Clyde Atwell Thrift, 88, of Urbanna, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on May 24, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents Joseph Tyler and Clara Purcell Thrift and Brother Joseph Tyler Thrift, Jr. He is survived by his loving devoted wife of 66 years, Jacqueline Richardson Thrift, daughter Patrice Thrift Wake and husband Chappy, granddaughter Tyler Wake Daniel and husband Emory, aunt Mabel Purcell Broach, brother in law Jeff McDaniel, special friend Lillie Braxton and loyal companions dog Lou and grand dog Olivia. At an early age Clyde joined the family business, J. T. & C. A. Thrift, Inc. (Thrift Oil Company), which his father started in 1919. In 1974 his daughter and son in law joined him in the business. Thrift Oil Company joined Delta Oil Company in July of 1986, as a subsidiary. He served as Chairman of Thrift’s Board of Directors and on Delta’s Board and retired in 2004. He was a gentle man with a huge heart frequently helping someone in need. He had a special passion for maintaining his yard and raising his garden, joyfully giving most of his bounty to friends and neighbors. The family would like to express special gratitude to Ann Lockley, Marilyn Briggs & Melissa Hall for the special love and care shown to Clyde and his family during the last years of his illness and to Rev Hyung Moon, Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Haggerty and staff and also Riverside Hospice especially Nurse Christy for their faithful support. Clyde was a member of Urbanna United Methodist Church where a memorial service will be held on Thursday June 2, 2016 at 2 pm. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Urbanna United Methodist Church, P O Box 217, Urbanna, Va. 23175 or Friends of Middlesex County Public Schools (Syd Thrift Athletic Complex), P O Box 353, Saluda, Va. 23149. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.
Earl H. “Man” Marshall, age 79, of Church View, a retired watermen, died Monday, May 23, 2016. He was predeceased by a son, Danny Earl Marshall and a daughter, Robyn M. Parker. Survived by his wife, Nancy L. Marshall; a daughter, Robin Schutz (Phillip); a sister, Christine Ware; brothers, Elmore Marshall and Albert Marshall. Seven grandchildren, Danny, Shawn, Amanda, David, Phillip, Jr., Brandon and Ryan, several great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 25th in Hermitage Baptist Church Cemetery, Church View. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 790, Urbanna, VA 23175. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.
Thomas D. Slusher, age 77, of Wake, a retiree of the U.S. Postal Service and a U.S. Army veteran went to his new home in heaven on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Survived by his wife of thirty-five years, Phyllis L. Slusher; children, Joseph D. Slusher (Charlene), Julie S. Whittaker (Joseph); a grandson, Trevor J. Slusher and a soon to be granddaughter, Janie Marie Whittaker; and his best three legged friend, Macho. Also surviving are his sisters, Lelia Coates, Betty Nester (Bob), Hazel Rutrough and a brother, Charles “Bud” Slusher (Betty) and a host of nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 25th in Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service on Wednesday.
Edna Lane Russell, 87, widow of Olden Russell, passed away May 21, 2016 surrounded by her loving family. She was born in Perquimans County, NC on September 21, 1928, the youngest of nine children. Edna and her husband Olden came to Middlesex County from Chesapeake, VA in 1959 to live and farm at Corbin Hall Farm in Water View. She was ever busy caring for her family and home and preserved many a jar of blackberry jelly. She was a school bus driver for Middlesex County School System for 26 years, and a member of Hermitage Baptist Church. She is survived by one son, Ronnie Russell (Cathy); three daughters, Connie Powell (Tommy), Gina Daniel (Dwight, deceased), and Lorelle Perry (Charles). She also has five grandchildren: Barry Powell (Vicky), Emory Daniel (Tyler), Shannon Brincat (David), Jessica Richardson (Buck), Evan Perry (Peggy) and a special granddog Dixie. She was especially proud of and dearly loved her eight great-grandchildren: Nathan and Madelynn Powell, Wyatt Brincat, Savannah, Isaiah, Noah, and Joshua Richardson, and Luke Perry. She also has many nieces and nephews. Edna was lovingly cared for during this last year by her family and very special sitters: Nellie Fields, Susan Hudnall, and Rachel Hudnall. The wonderful care she received by Rappahannock Westminster Canterbury staff and longtime physician Steven Glessner was truly appreciated. Funeral Services will be held at Hermitage Baptist Church, Church View on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:30 until 8:30 p.m. on Monday at the church. For those who wish to make memorials, contributions may be given to Hermitage Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Jean Marshall, P.O. Box 52, Church View, VA 23032. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.
Jan H. Creekmore, age 62, of Saluda passed away, Tuesday, May 17, 2016. She was a member of Forest Chapel United Methodist Church, Warner, and Assistant Director of Human Resources for the Middle Peninsula Northern Neck Community Services Board in Saluda. Survived by her husband, Walter N. Creekmore; children, Christy C. Phillips (Chris), Nathan Creekmore (Amy); three grandchildren, Spencer, Mason and Walter; and three brothers. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Friday, May 20, 2016 at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Saluda. Interment will be in Forest Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Warner. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday.
Wallace V. Rowe, 89, of Topping, died Saturday, May 14, 2016. He was a retired salesman of lumber and building supplies, U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and a lifetime member of the VFW Post 8252. He was also a Deacon Emeritus, Sunday school teacher and choir member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Ruby B. Rowe, and is survived by his son, Herbert W. Rowe (Betsi) of Topping and his granddaughters, Shelli R. Robertson (Troy) of White Stone and Ashley R. MacFarland (Keith) of Bel Air, MD. Funeral services will be held 2pm, Wednesday, May 18, 2016, in Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping. Interment church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Harmony Grove Baptist Church, P.O. Box 138, Topping, VA 23169. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.
Archie Sylvester “Peanut” Stevens, 69, of Syringa, beloved brother, uncle, and friend passed away on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Peanut was a happy go lucky soul who will always be remembered for his big smile and jingling keys. He loved NASCAR racing and dancing to any tune his feet could move to! Peanut was a devoted employee of VDOT until his time of retirement. Peanut leaves behind a brother, Franklin Stevens (Deborah) and a sister, Brenda Bristow, both of Topping, along with several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 2:00pm, Saturday, May 21st, at Lower United Methodist Church in Hartfield. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.
Donna W. Theimer, age 71, of Deltaville went to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 8, 2016. She was a retired beautician and a member of Philippi Christian Church. Survived by her husband of 45 years, Joe A. Theimer; three children, Linnie J. Theimer, Cathy T. Davis, and Susan T. Bergerard; two brothers, E. J. White and Dwayne P. White; two sisters, Joyce W. Seay, Brenda W. Beish; eleven grandchildren, and twelve great grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 PM on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Funeral services will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, May 15, 2016, at Philippi Christian Church with burial following at Philippi Memorial Gardens Cemetery both in Deltaville. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to: Memorial to Donna, c/o Philippi Christian Church, P.O. Box 555, Deltaville, VA, 23043. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.
Dorothy J. Kegley, 80, of Urbanna, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, May 7, 2016. She retired from Prince George County, MD School Board in the late 80’s and then went on to become a secretary for Middlesex County School Board along with helping at Bristow’s Store and Marshalls Drugstore in Urbanna. She was a member of Urbanna United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward O. Kegley, Sr., and is survived by her children, Edward O. Kegley, Jr. of Springfield, Charlotte A. Shoaff of Coles Point, Karen M. Alexander of Camden, DE, David C. Kegley of Urbanna and Trina Charnock of King and Queen; a brother Ross Younkin; 7 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 11AM, Saturday, May 14th in Urbanna United Methodist Church. Interment will be private. The family will receive friends from 6-8PM Friday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Urbanna United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 217, Urbanna, VA 23175.
Charles Melvin Bristow, Jr. December 3, 1931 – May 6, 2016. Charles spent a lifetime donning coat and tie as a funeral director. He was simply polished. A few years ago, his son mentioned to him at lunch that his hair was looking wild. He replied “I don’t give a damn anymore.” He understood the essence of life. He was keenly aware that the important aspects of life embodied; his friends and family, enjoying the company of friends regularly, solid relationships, taking care of people, doing the right thing regardless, listening to people’s concerns and always attempting to be a great role model. He reached unparralled achievement at listening to people when they needed to talk. He wisely realized that there were always two sides to an argument. He would often turn concerns into a smile; sharing one of his never ending cache of stories. Once endearingly tagged by a friend, Charles was a ‘wealth of packsaddle yarns’. Charles’s actions reflected his values. While visiting an elderly lady regarding an aging funeral debt, he ultimately left her home after paying her electricity bill. Charles M. Bristow, Jr. is survived by his wife Betty Page Waddill Bristow; his daughter Cynthia Page Bristow (Cyndy); his son Charles Reginald Bristow (Reggie, Reg, or Reginald to Charles) and wife Judy Lin Bristow; three grandsons; Kobe Franklin Bristow (11); Jett Lin Bristow (9); and Jock Lee Bristow (3). He knew there were a variety of styles and personalities, and he had a special place in his heart and a smile for each one in his family. His emotions and love for his daughter Cyndy brought tears of love to his eyes immediately. His often repeated advice to his son among other special gems included his favorites; do the best you can, play ball aggressively even with friends; with ultimate decency, dance with and kiss as many girls as you can and make sure if you have a girl, that you have two or three others as well. He and his wife and love of 63 years, took pride in maintaining their home and businesses, only because they enjoyed it, they believed it was proper, and it created a pleasant, peaceful environment for his family, and the families he served for 60 years. Charles maintained the highest standards for professionalism and care for his service as a third generation funeral director. He partnered in business with his great friend Bill Faulkner in several funeral homes; Foster-Faulkner Funeral Home in Mathews County; Marks-Bristow Funeral Home in Tappahannock which included a partner, local funeral director Jeannette Baylor; and his cherished Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda which was originally his childhood home and remained his sacred ground. Charles maintained a few business partnerships with other close friends in investments that he was knowledgeable and cared in varying degrees because he simply trusted his friends. At eighty-four, he wheeled an iPhone like a twenty year-old. His mind remained sharp and alert. He served his community as a member of the Urbanna United Methodist Church, Urbanna Masonic Lodge, Urbanna Royal Arch Chapter, Shrine & Scottish Rite, Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, Urbanna Boosters Club and Middlesex Lions Club. He was a founding member of the Urbanna Oyster Festival Foundation. He was also proud to mention that he was the first running-back on the Middlesex High School football team (then the Saluda Saxons) for which his father ‘Jock’ Bristow had combed the county for contributions for uniforms. Additionally, he was equally as happy to share that he served in the US Army during the Korean War. However, his Sergeant saw his talent as a seasoned baseball pitcher and kept him close to home for inter-company games. His heroes were few consisting mostly of renowned football coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant and decorated US Marine Corps Lieutenant General Lewis B. ‘Chesty’ Puller of Saluda. The stories highlighting the values of each man ran strong and deep through Charles. He rarely became upset. But one incident while his son Reg was in high school generated a phone call from the principal informing him that Reg was serving detention hall for kissing a girl on the cheek before class. He was instantly upset and enormously proud. He phoned a few friends to share the fantastic news before visiting the school principal where he gently presented his position of pride relieving his son from detention hall. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 9, 2016 in the Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda. Interment will follow in the family cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 – 4 p.m. and 6 – 8 p.m. at the funeral home on Sunday, May 8, 2016. In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be made to The Virginia Home, 1101 Hampton St., Richmond, VA 23220. Charles would hesitate but deeply enjoy adding that you also put aside a little reserve to go out and enjoy a great time with friends.