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Obituaries Oct. 3 publication

Posted on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Posted Friday, Oct. 4

Betty L. Ball 

Betty Lou Ball, 71, passed away Wednesday, October 2, 2013, in Roanoke.

Betty was born Oct. 22, 1941, in Omaha, Nebraska. Betty resided with her husband, Sam, in their Louisa County home. After retiring as a retail sales manager, she loved to garden, bird and squirrel watch and raise her many animals including her beloved Pomeranian, Katie, and many laying hens that provided the local community with fresh eggs.

She always considered her furry friends to be a gift from God and would adopt any stray that needed a meal or place to call home.  Betty loved to fish, cook and preserve fresh fruit and vegetables from her own garden and local farms. She was an avid reader who loved to share her stories. Her love of motorcycles led her and Sam on many adventures around the east coast. Betty was a very devoted and loving wife, mother, grandmother and cherished friend.

She was preceded in death by her late husband, Rex Horton Sr.; her parents, Anthony and Faye Markesi, of Omaha, Nebraksa.

Betty is survived by her husband of 15 years, Samuel “Sam” Lee Ball of Marion, currently residing in Louisa; her mother-in-law, Ella Ball of Marion; her sons, Rex Horton Jr. of California and Donald (Barbara) Horton of Omaha, Nebraska; her daughter, Sarah Horton (Robert) Vicich of Roanoke; five grandchildren, Christina (Aaron) Nersinger, Ashley (Adam) Feser, Tony Horton, Allen Vicich and Aaron Vicich; eight great-grandchildren and one on the way.

Funeral services, conducted by Chaplain Sherrill Michael, will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Seaver-Brown Chapel, Marion.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Seaver-Brown Chapel.

Arrangements are being made by Seaver-Brown Funeral Service and Crematory, Marion.

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Cierra L. Chrzanowski 

Cierra L. Chrzanowski passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones, her pets included. She had a long battle with many different illnesses.

She enjoyed being outdoors and loved an array of pets through her life. She was a giving and selfless young lady that would always make you smile no matter how she was feeling. She will be missed!

She is survived by her parents, Tim and Cindi; her grandfather, Charles N. Anderson; and her pets, Stasha and Ania.

A memorial service will be held at Deep Run Baptist Church, 10907 Three Chopt Road Richmond.

Memorial donations may be sent to BARK, an animal rescue center, at BARK,  P.O. Box 1682, Glen Allen, VA 23060, or


Paul A. Dickenson 

Paul Allen Dickenson, of Louisa, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.

He was born in Rockingham County to the late Herbert Hoover Dickenson and Virginia Mae (Cook) Dickenson on July 26, 1956.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother, Herbert Hoover Dickenson Jr.; and two daughters, Kimberly and Casey Dickenson. He is survived by his soul mate in life, Rebecca Luck of Louisa; and her children, Derek Luck (Megan) of Charlottesville, and Dana Owen (Gordon) of Fountain, Colorad, that he truly considered  children of his own; and  Sarah Dickenson of Louisa; three grandchildren, Hunter and Annabeth Owen of Fountain, Colorado, who he loved more than life itself, and a new grandson, Chase Dickenson, whom he had yet to meet; his brother and best friend, Dewitt (Butch) Dickenson; his sisters, Sharon Smith, Penny Harris, Valencia Dickenson, Hope Shifflett and their families.

Having made his career in the oil industry for the past 35 years, he was employed by Kenan Transport in Richmond as a gasoline transport driver and was known to all on the road as “Cherry Bomb.” He enjoyed the simpler things in life like hunting, fishing, camping and making memories with his children and grandchildren. He was a great teacher of life’s lessons for his children and grandchildren that will forever be etched in their hearts. He will truly be missed by all who knew him as he had a heart of gold.

Funeral services, conducted by Pastor Buster Payne, will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6, at Preddy Funeral Home Chapel, Gordonsville.

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

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Irene H. Floyd

Irene Hall Floyd, 69, of Hattiesburg,Mississippi, formerly of Louisa, died Thursday, October 3, 2013, at Bedford Care Center.

Mrs. Floyd was the first licensed female plumber in the state of Mississippi and was the owner of Floyd Plumbing Company. Whe was a member of the baptist faith and was a life member of the VFW Post 3036 auxiliary and served as a past auxiliary president.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dallas Floyd; and her parents, Reuben and Alice Tate Hall.

She is survived by a son, John Floyd (Angela) Floyd of Hattiesburg; a brother, William B. Foster of Hattiesburg; three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Services will be held at 10  a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, at Hulett-Winstead Chapel. Burial will be in Roseland Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home.

Arrangements are being made by Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


Benjamin K. Stanley

Benjamin Keith Stanley, 68, of Louisa, passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at his residence.

He was the son the late Roy and Lois Stanley; and is also predeceased by a brother, James Stanley; and a sister, Barbara Jones.

He had worked as a tele-communication repair tech and enjoyed photography.

Survivors include his son, Patrick Stanley and his wife, Laura, of Bassett; a sister, Rita Aven; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at a late date.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Brittie C. Stultz 

Brittie Jean Ross Clark Stultz died on October 2, 2013, yet we take comfort in knowing our mother, grandmother and great grandmother has been reunited with the love of her life and soul mate, our dad, Frank Stultz.  After a hard fought battle with pulmonary hypertension, at the home of her daughter Rebecca,   her body gave way and was called home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Culpeper on July 7, 1934, she was the only daughter of James Clark and Annie Stringfellow.

She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years, Benoni Franklin Stultz in 2004; her parents, James Triplett Clark and Annie Mae (Stringfellow) Kerns; and her brother, James Triplett Clark, all originally from Culpeper.

She is survived by three devoted daughters, Sheila Hull (Mark) of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, Rebecca Luck (Paul Dickenson) of Louisa, and Brenda Loving (Ricky) of Troy; five grandchildren, Angela Gento (Mike)of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Nicole O’Shea of Dudley, Massachusetts and Mark Hull (Sara) of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, Derek Luck (Megan) of Charlottesville, and Dana Owen (Gordon) of Fountain, Colorado; two step-grandchildren, Craig Loving and Tanya Loving (Chris) of Troy; eight great-grandchildren, Alex Hull and Cassandra Gento of Bridgewater, Massachusetts, Liam and Finley O’Shea of Dudley, Massachusetts, Maxwell and Sophia Hull of North Attleboro, Massachusetts, and  Hunter and Annabeth Owen of Fountain, Colorado; two step-great-granddaughters, Shi Ann Loving and Carissa Loving of Troy.

Her greatest accomplishments in life have been and always will be her family. She took great pride in being a part of each generation and relished the time spent with them on every occasion.  She would beam with pride when talking to friends about her family and there truly was no greater pleasure in life for her. She will be missed by all.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Preddy Funeral Home in Gordonsville. Burial will be at Mechanicsville Baptist Church at Boswells Tavern where she will reach her final resting place beside her best friend in life and beyond.

The family will gather one hour prior to service.

Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont in Charlottesville.

Arrangements are being made by Preddy Funeral Home, Gordonsville.


Peggy D. Whitley

Peggy Dymacek Whitley, 79, of Bumpass, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

She is preceded in death by three brothers, CB, Sam and Doc Dymacek; one sister, Eula Whitlock.

Survivors include, her beloved husband of 61 years, Hugh Whitley; two daughters, Pat Penn (Bob) and Linda Scott (John); one son, Mike Whitley (Debbie); five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret Kitchen and Carolyn Crouse; two brothers, Joe and David Dymacek.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5, at Bethany Christian Church, Bumpass. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 4.

Memorial donations may be made to Bethany Christian Church, 2402 Bethany Church Road, Bumpass, VA 23024.

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

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Posted Thursday, Oct. 3

Alice M. Henson 

Alice Mary Minor Henson, of Louisa, was born on Jan. 9, 1933, to the late Andrew and Hattie Minor. She was called to eternal rest on Sunday, September 29, 2013, at 2 a.m. at the Hospice of the Piedmont House.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 48 years, Lawrence Emmett Henson.

Mrs. Henson leaves to cherish her memories her two sons, the Rev. Wesley L. Henson and his wife, Barbara, of Fluvanna and Lawrence A. Minor and his wife, Ann, of Mineral; four grandchildren, Shaun, Alan, Lawrence and Keairia; one great-grandson, Javon; one great-granddaughter, Carralyn Maxine; one sister-in-law, Mattie Henson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other caring relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Rising Sun Baptist Church, 2829 Fredericks Hall Rd., Mineral. The officiate will be the Rev. Arthur Lee and the eulogist, the Rev. Phillip Carter. Interment will follow in Spring Grove Cemetery, Mineral.

Arrangements are being made by Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa. Visit for online guestbook.


Edith B. Holcomb 

Edith Jane Bond Holcomb, 90, also known as “Big Mama,” died peacefully on Sunday, September 22, 2013, in Richmond.

She was born in Bluefield, West Virginia, on March 30, 1923, to the late Roy David and Roxie Harrison Bond and was also preceded in death by her loving husband, Charlie B. Holcomb.

Survivors include her devoted sister, Leona B. Cotton of Sharps Chapel, Tennessee; her daughters, Suzette L. Hosaflook (Gregory) of Louisa, and Roxiee R. Dollar (James) of Norfolk; her granddaughters, Margaret Gregory, Karal Gregory, Janet Shifflett (Stacy), Amanda Dollar, Melinda Dollar and Jennifer Dollar; her great-grandchildren, Kimberlyn Williams (Jeremy), Carrie Pippin, Kaylyn Pippin, Chelsea Hicks (Todd), Monty Shifflett (Kelly) and Maggie Shifflett; her five great-great-grandchildren; and her friend, Dexter Trump, who served as pallbearer.

Big Mama and Charlie enjoyed many activities together, and their greatest joy was square dancing with the Tidewater Twirlers. Your family loves you Big Mama and will miss you greatly.

A funeral service, conducted by the Rev. David Palmer of Louisa United Methodist Church, was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, in the chapel of the Masonic Home of Virginia, Henrico.

Memorial contributions may be made to the R.E.B. Unit, c/o The Masonic Home of Virginia, P.O. Box 7866, Henrico, VA 23231.

Arrangements were made by Bennett Funeral Home.

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Roger J. Rogers 

Roger Joseph Rogers, February 24, 1921 – September 28, 2013

Roger Joseph Rogers died peacefully at the blessed age of 92 surrounded by his four children, Mark, Cindy, Jennifer, Becky and his beloved wife of 64 years, Sarah.  Roger is a believer in the redeeming blood of Jesus Christ, and the promise of heaven, so rather than say he has departed, we announce, he has arrived.

Roger was born in Goldsboro, North Caroline, the son of Charles Wesley and Ada Belle Flood Rogers.  He was the third son of five children, four of whom served in the four branches of service during World War II in the Army, Navy, Air-Force and Marines.  Roger was a Navy man and was in Pearl Harbor serving as a cryptanalyst and was part of the communications intelligence crew who worked on breaking the Japanese code.

Upon his return from Pearl Harbor, Roger was commissioned by the Navy to continue his education and attended schools wherever he was stationed.  He attended eight universities in all, and his main course loads included engineering and journalism.  Even though he never attended any school for very long, he managed to be the president of his college fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha at Depauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.  This was his favorite educational stint and the fodder for many stories.

Once he met Sarah Lillian Clifton, “a farm girl” as he called her, from Faison, North Caroline, Roger married and transitioned into civilian life and concentrated on his growing family.  His journalism studies were put to good use as he soon became regional publications officer for the Southeast Regional Office of the National Park Service.

His park service years were full and adventurous.  His duties encompassed writing and editing natural history handbooks, archeological source books and assuring editorial quality of cooperating associations in the southeast region.  His work included visiting all of the national parks in the region and planning special events, ceremonies and landmark dedications.  What this meant for Roger’s wife and four children was “road trips” – lots of them, camping in the mountains, black bear sightings and outdoor explorations.

Roger was also quite the thespian; usually rehearsing or performing in local community theatre including the Barksdale Theatre in Richmond.  His most memorable performances were in Mr. Roberts, Gideon, Our Town, Twelve Angry Men, Tobias and the Angel and Scrooge, where he played the memorable lead role.

An active member of every church he has attended, Roger was the first treasurer of Dayspring Retreat Farm, a mission of the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C. back in the 1950s.  More recently, Rogers was deacon of Mechanicsville Baptist Church where he and his wife, Sarah, worship and have been members for more than 10 years.  His church family has become true family, and remains touched by Roger’s spirit and life.

Preceding Roger in death was his youngest brother, Ken (Millie); his older brother, Charles (Trudy); his only sister, Mary Spain (George); and his middle brother, Ed (Betty); and 11-month-old great-grandson, Seth Erkel.

Roger leaves behind his loving wife, Sarah Lillian Clifton Rogers; his son, Mark Clifton Rogers and his wife, Mariah, of Nellysford; his daughters, Cynthia Erkel and her husband, Michael, of Afton, Jennifer Ornduff and her husband, Michael, of Gordonsville, and Rebecca Nelson and her husband, Durrell, of Lynchburg; his grandchildren, William Joseph Rogers, Eric Erkel and his wife, Megan, Ethan Erkel and his wife, Chrish, Rebekah Erkel Musser and her husband, Will, Sarah Catherine Grace and her husband, Brenden, Evan Erkel, Elliot Erkel, Mary Elizabeth Erkel, Joanna Genevieve Erkel,  Joseph Bennett Nelson, Anthony Ryan Nelson, Sabrina Lee Nelson and Lily Anne Sophia Nelson; his great-grandchildren, Jeff, Jason, Luke, Isabella, Gabe, Liam, Elijah, Jasmine, Joshua, and Isaiah—all Erkels, Brielle Grace, Isaac, Ivan and Catherine Musser.

Roger’s dear friends and family anxiously wait to reunite with him in God’s perfect timing.

A family visitation is scheduled Friday, Oct. 4, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Preddy’s Funeral Home 301 S. Main St., Gordonsville.

The funeral and celebration of life ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Mechanicsville Baptist Church, Gordonsville.  A reception will follow at the church.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Mechanicsville Baptist Church Building Fund, 10200 Louisa Rd., Gordonsville, VA 22942.


Clarice M. Walton 

Clarice Mae Martin Walton, 96, of Mineral, passed away Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

She is the daughter of the late Otis and Ella Martin.

She is survived by her oldest son, Stuart Carlton and his wife, Barbara, of Mt.Airy, Maryland; her daughter-in-law, Louise Walton of Keysville; eight grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

She is predeceased by her husband, John; her sons, Charles Ray and John Franklin; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Walton; as well as her six siblings.

Clarice was a spunky lady, who worked hard and enjoyed life.  She lived on her own right up until three weeks before her death.

A celebration of life service will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Gilboa Christian Church, Mineral, followed by a light dinner.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gilboa Christian Church, 6780 Jefferson Hwy., Mineral, VA 23117.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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