Dallas R. Thomas

Dallas R. Thomas, 76, died peacefully at home March 26, 2015. He was the son of Avery L. and Eula Seward Thomas and lived his entire life in Hartfield. He was predeceased by two brothers: A. Larkin and Wilton Thomas and is survived by one sister, Grace (Richard) Parker. Throughout his career he worked in the food business, first as a delivery driver and salesman for Norton Food Co. and later as co-owner and vice-president of Five Rivers Food Company. In retirement he started his own lawn service business. He was an active member of Lower United Methodist Church, participating in the choir and men’s choir. He was a member of the Loyal Order of the Moose, Gloucester and Warrick. He was a charter member of the Hartfield Volunteer Fire Dept. He loved dancing and studied ball room dancing for years. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Selma Jordan Thomas and sons: Rev. Jim Thomas (Amy) and Ray Thomas (Hee Lee) and four grandchildren: Clay, Drew, Porter and Taryn. Funeral Services will be held 3PM Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Lower United Methodist Church, Hartfield. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Saturday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Irma Lee Lawson

Irma Lee Blake Lawson, 95, of Topping, passed away on Monday, March 23, 2015. She was born on February 16, 1920. She was preceded in death by her parents, Reuben and Sisco Blake; her husband of 56 years, Walter L. Lawson, Sr.; three sisters, Abbie Lawson, Bernice Mason, and Ruby Rowe and four brothers, Reuben Blake, Jr., Ernest Blake, Sr., Fleet Hibble and Dave Hibble; and grandson, Charles Stanley Lawson, Jr. Irma was a long-time member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church in Topping. For more than thirty years, she was the Sunday School Teacher of the Church’s Nursery Department and was active in many other programs of the Church. After her children were grown, she was employed as a Caregiver at Mizpah Health Care Center in Locust Hill and later on was employed as a Caregiver at Sunset View Home in Topping. She is survived by two sons, Walter L. Lawson, Jr. (Evelyna) and Charles Stanley Lawson, Sr. (Kathleen); a daughter, Barbara Lawson Jenkins; seven grandchildren, David Lawson, Janet Lawson Bromley (Thomas), Julie Lawson Horner (Jerry), Debbie Lawson Warren (Richard), Jennifer Lawson Eley, Charles M. Jenkins, Jr., and James W. Jenkins (Wendy); ten great-grandchildren, Stephanie Lawson, Carissa Horner, Breanna Taylor (Cameron), Mary Ellen Warren, Lee Milby, Jacob Lawson, Luke Lawson, Adam Jenkins, Gavin Jenkins, and Savannah Jenkins; and two great-great-grandchildren, Silas Lanier and Tristan Taylor. She is also survived by a sister, Alma Blake Lawson, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held 11:00 am Friday in Harmony Grove Baptist Church with interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Harmony Grove Baptist Church Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 138, Topping, VA 23169

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Bernard E. “Dick” Haley

Bernard E. “Dick” Haley, age 93, of Deltaville, passed away on Monday, March 16, 2015. A WWII veteran, he was formerly Sales Manager for 7-Up Bottling Company of Richmond. He was preceded in death by his grandson, Jason Haley. He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Helen Norton Haley; sons, Tim Haley (Gretchen) and Ronnie Haley (Sharon); brother, Buck Haley (Joyce); grandchildren, Rob Haley (Shannon), Chris Haley, and Laura Hundley; and great-grandson, Seth Wilson. Memorial services will be held 11a.m., Saturday, March 21, at Philippi Christian Church, Deltaville. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Philippi Christian Church, P.O. Box 555, Deltaville, VA 23043. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Joyce Martin O’Berry

Joyce Martin O’Berry, age 84, of Topping died Wednesday, March 4, 2015. She retired from the American Tobacco Company and was the widow of Lloyd Edward O’Berry. Survived by her son, Randy Long and daughter-in-law Barbara of North Chesterfield; a sister, Barbara Crummet of Prince George; granddaughters, Ashley Welch of Midlothian, April Long of Louisa and four great grandchildren.  The family will receive friends from 9 to 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda followed with a graveside funeral service at 1:00 P.M. in Washington Memorial Park Cemetery and Mausoleum, Sandston.

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Hertha Else Wolf Rogers

Hertha Else Wolf Rogers, devoted wife and mother, passed peacefully on March 5, 2015, while residing at Riverside Convalescent Center in Saluda, Virginia. Born in Kobe, Japan in 1929, she was the only daughter of Hermann Ernst Oskar Wolf and Shioko Kashima Wolf. She attended both the British Windsor House School and the Kobe German School, where she graduated in 1944. In 1947, while working as an interpreter and clerk for the American Occupation Forces in Japan, Hertha met and married Lieutenant William Raleigh Rogers. Upon arrival to the United States, Hertha and Bill resided in Charlotte County for 55 years. She became a naturalized citizen in 1954. In 2003, Hertha moved to Midlothian, Virginia to be near her children. She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, as well as her daughter- in-law, Debra Davis Rogers and son-in-law, Don Sheridan Francisco. Hertha was a long time member of Village Presbyterian Church, Briery Presbyterian Church, and more recently, Bon Air Presbyterian Church in Midlothian. She served her church in many capacities, including Elder positions at both Briery and Bon Air Presbyterian Churches. After a long career in human resources and administration, she retired in 1997 from Kyanite Mining Company in Dillwyn, Virginia. Hertha enjoyed gardening, reading, knitting, tennis and playing bridge. She also liked to travel, and after retiring enjoyed a trip to Hamburg, Germany, where her father was born. Hertha is survived by her five children, including Hertha Ann (Robert) Nye of Waterford, CT; Emily Louise (William Douglas) Strader of Durham, NC; Thomas Raleigh Rogers of Richmond; Mary Rogers Francisco of Deltaville; and Ernest Wolf (Wanda) Rogers of Midlothian. She is also survived by four grandchildren: Tara Leigh (Christopher) Stanford of Raleigh; David Stanton Strader of Durham; Jansen Shea Rogers and Alexis Shay Rogers, both of Midlothian. She leaves two great-grandchildren: Delaney Maryn Stanford and Colin Nathaniel Stanford of Raleigh, NC. A memorial service for Hertha will be held at Briery Presbyterian Church in Keysville on Friday, March 13th at 11:00 a.m. Following the service, a reception celebrating her life will be held at Sheldon’s Restaurant. A private burial will take place in Charlotte Court House at the family cemetery. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Briery Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 629, Keysville, Virginia 23947. Arrangements are being handled by Bristow- Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda and Browning-Duffer Funeral Home in Keysville, VA.

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Curtis “Rock” Elias Lane, Sr.

Curtis “Rock” Elias Lane, Sr. 88, of Water View, a loving husband and father, and retiree of Norfolk Naval Supply Center in Norfolk passed away peacefully Wednesday, March 4, 2015 after a sudden illness. He was born and raised in Hertford, NC and resided in Water View, VA for the past twenty nine years. He was a faithful member of Hermitage Baptist Church. Predeceased by his loving wife of sixty five years, Margaret Cahoon Lane, and survived by his son, Curtis Lane, Jr. of Virginia Beach and a daughter, Brenda Smith of Chesapeake; a sister, Edna Russell of Saluda, VA; three granddaughters, Stephanie Phillips, Stacy Crawley, Shanna Mohrman and nine great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Sunday, March 8, 2015 at Hermitage Baptist Church, Church View, VA. Interment at Hermitage Baptist Church Cemetery, following the service. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8:30 pm Saturday, March 7, 2015 at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, 15 C. F. Edwards Lane, Saluda, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Hermitage Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 190, Church View, VA 23032.

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Nancy Sue Jones Simmons

Nancy Sue (Jones) Simmons, 86, died Friday, February 27, 2015.
Nancy was born in Fayette County, Connersville, IN, the only child of Ernest Frederick Jones, MD and Ruth Marie (McCormick) Jones; both deceased.
She is proceeded in death by her only husband Kenneth Adison Simmons who passed in 2004. They were married for 55 years.
Together they had four children. They are survived by one son, Matthew Leslie and his wife, Lisa Saulnier Simmons; and three daughters, Cynthia Sue and her husband, Edward Duane and their son, Kevin Simmons Hine; Molly Marie and her husband, Timothy Gene and their sons, Jason Alan and Robert Adam Sproles; and Libby Kay Simmons.
Nancy lived in many different places throughout her lifetime. When she was a child, her father’s career took her from Marion, Indiana to Dayton, Ohio where she attended Theodore Roosevelt High School. There she excelled academically and earned a membership into the National Honor Society. Nancy was also very musical and excelled as a flutist. When she graduated in 1945, she accepted a musical scholarship to Otterbein College in Westerville, OH.
During her years at Otterbein, she was a member of Epsilon Kappa Tau (Arbutus Club) Sorority, the Alpha Rho Tau Civic Art Club, and the Pi Kappa Delta National Honorary Society. She was also recognized in Who’s Who in American University in 1948. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1949.
Nancy met her husband Ken while in college and after her graduation they married and began a journey that took them on many great adventures together. Initially they set up housekeeping just outside of Otterbein’s campus so Ken could finish his degree which he completed in 1950. Nancy worked as an art teacher where she had the distinction of becoming the first-ever traveling art teacher for the Franklin County school system in the Westerville City school district.
Ken’s career moved them to Hampton, VA, Battle Creek, MI, Dayton, OH and finally to Woodbridge, VA. In 1982 they retired to the Piankatank Shores in Hartfield, VA.
At each one of her life’s little stops, Nancy found ways to serve her community while pursuing her own interests of sewing, lifeguarding, swimming and golfing. When she wasn’t teaching, or helping with her children’s interests, she could be found organizing neighborhood activities. She was known to start bridge clubs, gourmet clubs and hobby clubs, then move from the area, leaving those she left behind to continue on with the activities. She would always make new friends, while keeping the old. For many years she maintained a membership at the Central Presbyterian Church in Moraine, OH. She was a choir member and worked as the chairman of their then-annual fund raiser; The Bazaar. While in Dayton, she hosted neighborhood caroling parties and often had a New Year’s Day celebration in her home.
In retirement, whenever possible, Nancy served in a leadership capacity. She was a member of the Piankatank Shores Worship and Fellowship Group. She supported the Piankatank Shores Civic Association. She joined the American Legion Post 82 Woman’s Auxiliary. She enjoyed being a part of the Fit, Fun and Fabulous Red Hatters. She volunteered the first Tuesday of every month at the Lower Methodist Church in Hartfield, for the Middlesex Health Clinic. As an avid golfer she was honored with a lifetime membership to the Piankatank River Woman’s Golf Association. Her biggest thrills on the golf course came from not one, but two holes-in-ones!
She will long be remembered for her academic accomplishments and her many contributions to her neighborhood communities. She was a thoughtful daughter, a loving and caring wife and mother, and known to many for her steadfast advice. She raised her family and was the center of the home. She was a good friend to all who knew her. She will be missed.
A memorial service will be held at 1pm, Saturday, March 14, 2015, at Lower United Methodist Church located at 120 Lower Church Road, Hartfield, VA 23071. Phone: 804-776-6250.
Barry L. Burkholder will be officiating the service. Kathryn Paulette will provide the music. The service will be followed by a gathering of friends and family in the fellowship hall.
Flowers may be sent to the church or memorials may be made to your favorite charity or to the Middlesex County Volunteer Rescue Squad Inc., P.O. Box 98, Deltaville, VA 23043.
A private family graveside service will be held at Quantico National Veterans Cemetery.

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Dorothy Moore Topping

Dorothy Moore Topping, 99, of Deltaville passed away peacefully on February 27, 2015 after a brief illness. She was predeceased by her husband, Paul Everette Topping; her parents, Elzie David Moore and Almedia Moffitt Moore; and maternal cousin, Margaret Moffitt Robins, who was like a close sister to Dorothy. She is survived by her children, Sharon Topping (James T. Lindley), Paulette Topping, and Paul Everette Topping; two grandchildren, Michael and Paul Lewis; and, two great grandchildren.
Dorothy was a housewife and stay-at-home mother until the death of her husband in February 1959. Knowing that she had to raise three children alone, she attended and graduated from business school, eventually retiring from the Middlesex County Health Department. She was a wonderful mother to Sharon, Paulette, and Everette, and as they matured into adults, she became their best friend. She enjoyed traveling with family and friends to such places as Canada, Mexico, New Orleans, Germany, Switzerland, and many others, but best of all she enjoyed shopping. “Shopping until you drop” didn’t apply to Dorothy since she kept going and going just like the Energizer Bunny.
She had a strong faith in God and in her youth attended Philippi Christian Church with her mother. Later in life, Dorothy became a member of Clarksburg Methodist Church with her husband and children. Of all things she loved, Deltaville was at the top of her list. She believed it was the ONLY place to live, and she never missed an opportunity to brag about Deltaville to everyone she met. Consequently, she, along with her husband, were very active at the local and state levels particularly the Deltaville Community Association (formerly the Deltaville Improvement Association). After her husband’s death, she continued her DCA involvement becoming one of the driving forces behind the 4th July Parade, the Ricky Taylor Memorial Pool, and the Deltaville calendar. She also was a great supporter of the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Nature Park attending many meetings, farmer’s markets, dinners, and concerts. Due to her participation in Deltaville events, she was selected to serve as one of the Grand Marshalls in the Deltaville Heritage Day Parade.
A celebration of Dorothy Topping’s life will be held on Tuesday, March 3 at Philippi Christian Church in Deltaville. Visitation will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the service starting at 11:00 a.m. A catered lunch will be served afterwards in the church fellowship hall. Interment will be in the Norris Cemetery in Deltaville. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department, and the Deltaville Maritime Museum and Nature Park.

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Jane Elizabeth Brown

Jane Elizabeth Brown, 65, of Water View, Virginia went to her heavenly home on February 19, 2015 after a brief illness. She was surrounded by her family – her devoted husband of 45 years and high school sweetheart, Robert Brown, and her two daughters, Jamie Hantman of New York, New York, and Meredith Vantress of Tampa, Florida. She is also survived by two sons-in-law, David Hantman and COL Jack Vantress; three grandchildren, Jack Benjamin Vantress II, Samantha Vantress, and Emma Hantman; and four beloved brothers, James Hammond of Corrales, New Mexico, Jeffery Hammond of Durham, Connecticut, Daniel Hammond of Palm Springs, California, and Richard Hammond of Northford, Connecticut. She was preceded in death by her father, James Samuel Hammond, and her mother, Sarah Dorothy Barrett Hammond.
Jane received a B.A. and M.A. from Central Connecticut State University and spent her 36 year career devoted to educating young people, inspiring them to achieve, and mentoring the younger teachers with whom she worked. She began her teaching career at Emmanuel Christian Academy in Newington, Connecticut, and went on to teach at Calvary Baptist Academy in Normal Illinois, teach and serve as high school principal at Hollywood Christian School in Hollywood, Florida, and teach and serve as high school principal at Annapolis Area Christian School in Annapolis, Maryland.
Her commitment to her colleagues and students went beyond the classroom, with her regularly opening up her home to extra study groups fueled by her delicious homemade treats. She loved the Christmas season, reading, her women’s Bible study group, baking, and doting on her family, who loved her so dearly.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 2pm at the Urbanna Baptist Church, 121 Watling Street, Urbanna, Virginia.
The funeral will be held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at Branford Evangelical Free Church, 231 Leetes Island Road, Branford, Connecticut. Visitation begins at 10am, with the service beginning at 11. Reception will follow in the fellowship hall.
Well done, thou good and faithful servant.

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Harry Leigh Thompson, Sr.

Harry Leigh Thompson, Sr., of Richmond, passed away Monday, February 16, 2015 at the age of 91. He graduated from the University of Richmond and T.C. Williams School of Law. He was senior partner of Thompson, Smithers, Newman & Wade and practiced law for more than 50 years. Harry was a life member of the Power Squadron and past commander. He was a World War II Army Air Corp pilot and instructor. Harry is survived by his wife, Barbara S. Thompson, his son, Harry L. Thompson, Jr. and his sister, Kathryn T. Barnes. Service and burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the Lower Middlesex Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 440, Deltaville, VA 23043. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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