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Obituaries Jan. 9 publication

Posted on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 9:00 am

Posted Monday, Jan. 13

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 Abigail 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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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.

Viewing and visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Hill and Wood.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the Hill and Wood Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Jason Taylor officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements are being 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 will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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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.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 13 at Little River Baptist Church.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at the 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 are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Posted Thursday, Jan. 9, 9:15 a.m.

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, 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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Posted Thursday, Jan. 9, 9 a.m.

Ellen M. Baldwin

Ellen Marie Baldwin, 45, passed away suddenly on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013.

She is survived by her mother, Mary Baldwin of Bumpass; her son, Nolan Gayle of Richmond; two sisters, Cindy Beck and her husband, Eric of Lanexa, Sherry Jones and her husband, Ben, and their two sons, Chris and Tom of Drew; her fiance, Harold Schmitz and his three children, Kevin, Harley and Andy of Louisa.

A private family service will be held at a later date.


Roger W. Hix 

Roger William Hix, 70, of Mineral, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones, on December 15, 2013.

He was born on March 5, 1943, and was raised by his loving grandparents, Charles and Nettie Hix of Mineral.

He is survived by the mother of his children, Barbara J. Hix; his daughter, Lisa M. Hix-Bowling and her husband, Wayne; his son, Charles M. Hix and his wife, Tammy; his granddaughters, Ashley N. Rigsby and her husband, Aren, and Brooke E. Hix; two half brothers, four half sisters; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews; and his beloved cat ,Cali.

“While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Cor. 4:18.

Daddy represented life, a simple life. A life he loved that included a day of fishing or hunting with his friends, a night out on the dance floor, good food and good friends. Daddy was a kind man with a huge heart and will be missed by many.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 11 at Salem Christian Church, 4023 Paynes Mill Rd., Bumpass.

Memorial donations may be made to the Louisa County Sheriff’s Department for the Roger W. Hix benevolent fund.


Brian M. Huffman 

Brian McClung Huffman, 53, of Gordonsville, died Tuesday, December 31, 2013.

Born November 8, 1960, in Rock Bridge County, he was a son of JoAnn Dixon Huffman of Lexington and the late Palmer Irl Huffman.

Brian worked at Bio-Cat in Zion Crossroads and was vice chairman of the Louisa County School Board. He was involved in many organizations throughout the community, including the Louisa County Agricultural Fair Board, the Louisa 4-H and FFA, the Louisa Santa Council, Backpack Blessings and various others. He was a supporter of the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary and was a member of Farm Bureau and the Gordonsville Lions Club. Brian was very involved in helping the youth of the area and volunteered countless hours to help support them in anyway he could.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his daughter, Amanda “Dottie Ann” Huffman and her friend, Nicholas Harlowe; and Amanda’s mother,Jolie Huffman of Gordonsville; his special friend, Jennifer Sheets of Roanoke; one brother, David Huffman and his wife, Priscilla, of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Susan H. Ciannavei and her husband, Marc, of Massachusetts, Melissa H. Gaines and her husband, Tom, of Lexington; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday Jan. 8, at the Gordonsville Firehouse. The family will receive friends following the service at the firehouse.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Louisa Santa Council, P.O. Box 392, Louisa, VA 23093 or to Backpack Blessings, c/o New Life Community Church, P.O. Box 502, Louisa, VA 23093.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Bessie B. Johnson

Bessie B. Johnson passed away Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Louisa Health and Rehabilitation Center, Louisa. She was 92.

Bessie was he daughter of the late Omer W. Bonds and Mary P. Bonds. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Lee R. Johnson; a daughter, Mary Hazel Wood; and her brothers, Walter, James, Homer and George Bonds.

She is survived by two sisters, Annie B. Davis of Chesterfield and Mamie B. Poindexter of Louisa; a granddaughter, April Nicole of Richmond; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Bessie and her husband both retired from American Tobacco Company several years ago.

Graveside services were held on Saturday, Dec. 28, at Washington Memorial Park, Sandston.

Arrangements were made by Nelsen Funeral Home, Richmond.


Pattie B. Otis

Pattie Bulluck Otis passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2014, at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital.

Mrs. Otis had retired from the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office. She and her husband retired to Fredericksburg in 1989. Mrs. Otis was an avid bridge player and was a member of the mall walkers club where she met many of her dearest friends.

Survivors include beloved husband of many years, Richard Lee Otis; her daughter, Carolyn L. Finn and her husband, James, of Louisa County; three grandchildren, James Michael Finn and his wife, Shilpa, of Richmond, Thomas F. Keating of Fredericksburg and Shannon C. Abbott and her husband, Tommy, of Holden, Louisiana; four great-grandchildren, Kimberly, Bryan, Tori and Sunjana; and a host of cherished nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her two sisters, Ava Marie Brock and Eleanor Barnes.

Services will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to Salem Baptist Church, 4044 Plank Rd., Fredericksburg, VA 22407.

Arrangements are being made by Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.

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DeLonte D. Smith 

DeLonte Donnell “D” Smith died Friday, January 3, 2014.

He was born August 24, 1978, the son of Sabrinia Smith and Argentina Gray.

In addition to his mother and father, he leaves to cherish his memory his grandmother, Margaline Talley; a daughter, Jendaiya Alyaa Allen; two step-daughters, Shanquia and Yasmeen “Ya Ya” Willis; two brothers, Davon and Warren; one great grandmother, Hallie  B. Macklin; two great-aunts, Rose Makle and Ajike Spencer; one great-great-aunt Latrice Meade; and uncles, David, Kenneth, Kevin, Timothy; and aunts, Fawanda, Wendy and Wanda; and a host of other relatives and friends.

He is preceded in death by his best friends, Man Willis and William Herndon.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 11, at Temple of Deliverance (HCOG), 5756 Zachary Taylor Hwy.

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

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C. Lynne Turner

C. Lynne Turner, 58, of Mineral, formerly of Richmond, departed this life on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

She was the daughter of the late Joseph Carroll Turner. Lynne was a graduate of Marymount, class of 1974, Richmond.

Survivors include her mother, Joan Roundtree Turner; her brothers, Timothy Reid Turner, Joseph Craig Turner and David Buchanon Bruce; a niece and nephew; and four cousins.

She was preceded in death by her lifelong friend, Linda R. Womack.

The family invites all who loved Lynne to visit and gather with them for a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 12 at Bethpage Christian Church, Rt. 618, Fredericks Hall. Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family will have a private graveside service.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division, Inc., 4240 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 22401.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Betty S. Woolfrey 

Betty Samuel Woolfrey, 74, of Churchville, passed away Wednesday, January 1, 2014, in the University of Virginia Medical Center.

Born Jan. 26, 1939, in Richmond, she was a daughter of the late Russell S. Samuel and the late Beatrice Hurt Samuel Campbell.

She was employed by Smith’s Transfer for 20 years, and then by the Division of Motor Vehicles for 15 years prior to retirement.  She is a member of Jerusalem Chapel United Brethren in Christ Church and a former den mother for the first Cub Scout troop in Churchville.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, A. Wade Woolfrey Sr.; two children, A. Wade Woolfrey Jr. of Barboursville and Cynthia W. Shipp of Bedford; five grandchildren, A. W. Woolfrey III of Churchville, Tyler Gilchrist of Bedford, Rucker Shipp of Bedford, Jennifer Mata of Mason, New Hampshire, and Tyler Shipp of Richmond; and one great-granddaughter, Brielle Mata of Mason, New Hampshire.

A service, conducted by Pastor Dennis Sites, was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 4, in Jerusalem Chapel United Brethren in Christ Church.  Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Active pallbearers were her grandsons, A. W. Woolfrey III, Tyler Gilchrist, Rucker Shipp, Tyler Shipp; her nephews, Jeff Fender, Greg Fender and Russ Fender.  Honorary pallbearers were Dr. Richard Elsea, Hayward McCauley, Steve Morris and friends attending the service.

Memorials may be directed to the Jerusalem Chapel youth building fund, 314 Chapel Rd., Churchville, VA  24421.

Arrangements were made by Bear Funeral Home, Churchville.

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