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Obituaries December 22 publication

Posted on Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 4:11 pm

James R. Brice 

James Russell Brice was called home by God on Saturday, December 17, 2011, at Louisa Health and Rehabilitation Center. 

He was one of four siblings born to Molly Powell Brice and Charlie Lee Brice on Aug. 30, 1923, in Louisa County and was preceded in death by one brother, William Lee Brice. Due to the premature death of his mother and father, he was raised by his paternal grandfather, Edward H. Powell.

Russell Brice was an active member of Zion Travelers Baptist Church where he was a member of the senior choir and served as an usher. During his lifetime he worked as a logger and cook at Holland Brothers Logging Company. Later he was an employee at Herndon Brothers Pontiac in Gordonsville, where he acquired his lifelong passion for cars. Even as a senior citizen, he never stopped working and continued staying active by assisting his wife in the tailoring and sewing business they ran at their home.

In 1944, Russell was united in holy matrimony to Martha Bell Morris of Louisa County and together they had two children: Martha Ann Waddy and James Corrie Brice and his wife, Pat. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by eight grandchildren, Shawn and his wife, Diana, Mandy, Nicole, Andrea and her husband, Danny, Cheryl, Lisa, Joyce, Dawn and her husband, David; a host of great- and great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Wilson of Georgia and Lucy Roland of Pennsylvania; close friends Earl Burton and Calvin Morris; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and other devoted friends.

Russell’s favorite past times included showing his classic cars, driving his cars in parades, and gardening. In his early years, he was an avid sportsman and loved hunting with his son and wife’s father, C.K. Morris Sr. Russell and his wife, Martha, were very active in local politics. He was always available to his many family and friends for emotional and financial support, running errands and “just shooting the breeze.”

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at the Zion Travelers Baptist Church with the Rev. Gilbert Bates, officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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

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Otis M. Carter Sr.

Otis Mason Carter Sr., 81, of Louisa, departed this earthly life on December 15, 2011, at his residence.  

He was born in Bumpass, on Jan. 10, 1930, to the late John and Betty Thomas Carter. 

Otis was married to the late Dorothy Johnson Carter for 58 years and to this union seven children were born.  He was educated in Louisa County Public School Systems and served in the United States Army during the Korean War.  He was a faithful member of the First Baptist Church in Louisa where he served as the chairman of the deacon board, Sunday school superintendent, a member of the men’s chorus, church custodian, and many other church organizations.  Otis was employed by Preston Trucking Company where he retired after 23 years of service.  

He was preceded in death by his devoted wife, Dorothy Carter; two children Joyce Carter Burruss and Michael Carter; two grandchildren, Landon Burruss and Dwan (Dee-Dee) Burruss; and 12 siblings. 

He leaves to cherish his memories two daughters, Deborah Trice and Robin Eure (Tony)  of Louisa; three sons, Otis Mason Carter Jr. (Helen) of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Herbert Carter (Kathleen) and Lawrence Carter of Louisa; two aunts, Susie Quarles of Louisa, and Mary Hughes of Woodbridge; 14 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

Funeral services were held at noon on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at the First Baptist Church, Louisa.  Interment was in the Poindexter Family Cemetery with military honors.  

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

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Aulton W. Coleman

Aulton Woodrow Coleman, 68, of Bumpass, died on Friday, December 16, 2011, at Louisa Health Care Center in Louisa.

Born Wednesday, June 2, 1943, in Bumpass, he was the son of the late Irvin Coleman and the late Martha Williams Coleman.

He was a member of Mount Garland Baptist Church.

Surviving are four brothers, Jessie B. Coleman, John L. Coleman, Herman R. Coleman all of Bumpass, and Alonzo I. Coleman and his wife, Florence, of Richmond; two sisters, Gloria Coleman of Bumpass, and Deborah C. French and her husband, Wilbert, of Mineral.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at Mount Garland Baptist Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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

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Thomas A. Garrett

Thomas Alexander Garrett, Sr., 67, of Scottsville, joined his heavenly Father on Tuesday, December 13, 2011.   

Tom was born January 14, 1944, in Williamsburg, to Thomas Clarke Garrett and Mary Carolyn Harris Garrett. 

Tom earned a degree from the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond in 1966, where he was also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.  He joined the National Guard, trained at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and served during the Vietnam War. Tom was a lifelong supporter of athletics at the University of Richmond and was an avid Spider fan.  He had a great love for the outdoors. Tom enjoyed bird and fowl hunting and was an accomplished dog trainer and lover.  He faithfully walked miles, with his dogs by his side, every morning for more than 20 years. He was an active member of the Louisa Rotary Club, and was always up for a game of bridge. 

Tom was a man of great character, which made him successful in several lines of business. He enjoyed a career with Bethlehem Steel Corporation, while living in Atlanta, Georgia, and Signal Mountain, Tennessee. After retiring from Bethlehem Steel, he and his family returned to Louisa County where he enjoyed a second career in real estate, specializing in farms, antique properties and rural estates of Central Virginia.

Members of Gilboa Christian Church, the Garretts regularly attended Louisa United Methodist Church and Scottsville United Methodist Church, as well.  

Tom is survived by his devoted wife, Lois T. Garrett; his daughter, Paige Garrett Delbridge and her husband, Dudley Delbridg; his son Senator-elect Thomas Alexander Garrett Jr., and Dana Garrett; his brother Frank C. Garrett and his wife, Georgia Garrett; and his grandchildren Carolyn Garrett, Abigail Delbridge, Emma Delbridge, Laura Garrett, Rett Delbridge, Ian Delbridge and Luke Delbridge.  He is also survived by his nephews Dr. Clarke Garrett, Randy Troutman and Chris Troutman; and his nieces Suzanne G. Ryder, and Linda T. Zellows; and many in his extended family. 

Visitation with his family will be held on Friday, Dec.16, from 3 until 6 p.m., at Louisa United Methodist Church in the town of Louisa.   

A Celebration of Life was held at 11 a.m on Saturday, Dec. 17, at the Louisa United Methodist Church.  Interment was at Hillcrest Cemetery, west of the town of Louisa. 

Memorial donations may be made in Tom’s honor to Louisa Young Life, P.O. Box 1990 Louisa, VA 23093 or to Gilboa Christian Church, Rebuilding Fund, c/o Joe Leslie, 30 Ebenezer Road, Mineral, VA 23117.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Freddie L. Johnson

On Wednesday, December 14, 2011, Freddie Louis Johnson departed this earthly life after a long illness. 

He was born Dec. 23, 1939, to Burley and Norma Johnson in Louisa. He was preceded in death by both his parents and a brother, Thomas Linwood Johnson. 

He attended Louisa Public Schools and worked at various lumber yards throughout his life. He joined Foster Creek Baptist Church at an early age. 

He leaves to cherish his memories five children, Ronald, Ernest, Freddie Jr. (Doris) and Carnette Johnson (Ricky), all of Louisa, and Floyd Johnson (Anita) of Washington, D.C.; three brothers, Harvey (Emily) and Harry Johnson of Louisa, Gist Johnson of Plainfield, New Jersey; six sisters, Louise Wise (Clint), Fannie Sims, Jean Washington and Doris Seaberry all of Louisa, Lois Williams (Clarence) of Temple Hills, Maryland and Anna Morton (Carl) of Oxon Hill, Maryland. He also leaves to cherish his memories seven grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, two aunts, Lorraine Johnson of Kent Store, and Gladys Johns of Yonkers, New York, and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, at Thomasson Watson Funeral Chapel 117 West Street Louisa. Interment will follow in the Burruss Family Cemetery. 

Arrangements are be ing made by Thomasson Watson Funeral Home, Inc., Louisa.

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Austin S. Morris Jr.

Austin Sayer Morris Jr. departed this life on December 14, 2011, at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville.  

He was born in Newark, New Jersey on Jan. 29, 1951, to the late Austin Sayer Morris Sr. and the Ruby McDowell of East Brunswick, New Jersey.

He graduated from A.G. Richardson High School and attended Virginia State University.

Austin was a member of the Epworth Manor Apartments family for more than 20 years.  He is known for lending and helping hand to anyone who needed it.  His welcoming smile and hearty laugh will be missed by all. 

Austin is preceded in death by his father, Austin S. Morris Sr.; his stepmother, Bessie A. Morris; his paternal grandparents, Alice Morris and James S. Morris; two aunts, Mabel Byrd, and Virginia Pratt; one uncle, James A. Morris Sr.; a brother, Richard A. Morris; and a sister, Cynthia Cameron. 

Austin is survived by one aunt, Elizabeth Lawrence of Burlington, New Jersey; and one uncle, Billy Morris of Orange, New Jersey; his brothers, Rodney S. Morris (Colleen) of Harrisonburg, Roland Jr. and Ali McDowell, both of Newark, New Jersey; his sisters, Sherika Morris-Wilkerson (Tony) of Orange, Carolyn McDowell of Monroe, New Jersey, Jackie McDowell of Newark, New Jersey, Alisha McDowell of Newark, New Jersey and Barbara Johnson of Charlottesville; his nieces, Akia Morris and Ashley Tobe of Harrisonburg, Chynna Wells of Orange; his nephews,  Gyuine Wilkerson of Orange, Rodney (Collin) Morris of Harrisonburg, and Stuart Morris of Richmond; and a host of cousins and friends; special friends John “June” Epps and Hoye Hott.

A funeral service will be held at noon on Thursday, Dec. 22 at Zion Travelers Baptist Church, Louisa. The Rev. Austin G. Bates will officiate.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. 

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

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