Brenda Kay Mott

Brenda Kay Mott, 69, passed away peacefully on January 14, 2017. Born in Johnston, North Carolina, she was a proud member of Remlik Wesleyan Church, loved the Lord, singing and gardening. She loved her family very much and enjoyed spending her time with her children, grandchildren, and great granddaughter. She is survived by her daughters, Tammy Pultz (Reese) and Annette C. Huggins; grandchildren, Trevor Pultz, Darrin Comstock, and Amanda, Ethan, Nathaniel and Sarabeth Huggins; great granddaughter, Aaliyah Paige; and sister, Linda Savage. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, January 21, 2017 at Remlik Wesleyan Church. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Maxine Coates Blake

Maxine Blake of Wake, VA, passed away peacefully at Riverside Hospital surrounded by her family on January 12, 2017. She was born on April 29, 1937 in Glass, VA to the late Willie and Betty Coates. She was the seventh of ten children of which eight preceded her in death. Maxine grew up in a waterman’s town and cherished the livelihood that the water provided for her as she grew up and carried those values throughout her life. In 1951, she met the love of her life, Sheldon, and they married and began their lives together in 1953. Maxine was a loving Wife, Mother, and Granny. She was competitive and enjoyed winning when playing any type of game. Her favorite baseball team was the Atlanta Braves and she spent many hours cheering for them to win. She loved cooking and providing favorite dishes for the ones she loved.  Maxine was strong willed with a never give up attitude which stayed with her throughout her life. She was dedicated to her family and protective of those close to her. Maxine is survived by her husband of 64 years, Sheldon; sons Donald and Wayne (Angela) and grandchildren Vail, Chris, Kamryn and Kristin; brother Willie Coates, Jr, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A memorial service will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Harmony Grove Baptist Church. The service will be conducted by Pastor Chris Jessee. All friends and family are welcome. In memory of Maxine, please consider donations to the Hartfield Vol. Fire Dept. in lieu of flowers. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Saluda.

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Bettie Johnson Smith

Bettie Johnson Smith, 72, of Saluda passed away, Wednesday, January 11, 2017 with her family by her side. She fought a long courageous battle with cancer. Bettie retired from VPPSA and then went to work at the Thousand Trails Campground where she never met a stranger and could always strike up a conversation. She loved to watch the wildlife especially watching the birds come out to feed. Bettie was preceded in death by her parents, two brothers, a sister and a grandson. She is survived by her husband; Dixon Smith; a daughter, Shirley Marshall (Billy); one brother, Robert Johnson (Molly) of Mobile, Alabama, two sisters; Pauline Harris of Chesapeake, VA and Helen Davis (Dickie) of Florida. Grandchildren, Ernie Milby, Ashley Schultz and Ericka Darr (Chad). Great grandchildren, Morgan Milby, Kaylyn and Brayden Schultz, Anthony, Josh and Brooke Darr and her two special fur babies, Bit and Rocko. A celebration of life service will be held 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2015 at New Hope Memorial Baptist Church, King & Queen County. Memorial gifts can be made to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Dorothy Louise Sears South

Dorothy Louise Sears South, age 97, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Frank South and her daughter Anita Wilson Wrightson. Dorothy became a member of Salem Church in 1939 and was the church custodian for 43 years. She was also Treasurer of Wesley Fellowship Class of Salem Church for over 30 years, as well as a member of Piankatank Community League for over 50 years. She is survived by her children, Richard Franklin South (Jean), Willie Ernest South (Nona); sister, Elsie Wilson; granddaughter, Connie South Birdsall (David); grandsons, Bobby Wilson (Cindy), Davis Wilson (Cathy); her great granddaughters, Jessica Conner (Forrest), Janice Whitley (Keith); great-great grandchildren, Olivia Grace Whitley and Brenton David Conner; and loving caretaker, Theresa Eason. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 15, 2017 in Salem United Methodist Church. Interment following at church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 11408 Gloucester Road, Gloucester, VA 23061 or Gloucester Volunteer Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 1417, Gloucester, VA, 23061. Arrangements made by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda, VA.

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Robert P. Wilkins

Robert P. Wilkins, 75, of Topping passed away peacefully on January 1, 2017. Born in Richmond, Virginia, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, and crabbing and enjoyed teaching his children and grandchildren how to do it as well! He was well known for his carpentry skills, never met a stranger, and was known to help anyone in need. Robert was a welder who worked at the Newport News Shipyard and The Chesapeake Corporation. He was predeceased by his first wife Edna Mae Wilkins who helped daddy make Middlesex our home 50 years ago; son, Gary Allen; sister, Barbara; brothers, Herman, Burman, Pete and William; as well as his parents, Thomas & Willoughby Wilkins. He is survived by his wife, Karin Wilkins; children, Duane Wilkins (Debbie) of Jamaica, VA, Carla Wilkins and fiancé Eric Mikols of Detroit, MI, Sheri Lutz (Carlyle) of Colonial Beach, VA, Kim Bishop (Dennis) of Mooresville, NC; stepsons Tim and VJ Wilkins; and 8 grandchildren. Funeral services were private and were handled by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Saluda.

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Lillian Juanita (Parks) Ware

Lillian Juanita (Parks) Ware, 100, formerly of Deltaville, VA, passed away peacefully on January 6, 2017 in Lewes, Delaware. After graduating high school, she moved to Baltimore, MD where she met her husband Preston A. Ware. Juanita worked as a seamstress in Baltimore for many years. After retiring in 1972, she moved back to Deltaville, VA. She was a lifelong member of Philippi Christian Church and also a 25 year member of the Deltaville Rescue Squad Ladies Auxiliary. Her husband, Preston, died in 1986. After that, Juanita moved with her daughter to Lewes, Delaware. She was predeceased by her husband, Preston A. Ware; grandson, R. Michael Ridgell; her parents, Tom and Elsie Parks, sisters; Naomi Wilson, Bernadine Metzler and Adell Fishpaw. Brothers; Winfred Parks and Leon Parks and a nephew; Tom Parks. Juanita is survived by her daughter, Shirley Ridgell; son-in-law, Richard Ridgell; grandson, D. Todd Ridgell; great-grandchildren; Heather Hunt (Justin), Megan and Madison Ridgell. Heather’s mother, Linda (Tony Grove) and their children, Elizabeth, Troy and Jarrett. Granddaughter-in-law, Tracy Ridgell. One great-great grandson, Elliott Adrian Hunt. Also survived by nieces; Charlotte Groves, Gloria Godsey, Sharon Smith, and Darlene Revere. One nephew, Calvin Wilson. Funeral services will be held at the Philippi Christian Church in Deltaville, VA on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 11 A.M. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Intermet at Philippi Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Ball Park Road, Deltaville, VA immediately following service. Arrangements made by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Saluda, VA.

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James Irdell “Jim” Bateman, Jr.

James Irdell “Jim” Bateman Jr., 74 of Deltaville, VA. suddenly passed away in the early morning of Friday, December 16, 2016 at Riverside Regional Medical Center, Newport News, VA. He was born November 7, 1942 to the late James I. and Nina Paige Bateman in Newport News, VA. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Patricia “Pat” Holsclaw Bateman and son and best fishing buddy, Jay. He is also survived by his brother, Dale (Sara); his sister Patsy Harris (Chuck); his mother-in-law, Lucille Holsclaw and nieces and nephews. He grew up in Newport News, graduated from Warwick High School and later graduated from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, VA. Jim retired from Micro View in Richmond, VA. after 35 years and moved to his favorite place, Deltaville, VA. to enjoy boating and fishing. He was a member of the Chesapeake Hunt Club in New Kent County and was also a member and Junior Steward of Donovan Masonic Lodge #75 A.F. & A.M. in Deltaville. A memorial Service will be held at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda, VA. at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 14, 2017. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 98 Deltaville, VA. 23043.

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Louise Wake Miller

Louise Wake Miller, age 95, 0f Deltaville, died Tuesday, December 27, 2016. She was the widow of Ulman Miller. Survived by her daughters, JoAnn Harmon, Jean Felton; a granddaughter, Melanie and husband Paul; three great grandchildren, Corey, Feraja and Paul Washington, Jr. A sister, Anne Milby; a brother, John Wake and a special nephew, Willard “Chappy” Wake and many other nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be announced in the spring.

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Vivian Cora Caroline Kennard Wilson

Vivian Cora Caroline Kennard Wilson, 97, of Deltaville passed away peacefully at her home on Tuesday, December 20, 2016. She was a lifelong resident of Deltaville where she grew up on Jackson Creek and was home schooled on a schooner with her father. Vivian was an honorary member of the MCVRS Ladies Auxiliary for 41 years, where she and her deceased sister, Laura Medicus, founded “The Flea Market” to benefit the MCVRS which continues to thrive today. Past member of the Donna Chapter OES #179, Order of the Eastern Star, Deltaville, a member of Philippi Christian Church, and Nanny to most, she could take the simplest of items and turn them into something magical. She loved bingo, cooking, soft crabbing, and the company of her friends and family. She was preceded in death by her loving husband Edwin W. Wilson of 71 years; parents Cora E. Shreeves Kennard and John A. Kennard; and son William (Billy) Wilson. She is survived by daughters Joyce W. Saunders and Mary Ellen Priddy (Mitchell); 10 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren as well as close friends & family who always found time for fellowship. Funeral services will be held 2 PM Friday, December 23, 2016 in Philippi Christian Church, Deltaville.  Interment Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery, Deltaville.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to services at the church. Memorial gifts may be made to Philippi Christian Church, PO Box 555 or the Middlesex County Vol. Rescue Squad Auxiliary, P.O. Box 769, Deltaville, VA, 23043.  Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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James H. “Jim” Redmond

James H. “Jim” Redmond of Topping, Virginia passed away suddenly at home on the river on Thursday, December 15, 2016. He was preceded in death by his parents, Preston Hoy and Margaret Louise Redmond. He is survived by his wife of 30 years Pamela Woods Redmond and his sister Kay Mims (Gene), his brother Wayne Redmond (Donni), and his sister Brenda Vaughan. He is also survived by Pam’s family, many friends, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim, owner of The Redmond Group, was born in Petersburg on December 18, 1949 and formerly resided in Richmond. Services will be held on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 11:00 am with visitation one hour prior at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda. Graveside services to follow at Middlesex Memorial Cemetery in Urbanna. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Middlesex Family YMCA, 11487 General Puller Highway, Hartfield, VA 23071 or to a charity of your choice.

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