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.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Evelyn Emma Roberts please visit our Tribute Store.
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. 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.