Published Date: Wednesday 11th, August 2010

Clarence W. Coleman, 87
Retired Carpenter,
Passes Away Aug. 6

   AUGUST 10 – Clarence W. Coleman, 87, of Rice, passed away Friday, August 6, 2010 in Farmville. He was born September 21, 1922 in Virginia, the son of the late Wiley and Dolly Coleman.
   Mr. Coleman served his country in the United States Army and was a retired carpenter.
   He is survived by his daughters, Linda Owen and husband, Curtis of Rice and Shirley Marston and husband, Alfred of Chester; grandchildren, Niki, Brian and Travis; and great-granddaughter, Malia. He was preceded in death by three sisters, three brothers, and a special friend of 40 years, Annabel Ray.
   A graveside service was held Tuesday (today), August 10, at Trinity Memorial Gardens in Rice.
   Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville, was in charge of arrangements.


Jesse Albert Crews, 86
World War II Vet
Dies Sunday, Aug. 8

   MECHANICSVILLE, Aug. 10 – Jesse Albert Crews, 86, of Mechanicsville, died August 8, 2010.
   Mr. Crews was born in Buckingham and served in World War II in Europe in the 82nd Airborne Division and was later called back to active duty in the Korean War where he served in the 780th Field Artillery.
   After serving his country in the U.S. Military, he attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) where he obtained both Bachelor and Masters degrees in Agriculture. He worked until retirement at the Virginia State Federal Surplus Property Agency.
   He was a long-time, active member of Mulberry Grove Baptist Church in Buckingham, where he served as a deacon and held many other church offices. He was a member and past master of Buckingham Masonic Lodge #242 AF & AM. He was also a member of the Richmond Scottish Rite Bodies and the ACCA Temple Shrine where he was in the ACCA Chanters. He served as a volunteer barber at the Masonic Homes of Virginia in Richmond.
   Mr. Crews is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Sarah Wood Crews; daughter, Kathleen M. Medwid and husband, Steve; grandchildren, Kathleen Medwid, Nick Medwid and wife Kathy, and Alex Medwid; great-granddaughter, Peyton Medwid; three brothers, Eugene W. Crews and wife, Grace H. of Richmond, Cabell L. Crews and wife, Margaret E. of Lynchburg, and James Dabney Crews Sr. and wife, June B. of Buckingham; as well as many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Harry A. and Bessie S. Crews of Buckingham; sister, Christine C. Eades of Richmond, and a brother, Houston H. Crews of Buckingham.
   Funeral services where held Tuesday (today), August 10, at Mulberry Grove Baptist Church in Buckingham, with interment services with Masonic graveside rites immediately following in the church cemetery.
  Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, was in charge of arrangements.


Mary Helene Cormier, 92
Mother of Dr. Raymond Cormier,
Dies August 4

   August 10 – Mary Helene Cormier, 92, passed away on August 4, 2010 in Farmville. She was born April 14, 1918. A New York native, she spent most of her life in Connecticut and Florida, though she lived for a period in both California and Kansas.
   She attended Bassick High School in Bridgeport, CT, and studied painting near San Diego.
   Mary was deeply devoted to friends and family. She unfortunately lost her south Florida home to Hurricane Wilma in 1995, after which she was relocated to Farmville. A self-taught pianist and organist, Mary was a student of German lieder, was fluent in Hungarian, and in her prime was known for her tasteful elegance, remarkable beauty and skillful and stunning oil paintings. She was an “Original” who, later in life became a die-hard fan of Turner Classic Movies and dreamed of emulating Joan Crawford and Betty Davis.
   A one-time professional “torch singer” who, as Mari Carter, toured and performed in New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Mary’s varied employs included stints as a stenographer, real estate broker, practical nurse, astrologist, dental assistant, mixologist and especially restauranteur. She claimed to have dated Hollywood heart-throbs, fellow Bridgeporters, Robert Mitchum, and Buster Crabbe. She would want to be remembered as that daring and darling little eighth grader who wrote a touching poem about Thomas Edison and which promoted, incredibly, a handwritten reply from the “wizard of Menlo Park” himself.
   She is survived by her son, Raymond, now of Carrboro, NC; a sister, Ann Wilinich D’Addario of Connecticut; two married grandchildren, Jean-Louis Cormier of Hopkinton, MA, and Madelaine Cormier Cuevas of Boynton Beach, FL, as well as by two great-grandsons. Her extended family includes several nephews and nieces living in Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and Texas, as well as a sister-in-law, Anna D. Wilinich of Ligonier, PA, whose husband, George, was Mary’s younger brother and who predeceased her, as did her parents who emigrated from eastern Europe in the early twentieth century.
   A memorial service will be held in Florida. Donations in her honor may be made to the Cormier Honors College, Office of University Advancement, Longwood University.
   Arrangements by Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville.


Memorial Service Set
7 P.M. Wednesday For
George “Biffy” Smith, Jr., 80

   RICE, Aug. 10 – George “Biffy” “Junior” Robert Smith Jr., 80, of Rice, passed away in Centra Southside Community Hospital on August 8, 2010. He was born June 28, 1930.
   Mr. Smith was retired from the Norfolk & Western Railroad. He attended VPI (VA Tech) and was a member of the National Guard. He dearly loved his family, horses, and country lanes.
   Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents, George Robert Smith and Lucy Traylor Smith; two sisters, Essie Scarborough and Barbara Maxey; and his former wife, Marie Spence Smith. He is survived by two sons, Keith Smith of Windsor and Perry Smith of Farmville; grandchildren, Jessie Smith, Clay Smith, Jaime Smith and Jordan Smith; a special nephew and caretakers, Phil and Sandi Scarborough; nephews, George Scarborough, Herbert Maxey and Bobby Maxey (Doris); and nieces, Kay Scarborough and Kim Scarborough-Sykes (Mark).
   A memorial service will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, August 11, at the Jamestown Presbyterian Church, Rice.
Cremation Society of Virginia, Richmond, is in charge of arrangements.


Published Date: Friday 6th, August 2010


Edward Weinberg, 69
Farmville Native
Dies In Richmond

   RICHMOND, Aug. 5 — Edward Allen Weinberg, 69, of Richmond, formerly of Farmville, died Thursday, August 5, 2010 after a brief illness with cancer. He was born to Dave and Marguerite Glenn Weinberg on December 4, 1940 in Farmville.
   He graduated from Farmville High School in 1959, and attended the University of Virginia School of Architecture from 1959-1963. He worked for the Piedmont Planning Commission, the Baltimore Planning Commission, and for several years in retail, in the Weinberg family businesses in Farmville and Baltimore.
   He is preceded in death by his parents, and survived by his companion of 38 years, Ernest “Buddy” Suerken of Richmond; his sister, Rita Weinberg Lawhorne and husband, Ronnie; nephew David Allen Lawhorne; niece, Judy L. Ellington and husband, Johnny; two great nephews, Trey and Jason Ellington all of Farmville; and many cousins, locally Tom and Katrena Young and Danny Glenn; and a special friend, Dorothy Royal of Richmond.
   He was a lifelong member of the Farmville United Methodist Church, and a member of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Smithsonian Institution. He enjoyed reading, symphony concerts, operas, traveling, the theater, and museums. He was a talented artist, and enjoyed painting with watercolors and oils. He also enjoyed hiking in Pocahontas State Park and vacationing each year in Douthat State Park. He traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Mexico, lived and worked in Puerto Rico, and in 1982 took an extended tour of England.
   Mr. Weinberg treasured his family and friends. He was a true gentleman and enjoyed meeting people and sharing life stories with everyone he met. He loved a good joke and always told a good story with a twinkle in his eye. He also had the gift of being a very good listener and genuinely cared about people and remembered the little details about them. He was a bright, generous, kind-hearted man. “Uncle Ed,” as he was fondly known by many, will be greatly missed.
   A funeral service will be held at the Farmville United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 9, with interment to follow at Westview Cemetery.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Farmville United Methodist Church.
   Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville, is handling the arrangements.



Funeral Service For
Eva Mottley Smith, 88
Held Thurs., August 4

   AUGUST 5 – Eva Mottley Smith, 88, passed away peace-fully at home surrounded by family on Monday, August 2, 2010. She was preceded in death by her husband, Asa B. Smith Jr., her parents, Donna S. and Edward Clarence Mottley Sr., and two brothers, Joe and Alfred Mottley.
   She had three children, Harold (Butch) LeGrand Sr. (Pearlie), Nancy L. Buenger (Tommy), and Asa Burton Smith III (Connie); eight grandchildren, James, Junior, David, Asa, Brian, Andrew, Angela, and Laura; three great-grandchildren, Jake, Jesse and Aaron; three brothers, Edward (Judy) of Farmville, Dale (Shirley) and John (Nancy) of Prospect; two sisters, Lorine Good of Amelia and Arlene Johnson (Maynard) of New Canton; and one special friend, Aileen Crowder.
   Mrs. Smith was a member of Farmville Baptist Church.
  Her family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, at Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home, where a funeral service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, with burial in Westview Cemetery in Farmville.
  Memorial gifts may be made to Farmville Fire Department, Randolph Fire Department, and Prince Edward Rescue Squad.
   Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home, Farmville, is in charge of arrangements.


Funeral Service To
Be Held Sunday For
Margaret Dugger, 89

   AUGUST 5 — Margaret Walton Dugger, 89, of Farmville, died Wednesday, August 4, 2010 in Farmville. She was born December 6, 1920 in Rice, the daughter of the late Frederick Walton and Evelyn Morrissette Walton. She was a very active member of Virginia Beach Methodist Church for 45 years and held numerous positions in the church. She was also a very avid bridge player.
   She was the widow of Merrill Yancey Dugger.
   Mrs. Dugger is survived by a daughter, Judy Taylor and husband, Lawrence William Taylor, III of Hampton; daughter-in-law, Pam Allard of Norfolk; sister, Myrtle Banton of Rice; grand-children, Ian Taylor, Lauren Taylor and Rick Allard and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son, C. J. Allard and sister, Lou Ayres.
   A funeral service will be held Sunday August 8, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Puckett Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour before the service (2-3 p.m.) at the funeral home, with interment in Westview Cemetery.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Prince Edward County Rescue Squad, Rice Volunteer Fire Department or the charity of your choice.
  Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville, is in charge of arrangements.


Funeral Service For
Pattie J. Scott, 89
Set 3 p.m. Saturday

   RICHMOND, Aug. 5 – Pattie J. Scott, 89, of Richmond, died on Thursday, July 29, 2010 at Westminster Canterbury. She was born on October 13, 1920 in Charlotte County to the late Embry and Mary Garnett Scott. She was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister, one half-brother and sister.
   She was a retired Reference librarian for the Richmond City Library.
   She is survived by a sister-in-law, Betty Sue Scott; brother-in-law, Rev. William Blottner; nephew, Tom Scott; and several other nephews and nieces.
   Funeral services will be con-ducted on Saturday, August 7, at 3 p.m. from Johns Memorial Episcopal Church, followed by interment in Westview Cemetery. The public is welcome.
   Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home, Farmville, is in charge of arrangements.


Chesteen P. Ross, 75
Of Rice

   Died August 1, 2010. A funeral service will be held Saturday, August 7, at 2 p.m. at High Bridge Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. Carl U. Eggleston Funeral Establishment, Farmville.


William “Billy” Page, 70
Of Dillwyn, Dies
Wednesday At Home

    DILLWYN, Aug. 5 — William “Billy” L. Page, 70, died at his residence in Dillwyn on Wednesday August 4, 2010. He was born October 6, 1939 in Arvonia. He was the son of the late Wiley Evan and Ethel Snoddy Page. He was a retired employee of C. W. Wright Construction Co.
   He is survived by his wife, Judy Farror Page; four daughters, Debbie Davis and husband, Dickie of Dillwyn, Jackie Wells and husband, Belcher of Buffalo Junction, Janice Page of Dillwyn and Judy Lynn Page of Farmville; seven grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
    Donations can be made to Buckingham County Rescue Squad or Dillwyn Fire Department.
    All services will be held privately by the family.
   Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville, is in charge of the arrangements.


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