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Obituaries for the week of August 7, 2013

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Imogene Liggon Cabell

Imogene Liggon Cabell, 61, of Madison Heights, entered into eternal rest on July 16, 2013, at Virginia Baptist Hospital. She was born on March 1, 1952, to Isabelle Liggon and the late Jasper Liggon.

Imogene touched so many lives over the last 38 years educating and motivating students in the math department of Amherst County High School. She was also a devoted and active member of Bolling Hill Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother, Imogene is survived by her loving husband, Scott Cabell of 43 years and their children, Jeffrey (Aletha) Cabell and Valerie (Jerome) Chambers; four grandchildren, Jamie, Aliyah, Anna and Ramejya; her siblings, Nancy Flood, Melinda (Otis) Oliver, Deanna Woodson and Jason Liggon; one brother-in-law, Allen (Lottie) Cabell; five sister-in-laws, Frances (Edward) Glenn, Virginia Agnew, Ocie Cabell, Sally Cabell and Gladys Cabell; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will forever cherish her memory.

A special thank you to the doctors and staff at Virginia Baptist Hospital Hospice, the Amherst Dialysis Center and the Alan B Pearson Cancer Center for the care of Imogene.

A funeral service was conducted Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Bolling Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Edward Jones Sr., eulogist, and the Rev. Russell Lee, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. The family received friends and the cortege assembled at 290 Glade Road, Madison Heights.

Condolences may be emailed to Community Funeral Home directing www.communityfuneralhome

Patricia Lee Campbell

Patricia Lee Campbell of Madison Heights, went to be home with the Lord on Friday, July 19, 2013, after a life of being a wonderful wife, loving mother, Nannie and great friend to everyone she met.

She leaves behind her husband of 38 years, Ray Campbell; four children, Cindy Cutler and husband, Chris, Wendy Saunders and husband, Kevin, Michael Farlow Jr. and wife, Virginia, and Bernard Farlow and Melissa Carter; three stepsons, R.J. Campbell, Larry Campbell and Robbie Campbell: two sisters, Linda S. Brooks and Shelby S. Fitzpatrick; eleven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, who all adored their Nannie. She will be sadly missed by all who rejoice that she is now in the hands of the Lord.

The family and friends were received Sunday, July 21, 2013, at 129 Abby Court A celebration of her life will was conducted Monday, July 22, 2013, at Oakdale Baptist Church.

The family requests that those wishing to make memorial contributions, please consider Oakdale Baptist Church, 1154 Brightwell Mill Road, Madison Heights, VA 24572.

Cynthia Creacy

Cynthia “Cindy” Louise Creacy, 54, of Centennial, Colo., formerly of Lynchburg, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2013.

The celebration of her life was held Saturday July 27, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Monroe, the Rev Norman Ryan officiated. A reception followed in the Fellowship Hall. Private burial followed the funeral.

Cindy was born in Borger, Texas, on Dec. 31, 1958. She graduated from Brookville High School, Lynchburg, and continued on to receive a degree in Education from Lynchburg College. Cindy worked as a teacher until shortly before her death. Her lifetime passion was working with young children. In her spare time Cindy loved to walk in the mountains.

She is survived by daughter, son-in-law and grandson, Sarah, Jake and Jonah Ryan of Amherst; parents, Clarence and Carolouise Creacy of Buchanan Dam, Texas; brother and sister-in-law; Steve and Jill Creacy of Memphis, Tennessee; sister, Benita Creacy of Centennial, Colorado; nephews, Matthew Creacy and Daniel Scantland; nieces, Kelsey Scantland, Jessica Creacy Dugas, Aleene Scantland, Amanda Arnold and Hannah Arnold; and other family and friends.

Donald Urbon ‘Running Horse’ Dukes

Donald Urbon “Running Horse” Dukes, 67, of Madison Heights, passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the VCU Medical Center in Richmond. orn March 4, 1946, in Beaumont, Texas, he was the son of the late Curtis Albert and Birdie Ann Norman Dukes. e was retired from the U.S. Navy, where he served multiple tours during the Vietnam War and was a member of Holcomb Rock Baptist Church.

Mr. Dukes is survived by the love of his life, JoAnn Carter Druin of Madison Heights and her children and grandchildren; his sister, Connie Passmore and husband, Jimmie, of Lufkin, Texas; two nieces and grandnieces.

A graveside service, with military honors by American Legion Post 16, was conducted Thursday, July 25, 2013, at Briarwood Memorial Gardens with the Rev. David Stewart officiating.

Gracie Gentry

Mrs. Gracie Gentry departed this life on Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the home of her daughter. She was born on April 1, 1919, to the late Edward and Arelia Thomas.

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Cashwell; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was conducted Monday, July 22, 2013, at Mt. Shiloh Baptist Church, Monroe, with Pastor Andrew Hill officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Her remains were in state at the church one hour prior to the service. The family received friends and the cortege assembled at 104 Friendly Acres Lane, Monroe.

Condolences may be emailed to Community Funeral Home directing www.communityfuneralhome

Captain Niles R. Gooding Jr., USN (ret.) (‘Whitey’)

Interment with honors in Arlington National Cemetery will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15. Reception will immediately follow in Ft. Myer Officers’ Club. For directions go to

Driskill Funeral Chapel, Amherst.

Janie Howard Hamilton

Janie Howard Hamilton, 93, of Williamsburg, (formerly of Lynchburg), died on Thursday morning, July 18, 2013. She was born on Oct. 7, 1919, in Goode, Bedford County, as the fourth daughter of David Royal and Mary Rives Layne Howard.

Janie was preceded in death by her husband, William Leonard Hamilton; a sister, Frances H. Turner; four brothers, Warren David Howard, Louis Clayton Howard Sr., George Eldridge Howard, and Everett Odell Howard.

Janie has two surviving sisters, Virginia H. Henley of Clinton, S.C. and Elizabeth H. Harris of Richmond; a sister-in-law, Virginia A. Howard of Madison Heights; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Janie has two married sons and four grandchildren, Bill and Ann Marie Hamilton of Williamsburg, their daughter, Leigh and son, Andrew; John and Pam Hamilton of Newark, Del., their sons, Christopher of Arlington, and Steven of Charlotte, N.C. (all formerly of Richmond).

After graduating from Boonsboro High School, Janie struck out to see the world. She attended college in Richmond, before joining the Department of the Navy as a civilian employee. This ultimately took her to Indianapolis, Ind., where she met her husband, Bill in 1954; they were married on April 2, 1955. In 1962, the Hamilton family moved to Lynchburg, where Janie and Bill raised their children. Janie and Bill were both avid golfers and excellent bridge players. Janie began a second career at Miller & Rhoads, where she worked from 1972 to 1986. Janie was a member of First Presbyterian Church.

A celebration of Janie’s life was held Monday, July 22, 2013, at First Presbyterian Church in Lynchburg, with a visitation prior to the service. A graveside service followed in Trinity Episcopal Church Cemetery at 104 Walnut Hollow Road.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial contributions should consider the Arthritis Foundation, P.O. Box 96280 Washington, DC 20077, or First Presbyterian Church of Lynchburg, 1215 Virginia Episcopal School (VES) Road, Lynchburg, VA 24503.

William Houston Harris

William Houston Harris, 76, of Sanford N.C., passed away Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the home of his daughter, Frances Summerlin in Sanford, N.C.

Born Aug. 3, 1936, in Charlotte County, he was the son of the late Otha Everett and Nellie Mae Dority Harris and was also preceded in death by a son, Otis Houston “Bones” Harris; a sister, Joyce Harris Covington; and three brothers, Bobby Lee Harris, Eddie Harris, and Buck Harris.

He was a retired mechanic with the Farm Service.

Mr. Harris is survived by two sons, William Anthony Harris (Tammy) of Heartsville, S.C., and Curtis Wayne Harris (Shirley) of Madison Heights; three daughters, Sylvia H. Clay (Jimmy) of Rustburg, Frances H. Summerlin (Timothy) of Sanford, N.C., and Teresa Savage (Roger) of Lynchburg; one sister, Shirley Waller of Brookneal; one brother, Otha Harris Jr. (Judy) of Appomattox; nine grandchildren, Heather Howard (Terry), Naomi Jackson, Britney Clay, Michelle Star Harris, Tiffany Clay, Brittany Harris, Holly Summerlin, Heidi Summerlin, and Dustin Clay; five great-grandchildren; and close friends, Laverne Harris and Wayne Lovelace of Brookneal and Alexis Stone of Sanford, N.C.

A funeral service was conducted Sunday, July 21, 2013, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Sam Smith, minister, officiating. Interment followed in Cumbie Memorial Cemetery in Rustburg. The family received friends Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the funeral home and other times at 4574 Sugar Hill Road, Brookneal.

The Rev. Alvin J. Jones

The Rev. Alvin J. “Bill” Jones, 74, of Concord, died on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at his residence. He was the husband of Mrs. Elaine Davis Jones and the son of the late Mr. Berkley and Isabell Cheatham Jones.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Davis Jones of the home; children, Henry Mitchell of South Boston, Marilyn Hall of Lynchburg, Samuel Jones, Clarence Jones and Priscilla Adams (James), all of Gretna, Loretta Epperson (Lavell) of Clover, Howard Calloway of Altavista, Arvin Calloway (Linda) of Brookneal, Norris Calloway and Oscar Calloway, both of Concord; a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; one sister, Shirley Mitchell of Concord; one brother, Russell Jones of Concord; two sisters-in-law, Lucy McDaniel of Evington and Nell Monroe of Gladys; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Sam, Frank, and Banks; and one sister, Esther.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 21, 2013, at St. Luke Baptist Church in Brookneal with interment in the church cemetery. Family received friends Saturday, July 20, 2013, at the funeral home.

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

Deaconess Gladys Ann Lee

Deaconess Gladys Ann Lee, 74, of Amherst, found peace for eternity in the arms of Jesus on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at Virginia Baptist Hospital. Gladys was born on June 18, 1939, to Booker and Christine Essex.

Gladys leaves to cherish her memory her husband of 51 years, Charlie Lee; two sons, Jerome Lee of Amherst, and Gary Lee (Regina) of Madison Heights; four grandchildren, Rita Brown, Charles Lee, Asia Lee and Sebastian Lee; four great-grandchildren, Trey Brown, Ke Ke Brown, Tater Jackson and Sharnell Jackson; two devoted sisters, Mary Johnson, of Pottstown, Pa., and Alice (Ray) Douglas, of Roseland; one sister-in-law, Evelyn Essex, of Massies Mill, and a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held Monday, July 22, 2013 at New Jerusalem Baptist Church, Amherst with the Rev. Rodney Harris, officiating, and the Rev. Diggs, eulogist. The interment was in the Lee Family Cemetery. A viewing was held Sunday, July 21, 2013.

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

Holly Elizabeth McQuarry

Holly Elizabeth McQuarry, 27, of Lynchburg, went to be with the Angels on Monday, July 15, 2013. She was born in Virginia Beach, on April 10, 1986.

Holly graduated from Heritage High School in Lynchburg and was currently employed by Wells Fargo as a personal banker. She was a devoted mother to her son, Cole.

She is also survived by her parents, Dale McQuarry of Virginia Beach and Mark McQuarry of Amherst; four sisters, Whitney Atkinson of Virginia Beach, Courtney Stricklan of Colorado Springs, Colo., Cameryn Parker of Virginia Beach, and Trinity Parker of Virginia Beach; her maternal grandparents, Ed and Helen Sprinkle of Lynchburg; her paternal grandmother, Pat McQuarry; Cole’s father, Chris Creasy of Appomattox; and also a host of close friends and other relatives.

A celebration of life service was conducted at Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg, 220 Breezewood Drive, Lynchburg, on Friday, July, 19, 2013, with a visitation one hour prior.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to be made to the Holly McQuarry Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank.

Condolences may be made at Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family (434) 237-9424.

William ‘Billy’ Mulk

William Mulk, 95, of Madison Heights passed away Saturday, July 20, 2013, at his residence. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Cornelia Reagan Mulk.

Born in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., April 23, 1918, he was the son of William and Pauline Lenowitz Mulk.

He was retired from Chase Manhattan Bank and was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Catherine M. Whitebread and Patricia Ann Skerrett; and two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Daniel.

A memorial mass was scheduled at a future date.

Memorial contributions should be made to Holy Cross Catholic Church, 710 Clay Street Lynchburg, VA 24504.

Leslie Withers Ponton ‘Buck’

Leslie Withers Ponton “Buck,” 85, of Lovingston, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 at UVA Hospital. Born in Roseland, Dec. 28, 1927, he was a son of the late Stephen Withers Ponton and Ruby Gowan Ponton.

Buck was a U.S. Navy Korean War veteran and had been a retired manager from the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control where he worked for many years. He had also been a fruit grower and cattle farmer. Buck attended and was a faithful member of Jonesboro Baptist Church where he actively served as church clerk, Sunday school teacher, deacon and choir member. He was also the most current treasurer of the Nelson County Farm Bureau.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Barbara Johnson Ponton; son, Leslie Julian Ponton of Linthicum, Md.; daughter, Lisa Ponton Wooten of Waynesboro; brothers, Albert L. Ponton (Marie) and Homer G. Ponton (Frances), both of Lovingston, Leo F. Ponton (Frances) of Charlottesville, Douglas Ponton (Imogene) of Nellysford, Miller Ponton (Sylvia) of Stuarts Draft, and Alvin Ponton of Roseland; sisters, Mildred P. Hubbard of Appomattox, and Shirley P. White (Wilson) of Roseland; grandchildren, Anthony Blake Wooten of Lovingston, and Lauren W. Adams (Kevin) of Arrington; and sisters-in-law, Addie Ponton and Deanna Ponton, both of Roseland.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Lawrence C. Ponton and Julian P. Ponton.

A funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 at Jonesboro Baptist Church by the Rev. Wayne Underwood with burial following in the church cemetery. The family received friends Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 at Byrum-Parr Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Repair Fund at Jonesboro Baptist Church, 9215 Patrick Henry Highway, Roseland, VA 22967.

Norvell Haven Vaughan Jr. ‘Babe’

Norvell Haven Vaughan Jr. “Babe,” 72, of Arrington, departed this life Monday, Aug. 1, 2013 at his home. Born in Nelson, Sept. 23, 1940, he was a son of the late Norvell Haven Vaughan Sr. and Tempest Randolph Vaughan.

He had retired from Blue Ridge Railroad as a railroad foreman and in his retirement had been a driver for Jaunt.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Christine Connie Vaughan; a son, Duvell Haven Vaughan “Go Go” and his wife, Ingrid, and their children, Isabella and Sebastian; daughters, Tammy Vaughan Randolph and her husband, Cedric, and their children, Kiana, Danicia and Anayaih, of Arrington, and Joyce Lofty and her husband, Joseph, and their children, Joseph Jr. and Jordan, of Madison Heights; brothers, Duval Vaughan and Richard Vaughan; sisters, Wallace “Wally” Robinson and Lula V. Colon and her husband, Julio Jr.; mother-in-law, Julia Jett; sister-in-law, Queen Jett; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia “Ginny Bell” Hudson.

A funeral service was held Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 at Byrum-Parr Funeral Home by the Rev. Howard L. Grooms Jr. Burial followed in New Mount Memorial Gardens. The body was available for viewing on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013.

Harry Franklin Wood Jr.

Harry Franklin Wood Jr., 83, of Evington, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Born July 4, 1930, in Lynchburg, he was the son of the late Harry Franklin Wood Sr. and Elsie Hepinstall Wood and was also preceded in death by a son, Barry R. Wood and two sisters, Shirley W. Tucker and Gloria Maxey.

Junior was retired from Montague Betts. He was the foreman in charge of providing the steel fabrication from Montague Betts for the World Trade Center. He was very proud to be a member of the United States Marine Corps., where he served a tour in the Korean War and received a Purple Heart.

He is survived by five sons, Terry Wood and wife, Rita, of Forest, Landon Wood of Pilot Mountain, N.C., Derek Wood of Lynchburg, Brian Wood of Forest, Craig Wood of Evington; one daughter, Trina Carter and husband, Danny, of Goode; 11 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronnie Wood and wife, Betty, of Rustburg and W.T. Wood of Madison Heights.

He enjoyed gardening and bird watching. He has now joined loved ones of the past and will be greatly missed by his loved ones of the present.

A graveside service was conducted Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Fort Hill Memorial Park with Dr. Dennis Hollandsworth officiating. Military honors were provided by American Legion Post 16. The family received friends Friday, July 19, 2013, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel.

The family would like to thank a caregiver, Denise Wade for the wonderful care she provided our father.

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