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Obituaries June 6 publication with updates

Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 11:41 am

Posted Wednesday, June 12

Vanessa G. Harris 

A Time to be Born – Vanessa Gail Harris was the second oldest of five children. She was born on July 13, 1955, in Richmond, to Mr. and Mrs. George Harris Sr.

A Time to Build – Vanessa was a 1974 graduate of the Louisa County High School. After graduation, she began to work at Holly Farms. She then left Holly Farms and began to work at Hartford Insurance Company for about 12 years until the company moved. Vanessa was employed by Anthem Insurance Company for 15 years.

A Time to Serve God – At the age of 12, Vanessa gave her life to Christ and was baptized at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, under the leadership of the Rev. Dr. Joseph Haden.

A Time to Unwind – Vanessa loved to watch TV. One of her favorite shows was True Blood. She loved her Redskins football team, enjoyed playing with her nieces and nephews and getting together with her sisters and going for a ride. Vanessa enjoyed the laughter with her parents and spending time with them. She loved playing softball, always played first base and helped to put the first District Banner in the Louisa High School Gym in 1974. Even after graduating from high school, Vanessa played softball for the Mineral Mets, under the coaching of the late Harry Lee Houchens. Everyone would tell you that she was an outstanding first base player.

A Time to Die – Vanessa Gail Harris was called home on Saturday, June 8, 2013, to be with the Lord at 4:42 a.m.

A Time to Weep – Vanessa leaves to cherish her loving memory, her devoted mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. George Harris Sr.; three sisters, Leatrice Pace (William), Odessa Harris and Cheryl Harris, all of Mineral; one brother, George Harris Jr.(Barbara) of Mineral; one nephew, Jermaine Pace (fiance, Jackie Parrish) of Louisa; two nieces, Chasity and Jasmine Harris of Mineral; three great-nephews, Jermaine Pace Jr., Jhalil Parrish and Sunta Grimm of Louisa; five aunts, Nannie Johnson, Eva Shelton (Vergie), Shirley Johnson of Mineral, Arlean Anderson (Warren) and Joyce Holt of Montpelier; two uncles, Andrew and Thomas Harris, of Mineral; and a host of other relatives and friends.

There will not be a public viewing.

Funeral services will be held at noon on Wednesday, June 12,at Ebenezer Baptist Church 864 Pendleton Rd., Mineral, with the Rev. William House officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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

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Posted Friday, June 7

Lillian A. Armstrong

Lillian Amos Armstrong, 84, of Bumpass, Louisa County, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia “Peaches” Miller (Charlie); her son, Ronald O’Connor (Betty); several stepchildren and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; her brother, Henry Amos; her sisters, Bernice Boswell (James), Hilda Harper and Betty Apperson.

Her remains rest at Lacy Funeral Home, Rt. 522, Mineral, VA; where the family will receive friends from 2 until 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, at Lacy Funeral Home, Rt. 522, Mineral.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 10, in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

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

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Andrew E. Korkes

Andrew Edward Korkes, 91, formerly of New Jersey, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2013.

Mr. Korkes was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, was a World War II veteran and had worked as a special police officer in Lincoln Park, New Jersey. He moved to Louisa n 1984.

Survivors include his son, Andrew R. Korkes of New Jersey; his daughter, Dianne Ogorzaly and her husband, Bob, of Louisa; his sister, Rose Oleinyck of New Jersey; and nine grandchildren, Nicole, Rebecca, Bobby, Sarah Jean, Heather, William, Doris, Dymond and Naomi; as well as several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends 6 until 8 p.m. Monday, June 10 at Woodward Funeral Home.

A service will be held 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, at St. James Episcopal Church. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Posted Thursday, June 6

Bonni J. Alexander

Bonni Jo Alexander, 47, passed away in Culpeper Regional Hospital, Monday, June 3, 2013.

Bonni was employed as a real estate agent with Remax in Warrenton.

Surviving Mrs. Alexander is her husband, John Alexander; her children, Daniel, Andrew and Aimee Alexander; her siblings, Stephanie Stanley, Jamie Chandler and Kirk Chandler; her father, Donald Wayne Chandler; and her mother, Patricia M. Martin.

Funeral services, conducted by Pastor David Atwood, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 7, at Bethphage Christian Church, Mineral. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Susan G. Komen Foundation at

Arrangements are being  made by Clore-English Funeral Home.

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Eleanor S. Boyd

Eleanor Summerall Boyd, 89, of Louisa, passed away Thursday, May 30, 2013, at her residence.

Mrs. Boyd was a very active member of Open Door Church.

Survivors include her son, Jimmy Hoyt Carroll and his wife, Joyce, of Hudgins; her daughters, Grace I. Nowitsky of Richmond and Jewell Ann Deadrick and her husband, Michael, of Louisa; her sister, Mary Frances and Paula Clark; her sister-in-law, Martha Summerall; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A service was held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, at Open Door Church. Interment was at Dale Memorial Park.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Brandon A. Coleman

Brandon Alexander Coleman was born on February 26, 1996, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond to Kennedy Lloyd and Ina Coleman. On May 28, Brandon departed this life suddenly.

Brandon attended Louisa County Public Schools.

His cousin, Justin Wanza of New Mexico, predeceases him.

The art of “swag” cannot be taught, and Brandon demonstrated this in many ways. He loved cars and put his “swag” in drawing cars and building and doing custom work on cars. He left his mark of “swag” on Florida after a visit there and vowed to visit California to do the same. He loved his visit to Florida and wanted to return someday to spread more “swag.”  As an avid dog lover, he brought “swag” to five different dog shows, including the states of South and North Carolina. And then there was “food swag.” Brandon loved Food Lion sour cream and onion potato chips, and Kool-Aid. And to top it off, there was the “bologna swag”–Gwaltny bologna, Sunbeam bread, American cheese, lettuce and mayo. From an early age, Brandon had “football swag.” He quite frequently attended the Redskins games and played football at the beach with friends showing off his “football swag.” He had “haircut swag” because of his cousin. He was known to bargain with him for a haircut in exchange for a car wash. His cousin is still waiting for the car wash. And the ultimate “uncle swag.” He even brought swag to being an uncle to Nariah, Kierra, Shailei, Marvin Jr. and Marques. And who else could combine swags better than Brandon? When Kristen had trouble with her car, he combined “mechanic swag” and “uncle swag” to that situation.

Brandon was loved by all and leaves many to cherish his “swag.” He is survived by his parents; his sisters, Destiny Coleman and Kristen Rigsby (friend, Marvin Shelton) of Louisa; his nieces, Nariah, Kierra, Shailei and Jailah; his nephews, Marvin Jr. and Marques of Louisa; his aunts, Yvette Pruitt of Louisa and Sandra Watkins (Edward Watkins Sr.) of Bowie, Maryland; his cousins, Montanna and Montell Pruitt of Louisa, Edward Jr., Dorothy and Christina Watkins of Bowie, Maryland; and numerous other family members, friends and classmates.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 3 at Grace Freewill Baptist Church, Louisa.

Arrangements were made by Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa. Visit for online guestbook.


David L. Jones

David Luis Jones, originally of Long Island, NY, passed away on the morning of Thursday, May 30, on his farm in Louisa, the place he called home for more than 40 years.

David was born in New York on January 6, 1947 to Grandville Reynard Jones and Maria Elena Aragon Moreno.

David is survived by his wife of 41 years, Kristine Fletcher Jones, originally of Forestville, CT, and a resident of Louisa; and his two sons, Tristan Daniel Jones of New Brunswick, NJ and Fletcher Michael Jones, of Charlottesville. He is also survived by his stepsisters, Glennys Catherine Sheppard of Lynchburg and Bettina Margaret Sheppard and her husband, John Blaylock, of Brooklyn, NY; his brother-in-law Fred Peterson, of Hanover, NH, and his children, Kenneth Grandville Peterson of Boulder Creek, CA, John David Peterson of Leonardtown, MD, and Kristina Maria Peterson Klomen of Boston, MA.

He was preceded in death by his father, Grandville Reynard Jones; his mother, Maria Elena Sheppard; his stepfather, C. Stewart Sheppard; his brother, Grandville R. “Tony” Jones; his sister, Linda Maria Peterson; and his uncle, Luis Alberto Moreno Jr., and his wife, Norma.

David was a humble man and lived a full life in his 66 years, spending time in New York, NY, San Francisco, CA, Charlottesville, Boulder, CO; Lynchburg, and Louisa. He spent 41 of his years with his wife, Kristine, on their family farm they bought in the early 1970s. There, they raised their two sons and have been proud residents of the Louisa County community ever since. His passion was in being outdoors in his gardens and working the family farm. David worked for the Louisa County Water Authority for more than 25 years until his retirement in 2010. He spent his remaining years living his and his wife’s dream of tending to the farm that has been home to many sheep and a menagerie of other animals, including his dog and constant companion, Hoppy. He was an especially proud father of his two sons who both achieved the rank of Eagle in Boy Scouts. Tristan is currently pursuing his Ph.D. at Rutgers University in cultural anthropology and Fletcher graduated with his bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia on May 19.

David graduated as part of the class of 1964 from Lane High School, Charlottesville, and attended both the University of Colorado in Boulder, and Lynchburg College and was also an amateur radio operator under the call name K4NZ for many years. He held an unmatched curiosity of the world around him, but overall, David was a humble, loving father and husband whose family meant everything to him.

David’s family held visitation services Sunday, June 2, at St. James Episcopal Church. Funeral services were officiated by the Rev. Rodney Caulkins, interim pastor of St. James Episcopal Church, on Monday, June 3, at St. James Episcopal Church.

In memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International, an organization that David and his wife made gifts to in his sons’ names every year; or to the Sierra Club, a group whose mission statement is “To explore, enjoy and protect the planet,” ideals that David truly loved and by which he lived his life.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Raymond L. Norton

Raymond L. Norton, of Gordonsville, died May 30, 2013 of complications from progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP).

He was born Nov. 3, 1930, in Louisa County, to the late Grace and Earl Norton of Gordonsville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by on brother, Howard Norton, and one sister, Hazel Jacoby.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanne Weaver Norton; and their children, Patricia Young, Susan Norton and her husband, George Martin, Bruce Campbell and his wife, Pam, Raymond L. Norton Jr. and his wife, Daryn, Roger Norton and his wife, Annette, Karen Brooks and her husband, Steve; his grandchildren, Jacquelyn Berry and her husband, Mark, Michele Ritter, Jon Norton, Jennifer Osinski, Jennifer Norton, Justin Brooks, Valerie Gillispie and her husband, Cody; his great-grandchildren, Mallory Berry, Blake Berry and Danielle Norton; his sisters, Esther Waugh, Mildred Knight, Jeanette Powell and Joyce Deane; and many nieces and nephews; Marie Norton, the mother of his children; and Raymond and Jeanne’s jack russell terrier, Abbie.

A memorial service, conducted by Chaplin David Flack, was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 3, at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel, Gordonsville. Interment was private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy., #300, Charlottesville, VA 22911, or Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) Cure PSP, 30 E. Padonia Rd., Suite 201, Timonium, MD 21093.

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Virginia E. Regan

Virginia Elizabeth Regan, 92, of Palmyra, formerly of Louisa, died Sunday, June 2, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Ira Brown and Lizzie Lavinder Haden; her husband, Capt. Thomas Alfred Regan, who was a World War I and World War II veteran; and a daughter, Virginia Ann Regan.

She is survived by one son, Thomas H. Regan and wife, Shirley, of Palmyra; and three grandchildren.

A graveside funeral will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 6, in the Haden family cemetery located directly behind the Fluvanna County Public Library.

Arrangements are being made by Sheridan Funeral Home, Fluvanna.