Perry Mason, Jr.

Perry Mason Jr, 85, of Topping Virginia died on Aug. 14, 2014 of cancer. Perry was born to Ruth and Perry Sr. on December 18, 1928 in Washington DC. He graduated from Petersburg High School and entered the Army Air Corps. On discharge, he attended Virginia Tech, graduating in 1954 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. He married his wife, Joan Armer, on June 3, 1956. His first job after college was with General Electric where he worked for 16 years. In 1970, he joined NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland from which he retired in 1989 after 19 years of government service. His retirement years were spent in Topping, Virginia where he enjoyed his hobbies of gardening, fishing, and model building. He also was active in the Lower United Methodist Church of Hartfield, Virginia and Hands Across Middlesex where he built ramps for wheelchair bound residents.
He is pre-deceased by his parents, his brother Fred, his niece Sherry, and granddaughter Bethany. He is survived by his wife Joan and three sons: Dave, wife Loni, and son Matt of Ohio; Dan, wife Lisa, daughter Rebecca, and son Ben of Virginia; and Peter, wife Lisa, daughter Casey, and son Robert of Maryland. He has a niece Missy, nephews Bud and Perry Scott, and three great nieces and nephews.
A visitation is planned for Saturday August 23, 2014 at the Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home in Saluda, Virginia from 3 to 7 p.m. A celebration of his life will be held at the Lower United Methodist Church in Hartsfield, Virginia on Sunday, August 24 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow in the hall at the church.
Many thanks go out to the people of the Lower United Methodist Church for their prayers and support through this time, especially Pastor Barry Burkholder and the women of the church for providing the reception. Also, the caring and concern of all those that work at Gloucester House assisted living is much appreciated.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that contributions be made to the Lower United Methodist Church at P.O. Box 98, Hartfield, VA 23071 for the cemetery fund or the church’s scholarship fund with the designation on the check.

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Donnie Ray Bryant

Donnie Ray Bryant, 60, of Topping, VA passed away Tuesday,
August 29, 2014, at home.  He was born in Aiken, SC and has been a  resident of this area for five years.  Mr. Bryant was retired from the  International Union of Operating Engineers Local 147.  He was preceded in  death by his parents, William C. Bryant, Sr., and Alma K. Bryant and a brother,  William C. Bryant, Jr.  Mr. Bryant is survived by his wife, Sherry L.  Bryant; a daughter, Camilla B. Smith; two sisters, Jewell B. Coleman and her  husband Jimmy, and Lula L. Lythgoe and her husband Larry; a brother, Terry E.  Bryant and his wife Penny; a brother-in-law, Larry P. Parmer and his wife  Faith; a sister-in-law, Terry P. Peters and her husband Donald; three grandsons, Max, Morgan and Mitch, and many nieces, nephews, cousins and  friends.  A memorial mass will be held Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 11 AM
at The Church of the Visitation in Topping with FR. Robert Cummins officiating.  Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home  & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Neil Francis Gabbert

Neil Francis Gabbert, age 86, died Monday, July 28, 2014 at Riverside Convalescent Center in Saluda. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Ann Moody Gabbert, also a resident of Riverside Convalescent Center, and one brother, William R. Gabbert of Kentucky. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 8, 2014, in Urbanna Baptist Church where Neil had served as a deacon.  Following the service there will be a reception in the fellowship hall.In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Urbanna Baptist Church, P.O. Box 416, Urbanna, Va., 23175 or Central Middlesex Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 790, Urbanna, Va., 23175. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Katherine Elena “Katy” Redmon

Katherine Elena “Katy” Redmon, age 34, of Urbanna, VA died July 26, 2014. She was preceded in death by her mother, Tamera Moreno of Goleta, CA. She is survived by her husband, Elliott Randolph Redmon; daughter, Gina Brooke Gibson; two step-sons, Elliott R. Redmon, II and Thomas Elliott Redmon; father, Mario Moreno of Goleta, CA.; step-father, William Robert Honeycutt; sisters, Gina and Gabby Moreno, Maggie Honeycutt; brother, W. Robert Honeycutt; grandmother, Patricia L. “Gay” Walters; grandfather, William M. Walters, Jr.; aunt, Natalie Craig (Jerry); uncles, Toby and Tony Walters; cousins, Miranda Carter (David), Ashley Flournoy (Eric), David Walters (Katie), and Nicole Craig. Katy graduated in 1999 from Southeast Guilford High School, Greensboro, NC. She received a diploma in The Medical Assisting Program from Everest College in Newport News, VA in 2008. She was also a devoted caregiver to her grandmother, Gay. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Urbanna United Methodist Church, PO Box 214, Urbanna, VA 23175. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda, VA.

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Frances M. Hargus

Frances M. Hargus, age 71, of Wake, a retired Bookkeeper/Secretary, died Tuesday, July 15, 2014 after a courageous 17 year battle with COPD. She was a member of Harmony Grove Baptist Church where she played the piano for a number of years. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Clarence C. Hargus, one daughter, Debbie Hargus of Salem; one son, Scott Hargus (Cheryl) of Appomattox; 2 grandchildren, Christy and Daniel and one brother, Edward Monfalcone (Linda) of Gloucester. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, July 18th, in Harmony Grove Baptist Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the church. Interment church cemetery. Memorial gifts may be made to Middlesex Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 98, Deltaville, VA 23043. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Lewis M. “Jiggs” White

Lewis M. “Jiggs” White, age 83, of Deltaville died Wednesday, July 9, 2014. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired from Deagle’s Marine Railway in Deltaville. Survived by his brothers, Ardie and Floyd White. A graveside memorial service will be held 10:00 AM Friday, July 18th in Clarksbury United Methodist Church Cemetery, Deltaville.

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Jerome Sibley

Jerome Sibley, age 72, of Topping died Wednesday, July 2, 2014. He was son of the late Howard and Minnie Sibley and a former employee of V.D.O.T. and the Middlesex County Animal Control. Survived by a special friend, Ruth Dunlevy. A graveside service will be held 10:00AM Saturday, July 5th in Harmony Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Topping. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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John R. Moss (Pop Pop)

John R. Moss (Pop Pop), age 69, of Mathews, a retired electronics engineer died Monday, June 30, 2014. John was a Cornhusker, a farmer and a Navy veteran. He is survived by his wife Bobbie Moss; twin daughters Mia Harrod of Newport News and Leola Moss of San Francisco, CA; 3 step-children Jennifer White of Hartfield, Scott White of Grand Blanc, MI and Christopher White of Richmond; and 6 grandchildren. The family will hold a celebration of his life at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to American Cancer Society, 11835 Canon Blvd., A102, Newport News, VA., 23606 or American Diabetes Assoc., Innsbrook, 4335 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA., 23060. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Virginia M. Miller

Virginia M. Miller, 91, of Deltaville, passed away on June 13, 2014 with family by her side at Riverside-Walter Reed Hospital in Gloucester, VA. Born September 30, 1922 to William C. and Cornelia T. Miller at Locust Hill, VA. She is preceded in death by her sisters, Gladys Smithers, Helen Johnson, and Annie Belle Miller and brothers Wilmer, Eubank and Frank Miller. She leaves behind a daughter, Becky Sibley and husband Russell, two sons, Billy Mayo and wife Nancy and Charles B. (Birdseed) Miller, Jr., and wife Betty. She also leaves five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held Monday, June 16, 2014 at Harmony Grove Baptist Church, Topping, VA., where she was a lifelong member. Visitation will be 10:00 AM at the church followed by services at 11:00 AM and interment in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Lower Middlesex Rescue Squad or Hartfield Fire Dept. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Richard Eldon West

On the evening of June 3, 2014, Richard “Dick” West died in Kilmarnock, Virginia, his wife of 66 years, Patricia, by his side. Richard Eldon West was born in Fairmont, West Virginia on New Year’s Day, 1925 to Clint O. West and Edna Pople West. He attended the Shaw School, a one room schoolhouse in Prickett’s Creek. He worked hard to help support his family during the lean times of the Great Depression, laboring at a dairy farm and pedaling his bicycle up and down the steep hilly streets of Fairmont as a Western Union Messenger Boy. With help from his sister, Dorothea, he altered his birth certificate to get factory work and eventually join the U.S. Navy in 1943. He saw action in the South Pacific, volunteering to serve on a motor torpedo boat, P.T. Boat 454, Squadron 31, as a Gunner’s Mate 2/C. His first evening home from the war he saw a beautiful young stranger in line for a movie. Thunderstruck, he turned to his buddy and said, “That’s the girl I’m going to marry!” Two years later, on September 21, 1947, Patricia Ann Sidars became his bride. That year he was sworn in as a West Virginia State Trooper stationed in Franklin and Philippi where his daughter was born in 1952. He studied hard, driven by his dream of a career in government law enforcement. In 1955 he received his badge as a U.S. Treasury Department Special Agent, Criminal Investigator, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Division. He was assigned to Charleston, West Virginia where his son, Richard Scott was born. He thrived as a “revenuer”, crisscrossing the back woods of South Eastern West Virginia and later the countryside surrounding Richmond, Virginia. He delighted his children with the bits of flora and fauna he found as he hunted the elusive deep woods’ moonshine stills. He retired in Richmond in 1975 and quickly discovered the paradise that is Middlesex County, eventually settling in Deltaville on Sturgeon Creek. He began a third career as the Superintendent of the Middle Peninsula Regional Security Center in Saluda Virginia. He retired in 1991, while building the first of two dream homes in Wake, adjacent to his daughter’s family. Dick loved his community and was active in The Lion’s Club, serving as president and secretary. He fried thousands of the famous oyster sandwiches over the years. He was a charter member of The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #23, a member of the Federal Criminal Investigator’s Association, the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, and was known as Big Black Cloud in the Indian Guides. He was a faithful and dependable member of Christ Church in Middlesex, serving the congregation in every way he was needed. Dick loved his neighbors. He was never too busy or too tired to lend a hand or a tool or cash. Every fall he looked forward to treating his friends and neighbors to an oyster roast at his home. His Oysters Rutherford was legendary. Dick loved his country. He served it all of his life. He was especially proud of his years in the Navy and his part in defending his country. Dick loved his home and it showed. He didn’t believe in doing any kind of work that you would not want to sign your name to with pride. Dick loved his family. He enjoyed genealogy and was a favorite source of family history. He held his mother, and his brothers and sisters close to his heart every day of his life. He loved his children and labored diligently to be a good provider. He endowed his children with a strong work ethic and a sense of duty to all things worth being and having in this life. He loved his wife. Through the tribulations of 66 years together, Patricia, his “Salty”, remained the love of his life.  Richard Eldon West was predeceased by his mother, Edna Pople West, brothers, Lewis West and John “Buck” West, sisters Maxine West, Christine West, Dorothea Nelson, Martha Lake, and Wilma Hillberry. He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Sidars West, his daughter Jeannie Catherine West Jenkins (Larry), his son Richard Scott West (Suzanne), his sister Mary Belle Cassidy, and his brother Lawrence (Bud) West (Nancy). Dick was loved by his grandchildren, Morgan Patrick Jenkins, Alanna Rhiannon Jenkins, Elora Malama West, and Sabrina Lehua West and his great grandson Patrick Ryan Jenkins. The sons and daughters of his brothers and sisters were very important to him and he cared deeply for them all. A celebration of Dick’s life will be held late this summer in Middlesex County, date and place to be announced, followed by interment of his ashes with a Military Honor Guard at the National Cemetery in Grafton West Virginia. Tributes to Richard E. West can be made in his name to the Gloucester Mathews Humane Society. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home, Saluda.

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