Obituaries Archive - 143
Published Date: Friday 25th, December 2009


Donna Schee, 63
Dies December 14
In Richmond

   DECEMBER 24 — Donna Dianne Schee, 63, was born December 6, 1946 in Rural Warren County, Iowa and died of cancer, Monday, December 14, 2009 in Retreat Hospice in Richmond.
   After retiring from the Auto Business in the Washington D.C. area she went to college in Farmville and earned her LPN degree. She spent the last two years working as a nurse for Heritage Hall Nursing Home in Blackstone.
   Her remains were cremated in accordance with her wishes. Memorial contributions can be made in her name to Hospice of Central Virginia, 7231 Forest Avenue, Richmond, VA 23226


Published Date: Wednesday 23rd, December 2009

Helen Williams

Helen M. Williams, 99
Of Elkton
Dies December 19

   ELKTON, Dec. 22 — Helen Matthews Williams, 99, of Elkton, passed away on Saturday, December 19, 2009 at Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg.
   She was born on November 9, 1910 in Marion, Ohio, and was a daughter of the late Bert and Gertrude Hoffman Matthews. She worked as a secretary for Farm Credit Mortgages prior to her retirement.
   On June 20, 1931 she married Alton S. Williams who preceded her in death on April 30, 1998.
   Mrs. Williams is survived by two sons, A. Swanson Williams of McGaheysville and Fletcher K. Williams of Lilburn, GA; brother, Gayle Matthews of Sebastian, FL; six grandchildren, Pam Elmore and husband, Jim of Penn Laird, Cheryl Raines and husband, Joey of Loudonville, OH, Butch Williams and wife, Celeste of McGaheysville, Brad Williams and wife, Marcy of Harrisonburg, Tara Williams of Charlfon, PA, and Christopher Williams of Raleigh, NC; 11 great-grandchildren, Kelly, Austin and Sterling Elmore, Bill and Anna Raines, Katelyn, Lindsay, and Dylan Williams, Carter and Bailey Williams and Braylyn Robertson; and her loving caregiver Pat Strong.
   Online condolences may be sent to the Williams Family by visiting
   Arrangements entrusted to the Kyger Funeral Home, Harrisonburg.
    Local announcement by Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville.


James Thomas, Sr., 91
Of Dillwyn
Dies December 18

   DILLWYN, Dec. 22 – James Alvin Thomas Sr., 91, of Dillwyn, died Friday, December 18, 2009 at Trinity Mission Nursing Home, Farmville. Born May 18, 1918 in Buckingham County, he was the son of the late Elwood Campbell Thomas and Janie Lee Harris Thomas and for 62 years was the husband of the late Dorothy Frances Dunkum Thomas. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Thomas Edwin Thomas and sisters, Dorothy Lee Thomas Nicholls and Annie Howell Thomas Newton.
   He was a graduate of Dillwyn High School and a charter member of Welcome Wesleyan Church of New Canton where he was the church treasurer for 27 years. His farming experience began early in life as he took over the management of his father’s farm at the age of 14 and ran a thrushing machine business from age 15 to 32 years. His farming pursuits included turkey flocks, hogs, beef cattle, sheep, and supporting grain and forage crops.
   For 27 years, he was a substitute rural mail carrier and then a full time carrier for 8-1/2 years. He was a “community handyman” when it came to plumbing and electrical challenges. “Hard work” was his life’s motto and his farming passion grew stronger with the years.
   He is survived by a daughter, Dianne Thomas Nash and husband, Wiley Nash of Forest, and son, James Alvin Thomas Jr. and wife, Ann Fisher Thomas of Dillwyn; five grandchildren, Dari Nash Swift of Mechanicsville, Tiffany René Thomas of Kansas City, MO, James Alvin Thomas III and wife, Charity Brogan Thomas of Farmville, Scott Benjamin Thomas of Dillwyn, and Amanda Leigh Thomas of Blacksburg.
    A time of visitation will be held at Dunkum Funeral Home at 1 p.m., Wednesday, followed by a memorial service at 2 p.m. Burial will occur at a later date due to the weather conditions.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Welcome Wesleyan Church, PO Box 26565, New Canton, VA 23123.
    Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, is serving the family.


James A. Scott, 78
Charlotte County Native,
Dies Saturday

   FLORIDA, Dec. 22 – James A. Scott, 78, of Brandon, Florida, died peacefully at home Saturday, December 19, 2009.
   He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Betty Scott; daughter, Katherine Scott of Riverview, FL; three sons, Charles Scott of Bronson, FL, Samuel Scott (Debbie) of Seffner, FL, and James Scott Jr. of Ormond Beach, FL; brother, Berman Scott of Chase City; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
   Born in 1931 in Saxe and a veteran of the Korean War, he was retired from a 30 year career with Chevron USA, was a long time member of the First Baptist Church of Brandon and in his later years, enjoyed the many hours each week he spent in the company of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
   A private graveside service was set for Tuesday at Hopewell Cemetery.
   In memory of Mr. Scott's many acts of charity throughout his life, his family requests that you make a donation in his memory to the charity of your choice.
   Stowers Funeral Home, Brandon, was in charge of arrangements.


Memorial Service For
Jesse H. Griffin, 77
To Be Held In Alabama

   ALABAMA, Dec. 17 — Jesse Hughes Griffin, 77, of Montgomery died Sunday, December 13, 2009, in Tuscaloosa, AL. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Montgomery, AL.
   He was born on February 7, 1932, in Buckingham County, the son of the late Harry Egbert Griffin Sr. and the late Ruth Carter Oliver Griffin.
   Surviving are three daughters, Paige Griffin Cowen (Bryan Cowen) of Chelsea, AL, Stacey L. Griffin of Columbus, GA, and Hayden Griffin Sebert (Frank Sebert) of Helena, AL; grand-child, Kellen Cowen; sister, Mary Griffin Wilkerson of Farmville, and brother, John Porter Griffin of Buckingham County. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Audrey Grant Griffin.
   The family requests memorial donations in his name be made to the UAB Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Attn: Tom Brannan, 350E SC, 1530 3rd Ave. So. Birmingham, AL 35294-0017
   Family and friends will gather for a memorial service in the main sanctuary at First Baptist Church, 305 South Perry Street, Montgomery, AL at 11 a.m. on Saturday, with the Rev. Jay Wolf officiating.
   A private graveside service for family will be at Mt. Creek Baptist Church Cemetery on December 19, with the Rev. Moneka A. Thompson officiating.
   Tuscaloosa Memorial Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Funeral Service
Held Monday For
Melva “Doll” Scruggs, 78

   RICE, Dec. 22 – Melva Lee “Doll” Scruggs, 78, of Rice, died Thursday, December 17, 2009 in Southside Community Hospital.
   Born in Prince Edward County, September 22, 1931, Mrs. Scruggs was the daughter of the late Millard Lee and Lizzie Betty Jones Bates. She was formerly a Dispatcher with the Prince Edward County Sheriff’s Department.
   In addition to her husband, Raymond “Sinclair” Scruggs, she is survived by a special niece whom she considered her daughter, Sandra Duffey and husband, Jimmy of Keysville; brother, Lee Bates Jr. of Keysville; sister, Myrtle Corum of Crewe; two grandchildren, Jason Duffey and Amanda Lawson; two great-grandchildren, Trevor Duffey and C.J. Lawson; a special friend, Dottie Jones of Rice; and numerous nieces and nephews.
   A funeral service was conducted Monday in the Chapel of Shorter Funeral Home, with interment in Sunset Hill Cemetery.
   The Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, served the family.


Julia “Polly” Jackson, 85
Dies In Car Accident
Near Burkeville

   DECEMBER 22 — Julia Pauline "Polly" Jackson, 85, died in a car accident on US 460 near Burkeville Tuesday, December 8, 2009. Born in Brewsterdale, West Virginia, she was the widow of Desmond L. Jackson, a 20-year US Navy veteran and former vice consul for the US State Department missions in Cairo, Egypt, and Karachi, Pakistan.
   Mrs. Jackson raised two sons in various locales around the world, but primarily in the Cairo suburb of Maadi. During the 1956 Suez Crisis, she oversaw the safe evacuation of her family to Italy. After retiring from public service, the Jacksons lived in Victoria and Tempe, AZ before settling on a farm in Green Bay. In 1995, Mrs. Jackson relocated to Farmville eight years after her husband's death.
   She was a longtime member of Briery Country Club of Keysville and Victoria Golf Club. An avid and competitive golfer, she also enjoyed fishing and dancing. Refusing to age, Mrs. Jackson was known locally for telling people her age as "39 and holding" when asked, beginning in the mid 1960s until her death.
   She is survived by a son, J. Wayne Jackson and daughter-in-law, Barbara of Paso Robles, CA; granddaughter, Andrea Jackson Parisi, wife of Anthony Parisi, of San Miguel, CA; grandson, Jason W. Jackson, of Oxford, OH, and siblings, John Myers of Hawaii, Emma Jo Dell'Orso of West Virginia, and Thelma Moore of Maryland; sisters-in-law, Marjorie Forrester of Oregon and Fran Stennett of Bedford, as well as her companion of many years, Howard Bragg of Victoria. She is predeceased by her husband, several siblings, and son, Jerry Desmond Jackson.
   A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at Victoria Christian Church, Victoria. Burial will follow at Dale Memorial Park, 10201 Newbys Bridge Road, Chesterfield.
  Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, is in charge of arrangements.


Graveside Service To
Be Held Wednesday
For Zella S. Garnett

   CUMBERLAND, Dec. 22 – Zella Shumaker Garnett, of Cumberland County, died in Farmville on Monday, December 21, 2009. She was born in Buckingham County on May 20, 1913, the daughter of the late Harrison and Bettie Shumaker. She was the widow of the late Robert E. Garnett. She was also preceded in death by a son, R. Edmund III, and by two sisters and five brothers.
   She is survived by a daughter, Betty Sue Mahan and husband, Clyde; granddaughter, Kim Hodgson and husband, Jim; grandson, Clyde E. (Roby) Mahan; two great-grandchildren, Tom and Katherine Hodgson; several nieces and nephews; daughter-in-law, Judy Womack and husband, Charles and their two sons, Michael and John and their families; and a close friend, Shyleen (Charlie) White.
   She was a longtime member of Centenary United Methodist Church in Cumberland County, and was a sales clerk in the ladies department of Baldwins Department Store for many years.
   As were her wishes, there will be no visitation and there will be a graveside service which will be held at Centenary United Methodist Church on Wednesday at 11 a.m.
   Remembrances may be made to the cemetery fund of Centenary Church.
   Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home, Farmville, is in charge of the service.


Published Date: Friday 18th, December 2009

Bonnie Viesturs

Graveside Service To
Be Held Friday For
Bonnie N. Viesturs, 80

   DECEMBER 17 — Bonnie Nell Viesturs, 80, of Farmville, died Sunday, December 13, 2009 at The Woodlands. She was born in Ohio on April 16, 1929 to the late Forster F. and Della Mae Pratt Coast. Her sister, Patricia Morris, also preceded her in death.
   Mrs. Viesturs received her bachelor’s degree in Education from Kent State University in Ohio. She was formerly a model and educator and retired as a Vice-President with Lotus Health Care.
   She is survived by two daughters, Melanie Anderson and husband, George of Farmville and Elizabeth Coss and husband, Richard, Jr. of Stafford; son, Mark Montgomery and wife, Janet of Wolcott, CT; brother, Roger Coast and wife, Sarah of North Olmstead, OH; special friend, Attilio Topazio of Bristol, RI; her previous husband, William Montgomery of Allentown, PA and nine grand-children, Amanda, Brett and Brandon Anderson, Matthew, Jennifer and Megan Montgomery and Richard Coss, III, Bradley and Sean Coss.
   A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m., Friday, in Laurel Hill Memorial Park, 10127 Plank Road, Spotsylvania.
   The Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, is serving the family.


Jo Ann Clayton, 62
Of Pamplin
Dies December 8

   PAMPLIN, Dec. 17 – Jo Ann Clayton, 62, of Pamplin, died on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. She was preceded in death by her husband, James R. Clayton Sr.
   She is survived by two sons, James R. Clayton Jr. and wife, Andrea of Fredericksburg, and Robert Clayton and wife, Michelle of Pamplin; four grand-children, James Clayton III, Randall Clayton, Katelynn Clayton and Megan Clayton; and three sisters.
   Graveside services were conducted on Monday from Trinity Memorial Gardens, Rice.
   Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home, Farmville, was in charge of arrangements.


Mildred McQuilkin,
Formerly Of Meherrin,
Dies In Maryland

    MARYLAND, Dec. 17 – Mildred Dell McQuilkin was born in Lunenburg County, Meherrin, on October 20, 1925 to the late James and Jessie Jackson.
    She entered into eternal rest on Sunday, November 29, 2009 in the Maryland General Hospital, Baltimore, MD, after having endured a very lengthy illness.
    She was joined in Holy Matrimony to Dennis McQuilkin who preceded her in death on October 22, 1986.
   She leaves to cherish her memories a son, Malcolm McQuilkin; three sisters, Evelyn, Gladys and Hazel; brother, Ray; grandson, Andre Ray; step-daughter, Bernice McQuilkin; aunt, Helen Jackson; two sisters-in-law, Rosa Jackson and Rene Jackson; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other family members and friends.
    A funeral service was held December 4 from the chapel of Wilson Funeral Home with the Rev. Anthony Jackson officiating.
    Wilson Funeral Home, Keysville, served the family.


Published Date: Wednesday 16th, December 2009

Dorothy “Dot” Roberts

Funeral Service For
Dorothy ‘Dot” Roberts, 82
Held December 11

   CREWE, Dec. 15 — Dorothy B. “Dot” Roberts, 82, of Crewe, passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2009.
   She is survived by a son, Lawrence E. “Lee” Roberts Jr. and wife, Audrey of Crewe; daughter, Cheryl R. Hollomon and husband, Edward, of Nottoway; three grandchildren, Sandra N. Roberts, Tracie J. Roberts, and Tiffany N. Miller; step-granddaughter, Crystal C. Harris and her two children, Zachary and Kayla; two nieces, Cathy L. Maine and Julie L. Reedy and a nephew, David Loving. She was preceded in death by her parents, James Floyd and Mary Neal Branson; husband, Lawrence E. Roberts Sr.; brother, Kyle Branson and a sister, Jean Loving.
   Mrs. Roberts was instrumental in starting the Crewe-Burkeville Community Band. She organized the Crewe High School Band and served as Director. She then started the Prince Edward Academy Band and served as Director for many years before retiring in 1991. She was a past member of Bethlehem Chapter #15 Order of the Eastern Star.
   She was a member of Crewe United Methodist Church, where funeral services were held Friday, with interment in Trinity Memorial Gardens, Rice.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Crewe United Methodist Bell Fund, Crewe Volunteer Fire Department or Nottoway County Emergency Squad.
   Jennings-McMillian Funeral Home, Crewe, served the family.


Thomas Jacobs, 83
US Navy Vet
Dies December 9

   DECEMBER 15 – Thomas Ellison Jacobs, 83, of Farmville, passed away Wednesday, December 9, 2009 in Farmville.
   He was a retired General Motors Company employee, and a veteran of the United States Navy. He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Allen and Tennie Ellison Jacobs.
   He is survived by two cousins, Joan Jacobs Simpson and husband, Howard F. Simpson and Estelle Jacobs Womack, all of Farmville; his loving ex-wife, Mary Jacobs of Essexville, MI, and five children.
   Graveside funeral services were conducted Saturday at Trinity Memorial Gardens, Rice.
   The Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, served the family.


Funeral Service
Held Monday For
Mary Layne Archer, 68

   RICE, Dec. 15 – Mary Layne Archer, 68, of Rice, passed away Friday, December 11, 2009 in Farmville.
   She is survived by her husband, Clifton “Red” Archer Sr.; son, Clifton Archer Jr. of Victoria; sisters, Phyllis L. Jones and husband, Larry of Virginia Beach, Elsie L. Martin of Richmond; and numerous other family members and friends.
Funeral services were conducted Monday at Liberty Christian Church in Green Bay, with interment in the church cemetery.
   The Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, served the family.


Janet S. Blosser, 71
Of Dillwyn
Dies December 14

   DILLWYN, Dec. 15 – Janet Shenk Blosser, 71, wife of Douglas E. Blosser, of Dillwyn, passed away Monday, December 14, 2009 at her home. She was born in Luray on January 12, 1938, the daughter of A. Benton Shenk and Nellie P. Shenk and the twin sister of Janice S. Kummer. Mrs. Blosser was a devoted member of Buckingham Baptist Church.
   She is survived by her husband, Douglas E. Blosser of the home; two sons, Steven W. Blosser and wife, Sharon and Gavin D. Blosser and friend, Morgan Lo Romer; two grand-children, Adam Blosser and Rachel Blosser; three brothers, Kirby Shenk, Joe Shenk, and Jackie Shenk; four sisters, Jean Jauer, Janice Kummer, Shirley Blosser and Maxine Sullivan and numerous nieces and nephews.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, Amos and Nellie Shenk; three brothers, Amos Shenk, Thomas Shenk and Bobby Shenk; and five sisters, Laura Mae Knott, Martha Shenk, Thelma Adamson, Doris Shenk and Louise Good.
   Funeral services will be held at Buckingham Baptist Church on December 17 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Richard Long and Adam Blosser officiating.
   The family will receive friends December 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the church and other times at the home.
   Donations may be made to Buckingham Baptist Church, 24234 N. James Madison Hwy., New Canton, VA 23123 or Legacy Hospice, 675 Peter Jefferson Pky, #180, Charlottesville, VA.
  Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, is in charge of arrangements.


Funeral Service For
John C. Brown
Held November 28

DECEMBER 10 – On the morning of November 23, 2009, John Cornelius Brown passed away peacefully at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born on May 10, 1946 in Buckingham County, the third child of nine born to the late Rev. James Cornelius and Deaconess Christine Fleming Brown. He was retired from MeadWestVaco.
   He is survived by his wife, Mary Swann Brown; son, Paul Brown; daughter, Paula Burton; son-In-law, Wendell Burton; grandchildren, Wendell Burton Jr., Kaila Brown, Aaron Burton, and Lauren Burton; brothers, James Brown Jr., Freddie Brown, and Thomas Brown; sisters, Doris Glover, JoAnne Kimble and Lisa Brown; loving nieces, Jacqueline Glover, Charlotte White, Marvinette Palmer, Kristin Lee, and Kristina Lee; and a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Arthur Brown.
   Funeral services were held November 28 at Dillwyn Elementary School with interment in the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Arvonia.
   Reid’s Funeral Home, Dillwyn, served the family.


Published Date: Friday 11th, December 2009

Virginia R. Griffin, 82
Of Cumberland
Dies November 7

   CUMBERLAND, Dec. 10 – Virginia Ruth Griffin, 82, of Cumberland, passed away Monday, December 7, 2009 in Farmville. She was the widow of the Reverend Jess Griffin.
   She is survived by daughters, Phyllis Ann Meinhard of Buckingham, and Patricia Ann Armes (Walter) of Cumberland; sons, James Allen Griffin of Cumberland, Billy Joe Griffin (Susan) of Richmond, and David L. Griffin (June) of Powhatan; 11 grand-children and 26 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Novella Berry of Elizabethton, TN.
   Funeral services were conducted Thursday (today) at Prospect Gospel Tabernacle, Prospect, with interment in the church cemetery.
   The family suggests memorial contributions be made to Addison’s Memorial Park, c/o Allison Travis, Calvary Tabernacle, 1502 Fourth Ave. Ext., Farmville, VA 23901; American Diabetes Association, 530 E. Main Street, Suite 200, Richmond, VA 23219; or the Prospect Gospel Tabernacle, Hwy 460, Prospect, VA 23960.
   The Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, served the family.