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Obituaries for Dec. 13 publication

Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

William E. Bennett Jr.

William Edward Bennett Jr., 89, died at home in Mineral on Sunday, December 2, 2012.

He was the son of William E. Bennett Sr. and Georgia Reed Bennett, and was born Jan. 30, 1923 in Turner, Maine.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 61 years, Jamie Ward Bennett of Stanardsville, who was the love of his life; his daughter, Wanda Bennett Kolbe; his sister, Elaine; and his brothers, Robert, Alden and Paul.

He is survived by his daughters, Catherine Bennett and Cheryl Bennett of Mineral; a son, Wade S. Bennett and his wife, Mary, of Shelocta, Pennsylvania; and his grandchildren,  Sheldon, Leland and Brian Bennett of Shelocta, Pennsylvania, and Taylor and Nathan Kolbe of Moreno Valley, California,  Ryan Kolbe; and his brother, Leslie A. Bennett of Portland, Maine.

William “Eddie” graduated from Freeport High School, Maine, in 1941.  He attended Duke University and the University of Virginia graduating in 1947 with a degree in electrical engineering.  He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1943 through 1946 and the Korean War from 1948 through 1952.

Mr. Bennett worked 30 years for Westinghouse Electric Corporation as a mechanical engineer in the nuclear power division from 1952 until 1982.  His career began in Idaho where he was involved with the development of the propulsion unit for the first nuclear-powered submarine, USS Nautilus.  He participated in the first sea trials for USS Nautilus in Groton, Connecticut. He traveled widely during his career developing nuclear power plants and consulting in 47 states, and abroad in Italy, Belgium, France and Spain. He retired from Westinghouse’s research and development division.

Mr. Bennett has been a member of Mineral United Methodist Church since 1985 and served as trustee, and was a member of the church council and choir. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge for 67 years.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, canoeing and as an avid life-long reader. He was a devoted husband and father keeping careful attention and interest in his family even when separated for periods of time by work duties. He will be sadly missed by his children, admiring grandchildren and others who knew this gentle man.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13 at Mineral United Methodist Church.  Interment will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Mineral.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Robert L. Bradshaw

Robert Leon Bradshaw, 59, of Louisa, died Monday, December 10, 2012 in the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville.

He was born Sept. 30, 1953 in Dallas, Texas, and was a son of the late William Lloyd Bradshaw and is survived by his mother, Dorris P. Jackson Martin of Denton, Texas.

Mr. Bradshaw is also survived  by his wife, May Chun Bradshaw of Louisa; three daughters, Jenny Zheng-Marren and her husband, Teddy, of Goldsboro, North, Carolina, Sarah Thomas, and her husband, Travis,  Lauren Tinner and her husband, Cory, all of Powhatan; three brothers, Bruce Bradshaw of Blair, Wisconsin, David Bradshaw of Justin, Texas, and Billy Bradshaw of Roanoke; three sisters, Sharon Vargas of Ft. Worth, Texas, Ellen Bradshaw of Denton, Texas and Eve Bradshaw of Roanoke; two grandchildren, Sam Thomas and Ayla Tinner.

He was also preceded in death by two brothers, Michael Bradshaw and Dale Bradshaw; and a sister, Laurie Bradshaw.

A memorial service, conducted by the Rev. Larry Hoyle, was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Louisa Baptist Church

Memorial contributions may be made to the Louisa Baptist Church, P.O. Box 552, Louisa, VA 23093.

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Emmelyn A. Brooks-Rose

Emmelyn Ann “Bootsie” Brooks-Rose, 68, of Gordonsville, died Saturday, December 8, 2012, in Charlottesville.

Born August 19, 1944 in Richmond, she was a daughter of the late Robert Carlton Brooks and Elizabeth Gene Cronk.

She is survived by her husband, Kirby Allan Rose of Gordonsville; one daughter, Deidra Ornduff of Gordonsville; one son, William Ornduff and his wife, Sonya, of Gordonsville; a stepdaughter, Angela Rose and her children; two sisters, Sandra Brooks of Falmouth, Carla Brooks of Gordonsville; four grandchildren, William Ornduff III, Brandon Ornduff, Brittany Ornduff, Brook Elizabeth Ornduff; a daughter-in-law, Diane Ornduff of Montpelier; and a host of loving friends.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by a son, Carlton Todd Ornduff.

A memorial service, conducted by Pastor Buster Payne, was held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Gordonsville.

Interment will be private with the family at a later date in Maplewood Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.

Deloris M. Johnson

Deloris Ann Morris Johnson entered into eternal life on December 5, 2012.

Deloris was born on Nov. 22, 1936, in Louisa County to the late Thomas and Gladys Morris.

She was baptized and became a member of the Mount Gilliam Baptist Church at an early age. Deloris completed her formal education in the Louisa County School system.

She later moved to Alexandria where she met and married John Johnson. To this union was born two children, Michael and Michelle Johnson. Deloris and John returned to Louisa after their retirement.

Deloris was preceded in death by two brothers, Thomas Jr. (Pete) and Hilton.

She is survived by her husband, John; children, Michael (Karen) and Michelle; her grandchildren, Michael, Anita, David, Dillian and Eviana; four brothers, Curtis (Beulah), George (Alice), James (Terri) and Donald (Parthenia); one sister, Dora (Amon); one sister-in-law, Rita Monk; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services, conduced by Elder Lynn Beanum Jr., were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Thomasson Watson Funeral Chapel. Interment was in the Mt. Gilliam Old Site Baptist Church Cemetery, Louisa.

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

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Andre H. Morris

Andre Harry Morris, son of Yvonne Woolfolk Morris and the late Harry M. Morris, departed this life on Monday, December 3, 2012 in Washington, D.C.  Andre was also the nephew of Bernette Woolfolk and Bernice Woolfolk Von-der-pool.

A Homegoing Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14 at the Temple of Deliverance in Mineral.

Arrangements are being made by Marshall March Funeral Home, Inc., Washington, D.C.


Louisa B. Robinson

Louisa M. Brooks Robinson, of Louisa, departed this life on Monday, November 12, 2012, in Richmond.

She is survived by her two daughters, Janice Robinson and Doris Mallory; three grandchildren, Jerry, Monica and Jamie; one great-grandchild, Adrian; two sisters, Bernice and Alberta Johnson; a brother, Harry Brooks; and countless other relatives and numerous  friends.

Funeral services, conducted by Pastor Henry Truzy Jr. and the Rev. James Graves, Eulogist, were held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 17 at Thessalonia Baptist Church, Mineral.

Arrangements were made by Satchell’s Funeral Service, Orange.


Edith R. Wheedleton

Edith Robertson Wheedleton, 89, of Louisa, went to be with Jesus on Saturday, December 8, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Wirt and Hattie Geneva Robertson; her brothers, Donnie and William Archie Robertson; and a sister, Peggy Webb.

She is survived by her sisters, Jean Johnston of Williamsburg, Ercelle Edwards of Shollotte, North Carolina, Gloria Thrash of Silver Spring, Maryland; her brother, Fred Robertson of Williamsburg; her daughter, Dabney Barber and her husband, John; and four grandchildren, Hattie Smart (Brad), Caleb Barber (Kelly), Hannah Barber and Jacob Barber; and one great-grandchild, Eleanor Elizabeth Smart.

She worked for John R. Chappel Insurance Agency and later retired as a secretary for the department of medical records, Medical College of Virginia Hospital.

She loved her Lord, her family, many friends and Oakland Baptist Church in Gum Spring where she faithfully served as a Sunday school teacher, treasurer and greeter.  She will long be remembered for her hot rolls and sour cream pound cakes, collecting antiques, and many acts of kindness.  “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the Oakland Baptist Church missions department.

A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12 at Oakland Baptist Church. Interment  followed in the church cemetery.

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

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Ellen S. Virts

Ellen Slaughter Virts, 60, of Mineral, passed away at her residence on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.

She is the daughter of the late Guthery and Lucy Slaughter.

Ellen is survived by her husband, Ernest A. Virts; one son, Edward K. Virts, both of the home; two brothers, Jimmy Slaughter and his wife, Pat, and Junior Slaughter and his wife, Vickie, both of Hanover County.

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

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