John Anthony Wager

John Anthony Wager, 74, of Water View, peacefully passed away June 23, 2015 at his home.  Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Linda; children, Nancy Wren, Jonelle Boyd (Marty), John Wager, Jr. and Jean Gerhard (Charles); grandchildren, Amy Wren, Jessica Kirby (Justin), Jeri Marshall, Jaime Marshall, Aaron Wren, Lindsey Gerhard, Stephanie Gerhard; great grandchildren, Isaiah Burse, Matthew Hart, Phillip Hart, Kellese Burse, Dorian Walker and Broderick Kirby; mother, Nancy Brunelle and a sister Nancy Cox.  John was preceded in death by his wife Mardelle Wager, father, Thomas Wager, stepfather Raymond Brunelle and a brother Thomas Wager, Jr.  John always remained devoted to his family and retired from the career of his dreams with the FAA as an Aviation Maintenance Inspector.  His love of fishing and the open water led him to become a USCG licensed Captain.  An intimate celebration of John’s life was held on June 26, 2015.  Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Biddie Patricia Runyon Jackson

Jackson, BiddieBiddie Patricia Runyon Jackson, 61, of Chester, Virginia, was called home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 26, 2015, surrounded by her family. She was born on August 30, 1953 in Logan, West Virginia.  A loving wife and mother, her faith, kindness, love, and compassion has left an overwhelming and everlasting mark on this world.  She dedicated her life to serving the lord and her family.  She is preceded in death by her father, Don Runyon, and mother, Aloma McCoy Runyon.  She is survived by her husband of 42 years, George W. Jackson; son, John E. Jackson, his wife DeAnn, and their three children; Berkley, Faith, and Bryce, of Chester, VA, daughter, Aloma J. Holsten, her husband Brent, and their three children; Jackson, Addison, and Declan, of Henrico, VA, and Virginia D.J. Fink, her husband Jimmy, and their three children; Shelby, Koty, and Hope of Chesterfield, VA; four brothers, Don Runyon (Cindy) of Chester, VA, Ronald Runyon (Toney) of Delbarton, WV, David Runyon (Barbara) of Lake, WV, and Vernal Runyon (Kim) of Chapmanville, WV, and one sister, Tammy Elizabeth Hodge (Howard) of Delbarton WV, 18 nieces and nephews, and many great nieces and nephews.  Visitation will be held on Monday, June, 29th, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda, Va. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, June 30th, starting at 1 p.m. at Clarksbury United Methodist Church in Deltaville, VA.  In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund www.ocrf.org or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which was a cause dear to her heart that she donated to every month www.stjude.org

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Robert E. “Bobby” Darnell

Robert E. “Bobby” Darnell, age 69, of Topping died Monday, June 22, 2015. He retired from the Chesapeake Corporation with forty-three years of service and was a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church. Survived by his wife of fifty years, Christine “Teeny” Darnell; a son, Jay Darnell (Angie); a brother, Wilbert “Woodles” Darnell; a grandson, Robert Aaron Darnell; a granddaughter, Melinda Sue Darnell and one great grandson. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 25th in Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment will be in Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Topping. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be made to Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 98, Deltaville, VA 23043 or Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Hartfield, VA 23071.

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Don Raymond Boughton

Don Raymond Boughton, age 73, of Saluda died Thursday, June 18, 2015. He was the owner and operator of Middlesex Stock Shop and Taxidermy for many years. He was also a U. S. Army veteran and a member of Saluda Baptist Church. Survived by his brothers. William E. Boughton (Janine), Percy T. Boughton, Jr. and several nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held 4:00 p.m. Sunday at Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Topping. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7:00 p.m. Saturday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Alverta R. McCall

Alverta R. McCall, age 93, widow of Thomas McCall, died on Friday, June 12, 2015.  She was a native of Foxtown, PA., and later moved to Virginia to live with her son Larry J. McCall and his wife, Pat.  She is also survived by her daughter, Karen Schollaert and her husband, Jack; 6 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and 2 great-great grandchildren.  The family will receive friends on Sunday, June 14th, from 4-6p.m. at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.  Funeral services and interment will be held at a later date in Belle Vernon, PA.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to River View Baptist Church, 405 Main Street, New Eagle, PA., 15067.

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Laura C. Colley

Laura C. Colley, age 92, of Topping died Tuesday, June 2, 2015. She was the widow of Irvin H. Colley and J. Petty Colley and was also predeceased by a daughter, Mary B. Blake. Survived by a grandson, Kevin C. Blake and a brother, Horace Courtney (Mary). A graveside service will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Hermitage Baptist Church Cemetery, Church View. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Veulah “Bell” McDowell

Veulah “Bell” McDowell also known as “Big Mama”, age 72 of Deltaville went to be with her Lord on Monday, June 8, 2015. She is survived by her children, Eddie Grady, Jr. (Lisa), Anne Rainier (Eugene), Shirley Sturgill (Mark), an adopted daughter, Pamela Hipple. Grandchildren, Sgt. USMC, Eddie Grady, III, Larissa Grady, Veulah Alvarado, Maximo Alvarado, Nicole Carlton, Heather Epperson and Cory Sturgill. Bell also has five great grandchildren and one on the way. Special thanks to Ivy Belknap with Hand and Heart Home Health and Riverside Hospice for all of your amazing care. Funeral services will be held 2pm, Saturday in Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Interment will be in Philippi Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Deltaville. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8pm Friday at the funeral home.

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Henry James Stump

Henry James “Hankie” Stump, age 67, of Saluda died Thursday, June 4, 2015. He was predeceased by his parents, Zannie and Agnes Frye Stump. Survived by his wife, Michele Stump; daughters, Missy Ratcliffe, Lynn Viars, Marsha Primm (Rocky) and Brianne Meyerson; a brother, James Stump; grandchildren, Leanna Viars, Rocky Dakota Primm and Colten Vaziouracis; a great grandchild, Levi Braxton Thornton. In lieu of a viewing and service, family and friends will gather to celebrate his life at his Saluda residence. All are welcome at anytime. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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John Olin Mercer

John Olin Mercer, 76, was delivered from his battle with cancer, passing quietly while surrounded by his loving family on June 2, 2015. He was born on September 17, 1938 to Russell Reed and Nell Smith Mercer in Newport News, Virginia. John graduated from Warwick High School in 1956 and from the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company Apprentice School in 1961. John graduated from Rappahannock Community College with a certificate in Religious Studies, a program that he was instrumental in starting, and also attended the John Leland Center for Theological Studies in Newport News. He was ordained as a Minister by Harmony Grove Baptist Church, and founded Campground Ministries Inc., where he served as the first Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors. He also served as the audio technician for the Good News Gospel Sing Board and Harmony Grove Gospel Singers. He is remembered as one who enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and spreading the word of God. His family includes his wife of fifty four years, Mary; son, John Olin Mercer, Jr. and wife, Lorrie; daughter, Audra Mercer Willett and fiancé, Carroll “Chuck” Shipp, III; daughter, Gloria Christy Mercer and fiancé, Jonathan Torr; three grandchildren, Taryn Willett, Taylor Belverio, and Emily Mercer; two great-grandchildren, Jaycie Belverio and Liam Brock; sister, Martha Ann Johnston and her husband, Don; one brother, Melvin Reed Mercer, (now deceased) and sister-in-law, Lillian Mercer; as well as many nephews and nieces. A funeral service will be held at Harmony Grove Baptist Church on June 6, 2015 at 4:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make donations payable to Harmony Grove Baptist Church.

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Charles Ryland Revere

Charles Ryland Revere, 76, passed away Monday, June 1, 2015 at his home in Hartfield, VA. He was the only son of the late Howell Lee and Elizabeth Revere. He was preceded in death by his son, Charles “Chuck” R. Revere, Jr. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Sally Gayle; sons, Craig with his wife Tammy and their sons Austin and Trevor, and Carlton with his wife Darla and their sons Joshua, Charlie and William, and numerous cousins. His love of and skill at baseball allowed him to attend the University of Richmond where he played under his favorite coach, Mac Pitt. He proudly served in the US Army and rose to the rank of Captain. Friends and family say he was a lifelong learner who understood the need to get involved and who volunteered and led many community organizations. He cherished the friendships he made while serving with the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department, Middlesex Board of Supervisors, Eastern Virginia Bankshares, Inc. Board, Riverside Health System Board, Middlesex Lions Club, and Northern Neck Free Health Clinic Board. In the 50 plus years in the propane industry, he was involved with the Virginia Propane Gas Association (VAPGA), the National Propane Gas Association (NPGA) and the Propane Education and Research Council (PERC). He was considered a consensus builder in all of these associations earning him the NPGA’s Distinguished Service Award in 2014 and was inducted into the LP-Gas Hall of Fame in 2015. As owner and President of Revere Gas, Inc. and First Virginia Propane, Inc., he worked with devoted and hardworking co-workers who served the propane needs of customers throughout eastern and central Virginia. The family business that he cared for provided him the opportunity to live and work in a community that he adored. He always felt very blessed to be able to work daily with his mother, father, his wife, his sons, his daughters-in-law, and recently, his grandsons. His faith in God kept him active in many capacities at Lower United Methodist Church where he was a lifelong servant. He appreciated all of the gifts that God bestowed upon us especially time outdoors. Whether it was farming the land, besting his buddies at golf, fellowship by the pool or hunting and fishing with his sons and grandsons, he understood that today is a gift and we should embrace each and every moment. The family will receive friends on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, 15 CF Edwards Lane, Saluda VA 23149 from 5pm to 7pm. A funeral service will be held at Lower United Methodist Church, 120 Lower Church Rd, Hartfield, VA on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 2pm with interment at the church cemetery immediately following the service. There will be a Celebration of Life following at the Piankatank River Golf Club, 6198 Stormont Road, Hartfield, VA 23071. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Lower United Methodist Church (Parking Lot Fund), PO Box 98, Hartfield VA 23071, the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department, PO Box 205, Hartfield, VA 23071 or the Northern Neck Free Health Clinic, P.O. Box 1694, Kilmarnock, VA., 22482.

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