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Obituaries Oct. 25 publication with updates

Posted on Thursday, October 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Posted Friday, Oct. 26

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 will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Louisa United Methodist Church with the Rev. David Palmer officiating. Interment will follow the service with Military Honors at Hillcrest Cemetery, Louisa.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

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

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Posted Thursday, Oct. 25

Evelyn E. Ferrell

Evelyn Emerson Ferrell, 78, of Bumpass, formerly of Glen Allen, passed away on October 16, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Ferrell; her parents, Verner and Mildred Emerson; and her brothers, Kerry and Billy Emerson.

She is survived by her children, Kathy Glazebrook (Kelly), David Ferrell (Connie), Jody Gonner, Cheryl Woodson (Gary), Dan Ferrell (Michelle), Peggy Stoneman (Wilmer); her sisters, Fay King (Tommy), Barbara Agee (Bobby); and her brother, Jerry Emerson; 22 grandchildren, Patty and Julie Glazebrook, Tracy Mundy (James), Tammy and Chris Ferrell (Kristie), Melyssa and Michelle Ferrell, Dana Hopkins, Amy Hart, Leslie “Nikki” O’Brien (Jack), Jacki and Ashley Woodson, Allen Ferrell (Leigh), Daniel, Jason, Adam and Grey Ferrell, Aurora Waugh (Dickie), Hilary Pritchett (Ricky), Teena Cummings (Chris), Renee and Billy Stoneman; 26 great-grandchildren, James Jr., Jaclynn, Baby Mundy, Alycia and J.K. Bollinger, Brandon and Jimmy Lehman, James and Jordan Hicks, Shiloh and Ryan Lucas, McKenzi Jett, Steele and Lorclic Hart, Devin Woodson, Sedric Morrow Jr., Taylor, Trevor, and Trey Ferrell, Kara Ferrell, Jayden and Camden Ferrell, James and Nevaeh Pritchett, Dustin and Chelsea.

Evelyn was a member of Biltmore Baptist Church. She enjoyed making crafts for the community.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 19 at Nelsen Funeral Home, Richmond. Interment was at Washington Memorial Park.

Memorial donations may be made to the Arthritis Foundation, 3805 Cutshaw Ave., Suite 200, Richmond, VA.

Arrangements were made by Nelsen Funeral Home, Richmond.


William C. Perkins

William Cleveland (Bill) Perkins, 57, of Spotsylvania County, passed away Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at Mary Washington Hospital.

Bill graduated from James Monroe High School in 1973 and graduated from James Madison University with two degrees in 1978.

Bill is survived by his fiancée, Teresa Ann Madison; his aunts and uncles, Joe and Nancy Flowers, Ike Perkins and Winnie Browning; his brother, Bruce Perkins; numerous cousins; his cats, Stella Louise and Ellie Mae, which he referred to as, daddy’s girls; and his close friends, Linda, Dean, John, Alex and Brad.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Betty Perkins.

A graveside service, conducted by the Rev. Lowell Wright and Joe Flowers, will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 26 in Sunset Memorial Gardens, Fredericksburg.  A memorial service will be held at 11  a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at Trinity Baptist Church, 135 Mansfield Road, Mineral.

Arrangements were made by Found and Sons Funeral Chapel, Cremation Service, Fredericksburg.

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Harold W. Runft 

Lt. Col., ret. Harold Wayne Runft, 92, of Groton, Connecticut, formerly a long time resident of Louisa, departed this life August 13, 2012.

Harold was born Oct. 19, 1919, on a farm in Reinbeck, Iowa.  He graduated high school in 1938, received 11 letters in 12 sports, got an athletic scholarship award and sang bass in the school quartet.  He earned tuition money working on his uncles’ farms and the college campus.  Pay was only 25 cents per hour.  In 1939, Harold joined the National Guard, 34th Infantry Division, the first troops activated in World War II. His total military service was 26 and one-half years and he retired as a lieutenant colonel on June 1, 1966.

In the midst of protecting our country, Harold married the love of his life, Heather Lynn, on April 17, 1955.  Together, they raised three daughters and pursued a lifelong dream to travel the United States in various motor homes before settling down in Louisa where they resided for 24 years. Due to life changes, Heather and Harold later moved to Groton where Heather currently resides.

Harold is survived by his devoted wife of 57 years; his daughters, Barbara Ellen Davey of Silver Spring, Maryland,  Betty Jean Hopkins and her husband, Larry O. Hopkins and Jen Runft and her husband Kyle Guartafiero.  Harold is also survived by his grandchildren, Roger Wayne, Laura Beth and Jessica Leigh Hopkins, who all reside in Louisa, Walter K. Dunn III, Christopher Harold Dunn and his wife, Karrie, and Timothy Dunn, all of Connecticut and Micheal Davey and his wife, Ellen, of Maryland.  Harold is also survived by his loving great-granddaughter, Brianna Dunn of Connecticut.

A graveside service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery on Nov. 5 at 2 p.m. Guests are asked to arrive by 1:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be made for the building fund of Macedonia United Methodist Church, 17 Byrd Mill Road, Louisa, VA 23093


William D. Woody Sr.

William David “Billy” Woody Sr., 59, of Louisa County, died Saturday, October 20,2012 at University of Virginia Hospital.

Mr. Woody was a native of McDowell County, West Virginia.  He attended Grace Free Will Baptist Church in Louisa.

Survivors include his three sons, William D. Woody Jr. and his wife, Buffy, Wesley D. Woody and Waylon D. Woody, all of Louisa; his brother, Jerry Woody of Louisa; his sister, Sherry Shifflett of Louisa; and his niece, Janet Christina Whitley of Louisa.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Ann Woody.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 28 at Grace Free Will Baptist Church.  Interment will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of Virginia, 1742 E. Parham Road, Richmond, VA 23228.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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