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Obituaries Jan. 17 publication

Posted on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 9:04 am

Eula R. Anderson

Eula Rebecca Anderson, 88, of Louisa, passed away on January 15, 2013.  She was the wife of Wesley Anderson, who passed away four years ago.

Eula spent the majority of her life cleaning offices in the Town of Louisa and running errands for those in need.  Most of her time was spent doing things for which most people remember her.  She had been one of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 55 years.  Eula had knocked on just about every door of the homes in Louisa County with a smile on her face when the door opened, as she encouraged all she met to read their Bible and learn about the Paradise Earth where her God Jehovah promises everlasting life for those who worship Him and are found in His favor.  She encouraged everyone with whom she came in contact to learn about the true God and the promises he has in store through his Kingdom Rule, about which his son, Jesus, taught us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer.

Eula’s daughter, Diane Hufner, and her son, Everette, would like to thank all who took time to listen to her encouraging words.  Special thanks go out to Susie Woodson, Linda Woodson and Tammy Woodson for their kind and loving care for Eula during her recent illness.

A memorial service will be held for Eula at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Route 522, Mineral, Virginia.  We would like to invite all who remember her smiling face to be present for the occasion.  The Service will be Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.  If you would like to make a contribution on behalf of Eula to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, please send to Route 522, Mineral, Virginia 23117.

Eula’s hope as she went to sleep in death was that her God Jehovah would remember her and resurrect her back to his Paradise Earth in the near future.


Sallie W. Andrews

Sallie Woolfolk Andrews, 98, previously of Louisa, passed away Monday, January 14, 2013, at the Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community.

Born March 3, 1914, to the late Joseph E. and Helen C. Woolfolk, she was the widow of Carl Andrews.

She was a retired school teacher with Louisa County School System having taught at Mineral Elementary. She was also a lifelong active member of Mineral Baptist Church where she worked with the youth groups.

Sallie is survived by a step-daughter, Elizabeth Andrews Payne; her nieces, Ellen Mustoe and Lillian Wetzel; her nephews, Norman Woolfolk, Edward Mustoe and Kenneth Mustoe and their families.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Michael Durham, will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at Mineral Baptist Church, Mineral, where family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Weldon E. Bagby 

Weldon Eugene “Sparkey” Bagby, 75, of Mineral, went to be with his Heavenly Father on Monday, January 14, 2013, following a lengthy illness.

Sparkey was born Feb. 19, 1937 to William and Ida Bagby in Louisa County. Along with his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers, William Hughes Bagby, Larry Wayne Bagby; and a sister, Brenda Viszneki.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann C. Bagby; his brother, Herbert A. Bagby and his wife, Cindy, of Holly Grove; his daughter, Darlene Robinson and her husband, Jim, of Florida; his stepsons, Tom Christian and his wife, Tammy, Jim Christian and his wife, Jayne, and Dan Christian and his wife, Lisa; two grandsons, three great-grandsons, three step-grandchildren, two step-great-granddaughters.

Sparkey grew up in Louisa attending Louisa County Public Schools.  He moved to Fredericksburg where he established his card business, Bagby Sports Cards, attending card shows for sports memorabilia in Virginia and Maryland. He often gave cards away to children who didn’t have money to pay for them. He moved back to Louisa upon the marriage to his wife, Mary Ann. Sparkey loved to travel and he and Mary Ann visited all but five states in the union. Sparkey was a deacon at South Anna Baptist Church and was very active there until his health began to fail him. He was faithful in helping others by taking them to doctor appointments, to the grocery store and checking on them at other times.  He would also drive his van to Bland County volunteering his time to deliver items the church collected for the Bland Ministry Center. He was also a Breakfast Buddy at Jouett Elementary School for many years and participated in the Louisa Chapter of AARP.  Sparkey also enjoyed his annual vegetable garden sharing the bounty with family and friends. His love of life and endless conversation will be missed by all.

Visitation will be held at Lacy Funeral Home, Rt. 522, Mineral, from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17. A graveside service, conducted by the Rev. Ron Panebaker, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 18, at the Christian-Ramkey Family Cemetery, 2000 Cartersville, Rd., Mineral.

Memorial contributions may be made to Holly Grove Rescue Squad, 155 Factory Mill Rd., Bumpass, VA 23024.

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

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Brian L. Beckley Jr.

Brian Lee Beckley Jr., one month shy of his seventh birthday, of Holly Grove, left for heaven surrounded by his family on January 12, 2013.

Brian is survived by his mother, Kristy Hart Beckley of Holly Grove; and his father, Brian Lee Beckley Sr. of Montpelier. He is also survived by his brother, Harrison Halcolm Hart; his sister, Brianna Lee Beckley; his maternal grandparents, Martin and Pam Hart of Holly Grove; his paternal grandparents, Robert and Vicky Beckley of Montpelier; his great-grandmothers, Virginia Brown of Holly Grove, Berta Mae Proffitt of Bumpass and Lou Gammon of Richmond; his great-grandfather, James Stanley and his wife, Peggy; three aunts, Sheri Hart, Debrah Beckley and Melissa Huckstep Beckley; two uncles, Clay Hart and J.D. Dymacek; and cousins Jacob Scott, Tony Peyton Jr., and Robert Lee Beckley III.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Robert Lee Beckley Jr.; his great-grandfathers, Dellie Proffitt and Newton Gammon, along with so many close relatives too numerous to name.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 at Holly Grove Christian Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.  A fellowship will be held at Holly Grove Volunteer Fire Department immediately following the interment. All are invited.

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

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Charles Beresford

Charles “Chuck” Beresford, 87, of Louisa, passed away Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville.

The son of conservationist Victor C. Beresford and Norma (Smith) Beresford, Charles was born in Highland Park, Michigan, on August 25, 1925.  He spent his childhood in Grosse Pointe, Michigan before enlisting as a private in the US Army, September 1943. During World War II, as a combat infantryman in the 329th Infantry Regiment, 83rd Infantry Division, Third Army,  Charles saw action in the Ardennes-Alsace, the Rhineland and Central Europe and was awarded the Bronze Star.  In 1948, while stationed at Fort Lee, he was joined in marriage to Cadet Nurse Aideen Broach at Enfield Baptist Church in Enfield, North Carolina and was appointed to Officer’s Candidate School.  Commissioned 1st Lt. in 1956, he achieved the rank of major before retiring in 1966. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal for his meritorious service in the U.S. Army Photographic Agency and was the recipient of the Army of Occupation Medal (Germany), the Vietnam Service Medal and the European American Middle Eastern Commendation among others. In 1967, Charles brought his extensive multimedia expertise to the Pentagon, where he served for the next 22 years in civil service, receiving the Department of the Army’s Decoration for Meritorious Civilian Service in recognition of his leadership. A true pioneer in military visual information, he retired from the Office of the Secretary of the Army as the senior information management specialist responsible for the formulation of audio-visual policy, program objectives and priorities Army-wide, and as the Army representative advising the assistant secretary of defense for public affairs on all department of defense audiovisual matters. Charles was a member of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and the International Combat Camera Association.

An avid lifelong photographer, boater and fisherman, he enjoyed his retirement at his home overlooking the waters of Lake Louisa in their pursuit. He continued to serve his community on the boards of the Blue Ridge Property Owners Association and JAUNT and never wavered in his support of our armed forces worldwide. Chuck will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Aideen Broach Beresford of Louisa;  a son, Victor Charles Beresford II and his fiancé, Laurel, of Front Royal; and a grandson, Christopher Charles Beresford and his wife, Carol, of Fairfax.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Kathleen Ferris; and two beloved sons, Scott Winstead Beresford and John Christopher Beresford.

The funeral service was held Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m. at Blue Ridge Shores Baptist Church.  Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery where Major Charles Beresford, U.S. Army retired, will be laid to rest with full military honors.

Memorial donations may be made to the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2), 200 Stovall Street, Suite 7N57, Alexandria, VA 22332-5000. Contact  for further information.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Verna P. Comfort 

Verna Mae Poindexter Comfort departed this life on Wednesday, January 9, 2013, at the Louisa Health & Rehabilitation Center in Louisa.

Verna Mae was born July 20, 1928, in Edwight, West Virginia, to the late Alexander and Susie Scott Poindexter. In 1932, the family moved to Louisa where Verna attended school and graduated from the Louisa Training School.

In 1947, Verna Mae was united in holy matrimony to the late Wilson Preston Comfort Sr. of Spotsylvania. Verna Mae and Wilson were the proud parents of five children.

Verna Mae joined the Jerusalem Baptist Church at an early age and remained a faithful disciple until her health began to decline.

Verna Mae was loved by all who knew her. She was well-known for her baking skills and for the many sweet potato and coconut pies she made for her church, community, family and friends. She was a long time dedicated member of TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) and received numerous achievement awards.

Along with her parents, Verna Mae was preceded in death by her husband, Wilson Comfort Sr.; her daughter, Ruth Anna Gray;

her brothers, Joseph, Harry, Roosevelt, Calvin and Herbert Lee Poindexter; and her sisters, Florean Anderson and Marion Poindexter.

She leaves to cherish her memory, three sons, Wilson Jr. (Rosalyn) of Raleigh, North Carolina, James (Sandra) and Maurice of Mineral; one daughter, Shirley Moore of Baltimore, Maryland; one sister, Ruth Nelson of Baltimore, Maryland; one brother, James Poindexter of Mineral; three brothers-in-law, Amon Comfort of Mineral, Alfred Anderson of Spotsylvania and George Nelson of Baltimore, Maryland; six sisters-in-law, Ruth (Lee) Richardson of Louisa, Dora Comfort of Mineral, Jean Squire of Durham, North Carolina, Ellen Johnson of Willingboro, New Jersey, Jeralean Comfort of Mineral, and Vivian Comfort of Mineral; seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held at noon on Monday, Jan. 14 at St. John Baptist Church in Mineral, with the Rev. Virginia Farmer officiating and Elder Wilson P. Comfort Jr. as eulogist. Burial with committal followed in the Poindexter Family Cemetery.

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


DeWitt L. Freeman

DeWitt Leroy Freeman passed away peacefully in his sleep on the morning of November 7, 2012.  He was 88.

He is survived by his younger brother, John Freeman; and his children, William Robert Freeman and his wife, Gayle, Gary Michael Freeman and his wife, Lisa, and Susan O’Donnell; plus three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Witt was born in Hutchinson, Kansas on Oct. 24, 1924, to Edward LeRoy “Bluegrass Roy” Freeman and Grace (Corrie) Freeman but moved to Dunlap Farm near Tuscola, Illinois, soon thereafter.  His first big hobby was radio and he earned a first class radio operator’s license at age 16, and had a job operating the transmitter at KCMO radio in Kansas City.  Witt developed a love of aviation, starting with flying model airplanes, then learned to fly as a teenager, earning his private pilot license at 17 in Champaign, Illinois.  He joined the U.S. Navy during World War II as a naval aviation cadet, earning his naval aviator wings in 1944 and served as a fighter pilot in the Navy, flying from aircraft carriers. He retired as a Rear Admiral in 1975.  Witt started his Navy career flying in open cockpit Stearman biplanes and finished up in the F4 Phantom, capable of twice the speed of sound and able to reach over 100,000 feet altitude.

Highlights of his 33-year Naval career included commanding fighter squadron VF-41 during the Cuban missile crisis, commanding a second fighter squadron VF-101 for advanced pilot training,  earning a college degree in engineering while on active duty, and commanding two ships, the fleet oiler USS Truckee and the aircraft carrier USS Saratoga.  As a Rear Admiral, Witt served as the Deputy Commander of NATO’s Southern European Strike and Support Forces in Naples, Italy, and then commanded an aircraft carrier group of four aircraft carriers and finally served as the Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel.

Witt married Mary Virginia Gardner after the end of World War II and they had three children, William, Gary and Susan – all pilots.  Gary and Susan also served in the Navy as naval aviators flying from aircraft carriers.   Gary’s son and one son-in-law also became naval aviators, flying for the U.S. Marine Corps.   Mary Freeman passed away in 2002.

Following retirement from the Navy, Witt spent most of his life on Lake Anna and in Louisa.  He was always closely involved in aviation, flying his own airplanes in retirement, instructing private pilots and was instrumental in the building and development of Louisa County Airport – named “Freeman Field” in his honor.  This was one of his proudest accomplishments.  Witt was a past president of the Virginia Aviation Historical Society and was honored by admission to the Virginia Aviation Hall of Fame, and the Illinois Aviation Hall of Fame.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Witt’s honor at Louisa County Airport Freeman Field on Jan. 30, from 4 until 7 p.m. in the main hangar.   Witt’s friends are invited to come by and remember Witt and Mary and visit with his children.  Refreshments will be served.

An article about DeWitt Freeman and his contribution to Louisa County aviation appeared in the Dec. 27 edition of The Central Virginian.


Christa-Marie P. Gilbreth

Christa-Marie Pearl Gilbreth, 27, of Mineral, died on Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at University of Virginia Hospital from complications from a hospitalization for Evans Syndrome and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Christa was born in Mineral Virginia on Feb. 27, 1985.

She began her work career at Shenandoah Crossing in several departments; she especially loved working with the horses at The Stables. She also worked full time as a nanny for her niece and nephew for three years. At the age of eighteen she fought her first battle with Hodgkins Disease and won.

She then went on to be employed as a systems operator at the WalMart Distribution Center.

Christa loved any sort of creative expression, she was always learning new skills and then going on to another form of art. Her creations were amazing. The times she spent with horses was special. She had an amazing gift for communicating with animals and helping others to understand them. She loved travel, exploring, spontaneous fun, cooking and spending time with family, friends and her loving partner, Ian Carr.

She is survived by her love, Ian M. Carr; her mother, Lorraine DeWitt and her partner, Tim Bernhardt; her grandmother, Palmira DeWitt and her partner, Morty Silver; her sister, Theresa Kelly Stanley and her husband, Nathaniel, and nephews, Elijah and Joshua; her sister Judith Kelly Cleary, and nephew, Sean, and niece, Grace; her sister Andrea Kelly Oliver and her husband, Brian, and nephews Jacob and Jeremy; her brother Brian Gilbreth and his wife, Christine Payton, and niece, Ava, and nephew, Ethan; her brother, Eric Gilbreth; her sister, Jessica Gilbreth; her sister, Briana DeWitt, and nephew, John; several aunts, uncles and cousins and many very dear friends.

Christa’s father, Robert H. Gilbreth, preceded her in death.

She will be deeply missed by all of us. She was a funny, smart, creative, sweet, loving girl always thinking of others’ feelings.

She was brave and strong, never complaining about her illnesses. Christa loved her life and lived it to the fullest. She enjoyed every day and every new adventure. She was a special shining star in all of our lives.

She always loved the magical in the universe. Hopefully she will finally see that unicorn in heaven and perhaps a Care Bear will be riding on it.

A funeral mass will be held at St. Jude’s Catholic Church, Mineral, on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a Celebration of Christa’s Life at Freedom Hall, Shenandoah Crossing Resort, Gordonsville, at 1 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Virginia Blood Services.


Alma M. Quarles

Alma Mealy Quarles, 88, was born March 22, 1924 to the late William Albert and Nellie Jenkins Mealy of Columbia.

Alma passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at Henrico Doctors’ Hospital, Forest Campus, Richmond.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Theodore R. Quarles Sr.; one sister, Lola Quarles; and two brothers, Bernard and Roger L. Mealy of Goochland.

Alma was lovingly called “Big Momma” by all who knew her, whether you’ve always known her or just meeting her, she was introduced as Big Momma.

Big Momma leaves to cherish her memory her children, Theodore R. Quarles Jr. (Sally) of Fort Meyers, Florida, Gail “Donnie” Harris (Louis) of Louisa, Lionel Quarles Sr. of Louisa, Albert Quarles (Sylvia) of Louisa, Wallace Quarles (Myrtis) of Goochland, Stanley Quarles (Doneta) of Spotsylvania, and Karen Hawkins (Donnell) of Aberdeen, Maryland; one sister, Maureen Athey of Goochland; two brothers, William “Joe” Lynberg (Ada) of Sandy Hook, Warren Mealy (Erma) of Louisa; one sister-in-law, Susie Quarles of Louisa; 19 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Gilbert Bates, were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13 at Zion Travelers Baptist Church, Louisa.

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


Lloyd L. Sharpe

Lloyd Lee “Radar” Sharpe, 64, of Bumpass, was called to the Lord on Tuesday, January 8, 2013, at Retreat Hospital in Richmond.

He was survived by his wife, Saundra Barber Sharpe; his only sister, Carolyn Doshier and her son, Shawn Doshier, of Charlottesville; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert Lloyd and Mary “Susie” Sharpe of Bumpass; two

daughters, Virginia Elizabeth “Beth” Sharpe and Alice Mary Sharpe of Bumpass; two stepsons, Richard Baker of Oklahoma, Joe Baker of Tennessee; a granddaughter, Raina Lyn Sharpe; two step-grandchildren, Penelope and Brianna Oneal; as well as six other step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his mother, Cornelia Alice Sharpe; his father, Robert Lee Sharpe; and his stepmother, Alice Louise Sharpe.

Lloyd worked for Century Construction for 12 years. He will be remembered for his fiery yet loving personality, his love for birds, especially cockatiels, but most of all for his love of his granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 18 at Little River Baptist Church.


Mildred F. Souther

Mildred Foster “Millie,” Souther, 81, died January 11, 2013 in Midlothian.

She was the widow of Ray W. Souther; and was preceded in death by her sister, Joyce Foster Nelson.

She is survived by her daughters, Sharon Ellis and Brenda Miller; a son-in-law, Darin Miller; her grandchildren, Courtney Sherwood, Brandon and Kelly Miller; her great-grandchildren, Ethan Sherwood and Lillian Andusko; a sister, Edith Greaner; a brother, Bob Foster and his wife, Shirley, of Mineral; a brother-in-law, Bill Nelson of Powhatan; her sisters-in-law, Sheila Souther of Locust Grove and Sandy Souther of Atlanta, Georgia; and dear friends, David and Diane Andusko.

She was born in Mineral, the daughter of the late Lewis E. and Nellie Dey Foster.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 at the Brandermill Church, 4500 Millridge Pkwy., Midlothian. Burial will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Brandermill Church Youth Missions.


George T. White Sr. 

George Thomas White Sr., 75, of Troy, departed this life on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville.

He was born April 2, 1937 in Louisa, the son of the late Porter and Alice White.

He attended Louisa County Public Schools and later went on to a long and successful career and life. He became the first certified mechanic for Herb Brown Motors for 30 years in Charlottesville. He was employed at Chips, Inc. until his death.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife, Anna Braxton White; a son, Rick Childs of Maryland; two daughters, Karen Palmyra and Tammy (Shannon) White of Tampa, Florida; a son, George Jr. (Juanita) of Palmyra; two sisters, Elissa Scott of Louisa and Veronica Taylor (Donald) of Charlottesville; one brother, Porter Jr. of Charlottesville; and five grandchildren, Chantelle Howerton of Tampa, Teidra White of Louisa, Daniesha Shelton, Jayvin White and Ryan White of Fluvanna. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 12 at Foster Creek Baptist Church. Interment was in the White Family Cemetery.

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