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Obituaries Sept. 5 publication

Posted on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Frank Belloni

Dr. Frank Belloni, beloved husband, father, educator, researcher, mentor and life partner departed this life on Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, at the age of 80, at his home, Seclusion, Fredericks Hall, Louisa.

Frank was born in Gardner, Colorado, on his family’s homestead, reared in Denver, served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was educated at University of California Riverside, University of Iowa and University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned a PhD in political science. Frank pursued research and teaching, specializing in comparative political parties and judicial studies. He taught at Wisconsin State University at Superior, Fairfield University in Connecticut, and abroad in Italy and the United Kingdom for the University of Arkansas before coming to Virginia Commonwealth University in 1973 where for 25 years his teaching was interspersed with Fulbright research grants, foreign teaching exchanges and sabbatical travel to pursue his research interests in Italy and the United Kingdom.

Frank was predeceased by his son, Michael J. Belloni.

He is survived by his wife, Debra Chilton-Belloni; his daughter, Dr. Paula N. Belloni; his brothers, John Zorack of Sarasota, Florida, and Joseph Zorack of Denver Colorado; and his sister, Antonette Cohen of Denver, Colorado.

A memorial celebration of Frank’s life will be held at a later date.

Memorial donations may be made to the Massey Cancer Center of VCU in Richmond.

Condolences may be sent to his home at 161 Seclusion Manor, Mineral, VA 23117, or posted to

Norma J. Brumfield 

Norma Jean “Nanny” Short Brumfield, 78, of Mineral, passed away in her home surrounded by her family on Sunday, September 1, 2013, after a brief illness.

She was born in Whitewood, on the Knob, on Nov. 8, 1934, to the late Marvin Enoc Horn and the late Mattie Lou Ellen White. She graduated from Whitewood High School in 1954 where she was a cheerleader, played on the girls basketball team, and served on the yearbook committee. After high school, she attended Richlands School of Nursing.

She was married to Albert McKinley Short on Oct. 21, 1955, in Lebanon, until his death in 1990. She remarried on Jan. 3, 1998, to Harvey Allen Brumfield in Louisa, until his death in 2001. She was a homemaker until her youngest child went to school in 1972 and she began her career as a nursing assistant at Stevens Clinic Hospital in Welch, West Virginia. In 1985, she served as dietary manager at Gary Nursing Home in Gary, West Virginia for two years. In 1988, Norma Jean and Albert moved from Big Sandy, West Virginia to Mineral to be closer to their children. She worked at Louisa Health Care Center for three years as a certified nursing assistant retiring in 1993 due to an injury.

Her hobbies included quilting, crocheting and gardening both vegetables and flowers. One of her favorite past times was watching sports. She was a devoted fan of the Atlanta Braves, Pittsburg Steelers, West Virginia Mountaineers and enjoyed the college basketball playoffs.

Norma Jean never met a stranger, she greeted everyone with a smile and usually left them laughing with her keen sense of humor. She always felt it was better to give rather than receive. Her unfailing generosity guaranteed no one left her home without taking something with them and very few left without having something to eat.

Above all else, she treasured her family and instilled in them “family comes first.” She was an amazing mother and grandmother, always leading by example and utilizing each precious moment she had to enrich the lives of her grandchildren with lessons only she could teach them.

She is survived by her children, Sandra Jean Short of Orlando, Florida, Albert “Ken” Short Jr. and his wife, Denise Short, of Mineral, Barbie Wellman and her husband, Pat Wellman, of Louisa; her grandchildren, Albert “Mac” Short III and Machaela Ann Short of Mineral; her sister, Shelby Jean Clark and her husband, Jack Clark, of Mineral; her sisters-in-law, Jeraldine Horn of Tazewell and Margaret Brumfield of Beckley, West Virginia; her proclaimed adopted daughter, Cheryl Lynn Stapleton and her husband, Dennis, and their daughters, Hillary and Hannah, of Beckley, West Virginia; dear of friends Dr. Martha Smith of Gordonsvllle, as well as, Zachary Gentry and Joshua Gentry of Mineral, who she claimed as grandchildren; a multitude of nieces, nephews and friends; and her companions, Daisy, Whiskers and Sweet Ginger who never left her side during her illness.

In addition to her parents and husbands, she was preceded in death by her brothers Isaac “Dillo” Horn, James Buford Horn, Stanford “Dick” Horn, and Elden “Dan” Horn; her one sister, Rebecca Diana Weiss; and sisters-in-law, Jeanette Horn and Agnes Horn.

A tribute to her life will be held at her home, 1365 Mica Rd., Mineral, on Saturday, Sept. 7, at noon. Pastor Austin Gilbert Bates will officiate with repast to follow on the grounds. For more Information please call (540) 894-0947 or (540) 223-3092.

Memorial contributions of dog food/treats, cat food/treats, or animal toys be brought to the service for donation to the local animal shelter.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Dorothy E. Davis

Dorothy E. Davis, 88, of Montpelier, died Sunday, September 1, 2013, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Richmond.

Survivors include her husband, Ernest F. Davis Sr.; her son, Ernest Davis Jr. of Louisa; two daughters, Donna Lane and her husband, Clyde, of Louisa, and Faye Larrabee of Richmond; her sister, Lois Cutright of Louisa; ten grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept.5 at Woodward Funeral Home in Louisa.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery in Louisa.

Arrangements are being made by Woodward Funeral Home, Louisa.

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Wayland V. Harris 

Wayland Vaughan Harris, born March 28, 1931, to Earl Vaughan and Mary Tiller Harris, died Friday, August 23, 2013, at his home in Bumpass.

He was a retired dairy farmer, a charter member of the Holly Grove Ruritan Club, and a lifelong member of Hopeful Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jean Murphy Harris; his son, Wayland Harris Jr. of Bumpass; his daughter, Sherry H. Lacy, and her husband, Ray, and their daughter, Caroline, of Mineral; his brother, Robert N. Harris and his wife, Gloria, of Fall City, Washington; his sisters, Carolyn H. Nicholas of Mineral and Rebecca H. Doss and her husband, Roger, of Maidens; an aunt, Margaret K. Tiller of Bumpass;  and a number of nieces and nephews and other family members.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Hopeful Baptist Church, with Gerald Bowles, Donald Gallihugh, Kenneth Gammon, Brad Parrish, Lewis Tiller Jr. and Keith Waldrop serving as pallbearers. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Holly Grove Volunteer Fire Dept. or the Holly Grove Volunteer Rescue Squad.

Arrangements were made by lacy Funeral Home, Rt. 522, Mineral.

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Dorothy A. Watson 

Dorothy Anne Watson, 85, of Bumpass, passed away peacefully at home on August 25, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.

Born Dec. 14, 1927, she was a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and a friend to many and will be greatly missed.

A memorial service, conducted by Chaplin David Cole, will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, at her place of residence.

Memorial donations may be made to Legacy Hospice of Charlottesville.