Obituaries Nov. 14 publication

Posted on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Posted Monday, Nov. 18

John D. Busbee

John, born in Louisa County, died at his home in Franklin, Tennessee, on November 15, 2013, at the age of 84.

He is survived by his wife, Jo; his daughter, Joann Henslee and her husband, Charlie, of Brentwood, Tennessee; his granddaughter, Alexis Henslee of Nashville, Tennessee; and grandson, Charles “Chip” Henslee also of Nashville.

He was preceded in death by his mother and father, Annie and Ollie Busbee of Gordonsville; and a brother, Larkin, of Melbourne, Florida.

John was employed for 35 years by State Farm Insurance in Charlottesville, retiring in 1988.

Fulfilling John’s wishes, his burial at Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa, will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, 3355 Berkmar Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22901

Visit www.woodwardfuneral.com for online guestbook.

 

Cecily A. Clemons

Cecily Ann Clemons, 23, made a peaceful departure from our world and into the arms of Jesus on Thursday, November 14, 2013, quietly resting at home and in her bed, with her loving parents by her side. We are in awe of her tremendous strength of resolve and perseverance in the face of a two year battle against leukemia.

She is survived by her parents, Guy and Cecile Clemons; and an extended group of family and friends.

A celebration of her life will be held at First Baptist Church Ashland, 800 Thompson Street, Ashland, VA 23005 on Saturday, Nov. 23 from 2 until 3 p.m., with a reception to follow. Visitation with family will be held one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions made to the Clemons Family Fund in care of First Baptist Church Ashland.

Arrangements are being made by Nelsen Funeral Home and Crematory, Ashland.

 

Hannah L. Grooms

Hannah Lee Grooms entered her eternal rest on Sunday, November 10, 2013, at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville.

She was the daughter of the late Frank and Carrie Burruss Grooms and John and Ethel Grooms Minor.

Hannah accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age and was a member of the Foster Creek Baptist Church, Louisa. She served on the senior choir, gospel ensemble, missionary board, and Willing Workers. She was a faithful member and loved her church and church family.

Hannah was educated in the Louisa County Public Schools. She worked for General Electric for 37 years and was very dedicated until her retirement. She had a great love for her family, a beautiful smile, was very kind, compassionate and loved dining out at Red Lobster and Wood Grille.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Frances Johnson; a brother, Shelton Grooms; and a sister, Windell Hackney.

Hannah is survived by one son, Cornell Johnson (Nancy) of Troy; two daughters; Ethel Williams of Louisa, and Dale Lindsay (Jerome) of Troy; one grandson, Brandon Johnson (LaToya); four granddaughters, Krista Johnson, Natosha Lindsay, Brooke Williams and Ebony Lindsay; five great-grandchildren, D’Naisha Lindsay, Elijah Wilson-Johnson, Isaiah Harper, Kaleb Hill and Leonna Johnson; three brothers, Frank Grooms Jr. (Ricky), Carl Grooms (Millie) and Willie Mason (Dorothy); three sisters, Julia Thurston (Eugene), Mary Frances Henderson and Lucy Epps; a devoted friend, Rosie Burruss; three uncles, two aunts and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Michael Crawley Jr., will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at Foster Creek Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Grooms Family Cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa.

Visit www.ddwatsonmortician.com for online guestbook.

 

Helen L. Mastin

Helen Lois Mastin, 80, of Louisa County, was taken home by angels to her heavenly family Friday, November 15, 2013, at University of Virginia Medical Center, Charlottesville.

Mrs. Mastin was a member of Mine Road Baptist Church in Spotsylvania County. She was a charter member of the Spotsylvania Rescue Squad.

Survivors include her sons, Calvin “Tyke” Mastin (Allison) of Spotsylvania County and Bryant J. Mastin and his fiancé, Norma, of Orange County; her daughters, Rebecca Ouellette (Fred) of Stafford County and Sharon Brascher (John) of Mineral; her brothers, Kenneth Nestor (Lori) of Knoxville, Tennessee, and Theodore Nestor of Spotsylvania; her sisters, Dorothy Gustafson of King George County and Joan Davitt (Carl) of Spotsylvania; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and very special friends, Pam and Bill Adkison.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Kenneth E. and June Messersmith Nestor; her husband, Calvin Mastin; and her stepson, Gerald Mastin.

Memorial donations in her name may be made to BB&T Bank, Mineral, account # 0005535568830.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Mine Road Baptist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

Visit www.woodwardfuneral.com for online guestbook.

Posted Thursday, Nov. 14

John Herbert Akers Sr.

John Herbert Akers Sr., 91, of Culpeper, died Sunday, November 10, 2013, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

He was born July 8, 1922, in Rocky Mountain to the late Peter and Sally Belcher Akers.

Mr. Akers was an auto parts salesman for Culpeper, Orange and Warrenton auto parts stores.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Southworth Clough Akers; three children, Patricia A. Akers of Thomasville, North Carolina, John H. Akers Jr. of Williamsburg, and stepson, James O. Clough of Harrisonburg; one sister, Merle Prillaman of Roanoke; one brother, E.C. Akers of Blue Ridge; three grandchildren, William Peyton Akers of Williamsburg, Ellen A. and Grace E. Clough, both of Harrisonburg; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Cora W. Akers, and six siblings.

A funeral service, conducted by Pastor Randy Orndorff, was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, Clupeper.

Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Arrangements were made by Found and Sons Funeral Chapel of Culpeper.

Visit www.foundandsons.com for online guestbook.

 

Hannah L. Grooms

Hannah Lee Grooms entered her eternal rest on Sunday, November 10, 2013, at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville.

She was the daughter of the late Frank and Carrie Burruss Grooms and John and Ethel Grooms Minor.

Hannah accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age and was a member of the Foster Creek Baptist Church, Louisa. She served on the senior choir, gospel ensemble, missionary board, and Willing Workers. She was a faithful member and loved her church and church family.

Hannah was educated in the Louisa County Public Schools. She worked for General Electric for 37 years and was very dedicated until her retirement. She had a great love for her family, a beautiful smile, was very kind, compassionate and loved dining out at Red Lobster and Wood Grille.

She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter, Frances Johnson; a brother, Shelton Grooms; and a sister, Windell Hackney.

Hannah is survived by one son, Cornell Johnson (Nancy) of Troy; two daughters; Ethel Williams of Louisa, and Dale Lindsay (Jerome) of Troy; one grandson, Brandon Johnson (LaToya); four granddaughters, Krista Johnson, Natosha Lindsay, Brooke Williams and Ebony Lindsay; five great-grandchildren, D’Naisha Lindsay, Elijah Wilson-Johnson, Isaiah Harper, Kaleb Hill and Leonna Johnson; three brothers, Frank Grooms Jr. (Ricky), Carl Grooms (Millie) and Willie Mason (Dorothy); three sisters, Julia Thurston (Eugene), Mary Frances Henderson and Lucy Epps; a devoted friend, Rosie Burruss; three uncles, two aunts and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Michael Crawley Jr., will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15, at Foster Creek Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Grooms Family Cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa.

Visit www.ddwatsonmortician.com for online guestbook.

 

William R. Harris 

William Ray Harris, 84, of Gum Spring, went to be with the Lord on Friday, November 8, 2013.

Born in Louisa County, he was the son of the late Richard E. Harris and Thelma I. Harris.

He was preceded in death by his son, William R. Harris, Jr.; his brother, Elmer W. Harris; and his sister, Audrey H. Henley.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jean W. Harris; two children, Michael W. Harris (Diane) and Sandra H. Hundley (Otis); four grandchildren, Austin R. Harris, Clayton M. Harris, Matthew W. Harris, and Joshua J. Spain (Kristen); one great grandson, William W. Spain; his sister, Hazel L. Johnson; and his brother, Richard G. Harris.

Mr. Harris was president of Harris Heating and Plumbing Co., Inc., a Hanover-based mechanical contracting firm, and was an accomplished residential developer and builder in Central Virginia.  He served on the board of directors of F&M National Corp., now BB&T Corp., and most recently was a founding director of Peoples Bank of Virginia.

Mr. Harris loved life and cared deeply for his family, friends and neighbors.  He was a lifelong farmer and felt most at home in the fields of Louisa and Hanover counties, and he bred and raced thoroughbred horses across the East Coast for more than 50 years.  Mr. Harris was a generous, selfless and caring man of great integrity, touching the lives of many people he encountered throughout his long life.  He was a hard worker, a fair and honest businessman, and a respected leader in his community.  He was a devout Christian and a dedicated member of Gum Spring United Methodist Church, where he was influential in the recent construction of the church’s new home.

A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11, at Gum Spring United Methodist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gum Spring United Methodist Church Building Fund or Holly Grove Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Arrangements were made by Lacy Funeral Home, Rt. 522, Mineral.

Visit www.lacyfh.com for online guestbook.

 

Linda C. Seay 

Linda Carol Seay passed away to a better life on Monday, November 4, 2013.

Linda leaves behind two daughters, Jessica Taylor and her husband, Tommy, of Crab Orchard, and Julie Grubb and her fiancée, Matt, of McDowell County; two grandchildren that she loved with all her heart, Makenzie Marie and David Wayne Taylor, along with little Waylon that she looked so forward to being here in December; and Joseph McClung, her loving companion; her mother, Virginia Ruth Seay; her father, Romulas Seay Sr.; her stepmother, Dorothy Seay; one sister, Teresa Wright and her husband, Earl; one brother, Wayne Seay and his wife, Carolyn, all of Louisa County.

Linda is preceded in death by one brother, R.G. Seay Jr. of Louisa County; and her mother-in-law, Peggy Grubb of Farley Hill.

Arrangements were made by Blue Ridge Funeral Home, Beckley, West Virginia.

Visit www.blueridgefuneralhome.com for online guestbook.

 

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