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Obituaries March 8

Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm

Posted Tuesday, March 13, 12:15 p.m.

Nancy G. Monson 

Nancy Elizabeth Graham Monson, 59, of Bumpass, beloved wife, daughter, mother, and friend, died on March 5, 2012, after a short illness, but following a long and valiant struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.

Preceded in death by her mother Julia Graham, she is survived by her father, Warren Graham; husband, Mark Monson; daughter, Andi Floyd and son-in-law Travis Floyd; and son, CJ Monson.

Nancy spent over 33 years resolutely, courageously, and fearlessly wrestling with MS, an insidious and devastating disease.  It robbed her first of her art, then her mobility, and finally the ability to care for herself.  Through it all she accepted her situation with a remarkable grace and composure.  She never complained, always saying “I’m fine!” when asked how she was doing.  Not once did she attempt to take advantage of her handicap or use her condition to give her an undeserved benefit.  Although the MS limited her physically, it never limited her love for her family, care about her friends, or faith in her God.

Nancy loved the Lord and was always thankful for her blessings, insisting that there were others in greater need than her.  She graciously accepted everyone she met as a long-lost friend with a quick smile and was a gentle inspiration to all who knew her.  A humble, kind, and gentle soul, she was deeply loved and will be missed.

A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 21 at Gum Spring United Methodist Church, 35 Church Lane, Gum Spring.  A reception will follow in the church fellowship hall.

A memorial fund has been established in her name with the National MS Society.

Arrangements are being made by Lacy Funeral Home, Mineral.

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John W. Pippin 

John Wesley Pippin, of Ipswich, Suffolk, England, a native of Mineral, passed away Sunday, March 4, 2012 in Ipswich.

He was born on June 24, 1931 to Benjamin Franklin and Pinkie Reynolds Pippin of Mineral, the youngest of their three sons.

John is survived by his wife, Marianne Taylor Pippin, of Ipswich; and two sons, Gary Wayne Pippin and Stuart Lee Pippin, both of London, England.   Survivors also include a brother, Allen Byrd Pippin and his wife, Virginia, of Mineral; his two nieces, Ava Pippin of Mineral and Rebekah Perkins of Midlothian; and several cousins from the Mineral area.

An older brother, Ben Jr., and a half-brother, George, predeceased him.

He was a 1949 graduate of Louisa County High School.  After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force.   During his 20-year enlistment, he was stationed at U.S. Air Force bases in the states of Washington, California and Illinois.  His last tour of duty was at Bentwaters Air Force Base in the United Kingdom.   By retirement, he had earned the rank of Master Sergeant, specializing in communications.  Shortly thereafter, he became employed by the U.S. Air Force as a civilian at Bentwaters, where he worked another 20 years, finally retiring and settling permanently in nearby Ipswich.

Even though he lived overseas most of his life, “Johnny” never forgot his hometown of Mineral.   He visited whenever possible, recalled his baseball-playing days, was a loyal member of the Mineral Historic Foundation and a proud alumnus of Louisa County High School.

John’s final resting place will be in Ipswich.  A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. at Louisa Christian Church, 104 Elm Street in the Town of Louisa.   The Rev. Dr. Denny Burnette will officiate.

Expressions of sympathy may be addressed to The Pippin Family at 67 Ashdown Way, Ipswich, Suffolk, England, IP3 8RL, or P.O. Box 312, Mineral, VA  23117.

Contributions in John’s memory may be made to the Mineral Historic Foundation, P.O. Box 134, Mineral, VA 23117.

Posted Monday, March 12, 1 p.m.

Barbara A. Buck

Barbara Ann Buck, 68, of Gordonsville, previously of  Bedford, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, March 9, 2012, at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville.

Barbara was a beloved wife, mother, sister, grandmother and friend.  She was the widow of the late Rev. John Walter Buck and daughter of the late William Rufus and Vesper Vaughn Heard of Boaz, Alabama.

Survivors include her sons, John Timothy Buck of Santa Fe, New Mexico, William David Buck and his wife, Sharon, and Michael Stephen Buck, both of Gordonsville; her daughter, Crista Michelle Moody and her husband, Andrew, of Skipwith;  her grandchildren, Alina, Aaron, and Aidan Moody, and Josiah and Grace Hannah Buck; a sister, Vickie Elizabeth Cox and her husband, Donnie, of Flomaton, Alabama; and a special brother, William Christopher Heard of Bedford.

A graveside service, conducted by Dr. Larry Hoyle, was held at 2 p.m. on Monday, March 12 at Thaxton Baptist Church Cemetery, Bedford.

Memorial donations may be made in her name to the American Breast Cancer Society, 1445 E Rio Road, Suite 104, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Emily A. Davis

Emily Marie (Anderson) Davis, 69, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend went to be with God on Thursday, March 8, 2012, while at Alexandria Hospital from complications of lung cancer.

Emily was born on March 4, 1943 in the old Alexandria Hospital in downtown Alexandria.  The daughter of Stonewall Jackson and Minnie Virginia Anderson, Emily grew up in Alexandria in a large family with six brothers and one sister, Joe, Lelia, Raymond, James (Butter), Charles (Charlie Buck), Frank, and William (Billy).  Emily lived in Louisa but was a long-time resident of Alexandria calling Old Town home for many years while growing up on Fayette Street.  Emily met her husband to be Lawrence Hampton Davis in Old Town and they were married on September 21, 1959.  While Emily did not graduate from high school, she was the type of person that was always hungry for knowledge and taught herself everything from cooking to computers.  As the second youngest sibling, Emily worked hard to keep a close knit family and was always organizing events and gatherings.  Emily’s mother died when she was very young so Emily took it upon herself to care for her father until his death in 1989, she knew that would help keep the family together.  Emily had a way of making everyone feel special and she had the gift of creating happiness everywhere she went–she knew that the meaning of life was to live life to its fullest and be happy as often as possible.  Emily’s two daughters, Robin Lyn Trowbridge and Barbara Lee Davis (Punkin) were her pride and joy; and just as she lived her life, she instilled the love and family values in Robin and Punkin to carry on.

Emily was known and loved by many.  She made an impact in everyone’s life she touched and we will miss her but know she is with our Lord God.  Emily’s faith in God was strong and it was her faith that made her the person she was.

Emily is survived by her husband, Lawrence Hampton Davis of Louisa; her daughters, Robin Trowbridge of Springfield and Barbara Davis and her husband,Tony Dockery, of Alexandria; her grandchildren, Jennifer Chiles, Jonathan Paterson, Casey Trowbridge, and Valerie Duque; her great-grandchildren, Mackenzie Chiles and Nathan Chiles; a sister, Lelia Cefaratti; her brothers, Joe Anderson, Raymond Anderson, James Anderson, Charles Anderson, Frank Anderson and William Anderson.  There are so many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to mention that an entire section would be filled; but suffice to say, Emily was the person that helped bind together a strong family and was the friend everyone wanted in their life.

Visitation and the Memorial Service will be held at Cunningham Funeral Home in Alexandria Virginia.  Visitation times are Tuesday March 13, 2012 from 2pm to 4pm and 6pm to 8pm.  A memorial service will be held Wednesday, March 14, at 11 a.m.  Burial Services will be at Bethel Cemetery in Alexandria at 11 a.m on Friday, March 16.

Arrangements are being made by Cunningham funeral Home, Alexandria.


Calvin C. Rucker

Calvin C. Rucker, age 56, born February 16, 1956,  met his Savior, Jesus Christ, on February 28, 2012, after a courageous battle with cancer with his wife by his side.

He was the son of Robert C. and Doris Watson Rucker.

He became a member of the New Line Baptist Church, Gum Spring, and accepted the Lord as his personal Savior.

He graduated from Louisa County High School in 1974 and Radio, Electronics and Television School in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1976.   He was employed at General Electric in Charlottesville, from 1976  until he retired in February 2012.

Calvin was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed farming, cutting wood and yard work.   He also enjoyed sports.  He had many fond memories of his high school football team that won the district title in 1974. He often reminisced about his teammates and Coaches Lockhart and Harvey.  After beginning his career at GE, he played basketball and softball in the adult leagues in Charlottesville.

His memory will forever be treasured by his devoted wife of 33 years, Robin Grooms Rucker; two sons, Andre D. Jackson (Cynthia) of Syracuse, New York and Kyle O. Rucker; his parents, Robert and Doris Rucker of Mineral; two brothers, Loyd M. Rucker of New York City, New York and Robert L. Rucker of Mineral; one sister, Gayle L. Cooley of Mineral;  and four grandchildren, Joshua, Caleb, Hope and Grace Jackson.  He is also survived by his father-in-law, Robert E. Grooms; five sisters-in-law, Sheila M. Rucker, Andrea L. Grooms, Lauri M. Dobson, Pamela B. Jackson, Victoria T. Grooms; four brothers-in-law, Tony M. Grooms, Arnold C. Grooms, Darrick M. Grooms and Brian K. Dobson; six nephews, Brandon Rucker, Miles Rucker, Trent Grooms, Antoine Cooley, Jackson Grooms and Braeden Dobson; two nieces, Teriney Grooms and Brea Dobson; God-daughters, Teriney Grooms, Shauna Evatt and Nicholya Taylor; a God-son, Trent Grooms; and many other family members and friends.

Posted Friday, March 9

Barbara W. Procario

Barbara W. Procario of Bumpass, passed away at her residence on Saturday, March 3, 2012.

Born in Rhode Island she was the daughter of Caroline Williamson and the late Paul Williamson.

In addition to her mother she is survived by her daughters, Angela Smith and Caroline McIntyre; her grandchildren, Conner and Adeline Smith; and her siblings, John Williamson, Cate Lemieux, Victoria Denny and Mariane Deer.

All services are private.

Arrangements are being made by Lacy Funeral Home, Mineral.

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Posted Thursday, March 8

Alice J. Jones

Alice J. Jones, 94, of Louisa, departed this life on Friday March 2, 2012, at the Louisa Health and Rehab Center.

She was born July 3, 1917, in Louisa County, Virginia.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Jones; two daughters, Lillian Deloris Jones, passed at birth, and Doris Dean Lewis; three sons, Herbert “Buck” Jones, Samuel David Jones and Henry Lee Jones; one brother, David Jones.

Mrs. Jones was a member of the Peach Grove Baptist Church where served in many capacities. She was recognized for her skills as a seamstress to many in the Louisa area.

Mrs. Jones is survived by one daughter, Marilyn “Turtle” Woodfolk; two sons-in-law, Emanuel Woodfolk Jr. and Paul Lewis Jr.; one daughter-in-law, Margaret Jones; her grandchildren; a devoted granddaughter, Teresa Jordan (Paul) of Louisa, Sheila Coleman  (Jerald) of Mineral, Wayne Lewis of Louisa, Dwayne (Inger) of Richmond, Paul Lewis Jr., Patrick Jones (Chris) of Louisa; six great-grandchildren, Devonne Robinson, Jaleel Henson, Sierra Lewis,Terrence Jordan, Darius Woodfolk, Ian Woodfolk; and a special friend, Lucy Talley of Louisa.

Funeral Services were held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, at  Peach Grove Baptist Church, Louisa. Interment was in the Jones Family Cemetery, Louisa.

Arrangements were made by Satchell’s Funeral Service, Orange.


Wallace Ross Sr.

Wallace Ross Sr., 88, of Gate City, loving husband and father, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday , February 28, 2012, after a brief illness.

Born on October 31, 1923, in Louisa County, Mr. Ross retired after more than 41 years of service at Eastman Kodak Co. He worked many years with Kingsport Development and was a member of Elks Clinch Mountain Lodge. Mr. Ross was a faithful member and servant of Hales Chapel United Methodist Church in Gate City. He served as church treasurer for more than 20 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Archie Ross and Addie Fountain Ross; his sisters, Elizabeth Ross and Martha Wilson; his brothers, George Fortune and Albert “Peter” Ross; his wife, Doretha Wiggins Ross; and an adopted nephew, Calvin “Kenny” Price Jr.

He is survived by his son, Wallace W. Ross Jr., Gate City; his daughters, Geneva Ross of Washington, D.C. and Mary Courtney of Weber City; his grandchildren, Keana N. Ross of Washington, D.C. and Jonikki Cope and her husband, Ronald, of Gate City; his great grandchildren, Lakesha and Shaniquah of Gate City; a niece, Adline Hale of Virginia Beach; extended adopted family of Church Hill, Tennessee; his nieces, Valerie L. Shivers, Leslie R. Carpenter and her husband, Clifton, JoRita Ferguson, Melissa Williams and her husband, Richard; and many other nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Funeral services, conducted by Pastor Steve Templeton and Pastor Rochelle Maxwell, were held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 3, in the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel. Music was rendered by the Hales Chapel Church Choir. Interment was in the Holston View Cemetery, Weber City.

Pallbearers were Buster Stacey, Ronald Cope, Gordon Wood, Charles Senior, Stanley Rogers and Richard Williams. Honorary pallbearers were Carl Muncey, James Wood, Charles Wood and Richard Maxwell.

Arrangements were made by Cononial Funeral Home, Weber  City.

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