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Obituaries for Nov. 21, 2012

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Peggy Holloran Crawford

Peggy Holloran Crawford, 76, died peacefully, following a short illness, on Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, surrounded by her loving family, at Virginia Baptist Hospital.

She was the beloved wife of her high school sweetheart, John Wendell “Crow” Crawford for 43 wonderful years. They married days after her graduation from E.C. Glass High School in 1955

Born in Lynchburg, she was the daughter of the late John Walker Holloran, III and the late Nannie Fortune Holloran.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by one brother, John W. “Buddy” Holloran IV and one sister, Nancy H. Barrett.

Peggy was a member of Memorial Christian Church and she was a licensed real estate professional for more than 20 years. She was an accomplished watercolor painter, having created many beautiful works of art. In addition to her painting, her greatest joys were the beach and spending time with her family.

She is survived by two sons, W. Timothy Crawford and his wife, Vicki, of Amherst and M. Kelly Crawford and his wife, Janice, of Lynchburg; one daughter, Pamela C. Whetton and her husband, Mike, of Lynchburg and six grandchildren, Meghan C. Munsey and her husband, Matt, Joey Crawford, Josh Whetton, Sean Whetton, Sam Crawford and Matthew Crawford.

A graveside service was conducted Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012, at Fort Hill Memorial Park with the Rev. Virgil Knipp and the Rev. Sue Knipp officiating. After the service the family received friends at the home, 61 Maybrook Drive. The family received friends Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to the American Cancer Society, 2050 Langhorne Road, Suite 201, Lynchburg, VA 24501.

Curtis Hugh Hamilton

Curtis Hugh Hamilton, 76 of Lynchburg died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012 at home surrounded by his family. He was the devoted husband of Joann Beard Hamilton.

Curtis was born Oct. 15, 1936 in Lynchburg a son of the late Eddie Temple Hamilton and the late Ellen Rose Worley.

Curtis worked for 34 years with both Flavor Rich and Sealtest as a Milk Distributor. He was also a co-owner of the popular Hamilton’s Café.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three step-daughters: Lillian Reeves and husband George of Forest; Lindy Ramsey and husband Robert of Madison Heights; and Kym Foutz and husband Rick of Forest, five step-grandchildren, four step-great grandchildren, two brothers: Herman J. Hamilton of Lynchburg and Robert E. Hamilton of Evington, three sisters: Betty J. Murdock of Lynchburg, Nancy Lee McGann and Joanne H. Hammock both of Evington, and a host of nieces and one nephew.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother-in-law Jim Murdock.

Although Curtis was our “Stepdad” he took on a father roll from our very first meeting. We were always “his girls.” He never hesitated to come if we needed him. He was always kind, gentle and compassionate, ready to lend an ear or a hand. We loved to hear his stories and would laugh for hours with everyone. He loved each of us as if we were his own, and we loved him even more than that. Curtis was also a wonderful Papa and Great-granddad to all of our children. He enjoyed going to see them play sports or having some birthday “cakel”. We will miss him; he was the best Daddy in the world.

The family held a private memorial service for Curtis at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Alan B. Pearson Regional Cancer Center 1701 Thomson Drive Lynchburg, VA 24501.

Tharp Funeral Home Lynchburg is serving the family, 237-9424 or to send condolences go to

Danny Ray Hughes

Danny Ray Hughes, 50, of Madison Heights, passed away Nov. 4, 2012.

Born August 19, 1962, in Lynchburg, he was a son of Emmett and Frances Cofer Hughes, of Madison Heights.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Pamela Hughes.

He was employed at Automatic Conveyor Systems, and was a former employee of Waytec. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church. Danny enjoyed hunting, and fishing, and was a member of the Big Island Hunt and Fishing Club. He loved playing horseshoes, winning numerous trophies including a state championship in his class, in 2008.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his brother, Randy D. Hughes and wife Sharon, of Amherst; his sister, Charlene Hughes Padgett and husband Larry, of Madison Heights; special cousin, Chub Dalton, of Madison Heights; his best-friend, Billy Irvin, of Madison Heights. He was a loving uncle to numerous nieces, nephews, and great-nieces, and nephews.

The family received friends Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

A funeral service was conducted Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012 at the funeral home by the Rev. Kirk Farmer. Interment followed in Meade Cemetery, with a special prayer by the Rev. Jacob Uthup.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society of Amherst County, 318 Shelter Lane, Amherst, VA 24521.

Grant E. Kinney

A celebration of life memorial service for Grant E. Kinney was held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at Community Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carl Hutcherson officiating and the Rev. Andrew Hill eulogist.

The Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc — Gamma Omega chapter assembled prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Mount Shiloh Baptist Church or CALL — Adult Literacy Education Program in Amherst.

Community Funeral Home directing, (434) 847-7775.

Aaron C. ‘Chuckie’ Martin

Mr. Aaron C. “Chuckie” Martin, 45 of 3980 Landerwood Drive, Greensboro, N.C., departed this life Monday morning (10-22-12) in Danville.

Born Feb. 17, 1967 in Pittsylvania County, he was the son of the late Aaron LP Martin and Lillie Mae Fuller Martin.

He was an Army veteran and a truck driver with Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc. in Thomasville, N.C.

Mr. Martin is survived by his wife, Michelle Martin of Greensboro, N.C.; his son and daughter, Aaron and Alexis Martin, both of Greensboro, N.C.; a brother, Baron F. Martin (Joanne) of Philadelphia, Pa.; one sister, Sonja Martin Farmer of Danville; six aunts, Eloise Coles (Charlie) and Dorothea McLaughlin (James), all of Gretna, Clitis Adkins and Mozelle Trimar, both of Hyattsville, Md., Shirley Reynolds and Esther Thornton, both of Huntington, N.Y.; his mother and father-in-law, Charlie and Patsy Glass of Blairs; his brother-in-law, Michael Glass of Blairs, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were conducted Friday (10-26-12) at the chapel of Miller Funeral Home by Pastor Isaac Monroe. Interment followd in the Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. A viewing was held Thursday (10-25-12) at Miller Funeral Home. The family received friends at the residence of his aunt and uncle, Dorothea and James McLaughlin, 4232 Piney Road, Gretna.

Miller Funeral Home, Gretna is in charge of the arrangements.

Maurice Street Miles Jr.

Maurice Street Miles Jr., 84, of Madison Heights, passed away Nov. 6, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Ann Witt Miles.

Born Jan. 17, 1928, in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Maurice Street Miles Sr., and Ena Wilkerson Miles.

Mr. Miles was a United States Army veteran, and was retired from Overnight Transportation after over 30 years of service as a truck driver.

Survivors also include a sister, Betty Wilson, of Richmond; and a special great-nephew, Edward Shrewsbury of Concord, other relatives and many friends.

A graveside service was conducted Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Spring Hill Cemetery, with military honors by American Legion Post 16.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Amherst Veterinary Hospital, 3327 S. Amherst Hwy., Monroe, VA 24574.

James Edward ‘Jim’ Morcom

James Edward “Jim” Morcom, 78, of Monroe passed away Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012 at his home after an extended illness. He was the husband of Patricia “Pat” Doss Morcom. Born Oct. 16, 1934, in Amherst County, he was a son of the late George Alfred Morcom and Viola Stinnett Morcom.

He was a retired estimator with Piedmont Carpet Company and recently worked at Diuguid Funeral Service as a director’s assistant. He was a member of Madison Heights Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, Pat, he is survived by one son, George David Morcom and his wife, Diana, of Monroe; one daughter, Cerise “Mickey” M. Chappelle and her husband, Kirt, of Lynchburg; one brother Danny L. Morcom and his wife, Norma, of Arnoldsville, Ga.; one sister, Shirley M. Staton and her husband Bobby of Madison Heights; three grandchildren, Jamie L. Roberts, Teri M. Roberts and Matthew K. Webb. He was preceded in death by a son, James Edwards Morcom II, a grandson, Justin Shaner Morcom, and a brother Richard D. Morcom and his faithful canine companion, “Mr. Mike.”

The family would like to thank Jim’s caregivers, Melissa Staples, Charles Bailey and Chris Jones for their excellent and loving care given to him.

A celebration of Jim’s life and faith was held Monday, Nov. 12, 2012 at Diuguid Wiggington Road Chapel with the Rev. Todd Blake and Rev. John Ragland officiating. The familyreceived friends for one hour immediately after the service. A reception and time of fellowship was held at the home of Jim’s sister, Shirley on Possum Island Road in Madison Heights following the visitation.

Memorial contributions may be made to Madison Heights Baptist Church-Building Fund, 329 Main Street, Madison Heights, VA 24572 or a charity of your choice.

Diuguid Funeral Service and Crematory-Wiggington Road Chapel, 384-8900, is serving the family. Online condolences may sent to

Ronald (Ronny) Wayne Perdue Sr.

Ronald (Ronny) Wayne Perdue Sr., 74, of Madison Heights, passed away, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012, due to complications of diabetes. He was the husband of 51 years to Donna Thacker Perdue.

Born October 5, 1938, in Appomattox, he was the son of the late George William and Catherine Lucado Perdue.

Ronald was a shoe stylist for Craddock-Terry Shoe Corporation, where he served for 32 years and he also worked for Fisher Auto Parts. He was also an active member of Madison Heights Baptist Church, where he served in Sunday school, deacon board, adult choir and other various committees. After retirement, he enjoyed participating in the Keenagers Group at the church. Throughout his life he loved to return to the farm where he grew up in Appomattox feeding the cows and riding the tractors.

In addition to his wife, Ronald is survived by his son Ronald Wayne Perdue Jr. (Janice Parker) of Lynchburg; his daughter, Susan Thornton and her husband Tom of Lynchburg; two granddaughters, Claire and Catherine Thornton; sister, Lucy Harvey and her husband Ben of Appomattox; two brothers, Charles Perdue and his wife Jane of Appomattox and William R. Perdue of Lynchburg; niece, Sue Wilson and nephews, Daryl Perdue, William D. Perdue and Benny Harvey.

A funeral service was conducted Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Whitten Monelison Chapel with the Rev. Todd Blake officiating. Interment followed in Fort Hill Memorial Park.

The family received friends Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012, at Whitten Monelison Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Madison Heights Baptist Church Building Fund, the American Diabetes Association or the Madison Heights Rescue Squad.

Sonja Delores Lawhorne Stephens

Sonja Delores Lawhorne Stephens, 59, of Lynchburg, died Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2012. She was the wife of the late Robert Lee Stephens. Born Wednesday, Dec. 31, 1952 in Lynchburg, Sonja was a daughter of the late Jere Tucker and Marion Powell Tucker.

Sonja is survived by her daughter, Shawnee Acree and Anthony, of Lynchburg, a grandson, Quinten Stephens, of Lynchburg, two sisters: Myrna Saunders, and her husband, Bill, of Amherst, and Linda Seigla, of Lynchburg, a brother, Keith Michael Tucker, and his wife, Wanda, of Lynchburg, and a sister in-law Hope Lawhorne.

In addition to her husband and her parents Sonja was preceded in death by a brother, Carl Wayne Lawhorne.

Sonja was a loving and caring mother, grandmother and sister. She will be missed by all her family.

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

Averille Bersch Temples

Averille Bersch Temples, 98, of Lynchburg, died on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. She was the wife of the late Hansford Clark Temples for 60 years. Born in Lynchburg, Sept. 19, 1914, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Hewling Bersch and Annie Walden Bersch.

Averille was a homemaker and an “Avon Lady” for 25 years. She was an active member of Beulah Baptist Church for 70 years, where she served in a variety of roles. She was a charter member of the Ivanhoe Garden Club. She loved people unconditionally, and was faithful in her Christian witness.

She is survived by her daughter: Jane T. Kiger (Louis), of Lynchburg; her daughter-in-law: Judie M. Temples of Charlotte, N.C.; five granddaughters: Nancy K. Campbell (Vince) of Madison Heights; Barbara K. Campbell (John) of Fayetteville, N.C.; Shirley K. Lee (Ron) of Forest; Kristi T. Chan (David) of Overland Park, Kan.; Lori T. Armistead (Paul) of Durham, N.C.; 10 great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is preceded in death by her son: James Hansford Temples; a sister: Carrie B. Williamson; and two brothers: Ernest Bersch and Baxter Bersch.

The family received friends Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012, in Beulah Baptist Church. The funeral service followed with Dr. Dennis Hollandsworth, Dr. John Campbell and the Rev. David Chan officiating. Private interment was in Fort Hill Memorial Park.

The family expresses appreciation to her caregivers: Vicky Litchford and Carla Litchford. The family would also wish to thank Alice Powell, R.N., and Martha Hager, N.P., both with Centra Hospice.

Memorial contributions may be made to Beulah Baptist Church, 528 Leesville Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502. Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg, is assisting the family (434) 237-9424.

Condolences may be made at

Margaret Anne Hunt Wooldridge

Margaret Anne Hunt Wooldridge, 76, of Lynchburg, passed away Oct. 22, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her husband Charles Hal Ewing Wooldridge Sr.

Born Feb. 16, 1936, in Lynchburg, she was a daughter of the late Craddock Terry Hunt and Katie Motley Hunt.

She was retired from CVTC, and was a member of College Hill Baptist Church. She touched many young lives by providing daycare in her home for over 25 years. She loved the beach and Elvis. She was a great cook, loved animals, reading and Carolina basketball, but most of all she loved her family.

Survivors include two children, Charles “Woody” Wooldridge Jr. and wife Marcia, and Tracie Lynne Wooldridge Hayes and husband Bill; her sister, Nancy Clara Hunt; three grandchildren, Daniel Wooldridge and fiancée Kayla, Jeremy Wooldridge and wife Jordan, and Brandon Wooldridge; two great-grandchildren, Noah and Carter Wooldridge, all of Lynchburg; special friend, Debbie Woodfin and husband Richard Jr., of Madison Heights; granddogs, Reno, Tahoe, Buddy, and Yogi, other relatives and friends.

The family received friends at Whitten Timberlake Chapel. A funeral service was conducted Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at College Hill Baptist Church, by the Rev. Andrew P. Grose. Interment followed in Fort Hill Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Lynchburg Humane Society 3305 Naval Reserve Street, Lynchburg, VA 24501.

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