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 Lowe 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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Janice Nunnelley Winston

Janice Nunnelley Winston, 70, of Hartfield, went to be with the lord on Sunday, February 15, 2015. She is survived by her loving husband, Dean Winston; sister, Teresa Smith of Alabama, cousins, Claudine Ward of Birmingham, Alabama, Carla Williams of Weaver, Alabama, Robert Nunnelley of Aniston, Alabama and other loving family members and friends. Janice was a devoted wife to her husband for 43 years. She greatly enjoyed her gardening and flowers and she will be greatly missed by all who know and loved her. Graveside services will be held at 1PM, Friday, February 20th at Sunset Memorial Park, Chesterfield, with Pastor Michael Hazelwood officiating. The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM on Thursday at the Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Flowers are accepted and contributions may be made to MVRS, P.O. Box 98, Deltaville, VA 23043.

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Elliot Lee Lycette

Elliot Lee Lycette, age 71, of Hopewell, died Monday, February 9, 2015. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired truck driver. He is preceded in death by his birth parents, Gilbert and Ella Mae Wilcox and his adopted parents, Leland and Bessie Lycette; sisters, Sylvia Canning, Bonnie Herring, Marie Fannial, and a brother, Wesley Wilcox. He is survived by his children, Kenneth Woodruff, Jr, Renee Marie Stevens (Rob), Leland C. Lycette (Michelle) and Roberta Lynn Hazzard (Kenny); sisters, Greta Taylor (Gary), Susan Marks (Michael) and a brother, Richard Lycette (Peggy); 8 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.

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Dorothy M. Clark

Dorothy M. Clark, age 76, of Deltaville, passed away Sunday, February 8, 2015. Dorothy was born in North Carolina and was a resident of Middlesex County Virginia for 60 years. She spent most of her days as a waitress and also as a caretaker. She was a devoted member of Cornerstone Fellowship Church in Mathews County Virginia and was preceded in rest by her parents, Charlie and Minnie Mae Cooper. Dorothy is survived by her brother Randolph Cooper, her son Joseph Clark and two daughters, Teresa Hudgins and Emily Clark. She also leaves behind 6 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. A celebration of Dorothy’s life will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 12th at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. Burial will follow in Zoar Baptist Church Cemetery, Deltaville. The family will receive friends from 5-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday (this evening) at the funeral home.

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Betty MacDonald Fary

Betty MacDonald Fary, of Locust Hill, born October 25, 1928 in Hopkinsville, MI, died Monday, February 2, 2015. Betty married the love of her life, George E. Fary, who predeceased her in 1987. She moved to Locust Hill after WWII in 1946 and spent many years working with George as an owner of The Last Chance in Locust Hill. The remainder of her working life was spent as a prominent fixture at Tall Chief Market in Syringa where she developed many lasting friendships. Betty is survived by her children, Dennis E. Fary (Darlene), Cheryl F. Hunt, Kim F. Smith (Don), Georgie L. Fary (Stuart); 6 grandchildren, Nikki Lawson (Chris), Emily Driggers (Daniel), Wesley Hunley (Michelle), Lance Martin (Holly) Courtney Millen and Jaelene Fary; 12 great grandchildren; brother, Carl MacDonald; 2 sisters, Ella MacDonell and Sue Maloney. She is also survived by her very special friend, Peggy Charnick. Funeral services will be held 11a.m. Friday, February 6th in Harmony Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to MVRS, PO Box 98, Deltaville, VA 23043 or Hospice of Virginia, PO Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

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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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