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Obituaries for Dec. 3, 2013

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Richard P. Bean

Richard P. Bean, 69, passed Wednesday evening in his home surrounded by friends and family.

Richard Bean, born in North Carolina, was a graduate of Cathedral High School in Springfield Mass., and earned a bachelor’s degree in animal science from Iowa State University. Upon graduating college Richard served two years as a Peace Corps member in Iran. Richard went to work for his father at B&B Market and was owner/operator until he moved to Virginia in 1997 to pursue his dream of creating a sustainable organic farm.

Richard built Double H Farm in Wingina. Double H Farm became an active participant of the local organic food movement.

Richard is survived by his two sisters Margaret Bean of New Hampshire, Pat Bean of Massachusetts, and three sons, David Bean and his wife Josie and son Jacob of Washington, Dana Bean, his wife Judy and son Kyle and daughter Cassidy of Massachusetts, and Matthew Bean, his wife Heather and sons Aidan and Dylan of Massachusetts, and his partner, Jean Rinaldi of Massachusetts and Wingina.

Memorial services to be announced in the future.

Barbara Nell Thacker Campbell

Barbara Nell Thacker Campbell, 68, of Amherst, passed away on Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at her residence.

Born on May 21, 1945, in Nelson County, a daughter of the late Billy Sunday Thacker and Mildred Kidd Baldwin Thacker.

In addition to her parents, her husband, Douglas Cortez Campbell and a sister Nancy T. Wilcher preceded her in death.

She is survived by a son; Robert Wayne Campbell, of Madison Heights; two sisters, Dorothy Burks, of Amherst; and Patricia A. Thacker, of Madison Heights; three brothers, James L. Thacker, of Arrington, Michael W. Thacker, of Amherst, and Joe L. Thacker, of Roseland.

A graveside service was conducted Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at Bethlehem Cemetery in Roseland with Pastor Jeff Porter of Coolwell Presbyterian Church officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel, Lovingston, (434) 263-4097.

Shields Wade Carter

Shields Wade Carter, 55 of Afton, died Wednesday morning Nov. 27, 2013 at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Shields was born July 16, 1958 in Waynesboro a son of the late Henry Shields Carter, Jr. and Mona Wade Carter Ashley of Afton. Shields was also preceded in death one sister; Katrina Rae Carter and his grandfather Bland Wade.

He was graduate of Nelson County High School in 1976 and a self employed Contractor.

Beside his mother he is survived by two sons; Jeremy Shields Carter, and his wife, Sayuri, of San Antonio, Texas and Logan Wade Carter of Charlottesville. One daughter Cevera Virginia Carter of Nellysford and sister Sherri C. Guyer and husband Tony of Waynesboro as well as his grandmother Alice Wade Fortune of Afton, granddaughter, Ellie, and also survived by a very special aunt and uncle Shirley and James Wade and his nephew Christopher Stevens.

Family and friends will hold a memorial service in remembrance of Shields in the spring of the year. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to a favorite charity.

The family will receive friends his mother’s residence in Afton at all times.

Services and arrangements are under the direction of Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel of Lovingston, (434) 263-4097.

Eddie C. Metts Jr.

Eddie C. Metts Jr., 91, of Wewahitchka, Fla., formerly of Lynchburg, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Bay Medical Center in Panama City, Fla.

He was first married to the late Christabell Metts and is survived by his second wife of 30 years, Lynn Metts. Born on Aug. 22, 1922, in Tye River, he was the son of the late Eddie C. Metts Sr. and the late Bessie Tyree Metts.

Eddie grew up in Nelson County, and attended Lovingston High School. He then joined the US Army and served in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was honorably discharged in 1946. After leaving military service, Eddie settled in Franklin, La., and served as funeral director with Ibert’s Mortuary, from which he retired.

Several years ago, Eddie and Lynn moved to Panama City, Fla., then Wewahitchka, Fla., where Lynn became his caregiver in his final years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three step children; nieces, Linda Bosiger (Barry) of Moneta, Patricia Elliott (Norris) of Salem, Martha Hall (Jack) of Lynchburg, Judy Graves (Gene) of Forest, Dianne Hall (Vernon Hudson) of Vinton, and Charlotte Pollard (Rick) of Forest; nephew, LD English (Sally) of Forest; and other family members.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2013, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Pastor Lee Dittman officiating. Interment followed in Spring Hill Cemetery. Military honors were performed by American Legion Post 16. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to a Hospice of your choice.

William Montgomery Pollard

William Montgomery Pollard, 92, died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 at Lynchburg General Hospital. Born in Alhambra, June 13, 1921, he was a son of the late Montgomery Dunlop Pollard and Lovie Bowling Pollard. William was a United States Army WWII veteran having served with Battery C. 475th Anti-aircraft Artillery. He retired from Lynchburg Milling Company after 43 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Thelma Stinnett Pollard; a son, William L. Pollard of Tarboro, N.C.; a daughter, Deborah P. Payne (Carlton L.) of Gainesville; a brother, Henry T. Pollard (Effie) of Amherst; a grandson, Cody L. Payne; Elizabeth Betty (Bet) Sprouse of the residence and two nephews.

A funeral service was held Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at Byrum-Parr Funeral Home by Pastor Gary Anderson. Burial followed in Amherst Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.

Those who wish may make contributions to Central Baptist Church, 103 Central Church Lane, Lowesville, VA 22967.

Beirne Blackford Moore Rucker

Beirne Blackford Moore Rucker, 95, of Roseland, died Monday, Nov. 25, 2013 at her home. Born in Baltimore, Md., March 12, 1918 she was the daughter of the late John Moore and Elsie Rathbone. Beirne’s generosity was boundless and she was a professional volunteer, donating her time to the Nelson Food Pantry and the Roseland Rescue Squad. She was a founding member and director of The Humane Society and SPCA of Nelson. She was also a world traveler and was a member of Grace Episcopal Church and the Nelson County Rotary Club.

Beirne moved with her husband to Roseland, his home, and for that she was rewarded with steadfast friends, a church family, scrabble and bridge partners, and a beautiful home for them and their children, and 13 dogs.

She is survived by daughters, Jo Ann Rucker of Durand, Wisconsin and Sue G. Rucker of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren, Sascha Swanson (Colm), Lucas Swanson (Sarah) and Mary Beirne Simpson; two great-grandchildren, Hayes and Larkin Swanson, and a devoted four-legged companion, Pooh.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, William Goodwin Rucker; her son, Sgt. John William Rucker; her daughter-in-law, Mary Clare Lynch, as well as her numerous dogs.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at Grace Episcopal Church by the Rev. Marion Kanour. Burial followed in Jonesboro Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 1934 Crabtree Falls Highway, Massies Mill, VA 22967, Almost Home/SPCA, 29 Stage Bridge Road, Lovingston, VA 22949, the Roseland Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 39, Roseland, VA 22967, or to the charity of your choice.

Harry Theodore ‘Ted’ Stevens

Harry Theodore “Ted” Stevens, 60, of Schuyler, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013 at his residence.

Born on Oct. 7, 1953, in Nelson County, a son of the late Harry Joseph Stevens and Lorna Davis Stevens.

In addition to his parents, his brothers, Patrick and Neil Stevens, preceded him in death.

Ted was a Technical Engineer with Sperry Corporation of Charlottesville with over 33 years of service.

He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Kathy Shumaker Stevens, two daughters, Tammy Stevens Smith, and her husband, James, of Faber and Karen Stevens Hall, and her husband, Jeff, of Schuyler; one sister, Nina Faye Durham, and her husband, Steve, of Fishersville; five brothers, Charles Stevens, Keith Stevens, Mark Stevens, and his wife Lisa, all of Roseland, David Stevens, of Fishersville and Barry Stevens, of Churchville, two granddaughters, Megan and Emily Smith and two grandsons, Alex and Zach Hall and his best friend and hunting partner, James (Woody) McFadden.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Lovingston with Pastor David Christian and Pastor Jim Wilson officiating.

Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 at the funeral home.

Arrangements are under the direction of Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel, Lovingston, (434) 263-4097.

Arleen Winter

Arleen Winter, 86, of Roseland, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at her home. Born in Lynchburg Feb. 8, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Bee Higginbotham and Ellie Miller Higginbotham. Arleen had been an R.N. for Blue Ridge Medical Center and was a familiar face at the Nelson County Health Service for her loving and generous caregiving to its residents. She loved history and was a historical society member. She was also a member of Massies Mill Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her sons, David S. Winter of Riverview, Fla., and Robert B. Winter (Michele) of Pembroke; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Kandas Bryan and Larry James for all their care and support shown to their loved one and special friends, Rob Brent Jr., Myra McGarry, and Jean Lawhorne.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Jack C. Winter.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013 at Massies Mill Presbyterian Church by Pastor Bill MeNeely. Burial was private. The family received friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Medical Center, 4038 Thomas Nelson Hwy., Arrington, VA 22922.

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