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Obituaries for May 16, 2013

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Beatrice Ferguson Adamson

Beatrice Ferguson Adamson, formerly of Nelson County, died peacefully at her son’s home in Gilbert, Ariz., on Tuesday, May 7, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ned Adamson; father and mother, Sidney Gordon Ferguson and Venie Kidd Ferguson; brother, William Sydney Ferguson; and sister, Mary Frances Ferguson Campbell.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, Don and Jan Adamson, Pat and Bob Hubbell and Sandy Robison; her precious grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, Gordon Wayne Ferguson; sisters, Florence Ferguson Dawson and Rebecca Ferguson Finnegan; sister-in-law, Carol Ferguson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Beatrice was a Navy veteran of World War II, when she served as a dental assistant. She, along with her husband, Ned, who was also an Army and Navy veteran, lived in many places throughout their military careers.

Memorial contributions may be made to a local veteran’s organization or Hospice of the Valley, 2020 E. Woodside Court, Gilbert, AZ 85297-7339.

John Herbert Kirt Jr. ‘Big John’

John Herbert Kirt Jr., 61, of Arrington, died Thursday, May 9, 2013, at his home. Born in Nelson County, July 10, 1951, he was a son of Fannie Kirt Mawyer and the late John Herbert Kirt Sr.

John had been a heavy equipment operator for Saunders Construction Company for 35 years. He was a dedicated and faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church where he served as church treasurer.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, Nancy McElwain Kirt; son, Douglas Arthur Kirt of Arrington; brothers, James Arthur Kirt (Nanette) of Piney River, and Robert “Bobby” Lee Kirt (Pearl) of Afton; sisters, Karen Lynn Tyree of Shipman, and Sharon Louise Wingfield (Harold) of Amherst; and numerous nieces, nephews and other loving family and friends.

A funeral service was held Monday, May 13, 2013 at Bethel Baptist Church by Pastor Nathan Weidman with burial following in Jonesboro Cemetery. The family received friends Sunday, May 12, 2013 at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Youth Camp Fund, P.O. Box 1200, Amherst, VA 24521.

Byrum-Parr Funeral Home is serving the family.

Grady Allen Knapp

Grady Allen Knapp, 74, of Shipman, died Thursday, May 2, 2013 at his residence.

Born on Jan. 26, 1939, in Maryland, he was a son of the late Grady B. Knapp and Ernie Barnes Knapp.

In addition to his parents, his sisters, Jerry Starliper and Dorothy Stine, preceded him in death.

Grady was a certified mechanic and was employed by Newton Car Care.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Lora L. Knapp of Shipman; his children, Otis Lee Knapp of Shipman, Ralph Edward Knapp of King George, Don Allen Knapp of Stafford, and Jacqueline Smith of Caroline County; 14 grandchildren, Crystal, Amanda, Otis Jr., David Allen, Grady Andrew, Amber, Justin, Rachel, Mitchell, Rex, D.J., Steven, Mark and Matt; eight great-grandchildren, T.J., Trinity, Braden, Jacob, Talon, Ellie, Kelsey and Brynn; eight siblings, Vie Sheff of Abilene, Texas; Norma Pernell of Hagerstown, Md., Richard Knapp of Woodbridge, Church Knapp of Hagerstown, Md., Michael Knapp, and his wife, Louise, of Warford, Md., Pat Knapp of Hagerstown, Md., Steve Knapp of Hagerstown, Md., and Glen Knapp. He is also survived by a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and special friends.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2013, at Widewater Volunteer Fire Department, 749 Widewater Road, Stafford, VA 22556.

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

Malcolm Roderick LaFever

Rod LaFever passed away peacefully in the early evening hours of Monday, May 6, 2013, in the presence of family members at the Hospice of the Piedmont House in Charlottesville. Rod was born on Nov. 21, 1928, in Washington, D.C., to the late Mortier Wickham LaFever Sr. and Emma Laura Sack LaFever.

He is survived by his wife, Christabel Fay Pierce LaFever; his four children, Pamela Anne Best, Denise Rene Messerli, Jacquelyn Faye Ragland, and Malcolm Gary LaFever; his 10 grandchildren, Jason, Jessica, Christine, Angela, Karin, Samantha, Christie Lee, Ben, Rachel, and Josiah; and seven great-grandchildren, Jack, Emma, Sammy, Henry, Sophia, Tripp, and Layla; as well as his brother, Donald Fayette LaFever.

In addition to his parents, Rod was preceded in death by three brothers, Mortier Wickham Jr. “Ike,” Lewis Risley LaFever “Bud,” and Lawrence Wilmer LaFever “Larry.”

Rod was educated at Swanson Junior High and Washington and Lee High School (where he met his wife-to-be, Christabel, in the 9th grade) in Arlington. He also attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute in Blacksburg, for several years. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Sergeant First Class from the United States Army Reserves after serving for six years during the Korean War helping to safeguard the U.S. Capitol.

Rod’s love for conservation (which started back in high school) ultimately led to a position with the City of Rockville, Md., where he served as senior civil engineer and developed conservation plans and laws pertaining to storm water management that served as a model throughout the country for conservation. Even at the time of his death, his car license plate reminds people to save water. He will be remembered for his creativity and innovation and positive outlook throughout his life.

Rod and his wife, Christabel, lived in the Washington D.C., area until 1986, when they moved to Nellysford. They relocated to Charlottesville, in 2000, where they were members at Olivet Presbyterian Church and Rod was very active in the church choir and vacation bible school.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, #300, Charlottesville, VA 22911,, who provided Rod with loving and respectful care and served as an inspiration to his family during the last months of his wonderful and full life.

Cremation arrangements were made with the Cremation Society of Virginia.

A service celebrating Rod’s life is being planned for late summer 2013.

Lalla Loken

A memorial service for Lalla will be held at 11 a.m., Monday, May 20, 2013, at Grace Episcopal Church by the Rev. Marion Kanour. The service will be followed by a reception at the home of Hal and Sarah Loken.

Glynn Anne Napier ‘Anne’

Glynn Anne Napier, 65, of Scottsville, died Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at UVa Hospital. Born in Nelson County, March 2, 1948, she was a daughter of the late Marion Snead and Margaret Dale Lawhorne Fitzgerald. She was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church and will be loved and remembered as a strong, determined woman.

She is survived by her beloved husband, John Edward Napier; sons, Curtis Wayne Lawhorne (Mary) of Tyro and Marvin Douglas Lawhorne of Charlottesville; daughter, Bonnie Coffey Goin (Jacques Johnson) of Tye River; step-father, Eldridge Fitzgerald of Tyro; brother, Ricky Fitzgerald of Lyndhurst; sister, Bessie Lawhorne of Tyro; grandchildren, Frank Coffey, Jeremy Coffey, Kaylie Lawhorne and Allisa Lawhorne, and a great-grandchild, Wyatt Coffey.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date

Michael Edward Seal ‘Mick’

Michael Edward Seal “Mick,” 58, of Nellysford, died Thursday, May 9, 2013 at his home. Born in Woodstock, Feb. 16, 1955, he was a son of Shirley Stinson Eaton of Richmond, and the late Charles Edward Seal “Duckle.”

Mick had been a pharmacist for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services and was a member of Rodes United Methodist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his beloved wife, Cynthia McGann Seal “Cindy”; a daughter, Susan Michelle Seal of Nellysford; and a brother, Richard Steven Seal and his wife, Cathy, of New Market.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, 2013 at Rodes United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service.

Byrum-Parr Funeral Home is serving the family

Tara Jenae Wilson

Tara Jenae Wilson, 28, of Old Roberts Mountain Road, Faber, passed away Friday morning, May 10, 2013, at her residence. Tara was born Feb. 13, 1985, in Charlottesville, and was a former LPN at the University of Virginia Medical Center and also the Lovingston Health and Rehab Center.

She is survived by her parents, Lori Harris Wilson and Stephen A. Wilson, of Faber; her children, Savannah L. Smith and Anthony T. Smith; one sister, Claire E. Wilson; one brother, Benjamin N. Wilson, both of Faber; her maternal grandmother, June Dale Harris of Faber; and her paternal grandparents, the Rev. James and Barbara Wilson, of Faber.

Her maternal grandfather, Samuel E. Harris, preceded her in death.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at the graveside in Harris Family Cemetery, in Faber, with the Rev. Jim Wilson Jr. officiating.

The family received friends Tuesday at Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel in Lovingston.

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

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