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Obituaries Aug. 29 publication

Posted on Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

Kevin B. Bottke

Kevin Brian Bottke, 54, of Louisa, passed away on August 22, 2013, at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

Born January 25, 1959, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, he is the son of Alfred and Rosemary Bottke of Fredericksburg. In addition to his parents, he is also survived by his loving wife, Lora; and his children, Kari Lee Reyes and her husband, Edward, of Van Vleck, Texas, and Amanda Bottke and friend, Shawn Watkins, of Bay City, Texas;  his stepchildren, Kristin Cassell of Roanoke, and Matthew Cassell of Louisa; his sisters, Barbie Maksimowicz and her husband, Michael, of Colonial Beach, and Donna Boutchyard and her husband, Larry, of Wanchese, North Carolina; his nieces, Kristin Romesburg and her husband, Jason, of Williamsburg and Megan Fortune and her husband, Caleb, of Manteo, North Carolina; his nephews, Mickey Maksimowicz, of Washington, DC, and Derek Boutchyard and his wife, Kelly, of Manteo, North Carolina; and a great-neice, Anne Katherine Romesburg.

Kevin was employed with Dominion for 35 years.  Starting in 1978 as a mechanic at the Possum Point Power Station in Dumphries, he then transferred to North Anna Power Station in 1983.  He excelled in various positions as a mechanic and nuclear instructor before joining management in the maintenance and nuclear site services departments, most recently as a supervisor of nuclear construction in maintenance support. Kevin was very passionate about his work and treasured his Dominion family.

Kevin was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved spending time out on the water with friends in Deltaville, where he and his wife had a second home.  In addition to hunting locally, he loved traveling to the Northern Neck to hunt with friends and co-workers there. When not outdoors, Kevin loved watching sports with his favorite teams being the Atlanta Braves and Dallas Cowboys.

A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at Spotswood Baptist Church, Fredericksburg.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1445 Rio Road East, Suite 104, Charlottesville, VA 22901

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Sarah E. Burgess

Sarah Estelle Burgess, 72, of Louisa, died Saturday, August 24, 2013, at her residence.

Born August 23, 1941, in Louisa, she was a daughter of the late James Henry Rollins and Arlean Almato Rollins. She was the wife of the late Carl E. Burgess. She was also preceded in death by two daughters, Selina Burruss, Peggy Ann Burgess; one son, Jeffrey Ragland; three brothers, Lloyd Rollins, Paul Rollins, Henry Rollins; two sisters, Rosa Burruss and Louise Burruss.

Mrs. Burgess is survived by three sons, Troy Burgess, Carl Burgess Jr., Calvin Ragland; one brother, William D. Rollins; one sister, Alice A. Scott; five grandchildren, Ginia Price, Sierra Burgess, Sieanaa Burgess, Shayla Burgess, Michael Ragland; three great-grandchildren; her aunt, Lorrain Johnson; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by Dr. Earl Pendelton, will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel, Gordonsville. Interment will follow in the Rollins Family Cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Thomas O.  Henson Jr.

Thomas O. Henson Jr., affectionately called “Buggie,” 70, was called to his eternal home on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville.

Thomas was born on February 12, 1943, to the late Thomas and Sylena Quarles Henson. He was preceded in death by his sister, Julia H. Quarles.

As a result of a birth defect, Buggie suffered from chronic epilepsy which prevented him from attaining a formal education or entering into the work force. Despite this, Buggie was helpful to his father in the garden and caring for livestock. He had many joys in life such as sitting on the front porch watching for a glimpse of a familiar passerby. Other things he enjoyed were watching his favorite game shows and a series called “Cops.” He also loved listening to music on his radio and to his scanner.

Thomas leaves to cherish his memory his devoted brother and caretaker, Gerald Henson; his loyal brother-in-law, Elder Quarles Sr. of Louisa; dedicated aunt and uncle (substitute mother and father), Clara and Horace Bruce of Kents Store; two nieces, Cheryl Carter of Pamplin and Myra Tolliver of Woodbridge; two nephews, Elder J. Quarles Jr. of Troy and Tawon Faucher and his friend, Erica Moncada, of Nashua, New Hampshire; several great-nieces and a great-nephew. Also, his memory is left in the hearts of his devoted caregiver of eight years, Louise Lewis and a good friend, Walter Hunter.

Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 26, at Galilee Baptist Church, Kents Store. The Rev. Otis Spellman was the eulogist and Elder Rebun Lewis Jr., officiated. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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

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Cornelius Lipscomb Jr.

Cornelius Lipscomb Jr. slipped quietly into the arms of God on Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Lynchburg General Hospital, Lynchburg.

This bundle of joy was the second child born to the late Cornelius Sr., and Mary Virginia Thurston Lipscomb on Aug. 31, 1951, in Louisa.

With a strong Christian family connection, he attended Mt. Gilliam New Site Baptist Church, Mineral, during his formative years and then attended Z. C. Morton and A. G. Richardson Schools in Louisa. Later on, he went to Lynchburg Training Schools and stayed there working at his trade until his health failed, coming home on holidays and special occasions.

Memories of Cornelius “Jr.” will be cherished by his mother, Mary Virginia; and his sister, Camberlena Lipscomb of Louisa; his brother, Clarence Lipscomb of North Garden; two aunts, Rachel (Thomas) Sullivan of Fort Washington, Maryland, and Pauline Hayden of Washington, D.C.; three uncles, Mitchell (Elizabeth) and Clayton Thurston, all of Louisa, and Clyde Lipscomb of Baltimore, Maryland; two nieces, Renee Lipscomb of Fredericksburg, and Jennifer Lipscomb of Charlottesville; one nephew, Jason Lipscomb; and one great-nephew, Dylan Lipscomb; his care givers, Anita Drinker and Andrea New; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Louis Collins Jr., will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, at Mt. Gilliam New Site Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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

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James M.  Martin Sr.

James Monroe Martin Sr., formerly of Louisa, passed away on Thursday, August 8, 2013, in Marietta, Georgia.

He had worked as an equipment operator for the County of Louisa and had attended Louisa Christian Church.

He is predeceased by his parents, Owen and Maggie Martin; and his loving wife, Laura Martin.

He is survived by two sons, Bobby Martin (Ettiewah) of Richmond and James Martin Jr. (Greta) of Elizabethtown, Kentucky; three daughters, Mary Martin, Barbara Martin of Marietta, Georgia, and Dorothy Spry of Richmond; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one brother, Ralph Martin (Coleen) of Fredericksburg.

A graveside service, conducted by the Rev. Denny Burnette, was held 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11, in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Memorial donations may abe made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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David E. Plemen

David Edward Plemen, 58, of Beaverdam, passed away on Sunday, August 25, 2013.

He is the son of the late Joseph and Anna Marie Plemen and was employed with Dominion Power.

He is survived by his loving partner, Theresa P. Coleman of Beaverdam; four sons, Christopher Plemen of Fairborn,Ohio, David Plemen and his wife, Amanda, of Honolulu, Hawaii, Adam Plemen of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, and Trey Coleman of Beaverdam; two brothers, James Plemen of Cleveland, Ohio, and Joseph Plemen and his wife, Mary, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at Bethany Christian Church, 2402 Bethany Church Rd., Bumpass.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Romelous J. Robertson

Romelous Johnson Robertson, 84, passed away August 21, 2013, at his home surrounded by his family.

He was the son of the late Richard Overton Robertson and Minnie Poore Robertson.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Richard, Willie and Carl; and his sisters, Lula Richmond and Martha Smith.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margie Roberts Robertson; and his children, Linda Stillwell and her husband, Floyd, Carolyn Dunn, John Robertson, David Robertson and his wife, Beverly, Rita Hall and her husband, Toney; his sister, Arleen Ray; seven grandchildren, Donna Alessi and her husband, Michael, Beth Lewis and her husband, Charlie, Chris Dunn, Ginger Fitzgerald and her husband, Rusty, Brandon Robertson and his wife, Dana, Alexander Hall and Samuel Hall; 11 great-grandchildren, Thomas Dunivan, Emily Hernandez and her husband, Henry, Madey and Cody Lewis, Stuart and Bradley Wiley, Kellan and Charlotte Robertson and Vanessa, Angelina and Julie Alessi.

Johnson worked for the Virginia Department of Transportation 44 years and ran Johnny’s Barber Shop 58 years. He was an avid collector of antiques and enjoyed going to yard sales.  He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church for 73 years.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Vivian Utz and the Rev. Bill Hepler, were held Sunday, Aug. 25.

Memorial contributions may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church, 3388 Kents Mill Road, Louisa, VA 23093.


Michael C. Sprouse 

Michael Clark Sprouse, 52, of Louisa, died Tuesday, August 20, 2013, in Louisa.

Born March 27, 1961, he was a son of Velma Mae Sharpe Sprouse of Mineral and the late Alfred Clark Sprouse. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Thomas Sprouse.

Mr. Sprouse worked at Tri-Dim Filter Corporation of Louisa.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by one daughter, Julia Elizabeth Nelson and her husband, Richard, of Louisa; special extended family, Dustin Hill and Melanie Hill both of Louisa; one brother, Matthew Sprouse and his wife, Candice, of Louisa; four sisters, Jane Wallace and her husband, John, of Chesterfield, Ann McIntosh of Spotsylvania, Susie Woodson and her husband, David, of Mineral, Sallie Amick and her husband, Mark, of Louisa; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. George Hunley, were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel, Gordonsville. Interment followed in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.