Our Obituaries

Norman Leslie Cage

January 10, 1950 - December 2, 2016

Norman (Butch) L. Cage, III, age 66, went to be with the Lord on December 2, 2016. He is preceded in death by his father, Norman L. Cage, Jr., and his mother, Elise A. Cage. He is survived by his daughters, Christine Cage Strange (Dustin), and Heather Lesley Cage; his grandchildren, Michael Cage Walker and Seth Charles Crossno. He is also survived by his brother, Tom Cage (Sharon), and his...
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Annie Virginia Woodson

June 25, 1930 - November 28, 2016

Woodson, Annie Virginia, 86, of Glen Allen, went to be with the Lord on November 28, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Samuel and Sallie Gray; she was preceded in death by her husband, James Edward Woodson; all of her eight siblings; and her step-granddaughter, Tina. She is survived by her children, Kathy Woodson (Danny), Diane Powell (Jimmy), and Sharon Towsey (David); 4 granddaughters,...
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Judson Napoleon Williams

July 28, 1937 - November 25, 2016

Williams, Judson Napoleon, 79, of Ashland, passed away on November 25, 2016. He is survived by several cousins. The family will receive friends from 6-8pm on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, VA 23005, where services will take place at 1pm on Wednesday, November 30, 2016. Interment will be at Woodland cemetery, Ashland, VA. In...
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Elizabeth T. Taylor

October 17, 1921 - November 25, 2016

TAYLOR, Elizabeth Maria, 95, of Doswell, passed away on Friday, November 25, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Woodford Taylor; her daughter, Linda Kirby; and her granddaughter, Brenda Taylor. Left to cherish her memory are her sons, David Taylor (Jean) and Arthur Taylor (Barbara); four grandchildren, Melinda Armitage, Cindy Wilson, Timmy Taylor and Ronnie Taylor; four great...
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Michael George Tarzia

February 22, 1931 - November 21, 2016

Michael G. Tarzia, Sr., age 85, living in Ashland, VA, passed away peacefully on November 21, 2016 with his family by his side. He was born in Stamford, the son of the late Nicola and Donata Tarzia. He was the husband of Marie D. Testa from Norwalk, who predeceased him four years ago and married for 60 years. They spent most of their lives in New Canaan (30 years), Wilton and Danbury. He spent...
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Margaret Kimbrough Gillis

April 7, 1952 - November 20, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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John Allen Earnest

September 3, 1958 - November 18, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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Katherine Mills Cauthorne

October 11, 1923 - November 18, 2016

CAUTHORNE, Katherine Mills, 93, of Beaverdam, and widow of Bernice Lee Cauthorne passed away Friday, November 18, 2016. She is survived by her stepson, Ernest "Peter" Cauthorne (Carol), daughter-in-law, Mildred Cauthorne; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Several very dedicated neighbors, LouAnn Cave (Terry), Virginia Hall, Karen Blackwell, Linda Warner and Frank Hargrove;...
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Charles Edwards Toombs

May 8, 1937 - November 18, 2016

.TOOMBS, Charles E., Sr., 79, of Woodford, passed away on November 18, 2016. He was preceded in death by his son, Tim Toombs. He is survived by his wife, Lorene Toombs; children, C. Edward Toombs, Jr. and Michael W. Toombs; and sisters, Priscilla and Carolyn. Charles worked for Fruit Growers Express for over 30 years and RF&P for 10 years. He retired from CSX. Charles was a member of County...
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Kathleen Osborne Broaddus

November 7, 1962 - November 15, 2016

BROADDUS, Kathleen Osborne, 54, of Hanover County, passed away on November 15, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Harry and Sidney Osborne; father-in-law, Dr. Carl Broaddus, and nephew, Ben Henry Osborne. She is survived by her husband, Andrew Broaddus; daughter, Elizabeth Broaddus; step-son and grandson, Justin and Brandon Broaddus; sisters, Schuyler Sneed (Travis Ryan), Sara...
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Carol Ann Patterson

June 22, 1968 - November 14, 2016

PATTERSON, Carol Ann, 48, of Ashland, passed away peacefully on November 14, 2016. She was preceded in death by her son, Brandon and her parents, Kenneth and Marie Chandler. She is survived by her husband of 25 years, Henry Patterson; children, Henry Patterson, III "Frankie" and Chandler Douglas Patterson; two sisters, Diane Robbins (Ray) and Karen Broaddus (Alan); two sisters-in-law, Gladys...
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Jim Thomas Crisp

November 30, 1957 - November 12, 2016

CRISP, Jim, better known as Onion, went to be with his brother Pete Crisp on November 12, 2016. He is survived by his mother, Ellen Cooke; brother, Roger Crisp (Cindy); sisters, Rose Marie Hall (Joe), and Anita Thomas (Brian); nephews, Dustin (Krystal), Austin (Karla), and Justin (Sammy); niece, Ashtyn (Nick); and 4 great nieces. Jim was a member of the 601 Hunt Club. He was a hunter, fishermen,...
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Lucy Meredith Harris

May 16, 1931 - November 12, 2016

Lucy Meredith Harris passed quietly November 12, 2016 at the age of 85. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert, and survived by her 5 children, Lois (Lewis), Robert Jr (Angela), Bobbie (Alan), Stanley (Patricia) and Brian (Stacey), 13 grand-children and 4 great grand-children. She was a loving and caring daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She was well...
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Guido Joseph Raso

July 12, 1981 - November 11, 2016

RASO, Guido Joseph, III, 35, of Doswell, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, November 11, 2016. Guido was preceded in death by his grandparents, Manley and Jean Lindsey. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Lindsay Raso; children, Braham, Lily, Shepherd, Norah-Jean and Lennox; mother, Tanya (David) Jones; father, Guido (Beverly) Raso Jr.; brother; Zion Jones; and grandparents, Guido (Ramona)...
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Robin Hahn Bishop

June 8, 1955 - November 8, 2016

Robin Hahn Bishop, 61, of Henrico, Va. passed away peacefully at her home on November 8th, 2016. Robin was raised in McLean, VA and was a graduate of the McLean High School Class of 1973. During those years she was active in the Drill Team and Chorus. After graduating from Radford University with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts, she returned to Northern Virginia, where she spent many years as...
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Virginia Marie Jones

April 22, 1948 - November 7, 2016

JONES, Virginia Marie, 68, of Ashland, passed away peacefully on November 7, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Virginia and Robert Pettit. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, James T. Jones; a very special nephew, Austin Alexander, who she loved more than anything in the world; sister, Cindy Lee Godsey; nieces, nephews, and other family...
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Ernest Muriel Goodman

December 11, 1933 - November 4, 2016

Goodman, Ernest Muriel, 82, of Ashland, VA passed away peacefully at home on November 4, 2016 surrounded by family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edgar Norman Goodman and Mary Frances Hall Goodman; also by brothers, Norman Goodman, Jr. and Lewis Price Goodman; and sisters, Margaret Ann Smith, Virginia Swift, and Marion Jones. Born and raised in Beaverdam, VA, Ernest began a career with...
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Gladys Edwards Alvis

October 1, 1929 - October 27, 2016

Alvis, Gladys Edwards, 87, passed away peacefully while surrounded by family in her Montpelier home on October 27, 2016. She was preceded in death by Emmett Mason Alvis, her loving husband of fifty years; and son-in-law, Jack Lipscomb. A devoted mother, she is survived by three daughters: Eunice Lipscomb of St. Simons Island, GA; Linda Stephens (Bob) of Glen Allen, VA; and, Betty Brannan (Paige)...
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James Clarence Brown

October 19, 1940 - October 27, 2016

BROWN, James "Jim" Clarence, of Ashland, died on October 27, 2016, after 2 ½ years of illness, is now in heaven rejoicing with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, along with other family and friends who put their faith in Jesus Christ. He was born in Versailles, Ohio on October 19, 1940, to Alvin Eddy Brown and Mildred Lucille Beisner Brown. By the grace of God, he was born again on March 19,...
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Lucetta Celia Minton

February 7, 1928 - October 26, 2016

Lucetta "Sis" Celia (Rhoades) Minton, 88, of Ashland, Virginia, went to be with our Lord on October 26, 2016. Sis was born on February 7, 1928 in Perry County, Pennsylvania. Sis is survived by two children, Anthony W. Minton (Wendy), and Sandra Y. Durham (Rob); sister, Ruth Miller of Shippensburg, PA; eight grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Sis is preceded in death by her husband,...
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Lester Olin Jones

September 14, 1942 - October 25, 2016

JONES, Lester Olin, 74, of Mechanicsville, born on September 14, 1942, passed away on October 25, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Everett Jones and Beulah Randall Jones; brothers, Lawrence Edwin Jones and Richard Anderson Jones; sister, Bernice Gassman; he is survived by his sister, Betty J. Pierce; and brothers, Kenneth E. Jones and Bobby L. Jones; and numerous nieces and...
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Andrew Jackson Ward

August 13, 1930 - October 18, 2016

WARD, Andrew, "A.J.", 86, of Hanover, passed away on October 18, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Janice Garner Ward; stepson, Bev Edmonds, Jr.; brothers, Hardin, Carrington, and Charles; and sisters, Mary, Elender, and Stella. He is survived by his sister, Lola Boughan and husband, Henry of Kensale, VA. A.J. served in the Army during the Korean War. He retired from Binswanger Glass...
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Claudine Miller Conwell

November 11, 1937 - October 9, 2016

CONWELL, Claudine M., 78, of Ashland, earned her wings with her daughters-in-law by her side on October 9, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Conwell. She is survived by her sons, Jerry Conwell (Lois), Barry Conwell (Patricia), and Darrell Conwell; grandchildren, Jamie, Jennifer, and Amanda; great-grandchildren, Jamil, Lynsie, Caydence, and Delaney; and brother, Denzil; and many...
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Barbara B. Flemmons

August 29, 1937 - October 7, 2016

Barbara B. Flemmons, 79, of Glen Allen passed away on Friday, October 7, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Quinby and Louise Burnett. She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Tom Flemmons; three children, Cheryl (Roy), Tommy (Pam) and David; three grandchildren; and two brothers, Sonny (Nancy) and Vernon (Yvonne). The family will receive friends on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 8 p...
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William Edwin Barrett

August 1, 1941 - October 6, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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Janelle K. Jolly

March 11, 1947 - October 6, 2016

JOLLY, Janelle "Jan" K., 69, of Ashland, passed away on October 6, 2016. She is survived by her husband, John Jolly; her children, Marcus Eid, Kristina Lyden (Mike); and Johnny Jolly; a granddaughter, Peyton; and 2 brothers, David and Terry Liskey. A memorial service will be held at 3pm on Sunday, October 8, 2016 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, VA 23005....
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Ruth Olivia Howell

March 1, 1925 - October 5, 2016

Howell, Ruth Olivia, 91, of Ladysmith, peacefully went to be with the Lord on October 5, 2016. She was the late daughter of Millard and Bonnie Howell; she was preceded in death by her husband, Walter James Howell; and 8 siblings. She is survived by her daughter, Bonnie Martin; 3 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. A service will be held at 3pm on Monday, October 10, 2016 at Signal Hill...
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Thelma Staton Stanley

April 3, 1924 - September 27, 2016

Thelma Staton Stanley (92) of Mechanicsville, VA, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, September 27, 2016. She is preceded in death by husbands, Joe Carl Wimberly and Henry Robert Stanley; her parents, Thomas Washington and Lola Link Staton; and her devoted daughter, Alice Wimberly Miles. She is survived by three devoted daughters, Dorothy Wimberly Anderson (Bud), Kathy Stanley Grizzard (Rob) and...
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Sharon Rose Jimenez

July 5, 1967 - September 25, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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James Randolph Rice

February 28, 1943 - September 25, 2016

James Randolph Rice, Sr., 73, of Ashland, went to rest in the arms of Jesus on September 25, 2016 after a courageous, year-long battle with cancer. He was the son of the late James Blair and Doris Covington Rice and was preceded in death by his brother, Eddie. Mr. Rice retired from Mobil Chemical as an accountant after 26 years of service. Most currently he worked with Gotcha' Covered Window...
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Gary Lee Edwards

June 18, 1948 - September 25, 2016

Gary Lee Edwards Sr., 68, of Henrico, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016. He was a retired picture framer. Gary enjoyed, fishing with his best friend Jr, a.k.a. Buzzard, cooking shows, hanging out in his kitchen, flea markets, and the lottery, but never won. He is preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Lena Edwards; and son, Gary (Bubba) Lee Edwards Jr. Gary is survived by his wife,...
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George Ray Bowles

December 30, 1951 - September 25, 2016

BOWLES, George Ray, 64, of Glen Allen, went to be with the Lord on September 25, 2016. He was the son of the late "Ed" and Annie Bowles and was preceded in death by his sister, Ann Bogar. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Helen Bowles; children, Shelly Jacobs (Richard), Shanna Bowles (Jamie), and Sherilyn Bowles (David); grandchildren, Isaiah, Fiona, Infinite, David, Alexis, and Callia;...
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Neallie McCauley Wood

April 1, 1935 - September 24, 2016

WOOD, Neallie McCauley, 81, of Ashland, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 24, 2016. She was the last surviving child of Oscar and Josephine McCauley. Neallie was born in Charlottesville on April 1, 1935. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Debbie and husband, Willie Truman. She is survived by her son, Willie Thomas (Patricia); three grandchildren, Michael, Amanda and...
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Joel Michael Greenwood

April 15, 1963 - September 16, 2016

GREENWOOD, Joel Michael, 53, of Doswell, passed away suddenly on September 16, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Karen Greenwood; his son, Ryan and his wife, Shannon, his son Randy; his parents, John and Jane Greenwood. Joel owned and operated Blackwater Manufacturing in Ashland, VA. The family will receive friends from 2-4pm & 6-8pm on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at the Nelsen...
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Kenneth Wilbur Mallory

September 13, 1944 - September 16, 2016

MALLORY, Kenneth W. Jr., 72, of Ruther Glen, passed away on September 16, 2016 after fighting a long and courageous battle with COPD. Through all, he maintained his deep and faithful love for his family and an amazing sense of humor that always lifted spirits. Kenneth had a love for fishing. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran. Kenneth is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Juanita Carol Mallory; his...
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Norma Persing Trice

December 17, 1928 - September 16, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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Robert Eugene Reynolds

February 16, 1945 - September 15, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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Wesley Wayne Gray

December 30, 1970 - September 15, 2016

Wesley Wayne Gray, 45, died after a courageous battle with Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Cancer on September 15, 2016 at his home in Western Hanover. He was the husband of Tammy Chiles Gray. Born, December 30, 1970 in Richmond, Virginia. He was the son of L. Wayne and Audrey Brannan Gray. He graduated from Patrick Henry High School in 1988 and from Full Sail University in 1996 as the Salutatorian. He...
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Gerard A. TerAvest

May 28, 1928 - September 9, 2016

Gerard A. "Jerry" TerAvest, 88, of Glen Allen passed away suddenly on Friday, September 9, 2016. He was born in Grandville, MI and was preceded in death by his parents, James and Barendina TerAvest; and three brothers and three sisters. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mamie H. TerAvest; and several dear nieces and nephews. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army Medical Corps and was a...
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Ellen Maxine Epps

July 30, 1929 - September 7, 2016

Epps, Ellen "Maxine", 87, of Ashland, passed away on September 7, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Epps; parents, George and Mayme Alvis; brother, Walter; and sister, Phyllis. She is survived by her son, Tony Epps; 3 grandchildren, Heather (Darrell), Josh, and Jake; 2 great-grandchildren, Eden and Brianna; sister, Nell (Roy); and brothers, Rudy (Patty), and Daryl (Darla)....
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Sebird Winfield Hylton

October 10, 1935 - September 5, 2016

Sebird Winfield Hylton, Sr., 80 of Ashland passed away on Monday, September 5, 2016. He was preceded in death by two sons, Sebird W. Hylton, Jr. and Neil Hylton; and a brother, Posey E. "Jack" Hylton. He was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War and served on the Ashland Police Department for eight years. He was a member of Antioch Christian Church, Big Ridge Mountain, VA, the Veterans of...
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Gloria Jean Johnson

January 10, 1950 - September 4, 2016

JOHNSON, Gloria Jean, 66, of Ashland, passed away on September 4, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, Gloria Mae and William Ware, Sr. She is survived by her four children, Amy Rice and spouse, Scotty, Earl Johnson, Jr., Jamy Dempsey and spouse, Jimmy, and Melissa Johnson and spouse, Brian Roth; her children's father and life-long companion, Earl Johnson, Sr; four grandchildren,...
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Conde Palmore Hopkins

June 20, 1948 - August 27, 2016

Condé McBride Palmore Hopkins, 68, of Ashland, died Saturday, August 27, 2016 at her home. She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Ronald Wayne Hopkins; her children, Ryan M. Hopkins and his wife Elizabeth and Haden B. Hopkins and his wife Colleen; her sister, Lelia P.Wehman, and her husband, Paul, and her sister-in-law, Susan Armstrong; her grandchildren, Finnian Hopkins, Katherine...
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Thelma Gwenlyn Denton

October 26, 1926 - August 20, 2016

Denton, Thelma Gwenlyn Denton, 89, of Ashland, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter C. Denton, Sr.; mother, Alice J. Brooks; father, John A. Cain; and son, Glen D. Denton. Left to cherish her memory are her children; Walter C. Denton Jr. and Paul A. Denton; and grandchildren, Zachary W. Denton and Amanda F. Mayle. Thelma was a former member of...
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Betty Joyce Brown

April 17, 1933 - August 19, 2016

BROWN, Betty Joyce, 83, of Doswell, passed away on August 19, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Alfred Brown. Betty is survived by her children, Carolyn Brown (Sam), Cynthia B. Grover (James), Keith Wayne Brown (Kathy), Beth Lee and Linda F. Hall; brothers, William and Bobby Mauney; sister, Sarah Duncan; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The family will receive...
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William Garland Brown

September 20, 1938 - August 19, 2016

William (Willie) Garland Brown Sr., 77, of Montpelier, passed away Friday, August 19, 2016. Willie was retired from Henrico Co. He is survived by his wife, Myrtle Brown; children, Wanda, Jimmy, and Matthew; stepchildren, Sammy, Deborah, Patricia, Mike, Jeff, several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and sister, Gay. A visitation will held from 1-2pm at on Tuesday, August 23, 2016 at Nelsen...
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Clifton H. Neal

July 2, 1940 - August 18, 2016

NEAL, Clifton H. "Buddy", 76, of Ashland, was called home to be with his Heavenly Father. Clifton "Buddy" Neal was eternally freed of the physical challenges of this world on August 18, 2016. His precious character traits of perseverance and humility were developed as a child, growing up and working on a family dairy farm in Bluefield, Virginia, and continued to be evident throughout his life....
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Julian Clyde Johnson

August 9, 1920 - August 16, 2016

JOHNSON, Julian Clyde Jr., 96, of Ashland, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on August 16, 2016. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Barbara Jean Turner Johnson; children, Julie Ann Bookheimer and her husband, Duane, Barry Clyde Johnson and his wife, Ana; grandchildren, Ashley Ann Stone, Madison Leigh Bookheimer, Joshua Edwin Bookheimer; sister, Elsie J. Nichols. Clyde was a...
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Frances White Humes

March 18, 1926 - August 14, 2016

HUMES, Frances White, 90, of Glen Allen, passed away peacefully on August 14, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Walter and Lucy Bowles, sister to Katie and Billie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jack Humes, Sr.; sons, Wallie Humes and Clyde Humes; and son-in-law, Mike Jaconski. She is survived by her son, Jack Humes, Jr.; daughter, Myanna Jaconski; grandchildren, Tracey Butler ...
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Michael Sumski

March 30, 1945 - August 11, 2016

Michael J. Sumski, Sr.,71, of Beaverdam passed away on Thursday, August 11, 2016. He was a member of Zion Christian Church. He is survived by his wife, Marilyn A. Sumski; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Denise Sumski; granddaughter, Lauren Sumski; sister, Theresa Reck; and two nephews and a niece. A memorial service will be held Saturday, August 20, at 11 am at Zion Christian Church, 16158...
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Darrell Marion Mayhew

March 14, 1943 - August 10, 2016

Mayhew, Darrell Marion, 73, of Ashland, VA, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his beloved and devoted wife, Kathryn Ann; sister-in-law, Barbara Ann; daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and (Russ) Hixson; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and (Valerie) Mayhew; son and daughter-in-law, Mark and (Beth) Mayhew; brothers, Jim and Jerry;...
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Moya Lavin Parmele

May 24, 1945 - August 9, 2016

Moya Lavin Parmele, 71, died Tuesday, August 9, 2016 after a five year battle with cancer. She was preceded in death by her father, Lt. Col. Peter E. Lavin and her mother, Ida Bailey Lavin. She is survived by her husband, Alfred Truman Parmele VI of Ashland; her son, Alfred Truman "T. J." Parmele VII of Herndon, VA; her daughter, Megan Parmele Thomas of Ashland; two grandchildren, Mya and Drew of...
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Betty Faye M. Altice

November 17, 1959 - August 6, 2016

Betty Faye M. Altice, 56, of Doswell passed away on Saturday, August 6, 2016. She was a manager at various retail stores over the years and was a member of Ashland Church of God. She was very stylish and fashion conscience and had a passion for decorating and gardening. She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Edith Moore. She is survived by her husband, Garold Dwayne Altice; three...
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John Monroe Loving

May 18, 1922 - August 5, 2016

John Monroe Loving Sr. of Hanover passed away August 5, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife Myrtle, sons Bobby and John, and grandson Kevin. He is survived by his daughter in law June Loving and beloved companion Betty Pierce; grandson John (Christi) and Brian (Tuesday); five great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren. He loved farming and fixing tractors and was always there for...
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Talitha Young Babcock

November 23, 1934 - July 30, 2016

BABCOCK, Talitha Young, 81, of Midlothian, passed away on July 30, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Quinton Quinn, as well as her first husband and the father of her children, Howard William Babcock. She was one of four children of the late Everett and Muriel Young. Talitha was a practicing member of Christian Science and a member of the Mother Church in Boston, Mass. Her...
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Margaret Dickinson Dickerson

July 20, 1933 - July 27, 2016

DICKERSON, Margaret D., 83, of Ashland, died July 27, 2016. She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Altamont Dickerson, Jr.; son, Monty Dickerson; daughters, Gale Dickerson and Anne Dickerson; three grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. Margaret was born in Rockbridge County, VA, and graduated from Fairfield High School. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 1955, and she loved her Hokies!...
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Patricia Anne Koontz

April 16, 1939 - July 27, 2016

KOONTZ, Patricia, of Ashland, saw the promise of the resurrection on July 27, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Eldon and Sadie Phillips. She was preceded in death by her husband, Earl L. Koontz, Jr.; brother, Eldon S. Phillips, Jr.; and sister, Louella Rehmann. She is survived by her daughter, Heather Gómez and her husband, Victor Gómez; granddaughter, Jessenia Gómez. She...
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Brenda Joyce Samuel

July 11, 1942 - July 22, 2016

SAMUEL, Brenda Joyce, 74, of Beaverdam, passed away peacefully on July 22, 2016. She was preceded in death by her mother, Sarah Brown. She is survived by her loving husband and best friend of 38 years, Edward Samuel; stepfather, Ryland Brown; sister, Sandra F. Edwards; sisters-in-law, Jean George and Janice Mills; brother-in-law, Calvin Wayne Samuel; nieces, Roslyn D. Ducey, Bobbie Joe Adams,...
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Bessie Mae Jones

May 25, 1916 - July 21, 2016

JONES, Bessie Mae, 100, of Montpelier, passed away on July 21, 2016. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Daniel Rice. She is survived by her husband, Rosewell Jones, Sr.; step children, Tony (Jeraldine) Jones, Roswell (Peggy) Jones, Jr., Charles (Joan) Jones, Joanne Brown, and Diane (Peter) Farrar; 9 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and special...
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James Joseph Kouten

March 31, 1924 - July 18, 2016

KOUTEN, James Joseph, 92, of Richmond, passed away Monday, July 18, 2016. He retired from the U.S. Army and was a triple Veteran serving in World War II, Korean, and the Vietnam War. James received the following decorations, ESM; MSM with one OLC; JSCM; ARCOM with one OLC; ACM; EAME; GCMdl; WWII VM; AOM; NDSM with one OLC; AFRM; VSM; MUC; RVNCM; RVNGCUC with Palm RVNTSM 91st Class. James attended...
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Frances Keiter Slater

December 12, 1921 - July 17, 2016

Frances K. Slater, 94, of Ashland, passed away Sunday, July 17, 2016 at her residence. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Maxey Slater and daughter-in-law, Sandy Slater. She is survived by two sons, Brant and Bill (Kathy); four grandchildren, Emily Slater, Brantley Slater (Alyssa), Kelly Moser (Nolan) and Paige Slater; one great-granddaughter, Chloe Moser; a step-granddaughter,...
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Dorothy Moody Steele

April 11, 1926 - July 15, 2016

Dorothy Moody Steele, 90, of Beaverdam passed away peacefully on Friday, July 15, 2016. She was born in Beaverdam, VA, on April 11, 1926. Mrs. Steele was preceded in death by her husband, Charles B. Steele; sons, Ronald W. Steele and Michael W. Steele, and daughter-in-law; Karla E. Steele. Dorothy is survived by her daughter-in-law, Alice Steele; grandchildren, Rita Free (husband, Wayne), Rhonda...
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Imogene Gleason Mallory

November 24, 1928 - July 12, 2016

MALLORY, Imogene Gleason, 87, of Doswell, peacefully departed this world July 12, 2016 after a courageous fight against cancer. She took leave in the comfort of the home she built and loved. Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Brandon B. Mallory, Jr., her parents, D.A. Gleason, Sr. and Blanche L. Gleason, her brothers, D.A. Gleason, Jr., Linwood L. Gleason, William "Bill" L. Gleason, Sr.,...
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Betty Lou Bunn

February 11, 1940 - July 3, 2016

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John Wendell Watt II

February 26, 1939 - July 3, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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James N. Birkitt

May 8, 1927 - July 3, 2016

BIRKITT, The Rev. Dr. James N., 89, of Glen Allen, died peacefully surrounded by family on Sunday, July 3, 2016. Dr. Birkitt was born in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 8, 1927. Ordained in 1951 to the Southern Baptist ministry, Dr. Birkitt pastored eight local congregations in South Carolina and Virginia and in later years served as interim pastor of 10 Virginia congregations. In1965, Dr....
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Bertha Mae Atkinson

August 23, 1919 - July 1, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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Franklin W. Chisholm

April 2, 1946 - June 28, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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Edith J. Sharpe

January 31, 1930 - June 27, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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Steven Richard Widener

April 17, 1969 - June 26, 2016

Steven Richard Widener, "Houndog 235", 47, of Ashland, lived in Louisa, passed on Sunday, June 26, 2016, doing what he loved on his Harley motorcycle. He is preceded in death by his mother, Arnette Louise Widener of Ashland. He is survived by his father, Richard L. Widener of Ashland; daughter, Melissa J. Widener of Richmond; sister, Ginger L. Widener of Ashland; spouse, Robin A....
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James William Smith

March 27, 1926 - June 24, 2016

SMITH, James William, Jr., 90, of Ashland, died on June 24, 2016. Mr. Smith was the son of the late James W. Smith, Sr. and Margaret Miller Smith and was preceded in death by his brother, Albert Leon Smith and sisters, Virginia Smith Taylor and Gail Smith Wood. He is survived by his devoted wife, Eleanor Attkisson Smith; children, James William Smith, III (Ruth), Kathryn Smith Cheesman (Paul);...
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Charles Lindbergh Kehoe

May 20, 1927 - June 24, 2016

Charles Lindbergh "Lindy" Kehoe of Ashland, Virginia passed away at home on June 24, 2016. Lindy was born in Bel Air, Maryland on May 20,1927 to James H. Kehoe Sr. and Ethel M. Davis. He is survived by brother, Stirling Kehoe; sister, Genevieve Snodgrass, and the loving memory of his oldest brother, James H. Kehoe, Jr.; children, Daniel (wife, May Liang Kehoe), Jeffrey (wife, Diane...
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Betha G. Proffitt

March 5, 1937 - June 23, 2016

PROFFITT, Betha G, 79, of Ashland, passed away June 23, 2016. She was preceded in death by two daughters, Bonnie Shaffer and April Farmer; and eight siblings. She is survived by her two daughters, Darlene Lloyd (Timothy) and Carol Proffitt; three grandchildren, Olivia, Joseph and Bonnie; six great-grandsons, six siblings, many nieces and nephews; loving caretaker, Saadata Yusiff; and playmate,...
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Eugene Kyle Kelly

April 19, 1931 - June 21, 2016

KELLY, Eugene K., 86, of Rockville, passed away June 21, 2016. Eugene proudly served in the United States Air Force for four years. He worked for E.A. Holsten Inc. until his passing. He is survived by his wife, Margaret Kelly; daughter, Sandra Noll (Ron); sons, Darrel Kelly and Glenn Kelly (Lisa); grandchildren, Krista Hart (Joshua), Aarica Kelly, Brian Kelly and Justin Kelly; great-grandchildren...
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Mary Louise Noble

August 12, 1928 - June 20, 2016

Noble, Mary Louise Harty Douglas, 87, a child of the Father went home on June 20, 2016. Our sweet Mary was the daughter of the late Ambris Charles Edward Harty and Claudia Millie Stephens. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Faye Douglas and a son, John Edward Douglas. She is survived by three daughters, Mary Yvonne Hartman, Carmen Louise (Bob) Giggey and Helen (Frank) Dow. She has...
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Barbara Duke Carneal

October 18, 1937 - June 17, 2016

CARNEAL, Barbara D. "Bobbie", 78, of Ashland, passed away on June 17, 2016. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Alvin "Bootsie" Carneal; her parents, Cary Nelson and Evelyn Duke; brother, Cary Nelson Duke, Jr.; and sisters, Shirley D. Coakley and Peggy D. Lane. She is survived by a devoted sister, Ruth F. Duke of Ashland; two grandsons, Zachary and Jacob Webb; nephews,...
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Shirley Ann Coleman

July 23, 1951 - June 17, 2016

COLEMAN, Shirley Ann, 64, of Manassas, passed away June 17, 2016. She was preceded in death by her parents, George Winfored Hare and Dorothy Collins; and 3 siblings, Faye, Brenda, and Lee. Shirley loved to collect angels and lighthouses, and to take long walks. She is survived by her children, Jimmy Coleman and Risa Sutton; grandchildren, Jena, Marissa, Ashley, Trina, and Jayden; great...
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Gladys Gibson Powell

July 30, 1924 - June 17, 2016

POWELL, Gladys Gibson, 91, of King William, passed away June 17, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Frazier Powell. She is survived by two sons, Randy (Wanda) of King William, VA, and Ashley (Patti) of Riverton, WY; grandchildren, Adam, Shane, Brett, and Cody; and great grandchildren, CJ, Hank, Jeremy, and Jonathan. A memorial service will be held at Nelsen Funeral Home 412 S....
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George Jennings

November 7, 1927 - June 16, 2016

JENNINGS, George "Bill, Jr., 88, of Ashland, went to be with his Savior on June 16, 216. He was son of the late George and Catherine Jennings. He was preceded in death by his sister, Nina Bruce and his brother, Eddie Jennings. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Norma Jennings; daughter, Debora Sadler and husband Ron; and many nieces, nephews, family members and friends. Bill was a member of...
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Sharon Mitchell Gore

June 16, 1945 - June 15, 2016

On Wednesday, June 15, 2016 Sharon Mitchell Gore died peacefully surrounded by her family. Sharon was fiercely independent and lived her life with generosity, kindness and a fun loving spirit that ultimately defined her. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Kristi and Phil Hebner and two amazing grandchildren Riley Katherine Hebner and Bryce David Hebner. She is also survived by her...
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Esther Belvin Carter

May 5, 1920 - June 7, 2016

CARTER, Esther Belvin, 96, formerly of Ruther Glen, while surrounded by her loving family, she left this world to join her husband, Winfrey A. Carter, and Heavenly Father on Tuesday, June 7, 2016. She was preceded in death by her son, Carroll A. Carter. She is survived by her daughter, Lois Saunders (Lewis "Bud" Sr.); 7 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and 8 great-great grandchildren; and...
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Lenard Lee Pennington

April 13, 1943 - June 6, 2016

PENNINGTON, Lenard L., 73, of Ashland, passed away on June 6, 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Hiram and Mildred Pennington. He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Dorothy Wilson Pennington; sons, Ed Pennington (Lisa) of Orange Park, FL.; Russell L. Owen of Aylett, VA; three grandchildren, Alex, Katie, and Emma Pennington; two brothers, Willard V. (Esther) of Clarksburg,...
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Abagail Morgan Whittaker

August 23, 1994 - June 2, 2016

Whittaker, Abagail Morgan, 21, of Ashland, passed away and left her family and friends on Thursday, June 2, 2016. She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Arthur Hart. Abagail is survived by her mother, Kathy Garber, and father, Earl E. Whittaker, Jr.; sister, Carley Whittaker-Driver (Nick), step-sister, Bethany Garber; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Whittaker, Sr., and grandmother,...
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Ernest Lee Lowry

June 15, 1944 - June 2, 2016

LOWRY, Ernest Lee, 71, of Montpelier, passed away on June 2, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Lowry. He is survived by his wife, Jo Ann Lowry and his son, Thomas and boys. Ernest was a member of Glen Allen Masonic Lodge. The family will receive friends from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington...
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Margaret Lucy Gray

September 15, 1927 - May 31, 2016

Margaret Lucy Tilton Gray, 88, of Ashland, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 31, 2016. She was born in Hanover County, Virginia to William E. and Rose Pearl Cauthorn Tilton. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband Joseph Willard Gray, Sr.; her brother, William Tilton and sister, Mary Adams. She is survived by her loving sons, Joseph (Stacey),...
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Margaret W. Burke

September 30, 1926 - May 28, 2016

BURKE, Margaret W., (nee Mairead ni Conghaile) (Michael Ned), 89, of Ashland, Va., passed away on May 28, 2016, peacefully at home. Born in Formna Village, Inis Oirr, Aran Islands, County Galway, Ireland in 1926, Margaret was a long-time resident of Queens, N.Y., before moving to Ashland in 1994. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Richard, who died in 2013. Margaret was a loving...
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Claude Fletcher Burrows

December 6, 1932 - May 27, 2016

Claude Fletcher Burrows, 83, of Richmond, passed on peacefully May 27th 2016. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 43 years Kaye Cameron Burrows. A Richmond native, Claude was born December 6, 1932 to Waller T. and Kathryn Burrows. He graduated from Cathedral High School in 1952. Immediately following high school he served 3 years in Korea for the United State Army. After his tour he...
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Helene Luise Walch

September 9, 1921 - May 19, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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Donald Wayne Waller

August 29, 1969 - May 13, 2016

WALLER, Donald Wayne, 46, of Doswell, passed away on May 13, 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia A. Waller; grandmother, Thelma M. Moore; grandparents, Sallie Mae Waller and Hillary Earl Waller. He is survived by his wife, Patricia D. Waller and his father, Robert E. Waller; brother, Robert A. Waller (Beverly J.); step-son, Jeffrey Matinog; grandfather, George T. Martin (Sue);...
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Jesse Wayne Ezzell

April 22, 1939 - May 10, 2016

Jesse Wayne Ezzell (AKA "Pop" "Moe" or "Buddy Boy"), 77, went to join his Savior in eternal peace on May 10, 2016. He was preceded in death by his loving bride, Dottie Ezzell. He is survived by his sons, Wayne (Coretta) and David (Janice) Ezzell; and his grandchildren, Kyle, Conner (Sammi) and Landon Ezzell. "Pop" was in the US Army. He was loved by...
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Alice Terry Alexander

January 16, 1915 - May 10, 2016

Alexander, Alice Terry, 101, formerly of Ashland, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at Heritage Green Assisted Living in Mechanicsville. She was preceded in death by her devoted husband Earl Douglas Alexander, Sr., sons Earl Douglas Alexander, Jr., and Baby Boy Alexander. She is survived by daughter Terry Alexander, grandchildren Susan Pugh, and Lisa DeHart (Wayne), and great-grandchildren...
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Rinert Whitlow

June 1, 1939 - May 7, 2016

Whitlow, Rinert Stacey "Ronnie", 76, of Montpelier, VA, passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on May 7, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Stacey and Lucille; and his sister, Shirley Kinney. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, JoAnn Whitlow; his children, David Whitlow, Donna Campbell (Danny), and Troy Whitlow (Sherry); 7 grandchildren, Justin, Brittany,...
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Helen Sheiner Johnson

September 15, 1923 - May 5, 2016

JOHNSON, Helen Sheiner, 92, of Ashland, went to be with her Lord on May 5, 2016. She was the daughter of the late William and Ida Sheiner; she was preceded in death by her husband, Milton Johnson. She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Johnson and Ellen Johnson; sister-in-law, Catherine Sheiner and numerous nieces and nephews. Helen was an active member at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. The...
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Martha Jane Mills

June 1, 1921 - May 4, 2016

MILLS, Martha Jane, 94, of Montpelier, departed this earth on May 4, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Nathaniel Emmett Mills and her son, Emmett Wade Mills. She is survived by her daughter, Peggy Chenault (Alvin Kemp); grandchildren, Jason (Tim), Dwight (Kristie), Travis (Katie), Dana (G.B.); great-grandchildren, Colston, Carter, and Marley; her daughter-in-law, Sheila Stanley;...
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Hazel Knepper

June 3, 1924 - May 3, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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Clarence Edward Dempsey

September 9, 1947 - May 3, 2016

Arrangements under the direction of Nelsen Ashland, Ashland, VA.
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Jessie Honeycutt Meredith

October 21, 1924 - May 2, 2016

Jessie Honeycutt Meredith, 91, of Glen Allen, passed away Monday, May 2, 2016. She was born in Mt. Pleasant N.C., the youngest of ten children. Jessie worked for A.H. Robins for 30 years, she volunteered at Henrico Doctors Hospital-Forest for 15 years, where she crocheted many of the baby hats for newborns. She was a long time member of Glen Allen Baptist, and current member of Lakeside United...
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Walter Ralph Harris

March 30, 1935 - May 1, 2016

Harris, Walter Ralph, 81, of Beaverdam, passed away on May 1, 2016. He is survived by his wife, Helen Hall Harris; children, Don R. Harris (Ann), David G. Harris (Kim), and Wendy H. Haupt (Butch); nephew, Bart Bass; 8 grandchildren, Michael, Catherine, Lauren, Sydney, Taylor, Caroline, Hannah, and Heather; 3 great-grandchildren, Emerson, Sutton, and Hensley; and 2 sisters, Agnes Reed and Mildred...
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Ruth Ownby Tyo

September 6, 1923 - April 23, 2016

Ruth Ownby Tyo, a longtime resident of Ashland, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 23rd surrounded by family members. She is survived by her 2 loving daughters and their families, her brother, Lawrence Ownby and his family, and many other Ownby descendants. Ruth was born and raised in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. After graduating from high school, she went to work at the...
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Steven Blair Thompson

April 26, 1949 - April 21, 2016

Steven Blair Thompson, 66, passed suddenly on Thursday, April 21 at his home in Ashland, VA. Steve was born in Pikeville, KY on April 26, 1949. He was the son of James Madison Thompson and Josephine Ernette Blair Thompson. He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Lauren Dabel Thompson, and two sons, Seth Blair Thompson (wife Beth Herbert) and Jacob Keifer Jacobs-Thompson (wife Elisa Jacobs...
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