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Obituaries April 3 publication

Posted on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 9:00 am

Posted Monday, April 7

Bernice B. Allen 

Bernice Brice Allen entered into eternal rest on April 2, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her family.

Her life began on March 17, 1929. She was the youngest daughter of the late Walter and Estelle Brice.

Bernice was preceded in death by her three brothers, James, Lewis and Allen Brice Sr.; a sister, Mary Dell Harris; and a son, Lonnie Allen.

Bernice confessed Christ at an early age by joining her family’s home church, Byrd Grove Baptist Church, Kents Store, where she served faithfully until her health  began to fail. Bernice was a member of the senior choir and served under the former pastor, Otis R. Spellman.

Her loving memory, like a faded rose, will forever be cherished by her children, Gail Brown (Broadus) of Palmyra, Bernette Agee (Joseph), Walter Martin, both of Louisa, Jennifer Krozak (Joseph) of Silver Springs, Maryland, Pam Quarles (Donald), Shenda Allen, both of Louisa, and Brenda Bailey (Charles) of Dinwiddie; 13 grandchilren and six great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Rosetta M. Baugh of Richmond, the Rev. Mary Robinson and Yvonne Hopkins, both of Manakin-Sabot; faithful and devoted family friends, Raymond G. Jackson, Richard Brice and Arnold Grooms; two great additional family members, Reggie and Jhamerius Houchens; devoted cousins, Thelma Jackson, Lorraine Farrar, Gilbert Jackson and George Buck and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Family will receive friends, Wednesday, April 9 from 6 until 8 p.m. at Robert Mealy Funeral Home, Goochland.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 10 at New Life Community Church. Interment will be in Byrd Grove Baptist Church cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Robert Mealy Funeral Home, Goochland.


Jesse T. Hadder

Jesse Thomas Hadder, 88, of Louisa, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at his residence following a courageous battle with a brain tumor.

“Tommy” is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Lois Cosner Hadder; his parents, John Becton Hadder Sr. and Bertha M. Daniels Hadder; and his brother, John Becton Hadder Jr.

Tommy is survived by his nephews, John Becton Hadder III, Larry Francis Hadder and Gary Franklin Hadder; a niece, June Olen and her husband, Lynn.  He is also survived by a great-nephew, Christopher Hadder.

Born in Richmond, he moved with his family to Louisa at an early age and had been a member of Louisa Presbyterian Church since 1939 where he had served as deacon and elder.

Tommy proudly served in the United States Army in Korea and was a prisoner of war from April 1951 until August 1953 when he was liberated.  He worked for his father’s Ford dealership in Louisa upon his return and later served as a rural mail carrier for the United States Postal Service.

Visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Todd McCoy, will be held at 3 p.m on Wednesday, April 9 at Louisa Presbyterian Church, 212 Church Street, Louisa.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to Hospice of the Piedmont, Charlottesville.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Eunice P. Jackson 

Eunice Pauline Jackson entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Lexington Court Health Care.

She was born Oct. 27, 1929 to the late Robert and Nello Jackson. The third of seven girls, Pauline was preceded in death by two sisters, Mamie Cox Goodman and Josephine Tate.

In August 1940, Pauline accepted Christ as her personal Savior and was baptized by the late Rev. E. E. Robinson. She remained a faithful member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church until her illness. Pauline was a 1946 graduate of the Louisa Training School.

After graduating from high school, she moved to Richmond and was employed by OO Beauty Shop owned by the late William and Helen Olds. Pauline later became a licensed manicurist and worked at the following: Fadools, Rapunzel and Avanti Beauty Salon. She looked forward to returning home each weekend to be with her family and attend church.

She found joy in bringing the Free Press to her friends each weekend. Her church affiliations included the following: pianist of the Sunday school for many years, pianist of the Gospel Chorus and Men’s chorus, member of the Hospitality Committee and served as an usher for movre than 50 years. For her dedication, an appreciation service was given to her by the music department in 2000.

She leaves to cherish her memory for devoted sisters, Bernice Cox, Alma Mallory, Lillian Morris (Daries) and Bertha Gardner; a god-child, Chanel Cassell; loving nieces, among them, a devoted medical directive, Della Nelson and Brenda Anderson; nephews, cousins and friends.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Marion Tapscott, was held on Monday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Bumpass. Interment was in Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Glen Allen.

Arrangements were made by Owen Funeral Service, Ashland.

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Madge H. Karickhoff 

Madge Cowles Harrison Karickhoff, a resident of Fairfax, passed away on April 4, 2014 of leukemia at the age of 69.

She was born August 4, 1944 in Richmond and grew up in Louisa County in central Virginia. Madge was a former high school English teacher and received a master’s degree in high school guidance and counseling from the University of Virginia.

She was a membership chairman of the Mantua Women’s Club in Fairfax, a Brownie Scout and Girl Scout troop leader, and taught Sunday school at the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Burke. She entertained the youth group of the church each spring with a cook-out and outdoor games at her home.

Madge was chairman of the Diplomats’ Wives through the McLean Branch of the American Association of University Women and a member of the “Welcome to Washington International Club” where she was informal activities chair and a former corresponding secretary.

Madge was a member of the Washington, D.C. chapter of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Salvation Army, communications chair of the Arlington County Medical Alliance Wives, a member of the State Society of Virginia, a member of The Army-Navy Country Club in Arlington, and a member of the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

For 23 years, Madge went every Tuesday afternoon as a volunteer to the Little River Glenn Retirement Center in Fairfax where she led a current events discussion group and also hosted yearly Christmas parties at the center for her group.

Madge is survived by her husband of 42 years, John Karickhoff, M.D. of Fairfax; and their daughters, Julie and Maggie of Los Angeles, California; her sister, Susannah Burwell Martin Thompson and her husband, Tom, of Denville, New Jersey; and their children, Scott, Julianna and Catie. She is also survived by many cousins.

A memorial service is planned at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 12 at Saint Peter’s in the Woods Church, Fairfax Station, 5911 Fairview Woods Dr., Fairfax Station. A reception will follow.

Memorial donations may be sent to Life With Cancer Family Center, 8411 Pennell St., Fairfax, VA 22031.


Robert R. Kepple 

Robert R. Kepple, 88, died of cancer April 3, 2014 at McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Richmond.

He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Kepple of Altoona, Pennsylvania, and had lived in Louisa County since 1986.

After growing up in Altoona, Mr. Kepple was drafted into the army during World War II. He served in a special intelligence unit that operated between the German and American lines and was awarded two Bronze Star Medals, the Combat Infantryman Badge and three Battle Stars for engagements during the Battle of the Bulge and for the Battle of Hurtgen Forest.

Following the war, Mr. Kepple earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in library science from Carnegie Institute of Technology. Among other positions in his long career as a technical librarian, he directed the library at the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Austria, and the R. E. Gibson Library of the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Upon retirement, Mr. Kepple, together with one of his sons, pioneered a homestead near Mineral and he and his wife lived there for many years.

Mr. Kepple leaves behind his wife, Beatrice; two sons, Laurence and his wife, Debby, and Stephen and his wife, Sheila; and two grandsons, Timothy and Daniel.

Mr. Kepple was buried with honors at Quantico National Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Lousia.

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Mary E. Richardson

Mary Ellen Richardson, of Gordonsville, went to meet her Lord on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at the age of 81.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Cosner and Marie Melton Cosner; and a sister, Francis Fitzgerald.

She leaves to cherish her memory her loving husband of 63 years, Stuart Richardson; their three children, Patricia Lacy and her husband, the Rev. James Lacy, Lee Richardson, and Gail Birtikidis and her husband, Chris Birtikidis; her eight grandchildren, Chanceller Lacy and his wife, Darcey, Christie Davis and her husband, Kevin, Eleanor Felts and her husband, Matt, Christina Richardson, Emmett Richardson, Joshua Herring, Benjamin Herring, and Matthew Herring; her 10 great-grandchildren, Isabell Davis, Neal Felts, Lacy Davis, Collin Felts, Brenden Lacy, Adleigh Herring, Lila Herring, Brittinie White, Dustin Morris, and Khloe Richardson; a sister, Clarice Perkins and her husband, Burnard; and nephews, nieces, and many cousins.

She was an active member of church and a former member of the Fluvanna Rescue Squad. She passed her love of reading on to her children and grandchildren. Try as she might. only one grandchild inherited her love of cleaning. She cherished family gatherings, blue grass shows, her beloved dog, Lady, and trips to the beach.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. James Lacy, were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 7 at Beulah Baptist Church. Interment was in Beulah Baptist Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Sheridan Funeral Home, Kents Store.

Posted Friday, April 5

Pearl V. Lomax 

Pearl Virginia Lomax, 87, of Louisa, died Wednesday April 2, 2014 at her residence.

Born April 23, 1926 in Louisa, she was a daughter of the late Sam Payne and Florence Johnson Payne, and was the wife of the late Elijah Lomax. She was also preceded in death by three daughters, Inez Rollins, Carrie Rollins, Lilly Mae Johnson; one son, Philip Ragland; two brothers, Charlie Payne, George Payne; and two grandsons, Jeff Ragland and Timothy Rollins.

She was a member of Evergreene Bibleway Church.

She is survived by one son, Anthony Lomax; one brother, Nathaniel Payne; fifteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, twenty two great great-grandchildren and twelve nieces and nephews.

Funeral services, conducted by Pastor Steve Mason, will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9 at Evergreene Bibleway Church, Louisa. Interment will follow in the Rollins Family Cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Posted Thursday, April 3

Bernice B. Allen

Mrs. Bernice B. Allen, 85, of Louisa, formally of Kents Store, departed this life Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Her remains rest at Robert Mealy Funeral Home, Goochland.

Funeral notice forthcoming.


Alice J. Boyd

Alice Jane Boyd, 81, of Louisa, passed away on Monday, March 31, 2014 at her residence.

She is predeceased by her parents, James Sydnor and Louise Lloyd Pleasants; and a sister, Lois Pleasants Shumake.

She was a member of Louisa Christian Church, the CWF and Louisa KS Club and had worked for Peoples National Bank and as bookkeeper for Barton & Boyd.

She is survived by her husband, Kenneth B. Boyd Jr.; her nieces, Kimberly Shumake and Susan Colvin; her nephews, Wayne Boyd and Neal Boyd; her brother-in-law, Arthur W. Boyd.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Denny Burnette, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, April 3 at Louisa Christian Church. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Memorial donations may be made to Louisa Christian Church, Alzheimer’s Association, Legacy Hospice or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Johanna Surmaj

Johanna Surmaj, 91, of Richmond, passed away Thursday, March 27, 2014.

Born in the Ukraine, she was the daughter of the late Sylvester and Maria Susulske. In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Feder Surmaj; and a grandson, Anthony Becks.

Johanna was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, Mineral.

She leaves to cherish her memory,  her sons, Joseph Susulske (Lynn) of Frederick, Maryland, and Roman Surmaj of Virginia Beach; her daughters, Irene Wynnyk (Alex) of Maryland, Maria Becks (Roy) of Mineral, Susie McNamara (David) of Maryland, Olga O’Donnell (Brian) of Virginia Beach and Honya Sawinski of Hawaii;  her grandchildren, Paul Taylor Susulske, Evan and Mitchell Surmaj, Patrick and Alex Wynnyk, Natasha Becks-Miller, Conor and Jarret McNamara and Andrey Sawinski;  and nine great-grandchildren.

A funeral mass, officiated by Father Michael Duffy, was held at noon on Monday, March 31 at St. Jude Catholic Church, Mineral. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Floyd L. Tate Jr.

Floyd Lewis Tate Jr., of Sandston, died Sunday, March 23, 2014.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Floyd L. Sr. and Helen Cole Tate; and a sister, Betty Dale Tate.

He is survived by his son, Floyd Lewis “Trey” Tate III (Kathy); his granddaughter, Acelyn Leah Tate; his brother, Owen W. Tate (Debbie); his sister, Ann Sigmund (Arthur); his nieces, Ava, Heidi and Candice; his nephews, Will, Josh and Arthur.

Funeral Services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 29 at Bethany Christian Church, Bumpass. Interment was in the Tate Family Cemetery, Bumpass.

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

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H. Manning Woodward Jr.

H. Manning Woodward Jr., 86, died unexpectedly at home Friday, March 28, 2014.

Born in Louisa, he had lived on the Peninsula since 1999 where he was a member of First United Methodist Church, Hampton.

After service in the Navy during World War II, he attended the University of Richmond and then graduated from Echols College of Mortuary Science.

Manning owned and operated Woodward Funeral Home and Woodward Insurance Agency in Louisa until he retired in 1996.  He was twice the president of Louisa Rotary Club which recognized him as a Paul Harris Fellow, and after moving to Hampton, he was a member of the Hampton Rotary Club.

He is preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy Jessee Woodward; and his sisters, Jacqueline Woodward Marshall and Jean Woodward Duke.

Mr. Woodward is survived by his wife, Eleanor Weston Woodward; his children and their spouses, Jane Woodward Meyer and her husband, Rick, of Louisa, H. Manning Woodward III and his wife, Debbie, of Louisa, Eleanor Weston Brown and her husband, Bill, of Hampton, Rosemary Weston Kulp and her husband, Chris, of Richmond and William A. Weston III and his wife, Lisa, of Leonardtown, Maryland; 14 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 31 at First United Methodist Church, downtown Hampton.

Interment, conducted by the Rev. David Palmer of Louisa United Methodist Church, was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1 in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Louisa United Methodist Church, P.O. Box  217, Louisa, VA 23093, or to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements were made by R. Hayden Smith Funeral Home, Hampton.