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Obituaries Feb. 27 publication with updates

Posted on Friday, February 28, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Posted Friday, Feb. 28

Robert L. Burruss Sr. 

Robert Lewis Burruss Sr., 79, departed this life on February 24, 2014 at the Louisa Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 25, 1934, to the late John and Lucy Burruss. He was educated in Louisa, County Public Schools and worked as a sawmill operator for most of his life.

Robert was a faithful deacon at Union Run Baptist Church for more than 30 years until his health declined. He first accepted Christ as Lord and Savior at an early age and attended Foster Creek Baptist Church in Louisa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Christine Howard Burruss; two sisters, Carrie Grooms and Cora Andrews; two brothers, Herman Burruss Sr. and John Davis Burruss.

He leaves to cherish his memory four sons, Alexander H. Burruss Sr. (Ernestine) of Troy, Kelvin E. Burruss (Sue) of Camp Zuma, Japan, Andrew L. Burruss of Keswick, and Robert L. Burruss Jr. (Donna) of Louisa; two daughters, Jacqueline H. Jamison (Lacy) of Norfolk and Joyce B. Mills (Curtis Sr.) of Keswick; two brothers, Clarence Burruss of Louisa and Lloyd Burruss Sr. (Mary) of Fluvanna County; two sisters, Marie Christmas of Charlottesville  and Joyce Christmas (Ralph) of Louisa; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; a special friend, Elder Phillip Dyer Sr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Rickey E. White, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 1 in the Union Run Baptist Church, 3220 Richmond Rd., Keswick. The burial will be in the church cemetery.

Viewing will be from noon until 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, at Thomasson Watson Chapel and from 9 until 11 a.m. on Saturday at the church.

May the work he’s done speak for him.

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

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Maris J. Clough 

Maris June Clough, 76, of Amelia, formerly of Mineral, departed this life on Saturday, February 22, 2014 after a long struggle with health problems.

Born June 22, 1937 in Lashmeet, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Ivan Elsworth Walker and Brookie White Walker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Grayson Clough; two brothers, Donald Walker and Elsworth Walker; and a sister, Karen Walker Clough.

She is survived by a son, Chris Clough and his wife, Eva;  a granddaughter, Abigail Clough; a nephew, Jason Clough and his wife, Jennifer; a niece, Shawna Clough; three great-nephews, Brent, Ryan and Mason; and one great-niece, Karen.

She made her home in Mineral in 1965 where she comfortably resided for 35 years. She was employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation Highway Division until her retirement.

She was laid to rest on Tuesday, February 25 at Dogwood Baptist Church, Gum Spring, next to her husband and sister.

Arrangements were made by Woody Funeral Home Parham Chapel.


Lerlie H. Pace 

Lerlie Harris Pace, beloved older sister to five brothers, passed away on Tuesday, February 25 at age of 81.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis E. Pace; and her brothers, James Franklin, Wilmer Ray and Roy Stephen Harris.

She was born in Bumpass on August 19, 1932 to Eleanor Catherine and James Harris.

She is survived by her brothers, David Winfred Harris of Richmond and Richard Joel Harris of Bushkill, Pennsylvania; her sisters-in-law, Carolyn Harris and Harriett Mitchell of Richmond; and her precious poodle, Fluffy; her nieces, Dody Tribble, Sherrie Kaine, Martha Little and Veronica Harris; and her nephews, Steven, Scott and Tom Harris and James Mahoney; and a host of great-nieces and nephews.

She lived in Crozet, Petersburg, and Randolph, New Jersey before returning to Richmond in 1980. Lerlie loved country music and dancing. She and her husband enjoyed traveling during their retirement years.

The family will receive friends on Friday, Feb. 28 from 4 until 6 p.m. at Bliley’s-Central, 3801 Augusta Ave., Richmond.

Interment will be private at Hillcrest Cemetery in Louisa.

Arrangements are being made by Bliley’s-Central Chapel, Richmond.


William H. Pendleton

William Henry Pendleton, 84, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 17, 2014  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Many friends and relatives knew him as Bill or Mr. Bill.

He was born in Lousia on Sept. 29, 1929, to the late George Pendleton and Victoria Clark.

He attended school in Louisa County and graduated from high school. He moved to Philadelphia in 1951, where he shared his life with his beloved wife, Bertha Pendleton. William held several jobs one of them included being a welder for more than 20 years for the American Pulley Company.

William was the loving father to three children, Carolyn, William Jr. and Norman.  He took pride in working on cars and helping others. This Christian man had a strong hand and a good heart. He knew, believe and took God as his personal Savior. William was also a member of Woodcrest United Church of Christ in Philadelphia.

In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his wife, Bertha Pendleton; his son Norman Pendleton, his brothers, Floyde, Harry, Henry and George Pendleton; and his sisters, Martha Pendleton and Mary (Susie) Dandridge.

William leaves to cherish precious memories a daughter, Carolyn Pendleton; and a son, William Pendleton Jr.; two sisters, Mildred Johnson and Alice Morris; one brother, Robert Pendleton; two daughters–in-law, Madeline Garcia Pendleton and Vanessa Thomasson Pendleton; five grandchildren, Bill, Eric, Melissa, Brittany and Tiffany Pendleton; three great grandchildren, Promysse, Eric and Adam; and host of brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Thomasson Watson Funeral Chapel, Louisa.

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

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Raymond E. Via Sr.

Raymond Edward Via Sr., 92, of Louisa, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 30, 1921 in Goochland County and was the son of the late Carl Edward Via Sr. and Birdie Payne Via.  He is also preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Via Boxley, and two brothers, Kenneth Via and Carl Edward “Coonie” Via Jr.

Mr. Via was a retired truck driver for Bowman and was a U.S. Army World War II veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Ross Via of Louisa; two daughters, Carolyn V. Carey and her husband, Ross, of  Yorktown, Patty V. Williams and her husband, Robert, of Midlothian; a son, Raymond E. Via Jr. and his wife, Patty, of Lanexa; seven grandchildren, Pam G. Billeter, Mathew R. Carey, Teri V. Dupont, Michael T. Via, Nicole “Niki” L. Williams, Robert D. “Cody” Williams, Kara A. Williams; and a great-grandson, Brennan Ray Walker.

A graveside funeral service, conducted by the Rev. David Palmer, will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 3 in Hillcrest Cemetery with military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, 22911.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville.


Posted Thursday, Feb. 27

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, conducted by Pastor Benny Allen, were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Pivont Funeral Home Chapel in Hinton.

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 were 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, were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Free Union Gospel Church in Gordonsville. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Frances A. Thurston-Jones

Frances Alease Thurston-Jones, formerly of Louisa, transitioned from labor to her eternal reward February 19, 2014, at her home in Woodbridge.

Born June 2, 1920, she was the fourth child of the late Levi and Sarah H. Thurston.

Alease, as most of her family and friends knew her, taught a number of years here in Louisa. First at Evergreen Elementary, then at the Louisa Training School, before moving to Prince William County.

The family will gather to celebrate her life and legacy at Ebenezer Baptist Church Family Life Center, Woodbridge, on March 6 at 11 a.m. Interment will be in Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

For further information, you may contact her sister-in-law, Inez Thurston, in Louisa.