June G. Miller

June G. Miller, age 76, of Topping, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017, after a 30 plus year struggle with MS. She is survived by her loving husband of 57 years, Elvin B. Miller; son, Mark D. Miller (Marjorie) and her church family. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Saluda with visitation one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the church at PO Box 138, Topping, VA., 23169.

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Gretchen Ann Haley

Gretchen Ann Haley, of Hartfield, passed away peacefully on July 5, 2017 after a lengthy illness. Gretchen was born in Lanexa, VA and moved to Middlesex for the 2nd time in 1978 until her passing. She was an owner of H&H Distributing and served as Vice President and Office Manager for over 20 years. Gretchen was pre-deceased by her parents Clinton and Pearl Rogers, father-in-law Dick Haley, brother Remus Rogers, sister Sue Rogers, and her beloved son Jason Haley. She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Tim Haley, daughter Laura Hundley (Juan), son Rob Haley (Shannon), brothers Al Rogers (Bev) and Dave Rogers (Angie), sister Becky Perry, granddaughter Heather Frederick, grandson Seth Wilson, mother-in-law Helen Haley, brother-in-law Ronnie Haley (Sharon), 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Bristow Faulkner Funeral Home Saluda on Sunday, July 16th at 2 p.m. The family would like to thank all the caregivers, hospital staff, friends, neighbors, Harmony Grove Baptist Church Members and especially the Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad (Deltaville, VA) for years of love and support provided to Gretchen. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to MVRS, PO Box 98 Deltaville, VA 23043.

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Jelena (Elena) Yuhnevich Cockrell

Jelena (Elena) Yuhnevich Cockrell, 43, died unexpectedly on Friday, June 23, 2017 at her home in Christchurch, VA. Elena was born on June 5, 1974, in Riga Latvia. Elena had a kind and gentle heart. She dearly loved children and was loved by them. She is survived by her husband of 15 years, John H. Cockrell, of Christchurch; step-daughter, Virginia (GiGi) Cockrell of Brescia, Italy; mother, Valentina Yuhnevich, of Riga; mother-in-law, Barbara C. Cockrell, of Christchurch, brother-in-law Thomas L. Cockrell (Cindy), of Locust Hill, beloved cousins Marina and Ramon Vasjukova of Riga, and several nieces and nephews. She will be deeply missed by her family and her faithful companions, Merle, Sam, Zeus, Andy and Lucy. Always be kind to one another. Memorial services will be held at 2PM on Saturday, July 8th, at Christ Church Parish Episcopal, 56 Christchurch Lane, Saluda, VA 23149. To honor her memory, donations may be made to the Middlesex Pet Friends for Life, P.O. Box 145, Saluda, VA 23149.   Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda, is assisting the family.

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G. Edward Tabor

“General” G. Edward Tabor, a native of Deltaville, born February 14, 1923 went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 26, 2017 at the age of 94.  He was the widower of Mary Carneal Tabor; they had been married for 65 years.  Predeceased by family members, parents James E. and Clara B. Landon Tabor; sisters, Eugie M. and Dorothy P.; a brother, Curtis A. Tabor. At an early age his family members attended the Gospel Chapel of Deltaville.  There he learned to sing gospel songs and also learned to master his guitar.  At twelve years of age, his family all moved to Baltimore.  There he attended Southern High School and later Baltimore College.  In 1942, Mr. Tabor was inducted into the United States Army going to Ireland then to England.  Later he took part in the invasion of Normandy going ashore at Omaha Beach then on to St. Lowe, France, then on to liberate Paris.  Through five major battles on his way to Germany on to Salzburg Austria then to Bertish Garden, Adolf Hitler’s summer home in the Austrian Mountains.  After an honorable discharge from the Army, returning home to Baltimore he was employed by General Motors working in the Quality Standards department.  While working at General Motors, he became a licensed barber running his own shop.  Sundays at church, he was director of music, playing his guitar and singing specials.  After church he would volunteer at the city hospitals barber shops.  Men would line up to get their hair cut for free. For many years he would at different occasions, be requested to play guitar and sing appropriate songs at funerals.  He would at different occasions, play guitar on the radio then later on the television.  In 1948 he was accepted into the King Davids Lodge #68 in Baltimore, Masonic Temple and in 1974 elected Most Worshipal Master.  After retiring from General Motors and living in Deltaville he became affiliated with the Urbanna Masonic Lodge #83, AF & AM.  He also became affiliated with the First Baptist Church, Richmond where Dr. Jim Somerville is the current pastor.  In 1985 he was elected to the Virginia Silver Haired legislature as Senator of district #4 of Virginia.  He served on the social services committee, later the seventeen members elected him to serve as the chairman.  Together they raised over six million dollars for the “Elderly Of Virginia”.  While he was in the army, he got his wife to mail his guitar and the fellow soldiers would listen, saying they really enjoyed his playing and singing.  Another soldier named Eddie B. Taylor was a good singer and sang duets with him.  No matter where they were they always sang their theme song “You Are My Sunshine”; they were called the “Sunshine Boys”.  He also wrote country and gospel songs and one of the most requested was “Keeper Of The Door.”  Survived by his children, Edward James Tabor and his wife Beverly C. of Deltaville, Donald Richard Tabor and his wife Cathie Clemons Tabor of Pasadena, Maryland and their second home in Ocean City, Maryland; six grandchildren, Mark E. Tabor of Deltaville, Wayne S. Tabor of Norfolk, Jeffery T. Tabor and his wife Kimberly Hudgins Tabor of Mattaponi, VA, Matthew Tabor and his wife Crystal, Annie Tabor and Eric Tabor all of Pasadena, Maryland.  Three great grandchildren, Brittni Tabor and Breanna Tabor of Hardyville, VA and Scott Tabor of Petersburg, VA. One great great granddaughter, Olivia Tabor of Pasadena, Maryland.  Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Thursday, June 29, 2017 in Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda.  Entombment will be in Windsor Gardens Mausoleum, Dutton, VA in crypt #10 beside Mary his loving wife “together forever”, “Jesus is Lord.”  The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Gideons.

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Catherine W. Via

Catherine W. Via, 88, of Urbanna went to be with her Heavenly Father on Friday, June 16, 2017, after a long battle with Dementia. She was the daughter of the late Avary L. and Dora Parks Payne. Catherine was born on Tangier Island, Virginia on February 17, 1929. Her family left the island after the storm of 1933 and moved to Urbanna, but her love for her Tangier roots never faded. She was known by her grandchildren as “Nano”, and many people who knew her called her that because of the love she showed to anyone she met. Her beautiful smile warmed the hearts of all. She was a very active member of Urbanna United Methodist Church until her health began to decline. Her love for her Lord and family were the top priorities of her life. After her father’s death, Catherine and her sister, Beatrice, continued as co-owners and operators of Payne’s Crab House until a few years ago when Beatrice was diagnosed with cancer. They were known as the “water women of the Chesapeake Bay” and were featured in Southern Living magazine and were interviewed in several articles of other Chesapeake Bay magazines. They appeared on television sharing their love for their work on the water. The sisters served as Co-Captains of the Urbanna Oyster Festival, and Catherine was chosen to be the Grand Marshal of the Urbanna Christmas Parade a few years ago. She is predeceased by her husband, James L. Via, one sister, Beatrice Taylor, and three brothers, Melvin Payne, Edward Payne, and Cary Payne, all of Urbanna. She is survived by her four sons: Thomas Lee Walton (Sandra), Donald H. Walton (Connie), Tony L. Walton (Peggy), and Richard N. Walton (Wanda). Her nine grandchildren are Lee Walton (Deborah), Sherrie Walton, and Scott Walton (Jessica); Garrett Walton (Ashley) and Catherine Walton; Brian Walton (Angela) and Kristy Sachs (Steve); Kendall Griffin (Josh) and Whitney Walton. Her ten great-grandchildren are Ashley Walton, Sarah Walton, Baylor Walton; Jayce Walton; Jordan Walton, Hailey Walton, Laura Walton, Hannah Sachs, Carly Sachs, and Grayson Sachs. Her brother, Nathan Jones Payne (Shirley), her sister-in-law, Barbara B. Payne, her brother-in-law, Dale Taylor, and many nieces and nephews completed her family. A Memorial Service will be held at Urbanna United Methodist Church on Sunday, June 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The family will greet visitors at a reception following the service in the church fellowship hall.   In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her memory to Urbanna United Methodist Church.

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Elsie Sears Wilson

Elsie Sears Wilson, age 93 left this life for her heavenly home on June 6, 2017. She was a life resident of Gloucester County and was the daughter of the late Richard Sears and Minnie Bew Sears. She was a life-long member of Salem United Methodist Church where she taught children’s Sunday school and enjoying singing in the church choir for many years. She was a loving and devoted wife, sister, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother who was always willing to help and be there for family and friends. She enjoyed being with her extended family at Gloucester House, going on trips, playing bingo, and doing the crafts with Rebecca and Kim. She also loved to cook and enjoyed sharing her dishes at church functions, with family members, and friends that would stop by for a visit. She is survived by two daughters; Pat Sutton (Gene) of Newport News, Marion McDonald (Ronald) of Richmond; one son, Ronny Wilson (Robin) of Gloucester; grandchildren, Tammy Eagle (Buddy) of York County, Kara McDonald-White (Doug) of Charlottesville; great-grandchildren, Zachary and Sarah Eagle of York County and Helen White of Charlottesville. She was preceded in death by her husband of 67 years, Woodford Wilson; brothers, Thomas Sears and Edward Sears; sisters, Dorothy South and Anna Roy. The family will receive friends on Thursday, June 8th from 5 to 7 p.m. at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Services in Saluda, VA. Funeral and graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 9th at Salem United Methodist Church, Gloucester, VA, followed by a celebration of her life in the church fellowship hall. All services will be led by Reverend Rita Staul. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 1148 Salem Church Rd., Gloucester, VA 23061 or Gloucester Volunteer Fire and Rescue, PO Box 1417, Gloucester, VA 23061. The family wishes to extend special thanks to the many caregivers and staff at Gloucester House who lovingly cared for her. A special thanks to Dr. Peter Zullo for his concern and care over the years.

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H. Marvin Mason, III

H. Marvin Mason, III, born December 31, 1956 passed away June 3, 2017. He was predeceased by his father. He is survived by his wife, Crystal Bazemore Mason and his daughter, Lena Leigh Mason; his mother, Frances Carlton Ward, and three sisters, Linda Mason, Carol Blue (Randy), Barbara Johnson (Eric); two nephews, R.D. Johnson, II (Maria), Stephen Blue and a great nephew, R. Dale Johnson, III and a great niece, Lucie Claire Johnson. He is also survived by his mother and father-in-law, Deanna and Robert Bazemore; two sisters-in-law, April Contestable (John), Anita Kelly (Declan); nephews, Zeph Kelly and Johnny Contestable, and niece, Zara Kelly. Marvin was co-owner of Mason Realty Inc. and served as the last President of The Middle Peninsula Association of Realtors. He loved life, sports and hobbies of all kinds, especially hunting, fishing, hiking and camping. He was proud of his accomplishment of hiking the Appalachian Trail. In a little over three months he hiked 1,050 miles from Georgia to Pennsylvania. His goal was to hike the entire trail in six months ending in Maine. He was well on his way but came home to celebrate the birth of his daughter, Lena. Marvin’s other lifelong dream was to build his home on the family farm “Turks Ferry” in Glenns. This was completed with great joy along with his wife Crystal two years ago. A celebration of his life will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 7th at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda, VA. In lieu of flowers please consider donations to the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 71, Urbanna, VA 23175 or Gloucester Volunteer Fire & Rescue, P.O. Box 1417, Gloucester, VA 23061.

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Glen Douglas Pond

Glen Douglas Pond, born September 8,1936, of West Point, Virginia, passed away on June 1, 2017. A celebration of his life will be held June 11, 2:00 p.m. at Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center, 10120 Fire Tower Road, Toano, Virginia 23168.  Family and friends are all welcome to attend. Glen is survived by his wife, Joan; his brother, Dana; his daughters, Jan (David) Phillips, Kara (Chris) McCarthy, Gail (Scott) Willard; stepchildren, James Dixon, Amy (Brett) Dixon, Tricia (Joseph) Kniatt; and 15 loving grandchildren. Glen received his masters in education from American University and began his career as an elementary school teacher and principal, he worked for the Virginia Education Association and spent the majority of his career as director of the Virginia Retirement System. He truly loved his adopted home town of Urbanna, Virginia. The Oyster Festival was his passion.  Special thanks to his caregivers and friends during his final days – my sisters, Val Raham, Amy LeMaster, Diana McLaughlin, Gwen Zimmerman, the Harrington family, Mark and Lelis Pond, Cleva Pierce, the CNA’s at Gloucester House, and Riverside Hospice. Memorial donations may be given to Dream Catchers Therapeutic Riding Center, 10120 Fire Tower Road, Toano, Virginia 23168 in appreciation of their amazing work and the kindness and joy the people of Dream Catchers brought to Glen.

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Franklin Elsworth Foster

Franklin Elsworth Foster, 91, of Churchview passed away May 29, 2017. He is survived by his loving wife, Adell S. Foster; daughter, Jessie Ann Thrift (Bill); granddaughter, Leslie Thrift (David); stepsons, Jeffery Mozingo and Elvis Mozingo; sisters, Jane Hogge, Alvine Brown (Charles); and brother, Willie Foster (Sissie);. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd Foster Sr. and Lucille Foster; sister, Margaret South; and brothers, Lloyd Foster Jr., Weldon Foster, and Delbert Foster. Funeral services will be held 2 pm, Thursday, June 1, 2017 in Lower King and Queen Baptist Church with interment immediately following. The family will receive friends one hour prior to church service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lower King and Queen Baptist Church, Cemetery Fund, PO Box 104, King & Queen County, Va, 23085. Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the Foster family.

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Almira C. Slaughter

Almira C. Slaughter, 75, of Topping, widow of Lloyd C. Slaughter, passed away Friday, May 26, 2017. Survived by her children, Shelia A. Tilghman (William), James C. Luckett, Jr. (Charlotte), G. Scott Luckett; sister, Barbara Sadler (Carroll Melvin); brother, Buddy Gene Forrest (Carol); eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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