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Posted: Wednesday, August 8, 2012 9:58 am | Updated: 5:17 pm, Wed Jan 30, 2013.

Betty Watson Dodson

Betty Watson Dodson, 78, of Lynchburg went to be with the Lord on Tuesday July 17, 2012. She was the loving and devoted wife of Lynwood James Dodson. Betty was born August 13, 1933, in Bedford. She was a daughter of the late Holly Owen Watson and the late Martha Atkinson Watson.

She was a graduate of Moneta High School where she received the honor award of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Betty then received her Doctor’s Assistant degree from the Virginia Baptist School of Nursing and she then worked for 44 years at Lynchburg Urological Associates. She was a member of West Lynchburg Baptist Church for over 50 years where she served in numerous capacities. She currently attended Tree of Life Ministries. Anyone who was privileged enough to know Betty, received a special blessing from her. She exemplified Christ in her daily walk. We, her family, were blessed by her guidance and her example as a strong woman of faith.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her children: Rhonda D. Stephens and husband David of Madison Heights; Martha D. Cheatham and husband Thurman of Lynchburg; and Tamara D. Allen of Forest, four grandchildren: Bonnie Anne Cheatham and William Dodson Cheatham both of Lynchburg, and Tiffany Lynn Allen and Daphne Leah Allen both of Forest, sister Louise W. Angel and husband Allen of Lynchburg, brother Owen Lee Watson and wife Alice of Bedford, and she was blessed in her lifetime by a number of devoted nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister Dorothy W. Ransom.

The family received friends Wednesday, July 18, 2012 at Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg. A celebration of Betty’s life was held Thursday July 19, 2012 at Tree of Life Ministries with Pastor Mike Dodson officiating. A private graveside service was held in Virginia Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial contributions to West Lynchburg Baptist Church or to Tree of Life Ministries in Lynchburg.

Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family, (434) 237-9424. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.tharpfuneralhome.com.

 

Mary Jane Drumheller

Mary Jane (Purvis) Drumheller, 83, of Schuyler, died on Tuesday morning, July 24, 2012, at the Lovingston Health and Rehabilitation Center in Lovingston.

She was born on May 11, 1929, in Nelson County, the only child of the late Clyde and Geneva (Godsey) Purvis.

Mary Jane retired from the City of Charlottesville, where she had worked as a secretary for a number of years. She was a member of Schuyler Baptist Church. She enjoyed fishing and traveling. She is survived by her loving husband, Alfred H. Drumheller Jr. of Schuyler, whom she married on August 9, 1952; special friends, Paul and Judy Wilkerson, and their daughter, Tiffany, all of Schuyler; and a number of friends and neighbors throughout the local area.

A graveside service was conducted Thursday, July 26, 2012, at the Alberene Cemetery with the Rev. Dwight Mays officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central and Western Virginia, 1160 Pepsi Place #306, Charlottesville, VA 22901. Thacker Brothers Funeral Home in Scottsville is handling the arrangements. Family and friends may share memories and photos at www.thackerbrothers.com.

 

Ronald H. Duffy Sr.

Ronald H. Duffy, Sr. of Lynchburg departed this life on Wednesday, July 25, 2012 in Timonium, Md. He was born on June 4, 1952 to Clem Duffy and the late Betty Lorraine Duffy.

Ronald is survived by his son, Ronald Duffy Jr. of Lynchburg; a loving and devoted sister, Faith M. Donerson; one niece, Ayita Taima Donerson; one great niece, Amani Kendai Griffin all of Cockeysville, Md.; one aunt, Lois Haythe of Madison Heights; three devoted cousins, Joyce Petersen, Alleyah Petersen-Loreto, Virginia Christie all of Brooklyn, N.Y., Kenny Blair of Woodbridge, and Lois Blair of Lynchburg; a devoted and longtime friend, JR Campbell of Lynchburg and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at First Baptist Church South Lynchburg with the Rev. Carl B. Hutcherson Jr., officiating. Interment was in the Organ Chapel Cemetery, Gladys. His remains were in state at the church one hour prior to the service. The family received friends Monday, July 30, 2012 at Community Funeral Home and other times at the residence of JR Campbell, 831 Old Forest Road. Family and friends assembled at the church.

Condolences may be emailed to comfuneral@aol.com. Community Funeral Home directing www.communityfuneralhomeinc.com.

 

Marvin Junior Hamilton

Marvin Junior Hamilton, 69, of Monroe, passed away July 17, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Harriett Andrews Hamilton. Born August 13, 1942, in Amherst Co., he was a son of the late Correll and Victoria Duff Hamilton. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Mike Hamilton.

Mr. Hamilton was retired from W.T. Curd Contractor, after 20 years of service. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Mission. “He had his own tune.”

Survivors also include two sons, Marvin Hamilton and wife Chasity, and Correll A. Hamilton and wife Beth, both of Amherst; a brother, Lester Hamilton and wife Rebecca, of Amherst; and two sisters, Kathleen Hamilton, of Monroe, and Etta Mae H. Tetrault, of Manchester, Pa.; close friends, George and Sandra Lunsford, and Glyde Campbell, four grandchildren, other relatives and friends..

The family received friends Thursday, July 19, 2012 at Whitten Monelison Chapel, and at other times at the residence of Mr. Hamilton. A funeral service was conducted at the funeral home. Interment followed in Duff Family Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Monacan Indian Nation, P.O. Box 1136, Madison Heights, VA 24572.

 

Dale F. Heffner

Dale F. Heffner, 78, of Lynchburg passed away Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at his residence. He was the loving husband of the late Delores Janet Johnson Heffner for 41 years.

Born March 19, 1934 in Pittsburgh, Pa. he was the son of the late Benjamin F. Heffner and Mabel E. Hilty Heffner.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by two brothers, Duwane and Eugene Heffner; a sister, Arlene Farrar; a sister-in-law, Linda F. Johnson and brother-in-law, Robert W. (Bill Jr.) Johnson. Dale was a retired Master Sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps serving his country in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He retired after more than 20 years of active service after which he worked at Simplimatic Engineering Company which was later renamed Crown Simplimatic for 23 years before retiring in 2000. While on active duty with the Marine Corps, he served at one time or another with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Marine Divisions; the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Marine Air Wings as well as other posts and duty stations throughout the world. Dale was a member of Fairview Christian Church and was a long-time member of the Christian Workers Sunday School Class. He leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Eugenia (Gina) A. Johns and husband, Roger of Madison Heights and Leah H. Waters of Forest; seven grandchildren,Tyler Schlemmer, Kaitlyn Waters, Brittany Waters, Amanda Waters, Kelsey Schlemmer, Kimberly Ann Johns and Nicholas Waters; a very special nephew, Robert William Johnson III (Willie); two very special cousins, Babs Johnson and Houston W. Johnson; and numerous other relatives.

A funeral was conducted Saturday, July 28, 2012 in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Service by the Rev. D. Jack Hamilton with burial to follow in Spring Hill Cemetery with military honors rendered by the United States Marine Corps. The family received friends until service time at the funeral home and other times at the residence of his daughter, 511 Sweeney Circle, Forest.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made in memory of Dale Heffner to the Food Closet at Fairview Christian Church, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association or a charity of your choice. Heritage Funeral Service and Crematory, 427 Graves Mill Road (434) 239-2405 is assisting his family. Memories and thoughts may be shared with the family at www.heritagefuneralandcremation.com.

 

Mrs. Betty M. Jennings

Mrs. Betty M. Jennings, age 65 of Madison Heights, departed this life on Saturday, July 14, 2012 at her residence. She was the daughter of the Mrs. Elsie Moon and the late Mr. Calvin C. Moon and was married to the late Mr. Charles L. Jennings Sr.

She leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Melinda G. Jennings, Michelle Jennings, Charles L. Jenning Jr. (Shelley), and Sharnita S. Jennings, all of Madison Heights; her mother, Mrs. Elsie Moon of Brookneal; brothers, Calvin C. Moon Jr., Billy R. Moon, Sr. (Sadie), all of Lynchburg, a sister, Linda M. Calloway (Aovin Sr.) of Brookneal; eleven grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Sylvia Garner, Pauline Foster, and Wanda Broom; four brothers-in-law, James O., Mitchell, Elvin, and Roderick Jennings; a devoted friend, John Helm; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the Hat Creek Baptist Church in Brookneal with interment in the church cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home and other times at the home of Mrs. Jennings and her son, Charles L. Jennings, 132 Troy Lane, Madison Heights,

Condolences may be expressed at www.JeffressFuneralHome.com. Arrangements by Jeffress Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Brookneal.

 

Clarence Gilmer Loving

Clarence Gilmer Loving, 77, of Wylliesburg, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2012 at his residence. He was the devoted husband of Shirley Ann Newton Loving. Born Dec. 28, 1934 in Lynchburg, he was the son of the late George Gilmer Loving Sr. and Ora Page Loving Carr.

Mr. Loving was a retired vice president of Operations with Griffin Pipe Foundry with 34 years of service and was a veteran of the Virginia National Guard.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Roger N. Loving of Raleigh, NC and Glenn P. Loving and his wife Diane of Madison Heights; two brothers, George G. Loving Jr. and his wife Ambler of Williamsburg and Dabney C. Loving and his wife Linda (Lynn) of Lynchburg; two sisters, Nancy L. Rice of Lynchburg and Grace H. Mahanes of Kensington, MD and two grandchildren, Aaron G. Loving and Ann Marie Page Loving.

A memorial service was conducted Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Whitten Monelison Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Wayne Meredith officiating. The family received friends at the funeral home for one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army or the Lake Country SPCA, P.O. Box 8066, 7577 Highway 58, Clarksville, VA 23927, (434) 374-8076, lakecountryspca@yahoo.com.

 

Rev. Dargan Bolton Lucas

The Rev. Dargan Bolton Lucas, 92, of Cumberland departed this life on July 21, 2012. Born April 13, 1920, in Fincastle, he was the son of the late Walter Cebastian and Bessie Pearl Bolton Lucas and the ninth of ten children.

He graduated from Bridgewater College in 1944 and received his Masters of Divinity from The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, in 1948. While serving as associational missionary in the Shenandoah Association, he met his future wife, Beverly Hammond Lucas, who was his partner and helpmate in his ministry for 58 years before her death in 2004.

The Rev. Lucas began his pastorate at Boyce Baptist Church in Boyce. From there, he accepted a call to Shenandoah Heights Baptist Church in Waynesboro. He was a great believer in mission work and, with the support and assistance of the Shenandoah Heights congregation, began the Wayne Hills mission which later became Wayne Hills Baptist Church. He accepted a call to be full-time pastor at Wayne Hills and began what later became Westwood Baptist Church. He considered it an honor to be able to preach the 50 anniversary service at both Wayne Hills and Westwood. After he had fulfilled God’s plan for him in Waynesboro, he accepted a call to First Baptist Church in Monroe which became the mother church for West View Baptist Church in Madison Heights. He later became minister at New Prospect Baptist Church in Hurt, Virginia and in 1967 accepted the call to pastor a three church field in Cumberland, — Fitzgerald, Tarwallet and Oak Grove Baptist Churches. He remained in active ministry there until his “retirement.” After his retirement he held interim appointments throughout the Southside Region. He led Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in Arvonia, through a renovation program and was honored with the title of Pastor Emeritus. He held a full-time pastorate until he was 90, with his last pastorate being Cumberland Community Church.

The Rev. Lucas, often referred to as the “Cumberland community chaplain,” loved people, loved his community and loved to “give back.” He was a life member of the Cumberland County Ruritan Club as well as the Cumberland Rescue Squad, where he served as Chaplain. He was very honored to be named Squadman of the Year in 2006. A 50 year Mason, he was a Master Mason, Cumberland Masonic Lodge #283, a 32nd Degree Mason, and member of the Southside Shrine Club. Throughout the years, the Rev. Lucas was active in the Baptist General Association of Virginia serving on many boards and committees. He was especially proud of his affiliation with the Virginia Baptist Children’s Home which continued until his death.

In addition to his parents and wife, Rev. Lucas was preceded in death by four brothers-Walter, Clinton, Leslie, and Dennis Lucas; and four sisters-Edith Caldwell, Gladys Caldwell, Nellie Mullins, and Hazel Winstead. He is survived by his three children-Beverly Lucas Hill (Jerry) of Powhatan; Charles D. Lucas (Linda) of Clemmons, North Carolina; Richard D. Lucas (Mary) of Roanoke; nine grandchildren-Troy (Maryanne), Lindsey (Luke), Ben, Beth, Jeremy, Lauren, John, Scott, and Joshua; one great-grandson Matthew; numerous nieces and nephews; one sister, Dorothy Revere of Midlothian; one sister- in- law, Anne LaRue of Ranson, West Virginia; and four devoted friends and caretakers-Sabina Huotari, Hillary Gilbert, Beverly Wright, and Laurie Ann Higgins.

Viewing was held on Friday, July, 27 at Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn. Funeral services will be held at Dunkum Funeral Home, Dillwyn, on Saturday, July 28, 2012. Interment was in Trinity Cemetery in Daleville.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Cumberland County Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 171, Cumberland, VA 23040.

 

Janet Elizabeth Lindsay Moore

Janet Elizabeth Lindsay Moore, 68 formerly of Lynchburg Virginia, died on Monday, July 23, 2012, at Parham Road Health and Rehab Center in Richmond. Born Monday, May 15, 1944 in Bedford, She was the daughter of the late William Lindsay and the late Frances Powell Lindsay and granddaughter of the late John Mott Lindsay and the late Bessie Terry Lindsay of Bedford Virginia. She was employed by Meriwether Godsey and a member of the Salvation Army.

Surviving are brother, Jim Lindsay and his wife, Linda of Monroe, sisters, Nancy Powell Lindsay of Lynchburg, and Susan Virginia Lindsay of Bedford, A sister-in-law Sue Hopkins Lindsay of Richmond and three nephews; Bill Lindsay of Richmond, Virginia, Bob Lindsay and wife, Tina of Richmond, and James Lindsay and Natasha of Willington, N.C.

She was predeceased by brother, Opie David Lindsay. Janet graduated from Bedford High School, in Bedford. She earned a degree from The National Business College of Virginia, graduated from Ferrum College, and attended Radford College in Radford.

All who knew Janet loved her kind spirit, easy going way and her love for animals. Her hobbies included building dolls houses and collecting any kind of cat memorabilia.

A funeral service was held at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory located in Lynchburg. The family received friends one hour prior at the Funeral Home. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Bedford.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Lynchburg Humane Society, 3305 Naval Reserve Road Lynchburg, VA 24501 or the Salvation Army P.O. Box 2314 Lynchburg, VA 24505.

Online condolences may be made to the family at www.tharpfuneralhome.com.

 

Dorothy Linthicum Peters

Our Super Angel, Dorothy Linthicum Peters, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 14, 2012, at Virginia Baptist Hospital. Dorothy was born June 30, 1917, a daughter of the late Arthur E. and Rosilie Phelps Linthicum.

Dorothy celebrated her 95th birthday at the Amherst County Jail (Emergency Shelter) where she carried the word of God and praised Him to all there. She enjoyed her final day doing what she was so fond of — shopping!

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, of 54 years, William E. “Bill” Peters Sr.; a brother, George W. Linthicum; and a sister, Nellie L. Hall.

Dorothy leaves to mourn her passing her sons, William E. Peters Jr. (Sandra), James K. “Jimmy” Peters Sr. (Judy Trent), and F.E. “Inkey” Peters (Judy Tomlin); and a daughter, Charlene P. Bolling (Douglas). Survivors also include beloved grandchildren, Douglas W. “D.W.” Bolling Jr. (Lorrie), James K. “Kenny” Peters Jr. (Patricia), Frances Patton (Marty), Paula McFaden, Melissa Beth Campbell (Darryl), and Robert Peters (friend, Danielle Gormley); great-grandchildren, Zachary and Dylan Peters, Staff Sgt., USMC William Michael Moore (Olivia), Alexandria Moore (friend, Jerrett), Ryan Patton, Justin Nash, Josie Tucker, Leah and Cole McFaden, Jason and Tyler Campbell; and two great-great-grandchildren, Jackson Logan and Andrew Mason Lawhorne; and nephew, Lawrence Eugene Cunningham. The family extends love and appreciation to special granddaughter, Frances Patton; special great-granddaughter, Alexandria Moore; and special niece, Odell Foutty, for the love and care given to Dorothy over the years.

Thank you to Harold and Patsy Mayberry, who were faithful in keeping Dorothy as part of her church family by delivering a DVD of the church service each and every Sunday for years; Centra Hospice and the numerous caregivers who served Dorothy over the years. We greatly appreciate and love all of you!

When I get where I’m going And I see my maker’s face I’ll stand forever in the light

Of His amazing grace.

When I get to where I’m going There’ll be only happy tears I will shed the sins and struggles I have carried all these years.

I’ll leave my heart wide open I will love and have no fear Yeah when I get where I’m going Don’t cry for me down here.

I Love You All and Will See You in Heaven,

Dorothy

The family received friends at Whitten Monelison Chapel, and at other times at Dorothy’s residence. A funeral service was conducted Wednesday, July 18, 2012, at Oakdale Baptist church, 1154 Brightwell’s Mill Road, Madison Heights, VA 24572. Pastor Terry Wornstaff, of Oakdale Baptist Church, and Pastor David Peters, of Bethel Baptist Church officiated. Interment followed in Meade Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers please honor Dorothy’s wishes that memorial contributions take the form of contributions to Oakdale Baptist Church (address above), or to Bethel Baptist Church, PO Box 1200, Amherst, VA 24521, or to the Monelison Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad.

 

Sarah Jane Baker Pettus ‘Winky’

Sarah Jane Baker Pettus “Winky,” 66, of Concord, passed away July 24, 2012. She was the daughter of Eliza Armistead Baker and the late Charlie Baker. She was preceded in death by her brother William “Puddin” Baker.

She is survived by her daughter, Connie Pettus Holmes (Keith) of Woodbridge; mother, Eliza Baker of Concord; brother, Gabby Baker of Concord; sister, Carolyn Baker Asher of Lynchburg; two grandchildren, Cameren and Kadedra Holmes of Woodbridge; one sister-in-law, Ann Baker of Appomattox; four aunts, Elna (Roosevelt) Pennix of Brookneal, Shirley, Catherine, and Lora Baker; one great-aunt, Annie Rush of Lynchburg; two devoted cousins, Piperlyn Cheatham and Virginia Davis, both of Concord; one devoted niece, Margaret (Allen) Kinney of Madison Heights; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 29, 2012 at Hat Creek Baptist Church in Brookneal. Condolences may be expressed at www.JeffressFuneralHome.com. Jeffress Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Brookneal is in charge of the arrangements.

 

Robert G. Richardson ‘Red Dog’

On Thursday, July 19, 2012, the life of Robert G. Richardson, 67, closed on earth and he began a beautiful new journey with God. Born Oct. 20, 1944 in Amherst County he was the son of the late Ralph A. Richardson and Leora Simpson Richardson.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph Richardson Jr. and Luther Richardson; one sister, Shirley R. McCray.

Robert leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife of 45 years, Jacqueline D. Richardson; three daughters, Marie Jordan (Joseph), Stella Richardson and Carol Richardson, all of Madison Heights; one step-daughter, Julianna Smith of Lynchburg; two granddaughters, Dominique Jordan and Bailey Wade; one step-grandson, Alvin Wright Jr. and two step-great grandsons; he also leaves to mourn his memory three sisters, Rosetta Rucker (Edward) of Lynchburg, Mary Smith (Donald) and Ozelia Richardson, both of Madison Heights; mother-in-law, Annie B. Smith, of Lynchburg; three sisters-in-law, Alice Pannell (A.C) and Margaret Horsley (Melvin) of Lynchburg, Annie M. Smith, of Washington, DC and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Alan B. Pearson Cancer Center, special thank you to Dr. Kathleen Paul and the staff of Centra Hospice.

A funeral service was held Monday, July 23, 2012 at Piney Hill Baptist Church, Amherst with the Rev. Donald Rucker, officiating. The interment was in the church cemetery. The family received at 186 Pinecrest Dr. Madison Heights. His remains were in state one hour prior to the funeral service. The cortege assembled at 186 Pinecrest Dr.

Condolences may be sent to www.Davis-Turner.com. Service of comfort rendered by Davis-Turner Funeral Service.

 

Eleanor Christian Staples

Eleanor Christian Staples, 89, of Madison Heights, passed away peacefully on July 25, 2012 at home surrounded by family. She was the wife of the late Edward Gates Staples, Jr. Born Oct. 12, 1922 in Gidsville, she was the eldest daughter of the late John Massie and Ruth Mays Christian.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband and parents; two brothers, John Massie Christian Jr., Lloyd Brown Christian; a sister, Faye Christian Hudson; brothers-in-law, Calvin Massie, Kenneth Warner, and Charlie Koch; a sister-in-law, Gladys Christian; and sons-in-law, Reginald Barrack, PhD and Rafael Porres, MD. She is survived by her daughters, Gwen Porres Patteson (Wayne) and Rebecca “Becky” Talley (Chris); two grandsons, Raphael Edward Porres, MD, and Sean Michael Porres; step-grandchildren, Amanda Talley Pruett (James), Jennipher Barrack Lucado (Mike), and Roderick Clifton Barrack (Carrie); step-great-grandchildren, Parker and Coleman Pruett, and Nathan and Kyle Lucado; sisters, Adeline Guthrie (Conrad), Jessalyn Dodson (Isaac), Julia Warner, Phyllis Massie, and Rosa Lee Koch; sisters-in-law, Irene Christian, and Bessie Staples Wood; brothers, Cecil Christian (Linda), Jerry Christian (Mary), Alvin Christian (Elsie); brother-in-law, R. Kent Hudson; and many nieces, nephews, and friends. Eleanor was a loving and devoted wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She was a dedicated employee of the J.C. Penney Co. and her customers brought her much joy. Eleanor retired after 38 years of service. She was also employed as a chemical laboratory analyst at American Cyanamid Co. She was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Driskill Funeral Chapel, 201 Grandview Dr., Amherst.

A visitation for family and friends was held at the funeral home on Sunday, July 29, 2012. Funeral services followed in the chapel and will be conducted by the Rev. David Christian (nephew). Services were followed by interment at Amherst Cemetery.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt love, thanks and appreciation to Julia Warner for her loving support, help, and devotion. Also, special thanks to Centra Hospice, and the Amherst and Pedlar Rescue Squads for their service.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 451, Amherst, VA 24521.

 

The Rev. Joseph Roger Vaughan

The Rev. Joseph Roger Vaughan, 71, of Roseland, departed this life Monday, July 30, 2012 at his home. Born in Nelson County Jan. 25, 1941, he was a son of the late Perry R. Vaughan and Maria Smith Vaughan.  Joseph was the Pastor of Sand Road Baptist Church in Esmont and of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Shipman. He was also a retired custodian from Rockfish Elementary after 27 years of service as well as a bus driver for Nelson County Public Schools. He was a member of the Nelson County Minister’s Deacons Deaconess Layman Union and the Piedmont Valley Sunday School Association. He was very active in the community, playing Santa Claus for many years.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Susie Stratton Vaughan; son, Jeffrey Jenkins of Philadelphia; daughters, Sandra Vaughan of Shipman and Tonya Vaughan of Roseland; two step-sons, Harry L. Jones Jr. and Albert J. Jones, both of Maryland; step-daughter, Jennifer L. Hearns of Palmyra; brothers, James Louis Vaughan (Elois) and Shaffer Vaughan (Thelma), both of Roseland; sisters, Ethel Jackson of Washington, D.C. and Mary Reed of Lynchburg; grandchildren, Sandra M. Turner and Michael E. Turner, Jr., both of Shipman; a number of step-grandchildren and three step great-grandchildren; a god-daughter, Brenda Loving; brothers-in-law, Rev. Johnny Long and Tony Long; sister-in-law, Brenda Long, Jessie Long, Parthenia Vaughan and Ida Vaughan, and a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Rev. Emma Long Vaughan; son, Michael Vaughan; brothers, Herbert, Perry Jr., Alex, George and Eddie, and sisters, Theatrice Lewis and Henrietta Conley.

A funeral service was conducted Sunday, August 5, 2012 at Oak Hill Baptist Church by the Rev. Ernie Morse, eulogist, and the Rev. Dorn Lewis and the Rev. Rodney Sandidge, officiating, with burial following in Oak Hill Memorial Gardens. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Byrum-Parr Funeral Home is serving the family.

 

Polly Williams

Polly Williams of Great Neck New York departed this life on Monday, July 30, 2012.

She leaves behind one daughter, Sandra Brady of Richmond, two brothers Wardell Willliams, of Amherst, Paul Williams (Doris) of North Carolina, one sister Phyllis Rucker of Amherst, one sister in law Wanetta Rucker of Amherst, two granddaughters, one great grandaughter, two nieces, one nephew, cousins and a host of friends.  A memorial service will be held on August 11, 2012.

She is being creamated at the Rosemount Memorial Park 1109 Neck ane, Elizabeth, NY 07201, (800) 839-6871.

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