Myer, VA 22211.

Final Resting Place, Arlington National Cemetery at a later date
1 Memorial Drive, Arlington, VA 22211.

Friend of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association

September 1, 2019

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

Brian Richard Hubert Horne

Horne, Brian Richard Hubert, 46, of Christiansburg went to be with the Lord Sunday, September 1, 2019. He was preceded in death by his grandparents; C. Hubert and Louise S. Horne, Norman and Frances Angle Knowles, and his mother, Patricia Knowles Horne. He is survived by his wife, Amy Hines Horne; daughters, Quinn Alexandra Horne, Makenna Christian Nichole Horne, Rachel Elizabeth Altizer (Daniel) and Olivia Grayce Woodrum (Preston). He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law: H. Leveta Horne and Eric Brown of Melbourne, Florida, father; Richard Hubert Horne, and brother and sister-in-law; Jay and Gail Hines of Snowville, Virginia. Brian was a member of Good Shepherd Baptist Church and most recently attended Blue Ridge Church, in Christiansburg, VA. Brian was a Life Member of The Shawsville Volunteer Rescue Squad, an honorary member of The Christiansburg Volunteer Rescue Squad, and an active member of The Christiansburg Volunteer Fire Department, where he enjoyed the challenges of competing at both the Southwest Firefighter’s Association Conventions and the Virginia State Firefighters Association Convention. Brian was employed with Horne Funeral Home & Cremation Service in Christiansburg. He was also a member of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association where he was active for many years with the State conventions and committees. Brian was also a member of Selected Independent Funeral Homes, a member of The Virginia Independent Funeral Homes and the Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association, where he was a past President – serving through all the Chairs. The family will receive friends at Horne Funeral Home from 1-3 and 5-8 p.m. Thursday, September 5, 2019. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 6, 2019 at 11 a.m. at Blue Ridge Church with Pastor Scott Obenchain officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Cemetery with Firefighter Honors provided by Christiansburg Volunteer Fire Department Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the children’s trust fund under Brian Horne Memorial Fund at American National Bank & Trust; 2950 Market St; Christiansburg VA 24073 or the Christiansburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association
Brian was a current member of the Virginia Funeral Directors Associations Board of Directors


August 9, 2019

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

Ann Tudor Dickerson

Ann Tudor Dickerson, 70, of Glen Allen, died of a broken heart on Thursday, August 8, 2019. She passed away peacefully with her loving husband of 48 years, Jim, by her side. In addition to her husband, she is also survived by her mother, Louise H. Tudor; son, Matthew Dickerson; sister, Linda T. Edwards; grandsons, Keen and Blaine Dickerson; bonus grandchildren, Jaden Prince, Ava and Evelyn Cook. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and her special caregiver, Afton Edwards have also shared in Ann’s loving life. Ann and Jim loved to travel, especially taking cruises. They enjoyed spending time with friends listening to the KOS Band. She also loved to cook, play her slot machines and playing “Hand and Foot”. Ann graduated from Park View High School in 1966 and retired from Verizon after 33 years of service. She was also a loved employee of Bliley Funeral Homes where she and Jim would travel for many out of town services where she would minister to many of the families she would meet. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Bliley’s – Central, 3801 Augusta Ave. Richmond, VA. Her funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019 at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church, 11220 Nuckols Rd., Glen Allen, VA 23059. Entombment will follow at Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the Bereavement Fund at Mt. Vernon Baptist Church.

Ann Dickerson is wife to Jim Dickerson, Bliley’s Funeral Home, Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association


August 3, 2019

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

Mary Jean Corbin

Mary Jean Corbin, 72, of 9 Jefferson Court Waynesboro, went to be with her Lord at 10:45 p.m. Saturday night, August 3, 2019 at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville.

She was born on November 18, 1946 in Lexington and was a daughter of the late Gail B. and Bessie (Stinnett) Corbin.

Mary was employed by the General Electric Corporation in Waynesboro for 33 years and was later employed by the Genicom Corporation in Waynesboro for 2 years. Her last place of employment was the Target Corporation in Stuarts Draft for 9 years. She was a member of the Greenville Baptist Church.
Mary is survived by her twin sister and brother-in-law, Martha A. and Royce Easter of Galax; a brother, Robert M. Corbin of Waynesboro; a sister in-law, Sheila Corbin of Greenville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by two brothers, Ray B. Corbin and Roger L. Corbin.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, August 6, 2019 in the Henry Funeral Home Chapel by Pastor David Ball and Rev. Frank Hall. Burial will follow in Mt. Carmel Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Steeles Tavern.

Active pallbearers will be selected from friends attending the service.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, August 5, 2019 in the funeral home.

The family would like to thank Augusta Nursing and Rehab Center in Fishersville for the kindness they gave to Mary in the past 14 months. They also wish to thank the entire staff at the University of Virginia Neuro Intensive Care unit for all they did.

Mary Corbin is sister to Robert M. “Bob” Corbin, President of Henry Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Staunton.
Shenandoah Funeral Directors Association


July 29, 2019

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

Alex Christopher Fitchett

Alex Christopher Fitchett, age 21, of Saluda VA passed July 27th, 2019 because of injuries sustained in an ATV accident. He is survived by his parents, Joey and Nina Fitchett, sister Kloe and brother Trey, Grandmothers, Annette F. Greenwood (Nannie), Laura Schaumleffel (Jeff), Uncles & Aunts, Josh Fitchett (Debbie), Chris Jorgensen (Mary) and Larry Bonowski, Cousins, Sarah, Matthew, Emilee, Hailee and Madi, a Special Person, Jessica Smith, and his lab, Brodie. Alex is predeceased by his Grandfather, Wesley Christopher Greenwood, Jr. and extended family member, John M. (Buddy) Moore. He was a member of Urbanna Baptist Church, Urbanna, VA.

Alex was a graduate of Middlesex High School excelling as an MHS Baseball player, accomplishing All District, All Region and All State, also the American Legion Post 241 Baseball Championship Teams and the Deltaville Deltas. Alex had a love for the outdoors, fishing, cornhole, riding ATV’s and dirt bikes. He never knew a stranger and his contagious smile captivated everyone he knew.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Sunday, August 11th at 4 p.m. at the Deltaville Ball Park, 100 Ball Park Rd., Deltaville, VA 23043, Rev. Jonathan Davis, Rev. Bruce Powers and Rev. Doug Davis officiating. A reception will be held at Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping, VA following the service.

In the event of inclement weather, the service will be held at Harmony Grove Baptist Church at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers the family ask that donations be made to American Legion Post 241 Baseball Program, PO Box 516, Saluda, VA 23149, checks payable to Joey Fitchett or Annette F. Greenwood.

Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda, VA.

Grandson to Annette Greenwood, Provider Horizon Trust
Virginia Funeral Sales Association


July 29, 2019

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

James Ronald “Ron” Saunders

James Ronald “Ron” Saunders, 69, passed away peacefully on July 26, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Susan Saunders; daughters, Lindsay Saunders and Tara Saunders; a step-son, Richard Haynes; his father, James W. Saunders; sister and brother-in-law, Judy and Billy McCartney and brother and sister-in-law, Michael and DaNae Saunders. Ron was preceded in death by his mother, Elenora Martin Saunders.

Ron was an avid participant in both the American Saddlebred Horse and the Hackney Pony Industry. He served as Co-Chairman of the American Saddlebred Horse Association of Virginia Horse Shows for many years and served in various positions in horse shows throughout the country. He also enjoyed showing his American Saddlebred Horses and Hackney Ponies. He was an active participant in the Peninsula Kiwanis Club, having served as President. He was a former manager of Peninsula Funeral Home and was employed at H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments. Ron was compassionate about his position in the funeral industry and always strived to honor and respect the people he helped. Ron for many years served as a Marriage Officiate for the Commonwealth of Virginia, he performed countless weddings for couples locally and across the state.

A memorial service will be conducted 12:00 P.M. Wednesday, July 31, 2019 at the Norfolk Chapel of H.D. Oliver Funeral Apartments with the Reverend Tracy Gregory officiating. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Equi-Kids Therapeutic Riding Program, 2626 Heritage Park Drive Virginia Beach, Va. 23456.

Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.hdoliver.com.

Ron was a retired employee of H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. and Peninsula Funeral Home
Tidewater Funeral Directors Association


July 20, 2019

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

Gerald (Jerry) Warren Harper, Sr.

Gerald (Jerry) Warren Harper, Sr., 69, entered his heavenly home on Saturday, July 20, 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife of almost 30 years, Jacquelynne (Jackie) Harper; their children, Gerald Harper Jr. and wife, Keri, Jonathan Weller and fiancé, Naruemon; “adopted” children, Juan Ray, Steve Sykes, Brett Troia and wife, Kim, Paula Hasson and husband, Rick, and Krista Riddick and husband, Steve; grandchildren, Rachel Harper and partner, Shawn, Ethan Harper, Mali Intheng Weller and Declyn Harper; “adopted” grandchildren, Corey, Kyleigh, Aubrey, Jordan, Rylan and Olivia; great grandchildren, Noah and Mackenzie, his brothers, Lewis A. Harper, Jr and his wife Virginia and William Lawrence Harper and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jerry is predeceased by his parents, Lewis and Viola Harper.

Jerry was a member of First Baptist Church, Suffolk. Jerry proudly served in the United States Navy for 22 years. Following his military career, Jerry continued to serve his country as a defense contractor at Technical Systems Integration, Inc., Chesapeake, Va.

A special thank you to Sentara Obici Hospital ICU doctors and nurses for the amazing care and compassion they gave to Jerry. And a heartwarming appreciation to Dr. David Edgell of First Baptist Church, Suffolk.

Funeral Services will be held at First Baptist Church, Suffolk, Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 11:00 A.M. The Reverend Lindsay Poteat, Reverend Michael Turner and the Reverend Micah Voight will officiate.

The family will receive friends at the Church, Tuesday evening from 5:00 to 7:00 PM as well as one hour prior to the funeral service.

Burial will be at Albert G. Horton, Jr. Memorial Veterans, Suffolk.
Memorial donations, in lieu of flowers, may be made to the First Baptist Church, Suffolk, 237 N. Main Street, Suffolk, VA 23434.

H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk chapel is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at hdoliver.com

Husband to Jackie Harper, Roland Vaults
Virginia Funeral Sales Association


July 16, 2019

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

Craig A Reukauf

Craig A Reukauf, age 72, of New Smyrna Beach was stricken unexpectedly Friday, July 12, 2019.

Born on March 30, 1947 in Buffalo, he was the son of the late Betty and Roy Reukauf. Craig was a graduate of Simmons School of Embalming in Syracuse and became a licensed funeral director in 1966. In 1967, he became a licensed real estate agent. While serving his internship in Queens, he met and married the love of his life, Kathleen Wey in June 1968.

They moved to Lake Luzerne in 1970 where he joined the Brewer Funeral Home serving as a funeral director and owner until 1999 when he sold the business. He and Kathy raised four children. In addition to his duties at the funeral home, prior to the implementation of the 911 emergency system, he also handled all the emergency calls for Luzerne, Hadley and the town of Day twenty four hours a day. He was a member of the NYS Funeral Directors Association, as well as the Adirondack Funeral Directors Association. Craig was active in the community, serving as Scout Leader, health insurance plan administrator for the Chamber of Commerce, Co-Chairman for the Fall Festival, volunteer at Hadley-Luzerne Central School, President of the Luzerne Cemetery Association and many other church and town committees. He extended himself to everyone he met and told everyone “call me anytime if you need anything.”

He worked as a real estate agent since 1967 and thoroughly enjoyed it, often simply sitting down and advising folks. He and his wife Kathy owned and managed several multi-family residences and built several homes in the area. Since 2003 they spent most of the year in New Smyrna Beach where he served as President of the board of their condominium association and helped manage the condo complex. Known as the “Mayor” of the complex he was involved in all aspects of the daily operation and upkeep of the grounds. It was often said of him “Does he ever sit down?” He cared for each and every unit and knew each of the families, whether they were owners or renters. With joy in his heart, he carried their luggage, took out their garbage, trips to the airport and unexpected trips to the hospital day or night. He frequently had an over-full van of grandkids or seniors going on various adventures and had created many memories with all ages playing cards around the kitchen table. He gave his whole self to everyone.

It was on the beach in New Smyrna that he discovered his love of fishing. It was a busy and wonderful time. Summers were spent in Lake Luzerne with all the children and grandchildren and many family members until 2017 when they sold their home and spent all 12 months enjoying their beloved Florida. In addition to owning their condo at Win-San, they spent two years living at the Mediterranean condo where he jumped right in and worked on many projects. In addition to their time investing in their condo communities, Craig and Kathy were active participants in their church, as well as serving the homeless from the soup kitchen.

After much consideration, they decided to sell their condo on the beach and build a new beautiful home in a 55 community in Deland. Together they designed and planned for their home, currently under construction. They had very recently met dozens of new friends and were excited to begin this new phase of life full of community and support. The day before Craig passed, he had been riding his bike and attended a joyous 4th of July party.

Craig will always be remembered for his outrageous generosity, passion for life, loyalty, attention to detail, risk-taking, his immense love of his family and a one-of-a-kind sense of humor. To know him is to know his love for the Lord and he truly worked every day to be the hands and feet of Jesus. His reach was further than any of us will ever know. Our hearts have a huge hole in them but we know he is now dancing at the feet of Jesus and singing His praises in that unmistakably, distinct off-key voice.

Survivors besides his wife of 51 years include one son, Thomas and his wife Kelly Reukauf (Crowley) of Dunnedin, FL, three daughters Beth and her husband Mark Tooker of Saratoga Springs, NY, Amy and her husband Jay Oppenheim of Shrewsbury, MA and Sarah and her husband Wes Ion of Hamburg, NY, ten precious grandchildren, Emma and Riley Reukauf, Aidan, Madeline, Brady and Dawson Tooker, Keegan (wife Priska) and Tate Oppenheim, Parker and Zak Ion, two great-grandchildren Thalia and Kyren Oppenheim, one brother, Daniel Reukauf and his wife Nancy of Suffolk, VA, two sisters, Jane Reukauf of Orchard Park, NY and Mary Beth and her husband Halsey Van Lew of West Falls, NY, several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be conducted 4pm Wednesday, July 10th at Edgewater Alliance Church. The family will begin receiving friends at 2pm at the church. Committal service will be Thursday 10am at DeLand Memorial Gardens.

Donations to Edgewater Alliance Church for missions.

Condolences can be sent to his wife Kathy at: a321reukauf@yahoo.com or 1277 Hayton Avenue, Deland, Florida 32724.

Brother of Daniel Reukauf, Virginia Funeral Sales Association


June 24, 2019

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

Kirk Johnston

Kirk Johnston, 96, of Roanoke, Va., died peacefully on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

He was born on June 26, 1922 in McConnellsburg, Pa., grew up in Strasburg, Va., and lived his adult life in Roanoke, Va. Kirk served as an administrative officer on an Army hospital ship in World War II. After the war he married June Ritenour and they settled in Roanoke. Kirk had a 50+ year career with Dodge Chemical Company and traveled the states of Virginia and West Virginia as a salesman.

An only child, Kirk was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Peg Johnston; his wife of 42 years, June Johnston; their son, Steve Johnston; and his dear friend, Marie King.

He is survived by two daughters, Judy Johnston (Curtis Courington) of Houston, Texas, and Meg Johnson (Rick) of Roanoke; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Kirk loved reading, playing bridge and golf, and following college sports and Boston baseball. He was thankful for his long healthy life, loving family and many good friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a favorite charity.

A Memorial Celebration will take place at 4:40 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2019, at Brandon Oaks. Kirk will be buried at Smith Mountain Lake next to his wife, June.

Former WV/VA Dodge Company representative
Virginia Funeral Sales Association


June 13, 2019

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

Thomas Linwood “Tommy” Land, Jr.

Thomas Linwood “Tommy” Land, Jr., 95, of Chesapeake, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Born in Old Princess Anne County, he was the son of the late Thomas L. Land, Sr. and Sarah Ellen Ferrell Land. He was also predeceased by his loving wife of 60 years, Doris Lockhart Land, as well as his sisters and brothers. Tommy was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII, where he earned a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with an Oak Leaf Cluster. He retired from Norfolk Southern Railroad as a Pier Master, after 30 years of service. Tommy exemplified The Greatest Generation through his character and hard work. In addition to his career at the railroad, Tommy contracted and built numerous homes, including his last home on Briarfield Drive at the age of 70. In his spare time, he loved spending time outside, bird hunting, participating in field trials, gardening, and creating the most beautiful lawn. Most of all, he will be remembered as a loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, whose wit and humor will bring a smile for years to come.

Mr. Land is survived by two daughters, Gloria L. Williams and husband B.M., and Cindy L. Oman and husband Bob; two grandchildren, Nathaniel R. Williams, and Rebecca A. W. Payne and husband Bradley; great-grandchildren, Connor Williams, Lydia Payne, Ava Williams and Vivian Payne, as well as numerous nieces, a nephew, and extended family.

The funeral service with Military Honors will be conducted at 12:00 noon, Monday, June 17, 2019 at Oman Funeral Home & Crematory, 653 Cedar Road, Chesapeake. Dr. William Langford will officiate. The interment will be private in Chesapeake Memorial Gardens. Friends are invited to view from 10:30 to 11:30 am, prior to the service at the funeral home. A reception will follow the service at the home of Cindy and Bob Oman, 303 Castle Forbes Way, Chesapeake.

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Tidewater Funeral Directors Association
Father-in-Law to Bob Oman, Oman Funeral Home


May 30, 2019

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

William Marshall Hart

William Marshall Hart, 73 of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord Thursday, May 30, 2019. Son of the late Eugene Dennis Hart, Sr. and Mabel Florence Johnson Hart of Hot Springs, VA. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Nancy B. Hart. Two daughters, Amy H. (Jerry) Quarles Jr., and Jean H. (Scott) Green. Three grandchildren, Trevor, Bentley and Colton, and two late grandchildren Lyla, and Zachary. Two brothers John Hart of Hot Springs, VA and Eugene Dennis Hart, Jr. of Colorado. Two nieces Becky H. LaFountain and Susie Hart. Marshall moved to Richmond on July 5, 1965 and began an apprenticeship with Joseph W. Bliley Funeral Homes. He was drafted and served in the US Army during the Vietnam Conflict from 1967 to 1968 at NHA TRANG, Vietnam. After his discharge from the Army, he returned to Joseph W. Bliley Funeral Homes and finished his apprentice. In June 1971 he graduated from John A. Gupton College, Nashville, Tennessee. He returned to Bliley’s and continued his 50 year career, retiring in 2015, after serving as a dedicated and loyal employee and manager of Bliley’s Staples Mill Chapel. He was a lifetime member of Black Creek Fire Department, and a dedicated member of the Hanover Rotary Club with a perfect attendance for 33 years. Marshall was an Elder and active member of Fairfield Presbyterian Church. He was a member of the Lee Davis Band Booster/ Pit Crew for eight years and driver of the “Blue Goose”. Marshall also drove part time for Winn Bus Lines for many years. The family will receive family and friends 2:00 to 4:00 pm and 6:00 to 8:00 pm Friday June 7, 2019 at Fairfield Presbyterian Church, Mechanicsville, where a celebration of life will be held 11:00 am Saturday June 8, 2019. Interment will be 3:00 pm in Oakland Methodist Church Cemetery, 3223 Oakland Rd. Farnham, Va 22460. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities, 300 9th Street SW, Charlottesville, VA 22903; Fairfield Presbyterian Church, 6930 Cold Harbor Rd. Mechanicsville, VA 23111; Black Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 6397 McClellan Rd. Mechanicsville, VA 23111; or Oakland United Methodist Church C/O Deenie Dodson 2002 Oakland Rd. Farnham, Va. 22460.

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association
Manager (Retired) Bliley’s Staples Mill Chapel


May 8, 2019

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

Robert Louis “Bob” Meade

Meade, Robert Louis “Bob” of Ft. Myers, FL, 89, died Friday, April 19, 2019 after a brief illness. He leaves behind his long-time, loving, devoted and caring companion of 45 years, Lois Boudreau and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Meade was predeceased by his beloved brothers Richard J. Meade and David G. Meade. Born and raised in Waltham, Massachusetts, the son of George L. Meade and Mary J. (Gately) Meade, Mr. Meade resided in Boston for many years, later dividing his time between Martha’s Vineyard and Ft. Myers. After graduating from Boston College and Harvard Law School, Mr. Meade was commissioned as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and proudly served his country in the Korean War, having received the Purple Heart. He later chaired the Massachusetts Office of Public Utilities during the tenure of Governor Francis Sargent. Mr. Meade maintained a private law practice at Hale & Dorr in Boston. Through the years, he also managed multiple businesses on Martha’s Vineyard. An avid golfer, he was a longtime member of the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, MA. In his later years, Bob enjoyed hosting many friendly and pleasurable rounds of golf with friends and family in both Massachusetts and Florida. While in Florida, Bob especially enjoyed his time with many close friends at the American Legion in Ft. Myers. A private family service will be held on Martha’s Vineyard this coming summer.

Lifelong partner to sister of Richie Boudreau
Friend of the Virginia Funeral Directors Association


April 24, 2019

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

Vernon E. Stuart, Sr.

Vernon E. Stuart Sr., 83, passed away on April 24, 2019. Born in Newport News, VA on July 5, 1935 to Henry C. and Ruby (Price) Stuart. They later moved to New Jersey where his father sailed in convoys with the Merchant Marines during World War II.

After completing Newark Prep during the Korean War, Vernon enrolled in Marine Telegraph School and received his FCC license to serve on merchant ships. With the war still going, he joined the US Navy as a radioman. He later volunteered for submarine duty, serving on the USS Grampus and the USS Redfin. Once honorably discharged from service, he completed his education with an AIB in banking through the College of Hampton Roads and The College of William and Mary.

He began his civilian career working as a loan officer with the Bank of Virginia for a short time, but after having worked at a funeral home doing odd jobs growing up in Kearny, NJ, Vernon always had a yearning to be a part of the funeral and cemetery business. Those ambitions continued when he started college in Virginia and spent time at Caffee Funeral Home in Newport News with Tom Weymouth, volunteering and helping out when needed. He loved the industry, and Tom was a dear friend until his death in 1995. Vernon made his dream come true in 1961 when he founded Carver Memorial Park, now Hampton Memorial Gardens, the first African American perpetual care cemetery in Virginia. He often spoke of having only 17 burials the first year, and now they conduct 500 a year with the heritage it has built over time. Vernon built the first crematories in Hampton, and the first indoor chapel mausoleum at Parklawn Memorial Park where he and his family have their crypts.

He later ventured out internationally with the purchase of The Reefs Hotel in Bermuda. Vernon and his wife were the only U.S. citizens in history to own a hotel on the island. Mr. Stuart also purchased the historic Chamberlin Hotel, owning for 19 years the building that served the U.S. Army and civilian guests, saving it from possible demolition.

Vernon is preceded in rest by his parents; his only daughter, Judith Mary, having passed as an infant and his Aunt, Evelyn Stuart.

Vernon is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Mary. He always said “I could not have done it alone, not without her. She was always there for me in good and bad times, and always faithful and supportive.” He is also survived by his two sons, James W. (fiancée Jacqueline Martin) and Vernon Jr.; along with their children, Vernon III, Noah and Jennifer Lynn (our VT graduate we are very proud of); brother, Henry C. Stuart Jr. (Carolyn) of FL; his oldest uncle on his mother’s side, John L. Price (Sally) of Newport News; his dear cousin, Lyn (Stuart) Hart of FL; Donald Hoffler (Eileen) of NJ; Marshall Stinnett Buchanan of VA; brothers- in- law, Bruce Maxwell of FL and James Kiernan (Carol); sister- in- law, Peggy Kiernan of CA; all of his wonderful nephews and cousins and many other beloved extended family on the Stuart and Price sides.

Mr. Stuart was active in many local, national and international projects serving as President of the Virginia Cemetery Association on two occasions, and Director of two National Cemetery Organizations. Vernon and Mary were active in many local fund raising events, including the USS Hampton’s commissioning. In his later years, Vernon devoted hours of research and documented the Stuart Ancestry, Genealogy and Descendant Kinship to J. E. B. Stuart where he and his brother, and cousins Lyn and Marshall are all fifth generation.

Mr. Stuart was a member of the Masonic Lodge, James River Country Club, Hampton Yacht Club, a Real Estate agent and a life member of the Submarine Holland Club.

The family will receive friends 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Monday, April 29, 2019 at Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home. A celebration of life service will be held 11:00 AM, Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in the funeral home. Entombment to follow at the Stuart Family Crypts in Parklawn Memorial Park.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters.

Friends are encouraged to visit www.parklawn-woodfh.com to share memories and offer words of condolences with the family.

Arrangements are under the care of Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home and Memorial Park, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue, Hampton, Virginia 23666.

Tidewater Funeral Directors Association


April 17, 2019

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

Khosrow Joseff “Joe” Kashinejad

Khosrow Joseff Kashinejad 76, of Glen Allen, passed away on April 16, 2019. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Sharon “Sherrie” Kashinejad; sons, Doni Kashinejad and wife, Jennifer, Daniel Kashinejad and fiancée, Katrina Laluna; daughter, Dara Kashinejad; grandsons, Aden and Kaleb Kashinejad. A graveside service will be conducted at Greenwood Memorial Gardens, 12609 Patterson Avenue, Richmond, Va. 23238, on Thursday, April 18, at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends following the graveside service at Woody Funeral Home, Parham Chapel, 1771 N. Parham Road, Richmond, Va. 23229. The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the St. Mary’s Oncology nurses and David and Robyn Murray. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to AutismSpeaks, www.autismspeaks.com or Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. Online condolences at www.woodyfuneralhomeparham.com

Father to Doni Kashinejad, Dignity Memorial
Central District Funeral Directors Association


April 1, 2019

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

Brydie W. “B.W.” White, Jr.

White, Brydie W. “B.W.” Jr., 95, of King William, died March 31, 2019. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret McDonald White. He is survived by his son, William M. “Don” White (Laura); daughter, Judy W. Jackson (Carl); four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and one sister, Margaret W. Moore. He was the former owner of B.W. White Funeral Homes in King William and Aylett and White Motor Sales. He graduated from King William High School, and then served in the Army Air Corp during WWll. After returning from the war, he graduated from Echols College of Mortuary Science in Philadelphia. He was a member of King William Ruritan Club, the VFW, the American Legion and the Virginia Funeral Directors and Central District Funeral Directors Associations. The family will receive friends Tuesday (today) from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at B W. White Funeral Home, Rt. 360, Aylett, and on Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at B.W. White Funeral Home, Rt. 30, King William, where services will be held at 1 p.m. Interment in St. James Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Former owner of B.W. White Funeral Homes in King William and Aylett.
Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association


April 1, 2019

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

Timothy Lee Peters

Timothy Lee Peters, age 39, of Prince George, VA, passed away Friday, March 29, 2019. Timmy was the youngest child of Tommy and Ginger Peters; grandson of the late Frank and Dora Wells, and the late Carl and Joyce Peters. In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Julie Branzelle (Corey); his brother, Tommy Peters, Jr. (Jenny); nieces and nephews, Austin, Brooke, Cameron, Thomas, and Nicholas, a large extended family, and many friends. He was a graduate of Dinwiddie High School and worked in the Lawn & Garden Dept. at the Colonial Heights Walmart for 10 years. Timmy touched so many lives with his bright smile, and his care and concern for others. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at the Dinwiddie Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home. A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Southlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Carson Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 96, Carson, VA 23830. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.

Brother of Tommy Peters, Funeral Director, J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home.
Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association


April 1, 2019

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

James Douglas Storey

James Douglas Storey, 83, of Roanoke quietly passed away on Friday, March 8, 2019 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was born January 25, 1936 in Elizabethton, TN. He is preceded in death by his parents James Cress Storey and Hazel Smith Storey and a sister Nell Mac Kinnon. Raised in Elizabethton, TN, he moved to the Roanoke Valley in 1960 to work for General Electric where he worked for GE in the test department for 37 years, retiring in November of 1997. His surviving family includes his wife of 62 years, Lois Gayle Johnson Storey, his children Vicki Hoover and husband Eric and J. Curtis Storey and wife Pam, a sister Carolyn Spilberg, five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and extended family.

The family is planning a private service in the spring at Happy Valley Memorial Park in TN. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

Father of Curtis Storey, Manager, Funeral Director, Kyger Funeral Homes and Crematory.
Shenandoah Valley Funeral Directors Association


March 13, 2019

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

James Hartwell Motley, Sr.

James Hartwell Motley, Sr., 96, of Chatham, Va., passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at Centra Lynchburg General Hospital. He was born in Lynchburg, Va. on April 6, 1922, the son of the late James Hill Motley and Lenora Ramsey Motley. He grew up in the Sheva Community where he was raised on the family farm.

Mr. Motley was a mechanic by trade, and his employment experiences included the Navy Shipyard in Norfolk, Va. and Langley Airforce Base. He retired from Transcontinental Gas Pipeline Corporation (currently Williams). He served in the U.S. Army Airforce. He gave many years of service to Chatham Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Motley was a member of Sheva Church of Christ before joining Watson Memorial United Methodist Church, where his membership was current.

He was predeceased by his wife of 65 years, Marguerite Thomas Motley. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Margaret Adams and Delma White; and his brother, Fuller Motley.

Survivors include his daughter, Mary Gail Easley (Lanier); his sons, James Hartwell “Buster” Motley, Jr. (Barbara), Rev. Richard Lee Motley (Molly), and Donald Hill Motley (Nelda); as well as 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Watson Memorial United Methodist Church, Chatham, with Rev. Blair O’Quinn officiating. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday evening, March 15, at Norris Mt. Hermon Chapel, and at other times at the residence. The family respectfully suggests memorial donations be made to the Chatham Vol. Fire Department, 35 Depot St., Chatham, VA 24531.

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

Rev. Richard L. Motley, son, serves as a Funeral Director for Norris Funeral Services, Inc. & Crematory in Danville; Richard is receiving condolences at 3995 Franklin Tpke. Danville, VA 24540.

Southside Funeral Directors Association


March 7, 2019

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

Mary Annie Sheridan Henley

Mary Annie Sheridan Henley, 62, of Tabscott, Va., went to eternal Heaven on March 4, 2019, after a third battle with breast cancer. She is survived by her husband, Carol L. Henley; children, Jennifer Henley of Alexandria, Va., Michelle Henley Lee (Marc) of Short Pump, Va., William Henley (Landon) of Vientiane, Laos, and Matthew Henley (Kelly) of Gum Spring, Va.; granddaughters, Ashton and Mackenzie Lee; her beloved Grover; brothers, Frankie, Mel, and Mike of Kents Store, Va.; and sister, Sandy of Richmond, Va. She was preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Mary Jane Sheridan of Kents Store, Va. A wonderful mother, she never missed a field trip, stage performance or ball game of her children, grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews. A true-blue Fluco growing up, she became a passionate cowbell ringing Bulldogs fan for her children. A lifetime member of Byrd Chapel United Methodist Church, she nurtured, loved and was loved by countless children in the nursery, Vacation Bible School and Sunday school. Throughout her life she generously gave of herself, whether it was building houses for tornado victims, working the Bulldog concession stand even after Matthew graduated, making countless Rice Krispy Treats and deviled eggs or being a faithful caretaker for many others during their times of need. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Byrd Chapel UMC, 5317 Venable Road, Kents Store, VA 23084, or your local Relay for Life. Visitation will be held from 3 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019, at Sheridan Funeral Home, 4626 Cedar Lane Rd., Kents Store, VA 23084. Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019, at Byrd Chapel UMC.

Sister to Frankie Sheridan
Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association


March 7, 2019

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

Hope Spiaggi Danielson

Hope Spiaggi Danielson, 3, of Chesterfield, went to run with the other animals in Heaven on Friday, February 15, 2019. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her loving and devoted parents, Larry Spiaggi and Sue Danielson; playful brother, Peace Spiaggi Danielson; loving aunt, Janice Danielson Hazlett; her many cherished co-workers at Morrissett Funeral Home and the lives she has touched within the community. Hope loved running and playing with her brother in the yard, especially during the warm months when she would speed past him and jump in the pool. She enjoyed cuddling in bed with her parents and soaking up all the belly rubs. Hope loved going on car rides with anyone who would take her and getting treats for being such a perfect girl. When Hope was 6 months old, she and her brother, Peace attended puppy bootcamp to become Certified Therapy Dogs. After a few weeks of training, Hope and Peace graduated with flying colors and both started their careers as the first Funeral Home Grief Therapy Dogs in Virginia at Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service. Hope’s warm nature and sweet spirit quickly became highly sought after within the community. Family’s would always come to the funeral home and ask, “Is Hope working today”? She loved providing comfort to grieving families and visiting the nurses and patients at the local hospitals and nursing homes. Hope’s gentle nature and sweet face are and will forever be greatly missed. The staff at Morrissett will hold a memorial gathering to honor and remember Hope from 3 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at Morrissett Funeral & Cremation Service, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd. (Rte.10). In lieu of flowers please consider making donations in Hope’s memory to the Simple Wish Foundation at asimplewish.org/donate or mailed to Simple Wish Foundation, 6500 Iron Bridge Rd., N. Chesterfield, VA 23234.

Larry Spiaggi and Sue Danielson, Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association


February 25, 2019

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

Alice Virginia Harris

Alice Virginia Harris will be lovingly missed by her devoted daughter, Vanessa L. Harris and her loving son, Adam F. Gainous. She will also be missed by her sister in-laws, Margaret Harris Vann, Catherine Harris, Connie Harris, Catherine Williams, and Julia Rodgers Bradley. She is survived by her Grandchildren, Brian Gwaltney (Nikki), Sheronda Rodgers (Mike), Sparkle Harris Grant, Patrick Gainous, Deanday Jacobs, Devonne Winston (Marcus), Brittnee Harris, 20 Great-grands, 6 great–great-grands and her special devoted and loving caregiver, Kay Boone, her Niece and special devoted loving nieces, Winnie Jeanette Carson, and Gwendolyn Ward. She will also be missed by her niece, Denise Bynum; Nephews, Victor Foster, Parris Carson, Pete Sears (Ruby). She will also be missed her extended family, Cousin, Rosetta Mitchell, Kenneth Gainous, Alexander Boone, Earlene Davis, Cynthia Davis, Orga Boone, and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019 at 1:30 pm at the East End Baptist Church, Suffolk Va. Burial will be in the Carver Memorial Cemetery. Harris Funeral Home has been entrusted with the Home Going Service. You may send condolences to the family at www.vharrisfuneralhome.com. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Mrs. Alice Virginia Harris please visit our Sympathy Store.

Mrs. Harris is mother of Vanessa L. Harris
Tidewater Funeral Directors Association


February 20, 2019

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

Francis “Frank” Shirley Turnage

Francis “Frank” Shirley Turnage, husband of Nancy Wells Turnage, died Feb. 20 in Fredericksburg. He was 79.

Frank, a native of eastern North Carolina, had a long and distinguished career in the Virginia Community College System and served for 21 years as president of Germanna Community College, retiring as President Emeritus in 2007.

The son of Henry Bailey and Mary Anna Sugg Turnage of Snow Hill NC, Frank was born July 16, 1939, in Hookerton, N.C. He and his older brother Bailey Euscebius “Cebe” Turnage, worked in the grist mill built by their grandfather. Called Shirley as a child, he was surrounded by a loving circle of aunts (Annie, Lucy and Payne) who encouraged him to pursue a college degree. Frank was a member of the Order of First Families of North Carolina.

Frank attended Duke University (English) where he met and married Nancy Wells, the love of his life, in the Duke University Chapel. After teaching English in military and public schools of North Carolina, and starting a learning lab at Piedmont Community College in Charlotte NC, Frank earned a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a doctorate in counseling and higher education from the University of Virginia. However, he remained a Duke basketball fan all his life.
Frank moved to Virginia in 1967 and started his career with the Virginia Community College system at Blue Ridge Community College in Weyers Cave, where he was director of the Learning Lab and later vice president and dean. At Blue Ridge, Frank founded the nursing program which had a huge positive impact on the community and in the lives of his students.

Frank was a life-long rose grower, famous within garden club circles for his hybrid tea rose garden. In Weyers Cave, Frank and Nancy restored a beautiful Victorian house which was later developed into a bed and breakfast.

Frank was named President of Germanna Community College in 1986 at a time of statewide budget cuts for education and construction. But he believed Germanna had to grow to meet the expanding populations of Fredericksburg and Culpeper. He embarked upon an expansion of Germanna, building the Fredericksburg Campus and later the Culpeper campus. These expansions were possible because Frank identified the local needs and enlisted a community of leaders willing to lead the way to make the future happen.

Working with Jack Lewis (NRCC President), Frank was instrumental in implementing the Virginia Community College Guaranteed Admissions Program which helps community college students secure 4-year degrees from Virginia State Colleges.

Frank, in conjunction with generous local donors, founded the Turnage Endowment fund which supports the mission of Germanna by meeting funding needs not provided by state budgets. But he was most proud of the Germanna Guarantee, assuring that no student would be denied the opportunity to enroll because of financial struggle. Funding for the Germanna Guarantee is partially provided by the famous “Monte Carlo” nights held annually by Dr. Turnage and his successors.

Frank remained active in retirement, serving the Fredericksburg Community as President of the United Way, the Germanna Colonies in Virginia Foundation, the Salvation Army, the Montpelier Foundation, and the Fredericksburg Area Chamber of Commerce. Frank was a SACS Accreditation Commissioner, and later served on the Stratford University Board of Trustees. Frank taught classes at Germanna, and was an adjunct professor of doctoral-level communications and education courses at George Mason University and at Old Dominion University. He was a Virginia Partners Bank founding member. Frank was named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Fredericksburg Rotary Club and received the 2005 Prince B. Woodard Leadership Award.

The Turnage family is proud to announce the Turnage Legacy Fund which will support the Germanna Guarantee and we ask that all gifts be directed to the Turnage Legacy Fund at Germanna Foundation (www.Germanna.edu/donate/ or (540)423-9060).

Frank will be lovingly remembered by his wife Nancy of 56 years and his children Wells (Ann-Marie) and Noah (Christina). Frank will be also fondly remembered by his five grandchildren Maryanna, Gabor, Parker, Elizabeth and Melina. In addition to his parents and brother, a daughter-in-law, Lora Quesenberry Turnage, preceded him in death.

Visitation will be Tuesday, February 26, 6-8 p.m., at the Germanna Community College Fredericksburg Campus Workforce Building.

A funeral service in memory of Frank will be Wednesday, February 27, at 1 p.m. at The Presbyterian Church, 810 Princess Anne St., Fredericksburg, and the family will receive friends immediately following the service in the fellowship hall. A private family burial in the Grey-Mewborn family cemetery will be in Snow Hill, N.C.

Father of Noah Turnage, Funeral Director, Henry Funeral Home & Cremation Center
Shenandoah Funeral Directors Association


January 26, 2019

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

Jean Sherwood Sparrow

Jean Sherwood Sparrow, 95, of Hampstead, NC, formerly of Tappahannock, VA, passed away Saturday, January 26, 2019 at Davis Health Care Center in Wilmington, NC.
Born on May 12, 1923 in Prosser, WA, she was a daughter of the late Charles Augustus and Cordelia Rouse Sherwood and was the wife of the late Lacy Powell Sparrow, Sr. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Lacy Powell Sparrow, Jr.; and five siblings.
Surviving are her daughter, Jeanne Sparrow of Hampstead; a sister, Velma Cherry of North Las Vegas, NV; four grandchildren, David Thomas and wife Christy of Surf City, NC, Rebecca Montgomery and husband Lynnie of Clinton, NC, Jeanne Hamby of Mechanicsville, VA; and Lacy Whittaker and husband Matthew of Ruther Glen, VA; and eight great-grandchildren, Victoria Montgomery, Brittany Montgomery, Cassidy Montgomery, Caroline Montgomery, Davis Hamby, Fisher Whittaker, Landon Thomas and Mackenzie Thomas.
Funeral services will be 1 pm Saturday, February 2, 2019 in the chapel of Marks-Bristow Funeral Home, with Reverend Robert McKinley officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the funeral home beginning at Noon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Barium Springs Children’s Home; c/o Sneads Ferry Presbyterian Church; PO Box 759; Sneads Ferry, NC 28460.

Grandmother of Lacy Whittaker, VFDA Executive Director


January 22, 2019

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

Martha Gentry Coates Welch

Martha Gentry Coates Welch, aged 90, of Indianola Farm, Heathsville, VA, died on Tuesday, January, 22, 2019. She was born in Charlottesville, VA to W. Bryan and Mable Foster Gentry.

She is survived by her husband, John W. Welch, II; children, A. Bliss Coates, III (Diane), Elizabeth (Beth) Hopson (Robert), Bryan G. Coates (Marvette), and Laura (KK) King (George); step-children, Sarah W. Hughes (Jonathan) and J. Paul Welch, II (Julie); 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by the father of her children, Adaler B. Coates, Jr. and her granddaughter, Rebecca Sims.

She was a faithful member of Beulah Baptist Church in Lyells, VA and a devoted Sunday school teacher for over 50 years.

Services will be held at Beulah Baptist Church, Lyells at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 26, 2019 with the family receiving friends one hour prior to the service.

A reception will be held immediately following the service at Bethany Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Callao, VA.

Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Riverside Tappahannock Hospice, 289 Hospital Road, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

Central Virginia Funeral Directors Association


January 22, 2019

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

Jerry Burnell Taylor, Sr.

Mr. Jerry Burnell Taylor, Sr., 85, of Pooler, passed away on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at his home.

He was born in Ellis Grove, Illinois. He was preceded in death by his parents, Doris L. “Jack” & Ida Elizabeth Reed Taylor and his step-mother, Nancy Taylor. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and worked at both Life of Georgia Life Insurance Company and Dan Vaden Chevrolet.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Crawford Taylor; son and daughter-in-law, Jerry Burnell Taylor, Jr. & Jan; three daughters and a son-in-law, Shellie Taylor Boudreau & Richard, Karen Elizabeth Taylor and Donna Taylor Anderson; grandchildren, Victoria Keen, Nicholas Turner, Jason Turner, Jerry Burnell Taylor, III, Justin Ross Taylor (deceased), Ashley Reyes Stembridge, Taylor Anderson, Lauren Boudreau LeDonne, and Richard B. Boudreau; great-grandchildren, Lillian Turner, Evelyn Turner, Emily Turner, Justin Taylor, Kaleigh Taylor, Kaleb Stembridge, Austin Stembridge and Ethan Stembridge, and Brooklyn LeDonne; siblings, Gloria Jean Wooters (deceased), Carole Ann Stewart, John Taylor and Jackie Thomas as well as a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation: 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of the funeral home.
Remembrances may be given to hospicesavannah.org or P.O. Box 13190, Savannah, GA 31416.
Thomas C. Strickland & Sons Funeral Homes – West Chatham Chapel – 901 W. Hwy. 80 – Pooler, GA 31322 (912) 748-2444

Virginia Funeral Sales Association
Father of Shellie Taylor Boudreau and Father-In-Law of Richie Boudreau


January 14, 2019

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

Estelle Pagans Bolling

Estelle Pagans Bolling, age 79 of the Scruggs Community of Franklin County received her Eternal reward, January 14, 2019 at her home. She was born December 14, 1939, a daughter of the late Pete, Sr. and Frances Pagans. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Floyd Allen Bolling who died on November 22, 2018; her brothers and sisters, Pete, Jr., Mearl, Ruby, Mildred and Drucilla; a special nephew, Jube; grandson, Zach. Estelle was a long-time member of Mt. Ivy Christian Church serving as church custodian for over 30 years. Surviving to cherish her memory are her three children, Allen (Marie), Hazel (Richard) and Glen; two grandchildren, Ashley (Chris) and Timmy; two great-grandkids, Grayson and Cailyn; brothers and sisters, Henry Pagans (Shirley), Nancy Holland, Flossie Holland, Buck Pagans (Pam); sisters-in-law, Anne Pagans and Mary Ethel Bolling; many special friends but a very special friend to Floyd and Estelle, Karen Smith; many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be conducted at Flora Funeral Chapel, 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 19, 2019 with Ministers Ted Clifton and Steve Pasley officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Ivy Christian Church Cemetery. A Memorial meal will follow after the burial for family and friends to share memories at the church. Her family will receive friends 5-8 pm Friday, January, 18, 2019 at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.

Blue Ridge Funeral Directors Association
Estelle Bolling is the mother of Glen Bolling, Funeral Director at Flora Funeral Service