Catherine W. Via

Catherine W. Via, 88, of Urbanna went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, June 16, 2017, after a long battle with Dementia. She was the daughter of the late Avary L. and Dora Parks Payne. Catherine was born on Tangier Island, Virginia on February 17, 1929. Her family left the island after the storm of 1933 and moved to Urbanna, but her love for her Tangier roots never faded. She was known by her grandchildren as “Nano”, and many people who knew her called her that because of the love she showed to anyone she met. Her beautiful smile warmed the hearts of all. She was a very active member of Urbanna United Methodist Church until her health began to decline. Her love for her Lord and family were the top priorities of her life. After her father’s death, Catherine and her sister, Beatrice, continued as co-owners and operators of Payne’s Crab House until a few years ago when Beatrice was diagnosed with cancer. They were known as the “water women of the Chesapeake Bay” and were featured in Southern Living magazine and were interviewed in several articles of other Chesapeake Bay magazines. They appeared on television sharing their love for their work on the water. The sisters served as Co-Captains of the Urbanna Oyster Festival, and Catherine was chosen to be the Grand Marshal of the Urbanna Christmas Parade a few years ago. She is predeceased by her husband, James L. Via, one sister, Beatrice Taylor, and three brothers, Melvin Payne, Edward Payne, and Cary Payne, all of Urbanna. She is survived by her four sons: Thomas Lee Walton (Sandra), Donald H. Walton (Connie), Tony L. Walton (Peggy), and Richard N. Walton (Wanda). Her nine grandchildren are Lee Walton (Deborah), Sherrie Walton, and Scott Walton (Jessica); Garrett Walton (Ashley) and Catherine Walton; Brian Walton (Angela) and Kristy Sachs (Steve); Kendall Griffin (Josh) and Whitney Walton. Her ten great-grandchildren are Ashley Walton, Sarah Walton, Baylor Walton; Jayce Walton; Jordan Walton, Hailey Walton, Laura Walton, Hannah Sachs, Carly Sachs, and Grayson Sachs. Her brother, Nathan Jones Payne (Shirley), her sister-in-law, Barbara B. Payne, her brother-in-law, Dale Taylor, and many nieces and nephews completed her family. A Memorial Service will be held at Urbanna United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The family will greet visitors at a reception following the service in the church fellowship hall.   In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to Urbanna United Methodist Church.

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Elsie Sears Wilson

Elsie Sears Wilson, age 93 left this life for her heavenly home on June 6, 2017. She was a life resident of Gloucester County and was the daughter of the late Richard Sears and Minnie Bew Sears. She was a life-long member of Salem United Methodist Church where she taught children’s Sunday school and enjoying singing in the church choir for many years. She was a loving and devoted wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was always willing to help and be there for family and friends. She enjoyed being with her extended family at Gloucester House, going on trips, playing bingo, and doing the crafts with Rebecca and Kim. She also loved to cook and enjoyed sharing her dishes at church functions, with family members, and friends that would stop by for a visit. She is survived by two daughters; Pat Sutton (Gene) of Newport News, Marion McDonald (Ronald) of Richmond; one son, Ronny Wilson (Robin) of Gloucester; grandchildren, Tammy Eagle (Buddy) of York County, Kara McDonald-White (Doug) of Charlottesville; great-grandchildren, Zachary and Sarah Eagle of York County and Helen White of Charlottesville. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Woodford Wilson; brothers, Thomas Sears and Edward Sears; sisters, Dorothy South and Anna Roy. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 8th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Saluda, VA. Funeral and graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 9th at Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, VA, followed by a celebration of her life in the church fellowship hall. All services will be led by Reverend Rita Staul. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 1148 Salem Church Rd., Gloucester, VA 23061 or Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, PO Box 1417, Gloucester, VA 23061. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the many caregivers and staff at Gloucester House who lovingly cared for her. A special thanks to Dr. Peter Zullo for his concern and care over the years.

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H. Marvin Mason, III

H. Marvin Mason, III, born December 31, 1956 passed away June 3, 2017. He was predeceased by his father. He is survived by his wife, Crystal Bazemore Mason and his daughter, Lena Leigh Mason; his mother, Frances Carlton Ward, and three sisters, Linda Mason, Carol Blue (Randy), Barbara Johnson (Eric); two nephews, R.D. Johnson, II (Maria), Stephen Blue and a great nephew, R. Dale Johnson, III and a great niece, Lucie Claire Johnson. He is also survived by his mother and father-in-law, Deanna and Robert Bazemore; two sisters-in-law, April Contestable (John), Anita Kelly (Declan); nephews, Zeph Kelly and Johnny Contestable, and niece, Zara Kelly. Marvin was co-owner of Mason Realty Inc. and served as the last President of The Middle Peninsula Association of Realtors. He loved life, sports and hobbies of all kinds, especially hunting, fishing, hiking and camping. He was proud of his accomplishment of hiking the Appalachian Trail. In a little over three months he hiked 1,050 miles from Georgia to Pennsylvania. His goal was to hike the entire trail in six months ending in Maine. He was well on his way but came home to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Lena. Marvin’s other lifelong dream was to build his home on the family farm “Turks Ferry” in Glenns. This was completed with great joy along with his wife Crystal two years ago. A celebration of his life will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 7th at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda, VA. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 71, Urbanna, VA 23175 or Gloucester Volunteer Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 1417, Gloucester, VA 23061.

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Glen Douglas Pond

Glen Douglas Pond, born September 8,1936, of West Point, Virginia, passed away on June 1, 2017. A celebration of his life will be held June 11, 2:00 p.m. at Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center, 10120 Fire Tower Road, Toano, Virginia 23168.  Family and friends are all welcome to attend. Glen is survived by his wife, Joan; his brother, Dana; his daughters, Jan (David) Phillips, Kara (Chris) McCarthy, Gail (Scott) Willard; stepchildren, James Dixon, Amy (Brett) Dixon, Tricia (Joseph) Kniatt; and 15 loving grandchildren. Glen received his masters in education from American University and began his career as an elementary school teacher and principal, he worked for the Virginia Education Association and spent the majority of his career as director of the Virginia Retirement System. He truly loved his adopted home town of Urbanna, Virginia. The Oyster Festival was his passion.  Special thanks to his caregivers and friends during his final days – my sisters, Val Raham, Amy LeMaster, Diana McLaughlin, Gwen Zimmerman, the Harrington family, Mark and Lelis Pond, Cleva Pierce, the CNA’s at Gloucester House, and Riverside Hospice. Memorial donations may be given to Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center, 10120 Fire Tower Road, Toano, Virginia 23168 in appreciation of their amazing work and the kindness and joy the people of Dream Catchers brought to Glen.

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Franklin Elsworth Foster

Franklin Elsworth Foster, 91, of Churchview passed away May 29, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife, Adell S. Foster; daughter, Jessie Ann Thrift (Bill); granddaughter, Leslie Thrift (David); stepsons, Jeffery Mozingo and Elvis Mozingo; sisters, Jane Hogge, Alvine Brown (Charles); and brother, Willie Foster (Sissie);. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Foster Sr. and Lucille Foster; sister, Margaret South; and brothers, Lloyd Foster Jr., Weldon Foster, and Delbert Foster. Funeral services will be held 2 pm, Thursday, June 1, 2017 in Lower King and Queen Baptist Church with interment immediately following. The family will receive friends one hour prior to church service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lower King and Queen Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund, PO Box 104, King & Queen County, Va, 23085. Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the Foster family.

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Almira C. Slaughter

Almira C. Slaughter, 75, of Topping, widow of Lloyd C. Slaughter, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017. Survived by her children, Shelia A. Tilghman (William), James C. Luckett, Jr. (Charlotte), G. Scott Luckett; sister, Barbara Sadler (Carroll Melvin); brother, Buddy Gene Forrest (Carol); eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Robert J. “Joe” Brown, Sr.

Robert J. “Joe” Brown, Sr., 61, of Warsaw passed away Thursday, May 25, 2017 at his residence. He was a building contractor, a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, Saluda and the Full Cry Hunt Club. Survived by his wife, Bonnie J. Brown; children, Robert J. Brown, Jr. (Heather) and Meagan Brown (Chris); sisters, Catherine B. Scott (Jerry), Sharon Anthony (Douglas); a brother, William T. Brown (Shari); a grandson, Robby and two step-sons, Frankie Coates (Angela) Brian Coates (Jessie). Joe was predeceased by mother of his children, Brenda C. Brown; a sister, Betty Jean Redemann and a brother, Bernard J. Brown, Sr. A funeral service will be held 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, May 30, 2017 in Historic White Marsh Church, Lancaster. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P.M. Monday, May 29th at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Eugene Conwell Rainier, Sr.

Eugene Conwell Rainier, Sr., 91, of Hardyville passed away, Saturday, May 20, 2017 and was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. Survived by his wife Frances Anne Rainier; sons, Eugene Rainier, Jr. (Cindie), Larry, Joseph, Robert and Kenny Rainier and also William Jenkins. Several grand and great grandchildren. Eugene was also predeceased by three daughters and two sons. A graveside funeral service will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at Spring Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Cobbs Creek. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 P.M. Monday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Margaret C. Jackson

Margaret C. Jackson, age 97, of Deltaville, Va went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 17, 2017. Margaret was the widow of Wallace H. Jackson. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, she lived in Deltaville for many years. Margaret retired from the health care field; was a member of Zoar Baptist Church in Deltaville; a life member of the Eastern Star; and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and aunt. Survivors include daughters Phyllis Thacker (Gary), Shirley Sann (Bobby), Bonnie Thomas (Dwayne); sons, Robert Jackson (Anita), and Wallace Jackson (Donna); 18 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Zoar Baptist Church, 17091 General Puller Hwy., Deltaville, Va with interment immediately following in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda, Va and also at Zoar Baptist Church on Sunday from 2-3 p.m. Memorial donations may be made to Zoar Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1010, Deltaville, Va, 23043.

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Walter Boyd “Walt” Hurley Jr.

Walter Boyd “Walt” Hurley, Jr., 58, died Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at his home in Urbanna. He is predeceased by his loving wife, Ruth Ellen, of twenty-six years, and his father and mother Walter Boyd Hurley, Sr. and his wife Margaret. He is survived by his two daughters, Rachel Virginia and Sarah Grace; and one son, Walter Boyd III “Trip”; parents Rachel Packett and W.D. Edwards Jr. of Saluda; and a very dear sister Donna Hurley (Dennis) Williams of Saluda; and sisters Susan Fowler of Urbanna and Lisa Foster of Locust Hill; and two brothers-in-law William D. (Jennifer) Edwards III of Warner and James R. (Rebecca) Edwards of Saluda; one niece, Kaitlin; and five nephews, Michael, Marshall, Randy, Andy and Quincy Edwards; five grandnieces, Sadie Vance, Ruth Ellen Christian “Rece,” Anne Roberts, Lacey Paige, and Ava James Edwards; one grandnephew Jacob Edwards; Bitsy Bristow and the late Charles Bristow. He attended Christchurch School, Randolph Macon Military Academy, and graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in History in 1981. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Lambda Sigma Chapter. Growing up in Urbanna, Walt spent his childhood at the family marina, and became proficient in boating at a very young age. His family has deep roots in Urbanna in many different industries, and he was very proud to come home and spend his life giving back to the community from which he came. He served his community as an integral member of the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation, Urbanna Masonic Lodge, and also served on the board of directors for Colonial Virginia Bank. He enjoyed attending various worship services throughout the community. As a member of the Ocean City Light Tackle Club, he enjoyed taking time off to travel with Ruth Ellen and friends. Some of his greatest offshore fishing adventures included Guatemala, Mexico, and Panama, to name a few. When it came to business, he was a visionary in the field of outdoor recreation and campground management. With humble dedication and creativity, he built a thriving business from the ground up. He strove to take advantage of every opportunity, and instilled in his children the same attitude towards life. One of his greatest business accomplishments was having Bethpage Camp-Resort in Urbanna named Mega Park of the Year three times by IAAPA. Other business associations that he was a member of include ARVC and the Virginia Campground Association. He will be remembered for his passion for the preservation and restoration of history, evident through his dedication to Hewick Plantation, love of friends, the river, his dogs, Rudy, Willie, Lilly Belle, and his faithful companion Sam. Although his work endeavors were many, he remained steadfast in his love for and dedication to his family. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Saluda Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: RE Strong, P.O. Box 178, Urbanna, Va. 23175.

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