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Obituaries April 18 edition

Posted on Friday, April 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm

Anna L. Bishop

Elect Lady Anna Lee Bishop, 86, was called to eternal rest on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at Charlottesville Health & Rehabilitation Center.

Her memory will be cherished by her children, Marion Johnson, Shirley Walker (James), Russell Bishop, Carolyn Scott (Jay), Donald Bishop, Guary Bishop and Charmane White (Reggie); 20 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and three great great-grandchildren.

Services were held on Wednesday, April 17, at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Gordonsville.


Alice G. Eaton

Alice Gaynell Eaton, 78, of Bumpass, passed away Saturday, April 13, 2013, at her residence surrounded by her loved ones.

She was the daughter of the late Virginia and James Eaton.  In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by a son, Alton Coleman Williams III; one sister and two brothers.

She is survived by her loving husband, Alton Williams; loving and devoted daughter, Gail Saunders and her husband, Gregory; her son, Dennis Marks; a sister, Hazel Worshum; four granddaughters, Amanda, Cindy, Tabby and Grace Jennifer; and 15 great-grandchildren.

A graveside memorial will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the Virginia Cancer Institute.


John P. Loftin

John P. Loftin, 64, entered eternal rest on Thursday, April 4, 2013.

He was born Sept. 9, 1948, to the late John Pearce and Katherine Jackson Pearce in the Bronx, New York.  After the marriage of his mother to David Loftin, John became his much-loved son.

John received his education in Louisa and Charlottesville.  At an early age, he was baptized and joined County Line Baptist Church in Kents Store. John was united in holy matrimony to Eileen Bates and from that union was born two daughters. In 1988, he met his soul mate, Irene Johnson. He and Irene were married on May 25, 1991, and were blessed with 22 wonderful years of life together, including raising a third daughter, Ianthe.

In the course of his life, John worked as an orderly at University of Virginia Hospital, an at-home caregiver, a long-haul truck driver, a lawn care specialist, a painter and a corrections officer.  He retired from the Virginia Department of Corrections after 27 years of service.  His greatest joy came from working, taking care of, and being with his family.

John was a warm, good-hearted man who enjoyed helping others.  While John was a hard-working man committed to excellence in his work, he also loved to laugh, tease and spend time with his family.  After his retirement, while he remained active by working part-time, he cherished focusing on his role as a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother, brother-in-law, friend and community activist.

John was an active member of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History – Louisa Branch.  He was also a charter member of the Mark Matthews Chapter of the 9th and 10th (Horse) Cavalry Buffalo Soldiers, Petersburg.

He leaves to cherish loving memories, his wife, Irene M. Johnson-Loftin; his daughters, Lisa Loftin of California and Ianthe Johnson of Spotsylvania; a granddaughter, Jhauna Earley (Daniel) of New York; two great-grandchildren, Isaiah Earley and Faith Earley of New York; his father, David Loftin of Suffolk; four sisters, the Rev. Lila Farmer (Melvin) of Charlottesville, Natalie Grayson (Roger) of Suffolk, Geraldine Peterson of Goldsboro, North Carolina, and Joyce Taylor (David) of Farmville; and four brothers, Tony Porter-Loftin (Michelle) of Chesterfield, Frank Porter-Loftin of Powhatan, Lawrence Porter-Loftin and David Porter-Loftin (Delores) of Richmond.  John is also survived by three nephews, Johnny Farmer and Lamont Farmer of Charlottesville, Lyndel Farmer of Harrisonburg; and a niece, Kristal Farmer of Charlottesville.    He also leaves a good friend, Donnie Brooks, who truly appreciated his “Papa John;” and a host of relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his maternal great-grandmother, Ida Page;   his maternal grandmother, “Shamma” Lila Henley; his mother, Katherine L. Loftin; and his daughter, Karla Loftin.

Services were held on Friday, April 12 at County Line Baptist Church, Kents Store.

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

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Miriam Matkins

A memorial service celebrating the life of the Plant Lady, Miriam Matkins, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, at Yanceyville Christian Church, 594 Yanceyville Rd., Louisa.