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Thursday, 06 August 2020 17:09

Billy Corrinne Sheely Johnson

Billy Corrinne Sheely Johnson, formerly of Lake City, Florida, Prince George County, and Colonial Heights, Virginia, went home to be with the Lord on August 5, 2020. Billy was born October 22, 1944, in Lake City, Florida (Columbia County). She was the daughter of the late William F. “Bill” Sheely (KIA in WWII European Theater) and Mildred Irene Little Crews, and stepfather Emory Crews. While Billy served in many roles, her most cherished roles were daughter, sister, mother, and grandmother. She is survived by her family: sister Dianne Crews Haraway (Donald), daughters, Elizabeth Sheely Johnson and Ashley Machree Johnson (Darren), former husband and devoted friend James Edward Johnson, nephews Michael Duane Haraway and Arthur Crews Haraway (Kristen), niece Pamela Haraway Connelly (Mark), grandson William Sheely Nix, and great-nephews Jack, Chase, and Mason Connelly. Billy graduated from Columbia High School, and then went on to the University of Georgia, where she was a cheerleader for her beloved Georgia Bulldogs, and a member of Kappa Delta sorority. Billy also completed her Masters in Library Science. During her professional career as an educator, she found her true passion working with children as a Librarian. Her work lives on today in the many children in whom she instilled the love of reading. Ms. Johnson also had a passion for honoring her father’s legacy as well as those with whom he served. She found great fulfillment in teaching others about the local history of Petersburg by volunteering as a docent in the city’s museums. She most especially loved Blandford Church. Billy devoted herself to her daughters, grandson, and family, most especially to her mother for over seventy-three years. Billy had an engaging and outgoing spirit that celebrated family events and welcomed family additions through birth or marriage, and celebrated her family in both Florida and Virginia. Billy was best known as a selfless caregiver, and received the most joy from caring for others. Billy had numerous hobbies and was a member of many organizations such as Ravenscroft Garden Club and Petersburg Book Club. She was also a member of St. Marks United Methodist Church, and past President of the Heritage League, representing the 492nd Bomb Group. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on August 10, 2020 at St. Marks United Methodist Church, 225 Claremont Street, Petersburg, VA 23805, and will conclude at Southlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the church beginning at 10:00 a.m. Please follow Covid-19 safety guidelines and allow ample time for screening upon arrival. The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the wonderful medical staff at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital and the Capital Caring Health Hospice Team. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial contributions to The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries, laurabushfoundation.com. Services are by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory of Lawrenceville, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
Thursday, 30 July 2020 17:37

Donald Edward Rountree, Jr.

Donald Edward Rountree, Jr., 80, of Henrico, NC, (and previously of Franklin, VA) departed this life and went to his Heavenly Home on Thursday, July 30, 2020. He was born on March 8, 1940, in Franklin, VA. Don was preceded in death by his mother, Margaret Johnson Rountree, and his father, Donald Edward Rountree, Sr., both of Franklin, VA. He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 60 years, Jane Cook Rountree, of Henrico, NC; two children, Karen Rountree Kane (Patrick) of Ashland, VA, and Kevin Donald Rountree of Henrico, NC; three granddaughters, Kara Kane, Keri Kane, and Kora Kane of Ashland, VA; and a sister, Dianne Rountree (Earl Franzo) of Florida. Don was a graduate of Southampton High School in 1959 and of Chowan College in 1961. He served six years in the Virginia Army National Guard. Don was an active member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Gasburg, VA, and loved his church family. He served both as a Deacon and an Elder. He retired from Union Camp Corporation in Franklin, VA, as a Supervisor in the Pulp Mill after 37 years. The family would like to thank Magnolias of Chesterfield in Chester, VA, for the care that they gave him for the last two years. A graveside service will be held at Pleasant Hill Christian Church in Gasburg, VA, on Saturday, August 8, at 11:00 a.m. To uphold safety guidelines, all guests are asked to wear a mask and respect social distancing requirements. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Pleasant Hill Church Benevolence Committee, P.O. Box 550, Gasburg, VA 23857. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
Tuesday, 28 July 2020 16:09

Ola Mae Parks Draper

Ola Mae Parks Draper died on July 27, 2020 at the age of 91. Mae is survived by her children, Brenda Byrum (Joe) of Margarettesville, NC, Donna Newsome (Glenn) of Huntington, WV, and Calvin Draper (Betsy) of Emporia, VA, ten grandchildren, sixteen great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, July 30, 2020 at Warfield Baptist Church in Warfield, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
Sunday, 19 July 2020 14:10

Bennie Burton Moore

Bennie Burton Moore, age 72, of Gasburg, VA, passed away Saturday, July 18, 2020. A lifelong resident of Brunswick County, he was the son of the late Bennie Givens and Agnes Clary Moore. He was also preceded in death by a son, Bennie Burton “Buddy” Moore, Jr., a sister, Eleanor M. Bowman, and a brother, Willie G. Moore. He is survived by his children, Adam Moore and Christina Moore; grandchildren, Adam Moore, Jr. and Addison Moore; sisters, Julia M. Clary and Dorothy M. Melton; a brother, Tommy Moore; his best friend and caregiver, Kathy Wray, as well as his beloved pets, Frankie, Molly, Bella, and Lou Lou. Burton was a mechanic his entire life and the retired owner of Burton’s Repair Service in Gasburg, VA. He loved cooking, eating with his family and friends, cookouts, and fishing. The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, July 20, 2020 at Williams Funeral Home & Crematory, Lawrenceville, VA. A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday at Pleasant Hill Christian Church Cemetery, Gasburg, VA. The family would like to thank the staff of Community Hospice of South Hill for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be to Pleasant Hill Christian Church, P.O. Box 550, Gasburg, VA 23857. Condolences may expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
Tuesday, 14 July 2020 09:12

Annie Lee Davis Bowen

Beloved wife and mother, Ann passed away on July 11, 2020. Born October 3, 1927, Ann was the daughter of McClellan and Bettie Davis of Alberta, Virginia. She was married to her devoted husband, Willie Lee Bowen, Jr (Bill) for fifty-eight years. Together they raised a son, Bobbie Glenn Bowen and a daughter, Ava Ruth Bowen in a home that they built from the land. Karen, Debbie, and Jim Winn joined their family in 1972. Ann is blessed with two granddaughters, Erin Sarduy, and Sarah Moore and six great-grandchildren, Gavin and Josiah Sarduy, Kaleb Eaker, Lydia and Naomi Posey, and Justice Nelson. Ann is predeceased by her husband, Bill, brothers, Richard, Howard, and Ott Davis, sister, Jane Paige, and Debbie Winn. She is survived by her sister, Emily Steed and sisters-in-law Betty Davis, Jean Davis, and Polly Clary. A longstanding member of Trinity St-Marks Episcopal Church, Ann enjoyed spending time with her church members, her family, and friends. Her hobbies included cooking, gardening, and sewing, especially handmade quilts. Visitation with the family will be held at Williams Funeral Home on Saturday, July 18 at 1:00 pm. A memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm with interment at Crestview Memorial Park. We ask that everyone attending practice safety measures due to the Corona Virus. Please wear a face mask, use hand sanitizer, and stay at least 6 feet apart at all times. The Bowen Family asks that Donations be made to the American Cancer Society in memory of Annie Lee Davis Bowen.
Sunday, 12 July 2020 09:52

Barbara Mohn

Barbara Mohn, age 79, of Ford, Virginia, passed away Saturday, July 11, 2020. Barbara was born on September 21, 1940 in Petersburg, VA to Maggie & Charlie Seymour. Barbara had a life long passion for writing. She wrote stories, songs and poems; many that were published in the Progress Index. She also worked many years on her family tree. Barbara had a love for music and singing with her siblings. Barbara is preceded in death by her parents, Maggie & Charlie Seymour; husband, Richard Mohn, Sr; siblings, Fritzi, Joyce, Tootie and Randy. Barbara is survived by her children, Ricky Mohn (Crystal), Dewane Mohn (Babette), Butch Mohn (Melissa); four grandchildren, Ricky, Danielle, Katelinn and Kevin, four great-grandchildren; siblings, Ernestine (Poppy) Garrett, Dorothy Jordan and Mike Seymour as well as many nieces and nephews. A graveside funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg, VA. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Heartland Hospice of Chesterfield, VA for all of their support. Services are by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory, Lawrenceville, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.
Saturday, 11 July 2020 15:13

Mary Elizabeth Watkins

Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Watkins passed away at the age of 82, on July 3, 2020 in Rocky Mount, NC. She grew up in Lawrenceville, Virginia. Lizzie is the daughter of the late Robert Samuel Watkins Jr. & Elizabeth Fleming Watkins of Lawrenceville. Lizzie attended college at Randolph-Macon Woman’s College in Virginia, and held a career in social work, residing in Florida, Alaska, and North Carolina. Lizzie will be remembered for her love and dedication to raising champion show Dobermans, her service in the social working field, and her love of NC barbecue. Lizzie was predeceased by first husband, Don L. Frazier, and second husband, Anthony J. Horniblow. She is survived by 2 daughters, 7 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren. A private ceremony was held by family, with burial entrusted to Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, VA.
Friday, 10 July 2020 14:11

Joseph Wayne Grimsley, Jr.

Joseph Wayne Grimsley, Jr., age 56, of Chesapeake, VA, died suddenly on Wednesday, July 8, 2020. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Wayne and Linda Cravotta Grimsley, and his mother-in-law, Elsie Buckner Clary. Wayne is survived by his wife, Rhonda Clary Yates Grimsley; sisters, Julie Grimsley Perry of Zebulon, NC and Christy Grimsley Broughton (Eddie) of Wendell, NC; father-in-law, Smithy Clary of Lawrenceville, VA; sister-in-law, Andrea Clary Walker (Will) of Willow Springs, NC, as well as several nieces and nephews. Wayne grew up in Raleigh, NC and remained in the area attending college at UNC Chapel Hill where he received his Bachelors in Journalism and his Masters in History at NC State University. Wayne loved drawing, reading, writing, the Braves and politics. He was very active with the Democratic Party throughout his life. He began his career as a reporter and a desktop publisher, and after receiving his PhD at Mississippi State University in History, he became the head of the History Department at Halifax Community College and then finally moved to Tidewater Community College in Virginia where he was currently teaching American history. His writings include a biography James B. Hunt: A North Carolina Progressive, McFarland that was published in 2003. He met and married his soul mate and wife Rhonda and they lived happily in Chesapeake, Virginia for 14 years. They loved to travel, watch old movies, read and spend time with their family and their cats. Wayne was a loving and passionate husband, son, brother, friend and colleague that will be missed terribly. He was taken from us too soon. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Joseph Wayne Grimsley Memorial Scholarship Fund at Richmond Community College set up in remembrance of his late father to the RCC Foundation, P.O. Box 1189, Hamlet, NC 28345 or online donations can be made at https://wedreg.richmondcc.edu/test/FoundationGive/index.html. The Scholarships are awarded based on academic merit and leadership potential and help benefit students enrolled in RCC with their education expenses. A private funeral service will be held.
Monday, 06 July 2020 18:19

William A. Hudson

William A. Hudson, age 79, of Lawrenceville, VA, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, July 5, 2020 while surrounded by his loving family. Born in Columbia, NC, he was the son of the late Arvin Washington and Winifred Swain Hudson. He was also preceded in death by a brother, Rufus Hudson. Bill’s early working years were in construction. He worked on many large projects all over Virginia including the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel. In 1963, Bill joined the Virginia State Police as a State Trooper and was stationed in Fredericksburg, VA when President Kennedy was assassinated. He transferred to Brunswick County in 1967 and became an active and well-respected member of the community. In December of 1971, Bill began employment with Parker Oil Company, Inc. as General Manager and retired in 2009. Bill was a man of many loves and talents, including gardening, wood-working, and visiting the beach, but above all else was a loving and devoted family man. He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Beverly Rose Hudson; daughters, Leslie Hudson Daniel (Jeffries) and Shelly Hudson-Baker (Reggie); grandchildren, Miles Jason Brockwell and Beverly Jordan Baker; a sister, Sandra Hudson Nixon, as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 8, 2020 at Williams Funeral Home in Lawrenceville, VA. The family will receive friends following the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Massey Cancer Center, P.O. 843042, Richmond, VA 23284.
Friday, 03 July 2020 15:14

Vivian Irene Humphreys

Vivian Irene “Rene” Humphreys, age 88, a lifelong resident of Freeman, VA, passed away Friday, July 3, 2020. The daughter of the late William Otis and Ruby Mae Simms Powell, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Lee Humphreys, and a sister, Kathleen Powell Daniel. She will be remembered as a devoted caregiver, having cared for several of her family members in their final days. Mrs. Humphreys is survived by a nephew, Dale Daniel as well as numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. A graveside funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at Crestview Memorial Park, La Crosse, VA. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123. Services are by Williams Funeral Home & Crematory, Lawrenceville, VA. Condolences may be expressed at www.williamsfuneralhomeva.com.