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Marilyn Colvin Davis, 80, of Lignum Virginia, passed away on Thursday, April 11, 2024 in her home. She was born October 10, 1943 in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia to the late John Sidney Colvin and Eva York Colvin.

Marilyn was a member of the Stanardsville United Methodist Church, The Woman’s Club of Greene County, Wolftown Ruritan Club, and the United Methodist Women at the Stanardsville United Methodist Church. She also participated with the retired teachers of Greene and Madison Counties. Marilyn graduated from Culpeper High School went on to High Point University for her undergraduate degree and graduated from University of Virginia with a Master’s Degree.

Marilyn was passionate about living life to the fullest and helping others in need. She was a devoted educator and dedicated countless hours to help her students be successful. Some of her passions included traveling throughout the US and abroad, gardening, cooking, and animals. Holiday meals, birthdays, Sunday dinners and Christmas parties brought her so much joy. She enjoyed serving her Lord Jesus Christ in ministry with her husband. She loved her daughters very much and often extended her love to others in need of a supportive family environment! She loved to spend time with her family in Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Ohio. She will be greatly missed by all!

Marilyn is survived by three daughters; Melanie Davis (Reid Dirom), Heather Carila (Randolph), Amanda Davis, two brothers; Joseph Colvin, George Colvin, along with numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Erin Schneider, Amie Salmon, and the Nguyen family have served for many years as extended family to Marilyn.

She is preceded in death by her husband and best friend Paul B. Davis, Jr, her father John Sidney, her mother Eva York Colvin, one brother, Bobby Colvin, and one sister, Joyce Colvin.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Monday, April 15, 2024 at Hopewell United Methodist Church at 23557 Lignum Road, Lignum, VA. Officiating will be Pastor Mike Evans.

Visitation for family and friends to gather will be at 3:00-5:00 PM on Sunday, April 14, 2024 at the Found and Sons Funeral Chapel 850 Sperryville Pike Culpeper, VA.

The family would like to acknowledge with a special thank you to Etta Arbogast and Lydia Patterson of Heartland Hospice for taking such love and care for our Mother Marilyn. The family would also like to acknowledge the devoted care she received for years from Erin Schneider. A heartfelt thank you to friends and neighbors for all their support over the years.

An online guestbook and tribute wall are available at

Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper is serving the family.

To send flowers or memorial gift to the family of Marilyn Davis please visit our Sympathy Store. Please also consider a donation in Marilyn’s memory to the Alzheimer’s Association or one of the following churches: Stanardsville United Methodist Church, Browns Cove United Methodist Church, or Hopewell United Methodist Church.

On April 3, 2024, Edna King Paylor went home to be with the Lord and be greeted by her loving family there waiting for her. She was predeceased by her husband, Earle, and her loving parents and sister, and her grandson, Johnny (Erika). She was 95 and is survived by her children, David (Lesa), Robert (Loraine), and Mary Rebecca Hepler (Phil); her grandchildren, Kelsey Bowen (Grayson) and Grant, Paul and William Hepler (Janet) and Lacy Hepler Pugh; her great-grandchildren, Selena, Noah, Elyse, and Gabriel; and her great-great grandchild, Niko. Edna was an extraordinary woman. She graduated from Madison College and married a Methodist minister, Earle. She was an accomplished pianist and frequently led the congregation in worship. Throughout her life, she also loved to sing and perform, often with her children. After getting all three children into school, she began a long career of elder care with a Masters in Gerontology from VCU and which culminated with 10 years as the Executive Director of the Virginia Association of Non-Profit Homes for the Aging. Edna was very disciplined and was a great model of integrity to her children and all around her. She always paid attention to detail and followed through on every commitment. Many would comment that she is “just so sweet and kind”. She spent 23 years at Lakewood Manor and was well-loved by all who knew her. Edna loved the mountains and she loved horses and, since 1975, has been captivated by her property in Madison County beside the national park. We miss her so much and will be glad to be reunited with her.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2024, at the Simms Center at Lakewood, 1900 Lauderdale Dr, Richmond, VA 23238.

Murray Lynn Sallinger, 86, of Amherst, passed away on Friday, March 29, 2024, to join his Lord. Born in Portsmouth on September 7, 1937, he was the son of the late D. P. Sallinger and Doris Taylor Sallinger.

Murray began his journey serving his country, joining the US Army straight out of high school. He then embarked on a remarkable 30-year career in banking, culminating in his retirement as a Vice President from Beneficial Finance. Following his banking career, Murray embraced a new calling and entered the ministry, serving several churches within the United Methodist Church community. He was a devoted member of Pleasant View United Methodist Church.

An active member of his community, Murray was a member and past Exalted Ruler of the Elks, Norfolk Lodge 38, later transferring his membership to Lynchburg Lodge. He dedicated an impressive 69 years to the Elks. Additionally, Murray was a member of The Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Norfolk Lodge No. 1, and later Mt. Pleasant Lodge No. 84, committing 50 years to the Freemasons. He was also a Noble member of the Chesapeake Shrine Club of Khedive.

In addition to his parents, Murray was preceded in death by his loving wife of 56 years, Nellie Mae Coffey Sallinger, and two sisters, Joyce Terry and Marilyn Spivey. He is survived by Regina Scott (Marty) and their children and grandchildren, Cynthia McKinney and her children and grandchildren, Deborah Allen (Sidney) and their children and grandchildren, Joy Strickfaden (Kirk), and Tammy Aveille (Michael).

The family will be receiving friends on Thursday, April 4, 2024, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Whitten Monelison Chapel. A formal service is not scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to Pleasant View United Methodist Church in Amherst.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the nurses and staff of the Centra Hospice House in Bedford for the exceptional care they provided to Murray.

After a life full of good friends and adventures, Frank S. Black Jr., 89, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 17, 2024, at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia.

He was born in Staunton, on February 25, 1935, to the late Frank S. Black and Mary M. Black.

He is preceded in death by his wife, Mary Margaret (Beale) Black.

He is survived by his son, F. Scott Black III; a daughter, Mary G. Wingfield; his grandchildren, Frank S. Black IV and his wife, Rachel, M. Christopher Wingfield, Jr., and Matthew J. Wingfield; his great-grandchildren, Mikayla M. and Riley J. Black; his twin brother, Benham M. Black; and his nieces, Susan Black, Mary-Benham Nygren and family, and Ann Yadlowsky and family.

Frank was raised in Augusta County and Staunton. He graduated from Robert E. Lee High School, the University of Virginia School of Civil Engineering, and U.S. Army Ranger Training. After completing his tour of duty in the Army, he returned to Virginia and spent the vocational part of his life supervising heavy construction projects. The first half of his 46-year work career was spent predominantly in bridge construction and the last half was mostly supervising treatment plant construction along with work on the Richmond Flood Wall, and early stages of construction of Wintergreen and Massanutten Ski Resorts.

His family was the most important part of his life, and no matter how long he worked, he always took time for the raising of his children. He thoroughly enjoyed the outdoors, and his main hobbies were bow hunting, gardening, riding motorcycles, and, in the latter part of his life, ATVs. He also never gave up his love of learning and enjoyed studying the stock market and earth science.

He was an active member of the United Methodist Church, working in both the local church and the Virginia United Methodist Conference. His work with the Conference was predominantly in finance and new church starts. For 50 years, he was a certified lay speaker.

A celebration of life will be conducted at 2:00 PM on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at St. James United Methodist Church in Churchville with the Reverend Lester Kennedy officiating. Burial will be private at Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton.

Arrangements are being handled by Henry Funeral Home.

Ruby Snyder Hoover, 95, of Rileyville, VA, went home to be with the LORD on Sunday, March 3, 2024.

Mrs. Hoover was born on October 10, 1928, in Rockingham County and was a daughter of the late Oscar and Emma (Roadcap) Snyder.

Ruby retired from Union Trust Company in Washington D.C. as the head teller. She was an active member of her community and church, Page United Methodist Church in Luray, VA. She devoted her life to serving the LORD.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Lawrence B. Hoover.

Mrs. Hoover is survived by her loving sister, Alice S. Foley of Winchester; and several beloved nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Ruby was also preceded in death by eight brothers and four sisters.

The funeral service will be conducted on Friday, March 8, 2024, at 2 p.m., at the Harrisonburg Chapel of Kyger Funeral Homes with Rev. Laura Schultz officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.

The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m., at the funeral home prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests all memorial contributions be made to the Page United Methodist Church, 1062 Springfield Road, Luray, VA 22835.

The Virginia Annual Conference has learned from the family that the Reverend Laughton Corr passed away on the morning of March 4, 2024. Rev Corr served Front Royal, Haygood, Church of the Good Shepherd and St. John’s (Springfield) UMC’s until he retired in 1995. We give thanks for his life and ministry and extend our sincerest condolences to his surviving family.

A memorial service for the Reverend Laughton Corr will take place this Saturday, March 9, 11:00 am, in the chapel at Reveille UMC, 4200 Cary Street Road, Richmond, VA 23221. A reception will follow.

Rev. James Blankenship passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2024 and joined in heaven his wife, Anne who passed away on February 14, 2024. We give thanks for Rev. Blankenship’s life and ministry and extended condolences to his surviving family.

The funeral for Rev. Jimmy Blankenship, Sr. will be at Small’s Funeral Home in Colonial Heights VA @ 3pm on Saturday, March 9th with visitation at Small’s from 1/30 that same day. Internment will be at Blandford Cemetery after the service.

Rev. Lil Geib, retired Elder who served churches in Maryland and Virginia, died on the morning of January 23, 2024 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, Winston-Salem, NC. 

Following her retirement and move from Maryland to southern Virginia, she served Chatham Heights, Woolwine, and Ross Harbour churches in Henry and Patrick Counties and assisted many others by officiating at communion or filling in as a guest preacher.  

First UMC in Martinsville became the home church to Lil and her husband, Paul.  In addition to Paul, Lil is survived by her children, Christy Frazier (James) of Elliott City, Maryland, Elizabeth Geib Boswell (Seth) of Mays Landing, New Jersey, and Richard H. Geib (Melissa) of Greensboro, North Carolina. She is also survived by her sister Ann Berkley Rodgers of Albuquerque, New Mexico, nieces Katherine Norfolk of Charlottesville, VA and Lara N. Castle (James) of Indian Head, Maryland, 7 grandchildren, 3 great-grand children, and numerous cousins.

A Celebration of Life & Resurrection will be held at 11:00am on Wednesday, March 6, 2024 at First United Methodist Church, Martinsville, VA 24112.  Gifts in memorial can be made to UMCOR.

Jo Ann (Sullivan) Liskey, 88, of Bridgewater, formerly of Harrisonburg, passed away on Sunday February 4, 2024 at Bridgewater Home.

Mrs. Liskey was born on April 20, 1935, in Harrisonburg, and was a daughter of the late Robert and Goldie (Liskey) Sullivan. Jo Ann was an active member of Otterbein UMC. She and her husband raised four children on the family dairy farm in Penn Laird. She was a “professional volunteer” serving over 40 years as the Harrisonburg District UMC treasurer, over 40 years as a volunteer at Rockingham Memorial Hospital, and many years with the church’s women’s groups, singing in the choir and playing handbells, and recently volunteering at the Bridgewater Retirement Community where she lived the last three years. She loved her yard and flower beds, liked to travel, and most of all loved spending time with her family and friends.

On January 29, 1954, she married James William “Jim” Liskey, who preceded her in death on November 19, 2012.

She is survived by her children, Keith Liskey of Colorado, Tim Liskey (Karen) of Harrisonburg, and Sharon Reeves (Dale) of Mt. Sidney; one brother, Laurence Sullivan (Cookie) of Winchester; twelve grandchildren, Steffanie Elkins (Ken), Heather Liskey (Dan), Brandi Belleau (Tim), Travis Liskey (Emily), Christi Eymer (Tom), Ben Liskey, Andrew Liskey (Kristen), Rosemary Life (Dusty), Kathryn Craun (Zach), Matthew Liskey (MacKenzie), Katie Jo Miller (Wes), and Jacob Reeves; twenty great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Darlene Liskey of Landisville, PA; and a sister-in-law, Kathleen Sullivan of Harrisonburg.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Liskey was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Liskey and a brother, Robert Sullivan, Jr.

Friends and family may view and sign the register book at the Harrisonburg Chapel of Kyger Funeral Homes on Friday, February 9, 2024, from 12 p.m. until 6 p.m. Some family members may be present during those hours.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 2 p.m., at Otterbein United Methodist Church, with Rev. Adam Blagg officiating. Burial will be held privately prior to the service.

A time of fellowship and remembrance with the family will be held following the service in the church social hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests all memorial contributions be made to Otterbein United Methodist Church, C/O Outreach, 176 W. Market St., Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

Bernelle Jarrell Rich of Roanoke, VA passed away on January 21, 2024, in Roanoke, VA. She was born on November 15, 1926, in Surry County, North Carolina. She grew up in a large family on the family farm, a daughter of the late Sidney F. Jarrell and Evie Hawks Jarrell. She was a member of Ivy Green Baptist church there, which was founded by her paternal ancestors. Her husband of almost 69 years, William M. (Bill) Rich, Jr. predeceased her on October 8, 2014. Also preceding her in death were brothers Osler, Arlan, Oran, and Clellan Jarrell, (and two who died as infants, Elwyn and LeMoyne); sisters Emogene Jarrell Fulk, Lola J. Marshall Collins, Vertie and Virginia Dare Jarrell, and half-brother Porter Jarrell, all originally of Surry County, NC.
She is survived by a daughter, Regina Rich Vance, of Birmingham, AL, two granddaughters Alicia Vance, Alison Vance Waldrip (Will), also of Birmingham, AL, and a grandson Andrew (Julia) Vance, of Aurora, CO. She is also survived by five great-grandsons, Vance Waldrip, Grey Waldrip, Casey Waldrip, (Birmingham, AL), Edward Vance, and Rhys Vance (Aurora, CO). She is also survived by a sister Jo Jarrell Darnell Dresser of Winston-Salem, NC, and several very dear nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Bernelle was a graduate of National Business College, Roanoke (now American National University) with a degree in Secretarial Science. She was employed for 10 years as secretary to the president of Wythe County National Bank, Wytheville, VA, where she and Bill lived. After moving to Roanoke, she was a secretary in the Psychology Department of Hollins University, and later at the Hollins Communications Research Institute in the stuttering clinic for over 30 years.
She was a loyal and active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Roanoke since 1957. It was there where she enjoyed singing in the choir, served as Missions Chair, Sunday School teacher, President of Grace United Methodist Women, Roanoke District President of the UMW, Secretary of VA Conference Board of Missions of the UMC, and Secretary of the Administrative Council of Grace UMC. Bernelle was a member of and held offices of several service clubs in the Roanoke area. She enjoyed her loving family, music, reading, traveling in the USA, Canada, and Europe with her husband and friends, and fellowship with her church family.
A celebration of Bernelle’s life will be held on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at 2:00 pm at Simpson Funeral Home at 5160 Peters Creek Road, with the Pastor Robert Haley officiating. The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Salem, VA, next to her dear husband.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Grace United Methodist Church, the Wounded Warrior Project, or the Bobby Jones Chiari & Syringomyelia Foundation.

Robert Howard Woodfin, 81, passed away on Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at Lynchburg General Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilmer (Bill) A. Woodfin and Evelyn Kirby Woodfin and two brothers, Wilmer (Skeeter) A. Woodfin, Jr. and Richard (Dickie) Lee Woodfin. He was a United Methodist Minister for 50 years before retiring and was also a retired Navy Commander Chaplain. Robert graduated from Eastern Mennonite College and Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Marion Phillips Woodfin; son, Robert H. Woodfin, II (MargaretAnne); grandsons, Robert H. Woodfin, III, Joshua David Woodfin and Micah Seth Woodfin; special nieces, DeAnn Phillips Brown (John) and Shana Phillips Moon (Joe); special friends, Leonard and Ellen Fitzwater and Steven and Jerri Ann Booth and many, many other friends.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Society of St. Andrews or Hunters for the Hungry. A celebration of Robert’s life will be conducted at 3:00 pm on Saturday, February 3, 2023, at Timberlake Church with the Rev. Brad McMullen and Rev. Robert H. Woodfin, II officiating. Military Honors will be rendered at the service. There will be a reception following the service. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send online condolences please visit

BARCLAY, Rebecca Watson, 66, of Midlothian went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, October 24, 2023. She is the daughter of the late Dan Cabel Watson and Patricia Jamison Watson. Rebecca is survived by her loving husband of 43 years, Rev. Richard Barclay; daughter, Kristin Shreffler; son, Ian Barclay; granddaughter, Victoria Shreffler; brothers, Dan, Steven and Richard Watson; uncle, Creston F. Jamison; aunt, Irene Jamison and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Rebecca was retired from D.D.R.S. where she worked in human resources. She was a poll worker for Chesterfield Co. and an avid scrap booker.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, November 4, 2023 from 1 to 2 p.m. at Bennett Funeral Home 14301 Ashbrook Pkwy in Chesterfield for Rebecca’s memorial gathering. Her memorial celebration will follow in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to continue fellowship after the ceremonies with a reception. Final rest will be in Westhampton Memorial Park at a later date.
Published by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Nov. 2, 2023.

Reverend Edward P. Gant, 93, passed into the arms of his Lord and Savior on November 29, 2023, in Lynchburg, Virginia. Ed was born on July 23, 1930, in Newell, West Virginia. He was the only child of Pearl Gant and Goldie Gant. He is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Louise Gant and their three children; Doug (Liz) Gant, Debbie Barry Schmitt, and Libby (Tim) Roberts. He is also survived by his 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild; Alexandra Schmitt (Ben) Norwood, Caitlin Roberts, Jonathan Schmitt, Christopher Schmitt, Anne Gant, Camden Roberts, Grayson Roberts, and Charlotte Norwood.
As a young man, Ed felt a strong call to Christian ministry and began pastoring a small church in the mid-1950s. During this time, Ed attended a Church of the Nazarene delegate event in Huntington, West Virginia, where he met Louise Clark. They spoke briefly and saw each other one other time before he volunteered to serve in the United States Army – accepting what he believed was his responsibility. Ed served in the Army in Germany from 1955-1957. He returned home in August of 1957 when he met Louise again. They were soon married on January 4, 1958 in Moundsville, West Virginia.
His call to ministry would lead him and Louise to spend their lives in service to the Lord, and to the communities in which they lived. First, serving small churches in West Virginia, and then serving for 39 years as a minister in the Virginia United Methodist Conference for churches across the state. In addition to pastoring churches, Ed was involved with Industrial Commercial Ministries (ICM) where he spent time in the field riding with officers of the Fairfax & Danville Police Departments. He also served as a member and Chaplain of the Virginia Defense Force. When Ed retired from full time ministry in 1995, he and Louise settled in Lynchburg, Virginia and became active members of Heritage United Methodist Church where they would continue to serve their church and support other local churches when needed.
Over the years, Ed’s engagement in the communities he served outside of the church, included being part of the local Masonic Lodge and membership in both the Scottish Rite and Shrine Club. His interests also included all things photography. Ed loved taking pictures and as technology evolved, he was always excited to embrace new ways to capture special moments, the images of the people he loved, and the places he visited.
Ed and Louise led an active life together loving their children, grandchildren, and their many church families. He was privileged to officiate many weddings and baptisms over the years, but it was his special joy to be able to officiate the weddings of his three children, baptize his seven grandchildren, and most recently officiate the wedding of his granddaughter, Alexandra.
Ed had a true servant’s heart and was devoted in his service to the Lord and to sharing the gospel. He genuinely loved those he ministered to, was willing to see the good in people, and was never hesitant to share his time or pray with them.
A memorial service will be held at 1 P.M on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at Heritage United Methodist Church. The internment will be private for his family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Shriners Hospitals for Children and/or Heritage United Methodist Church Lynchburg Virginia.

Rev. Dr. George Wesley Welborn, 74, died peacefully on November 24, 2023, surrounded by his family, in the parsonage of Strasburg United Methodist Church in Strasburg, Virginia.
Wesley is survived by: his loving wife, Becky L. Welborn, his children, the Rev. Kathleen (John) Haynes, and MAJ.(R) Jonathan (Malika) Welborn, US Army, and six grandchildren, Michael, Wesley, Kamilla, Gabriel, Daniel, and Sophia. He leaves behind his mother, Earlene Davidson and brothers Wayne and Roger. Rev. Welborn was preceded in death by his father, Walter and youngest brother, Douglas.
Wesley considered his family and the lives he touched through his ministry inside and outside the church as his greatest accomplishments. He and Becky were a month shy of 53 years in marriage. His daughter, Kathleen, followed in his footsteps and also became a UMC pastor. His son, Jonathan, graduated from West Point Military Academy and served in the United States Army for 20 years rising to the rank of Major before retiring and returning to civilian life with his family this fall. Both children have been married for 20 years or more and are raising grandchildren that Wesley was deeply proud of and blessed by. His last day was spent sharing a homemade meal with his family and enjoying giving thanks for all God’s blessings.
A native Texan, born in Corpus Christi, in 1949, Rev. Welborn graduated from Victoria High School. After graduation, he attended McMahon School of Stenotype in Houston. From there, Wesley was appointed Official Court Reporter of the 145 th Judicial District Court in Nacogdoches. There his best friend, Randy Warren, introduced him to Becky Lock at the Stephen F. Austin State University United Methodist Wesley Foundation. 
They married in Elkhart in 1970. In 1971, Wesley had a powerful experience of God’s grace and love in Christ Jesus. He prayerfully asked for and received the call to dedicate his life to preaching and teaching about that love and grace. Wesley entered into ministry in the Texas Conference of the United Methodist under appointment to Smith Chapel Circuit in Mineola on February 1, 1972. He was ordained an Elder in the United Methodist Church in 1980.
Rev. Welborn preached and served as a minister for 50 years, 44 years under appointment in the Texas Conference retiring in June of 2016. He then served the Conference for two more years as an Intentional Interim Minister. After he and Becky moved to Virginia to live with their daughter and son-in-law, both UMC pastors in the Virginia Conference, he assisted and persisted in ministry for four more years in extension ministry in the Shenandoah River District. Wesley finally stepped out of the pulpit for health reasons in 2023, but even then, he carried on with teaching a Sunday School class as often as his health allowed.
Rev. Welborn’s appointments were as follows: Smith Chapel Circuit (‘72-’75), First UMC, Texas City (‘77-’78), Colfax Circuit (’78-’79), Beckville UMC & Allison Chapel (‘79-’82), First UMC, Bryan, Associate (’82-’88), St. John’s, Baytown (’88-’91), Van UMC (’91-’94), First UMC, Center (’94-’00), First UMC, Brenham (’00-06), Chapelwood UMC, Lake Jackson (’06-’12), First UMC, Port Neches (’12-’16), Fields Chapel UMC, Palestine, Retired (’16-‘18), Mt. Zion UMC, Brief Interim (’18), and Honorary Associate of Strasburg UMC, Strasburg, VA (’19-’22).
While serving as an Associate Pastor at Bryan FUMC, Wesley, continued his love of learning by earning his D.Min. from McCormick Theological Seminary in, Chicago, Illinois. His thesis was on Reviving the Dying Church. 
In addition to his work inside the church Rev. Welborn chose to give of his time to community organizations in each place he lived. He has been a member of various Lions and Rotary clubs all his life. Rev. Welborn also wrote weekly newspaper columns for various town papers and in Center, TX gave weekly radio devotionals. He frequently served on boards for local community development organizations, foundations, and charities.
In his spare time, Wesley enjoyed staying physically active. Sports he enjoyed included: racquetball, tennis, kickboxing, pickle ball, and yoga. He was often seen walking for miles through whatever pretty landscapes were near his home. It was on one of these walks that he found retirement buddy, Smokey, a small, blonde puppy that eventually grew to almost three feet from head to foot. 
The hobby he became passionate about after his children left home was raising orchids. He was a member of the Orchid Society in Lake Jackson and continued this hobby until the climates of where he lived no longer promoted orchid growth.
A favorite pastime for Wesley was playing Sid Meier’s Civilization series of games, which he introduced to his children and grandchildren over the  years, though none of them will ever eclipse his level of play.
A funeral service for Rev. Welborn will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2023 at Strasburg United Methodist Church. A luncheon will follow in the Fellowship Hall.
Rev. Welborn’s Texan friends, family, colleagues and congregants are invited to attend a memorial service for him held on January 13, 2024 at 11:00am in the Peace Chapel at Lakeview Methodist Conference Center in Palestine, Texas. Internment will be at the Texas Methodist Conference Cemetery at Lakeview. Limited hotel rooms are available at Lakeview for those traveling.
Memorial gifts may be made to a charity of your choice in the name of Rev. Dr. Wesley Welborn. Wesley was a compassionate and generous man who gave to many charities throughout his life including, his local United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), the Leukemia Society, Huntington’s Disease Society of America, etc.

Clydia D. Collins, 87, passed away peacefully early Thursday morning, November 23, 2023, at home in Buckingham County, Virginia.
She was born November 30, 1935, in South Norfolk, Virginia to Clyde and Thelma Davis.
She will always be remembered by her infectious smile.
She leaves behind her beloved husband, Donald L. Collins, whom she married on November 30, 1956 (her 21st birthday); two daughters, Tammy (Frank) Maupin and Donna (Rufus) Dickerson; six grandchildren, Stacy (Chad) Leake, Bryan Pillow (Tiffany), Kevin Pillow (Sheena), Donald Wayne Maupin (Tina), Randall Dickerson, Zach Dickerson (Angel) and 20 great grandchildren.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Hospice of the Piedmont for their help the past couple of months.
The family will receive friends from 6-8pm Saturday, November 25,2023 at Thacker Brothers Funeral Home, 650 Valley St., Scottsville, Virginia 24590.
A funeral Service will be held Sunday, November 26, 2023, at 2:00pm at Glenmore Community Church, 7988 Howardsville Rd., Buckingham, VA 23921. Interment will follow immediately after at Glenmore Community Church Cemetery.
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Thacker Brothers Scottsville Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Hugh Townsend Harris, 86, passed away Saturday, November 11, 2023, at Johnston-Willis Hospital, Richmond, after battling a rapidly spreading cancer. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, on March 20, 1937, to the late Hubert Earl and Mary Townsend Harris. The Harris family relocated to Keezletown, VA, in 1950. Hugh graduated from Montevideo High School, Bridgewater College, and Wesley Theological Seminary. Between high school and college Hugh served three years in the US Army.
During his pastoral ministry Hugh served Keezletown (his home church), Blue Ridge-Keezletown Charge, Rectortown Charge, Assoc. Franconia, Colonial Beach, Bethany (Gloucester Point), Asbury (Newport News), Rustburg, Mechanicsville, Belmont (Richmond), Deep Creek, Central (Staunton), Ramsey Memorial; and in retirement he served Willis (Richmond) and South Halifax. He also served as Assistant Administrator for the Hermitage of Northern Virginia from 1976-1979.
He was also known as an accomplished artist and author. He published five books, including one that he co-wrote with his late wife Sharon Harris. Hugh is survived by his wife of 2 years, Nancy; his brother, Rev. Jim Harris (Debbie); his children, Diane Spencer and Chuck Harris (Felicia), and his stepchildren, Brent Logan (Michelle), Mark Logan (Stacie), Dean Mitchell and Corey Mitchell (Jenny); plus numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins near and far. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Merle Diehr, his brother, Paul Harris, and first wife, Gerry, and second wife, Sharon.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 18, at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 11551 Lucks Lane, Midlothian, VA, with a reception following the service. A private committal service will be held at a later time. In lieu of flowers, you are invited to make a memorial donation to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.

Rev. James Welford (Jim) Thornton, Sr. died peacefully at home on October 2, 2023, after a long, hard-fought battle with cancer and kidney disease. Jim is survived by his wife, Sandra Benson Thornton; son, James W. (Jay) Thornton, Jr., and wife, Natalie; daughter, Julie T. Hull and husband, Tim; beloved grandchildren, Sarah Anne Hull, Rachel Elizabeth Hull, Eryn Delaney Thornton, Macauley Grace Thornton, and Zachary Holman Thornton and wife, Kim; sister, Ann T. Simmons; sister-in-law, Catherine Thornton; several nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins. Jim was predeceased by his parents, Thomas Holman and Evelyn Harris Thornton; wife, Carol Rogers Thornton; and brother, Thomas Holman Thornton, Jr.
Jim grew up in Highland Park in Richmond and was a proud member of the Corps of Cadets at John Marshall High School, from which he graduated in 1963. He attended Virginia Tech and Richmond Professional Institute (RPI), being awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Social Welfare from RPI, followed by a Master of Social Work degree from Virginia Commonwealth University. Jim enjoyed a career in the Virginia law enforcement and criminal justice systems followed by service in the federal system as a U. S. Probation Officer until 1991, when he responded to a call to ordained ministry in the United Methodist Church (UMC). Jim’s first appointment was to a 3-point charge as a student-pastor in Accomack County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, serving churches in Saxis, Sanford, and Hallwood. He also served Drummondtown UMC and Woodberry UMC in Accomack. Jim later served Macedonia UMC in Louisa County and Byrd Chapel UMC in Fluvanna County, a 10-year appointment. Jim retired from Ivy Creek UMC in Albemarle County in 2016 after serving that congregation for nine years. His Master of Divinity from The Wesley Theological Seminary was conferred in 1995. Among the many things for which Jim will be remembered are his commitment to the gospel of his Lord, Jesus Christ; his humble strength; his calm but firm leadership; his wisdom and encouragement; and his compassionate, reassuring presence. And his sense of fun and humor and love of fishing, movies, music, and singing with the men’s chorus!
A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at Woodward Funeral Home, 200 Fredericksburg Ave, Louisa, VA 23093, at 2:00 p.m with the Rev. David R. Palmer officiating. Family visitation will begin at 1:00 p.m. Following the service, a reception will be hosted by Louisa United Methodist Church, 100 E. Main St, Louisa, VA 23093. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.

Rev. Dr. Vinson H. Sutlive, Jr. peacefully passed away on October 4, 2023. Vince was born in Thorsby, Alabama on October 29, 1932, to Vinson and Ruth Sutlive. He attended Asbury College where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He then proceeded to Vanderbilt University for his Bachelor of Divinity and to the University of Pittsburgh for his Ph.D. Vinson and his wife Joanne served as missionaries in Sarawak, Malaysia from 1957 to 1972. After returning from the mission field, Vince taught and chaired for the Anthropology Department for 30 years at William & Mary College in Williamsburg, Virginia. Vince and Joanne moved to Wesley Village in Wilmore, Kentucky, in 2018. Vinson is survived by his wife, Joanne; sister, Jane; and his children, Vins (Ann) Sutlive, Susan (Stuart) Smith, and Thom (Kim) Sutlive. He also leaves seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren to mourn his passing. A memorial service will be held at Wesley Village on Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 2:30 PM.
In lieu of flowers, the family would greatly appreciate any donations to be sent to Asbury University, Wilmore United Methodist Church, or Wesley Village. Betts & West is honored to serve Vince and his family in their time of need. An online guestbook is available at

Retired Bishop Thomas B. Stockton of Winston-Salem, NC passed on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. Bishop Stockton served as Resident Bishop of the Virginia Conference from 1988 until his retirement in 1996. The funeral service is planned for Saturday, October 28 at 2:00 p.m. with a reception afterwards. The service will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church,  646 W 5th Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27101. The livestreaming link will be forwarded prior to the service date.

Memorial Gifts may be sent to the following:

  • Resident Assistance Fund at Arbor Acres, 1240 Arbor Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27104, or to
  • Lake Junaluska, Annual Fund, PO Box 67, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 

The family contact to send condolences and other expressions of love:
Daughter, Lisa Stockton Howell
2032 Tippah Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28205
[email protected]
Phone: 704-641-1851

The Reverend Albert Lee Crockett answered the call from his Savior, “Come unto me and rest,” on Wednesday, September 20, 2023 and is now experiencing life everlasting in heavenly peace after fighting the good fight, finishing the race, and keeping the faith.
Born August 8, 1932 on Tangier Island, VA, he was the only child of the late Willie Albert and Sarah Elizabeth Crockett. Following graduation from Tangier Combined School, Al enlisted in the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict and assigned to the 804th Military Police Company. In 1954, he was honorably discharged and began working as a statistical agent for the U.S. Government, and later as Chaplain in the Reserve Defense Force, having served his country for 16 and a half years. Al was immensely proud of his time in the military. He was a longtime member of the VFW and remained an advocate for all veterans throughout his life.
Mark 16:15 – He said to them, “Go into the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” The military was a close second to his greatest passion, ministry. Always one to lend a hand to someone in need or offer a listening ear to those in turmoil, the Lord chose Al to spread the Word long before he even knew his path. He received his undergraduate and completed seminary at Duke University, and later, received his Doctor in Divinity from Oxford, ultimately serving more than 32 years as an ordained minister in the United Methodist conference. His calling to save souls led him to pastor many congregations over the years, which led to many lifelong friendships with his brothers and sisters in Christ. He was a member of Andrew Chapel United Methodist Church, where he enjoyed attending service with his wife, Ardis.

Rev. Pamela Lynne Clark-Egan’s wish to find true freedom in death in the name of Jesus Christ was granted unexpectedly October 2, 2023. She is survived by her husband of 40 years Timothy; her son Robert Allen Ranger Egan and his wife Kaitlyn and granddaughter Delaney; her daughter Danielle Davis and her husband William (Bill), son Reed, and their three daughters Amanda, Peyton and Ainsley; her daughter Katelyn Dunford and her husband Brenden, their daughter McKenna, and son’s William and Jamie; her sister Betty-Anne Clark Roberson and her husband Kenneth (Ken), and their daughters Christine, Kendi & her husband James, Molly, Megan and her partner Shawn and their twin daughters, Amelia and Aria; her sister from another mother Pamela Appleton; and her sister Kathy Sue Clark-Gainous, her husband Marty and son Brett Jarnigin.

She was born December 31, 1953, in Tazewell (Virginia). She and her mother Phyllis Jean Ranger lived with her Grandparents Robert & Florence Ranger in Falls Mills (Virginia) until she was nine; for a short time near Tampa (Florida), then in the DC area (Arlington, Fairfax & Temple Hills) until she and Tim were married on July 23, 1983, when they began raising their family in Alexandria (Virginia).

Pamela graduated at the top of her class from the Federal Law
Enforcement Training Center in 1975 before becoming an officer with the Metropolitan Transit Police. She left that career to raise her family, then in response to her call to ministry, she graduated from George Mason University in 1999 before earning her Masters of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary in 2000, and becoming an elder with the United Methodist Church (UMC). She served the Clarendon UMC community as a seminary student before being assigned in 2002 as the pastor of Sleepy Hollow UMC in Falls Church (Virginia) until 2019, and as a temporary pastor at the Trapper Creek (Lutheran) Fellowship in 2012 and 2022. During the course of her clergy service, she was privileged to participate in the ordination ceremony for a Presbyterian pastor, and delivered sermons at Lutheran, several non-denominational churches, and a Baptist church. On a trip to Ephesus (Turkey) at an amphitheater where Paul preached, she served communion with Tim, Pamela Appleton & Bonita. Under her guidance many UMC mission teams worked in Pocahontas (Virginia) performing household repairs, assisting the Pocahontas Baptist Church with their Vacation Bible School, and purchasing Christmas gifts that were delivered without attribution by the Catholic sponsored Christian Action Center.

Pamela & Tim developed a love for cruising late in life, accumulating almost two months onboard in the Mediterranean, the Baltic, a Transatlantic trip and the Caribbean. She particularly liked the ship’s itinerary listing a “sea day” because that meant she and her friend Bonita Mills read that as a “spa day”. Her favorite vacation was spent staying for a week in a “cave house” carved into in caldera in Oui, Santorini (Greece). She & Tim were on their way to visiting all 50 states by reaching 34, along with 26 countries. Her desire is for him to continue traveling and distributing some of her ashes wherever he goes.

Pamela was passionate about ministering to the police, establishing a “police room” at Sleepy Hollow UMC to provide a quiet and secure respite for the officers complete with snacks. In the course of her travels, she usually sought-out the country’s officers for a “photo-op”, some conversation, and a prayer for their safety.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, October 7, 2023, from 11:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. at Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 10001 Nokesville Road, Manassas, VA 20110.

A Celebration of Life Service for Rev. Clark-Egan will be held at 2:00 p.m.on Sunday, October 8, 2023, at Sleepy Hollow United Church, 3435 Sleepy Hollow Road, Falls Church, VA 22044.

A reception will be held at the church following the service.

The Center for Clergy Excellence has learned of the death of James Wellington “Wimpy” Martin, 84, of Lynchburg who passed away on Thursday, September 28, 2023, at his residence. He was the husband of the late Betsy Sauls Martin.

Born in Campbell County on October 14, 1938, he was the son of the late William Richardson Martin and Louise Wills Martin. He was a member of Indian Hill Methodist Church and served as Pastor of Tyreeanna Methodist Church for 24 years. He also served as Pastor at Mt. Olivet, Salem, and Bethel United Methodist churches. Wimpy proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy. He was a member of the Reedy Spring Masonic Lodge #203 A.F. and A.M. and was a former Chief of Concord Volunteer Fire Department.

He is survived by two sons, Jeffrey A. Martin and wife, Kimberly of Lynchburg, and Jonathan G. “Jon” Martin of Nashville, Tenn.; one granddaughter, Suzanna Martin and husband, Ian Wood of Live Oak, Fla.; one great-granddaughter, Everleigh Martin; and two aunts, Irene M. Jones and Gladys Martin both of Lynchburg.

A funeral service will be held 3 pm, Sunday October 1, 2023, at Calvary Baptist Church with Pastor William Burleigh and Pastor Chad Harris officiating. A private family burial will be held later at Indian Hill Methodist Church Cemetery. 

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Calvary Baptist Church.

Those wishing to make memorials please consider Concord Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 26, Concord, VA 24538 or Concord Rescue Squad, PO Box 48, Concord, VA 24538.

We give thanks to God for his life and ministry.

William Thomas Greer, Jr. 81, died peacefully at his home in Asheville, NC, on August 30th, 2023, surrounded by his family.
Born to parents William Thomas Greer and Winnie Agnes Duke Greer in Brunswick, GA, on July 28th, 1942, Billy Greer grew up in Tifton, GA, and graduated from Valdosta State University. Feeling drawn to the ministry, he studied at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and earned an M.Div. degree from Drew University. Seeking yet broader theological understanding, he was research assistant for a year for Professor William Barclay, the distinguished Scottish theologian at the University of Glasgow. He went on to earn a Doctor of Sacred Theology degree at Emory University and a PhD. in higher education administration at Georgia State University, and continued his studies at the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.
On returning from Scotland, he was ordained as elder in the South Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. Over the next 12 years he served churches in Macon, Centerville, and St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus. In Cuthbert, Georgia, he was pastor of the church, and served Andrew College as chaplain, teaching Old and New Testament, and serving on the Board of Trustees and its executive committee. Recognizing his leadership skills, which were enhanced by his pastoral spirit, Andrew College tapped him for the presidency in 1980. His dramatic success as Andrew’s president led to him being called to Brevard College where he served as president for seven years (1985-1992). In 1992 he assumed the presidency of Virginia Wesleyan College, a small, young, liberal arts college in Norfolk/Virginia Beach. Under Greer’s 23 years at the helm, Virginia Wesleyan notably increased its enrollment, athletics program (earning the coveted ODAC Commissioner’s Cup in 2014-15), physical facilities, and endowment. One of his proudest achievements at Wesleyan was the establishment of the Center for the Study of Religious Freedom. He was often heard to say, “We must stop killing each other over religious beliefs.” The Greer Environmental Sciences Center was given in honor of his retirement, fulfilling his dream and placing Wesleyan in a unique position among liberal arts colleges. Following his retirement from Virginia Wesleyan he served for 18 months as interim president of the Eastern Shore Community College, where he enjoyed the diversity of the students and the academic programs. His gifts as a dynamic leader were recognized by his peers, and they selected him as President of Leadership Georgia and for leadership positions in many educational associations, including The Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges, the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association, and the National Association of Schools and Colleges of United Methodist Church. He was among a select group of college administrators invited to participate in a Fulbright Scholars Program in Germany.
As a young man Billy Greer met and fell in love with Fann Dewar, the love of his life. Their 58-year marriage was a true partnership. He was a devoted husband and father to their three sons, William Thomas, III (Carrie Meade), Robert Dewar (Rachel Simmons), and David Benjamin (Amanda Womble). He was so proud of the men his sons became and of their families: grandchildren Meade Alison Greer (studying at Virginia Commonwealth University), William Thomas Greer, IV and Martin Dewar Greer of Roanoke VA, and Polk Truan Greer and Watson Parker Greer of Chapel Hill, NC. In addition to his wife and children he is survived by his sister Linda Greer Burton (Joe) of Raleigh, NC, brother-in-law Robert Y. Dewar, Jr. (Sarah), their wonderful families and loving cousins. His family was his greatest joy.
Always a visionary, he believed in building community, often around breaking bread. He famously used the barbecue grill as a site for fund-raising as well as a place to nurture closer relationships with colleagues, students, and family. At the institutions he led, many students, faculty and staff members were touched by his personal interest and acts of kindness. A lifelong sports enthusiast, Billy Greer especially loved rooting for sports teams at both Brevard and Virginia Wesleyan, sometimes leading student cheers at basketball games. His love of sports grew from his own long athletic experience playing basketball, which continued into college. At the University of Glasgow he was awarded Full Blue Colors, the highest athletic award given in British Universities.
As a man of high moral character, Greer faced decisions with a clear sense of right and wrong. He loved relating to people regardless of their station in life. He was on the front lines of pushing racial equality in the student athletic church league in Brevard and the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. He was interested in and accepting of all people. Humble and gracious, he drew people to his side with his boundless energy, unpretentious ways, ability to empathize, love of a good story, and tremendous sense of humor—how Billy Greer enjoyed a good laugh!
Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 2 at Calvary Episcopal Churchyard in Fletcher, NC with a picnic to follow at the Deerfield Community. A memorial service will be held at Christ and St. Luke’s Church in Norfolk, VA. on October 14, 2023 at 10 a.m. followed later in the day by a celebration of life at Virginia Wesleyan University. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial gifts to the William Thomas Greer, Jr. scholarship fund for deserving students at Virginia Wesleyan University or the William Thomas Greer, Jr. scholarship fund for deserving students at Eastern Shore Community College. Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian in Arden is assisting the family.
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We are saddened to report the death of Mrs. Thelma O’Quinn, mother of Rev. Dr. James O’Quinn and grandmother of Rev. Blair O’Quinn. She passed away on August 18, 2023. Interment of ashes will be at Elmwood Chapel, Birmingham, Alabama on September 2 at 11:00 am (central time) with Graveside Service at Elmwood Cemetery.

Please see the obituary below:
In a world too short of good people, we lost one of the nicest women one could know. Thelma Irene McCarty O’Quinn was a resident of the Hermitage in Richmond, Virginia, where she passed gently and gracefully on August 18th, 2023. Persons who encountered Thelma often commented on her regal appearance, positive attitude, self-effacing demeanor, and good listener. She was an active churchgoer, award-winning knitter, orchid grower, maker of Christmas decorations, and she made thousands of Chrismons for churches and personal use. Later in life she constructed and gave away over 300 beaded angels as signs of appreciation and encouragement to women around her.

Thelma Irene McCarty O’Quinn was born May 15, 1930, at Ishkooda Mining Camp which was on Shannon Mountain near Birmingham, Alabama. Thelma was born to her parents, Ernest L. McCarty, Sr. and Nettie Irene Shaw McCarty. Thelma was the last surviving of her three siblings, Joyce McCarty Kirkley, Ernest McCarty, Jr., and Thomas McCarty. Her husband, the Reverend Gene Brown O’Quinn; and oldest son, Robert E. O’Quinn pre-deceased her as well. Surviving family members are her son, The Reverend Dr. James G. O’Quinn and wife, The Reverend Dr. Dorothy McNeer O’Quinn, of Ashland, Virginia, along with their three sons, Reverend Blair C. O’Quinn, in Harrisonburg, Virginia, Payne C. O’Quinn, and Vaughn C. O’Quinn, both of Richmond, Virginia. There are just too many friends to mention, except for Mrs. Anne Garrett, of Church Road, Virginia, who became Thelma’s best friend and confidant.

Thelma grew up on Dowel Ave in Powderly, which is today in the City of Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from Jones Valley High School in 1948. She was an active member of Powderly Baptist Church until she followed her husband into the Methodist Church to support his call to preach. A retired civil service employee, Thelma transferred jobs multiple times for the sake of her husband’s ministry through the United Methodist Church. She also worked for TCI in Birmingham, Alabama Farm Bureau, The University of Alabama, Bessemer Junior College, and US Steel before becoming a federal employee in 1971.

A Witness to the Resurrection will be held at J.T. Morriss & Son Chapel in Petersburg, on Monday, August 21, 2023, at 2:00 PM, with the Reverend Joseph T. Carson III officiating. Visitation with friends and family will follow the service at the funeral home. Interment will take place at a later date in Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham, Alabama.

Instead of giving flowers in Thelma’s memory, please donate to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR – Hawaii), where 100 % of the money you give will help current victims of the Maui wildfires for much needed emergency aid and with their reconstruction.

You may give in the following ways: Online at, toll-free telephone call: 1-888-252-6174, or by check made out to Global Ministries/UMCOR with “Advance #901670-Hawaii” written on the memo line and mailed to UMC Global Ministries/UMCOR, GPO, P.O. Box 9068, New York, NY, 10087-9068

The Reverend Bruce C. Pfeiffer died August 20, 2023. He was born June 5, 1932, in Cumberland, Maryland, oldest son of Charles and Clatha Pfeiffer. After attending the public schools of Cumberland, Maryland, he graduated in 1952 from Shenandoah University and in 1954 from James Madison University. In 1958, he graduated from United Theological University in Dayton, Ohio. He received a probationer’s license to the ministry from the former Evangelical United Brethen Church in 1950 and was ordained an elder in 1958. Following ordination, he served in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church until his retirement in 1995. After retiring he was a realtor with Signature Realty of Bon Air.
The Reverend Pfeiffer was predeceased by his first wife, Janet Belle Hefner in 2018. He is survived by their three children, Charles Richard Pfeiffer (spouse Michelle), Elizabeth Pfeiffer Moore (spouse Walter), and Robert Bruce Pfeiffer. He took much pride in his grandchildren, Emily Scarborough Kreutzer, Michael Scarborough, Elana Cohen Ferguson, and Malcolm Cabell Moore, as well as his great-grandsons, Elliott Kreutzer and Micah Ferguson. He remained close with his three surviving siblings, Sally Lewis of Ocala, Florida, Janet Stair of Atlanta, Georgia, and Paul Pfeiffer of Reynolds, Georgia.
Reverend Pfeiffer was blessed by a second marriage to Sally Redfern, his long-time friend who survives him. He was much sustained and cared for by their loving relationship.
A memorial service will be held at Reveille United Methodist Church, Saturday, September 9, at 11 a.m. A reception will follow the service. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, gifts be made in his memory to Reveille United Methodist Church.

Hugh Nichols completed his earthly life peacefully on Friday, Aug 18. Hugh’s memorial service and visitation is scheduled for Friday, September 1, in the Botetourt Room at The Glebe, as follows:
10:00 AM – visitation
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – service
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM – visitation
Glebe Chaplain Geri McDaniel and Rev. Samuel Plymale will officiate. The public is invited to attend.
Entombment is Thursday, Aug 24 at 10 am at The Chapel of Hope mausoleum at Old Dominion Memorial Gardens, Roanoke. Church members are welcome to attend.
Thanks to all who have prayed for Hugh over the years of his extended illness. Please now pray especially for Dee, his widow, who is in Memory Care at The Glebe.

Eugene “Gene” Foster Thomas died peacefully at home on August 14, 2023 at the age of 78. He was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year.
Gene was born in 1945 to Carroll Douglas Thomas and Viola (Strigle) Thomas of Gloucester, Virginia. He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Linda (Bing) Thomas. He is survived by his wife, Amanda Lee Thomas of Arlington, Virginia; his brother, Carl Douglas Thomas of Moon, Virginia; his two children, William Douglas Thomas of Richmond and Gloucester, Virginia and Jennifer Thomas Martin of Inwood, West Virginia; his five grandchildren: William Douglas Thomas, Jr., Christopher Ryan Thomas, Lyndsay Page Thomas, Jed Thomas Adams, and Danielle Wolfrey; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was a graduate of Christopher Newport College with a B.A. in Philosophy in 1979, Virginia Union University School of Theology with a Master of Theology in 1983, and Boston University School of Theology with a Doctor of Ministry in 1993.
Gene started his professional work as an entrepreneur, a part owner of M&G Transportation in Gloucester, Virginia. There wasn’t a truck driving down Virginia highways that he didn’t love nor a trucking company that he wasn’t familiar with. He relished contributing to his family business and helped build up the business model until the Lord called him into ministry.
Gene entered the ministry from Salem United Methodist Church in Mathews, Virginia, and was ordained a United Methodist deacon in 1982 and an elder in 1985. He pastored churches in the Northern Neck, Winchester, Alexandria, New Market, Virginia Beach and Arlington. He served as an assistant on the Rehoboth Charge, consisting of Bluff Point, Wicomico, Rehoboth and Mila United Methodist Churches. He pastored the Northern Frederick Charge, consisting of Rest, White Hall and Mount Pleasant United Methodist Churches. He served as the senior pastor of Kernstown, Lincolnia, Manor Memorial, Thalia and Clarendon United Methodist Churches. He retired from the ministry in 2014. In addition, he was active in the Emmaus community.
As a man of God who loved to worship, Gene appreciated many forms of worship including high church, contemporary, Taize and others. He was eager to share his vast knowledge with anyone who loved to worship the Lord. Because he had an artist’s eye, Gene appreciated and incorporated many artistic elements into his worship including using a church’s architecture to highlight elements of worship. He also had a special place in his heart for men’s ministry.
After his retirement, Gene spent much time serving as a member of the Virginia Society of Sons of the American Revolution (VASSAR), serving as a past state chaplain and as a past president of the George Mason Chapter. He also served as a past president of the Kiwanis Club of Arlington, a docent at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., and a member of both the Chesapeake Chapter of the United States Lighthouse Society and the Washington Golf and Country Club. He preached the word of God for Rick Bonfim Ministries and enjoyed having the time to paint.
He was a devoted husband, first to Linda and then to Amanda. He was a devoted father and PawPaw to his beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a dapper, fastidious, and meticulous man. He wore his formidable intellect lightly and preferred to be known as a country boy. Gene was a man who was born in a small, rural town but relished traveling the world to see his favorite art. Above all, he was a gentle man, who loved and was loved.
A funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 25, 2023, at Clarendon United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at noon at the Washington Golf and Country Club. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the men’s group (Murky Men) at Clarendon United Methodist Church; Manor Memorial United Methodist Church; Rick Bonfim Ministries; or the Virginia Society of Sons of the American Revolution.

Donald “Don” Wayne Baldwin, 62, of Salem, Virginia, passed on to his Heavenly home on Wednesday, July 26, 2023 with his family by his side.  Don was born on June 30,1961 in Roanoke, Virginia to his parents, Robert Baldwin and LouAnn Guzi.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents; Robert and Margaret Baldwin, Carl and Margaret Andrews; and his brother, Tim Baldwin. Don was a dedicated husband, a loving father, a phenomenal friend and most of all, a Man of God. Don was called to serve in the ministry in many areas in his life. He began as a youth pastor, worked with Young Life and finally became a Methodist minister, where he was blessed to serve many churches in the Roanoke Valley. He also served on many Emmaus Walks and Kairos teams over the years.
Don was deeply loved by many, and forgotten by none. He never met a stranger and had a deeply infectious laugh. He was a die-hard Washington Redskins fan, a master scuba instructor and a cigar connoisseur. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren and his family. He also loved his greyhound Bryce, who he never got over when he passed.
Don and Jackie loved to travel, going on several cruises to the Caribbean, where they found peace. Don even scuba dove the Bermuda Triangle. They were fortunate to go to Israel, Scotland, and several places throughout the US.
Don is survived by his wife and high school sweetheart of 39 years, Jackie Baldwin. They would have celebrated their 40th anniversary on August 6th. Daughter Lara and Cameron Webb; son Joseph Baldwin and fiancée Sandi Robertson; grandchildren Mallari, Leah, Shiloh and Sage Webb; Makenzie, Zayne, Ashlyn Baldwin and McKenna Baldwin. Parents Robert ( Sharon) Baldwin, and LouAnn (Jerry) Guzi. Brothers Bob Baldwin (Heather Schaerer) and David (Leslie) Baldwin, and multiple nephews.
The family would like to thank the following for the care they have provided over the past few years: Dr. Vashist Nobbee, Dr. Richard Konstance, Dr. Paul LaFlam and the Glenvar Davita dialysis center. Also, all the prayers and support from the many that knew him, we will always be grateful! He will be missed by all that knew him!
The family will receive friends at Oakey’s South Chapel on Sunday, July 30, 2023 from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm. A Celebration of Don’s life will be held at a later date.

Dr. Norma Taylor Mitchell, 86, died Friday, July 7, 2023 at Croasdaile Village in Durham, NC. A committed feminist; imaginative scholar and church and community leader; dedicated teacher and mentor; loyal relative and friend; and supportive, interested, and generous parent and grandparent, she made the most of her life in every area and will be missed by so many.
Death came peacefully, following a long, slow decline that began after her husband of nearly 58 years, Rev. Dr. Joseph Mitchell, died in 2017. Depression and anxiety invaded the void that he left, and despite everyone’s best efforts and excellent care at Croasdaile, Norma couldn’t shake them. While she retained her presence of mind and sharp memory, her bright, inquisitive, warm spirit had dimmed long before the end finally came. Her family is grateful for the many friends and family members who kept in touch during these final years.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Epworth United Methodist Church in Durham. Lunch will follow in the church fellowship hall. All family and friends are invited to attend.
Norma was preceded in death by her husband Rev. Dr. Frank Joseph Mitchell; parents, Emma Nora Heal Taylor and Orville Carson Taylor, Sr.; stepmother Mary Bellamy Taylor; her brothers, Orville Carson Taylor, Jr. and wife Marie MorrissetteTaylor, and Randall Heal Taylor; and her brothers- and sisters-in-law Jesse L. Mitchell, Faye B. Mitchell, Seth H. Mitchell, Jr., Kathleen Mitchell, and Wanda Ellis Mitchell; and niece Emma Taylor Wade.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Drs. Anne Virginia Mitchell Whisnant and David E. Whisnant (Chapel Hill, NC); grandsons Evan David Whisnant (Graham, NC) and Derek Taylor Whisnant (Asheville, NC); sister-in-law Joyce Taylor (Bluffton, SC); cousin Jo Rhea Colonna Ford and husband David Ford (Oxford, Alabama); nieces Elizabeth Taylor McDaniel and husband Tim McDaniel, and Anne Leigh Taylor Stamper and husband Dallas Stamper, all of Virginia Beach, VA; and nephews Robert Harrison Taylor (Virginia Beach) and Randall Heal Taylor, Jr. and wife Julianna Mello Goulart (Savannah, GA).
On her husband’s side, she is survived by nieces Jessica (Jesi) Mitchell Trentham and husband Paul Trentham, and Martha (Marty) Mitchell Roe and husband Howard Roe, all of Asheville, NC; her nephew Joseph Hamilton Mitchell and wife Cindy Mitchell of Mill Spring, NC; niece Sharon Mitchell Sellars and husband Walt Sellars of Fayetteville, GA; niece Sandra Mitchell Hollander and husband Ira Hollander of Fort Worth TX; nephew Seth H. Mitchell III of Fair Oaks Ranch, TX; nephew John David Mitchell and wife Kay Davis Mitchell of Fort Worth, TX; and niece Kathy Halasy and husband Chris Halasy.
Many beloved great nieces, great nephews, and cousins on both sides also survive. An expanded obituary will follow.
Published by Endswell Aquamation Cremation from Jul. 14 to Jul. 15, 2023.

The Center for Clergy Excellence has learned that Rev. Bill Bare passed away at home on Sunday, July 2, 2023. He is survived by his wife of 16 years, Alice; his sons, Chris Bare and Matthew Bare (Elliott); his stepchildren, Justin and Tracy Williamson (Marvin Green) and her children, Tahkai and Maddox; his brother, Leon Bare (Valerie); and nieces, Lesley Anderson (Aaron) and Lauren Theobald (John). Bill was born in Rockbridge County, Va. on January 28, 1945. He graduated from Asbury College in 1966 and Asbury Theological Seminary in 1971. He served in the United Methodist Church at several pastorates Wallace Memorial and First United UMC in Hampton, Bishop Memorial UMC Henrico, Hopewell UMC Chesterfield, Kenwood UMC Hanover, Calvary UMC Arlington, Gogginsville Methodist Rocky Mount and Edgewater UMC Montross. In retirement, he attended Trinity UMC and was active in the Sunday School Class Christian Beliefs Today. Bill loved God, family, playing tennis, country dancing, hiking in the mountains, family trips to the beach, oysters, his F250, and his rescue cat, Bear. The family would like to thank the staff at Kirva Hospice for the loving care from Valerie and Jackie. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church, 903 Forest Ave. on Tuesday, July 18, at 2 p.m. and will follow with a reception. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Trinity UMC or a favorite charity.

The Center for Clergy Excellence has recently learned of the death of Nyoka Worley, spouse of the late Rev. Otis Worley.
Nyoka Connatser Worley of Childress’ Store Area, Virginia went to be with the Lord on June 29, 2023. She was raised in the Godly home of her parents, Curtis and Margaret Connatser. Nyoka graduated from Buckingham Central High School. After which, she met and married the love of her life, Otis Worley. She went to Johnston-Willis Hospital School of Nursing where she earned her degree. Together, Otis and Nyoka, were called to what would become their journey of lifelong ministry. While Otis ministered to their souls, Nyoka ministered to their bodies. They later moved back home to Buckingham County until her passing.
Nyoka dedicated her life to caring and loving people as a nurse, a dedicated pastor’s wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Nyoka was as unique as her name with a strength that was unmatched and a faith that inspired. Everyone she met was impacted by her love.
Nyoka is survived by her two sisters Peggy Wharam (JC deceased) and Dixie Wood (Henry) as well as her children; Valerie Royer (David), Jennifer Hellerstedt (Tim), and Jonathan Worley (Sara). She enjoyed sharing about her grandchildren, Hope Ferguson (Corbin), Ashley Hellerstedt, Noah Westbrook, Drew Royer, Caleb Harris, great-grandson Theo, and her sweet dog Sassy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at
A service will be held on Saturday, July 8, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at Rocky Mount Church, 348 Rocky Mountain Rd, Dillwyn, Virginia 23936. Lunch and Family Time to follow.

The Center for Clergy Excellence has learned of the death of Rev. William H. Nuckols, Jr. on June 22, 2023. Rev. Nuckols served Marsh Memorial, Community, Colonial Avenue and East Hampton United Methodist churches until his retirement in 1998. His obituary is below along with the link to access it online.
Rev. Bill Nuckols died June 22, 2023 at 87. He was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Phyllis J. Nuckols and survived by his daughter, Kim Belouin; son, Lane Nuckols and his wife, Debbie; 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Contributions may be made to a charity of choice. Graveside service will be private. We give thanks for the life and ministry of this servant of God! View obituary.

Mrs. Agnes Estelle Satterwhite, 94, wife of the late Reverend Dr. Edwin Howard Satterwhite, passed away at her home in Parksley, VA on Saturday, June 3, 2023, surrounded by family. Born September 10, 1928 in Spotsylvania County, VA, she was the daughter of the late Douglas M. Flippo and Essie Wright Flippo.
Agnes grew up in the area of Thornburg, VA and graduated from C.T. Smith High School, where she first met Edwin. Agnes and Edwin were married in 1948 and shared 73 beautiful years together until his passing in 2021. Faith and family remained first and foremost in Agnes’s life. As the wife of a pastor, she was devoted to supporting Rev. Dr. Satterwhite in his ministry and remained close to the Lord through her involvement in the Society of Christian Women and United Methodist Women. Mrs. Satterwhite was unwavering in her love for her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, all of whom were grateful for her presence in their lives.
She is survived by her children, Brian Satterwhite and his wife, Anita, of Bloxom, VA, Darryl Satterwhite and his wife, Maureen, of Raleigh, NC, and Sue S. Unger and her husband, Don, of Richmond, VA; six grandchildren, Barry Satterwhite (Shannon), Bruce Satterwhite (Kim), all of Bloxom, Amanda Chandler (Canaan), Allison Satterwhite (Chris), all of Rock Hill, SC, Adam Unger (Rachael) of Richmond, and Aaron Unger (Nicole) of Chester, VA; six great-grandchildren, Madison Satterwhite, Cole, Carson and Cailyn Chandler, and Spencer and Sean Unger; and her faithful companion, her dog, Spot. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Aubrey Flippo.
The family will receive friends at the Hopewell United Methodist Church, 12018 Guinea Drive, Woodford, VA on Thursday, June 8, 2023 at 10:30 a.m., followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m., with The Reverend Jack Bailey officiating. Private interment will be held at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fredericksburg, VA.
Contributions in Mrs. Satterwhite’s memory may be made to Hopewell United Methodist Church, c/o Joyce Pitts, 10438 Edgehill Academy Road, Woodford, VA 22580, St. Thomas United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 485, Parksley, VA 23421, or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (
Memory tributes may be shared with the family at Arrangements by the Williams-Parksley Funeral Home.

God sent HIS angels to the residence of Amelia Parker Bond on May 20, 2023 to deliver her to her heavenly home as members of her loving family sang hymns to her.
Born to the late Rev Hilton Alexander Parker and Nellie Damon Pryer Parker on December 17, 1944 in Parkersburg, WV, Amelia was raised in the Methodist faith. As the oldest daughter of a Methodist minister, where Rev. Parker was called to serve, so went the family. Amelia relocated to Richmond VA where her father pastored her beloved Leigh Street Methodist Church. She considered Richmond to be her home and she was not too fond of the idea of moving to Baltimore MD when her father was appointed to the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference, it was in Baltimore where would meet the love of her life.
She attended Frederick Douglass Senior High School and graduated in 1963, ranked 3rd in her class, and was a proud member of the last class to graduate in February. Immediately after graduating high school, she briefly attended Morgan College, now known as Morgan State University. Her best friend since high school Carolyn Moore, was instrumental in introducing Amelia to Luther Grant Bond II. Amelia would lovingly recall how Carolyn was “insistent” on them meeting and how she reluctantly agreed to do so. It was the best decision she made and the rest was history; Amelia and Luther fell in love and were married July 4, 1963 at her family home where her father officiated the ceremony.
Amelia and Luther made their home in Baltimore and raised their oldest three daughters Yolada, Melanie, and Judith there. Luther would be called to ministry and became an ordained United Methodist minister in 1976. Amelia would move again now with her United Methodist minister husband and family to southwestern Virginia. From 1976 until Rev. Bond’s untimely death in 1989, he and Amelia pastored three churches that made up the former Smith Mountain Charge: Halesford UMC, Mt Zion UMC, and New Ridgeway UMC. In 1984, their youngest daughter, Allyson was born.
Amelia would go on to make her home in Roanoke VA where she was a member of St Paul UMC and Columbia MD where she became a member of Locust UMC with her two youngest daughters until she moved back to Penhook VA in 2002. She returned to St Paul UMC where she picked up where she left off singing in the choir. She captivated many churches and venues with her melodious singing; she was frequently asked to sing solos and sing with many different choirs. Her beautiful voice will always be remembered; we rejoice knowing she is now singing with the heavenly choir. Up until her illness, she made it a point to attend the churches of Mt. Zion and New Ridgeway. She would attend Greater Mt Parrish on fifth Sundays. She fried pies for the Lord’s Acre and participated in events and activities such as Black History Month presentations. In addition to her talent as a singer and reading music, she also enjoyed painting, drawing (as a child, she wanted to become a fashion designer), playing the keyboard, completing cryptograms, and being an uplifting supporter of many communities she came to know and love.
She is preceded in death by her infant brother Richard Parker, her parents Rev. Hilton A. Parker and Nellie Parker, mother-in-law Joy Bond, the love of her life Rev Luther G Bond Jr. father-in-law Luther G. Bond Sr. and special cousin who was like a sister, Margaret A Johnson.
Left to cherish her precious, sweet memory are her daughters Yolanda B. Thompson (Paul), Melanie B. Johnson (Jerry), Judith Amelia Bond, and Allyson B. Bracey (Brian); her grandchildren Bernadette Amelia Johnson, Jerry N. Johnson, II, Brittnay Amelia Mae Bond (Theodore R. Thaxton, father), Bethany M. Thompson (Kirk), Hilton G. Johnson, and Mallory L. Thompson; her great-grands Elena Bond-Cordew, Laura G. Croft (Zachary L. Croft, father) Devin E. Bracey, Saniya M Bracey, Briana E. Gracey, and Carter E. Bracey.
Also left to cherish her memory are her sister, Frances Parker Barksdale (Benny), her “big brother” Willis L. Graham, nieces Valerie D. Graham, Karen F. Smith (Dale); Meredith R. Bond (Joshua) and nephew Jordan Bond, sister-in-law Monica Phillips Bond, and brother -in-law Robert E. Layne.
She is also survived by special friends Phyllis Pearson and Mary J Hancock, Carolyn Moore, and Rowena Berry, great nieces, nephews, and a host of other friends, parishioners and neighbors including Donna Finney, and Nancy Timmons, as well as those who have referred to her as “Momma Bond.”
The family would like to say a special thank you to Renee and Trina, her round-the-clock caregivers, as they went above and beyond, and the Carilion Hospice team of Amanda, Betty, and Jill. We would also like to thank Mt Zion, New Ridgeway, and Halesford churches for continuing to love our mother even after the passing of their beloved pastor, Rev. Bond.

With heavy hearts but joyful spirits, Rev. T. Todd and Roberta Smith announce the homegoing of Roberta’s Mother, Peggy W. Wright, 89, who died peacefully in her sleep on Wednesday, May 24. Mrs. Wright was the widow of the Rev. Dr. Edward T. Wright, who served churches throughout the Virginia Conference for 50 years. Mrs. Wright was an active member of Skipwith United Methodist Church in Henrico, VA, where her son-in-law, Todd Smith, serves as pastor.
There will be a service to remember & celebrate Peggy’s life on Friday, June 2, at 1pm at Skipwith United Methodist Church, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall. There will be a graveside committal service at Signal Hill Cemetery in Hanover County on Monday, June 5 at 2pm.
In lieu of flowers, you may honor Peggy’s memory by making a donation to Skipwith United Methodist Church and write “general fund” on the memo line. You may also make your donation through the Givlify app on your phone or computer.

Our colleague and friend, Rev. Douglas Gestwick, died yesterday on May 24, 2023 surrounded by his family. Please keep his wife, Rev. Clara Gestwick, and their family in prayer during this time of grief.
A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held this Saturday May 27, 2023 at 11:00 A.M. at Chester United Methodist Church: 12132 Percival St. Chester, Virginia 23831.
There will not be a clergy processional in the service. We give thanks for the life and ministry of Doug Gestwick.

Rev. Grover Cleveland Jenkins Jr. passed away on May 22, 2023, at Colonial Heights Rehab and Nursing facility. He was born in Orange County Va. on July 18, 1926, the son of Grover Cleveland Jenkins Sr and Lucy (Gibson) Jenkins.
Grover served in the Army during WWII. When discharged he attended college where he met Mary, his future wife. They were married for 60 years until she passed away in 2008. After college he worked as a pastor for the United Methodist Church at various locations and at the Department of Rehabilitation Services. He was kind, loving and an inspiration to many he met. He was an amazing father to all his children. He loved God, his family, friends, gardening, his many pets and being out in nature.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his 5 siblings, 2 sons, 1 son-in-law, 1 great-great-grandchild. Survived by 2 daughters, 1 son-in-law, 5 grandchildren and their spouses, 9 great-children and 1 spouse, 4 great-great-grandchildren, 1 special friend Elaine, and his special buddy, Jake, his adorable dog. Memorial service: Saturday, July 29, Washington Street UMC, 22 E. Washington Street, Petersburg, at 3 p.m. Dress is casual with reception following in the church fellowship hall. The church has an elevator for anyone requiring assistance to the sanctuary.

October 13, 1948 — May 18, 2023 Powhatan
Edwards, James Alfred (“Jimmy”), of Powhatan, passed away May 18, 2023, in the company of loved ones. He was preceded by his parents, Carl and Mavis Edwards, and brother, Ronnie Edwards. He is survived by his beloved wife of fifty-four years, Loyce; son, Andrew (Keeli) of Midlothian, and beloved grandchildren, Liam, Franklin, and Emmeline.
Jimmy worked as an electrician before entering the family business, Carl’s Radiator Service, where he managed operations for over twenty-five years. He was active in Ruritan, briefly serving as zone governor, but it was Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, Midlothian, that amplified his passion for church and community service through roles such as lay leader, cubmaster (Pack 876), and scoutmaster (Troop 897). With Loyce, Jimmy helped launch New Life UMC, a community that encouraged him to enter pastoral ministry and welcomed him as associate pastor. He was then appointed to Bowling Green and Shiloh UMCs in Caroline County before retiring in 2015. He was especially regarded for Brunswick stew fundraisers, utilizing a recipe he learned from his father-in-law (also a local stew celebrity).
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. at Mt. Pisgah UMC on Tuesday, June 6, with family receiving friends at 2 p.m., and with a reception to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mt. Pisgah UMC.

The Office of Clergy Excellence has been informed of the death of Rev. Clarence Acklin on May 3, 2023. Service and obituary information are not available at this point, but we will share when they are available. Please keep his wife, Vinnie Acklin, in prayer. We thank God for the life and ministry of Rev. Clarence Acklin.

The Reverend Dr. Richard Rome (Dick) Burnette, Jr. of Lakeland, Florida died in his sleep on Tuesday, April 18th, 2023, at the age of 95. He was born in Bowling Green, Virginia to Reverend Richard R Burnett and Mary Allen Lee Burnette, the first of their three children. He was married to Carol Ravndal Burnette for 66 years. A lifelong learner, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Randolph-Macon College after a stint in the U.S. Navy, a Bachelor of Divinity from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University, a Master of Arts from the Richmond Professional Institute of the College of William and Mary in Applied Psychology and an Education Doctorate in Research and Testing from Florida State University. Contrary to popular belief, he did NOT graduate from Jones Jr. High in Toledo (his students will understand).
He taught for 52 years at Florida Southern College (FSC) where he developed the Testing Center, the Counseling Center, the Nursing Program, and the Criminology Program. He served as Psychology Department Chair, Social Science Division Chair, Coordinator for Institutional Research, Director of Psychological Testing, and the Director of Student Disability Services.
While at Florida Southern he was instrumental in forming the Florida Association for Institutional Research, provided norming data for the first CLEP credit by exam test, consulted with the College Board for over 20 years, and edited the National Newsletter for Ministerial Assessment Specialists. He was the chapter secretary for Omicron Delta Kappa, a student leadership fraternity, for which he won the national leadership award. Twice he was awarded the FSC Teacher of the Year Award, the second at the age of 81, and was recognized for teaching excellence by Omicron Delta Kappa, the Sears Roebuck Foundation, and United Methodist Church Board of Higher Education. He coordinated campus-to-church relations, hosting many high school church groups on their visits to FSC, for which he won the John Wesley Church Relations Award. He also served in several professional organizations including Phi Eta Sigma, Alpha Phi Omega (President), Phi Delta Kappa, Chi Beta Phi, Psi Chi, and Phi Gamma Mu.
He was an exceptional teacher, who mentored both students and staff and entertained them with his stories, wit, and occasional pranks. He taught students the Jones Junior High song, how to speak ant, how he got his children to eat spinach, and was known for riding his bicycle or unicycle to class or teaching with a flying squirrel in his jacket pocket.
Ordained in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church (UMC), he served his entire tenure as a missionary to FSC, sent to serve the needs of students. He did so in abundance. He also served as the Coordinator of Ministerial Assessment on the Board of the Ordained Ministry for the Florida Conference of the UMC for four decades. A lifelong member of the BYKOTA class at First UMC in Lakeland, he taught Sunday School and attended “religiously” until his passing. An avid Boy Scout and outdoorsman, he hitchhiked to Philmont Scout Ranch from Virginia and took his scout troop canoeing on the Hudson Bay. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout and earned the Order of the Arrow from the Boy Scout Council. Most notably, his scouts captured his future bride along the parade route in Richmond to be the queen of their float. The consummate scout, he took his family on numerous adventures including tent camping around the country and especially in Cherokee, NC. He also led FSC’s canoe trips around Florida for over four decades and rafted the Colorado river in his late 50’s. He had notable horticultural skills, earning him the most improved yard of the year in Lakeland and he created two new fern species.
A true child of the depression, he was known for driving his iconic 1956 VW Bug for over 52 years. Eventually he sold it to his mechanic for a dollar. His backup vehicle was his sister’s 1961 VW Bug. He also enjoyed sports, leading the Faculty Fossils in softball and volleyball, and supporting FSC’s exceptional varsity sports programs. He was a recognizable, if not vocal, fan(atic). He wrote a chapter in Lake Hollingsworth, Reflections and Studies on a Florida Landmark and the stories were mostly factual. He was never one to let the truth get in the way of a good story. He was proud of the plaque on his office door that said, “Office of Embellishment.”
Dr. Burnette is survived by his wife Carol Ravndal Burnette, daughters Renée Burnette (Jim Coble), Randi Burnette Sinclair (Mark), and sons Richard R “Rick” Burnette III (Lois) and Robert B “Rob” Burnette (Jane). His grandchildren are Kathryn “Katy” Harrington (Scott), Caroline Dervan (Chris), Nicolas “Nick” Burnette, Allison Burnette, Rachel Sinclair, Andrew Sinclair, and Sydney Sinclair, and great-grandson Benjamin Harrington. He was predeceased by his parents, brother William “Willy” Burnette and sister Elizabeth “Liz” Burnette Dunkum, and Aunt Edna Bailey.
A memorial service honoring his life will be held on Friday, April 28th at 1:00 p.m. in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church, 72 Lake Morton Dr., Lakeland, Florida. After the service, the family will welcome friends. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Richard R Burnette, Jr. Scholarship Fund may be made to Florida Southern College.
To the best of our knowledge the above information is correct although some is the product of his oral history, so we will never know. We know that he was a phenomenal storyteller. Just ask any of his 5,000 students about him and they will recount a story he told – a true measure of his teaching talent and relatability.

James Livingstone Utz, 74 of Madison, passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at his home. He was born on May 30, 1948 to the late James Morris Utz and Julia Catherine Bowler Utz. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Catherine Rea Finke and her husband Charles. It is with great sadness that we inform folks of the sudden loss of our father, grandfather, and husband. He was a child of God, a lover of all dogs, absolutely loved his grandkids, looked for an opportunity to listen to bluegrass music and eat. All his life he farmed here in Aylor, his cattle and keeping a neat farm was his pride and joy. He was the hardest working man we knew and will be greatly missed by his family and many friends. He is survived by wife, Vivian Medeiros Utz; sons, James Henry Utz, II and Joseph Livingstone Utz and wife Cassandra; grandchildren, Jackson Oscar Utz, Julia Elizabeth Utz, Connor Michael Utz, and Faith Nicole Utz; niece, Carol Finke; nephew, Chuck Finke and wife Christie and their son Mitchell; and many other nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 pm on Friday, April 21, 2023 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church with interment in the church cemetery. Pastor Jeff Tucker will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour before the service, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm at the church.

The Rev. Otis H. Worley of Alpha, Virginia went to be with the Lord on April 3, 2023. He was raised in the Godly home of his parents, James C. and Ida Hicks Worley. Otis graduated from Buckingham Central High School. During this time, he met and married, the love of his life, Nyoka Connatser. While attending his home church, Rocky Mount United Methodist Church, he accepted the calling into the ministry. While pastoring three churches of the Farmville District, he attended Duke University. His dedication to God, through the United Methodist Church, continued until 1997, where after 26 years he retired. He and Nyoka moved back to their hometown of Buckingham County until his death. Otis is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nyoka, and children; Valerie Royer (David), Jennifer Hellerstedt (Tim), and Jonathan Worley (Sara). His passions included his grandchildren, Hope Ferguson (Corbin), Ashley Hellerstedt, Noah Westbook, Drew Royer, Caleb Harris, great-grandson Theo, and his sweet dog Sassy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association. A service will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 1100 am at Rocky Mount United Methodist Church, 348 Rocky Mountain Rd, Dillwyn, Virginia 23936. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Lunch and Family Time to follow.

Betty Lou Loftis Sheffield Bailey, age 98, died April 3, 2023, in Fredericksburg, VA. A native of Petersburg, VA, she was the widow of 2 VA UMC ministers: The Rev. J. Courtney Sheffield (married 1944-1992) and The Rev. A. Purnell Bailey, D.D. (married 1994-2006). A committed Christian and lifelong Methodist, she was a loving and supportive clergy wife, active in many facets of church life, such as WSCS/UMW and clergy wife groups, particularly in the early days of the clergy wife retreat.
She was a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend. An accomplished homemaker and vocalist, she loved theater, reading, creative writing, corresponding with family and friends, arranging flowers, and entertaining. She often did community volunteer work. She traveled extensively and was fascinated by camels. Words used to describe her include pretty, smart, thoughtful, friendly, generous, gracious, and disciplined.
Survivors include 3 children, Walter J. Sheffield of Fredericksburg UMC, Polly Sheffield Roberts of South Roanoke UMC, and Courtney Lou Sheffield Tierney (John). Also surviving are 2 step-children, Beth Bailey Richardson of Reveille UMC and Jeanne Bailey Dodge-Allen. She was predeceased by a grandson, “Zander” Sheffield, in early 2023. Surviving in the Sheffield family are 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren and, in the Bailey family, numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her funeral is on Wed., April 12, 2023, 11:00 at Fredericksburg UMC with The Rev. Gina Anderson-Cloud officiating.

Nancy was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Clifford Lyle East, Jr. She leaves behind three sons: Clifford Lyle East, III (Orlando, FL), Dale Laughlin East (West Hollywood, CA), and Gilford Kyle East (Virginia). Nancy was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, to Okey and Frida (Fischer) Laughlin. Nancy attended Parkersburg High School and later worked at Imperial Ice Cream. She was an active dog trainer and horse enthusiast, leading numerous parades and eventually conducting the 1970 US Census on horseback in Loudon County. She met her husband Cliff when he was traveling through Parkersburg on business. Nancy and Cliff married July 6, 1957. Cliff’s being a minister within the Virginia United Methodist Conference resulted in frequent relocations within the state, including Alexandria, Roanoke, Danville, Altavista, Leesburg, Poquoson, Richmond, Great Falls, and McLean. Nancy was an active member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority, United Methodist Women, and her church choir. While raising her sons, she worked for Sarah Coventry Jewelry. Once the boys were out of the house, she began working with Airline Tariff Publishing at Dulles International Airport, which allowed Nancy and Cliff to travel the world. Once Cliff retired, they relocated from Northern Virginia to Harrisonburg, naming their house Dunn Movin’. In Harrisonburg, Nancy worked at BB&T Bank until she retired. She was happiest when she was busy with sorority and church activities, gardening, and traveling. In addition, she was an active dominos champ, playing weekly with The Domino Dolls. There will be no formal funeral service, but a celebration of life service will be held at a later date.

The Reverend Dr. Lewis H. Morgan, 93, passed away early Sunday morning, February 5, 2023, after a brief illness. He joins his parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters, and many dear friends who no doubt were there to greet him at the end of his earthly journey. His wit, compassion and hugs will be missed. He spent 35 years pastoring churches in the Tidewater area and Northern Virginia. At the time of his death, he and his wife of 64 years Joyce, were residents at The Chesapeake in Newport News. Besides Joyce, he leaves daughters Donna Thomas (Mike) and Lorie Battiata (Joe), 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Sadly, the great-grandchildren will not get to see the flying turtle or be checked for loose heads. Many thanks to the loving and compassionate staff at The Chesapeake who treated Lewis like a member of their family, the myriad of nurses and doctors at Riverside Hospital and the staff at Medi Home Hospice.
A service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving was held Saturday, February 18 at 2 pm at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Poquoson with a reception following the service. Instead of flowers, the Lewis’s request consideration of making a donation in his memory to Virginia United Methodist Homes or the American Red Cross.

We have been notified of the February 9, 2023 death of Rev. James Lewis Gravely III. Rev. Graveley served Moseley Memorial, Mount Jackson and Bassett Memorial UMC until his retirement in 2002. Condolences can be sent to his surviving spouse, Ila.
Ila Gravely
516 Parsley Ln
Euless, TX 76039-8060
This is all the information we have at this time.

Joseph H. Beasley, a retired Army Colonel who taught at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York during the decade 1970-1980, died on February 11, 2023 at Croasdaile Retirement Village, Durham, North Carolina. After military retirement he was head of the High School at Ravenscroft School in Raleigh, N.C. from 1980-1992. After retiring from Ravenscroft School he taught Advanced Placement European History part time at East Chapel Hill High School from 1992-2002.
Joe grew up in Randleman, N.C. and received academic degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University. He served as a Chaplain in the Army during the Korean War and in Vietnam. He was assigned by the military as a student at the University of Chicago prior to his teaching at West Point. Later, after retiring from the Army, he received his PhD from UNC Chapel Hill.
Joe was an avid golfer and dedicated baseball fan. His favorite team was the N.Y. Yankees, as was the case with many other members of the Academy. George Steinbrenner usually brought the team to play Army on the day before the season began during the 1970s. Joe remained a Yankees fan his entire life.
There are many people whose lives were enriched by his guidance and friendship. A complete listing of the many accolades and achievements that he received throughout his long and distinguished career in both the military and academia would be long. However, he expressed a desire to have an obituary that was short and to the point.
While a student at UNC Chapel Hill he met Ann Hatch Burnette of Mount Olive, North Carolina. They were married in 1951. He is survived by Ann, their son Byron H. Beasley, and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Joe was greatly loved, and will be greatly missed.
Walker’s Funeral Home of Chapel Hill is assisting the Beasley family.

The Rev. Craig Armistead Buxton, 66, of Midlothian, VA, passed away on February 20, 2023 at home after a brief illness. Born in Portsmouth, VA, he grew up in Monumental United Methodist Church as a 5th generation Portsmouth resident and an 11th generation Virginian. He was the son of the late Samuel Edward Buxton and Louise Pope Buxton of Portsmouth and brother to Brian (of Chapel Hill, NC) and Larry (of Ashburn, VA). Larry is a retired pastor in the Virginia Conference.
Craig received his M. Div. from Union Theological Seminary, Richmond in 1984. He went on to serve Rocky Mount (Franklin County), Phoebus (Hampton), Centenary (Portsmouth), Faith (Alexandria), and Crawford (Dinwiddie). He was the beloved pastor of Trinity UMC (Petersburg) at the time of his death. Craig also served as pastor of First Congregational UCC in Midlothian for 6 years.
In addition, Craig was a seasoned chaplain. He served chaplaincies in a funeral home, a mental health facility, a prison, and several hospice organizations for many years. He was a skilled pianist and cartoonist whose generous spirit, uplifting music and quirky humor brought smiles to many.
His ancestry qualified him to be a member of the Jamestowne Society, the National Society of Washington Family Descendants, and the Sons of the American Revolution. More important to him, however, was being a child of God and a servant-brother of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Plans for a Celebration of Resurrection service at Trinity UMC are currently pending. Craig is survived by two brothers, two sisters-in-law, four nephews, three great-nieces and three great-nephews. He will be deeply missed.

William Curtis Logan Jr, 83, passed away in Roanoke, VA on February 15, 2023. Born in Winston Salem, NC, he is preceded in death by his parents Dr. William C. Logan Sr and Martha Jackson Logan and sister, Mary Anne Mongan all of Salem, VA.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Sara S. Logan; daughter and son-in-law Anne Marie and Steve Kimmell of Centreville, VA; son and daughter-in-law William Craig and Tatyana Logan of Leesburg, VA; grandchildren Logan, Carter and Ben Kimmell and Natalie Logan. He is also survived by nephews Brenton Lee Mongan of Florida; William Quinn Mongan and wife Lisa Mongan of Salem, VA; niece Martha Mongan Wolsky and husband Walter Wolsky of Henderson, NV; nephews Kevin Sprowls and wife Rachel Sprowls of Orrville, OH; Ron Sprowls and wife Dannet Sprowls of Sturgis, MI; niece Kelly Sprowls Becker of Shreve, OH; great nephew William Quinn Mongan II and wife Jennie Mongan of Salem, VA and great niece Kayla Henson and husband Justin Henson of Salem, VA. Also left to cherish his memory are many dear friends he met along his life journey.
Bill graduated from Andrew Lewis High School, Salem, VA in 1957, and Lynchburg College in 1961 where he loved playing basketball. Bill entered Wesley Theological Seminary, earning a Bachelor of Sacred Theology in 1964 and a Master of Sacred Theology in 1968. He received an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Shenandoah University in 1999. He served as an ordained elder in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church until his final retirement in 2019. He pastored churches in the Alexandria, Springfield, Lorton, Norfolk and Virginia Beach areas before being appointed District Superintendent of the then Staunton district. From there, Bill served Cave Spring United Methodist Church and Trinity United Methodist Church both of Roanoke, VA. He also attended Second Presbyterian Church, and most recently South Roanoke United Methodist Church.
Bill dedicated his life to living generously beyond himself and for others. He served on several boards of the United Methodist Church and United Methodist colleges to help direct funds to those in need. [Bill served Community (Va. Beach), Cave Spring UMC’s and the Trinity Roanoke Charge as well as serving as District Superintendent]
He also served on the board of directors of the Roanoke Kiawanis and supported many club projects. He enjoyed teaching Bible studies at Second Presbyterian Church where he was known as a “Methoterian”.
Bill’s ongoing joy was centered on celebrating the many life events of his beloved family. He was a positive force and living role model for the Christian faith he embraced.
In lieu of flowers, donations in his honor may be made to Wesley Theological Seminary. Wesley Theological Seminary, 4500 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC 20016 A private service for Bill will be held at a later date. Source:

Kenneth Eugene Whetzel, 87, of Harrisonburg, VA passed away on February 14, 2023 of natural causes. Ken was born on November 16, 1935, in Harrisonburg, VA., son to Raymond and Rebecca Whetzel. The family moved to New Market, VA when Ken was 12. At the age of 15, Ken met the love of his life, Charlotte Hinkle of Timberville, VA. After graduating from New Market High School, he attended Virginia Tech. Initially studying engineering, he felt called to the ministry. Upon graduation, he enrolled in Wesley Theological Seminary. Ken and Charlotte married on April 17, 1957, and had three children. Ken was preceded in death by Charlotte, his loving wife of 63 years. While still in seminary, Ken served several United Methodist Churches in the Shenandoah Valley. A few years later, he joined the U.S. Army as a chaplain, serving for 3 years in Korea, at the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, KS, and Fort Lee, VA. Once he left active duty, he served the United Methodist Church as a minister, primarily in Tidewater and Northern VA, including serving as District Superintendent while in Northern Va. He also continued to serve in the Army Reserves for 25 years. Ken and Charlotte returned to New Market in 1995 and lived in the Whetzel family home for 23 years. Upon retirement, Ken gleefully pursued fulltime what he referred to as “the piscatorial pleasures.” In December 2018 Ken and Charlotte moved to a retirement community in Harrisonburg, VA. Ken left this world less troubled than he found it and he always chose to see the good in people. He is survived by his three children: Leigh Newsom (Tom); Greg Whetzel (Molly); Jay Whetzel (Lisa); 7 grandchildren: Josh Newsom (Amy); Paul Newsom (Jesse); Brian Newsom (Lorian); Justine Whetzel; Ben Whetzel; Sam Whetzel; Anna Whetzel; 3 great grandchildren; Caleb Newsom; Charlotte Newsom; Dylan Newsom; his sister Donna Chisman, and many loving nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2023, at 2 p.m. at Manor Memorial United Methodist Church in New Market, VA. Reverend Whetzel will be laid to rest at a short family graveside service in Singers Glen Cemetery prior to the memorial service. The family will receive friends following the memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations go to the Food Pantry at Manor Memorial United Methodist Church, New Market, VA, where Charlotte and Ken volunteered many hours feeding the hungry. Source:

The Reverend Dr. Lewis H. Morgan, 93, passed away early Sunday morning, February 5, 2023 after a brief illness. He joins his parents, 5 brothers and 2 sisters, and many dear friends who no doubt were there to greet him at the end of his earthly journey. His wit, compassion and hugs will be missed. He spent 35 years pastoring churches in the Tidewater area and Northern Virginia. At the time of his death, he and his wife of 64 years Joyce, were residents at The Chesapeake in Newport News. Besides Joyce, he leaves daughters Donna Thomas (Mike) and Lorie Battiata (Joe), 5 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Sadly, the great-grandchildren will not get to see the flying turtle or be checked for loose heads.
Many thanks to the loving and compassionate staff at The Chesapeake who treated Lewis like a member of their family, the myriad of nurses and doctors at Riverside Hospital and the staff at Medi Home Hospice.
A service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving will be held Saturday, February 18 at 2 pm at Tabernacle United Methodist Church in Poquoson. There will be a reception following the service at the church. Instead of flowers, and at Lewis’s request, please consider making a donation in his memory to Virginia United Methodist Homes or the American Red Cross. Online condolences to the family may be made at
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CLARK Jr., William M., 91, of Mechanicsville, VA went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 29, 2023. He is preceded in death by his father, William M. Clark Sr.; his mother, Annie Jones Clark; and his two brothers, Nelson and Reginald Clark. William is survived by his loving wife, Connie Taylor Clark; his sons, William M. Clark III, Barry K. Clark, Terry L. Clark and Christopher A. Clark; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. William was a devoted fan of NASCAR but his life purpose was spreading the Lord’s word through his pastoral work. The family will receive friends from 10 – 11 AM on Saturday, February 25, 2023 at Monaghan Funeral Home, 7300 Creighton Parkway. A celebration of life will be held at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the National Alzheimer’s Association at 255 N. Michigan Ave. FL, 17 Chicago, IL 60601.
Rev. Clark served: Matthews Chapel, Scottsville, Nolan Memorial, New Hope, Central UMC (Mathews) and Locust Grove UMC before retiring in 2001.
Condolences can be sent to his wife, Connie at: 8218 Marley Dr, Mechanicsville, VA 23116-4159

Betty Ruth Thomas Davis, age 86, died on January 24, 2023. Betty is pre-deceased by her husband of 57 years, Melvin Ott Davis, her parents Wilber A. and Bessie O. Thomas, brothers Ran and Gene, sisters-in-law Ray and Mary Alice, and brother-in-law Roland. Additionally, she is pre-deceased by her Davis brothers-in-law Richard, Earl, Bill, Tip, Howard, Johnnie, and Herbert, sisters-in-law Beth, Jane, and Anne, nephews Dickie, Andrew, and John, cousin Debbie, and daughter-in-law Frances Chewning Davis.
Betty’s funeral will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023, at 11:00 am at Williams Funeral Home, 410 Windsor Avenue, Lawrenceville, Virginia 23868. Graveside service will follow immediately after the funeral at the Bethel Church Cemetery, 9783 Boydton Plank Road, Alberta, VA 23821.
Betty is survived by her children, Susan K. Davis, Karren Davis Streagle (Tim), Richard J. Davis (Maureen), her grandchildren Andrew, Matthew, and Mattison, sister Lois Clary, and sister-in-law Emily Steed. Numerous Thomas and Davis nieces and nephews are also among her survivors.
Betty was a beach lover who spent many summers on the Outer Banks with family and friends. She was a visual artist who loved oil paints and colored pencils. As a musician, she was a soprano who played the piano and auto-harp. Betty had a wicked sharp wit and joyful spirit that she easily shared with everyone.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Prayer Shawl Ministry at the Chester United Methodist Church at 12132 Percival Street, Chester, Virginia, 23831.
Condolences may be expressed at

Dr. William R. SHEALY, professor of religion emeritus, at Virginia Wesleyan University, died on Saturday, January 14, at Beth Sholom Village, in Virginia Beach. He was 97. Burial will be private.
On Friday, February 3, 12-1pm, there will be a small informal reception, where we can share stories remembering and celebrating the life of the inimitable Bill SHEALY—friend, teacher, and colleague. Alumni, campus, community, and all friends of Bill are invited.

KESSLER, Marian Elizabeth Saunders, was born on October 8, 1931, on the farm of her parents, Clyde Raymond and Ruth Garner Gee Saunders, in Lunenburg County, Virginia.
She attended Ferrum Junior College, where she met her life partner, William ”Bill” Troy Kessler. She received her B.A. from Lynchburg College in 1954 and her master’s in Christian Education from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in 1955, the same year she and Bill married on June 9.
While Bill served as a minister with the Virginia United Methodist Conference, she taught in the neighboring elementary schools for the next 28 years. After completing course work at Old Dominion University, she added librarian credentials to her resume and worked as a Media Center Specialist (Librarian) until her retirement in 1994 from the York County Public School system.
Marian was an active minister’s wife and embraced each church congregation with enthusiasm. She created a loving home at the 11 Methodist parsonages where they lived for their daughter, Kerrie, and son, Paul.
Marian loved her family and delighted in happy hours poring over family documents and traveling to genealogical libraries on the east coast, researching nuggets of information about her extended family. She and her sister, Garnette, published Gee Family Tree in 2001. She suggested keeping our extended family connected by setting aside time for an annual beach week. We had our first Saunders Beach Week in 1995 and we have had a great turnout every year.
Upon retirement, she and Bill enjoyed living in Williamsburg, Va. and Raleigh, N.C., before settling in Marion, N.C. in 2009. They enjoyed their church relationship at First United Methodist Church of Marion and the Neel Parker Sunday School class. Given her love of genealogy, she was a proud member of the Greenlee Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and enjoyed her role as Registrar to help new members find their ancestries.
She departed this life on January 10, 2023. Preceding her in death were her husband of 57 years, Bill; and her sister, Betty Jean Goad. Marian is survived by her sisters, Emily Pritchard Saunders Pendleton and Garnette Ruth Saunders Teass. She is also survived by her daughter, Kerrie Kessler Hillman (David); and son, Paul William Kessler (Jen); and four grandchildren who were her greatest joy in her later life, Isabel Ruth Hillman, Isaac Mitchell Hillman, Gabriel William Kessler and Jack Nathaniel Kessler; as well as her goddaughter, DeLisa Hooks Christ (Alan).
The family would like to acknowledge Margaret Love, Linda Cannon and Ritchel Smith, who brought dignity and joy to her last years. They would also like to extend their gratitude to the staff at Rose Hill Retirement Community and Hospice of the Carolina Foothills for their compassionate care and support.
A graveside Celebration of Life service is planned for Saturday, April 1 at 11 a.m. at Kenbridge Heights Cemetery with luncheon immediately following. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, 176 Robert Street, Marion, N.C. 28752; Lunenburg County Historical Society, P.O. Box 974, Kenbridge, Virginia 23944; or your favorite charityPublished by Richmond Times-Dispatch on Jan. 13, 2023.

Reverend Patricia Ann Murphy died on December 6, 2022. Rev. Murphy served Oak Grove, Centenary (Chesterfield); Concord (Pittsylvania) Sherando and Augusta Springs UMCs.

Born October 2, 1944, in Evington, VA the youngest son of John Lee and Beatrice Fay (Pribble) Parker died November 11, 2022, in Lynchburg, VA
Rev. Parker was an alumnus of New London Academy ‘63, CVCC ‘79, Ferrum College ‘82, and Duke University, School of Divinity ’85. He served in the US Army, 1965 to 1967 stationed at Ton Son Nhut Air Base, Saigon, Vietnam.
Rev. Parker was called into the ministry from his home church, Salem United Methodist Church Evington, VA in 1975. Throughout the course of 45 years of service, he served the congregations at Langhorne Chapel UMC, Bethany, Indian Hill, and Early’s Chapel United Methodist churches in Rustburg and Concord, VA. (1977-1982) Amissville UMC, in Amissville, VA, (1982-1990) Jeffersonton UMC, Jeffersonton, VA, (1982-1984) Trinity and Tabernacle UMC in Amelia, VA, (1990-2002) Bethany and Oakland UMC, Bedford Co. VA. (2002-2010). He “retired” in 2010 yet continued to answer God’s call to part-time ministry until March 2022. Rev. Parker was nominated by the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for Rural Pastor of the Year, 1990.
In his own words, “I have served Christ through His Church. As a Pastor I have visited the sick, buried the dead, performed marriage celebrations, counseled those in need, and also performed Word, Order, and Sacraments.”
Before being called to ministry he worked at Burlington in Altavista, and as an auto and heavy machinery mechanic. He was a member of VFW and Sons of Confederate Veterans.
Rev. Parker is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandra (Grubbs) Parker of Evington, one son S. Dwight Parker Jr. and wife Stacy, of Lignum, VA, daughter Suzanne F. Parker of Rhoadesville, VA, three grandchildren, Alexandra “Allie” Parker of Fredericksburg, VA, Christian Parker, of Evington, VA and Caleb S. Parker of Lignum, VA. Also survived by one sister, Sylvia P. Kidd of Evington and a nephew who was more like a brother, Michael H. Hall of Evington. He was Uncle Butch to nieces, nephews and grand nieces and nephews that I’m sure he’d wish to list complete here. As well as many special members of the congregations he served.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his grandson Noah Lee Parker, and his sisters, Alice P. Hall (Harris) and Irma P. Ore (Jim), and brothers Percy Gordon Parker, Curtis R. Parker, and John Wesley Parker.

Janet Lacy Martin, 81, of White Post, Virginia, died Thursday, December 15, 2022, in Winchester Medical Center.
Mrs. Martin was born September 17, 1941, in Winchester, Virginia, daughter of the late Clarence Albert Lacy Sr. and Hilda Inez Jackson Lacy.
She worked as an assistant manager for Virginia Apple Storage for over 30 years. She later was a pastor for Cool Spring United Methodist Church from 2009-2014.
She graduated from Longwood College in 1964 with a degree in history. She taught 4th grade at Stonewall Elementary and 11th grade at James Wood High School.
She was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority and White Post United Methodist Church.
She married Denver Willis Martin on June 20, 1964, at Ridings Chapel United Methodist Church in Stephens City, Virginia. Mr. Martin preceded her in death on October 15, 2022.
Together they had four children, a daughter, Janet M. and husband, John DeSalle of Navarre, FL, and three sons, Denver “Stump” W. Martin II, who preceded her in death in 2020, and wife Sun Ja Martin of Stephens City, VA, Andrew M. and wife Carla Martin of Winchester, VA, and James “Jim” A. and wife Robyn Ann Martin of Stephens City, VA. Ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and a brother, Clarence A. Lacy Jr. and his wife Carol of Zebulon, GA.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 P. M. Thursday, December 22, 2022, at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville, with Rev. John Lock, Rev. Harry G. Neidig III and Rev. Jim Markle officiating. Burial will be private.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601 or to White Post UMC, PO Box 8, White Post, VA 22663.

Shirley Jean Metzger Driscoll, 88, passed away Monday, January 2, at Laurel Ridge Center in Uniontown. She was born November 21, 1934, in Connellsville, the daughter of the late F. Ray and Olive Grace Morrow Metzger of Connellsville. She was married for 62 years to James G. Driscoll, who died in 2020. Shirley was a graduate of Connellsville High School with the Class of 1952. Prior to her marriage, she worked for West Penn Power and was later employed at various times by the Daily Courier. Her primary vocation, however, was as a wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Nothing in her life gave her more joy than to take care of her family and surround them with the warmth of her love and affection. She was a member of Wooddale Bible Brethren Church. In addition to her husband and parents, Shirley was predeceased by her sister Audrey Metzger and her brothers, Wayne Metzger, Gerald Metzger, Kenneth Metzger, and Clyde Metzger. She is survived by her three children, Rev. James R. Driscoll (Katheryn) of Chesapeake, Va., Elizabeth Beech (Geoff) of Sydney, Australia, and Laura Crider (Jerry) of Mt. Pleasant; grandchildren, Rebecca (Corey) Driscoll Roe, Michael Driscoll, Jessenia (Micah) Chavez Racke, David Chavez, Tiffany Chavez, Alyssa Chavez, Aaron (Shannon) Crider, and Ethan (Hannah) Crider; and great-grandchildren, Roran, Winry, and Roxas Crider, and Elizabeth Roe.Family and friends will be received from 2-4,6-8 P.M. Thursday in the Brooks funeral Home, Inc., 111 E. Green St., Connellsville, Pa. where services will be held on Friday at 11:00 A.M. with her son, Rev. James R. Driscoll officiating. Interment will follow in Green Ridge memorial Park, Pennsville. To offer a condolence or remembrance please visit In Lieu of flowers the family suggests that donations be made to the James M. Driscoll Scholarship Fund, Penn State Fayette Campus, 2201 University Drive, Lemont Furnace, PA 15456, or the Wooddale Bible Brethren Church, P.O. Box 702, Connellsville, PA 15425.

Bonnie Charnock Fisher, 75, entered her heavenly home on December 25, 2022. Born on January 30, 1947 in Nasawaddox, VA to her late parents Grover L. and Jennie Christine “Teany” Charnock, she was raised on Tangier Island, Virginia and lived throughout Virginia during her adult years.
Bonnie has served in many capacities throughout her lifetime including: school bus driver; Treasurer for the Town of McKenney, VA; a teller at the Bank of McKenney and volunteered for the Bedford Public Library as well as Hospice. She also assumed many roles within the Virginia United Methodist Conference through her music as well as an adult Sunday School Teacher, Lay Leader, and Discipleship Ministry. The roles she treasured most were those of wife, mother, and homemaker.
Along with her parents & grandparents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, theRev. Fred L. Gardner; beloved daughter, Melanie C. Gardner; special aunt & uncle, Norma & Juke Bradshaw; special cousin, Marsha B. Tyler; and brother-in-law, Randy Gardner.
Her survivors include her husband, Allen E. Fisher and his daughter and grandson, Hope & Jeremy Ore, all of Montvale, VA; sister and brother-in-law, Nina Ruth and Steve Pruitt of Tangier; aunt, Deb Haynie; uncle, Stanley “Bud” Crockett; sister-in-law, Becky Gardner; nieces, Sonya Gerisch, Tammy Parker and her husband and daughter, Carey & Caroline; her nephew, Joseph Gardner and his wife, Mariel; special cousins, Delmas, Jonathan, & Nathaniel Tyler and Jukie & Anita Bradshaw; and many other family members and dear friends from near & far.
The family wishes to thank those involved in Bonnie’s care during recent years: Dorothea Pruitt, Home Care Giver; the team at Riverside Tangier Medical Center led by Eliz. Inez Pruitt; Riverside Home Health and Hospice Nurse, Susan Parks; TVFD & Rescue Squad members led by Gary Pruitt & Olivia Pruitt; and The entire Tangier Island Community for their loving kindness shown toward her during her return home.
Bonnie’s life was built upon the foundation of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Her life’s journey came full circle beginning and ending at the source of her lifelong journey of faith, Swain Memorial United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers or gifts please consider donating to the cornerstone of her faith and life: Swain Memorial United Methodist Church, PO Box 199; Tangier, VA 23440.
Services to honor her life will be conducted as follows:
A graveside service officiated by the Rev. Robert Parks and the Rev. Edward Pruitt will be held at 2 PM on Friday, December 30, 2022 at Asbury Cemetery in McKenney, VA where she will be laid to rest beside her precious daughter, Melanie.
A memorial service to celebrate Bonnie’s life, officiated by Rev. Chuck Parks, Rev. Robert Parks, and Rev. Edward Pruitt will be held on Saturday January 7, 2023 at 2 PM at Swain Memorial United Methodist Church on Tangier.
Boat transportation for the memorial service will be provided by Courtney Thomas with Captain Brett Thomas leaving Crisfield, MD at 12:30. Boat transportation will be provided returning to Crisfield leaving Tangier at 4:30 aboard Sharon Kay III with Captain Mark Haynie.
A luncheon will be provided for the family, guests, and entire community immediately following the memorial service.
Services are under the direction of Bradshaw & Sons Funeral Home in Crisfield, MD. To send condolences, please visit

Mollusk, VA – Larry E Adams 78, of Mollusk passed away suddenly at his home on December 21, 2022.
He was born on September 21, 1944 to the late Peyton and Nita Ray Adams. He leaves behind his loving wife Karen Adams; sons, Clark Adams (Miranda), Christian Adams (Heidi), Clay Adams (Nida); daughters Kasey Donahue (Derek), Karlie Philips (Bryan); Grandchildren, Delaney, Sydney, Josie, Avery, Makenna, Isabella and Nicholas Adams, Jarvis, Kolbey and Kelsey Donahue, Kylie and Kinzlie Philips. He is also survived by a brother Alvin Adams (Tammy) and sisters Eugenia Felder and Carol Schwager (John) and many nephews and nieces.
Larry received his Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College in Mississippi. He then continued his academic journey at Duke University to obtain a Master of Divinity, between his second and third year of studies at Duke University he entered a program to become a missionary in Rhodesia now the country of Zimbabwe for a year. Then returning to North Carolina to complete his studies at Duke University Divinity school. In the middle of his ministerial career he returned to academic life and received a Doctor of Ministry degree from The Wesley Theological Seminary of The United Methodist Church.
Upon completing the Master of Divinity program at Duke University, Larry participated in a Duke partnership program and served the Auld Kirk of Ayr as an Assistant Minister in Ayr, Scotland. Upon returning to Mississippi he was ordained in the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church. His first appointment was at Broadmeadow U.M.C. as an Associate Minister in Jackson, Mississippi. His second was with Wesleyanna U.M.C. and Monterey U.M.C. Charge as Minister in Star, Mississippi. In 1975 he transferred to the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. His first appointment in Virginia was serving Cheriton U.M.C. and Oyster U.M.C. Charge as Minister on the Eastern Shore. He later was appointed to Oak Grove U.M.C. as Minister in Chesapeake, Virginia. His next appointment in Virginia was at Bethel U.M.C. and Emmanuel U.M.C. Charge as Minister in Lancaster County. Then he was appointed to Warwick Memorial U.M.C. as Senior Minister in Newport News, Virginia. His last appointment before retirement was at Aldersgate U.M.C. as Senior Minister, currently known as New Creation U.M.C., in Chesapeake, Virginia. Larry liked to say, “All of my Virginia appointments were within a ten mile radius of the Chesapeake Bay.”
After retiring in 2007, Larry moved back to Lancaster County of Virginia. He enjoyed his boat, fishing and crabbing from his dock. He was the proudest of Grandfathers attending baseball games, field hockey games, softball games, golf tournaments, dance recitals, soccer games, basketball games, track meets, choral performances, and swim lessons. He often shared his hope to have a dozen Grandchildren and this summer received that blessing, Nicholas Joseph Adams.
Larry had promised his boys that he would write a book about his childhood memories of Summit, Mississippi. One of his greatest accomplishments in retirement was completing and publishing that memoir “Sounds of Summit” in 2021. In 2022, he attended the renowned Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson. The fourteen day round trip journey included visiting many members of family and friends throughout the states he traveled.
During his ministry he participated in various adventures like walking the state of Virginia, from the Chesapeake Bay to the West Virginia state line. There were many days on this walk he was accompanied by church members, a fellow pastor, and his son Clay. From 2000 to 2016 he enjoyed world travels with family and friends teaching about the faith communities, art, history, and culture of those places. He worked with the Boy Scout troops of his sons, going on many camping and hiking events. Later he worked with Boy Scout troops in the many communities he lived in. He enjoyed taking conformation groups on exciting adventures from Lake Junaluska to the Washington D.C. National Cathedral. During his years of serving churches he performed many baptisms, both on infants and in more non-traditional locations, such as hospitals or even the Rappahannock River. He performed a generation’s worth of weddings, from the most elegant to the simplest with only the couple and their two witnesses, and he thought each was the perfect wedding. He continued performing these activities in his retirement, he stepped into many pulpits to allow ministers to take vacations or leave of absence for family matters. His most recent 8 month appointment in Warsaw was a delightful experience, during his time there he was blessed with another church family. There are numerous ways both small and large he touched people’s lives. His love for God; our Savior Jesus Christ, The Holy Spirit, and all people is an example for each of us to live by.
The funeral service will be held at Bethel UMC, 142 Old Bethel Road, Lancaster, VA 22503 on Monday, January 2 at 12:00 noon. Committal and reception will follow the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bethel-Emmanuel Scholarship Fund, PO BOX 118, Lively, VA 22507.
Please be in prayer for Larry’s wife Karen and their family during this time.
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Norma Jean Fleisher White, 83, of Vinton passed away Wednesday, December 21, 2022. She was preceded in death by her husband the Rev. T. Mickey White.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, the ASPCA, or a charity of the donors’ choice.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 29, 2022 at Simpson Funeral Home 5160 Peters Creek Road. Interment will follow in Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Simpson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Jeanette Combs, widow of the Rev. William P. Combs, died December 19, 2022. A Memorial Service will be held on January 7, 2023 at 2 p.m., at Raleigh Court United Methodist Church, 1706 Grandin Road SW, Roanoke, VA.

Janet Lacy Martin, 81, a retired local pastor of White Post, Virginia, died Thursday, December 15, 2022, in Winchester Medical Center.
Mrs. Martin was born September 17, 1941, in Winchester, Virginia, daughter of the late Clarence Albert Lacy Sr. and Hilda Inez Jackson Lacy.
She worked as an assistant manager for Virginia Apple Storage for over 30 years. She later was a pastor for Cool Spring United Methodist Church.
She graduated from Longwood College in 1964 with a degree in history. She taught 4th grade at Stonewall Elementary and 11th grade at James Wood High School.
She was a member of Epsilon Sigma Alpha Sorority and White Post United Methodist Church.
She married Denver Willis Martin on June 20, 1964, at Ridings Chapel United Methodist Church in Stephens City, Virginia. Mr. Martin preceded her in death on October 15, 2022.
Together they had four children, a daughter, Janet M. and husband, John DeSalle of Navarre, FL, and three sons, Denver “Stump” W. Martin II, who preceded her in death in 2020, and wife Sun Ja Martin of Stephens City, VA, Andrew M. and wife Carla Martin of Winchester, VA, and James “Jim” A. and wife Robyn Ann Martin of Stephens City, VA. Ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, and a brother, Clarence A. Lacy Jr. and his wife Carol of Zebulon, GA.
A funeral service will be held 2:00 P. M. Thursday, December 22, 2022, at Enders & Shirley Funeral Home Chapel, Berryville, with Rev. John Lock, Rev. Harry G. Neidig III and Rev. Jim Markle officiating. Burial will be private.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 333 W. Cork St., Winchester, VA 22601 or to White Post UMC, PO Box 8, White Post, VA 22663.

Evelyn Louise Lake Kirby, died at age 90 unexpectedly on December 2, 2022. She was the surviving spouse of the Rev. Harold Kirby. Born November 17, 1932 in Fairmont WV, daughter of Claude and Dessie Lake. She was very a loved and adored, mother and grandmother, whose heart and smile would light up a room. Survived by Sisters, Lorraine and Janet. 2 0f 3 Children, Daughter Lois Garner, Son David Kirby, (three grandchildren) Melissa Garner, Lauren Kirby, Steven Kirby (two great-granddaughters ) Courtney Ehrhard, and Hailee Cox also (two great-great-granddaughters) Evelyn Cox, and Alyssa Cox. No services are planned at this time.

Elaine Funkhouser Layman, 81, of Winchester, VA, passed away Wednesday, November 23, 2022 at The Willows at Meadow Branch.
Elaine was born August 24, 1941 in Winchester, a daughter of the late Blair Allen and Elizabeth Combs Funkhouser. She married the love of her life, William A. “Tony” Layman, on April 3, 1959. Before retirement, she worked in the admissions at UVA Hospital. She lived her life serving others and giving back to her community. She was the Homemaker of the year while in High School and was the Employee of the Month while working at Northwestern Community Services. She was an avid reader, and enjoyed singing in the church choir. She also received voice lessons at West Point and Vinton. She crocheted prayer shawls for those in need, and was known for her skills in the kitchen and her sense of humor.
Mrs. Layman is survived by her husband of over 60 years, William A. “Tony” Layman; daughters, Tracey Hammett (Stephen) of Dahlgren, VA, Julie Saunders (Ralph) of Auburn, PA, Jennifer Morris (Ronald) of Earlysville, VA, and Suzanne Layman Miller (Todd) of Winchester; grandchildren, Kelby Klamfoth, Katie Klamfoth, Kristen Morris, Coulter Morris, Eli Miller, and Hudson Miller; one great granddaughter, Alora; and siblings, Gary Funkhouser (Carolyn), Debra Smith (Jim), and Joe Funkhouser (Barbara). She was preceded in death by her sister, Nancy Via.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, November 29, 2022 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Jones Funeral Home in Winchester. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, November 30, 2022 at Braddock Street United Methodist Church at 1:00 pm with pastor Kirk Nave officiating. Interment will follow at Mount Hebron Cemetery’s Mausoleum Chapel.
Flowers are welcome and memorial donations can be made to Blue Ridge Hospice at 333 W Cork Street Winchester, VA 22601.

Mary Catherine Ebert, 92, a resident of Lake of The Woods in Locust Grove, Va., passed form this earthly life on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, Va. She spent a short time in Mary Washington and Carriage Hill Health and Rehab Center prior to the time of her peaceful passing, with her son by her side.
She was born April 29, 1930 in Ellicott City, Md., the daughter of William Golladay Sr. and Gladys Deeds Golladay. The family, including and older brother and younger sister, moved to Winchester, Va. during her youth.
Shortly after graduation from Stephens City High School, she met and married Douglas G. Ebert on September 5, 1949 in Winchester, Va.
Soon after, they moved to Charlottesville, Va. where Doug graduated from UVA and then on to Emory University in Atlanta for additional studies.
When his education was complete, she was now the wife of a United Methodist Minister and they spent the next 50 plus years serving the needs of the Methodist community throughout Virginia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Douglas G. Ebert in October of 2010 and daughter, Pamela J. Ebert, in January of 2004, as well as her brother and sister.
Mrs. Ebert is survived by a son, Stephen D. Ebert and his wife, Andrea of Alexandria, Va.; two grandchildren, Aaron (Hope) and Stephani (William); and three great grandchildren, Ellewyn, Lilith and Harper
The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 1, 2022 from 12 to 1 p.m. at Jones Funeral Home in Winchester, Va. The service will follow at 1 p.m. in the Chapel, with the Rev. Jeffrey B. Smith officiating.
Interment will immediately follow at Mount Hebron Cemetery in Winchester.
Pallbearers will be Aaron Ebert, Stephani Ebert, William Nowland, Stephen Ebert, Howard Turner and Terry Golladay.

Word has been received that the Rev. Bonnie A. Reiss, 91, retired since 2001, died on November 17, 2022. Funeral information will be shared as it becomes available. Please keep the family in your prayers. PASTORAL RECORD: REISS, BONNIE ALMA P96-D96-E98-F98 — VA: [94 Associate, Bethel, Alexandria.] 96 Salem, Danville District. 01 Ret. (01 Salem, Danville District.)

Carol Ann Dommisse, 54, of Hanover, VA, passed away peacefully on Monday, November 7, 2022. She is survived by her husband, David D. Dommisse, her two sons, Andrew and Derek, her parents, Bill and Nancy Seifert, and three sisters, Deb Schultz, Pam Parsell, and Rebecca (Becky) Weber and many loved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jennifer Randolph.
A funeral service will be held at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 9155 Hungary Rd, Henrico, VA 23294 on Friday, November 18, at 10 a.m. Visitation will be held at Woody’s Funeral Home, 1771 North Parham Rd, Richmond, VA 23229 on Thursday, November 17 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church’s mission office.

Columbia, South Carolina – Funeral services for Lorraine Spruiel Perry Felder will be held 11am Thursday, November 10, 2022, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 421 S. Main St., Sumter, S.C. Interment will follow in the Walker Cemetery, Oakland St., Sumter. The public may view on today from 10am until the hour of service.
Lorraine Spruiel Perry Felder, 92, wife of the late Rev. Daniel DeLeon Felder, Sr. transitioned from her earthly home to eternity on Tuesday, November 1, 2022, at Prisma Health Richland in Columbia, SC. Born in Newport News, Virginia, she was the youngest daughter of the late James Edward Perry, Sr. and Alma Spruiel Perry.
Lorraine was a faithful member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church; a member of the Sumter area Minister’s Wives Association, a Life Member of the National Council of Negro Women, Mary McLeod Bethune Section and many other community and civic organizations.
Survivors are her five children, Leona Vera Moten, LCDR (Ret.) of West Columbia, SC, Dr. Loretta Felder McKelvey of Columbia, SC, Jason Jerome Felder of West Columbia, SC, Joseph Craig (Angela) Felder of Fort Washington, Md., Dr. Danielle Lorraine (Sheldon) Edwards of Charlotte, NC, eight grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Please visit her tribute page found at

The Rev. Herbert Gray Hobbs took his final step of faith, passing from this life on the evening of October 28, 2022. He is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Evelyn Clemens Hobbs, two children who loved him well: Karen Hobbs Lee and her husband Wes; and Steve Hobbs and Dana; his grandchildren: Andrea Brevard and her husband Kenny; Jansen Lee; and Zac Lee and his wife Rachael; and his great-grandsons Charlie and Benji Brevard. He was preceded in death by his father, Jesse Harrison Hobbs; his mother, Elizabeth Browder Hobbs Heath; his sister, Virginia Hobbs Pearson, and his brother, Jesse Hobbs.
Herb was born in Leesburg, Virginia on April 17, 1934, and grew up in Hampton, Virginia. In every stage of his life, he was deeply involved, taking every opportunity to engage with people around him. Herb graduated from Hampton High School, class of 1952 where he found his sweetheart Evelyn, and gained lifelong friends; he graduated from Randolph Macon College in 1956 where he met Jim Wightman, his closest friend for life; and Duke Divinity School in 1959.
That same summer, Herb began his ministry serving as pastor for White Stone Methodist Church in White Stone, Virginia. From there, he and his family moved to Virginia Beach where he was appointed as pastor of Princess Anne Plaza United Methodist Church from 1963 to 1968. To settle and allow his children to grow up in one place, he accepted the role of chaplain for Ferrum College where he served from 1968 to 1986. When their children were grown, he and Evelyn moved back to Virginia Beach where he was appointed as pastor at Baylake UMC from 1986 to 1992. Herb completed his pastoral years at Blacksburg UMC from 1992 to 2000. Herb’s many appointments gifted him with amazing years of treasured friends and memories.
One unique highlight in his career came with the opportunity to serve as the chaplain “Rev” for the Virginia Tech Football Team for fourteen years. From the locker room prayers and chapel breakfasts, to high fives on the sidelines of Lane Stadium and traveling with the team, being a part of the Hokie Football program was an incredible blessing and brought a smile to Herb’s face for all the rest of his years.
Special thank you to all the dear friends, old and new, near and far, who lifted Herb in prayer and came to visit him during his hospital stay. Your love and support was deeply appreciated. To those who laughed, cried, and cared for Herb throughout his life, thank you, he enjoyed and treasured each of you. Thank you to his new Park Oak Grove family who warmly welcomed him and Evelyn to the community and a special thank you to all his caregivers and therapists for the attention and kindness they shared with him. Our family has been blessed and the Lord has been honored by your kindness…until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of His Hand.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Calvary United Methodist Church for the Food Pantry or local missions supported by the church. Address: 2179 Stuarts Draft Highway, Stuarts Draft, VA 24477.
A Celebration of the Life of Herbert Gray Hobbs will take place on Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 2pm at Blacksburg United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Oakey’s South Chapel. 540-989-3131

Daphne Winslow Jackson, 92, of Appomattox passed away on Friday, October 21, 2022, at Runk and Pratt Memory Care in Forest. She was the wife of the late Rev. Thomas Elgin Jackson.
Born in North Carolina on February 27, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Elisha Winslow and Elsie Winslow. She was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church and was retired from Centra Health.
She is survived by three children, Cindy Ranson and husband, Ronnie of Appomattox, Mike Jackson and wife, Nancy of Deltaville, and Sharon Cottingham of Appomattox; four grandchildren, Rhonda Crowley and husband, Jim, David Ranson and wife, Crystal, Justin Rothgeb and wife, Tori, and Ashton Cottingham; nine great-grandchildren, Jimmy Crowley, Breanna, and Kayla Crowley, Brennan and Bennett Ranson, Braylon, Ripkin, and Siddalee Rothgeb, and Avery Gaskins; one brother-in-law, Carlie Ange; and two nephews, Keith White and wife, Cindy and David Ange and wife, Suzie.
She was preceded in death by a grandson, Seth Rothgeb, and a sister, Norma Ange.
A funeral service will be held 11 am, Tuesday, October 25, 2022, at Memorial United Methodist Church with Pastor David Drinkard and Pastor Norman Ramsey officiating. Burial will follow in Old Herman Methodist Cemetery.
Those wishing to make memorial donations please consider Young Life of Central Virginia, PO Box 3543, Lynchburg, VA 24503 designated to Appomattox Youth or Hospice of Virginia, 202 Clark St, Farmville, VA 23901.

Nancy Louise Williams Thornton, 82, of Chatham, VA, passed away October 21, 2022 at her home following a lengthy battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Family and Friends were by her side when she drifted off to be with the Lord. Nancy was born to Charles and Minnie Lee Williams on August 24, 1940 near Durham, North Carolina.
Nancy was a woman of Faith, family, and friendship. Accomplished at many tasks, she specialized in floral arrangements, children’s and day care programs and youth group organization. As a United Methodist Minister’s spouse, Nancy spread the good news of Christ’s love from coast to coast and flat lands to mountains within the Virginia Conference.
Nancy is survived by her husband of 63 years Rev. Harold Eugene Thornton, Sr. of the residence; son, Harold “Hal” Eugene Thornton, Jr. (Nina Beth) of Chatham, VA; daughter, Sandra Baker (Frank) of Stafford, VA; grandson, Harold “Trey” Eugene Thornton, III (Bailey) of Midlothian, VA; granddaughters, Mary Dare Thornton Hume (Evan) of Charlottesville, VA, Mallory Baker (Keneuell Harris) of Richmond, VA, and Hadley Baker of Lynchburg, VA; great-grandsons, Charles Daughtridge Hume and Harold “Henry” Eugene Thornton, IV; brother, Wayne Williams of Brandon, MS; and a sister, Becky Mishoe (Billy) of Bracey, VA; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her parents, and ten brothers and sisters.
Funeral services will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 24, 2022 at Watson Memorial United Methodist Church, Chatham, VA by Rev. Pat Kelley and Dr. Lynn Buzzard. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Burial Park.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1 to 2:00 p.m. Monday, October 24, 2022 at Watson Memorial United Methodist Church, Chatham, VA.
The family wishes to thank the many who assisted with meals, fellowship, and prayers. The extraordinary care provided by Laine Moore and Terri Ferguson was a godsend.
Colbert-Moran Funeral Home, Gretna is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Mrs. Frances Walton King, formerly of Gasburg, VA, born September 4, 1923, passed away October 16, 2022. She is the widow of Rev. J. Skelton King and is preceded in death by her parents, Presley and Mottie Walton; her siblings, Shell Walton (Elsie), Millie Walton (Shirley), Bet Walton Delbridge (Burton), Tom Walton and Harmon Walton and her brother-in-law, Keith Johnson. She is survived by her children, Rev. C.B. King (Patsy) and Elaine King Chipley (Dixon); her sister Pauline Walton Johnson; two sisters-in-law, Barbara Walton and Dot Walton; her grandchildren, Jay King (Bridgett), Kathy King Kendall (Michael), Ryan Chipley (Sooyoung), and Mark Chipley (Danae); her great grandchildren, Madeleine King, Meredith King, Christopher Kendall, Mary Katherine Kendall, Alexander Kendall, Madison Chipley, and Hunter Chipley; and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family. Frances loved her family and her church. She supported her husband in his career as a United Methodist minister. She was active in all churches she attended during Skelton’s ministry and when they retired. She had an outgoing personality and was loved by many. The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 21, 2022, at Olive Branch United Methodist Church in Gasburg, VA. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday in the Church Cemetery. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at the Hermitage Home of Richmond for their love and care of Mrs. King for 15 years. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Olive Branch United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 65, Gasburg, VA 23857 or At Home Hospice Care, 8149 Walnut Grove Rd., Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville will be handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be made at

The Rev. Jack Davis Pruitt, 91, husband of Dora Nickerson Pruitt and a resident of Painter, passed away Monday, Oct. 10, 2022, at his residence. A native of Morley’s Wharf, he was the son of the late Elisha T. Pruitt and the late Mary Parks Pruitt. He was a retired Baptist and Methodist minister, having served many churches on the Eastern Shore.
In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by five children, Mark Donahoe and his wife, Katherine, of Wachapreague, Kathy P. Tytus, of Painter, Teresa Lewis and her husband, Robert, of Bloxom, Richard Saunders, of Painter, and Janice Jones, of Painter; 13 grandchildren; and 32 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers, Norman W. Pruitt Sr. and Gene Pruitt, and one sister, Jeanette Turner.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at 11 a.m., at the Exmore Baptist Church Outreach Center, with the Rev. Jonathan Carpenter officiating. Interment will follow in Belle Haven Cemetery. Family will join friends at the funeral home Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Exmore Baptist Church, 11624 Occohannock Road, Exmore, VA 23350.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Jacqueline Draper Blick Fuss, passed peacefully from this earth to heaven October 5, 2022. She was born February 15, 1924, in Washington D.C. and lived the last fourteen years in Chatham, VA.
Jacqueline is survived by her 3 children, Gerald Fuss Sr. Chesterfield, Christopher Fuss (Carolyn) of Charlottesville, Deborah Wagner (James) of Chatham. Nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and 6 great-grand stepchildren.
Jacqueline was predeceased by her parents, Charles Blick and Grace Draper Blick of Washington, DC, husband of 67 years, The Rev. Harold M Fuss of the Virginia United Methodist Conference; sisters, Dorothy Bier of Washington, DC area, Katherine Hayward of Brockton, MA, daughter-in-law Lynn B. Fuss and granddaughter, Julie Fuss.
Jackie spent her life supporting her husband & family, church missions and giving to others. She was dedicated to church work, including tithing, organ & piano playing, singing in choir, and leading Sunday School classes. She gave to local community organizations and worldwide mission projects thru sewing of lap robes, knitting and crocheting of baby items and prayer robes. The needs of others were always more important to her than her own needs. She lived Matthew 25:40, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me”
A funeral service will be held at 11:00am Friday, October 8, 2022 at Watson Memorial United Methodist Church in Chatham, VA. Visitation will be one hour prior to service. Reverend Patricia Kelley will be officiating the service. Interment will be in Gerrardstown, WV at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggest a memorial be made to Watson Memorial UMC for general fund or UMCOR.
Norris Funeral Services, Chatham Chapel is serving the Fuss family. Online condolences can be made at

Mrs. Carla Ray Koval Russell, age 73 of Whitetop, Virginia passed away at Missions Hospital in Asheville, NC on Oct.1, 2022.
Mrs. Russell was born on August 10, 1949, in Bluefield, WV to John Robert and Helen Marie Insminger Koval. She was an executive secretary for the United States Military. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Dr. Robert Lee Russell of the home; one daughter, Rhonda Marie and Tommy Richardson of the home; one son, Robert Lee and Kermora Russell of Fredericksburg, VA; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren also survive.
The family will receive friends at the New Beginnings Church in Whitetop on Thursday from 1:00-2:00 PM with a graveside service to follow in the Miller Cemetery in Whitetop with Rev. Chris Goodman officiating. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Miller Cemetery.
Reins-Sturdivant Funeral Home in Independence, VA is serving the Russell family.

The Rev. Harry Byrd Jones, 91, of Sutherland, VA, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2022. Born in Blackridge, VA, he was the son of the late James and Annie Crowder Jones; and was also preceded in death by his wife, Dolores H. Jones; and a sister, Annie Peavler.
Mr. Jones was a United States Army Veteran, having served during the Korean conflict. He had retired from the United Methodist Church as a Senior Pastor, having served many churches throughout Virginia.
He is survived by his daughter, Diane J. Laine (Brian); son, Sterling R. Jones (Leslie); four grandchildren, Erin West (David), Charles Redman (Tammi), Chad Jones (Erin), and Brian Laine II; six great-grandchildren, Mollie, Kaitlyn, Chloe, Charlie, Judson, and Remington; four sisters, Catherine Strouth (Bill), Dorothy Gibson, Marion King, and Jane Haddock (Al); and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service was held on Friday, August 26, 2022, at Ocran United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Raymond McGarr and the Rev. Larry House officiating. Interment followed at Crestview Memorial Park, La Crosse, VA.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ocran United Methodist Church Choir Fund, 20221 Cox Road, Sutherland, VA 23885, in memory of the Rev. Harry B. Jones.
VA: [70 Carson-Smith Grove. 72 E Dinwiddie. 74 Ocran.] 75 Ocran. 79 High Street, Pt. 83 Mt Tabor, H. 87 Nokesville. 94 Incapacity Lv. 97 Retired.

The Celebration of Life service for the Rev. Elinor Dalton will be Saturday, October 1, at 1 p.m. at Thalia United Methodist Church, 4321 Virginia Beach Blvd, Virginia Beach, VA 23452. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall. 
The Rev. Elinor Dalton, 84, passed away on August 17, 2022. Her services will be held at a later date by the direction of her family. Condolences may be expressed at

The Rev. Gregory Dean Pittman, 73, was called home to the Lord on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. He passed away peacefully, at home, surrounded by family, succumbing to long-time illness. Dean was pastor of the Greenwood/Laurel Park United Methodist Church Charge until he retired in 2012. Preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Emma Lou Pittman and his sister, Betty Pittman Malbone; Dean is survived by Janet, his wife of 52 years; his son, daughter-in-law and three grandchildren; niece, Kim Rhodes; nephew, Kevin Malbone; and “surrogate” grandchildren, Allison and Samantha Smith. A devout Christian, Dean was called to the ministry in 1999. He served as pastor at Dunn’s Chapel UMC and associate pastor at Discovery UMC before assuming the pulpit at Greenwood in 2002. Dean played basketball at Hermitage high school, class of 1967. After briefly attending the University of Richmond, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, serving the United States during the Vietnam era. Dean was also active in the Boy Scouts of America, serving as a Cub Master and Scout Master. He was also a member of Masonic Metropolitan Lodge Number 11 in Glen Allen.

Eugene Johnson Baker, of Lake Monticello, Va., died peacefully on Sunday, August 14, 2022, at the age of 87. He had lived a full and active life. Born on August 2, 1935, the son of Walter and Viola Johnson Baker of Four Oaks, N.C.
He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Charlotte Cobb Baker; stepson, Andrew L. Frame (Elizabeth Herndon Frame) whom he called his children; four devoted cousins, Larry Williams (Sylvia), Rodney Williams (Carolyn), Mike Williams (Linda) and Andrew Williams (Pat), all of North Carolina; brother-in-law, George “Ty” Cobb (Barbara) of Lake Monticello, Va.; many good friends from Fork Union Baptist Church; and neighbors and members of Gene’s previous churches. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Julian Baker and Donald Baker. Gene was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
After his graduation from Four Oaks High School, he graduated from Atlantic Christian College, now Barten College. He did his post-graduate at Duke University and a 5-year term at Iliff School of Theology, a graduate Methodist Theological School in Denver, CO. Gene was the pastor of churches in Greene, Nelson and Albemarle counties.
After retiring from the ministry, he went into the real estate business. He and his wife owned Baker and Baker Inc. Together, they later worked with several other real estate companies and retired in October 2000.
A special thanks to Judy, Doris, Sue, Cindy, Bill, Corvin, Brenda and Peggy for all of their many kindnesses.
Because of the widespread of COVID-19, a private family service was held at Fork Union Memorial Cemetery. Anthony Clore, Pastor of Fork Union Baptist Church officiated.
Arrangements were handled by Sheridan Funeral Home in Kents Store, Va.

Justis, Robert “Bob” Franklin Justis of Mechanicsville, VA, entered his heavenly home in peace on August 11,2022.  He was a pastor in the VA Conference of the United Methodist Church for 25 years.  He had a loving, compassionate heart and a great sense of humor.  He is survived by his wife, Carol, of 43 years; sister, Jackie Bowen (Art); son, Thomas (Misty) and daughter, Rebekah Justis; grandchildren Kimberly, Zach, and Elizabeth; 2 aunts, Marion Pastore and Sue Justis as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph Franklin Justis and mother, Ruth Johnson Justis and a brother, Joseph Melvin Justis.  The family is so appreciative of the love and care he received during his stay at Elizabeth House.A visitation from 10-11 AM and celebration of life at 11 AM will be at Mechanicsville UMC, 7356 Atlee Road on Thursday, August 18, 2022.   There will be a reception following the service.   In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Mechanicsville UMC RCHC 5101 Cox Road, #225, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or Elizabeth House 3590 Mountain Road,  Glen Allen, VA 23060.

The Rev. Linwood E. Daniel of Chesterfield, VA passed away on August 8, 2022. He was born in Emporia, VA in 1929. He was preceded in death by his parents, Turner & Lucy Daniel; brothers, Bobby & James Arthur Daniel; and grandson, Joshua Daniel. Linwood is survived by his wife of almost 62 years, Barbara Daniel; sons Michael, David, and Jeff (Tammy); grandchildren, Sam Daniel, Jessica Daniel (Bryan), and Lauren Daniel (Ryan); as well as four adoring great-granddaughters and two step great-granddaughters.
Linwood served three years as Corporal in the National Guard and has a BA degree and a Masters of Divinity Degree from Wesley Seminary in Washington D.C. He began serving churches as a student pastor in the mid-1950s. In 2000 he became a retired Methodist pastor and continued to serve churches until 2020. He and Barbara served churches over most of the state of Virginia and deeply enjoyed every single congregation. Linwood loved the people that he served and felt honored to be their pastor. He truly had an undeniably special gift for pastoral care and said so many times “we have SO many friends!” These friendships were one of his largest sources of happiness throughout his entire lifespan.
A celebration of Linwood’s life took place on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, at Highland United Methodist Church in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Burial followed at Southlawn Memorial Park, South Prince George. Online condolences may be registered at Content

The Rev. Dale Eugene Gillis, 63, of Dumfries, VA passed away on July 28, 2022 surrounded by his adoring family.
Dale was born in Canandaigua, NY to Robert and Sandra Gillis on March 3, 1959. He spent most of his childhood in Victor, NY, enjoying the small town living that became a lifetime joy. Dale was always fond of the farm lifestyle, and loved visiting his extended family’s nearby farm, where he developed a passion for growing vegetables, canning them, and witnessing their maple syrup production.
In 1968, the Gillis family relocated to Richmond, VA, where Dale attended and graduated from Manchester High School in 1977. He was actively involved in his community, playing the organ at Bon Air United Methodist Church, serving as an Eagle Scout, and playing the saxophone in the marching band.
He graduated from James Madison University in 1981 with a psychology major and music minor. In 1985, he graduated from Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.
Dale met the love of his life, Lorie, in December 1980, while the two worked at a Pizza Inn in Richmond. They were married on May 22, 1982 and recently celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary. Dale was a proud and loving father to son Ryan and daughter Allyson, supporting their passions, coaching their sports teams, volunteering for band events and fundraisers, and chaperoning school field trips.
He served as a United Methodist Minister for the Virginia Annual Conference for 37 years in Oilville, Lynch Station, Gloucester, Chesapeake, Scottsville, Matoaca, Clarksville, and Dumfries. He was involved in teaming with the National Capital Area Emmaus community. He also enjoyed volunteering with the Albemarle County Fair and the Fire and Rescue Squad in Gloucester.
Dale loved fishing, boating, family beach weeks, NASCAR, Atlanta Braves baseball, VCU basketball, Virginia Tech football, the family’s pet dogs, playing cards and board games, and cooking for family and friends.
Dale is preceded in death by his mother Sandra Gillis, his maternal grandparents Leah and Donald Searle, and his paternal grandparents Bricea and Charles Gillis.
Dale is survived by his wife Lorie, his son Ryan (wife Alisha), his daughter Allyson Carter (husband Joshua), his father Robert (wife Margaret), his sister Susan Walker (husband Mark), his grandson Aidan, his granddaughter Alyana, nephews Kyle Walker (wife Shannon and son Caden), and Logan Walker. He was looking forward to the pending arrival of his newest granddaughter, expected by Allyson and Joshua.
His family lovingly remembers him as a big dreamer, an integral part of his community, and deeply dedicated to the people he served and the relationships he built.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held at Dumfries United Methodist Church on Friday, August 5, 2022 at 11:00 am. A reception will be held in the Fellowship Hall following the service. Face masks are preferred and will be provided. A livestream viewing will be available.
In lieu of flowers, Dale’s family invites you to give to the Bread and Fishes Program at Dumfries United Methodist Church or donate to the American Diabetes Association at , P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116-7023.
The family of Dale wishes to extend our sincere thanks to all of the doctors and nurses at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Sentara Hospital.

Mrs. Willie Lieu Hodges Lewis, 84, died on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, in Richmond, Va. Born October 13, 1937 in Bath County, Va., she was the daughter of Ruth Elizabeth Morgan Hodges and the Rev. James Elpherson Hodges.
Lieu was a graduate of High Point College. She met her husband David while he was assisting her father as an associate pastor, and they celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary shortly before his death. Lieu was an educator with various positions in public schools as well as a Christian Educator in numerous churches. She was a dedicated servant and respected leader who tirelessly advanced youth, discipleship, and communications ministries on her local Districts and for the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church as a whole.
Lieu was a devoted wife and mother whose love extended to “adopt” many, including members of her immediate and extended family who lived with her and David for a time. She loved to travel and enabled many to experience the roots of their faith in Europe and the Holy Land. Her warmth, hospitality, and generosity touched countless lives in the churches and communities where she lived and served.
She was preceded in death by her husband, The Reverend David Benjamin Lewis; brother, James Hodges, Jr. (Elaine); sisters, Cleo Linville (George), Frances Smith (Talmadge) and Carolyn Virginia Hodges; and brother-in-law, Richard Lewis.
Lieu is survived by her daughters, Elizabeth McCoy (Stephen Michael) and the Rev. Barbara Lewis; son, the Rev. Robert Lewis (Rebekah Simmerman); granddaughter, Ariel Rishworth (Rick); great-granddaughter, Mary Rishworth; her sisters, Ruth Hodges Fraser, Vada Hayes (Stephen) and Patricia West; brother, Joseph Hodges (Nancy); brother-in-law, Ellis Lewis; sister-in-law, Pat Lewis; and many nieces, nephews, and cherished friends.
The family will receive friends 12 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, August 3, 2022 at Bliley’s-Chippenham, 6900 Hull Street Rd. where a funeral ceremony will follow at 1 p.m. For the health and safety of all, masks will be required. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Mrs. William Albert Jester (Katie Curry “Kay” Loflin Jester), 86, of Roanoke, died on Friday, July 22, 2022 at her residence. She was the widow of her best friend and devoted husband of 55 years, 3 months, the Rev. William “Bill” Albert Jester, whom she married March 15th, 1958. He was a member of the Virginia Annual Conference, The United Methodist Church, until he entered the church triumphant June 19th, 2013. She was born on February 14th, 1936, in Greensboro, North Carolina, and lived in Asheboro, North Carolina, until her marriage; the daughter of the late Curry Fulson Loflin and Kate Erwin Brittain Loflin. She is survived by her son, William Albert Jester, Jr., and his wife, Angelique; and two grandchildren, Brandon Albert Jester and Faith Armindy Jester, all of Uniontown, Ohio (near Akron). Mrs. Jester graduated from Asheboro High School in Asheboro, North Carolina; and attended Queens College in Charlotte, North Carolina, two years; and her final college years at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia, where she majored in math and music. She also attended Emory University after her marriage in March 1958. Both Bill and Kay were members of the 1836 Society of Emory University.
Kay served as an Administrative Assistant for her husband as well as his personal secretary throughout all of the churches they served together in the Virginia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. Kay used her music talents, filling in when needed as Organist/Pianist at the Rappahannock Charge (Sperryville, Willis Chapel and Washington churches); Rodes; Wayne Hills & Oak Hill (Waynesboro); Donovan Memorial & Cherry Grove (Singers Glen); Brookville (Lynchburg) and Trinity (King George). She was a full-time organist for Beth-horon at Natural Bridge Station; and Grace (Middletown) the last four of the seven years there). Kay filled in as Choir Director at Rodes, Donovan Memorial, Brookville Churches; and from December 2004 until Bill’s retirement January 2011, as Choir Director/Pianist or Organist at Lawrence Memorial, Bent Mountain. Before Bill’s retirement January 2011, Kay was an active member in the United Methodist Women, and had held District Offices in the Charlottesville and Staunton Districts of the United Methodist Women. She enjoyed serving as Organist at Whitten Funeral Homes, Inc., in Lynchburg, for four years; and at Nash & Slaw Funeral Home in King George, Virginia, for eight years; and was a substitute organist for Oakey’s East Chapel in Roanoke since 2011.
Her life was one of encouragement to her husband and soul mate. Everything they did, they did together. The started out in 1958 developing their “Team Ministry”, working and visiting together in their appointed church. Her organization skills proved to be invaluable to Bill. All of their appointed church reports to the Virginia Annual Conference were always Perfect and filed in a timely manner. Bill was always proud that they were debt free in their personal lives. She loved music and did everything in her power to make the music and message for Sunday mornings blend beautifully. Her laughter and the joy of life that she brought wherever she was, became a blessing to all who knew her. Kay loved her husband and her family. She knew what it was like to be a servant of God and proved it again and again. They both were an example of what it meant to live life everyday with grace, dignity, generosity and spiritual strength.
Kay appreciated her husband’s hobby of growing ‘roses’ and enjoyed them in the parsonages they lived in, and most of all the rose garden at their retirement home in Roanoke. They both loved their home in Roanoke. Their spoiled pet dogs: Waga, Blaze, Gold, Peppy, and Blondie; gave her and her husband much joy and companionship. Kay (and Bill) became well known to all of their many friends that created lasting and profound friendships in the neighborhoods in which they lived, and the churches where they served. Their “50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration Dinner” on March 15th, 2008, was evident when over 150 friends and former church members celebrated with them, hosted by their son and his family. She and Bill were active members of the Paul Coffey Sunday School Class. She was elected President of the class in 2012; and enjoyed serving on the Greeters, Readers, and Ushers Schedules: for the 11 o’clock Worship Services, attending the Wednesday Noon Services and the Fine Arts Programs at the church. She was asked to be a member of the Greene Memorial United Methodist Church Bell Choir in the fall of 2013. In 2016, she was asked to organize a “Bereavement Committee” at Greene Memorial United Methodist Church, to provide “Receptions following a Memorial Service at the church if the families wanted one.” Kay enjoyed serving the church as a Volunteer Greeter at the desk in the Welcome Center on Monday and Friday mornings. Kay enjoyed becoming a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church at Daleville, closer to their home in 2020. She became a member of the “Bell Choir” at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church in 2021.
After a private viewing by the family, visitation will be at Oakey’s East Chapel on Alternate 220, Roanoke; on Wednesday, July 27th, 2022, from 6 to 8 PM. The family will have a private interment at 9:30 AM at Old Dominion Memorial Gardens, 365 Cloverdale Road, Roanoke, prior to a Memorial Service which will be held at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, Daleville, Virginia on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 11:00 AM with the Rev. Terry Clark officiating; with a time of fellowship following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Brenau University, c/o Ben McDale, for Scholarships, 300 Washington Street SE, Gainesville, Georgia 30501, or St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 10 Cedar Ridge Drive, Daleville, Virginia 24083. Condolences to the family may be sent to “The Jester Living Trust” c/o Anderson & Desimone, PC; Attention Christopher Desimone, 4923 Colonial Avenue, Roanoke, Virginia 24018 – who will forward them to the family.

Mrs. Patricia Hawkins Huffman. 71, of Buena Vista died Thursday, July 15, 2022, at Chippenham Medical Center in Richmond.
Born Aug. 18, 1950, in Smyth County, she was a daughter of Henry Stevens Hawkins and Mary Winston Boyd Hawkins.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. Garland Michael Huffman of the Virginia Conference.
Surviving are her children, Jason T. Fuller and Daren Fuller (Rhonda); stepchildren, Michele Huffman and Meghan Huffman; and two grandchildren, Charles Fuller and Mary Ellis Fuller.
At Patricia’s request, there will be a private family get-together at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Buena Vista Rescue Squad,

The Rev. George Thomas Insley Jr. 81, was born to his parents, George and Ruth Insley on May 15, 1941. George was a lifelong resident of Poquoson, who enjoyed fishing, crabbing, oystering, and hunting in his youth. He developed many lifelong friendships and never knew a stranger. George graduated from Poquoson High School in 1958 and attended the Newport News Shipyard Apprentice School from which he graduated and started a career as a Cost Engineer for the Newport News Shipyard.
In the early 1970s, George felt his resources could better be used as a minister in the United Methodist Church. George accepted his first charge at Mount Sinai in Harrisonburg, VA in 1979. During this time, he completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy and Religion at Eastern Mennonite College. He went on to obtain a Master of Divinity at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC. His career in the ministry lasted until June 2003 when he retired and moved back to his beloved hometown. Here he was active in his childhood church home, Trinity United Methodist Church, where he was the visitation minister and currently the phone visitation minister until the time of his death. Throughout his lifetime, George enjoyed singing in the church with different choral groups and was a member of Poquoson Masonic Lodge 49.
George went to sing with the angels on June 27, 2022. He is preceded in death by his loving parents, George, Sr. and Ruth Insley. Better known by “Gee” to his family, George is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Carolyn W. Insley; children, Hope Insley Coleman (Bill) and Chris Insley (Sherry Hood); granddaughters, Alex Rice (Jacob) and Madi Griggs; great-granddaughter, Evalyn Rice, as well as numerous loving family members and dear friends.
A celebration of George’s life took place 2 p.m. Saturday, July 2 at Trinity United Methodist Church, Poquoson, Virginia 23662 by the Rev. Dr. Patricia Riggs.

The Rev. David H. Smith, a retired pastor of the United Methodist Church, died June 27 at Brandermill Woods Retirement Center in Midlothian, Virginia. His ministry spanned 42 years.
David was born in Cambria (now Christiansburg), Virginia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Randolph-Macon College in 1951 before continuing his study in Theology at Vanderbilt University, where he received a Bachelor of Divinity Degree in 1955. After marriage to Julia Gattis in April of that year, they moved to Roanoke, Virginia, where he was organizing pastor of two congregations, Windsor Hills United Methodist Church and Southview United Methodist Church. After serving Wesley Memorial Church in Charlottesville, Smith received a Master of Sacred Theology from Union Theological Seminary in New York, NY, in 1967. Subsequently, he served Epiphany Church in Vienna, Walker Chapel in Arlington, Raleigh Court in Roanoke, Williamsburg United Methodist Church, and was Superintendent of the Lynchburg District. He combined his love of gardening and service as the first president of the Society of Saint Andrew, a Methodist organization focused on feeding the hungry. In 1991, David received an honorary doctoral degree from Randolph Macon, his undergraduate alma mater. For three years he was a staff member of the Virginia Annual Conference Office of the church before retiring in 1997.
Survivors include his wife, Julia Gattis Smith, Christian Educator and author of numerous books and articles related to Christian education for children; a daughter, Sally Smith Scott (Steve), Director of Research at Association on Higher Education and Disability; a son, David Neel Smith (Candace), professor of Classics at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA; and four granddaughters, Laura Scott (Ben Goodsell), Lisa Scott, Sarah-Neel Smith (John Cardellino), and Annecca Smith (Patrick Scully), and a sister, Frances Smith Olson (Ed). Smith was predeceased by his brother, C. Richard Smith.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to a charity of your choice in David’s honor. A service of thanksgiving for his life will be held at a later date.

Doris Dowdle Ferguson, age 95, of Henrico, Va., passed away on June 27, 2022.
Doris, loving mother, cherished grandmother and great friend to many, was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Alma Dowdle; husband, the Rev. William S. Ferguson, who predeceased her in 2016 after 64 years of marriage; a son, Paul Frederick Ferguson; and grandson, Justin Kyle Ferguson. She is survived by her sons, David William Ferguson (Deborah) and Joseph Keith Ferguson (Jan); daughter, Ellen Ferguson Thurston (Mike); her grandchildren, Scott Thurston (Emma), Graham Ferguson, Amy Thurston Hellwig (Tyler), Ryan Ferguson; six nephews and expected great-grandson in August.
As the wife of a United Methodist minister, Doris was always by her husband Bill’s side, helping to support and lead through Christ the many church congregations over the years. Doris was born in Columbus, Mississippi, where she lived through her undergraduate years as a student at the Mississippi State College for Women. She continued her education at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga., where she met Bill and earned her Master of Religious Education. After all her four children were in school, Doris worked as an English teacher for the Franklin County, Va. and Culpeper County, Va. school systems. Soon after moving to the Richmond, Va. area, Doris began her extended career at the Baptist Foreign Mission Board, as a Word Processing Supervisor, until she retired in 1991. She was a key caregiver for her grandchildren during their early years and they all looked forward to having their beloved Nan Nan come take care of them while their parents worked.
Besides her great love for her grandchildren, Doris was a proficient knitter her whole life and more recently knitted baby caps for the Henrico Christmas Mother, plus for the infants of many family and friends. Doris was a wonderful pianist, with the ability to play most any song “by ear” and just recently played for other Chestnut Grove residents this past Memorial Day. When asked what were some of her favorite things, it was always the same response – chocolate and Dr. Pepper.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 9 at 11 a.m. at Discovery United Methodist Church, 13000 Gayton Rd., Henrico, Va. 23233. A reception will be held after the service. Memorials may be sent to Discovery United Methodist Church, where Doris was a member for almost 18 years, or the American Cancer Society.
The Ferguson family is appreciative of the support and care given to Doris at the Chestnut Grove assisted living facility for almost 10 years and want to thank all of the friends who have taken the time to visit her at Chestnut Grove over the years.

The Rev. William Ernest Hogge, of Irvington, passed away Friday, June 24, 2022.   He was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Aileen Mae Hogge; and a great-grandson, Ellett Gray Crump.  He is survived by his daughter, Sherry Otstot, and her husband, Charlie; two grandchildren, Adam Otstot and his wife, Tori, and Kate Crump and her husband, Scott; one great-granddaughter, Cassidy Otstot; and two great-grandsons, Sawyer Otstot and Grayson Crump.  
The Rev. Hogge was a graduate of Ferrum College and received a B. A. Degree in Psychology from Lynchburg College.  He received a Master of Divinity from Emory University.  Rev. Hogge was a United Methodist Minister, having served churches in the Virginia Conference for over 60 years.  He was pastor of 11 churches and also served as District Superintendent of the Danville District.  
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 30, at Discovery United Methodist Church, 13000 Gayton Road, Richmond.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.  Interment will follow in Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Weighted Angels, P.O. Box 6083, Williamsburg, Va. 23188. Weighted Angels is a nonprofit organization providing comfort to pregnancy and infant loss families in Virginia.

Richard C. Franklin, Jr., or Rick as most knew him, passed away at MCV Hospital on June 15, 2022 after a brief illness. Born to the late Richard C. Franklin, Sr. and Lottie Livingston on Nov. 24, 1950, he is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Suzanne as well as his two children, Chrystie Kesler (Billy) of Raleigh and Brad Franklin (Erin) of Richmond. He is also survived by four grandchildren—Jack, Ben, Henry, and Abigail—who will miss their Grampy dearly.
A 1969 graduate of Greensville County High School, he spent a number of years as a radio DJ and news reporter for WEVA in Emporia before going to work as a congressional aide in the then Fourth District for both the late Norman Sisisky and later Randy Forbes. He would end up serving the people of southside Virginia for nearly 30 years, spanning two different Congressmen and two different political parties. During that same time he also served as the decades-long president of the Emporia-Greensville Recreation Association, where he spearheaded the design and ultimate creation of the Meherrin River Park Complex, and also as executive director of the Emporia-Greensville Airport Commission, where he helped bring in numerous grants and upgrades to the Emporia-Greensville Regional Airport. A longtime pilot, he was recently named to the commission after having previously served on the Virginia Board of Aviation.
Following his retirement from the federal government in 2012, he devoted his newly found free time to follow his calling as a pastor in the United Methodist Church, where he served and led a number of churches including Capron, Centenary (Jarratt) and his home church Monumental, all in the James River District, until the time of his passing. Over the years, he was involved in numerous civic groups, including the Emporia Jaycees and the local YMCA Board of Directors, playing a vital role in helping the organization set down roots in Emporia in the early 2000s.
A funeral was held at Monumental United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 18. Interment followed at Greensville Memorial Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Monumental United Methodist Church in his memory.
Online condolences may be made at

Judith Carlotta (Rand) Williams, 82, wife of Gene Milton Williams, passed away on June 13, 2022 at her home. Mrs. Williams was born on March 18, 1940 in Lowville, NY to the late Harold Murray and Carlotta (Jernigan) Rand. She attended Duke University where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and she retired as a hospice nurse. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Jennifer Carole Palaskey; her stepchildren, Judy McMullen, Janice Regan, and Jennifer Loker; her grandchildren, Joshua Daniel O’Connor (Christy), Joseph Trenton Palaskey, Madison Alexandra Palaskey, Olivia Loker, and Nicholas, Shelby, and Casey Regan. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her daughter, Amy Louise Farr. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at Fishersville United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Valley Mission or to the Heifer Project International. Condolences may be made to the family online at

Jeanetta B. Benedict, 85, of Williamsburg, was born February 21, 1937 and passed away June 7, 2022.
She graduated from Saint Paul School of Theology in Leawood, KS, and received her Masters from Scarritt College for Christian Workers in Nashville, TN. She served 41 years in the ministry at numerous churches in: Bristol, CT; Valley Stream, NY; Newark, DE; Waynesboro, VA; Springfield, VA; Alexandria, VA; and at the Williamsburg United Methodist Church, VA.
During her ministry service, Methodism assigned her three different labels: Consecrated Lay Worker (1965); Diaconal Minister (1978); and ordained Deacon (1997). She retired from Williamsburg United Methodist Church on June 30, 2004.
Jeanetta is survived by her sister, Jacqueline Benedict Buckley (Lawrence); brothers, Jerry Benedict (Delinda), and Raymond Benedict (Donna); and 12 nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will take place on July 8, 2022, at 10:00am, at Williamsburg United Methodist Church, 500 Jamestown Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185. If you cannot attend in person, you can livestream the service at
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Williamsburg United Methodist Church Discretionary Fund. Online condolences may be shared at

The Rev. David Pratt, age 80, reunited his body, mind, and spirit with our Abba Father on May 20, 2022, after experiencing memory loss from Alzheimer’s Disease. Born in Athens, Tennessee in 1941, David responded to our Lord’s call during summer camp. He attended Tennessee Wesleyan College and Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Originally ordained in the Tennessee Holston Conference in 1965, David soon transferred to the Virginia Conference to be near family. Beginning in 1971, he focused on outdoor ministries serving as the director of Camp Overlook in the Harrisonburg and Winchester Districts, Camp Wanake in the East Ohio Conference, and Camp Highroad in the Alexandria and Arlington Districts. In 2000, after 35 years of service, the Rev. Pratt retired from his final appointment serving the Lincolnia United Methodist Church in Alexandria.
David is survived by his only son, Ed Pratt, and his wife Susan, four grandchildren, Joe, Caitlin, and her husband Bill, Sarah and her husband Aaron, and Rachel and her husband Reilly. David also has five great-grandchildren, Maddox, Faith, Rory, Calliope, and Isaac.
In keeping with David’s focus of outdoor ministry, the family will have a Celebration of Life at Camp Highroad on September 10th at 10:30am with the Rev. Tim Tate officiating. David will be interred at the EcoEternity Forest at Camp Highroad.

Barbara Johnson Page, 85, of Berryville, VA, passed from labor to reward on May 12, 2022.
Barbara was the mother of the Rev. James Page. James is the pastor of Galloway UMC, Arlington District. She is also survived by her daughters Patti and Sandra, and sons Calvin and Michael. She also leaves two Sisters and two Brothers and five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
She was the church treasurer for Agape UMC and held other leadership positions.
A visitation for family and friends will be held on Thursday, May 19, 2022, from 10 to 11 a.m., A Celebration of Life service will follow visitation at 11 a.m. at Duncan Memorial UMC, 210 E Main St, Berryville VA 22611.
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Mrs. Stella (Holt) Couch went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 10, 2022. She was a daughter of the late Dewey A. Holt and Elizabeth (Betsy) Mullins Holt of Callaway, Va. On Aug. 25, 1950, she married Rev. Robert Emory Couch, who preceded her in death on June 20, 2010. They were married almost 60 years, and she cared for him at home for over 12 years during his illness with Parkinson’s.
Also preceding her in death were three brothers, Alger Holt, William “Bill” Holt, and Maurice Holt, all of Callaway; and three sisters, Audrey Holt Meador, Mary Holt Wimmer and Nancy Holt Setliff.
Stella received an Associates Degree from Ferrum Jr. College, now Ferrum College, and later a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Lynchburg College, now Lynchburg University. She taught school in Campbell, Albemarle, and Rockingham County for 25 years.
Stella enjoyed doing many things. At the age of 16, she had four poems published in Important American Poets and Song Writers. She still liked to write stories and poems, especially limericks. She liked to cook, sew and knit and was an avid reader. She also loved to sing and play the piano and organ. She was an amateur geologist and collected many rocks and minerals. She also enjoyed growing vegetables and flowers, roses, daffodils, peonies, and especially irises. She was a member of the American Iris Society.
Stella is survived by her four children, Robert Edwin Couch of Elkton, his twin brother, Richard Emory Couch of Grottoes, Dowman Holt Couch and Melanie Couch Wiseman and husband, Robert, of Grottoes; five grandchildren, Adam Frye and wife, Amber, of Grottoes, Angela Bhowmik and husband, Tuhin, of Maryland, Erin Atwell and husband, Ryan, of Port Republic, David Wiseman of Grottoes and Megan Couch of Harrisonburg; seven great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Hayden Frye of Grottoes, Carter and Delilah Lawrence, and Tulia Bhowmik of Maryland, Liam Light of Harrisonburg, and Isaac Atwell of Port Republic; sister, Virginia Holt Boitnott; brother, Samuel G. Holt and wife, Joice, of Bent Mountain; sister-in-law, Jane Rennick Holt of Callaway; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends from 7 until 8 p.m. Friday, May 13, 2022, at Johnson Funeral Service in Grottoes.
A funeral service will be conducted 12 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the funeral home with Pastor Brian Posey officiating. Burial will follow at Eastlawn Memorial Gardens in Harrisonburg.
Memorial donations may be made to Grottoes United Methodist Church, PO Box 5, Grottoes, VA 24441.

Wesley Earl Dunkum Jr., 93, of West Palm Beach, FL, and formerly of the Curdsville community of Buckingham County, VA, was called home to his Heavenly Father on May 3, 2022. He was born May 13, 1928 in Buckingham County, a son of the late Wesley Earl Dunkum Sr. and Alma Duncan Dunkum. Wesley Earl was a farmer, U.S. Army veteran and lifelong member of Smyrna United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Burnette Dunkum.
Wesley Earl is survived by his wife, the Rev. Jeane Dunkum (retired); children, Wesley Earl “Wes” Dunkum III of Richmond and Betty Dunkum Patten of West Palm Beach, FL; two step-children, Sarah Gibson and Eric Johnson; three grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.
Funeral service with the Rev. John Speight officiating will be held on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 at 1 p.m. at the Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn. Interment with military honors will follow in the Smyrna U.M.C. Cemetery, Sheppards. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service and also with a reception in the church fellowship hall following the interment.
Memorial contributions may be made to Smyrna United Methodist Church, C/O Marie Adams, Treasurer; 726 Fender Road, Farmville, VA 23901.

The Rev. Harold Lee Hicks, age 87, passed from this life to the Church Triumphant on April 30, 2022 following a season of declining health. Born in rural Culpeper, Virginia in 1934, Harold was a brother to Vernelle, Jim, Sonny, and Tommy. He began preaching on the South Culpeper Circuit in 1955. Harold was ordained as a United Methodist minister in 1961 and served 7 additional United Methodist Churches: Fairmont, Richmond; Louisburg Circuit; Macedonia, Raleigh; First Church, Lynchburg; Trinity, Poquoson; Belmont, Richmond; and Pender, Fairfax where he served from 1981 to 2001. He retired from the United Methodist Church in 2001 with 46 years of service.
Preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Myrtle Hicks, his wife of 60 years, Catherine, and two brothers, Sonny and Tommy, Harold is survived by his children, daughter Scarlett and her husband David, son Lee, and grandchildren Raleigh, Matthew and his fiancée Sydney, and Madison.
In addition to his family, Harold’s passion was his church congregation. A 1966 newspaper article announcing his appointment to First Church, Lynchburg, was headlined “The Church is His Hobby,” and this was true throughout his long career. In addition to his daily work in the church office, most evenings involved prayer meetings, Bible studies, committee meetings, and social events centered around the church. In addition to growing the spiritual life of his congregants, Harold often led his team to build and expand the physical facilities of the churches he served. He wanted the church to be a place of hope for the surrounding community. Together with his congregation, Harold was instrumental in establishing Pender as the “The Church with a Heart for Missions.” One of his favorite partnerships was with the Rev. Frank Peoples in Philippi, West Virginia. Many members from Pender would travel to Philippi each summer to work on construction projects benefitting the local community.
Harold and his wife, Catherine were amazing hosts who entertained hundreds of church members, friends, and neighbors at countless holiday celebrations and open houses throughout the years. Following his mother’s example, Harold was an accomplished cook, known for his chicken salad, corn chowder, squash casserole, and chocolate chip cookies. He rarely left his pulpit on a Sunday except for an annual vacation. In 1966, he and Catherine fell in love with the beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. For the next 45 years, they and their children and grandchildren spent many idyllic summer weeks at Lake Junaluska in the western North Carolina Smokies.
Words cannot describe how much he will be missed.
The family will receive visitors at Pierce Funeral Home, 9609 Center Street, Manassas on Friday, May 6 at 10:00am, followed by a service celebrating Harold’s life at 11:00am, with Rev. Rudy Tucker officiating. Burial will take place at Fairview Cemetery in Culpeper, Virginia later in the afternoon. In lieu of flowers, gifts in Harold’s memory may be made to the Faith Promise Mission Program at Pender United Methodist Church in Fairfax.

The Rev. Dr. Kathleen Ann Work passed away on April 27, 2022, after a long battle with Mucosal Melanoma. Kathleen Ann Work was born in Maysville, Kentucky, on August 25, 1947, the third child of five born to Clarence Lee and Marjorie (Lemon) Work. Kathy grew up in Pleasant Hill, Ohio, and graduated from Newton High School as class valedictorian in 1965. She graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, with an Elementary Education degree. She taught elementary classes at schools in San Diego, California, and Illinois for a few years before her marriage. She married Jon Ross in 1971 and the couple had five children. Kathy was the proud and patient mother to Adam, Andrea, Jennifer, Drew, and Patricia. Kathy earned both her Master of Divinity and her Doctorate of Ministry from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. She was ordained an Elder by the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1996.
Those whose lives Kathy touched will always remember her for kindness, her warm smile, her gentle sense of humor, her patience, her wisdom, and above all, her strong Christian faith. She was an avid sports fan and she enjoyed rooting for the Capitals, the Nationals, D.C. United and the Ohio State Buckeyes, as well as her children’s and grandchildren’s sports teams.
Kathy leaves behind her five children, Adam [Amy] Ross of Winchester, Andrea Ross of Berryville, Jennifer Ross of Berryville, Drew [Heather] Ross of Hagerstown, MD, and Patricia [Ben] Kimbrell of Winchester, as well as her five grandchildren, Harrison Ross, Lily Ross, Scarlett Synnott, Winslow Kimbrell, and Elodie Kimbrell, and also one sister (Linda Myers of Troy, Ohio) and three brothers (Michael J. Work of New London, New Hampshire, Kevin Work of Findlay, Ohio, and Brian Work of Parker, Colorado).
There will be a Celebration of Life service at 2 PM on May 22nd, 2022, at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Berryville. Flowers in her honor may be sent to the church. The family has a website at for everyone to share memories and photos.

The life of Richard Nolan Galbreath was made up of a consistent theme of connections. He connected with the Earth on December 16, 1934, in Winamac, Indiana, son of Olive Octavia and Merl Galbreath and died peacefully on April 24, 2022 with family by his side. He never made an Earthbound connection with his older brother Blair but grew up hearing stories and memories about his short but sweet life. He remained connected to his older sister, Jeanne and her family, and traveled often to visit them near his childhood home.
During his 87 years on Earth, “Dick” spent his time building and making connections with his family, his work, his farm, his church, and his community. He initially started the work of “connecting” through his boyhood paper route. He would diligently ride his bicycle delivering papers connecting his neighbors to their community through the daily news and earning him an achievement award of “#1 Paper Boy” winning a brand-new Schwinn bicycle. His father died when Dick was just 13 years old, but they connected through numerous shared hobbies and interests. Dick loved to go hunting with him for arrowheads in the sand hills of Indiana and he and his father would create displays to show off his treasures. He also connected with his father as he earned merit badges and learned life skills while ascending the ranks of the Boy Scouts. His father died 1 month short of Dick receiving his Eagle Scout status at the age of 13, breaking a connection at an early age but forging a new “young man” who was now in charge of helping himself, and his mother, survive lean times.
As a young adult, Dick attended Purdue University and became involved in the Navy ROTC. He graduated with a degree in mechanical engineering. It was abundantly clear at that point in time that Dick was destined to be on a path using his logical and analytical mind to build and connect things.
He joined the Navy upon graduation and entered flight school in Pensacola, Florida. During this time, he became a proud father of two beautiful daughters, Tamara and Michelle. He also began his career as a mechanical engineer starting with Central Soya, General Tire, and then Old North Manufacturing Company. During this period in his life, Dick used his skills to invent patented bridge expansion joints, connecting the slabs of concrete that are driven over every day.
His theme of connection continued in 1965, with a chance encounter on a flight bound for Dallas, Texas. It was love at first sight when he spotted a flight attendant named Diane Lippard, and this flight between Chicago and Dallas became a connection of marriage and love that spanned 57 years on Earth and will continue until they are reunited. Julie and Rob were born from this marriage and his pride of family continued to grow as he taught skills ranging from the symbolic nature of numbers and mathematics to caring for the animals and property of Rosedale. During this phase of his journey, Dick, Diane, Julie, and Rob spent time connecting with the world through travels and service. India, Indonesia, the island of Majuro, the Philippines, along with vulnerable communities in the U.S. were visited and cared for as part of his volunteer work with the Institute of Cultural Affairs. Exchange students from Japan, Brazil, Germany, and Spain became part of the family’s connection to children around the world.
After retiring as a Navy Commander, Dick began a new way of connecting with his faith and with his community through a new career as a United Methodist minister. He was the embodiment of an old-fashioned circuit rider preacher. He spent time connecting to members of the United Methodist churches on the Nottoway Charge (Bethel and St. John’s) and on the Nottoway-Lunenburg Charge (St. Mark’s, Thrift’s Chapel and Laurel Hill). He enjoyed many years of service on the ARMS Board (Association of Retired Ministers and Spouses). He also continued to cultivate and grow deep personal connections with neighbors of the Wilsons, Dinwiddie, and Blackstone communities, including dear lifelong friends made at Grace Church. Over the 40 years spent at Rosedale, Dick connected with his home’s earth through gardening and caring for the plants and birds that were so special to him. He was famous for setting up a radio next to his plants, because both he, and his green-leafed friends, enjoyed hearing the classical music that he loved so much. He also had the world’s best hummingbird feeders, and closely connected to his tiny, feathered friends through a special perch he built to feed them at close range. His connection to his home was demonstrated through maintaining all the buildings and property that spanned back to 1790. He was a skilled fixer of barn roofs, stalls, fences, well pumps, leaking ponds, tractors, and just about anything that needed repair.
Everything Dick connected with was done so with total passion and intentionality. He made connections with people (his family and friends), places (his worldly travels and his beloved community in Wilsons), and things (the zillions of inventions he created for family and throughout his career.)
His strong family connectivity will continue to shine through his loving wife Diane Lippard Galbreath; and their children Julie Diane LaPrade (Derek) and Robert Nolan Galbreath (Katie); and his daughters Tamara Jeanne Klopfenstein (Dave); and Michelle Kay Burkhart (Dave). Dick’s beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren will preserve this connected family and honor his legacy (Alex, Ally, Ashley, Austin, Claire, Cole, Emma, Graham, James, Jillian, Joseph, Layla, Laura, Michael, Olivia, and Rachel).
An opportunity to connect and celebrate Dick’s life will be held on Friday April 29, 2022 at Grace United Methodist Church, Wilsons, Virginia. Visitation will begin at 2:30 pm followed by a celebration of life at 4:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation made to: Grace United Methodist Church, 1705 Cox Road, Wilsons VA 23894.

Keri Lynn Burkholder Marston, 39, passed from the church militant to the church triumphant Friday, April 22, 2022.
She is survived by her husband, Chris, two daughters – Rebecca and Rachael; parents Gerry Reed and Barry Lee Burkholder, Uncle Lee Reed, Aunt Cecille Burkholder; special cousins – Margie (John) Shaw, Dan Kane; in-laws, Dawn and Jimmy Hartman, grandmother in-law, Violet Marston; brothers-in-law – Jason (Katie) Marston, Jonathan (Lauren) Marston and their families; cousins –Pam (Randy) Pletcher, Kim Burkholder, Patty Zink and families.
She was preceded in death by grandparents – Betty and Elvin Reed, Roseanna and Walter Burkholder; cousin, Jeannie Lee Reed Kane; Uncle Stanley Burkholder; father-in-law, G. Michael Marston; grandfather-in-law, Garnett Marston; grandparents-in-law, Gail and O. Graham Sullivan.
Keri grew up in Mechanicsville and the Burkeville/Farmville areas. She graduated high school from Fuqua School in Farmville and received a BA degree with honors in Communication Studies with a focus in Public Relations from James Madison University.
Keri used her education and communication skills working for various United Methodist churches. At the time of her passing she was employed at Shady Grove UMC in Mechanicsville as Director of Communications. Keri served the Virginia Conference as a member and President of the Board of Communications.
Keri’s love of life and people was a powerful witness to her faith. Her smile lit up a room and her laughter, often accompanied by a wink of an eye, was contagious. Her life was a powerful witness of what it means to be Christ to the world.
Among her favorite things were watching her girls dance and allowing their imagination and creativity to flourish. She cherished family time at the beach or on a great roller coaster. Keri was proud of Chris and his accomplishments with the Paralympic triathlon program and his work as an engineer.
Visitation at Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee Davis Road, is Wednesday, April 27, from 6 to 8 pm. The funeral service will be held at Shady Grove United Methodist Church, Thursday April 28 at 10:30 am, followed by a luncheon and interment. Shady Grove UMC is located at 8209 Shady Grove Road Mechanicsville, VA 23111.
In lieu of flowers, family requests giving to to support metastatic breast cancer research.

The Rev. Hubbard was born in Fortson, Georgia, to a devoted Christian mother of the Methodist tradition who insisted on Sunday School/Church from an early age. He grew up in the large St. Luke United Methodist Church in Columbus, GA, attending Sunday School, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and youth activities. From 16 years old, he felt a tug on his heart leading to ministry.
The Rev. Hubbard is a retired US Navy Commander starting in enlisted ranks and becoming a commissioned officer, retiring after 27 years. He served in both Korea and Vietnam. He was a lifelong learner earning a bachelor’s degree in Economics/Law segment from the University of Georgia, attended the US Naval Post Graduate School of Engineering and Science in Monterey, CA, the Armed Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA, and earned his Master of Divinity from the Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, KY in 1984. He was ordained a Deacon in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church in 1984 and was ordained an Elder by Bishop Blackburn in 1987.
The Rev. Hubbard has served the New Bethel – Motley Charge, planted Christ UMC in Fairfax Station, VA, and was appointed to Zion Grace United Methodist in Norfolk, VA before retiring to Fleming Island, FL in 1996. He was the Vice President – Executive Director of New Church Development for the North East Florida District from 2000-2010.
The Rev. Hubbard most recently served as Pastor Emeritus at Orange Park United Methodist Church, 2051 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL, where his Celebration of Life was held on April 5, 2022.
Burial followed at Jacksonville National Cemetery with Military Honors.
Many know Charles Hubbard as Commander Hubbard or Reverend Hubbard, but to his family he was Dad or Popsir. His greatest legacy is the love of Jesus that he showed to everyone who knew him. He spent his life serving the Lord and others, pastoring congregations, started new churches, serving his country, and leading his family with a strong gentleness. He is missed, but his story continues through his family and the lives of those he positively impacted these last 88 years.
The Rev. Hubbard was preceded in death by his parents: Charles W. Hubbard, Sr. and Martha Louise Hubbard. He is survived by his wife: Carolyn Hubbard; 5 children: John Hubbard (Laura), Kenneth Hubbard (Liz), Stuart Hubbard, Sr. (Julie), Jennifer Bassett (Joe), Mary Harper (Steve); 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

John Granville Hatcher Jr. 72, entered into eternal rest on Monday, March 21, 2022. He was a native of Portsmouth and the son of the late John Granville Hatcher Sr., and Wauneida Crawford Hatcher. He attended Portsmouth Public Schools and graduated from I.C. Norcom, the Greyhound Class of 68. John was a life-long active member of St. James Episcopal Church.
After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Norfolk State College, John began his professional career in 1970 as an outreach worker at the Wesley Center. From there, he became the Assistant Director of the Wesley Community Service Center and a Pastoral Assistant at the Wright Memorial Church, which was located in Portsmouth’s Newtown neighborhood. In 1978, John was invited to fill the position of the 8th Executive Director of the Wesley Community Center and he served in that capacity for 48 years (1970-2018) until his retirement. Upon retirement, John immediately began writing a book about the history of the Wesley Community Service Center, entitled “Through These Doors.” John had made significant progress with his draft publication. The “Doors” he referenced were physical doors from the Center’s prior location (Newtown community) and were etched, scratched, and otherwise carved into, that represented the hundreds of individuals and groups who had come within the center’s facility for various reasons. John, himself entered those same doors and the life of the Wesley Community and Child Care Center Inc. in 1970 and became the first African American Executive Director in 1977.
This spirit of service became John’s mission in life. The mission to meet the basic human needs in the nearby communities. John’s spirit of giving and his willingness to pursue partnerships, to provide cultural, educational, and nutritional services for the less fortunate, have impacted and enhanced the lives of many, even today.
Although John has held many offices throughout his lifetime and has been recognized through many awards and accolades both locally and nationally, via his community, church, and his loyalty to his fraternity, (Phi Beta Sigma), John’s lifelong dedication until his death was in “feeding the hearts and souls of the less fortunate.” His guiding inspiration throughout his life was to “build, strengthen and nurture communities, connecting people across the divisive lines of race, class, religion, and age.”
John was married to the late Rev. Myrtle Hatcher, former Pastor of the Main Street United Methodist Church, in Suffolk, VA where he also attended, loved, and supported as his time allowed. He leaves to cherish his love and beautiful memories, one brother, Richard Hatcher (Angela) four sisters; Wanda Hatcher, Aldora Hatcher, Frances Sparrow (Bruce), and Olga Summerville (Jimmy), a sister-in-law, Angel Cooper, and numerous loving nieces, nephews, and dear cousins.
*Services on 3/28/22 can be viewed at

The Rev. A. Howell Franklin, 83, of Lynchburg, Va., died Sunday, March 20, 2022. He was the husband of the late Martha Barksdale Franklin. He was born April 1, 1938 to John R. Franklin and Doreen Smith Franklin. His father was owner and manager of S.H. Franklin’s Men’s Clothing Store and his mother taught mathematics at E.C. Glass High School for many years.
He attended public schools in Lynchburg: Garland-Rhodes Elementary School, Robert E. Lee Junior High and E.C. Glass High School. There he ran track, was co-editor of the weekly newspaper “High Times” his senior year and was a member of the National Honor Society. He graduated from E.C. Glass in the class of 1956.
After receiving a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Virginia, he was commissioned an ensign as a regular officer in the United States Navy. During his tour in the Navy, he was the Communications Officer, Assistant Operations Officer and Top Secret Security Officer on the U.S.S. Waldo County and the U.S.S. Compass Island. It was during this time that the U.S.S. Compass Island helped develop a satellite navigational system, which today is known as the Global Positioning System. Before being honorably discharged from the Navy, Reverend Franklin was advanced to the rank of full Lieutenant, USN.
Following his naval tour, he answered the call into the Christian ministry by enrolling in seminary. In 1969, he earned a Master of Divinity Degree from Union Theological Seminary and PSCE in Richmond, Va. He also became a Master Mason. As an Ordained Elder in the Virginia Annual Conference, he served United Methodist Churches across the Commonwealth for 34 years. His pastorates included West Campbell Charge and Forest Road in the Lynchburg area and Powhatan and Blackstone outside of Richmond. Other churches Reverend A. Howell Franklin served were in Virginia Beach, South Hill, South Boston, Salem and Buena Vista. His greatest love in the ministry was evangelism and he preached numerous revivals during his career.
In June 2003, the Rev. Franklin and his wife, Martha Barksdale Carter, moved into their home in Lynchburg, Va., which they had purchased 15 years earlier for retirement. In retirement, he enjoyed traveling, swimming, hiking and reading.
The Rev. A. Howell Franklin is survived by sister and brother-in-law, Faith and Johnny Bridges of Tucson, Ariz.; nephews, John Franklin Bridges and Benjamin Howell Bridges; niece, Virginia Bridges Carroll; a special friend, Sharon Cash; Sharon’s grandchildren, Bri, River and Mason; Sharon’s other family members and all the wonderful friends he and Martha made while living in Lynchburg and throughout Virginia.
A funeral service will be held in the Chapel of Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg on Friday, March 25, 2022 at 11 a.m. Visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Trinity Memorial Gardens in Rice, Va. at 2 p.m.
Thank you to all the staff at Westminster for the care given to him over the last years, especially the staff of Heartford 6th Floor and Westminster Hospice.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit

Elva Yates passed away on March 19, 2022. Her husband was the Rev. Alexander “Yukkie” Yates, who died in 2006. She was very involved at Memorial United Methodist Church in Charles City, VA, as her father started that church many decades ago. A service will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2022, at 12 noon at Memorial United Methodist Church, 11000 Courthouse Rd., Charles City, VA 23030. Reception to follow.

Judith Ann Bennett, 87, of Shelton, CT passed into the nearer presence of God on February 26th, 2022. She was born September 7, 1934, in Portland, OR, to Jeanne Cuddy and Glenn Fagalde. Judy attended Portland State University, Portland, OR, studying English and Elementary Education, and Willamette University in Salem, OR, where she studied Philosophy and Religion. She married David W. Bennett in 1953 and they moved to the east coast. She received a B.A. from Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY, while working as a news editor, reporter and photographer for a weekly newspaper, the Cornwall Local and raising her four children. During her years in Cornwall, NY, she founded The Wesleyan Dancers, a liturgical dance ensemble. They performed in churches throughout the Hudson Valley. She taught modern dance at the Storm King School, Cornwall on Hudson, NY. Judy felt called to ministry and attended Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ, while serving as pastor at Gladstone United Methodist Church in Gladstone, NJ. She received her Master of Divinity in 1977. She returned to Drew and earned a Doctorate in Sociology of Religion. Rev. Bennett held pastoral assignments at several churches in the NY Conference of the United Methodist Church, including Inwood, New York City (Brooklyn and Queens), and Goshen.
Judy moved to Richmond, VA in 1989. She became Associate General Minister for the Virginia Council of Churches. She also served as the Executive Director of The Ecumenical Resource Center. Beginning in 2001, Rev. Dr. Bennett was adjunct faculty at the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University where she taught Curriculum Theory and Design, Philosophy of Education, Church and Community for students in the M.Div., MACE and D.Min programs. Her “passion for the life-giving, life-renewing nature of the gospel” led her to offer leadership to many organizations around the Commonwealth of Virginia, notably the Elizabeth Project, the Center for Women in Christian Leadership, and Friends of Incarcerated Women, working to call attention to issues affecting women and children. She was passionate about causes pertaining to gender, racial and social justice, and the environment, and was a role model and mentor. Judy retired in 2015. The following year she moved to Shelton, CT and was honored with the title “Theologian in Residence” at Mary Taylor Memorial United Methodist Church, where she remained active through 2020.
Judy is survived by her four children: Stephen Bennett, John Bennett, Joanna Bennett, and Jim Bennett, and their spouses, seven grandchildren, one great grandchild, and her beloved cat, Louie. She was preceded in death by her sister, Lucille Sheets, and brothers, Arthur Marshall and Rex Fagalde, as well as a parade of dogs and cats she met and loved along the way.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00am on Friday April 29 at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Richmond, VA. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her honor to The Resource Center or to your local SPCA.

The Rev. George William Stewart, 85, of Montvale, passed away on February 21, 2022, at his home. He was born on February 20, 1937, in Washington, DC. A son of the late Gilbert Vance Stewart and Lavina O. Stewart. In addition to his parents George was preceded in death by a sister-and brother-in-law, Ada S. and Harold Jennings and a sister-in-law, Violet Stewart.
George was survived by his loving wife, of 56 years, Alice Lam Stewart; daughter and son-in-law, Lisa, and Scott Shreckhise; son and friend, John Stewart and Nikki Nickols; granddaughter, Tuesday Dawn Stewart; Brother and Sister-in-law, Carl and Sylvia Stewart. Also surviving are numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends.
George was a United Methodist minister for 40 years in Virginia and South Carolina conferences. George loved his Lord and all the people he served throughout his ministry. He also loved spending time with his family and friends. He was loved by so many and will be missed dearly.
The family would like to Thank Carilion Hospice for their love and care during this most difficult of times.
A funeral service and celebration of George’s life will be conducted at 11:00 am, Friday, February 25, 2022, at Walnut Grove Church in Montvale with Pastor Bob Auxier officiating. Burial will follow the service in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 pm on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford. To send condolences online please visit Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford is assisting the family.

Martha Harrell Davenport, 92, passed away Saturday, February 12, 2022. She was born in Brookfield, Georgia on November 21, 1929, the daughter of the late Edgar Floyd and Lessie Carter Harrell. Martha graduated from Tifton High School and attended Norman College and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. She later taught elementary school and served as Director of Children’s Work, First Baptist Church in Roanoke, Virginia, where she met her husband, John S. Davenport, Jr. While married, Martha taught Bible Studies and was a Weekday Religious Educator in Botetourt County and in the Alleghany area.
Martha is preceded in death by her husband, the Rev. John S. Davenport, Jr.
Martha is survived by her son David Davenport and his wife, Paula; daughter, Miriam Fischer and her husband Eric; grandchildren, Christopher Yost and his wife, Christina, and Cameron Yost and his fiancée, Eisha; and grandchildren, Madison and Tia Davenport; nieces and nephews Larry Harrell, Ray Lyles, Don Chandler, Livia Harper, Suzanne Stinson, Gregory Davenport, Virginia Lynn Haiderer and the late Ike Harrell, Jr., and Vivian Counts.
A special thank you to the owners and staff of Liza’s Residential Care in Virginia Beach for taking wonderful care of Martha for the past year until her passing.
A funeral service will be held for Martha in Aldersgate/New Creation United Methodist Church by Rev. Randy Duncan and Rev. Spencer Black on Wednesday, February 16th at 1:00 PM. Visitation will be held in Loving Funeral Home, Churchland Chapel on Tuesday, February 15 from 6:30 to 7:30 PM. A graveside service will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Tifton, Georgia. Condolences may be offered at

The Rev. Dr. Raymond Fitzhugh Wrenn, 103, of Winchester VA, passed away peacefully on February 10, 2022 at the Winchester Medical Center.
Raymond was born in Herndon, VA to Raymond Nicholas Wrenn and Winnie V. Holden Wrenn on June 25, 1918. He married Rena DeShazo Lynch on September 17, 1949 in Annandale, VA. He graduated from American University, Washington, DC and Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, GA, and then served a pastor of several Methodist churches throughout Virginia. Later he served as Executive Secretary of the Northern Virginia Board of Missions and then as Director of Planning for the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church Council of Ministries. In 1980, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Randolph Macon College, Ashland, VA. After retiring, he spent 10 more years doing field education at Wesley Theological Seminary, Washington, DC.
Raymond is preceded in death by his wife Rena and his two brothers Robert H. Wrenn and T. Randall Wrenn.
Raymond is survived by his children, Richard F. Wrenn and wife Sara, Elizabeth D. Bell, and Katharine L. Kropat and husband Loren; three grandchildren, two step grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and two step great-grandchildren.
The family will be receiving friends on Wednesday, February 16, 2022 at Demaine Funeral Home, 5308 Backlick Road, Springfield VA. 22151 from 6 to 8 p.m.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, February 17, 2022 at Annandale United Methodist Church with the Rev. Levi Stroud, officiating, and burial will follow in the church’s cemetery. Arrangements are by Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, VA.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Wesley Theological Seminary, Shenandoah University, or the United Methodist Foundation.
Cards of sympathy and condolences for Rev. Raymond Wrenn can be sent to his daughter: Cathy Kropat, 2322 Sawdust Rd, Vienna, VA 22181

The Rev. Myles E. Pierson, retired, passed away Feb. 9, 2022. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, February 12, at 3 p.m. at Corinth United Methodist Church at 23 W Williamsburg Rd, Sandston, VA 23150, with visitation at 2 p.m. All are welcome. Wearing masks is strongly encouraged. Clergy will not be robed. Memorial Gifts may be made to Corinth United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

The memorial services for Mrs. Arlin G. Honaker, surviving spouse of the Rev. Albert N. Honaker Jr. have been set with the Rev. Greg West and Rev. Jiyeon Kim presiding. There will be a service in Pennsylvania and a service in Virginia.
Thursday, April 21 at 2 PM at White Deer UMC in Pennsylvania
2155 White Deer Pike, New Columbia, PA 17856
Friday, April 22 at 11 AM at Trinity UMC in Alexandria, VA
2911 Cameron Mills Rd, Alexandria, VA 22302
The Interment will follow the Friday service at the National Memorial Cemetery in Falls Church at 1 PM; 7482 Lee Highway Falls Church, VA 22042
Arlin G. Honaker of Lewisburg passed away Wednesday morning, February 2, 2022 at Riverview Manor, following a spirited battle with cancer.
She was born March 29, 1938 in Milton, a daughter of Harold and Kathryn (Clemens) Gearhart. On January 11, 1975 she married Rev Albert N. Honaker, Jr. who preceded her in death on February 16, 2007. Arlin served with her husband in United Method churches in Northern Virginia.
Arlin was a 1956 graduate of Milton High School. She spent most of her career in government service, working several years in the FBI before accepting a position with the Secret Service where she retired in 1998 with 20 years of service.
Over the years Arlin was a devoted member of the congregations where she worshipped, making lifelong friendships. Arlin loved traveling and was fortunate to have seen much of the world with her husband with numerous trips to the Holy Land. Arlin lived a full and loving life touching the lives of many along the way.
Surviving are a step son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Richard (Ginger) Honaker of Charlottesville VA; a daughter and son-in-law, Theu (Douglas) Weinberg; 3 grandchildren Kim (Anh Nguyen) Weinberg, Delaney and Dayne Honaker; 1 great grandson; 2 brothers and sisters-in-law; Larry (Dorothy) Gearhart; John (Susan) Gearhart; a sister Marion Gearhart all of New Columbia, and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded by 2 stepchildren Rob and Ruth Honaker, a step grandchild Michelle Honaker, and a loving friend and companion Don Pulfiser.
The family suggests contributions in Arlin’s memory be made to Life in His Name Ministries, PO Box 66353 Virginia Beach, VA 23466-6353, or a charity of choice.

Sue Anderson Sheaffer of Covenant Woods, Mechanicsville, born in Winchester, Va., journeyed peacefully to God on January 26, 2022.
Sue is survived by her daughter, Gina (Sheaffer) and John Thornton, of Charlottesville; son, Lee B Sheaffer Jr., and Terrie Sheaffer of Berryville; her sister, Judy A. Mayes of Hanover; grandchildren, Maddie Sue (Thornton) Coppock, Cody and Hunter Sheaffer, and Curtis Thornton; and great-grandson, Aiden Thornton. Sue was preceded in death by her parents, Madeline Fries and William Turner Anderson of Winchester; her beloved husband of 66 years, The Rev Dr. Lee B. Sheaffer; son, Jonathan Bruce Sheaffer; brother, Bill Anderson; and grandson Dr. Aaron Sheaffer.
Sue was a graduate of John Handley HS ’53, She attended Shenandoah College, where she met and married a handsome young ministerial student, Lee Sheaffer. They began their married lives together in Dayton, Ohio. Upon Lee’s graduation from seminary, the couple was sent to Inwood, W.Va., where Lee served two churches. They made many lifelong friends there and began their family. Sue taught school while taking classes towards her bachelor’s degree which she obtained from George Mason College of U.Va. Sue and Lee formed a strong and loving partnership, she supported his ministry throughout his 50 years of service to The EUB and UMC. They served five churches and three districts with Sue sharing her talents directing VBS, teaching Sunday school, serving in the UMC women’s groups, and singing in choir.
Sue loved all music especially opera and classical and sang soprano in several choral groups, Sue served as a docent to the Virginia Opera. Sue was very creative, she enjoyed redecorating each new parsonage to turn it into a lovely home. Lee painted and papered walls while Sue sewed curtains, and created flowerbeds festooned with all types of blossoms. While Lee was serving Aldersgate UMC, Alexandria, Sue studied the art of painting and firing china for which she had a talent. She became a member of the World Organization of China Painters and was a certified teacher of porcelain painting. Sue also wrote children’s stories, and poetry as an educator.
In retirement, she helped produce plays and cultural entertainments for her friends in the CWS community. Sue loved furry creatures of all types, especially dogs. She was very proud of her family and frequently bragged about her children and grandchildren. She encouraged a love of art and music attending every grandchild’s concert or play. She took them to ballets, operas and concerts. Sue also enjoyed worldly travels with Lee and her brother Bill and his wife, Teri. Sue spent the last years fighting against Parkinson’s progression. Despite being gradually robbed of her mobility she kept up her gracious ways and good humor. This lovely lady will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, February 23, 2022, in the Chapel at Reveille UMC, Richmond, Va.
In lieu of flowers, Sue requested donations be made to the Lee B. & Sue A. Sheaffer Fund at Shenandoah University, Office of Advancement Shenandoah University, 1460 University Dr., Winchester, VA 22601.

The Rev. J. Wade Munford, 87, husband of Anne Sharon (McClune) Munford, passed away on January 24, 2022.
He was born on November 10, 1934, in Peterburg, Va, a son of the late Jethro Wade Munford, Sr., and Jessie (Adkins) Munford.
Wade was a member of the Virginia United Methodist Conference and attended Cherryvale United Methodist Church.
He was part of the first graduating class of Columbus State University in the early 1960s and then went on to graduate from Emory Theological Seminar.
Wade became an ordained minister in 1965 and continued to serve his Lord and community faithfully, even recently doing home visits. He began the R.O.C.K. Program in the community in the 1980s, which helped get kids off the streets during the summers.
He was also involved in the Va. Conference Youth Engaged in Service Program (YES) for 16 years, which produced more pastors than any other.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Brian Wade Munford (Aimee) of Oregon; a daughter, Laura Munford Cardaropoli (Frank) of North Carolina; two step-sons, Ty Keegan (April) of Staunton, Mak Keegan, of Hawaii; 10 grandchildren, Lyndsey Keegan Baker, Kelsey Keegan Sprouse, Michael Cardaropoli, Maggie Cardaropoli, Miles Keegan, Nicholas Cardaropoli, Matthew Cardaropoli, Owen, Elias, and Neva Munford, a great-grandson, Wesley Beau Sprouse and numerous other cousins.
A Celebration of Life will be conducted on April 2, 2022, at 11 a.m. at Cherryvale United Methodist Church by Pastor Jonathan Greer. The family will receive friends following the service.
Arrangements are being handled by Henry Funeral Home.
Condolences may be sent to the family online at
Memorial donations can be made to St. Judes Children Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105 US

Cecil M. Rodgers, Jr., the father of Rev. Milton Rodgers, transitioned to heaven on January 6, 2022. The date is significant in Mr. Rodgers life as he had sung the role of the “Page” in the Menotti’s opera, “Amahl and the Night Visitors” which is an opera about the Three Kings. Cecil M. Rodgers, Jr. was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Cecil met his future wife Mary in a Sunday School class at his home church, Centenary Methodist Church. He asked her out for a first date to attend a ballet that night. The couple was married two years later on September 4, 1954.
Cecil worked for Southern Bell and then was drafted into the army. The couple lived in Ramstein, Germany until he left the army. They then moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in 1956 where Cecil continued working for Southern Bell. Cecil, Mary and family were very active in First United Methodist Church in downtown Charlotte. Cecil sang in the church choir and served on various church committees. He also sang tenor with the Charlotte Opera Company for two years.
The Rodgers family moved to Jacksonville, Florida in 1970 and then to Plantation, Florida in 1972. Cecil retired from Southern Bell in 1991 after 35 years of employment and became the acting executive director of the Deaf Services Bureau in Miami. He also served as the facilities manager at Plantation United Methodist Church.
Cecil and Mary moved to Manassas in 2010. Mary passed away on her birthday, February 15, 2017. A Celebration of Life service will be held at Grace United Methodist Church in the Spring.

Mable Pulley Knotts, 89, of Blackstone, VA, passed away Tuesday, January 18, 2022.
She is the widow of the Rev. Albert R. Knotts, Jr. Mable is survived by three sons, A. Ray Knotts III (Renay Parker) of Midlothian, David J. Knotts (Debbie) of Rockville, VA, and Steven W. Knotts of Blackstone; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey Knotts, Ellen Ritchey, Tara Mansfield, Brian Knotts, Danny Knotts, Jonathan Beck, Aubrey Knotts and Kirk Knotts; 11 great grandchildren; a great-great grandson; numerous nieces and nephews, and sister-in-law Mildred Mathews.
She received her RN degree from the University of Virginia and her BSN from Longwood College. Mable devoted her life to the church as being the Parish Nurse of the Crenshaw United Methodist Church for 14 years and prior to that for over 40 years as a Registered Nurse at various hospitals in Virginia. She worked alongside her husband as a minister’s wife for 39 years, having served in many capacities in the Virginia Conference United Methodist Women and went abroad on many mission trips with her husband.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, January 23, 2022 at Crenshaw United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 200 Church St., Blackstone, VA 23824 or to the Virginia Conference United Methodist Women Arrangements are by the Joseph McMillian Funeral Home of Blackstone.

William Leason McClung, 81, passed away on January 13, 2022. He was born in Princeton, WV to the late Blair and Lillian McClung. A year later, his family relocated to Norfolk, VA when his father got a job at the Naval Base to help with the World War II efforts. Bill grew up in the Monticello Village neighborhood near Wards Corner. He graduated from the then Norfolk County School, Norview High class of 58. Following graduation, he enlisted in the Air force going through boot camp at Lakland AFB in San Antonio, TX, and advance school at Biloxi, MS. He then was stationed at Hamilton AFB outside of San Francisco. It was here that he met the love of his life Joann Oliver McClung. He was honorably discharged in 1962 and they returned to his home in Norfolk.
He was a journeyman electrician with International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local #80, working for Austin Electric Company for 33 years until his retirement. Bill was an active leader for the Boy Scouts. As an Explorer Scout, he earned the rank of Silver, then equivalent to Eagle, in Post 180. When his son became a Cub Scout, he took on the role of Cub Master for Pack 42 in Chesapeake, VA and then Assistant Scout Master in Troop 42. He was a Vigil Honor Member of the Blue Herron Lodge Order of the Arrow. Bill was recognized for his volunteer work with Scouting by being awarded the Silver Beaver, the highest honor the Tidewater Council could bestow on him. He was also very involved with his church, Wesley Grace United Methodist Church in Norfolk; he enjoyed teaching Sunday school, singing in the choir, helping with projects and serving in church leadership.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 60 years, Joann McClung; son the Rev. William L. McClung, Jr. and his wife Carrie Anne of Courtland, VA; daughter Peggy Ann Woestman and her husband Kevin of South Riding, VA; and five grandchildren, Andrew Leason McClung, Noah Patrick Woestman, Breanna Leigh Denson, Norah Alice McClung, and Claire Elizabeth Woestman. His parents and his younger siblings, the Rev. James A. McClung and Mrs. Sandra Aman, predeceased Bill.
Memorial Service for William “Red” McClung, Sr. will be held Saturday, February 5, 2022 at 2:00 pm at Wesley Grace United Methodist Church, 288 East Little Creek Road, Norfolk, VA 23505. Memorial donations may be made to the church.

The Rev. Gordon Thomas “Tom” Brown Jr., 74, of Midlothian, Va., claimed the promise of the resurrection January 3, 2022. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Ann Foster Brown; son, Matthew Foster Brown (Carrie Beth Hensley Brown); daughter, Sarah Nelson-Bush (David Bush); granddaughter, Rachel Ann Nelson; cousin, Betsy Hare Buchtel (Mark Buchtel); stepsister, France Purcell-Abbott (James Abbott); and almost son, Ronald D. Pieronski.
He graduated from Bridgewater College and went on to earn a master’s degree from Wesley Theological Seminary.
Tom was a pastor in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church. He most recently served Ivey UMC in Colonial Heights, Va. and St. Luke’s UMC in N. Chesterfield, Va. He also served Main Street UMC, South Boston Va., Southview UMC of Roanoke, Va., Washington Farm UMC of Alexandria, Va., Providence UMC of Suffolk, Va. and Gainesville/Woodland charge of Northern Va.
Since 1993, Tom was very active as a spiritual director in Emmaus, both in the Southside Community and the Richmond Community. From 2006 to 2018, he was Community Spiritual Director in the Richmond Community. He served on teams of Emmaus walks, Chrysalis flights and Epiphany weekends—67 in all. Tom was a volunteer EMT and firefighter; later, he became a police chaplain, last serving Chesterfield County.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Shirley Louise Coffey Wingfield, entered into Eternal Rest, January 3, 2022, in Florida. She was born on September 20, 1934, in Roanoke, VA. She was preceded in death by her parents, Troy and Louise Coffey, her husband, The Reverend Dr. Floyd J. Wingfield, Jr., and her son Allen Wade Wingfield. Shirley made her home in Florida, where she had many wonderful friends and neighbors. Her closest friends were Randall and Barbara Blankenship of Roanoke, VA, and Florida. Her dear family Patsy and Lawrence Wingfield of Charlottesville, VA, and her favorite niece and spouse, Pam and Bob Garner of Ruckersville, VA.
Memorial Contributions may be made to the charity of your choice. Acknowledgments can be made to Lawrence and Patsy Wingfield, 2322 Tarleton Dr. Charlottesville, VA 22901.
A graveside service will be conducted at Virginia Memorial Park on Friday, January 21, 2022, at 2:00 pm with the Rev. Randall Blankenship officiating.
Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Bedford, is assisting the family. To send online condolences please visit

Sylvia Diane Thomas Tarpley, of Salem, Va., was born to Ralph G. “Happy” Thomas and Grace Thomas Overfelt on January 23, 1939 in Roanoke, Va. She passed away on Friday, December 17, 2021.
Sylvia spent the first 10 years of her life in Catawba, Va. and then called Salem her home for the rest of her life.
Sylvia was predeceased by her parents; her brother, Ralph G. Thomas Jr.; and her son, Emory Ned Tarpley Jr. She is survived by her husband of 63 years, Emory Ned Tarpley Sr.; her daughters, Brenda Dyer (Kenny), Sharon Tarpley-Looney; daughter-in-law, Trisha Tarpley; five grandchildren, Kelsey and Phillip (Jaime) Tarpley, Jamie Dyer (Andrew Malloy), Emily and Sara Looney; and two great-grandsons, Liam and Reese; other special cousins; nephews; and many friends.
Sylvia and Emory were charter members of Calvary United Methodist Church in Salem. She was a partner with her husband in his ministry, starting Sunday School Classes, teaching Bible studies, leading ladies Spiritual Retreats and assisting him in many other ways.
Sylvia helped to start the first Day Camp at Camp Alta Mons and she was a Brownie Scout leader. She loved each of the churches they served, loved her family and friends. Above all she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Also, she and Emory loved their trips to the ocean and to the mountains, the warm pool at the Salem YMCA and meeting friends for breakfast or lunch. She loved to do genealogy, scrapbooks, memory books and to do crossword and word search puzzles.
Sylvia’s family would like to express a heartfelt thanks and appreciation to each of the staff and workers at South Roanoke Nursing Home. A special thanks to RN Diane who gave special attention and care to Sylvia during her last days.
A Memorial service will be held at Lotz Chapel in Salem on Saturday, January 22, 2022 (one day before Sylvia’s 83rd birthday). Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. and the service will be at 12 p.m. The family ask you to please wear a mask. The Rev. Becky Wheeler, the Rev. Sebert Rorrer, and the Rev. Dr. Rob Colwell will officiate.
Please consider making Memorial Gifts to Calvary United Methodist Church, 845 Hemlock Road, Salem, VA 24153 or Camp Alta-Mons, 2842 Crockett Springs Road, Shawsville, VA 24162.

Delia Jennings, 77, of Locust Grove, VA passed away, December 2, 2021.
She was born in Fresno, California, April 2, 1944. Delia attended Our Lady of Mercy High School in Michigan, and later she graduated from University of Mary Washington, with a degree in Human Development with an Elementary School Teaching License. She was married to Reverend Thomas Earl Jennings.
Over her career, she taught at numerous schools, including Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, VA; Livingston Elementary in Spotsylvania, VA; Manteo Middle School and Manteo Elementary School in Manteo, NC; and Locust Grove Middle School, in Locust Grove, VA. She won Math Teacher of the Year for her work in Dare County, North Carolina.
Delia loved Christmas. She decorated her house and yard extensively, and she loved to cook for Christmas as well. She bought presents for family and friends year-round. Other favorites included Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music. She loved to dance with beloved husband Tom to Neil Diamond.
She was preceded in death by her dad Earl Bradley, mother Ola Mae Bradley, brother Earl “Zeke” Bradley, and husband, the Rev. Thomas Jennings.
She is survived by her sister, Cheryl Burtch; four children, Michael Bardzell, Jeffrey Bardzell, Kathy Thomas, and Kelly Bardzell; and her grandchildren, Benjamin Bardzell, Jacob Bardzell, and Ashley Bardzell.
Private funeral arrangements will be held at Lovettsville Union Cemetery, on December 13, 2021 at 2 pm in Lovettsville, VA.

Mary Lee Owen Barham of Blairs, Virginia, passed away on November 21, 2021, at the age of 80. She was born on September 16, 1941, to the late Myrtle Mae Neal Shields and the late Harry Adam Shields in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. She was predeceased by her first husband, the Rev. Charles Franklin Owen who was a clergy member of the Virginia conference, and her second husband James Wesley Barham.
Mary was a member of Oakland United Methodist Church and was a homemaker. She is survived by her sons Ricky Owen of Blairs, Virginia, Stanley Owen (Lisa) of Blairs, Virginia, and Barry Owen (Diane) of Brown Summit, North Carolina; her daughter Velvet Owen of Blairs, Virginia; nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents and her first and second husbands, she was predeceased by her brother Harry A. Shields Jr.
A funeral was held on November 24, 2021, at Oakland United Methodist Church with the Rev. Larry Owen officiating.
Norris Funeral Services, Inc. & Crematory, Mt. Hermon Chapel, 3995 Franklin Tpke., Danville, Va. is respectfully serving the Owen family. Online condolences may be made at

“Her children rise up and call her blessed; Her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:28.
Bethel June Daniel, age 93, passed away November 20, 2021 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. She was the widow of Reverend Denzil Ray Daniel, retired United Methodist Pastor. Her beloved husband predeceased her in 2002.
Bethel June was born August 25, 1928 to Andrew Burton Milam and Jessie (Webb) Milam in Raleigh County, West Virginia. Her parents, brothers, Carlos Milam, Harless (Billy) Milam, A. B. Milam, and sister, Janet Susannah McCoy predeceased her. Bethel June is survived by three daughters and their families: Sharon and husband Michael Stafford; Marsha and husband Philip Mirarchi; Marvella and husband Francis Murphy. Also surviving are five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Daniel Stafford and his children, Katherine and Ashton; Rachel Stafford Lambert and husband Anthony Lambert and their children, Benjamin and Gabrielle; Matthew McDill; Sarah Heller and her son Nicholas; Rebecca Heller McNamara and husband Jonathan McNamara and their children, Perry Rae and Hudson.
All services were private. Online condolences and fond memories of Bethel June may be offered to the family at

The Rev. Donald Lee Long “Preacherman,” 87, widower of Charlotte G. (Warren) Long, formerly of Old Laurel Hill Road in Verona, passed away on Thursday, November 18, 2021, at the Regency in Fishersville, Virginia.
The Rev. Long was born in Roanoke, Virginia, on October 31, 1934, a son of the late Robert Malcolm Long and Lillie Virginia (Moore) Long.
The Rev. Donald Long was a veteran of the United States Army. He served on the United Methodist Conference for 51 years and pastored 11 different churches over the years.
In addition to his parents and wife, the Rev. Long is preceded in death by a son, Jack W. Long and two brothers, Edward Luther Long and Robert Eugene Long.
Surviving, are seven sons, Tony L. Long of Elkton, Russell W. Long of Fishersville, Andrew B. Long of Staunton, Donald L. Long Jr. of Front Royal, Richard L. Long of Winchester, Matthew W. Long of Waynesboro and R. Michael Long of Staunton; nine daughters, Pamela L. Bennett of Verona, Sandra M. Wyant, Michelle Toman of Stuarts Draft, Katherine Renee Rhea Winder of Poquoson, Gwynne S. Bradberry of Hampton, Sarah N. Long of Hampton, Nam Kim Murphy of Philpot, Kentucky, Amy Elizabeth Long of Stuarts Draft and Maria G. Long of Vinton; a sister, Ida Mae Wilburn of Dale City; and more than 35 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, November 22, 2021, at Christ United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to McKinley United Methodist Church, 1035 McKinley Road, Middlebrook, VA 24459 or Second Mile Club, c/o Staunton District Office UMC, 26 Orr Drive, Fishersville, VA 22939.
Coffman Funeral Home and Crematory, 230 Frontier Drive in Staunton is in charge of his arrangements.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at or to his daughter, Pamela Bennett at 237 Old Laurel Hill Road, Verona, VA 24482.

Edward Franklin Wilkins of New Market, VA realized the hope of resurrection Friday, November 5, 2021 at Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia.
He was born February 11, 1950, in Alexandria, VA. Ed was the son of Gilbert Franklin Wilkins and Zelma Lee Trivett Wilkins. Both preceded him in death.
On December 10, 1977, he married Frances Darlene Affleck, who survives him. Together they raised four beloved children; R. Michael Thweatt, Jr. (Joyce), Janene Thweatt Whitmore, Paul Jared Wilkins (Morgan Bentley), and Erin Wilkins Fletcher (Henry). The family grew, welcoming grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Grandchildren include Kellen Lee Breeden (Samantha), Glena Leigh DeHart, Amelia Ryan Wilkins, Alexander Payne (Jescah Thompson) and Allison Vicente Rodriguez. Great-granddaughters, Thea Rue and Riley Ann Payne, were born October 19.
Ed is survived by two sisters, Phyllis Hughitt of Palm City, Florida, and Barbara Wilkins Bonner of Reston, VA. He was predeceased by one sister, the Reverend Mary Wilkins. Ed is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.
Ed was a graduate of George Mason University and Wesley Theological Seminary. During his ministry as a United Methodist Pastor Ed served several churches in the Virginia Annual Conference: Macedonia/Montague Ave., Bon Air (Associate), Shiloh (Montpelier), Nelson United Methodist, Mt. Jackson/Quicksburg, Mt. Horeb, White Chapel/Oak Level, Mt. Olive/Shiloh, and Donovan Memorial/Cherry Grove. In retirement Ed filled pulpits in a several churches in Shenandoah County.
Ed’s calling to serve God invited him to the ministry of peacemaking. He was the founder of Apple Valley Mediation Network and served as its Executive Director for 20 years. Ed remained active as a Certified Mediator since his retirement from that position.
Visitation will be Tuesday, November 9 from 6:00-8:00 PM at Heishman Funeral Home, 14116 South Middle Road, Edinburg, VA, 22824.
A Service of Death and Resurrection will be held Wednesday, November 10 at 1:00 PM at Macedonia United Methodist Church, 1941 Macedonia Church Rd., White Post, VA, 22663. The Rev. Stephen Creech and the Rev. Dr. Victor Gomez will officiate. Burial will be in the Macedonia Cemetery. Clergy are invited to robe and wear white stoles. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Resolutions, Inc., 505 N. Main Street, Woodstock, VA, 22664. We ask that you be considerate of your neighbor and wear a face covering if you are not fully vaccinated. Online condolences may be left at
Please remember Ed’s wife, retired pastor Darlene Wilkins, and their children in your prayers. Sympathies may be sent to: PO Box 1105, 4643 Old Valley Pike, New Market, VA 22844-1105.

The Rev. George Eugene King, 94, died Friday, Nov. 5, 2021, at the North Carolina State Veterans Home, Kinston. A private memorial service will be at Sharpstown United Methodist Church Cemetery, N.J.
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Janet Farrow Grissett, age 58, entered into eternal rest Thursday, November 4, 2021 at Smyth County Community Hospital, Marion, Va.
Janet was an Elder in the United Methodist church and was the pastor of Grace and Greenwood United Methodist Churches in Marion. In addition to her love of ministry, Janet loved animals, always sharing her home with rescued dogs. Janet also loved RV travel, enjoying trips from the Canadian Yukon to Sunny Florida. Janet served several Methodist churches as a Pastor, BMW charge in Winchester, Va., Accomack Charge on the Eastern Shore of Va., Melrose UMC in Lottsburg, Va., Fieldale UMC, Fieldale, Va. and Grace/Greenwood UMC’s in Marion, Va. Janet had a special place in her heart for the UMC church and children of El Salvador.
She is preceded in death by her parents, George and Helen Farrow; and brother, George Farrow, Jr.
Janet is survived by her loving husband of 38 years, Tracy Grissett; two sisters, Margaret Stackhouse (Warren) and Joyce Ewell; two brothers, Chuck Farrow (Gayle) and Al Farrow (Chris); several nieces and nephews; and her puppy dogs.
Memorial services will be held Monday, November 8, 2021 at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 115 South Church St., Marion, Va. 24354, with the Reverend Dr. James Bennington officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. at the church.
In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Smyth Animal Rescue; by mail at Smyth County Humane Society, Attn: Smyth Animal Rescue, 112 South Iron Street, Marion, Va. 24354 or online at
To share memories of Pastor Janet Farrow Grissett, please visit Care for Janet’s family has been entrusted to Seaver-Brown Funeral Service & Crematory, 237 East Main Street, Marion, Va. 24354.

Don Louis Shull went to be with Our Lord on Saturday, October 30. Don was born in 1935 in Bridgewater, Virginia to Hubert and Mabel (Ripley) Shull. He graduated from Bridgewater High School and went on to pursue a Bachelor’s in chemistry from Bridgewater College, PhD in physical chemistry from UVA, and later in life pursued his degree in divinity from Duke University Seminary. While at UVA Don met his future wife, Sylvia Herron, and they were married for 60 years. Don and Sylvia were blessed with two children, Tammy and Sean, whom they loved very much.
Don worked as a physical chemist for DuPont and eventually retired from Texaco Oil Corporation. While with Texaco, he spent many months abroad and overseas while being stationed as a scientist on the companies oil tankers. In 1977 Don was appointed as a scientific advisor to the Virginia House of Delegates. Following the end of this appointment, he continued his education at Duke University and was ordained by the church in 1997. Don continued to spread The Word of God in the Methodist churches in the Shenandoah Valley, including the Mount Pleasant Charge parishes in Mount Jackson and Cedar Grove in Harrisonburg. In 2010 Don retired to Harrisonburg to care for Sylvia and to be closer to his daughter’s family and his only grandchild.
Don was an imperfect man of God, as many of us are, but his testimony has touched the hearts of many, and brought more people to God than anyone can fathom. He loved his family more than anything. Don loved to play tennis, never missed a high school reunion for him or Sylvia, and was better at crossword puzzles than anyone we knew. He will be missed by all, but we find refuge in knowing he has eternal life with The Lord.
Don is preceded in death by his wife Sylvia, his mother and father, many aunts and uncles, and his brother, Howard. He is survived by his daughter Tammy, her husband Steve, his granddaughter Brougan and her husband Travis, his son Sean and his wife Theresa, and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, November 13 at McDow Funeral home in Waynesboro, VA at 5 o’clock p.m. He insisted people come as they are, and to join in fellowship as we celebrate his life.

On Monday October 25, 2021, the Rev. Kenneth Stephen James, 94, was welcomed to his heavenly home by his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 29, 2021 at 12 p.m. at George Brothers Funeral Service, 803 Greenhaven Dr., Greensboro, NC, with Pastor Roland Shepley officiating. Burial will follow at Guilford Memorial Park, where Randolph County Honor Guard will perform military honors.
The Rev. James was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty B. James; and second wife, Elouise O. James.
He was a retired United Methodist minister and upon returning to Greensboro attended Muirs Chapel United Methodist Church. The Rev. James served several charges in the Virginia Conference and retired after 13 years of service. He also attended Charity Baptist Church until his health would not allow him to do so. Kenneth served his country in the United States Navy during World War II.
He is survived by his son, Stephen “Dale” James (Vicky M.), of Greensboro; stepson, Lyle M. Friel, Jr (Jean), of Farmington, NY; grandson, Kevin Stewart James (Lindsey), of Scottsdale, AZ; great-grandson, Braxton S. James, of Raleigh; great-granddaughter, Kennedy Anne James, and great-grandson, Marcus S. James, of Scottsdale Arizona; seven step-grandchildren; thirteen step-great-grandchildren; nine step-great-great-grandchildren; as well as several other family members and friends whom he loved.
The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral home prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Friends Home at Guilford Residents Assistance Fund, 925 New Garden Rd., Greensboro, NC 27410.

William Randolph “Buster” Payne, 63, of Gordonsville, went to be with his savior on Sunday October 17, 2021, at the Martha Jefferson Hospital. Born on December 29, 1957, in Gordonsville, he was the son of the late Earl Randolph Payne and Elizabeth Scruggs Payne.
Buster worked for 41 years at Dominion Power before his retirement. He served as a Methodist pastor for 24 years as the former pastor of Mt. View United Methodist Church in Ruckersville and the current pastor of Bingham United Methodist Church in Dyke. He loved to fish and play music, and above all he loved to preach the gospel.
He is survived by his wife, Crystal Payne; one daughter, Hannah Payne; four sons, Caleb Payne and wife, Rhonda, Ethan Payne, Elijah Payne, and James Payne; his sister, Carolyn Harrell and husband, Glenn; three grandchildren, Lydia Payne, Grant Payne, and Landon Payne; his nephews, Matthew Ward and wife, Waverly, and Travis Ward and wife, Robin, a host of cousins, other relatives and dear friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday October 23, 2021, at Zion United Methodist Church in Zion Crossroads, with interment to follow in the church cemetery. The Reverends David Ford and Boyd Byerly will officiate. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, October 22, 2021, at Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville.

Robert “Bob” Townsend Knox, 86, of Elon, NC, passed away on Sunday, October 10, 2021, at Alamance Regional Medical Center.
Born in Ashland, KY, he grew up in Huntington, West Virginia. He was the loving husband of Jean Hendley Knox, who survives, and the son of the late Emory Knox and the late Beatrice Townsend Knox.
Bob attended Fork Union Military Academy for five years, graduating in 1953. He went on to graduate from Marshall University and later Duke Divinity School with a master’s degree in sacred theology. He also had extensive studies at Butner Rehabilitation Center and Dix Hill Mental Hospital in Raleigh, NC.
Bob served the United Methodist Church in the Virginia Conference. He served as an associate in Fairfax, then went on to start a thriving new church, Messiah Methodist in Springfield. He served churches in Waynesboro, Salem, Alexandria, and Arlington, where he retired from Cherrydale United Methodist Church in 1999 and was awarded Pastor Emeritus of that church. He was a member of the Virginia Conference Board of Education, Conference Board of Pensions, Boards of Trustees for Ferrum College, and Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. He served as Chairman for the Committee on Higher Education, Chaplain of the Practical Nursing Program, President of the Conference Board of Higher Education and Campus Ministry, and three years as Chaplain of the Virginia Senate. He was active in the community, taking part in the local Councils on Mental Health, Rotary Club, and Kiwanis Club. Bob was an instrumental part in starting the program “Life of Elon” at Elon University.
Fork Union Military Academy changed his life and gave him confidence in his abilities and a strong religious foundation. He preached at the Alumni Memorial services and addressed students on various occasions. He always tried to convey to the cadets at the academy an appreciation for both the education and character-building values that they were receiving.
Bob was an accomplished musician. He was an excellent pianist and played many other instruments. He enjoyed painting and was a big supporter of the arts.In addition to his wife, survivors include two daughters, Kathryn Knox Maeder and husband Troy of Marietta, GA and Karen Knox McMullen and husband Todd of Fredericksburg, VA; and two granddaughters, Alexandra Maeder and Abigail Maeder, both of Atlanta, GA.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 15, 2021, in the Chapel at Front Street United Methodist Church at 2:00 p.m., officiated by Rev. Marshall Old. The family will receive friends following the service in the Heritage Center.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Front Street United Methodist Music Fund, P.O. Box 2597, Burlington, NC 27216 or Elon University, “Life of Elon”, Campus Box 2615, 100 Campus Drive, Elon, NC 27244.

Edward Burruss Owen, of Henrico, Virginia, died October 8, 2021 at Spring Arbor Cottage in Henrico, Virginia. He was the son of the late Joseph Daniel and Carolyn Burruss Owen. During his professional career, he served as minister of Wakefield Charge in Wakefield and Wesley United Methodist Church in Hampton. He loved the part of the ministry of working with people and this led him to join the Virginia Department of Rehabilitative Services, where he would work until his retirement. He continued his love of the Methodist church by teaching in the Sunday school and visitation with the elderly in retirement and nursing homes. He even drove the Trinity Van to assist with the ministry of the church. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Nancy Clements Owen; and his two children, Beth Clements Owen of Richmond and Allen Burruss Owen of Henrico; his brother, Joseph Daniel Owen Jr. of San Francisco, California and Carole Owen Shereda of Plymouth, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his brother, Benjamin Harold Owen. Burial will be private. Memorials may be made to The Trinity Foundation, 903 Forest Ave., Henrico, Virginia 23229. Online guestbook is available at

Gwendolyn Ward Callis went home to be with the Lord peacefully on October 3, 2021. Gwen was born on September 7, 1929, in Hampton, Virginia, and graduated from Hampton High School.
She was preceded in death by her parents James B. Forrest and Mary L. Forrest; her husbands, the Rev. Duane H. Ward, and Robert H. (Bo) Callis; her sisters Julia Francis (Tancy) Parron; Imogene (Gene) Taylor; and brother Robert B. (Buddy) Forrest.
She is survived by her children, Michael Ward (Violetta); Richard Ward; and Terry Haywood. grandchildren Kris Ward (Shelley); Keith Ward (Susan); Kelsey Briggs (Devon); Christina Ward and Christopher Ward. great-grandchildren Ella Ward; Emily Ward; D.J. Briggs and Liam Briggs; Sisters Marion Counts (Butch); Charlotte Spencer; May Lou Wood (Ham); and multiple nieces and nephews.
She spent 38 years as a volunteer at Riverside Walter Reed Hospital. She was a devoted Christian, proud loving wife of two veterans, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. Heaven has gained a wonderful angel who will be truly missed here on earth.
Visitation was held Sunday, October 10 at Bristow Faulkner Chapel, Saluda, VA from 2pm – 3pm., followed by a procession to the graveside at Forrest Chapel United Methodist Church, Warner, VA. The service was conducted by Pastor Carol Bookwalter. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, (P.O. Box 790, Urbanna, VA.) Please visit to send your condolences.

Lieutenant Colonel Chaplain USAF, Wilton Bruce Thomas, age 90 of Broadway Va. went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 30, 2021.
Wilton was born April 30, 1931, son of Andrew J. and Eunice Thomas, grandson of Mr. and Mrs. George B. Turner, and Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Thomas.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Helen Thomas (daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Ollie Fulk); his son, Quinton Bruce Thomas both of Broadway; Goddaughter, DeEtte Coleman-Jones of Luray Va.; and a host of family and friends.
He was preceded in death by a son, George Brinton Thomas; and a sister Jane Dove.
Wilton graduated from Shenandoah College, James Madison College with a B.A, and United Theological Seminary in Dayton Ohio with a Masters in Divinity in 1955.
In 1956 he went to Cherryvale Mission in Staunton Va. Within two years he organized and built the church with 75 members. The worship and Sunday School were both held in the parsonage during the time of construction.
He served in churches in Ohio, and West Virginia. He served 45 years in the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church.
He served USAF as a United Methodist Chaplain with tours to Taiwan, Italy, and Japan. He also served as a Chaplain at the Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio TX. After 20 years of active duty, Wilton retired in 1987.
Lt. Col. Wilton B. Thomas, will be buried with full Military Honors, at Trissels Mennonite Cemetery, Broadway Va., November 21, 2021 at 2 pm, followed by a memorial service 3:00 PM at Sunset Drive United Methodist Church, Broadway, with the Rev. Tom Murphy and the Rev. Eric Wetzel presiding.
In lieu of flower please make donations to your local food bank or Salvation Army.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the doctors and staff at Sentara RMH of Harrisonburg, Va.

The Rev. Leonard Douglas Hill Jr., passed away Sunday, September 26, 2021. The Rev. Hill was born April 9, 1940, and served in The United Methodist Church for 42 years as a Pastor and District Superintendent. His Pastorates included Bethel UMC in Caroline County, Fairmount UMC in Henrico County, Arlington Forest UMC in Arlington, Va., Bethel-Emmanuel UMC in Lancaster County, Beulah UMC in Richmond, Va., District Superintendent of the Petersburg District and Asbury UMC in Harrisonburg, Va. He also served the United Methodist Conference on the Board of Ordained Ministry, The Guardian Place Board, and on the board for United Methodist Family Services for many years. In recent years, he served on the board for the PACE center at VCU and remained very active in the life of the church. He was a beloved friend, husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Janet Hill; his daughter, Amy Thomas, and her husband, Jim; his son, David Hill; five grandchildren, Clay (Lauren), Drew and Porter Thomas, Dylan, and Aidan Hill. A memorial service will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church on 903 Forest Ave., Friday, October 1, 2021, at 2 p.m., with a visitation preceding the service at 1 p.m. Facemasks are required inside for all individuals regardless of vaccination status. The family asks in lieu of flowers to make donations to UMFS or a favorite charity.

The Rev. Alda V. Gunn, 81, of Lee, NH, formerly of Bridgewater, VA, passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021, of natural causes.
Alda was born in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, on April 2, 1940, one of eight children of the late Johanna (Proper) and Albert Van Hartskamp. Alda’s earliest memories were of the wartime occupied Netherlands, and her lifetime dedication to care of others was rooted in those memories. Alda emigrated to the United States at age 24 and worked as a registered nurse in Virginia and New York.
On May 6, 1968, she was united in marriage to the Reverend Eldred Cecil Gunn of Kenbridge, VA. They had two children, Albert and Cecile, and the family lived and worked on the Gunn’s Dixie Lee Farm. Alda was also stepmother to Eldred’s three children from a prior marriage, Delia, Adele, and Timothy Gunn, and step-grandmother to their families.
Alda earned a Master of Divinity from Duke University in 1989 and was ordained as a United Methodist Minister. She served most recently in Mount Clinton and Elkton, VA. After retiring in 2005, Alda was a member of Dayton United Methodist Church and the United Methodist Women. In 2021, Alda relocated to Lee, NH to live with her daughter and grandchildren.
Alda is remembered by her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as a thoughtful mentor who would often help to correlate a life experience to the teachings of the Bible. Alda is remembered by those who knew her as a source of wisdom and encouragement who could help others reflect on their own lives in an inspirational way. She truly will be remembered and missed.
Alda is survived by a daughter, Cecile Gunn-Desmond, and her husband, David Desmond, of Lee, NH, and their children, Liligrace and Russell Desmond. Alda is also survived by three step-children, Delia Gunn Bonenberger of Springville, NY, Adele Gunn Gill of Boonesboro, MD, and Timothy Jennings Gunn of Charlotte, NC, and their children and grandchildren. Alda is survived in the Netherlands by three sisters, Gerrie Roelofs, Anneke van Norel, and Elizabeth Teunissen; and one brother, Bor van Hartskamp.
Alda is predeceased by her husband, Eldred, and her son, Albert Gunn of Millis, MA, who passed away in 2017.
A memorial service will be held at 11 am on Saturday, November 27, 2021, at Dayton United Methodist Church in Dayton, VA, open to the community.
Memorial contributions may be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief or Dayton United Methodist Church Building Fund, 215 Ashby St., Dayton, VA 22821.
Johnson Funeral Service in Bridgewater, VA, is entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences may be shared with the family at

The Rev. Terry Kwanghyun Eum, M. Div., T.H.M, 37, went to be with the Lord on Monday, September 13, 2021. He was born in Seoul, South Korea on April 11, 1984 to Choong Ok Lee and Dong-Myung Eum.
Growing up he was an avid sports player and class president. Terry came to the United States in 2001, as an exchange student, hosted by Kathy Vosburg, to complete his high school studies at L’Anse Creese High School-North in Macomb, Michigan. It was here that he met his wife, Chelsea Lange Eum. After their wedding in 2005 and finishing a degree in communications and US History at Saginaw Valley State University and Delta College. The couple moved to Richmond, Virginia where Terry attended Union Presbyterian Seminary for MDiv, TH.M. Terry was a Pastor at multiple churches, Lord Jesus Korean Church, Korean Presbyterian Church of Fredericksburg, Emmaus United Methodist Church, and The Brandermill Church. While he was ministering, he wrote and published several commentaries. He currently served at Warsaw United Methodist Church in Warsaw, Virginia.
Terry is survived by his wife, Chelsea Eum and their four sons, Isaac, Caleb, Enoch, and Elijah. He is also survived by his parents, Choong Ok Lee and Dong-Myung Eum; his sister, Heewoon Eum and her husband Seokhyun; niece, Joy; and nephews, Joshua and John. He is also survived by his in-laws, Cathy and Charles Lange.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at the Brandermill Church, 4500 Millridge Pkwy., Midlothian, VA 23112. The service will also be available by live stream by selecting “Watch Here” at
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The Rev. Paul Benjamin Davis Jr., 90, of Culpeper, died Sunday, September 12, 2021, at his residence. He was born August 24, 1931, in Charlottesville to the late Paul and Wilmina Davis. The Rev. Davis is survived by his wife of 55 years, Marilyn Colvin Davis; daughters, Melanie Renee Davis (Reid Dirom), Heather Davis Carila (Randolph A.), and Amanda Gayle Davis; a brother-in-law, Robert Barfield. He is also survived by additional family, friends, and his loving church family. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his sisters, Grace Davis Wagner (Gilbert), Pauline Davis Cooke (Leroy), and Myrl Davis Barfield. A funeral service was held on Thursday, September 16, 2021, at Hopewell United Methodist Church. The interment in Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery was private. An online guestbook and tribute wall are available at

The Rev. Angelito “Gel” Samson, 75, United Methodist elder and a member of the Virginia Conference of The United Methodist Church, went peacefully with our Lord at home in Virginia Beach, VA, on September 8, 2021, surrounded by family.
Born January 9, 1946, Tarlac, Philippines. Pastor Samson graduated with a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. He also studied at Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky for his post-ministerial studies and received his certification in Marriage and Family Therapy from Menninger. Pastor Samson served The United Methodist Church for 47-plus years at various appointments in the Philippines, Kansas, and Virginia and was also a noted professor at Union Theological Seminary. His unshakeable faith inspired so many. Pastor Samson will be remembered for his welcoming spirit; treating all as friends with the respect, dignity, compassion, and kindness that characterized his entire life. He enjoyed reading, writing, fishing, camping, traveling, gardening, and babysitting his grandchildren.
The Rev. Samson is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Emma, his daughter Pristine (Sophie); his son Domini (Bernadette); grandchildren (Bianca and Brianna); daughter Bea (Brian); grandchildren (Zion, Czab, and Czef); mother-in-law “Nanay” Mely; younger brother Rico, and a large and loving extended family and community.
Viewing services will be Friday, Sept. 17, and Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, from 6 pm-8 pm at Holloman-Brown Funeral Home Princess Anne Chapel, 3445 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be Sunday, Sept 19, 2021, at 2 pm at Courthouse Community UMC, 2708 Princess Anne Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.

Lois Seay Turner, 86, a native of Fredericksburg, Virginia, passed away on September 6, 2021.  She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.  She will be greatly missed by her family. She is survived by her children: Stephen Turner of Charlottesville, Pamela Smith of Panama City Beach, Florida, Michael Turner of Spotsylvania; 10 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; sister: Harriet Shelton of Silver Spring, Maryland.  She was predeceased by her husband of 57 years, Trevor Turner.
As the wife of a United Methodist minister and a U.S. Army chaplain, she supported her husband in his parish work and ministry to soldiers and their families.  As a result of their nomad life, she established many homes in many places and went on many travel adventures within the United States and Canada as well as in Asia, Central America, Europe, Africa, and Australia.  As first lady to her husband’s tenure as president at Randolph- Macon Academy for sixteen years, she helped in the interior design and appointment of new buildings and the care of students. In retirement years, she helped raise funds for Joe Gibb’s Youth for Tomorrow program, Relay for Life of the American Cancer Society, and brought Christian music to local nursing homes and assisted living facilities through Hillcrest United Methodist Church’s Hillcrest singers. Family was important to her, and she hosted countless family gatherings on holidays and during the summer months. There will be a celebration of her life at Hillcrest United Methodist Church, Fredericksburg, on Saturday, September 25, at 10:30 a.m., with a viewing one hour prior.  The Rev. Justin Williams, pastor of Hillcrest, officiating. A picnic lunch will follow the service at Loriella Park, Shelter A. A graveside service at Arlington National Cemetery will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in honor of Mrs. Turner may be made to Randolph-Macon Academy’s Lois and Trevor Turner Endowed Scholarship, 200 Academy Drive, Front Royal, VA 22630; Hillcrest United Methodist Church, 2208 Lafayette Boulevard, Fredericksburg, VA 22401; Relay for Life, PO Box 4110, Glen Allen, VA 23058; and Youth for Tomorrow, 11835 Hazel Circle Drive, Bristow, VA 20136.

HARRIS, Sharon Dale French, 73, passed away Saturday, September 4, 2021. She was born in Richmond on March 20, 1948, to Frank Hannon and Dorothy Lucille Moncure French. Sharon was a graduate of J.R. Tucker High School, Longwood University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Regent University. She taught English at J.R. Tucker High School; English as a Second Language in several Henrico County schools; and spent 14 years as a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice. Sharon was active in her United Methodist Women circle and led a Grief Recovery Group at Providence United Methodist Church. In recent years, she also did grief counseling with Bon Secours Hospice.
In 2015, she and her husband published a book titled NPH Journey into Dementia and Out Again, chronicling her bout with a neurological condition. She loved poetry and published a small chapbook, Watermark. Sharon was a lifelong learner, a sensitive woman of deep spirituality, an advocate for acceptance of all people beyond all barriers and hurdles, a good listener and friend to many. She loved children, the beach, collecting seashells, loved to travel, and loved to shop. She and her husband were active for years in the Association for Marriage Enrichment (ACME) and briefly formed a group for remarried couples called the “Stepfamily Connection.”
Sharon is survived by her husband of 39 years, the Rev. Hugh T. Harris; her brother, Larry W. French (Lisa); a brother-in-law, the Rev. James A. Harris (Debbie); her children, William Brent Logan (Michelle) and Mark Ryan Logan (Stacie); two stepchildren, Charles W. Harris (Felicia) and Linda Diane Spencer; four grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 18, at Providence United Methodist Church, 901 S. Providence Road, North Chesterfield, Va. A private committal service will be held later at the Providence Cemetery Memory Walk. Memorial donations may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, D.C. 20090-6011.

The Rev. Joseph E. Hammond, Jr. (Sir) 70, husband of Susan M. Hammond, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, August 25, 2021.
He was born in Washington D.C., and was the son of the late Sgt. Joseph E. Hammond, Sr. and the late Ruth Gilbert Hammond. In addition to his wife Susan (Wanda Sue) of 48 years, he will be missed by his son Joseph E. Hammond, III (Little Buddy) and his wife Elisabeth (Yankee); grandchildren Lisabella (Little Relative) and Tristan Joseph (Quattro); sister Julia Reams and her husband David; Nephew Matthew Reams, his wife Amy and children Owen and Evelyn; Niece Melissa Reams; brother-in-law Willard Meeks, his wife Page and children Trea and Michael, and numerous others.
Joseph served in the United States Army as senior analyst for the Army Security Agency. Upon leaving the Army he worked for several years as an OSHA Safety Specialist for Daniel Construction, and then Joseph accepted the call to Ministry. Upon completion of Ministerial Studies at Duke University Joseph served at Collierstown Charge, Laurel Park, Rehobeth Parrish, Gloucester-Matthews, and Carson United Methodist Church. He retired from active ministry, and then was asked by his District Superintendent to become retired temporary minister for Centenary United Methodist Church in Chesterfield. He wanted Joseph to help them in their struggles to rebuild after a devastating fire. Joseph was instrumental in helping the church remain open and expertly led them through all the steps to achieve their goal of rebuilding the church through his ability to maintain detente. Upon retiring for the final time, he and his wife moved “back to the mountains” of Roanoke, VA. to be near his family and where he loved hunting and fishing. He was slowly recovering from an accidental fall at Douthat State Park, and was looking forward to being able to go fishing again.
Joseph was a Mason and served as Worshipful Master at the Kilmarnock Lodge. He facilitated at many weddings and baptisms, married his son to Elisabeth, got to baptize both of his grandchildren, and officiated in the “shotgun” wedding of his best friend and special brother Craig Hayden to Maryhelen. Joseph often utilized his unique gift of being able to help those in bereavement over the passing of a family member. We are trying to do the same for him even though we lack his skills. Joseph was a brilliant theologian and his wife, family, and congregations would say that they Never heard a boring sermon!!! His uncanny ability to weave personal stories and events into the relevancy of Scripture was nothing short of amazing. He led his congregations with finesse and adherence to the Methodist doctrine, and his children’s stories were enjoyed by the whole congregation. He had a very pragmatic view of life’s circumstances-which often exasperated his wife!
Above all else, Joseph brought the Word to people and people to the Lord-well done good and faithful servant! Rev.
Wayne Moore, another best friend, and Rev. Mary Dadisman will conduct a brief memorial service at Carson United Methodist Church in Carson, VA. on Saturday, September 18, at 1:00 p. m.
Per his wishes Joseph will be interred in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Lt. Colonel (retired) John Westfall Morrison, Jr., passed away on Friday, August 20, 2021 at Baptist Health Hardin in Elizabethtown, KY.
Jack was born to John W. and Jane Selecman Morrison in Richmond, VA, on June 20, 1939. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Sheryl, whom he wed in 2002, his daughters from his first marriage of 39 years to the late Marion Blackstone: Rae (Ron) Scott, Mt. Washington, KY, Angela McCurdy, Louisville, KY, and Pamela Morrision, Louisville, KY: three adult grandchildren: Cameron McCurdy, Lauren McCurdy, and Erin McCurdy, all of Louisville; stepchildren: Lori Sandlin, Elizabethtown, KY and Chad Radford, Austin, TX and one step-granddaugther, Saylor Sandlin, of Bowling Green, KY; his sisters, Linda (Dave) Douglas of Jacksonsville, NC and Carol (Virginia Barter) Morrison of Dandridge, TN. He was preceded in death by a sister Julia Morrison of Lawrence, KS.
Jack’s love of God, country, and family were evident to all who knew him. He was dedicated to promoting clean water to the people of Haiti through Living Waters of the World and Memorial United Methodist Church. He was so very proud that nine water purification systems are currently producing gallons of clean water for the people near Port de Paix, Haiti. Jack loved jazz music, fishing, being in nature, traveling, and especially spending time with his family and little dog, Bella.
Jack was a graduate of Randolph-Macon College and Union Presbyterian Seminary in Virginia. He received a Doctor of Ministry in Psychology and Clinical Studies from Andover Newton Theological School in Boston, MA.
Jack served as a pastor in Virginia churches from 1961-1974. In 1974 he became a U.S. Army Chaplain and over the course of 26 years in the Army, he served in various assignments from Fort Bragg, NC, Korea, Key West, FL, Fort Devens, MA, Frankfort, Germany, Arlington National Cemetery, and Fort Belvoir, VA. His last assignment was as the Family Life Chaplain at Fort Knox, KY, where he retired in 2000.
Chaplain Morrison graduated from the Airborne Jumpmaster, Special Officers and the Command and General Staff College military courses.
Upon his retirement, he opened Good Shepherd Counseling Ministries from which he retired in 2018.
Visitation will be at Memorial United Methodist Church on N Miles Street from 12 to 2 on Saturday with the Service to follow at 2 pm. Burial with full military honors will be at the Kentucky Veteran’s Cemetery in Radcliff, KY at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Living Waters of the World, Memorial United Methodist Church, 631 N. Miles Street, Elizabethtown, KY. Condolences may be expressed at

Dottie Hardy Donat, 86 of Roanoke, VA. Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 17, 2021. She was a graduate of Mary Washington College and a member of Cave Spring United Methodist Church. Mrs. Donat was preceded in death by her husband Griffin Hardy and husband Ward Donat; parents Frank and Frances Scott and a brother Frank J. Scott, Jr. Mrs. Donat is survived by her two daughters Lynn Tolmie and husband John of Baltimore, MD and Elizabeth Offermann and husband Paul of Roanoke, VA; two step-children Leslie McBee and husband J.C. of Atlanta, GA and Linn Glisson and husband Andrew of Covington, VA; five grandchildren Christopher Tolmie and husband Juan, Grayson Tolmie and wife Kate, Hunter Tolmie and wife Lexi and Alexander and Olivia Offermann; three step-grandchildren John Glisson and wife Colleen and Peter Glisson and wife Randi-Morgan and Jerry McBee; and four step-great-grandchildren
The family will receive friends on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 3-5pm at Oakey’s South Chapel. Funeral Services will be held at Cave Spring United Methodist Church on Sunday, August 22, 2021 at 1pm, with Pastor Lauren Lobenhofer officiating. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Cave Spring United Methodist Church 4505 Hazel Dr. Roanoke, VA 24018 or The American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 2680, North Canton, OH 44720. Online condolence may be to the family at

Word has been received that the Rev. Cynthia Lee Frye passed away on August 13, 2021. Information on a funeral service is not available at this time. Cynthia was a retired associate member of the Virginia Conference. She began her ministerial career in 1998 at Crimora-Mount Bethel, Harrisonburg District, where she served until her retirement in 2004.

Janis Karen Whitehurst died peacefully in her home in Chesapeake, Virginia on 11 August 2021.
Karen was born 29 March 1949 in Portsmouth, Virginia, the daughter of John Bentley Whitehurst and Gladys Lucille Hardison Whitehurst. She attended schools in Cradock, Virginia, and graduated from Old Dominion University. She taught for many years in Deep Creek (Virginia) Elementary School. After retiring from teaching, she graduated from Duke University’s Divinity School and became a local pastor at Asbury United Methodist Church in Cradock, Virginia. She retired as a pastor when Asbury Church was disbanded.
Karen experienced several years of declining health before her death. She was cremated on 17 August 2021.
Karen is survived by her sister, Frances Ann Hudelson and husband David, nieces Jennifer Ellen (Hudelson) Holley (Charles) and Luanne (Hudelson) Popkin and husband Lawrence Palmer, grand-nieces Natasha Nicole Popkin and Madeline Kate Popkin, grand-nephews Steven Jay Popkin and Julian Prather Holley, numerous cousins and many friends.
Plans for a memorial service are still pending.

April 4, 1934 – August 7, 2021
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Eleanor Greathead Shuffand Harold Mathews Shuff. She was also predeceased by her daughter, Belinda G. Minnick. Anne loved family gatherings, with Christmas being her favorite holiday. She loved landscaping and was a Master Gardner. Her beautiful flower gardens brought years of joy to her family and neighbors. Her degree from Cornell University in design brought loving creations – one-of-a-kind clothing, beautiful window treatments, and unique Christmas crafts that included angels and aprons for everyone in her family. Anne worked in the public school system for 18 years teaching second grade at Central Elementary in Warrenton, Va., and later teaching at Lincoln Terrace Elementary in Roanoke, Va. After raising SEVEN girls, she and her husband, Jack, enjoyed many years of good humor, family, cherished friends, classical music, and dancing. Survivors include her beloved husband of 50 years, Jack A. Minnick of Virginia Beach, Va.; brother, David G. Shuff (Cindy) of Rock Hill, S.C.; daughters, Laura L. Minnick, Richmond, VA; Susan M. Baker (David) Hyattsville, MD; Melissa M. Creekmore (Mike) of Chesapeake, Va., Julia A. Stack (Wayne) of Fayetteville, N.C., Kathryn B. Whitescarver (Paul) of Gales Ferry, Conn., and MaryBeth M.Wilkinson of The Plains, Va. She had nine grandchildren and four great -grandchildren. In respect of the ongoing pandemic, the family will hold a private celebration of Anne’s life. Her wish was, in lieu of flowers, to consider a donation to the St. Andrew’s Potato Project, Food Bank, or a charity of choice.

The Rev. Billy G. Johnson, Sr., age 85, of Danville, VA, passed to his heavenly home on Thursday, August 5, 2021, at Stratford Rehabilitation Center in Danville, VA.
The Rev. Billy Johnson was born October 10, 1935, to Z. Truman and Anna Belle Raymond Johnson in Bessemer, Alabama. He attended public school until graduation with honors in 1954 from McAdory High School in McCalla, Alabama. He was Vice President of the National Honor Society and voted “Most Likely to Succeed.” He entered the Salvation Army’s School of Officers Training in Atlanta, GA. He married the love of his life, Joyce Eleanor Cowham Johnson, on January 10, 1958, who resides at their home in Danville. He was predeceased in death by two brothers, Howard Lee Johnson & James Truman Johnson, and one sister, Ocie Mae Hardy.
Bill & Joy have four children, Billy G. Johnson, Jr. (Gisele), Columbia, SC; Gloria Anderson (Dwayne), Waynesboro, VA; Melanie Clark (James), La Canada Flintridge, CA; and Arthur Johnson (Dara), Ringgold, VA. They also have seven grandchildren (Robin, Peirce, Cody (Brittany), Marshall, Nicholas, Cassidy, and Ashley) and several nieces and nephews.
The Rev. Johnson was a faithful servant of the Lord for almost 60 years. He served 25 years with the Salvation Army including being stationed at the Danville, VA location in 1978. After joining the United Methodist Church in 1979, he pastored several churches in Virginia including Grace Design United Methodist and Schoolfield United Methodist in Danville, VA. He also served the Axton charge and Nolan Memorial in Hampton, VA, and Grottoes UMC, Mt. Pisgah, and Clover Hill, all in the Shenandoah Valley. He retired from active ministry in 2002. He later served Calvary UMC. Bill was kind and generous and had a loving spirit. He loved to study. He loved working with his hands on home projects as evidenced by his tool collection, some of which he received from his dad.
A private funeral will be held later at Danville Memorial Gardens with the Rev. Duane Caldwell presiding.
The family would like to express thanks to Cindy Walker and Brenda Lopez for their wonderful care of Bill before his admission to Stratford. Also, sincere appreciation to Robin and Matilda for their kindness to Bill and Buddy.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Heart Association or the Danville Life Saving Crew. Norris Funeral Home is respectfully serving the Johnson family.

Lee Roy Jamison, M Div, transitioned to his eternal reward on Aug 2, 2021, at the age of 95. He is survived by two sons, David (Kathy) of Texas, and Douglas (Deedee)of Danville; three grandchildren, Michael (Amber), Christian, and Anne (Nick); and four great-grandchildren, Rylee, Parker Lee, Jax, and Kade.
After graduating from Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary, Lee was ordained as an elder in the Methodist Church in 1952 and pastored churches in New Castle, Buchanan, Gordonsville, Barboursville, Danville, Salem, Portsmouth, Colonial Heights, Richmond, and Dayton before retiring in Roanoke with his late wife Evelyn, where he lived for 40 more years.
As the husband of Evelyn Webb, he was the last survivor of a generation of thirteen siblings and twelve spouses which began in 1905.
After graduating from Jefferson High School on D-Day, June 6, 1944, Lee began a long association with the U.S. Navy. He proudly served on the USS Lexington, a battleship in the Pacific fleet, as a signalman on deck. He later returned to Officers’ Training School and received a commission as a chaplain in the Naval Reserves, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He loved the Navy and relished his times as a chaplain.
Known for his quick wit, Lee will be missed by family, friends, nurses, and congregants alike. Well done, Dad. We will love you always.
The family will receive friends on Friday, August 6, 2021, at Lotz Funeral Home in Salem from 6 until 8 p.m.
A memorial service will be held at Central United Methodist Church in Salem on Saturday, August 7, 2021, at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests any memorial donation be made to The Evelyn Webb Jamison Scholarship, Ferrum College. P.O. Box 1000. Ferrum, VA 24088.

Norma H. B. Cleaver, age 86, of Arthur, W. Va., died Thursday, July 29, 2021, while residing at the home of her daughter, Ann McCoy, in Clarksburg, Md. She was born Norma Lucretia Haire on November 21, 1934, in the midst of the Great Depression and during a period in which the Roaring 20s and Depression-era mobsters were being mopped up and the ingredients of a world war were beginning to stir. Hitler had become dictator of Germany just three months before and the following month child actress Shirley Temple would become a national film star upon the release of “Bright Eyes.”
The daughter of Virgie Leona (Barr) Haire, a rural one-room schoolhouse teacher, musician, music instructor, and farmer, and the Rev. Alvin Harrison Haire, a minister, educator, writer, and beekeeper, Norma Lucretia Haire was born at home, on the family farm in Arthur, W. Va.
Her parents having divorced before her birth, she was raised on the family farm by her mother and her maternal grandparents, David Frederick Barr and Mary Alice (Parker) Barr.
Like many yeoman farms in 1930s rural America, it was largely self-sufficient, yet for many of her years growing up, she had neither indoor plumbing nor electricity. Though it would be electrified in the 1940s, running water remained limited to a kitchen sink hand pump, and meals were prepared using a wood-burning stove. An educator, the mother of two children, and a wife, she was for thirty years the spouse and essentially an uncompensated, but tacit, co-minister and partner in the full-time ministry of her first husband, the late Rev. Lee G. Bowman.
After graduation from, Petersburg, W. Va., high school, she moved to the Capitol Hill area in Washington, D.C., living at the Thompson-Markward Hall Woman’s Home during the first term of the Eisenhower administration. She worked as a clerk for the U.S. Department of the Navy at the Washington Navy Yard. However, finding bureaucratic clerical work too boring, monotonous, and frustrated by being told to type random numbers to “look busy” when government managers made inspections, she became a waitress at the Hot Shoppe in the District at 1621 H Street NW. She received her bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education at Bob Jones University in Greenville, S.C.
On June 8, 1957, a week following graduation, she and Lee married at Aldersgate Wesleyan Church, Falls Church, Va. Foreshadowing a life in which much of her life would be personally involved in church ministry, they honeymooned at Lake Wawasee, Indiana, during the Evangelical United Brethren Church’s annual conference. Upon her husband’s graduation three years later from Evangelical Theological Seminary, Naperville, Il., student pastorate at San Pierre, Indiana, EUB Church, and ordination, Mrs. Bowman and her husband began a life of parish ministry.
Between 1960 and her husband’s retirement in 1989, she and her husband, the Rev. Lee G. Bowman, pastored churches in the Evangelical United Brethren (EUB) Church, the United Methodist Church (UMC), and the Church of the Brethren: Harper’s Chapel, Harper, W. Va., and Walnut Street EUB Church, Franklin, W. Va.; St. James EUB Church, Pleasant Valley, Va., Mt. Sinai EUB (now Vision of Hope UMC) Church, Harrisonburg, Va.; Glovier Memorial United Methodist Church, Waynesboro, Va.; New Enterprise Church of the Brethren, New Enterprise, Pa.; and Tyler Memorial United Methodist Church, Hampton, Va. She was a volunteer for Hotline, the Waynesboro, Va., personal crisis center, and, in Pennsylvania, a Church of the Brethren licensed lay minister.
While living in Virginia, she taught various elementary grades at the Upper Tract Elementary School in Upper Tract, W. Va., McGaheysville, Va., for the Rockingham County, Va., School District, Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Staunton, Va., and the Hampton, Va., school district.
A maternal descendant from a long line of musicians, innately musical, played the piano, was renowned for her solo singing voice from a young age, participated in choirs at the churches she attended and served at throughout her life, often provided special music and piano accompaniment at services, and she composed and copyrighted several songs. Having grown up on a farm, she claimed not to be sentimental about animals, yet she fostered and adopted numerous stray cats and a dog, providing them with love and affection, shelter, food, and veterinary care for the rest of their lives. She loved and cared for precious and dear things, whether they be little prettily decorated finger bowls or a child’s stuffed toy lamb.
Upon his disability from a series of strokes, she and her husband retired to their family home in Arthur, W. Va., in 1989 where she cared for him until his death in 1992. She also took in her mother Leona Haire and maternal Aunt Esther Popowski, caring for them to the end of their lives. She married Elvin Cleaver of Dorcas, W. Va., a former high school classmate, making a home together at her residence in Arthur, caring for him after his cancer diagnosis until his death in 2015.
She loved to care for her home and pets, to read, to vegetable and flower garden, to can copious amounts of vegetables from her garden annually until a few years before her death. She was a member of the Maysville Bible Brethren Church.
She enjoyed dining out, especially with friends and family. A child of the Great Depression, she was an inveterate saver of even the smallest items she believed might be put to some other use and reused and recycled all that she could.
She was predeceased by her parents, her two husbands, Rev. Lee G. Bowman and Elvin (Bub) Cleaver, a sister Helen (Haire) Michaels, her maternal aunt and uncle, Esther (Barr) and Fred Popowski formerly of Falls Church, Va.; half-sisters Anna Lee (Haire) Ours, of Dorcas, W. Va., Geraldine (Haire) Armstrong of New Florence, Pa., and Louise (Haire) Steffey of Oakmont, Pa.; a paternal aunt Virginia Burkstresser, New Florence, Pa.; a foster brother, Robert Evans; her sister-in-law Lola Virginia (Bowman) Carr and her husband, the Rev. William “Bill” Carr, formerly of Westernport, Md., and several cousins with whom she enjoyed lifelong relationships, most notably the late Joyce “Pinky” (Painter) Smith and her late husband Carl Smith of Petersburg, W. Va.
She is survived by her two children: a son, Lloyd Frederick Bowman and his spouse Douglas L. Brunk of Elkins Park, Pa., their son Sheldon Marshall Thomas Bowman-Brunk; and a daughter Ann Caroline (Bowman) McCoy and her spouse Doug McCoy of Clarksburg, Md., and their children Alexander and Phoenix McCoy. Her nephews, Scott Carr and wife Wanda, of Bridgeton, N.J., Steffan Carr and wife Leslie, and niece Sharon Carr, all of Westernport, Maryland; and her many extended cousins.
Due to the developing nature of the COVID-19 virus delta variant, there will be a private family graveside service and a future Memorial Service will be held to celebrate her life when national health conditions will again permit us to gather. Before making plans or traveling, please refer to and check back at Schaeffer Funeral Home’s Web site,, for the latest, up-to-the-minute information on the Memorial Service.
Those wishing to offer memorial contributions may direct them in the name of the deceased to the Maysville Bible Brethren Church, Maysville, W. Va., St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, or an animal charity of their choice.

The Rev. Edwin Howard Satterwhite, 93, beloved husband of Agnes Estelle Flippo Satterwhite, passed away at his home surrounded by family on Wednesday, July 21, 2021. He had recently moved to Parksley, VA from Fredericksburg, VA.
Born January 16, 1928 in Beaverdam, VA, he was the son of the late Maurice Ceamon Satterwhite and Grace Spicer Satterwhite. After graduating from C.T. Smith High School, Mr. Satterwhite served in the United States Navy during World War II. He later received the call to ministry, and in preparation, attained a bachelor’s degree from Scarritt College and Doctor of Divinity from Drew University. He retired from the Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church after faithfully serving many churches and parishioners throughout his career. VA-M: [63 Mt Pisgah.] 65 Mt Pisgah. VA: 70 Grace-Calvary. 74 Lawrencevl. 76 Wesley, Hopewell. 81 Grt Brg. 85 Trinity, A. 88 Shady Grv, Ad. 91 Ret. (91 Antioch-Falmouth. 94 Hopewell, Ad.) Mr. Satterwhite enjoyed woodworking, repairing and collecting antique furniture, reading, and was a lover of gospel music. He was also an avid sports fan and favored the Atlanta Braves and the Washington Football Team.
In addition to his loving wife, survivors include his three children, Brian Satterwhite and wife Anita of Bloxom, VA, Darryl Satterwhite and wife Maureen of Raleigh, NC, and Sue S. Unger and husband Don of Richmond, VA; six grandchildren, Barry Satterwhite (Shannon), Bruce Satterwhite (Kim), all of Bloxom, Amanda Chandler (Canaan), Allison Satterwhite (Chris), all of Rock Hill, SC, Adam Unger (Rachael) of Richmond, and Aaron Unger (Nicole) of Chester, VA; and six great-grandchildren, Madison Satterwhite, Cole, Carson and Cailyn Chandler, and Spencer and Sean Unger.
Funeral services will be conducted from the chapel at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Fredericksburg, VA, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., with The Reverends Jack Bailey and Will Sloan officiating. Private interment will follow.
Memorial donations may be made to Occohannock on the Bay, 9403 Camp Lane, Belle Haven, VA 23306, Eastern Shore Public Library Foundation, P.O. Box 554, Accomac, VA 23301, or to Hopewell United Methodist Church, 12018 Guinea Drive, Woodford, VA 22580.
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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

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, 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
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

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, 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 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 LeaderMay 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. 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, 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.

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 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, 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 Crowder-Hite-Crews funeral and Crematory is serving the Beighley family.

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, 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.

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

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:
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.

Born: November 26, 1922 to Ralph Julian and Ruth Smith Kirkpatrick in Fairfax, Alabama.
Died: April 3, 2021 – the day before Easter – in Richmond, Virginia.
Jean had one sister, Pat Rettew. They grew up surrounded by family. Ralph’s parents lived next door. Ruth’s 12 brothers and sisters all lived near-by.
Jean graduated from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, AL with a degree in Home Economics. She and Pat worked for IBM during World War II. After the war, Jean attended Emory University in Atlanta, GA where she met her husband-to-be, Glenn Gilbert Williams. Jean graduated with a Masters Degree in Christian Education and Glenn with his Master of Divinity.
Jean and Glenn were married on August 16, 1950. They had two children – Frances Ruth Williams Ellis and George Gilbert Williams. George died on July 12, 2019.
Jean worked as a school teacher and was a full-time Methodist minister’s wife – playing the organ, singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School – serving wherever needed. She and Glenn moved around the state of Virginia including the towns of Saluda (4-point charge), Cheriton (2-point charge), Purcellville, West Point, Smithfield, Alexandria Washington Farm, Hampton Aldersgate, Richmond Skipwith. They retired to Ashland (where Glenn had attended Randolph Macon) in 1993. Glenn died on March 30, 2013 (also the day before Easter). Jean had been living at The Hermitage in Richmond since 2016.
Jean was an eternal optimist. She always believed in the best in every person and situation. Jean’s life was centered around the church and her husband, Glenn.
Jean leaves behind her daughter, Frances, married to Stan Ellis, three grandchildren – Olesya, Paul, and Rubina, and two great-grandchildren – Nevaeh and Tatianna.
A service will be held August 28, 11 a.m., at Duncan Memorial UMC in Ashland. The service will also be available via Vimeo. Contact the church office at 804-798-7224 for information. Consistent with her wishes, her ashes will be interred next to her husband’s in the Duncan Memorial UMC courtyard.
If desired, contributions in her name can be made to Duncan Memorial UMC and/or The Hermitage Richmond.

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 

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 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 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 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.

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 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 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. 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, 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.

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.

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.

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:
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

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 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, where he spent many happy hours helping. Memories appreciated at [email protected].

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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
Expressions of sympathy can be sent to his wife, Debby DeLoach at: 37311 Spar Court, Greenbackville, VA 23356.

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. 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
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army.

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., 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, 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 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, 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, 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
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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

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, 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.

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 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 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
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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:  Online condolences may be expressed at

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, 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

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 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 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 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

The Rev. Judy Lee Wheeler Loehr passed away on July 21, 2020. Funeral information is not available at this time.

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.
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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.
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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 Jersey 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.

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.

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

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.
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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. 

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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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.

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, 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.

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

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.
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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 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. 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 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. 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 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 Holding Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

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, 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

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.
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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

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, 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

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 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., 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

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   

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, 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, 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, Crowder-Hite-Crews Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the Holmes family. 

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.

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. 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 (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.  

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.

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.

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) 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.

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.

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.

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 

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.

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, 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 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

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.

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