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Obituaries March 21 publication

Posted on Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 11:50 am

Allen L. Brown III

Deacon Allen Lee Brown III departed this life Friday, March 15, 2013 at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville after a brief illness.

“Juke,” as many called him, was born on April 26, 1957 to the late Allen Brown II and Margaret Louise Scott in Caroline County.

He graduated from Ladysmith High School in 1976, Caroline County. He was active in sports, playing football, basketball and running track.

Allen accepted Christ at an early age and he joined Beulah Baptist Church in Spotsylvania. After marrying his wife, Avis, he moved to Louisa County and became a member of Wayland Baptist Church, where he served on the choir and as the sexton. Later, he became a deacon in 2001 and was grounds keeper until his death. Allen was happy to serve the Lord and loved to help people. He worked for Shockey Enterprises Inc., as a crane operator. He had a small landscape business for which he served the public in Louisa, Caroline and Fluvanna counties.

Allen was easy going, a loving father and husband. He was quiet, but would occasionally put his foot down, and all would stop and listen. He was a friend to all who knew him.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter. Allen enjoyed collecting and refurbishing old trucks and lawn mowers. He was a true outdoorsman, always active doing something.

He leaves to cherish fond memories his wife, Avis M. Brown; his son, Allen G. Brown (Tiffany) of Caroline; his stepson, Kevin L. Anderson of Richmond; two stepdaughters, April Anderson of Richmond, and Wanda Harris of Caroline; his mother, Margaret Brown of Caroline; four sisters, Marilyn, Vernessa and Lola Brown of Caroline and Angie Smith (Keith) of Partlow; three brothers, Melvin, Kevin and Ronnie Smith; two granddaughters, Aaliyah and Atlanta of Caroline; his father and mother-in-law, Dr. George W. and Sadie McLaughlin of Louisa; three aunts and one uncle and a host of other relatives and friends. He also leaves Spike, his beloved hunting dog and companion.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, March 22 at Wayland Baptist Church, 1228 Oakland Rd., Louisa, with the Rev. Frances Lewis officiating and the Rev. Otis Kay as the eulogist. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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

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Ruby H. Carter 

Ruby Harlow Carter, 94, of Fluvanna County, went peacefully to be with her Lord and Saviour on March 12, 2013.

She was born in Louisa on September 19, 1918 to Andrew and Mabel Blanche Harlow.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Garland Carter; her beloved grandson, Jeff Carter; her brothers, Harry “Buster,” Bernard, Andrew, Lynn and Everette Harlow; and her sisters, Kate Williams and Myrtle Hamilton.

Ruby was a loving, Christian woman and life-long member of Macedonia United Methodist Church.  Ruby retired from Comdial on her 80th birthday.  She was a loving example to her family and many friends. She loved and supported her family and cherished many life-long friendships. Mostly, Ruby looked forward to the weekly Saturday night family gatherings in her home,where everyone felt welcomed and loved and looked forward to the wonderful home-cooked meals she served.  Ruby was well respected, a good neighbor and friend to all and will be greatly missed.

She is survived by her devoted family including her daughters, Edna Bishop (Ray), Blanche Marshall, Jeanette Cornell, Linda Taylor, Betty Reynolds; her sons, Harry Carter (Delmayne), Frank Carter (Linda), and Teddy Carter (Debra); her sister, Thelma Badgett; and a very close family of 20 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.  She was very proud of her five generation legacy and was always eager to discuss her family with everyone.

The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Teague Funeral Home located at 2260 Ivy Road, Charlottesville, VA.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Linda Crabbs and the Rev. Larry Wingfield, was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 16 at Cherry Avenue Christian Church, Charlottesville. Interment followed at Monticello Memory Gardens.

Pallbearers were Chucky Marshall, Mike Cornell, Anthony Carter, Frankie Carter, Tim Marshall, Rod Shifflett, Matthew Clawson and Gerald Harlow.

Memorial contributions may be made to Macedonia United Methodist Church Building Fund, c/o Faye Stewart, 1124 Holland Creek Rd., Louisa, VA 23093.

Arrangements were made by Teague Funeral Home, Charlottesville.

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Evelyn H. Chapman

Evelyn Lucille Hopkins Chapman, 97, of Charlottesville, died Tuesday, March 12, 2013 in the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville.

She was born Jan. 30, 1916 in Louisa and was a daughter of the late Meredith Hopkins and Elizabeth White Hopkins. She was married to the late Herman Barrett Chapman Sr. She was also preceded in death by her son, “H.B.” Chapman and a grandson, Barry Chapman.

She was a member of Yanceyville Christian Church.

Mrs. Chapman is survived by two brothers, Cliffton Conway Hopkins and Russell F. Hopkins, both of Louisa; one granddaughter, Karen Chapman Armstrong, and her husband, William, of Louisa; three great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Denny Burnette, was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 15 in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, c/o Nancy Beasley, 305 S. Main Street, Gordonsville, VA 22942

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


William R. Hynes 

On March 18, 2013, William Richard Hynes, commander, US Navy, retired, passed away peacefully in his home on Lake Louisa, surrounded by family. He was 74 years old.

Bill served 23 years in the US Navy as an intelligence officer. He was a graduate of the US Naval War College, was on the maiden voyage of the carrier USS Enterprise, and served his country in many places around the world, including Germany, Hawaii, Japan and the Pentagon during his time as a naval officer. Later, he worked as a defense contractor for 15 years before retiring to his dream home on the lake in Louisa. He enjoyed his retirement by traveling the world with his wife, spending time with family and friends, watching wildlife on the lake, and still finding time for a few rounds of golf with friends. He was also an active member of his church and a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus.

Bill will always be remembered for his love of life and the people he met along the way, as well as his sense of humor and his passion for sports. He was an avid fan of the New York Yankees, New York Giants, and the Hurricanes of the University of Miami, his alma mater.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Carroll Anne Hynes, of Louisa; his daughter, Karen Murray and her husband, Jim, of Mason Neck; his son, Andy Hynes and his wife, Anne; his granddaughters, Maille and Lainey of Ellicott City, Maryland; his brothers, John Hynes of Rochester, New York and Robert Hynes and his wife, Barbara, of Hilton Head, South Carolina; and numerous other family and friends.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 24 at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

A service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 25 at St. Jude Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Quantico National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Miriam B. Matkins

Miriam Hilda Barrett Matkins, known locally as the “Plant Lady,” passed away peacefully on Thursday, March 14, at age 89, at the home of her daughter, Pat, in Orange, where she had resided for four years.

She lived a rich life from the time she was born in Saratoga Springs, New York on February 17, 1924, through her wartime marriage to William Roy Matkins Jr. on April 23, 1942, and through many adventures up until her death.

One of 12 children of Carroll and Marjorie Barrett, she was predeceased by her brothers, Chuck, Bud, George, Jerry, Frank; and her sisters, Elaine, and Helen.

She is survived by her sisters, Fran, Lina and Esther; her brother, Ray; her six children and their families, William Roy III (Billy) Matkins and his wife, Bonnie; Patricia Yvonne Haynes and her husband, Russell; Juanita Jo Matkins and her husband, Don Short; Michael Harmon Matkins; Sherry Lynn Cramer and her husband, Bob Cramer; and Howard Phillip (Phil) Matkins; her grandchildren, Tonia Kretschmer and her husband, Lew, Nicole Furmage, Norman Catterton and his wife, Wanda, Melissa Lawson and her husband, Greg, Amy and Stacey Matkins, William Joseph Matkins and his wife, Lacey; Andrew Barrett Short and his friend, Ashley Travis, Jason Cramer and his wife, Krista, Katie Cramer, Valerie Groom and her husband, Brandon; her great-grandchildren, Christopher Smith and his wife, Amber, Chase and Cassie Kretschmer, Luke and Matthew Furmage, Matthew Catterton and his wife, Liz, Ashley and Taylor Lawson, Hope, Joe Jr. and Robert Paul Matkins; and her great-great-grandchildren, Cierra and Raelynn Smith.

Miriam started her greenhouse business at age 68, operating the business from her backyard for 17 years, until she could no longer physically maintain her plants. In the spring, her customers would line up at her gate to select their vegetable starter plants and annuals and perennials. Her plants were known to be healthy and high-yielding. Miriam also reported weather conditions in Louisa County to WTVR-Richmond Channel 6 meteorologists Mike Goldberg and Marty Snyder, who would announce that “Miriam Matkins from Louisa reports that …” and locals would hear the weather conditions for Louisa County. She was known for her skill with plants, her careful observations of the weather, her love of teasing and jokes, and her general joy of living.

A memorial service will be held on April 21 at 2 p.m. at Yanceyville Christian Church, 594 Yanceyville Rd., Louisa. For information, call (540) 854-6374.

The family asks that friends plant something this spring in memory of the “Plant Lady.”


Tucker S. Meredith Jr. 

Tucker S. Meredith Jr., 77, formerly from Louisa County, entered eternal rest on February 7, 2013 at Victory Lake Nursing Home, Hyde Park, New York.

Tucker was born Feb. 14, 1935, to the late Tucker S. Meredith Sr. and Bettie Meredith.

Tucker received his education in Louisa and at an early age, he was baptized and joined St. Thomas Baptist Church, Bumpass. Tucker was united in holy matrimony to the late Elizabeth Wattie, and from that union were born one son and two daughters.

Tucker relocated to Poughkeepsie, New York in 1961.  He worked as a carpenter’s helper until his illness.  Tucker was a jolly, happy person with a hardy laugh.  He loved having a good time and being a carpenter.  He did many favors for his family and friends.

Survivors include his son, Larry of Maryland; three daughters, Janice Meredith and Mary Young of Alexandria, and Peggy Silver (Lewis) of Ruther Glen; four sisters, Dorothy Davis (James) and Esther Johnson (Joseph) of Poughkeepsie, New York, Elizabeth Tinsley (Willard) of Troy, New York, Elnora Porter of Forestville, Maryland; three brothers in Maryland, Sylvester of Capitol Heights, Vincent of Bowie ­and Isaac of Fort Washington; and 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was predeceased by his parents, his wife, two brothers, John Colling and Christian; and two sisters, Mary Yancey and Baby Elaine.

A memorial service was held on March 9 at the Rhodes Funeral Home Chapel, Poughkeepsie, New York.


Thelma R. Wilson 

Thelma Rosalia Wilson was born on October 20, 1919  Frederick County, Maryland. She slept peacefully into eternal rest at the Health and Rehabilitation Center of Louisa on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

A daughter of the late Thurston and Exie Wilson, she was preceded in death by four brothers, John, Marcel, Pau, and Clifton Wilson; two sisters, Hazel W. Brookens and Louise (“Weezie”) Wilson.

Thelma received her early education in a little one room schoolhouse on Sugar Loaf Mountain in Dickerson, Maryland. There, she was encouraged to develop her nursing skills and as a result, went on to further her training in that field. Her nursing career spanned more than 30 years with services rendered at Holy Cross Hospital in Montgomery County, Maryland, as well as Georgetown and Providence Hospitals in Washington, D.C.

While living in Washington, DC, she joined the Church of God headed by Elder Lightfoot Solomon Michaux where she worked faithfully for many years.

In 1989, Thelma and her nephew, Jerome, moved to Louisa, where her sisters, Hazel and Louise resided. While she did not join First Baptist Church, she found joy in worshiping there until her health began to decline. In recent years, she especially enjoyed attending activities sponsored by the First Baptist COPE Ministry.

She will be remembered as a quiet, friendly lady who had a smile and kind word for everyone she met. Those qualities will be treasured by all who knew and loved her.

Thelma leaves to cherish her memory a devoted nephew, Jerome Wilson of Louisa; a niece, Vicki Smith; and a great-nephew, Shealon Smith, both of Centerville; three very dear cousins, Virginia and Barbara Wilson, of Dickerson, Maryland, and Arlene Johnson and family of Frederick, Maryland, and other devoted neighbors and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at Thomasson Watson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Bruce Jones officiating. Interment was held 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20 at Bell’s Chapel Cemetery in Dickerson, Maryland.

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

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