Elizabeth McCool Gamble

Elizabeth McCool Gamble, 95, of Middlesex, widow of Harold Lloyd Gamble passed away in her sleep on Thursday, March 22, 2018 following a brief illness. She was a World War II Navy veteran and a retired pharmacist. Betty was a member of Saluda Baptist Church, V.F.W., American Legion, W.M.U., WAVES International and the Alabama State Homemakers Association. Betty was predeceased by her sisters, Barbara Lee, Catherine South and a great grandson, Bradley Johnston. She is survived by her children, Susan Hockett (Glenn), Gayle Gamble and James Gamble, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Betty was fond of her family, scrabble, dominos, gardening, her blueberry bushes, chocolate and feeding the swans in the winter. A memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Saluda Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Saluda Baptist Church, P.O. Box 452, Saluda, VA 23149 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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Clay Gibboney Shelton

Clay Gibboney Shelton passed from this earthly plane on March 16, 2018. He was born June 28, 1933 in the small town of Honaker, Virginia to Nora and Clay Shelton. Clay spent most of his working career in sales but loved best his early days working as a telegraph operator for the railroad. Described by many as a true Virginia gentleman, most of Clays Virginia days were spent in Richmond where he met his wife, Betty. Betty preceded Clay in passing in September of 2010. Survived by Clay include his daughter, Tamara Shelton Lacy, his granddaughter, Hali Lacy Hagerich with husband Tony, his grandson, Robert Clay Lacy with wife Rachel, and his adorable great granddaughter, Charlee Olivia Hagerich. In addition to family, Clay is survived by his much loved pup, Dudley, as well as a world of friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched with his gentle, caring, and always interested way. Memorial services will be held Friday, March 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda, Virginia. Interment will be at Harmony Grove Baptist Church with reception to follow at the home of sister-in-law and friend, Emily Chowning in Urbanna, Virginia. The family wishes to express gratitude for all the many gifts of love and support as well as the stories and memories that have been shared during this time.

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Willie Winfred Foster

Willie Winfred Foster, 86, of Wake passed away peacefully at his home and went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 17, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of River of Life Church, Topping where he served as an Elder, Deacon and numerous other capacities. He was predeceased by his parents, Loyd and Lucile Foster, brothers, Weldon, Delbert, Loyd and Elsworth, a sister, Margaret South and a great grandson, Cherub. Willie is survived by his wife, Nellie Foster; children, Faye Sutherlin (Tom), Terry Lawson-Roppolo (Edward), Mark Foster (Marilyn), Paul Foster (Sylvia), step-daughter, Jessie Ann Thrift (Bill); sisters, Jane Hogge and Alvine Brown (Charles), eleven grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday in Lower United Methodist Church, Hartfield. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Monday, March 19th at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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Lee M. Clare

Lee M. Clare, 90, of Saluda, formerly of Gloucester passed away, Thursday, March 15, 2018. He was a retired carpenter and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Lee is survived by his son, Tony L. Clare; grandchildren, Kerry, Casey and Andy; a sister, Garland Brooks; brothers, Phil Clare and Arthur Clare. A celebration of life service will be held 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Thursday.

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Bernard Lee Everett Sr.

Bernard Lee Everett Sr., 79, of Hardyville, Va., husband of Corlis Figg Everett, passed away quietly at his home on March 9, 2018. Born in Richmond, Va., he was the son of the late Elma Bowles Everett and Luther Anthony Everett, Sr. He accepted Christ at an early age. He was baptized at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart where he also served as an altar boy. He savored his youth on the James River. He attended Sacred Heart Cathedral High School where he enjoyed playing basketball. He was a devoted son to his loving mother. Bernard spent many years traveling as an experienced brick mason and master builder. He volunteered his time in the Richmond community before earning a vocational teaching licensure and became an award-winning instructor at Highland Springs Vo-Tech. After his retirement as a teacher and earning the title of master brick mason, he enjoyed many years of travel with his wife, spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and cooking his favorite meals to share. He was a hard-working, brave, caring man and a loving father. He took great pride in his work and dedicated his life to helping others. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Corlis Everett, his sister Barbara Everett Farmer and brother Luther “Dinky” Anthony Everett, Jr. Bernard was blessed with a large and loving family. His life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children: Bernard “Chickie” L. Everett Jr, David A. Everett, Cynthia “Cyndi” Everett Lipes, Anthony “Tony” L. Everett and Virginia “Ginny” Everett Ulsaker; ten grandchildren: Rachael Everett, Kelsey Lindblad, Luke Everett, Carley Everett, Clayton Everett, Brianna Lipes, Mikayla Lipes, Cara Parham, Corey Everett, Carl I. Ulsaker; five great-grandchildren: Alaina Jones, Bronwen Everett, Caroline Everett, Aiden Everett, Ryann Parham and a host of devoted family members and friends. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 11am on Saturday, April, 7, 2018 at Lower United Methodist Church in Hartfield, Va. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to the Children’s Hospital of Richmond or the Lower Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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John R. Purcell, Jr.

John R. Purcell, Jr., age 75, of Deltaville died peacefully at home on March 9, 2018. He was a member of Clarksbury United Methodist Church, a retiree of Dominion Power, and a past member of Lower Middlesex Fire Department. He was preceded in death by his parents, John R. Purcell Sr. and Wilda Purcell and his son, Thomas Franklin Purcell. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rosalyn Hogge Purcell (Tinker); son, John Richard Purcell, III (Audria); grandson John R. Purcell IV; former daughter-in-law, Terri Davis; two granddaughters, Kelly Best (Stephen) and Abigail Purcell; great grandson, Thomas Macon Best; sister, Estelle Davis (Robert); brother-in-law, Thomas Hogge (Joyce) and several nephews. John enjoyed attending sporting events of his children and his grandchildren and welcoming friends and family into his home. A graveside funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Monday, March 12, 2018 in Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Sunday at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clarksbury United Methodist Church, PO Box 10, Hardyville, VA 23070.

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Becky Bray Hicks

Becky Bray Hicks was suddenly taken from this life on the morning of March 5, 2018. Born on June 20, 1978, a native of Middlesex County, she spent her entire career as a cosmetologist in the Bluefield, Princeton area of West Virginia. In 2015 she married the love of her life, John Stacy Hicks, and moved to Christiansburg. Becky demonstrated her faith daily by showing her love and concern for others in her professional career, in her friendships, and especially with her family. She is survived by her husband Stacy, her parents Alva and Jerry Bray, sister, Amy Short (Matt), brother, Mason Bray (Nichole). Becky’s impact on our lives will be with us throughout eternity. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday in Faulkner Funeral Home, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda. Interment will be in Remlik Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Remlik. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to the Humane Society of Montgomery County, 1183 Flanagan Drive, Christianburg, VA 24073.

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Terri Lynn St. John

Terri Lynn St. John, 23, of Wake, passed away, Thursday, March 1, 2018. Survived by her children, Winter Lynn Moody and Roland James Moody; her parents, Terry St. John and Ronda St. John; brothers, Samuel St. John and James Davis; a sister, Maggie St. John and her paternal grandparents, Melvin and Betty St. John. A funeral service will be held at 7:00 PM Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

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Lt. Colonel Charles Leon Burch (US Air Force, Ret.)

Deltaville, VA – Lt. Colonel Charles Leon Burch (US Air Force, Ret.), age 86, passed away at home Thursday, March 1, 2018 with his loving family by his side. Lt. Col. Burch is survived by his wife of 21 years, Nancy Swisher Burch, his children, Marc Burch (Samar), Shella Cherry (Dwayne), David Whitehurst (Patty), and Wendy Price. He also leaves behind two grandchildren, Maddox and Mila Cherry and step-grandchildren, Scott Heatwole, Jackie Nealon (Cory), Phillip and Aaron Whitehurst, and special family friends, Jack and David Bayard. He was predeceased by his parents Paul and Pauline Burch, his wives, Dorothy W. Ann Burch and Linda R. Burch, and his son, James Burch. Born in Oswego, KS November 1, 1931, Lt. Col. Burch graduated from the University of Kansas (“Rock Chalk Jayhawk”) with a degree in Journalism and a commission in the USAF as a 2d Lt. Lt. Col. Burch entered active duty in May 1954 and retired on May 31, 1978 as a Lt. Col. During active service he served in Germany, Korea, Vietnam, and the Philippines. He served at the Strategic Air Command Headquarters and USAF Security Services Headquarters. He also served as an intelligence officer at the National Security Agency. Following his retirement, Lt. Col. Burch served as a veterans’ claims agent for the State of Virginia. He retired from this position after serving for 17 years. He was an active member of the American Legion Post 368 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 176. After living in Newport News, Va. for over 30 years, the family moved to Deltaville, Va. A service will be celebrated at 11:00 am on Monday, March 5, 2018 at Zoar Baptist Church, Deltaville, Va., by Dr. John Snow. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am prior to the service and a reception will follow in the church fellowship hall. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 pm at Cedar Grove Cemetery, 809 S Henry St, Williamsburg, VA. The family wishes expressions of sympathy to take form of contributions to Operation Smile 3641 Faculty Boulevard, Virginia Beach, VA 23453 (www.operationsmile.org), in lieu of flowers. Arrangements are by Bristow Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda, Va.

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Edith Leurenna Johnson Faulkner

Edith Leurenna Johnson Faulkner, 95, of Deltaville, VA passed away February 28, 2018. Edith was born December 23, 1922 to the late James Albert Johnson and Naomi Harrow Johnson. She was married to Robert H. Faulkner for 69 years until he passed in 2012. She is survived by her children; Robert A. Faulkner and his wife, Diane, Robin Faulkner Schmitt and her husband, Tom; a sister, Mary Ruth Selby; and a dear friend and cousin, Barbara Thompson. She has 4 grandchildren: Amy Faulkner-Hart (Jonathan), Mark Faulkner (Lauren), Brittany Hawn and Lance Hawn-Schmitt; 5 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her brother, Oran Johnson. Edith loved fiercely. She loved her church, back-yard bird watching, singing in the choir, arranging flowers and her community, but most of all, she loved her family. She was a devoted wife, a proud mother, a dutiful daughter and a doting nana. She was stubborn but kind, demanding but generous and her family and friends loved and respected her for all of it. She will be missed immensely by all of those who knew her. Funeral services will be held at Zoar Baptist Church in Deltaville on Sunday, March 4th at 2 pm. Visitation will precede the service at the church at 1 pm. Burial will immediately follow in the church cemetery. Friends and family are invited to stay afterwards for a small reception in the church Fellowship Hall. Donations in memory of Edith can be made to Zoar Baptist Church, PO Box 1010, Deltaville, VA 23043; Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, PO Box 23, Hardyville, VA 23070 or Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 440, Deltaville, VA 23043. Our very special thanks to the staff at Gloucester House for their love and devotion to our beloved Edith and to Pastor John Snow of Zoar Baptist Church for his love, prayers, visits and friendship. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.

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