Carl Melvin Dize Sr. departed this life on April 17, 2018 after a brief illness. Born on Tangier Island on June 17, 1921 Carl was preceded in death by his wife Florence, sister June Doxtader, and twin babies Carl and Cathy. After the August storm of 1933, Carl and his family moved to Urbanna and made his home there for 84 years. Carl enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1941 serving as an engineer aboard several ships including the U.S.S. Menges. He participated in the
Battle of the Atlantic during World War II where his ship sustained damage from being torpedoed. Following his military service Carl worked at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown for 35 years retiring in 1978. Carl was a member of the Urbanna United Methodist Church for 84 years. A lifelong member of the Urbanna Masonic Lodge # 83, he also served as its Chaplain for over 35 years. In addition he was a member of the Gloucester Disabled Veterans Association. Carl is survived by his children Sue Carper (John), Chip Dize (Sandra) and Cathy Jesse (Roy). He is also survived by 7 grandchildren, Sara Anderson (David), Johnny Carper (Megan), Luke Dize (Susan), Matthew Dize (Ali), Elizabeth Marshall, Laura Browder (T.J.), Olivia Jessie and 9 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 21st at 11:00 A.M. in Urbanna United Methodist Church followed by a reception. Interment will be in Middlesex Memorial Cemetery, Urbanna. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8:00 P.M. on Friday at Faulkner Funeral Home, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda with Masonic Rites at 7:00 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Carl’s memory to the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 71, Urbanna, VA 23175.
Dorothy Lee Fulcher, 90, longtime resident of Mathews and Middlesex Counties, passed away on Tuesday April 10, 2018 at the Masonic Home of Virginia. She was a member of Oriental Chapter #30 Order of the Eastern Star in Mathews. She was the widow of Lansing Lee Fulcher, Sr. and is survived by her children Lansing L. Fulcher, Jr (Gloria), John A. Fulcher, Nora F. Wilson (Calvin), Deborah F. Derosier (Robert), Dorothy Gail Fulcher (Chuck), and Catherine F. “Trudy” Shearin (Randy). She is also survived by a stepson, Robert Lee Fulcher (Linda), 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. She was predeceased by 1 great grandson. A graveside service will be conducted by Rev. Larry Schools on Sunday, April 22, 2018 at 3:00 P.M. in H. C. Smithers Cemetery in Mathews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Masonic Home of Virginia, 500 Masonic Lane, Richmond VA 23223. Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda is serving the family.
Judy Duncan, 71, of Saluda, widow of Bill Duncan, passed away Friday, March 30, 2018 at her home. Beloved mom, sister, aunt, God mother, and friend, she is survived by her son, Eric Messer; sister, Linda Westenberger; and lots of cats. She was a bookkeeper and business owner. Family and friends will celebrate her life on Saturday, April 7 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., with a ceremony starting at 2:00 p.m., at Judy’s residence, 677 General Puller Hwy., in Saluda. Everyone who knew her is welcome. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.
James A. “Jimmie” Jessie, Sr., 67 of Hartfield passed away on Monday March 26, 2018. He was preceded in death by his son, James A. Jessie, Jr. his parents Annie and Ryland Jessie, Sr. and his brother Ryland Jessie, Jr. Jim is survived by his loving wife of 47 years Judy Jessie, a daughter Angel Ford (Jamie), a son Justin A. Jessie (Elizabeth), and a daughter-in-law Sarah E. Jessie of Henrico, one brother Tommy (Gloria) and a sister Suzanne Davis (Burton). Jim was blessed with eight grandchildren, Adam and Lauren Ford, Hannah, Grace, Caroline, Justin, Courtney and Carly Jessie and one great grandson Lucas Ford and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends. Jim was a lifelong resident of Middlesex, where he worked for his father W. Ryland Jessie, Sr. as a Marine Contractor. Jim started his own business J. A. Jessie and Sons, Marine Contracting. Jim served as a loyal and dedicated Deputy Sheriff with the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office from April 1978 until 1991, where he retained the rank of Captain, Chief Deputy; before ending his service. Jim was a quiet, kind, and compassionate man, true to his word and a true friend in deed, he knew no strangers and would lend a hand to anyone in need. Jim will be sorely missed by all. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Clarksbury United Methodist Church, in Deltaville, Virginia. The family will receive friends at 1:00 p.m. at the church, prior to the service. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.
Elizabeth McCool Gamble, 95, of Middlesex, widow of Harold Lloyd Gamble passed away in her sleep on Thursday, March 22, 2018 following a brief illness. She was a World War II Navy veteran and a retired pharmacist. Betty was a member of Saluda Baptist Church, V.F.W., American Legion, W.M.U., WAVES International and the Alabama State Homemakers Association. Betty was predeceased by her sisters, Barbara Lee, Catherine South and a great grandson, Bradley Johnston. She is survived by her children, Susan Hockett (Glenn), Gayle Gamble and James Gamble, six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Betty was fond of her family, scrabble, dominos, gardening, her blueberry bushes, chocolate and feeding the swans in the winter. A memorial service will be held 2:00 P.M. Saturday, March 24, 2018 in Saluda Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be made to Saluda Baptist Church, P.O. Box 452, Saluda, VA 23149 or a charity of your choice. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.
Clay Gibboney Shelton passed from this earthly plane on March 16, 2018. He was born June 28, 1933 in the small town of Honaker, Virginia to Nora and Clay Shelton. Clay spent most of his working career in sales but loved best his early days working as a telegraph operator for the railroad. Described by many as a true Virginia gentleman, most of Clays Virginia days were spent in Richmond where he met his wife, Betty. Betty preceded Clay in passing in September of 2010. Survived by Clay include his daughter, Tamara Shelton Lacy, his granddaughter, Hali Lacy Hagerich with husband Tony, his grandson, Robert Clay Lacy with wife Rachel, and his adorable great granddaughter, Charlee Olivia Hagerich. In addition to family, Clay is survived by his much loved pup, Dudley, as well as a world of friends and acquaintances whose lives he touched with his gentle, caring, and always interested way. Memorial services will be held Friday, March 23 at 11:30 a.m. at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda, Virginia. Interment will be at Harmony Grove Baptist Church with reception to follow at the home of sister-in-law and friend, Emily Chowning in Urbanna, Virginia. The family wishes to express gratitude for all the many gifts of love and support as well as the stories and memories that have been shared during this time.
Willie Winfred Foster, 86, of Wake passed away peacefully at his home and went to be with the Lord on Saturday, March 17, 2018 surrounded by his loved ones. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and a member of River of Life Church, Topping where he served as an Elder, Deacon and numerous other capacities. He was predeceased by his parents, Loyd and Lucile Foster, brothers, Weldon, Delbert, Loyd and Elsworth, a sister, Margaret South and a great grandson, Cherub. Willie is survived by his wife, Nellie Foster; children, Faye Sutherlin (Tom), Terry Lawson-Roppolo (Edward), Mark Foster (Marilyn), Paul Foster (Sylvia), step-daughter, Jessie Ann Thrift (Bill); sisters, Jane Hogge and Alvine Brown (Charles), eleven grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and nine great great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday in Lower United Methodist Church, Hartfield. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 P.M. Monday, March 19th at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.
Lee M. Clare, 90, of Saluda, formerly of Gloucester passed away, Thursday, March 15, 2018. He was a retired carpenter and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. Lee is survived by his son, Tony L. Clare; grandchildren, Kerry, Casey and Andy; a sister, Garland Brooks; brothers, Phil Clare and Arthur Clare. A celebration of life service will be held 7:00 P.M. Thursday, March 22, 2018 at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Thursday.
Bernard Lee Everett Sr., 79, of Hardyville, Va., husband of Corlis Figg Everett, passed away quietly at his home on March 9, 2018. Born in Richmond, Va., he was the son of the late Elma Bowles Everett and Luther Anthony Everett, Sr. He accepted Christ at an early age. He was baptized at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart where he also served as an altar boy. He savored his youth on the James River. He attended Sacred Heart Cathedral High School where he enjoyed playing basketball. He was a devoted son to his loving mother. Bernard spent many years traveling as an experienced brick mason and master builder. He volunteered his time in the Richmond community before earning a vocational teaching licensure and became an award-winning instructor at Highland Springs Vo-Tech. After his retirement as a teacher and earning the title of master brick mason, he enjoyed many years of travel with his wife, spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and cooking his favorite meals to share. He was a hard-working, brave, caring man and a loving father. He took great pride in his work and dedicated his life to helping others. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Corlis Everett, his sister Barbara Everett Farmer and brother Luther “Dinky” Anthony Everett, Jr. Bernard was blessed with a large and loving family. His life will forever be cherished in the lives of his children: Bernard “Chickie” L. Everett Jr, David A. Everett, Cynthia “Cyndi” Everett Lipes, Anthony “Tony” L. Everett and Virginia “Ginny” Everett Ulsaker; ten grandchildren: Rachael Everett, Kelsey Lindblad, Luke Everett, Carley Everett, Clayton Everett, Brianna Lipes, Mikayla Lipes, Cara Parham, Corey Everett, Carl I. Ulsaker; five great-grandchildren: Alaina Jones, Bronwen Everett, Caroline Everett, Aiden Everett, Ryann Parham and a host of devoted family members and friends. A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 11am on Saturday, April, 7, 2018 at Lower United Methodist Church in Hartfield, Va. In lieu of flowers a memorial donation may be made to the Children’s Hospital of Richmond or the Lower Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad. Arrangements by Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda.
John R. Purcell, Jr., age 75, of Deltaville died peacefully at home on March 9, 2018. He was a member of Clarksbury United Methodist Church, a retiree of Dominion Power, and a past member of Lower Middlesex Fire Department. He was preceded in death by his parents, John R. Purcell Sr. and Wilda Purcell and his son, Thomas Franklin Purcell. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Rosalyn Hogge Purcell (Tinker); son, John Richard Purcell, III (Audria); grandson John R. Purcell IV; former daughter-in-law, Terri Davis; two granddaughters, Kelly Best (Stephen) and Abigail Purcell; great grandson, Thomas Macon Best; sister, Estelle Davis (Robert); brother-in-law, Thomas Hogge (Joyce) and several nephews. John enjoyed attending sporting events of his children and his grandchildren and welcoming friends and family into his home. A graveside funeral service will be held at 2 pm on Monday, March 12, 2018 in Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm on Sunday at Faulkner Funeral Homes, Bristow-Faulkner Chapel, Saluda. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Clarksbury United Methodist Church, PO Box 10, Hardyville, VA 23070.