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Obituaries week of July 4 with updates

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 12:01 am

Posted Monday, July 8.

Muriel P. Dunn

Muriel Florence Porter Dunn, 74, of Mineral, beloved wife, mother and friend, went to be with the Lord on Friday, July 5, 2013.

Born June 19, 1939, in Leytonstone, England, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Lily Porter.

She is survived by her devoted husband, Andrew, of Mineral; her daughters, Andrea Dunn-Williams of Ashburn, Jennifer Novak and her husband, Rich, of Leesburg; her son, Matthew and Dunn and his wife, Lynn, of Ruckersville; her grandchildren, Connor Falkosky, Philip Dunn, Travis Williams, Brian Dunn, Alexa Novak and Samantha Novak; her brother, John Porter, of Leigh-on-Sea, England; her nephew, Graham Porter, of England; her nieces, Sally Clark and her husband, Steve, of England, Lynne Grech and her husband, Kevin, of England; her sister-in-law, Carolyn Vincent; and many nieces and nephews of New York.

She enjoyed painting and gardening.

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, July 9, from 5 until 8 p.m. at Woodward Funeral Home, 200 Fredericksburg Avd., Louisa.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at 11 a.m. at Woodward Funeral Home. Interment will be at Spring Grove Memorial Cemetery, Mineral, following the service.

Memorial donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Central & Western VA Chapter, 1160 Pepsi Place, Suite 306, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or UVA Transplant Department, P.O. Box 800679, Charlottesville, VA 22908.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Kirk E. Holtzman

Kirk Edward Holtzman, 55, of Louisa, went to be with the Lord on Friday, June 28, 2013, at Hospice House of Charlottesville.

Born May 1, 1958, in Woodstock, he was the son of the late Gene M. Holtzman and Sally B. Holtzman.

Loving husband, father and grandfather, he is survived by his wife of 20 years, Theresa Hamilton White, of Louisa; one son, Kirk Holtzman Jr. and his wife, Jennifer, of Centreville; three daughters, Amanda White, Jessica Holtzman and Jennifer Holtzman, all of Louisa; a sister, Deborah Atkins and her husband, Terry, of Greer, South Carolina; a niece, G.G. Keedy of Leesburg; and one granddaughter, Christina White of Louisa.

A memorial service will be conducted by Pastor John Hamric of Clearview Baptist Church, Fishersville. Contact the family for more service information.


Dorothy D. Lear

Dorothy D. Lear, 89, of Bumpass, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013.

She is preceded in death by her husband, James H. Lear; and her son, Jimmy Lear.

She is survived by her daughter, Polly Kane (Craig); her grandson, Benjamin; and other relatives.

A graveside funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 8, in Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

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Warren L. Noel

Warren L. Noel, 79, of Louisa, passed away peacefully with his family on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Hardenia Noel; his daughter, Donna Winstead and her husband, Larry; his grandson, Tyler Winstead and his wife, Claudia; his granddaughter, Lauren Winstead; his great-granddaughter, Kendal Michele Winstead; and three brothers, Thomas W. “Billy” Nicholas and his wife, Madeline, Raymond Nicholas and his wife, Virginia, and Milton Nicholas and his wife, Sue.

The family will receive friends at Lacy Funeral Home Mineral, from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9.

Funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10 at Hopeful Baptist Church, Montpelier.

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

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Jerry M. Riggins 

Jerry Michael Riggins, 53, of Louisa, died Friday, June 28, 2013, at his residence.

Born February 3, 1960, in Wythe County, he was the son of Jerry Spencer Riggins and Novella  Bralley Riggins of Louisa.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by one son, Dustin M. Riggins of Gordonsville; two sisters, Sherry R. Fleshman and her husband, Steve, of Louisa, Lynn R. Baggett and her husband, Farrow, of Louisa; a devoted friend, Rebecca Talley of Louisa; four nieces, Amber Payne, LeAnna Fleshman, Lindsay Bane, Hannah Bane and a host of friends.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Jeannie Wilburn.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Barry Higgins, were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 6, at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel, Gordonsville. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Posted Wednesday, July 3.

Bernice W. Houchens

Bernice Willoughby Houchens passed away on June 27, 2013, in her home on Patrick Henry Place, where she was born 90 years ago.

She was predeceased by her parents, John Earnest Willoughby and Mintie Davis Saunders Willoughby; and her husband of 49 years, Otis “Dick” Houchens.

She leaves behind a devoted son, Raymond, and numerous cousins and friends.

Bernice is fondly remembered by many of the students she encountered in her 16 years as a custodian at Louisa County High School. Her own education began in the small schoolhouse at Quail, and she was among the first class to graduate from Louisa High School.

Bernice had two special interests in her life, aside from family and friends. The first of these were her flowers. Every spring, her home and yard were festive with blooms of many varieties and her picture has even appeared the The Central Virginian with some of her bounty.

Her second great interest has been the study of the history of her family and her part of Louisa County. She has authored a book, Short Stories and Other Writings, which documents both historical facts and folksy anecdotes. It was through her efforts the Quail sign was erected next to the site of the former village. Now, Quail is even mentioned on the Richmond weather reports.

Bernice attended Mt. Gilead Baptist Church all her life.

A grave-side service, conducted by Josh Turner, was held at the family cemetery on the Houchens farm.

Bernice asked that this poem be added to her obituary.

Perhaps you sent a lovely card, or sat quietly in a chair.

Perhaps you sent a funeral spray, if so we saw it there.

Perhaps you spoke the kindest words, as any friend cold say.

Perhaps you were not there at all, just thought of us that day.

Whatever you did to console our hearts, we thank you so much, whatever the part.

And a special thanks to the Hospice workers from Legacy, who did so much to make a difficult time easier on everyone.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Inez Price Johnson 

Inez Price Johnson, 79 of Kents Store, Virginia died on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at her residence in Kents Store, Virginia .

Born Monday, December 18, 1933 in Kents Store, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd Price and Emily Price. She was the wife of the late Bernard G. Johnson, Sr. She was preceded in death by her son Randolph Johnson.

Inez was a member of the Deaconess Board, Pastor’s Aid and Missionary. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family and friends.

She was a member of County Line Baptist Church and a Watchcare member of Zion Travelers Baptist Church.

Inez leaves to cherish her memories three children, Bernard G Johnson, Jr.,(Laurie), daughters, Deborah Johnson and Valerie Washington(Dennis), eleven grandchildren, five great grandchildren; three sisters, Hannah Price, Margaret Price and Gloria Waddy (Thomas); two brothers, Edward Price and Richard Price; two aunts, Annie Price and Dorothy Johnson; one brother-in-law, three sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at County Line Baptist Church, 4070 County Line Road, Kents Store, VA 23084 with Rev. Walter H. Jones, Sr., officiating. Interment will be in Zion Travelers Baptist Church, Louisa,VA

Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa, is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Elsie Virginia Washington

Elsie Virginia Washington Roberts, 70, of Troy, Virginia died on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, at her residence.

Born Tuesday, April 20, 1943 in Troy, she was the daughter of the late Thomas George And Nancy Holmes Washington.

She was a member of Springfield Baptist Church.

She leaves to cherish her memories, two daughters, Bonnie L. Roberts and Cindy Washington and husband, James, all of Troy; three grandchildren, Chelsy and Cameron Roberts and Antonio Washington of Palmyra; two devoted sisters, Kathleen Johnson and Cassandra Thomas and husband, Anson; four brothers, Ralph Washington and wife, Gloria, of Louisa, Roger Washington and wife Karen of Troy; James Washington and wife, Dianne, of Richmond, and Thomas Washington and his wife, Bertha, of Louisa, and special friends, Patricia Bradley and Pam Landford.

Special thanks to Dr. Erik Kiehl and The Hospice of the Piedmont for their wonderful care.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 29, 2013 at Springfield Baptist Church, 1042 Zion Road, Troy, VA. Interment followed in the Washington Family Cemetery, Troy. Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa, handled the arrangements.

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Margaret Walton

On Friday June 28, 2013 Margaret Morris Fackrell Walton, 87, of Rapidan went home to be with the Lord at the Gordon House in Gordonsville.

Margaret was born April 22, 1926 in Louisa County to the late Julian N. and  Maude P. Morris.  She is survived by her daughter, Lisa Fackrell Hogan ,and her husband, Josh, of Payson, Utah. Three grandchildren Matthew, Kyle and Tara Hogan, and  five great-grandchildren.  She is also survived by her sister- in-law Norma Sue Morris of Ruckersville, five nieces, Janet M. Breeden, Judy Morris, Joyce Morris Howard, Jean Morris and Julia Morris.

She was preceded in death by her husband, H. Hidmore Walton, her brother, Holman N. Morris, and sister, Evelyn M. Wilson.

Margaret grew up on her family’s farm in Louisa and graduated from Louisa County High School. She started her career working in Richmond in sales and public relations. She moved to Alexandria to work for American Airlines as a public relations representative, and then worked at National Airlines as a special representative and executive director of VIP Travel Club.

Her career then took her to work as a special assistant to Mr. J.W. Marriott, Sr., where she managed the opening of the Dulles Marriott Hotel and became the first female director of sales. She retired from Marriott  and moved to Orange County where she pursued her career in real estate.

She made prototypes of toy bears and classic dolls, served on the board of directors of several local banks and was  very active member in several local Baptist churches.  Margaret was an accomplished chef who loved entertaining over the years and she hosted many dinner parties.

The family would like to thank all her friends for their help and support over the past years and recent months.  A special thanks to Tom May and his staff at the Gordon House for all their love and care.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2013 at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Gordonsville, with a private interment to follow in Maplewood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Village at Gordon House, 501 N. Main Street, Gordonsville, VA, 22942 or to the Orange Baptist Church, P.O. Box 167, Orange, VA, 22960.