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Obituaries Jan. 16 publication

Posted on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Nancy K. Blatt

Nancy Lois Kennedy Blatt departed this life on January 8, 2014, at the age of 86 after a courageous battle with cancer at her residence in Virginia Beach.

Born in Mineral in 1927, to her parents, William Bryan and Virginia Spicer Kennedy at “Oak Lodge,” she spent her childhood years with her parents and her sister Nell Marie Kennedy Dickinson (deceased), wife of Robert E. (Buck) Dickinson.

Lois was a member of Mineral Baptist Church and educated in Louisa County Schools. Upon graduation from high school, she moved to Washington D.C. where she worked for the FBI and met her beloved husband, Robert F. “Bob” Blatt (deceased) to whom she was married in 1948.

After more than 30 years of government service, she retired from the Interstate Commerce Commission and subsequent to Bob’s death, moved to Virginia Beach to live with her niece, Leigh Ann Dickinson. There she spent many happy and joyful days visiting with friends and family members especially on holidays. Her joyful laugh and infectious smile will always be remembered by all who knew her.  She was a loving and caring person and will be missed by all. She is no longer in pain and has gone to be with her Heavenly Father.

She is survived by her brother-in-law, Robert E. “Buck” Dickinson of Spotsylvania; her nieces, Leigh Ann Dickinson (Paul Miller) and their daughter, Haley Marie Miller of Virginia Beach, Sue Ellen Ponschke (Paul) of Fredericksburg; and her nephew, Ken Dickinson (Ann) of Richmond; and her grand-nieces and grand-nephew, Abby Moncrief (Kevin and their son, Bryant) of Richmond, Sarah E. Dickinson of Raleigh, North Carolina and Rob Dickinson of Richmond.

Interment was held at Hillcrest Cemetery in Louisa on January 12, with the Rev. Jerry Hall of Mineral officiating.

Following the funeral, a celebration of life and gathering of family and friends was held at the home of Mrs. V. Earl (Mary Lou) Dickinson, with the assistance of Martha Day (Dickinson) Dumas of Richmond.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Stephen K. Bower

A Remembrance Service will be held for Stephen Keith Bower at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Prince William Ben Lomond Community Center, 10501 Copeland Dr., Manassas.

Stephen, 30, passed away suddenly on December 19, 2013.

He is survived by his mother, Donna E. Carothers; his step- father, Paul Carothers, both of Louisa; his father, William H. Bower; his step-mother, Kelly Bower, both of Haymarket.

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

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Ronald I. Haywood

Ronald I. Haywood, 64, of Louisa, entered into eternal rest Sunday, January 12, 2014, at the residence of his sister, Pastor Patricia Dunn.

He was the son of the late Issac and Narcissus Haywood.

He leaves to cherish his memory three sons, Dewayne Haywood of Madison, Ronald I. Haywood Jr., Brandon D. Haywood both of Florida; three brothers, Keith A. Haywood of Charlottesville, Kirk A. Haywood of Leesville, Louisiana, Brian C. Haywood of El Paso, Texas; five sisters, Pastor Patricia Dunn, First Lady Sandra H. Ellis and Deirdre L. Haywood all of Louisa, Jacqueline Haywood and Veronica Haywood both of Faber; and a host of other beloved relatives and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by Pastor Patricia Dunn, will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at  Gordonsville Bible Way Church. Interment will follow in the Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Faber.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home,  Gordonsville.

William W. Johnson

William Wayne Johnson, 67, of Palmyra, passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014, at Louisa Health and Rehab in Louisa.

Born on July 25, 1946, he was the son of the late Mamie Helen Johnson and William Henry Johnson. He was also predeceased by his wife, Mildred Johnson; and a brother, Raymond Johnson.

William worked for 40 years at University of Virginia as a paint foreman, a job he enjoyed and was proud of. He also enjoyed landscaping, planting flowers and bushes, and collectibles. He was a loving father, grandfather and brother and he will be missed.

Survivors include his son, James Lawson and his wife, Ginger; and his daughter, Rhonda Norford and her husband, Charles; six grandchildren, Nicki, Wayne Aaron, Mitch, Justin, Mindy and Amber; a great-grandchild, Abby; and three brothers, Ricky Johnson and his wife, Carolyn, Clyde Johnson and his wife, Liz, and Daniel Johnson.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Jason Taylor, was held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Hill and Wood Chapel. Interment was in Holly Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements were made by Hill and Wood Funeral Home, Charlottesville.

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Melvin R. Jones

Melvin Ransom Jones, 83, went to be with the Lord on January 11, 2014.

Born Feb. 25, 1930, in Louisa County, Mel spent his life wearing many hats including a Naval reservist, AFLAC nine-to-fiver, globetrotter and as a son, brother, husband and father.

His love for his family and friends cannot be overstated, and his passion for life and all it has to offer was unwavering.  His effortless smile brightened the lives of all who saw it, his cooking filled the stomachs and hearts of all who tasted it. We could each take a page out of his travel journal, and expect of ourselves the same energy and joy that Mel embodied every time he set out on the road. His life is an example of hard work and dedication in every field, and with every person he touched.

He is predeceased by his parents,  Lillie Bell Martin and Virgil Herman Jones; and his sister, Lois Rosson.

Melvin is survived by his adoring spouse, Susan J. Jones; his children, Cynthia Boian, Judith Mitchel, Torie Southall, Matthew Jones; his six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren; his brother, Herman Jones; and his sister, Thelma Harlow; and his dog, Katie-Belle, who will be happy to take his spot on the couch, but will miss him very much.

A memorial service is planned for Jan. 25. Details will be announced later.

Arrangements are being made by Colbert Funeral Home, Bremo Bluff.


Gregory E. Kane

Gregory E. Kane, of Louisa, formerly of Chicago, Illinois, departed this life suddenly on January 8, 2014.

He was a good man with a generous and kind spirit.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Holly Kane; and his daughters, Gillian Kane and Katherine Kane; as well as his beloved dog, Sophie.

He served his country as a submariner in the U.S. Navy. Greg retired as station manager of North Anna Power station after working for Dominion Resources for 35 years. As an Eagle Scout, he learned the importance of  volunteerism and regularly gave back to his community by contributing his time and talents to organizations that touched his heart. He enjoyed his family, friends, vacations and the “lake life.”

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, 102 Ellisville Rd., Louisa, on Thursday, Jan. 23. A reception will immediately follow at his favorite restaurant, Obrigado, 109 W. Main St., Louisa.

Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Boy Scouts of America, Attn: Stonewall Jackson Association, Council, 801 Hopeman Parkway, Waynesboro, VA 22980, or St. James Episcopal Church.

A private interment will be held at a later date.


James Ladd

James “Steve” Ladd, 62, of Louisa, passed away on Tuesday January 7, 2014.

He was born in Paterson, New Jersey, on July 27, 1951, to the late Clara and Hope Ladd. Steve was raised by Ollie and Margaret Hicks.

He married Kathie “Chicklet” Romanchik on May 26, 1973.

Steve is survived by his loving wife, Chicklet; and two children, Jamie Smith of Charlottesville and Brandi Ladd of Louisa; ten grandchildren, Jake, Taylor, Ryan, Kaleb, Seth, Hailey, Cherie, Samantha, Catherine and Brandon; and a special friend, Bernice Kennedy;four surviving siblings, Sandy and her husband, Curtis Jenkins, Dickey, Patty and Frances.

He is preceded in death by his siblings, Alan, Bo, Donnie and David; and by his son, Kenneth Edward Ladd.

Steve was a member and past Governor of the Charlottesville Moose Lodge 1028 and a member of Louisa Moose Lodge 2065. He was past President of Shenandoah Valley Legion 47. He worked for Brunton & Hicks for 26 years as a master plumber.

A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. on Thursday Jan. 9, at Holly Memorial Gardens, Charlottesville.

Arrangements were made by Hill and Wood Funeral Home, Charlottesville.

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Billy J. Mann

Billy Joe Mann, 72, of Louisa County, passed away Saturday, January 11, 2014, at his home.

Mr. Mann was a U. S. Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War.  He was an active member of Louisa United Methodist Church as well as a member of AARP and the Blue Ridge Shores Homeowners Association.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Mann; his son, Phillip Mann of Gainesville, Florida; his stepdaughter, Wendi Powell (Jason) of Fluvanna; his brother Butch Mann (Jeanette) of West Virginia; his sister, Kay Harris (Melvin) of South Carolina; his grandchildren, Jeffery, Andrew, Katy, Jaycob, Brandon and Kayla Mann  and  Hayley Powell.

The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

A service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at Louisa United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Dale Memorial Park, Chesterfield.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Van Morris 

Van Morris, 102, of Louisa, died Sunday, January 12, 2014, at Hospice of the Piedmont, Charlottesville.

Van was born in Louisa County on Aug. 29, 1911, to the late Clayton and Willie T. Morris.  She was married to the late Johnny Minor in 1929.

She is survived by her daughter, Irma Mealy (Warren); a son, Charles Morris, both of Louisa; and one sister-in-law, Leanna Morris; five grandchildren, Carolyn Brassfield (Paul), Beatrice Harris (John), Ophelia Payne (Theodore), Deanna Robinson (Vernon), and Denise Miller (Darryl); a devoted niece, Phyllis Hackney; and a host of nieces, nephews and relatives.

A celebration of life, conducted by the Rev.Walter H. Jones Sr., will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, at County Line Baptist Church, Kents Store.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Michael L. Rehard

Michael Lee Rehard, 51, of Mineral, joined his Heavenly Father on Saturday, January 11, 2014, following his death at home.

He was born on Oct. 6, 1962, in Washington, D.C., the son of the late Chudleigh Rehard.

Surviving are his wife, Kate Johnson Rehard; his son, William Robert Rehard; his step-daughter, Tiffany Kristine Baggett, all of Mineral; and his mother, Grace Chamberlain Gordon.

A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Mineral Baptist Church.

Rehard worked at Louisa County Middle School and a local Food Lion grocery store.

Memorial contributions may be made to Mineral Baptist Church, P.O. Box 447, Mineral, VA 23117; the American Melanoma Foundation, 4150 Regents Park Row, Suite 300, La Jolla, CA 92037; or a local fire or rescue organization.


William E. Snelson Sr.

William E. “Shorty” Snelson, Sr., 69, went home to be with his glorious Savior and Lord Jesus on Friday, January 10, 2014.

Shorty loved fishing and had a very special knack, like his Lord Jesus, for helping other people and meeting practical needs. His real passion was his family and he enjoyed so many special times with Carolyn, Billy, Karen and Ryan.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 50 years, Carolyn Greene Snelson; his son, Billy; his daughter-in-law, Karen; his grandson, Ryan; five sisters, Martha Boone, Arlene Arnold, Irene Whitrnore, Betty Sullivan and Crystal Groome; and a host of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin F. Snelson  Sr.; his mother, Lorenda Hall Snelson; and his brother, Marvin F. “Buddy” Snelson Jr.

A service was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Little River Baptist Church.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Little River Baptist Church, 4959 Buckner Road, Bumpass, VA 23024, or Lake Anna Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 101, Bumpass, VA 23024

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Charles M. Winston Jr.

Charles M. Winston Jr., passed away amongst family, Sunday, January 12, 2014 at his home.

Charlie was born in the very same home on April 25, 1925. Family and friends could often hear him proudly boasting of how he had spent his entire life on his family homestead.

He was the son of Charles M. Winston Sr., and Brooke Goodwin Winston.

Charlie attended Louisa County Public Schools, and farmed his entire life. He was a member of the Louisa Memorial Baptist Church and taught Sunday School there for a number of years.

Charlie was a Charter Member of the Louisa County Volunteer Rescue Squad, where he served his community for many years. He was a member of the Louisa County Farm Bureau, and worked with the Louisa County ASC office for a number of years.  Charlie also served on the Louisa County Planning Commission.

Charlie was highly regarded within his community. Few individuals could hope to cultivate a legacy of integrity and selfless service to match his own.  We are all a bit less without him.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty Winston.

Visitation will be at Woodward Funeral Home Thursday, Jan. 16 from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m., with the service at 2:00 in the chapel. Interment will be private at the family cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Louisa County Volunteer Rescue Squad, or Hospice of the Piedmont.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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