Igohlia “Goldie” Croxton

Igohlia “Goldie” Croxton, 91, of Hardyville, passed away peacefully on April 26, 2016. Preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Goldie Werner, she is survived by her two children, Barbara Thomas and Tommy Croxton; her four grandchildren, Tammy, Jody, Brooks, and Brittany, as well as five great grandchildren. A long time Zoar Baptist Church member, she will be remembered by many for her smile and willingness to help. Visitation will be held at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda, from 6-8pm on Wednesday, April 27, 2016.  Funeral services will be held at the Zoar Baptist Church, Deltaville, at 11:00 am on Thursday, April 28, 2016, with interment at the Church Cemetery immediately following the service.

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Garland B. “Burnie” Chewning, Jr.

Garland B. “Burnie” Chewning, Jr., age 72, of Urbanna and former owner and operator of “Step and Fetch It” died Wednesday, April 13, 2016. He was a member of Urbanna Baptist Church and a proud Republican. Survived by his mother, Lucy S. Davis; sisters, Fara Fay Love and Jean Fay Gill and a very close friend, Norma Jean Sears and many friends near and far. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 23, 2016 at Urbanna Baptist Church. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Thomas Gerald “Jerry” McMurtrie

Obit Photo - McMurtrie, Thomas GThomas Gerald (Jerry) McMurtrie, 75, ended his life journey on April 9, 2016 at his home on Jackson Creek in Deltaville. He was born on January 21, 1941 in Richmond, Virginia to Cyril and Kathleen (Strotmeyer) McMurtrie. Jerry graduated from Benedictine High School and received a business degree from the University of Tampa. He met Lynne MacLean on the beaches of Fort Lauderdale during spring break.  Lynne became his wife of 53 years, they began their family in Richmond but raised four wonderful children in Middlesex County. T.G. (Jenny) McMurtrie of Hartfield, Tracy (Larry) Luck of Williamsburg, Kelly (Wayne) Thomas of Hardyville and Darren McMurtrie of San Francisco, California. Jerry was a leading salesperson for IBM for many years before retirement. “Gampie” was blessed with 7 grandchildren whom he adored; Marianne, Madison and MacLean Thomas; Michael and Margaret Luck; and Russell and Thomas McMurtrie. Jerry was instrumental in bringing the vision of a Catholic Church to Middlesex County. He raised funds and was an original board member for what would become The Church of the Visitation. Jerry spent his lifetime in Middlesex County. He was a member of the Middlesex County Planning Commission, primarily as Chairman. He was a member of the Middlesex County Lions Club (Jerry flipped many an oyster fritter at the Urbanna Oyster Festival). He served as Chairman of the Finance Committee for Church of the Visitation and on the Board of Directors of the Middlesex County YMCA (an organization very special to him) and was one of the founding members for the branch in Middlesex County. A side note, Jerry also exercised at ‘The Y’ and the question of the day was often whether he would be found on a treadmill or holding court at the coffee machine. Jerry was a founding member of the Piankatank River Golf Course which was frequently referred to as his home away from home. His love of his children led to him coaching Little League baseball while his boys were young. Jerry was also a long standing Director of the Deltaville Community Association. Visitation will be held at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda, from 6-8pm on Friday, April 15, 2016.  Memorial Church services will be held at the Church of the Visitation, Topping, at 11:00 am on Saturday, April 16, 2016.  A reception will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Middlesex County YMCA, P.O. Box 524, Hartfield, VA 23071. If you wish to donate flowers, The River Birch Nursery and/or Wilton Cottage and Gardens Center will assist in selecting a living plant which will be planted by them in a Memorial Garden for Jerry which will be at The YMCA, Hartfield.

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Cary Clay Payne

Cary Clay Payne, 78, of Urbanna, passed away on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from complications of pneumonia. He was born February 16, 1938 to the late Avary and Dora Payne of Urbanna. He was preceded in death by his brother Melvin Payne in 1986 and his sister Beatrice Taylor in 2014. He is survived by his son Chad C. Payne and his wife McKann; grandson, Colin Payne; sister, Catherine Via; brothers, Ed Payne and his wife Barbara and Jones Payne and his wife Shirley. He worked for Thrift Oil Company for over 30 years and was a member of Urbanna United Methodist Church. Cary loved spending time with Colin and enjoyed taking him to Payne’s Crab House to visit with Catherine and Bea. Memorial services will be held 2:00 p.m., Friday, April 15th, in Urbanna United Methodist Church followed by a reception in the fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058, or to Urbanna United Methodist Church, PO Box 217, Urbanna, VA 23175. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Edward E. Arrington

Edward E. Arrington, 77, of Deltaville, VA, passed away peacefully in his home on Tuesday, April 5, 2016.  Edward was born in Carroll County in 1938. After college, he married, moved to Frederick County, and taught instrumental music until he retired.  Edward also was a part-time farmer.  He loved music, farming, and horseback riding.  He played bluegrass music with the Glade Valley Travelers in Maryland then with the Honeywind Bluegrass Boys in Virginia until his death. Edward also was an active member of the coast guard auxiliary for many years.  He enjoyed boating with his family and friends. He was a devoted and loving husband and father. He will be most remembered for his kind and generous nature and great sense of humor. He always had a joke or story to share. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Walter Ellsworth and Mary Virginia Arrington; as well as his wife, Kay Arrington, and son, Scott Edward Arrington. Edward is survived by his daughter, Kim Osmond, (David) and grandchildren Andrew Osmond, Justin Osmond, and Cameron Osmond of Boonsboro, Maryland. Also a daughter-in-law, Tomara Arrington, and grandchildren Kade Arrington and Olivia Arrington of Frederick, Maryland and his sister, Mary Lee Diffendal of Finksburg, Maryland.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 9th at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.  Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 13th in Haight Funeral Home & Chapel, 6416 Sykesville, MD and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

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Emory Garrison Hart, Jr.

Obit Photo - Hart, Emory Garrison213Emory Garrison Hart, Jr., 70, of Remlik, passed away Sunday, April 3, 2016. He was preceded in death by his mother Essie Major Belknap; stepfather Ralph Belknap, and his father, Emory Garrison Hart, Sr. He retired from Monumental Life Ins. Company after 37 years, served his country in the Army Reserves for 6 years, was a member of the Middlesex County Planning Commission and a longtime member of the Coffee Club at Marshalls Drug Store. Garrison loved the water, being outside and maintaining Bethel Memorial Cemetery. With his quick wit he loved instigating a good argument among friends. He is survived by his wife of more than 50 years, Shirley Hale Hart; daughter, Sharon Hart Winters and her husband Peter of Glen Allen and many cousins and friends. Funeral services will be held 2PM, Wednesday, April 6th, at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Interment Bethel Memorial Cemetery, Jamaica. The family will receive friends from 6-8PM, Tuesday (this evening) at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Bethel Memorial Cemetery, c/o Urbanna United Methodist Church, PO Box 217, Urbanna, Va., 23175.

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Kenneth R. Sabin

Photo - Sabin, Kenneth208Kenneth R. Sabin, 52, of Topping, after a long battle on March 16 passed peacefully with his family by his side. A graduate of Gloucester High School, he continued on to the Marines where he was a helicopter mechanic. After his discharge, he was known as The Breeze because of how much he enjoyed traveling the United States. He obtained his love for traveling after being stationed in Japan. He landed in Utah where he met his wife. Together they raised five children. He is survived by his wife Cathy Sabin, 4 step children Chad Beebe, Christina Beebe (Tony), Joshua Beebe (Cait), Cody Beebe (Amber), and his son Geoffrey Sabin. He is also survived by eight wonderful grandchildren Keandre, Amber, Devin, Jordan, Aubrey, Jameson, Arabella, and Peyton. Before his illness, he was employed with Urbanna Builders as an insulator. Ken will be dearly missed by his family. He enjoyed time with family, golfing, watching Nascar, and was an avid sports fan. He loved his family immensely and was always a peace maker. His greatest joy was his grandchildren, he smiled the most with one of them in his arms. As they grew older, he continued to enjoy them more. A memorial service will be held Thursday, March 24th, at 3:00 P.M. at New Hope Memorial Baptist Church, 15603 New Hope Road, Shacklefords, VA. The family would greatly appreciate donations to help with funeral expenses.

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Howard Vernon Crittenden

Obit Photo - Crittenden, Howard VHoward Vernon Crittenden passed from this life after a long illness on March 15, 2016, at his home in Deltaville, surrounded by those he loved. Howard was born on August 28, 1928, in Hardyville to James Tyler and Lillian Crittenden. He graduated from Syringa High School and attended Randolph-Macon College before joining the U.S. Marines in 1946. Howard joined the Virginia State Police in 1950 and then the Montgomery County Maryland Police in 1956. He retired from that department at the rank of Detective Lieutenant in 1976. Howard was married to Mary Elva (Mickie) Ratcliffe in 1950. They celebrated their 65th anniversary last September. He is also survived by a brother, Thomas (Gaybrooke) of Newport News, two sons, Randall Stuart (Eileen) of Hardyville and Ronald Scott (Carol) of Charlottesville, a daughter-in-law, Rowena Crittenden, of Standardsville, VA., six grandchildren, Christopher Crittenden, Carlan Austinson, Jeanne Crittenden, Audrey Lockwood, Jordan Crittenden, Maria Calloway and Randall Crittenden. He was also proud of his eleven great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Crittenden was predeceased by brothers, James, John and Charles and one sister, Johanna. Howard served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher at Zoar Baptist Church in Deltaville and, at the time of his death, was a member of the Grace Community Church in Winter Haven, Florida. Mr. Crittenden was also a Master Mason at the Donovan Lodge #75, A.F. & A.M. in Deltaville. A Celebration of Life will be held in Howard’s honor at Zoar Baptist Church on Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 11 AM. In lieu of flowers, Howard requested that donations be made to the Riverside Hospice in Gloucester, Virginia.

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Macey Willis White

Obit Photo - White, MaceyMacey Willis White, Sr., 83 of Hartfield passed away Friday, March 11, 2016 from heart failure in Riverside Hospital in Gloucester. Macey was born on January 12, 1933 at home in Hartfield.  Macey’s early life was spent on the farm helping his family make a living growing vegetables, grain, livestock and peaches.  He graduated from Middlesex High School in 1951 and graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute in 1955 with a degree in agriculture.  Macey worked hard all of his life and rose to the position of Chief Operations Officer for Southern States Grain Marketing.  In retirement, Macey returned to the family farm in Hartfield and spent many years cultivating Christmas trees and “Macey’s Tree Farm” became a favorite holiday activity for many families on the Middle Peninsula. Macey was an athlete his whole life.  He was an outstanding high school baseball player playing varsity baseball from 8th grade on.  He was also the high school football quarterback and ran track.  At VPI (now Virginia Tech) he played 4 years of varsity baseball and is still listed among the 100 best batting averages in school history and he also ran track.  After college he played men’s fast pitch softball into his 40’s then learned to downhill ski and whitewater canoe.  In retirement he played golf and bowled. Macey is survived by his wife Mary Jackson White originally from Deltaville and his three children, Marjorie Chilcoat of Baltimore, Mindy Deyarmin of Hartfield and Macey White Jr. of Hartfield.  Macey Sr’s legacy includes 5 grandchildren, Bobby Brown, Nikos Iliadis, Chrissy Bevard, Tricia Chilcoat and Cody Deyarmin and 6 great-grandchildren, Alyssa Brown, Bryan Murphy, Cameron Murphy, Josh Warriner, Gabriella Bevard, and Leilani Rich. Macey is predeceased by his parents Wallace Jefferson White of Hartfield and Evelyn Maitland of Petersburg.  Macey is also preceded in death by his brothers Wallace White, Russell White and Virgil White and by his sisters Virginia Cocke, Joan Tulloh and Juanita Fisher.  Macey is survived by his sister Shirley Higdon. A memorial service is scheduled for 1pm Sunday, March 20th, at the Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.  A reception will follow at the MSSC Clubhouse in Hartfield (1860 Twiggs Ferry Rd., Hartfield, VA 23071). In lieu of flowers Macey requested that donations be sent to the Gloucester-Mathews Humane Society (P.O. Box 385, Gloucester VA 23061).

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Wilda Jean Mumma

Obit Photo - Mumma, JeanWilda Jean Mumma, age 89, went to be with the Lord on March 4, 2016. Jean was born in Snyder, Texas on October 13, 1926 to William Lee (Buddy) and Trula Pitts. During her childhood the family moved to Roswell, New Mexico and then to southern California. In 1945 she married her sweetheart, newly-commissioned naval ensign Bill Mumma in Riverside, California. During his military career the family lived all over the United States and even in Oslo, Norway. After her husband’s retirement the couple moved to Saluda, Virginia where they joined the United Methodist Church and Jean became active in the Middlesex County Women’s Club. Following Bill’s death Jean returned to Virginia Beach where she extended her love of flowers with the Lake Smith Terrace Garden Club, becoming a state-accredited flower show judge.  Jean is survived by her brother, Neal Pitts of Sacramento, California; her two daughters, Linda (Bill) Goller of Saint Augustine, Florida, and Susie (Don) Saburn of Forest, Virginia; three grandchildren, Tim, Jon, and Mary Beth Saburn; and four great-grandchildren, McKenzie, Taylor, Charlie, and Will Saburn. She was predeceased in 1990 by her husband, Captain W.L. (Bill) Mumma, USN, Ret. and by her cat, Romeo, the companion of her last years. There was a private interment at Middlesex Memorial Cemetery in Urbanna, Virginia. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 2 p.m. in the chapel at Westminster-Canterbury, 3100 Shore Drive, Virginia Beach. In lieu of flowers the family suggests a donation to the charity of your choice. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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