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Obituaries March 22 publication

Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm

Posted Tuesday, March 27, 9:15 a.m.

Frank E. Hill

Frank Edward Hill departed his earthly life on March 23, 2012, at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, after a lengthy illness.

Frank was born in Louisa on December 27, 1925. He was the son of the late Frank Carr Hill and Eloise Hunter Hill, who raised their son in Annapolis, Maryland and California until they returned to Louisa when Frank was a teenager.

Frank graduated from Louisa Training School and attended Virginia Union University. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving as a chef.

Frank’s love of automobiles led him to his lifetime profession as an auto mechanic, working in both Louisa and Charlottesville. He retired in 1983.

Frank was joined in marriage with Gloria Crawford on December 16, 1951. They were blessed with one daughter, Brenda Louise Hill Fortune.

Frank joined the Bright Hope Baptist Church at an early age and always loved his church and church family.

Frank Ed, as he was called, loved to cook, fish, work on cars, listen to R&B music, watch the History channel and congregate with his friends.

Left to mourn his loss and cherish his memory are his loving wife of 60 years, Gloria C. Hill; his daughter, Brenda Fortune (Mark); two grandsons, Charles Durrette Jr., and Anthony Durrette; one great-grandson, Jayden R. Robinson, all of Louisa, VA; one sister-in law, Brenda Shelton (Roger) of Kents Store, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Alonza Mino, will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at Bright Hope Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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

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Posted Monday, Feb. 26, 3:15 p.m.

Melinda M. Bean 

Melinda M. Bean, 48, of Louisa, died on Wednesday, March 14, 2012.

She was born on Aug. 18, 1963, to Henry and Barbara Murphy.

Mrs. Bean was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and daughter.  She was a bus driver with Louisa County Public Schools delivering students to and from  Jouett Elementary School.

She is survived by her husband, Jeffrey Bean of Louisa; her children, Tiffany Hansford of Louisa, Amanda Bean of Spotsylvania and Kevin Bean of Louisa; her grandchildren, Austin Hansford of Louisa, Myles and Marshall Stanley of Spotsylvania; and her parents Henry and Barbara Murphy of Lexington, South Carolina.

Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. on March 31 at Wallers Baptist Church.


James R. King 

James Richard King, 80, of Louisa, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, surrounded by his family.

James was born on April 8, 1931, in Wytheville, the son of the late Isaac W. and Lucinda Cagle King. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.

James was a cabinet-maker, auctioneer and retired maintenance supervisor for Louisa County Public Schools. He was a life-long active member of Bethpage Christian Church.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 61 years, Julia Musser King; two daughters, Wanda Bailey and her husband, Phil, of Louisa, Mariann Rigsby and her husband, Mac, of Mineral; three sons, Richard King, Isaac King and his wife, Sharon, Frank King and his wife, Lisa, all of Louisa; one sister, Luella Willard of Crockett; 11 grandchildren, Kelly King, Jason King, Kristin Lewis and her husband, Buck, Caroline King, Garyt King, Dana King, Matthew King, Samantha Romano and her husband, Arthur, Kaitlyn King, Sarah Rigsby and Seth King; eight great-grandchildren, Derrick Bickley, Jacob King, Emily Shifflett, Nathan King, Courtney Badgett, Tyler Shifflett, Haleigh Romano, Taylor King, Lane Lewis and baby Romano due in October; also a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends who will miss him dearly.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 27 at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

A funeral service, conducted by Pastor David Atwood, will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28 at Bethpage Christian Church. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made in James’ memory to Bethpage Christian Church c/o Wanda Bailey, 406 Walnut Woods Drive, Louisa, VA 23093.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Alice V. Pruitt 

Alice Virginia Pruitt, 92, a previous Virginia resident, passed away at her daughter’s residence in Florida where she had made her home for several years.

She was the daughter of the late George and Lollie Stewart, the widow of Charles Allen Pruitt and was preceded in death by her sons, Glen and Harmon Pruitt; and a daughter, Delsie Arrington.

Survivors include her sons, Fred Pruitt of Fredericksburg; Allen Pruitt and his wife, Nancy, of Appleton, Wisconsin; Jack Pruitt and his wife, Teresa, of Fredericksburg; and Charles Pruitt and his wife, Diane, of Appleton, Wisconsin; her daughters, Betty Grantham and her husband, Wendell; Barbara Carpenter and her husband, Sam, all of Louisa, Margaret Ebben and her husband, Chris, of Tampa, Florida, and Patricia Dunivan and her husband, William, of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; a sister, Grace Urbani, of Manassas; 37 grandchildren, 48 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.

A funeral service, conducted by Pastor Patricia Dunn, was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, March 26 at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Memorial donations in her name may be made to American Heart Association, Inc., P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Posted Wednesday, Feb. 21

Lynda F. Harlow

Lynda Lee Ferrell Harlow, 67, beloved mother, grandmother and friend, died Monday, March 19, 2012, at University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville. She was suffering from Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome.

Mrs. Harlow, a lifetime resident of Louisa County, was born in 1944 to Paul E. Ferrell and Faye Helvin Ferrell.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Carroll Harlow; her sister, Marylou Ferrell Woodson; her brother, David Ferrell; and her parents.

Mrs. Harlow was a loving homemaker that cared for her family throughout her life.

She was a member of the Louisa United Methodist Church and also attended Waldrop’s Baptist Church in Louisa.

Survivors include her daughter, Jennifer Harlow Mitchell; her son-in-law, Mark Christopher Mitchell; and two grandchildren, Emily Christine Mitchell and Christopher Harlow Mitchell.

Visitation will be at Woodward Funeral Home on Friday, March 23 from 6 until 8 p.m.  The funeral service will take place at Waldrop Baptist Church on Saturday, March 24 at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Hubert Hart officiating. Interment will be at Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

One of Mrs. Harlow’s favorite passages from scripture is John 5:24: “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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May E. Hobson

May E. Hobson,widow of Boyce (Jack) Richardson Hobson, passed away on March 17, 2012, after a long illness.

She is survived by her two daughters, Suzanne Trevvett and Jacquelyn Hobson; her son-in-law, Garry Hollenback; and by her sister and three brothers who live in England.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Bethany Christian Church located at 2402 Bethany Church Rd. Bumpass.

Memorial donations may be sent to Battery Park Christian Church, 4201  Brook Rd., Richmond, VA 23227.

Arrangements are being made by Lacy Funeral Home, Mineral.

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Gary D. Hunley

Gary Dean Hunley, 49, of Louisa, died Friday, March 16, 2021, in Louisa.

He was born November 26, 1962, in Charlottesville and was a son of Maurice Harold Hunley of Fluvanna and Gladys Elizabeth McDonald of Bonneau, South Carolina.

Mr. Hunley is also survived by one daughter, Shannon Boyles and her husband, Kenneth, of Gordonsville; one son, Gary Wade Hunley and his wife, Jamie, of Gordonsville; two brothers, Maurice Harold Hunley II of Gordonsville and Tony Spencer of Unionville; one sister, Wendy Gale Collier of Fluvanna; and four grandchildren, Broklyn Nicole Hunley, Cameron Rose Hunley Meadow Ann Boyles and Skyler Franklin Boyles.

A visitation will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Gordonsville. Interment will be at a later date.

Memorial contributions may made be made to Preddy Funeral Home, Box 714, Gordonsville, VA 22942.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Joyce W. Johnson

Joyce Elizabeth White Johnson, 64, of Mineral, died Sunday, March 18, 2012, in Mineral.

She was born July 21, 1947, in Charlottesville, and was a daughter of the late Jesse Clyde White and Georgia Ellen Washington White She was married to the late Chancell Stanback Johnson.

She was a member of the Union Grove Baptist Church in Keswick.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by three daughters, Annette Johnson Houchens of Louisa, Georgia Ellen Johnson Coleman of Mineral and Joan Elizabeth Johnson Jackson of Bumpass; one son, Eric Fulando Johnson of Covesville; three brothers, John White, George White and Garry White; five sisters, Claudette Holland, Lucille Leabough, Charlotte White, the Rev. Arnette White and Lisa White-Murrill; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, at Standing on the Promises of God Fellowship Church in Louisa County. Interment will follow in New Anna Baptist Church Cemetery.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Flora R. Legg

Flora Gay Roberts Legg, 101, of Louisa, passed away on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at Louisa Health Care.

Born April 13, 1910 in Tennessee, she was the daughter of the late Alexander and Mary Roberts; and the widow of Ollaf F. Legg whom she married on November 20, 1929.

She is survived by a brother, Arthur L. Roberts of Wheaton, Maryland; several nieces and nephews; and her dear friends, Marie and Joe Bowers; and Kellye Throckmorton.

Graveside services, conducted by the Rev. Dr. David Cole, were held at 11 a.m. on  Friday, March 16 at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Memorial donations in her name may be made to Louisa County Fire Department, 300 East Main Street, Louisa, VA 23093; or Louisa Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1777, Louisa, VA 23093; or Legacy Hospice, 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 180, Charlottesville, VA 22911.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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