Larry D. Lawson

Larry D. Lawson, age 63, of Saluda died Monday, April 21, 2014. He is survived by his children; Amy Marshall (Bruce), Larry Lawson, Jr. (Lauren) Rachel Chauvin (Brad); sister; Sherry Perok, brothers; William Lawson, Jr. and Terry Lawson, grandchildren; Ashley Paynter, Gregory Chauvin, Kayla Marshall, Blake Lawson, Brad Chauvin, Karlee Lawson, Bryce Marshall, Ryan Chauvin, Lillie Lawson and Caiden Lawson. Also survived by his parents, William and Dorothy Lawson. A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Friday, April 25, 2014 at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Beatrice L. Taylor

Beatrice L. Taylor passed away April 20, 2014 after a 3 ½ year battle with cancer. She was born March 23, 1941 to the late Avary and Dora Payne in Urbanna, VA in the same home where she died. She is survived by her husband, Mercer Dale Taylor, daughter Paula L. Dove and her husband Peter, dearly loved granddaughters Loren and Elaina Dove, sister Catherine Via, brothers Ed Payne and his wife Barbara, Jones Payne and his wife Shirley, and Cary Payne, and several generations of nieces and nephews that were loved and cherished. She was predeceased by her first husband, Temple N. Lipscomb, Jr in 1969 and brother Melvin Payne in 1986. Beatrice’s life was dedicated to the love of family and community. When her father passed away in the summer of 1977, she and her sister, Catherine, decided to continue their father’s business, Payne’s Crab House. The Payne sisters became renowned for being one of the few waterwomen on the Chesapeake Bay and were featured in numerous publications, including Southern Living, Virginia Living and Chesapeake Bay magazines and were even included in an exhibit at the Mariner’s Museum called “Women and the Sea”. Payne’s Crab House was a popular destination during the Urbanna Oyster Festival for its crab cake and soft shell crab sandwiches. In 1998, Beatrice was elected to the Urbanna Town Council and served on the council until being elected the first woman mayor of Urbanna in 2008. She served for two years as mayor and then returned to town council in 2010 where she served until her cancer treatments prevented her from continuing. Beatrice was most proud of the accomplishments of her granddaughters and attended every important event in their lives where she would always give them a hug and “a little something extra”. A memorial service will be held at Urbanna United Methodist Church on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 2 pm followed by a reception in the church’s Fellowship Hall. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Urbanna United Methodist Church.

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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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