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Obituaries Nov. 1 publication

Posted on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

Julia M. Brewer

Julia Mae Brewer, formerly of Louisa, departed this earthy life suddenly on October 23, 2012.

She was born on Dec. 31, 1941, to Alvin and Mamie Clarke.

She is survived by the love of her life, Marion Goggans of Anniston, Alabama, and his mother, Linda.  She is also survived by her two sisters, Aurelia Langford and Virginia Witherspoon, both of King William County; her eight children, Vicky Childress and her husband, William, of Bumpass, Earline Collins of Palmyra, Alvin Butler of State Farm, Anita Estep of Bumpass, Danny Brewer of Mitchells, Julie Brewer of Lynchburg, Sylvia Brewer of Henrico and Alonzo Brewer of Roanoke; her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Derrick, Joshua, Brittany, Shawn, Amber, Joe, Latisha, Cassandra, Reginald, Brandon, Mikey, Marideth and Anna; her great-grandchildren, Jayden, Kylie, Rogan, Addy, Kaiden, Addison, RJ IV and Regina; and a number of nieces and nephews.


William F. Harris Jr. 

William Francis Harris Jr. “Snapper,” 88, of Hanover County, peacefully departed this life on October 20, 2012.

Born in Louisa County in April 1924, he was the first of five children born to W.F. and Annie Harris. He was a graduate of Louisa County High School and Danville Technical Institute. As a member of the Fighting Hell Hawks, Sgt. Harris landed on Omaha Beach on the 13th day of the Allied Invasion. His tour of duty included the liberation of Paris, the Battle of the Bulge and the advance into Germany at the Battle of Aachen. Throughout his life, on Veteran’s Day he would put on his uniform and brag that it still (barely) fit and he enjoyed wearing it to many Veteran’s Day celebrations.

Following the war, Snapper began working at Southern Bank and Trust in Richmond. He caught the train each morning in Bumpass and rode to Richmond with a large group of other young people. On what affectionately became known as the “romance train,” he met Jean Chenault and they married in 1949. They lived in Hanover and he began working for Tri-County Bank. His banking career spanned 40 years, culminating with his retirement from Crestar Bank in 1987. His focus as a banker was to grow the four banks under his management in Hanover County, and in reference to a 1960s television show character on “The Beverly Hillbillies,” was affectionately referred to as “Mr. Drysdale” by his children’s friends. A strong believer in the American Dream, he often remarked that he was especially proud to have helped numerous small businesses in Hanover get their starting capital and for helping many young people get their first home loan. He often joked that he had the best job in the world and on Friday nights at closing time customers “filled the lobby and cars were lined up down the street.”

Snapper believed that community involvement was the duty of all citizens. He was a charter member of the Courthouse Ruritan Club and The Mechanicsville Businessmen’s Association, and was also a member of the Ashland Kiwanis Club, The Hanover Association of Businesses, the Hanover Country Club and a host of other civic groups. He and his friend, Bud Engel were the founding fathers of The Courthouse Ruritan Club’s Annual Bull Roast. In 1960, he was appointed to the Hanover Planning Commission and served until 1979. He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Hanover, and was a Master Mason. Snapper embodied the notion that anything is possible in this country. He rose from humble roots during the Great Depression, served our country in a world war and helped other people realize their own American Dream. He left a legacy of service and commitment to his community.

He was predeceased by his wife of 51 years, Jean Harris; and sister, Helen Berlekamp.

He is survived by three sisters, Anne Harris, Gladys DeBerry and Mabel Nelson; three children, Anne Nelson Morck (Wes), Overton Harris (Beth), and Scott Harris (Wendy); five grandchildren and one great-grandson.

A memorial service celebrating Snapper’s life was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at St. Paul’s Church, Hanover.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Church, P.O. Box 441, Hanover, VA 23069.

Arrangements were made by Bliley’s Funeral Home, Central, Richmond.


Robert J. Mitchell

Robert J. Mitchell, 91, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, passed away Thursday, October 25, 2012.

He had resided in Louisa County for 30 years prior to moving to Maryland. Robert was a member of Louisa United Methodist Church and the Louisa American Legion. He served his country during World War II in The U.S. Army and had worked for VDOT in Louisa. He later owned and operated two Planters Peanut Stores–one in Washington D.C. and one in Wheaton, Maryland.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen Margaret Mitchell, in December 2011.

He is survived by a loving daughter, Barbara Holmberg and her companion, Kevin Belcher, of Mechanicsville, Maryland; a sister, Mary, of Pennsylvania; two grandchildren, Robert Holmberg and his wife, Stephanie, of Mechanicsville, Maryland, and Tracy Schavell and her husband, Dave, of Ijamsville, Maryland; four great-grandchildren, Alyssa and Ava Holmberg and Reece and Addie Schavell.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. David Palmer, was held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Louisa United Methodist. Interment with Military Honors was at Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

Memorial donations in his name may be made to Louisa United Methodist Church, Louisa, Virginia.

Arrangements were made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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