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Carolyn Yvonne Thompkins

Carolyn Yvonne Thompkins, age 66, a beloved sister and friend to so many, passed away surrounded by her loving family on September 12, 2017. A native of Charlottesville, born on August 6, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Audrey Taylor. She was also proceeded in death by her late Grandmother, Mahalia Lincoln; two brothers, Larry and Jerry Taylor; a niece, Rekha Taylor; and a cousin, Ronald Tyler.

She graduated from Lane High School in 1969. She was employed at the University of Virginia Hospital for many years and retired from Albemarle Baking Co. Anyone who knew her knew she loved her sports, specifically Basketball and Tennis. She also enjoyed the company of family and friends, especially at cookouts, birthday celebrations, and holiday dinners. Cooking and shopping were her favorite things to do during her free time.

She is survived by her daughter, Regina Thompkins; three granddaughters, Shaquille Garrett, Tanyqua and Laquandra Williams; and her one and only great granddaughter, Mahogany Garrett; she is also survived by two sisters, Joyce Taylor and Charlene Jones; five brothers, Devaughn, Arthur, Floyd, Ralph and Donald Taylor. She also leaves in memory a brother in-law, David Starkes; sister in-law, Elsie Taylor; and a host of nieces and nephews and her caring cousin Paulette Taylor.

A celebration of her life will be held at Zion Union Baptist Church at 1015 Preston Avenue, at 3:00 p.m., on Saturday, September 17, 2017. Interment will follow in Monticello Memory Gardens, 670 Thomas Jefferson Parkway. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Mrs. Barbara Witcher Lloyd


Mrs. Barbara Witcher Lloyd, 80 of Charlottesville, Virginia passed away peacefully surrounded by her family, on Saturday, September 9, 2017, at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.

Barbara was born on October 6, 1936, in Charlottesville, Virginia; one of five children born to the late Raleigh W. Sr. and Ruby L. Witcher. She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years Willie J. Lloyd; a brother, Raleigh W. Witcher Jr. and a nephew, Raleigh W. Witcher III.
Barbara was educated in the Charlottesville Public School system; attending Jefferson Elementary school and graduated from the historical Jackson P. Burley High School, class of 1954. After graduation she attended Poro Beauty School in Washington D.C., where she became a licensed Cosmetologist, opening her own beauty salon. She also worked several years in retail at Leggett Bargain Center and retired from the Charlottesville Public School System as a Teacher Assistant after thirty plus years.

Barbara joined Mount Zion First African Baptist Church at an early age. She was a member of the Senior Ministry, The Missionary Ministry, and a lifetime Member of The Division of Women of the Baptist General Convention of Virginia. She was a faithful member of the Wednesday morning bible study at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and a member of the Rose Hill Neighborhood Association.
Barbara is survived by two sons, Jeffrey W. Lloyd and wife, Pandora of Atlanta, Georgia and Gregory W. Lloyd of Charlottesville; a granddaughter, Dierra L. Lloyd of Charlottesville; three sisters, Ellie W. Shackelford, Janice W. Martin and Claressia W. Bell and husband, Phillip, all of Charlottesville; a god-daughter, Jamie Crawford of Charlottesville; a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.

The family would like to express their gratitude to, Dr. Francis B. Ansa, M.D., Dr. J. Mark Prichard, M.D. and the staff of Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Ardelia Johnson


Ms. Ardelia Estelle Johnson, 79, of Charlottesville Virginia and formerly of Afton Virginia passed away suddenly, Tuesday, September 5, 2017, at the Albemarle Health & Rehabilitation Center. Ms. Johnson was born April 2, 1938, in Nelson County, Virginia to the late John Albert Johnson, Sr., and the late Mary Virginia Johnson.

She was a graduate of Nelson County High School and retired from Conagra Frozen Foods in Crozet Virginia. She loved singing hymns and spending time with her family and friends. She enjoyed puzzles, adult coloring pages, cooking and good food.

She is survived by two daughters and son-in-laws Debra and James A. White Sr. of Charlottesville, Va., Felicia and Alex M. Yoda of Waldorf, MD. She had five brothers, the late John Albert Johnson Jr. of Charlottesville, Irvin Leroy Johnson and his wife Levis of Staunton, Va.; Bland Mitchell Johnson, Douglas McKinley Johnson both of Charlottesville, Va.; William Eugene Johnson of Waynesboro, Virginia. Two sisters; the late Patricia Veronica Wallace of Standardsville, Va., Joyce Ann Johnson of Charlottesville, Va. Ten grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm, Tuesday, September 12, 2017, at Union Baptist Church, Afton, Virginia. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Bertha Minor


Bertha Elmia Scott Harris Minor, 70, of Charlottesville, Virginia was granted everlasting peace and eternal rest by her heavenly father on Sunday, August 27, 2017, at the Cedars Healthcare Center. She was born on July 15, 1947, in Charlottesville, Va.
Bertha was preceded in death by her husband of 36 years, Wayne C. Minor, her parents Daniel E. Scott, Sr. and Annie Miller Scott and her sister Mary J. Jordan.

She is survived her beloved children; a daughter, Shawn J. Harris of Charlottesville; three sons, Curtis W. Minor and partner, Casey Haney of Charlottesville, Va., Terrance D. Minor and his wife Lynne of Palmyra, Va., Travis D. Minor and his wife Jennifer of Palmyra, Va.; six grandchildren, Mikyla, Mason, Tramayne, Tramari, Tamia and Laiken; beloved mother, Delores L. Scott, of North Garden, Va.; four beloved sisters, Annie Lauretta Smith of Charlottesville, Va., Theresa Odom of Charlottesville, Va., Sheila Burton of Waynesboro, Va., and Deborah Tyler of Charlottesville, Va.; a beloved brother, Daniel E. Scott, Jr. and his fiancée Teresa Morris of Crozet, Va.; two beloved nieces who cared for her, Kimberly A. Smith, CNA and Adrienne L. Burton, LPN of Charlottesville, Va.; several other beloved nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Bertha attended Norfolk State University and was a proud graduate of Jackson P. Burley High School’s class of 1965. She attended the Wake Forest Baptist church where she loved lifting her voice in praise as a member of the choir. Her friendly demeanor and warm smile served her well during her employment at the U.Va. Cancer Center, work that was near and dear to her. She treasured bringing positive energy to the patients she met.

The eldest of seven, Bertha loved her family and would spare nothing to help them whenever she could. The joy heard in her robust laughter will be forever be missed, the sacrifices she made will not be forgotten, and the kindness and love she extended will sustain us. Although dementia dimmed her light, it never broke her spirit.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2017, at Wake Forest Baptist Church in Scottsville, Va., with Pastor Sherman A. Collins, Sr. officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at Wake Forest Baptist Church, one hour prior to the services.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Wake Forest Baptist Church, 3075 Rolling Rd., Scottsville, VA 24590.
Her family would like to thank the healthcare providers at the Cedars Healthcare Center, who treated and cared for her. Most notably, heartfelt appreciation is extended to Constance Arnnett, CNA, Vanessa Robinson, CNA and Tannesha McDonald, RN who provided exceptional care anchored in love and compassion.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Heather Danielle Heyer


Heather Danielle Heyer, 32 years old, of Charlottesville, Virginia was suddenly taken away from this life on Saturday, August 12, 2017. She was born in Charlottesville Virginia on May 29, 1985, the daughter of Susan Diane Bro and Mark Heyer.

Heather spent her formative years in Ruckersville, Virginia and was a graduate of William Monroe High School. She was a valued employee of the Miller Law Group and especially loved her work in the bankruptcy department. She was an outspoken, outgoing, determined and passionate individual; and had a special regard for social injustices and especially those concerning race relations. Her favorite pastime was hanging out with friends and family.

She leaves to carry on her memory her beloved mother, Susan Diane Bro of Ruckersville, Virginia; her beloved father, Mark Heyer of Florida; beloved Step-Father, Kim Bro; a brother, Nickolas Heyer of North Carolina; maternal grandparents, Barbra and Elwood Shrader of Ruckersville, Virginia; paternal grandparents, Donald and Eunice Heyer of Florida; an aunt, Linda Holcomb of Florida; and a host of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at the Paramount Theater, 215 E. Main St., Charlottesville, Virginia.
Please wear something purple in her honor.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Rheva Ann Williams

Rheva Ann Williams, 79, of Charlottesville, VA departed this life on July 16, 2017, at the Hospice of the Piedmont Acute Care Center. She was born in Charlottesville, Va. the daughter of the late Hezekiah Williams and Shirley Woodson Williams. She was preceded in death by a son, Ajuna Williams and a sister, June Lawson.

Rheva was a graduate of Jackson P. Burley High School and earned her Bachelors of Science from Florida International College. She was a teacher and placed a high value on education and stressed its importance to family and friends. Her career in teaching spanned a number of years; she held positions in Homestead, Florida and in Charlottesville. Rheva was very outgoing; a strong and compassionate person; and felt an obligation to reach out to and help others.

She leaves to cherish her memory three brothers, Melvin “Chip” Williams of Charlottesville, William “Butch” Woodson, and Thomas Williams; five special cousins, Barbra Ellis of Ft. Lauderdale, FL., Beatrice Burton, Caroline Gray, Percy Gray of Charlottesville, Va., and Birdene Rush; and a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel, 108 Sixth Street N.W., with the Reverend Lehman D. Bates, II, officiating.

A Family Hour will be held on Friday evening from 6 to 7 at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign our guest book at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

James Leon Chapman


James Leon Chapman of Keswick, Va. passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at Martha Jefferson Hospital surrounded by his family. He was born in Albemarle County on July 7, 1937, to the late Alexander and Elizabeth Chapman of Albemarle County.

Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Rudy Dickerson, Lawrence Chapman and Earnly Chapman and two sisters, Gertrude Jones and Alice Arnette.

James “Jim Dandy” Chapman was a happy, fun-spirited man who always greeted you with a smile and a kind word. James loved people and loved making them laugh. At family gatherings, he enjoyed making everyone laugh by telling a joke. James was an avid gardener. His vegetable gardens produced a variety of vegetables such as juicy tomatoes, potatoes, onions, pole beans, mustard greens and mouth watering watermelons and cantaloupes. During the summer, one only needed to visit James’ garden and forgo the grocery store! Not only was James gifted at growing his own vegetables, which he loved to share with his family and community, he was an excellent cook. James was famous for his sirloin roasts that melted in your mouth, country hams, silky smooth gravy and scalloped potatoes. Honestly, there was nothing he couldn’t cook! At family gatherings James’ favorite place was in the kitchen, wearing his red apron with a carving knife in hand.

He was raised in a loving Christian home and baptized at an early age. James was a life-long member of Zion Hill Baptist Church, serving as an Ordained Deacon, and for many years Chairman of the Deacon Ministry. James loved Zion Hill and looked forward to Sunday morning worship service. Faithfully, he was seated on the front row of the church’s pew praying and singing praise to The Lord. He enjoyed listening to the choir while clapping his hands and tapping his feet to the music.

James proudly served his country while enlisted in the Army, where he was stationed at Fort McClellan, Alabama. In 1971 he began his career with Kane Furniture and remained a faithful and devoted employee until 2013. His greatest joy in life was his family. James loved his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He showered them with love and spent quality time with each of them. They affectionately referred to him as PaPa.

James leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife of fifty-three years, Rachel Chapman of Keswick, Va.; two children, Paul Brassfield and wife, Carolyn of Felton DE and Carmelita Gaines and husband Earnest of Charlottesville, Va.; two sisters, Bernice Mitchell and husband, Kenneth of Keswick, Va. and Alberta Mahanes of Keswick, Va.; three sisters-in-law, Shirley Thompson of Charlottesville, Va., Patricia White of Charlottesville, Va. and Linda Ayers and husband, Floyd of Charlottesville, Va.; four grandchildren, Jeffrey White Jr. of Keswick, Va., Tiffany White and husband, Jamaal of Charlottesville, Va., Erica Gaines of Charlottesville, Va. and Earnest Gaines III of Connecticut; nine great-grandchildren, James, Jayla, Jordyn, Zuri, Nia, JaQuavion, Brooklyn, King and Bellemy; two goddaughters, Lisa Chapman of Keswick, Va., and Patrice White of Charlottesville, Va.; one special Aunt, Lucille Chapman, many loving nieces and nephews, cousins and a host of friends. James was a husband, father; grandfather, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He was loved and will be sorely missed.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 23, 2017, at St. John Baptist Church, Cobham, Va. Interment will follow at Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at St. John Baptist Church one hour prior to the services.

The family extends their sincere gratitude to his attentive caregivers. Along with our Lord and Savor Jesus Christ, you have made this four-year journey possible: Jerome Harris, Crystal Ross, Shinel Jones, Michelle Rush, Kimberly and all of the At Home Care staff.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign our guest book at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

James Madison Henderson

James Madison Henderson Jr. of Gordonsville, VA closed his eyes and peacefully departed this earth into eternal rest at the age of 72 early Thursday morning, July 13, 2017, after a short illness. He was born the youngest of three children to the late James Sr. and Janet Jones Henderson on September 22, 1944, in Charlottesville, VA.

James attended Jefferson Elementary School and graduated from Jackson P. Burley High School in 1963, Charlottesville, VA. He played football and was very proud to have been a “Burley Bear.” Shortly after high school he joined the U.S. Army and served two tours in Vietnam from 1963-1969. After serving in the military he moved to Connecticut and worked for UpJohn Chemical Plant for 10 Years. During that time, he was married to Georgia Outlaw-Henderson.

In 2000 James returned home to Charlottesville, VA where he was reacquainted with many lifetime friends. James was known by many different names by his family and friends: Junnie Boy, Short Stop, Hat Man, Little Man, Junnie, Jimmy, Henderson, Stumpy, and James to name a few. He would answer to all of them. There are a lot more names that would describe him as a person. James was known as generous, kind hearted, sentimental, friendly, helpful to anyone in need, “jack of all trades,” smart, gentle, strong, unselfish…. and the list could go on and on.

He loved people and especially his neighborhood homies; Deacon Junnie Hawkins and Deacon Erwin Waller just to mention a few. They would visit back and forth with each other daily. Many times they visited two or three times a day. His favorite words to his homies would be “Go Home.” He was great at many things, and always stayed busy. His passion was working on cars, he was a great mechanic. Many times he would only request a homemade pie or cake, or “his favorite food” for his services. He also loved football and was a loyal New England Patriots fan. He was a fan of western movies on TV and rarely watched anything else besides western, football and the news.

He is survived by wife, Georgia Henderson, and two daughters: Patricia Outlaw-Henderson and Lisa Henderson all from New Haven, Connecticut. One brother, Charles Henderson and one sister, Shirley Henderson-Perry, both of Charlottesville, VA. Four grandchildren: Monique Williamson, Asia Henderson, Unique Whitworth, Malique Cue all from New Haven, CT. Three great-grandchildren: Zyi'Nique Baines, Ty'asia Henderson-Stanley, and Rayne Williamson, and a host of nieces, nephews and friends. He is also survived by a devoted best friend, Ms. Rebecca Kinney.

A Memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, July 22, 2017, at St. John Baptist Church, Cobham, Va., with the Reverend Kelvin Hawkins officiating.

His remains will lie in repose from 10:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 21, 2017, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel.
The family wishes to express special thanks and appreciation to the staff of the University Of Virginia Medical Center and to the Emily Couric Cancer Center for the excellent care provided to James during his treatments. We are grateful for your services.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please visit our guest book at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Marlene Reller Keller Benner


Marlene Reller Keller Benner, 75, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 13, while in hospice care at Rosewood Village surrounded by her youngest daughter, Lisa, and hospice caregivers.

Born August 30, 1941 in Sellersville, PA, to Frank and Suetta Keller, both deceased, she had a life-expanding childhood when at age eight her parents moved to Minnesota to teach summer Bible school for 8 weeks. When she was 12 the family moved to Loman, MN to help establish a Mennonite church there. At age 15, the family moved to rural northern Pennsylvania where she attended Loyalsock High School for the 10th grade. Her parents took over the general store in the small village of Estella and helped open the Estella Mennonite Church.

At age 16, she attended Eastern Mennonite High School in Harrisonburg, VA and went on to graduate from Eastern Mennonite College in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in home economics. Later in life, she took up Family Studies at Arizona State University, nearly finishing her master’s degree.

She was married to Richard L. Benner on June 9, 1962 at the Estella Mennonite Church. She taught art at Jefferson School, Goshen, IN. from 1963-64, taught home economics at Oslo Junior High School, 1964-66 and at Eastern Mennonite High School 1968-69, then again from 2000-2001. She gave up a teaching career to give attention to the nurture of the couple’s two children, Joy and Lisa.

She combined her teaching skills with business acumen to own The Loom fabric and gift shop in Harrisonburg In 1971 and then helped her husband develop a weekly newspaper in Everett, Pa, from an enterprise of seven employees to 30 plus a 200-person carrier system to homes in Bedford and Blair counties. In 1984, the couple sold the newspaper enterprise and moved to Phoenix, AZ.

In 1989, the family moved to Charlottesville, Va and opened PIP Printing which they later changed to Ziprint, a business now managed by their youngest daughter, Lisa and her husband Tim Kaczmarek. The couple moved to Waterloo, Ontario, Canada in 2009 where she accompanied her husband in his post as editor/publisher for eight years of the Canadian Mennonite. They were members of Waterloo North Mennonite Church. She was well-known for her gift of creating worship arts at both her Canadian congregation and at their long-term membership at Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA.

In a tribute to her on her 40th birthday, her husband wrote: “Towering above all your qualities is your spiritual strength. Owning a quiet, but pervasive faith in God, you rely most heavily on that connection for all that life, with its persistent unpredictability, brings to you.”

She is survived by her husband, Dick, two daughters, Lisa Kaczmarek of Ruckersville, VA, Joy Foster of Waynesboro, two granddaughters, Madison Grace McKinsey and Mary Gray Ter Louw of Waynesboro. She was predeceased by two brothers, Claude R. Keller of Atlanta, GA and Dr. Frank R. Keller of Souderton, PA.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guest book at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Elsie Rolene Vest


Mrs. Elsie Rolene Harris Vest, age 81, of North Garden, Va. departed this life on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. She was born on January 17, 1936, the daughter of the late Robert Harris and Magnolia Green Harris. She was the wife of Joseph L. Wells, Jr.

A son, Joseph Leon Vest; and two sisters, Fannie Christine Smith and Thelma Lee Vest preceded her in death.
She received her formal education in the Nelson County School System. Her walk with the Lord began at an early age. She was a lifetime member of Mt. Airy Baptist Church, she sung on the choir and was considered the “Mother” of the Church; she also had a love for fishing and was a marvelous cook.

She leaves to cherish her memory her beloved husband, Joseph L. Wells, Jr.; a son, John Marshall Vest Jr.; one grandchild, and two great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017, at Mt. Airy Baptist Church, with the Reverend Michael Scott, officiating and the Reverend Bernard Wells, delivering eulogy. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Barbara Jean Payne

Barbara Jean Payne was called home on Friday, July 7, 2017. She was born on November 28, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan. She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 55 years George L. (Sonny) Payne, Sr., her mother Elsie White and her grandparents who helped raise her W.E. and Pauline Overton.

Barbara was a retired Teacher’s Assistant of 38 years for Fluvanna County Public Schools. She graduated from SC Abrahams High School at the age of 16. She was a member of Springfield Baptist Church at an early age before joining Evergreen Baptist Church. She was a lifetime member of the Senior Choir and faithfully served in other posts in the church.

She loved music, reading, spending quality time with her family and friends, and having telephone conversations with her many girlfriends. She was also known for never forgetting anyone’s birthday, anniversary or other special occasions.

To cherish her memory, Barbara leaves behind her two sons: George L. Payne Jr. & wife (Anna); Lydell T. Payne & wife (Benita); and one daughter, Demetrice S. Golden & husband (Charles Sr.). One brother: Ellerson Overton & wife (Catherine), one sister, Gussie Martin, two sisters-in-law, Geneva Washington and Kathleen Mills Carson. Four brothers-in-law: Jimmy Mills & wife (Doris), Michael Watson & wife (Saida), Edward Mills & wife (Judith) and Raymond Mills. Her six grandchildren: George (Traé) Payne III & fiancé (Dawn), Dominique Payne, Denisha Fauntleroy & husband (George), LaVandrius Mcrae, Lydell Payne Jr., Charles Golden Jr. & wife (Emma), Deverrick Golden & wife (Shelema). Her seven great grandchildren: Aaliyah, Jaliyah, Jasmin, George III, Amir, Dynisty and Gabriel.

Funeral service will be 2:00 PM on Saturday July 15, 2017 at Evergreen Baptist Church, 452 Evergreen Church Rd. Palmyra, Va., with Reverend Margo Bruce officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
J.F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (www.jfbellfuneralservices.com).

Neal Wood

Neal Sylvester “Diamond” Wood, 55, of Charlottesville, VA, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 8, 2017, in the presence of loved ones, at the Hospice of the Piedmont. Neal was born August 14, 1961, in Charlottesville, Va., to the late Janet Rae Washington and Clarence Lewis Jackson. Neal was very outgoing, sociable and well-known throughout the community for his friendly demeanor and willingness to help others. During his life, Neal was an avid cyclist, an amateur boxer, and a die-hard Washington Redskins fan. Neal was a skilled craftsman focusing on masonry.

Neal leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Camille Delapp of Atlanta, GA; two sons, Neil and Jaquan Wood of Charlottesville, VA; two granddaughters, Kashirra Jackson and Arielle Delapp of Atlanta, GA; two sisters, Shantel Washington of Atlanta, GA and Lori Watson of Charlottesville, VA; one brother, Chris Powell of Hyattsville, MD; five aunts, Angie Wood, Pastor Theresa Jackson, Margaret Jackson – all of Charlottesville, VA; Evangelist. Sarah Copeland (Pastor James), and Minister Esther Allen (Ken) of Louisa, VA; two great aunts, Emma Ruth Eubanks of Schuyler, VA and Hazel Batchelor of Washington, DC; six uncles, Carl, Roy, and Joseph Jackson (Evangelist Katherine) of Louisa, VA; Thomas (Juanita) and Nelson (Stephanie) Jackson of Atlanta, GA and Robert Leonard Wood, Jr. of Blackstone, VA. Neal also leaves to cherish his memory the Washington/Walls extended family; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel, 108 Sixth Street N.W. A private interment will be held at a later date.

The Family will receive visitors at the Chapel one hour prior to the service.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Rev. Albert George Walker Sr.

The Reverend Albert George Walker, Sr., age 102, after a long and fruitful life went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 30, 2017. He was born in Crozet, Virginia on May 18, 1915, to the late William F. Walker Sr. and Mary Brown Walker. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Bowles Walker.

A daughter, Judith M. Walker-Watts and a son, Frederick D. Walker; nine sisters and one brother; and a special son-in-law, Reverend Dr. R. A. Johnson preceded him in death.

He was known foremost as a pastor and during his career he pastored two churches, Middle Oak Baptist Church and Hatton Pond Baptist Church. He held many other positions during his life as well: a domestic worker, a school bus driver for Albemarle County Schools, and he worked at Barnes Lumber Company. He was a devoted member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and was appointed as the Superintendent of the Sunday school. He was also active in the Piedmont District Baptist Association and the Albemarle Ministers Conference.

In addition he was a talented harmonica player; enjoyed a good game of Putt-Putt Golf; and he enjoyed singing and watching sports on TV. He could be often seen visiting the sick and shut-in over the years; he never slowed down, and it was most evident when he continued to pray for those in the nursing home where he was a resident.

He leaves to cherish his memory four sons, Albert G. Walker, Jr. and wife Juanita of Landover, MD, Harry L. Walker and wife, Grace of Richmond, VA, Francis D. Walker and wife Bette of Charlotte, N.C., and Ronald A. Walker of Crozet, VA.; three daughters, Evangelist Delores Mathews of Camden, N.J., Katherine Whiting of Columbia, S.C. and husband, John, and Phyllis W. Johnson of Charlottesville, VA; fifteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; special friends, Dr. Tracie Daniels, Dr. Alvin Edwards, Mr. and Mrs. Randy Kelley & Family; and Mrs. Carter Faulconer; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 9, 2017, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating and Dr. Tracie Daniels delivering the eulogy.
Interment at Oakwood Cemetery.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Laura Alice Reaves Robinson

Laura Alice Reaves Robinson went home to be with the Lord and her family on Monday, July 3, 2017 at the Hospice of the Piedmont. She was third child of the late Lewis and Lottie Reaves, born in Free Union, VA on October 26, 1913, so small that she was placed in a drawer with an iron to keep her warm.

Laura was educated in the Charlottesville Public School system and was a very proud graduate of Jefferson School. Growing up she also spent time working in Buffalo, NY and Boston, MA. She went on to receive her Bachelor’s degree from Virginia State College for Negroes and her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Virginia. Her love of education led her to teach in the Charlottesville school system at Venable, Burnley Moran and Greenbrier for 35 years before retiring in 1976. Over the years, Laura impacted the lives of numerous members of the Charlottesville community and left a definite impression on those she touched. After her retirement, she enjoyed staying active by volunteering at the Martha Jefferson Hospital as a Pink Lady and helping to raise her granddaughter.

Laura was blessed to meet the love of her life and then married Willard A. Robinson in June 1941 and convinced him to not return to Washington, DC, but rather start a family in Charlottesville. They were blessed with the birth of their only child, a beautiful daughter named Laurine Alethia on January 7, 1943. Together they raised her in Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, the same church that the Reaves family attended and where Laura was baptized. Laura was an active member of her beloved Mt. Zion, where she served as a Deaconess, taught Sunday School, and was a member of the Social (Hospitality) Club and the Carter Hearns Missionary Circle.

Laura enjoyed being an active member of the Charlottesville community. She found great fulfillment as a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc - Eta Phi Omega Chapter and the Eastern Stars. She loved her time that she spent with the “Les Ames” Social Club and the Pinochle Bugs. Laura was also able to pursue her love of travel through the Charlottesville Senior Center. She was able to visit 5 out of the 7 continents and loved to share stories of her adventures. Laura believed in educating those she came into contact with whether it be through the classroom or experiences. She also served on numerous committees throughout the city. She truly led a life well lived and experienced things that many could only hope to achieve.

Laura has now gone home to be with her family. She was preceded in death by her 3 sisters and 2 brothers, her husband Willard and her son-in-law, Preston and daughter, Laurine. Left to cherish her memory and share her stories is her faithful granddaughter and grandson-in-law, Alethia and Kevin Wilkins (Upper Marlboro, MD); her beloved great-grandson, Alexander (Upper Marlboro, MD); her loving great-granddaughter and husband, Tiara and Joshua Grotte (Glenn Dale, MD); beautiful great-great-granddaughter, Haley Parker-Marie (Glenn Dale, MD); brother-in-law Edward (Dolly) Robinson of Fishersville, VA; sister-in-law Jean Oliver of Glenarden, MD; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins, but especially close to her were Karen (William) Hundley of Fredericksburg, MD and Jacklene (Eric) Martin of Crozet,VA. Though she was much older, she was delighted to call James and Nan Jackson, Kenneth and Winifred (Sissy) Leatherwood, Alexander and Joan Waller, and Leah Puryear all of Charlottesville, VA her friends. She was grateful to Joyce Johnson and Joan Johnson who helped to care for her after Laurine’s passing, as well as Renee from Visiting Angels and the staff at Moutainside Senior Living in Crozet, VA.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, July 10, 2017, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church with Dr. Alvin Edwards, officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Memorial Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.
The family is requesting in lieu of flowers that donations be sent to the Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church Building Fund (105 Lankford Ave, Charlottesville, VA 22903) in memory of Laura R. Robinson.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Larry Williams

On Tuesday, July 4, 2017, Larry Williams transitioned to his heavenly home to be with the Lord. He was born August 24, 1955, in Hackensack, New Jersey, to the late, Frances “Shena” Williams Banks and Lenny Branch.

Larry received his formal education in the Charlottesville Public School System and began a career as a professional cement finisher for over 40 years. Larry accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior at a young age and was baptized at Shiloh Baptist Church in Stanardsville, Virginia. He rededicated his life and became an active member at Shiloh Baptist Church. Larry was an avid lover of hunting and fishing and loved his dogs, Joe and Ringo. Can you say outdoorsman? A definite favorite past time was watching Gunsmoke and any TV show about any kind of wildlife.

Larry leaves to cherish his memories, his son Shamrone Johnson; two granddaughters, Khaliya and Shaniya Johnson; two brothers, Robert and Chauncey Banks; and two sisters Karen Banks and Pamela Banks-Collins (Horace). Nieces and nephews Rashad and Tanishesha Banks, Shikara, Aja, and Mya Collins, and Robert and Rodney Banks. Maternal uncle and aunt Aljourney Williams and Flossie (Louise) Walker and a host of cousins, and other cherished relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, at Shiloh Baptist Church, 71 Shiloh Road, Standardsville, Va., with Rev. Dr. Harrison L. Williams, officiating. Interment will follow in the Redmond Family Cemetery, 1076 Swift Run Road, Ruckersville, Va.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com