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Obituaries Feb. 20 publication

Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9:53 am

Mary Ann C. Bagby 

Mary Ann Isbell Christian Bagby, 74, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, February, 17, 2014, after a lengthy illness.

Born on May 3, 1939, she was the middle daughter of Ernest Marvin Isbell and Marjorie Elizabeth Parrish of Mineral.

She graduated from Louisa County High School in 1957 and moved to Richmond to work for the City of Richmond Public Utilities from which she retired after 33 years of service. While in Richmond, she met her first husband, and love of her life, Thomas Franklin Christian. They wed on March 17, 1961. They were married for 35 years when Frank passed away on Thanksgiving Day 1996. Upon his passing, she moved back to Louisa to her parents’ home place to be close to their three sons.

After moving back to Louisa, she was reacquainted with a high school friend, Weldon Eugene “Sparkey” Bagby, to whom she married in September 1998. The two of them enjoyed gardening, going to yard sales, selling baseball cards and other novelty items until Sparkey’s passing January 14, 2013.

Mary Ann was very involved in community service projects including  Beta Sigma Phi while she lived in Richmond, Breakfast Buddies at Jouett Elementary School, Louisa Chapter of AARP and Commission on Aging in Louisa. She was also involved at South Anna Baptist Church, until her health failed. She was faithful in helping others by taking them to doctor appointments, to the grocery store and checking on them at other times.

Mary Ann enjoyed traveling, cooking for family and friends¬–from a simple dinner to a holiday meal–no matter who would come through the door, flower and vegetable gardening and canning the bounty. She had an infectious laugh that made everyone feel better and had a special way to make everyone feel welcome who came to her home.

She leaves to cherish her memory her sons, Tom Christian and his wife, Tammy, of Mineral, Jim Christian and his wife, Jayne, of Mineral, Dan Christian and his wife, Lisa, of Mineral; her grandchildren, Christina Mathes and her husband, James, of Madison, Hunter Christian and his wife, Brittany, of Mineral, T.C. Christian of Mineral; her two great-granddaughters, Lanasia Christian and Abigail Mathes; and a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

Mary Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Frank; her husband, Weldon; her sisters, Doris Brock, Louise Ramkey Viar and two siblings at birth.

Visitation will be held at Lacy Funeral Home, Rt. 522, Mineral, on Thursday, Feb. 20 from 6 until 8 p.m.

A graveside service, conducted by the Rev. Ron Panabaker, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at the Christian-Ramkey Family Cemetery, 2000 Cartersville Rd., Mineral.

Arrangements are being made by Lacy Funeral Home, Rt. 522, Mineral.

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Katherine V. Dawson

Katherine Virginia Dawson, 79, of Bristow, passed away on February 14, 2014, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Dawson lived in Prince William County for more than 65 years.  She was born in Fairfax.

Mrs. Dawson loved the Lord.  She enjoyed attending Hatcher’s Memorial Baptist Church in Brentsville.  She enjoyed flowers and loved the beach, especially Virginia Beach.  She had a green thumb and could make anything grow.  Most of all she loved her family.

Mrs. Dawson is survived by her loving husband of 60 years, Russell Dawson Sr.; her son, Russell Dawson Jr. and his wife, Rebecca; her brothers, Buddy and Kenny Gordon; her sisters, Barbara Ann, Mattie Sue, Karen Lee and Joanne; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by her parents, Walter and Mary Virginia Carter Gordon; her daughter, Jeannie Virginia Kincheloe; her brother, Walter Gordon; and her sisters, Evelyn, Shirley and Darlene.

A service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at Covenant Funeral Service, Lee Chapel.  Burial was in Woodbine Cemetery, Manassas.

Arrangements were made by Covenant Funeral Service, Manassas.

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Craig A. Dilley

Craig Alan Dilley, 48, of Ankeny, Iowa, passed away on Sunday, February 2, 2014, due to an accident on Highway 330 in Jasper County, Iowa.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 8 at Windsor Methodist Church, Des Moines, Iowa.

Craig was born on Jan. 8, 1966, in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of John Franklin and Patricia Ann Morrissey Dilley.  His family moved to Marlinton, West Virginia, where Craig graduated from high school.

Craig attended Marshall University in West Virginia and then enlisted in the United States Air Force from 1987 through 1991. He served as department head of the Weather Observing Operations from 1989 through 1991 at the Tonopah Test Range, located on the Ellis Air Force Base in Nevada.  He received the John Levitow Leadership Award in 1989.

Craig received his bachelor of arts in sociology in 1993 (magna cum laude) from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  From Iowa State University he received his B.S. (magna cum laude) in 1995; M.S. (with  distinction) in 1999; and PhD in horticulture in 2007.  During his time at ISU, he held positions of research associate II, graduate research assistant and instructor in the horticulture department.  He received the Iowa State University VEISHA outstanding Faculty Award in 2005 and the Iowa State University Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award  in 2007.

Craig most recently worked as professor of biology and environmental science at Des Moines Area Community College.  He also taught courses in field ecology, conservation biology, botany, sustainable living and human biology.  He loved teaching and thought it important to include humor in his classes.

In 1999, he married Erika Elizabeth Hodgson in Ames, Iowa.  Twin daughters, Gretta Edith and Sophia Lucile, were born to them on June 30, 2002.  They later divorced.

Craig had many talents–drawing, guitar, collecting books and humor. He enjoyed everything in nature. He was an extremely caring, compassionate and humble person.  He was also a wonderful father.  His children were his life.

Craig is survived by his parents, John Dilley of Marlinton, West Virginia, and Patricia Fowler and step-father,  Richard Fowler, of Louisa; his daughters, Gretta and Sophia Dilley, and their mother, Erika Hodgson of Vinton, Iowa; his brother, John W. Dilley of Oxnard, California; his sister, Pamela (Jackie) Moore of Marlinton, West Virginia; his half-brother, Dustin Fowler of Louisa; many nieces and nephews, aunt and uncles, cousins; his former in-laws and friends, Jim and Jacquie Hodgson, of Vinton, Iowa.

Craig was our precious shining star and we will always miss him.

Arrangements were made by VanSteenhuyse-Russell funeral Home, Vinton, Iowa.

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Randolph B. Holley

Randolph B. Holley, 67, of Elk Knob, died at 7:14 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at Greenbrier Valley Medical Center at Fairlea after a long and courageous battle with leukemia.

He was born on Aug. 4, 1946 in Charlottesville, a son of the late James Lewis Holley Sr. and Audrey Payne Holley.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Holley; three daughters, Audrey Ann Holley at home, Christy and Melody Holley, both of Virginia; four brothers, Harold H. Holley and his wife, Doris, of Hinton, Otis W. Holley and his wife, Nan, of Staunton, Keith P. Holley of Charlottesville, and Everette C. Holley and his wife, Patsy, of Cleburne, Texas; one sister, Mary H. Wills and her husband, Pete, of Gordonsville; her mother-in-law, Betty Waugh, of Ronceverte, West Virginia; her sisters-in-law, Sue Holley of Gordonsville, and Diana Cochran and her husband, Mike, of Princeton, West Virginia; her brother-in-law, Warren Phillips of Keswick; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, James L. Holley Jr.; and his sisters, Virginia Leake, Sue Coiner and Ann H. Phillips.

Randy was a native Virginian, raised in Louisa County. He was a retired trainmaster with Norfolk Southern Railway. He was a former president of the West Virginia Elks Lodge, and had served as district deputy for the grand exalted ruler. Randy was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church at Hix. He cherished life at his farm, showing Tennessee Walker horses, golfing, his church family, neighbors and friends. He treasured his close and loving relationship with his siblings. Randy and Mary Ann spent many joyful hours watching Audrey Ann participating in various sports.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton with Pastor Benny Allen officiating. The family will receive friends from one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to Emily Couric Clinic Medical Cancer Center, Health System Development Office, P.O. Box 800773, Charlottesville, VA 22908-0773. Designate contributions to Leukemia/Lymphoma Research in memory of Randy Holley.

Arrangements are being made by Pivont Funeral Home, Hinton, West Virginia.

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James B. Holliday

James Bernard Holliday, 83, of Gordonsville, went to be with the Lord on Monday, February 17, 2014 at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.

He was born on October 9, 1930, to the late Richard and Susie Holliday. He was the husband of the late Hattie Holliday.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two daughters, Christine Waller and her husband, Irvin, of Gordonsville, Delphine Waller and her husband, Pastor Clifford, of Charlottesville; five sons, James B. Holliday Jr. and his wife, Mable, of Ruckersville, Lester Randolph Holliday and his wife, Nancy, of Gordonsville, Kenneth Holliday of Charlottesville, Charles Holliday and Jeffrey Holliday both of Gordonsville; one brother, Lewis Holliday of Gordonsville; devoted sister-in-law, Mary Carter of Gordonsville; three sisters, Delois Williams and her husband, Jo, of Gordonsville, Gladys Holliday of Morris Town, New Jersey, Thelma Holliday of Colorado Springs, Colorado; 10 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren; devoted friends, James Fountain and Ralph Allen; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by Bishop John E. Marshall, will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Free Union Gospel Church in Gordonsville. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville .


Helen T. Mickel 

Helen Teresa Mickel, of Ashland City, Tennessee, passed away peacefully and wnet to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

Helen was born at Walter Reed Hospital in Wahsington D.C. on Dec. 23, 1952, the oldest of nine children. She was raised in Chillum, Maryland, attending St. John the Baptist De La Salle grade shool and Northwestern High in Hyattsville, Maryland.

She was employed with the government for 28 years, retiring due to health issues. She had moved to Tennessee with her job.

She leaves behind her loving family including her husband, Randel Mickel; her son, Ed Green, her daughters, Karen Stuart and Katie Green, also Neal Green; her granddaughters, Kristie, Brittney, Lauren, Desirea and Lindsey; two great-granddaughters, all of Tennessee; her mother, Helen Winston of Mineral; her brothers, James (Candy) Winston Jr. of Ohio, Paul Winiston of Mineral; her sisters, Joyce (Fred) Forbes of Covington, Shirley Willis of Louisa, Kathy Kessler (Robert) and Linda (Donald) Jones of Mineral.

She was preceded in death by her father, James Winston Sr.; her sister, JoAnne Orbeck; and a brother, Mark Winston.

A memorial service to celebrate Helen’s life will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 25 at St. Jude Catholic Church, Mineral. A private internment will be held at a later date.


Barbara W. Nuchols 

Barbara Lee “Bobbie” McCarthy Williams Nuchols, 75, was born in Richmond on September 16, 1938, and went to be with her Lord on February 10, 2014.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ernest Allen McCarthy and Iola B. Hollins.

She is survived by her husband, Leonard Nuchols; five children, Bruce Williams (Linda) of Mineral,Diana Bernier (Charlie) of Hanover, Sheila McVey (Joe) of Richmond, Wayne Lovette of Richmond and Glenda Lovette-Manuel (Reggie) of Chesterfield; 18 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Lou Maher and Patricia Hirsch, of Connecticut, and Marion “AKA Cookie” of Richmond.

She was always an avid cat lover, and liked to play Bingo, walk the beach and collect shells. She also loved to put puzzles together.

A funeral service was held at noon on Feb. 11 at Bliley’s Funeral Home Staples Mill Chapel. Interment was in Signal Hill Memorial Park.

Arrangements were made by Bliley’s Funeral Home.

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Sharon R. Perry 

Sharon Ranae Perry, 48, of Montpelier, passed away Sunday, February 16, 2014 at her home.

Ms. Perry was a member of Mine Road Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life, William Lee Brooks Sr.

Survivors include her children, Lisa Perry and William Lee Brooks Jr., both of Montpelier; five sisters, Reba Harper, Melissa Harris, Teresa Grigsby, Carolyn Chesseman and Angela; three brothers, Bruce Perry, Terrell Perry and Butch Perry; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at Mine Road Baptist Church, Post Oak, in Spotsylvania County.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg/

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John C. Smith Jr.

John Coleman Smith Jr., 79, of Mineral, passed away on Wednesday, February 12, 2014  at University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville, with his girls at his bedside.

John was the son of the late John C. and Mabel S. Smith Sr. He served his country in the U.S. Army and owned and operated Mid-Virginia Water Wells, Inc.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 60 years, Marion Smith; his daughters, Charlotte (Gary) Hayes, Cathy (Wesley) Portner, Connie (Bo) Seay, Cindy (Mark) Sargent, Carol (Mike) Carley and Christine (Jimmy) Duerson; his sister, Josephine Moubray; his grandchildren, Zachary and Andrew Hayes, Landon and Lauren Portner, Kyle and Taylor Seay, Jennifer Dove, Jessica and John Coleman Fleshman, Danielle Sargent, Abigail and Preston Carley and Garrett and Cassie Duerson; his great-grandchildren, Kayla and Carson Dove and Gavin Hartwell; and special nephew, C. W. Moubray (Edna); numerous other family and friends; and his best buddies, Dino and Petee.

A service, conducted by the Rev. John Austin, was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 17 at Woodward Funeral Home.

Burial was in Spring Grove Cemetery, Mineral.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Robert L. Stanley 

Robert Lee Stanley, 60, of Louisa, passed away at his residence on Sunday, February 16, 2014.

He is predeceased by his parents, Emmett R. and Martha G. Stanley; and a sister, Dorothy Schmidt.

Survivors include his daughter, Tammy Greathouse (Michael) of Chester; his son, Robert Lee Stanley Jr. (Ashleigh) of Fredericksburg; his grandchildren, Kaylee, Emilee, Autumn Lee and Haleigh; his brothers, Emmett Stanley (Sandie) of Mechanicsville, Jerry Stanley (Tonie) of Elmont, Earnest Stanley (Janet) of Idaho; his sisters, Martha Wood (Jimmy) of Elmont, and Emma Stewart (Mike) of Montpelier; his fiancée, Thurma Baker of Mineral; special friend, Bubba Chaulklin, of Doswell; numerous nieces, nephews and friends; and his K-9 companion, Mattie.

Family will receive friends from 6 until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20. A celebration of life service, conducted by the Rev. Byron Newman, will be held at 7 p.m. following visitation at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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