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Obituaries July 18 publication with updates

Posted on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 10:08 am

Published Monday, July 22

Elizabeth H. Smith

Elizabeth “Betsy” Harris Smith died at home on Sunday, July 21, 2013, after a long illness.

A resident of Little Oaks, Louisa County, she is survived by her son, Paul English Smith and his wife, Bunny Kearns Smith, of Huntington, West Virginia; two granddaughters, Alice Elizabeth Smith and Samantha Anne Smith; a sister, Mary Hart Satterwhite and her husband, Fred B. Satterwhite, of Williamsburg; and a brother, James Malcolm Hart Harris Jr., of Renfrewshire, New Kent.

She is the daughter of the late Dr. Malcolm Hart Harris and Elizabeth Shepherd Harris.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Nursing, Mrs. Smith enjoyed a long and satisfying career as a registered nurse at Johnston-Willis Hospital, Williamsburg Community Hospital and Sanders Nursing Home.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 25, at South Anna Baptist Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Children’s Hospital Fund, C/O of the Cabell Huntington Hospital Foundation, 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard, Huntington, West Virginia, 25701, or to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

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

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Edward J. Lewis 

Edward Joseph Lewis, 75, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died Sunday, July, 7, 2013.

Funeral services were held Friday, July 19, at Second Baptist Church in Frankford, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania.

He is survived by three children, Michelle Clark (Robert), Bear, Deleware, Edward J. Lewis Jr, Louisa, Scott Lewis (Kimberly), Miami, Florida; five grandchildren; one sister, Eleanor Lewis Grasty (Kenneth), Bumpass, Ralph A. Lewis (Joyce), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Martin D. Lewis (Lesie), Middletown, Deleware. Other survivors include several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Lewis was born May 3, 1938, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of the late Edward and Susie Lewis.  He was also preceded in death by one brother, Eugene A. Lewis; and one sister, Gloria Lewis Littles.

He received his formal education in the Philadelphia Public School System.

Mr. Lewis was an active member of the Second Baptist Church for 66 years.  In addition to his participation in the several singing ministries, he served as a trustee for many years.

A talented baritone, Mr. Lewis’ genre included gospel, blues, jazz and classical.  Joe (as he was known to all) especially enjoyed singing the old hymns and anthems.  He could be found every second Sunday in August during the Homecoming service, singing at the Mount Hope Baptist Church, Bumpass, the home church of his ancestors.  At special invitations, Joe has sung in Guatemala, Sweden and Denmark.  He was honored by the Chapel of Four Chaplains in Philadelphia.


Lewis P. Herndon   

Lewis Purdum Herndon, 85, of Louisa, died Friday, July 19, 2013, at his residence.

Born September 10, 1927, in Orange County, he was a son of the late George William Herndon and Nellie Browning Purdum Herndon.

Mr. Herndon was retired from CSX Railroad and was a member of Louisa Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Bernice Beck Herndon of Louisa; one daughter, Teresa H. Clements and her husband, Scott B. Clements of Orange; his son-in-law, Victor H. Sacra Jr. of Mineral; his grandchildren, Angela S. Goodman and  her husband, William “Dino” Goodman III of Bumpass, Michael T.H. Sacra of Mineral; his great-grandchildren, Lauren and Cole Goodman of Bumpass.

Along with his parents, Mr. Herndon was preceded in death by a daughter, Kay H. Sacra; one sister, Dorothy H. Gooch; four brothers, George Herndon, John Herndon, Bruce Herndon and Joseph Herndon.

A graveside memorial service, conducted by the Rev. David Palmer, will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 24, in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Louisa United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 217, Louisa, VA 23093.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Aubrey J. Harlow

Aubrey James “Ted” Harlow 83, of Louisa, died Sunday, July 21, 2013.

He was preceded in death by his parents Winfrey and “Dolly” Emma Ruffner Harlow; and one son, Mark D. Harlow.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma L. Harlow of Louisa; one son, Michael G. Harlow of Washington D.C.; two sisters, Irene Hester of Louisa and Mary Jane Harlow of Louisa; two grandchildren, Mark D. Harlow Jr. and Austin M. Harlow; and other relatives and friends.

Mr. Harlow is retired from the Virginia Department of Forestry and the Virginia Department of Transportation.

Visitation will be held from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday July 23, at Sheridan Funeral Home, Kents Store.

A graveside funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on  Wednesday, July 24, at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors.

Arrangements are being made by Sheridan Funeral Home, Kents Store.


Published on Thursday, July 18

Hunter J. M. Barnes 

Hunter Jacob Matthew Barnes, 13 months, of Bumpass, passed away on Sunday, July 7, 2013.

He is survived by his mother, Kristina N. Durrett; his father, Dean P. Barnes; a half-brother, Peter Barnes; his maternal grandparents, Hunter Jr. and Donna Durrett; his paternal grandmother, Alesia Andre; his step-grandfather, Jeffrey Rengnerth Sr.; his maternal great-grandmother, Kathleen L. Brown; his maternal great-grandfather, Art Brown; his paternal great-grandmother, Lillian Turner; several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfathers, Hunter A. “Pap” Durrett Sr. and Eugene B. Benson Jr.; and a step-great-grandfather, Bill Turner.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 12, at County Line Baptist Church, Ruther Glen.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American SIDS Institute, 528 Raven Way, Naples, FL 34110.

Arrangements were made by Nelsen Funeral Home, Ashland.


Edward W. Fisher

Edward William Fisher, 74, of Louisa, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013.

Born in Pennsylvania to the late William H. and Mildred D. Fisher, Edward served his country in the U. S. Army.

He is survived by his wife, Dolores A. Fisher; and his children, Thomas M. Williams and his wife, Susie, of Lusby, Maryland, Wandra Dement and her husband, James, Cathy Young and her husband, Jeff, and Haldane R. Thompson and her husband, Marcus, all of Madison.

Burial with military honors took place at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10, at Quantico National Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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John P. McCleese

John Paul McCleese passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2013.

Born on April 7, 1931, in Portsmouth, Ohio, he was the son of the late Paul and Ada Lewis McCleese.

John leaves behind his devoted wife of 60 years, LaVerne Clevette McCleese; four children, Wayne (JoAnn), Dale (Jan) and Carey (Kathy) McCleese and JoEllen (Floyd) Page; 10 grandchildren, Daniel (Laura) and Brian (Amanda) McCleese, Brandi (Ben) Erdtmann, Lindsay (Ron) Allen, Julie (James) Kennedy, Sean McCleese, Kaitlyn McCleese, James Page, Joseph Hylan and Jack Hylan; four great-grandchildren, John Foster Kennedy, Brayden Erdtmann, Riley Davis and Jaelyn Marshall; two special uncles, Gene and Bill; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

After serving in the U.S. Navy, John was on the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., followed by service at Mt. Vernon, George Washington’s home. Upon retiring to Blue Ridge Shores, John and LaVerne spent much of their time traveling around the United States visiting national parks and historical locations.

A memorial service was held at Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville. Interment was at Quantico National Cemetery, Quantico.

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.