Our Obituaries

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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Robert Dandridge Lowry

June 14, 1942 - April 13, 2016

LOWRY, Robert Dandridge, 73, of Montpelier, passed away on April 13, 2016. He was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley Ann Fetty Lowry. He is survived by his son, James "Mike" Lowry (Rhonda); daughter, Donna Canter (Dan); grandchildren, Stacey Swanson (Bobby) and Kendall Main; great grandchildren, Johnathan, Griffin, and Dustin Swanson, and Jabe Main; and brothers, William R. Lowry and Carlton...
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Arthur Thomas Browne

April 6, 1932 - April 7, 2016

Ardie Browne of Montpelier went to be with the Lord on April 7, 2016. Ardie lived a full and satisfying life. As a child he was an active boy scout and life guard. Once employed as a ship fitter on Staten Island, NY, Ardie went on to become a theater and choral music teacher in Smithtown, NY, the owner of Browne music and then the general manager of a chain of music stores before he went back to...
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Marie Theresa Davidson

January 20, 1937 - April 1, 2016

Marie Theresa (Savage) Davidson born January 20, 1937, went to join our Lord on April 1, 2016 at the age of 79. Marie was born on the Innoko River in their trap line camp delivered by her grandmother to Pius and Ellen Savage, Sr. She was the eldest of 15 children. Marie was a very beautiful and thoughtful person, she was an avid homemaker who loved her husband, children and family. She always...
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Elizabeth Mae Rudd

February 6, 1931 - March 30, 2016

Elizabeth Mae Rudd, 85, of Richmond, passed away March 30, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Percy Rudd and seven siblings.She is survived by her daughters, Linda Stephens and Paula Talley (Robert); brother, Herbert Henshaw (Eva); grandchildren, Theodore Matzganis III (Valerie and Dondrae), Christopher Davis, Brandon Satterwhite, Kelly Redford (Nicholas); great-grandchildren, Viola...
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Michael W. Whittemore

April 8, 1962 - March 26, 2016

WHITTEMORE, Michael W. "Mike", 53, of Ashland, passed away on March 26, 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother, Colleen Autry and his father, William Whittemore. He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Whittemore; son, Willie Whittemore (Emily); daughter, Wendie Crate (David); grandson, David; brother, Robert Lynn Whittemore (Brenda); step-father, William Autry; nieces, Rebecca and Candace; and...
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Myrtle Lee Askew

March 10, 1937 - March 21, 2016

ASKEW, Myrtle Lee, 79, of Montpelier, went to be with her Lord on March 21, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Thomas and Lucy Stanley. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Helen Davis and Betty Stanley; and son-in-law, Gary Bryant, Sr. She is survived by her children, Lynn Bryant (Jay), Rita Walker (Allie), Rhonda Lowry (Mike), and Wayne Askew (Carolyn); grandchildren, Angela (Jason),...
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Odis Winn

January 5, 1929 - March 18, 2016

Odis Winn, 87, of Spotsylvania, departed this life Friday, March 18, 2016 at Woodmont Center. He was preceded in death by parents Willie and Maggie (Sample) Winn, a twin brother Curtis Winn, wife of 40 years Mary Bird Winn and wife of 19 years Nancy Joan Winn. Odis was an U.S. Army and Marine Corps veteran, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10546 Post Chaplain, husband, father, pastor and a...
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Constance Steucek Brown

October 17, 1925 - March 17, 2016

Brown, Constance Steucek, 90, of Glen Allen, passed away peacefully at home on March 17, 2016. Constance was a charter member of Chamberlayne Heights United Methodist Church and was part of the United Methodist Women's group. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry P. Brown; and son, Ralph Stuart Brown. Constance leaves to cherish her memory her two sons, Stephen E. (Sharon) Brown and...
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Mildred Rose Shultz

July 10, 1926 - March 17, 2016

SHULTZ, Mildred Rose, 89, of New Port News, passed away on March 17, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Raymond Shultz and her daughter, Susan K. Shultz. She is survived by her family. A graveside service will be held at 2pm on Monday, March 21, 2016 at River View Cemetery in Richmond, VA.
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Charles Edward Wright

March 6, 1940 - March 12, 2016

Charles Edward Wright, Sr. "Lover Boy" ,76, of Ashland, VA went home to be with the Lord on Saturday March 12, 2016. He was preceded in death by his loving wife Dorothy Virginia Wright. Charlie was survived by his children June McGuire, Sandra Farmer (George), Charles Wright, Jr. (Joyce), Stefanie Gable (Clyde), and Brandie Waters (Richard.) In addition to his children, Charlie left...
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Edith Gilman Cannon

January 3, 1914 - March 6, 2016

CANNON, Edith Gilman, of Ashland, VA, born January 3, 1914, passed away on March 6, 2016. She was preceded in death by her three husbands, Linwood Lowry, Leverette Kirkland, and Audie Cannon. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Lemuel Franklin Gilman, Jr.; and her sisters, Sue G. Miltz, Alice G. Meredith, Elsie G. LaFon, and Lucy G. Lignian. She is survived by her step-son, Kenneth...
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Barbara Bruce Duke Jones

October 18, 1941 - March 5, 2016

Barbara Bruce Duke Jones, 74, of Montpelier passed away on March 5, 2016 at home. She was predeceased by her father, L. Andrew Duke, Sr. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, J. Ernest Jones, Jr; her mother, Lillian Moody Duke of Beaverdam; her brothers, L. Andrew Duke, Jr. (Rebecca) of Glen Allen and J. Michael Duke (Jeanean) of Beaverdam; her children, Anne Noel Jones Dawson (Alec) of...
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James Edward Hilton

September 2, 1933 - March 4, 2016

HILTON, James Edward, 82, of Ashland, passed away on Friday, March 4, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Elizabeth; brother, George; and sister, Geneva. James is survived by his wife, Sara; children, Sandra and James; grandchildren, Michael, Cody, and Kaylin; great-grandson, Logan; brothers, Arthur and Charles Wesley; sisters, Beulah, Mary Jane, Genevieve, Dorothy, and...
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Ann Hardy Blake

April 21, 1944 - February 26, 2016

Blake, Ann Hardy "Honey", of Richmond, VA passed away on February 26, 2016 after a courageous battle against cancer. Born April 21, 1944 in Richmond, she was the daughter of Ann and Junie Blake. She spent most of her life in Richmond where she raised her family, established Dabney's Bakery (a favorite of locals) and enjoyed her role as daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother. She will...
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Cora R. Carter

March 14, 1932 - February 26, 2016

CARTER, Cora Rose, 83, of Ashland, native and former resident of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, passed away on Friday, February 26, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Randolph Carter. She is survived by a daughter, Wanda Colyer (Bob); son, Gene Carter (Connie); and grandchildren, Scarlett Menon (Vinod), Jack Colyer, Jamie Colyer and Sarah Campbell (Carl). Services will be private....
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Arthur Wade McKinney

April 19, 1943 - February 25, 2016

McKinney, Arthur (Art) W., age 72, of Beaverdam, passed away Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 after a long battle with lymphoma. He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 50 years Jerry Sparks McKinney; his daughter Christine Holzem (Jean Luc) and his son Arthur W. McKinney, Jr.; his granddaughter Anna Holzem; and his brother Russell McKinney (Connee) of Delaware. After graduating from Va Tech, Class...
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Lila S. Steenburgh

July 25, 1927 - February 22, 2016

Lila Sutphin Steenburgh, 88, a long-time resident of Montpelier, VA, passed away Monday, February 22, 2016. Beloved mother, nana, sister, and friend, she will be missed for her strength, humor, and generosity. She has been reunited with her husband, Donald Rae Steenburgh, and son, Kurt Van Steenburgh. Left to cherish her memory are her two children, Neil Van Steenburgh (Lisa) and Lori Steenburgh...
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Jamie Michele Vaughan

August 6, 1952 - February 21, 2016

VAUGHAN, Jamie (James), 63, peacefully passed away Sunday, February 21, 2016 at her home in Mechanicsville, VA. She will greatly be missed. She is survived by her wife, Rose; ex-wife, Ellen; children, Tonya Roosa and James; and grandchildren, Dylan Roosa and Aidan Vaughan. A memorial service will be performed by Reverend Ken Webb at the Nelsen Funeral Home-Reid Chapel, Ashland, VA on Saturday,...
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Ruth Anne Bordley

July 22, 1926 - February 19, 2016

Ruth Anne Bordley, aged 89, passed peacefully into the night and the awaiting gates of heaven, on February 19th, 2016 to join her late husband, James Beale Bordley, both of Ashland, VA. Ruth Ann was the beloved mother of five children: John, Stephen, Katherine, Carolyn, and Robert; and loving grandmother to Payton, Lawson, and Maris Bordley, Alex and Nate Nguyen. A native of Wilkes Barre, PA,...
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Louise Loving Burnett

March 15, 1918 - February 15, 2016

Burnett, Louise Loving, 97, of Ashland, passed away on February 15, 2016. She is preceded in death by her husband, O.N. Burnett and daughter, Winnie B. Vanderslice. Louise was a devoted member, Deacon, and Sunday school teacher at Gwathmey Baptist Church for over 60 years. Her devotion to the Lord and her family impacted everyone she came in contact with. She is survived by her sons, Norman T....
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Hannah Randle Mueller

May 9, 1919 - February 15, 2016

Mueller, Hannah Randle Lackey, 96, of Ashland, passed away on February 15, 2016.She was the daughter of the late Henry and Rebecca Lackey. Hannah was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Alfred C. Mueller; son, Robert Henry Mueller; sister, Harriet Lackey Graustein; and brother, Henry E. Lackey, Jr. She is survived by her son, Charles Alfred Mueller; daughter-in-law, Deborah Sparks Mueller ...
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Lelia Hoge Smith

November 24, 1921 - February 12, 2016

Lelia Harrison Hoge Smith, 94, of Hewlett, beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother passed peacefully on February 12, 2016. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Walton Wickham Smith, Sr. She is survived by her children, Howard Hoge Smith (Bev), Walton Wickham Smith, Jr. (Billie Lynn Tinsley), and Lelia Skipwith Harrison Smith Hardeen (Ted); six grand-children, Timothy F....
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Alice Robbins Molineu

November 24, 1918 - February 4, 2016

Alice Robbins Molineu, 97, formerly of Edinburg, VA, passed away in Ashland, VA, on February 4, 2016. Born in Annapolis, MD, in 1918, she was the daughter of Edward T. and Lucia Geekie Robbins. She was the widow of James Harold Molineu, Jr., who died in 1989. She is survived by son James Harold Molineu (Connie) of Athens, OH; Margie Gautieri (Vito) of Attica NY; and Carol Gibson (Lawrence) of...
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Eloise Hill Lanning

November 17, 1932 - February 3, 2016

LANNING, Eloise (Ellie), 83, of Goochland, VA, departed this life to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 3, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles (Jake) Lanning and her infant son, James Booth. She leaves to cherish in her memory a sister, Wanda Hunter; six children, Andy Booth, Eddie Booth (Carolyn), John Booth (Janet Williams), George Booth, Terry Booth (Kandy), Sherrie...
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Ricky Durrant Clark

January 25, 1966 - January 31, 2016

CLARK, Ricky D., 50, of Ashland, passed away on January 31, 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother, father, and sister, Barbara Clark. He is survived by his wife, Carol Clark; children, Troy Clark and Crystal Clark; brother, George Clark; sister, Debbie Cox; brothers-in-law, William Broom and David Cox; sister-in-law, Doris Clark; nephews, Justin Clark, George Clark, III, Chris Cox, Bradley...
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Dorothy Ellen Clinger

February 2, 1924 - January 29, 2016


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Sam G. Saunders

September 11, 1931 - January 27, 2016

SAUNDERS, Sam G., of Ashland, departed this life peacefully on January 27, 2016. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Anne of 57 years; his brother, Richard B. Saunders; and sister, Mary Louise Thornton. He is survived by sons, Joseph H. Saunders and wife, Catherine and John M. Saunders and wife, Crystal; four grandchildren, Victoria, Alexandra, Sam and Elizabeth. After graduating from...
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Jesse Claytor

September 29, 1934 - January 27, 2016

CLAYTOR, Jesse, Jr., 81, of Glen Allen, passed away on January 27, 2016. He was preceded in death by his three brothers, Wesley, Eddie and Ray; and one sister, Margaret. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Diane Claytor; children, Debbie Nuckols (Greg), Renee Thompson (Happy), and Kevin Claytor (Donna); seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dolly Ray Elmore. Jesse...
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Laura Lynn Yandell

January 25, 1949 - January 26, 2016

Laura Lynn Yandell, 67, of Ashland, passed peacefully on January 26, 2016. She was the co-owner of Lynn's Italian Ice & Gifts from Nanas at the Virginia Bizaar. Laura's life revolved around her children and grandchildren whom she loved fiercely. Those who loved her admired her sense of strength; though she experienced a great deal of pain, she never let it define her. She always shined her...
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Clara DePanicis Earp

June 7, 1922 - January 26, 2016

Earp, Clara DePanicis, 93, of Lakeside, passed away peacefully on January 26, 2016, at Westport Nursing Home. She was the last of four children born to Felix and Ester DePanicis. She is survived by several nieces, a nephew, and many long-time friends. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, February 4, 2016, at St. Anne's Catholic Church, Ashland, VA at 10 a.m. Visitation will be held one hour...
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William Slade Webber

October 18, 1947 - January 24, 2016

WEBBER, William Slade "Billy", III, 68, of Ashland, entered into peace on January 24, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Slade Webber Jr. and Ellen Sibley Webber; and brother-in-law, Kenneth L. Allen. He is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart, Barbara F. Webber; sister, Nancy W. Allen of Rocky Mt., N.C.; nephew, Kenneth L. Allen Sr. of Charlotte, N.C.; niece,...
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Joyce Zirk Mills

August 12, 1946 - January 24, 2016

MILLS, Joyce Zirk, 69, of Ashland, passed away on January 24, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Willie Mills; children, Jessica Reed and Megan Barling-Thrift; grandchildren, Kyle Jacobs, Mariah Joy Barling, Loreli Barling, and Josie Thrift; sisters, Georgianna Hartley and Judy Willingham; brothers, Marion "Buddy" Zirk and James "Woody" Zirk; and a host of nieces and nephews. Joyce had a...
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Douglas Edward Stanley

July 10, 1943 - January 22, 2016


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Virginia Lee Snead

September 17, 1937 - January 21, 2016

Virginia Lee Snead, 78, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 21, 2016, after a long illness at Ashland Nursing & Rehabilitation Home. Gini graduated from Covington High School, Madison College, Harrisonburg, VA & received a Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Scarritt College, Nashville, TN. Gini was the daughter of the late Rev. Charles S & Pattie Snead. Preceding her in...
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Olive H. Lloyd

June 25, 1919 - January 16, 2016

Lloyd, Olive H., 96, of Beaverdam, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Lloyd, Jr. and grandson T.J. Lloyd. She is survived by three sons, John W. Lloyd (Doris), Steve N. Lloyd (Margaret), and Jerry W. Lloyd(Gina); eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.The family will receive friends Tuesday, Jan. 19, from 2-4 pm & 6-8 pm at...
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James Carroll Gravatt

June 9, 1938 - January 10, 2016

GRAVATT, James Carroll (Jim) of Ashland, VA passed away on January 10, 2016 at age 77. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and Christine Gravatt of Ashland. He is survived by his children, a daughter, Jill Alexeev Ferguson (John) and a son, James (Jay) Carroll Gravatt, Jr. (Lucia) from Stevenson Ranch, California, and three grandchildren, Jaymes Alexeev, Annabelle Ferguson, and...
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Joseph D. Exline

June 1, 1935 - January 10, 2016

Exline, Joseph D., 80, of Beaverdam, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 10, 2016. He departed peacefully at 7:30 AM, surrounded by all of his loving family members at his home in Little River Estates, on White Pine Rd. in Beaverdam, VA. He bravely struggled to recover from major heart valve replacement surgery that took place in October of 2007. His unconditional love for his family gave...
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James Wilson Kirby

April 8, 1947 - January 1, 2016

James W. "Jimmy" Kirby, Sr., 68, of Mineral, passed away Friday, January 1, 2016. He lived in Ashland for 35 years and is survived by his devoted wife of 48 years, Mary Kirby; three sons, Jay (Vickie), Bobby (Sharon) and Matt (Mary); brother, Edward Lee Kirby; uncle, Billy Tyler; aunt, Lois Littlepage; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and many nieces, nephews, and caring friends. He worked...
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Iris Anne Jacobs

November 12, 2001 - December 30, 2015

Iris Anne Jacobs gained her angel wings December 30, 2015, with her mother by her side. She was under the excellent care of the Pediatric Oncology Team at UVA Hospital. Their compassionate treatment enabled Iris to be home for several months and our family is forever indebted to the UVA team for their skill and kindness. Iris is survived by her parents Darren and Debra Jacobs, her brothers...
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Helen Virginia Madison

July 20, 1933 - December 23, 2015

Helen (Jeannie) Virginia Madison was born on July 20, 1933 and passed away on December 23, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband of almost 60 years, Alvin D. Madison and two brothers, Duncan L. Warren and Richard L. Warren. She is survived by her two daughters, Delores M. Allen and Janet M. Hall; two granddaughters, Jennifer Lynn Hall and Julie Marie Pulling (Ray); four great...
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Ruth Christine Hall

July 10, 1946 - December 23, 2015

HALL, Ruth Christine, 69, of Beaverdam, died peacefully in her sleep on December 23, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Mary Harper and her sister, Mary Moran. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Joe Ben Hall; children, Rebecca Byiers, Shirley Price (Phil), Joseph Hall (Rose), David Hall (Linda) and Brenda Hall; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother,...
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Glenn Patterson Crone

May 17, 1928 - December 22, 2015

Crone, Glenn Patterson, 87, of Ashland, died on Tuesday, December 22, 2015. Born May 17, 1928, in Lancaster, New York. He graduated from Ithaca High School in 1946 and Cornell University in 1953 with a BS in Industrial & Labor Relations. He served in the US Army in Japan and the US Navy and Army in the states while attending Cornell. He worked at Standard Vacuum Petroleum Maatschappij,...
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Henry Wirt Mills

January 17, 1946 - December 21, 2015

MILLS, Henry W. Jr., 69, of Caroline County, passed away on December 21, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wife, Debra Mills. He is survived by his children, Shannon Mills, Henry "Jay" Mills, III, Sharon Barker, and Pam Swift; grandchildren, Meadow Batten, Brian Swift, Crystal Swift, Tabitha Barker, and Alex Mills; siblings, Timmy Mills, Tammy Mills, and Tommy Mills; and sister-in-law, Brenda...
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Dorothy Virginia Wright

June 4, 1944 - December 17, 2015

Dorothy Virginia Wright (71), of Ashland VA, went home to be with the Lord on December 17, 2015. Dorothy was survived by her husband, Charles E. Wright, Sr., children; June McGuire, "Chucky" Charles E. Wright, Jr. (Joyce), Sandra Farmer (George), Stefanie Gable (Clyde), Brandie Waters (Richard), 7 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, 4 brothers, and 2 sisters. The immediate family...
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Grace Camille Wieber

November 8, 1920 - December 16, 2015

WIEBER, Grace C., 95, of Glen Allen, passed away on December 16, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas and Kathryn Accordino; 2 sisters; and 1 brother. She is survived by her husband of 73 years, George G. Wieber; and her children, George E. Wieber and Joyce A. Daily; 4 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; her brother, Frank Accordino; and devoted...
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Thomas Preston Brushwood

February 25, 1960 - December 15, 2015

Thomas Preston Brushwood, 55, of Ashland, passed away December 15, 2015. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert Allen Brushwood and his brother, John Paul Brushwood. Thomas was a carpenter/framer by trade and a lover of nature. He is survived by his children, Marley Ann Brushwood and Thomas Preston Brushwood, Jr.; sisters, Frances Lenox Harris, Elizabeth Ann Brushwood, Helen Blair Busic,...
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Alice G. Moore

May 15, 1922 - December 14, 2015

Alice G. Moore, 93, of Ashland, went to be with Jesus for Christmas on December 14, 2015. She was preceded in death by her husband, John Thomas Moore. Alice lettered in basketball at Appomattox County High School and was a 4-H Allstar. She attended Madison College and Smithfield-Massey Business College. She worked as an assistant to the Alumni Director for 15 years at Randolph Macon College, a...
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William Carpenter Ager

November 17, 1945 - December 13, 2015

AGER, William C., 70, of Ashland, Ret. Captain of the USMC, went to be with the Lord on December 13, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ellis and Mary Frances Ager. He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Diane H. Ager; children, Truly Ager of New York, NY, Chris Ager of Chicago, IL and Rebecca Long (Kevin) of Sewickley, PA; three grandchildren, James, Jessica, and Katelyn;...
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Lesly Denise Stanfield

February 19, 1962 - December 4, 2015

Lesly Denise Cauthorn Stanfield, 53, of Ashland, passed away on December 4, 2015. She was preceded in death by her father, John Leslie Cauthorn; and paternal grandparents, Howard and Etta Cauthorn. She is survived by her husband, Clyde A. Stanfield "Tony"; her mother, Gay L. Cauthorn; son, William B. Carneal III; three grandchildren, Tara Grace Carneal, Emma Faith Carneal and Liam Patrick Carneal...
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Kenneth Wayne Tribble

January 4, 1956 - December 2, 2015

Kenneth Wayne Tribble, 59, of Hanover County, passed away on Dec 2, 2015, after an illness. He is preceded in death by his Father, James E. Tribble Sr.; brother, James E. Tribble Jr.; ½ brother, Robert Tribble; and his loving wife Gloria M. Tribble. Wayne was a self-made man. He worked hard and had a picture perfect marriage and life. He was a kind-heart person once he got to know you. He...
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Mildred Ann VonBargen

March 28, 1953 - December 1, 2015

VonBargen, Ann, 62, of Ashland, passed away on December 1, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, David E. Gilbert and Mildred Gilbert; and her brother, David E. Gilbert, Jr. She is survived by her husband James VonBargen; children, Christopher E. VonBargen (Elizabeth) and Joseph M. VonBargen (Kassandra); grandchild, London VonBargen (daughter of Joseph and Kassandra); and siblings,...
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Robert Richard Willis

January 2, 1938 - December 1, 2015

WILLIS, Robert Richard, 77, passed away peacefully on December 1, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, David Sylvester and Virginia Goode Willis; and son, Robert Richard Willis, Jr. A retired brick contractor, Robert was also a street rod enthusiast, former member of Independence Ruritan Club, past president of the Masonry Contractors Association of Richmond, and a former member of the...
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Crystal Lynn Gray

July 17, 1967 - November 30, 2015

In loving memory of Crystal Lynn Blount Gray, who has lost a long battle with colon cancer. Crystal L gray was born Monday, July 17, 1967. She attended school in Hanover County. She accepted Christ at a young age and was baptised at Gwathmey Baptist Church. She has gone to join her beloved angles who have proceded her in the long journey of life. Her much beloved mother, Bonnie Sue Martin Blount,...
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James R. Peregoy

May 25, 1937 - November 28, 2015

"Ronny" was a good and loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, and a great great great grandfather. He had three beautiful and loving daughters (Vicky, Sharon, and Judy); 8 grandchildren (Cheryl, Michael, Christian, Laura, Tommy, Petey, Christina, and Hannah); and 10 great grandchildren.Ronny was a wonderful man and had a beautiful soul. He was always kind-hearted and had the most amazing...
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Ralph Lewis Wetzler

June 11, 1926 - November 27, 2015

Wetzler, Ralph Lewis, 89, passed away on November 27, 2015. He went to be with his wife, Alice Joyce Wetzler, who preceded him in death. Ralph is survived by his sons, Ralph Wayne and Ronald Lewis Wetzler; and daughters-in-law, Joy and Linda Wetzler. He was loved by his seven grandchildren and many great grandchildren. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Nelsen...
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Clyde J. Gable

November 10, 1939 - November 22, 2015

GABLE, Clyde J., 76, of Mechanicsville, passed away on November 22, 2015. He was preceded in death by his wives, Barbara H. Gable and Virginia L. Gable; and his parents, Clyde E. Gable and Lillian P. Gable. He is survived by his children, Alvin (Vanessa) Gable, Clyde (Stefanie) Gable, Jr., Jennifer (Jack) McKinley, Shelvia Prince, Donna (Sam) Regensburg, Teresa Walsh, and Jimmy (Kim) Johns; 21...
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Michael Lee Hackney

January 21, 1958 - November 15, 2015

HACKNEY, Michael Lee, 57, of Chester, died Sunday, November 15, 2015. He was preceded in death by his parents, Vadius and Helen Hackney. A bricklayer with Boschen Masonry, Mike shared a love for Harley-Davidson Motorcycles and taking long rides with his wife and friends. Mike also enjoyed sitting around the fire listening to music and telling stories with his daughter and close friends. Mike had...
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Doris C. Hall

September 21, 1929 - November 10, 2015

HALL, Doris C., of Bumpass, died November 10, 2015. She retired as an LPN from John Randolph Hospital. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Patricia Ann Cash of Bumpass, Mrs. Peggy Sue Puffenbarger of Gordonsville, Mrs. Tammy "Penny" Lynn Pruden of Chester; 16 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren and 24 great-great-grandchildren. Her remains rest at the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid...
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Cathy H. Cobb

December 10, 1959 - November 9, 2015

COBB, Cathy Hanky, 55, of Aylett, passed away on November 9, 2015. She was preceded in death by her father, R. Wade Hanky. She is survived by her mother, Leslie Hanky; brother, David (Susan) Hanky; sister, Carol Buchanan; niece and nephew, Casie and Brock Buchanan; her soul mate, Mike Cole and his two sons, Ryan and Matthew; a host of extended family and friends; and her beloved pets, Boomer,...
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Wade N. Randolph

July 4, 1945 - November 1, 2015

RANDOLPH, Wade N., 70, of Beaverdam, Va., passed away on November 1, 2015. Formerly employed by Bear Island Paper Company, and a devout member of the Belle Glade Church of Christ, Wade enjoyed fishing, camping and spending quality time with his family. He is survived by his loving wife, Sara A. Randolph; three children, Amy (Nick) Otto, Jodi (Mike) Roberts and Kevin (Becca) Randolph; and seven...
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Tammy Coley King

November 27, 1959 - November 1, 2015

KING, Tammy Coley, age 55. Our loving wife and mother's struggles came to an end at her home, in Montpelier, in the company of her family. Her love for people and her infectious laughter brought warmth to everyone around her. More than anything, she loved her family, her husband and high school sweetheart, Ricky; her children, Nikki, Brittany, Eric, Champ Bennett and Chelsea Story; and her...
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Mary Frances Goodman Pritchett

January 30, 1933 - October 31, 2015

Mary Frances Goodman Pritchett: Christian, Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Scholar, Community LeaderBorn January 30th, 1933 Died October 31st, 2015Mary Frances Goodman Pritchett was born during the great depression. She was a "late in life" child and a surprise to both parents and her older brothers. She was to become a "daddy's girl as he indulged and laughed at her many mischievous moments. Mary...
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Annie Loving Williamson

November 4, 1928 - October 28, 2015

Annie Loving Williamson was born November 4, 1928 in Hanover County, Virginia. Annie passed away on October 28, 2015 at her home in Dallas, Texas. She was the daughter of Julia P. Loving and Herbert Loving. Annie was preceded in death by her parents, and by her sisters Margaret Wingfield and Joyce Stanley and her brother Vernon Loving. Annie is survived by her immediate family including her...
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Mattie Seay Roberts

November 4, 1927 - October 27, 2015

ROBERTS, Mattie Seay Jolly, of Doswell, VA, born in Buckingham, VA, passed away on October 27, 2015. She was preceded in death by her parents, William Hennings Seay and Ethel Watson Seay; her husbands, Ralph E. Roberts and Harlest William Jolly; sisters, Gladys Fulcher, Edna Woodson, and Lucy Ragland; brothers, William Christian Seay, Richard (Dick) Seay, Abner Seay, Allen Seay; and children,...
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Zell Davis Turner

October 2, 1922 - October 25, 2015

Zell Davis Turner went home to the Lord Jesus Christ on Sunday, October 25th, 2015. She also reunited with her late husband, the love of her life, Melvin Turner. She was preceded in death by her parents, Lora and Lonza Davis; her brothers, Millard and Roger Davis; and, her sisters, Eunice Bass and Audrey Harden.Zell is survived by her only child, Janie Turner Robertson (Alan) of Ashland,...
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Lewis Clinton Breeden

April 28, 1940 - October 24, 2015

BREEDEN, Lewis C., of Ashland, passed away peacefully on October 24, 2015. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Maria T. Breeden; two daughters, Kathy "Dink" Gallagher (Mark) and Donna Jefferson (Gary); two granddaughters, Rebecca Richards (Ryan) and Amber Jennings (Matt); brother, C.B. Breeden (Barbara); sister, Nancy Cooperman (Richard); sister-in-law, Patricia Grover; and many...
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Kiplyn Wayne Carpenter

July 4, 1963 - October 20, 2015


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Raymond Francis Sherrier

November 16, 1928 - October 18, 2015


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Dorothy Lichliter Ellis

October 8, 1932 - October 10, 2015

ELLIS, DOROTHY LICHLITER, "Dot", 83, passed away October 10, 2015. She was born in Winchester, Virginia on October 8, 1932, and resided at Broomfield Farm in Beaverdam, Virginia since 1965. She was preceded in death by her husband of 54 years, Andrew Jackson Ellis, Jr. She also was preceded in death by her parents, Dudley Claude Lichliter and Edith Milleson Lichliter, and her sister Elizabeth ...
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David Stuart Hamm

April 12, 1948 - October 9, 2015

HAMM, David Stuart, of Ashland, passed away suddenly Friday, October 9, 2015, in his home. He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Stephanie; son, Justin and his wife, Kristy; son, Jarrod; and sister, Frances H. Arch. David was born in Richmond in 1948. He served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. Returning home, he married and raised his family. David was a successful business owner of Hamm Heating ...
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