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Obituaries for Nov. 20, 2013

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Marvin ‘Ernie’ Boggs

Marvin “Ernie” Boggs, 68, of Nelson County, retired electronic technician from Dahlgren, died Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. He was born in Waynesboro, he enjoyed fishing and gardening.

Survivors include his sister Darlene; son, Tim; two daughters, Linda and Cynthia; six grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.

Services were held Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Advent Christian Church 521 James Ave., Waynesboro.

Dorothy ‘Maxine’ Cunningham Mays

Dorothy “Maxine” Cunningham Mays, 72, of Lynchburg, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013. She was the wife of the late Frederick Alexandria Mays Sr. Born Aug. 6, 1941, she was the daughter of the late James and Frances Sale Cunningham.

Dorothy is survived by her children, Frederick A. Mays Jr. and wife, Lisa, Dorinda Mawyer, Shannon Arrington and husband, Bobby, and Sheri Johnson; her siblings, Pug Wise (a special sister who cared for her), Jimmy Cunningham and wife, Patsy, Dink Cunningham and wife, Melynda; a brother-in-law, Charles Raymond Mays; her grandchildren, Daniel, Ashleigh, Alex, Travis, Eric, Corey, and five great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank Anna and George Hatmaker for their loving care for Dorothy.

A visitation was held Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg, (434) 237-9424, is assisting the family.

Condolences may be sent by visiting:

Mary Francis Elizabeth Washington Brown

Mary Francis Elizabeth Washington Brown, 72, of Shipman, departed this life on Nov. 12, 2013, at her residence after an extended illness.

Mary was born May 8, 1941, to the union of Sidney Washington and Alease Wheeler Washington Cox, who both predeceased her.

Mary was a retired factory worker for Lynn Electronics Inc. in Feasterville, Pa., for 31 years.

Mary, originally from Virginia, moved to Pennsylvania over 40 years ago and moved back to Shipman 10 years ago.

Mary was married to Joe L. Brown Sr. for 50 years. He predeceased her on Oct. 26, 2013.

Mary is survived by her three daughters, Debra Washington Barber of Riverdale, Calif., Tara Terwilliger and husband, Shane, of Guyton, Ga., and Susan R. Brown of Shipman; two sons, Gregory Washington of Philadelphia, Pa., and Joe L. Brown Jr. of Shipman; one sister, Joanne Ganges of Philadelphia, Pa.; two brothers, Thurman Washington of Charlottesville, and Russell Washington and wife, Delores, of Waynesboro; three grandchildren, Michael Parson of Hamilton, N.J., Dante Barber of District Heights, Md., and Kelveda Galloway of Glenn Burnie, Md.; four great-grandchildren, Amani Walker of District Heights, Md., K’von Barber of Glenn Burnie, Md., Orlando Galloway Jr. and Keion Galloway, of Glenn Burnie, Md.; and two aunts, Flossie Washington of Lovingston, and Virginia Pearly Mae Turner of Shipman.

A memorial service was held at Montreal Baptist Church in Shipman, on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013.

Arrangements by Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel, Lovingston, (434) 263-4097.

Rhoda Lott Williamson Dunlap

Rhoda Lott Williamson Dunlap, 91, of Lynchburg, died on Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, at Lynchburg General Hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia.

She was twice married, first to the late Dr. Mervyn W. Williamson and second to the late Phelan Anderson Dunlap. Born Tuesday, June 6, 1922, in Laredo, Texas, she was a daughter of the late Reuben Byron Lott and the late Magdalena Perez Lott.

She was a retired employed of Lynchburg Foundry and a member and Elder of Euclid Christian Church.

She is survived by three sons, Joseph Byron Williamson and wife, Debbie, of Arrington, Alan Lee Williamson and wife, Pamela Arkin, of Farmville and Skip Williamson and Harriett Hiland of Vermont; one daughter, the Rev. Rhonda Williamson Baker and husband, Bob, of Schuyler; one brother, Reuben Byron Lott and wife, Erldene of Texas; one sister, Riller Ruth Willoughby and husband, Frank of Texas: eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was predeceased by one brother, Lt. Col. Colon Joseph “C.J.” Lott; and one sister, Zanie Lott Edwards.

The family received friends Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg. A funeral service was conducted Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013, at Euclid Christian Church with the Rev. Jack Hamilton officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Dr. Mervyn W. Williamson Scholarship Fund, c/o Lynchburg College, 1501 Lakeside Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24501 or the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2314, Lynchburg, VA 24505.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg, (434) 237-9424, is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent by visiting:

Frances Dell Floyd

Frances Dell Floyd, 84, of Arrington, died Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at the Medical Care Center in Lynchburg. Born in Amherst County Nov. 16, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Robert Mason Cash and Sally Massie Cash.

Frances loved her family and enjoyed cooking for them. She was also a member of Piney River Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughters, Betty Cooper (Steve) of Rustburg, Alice Coleman (Wayne) of Arrington, and Patricia Morcom (Bruce) of Clifford; brothers, James Cash, Melvin Cash, Cleveland Cash and Stafford Cash; sister, Louise Angus; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dorris William Floyd; brothers, Dorris Cash, Robert Cash and Theodore Cash; and a devoted companion, Grover Fate Bowling “Smokey.”

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at the Medical Care Center for all their care and support of their loved one.

A funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at Byrum-Parr Funeral Home by the Rev. John Campbell. Burial followed in Jonesboro Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Katherine S. Humphreys

Katherine Sansevere Humphreys, 71, of Cove Mt. Road, Gladstone, died Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013, at her residence. She was the wife of the late Sidney George Humphreys. Born in Hoboken, N.J., on Feb. 1, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Catherine DeMone and Anthony Sansevere.

he is survived by her significant other, Charles Joseph Muchanic; a son, Sidney George Humphreys Jr. of Hickory, N.C.; a daughter, Karen Katherine H. Dorsi and husband, Philip, of Gladstone; a step son, Charles Joseph Muchanic Jr. of Fairfax; one brother; three sisters; five grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013, at Robinson Funeral Home by the Rev. Jim Gallagher. The family received friends at the funeral home until time of service.

Robinson Funeral Home and Cremation Service is serving the family and an online condolence may be sent by visiting

Gordon Massie Purvis

On Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, God called another one of his angel’s home. Gordon Massie Purvis, 60, of Arrington, went to be with the Lord after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born on Dec. 7, 1952, he was a son of the late Tom Atlee and Sarah Crist Purvis, of Lovingston.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Virginia Mae “Sissy” Purvis; two daughters, Kelley Woodson (Clint) and Misty Purvis (Bryan); two grandsons, Hunter Woodson and Chase Ferguson; a brother, Kenny Purvis (Vanessa); two nieces, Christy Viar and Katie Harshman (Zane); two nephews, Michael Purvis (Tammy) and Ricky Marrs Jr.; sister-in-laws, Martha Marrs (Ricky) and Doris Stinson (Gary); and father-in-law Robert Lyon and mother-in-law Arlene Lyon.

Gordon lived life to its fullest and touched the lives of many, which can be seen through his countless number of friends. He enjoyed making his rounds to socialize and enjoy the beautiful views of Nelson County that he loved so much. His one-of-a-kind personality made you fall in love with him with just one conversation and his witty humor kept you laughing for hours even after he had left. Gordon was a remarkably amazing husband and father that was heavily devoted to taking care of his family. He showered them with love and affection every chance he could, especially his “girls.”

Gordon was employed by and retired from Verizon. He was very dedicated to his job and served as a cable splicer and maintenance worker for 30 years. Gordon enjoyed his retirement by spending time with his family and friends that he adored so much.

A funeral service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Calvary Baptist Church in Lovingston, with the Rev. John P. Campbell and A.C. Smith officiating. Interment will follow in the Mt. View Cemetery in Lovingston. The family received friends at the Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel in Lovingston. The family suggests those wishing to make memorial contributions consider a donation to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

Arrangements by Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel of Lovingston, (434) 263-4097.

Alvin Garnett Steele

Alvin Garnett Steele, 79, of Clam Gulch, Alaska, died Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, at the Privette Private Care Home in Lynchburg. Born in Nelson County, Oct. 12, 1934, he was a son of the late Walter Lee Steele and Eleanor Camden Steele.

Alvin was a retired U.S. Army soldier and veteran. He was also a member of the American Legion Post #0018 in Alaska.

He is survived by a brother, Bobby Brown of Lynchburg; sisters, Selena Hughes of Roseland, Elizabeth Broyles of Amherst, Frances Dalton of Madison Heights, and Rebecca Sturgell of Winston Salem, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Joy Steele; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Katharina E. Steele “Kitty;” a brother, Walter Lee Steele Jr.; and sisters, Berta Kent and Bessie Staples.

A special thank you to the staff of the Privette Private Care Home and Centra Hospice of Lynchburg for their kindness and care of our loved one.

A graveside service with military honors by American Legion Post 16 Honor Guard will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, in Briarwood Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Glynn Coleman. Byrum-Parr Funeral Home is serving the family.

Allen Christopher Wilson ‘Kenny McGraw’

Allen Christopher Wilson, 25, of Roseland, died Friday, Oct. 11, 2013. Born in Charlottesville, June 27, 1988, he was a son of Kenneth F. Wilson and Sharon Hyatt Wilson.

Allen had served in the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division Afghanistan and the West Virginia National Guard 150th ARS. He was also the recipient of two Purple Hearts. He also loved to play guitar and sing.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Drew M. Hyatt of Roseland; maternal grandmother, Vera Berger of Akron, Ohio; paternal grandparents, Icem and Peggy Lawhorne of Tyro; aunts and uncles, Roberta Surgen, Nadine Nuss (Steve), Robin R. Orahoske, Steve Wilson (Loretta) and David Wilson (Debbie); numerous cousins and other loving relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by grandfathers, David R. Hyatt, Robert E. Wilson and Bob Berger.

A funeral service was held Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, at Byrum-Parr Funeral Home by the Rev. Bill Aikens. Burial with military honors by the West Virginia National Guard 150th ARS followed in Jonesboro Cemetery.

The family received friends fThursday, Oct. 17, 2013, at the funeral home.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to,, or to the veteran’s charity of your choice.

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