Earnest James “Ernie” Blake, Jr.

Earnest James “Ernie” Blake, Jr., 66, of Topping, passed away on Friday, December 8, 2017. He was preceded in death by his father, Earnest James Blake, Sr. He is survived by his loving wife, Vicki Beswick Blake; daughter, Christy Bruce (Elvin); son, Michael Blake; grandchildren, Hailey and Brayden Bruce; mother, Norma C. Blake; brother, Alan C. Blake; niece, Amanda; nephew, James, and a host of other loving family members and friends. Funeral services will be held 11a.m., Monday, December 11th, at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda. Interment Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4-6p.m. on Sunday (this evening) at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Hartfield, VA 23071.

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Gordon F. Batley

Gordon F. Batley, 82, of Deltaville, passed away on Monday, December 4, 2017. He was a U.S. Army veteran and the owner/operator of Batley Seafood, Inc., Deltaville. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Charlotte Batley; a daughter, Lori B. Fary. Gordon is survived by his wife of 60 years, Barbara T. Batley; children, Lynn Batley (Jay Weaver), Mark Batley (Cindy) and a grandson, Robert Fary. A memorial service will be held 3:00 P.M. Sunday, December 17, 2017 in Philippi Christian Church, Deltaville. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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Peggy Colley Roane

Peggy Colley Roane, age 69, died peacefully at her home in Shacklefords, VA on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.  Peggy was born on October 25, 1948, the youngest of six children of Franklin and Beulah Colley. She loved her home and enjoyed her life on the farm; working in her yard tending the flowers and cutting grass.  She also enjoyed supporting Toys for Tots.  Peggy loved her family and friends and they will miss her greatly.  She will also be missed by her dog, Cody Joe and her cat, Noel. In addition to her parents Peggy was preceded in death by her son, Todd Boone and sisters Laura Mae Walton and Vernelle Hunter. She is survived by her husband, Richard Roane; daughter, Roxanne Haden and her husband Michael, 1 grandchild, Kasey Haden; sisters, Elva Langford and Lena Sickal; brother, Franklin “Tuck” Colley and his wife Darlene; brother-in-law Ed Roane and his wife Patti; and several nieces, nephews, and many friends. A funeral service will be held at 11AM on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel in Saluda, VA with burial at Hermitage Baptist Church Cemetery in Church View, VA.  The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home prior to the service, beginning at 10AM.  Peggy’s favorite color was purple.  Family members and friends can remember Peggy by wearing purple clothing or a purple ribbon that will be provided at the funeral home.  Peggy’s family wishes to express their gratitude to all of the staff at Riverside Hospice.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Hermitage Baptist Church, P.O. Box 190, Church View, VA 23032 or to your local Rescue Squad.

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Ronald Wells Simon

Ronald Wells Simon passed away peacefully at his Urbanna home on Monday, November 20, 2017. He was born August 1, 1936 in Frostburg, MD to Reverend Walter V. Simon and Margaret Wells Simon. He is survived by his wife, Nancy Simon; sons, Eric Simon (Judith) and Karl Simon (Gina); grandchildren, Anna, Rachel and Jacob Simon; extended family, Gale Brubeck, John and Dale Merola, and Cheryl Wimer. He retired in 1996 after working 38 years at the Newport News Shipyard as an Engineering Supervisor. He resided in Hampton, Va., before moving to Urbanna, Va., in 1995. He was a former member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hampton, Va., a Scoutmaster of Troop 55 of Hampton Va., and was in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 62, Deltaville, Va. Visitation will be held on Saturday, November 25th, from 2 to 4p.m. at the Middlesex County Woman’s Club at 210 Virginia St., Urbanna, Va., 23175. Private burial services will be held at a later date at Hebron Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Staunton, Va.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Gloucester and Mathews Humane Society, P.O. Box 385, Gloucester, Va., 23061.  The family wishes to send a special thanks to Grace Hospice and Right at Home Care for their compassionate care. Faulkner Funeral Home, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda, is assisting the family.

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David Lee Ragland, Sr.

David Lee Ragland, Sr., age 71, of Henrico County VA passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017. David worked as a maintenance supervisor for approximately forty years and was a Navy Veteran. Survivors include a son, David L. Ragland, Jr. (Stella); a sister, Virginia Glazebrook; a brother, Henry H. Ragland III (Ann); 2 grandchildren, Taylor Ogorsell and Joseph Reid; a close friend, Theda Pugh; 3 step-grandchildren; 1 niece and 1 nephew. A Memorial Service will be held at 1PM on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in Varina Church of the Nazarene at 5350 Darbytown Rd. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Massey Cancer Center, 401 College Street, Richmond VA 23298. Faulkner Funeral Homes & Cremation Services assisted the family with arrangements.

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Ada Marie Shackelford Hall

Ada Marie Shackelford Hall, age 94, of Urbanna, departed this life on November 15, 2017. Mrs. Hall was born in Gloucester County, Virginia, the daughter of Hubert Landron Shackelford and Ada Lee Lewis Shackelford. She was valedictorian of her graduating class at Achilles High School in Gloucester and attended Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg. During World War II, Mrs. Hall worked at the Naval Mine Depot. She served as bookkeeper for H. C. Shackelford and Son, Mike’s Tire and Recapping, and was bookkeeper and co-owner of F. L. Hall Petroleum Products for twenty-five years. Ada Marie was an active member of Urbanna Baptist Church for fifty-seven years. She taught Sunday School, was active in the Women’s Missionary Union, served on the decorating committee and was a long-time member of the pulpit committee. She loved her church and her family and worked tirelessly to give ongoing support and guidance to both. She also loved to read and was a member of a Mathews Book Club, the Middlesex Women’s Club, and enjoyed playing bridge with friends in a local bridge club. She is survived by her husband and constant companion of 73 years, Francis Linton Hall, two daughters, Frances Marie Robins (Edwin) of Deltaville and Laura Virginia Shreaves (Bub) of West Point, two sons, Landron Craig Hall, Sr. (Patty) and Lewis Overton Hall (Cerise), of Urbanna. She was loved and will be missed by her eight grandchildren: John Matthew Robins, Lauren Marie Hall Pollicino, Windsor Holland Hall Johnson, William Francis Robins, Landron Craig Hall, Jr., Hunter Francis Shreaves, Meghan Marie Hall, and Maggie Mae Hall, and twelve great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held at 2:30 PM on Saturday, November 18, 2017, at Urbanna Baptist Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service, beginning at 1:30 PM. A graveside service will follow at Middlesex Memorial Cemetery in Urbanna. Memorial donations may be made to the Deacons’ Benevolent Fund of Urbanna Baptist Church, PO Box 416, Urbanna, VA 23175. Faulkner-Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel is assisting the Hall family.

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Helen Wright White

Helen Wright White, 78, of Deltaville passed away peacefully on November 15, 2017. She was the daughter of Charles and Louise Wright of Chesapeake, VA. Helen graduated from Great Bridge High School and Radford College. She was a career educator and retired after 31 years of teaching. She taught in Chesapeake, Woodbridge, and Middlesex. She was the consummate professional and loved by her students. Helen is survived by her devoted husband of 52 years Graham Lee White, her children Jeannie and Jerry Duke, Mark and Maggie White, and grandchildren Matthew and Brittany Duke, Morgan and Ryan Smith, Mason Duke, and Abigail and Anna White. She is also survived by her siblings Warren and Kathy Wright, Gary and Linda Wright, Debbie and Zach Quidley, Leroy and Claudia White, Russell White, and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends. Helen was a member of Clarksbury United Methodist Church where she was a dedicated member of the choir, a founding member of the Edna Yankovich Women’s Circle, held many leadership positions within the church, and was an active participant in the soup and food ministries. A celebration of Helen’s life will be held at Clarksbury United Methodist Church on Sunday, November 19, 2017 at 2 p.m. The family requests in lieu of flowers that expressions of condolences be given in the way of donations to the Clarksbury United Methodist Building Fund. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda is assisting the White family.

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James “Jeff” Jeffries

James “Jeff” Jeffries, 87, of Hardyville, went by to be with his Lord on November 11, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, daughter Carolyn Stanhope, and a son Donald L Fields. Survivors include his loving wife of 53 years, Lois Jeffries, 3 brothers, daughters Sharon “Jeffries” and Bill Gall; Marcia “Jeffries” and John Russell; Donna “Jeffries” and Rich Erwin; Deborah Fields; and son Garland and Stephanie Fields. In addition, he is survived by grandchildren Justin and Jesse Fields, Shawn Jeffries Erwin, Zachary Jeffries Erwin, Livia Erwin, Jason and Jessie Stanhope, Dustin and Jade Wong and Lyndsey Russell; and 11 great grandchildren. He will be loved and missed by all. Jeff was a long-time member of the Hurd’s hardware family, and always greeted you with a smile on his face. The family would like to thank Hospice of Virginia for all their loving care and compassion in our time of need. The memorial service will be held at 12pm on Saturday, November the 18th at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow Faulkner Chapel in Saluda, followed by a celebration of life at the Deltaville Firehouse.

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William Herbert “Bill” Williams

William Herbert “Bill” Williams, age 76, of Richmond, VA passed away on Friday, November 10th, 2017. He was preceded in death by his brother, George Edward Williams, his father, William Wellington Williams, and his mother Mabel Helena Williams. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Christine Marie Williams; daughter Gwen Marie Williams and her husband, Alan; son Mark Edward Williams and his wife, Kylie; grandchildren Sam, Eloise and Wells Davis and Noah and Emme Williams as well as many other loving family members and friends. Bill was born on August 19, 1941 in Revis, VA to William and Mabel and later moved to Horse Point in Hartfield, VA. He spent the rest of his teenage years at Horse Point before moving to Richmond where he attended Randolph Macon College as well as the University of Richmond. He also served in the Army National Guard during the Vietnam War. He retired as Sales Manager at Industrial Supply Corporation where he spent most of his career. Bill met his beautiful wife, Christine, on an interesting blind date, and later married on July 9, 1966. They raised two children Gwen and Mark and have five charming grandchildren. Bill’s favorite hobby was playing golf and he followed the Washington Redskins and Virginia Tech Hokies very closely. Bill was a member of Hermitage Baptist and Skipwith United Methodist churches for many years. Bill and his wife Christine traveled to a number of exciting places in Europe and the United States. For those who knew him, Bill always had a smile on his face, rarely complained and loved to cut up and crack jokes. He had nicknames for everyone and was always the life of the party. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at Hermitage Baptist Church in Church View, VA. Interment church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church. Separately, a memorial service is being planned in Richmond, date and time to be determined. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Michael J Fox foundation for Parkinson’s research. Donation Processing The Michael J Fox foundation P.O. Box 5014 Hagerstown Maryland, 21741-5014 (michaeljfox.org). Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel is assisting the family.

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Dr. Robert Carter “Bob” Kluge

Dr. Robert Carter Kluge (Bob), passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Westminster Canterbury in Richmond, VA at age 92. He was born April 30, 1925 in Portsmouth, VA to the late Frank and Margaret Kluge. He was married to the late Mary Belle Taylor for 56 years. He was a SeaBee in the U.S. Navy during WWII and a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. After graduation from the Medical College of Virginia, he completed his residency in Pediatric Medicine at the U.S. Navy Hospital in Chelsea, MA. In 1959, he opened his pediatric practice in Staunton, VA, where he cared for many children until his retirement in 1994. He cared deeply for his patients and their families, as well as the pediatric nurses at Kings Daughter Hospital. Upon his retirement, he and his wife moved to Urbanna, VA where they were members of Christ Church Parish. He was an active member of Kiwanis Club of Middlesex and loved boating and fishing on the “Rivah” with his family and friends. He especially enjoyed his Friday night dinner outings with close friends and neighbors. Bob was a true “gentleman” who was always kind and caring to everyone he met. He loved reading, traveling, and attending historical seminars and outings. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mary Belle. Bob is survived by his sons, Robert Kluge (Rosemary), Thomas (Sharon), and Steven (Betsy); daughter, Amy K. Lesemann (Bill); nine grandchildren, Matthew Kluge, Jessie Kluge, Brett Kluge, Lauren Kluge, Elizabeth Kluge, Kevin Kluge, Laura Kluge, Ryan Kluge, and Andrew Lesemann; and two brothers, Frank and Ray (Mary Margaret). A memorial service will be held at Christ Church Parish Episcopal in Christchurch, VA on Friday, November 17th at 2:00p.m., followed by interment in the church cemetery. Visitation with family will follow the service in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to: Central Middlesex Vol. Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 790, Urbanna, VA, 23175 or to a pediatric hospital charity or hospital of your choice. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel is assisting the family.

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