The Rev. Robert E. Maas, June 26, 2021
The Rev. Robert Eugene Maas, 88, of Staunton, passed away Saturday, June 26, 2021 at Kings Daughters Community Health and Rehabilitation Center in Staunton.
The Rev. Maas was born in Endicott, New York on May 31, 1933, a son of the late Raymond and Caroline (Randall) Maas.
Robert was a veteran of the United States Army.
Surviving in addition to the mother of his sons, Bette Berlo of Staunton, are two sons, Matthew F. Maas and Daniel B. Maas, both of Staunton and two grandchildren, Adrian K. Maas and Michelle D.C. Maas.
A memorial service was held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 6, 2021 in St. Paul’s United Methodist Church by Darreld “Russ” Shoop, II.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 2000 Shutterlee Mill Road, Staunton, Virginia 24401.
Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton in charge of his arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.coffmanfuneralhome.net
Ruth Orsellia Smith Stanley, June 26, 2021
Ruth Orsellia Smith Stanley blessed this earth for 96 years, born Dec. 8, 1924, in Knoxville, Tenn., and died June 26, 2021, in Harrisonburg, Va. She was a preacher’s daughter, preacher’s wife, mother, grandmother, great- grandmother and beloved friend. Her most treasured roles in life were as a wife, mother and grandma.
She was predeceased by her parents, Guy C. Smith and Melissa Cruze Smith; husband, the Rev. Samuel A. Stanley Jr.; son, Samuel A. Stanley III; as well as her brother, Luke C. Smith.
Surviving are children: Deb Leap (and the late Henry) of Harrisonburg, Va., Mark D. Stanley (and Susan) of Broomfield, Colo., Timothy A. Stanley (and Melanie) of Herndon, Va., and Martha S. Jones (and Bob) of Manassas, Va.; grandchildren: Melanie Headley, Aaron Rosenberg, Russell Smith, Heather Jones, Kim Rosenberg, Amy Leap Miller, Emily Danner and Robert Stanley; great-grandchildren: Peter, Quinn, Violet, Hero, Zachary, Lexi, Ava, Lizzie and Russell IV; sister-in-law, Ann Smith; and numerous nephews and nieces.
From 1946-1990, she relished her role as a preacher’s wife by playing the organ, singing in the choir, participating in women’s groups, and hostessing innumerable open houses and Christmas parties for congregations in the Virginia United Methodist churches of Cambria, Pembroke, Roanoke, Norfolk, Richmond, Staunton, Falls Church, Hampton and Arlington. She graduated from Mary Washington College and worked at Mick or Mack Store, the Mary Baldwin College Bookstore and Fairfax Virginia Public School Libraries.
She shared her big heart and love for everyone she encountered, was the kind of neighbor you always wanted to have and will be missed by everyone whose life she touched.
A service of worship and celebration will be held at a later date at the Meredith Chapel of Sunnyside Retirement Community, Harrisonburg, Va.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be given to The Fellowship Fund at Sunnyside Communities at 600-L University Blvd., Harrisonburg, VA.
The Rev. L. Gayle Thornberry, June 14, 2021
The Rev. L. Gayle Thornberry, Mother, Wife, Grammie, Sissy, Friend, Pastor, received her heavenly reward and inheritance on Monday, June 14, 2021 at Augusta Health in Fishersville, Virginia.
Gayle was born in Yuma, Arizona on September 19, 1956, a daughter of the late Charles and Wanda (Atkins) Martin.
Pastor Thornberry received her Bachelor’s Degree from Duke Divinity University in 2004 and was awarded the Harry Denman Evangelism Award. From 1999-2004, she was Pastor for GUMC in Abilene, Texas. Gayle then came to Virginia in 2004 and became the Pastor at Crimora United Methodist Church. In 2013 she received her Masters of Divinity from the Virginia Union University and later served on the Virginia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. “We will miss her laughter, smile, wisdom, amazing personality, the humor, and most of all – the ways our Lord worked through her.”
Surviving in addition to her husband, Wesley Thornberry of Staunton, Virginia, is a son, Daniel Keeton and wife Teri of Midland, Texas; a daughter, Kimberly Keeton and partner, Crystal of Woodward, Oklahoma; a sister, Dianne Sackrider and her husband Dale of Sun City, Arizona; two brothers, Jimmy Martin of Artesia, New Mexico and Chad Martin of Olton, Texas; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A Celebration of life will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 17, 2021 in the Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church Family Life Center, Staunton, Virginia by Pastor and dear friend, Shawna Hiner.
A Celebration of life will be held 10:00 a.m. Saturday June 26, 2021 at the First United Methodist Church in Olton, Texas.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in Gayle’s memory to the WCA, 4545 Empire Court, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22408. Online giving via the WCA website at https://wesleyancovenant.org/give/
Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive, Staunton is in charge of her arrangements.
Celebration of Life for the Rev. Dr. Gerald Miller
Join us in Celebrating the life of The Rev. Dr. Gerald Miller (March 3, 1938 – May 2, 2020). Family and friends will be celebrating the life of the Rev. Dr. Miller on July 31, 2021 at Chester United Methodist Church in Chester, VA. Due to the pandemic, we were unable to gather after his return to our Father in Heaven a little over a year ago. We hope you will join us now to fully appreciate and celebrate the Rev. Dr. Miller’s wonderful life of service to God and family. Refreshments will follow the service in Davis Fellowship Hall. 10:00am on July 31, 2021; Chester United Methodist Church, 12132 Percival Street, Chester, VA 23831
Mr. Greg Coleman, June 12, 2021
Greg Coleman, husband of Rev. Amy Beth Coleman, Lead Pastor of Heritage UMC, Lynchburg, claimed the resurrection on Saturday morning, June 12, 2021. A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held on Tuesday, June 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. at Heritage UMC, 582 Leesville Road, Lynchburg. Visitation will be Monday, June 14, 6-8 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home in Appomattox. Burial will be private.
The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wayne Kidd, June 7, 2021
The Rev. Dr. Timothy Wayne Kidd, beloved husband, father, and grandfather died peacefully early afternoon on June 7, 2021, in his home and in the presence of his loved ones. He was born in Leesburg, VA, on March 31, 1958, to Rev. Harry L. Kidd, Jr. and Christine Kidd. He married his darling wife, Sandra Irvin Kidd on November 22, 1980. Together they raised their family in Virginia and later settled in Arkansas. Growing up, he was active with the Boy Scouts of America and earned his Eagle Scout at an early age. He had an adventurous spirit and a reverence for the outdoors. During his tenure as a college professor, he led groups of students on countless outdoor pursuits and expeditions including rock climbing, whitewater rafting, camping, sea kayaking, and dog sledding. He also led service projects that had an immeasurable impact and touched many lives. His love for others and willingness to serve knew no bounds. His mission in life was to serve God and share the love of Christ with others through service and ministry. He also had a passion for education and received numerous degrees throughout his lifetime. He considered himself to be a student of life.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Harry L. Kidd, Jr. and Christine Kidd, and brother James.
He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Sandra; their three children, Tyler (Kari) Kidd, Sarah (Aliaksandr) Viatrov and Thomas Kidd; grandchildren Brianna, Kinley, and Tucker Kidd; brother Lawrence (Pinar) Kidd, sister Lois (Dr. Mark) Barrett, brother Stephen (Pam) Kidd and sister Esther (Steven) Washing; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Visitation and Memorial Service will be held at Backstrom – Pyeatte Funeral Home in Siloam Springs, AR on Saturday, June 12, 2021. Visitation will take place from 10:00am-12:00pm immediately followed by a Celebration of Life service beginning at 12:00pm. Interment will take place at Oak Hills Cemetery at 1:00pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks any donations you wish to make to please do so by donating to the Circle of Life Hospice Foundation.
Doris Tucker Higgins Teeter, May 31, 2021
Doris Tucker Higgins Teeter was born in Lynchburg, VA on November 7, 1928 to Rev. Norman H. Tucker and Annie Coleman Tucker. She died May 31, 2021. She is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Rev. James T. Higgins and James L. Teeter, her two sisters, Jean Higgins and Joyce Smith, her brother, Norman (Buddy) Tucker and her daughter, Sharon Edwards. She is survived by her son, David A. Higgins, her daughter, Carol Y. Wray, two stepdaughters, Linda Barnett and Rena Kozden (Daryl), six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, ten great grandchildren, and seven step great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, 4101 Fordham Rd, Richmond, VA 23236 on July 3, 2021 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women.
Mrs. Darlene Amon, former Virginia Conference Lay Leader, May 27, 2021
Darlene Amon’s family, Monumental United Methodist Church, and The Rev. Celeste Heath, Monumental Pastor, are deeply saddened to share the news that Darlene died on Thursday, May 27, 2021.
Darlene served as the Virginia Conference Lay Leader (1994-2000) and was elected to General Conference every quadrennium since 1992. She served as President of the Southeastern Jurisdiction (SEJ) Annual Conference Lay Leaders and the National President of Annual Conference Lay Leaders. She was the first woman to serve as the National President.
Darlene’s service on the General Conference level includes being a Director on General Council on Ministries (GCOM), General Board of Global Ministries (GBGM); the Women’s Division. She was a committed and faithful member of the United Methodist Women where she served as President of the Virginia Conference UMW. She served on the SEJ and Virginia Conference Committee on Episcopacy and as a Trustee at Ferrum College. Darlene was the District Lay Leader for the old Portsmouth District and last year she was the Lay Leader for the Elizabeth River (ER) District. She was on the ER District Board of Missions and District Committee on Ministry.
Mission was Darlene’s love and focus of her ministry. As the Virginia Annual Conference Lay Leader, Darlene, along with her husband Ollie, put many miles on their car as she traveled all over Virginia and the SEJ because she was in high demand as a speaker in local churches and church conferences. Many friends in Virginia, in the SEJ, the General Conference and around the world will miss Darlene’s leadership. One of her greatest joys was being with her friends she met through her ministry in The United Methodist Church and her mission trips to Russia, China, Africa and Haiti. Darlene loved her family. Her church family at Monumental UMC was very dear to her heart.
A funeral will be held at Monumental UMC in Portsmouth on Tuesday, June 1, 2021, at 11:00 am. The burial will follow at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens in Suffolk, VA. Friends are invited to greet the family at Darlene’s home following the burial.
Monumental UMC, 450 Dinwiddie St., Portsmouth, VA 23704
Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens, 4569 Shoulders Hill Road, Suffolk, VA 23435
Mr. Emerson L. Shelton, May 24, 2021
Word has been received that Emerson L. Shelton, a retired local pastor, died on May 24, 2021. Mr. Shelton served the South Fluvanna Charge from 2001 until he retired in 2007. Information on services is not yet available. Please keep his family in your prayers.
The Rev. Dabney Walters, May 20, 2021
The Rev. William Dabney Walters died on May 20, 2021, at the age of 91. He was born in Charlottesville but spent his high school years in Lynchburg, VA. Mr. Walters was a graduate of Lynchburg College and Duke Divinity School. In 1997 he retired as a pastor in the United Methodist Church of the Virginia Conference following 43 years of service. He served seven churches: Rustburg Charge; Toano Charge; Trinity, Poquoson; St. Mark’s, Petersburg; Monumental, Portsmouth; and Larchmont, Norfolk. He also served as the District Superintendent of the Rappahannock and Norfolk Districts. He was elected twice to the Southeastern Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church and served on many conference committees. He was an Army Veteran of the Korean War.
Dabney is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn Smith Walters; two children, Wendy Roane and husband David and Richard Walters and wife Julia. He is also survived by four grandchildren: Brandon Roane (Robyn), Ashley Rogers and husband Mike, Bonnie White and husband Nick, and Matthew Walters; and by six great-grandchildren: Amy, Sam, and Ezekiel Rogers and MaryElla, Harris, and AnnaLeigh Roane.
Mr. Walters was an outgoing person who was always happy and smiling with his clergy friends and at Monumental UMC. His strength was as a pastor. He was a familiar figure biking and walking in the Hatton Point area of Portsmouth and walking with Cashew, one of his 4-legged friends.
A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm at Meadowbrook Memorial Gardens on Wednesday, May 26, and a memorial service will be held at Monumental United Methodist Church on Thursday, May 27 at 1:00 pm. Reservations may be made for the memorial service by calling MUMC at 757-397-1297. Reservations are not necessary for the graveside service. Officiating will be Pastor Celeste Heath. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Monumental UMC, 450 Dinwiddie St., Portsmouth, VA 23704.
The Rev. Thomas Earl Jennings, May 17, 2021
The Rev. Thomas Earl Jennings, of Locust Grove, VA, passed away on his 87th birthday, on May 17, 2021, in Reston, VA. Born in Richmond, VA in 1934, the Rev. Jennings graduated from Randolph-Macon College and later Duke University before serving as pastor in numerous United Methodist churches in Virginia. He and his wife Delia retired in Manteo, North Carolina, before eventually returning to Virginia. The Rev. Jennings loved the beach, books, needlepoint, and his dogs—but above all, his wife Delia. His enduring romance with her unfolded for decades, from the house he helped to build for their retirement to twilit dances in the Caribbean. His family, friends, and parishioners knew him equally as a spiritual intellectual and also as an irreverent joker, and his stories—wise, authentic, and apt—touched hundreds of lives. He is survived by his wife, Delia Jennings, and his children by a previous marriage, Theresa Deese, Karen Lorelli (Matt), and Thomas Jennings, Jr.; Delia’s children, Michael Bardzell (Maryellen), Jeffrey Bardzell (Shaowen), Kathy Thomas (Alan), and Kelly Bardzell; and grandchildren Hunter and Drew Lorelli, and Benjamin, Jacob, and Ashley Bardzell. A private service was held due to COVID concerns. The family requests in lieu of flowers and gifts that donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research or the Hospice Foundation of America.
Churches he served in the Virginia Conference included McGaheysville, Gainesville, Chesterbrook, Lovettsville, Loudoun, Henderson, and Colonial Beach. He retired in 1998. He served Grace (Oak Grove) for a time in retirement.
Mrs. Crystal Dolores Jay, May 11, 2021
Crystal “Dolores” Jay, 98, died on Tuesday, May 11, She is survived by her brother Bob Skidmore; daughters, Carol (Dan) Kartanos and Vonda (Eric) Eanes; a son Jesse (Jenifer) Jay, and son in law Donald Hutchens; 8 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Dolores is preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Carroll Edward Jay, and a daughter, Mary Jo. The service for Mrs. Jay will be held at Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, Columbia, SC, on Thursday, May13, 2021 at 3 o’clock with Father Michael Platanis officiating. A livestream of the service may be viewed by visiting her obituary on the funeral home webpage at www.shivesfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas, 66676-8516.
The Rev. Dr. Paul Allen Beighley, lll, May 8, 2021
The Rev. Dr. Paul Allen Beighley, lll, age 73 of Brodnax, reunited with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, May 8, 2021, while a patient at VCU/Community Memorial Hospital. He was saved in 1970 and went right into the ministry. He was a United Methodist Minister for the Virginia Conference for over 50 years, with the last nine years spent at Bethany United Methodist Church, Brodnax. He was the Spiritual Director for Southside Emmaus, Chaplain at Greensville Correction Center through Grace Inside for 13 years where he also taught history classes, Spiritual Director with Kairos of Virginia, past speaker at Alders Gate, and many more accomplishments and honors. Always an avid learner, the Rev. Beighley sought to help others on their academic journeys. The Rev. Beighley was also the widower of his wife of 43 years, Dorcas Radeanna Beighley. The Rev. Beighley is survived by his daughter Mary Beighley of Brodnax, a sister Paulette Beighley and many loving cousins. A funeral service will be conducted Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 2:00 P.M. at Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory with a private burial in Bethany United Methodist Church. Online condolences may be sent through our website www.crowderhitecrews.com. Crowder-Hite-Crews funeral and Crematory is serving the Beighley family.
The Rev. Clyde W. Weaver, Jr., May 5, 2021
The Rev. Clyde W. Weaver, Jr. passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 5, 2021 at the Good Shepherd Hospice Center in Sebring, Florida at the age of 85. Clyde was born on September 23, 1935 in Staunton, VA to the late Clyde and Lula Weaver. He graduated from Wilson High School in Fishersville, VA and later went on to Warren Wilson Junior College in Asheville, NC. There he met Jewell, the love of his life. They married in October 1958, shortly after Clyde enlisted in the United States Army where he would proudly serve his country for the next few years. In the coming years he would be blessed with two daughters as well as become a school teacher that taught both academic subjects and music. Music was a big part of his life as he played various instruments and sang in and led various church choirs. During this time Clyde also attended James Madison University to obtain his Bachelors Degree and was called to the ministry in 1968. Clyde attended Duke University’s Seminary Program and graduated in 1972. Rev. Weaver would go on to spend 50 years in the ministry involving 10 appointments with 17 churches. In addition, he was a chaplain at various hospitals, nursing facilities, and the Volunteer Fire Department in Lorida, Florida. Clyde was very successful in his calling and touched many, many lives. One of his favorite things to do was spend time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren whom he loved with all his heart. Clyde is survived by Jewell, his wife of 62 years, 2 daughters – Donna Callaway and Denise Click & husband Mike, 3 granddaughters – Stephanie Byers & husband Randy, Brandi McDaniel & husband Bruce, and Kristin Callaway & fiancee Wilson, and 3 great-granddaughters – Avreigh and Emmalyn Byers and Savannah Ballard. A memorial service is being planned for this summer in Clyde’s home state of Virginia.
Mrs. Stella Mae Smith Fritter, May 5, 2021
Mrs. Stella Mae Smith Fritter, 101, passed away May 5, 2021, after a long, full life. She had been a resident of the Hermitage at Cedarfield in Henrico County for 23 years. Stella was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Albert N. Fritter; her parents, Lela Evans and James Jackson Smith of Arley, Ala.; three brothers, Truman, George, and Durell Smith; as well as four sisters, Eva Watkins, Polly Stoffel, Edyth Plunkett, and Betty Ledbetter. Stella is survived by her son, Albert N. Fritter Jr. and wife, Betty; one grandson, Christopher N. Fritter and wife, Yen; and one brother, Milburn Smith of Jasper, Ala.; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. After holding various means of employment over the years, including supporting her husband as a minister’s wife, Stella retired from the Department of the Army as a budget analyst. After moving to the Richmond area, she was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church on Forest Avenue, Richmond, Va., and a life member of the United Methodist Women. The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to all the staff and nurses at Cedarfield, who took such wonderful care of Stella through her many years of residence there. We also wish to express our appreciation to the Hospice Community Care staff for their special care during this last year. A graveside service was held on May 12, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, 4000 Pilots Lane, Richmond, Va. In memory of Stella, contributions may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave., Richmond, Va. 23229.
The Rev. D. Glen Langston, May 2, 2021
Word has been received that the Rev. D. Glen Langston passed away on May 2, 2021. His funeral will be held at Sunset Drive UMC in Broadway, VA, on May 14 at 2:00 p.m. His full obituary will be shared when it becomes available. Please keep his wife, Tara, in your prayers. Glen began his ministerial career in 1979 at Sleepy Hollow. He was the district program coordinator in the Arlington District from 1982 to 1983 then went on to serve Capron. In 1987 he was named executive director of Industrial and Commerical Ministries. He returned to the the pulpit in 1990 and served Ferebee-Halstead-St. Luke’s, Main Street in Bedford, and Otterbein in the Harrisonburg District. He retired in 2004. In retirement he served Parnassus and Grottoes, both in the Harrisonburg District.
The Rev. David Glen Langston, 79, of Broadway, Va., passed away May 2, 2021, at Bellaire at Stone Port Assisted Living in Harrisonburg. He was born Feb. 7, 1942, in Brownsville, Texas, to the late Austinn and Del Lutz Langston.
Glen was a minister with the United Methodist Church. He was a police chaplain for the Harrisonburg and Broadway Police Department.
On Oct. 1, 1983, he married the former Tara DeButts, who survives.
Also surviving are one son, Scott Langston, and wife, Allyson, of Staunton; one granddaughter, Madi Langston; one sister, Kristina Ibanez, and husband, Juan, of Texas; one brother, Kenneth Langston, and wife, Shirley, of Texas; one sister-in-law, Sharon Richardson and husband, Rich, of Virginia; beloved dogs, Graham and Addison; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Drs. Tom Murphy and Franklin Gillis will conduct a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Friday, May 14, at Sunset Drive United Methodist Church in Broadway. Per CDC requirements, masks and social distancing are required. The body was cremated.
Arrangements are entrusted to Grandle Funeral Home in Broadway.
Memorial contributions may be made to Industrial and Commercial Ministries, 57 South Main St., Unit 612, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 or Cat’s Cradle, 122 South Main St., Unit 101, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.grandlefuneralhome.com.
The Rev. Dr. Daniel L. Garrett, April 25, 2021
A graveside service for Rev. Dr. Daniel Lee Garrett will be held on Saturday, May 1st at 11am PDT at Good Shepherd Cemetery in Huntington Beach, CA. Masks and social distancing will be required. For family and friends throughout the country, the service will be live-streamed on Youtube, and available to replay later at the following link: https://youtu.be/iK_m6SgkrpM
Please note the Pacific time zone, the service will be live at 2pm on the East Coast.
The Rev. Dr. Daniel Lee Garrett died peacefully on Sunday, April 25, 2021 at his home in Costa Mesa, California, surrounded by his family. He was born in Zanesville, Ohio to the Rev. Bernard John Garrett and Pauline Elizabeth Smith Garrett on March 4, 1941. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, the Rev. Dr. Susan Schweitzer Garrett, his sons David (Marcy) of Tustin, California, and Joshua (Ngoc) of Costa Mesa, California, and by his five grandchildren, Zachary, Jonathan, and Benjamin of Tustin, and June and Heath of Costa Mesa. He is also survived by his sister, Marjorie Veach (Bill) of Homosassa, Florida, and by his sisters- and brothers-in-law, Sally and Jack Sanders and Carol and Peter Schilling, and eight nieces and nephews.
After graduating from the University of Virginia in 1963, Dan served in the Navy for four years, including as the Executive Officer of the USS Coconino County (LST-603), stationed in Vietnam. Following his service in the Navy, Dan attended Yale Divinity School, and then served as a United Methodist minister and seminary professor in Virginia for the next 40 years. His appointments included Regester Chapel in Stafford, Fincastle, Strasburg, Duncan Memorial in Berryville, and Central United Methodist Church in Staunton. He also taught United Methodist Studies at three seminaries—Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, and at Union Presbyterian Seminary and Virginia Union School of Theology, both in Richmond. In retirement, he and his wife Susan served interim pastoral appointments at First United Methodist and Braddock Street United Methodist Churches in Winchester. Retirement was also the time when Dan became a part of the Arts Chorale of Winchester and the Piedmont Singers, and when he wrote five books on United Methodist ministry, practical theology, and history.
Memorial donations may be made to Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 4400 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA 92604, or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266.
The Rev. Ralph Wayne Hogue, March 24, 2021
The Rev. Ralph Wayne Hogue, 89, of Fredericksburg passed away on Wednesday, March 24, 2021 at his residence. He was born on January 23, 1932 to the late Ralph and Leola (Sweeney) Hogue.
He graduated from Bradford High School in Bradford, PA, Houghton College (Houghton, NY) and the United Theological Seminary (Dayton, OH). Rev. R. Wayne Hogue served faithfully as a Christian minister spanning more than 50 years at the following churches predominantly in the (former) Central Pennsylvania (now “Susquehanna”) Conference: Glenwood EUB Church, Erie PA (1957-1960); Degolia EUB Church, Degolia PA (1960-1962); Buffalo Run Charge, Bellefonte PA (1962-1967); Grace U.M. Church, Centre Hall PA (1967-1975); Fayetteville U.M. Church, Fayetteville PA (1975-1981); Bethany U.M. Church, Hughesville PA (1981-1994); First U.M. Church, Blossburg PA (1994-1995). After his retirement in 1995, he served at the St. Luke U.M. Church, York PA (1995-1998) and Falmouth U.M. Church, Fredericksburg VA (2001-2009).
Survivors include his children Carolyn Joshua of Fredericksburg, David Hogue (Rosa) of Fredericksburg, and Lori Hogue (Leigh) of Charlottesville; grandchildren Natasha Grant of Newville PA, Kara Smith (Trevor) of Enterprise AL and Bryce Hogue of Fredericksburg; great-grandson Ian Smith of Enterprise AL; and siblings Colyn Frederick of Bradford PA, Glen Hogue of Phoenix AZ and Carl Bartlett of The Villages FL. He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Margaret Charlene Hogue and siblings John Hogue, Sally Hogue, and Jim Bartlett.
A service will be held privately at St. Matthias United Methodist Church. An interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens
The Rev. Richard W. “Dickie” Coffey, March 9, 2021
Richard “Dickie” Wayne Coffey, born April 9, 1954. After a long fight with COVID-19, Dickie said his goodbyes to friends and family and was ready to “meet Jesus” the morning of March 9, 2021. He was preceded in death by both parents, Alvin Coffey (Powhatan, Va.) and Vivian Payne Ferebee (Tappahannock, Va.). He is survived by his stepmother, Deanna Coffey (Cumberland, Va.); his best friend and wife, Shawn; his two sons, Jason Coffey (Jamie) (Pensacola, Fla.) and Blakely Coffey (Jenny) (Colorado Springs, Colo.); four stepchildren whom he loved as if they were his own, Jamie Ficor (Nicole), Erin Ficor, Amanda Ficor and Christine Ficor; his siblings, Denise Schmitt (Cumberland, Va.), Carol Sue Coffey Smith (Charles) (Powhatan, Va.), Rowlett Coffey (Robin) (Buckingham, Va.); and many nieces and nephews.
He was a graduate of Midlothian High School, Liberty University (Bachelor of Science) and Virginia Union University (Master of Divinity).
He retired from Chesterfield County Fire Department in 2004, having served 34 years as a Volunteer Firefighter, Dispatcher, Firefighter and Fire Investigator. Dickie started his journey in Scouting as a child and proudly saw both of his sons become Eagle Scouts. He took on the position of Camp Director for Camp T. Brady Saunders Boy Scout Reservation, where for six years he touched the lives of thousands of young men as he continued his education. He started his pastoral ministry at Corinth United Methodist Church in Goochland, Va., and was Pastor of Brookland United Methodist Church, Richmond, Va., upon his death.
Dickie never met a stranger and was never one to say, “I don’t have time for that.” When asked, “How are you?” his response was always, “Mah-velous.” He had the gift of patience and his fondest wish in life was that we all love Jesus and love one another.There will be a Celebration of Life at Grace Church (2240 Cranbeck Road, Richmond, Va. 23235) on Saturday, April 10, at 11 a.m. Everyone is asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing. Family also asks for all Scouts and Firefighters to please consider wearing uniforms to the church service. The celebration will continue outside, open house style, at Coffey Grounds (2260 Barley Farms Lane, Powhatan, Va. 23139) until “you don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here” is announced.
The Rev. Maria M. Waters, March 7, 2021
The Rev. Maria M. Waters passed away March 7, 2021. She began her ministerial career in the Virginia Conference in 1979 at Pocomoke. She went on to serve Hallwood-Sanford-Saxis, Isle of Wight, and Middlesex. She retired in 1997. She is under the care of the Cremation Society of Virginia. No funeral arrangements are currently available. Please keep the family in your prayers.
The Rev. Bettie Jean Vanhook, March 4, 2021
The Rev. Bettie Jean Vanhook passed away on March 4, 2021. Retired since 1992, she began her ministerial career in 1974 at Callaghan. She went on to serve Sherando-Lyndhurst, Centenary in Jarratt, the Orange Circuit, Mount Sinai in the Harrisonburg District, and Mount Pleasant in the Harrisonburg District. No funeral arrangements are available at this time. Please keep the family in your prayers.
The Rev. Mary M. Wilkins, February 27, 2021
The Rev. Mary Murton Wilkins of Ashburn, Virginia, beloved sister, aunt, and friend to many, passed on Saturday morning the 27th of February.
Mary was born in Quicksburg, Virginia on October the 4th, 1939 to parents Gilbert F. and Mabel H. Wilkins. While growing up, Mary excelled athletically in school, and was very involved in her church youth group. She also developed an interest in music and learned to play the piano, trumpet, and guitar, and played violin in her high school orchestra and the French horn in band.
Mary was inspired from an early age to pursue work in the church, and possessed a self-confidence in public speaking and the ability to lead. However, these aspirations were tempered, as she would need to put herself through college at a time where few, if any, female role models in the clergy existed. Mary worked in a bank in Washington, D.C., and saved enough to attend Ferrum Junior College, a small United Methodist college in southwest Virginia, where she flourished academically and held several key leadership positions in student government and campus organizations.
It was at Ferrum where Mary participated in a program in which pre-ministerial students preached and conducted worship in small rural churches which were without a regular minister. This experience confirmed Mary’s interest in entering the ministry. She subsequently transferred to American University, where she received her Bachelor of Art’s degree in Sociology. Afterward, she enrolled in Wesley Theological Seminary and later graduated with a Master of Divinity degree in 1969.
While attending Wesley in 1968, Mary was ordained a Deacon in the United Methodist Church and, as such, was the first female seminary graduate ordained in the Virginia Conference – a true trailblazer paving the way for others.
Following seminary, she was appointed by the Bishop to serve as the minister of two small churches, thirty-five to forty miles south of Washington, D.C. It was during this assignment, which included working with complex family problems, that Mary became engaged in and developed a passion for pastoral counseling. This introduced her to opportunities in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and eventually led her to a career with Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center and later with Swedish Covenant Hospital, both in Chicago, Illinois.
Along the way, Mary’s adventures took her to faraway places such as India and South Africa, where she was able to experience new and interesting cultures while sharing her passion for the ministry.
After retirement, Mary returned to Virginia in 2010, where she spent her time engaged in golfing, gardening, and learning sign language while living at Ashby Ponds Community. She is survived by sisters Phyllis Hughitt and Barbara Bonner, and brother Ed Wilkins, and their extended families. Mary will be deeply missed by her family, and remembered by a close friend who said “she drives like the devil and preaches like an angel.”
A private service was held on March 6. Burial was held at Zirkle Cemetery, New Market VA on Sunday afternoon, March 7.
Mrs. Phyllis Nuckols, February 27, 2021
Phyllis Nuckols died on February 27, 2021, at the age of 86. Survivors include her husband of 58 years, the Rev. Bill Nuckols, and daughter Kim Belouin and son Lane Nuckols and his wife Debbie; a sister Joyce Edmonston, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to the History Fund of Phoebus United Methodist Church, 300 E Mellen St, Hampton, VA 23663. Graveside service will be private.
Mrs. Marie P. Pack, February 18, 2021
Mrs. Marie Powell Pack, age 93 of Stuart, passed away Thursday, February 18, 2021 at Kings Grant in Martinsville. She was born in Henry County on September 11, 1927 to the late Virgil Estes Powell and Nellie Martin Powell. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 72 years, the Rev. Raymond Elwood Pack; one daughter, Vicki Michele Pack Pate; one son, Barry Phillip Pack; one sister, Nellie Wright; and two brothers, Thomas, and Morris Powell. Marie was of the Methodist faith. Surviving is a granddaughter, Kelly Walton of Stuart; two great grandchildren; one sister, Stella Hankins of Jacksonville, FL; one brother, Virgil Lloyd Powell of Martinsville; and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service was held Sunday, February 21, 2021 at the Haley-Pack Family Cemetery with Pastors Keith Vernon, Stanley Wright, and Tommy Shepherd officiating. Memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 730 East Church St., Suite 13, Martinsville, VA 24112. Online condolences may be sent to www.moodyfuneralservices.com. A special thanks to caregivers Sharon Tarpley, Rebecca Lilley, Betty Gaither, Annie Brown, Donna Dalton. Words cannot express our deepest gratitude to Pam Wright and to the nurses, social workers, and staff of Mountain Valley Hospice for their kindness and exceptional care.
The Rev. C. Warner Crumb, February 8, 2021
The Rev. Charles Warner Crumb of Roanoke, Virginia entered the Life Triumphant on February 8, 2021 at the age of 100. He was born August 18, 1920 in Cheriton, VA, the third child of Edgar Alvin Crumb, Sr. and Nell Howlett Crumb, both of whom predeceased their children. He was the husband of the late Martha Elizabeth Hawkins Crumb for 70 years. He was also predeceased by an infant grandson, William Warner Bodine.
A child of the Bay, Warner grew up on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the towns of Cheriton, Oyster, and Cape Charles, graduating from Cape Charles High School in 1937. At the age of seventeen, he was called to and began preparation for the Christian Ministry, completing studies at Randolph-Macon College (Ashland, VA) and the Candler School of Theology at Emory University (Atlanta, GA). He served student pastorates in college and seminary and began full-time ministry on the Batesville Methodist Charge in Albemarle and Nelson Counties (VA), followed by the West Hanover Charge in Hanover (VA). In 1947, he met and married his devoted wife, Martha, with whom he shared his life and his ministry.
Warner was also a Chaplain in the U.S. Naval Reserves and was recalled to active duty at the time of the Korean War. Following two years with the U.S. Marines, he was appointed founding pastor of Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA. His ministry continued at Ramsey Memorial United Methodist Church in Chesterfield until he was named Administrator of the Hermitage Methodist Home in Richmond. His ministry there of eighteen years concluded with the building of a nursing wing, the Via Health Care Center. He was then named Director of Development for the Virginia United Methodist Homes system.
Warner’s life came full circle in 1983 when Bishop Robert Blackburn called him to his Cabinet as the District Superintendent of his beloved Eastern Shore. He served as DS for five years before retiring and moving to Roanoke, VA, where he served interim ministries at Melrose, Southview, and Boones Mill United Methodist Churches.
Warner’s ministry extended beyond the local church, serving on the boards and agencies of the United Methodist Church and several civic organizations. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Charlottesville Chamber of Commerce, the Virginia Conference Credit Union, the Virginia United Methodist Foundation, and a Trustee of Virginia Wesleyan College and Ferrum College. He also served as Chaplain, Roanoke Chapter, and State Chaplain of the Military Order of World Wars (MOWW.)
In retirement, Warner enjoyed gardening, carpentry, extensive writing, and spending quality time with family, friends, and his dear cat, Oscar. He will be remembered for the 101 bluebird houses he built to give to family and friends and the thousands of letters he wrote. His deepest regret in life was to have never been a published author. For those of us who were the fortunate recipients of his many letters, his words will forever be published in our hearts.
Warner’s contributions to the United Methodist Church in Virginia, the Hermitage in Richmond and the Virginia United Methodist Homes system (now Pinnacle Living) are immeasurable. It was his honor to participate in the Richmond Hermitage’s 70th anniversary in September of 2018 at the age of 98. He was an active resident at the Hermitage in Roanoke until his death.
Warner is survived by two daughters, Beth Snead (Bob), and Nell Bodine, whose hearts are broken but rejoice in the heavenly reunion of their parents. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Martha Facenda (Dave), Elizabeth Bowdel (Jamey), David Bodine (Kristen), and Michael Bodine, six great-grandchildren, Aida and Luca Facenda, Reagan Bowdel, and Zoey, Will and Max Bodine, and several very special nieces, nephews and their extended families.
The family wishes to thank the Hermitage Roanoke for the loving care he received in his 15 years there. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Samaritan Fund, Pinnacle Living, 5101 Cox Road, Suite 225, Glen Allen, VA 23060; Occohannock on the Bay, PO Box 317, Parksley, VA 23421; Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, 1901 Thomson Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903; or Greene Memorial United Methodist Church, 402 Second Street SW, Roanoke, VA 24011.
Oakey’s Roanoke Chapel is assisting the family. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
The Rev. Samuel Franklin Caldwell, February 3, 2021
The Rev. Samuel Franklin Caldwell, 99, formerly of Rustburg died Wednesday, February 3, 2021, at Autumn Care of Altavista. He was twice married, first to the late Carol Evelyn Tweedy Caldwell and secondly, to the late May Luella Shaffer Mosebrook Caldwell.
He was born September 30, 1921, in Campbell County, a son of the late Samuel A. Caldwell and Eunice Franklin Caldwell. He was a member of Bethany United Methodist Church, a retired minister, and a U.S. Army World War II veteran.
The Rev. Caldwell began ministry in 1965 and served as associate pastor under the Rev. Merle Shepherd. He studied at Ferrum College and Duke Divinity School and served as a Licensed Local Pastor (1968-1972) and later as Associate Member of the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church (1977-1983).
During his ministry, he served the congregations at Perrows Chapel, New Hope, Calvary, Wesleybury, Republican Grove, St. Andrews, Providence, Huddleston, Mt Horeb, Patmos, Independence, Mt Zion, Evington, Lambs, Leesville, and New Bethel UMCs, in the Lynchburg District and retired in 1988.
He is survived by a son, Ray Caldwell, and his wife, Kay of Altavista; a daughter, Dana C. Mosebrook and her husband, Bill of Gladys; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Caldwell of Hurt; seven grandchildren, fifteen great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two sons, Robert Caldwell and Barry Caldwell; and one great-grandson.
A funeral service was held on Sunday, February 7, 2021, at Bethany United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jennifer Vestal Moore with interment in the church cemetery with military honors by American Legion Altavista Memorial Post 36 and Gretna Post 232.
The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider American Legion Altavista Memorial Post 36 and Gretna Post 232, P.O. Box 153, Altavista, VA 24517; Bethany United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 327, 2272 Bethany Rd., Rustburg, VA 24588; or a charity of your choice.
Mrs. Linda I. Hurlock, January 20, 2021
SALISBURY, MD – Linda Insley Hurlock died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in the company of her two daughters. Born in Salisbury, she was the daughter of the late Wade Hampton Insley Jr. and Evelyn Long Insley.
She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. She was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church and the American Association of University Women. She worked as a teacher for several years.
She is survived by her daughters, Tamara Hurlock Williams of Onley and Anne Hurlock Anoia of Charleston, S.C.; her brother, Wade “Beau” Insley III; four grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her son, Charles Insley Hurlock; and her husband, the Rev. Charles Gallagher Hurlock.
Services were held at Bethesda United Methodist Church in Salisbury on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, with burial at Parsons Cemetery.
The Rev. Pamela Baldwin, January 20, 2021
It is with sadness but with the blessed assurance of our Lord, that I share with you that the Rev. Pam Baldwin has claimed the promise of the resurrection. Rev. Baldwin was serving our Lord in retirement at Bluemont UMV and Roszell Chapel. Pam fought valiantly against COVID 19 but succumbed to this terrible virus. Please keep her family in your hearts and prayers.
Rev. Pamela Jean Baldwin of Stephens City, VA passed away on January 20th, 2021 at Winchester Medical Center. She was 67.
Pamela was licensed as a local pastor in June of 2005. She served the Augusta Springs-Craigsville-Goshen Charge from 2005 until 2010 as she was also attending Eastern Mennonite University. She graduated from EMU in 2010. After her graduation she was assigned to Rock Spring UMC in Faber, Virginia and served there from 2010 until her retirement in June of 2020. In her retirement, Pam served at Bluemont UMC and Roszell Chapel UMC in Loudoun County, VA since July of 2020.
Pamela is survived by her daughter, Tammy (Rick) McMahon, and her son, Harold P. Hammons, Jr. as well as her 6 grandchildren and a sister and a brother in New York. There will be a Celebration of Life once that is possible post-pandemic. If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers, the family suggests supporting any of the above mentioned churches in her honor.
Condolences and Remembrances can be sent to Tammy McMahon, 151 Westchester Drive, Stephens City, VA 22655.
Mrs. Charlotte Lee Hinkle Whetzel, January 9, 2021
Charlotte Lee Hinkle Whetzel joined this world on March 9, 1938, in Keyser, WV. Daughter of Floyd and Viola Hinkle, Charlotte had five older siblings: Esta Mae Derrow, Earl Hinkle, Elvira Matheny, Sharon Hulvey, and Elmo Hinkle. The family moved to Timberville, VA when Charlotte was 2. One sunny day, at the age of 13, Charlotte met the love of her life, Kenneth Whetzel of New Market, VA, when Ken, who was 15, and his father delivered bottled gas to her home. Smitten, Ken had a friend drive him to Timberville to see Charlotte later that evening. Charlotte graduated from Broadway High School in 1956 and attended the Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. She and Ken married on April 17, 1957, and had three children.
Known as Sally by her siblings, Charlotte always lit up a room. Her beauty, warmth, and generosity were unparalleled. She was a skilled pianist and soprano. Charlotte was the secret weapon to Ken’s successful 40-year career as a United Methodist minister, supporting him in every shape and fashion at various churches across Virginia. She was also a tremendous mom and homemaker. Welcoming ALL into her home, with hugs, brought Charlotte joy. Her renowned cooking skills brought them all back, again and again. Charlotte and Ken returned to the Shenandoah Valley in 1995 and lived in the Whetzel family home in New Market for 23 years, spoiling their grandchildren wonderfully. In December 2018 they moved to a retirement home in Harrisonburg VA. Charlotte left this world on January 9, 2021, leaving it a much better place, more full of love than how she found it. She is survived by her husband Ken, 3 children: Leigh Newsom (Tom); Greg Whetzel (Molly); Jay Whetzel (Lisa); 7 grandchildren: Josh Newsom (Amy); Paul Newsom (Jesse); Brian (Lorien); Justine Whetzel; Ben Whetzel, Sam Whetzel, Anna Whetzel; 2 great-grandchildren, Caleb Newsom and Charlotte Newsom; and many loving nieces and nephews.
A graveside service for family only was held at Singers Glen Cemetery. A virtual Zoom Celebration of Charlotte Whetzel’s Life will be held in the coming weeks. To receive an invite to the celebration, please complete the following link: http://bit.ly/CWhetzel.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Food Pantry at Manor Memorial United Methodist Church, 9320 N. Congress Street, New Market, Virginia 22844, where Charlotte and Ken volunteered feeding the hungry during her twilight.
Online condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.mcmullenfh.com.
The Rev. Fred Thomas Gilley Sr., January 9, 2021
The Rev. Fred Thomas Gilley Sr., Stuart, VA, aged 91 years, peacefully completed his earthly journey at his residence and went to be with the Lord, Saturday, January 9, 2021. The Rev. Gilley is survived by his beautiful bride and life partner in service to the Lord for more than 66 years, Jean Catherine Hancock Gilley of the home.
Prior to retirement from the Virginia United Methodist Conference, he served churches in Halifax County, Nokesville, VA and churches in the North Carolina Conference. Subsequent Virginia Conference appointments were Dry Fork, Keysville, the North Amelia Charge (Epworth, Salem, and Holly Hills), Salem and Vinton, VA and Gordonsville, VA. Fred was a field reporter for the Cooperative Farmer magazine published by Southern States Cooperative for seven years while serving as a full-time pastor for the North Amelia Charge. Fred was also a former editor of The Enterprise, Stuart, VA. A life-long learner, he engaged in theological self-study through voracious reading and wrote religious articles and commentaries for local newspapers and religious periodicals. He also served in retirement as what he jokingly and lovingly referred to as “full-time, part-time ministry” as a supply pastor for local Presbyterian churches and as a substitute pastor during absences of fellow clergy of all denominations.
A graveside service was held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 2:00 PM at Patrick Memorial Gardens with Pastors John Franklin and Thomas Shepherd officiating. Notes of condolence may be sent to Jean Gilley, 100 Sunset Drive, Stuart, VA 24171.
The Rev. Gilbert F. Cofer, January 4, 2021
The Rev. Gilbert Francis Cofer, 99, of Lewisetta, Va., died peacefully in his favorite chair on January 4, 2021.
Born in Eunice, West Virginia on February 2, 1921, Rev. Cofer grew up in Alderson, WV. He was raised primarily by his mother, since his father traveled as a coal mine inspector. He graduated from Emory & Henry College, and committed his life to the service of God. He received his divinity degree from Duke University in 1946, and joined the Virginia Conference of the Methodist Church.
While at Duke, he met an undergraduate named Margaret Elizabeth Swofford of Hollis, NC, who became the love of his life. They married shortly after his graduation, and he began his ministry as a “circuit rider” for churches around Disputanta, Virginia. He became the youth minister of the Wesley Foundation at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, followed by assignment to Great Falls Methodist Church. Gil then became Director of Adult Ministries at the Conference offices in Richmond. In 1961, he was assigned as Executive Secretary for the Alexandria and Arlington Districts, where he was placed in charge of adult education for Northern Virginia and Director of Camp Highroad near Middleburg.
Gil is remembered most for his many years as Director of Camp Highroad. Camp Highroad provided week-long residential programs during the summer for children and teenagers from Northern Virginia. Campers built fond memories of swimming, archery, stargazing, horseback-riding, crafting, hiking, and camping in the rustic setting of the camp. During his tenure, Camp Highroad developed a year-round retreat center used by many groups. Highroad also hosted Camp Kentan, a program sponsored by Eunice Kennedy Shriver and the Civitans. Camp Kentan provided activities and fellowship opportunities for disabled children and adults.
Gil retired from the ministry to care for his wife Beth in 1975. They traveled in RV comfort for many years, eventually spending their winters at Venture Out on Cudjoe Key, Florida. Beth died on January 4, 2002, exactly 19 years before Gil’s death.
Reverend Cofer was predeceased by his parents, Richard Clyde Cofer and Laura Johanna (Gildersleeve) Cofer; his sister Eloise; and brothers Richard and Joseph. He is survived by his daughter, Mary Elizabeth Dix (Tom, deceased) of Lewisetta, VA and his sons Charles Gilbert Cofer (Emily) of Jacksonville, FL, and John Lewis Cofer of Knoxville, TN. He leaves 5 grandchildren, 8 great-grandchildren, one step great-grandchild, and many nieces and nephews.
Arrangements made through Welch Funeral Home, 10300 Richmond Rd., Warsaw, VA 22572. Internment of his ashes will be next to his wife in Shelby, NC, with a memorial service at a future date.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The Westmoreland Players Theater, 16217 Richmond Rd, Callao, VA 22435, https://www.westmorelandplayers.org/ where he spent many happy hours helping. Memories appreciated at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Rev. Donald A. Baird, January 2, 2021
The Rev. Donald A. Baird, age 101, passed away on Saturday, January 2, 2021, in Pittsburgh, PA. Husband of the late Miriam Baird; father of Elaine Bauknight (Brian) of Clinton, PA and Donna Geery (Pat) of Austin, TX; grandfather of seven; great-grandfather of 13; and great-great-grandfather of seven.
Don served churches in the West Ohio, Western Pennsylvania, and Virginia Conferences. Churches he served in Virginia included Wallace Memorial, and the James River Charge. After retiring in 1989 he served Hyco and Fairmount Park in Norfolk. He also worked for the United Way for a period of time.
There will be no visitation; services will be held privately. Arrangements entrusted to the JOHN F. SLATER FUNERAL HOME, INC., 412-881-4100, 4201 Brownsville Road, Brentwood 15227. If desired, please make a contributions to Asbury Heights, 700 Bower Hill Rd., Pittsburgh, PA 15216, Benevolent Care Fund. Please send condolences to www.johnfslater.com.
Mrs. Mamie (Moss) Cheseldine, January 2, 2021
July 2, 1934 ~ January 2, 2021 (age 86)
Note: Mamie was the wife of the Rev. Charles E Cheseldine who passed away in April of 1987. The Rev. Cheseldine served United Methodist churches in Kentucky from 6-1-55 to 6-11-58 when he was appointed in the Virginia Conference to serve Richmond Rappa, West Mathews, Dillwyn, Sherando Lyndhurst, and the Axton United Methodist churches. He retired 12-31-1981.
Mamie Moss Cheseldine passed away in Buckingham on January 2, 2021. She was born July 2, 1934, to Cosby Moody Moss and Gladys O’Bryant Moss. She is preceded in death by her husband Charles E. Cheseldine, her parents, her sister Edith Longest and her Grandson Rondall Powers. She is survived by her daughter Joyce Cline (Gary), grandson Nathan Powers (Hanan) and their sons Sulaiman and Idris, granddaughter Johni Fraykor (Nick) and children Gwyneth, Harrison and Anya and grandson Burns Powers and his mother Jennifer. She is also survived by three sisters Jeanette (Dee), Vernelle, and Stella, and two brothers Harry and Ray.
When Mamie was born, she had an undiagnosed congenital heart defect. At age sixteen she was diagnosed and led by Dr. Garland Dyches to MCV hospital where she discovered that she had miraculously survived a deadly condition and the first to have open heart surgery to correct it. She had a 50/50 chance at best with surgery and no chance to live without it. The whole county rallied around Mamie and prayed for this little girl to live. Doctors and students from all over the world came to MCV to observe her operation. There was even a little documentary book written about her ordeal. Mamie did live through her surgery and after weeks stationed in an “iron lung” she came home and the rest is history.
Mamie loved gardening and the pink roses that surrounded her cottage-style home showed it. She spent time feeding the birds and squirrels and talked to them as if they were her children.
Mamie was a charitable person and gave generously to many children’s and veterans organizations, her favorites being St. Jude’s, Shriners Hospital for Children, and Wounded Warriors. She loved children and if she heard of any child who was in need, Mamie would pull out her purse.
Mamie was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Dillwyn. She loved the church and its people. Attending church was one of the things that she missed so much when Covid hit our community.
Mamie loved her friends and family and they will miss her greatly.
Graveside service was held, Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at 2 p.m. in the Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery. Dunkum Funeral Home served the family.
Mrs. Marion McMullin Tatum, January 1, 2021
Marion McMullin Tatum passed away, January 1, 2021. Born September 21, 1928 in Petersburg, Virginia to Leonard Aubry and Pearl Beazley McMullin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. William P. Tatum, Jr., her parents and siblings, Emily Schultz Dunlap, Norman McMullin, and Pearl Roper McMullin. She is survived by her four children, Patricia Poythress (Neil), William P. Tatum, III (Arlene), Jeanette Woodfin (Joe), and Marion Fauver (Dicky). She was a beloved grandmother, great grandmother, and great-great grandmother.
She lived her life as a testimony to God, serving diligently with her husband in many churches throughout the United Methodist Conference of Virginia. God was always first in her life. Her sincere, spiritual kindness drew many people to her and closer to God. Part of her spiritual journey included participating in a “Walk to Emmaus”, as a pilgrim. It strengthened her personal relationship with Jesus Christ as God’s grace and love was revealed to her through other believers.
She will be loved and missed by all who knew her. We celebrate her new life now residing with Jesus, as we know she had the best New Year ever.
Services to be held at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Virginia on Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 3 p.m. with Rev. Michael H. Browder officiating. Visitation to be held one hour prior to the service. Interment at Olive Branch United Methodist Church, Gasburg, Virginia at the conclusion of service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Olive Branch United Methodist Church, PO Box 65, Gasburg, VA 23857. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
The Rev. James H. Boice Jr., December 23, 2020
BOICE, The Rev. Dr. James H., Jr., died December 23, 2020, after a short battle with the COVID-19 virus. He was born April 13, 1931, in Harrisonburg, Va., to Hillyer and Charlotte Yancey Boice. The family moved to Lynchburg, Va., in 1942, where he grew up. He was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his children, Emily Evenson Boice; and also by his second wife, Sally Phillips Boice, whom he married after Emily’s death. His sister, Charlotte B. Dresser also predeceased him. He is survived by his son, James H. Boice III (Christine) and their children, Michael, Stephanie, Marissa and Nathan Boice. He is also surved by his daughter, Elizabeth Boice Goetz, and her children, Lydia Hall Schaub, Addie Hall and E.J. Hall. He is further survived by his brother, Judge William G. Boice.
He was a 1952 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Randolph-Macon College, where he was named by the college’s president as the Outstanding Graduate of that year, and from which college he later received an honorary doctorate degree. Thereafter, he graduated from Yale University Divinity School in 1955. His first appointment in the United Methodist Church was to RMC as Director of Religious Activities. Thereafter, he served pastorates in the Virginia Conference of the UMC in Accomac, Stanleytown, Onancock, Petersburg, Winchester, Ashland, Centenary Richmond and as Superintendent of the Eastern Shore District.
Jim was a devoted husband to both of his wives, seeing to their every need with loving care for as long as he could. He had an unwavering love for, and pride in, all his children and grandchildren. He felt called to be a minister and devote his life to the church at the age of 12. That never changed and he fulfilled that call faithfully to the end. He was blessed with the heart of a servant.
He loved gardening and sailing his little sail boat on the Chesapeake Bay, and doing all things family oriented. His was a life well lived. Rest in peace good and faithful servant.
Due to COVID-19, the family will have a service at a later date.
The Rev. Richard Lee Worden, December 17, 2020
Richard Lee Worden, 84, of Harrisonburg, formerly of Luray, passed away December 17, 2020, at Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community, where he received kind and compassionate care. He was born on June 13, 1936, and was the son of the late Russell and Eva Amos Worden.
Richard was born and raised in the mountains of Appalachia in Pikeville, Ky. and graduated as valedictorian from Pikeville Academy. He later attended Pikeville College and the University of Louisville before being called into the ministry and graduating from Kentucky Wesleyan College. In 1983, he received an honorary Doctor of Ministry degree from Emory & Henry College.
On August 24, 1957, he married the former Elizabeth Reeves Gamble of Louisville, Ky. They relocated to Atlanta where Richard graduated with a Master’s Degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Richard began his career with the United Methodist Conference and served 41 years in Virginia. Rev. Worden led four congregations, which began with the founding of St. Stephen’s (Fairfax County), and subsequently the churches of South Roanoke, Reveille (Richmond) and Annandale. He served as District Superintendent of the Alexandria and Roanoke Districts.
Upon retirement from the Virginia United Methodist Conference, Richard retired to Luray where he continued to develop his “informal ministry,” exemplifying the gifts of gratitude, generosity and good humor. He delighted in sharing his many varied interests which included travel, philosophy, trains, toy collecting, classical music, circuses, travel trailers, donuts and ice cream. His expansive toy collection is now housed at Luray Caverns in the Toy Town Junction. While retired, Richard visited the Mediterranean, the Baltic, Antarctic and Artic regions, and he and Elizabeth generously hosted many family cruises to Europe and the Caribbean.
Richard was preceded in death by his beloved wife on December 7, 2016, after 59 years of marriage. He and Elizabeth were blessed with a vibrant family life and affirmed the joy of “living in grace.”
Surviving are three daughters, Beth Mallalieu and husband, Mark of Luray, Becky Echard and husband, Mark of Rockingham, and Amy Slaubaugh and husband, Todd of Dayton; eight grandchildren, Richard Mallalieu and wife, Alexis, Benjamin Mallalieu and wife, Whitney, Hannah Mallalieu Rogers and husband, Andrew, Thomas Mallalieu and fiancée, Emma Landon, Emily Echard Sheppard and husband, Chris, Allison Echard Terrell and husband, Josh, Andrew Echard, and Mason Craun, and five great-grandchildren, Peyton Mallalieu, Charlie Rogers, Evelyn Sheppard, Luke Mallalieu, and Teddy Rogers.
In addition to his parents, six older siblings and wife, he was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Conner Mallalieu.
“Well done, good and faithful servant.” Matthew 25:21.
Due to COVID concerns, a memorial service will be conducted at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to University of Pikeville, Advancement Office, 147 Sycamore Street, Pikeville, KY 41501 or the Luray Train Depot and Visitors Center, 18 Campbell Street, Luray, VA 22835.
Mr. Carlton Stanley Maughlin, December 8, 2020
The family of C. Stanley Maughlin is saddened to announce the passing of their beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather, and Great-Grandfather after a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s disease.
Stan was born in Alva, Oklahoma in 1933 and lived in Dighton and Alamota, Kansas as a child and young man. His father, Kenneth Maxwell Maughlin, was a furniture dealer, undertaker, and farmer. His mother, Wilma Marie Hutcheson, kept a lively house of three children. Stan had an older sister, Marthabel Elaine ‘Marty’ Seaman and younger brother, Richard Kenneth Maughlin, who both preceded Stan in death.
Stan received his Education Degrees from Sterling College (where he also starred in several collegiate sports), Kansas State College and Ball State University, and he held teaching certificates for Kansas, Kentucky and Virginia for secondary and middle school.
In 1957, Stan became a Lay Missionary of the World Division, General Board of Global Ministries of The United Methodist Church. He served for 20 years in the Belgian Congo (which became the Republic of Zaire) in Central Africa. In Zaire, he was a teacher, a builder, and a school principal. He was co-founder of IDIAS, a technical high school. He supervised the construction of residences, schools, dormitories, churches, clinics, and installed and maintained water and electrical systems for 32 village stations. Stan served for 10 years on the executive committees of the Annual Conferences in Zaire. After returning to America, Stan served one year in the National Headquarters of the Board of Global Ministries in New York City as Missionary-in-Residence, and then was Missionary-Interpreter-in-Residence, serving the seven states of the South Central Jurisdiction doing mission interpretation and promotion for two years.
Stan married Patricia Joanne (Dutro) from Eaton, Indiana in 1960 in Nyadiri, Rhodesia, having evacuated to Nyadiri two weeks prior to their wedding due to civil unrest. This didn’t stop their wedding and they served together in Zaire for more than 20 years. Stan and Joanne had four children: Alan Maughlin (Monica Gonzales), Carla Maughlin, Curtis Maughlin (Glenn Heueser) and Loren Maughlin, and their home was often full of their eight grandchildren: Yasmine (Mark Elliott), Mateo, Samantha, Maria, Cassidy, Dylan, Addison and Nathan; and two great granddaughters: Charlie Rose and Lilah Gray Elliott.
After his service in Africa, Stan continued his teaching in colleges and high schools across the country, including Kansas and Kentucky, before settling in Falls Church in 1996. In Northern Virginia Stan capped his work career by lending his talents to many non-profit organizations, most often focusing on homeless needs and shelters.
Stan and Joanne were long-time members of Dulin United Methodist Church, where Joanne became an Ordained Deacon. They later joined Charles Wesley and Christ Crossman United Methodist Churches.
Stan amazed all those fortunate enough to interact with him, whether it was running the family farm as a young man or obtaining his private pilot’s license; speaking Otetela, French, and Swahili; travelling in Western Europe and Central Africa; or volunteering as a fireman for 3 years in Kentucky; and he was awarded the ‘Alumni Citation’ for meritorious service in Zaire by his Alma Mater, Sterling College.
Stan was a friend to many and it was often said, “he never met a stranger.” He loved to invite people home to enjoy a great meal at his Falls Church home for 30 plus years with his beloved wife of 60 years, Joanne.
Stan, known as “Uwandji Lukamba”, will be deeply missed by his family and those he befriended. He is now in heaven, surely joking with the angels.
The Rev. Travis DeLoach, December 11, 2020
Rev. Travis Lee DeLoach, 70, of Greenbackville, VA passed away on December 11, 2020 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Danville, VA on November 14, 1950 to the late James and Juanita (Starnes) DeLoach.
Rev. DeLoach was ordained in the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church in 1984 and served churches on the Danville District (Concord & Chatham Heights-Granbery) before being appointed to the Eastern Shore where he served the Guilford Charge from 1993-2001 and Christ UMC on Chincoteague from 2001-2017. In all of Rev. DeLoach’s ministerial settings, he was known for his warm, authentic presence, his deep love of God and God’s people, and his collegial support for others. He played guitar in praise bands, participated in mission trips, and served as a spiritual director on Walk to Emmaus weekends at Camp Occohannock on the Bay, usually sporting his favored tie-dye shirts. He also mentored numerous men and women on their journey into ministry and served with distinction on the Eastern Shore District Committee on Ordained Ministry and the Virginia Conference Board of Ordained Ministry. Travis was a graduate of Duke Divinity School.
Travis is survived by his loving spouse of 47, Deborah DeLoach of Greenbackville, VA; three daughters, Jenny Bare of Horntown, VA, Emily Melnitchouk and her husband Wally of Newport News, VA, Barbara Bowden and her husband Chris of Chincoteague Island, VA; son, Matthew DeLoach of Greenbackville, VA; three grandsons, Austin Bare of Colorado Springs, CO, Christopher Bowden, Jr. of Chincoteague Island, VA, Travis James DeLoach of Taneytown, MD; six granddaughters, Amanda Bare of Horntown, VA, Sierra Bowden of Chincoteague Island, VA, Grace Bowden of Chincoteague Island, VA, Olivia Melnitchouk of Newport News, VA, Lily Melnitchouk of Newport News, VA, Brooke DeLoach of Taneytown, MD; Sister, Ruth Oakes and her husband James of Danville, VA; Brother, Clyde DeLoach and his wife Lela of Stewart, VA; several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Brenda Young.
Due the COVID 19 restrictions, a memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Christ United Methodist Church 6253 Church Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336, Camp Occohannock on the Bay, 9403 Camp Lane, Belle Haven, VA 23306, or Eastern Shore Emmaus Scholarship Fund PO Box 91, Franktown, VA 23354. Services entrusted to Salyer Funeral Home, Inc. on Chincoteague Island, VA. Condolences may be made online at www.salyerfh.com.
Expressions of sympathy can be sent to his wife, Debby DeLoach at: 37311 Spar Court, Greenbackville, VA 23356.
Annie Marie Walker Hodges, November 25, 2020
Annie Marie Walker Hodges, 95, of Rocky Mount, Va., passed to her eternal Heavenly home on November 25, 2020. She is survived by daughter, retired local pastor, Elizabeth Lazenby (Donald), and son Buddy Hodges among others. A private graveside service with immediate family only will be held at Franklin Memorial Park with Covid-19 precautions being followed. No flowers please. Donations may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, 2085 Crooked Oak Rd., Rocky Mount, VA 24151 or a charity of your choice. Notes of condolence may be sent to 6505 Virgil H Goode Hwy, Rocky Mount, VA 24151.
The Rev. Vernie Barrow Jr., November 8, 2020
The Rev. Vernie Barrow Jr. passed away November 8, 2020 in Newport News, VA. A Marine true to his country, a Pastor true to his faith and a man who left an impression on everyone he met.
He was born on March 4, 1931 in Hagerstown, Maryland, son of the late Vernie Barrow Sr. and Louise Barrow. He was proceeded in death by the loves of his life, wives Betty Jean and Barbara.
Vernie joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17 and served for 20 years retiring as a Master Sergeant having served in the Korean and Vietnam wars. He received a BS in Business Administration from George Washington University. Vernie served faithfully as a United Methodist minister in the Virginia Conference ministering churches in Fluvanna County, Amherst, Lynchburg and Staunton.
He is survived by his children; Alan Barrow (Libby), Victor Barrow, Lenore Whitehead (Bob), Judy McMullen (Bob), Janice Regan, and Jenifer Loker; a sister Kathryn Crabtree as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Vernie was born in the mountains that he loved and will return to them at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 13, 2020, with a graveside service at Amherst Cemetery in Amherst, VA.
When attending the service, please maintain social distancing and wear a mask for everyone’s safety. You are encouraged to post a memory, note, or words of condolence to the family by going to the funeral home website at www.whittenmonelison.com
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.
The Rev. Lee B. Sheaffer, November 5, 2020
The Rev. Dr. Lee Sheaffer achieved resurrection on Thursday November 5, 2020.
He served as a pastor in the EUB/United Methodist Church for over 50 years, serving many churches and as District Superintendent in three districts in the Virginia Conference. Dr. Sheaffer graduated from Shenandoah College in Dayton VA, Bridgewater College in Bridgewater VA, and The United Theological Seminary in Dayton Ohio and was awarded a Doctor of Divinity from Shenandoah University in Winchester VA.
Dr. Sheaffer had the pleasure to serve as pastor to Mt Hebron EUB Church where he was awarded Rural Pastor of the year. After graduating from seminary he served at the Inwood/Pikeside EUB Charge, St. Marks United Methodist Church in Arlington VA, First United Methodist Church in Salem VA and Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Alexandria VA. Dr. Sheaffer also served as District Superintendent to the Winchester, Norfolk and Ashland Districts of the United Methodist Church, Virginia Conference. He served as Council Director for the Virginia Conference. He served as the executive director of the Association of Educational Institutions which serves all United Methodist affiliated Colleges and Schools in Virginia.
Dr. Sheaffer had a long association with Shenandoah University. Dating back to his close association with former president Forrest Racey, he worked closely with many of the university presidents until his retirement in 2004. Dr. Sheaffer served on the Shenandoah University Board of Trustees for forty years from 1964 to 2004 and was granted emeritus trustee status.
Dr. Sheaffer is preceded to the afterlife by one son; Jonathan Bruce Sheaffer and survived by his loving wife; Sue Anderson Sheaffer, two children Lee B. Sheaffer Jr and Gina Sheaffer Thornton. He has five grandchildren and one great grandchild. He will be greatly missed by both family and the many congregations he served.
In lieu of flowers it was Dr. Sheaffer’s request that donations be made to the Lee B & Sue A Sheaffer Scholarship fund at Shenandoah University: The Office of Advancement, Shenandoah University, 1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA 22601
Charlie Sanford Haley, Jr., October 24, 2020
Charlie Sanford Haley, Jr., age 77 of Gretna died Saturday, October 24, 2020 at his residence. He was a retired local pastor in the Virginia Conference.
Born October 30, 1942 in Alexandria, VA, he was a son of the late Charles Sanford Haley, Sr. and Mattie McDaniel Haley. He was predeceased by two sisters, Elsie Deal and Betty Mayhew; and a son-in-law, John Watson. Mr. Haley was a member of Anderson Memorial United Methodist Church and retired from Dan River Mills after 31 years. Following retirement Mr. Haley served in ministry for 15 years, spending most of his time in ministry at New Hope United Methodist Church. He was a Navy veteran; and he enjoyed fishing, NASCAR, gardening, traveling and going out to eat.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jacqueline “Jackie” Bailey Haley of the residence; two daughters, Tonya Haley Vasser and husband, Scottie of Gretna and Sharon Haley Watson of Chatham; two sons, Billy Haley and wife, Tammy of Ridgeway and Charlie S. Haley, III and wife, Penny of Gretna; 10 grandchildren, Derek Haley and wife, Hannah, Willie Watson, Kristen Loftis and husband, Sam, Courtney Hamlett, Trevor Vasser and wife, Brandi, Lindsey Vasser, Brittany VanWyhe and husband, Daniel, Misty Vasser, Chandler Haley, and Taylor Lambert and husband, Josh; and 7 great-grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild on the way.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at Colbert-Moran Chapel by Steve Stadtherr. Burial with Military Honors by American Legion Altavista Post 36 & Gretna Post 232 followed in Gretna Burial Park.
Mrs. Betty Ruth Hensley, October 24, 2020
Mrs. Betty Ruth Hensley, of Elliston, Va., on Saturday, October 24, 2020, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ God’s only begotten son and loved ones gone on. She lived to see her 99th birthday on October 17, 2020.
The last left of nine children and preceded in death by her parents, Bernard Tiffner and Leanora Perrine Tiffner; her sisters, Veda Wilson, Genevieve Brown, Mildred Walker; brothers, Dexter, Ballard, Lloyd, James and Arthur Tiffner.
Relatives from her family and her husband’s family will miss her.
She was married for 71 years to her first and only sweetheart, the Rev. Holly M. Hensley. A United Methodist pastor, he served many churches in W.Va. and Va. They retired in this area because of the lovely people and the beauty of the mountains. They were members of Lafayette United Methodist Church in Lafayette, Va. and were blessed with their burial plots by the Church. All who knew her loved and respected her.
She is survived by daughters, Karen Parrish, and Betty Keaton; losing her loved daughter, Frances Hensley-Bales in August 2013. She was a great-great-grandmother to three and a great-grandmother to seven. She had three grandchildren, Randy Parker, Jackie Keaton Clark and Heather Bales Brand.
The family received friends on Saturday, October 31, 2020, Lotz Salem Chapel. Funeral service followed visitation in the Chapel. Interment followed in Sherwood Memorial Park with the Rev. Elwood Carwile officiating.
Mrs. Louise B. Wagner, October 18, 2020
Mrs. Louise B. Wagner of Vinton, Virginia, died on Sunday, October 18, 2020.
Surviving to cherish her memory are her husband, R.C. Wagner; children, Jeffrey Keith Bandy; stepchildren, Richard Carey Wagner, Melanie Sue Wagner Ferris (Joey), and Gregory Allen Wagner (Darena); one grandson; four step-grandchildren; one step great-grandson; and many nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Wagner was preceded in death by her father, Claude Swanson Brown; mother, Mattie Sue Musgrove Brown; husband, James Henry Bandy; son, James Michael Bandy (Donna); sisters, Melva Brown, Mary Lovelace, Hattie Blankenship, Irene Simmons, Doris Mitchell, and Betty Clark; and brother, Harold Swanson Brown.
She was born in Franklin County, Va., graduating from Franklin County High School. Mrs. Wagner worked as a sales associate at Heironimus of Roanoke and later worked part-time as a hostess at Lotz Funeral Homes in Salem, Va. She had been very active in the churches served by her husband, the Rev. R.C. Wagner, always standing by and supporting him in the ministry. Mrs. Wagner was also active in the United Methodist Women of Three Oaks Fellowship United Methodist Church where she has been a member since her husband’s retirement from the active ministry in 2002. She was always a loving mother and wife and a true friend to many people who knew her.
The Funeral Service was. on Wednesday, October 21, 2020, at Oakey’s Vinton Chapel with Pastor Rob Colwell officiating. Interment followed at Mountain View Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Three Oaks Fellowship United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 692, Vinton, VA 24179 or to Good Samaritan Hospice, 2408 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018.
Mr. Donald VanDyke, October 8, 2020
Mr. Donald VanDyke, the father of the Rev. Rhonda VanDyke, died October 8, 2020. A private service was held on Saturday, Oct. 11. Rhonda is currently on sabbatical leave. Condolences may be sent to: Rev. Rhonda VanDyke, 104 Wagon Rd, Winchester, VA 22602. He was the grandfather of the Rev. Drew Colby, pastor of Grace UMC in Manassas. Condolences may be sent to him at 10236 Bethany Ct, Manassas, VA 20110-6642.
Donald Dailey VanDyke, 92, of Winchester, VA, died peacefully and enfolded in love at his daughter’s home.
Donald was born May 13, 1928, in Albany, OH; the son of the late Arthur O and Nancy Ethel Townsend VanDyke. He served his country in the United States Navy. Donald worked as an Electronics Technician and Trainer for Goldberg Company, Inc. in Richmond until his retirement. He was a devoted member of Skipwith United Methodist Church of Richmond.
Donald married Anna Nesmith VanDyke, September 13, 1952, in Norfolk, VA. Their marriage was an inspiration to couples of all ages.
Along with his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Rhonda VanDyke of Winchester; three grandchildren, Anna VanDyke Colby Barone (Matthew Barone) of State College, PA, and their two children Isaac Dailey Barone and Lincoln James Barone; Drew VanDyke Colby (Allison Burgess Colby) of Manassas, VA, and their two children Hannah Marie Colby and Miriam Helen Colby; and Austin VanDyke Colby (Caroline Bowman) of New York, NY; and his sister Mary Graham (Lloyd) of The Plains, OH.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by sisters, Lucille Carter (Jerry) and Jeanne Rose (David) and brothers, Edward VanDyke (Edith) and Roger VanDyke (Katherine).
A private family memorial service celebrated his life.
Pop Pop will be remembered for his humility, his generosity, his smile and wink, his firm handshake, his pockets full of mints, his musical taste and dance moves, his determination to pick up the tab or fill up your tank, and most of all for his love of his family, his wife, and the Lord to whom he was always “truly grateful for all our many, many blessings.”
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Skipwith United Methodist Church, 2211 Skipwith Rd, Richmond, VA 23294.
Mrs. Karen Parks, October 3, 2020
Mrs. Karen Parks, wife of the Rev. Charles Parks, pastor of Swain Memorial UMC on Tangier, claimed the promise of the Resurrection on Saturday, October 3. Funeral arrangements are pending but are tentatively scheduled for Thursday at Fairview Lawn Cemetery in Onancock. A memorial service on Tangier will be held at a later time. Please keep Chuck and his family in your prayers as they grieve this loss. Expressions of sympathy can be sent to: Rev. Charles W. Parks, III, PO Box 225, Tangier, VA 23440.
Obituary — Mrs. Karen Dise Parks, 61, of Tangier Island, VA, formerly of Onley, VA, went peacefully into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Saturday, October 3, 2020, with her loving family at her side. Born August 4, 1959 on Tangier Island, VA, she was the daughter of the late Adrian Ewell Dise and Gladys Marie Bowden Dise.
A matriarch, best friend, and confidant, Karen leaves to honor and celebrate her memory her husband of 44 years, Rev. Charles W. “Chuck” Parks III; their daughters, Rebecca Parks Eberts and her husband, ET, of Cashville, VA and Hannah Parks Annis and her husband, John, of Gargartha, VA; brothers; Cook Cannon and his wife, Jody, Larry Dise and his wife, Hennie, and Dana Dise and his wife, Sharon, all of Tangier; grandchildren, Wesley and Aidan Eberts, and Lily Miles and David Annis; several nieces and nephews, to include her special niece, Janet Cannon-Ford; and countless children, neighbors, and friends, all of whom were grateful to have known her love. In addition to her parents, Karen was predeceased by her sister, Joanne Cooper and her husband, Bill.
With a heart full of boundless generosity and compassion, Karen’s bright light and warm smile instantly brought ease to those around her. Though she would stop at nothing to help anyone in need, Karen was especially drawn to children and the elderly. For many years, she worked as a teacher’s aide at Kegotank Elementary School, and most recently at Tangier Combined School, and was always the first to comfort her preschooler’s when they were upset. Often preparing and delivering meals to the elderly, Karen looked forward to her regular visits and long talks. A faithful servant of the Lord in all that she did and all that she was, Karen proudly devoted her time to her church, the congregation, and the community. For decades, she served as a bible school and Sunday school teacher, organized church fundraisers and functions, and remained active in Relay for Life. Karen’s love for children, the Lord, and her precious family came full circle during her favorite time of year – Christmas. Though she never made a fuss about anything, Christmas was the exception, as it brought her great joy to celebrate all she adored. Karen was an extraordinary wife, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend whose legacy will live on through the many lives she touched.
Funeral services were conducted from the graveside at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery on Thursday, October 8, 2020, with the Rev. Bob Cooper officiating.
Contributions in Karen’s memory may be made to Swain Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 199, Tangier, VA 23440 or to the American Cancer Society, ATTN: Relay for Life of Nandua, 1315 Mt. Hermon Road, Suite D, Salisbury, MD 21804 (memo: In Memory of Karen Parks) or online at www.relayforlife.org/nanduava.
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at www.williamsfuneralhomes.com.
Mrs. Barbara Mae (Slothower) King, October 3, 2020
Mrs. Barbara Mae (Slothower) King, 89, died on Saturday, October 3, 2020, at The Village at Luther Ridge. Born September 27, 1931, in Harrisburg, PA she was the only child to the late Donald Ernest and Mary Elizabeth (Kern) Slothower.
A graduate of William Penn High School, Harrisburg, PA in 1949 and Gettysburg College she earned her B.A. in 1953. She met her husband while singing in the Gettysburg College Choir. Together they raised three sons in Huntington, Long Island, NY. She held several offices in her local church, Huntington – Cold Spring Harbor UMC, and with the Huntington Community Food Council. Retiring to Fayetteville, PA in 1988; Barbara became very involved at Calvary UMC holding several offices in both the church and the United Methodist Women. She also served with the York District and Susquehanna Conference of the United Methodist Women. A soprano, she enjoyed singing in the church choir and the Mercersburg Area Community Chorus. She volunteered at Totem Pole Playhouse and she enjoyed attending the Institute for Retired Persons at Wilson College.
She is survived by her husband of almost 67 years, Laurence Hershey King, whom she married on October 10, 1953; three sons, Randall Philip King, Steubenville, OH, Stephen Parker King (Lisa Maria Showalter King), Lovettesville, VA, Mark Hershey King (Tracey Ann Glavin King), Manassas, VA; five grandsons, S. Adam King (wife Kadie), David King (wife Lindsay), Cameron King, Joshua King (wife Jackie), and Evan King; and 4 great-grandchildren, Jack, Parker, Aaron, and Ella.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at 2 PM at Calvary United Methodist Church 150 Norlo Drive, Fayetteville, PA 17222, where Pastor Suzanne Elliott and Rev. Clyde DeShong will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church. Graveside services will follow on Monday, October 12, 2020, at 11 AM in Parklawns Memorial Gardens. Memorial donations can be made to: Calvary UMC Mission Fund, 150 Norlo Dr., Fayetteville, PA 17222. Arrangements are entrusted to the Thomas L. Geisel Funeral Home and Cremation Center, Chambersburg, PA. Online condolences may be offered on her Book of Memories page at www.geiselfuneralhome.com.
The Rev. Dr. Clay Branscome Tucker, October 2, 202
OAK RIDGE, NC – The Rev. Dr. Clay Branscome Tucker, 88, went to be with the Lord on Friday, October 2, 2020, at his home in Oak Ridge, North Carolina, in the care of his family and hospice.
He was born in Rockingham County, Stoneville, North Carolina on August 2, 1932. Clay was the youngest child of the late William and Bessie Tucker. He was preceded in death by two brothers and seven sisters and was the last to go home.
He leaves to cherish his memory his childhood sweetheart and wife of 70 years, Violet Nance Tucker; two daughters, Lorket (Jim) and Lenoir; one granddaughter, Markeshia and one grandson, Zachary.
He attended Tennessee University for two years receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. He owned his own business and later attended Duke University for three years receiving a Master’s of Divinity Degree as Minister in the United Methodist Church. Clay served the United Methodist Church first in Rocky Mount, Virginia, second in Newport, later moving to Daleville, Forest and Chase City, Virginia. He left Chase City to join two other ministers and attended the University of England for two years. Clay obtained his PP and PhD degrees and became Chaplain serving business corporations.
The Tuckers traveled all over the United States however called Houston, Texas home with their oldest daughter Lorket.
He started baseball for children. The Tuckers left Florida returning to North Carolina twenty years ago to retire. In 1997, he started a Safety Firearms Class for concealed weapons for the state of North Carolina. His daughter, Lenoir was his partner and continues teaching the classes. Rev. Dr. Tucker worked as Chaplain at Oak Ridge Military Academy. He left the academy in 2015 after his last sermon on Mother’s day of that year.
He married his childhood sweetheart, Violet, on September 9, 1950. The greatest achievement in his life was the love and dedication he had for his wife and children which he shared until the end.
There will be no formal service.
Arrangements by Colonial Funeral Home in Madison.
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Mrs. Martha Speight Erbach, October 2, 2020
Mrs. Martha Speight Erbach, wife of the Rev. William W. Erbach Sr., died in her sleep at the age of 84 on October 2, 2020. She was born January 4, 1936 in Suffolk, VA to the late James Shepherd and Fannie Speight. Besides her husband, she is survived by her three children, five grandchildren and great-grandson: Wm. W. Erbach, Jr. with his wife Alison and children Benjamin and Emily; James Grant Erbach and his wife Jacqueline and children Jennifer, Brittany, and James (Buddy), and their grandson Jace; and Lucinda Elizabeth Erbach.
She lived in the home of her dreams in Fishers Hill, VA. Her greatest joy was her family. She and Bill were married for 61 years and she traveled with him all over the world. Martha was a member of the Shiloh UMC in Clary, VA. A lifelong choir member, she played piano and flute until recently, often assisting her husband in his church services. Reading and quilting were favorite pastimes.
She received her BSN from Duke University in 1958, a MEd from Georgia State University in 1981, and MSN from Marymount University in 1990.
A member of the Faculty of the School of Nursing at Shenandoah University for 15 years, Martha enjoyed many moments with her fellow colleagues and took great satisfaction in the success of her students.
Besides her children, her greatest accomplishment was starting, with her good friend the Rev. Mrs. Kathleen Monge, the Faith Community Nursing Educational programs at Shenandoah University, Winchester, VA.
There was a quality about Martha that endeared her to everyone. There was no one who met her who did not respect and love her. In spite of physical frailties, she never lagged in spirit or in her witness and service to her Lord and Savior.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of memorial contributions to the Erbach-Monge Scholarship fund for Faith Community Nursing c/o Shenandoah University’s Development Department, 1460 University Dr, Winchester, VA 22601.
Services and burial for Mrs. Erbach will be conducted privately.
You may sign the guestbook and submit condolences to the family online at www.stoverfuneralhome.
Mrs. Sarah Lee Comer Sudduth, September 28, 2020
Sarah Lee Comer Sudduth died Monday, September 28, 2020. Born on December 18, 1932 in Appomattox County, VA she was the daughter of Francis and Elizabeth Comer.
Sarah was married to Rev. Henry B Sudduth for 57 years until he died in March 2009. She is survived by her three sons, Henry Jr and wife Maureen, Charles, and Barry and his wife Mary; and seven grandchildren.
She attended Ferrum Junior College and Lynchburg College receiving her degree in Elementary Education. Sarah taught school for 22 years. She was also active in her church, teaching the children and working with the women.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 am, Friday, October 2, 2020 at First United Methodist Church Fox Hill by the Rev. Brian Sixby and the Rev. Tommy Markham with interment to follow in Clark Cemetery. The family will receive friends Thursday from 5-6:30 pm at R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, 245 S. Armistead Ave, Hampton.
Linda Sneegas McKenney, September 22, 2020
Linda Sneegas McKenney of Arlington, VA died on Tuesday, September 22, at Fairfax Hospital. She was born on May 2, 1947, in Pittsburgh, PA to Eldon Carl Sneegas and Mary Lou Elliott Sneegas, and grew up in Topeka and Olathe, KS.
She was educated in the Olathe Public Schools, began her undergraduate work at the University of Kansas, and received a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Library Science from the University of Maryland.
She and her husband, William Reid McKenney (“Mac”), met in Washington, DC’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, and were married on January 31, 1981. She is survived by her husband and their son, Eldon Reid McKenney, and their daughter, Nora Jane McKenney. She is also survived by her sisters Judith Ann Sneegas, Jane Sneegas Dougherty, and Amy Sneegas Frost, and brothers Roger Alan Sneegas and James Eldon Sneegas. She was preceded in death by two sons: William David and Arthur Frank McKenney.
During her professional life, Linda worked as a librarian at the Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University, and as an editor for the American Psychological Association (APA). She left the workforce while her children were at home, and when her daughter left for college she resumed work as a consultant for APA and as a reference librarian for the Arlington County Library System. She also served as the librarian at Mount Olivet United Methodist Church in Arlington.
Drawing on their own experience, Linda and Mac led a grief support group, sponsored by Compassionate Friends, for individuals and couples who experienced perinatal loss. She served as the education coordinator for an adoptive families network, Adoptive Families of Northern Virginia. She also served as a Stephen Minister, offering one-to-one, Christian care to people in the congregation and the community experiencing life difficulties.
Linda loved reading, theater, classical music, collecting miniature furniture and Dorothy dolls, gardening, the crisp air and colors of autumn, Dairy Queen Blizzards, and her dogs. During the last few years of her life, she endured a number of surgeries and a stroke with humor and grace, and found great comfort in keeping in touch with her sisters and her many friends by phone and online.
Her favorite passage of scripture was from the 8th chapter of Romans: “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Arrangements are incomplete. Contributions may be made in Linda’s memory to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington (VA) or the March of Dimes.
The Rev. Milford C. Rollins, September 13, 2020
The Rev. Milford C. Rollins died Sunday, September 13, 2020. He is survived by his wife of 18 years, Maxine Evans Rollins; daughter, Anne Louise Rollins and husband Greg Anderson; son, Forrest Quinn Rollins (Becky); granddaughter, Lindsey Anderson Lindvall (Chase); grandson, Forrest Quinn Rollins, Jr.;step-grandson, Kevin Maher; niece, Kim White (Jay) and nephews, Glen Rollins (Lisa) and Mark Rollins (Courtney).
Milford was predeceased by his parents, Milford Buren Rollins and Maggie Christie Quinn Rollins; first wife of 48 years, Fannie Ferguson Rollins; sister, Leola Belle Rollins; brother, Willie Ray Rollins (Barbara) and nephew, Larry Wayne Rollins.
Milford was a graduate of Poquoson High School and Newport News Business College. In WWII he served in the Army and after his discharge was employed at Langley Air Force Base in Civilian Personnel. In preparation for the ministry, he graduated from Ferrum Jr. College, Randolph-Macon College, and Emory University. As a pastor in the United Methodist Church, he served United Methodist churches in Gainesville, Georgia while in seminary and for 35 years in Virginia retiring in 1990. For service updates and condolences please visit http://Claytorrollins.com
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Dudley Barksdale Lewis, Jr., August 19, 2020
Dudley Barksdale Lewis, Jr., father of Rev. Deborah Lewis (United Methodist campus minister at The Wesley Foundation at The University of Virginia), surrounded by family, died peacefully of Parkinson’s Disease on Thursday, August 19, in Williamsburg, VA.
Dudley was born July 6, 1942, in Brunswick County, Virginia, to Dudley Barksdale Lewis and Blanche Rawlings Daniel Lewis. He grew up the eldest of three, farming tobacco, and lettering in three sports at Brunswick High School. His parents placed a high value on education, and he became the first in his immediate family to attend college, graduating from The University of Virginia in 1965 with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree. During college, he played on the baseball team his first year and pledged the then-new chapter of Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.
Working at the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C., after graduation, Dudley joined the College & Career group at Corkran Methodist Church in Temple Hills, MD, where he met his wife, Sharon Kaye Allender. They were married in 1966 in a double wedding along with Sharon’s twin sister Carol Lee Allender and her husband William Franklin Shutt. Dudley and Sharon moved to the Peninsula when he accepted a position at Newport News Shipbuilding. Dudley served in the Virginia Army National Guard on weekends and received his Master’s degree in Business Administration in 1971 from The College of William & Mary, through night school. After the Shipyard, Dudley worked for Malcom Pirnie and Siemens Automotive. He obtained his Professional Engineer license in 1971 and was a Certified Quality Engineer through the American Society for Quality Control. With his wife, Dudley made a home first in Hampton, where their two children were born, and then in Williamsburg.
Though the Tidewater and Williamsburg communities were never as tightly knit as his beloved Brunswick County, Dudley made friends wherever he went, exemplified the life of a good neighbor, and demonstrated a commitment to community service. He was defeated in his run for the Virginia House of Delegates in 1977, but served the Republican Party of Virginia in many roles, including as First District Committee Chair and as a member of the State Central Committee from 1980-1990. Over the years, Dudley served on the Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services Board for Hampton-Newport News, the Virginia Board of Behavioral Science, the Heritage Girl Scout Council, and the Board of the Wesley Foundation at William & Mary. He coached Little League Baseball and Basketball. He was a lifelong Methodist, most recently as a member of Williamsburg United Methodist Church. Dudley was a member and Past Master of Williamsburg Masonic Lodge No. 6. He was a member of the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction, the Khedive Temple A.A.O.N.M.S., and a Past President of the Williamsburg Shrine Club.
In his retirement, Dudley reveled in watching UVA sports and attending class and fraternity reunions. He and Sharon had a special fondness for trips to visit Hilton Head, South Carolina. Dudley was able to indulge his love of history and family through his genealogical research, writing, and local county courthouse trips. He was proud of the long tenure and the many branches of his family tree in Virginia, and became a member of the Jamestowne Society. He faced the challenges of Parkinson’s with dignity and grit, strapping on boxing gloves for workouts with the Rock Steady Boxing crew.
Dudley is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sharon; his daughter Rev. Deborah Ellen Lewis and her husband Roger Woodson Sherman and stepson Blair Philip Sherman of Charlottesville, VA; and his son David Brian Lewis and his wife Amy Lynn Koeppen Lewis of Sarasota, FL. He is also survived by his sister Patricia Ann Lewis of South Hill, VA; his brother Dale Daniel Lewis and his wife Kathryn Ann Lewis of Hopewell, VA; and his sister-in-law Carol Lee Shutt of Williamsburg, VA; in addition to many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Dudley was gregarious, generous, funny, fair-minded, compassionate, he loved children, and he was a hard worker. He considered it a blessing from God to be born a Virginian.
Dudley will be interred in a small family ceremony. A memorial service will be held at a future date. Memorial gifts may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research: michaeljfox.org/donate. Online condolences may be expressed at clarkeandstaples.com.
Mrs. Marilyn Acosta, August 18, 2020
Mrs. Marilyn Acosta, 91, died Tuesday, August 18, 2020, at Manor Care in Richmond, VA. Born September 20, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Matilda Fitzpatrick. She was married in 1953 to the love of her life, the Rev. William H. Acosta. Mrs. Acosta was predeceased by her husband, daughter Marilyn, and sister Bobby Jean. She is survived by three children, Nancy Love (Grady), Liz Hawk (Ken), and Robert Acosta (Andrea). She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, her sister June, Rob Acosta-Lewis, and Robin Taylor. A private burial will be at Hollywood Cemetery, and a celebration of life service will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at Manor Care for the wonderful care they provided for the last nine years.
The Rev. Gene C. Tatum, August 19, 2020
The Rev. Gene C. Tatum, 73, of Amelia, Va., died August 19, 2020. He was a native of Dinwiddie County, the only son of the late James F. and Cecil Chappell Tatum.
He entered the ministry at the age of 20. Appointments he served include Surry, Associate at Washington Street Petersburg, Cartersville, Burkeville, Waverly, Amelia, Woods, and Ocran. During his 16 years at Ocran, the plans for the new church were developed and the church was built and paid for. When he retired in 2009, he had served 42.75 years in the ministry. In retirement, he served the West Dinwiddie Charge for 3 and a half years and then filled in for ministers when needed as long as his health allowed.
He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 24 years, Mary Nell Blanton Tatum of Amelia; and a cousin, who was like a brother, Thomas W. “Tom” Chappell of Dinwiddie.
A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 22, 2020, at Southlawn Memorial Park with The Rev. Tim Beck officiating. COVID-19 safety guidelines will be strictly adhered to and those in attendance are expected to wear a mask. Flowers are welcome or contributions may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Contributions should be sent to LLS Virginia, P.O. Box 22475, New York, N.Y. 10087. Services are by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville, Va. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com
The Rev. Alfred Gray Stables, August 17, 2020
Alfred “Al” Gray Stables, 90, of Corinth passed away Monday, August 17, 2020 at his home in Corinth, MS. A memorial service was held on Thursday, August 20, 2020 at First United Methodist Church of Corinth.
Born July 23, 1930 in South Norfolk, VA, Al was a retired Methodist minister and in later years he worked as the Human Resource Director at World Color. He loved his family and friends and enjoyed playing golf, listening to music, working crossword puzzles, doing woodworking and telling stories of his younger day. Al was also an avid reader.
He is survived by wife, Gail M. Stables of Corinth; sons, Arthur Stables and John Thomas of Tucson, Arizona, Tom Stables and wife Dianne of Houston, Texas, Chris Stables and wife Mary of Midlothian, Texas; stepsons, Benson Skelton and wife Lana of Corinth, Jim Babcock and wife Abie of Washington, DC and John Babcock of California; grandchildren, Zach Stables, Jordan Stables, Michael Stables, Emily Overstreet and husband Matt, Erin Stables, Emoree Skelton, Ayden Skelton, Benjamin Skelton and Cayson Skelton; great grandchild, Brock Overstreet; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends. Al is preceded in death by his father, Rev. Linton Dunn Stables; mother, Katherine Gray Stables; brothers, Paul Stables, Linton Stables and William Stables and sisters, Elsie Houchens, Jessie Borden and Katherine Gray Stables.
The Rev. Robert Leslie McIntyre, August 7, 2020
The Rev. Robert Leslie McIntyre was born on May 17, 1919 and passed away on August 7, 2020 and is under the care of Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home, Nashville, TN.
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He served the Western New York Conference from 1956 to 1978 when he transferred to the Virignia Conference where he served the King William Charge and the William Watters Charge. He retired in 1982.
Chaplain (Colonel) William A. Martin, U.S. Army (Retired), August 4, 2020
Chaplain (Colonel) William A. Martin, U.S. Army, retired since 1997, finished his earthly journey and entered life eternal last night, Aug. 4, 2020. He is the father of the Rev. Candee Martin, the senior pastor of First UMC, Hampton. Please keep Candee and her mother, Marilyn, along with the rest of their family, in your prayers as they grieve. Cards and other expressions of care may be sent to the parsonage at 112 Towler Drive, Hampton, VA 23666. More information regarding services and the family’s wishes will be shared as it becomes available.
Chaplain (Colonel) William Avery ” Bill” Martin passed away Monday, August 3, 2020, in his residence. He was born May 28, 1928, in Columbia, SC, the son of William Clifton and Mary Irene Palmer Martin.
He married Marilyn Nadine Neeley in 1948 and recently celebrated their 72nd wedding anniversary.
He completed his undergraduate degree at Trevecca Nazarene College in Nashville and received his Master’s of Divinity from The Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO.
Professionally, Bill retired as Command Chaplain, 18th Airborne Corps, and Fort Bragg in 1983 after 30 years of service. He served the following assignments: Protestant Chaplain, Fort Story, VA; 3rd Infantry Division, Aschaffenburg, Germany; 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY; Wildwood Station, AK; Division Chaplain, 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, NC; Chaplain of the Republic of Vietnam. Following promotion to Colonel, successive assignments ensued: Post Chaplain, Fort Dix, NJ; Command Chaplain, United States Army Forces Command, Ft. McPherson, GA; Post Chaplain, Fort Myer, VA; and finally, Command Chaplain 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg.
He attended all phases of the Chaplain School, Army, and General Staff College and earned a 2nd Master’s Degree from Central Michigan University.
His service awards include the Legion of Merit, First Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Commendation Medals, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, and Master Parachutists Badge.
Following his retirement, he served in Human Resources as a Leadership and Organizational Development consultant and manager of EMERCOM, American Red Cross, Washington D.C. He was a leadership instructor of Business at Lord Fairfax Community College in Winchester, VA. He also served as pastor of leadership development in Ashburn, Leesburg, and Calvary United Methodist Churches, and Program Coordinator, Arlington District of the Virginia United Methodist Conference. He also served as a Chaplain at Falcons Landing.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his two children, Rev. Candee Martin of Hampton, VA, and Commander (USN) Greg Martin (Bea) of Virginia Beach; four grandchildren, Tamrah, Matthew (Chanel); Brianna, and Dustin Martin, and six great-grandchildren, Emily Mullins, Landon, Shandon, and Ilah Martin, Da’Marko Porter, and Z’Amir Hensler.
His granddaughter, Terrah Broy, preceded him in death.
A service will be in the Old Post Chapel, Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall, VA at a later date. Burial with Full Military Honors will be in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Rev. Dr. Donald H. Roberts, July 26, 2020
The Rev. Dr. Donald Hayse Roberts, 72, of Roanoke, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, July 26, 2020.
Born on April 21, 1948, in Hampton, Virginia, he was the son of Donald (Pete) Roberts and Lillian Bradshaw Roberts. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Jeanne Roberts Bickner.
Dr. Roberts is survived by his wife of 49 years, Polly Sheffield Roberts; and two daughters, Amanda Grey Roberts-Motz (husband, Paul) and Susannah Roberts St.Clair (husband, Christopher).
Dr. Roberts received the following degrees/certifications, BA in history from Lynchburg College, MDiv and ThM from Duke Divinity School, CPE from Duke Medical School, and DMin from Union Presbyterian Seminary. He served as a minister at five United Methodist congregations in the Virginia Conference, Halifax UMC, Melrose UMC of Lottsburg, St. Luke’s UMC of Yorktown, Walker Chapel UMC of Arlington, South Roanoke UMC and Blacksburg UMC.
Don was a Christian gentleman, a loving husband and father, a good friend, a fine pastor, and a skilled wood crafter. He had a great sense of humor and loved animals, history, and genealogy.
A private inurnment will be held at the South Roanoke UMC Columbarium. The Rev. Craig Newman, pastor, will officiate at the ceremony. Because of COVID-19, a memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to South Roanoke UMC, 2330 Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA 24018 or to the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Scholarship of the Carilion Foundation Fund, P.O. Box 12187, Roanoke, VA 24016. Online condolences may be shared with the family by visiting www.oakeys.com.
The Rev. Judy Loehr, July 21, 2020
The Rev. Judy Lee Wheeler Loehr passed away on July 21, 2020. Funeral information is not available at this time.
The Rev. Karl Kenneth Tangeman, July 21, 2020
The Reverend Karl Kenneth Tangeman, 95, of Winchester, Virginia, ascended to his heavenly home on Tuesday, July 21, 2020.
The Rev. Tangeman was born in 1924 in Indianapolis, Indiana, son of the late Arthur and Nellie Tangeman. He spent many of his boyhood days on his grandparents’ farm during the Great Depression.
When the United States became involved in World War II, Karl enlisted in the Marines at the age of 17, being only a junior at Shortridge High School in Indiana. As a member of the Greatest Generation, he served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps (M Company, Third Battalion, First Marine Regiment) at Guadalcanal. After being wounded, he later re-enlisted and was sent to Panama. Rev. Tangeman received several honors during his service, including the Purple Heart.
During the war, he corresponded with the girl he would marry on May 21, 1949 in Albin, Virginia by the Rev. E.B. Smith. Ethel (Green) and Karl celebrated their 71st wedding anniversary by zooming due to COVID-19 visitation restrictions. Although separated for the past four months, their love, strength and faith prevailed until he grew too weak to continue his life here on Earth.
Karl had many jobs in his younger years until he fulfilled his promise to God — if He would let him survive WWII, he would devote his life to Him. He furthered his education by obtaining degrees from Lord Fairfax Community College, Shenandoah University, Wesley Theological Seminary, and Duke Divinity School. Karl became a United Methodist Minister, serving churches in Mt. Jackson, Winchester, and Stephenson before retiring from Emmanuel United Methodist Church in 1987.
“Mr. T.” founded Boy Scout Troop 46 and spent many summers at Camp Rock Enon. He was a past member and president of the Stonewall Ruritan Club, as well as a past chaplain for the South End Fire Company. During his retirement years, he enjoyed being a substitute teacher, woodworking, traveling in his camper, attending Marine reunions, as well as Wesley United Methodist Church, where he was a member and former pastor.
Surviving with his wife, Ethel, are his children, Thomas Tangeman (Jan) of Maurertown, VA and Pamela Witt (David) of Winchester, VA; a granddaughter, MacKenzie Bonnett (Richard) of Winchester, VA; a great grandson, Greyson Thorne Bonnett; two step-grandchildren, Donna Mejia (Patrick LaFleche) of Arlington, VA and Dillon Gray of Pinedale, WY; two step-great grandchildren, Isabella and Cruz Mejia of Arlington, VA; along with several nieces and nephews.
The Rev. Tangeman was preceded in death by his infant son, Jerry Kenneth; twin infant daughters, Phillis Lynn and Beverly Ann; brothers, William and Robert; sisters, Mary Louise, Marjorie, Nelle, Jean, Carol, and Josephine. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
A visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, at Omps Funeral Home, Amherst Chapel. A Celebration of Life service will follow the visitation at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Paul Song officiating. Interment will be in Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, VA.
Serving as pallbearers will be Leo Clowser, Lowell Holsinger, Rodney Keller, Jack Rudolph, Robert Solenberger, and Dave Weir. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be the Boy Scouts of Troop 46.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to Doctors T. Avery Gibbs, Daniel Reese, and James Dodd. We also appreciate the loving care he received while at Evergreen Health and Rehab.
Memorial contributions may be made in Karl Tangeman’s memory to the Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home, 515 W. Camp Street, P.O. Box 747, Lebanon, Indiana 46052.
The family encourages the community to donate items to facilities where residents are isolated during this Pandemic, i.e. puzzle books, playing cards, etc.
Please view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneralhome.com
”Well done thy good and faithful servant”
The Rev. D. Lowell Petry, July 21, 2020
The Rev. Lowell David Petry, 61, of Afton passed away on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at Augusta Health.
Born September 11, 1958 in Greenfield, IN, he was the son of Joyce (Howard) Petry and the late Quentin Emerson Petry. On August 16, 1977 he married Elizabeth Webb. The two shared a blessed marriage of 42 years together.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Gary and Edward Petry.
Lowell received a bachelor’s degree in religious studies at Saint Leo College in St. Leo, FL and later a master’s degree in theology from the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology of Virginia Union University. He served as a minister for congregations in Greensville County, Brunswick County, Isle of Wight County, and currently at Rodes United Methodist Church in Afton, VA. Lowell was a U.S. Navy veteran having served his country honorably for nine and a half years. During his time with the Navy, he worked as a nuclear engineer, illustrator draftsmen, and alongside NATO. During baseball seasons, he served as a Public Address Announcer for the Tom Sox Baseball League with the Charlottesville City Schools and the University of Virginia Baseball Team. He enjoyed singing, hunting, traveling, fishing, going to the beach, amusement parks, and eating good food.
In addition to his loving wife and his mother, survivors include his three sons, Gabriel Michael Petry and wife, Catherine of Christiansburg, VA, Alexander Richmond Petry and fiancé, Carmen Dailey of Richmond, VA, and Quentin Elliott Petry and wife, Jessica of Christiansburg, VA; grandchildren, Kenneth Lowell Petry, Isabelle Nichole Petry, Elizabeth Naomi Petry, Noah Elliott Petry, Gordon Douglas Petry, Clarke Emerson Petry, and Grayson Bruce Petry; siblings, Dahl Eugene Petry and wife, Kay of Arlington, IN, Karen Louise Derenard and husband, Bob of Fontana, CA, Janis Kay Blessinger and husband, Roy of Greenfield, IN, Evelyn Jean Sammons and husband, Wayne of Rushville, IN, and Elaine Maxine Steele and husband, Philip of Mt. Comfort, IN; and a number of nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at Rodes United Methodist Church, 286 Avon Road, Afton, VA with Rev. Richard McDowell officiating. Due to COVID-19, the service will be held outside to maintain safe social distancing.
In lieu of flowers, those desiring may make memorial contributions to Rodes United Methodist Church, 286 Avon Road, Afton, VA 22920.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Reynolds Hamrick Funeral Homes of Waynesboro, 618 W. Main St., Waynesboro, VA 22980.
Relatives and friends may share condolences and memories with the family online by visiting www.reynoldshamrickfuneralhomes.com
The Rev. Robert L. Gue, July 17, 2020
The Rev. Robert L. Gue passed away July 17, 2020. An obituary is not currently available. He was living in Wake Forest, NC. He began his ministerial in 1957 in the Northern New Juersey Conference. He moved his membership to the Virginia Conference in 1982 where he served Monterey, South Franklin, Craddockville-Belle Haven, and Mathews Chapel. He retired in 2001.
Mrs. Mary Jane Ricketts, July 15, 2020
Mary Jane Ricketts, 79, of Luray, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2020, at her home.
She was born on Aug. 28, 1940, in Montgomery, Ga., and was a daughter of the late Milage Hightower and Lucindy Almond Hightower.
On June 9, 1967, she married the Rev. William Ricketts, retired, who survives.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, William A. Ricketts III and wife Salme of Irvine, Calif.; two granddaughters, Kaili and Liisa; and one grandson, Taabi. She was preceded in death by a sister, Sara Ruth Hall.
Mary Jane was a devoted and faithful wife for 53 years.
She loved her husband and family and was a supportive mother to their son, William.
Mary Jane gave up her career to serve together in her husband’s ministry in the Church of Jesus Christ for 43 years. She gained the reputation of being the perfect minister’s wife and filled the role superbly. But most of all she was a loving wife.
A funeral service was conducted on Monday, July 20, at the Luray United Methodist Church by the Rev. Erich Bennett.
A graveside service was conducted at Culpeper National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Luray United Methodist Church, Luray, Va. 22835.
Mrs. Vera Lee Critzer Thacker, July12, 2020
Vera Lee Critzer Wade Thacker died peacefully at her home on Sunday, July 12, 2020. She was born on January 25, 1930, in Albemarle County, Virginia to James William and Virginia Leona Critzer. Twice widowed, she was preceded in death by the Rev. Shirley Roland Wade and by Guy N. (Bud) Thacker Jr. Her son, William A. Wade, and her grandson, Mark S. Agee also predeceased her. During most of her 90 years, Lee was an active and enthusiastic embracer of life. She loved her God and the Methodist faith. She loved her large family and she loved to dance and walk. After moving to Bedford in 1970 she spent many years as a bank teller and as an employee of Tharp Funeral Home. Grateful to have been her family are Gay Agee and her son, Neal; Karen and Jack Tuttle and their sons, Travis, Ben, Nathan, and Patrick; Sara and Ron Shackelford and their son, Christopher; Newt Thacker; Jim and Jeanne Thacker and their sons, Brennan and Graham; granddaughters, Robin, Virginia, and Ronda. She lived long enough to welcome and enjoy eleven great-grandchildren. We would like to recognize the community for their love and respect for our Mom and the Main Street United Methodist Church family for friendship and fellowship for fifty years. Our deepest thanks also to Gentle Shepherd Hospice for lovingly directing us through Mom’s last days. Services to celebrate her life will be held at a later date. Burial will be private at Wild Rose Cemetery in Batesville, Va. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family. To send online condolences please visit tharpfuneralhome.com.
The Rev. Anthony “Pete” Wadsworth, July 8, 2020
The Rev. Anthony “Pete” Wadsworth, 84, of Winchester, Virginia passed away Wednesday, July 8, 2020.
The Rev. Wadsworth was born in 1936 in Princeton, North Carolina, the son of the late James Wadsworth and Leona Tyner Wadsworth. He graduated from Carter Bible College in Goldsboro, NC, Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, and Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
The Rev. Wadsworth was a minister and faithful servant of God with the Winchester District of the United Methodist Church. During his long tenure as a United Methodist minister, the Rev. Wadsworth pastored at numerous churches in Winchester, Frederick County, and Loudoun County, VA.
The Rev. Wadsworth was married for 55 years to his loving wife, Betty Ann Wadsworth, who predeceased him in 2018.
Surviving the Rev. Wadsworth are his sons, James A. Wadsworth (Tracy) of Ashland, Maine and Keith H. Wadsworth (Angela) of Lake Wales, Florida; grandchildren, Isabel and Harris Wadsworth of Lake Wales, Florida, Lucas Wadsworth of Winchester, Virginia, Sam Wadsworth of Nags Head, North Carolina, Jake, Nick and Anabel Wadsworth of Ashland, Maine; brother Jimmy Earl Wadsworth (Mary) of Princeton, North Carolina, sister Shirley Mae Williford (Earl) of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and sister Barbara Ann Woodard of Princeton, North Carolina.
Along with his parents and wife, the Rev. Wadsworth was preceded in death by his brothers, Otis Leo “Dick”, Robert “Fid,” and James, and his stepmother Myrtle Mae Toler Wadsworth.
Friends may call at the Jones Funeral Home Wednesday, July 15, and Thursday, July 16, 2020, from 10:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m. Private services will be held on Friday due to the Covid pandemic. The ministers will be the Rev. Penny Wilson and the Rev. Todd Guess. Burial will follow at Mount Hebron cemetery. Pallbearers will be Adam Syprzak, Mo Abuassi, Jerry Newlin, Luke Wadsworth, Roberta Lasiter, and Harris Wadsworth. Honorary pallbearers are Ronnie Wise and Roy lowery. The funeral will be televised via live streaming on Jones Funeral Home Face Book page.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Pete’s memory to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork Street, Suite 405, Winchester, Virginia 22601.
Online condolences may be left at www.jonesfuneralhomes.com
Mrs. Lena P. Williams, July 4, 2020
Lena Williams, a retired teacher and longtime resident of Lynchburg, VA, transitioned peacefully Saturday, July 4, 2020. Lena was born December 31, 1924, in Marion County, South Carolina, to the late Rev. Embert and Katie Davis Page. She was educated in public schools and attended Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina, where she received her BS in Elementary Education in 1950. In December of 1952, she married the Rev. Thaddeus Williams who preceded her in death. She was a devoted and proud mother and grandmother of four sons, a daughter, and three granddaughters. Lena was a spiritual woman and an active member of Jackson Street UMC and was affiliated with numerous community organizations and activities. She will be deeply missed by family and friends and all who knew her. A Celebration of Life was held Monday, July 13, 2020, at Tree of Life Ministries, Lynchburg. Donations in her memory can be sent to the Thaddeus Williams Community Center in care of Jackson Street UMC or to the Pink Witnesses for Breast Cancer Awareness to 503 Robin Dr. Lynchburg, VA 24502.
Mrs. Evelyn Emma Gardner Roberts, June 30, 2020
Evelyn Emma Gardner Roberts, 100 years old, of Hague, Virginia went home to the Lord on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Evelyn was born in Dranesville, Fairfax County, Virginia to Richard Stanley Gardner and Lillian Sarah Thompson Gardner. She met and married the love of her life, William Thomas Roberts, in 1939. Evelyn was a baker for Fairfax County Schools and her talents in the kitchen were legendary. She was a faithful Christian and a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church.
Evelyn was a devoted mother to her four boys and a loving wife to her husband, who heeded the call to ministry later in life. Evelyn helped him tremendously with this transition and the new life it brought. They were posted to several Methodist churches in various communities in Virginia and her gentle ways and her deep intelligence and faith brought a special richness to her role as a minister’s wife. She was fun-loving and sang in the choir while her husband preached. Evelyn was also a whiz in the kitchen – especially with canning. Tomatoes, corn, green beans…you name it. If you could can it she could do it. She especially enjoyed passing her knowledge and skills on to her grandchildren. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a dear friend to so many. She will be missed tremendously.
Left behind to cherish Evelyn’s memory are her beloved sons: Stanley C. Roberts (Patricia) of Hague, Virginia; Michael Allen Roberts (Penny) of Bunker Hill, West Virginia and William T. Roberts (Charlotte) of Martinsburg, West Virginia. Evelyn is survived by her brother Willard Gardner (Gertrude) of Sterling, Virginia and her sister Nancy Draper of Winchester, Virginia. She is also survived by her grandchildren: David H. Roberts (Liane), William B. Roberts, Dawn Goings (Lance), Rachel Crawford (Vance), Courtney Roberts, Rob “Robby” Roberts, Michael Allan Roberts (Cynthia), Ian T. Roberts (Cody Marcum), Katelyn Beth Roberts (Ray), Jackie Allen (Mark), Scott Skinner (Barb), Teresa Barco (Bob) and Marcia Daniels (Joe).
Also missing her greatly are her great-grandchildren: Erin, Cassie, Tyler, Jacob, Jordan, Symone, Natalie, Willow, Crystal, Lisa, Dana, Patrick, Christopher, Kaydynce, Braden, Peyton, Melinda, Madison, Joshua, Johnny, Angelique, Crystal, Nathan, Andrew and Travis.
She has twelve great-great-grandchildren, Aiden, Owen, Scarlott, Hunter, Adrianne, Alexandra, Colt, Landen, Kinsley, Easton, Declan, and Wells.
Evelyn was predeceased by her parents and husband, as well as her son Ronnie Lee Roberts, her daughter-in-law Lois Roberts and her grandson Raymond Allen Roberts.
A graveside service will be held at Arnon Chapel Cemetery in Great Falls, Virginia with her son, Rev. Stanley C. Roberts, officiating. Following this service Evelyn will be laid to rest beside her beloved husband.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you celebrate Evelyn’s 100 years of life by making a donation to either the American Heart Association, 4601 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 or to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 70, Oldhams, VA 22529.
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Mrs. Marion Lourine Dillard, June 17, 2020
Marion Lourine Dillard, age 90, passed away peacefully June 17, 2020. She was born April 6, 1930 in Cleveland, Ohio to Clarence and Lessie Schultz. On 25 August, 1956 Marion married F. Douglas Dillard, Jr. in Roanoke, Virginia. The Rev. Dr. F. Douglas Dillard proceeded her in death in 2005. Marion was a loving and caring minister’s wife who would do anything for others. For many years she worked as a special education teacher in Fairfax, Virginia. She cared deeply for each and every student. Marion is survived by her two sons, Douglas and David; her two grandchildren, Ashley and Jeremy and her great grandson, Cameron. All of us will miss her greatly.
Mrs. Marian Johnson Stevens, June 9, 2020
Marian Johnson Stevens, 89, mother of Rev. R. Bruce Johnson (Urbanna UMC) and mother-in-law of Rev. Nancy C. Johnson (Emmanuel UMC), passed away this morning in Portland, OR while in hospice care. Marian was a wonderful mother to her children, a beloved teacher, a talented musician and a lifelong disciple of Jesus Christ. Her family will treasure her memory. Prayers are appreciated for the family.
The Rev. Robert James Thorne, June 8, 2020
The Rev. Robert James Thorne, 77, of Danville, VA passed away on Monday, June 8, 2020, surrounded by his family and friends. Bob was born on July 11, 1942.
Bob graduated from Tangier High School. He married the love of his life Frances P. Thorne; they were married for 50 years. They are the parents of Robert Jeffery Thorne (Lyndsay), Joshua David Thorne (Shauna). He has a brother, Jack Thorne; sisters, Ginny Marshall, Grace Pruitt, Alice Crockett; and a host of nieces and nephews.
He began his ministerial career in 1982 at Capeville. He went on to serve Asbury Memorial, Stuart UMC (Danville District), and the Appomattox Circuit. He retired in 2011 and served Trinity in Altavista and Hurt during his retirement.
Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Wrenn-Yeatts Westover Chapel with the Rev. Intek Oh, the Rev. Edward Pruitt, and the Rev. Johnny Thorne officiating. Interment will follow the service in Highland Burial Park.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 2357 Inman Rd, Danville, VA 24541 on Thursday evening from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Notes of condolence may be sent to 2357 Iman Road, Danville, VA 24541.
Mrs. Geneva W. Carson, June 5, 2020
CARSON, Geneva Wolfe, 92, of Richmond, Virginia, left this world peacefully on Friday, June 5, 2020, and returned to her heavenly home, pain free and restored. She leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 66 years, the Rev. Louis E. Carson; her daughters, Beverly Watts and Mary Burton; her grandchildren, Layel and his wife Lacy, and Lynley; her sister, Cornelia Webb and her husband, Bill; her sister-in-law, Bernice Carson; and numerous nieces and nephews. Geneva was a devoted member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church and was a resident of Cedarfield Retirement Community. The family would like to extend heartful thanks to the staff at Cedarfield for their loving care and support. Geneva was born to be a preacher’s wife and worked tirelessly helping Louis to serve his churches. She was a lady of love and devotion to family, and especially enjoyed new recipes and cooking, cultivating flowers and wild birds. Geneva was an exceptional wife, mother, sister, and friend, and we will miss her every day. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Friday, June 12, 2020, at St. Andrews United Methodist Church, 9801 Fort King Road, Richmond, Virginia. A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. at the church, officiated by the Rev. Joseph T. Carson III and the Rev. Denise Watkins. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. in Fort Hill Memorial Park, Lynchburg, Virginia. Always remember how very much we love you. Online condolences may be left at woodyfuneralhomeparham.com.
The Rev. Harley R. Bender, June 2, 2020
The Rev. Harley Roscoe Bender, 94, of Staunton, Virginia, passed away Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at his home surrounded by his family.
He was born in Webster County, West Virginia, on February 6, 1926, a son of the late John Dale and Eva Mae (Fisher) Bender.
The Rev. Bender was a retired United Methodist minister with over 50 years of ministry in numerous churches in both West Virginia and Virginia. He was a WWII Army Veteran having served in Germany. Harley was a shining light of hope and faith to his family and friends, and will be greatly missed. His Christian walk of love, grace, mercy, and forgiveness was a testimony to all who knew him. “Well done thy good and faithful servant.”
In addition to his parents, the Rev. Bender was preceded in death by his first wife, June (Wilmoth) Bender; his second wife, Bonnie Traylor-Bender; a daughter, Debra Settle; three brothers, Hartsel Bender, William Bender, and Donald Bender; and four sisters, Ruth Bright, Ruby Skeens, Ann Channell, and Rose Lipps.
Surviving are four daughters, Joyce “Joy” Campbell and her husband Wayne of Fishersville, Claudette Wilcher and her husband William Lee of Craigsville, Martha Colvin and her husband Glenn of Greenville, and Robin Bender of Staunton; a step-daughter, Vanessa Willis of Greenville; two step-sons, Kevin Traylor of Greenville and Shawn Traylor of Lexington; four sisters, Waneta Shriver of Clarksburg, West Virginia, Louise Channell of Ohio, Jean Rector and Della Cowger, both of Clarksburg, West Virginia; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
A graveside service was conducted Saturday, June 6, 2020 in the Greenville United Methodist Church cemetery by Pastor Michael Herring.
Active pallbearers were Troy and Matthew Wilcher, Jeremy Colvin, Tristian and Tim Sprouse, and Shane Bryant.
It is suggested those desiring make memorial contributions to the American Parkinson Disease Foundation, 4560 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23462.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.coffmanfuneralhome.net
Mrs. Christine Kidd, May 21, 2020
Mrs. Christine Kidd, 90, passed away on May 21, 2020, in Lexington, Kentucky. She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Harry L. Kidd. She was the mother of the Rev. Timothy Kidd, a Virginia conference clergy member on Honorable Location. Family and friends are welcome to leave their condolences at https://www.everhere.com/us/obituaries/ky/lexington/christine-kidd-10899630 A funeral service was held on Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Lexington, KY. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Asbury University for “Current Scholarship” in memory of Christine Hahn Kidd.
The Rev. William Pollard Hall Jr., May 19, 2020
The Rev. William Pollard Hall Jr. passed away on 05-19-2020. He was living in Fort Meyers, Florida when he passed. An obituary is not available. He began his ministerial service in 1953 at Cascade. He went on to serve Craigsville, Selma, Guildford, Wallace Memorial, as the Associate at Vienna, staff chaplain at Tennesse State Penitentiary, and chaplain Riverbend Maximum Security Institute, Nashville. He retired in 1997.
The Rev. Denise Rotival Huffman, May 18, 2020
The Rev. Denise Rotival Huffman passed away peacefully on Monday, May 18, 2020, in Roanoke Virginia, which she had made her home for the past five decades.
Born in Orlando, Florida, and raised in Woodstock Connecticut, and Paris France, she was the daughter of Maurice E.H. Rotival and Leila Holt Rotival.
Denise was predeceased by her husband, Maynard D. Huffman, and brother, Alexander “Sandy” H. Rotival.
She leaves behind her son, Andrew Bowen Stocker, of Luzern, Switzerland, and her daughter, Clarissa Denise Garvey, of The Villages, Florida.
Denise lived a remarkable life of volunteering and community involvement. Following a move to Puerto Rico, where she taught English, Denise relocated to Roanoke, becoming a Reverend in the United Methodist Church where she ministered to and cared for the Hispanic community, which until her death remained involved in and supporting.
Denise will be laid to rest in private ceremonies, and separate public memorials will be held in Roanoke and Woodstock when social gatherings are permitted.
She will be greatly missed by not only her extended family but the many people whose lives she touched and helped to improve while on this earth.
The Rev. Dr. Gerald Mowery Miller Sr. May 2, 2020
The Rev. Dr. Gerald Mowery Miller, Sr. was sent to the loving arms of his Lord on May 2, 2020, at 2:22 pm after passing at his home at the age of 82. He was greeted with the words “Well done, thou good and faithful servant…. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” (Matthew 25:21)
Gerald was born to the late Harold W. Miller, Sr. and Susan B. Miller in Winchester, Virginia on March 3, 1938, and grew up in Woodstock, VA. Gerald was the youngest of four sons and was often called “worm” by his loving brothers. Gerald always joked it was a miracle he survived.
Gerald graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Roanoke College in 1960. He worked a few sales jobs prior to being called into the ministry after receiving nudging from above. Once Gerald committed to becoming a minister, he attended Theological Seminary where he received a Bachelor’s of Divinity degree in 1969, a Master of Theology degree in 1970, and a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1981. He loved all of the churches he served and was devoted to helping others and glorifying God through his preaching. The churches Gerald served throughout his career include Wright’s Chapel Methodist in Ladysmith, Virginia, Huguenot United Methodist in Richmond, Virginia, Kilmarnock United Methodist in Kilmarnock, Virginia, Epiphany United Methodist in Vienna, Virginia, Trinity United Methodist in Petersburg, Virginia, Woods United Methodist in Chesterfield, Virginia, and Chester United Methodist in Chester, VA. Gerald’s brothers loved to joke that he only had to work one hour a week, but Gerald was always working to improve the churches he served and help the local communities.
Gerald is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, Chris Miller; their sons Jonathan Miller (Micki) and Christopher Miller (Christiana); former spouse Laura W. Miller and their sons Gerald (Jay) Miller, Jr., Harold Miller (Laurel), and Mark Miller; and their daughter Terese Miller; his grandchildren Samantha Miller, Kyle Miller, Claudia Miller, Kirby Miller, Charlie Miller, Bauer Burkart, Blake Burkart, Riley Miller, and Bentley Miller; his brother Dr. Robert “Bob” Miller (Colleen); his sister Kim Shrum (Richard); his step-mother Betty Lambert (Jerry); five nieces; and four nephews. Gerald is preceded in death by his parents Harold W. Miller, Sr. and Susan B. Miller; his brothers Harold W. Miller, Jr. (Joan), Richard Lee “Dick” Miller (Suzanne); and his nephew Rev. Dr. Robert Stephen Miller.
Gerald loved to golf, fish, and spend time with his loving family. He always looked forward to the Miller Family Reunion held every year in Woodstock, Virginia. He was a loving, supportive, and dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, friend, and minister whose memory will be cherished by family and friends forever.
In light of the current pandemic, an appropriate celebration of the Rev. Dr. Gerald Mowery Miller’s life will be held at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the churches Gerald considered to be his home churches of Trinity United Methodist Church (215 S Sycamore St, Petersburg, VA 23803) and Chester United Methodist Church (12132 Percival St, Chester, VA 23831).
Mary Frances Cloud, April 25, 2020
Mary Frances Cloud completed her life’s journey on April 25, 2020. She served the students of Wise County Schools for 32 years, most recently as a middle school English teacher. Her work tools were chalk, ink, paper, determination, compassion, wisdom, and wit. She loved laughter, chocolate, a good book, diagramming complex sentences, and shepherding young hearts and minds, particularly those who were struggling. She demonstrated extraordinary courage and character in confronting life’s challenges. Above all else, she was deeply dedicated to her family, whom she showered with love and care.
Mary Frances is preceded in death by her beloved husband Frank Cloud, Jr., her parents Oscar and Georgia Burton, her stepmother Hester Burton, and her sister Ernestine Roller. Survivors include sons Bert Cloud and Scott Cloud and their wives Gina Anderson-Cloud and Sharee Cloud. Mary joyfully adored and indulged grandchildren Ben, Tom, Kayana, Danielle, and Trae.
There will be a private interment due to public gathering restrictions. The family welcomes members of the community to share their memories of Mrs. Cloud on Facebook. Search for the Facebook Group named “Mary Frances Cloud Celebration of Life.”
You may go online to view the obituary, leave a memory for the family or sign the guest registry at www.holdingfuneralhome.com Holding Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
The Rev. Alyce Mullen, April 24, 2020
The Rev. Dr. Alyce Miller Mullen, 91, of Oakton, Virginia, died peacefully April 24, 2020. Alyce was born November 1, 1928 in Oneonta, New York to Reverend Dr. Wesley Alfred and Ethel Barlow Miller. She is survived by her beloved husband of 69 years, Roy Mullen; Loving mother of Holly Mullen, Heather Mullen (son-in-law James Pattan), Hillary Mullen DeVol (son-in-law Robert DeVol) and the late Hugh Mullen. Also survived by four grandchildren Lauren DeVol, James DeVol, Sarah DeVol, and Michael DeVol She was predeceased by three siblings and their spouses, Robert Mueller (Arvillous), Edward Miller (Virginia), and Carol Kreyssig (Robert); and her beloved dog, Jingo.
She attended Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH and American University in Washington, DC before earning her Doctorate in Theology from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC.
Her accomplished career included being a schoolteacher, scientific editor for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, writer of the “Small Talk” column in The Springfield Independent, and a marriage counselor as well as serving as Associate Pastor at Clarendon United Methodist Church in Arlington, VA and Pastor at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Church in Alexandria, VA. She enjoyed spending time with family and friends; and singing, biking, reading, writing, walking and communing with nature.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
The Rev. James Wallace Draper, April 22, 2020
The Rev. James Wallace Draper, 84, passed away April 22, 2020, at Sentara Obici Hospital of Covid-19 virus. A native of Suffolk, he was the son of the late Clyde Wallace Draper and Doris Everett Draper.
Jim was a 1954 graduate of Suffolk High School and a graduate of Randolph Macon College. He received his Masters of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary. Ordained in 1961, he served for 39 years as a minister in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. His appointments spanned the state including Trinity UMC in Lexington, Lower UMC in Hartfield, Lakeside UMC in Richmond, and Magnolia UMC in Suffolk. Having a heart for missions, he was district missions secretary on four different districts throughout his career. He was called out of retirement three times to serve as an interim pastor on the Rappahannock District. Wherever he travelled he brought along his big personality full of humor, joy, and kindness. He felt a special ministry to seniors and his dinner table always saved a place for widows and widowers. He truly did not know a stranger, and his self-proclaimed nickname of “Tall, Dark, & Handsome” was an ice-breaker for many conversations even up to his final hospitalization.
Combining his love of God with his love of people, he left everyone he met with a smile on their face and warmth in their heart. He loved to describe how he was part of the Draper family athletic powerhouse at Suffolk High School. His favorite sport was basketball, and he was proud to have broken a 30-year scoring record. He was a lifelong lover of the Outer Banks, Duke basketball, and southern cooking.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 52 years, Barbara Johnson Draper, his eldest daughter, Debbie Dalton, and his youngest brother John Robert “Bobby” Draper. He is survived by his daughter, Lynne Studeman, her husband, Michael, and two grandsons, Noah and Joshua. He is also survived by his two brothers C. Merritt Draper, Sr., of Suffolk, Jerry Yates Draper (Linda) of Mechanicsburg, PA, his sister Brenda Draper Winstead, of Virginia Beach, and his sister-in-law Thomasine Draper of Suffolk. He dearly loved his family, including many nieces and nephews, and cherished time spent with them.
His family would like to thank the staff at Accordius Health Nanspointe and at Sentara Obici Hospital for their care and communication during his time of quarantine and hospitalization.
A memorial service will be held at a later time. Memorial donations may be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) COVID-19 Response Fund: UMCOR, Advance GCFA, COVID-19 Response, PO Box 9068, New York, NY 10087. R.W. Baker & Co. Funeral Home and Crematory, 509 W. Washington St. is serving the family. Condolences may be registered at RWBakerFH.com
The Rev. William Richard “Bill” Fisher, April 16, 2020
The Rev. William Richard “Bill” Fisher of Waynesboro, VA passed away Thursday, April 16, 2020, in Fishersville with his loving wife by his side.
Bill was born in 1947 in Winchester, VA, son of the late William Archie Fisher and Armilda Lamp.
Bill gave his life to the Lord in 1968 while watching a televised Billy Graham crusade. He would eventually answer the call to become a preacher despite a paralyzing childhood fear of public speaking. He earned his degree in Bible/Christian Ministries from Eastern Mennonite University and attended Candler School of Theology at Emory University.
Over his near 40-year ministry in the United Methodist Church, Bill pastored 13 appointments across Virginia and Georgia: 1969-1972 Brookneal Charge; 1972-1976 Keezletown UMC; 1976-1978 Hillcrest UMC; 1978-1980 Page UMC; 1980-1981 Massanutten Charge; 1981-1982 Ebenezer UMC (GA); 1982-1983 Monterey Charge; 1983-1986 Jollivue UMC; 1986-1990 Carson UMC; 1990-1994 King William Charge; 1994-1996 Keysville UMC; 1996-2004 Boonsboro UMC; 2004-2009 Toms Brook UMC. Throughout his ministry, Bill’s motto and devotion remained steadfast to “Making Jesus Famous.”
Bill is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 52 years, Barbara Fisher. Surviving with his wife is his daughter, Sandy Gharib (Lindo) of Richmond, VA; son, William Zachary Fisher (Rachel) of Nashville, TN; grandchildren, Nathan Fisher (Kristina), Kaitlin and Madison Gharib, Mandy and Sandy Edwards, Joshua Stevens (Crystal), Brianna Stevens, Emily and Abby Laird, Kyiah, Joseph, and Amaya Puckett, Lily Chapman, and Robert Desi Emery; six great grandchildren; and sister, Ellen Adams (Buddy).
Along with his parents, the Rev. Fisher was preceded in death by his daughter, Stacey Lynn Emery.
In true Bill form, he will take his final ride in a Harley Davidson motorcycle hearse for internment at Mount Hebron Cemetery, Winchester, VA. Due to COVID-19, services at this time will be private. Family and friends will be invited to a Celebration of Life service at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Bill Fisher’s name to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201-0001.
Please view obituaries and tribute wall at www.ompsfuneralhome.com
Mrs. Joyce Milliner, March 30, 2020
Mrs. Joyce Milliner died March 30, 2020. Joyce was the wife of the late Rev. Wilbur J. “Jack” Milliner who served as pastor to Eastern Shore District churches -Melfa, St. Thomas, Guilford and Bloxom. There will be a small graveside service and a celebration of life at the church at a later date. Obituary and more information soon at https://www.williamsfuneralhomes.com/
Corder Compton Campbell, March 29, 2020
January 30, 1941 – March 29, 2020
Retired Captain Corder Compton Campbell, M.D. (Navy Medical Corps), passed away peacefully from congestive heart failure caused by Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. He was surrounded by the loving presence of his immediate family in a private home. He will be laid to rest later this year, with a full military service burial at Arlington Cemetery, Virginia. Captain Campbell is the father of Holly Siegle, wife of the Rev. Brian Siegle, pastor of South Hill UMC, Farmville District.
The Rev. Dr. Edwin Clifton (Cliff) Whitlock, March 26, 2020
The Rev. Dr. Edwin Clifton (Cliff) Whitlock, 69, peacefully departed to eternal rest on March 26, 2020. He was the son of the late Logan T. Whitlock, Sr. and Ruth T. Whitlock of Portsmouth. Cliff was a graduate of Cradock H. S., Virginia Wesleyan College and Wesley Theological Seminary (M. Div. and D. Min.). After retiring from NNSY, he followed his dream of serving the Christian ministry. He joked that, growing up Presbyterian, he was “predestined” to serve the United Methodist Church.Cliff was a proud and active member of DeMolay and the Masons. He served as the Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons in Virginia, Past Master of Lake Drummond Lodge No. 178, District Deputy (Masonic District 36), a member of Khedive Shrine and a 33° (Portsmouth and Norfolk Scottish Rite Bodies) and, many others.He is survived by his loving wife, Lynne Matthews Whitlock and her family; their son, Matthew and wife, Hayley and, his precious granddaughters Elena and Madelyn; sisters, Evelyn Monds (Sam), Nancy Ward, and their families.Cliff’s life will be celebrated at a later date when we can all safely gather together. Friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.omanfh.com
Dr. William K. Thomas, March 23, 2020
The Rev. Dr. William Kelly Thomas of Waynesboro, Virginia died on March 23, 2020. He was born in Petersburg, Virginia on October 1, 1923, and was 96 years of age at the time of his passing. He graduated from Petersburg High School in 1940 at 16 years of age and worked in local employment until entering college in 1942. After a very brief college period, Bill, as he was known to many, entered WWII military service and became a Naval Aviator and flight instructor until the end of the war. When the war was over, he continued in the Civil Air Patrol and private flying for many years. Bill felt the call to Christian ministry and entered the Methodist pastorate in 1949. During the years 1949-1973, in addition to his local church and conference duties, he attended Randolph-Macon College and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond and earned the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity, and Doctor of Ministry. He served Virginia Methodist rural and urban churches for fifty years as pastor and district superintendent, retiring for the third time in 1999. Over those years, he also conducted numerous revivals, conference study courses in local churches, directed youth summer camps, and led studies at the Virginia Methodist Assembly Center. Dr. Thomas was at one-time president of the Board of Managers of the Blackstone Assembly Center, a member of the Trustees of Ferrum College, a member of the Virginia Conference Finance Committee, and chairman of the Conference Committee on Investigation. Dr. Thomas was predeceased by his beloved wives Nancy Perdue Thomas and Pauline Ellingsworth Thomas and one grandson. He is survived by his four dear children Charlotte Kelly Thomas, Linda Minetree (Ron), Nathaniel Thomas (Marjorie), and Paula Oxendine (Tom). He is also survived by four precious grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service celebrating Dr. Thomas’ life will be held at a later date when conditions allow. Meanwhile, it is suggested that contributions in his memory may be made to a local church of your choice.
Mrs. Roberta Dorothy (Hoag, Williams) Painter, March 15, 2020
Mrs. Roberta Dorothy (Hoag, Williams) Painter was born on April 17, 1928, a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great- great grandmother, friend, and neighbor passed away appropriately on her favorite day of the week, Sunday, March 15, 2020. She was known for her generosity, baking, devotion to her family and friends, dedication to the United Methodist Church and performance of charitable work. Among other interest she volunteered for Meals on Wheels, the rescue squad, loved gardening (and sharing its bounty) and bird watching. She was preceded in death by both of her husbands, the Rev. Roger W. Williams Sr and the Rev. Robert C. Painter and her children, Mark I. Williams, Holly B. Seay and Peggy A. DeRaad. She is survived by her children, Roger W. Williams Jr., Jared A. Williams and Arlie R. Nelson. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her. A private graveside service will be held at Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church on Thursday, March 26. at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers remembrances may be made to the Mathews Chapel United Methodist Church Pennies from Heaven Fund, 4185 Buckley Hall Rd., Cobbs Creek, VA 23035. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel, Mathews is assisting the family with the arrangements.
The Rev. Milton Lee Ramsey Jr., March 14, 2020
The Rev. Milton Lee Ramsey Jr., 80, died Saturday, March 14, 2020, at his residence in Jamestown, Georgia, after an extended illness.Born April 15, 1939, in Staunton, VA, he was the son of the late Milton Lee Ramsey Sr. and Madeline Arbaugh Robertson. The Rev. Ramsey attended seminary school at Eastern Mennonite College in Harrisonburg, VA, graduated from John Wesley Bible College in Greensboro, NC, and served as a pastor for many years for several churches. He has been the pastor of Jamestown (GA) United Methodist Church for the last 10 years. The Rev. Ramsey was a member of the United Methodist Virginia Conference. Churches he served in the Virginia Conference included Fellowship-Linville-Edom, Relief-Hites, East Nottoway, Belview in Roanoke, Stuart in Danville, Monumental in Emporia, Cottage Place, and Morrison. He retired from the Virginia Conference in 2001. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Marjorie Cason. Survivors include his wife of 32 years, Rebecca Wobser Ramsey of Waycross; six children, Penny Cranford (Abraham) of Springfield, FL, Phillip Ramsey of Staunton, VA, Cathy Chaplin of Staunton, VA, Jeffrey Wayne Hege of Maryland, Lee Heil (Glen) of Summerfield, FL and Charity Elizabeth Taylor (Larry) of Ocala, FL; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; three sisters, Nancy Dill of Stuart’s Draft, VA, Linda Miller (Bobby) of Kissimmee, FL, and Lois Snell (Victory) of Fishersville, VA; half brother, John Spencer Ramsey of Greenbolt, MD; half sister, Cindy Ramsey of Greenbolt, MD; and numerous nieces, nephews and other relatives. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m., March 18, at Jamestown United Methodist Church with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed by signing the online registry at www.musicfuneralhome.com.
William Mark Clayton, March 10, 2020
William Mark Clayton, age 63 of Stuart, a retired local pastor, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at his home. He was born in Person County, NC on November 18, 1956. He was preceded in death by his father, William Madison Clayton, Jr. Mark had been in the ministry for 26 years and recently pastored Nettle Ridge United Methodist Church and Concord United Methodist Church in Patrick County. He was an avid Duke fan, a poet, music lover, and God’s Kingdom worker. He was a very proud Grandpa.
Surviving are Kimberley Clayton; one son and daughter-in-law, Joshua and Ann Clayton of Winter Garden, FL; two daughters and a son-in-law, Jessica and Cameron Curtis of Manson, NC, Sara Clayton of Stuart; six grandchildren, James Addington, Taylor Clayton, Harper Clayton, Leah Curtis, Brodie Curtis, Braelyn Wilson; his mother, Sylvia Berry Clayton of Roxboro, NC; two brothers, Matthew Clayton, and brother-in-law, Robert Fama of Washington Depot, CT, Jon Clayton of Burlington, NC; and one nephew, Jared Clayton.
A memorial service will be held Friday, March 13, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Mt. Tirzah United Methodist Church in Timberlake, NC. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Online condolences may be sent to www.moodyfuneralservices.com.
The Rev. John H. Coffey, March 7, 2020
John Haines Coffey, a retired United Methodist minister and member of the Virginia Annual Conference, died on March 7, 2020 following a prolonged illness at the age of 91. During his active professional years he served as Campus Minister at the University of Alabama, at Virginia Polytechnic University and State University, and as Conference Council on Ministries staff in Richmond, Virginia from which he retired.
Mr. Coffey was born in Woodstock, Virginia, the son of a Methodist parsonage family. He attended pubic schools in Keyser, WVA, Covington and Roanoke, Virginia and graduated from George Washington High School in Danville. He received his bachelor of Arts degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio. He received his Master of Divinity degree from Duke University and a Master of Higher Education from Columbia University.
Mr. Coffey helped to organize and staff the first Conference of Religious Arts in the Virginia Council of Churches. He served as an adjunct professor at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond and for a brief time at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Dorothy Crowder Coffey, his daughters MaryScott C. Tuck and her husband Stephen Tuck of Moneta, Paige Coffey-Cirrone and her husband Chris Cirrone of Cape Canaveral, his granddaughter Chloe Coffey, and his sister Louise Smith and her husband Terrell Smith II of Bedford, their son Terrell Smith III and his wife Robin of Bonsack. John also leaves a wealth of nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Life will be held at The Glebe on Saturday, March 14, 2020 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions to Good Samaritan Hospice of Roanoke, 2408 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018.
The Rev. Dr. Charles G. Turkington, March 6, 2020
The Rev. Dr. Charles G. Turkington, a member of the Kentucky Annual Conference, died on March 6, 2020, in Wilmore, Kentucky. He is survived by his wife, Mary Kathryn Turkington, of the home, and four children, eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. His daughter, the Rev. Mary Beth Blinn, is a member of The Virginia Annual Conference. Born on March 5, 1929, in Wilmore, Charles was the son of W. D. Turkington, professor and dean of Asbury Seminary, and his wife, Emily. Charles served churches and two Kentucky Conference Districts as Superintendent. In retirement, Charles and Mary K. lived at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. A Celebration of Life and Faith will be held on Saturday, March 21, at 11:00 am at Wilmore United Methodist Church. Condolences may be sent to Mary Beth and Bob Blinn, 525 N. 1st St., Richmond, VA 23219.
Jean Thomasson Holmes , March 4, 2020
Jean Thomasson Holmes, 91, passed peacefully into Jesus’ presence March 4, 2020, surrounded by her children. As she did all of her life, she is still enjoying Jesus, her Savior and friend. She was born in South Hill, VA on April 13, 1928 to Luther and Claudia Thomasson. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, H. Randolph Holmes, Sr. and her sister Elizabeth Sue Propst. She is survived by her daughter, Ann H. Hardin, her son H. Randolph Holmes, Jr. (Michaux) and daughter Claudia H. Stallings (Scott), her grandchildren Ben Holmes (Desirea), Drew Holmes (Lindsay) and Laura Holmes Shawley (Joey), Hanna Conaway, Emily Stalling and great-grandson James Conaway. She graduated from Longwood College in 1949 and served as a teacher in South Hill Elementary School and South Hill Academy. As founder and proprietor of the Sonshine Book Shop for over 30 years she loved and prayed for countless friends who became family to her. She was a lifelong member of South Hill United Methodist Church and served in the choir, UMW, and teacher of the Alpha Bible Class for almost 50 years. The family will receive friends and family at Crowder Hite Crews Funeral Home in South Hill from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, March 6. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 7 at 3:00 P.M. at the South Hill United Methodist Church with interment to follow in Oakwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please consider a gift to Camp Willow Run, 190 Mangum Lane, Littleton, NC 27850 or the South Hill United Methodist Church, 105 Franklin St., South Hill, VA 23970. Online condolences may be sent through our website, www.crowderhitecrews.com. Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Holmes family.
Mrs. Carolyn Balcom, February 27, 2020
Carolyn Elizabeth Hodges Balcom, age 84, passed away on February 27, 2020 in Virginia Beach, VA. A remarkable woman, she was born in Covington, VA April 16, 1935 to Mary Apperson Hodges & Paul Wister Hodges. As her father died before her second birthday, she was raised by a single mother who worked full time to set an indelible impression upon Carolyn. Her grandmother Rowena Peters Hodges and her aunt, Aline Hodges are credited with raising her in her early years. Carolyn graduated from Clifton Forge High School and attended two years at Mary Washington College to then graduate from John Hopkins University School of Nursing with a BS in Nursing in 1958. Her Nursing interest was spurred by the encouragement from her mother, her uncle Raymond Hodges and his wife Sophia (Su) Hodges ,who wanted her to be independent. Raymond & Su supported her as their own child, Su is credited in introducing her to her partner in crime, Roger C. Balcom, after 6 years of dating, they married in 1958.
Having been lifelong residents in the Northern, Va area, Carolyn and Roger settled in Sterling Va, where Carolyn utilized her skills as an RN for what would become 40 plus years, primarily working for INOVA. Carolyn concurrently established herself as an avid quilter, a master baker of bread, a diabetes activist, an avid traveler, and a lover of sunsets. As a woman of action, she was passionate in her faith which was self-evident in her participation, volunteering and contributions to her family in the United Methodist Church. After working nights and raising a gaggle of children, she chose to volunteer as a Parish Nurse to simply demonstrate that kindness should not have set business hours. She and Roger relocated to Atlantic Shores in Virginia Beach where she had many endearing friendships within the community.
Carolyn was a joyful soul but never more so than when she spent time with family. Carolyn is predeceased by Roger C. Balcom and is survived by her children Peggy Heimbach (Leon), Cathy Gargano (Dave), Linda Jinks, Laura Gadsby (Brian) and David Balcom (Jenn), her grandchildren; Kathy Jinks, Robert Jinks (Hannah), Kaitlyn Gadsby, Andrew Gadsby, Alexander Balcom, Julia Gadsby and Connor Balcom. The two newest additions to the family Nathaniel and Rueben Jinks were ambassadors that had only recently ushered Carolyn into the role of Great Grandmother.
Two memorial services will be held: Friday, March 13th at 2:00pm at Francis Asbury UMC, 1871 North Great Neck Rd., Virginia Beach, (reception to follow) and Saturday, March 21st at 11:00am at Arcola UMC, 24757 Evergreen Mills Rd Sterling VA 20166, (visitation at 10 am). Reception to follow at the home of David & Jenn Balcom.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to one of the following: Atlantic Shores Employee Gift Fund, American Diabetes Association or Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Alternatively, or in concert with, you may find an opportunity to humbly bestow kindness upon others in the way that Carolyn lived her life.
Mrs. Bernice B. Chattin, February 23, 2020
CHATTIN, Mrs. Bernice Bryan, of Richmond, Virginia, died February 23, 2020, in her home at Westminster Canterbury. She is survived by her daughter, Norma Anne Chattin; and son-in-law, Henry Verlander; one granddaughter, Kathryn Chattin Marchese (husband, Nick Marchese); two great-granddaughters, Hailee and Macie Marchese; and many beloved extended family members. She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. Norman S. Chattin; and her son, Dr. David Bryan Chattin, Ph.D. Throughout her life, Bernice devoted herself to her family and her faith. She was an active lifelong member of the United Methodist Church and held leadership positions in many community organizations. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in Bernice Chattin’s memory to Randolph-Macon College (RMC- Gifts Processing, P.O. Box 5005, Ashland, Va. 23005) or Westminster Canterbury Richmond Fellowship Fund (1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227). A Celebration of Life service will be held Friday, March 13, 2020, 11 a.m., in the Cochrane room of Westminster Canterbury in Richmond. We encourage you to visit and comment in celebration of her life on Norma Anne’s Facebook page.
The Rev. R. Elwood Pack, February, 20, 2020
The Rev. Raymond Elwood Pack, age 90 of Stuart, passed away Thursday, February 20, 2020, at the Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson, NC. He was born on May 17, 1929, in Bramwell, WV to the late Jonce Pack and Minnie Dalton Pack Haley. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a daughter, Vicki Michele Pack Pate; a son, Barry Phillip Pack; his stepfather, Russel Haley; four sisters, Lelia, Virginia, Mary, Mildred; and three brothers, Howard, Walter, and Richard. Before retiring in 1994, Elwood served 32 years as a pastor in the United Methodist Church.Surviving are his loving wife of 72 years, Marie P. Pack of the home; one granddaughter, Kelly; two great grandchildren; a brother, George of Martinsville; and several nieces and nephews.Funeral services will be held Sunday, February 23, 2020, at 3:00 PM at Moody Funeral Home in Stuart with Pastor Keith Vernon, the Rev. Stanley Wright, and the Rev. Thomas Shepherd officiating. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain Valley Hospice, 18981 Jeb Stuart Hwy, Stuart, VA 24171. The family would like to give a special thanks to Pam Wright, caregivers Donna Dalton and Rebecca Lilley, and the nurses, staff, and volunteers of Mountain Valley Hospice.
The Rev. Doyle Weston Wyatt, February 19, 2020
The Rev. Doyle Weston Wyatt (retired associate member), age 80 of Boones Mill, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 19, 2020. He served on the Roanoke District and the Danville District. A memorial service will be held at Faith Fellowship Church, 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 22, with Pastor Gary Hoffman and the Rev. Jae Song officiating. His family will receive friends, 6-8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21, at Flora Funeral Service and Cremation Center, Rocky Mount.
The Rev. Michael Thomas Davis, February 11, 2020
Arrangements for Michael “Mike” T. Davis: A Celebration of Life for Rev. Michael T. Davis will be held Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 1:00 pm at Wesley United Methodist Church 3701 Conduit Rd, Colonial Heights, Virginia. No dress code. Reception following. In lieu of flowers, remembrances and donations may be sent to Journey Community Center, P O Box 190, Jetersville, VA 23083.
The Rev. Michael “Mike” Thomas Davis completed his earthly Journey on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 and is now home. Family members who went before him and guided his path included his parents, Bernard C. Davis and Margaret W. Davis, his sister and brother-in-law, Grace and Herbert Davis, and his niece, Kareen Davis. Following Mike’s footsteps toward glory are his wife, Betsey Lee Davis, his sons and daughters, Clint and Mandi Davis and Kelly and Scott Turner. He was Papa to his three beloved grandchildren Lily, Laura, and Scott, Jr. Fellowshipping in the journey are his nephew and family, Jimmy and Laura Davis children, Holly and Morgan, Killian and Janina, and their niece and nephew, Sara and Parker; brother-in-laws Thomas Lee and John Lee with wife Nancy; sister-in-law and family, Brenda and Harvey Riddle, Rianna Riddle, Robert and Sabina Riddle with son Elon, and Ryan and Ashley Riddle; a multitude of cousins and their families. Last but not least he leaves behind his beloved Journey family.
Pastor Mike grew up in Prince George, Virginia, graduating from Prince George High and Virginia Commonwealth University in Music Education, with studies at Duke Divinity School. He was a self-made business entrepreneur, at times in his life balancing three businesses at once. His true passion was as a philatelist, collecting, sorting and selling postage stamps worldwide. His other passions include music, pet birds and fish, cats and dogs, classic cars, clocks and kite flying. In midlife he surrendered his philatelic passion and followed a call from God into the ministry, serving churches in Dinwiddie County, Colonial Heights and Amelia County, Virginia. Mike served on many district and conference committees and boards within the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church including as President of the Association of Local Pastors and Associate Members. He was the founding pastor of Journey Missional Faith Community, a United Methodist Church, and a founding partner of Journey Community Center, Inc., serving as the Treasurer and restaurant host at Journey Station until his homecoming. Pastor Mike spread love, peace and joy throughout his earthly journey and is no doubt continuing his mission.
Arrangements for a Celebration of Mike’s Life will be announced at a later date. Cards, remembrances, and donations may be sent to Journey Community Center, P O Box 190, Jetersville, VA 23083.
Mrs. Janice Moon, January 29, 2020
The service for the Rev. Pete Moon’s mother, Janice Moon, will be 2 p.m. on Friday Feb. 7, at the Guild Chapel at Asbury Village. The address is 211 Russell Ave. Gaithersburg, MD 23277.
The Rev. Stephen T. Vineyard, January 22, 2020
Please be in prayer for the family of the Rev. Stephen T. Vineyard as he claimed the promise of the resurrection on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Steve passed away as a result of complications following surgery, last Monday. He was the senior pastor at Sterling UMC (Arlington District).A service to celebrate his life will be held at Sterling Church, 304 E Church Rd, Sterling, VA 20164, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 25. There will be a reception following the service in the Gallihugh Fellowship Hall. Steve began his ministerial career in 1997 at LaCrosse in the former Petersburg District. He went on to serve Floral Hills-Calvary, Danville District; as the associate at Aldersgate, Alexandria District; Bellamy in the former Rappahannock District; Harmony (Hamilton), Winchester District. He was appointed to Sterling in 2015.
Stephen Todd Vineyard, 54, of Sterling, Virginia passed from this earth and went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 22, 2020, in Reston, Virginia.
Funeral service will be held at Sterling United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at 10 am. The Rev. Jason Duley and the Rev. Marcela Jarman will be officiating. Reception immediately to follow. A private burial will be held in Arlington, Virginia. Adams-Green Funeral Home will be handling the funeral arrangements.
Steve was born in Knoxville, Tennessee on August 5, 1965. He graduated from Tabb High School in 1983 and obtained his Masters of Divinity from Duke University. He was ordained as a United Methodist pastor and as a faithful servant of Christ, served congregations for the past 23 years in the Virginia Conference. He enjoyed football, reading, and spending time with family and friends, especially at the beach.
Steve is survived by his mother and father, Anna G. and John R. Vineyard; brother Michael A. Vineyard; wife Tamara L. Vineyard; children Lauren E. and Caleb A. Vineyard; and nephews and niece, Christopher M. Vineyard, Corey Lancaster, and Amelia Lancaster.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) https://www.umcmission.org/umcor/give or to Sterling United Methodist Church. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to friends, extended family, church members, and Steve’s fellow clergy for their support during this difficult time.
Steve will be remembered for being a deeply spiritual person, gifted and compassionate pastor, devoted son, brother, and uncle, a loving husband and father, and a loyal friend. He will be deeply missed.
Mrs. Claire James, January 21, 2020
Word has been received that Mrs. Claire James, wife of the Rev. Frank James, passed away on Jan. 21, 2020. The Rev. James is a retired pastor in the Virginia Conference. Funeral information is not available at this time. Please keep the Rev. James in your prayers.
Mrs. Wise Spigner Moon, January 18, 2020
Wise Spigner Moon, 95, died in Roanoke, Virginia, on January 18, 2020. She was the wife of the late Rev. William A. Moon, Jr., and a daughter of the late Edward Tindal Spigner and Pearle Wise Spigner. She was born in Denmark, SC, and grew up in Columbia, SC.
Mrs. Moon graduated from Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Library Science and a Master of Librarianship at Emory University, Atlanta, GA.
She was a Librarian in the public schools of Virginia Beach, Page County, and Fairfax County, Virginia.
She was a former member of the Poplar Forest (Lynchburg, VA) Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a charter member of the Woodbridge, VA, branch of the American Association of University Women, as well as a life member of AAUW and a current member of the Roanoke Valley branch.
At the time of her death, she was a member of Fort Hill United Methodist Church, Lynchburg, VA, and an affiliate member of First United Methodist Church, Salem, VA.
Survivors include a daughter, Margaret W. Moon and her husband, John J. Davies, III; three sons, the Rev. William A. Moon, III, and Ann Moon; Dr. Edward T. Moon and his spouse Joseph G. Gallo; and Charles S. Moon and Nancy Moon; three grandchildren, Emily M. Baxter; William A. Moon, IV; and David A. Moon; and seven great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at Fort Hill United Methodist Church on January 25, 2020, at 11:30 a.m.
The family suggests, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Moon Endowment for Christian Ministers, Ferrum College, Ferrum, VA 24088; Fort Hill United Methodist Church, 106 Oakridge Blvd., Lynchburg, VA 24502; or the Samaritan Fund for the Roanoke United Methodist Home, 1009 Old Country Club Rd., Roanoke, VA 24017.
Mrs. Caroline R. Manear, January 15, 2020
Caroline R. (Tobias) Manear, 97, born September 10, 1922, in Grafton, WV, was granted her angel wings on January 15, 2020. Her final days were spent surrounded by family and friends that loved and cared for her deeply.Mrs. Manear was born to the late Harvey U. Tobias and Rosa Elizabeth Jacobs Tobias and was educated in public schools in W. VA. After graduation, she was employed as a secretary for the Taylor Co. Judicial System.In 1942 she married her High School sweetheart and love of her life the Rev. Carl E. Manear and were blessed with three children, Edward Lee Manear, Barbara Jean Manear Chapman and Carol Ann Manear all deceased. After moving to Virginia in 1963 she was a bridal consultant for the Modern Bridal Shop in Falls Church, VA. She was honored to be a minister’s wife for six different churches in Virginia and was married for 73 years. She was very active in all choirs, the United Methodist Women and Main St. United Methodist Women. She was a member of Chapter #12 order of the Eastern Star and Woodman of the World. She loved crafts of all kinds, gardening, sewing, quilting handmade quilts and was a charter member of the Merherrin Peace Makers Quilt Guild.She is survived by four grandchildren Allen Milburn of Summersville, SC; Jennifer M. Milburn of Emporia, VA; Kelly A. Chapman of Chattanooga, TN; Cindy L. Cherry and husband Joe Cherry of Honolulu, HI and three great-grandchildren Jayden, Madison, and Hope.Viewing was held at the Main St. United Methodist Church, January 18, 2020, followed with service with burial at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.Online condolences may be made to www.echolsfuneralhome.com
Mrs. Linda C. Messner, January 11, 2020
Mrs. Linda C. Messner, of Garden Spot Village in New Holland, PA, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2020. Born in Philadelphia, she was the daughter of Henry M. and Margaret Ulrey Chambers. She was the wife of the late Rev. James A. Messner who died in 2016.
A graduate of Shenandoah University in Winchester, VA, Linda worked as a registered nurse for various hospitals.
Linda is survived by: three sons, Matthew, David (Tina), and Philip (Michele); three granddaughters, Marissa, Lara, and Skylar.
There will be no public service. Please consider a donation in Linda’s memory to the Garden Spot Village Benevolent Fund, 433 S. Kinzer Ave., New Holland, PA 17557.
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Lawrence Durkovich, January 4, 2020
Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Lawrence Durkovich of Mathews, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, after a long illness.
She was born in Portsmouth on Aug. 17, 1933, and was a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth. She was predeceased by her husband, the Rev. John Durkovich, whom she married in 1955. Together, they served in the Ministry of the Virginia United Methodist Church for 50 years, serving in churches all over the state of Virginia.
Also preceding her in death are her parents, Jesse and Mabel Lawrence from Portsmouth, and her son, John Andrew “Andy” Durkovich of Bangor, Maine.
She is survived by her two daughters and their husbands, granddaughters and families: Mary Anna Durkovich Canter and her husband Glenn Canter and their two daughters, Taylor Nicole and Emily Paige, and Rebecca Lynn “Becky” Zeller and her husband John Zeller and their two daughters, Jessie Alana and Megan Lynn, and their granddaughter, Fynlee, and son Andy’s wife, JoAnne Durkovich and their daughter, Dr. Tracey Durkovich Clark. She also leaves behind a niece, Becky Durkovich Tomlinson and her husband Gene, and her great-niece, Robin Hassler and her husband Todd.
Betty was trained in classical opera and sang with many groups in the Tidewater area, including the Virginia Opera, before marrying the Rev. Durkovich. While her children were young, she taught preschool for a short time, but she always felt that her main job was to be a homemaker and she took great pride in her position as a “Preacher’s Wife.” She was a member of Salem United Methodist Church in Diggs. While there, she was a member of the Salem UMC Women’s Club (Lily Hopkins Circle) and member of the choir. She was a past president of the Locust Grove United Methodist Women’s Club at Locust Grove United Methodist Church in Dutton while she and the Rev. Durkovich were serving there. She was the choir director and member of the Mathews Woman’s Club, past chairman of the Mathews County Library Board and member of the Friends of the Library. She was also extremely honored to have served as the Worthy Matron of Oriental Chapter No. 30 OES in Mathews. In addition, she was also a member of the Chesapeake Bay Circle of The King’s Daughters & Sons, and a member of the Peninsula Emmaus.
A celebration of Betty’s life will be held at Salem United Methodist Church in Diggs on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, at 2 p.m. Please wear beautiful colors as we are celebrating her life.
In lieu of flowers, you may send donations honoring her to Salem United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 474, Mathews, Va. 23109.
The family would like to thank the many people who work at the Riverside Convalescent Center-Mathews for the loving care that they gave to our mom/nana, and to the wonderful people in Mathews who welcomed her and our father as members of your town, we thank you. They both loved living there and making it their home for many years.
Faulkner Funeral Homes, Foster-Faulkner Chapel, Mathews, is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Mrs. Carrie Potts, January 19, 2020
Mrs. Carrie Potts, the widow of the Rev. Reginald “Reg” Harrell Potts III, passed from life to life everlasting on January 19, 2020. Her service of death and resurrection will be held in the chapel of Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Road, Richmond, 23221 at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24. Her full obituary is below.
Carrie White Moore Potts, 90, of Richmond, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020. She married the late Rev. Reginald “Reg” Harrell Potts, III in 1954.Carrie taught business subjects and English for six years in Poquoson, Highland Springs, and Warwick. She worked at Langley Air Force Base teaching military correspondence, worked as a church secretary and severed on Henrico Red Cross Board for three years. She and her late husband conducted tours in the United States and Europe. She was involved in her church choir, United Methodist Women, and Commonwealth Woman’s Club.Carrie enjoyed reading and attending music programs.Preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Reginald “Reg” Harrell Potts, III; parents, Carroll and Carrie Moore and sibling, Carroll Lee Moore (Gladys), Carrie is survived by her five children, Reginald H. Potts, IV (Susan), Carroll M. Potts (Jane), James S. Potts (Fiancée, Kathy Scarberry), A. Caroline Chappell (Jay), Eleanor Lee Potts Lockhart (Todd); 12 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and beloved friends.
A memorial service in Richmond will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 24th at Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Rd, Richmond, VA 23221. The family will receive friends in Poquoson 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 25th at Claytor Rollins Funeral Home, 836 Poquoson Avenue in Poquoson with a graveside service immediately following in Smith Memorial Cemetery in Poquoson.The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff at The Hermitage for their compassionate care of Mom for the last few years.
The Rev. Walter A Whitehurst — January 4, 2020
The Rev. Walter Allen Whitehurst, 86, died January 4, 2020 in Virginia Beach. He was a retired United Methodist pastor. A native of Pungo, he was the son of John Walter and Elsie Mae (Williams) Whitehurst. He attended Creeds Elementary School and Oceana High School, graduating in 1951. He received his B.A. degree from Randolph-Macon College in 1955, served as a missionary in Chile for three years and graduated from Duke Divinity School in 1961.
Walt founded the Princess Anne Plaza United Methodist Church while also serving as pastor of Lynnhaven UMC, Virginia Beach, 1961-63. From there he went to Annandale UMC as associate pastor and in 1966, he and his family went to Chile as missionaries. They returned to Virginia in 1971 and he served as pastor of Providence-Whites Charge, Rustburg; Main Street UMC, Bedford; First UMC, Hopewell; Stratford Hills UMC, Richmond and Community UMC, Virginia Beach (Kempsville).
In 1995, Walt became Director of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission, Southeastern Jurisdiction, based in Atlanta, GA. He retired from that position in 1999 and he and his wife Betty returned to his beloved Pungo. In retirement, Walt served as associate pastor at his home church, Charity United Methodist, 2001-2006. He was also a consultant for Individual Volunteers with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, 1999-2005.
After retiring from the Individual Volunteer program, Walt and Betty wrote a book, Following God’s Call: Individual Volunteers in Mission about the experiences of many of the volunteer missionaries they had helped recruit, train and send. He later wrote five books known as the Pungo Tales series and loved selling his books at the Pungo Strawberry Festival and local venues. Walt served on the Virginia Beach Historic Review Board, where he was a strong advocate for Pungo Village preservation.
Walt is survived by his wife of 58 years, Betty Campbell Whitehurst, his sons, Rev. David Whitehurst and his wife Cherie of Bedford, VA and Bruce Whitehurst and his wife Genise of Richmond, VA, and his daughter Monica Whitehurst of Chesapeake; five grandchildren: Alison Whitehurst Martin (Alex), Anne Whitehurst Cantrell (Henry), grandson Carson Whitehurst and granddaughters Cameron and Caroline Whitehurst; by two great grandsons, Levi Cantrell and Blake Martin; his sister Elizabeth Whitehurst Bergesen of Virginia Beach and was predeceased by his sister Reba Whitehurst Thompson.
A memorial service will be held at Charity United Methodist Church, 4080 Charity Neck Road, Virginia Beach at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9th, with the Rev. David Ryu officiating. The family will receive friends immediately after the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Charity UMC Memorial Fund, 4080 Charity Neck Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23457.
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 5, 2020
Bishop R. Kern Eutsler — January 2, 2020
Retired United Methodist Bishop R. Kern Eutsler died this morning, January 2, 2020. Bishop Eutsler was the one of the oldest living United Methodist Bishops. He turned 100 years old in August 2019.
Bishop Eutsler’s memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 8, 2020, at 2 PM at Reveille United Methodist Church, 4200 Cary Street Rd, Richmond, Virginia 23221.
Kern Eutsler was born in Bridgewater, Virginia. After graduation from Berea College (B.A.) and Union Theological Seminary in New York (M. Div., cum laude), he received his first appointment in the Virginia Annual Conference and served in that conference until his election to the episcopacy in 1984 by the Southeastern Jurisdictional Conference. Berea College named him a Distinguished Alumnus, 1986
His appointments in Virginia were: Greenville-Mint Spring; Elkton; Luray; South Roanoke); Ginter Park in Richmond; Washington Street in Alexandria; Executive Director, Virginia Methodist Homes, Inc.; District Superintendent, Alexandria District; Reveille in Richmond; and Conference Council Director.
Kern Eutsler was a delegate to the General Conferences of 1964-84. He served on numerous conference agencies and on the General Board of Global Ministries (1972-76), General Board of Discipleship (1980-88); Chairman, Curriculum Resources Committee (1984-88).
Bishop Eutsler was assigned to the Holston Area until his retirement in 1988. In retirement he served as Director of Interpretation and Promotion of United Methodist Volunteers in Mission in the Southeastern Jurisdiction for seven years.
His wife Eva Vines died in 2014. They have two daughters: Rebecca Ann Coulter and Mary Margaret Abramson.