Obituaries Archive - 100
Published Date: Wednesday 9th April 2008

Richard Raymond

Funeral Services
Held Tuesday For
R. “Dick” Raymond, 65

   APRIL 8 — Richard “Dick” Raymond, 65 of Farmville passed away Saturday, April 5, 2008 in Farmville. He was born November 14, 1942 in Massachusetts, the son of the late Leo and Mary Cabral Raymond.
   He was co-owner and operator of Raymond’s One Hour Dry Cleaners (One Hour Martinizing) for 27 years, then he became co-owner of Mary Lou’s Monogramming and finally he was co-owner of Raymond Insurance Agency. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou. Dick was a loving and dedicated husband and father to his sons.
   He is survived by his sons, Richard Raymond Jr. and wife, Sandra and Robert Edwin Raymond Sr. and wife, Pamela all of Farmville; grandchildren, Katelyn Raymond, Robert Jr., Joseph and Alexandra; half brothers and sisters, Franklin Medeiros, Lee Aubin and wife, Sandy, Eleanor Castro and Beverly O’Connor and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, April 8 at the Chapel of Puckett Funeral Home with interment in Trinity Memorial Gardens in Rice.
   Memorials may be made to the HOPE Center at Southside Community Hospital, 800 Oak Street, Farmville, VA. 23901.
Puckett Funeral Home, Farmville, is in charge of arrangements.


Chesta Morrissette, 93
Of Burkeville
Dies April 4

   BURKEVILLE, April 8 – Chesta Alice Hubbard Morrissette, 93, of Burkeville, died Friday, April 4, 2008. She was the widow of Joseph Johnson Morrissette Jr. Mrs. Morrissette was born February 4, 1915 at “Avondale Farm,” Rice, to the late Harry Hunter Hubbard and Estelle Wilson Hubbard. She was preceded in death by three sisters, Janie H. Jones, Marian H. Carrington and Hilda H. Mahan.
   Mrs. Morrissette is survived by two sons, Joseph F. Morrissette of Burkeville, and J. Hunter Morrissette of Harrisonburg; two granddaughters, Susan M. Jackson and husband, Brandon, and Caroline M. Thielecke and husband, Tim; four great-grandchildren, Hunter B. Jackson, Marley G. Jackson, Emma E. Thielecke and M. Claire Thielecke, all of Roanoke; one sister, Mamie H. McClenny of Rice; and one brother, H. Fielder Hubbard of Surfside Beach, SC.
   Mrs. Morrissette graduated from State Teachers’ College, now Longwood University, Farmville, with a B.S. Degree. She did additional work at William & Mary College, University of Virginia and University of Alabama. She taught nine years in the Prince Edward County School system and 21 years in the Nottoway County School system. Mrs. Morrissette was a devoted member of Burkeville Baptist Church. She was a faithful servant of the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU) and she held many positions in the Burkeville Baptist Church WMU and the Southside Baptist Association WMU. In 1997-98, she served as Southside Baptist Association WMU Centennial Chairperson. Also, she was a Royal Ambassadors (RA) Leader. Mrs. Morrissette was a member of the Burkeville Woman’s Club and a charter member of Judith Randolph-Longwood Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Chapter, Farmville.
   A funeral service was held at 3 p.m., Monday, April 7, at Pisgah Baptist Church, Rice, with interment in Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery.
   Memorial contributions may be made to Burkeville Baptist Church Building Fund or your favorite charity.
   Jennings-McMillian Funeral Home, Crewe, handled the arrangements.


Graveside Services To
Be Held Wednesday For
Emilie C. Holladay

   APRIL 8 – Emilie Crenshaw Holladay died Sunday, April 6, 2008 in Farmville. Born August 6, 1910 in Hampden-Sydney, she was a daughter of Genevieve Holladay and Dr. Waller Morton Holladay.
   She graduated from Longwood University in 1931 and taught mathematics in Covington and Newport News before returning to teach at Longwood in 1966. She also held a master’s degree in education from Columbia University.
   Miss Holladay was a member of the Farmville Presbyterian Church, The Daughters of the American Revolution, Kappa Delta Sorority, the Longwood Garden Club, Central Virginia Arts, and the Thursday Book Club as well as several bridge groups.
   She is survived by her niece, Ann Morton DeMuth Neale and nephew, Anthony Mealy DeMuth Jr., four great nieces, and their five children.
   Graveside services will be held Wednesday, April 9, at 11 a.m. at College Church, Hampden-Sydney. Friends are invited to the Farmville Presbyterian Church at noon to greet the family and share a light lunch.
   Memorial gifts may be made to the Farmville Presbyterian Church, 200 West Third Street, Farmville, VA 23901.
   Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home, Farmville, is in charge of arrangements.


Graveside Service
Held Saturday For
Eliza “Lila” Moss, 80

   STUART, April 8 – Eliza “Lila” Waller Easley Moss, 80, of Blue Ridge Nursing Home, Stuart, died Thursday, April 3, 2008 in Stuart. She was born March 26, 1928 in Martinsville to Owen R. Easley Sr. and Cassie Louise DuVal Easley, both deceased.
   Dr. Moss was an educator, physiologist, and Assistant Professor of Biology at St. Paul’s College, Lawrenceville, until her retirement in 1972. She received her B.S. from Longwood College, her M.S. from the University of Florida, and her PhD from New York University. She taught and conducted research at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and also conducted research at Boyce-Thompson Institute, Harvard University, Rockland State Hospital, and Rockefeller University.
   Dr. Moss held membership in the Farmville Council on Human Relations, the American Chemical Society, the Harvey Society, the American Institute of Chemists, the American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP.
   She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. C.G. Gordon Moss, and a brother, Owen R. Easley Jr. She is survived by one brother, DuVal H. Easley of Martinsville, two nieces and one nephew.
   A graveside service was conducted Saturday, April 5, at Oakwood Cemetery with the Rev. Randall Stevens officiating.
   Memorials may be made to The Nature Conservancy, Attn: Treasury, 4245 N. Fairview Drive, Suite 100, Arlington, VA 22203.
   Arrangements are by Collins-McKee-Stone Funeral Home, Martinsville Chapel.
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Margaret K. Goin, 92
Of Farmville
Dies April 6

   APRIL 8 – Margaret Kelsey Goin, 92, of Farmville, died Sunday, April 6, 2008. She was born on February 8, 1916, the daughter of the late Harrison Morton and Lillian Budd Kelsey. She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Newton Goin.
   She is survived by her sons, George Newton Goin of Scottsville, and Sam Thomas Goin of Dillwyn; sister, Janet Vaughn of Farmville; three grandchildren, four great-granddaughters, and a special niece, Carolyn Vaughn of Farmville.
   The family will receive friends on Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home where ser-vices will be conducted on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Interment will follow in Westview Cemetery.
   Remembrances may be made in her memory to Farmville United Methodist Church or the American Cancer Society.
   Doyne-Burger-Davis Funeral Home, Farmville, is in charge of arrangements.


CLARK, Ruby L., 80
Of Pamplin

   Died April 2, 2008. A funeral service was held Tues-day, April 8 (today), at 11 a.m. at Minor B. Eggleston Chapel with interment in VA Veteran Cemetery of Amelia. Carl U. Eggleston.


WILEY, Dell Shawn, 25
Of Chesterfield
Formerly of Rice

   Died April 1, 2008. A funeral service was held Sunday, April 6, at Race Street Baptist Church, Farmville, with interment in Star Hope Cemetery. Carl U. Eggleston.


Published Date:  Friday 4th April 2008

Mary S. Tyree

Mary S. Tyree, 85
Of Schuyler
Dies April 1

   SCHYLER, April 3 - Mary Snead Tyree, 85, of Schuyler, died at her home Tuesday, April 1, 2008. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Tyree; sons, Robert Gene Tyree and Charles Kenneth Tyree, and a daughter, Mary Virginia Napier.
   Survivors include her children, James Tyree and wife, Jean of Dillwyn, Herman Tyree and wife, Joan of North Garden, Linda Shumaker and husband, Roger of Dillwyn, Lois Shumaker and husband, Frankie of Buckingham, and Lewis (Pete) Tyree and wife, Sheila of Schuyler; 20 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and her special friend, Barbara Campbell.
   A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, April 4, at Thacker Brothers Funeral Home, Scottsville, with Pastor Johnny Hartless officiating. Interment will follow at Alberene Cemetery.
   The family will receive friends 7-9 p.m., Thursday, April 3, at the funeral home.
   Thacker Brothers Funeral Home, Scottsville, is serving the family.


Funeral Services
Held Saturday For
Herbert P. Faulkner

   APRIL 3 - On Saturday, March 23, 2008, our beloved Herbert Philander Faulkner departed this earthly life to begin a better life with his Heavenly Father.
   Herbert was born August 14, 1943 in Prince Edward County, the youngest of nine children of Mr. and Mrs. Glover C. and Helen Morton Faulkner.
   Herbert accepted Christ at an early age and became a member of the New Hope Baptist Church.
   He received his education in the Public Schools of Prince Edward County. Herbert continued his education in new York and became an Air Conditioner and Refrigeration Specialist. He later moved to Ohio.
   Herbert's memories will be cherished by his son, Jajwan Polite of Ohio; two sisters, 11 Mae Martin of Bronx, NY and Meredith Edmons of Rochdale, NY; a brother, Grover C. Faulkner of Keysville; nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends, and a special friend, Sheryl of Sharron, PA.
   Funeral services were held Saturday, March 29, at New Hope Baptist Church, Keysville, with interment in the church cemetery.
   Wilson Funeral Home, Keysville, served the family.


VENABLE, Lucille L., 75
Of Farmville

   Died March 28, 2008. A funeral service will be held Friday, April 4, at 2 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church, Cumberland, with interment in the church cemetery. Carl U. Eggleston.


MATSATSOS, Dorothy (Dot)
Of Maryland

   Died February 17, 2008. A graveside service will be held Saturday, April 5, at 11 a.m. at Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery. Shorter Funeral Home.


Published Date:  Wednesday 2nd April 2008

Lillian Dunnavant

Funeral Service
Held Friday For
Lillian Dunnavant

   RICE, April 1 - Lillian Pauline Berry Dunnavant, of Rice, passed away Tuesday, March 25, 2008 at The Woodland -Moore Center, Farmville.
   Mrs. Dunnavant was born December 9, 1917, in Rice. She attended Rice High School and graduated with honors from her class. Her beloved husband preceded her in death in August 1998. Two brothers and three sisters also preceded her in death.
   She is survived by a daughter, Carol Rohr of Wilmington, NC and son-in-law, Philip Rohr, and grandson, William Ellis Hottinger of Olney, MD and his wife, Ellen, and Nana's furry grand Bichon dog, Christopher.
   Mrs. Dunnavant was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She loved gardening before she became unable to walk on her own. While at Brookview Lodge she attended devotions, exercise classes and enjoyed the wonderful support and love shown by their great staff. During her stay at the Moore Center, the staff that took care of her were very supportive and caring.
   A funeral service was held at the Chapel of Shorter Funeral Home on Friday, March 28 with interment in Trinity Memorial Gardens.
   Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, is serving the family.


Funeral Services
Held Saturday For
James C. Morrisette, 66

   APRIL 1 — James C. Morrisette, 66, of Rice, died Thursday, March 27, 2008 in Farmville.
   He is survived by his wife, Misun Morrisette; step-son, William Soderquist of Washington D.C.; brother-in-law, Hyochan Kim of Indiana; sister-in-law, Youngok Kim of Portsmoth; mother-in-law, Kibok Yoon of Newport News; sister, Betty Gordon and husband, Rob of Chesterfield; niece, Kathy Wray and husband, Harvey of Victoria; and nephew, Michael Garber and wife, Cory of Dumfries. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter C. Morrisette and Katherine Verser Morrisette, step-mother, Jean Morrisette, and nephew David Garber.
   Funeral Services were conducted Saturday, March 29, in the Chapel of Shorter Funeral Home with interment in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg.
   The Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, is honored to serve the family.


Funeral Services
Held Monday For
Lealon "L.G." Vassar, 88

   CHARLOTTE CH, April 1 -Lealon Godrey "L.G." Vassar, 88, of Charlotte Court House, died peacefully on Saturday, March 29, 2008. He was born October 30, 1919 in Charlotte Court House at home to John L. and Lucy Baker Vassar. Along with his parents, his beloved wife, Elizabeth Ruth "Betty" Zabriskie Vassar, and eight brothers and sisters preceded him in death.
   He is survived by his son, Lealon M. Vassar and wife, Brenda of Charlotte Court House; daughter, Faith V. Shore and husband, Forrest of Randalman, NC; sisters, Rose V. Brehm of Richmond and Lula V. Walker of Charlotte Court House; brother, Barry D. Vassar of Richmond, and many nieces and nephews. He was the treasured "Papa" and "Big Papa" to nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, and so many others in the community that thought of him in that way.
   A welder in the shipyards in Norfolk for the war effort, a mill supervisor and leader in the wood business, he loved his music, church, golf, watching local kids play baseball, and spending time with his family.
   He was a member of Charlotte Court House United Methodist Church where funeral services were held Monday, March 31, with interment at Evergreen Cemetery.
   Donations may be made to Charlotte Court House United Methodist Church or the Charlotte County Rescue Squad.
   The Browning Funeral Home, Keysville, served the family.


Funeral Services To
Be Held Thursday For
Florence "Ginny" Harvey

   RICHMOND, April 1 — Florence Virginia "Ginny" Bingham Harvey, of Richmond, died Sunday, March 30, 2008. She was born on April 8, 1928 in Appomattox to the late Myrna Sue Childers and Lt. John Alex Bingham. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ryland Baker "Pete" Harvey.
   She is survived by her daughter, Myrna Harvey Rooks; son-in-law, Mark Vaden Rooks; and granddaughter, Melissa Renee Rooks.
   Mrs. Harvey was a devoted member for many years of Lakeside United Methodist Church.
   Her remains rest at the Huguenot Chapel of Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Road, where the family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 2.
   Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Thursday at Lakeside United Methodist Church, 2333 Hilliard Road, Richmond. Interment will follow at 3 p.m. at Liberty Cemetery in Appomattox.
   Memorial contributions may be made to the Music Ministry at Lakeside United Methodist Church.


Funeral Service To Be
Held Wednesday For
William R. Bailey, Jr.

   CUMBERLAND, April 1 - On March 30, 2008 a voice was heard "Bill Bailey, won't you please come home" and he left immediately, homeward bound. William Ralph Bailey Jr. was born June 11, 1938, the son of the late Mr. Bailey and Bessie Sue Reeves Bailey. His wife is Lucy Ore Bailey.
   A graduate of EC Glass High School, he served in the U.S. Navy. He worked for Mead Corporation for several years.
   On January 1, 1963, he was appointed a Virginia State Trooper, and assigned to Cumberland County, where he remained until 1983, when he retired on disability.
   Subsequently, he owned Bill Bailey's Quality Auto Sales in Farmville for a number of years.
   Bill grew up in Franklin Street Baptist Church, which is now Sandusky Baptist. Later he was a member of Farmville Baptist Church. At the time of his death, he and his wife were members of Browns Presbyterian Church located across the road from their home. He had a beautiful bass voice and often sang at weddings, funerals and other events.
   He was Worshipful Master of the Cumberland Lodge AF&AM for two years, and remained a member until his death.
   He loved people and had many friends. He was an excellent cook and loved having his friends, the more, the better, in to eat with him.
   Bill's family still receives compliments on the way he conducted himself as a trooper and how hard he tried to be an example not only to his own children, but also to children in the neighborhood.
   In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers-in-law, Leonard P. Staton, Masel Hanks and Charlie Ferguson, and a stepson, Robert E. Spencer Jr.
   Survivors include in addition to his wife, two sons, William Ralph Bailey III and wife, Melissa of Farmville, and Dwayne Allen Bailey and wife, Dawn of Fort Lauderdale, FL; two grandsons, William R. Bailey IV of Farmville and his special friend, Rebecca Highland of Lost Creek, WVA, and Robert Travis Spenser and wife, Taralyn of Lynchburg; and a step daughter-in-law, Vickie D. Spencer, who loved him dearly. Additional survivors include his brother, Robert M. Bailey and three sisters, Betty B. Hanks and Mary B. Ferguson all of Lynchburg, and Barbara Arthur and husband, William of Columbus, GA; two nephews, David Arthur and wife, Julie of Ball Ground, GA, and Steve Arthur of Richmond; and a niece, Susan Showers and husband, Bob of Bel Aire, TX; several
cousins and innumerable friends and a very special friend, Elsie Johnson.
   The family will receive friends at Shorter Funeral Home on Tuesday (tonight), April 1, 6-8 p.m.
   A funeral service will be held at Shorter Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 2, at 11 a.m. Interment will follow at Trinity Memorial Gardens, Rice.
   The family suggest that contributions be made to Randolph Volunteer Fire Department, 2145 Cumberland Road, Farmville, VA 23901 or Prince Edward Volunteer Rescue Squad, 500 Doswell Street, Farmville, VA 23901.
   Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville, is serving the family.


Camm "Max" Patterson, 79
Buckingham Co. Native
Dies March 29

   ALTAVISTA, April 1 - Camm "Max" Patterson, 79, of Altavista, died Saturday, March 29, 2008 in Lynchburg General Hospital.
   He was born in Buckingham County September 24, 1928, the son of the late Camm Page Patterson and Myrtis Estelle Skinner Patterson and the widower of Katherine "Kitty" Chick Patterson. He joined the Merchant Marines in 1945 and later became a Staff Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps serving from 1948 to 1952.
   He was a member of Lane Memorial United Methodist Church, and formerly a member of the Altavista Jaycees and Altavista Lions Club and a longtime member of Altavista Country Club. He also served for 32 years with the Campbell County Industrial Development Authority and manned the polls in Altavista for many election years. He retired from Vaughan Tire and Appliance Store where he was a store manager in Altavista, Lynchburg and Charlottesville.
   Mr. Patterson is survived by a daughter, Sharon Patterson Wright and husband, Jim of Louisa; son, Stephen Paige Patterson of Altavista; sister, Annie Patterson Campbell of Farmville; two granddaughters, Susan Allen Wright and Sarah Katherine Wright both of Louisa; two sisters-in-law, Lou Shaver and Nell Vaughan Taylor both of Lynchburg; several nieces and nephews, Benny Carter, Bobby Vaughan, Brenda Benenati, Nita Bollinger, Carol Miller, and Kenneth Campbell; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
   He was preceded in death by his grandson, Shannon Wright; brother, Hazel Cornell Patterson; sister-in-law, Rae Chick Carter; two brothers-in-law, Danny Shaver and J.B. Carter Sr., and a nephew, Michael Shaver.
   A graveside service was held at 2 p.m., Tuesday, April 1, at the Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery with Dr. Rev. David P. Cole of Louisa Baptist Church officiating.
  Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
   Arrangements by Shorter Funeral Home, Farmville.


Athol D. Bennett, 80
Of Pamplin
Dies March 26

   PAMPLIN, April 1 — Athol Duane Bennett, 80, died Wednesday, March 26, 2008 in Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the husband of Benita Hancock Bennett.
   Born in Boulder, WV, September 18, 1927, he was a son of the late Herbert and Virginia Teets Bennett. Athol was a US Army Veteran and a retired farmer. He loved auctions, antique collecting, woodworking, and restoring old furniture. In 1966, he was awarded Farmer of the Year in West Virginia by the Farmers Home Administration.
   He was preceded in death by his first wife, Juanita Warner Bennett.
   In addition to his wife he is survived by a daughter, Suncia "Sunny" Meadows of Appomattox; a son, Stephen Bennett and wife, Robbin of Pamplin; four step-children, Mary M. and Michael Grove of Lynchburg, Douglas and SueAnn Hancock of Appomattox; Margaret "Maggie" Hancock of Lynchburg, and James and Luann Hancock of Pamplin; three grandchildren, Angela Winans-Beasley, Delbert C. Meadows, and Cody D. Bennett; five step grandchildren, James "Jay" Mann, Marshall Hancock, Christopher Hancock, Curtis Hancock and Cory Hancock and two step great-grandchildren.
   Funeral services were held Saturday, March 29, at Robinson Funeral Home by the Rev. Orville Gregory Sr. Burial followed Monday in Phillipi, WV.
   The family request that contributions be made to the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 823, Lynchburg, VA 24505.
   Robinson Funeral Home and Cremation served the family and an online condolence may be sent to the family at