Betty Allen Chowning died on Tuesday September 19, 2017 at the age of 86. She is predeceased by her parents Lowell Clifton and Virginia Mae Allen; her husbands Herbert Gray Wyatt Sr and Carroll Clifford Chowning Jr and her eldest son Glen Allen Wyatt. She is survived by her daughter Jane Wyatt Mason, husband Al and children Wyatt Edward Mason (Mercede); Emilie Virginia Stuckey (Joshua) and Peyton Allen Mason, great grandson Andrew Larson Stuckey. And her son Herbert Gray Wyatt Jr, wife Teresa and step children Casey Elena Nemetz and Dylan Jackson Nemetz. Betty Mae, as many knew her, was born on March 17, 1931. She spent her childhood in Staunton, Va. and on the family farm in nearby Craigsville. She graduated from Stuart Hall and earned her degree at Winthrop College. From there she moved to Front Royal, Va. to begin her teaching career. It was here she met and married her first husband, Herbert in 1954, himself a teacher at Randolph Macon Academy. She put her teaching career on hold to raise a family and fill the role of faculty wife which she did with dedication. In 1962 she and her family moved to Christchurch, Va. where Herbert had taken a faculty position. After his death in 1965, she moved her family to Urbanna and resumed her teaching career at Middlesex Elementary School as a 5th Grade teacher. In 1966 she met and married her second husband, Carroll. That same year she moved to the high school to take over the Choral Dept. where she taught music and led the choir. In the latter years of her career, she served as Senior Sponsor. It is in these roles that she had her most profound impact on the lives of her students whom she lovingly referred to as “her children“. Under her guidance, many of these young lives were prepared to meet the challenges of life and to find its joys through music. In her tenure until her retirement in 1996, she taught and mentored children, their children and their grandchildren giving her a multi-generational influence that is felt to this day in Middlesex County. She was a devoted member of Christchurch Episcopal Church where she served as Choir Director and Organist for almost 50 years. She was also a member of the Altar Guild and ECW contributing her floral arrangements and her famous jams and jellies. Services will be held at Christchurch Episcopal Church on Saturday September 23 at 2pm. Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Christchurch Parish, P.O. Box 476 or the MHS Performing Arts Department, P.O. Box 206, both in Saluda, VA 23149. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda Va.
William B. Whorton, 71, of Glenns, VA departed this earthly life on Saturday, September 2, 2017 after a short battle with cancer. Many traveling Route 17 will remember him as “Bill the Barrel Guy”. He was predeceased by his father, Charlie Whorton and a step-son, Captain James C. Edge, U.S.M.C. He is survived by his wife, Janice; his 95 year old mother, Margaret, and his older brother Jim and two step-sons. William and Thomas Edge. Bill retired here with his wife in 2009 after closing his 35 year old retail pet store, “Pets’ N Things”, in Norfolk’s Southern Shopping Center. He was born in Oriental, NC and grew up in Portsmouth, VA. He attended William & Mary College, and served in the Navy from 1968-72 during the Vietnam War. Bill was an accomplished Civil War historian and re-enactor for 30 years. He was well known for building one-fifth scale replicas of the Ironclad Warships, the USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, which were featured in a PBS documentary on the “Battle of Hampton Roads”. He and his crew traveled to many events held in the South and Mid-Atlantic states with his Dahlgren Howitzer and warships to entertain the crowds with a re-enactment of that famous battle. He enjoyed meeting people of all ages and sharing his vast knowledge about our country’s history. He spent countless hours presenting living history programs at the Mariner’s Museum, as well as cannon demonstrations at many local events, such as “First Shots” and “Fort Nonsense”. Bill was an active member of Salem United Methodist Church in Gloucester. He was a faithful Christian, loving husband, devoted son and loyal friend and neighbor. He will be missed and remembered by all who knew him. Janice sends out special thanks to the numerous neighbors and friends who prayed and supported Bill and herself with their many acts of kindness. She also wishes to express her gratitude to Riverside Home Care and the Riverside Hospice Team who assisted with caring for Bill in their home. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Sunday, September 10, 2017 at Salem United Methodist Church, 11408 Salem Church Road, Gloucester, VA. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda, VA.
Van Lewis Parker, son of the late George and Lois Walton Parker, passed peacefully in his home in Glenns early Saturday morning on August 26, 2017. His brief, yet courageous, fight with cancer showcased his stubborn and brave spirit. At the mere age of 55, Van loved more passionately and worked harder than many of those who live nearly a century. Those who met Van through life or through his automotive repair shop can vouch for his selfless nature and unending love for friends and family. His legacy can be seen in the eyes of his children, the smile of his wife, in the glare of the sun shining on the repair shop doors as they open for the day, and in the wonderful friendships that bond the souls of the loyal and kind. He is survived by his wife, Deborah; children Brandon and Kaitlyn; nephew, Michael Parker; father-in-law, Calvin Robinson; sister-in-law, Susan Hodges; nieces Sarah Pullen Alfarisi and Hannah Pullen; and nephews, Andrew Pullen and Calvin Robinson. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. at Salem United Methodist Church in Gloucester on Wednesday August 30, 2017. Interment will take place in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 11408 Salem Church Road or Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1417, both in Gloucester VA 23061. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda, VA.
Barbara Jean Crouch Earman, age 79, of Deltaville, widow of Hobart William “Billy” Earman, died Friday, August 25, 2017. Survived by her children; H. Franklin Earman, Thomas W. Earman (Melody), Anne W. Earman and a grandson, Christopher Thomas Earman. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 29th in Philippi Christian Church, Deltaville. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 98, Deltaville, VA 23043. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda.
James Colie Hudgins, Sr., 92, of Hartfield a native of Mathews passed away, Tuesday, August 22, 2017. He was a retired tankerman from Gulf Oil and Exxon Oil and a long time employee of Hurds Hardware in Deltaville. Colie was also a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Lower United Methodist Church and Donovan Lodge #75 A.F & A.M. and a member of Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department. Survived by his wife Virginia “Tillie” Hudgins; children, Sheila H. Scales, Marsha H. Collier (Warren), Jamie Hudgins; grandchildren, Jennifer S. Hill (Bob), Michael Collier (Rhonda), Patrick Scales and Jake Hudgins (Amy) four great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held 11 A.M. Friday in Lower United Methodist Church, Hartfield. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Hartfield, VA 23071 or Donovan Masonic Lodge #75, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 915, Deltaville, VA 23043. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda.
Leonard Wiley Levis, Sr. passed away August 19, 2017. He was born in 1923 at Quantico, VA to Harold Stuart “Jim” Levis and Zoe Louise Newton Levis. He was predeceased by his wife, Lucille Harrow Levis, his brother Dan Levis and sister Betty L. Hefner. He is survived by his wife, Thelma Levis and her son Herbert Lewis, Jr., grandchildren Stacy McKinney and Herbert Lewis, III, and three great grandchildren, Madisen McKinney, Gavin Wheeler and Herbert Lewis, IV. He is also survived by his children: Ellen Schiavone (Andrew) of Williamsburg, VA and Wiley Levis, Jr. of West Point, VA; granddaughter Ruth West of Barhamsville, VA and two great-grandsons, Braydon and Trevor West. After graduating from high school in Knox, PA, he joined the Marine Corps and proudly served in the South Pacific Theatre during World War II. Leonard was employed by the Chesapeake Corporation for almost 38 years. During that time he became certified to install and repair appliances and furnaces, and he taught Hunter Safety and Personal Protection gun classes. He and Lucille purchased a small home in Eltham to which he added two additional bedrooms and later a living room, den and half bath. His hobbies included fresh and salt-water fishing, boating, creating hooked rug wall hangings and building and flying model airplanes. He made himself available to assist many of his neighbors and extended family, building and repairing things around their homes. He was an active member of the First Baptist Church in West Point and later at Olivet Baptist Church in King & Queen County. He traveled to Mexico City with a Methodist Group to start a home for the aged and later went to Tanzania, East Africa, to help build two churches. After Lucille’s death in 1984, he met and subsequently married Thelma Lewis and resided in her home in King & Queen County until he moved into Riverside Convalescent Center in West Point. There will be a graveside service in Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery, Deltaville, VA on Friday, August 25, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with visitation following the service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you make a donation in his memory to your favorite charity. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda, is assisting the family.
Raymond J. Mills Jr., 83, of Cobbs Creek, Virginia, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2017. He was born and raised in Virginia Beach, and was in the Coast Guard; serving in the Korean Conflict. After a career with General Electric’s Industrial Department in Portsmouth, he finished his work life with Harris Cabinets in Hayes, Virginia. He enjoyed calling Mathews his home since 1976 and after retiring, he continued his love for motorcycles, traveling, working in the yard and in his garage. He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Stephenson Mills of Mathews, and his parents Raymond J. Mills Sr., and Mary Ellen Hare Mills, both of Virginia Beach. He was a devoted husband to Helen, and the best Dad EVER, to their daughter Carter. He is survived by his daughter and best friend, H. Carter Mills Frazer; a wonderful and dedicated son-in-law, David L. Frazer, and Grandcat Missy. We would like to thank Pam and Gina with Riverside Hospice; Julia with Riverside Home Health for her care; and Pastor Alvin Hill, for a friendly, soulful tune on the harmonica and prayer when needed. Also thanks to Jason and Kristin Powell, who have been wonderful neighbors lending a hand with things at the house. He fought a brave and long battle always with a smile on his face and God in his heart. He not only was loved, but will be loved and missed for all the rest of our days. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda, Virginia. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Officiating will be Reverend Stuart Wood, and Reverend Alvin Hill. Interment will be held at H.C. Smither Memorial Cemetery, Mathews, Virginia.
Ruth Mildred Belknap, 86, of Topping, passed away Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Survived by her daughter, Ruth Hall; a son, George Belknap; grandchildren, Michael, David, Chris, Renee, Heather, Jennifer, Donna and Rosa. Fourteen great grandchildren, four great great grandchildren. A sister, Viola Bonneville; brothers, Franklin and Elias Smith. A memorial service will be held 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 98, Deltaville, VA 23043 or Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters, 601 Children’s Lane, Norfolk, VA 23507.
Ruth O. Wilder, 97, died Friday August 11, 2017 at the Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury retirement community. She was the daughter of Estella Obermeyer and Carl Stockho and was pre-deceased by her husband Henry Page Wilder and her older sister Norma Schulz and is survived by her sons Carl and Rick, daughter-in-laws Lynn Orlowitz and Arlene Wilder, grandson Geoffrey Wilder, and many dear friends. Ruth was a registered nurse who served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and later in the public Health Service. She was one of the founders of Hands Across Middlesex community outreach service and a long-term member of the Clarksbury United Methodist Church in Deltaville. A memorial service will be held at Clarksbury United Methodist Church in Deltaville on Friday, August 25 at 1:00pm.
Carolyn D. Jessie, 63, of Locust Hill died Saturday, July 15, 2017. She was the daughter of the late Robert Edward Jessie and Dorothy Kennard Jessie and was also predeceased by her brothers Robert, Billy and Russell Jessie. Survived by her sisters, Ruth Dotson, Shirley Trevilian, Mary Bowling, Irma Jessie and Betty Savidge. A graveside funeral service will be held 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at Philippi Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Deltaville. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda.