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Obituaries Dec. 20 publication

Posted on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 10:11 am

Frances H. Barden

Frances Hicks Barden, 94, of Louisa County, died Thursday, December 13, 2012 at Louisa Health Center.

Mrs. Barden was a member of Walkers United Methodist Church in Madison, and she most recently attended Mineral United Methodist Church. She was also a member of UMW and the VFW.

Survivors include her son, Clarence “Buck” Barden Jr. of Bumpass; her brother, Thomas J. Hicks and his wife, Jean, of Richmond; her sister, Emily Southard and her husband, Otis of Orange; two sisters-in-law, Frances G. Hicks and Marjorie C. Hicks; three grandchildren, Marcus Barden of Powhatan, Christopher Hicks of Mineral and Brandi Hicks of Louisa; four great-grandchildren, Christopher, Hunter, Kelsey and Claudia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence I. Barden; a daughter, Faye Spencer; four brothers, Leroy H. Hicks, Joseph W. Hicks Jr., Robert F. Hicks and Richard E. Hicks; and three sisters, Margaret H. Howerton, Doris H. Johnson and Catherine Hicks.

A service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17 at Woodward Funeral Home. Interment was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 4240 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9904.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Carolyn Y. Broome

Carolyn Yvonne Broome, 66, of Mineral, died Saturday, December 15, 2012, at Louisa Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Survivors include her sons, Steven Swinson and his wife, Yvonne, of Utah, Richard Swinson of Louisa, Joseph Swinson and his wife, Joni, of Tennessee, and Michael Swinson and his wife, Kim, of Manassas; her daughters, Susan Steinmetz of New Mexico and Stacy Taylor and her husband, Brian, of Memphis, Tennessee; her brothers, Kenneth Cooke and his wife, Gracie, of Richmond, Jack Cooke and his wife, Nancy, of Ashland, and David Cooke and his wife, Marjorie; her sister, Barbara Carlson of Richmond; 27 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and her ex-husband, James Morris of Louisa.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Claud and Minnie Mae Broome.

A service was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 17 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Interment was in Dale Memorial Park.

Memorials contributions may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 103 Hollyhurst Lane, Louisa, VA 23093.

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

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Bernard P. Dickinson

Bernard Paul Dickinson, age 74, of Maidens, died peacefully, after a courageous battle with cancer, on December 12, 2012.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bernard Alfred Dickinson and Margie MacMahan Dickinson; and his sisters, Jean Harlow and Lorene Goz.

He is survived by his loving companion of 18 years, Lynn Alsobrook; his children, Margie Davis and her husband, Michael C. Davis, of Midlothian, and Bernard Paul Dickinson Jr., Sheryl Paige Dickinson, and Derek Bayard Dickinson, all of Florida;  his grandchildren, Axel, Nicole and Mitch Davis; and his nephews, Larry Harlow and Don Goz.

He attended D.S. Freeman High School and Massanutten Military Academy and graduated from the University of Alabama. He owned and operated a supermarket in Gordonsville. He will be missed by many. He was a superior athlete and life-long Bama fan.

In accordance with his wishes, he will be cremated.

A celebration of his life was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the chapel at River Road Baptist Church, Richmond.


James D. Duke

James Davis Duke, 77, of Bumpass, died on Sunday, December 16, 2012.

His wife of 55 years, Beverly Daniel Duke; his son, Michael David Duke and his wife, Julie McCready Duke, and their children, Natalie and Jacob, survive him.

He was born in Owensboro, Kentucky, on Sept. 10, 1935, to the late William Alfred Duke and Helen Westerfield Duke. He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky and worked for many years as a director of hospital material management.

A funeral service will be held at Rozie’s Chapel United Methodist Church, 21089 Greenbay Rd., Beaverdam, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 28. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorial donations may be made to Rozie’s Chapel United Methodist Church.


William A. Gammill

William Arawn Gammill passed away on December 14, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer.

He was born on Dec. 29, 1982, in Bethesda, Maryland, to Stewart Gammill and Alicia Posey.

William was an avid athlete and excelled in many different sports. He graduated from Fork Union Military Academy in Fork Union. On Nov. 6, 2010, William married the love of his life, Kashmir Cheyenne Hoffman, in Denton, Texas.

William is survived by his wife, Kashmir Gammill of Denton, Texas; his father, Stewart Gammill of Pataskala, Ohio; his mother and stepfather, Alicia and Ken Bogley, of Mineral; his sister, Rhiannon Gammill of Baja, Mexico; his grandmother, Geraldine Gammill; his aunt, Anita Glickert; his uncles Andrew Posey, Steven Gammill, Allan Posey, Eric Gammill; and his cousins Andrew Posey, Allison Posey, Keith Glickert, Bobby Glickert, Michael Glickert, Emily Posey, Dylan Gammill, Jennifer Gammill and many loving friends and relatives.


Annette J. Houchens

Annette “Boo” Johnson Houchens, 45, of Mineral, was set free to be with her Heavenly Father on December 11, 2012.

Annette was born on Aug. 21, 1967, in Charlottesville, to the late Chancell and Joyce White Johnson.

She was preceded in death by one brother-in-law, Timothy Houchens.

Annette stood bravely on the battleground until it was time for her to go home to be with the Lord.

Annette was married to her husband, Reggie, who cared for her until the end.  From this union, one son was born Jhamerius “Ty” Houchens.  God also, blessed Annette with three other children Anthony “Andy,” Shadequa “Sha” and Nicole, all of Mineral.  She was also a stepmother to Anthony Green and Xavier Houchens.

Annette attended Louisa County Public Schools.  She was employed at Tyson’s Chicken in Hanover for more than 10 years, and later at Tri-Dim Filter Corporation in Louisa.

Annette is survived by one brother, Eric Johnson and his fiancée, Karen Vest; and two sisters, Ellen Coleman (Fred) and Joan Jackson (Raymond); a mother-in-law, Alberta Houchens (John); five sisters-in-law, Patricia Syrke (Odell), Thelma Houchens, Gladys Coles (Clifton), Connie Coles (Michael) and Cindy Walker (Jamie); and five brothers-in-law, George Houchens (Belinda), Lawrence Hunter (Lisa), Aaron Houchens, Odell Houchens and Venfert Houchens; as well as a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, close friends and associates, all of whom will greatly miss her.  Annette, also leaves to mourn her close friends, Lisa “Tutu” Hunter, Lisa “Lisa-Boo” Hunter, Nicole Davis and Viva Wood; a godson, Lavatrail Coles; and goddaughter, Symiaya Wood.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Frederick Sales, were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15, at Rising Sun Baptist Church in Mineral. Interment followed in New Anna Baptist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Vernice M. Letherer

Vernice Maude Letherer, 90, of Spotsylvania, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2012, at Hughes Home, Fredericksburg.

She was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church, loved children, animals, flowers and life.

Mrs. Letherer is predeceased by her parents, George and Jane Perry; and her husband, Carl Letherer; two brothers, Calvin and Otis Perry; and one sister, Vada Edenton.

She is survived by her son, Ron Letherer, of Culpeper; her daughter, Sharon Moser and her husband, William, of Fredericksburg; her grandchildren, Jennifer Bywaters, Sarah Moser and Margot Moser; a great-grandchild, Brianna Bywaters; and special nephew, Bob; and Lois Ulrich of Woodbridge.

The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 22 at Good Hope Baptist Church where a funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Scott Quinn at 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Carl W. Payne 

Carl William Payne, 44, of Louisa, departed this life on Saturday, December 15, 2012, in Springfield.

Born March 1, 1968 in Louisa, he was a son of Ruth Benson Payne of Gordonsville and the late Thomas Ray Payne.

Carl was an avid golfer and  worked for Piedmont Telecommunications. He was a former employee of American Press in Gordonsville and Wal-Mart Distribution Center.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Terri Ann Payne of Louisa; two daughters, Taylor Payne and Carly Payne both of Louisa; two stepsons, Brandon Smith and Bruce Smith both of Louisa; one brother, Glenn Payne and his wife, Sue, of Gordonsville; one sister, Carolyn Turpin and her husband, Ken, of Gordonsville; one grandson, Mason Rife of Abingdon; nieces and nephews, Tracy Payne, Kacy Payne Perkins and her husband, Timmy, Tommy Payne, Savannah Turpin Lockwood and her husband, Chris, Ashley Turpin McCabe and her husband, Matt; three great-nieces; his beloved Yorkie, Harley; and a host of friends.

A memorial service, conducted by Pastor Buster Payne, will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Gordonsville.

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

Memorial contributions may be made to the SPCA or the American Heart Association.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Alan W. Scheerer

Alan Weck Scheerer, 75, formerly of Manassas and most recently of Mechanicsville, passed away at home on Friday, December 14, 2012.

Alan was born in Fairmont, West Virginia, the third of six children.

He was predeceased by his wife, Laveta Warden Scheerer; and his parents, Paul Jacob and Ruth Josephine Scheerer.

He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Scheerer Hottinger and her husband, Eddie; and granddaughter, Lindsey; and step-grandson, Howard, of Louisa; his son, Greg Alan Scheerer and his wife, Cathy; and grandchildren, Rachael, Sarah and Luke, of Lynchburg; and his son, Milton Chad Scheerer and his wife, Susan; and grandchildren, Savannah, Grayson and Isabelle of Mechanicsville. He is also survived by his siblings, Philip Scheerer, Janice Mulichak, John Scheerer, Judith Lepken and Robert Scheerer.

Alan graduated from West Virginia University, where he was in the ROTC program. He was subsequently commissioned into the U.S. Army and stationed at Ft. Polk, Louisiana, where he met his future wife. After serving two tours of duty in Vietnam, he and Laveta moved to Decatur, Georgia and later to Manassas, with his employment. Alan retired with more than 40 years of federal service, having worked for both the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education. Following his wife’s too early death, Alan admirably raised his three children as a single parent. He enjoyed coaching many of his sons’ soccer teams while they were growing up, and later in life became an avid genealogist – building an impressive family history database. Alan lived the last few years of his life with his son, Milt and daughter-in-law, Susan, who were his devoted caregivers.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2013 at Lasley United Methodist Church in Louisa County.


Usha N. Watson 

On December 13, 2012, Usha Nadine Watson, at 37 years old, joined the ranks of God’s angels.

She is survived by her two children, Scott W. Watson and Samantha R. Watson; her mother and father, Stephen and Ruth Wunsh; her two brothers, Vikram Bonavries and Matthew Wunsh; and a multitude of loving aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

She is predeceased by a sister, Renae Bonavries.

She was an organ donor, through whose sacrifice enables others to live. She was a supremely loving mother, daughter, sister and friend who will be eternally missed.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20 at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Memorial donations be made to the Usha Watson Legacy Fund for the benefit of her children at Essex Bank, Louisa.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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