George Thomas Green

George Thomas Green of Gwynn’s Island entered eternity on July 18, 2016. Tom was predeceased by his wife Lillian Hicks Green, 1 sister (Alma) and 5 brothers. (Clyde, Robert, Jim, John, and Joe. He is survived by his wife Betty Ann Green of Gwynn’s Island. He is also survived by his daughter, Vicky Rogers (Ken) and 3 grandchildren, Amanda Hearnsberger (Cory), Matthew Rogers (Chandler) and Laura Rogers, 4 step-children, Brenda Orrell (Tom), Ida Sue Ewell, (Kenny), Ronald Keith Rowe (Nancy), Nancy Carol Hunley (Tom), step grandchildren, Emily, Sarah, John Curtis, Lucas, Hannah, Justin, Leslie, April, Amanda and step great grandchildren Abigail, Vivie, Zoe, Kayla and Maliya. Tom was born and raised in Remlik, Virginia, spending his life working on the Rappahannock River that he loved. Later in life, he moved to Williamsburg, Kilmarnock and Gwynn’s Island where he made many friends. His greatest love was knowing that his eternity was secured in Heaven because of the blood of Jesus. Regardless of where he was living, the first thing he did was to find a church that loved Jesus and would love him. He was blessed to have had many loving church families. If you never had the opportunity to hear Tom pray, you missed a life blessing; Tom did not pray to God, he talked to Him in intimate conversation. So many friends and family have been caring and supportive during Tom’s illness, for which the family is very grateful. We especially want to thank his wife, Betty Ann for the loving care, peace and comfort she gave him during this time. She has traveled many miles and has spent many hours sitting in a hospital room or nursing home. As his mind began to forget things, even her at times, she never forgot him. Her devotion to him, and being there for and with him, has meant so very much to the family. Per his wishes, a memorial service will be held at Remlik Wesleyan Church in Remlik, Virginia on Saturday, July 23 at 11:00 AM. Visitation with the family will be one hour prior to the service. Interment in the church cemetery will be private. Expressions of sympathy may be made to your local church. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Lorraine Hurtt Rainier

Photo - Rainier, Lorraine Hurtt242Lorraine Hurtt Rainier, age 86, of Topping, passed away Friday, July 15, 2016. She was the widow of James Monroe Rainier and was also predeceased by a son, Robert Lee Rainier. Lorraine was a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping. Survived by her children, Lisa R. Chandler (Mark), James W. Rainier (Terry), A. Wayne Rainier (Liz), David M. Rainier, Warren G. Rainier (Diane), seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters, Elsie S. McLaughlin, Laura Mae Willis, Betty Jean Kennard, Barbara S. Sadler and Delores S. Wright a brother, John Albert Sibley. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, July 18th in Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Interment will be in Poroporone Baptist Church Cemetery, Shacklefords. The family will receive friends 6 until 8:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

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Lewis Bernard Smith

Lewis Bernard Smith passed away at 10 minutes past midnight on July 6th, 2016 at Courtyards at Berne Village in New Bern, NC from natural causes; he was 88 years old.  Lewis was born in Reaves Township, Mullins, SC on July 19, 1927.  He was the second son of Bertha Lewis and James Whiteford Smith.  Lewis grew up on a tobacco farm outside of Mullins, SC with his parents and his late brother James Allen Smith.  When he wasn’t worming tobacco by hand or seeding cotton, he and his brother would throw a sweet potato back and forth as times were too tight for a football during the Great Depression.  Lewis graduated from Clemson Agricultural College, now Clemson University, earning a degree in Agronomy (soil science). He completed his studies at Clemson in 1949. Before moving to Virginia and joining the Virginia Tech extension service, Lewis taught high school.  After moving to Virginia, Lewis met and married his late wife Elizabeth Weber Pancake.  Lewis and Elizabeth lived in Charlottesville, VA and had three children: Elizabeth Campbell Ezzat now living in Cairo, Egypt, Robert Whiteford Smith, now residing in New Bern, NC, and Abigail Hutchinson Smith from Roanoke, VA.  Three grandchildren Tamir Ezzat, Heithem Ezzat and Laura Ezzat also survive Lewis as well as one great grandson Tarek Ezzat.  Three sisters-in-law also survive Lewis: Martha Cordray, Emily Pancake, and Nelwyn Smith. While living in Charlottesville, VA, Lewis attended the University of Virginia earning a Master’s degree in Education. Lewis was always involved and very supportive of the Methodist Church wherever he lived.  He attended Sunday school and church services faithfully.  Lewis chaired board meetings and acted as usher.  Lewis was also involved with the Ruritan Club.  Lewis taught classes at St. Leo College after his retirement from the extension service. Lewis served in the Army Reserves as part of the military police.  He retired as a Major and enjoyed going to the commissary. A memorial service will be held at the Bethel Memorial Cemetery at 2947 Tidewater Trail, Jamaica, Virginia on July 16, 2016 at 12 o’clock noon.  Donations, if desired, may be made to the Urbanna United Methodist Church.  A special thank you to the management and staff at Courtyards at Berne Village in New Bern for the excellent care provided to Lewis while he was there. Arrangements made by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Phyllis Rowe Simonton

Phyllis Rowe Simonton, 87, of Urbanna, passed away at home on Monday, July 4, 2016. She was the widow of Guy Philip Simonton and the daughter of the late Percy Mintree Rowe and Ophelia Robins Rowe. She was preceded in death by her sister, Eloise Rowe Ford and brother Kenneth C. Rowe. She is survived by her daughter, Joanie Simonton Ward and husband Pete; grandson, Ron Ward; granddaughter Shannon Ward Kerr and husband Jeff; and great-granddaughters Carson and Mallory Kerr. Also left to cherish her memory are her devoted sister, Clara Rowe Childress and sister-in-law, Jeannine Davis Rowe. Phyllis was an honorary member of the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department Woman’s Auxiliary. She will be remembered by family and friends for her gentle soul and infectious laughter. The family is forever grateful for the care and support shown to Phyllis by the staff of Riverside Hospice, especially Nurse Christy and Chaplain Margaret. Also, a special thank you to Mary Whiting and Ann Lockley for making her last days more comfortable. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 11, 2016 at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Interment is private. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 71, Urbanna, VA 23175.

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Joan Price Ison

Photo - Ison, JoanIn Loving Memory of our Beautiful Mother, Joan Price Ison, who went to be with the Lord on June 20, 2016. She was 79 years old and full of life. She is survived by her husband, Lowell Kelly Ison, and 7 children, John, Steve and Debbie Price, Kim Price Burch, Jamie Broadwater, and Ashley and Kelly Ison. She had 13 grandchildren and 17 great-grandkids. She has one living sibling, Delores Helms.  She loved the river and enjoyed many great times in Deltaville and Urbanna. She will be so missed. She was the best mother ever and loved her children unconditionally. She was our best friend. Family members will receive friends at Joan’s Celebration of Life on Sunday, July 10, at 1 p.m. at 157 Sturgeon Point Loop, Deltaville, VA 23043. Flowers may be sent there, and cards to P.O. Box 364, Deltaville, VA 23043.  We draw comfort in knowing that you will forever be “Our Guardian Angel”!

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Thelma Pierce Sears

Thelma Pierce Sears, age 102, of Saluda died Wednesday, June 22, 2016. She was the widow of Raymond B. Sears and was a dedicated member of Salem United Methodist Church for over seventy-five years where she was a charter member of the Memorial Association. Thelma was also a former member of the Middlesex County Women’s Club. To know Thelma was to know a kind, loving and beautiful lady especially a good listener. Her home was always open to friends and family and to anyone who needed a helping hand. She was always ready with a smile and if you were fortunate enough to be invited for a meal you were surely in for a treat. Survived by her daughter, Norma Jean Sears; a special brother-in-law, Robert Sears and his wife, Marjorie and a host of nieces and nephews. Thelma was preceded in death by her siblings. Her last beloved brother, Woodrow M. Pierce, died on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the age of 93. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 2, 2016 at Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester. Memorial gifts can be made to Salem Memorial Association, 11408 Salem Church Road, Gloucester, VA 23061.

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Elizabeth “Betty” Callis Faulkner Williams

Betty Williams, 88, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, June 22, 2016. The daughter of Stanley and Clemmie Callis, she lived much of her early life in Mathews and Middlesex Counties and later lived for many years in Richmond. Since 2003 Betty has resided in Bowling Green. While living in Middlesex County Betty was the co-owner of the Betty-Ann Florist and was an original co-owner of the Rappahannock Vacationer Hotel and Restaurant in Urbanna. She was very active in the community including the Urbanna Junior Woman’s Club and the Urbanna Oyster Festival and Beauty Pageant.  When living in Richmond Betty was an office Manager and Administrator with American Inks and Coatings. In her active years Betty loved to entertain friends and travel; and she loved to spend time with her children and grandchildren who will miss her dearly. In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her husband Frederick V. Williams Jr. and her brothers James “Jimmy” Callis and Ed Callis. She is survived by her daughters Jeanne F. Ames (John), Sue F. Bailey (Frank), and Shannon Kay Faulkner; sons Charles W. “Billy” Faulkner Jr. (Joan) and Gregg C. Faulkner (Valerie); 14 Grandchildren and 14 Great Grandchildren. A service to celebrate Betty’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 26th at Bowling Green Baptist Church. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 1 p.m.  Interment will be at 11 a.m. on Monday at Dale Memorial Park in Chesterfield. The family is being assisted by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda.

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Rufus Haynes Ruark, Sr.

Rufus Haynes Ruark, Sr.,73, passed away Sunday, June 19, 2016 at his home in Deltaville. Born and raised in Deltaville, he was the son of the late Edwin Rufus Ruark and Mary Bristow Ruark. He was a lifelong waterman, hunter and above all else a devoted family man and was loved by many. He is survived by his loving wife of fifty-three years, Diane Shores Ruark and his brother, Edwin Ruark. Left to cherish his memory with his wife and brother are his children; Sheryl Grammer, Cindy Wernecke (Tom), Rufus Ruark, Jr. (Kathy) and Michelle Hope (Brian). He leaves behind nine grandchildren; Christopher and Morgan Grammer, Thomas and Tyler Wernecke, Jack, Cole and Delaney Ruark, Autumn and Olivia Hope. He also leaves behind his faithful and loving companion, King. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 23rd at Zoar Baptist Church, Deltaville. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda and also one hour prior to the service on Thursday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 98 or the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 440 both in Deltaville, VA 23043 or to your favorite charity.

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William Lucius Foster

William Lucius Foster, of Locust Hill, born Sept. 23, 1930 received his eternal reward June 16, 2016 with his family at his side. He was predeceased by his wife Josephine M. Foster. Survived by his children, Wayne A. Foster (Lisa), Deborah F. Figg (Ed), Linda Foster-Burkard and Annette F. Greenwood. Grandchildren, Josh Fitchett (Debbie), Joey Fitchett (Nina), Vail Blake, Ashley Hutcheson (Jesse), Lauren Figg, Christopher Deal, Charlotte Deal (Sonny), Lucius Williams and Stefanie W. Campbell (Kevin). Great-grandchildren, Lisa-Faye Hinson, Alex Fitchett, Kloe Fitchett, Trey Fitchett, Sarah Fitchett and Matthew Fitchett. Sisters, Betty Williams, Ada Powell, and Agnes Wade. Numerous nieces, nephews and special pet, Dixie. Lucius proudly served his country as a United States Marine, worked for and retired from Chesapeake Corporation and was a farmer, farming the land he loved. He was a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church and served as a deacon with a gentle, quiet spirit. The later years of his life he fought the fight with leukemia and also head and neck cancer. He displayed to his family and all who knew him the strength of the good soldier. His journey was completed, well done good and faithful servant. Special acknowledgment from the family to The Cancer Center, RGH Bon Secours, Riverside Radiation Gloucester, Hospice of VA, and special caregivers Rachel & Susan Hudnall. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the American Cancer Society for research of Head & Neck Cancer and the American Heart Association. Funeral Services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, June 20, 2016 at Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping, VA, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Jonathan Davis & Rev. Edward Harrow, Sr. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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John W. (Tommy) Price, “Papa Tom”

Obit Photo - Price, John W. TommyObit Photo - Price, John W. Tommy and wifeOn June 8, 2016, John W. (Tommy) Price, “Papa Tom,” 84, of Richmond, passed peacefully surrounded by his loving family and went to be with the Lord. He was born on November 13, 1931. He is survived by his children, Debbie K. Price, Kimberly P. Burch, John C. Price and Steve M. Price; grandchildren, Casey, Jordan, Lauren, Brittany, Kayla, Tonya, Shannon, Johnny, Stephanie, Skyler and Chesney; and 17 great-grandkids. He is also survived by his true love in life, Joan Price Ison. Family members will receive friends at Tommy’s Celebration of his Life at 157 Sturgeon Point Loop, Deltaville, VA 23043 on Sunday, July 3, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking that all donations be made to his granddaughter’s charity, Calling All Souls (CAS), which provides relief and restoration to homeless veterans and families in need throughout Virginia. Donations and cards can be mailed to Attn: Debbie Price, P.O. Box 777, Urbanna, VA 23175. Additionally, you can make your donations online at www.callingallsouls.org (caption-Papa Tom). Our Dad was an awesome father, husband, grandfather, boat racer, pilot and the only child to his parents, John H. Price and Norfleet Price. He was an avid storyteller and we will miss many stories he shared with us and his friends about his flying and hydroplane boat racing days on Urbanna Creek. He will be greatly missed but we all know he will be looking over us. Love ya Dad! See you again one day—His Children.

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