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Obituaries May 10 publication

Posted on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 2:52 pm

Lillie M. Brown 

Lillie Mae Brown, 87, of Gordonsville, died Sunday, May 6, 2012, at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville.

Born January 15, 1925, in Fluvanna County, she was a daughter of the late Jessie Brown and Julia Washington Brown. Mrs. Brown was the wife of the late Charles Henry Brown. She was also preceded in death by five brothers and six sisters.

She was a member of Springfield Baptist Church and worked in the cafeteria at Green Springs School for many years.

She is survived by one daughter, Carolyn Wells and her husband, Errick, of Gordonsville; a grandson, Errick Wells Jr. of Gordonsville; one sister, Luvonia Brockington of Allentown, Pennsylvania; a sister-in-law, Elenora Brown of Troy; a devoted niece, Connie Fountain of Gordonsville; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Marvin Jackson and Rev. Steve Mason, will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Gordonsville. Interment will follow in Free Union Gospel Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Friday at the funeral home.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Coleman C. Colvin

Coleman “Dixie” Clarke Colvin, 86, of Gordonsville, formerly of Green Springs, died peacefully Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at his residence surrounded by family.

He was born October 9, 1925, in Somerset, Orange County, son of the late James Nathan Colvin and Evelyn Clarke Colvin. He is also preceded in death by four brothers, J. Walton Colvin, Harry L. Colvin, Randolph Colvin and Delmer Colvin; and a sister, Elizabeth Colvin Tinsman.

Dixie was a member of the Gordonsville United Methodist Church for many years.  He was owner and operator of Dixie’s Food Market. He was an honorary member and former president of the Gordonsville Volunteer Fire Company and chaired many committees during his 57 years with that organization. He was also a past member of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, served on the Orange County Nursing Home Commission, served on the advisory board of Nations Bank for more than 20 years and eight years on the Orange Welfare Board.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Alice Webb Colvin of Gordonsville; his children, Allison “Vonnie” Y. Colvin of Farmville, Nancy Lynn Colvin Beasley and her husband Mike, and Terry Webb Colvin and friend, Allen Hawley, all of Gordonsville; two sisters, Rosalie Colvin Modena and her husband, Billy, of Orange and Doris Ann Colvin of Somerset;  his grandchildren, Dixie Lynn Beasley of Gordonsville, Tracy McDaniel Grissom and her husband, Buddy, of Pulaski and Amanda Evelyn Howell and her husband, John, of Earlysville; and six great-grandchildren, Sam Grissom of Pulaski, Mackenzie Raye Dingus, Bailey Lynn Dingus both of Gordonsville, Allyson Rae Grissom of Pulaski, Ashleigh Cole Haney of Earlysville and Brady Robert Grissom of Pulaski as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 11, at Gordonsville United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 p.m. and 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Gordonsville United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 466, Gordonsville, VA  22942 or Hospice of The Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA  22911.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Mary J. Clark

Mary Jane Clark, 65, of Gordonsville, died Thursday, May 3, 2012, at her residence.

She was born August 10, 1946, in Covington, and was a daughter of the late Wallace Jordan and Jane Victoria Ruffner.

Mrs. Clark is survived by her husband, Marshall Clark of Gordonsville; two daughters, Stephanie Lynn Dunivan and her husband, Lloyd, of Louisa, and Windy Kay Walton of Gordonsville; four adopted daughters, Katie Colle and Tracy Tedford both of Charlottesville, Annette Conley of Crozet and Laura Thacker of Scottesville; two sons, Gary Wayne Clark of Gordonsville and Ryland Dale Ruffner and his wife, Tracy, of Pittsburg, Texas, one brother, Roy Roger Jordan and his wife, Juanita, of Louisa; seven grandchildren, Justin C. Walton and his fiacee, Julie, Stephen K. Hossain, Joseph Ruffner, Victoria Walton, Marcus Ruffner, Brittnie Dunivan, Brett Dunivan; and one great-grandchild, Isabella Ruffner.

Funeral Services, conducted by Pastor John A. Hannon Jr., were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 7, at the Preddy Funeral Home Chapel in Gordonsville. Interment was in Maplewood Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Rebecca B. Duke

Rebecca Burton Duke, 66, of Louisa, died Thursday, April 26, 2012, at Martha Jefferson Hospital.

She was a member of Louisa Christian Church.

She is survived by her mother, Elizabeth Burton; her daughters, Katherine and Kimberly Duke, both of Louisa; her sister, Betty Jean Lowery of Louisa; and her grandchild, Laura Duke of Louisa.

She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Burton.

A graveside service was held on Monday, April 30, at Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Memorial contributions may be made to Louisa Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 1777, Louisa, VA 23093.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Alfred R. Hollins III

Alfred Ray “Buz” Hollins III was born March 17, 1957, and went on to meet his Savior on April 24, 2012.

He is survived by his mother, Joan Hancock Clark; his father, Alfred Ray Hollins Jr.; and stepmother, Linda Hollins, all of Louisa; a brother, Steven H. Hollins; two sisters, Stephanie Clark Throckmorton and her husband, Kenneth, and Ann-Reese Clark Holmes and her husband, Dave; five children, Alfred “Ray” Hollins IV and Emily Ware, Andrew “Justin” Hollins, Allison Rae Hollins, Hamilton “Scott” Hollins of Louisa and Joshua Alexander Hollins, of Charlottesville; his nephews, Kevin Matthew Throckmorton and Kenneth Michael and Kellye Bowers Throckmorton; and a niece, Emily-Ann Grayson Throckmorton; his special nieces Jessica, Kateland and Elaya.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Michael S. Hollins; his maternal grandfather, Chester Sims Hancock; and his maternal grandmother, Cora Louise Hancock; his stepfather William G. Clark; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred R. Hollins Sr.

Buz attended Louisa County High School, where he excelled as a defensive lineman on the 1973 District Champion football team, earning him accolades that included being named all-district first team as well as Prep All-American.

He went on to obtain a bachelor’s degree in police science and administration of criminal justice from Eastern Kentucky University. He spent the majority of his professional life in law enforcement, beginning in the early 1970s when he was still a teenager. He served as a bailiff and sheriff’s deputy in Louisa County as well as police officer in Gordonsville and Albemarle County. He was active in the Blue Knights Police Motorcycle Club.

His children, Ray, Justin, Allison, Scott and Josh, were the greatest accomplishments of his life. From the day they were born, he was unendingly generous and supportive of them in all their endeavors. The most recent source of pride for Buz was the newest addition to his family, little Danyell Rae, Emily and Ray’s eight-month-old daughter and Buz’s first grandchild. He taught Danyell a very important life’s lesson which was to make funny faces. She, like her Pop, can entertain a room full of people and excels at being the center of attention. In keeping with his legacy, she was quite the source of laughter and entertainment after his funeral.

A deliberate man, Buz was known for his practicality, honesty and humor. He was always ready to listen and an excellent source of advice when needed. His whimsical demeanor was a source of relief, contentment, and joy for anyone who was around him. He had a sense of nobility that guided him in life to be reliable, honest and authentic, never putting up false facades about himself or his personality. Later in his life, with the love and support of his family and friends, especially Pastor Steve Huffman, he turned his life over to Jesus Christ and became a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church in Mineral. His love and faith in Jesus had renewed his spirit and changed his life.

Buz was a great friend, a loving father, and an exemplary individual who will be dearly missed by everyone who knew him.

A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 27 at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

Memorial donations may be made to the Blue Knights Police Motorcycle Club.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Mary  H. Lasley 

Mary  Hester Lasley,  94, of Kents Store, passed away peacefully on Saturday,  April 28, 2012.

She was born on May 19, 1917, in Louisa County, the daughter of the late Sherwood M. and Rena A. Hester. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Charles Williams Lasley; four brothers Oliver, Lewis, Norman and Earl Hester;  two sisters, Dorothy Reid and Ruby Hicks.

She is survived by three children, Charles Lasley Jr., and his wife, Linda, of Ohio, Barbara Lewis and her husband, Coleman, of Fredricksburg,    Cathy Keck and her husband, Bill, of Kents Store; two brothers, William Hester of Richmond, and Stuart Hester and his wife, Gladys, of Kents Store; five grandchildren, Glen and Keith Anderson, Stephanie Curtis, Dean and Eric Lewis; three great-grandchildren, Morgan and Kyle Anderson and Caleb Lewis.

Mary was a long-time member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s  Witnesses.  Her  greatest  joy was reading the Bible and sharing what she had learned with others.

She was loved by many and had a personality that was appealing to a lot of people.  She will be missed very much by her family and friends.

A memorial service, conducted by Arnie Adams, a local elder, will be held at 3 p.m. on May 12, at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa. The family will receive friends from  2 until  3 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mineral, VA 23117.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Gwendolyn H. Owens

Gwendolyn Hall Owens passed away on May 3, 2012, after a year-long battle with cancer.  A recent Colorado Springs resident, she and her late husband, John, are formerly of Lake Anna.

Gwen is survived by two children, Marianne Owens LaRivee and Skip Owens; and four grandchildren,  Buddy Owens, Jamie LaRivee, William LaRivee and Casey Owens.

Gwen was born in Leland, Mississippi June 17, 1935 and met her husband John at pilot training in Columbus, MS, and was soon off on her worldwide tour as an Air Force wife.  She graduated from Marymount College in Washington D.C. with a degree in nursing, and worked as a nurse for two decades while orchestrating numerous moves for her husband and children.  After retirement, she and John moved to Lake Anna, where they were instrumental in establishing Lake Anna Rescue.  Gwen was an avid bridge player, served as an EMT for Lake Anna Rescue, and was active in Elk Creek Baptist Church and Tanyard Country Club.  Gwen will be dearly missed by her family and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, Staging Area “B” in Denver, Colorado.

Memorial donations may be sent to Lake Anna Rescue.

Arrangements are being made by The Springs Funeral Services, Colorado Springs, Colorado.


Roy O. Wright

Roy Odell Wright, 68, formerly of Louisa, died on April 7, 2012, in Gadsden, Alabama.

He was born on June 29, 1943, to the late John Henry and Edith Willis Wright.  Roy received his formal education in the Louisa County school system.

He is survived by his devoted wife of 19 years, Rachel Wright of Gadsden, Alabama; his children, Maurice Ellis of Unionville, Wayne Wright, Brian Wright and Denita Wright Hall of Orange and Corrieanna Underwood of Gadsden, Alabama; 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; three brothers, Calvin Wright (Mildred) and Henry Wright (Mary) of Orange and the Rev. James Wright (Carolyn) of Charlottesville; and one sister, Frances Wright of Alexandria.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, April 14, at Shiloh Baptist Church Gadsden, Alabama. Interment was in Oaklawn Cemetery.