On the morning of February 6, 2016 Charlie Akers, of Topping, VA, passed away during a procedure at Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester, Virginia while fighting a MRSA infection. Charlie had been battling End Stage Renal Disease, overcoming double amputations, and other health issues for 15 years. Charlie was 71 years old. Charlie was born on May 26th, 1944 in Richmond, Virginia. He was one of the six children of Dorothy and Leonard Akers. He retired from Sydnor Hydrodynamics after 30+ years. He loved sweet foods, race cars, his family and his pets. He survived by father, Leonard (92), sisters, Mary (Ronnie) and Pat (Tom), brother David “Bo” (Marion), daughters, Carol Akers, Dawn Pitts, Devon Killian Blair (Eric) and Heather Killian, grandson, Lee Pitts, and his partner of 20 years, Barbara Killian. He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy, and brothers, Eugene and Leonard “Cotton.” A celebration of life will be held at Lower United Methodist Church on Saturday, February 13th, 2016. There will be an open casket visitation at 10 am and a brief worship service at 11 am, with a reception following the graveside service. Friends and family are invited to stay for the reception.
Edward R. “Peanut” Bristow, age 61 of Locust Hill died Friday, February 5, 2016. He was preceded in death by his father, Roland Bristow and is survived by his step mother, Betty L. Bristow; sister, Barbara Hall (Larry) and a brother, Stuart Bristow (Cathy) all of Topping. Services will be private. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.
Grace Elizabeth Bristow Delmer, 92, passed away on Saturday, January 30, 2016. She was born in Deltaville, VA on July 24, 1923. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Frances McLemore. Survivors include her son, Richard Delmer, granddaughter Jennifer McLemore Bartram (Ricky), grandson, Andrew McLemore, great-granddaughter, Tesla Bartram, and niece, Lynn Parrish and nephew, Robert Marks. Liz (as she was known) was devoted to her family, a Master Gardener, a wonderful cook, and a dedicated servant of Philippi Christian Church, serving in many capacities. She was a trustee, an elder, a Sunday school teacher, a district representative, and served on several committees. Prior to re-locating to Deltaville, she worked in Richmond at the Defense General Supply Center for many years. She was known for her dry wit, as many can attest to, including the loving, caring staff at Gloucester House, where she spent her last years. A celebration of life service will be held on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11 am at Philippi Christian Church in Deltaville, VA. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Ms. Delmer’s memory may be made to Philippi Christian Church, to the Mildred Barnes Scholarship Fund.
With heavy hearts Russell E. Sibley, 75, of Topping, VA passed away on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at VCU-MCV Medical Center. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Frances Haigler and Shirley Carter. He leaves behind Becky, his loving wife of 53 years; daughters, Lynn Eanes and husband Cliff, Esther Robert and husband Paul, Laurie Ann Batley and husband Donald; grandchildren, Brandon, Benjamin and Beth Eanes, Claire and Trevor Batley; brother, Dickie Sibley; sisters, Jean Hayden and Peggy Sanford. He retired 17 years ago from St. Laurent (formerly Chesapeake Corporation) after 39 years of dedicated service. He also served on the Middlesex County Planning Commission Board. He was a lifelong member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church where he was serving as an active Deacon and also served on many teams and committees. He loved spending time with his family (especially the grandchildren), church, fishing, gardening and travel. The family will receive friends Saturday, January 30th at 1:30 pm with the service immediately following at 3:00 pm in Harmony Grove Baptist Church, 7722 General Puller Hwy., Topping, VA with interment in the Church Cemetery. Memorial Donations may be made to Harmony Grove Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 138, Topping, VA 23169 or Hartfield Volunteer Fire Dept., P. O. Box 205, Hartfield, VA 23071.
Everett A. Bristow, age 80, of Urbanna died Monday, January 25, 2016. He was a retired mechanic from the Irvington Marina. Survived by his wife, Mary Lou Bristow; children, Lynn Bristow, Brenda Bristow, Becky Lathrop and Jimmy Bristow, four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday in Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Interment will be in Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Topping. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.
Grace King, 88, of Urbanna, passed away on January 22, 2016. Grace was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Robert Mulford King. She is survived by four children, Steven King (Merri Hansen-King) of Urbanna, David King (Charlene) of Spartanburg, SC, Ellen Conley (Don) of Fairfax, VA, and Barbara King-Searles (Bill) of San Antonio, TX. She is also survived by eight grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She is survived by her sister, Beatrice Rockhill, of Spring Lake, NJ. Predeceasing her are nine sisters and two brothers. A daughter-in-law Donna Proffitt King, (David), too predeceased her. Grace was born in Spring Lake, NJ and served her country during World War II. Though she worked outside the home, her most treasured occupation was being a loving mother to her four children. A devout Christian, she was a member of the Roman Catholic Faith. She had fiery red hair and was loved by all who knew her for her gracious personality and love of socializing with friends and family. After her retirement, she travelled extensively throughout Europe and enjoyed relating her many adventures and stories. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11 a.m., Friday, January 29th at Catholic Campus Ministry at The College of William & Mary, 10 Harrison Avenue, Williamsburg, VA, 23185. Interment Cedar Grove Cemetery, Williamsburg. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda.
Randolph B. “Randy” Campbell, age 57, of Hartfield died Thursday, January 21, 2016. He was predeceased by his parents Raymond and Delores Campbell. Randy is survived by his wife, Lisa Scott Campbell; daughters, Cora Anne Campbell, Carrie Campbell Vandyke, Carla Marie Campbell; grandchildren, Alana Nichole Vandyke and Ethan Andrew Scales; brothers, Raymond Campbell, Jr. (Mary Ann) and Ronnie Campbell (Tracy). A private graveside funeral service will be held at Windsor Gardens Cemetery, Dutton. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.
Matthew T. Moore, age 55, of Stormont passed away on Friday, January 15, 2016. Matt was the operator of EASI Printing in Saluda. He is survived by his wife, Amanda B. Moore; parents, John M. “Buddy” and Jackie Moore; brother, John A. Moore (Andrea) and his nieces, Emily and Anna. A private graveside service was held at the family cemetery at Pleasant View Farm, Stormont.
Tonghun Choe, age of 76, of Saluda passed away on Thursday, January 7, 2016 by car accident. He was born in Korea on June 15th 1939. His father had died even before he was born. So He was raised by his mother. It surprises us how he could become such a good father even though he had never experienced the love of his father. He lived a fruitful life of faith for the last 76 years. He set an example to all of us through how he lived his life. He truly lived a life of service and prayer. First of all, he lived a life of service. He served for 36 years in logistic support positions in the U.S. Army’s material management organizations in Korea. His lifetime career contributed immeasurably to the successful cooperative partnerships between Korea and the U.S., the successful national defense of Korea, and the successful strategic defense of the U.S. He was a top performer in all aspects of competence, technical expertise, and dedication. He also devoted his life to underprivileged teenagers of Korea. He ran a free night school for poor teenagers for 15 years. Hundreds of underprivileged teenagers changed their lives because of his selfless sacrifice. Many of them still remember him and thank him. As well as that, he lived his life to serve God and the church. He was a passionate preacher, well-respected elder, and honorable spiritual leader of his church back in Korea. His sermons and testimonies touched the hearts of many people because his life itself was a true message to them. Secondly, he lived a life of prayer. Ever since he became a Christian at his young age, he never missed an early morning prayer meeting come rain or shine. Even after he moved to the U.S., he committed his life to prayer and intercession over the final few years of his life. He posted on Facebook about a month ago. “Lord, do not let me live the rest of my life worrying about what to eat, drink or wear. Instead, let me die while praying for Your kingdom and Your righteousness.” Just as he prayed, he went to glory while coming back from his daily prayer at church. Last but not least, he was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He left a legacy of faith to all family members. He showed us how to live a godly life. His life of service and prayer inspired us to live not to be successful, but to be faithful. He will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by everyone he knew and loved. May he rest in peace with the heavenly Father whom he loved and served all his life. Mr. Choe is survived by his wife of 47 years, Yongbun Kwon; a daughter, Soyoung Yang (Rev. Yang); two sons, Rev. Hunju Choe (Haejung), Hunkook Choe (Hyojin); a grandson, Yedam Yang; five granddaughters, Sahrang and Chanmi Yang, Youna , Hanah, Gahee, and Gaeun Choe. He is also survived by sister, Oakryun Suh. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday at New Hope United Methodist Church, 2489 Lewis B. Puller Memorial Hwy., Saluda, VA 23149, with the family receiving friends for 30 minutes prior to the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Myrtis Brooks Jones, age 80, of Locust Hill passed away Thursday, January 7, 2016. She was a member of Mattaponi Baptist Church. Survived by her daughters, Patricia J. Kirby (Corky), Nancy J. Hazzard (Carroll), Shirley Jean Brown; a son, David K. Jones; sisters, Frances B. Revere, Mary Jo Carlton, ten grandchildren and fifteen great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 9th in Mattaponi Baptist Church, King & Queen County. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.