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Obituaries Feb. 6 publication

Posted on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

Betty J. Brooks

Betty Jane Brooks, 72, of Mineral, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2014.

Betty was a lifelong resident of Louisa County, the daughter of the late Charles and Ella Sharpe and a member of Mineral Baptist Church.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Andrew L. Brooks Jr.; her son, Michael Brooks (Shonda) of Mineral; her brother, Billy Sharpe (Carol) of Bumpass; special sister-in-law, Eunice Sharpe of Bumpass; her sisters, Doris Pierce of Maryland, Helen Sprouse (Ernest) of Bumpass, Barbara Heflin of Stafford, Juanita Sharpe of Ashland; and her grandson, Jason Brooks.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Michael Durham, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at Mineral Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, Mineral.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Fannie P. Gentry 

Fannie P. “Queen” Gentry, 75, of Louisa, passed away on January 27, 2014, in Rocky Mount.

She was born Sept. 16, 1938, the daughter of the late Willie Pickens and Elizabeth Pickens. She is also preceded in death by her brothers, Robert Giles and twins, Willie and William Pickens.

Mrs. Gentry was an elementary educator in the Louisa County Public School system.

She is and will always remain loved by all.

She is survived by her husband Randolph Matthew Gentry of Louisa; her daughter, Jewelle Lee and her husband, Roger, of Columbia, South Carolina; her grandchildren, Jessica and Cedric Lee of Columbia, South Carolina; her great-grandchildren, Zion and Noah Belton of Columbia, South Carolina, and Jasmine Guy of Apoka, Florida; and special family friends, Shirley Thompson, Brenda Holland and Joan Pilson.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Roy Gunn was held at noon on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Pigg River Community Center, Rocky Mount. Interment was in Rock Ridge Cemetery.


Wirt W. Hall

Wirt W. “Ned” Hall, born September 2, 1925, departed this world February 29, 2014 at the age of 88.

He is survived by his partner of 20 years, Linda Olinger; his daughter, Martha Hall and her partner, Connie Hall); his son, Rob Hall and his partner Mary Byrd; and their mother Edith Hall; his daughter, Wendy Hall-Wood and her husband, Stephen Wood;  her mother, Gail Lyons-Bailey, who preceded him in death; his granddaughter, Mary Kathen Hall; his siblings, Eddie T. Hall of New York, Marion Linwood Hall of Richmond, Mary Hall Mitchell of Richmond, and Virginia Hall Woodruff and her husband, James Woodruff, of Kentucky;  numerous nieces and nephews; Ruth Olinger Aldridge and her husband and children; and Gene Garrard Olinger Jr. and his wife and son.

Ned volunteered for the Coast Guard in World War II, serving on convoy escorts across the Atlantic.  He reenlisted during the Korean War in the Navy.  He served his country and community and family. He always had a smile to share and never met a stranger.

Ned was a retired construction manager. He retired in 1992 as assistant regional manager from The Reinforced Earth Company in Atlanta.  He was also Past Master of the Fredericksburg Masonic Lodge #4, a Royal Arch Mason, a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Kena Patriot Shrine Club.

The funeral was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 at Bliley’s Funeral Home, Staples Mill Chapel, followed by a graveside service with military honors at Greenwood Cemetery, Patterson Ave.

Memorial donations may be made to or KENA Shriners, P.O. Box 456, Merrifield, VA 22116, (703) 573-4202.

Arrangements were made by Bliley’s Funeral Home, Staples Mill Chapel, Richmond.


Robert Harlow

Robert “Byrd” Harlow, 72, of Louisa, passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Louisa Health Care.

Byrd served his country in the U. S. Air Force and had retired from Louisa Boat and Motor Sales. He was a lifelong resident of Louisa and a member of Memorial Baptist Church. He is the son of the late Bain and Alma Harlow.

Survivors include a son, Christopher Harlow; two sisters, Chella Hodges (Robert), of Louisa, and Virginia Jones, of Ruther Glen; his loving companion, Chrissy Harlow; a number of nieces and nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Jim Blackwell, will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 6, at Memorial Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Macedonia United Methodist Church Cemetery. Serving as pallbearers are Eddie Loy, Haywood Hodges, Tom Houck, Reno Curtight, Mark Stanton and Don Moore.

The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Memorial Baptist Church.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Charles A. Jones

Charles A. Jones 82, of Bumpass, departed this life on Thursday, January 30, 2014.

He leaves behind two step-children, Wayne and Marsha; and many friends and neighbors who were like family.

Charles retired from Richmond Steel after 30 years of service.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 at Elpis Christian Church Cemetery.

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

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John W. Lockwood

John William Lockwood, born on Dec. 29, 1933 in Washington D.C. to William Angelo Lockwood and Christine Miller Lockwood of Mclean, left this world the morning of January 28, 2014 at the University of Virginia Medical Center.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Anna Mae Lockwood; two children, Debra Keller and her husband, Tim, and Douglas Lockwood; two grandchildren, Bryan Keller and his wife, Jada, and Amber Keller  and her boyfriend, RC; two great-grandchildren, in which he loved and adored, Raylee Keller and Liam Hagen.

John served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War and worked many years for geological survey, retiring and relocating to Mineral, in 1988 with family.

John was a well-respected man in Falls Church and Mineral. He touched the lives of many people in his 80 years and will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A service was held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 3 at National Funeral Home, 7482 Lee Hwy., Falls Church. Interment will follow.

Arrangements were made by National Funeral Home, Falls Church.


Michael D. Mitchell

Michael D. Mitchell, of Louisa, passed away peacefully at home on Monday, January 27, 2014.

He was born May 3, 1965 in Richmond.

He is survived by his daughters, Samantha Mitchell, Amanda Mitchell Brown and her husband, Jamie, his grandson, Nicholas Brown; his father, C.P. “Bud” Mitchell; his mothers, Jeanna Depew Mitchell, Dale Mitchell; his sisters, Amy Boothe and her spouse, Melanie Bradley and her spouse; his brothers, Troy Mitchell and his spouse, Rikki Groome and his fiancé, Leslie Jones; and countless other family members.

There will be a casual gathering from 2 until 4 p.m. at Bethany Christian Church gym on Saturday, Feb. 8.

Memorial donations may be made to the Locust Creek Volunteer Fire Dept.


Virginia S. Reynolds 

Virginia Sargeant Reynolds, 99, was a native of Louisa County and the widow of the late chairman of Reynolds Metals Company, Richard S. Reynolds Jr.

She is survived by her son, Richard S. (Major) Reynolds III (former member of the Virginia House of Delegates) and his wife, Pamela; her grandchildren, Richard S. Reynolds IV, Katherine R. Barsness, Anne Brice R. Robertson, Virginia R. Parker, J. Sargeant Reynolds Jr., Elizabeth R. Daus and R. Roland Reynolds.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Franklin Sargeant; her husband; her son, J. Sargeant Reynolds, a former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia; and her grandson, David Parham Reynolds II. She was also predeceased by her sister and four brothers.

She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church, The Country Club of Virginia, The Women’s Club, The Virginia Historical Society, The Richmond Committee of the Robert E. Lee Memorial Foundation and a former member of the board of the APVA. She was a charter member of the Council of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and a member of the board of the Virginia Home, where she was responsible for procuring the first bus for the residents’ use as a gift from The Ford Motor Company in 1966.

Also, she was chairman of the Women’s division for War Bond sales for the City of Richmond from 1942 to 1945 and a founding member

of Friends of the Kennedy Center for The Performing Arts. She was a former member of The Junior League of Richmond, the Colony Club of New York City, Birnam Wood Country Club of Santa Barbara, California and the Farmington Country Club of Charlottesville.

While living in New York City, she and her husband purchased Hawkwood, an antebellum, Italianate house in Historic Green Springs in Louisa County and upon moving to Richmond in 1938, restored the home, which had been vacant for 40 years.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Feb. 6 at Second Presbyterian Church, 5 North 5th St., Richmond, followed by interment at the Reynolds Homestead in Patrick County.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Second Presbyterian Church or to The Virginia Home, 1101 Hampton St., Richmond, VA 23220.

Arrangements are being made by Bliley’s Funeral Home, Central Chapel.


Ruby E. Virts 

Ruby Elizabeth Virts passed Monday, January 27, 2014.

She was born Feb. 5, 1961, the first born to Mary Butler and Clifford Smith, stepfather Ivor Butler.

Ruby was a loving, caring, beautiful woman, who was full of life, energy and wisdom. She accepted everyone as if they were her own. Ruby met Ernest Virts and knew then that’s who she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. They soon married on May 26, 2000. To this union formed the family of Tammy Rowe, Mary Ann Kober, Ernie Butler and Josh Kober.

Ruby leaves behind to mourn her wonderfully devoted caring husband, Ernest Virts; six children, Tammy and Wayne Rowe, Mary Ann Kober and John Seay, Ernie Butler and Shauna Evatt, Josh and Emily Kober; her parents, Mary and Ivor Butler; seven grandchildren, Bethany Osborne, Kayden Morris, Carson Kober, Lindsey Seay, Mariah Rowe, Shane Rowe and Ava Rowe; two sisters, Franny DeLancey and Bonnie Osborne; two brothers, Tommy Lee Smith and Kenny Wayne Butler; and other family  including nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She is now rejoicing with her father, Clifford Smith, and her brother, Henry Smith, in heaven.

Her resting site is at the Butler Family Cemetery.

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

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Sarah E. Williams 

Sarah Elizabeth Williams, 100, of Louisa, died on Thursday, January 30, 2014, at Louisa Health & Rehab Center in Louisa.

Born Friday, Nov. 7, 1913 in New York, New York, she was the daughter of the late Major Williams and the late Sarah Williams. She was preceded in death by her brother, Ralph Thompson; and her sister, Dorothy L. Poindexter.

She was educated in Louisa County Public Schools and was employed by and retired from University of Virginia.

She was a faithful and dedicated member of Eagle Baptist Church.

Surviving are her son, Costello Jackson of Mineral; and great-niece, Rebecca Jones of St. Louis, Missouri; and a devoted friend, Harlin E. Sims.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Roger E. Braxton Sr., were held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 2, at Eagle Baptist Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.

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

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