Robert DuVal Vest

Robert DuVal Vest, PhD. (81) peacefully passed at his home early Tuesday morning January 27, 2015 wrapped in the loving care of his wife of 56 years and a favorite comforter his mother made for him years ago. He lived in Deltaville, VA for thirty years, moving from Wilmington, DE. Bob designed their home here, and enjoyed watching birds from its many windows.
Bob was born December 29, 1933 in Richmond, VA to Josephine (nee Pritchett) and Stewart Mosely Vest. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Mary Lou Vest Alford, and brother Stewart Burnley Vest. He is survived by his wife Barbara Gray Vest, his three sons and families: Kenn (Sandy), Todd (Mary), and Brian (Laura) and his brother and business partner Ted (and Connie), ten grandchildren: Alison, Kelly, Courtney, Eric, Michael, Tyler, Connor, Will, Dylan, and Liam. Among Bob’s fifteen nieces and nephews is Will Vest (Bonnie) of Deltaville. This close knit family gathered annually in the summer, often celebrating with a cannon fire, the hand-made Father’s day gift years earlier.
Bob grew up in Spotsylvania County, VA and attended school in a one-room schoolhouse. Upon completing undergrad work at University of Maryland, Bob earned his Ph.D at University of Illinois. He married his college sweetheart Barbara Monford Gray, and they moved to Delaware. After a 24 year career in research with E. I. DuPont, he retired. In 1985 he with his brother Ted bought Deltaville Marina, selling it in 2005.
This avid sailor and Barbara enjoyed cruising the Bay as well as the waters off the New England coast, Bahamas, Caribbean, Bermuda, and Tonga. They traveled to Alaska, Hawaii, the Galapagos Islands, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Europe, Iceland and Tiera del Fuego. In a small motor home, they also drove leisurely around the country. Eventually their adventures took them to all fifty states.
Barbara and her family are planning a private service with family in the summer.

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Willie Mae Walton

Willie Mae Walton, age 80, of Saluda died Tuesday, January 27, 2015. Survived by her husband, Crawford Walton; a son and his wife, Michael and Tracy Walton; a grandson, Colin; granddaughter, Catelyn and a great granddaughter, Daisy; brothers, Luther, Herbert and Earl Phillips. Graveside Funeral services officiated by Rev. Rita Staul will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Sunny Slope Cemetery, West Point. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Mary Colley Blake

Mary Colley Blake, age 72, of Topping, died Friday, January 16, 2015. She was the widow of Robert Creswell Blake. Survived by her son, Kevin C. Blake and her mother, Laura C. Colley. Graveside funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Friday, January 23, 2015 at Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Topping. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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George Henry Ruark

George Henry Ruark, age 63, of Deltaville passed away on Wednesday, January 14, 2015. George was employed by ExxonMobil for over thirty years with their oil tanker division. He was predeceased by his wife Diane S. Ruark, his parents, Talmadge and Evelyn Ruark and a sister Jean Mae Jackson. George is survived by a brother, David Ruark (Teresa); two step-sons, Keith and Gregory Price; two step-grandchildren, Scott and Amanda Price; a niece, Rebecca Ruark; a nephew, Marshall Jackson; a uncle, Charles A. “Duckie” Ruark and a close friend/caregiver, Peggy Lanier. A memorial service will be held at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 20, 2015. A time of visitation and remembrance will be held one hour prior to the service. Burial will be private at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Zoar Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1010, Deltaville, VA 23043.

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Virginia Lee Hunt

Virginia Lee Hunt passed away peacefully at her home January 14, 2015, after a brief battle with cancer. Ginny was born in Richmond November 21, 1931, to Aubrey Lee Hunt, Jr. and Virginia Womble Crenshaw Hunt. She was a 1949 graduate of St. Catherine’s School and 1953 graduate of Westhampton College (University of Richmond).
Ginny’s interests varied widely. Because of her dad and mom, Ginny could shoot a rifle (she even taught riflry one summer) as well as she could sew. She loved boating from a very early age when she spent summers on the Potomac with her family. When she was about 6, she and her cousin, Alec, even painstakingly built their own little boat which, in front of all their friends and neighbors who were gathered for the launching, immediately sank into the Potomac River. During Ginny’s younger days in Richmond, she taught lower school boys at St. Christopher’s and played semi-professional field hockey on weekends, making life-long friends on teams throughout the Eastern U.S. and Europe. She loved teaching, boating, reading, and all aspects of life on the water, including the incredible wildlife and natural beauty all around her. Ginny’s greatest pleasure, however, was music. She especially loved choral music, classical music and opera and was a longtime supporter of the Metropolitan Opera.
God and Church were an integral part of Ginny’s life. When she retired to Urbanna, she transferred from St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church (Richmond) to Christ Church (Middlesex), where she taught adult Bible study and was very active in ECW and choir. For the last several years, she contributed time, talent and treasure to Grace Episcopal Church (Kilmarnock).
Ginny was predeceased by her parents, Lee and Virginia Hunt, and her sister, Louie Brown Hunt Baker. She is survived by her dear friend, Barbara Fasig of Urbanna; her nieces, Virginia Baker McFerran (Jerry) of Santa Barbara, CA, and Lee Ann Baker Graves (Worth) of Fredericksburg, and her grandnephews and nieces, Colby, Issac, Virginia and Sarah Graves.
A celebration of life and resurrection will be held Thursday, January 22 at 11:00 at Grace Episcopal Church, 303 S. Main Street, Kilmarnock, with a reception following. Burial will be at Christ Church (Middlesex) at a later date.
Contributions in Ginny’s memory may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, PO Box 1059, Kilmarnock, VA 22482 or to Christ Church, PO Box 476, Saluda, VA 23149.

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Paul Frank Cecchini

On January 14, 2015, Paul Frank Cecchini of Hardyville, VA, departed this life after a short battle with pancreatic cancer.
Mr. Cecchini, the eldest son of Peter J. and Ida (Micheli) Cecchini, was born March 5, 1928, in Richmond, VA. He was a 1945 graduate of John Marshall High School. In 1949, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Virginia Tech). Upon graduation from VPI, Mr. Cecchini served as a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army field artillery unit during the Korean War. He began his career with the Virginia Department of Transportation and retired after 40 years of service.
After retiring as District Engineer in Staunton, VA, Mr. Cecchini moved closer to the river and spent his years sailing, making crafts and writing poetry. A book of his original poetry titled Holidays, Nature, and Other Rhymes was published in 2005.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Albert L. Cecchini, and a sister, Gloria C. Barbie.
Mr. Cecchini is survived by his two daughters, Suzanne E. Cecchini of Staunton, Barbara C. Maclam, and husband Keith L. Maclam, of Staunton, two grandsons, Chris H. McCoy of Richmond and Nickolas P. Georganzis of Staunton, one step grandson, Jeremy K. Maclam, and two step great grandchildren. Mr. Cecchini is also survived by a brother, Peter J. Cecchini of Cape Coral, FL, a brother-in-law, Martin J. Barbie Jr. of Richmond and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Cecchini leaves behind his best friend, Peggy Douglas of Hayes, VA, as well as Mamie Curran, the mother of his children.
A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, January 19, 2015, at 9 a.m. at the Church of the Visitation in Topping, VA. The family will receive friends thirty minutes prior to the service at the church. Interment to follow at 1 p.m. at Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery in Richmond, VA. Family will receive friends following the graveside service at Comboni Sisters, 1307 Lakeside Avenue, Richmond.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.
Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda, VA, is handling the arrangements. This information can also be found at their website www.bristow-faulkner.com
The family asks, per Mr. Cecchini’s request, that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the charity of choice.

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Linda Sullivan Bogan

Linda Sullivan Bogan, 74, of Water View, previously of Richmond, passed away on Jan. 7, 2015. She is survived by her husband of 54 years, Forest G. Bogan Jr.; her sons, Forest G. Bogan III; David Bogan, (Diane); her daughter, Elaine Robinson, (Allan); her granddaughters, Stacey and Kathryn Robinson; her brother, Douglas Sullivan; and her sister, Kathleen Dean. Linda graduated from Douglas Freeman High School, and attended Longwood College. She worked for Henrico County Schools for many years before her retirement. She was an active member in The Middlesex County Women’s Club. She had many interests including cooking, entertaining, travel, book club and puzzles. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Indian Rivers Humane Society. A memorial service will be held on Monday, Jan. 12 at 11:00 a.m. at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 15 C.F. Edwards Ln., Saluda VA 23149.

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Nettie Didlake Lee

Nettie Didlake Lee, age 86, formerly of Middlesex County, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Survivors include, her son David Wayne Burch (Cheryl) of Jamaica, her daughter Alecia Diane Baker (Matt) of Mechanicsville, and son Lewis Melvin Burch (Karen) of Glenns, 9 grandchildren, one of whom, David L. Burch, preceded her in death in 2009, 10 great grandchildren and 1 great-great granddaughter. Funeral Services will be held Friday, January 9, 2015 at 2PM at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Saluda. Burial to follow in Glebe Landing Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be held Thursday from 6-8PM at the funeral home.

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Grace Sadler Ransone

Grace Sadler Ransone, age 96, of Wake died Saturday, January 3, 2015. She was the widow of Earl M. Ransone and a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church. Survived by her son, William W. “Billy” Ransone and a niece, June K. Williams. Funeral services will be held 11:00 A.M. Tuesday in Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at the church. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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JoAn Crowley Shoemaker

JoAn Crowley Shoemaker, 71 of Deltaville, Va. died peacefully, surrounded by her family on December 24, 2014 after fighting a long and courageous battle with cancer. JoAn lived a faith filled and loving life toward her family and many friends. Ever grateful and concerned for others, she made a friend of all she met. JoAn was skilled in fashion and Interior Design. She was a devout Catholic and frequent volunteer in the Church throughout her life. JoAn’s love and compassion for all were ever present throughout her life. She is survived by her husband Tom Shoemaker; daughter Kimberly Shoemaker and fiancé Eric Sutton; Son Rob Shoemaker; Sister Myrna Meehan; Brother Dr. Joe Crowley and wife Sue; Brother John Crowley; numerous nieces and nephews and her family of friends. A Mass of the Resurrection will be held at The Church of the Visitation in Topping, VA at 1:00 pm on January 9, 2015. Visitation for family and friends will commence at 11:30 am prior to the ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, as a “tribute gift” to the special fund established in her name.

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