Gene Alfred Ruark

photo-ruark-gene259GENE ALFRED RUARK, 73, a lifelong resident of Deltaville, Virginia passed away last Wednesday morning, September 21, 2016. A graduate of the University of Richmond, Gene found his passion in real estate development and owning Ruark Marinas, Inc. He was dedicated to the betterment and beautification of Deltaville and Middlesex County, often personally planting flowers, trees, and shrubs at his own expense. He was a driving force in the Deltaville Community Association, and the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Holly Point Nature Park, on whose boards he served for many years. He gave the first lot in Middlesex County to Habitat for Humanity. He was a major contributor to the renovations of his home church, Clarksbury United Methodist. He generously gave to the library, YMCA, and other community organizations, serving on many of their boards. Gene had an amazing love for his community. One of his many projects is the welcome sign, seen by all entering Deltaville. Many individuals in need of help found a helpful, kind, loving heart in Gene, who was not afraid of using his own resources, and colorful language, to get things done. Often seen in his white pick-up truck, you knew Gene was looking for the next project to help his fellow man and community. He will be missed by all that knew him and pleasant stories about Gene will be told for many years to come. Deltaville and Middlesex County has lost a great friend and benefactor.Gene was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene H. Ruark and Lavinia Taylor Ruark. He is survived by his aunt and uncle, Norton and Alvine Hurd, and aunt Pat Taylor (Dickie); cousins Myra Hurd Wall (Charles), Jack W. Hurd (Denise), Michael T. Hurd (Beth), Jan Taylor, Dale Taylor, and Theresa Anderson (Brad), Edwin Ruark (Suzanne), Charles ‘Duck’ Ruark (Francis), Russel Ruark (Janie), and the late Rufus Ruark (Diane). He will be missed by his faithful employees; “Chef Jay” Johnson, Cora Robinson, George and Frauline Robinson, and his caregivers; Paul Howle, III and Kelly O’Toole.A celebration of Gene’s life will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 at Clarksbury United Methodist Church at 1:00 pm, interment to follow at Zoar Baptist Church cemetery. Contributions in his honor may be made to the Deltaville Maritime Museum Endowment Fund, P.O.Box 466, Deltaville, Virginia 23043, or to the Deltaville Community Association, P. O. Box 211, Deltaville, Virginia 23043.

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Hope L. Hogge

Hope L. Hogge, age 59, of Topping passed away Thursday, September 22, 2016. She was a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church and was predeceased by her mother, Lena Linthicum. Survived by her husband, Dennis R. Hogge; a son, Andy Hogge (Lisa); a granddaughter, Madison; father, James Linthicum; a sister, Linda Green (Shannon) and a special nephew, Adam. Funeral services will be held 3:00 P.M. Sunday in Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Interment will be in Hermitage Baptist Church Cemetery, Church View, VA. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

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Ida Adelaide Agrelius

obit-photo-agrelius-ida-aIda Adelaide Agrelius, better known to family and friends as “Laddie”, passed away on September 18th in her Deltaville home at the age of 93.  Laddie’s keen sense of humor and zest for life endeared her to everyone she met. She was born in Washington D.C., but lived most of her life in southern California. In her younger years, Laddie was an avid bowler and bridge player and she loved to play Bingo until her death.  Laddie was the daughter of the late Wilbur and Corrinne Ratcliffe, of Hardyville. She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, Kelton, her daughter Judy Durazo and her son John Agrelius. She is survived by one sister, Mickie Crittenden of Deltaville, son-in-law Ralph Durazo, daughter-in-law Reba Agrelius, grandchildren Gina McCarty, Michelle Trickle, Stephen Durazo, Tina Ellingsworth, and Jamie Agrelius. Laddie also had eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.  A memorial service for Laddie will be held in Deltaville at a future date.

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David E. Brinkley

photo-brinkley-david-e257David E. Brinkley, age 49, of Hardyville, VA finished his work early on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 and is now in eternal peace. Formerly of Richmond, VA and Maui, HI. David was a former employee of Budget Rent-A-Car, United Airlines and did masonry construction. He is survived by his parents, Carmen and Joseph Brinkley; a loving friend, Delores Barry; brother, Joseph, Jr. (Rita); a niece, Ashley and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. A service of remembrance will be held at the Church of the Visitation at 2:00 P.M. on Sunday, October 2, 2016. In lieu of flowers, please consider an offering in his memory to the Church of the Visitation, P.O. Box 38, Topping, VA 23169 or a local animal shelter. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda, VA.

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Clarence D. “Buddy” Smith, Jr.

Clarence D. “Buddy” Smith, Jr., age 87, of Saluda, passed away at home Tuesday, September 20, 2016. Buddy was a retired custom home builder, World War II U.S. Army Veteran, and a commercial airplane pilot. Survived by his wife Eleanor Diehl Smith; children, David Smith (Chessie), Terry Allen (Gary), Deborah Smith; five grandchildren, Jamie, Dina, Byron, Darren, Derek, and seven great-grandchildren. Buddy was also predeceased by a daughter, Jenny Dee and a son-in-law, Joe. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the Smith Family Cemetery, 11075 Tidewater Trail, Saluda, VA. The family will receive friends, Friday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Saluda. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Tribute Donations, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN, 38148-0142.

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Marcella (Sally) Olson Paxton

Marcella (Sally) Olson Paxton of Water View, Virginia, passed away unexpectedly on September 11, 2016. The day prior to her death, members of the family and dear friends and neighbors had enjoyed a going away party for Sally and her husband Jim as they prepared to relocate to a senior living community in Charlottesville. She had one last dance with her husband Jim during the party. Sally was the loving wife of Stuart (Jim) S. Paxton, Sr. She grew up in Colby, Wisconsin, and after graduating from high school, moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked as a secretary for the federal government. Not long after arriving, she met Jim on a blind date. They were married six months later in April of 1947. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary this past spring. Sally raised four boys: Stuart S. Jr, Laurence, Robert and John. Stuart lives in Bethlehem, PA, with his wife Beth. Larry and his wife Loret reside in Charlottesville, VA, as do Bob and his wife Jane. John lives in Sterling, VA, with his wife Sue. Two of her sons graduated from UVa and two from VaTech, which created an opportunity for many boisterous football game TV parties. She proudly wore her Hokies hat while telling her Cavalier sons she loved them anyway. Sally and Jim have twelve grandchildren and five great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Janet Hanson and husband Ed of Eau Claire, WI, and sister-in-law Opal Olson of Lincoln, NE, and numerous nieces and nephews on both sides of the family. Sally also had many, many admiring and devoted friends, most especially Jane Barnes of Alexandria, VA, who was her best friend for more than 60 years. In 1973 Sally and Jim purchased a home on the Rappahannock River. By the time they retired there in 1989, their pool and happy hour events had created an informal community center at Point Breeze. Friendships span generations in multiple families, with Sally and Jim becoming surrogate parents and grandparents for many. Sally and Jim deeply appreciated support from those neighbors, which enabled them to remain at their river home for many additional years. In addition to being devoted to her family and friends, Sally also was active in the work force and community for many years. She had several positions with various organizations as an administrative assistant and worked as a real estate agent in Northern Virginia. She volunteered with the National Extension Homemakers Council as chairperson of the Health, Food and Nutrition Committee; president of the Virginia Chapter; and member of the national board of directors. She belonged to Urbanna United Methodist Church. A needlepoint crafted by Jane Barnes: “There’s a special place in heaven and much admiration for the mother of four boys.” No statement could be more true. Grama, Ema, Mom, Sally, will be deeply missed by all. Services will be at the discretion of the family sometime next spring when the flowers begin to appear. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either Urbanna United Methodist Church (P.O. Box 217, Urbanna, 23175) or the Upper Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department (P.O. Box 75, Church View, 23032).

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Kathy Anne Gagnon

obit-photo-gagnon-kathy-anneKathy Anne Gagnon, born on December 12, 1960 in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, passed away peacefully on August 2, 2016. She is survived by her husband, Alan Gagnon; children, Hiedi-Lynn and Megan Gagnon; grandchild, Evara Gagnon-Porter; her parents, Maurice and Lorraine Dubeau; and brothers, Bruce, Allen, Steve, and Greg Dubeau. A Memorial Service will be held at 2pm on Sunday, September 18, 2016, at Saluda Baptist Church with reception to follow in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the animal shelter of your choice. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Nellie S. Hilker

photo-hilker-nellieNellie S. Hilker, 71, of Deltaville, VA passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 11, 2016. Nellie was a member and a deacon of Philippi Christian Church. She was also a member of the Middlesex County Vol. Rescue Squad Auxiliary where she was the manager of the Treasures & Bargains Flea Market in Deltaville for many years. She was preceded in death by her father, Myrtlon Sadler, her mother, Pearl S. White; two sisters, Mary S. Owens and Ruth S. Benson; two brother-in-law’s, Grover L. Owens and George T. Benson. She is survived by her husband, Steven B. Hilker. Nel and Steve would have been married 20 years as of December 14, 2016. She is also survived by her children, David Wayne West (Karen) of Topping, VA, Richard M. West (Nikki) of Gloucester Pt., VA and Michael C. West; a brother, Charles M. Sadler of Richmond, VA and his friend Edwina Payne; grandchildren, Cassie West, Ryan West Strickland, Taylor and Tori West and Lacey West; step-grandchildren, Kyle, Ashley and Brooke Gillikin, Crystal and Katie Gary and Brittany Hilker; step-daughter, Angela Gillikin (Mark) of Chesapeake, VA and a step-son Greg Hilker of Deltaville, VA; a niece Betty Hudgins of Mathews, VA; two nephews Timmy Sadler (Cary), Paul Sadler (Mary) and a sister-in-law Faye Sadler all of Richmond, VA and many cousins. Nellie also had a very special friend of 35 years Sissy George of White Stone, VA. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at Philippi Christian Church, Deltaville, VA with burial to follow at Windsor Gardens Cemetery, Dutton, VA. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made in Nellie’s memory to Philippi Christian Church, P.O. Box 555, Deltaville, VA 23043 or to the Middlesex County Vol. Rescue Squad Auxiliary, P.O. Box 769, Deltaville, VA 23043. A reception will follow for family and friends at the Deltaville Rescue Squad Building.

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Anita South Wilson Wrightson

Anita South Wilson Wrightson, a lifelong resident of Saluda and widow of Robert E. Wilson, Sr. died Saturday, August 27, 2016. She was born in Saluda on May 7, 1934 to Muriel Davis and Frank South. Anita graduated from Middlesex High School and Smithdeal-Massey Business College. She is survived by her husband, George W. Wrightson; sons, Robert E. Wilson, Jr. (Bobby) and his wife, Cindy, F. Davis Wilson and wife Cathy. Grandchildren, Robbie, Wesley, Heather and Kelly; great granddaughter, Shannon. Step-sons, George W. Wrightson, Jr. and wife, Gina, Mickey Wrightson and wife Cheryl. A graveside service will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday at Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery, 11408 Salem Church Road, Gloucester, VA. Rev. Edward P. Harrow, Sr., Rev. Rita Staul and Rev. Robert Marsh will be officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:00 PM Monday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. It is her request that instead of flowers, memorials be made to Children’s Hospital Foundation of Richmond at VCU, 2924 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23220 or Shriners Hospitals for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607 or Salem UMC General Fund, 11408 Salem Church Road, Gloucester, VA 23061.

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Henry Edward Jackson

Henry Edward Jackson, born August 14, 1925, of Warner, passed away peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, August 14, 2016.  He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Grace Healy Jackson. He is survived by three daughters:  Mary Jackson Loving (Danny), Charlotte Jackson Ughetto (Rick) and Amy Jackson; five grandchildren:  Dana Loving Ladd (Stephen), Loren Loving Marquez (Paul), David Loving (Donna), Haley Ughetto Cardwell (Jack) and Jeffrey Ughetto (Megan); six great-grandchildren; and his very special sister in law, Alice Oxendine.  He was a devoted father and grandfather and he will always be remembered for his quiet nature and loving smile. He was a member of Forest Chapel United Methodist Church.  Funeral services will be held 10:00 AM Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Saluda.  Interment will be in Forest Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Warner.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Tuesday.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Central Middlesex Vol. Rescue Squad, PO Box 790, Urbanna, VA 23175 or Forest Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 425, Saluda, VA., 23149.

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