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Obituaries Nov. 28 publication

Posted on Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 9:00 am

Published Monday, Dec. 2

Joseph M. Dymacek 

Joseph Marshall Dymacek went to be with His Lord on November 29, 2013.

He was born Feb. 12, 1926, and was a lifelong resident of the lower end of Louisa County.

He leaves his wife of 65 years, Beulah Stanley Dymacek; and four children, Deborah and her husband, Pembroke Pettit, of Mineral, Wayne Dymacek and his wife, Diana, of Lexington, Sandra and her husband, Donald Forinash, of Brighton, Tennessee, and Laurien and her husband, Al Jeffers, of Bumpass. He also leaves eight grandchildren, Arabella and her husband, Edward Winfree, of Bumpass, Leanne and her husband, Chris Clement, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Ivy and her husband, Scott Wolfe, of Montpelier, Julian Dymacek and his wife, Amanda, of Morgantown, West Virginia, Sarah Ruark of Lodi, California, Susan Ruark of Virginia Beach, Eric and Emilee Jeffers of Bumpass; and four great-grandchildren, Moriah and MacDaniel Moss, Harris and George Wolfe, and a special “chosen” son, Raymond Askew, of Bumpass.

In recent years, Mr. Dymacek has been cared for by several devoted caregivers, Charles Perry, Shirley Murray and Barbara Sprouse.

Mr. Dymacek was the son of Joseph and Ila Henderson Dymacek of Louisa County. He was also preceded in death by three brothers and two sisters, Charles “C.B” Dymacek of Bumpass, Julian “Sam” Dymacek of Montpelier, Eldridge “Doc” Dymacek of Viper, Kentucky, Eula Whitlock of Mineral, and Peggy Whitley of Bumpass.

He is survived by two sisters and one brother, Margaret and her husband, Ivey Kitchens, of Richmond, Carolyn Crouse of Glen Allen, David and his wife, LaThell Dymacek, of Bowling Green, Kentucky; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Mr. Dymacek was a sawmill owner and operator for more than 30 years and was a member of the Virginia Forestry Group. He was a lifelong member of Bethany Christian Church, in Bumpass, where he served as the adult Sunday school class teacher, elder and trustee for more than 40 years. He was a lay preacher for several years. He received a plaque of recognition from the Bethany Christian Church for his years as a 40-year trustee. He was a member of the founding board and was active on the school board of Piedmont Christian School, Bumpass. He was one of the founders of the Locust Creek Fire Department and donated the land on which the department is located. He was a member of the Louisa County Water Authority for more than 20 years. He received a plaque from the Louisa County Board of Supervisors for his volunteer services.

Mr. and Mrs. Dymacek are known throughout the Locust Creek Community for their hospitality and care.  His church, community and family will miss his wisdom, knowledge and faithfulness that he shared and showed throughout his life.

In 2006 Mr. and Mrs. Dymacek saved the 1928 Bethany Church building from demolition. Mr. Dymacek moved the building from its original location to his own property and named it “The Meeting House,” where  it has been used as a “gathering place” for community events.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3 at The Meeting House. Interment will follow at Bethany Christian Church Cemetery.

Memorial donations be made to Opera Louisiane, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.All donations are tax deductible and can be made by check to Opera Louisiane, P.O. Box 4908, Baton Rouge, LA 70821 or online at Mr. Dymacek’s granddaughter, Leanne Pettit Clement, is the general director of Opera Louisiane.

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

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Antonio E. Fernandez 

Antonio “Tony” Enrique Fernandez, 51, of Charlottesville, died on Wednesday, November 27, 2013, at University of Virginia Medical Center.

Born May 11, 1962, in Havana, Cuba, he was the son of Antonio and Maria Fernandez.

He was preceded in death by his father,Antonio Fernandez.

The definition of a man has been long debated and evolved to be complex in current times.  As males and females our roles are an ever-changing reality.  Antonio “Tony” Fernandez portrayed the deep true characters of what it means to be a man.  Strong yet loving, a leader yet willing to follow, a husband, father and a son, imperfect yet held the essence of truth.  He ventured the shores of Cuba and Spain yet found a home in Charlottesville.

If there were but one word to describe Tony, it would be passion. His passion drove all aspects of his life important to him, though there were many. This passion ran deep and wide.  From his family, wife, children, friends, work, community dedication, music, leadership, singing, poetry…to love of his very life. A simple embrace from Tony would reveal all.  His arms would envelope you with warmth and tenderness. There was always truth in his emotions and love.

For his wife, Renee, a lifetime of love had never been so complete. He was her soul companion and she, his.  His passion ran so massive and pure that his physical heart was not able to withstand the weight.  This man fought and struggled to maintain his human body like that of a warrior.  Yet his heart could not carry so much love.  For those of us lucky enough to have been touched by his passion we carry him with us. Tony’s heart may not have had the ability to love as large as he wished but we can keep his passion alive for our worlds to feel.  Tony was a true man and we are the better for knowing his spirit.

Tony was a consistent leader in his work and his community.  He opened the Gordonsville distribution center for Wal-Mart in 2003 as its first general manager.  His leadership and ability to inspire people to strive for excellence was instrumental in building an award winning team at Gordonsville, consistently one of the top performing distribution centers in the Wal-Mart organization. The center was awarded Distribution Center of the Year honors for 2010.

Tony served in various capacities for several years with the American Heart Association through the Heart Walk Gala.  He also served on the board at Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) during which time he was responsible for securing donations from the Wal-Mart Foundation that provided expansion opportunities for the college.

While serving on the Charlottesville Regional Chamber of Commerce and The Thomas Jefferson Partnership for Economic Development, he was able to raise funds, assist local organizations including the Children’s Miracle Network-University of Virginia Neo-Natal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Victory Junction Gang in North Carolina, and the Southwood Project in Charlottesville.

Through his natural leadership ability, his love of community and his respect for others, Tony encouraged others around him to become involved in worthwhile causes and activities to help strengthen our community.

He is survived by his wife, Renee; his son, Bailey S. Fernandez; his daughter,  Kristina L. Fernandez; his step-daughter, Kirstin L. Scott; his brother,  Marcus A. Fernandez; his sister-in-law, Madelyn Moreno; his nephews, Marcus T. Fernandez, Austin Fernandez, Abraham Moreno; his mother-in-law, Sylvia E. Quesenberry; his brother-in-law, Steven D. Quesenberry; his sister-in-law, Sandra L. Quesenberry; and his niece, Shaine E. Krause.

Visitation will be held from 5 until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at the Hill & Wood Funeral Home, Charlottesville.

The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4,  at City Church,1010 East Rio Rd., Charlottesville.

Memorial contributions may be made to The American Heart Association, 3025 Berkmar Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22901.

Arrangements are being made by Hill &Wood, Charlottesville

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Cierra M. Witcher 

Cierra Marie Witcher, two month old, of charlottesville, went to be with our Lord on November 20, 2013.

Our little princess was born on Sept. 23, 2013.

She is survived by her parents, Jane and Maurice; her older brother, Josiah; her grandparents, Tammie and John Roberts of Mineral, and Michael K. and Mary Lou Canipe of Amherst, Helen Mallory of Charlottesville and Victor and Christine Witcher; two great-grandparents James D. Smith Sr. and Nancy A. Canipe, both of Charlottesville; six cousins, two uncles, four aunts.

She will be loved and missed.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 25 at Holly Memorial Gardens.

Arrangements were made by Hill & Wood Funeral Home, Charlottesville.

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Published Thursday, Nov. 28

Paula E. Brinson

Paula Eichner Brinson, of Louisa, died on Thursday, November 21, 2013, at Hospice House in Charlottesville.

Born on Oct. 10, 1938, in Baltimore, Maryland, she was a daughter of the late Pauline Eichner and Emil Eichner. Along with her parents, Mrs. Brinson is predeceased by her husband, Josephus G. Brinson.

Mrs. Brinson was a high school graduate and homemaker by occupation. She was a strong supporter of feral cat care and neutering programs in the community including Spay/Neuter All Pets, Inc (SNAP) and Defenders of Wildlife.

Mrs. Brinson is survived by  her children, Deborah Miller, Linda Yantis, Jim Brinson, Colleen Brown, Mary Smith and Michele Brinson; eight grandchildren, Sara Billie, Kim Yantis, Joseph Brinson, Joseph Slaughter, Clay Smith, Johnathan Brinson, Caitlin Smith and Anna Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Gavin Billie and Delaney Moore; her sister, Sandra Anderson of Maryland; and her brothers, Mathew Eichner of Maryland and Eric Eichner of Florida.

A funeral service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Lillian P. Knight

Lillian Payne Knight, 95, of Mineral, passed away Monday, November 25, 2013, at Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Mrs. Knight was the widow of William J. Knight.  She was a member of Edgewood Christian Church.

Survivors include her son, Barkley Seal and his wife, Susie, of Partlow; his daughter,Wanda Miller and her husband, Joe, of Bumpass; three grandchildren, Tina Garrison, Tracy Scott and Gregory Shepherd and his wife, Rachel; and six great-grandchildren, Cody, Morgan, Jordan, Jayden, Makenzlee and Chloe.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29, at Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 30 at the funeral home.  Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, Memorials Processing Center, Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Wilson L. Rollins Jr.

Wilson Leo Rollins, 72, of Orange, passed away peacefully on Thursday November 21, 2013, to be with the Lord. He was staying with his daughter, Virginia Steadman.

Mr. Rolllins was the son of the late Wilson Leo Rollins Sr.  and Virginia Harlow Breeden of Orange. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Jerry Rollins.

He served his country for four years in the Army, 2nd Battalion, 9th Infantry.

Mr. Rollins worked for Rollins Meat Market in Orange and then retired from Liberty Fabrics in Gordonsville with more than 35 years of service. He was saved on Oct. 8, 2013.

Mr. Rollins will be remembered for his wonderful sense of humor, his strong will and his love of country, his grandchildren and for his faithful attendance of his grandson’s baseball games.

He is survived by his stepfather, Herbert Breeden of Orange; his stepmother, Martha Rollins of Orange; his son, Joseph Shipp of Barboursville; his daughter, Virginia Steadman of Louisa; eight grandchildren, Chelsi Smith, Kaylee Shipp, Amanda Shipp, Jerrell Steadman Jr., Rachel Shipp, Samantha Steadman, Jaob Steadman, Chloe Dowell; five great-grandchildren, Tyler Sponaugle, Kaylee Steadman, Payton McClary, Ava Steadman, Kameron McClary; his sister, Beverly Myers, six half-sisters, Debra Sapin, Brenda (Dale) Lillard, Janet Hall, Linda Gibson, Vicky Ray Barden, Joyce Barnes; and four half-brothers, Jimmy Rollins, John Henry Rollins, Jacky Rollins and Herbert Breeden Jr.

A funeral service will be held at a later date.

Contributions to cover funeral expenses will be greatly appreciated.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.