Wednesday 23rd January 2008
Celebration Of Life
Service To Be Held For
Patrick “Packrat” Morse, 57
JANUARY 22 — Patrick “Packrat” Morse,
57, died Thursday, January 17, 2008 peacefully at his Tupelo, MS home after a
brief illness. A Sacramento California native, he was born March 17, 1950 to
Bebe Weber and Benjamin Wilson Morse. He was a US Army veteran, having served in
Vietnam. Mr. Morse was a graduate of Longwood College in Farmville where he was
a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.
He worked in the cable industry for 15 plus years and most
recently worked as a Sweep Supervisor at Cableworks Inc. of Dallas Texas. Acting
was his hobby and he worked as Richard Gere’s stand-in double during the filming
of the movie “Sommersby”. He owned and operated the store of his dreams,
“Packrat’s Palace”, in Farmville. Even after the store’s closing, Patrick
continued to carry out the mission of buying, selling, and trading goods the
remainder of his life.
Survivors include his loving ex-wife, Susan T. Morse of
Pamplin; two daughters, Melissa Morse of Martinsburg, West VA and Katie Jones
and husband, Keishan of Charlotte Court House; one son, Michael Morse of
Raleigh, NC; his mother, Bebe Wilson Morse of Tupelo, MS; two grandchildren,
Harmony and Autumn Jones; his fiancée, Patti Parker of Tupelo, MS; and his
brother, Ronald Morse of Phoenix, AZ. He was preceded in death by his father,
Benjamin Wilson Morse.
A Celebration of Life service (or ceremony) will be held on
Saturday, January 26, at 2 p.m. at The Hitchin’ Post restaurant located on Rt.
15 S. Farmville.
Local arrangements by Bland-Reid Funeral Home, Farmville.
Mary Hobbs Gemski, 68
Dies January 20
BUCKINGHAM, Jan. 22 – Mary Hobbs
Gemski, 68, of Buckingham County, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and
friend, died on Sunday, January 20, 2008, following a long struggle with
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. She was born January 27, 1939, in Newport News,
to the late Meedie and Mary Hobbs, and was raised in Hampton, graduating from
Hampton High School. She married Joseph G. Gemski III on June 28, 1958.
Mrs. Gemski has been a member of Beta Sigma Sorority since
1957. She was active in the Reading is Fundamental Program in the Hampton City
Schools; she also volunteered at the local PBS station during their fundraising
drives. She and Joe moved to Buckingham County in January 1998, where she was an
active member in the Buckingham Woman’s Club and the Southside Community
Hospital Auxiliary. Together with Joe, she was a member of the
Buckingham/Dillwyn Garden Club, the Buckingham Historical Society, the
Buckingham County Chamber of Commerce, the Pamplin Chapter of AARP, the
Curdsville Community Center, and the Exchange Club. She assisted Joe in his
membership in the Buckingham Ruritan, and they both administered the Tri-County
Life Learners adult literacy program. Mary and Joe were named Volunteers of the
Year for 2007 by the Buckingham County Chamber of Commerce.
Watching her grandchildren grow and learn was a never-ending
joy for Mary. And where you saw Mary, you usually saw Joe. Everyone who knew her
was impressed by her kindness, goodness, thoughtfulness, sense of humor, and
spirit. Her fight against her disease showed her strength and courage. Mary
loved living in Buckingham County, and made many very dear friends here. She
enjoyed singing, reading, traveling, gardening, and watching the birds and
animals that were always around their home.
She is survived by her husband, Joseph; her son, Christopher and
wife Lisa, and her grandchildren, Justin, Christian, and Mallorie all of
Chesapeake; a sister, Patsy Miessler and husband, Jim of Cumberland; nephew,
David Sargent and family; and numerous cousins. She was predeceased by her
youngest sister, Deirdre Sargent, who succumbed to the same disease in December
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, January
24, at Dunkum Funeral Home in Dillwyn. The Rev. Billy Swan will officiate, and
friends and family are encouraged to speak their thoughts and memories of Mary.
There will be a reception for family and friends immediately following the
service at the Curdsville Community Center.
The family has asked that remembrances be made to the
Coalition for Pulmonary Fibrosis, Suite F, #227, 1659 Branham Lane, San Jose, CA
Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, is serving the family.
Graveside Service To
Be Held January 26
For Rebecca Davis, 96
January 22 – Rebecca Pocahontas Smith Davis, 96, formerly of
Cumberland and Lakeside Village, passed away in Lutz, FL on Tuesday, January 15,
2008. She was predeceased by her her husband, Joshua Benjamin Davis, formerly of
Mrs. Davis was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Langhorne
Vaughan and Judge William Morgan Smith of Cumberland, and the sister of the late
Elizabeth Muncy, Nancy Hundly, Virginia Marks, Robbie Whitlock, Frances May, and
he is survived by her children, Robert Nicholas Davis, Nancy
Vaughan Davis Rountree, William Morgan Davis, Ann Meriwether Davis Rao, and Lee
Langhorne Davis; her sister-in-law, Barbara Hope Almond Smith; eight
grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
A graveside service will be conducted by Dr. Bala Rao on
Saturday, January 26 at 2 p.m. at the Center Cemetery, Cumberland Courthouse.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Center Cemetery
Association, c/o Nancy B. Pfeiffer, Sec./Treas., Cumberland, VA 23040.
Emille Harvey Bryant
Dies January 18
MARYLAND, Jan. 22 – Emille Harvey Bryant, widow of A. B. Bryant
Jr., died peacefully at her home in Severna Park, MD, on Friday, January 18,
Originally from Darlington heights, she was born April 23, 1916 to
Chapman I. Harvey and Mattie B. Harvey.
She is survived by her sons, Harvey Bryant of Severna Park, MD, and
Andy Bryant and wife, Margaret of Phoeniz, AZ; two grandchildren, Beth Bryant
and Drew Bryant of Phoenix, AZ; her twin sister, Ida Harvey; and sister, Mae H.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at
Spring Creek Baptist Church in Darlington Heights with interment to follow in
the church cemetery.
Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, is serving the family.
Friday 18th January 2008
Lucille S. Williams 88
Dies January 16
TYRO, Jan. 17 – Lucille Sims Williams, 88, of Tyro, died Wednesday,
January 16, 2008 at Runk & Pratt Memory Care Center in Lynchburg. Born in Hosmer
(Charlotte County) September 5, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Frank
Gibbs Sims and Bessie Young Smith Sims. She was a member of Jonesboro Baptist
Church and had retired as a nurse with Westminster-Canterbury.
She is survived by her husband of 64 years, Edward Lee Williams of
Tyro; two sons, Frank M. Williams and wife, Martha of Monroe, and Edward L.
Williams Jr. of Granbury, Texas; a daughter, Donna Fitzgerald and husband, Tommy
of Tyro; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted at Jonesboro Baptist Church at 1
p.m. Saturday, January 19, by the Rev. Wayne Underwood and the Rev. Dr. Michael
Fitzgerald with burial in Jonesboro Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at Byrum-Parr Funeral Home from 6-8
p.m., Friday, January 18.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,
P.O. Box 4634, Charlottesville, VA 22905.
Byrum-Parr Funeral Home, Roseland, is serving the family.
HASKINS, William, 81
Of Buckingham County
Formerly of New York City
Died January 15, 2008. A funeral service
will be held Monday, January 21, 11 a.m. at Slate River Baptist Church with
interment in Jerusalem Baptist Church. Carl U. Eggleston.
Wednesday 16th January 2008
Held Sunday For
Brandon T. Davis
JANUARY 15 – Brandon Thomas Davis celebrated
his life from June 4, 1987 to January 10, 2008. He was born in Farmville and
departed this life in Richmond, as a result of injuries sustained in a car
accident on December 15, 2007.
Brandon leaves to carry on his memory, his parents, T. Wayne and
Teresa C. Davis, and his sisters, Tatum Alexandra and Kari Neal, all of
Farmville, and Ronald and Kimberly Majors of Ocala, FL; grandparents, Clyde J.
and Ressie A. Davis of Farmville, Thomas and Runell Nance of Melbourne, FL, and
Jim and Patsy McGroarty of Richmond; aunts and uncles, Charlotte and G.R. Cyrus
and Jack and Kim Davis, all of Farmville, John and Jill Fees of Lynchburg,
Mickey and Tammy McGinn of Elon, NC, Brandon and Natasha Chernault of Richmond;
cousins, Davis, Anna, and Tanner Cyrus, and Trey and Lindsey Davis, all of
Farmville; Stephanie Fees of Lynchburg, Connor and Morgan McGinn of Elton, NC;
and Anna Chernault of Richmond.
Brandon was a 2005 graduate of Fuqua School in Farmville, where he
was a member of the football, baseball, basketball, and golf teams. He attended
Louisburg College, NC, where he was also a member of the golf team. Brandon was
employed by the Carpet House of Farmville. He loved golfing, fishing, and
hanging out with his many friends. He will be loved and missed by his family,
and those that were blessed to know him will hold a special place in their
hearts of the memory of his charisma, winning smile, and mischievous eyes.
A funeral service was held on Sunday at Farmville United Methodist
Church, where he was a member, with burial at Westview Cemetery.
Contributions in Brandon’s name can be sent to the Prince Edward
Volunteer Rescue Squad, 500 Doswell Street, Farmville, VA 23901, or Thomas
Palliative Care Unit, VCU Medical Center, PO Box 980214, Richmond, VA 23298.
Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville, served the family.
Roger Deem Mullins, 63
Formerly of Farmville
Dies In Florida
FLORIDA, Jan. 15 — Roger Deem Mullins, 63,
previously of Farmville, passed away Sunday, January 6, 2008, in Inverness,
Florida. He was born in West Virginia on March 27, 1944 to Dewey Mullins and
Preceding him in death were his brother, Carl Mullins, his sister,
Phyllis McGuire, and his grandson, Jonathan Avery. Mr. Mullins is survived by
daughter, Tina Rodgers and husband, Bill of NC, his former wife of 28 years,
Linda Z. Mullins, mother of his daughters, Shay Wallace and husband, Dr. Eric
Wallace of NC, and Shannon Avery and husband, Doug of MD; six grandchildren;
brothers, Bob Mullins and wife, Joyce of NC, Charles Mullins and wife, Barbara
of Appomattox and sisters, Jo Ann White and husband, Clifton “Buck” White of
Farmville, Sue Hall and husband, Johnny of FL, and Shelda Coffey and husband, Ed
For 30 years, Roger devoted his life to the service of his country
while enlisted in the military, including two tours to Vietnam. After retiring
from the Army, he resided in Florida until his passing.
Mr. Mullins will be remembered as an adoring father, devoted
grandfather, loving brother, and a loyal friend and mentor.
John M. Burroughs, 92
Dies January 10
BUCKINGHAM, Jan. 15 – John Mitchell
Burroughs, 92, died in Buckingham County on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008. He was the
son of his late parents, William Webster and Josephine St. Clair Burroughs.
Mr. Burroughs was born in St. Mary’s County, MD. At the age of six
months his family moved to Alexandria, where he grew up. He attended Catholic
grade schools and George Washington High School where he was a member of its
first graduating class. He attended Columbia Technical Institute where he
studied Architectural Engineering. Upon graduating he spent several years
working with his father in his construction business in Alexandria.
Mr. Burroughs enlisted in the Army in World War II and served in
the Philippines where he was wounded and received the Purple Heart. Because of
injuries he was sent home in 1945. Shortly thereafter he married Elizabeth
Ranson of Dillwyn, who was a teacher in the Buckingham County School system.
They made their home in Dillwyn and he owned a construction company for many
He then became Superintendent of LeSueur-Richmond Slate Corporation
in Arvonia; was a founding member of the Dillwyn Fire Department where he served
as Fire Chief for 12 years. He also served for 12 years as Scout Master. He
joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary in 1975 and attained the office of Captain of
Division III. He received many awards for training aides he made for boating
safety and training classes. He was a 60-year Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge
#315 in Dillwyn.
In 1983 the Burroughs re-turned to St. Mary’s County, MD, and built
on the grounds of “Waterloo”, previously owned by his parents. He belonged to
the American Legion Post 221 in Avenue, MD, and the Seventh District Optimist
Club. He continued active membership in the Coast Guard Auxiliary. He was a
member of Holy Angels Catholic Church in Avenue, MD. After the death of his wife
he returned to Dillwyn in 2005 to live with relatives. He joined the VFW Post
#1734 in Buckingham.
Mr. Burroughs will be remembered as a talented, helpful and
dedicated individual who served his country and fellow man well.
He is preceded in death by his parents, brothers, Joseph and
William (Bill), and his beloved wife of 59 years, Liz. He is survived by his
daughter, Joyce Boteler of Alexandria; a sister, Elizabeth Cloonan of Canyon
Lake, CA; three grandchildren, Betsy Loaiza of Alexandria, Bonny Watter of
Kapolei, Hawaii, and Bryan Boteler of Alexandria; and five great-grandchildren,
Leigh Ann Lopos, Sarah Watter, Neil Loaiza, Marc Watter and Karly Loaiza.
Visitation and services were held at Holy Angels Catholic Church in
Avenue, MD, on January 12, with interment in Charles Memorial Gardens in
Donations may be made to the Seventh District Optimist Club of
Avenue, MD 20609, or the Boy Scout Troop #6535 (15103 W. James Anderson Hwy.,
Buckingham, VA 23921).
Brinsfield Funeral Home, of Leonardtown, MD, was in charge of
Local arrangements by Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville.
Funeral Service To
Be Held Wednesday
For Ann J. Owen, 88
WYLLIESBURG, Jan. 15 — Ann Jackson Owen, 88, died Sunday, January
13, 2008. Born January 26, 1919, Ann was a lifelong resident of Wylliesburg. She
was a graduate of Smithdeal–Massey Business College and was employed for many
years by the Soil Conservation Service in Chase City.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Claude and Grace
Robertson Jackson; four brothers, Paul, Robert, Judd, and D.C. Jr.; and her
husband of 57 years, J. Jack Owen. She is survived by her sister, Grace
Jefferson of Farmville; her daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Bill Stallings
of Richmond; two grandchildren, Bryce Stallings of Wake Forest University,
Winston-Salem, NC, and Brooke Stallings of Furman University, Greenville, SC; as
well as numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday (today), January 15 from
7 – 8:30 pm. at Puckett Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at Wylliesburg Presbyterian Church on
Wednesday, January 16 at 11 a.m. with interment in the church cemetery. A
lunch-eon will follow in the church fellowship hall.
Please consider memorial contributions to the church (PO Box 77),
the Wylliesburg Community Library (PO Box 48), Wylliesburg, VA 23976, or an
organization of your choice.
Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville, is serving the family.
Andrew C. Fulleman, 35
Dies January 13
KEYSVILLE, Jan. 15 – An-drew “Drew” C. Fulleman, of Keysville,
formerly of Marlton, NJ, went home to be with the Lord suddenly on Sunday,
January 13, 2008. He was 35 years of age. Born in Camden, NJ, he is the beloved
son of Charles and Doris (Nee Stow) Fulleman of Keysville, and the loving
brother of Robert Cain Jr. and wife, Ellen of Williamstown, NJ.
He was a graduate of Cherokee High School in Marlton, NJ, Class of
1991 and lived in Marlton until 2004 when he moved to Keysville. He was a
restaurant worker for Rockin Sam’s Restaurant in Meherrin, where he had worked
for the past two years.
Mr. Fulleman is also survived by his uncles and aunts, Edward C.
and Susan Stow of Meherrin, Carol and Dan LaFon of East Windsor, MD, Robert and
Mary Fulleman of Crescent Beach, Nova Scotia, Allen and Brenda Fulleman of Cedar
Bluff, and 10 cousins.
Relatives and friends are invited to a celebration of his life on
Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Crewe Church of the Nazarene, Lipscomb & Carolina
Avenues, Crewe. Friends may greet the family following the service.
Funeral arrangements are by the Bradley & Stow Funeral Home,
The family requests memorial donations be made to Andrew Fulleman
Memorial Fund, c/o P.O. Box 1542, Medford, NJ 08055. (www.BradleyStow.com).
Local announcements by Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville.
Virginia “Ginny” Rosen
Dies January 11
MARYLAND, Jan. 15 — Virginia Estelle Elcan (Ginny) Rosen, of
Carroll Lutheran Village, Westminster, MD died Friday, January 11, 2008 at the
Carroll Hospice Dove House.
Born March 3, 1924 in Elk Hearst, Buckingham County, she was the
daughter of the late George Hannah Elcan and Margaret Virginia Gilliam Elcan.
She was married to the late Carl C. Rosen Sr. who passed away in August 2003.
They had celebrated 57 years of marriage.
She was a graduate of Buckingham Central High School and a
homemaker all of her life. Her husband's career with Leggett/Belks took them
from Buckingham to Staunton and then to Westminster, Maryland. She was a former
member of the Westminster Woman's Club. She and her husband were charter members
of Piney Branch Golf Club. She enjoyed playing golf and bridge.
Mrs. Rosen and her husband enjoyed their yearly trip to Florida
each winter. When her husband was writing genealogy books, she became his
proofreader. She enjoyed her first Wednesday of the month bridge group and her
once a month Sunday bridge group. Her family was blessed with her love, devotion
and humor. She was a lifetime Presbyterian by faith.
She is survived by a daughter, Margaret R. (Peggy) Bair of
Westminster and son, Carl C. Rosen Jr. and wife, Susan Grier Rosen of Roanoke;
three grandchildren, Glenn S. Bair Jr. of Old Lyme, CT, W. Alexander (Alex) Bair
and wife, Jessica of Westminster, and C. Coleman (Cole) Rosen of Roanoke, and
five great-grandchildren, Alexi, Michaela and Landon Bair of Westminster and
Reilly and Sonia Bair of Old Lyme, CT; sister, Margaret Elcan Lacy Taylor of
Lynchburg; sister-in-law, Anna Burnett Elcan; brother-in-law, J. Cullen Rosen
and wife, Sarah Sykes Rosen of Buckingham, and nieces and nephews, Ruth Virginia
Elcan of Amherst, Massachusetts, Jane T. Mitchell, Anne E. Judd, George H.
Elcan, III, all of Lynchburg, and Richard T. Thompson of Beaver Creek, Ohio. She
was predeceased by her brothers, William Cleveland Elcan, Henry Eugene Elcan and
George Hannah Elcan Jr., sister-in-law, Ruby Rosen Thompson, and nephew, Jeffrey
A funeral service was held at the First Presbyterian in
Westminster, MD on Tuesday, January 15 with the Reverend Jimmie Schwartz
Interment will be on Wednesday, January 16 at 1 p.m. in Buckingham
at the Buckingham Community Cemetery, with Quincy Worthington officiating.
Donations may be made to the Carroll Hospice Dove House, 292 Stoner
Avenue, Westminster, MD 21157, The First Presbyterian Church, 65 Washington
Road, Westminster, MD 21157 or to the Virginia E. Rosen Endowment Fund, c/o Fund
Development Office, Carroll Lutheran Village at 300 St. Luke Circle,
Westminster, MD 21158.
Local arrangements by Dunkum Funeral Home, of Dillwyn.
John B. Wood, 98
Dies January 12
BUCKINGHAM, Jan. 15 – John Burks Wood, 98, a life-long resident of
Buckingham entered into eternal peace and joy on Saturday, January 12, 2008. He
was born at The Wood House on October 18, 1909 to the late William Alexander and
Parkie Geneva Burks Wood. He was also preceded in death by a devoted wife, Kish
Spencer Wood and a daughter, Bettie Kish Wood; seven brothers, Thomas Edward,
Rolfe Hill, William Alexander Jr., Frank Addison, Alex Park, Clarence Wilson,
and Eugene Russell; four sisters, Minnie Alice Wood, Gladys Lee Ayres, Estelle
Frances Wood, and Christine Geneva Coleman.
Survivors include a son, John Burks Wood Jr., a daughter and
husband, Mary Helen and Pete Gowin; four grandchildren, Russ Gowin, Will Gowin
and wife, Leah, Kish Heslip and husband, J.B., and Michael Wood; four
great-grandchildren, Gray, Mattie Kish, John Addison, and Mary-Sidney Heslip; a
brother-in-law, Bruce Spencer; and a loyal and loving caregiver and family
friend, Lillian Patterson.
John, before his retirement, was self-employed as a lime contractor
and farmer. He was the oldest member of Maysville Baptist Church where he had
served as a deacon. The family will remember him most for his ability to laugh
at himself, for his forgiving spirit, and for his generosity to his children,
grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Building Fund at
Maysville Baptist Church or to Central Virginia Christian School.
A funeral service was held at Maysville Baptist Church on Tuesday,
January 15, at 2 p.m., followed by interment in Buckingham Community Cemetery.
Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, was in charge of arrangements.
Marion Gresham, 91
JANUARY 15 – Marion H. Gresham, 91, died Thursday, January 10, 2008
in Farmville. She taught piano for years and played the piano for Concord
Baptist Church and Freedom Word Church in Appomattox.
She is survived by a daughter, Jacqueline Phelps and husband, Mike;
son, Jack H. Glover of North Carolina; four step-children, James Gresham,
Shirley Gresham, Marie Kaufman, and Tennie Bear; two grandchildren, and two
Funeral services were held Monday in Freedom Word Church in
Appomattox. Interment was in Concord Baptist Church Cemetery in Buckingham Co.
Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, was in charge of arrangements.
Mabel N. Nelson, 92
Dies January 13
MEHERRIN, Jan. 15 – Mabel N. Nelson, 92, of Meherrin, died Sunday,
January 13, 2008. She was the widow of Otis H. Nelson, and a retired employee of
Craddock-Terry Shoe Factory.
Surviving are two daughters, Frances Lenhart (Orell) of Chase City,
and Patricia Hudson of Meherrin; a son, William A. Nelson (Patsy) of Meherrin;
numerous grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and great-great-grandchildren. She
was preceded in death by four children, James Otis Nelson, Otis Nelson Jr., Jean
N. Donaldson, Margaret N. Hulett; and a grandchild, Terri A. Nelson.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m., Wednesday, January 16, at
the Browning Funeral Home with burial in the Marble Hill Church of God Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the Browning Funeral Home from
6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 15.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Meherrin Volunteer Fire
The Browning Funeral Home, Keysville, is in charge of arrangements.