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Obituaries Sept. 12 publication

Posted on Monday, September 16, 2013 at 5:25 pm

Odessa Eloise Harris

A Time to Be Born: Odessa Eloise Harris was born on January 12, 1958. She was the third of five children born to George and Marian Harris Sr.

A Time to Build: In 1977, she graduated from the Louisa County High School. After graduation, she was employed by several manufacturing companies for a total of 15 years. She also worked in the food service industry, including Pizza Hut (22 years) and Hardees (23 years).

A Time to Serve God: At Ebenezer Baptist Church, under the leadership of Reverend Dr. Joseph Haden, Odessa, at the age of 12 joined and was baptized. She was a very devoted and active member. Among her services were: President of the Usher Board, President of the A.L. Carter Singers, Bulletin Committee Member, Member of the Hospitality Committee, Youth Sunday School Teacher and Church Administrator.

A Time to Unwind: Odessa loved sports. She played softball for the Mineral Mets. She coached basketball for Parks and Recreation for over 10 years and each season was a winning season.

A Time to Die: She was called home on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 7:10 p.m.. She was preceeded in death by her sister, Vanessa Gail Harris.

A Time to Weep: Odessa leaves to cherish her loving memory a devoted mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. George Harris Sr.; two sisters, Leatrice Pace (William) and Cheryl Harris of Mineral, Va; one brother, George Harris Jr. (Barbara) of Mineral, Va.; one nephew, Jermaine Pace Sr. (Fiance, Jackie Parrish) of Louisa, Va.; two nieces, Chasity Harris and Jasmine Harris of Mineral, Va; three great nephews, Jermaine Pace Jr., Jhalil Parrish and Sunta Grimm of Louisa, Va.; five aunts, Mrs. Nannie Johnson, Mrs. Eva Shelton (Vergie), Mrs. Shirley Johnson of Mineral, Va. and Mrs. Arlean Anderson (Warren) and Mrs. Joyce Holt of Montpelier, Va.; two uncles, Andrew Harris and Thomas Harris of Mineral, Va; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held at noon on Monday, September 9, 2013 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 864 Pendleton Road Mineral, Va., with Rev. William House officiating and the Rev. Temple Anderson Sr., eulogist.

Interment followed in the church cemetery. Thomasson Watson Funeral Service, Inc., Louisa, is handling the arrangements. Condolences may be offered to the family at

Carroll G. Houchens

Carroll Griffith Houchens, 80, of Hyattsville, Maryland, formerly of Washington, D.C., passed away on Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Prince George’s Hospital, Cheverly, Maryland.

Carroll loved his family, and his family’s history.  He loved to travel and to cook, and he loved music and books.

Carroll is the son of the late Thomas E. Houchens, Sr., and Vashti A. Harlow Houchens.  He is survived by his brother, Thomas E. Houchens, Jr., and his sister, Pearl B. Hobson, both of Hyattsville, Maryland.  He was preceded in death by brothers Harry “Taylor” and Richard S. Houchens, and by sisters Eunice A. Jenkins, Ruth J. Kerns, and Grace D. Alford.

A funeral service was held on Saturday, September 7, at Gasch’s Funeral Home, P.A., 4739 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, Maryland.  Interment will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 14, at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Florence Ann Kinney Jackson

Mrs. Florence Ann Kinney Jackson of Louisa County, VA was born on August 27, 1919 to the late John Montgomery Kinney and Mary Louise Crenshaw Kinney.  She was called to eternal rest on September 3, 2013 at Henrico Doctors Hospital-Forrest.  She was preceded in death by her loving her husband of 62 years, Alex W. Jackson, Jr. as well as her beloved son, Alex L. Jackson.

Mrs. Jackson leaves to cherish her memories her four children, Priscilla Slaughter (Jerry, Sr.) of Mineral, VA;  Mary Robinson (James, Sr.) of Mineral, VA; Shirley Jennings (Allen) of Montpelier, VA and Elbertanna Mallory (Cleveland, Sr.) of Glen Allen, VA.  She will also be fondly remembered by her eight grandchildren: Garrett Jackson (Toyrie) of Mineral, VA; Alex Jackson of Mineral, VA; Sandra Rucker (Ivan) of Mechanicsville, VA; James Robinson, Jr. (Maranda) of Gum Spring, VA; Tewanna Jennings of Montpelier, VA; Jerry Slaughter of Mineral, VA; Cleveland Mallory, Jr. & Clifton Mallory both of Glen Allen, VA.  In addition, she leaves eight great grandchildren, Kalisha, Devin, JaWan, Kayla Joi, Aaron and AVA.  She had one daughter-in-law, Yvonnne Jackson.  Mrs. Jackson was blessed by countless other family members and friends.

Funeral Services were held at Shady Grove Baptist Church, Gum Spring, VA on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2013 at 2:30pm.  The interment and dove release was at the Jackson Family Cemetery. Robert Mealy Funeral Home was in charge of  services.

Judy Harlow Moubray

A Celebration of Life Service for Judy Harlow Moubray will be held on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in Freedom Hall at Shenandoah Crossing Resort, Gordonsville.

Judy was such a great wife to Harvey Moubray, daughter to Mary Gipson Harlow and the late James Harlow Jr., and friend to many. Her unending smile and laugh will be missed by all who knew or met her.

Guests are invited to come and share memories of Judy and celebrate her life with family and friends.


Irma E. Williams

Irma Lee Earp Williams, 86, of Bumpass, died at her home on Thursday, September 5, 2013.

She is survived by her husband, John Archer “Jack” Williams; her daughter, Mary Gayle Morton and her husband, Linwood; and three grandchildren, Sean, Brian and Gweneth.

Services will be private

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

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