John D. (Jack) Miller, Jr.

John D. (Jack) Miller, Jr. 68, passed away Monday, Feb. 19 after a long battle with cancer. Jack was a life long resident of Middlesex County and was proud that his lineage went back to the late 1600’s. He was a 1967 graduate of Middlesex High School and attended Rappahannock Community College and Averett University. He served four years with the United States Coast Guard. He was a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church and Donovan Lodge #75. He medically retired in 2000 from St. Laurent Paper Co. Jack served on the Middlesex County School Board for four years and on the Middlesex County Board of Supervisors for the last 23 years. He was a past president of the Virginia Association of Counties, served as Region 2 Director for many years and served on numerous other committees. Jack was well known across the state for his quick wit and his ability to handle any political situation. He was honest to a fault, well respected by his peers and he never met a stranger. Once you met Jack you never forgot him. He endured failing health, a total artificial heart, a heart transplant and in the last three years an aggressive cancer that ultimately took his life. He fought these battles without complaint and with a positive attitude making each day count. He loved life and more importantly, he loved his family. His children and grandchildren were the joy of his life. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of fifty years, Mary Lou; daughter Connie Miller and her husband Daniel West; daughter Chris Gresham and her husband Scott Gresham; granddaughter Emma Gresham and grandson Matthew Gresham. He is also survived by his uncle Virgil Miller of Deltaville; and his brother-in-law David Lowman of White Stone. A memorial service will be held at Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping, Va, Saturday morning at 11 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made online to the VCU Pauley Heart Center or the VCU Massey Cancer Center. Donations may also be made to the Hartfield Vol. Fire Dept., PO Box 205, Hartfield, Va, 23071. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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Loucille Thompson Jackson

Loucille Thompson Jackson, 94, of Deltaville passed away Monday, February 19, 2018. She was the widow of Curtis L. Jackson and retired secretary of the former Chesapeake Corporation Paper Mill, West Point, Va. Loucille was also a member of Zoar Baptist Church and a member of the former Donna Chapter O.E.S., Deltaville. Survived by her sons; Johnny Jackson (Patricia), Jay Jackson (Barbara); 2 grandchildren, Tammy and Ben (Jessica); and 3 great grandchildren, Ethan, Riley and Scarlett. Funeral services will be held noon Thursday, February 22 in Zoar Baptist Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Family will receive friends 1 hour prior to the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Zoar Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1010, Deltaville, Va 23043. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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Beverly Ann Haynes

Beverly Ann Haynes of Saluda, 69, passed away February 13, 2018. She is survived by her brother Richard G. Haynes (Deborah) of Urbanna; nieces Rita H. Garcia (Eric) and Casey H. Williamson (Adam); great-nieces Mason Welsh and Adelyn Williamson; and great-nephews Isaac Williamson, Nicolas Garcia and Ethan Garcia. Beverly is predeceased by her parents Charles R. and Julia W. Haynes and a brother C. Wayne Haynes. Beverly was a sweet and special person who will be missed by all who knew her. A graveside service will be held Friday, February 16, 2018 at 11 am, New Hope United Methodist Church in Glenns. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to New Hope United Methodist Church, at mailing address 2466 Lewis B. Puller Memorial Highway, Saluda, Virginia 23149. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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Arthur William “Billy” Bryant, III

It is with great sadness that the family of Arthur William “Billy” Bryant, III announces his passing after a brief illness on February 5, 2018 at the age of 56. Billy was a well-known marine mechanic for 35 years. He was a kind and caring man who would help anyone in need. Billy loved hunting, fishing and spending time with friends and family. Billy was preceded in death by his father, Arthur William Bryant, Jr. He is survived by his mother, Marie Dunlevy Bryant. Billy will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 35 years, Annette; daughters, Jennifer and Allison; grandchildren, Addisyn and Kiptyn; sisters, Delores (Michael) Ward, Diane (Herby) Clark, Debbie (Jim) Hamilton and Sue (Chip) Bennett; mother-in-law, Ann Estis; father-in-law, Wayne Collins; numerous nephews, niece and extended family and dear friends. Funeral service will be held 1 pm, Monday, February 12 at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel in Saluda, Va, followed by a reception at Lower United Methodist Church in Hartfield, Va. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Don Lane Geeson

Don Lane Geeson of Deltaville, VA died on February 4, 2018. He was born on May 10, 1924 in Columbia, MO, the son of Arthur Bertram Geeson and Esther Grace Lane. He is predeceased by his parents, his first wife, Eileen Ritter Geeson, his brother, Gene Ray Geeson and his eldest granddaughter, Lindsey Paul Rudolph. Surviving are his wife, Sarah Nalle Geeson, his children, Susan Paul and her husband, Bob, David Geeson and his wife, Trish, and Jan FitzHugh and her husband, Coby. Also surviving are his step-children, Pamela Hipp and her husband, Doug, Susan Swan and her husband, Dave, and Tom Nalle and his wife, Laurie. Surviving as well are 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Mr. Geeson was a graduate of Ritenour High School in St. Louis, MO and Harvard University. While at Harvard, he joined the Naval ROTC and was commissioned after graduation as an Ensign in the U.S. Navy. He later returned to Cambridge and graduated with an MBA from Harvard Business School. Mr. Geeson was employed as an industrial engineer at Reynolds Metals Company until his retirement in 1985. He moved with his wife, Sarah, to Deltaville, VA and spent his long retirement enjoying sailing, woodworking and a wonderful life on the Chesapeake Bay. He was an active participant in community projects and as a member of Christ Church Parish (Episcopal), where he served on the vestry and sang for 31 years in the choir. Memorial services will be held at Christ Church Parish, 26 Christ Church Lane, Saluda, VA at 2:00 pm on Sunday, February 11, 2018. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Christ Church Parish (Episcopal), P.O. Box 476, Saluda, VA 23149, or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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Catharine Jones Bunting (Teetie)

Catharine Jones Bunting (Teetie), age 90, of Urbanna, VA died Friday, February 2, 2018. She was a lifelong member of Christ Church Episcopal, Middlesex, where she was a member of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and served on the Altar Guild for many years.  Catharine spent 25 years as an employee of the U.S. Postal Service in the Christchurch and Urbanna offices until her retirement in 1992. She enjoyed living on the water, reading and spending time with family and friends. Preceded in death by her parents, Elsie Palmer and Edward Cary Jones, and sisters, Majorie Jones Mapp and Cary Jones Hoy. She is survived by her four children, Jere Bunting III (Meda), Cary B. Farr (Ronnie), Edward R. Bunting (Debbie), Margaret B. Ward (Randy); eleven grandchildren, Jeremy, Jonathan, Gregory, Meredith, Paige, Rob, Haley, McKenzie, Payton, Sara, and Parker; five great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews and loving caregivers Katherlon, Lucy, and Renetta. Funeral services will be held 2:00pm on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 at Christ Church Episcopal, Middlesex. Memorial gifts may be made to Christ Church Parish Episcopal, 56 Christchurch Lane, PO Box 476, Saluda, VA 23149. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda, VA.

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Virginia Marie Major Anton

Virginia Marie Major Anton of 2003 Cobb Street, Farmville, VA. 23901, passed away after a short illness on Jan. 31, 2018. A longtime resident of Saluda, Marie, affectionately known to the family as Jennie, was born Sept. 19, 1926. Marie was predeceased by her parents, John Muscoe Major and Mary Catherine Booker Major, her siblings, Clarence Major (Mildred, Lillian), Ruby Lee Major Taylor (William), Hubert (Josephine), Lucy Major Davis (William), Walter Major, Thomas Major (Roberta). She is survived by her youngest brother Robert (Carolyn), her children, Vincent Lee (Linda), Constance Marie Anton Sandman (David), Noel Wesley (Christie), Samuel Gregory (Lynn), many grandchildren, step-grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and step-great grandchildren. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and will be missed by all. Marie was a retired USPS clerk with the Saluda Post office, and a longtime member of Saluda Baptist Church. She loved her church and her community. Marie was involved in many volunteer organizations in the county including Hands Across Middlesex. Each Tuesday she would play Canasta with her “card girls” and she was always ready for a game of Scrabble. Her memorial service will be held at Saluda Baptist Church 2 P.M. Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018. Family visitation will be during the meal in the Fellowship Hall immediately following her service. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to Saluda Baptist Church, P.O. Box 452, Saluda, Va. 23149. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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William Clements “Billie” Callis

William Clements “Billie” Callis, 55, of Topping, passed away, Tuesday, January 30, 2018. He was a member of Saluda Baptist Church and a retiree of the paper mill in West Point. Billie is survived by his wife, Brandy Hudgins Callis; children, Christine Rae Callis, William Clements Callis, Jr. (Amanda), Jessica Brynn Callis and Charles Nelson Andrew Booth. Five grandchildren, a sister, Faith Ann Callis Russell; a brother, Vivian Hope “Jack” Callis, III (Cindy), two nieces and two nephews. A memorial service will be held 11:00 A.M. Saturday, February 3rd at Saluda Baptist Church. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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Catherine Powell Lawson

Catherine Powell Lawson, 92, of Christ Church, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, January 28, 2018. Catherine was a Godly woman and loved her family with her whole heart. She was a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church. Catherine was preceded in death by her parents, Wilton and Lucy Powell, her brother, Thomas Powell, and her loving husband, Carey Meredith Lawson. Catherine was a dedicated and hard worker.  She worked Silco/Dollar General for many years, before retiring. She enjoyed reading, praying, and visiting with her sisters. But, nothing was more important to her than her family. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her. Catherine’s surviving family members include her daughter, Diana Lawson, and her son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Jackie Lawson, her three grandchildren, Candace German, Brittany Elias and Barron Lawson, and one great-granddaughter, Spencer L Elias. She has four surviving sisters, Louise Fulcher, Christine Williams, Doris Thrift, and Lois Daniel. A graveside memorial service will take place on Sunday, February 4th at 3:00 p.m. at Harmony Grove Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Catherine’s memory to Harmony Grove Baptist Church. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Home, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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Donald Ray Lucas

Donald Ray Lucas, nickname “Luke or Razor”, 62, formerly of Topping, died January 19 in Kilmarnock. He was preceded in death by his parents, Reuben and Elsie Lucas, and brother, John E. Lucas. He is survived by his siblings, R. Larry Lucas (Jennifer), Joan L. Fries (Paul), Ann L. O’Herron, and James L. Lucas (Mary); sister-in-law, Ruth Lucas and many nephews and nieces. Don never met a stranger and considered everyone he met as a friend. He worked in the snack food and grocery businesses most of his life.  A big sports fan, he loved the Minnesota Vikings and Twins. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 27, at 1:00 p.m. at Harmony Grove Baptist Church, 7722 General Puller Highway, Topping.   In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any memorial gifts be sent to Harmony Grove Baptist Church, P. O. Box 138, Topping, VA 23169. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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