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Obituaries May 22 publication

Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 9:00 am

Posted Friday, May 23

Emma F. Sampson  

Emma Frances Sampson, 94, of Charlottesville, died Wednesday May 21, 2014 at her residence.

Born May 28, 1919 in Louisa, she was a daughter of the late Douglas H. Mahanes and Lena Quarles Mahanes. She is also predeceased by her husband, Robert E. Sampson; two brothers, three sisters, one niece and one nephew.

Mrs. Sampson was a member of Pleasant Plains Baptist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Mozell  M. Thompson and her husband, Mortimer D. Thompson, of Charlottesville; a beloved sister-in-law, Alberta Mahanes of Gordonsville; beloved niece, Pam Whindleton; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A funeral service, conducted by Pastor Marvin Jackson, will be held at noon on Monday, May 26 at Pleasant Plains Baptist Church, Lindsay Road, Gordonsville. A graveside service with interment will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday May 27 in Oakwood Cemetery in Charlottesville.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home. Gordonsville.


Posted Thursday, May 22

Ethel K. Adkins

Ethel K. Adkins died on Tuesday May 20, 2014 at The Laurels of Charlottesville.

Mrs. Adkins was born on October 17, 1918 to the late Dewey and Daisy A. Kendrick in Pittsylvania County. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by seven brothers, three sisters; her husband, Joseph Lester Adkins; and son-in-law, Carl Odell.

She is survived by two daughters, Jackie Odell (Sonny) of Troy and Frankie Woodson of Troy; one grandson, Christopher Shawn Woodson of Stanardsville; one granddaughter, Tracy Lynn Bryant (Matt) of Kents Store; one great-granddaughter, Emma Clara Bryant.

A graveside funeral service, conducted by the Rev. Denny Burnette, will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday May 27 at Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery, Rt. 250 East.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Edgar J. Burkholder 

The Rev. Edgar J. Burkholder, of Montpelier, passed away on Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at his residence.

He attended Wake Forest, University of Richmond and the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.  He pastored churches in Indiana and Virginia including Mecklenburg, Hanover, York, Loudoun, Caroline and Louisa counties for 70 years.

His passion in life was his family and his constant desire to reach people for Christ. He is preceded in death by his son, K. Wayne Burkholder.

He is survived by his wife of 77 years, Beverly Orr Burkholder; his daughter, Jewel Cooke (Curtis); his grandchildren, Kendall B. Gammon (Tasha), Jennifer Burkholder, Dyan Bonney (Gene); his great-grandchildren, Daisy Gammon, Jack Gammon, Joseph Bonney, Jacob Bonney; and his daughter-in-law, Sandra Burkholder.

A funeral service will be held at 11a.m. on Friday, May 23 at Hopeful Baptist Church, Montpelier. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

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

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Lucy G. Epps

On May 17, 2014, God called home Lucy Grooms Epps. She approached death as she did life–her way and unafraid.

She was the daughter of the late Frank and Carrie (Burruss) Grooms. Lucy accepted Christ as her personal savior at an early age and was a member of the Foster Creek Baptist Church, Louisa.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a brother, Shelton Grooms; two sisters, Windell Hackney and Hannah Lee Grooms; and her granddaughters, Stephanie Epps and Monique E. Dorrow.

Lucy was educated in the Louisa County Public Schools. She received a certified nursing assistant certification and cared for elderly people for many years. She was a kind-hearted, giving woman who loved the Lord as well as gardening, traveling and a good game of cards.

Lucy is survived by a daughter, Wanda Annette Epps of Los Angeles, California; a son, Allen Lewis Epps Jr. (Vicky) of Virginia Beach; and one grandson, Allen Lewis Epps III; two brothers, Frank Grooms Jr. (Ricky) and Carl Grooms (Millie); two sisters, Julia Thurston (Eugene) and Mary Frances Henderson; two devoted nieces, Ethel Williams and Dale Lindsay; a devoted friend, Nancy Richardson; two uncles, Lloyd Burruss (Mary) and Clarence (Cotton) Burruss; two aunts, Joyce Mae Christmas (Ralph) and Marie Christmas; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Michael Crawley, will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 22 at Foster Creek Baptist Church, 4028 E. Jack Jouett Rd., Louisa. Interment will follow in the Grooms Family Cemetery.

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

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Isaac M. Meredith Jr.

Isaac Mincel Meredith Jr. departed this life on May 10, 2014 in Louisa.

God blessed him to live 28 wonderful years. He was the youngest of two children born to Isaac and LeContis Meredith in Camp Springs, Maryland, on May 27, 1985.

Jr. was educated in Prince George’s County, Maryland school system. He graduated from Friendly High School where he excelled in football and other sports. For much of his youth, he played Little League sports in community leagues.

He attended several churches in the community before joining Mt. Ennon Baptist Church.

After graduating high school, Jr. joined the U.S. Navy. His tours took him to Italy, Spain, Africa and Japan. He spent several years in Philadelphia before being currently stationed in Norfolk. Because of this close proximity, he was able to visit his relatives in Louisa often. This was where he and his sister, Candy, spent many summer vacations and holidays.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory, his parents, Isaac and LeContis Meredith; his grandmother, Carrie Taylor; his fiancé, Omeikiea “Shae” Lozenzano; a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Candice.

A funeral service was held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at Mt. Ennon Baptist Church,Clinton, Maryland.

Arrangements were made by Marshall’s Funeral Home, Suitland, Maryland.


Ann E.  Osmond 

Ann E. Johnston Osmond, 78, passed away on May 5, 2014 at Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville.

Ann was born in Madison, South Dakota on August 6, 1935, the only child of Harold and Mabel Johnston.  They lived in Minnesota, moving to Illinois when she was a small child where she went to school and lived most of her life.

In 1953, she married David Osmond, starting their married life in Germany where he was stationed in the Army.  They were the parents of five children,  Linda Orton, Stan (Teri) Osmond, Brian (Linda) Osmond, Amy (Joseph) Southam and Kim (Mike) Hopkins.  They also have 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Ann liked to play the piano, a skill she used in the Lisbon Bethlehem Church where she was an active member and later working with the elderly at Pleasant View Luther Home in Ottawa, Illinois.

In 1987, she moved to Virginia where she worked at the Health Department in Charlottesville.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 2012, and her parents.

Services will be held at noon on Saturday, May 24 at Louisa Baptist Church,Louisa.