This page is dedicated to the memory of Ruritan members within the Rapidan District boundaries that have passed on, starting with the year 2014 (the year this website was created.) The listings are in reverse chronological order (most recent listing being the closest to the top of the page.
Thank you for being Ruritan Members.
You will be missed.
Charles was a member of the Lignum Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Legacy.com website:
Charles R. Farrar, 85, of Culpeper, Va. passed away on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 peacefully at home with his family.
Charles was born and raised in Lynchburg, Va. where he met wife, Betty. Charles and Betty were married for over 67 years. He retired from the Air Force after 10 years of service and 20 years with the Federal Government. Through his retirement Charles was part of the Culpeper Presbyterian Church, Ruritan Club and ran his own accounting business.
Charles was predeceased by granddaughter, Elizabeth Render and great-grandson, Nathaniel Scally. He is survived by wife, Betty and two daughters, Debbie Render and Shair Scally; and three grandchildren, Charles Scally, Matthew Scally, and Sarah Mullins; and seven great-grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held at a later date to be specified by the family.
Fond memories of Charles and condolences may be offered to the family through clore-english.com. The Farrar family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements.
Donnie was a member of the Earlysville Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Legacy.com website:
Donnie Herring of Boonesville, Va., passed away on June 6, 2022. He was born to James and Lydia Herring on February 14, 1948.
Donnie is survived by his wife of 54 years, Virginia Morris Herring; his mother-in-law, Marie Morris; his son, Shannon Herring and his wife, Analisa; his daughter, Kelley Shifflett and her husband, Stan. Donnie had four grandchildren that were his pride and joy, Braedon, Marley and Emma Herring and Logan Shifflett. In addition to his immediate family, Donnie is survived by his sisters, Betty Shifflett and her husband, Jimmy, and Judy Herring Hughes. Donnie was predeceased by his brothers, Jimmy and Leroy Herring and his sisters, Phyllis Barbour, Juanita Davis and Shirley Morris.
Donnie has numerous nieces and nephews who loved and adored him. He also loved and was loved by his Nortonsville Church of God family.
Donnie was most proud of his service as a Sergeant in the Army’s First Cav Unit in Vietnam, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. He returned home after being injured and began to work for Centel where he retired after 30+ years of faithful service.
Donnie and Virginia have been incredibly blessed by the amazing friendships of Chris and Brenda Miller, Donnie and Barbara Shifflett and Pastor David and sister, Carol Allison.
We would like to invite family and friends to join us in celebrating the life of Donnie on Thursday, June 9, 2022, at Nortonsville Church of God, 1505 Simmons Gap Rd. Dyke, VA 22935. Viewing and visitation will begin at 11 a.m. a funeral service will immediately follow at 1 p.m. Burial will be held at the Herring Family Cemetery to follow the funeral service.
Donnie was an amazing husband, father, son-in-law, father-in-law and granddaddy. No words will ever describe how much Donnie meant to his family. To say that we loved him isn’t enough.
Linwood “Earl” Whitley
Linwood was a member of the Cove Garden Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Legacy.com Website
inwood “Earl” Whitley, 94, of North Garden, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 11, 2022, at his farm with his wife, Marilyn Whitley, dear friend, Judy Berger, and Pastor Todd Cothran of Crosslife Community Church, by his side.
Born in Newport News, on May 26, 1927, he was a son of the late George and Bernice Whitley. Among his many accomplishments was serving in the United States Navy in the Construction Battalion in the Pacific during World War II. It was in the Navy he learned his trade as an architect and builder of nearly 1000 homes in his career. He was an avid golfer, yet knew how to keep it fun. He was a Mr. Fixit and could fix anything, including restoring antique Corvettes. On our farm he spent many hours maintaining and grooming it with his big John Deere tractor and Gravely zero-turn mower. But most of all, Earl loved his Lord, Jesus Christ, family and friends with all his heart and soul. They were what kept him rising above difficulties and reinventing himself.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Diana Paynter and her husband, Jim, of Cincinnati, Ohio, Greg Whitley and his wife, Vickie, of Annapolis, Md., Sandra Spiro and husband, Bruce, of Suffolk, Va., Ryan Robey of Richmond, Va., Heather Robey of Annapolis, Md., and Gavin Robey and his wife, Samantha, of Richmond, Va.; 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
A memorial service and picnic celebrating his life will be held at our farm in North Garden, Sunday, June 26, 2022, 2 p.m. for any and all. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Samaritan’s Purse, or Crosslife Community Church, or bring a covered dish to the picnic:)
Warren Cary Beach II
Warren was a member of the Fluvanna Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Thacker Brothers Funeral Home website:
Warren Cary Beach II, 75, of Scottsville, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, in Charlottesville, Virginia.
He was born in Riverdale, Maryland on September 17, 1946, to the late Warren Cary and Margaret Elizabeth (Becker) Beach.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Jim Beach.
Cary served in the U.S. Navy for about 5 years, receiving several medals for his incredible service. He launched a computer business that he ran for 10 years and then went on to work as a government properties administrator for Northrup Grumman. He had a heart of gold and was always willing to help whenever and wherever he was needed. You could always catch him singing one of his favorite hymns or sometimes even dancing! Cary was a people person, he loved to make people laugh and would stick with you through thick and thin! His outgoing and humorous personality, his warm hugs and willingness to help will truly be missed.
Survivors include his beloved wife, Carolyn Louise Beach; a son, Dwayne Beach of Maryland; two grandchildren, Zachary and Heather Beach; a bonus granddaughter, Kiersten Truehart; three sisters, Peggy Johnson of Palmyra, Sue Mickelson of Scottsville and Pam Stevens, also of Scottsville; several nieces and nephews; along with a host of extended family members and friends who loved him dearly.
The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 5, 2022, at Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
A funeral service will be conducted on Friday, May 6, 2022, at 10:00 AM, at Fluvanna Baptist Church, followed by burial in the Fluvanna Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Alan Acree will officiate the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the VFW post 8169 (2977 W River Rd, Scottsville, VA 24590) or Fluvanna Baptist Church (7454 W River Rd, Scottsville, VA 24590)
Harry Edward Amos
Harry was a member of the Three Chopt Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Legacy.com website:
Harry E. Amos, of Palmyra, Virginia, left this world to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, surrounded by his loving family, on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, after a brief illness.
He was born on October 6, 1929 to the late James Edward and Alma (Carter) Amos of Powhatan, Va. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Christine Gruen Amos, in 2016; a son, Frank John “Butch” Amos; a sister, Nola Mae (Amos) Fultz; and a great-grandson, Chase Herndon Davies.
Harry is survived by his son, James “Jimmy” Amos (Chris), daughters, Juanita “Sissy” Herndon (Jim), and Christine “Christy” Chandler (David); and daughter-in-law, Kay Amos.
He was extremely proud of his extended family, including eight grandchildren, Paul Amos (Debbie), Aimee Rice (Todd), Melanie Best (A.J.), Jay Herndon , Beth O’Donnell (Joe), Michael Amos (Jessica), Laurie McGurn (Patrick), and Katie Amos (Hung Vu); five great-grandsons, Dylan Davies (Ashley), Carter Amos, Griffin Amos, Joseph O’Donnell, and Mason McGurn; three great-granddaughters, Kyra Miller-Herndon, Chandler O’Donnell, and LilyAnne McGurn; and a great-great-grandson, Wesley Chase Davies.
Harry was a man of many accomplishments and interests. Graduating from Powhatan High School in 1947, he was named outstanding baseball player. He continued to play baseball in the U.S. Army. He was also an avid hunter, NASCAR fan, and closely followed his favorite baseball, football and basketball teams from the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Washington Redskins and Washington Nationals.
He began his years of service with a four-year tour in Germany where he met and married his wife, Christine. Harry rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class, being honorably discharged in 1952. He and Christine then returned to Virginia and began to build a wonderful life together. Harry graduated from the Virginia State Police Academy in 1952 as a Trooper and was promoted to Sergeant and then First Sergeant before his retirement in 1988, culminating a 35-year career. He then retired to the family farm in Palmyra and raised Black Angus beef cattle for over 30 years.
Harry was Past Worshipful Master of the Fork Union Masonic Lodge, Past Worthy Patron of the Eastern Star, Fork Union Chapter, and a member of the Shriner’s Club of Richmond.
He was a man of deep faith, as a member of Salem United Methodist Church for all of his adult life, as well as being a Lay Minister, Sunday School Teacher, and Treasurer for 18 years.
Harry always centered his life on his family and as his life drew to a close, he took the time to tell his family that he had a wonderful life over his 92 years on this earth and had no regrets. His life was a full life, well lived.
A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Salem United Methodist Church in Palmyra, by the Rev. Rebecca Trovalli and the Rev. Greg Payne. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Mickey L. Cox
Mickey was a member of the Greene County Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Legacy.com website:
Mickey L. Cox, 88, of Stanardsville, died on Saturday, February 19, 2022 at Martha Jefferson Hospital. Born on December 9, 1933 in Charlottesville, he was the son of Eunice Marshall Cox and Downing Cox Sr. He was preceded in death by: his first wife, Mildred Kindrick Cox; sister, Mary Cox Allen; three older brothers, George, Claude, and Downing Cox Jr.; and a son-in-law, David J. Suchanic.
Mickey is survived by his wife, Doris Lyon Cox; son, David Cox (Jennifer); daughters, Daphne Cox and Angela C. Suchanic; and stepson, John Mark Lyon (Cierra Schwake). He is also survived by ten grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Mr. Cox was a retired dairy farmer and served on the Greene County Board of Supervisors for more than 20 years. He also held leadership roles in such organizations as Farm Bureau, Southern States Cooperative, the Greene County Planning Commission, the Greene County Ruritan Club, and Dairymen Incorporated.
Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Preddy Funeral Home, 59 Edgewood School Ln, Madison, VA 22727.
The funeral service, to be officiated by the Rev. Gayle Johnson, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, February 25, 2022 at Preddy Funeral Home, followed by interment at Holly Memorial Gardens, 3251 Seminole Trail, Charlottesville, VA 22911.
In lieu of flowers, Mr. Cox wished for donations in his memory to be made to Westover United Methodist Church, 2801Fredericksburg Road, Ruckersville, VA 22968, where he was an active trustee.
The family requests that masks be worn when attending the visitation or funeral service.
John Kavanaugh White
John was a member of the Brightwood Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Legacy.com website:
John Kavanaugh White, 87, of Madison, Va., passed away on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, surrounded by his loving family.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Beppy; three children, Jay White (Marie) of Franklin, Tenn., Katy Cashman (Mike) of Madison, and Ann Coates of Madison; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and his devoted cat, Darcy. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Leslie White; sisters, Sarah White Crigler and Mary Catherine Ramsey; and an infant brother.
Kavanaugh had deep roots in the Madison community. He died in the same house he was born in on October 16, 1934. He graduated from Madison High School where he played football and gained the nickname “Swap.” Kavanaugh’s father built the home and farm on Courthouse Mountain. Kavanaugh loved telling stories of his childhood: farm chores, a favorite pig, accidentally dumping an entire can of King syrup on his head while trying to help his mother, and hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor while he and his sisters searched for a cedar Christmas tree.
An Army veteran, he retired from C&P Telephone Company after 39 years of service. He was a member of the Jaycees, Brightwood Ruritan Club, Sons of the Confederate Veterans, and helped found and was past-president of the Ridge Riders Club. For years, he proudly lined Madison’s Main Street with American Flags for holiday observances. In the Ruritans, he helped cook sausage and pancakes for many fundraising breakfasts as well as serving one year as Zone Governor. He enjoyed meeting with good friends at the Co-op and McDonald’s coffee groups. In retirement, one of his favorite pastimes was playing the slot machines in Charlestown, W.Va.
After his parents moved into the town of Madison, Kavanaugh brought his young family to live at the farm in 1970, where his wife continues to reside. His daughters, Katy and Ann, now have homes on the farm. Over the years, Kavanaugh kept many horses, dogs, and cats on the farm. His devoted cat, Darcy, was by his side during Kavanaugh’s final days.
Kavanaugh will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, grandfather, great grandfather, loyal friend and neighbor.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Billy Hood, Sonny Cubbage, Charles Carter and Billy Hale
A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 14, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery, Madison, Va., with Pastors Anne West and Brad Jackson officiating.
Preddy’s Funeral Home is handling arrangements.
Daniel Wiley Berry
Daniel was a member of the Wolftown Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Legacy.com website:
Daniel Wiley Berry of Madison, Va., passed away on January 10, 2022, at home with his family by his side. He was born on July 31, 1937, to the late Harry and Rosa Berry. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Annabel Southard and her husband, Bobby; his sister, Doris Garrison; brother, Ronnie Berry; and grandson, Steven James Berry.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Judy Slagle Berry; his daughter, Roxanne Berry and husband, Mike Kulenguski, of Madison; sons, Steven Daniel Berry of Los Angeles, Calif., and James “Jim” Wiley Berry of Madison; grandson, Aaron Daniel Berry and his mother, Ines Bravo, of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister, Melody and husband, George Powell, of Culpeper; and also nieces and nephews.
Dan grew up and spent his whole life in Madison County, Va. As an adult, he lived and loved his farm in Graves Mill, Va. Dan attended Elon and UVA colleges. A U.S. Army veteran, he was honorably discharged in 1961. He was a lifelong fan of UVA sports and the Washington Nationals. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed playing baseball, golf, tennis, and many other sports. He was a self-taught musician who played guitar, mandolin, and banjo and always enjoyed singing and humming. He was a supervisor for the USPO and retired from there.
Throughout his life, Dan was a member of various organizations, including the Lions Club and Wolftown Ruritan Club. He also was a member of the Rapidan Baptist Church.
Dan loved traveling to Europe, islands, and the US with family and friends, but home was his favorite place to be. Dan was kind and easy going. He would tell you to drink a glass of red wine and enjoy life as he did. Of all the things he loved, there was no greater love than the love that Dan and Judy had for each other.
A private family service will be held later.
Joyce Ann White Elliott
Joyce was a member of the Three Chopt Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Legacy.com website:
Joyce Ann White Elliott, 82, of Palmyra, Va., passed away peacefully on August 17, 2021. She was born on September 14, 1938, at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Va., to her late parents, Wilson Lee White Jr. and Mary King White.
She was raised in Madison Heights, Va., and graduated from Madison Heights High School in Amherst County and attended Phillips Business College in Lynchburg, Va. Joyce was preceded in death by her husband, Bobby Elliott Sr. and sister, Mary Lee Russell.
She is survived by her sons, Bobby Elliott Jr. (Robin) of Sharps, Va., Gary Elliott (Jerri) of Palmyra, Va., and Steven Elliott of Palmyra, Va.; daughter, Dr. Deborah Wyne (Martin) of Front Royal, Va.; sister, Faye Kern (Tim) of Clearwater, Fla.; her aunt, Dot White of Amherst, Va.; grandchildren, Jonathan Elliott, Dustin Elliott, Katlyn Turley, Nikki Dymczynski, Matthew Wyne, Mallory Goodwin, Rebecca Covington, and Richard Covington; great-grandchildren, Blake Elliott, Maci Elliott, and Mason Wyne; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Joyce was a long-time member of Salem United Methodist Church and a member of the Three Chopt Ruritan Club. She retired from the Fluvanna County Treasurer’s Office.
The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 21, 2021, at Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, Va. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 22, 2021, at Salem United Methodist Church in Palmyra, Va. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery Association, 855 Deerfield Road, Louisa, VA 23093.
Thomas Anderson Marshall
Thomas was a member of the Albemarle Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Hill & Wood Funeral Service:
Thomas Anderson Marshall of Belmont in Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life August 2, 2021 at Envoy nursing facility in Fork Union, Virginia. He was born April 2, 1950 to the late William Anderson Marshall and Sarah Josephine May Marshall. He is survived by many cousins, including the family of John Richard May, Jr., with whom he had his happiest times in recent years.
Tom attended Clark Elementary School and graduated from Rock Hill Academy where he was a manager for the football team. He earned an Associate of Science Degree in Park Management from Lake City Community College in Lake City, Florida.
He worked for the Virginia Department of Water Control and served as a University of Virginia police officer. He was a National Park Service volunteer and a member of the Albemarle Ruritan Club.
Later, he lived at Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet where he was for many years a thoughtful friend to older residents suffering from Alzheimer’s.
He loved deer hunting, the Statler brothers, WWII history, The Sound of Music and vacations at Greenbrier State Park in West Virginia, Virginia’s Douthat State Park and the Peaks of Otter. He traveled to many National Parks across the nation.
The family wishes to thank Randall T. Bashore, MD, the staff at Envoy at the Village and the staff of the erstwhile Mountainside Senior Living JABA facility.
Interment at Oakwood Cemetery on Elliott Ave, Charlottesville will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to Region Ten CSB, Attn: Fiscal, P.O. Box 164, Charlottesville, VA 22902 or to the United Methodist Church’s Charlottesville District, 914 East Jefferson St., Suite 104, Charlottesville, VA 22902 for the benefit of Rachel’s Haven, a residence for disabled orphaned adults.
Samuel Ruebin Thacker
Samuel was a member of the Monticello Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Hill & Wood Funeral Service website:
Samuel Ruebin Thacker, 83, of Scottsville, Va. died on July 28, 2021 at his residence.
Born January 17, 1938 in Albemarle County, he was the son of the late Thomas O. and Ruth L. Thacker. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters-in-law, Janice and Barbara Thacker, and a brother-in-law, Irving Armistead.
Sammy is survived by his wife, Joy, of 57 years; a son, Allan (Lisa); a daughter, Nancy (Robbie); four grandsons, Joshua, Ryan, Tyler, and Sam; three brothers, Ollie (Joyce), Jimmy (Mary), and Ronnie; and two sisters, Joanne (Bill), and Linda (Mike).
He was a retiree of Centel and a member of New Bethel United Methodist Church. He served in the U.S. Army. He loved God, adored his family, and enjoyed all things outdoors. Sammy was a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and was loved by all.
Memorial contributions may be made to New Bethel United Methodist Church, 4899 Rolling Rd., Scottsville, VA 24590 or to a charity of your choosing.
A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 2, 2021 at Monticello Memory Gardens with Pastor Harlin “Chubby” Sykes officiating.
Walter “Bill” Cox
Bill was a member of the Jefferson VA Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Star-Exponent website:
JEFFERSONTON, VA Walter M. Cox “Bill” age 86, died August 5, 2019, at Martha Jefferson House in Charlottesville, VA from complications with Alzheimer’s.
Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years, Anne Cox; their four children, Cyndi Racine, John Cox, Melissa Turrisi, and Caroline Lowe; as well as their ten grandchildren and great-grandson.
Bill was born in Gainesville, GA, before moving to Orlando, FL where he spent his teen years as a proud member of the high school fraternity Omega Xi.
While in college he was drafted for the Korean War in 1953 where he served as a corporal in the U.S. Army. Before being stationed to New York, he married Anne Haller on June 5, 1954. After his active service, Bill returned to school on the G.I. Bill to finish his degree in business administration with a minor in industrial engineering at the University of Florida.
Bill began his career at Cape Canaveral, FL, working for Pan Am on the Gemini program creating defense missiles for the space race. In 1968, Bill was transferred to Goddard Air Force Base, and he moved his growing family from Cocoa Beach, FL to Fairfax, VA.
Later, Bill took a job at Applied Data Research. In 1988 Bill became an executive at Pinkerton Computers where he ultimately retired in 2004. Throughout Bill’s life, his belief in God, Country, and Family was his foundation.
He devoted his time to caring for God’s land and His critters and honoring the history of this great nation. That love was most evident in his home, Fleetwood, a ten acre farm established in 1730 in Jeffersonton, VA. There he and his bird dogs and horses, enjoyed participating in field trials and hunting in the area.
Bill was also an active member of many historical and community clubs including the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Sons of the Revolution, and his local Ruritan society and a lifetime member of the NRA. Bill will be laid to rest in the Fleetwood cemetery in Jeffersonton, VA, on August 24, 2019 at 1:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Culpeper Humane Society in Bill’s name.
Ronald Trent Toms
Ronald Toms was a member of the Cove Garden Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Hill & Wood Funeral Home’s website:
Ronald Trent Toms, 87, of North Garden, VA, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2019. He was born on December 12, 1931 on the family farm in Hungrytown (Covesville), Virginia. He is the son of the late John Bland Toms and Dultry Deane (Mawyer) Toms. He was predeceased by a brother, John Bland Toms Jr.
Mr. Toms is a member of the Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church in Charlottesville, VA. He had also worked for Stromberg Carlson/ Comdial for over 40 years.
Survivors include his loving wife of 65 years, Shirley Bennington Toms; son, Roger T. Toms; nephew, John B. Toms (Shirley); sister-in-law, Doris B. Toms.
The family would like to extend a very special thank you to the Legacy Hospice caregivers Diane, Barbara, Faith, and Allison for their kindness and support.
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at 1p.m., at Hill and Wood Funeral home, with Rev. Robert Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at Mooreland Baptist Church Cemetery in North Garden, VA. A reception will follow at the church social hall.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Hinton Avenue United Methodist Church at 750 Hinton Avenue, Charlottesville, VA 22902, or to the Legacy Hospice at 500 Faulconer Dr., Suite 100, Charlottesville, VA 22903
John M Skelly, Sr.
John was a member of the Belmont Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Woodward Funeral Home Website:
Dr. John M. Skelly, Sr. PHD, 78, of Broadway, Virginia passed away Friday, March 22, 2019 at his eldest son’s home.
Dr. Skelly was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church and the Belmont Ruritan Club in Mineral, Virginia. He retired in 2004 as a Professor Emeritus Plant Pathology and Physiology from Penn State University. Dr. Skelly was world renowned for his work in Air Quality Research and cared deeply and served all the communities he lived in. He continued his career having projects with the Virginia Living Museum with NASA and the Goddard Space and Flight Center in Glendale, MD.
Survivors include his wife, Linda C. Skelly; children John M. Skelly Jr. (Donna) of Broadway, Va. Rebecca Hanau (Doug) of Montpelier, Va., Patricia Daily (Pat) of Tomball, Texas and David M. Skelly (Lisa) of Pendleton, SC; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and his brother, Dr. Thomas D. Skelly Jr. of Jeanette, PA. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas D. and Eva G. Skelly.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27 at Woodward Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 28 at St. Jude Catholic Church. Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Belmont Ruritan Club of Mineral, Va.
Richard “Rich” G. Bingler
Richard was a member of the Jefferson VA Ruritan Club
No obituary has been published as of the date of this posting.
Richard G. Bingler, 67, of Jeffersonton, VA, passed away on Sunday, Februay 9, 2019.
Richard was born August 21, 1951, in New York, New York. He was a life-long member of the Lutheran Church. His faith meant a lot to him, and he tried his best to love and live his faith.
He was an active member of the U.S. Army for three years, and after his active duty service, continued in the Army Reserve for over ten years.
Richard married Susan Lorthoir, in June 1974, having met her at Concordia College, a Lutheran college in Bronxville, NY. Theirs was a loving marriage, lasting 45 years, until his death.
He obtained his Masters degree in Computer Science from Marist College, Poughkeepsie, NY, in 1991. He and his wife Susan moved to Fairfax, VA, in 1994, and to Jeffersonton VA, in 2001.
He was a member of the Jefferson VA Ruritan Club. He joined the Ruritan Club in October of 2001. He served as the Jefferson VA Ruritan Club’s Treasurer in 2003, and as their President in 2012. He was well liked by everyone that knew him.
He died at INOVA Fairfax Hospital on Februay 9, 2019, after being severely injured in a fall.
Vickie was a member of the Holly Grove Ruritan Club. She passed away on December 21, 2018.
Obituary from the Legacy.com website:
SPURLOCK, Vickie J., 66, of Bumpass, went to be with her Lord, after a short illness. She is survived by her husband, Denver Spurlock; brothers, Brian Wilson (Lynne), Randy Wilson (Norma); nephews, Ryan Wilson, Javier and Jerry Gonzalez; aunt, Karen Hughes; and sister-in-law, Debbie Wilson. Vickie graduated from South Charleston High School, Marshall University and West Virginia State College. She was a member of Holly Grove Christian Church and Holly Grove Ruritan Club. Vickie’s memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, December 29, at Holly Grove Christian Church, 1637 Holly Grove Ave., Bumpass, Va. 23024. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, Okla. 73123
William Thomas “Billy” Melton Jr.
Billy was a member of the Fork Union Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Daily Progress website:
William Thomas “Billy” Melton Jr., 79, of Bremo Bluff, Va., died on Saturday November 17, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, William Thomas Melton Sr. and Nellie Lipscomb Melton. He was survived by one sister, Barbara L. Melton of Bremo Bluff; four cousins, Shirley Sutler, H.T. Morris, T. White, and Dean Morris, and a number of other relatives and friends. A graveside funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, November 29, 2018, at Fork Union Baptist Cemetery.
Russell F. Ferris
Russell was a member of the Salem Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Star Exponent website:
Russell Franklin Ferris, 92, of Culpeper County entered into eternal rest on Thursday, October 4, 2018 at the James River Convalescent & Rehabilitation Center in Newport News, VA. Born on November 17, 1925, he was the eldest son of the late Jesse Ferris and Viola Booten Ferris. In addition to his parents, Russell was preceded in death by his son Kevin Russell Ferris; brothers, James, Jesse, Frank, and Hugh; and sister, Frances Rutherford.
Russell is survived by his wife of nearly 61 years Marie Jackson Ferris, daughter Tricia Wilson and husband Jacob M. Wilson, III, two grandchildren, Alexandra Wilson and McKinley Wilson, Newport News, VA, two sisters, Lucille Keys, Washington, DC and Sally Slaughter, Boston, VA, two aunts, Laura Hoffman, Reva, VA and Dolly Berry, New York; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Good Hope Baptist Church, 14123 Norman Road, Culpeper, VA 22701, with a funeral service beginning at 12:00 noon. Interment will be at Culpeper National Cemetery in Culpeper, VA. Arrangements are being handled by Tibbs Funeral Home & Cremation.
John F. Coates
John was a member of the Salem Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Found & Son’s website.
John F. Coates, 78, of Culpeper, VA went to be with the Lord on September 14, 2018, while surrounded by his loving wife Betty and other friends and family. John and Betty bravely battled with inspiring dignity and grace as he fought a difficult illness for over nine years. He was born on April 12, 1940 in Madison County, Virginia and was the son of the late Edward Edgar Coates and Lucy Covington Coates. Due to the illness and death of his parents, John was raised by his eldest brother Robert H. Coates and his wife Irene Weaver Coates. Upon graduation from high school John proudly served his country as a medic in the US Army from 1959 to 1962. John then went to work for the Virginia Department of Transportation and was there from August 1964 to August 1991. His hard work and tireless commitment to his job contributed to his receiving countless awards, recommendations and honors. John was pleased to be recognized for this commitment when having a road in Culpeper named for him, the John Coates Blvd.
John was very proud and found it a privilege to be a representative for the Salem District on the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors from 1992 to 2007, where he served as the Chairman for eight of those years. His volunteer involvement and community service hours were countless until his health prevented his involvement. Some of John’s community service involvement included the Salem Ruritan Club, Salem Education Foundation, Culpeper Dawn Lions Club, Northern VA 4-H Foundation, and he was also a Moderator and Deacon at Slate Mills Baptist Church. His love for his community and the citizens of Culpeper County led him to receive many awards. The Good Scout Award, Rappahannock-Rapidan Regional Commission Distinguished Leadership Government Award, Independence Day Parade Grand Marshal, Culpeper Colonel Award and the L.B. Henretty Award are among these distinguished honors.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Betty Kennedy Coates, his siblings and their spouses, Hugh and Rosalind Coates of Haywood, VA; Sally Frances Thornhill of Boston, VA; and Paul and Ann Coates of Etlan, VA and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his siblings Virginia Ruth “Sis” Brown, James E. Coates, Robert H. Coates, Lucy Mildred Matthews, Joseph M. Coates, Charlie R. Coates, William Clayton Coates and Delma R. Coates.
The family wishes to express its appreciation to Pastors Sandy Martin of Slate Mills Baptist Church, Mike Dodson of New Salem Baptist Church and David Blevins, formally of Remington Baptist Church, all of whom will be officiating at the service. Many thanks also to Dr. Devincentis and the staff at Commonwealth Medical of Culpeper.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West St., Culpeper, VA
A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Culpeper Baptist Church.
Interment will follow in Culpeper National Cemetery (New Section) with military honors provided by Culpeper VFW Post 2524.
Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to the Hospice of the Piedmont, Attn: Advancement Office 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911 or or to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court Glen Allen, VA 23060 or http://service.convio.net/maintenance.html?pagename=AHALandingPage.
Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper is serving the Coates family.
Dickie was a member of the Jefferson VA Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Moser Funeral Home Website:
Richard Douglas Robson, 80 of Rixeyville, VA passed away on April 29, 2018 at Fauquier Health and Rehabilitation Center.
He was born on January 25, 1938 at Rixeyville, VA a son of the late Charles Harmon Robson and Ethel Jasper Robson. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Charles Harmon Robson, II.
Dickie retired from the Virginia Department of Transportation after 30 years of service. He served in active duty with the U. S. Army and then served 30 years in the U. S. Army Reserves. Active in his community of Jeffersonton, he was a lifetime member of Jeffersonton Baptist Church serving as a Deacon, Choir Director, Youth Director and Cemetery Director. He was also a lifetime member of the Jefferson Ruritan Club and former president of the Jeffersonton Community Center.
He was honored to be named a “Culpeper Colonel”, an honorary title bestowed upon Culpeper County residents for their tireless community service. His volunteer service also included 17 years at the Cardiac Rehabilitation Center at Fauquier Hospital.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma McConchie Robson; two children, Martha Love Jenkins and her husband Gabriel of Brandy Station, VA and Doug Robson, Rixeyville; his brother, Mort Robson and wife Audrey of Rixeyville; four grandchildren, Samantha Duda and husband Michael, Jeremy Robson, Nolan Jenkins and Becca Jenkins; and two great grandchildren, Rayna Jenkins and Jacob Duda.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 1 from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM at Jeffersonton Baptist Church, 18498 Springs Road, Jeffersonton, VA where funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 2 at 2:00 PM. Pastor Dennis Smith will officiate. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice, 400 Holiday Court, Warrenton, VA 20186.
Joyce was a member of the East Orange Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Johnson Funeral Home Website:
Joyce Kennedy Marshman, 72, of Unionville, Virginia, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on April 28, 2018 at Novant Health Prince William Medical Center. Joyce was born June 29, 1945 to the late Everett and Alice Kennedy of Tenth Legion, Virginia. In 1982, she relocated from her hometown of Harrisonburg, Virginia to Orange County, Virginia where she remained for the rest of her life.
She was a graduate of Broadway High School and Dunsmore Business College in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She worked at Virginia Electric and Power Company (VEPCO) in Harrisonburg, Virginia and later the Rappahannock Rapidan Community Services Vocation Training Center in Orange, Virginia. Most important to her was being a wife and mother to her family. In her later years, Joyce provided daily care in her home to numerous children and loved them as if they were her own. Special to her heart were Teal, Amythest and Jade.
Joyce was a devoted member of the Bethlehem United Methodist Church where she served as a teacher, leader and faithful follower of Jesus Christ. During her time at Bethlehem, the church body was impacted by her tireless service.
Joyce was active in the East Orange Ruritan Club. Her service included past President, Secretary and Board Member. As a part of the Rapidan Ruritan District, she was the District Secretary for 5 years and the Zone 2 Governor for 3 years. Joyce provided many service hours to the community through the Ruritan Club.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Perry Fancher Marshman, two sons Michael and his wife Lauren Marshman of Martinez, Georgia and David and his wife Mary Marshman of Duluth, Georgia, five grandsons Evan, Adam, Brian, Erik and John and one granddaughter Holly Elizabeth, her two sisters Yolanda Kennedy and Peggy Kennedy of Harrisonburg, Virginia and her brother Everett Newton Kennedy of Broadway, Virginia.
Her family would like to thank Dr. Joanne Ondrush and Dr. Izuchukwu Obi as well as, the CCU staff at Novant Health Prince William Medical Center for the care they provided while she was at their facility.
A Celebration of her life will be held Saturday May 19, 2018 at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Unionville, Virginia at 11:00 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to charities that supported causes which Joyce cared about: East Orange Ruritan Club’s Scholarship Fund, PO Box 112, Unionville, Virginia 22567 or Ruritan National Foundation, PO Box 487, Dublin, Virginia 24084 or the Love Outreach Food Pantry, PO Box 788, Orange, Virginia 22960.
John Blair Gilmer
John was a member of the Louisa Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Woodward Funeral Home’s website
Mr. John Blair Gilmer, 96, passed into the hands of our Lord on March 22 after a brief period of illness. He was born in Tatapurim, Cochin, India in 1922 to Weir B. Gilmer and Ruth Monroe Gilmer, moving with his family in 1926 to reside at “Woodbourne” in Louisa County, his home for the last five decades. He graduated from Clemson University in June 1942 with a B.S. in Architecture. That year he answered the call of duty by enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps, and served with the Third Marine Division, 9th Regiment, on Guam and Iwo Jima. He returned to the United States in 1946, remaining in the Marine Reserves until retiring at the rank of Major in 1964. In 1947 he married Ruth Canon Smith, his wife until her passing in 2011. While residing in Richmond, John attended T. C. Williams School of Law of the University of Richmond, graduating in 1965, and practiced in Richmond before returning to his home town of Louisa in 1972. He practiced law there until 2010, including service as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Louisa County 1972-1975, and later as Commissioner of Accounts.
John Gilmer was always interested in history, building model ships and planes in his youth. Later he developed an interest in the War Between the States and shooting muzzle loaders. He was a founding member of the North-South Skirmish Association, and served as the first National Commander. He was a member of the Thirteenth Confederate Infantry and later the First Richmond Rifles within that organization. Family vacations were most often camping trips to places like Camp Perry, Ohio and other sites where “skirmishes” were held. He also participated in reenactments, including the Centennial reenactment of First Manassas. He was a Revolutionary War reenactor with the First Virginia Regiment. John’s interests widened to include his being a founding and charter member of the Louisa Historical Society where he served as president. He was a Life and Distinguished Member of the Meriwether Society. He was a member of the Ruritan Club, Rifle Association, a member of Sons of the Confederacy, and a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. He shared a more recent interest in toy trains with his family. It was a great pleasure for him to go to the TCA York toy train meets, where his camper became a headquarters for attending family and friends. He was a founding member and active participant in the Virginia Train Collectors, and more recently a member of the Train Collectors Society (UK) and Hornby Railway a life member of the National Collectors’ Association. John was a faithful member of Louisa Baptist Church where he taught a men’s Sunday School class for many years.
John B. Gilmer was preceded in death by his wife Ruth Smith Gilmer, his parents, his brother Weir B. Gilmer Jr., sister Ruth M. Gilmer, and sister Lynn Gilmer Guilford. He is survived by his sister in law Mildred C. Gilmer of Atlanta, Georgia. Also surviving are his four children, John B. Gilmer Jr. and his wife Cindy of Forty Fort, Pennsylvania, Patsy Gilmer Crawley of Chesterfield, Virginia, Susie Gilmer West and her husband Larry of Chesterfield, and Charles Russell Gilmer and his wife Lilian, also of Chesterfield, Virginia. His grandchildren are Virginia Elizabeth Grey, James Aaron Crawley, Melissa Ruth West, Michael Peterson West, Patrick Gilmer Crawley, Stephen Gilmer West, Mesthy Gochez, and Jayson Gochez. His great grandchildren are Steven Grey III, Gracie Grey, Keegan Crawley, Emrie Crawley and Zaniah Benson. John also has many beloved nieces and nephews and cousins.
The family will greet friends and relatives from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 27, at Woodward Funeral Home, 200 Fredericksburg Ave., in Louisa, Virginia. There will be a family graveside service at Hillcrest Cemetery on March 28 followed by a 2:00 P.M. memorial service at Louisa Baptist Church, 305 E. Main Street, Louisa. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the work and ministry of Louisa Baptist Church.
Braxton Gordon Bell
Braxton Bell was a Ruritan Past National President
Obituary from the Richmond.com website
BELL, Braxton Gordon, 83, of Midlothian, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 11, 2018. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Ginny Bell; and a sister, Helen Marie Bell. He is survived by his loving wife, Shirley Cox Bell; two daughters, Patricia Bell Harlow (Terry) and V. Carolyn Bell Blair (John); grandchildren, Jessica Harlow, Cody, Ethan, Kensey and Koda Blair. He was a retired Captain of the Virginia State Police, was a past President of Ruritan National and member of Downing Ruritan Club, attended Virginia Tech, was a member of Masonic Lodge of Franklin, and a member of Portsmouth Scottish Rite. Braxton was very active in raising money for Hunters for the Hungry, and was a past President of the Homeville Hunt Club. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Chesterfield Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 14301 Ashbrook Pkwy., where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 16. Entombment will follow in Dale Memorial Park. The family suggests donations be made in his honor to Hunters for the Hungry at www.h4hungry.org.
Julie Lloyd was a member of the Holly Grove Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Lacy Funeral Home Website:
Julia Morgan Lloyd, 58, of Gum Spring passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at her home.
Survivors include her husband, Jimmy Claude Lloyd; son Morgan Lloyd; daughter Jamie Sprouse (Mike); granddaughter Ella; grandson Mike III; step-mother Hazel Morgan; sister Jane Jones (Mike); sister-in-law Janet Hawk (David) and Ann Morgan; and several nieces. She was preceded in death by her father, George Morgan; mother Bettie Williams; brother Donnie Morgan; and father–in-law James Franklin Lloyd.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, January 18 at Oakland Baptist Church
A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 19 at the church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Bernard “Barry” White
Bernard “Barry” White was a member of the Belmont Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Found And Sons website:
Bernard F. White, Jr., 75, of Mineral went to be with the Lord Thursday, December 7, 2017.
Bernie retired after 32 years of service as a civil engineer with the Department of the Navy Sea Bees. He was a board member of LACA; president of Belmont Ruritan Club; an active member at Mineral Baptist Church, and member of the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department Company 9 Auxiliary.
Bernie is survived by his wife of 50 years, Gail; three children, Kathy Bacon and her husband, Scott, Christopher White and his fiancé, Chawn, and Ginger White; nine grandchildren, Bradley, Gregory, Wesley, Anna, Daniel, Amber, Holly, Nate, and Rylan; and two brothers, Raymond John White and his wife Helena, and Ron White and his wife, Sylvia.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Malia Bernadette White.
Bernie’s family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2017 at Mineral Baptist Church, 51 Louisa Ave, Mineral, where a funeral service will begin at 2:00 p.m. Burial will follow in Mineral Baptist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, Bernie’s family requests that expressions of sympathy take the form of donations to the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department, Company 9 Auxiliary, 7100 Belmont Road, Mineral, VA 23117 or Mineral Baptist Church’s Youth Fund, 51 Louisa Ave, Mineral VA 23117.
Condolences to his family may be shared online at foundandsons.com.
Ryland Carter Watts
Ryland was a member of the Fluvanna County Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Richmond Times Dispatch website:
Ryland Carter Watts, 95, of Palmyra, passed away on Sunday, November 12, 2017. He was born in Halifax County, Virginia, on December 18, 1921, the son of the late Rev. and Mrs. Charles Howard Watts. Two sisters, Evangeline Hoyle of Raleigh, N.C., and Marion Turner of Richmond, Va., also predeceased him. He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Evelyn Thomas Watts; one son, Charles Howard Watts II and wife, Rosemary Anzo, of Huntington Beach, Calif.; and one grandson, Ryland Thomas Watts of Huntington Beach, Calif.; two sisters, Elizabeth Hoyle of Troy, Va., and Virginia Ann “Pete” Wilkerson of Chase City, Va.; and many loving nieces and nephews.
He was a 1953 graduate of VPI, majoring in Agronomy, and later received his Masters Degree in Adult Education. Mr. Watts was County Extension Agent in Fluvanna for 20 years. After retirement, he served two terms on the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors, serving as Vice-Chairman and Chairman. Among his years in Fluvanna County, he was a member of two Ruritan Clubs with 30 years perfect attendance. He served as an Elder in the Fork Union Presbyterian Church, Clerk of Session and as Trustee. Mr. Watts was a Scottish Rite Mason, Past Master of the Fork Union Masonic Lodge, a life member of the Fluvanna Volunteer Rescue Squad, an Emergency Medical Technician with the Fluvanna Volunteer Rescue Squad. He was a Defensive Driving Instructor for many years. He served in the Army during World War II in Europe and on his later graduation from VPI, majoring in Agronomy, practiced good forestry and wildlife management.
He will be greatly missed; he was a very civic minded individual and, in his unassuming way, benefited his fellowman in many ways.
A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at the Fork Union Presbyterian Church in Fork Union, Va., with Pastor Joseph S. Allmond C.R.E. officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 until 3 p.m. Masonic Rites will follow the service. Interment will be in the State Veterans Cemetery in Amelia, Va., at 1 p.m. Monday, November 20, 2017. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Fork Union Presbyterian Church, c/o E. W. Owen, Treasurer, P.O. Box 206, Fork Union, VA 23055 or to the Fluvanna County Rescue Squad, 4652 Cedar Lane Rd., Kents Store, VA 23084 or to the Charlottesville Salvation Army, P.O. Box 296, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be GREATLY MISSED! Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hillandwood.com
Elvin Delner Frame
Elvin was a member of the Albemarle Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Hill & Wood Funeral Service website:
Elvin Delner Frame, 84, of Charlottesville, Virginia, died on November 11, 2017, in his home in the loving arms of his wife.
Born October 14, 1933, in Swandale, Clay County, West Virginia, he was the only son of the late Rev. Norman Guy and Radie Taylor Frame. He was also preceded in death by his sisters, Patsy Litton, Fonda Butcher and Iris McCormick.
After graduating from Clay County High School in 1952 he began his college education at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. In April 1953 he received his draft notice and served in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean Conflict for the next four years.
After marrying the love of his life Janice Marie Young on June 9, 1957, he again enrolled in the WVU School of Forestry. In 1961 he received his B.S. Degree in Forest Management and began a distinguished career with the State of Virginia Forestry Service, now VDOF. He served as a county forester in Fluvanna, Loudon, and Prince William counties. At the time of his retirement he was serving as Utilization and Marketing Specialist for the VDOF. He was known throughout the United States for his expertise in wood and wood products, receiving many accolades during his career. He was a member of The Society of American Foresters for over 50 years, holding local, state and national offices.
Elvin was a long time member of the Albemarle Ruritan Club and a devout Christian. He was a dedicated member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church and served in nearly every position until his health declined. Elvin had a passion for family genealogy and traced his Frame side of the family back to Scotland. He spent many hours writing about his experiences and the friendships he made while growing up in Swandale during the Depression and World War II. Elvin was a loving man, who always put God and family first.
Elvin is survived by his lifelong sweetheart and wife of 60 years, Janice; his son Timothy Frame (Kathleen) of Bakersfield, Calif.; his daughter Laura Frame Matthews (Carl) of Newsoms, Va.; his beloved grandchildren, Eli Thomas Matthews of Newsoms, Va., Carla Marie Matthews of Nashville, N.C., Ethan Andrew Frame of Woodland Hills, Calif., and Grant Taylor Frame of Vista, Calif.; his sisters, Eva Mullins, Phala Hildebrand, and Mavis Bennett of W.Va., and Rosetta Ayers of Ohio; many nieces and nephews, cousins and friends; his longtime, devoted, and loving care companion Lesley W. Rogers; and his special four-legged best buddy George.
A special thank you to Care Advantage, Dr. Robert Stokes and Sue, and to all the helpers that made Elvin’s final years wonderful in spite of his long illness.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, November 14, 2017 at Aldersgate United Methodist. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at Clay Memorial Gardens, in Clay, W.Va.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 1160 Pepsi Place, Charlottesville, VA, 22901, Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 1500 Rio Rd, Charlottesville, VA, 22901, or Ruritan Scholarship Fund c/o Kenneth Maupin 3974 Pritchett Lane, Charlottesville, VA, 22911.
Ricki James Collins
Ricki was a member of the Three Chopt Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Dignity Memorial website.
Ricki James Collins, 59, of Palmyra, Virginia passed away October 3, 2017. He is survived by his wife and very best friend, Laurie Beth Collins.
Ricki was the extraordinary father to Randall Stuart James Collins, Daniel Travis Williams and Candace Ivy Collins. He had a special relationship to his grandsons, Raiden James Stuart Collins, Kenneth Downing and his great nephew, Eli “Slick” Fitzgerald.
Ricki was the son of Ivy Glass and Robert Stuart Glass of Louisa. Brother of Rita Sue Glass, R.S. Glass Jr. and Randall A. Collins, wife, Vickie and special brother-in-law to Kelly McCutcheon Franz. Special uncle to Samantha and Timmy Fitzgerald.
Most of all Ricki loved his family and his Virginia Cavalier sports. Many of his happiest moments were with his family at UVA sporting events, road trips, and tailgating with very special friends.
Following a 20 year Naval Career, he worked for the Virginia Department of Corrections and volunteered with the Board of the Jefferson Swim League and the FAST swim team.
Teague Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements. Visitation will take place Tuesday, October 10, 2017, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm. In honor of Ricki, please wear your blue and orange game day gear.
Final military honor salute and committal of ashes will take place Wednesday, October 11, 2017, at 11:00 am at the Bybee’s Road Baptist Church Cemetery in Troy.
Douglas Wayne Jenkins
Douglas was a Member of the Wolftown Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Daily Progress website:
Douglas Wayne Jenkins, 69 of Madison, passed away on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on January 18, 1948, to the late Harry Kermit Jenkins and Dorothy Elizabeth Nicholson Jenkins. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Harris Jenkins. Doug was a member of the Rose Park United Methodist Church, Wolftown Ruritans, and Madison American Legion Post 157. He served in the United States Army and was a Vietnam veteran.
Doug retired from Sprint in Charlottesville after 35 years of service. He is survived by his wife, Peggy McDaniel Jenkins; two daughters, Tabitha Renee Jenkins Brown and husband Dave and Amanda Jenkins Reynolds and husband, Chuck; one sister, Sue Jenkins Jarrell and husband, Eddie, all of Madison; three grandchildren, Carrie Ashley Brown Hardy, William Davis Brown, III, and Abigail Elizabeth Reynolds; and one great-grandchild, Molly Grace Hardy.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017, at Rose Park United Methodist Church, Wolftown, Va. conducted by Pastor Dan Albrant and Pastor Phil Hunsicker. Interment will be held in the Rapidan Rose Park Cemetery. Family will receive friends on Thursday night, September 7, 2017, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Madison, Va. The family wishes to thank Dr. Jennifer Sargeant of the VA for the care and kindness shown to Doug and his family. Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Park United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 124, Wolftown, VA 22748.
James “Stewart” Fox
Stewart was a member of the Lignum Ruritan Club
Obituary from The Clore-English Funeral Home Website
James Stewart Fox, age 90, of Culpeper, Virginia, formerly of Fairfax, Virginia, passed away Friday, June 9, 2017 at The Jackson House in Boston, Virginia, surrounded by family. He was born September 26, 1926 in Fairfax, Virginia to James Moore Fox and Ethel McLean Fox. Stewart served his country in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1946. He was one of the first paid firemen to be hired in Fairfax County in 1949. He then became the Captain of Company 3 and then the head of the Firemen’s Training Center until he retired in 1981.
Stewart was a devoted husband and a dedicated father. He was an avid gardener, hunter and fisherman.
Surviving Stewart are his children, Marie Fox of Culpeper, Anthony Fox and his wife, Donna, of Sumerduck, and Vernon Fox and his wife, Tracy, of Culpeper. Grandchildren, Kelly Thornton and her husband, Philip, Misty Jenkins and her husband, Eric, Rob Meyerson and his wife, Melissa, Steven Reynolds, David Reynolds and his wife, Amber, Ashley Palmer and her husband, Kevin, Blake Fox, Derek Fox, Connor Fox, Logan Fox and Noah Fox. Great grandchildren, Mason Thornton, Blakely Jenkins, Peyton Cooper, Samantha Meyerson, Sammy Palmer and Harley Reynolds.
In addition to his parents, Stewart was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Sue Fox and six brothers and sisters.
The family will receive friends Monday, June 19, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, Virginia. Funeral services are scheduled for Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. in the chapel of Clore-English Funeral Home with interment to follow in Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, Virginia, with honors provided by Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Honor Guard.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations in memory of Captain Fox to the Firefighters’ Fund of Fairfax County, Box 401, Fairfax, Va. 22308-0401.
Online condolences may be offered through clore-english.com. The family has entrusted Clore-English Funeral Home with these arrangements.
William “Bill” Alphin
Bill was a Charter Member of the Salem Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Clore-English Funeral Home website:
With the biggest smile you’ve ever seen, and an always joyful hello with the kind of bear hug embrace that left no doubt of the love he felt for all around him, you could depend on “Bill” Alphin to light up a room. For 86 years he loved the land and tended the animals and gave thanks in simple amazement as another colorful sunset lit the sky above the barns before it dropped behind the Blue Ridge Mountains, giving way to the sounds of the crickets and bullfrogs that lay him to rest one final time on February 1st, 2017.
Never a man to complain of the early mornings to feed the cows in the toughest winter storms or the long days and late nights to bring in the hay after prayers brought the spring rains which returned the pastures to their lush green at his beloved Rillhurst Farms in the hills of Culpeper, Virginia. This is where for 60 years he loved one wonderful woman beyond belief and with her raised 4 children who raised 9 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
If you ever got to hear him pray, there was no doubt his heart was pure. His faith was as strong as any and his kindness and compassion for others ran deep. By example he taught us all that hard work wasn’t so hard if it was your passion and he showed us what it meant to live an exemplary life of service to God, family, and community. Referred to as a saint by many who received his kindness, he lived to love us and laugh with us and listen to us when we needed him most. He simply loved people and he loved life and Oh, God, how we loved him.
William M “Bill” Alphin was born in Whaleyville, Virginia on March 18, 1930, one of nine children. He was a born leader and became his high school class president in Windsor, VA. He attended the college of Hampton Sidney. He was one of 5 brothers that served in the US Army. Upon honorable discharge he met his wife Mary at Virginia Tech and they married in 1955 on the family farm.
Bill loved his church and served as a Deacon at Culpeper Baptist Church and New Salem Baptist Church. He served as a Ruritan member, was on the Board of the Culpeper Memorial Hospital, the Culpeper County School Board, and served on the Virginia Farm Bureau Board and ran the Farm Bureau office in Culpeper for 20 years. He had a passion to make sure every rural homeowner had electricity and was the first President of the Rappahannock Electric Cooperative, this year being the 40th year he had served on the Board of Directors.
He is predeceased by his wife Mary Tinsley Alphin and brothers Leon, John, Marvin, Thomas, and Bob Alphin; and sisters Edith Anderson and Aileen Cox. He is survived by his sister, Tony Willis of Windsor, VA. His children include Charleene and husband Dave Wine of Baltimore, MD; Robert Alphin of Centerville, VA; Wallace Alphin and wife Donna of Haymarket, VA; and Kenneth “Big Kenny” Alphin and wife Christiev of Nashville, TN. Grandchildren include Jason and wife Kati, Jake, Lanie and husband Beau, Ian, Sean, Lincoln, Dakota and great-grandchild Carolena.
Family and Friends Visitation will be held at Clore-English Funeral Home 11190 James Monroe Highway in Culpeper, VA Saturday evening from 6 to 8 pm on February 4th. A celebration of his life will be held at the New Salem Baptist Church, Culpeper VA at 3pm on Sunday February 5th. A private burial service will be held for the family.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent in memory of Bill Alphin to the VMDAEC Education Scholarship Foundation at 4201 Dominion Boulevard, Glen Allen, VA 23060.
James Pendergrass, Jr.
James was a member of the Fluvanna County Ruritan Club
Obituary and photo from The Daily Progress website:
James W. “Jay” Pendergrass, Jr., 90, of Fork Union, Va., passed away on January 30, 2017, following a brief illness. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 64 years, Hilda Plyler Pendergrass; and his son, Jeff Pendergrass. He is survived by his daughter, Jenni Pendergrass; daughter-in-law, Jane Pendergrass; granddaughters, Kate Pendergrass and her fiance, Mike Goad, and Kim Sheridan (David); and great granddaughter, Sadie Sheridan.
Born in Great Falls, South Carolina, he was the oldest son of J.W. Pendergrass and Ruth B. Pendergrass. He was a graduate of Furman University and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. Jay began his professional career at Fork Union Military Academy following his college graduation in 1948. He was a teacher, and then Junior School Headmaster before becoming Academic Dean in the Upper School, a position he held for 23 years. He retired in 1990 after 42 years at FUMA and enjoyed serving in the community alongside his wife with Meals on Wheels, Fluvanna Christian Service Society, Fluvanna Historical Society and at Fork Union Baptist Church.
He and Hilda traveled extensively in retirement and explored an ever-widening range of interests sparked by their backgrounds in education. In addition to his immediate family, his memory will be cherished by his extended family and many friends who will remember his kindness, gentle spirit, and his beautiful bass voice in church & community chorus groups.
A visitation with the family will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Fork Union Baptist Church prior to the memorial service at 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the Fork Union Baptist Church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Fork Union Military Academy, in memory of J.W. Pendergrass to support scholarships, or to the charity of your choice. Sheridan Funeral Home of Kents Store Va. is in charge of the arrangements.
Hermann was a member of the Albemarle Ruritan Club
Obituary and photo from the dignity memorial website:
In Memory of
Hermann F. W. Loose
May 2, 1925 – January 11, 2017
Hermann Friedrich Wilhelm Loose, 91 of Keswick, Virginia passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at home, surrounded by his family. Hermann was born on May 2, 1925 in Zurich, Switzerland. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Hermann Karl Loose.
Hermann was a husband, father, grandfather and a respected farmer. He was a Swiss Immigrant who persevered during WWII and immigrated to America to live his dream. He was a proud American and loved the Blue Ridge Mountains.
He was preceded in death by his sister Doralis Loose Rufenacht, and her husband Willie, his sister-in-law, Louise Haney, and her husband Milton, his brother-in-law, William Gibson and his wife Alma, and his brothers -in-law Luther Gibson and Verley Gibson.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Frances Gibson Loose and their two daughters, Mary Loose DeViney and her husband John, and Frieda Loose-Wagner and her husband Michael, and two grandsons Hunter and Tyler whom he loved very much.
He is also survived by sisters-in-law Nancy Gibson and Peggy Gibson and many nieces and nephews.
He was a graduate of Agriculture School in Switzerland. When he came to the United States, he became the farm manager of Cloverhill Farm and Oakdale in Keswick Virginia. He did so proudly for over 30 years. Hermann raised Black Angus cattle, was a member of the Virginia Angus Association, Farm Bureau, and a constant collaborator with the Virginia Cooperative Extension Agency; he was also a championship bowler with Mountain Bowl. He was a lifetime member of the Albemarle Ruritan Club and served in leadership positions. He was always proud to lead them in singing, America, My Country Tis of Thee. He was a member of the Loyal Order of Moose and Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, an Honorary Member of the Keswick Hunt Club, and member of Grace Episcopal Church-Cismont having served on the vestry.
After retiring from farming, he was well known in the Charlottesville community as the “gate keeper” at the Jefferson National Bank Parking Lot. He spent his last years at The Laurel’s suffering from Dementia. The family would like to thank the Staff at the Laurels and Dr. Jonathan Evans for their dedication and care of Hermann (Popa) while he was there, and to Legacy Hospice.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, January 16, 2017 at the Teague Funeral Home.
A funeral service will be conducted 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at the Teague Chapel. Interment will follow at Monticello Memory Gardens.
Pall bearers will be Mr. Mike Wagner, Mr. Hunter Loose, Mr. Tyler Wagner, and Mr. John DeViney,
Members of the Albemarle Ruritan Club will serve as honorary pallbearers.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The Benevolence Fund, First Christian Church, 3285 Keswick Road, Keswick, VA 22947 or to Grace Episcopal Church-All Saints Chapel, Post Office Box 43, Keswick, VA 22947.
William Henry Lambert
William was a member of the Salem Ruritan Club
Obituary and photo from the Found And Sons website:
On Friday August 19, 2016 William Henry Lambert entered into eternal rest from his private home in Culpeper, VA. William was born on July 15, 1933 to the late Bing Lambert Sr. and Clara Hart Lambert of Orange, VA. He was born the fourth out of five siblings, and preceded in death by his brother’s Oscar Lambert, Granville Lambert, and Bing Lambert Jr.
He attended Virginia Teachers College and obtained a certificate in agricultural business. He enlisted in the United States Army where he served on active duty in the Korean War, and received an Honorable Discharge for his faithful service. Thereafter, he served and retired from Rappahannock Electric Coop after 33 years of committed service as a utility technician. He enjoyed an additional 20 years of work after retirement as a school bus driver for the Culpeper School system.
William married Joann Jones on October 19, 1957, and with this union they had two children. William joined Antioch Baptist church in 1960 were he became an ordained Deacon in 1962, and later became Chairman of the Deacon Board. He joined Immanuel Christian Ministries upon its inception in 2011. He faithfully carried out his duties with great dedication and commitment under the leadership of Co- Pastor’s Rev. Dr. Milton Branch, and Rev. Judith Freeman Moss. William served in ministry for 53 years.
William was a dedicated philanthropist and community leader with an intentional investment in the educational development and economic stability of children in the Culpeper community. He was a member of the Optimist Club and Salem Ruritan Club with over 50 years of fellowship, goodwill and community service.
He leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of 59 years Joann Lambert, of Culpeper, VA; two daughters Elder Etta Lambert Fleet of Culpeper, VA, and Dr. Sylisa Lambert-Woodard, son-in-law Eric J. Woodard of Stafford, VA; five grandchildren, Adwela Dawes of Fredericksburg, VA, Keriesha Dawes of Richmond, VA, Sadesha Dawes of Culpeper, VA, Eric Justin Woodard II of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and Anika Woodard of Stafford, VA. He leaves a legacy of love to his two great-grandchildren Simora Dawes of Fredericksburg, VA, and William Na’schon Waldon of Culpeper, VA. He also leaves one loving sister, Annie Mae White of Washington D.C., nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.
He left an indelible mark as a faithful and committed servant, inspiring those around him to contribute to the well- being of others. He was filled with the Holy Spirit, and lived as a steward of the earth. His lighthearted banter and witty humor was most endearing to his grand and great-grandchildren. William’s legacy of work accomplishments, love for his family, commitment, and unwavering faith resulted in his mantra “God’s got this” in his final days. His mindfulness of the daily gift of life was an infectious gift to family and friends.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Culpeper Baptist Church, 318 S. West St, Culpeper with the Rev. Milton Branch officiating, with viewing for one hour prior to the service.
Interment will follow in Culpeper National Cemetery with military honors provided by Culpeper VFW Post 2524.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made in his name to Immanuel Christian Ministry Building Fund, P. O. Box 2123, Culpeper, Virginia 22701.
Found and Sons Funeral Chapels and Cremation Services is serving the family
Bill was a member of the Brightwood Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Daily Progress Website
William Wendell “Bill” Heflin, 76, of Rochelle, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, at the Hospice House in Charlottesville. Born December 25, 1939, in Richmond, VA., he was the son of the late Walter Wendell Hodgson.
“Red” was a retired firefighter from Washington, D.C. from Station 9 and served from 1963 to 1990. He was a member of Culpeper Open Door Baptist Church. He is survived by his mother, Hazel Elizabeth Heflin Cranford of Amissville, VA; his wife, Nora Kay Heflin of Rochelle; one daughter, Claudia H. Cholerton and husband, James of Garner, N.C.; two grandchildren, Blake Mitchell Cholerton and Hope Marie Cholerton both of Garner, N.C.
A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, 2016, at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Madison conducted by Pastor Bernie Jernigan with the interment following at Madison Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
The family will receive friends one hour before the service from 10 to 11 am on Tuesday, July 12, 2016,at the funeral home.Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 255, Madison, VA 22727 or Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA. 22911.
Harold Sanford Estes
Harold was a member of the Greene County Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Ryan Funeral Home and the Daily Progress websites
(July 31, 1942 – July 4, 2016)
Harold Sanford “Shorty” Estes, 73, passed away at 1:00 P.M. Monday, July 4, 2016 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born July 31, 1942 in Charlottesville, Virginia, son of the late Harold H. Estes and Azilee Deane Estes.
Sanford is survived by his wife, Edna Daughtry Estes; daughter, Anita McDaniel of Volusia County, Florida; son, Paul Estes of Greene County; three grandchildren, Chelsea, William and Leander.
He graduated from William Monroe High School and University of Virginia with a Masters Degree. Sanford was a teacher of Math and Industrial Arts and farming on his farm “Loma Vista.” Later in his life, he worked at Food Lion in Ruckersville.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 A.M. Saturday, July 9, 2016 at the Ruckersville Baptist Church with Pastors Kyle Clements and Wendell Lamb officiating. Interment will follow at Ruckersville Community Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. An online guestbook is available at www.ryanfuneral.com Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville is in charge of arrangements.
Wilfred L. Harris
Wilfred was a charter member of the Lignum Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Clore-English Funeral Home and Culpeper Star-Exponent
Wilfred Lacy Harris, 99, passed away on May 29, 2016. He was born to Gillette Gordon Harris and Lanetta Goodwyn Harris on July 1, 1916 in Culpeper. He is preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Mary Campbell Harris, his oldest son Wilfred Lacy Harris, Jr. and his granddaughter Susan Chilton DeJarnette.
Wilfred lived in Culpeper County all his life and resided on the family farm Highland Hills near Batna until his later years. He attended Lignum School, Culpeper County High School and Randolph Macon Academy. As a young man, he founded Culpeper Sand Company in Rixeyville which later became Culpeper Stone Company where he worked until his retirement. He was a charter member of the Lignum Ruritan Club, and an active member of the Culpeper Lions Club. He was a lifelong member of Lael Baptist Church and served as deacon, treasurer and trustee.
He was a very friendly man and enjoyed spending time with friends, neighbors and family. He was very inquisitive, always asking questions. He was especially inquisitive about the next meal and a great appreciator of classic southern food and the many good cooks in the family and community. An avid golfer and local traveler, he was always ready for a drive to see new places and meet new people.
He spent the last two years, ten months of his life as a resident of Mary’s Place in Culpeper, where he received loving and compassionate care from the Rohrer family and their staff.
He is survived by his son, George Keith Harris and wife Pam, daughter Mary Chilton DeJarnette and husband Spencer, daughter-in-law Patti Bill Willis Harris as well as grandchildren Jacy Harvey and husband Cliff, Gillette Harris and wife Donna, Michael Harris and wife Susan, Jennifer Hall, Kelly Via and husband Sam, Eric Green, Brit Green and wife Merriel and Joe DeJarnette. He is also survived by 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Lael Baptist Church with interment in the Lael Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 1, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the Clore-English Funeral Home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Lael Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Joyce Willis, 23436 Revercomb Rd. Lignum, VA 22726.
Condolence may be given at clore-english.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA 22701.
Marcianna “Marcy” Bade
Marcy was a member of the Jefferson (VA) Ruritan Club
Obituary provided by the Jefferson VA Ruritan Club:
Marcianna Richards “Marcy” Bade, 69, of Jeffersonton, passed away Sunday, Feb. 14, 2016, at home. She lived a vibrant life, and many will genuinely miss her.
Born Nov. 21, 1946, in Dunellen, N.J., Marcy grew up in New Jersey with her late parents, Loren and Lucy Richards, her brother Paul; and graduated from Trenton State College in 1968 with a teaching degree in physical education. That same year, she married Jim Bade and moved to Fairfax, to follow a fulfilling teaching career at Falls Church High School.
In pursuit of her passion for animals, Marcy and Jim moved to a horse farm in Haymarket, where she fed and cared for 40 horses between teaching classes at Marstellar Junior High in Manassas.
After the birth of sons, Jason and Jeffrey, Marcy and Jim lived in Warrenton and then Marshall, where she pursued a lifelong dream as owner and breeder of thoroughbred horses at their farm, Hectic Hill.
Marcy spent many happy years teaching and coaching sports at Stonewall Middle School, foaling horses, raising her boys, and volunteering in the community.Marcy retired after 34 years of teaching and coaching, but retained energetic spirit and gusto. She served as Postmaster, Jeffersonton Post Office for six years, taught as a substitute in the surrounding school districts, and managed a home pet-sitting business.
She held many positions in the Jefferson Ruritan Club, including President; and volunteered at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton, the Jeffersonton Community Center and the Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company. She belonged to a monthly book club and drove horses in the Piedmont Driving Club.
Marcy lived every day with a rare spirit that will long inspire all of those who knew her.
Surviving to cherish her memory are sons, Jason Bade and wife Darby and three grandchildren, Carter, Jackson and Ashby of Ellicott City, Md; Jeff Bade and fiancée Daniela of Alexandria; brother, Paul Richards of Dunellen, N.J.; her loving partner, Keith Johnson; her ex-husband, Jim Bade, and her sister-in-law, Susan Palmer and husband Barry Palmer of Moneta VA.
A Mass of Remembrance will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Warrenton. A celebration of her life will follow at the Jeffersonton Community Center.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Jeffersonton Ruritan Foundation of which Marcy was a Director, or any of the listed above.
Underhill, Michael J.
Michael was a member of the Batesville Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Daily Progress website:
Michael J. Underhill, 72, passed away on Tuesday, February 9, 2016. He was born in San Francisco and grew up In Los Gatos, California. Michael lived his early adult life in various Northern California locales, including San Francisco and Mendocino.He owned and operated a variety of businesses including a general contracting company, a body shop, a record store and more.
In 1974, Michael met the love of his life, Marylaure. In 1980, he and Marylaure packed up his son, Jamie and all the animals, left the Bay Area, and headed to Hot Springs, Virginia. They fortuitously missed their exit and ended up in Batesville. They fell in love with Batesville and made it their home.
At their new house overlooking the village, Michael worked his magic and turned an old residence into a beautiful home. He built fish ponds and bountiful gardens, bringing an old house from disrepair into a stunning masterpiece. Michael lived many places, but it is safe to say that Batesville was his home. He equated Batesville to being his own Lake Woebegone. He was always present and available, helping to organize events like Batesville Day and the traditional Ruritan apple butter fest, and his remarkable fireworks displays lit up the village on many holidays. Michael always brought the fun and made things larger than life.
Michael was an active and devoted member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He was a Founder of the Greenwood Group which he called his home group for more than 35 years. He was committed to his own sobriety and to helping others who suffered from the disease of Alcoholism. He was devoted to service and was there when anyone was reaching out for the hand of AA.
Michael leaves a legacy of being a truly great neighbor and will be sorely missed by all. He was not only a friend to all people but also to animals — flyers, runners and swimmers alike. He cared for and loved them all.
Michael is survived by his sons, Jamie Underhill, and Eliot Underhill; his daughter-in-law, Jenny Underhill; his brother, Richard W. Underhill; his nephew, Eli Underhill and his wife, Amy; his great nieces, Charlotte and Caroline Underhill; his village family, and many dear friends. He is preceded in death by Marylaure, his loving wife of 35 years. He is also preceded in death by many cherished four legged companions — Mrs. Murphy, Beauregard, Moxie, Tyrone, and many other animals fortunate enough to have been under his care. A service will be held at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church on Highway 250 in Greenwood on Friday, February 19, 2016, at 2 p.m. with a reception following at the Batesville Market. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Charlottesville/Albemarle SPCA.
Palmer, Catherine S.
Catherine was a member of the Three Chopt Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Thacker Brother’s website:
Catherine Virginia (Staton) Palmer, 75, of Troy, passed away Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.
She was born on November 24, 1940 in Albemarle County, a daughter of the late Dabney Reeves Staton, Sr. and Eva (Hunt) Staton. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, David Herbert Palmer; five brothers, Francis R., Franklin R., Dabney M., Gerald W., and Kenneth W. Staton; and a sister, Elsie M. Ferguson.
Mrs. Palmer was retired from Sprint Telephone Company. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother and enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved working in her flower beds, gardening, mowing and maintaining her yard, and attending community events.
Survivors include four children, Bryan Keith Palmer and wife, Melody, Amy Karen Hasher and husband, Otis, David Warren Palmer and wife, Stephanie, and Lisa Fay Fleming and husband, Gary; five grandchildren, Kaersten Paige Aylor, Landon Keith Palmer, Bradley Warren Palmer, Jordyn Grace Palmer, and Jack Preston Fleming; a brother, Dabney R. Staton, Jr. and wife, Sandra; four sisters, Mabel Keppeler, Merle Jennings, Carol Coleman and husband, William, and Janice White and husband, Leonard; a sister-in-law, Estelle Staton; and a number of nieces, nephews, and other extended family members.
A funeral service will be conducted at 1:00 pm, Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at Thacker Brothers Lake Monticello Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Monticello Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm, Tuesday evening, February 9, 2016 at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com.
Maupin, William Daniel “Dan”
Dan was a member of the White Hall Ruritan Club
Obituary from The Daily Progress Website:
William Daniel “Dan” Maupin, III
William Daniel Maupin III of White Hall passed peacefully December 23, 2015. He was born December 25, 1925, on the family farm in White Hall. He was the son of William D. Maupin, Jr. and Grace Clark Maupin. He was preceded in death by his brother, James Merritt Maupin. Dan is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bettie Chapman Maupin; nephews, James M. Maupin, Jr. and wife, Alyson, Daniel F. Maupin (Donna), and Joseph M. Maupin and wife, Helen; niece, Terry Lynn Bryant of Nevada; great nieces, Emily and Grace Maupin; and great nephews, Will and Liam Maupin.
He was a lifetime farmer and lived on the farm in White Hall all of his years with the exception of two years in the army. Dan was very active in his community and Albemarle County. He was president of Albemarle Mutual Insurance Company, on the Board of Directors of Augusta Mutual Company, ASCS Board of Directors, Southern States Board of Directors, Carlton Brooks Board Directors, Fruit Growers Board of Directors, Charter Member of National Cattleman Association, Virginia Cattleman Association Board of Directors, Albemarle County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, Albemarle County Feeder Calf Association, Board of Directors and Manager, Agriculture and Forestry District Advisory Committee, Precinct Chief for White Hall Voting District, Teacher for Future Farmer of America, Member of 4-H Club, Member of the White Hall Hunt Club, Charter member of White Hall Ruritan Club with 51 years perfect attendance, Lifetime member of Mount Moriah United Methodist Church where he served he served in many positions including President and Manager of Mount Moriah Cemetery Association. A funeral service will be held at Mount Moriah Methodist Church on Saturday, December 26, 2015, at 2 p.m. with the Reverend John Ward. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
Reid, Robert David
Robert was a member of the Brightwood Ruritan Club
Obituary for Robert David Reid from the Found and Sons Funeral Chapels website.
Colonel Robert “Bob” Reid U.S.A.F. Ret., 82, of Washington, Virginia passed away at his residence on December 16, 2015 after an extended illness.
Col. Reid was born on October 28, 1933 in Fairfax County, Virginia, to Clarence E. and Sadie Maye Reid. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1957 where he trained as a Jet pilot; in 1967 he furthered his training flying helicopters, in Vietnam. While in the Air Force he continued his education and received a Master’s Degree in business. Toward the end of his Military Career he served as Director of Programs and Budget and later Commander Deputy Auditor General for the Pentagon.
Col. Reid earned numerous medals during his 27 year career in the Air Force, those include it’s Distinguished Flying Cross, AF Presidential Unit Citation, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and the Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.
After Retirement Col. Reid worked as a professor, teaching Accounting Principles at Germanna Community College, he established the Tri County Track Meet in Madison Virginia, was a member of the Brightwood Ruritan Club, and a devoted parishioner of Open Door Baptist Church.
Col Reid is survived by his wife of 23 years, Mary E Reid, his son Randall A Reid of Upland California, Three Step-daughters, Audrey Regnery of Washington, Virginia, Beverley Shepherd of Madison, Virginia, and Alane Walsh of Pittston, Maine, two grandchildren, Danny Reid and Carley Reid of Upland, California, four step grandchildren and five step great grandchildren, siblings Clarence Reid of Palatka, Florida, Beulah Wilson of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and James Reid of Ashburn, Virginia. Preceding him in death were his parents, Clarence E Reid and Sadie May Reid; a sister, Betty Gerino; and two sons Russell C. Reid and Robert E Reid.
A loving husband and father, dedicated to his country, community, family, and church, Col. Reid, lived his life trusting and loving the Lord. He was a soft spoken man, a lover of sports, and always gave a helping hand to those in need.
Services will be held at Open Door Baptist Church in Culpeper, Virginia on Wednesday December 23rd at 10:00am. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Internment will immediately follow at Culpeper National Cemetery with military honors provided by the Honor Guard of the V.F.W. Post 2524. Pallbearers will be Alfred Regnery, Paul Shepherd, Thomas Walsh, Christopher Field, Stephen Field, and CJ Field.
An online guestbook and tribute wall are available at foundandsons dot com.
The family would like to express its gratitude to the Hospice of the Piedmont for the loving care that was given to Col. Reid and his family during his illness.
Found and Sons Funeral Chapels and Cremation Service is serving the family.
Agee, Dean Peery
Dean was a member of the Louisa County Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Woodard Funeral Home Website:
DEAN PEERY AGEE
Born on 12/19/1935
Departed on 11/07/2015
Resided in Louisa, Virginia
Dean Peery Agee, 79, of Louisa County passed away Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015.
Mr. Agee was a graduate of Virginia Tech and a lifelong Hokie fan. After working for Virginia Tech Cooperative Extension Service, Virginia Farm Bureau and Cumberland County Public Schools, he was the first County Administrator in Louisa County. He retired as Circuit Court Clerk of Louisa.
Survivors include his wife, Sunny Martin Agee; his three sons, Peery Agee (Yvonne), Martin Agee (Sally), and John Agee (Missy); six grandchildren Katy Lampman, Jessica Dunham, Anna, Owen, Cale and Celia Agee; two great-grandchildren, Natalie and Corynn Lampman; and a sister, Abby Jo Satchwell. He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. & Mrs. H. E. Agee.
The family will have an open house at Happy Valley, the Agee home, from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wed., Nov. 11 at St. James Episcopal Church, Louisa.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Dean Agee may be made to The Louisa County Education Foundation, Field House Project, P.O. Box 130, Mineral, Va. 23117.
Ken was a member of the Holly Grove Ruritan Club.
Obituary and photo from The Richmond dot com website:
Lloyd, Kenneth Davis, 70, of Montpelier, Va., died peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family on Monday, July 6, 2015, after a courageous battle with cancer. Kenneth is survived by his wife of 50 years, Monica; daughter, Michelle (Denny) Walsh; and grandchildren, Daniel, Allen, Scott and Susan; son, Wayne (Maria) Lloyd; and grandchildren, Carter, Bennett and Edward; sisters, Janet Colgin and Ruth (Pete) Massengill; mother-in-law, Mae Callaham; and many loving nieces, nephews and extended family.
He was preceded in death by his father,Walter Ray Lloyd; mother, Mildred C. Lloyd; and grandson, Evan Garratt Walsh. Kenneth was born on January 22, 1945 in Louisa, Va. and grew up on the family farm, helping to raise the tobacco and eggs that helped his family pay the bills.
Kenneth graduated from Louisa High School in 1963 and after marrying Monica in 1965, moved for a short time to Richmond, VA. There, Kenneth sold automobiles before starting his career with RF&P (CSX) Railroad, where he was to work for 37 years until retirement. Shortly after joining the railroad, Kenneth and Monica moved their new family to a 1910 farmhouse located not far from his childhood home. The home was and continues to be a place always filled with the love and company of friends, neighbors and family.
After retirement, Kenneth truly loved working his ‘Peaceful View’ homestead. He planted his flowers, worked on his tractor, kept his huge yard neatly mowed and trimmed and, of course, nurtured his famous watermelon patch.
Ever a fan and collector of antiques, Kenneth enjoyed attending auctions, whether to buy inventory for his wife’s antique shop, to find unique treasures to research and resell online, or to add to his personal collections of tobacco tins, pocket knives and antique marbles. Kenneth was always there to help his many friends, and he loved going to his daily coffee/breakfast to swap stories and share a laugh or two with them.
Kenneth was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 10, at Lacy Funeral Home, 6273 Cross County Rd., Mineral, Va. 23117, and where funeral services for Kenneth will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, July 11, 2015.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to the any of the following, Holly Grove Volunteer Fire Department-Youth Fire Education Program, 143 Factory Mill Rd., Bumpass, VA. 23024, Holly Grove Ruritan Scholarship Fund, 4623 Cross Country Rd., Mineral, VA. 23117, or Louisa County Crime Solvers Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 789, Louisa, VA. 23093.
Phillippe, W. Herman
Herman was a member of the Partlow Ruritan Club.
Obituary and photo from the Covenant Funeral Service website:
W. Herman Phillippe, 92, of Spotsylvania County passed away peacefully at home Tuesday, June 30, 2015 surrounded by his children and family.
Mr. Phillippe was a native of Spotsylvania. He was the son of the late Harrison and Sallie Phillippe. Mr. Phillippe was one of five children.
He attended Travelers Rest Baptist Church and was a lifetime member of the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Dept. Mr. Phillippe was also a member of the Partlow Ruritan Club. He had worked for George Waite Lumber Company, the FMC and later retired from Fruit Growers Express Railroad.
In addition to his parents Mr. Phillippe was preceded in death by his wife of 68 years, Eva Phillippe; a brother, Clifton Phillippe; and three sisters, Gladys Shelkett, Verna Lacy and Virginia Clarke.
He leaves to cherish his memory his daughters, Elaine Hockaday and her husband, Nelson and Doris Hall and her husband, Lewis Wayne; son, Walter Phillippe and his wife, Billie Jo; granddaughters, Shelly Massey and her husband, John and Kim Bennett and her husband, Bill; great-grandchildren, Jordan Massey, Grant and Jillian Bennett; brother-in-law, Johnnie Clarke all of Spotsylvania; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 pm Wednesday, July 1 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A service will be held at noon Thursday, July 2 at the funeral home chapel. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Medi Home Health and Hospice, 125 Olde Greenwich Dr., Suite 150, Fredericksburg, VA 22408; or to the Spotsylvania Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 146, Spotsyvlania, VA 22553.
Pulliam, Robert Lee “Red”
“Red” was a member of the Fluvanna Ruritan Club
Obituary from the Fork Union Baptist Church’s Facebook Page:
Robert Lee “Red” Pulliam, of Fork Union, passed from this life in his home surrounded by his family, June 22, 2015. He was 87. Red was born in Martinsville, Virginia on August 11, 1927. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 59 years, Patsy; his parents, Samuel and Myrtle Pulliam, and his two brothers Joseph and James Pulliam.
Visitation will be Saturday evening, June 27th, from 6pm-8pm in Hatcher Hall on the Fork Union Military Academy campus. Funeral services will be conducted on Sunday, June 28th, at 2pm in the Academy’s Wicker Chapel. After the service, friends are invited to celebrate a life well lived at a reception held at the home of Roger and Karen Pulliam Bowles, at 5520 James Madison Hwy, Fork Union VA. The family will join the celebration after a brief, private burial service at Fork Union Memorial Cemetery.
After graduating from Martinsville High School, Red Pulliam served his country in the U.S. Army and was a proud member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He graduated from Randolph Macon College where he was the captain of the football team. Fork Union Military Academy was the centerpiece of Red Pulliam’s life. During his 40 years there he served in a number of prominent roles. Red became the school’s first Director of Development and also was named the Academy’s chief operations officer. Twice he served the Academy as its Interim President. Upon his arrival at Fork Union in 1956 he was known as teacher, for 20 years he was known as Colonel Pulliam, Commandant of Cadets, but no name or title given him at the school did he cherish more than “Coach”. For 26 years, Red was Fork Union’s head Post Graduate football coach. During this time he compiled a remarkable 170-69-7 record. He taught life lessons on the gridiron, and took enormous pride in the accomplishments of his players long after they left FUMA.
Following his retirement in 1995 Pulliam continued his service to the Academy as a member of the Board of Trustees. In 2009 he was inducted into the FUMA Sports Hall of Fame.
Red Pulliam humbly bore the name “Christian”. He was God’s man in every walk of life, including Fork Union Baptist Church where he was a member for 59 years and served as a deacon, trustee, and teacher of God’s Word. He remained active in community leadership following his retirement from the Academy. He was a past master of the Fork Union Masonic Lodge, served as a member of the American Legion, and was past president of the Fluvanna Ruritan Club. He was active in the establishment of the Fluvanna Heritage Trail and was honored in 2001 by the American Hiking Society as Virginia Volunteer of the Year. In 2011, he was the recipient of the “Unsung Virginian Award” presented by the Virginia, Maryland & Delaware Association of Electric Cooperatives.
Red Pulliam is survived by his daughters, Karen Bowles and her husband, Roger, and Lynn Fender and her husband, Duane; sisters, Joan Cecil, and Verona Hall and her husband, Husky; grandchildren, Kip Campbell and his wife Kat, Lauren Reed and her husband, Danny, Lindsay Owanesian and her husband, Chris; his pride and joy, his three great grandchildren, Addison Campbell, Izabella Campbell, and Macon Reed; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other family members.
The family would like to extend their deep gratitude to Dr. Randal Bashore, Dr. Kyle Brett Whitlow, and Dr. Jeffrey Weiss for their knowledgeable guidance, and extraordinary care. Special thanks to Lori and Olivia Moody, and to Kelsi Critzer, also.
Should friends desire, contributions may be sent to: Fork Union Military Academy-Pulliam Fund/PO Box 278 Fork Union, VA 23055, or to Fork Union Baptist Church-General Fund/PO Box 67 Fork Union, VA 23055.
Kelley, John Franklin
John was a member of the Mitchells Ruritan Club (which no longer exists, but was a club in the Rapidan District.)
Obituary from the Clore-English Funeral Home website:
John Franklin Kelley passed away at Culpeper UVA Hospital on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. He was the son of Charles Franklin Kelley and Ruth Elizabeth Bolen Kelley. He was born on December 16, 1927. Preceding Mr. Kelley in death, in addition to his parents, were his devoted wife of fifty-one years, Dorothy Foltz Kelley; brothers, Charles J. Kelley, Everette W. Kelley and James T. Kelley and brother-in-law Carl T. McWaters. Survivors are his brother Robert L. Kelley and wife Charlotte; sisters, Dorothy McWaters and Judy Kelley Schonowitz and husband Cecil and sister-in-law Kathryn Kelley and numerous nieces and nephews and a devoted friend and caregiver Christine Dodson.
Mr. Kelley was a graduate of Culpeper High School and received his education from the University of Richmond and his master’s in education from the University Of Virginia School Of Education. He was a school administrator in the Culpeper County School system for thirty-one years. Prior to his employment in education he served three years in the United States Marine Corps.
Mr. Kelley was a member of the Leaksville United Church of Christ and also frequently attended services at Oak Shade United Methodist Church in Rixeyville, VA. He was active for many years in the Culpeper Host Lions Club, Mitchells Ruritan Club, Virginia Association of Elementary School Principals, and Culpeper Association of Retired Teachers having held many positions of leadership within these organizations.
Mr. Kellye’s philosophy of life was greatly influenced by the Golden Rule- treat everyone fairly and with dignity and respect.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Oak Shade United Methodist Church, 16496 Oak Shade Road, Rixeyville, VA 22737 or to Leaksville United Church of Christ, 3424 Leaksville Road, Luray, VA 22835.
The family will receive friends Friday, June 5, 2015 from 4:00p.m. until 7:00p.m at Clore-English Funeral Home.
Graveside services will be held Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Leaksville United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Eddie Walker officiating.
Condolences may be given at clore-english dot com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA 22701.
Coster, Huberta Judith
Judith was a member of the East Orange Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Fredericksburg dot com website:
Huberta Judith Coster, “Hubie” 75, of Unionville, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Mary Washington Hospital.
Born to the late Hubert and Lula Wisell in Scotia, NY, Huberta graduated third in her class from Scotia High School in 1957. She worked from home doing upholstery and antique refinishing as well as accounting and tax preparation. In the 1980s, she formed the organization, CANDLE (Clarkstown Awareness Network for a Drug-free Life and Environment) in Clarkstown, NY.
Huberta served as president of the Ruritans for one year during her membership at which time she authored their monthly newsletter. As a result, the Ruritan club was recognized with numerous national awards. She also was treasurer and finance chairman at Salem United Methodist Church in Rhoadesville, and helped assist in organizing the choir at the church.
She was married 58 years to her high school sweetheart, Ronald Lewis Coster, but they were together for 63 years in life. They now will be together forever in eternity.
In addition to being survived by her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Diana Lynn Klecar and husband, Fred, and Susan Kathleen Verling and husband, Stephen, all of Unionville; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Survivors also include two sisters, Lois Wege of North Carolina, and Gail Olsen of Texas.
A visitation will be held from 7:00-8:30 P.M. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Johnson Funeral Home in Locust Grove. A funeral service and interment will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Salem United Methodist Church in Rhoadesville. Reverend Jeffrey Smith will officiate. A reception will follow the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Salem United Methodist Church.
An online guestbook is available at johnsoncares dot com.
Carey, Lois Verna
Lois was a member of the East Orange Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Johnson Funeral Home website:
Lois Verna Carey, 86, of Unionville, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Symphony Manor of Richmond. The family will hold a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 23, 2015 at Salem United Methodist Church, Rhoadesville. Reverend Jeffrey Smith will officiate the service. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Salem United Methodist Church. Online guestbook is available at johnsoncares dot com.
Smith, Marjorie O’Brien
Marjorie was a charter member of the Scottsville Ruritan Club (which no longer exists, but was a club in the Rapidan District.)
Obituary from the Thacker Brother’s website:
Marjorie O’Brien Smith, 92, of Richmond and formerly of Scottsville, died Sunday, May 10, 2015.
She was born on January 4, 1923 in Fluvanna County, a daughter of the late Ernest Franklin O’Brien and Lottie Pippin O’Brien. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Nicholas Smith, Sr, and her brother, Ernest Haven O’Brien.
Survivors include 2 sons, Alvin N. Smith, Jr. and wife, Jeannie of Hurt and Stephen K. Smith and Kathy of Scottsville; 5 daughters, Joanne Snead and husband, Charles of Springfield, WV, Doris Parrish and husband, Stephen of Bluffton, SC, Janet Woods and husband, Thomas of Scottsville, Kay Sclater and husband, Daniel of Woodbridge, and Susan Hundley of King William; a sister, Shirley Townsend of Ft. Myers, FL; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; and a number of extended family members.
Mrs. Smith retired in 1987 as an Intelligence Analyst from the U.S. Army Foreign Science and Technology Center, where she was a recipient of the Federal Women’s Program Self-Development Award. She also worked at the Department of Health Education and Welfare; Miller & Rhodes; and the U.S. Census Bureau.
She graduated from the Jefferson Professional Institute in Charlottesville and received an Associate of Science degree from Piedmont Virginia Community College in 1982. She joined the Fox Memorial Baptist Church near Scottsville where her parents were charter members and she later became an active member of Scottsville United Methodist Church, serving as a youth counselor and Sunday School Teacher. In Richmond, she was a member of Ginter Park United Methodist Church where she served on the Altar Guild, the historical committee, and was active in the United Methodist Women.
Her life was devoted to family and community service. She was a member of the Parent Teacher Associations of Cunningham Elementary and Fluvanna County High Schools; the Fairhaven Garden Club; the Point of Fork Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR); a charter member of the Rockfish DAR and the Scottsville Ruritan Club. She supported her husband as Scout Master of Kidd’s Store Boy Scout Troop #59 and was appointed to the Fluvanna County School Board as their first female member and was instrumental in school desegregation.
A funeral service will be conducted at 3:00 PM, Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home by the Reverend Dr. Dennis Lipke and Pastor Randy Golladay. Interment will follow at Scottsville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:00 PM, Wednesday evening, May 13 at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association; your local Hospice organization; The Hermitage of Richmond; or Ginter Park United Methodist Church, family and friends may share memories and photos at thackerbrothers dotcom.
Propst, John W.
John was a member of the Albemarle Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Hill and Wood Funeral Service website:
John William Propst, Jr., of Charlottesville, died at Martha Jefferson Hospital on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Mr. Propst was born on April 18, 1917 in Hickory, North Carolina, to the late John William and Gilie Hendrix Propst. He was also predeceased by his wife, Betty Landblom Propst, his brothers Giles B. Propst of Roan Mountain, Tennessee, and Noel L. Propst of Boydton, Virginia, and his sister, Hazel Lowe of Alberta, Virginia. He is survived by his son David L. Propst and his wife Jennifer of Albuquerque, New Mexico, his daughter Betty Ann Garth and her husband Lyle, his daughter Arlene Propst, his granddaughters Gilie Garth and Melissa Suttle and her husband Rick; and his great grandsons Austin Thatcher and Nick Suttle, all of Charlottesville. He is also survived by nieces and nephews and his caregiver, Denise Lloyd.
Shortly after Mr. Propst’s birth, his family moved to Mecklenburg County, Virginia, where his father taught school and farmed. Mr. Propst graduated from Boydton High School in 1935 and from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1942 where he received a degree in engineering and was in the Cadet Corps. After graduation he was commissioned and sent for training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. After completing his training he commanded a training company. While stationed there, he met Betty Landblom in Washington, D.C. They were married in 1944, and shortly after he received orders for Europe, where he commanded a company of Combat Engineers for the duration of the war. Following the war he remained in Austria working with the postwar recovery effort.
Upon his return to the U.S. in 1946, he and Mrs. Propst moved to Blacksburg, Virginia, where he worked at V.P.I. In 1949, they moved to Charlottesville and Mr. Propst went into the agricultural construction business. In 1961, Mr. Propst joined the U.S. Agency for International Development, and the family moved to Dhaka, Bangladesh for six years, followed by eight years in Katmandu, Nepal, and served several short tours in Turkey and the Philippines. In Bangladesh and Nepal, he worked in advisory capacities on various agricultural irrigation projects to improve rice production. While in Nepal, Mr. Propst became an avid birder and was the first to document the occurrence of the Greater Flamingo in Nepal. In the Philippines, he worked with relief efforts following the eruption of Taal Volcano.
In 1974, Mr. and Mrs. Propst retired and returned to Charlottesville. During his 40 years of retirement, Mr. Propst raised cattle, gardened, and worked with numerous charitable organizations, including the Albemarle Ruritan Club. He was a member of University Baptist Church for 66 years.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015, at University Baptist Church, the Reverend Bob Badgett officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the University Baptist Church, 1223 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22903; or the Charlottesville –Albemarle S.P.C.A., 3355 Berkmar Driver, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22901.
Creasy, Frederick C.
Fred was a member of the Lignum Ruritan Club, and the Zone 1 Governor of the Rapidan District.
Obituary from the Found and Sons Funeral Home website:
Frederick C. Creasy, Jr., 67, of Culpeper died Saturday, April 4, 2015 at UVA Culpeper Hospital. He was born June 21, 1947 in Bedford, VA to the late Frederick C. Creasy, Sr. and Willie-Kate Mason Creasy.
Mr. Creasy was a Deacon and Assistant Sunday school Director at Culpeper Baptist Church where he had been a member since 1981, when he began teaching full time in the Culpeper County school system. He began his 46 year teaching career at Greensville County Junior High School, followed by Brunswick Academy before ultimately making Culpeper his home. While teaching in Culpeper, he was named Teacher of the Year in 2002 and retired in 2010 but continued to teach Physics part time.
Mr. Creasy was a member of the Lignum Ruritan Club, where he was past President and member of Ruritan National for over 35 years. He was also Zone Governor several times, Rapidan District Governor three times, a former National Director and Association Virginian Ruritan secretary.
He was also a member of the VA Association of Science Teachers, Virginia Instructors of Physics and was a Germanna Adjunct Professor for several years.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Grubbs Creasy; his daughter, Angie Creasy-Thompson and her husband, Steve; their children, Jaycen and Zoe of Culpeper; one sister, Sandra Creasy of Bedford, VA; one brother, Gary Creasy and his wife, Susan of Winnsboro, SC; one niece, Kathy Creasy; and very close friends, Bob and Shirley Houck.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 from 5 to 9 pm at Culpeper Baptist Church Worship Center.
A funeral service will be held on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 10 am at Culpeper Baptist Church with Pastor Dan Carlton and Pastor Philip Walker officiating.
Interment will be held on Friday, April 10, 2015 at 11 am at Lael Baptist Church Cemetery, 23296 Germanna Hwy, Lignum, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to Culpeper Baptist Church Building Fund, 318 S West St. Culpeper, VA 22701 &/or Ruritan National Foundation, PO Box 487, Dublin, VA 24084.
Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper is serving the family.
Huckstep, James “Dick” Frederick
Dick Huckstep was a member of the Earlysville Ruritan Club.
Obituary from The Daily Progress website:
James Frederick “Dick” Huckstep, age 93, of Earlysville, passed away on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the Hospice House.
Born on April 1, 1921 he was a son of the late John Henry and Annie Elnora Huckstep. In addition to his parents Dick was predeceased by five sisters and six brothers.
On April 22, 1950 Dick married the love of his life, Ruby Agnes Garrison, who preceded him in death on May 25, 2006. Together Dick and Ruby are survived by their sons Fred Huckstep and his wife Sandy and Keith Huckstep and his wife Paula; grandchildren, Tara, Brenn, Marta, Jason, Diane, Kevin, Kimberly, Billie Jo, and Cynthia. Dick and Ruby also leave a legacy of 10 great grandchildren.
Dick served in the Army Air Corp before establishing Huckstep’s Garage in Free Union, Virginia in 1946. He was a founding member of the Ruritan Club of Earlysville in 1964. Dick was also a member of the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company for several years. He was also a faithful and devoted member of Ivy Creek United Methodist Church over 60 years.
A Funeral Service will be conducted 11:00am Monday, February 16, 2015 at Ivy Creek United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests that memorial donations be made in Dick’s name to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911 or the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Company, 283 Reas Ford Road, Earlysville, VA 22936.
Noel, James McCoy
James was a member of the Holly Grove Ruritan Club.
James McCoy Noel, 94, of Holly Grove, born July 2, 1920, died Thursday, February 12, 2015.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Alice Harris Noel; his daughter, Mary Alice Noel; a brother, Lloyd Noel; and a sister, Ruth N. Bourne. He is also survived by his extended family and friends including Gwen and Norman Rose, Stephen and Janette Rose, Andy and Twila Rose, his namesake great-grandson, Galen James Rose and great-grandchildren Zachary, Savannah, Monty, and Mariah Rose.
James was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Noel; and sister, Beatrice Noel Lloyd.
James was a lifelong member of the Holly Grove community who was active in many community organizations. He was a charter member of both the Holly Grove Volunteer Fire Company and the Holly Grove Ruritan Club. He was a Ruritan Forever Member. He was an Elder Emeritus at Holly Grove Christian Church. If there was a community activity, James and Alice were there and probably working.
The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, February 13 at Holly Grove Christian Church.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 14 at Holly Grove Christian Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Memorial donations may be made to Holly Grove Christian Church, 1637 Holly Grove Drive, Bumpass, VA 23024.
Arrangements were made by Lacy Funeral Home, Mineral, VA.
Haught Jr., Vincent “Jerry” Goodsel
“Jerry” was a member of the Jefferson (VA) Ruritan Club from 1961 to 1981. His father was a charter member of the Jefferson (VA) Ruritan Club in 1947.
Obituary (with minor editing) from the The Daily Progress website:
Vincent Goodsel “Jerry” Haught, Jr., 75, of Rixeyville passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, February 6, 2015.
He is survived by his wife of 55 years Mary Cecelia “Celey” Haught, his daughters, Valarie Paige Minner and her husband Ken of St. Mary’s County, Maryland, Martha Bryson and her husband Mark of Rixeyville; his grandchildren Christin Green and her husband C.J. of Lexington Park, Maryland, Morgan and Sarah Bryson of Rixeyville and his great grandchildren Caleb, Colton, and Chloe Green and family friend Joseph Bender.
He was preceded in death by his parents V. G. Haught, Sr. and Mabel Compton Haught; his sisters, Frances Myers, Elsie Mason Bunting, and Lila Dean; his brothers, Ernest “Buddy” Smith and James Winfield Haught.
He was a third generation farmer and an avid golfer.
Jerry served his community on the Culpeper County School Board (1971 – 1989), Jefferson (VA) Ruritan Club, Culpeper Farmers Cooperative Board, Culpeper County Zoning Appeals Board, and Agricultural Stabilization Conservation Service (ASCS) Committee.
The Culpeper Soil and Water Conservation named him Culpeper County’s Outstanding Conservationist in 1986 and awarded his farm, Ryland Chapel Farm, the Clean Water Farm Award in 1988.
The family thanks the Heartland Hospice for their compassion and care for Jerry.
Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Clore-English Funeral Home, Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in The Haught Family Cemetery.
The family will received friends Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Clore-English Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Little Fork Volunteer Fire and Rescue, 6011 Rixeyville Road, Rixeyville, VA 22737.
Condolences may be given at clore-english dot com. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA 22701″
Lawrence was a member of the Wolftown Ruritan Club
Obituary from The Daily Progress website:
Lawrence McDaniel, 98, passed away on Friday, January 23, 2015 at Martha Jefferson Hospital.Lawrence was born on March 28, 1916 in Madison County to the late John Allen McDaniel and Lillie Davis McDaniel. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Cole McDaniel; brothers, Harry H. McDaniel, Smith S. McDaniel, Henry E. McDaniel; and sisters, Anna Frances Lohr, Eunice G. Anderson. He is survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Lawrence was a member of Rose Park United Methodist Church, Wolftown Ruritan Club, and the CCC Alumni.
Lawrence was a lifelong farmer. He gave much pride to working in his vegetable garden which was abundant with goods in which he got great pleasure in giving to others. He loved children, playing bridge, traveling, and watching sports. Lawrence was hard working, committed to his church, and valued his family and friends. Lawrence warmly touched the lives of many.
Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Madison with interment at Rose Park Cemetery. The Reverend Phillip Hunsicker officiated.The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, January 27, 2015 at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to Rose Park United Methodist Church. P.O. Box 124, Wolftown, VA 22727 or Wolftown Ruritan Club, P.O. Box 173, Wolftown, VA 22748.
Carder, Paul Richard, Sr.
Paul was a member of the East Orange Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the fredericksburg.com Website:
Paul Richard Carder Sr., 79, of Unionville passed away Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at his home.
He served in the Army National Guard and also worked for Safeway for 25 years. Paul was a member of Unionville Christian Church.
Paul is survived by his wife, Dorothy Grace Carder; daughter Sandra J. Burgess; two sons, Paul R. Carder Jr. and wife Jacquelyn F. Carder and Mark A. Carder and wife Kimberly A. Carder; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Mary Catherine Jones and Doris Carpenter and husband Harry Carpenter; and an aunt, Jane Schumacher of Warrenton.
A visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday, Jan. 8, at Unionville Christian Church, with a funeral beginning at noon, officiated by minister Michael E. Jackson. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. A reception will then follow at the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Unionville Christian Church, Box 26, Unionville, VA 22567.
An online guest book and obituary are available at johnsoncares dot com.
Inskeep, Clyde Roland
Clyde was a member of the Mitchells Ruritan (which no longer exists, but was a club in the Rapidan District.)
Obituary from The Daily Progress website:
Clyde Roland Inskeep, 88, of Rapidan, VA passed away at Dogwood Village Senior Living, Orange, VA on January 1, 2015. Born in Culpeper County, VA October 6, 1926 to Bernard Inskeep and Beulah Yowell Inskeep, his most cherished pleasure in life was spending time with his large and extended family at the beloved family farm.
Clyde was a quiet supporter of many social and economic interests in his community and was an active member of the Culpeper Lion’s Club and the Mitchells Ruritan Club. He was a member of Cedar Run Baptist Church, where he sang in the choir.
A lifelong farmer, businessman and sportsman, he was instrumental in bringing the Bull Run Hunt to Culpeper County in the1980’s. It gave him great joy to hear the cry of the hounds as he spent time with dear friends he made along the way. He would follow the hunt in his ‘command’ vehicle, many times having more success at finding foxes than the dogs, to the amusement of those riding with him.
He will be remembered by his family and friends for his generosity, his willingness to work hard and play hard, his love of fun and his frequent laughter, which spread to all who were in his presence.
Surviving Mr. Inskeep are his children, Janice Inskeep Willis and her husband Werter of Charleston, SC, Clyde Roland Inskeep, Jr. and his wife Paige of Rapidan, VA and Kelley Inskeep Johnson and her husband Eric of Keswick, VA; his grandchildren, Werter Larkin Willis and his wife Martinique, Zachary Inskeep Willis and his wife Jessica, Hunter Addison Willis and his wife Mierka, Jason Andrew Inskeep and his wife Lauren, Julie Inskeep Steele and her husband Kemper, Christopher Bryce Johnson and Tyler Scott Johnson.; and his great-grandchildren, Sophia Willis, Madison and Audrey Inskeep, Cameron and Caroline Steele. He is also survived by his brother, Russell J. Inskeep and his wife Hope. He is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Louise Hitt Inskeep and his siblings, B. Carlin Inskeep, James L. Inskeep, Helen I. Richardson, Beulah I. Lewis and Jessie I. Christensen.
Graveside funeral services will be held in Fairview Cemetery, Culpeper, VA, Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Lanny Horton conducting the service.
The family will receive friends Friday, January 16, 2015 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00p.m. at Clore-English Funeral Home.
The family would also like to recognize and give thanks for the warm, compassionate, and loving care that he received during his stay at Dogwood Village Senior Living. All were touched by Mr. Inskeep’s grace and good humor and the family remains grateful for the love that was shown by the staff during his time there.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions should be made to Dogwood Village Foundation, 120 Dogwood Lane, Orange, VA 22960 or to The Bull Run Hunt, P.O. Box 14, Mitchells, Virginia 22729.
Condolences may be given at clore-english dot com. Clore-English Funeral Home, 11190 James Monroe Highway, Culpeper, VA 22701 has been entrusted with arrangements.
Grigg, William “Bill” Glenn, Sr.
Bill was a member of the Fluvanna Ruritan Club.
Obituary and photo from the Dunkum Funeral Home’s website:
William “Bill” Glenn Grigg, Sr. of Palmyra, formerly of Bristol, died December 23, 2014 at his home. He was born September 11, 1930 in Richmond, the son of the late Gordon Glenn and Pettice Forbes Grigg. Bill was a graduate of John Marshall High School and Emory & Henry College.
Bill served his country in the United States Navy. He was a sales representative for Solite and Stalite corporations and in 2007 received an award from the Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute. Bill was very active in civic organizations. He was a member and 2007 President of the Fluvanna Ruritan Club and was the “2010 Ruritan of the Year”.
Bill also was a member of the Patrick Henry Society; Shelby Lodge No. 162 in Bristol, VA; the John Marshall Corp of Cadets, as well as other organizations.
He is survived by his wife, Tammy Lawson Grigg; four children, Margaret Ann Jackson of Richmond, Elizabeth Kelly of Greensboro, Gordon Grigg of Nashville and Bill Grigg, Jr. of Charlotte; two stepsons, Greg Arms of Palmyra and Geff Arms of Christiansburg; 14 grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Dabney Grigg.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 26 at 2:00 p.m. at Smyrna United Methodist Church, 3377 N. James Madison Hwy., Farmville, VA 23901. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, is assisting the family.
Milton was a member of the Albemarle Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Hill & Wood Funeral Service Website:
Milton Safley Smith, 88, of Charlottesville, VA, passed away on Monday, October 27, 2014. Born July 27, 1926, in Lynchburg, VA, he was the son of the late Joseph O. and Margaret Safley Smith. In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by two brothers, Joseph O. Smith, Jr. and Douglas M. Smith and a sister, Theresa B. Robinson.
Milton served in the U.S. Navy in WWII during the Iwo Jima Conflict, and in the South Pacific. He worked for many years as a salesman and retired as a real estate agent. He also was a member of the Albemarle Ruritan Club and the Champ Lawson, Jr. VFW Post 2044.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Julia Cooke Smith, and two daughters, Linda K. Birch and Barbara S. Lundgren; two brothers, George F. Smith and his wife Erlyne and Robert D. Smith and his wife Polly. Four grandchildren also survive him; Keith Shifflett and his wife Whitney, Gary Shifflett, Brandon Birch and Jeff Shifflett; three great grandchildren; Hayley, Samantha and Trenton Shifflett. Two sisters-in-law also survive him; Revonda Smith and Lillie Mae Cooke. Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held at 11:00am on Thursday, October 30, 2014 at First Christian Church with Mr. David Tyree officiating. Interment followed at Monticello Memory Gardens with military honors. The family received friends from 6:00 until 7:30pm on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Hill and Wood Funeral Home.
Those who wish may send memorial contributions to the Albemarle Ruritan Club, 107 Northwest Lane, Charlottesville, VA 22911 or to The Champ J. Lawson, Jr. VFW Post 2044, P.O. Box 147, Earlysville, VA 22936.
Wetzel, James Clark
James was a member of the Monticello Ruritan Club, and was featured in an article in the National Ruritan’s Magazine, and in a post about him having 60 years of membership in the Monticello Ruritan Club on this website
Obituary from the Hill and Wood Funeral Services website:
James Clark Wetzel, 91, of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed away on October 3, 2014, at the Laurels of Charlottesville. Born June 14, 1923, in Cumberland, Maryland, he was the son of the late Clark Wetzel and Sallie Bess (Wagoner) Wetzel.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Wetzel was predeceased by his wife, Janet Davis Wetzel; a sister, Julia Wetzel Welch; and a brother, William “Bill” Wetzel.
James was a graduate of Fort Ashby High School and Potomac State University. He was an active member of Monticello Ruritan Club and Slate Hill Baptist Church.
He is survived by his children, James “Bruce” Wetzel and his wife, Rosalyn, of Stuarts Draft, and Patricia Joanne Wetzel Snoddy and her husband, Howard, of Charlottesville; grandchildren, Hannah Joann Snoddy, Mariah Leigh Snoddy, Henry Earl Snoddy, Meredith McCool and Caroline Nesbitt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family thanks the staff at the Laurels and Dr. Joe May for their care.
A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, October 6, 2014 at Hill and Wood Funeral Home, with the Rev. Rhon Williams officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, October 5, 2014 at Hill and Wood.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Ruritan National Foundation, P. O. Box 487, Dublin, VA 24084 or to a charity of your choice.
Roy was a member of the Three Chopt Ruritan Club.
Obituary from the Daily Progress Website:
Roy Edward Loyd Roy Edward Loyd, 62, of Bybee, Virginia, died on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charlie and Clemmie Loyd. He is survived by his wife, Becky M. Loyd of Bybee; two step children, Jeremy Hasher and wife, Jennifer, and Amy Hall and husband, Roby; two grandchildren, Bailey and Peyton; two god children; one brother, Randy Loyd and wife, Tammy, of Buckingham; two sisters, Sandy Duff of Buckingham, and Judy Dyer and husband, Eric, of Ruckersville.
Visitation is Thursday, October 2, 2014, at Sheridan Funeral Home from 6 until 8 p.m. Funeral is 11 a.m. graveside on Friday October 3, 2014, at Wesley’s Chapel United Methodist Church, with the Reverend Kenny Davis officiating.
Eddie was a member of the Albemarle Ruritan Club.
Obituary from The Daily Progress website:
Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 3:37 pm
Eddie Luther Floyd “Ed” went to his Heavenly home on Sunday morning, July 6, 2014. He was 87 years old. Born in Amherst County, on December 3, 1926, he was the son of Stewart
and Eleanor Floyd. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris; one sister, Lois Shrader of Amherst; and four nieces.
Ed worked for English Construction for 53 years as a Project Superintendent. He was a member of Laurel Hill Baptist Church where he greeted people at the front door for years and loved every minute of it. He was a member of the Earlysville VFW Post 2044, the Albemarle Ruritan Club and the American Legion.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2014, at the Laurel Hill Baptist Church with the Reverend Bruce Goldsmith officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends from 10:30 until 11 a.m. before the service at the church. A luncheon will follow the interment service at Laurel Hill Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Laurel Hill Baptist Church, 3595 Grand Forks Blvd., Charlottesville, VA 22911. Friends may sign the guest register at teaguefuneralhome dot com.
Powers, Clark Thompson
Clark was a member of the Brightwood Ruritan Club.
Obituary from The Daily Progress website:
Clark Thompson Powers, 81, of Madison, Virginia, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at his residence. He was born on February 14, 1933, in Mount, Virginia, to the late Winter and Annie Tulloss Powers.
Mr. Powers attended Oak Grove United Methodist Church. He was very active in the community serving as Vice Chairman of the Madison County School Board, Regional School Board Member, Brightwood Ruritan Club and the Madison County Board of Supervisors. He was very active in the Madison County Lions Club where he established The Madison Award and served in many capacities including President.
He was a district manager for Life of Georgia and later owned and operated Powers Insurance Agency, Inc. in Ruckersville from 1974 until 2008.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, G. Gifford Hall Powers; two sons, Warren Lee Powers and his wife, Sarita, and Matthew Bromley Powers and his wife, Kimberly.
Additional survivors include his grandsons, Ryan Steele Powers, Noah Christian-Hall Powers and Caleb Marshall Powers; his granddaughters, Camryn Thompson Powers, Abigail Renae Powers, Kendall Lee Powers, and Bethany Erin Powers; and one sister, Mary Catherine Bray Palmer. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, W.D. “Buddy” Powers.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 8, 2014, from 2 until 4 p.m. and from 6 until 8 p.m. at Ryan Funeral Home, 12819 Spotswood Trail, Ruckersville, VA 22968. A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 9, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Ryan Funeral Home with the Reverend Ed Morris and the Reverend David Flack officiating. Interment will follow in Culpeper National Cemetery (New).
The family would like to thank Hospice of the Piedmont for their love, compassion and care they gave to Mr. Powers and his family during this time.
But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
An online guestbook is available at ryanfuneral dot com. Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy., Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911. Ryan Funeral Home of Ruckersville, is handling the arrangements.
Townsend, Jay C.
Jay was a member of the Scottsville Ruritan Club (which no longer exists, but was a club in the Rapidan District.)
Obituary from The Daily Progress website:
Jay C. Townsend, 83, of Scottsville, passed away Wednesday night, May 14, 2014, at Envoy at the Village in Fork Union. He was born on August 26, 1930, in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, a son of the late Wilson Arlando and Ora Lee (Hodges) Townsend. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by nine brothers; and two sisters.
Mr. Townsend was a retired Machinist, having worked for a number of years at the Richmond Foundry and Coyne and Delaney. He was a United States Army Veteran, having served his country during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Charlottesville; a member of the former Scottsville Ruritan Club; the Republican Party of Fluvanna County; and enjoyed carpentry and woodworking.
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Helen (Hardy) Townsend of Scottsville; two sons, Brent Ashley Townsend and Patrick Neal Townsend, both of Scottsville; three grandchildren, Joshua, Daniel, and Siobhan Townsend; two sisters-in-law, Velma Townsend of Scottsville, and Betty Kelly-Townsend of Cedar Bluff, Virginia; and a number of extended family and friends.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 2975 Hydraulic Road, Charlottesville, with Bishop Aaron Hancock officiating. A graveside service will be conducted at 3 p.m., Saturday, May 17, 2014, at the Scottsville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m., Friday evening, May 16, 2014, at Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911. Family and friends may share memories and photos at the Thacker Brothers website.
Russell was a member of the Rochelle Ruritan and Wolftown Ruritan Clubs.
Russell Warren Lohr, 85, of Madison, passed away on Friday, March 28, 2014, at his residence. He was born on September 8, 1928, at home in Pratts, Virginia, and was the son of the late Homer Lohr and Nora Estelle Kipps Lohr.
Russell was a United States Army veteran having served in Korea, and wanted nothing more then to return to his beloved Madison County. He retired from Teledyne Avionics in Earlysville, where he had worked in the Shipping Department for 28 years. He owned and operated his farm in Old Pratts until selling it to his great- nephew, Wayland Lohr.
Russell was actively involved in community, civic, church activities and volunteer work beginning his involvement at the age of 62. Over the years he was a member of Wolftown Ruritan, Rochelle Ruritan, Burnt Tree Grange, Madison County Adopt-a-Highway program, Madison County Recycling program, one of the founders of the Young Farmers Association, and Vice-Chair and bell ringer for the Salvation Army. He was so thankful to the Madison Food Lion, Madison Wood Preservers and Culpeper Wal-Mart for allowing the Salvation Army bell ringers to set up in front of their business.
In 2007 Russell was honored as the recipient of the Madison County Volunteer-of-the-Year award. He was a member of the Good Hope Baptist Church having joined at age 15. He attended Bethel United Methodist Church in Rochelle and Beth Car Baptists Church in Madison.
Russell was predeceased by his brothers, Belvin, Luther, Maxwell, Cecil, and Philip Lohr; and sister, Hazel Lohr Hawkins. He is survived by his wife, Janet Spencer Lohr; stepdaughter, Mary Margaret and husband, Chris Lane, and their sons, Adam and Kevin, of Apex, North Carolina; stepdaughter, Paula and husband, Joey Snellings, and their two sons, Joshua, wife, Cynthia, and their son, Luke, and David, all of Aroda, Virginia; brother-in-law, Mike Spencer of Rapidan; sister-in-law, Judy Spencer of Forest, Virginia; brother, Thomas and wife, Mary, of Somerset; brother, Harold Kemper and wife, Charlotte, of Madison County; sister, Elva Frances Lohr Herndon of Orange; brother-in-law, Winfrey Hawkins of Louisiana; sisters-in-law, Mary Elizabeth Lohr and Frances Tatum Lohr, both of Madison, Inez Lohr of Richmond, and Evie Lohr of Orange. He is also survived by special nephews, Jim Lohr and Roger Lohr; and great-nephew, Wayland Lohr; and numerous nephews and nieces.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014, at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Madison. A graveside funeral service will be held at Culpeper National Cemetery, new section at 10 a.m. Monday, March 31, 2014. The Reverend John Huelskoetter and the Reverend Alan Follett will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Madison County Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 255 or the Madison Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 868, Madison, VA 22727.
Hawkins, Archie Wayne
Archie was a member of the Lignum Ruritan Club.
Archie Wayne Hawkins, 82, of Culpeper passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He was born April 11, 1931 in Brightwood to the late Russell and Ethel Carpenter Hawkins.
Mr. Hawkins was a member of Stevensburg Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Lignum Ruritan Club and VFW Post 2524.
He is survived by his stepson, David Brown and his wife, Mary Anne, of Manassas; two grandchildren, Mary Victoria Fox and her husband Jay of Front Royal, and Elizabeth Martin Brown, of Manassas; a brother, Winfrey Hawkins of Louisiana; a sister, Edith H. Clatterbuck of Brightwood; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Martin Hawkins; a sister, Eunice Carol Hawkins; and a stepson, Kenneth R. Brown, Jr.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, March 23, 2014 6 to 8 pm at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, 850 Sperryville Pike, Culpeper, VA 22701.
A funeral service was held on Monday, March 24, at 11 am at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel with Rev. Phillip Walker officiating. Interment followed in Culpeper National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901 &/or Autumn Care Nursing Home, 1 Autumn Ct., Madison, VA 22727.
Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper served the family.
Herring, Russell Edward Jr.
Russell was a member of the White Hall Ruritan Club.
Obituary from The Daily Progress website:
Russell Edward Herring, Jr., died on Sunday, February 23, 2014, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Dr. Herring was born on January 4, 1920, in Richmond, Virginia. He graduated from John Marshall High School and the University of Richmond Class of 1940, where he was a member of the cross country team and Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity.
He was briefly, before entering the Army after Pearl Harbor, a graduate student in the Biology department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After serving in World War II as an artillery officer in North Africa and Italy with the 85th Infantry Division, he taught school for a short time in Fishersville, Virginia.
He then entered the Medical College of Virginia on the GI Bill. Upon graduation in 1950, he established a general medical practice in Crozet, Virginia, where he was one of two physicians serving all of Western Albemarle County. In 1961, he began a residency in radiology at the University of Virginia’s School of Medicine, and completed his medical career as a radiologist in Hendersonville, North Carolina, and Martinsville, Virginia, retiring in 1985.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Nancy Jane Sellers Herring of Wilson, North Carolina (died 2010); a daughter, Nancy Herring Goodman of New York City (died 1982); and two grandsons, Michael Harris Goodman (died 1981) and William Patrick Herring (died 2014). He is survived by his three sons, Robert Herring and wife, Anne Mayberry, of Arlington, Virginia, Russell T. Herring and wife, Patricia Herring, of Waynesboro, Virginia, and Stephen A. Herring of Ashland, Virginia; three grandchildren, James A.M. Herring and Emily E.M. Herring of Arlington, and Cori Killian of Houston, Texas; and two great-grandchildren.
After his discharge from the Army in 1945, Dr. Herring served in the United States Army Reserve, retiring with the rank of colonel in 1974. He was extremely grateful to his country for providing him with the means (the GI Bill) to become a physician and to buy his first house.
Like many Virginians of his generation, he was an avid Civil War buff, and always kept a framed portrait of Stonewall Jackson on the wall of his house. He counted as one of the redletter events of his life the day he shook the hand of Douglas Southall Freeman, the author of the multi-volume opus, Lee’s Lieutenants.
Dr. Herring was a long-standing and very active member of Crozet United Methodist Church – shoving boxes around at the church’s monthly Food Bank until he was well into his late 80’s. He was also a member of the White Hall Ruritan Club; he particularly enjoyed their apple butter-making festivities in the Fall.
Dr. Herring left strict instructions that there was to be no funeral or memorial service. “I don’t want anyone making a fuss over me,” he said on numerous occasions.
He has donated his body for scientific research.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Western Albemarle Rescue Squad or the Crozet Volunteer Fire Department – two organizations Dr. Herring admired greatly.
Gooch, Edwin “Jack”
Jack was a member of the Three Chopt Ruritan Club.
Obituary from The Daily Progress website:
Edwin O. “Jack” Gooch Edwin O. Gooch of Troy, Virginia, passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, at Martha Jefferson Hospital. Born on August 30, 1921, in Troy, Virginia, he was the son of Octavius and Lola Gooch. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lucile Fizer; brother, Robert; and sisters, Calais Blevins and Jane Thomas. Jack is survived by his son, Steve and wife, Lissa; daughter, Cheryl and husband, David; and son, John and wife, Ann. He is also survived by seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and innumerable nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and in-laws.
After serving as a navigator in the Eighth Air Force in World War II, Edwin received a B.S. from the University of Virginia. He also received a PhD. in geology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Jack strongly believed in community service and helping others. He served for many years on the Fluvanna County Board of Supervisors, Fluvanna County School Board, and as a member of the Three Chopt Ruritan Club. Jack was an active member of Beaver Dam Church serving in many capacities including Sunday School Teacher and Deacon.
Most of all Jack loved being with his family.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2014, at Beaver Dam Baptist Church with the Reverend Greg Wissinger officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p.m. Thursday, February 20, 2014, at Beaver Dam. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Beaver Dam Baptist Food Pantry, 1794 Richmond Road, Troy, VA 22974; or a charity of your choice. Friends may send condolences to the family at hillandwood dot com.
Jacques was a member of the Fluvanna County Ruritan Club.
Obituary from The Daily Progress website:
Jacques Ruch, 85, of Lake Monticello, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2014, at his home. He leaves his loving wife of 43 years, Judith Shores Ruch; his son, Georges and daughter-in law, Olga; his granddaughters, Rachel and Jacqueline; and cousins in Switzerland and France. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jacques Ruch of Switzerland, and Cecelia de la Guardia Ruch of Costa Rica; and his sister, Jacqueline Ruch Harle of England.
Born in New York City, Jacques and his family moved to France and Switzerland, when he was six years old. He was educated at a Jesuit academy in Geneva, and when he was 17 the family moved back to New York City, just at the end of World War II. Uncle Sam was so happy to see him that, as an Ameerican citizen, he was immediately drafted into the ArmyAir Corps and stationed in Paris as an MP.
His professional career was with JP Morgan for 36 years from which he retired as an officer in 1984. He and Judi lived in New York City, and had a little house in Sherman, Connecticut, so the family could escape the city on weekends and vacations. In 1980, they bought a farm in Palmyra, and when they retired they moved down, raising beef cattle for 20 years, loving every minute and the people of Fluvanna.
In 2004, they really retired and moved to Lake Monticello. With a love of travel, he and Judi explored the far corners of the earth. Described as a “voice of reason” by friends, Jacques was actively involved in numerous county affairs, with tentacles across political lines and a wonderful sense of humor.
In addition, he was president of the Ruritan Club, president and currently treasurer of the Historical Society and also of the Heritage Trail Foundation; he was on the Steering Committee of the Fluvanna Taxpayers Association, and a former member of the Farm Bureau and Chamber of Commerce.
In Sherman, he was president of the Timber Trails Club. He grew up playing tennis and sailing on Lake Geneva, and had a life-long love of skiing. Had it not been for WWII, as Swiss National Swimming Champion, he would have represented Switzerland in the Olympics. He continued playing tennis in New York City, and Sherman, and later at Lake Monticello, as well as playing golf here for many years and skiing whenever the chance arose.
Burial in Monticello Memory Gardens will be private. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, January 23, 2014, at Bethel Baptist Church in Palmyra, Virginia.
The family requests that any donations be made to the Fluvanna County Historical Society, or to the Heritage Trail Foundation or Hospice of the Piedmont. Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, Virginia, is in charge of arrangements.
Utz, Luther Oliver
Oliver was a member of the Brightwood Ruritan Club.
Luther Oliver Utz Sr. Luther Oliver Utz Sr., 92, of Madison, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He was born on August 31, 1921, in Brightwood. He was a retired farmer, Army veteran of World War II and after the war he worked with the Selective Service Board. He worked at the Madison IGA for a number of years. He was a member of the Robinson River Primitive Baptist Church, American Legion Post 157, Brightwood Ruritan Club and served on the Zoning board of appeals. Mr. Utz also received the Madison Award from the Madison Lions Club. He is survived by his wife, Iris Jones Utz of Madison and numerous children and grandchildren.
Oliver was a charter member of the Brightwood Ruritan Club with 57 years of perfect attendance. Oliver held several officer positions over the years and was an active participant in many projects.