Margaret H. Hurley

Margaret H. Hurley, age 83, of Urbanna, widow of Walter Boyd Hurley died Wednesday, April 16, 2014. She was a member of Urbanna United Methodist Church. Margaret retired from the Middlesex County Department of Social Services. She is survived by three daughters; Donna Williams (Dennis), Susan Fowler (Marvin), Lisa Foster (Wayne) and one son, Walter B. Hurley, Jr., a brother; Nelson Hamill; six grandchildren, Derek Bristow, Charlotte and Christopher Deal, Rachel, Sarah Grace and Trip Hurley; two great grandchildren, Brayson and Farrah Bristow. Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Monday, April 21st at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Central Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, PO Box 790, Urbanna, VA 23175.

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Newton Wood “Mike” French, Jr.

Newton Wood “Mike” French, Jr., 89, of Hartfield, VA., passed away peacefully at his home on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. Mr. French was a veteran of WW II and a Bronze Star recipient. He was employed by Revere Gas and retired from the Chesapeake Corporation in West Point. He was a member of Lower United Methodist Church. Mr. French was predeceased by his beloved wife, Laura Weston French; his parents Newton Wood and Elsie Hurley French; his sisters Nellie, Mary, Myrtle, Pauline, and Sarah, and brothers Eugene, Wiloughby and Henry. He is survived by his daughters Constance Richardson (Sonny), Patricia Kuchyt (Wally), and Suzanne Lewis (Steve); sisters Agnes Kahn and Virginia Hudgins; grandchildren Laura Waite, Matthew Richardson, Katherine Riddle, and Patrick Kuchyt: great-grandchildren Charlotte Waite and Molly Riddle. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 18, at Lower United Methodist Church, Hartfield, Virginia. Family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 205, Hartfield VA. 23071, or to the Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 98 Deltaville, VA 23043. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Saluda.

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John Walter Ridley, Jr.

April 12th, U.S. Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer John Walter Ridley, Jr. set sail for new horizons, navigating by the stars to his new home in the heavenly kingdom. A graveside service will be held at Christ Church Parish Cemetery Saturday April 19th at 2pm. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Raymond Milton Blake

Raymond Milton Blake, age 82, of Topping, VA passed away at home peacefully on Thursday, April 10, 2014.  He was a retired iron worker for Natkin Corporation.  He was a devoted member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church where he was a member of the choir.  Milton was an Army Korean War veteran.  He enjoyed baseball and was a little league coach.  Being a native of Middlesex, crabbing and fishing were his hobbies enjoyed by him with family.  He was a member of the local waterman’s association and was predeceased by his parents, Minnie Lee Heath and Raymond Jeter Blake, brothers, William and Creswell; sisters, Phyllis Bray, Betty Shelton and Corinne Bartle.  Milton is survived by his wife of sixty years, Shirley F. Blake; three sons, David and his wife Joyce, Gary and his wife Sheri, and Tim and his wife Dana.  Five grandchildren, Trey, Traci, Jenny, Chris and Katie; seven great grandchildren, Chelsi, Cheyenne, Sarah, Samantha, Will, Allison and Matthew.  Also surviving are his  sister, Emily Chowning, and his brother, Melvin Blake.  A memorial service will be held Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:00AM in Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service
at the church.  Memorial gifts may be made to Middlesex County Little League, PO Box 125, Saluda, VA 23149.  Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Shirley Miller Apsley

Shirley Miller Apsley, 79, of Urbanna died Thursday, April 10, 2014 after a battle with cancer. Mrs. Apsley was born in Urbanna, February 5, 1935, the daughter of the late Archie Lee Miller and Agnes Brown Miller. She was an active member of Urbanna Baptist Church, serving on a number of committees. She was a student at Johnston Willis Hospital, School of Nursing, and after working at Long Island, New York as a dental assistant, Mrs. Apsley returned to Urbanna to be the assistant to Dr. V. Stanley Hart at his dental practices in Urbanna and Richmond. She then served as secretary to Lewis Jones, Jr., Attorney at Law, before working for Reynolds Metals in Richmond processing dental insurance forms and then as secretary of Harmony Grove Baptist Church until her retirement. She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, A.L. Miller, Jr. Survived by two sisters, Catherine Miller Ferree of Syringa, and Ann Marie Miller Waters (Rudy) of Gloucester; many nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held 11:30AM Wednesday, April 16, 2014 in Urbanna Baptist Church with a private interment in Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Topping. The family will receive friends 30 minutes prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Urbanna Baptist Church, Marston Scholarship Fund, PO Box 416, Urbanna, VA 23175. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Saluda.

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Carroll Lee Spencer

Carroll Lee Spencer, age 78, of North died Wednesday, April 9, 2014. He was a retired central office technician for Verizon and a member of Olive Branch United Methodist Church. Survived by Ellen F. Carneal; a special friend John Hall; cousins, Audrey Jordan (Lionel), Shirley Callis (Allen), Howard Broaddus, Jane Mitchem (Jimmy) and Elizabeth Rowe (Jimmy). Carroll Lee was predeceased by his parents, John and Louise Spencer, a sister, Lois Spencer and a brother, Charles Spencer. Funeral services will be held 3:00PM Sunday in Hermitage Baptist Church, Church View. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8PM Saturday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Memorial gifts may be made to Hermitage Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 190, Church View, VA 23032.

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Grover Lee Owens

Grover Lee Owens, Sr., 78, of Deltaville, VA died at home on March 27, 2014. Grover Lee, a retired master carpenter boat builder passed away after a long battle with cancer. Grover Lee was the son of the late Dolson and Ethel Owens, originally from Mathews. He was preceded in death by his brother, Stanford T. Owens, and a sister, Joycelyn Brown. Grover Lee was also preceded in death by his wife, Mary
S. Owens, three grandsons, Grover Lee Owens, III, Kevin Lee Owens, and Brandon Lee Owens.  He is survived by two
daughters, Theresa H. Gray, of Saluda, Lynne Morgan, and sons Grover Lee Owens, Jr., Bobby Owens, and stepdaughter, Betty Lou Hudgins, all of Mathews.  Grover Lee is survived by five grandchildren, one step grandson, four great grandchildren, and one step great granddaughter.  In addition to his family, Grover Lee leaves behind Selena Gray, mother of his children, and special friend, Doris H. Norton, and other extended family.  Grover Lee began building Chesapeake Bay deadrise boats in 1966 and continued his passion of boat building until 1997 when he completed his last 42’ workboat destined for crabbing. Over the years, Grover Lee built over 115 boats having no use for plans or formal
drawings. In addition to boat building, Grover Lee loved horses and harness
racing, building houses, and cabinets. One of his special furniture projects was a wooden conference table currently on display at the Pentagon. Grover Lee retired from James River Reserve Fleet in 1999 after 14 years service. He was a member of Zoar Baptist
Church and member of the Donavon Masonic Lodge #75 in Deltaville. Grover Lee
will be greatly missed by his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations
may be made to the Deltaville Maritime Museum, PO Box 466, or Zoar Baptist
Church, PO Box 1010, Deltaville, VA. A celebration of Grover Lee’s
life will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at 11 AM, at Zoar Church.

 

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William F. Brooks, Jr.

William F. “Bubba” Brooks, Jr., age 52, of Locust Hill died unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. He was an avid carpenter and commercial fisherman. He also loved recreational fishing with his friends and playing horseshoes. He was predeceased by his father, William F. Brooks, Sr. and brother Jimmy Brooks. He is survived by his children; Lauren Lovejoy (Henry), Ryan Brooks and Brittany Brooks; grandchildren, Lillian and Olivia. He is also survived by his mother; Marie Brooks and sisters, Sue Blake and Tammy Revere (Craig); nieces, Meghan and Morgan Blake and Hailey Brooks; nephews, Austin and Trevor Revere, great niece, Chloe Hall and many aunts, uncles and cousins. A memorial service will be held 2:00pm Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Hermitage Baptist Church, Church View, VA. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Middlesex Sports Complex.

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George Cochran

Captain George D. Cochran, age 69, formerly of Richmond, and currently of Stingray Point and Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, passed away on Saturday, March 8, 2014, after a battle with liver cancer. He is survived by his very special First Mate, Brenda Benson; two children, Dawn Gonzalez and her husband Ruben, and Tim Cochran; two grandchildren, Christian and Jason Gonzalez; two special friends, Frankie Bushong and Channing Perkins. While proudly serving in the U.S. Navy, George was aboard the USS Enterprise during the Vietnam War. He was an extremely intelligent man with many diverse interests including joining Mensa, and owning a heating and air conditioning business. Later in life he loved sailing on his sailboat “Rosie” from the Chesapeake Bay to the Bahamas. He often raced with members of the Merry Point Yacht Club on the Corrottoman River. As a Captain, he delivered many boats to their destinations along the East Coast and the Bahamas. George especially loved his yellow labs, the Bay, crabbing, canoeing on the Cow Pasture River, golfing with his senior friends, hanging out at the boat yard, driving his old Scout on North Carolina beaches, and Pink Floyd. Friends and neighbors are invited to his home on Fourth St. to celebrate his life on Saturday, March 22, 2014, from 4-6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Deltaville Maritime Museum, P.O. Box 466, Deltaville, VA., 23043. “Goodbye Blue Sky”

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Garland W. Robins

Garland W. Robins, age 93, died Friday, March 7, 2014, at his home in Deltaville. He was predeceased by his wife Margaret Moffitt Robins and his parents John W. and Emma Lee Healy Robins. Garland started his wholesale business in 1950; he sold the business in 1984, and he retired in 1999. He was a founding member of the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, a charter member of the Middlesex Lions Club, and a member of the DCA. Garland was a dedicated Christian who loved his church, his church family, and he held many positions of leadership throughout his life. He is survived by his daughter, Judy Bartholomew, of Deltaville; his son, Ed Robins, and his wife Frances Marie of Hartfield; two grandsons, John Matthew Robins and his wife Sharon, William F. Robins and his wife Tiffany, and four great grandchildren, John Linton, Garrison Paul, Kallie Marie and William Blake. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 10th at Forest Chapel UMC, Warner, Virginia, with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7 p.m., Sunday (today) at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Forest Chapel UMC, P.O. Box 425, Saluda, Virginia, 23149 or the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 440, Deltaville, Virginia, 23043.

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