Virginia Lucile Edwards, age 101, died peacefully on January 3, 2017 in her home at the Residences of Thomas Circle in Washington, DC. Called Lucile or Aunt Lucile by her family and friends from early in life, her Washington friends and colleagues knew her as Virginia. Virginia was born in 1915 on a farm in rural Mecklenburg County, VA to parents, James Frank Edwards and Daisy Braswell Edwards. She was sister to Dorothy May Edwards Crenshaw, Hubert Lightfoot Edwards and Robbie Hart Edwards Moseley and half-sister to Curtis, Willie and Fenton Edwards — who all preceded her in death.
We remember Virginia lovingly as a smart free spirit who lived a remarkable and full life — some would say charmed. She was an avid reader and dreamer from a very early age with natural tendencies toward adventure, art and writing – admittedly becoming very adept at escaping the family chores of farm life also at a very early age! She started elementary school at age 5 and graduated from La Crosse High School at age 14. She then moved to Richmond to live with her older sister, studied secretarial work and eventually graduated from Pan American Business School. In later years, she also enrolled at George Washington University taking classes at night where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1977. Her first employment was with the Virginia State Department of Health in Richmond. In 1941, she moved to Washington, DC and joined the Office of Naval Intelligence that became the Office of Censorship during World War II where she worked for the duration of the war. In 1951 she joined the Foreign Service to see the world which took her to Turkey, Nepal, Israel and Brazil for multi-year assignments. While living in those countries, she took advantage of immersion in local culture, traveling and collecting many treasures and gifts she brought back to her family.
Virginia retired from the Foreign Service in 1964, decided to settle in Washington and then started the next of several more career adventures that included The World Bank, George Washington University and serving as docent at the National Archives. She loved the city and all it had to offer in term of continuous learning opportunities, museums, art galleries and music venues. She was a devoted patron. She was also devoted to and took great pride in her family and close lifetime family friends from her early life that she stayed in touch with over the years. She so missed her parents, brothers and sisters, close family and friends who had passed on and spoke of (and wrote about) them and special memories often.
Virginia is survived by her nieces — Dorothy Edwards Crenshaw Cronk and husband Tabor (deceased) of Urbanna, VA, Dr. Elizabeth Hart Moseley of Virginia Beach, VA, Carol Moore Edwards Deanes and husband Freddie (deceased) of Natural Bridge, VA, and Anne Lightfoot Edwards Hartley and husband Al of Chapel Hill, NC, and her nephews — Leroy Gillette Crenshaw, III and wife Paige (deceased) of Richmond, VA, Charles Walford Crenshaw and wife Joyce of Richmond, VA, and Dr. Samuel Harvey Moseley, Jr and wife Sarah of University Park, MD, 13 great nieces and nephews and 15 great-great nieces and nephews.
Funeral service will be held on January 15, 2017 at 2:00 PM at Rehoboth Methodist Church, 1919 Blackridge Road, La Crosse, VA followed by a reception at the nearby Rosemont Winery at 1050 Blackridge Road. Her final resting place will be beside her mother at Oakwood Cemetery in Lawrenceville, VA. Funeral arrangements are being handled by Williams Funeral Home of Lawrenceville, VA. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to Rehoboth United Methodist Church, PO Box 431, La Crosse, VA 23950 or Faith Mission Home, 3540 Mission Home Lane, Free Union, VA 22940.
LCDR H. L. “Red” Anglin, USN (Ret.), age 89, of Freeman, Va. passed away on January 5, 2017. Commander Anglin enlisted in the Navy at age 16 in 1944, and served as an anti-aircraft gunner on the USS Kadashan Bay until the end of the war. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant JG in 1960, with the highlight of his career being named as the commanding officer of the UDT/SEAL training school at the Little Creek Naval Amphibious Base from 1970 to 1972. He retired as the explosive ordinance disposal/weapons officer at the Yorktown Naval Weapons Station in January of 1975. He was a true warrior who served his country in ways that most people will never know.
He was predeceased by his father and mother, George and Ruby Anglin; his first wife and the mother of his three children, Gretchen Kilner Anglin; his brother Chip; his sisters Ida, Patsy, Trudy and his beloved twin Esther. He is survived by his wife, Katherine Griffin Anglin; three children, David C. Anglin and wife Roz of Virginia Beach, Margaret S. Anglin and husband Jim Akers of Norfolk and Candice A. LeDoyen and husband Jim of Suffolk; his step son, Griffin S. Alexanders; two grandchildren, Yeoman First Class James Dean LeDoyen, USN and Claire S. LeDoyen; three step grandchildren, Brianna Alexanders, Raigen Alexanders and Lucy Alexanders; and two sisters, Sarah Sweeney of Dickson, TN and Una Langer of Pittsburg, PA.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, January 10th from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville, Va. The family will then receive friends at Dickson Funeral Home in Fairview, TN on Saturday, January 14th from 10:30 to 12:00 noon followed with burial at New Hope Bixler Cemetery in Fairview, TN.
Our entire family would like to extend special thanks to all of the staff at the Signature Health Care Harbour Pointe Home in Norfolk for taking such great care of Red in his final days. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.
Grace Burton Lucy, age 69, of Lawrenceville, Va. passed away January 7, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. Grace was a former beautician and antique dealer. She was the daughter of the late Coleman and Alberta Burton. She is survived by her siblings, Carrie B. Allgood, Gene M. Burton, Lucy B. Garner and Johnny M. Burton and several nieces and nephews who she loved dearly. She also leaves behind many friends who she considered her extended family and her wonderful feline friends, Flirt, Shadow and Drift.
Grace was a WONDERFUL story teller. She loved to share humorous stories about all of her family and friends. She had a story about all of us. Please continue to share her stories as a remembrance of her love for us.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to C.A.T.S. of Brunswick c/o Connie Rasner, 614 Windsor Ave. Lawrenceville, Va. 23868.
He was a disabled Veteran of the U.S. Navy; a graduate of and instructor at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard Apprentice School in Portsmouth, Va.; and a longtime employee of Hancock Peanut Co./ The Original Nut House in Courtland, VA. He was also a longtime resident of Southampton County, VA. Ray was currently a member of Prospect United Methodist Church in Ebony, VA and a former member of the Prospect United Methodist Men.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the building fund of Prospect United Methodist Church, Ebony, VA or the National Parkinson’s Foundation.
Evelyn Jane Carnes Lucy, 88, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. Born in Norton, Kansas to the late Francis and Rose Carnes. Predeceased by her husband Welford Ordway Lucy Jr. of Dinwiddie County, Virginia and is survived by her daughters; Nancy Smithson and husband Bob of Moyock, Rhea Barklage and husband Kevin of Virginia Beach, Mary Lucy of Virginia Beach, Ethelyn Lucy of Portsmouth, and Rebecca Kirkland and husband Ray of Lanexa. She is also survived by eleven grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
A longtime member of Saint Paul’s United Methodist Church in Chesapeake until she and Welford retired to Dolphin where they attended Liberty church. Jane enjoyed playing bridge, sewing and was an avid reader. She also volunteered her time to various local organizations. A devoted wife and mother whom will be greatly missed by those she leaves behind.
A graveside service will be held on Sunday, January 15th at Oakwood Cemetery in Lawrenceville, Virginia at 1 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Liberty Church in Dolphin.