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Obituaries March 6 publication with updates

Posted on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

Posted Friday, March 7

Mary H. Parris

Mary Helen Parris, 73, of Louisa, passed away at her residence on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

Born in Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Claude C. and Omie H. Parris; and was the widow of Charlie Clark. She is also preceded in death by her brothers, James Ozzie Parris and Burley Parris.

Mary is survived by her daughter, Luizane Eckert and her husband, Ricky, of Louisa; her grandchildren, Kimberly Eckert, Donald Birkelund and Sueanne Birkelund; her great-grandchildren, K.K. Reilly, Bridgett Reilly, Summer Reilly and Connor Birkelund; her brother, James Ervin Parris and his wife, Patricia, of Long Island, New York.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 9 at Macedonia United Methodist Church.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Posted Thursday, March 6

Robert L. Burruss Sr. 

Robert Lewis Burruss Sr., 79, departed this life on February 24, 2014 at the Louisa Health Care and Rehabilitation Center, surrounded by his family.

He was born Aug. 25, 1934, to the late John and Lucy Burruss. He was educated in Louisa County Public Schools and worked as a sawmill operator for most of his life.

Robert was a faithful deacon at Union Run Baptist Church for more than 30 years until his health declined. He first accepted Christ as Lord and Savior at an early age and attended Foster Creek Baptist Church in Louisa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Susie Christine Howard Burruss; two sisters, Carrie Grooms and Cora Andrews; two brothers, Herman Burruss Sr. and John Davis Burruss.

He leaves to cherish his memory four sons, Alexander H. Burruss Sr. (Ernestine) of Troy, Kelvin E. Burruss (Sue) of Camp Zuma, Japan, Andrew L. Burruss of Keswick, and Robert L. Burruss Jr. (Donna) of Louisa; two daughters, Jacqueline H. Jamison (Lacy) of Norfolk and Joyce B. Mills (Curtis Sr.) of Keswick; two brothers, Clarence Burruss of Louisa and Lloyd Burruss Sr. (Mary) of Fluvanna County; two sisters, Marie Christmas of Charlottesville  and Joyce Christmas (Ralph) of Louisa; nine grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; a special friend, Elder Phillip Dyer Sr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Rickey E. White, were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 1 at Union Run Baptist Church, Keswick. The burial was in the church cemetery.

May the work he’s done speak for him.

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

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Gail M. Colie

Gail Yvonne Miller Colie, 60, of Gordonsville, went home to be with her Lord on Friday February 28, 2014. She was surrounded by her family as she made her journey to heaven.

Gail was a teller at Carter Bank and Trust in Charlottesville, where she enjoyed interacting with her customers and co-workers. More than anything, she devoted her time to her three precious granddaughters, Bailee, Camryn and Brooklynne who meant everything to her.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John and Mildred Miller; and a brother, David Allen Miller.

She leaves to cherish her memory her two children, a son, Jonathan Miller of Gordonsville; a daughter, Erin Turner and her husband, Charles, of Rhoadesville; two brothers, Bruce Miller of Gordonsville, Greg Henninger and his wife, Barbara, of Virginia Beach; four grandchildren, Bailee Miller, Camryn Lohr, Brooklynne Turner, Mason Turner; two nephews, David Lee Miller, Perry Henninger; one niece, Sibina Henninger; and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Ted Williams, will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, at Mechanicsville Baptist Church in Gordonsville. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Maris J. Clough 

Maris June Clough, 76, of Amelia, formerly of Mineral, departed this life on Saturday, February 22, 2014 after a long struggle with health problems.

Born June 22, 1937 in Lashmeet, West Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Ivan Elsworth Walker and Brookie White Walker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Grayson Clough; two brothers, Donald Walker and Elsworth Walker; and a sister, Karen Walker Clough.

She is survived by a son, Chris Clough and his wife, Eva;  a granddaughter, Abigail Clough; a nephew, Jason Clough and his wife, Jennifer; a niece, Shawna Clough; three great-nephews, Brent, Ryan and Mason; and one great-niece, Karen.

She made her home in Mineral in 1965 where she comfortably resided for 35 years. She was employed by the Virginia Department of Transportation Highway Division until her retirement.

She was laid to rest on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Dogwood Baptist Church, Gum Spring, next to her husband and sister.

Arrangements were made by Woody Funeral Home Parham Chapel.


Mary L. Davis

Mary Lee Davis, a long-time resident of Atlantic City, New Jersey, formerly of Louisa, peacefully began her final journey from Earth to Eternity to rest in the arms of her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 2,2014.

Mary Lee, as she was so affectionately called by her family and friends, was born August 31, 1944 in Louisa to the late Ruby D. Davis Sr., and Claudia (Morris) Davis.

Mary Lee moved north at an early age where she humbly called Newark, New Jersey, and later Atlantic City, New Jersey, home. Mary took a position at Bally’s Park Place Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where she worked until her retirement.

Mary Lee loved cooking, traveling, spending time with family, socializing, music and dancing, as well as playing and hosting card games. Mary was known for her kind heart and willingness to help all in need. Her charm and smile enlightened every moment, all who knew her, and captured no stranger.

Mary Lee’s parents, her brother Ernest Davis, her nephews, Robert Holland Jr., and Gregory Holland, as well as a very special cousin, Joyce Lee, predecease Mary.

Left to cherish the many memories of love and laughter are her sisters, Bessie Holland (Robert) of Kent Store, and Ernestine Hancock of Pleasantville, New Jersey; her brothers, Ruby D. Davis Jr. (Marie) and Arthur L. Davis (Susie) of Louisa; her nieces, Wanda D. Gist (Leo) of Atlantic City, New Jersey, Deidre Holland of Chesterfield County, Sonia Carter of Maryland and Florence Paige of Springdale, Maryland; her nephews, Tony Davis of Takoma, Washington, Carlton Davis of Louisa, Robert, Junior and Clarence Hiter of Louisa; a host of cousins, great-nieces, great-nephews, family and friends whom all brought great joy to her life, also survive Mary Lee.

Home-going services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Eagle Baptist Church, 4783 Mt. Airy Road, Louisa. Burial will follow in the Eagle Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Eagle Baptist Church, 4783 Mt. Airy Road, Louisa, VA 23093.

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

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Gloria S. Harper

Gloria Louise Strong Harper, 66, passed away on February 28, 2014, at her home in Bumpass.

She was born on June 10, 1947 in Louisa to Charles and Emma Strong.

Gloria is survived by her husband of 42 years, Thomas Harper; three daughters, Michelle Nottingham, Angela Lusk and Christina Harper; two sons, Melvin Nottingham Jr.  and Thomas Harper Jr; her son-in-law,  Loran Lusk; her daughter-in-law, Paige Harper; her two sisters, three brothers, eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at Glenora Baptist Church, 1389 Zachary Taylor Hwy., Mineral.


Lerlie H. Pace 

Lerlie Harris Pace, beloved older sister to five brothers, passed away on Tuesday, February 25 at the age of 81.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis E. Pace; and her brothers, James Franklin, Wilmer Ray and Roy Stephen Harris.

She was born in Bumpass on August 19, 1932 to Eleanor Catherine and James Harris.

She is survived by her brothers, David Winfred Harris of Richmond and Richard Joel Harris of Bushkill, Pennsylvania; her sisters-in-law, Carolyn Harris and Harriett Mitchell of Richmond; and her precious poodle, Fluffy; her nieces, Dody Tribble, Sherrie Kaine, Martha Little and Veronica Harris; and her nephews, Steven, Scott and Tom Harris and James Mahoney; and a host of great-nieces and nephews.

She lived in Crozet, Petersburg, and Randolph, New Jersey before returning to Richmond in 1980. Lerlie loved country music and dancing. She and her husband enjoyed traveling during their retirement years.

Interment was private at Hillcrest Cemetery in Louisa.

Arrangements were made by Bliley’s-Central Chapel, Richmond.


William H. Pendleton 

William Henry Pendleton, 84, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, February 17, 2014  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Many friends and relatives knew him as Bill or Mr. Bill.

He was born in Louisa on Sept. 29, 1929, to the late George Pendleton and Victoria Clark.

He attended school in Louisa County and graduated from high school. He moved to Philadelphia in 1951, where he shared his life with his beloved wife, Bertha Pendleton. William held several jobs one of them included being a welder for more than 20 years for the American Pulley Company.

William was the loving father to three children, Carolyn, William Jr. and Norman.  He took pride in working on cars and helping others. This Christian man had a strong hand and a good heart. He knew, believe and took God as his personal Savior. William was also a member of Woodcrest United Church of Christ in Philadelphia.

In addition to his parents, he was also predeceased by his wife, Bertha Pendleton; his son Norman Pendleton, his brothers, Floyde, Harry, Henry and George Pendleton; and his sisters, Martha Pendleton and Mary (Susie) Dandridge.

William leaves to cherish precious memories a daughter, Carolyn Pendleton; and a son, William Pendleton Jr.; two sisters, Mildred Johnson and Alice Morris; one brother, Robert Pendleton; two daughters–in-law, Madeline Garcia Pendleton and Vanessa Thomasson Pendleton; five grandchildren, Bill, Eric, Melissa, Brittany and Tiffany Pendleton; three great grandchildren, Promysse, Eric and Adam; and host of brothers-in-laws, sisters-in-laws, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, at Thomasson Watson Funeral Chapel, Louisa.

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

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Dorothy J. Tate

Dorothy Jane Tate, 79, of Mineral, died Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

She was born June 6, 1934, the daughter of Delaware Jackson Tate (deceased)  and Bessie Sims Tate.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her brother, Thomas Jefferson Tate and his wife, Florence Virginia, of Mineral; her half-sister, Ethel Sims; two nephews, Thomas Tate Jr. of Mineral and Patrick S. Tate of Virginia Beach; two nieces, Brenda D. Douglas of Georgia and Beverly Jean Carter of Mineral.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8 at Fork Baptist Church, 14357 Jefferson Hwy., Bumpass. Interment will be private.

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

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Raymond E. Via Sr.

Raymond Edward Via Sr., 92, of Louisa, passed away Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at his residence.

He was born Aug. 30, 1921 in Goochland County and was the son of the late Carl Edward Via Sr. and Birdie Payne Via.  He is also preceded in death by a sister, Ruth Via Boxley, and two brothers, Kenneth Via and Carl Edward “Coonie” Via Jr.

Mr. Via was a retired truck driver for Bowman and was a U.S. Army World War II veteran.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Ross Via of Louisa; two daughters, Carolyn V. Carey and her husband, Ross, of  Yorktown, Patty V. Williams and her husband, Robert, of Midlothian; a son, Raymond E. Via Jr. and his wife, Patty, of Lanexa; seven grandchildren, Pam G. Billeter, Mathew R. Carey, Teri V. Dupont, Michael T. Via, Nicole “Niki” L. Williams, Robert D. “Cody” Williams, Kara A. Williams; and a great-grandson, Brennan Ray Walker.

A graveside funeral service, conducted by the Rev. David Palmer, was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 3 in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa, with military honors.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, 22911.

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville.


Henry C. Wright

Henry C. “Sonny” Wright, 75, of Louisa County, passed away Sunday, March 2, 2014 at the University of Virginia Hospital, Charlottesville.

Survivors include two sisters, Margaret Rosson and Lois Bond; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bill and Margaret Wright; and his sister, Lula Butler.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, at Woodward Funeral Home.  Interment will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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