Our Obituaries

Frank Congdon Willson

August 4, 1928 - April 16, 2015

Frank Congdon Willson, 86, of Ashland passed away on Thursday, April 16, 2015. He was a retired truck driver with over 40 years of service working for A T Associated Transport. He was a member of Teamsters Local # 592 and a member of Hatcher Memorial Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ruby Queen Willson; daughters, Jo Nell K. Willson and Donna R. Womack; five grandchildren,...
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Leona May Nicely

January 7, 1946 - April 15, 2015

NICELY, Leona May, 69, of Ashland, passed away on April 15, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Jake Nicely; brother, William Edward and her sister, Mary E. Rarden. She is survived by her children, Steven Edward (Cathy), William David (Cheryl) and Katherine Gail (Scott Willis); grandchildren, Jessica Holdaway, Rachel, Taylor, Benjamin, Emma, and David Dawg; her sister, June...
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Harriette Koch Edwards

April 25, 1937 - April 12, 2015

EDWARDS, Harriette Koch, 77, of Ashland, passed away on April 12, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Bill and Ruby Koch and the widow of Russell "RC" Edwards. She is survived by her sons, Ricky Edwards (Lee) and Rusty Edwards (Wanda); grandchildren, Afton Edwards, Lindsey Edwards, Sara Salvato (Stephen); and her great granddaughter, Lily Salvato. Harriette was raised at the Snow...
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Patsy Ruth Swink

August 18, 1929 - April 8, 2015

Clyde and Patsy came together in Marriage "Until Death do us part" for 56 years-SWINK, Clyde Leo, a faithful husband, died on March 25, 2015 at the age of 83. Patsy Ruth Swink followed her husband in death at 9:45 a.m. on April 8, 2015 at St. Mary's Hospital at the age of 85. Patsy was born in Mt. Airy, North Carolina to Elsie Simpson Barker and Robert Simpson. Moving from Mt. Airy, Patsy came to...
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Robert Steven Munson

May 8, 1947 - April 7, 2015


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Harold Eugene Starke

March 31, 1918 - April 6, 2015

STARKE, Harold Eugene, of Ashland, Virginia, died peacefully in his sleep at his home in the early hours of Monday, April 6, 2015. He was 97. Born on his family farm, "Eureka", in western Hanover County on March 31, 1918 to Dr. Parke Purdy Starke and Audrey Corson Starke, he moved to Ashland at an early age and always considered himself a lifetime resident of the "center of the universe". He was...
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William Wayne LeStourgeon

May 21, 1948 - April 3, 2015

LESTOURGEON, William Wayne, 66, of Montpelier, passed away April 3, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Archer and Elizabeth Richardson LeStourgeon. He is survived by wife, Debbie LeStourgeon; children, Kevin and Tracy LeStourgeon, Angie and Abel Parker, Lance and Rachel LeStourgeon; grandchildren, Lani LeStourgeon, Lydia and Ava Parker, Autumn and Georgia LeStourgeon; sister,...
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Martha Seejus Conner

April 17, 1939 - April 3, 2015

Conner, Martha Seejus, 75, of Doswell, VA, passed away on April 3, 2015. She was preceded in death by Lisa Chamberlain and Mia McManus. She is survived by her children, Pam Thacker, Debbie McManus, Sandy Taylor, Karen Vinson, Donna Walsh, James Conner; 20 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren; siblings, Brenda Martin, Theresa Diaz, Ronnie Martin, Timmy Martin and Denise Harrison; as well as many...
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Robert Mason Lipscomb

November 5, 1920 - April 2, 2015

Robert Mason Lipscomb, 94, of Richmond (formerly of Laurelton, NY) passed away Thursday, April 2, 2015. Since the first of the year he had struggled bravely to battle the devastation of two major falls; however, he was not able to overcome all the obstacles. It seemed God needed him home, and Robert was ready to go. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Vera; his parents, William E. &...
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Ruth Elaine Chamberlain

July 10, 1945 - March 29, 2015

CHAMBERLAIN, Elaine, 69, of Montpelier, passed away peacefully on March 29, 2015. She was preceded in death by Marion and Eva Williams; and her brother, Marion Williams, Jr. She is survived by her husband of 29 years, Nick Chamberlain; son, Allen Welch (Jennifer); step daughter, Julie Wells (Greg); grandchildren, Daniel Welch, Candice Welch, Eric Welch, Alexandria Wells and Dani Wells; sisters,...
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Arline Mary Oldershaw

August 14, 1925 - March 28, 2015

Oldershaw, Arline M., 89, of Richmond, VA, formerly of Ashland, VA, and Bear Creek, PA, passed away on March 28, 2015. Arline was born on August 14, 1925 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Stanley H. and Helen G. Ritts and her husband, Robert E. Oldershaw of Bear Creek, PA. She is survived by her children, Bobbie Sullivan of Denver, CO, Janice O'Neil of...
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Charlotte Hart Herndon

February 24, 1936 - March 27, 2015

Herndon, Charlotte Hart, 79, of Ashland, VA, passed away on March 27, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Herndon; father, Allie W. Hart of Ladysmith, VA; and mother, Vivian A. Hart. She is survived by several cousins. Charlotte worked for Hanover County General District Court as a County Clerk. She was a member of County Line Baptist Church in Chilesburg, VA. A graveside...
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Dolores Sickles Keyser

August 6, 1937 - March 27, 2015

Dolores "Becky" Sickles Keyser (age 77), of Hanover, passed from this life and into the arms of our loving Savior, Jesus Christ on Friday, March 27, after fighting a long battle with cancer. Becky was born and raised in Morgantown, WV (a place near and dear to her heart). Her life and faith exemplified Proverbs 31, and she cherished every minute as a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister,...
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Virginia Smith Toler

April 1, 1933 - March 25, 2015

TOLER, Virginia S., 81, of Doswell, passed away on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Murray V. Toler; daughter, Kathy Toler; and son, William Toler. She is survived by four children, Linda of Oregon, Murray V. Jr. (Sandra), Robert (Cindy) and Janet of Florida; two brothers, Russell (Peggy) Smith and Kenneth (Fran) Smith; sister, Viola Bodin; grandchildren, John...
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Clyde Leo Swink

October 20, 1931 - March 25, 2015

SWINK, Clyde L., 83, of Hanover, passed away on March 25, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mary and Jasper Swink; two brothers, Randolph Swink and Ray Swink; and one sister, Elsie Rice. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patsy Swink; sisters, Margaret Abbott and Doris Thomas; sister-in-law, Kathleen Swink; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand nieces, and grand nephews. Clyde was...
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Michael Wayne DeShazo

September 21, 1954 - March 21, 2015

Michael Wayne DeShazo Sr., 60, of Glen Allen, passed away March21, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father, Jack DeShazo. Michael is survived by his wife, Angela DeShazo; son, Michael Wayne DeShazo Jr.; daughter, Jessica DeShazo; mother, Vivian Whited (Dave); grandchildren, Cecelia, Lainey and Brody; sister, Jane Moore and a host of nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends on...
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Micheal Franklin Byers

May 20, 1942 - March 18, 2015

BYERS, Micheal Franklin, 72, of Ashland, passed away March 18, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Leslie Byers. Mr. Byers is survived by his son, Mike Byers (Brandy); daughter, Michelle Armstrong; eight grandchildren; siblings, Pansy Browning, Yvonne Keith, Don Byers, Pat Johnson, and Debbie Little. Micheal served proudly in the U.S. Army for 22 years and was a member of Masons Lodge #9...
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Ira Bernard Hammond

April 29, 1927 - March 17, 2015


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Betty Louise Gammon Hill

August 27, 1935 - March 17, 2015

HILL, Betty Louise Gammon, 79, of Ashland, passed away on March 17, 2015. She was predeceased by two husbands, Walter Martin and Bobby Vincent Hill and a daughter, Valerie Renae Martin Gant. She is survived by her son, William Gerald Luck, Jr. (Nidia Luck); grandchildren, Wayne Sacra, James Sacra, Matthew Luck and Monica Luck; great-grandchildren, Joshua Sacra and Jordan Sacra; sister, Inez...
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Mary Elizabeth Cauthorne

August 18, 1931 - March 14, 2015

Cauthorne, Mary E. Childress, passed away on March 14, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernice Joseph Cauthorne, Sr.; sons, David R. Cauthorne and Johnny G. Cauthorne; her brothers, Linwood Childress, Roy Childress, William Childress and Melvin Childress. She is survived by her children, Joseph Cauthorne, Jr. (Ellen), Barbara Ritenour, Robert (Buster) Cauthorne (Karen), Calvin...
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George James Dean

January 30, 1938 - March 14, 2015

George James Dean, 77, of Caroline, passed away March 14, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Dean. Mr. Dean is survived by his children, Thomas Dean (Christina), Marie Puckett (Boo Boo); George Dean Jr. (Trisha), Glenn Dean (Rhonda); numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sister, Gladys Eddy. He retired from Kings Dominion with over 25 years of service. George was...
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Elmer Gene Breeden

May 16, 1942 - March 7, 2015

Breeden, Elmer Gene, 73, of Richmond, passed away on March 7, 2015. He is survived by his children, Charles Thomas Breeden, Brian Gene Breeden, and Melinda Breeden Strickler; grandchildren, Spencer Lloyd, Levi Breeden, and Amber Bishop; sister, Ellen Eleftherion; and his best friend of 51 years, Gerald Nuckols. Elmer was a former Jockey, brick layer, race horse trainer, and worked for Meadow Farm...
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David Manning Coddington

August 13, 1930 - March 5, 2015

David Manning Coddington, of Beaverdam, VA, went home to the Lord on Thursday, March 5, 2015, at the age of 84. Dave was born in Princeton, NJ, the son of Rev. David Leroy Coddington and Elizabeth Mary George. He earned a B.S. from Rutgers University and a M.S. from Columbia, and spent his professional career as a research chemist, first for the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, and then for...
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Francis Ralph Calamita

July 10, 1923 - March 3, 2015

Francis R. Calamita, 91 of Sebastian Florida passed away on 3 March, 2015 in Virginia. Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Francis (Cal) was a loving husband to Edna P. May for 65 years prior to her passing in 2008. He was a devoted husband and father, and a proud WW II combat veteran. Cal was a retired restaurant manager who loved Big Band music and jitterbugging at Lions Club functions. He was a...
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Hazel Metts Coston

November 26, 1926 - March 2, 2015

Mrs. S. Hazel Coston, 88, of Bowling Green, VA (formerly of Magnolia, NC) succumbed to a recent illness on Monday, March 2, 2015 at the Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center. She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Nannie Metts; her siblings, Thelma Sholar and Thomas Metts. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, Willie D. Coston, her daughter, Frances C. Eagan, her granddaughter...
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Grace Adelle Hasenfang

June 10, 1932 - March 1, 2015

Hasenfang, Grace Adelle, 82, of Montpelier, went to be with the Lord on March 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Hasenfang. She is survived by her children, Norman H. Hasenfang, Thomas W. Hasenfang, and Bruce J. Hasenfang; seven grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren. Grace worked as a cytologist at MCV Hospital with over 20 years of service. She was a member of First...
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Harriette Adams Richardson

March 25, 1915 - February 22, 2015


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Blanche David Talton

January 26, 1923 - February 18, 2015

Blanche LaVern David Talton, 92, a devoted mother, grandmother, church worker, teacher, veteran of World War II and avid bridge player, passed away on February 18, 2015 after a sudden illness. Born in Lenora, Kansas on January 26, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin David and Jenny Ingasbe David, and was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, William Jesse Talton....
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Cedon James Haley

December 18, 1938 - February 10, 2015

Haley, Cedon James "C.J.", Jr.,76, of Ashland, Va., went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, surrounded by his loving family. He was preceded in death by his father, Cedon James Haley; and daughter, Donna Celeste Haley. He is survived by his mother, Lucille Haley; his devoted wife of 57 years, "Mickey" Barbara Haley; their two children, Cedon "J" Haley III and Melissa Wickham ...
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Madison Elsavan Shamburger

April 9, 1926 - February 8, 2015

Madison Elsavan Shamburger, III (Van) of Doswell, died on February 8, 2015 at a local hospital after a sudden illness. Born in Zebulon, North Carolina on April 9, 1926 he and his family lived in Hanover since 1968. Van and Betty Shamburger were married for 63 years. Much of Van's early professional life was as a consulting engineer and partner for J. Robert Carlton & Associates. After that...
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Arthur A. Gooch

October 3, 1929 - February 8, 2015

GOOCH, Arthur A., 85, of Ashland, VA passed away on February 8, 2015. He was preceded in death by two wives, Jean Gooch and Doris Gooch and a brother, Taylor Gooch. He is survived by his two sons, James Gooch (Jackie) and Ronald Gooch; grandchildren, Jason (Hailey), Erik, Quintin, Brandon, Kealin, and Grace; brother, Walter; and two sisters, Delores and Sylvia. Arthur was retired from Local 10...
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Clarence Ellis Hargrave

March 10, 1913 - February 6, 2015

Hargrave, Col. Clarence E., 101, of Ashland, entered into glory on February 6, 2015. Born in Dendron, VA, he was the son of the late Floyd and Hannah Hargrave, and was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Margaret Jean "Margie" Hargrave; brother, Lee Hargrave, Sr.; and sister, Deane Brandt. Col. Hargrave retired from the US Army in 1963 after a 23 year career which included service in...
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Bonita Edith Myers

January 31, 1941 - February 5, 2015

Myers, Bonita Edith, 74, of Ashland, formerly of Elco, PA, passed away on Thursday, February 5, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Jacob Myers. She is survived by her three children, James W. Myers (and fiancée Lisa), Richard Alan Myers and wife Becky, and Tracy Dunlap; one sister, Patricia Bloom; eight grandchildren, James "Buddy" Myers and wife Janet, Zachary Myers,...
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William M. Yates

February 22, 1932 - February 4, 2015


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Mildred Topps Skelton

October 26, 1929 - February 2, 2015


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Lisa Dawn Tyson

May 29, 1966 - January 28, 2015

Tyson, Lisa Dawn, 48 of Alexandria Va., passed away on January 28, 2015. She is preceded in death by her loving grandparents, Russell and Louise Gray, Russell and Hazel Tyson. She is survived by her fiancé, Jerry Stephens of Alexandria; her parents, Ronald and Barbara Tyson; sisters Kimberly Edwards (Brett) and Blair Thomasson (Trey); nephew, Brady Edwards; niece, Brooke Thomasson. Aunts,...
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Peggy Jane Stanley

June 30, 1945 - January 25, 2015

Stanley, Peggy, 69, of Ashland, went to be with the Lord on January 25, 2015. She is survived by her sons, Billy Joe Stanley (Therese) and Eddie Stanley (Sue); daughter, Mary Ellen Roche (Tim); grandchildren, Brandy Orpe, Doug Carter, Danielle Paxson, Elizabeth Stanley, Mark Stanley; great-grandchildren, Mary Sue Orpe, Joseph Orpe, and Benjamin Paxson; brothers, C.B. Mottley and Louis Mottley;...
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Robert Clifton Jones

March 13, 1932 - January 22, 2015


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Patricia Anne Hazelwood

July 26, 1945 - January 21, 2015


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Beverly Petty van Westendorp

September 6, 1966 - January 17, 2015

Beverly (Sue) Petty van Westendorp, 48, departed this life in Richmond, Virginia, and went to be with our Lord on January 17, 2015. Although her passing was far too soon, her beautiful and magnanimous spirit lives on with those who love her. The daughter of Dr. Carroll T. and Mrs. Vivian G. Petty, she was born on September 6, 1966, in Richmond, where she spent most of her youth. A 1984...
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Dorothy Marie Wade

October 18, 1938 - January 17, 2015

WADE, Dorothy Marie 76, of Ashland, is now "sitting at the feet of Jesus"; encouraging words spoken to her daughter during her last days before her passing on January 17, 2015. She was a faithful member of Slash Christian Church for over 45 years who loved singing in the church choir. A mother of four children, she was preceded in death by her first child, Jacquelin Lorraine and second child,...
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Emily Evelyn Thompson

February 14, 1940 - January 15, 2015

Thompson, Emily Evelyn, 74, of Montpelier, VA, passed away on January 15, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. Thompson and her brothers, Jim, George, and Ronnie Whitman. She is survived by her children, Janet Brooks (Paul Scheetz), Lisa Jordan Allen, and John C. Thompson III; grandchildren, Mason and Mathew Brooks, Brandon and Travis Allen; siblings, Jerry Whitman, Jackie...
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Hazel Wyatt Tyson

March 27, 1917 - January 15, 2015

TYSON, Hazel Wyatt, 97, of Ashland, VA, passed away on January 15, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Russell Tyson and her sister, Alma Thomas. She is survived by her son, Ronald Tyson (Barbara); daughter, Donna Lee Torreyson , Brady Edwards, Brooke Thomasson, Caroline Connor, Allison Connor, Paige Connor, and Luke Connor, Helen Foster, Anne Foster and Mary Foster; sisters, Grace...
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Charles Thomas Van Goor

December 20, 1946 - January 14, 2015

VAN GOOR, Charles Thomas, Jr., 68, of Ashland, passed away on January 14, 2015. He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen K. Van Goor and his father, Charles T. Van Goor, Sr. He is survived by his wife, Carol H. Van Goor; his daughter, Faith Ellen Van Goor; and his sister, Martha Pratt. Charles was a commercial artist for Norvell Sign Co. He was a member of Duncan Memorial UMC. Charles played...
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Charles Francis Linamen

May 7, 1924 - January 13, 2015

Linamen, Charles Francis, Ret. Sgt. Virginia State Police and Major USAF Res. Ret., (90) passed away Jan 13, 2015. Born, raised, and educated in Warren, Ohio, he was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Barbara S. Linamen, parents, Mr. and Mrs. Z.I. Linamen; sisters, Patricia, Nancy, and Ruth Linamen. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia L. Chasse and her husband Richard; son, C....
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Mahlon Douglas Cannon,

September 8, 1943 - January 13, 2015

Dr. Mahlon D. Cannon, M.D., 71, of Mechanicsville passed away on January 13, 2015. He was the son of the late John and Flavellia Cannon and preceded in death by his brother, Calvin Cannon and sisters, Peggy Cannon and Margie Cannon. Dr. Cannon is survived by his son, Ron Cannon; daughters, Mia Cannon Brown and Brinley Cannon; grandchildren, Cameron Brown, Kamara Cannon, Brielle Brown, and Alexa...
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Anthony Gregg Terrell

November 28, 1963 - January 11, 2015


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Joseph Alfred Brown

July 11, 1927 - January 10, 2015


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Joseph Alfred Brown

July 11, 1927 - January 10, 2015

Brown, Joseph Alfred, 87, of Doswell, passed away on January 10, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Betty Joyce Brown; children, Carolyn Brown (Sam), Cynthia B. Grover (James), Keith Wayne Brown (Kathy), Beth Lee, Linda F. Hall; brother, George F. Brown (Jeanette); ten grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 5-8pm on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at...
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Anthony Gregory Terrell

November 29, 1963 - January 10, 2015

Anthony Gregory Terrell, of Doswell, Virginia was called to eternal rest on January 10, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Plumey Terrell; his loving sister Janice Green; two loving brothers, James Terrell Jr., and Clinton Terrell. He leaves to mourn his son Antoine Johnson; his loving brother, Glen Terrell; four loving sisters, Victoria, Cynthia, Angela and Deneen Terrell...
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Frances Mallory Seay

April 15, 1924 - January 6, 2015

Seay, Frances Mallory, 90, of Ashland, finished her journey on Tuesday, January 6. She was the widow of Lee A. Seay, Sr. She leaves behind to mourn seven children; Lee Seay (Kay) of Deltaville, Joan Munford (George) of Ladysmith, Janice Rowe of Ashland, Doug Seay(Carolyn) of Maidens, Mildred Simms (Dennis) of Louisa, Warren Seay (Theresa) of Leesburg, and David Seay (Cheryl) of Goochland. She...
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Robert M. Dowdy

March 11, 1942 - January 6, 2015

In case you think you are reading my obituary, you are not. You are reading about my home going. My name is Robert Dowdy, I passed away on January 6, 2015 at the age of 72 and I am now at home with Jesus and my loved ones who went before me. I leave behind the love of my life, my wife of 49 years, Shelby Dowdy; my half-sister, Debbie Yancy (Lee); two beloved aunts, Naomi Hubbard and Lois Young;...
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Katherine L. Hill

July 21, 1925 - January 6, 2015

Hill, Katherine "Kitty", 89, of Ashland, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Hill and two children, Diane and Bradley. She is survived by her sons, Ricky Hill (Nancy), Ronnie Hill (Nancy) and Bryan Hill (Eileen); daughter, Kimberly Van Scyoc (Chad); 4 grandchildren, Mouse Barry (John), Stefanie Garrett, Nicholas Driscoll, and Brandon Hill;...
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Lawrence Junior Patterson

March 31, 1928 - January 2, 2015

Lawrence Junior Patterson, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather, 86, of Glen Allen, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, January 2, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 67 years Betty;son, James "Jimmy" Spencer Patterson, Sr.; daughter, Judy Ann Barnes (Lee); 6 grandchildren; Spencer (Carin), Kevin (Sarah) and Anthony (Jessica) Patterson; Brandy, Tonya and Justin Barnes; 8...
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Richard Worden Lachine

January 13, 1943 - December 29, 2014

Lachine, Richard W., 71, of Ashland, passed away on December 29, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Ronda Lachine; son, Richard Lachine (Cathy); daughter, Christi Meyerhoeffer (Dean); grandchildren, Sara and Mitch Meyerhoeffer, Connor, Kate, Jamie, and Ryan Lachine; and siblings, Jay Varyan, Nancy Besterci, and Wayne Lachine. Richard was a long time employee and manager at RBI Corp. in Ashland, VA...
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Eugene Collison

June 8, 1918 - December 27, 2014

Collison, Eugene, 96, of Glen Allen, passed away December 27, 2014. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Jane Collison and granddaughter, Casie. Mr. Collison worked with Home Beneficial Life Insurance for 43 years. He was a member at Hunton Baptist Church and the Glen Allen Masonic Lodge. Eugene is survived by his son, Jack Collison (Susie); daughter, Sharon Haynes (Sonny);...
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Viola Cash Vaughan

August 20, 1924 - December 24, 2014

VAUGHAN, Viola Cash, age 90, passed away December 24, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, William Alton Vaughan. Survivors include four daughters; Bonita Ragland (Benny), Patricia Elliott (David), Vickie Vaughan, and Diane Munsey (Ed); grandchildren, Ken Slazyk (Kelly), Brian Slazyk (Brandon), Denise E. Young (Cliff), Eli Elliott, Ryan Munsey (Lauren), and Jason Munsey (Cara); great...
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Nancy Corley Pruitt

August 7, 1951 - December 23, 2014

PRUITT, Nancy Corley, 63, of Ashland, passed away December 23, 2014. She is survived by her husband, Jerry Pruitt Sr.; son, Jerry Pruitt Jr. and wife, Georgia; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mrs. Pruitt was a member at Winns Baptist Church. Online condolences may be registered at www.nelsenashland.com.
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Elizabeth Doss Kain

December 15, 1952 - December 22, 2014

Elizabeth Faye Doss Kain "Liz", 62, of Montpelier, lost her battle with cancer on December 22, 2014. She is survived by her husband of 41 years, William H. Kain Jr.; the pride and joy of her life, her son, William H. Kain III and his wife, Jessica; two brothers and one sister, Roger (Becky), Mike, and Mary Doss. Arrangements are private. If you wish to honor your memories of Liz, please consider...
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Hilda Ann Taylor

July 19, 1941 - December 22, 2014

Hilda Ann Taylor, 73, of Ashland, passed away December 22, 2014. She is survived by her brother, Lonnie Taylor, four nieces and four nephews. The family will receive friends on Friday, December 26, 2014 from 11-1 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home- Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Highway, Ashland, VA 23305. Interment will follow immediately after in Woodland Cemetery.
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Catherine Elaine Booker

December 22, 1914 - December 19, 2014

BOOKER, Elaine C., widow of Robert L. Booker Jr., died Friday, December 19, 2014. Her three children, Robert L. Booker III (Mary Jane), Gerald F. Booker (Sue), and Mary Anna B. Link (Tom) survive her. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. The funeral will take place Monday, December 22, 2014, 10 a.m. at St. Ann's Catholic Church, Ashland, Va. Burial will take...
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Nell H. Stowe

January 5, 1933 - December 19, 2014

Stowe, Nell, 82, entered eternal life Friday, December 19, 2014. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Joseph H. Jones and Minor Stowe; and her daughter, Jody Loth. She leaves to cherish her memories her children, Darlene Stone (Joey), Bonnie Weis (Chris), and Joey Jones (Amy) and beloved companion and friend, Sammie Rutledge. She leaves a lifetime of wisdom to her 13 grandchildren and...
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James Welborn Ellis

July 22, 1926 - December 18, 2014

ELLIS, Rev. Dr. James Welborn Sr., passed away on December 18, 2014 with his loving wife of 56 years, Betty Gentry Ellis by his side. Dr. Ellis was born on July 22, 1926 in Covington County, Ala. He graduated from Auburn University in 1948 with a B.S. degree. In 1954, he graduated from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky., with a Bachelor of Divinity and in 1956 with a Master&...
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James Welborn Ellis

July 22, 1926 - December 18, 2014


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Linda Schluderberg Thomas

August 6, 1955 - December 18, 2014

Linda S. Thomas of Thomas & Thomas, 59, of Ashland, passed away December 18, 2014. Preceding her in death are her parents Donald and Madelyn Schluderberg, sister Charlaine and brothers Brian and Donnie. She is survived by her husband Michael Thomas; stepdaughters, Julie Crawford, Catherine Lyons (Chris), Jennifer Wood (Doug), and Lorraine Berg (Tom); grandchildren, Ian Lyons, Nick Durham,...
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Doris Lee Bayer

May 16, 1925 - December 6, 2014

BAYER, Doris Lee, 89, of Midlothian, VA, passed away on December 6, 2014. Doris was the daughter of Leland and Ella Cook. She was preceded in death by her husband, Frederick W. Bayer, MD and her son, David Carleton Bayer. She is survived by her sons, Frederick W. Bayer II and Jerry L. Bayer; three grandchildren, Stacy Depner, Rebecca Bayer and Frederick W. Bayer III; and her sister, Mary Stewart...
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Lorena Howard Coates

December 14, 1921 - December 6, 2014

Lorena Howard Coates, of Doswell, crossed over to join her beloved husband, Richard Alvis Coates, on December 6, 2014. She was born on December 14, 1921, the daughter of predeceased parents Daniel B. and Eather A. Howard; also predeceased by seven siblings. Mrs. Coates is survived by her children, Evelyn and Reggie Vaughan, Anne and Steve Schwartz, and Judy Rowe; her grandchildren, John David...
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David Eric Knuckles

December 27, 1980 - December 4, 2014

Knuckles, David Eric, 33, of Montpelier, passed away on December 4, 2014. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Paisley Ann and his mother, Carolyn T. Gendron. He is survived by his wife, Krystal Rhyne Knuckles; son, Joshua; parents, Wayne and Sandra Knuckles; Dave Gendron; siblings, Wayne and Benjamin Knuckles and Joey Gendron; and a special aunt, Barbara Gendron. David worked for Allianz...
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Dannie B. Hubbard

June 23, 1938 - December 1, 2014

Hubbard, Dannie B., 76, of Ashland, passed away on December 1, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ora and Ida Hubbard; and sister, Bertie Murphy. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Virginia Hubbard; six children, Debra Rack (Ed), Joyce Brookman (James), Donald Hubbard (Brenda), Pamela Lester (Donald), Bill Hubbard and Belinda Hubbard; 11 grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; and...
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Ralph Lee Searls

March 22, 1936 - December 1, 2014

Searls, Ralph Lee, 78, of Ashland, passed away on December 1, 2014. He is survived by his wife, Nancy M. Searles; three children, Brenda Hatt (Joe), Cathy Searles (Shawn), and Ralph Searles, Jr. (Vicki); six grandchildren, 5 great grandchildren; 3 sisters; Margie Murphy, Arlene Harris, Shirley Dunivan and his brother, Jimmy Searls. Ralph was retired from Tyson Foods. The family will receive...
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Robert Lee Woods

February 4, 1926 - November 29, 2014


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John William Smith

November 24, 1948 - November 23, 2014

SMITH, John William "Bill", of Ashland, passed away on November 23, 2014. He was the son of the late Thomas and Woodress Smith. He was preceded in death by a brother, Steven Smith. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Betty Smith; daughter, Betty Moring (Michael); three grandchildren, Adam, Todd and Blair; and a host of cousins. Bill was a business man in Ashland and was known by many. He also...
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James Henry Smith

September 17, 1938 - November 17, 2014

James Henry Smith, Jr. "Jimmy", 76, of Ashland passed away on November 17, 2014. He was the son of the late James and Inie Smith and was preceded in death by his sister, Jo Ann Weichseldorfer. He is survived by his sister, Marjorie May Smith; nephews, David Smith, Chris, Michael, Billy, and Timmy Weichseldorfer; nieces, Karen Toscoff and Mary Beth Weichseldorfer; great-nephews, Matthew and James...
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Erma Harris Traylor

May 8, 1934 - November 16, 2014

TRAYLOR, Erma H., 80, of Ashland, widow of Clarence L. Traylor, Sr., passed away on November 16, 2014. She is survived by her son, Clarence L. "Unie" Traylor, Jr.; his wife, Robin; daughters, Patsy T. Fowler and her husband, Hyland "Buddy", Amanda T. Smith and her husband, Dennis; grandchildren, Michaela Traylor (Doug), Jamison Bowes (Michael), Laura Pike (Andrew), Zachary Fowler, Martha Fowler,...
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Robert Parker Nelson

November 23, 1925 - November 14, 2014

Robert Parker Nelson, born November 23, 1925, passed away November 14, 2014. He is survived by the love of his life for over 58 years, Elaine Marie Nelson; four devoted children, two daughters-in-law and one son-in-law; Robin (Bob) Myers, Rebecca Nelson, Chris (Peggy) Nelson, Kevin (Barb) Nelson; seven grandchildren, Justin (Heather) Myers, Scott (Alexandra) Myers, Jessica (Andrew) Proffitt,...
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William J. Minton

January 14, 1930 - November 10, 2014

William Jefferson Minton, Sr. (Bill), 84, of Ashland, Virginia, went to be with our Lord on November 10, 2014. Bill was born January 14, 1930 in Weems, Virginia. Bill is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Lucetta C. Minton; two children, Anthony W. Minton (Wendy) and Sandra Y. Durham (Rob); brother, David Minton; sister, Virginia Keys; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. ...
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Ruth Harris Traylor

March 14, 1937 - November 6, 2014

Traylor, Ruth Harris, 77, widow of Joseph D. "Joe" Traylor, Sr. entered eternal rest surrounded by loved ones on November 6, 2014, after a courageous battle with lung disease. She is survived by her son, Joseph D. "J.D." Traylor, Jr., his wife Julie; daughter Michele T. Jones, her husband Terry; grandchildren Cady T. Nuckols and husband Jason; Jessica D. Traylor and fiancée Will Canter;...
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F. Daniel Robertson

January 16, 1959 - November 3, 2014

ROBERTSON, F. Daniel, Jr., 55, of Ashland, passed away on November 3, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, B. Ralph Sylvia and his grandmother, Mildred. He is survived by his beloved wife and soul mate, Terri Robertson; children, Matthew Gross (Victoria Roth) and Heather Wright (Tyler); grandchildren, Hannah, Alyson, Elizabeth and Adam; and his beloved mother, Joyce C. Sylvia. Dan worked...
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June Mary Wronka

January 4, 1925 - October 29, 2014

June Wronka, 89, of Baltimore, Maryland, passed away October 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wronka and daughter, Bonita Wronka. June worked for many years with Baltimore City Public Schools. She was a lifelong member at St. Matthews Parish. After retirement Mrs. Wronka enjoyed volunteering her time at Good Samaritan Hospital. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Ann...
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George Burton Gammon

May 23, 1941 - October 27, 2014

GAMMON, George "Bubba" , 73, of Hanover, passed away October 27, 2014. He is survived by his son, Kendall Gammon (Tasha); grandchildren, Daisy and Jack Gammon; sisters, Inez Johnson and Betty Lou Hill; as well as a host of nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be conducted on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at 12 noon at Nelsen Funeral Home-Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, Va. 23005,...
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Ethel Mae Luck Stanley

August 8, 1936 - October 25, 2014

Ethel Mae Luck Stanley, 78, of Montpelier, passed away Saturday, October 25, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband John C. Stanley, Jr. She is survived by her sons and daughters in law; Dennis A. Stanley and wife June; David W. Stanley and wife Bonny, one granddaughter; Jessi L. Stanley, and her brother Fred Luck. She attended Chapel Church of Christ in Montpelier, VA. The family...
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Charles Goodwin Rosson

May 7, 1946 - October 24, 2014

Charles Goodwin "Chip" Rosson, Jr., 68, passed away peacefully Friday, October 24, 2014 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born May the 7th, 1946 in Richmond, Virginia, where he spent most of his life. In his final days he was surrounded by the love of family and friends. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 until 1968 as a telecommunications specialist. He retired from Hewlett Packard...
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Clyde Samuel Humes

September 3, 1961 - October 23, 2014

HUMES, Clyde S., 53, of Hanover, passed away suddenly, but peacefully, in his home on Thursday, October 23, 2014. He was predeceased by his father, Andrew; and brother, Wally. Clyde is survived by his wife, Frances L. Humes; children, Stephanie, Elizabeth and Gary; eight grandchildren; mother, Frances; brother, Jack; sister, Myanna; mother-in-law, Mary Lane. A service was conducted on Monday,...
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Judy Niece Pleasants

March 24, 1949 - October 21, 2014

Judy Niece Pleasants, 65, of Beaverdam, passed away October 21, 2014. Judy loved to shop with her best friend, Vicki Sue and spend time with her children and grandchildren. She is survived by her husband, James Pleasants; son, Duane Powers and wife, Amy; daughter, Vicki Sue Franklin and husband, Bobby; step-daughters, Regina Yuschak and Renee Vaughan; siblings, Jimmy and Billy Niece;...
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Katherine H. Fitzgerald

December 18, 1937 - October 18, 2014

Katherine Fitzgerald,76, of Henrico, formerly of Ashland, passed away October 18, 2014. She is survived by her husband, John Bruehl. A memorial gathering will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home - Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, Va. 23005.
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Michael T. Carter

April 18, 1937 - October 12, 2014

Carter, Michael T., of Glen Allen, VA, age 77, passed away Sunday, October 12, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Anna May Carter and his brother, Joe Carter. Mike retired from Reynolds Metal Co. in 1996 as a chemist with 36 years of service. He served in the VA Air National Guard for 22 years and retired in 1977 with the rank of Major. He is survived by his wife of 54...
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Maxine Snyder Akers

October 19, 1920 - October 7, 2014

Maxine Snyder Akers, beloved mother, wife, and grandmother, went home to be with the Lord, October 7, 2014. She died peacefully at home with family present. She was preceded in death by her five siblings. Born October 19, 1920, in Bedford County, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of Owen Snyder and Olive Maye Shaw. In September of 1940, she married...
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Mildred Carter Allen

March 14, 1923 - October 1, 2014

Mildred Carter Allen "Pill", 91, of Ashland, passed away October 1, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Allen. Pill was a nurse at the Eastern Star Nursing Facility and also worked for the American Tobacco Company. She is survived by her niece, Betty Breedlove; great-niece, Cindy Clark; dedicated caregiver, Ivy Benjamin, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family members...
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Martha Lee Dooley

January 6, 1947 - September 29, 2014

Martha L. Dooley, 67, of Mechanicsville, went to be with the Lord on September 29, 2014. Mrs. Dooley was a member at First Baptist Church in Ashland. She was a long time employee of Miler + Rhodes Department Store where she worked as an accountant. In later years she worked as a certified pharmacy technician. Mrs. Dooley loved crafting: she enjoyed her mission work at First Baptist with the...
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Janet Marshall Taylor

July 12, 1931 - September 29, 2014

Janet Marshall Taylor, born July 12, 1931 of Ashland, passed away on Monday, September 29, 2014. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edwin Cooke Taylor. She was a member of the Ashland Book Club, VA Kennel Club and enjoyed painting. She is survived by her sons, Marshall Taylor (Linda) and E.C. Taylor, Jr (Martha); grandchildren, Garrett Taylor, Michael Taylor, and Alan Taylor, as well as,...
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Carl Glenn McElroy

June 22, 1978 - September 28, 2014

Carl Glenn McElroy II, 36, of Doswell, VA, passed away September 28, 2014. He was preceded in death by his sister, Angela and his maternal grandmother, Mavis Rollins. Glenn had a passion for cooking and enjoyed gardening, fishing, and being outdoors. He is survived by his son, Carl Glenn McElroy III "Tripp"; mother, Kathy Burt and stepfather, Ken; father, Glenn McElroy and stepmother, Linda;...
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Edith Raddatz Viverette

May 10, 1931 - September 27, 2014

Edith Raddatz Viverette of Ruther Glen, VA, passed away on Saturday, September 27, 2014. She was born on May 10, 1931, in Timbo, Santa Catarina, Brazil and was the beloved daughter of the late Paulo and Ida Raddatz and sister to the late Werner Raddatz, Vera Raddatz, and Ilse Raddatz . She is survived by her brother Mario Raddatz of Lages, Santa Catarina, Brazil, stepdaughters, brothers-in-law,...
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Marian Williamson Poindexter

February 15, 1940 - September 27, 2014

Poindexter, Marian Williamson, 74, of Ashland VA, native of Crewe, VA, entered into eternal rest on Saturday, September 27, 2014. She was preceded in death by her parents Willie and Luna Williamson; brothers, Ernie Williamson and James Williamson; and sisters, Lois Ingram and Eva Mae Estep. She is survived by her husband of 56 years Ralph Poindexter; sons, Ronnie Poindexter (Pat), and Mike...
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Walter Carlysle Luck

November 25, 1940 - September 20, 2014

Walter Carlysle Luck, 73, of Beaverdam, went to his heavenly home on September 20, 2014. He was an expert cabinet maker and offshore commercial fisherman who loved life fully and never met a stranger. Mr. Luck is survived by his devoted and loving wife, Faye Wilmoth Luck; son, Howard Carlysle Luck; daughter, Carla Jo Luck; step-children, Benny Hawley, Ann Phillips, and Grady Mintz; nine...
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Jewel Noleen Williamson

January 11, 1940 - September 16, 2014

Williamson, Jewel Noleen, 74, of Ashland, lost her battle to Alzheimer's on Tuesday, September 16, 2014. She was born in Spray, NC on January 11, 1940. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Aberdeen Patterson of Danville, VA, and her grandson, Anthony Krever. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Verne C. "Buck" Williamson; her children, Marcus Kyle and James Stanley...
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Marjorie Goodwin

September 12, 1929 - September 16, 2014

Goodwin, Marjorie, 85, of Ashland, VA, passed away on September 16, 2014. She was born in Utica, New York on September 12, 1929, the daughter of Fred and Sophie Trad. She was predeceased by her husband, Chester A. Goodwin, Jr. in 1987. Marjorie is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, David and Tandy Goodwin of Glen Allen, Virginia; her granddaughter, Laura, also from Glen Allen; her grandson,...
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Marion Kitchen Deihls

September 15, 1916 - September 14, 2014

Marion Kitchen Deihls of Beaverdam, VA formerly of Buckingham County, passed away on Sunday, September 14, 2014, one day before her 98th birthday. She was predeceased by her husband, Clyde Nicholas Deihls; her parents, Lillian Robertson and Willie Kitchen; her sister, Martha Davis; and her brother, Lewis Kitchen. She is survived by a brother, I. B. Kitchen and wife, Margaret; and three sisters,...
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Franklin Oscar Hale

January 29, 1933 - September 13, 2014

HALE, Franklin Oscar Jr., passed peacefully on Saturday, September 13, 2014. He is survived by his sister, Grace Orrack; and his son, Warren Hale; daughter-in-law, Beverly; two grandsons, Warren Jr. and Mathew; two great-grandchildren, Kylee and Carter. The family will receive friends Tuesday, September 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Nelsen Funeral Home Reid Chapel, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, Va.,...
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Carolyn Doggett Cromwell

October 28, 1942 - September 11, 2014

CROMWELL, Carolyn Doggett, 71, of Manakin-Sabot, Va., died on September 11, 2014. She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Eleanor Gilman and Nelson Robert Doggett of Ashland, Va. Survivors include her loving husband of 48 years, Baylor Giles Cromwell; her two sons, Chay and Grafton; daughter-in-law, Jennifer; and granddaughter, Laynie Cromwell. She is also survived by a devoted sister...
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Eleanore Constance Johnson

March 10, 1923 - September 10, 2014

Eleanore (Erickson) Johnson died peacefully on Sept 10, 2014 at the age of 91. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law Adele and Jim Coleman, grandson Cecil "Chuck" McCumber III, sister-in-law Mary Erickson and numerous nieces, nephews and their extended families. Eleanore was a devout Christian and had a beautiful soprano singing voice. She worked as a medical secretary for many years...
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