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Obituaries May 21 publication

Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 9:00 am

Jovon O. Burruss

Jovon Octavius Burruss (Jo), 23, of Louisa, entered into eternal rest on May 15, 2015 at the University Medical Center.

He was born on January 26, 1992 in Charlottesville, Virginia to Jonathan Burruss and Katina Ragland-Dowell. He was educated and a graduate of Louisa County High School, where he was a member of the football and track teams. Jovon had recently completed an auto body tech certification from Valley Technical Center in Fishersville, Virginia. He was employed at the University of Virginia Health Care System as a patient care technician in outpatient surgery.

Jo was an avid Dallas Cowboys fan and a member of the Charlottesville Silverbacks Semi-Pro Football team. He was a Honda enthusiast that enjoyed working in his “Papa’s” (Wesley) body shop on cars. Despite having celiac disease, he had an adoration for food disregarding the gluten content.

Jo was known to be either biting his nails, on his phone, planning the next party, or simply falling asleep at any given moment. His contagious smile and straight leg stance are what many will always hold dear in their memories. Jo marched to the beat of his own drum and it was a drum that only he could hear.

Jo is preceded in death by his great-grandfather, Apostle Randolph Ragland; his grandfather, Charles Burruss; and his beloved grandmother, Grace Ragland.

In his transition, Jo leaves to cherish his memories, his parents, Jonathan Burruss (Duska) and Katina Ragland-Dowell (James); his brothers and sisters, Jamar Burruss, Jamal Dowell, Devante Dowell, James Dowell Jr., Makail Johnson, Kellan Williams, Kiara Washington, Lidia Burruss and Maya Burruss; his great-grandmother, Ruth Winston Ragland; his grandparents, Minister Randolph Wesley Ragland (Lois), Sadie Burruss and Joseph Dowell (Doris); his aunts, Davina Ragland and Jennifer Burruss; his uncles, Kevin Burruss, Joseph Dowell and Joshua Dowell; his nephew, Chase Washington Smith; his godparents, Russell Hubert Jr. and Roberta Cavanaugh; special loved ones, Tracey Smith and her daughter, Jayla Curry. He also leaves to cherish his memory a host of family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Temple of Deliverance HCG, 5756 Zachary Taylor Highway, Mineral, Virginia 23117 with Bishop James Ragland officiating. Interment will follow in the Holy Church of the Living God Cemetery, 5442 Columbia Road, Gordonsville, VA 22942.

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

Online condolences may be offered to the family at


Clark B. Church

Clark B. Church, 57, of Louisa, passed away Monday, May 18, 2015 at his home.

Mr. Church attended Mineral Baptist Church and volunteered in the Centershot Ministry program. He was a former little league baseball and football coach for Louisa County and also was involved in training with Luck Stone Company.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Johnson Church; his sons, Robert Winston Curry (Kelly) of Mineral and Eric Brittian Church (Jessica) of Columbia, Maryland; one grandchild, Deric James Curry; his mother, Eula Gay Church; his sister, Gail Miller (Kenny) of Swords Creek, Virginia.

A service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 21 at Mineral Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Mineral Baptist Church Centershot Ministry, P.O. Box 447, Mineral, VA  23117.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

Online condolences may be offered to the family at


Andrew J. Davis Sr. 

Andrew Jason Davis Sr., 64, of Faber, passed away peacefully at his home surrounded by his family on Sunday, May 11, 2015.

He was born Nov. 14, 1950 in Red Ash, Virginia to the late Andrew Parson Davis and Violet Ratliff Davis. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Deborah Smith; and his son, Jeffrey D. Carter.

He is survived by his companion of 17 years, Dale Davidson; his son, Andrew J. Davis Jr. and his wife, Tina, of Gordonsville; his sisters, Diane McComber and her husband, Larry, of Arlington, Delores Price and her husband, Jerry, of Fredericksburg; eight grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews, all of whom were very dear to him.

A small private gathering will be held on May 22, 2015 in Gordonsville.


Buddy L. Jenkins 

Buddy Lee Jenkins, of Orange, Virginia, passed away peacefully at his home on May 15, 2015 surrounded by his beloved family at the age of 69.

Buddy was born June 4, 1945 in Charlottesville, Virginia the son of the late Oscar Guy Jenkins and Nellie Weakley Jenkins of Rochelle, Virginia.

He was predeceased by his sister, Frances Jenkins Garr; and his brothers, James O. Jenkins and Robert D. Jenkins.

Buddy is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Juanita Batman Jenkins (Cookie); their son, Jeffrey Jenkins, and his wife, Stephanie, of Rochelle; and daughter, Lori Butler and her husband, Shane, of Orange; his “forever” daughter-in-law, Mary Wood, of Louisa; and his grandchildren, Heather Jenkins, Amanda Jenkins Davis, Tayler Snow, Chris Snow, Brice Butler, Isaiah Kenney, Erin Butler and Chloe Jenkins; his great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Isabella and Keyleigh Davis; a special sister-in-law, Barbara Batman Miller and her husband, Jimmy; and his special nieces and nephews, Brenda Kelly and her husband, Mike, Susan Snow and her husband, Robert, Junior Garr, Tammy Jackson and her companion, Dave, Jay Miller and his wife, Lori, David Jenkins, Clay Jenkins and his wife, Hope, and Lucille Dodson; as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.

Buddy will always be remembered by his family and friends with love, the twinkle in his eyes, and a smile for everyone.  His honesty and integrity defined him.

Buddy lived in Rochelle, Virginia for the first 55 years of his life before he and Juanita finally settled in the Montford area of Orange, Virginia.  His home is canvassed by the serenity of nature and his beloved pond.

He was a former employee of Webster Brick in Somerset and Altman Furniture in Orange, before finding his love of TV repair.  He taught himself to repair TVs in the basement of his home using a home study course.  He then worked for Greystone TV and M.C. Floyd & Son. He founded his business, Jenkins Electronics in Orange, Virginia, where he worked alongside his wife and then went on to own and operate Jenkins Rentals upon his brother’s retirement.  Buddy was in the TV repair and sales business for over 42 years.   This afforded him the opportunity to know many people in the communities in which he worked. If they didn’t know him by name, he was “The TV Man.”  It was rare that he go somewhere and not see a familiar face.

Buddy was baptized at an early age into the Methodist faith and later renewed his vows of faith and was re-baptized by David Cole, the Legacy Chaplain.

Buddy was an avid gardener and fisherman.  He simply loved the great outdoors.  He also thoroughly enjoyed Hardee’s breakfast biscuits and went to town often to have his breakfast and talk with people he knew.  The morning employees would know what he wanted without him having to say a word.  He liked his occasional trips to Charlestown, West Virginia for fun.  He loved talking about the days gone by and could spend hours talking with his brother-in-law, Jimmy, about anything and everything, especially their love for the old, traditional country music.  George Jones was always his favorite.

The family received friends on Monday, May 18, 2015 from 6  until 7 p.m. at Preddy Funeral Home, Orange.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Preddy Funeral Chapel, Orange with pastors Mark Hughes and David Cole officiating.  Jimmy Miller and Don Hughes provided special music and commentary.

Interment followed at the Graham Cemetery.

The pallbearers were Jimmy Miller, Jay Miller, Robert Snow, J.T. Jackson, Nicholas Jackson and Chuckie Smith.  The honorary pallbearer wasMike Kelly.

Arrangements were made by Preddy Funeral Home, Orange.


Naomi V. Miles

Naomi Virginia Wolfrey Miles, of Louisa, Virginia, died Saturday, May 16, 2015.

She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Lee of West Virginia; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; her sister, Shirley Smith of Florida; and nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 at Gordonsville Baptist Church, 303 Gordon Avenue, Gordonsville.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Randolph Ragland

Apostle Randolph Ragland of Gordonsville, Virginia, passed away peacefully at the Martha Jefferson Hospital on Monday, May 11, 2015 surrounded by his family and a host of parishioners and friends.

He was born July 5, 1925 in Louisa County, Virginia, the son of the late John Wesley Ragland and Earline Lewis Ragland Maupin.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife, First Lady Ruth Ragland; 13 children and their spouses, Reginald Winston, LaVerne Coleman, Bishop-Elect James Ragland (Jane), Minister R. Wesley Ragland (Lois), Emily Watson (Jesse), Aretha Banks (Edward), Sheila White (Charles), June Robinson (Nelson), Charlotte Bacon, Wallace Ragland (Brenda), David Ragland (Darleen), Rachel Churchman (James) and Moses Ragland. He is also survived by 34 grandchildren, 57 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; a goddaughter, Calethia Askew; four brothers, Robert, Matthew, George and Carl; one sister, Flora Washington; three sisters-in-law, Marjorie Ragland, Evvie Ragland and Esther Winston; a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by six brothers, five sisters, one daughter-in-law, one son-in-law and one great-granddaughter, three brother-in-laws and one sister-in-law.

Apostle Ragland was educated in the Louisa County Public School system. He received an honorary doctorate degree from the Kentucky College of Contemporary Religion, Lexington, Kentucky. In his early years, he was trained as a licensed barber, but never practiced the profession. Later he entered into his chosen profession as an auto-body repairman. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946.

Apostle Ragland was married for more than 67 years to the former Ruth Elizabeth Winston of Richmond, Virginia.

He served as pastor of the House of God, Gordonsville, Virginia for 54 years. He also served the national church organization on the Board of Apostles, Credential Board, and in several other capacities. On his 50th pastoral anniversary, he received honors from the county of Louisa and the president of the United States. He loved and was loved and respected by the churches in the community. He was a mentor, an advisor and a spiritual father to many. He lived a full life and accomplished much.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Temple Of Deliverance HCG, 5756 Zachary Taylor Highway, Mineral. Apostle G. Randolph Dailey officiated and Apostle Thomas E. Clark was the eulogist. Interment with military honors followed in the House of God Cemetery.

Arrangements were made by Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa. Online condolences may be offered to the family at