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Stephen Russell Booth

Stephen Russell Booth, 92, of Concord, went to be with his Lord Saturday, April 27, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his family. He was born in Campbell County, Feb. 24, 1921, a son of the late George Marvin Booth and Katie Thompson Booth.

Russell was a farmer for much of his life and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II. Specifically he served with the 2nd Division, Company K, 9th Infantry Regiment, overseas through Northern Ireland, England and France. For his service, he was awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star and the World War II Victory Medal. Russell was a member of Thomas Road Baptist Church for the past 55 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Alma Nash Booth; one brother, John E. Booth; and two sisters, Virginia B. Coffee and Lura B. Carwile.

He is survived by one daughter, Doris Booth Thompson and her husband, Tommy, of Hopewell; two brothers, George M. Booth Jr., Clarence A. Booth and Gladys B. Patterson, all of Lynchburg; one granddaughter, Diane Marie Bryant and her husband, Forrest, of Madison Heights; one grandson, David Wayne Austin and his wife, Theresa, of Spout Spring; and five great grandchildren, Kaity Taylor, Ryan Taylor, Stephanie Bryant, Chad Bryant and Logan Austin.

The family received friends Monday, April 29, 2013, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel and at other times at the residence. A funeral service was conducted Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Whitten Timberlake Chapel with Pastor Jonathan Falwell officiating. Interment followed in Fort Hill Memorial Park with military honors by the American Legion Post 16.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Thomas Road Baptist Church, 1 Mountain View Road, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

Ruby Hughes Dalton

Ruby Hughes Dalton, 86, of Madison Heights, passed away Monday, April 29, 2013, at her residence. She was the wife of the late James Edward Dalton.

She was born March 29, 1927, in Madison Heights, the daughter of the late Willie Andrew “Sweetie” Hughes and the late Maude Cyrus Hughes and was also preceded in death by three brothers and one sister.

She was retired from Craddock and Terry Shoe Corp. and was a member of Northside Baptist Church for 49 years.

Mrs. Dalton is survived by two sons, Kenneth Dalton of Madison Heights and James Dalton and wife, Patsy, of Forest; one brother, Emmett Hughes and wife, Frances, of Madison Heights; three grandchildren, Mark Anthony Dalton Sr., Jennifer Lynn Campbell and husband, R.J., and Jeannie Dalton; and four great-grandchildren, Army Specialist Mark Anthony Dalton Jr., Blake Andrew Dalton, Jared Campbell, and Jade Campbell; and one step grandson, Dallas Gray.

A funeral service was conducted Thursday, May 2, 2013, at Northside Baptist Church with Pastor Jacob Uthup officiating. Interment followed in Meade Cemetery. The family received friends Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at the church and other times at the residence.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider Northside Baptist Church.

Ryan Travis Daniel ‘Duck’

Ryan Travis Daniel “Duck,” 24, of Concord, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013.

He is survived by his parents, Tammy Lynn (Daniel) Fore and Edward Milton Fore of Concord.

Born July 15, 1988, in Lynchburg, he graduated from Rustburg High School in 2006. He was employed at Mail America, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was an avid Virginia Tech Hokies fan, and enjoyed many sports, including, hunting, fishing and NASCAR, his favorite driver was Kevin Harvick. Travis, loved people, he never met a stranger, and loved hanging out with his family and friends.

Survivors also include his brother, Jeffrey Lynn Guill Jr. of Lynchburg; maternal grandparents, Mary M. Jones of Madison Heights and Richard E. and Rosa M. Daniel of Madison Heights; paternal grandparents, Samuel E. and Adrith K. Fore of Gladys; and great-grandmother, Mrs. Annie M. King of Nathalie; three uncles, Anthony L. Daniel and wife, Denell, and their three children, Shane, Josh, and Hailey, of Fresno, Calif.; and Richard L. Daniel and wife, Tracy, and their three children, Brittany, Amanda, and Faith, of Madison Heights; and Shannon E. Daniel and wife, Crystal, and their children, McKenzie, Mitchell, Ryleigh and Brennan, of Madison Heights; two aunts, Erica Daniel Haskins and fiance, Brad Swafford and their children, Kevin, Atlanta, Nathan and Blake, of Madison Heights; and Kishauna Daniel of Madison Heights; and a multitude of so many special friends.

The family received friends Tuesday, April 30, 2013, at Whitten Monelison Chapel, and at other times at the residence. A funeral service was conducted Wednesday, May 1, 2013, at Calvary Baptist Church in Concord. Interment followed in Fort Hill Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to Wintergreen Fire and Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 711, Nellysford, VA 22958, or to your local fire and rescue squad.

The family invites everyone to visit his Facebook page, to see how wonderful, energetic and loving he was, Travis “Duck” Daniel.

Cathleen Pollard Doss ‘Doodle — Snoodle’

Cathleen Pollard Doss, 83, of 1813 Brookneal Highway, Rustburg passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2013 at her residence. She was the wife of the late Jessie Lee Doss. She was born April 5, 1930 in Charlotte County, a daughter of the late Roy Forest Pollard and Mabel Toler Pollard.

Cathleen was a homemaker who cared and loved her family and friends.

She is survived by a son, Jessie Lee Doss Jr. and wife, Kathy, of Monroe; four daughters, Betty Doss Enoch of Rustburg, Barbara Ann Goff and husband, Link, of Fort Worth, Texas, Linda Doss Vaughan and companion, Ray Bentley, of Appomattox, and Wendy Samantha Doss of Rustburg; 18 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren; two sisters, Joan P. Cash of Evington and Jean Marie Steele of Gladys; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by a son, Roger Dale Doss; a daughter, Brenda Doss Mann; a grandson, Lee Doss; a brother, Roy Forest Pollard Jr. and a sister, Virginia Ruth Brown.

A memorial service was conducted Monday, April 29, 2013 at Finch & Finch Funeral and Cremation Service, Gladys. The family received friends anytime at the residence.

The family suggests that those wishing to make memorials consider The American Cancer Society, 2050 Langhorne Road, Suite 201, Lynchburg, VA 24501 or American Diabetes Association, 4335 Cox Road, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060.

Please visit the online tribute at www.finchandfinchfuneralservice.com to share a memory or send a condolence to the family.

Bessie C. Ellison

Bessie C. Ellison, 88, of Madison Heights, transitioned to her Heavenly Father on Friday, April 26, 2013.

She was born Jan. 23, 1925, in Bedford County, to the late Will Carroll and Eleanor Younger Carroll. Bessie was also preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence D. Ellison; sisters, Frances Carroll and Hennetta C. Austin; brother, William D. Carroll; son-in-law, Anthony Johnson; and brother-in-law, Joseph Austin.

She is survived by her daughters, Barbara E. Austin (William), of Madison Heights and Bernice D. Ellison Johnson of Lynchburg; one granddaughter, Adrienne D. Austin, of Fairfax; one sister, Louise C. McDaniel (Harry); one sister-in-law, Thelma W. Carroll of Lynchburg; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was held Monday, April 29, 2013, at Altha Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Marcus Jones, officiating and the Rev. Warren Anderson, as eulogist. The interment was held at the church cemetery.

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

Shirley Aycock George

Shirley Aycock George, 72, of Phoenix Road, Arrington, died Sunday, May 19, 2013, at her residence. Shirley was born on July 20, 1940 in Rapides, La., a daughter of the late Earl W. Aycock and Mary Irene Moses Aycock. Besides her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, James E. George.

Shirley was a private duty home health care provider, a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister and friend to many.

She is survived by two sons, Ricky Boyle and Randy George; two daughters, Pamela Watts and Tammi George; four sisters, Sandra Barbari, Fern Davzat, Bonnie Gaspard and Hilda Walters; 12 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at the graveside in Centenary Memorial Cemetery at Arrington.

Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel of Lovingston.

Maryland J. Johnson

Maryland J. Johnson, 103, of Madison Heights, went to be with the Lord at his home on Tuesday, April 23, 2013. He was born Jan. 1, 1910, the son of the late Joseph Johnson and Georgia Miller Johnson Moorman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Missionary Virginia L. Graves Johnson; one son, James Johnson; three daughters, Mary Ann Johnson, Joyce Johnson Baker, Esther Mae Johnson; two stepchildren, Lawrence and Ida Mae Graves; one brother, Raymond Johnson; and one sister, Lula Johnson Morgan.

He was a very long time member of Christ Temple Apostolic Church, where he served as a deacon for over 65 years. He served on the usher board, Senior Choir, Trustee Board, Sunday school teacher and Sunday school superintendent. He was baptized in the name of Jesus over 70 years ago at Christ Temple Apostolic. When he became unable to stay by himself, he came to live with his daughter in Madison Heights where he became a watch care member of Promise Land Ministries, Lynchburg until his death.

He retired from the Norfolk and Western Railroad and from being a chauffeur to Richard Carrington for over 25 years. He also worked at the Glamorgan Foundry for many years.

He is survived by five daughters, Helen Johnson McPherson Pryor of Lynchburg, Violet Johnson Payne, of Greenville, N.C., Ruth Johnson Trimier-Jones of San Angelo, Texas, Christine Johnson Lewis Witcher (Elder Sandy) of Madison Heights and Gloria J. Johnson-Hunter of Lynchburg; three sons, Holice D. Johnson (Barbara) Massapequa, N.Y., District/Elder Donald Johnson of Madison Heights and Vincent B. Johnson, of Akron, Ohio; and a host of nephews, cousins, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

We would like to thank Elder Sandy Witcher for the great care he gave him during his years with them.

A funeral service was held Saturday, April 27, 2013, at New Dearington Baptist Church. The interment was held in Forest Hill Burial Park. He was in state at the church one hour prior to the service. The family received friends at the home of Elder Sandy and Christine Witcher 1585 Dixie Airport Road, Madison Heights. Family and friends assembled at the residence.

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

Versal Douglas Martin

Versal Douglas Martin “Johnny,” 56, of Amherst, passed away on Wednesday, April 24, 2013. He was born on Dec. 9, 1956, in Lynchburg, the son of the late Ruth Jean Whitehead Martin and Versal Martin.

Johnny is survived by his daughter, Crystal Michelle Ponton and husband, Michael; a grandson, Zachary Wayne Ponton; a sister, Sue Franklin Smith; an aunt, Lois Hughes and husband, Jack; a cousin, T.C.; and a good friend, Robert Stevens.

A visitation was held Saturday, April 27, 2013, at Driskill Funeral Chapel, 201 Grandview Drive, Amherst, VA 24502, (434) 946-5529.

Online condolences may be made at www.DriskillFuneral.com.

Jesse Allen Peacher

Jesse Allen Peacher, 80, of Amherst, passed away Saturday, April 27, 2013.

He was born Feb. 11, 1933, in Culpeper, a son of the late John and Daisy McCleary Peacher. He was also preceded in death by a son, Sherwin Peacher; and many brothers and sisters.

Mr. Peacher was a United States Navy veteran, having served during the Korean War. He was a carpenter by trade.

Survivors include seven children, Shirley P. Dichard, Sheila Peacher, Shane Peacher, Shannon Peacher, Michele Peacher, Sharon Rister, and Jesse A. Peacher Jr.; siblings, Esther Capatch, Charles, Pauline, and Kenneth Peacher; and Judy Leebrick and Kariann Peacher, who cared for him the last three years of his life; many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the American Legion Post 16, 1301 Greenview Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502.

Sgt. Major Curtis Wayne Perrow (Ret.)

Sgt. Major Curtis Wayne Perrow (Ret.), 70, of Maryland and formerly of Shipman, died Sunday, May 12, 2013 at his residence in Laurel, Md.

Born on Oct. 27, 1942 in Shipman, he was a son of the late James Henry Perrow and Catherine Bell Perrow. He was a retired United States Army veteran with 26 years of service.

He is survived by his wife, Debrah Perrow of Laurel, Md.; a son, Corey W. Perrow of Bowie, Md.; a daughter, Veronica L. Perrow of Bowie, Md.; a brother, Melvin Perrow of Charlottesville; four grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service was held Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Calvary Baptist Church in Lovingston. The Rev. Samuel Woodson officiated.

Interment followed in Bright Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Lovingston.

Arrangements were under the direction of Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel, Lovingston.

Clyde Emmette Ramsey

Clyde Emmette Ramsey, 71, of Amherst, went home to be with his Lord on Friday, May 17, 2013 in Amherst. He was the widower of Faye Gregory Ramsey.

Mr. Ramsey was born in Charlotte County, April 25, 1942 to the late Lewis Scott and Katherine Moore Ramsey. He was a heavy equipment operator, a member of Bethel Baptist Church and a volunteer at Fairmont Crossing.

Surviving are his daughter, Mary Ramsey Campbell and her husband, Heath, of Lowesville; three grandchildren, Hunter, Heather and Hailee Campbell; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Joyce Ann Collins and Jean Ramsey Garrett; and one brother, Jesse Richard Ramsey.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, May 21, 2013, in Amherst Cemetery. The family received friends Monday, May 20, 2013, at the funeral home and other times at the residence of Heath and Mary Campbell, 106 Cashtown Road, Roseland.

Memorials may be made to the Bethel Baptist Church Building Fund, Amherst Rescue Squad or Amherst Fire Department.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Driskill Funeral Chapel, Amherst, (434) 946-5529. Online condolences may be made at www.DriskillFuneral.com.

Eugene Samuel Rucker Sr.

On Monday evening, April 22, 2013, our Father Almighty found special favor with His Servant, Eugene Samuel Rucker Sr., of 870 N. Amherst Highway, and dispatched His angels to carry our loved one peacefully to His heavenly home.

A native of Amherst County, Eugene was born on Dec. 30, 1933, to the late Samuel Smith and Catherine Sandidge Rucker. He was the younger of two children and was predeceased by his brother, Robert Lee Rucker.

Eugene or “Sam Jr.,” as folks called him, confessed his faith in Christ at an early age and joined St. Peters Baptist Church in Clifford. He later joined Mount Shiloh Baptist Church when he married his wife and after many years as a faithful member there he joined Blue Ridge Baptist Church in Amherst.

He graduated from Amherst County’s Public School System after which he obtained his degree from North Carolina A&T and later furthered his education at Virginia Tech. Sam Jr., in his earlier years served in the United States Army and was stationed in Germany.

He worked as an independent brick mason and retired from the Campbell County School System as a masonry instructor as well as the United States Army with nearly 30 years of service in each.

Sam Jr. was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Yvonne Jones and leaves to cherish his memories, his two sons, Mr. Eugene S. Rucker Jr. (Agnes) and Mr. Rufus Lee Rucker (Indwina), both of Amherst; seven grandchildren, Clayton O. Townes of Lynchburg, Brian J. Townes of Amherst, Clarissa M. Rucker of Washington, D.C., Steven C. Davis of Richmond, Tatyana K. Rucker of Covington, Summer M. Rucker and Leilani J. Rucker of Amherst; four great-grandchildren, Markel T. Townes, Zaysia D. Townes, Sophie M. Townes, Kamare’ K. Foote-Davis, The Edwards and Hunt Family; as well as host of other relatives and friends.

The homegoing services were held at St. Peters Baptist Church Saturday, April 27, 2013. The family received family and friends at the church after the interment.

Franklin-Hutcherson Funeral Home is in charge of services, (434) 846-1337.

Connie Giles Van Horn

Connie Giles Van Horn, 60, of Madison Heights, passed away Wednesday, April 25, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, Michael G. Van Horn.

She was born July 9, 1952, in Fulton, N.Y., a daughter of the late William Henry Giles and is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Delair Giles of Fulton, N.Y. She is also survived by her three children, Tammy Hales of Waynesboro, Michelle Johnson and husband, Douglas, of Stuarts Draft, and Michael L. Van Horn, of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; her siblings, Betty La Quire and husband, Vincent, Kris Cooper, and husband, Shane, Norma Van Horn, and Colleen Giles, all of Fulton, N.Y.; two grandchildren, Adam and Andrew Johnson; other relatives and many friends.

Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to the Humane Society of Amherst County, P.O. Box 614, Amherst, VA 24521.

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