Obituaries Feb. 14 publication with updates

Posted Tuesday, Feb. 19

Joan H. Clark

Joan Carolyn Hancock Clark, 77, of Louisa, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2013 at Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Born July 14, 1935 in Newport News, she was one of three sisters born to the late Chester and Louise Hancock.

Joan graduated from Louisa County High School in 1953 and was crowned homecoming queen her senior year. After travelling as a Navy wife with three sons, she returned to Louisa in 1960 and married Billy Clark, owner of Louisa Drug Company. In 1964, their daughter Stephanie was born.

Joan worked many years at the drug store making her famous chicken salad and scooping ice cream. After the drug store closed, Joan opened her home as a daycare, where she became affectionately known as “Granna” to more than 50 kids throughout her life. She was known for her sense of humor, her home cooking, her love for children and her feisty outlook on life.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.G. Clark; her sons, Michael and Buz Hollins; and her parents, Chester and Louise Hancock.

She leaves to cherish her memory her children, Stephanie Throckmorton (Kenny), Stephen Hollins, Ann Holmes (Dave), W.G. Clark Jr.; her grandchildren, Michael, Matthew and Emily Throckmorton and Ray, Justin, Allison, Scott, Joshua, Jessica, Kate and Elaya Hollins; her great-grandchildren, Danyell and Connor; and her sisters, Anne Morrill (Scott) and Nancy Picco (Frank).

Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at Woodward Funeral Home.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 at Woodward Funeral Home chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to Louisa Christian Church Youth Fund, Box 1344, Louisa, VA 23093.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Eugene L. Houchens Jr. 

The Lord sent an angel to pick one of His most beautiful flowers out of His garden, our father. Eugene Linwood “Son” Houchens Jr. went peacefully to be with his Lord on Friday, February 8, 2013.

Our father was born Aug. 31, 1917 in Louisa County. He was the oldest son of 15 children, born to the late Eugene Sr. and Elizabeth Houchens. His wife of 65 years preceded him in death (by nine days) on January 29, 2013. His four sisters, Marie, Elizabeth and Alice Houchens and Lucille Yancey; five brothers, Ralph, James, Harry Lee, John William and Cornelius Houchens; two granddaughters, Linda Johnson and Ashley Christian; two great-grandsons Joshua Jackson and Hekeam Rice; and four sons-in-law, Isaac Ransom, Harold Anderson, Milton Johnson and Samuel Jackson all preceded him in death.

Our father was baptized at a young age and became a member of the Ebenezer Baptist Church. He was the oldest member of the church at the time of his death. He attended faithfully until his health failed. He was a devoted usher and loved to usher with his friend, the late Jerry Taylor. Eugene retired from JoPa Swimming Company. He had a love for his horses, farming and helping others.

Eugene leaves to cherish his memories six daughters, Velma Johnson, Maude Ransom, Dorothy (Salt) Rice of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Julia Jackson, and Angie E. Anderson of Mineral, and Frances M. (Sylvester) Smith of Louisa; 19 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Hannah Hunter and Dorothy Henson of Mineral; two sisters-in-law, Bertha D. and Alberta Houchens of Mineral; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. A devoted niece (Catherine Jackson) who was his caregiver until he resided at Louisa Health & Rehab Center and devoted family friends Leroy Sawyer, Joe Sawyer and Emma Butler.

Our father has gone to join his wife, parents, sibling and friends Elise Sawyer, Elizabeth and Albert Butler, Sam and Rebecca Hunter, Lena Hunter, Edmond and Sarah Henson and Mary Butler, “over the track family.”

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Mineral. The Rev. House officiated and the Rev. Temple Anderson Sr. was the eulogist. Interment was in the Houchens Family Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa.

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Posted Monday, Feb. 18

Betty J. Smith

Betty Jean Smith, 76, of Louisa, passed away Monday, February 18, 2013.

She was the daughter of the late Dennis Robert and Gladys Mae Wagner; and the widow of Samuel Smith Sr.

Betty was member of Yanceyville and Louisa Christian Churches and an active member of the Louisa Senior Center.

Survivors include her sons, Sam Smith (Pam) of Farmville, Lee Smith (Amy) of Lansing Michigan; her daughters, Cindy Nichols of Frederick, Maryland and Dianne Keffer (Matt) of Louisa; her grandchildren, Rebecca, Christopher and Aimee Smith, Jacob Keffer, Robert and David Nichols, Bethany Hanes, Billy and Steven Smith and Clint Mallory; and six great-grandchildren.

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

A graveside service, conducted by the Rev. Denny Burnette, will be held at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Yanceyville Christian Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Legacy Hospice, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 180, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Grace B. Rosson

Grace B. Rosson, 89, of Henrico, died Sunday, February 17, 2013 at The Laurels of University Park.

She was a lifelong resident of Louisa.

Survivors include her son, James Rosson and his wife, Martha, of Richmond; her brothers, Fred Battaile and his wife, Eula, of Newport News and Willie Battaile and his wife, Frances, of Highland Springs; her grandchildren, Cara Good and her husband, Charles and Meghann Johnson and her husband, Luke; her great-grandchildren, Samuel Good, Isaac Johnson and Dallas Johnson.

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

A service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at Woodward Funeral Home.  Burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 1120 G Street NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20005.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Hazel O. Houchens

On Tuesday, February 12, 2013, Hazel Odessa Houchens, 76, our dear Mother, departed this life at her home, the Charnwood Forest Assisted Living in Richmond.

She was born on February 7, 1937, the only daughter of the late Alice E. Houchens.

Hazel joined the Ebenezer Baptist Church at an early age. She later moved her membership to Mt. Garland Baptist Church where she loved working as an usher and in other various programs in the church. She was educated in the Louisa County Public School System.

Her memories will be cherished by her four children, Beverly, Wallace (Karen), Marthelia, and Josephine Briley (Franklin) of Richmond; six grandsons, Antione Christmas (Jennifer), Monté Trice, Cordell Page, Derrell, Ryan and Saquan Houchens; one granddaughter, Kiaria Grandison; two great-great-granddaughters, Jeniyah Christmas and Leenaisha Bugg; one great-great-grandson, little Antoine Christmas Jr.; three aunts, Hannah Hunter, Dorothy Henson, Alberta and Bertha D. Houchens of Mineral; two nieces, Carolyn Houchens (devoted whom she loved dearly)and Barbara Coles (Joseph); three nephews, Charles (Emma), Wade (Juanita) and Ronald Jackson; one devoted cousin, Helen Houchens; her best friend and lunch buddy, Bernard Grandison; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Joseph Yancey, were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 17 at Mt. Garland Baptist Church, Bumpass. Interment was in the Houchens Family Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa.

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Posted Thursday, Feb. 14, 11 a.m.

Marlon Langford

Marlon Langford, 58, of Mineral, passed away, Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at his residence.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Delores Hart; and his beloved, Helen “Granny” Hart.

He was employed with Virginia Power.

Survivors include his wife, Faith Smith Langford; three sons, Marlon, Jr. (Christine), Marcus and Chandler;  his father, Howard Langford; his brothers, Jerry (Davanien), Ronnie, Jevon, Carlos and Howard Jr. (Michelle); his sisters, Denise (Corey), Charmayne, Tawanna (Tony), Zoruna, Robeana and Tracy; two grandsons, Marlon, III and Trevon.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Patrick Henry High School, Ashland. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are being made by Lacy Funeral Home, Rt. 522, Mineral.

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Posted Thursday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m.

Robert A. Billings Sr.

Robert Andrew Billings Sr. passed away on November 14 2012 at his home in Knoxville, Tennessee.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Stephen Billings.

He is survived by his son Robert Billings Jr.; his daughter-in-law, Rebecca Billings; three grandchildren, Michael, Julia, Andrew; and three brothers, John, Jim, and Michael Billings.

A memorial service will be 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at Trinity Church in Beaverdam. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Arrangements are being made by Lacy Funeral Home, Mineral.

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Judith G. Bragg

Judith “Judy” Grayson Bragg, 61, of Gordonsville, formerly of Madison County,  died February 9, 2013, in her home in Louisa County after a long battle with cancer.

Born May 17, 1951, in Madison County, she was the daughter of the late Elvin Grayson and Anna Dyer Grayson. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Jeff Grayson and grandson, Noah Meeks.

She is survived by her husband Doug Bragg of Gordonsville; two daughters, Tonya Haney of Gordonsville, and Angela Meeks and her husband Don Meeks of Gordonsville; two granddaughters, Samantha Haney and Rebekah Meeks of Gordonsville; one sister, Nancy Floyd and her fiancé Danny Dowell of Louisa; one brother, Albert Grayson of Gordonsville; one niece, Sarah Floyd of Louisa; and one nephew, Matthew Floyd and his girlfriend, Tiffany Henry, of Louisa; and special friends of more than 30 years, Gayle and Charles Shumake of Gordonsville; and a special son-in-law Thomas “Knot-Head” Haney of Keswick; as well as a host of other family and friends.

A memorial service, conducted by Minister Kenneth Barrow, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 at Piedmont Christian Church, 4198 Stony Point Rd., Keswick. A meal and fellowship will follow the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of Rapidan or American Cancer Society.

 

Ernest L. Exline

Ernest Leslie Exline, 57, of Louisa, formerly of Davis, West Virginia, passed away February 3, 2013 at University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

He was born June 7, 1955 in Harrison, West Virginia.

He is survived by his mother, Barbara Jean Armstead Exline; his wife, Connie Bever Exline of Louisa; one son, Ernest L. Exline II of Louisa; one daughter, Teresa Grooms of Louisa; one sister, Tammy Moore of Stonewood, West Virginia; and six grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by Ray Leroy Exline; and his brother Thomas Exline.

Ernest was employed as a mechanic at North Anna Power Plant. He was a veteran of the US Army. He enjoyed playing chess, painting, reading, hunting, fishing and watching football, especially his favorite team, the Cincinnati Bengals.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Mark Joseph, was held at 2 p.m. at Hinkle Funeral Home. Interment was in the Davis Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Hinkle Funeral Home, Davis, West Virginia.

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Alice B. Houchens

Without warning or elaborate fanfare, God, in His infinite wisdom, allowed His angels to take our beloved, Alice Bullock Houchens, from us on Tuesday night January 29, 2013. She left us so suddenly–without a final farewell or a sweet good-bye.

Our mother was born Aug. 11, 1914, in Louisa County. She was the fifth child of the late George and Angie Bullock. Her three sisters, Seadora Griggs, Louise Johnson, Catherine Bullock; four brothers, George Lee, Eddie, Mack D. and Lazrus Bullock; two granddaughters, Linda Johnson and Ashley Christian; two great-grandsons, Joshua Jackson and Hekeam Rice; and four sons-in-law, Isaac Ransom, Harold Anderson, Milton Johnson and Samuel Jackson, all preceded her in death.

Our mother has gone to join her parents, sibling and friends Elise Sawyer, Elizabeth and Albert Butler, Sam and Rebecca Hunter, Lena Hunter, Edmond and Sarah Henson and Mary Butler.

Our mother was baptized at a young age and became a member of the Rising Sun Baptist Church. She was the oldest member of the church at the time of her death. She attended Rising Sun until her health failed. Also, she loved to go around to different churches during revival time.

Alice leaves to cherish her memories her husband of 65 years, Eugene L. Houchens Jr; six daughters, Velma Johnson, Maude Ransom, Dorothy (Salt) Rice of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Julia Jackson and Angie E. Anderson of Mineral and Frances M. (Sylvester) Smith of Louisa; 19 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Hannah Hunter and Dorothy Henson of Mineral; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Also, her caregiver and niece, Catherine H. Jackson, whom she loved dearly, and devoted family friends, Leroy Sawyer, Joe Sawyer and Emma Butler.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 3 at Rising Sun Baptist Church, Mineral. The Rev. Arthur Lee officiated and the Rev. Frederick Sales was the eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa.

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Bernice B. Lohr        

Bernice Dew Berry Lohr, 88, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 8, 2013 at her residence in Orange.

She was a homemaker, a dear mother, grandmother and friend. She will be sadly missed.

Bernice was born May 17, 1924 in Madison. She was the daughter of the late Larnie and Nina Berry. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Otis W. Lohr; a special friend, Darrius Tusing of Rochelle; three sisters, Luna Woody, Gladys Tomlin, Elsie Gallihugh; and a brother, Fred W. Berry.

She is survived by her twin sister, Brownie Jones of Orange; six children, Betty Lohr Bowman and her husband, Robert, of Ruckersville, Jesse C. Lohr Sr. and his wife, Elizabeth, of Orange, Aleatha L. Holland and her husband, Mark, of Staunton, Michael W. Lohr of Orange, Sue L. Payne and her husband, Glenn, of Gordonsville and Timothy W. Lohr of Orange; seven grandchildren, Jessie C. Lohr Jr. and his wife, Kristen, of Orange, Stephen Wayne Lohr and his wife, April, of Orange, Charles Nelson Gaylord and his wife, Carrie, of Orlando, Florida, Tracy O. Payne of Louisa, Kacy P. Perkins and her husband, Timothy, of Palmyra, Glenn Tommy Payne of Gordonsville, Jason Lohr of Orange; and four great-grandchildren, Shane and Jordyn Lohr, Brayden Lohr and Cameron Lohr, all of Orange.

Funeral Services, conducted by Pastor Roy Giles, were held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Preddy Funeral home, Orange. Interment was in Holly Memorial Cemetery, Charlottesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Rapidan, P.O. Box 1715, Culpeper, VA 22701 or the New Hope Baptist Church, 665 Old Gordonsville Rd., Gordonsville, VA 22942.

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Orange.

 

Theodore C. Ray 

Theodore C. “Ted” Ray, 87, of Louisa County, passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013 at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville.

Ted was a veteran of the US Navy and had served during World War II. He was a member of the VFW Post #8947 and Ebenezer United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Arleen Robertson Ray; his daughter Melodie R. Lloyd (David) of Louisa; his sister Mildred Dudley of Alexandria; special cousins, Carole B. Kail (George) and George Allen, all of Louisa; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Grover Preston and Mabel Alice Irving Ray; his son, Jerry Alan Ray; and his brother, Wallace P. Ray.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 14 at Woodward Funeral Home chapel. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Memorials may be made in his name to the Louisa County Rescue Squad, Box 1777, Louisa, VA 23093.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Seward F. Stoneburner

Seward Frederick “Stoney” Stoneburner, 90, of Louisa, died on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at Louisa Health and Rehab Center in Louisa.

Born April 19, 1922 in Edinsburg, he was one of 13 children born to the late William Henry Stoneburner and Nannie Catherine Rush.

Mr. Stoneburner served in New Guinea during World War II in the U.S. Army. He was a member of The Widows Son Masonic Lodge #60 in Charlottesville and was the owner/operator of Wayside Press in Charlottesville for 45 years.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Stoneburner; one brother, Donald Stoneburner; one sister, Mildred Travis; and a host of friends.

A memorial service, conducted by the Rev. Steve Whetzel will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16 at Blue Ridge Shores Baptist Church with  Masonic Rites.

The family will receive friends at a reception following the service at church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Blue Ridge Shores Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1230 Firehouse Drive, Louisa, VA 23093.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.

 

Harry A. Waddy

Harry Alexander “Roland” Waddy, 70, of Louisa, died on Sunday, February 10, 2013, at his residence in Louisa.

Born Tuesday, May 19, 1942 in Louisa, he was the son of the late Ernest Waddy and the late Lillie Hart Waddy.

He was a graduate of A.G. Richardson High School.

He was a member of Mount Gilliam Old Site Baptist Church.

He was predeceased by his brothers, Isiah Waddy, Solomon Waddy, George Lee Waddy, Bobby Waddy, Oprice Waddy, Jeter Waddy, John Waddy, James E. Waddy and James Gary Waddy; his sisters, Virginia Farmer, Velma Waddy and Juanita Robinson.

He leaves to cherish his memory, three sisters-in-law, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 14 at Thomasson Watson Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Annie Holland officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Gilliam (OS) Baptist Church Cemetery, Mineral.

Arrangements were made by Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa.

Visit www.ddwatsonmortician.com for online guestbook.

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Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:17 am