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Bessie Louise Monroe

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Bessie and her husband, John H. Monroe, Jr. enjoyed 60 loving years of marriage. Other than a brief stay in Richmond, Virginia, Bessie lived her entire life in Charlottesville, Virginia, raising her nephew, Alonzo Monroe. At an early age, Bessie committed her life to Christ, joining the Wake Forrest Baptist Church. She worked faithfully, holding the offices of Church Clerk, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School Teacher and Deaconess. She was always willing to help wherever she was needed. Bessie believed in being a servant to mankind and she demonstrated her love and devotion to the well being of her neighbors, church members, and friends.

Bessie enjoyed cooking and baking and it was evident; her culinary skills were enjoyed by all who experienced them.

Bessie leaves to mourn her passing and to cherish her memory, her husband, John H. Monroe, Jr.; two devoted nieces, Sandra Talley and Roseann Wright; a special nephew, Alonzo Monroe; two sisters-in-law, Martha Hall and husband Charles, and Lena Stovall and husband, Fred; one brother-in-law, Robert L. Monroe; a very close friend, Grace Morris; and a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, 2017, at Wake Forrest Baptist Church, Blenheim, Va., with the Reverend Sherman Collins officiating. Interment will be held at Oakwood Cemetery, Charlottesville, 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

Letitia Garner

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Letitia Ann Bowles Gardner went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at her home with family. She was born on September 9, 1926 in Albemarle County to George Bowles and Estelle Michie.

She was well known as the child care provider for the Cismont, VA area. In her later years she enjoyed participating with the clients and caregivers at Blue Ridge Pace.

Letitia was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters. She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted husband of 52 years, Robert Lee Gardner, five sons, Robert and Edgar Bowles; James, Bobby and Wayne Gardner; four daughters, Frances Lee, Susie Bowles, Florence Grady and Annie Holden; 25 grandchildren, 28 greatgrandchildren and 28 great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1PM Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Keswick with Rev. Carolyn Mitchell Dillard officiating and eulogist. 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).

Nannie Bell Franklin

Nannie Bell Franklin departed this life on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, Charlottesville, VA. She was the daughter of the late Paul J. and Effie Scott Franklin.

Nannie graduated from S.C. Abrams High School in Palmyra, VA. After graduating, she relocated to Washington, D.C. where she worked for the Marriott Corporation until she retired after 43 years. At an early age Nannie became a member of Evergreen Baptist Church.

After moving to Washington, DC Nannie became affiliated with First Rising Mt. Zion Baptist Church until she returned back to Palmyra. Nannie was preceded in death by her parents Paul J. and Effie Scott Franklin, Brother Paul J. Franklin, Jr., Sister’s Arlene Payton and Hester Franklin. She leaves to cherish her memories two nieces, Diana F. Hicks and her husband Carl Hicks and Paula K. Franklin; Nephew Marvin Franklin and his wife Deborah Franklin; sister-in-law Roberta W. Franklin and a host of cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 PM Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Evergreen Baptist Church, Palmyra, VA with Rev. Reginald Green officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the services at the church.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (jfbellfuneralservices.com).

Antonio C. Wicks

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Antonio C. Wicks, our loved one, gained his wings and went to be with the Lord on May 4, 2017. He was born on February 19, 1978.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Doris Ann Wicks; grandmother, Texas Jo Taylor; uncles, Robert Massie Taylor, and Raymond Jr Taylor; and step grandfathers, Lewis J. Williams and Raymond Lewis Key.

“Big T” as he was affectionately known was a graduate of Charlottesville High School. “Big T” was known and loved by so many and touched numerous hearts in so many ways. “Big T’s” preferred hang-out spot was Tonsler Park and his best friend’s houses, Debbie Cooper and Janice Davis, and “IN THANG’S”.

He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted family; his mother, Carol Wicks; brother, Travis Wicks, and niece, O’Neshia Wicks; father, Floyd Winston; two sisters, Flodesha Winston and Flecia Winston; six uncles, Elmore James Taylor, Roy Taylor, Sterling Taylor, and Timothy Taylor, all of Charlottesville, VA; Larry Taylor (Ruth) of Lynchburg, VA and Ronnie Taylor of San Diego, California; four aunts, Regina Key, Stephanie Key, and Joyce Taylor all of Charlottesville, VA, and Peggy Greene (Mark) Of Charleston West Virginia; six great-aunts, Marie Washington (Jessie), Ruth Jones, Frances Taylor all of Charlottesville, VA, Annie Brown of Esmont, Virginia, and Barbara Jean Willis of Charleston, West Virginia; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

The family would also like to thank the unknown Runners that were exercising in Tonsler Park; the Charlottesville Police Department and Fire Department; and Pastor/Chaplin Nathaniel Drew.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1675 Avon Street ext., with Pastor Nigle Alleyne officiating and Minister Larry Taylor delivering the eulogy. 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

James Robert Carter Sr.

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James Robert Carter Sr., 74, of Barboursville, VA went to be with the Lord on Sunday, April 30, 2017. He was the son of the late Russell and Harriett Carter. He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Clarence L. Carter. James attended Jackson P. Burley High School and Piedmont Virginia Community College. He also served in the United States Army for two years. James was a hard worker and put in over thirty years at Comdial and retired from Lowe’s in 2016. He found God at Agape Judah Ministry. He was a family man who loved sports.

He was survived by his loving wife Pauline Brock Carter of 48 years; a son James Robert Carter Jr. and wife, Emma; a daughter, Jamie Diane Carter; a brother, William Russell Carter and wife, Sharon; six sisters, Sarah Carter Page and husband, Kenneth, Henrietta Carter and Harriet Carter, Christine Carter Anderson and husband, Johnie, and Nancy Carter; one brother-in-law and five sisters-in-law. He had six grandchildren, Jasmyn and Eriq Carter, Cryille, Tribeca, Amontae, and Diamonte McCoy and a number of nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2017, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 113 Sixth Street N. W., with the Reverend Lehman D. Bates II officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 7:30 at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth St. N.W.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Carrie Louise " Tater" Dudley Washington

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Carrie Louise “Tater” Dudley Washington of Charlottesville, VA, died April 22, 2017, at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Center, Charlottesville, VA.She was born on April 6, 1930, in Huntington, West Virginia to the late Cicero and Inez Dudley.

Carrie was preceded in death by her son,Rodney C. Brown; three brothers, Harold Dudley, Curtis Dudley, and Sterling Dudley; and one sister, Dorothy McVea.

Carrie graduated from Jefferson High School, where she was a member of various clubs and sporting activities.She spent her life as a nurturing caretaker to many families in Charlottesville, where they grew to love her as a member of the family.Her interests included spending time with her family at the home place,listening to gospel music, fishing, and watching U.V.A sports and the Washington Redskins.

She is survived by two sons, Carroll “Tab”F. Dudley of Silver Spring, MD and Gary “Donnie” D. Brown of Charlottesville,VA; two sisters, Ruby D. Swanson and Inez D. Wells of Charlottesville, VA; one brother, Walter Dudley of Rome, N.Y.; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren;and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday,April 29, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel, 108 6th Street N.W., with Bishop George Gohanna officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the Chapel on hour prior to the services.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may visit the guestbook and send condolences to the family at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com.

John William Ross, Sr.

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John William Ross, Sr., 93, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Thursday, April 13, 2017. He was born in Amherst County, Virginia on July 30, 1923, the son of the late John and Elmira Johnson Ross. His wife, Virginia Thompkins Ross preceded him in death.

Three brothers, Thomas Ross, James Ross and Sam Ross; and four sisters, Ethel Preston, Virginia Gooden, Alice McClendon and Mary Wright preceded him in death.

Mr. Ross received his formal education in the Amherst County School System. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and received the American Theater and the World War II Victory Medals. He was employed for over 20 years with the Campbell and Ferrara Nursery in Northern Virginia and retired from Allied Van Lines after many years of service as a Truck Driver. He was an avid gardener and brought his skills from working in a nursery to his own garden; was very intelligent; an avid reader; and an all-around handyman.

He leaves to cherish his memory three sons, Jerry W. Ross and John W. Ross, Jr. of Charlottesville, Virginia, Arthur L. Ross of Richmond, Va.; three daughters-in-law, Patricia Ross, Gail Ross, and Katherine Ross; seven grandchildren, Jemel W. Ross, Keenan J. Ross, Adrian R. Ross, David Ross, Arthur Utsey, Tomyka Ross Stith, and Sharon Inman; eleven great-grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, with the Reverend Dr. Lehman D. Bates, II, Pastor, officiating and the Reverend Alonzo Minor delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow at Oakwood 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. Please visit our guestbook at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Sarah M. Wilson

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Sarah Maupin Wilson went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 3, 2017, at the University Of Virginia Medical Center. She was born on December 15, 1931, in Ivy, Virginia.

The daughter of the late Vernon Dabney Maupin and Susan Gross Maupin. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 58 years, William “Billy” Wilson, and a beloved daughter Marcella “Pat” Dickerson, three sisters; Fannie Maupin, Verna Maupin and Mary Maupin Wright, a brother William “Bill” Maupin.

Sarah attended Albemarle Training School. She later went to work and retired from General Electric Company after tireless dedicated service of 28 years. She was a devoted member of the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Ivy Virginia where she served as a member of the Senior Choir and the Fundraiser Chair. She was loved by all that met her.

Sarah is leaving to cherish her memory three loving daughters; Sarah Gardner, Wilhemina Wilson , and Veronica Wilson, all of Ivy, Va.; a son-in-law, Lorenza Dickerson of Cobham, Va., a sister–in-law, Alice Carr of Charlottesville, Va.; and a brother-in-law, Ellsworth Holley Sr. of Upper Marlboro, MD; 9 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren and a host of loving relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017, at 12:00 p.m. at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, 3045 Morgantown Road, Ivy, Va., with Rev. Kelvin R. Hawkins officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.

The Family would like to express their sincere thanks to all the wonderful employees at the University of Virginia Hospital, Medical Staff on 3 West/ER and The Golden Living Facility Staff Unit 1 for their tender care of our beloved Mother and Grandmother.
J.F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth Street N.W. Charlottesville, Va. is in charge of arrangements. Please visit the guestbook at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Claude "Donald" Franklin

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Claude "Donald" Franklin of Palmyra, Virginia departed this life on March 28, 2017, at the University Of Virginia Hospital. He was born in New York City, on October 30, 1956, the son of the late Pearl Franklin and Claude Jones.

Claude was raised in New York City with his mother and siblings and was educated in the New York public school system. Later in life his mother relocated to Palmyra, Virginia and he followed to live with her.

Claude attended Evergreen Baptist Church in Palmyra, Virginia where many of his family members hold membership.

Claude is preceded in death by his grandparents Dudley and Marie Clark Franklin, his Uncle Arthur Franklin, Aunt Eva Franklin, and two brothers-in-law, James Fitch and Shawn McMichael.

Claude leaves to cherish his memory two sisters Priscilla F. Fitch of Charlottesville, Virginia and Margaret "Diane" McMichael of New York City; and a devoted brother Charles "Peanut" Franklin of Palmyra, Virginia; and a host of nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 2:30pm at Evergreen Baptist Church in Palmyra, VA, with the Reverend Justin House officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services and he will lie in repose.
A special thank you to all of the doctors, nurses and staff at the following locations that treated, watched over and cared for our brother, family member and friend during his illness: Blue Ridge PACE, Charlottesville Pointe, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, UVA Hospital and Zion Cross Road Dialysis.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services and he will lie in repose.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Lindsay DuPratt Johnson

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Lindsay DuPratt “Sweetwater” Johnson, 70, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on the evening of Monday, March 27, 2017, at the University of Virginia Transitional Care Hospital. He was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on October 31, 1946, the son of the late Harry Lindsay Johnson and Yvonne Burks Johnson. He was the husband of Annie Keyes Johnson.

DuPratt was a “native Charlottesvillian” he attended Jefferson Elementary School, Burley High School, and was a graduate of Lane High School. He was a skilled and talented basketball player and played on the varsity basketball team at Burley and Lane High Schools. He attended St. Paul’s College where he was a member of the Basketball team; was a graduate of John Tyler Community College with a degree in Funeral Service Management; and a U.S. Army Veteran.

DuPratt was a Licensed Mortician and Funeral Director by trade; and worked in his family’s business for a number of years- the former Johnson Brothers Funeral Home. He worked in a number of professions and businesses; was an entrepreneur and operated the AnnPratt florist for a number of years; after closing his florist he began his career as a mail carrier for the U. S. Postal Service for 18 years, you would often see him driving his mail truck or walking to deliver the mail with a smile; he was also a Bus Driver for the counties of Green and Albemarle; in addition he was an employee of Food Lion and delivered for Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, part-time.

DuPratt had a larger than life personality; always kept a smile and his laughter was contagious. He was an avid sports participant and fan; and an AAU Youth Basketball Coach for a number of years. He was a devoted member of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and enjoyed singing in the choir. He was a family historian and he loved his family and cherished time spent with family and friends.

He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Annie Keyes Johnson; 1 son, Harry Lindsay DuPratt Johnson, IV of Charlottesville, Va; 1 daughter, Phillisco Smith Alexander of Waynesboro, Virginia; 1 special grandson and granddaughter, Harry Jonathan DuPratt Johnson, V. of Washington, D.C. and Sade Smith Brown-Jordan of Charlottesville, Va.; 3 other granddaughters; 9 great grandchildren; 1 sister, Yvette Johnson Pleasants of Charlottesville, Va.; 2 aunts, Ida Johnson Lewis of Charlottesville, Va. and Frances Johnson Raines of South Hampton, New Jersey; 1 uncle, Joe O. Johnson and wife, Doris of Charlottesville, Va.; 1 niece, Keshia Pleasants of Richmond, Va., and 1 nephew, Jerome Pleasants Jr. of Charlottesville, Va.; numerous cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Avenue, with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. Interment will be held at Culpeper National Cemetery at a later date.

The Family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 7 at J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth St. N.W.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Vernell Tyler Johnson

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Vernell Tyler Johnson, 90, of Charlottesville, Virginia, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at the Charlottesville Point Nursing Home. She was born on September 19, 1926, in Charlottesville, Virginia to the late Keith Tyler, Sr. and Leanna Carter Tyler. She was preceded in death by her husband, George H. Johnson.

Six sisters, Savannah Reaves, Christine Davis, Virgie Tyler, Rosa Evans, Pauline Tyler, and Pearl Tindal; two brothers, Robert Tyler, Sr. and Keith Tyler, Jr. also preceded her in death.

She worked at the City Laundry for 25 years. She accepted Christ at an early age and attended Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and the Salvation Army Church.

She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted niece Sharon Reaves and a devoted nephew, Jeff Tyler and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in Lincoln 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

James "LJ" Emmit Scott

James “ LJ” Emmit Scott, 30, was born on December 23,1986, in Suffolk, Va. to James Emmett Eure Jr., and Rowena Elizabeth Scott. Grandson to Mrs Doris Eure and the late Mrs Rowena W. Scott. James started his new life in Heaven on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

He was a son, brother, nephew, cousin, and true friend. James was loved by all. With a quick joke and a smile James could win over anybody. He served as an event officer at ESI services, Norfolk, Va.; and worked at various events in and around Charlottesville, picking up new friends wherever he went. He previously was employed as a painter with Al the painter, in Hudson MA. He was a talented artist and nothing was too difficult for him to attempt.

He is survived by a host of family and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel, 108 Sixth Street N.W.

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

Sadie Mason

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Sadie Gohanna Mason, 85 passed away peacefully at home in Charlottesville, Virginia on March 4, 2017, surrounded by her family. She was born on January 13, 1932, in Charlottesville, Virginia at the UVA Hospital. She is the daughter of the late Eliza A. Brooks, Douglas Gohanna, and stepfather Carl S. Brooks. She was also preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, John Theodore Mason.

Sadie leaves to cherish her memory her daughter Elva A. Mason, her grandchildren, Bradford K. Holland, III, Veronica L.T. Holland, Devin Desper, her great-grandchildren Dievian Desper, Valicity Desper, her sisters, Barbara G. Brice of Atlanta Georgia, and Marjorie Thomas of Ruckersville, Virginia, and numerous loving nieces, nephews, students and friends. Sadie attended Jefferson Elementary School, and graduated from Jefferson High School, salutatorian of her class. She received her B.A. degree in Education from Virginia State College, where she was a proud member of the 110 Marching Band and the Little Symphony. Sadie spent her entire professional career as a devoted first grade teacher in the Charlottesville City School system, where she taught first grade at Jefferson Elementary and Greenbrier Elementary. Her students meant the world to her. Sadie was a lifetime member of Trinity Episcopal Church. She will be greatly missed by her family, friends and students, all whose lives she impacted.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2017, at Trinity Episcopal Church. Interment will be held at the Oakwood Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a very special thanks to her loyal and devoted nieces and nephews, Gwen and Donald Jackson, Gregory and Catherine Thomas, Renee Brown Holley, her long -time caregiver Patricia Dyer, cousin Reverend George Gohanna, the late Dr. Joseph May, retired Dr. George Craddock, the staff of the University of Virginia Medical Center, Medical ICU, Kidney Center, the Hospice of the Piedmont and the Pointe for their loving care of Sadie.

Donations may be made in her honor to the UVA Kidney Center Patient Memorial Fund, in care of Cathy Shifflett, 1335 Lee Street, Box 800405, Charlottesville, VA 22908.

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

Ruth N Monroe-White

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Ruth N. Monroe-White peacefully went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, at her home surrounded by her loving husband, two daughters and family. She was born on November 3, 1959, a daughter of the late Thomas J. Wells Sr. and Julia Wells. Two sister in-laws Celestine Walker Wells and Gloria Wells proceeded her in death.

Ruth received her education through the City of Charlottesville school systems. She worked for Little John Delicatessen for 30+ years. She also worked for the University of Virginia Nutrition Services and Firehouse Subs.

She leaves to cherish her memory her devoted husband Elwood White Sr.; daughters, Alfreda Carter and husband, Melvin Jr., Dana Monroe and Kwamane; 6 grandchildren, Melvin Carter III (Ebony), Javon, Taijah, Xzalvon, Bryan, and Qaylivia all of Charlottesville, Va.; brothers, Thomas J. Wells Jr. from Atlanta, Ga., Franklin Wells, Carl Wells (Chrystal) , Amos Wells and Robert Wells all of Charlottesville, and Clearance Wells of Lynchburg, Va.; sisters, Evon Grant (Melvin) of Virginia Beach, and Shirley Brown (Michael) of Alexandria, Va.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Memorial Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at First Baptist Church, 632 West Main Street, with Bishop Melvin Grant officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Pkwy, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22901 or to the Emily Couric Cancer Center, C/O University of Virginia Medical Center, 1215 Lee Street.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Mary Emogene Kenney

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Mary Emogene Taylor Kenney, age 88, died on Thursday, March 2, 2017, at Grace Health and Rehabilitation Center was born the oldest child of Henry and Mary Morton Taylor. She was preceded in death by her husband Curtis Kenney and a stepson Curtis Kenney, Jr.

She is survived by 6 children, Claude Kenney and wife, Darlene, Joseph Kenney, Charles Kenney, Edith Johnson and husband James, Diane Kenney and Malcolm Kenney; 1 sister, Delores Mallory and husband Bernard; 2 sisters-in-law, Gloria Taylor and Berniece Taylor; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at Shiloh Baptist Church, Standardsville, Va., with the Reverend Harrison Williams officiating. Interment will follow at the Taylor Family 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

Melvin Williams

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Melvin Williams Sr. (Billy or Lolli to his grandchildren), was born on May 26, 1952 in Copiague, New York and raised in Amityville, Long Island by his loving parents Hattie Mae and Raymond Williams and his grandmother Pearly Mae Williams. Melvin married Elaine Hardy and together they had three children, Melvin Jr, Michael, and Angie.

Billy graduated from Copiague High School, with a keen interest in aviation and a desire to join the military and shortly after graduation; Billy joined the Air Force and became a (MP) Military Police Officer. Upon completion of his military service, he returned to his Amityville and began a career in the Behavioral Health field excelling in positions that served children and adults with special needs. He was later employed by New York State as Mental Health Counselor until his retirement in 2006. Billy had a special gift with children, was a great mentor and a true friend.

In 1976 Billy met the love of his life Evelyn Morton, who he married and shared his life, vision and passions with until his passing. Billy, the man was intelligent, generous, loving, and committed to his family. Billy and Evelyn raised their melded family of six together, and were blessed to add his daughter, Keisha Edwards to that number. Together, Billy and Evelyn share 19 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren.

Billy was an avid lover of history, politics, and religion. Everyone who knew him and/or followed him on Facebook knew the story well and likely enjoyed some spirited banter with him on any of those topics. Billy was a musically gifted and loved to play the guitar (both Rhythm and Bass). Billy joined up with a local band (Final Edition) as their recording/sound engineers calling our part Triangle Productions. The band performed in public and private venues in and outside of NY State over 10 years.
Billy loved the Lord and would freely share his spiritual life and beliefs with others and openly talk about his blessings, God’s mercy, and grace. He was a skilled mechanic, an artist, a carpenter, handyman, and great cook. A man for all for all seasons.

Billy leaves behind to mourn: his mother Hattie Mae Williams; sister Gaynel; brother LeRoy; four sons: Melvin Jr., Michael, Shane, and Byron; three daughters: Kelly, Angie, and Keisha; nineteen grandchildren,five great grand children, his adopted family Ann Marie, Oscar and their children; a host of cousins, aunts, life-time friends and collegues.Most importantly, his best friend, partner, and spiritual soulmate Evelyn.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 3, 2017, at Fluvanna Calvary Chapel, 2772 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Palmyra, Virginia. Interment will follow in Culpeper National Cemetery, Culpeper, Virginia.

The family will receive friends at the church at 9:30 a.m.

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

Shirley Ann Garrett

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Mrs. Shirley Ann Garrett of Charlottesville, VA departed this life on February 19, 2017, at the University Of Virginia Medical Center. She was born on April 16, 1946, to the late Ida Mae Loving. She was preceded in death by her son, Curtis R. Rankins and sister, Rosa Mae Barber.

Shirley was a devout member of the Woodville Church of the Nazarene until she moved back home and joined the First Church of the Nazarene, Charlottesville which received her with open arms. She touched so many lives with her loving smile and Godly wisdom. She loved teaching children, which she taught for over 30 years and loved to cook. Everyone loved her cooking and she ,used to always find a reason to have a “just because dinner”, where she served an abundance of food and fed an abundance of people over the years.

She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted husband of 37 years, James Garrett; grandsons, Christopher Hamilton, Karonn Hamilton of Charlottesville, and DaQuan Covington of Richmond, Va.; and a Foster son, Demetrius Eubanks of Charlottesville; a devoted Godson, Anthony Rush of Charlottesville; a devoted daughter-in-law, Tovar Hamilton of Charlottesville; one brother, Charles Loving; a niece, Enjoli Tinsley; Lucille Rush who loved her like a daughter for over 50 years and her friends of the Senior Solutions.
A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, 2017, at the First Church of the Nazarene, 3056 Louisa, Road; Keswick, Va.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family expresses a special thanks to the staff at the University of Virginia Medical Center ICU.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

James Stinnie

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James Thomas “Sonny Boy” Stinnie, Jr., 63, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Friday, February 3, 2017, at his residence. He was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on February 4, 1953, the son of the late James Thomas Stinnie, Sr. and Sarah Smith Stinnie. Three siblings, William, Sharah, and Gary Stinnie proceeded him in death.

He received his formal education in the Charlottesville City School System. He had an appreciation for and loved to listen to a variety of music genres; and gained a special joy from entertaining family and friends at his home. He was an extremely talented artist who had a penchant for working in pastels. He also possessed a keen knowledge of the Bible and the Koran.

“Sonny Boy” leaves to cherish his memory one brother, Charles Stinnie of Charlottesville; four sisters, Mary S. Brown, Joyce Stinnie, Theresa Stinnie and Sharon Stinnie of Charlottesville; an uncle, Richard David Smith of San Diego, California; close friends, Frankie Walker, Yvonne Winfrey, and Charles Loving; an ex-wife, Lillian Burton; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017 at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Reginald Crisp officiating.

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

Aubrey Lee Blakey

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Aubrey Lee Blakey, Jr., 73 years old, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on January 31, 2017. He was born on August 5, 1943, the son of the late Aubrey L. Blakey, Sr. and Anna Bell Kennedy Blakey.

A brother, Charles Lee Blakey preceded him in death.

He was a graduate of Jackson P. Burley High School and was an employed at Allied Concrete for many years as a skilled Cement Mixer Truck Driver. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Earlysville, Virginia and sung as a Tenor on the Choir. He enjoyed driving friends and family around and tuned in to watch the “Price Is Right” for over 30 years.

He leaves to cherish his memory 3 sons, Donnell Blakey and wife, Cotrina of Fredrick, MD, Eric Harris and Paul Blakey of Charlottesville; and 1 daughter, Darlene Young of Charlottesville, Va.; 3 sisters, Shirley Strother, Veronica Chambers, and Dawn Pryor all of Charlottesville, Va.; 2 brothers, George Blakey and Roscoe Gilmore of Charlottesville; 8 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 3, 2017, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 3417 Earlysville Road, Earlysville, Va., with Pastor Shirley H. Chapman officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.

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

Mary Alice Sims

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Mary Alice Jones-Sims, 97 years of age, of Albemarle County, Virginia departed this life on Thursday, January 26, 2017, peacefully at home. Mary Alice was born on April 5, 1919, in Batesville, Virginia to the late Estes Jones and Etta Brown-Jones. She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur L. Sims; two sons, William John Sims and James Melvin Sims; a grandson, Jeffrey Allen; a granddaughter, Edwina Roselle; and two daughters-in-law, Mary F. Sims and Selena Sims. She was the oldest of five children, of which three preceded her in death: Herbert Jones, Josephine Jasper, and Dora Sims.

She worked as a nurse’s assistant for many years. Mary Alice was the mother of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Greenwood, Virginia. During her pastime she found joy in activities such as watching Days of Our Lives; supporting her grandchildren and great grandchildren in their many activities; and cheering on Western Albemarle High School.

She leaves to cherish her memory three children, Esters Sims and wife, LeLe of Waynesboro, Thelma Sims of Greenwood, Virginia, and Edward Sims and wife, Mora of Scottsville, Va.; 18 grandchildren; 32 great grandchildren; 12 great-great grandchildren; her loving sister, Ellen Whitlock; a sister-in-law, Geraldine Washington; a cousin, Marie Carter; also a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends; additionally her extended family, Sarah Reynolds and daughters, Tess and Jenny and Luther Reynolds.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, January 30, 2017, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Greenwood, VA with the Reverend Sean Dickerson officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 29, 2017, at J. F. Bell Funeral Home, Charlottesville Va.
A special thank you to Janet Marie Sims, a devoted niece who provided her Aunt with loving care.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Phillip H. Yates, Jr.

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Phillip Harris Yates, Jr. departed this life on Saturday, January 21, 2017, after a long illness. Phillip, known by all as “Bug”, was born in Charlottesville, Virginia September 25, 1957, the son of Phillip and Doris Yates, Sr.

Bug is preceded in death by his father, Phillip H. Yates, Sr., his paternal grandparents, George and Cauline Yates; maternal grandparents, Fred and Jeanette Day; 4 uncles, Authur, George, Henry and James Yates; 4 aunts, Gertrude Hart, Hattie Scranage, Gertrude Day and Roberta Day.

Bug’s special interests were fishing and hunting and just being outside as much as possible. Bug had a gift of telling jokes and was known as the life of our family gatherings. He shared his daily life with his best friend, his dog Milton. Bug loved hanging out with his family and friends as much as possible.

He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Doris Yates, of Keswick; 2 sisters, Shirley Yates of Upper Marlboro, MD and Donna Cooper of Troy, Va.; 3 brothers, Alfred, “AC”, and wife, Amy, and Gary Yates, and Tyrone Curry all of Charlottesville, Va.; 2 aunts, Mildred Strother and Martha Yates of Charlottesville; 2 uncles, Howell Day of Charleston, WVa, and Charles Day of Cleveland, Ohio; 6 nieces; 7 nephews; and 14 great nieces and nephews. Bug leaves a host of cousins and life-long friends, adopted parents, William and Odell Hearns of Milton, Va, along with his faithful 4-legged companion, Milton.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017, at Union Run Baptist Church with Minister Brenda Phillips officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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

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

William Howard

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William Alexander Howard, 82, departed this life on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at Trinity Mission of Charlottesville. He was born on May 29, 1934, in Albemarle County, Virginia a son of the late Henry H. and Willia Jane Whitehead Howard.

Five brothers, Frank J., Matthew, James H., Charles H., and Robert L. Howard; and one sister, Virginia M. Waytes Johnson preceded him in death.

He leaves behind two sisters, Betty C. Burns and Genova H. Durrette and husband, Earl M.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 26, 2017, at Piedmont Baptist Church, Yancey Mills, VA, with the Reverend Phillip Butler officiating. 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

Mary Sims

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Mary F. Sims, 75, of Greenwood, Virginia departed this life on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. She was born in Albemarle County on October 3, 1941, the daughter of the late George F. Green Sr. and Audrey Barbour Green.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jeffery Allen Sims; siblings, Bernard Barbour, Hildrie Barbour, Melisia Barbour, Ercell Carr, Alpha Omega G. Conway and George Green Jr.; and sisters-in-law, Shirley Barbour and Nita Green.

Mary received her formal education in the Albemarle County Schools; she was a graduate of Jackson P. Burley High School, the class of 1961. She spent her career as a Radiology Technician and was employed at the University of Virginia Medical Center for 32 years before her retirement. She was an active member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church of Greenwood VA, and held the positions of trustee and secretary of the church; and she also sang on the choir. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid Dallas Cowboys Fan.

She leaves to cherish her memory four children, Constance Sims Alexander and husband, Curtis, Lester Lorenzo Sims and fiancé, Tomeka Smith, Tammy R. Johnson and husband, Lilton and Patricia Sims Quarles and husband, David; six grandchildren, Melisia P. Barbour, Jeffery A. Sims, Jeremy L. Barbour, Brandie M. Quarles, Casey D. Alexander, and Lesyia Smith-Sims; a devoted mother-in-law, Mary A. Sims of Greenwood; Sister-in- law, Thelma L. Sims of Greenwood, brother-in-law, Edward F. Sims and sister-in-law, Mora Sims of Scottsville, VA; a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and host of other relatives and friends; and an ex-husband, Esters Sims.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 14, 2017, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Greenwood, VA, with the Reverend Sean Dickerson officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Friday evening January 13, 2017, from 7 to 8 at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Norma Hughes

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Norma Yvonne “Pretty” Hughes, 71, of Keswick, Virginia received the gift of peace and soared with angelic wings to heaven, Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Hospice of the Piedmont, Charlottesville, born on November 7, 1945, in Charlottesville, Virginia to the late Vincent and Lucille Hughes.

Norma was predeceased by a sister, Dorothy Allen and a brother, George Hughes.

The youngest of six children Norma was one of God’s special children. She attended Keswick Elementary School until integration, in which she had to be withdrawn because specials needs were not provided. She later entered The Arc of the Piedmont, Park St. and remained until her passing. Recently she was acknowledged with a celebration for fifty years of attending. Norma was among the first to attend and she thoroughly enjoyed herself with new friends. She participated in the Special Olympics, once receiving a medal. She resided in the Region 10 home for thirty years, until her passing.

Norma was baptized and became a member of Union Run Baptist Church, she attended Sunday School and church service every Sunday, she loved the Lord and enjoyed attending church, she had faith and often would say, “God will take care of this child”.

She Is survived by two brothers, Vincent D. Hughes (Lenora) of Tacoma, WA, John (Agnes) Hughes of Keswick; a step sister Josephine Crowell of Keswick and a loving and devoted sister, Gloria H. Green of Charlottesville; one Aunt, Elaine Hughes of Charlottesville; six nieces, five nephews, fifteen great nieces, twelve great nephews, twelve great-great nieces and twelve great-great nephews and a host of cousins, relatives and friends.

A Celebration of her Life will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, at the Union Run Baptist Church, Keswick, with the Reverend Dr. Rickey E. White officiating. Interment will follow at Union Run Baptist 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


Dr. Holly Edwards

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Dr. Holly Marie Kerr Edwards, a caregiver and bridge builder, went to be home with the Lord on January 7, 2017, leaving a legacy of serving the community as vice-mayor of Charlottesville, nurse, advocate for those in public housing and activist.

Holly was born on March 7, 1960, in Washington, D.C to the late Naval Research Laboratory physicist, Rudolph H. Kerr, and the late Bernice Kerr, who was an educator in the Washington D.C. school system.

Holly attended Calvin Coolidge Senior High School in the Washington D.C. where she completed her high school education one year early. Holly attended Hampton Institute graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 1981. During her time at Hampton she was initiated into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in 1979. Holly went on to continue her education with a Masters of Education-Counseling Psychology from Howard University in 1984. Holly then returned to Hampton University, where she graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science-Nursing.

After completing her education she moved to Charlottesville and began working for the University of Virginia Health System. While working there she chartered the Black Nurses Association in Charlottesville. In 1992, while attending a church service at Tonsler Park, Louise Swift, introduced her to Kendrick Edwards. A year later, to the day, they were married. To this union they had two sets of twin girls.

Her community outreach included working with many public housing sites in the area and she was stationed as a parish nurse at Westhaven through Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA). Her mantra was “to meet people where they are”. Holly Edwards served on the Charlottesville City Council from 2008 to 2011 and was vice mayor the last two years wherein she orchestrated the Dialogue on Race. She also worked with Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR), was a lifetime member of National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and member of the Board of Directors of the Jefferson School African-American Heritage Center.

Holly’s accolades include: the University of Virginia Outstanding Contribution Award in 1994, the 2005 University of Virginia Health System Community Service Award, the 2015 John E. Baker Community Education Award, the 2016 UVA Graduate Student Diversity Award for Excellence and most recently her name was added to the city’s West Main Street bridge as a recipient of the Drewary J. Brown Community Bridge Builder Award.

Holly is survived by her husband of 24 years, Kendrick Wayne Edwards, her brother Ronald Kerr and his wife Judy; four daughters, Christen, Shelby, Bernice and Jean; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends that are like family.

A funeral service celebrating her life will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave., with the Rev. Alvin Edwards officiating and Brenda Brown-Grooms delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Holly Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends at the church from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. The Eta Phi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. will hold its public memorial service at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the family in care of Mt Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave. Charlottesville, VA 22903.

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

Gerty Mae Vest

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Gerty Mae Vest, 66, of Nelson County, VA went home to be with the Lord on Monday, January 2, 2017, at her residence. She was born in Charlottesville, VA on July 22, 1950, the daughter of the late Rasped and Gertrude Vest. A daughter, Cassandra Vest; two brothers, Rasped Vest and James Vest; and three sisters, Linda Vest, Vivian Vest and Laura Napier preceded her in death.

She attended Nelson County Schools and the Charlottesville City Schools; she was a graduate of Lane High School. Gerty was a very industrious person; in her early endeavors she operated a daycare for the City of Charlottesville for a number of years; worked as a nursing assistant at Martha Jefferson Hospital; and was employed with the Charlottesville/Albemarle Health Department.

Gerty loved her family and was dedicated to caring for others; after her sister’s death she raised her two daughters as her own. She enjoyed crossword puzzles and would love to tackle books of crossword puzzles; she also enjoyed a good Country Western and old movies in black and white. Gerty gave her life to Christ at an early age and joined the Mt. Airy Baptist Church.

She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted sister, Doris Ann Vest; a daughter, Letitia Curry-Stinnie; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017, at Mt. Airy Baptist Church, with the Reverend Jesse Johnson officiating. 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

John Earl Burton Sr.

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John Earl Burton Sr., 68, of Scottsville, VA was called home to be with the Lord on December 26, 2016. He was born on February 3, 1948, to Clarence J. Walker, Jr. and Dorothy B. Burton both of Charlottesville, Va. He was preceded in death by his father Clarence J. Walker, Jr. and his brother Doug G. Burton.

John was educated in Charlottesville Public Schools. He was a skilled carpenter with a successful home improvement business for a number of years. John retired as a bridge repairman foreman with the Virginia Department of Transportation.

John was a dedicated member of Middle Oak Baptist Church. He possessed a love for fishing, working on carpentry projects, traveling, and loved spoiling his grandchildren and spending quality time with his wife and children.

He is survived by his mother Dorothy B. Burton of Charlottesville, VA, his loving and devoted wife of 44 years, Kitty V. Burton, his son, John “JB” Burton Jr. of Scottsville, VA, daughter, Katrina V. Sykes (Terrell) of Richmond VA, three grandchildren, Dai N. Sykes, Legend N. Sykes, and Saga N. Sykes of Richmond VA, four brothers, William Burton (Irene) of Washington, DC, James Burton of Charlottesville, VA, and Thomas Burton (Veronica) of Tampa, Florida, and Clarence J. Walker, III (Gloria) of Charlottesville VA, three brother in laws, Melvin Frye (Patricia), George L. Frye, and Rev. James Tyree, all of Charlottesville, VA, one aunt Rev. Delores Scott of North Garden, VA, and one uncle, Stanley Loving of Clarksville, TN and a devoted cousin, Deacon Sterling L. Robinson and numerous nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, January 2, 2016, at Zion Union Baptist Church, with the Reverend Mary Carey officiating and the Reverend Patricia J. Whindleton delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow at Riverview 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

Courdeja West

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Courdeja Keshaune West, 18, of Charlottesville, Virginia, died peacefully on December 18, 2016, at University of Virginia Medical Center. Courdeja was born June 21, 1998, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Courdeja is the daughter of Chassity Blair and Shaun West of Charlottesville, Virginia.

Courdeja was preceded in death by her maternal great grandparents, John, Jr and Mary Blair. Her paternal great grandparents, Carl & Elnora Ragland and Eva West. Also a host of great, great, great aunts, uncles and cousins.

She graduated from Monticello High School in June 2016, and recently became a Certified Nursing Assistant from CATEC.
Courdeja is survived by her parents, Chassity Blair and Shaun West; son, Kesean Dajour Hannon, Jr., and his father Kesean Hannon, Sr.; two sisters, Shauntavia O. and Jazelle West; two brothers, Trejon and Xavion West; maternal grandparents, Eugene & Patricia Jones of Charlottesville; paternal grandparents, Wallace and Stella West; great grandmother, Catherine Bonds; three aunts, Chevone Blair, Deetra West and Jenifer Allen; three uncles, Courtney Jones, Wallace West, Jr., and Sarad Davenport; numerous great aunts, uncles and cousins, and many friends.

Home going services will be held at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at Covenant Church located at 1025 Rio Rd E. Charlottesville, Va. Courdeja will be laid to rest at Riverview Cemetery following funeral service.

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 online at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Eugene Aloysius Anderson

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Eugene Aloysius Anderson departed this life suddenly to be home with the Lord on December 14, 2016. “Al” was born on May 27, 1937, in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Martha Jefferson Hospital, the only son of the late Charlie and Geneva Anderson.


Al spent a number of years and summers during his youth in North Carolina. He was a graduate of Jackson P. Burley High School and continued his education at St. Paul’s College in Lawrenceville, VA; earning a BS in Industrial Arts Education. Al worked his way through school in various jobs involving restaurants, which undoubtedly lead to his lifelong love of cooking. It was during his time at St. Paul’s when Al became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. Al married his childhood sweetheart and love of his life, Althea M. Anderson in June 1958. Al and Althea were happily married for 45 years before Althea’s unfortunate passing.


Al’s profession was as a telephone engineer. He worked for many years at the Comdial Corporation in Charlottesville. After leaving Comdial, Al worked for a number of years at Allen Telecom in Lynchburg, VA.
Al’s hobbies and passions included spending time with his family, photography, cooking and serving his community and his church. Al was a volunteer for Meals on Wheels. He also enjoyed taking pictures and preparing meals for his home church: Trinity Episcopal, where he was a faithful longtime member.


Al leaves to cherish his memory his two daughters, Judith Anderson and her husband, Joseph Johnson and Janice Anderson; two beloved granddaughters, Sara Robyn Anderson and Molly Elizabeth Johnson; a nephew, Robert Mosby III; a niece, Stacey Mosby-John and her daughter, Abby; a loving sister-in-law, Aleyamma Mosby, and a host of extended family and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2016, at 12:00 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, with the Reverend Cass Bailey officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.
The Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.
His remains rest at J. F. Bell Funeral Home from 9 a.m. till 7 p.m. on Tuesday, December 20, 2016.

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

Martha Tyree-Criss

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Martha Tyree Criss departed this life on Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Autumn Care of Madison Health and Rehabilitation Center. She was born October 2, 1935, to the late Joshua Lee and Arlean Brown Tyree. She was preceded in death by her Brother-Deacon Rufus Tyree. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined the Free Union Baptist Church in Stony Point. There she served as Deaconess, President of Missionary, choir member, and Sunday School Teacher. She was a member of the United Community Choir, and served as Assistant Treasurer of the Piedmont District Baptist Association Women’s Auxiliary. She was a member of the Willing Worker’s Club and Past Worthy Matron of the Charlottesville Chapter #43 Order of Eastern Star, P.H.A. (Prince Hall Affiliation). She attended Rosewald Elementary School and Albemarle Training School, and finished in the First graduation Class at Jackson P. Burley High School in (1952). Upon graduation she attended the University of Virginia School of Practical Nursing. After receiving her degree she was employed for a period of time at the University of Virginia before working in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland. Returning to Charlottesville, Virginia she resumed working at the University of Virginia as a nurse until her retirement. After retirement she re-entered the workforce and was employed by Albemarle Family Internal Medicine.

She leaves to cherish her memory; two sons, Philemon Criss (Kathy) and Alvin Criss; three grandchildren, Brittani, Bria and Malik Criss; three brothers, Albert M. Tyree, Rev. James A. Tyree and William I. Tyree (Ella).

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, December 19, 2016, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow at the Tyree Family Cemetery, Watts Passage Road.

She will lie in repose at the Chapel two hours prior to the services.

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


Randolph Monroe

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Mr. Randolph Augustus Monroe passed peacefully early Tuesday morning on December 6, 2016. He was the second of three children born to Ada and Haston Richard Monroe on September 17, 1957. He was baptized at an early age at First Baptist Church in Charlottesville, VA where he and his family were active members. Randolph graduated from Charlottesville High School and would then enlist in the Army National Guard. After providing Exemplary Service he was Honorably Discharged, and made his return home to Charlottesville.

Randolph would meet the Love of his Life Kaye in 1982. They were Wed in February of 1985, and enjoyed a Beautiful 31 Year Marriage complete with Passion, Love, Selflessness, and Laughter. Randolph’s primary calling became Evident as he Transitioned into his role of both Husband and Father. He possessed a Uniquely Passionate, Forward, Caring and Ultimately Loving Soul. He held a Fire that was loved, respected, and appreciated by both his Family, and anyone who truly knew him. He also expressed his love for people while engaging in the ministry of visitation with his wife. He was never afraid of pushing himself, working not as just a Provider, but as a Support System for his Family.

Also known as “Pops” or “MONIE”, Randolph possessed an Unrivaled Passion for Sports. He was a Baller on the Basketball Court, and A true blue Lifelong Redskins Fan. Providing superior customer services was his routine while employed at University of Virginia Hospital and Pixels of Charlottesville Virginia.

In celebration of his eternal life his precious memory will be forever be held by those who loved him greatly: his wife Kaye Davie Monroe, 2 sons, one daughter and daughter in-law, Courtney Haston Monroe, Robert Michael Jones III and Tiffany Gale Davie and Dawn Kelley Monroe, 2 granddaughters, Skye Davie and Micha Jones, 4 grandsons, Robert Michael Jones IV, Jaedyn Monroe, Gavin Monroe, and Noah Russell Jones. Mother Ada Wilson Monroe, 2 siblings, Richard Haston Monroe and Anita Marie Monroe, extended brothers Michael and Jeffrey Feggans, God Mother Lucille Campbell, a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and a special family members.

A celebration of life and memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2016, at First Baptist Church, 632 West Main Street in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The Family would like to express gratitude to all for every act of kindness, heartfelt love and care through calls, cards, and contributions of any other expression of sympathy during our time of bereavement. We would especially like to thank all the talented Doctors, Nurses and Pallative Care Team at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and a special mention to Dr. William Maloney, primary care Physician at Downtown Family Healthcare Center for many years. We would also like to thank J.F. Bell Funeral Home for the ease and care you have taken with us during this transition. Special thank you to our family and network of support systems for the love shown us during this time. Your care and compassion will forever be embedded in our hearts.

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

Larry Leverne Fortune, Sr

Larry Leverne Fortune, Sr. of Charlottesville, Va. departed this life on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, at his residence. He was born on June 17, 1954, to the late Robert L. and Clara Anderson Fortune.

He was preceded in death by seven brothers, Robert, Frank, and Henry Williams, and Roger Shepherd, William, Robert and David Fortune; and one sister, Alma Williams.

Larry enjoyed spending time with family and friends; and loved the Dallas Cowboys.

He leaves to honor his memory his wife, Kimm Yates Fortune; three sons, Larry Jr. (Amanda), Fredrick and Nicholas Fortune; five grandchildren, Brenna, Autumn, Lyniah, Ocean and Mackenzie of Charlottesville, VA; two brothers, Richard and Darryl L. (Junita) Fortune; four sisters, Darlene Kenney (Claude), Dianni Gameli, Kathy Taylor of Charlottesville, VA., and Gail Fortune of Lynchburg, Va.; and one devoted aunt, Lucille Anderson of Charlottesville, Va.; devoted friends, Ralph and Charlotte Terrell, Judy Durrer, Thomas Hoffman and Diane Dykes and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Larry will be deeply missed.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 13, 2016, at First Baptist Church, 632 W. Main Street, with the Reverend Hodari Hamilton officiating.

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

Homer Brown

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Homer Virgil Brown, Jr. of Charlottesville departed this life November 29, 2016, after a brief illness. He was born September 4, 1935, to the late Homer Brown, Sr. and Annie Bell Smith Brown. He was also preceded in death by one sister Shirley Brown Barbour.

Homer graduated from the Jackson P. Burley High School class of 1953. After college and various jobs Homer retired after 20 years of clerical and management services with the Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Doris Terrell Brown, three sons, Homer Brown III and Anthony Brown both of Charlottesville, Va.; and Arnold Brown of Avon, Va.; two daughters Deborah Henderson of Charlotte NC and Lisa Nelson of Charlottesville Va. He is also survived by five step children Percy Johnson of Charlottesville, Va. Richard Johnson of Baltimore, Md. The Rev. Carol Johnson-Ford (Allen) of Waynesboro, Va., Michael Tinsley of Gordonsville, Va. and Sonya Tinsley of Norwalk, Ct.; two sisters Ann Washington and Louis Cousins (Mac) both of Charlottesville, Va.; 18 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Two sister-in-law, Christine Wayne of Charlottesville, Va. and Apostle Ann Porter of Woodbridge, Va. and one brother in law Harry Terrell (Arlene) also of Charlottesville, Va., along with a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016, at Mt Zion Baptist Church, Greenwood, VA. The Reverend Doctor Stanley E. Woodfolk officiating.

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

Bernard Wright

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Bernard Lee Wright, 58, of Dyke, VA, departed this life on Monday, November 21, 2016, at Martha Jefferson Hospital. Born in Charlottesville, VA on July 10, 1958, to Wilbur J. Wright and the late Bernice T. Wright. He was preceded in death by his sister, Faye D. Wright.

Bernard graduated from Albemarle High School, and worked many years as a professional painter and truck driver.

In addition to his loving wife, Barbara Wright and his father, he leaves to cherish his memory three daughters, Brandy Wright of Gordonsville, VA, Kendra Wright of Maryland, and Trinia Sims of Indiana; three grandchildren, Oshyn, Faith and Reign. Also three brothers, James J. Wright (Joyce), Jonathan T. Wright (Isabel) both of Earlysville, VA and Nathan C. Wright (Tammy) of Charlottesville, VA; a dedicated uncle, Nathan C. Wright and a host of nieces, nephews, and other beloved relatives.

Remains rest at J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth Street N.W. Charlottesville, VA.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 26, 2016, at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, 722 Simmons Gap Road, Dyke, VA. The Reverend Robert T. Anthony Sr. officiating. Interment will follow at the Wright Family 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

Lewis Harris

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Lewis Junior Harris departed this life on Friday, November 18, 2016. He was born in Charlottesville, VA on April 16, 1932, to late Albert and Beatrice Harris. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sallie C. Harris; brother; to the late Albert and Beatrice Harris. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Sallie C. Harris; brother, Franklin Harris; sisters, Louise Harris, Adline Wood, Arnita Burton, Doris “Jean” Arnold, and Shirley Blakey.

As a young man, he started out working for Mr. Gohanna before taking over his own Father’s garbage collection business. Lewis operated that route for over 40 years, until his recent ill health. He worked at State Farm Insurance Company for 35 years as a mail clerk. Wherever he worked, Lewis made lifelong friends who admired his gentle humor and kind spirit. Lewis became a member of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church as a young boy and remained a faithful participant over the span of his life. Before the congregation moved to its beautiful new home on Lankford Avenue, Lewis drove the church bus on Sunday mornings, picking up worshipers who were unable to drive. He and Sallie enjoyed traveling together on organized trips with their many church and State Farm friends, seeing various areas of the country, although their greatest pleasure was being with family.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two sisters, Ella “Odell” Smith and her husband, Harold of New York and Elinor Wither of Charlottesville; a caretaker, Boo Barnett; nieces, nephews and host of other relatives and friends who were blessed to know him.
Funeral Services will be held on at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 25, 2016, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Florine Cerphy

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Florine Augusta Cerphy, 91, of Charlottesville, VA, but most knowingly from Afton, VA departed this Earth and descended to Heaven’s gates on Sunday morning, November 13, 2016, at the Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation after being on Hospice for the past few months due to an illness.
Born to Mabel Irene Smith, Florine was brought into this world on February 9, 1925, in Maryland. An only child, she attended boarding school as a young girl then in later years became married to the late Earl Howard to whom she had three daughters, two of them being twins, although one passed to sickness at seven months old. A factory worker in New Jersey, Florine ultimately moved to Virginia to live with her mother and stepfather. She began working for the Peyton Family (Bradley and Gertrude), becoming a special part of their family and a great employee to them for 30 years.

Florine was a longtime member of Union Baptist Church of Afton, VA, serving on the Usher Board, Helping Hand Club, and Missionary Board. She formally served as President for all three committees. Florine was also an Elks sister to the Elks Lodge Rivanna No. 195 of Charlottesville for a number of years and a frequent member of the Rockfish Senior Center where she enjoyed playing various games such as bingo and Rummikub. She moved from Nelson County and ultimately moved to Charlottesville where she became a resident of Woods Edge Senior Apartments for a couple of years before going into rehabilitation.

Florine is preceded in death by her mother, Mabel I. Smith; her stepfather, Francis R. Smith; former husband, Earl Howard; her three daughters; her twin daughter, Diane Dunbar, and Earline Bushrod.

She is survived by her granddaughter and caregiver, Donna Bushrod of Charlottesville; three grandsons, Earl Butler of Charlottesville, James Bushrod of Johnson City, NY, and David Bushrod and his wife, Theresa of West Orange, NJ; seven great grandchildren, Shenicwa and Jorleesa Bushrod of Charlottesville, Tamyla Bowens of New York, David “DJ” and Mya Bushrod of West Orange, NJ and Armoni and Jordyn Bushrod of Johnson City, NY. Florine was loved and cherished by many other friends and family.

A Funeral service will be held to celebrate Mrs. Cerphy’s life at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 20, 2016, at Union Baptist Church, Avon, VA with the Reverend Phillip A. Carter officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

The family would like to give a special thank you to the Hospice of the Piedmont and Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation for the care and support that was provided for our grandmother and family throughout the past few months. We are forever appreciative and may God Bless you.

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

Theresa Carter Payne ("Fluff")

Theresa Carter Payne (“Fluff”) departed this life on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. She was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 21, 1935, to the late Cornelius and Jean Carter. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Beauregard Payne Sr and her beloved son, Beauregard Payne Jr.

Theresa was a life long member of First Baptist Church, 632 West Main Street. She was active in many church activities and worked tirelessly with the senior ministry, The Golden Agers. She was very involved in the yearly “World Day of Prayer” which included seniors from other community churches. For many years she served as an usher and worked with the homeless feeding program.

Theresa graduated from Jackson P. Burley High School and worked for Charlottesville Parks and Recreation. After raising her son, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Mary Baldwin College. While continuing to working full time, she completed her Master of Education at the University of Virginia. She worked for 30+ years as a teacher and a social worker with the Charlottesville City Public School System until her retirement.

Theresa leaves to cherish her memory her grandson, Bryant Witcher, his wife, Kimberly and great-grand children, Coby and Cole of Mechanicsville, VA; an aunt and uncle, June and James Bailey of Ewing, NJ; an uncle, Charlie Preston and wife, Dolores of Baltimore, MD; an aunt, Marjorie Preston of Washington D.C.; sisters in-law, Fredina Johnson and Felecia Rowe of Dayton, OH; brother in-law, Grafton Payne and wife, Bernice of Dayton, OH; brother in-law, Garvin Tonsler and wife, Marcia of Atlanta, GA; a beloved cousin, Jay Bailey of Newport Beach, CA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Many family members and friends would seek Fluff’s counsel and guidance. Everyone knew she maintained confidentialities and spoke the truth. Fluff welcomed everyone into her home and made each person she met feel special.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at First Baptist Church, 632 West Main Street., with the Reverend Hodari Hamilton officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

Contributions in Theresa’s memory should be sent to the First Baptist Church Golden Agers Senior Ministry, 632 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia 22903.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may send condolences online at wwwjfbellfuneralservices.com.

Walter Herbert Burton, Sr.

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Walter Herbert Burton, Sr. of Charlottesville, Virginia died on October 29, 2016. He was born on November 6, 1925, to the late Isaac and Carrie Burton; Walter was the third born of the ten Burton children. He was preceded in death by six siblings, Elizabeth, Viola, Harvey, Douglas, Mariah and Fannie; and two brothers-in-law, William and Early Woodson.

Walter developed a devotion to God at a young age, where he joined Ridgeway Baptist Church in Buckingham, Virginia. He later became a faithful member of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Va. He attended Ridgeway School after which he joined the United States Army and fought in WWII while serving from 1944 to 1947. Upon leaving the military he resided in Washington, D.C. where he began his new life and career as a taxi cab driver. In early 1954 he met the love of his life, Corinne Woodson.
Walter and Corinne married on November 5, 1955, and to this day they would have been married 61 years. After moving back to Virginia, Walter began a new career of operating a dump truck. After purchasing his own truck, he began a long career of being a self-employed entrepreneur. Later he purchased his 1st front end loader and thus began his excavating business, which he operated until the age of 83.

Walter loved to garden, especially growing his “HUGE” watermelons. He loved to play cards, checkers and he especially loved a good joke (whether telling one or listening to one). He also enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

He leaves to cherish his wife, Corinne Woodson Burton; three children, Michael D. of Laurel, Maryland, Gail Burton-Jones and Byron Smith of Louisa, Virginia and Walter Jr. (Frances) of Charlottesville, Virginia; one grandchild, Ashley Jackson of Charlottesville, Virginia; and one great grandchild, Nia Jackson of Charlottesville, Virginia. He is survived by three siblings, Ecklie (Beatrice) and James (Joyce) Burton of Charlottesville and Carrie Burton of Richmond, Virginia; two sisters-in-law, Nannie Ayers of Riverhead, New York and Annie Woodson of Dillwyn, Virginia; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Walter Burton will be greatly missed. For the Bible tells us in John 3:16- “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Funeral Services will be held at 12-00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 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.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Dorothy Maxine Harris Terrell

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Dorothy Maxine Harris Terrell departed this life on Wednesday, October 27, 2016, to be with her Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. She was born on March 21, 1942, in Charlottesville, VA. Dorothy is preceded in death by her parents, Mary Allen Harris and William Christopher Harris and her son, Donald Norris Terrell, Jr.


She is survived by her daughter, Delisa Monae Hawkins-Terrell and Nicole Cheri Hawkins-Terrell, wife of Seattle, WA; two granddaughters, Keedra L. Terrell and Shannon T. Lockett, both of Charlottesville,Va.; a great grandson, Shaun Devon “SJ” Jenkins; an aunt, Helen Jones of Bridgeport, Connecticut; an uncle, Linwood Allen of Schuyler, Va.; two nieces, Leslie Harris Scott and Rodney, husband and Christina D. Harris, both of Charlottesville, Va.; two great nephews, Christopher E. Scott and William F. Washington, III; a devoted friend who was like a daughter, Lucille Bransom Taylor (Kevin); special friends, Barbara Jordan, Florence Thoms, Dirie Payne Harris, Katherine Dukes, Lillian Inge, Stephanie Taylor, and Debra Griffie; along with a host of other family members and friends; and as well as her dog, Skye, whom she adored.


Dorothy graduated from Jackson P. Burley High School in 1959 and then attended Hampton University. She returned to Charlottesville and worked for many years, as an LPN, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. After retirement, she moved to the state of Washington to be closer to her daughter and began working for the Veteran’s Administration Hospital. In the past several years, after suffering from a severe heart condition, she decided to return to her “home” in Charlottesville, VA and began her journey “home”. She began volunteering at the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, where she enjoyed sharing information with patrons about the history of Charlottesville from an African American perspective.


Dorothy was known to never meet a stranger and would help others in any way that she could. She enjoyed reading, crossword puzzles, and playing the PHASE 10 card game. She will be remembered for her kind heart, bright smile, strong faith in God, and the ability to make those around her laugh.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Jefferson School African American Heritage Center or the Mount Zion First African Baptist Church Building Fund.

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

Eugene Brown

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Eugene Brown of Louisa, Va. departed this life on Thursday, October 20, 2016. Eugene was born on May 23, 1964, the son of Eleanor Brown and the late Delma Brown. In 1999, he married the love of his life, Ramona Brown. Eugene loved God and was a good father and loving husband. He was a faithful member of Faith Temple Non-Denominational Church where he served as an Adjutant to the Bishop, Deacon, Media Relations Specialist and drummer in the choir.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his five children, Tinesha Mayo, Yolanda Ross, Keona Thompson, Tahim Mayo and Faith Brown; four sisters, Dora Gregory and husband, Melvin, Malinda, Becky and Tina Brown; five brothers, Alonza, Christopher, Bruce, Darrell and Eric Brown; seven aunts, Lucielle and Alberta Brown, Pastor Thelma Jordan, Hazel Banks, Mary Blackman, Evelyn Jones and Margaret Young and husband, Shedrick; two uncles, David and James Brown. He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Linda Mayo; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Hattie Mayo, Rose, Emma, George and Danielle Harris; and his five grandchildren, Messiah Swift, Akilah Michie, Xavier and Xion Thompson and Kahim Mayo; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, October 28, 2016, at Covenant Church, with Apostle Louise Wright as the Eulogist. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens.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

Susie Bell Sandridge

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Susie Bell Sandridge, 53, of Charlottesville, Va. departed this life on October 21, 2016, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. She was born in Charlottesville, Va. on October 9, 1963, the daughter of Angela Green and the late Simuel Lee Sandridge. She was also preceded in death by a stepson, Robert Bowles; one brother, Marshall Sandridge; and one sister, Deloris Blakey.

Susie loved to cook and prepare meals; she enjoyed the scenery at the parks and spending time with the family; she also had a fondness for shopping, cleaning and making everyone laugh.

In addition to her mother, she leaves to cherish her memory her devoted significant other, Robert Jett; one son, Lamont Sandridge; two daughters, Letisha S. Sandridge and Brittany N. Sandridge; three brothers, Bobby Sandridge and wife, Melissa, James E. Sandridge, and Larry R. Sandridge and wife, Vivian; five sisters, Joyce A. Sandridge, Judy M. Mills and husband, Marvin, Sandra Sandridge, Betty Carter, and Deanna Salisbury; numerous nieces, nephews, and beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 27, 2016, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel, with the Reverend Eric Luck officiating and Pastor Harold Miller will deliver the Prayer of Comfort. Interment will follow at Mount Olivet Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the Chapel one hour prior to the services. J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Emma Mae Steppe

Emma Mae Steppe entered into eternal rest on Oct 21 2016. She was 82 years old. She was born on October 16, 1934, the daughter of the late Chester and Viola White. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by four brothers, Carl Steppe, Wayne White, Matt White and Phil White, and a granddaughter, Kimberley Anderson.


Emma is survived by two sisters, Laverne Durrett and Jane White; three brothers, Moses White and his wife, Nelly of Mineral, Va., Roy White and his wife, Pat of Avon, Va., and Richard White and his wife, Linda of Avon, Va.; Emma is also survived by her six children, Cecil Steppe and his wife, Barbara of Barboursville, Va. and his four children and ten grandchildren; Carolyn Anderson of Charlottesville, Va. and her three children and four grandchildren; Joseph Steppe and his wife, Sandy of Harrisonburg, Va. and their two children ;Julius Steppe of Barboursville, Va.; Cecilia Steppe and her husband, Lawrence of Albemarle County, Va. and her four children; Gabriel Steppe of Barboursville, Va. and his four children and one grandchild; with a host of nieces, nephews and friends.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2016, at Union Baptist Church, 783 Avon Road, Afton, Va., with Reverend Phillip Carter officiating . Interment will follow in the church cemetery.
The family wishes to thank Legacy Hospice for wonderful care that was given to our mother. A special thanks to Bridget Floyd RN, Michelle Lawson and Tracy Smith. Cecilia wants to thank her son, Keyshawn Williams for taking care of his grandmother during her illness
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

William Morris

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Mr. William “Mann” “Bill” “Fox” Tyler Morris, 68, of Richmond, Va., entered into eternal rest on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at his residence surrounded by family and friends. He was born on January 22, 1948 in Charlottesville, Virginia to the late James and Martha Morris. He is proceeded in death by his late brothers; Reginald Morris, Robert (Hugo) Morris and Sirell Carey.


He was educated at Jefferson Elementary and graduated from JP Burley High School in 1966. After high School William served in many different roles, joining the United States Army and served in the Vietnam War, March 1969 to February 1970 and remained active until 1976. He became a State Trooper, November 1977 and retired as a Sergeant in June 2003. From May 2004 to February 2012 William served in the Federal Reserve Police and retired as a Staff Sergeant.


He gave his life to Christ at an early age and attended Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Powhatan, Virginia.
William was an avid Oakland Raiders fan and the President of the Powhatan Cruisers car club. Besides football and cars, he loved to sing which he did in his band as a young adult. His generosity and kind heart was an inspiration to many family and friends. Always laughing, joking, and giving words of wisdom to whomever he met, making you smile.


He leaves to cherish his memory a son, Tyler W. Morris of Richmond, Va.; a sister Doris Dowell of Troy, Va.; a devoted lady of 19 years, Danita Allen of Powhatan, Va.; and her children, Donald Jr. of Richmond, Va. and Brittany Cox of Charlotte, NC; a granddaughter, Lilly Cox of Richmond, Va.; two sisters-in-law, Delores Morris of Charlottesville, Va. and Gracie Morris of Scottsville, Va.; and a host of nephews, great nephews, a great great nephew, nieces and devoted life time friends, Thomas Hall of Irving, TX, Elliott Anderson of Goochland, Va. and Christopher Tyler of Richmond, Va.
Funeral Services will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, October 22, 2016, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave, Charlottesville, Va., with the Reverend Larry Collins officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, Charlottesville, Va.


The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Powhatan Christmas Mother at P.O. Box 461 Powhatan, VA 23139, or Powhatanchristmasmother.org, in memory of William T. Morris.
The family would like to give special thanks to Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center and Ascend Hospice of Glen Allen, VA for the care and comfort they provided.


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

Orlando C. Nowell

Ned Mr. Orlando C. Nowell, 53, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Thursday, October 13, 2016. He was born in Halifax County, VA on August 14, 1963, to Apostle William Nowell and the late First Lady Effie S. Carr Nowell. He was the husband of Pam Bondurant for three years.

He is preceded in death by his mother and granddaughter, Leslie Jo-nay Lowe.

Orlando worked for the Hilton Garden Inn in Charlottesville VA, for many years. He was the Executive Chef. He loved his God Given Gift of Cooking and sharing it with others. He played the guitar and also loved to sing. Orlando loved his family he lived for his grandchildren. He had a way with words, powerful and strong, he said what he meant and meant what he said. His personality drew people.

In addition to his wife, Pamela Bondurant, he leaves to cherish two daughters, Sherrika Nowell-Greene and husband, Guy of Charlottesville, Va.; Denise Adams of Philadelphia, Pa.; one son, James Butler and special friend, Shakena of Richmond, Va.; two sisters, Lisa Thompson and husband, Rodney, Sonia Allen and husband, Quentin all of Charlottesville, Va.; seven Grandchildren, Austyn Nowell, Kyonna, Scott, Sethaun Nowell, Giaunna Nowell-Greene, and Jaiden Mawyer all of Charlottesville, Va.; Jo-Van Lowe and Ta’ jahn Harrison of Philadelphia, Pa.; a special sister-in-law, brother-in-law and nephew, Jackie & Eddie Shifflett and Brian of Louisa County; one God brother, Randy Wingate and One God sister, Deleesha MCCall; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Orlando also had a special bond with his cousins the Carr Brother’s, his friends of many years Josh and Joe Blakey, and The Wingate Brothers.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 20, 2016, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave., with Apostle William Nowell officiating.

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

Fred Stovall

Russell Mr. Fred Stovall, 78, passed away peacefully after an extended illness on Wednesday, September 21, 2016. Fred was born on March 2, 1938, the son of the late Solomon and Gladys Stovall. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Pat Jelks and Marilyn Ferguson; a brother, James W. Stovall; and a niece, LaToya Y. Stovall.


He was a member of Middle Oak Church. Fred had a kind heart, he loved the Lord, and his favorite Bible verse was the 23rd Psalm. Fred worked at IX Silk Mill until his health declined.


He was married to Lena Monroe and leaves behind to cherish his life three daughters, Karen Dell, Lisa White, and Fredina Stovall, and two sons, Freddie Stovall, and Jimmy Stovall; three brothers, Lloyd Stovall, Ted Stovall (Carolyn); Charles Stovall; two sisters, Vinnie Stovall and Ethel Grimes (Ronnie); eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at Middle Oak Baptist Church. 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 in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

James Fortune

James L. “Chin” Fortune, 70, of Charlottesville, VA departed this life on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at the Wayland Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Keysville, VA. He was born on December 6, 1945, in Charlottesville, VA the son of the late Charles and Mary Lawson Fortune. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Thomas, Charles Jr., and Elmer Fortune. He was a U.S. Army veteran.


He is survived by one sister, Kitty Fortune Roundtree of Charlottesville, VA; one son, James Ward of New York; a sister-in-law, Ada Fortune; a special nephew, Charles Allen; a number of other nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 7, 2016, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.


Interment will be held at a later date in Culpeper National Cemetery.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Jay Matthew Douglas

Jay Matthew Douglas, 57, of Crozet, Va. died on Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at his residence. He was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on January 23, 1959, the son of Loretta W. Douglas and the late Edward M. Douglas.


He received his formal education in the Albemarle County School System. Jay enjoyed the arts and fashion; was a devoted Baptist; and a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church. He was dedicated to his family and friends.


He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Loretta W. Douglas of Crozet, Va.; two brothers, Gregory Douglas, M.D. and wife, Jessica Douglas and Ronald S. Douglas, Esquire and wife, Judge Wanda Bryant Douglas; one sister, Denise Ann Douglas Turner; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.


A Graveside Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 2, 2016 at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church, Pea Ridge, White Hall, Va.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Shirley James

Shirley James, 77, of Charlottesville, Virginia entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at the Golden Living Nursing Home. She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Alfred James, Sr. and her sister, Mary Ellen Burns.

Shirley worked at the University of Virginia Medical Center for over 30 years and she also worked with Martha Jefferson Hospital part-time. She had a love for word puzzle books, books, Westerns, and NCIS; and there wasn’t anyone she didn’t stop and talk to. If you had a pen in your hand, it would become hers. She loved pens and had one of the largest collections in Charlottesville.

She leaves to cherish her memory a son, Alfred James Jr.; longtime companion and trusted family friend, Ruth Cowan; a daughter, Pamela Coleman and son-in-law, Kevin; a mother-in-law, Martha James; four grandsons, Tibas James, Brandon Johnson, Eric and Evan Coleman; one great granddaughter, Naylah; a number of loving nieces and nephews; great nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends. Along with her family she leaves behind her Golden Living Family, the list is too large to name them all, but a few who worked closely and were like family include Jacinda, Kelisha, Mirinda, Amy, Joy, Portia, Claire, Pleasure, Wendy, Lesley, Cherita, and Dr. Chesler; and her roommate, Tootie, which she had a special bond; and friends, Kim, Dawn, Kenny and Richard.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 2, 2016, at J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel, with the Reverend Chauncey Brown delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.
Shirley had a special collection of pens and word search books; there wasn’t a person she didn’t meet that didn’t share a pen with her. The family would like to make a special request that honors her love of pens: In lieu of flowers please donate school supplies to Jack Jouett Middle School in memory of Shirley James. School Supplies can be dropped off at J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth St. N.W. Charlottesville, VA, 22903. Let’s keep her love of pens and pencils alive!
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Fred Johnson

Russell Fred Johnson of Silver Spring, MD. went to be with the Lord on the morning of Thursday, September 22, 2016. Mr. Fred Johnson was born on August 28, 1918, in the City of Marengo, Alabama. He was the son of the late Frank and Mary Lee Johnson. He was preceded in death by eleven brothers and sisters.

Fred was a retired Army veteran, serving in WWII and the Korean War before retiring as a Sergeant First Class in April of 1962 with over 20 years of service. After retiring from military service he worked in the Civil Service as a Special Police Officer. After his final retirement he spent his days traveling with his beloved wife, Bertha Johnson. When he was not traveling you could find him in his garden, reading the Washington Post cover to cover, walking in the neighborhood, and taking his grandkids to the Go-Go. He was also involved with The Concerned Gents and held the position of Treasurer.

He is survived by his wife, Bertha Johnson, and his three children, Pamela Johnson, Portland Smith and husband, Linwood, and Michael Johnson; his sister Doris Lynch; and his three granddaughters, Tiffany Smith, Jessica Johnson, and Tamara Smith.

A funeral service, will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday October 1, 2016, at The Saint Andrews Apostle Catholic Church, 11600 Kemp Mill Rd., Silver Spring, MD. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery with full Military Honors.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Send condolences online via www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Sadie Gordon

Russell Sadie C. Gordon departed this life on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at the University of Virginia Medical Center. She was born in Nelson County VA on August 19, 1931 to the late Matti B. Clark and Irvin Phillips. She was also preceded in death by a sister Margaret G. Clark, a brother Bingham Clark, a daughter Lottie Ann Gordon, a son in Law Garfield Saylor and a devoted special friend Frank Brown.
Sadie was educated at Nelson Public schools and worked for many years as a Daycare provider.
She leaves to cherish her memory seven children Deloris Saylor of Charlottesville, VA, Louis Dyer and Phillip of Keswick, VA, Dorothy Gordon Brooks of Maryland, Thomas L. Gordon and Sheree of Maryland, Darcella M. Stinnie, Frank Brown and Monica, Maryann Brown Green and Jermaine all of Charlottesville, VA; and a devoted daughter in law Janice Witcher Martin of Charlottesville, VA. 21 grandchildren David Clark, Benee Marshall, Garfield Saylor, Raymond Saylor, Larry Saylor, Lisa Dyer, Robert Dyer, Sharon Saylor, Linda Saylor, Phillip Dyer Jr, Dennis Gordon, Donna Gordon, Stephanie Stinnie, Chantelle Gordon, Ryan Gordon, Quante Stewart, Ashley Booker, Frank Brown Jr., Melissa Stinnie-Ortiz, Lashawnda Brown and Keedra Terrell; 36 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and friends including two devoted nieces Betty Howard and Julie Clark; devoted friends Dorothy Wallace, Pete Carey, Sally Jackson, Ms. Reva Crenshaw, Marie Walker, Tanja Carter, Art Brown, Franklin Vest and Willis Carter.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, September 30, 2016, at First Christian Baptist Church, Keswick, VA, with the Rev. Dr. Rickey White officiating. Interment will follow at Union Run Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 6 to 8 at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com.

Carolyn Marie Grant

Carolyn Marie Grant died on Thursday, September 22, 2016. She was the daughter of Paul and Martha Brooks Dobson.
She is survived by a son Christopher Grant; three daughters Carol Johnson, Cheryl Williams and Paullisa Lee; and a sister Evelyn Young
A memorial service will be held on Saturday October 1, 2016 at 1pm at Calvary Baptist Church, Avon Street Ext. with Pastor Rio presiding.

Robert Lewis Banks

RussellRobert Lewis Banks, 55, of Crozet, Virginia departed this life on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at his residence. He was born in Schuyler, VA on November 1, 1960, the son of Charles C. and Dora H. Banks. He the husband of Barbara Scott Banks.

Two brothers, Richard Hocker and Charles Hocker preceded him in death.

Robert was a graduate of Nelson County High School and worked as a Roofer for many years. He was a member of Union Run Baptist Church. He loved sports and especially watching his favorite team the Redskins play. Most of all he adored his family and friends and loved spending time with them.

In addition to his beloved wife, Barbara he leaves to cherish his memory a stepson, Anthony Scott and wife, Nikkil of Virginia Beach, VA; two step-granddaughters, Agerianna Scott and Jasmine Scott; two brothers, John Hocker of Christianburg, VA and Willie Banks of Baltimore, MD; three sisters, Bessie Carter and husband, Raymond of Buckingham County; Alice Scott of Scottsville, VA, and Ethel Morrison and husband, Jerry of Charlottesville; an Aunt, Annie Blakley of New York; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 16, 2016, at First Christian Church, 3285 Keswick Road, Keswick, VA, with Rev. Dr. Rickey White officiating. Interment will follow in Union Run Baptist Church Cemetery, Keswick, 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

Jackie E. Tyson

Russell Jackie E. Tyson of Charlottesville, VA departed this life on Friday, September 9, 2016. He was born in North Carolina on February 26, 1953, the son of the late Marion Tyson, Jr. and Catherine Midgette Tyson.

Jackie leaves to honor his memory and to become a treasure to, two sons, Branden M. Tyson of Charlottesville, VA and Miles V. Tyson of Upper Marlboro, Md.; two brothers, Marion (Merylyn) of Newburgh, NY and James Nelson (M. Doris) of Winterville, NC.; four nephews, Darrel (Lori) of Dickson, TN, Demetrius (Monica) of Detroit, MI, Delano (Melanie) of Jacksonville, FL, and Wyki (Lorrie) of Clinton, MD. He also leaves a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 15, 2016, at First Baptist Church, 632 West Main St. Charlottesville. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens.

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. Effie Nowell

RussellMrs. Effie S. Carr Nowell, 74, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. She was born in Halifax County, VA on March 16, 1942, the daughter of the late William and Nannie Carr. She was the wife of Apostle William Nowell for over 49 years.
She was preceded in death by four brothers, George, Wayne, Ernest, and Joseph Carr.
She received her formal education in the Halifax County School System. She worked for Comdial Corporation for many years and after retiring she opened up her own in home daycare, Maw Maw Well’s Daycare where she cared for many children in the Charlottesville Community. She was the gracious First Lady of New Covenant Pentecostal Church where she wore a number of hats: First Lady Nowell was an Ordained Evangelist, she lived what she preached about, and was a woman after God’s own heart, she served as President of the Missionary Department; Church Secretary, and served on the church Advisory Committee. She loved her church and her family. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother; and sister. She had a wonderful voice and enjoyed singing; a prayer warrior; and was known for her sweet potato pies and coconut pies.
In addition to her devoted husband, Apostle William Nowell she leaves to cherish her memory one son, Orlando Cepeda Nowell and wife Pamela of Charlottesville; two daughters, Loletha Nannette Thompson and husband, Rodney and Sonia Willette Allen and husband Quentin of Charlottesville; six grandchildren, Sherrika (Guy), Michael, Markeese, Shaniqua, Trevor, and Saquentin; nine great grandchildren, Austyn, Sethaun, Kyonna, Giauna, Nevaeh, Sariah, Tahje, Nakhylee, and Aylah ; three brothers Thomas Carr of Charlottesville, Willie Carr (Dr. Vivian Carr) of Newark, New Jersey, and Robert Carr of Brookneal, VA; one sister, Nannie Atily of Newark, New Jersey; six brothers-in-laws, Bishop Joseph Nowell (Josephine), Elder Robert Nowell (Betty), Tony Nowell (Jaunita), James Nowell (Pearl), Alex Nowell (Myra ); five sisters-in-laws, Apostle Louise Branch (Bishop Thomas Branch), Apostle Shirley Johnson, Ruth Michie (Zack), Lilly Marie Carr, and Annie Webb; a number of nieces and nephews; a special friend Leslie Catoe, one Godson Randy Wingate, and two Goddaughters , Deleesha McCall and Akeeba Alexander; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A funeral service will be held at 12 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave. Apostle Shirley Johnson will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangement. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Mary Frances Hardy

RussellMary Frances Hardy of Charlottesville, Virginia went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 1, 2016. She was lovingly known to many as “Tulu.” Mary was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 11, 1926, to the late Nettie Kenny and Joe Baynes. She was the widow of Jackson Hardy.
In addition to her parents and husband she was preceded in death by a daughter, Evelyn Moton; a brother, Waverly Jordan; a sister, Sarah Carter; an aunt and uncle, John and Rosa Kenny; three grandchildren, David and Rosemary Henderson, and Irving Hardy; and a niece, Alice James.
Mary was an invaluable employee in various positions during her lifetime; she worked at the University of Virginia, Howard Johnson and the Boar’s Head Inn. She enjoyed entertaining friends; was an avid cards player and music lover; could often be found catching a good television mystery; she liked traveling, and especially enjoyed her trips to W. VA. Most of all, she cherished the time spent with her children and grandchildren.
Mary is survived by a devoted and loving daughter, Nettie H. Frye; son-in-law, Earl Moton; six grandchildren, Antoinette (Leslie) Lowe, Faye and Carl Henderson, Robin (James) Turner, Ivy (Michael) Benton and Franklin Hardy; twenty-two great-grandchildren, Edward, Albert, Katrinia, De’Avja, Casey, Carl Aaron, Shawn, Vincent, Cherese, Tyeast, Jaye, Irving, Malika, Armechia, Frankie, Yolanda, Shawnee (Timothy), Chris, Anthony, Michael, Marcus, and Mikaela; devoted friends, Janis Howard, and Dennis and Sylvia Wheeler; and a host of great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and friends.
She will be greatly missed by her daughter, grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great-grandchildren and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Fannie Shelton Hicks

RussellFannie Shelton Hicks, 90, of Woods’ Edge Senior Home, Charlottesville, VA went home to be with the Lord on September 2, 2016. She was the daughter of the late Bessie and Thomas Shields and was born on September 4, 1925, in Winston Salem, NC. She was preceded in death by her late husbands, Joseph N. Shelton and Rev. James Hicks and daughter, Beverly Shelton Campbell.
She is survived by six daughters, Barbara Henderson (Willie B.)of Jacksonville, NC, Josephine Perrow (Melvin) of Charlottesville, VA, Carolyn Miller(George) of White Plains, NY, Catherine Thomas (Gregory)of Charlottesville, VA, Dorothy Golson (the late Wesley) of Bronx, NY, and Dora Smith (Harold) of Charlottesville, VA; one son, Joseph Shelton (Rugina) of Charlottesville, VA; 17 grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; and 2 great-great grandchildren. She is also survived by special cousins, Louise White of Lovingston, VA, Bessie Bradford of Philadelphia, PA, and Ralph Rattley (Henrietta) of Winston Salem, NC. We are thankful for two special Woods’ Edge friends, Ethel Jane Webb and Kenneth Dawson for helping to take such special care of our mother through the years.
She was member and ‘Mother of the Church’ at Emmanuel Christian Center, Bishop Michael V. Jackson, Sr.
Fannie was a devoted provider for her family. She worked in Washington, DC for many years, as a housekeeper and nanny in Nelson County, as a short order cook at the Waffle Shop in her earlier years, and earned a living as a housekeeper at UVA Hospital, Commonwealth Court Patient Center, and retired from MCV Hospital in Richmond. Fannie enjoyed cooking, tissue box cover needlepoint and attending church. She did all three joyfully until her health failed. She faithfully supported programs at both Emmanuel Christian Center and First AME Zion Church, Lovingston.
Homegoing Service for Fannie Shelton Hicks will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2016, at 11:00 AM, at Emmanuel Christian Center, 111 New Life Drive, Ruckersville, VA. Bishop Michael V. Jackson, Sr. of Emmanuel Christian Center and Reverend Reginald M. Jones of First AME Zion Church, Lovingston officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Richmond, VA.
Many thanks for the out pouring of support from family and friends and especially Erica Allen and Jackie of the Hospice of the Piedmont. The Family would also would like to thank Woods’ Edge Senior Home for the many happy years she spent there.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that a donation in their Mother’s memory be made to: Emmanuel Christian Center, 111 New Life Drive, Ruckersville, VA 22968; and/ or First AME Zion Church, P.O. Box 6489, Charlottesville, VA 22906.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Robert Arven Ferguson

RussellRobert Arven Ferguson, Sr. 78, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Sunday, August 28, 2016, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on July 4, 1938, the son of the late Joseph and Lucy Ferguson. He was the husband of Virginia Lee Ferguson.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, John Henry Lewis, Alfred Ferguson, Thomas Ferguson, and Frank Earl Ferguson; four sisters, Alice Ferguson, Gladys Ferguson, Lydia Brown, Nellie Lewis Thomas and one brother-in-law, George Minor.
Robert was a graduate of Burley High School; and was the co-captain of the undefeated and unscored upon 1956 Burley Bears’ football team that went on to become that year’s state champion.
He was the well-respected and cherished manager of the downtown Charlottesville Branch of the U. S. Post Office. He retired after forty-five years of dedicated service. His retirement was short-lived; he soon returned to the workforce. In the last six years he enthusiastically greeted young people each day as he was a beloved School Bus Driver for the City School System. He was an avid reader and history buff; enjoyed fresh water fishing and loved spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted and beloved wife of fifty-seven years, Virginia Lee Ferguson; two sons, Mitchell Minor and wife, Michelle and Robert Ferguson, Jr. of Charlottesville, VA; two daughters, Cecelia Denise Ferguson of Upper Marlboro, MD and Pamela Ferguson-Burruss and husband, Lloyd, Jr. of Palmyra, VA; one grandson, Omari Minor; six granddaughters, Jessica Burruss, Danielle Burruss Freeman and husband, Gary, Britany Burruss, Codie Burruss, Jessica White, Taslim Minor; five great grandchildren, Kevontae Washington, Taylor Burruss, Jayden Freeman, Amiyah Burruss, and Tysen Freeman; three brothers-in-law, Plank Minor and wife, Doris of Troy, VA, Robert Minor, and James Minor of Charlottesville; two sisters-in-law, Barbra Minor, and Rosa Minor Greene of Charlottesville; a number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 3, 2016, at Covenant Church, 1025 Rio Road, E., with the Reverend Rickey White officiating. Interment will follow in Monticello Memory Gardens.
The Family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 7 at J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth St. N.W.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Una Jacqueline "Jackie" Strickland

RussellJackie Strickland, passed away on Saturday, August 20,2016 at Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. Jackie was born in Dunham, KY on July 20,1936 to the late Martin W. Franklin and Anna Florence Franklin.

Jackie loved the Lord with all her heart. She was a member of Covenant Church. She served on the Care Ministry sending cards to shut-ins and to those who needed encouragement. She graduated from Oak Ridge High School. She was a homemaker. She loved to sing and listen to Southern Gospel Music. Mostly she enjoyed her private time of reading God’s Word, writing her thoughts in her Prayer & Praise Journals and spending time with her family.

Jackie is survived by:
7 Daughters
Pam D. Pettyjohn of Somerset, KY, Kim R. Smith (Paul) of Lake City, FL, Denise L. Cothern (Denny) of Lake Wales, FL, Kelly A. Cochrane of Enterprise, AL, Donna M. Touchton (James “Robert”) of Grottoes, VA, Tracy M. Mule of Jacksonville, FL, and Katrina M. Strickland of Gordonsville, VA;
11 Grandchildren
Kristie Shaw (Clint), Amanda Ribeiro (Wagner), Amie Leonard (Andrew), Ashley Holcomb (Sean), Michael Touchton (Andrea), Danielle Smith, Laina Shifflett (Eric), Jonathan Perez, Austin Cochrane, Joshua Perez, Brandon Cochrane.

13 Great-Grandchildren
Kailey & Conley Shaw, Cooper & Olivia Leonard, Leonardo Ribeiro, Lucas & Tucker Holcomb, Levi Hannah, Rylen, Owen & Ellen Touchton, Erin & Dalton Shifflett.

Siblings
Three brothers, Harrison E. Franklin (Ruth) of St. Peters, MO, Rev. Jimmy R. Franklin (Maxine) of Cleveland, TN and Glen Thomas Franklin (Audrey) of Thonotosassa, FL; one sister, Peggy Gray of Seffner, FL. and sisters-in-law, Jackie Franklin of Oak Ridge, TN, and Geri Franklin of Cleveland, TN.

Preceding Jackie in death were five brothers, Martin V., William A., Oscar W., Bennie, Denney “Bobby”, one sister, Janie Lucille Morelock and her husband Lee, and one son-in-law, Nunzio Mule.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Covenant Church Children’s Missions.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at Covenant Church, 1025 Rio Road East, Charlottesville, VA. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

The family will receive visitors for a viewing before the service from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Covenant Church.

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

Roberta “Cookie” Joyce Whitlock Jones

RussellRoberta “Cookie” Joyce Whitlock Jones of Charlottesville, VA passed away on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, at her residence. She was born on September 21, 1946, to Ellen Jones Whitlock and the late Robert Cornelius Whitlock. She was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

She leaves to cherish her memory, husband, Phillip Jones; one son, Edward De’Forrest Jones of Washington, D. C.; her mother, Ellen Jones Whitlock of Charlottesville, VA; two sisters, Mary E. Tompkins and brother-in-law, Michael of Midlothian, VA and Elizabeth Whitlock of Glen Burnie, MD; 5 grandchildren, Portia and Quintin Jones, Angel Williams, I’dailis and I’lijah Jones and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A Graveside Funeral will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 21, 2016, at Riverview Cemetery, Charlottesville, VA.

Per the deceased request, there will be no public viewing of her remains.

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

Jessie Marie Stewart-Hill

RussellMrs. Jessie Marie Stewart-Hill 93, died quietly in her sleep at her residence at the Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation on August 12, 2016, in Charlottesville, VA. She was born in Uno, VA on June 13, 1923, to the late Sophia Page and Elvis Stewart. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Fred and Joseph Stewart; sisters, Gene Stewart and Mary Brown; daughters, Alice L. Martin, Sarah K. Moore; and a loving friend and companion of 30 years, Mr. Peter Utley.
She is survived by her sister, Mrs. Bertha Goffney of Washington D.C.; a daughter, Ms. Barbara A. Blair and her companion, Author Wars of Keswick, VA, and a son the Reverend Dr. Halliard Brown, Jr. and wife Mary of Gordonsville, VA; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews and cousins.
Mrs. Hill worked for many years as a housekeeper for the late Dr. Tywman and the late Dr. Delaney Families of Charlottesville. She was greatly loved and supported by both families and their children. Momma Jessie, as she was lovingly called, loved her family and friends deeply and often entertained them in her home. She was a fabulous cook and loved to laugh and reminisce about the good times with all. She would remember all the birthdays and the baby’s names and sent everyone a card saying “I don’t have much, but here’s a little something.” Mrs. Hill loved her Pastor and church family at Ebenezer Baptist Church Charlottesville, VA where she attended up until her health failed.
Funeral Services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 20, 2016, at Zion Union Baptist Church, 1015 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville, VA with the Reverend Dr. Lehman Bates officiating and the Reverend Dr. Halliard Brown, Jr. delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.
The family thanks the Doctors and Nurses at UVA Hospital, the staff at Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation along with the staff of the Hospice of the Piedmont.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Robert Philandow Burton

Robert Philandow Burton, 59, of Charlottesville, VA departed this life on Thursday, August 11, 2016, at his residence. He was born in Charlottesville, VA on July 30, 1957, the son of the late Robert and Viola Burton. A brother, Orlando Deago Burton preceded him in death.

He completed his formal education in the Albemarle County School System. He was a self-employed painter and enjoyed cooking gardening, fishing and watching his favorite team Dallas Cowboys.

He leaves to cherish his memory a companion of forty-two years, Dora Brock; two sons, Robert Philandow Burton, Jr. of Brooklyn, NY and Bernard Brock of Charlottesville; a daughter, Khalesha Powell of Charlottesville; one brother, James Payne, Jr. and wife, Jackie of Green County; two sisters, Marsha Howard and Catherine Ross of Charlottesville; ten grandchildren and one great grandchild; three aunts, Vivan Harris and Emma L. Ampratwum of Charlottesville, and Mary-Lou Anderson of Jacksonville, FL; five uncles, Murphy Burton, William Lewis, Nelson Lewis, and Freeman Lewis of Charlottesville, and Gerald Lewis of Bronx, NY; his cat Bee-Bee who was his pride and joy of many years; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Thursday, August 18, 2016, at First Baptist Church 632 W. Main Street, with the Reverend Hodari Hamilton officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview 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

Alice Louise Willis

Alice Louise Willis, 86, of Charlottesville, Virginia passed away on Monday, August 1, 2016. She was born in Charlottesville on July 13, 1930, to the late John Joseph Willis and Mary Louise Jackson-Willis. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by five brothers, James Jackson Sr., Harold Willis, Henry Willis, Abraham Willis and Aaron Willis; one sister, Elizabeth Ann Thompson; one cherished nephew, Charles; and one son, Jonathan A. Willis Sr.
Alice graduated from Jefferson High School in 1947 and she was employed by the University of Virginia Department of Building and Grounds for many years. She also worked at the Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center before retiring. She was a longtime member of the Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church where she loved her church family and she enjoyed singing in the church choir. Alice enjoyed snacks, she would always remind you when visiting, “bring back some peppermints, Hershey bars, chips and Pepsi Colas,” she had a heart of gold. Anyone that had the pleasure of knowing her loved her.
She leaves to cherish her memory one son, David L. Willis; three grandchildren, Tracee Willis, Jonathan A. Willis Jr., and Cherelle Wiley-Willis; three great grandchildren, Tyler, Luke, and Chiyah; and a cherished niece, Joann Carter; one cherished nephew, Ronnie Thompson and a devoted daughter-in-law, Annette Willis; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 8, 2016, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Ronald E. Tyler

RussellRonald E. Tyler of Charlottesville, Virginia died on Saturday, July 30, 2016, at his home. He was born on April 19, 1957, in Charlottesville the son of the late Robert Tyler, Sr. and Verna Tyler.
He was an employee of the University of Virginia’s Housekeeping Department for many years. He always enjoyed entertaining family and friends; and often could be found working on someone’s car or lending a helping hand.
He is survived by one daughter, Verna E. Tyler of Ruckersville, VA; two step children, Veronica Smith and Derrick Smith of Charlottesville, VA; three brothers, Robert Tyler, Jr. of Waynesboro, VA, Jeffery Tyler and Bruce Tyler of Charlottesville; three sisters, Debra Tyler and Brenda Tyler of Charlottesville, and Robin Frazier of Norristown, PA; three grandchildren, Shaniah Hocker, Juseyce Bryant, and Juseyn Bryant of Ruckersville, VA; an aunt, Vernell Johnson of Charlottesville, VA: a devoted niece, Artesha Armitage and a devoted cousin, Joyce Taylor of Charlottesville, VA; devoted friends, William Vest and Greg Armstrong of Charlottesville, VA; a number of nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, August 5, 2016, at Zion Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Lloyd Cosby officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.
The family would like to express a special thanks to the Emily Couric Cancer Center doctors, nurses, and staff.
J. F. Bell Funeral home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Dorothy H. “Dottie” Allen

RussellDorothy H. “Dottie” Allen, daughter of the late Vincent G. Hughes, Sr. and Lucille Curry Hughes, departed this life on Saturday, July 23, 2016, at home surrounded by family. Dorothy was married to the late Charles O. Allen, Sr.
Dorothy was born on March 24, 1934 in Keswick, Virginia. She graduated from Albemarle Training School and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Dorothy, affectionately known as “Dottie”, loved and treasured her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Dottie had many friends and was always out and about around town. She was an avid gardener, loved being outdoors and never “cooped up”. She had a great sense of humor and entertained everyone with her smile and quick wit. Dottie enjoyed having fun with everyone young and old. Her favorite past-times were playing cards, visiting her girlfriends, and spoiling all of her grandchildren.
Dottie was preceded in death by her son Ricardo A. Allen; and a brother, George Hughes.
She leaves to cherish her memories to her son, Charles O. Allen, Jr. and wife Gwendolyn; her daughter, Marchita A. Flannagan and husband, Lathia; two brothers, Vincent Hughes and wife Lenora and John Hughes and wife Agnes; three sisters, Josephine Crowell, Gloria Green, and Norma Yvonne Hughes; a sister-in-law, Glenneth Hughes; and a devoted sister-in-law, Irene Allen Burton and husband William; seven grandchildren, Travis Allen, Turquessa Allen Newton and husband John, Cherie Allen, Tiffany Allen Thames and husband Jabo, Thomascine Allen, Sharnese Allen, and Diamond Allen; ten great-grandchildren, Nakasia, Jersawn, Cherrod, Kadarious, Kaliya, Avani, Damarion, Elaina, Fallon, and canine grandson Gizmo; and a host of other relatives and friends.
08 6Funeral services will be held at 11am, Saturday, July 30, 2016 at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 113 6th St. NW, with the Reverend Dr. Lehman D. Bates, II officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview.
The Family will receive friends on Friday evening, July 29, 2016, from 6 to 7 at J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 6th St. N. W.
The family would like to give a tremendous thank you and appreciation to the program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (Blue Ridge PACE), Ms. Teresa Watkins, and Ms. Thelma West, and Ms. Jackie Willis for all the wonderful, loving, and personal care they contributed.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Bertha Tinsley Max-Yeboah

RussellBertha Tinsley Max-Yeboah departed this life on Monday, July 11, 2016. She was born March 8, 1953, and raised in Charlottesville, VA; was a devoted mother, grandmother, and friend.

She is survived by her parents George and Helen Carter Tinsley; a sister, Betty Tinsley Sutton and her husband, Dion Sutton and their daughter, Enjoli Tinsley; a brother, Boyd Tinsley and his wife, Emily, and their children, Abby and Noah; a caring husband of 37 years, Anthony; a loving son, Benjamin, surrogate son, Kevin Fitch; and a devoted daughter and best friend, Jessica, all of Charlottesville. She is also survived by granddaughter, Ikeria Max-Yeboah, and surrogate grandchildren “Junior,” “Moosie,” “Pookie,” and “Cinco” White, all formerly of Charlottesville; nieces, Latoya Arnold, Sheena Arnold, Ashley Watkins; and a nephew, Bruce Arnold; lifelong friends, Byron Harris, Carmelita Wood, Norm Sprouse, Tony Frye, and Sharon Johnson; as well as a host of relatives and friends.

She began working as a teenager in Dietary at UVa Hospital, on the line, prepping trays. Over the years, she moved up the ranks, and worked in the office. She moved on from the hospital and began sitting for elderly people in the community. From there, she went into bank operations, starting with Sovereign Bank, enduring every name change from Jefferson National Bank, to Wachovia, etc. spending 24 years doing data entry and being lead operator.

She had a passion and fervor for life, always had a smile (earning the nickname Smiley while at Uva), or gave you a reason to smile. She would go without just to make sure that others had what they needed. She would give the shirt off her back, her last dollar. She always had a story to tell about her life and experiences, which always had a message, a lesson for life, built in.

She loved listening to music from many genres, but grew up listening to The Eagles, Elton John, Carole King, and James Taylor. In later years, she loved Snoop Dogg, Bruno Mars, Tamela Mann, Kenny Chesney, and Trombone Shorty. In recent times, she enjoyed playing Mahjong, and surfing the internet, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. She loved spending weekday afternoons watching The Chew on ABC, Steve Harvey, and Papi on Highly Questionable on ESPN.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, July 18, 2016, at Zion Union Baptist Church, 1015 Preston Avenue, with the Reverend Phillip Carter officiating. Internment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, 1701 Chesapeake Street.

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

The family asks that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to your local Alzheimer’s Association. While not afflicted with the horrible disease, it is a matter that was close to her heart.

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

Rickey Jackson

RussellPastor Charles “Rickey” Elton Jackson, 67, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 3, 2016, at the University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was born June 5, 1949, in Louisa, County Virginia, to the late Robert Lee and Mildred Bishop Jackson. He was predeceased by his son Rickey, and three brothers, Clarence, James, and Lawrence Jackson.
Rickey loved the Lord with all his heart. He began his ministry as an evangelist under the Apostolic Church Teaching Services (ACTS) Fellowship and served in that capacity for eighteen years. He was the director of Christians In Action (CIAM) Ministries for six years, and became pastor for A Ministry For Christ (AMFC) Ministry for twelve years until his departure. Rickey was a journeyman butcher and worked and managed a number of markets in the greater Charlottesville area.
He is survived by his loving wife of 47 years, Theresa Coles Jackson, and their daughter Eltonia (Toni) Zeller and husband William (Shaun), a godson, Kenny and wife, Joan Mady; three grandchildren, Maya, Shaun, Jr., Rickey, and one god grandson, Cameron Mady of Charlottesville, Virginia; a loving great granddaughter Skylar, affectionately known to Rickey as “Zeta”. He also leaves to cherish his memory five brothers, Carl, Roy, and Joseph (Katherine) of Louisa, Virginia, Thomas Jackson (Juanita) of Richmond, Virginia, and Nelson Jackson (Stephanie) of Atlanta, Georgia; two sisters, Sarah Copeland (Pastor James) and Esther Allen (Ken) of Louisa, Virginia, one aunt Hazel Batchelor of Washington, D.C., sister-in-law Betty Ann Fitch, brother-in-law Gary Coles (Patricia) of Charlottesville, Virginia, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 8, 2016, at the Calvary Baptist Church, 1675 Avon Street Ext. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.
The family will receive visitors one hour prior to service.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Raymond J. Taylor

RussellOn June 21, 2016, our loved one, Raymond Junior Taylor went to be with the Lord. He was preceded in death by his mother, the late Texas Jo Taylor; his Father, Raymond Lewis Key; his brother, Robert Massie Taylor; and his beloved niece, Doris Ann Wicks; and his stepdad, Lewis L. Williams.

Raymond worked for Oven Air for several years until they shut their doors. Raymond went on to work at the city of Charlottesville for 15 years. Raymond was a graduate of the Charlottesville Public School system. Raymond was an avid Cowboys’ fan; he loved dancing and was great at it.

He leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted family; one son, Raymond Jr. Taylor; two stepdaughters, Tandrumn Reid and Steve of Warrenton, VA and Kandi Lewis of Somerset, VA; seven Grandchildren, Raiah Nakaiya Taylor, Raymond Xavier Taylor, Jeniecia Nerissa Taylor, Shyaire Lewis, Raekwaun and KaeShaun Braxton, and S. Carter Reid; six brothers, James Taylor, Roy Taylor, Sterling Taylor, and Timothy Taylor, all of Charlottesville, Larry Taylor (Ruth) of Lynchburg, VA, and Ronnie Taylor of San Diego, CA; five sisters, Carol Wicks, Regina Key, Stephanie Key and Joyce Taylor all of Charlottesville, and Peggy Green (Mark) of Charleston, West Virginia; five aunts, Marie Washington (Jessie), Ruth Jones and Frances Taylor all of Charlottesville, Annie Brown of Esmont, VA, and Barbara Jean Willis of Charleston, West Virginia; wife, Mater Carter Taylor of Somerset, VA; with a host of nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, cousins, three brothers and sisters-in-law and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 9, 2016, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1675 Avon Street Ext. with Pastor Nigle Alleyne officiating and the Reverend Larry Taylor will deliver the eulogy.

The family would like to thank the Charlottesville city workers and the Charlottesville Police Department and all the staff at the Sentra Martha Jefferson Phillips Center for their support.

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

Michael Ralph Nelson, Jr.

RussellMichael Ralph Nelson, Jr. departed his life on Thursday, June 23, 2016, at the University of Virginia Hospital. He was born December 14, 1963, at the University of Virginia Hospital In Charlottesville, VA. Michael graduated from Western Albemarle High School, in Crozet, VA.

He is survived by his loving parents Michael Sr. and Maria Nelson of Lewes, DE and his late mother Christine Anderson of Palmyra, Va. Michael had five brothers Malcolm and wife Margret Nelson of Scottsville, VA, Tyrone and wife Marcie Anderson of Gordonsville, VA, Steve Jr. and wife Cheryl Anderson of Danville, VA, Christian Anderson of Palmyra, VA and Marc Nelson of San Diego, CA, and three sisters Nanette Nelson and finance Kevin Johnson of Covesville, VA, Navahlia Lacy of Charlottesville VA and Neche Nelson of Woodbridge, VA and his loving Great Aunt, Evelyn Williams of Covesville, VA. Michael also had a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends that loved and cared for him.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 pm Wednesday, June 29, 2016, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, in Charlottesville, Va. Interment will be held at the Williams Family Cemetery in Covesville, 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

Robert L. "Pooh" Bowles

Russell

Robert L. "Pooh" Bowles,43, of Esmont, VA died on Thursday, June 9, 2016 in Charlottesville, VA.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016, at Way of the Cross Baptist Church, 579 Hayden Martin Road, Palmyra, VA. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the church one hour prior to the services.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Charles Randolph Vest

RussellCharles Randolph Vest, 91, of Charlottesville, VA died on Thursday, June 2, 2016. He was born in Nelson County, Virginia the son of the late Clarence and Clara Williams Vest. He was preceded in death by his 1st wife of 50 years, Mary F J Vest; and is survived by his 2nd wife, Josephine Clifton Vest.
4 brothers, James, Theodore, John and William Vest and 3 sisters, Mary Elizabeth Vest, Georgia Alexander, and Ethel Frances Alfred and 2 additional “sisters”, Amanda Sampson and Mary Gault all preceded him in death.
He was a graduate of Esmont High School; attended Tuskegee Institute; his military service lead him to the U.S. Army during WWII as a soldier of the 93rd Infantry (Blue Helmets), stationed in the Southwest Pacific. He was the former Equal Opportunity Officer for the Foreign Science and Technology Center. He was involved in his church and community. He was a member of Zion Baptist Church, North Garden, VA and had served as Trustee, Sunday School Superintendent, Treasurer, Clerk, Senior Choir member, Deacon, Chair of Board of Deacons, and last but not least, he held the distinguished title of Deacon Emeritus. His community involvement was distinguished as well; his service included being a former President, Deacon and Deaconess Council of Charlottesville and Vicinity; worked with the North Garden Outreach Ministry (Food Bank), and the Esmont School Reunion.
In addition to his devoted wife, Josephine Clifton Vest he leaves to cherish his memory 1 son, Charles E. Vest; 2 daughters, Marilyn Mosby and husband, Leonard, and Donna Gordon and husband, Tony; 3 stepsons, James Berry, Keith Berry, and William Clifton and wife, Sherry; two stepdaughters, Donna Thomas, and Lisa Hunter and husband, George; 8 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at Zion Baptist Church, North Garden, VA, with Pastor Halliard Brown, Jr. officiating. 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

Mary Bell Steppe

RussellMary Bell Steppe was born October 22, 1922 in Charlottesville, VA to Mattie and John Jackson Sr.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Linwood Steppe; Sisters, Edith Steppe and Martha Barbour; Brother, John Jackson Jr; Sons, Ivan Thompson and Sterling Steppe; and a Granddaughter, Keisha Steppe.

She retired from Con-agra after many wonderful years of service.

She is survived by a brother, Elwood Jackson of Richmond, VA; three sons, Sherwood Thompson of Raleigh, NC, Douglas Thompson of Charlottesville, Lewis Steppe and his wife Mary of Brown's Cove; four daughters Josephine Thompson of Charlottesville, Mary Linda Steppe and Barbara Steppe both of Gordonsville and Helen Dent of Charlottesville; as well as a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2016, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be held at the Steppe Family Cemetery at a later date.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.

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

Larry Waller

RussellLarry Waller, 64, of Waynesboro, VA departed this life on Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Charlottesville, VA.

A Graveside Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, 2016, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery, Ivy, Virginia.

The family will receive friends at the graveside one hour prior to the service.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Gwendolyn Anderson Harris

RussellGwendolyn Anderson Harris, 62, of Charlottesville, VA passed away Friday, May 13, 2016, at UVA Medical Center surrounded by her family. She was born on May 22, 1953, in Charlottesville; Gwen was the daughter of Mary C. Anderson and the late Cuba Andrew Anderson Jr. In addition to her father Gwen was preceded in death by her brother Cuba Andrew Anderson III; maternal grandmother, Helen Cyrus; and paternal grandmother, Cora Lee Anderson.
Gwen is survived by her mother, Mary C. Anderson, sister, Cynthia Ross, like a brother, Robert Smith; two daughters, Renne’ Harris and Rayshon Tibbs; and two sons, Reny “RJ” Harris II and wife, Adrienne, and Catrell Harris and wife, Nakia; 11 grandchildren: Daquan Harris, Dashon Tibbs, Daiquandra Harris, Michael Frazier, K-Knowledge Rawlings, Trevon Johnson, Ryen Harris, Aiden Harris, Mylacs Burruss, Messiah Harris, and Jahice McDonald; 1 great-grandchild, Dremani Harris; a niece, Dennicqua Anderson; a God-father, Grafton Payne; a God-Mother, Margaret White, and a host of other relatives and very special friends, Avery Gray, Bobby Green, Lottie Wynn, Vickie Block, Jeanne Pfaff, Johnetta Gordon and Carol Webb.
While a senior at Lane High School Gwen scored the winning touchdown for her team in the girls’ Powderpuff Football game. Gwen spent the first 10 years of her married life in Anchorage, Alaska. Gwen loved living in this "majestic state" and had many fond memories of her life there. Her middle 2 children were born in Anchorage, and it was there that she discovered her passion for working with children with special needs.
Upon returning to Charlottesville, Gwen spent the next 29 years working with both Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Department and Charlottesville City Schools. For many years, Gwen took great joy in playing Mrs. Claus at the annual Charlottesville Parks and Recreation Christmas Party.
Gwen stated that her passion was working with special needs students. She worked with students at Greenbrier Elementary, Clark Elementary, Buford Middle School and Charlottesville High School. She is fondly remembered for hosting many delicious luncheons for staff and co-workers. Her macaroni and cheese, potato salad and fried chicken are famous throughout the Charlottesville City School system. She catered the CHS Prom for several years and baked many decadent pies and cobblers for the CHS Black Knights Coffee Cart.
Gwen was fondly referred to as “Mama Harris”. She was a fierce advocate for those she loved, and loved her children passionately - her children at home, her children in the neighborhood, and her children at school. Gwen believed strongly in supporting all children and attended every CHS football and basketball game that she could. Gwen was a consistent advocate for all children and saw the good in everyone. She was dedicated to her church, Zion Union Baptist Church.
Gwen retired from Charlottesville City Schools this school year. Mama Harris you will be missed by all.
Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at Zion Union Baptist Church with the Reverend Lloyd Cosby officiating. Interment will follow at Riverview 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

Lottie W. Howard Steppe

RussellLottie W. Howard Steppe departed this life on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the Center for Acute Hospice Care, Charlottesville, Virginia. She was born in Crozet, Virginia to the late Charles and Estelle Barbour Howard. Lottie was preceded in death by her husband James Steppe Sr, one daughter Frances Thompson and nine siblings Nathaniel “Nat” Howard, Wilson Howard, Franklin “Dump” Howard, Eddie “PeeWee” Howard, Wilbur “Bay Bay” Howard, Charles Woodrow Howard, Sam Robert Howard, Defolia Howard and Susie Howard.
Lottie is survived by three sons: James Steppe Jr, Wilson Steppe and Charles Steppe and Nikki; four daughters Mary A. Steppe, Sandra Steppe and Roger, Joan Kirby and Wayne, and Marion Kennedy and Diamonique; a son in law MacArthur Thompson; 20 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lottie Howard Steppe will be private. Donations may be given to the Hospice of the Piedmont or the American Heart Association.
A special Thank you to Dr. Joseph May for his outstanding medical care to her for so many years.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements (www.jfbellfuneralservices.com).

Earl Gordon Jr.

RussellEarl Gordon, Jr., ,63, departed this life on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
Earl or “Buddy”, as he was affectionately called by family and friends, was the eldest of two sons born to Verna J. Fleming and the late Earl Gordon, Sr. in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was educated in the Charlottesville Public School System and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor’s Degree of Fine Arts in Sculpture and a Master of Fine Arts in Painting from Yale University.
Earl was an educator, artist, and mentor who spent 25+ years teaching, creating works of art and sharing his love of art with students and visitors to his many art shows and exhibits. One of his most rewarding teaching and mentoring experiences was at Choate Rosemary Hall as the Director of the Gallery of the Paul Mellon Arts Center. There he was an ideal mentor and teacher: well trained in his discipline, talented in his ability to teach, and devoted to the education and development of young people. He endeavored to pass on to others his joy for knowledge and discovery and was grateful that teaching was his found passion. He was featured in several published works through the years which highlighted his mixed collections of paintings and collage works. Watermelons were often featured in his works and became his artist signature.
Earl was preceded in death by his nephew, Trevor Lloyd Gordon.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his beloved mother, Verna J. Fleming of Charlottesville; a devoted brother, Keith and his wife Reba of Yorktown, VA; a loving niece, Sarah and her husband Cassius of Memphis, TN; long time, good friend Nadine Smith of Toledo, OH and a host of family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Saturday, May, 14, 2016, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel , 108 Sixth Street, N. W., Charlottesville, VA.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at 10:00 A.M. at the Chapel.
J.F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Craig L. Payne

Craig L. Payne, 42, of Fluvanna County died on Monday, May 9, 2016, at his residence.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016, at New Fork Baptist Church,
Palmyra, Virginia. Interment will follow at Evergreen Baptist Church, Palmyra, VA.


J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Juanita Banks Bowles

WilliamJuanita Banks Bowles, a longtime resident of Charlottesville, VA died on Sunday the 24th of April at Golden Living. She was born on June 9, 1925.
Juanita graduated from Jefferson High School. She continued her education at Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Juanita with her husband co-owned and operated Bowles Market and Grill on West Street in Charlottesville. After she retired, she returned to work for the Circuit Court in Charlottesville.
Juanita loved to garden, cook and socialize. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church on 1118 Preston Avenue where she was a member of Trinity’s Choir and Altar Guild. She also belonged to Monticello Chapter 43 Order of the Eastern Star PHA, the Blue Ridge Temple #67 and several social clubs.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Bowles, her parents Floyd and Frances Banks and two brothers, James Banks and Charles Banks, Sr.
Juanita is survived by two loving sisters, Catherine B. Farrar and Elsie B. Johnson of Charlottesville, Va. She also leaves serval nieces, nephews and cousins who mourn her lost.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 2, 2016, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1118 Preston Ave.
The family would like to thank Constance and Vanessa of Golden Living and Hospice for their services during Juanita’s last days on this earth.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to The Jefferson School Foundation, 233 4th Street N.W. Charlottesville, VA; please denote in memo- Jefferson School African American Heritage Center or you may make your memorial contribution online at www.jeffschoolheritagecenter.org
J. F. Bell Funeral Home, Charlottesville is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Earl Early Byrd Haskins

William
Earl Early Byrd Haskins (aka) Bo-Jack, Age 74, Born in Crozet, VA passed away on April 14, 2016. Earl Early Byrd Haskins was born in Crozet, Virginia on October 7, 1941. Earl was married to the late Miss Josephine Turner on November 5, 1975; they were married for twelve years. Earl Early Byrd is preceded in death by the late Benjamin Haskins and Lena Barbour Haskins

Earl worked as a construction worker for several construction companies throughout Virginia for thirteen Years. Earl was well respected by his friends and family and quite a comedian. Earl enjoyed playing the guitar and the Harmonica. He enjoyed spending time with his close friends, Timothy Chambers and Tom Jackson.

Earl is survived by his Ex-wife Mattie Louise Spriggs and his daughters, Shirley Turner, Becky Haskins, both from Charlottesville, VA, Jennifer Haskins, Orange VA, Lena Haskins, NYC, N.Y. His Sons, Timmy Turner, and Ben Haskins, both from Charlottesville, VA. His sister, Mary Barbour, Crozet, VA; two Sister In-Law’s, Marion Washington, Lovington, VA and Pauline White, Charlottesville, VA; and many grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and many friends throughout the city of Charlottesville.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, at the J.F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel. His Nephew the Reverend Doug Lee Jones, Sr. of Norfolk VA will be officiating. The Family will receive friends at the Chapel one hour prior to the service.
He will lie in repose from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19th, 2016, at J. F. Bell Funeral Home

Flowers and cards may be delivered to J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth ST. N.W. Charlottesville, VA, 22901.

The family of Earl Early Byrd wishes to thank J. F Bell funeral Home and the family and friends at the Crescent Hall High Rise.

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

Wilbert Thomas Lewis, Jr.

WilliamWilbert Thomas Lewis, Jr., 80, affectionately known to most as “T Lewis,” the loving husband of Joyce Turner Lewis, peacefully departed this earthly life on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in the presence of his devoted and adoring family. Born on November 4, 1935, in Lynchburg, Virginia, he was the only son of the two children born to the late Wilbert Sr. and Nannie Jackson Lewis. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son Wilbert Thomas Lewis, III.
Along with Joyce, his wife of 28 years, he leaves to cherish his memory, children: Rebecca “Becky” Lewis, of Waynesboro, Cegies Lewis Conner and husband Alphonso of Randallstown, MD, Shanna Batten Aguirre of Washington, DC, and Edward Batten of Houston Texas; grandchildren: Justen Decious Monroe of Stafford, VA., Catherine Susko of Ontario, Canada, Samuel Jesse Conner, of Owings Mill, MD, Chelcie Elizabeth Banks of Lynchburg, VA, McKenzie Chole Conner of Vienna, VA, and Lillian Aguirre of Washington, DC; two great grandchildren: Lucas Susko of Ontario, Canada and Sydnee Reagan Conner of Owings Mill, MD.; a sister and brother-in-law: Carolyn Lewis Mosby and Alexander “Jack” Mosby of Richmond VA.; a very special extended family, “The Mitchell’s” of Keswick, VA; and a host of other family members and friends.
From a very young age, “T” was a believer in, pursuer of, and advocate for education. Upon graduation from Lynchburg’s Dunbar High School in 1953, he earned a BA degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Virginia Union University in 1959, and in 1967 a Masters of Administrative Education from Western Kentucky University. It was in 1960 that he began his extensive career of 43-years in Education, first as a 6th grade teacher at Lynchburg’s Carl B. Hutcherson Elementary School and the next four years as 10th and 11th grade mathematics teacher at Dunbar High School where he also served as Athletic Director. It was in 1965 that Wilbert Thomas Lewis Jr. began his career in educational administration as an Assistant Principal and two years later he was named Principal of Robert S. Payne School. From 1969 – 1972, he proudly served as principal of Dunbar Junior High and Dunbar High Schools. Once when asked why he wanted to teach school, he simply stated: ”To make a significant contribution towards educating young people.” He later indicated that he includes among his greatest personal achievements “being able to graduate the last totally Black class from his alma mater in June of 1970.”
It was in the summer of 1972 that “T” resigned from the Lynchburg Public Schools and decided to begin working on a doctorate in Educational Administration at the University of Virginia. He moved to Charlottesville and worked for the University’s Desegregation Center. From 1975 to 1978, he was a UVA lecturer in Education and Staff Specialist. Under the auspices of the Consultative Resource Center he became a consultant to public schools in Virginia, Washington, DC, and West Virginia under Title IV for the areas of Administrative/Staff Relationships, School Law, and Modification of Administrative Policies for Desegregated Schools. When the Center was transferred to American University in 1978, he became Math Supervisor for Albemarle County Schools and in 1983 was named the County’s Assistant Director of Personnel. The next year he returned to the area of education he dearly loved, working directly with students, as an Associate Principal in Charlottesville City Schools. From 1989 to 1994, Wilbert T. Lewis was principal of Charlottesville High School. Upon leaving CHS, he returned to the Central Office serving as Assistant Superintendent of Personnel for Charlottesville City Schools until his retirement in 2003.
Throughout the course of his life “T” Lewis often recited while demonstrating his belief in the Emily Dickinson quote: “Behavior is what a man does, not what he thinks, feels or believes.” He “walked this talk” during his far-reaching labors of community service throughout Virginia. He taught classes to adults in the community enabling them to pass the High School Equivalency Examination. He served on several boards including: YMCA, Legal Aid Society, Voluntary Youth Bureau, and the Selective Service System Board. He also served on a State Panel, appointed by the Governor of Virginia, to assess and make recommendations to reorganize the judicial system of the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the various communities where he lived he was active and involved in such organizations as Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, National Education Association, American Association of School Administrators, National Association of Secondary School Principals, and the American Association for Curriculum Development. In the Charlottesville community he was an active member of the Prince Hall Jefferson Masonic Lodge #20 of Charlottesville, the King of Klubs, and the Interfraternal Council of Charlottesville.
A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2016, 12:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church, 632 West Main Street, Charlottesville. The Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services. A private family interment will be held.
If desired, the family requests that memorial contributions or special donations be made in the name of Wilbert T. Lewis, Jr. to the Jefferson School Foundation, in memo line add African American Heritage Center. Please designate that your contribution is being made to the Heritage Center’s educational programming. It may be sent to 233 Fourth St. NW, Charlottesville, VA 22903 or you may make your contribution online at www.jeffschoolheritagecenter.org.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth St. N.W., Charlottesville, VA is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Michael Allen

WilliamMichael Eugene Allen age 50 passed away at 9:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016, following a brief fight with cancer.
Michael was born December 19, 1965, in Schuyler VA and was a lifelong area resident. He was previously employed with Orange County Parks & Recreation. He attended Western Albemarle and graduated 1984.
He is preceded in death by his father, Harry Mercel Allen, Sr; and his grandparents, Herman and Flora Allen and Justin and Mary Eubanks.
Michael loved all kinds of music and always aspired to be a DJ or Broadcaster. One of his best times of the day was to watch old western shows or sit on the deck and listen to nature as he played his music. He truly loved the outdoors.
He is survived by his mother, Edith Eubanks Allen of Schuyler VA; his wife, Angelina Allen of Palmyra VA; one son, Michael Burrelle Waller; one daughter, Lakesha Nashea Allen; one brother, Harry M. Allen, Jr; two sisters, Frances A. Lee and husband Paul of Charlottesville VA and Teresa Allen-Futch of Atlanta GA; one niece, Courtnee Futch; one nephew, Derek Allen; two stepdaughters, Dominique and Christina; 3 grandchildren; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 4, 2016, at Calvary Baptist Church in Lovingston, VA., with the Reverend James E. Forrest officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services. Interment will follow in the Allen Family Cemetery, Wingina, VA.
Family and friends may view on Sunday, April 3, 2016, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider donations to the Allen family.
J F Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth St. N.W., Charlottesville VA is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Elizabeth Fowler Dawson

WilliamElizabeth Fowler Dawson peacefully departed this life at her home in Charlottesville, Virginia on Friday, March 18, 2016. She was born in Bedford County, Virginia on March 10, 1914, to Charles and Lillie Hughes Fowler. Her early education was in the public schools of Lynchburg, Virginia, and she graduated from Dunbar High School in 1933.

In 1935 Elizabeth married William Dawson Jr. of Staunton, Virginia and began married life in Charlottesville Virginia, from this union, five children were born. After meeting the nursing requirements for the state of Virginia, she became a Practical Nurse in 1959 having scored the second highest in the state of Virginia. She was employed by the University of Virginia Hospital until her retirement in 1977. Her nursing career enabled her to educate all of her children.

Elizabeth became a member of the Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend William Strassner. She was a member of the Carter Hearns Missionary Circle, the Mt. Zion Missionary Society and the Daughters Of Ruth.

“Bambie” as she was affectionately called through her warm and loving spirit was blessed with many friends and family. Her happiest times were spent with her five children.
Bambie’s most endearing quality was her charismatic personality. Her humor, wit, and congeniality made her especially well liked. Driven by her zest for living, her encouraging spirit was truly a gift from God. Her ability to make each person feel special was just one of her many acts of kindness. She naturally ministered encouraging words and uplifted others’ spirits.
Hard work was a part of who she was: plowing the garden, sewing clothes, cooking for neighbors, hoping to make ends meet by selling eggs from the hen house and hams from the pig farm. She taught us about true strength not of ourselves, but through Christ Jesus.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William T. Dawson, Jr; her son, William T. Dawson III and her daughter, Ann Dawson Samuels; two sisters, Alma Fowler Phelps and Rennice Fowler Branch; and, a brother, Charles D. Fowler Jr.

Elizabeth leaves to cherish her memory two daughters: Sylvia Dawson of New York City and Judith Dawson Smith of Bluffton, South Carolina; a son, David L. Dawson (Elina O. Dawson) of New York City; four grandchildren: Donna Dawson Lewis, D.Ed (Defaunce Lewis) of Lynchburg, Virginia; David C. Smith II, MD (Hason Smith) of Braselton, Georgia; Beth A. Smith Kesser, DVM of Jupiter, Florida; and Elizabeth A. Dawson of New York City; four great grandchildren Sierra Lewis, Maya Lewis, Bryson Lewis, and Tora Keser; one sister, Cassie Fowler Coleman of Washington D.C; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Gone but never forgotten you will forever live in our hearts.

A Home going service will be held at 12 p.m., Monday, March 28, 2016, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave Charlottesville, VA, with the Reverend Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood 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

Jacqueline Marie Wayne

RussellJacqueline Marie Wayne, 57, of Charlottesville, VA gained her angel wings on Sunday, March 6, 2016, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Jackie was born on February 15, 1959, in Charlottesville, VA to the late Hazel M. Slaughter-Howard and the late Marshall L. Howard. A devoted best friend, Johnella D. Smith preceded her in death.
Jackie attended Charlottesville City Schools and enjoyed reading. She was well known for being the rock of her family. Jackie had a love for pets and a true passion for cooking and being with her family.
Jacqueline leaves to cherish a devoted fiancé, King Arthur Scott; three sons, David L. Wayne, Daniel L. Wayne, and Robert J. Wayne, all of Charlottesville, VA; one daughter, Jamie Marie Wayne and fiancé, Bruce Arnold of Ruckersville, VA; one sister, Linda Young of Dallas, Texas and one brother, Charles Carter of Waynesboro, Virginia; fourteen grandchildren, Marquise Wayne, Dayvon Wayne, Rayquone Wayne, Markell Wayne, Jaekwon Wayne, LaDavia Wayne, Dashionna Wayne, Danaesha Gardner-Wayne, David Wayne, Jr., Justus Wayne, Antonio Gardner Jr., Javontus Wayne, Nasir Wayne, and Ke’Avion Wayne; two nephews, Chanson and Joseph Young; and one niece, Khadija Young all of Dallas, Texas. She leaves her love and memories to a host of family and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 113 Sixth Street, N.W., with Dr. Lehman D. Bates officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church one our prior to the services.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Tina Harlow and the UVA Medical Team.

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

Barbara Ann Howard

WilliamBarbara Ann Howard departed this life peacefully on Monday, February 22 at the home of her Grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Howard in Mosley, Virginia. Barbara was born in Queens, New York on January 21, 1945 where she lived for most of her life before moving to Charlottesville in 2001. She was preceded in death by her Father, Sheldon Louis Pridget; mother, Mary Louise Fielding and husband, Ronald Howard.
Barbara was a graduate of Bayside High School in Queens and eventually became an armed Loss Prevention Agent at Mays Company. Barbara Accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and savior at an early age and rededicated her life to him after relocating to Charlottesville and becoming a member of the Union Run Baptist Church. At Union Run, she was a dedicated usher, praise dancer, Bible Study student, Sunday school student and a member of the Women’s fellowship. Even after her health began to wane, and she had moved to Waynesboro, Virginia, she still travelled the mountain to attend services and serve in her positions at her church. Her smile, laughter and beaming personality was a blessing to all.

Barbara leaves to cherish three daughters: Lavonne Byrd (Robert) of Waynesboro, VA; Lavette Johnson (Dwayne) of South Jamaica, NY; Veronica Howard of Bronx, NY; and two grandsons she considered sons whom she raised from infants, Sheldon Louis Howard (Aisha) of Moseley, VA; and Jamel Allen of Staunton, VA; a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren and a special friend Charles Boston.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016, at the Union Run Baptist Church in Keswick, Virginia with the Rev. Dr. Rickey White officiating.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.
Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. wwww.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Margaret B. Brown

WilliamMargaret B. Brown entered in eternal rest on February. 27, 2016. She was born on August 25, 1925, in Crozet, VA. the daughter of the late Howard Braxton and Lucy Ann Willis Davis. She was preceded in death by her husband of 53 years, Edward Brown Sr.; two young sons, Theodore and Dennis Brown; brothers, Howard Braxton, Byrd Willis, Eugene Davis, Phillip Willis and a sister, Nellie Quarles.

She accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Earlysville, VA. Margaret was educated in the Louisa school system. Most of Margaret’s early forms of employment was as a domestic and caregiver. She loved reading her Bible, praying, gardening, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Margaret is survived by 9 children, Cynthia Hill (Theophilus) of Philadelphia PA, Marilyn, Edward Jr, Barbara Green (Larry) of Charlottesville, Thelma Monroe (James Jr.) of Scottsville VA. Ethel Mallory, Margaret Gail, Kenneth and Leslie Brown of Charlottesville, VA.; two sisters-in-law, Leonia Braxton, and Irene Allen (Ralph) of Keswick, VA.; 14 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; and a most devoted family friend, Mrs. Polly Hawkes, FPN of Ivy, VA.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church; with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

A special thanks to Hospice of the Piedmont nurses and social workers.

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

Ardella Harris

WilliamArdella Harris, 76, of Charlottesville, VA died on Saturday, February 20, 2016. She was born in Newport News, VA on August 11, 1939, the daughter of the late Bruce Payne and Elizabeth Jackson. She was the widow of Sidney M. Harris, Sr. Three children; one brother; and one sister preceded her in death.

She completed her formal education in the Newport News School district. She was employed for a number of years at the former Con Agra Frozen Foods and in later years as a daycare provider. She was a member of Faith Temple. She was a woman of faith and a devoted wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great grandmother and great-great grandmother.

She leaves to cherish her memory four daughters, Connie Smith and husband, Rodney of Charlottesville, Linda Wells and husband, Stanley of Troy, VA, Sonia Taylor and husband, Scotty of Jacksonville, FL, Laverne Steele and husband, Greg of Charlotte, N.C.; 19 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; 1 great-great grandchild; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016, at the Charlottesville Church of Christ, with Apostle Louise Wright officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery.

Her remains will lie in repose at the church one our prior to the services.

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

Fred L. Jones

Fred L. Jones, 87, of Ruckersville, Virginia passed away peacefully on Monday, February 15, 2016, at Trinity Mission of Charlottesville.

He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Thomas; granddaughter, Stephanie Powell; great-grandchildren, Brielle Powell and TreVaugh Powell; sisters Leavy Ann White (Lionel) of Portsmouth, NH and June Bowling of Laurel, MD; and a number of nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Advance Mills Rd., Ruckersville, VA; with the Reverend Steven Miller officiating. 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

Lillie Garland Brown

WilliamLillie Garland Brown departed this life on February 12, 2016, surrounded by her family at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Center in Charlottesville, VA. She was born October 29, 1927, to the late Roosevelt and Lucretia Wheeler Garland.
At an early age she became a member of the New Hope Baptist Church in Esmont, VA where she served as a dedicated member of the Usher Board, Deaconess Board, and Missionary Circle. She also served as a Sunday School Teacher and Sunbeam Choir Director.
Lillie was married to the late Emanuel Calvin Brown, Sr. for over 40 years. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by one son, Emanuel Brown Jr., and four siblings; James Garland, Theodore Garland, Louise Garland Johnson, and Helen Garland Paige.
She leaves to cherish her sweet memories three sons, Nathaniel C. Brown, Sr. (Marilyn) of Landover, MD, Theodore P. Brown (Vicky) and W. Michael Brown (Kim) of Charlottesville; two daughters, Patricia B. Lockley (Victor) of Palmyra, VA and Cynthia B. Lockley (Dean) of Charlottesville; a sister, Bernice Garland King (Robert); a sister-in-law, Delores Garland both of Richmond, VA; a brother-in-law, Richard Johnson of St. Louis, MI; a daughter-in-law, Janice C. Brown; a stepson, James Bruce, both of Charlottesville; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Home going services will be held on Friday, February 19, 2016, at 1pm at the New Hope Baptist Church in Esmont, VA. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

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

The family would like to acknowledge Nurse Practitioner, Tina Rutt and the caring and wonderful staff of Our Lady of Peace for their dedication and care shown to our loved one.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Catherine Alice Robinson Crenshaw

Catherine Alice Robinson Crenshaw of the North Hill Community, Charlottesville, VA died peacefully on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at her residence surrounded by her family. She was born on December 24, 1918, to the late William Robinson and Kate Williams Robinson. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Crenshaw, Sr., a daughter, Mary C. Carter and a son, James Crenshaw, Jr.

She joined Union Run Baptist Church at an early age and remained a lifelong member.
She leaves to cherish her precious memory two daughters, Elizabeth C. Stovall and Pensacola Barbour; one son-in-law, Willis Carter, Jr.; eight grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren; and three great great grandchildren; a number of nephews, great nephews, nieces, great nieces; devoted friends, Marie Christmas, Reva Crenshaw, Ellen Jones, Geraldine Wells, and Betty Fitch; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 6, 2016, at Union Run Baptist Church, Keswick, VA with Pastor Daisy Dyer officiating and the Rev. Dr. Rickey E. White delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

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

Special thanks to Dr. Evelyn Scott, the staff at Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center and J. F. Bell Funeral Home.

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

Christine Bryant

William Christine Bryant went home peacefully to be with the Lord on January 13, 2016. She was born on January 1, 1942, in Charlottesville, VA, to the late Hampton Charles Anderson and Dorothy Swift Anderson.

Christine attended Jefferson Elementary School and Jackson P. Burley High School in Charlottesville. Christine accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior at an early age and was baptized by the late Pastor Dr. I.A. J. Kennedy. She then joined the Union Run Baptist Church, Shadwell (now Keswick) VA.

Christine was preceded in death by her parents, Hampton and Dorothy Anderson; two sisters Patsy Young; and Clarice Anderson; and four brothers, Hampton Anderson Jr.; James Russell Anderson; Raymond C. Anderson and Bernard Anderson. She was the granddaughter of the late Robert and Lillian Swift and the late Patsy Young Anderson and Thadious Anderson.

Left to cherish so many fond and wonderful memories of Christine is her deeply devoted husband of 36 years John “JB” W. Bryant Jr., of Charlottesville, VA; two sons John T. Jackson III of Alexandria, VA and Shawn Jackson (Theresa Jackson) of Forestville, MD; five daughters Patricia (Pat) Jackson of Atlanta, GA, Kernovia Holomah (Bennett Holomah) of Burtonsville, MD, Karen Luck (Carlton Luck) of Charlottesville, VA, Charlotte Brown of Charlottesville, VA, and Demetrius Cox of Charlottesville, VA; two brothers, Earl H. Anderson of Charlottesville, VA and Joseph Anderson of Alexandria, VA; thirteen grandchildren; two great grandchildren and lastly a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff of Piedmont Hospice and the University of Virginia Hospital. The family would like to personally thank Dr. John Leiner of UVA for the special care he gave to our Mother Christine.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, January 29, 2016, at Union Run Baptist Church, 3220 Keswick Road Keswick, VA with the Reverend Daisy Dyer, officiating.
Interment will follow at Union Run Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 28, 2016, at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.

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

Olivia A. F. Johnson "Smity"

WilliamOlivia A. F. Johnson, “Smity”, 92, of Charlottesville, VA calmly slipped away at Mountainside Senior Living Center on Saturday, January 16, 2016. She was born in Hinton West Virginia on December 21, 1923, to the late Robert and Macedonia Anderson. Her husband, James W. Jackson preceded her in death.

In addition a daughter, Ella C. White; 2 sisters, Mary Cleone Gordon and Azalea Nickleson; and 2 brothers, Moses Samuel Anderson, and Chief Petty Officer, Robert L. Anderson preceded her in death.

She was baptized at the age of 9 at the Second Baptist Church in Hinton, West Virginia. Upon leaving West Virginia Olivia would move to Charlottesville in 1966; then becoming a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Olivia called, “Smity”, was employed as an RN Supervisor at the University of Virginia Medical Center’s Intensive Care Unit for 28 years. After retirement she worked as a private caregiver and other small jobs. Olivia was a member of the Eastern Star, Most Worshipful St. John Grand Lodge. She enjoyed hunting, fishing and loved her dogs; even going to the Senior Center 2 days a week, and also on trips. Most of all she had a love for Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church which she later joined and made her church home. She was a wise woman who certainly left her mark on society.

She is survived by a granddaughter, Rosemary “Pam” Medley and friend, Chris Smith; a sister, Prophettess, Laura K. Sea of Hinton , West, Virginia; a son-in-law, James White; a number of special nieces, special nephews, and a host of other relatives; and friends, Mike and Vicki Wingfield, Wanda Carter, and Reggie Scott of North Garden, VA; and a longtime friend, Matlynn Wood of Hinton, West Virginia.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 21, 2016, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 6456 Esmont Road, Keene, VA, with the Reverend Gene Woodson officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

Shirley Cecilia Blakey

WilliamShirley Cecilia Blakey of Charlottesville, Virginia entered into eternal rest Tuesday, January 13, 2016, in the comfort of her home. She was born October 24, 1936, to the late Albert and Beatrice Harris. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her four sisters: Lacey Harris, Adeline Woods, Jean Arnold, and Anita Burton.
She is survived by: her husband of 53 years Aubrey L. Blakey Jr.; her daughter Darlene Young, of Charlottesville, VA; three sons Eric Harris, Charlottesville, VA; Donnell Blakey (US Army, Ret Major) and wife, Cotrenia Blakey, of Frederick, MD; and Paul Blakey, of Charlottesville, VA; 8 grandchildren, and 6 great grand-children; sisters Elinor Witcher, of Charlottesville, VA, and Odell and her husband Harold Smith of Manhattan, NY; brother Lewis Harris of Charlottesville, VA; 3 sisters-in-laws; 4 brothers-in-laws; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Shirley graduated for Jackson P. Burley High School, Charlottesville, VA. She worked for the Charlottesville City School system for 28 years and then retired May 12, 1998. She received her Certificate of Ordination on May 31, 2008 and has allowed God to use her in numerous occasions to pray, teach, and share the Love of God freely.
Shirley was a loving and caring wife, mother, grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
She was a Spiritual Prayer Warrior. Her real self is a spirit and is an immortal spirit and will live forever. She will spend eternity in Heaven. Her life here on earth even at the longest has been very short compared with here existence after death. Therefore, the things she has done on this earth in her earthly body are insignificant and worth little as compared to the higher Spiritual values of eternity. A place where religion becomes the unknown and my bible I will need no more. For there, I will be in the mist of the Living Word, the Great I AM, the Alpha, the Omega, the King of Kings, my Lord, and the Heavenly Host. What an honor it will be to praise my Lord, forever in eternity.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, at the Pentecostal True Holiness Church, 1119 Altavista ave., with Bishop Michie officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

Thomas Bernard Carr

WilliamThomas Bernard Carr, was born on November 7, 1971, to Thomas and Marie Carr in Newark, New Jersey, Thomas departed this life on January 11, 2016, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He was also preceded in death by his sister, Yolanda L. Hawkins. Thomas’ life would seem too short to many, but those who were touched by him understood that the quality of existence far exceeds the quality of time in which one lives. His outspoken attitude brought so much joy to our family.

Thomas received his education in the Charlottesville, Virginia Public School System. His interests included his family, football, basketball, and just enjoying life. He will be missed greatly by his family and everyone who knew him. We love you dearly, but God loved you best.

He leaves to cherish his loving father and mother, Thomas and Marie Carr of Charlottesville, VA; three brothers, James C. Nowell, William Nowell, and Stefon Carr of Charlottesville, VA; two sisters, Antionette Carr and Danielle Carr of Charlottesville, VA; two special nieces, Shantika Hawkins and Mercedes Carr of Charlottesville, VA and also a very special friend, Gwenn Hensley; and a host of loving uncles, aunts, and cousins.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave., with Apostle William H. Nowell officiating.

He will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the services. J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Louella Whiting Turner

WilliamLouella Whiting Turner, 87, peacefully departed life surrounded by her family at the Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center on January 11, 2016. She was the second of four children born to the late Emmett T. and Julia C. Whiting of Crozet, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband of 40 years, Joseph A. Turner, Sr.; grandson, Joseph A. Turner III; and sisters, Sarah Ann Howard and Eleanor Saylor. Early in life Louella learned the value of hard work, dedication and personal achievement, values which she would later pass on to her children.

On June 26, 1947, she married Joseph A. Turner and to this union was born five children. Louella loved her family dearly and believed no sacrifice was too great to properly care for them. She was committed to their spiritual and academic success.

She served her community as a Cub Scouts den mother. She also participated in flower competitions for Parks Services and the Jefferson Elementary School Parent Teachers Association. She was an active member of Seamstress Arts and Crafts (SAC) for many years.

Louella retired from Albemarle County Social Services in 1992. She spent much of her time traveling, volunteering and spending time with her family.


On August 31,1968, she became a member of the Bethany Seventh-Day Adventist Church. This new revelation and lifestyle opened opportunities for her to learn more about her Savior. She developed a fervent love for Christ and dedicated her life in faithful service to Him and the church. Louella remained active with the local church until her health started to decline. She could often be found reading the Bible and listening to spirituals. Her last prayer request was, “Don’t pray that I get better, pray that God’s will be done.” She will always be remembered as “a soldier in the Lord’s Army.”

She leaves to mourn her passing and to celebrate her home-going five children: Joseph A. Turner, Jr. (Teresa) of Scottsville, Va., Jonathan Turner of Richmond, Va, Gwendolyn Turner-Parker (Roger) of Apopka Florida, Corlis Turner-Anderson of Charlottesville, Va, and Julia Turner of Richmond, Va.; four grandchildren, Jewel Walwyn (Kendric), Robert & Stephen Johnson, and Michael Anderson; four great grand children, Addison, Laila, Kimberly and Vanessa Paige; a brother, John Whiting (Katherine) of Columbia, South Carolina; last, she leaves a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family extends a special thank you to her caregivers Brittney Thompson and Frances Maupin; the staff at Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center; and Dr. Kenneth Steinberg, her cardiologist.


Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at Zion Union Baptist Church, with Pastor Jack McCray officiating. Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens.

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

Edward L. Farrar

WilliamEdward L. Farrar, 88, died Sunday, December 27, 2015, at home in Charlottesville, VA from a brief illness.

He was born September 19, 1927, in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Susie and Wilbert Trusgo Farrar, Sr. He worked in the Restaurant Industry-retiring from The Aberdeen Barn.

He leaves his wife, Catherine B. Farrar; four daughters, Edwina Nixon, Christine "Cricket" Farrar of Richmond, VA, Carolyn "Rainy" Johnson, Carol "Retta" Funn of Charlottesville, VA; a stepson, Charles "Chinky" Chapman and Kathy of Durham, NC; a brother, Wilbert Trusgo Farrar, Jr. of Baltimore, Md.; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two step-great grandchildren; and a devoted sister-in-law, Elsie B. Johnson of Charlottesville.

A memorial service will be held 11.00 a.m., Thursday, December 31, 2015, at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Avenue with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating.

A private burial will follow the service. J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Ferris Thurman Brown

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Ferris Thurman Brown, 72, passed away on November 15, 2015, in Kentucky. He was born on February 2, 1944, to James E. Brown, Sr., and Susie Harris Brown. Preceding him in death was his father, James E. Brown, Sr. and a brother, James E. Brown, Jr.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his mother, Susie B. Terrell; a son and daughter; a brother, Robert Brown and Barbara of Kentucky; four sisters, Rose Bembry of Connecticut, Patricia Daniels, Kathryn Sims and Mary Terrell of Charlottesville, VA; an uncle and aunt, Ferris and Virginia Harris of MD; a special nephew, Robert Brown, Jr. of Kentucky; and a host of other family members and friends.
A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2014, at First Baptist Church with the Reverend Hodari Hamilton officiating.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Louise B. Howard

WilliamLouise Burruss Howard departed this life on December 23, 2015. She was born on October 8, 1937 to the Late James and Mary Burruss. She is also predeceased by her husband Claude Howard Sr., a daughter, Constance “Connie” Howard and one brother Melvin Burruss.
Mrs. Howard attended A. G. Richardson in Louisa. She was a retired employee of the University of Virginia Dietary Department. She was a member of Foster Creek Baptist Church, the Louisa Senior Center and a former member of Keswick Senior Center before it relocated to Charlottesville.
She loved collecting Owls, she also had a passion for Gardening and cooked the best greens which people often requested. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and talking on the phone to her friends.
Mrs. Howard is survived by four sons: Charles, Harry and his wife Gail, Claude Jr. and his wife Deborah and Roger Howard; a daughter, Ida Howard; a brother in law, Lloyd Howard, Sr.; three sisters in law Amelia Washington, Nancy Howard, and Mattie Howard; eleven grandchildren, seven great grandchildren; 2 special cousins, Joyce Christmas and Millie Grooms and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm, Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at Foster Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Rickey E. White officiating and the Rev. Michael Crawley delivering the Eulogy. Interment will follow in the Burruss-Howard Cemetery. The remains will lie in state one hour prior to the service.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (www.jfbellfuneralservices.com).

Mary L. Howard

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Mary Lizzie Howard was granted her Angel Wings on Tuesday Dec. 22, 2015 at Martha Jefferson Hospital.
Mary was born March 12, 1929 to the late Evelena Howard of Hallsboro, NC
She was raised in Mount Hebron Church in Hallsboro, NC where she accepted her Lord and Savior at an early age.
She was an active member of Union Run Baptist Church and served on the usher board, choir and senior group. Her favorite scripture was the 23 Psalm, and her favorite hymn Jesus Keep Me Near the Cross.
Mary met the love of her life the late Ernest R. Howard “Pete” and they were united in marriage on March 12, 1949. From this union they were blessed with seven children.
She retired from the UVA surgical center after 15 years of servie. After her retirement she enjoyed traveling and attending the Senior Circle program. She had a green thumb and cherished all of her plants.
Mary or Aunt Mary, as she was called by all, enjoyed her family. She cherished all holidays and was elated when everyone gather at her home. She enjoyed being around family and friends, You could always fine a sweet treat, especially chocolate candy, oatmeal cakes, honey buns, ice cream sandwich and drinks. Everyone was always welcomed at Aunt Mary’s and Uncle Pete’s.
Mary leaves to cherish her precious memories. Six children who loved her dearly, Katherline Howard of Palmyra, Virginia, Ernest “Mike” Howard of Alexandra Virginia, Donald “Don” Howard and his wife Sheri, of Gordonsville, VA, Harold and his wife Cheryl of Nelson Co., Gary Wayne Howard his wife Doresa of Stuart Draft, VA, and Vivian Cleveland and her husband Odell of Penns Grove, NJ. Also left to cherish her memory, her sister-in law Amelia Washington of Charlottesville, Virginia, Mattie Howard of Fayetteville, NC, and a brother-in law Lloyd Howard and his wife Nancy. She was blessed with sixteen grandchildren and seventeen great- grandchildren a multitude of nieces and nephews of whom she loved unconditionally. Also two special friends Ruby Nightingale and Dorothy Waller, and her nephew Claude and his wife Brenda who made sure she got to church. Her absence will truly be missed.
Mary was predeceased in death by her husband Ernest, son Alvin, Sisters, Martha Scarbough, Dorothy Smith, Sarah Inman and Latrella Nash, granddaughter Danielle, daughter-in-law Valarie and recently Sister-in law Louise Howard.
Mother has gained her angel wings. She was an amazing, wonderful and caring women. You are gone but never be forgotten. Thank you for a lifetime of unconditional love.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Monday, December 28, 2015 at Union Run Baptist Church, Keswick, VA with Rev. Dr. Rickey L. White officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.

Frances Collick

WilliamFrances Loraine Collick, 67, of Charlottesville, VA departed this life on Monday, December 21, 2015 at The Laurels of Charlottesville, VA. She was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on June 7, 1948 to Nathaniel C. Wright, Sr. and the late Nancy J. Wright.

She attended Jackson P. Burley and Albemarle High Schools and worked in the retail profession for a number of years at Roses and Kroger Stores.

In addition to her loving father, she leaves to cherish her memory four sons, William C. Collick, Wade M. Collick, Connell L. Collick and Allen C. Collick all of Charlottesville, VA; three brothers, Nathaniel C. Wright, Jr. (Judy) of Lorton, VA, Sylvester M. Wright (Gabrielle) of Richmond, VA and William C. Wright of Dyke, VA; five grandchildren, Ebony, Alisse, Daiqundra, Elijah and Isaiah all of Charlottesville, VA; three aunts, Genevieve A. Jenkins, Emma W. Pryor both of Charlottesville, VA, and Edna B. Jenkins of Suitland, MD; three uncles, William H. Jenkins of Charlottesville, VA, Louie A. Jenkins of Washington, DC and Wilbur J. Wright of Earlysville, VA; father of her sons, William C. Collick, Sr.; a host of nieces, nephews, other beloved relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM., Saturday, December 26, 2015 at Union Run Baptist Church, 3220 Keswick Road Keswick, VA. with Reverend Dr. Rickey E. White officiating. Interment will follow at the Wright Family 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 (jfbellfuneralservices.com).

William B. Solomon

WilliamWilliam B. Solomon, 74, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Monday, December 14, 2015, after a brief illness at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He was born on April 15, 1941, in Charlottesville, Virginia the son of the late Joseph and Mildred Solomon. He was the husband of Christine Solomon.

Two brothers, Joseph Solomon and James Henry Solomon preceded him in death

He was a graduate of Jackson P. Burley High School; and a self-employed Painter. His walk with the Lord began at an early age and was an avid reader who read the entire Holy Bible three times. He also enjoyed fishing, drawing, walking, gardening; and reading on the back porch; and most of all spending time with family and friends.

In addition to his devoted wife of forty-nine years, Christine Solomon he leaves to cherish his memory two sons, Victor Solomon of Barboursville, VA, and Michael Solomon of Hampton, VA; one grandson, Jesse Bartley of Charlottesville; a cousin, Shirley Parrish of Charlottesville; a brother, Ruddell Solomon of Detroit, MI; a sister, Earline Jackson of Newport News, VA; a number of nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 18, 2015, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel, 108 Sixth St. N.W., Rev. Charles Trice, Presiding and Rev. Luck, Officiating.

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

Charlotte Ann Collins Dillard

CharlotteMrs. Charlotte Ann Collins Dillard peacefully entered eternal rest early in the morning of December 9, 2015, at Golden Living Center. Her parents, husband Charles, son Glenn, daughter Margie Timberlake, grandson Charles Jr. sisters Amelia Grady, Laura Moore and Louise Churchman; and brothers, Charles and Otto Grady preceded her in death. She leaves to cherish her memory two sons Charles “Sandy” Dillard (Annette), and Michael J. Dillard (Carolyn); grandchildren: Glenn Collins, Tyesha, Roderick, LaChandra & Sherrie Timberlake, Marcus Dillard, Tamari Dillard, Alexandra & Kenneth Dillard; Great Grandchildren: Amori and Jaidyn Agee, Isaiah Collins, Adrian and Amayah Timberlake; brother Howard Lee Moore, and sisters: Alberta Shelton of Philadelphia PA, Ellen Grady, Joyce and Diane Moore of Keswick, and Mary Grady, Joetta Moore-Rose, and Brenda Moore-Nickens of Richmond, Sarah Josephine Powell, Jean Barbour, George Albert & Dorothy Maxine Dillard.

The celebration of her life will be held at Zion Hill Baptist Church, 802 Zion Hill Road, Keswick, Va 22947 on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. with the family hour beginning at 12:00 p.m. The interment will immediately follow at Oakwood Cemetery, 727 – 849 1st Street Charlottesville, VA 22902. A repast will follow the interment at Zion Hill’s Dining Hall. Loving and kind services are entrusted to J.F. Bell Funeral Home.

Mary Frances Scott Walker

MaryMary Frances Scott Walker, age 63, of Charlottesville, VA went home to be with the Lord on Friday, December 11, 2015 at the residence of her sister and brother-in-law. She was born on May 23, 1952, the daughter of the late John and Beatrice Scott. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, John Henry Saylor and Harry Lee Scott.

Mary retired from UVA food Service with 40 years of service. Mary was a devoted member of the Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, Old Lynchburg Rd. until her health failed. She was a member of the Gospel Choir, Doorkeeper Ministry and Missionary Ministry in the church.

Mary is survived by a devoted sister, Dora S. Dyer and brother-in-law, William Dyer of Charlottesville; 2 brothers, Albert J. Scott and wife, Betty of Standardsville, VA and Lloyd Nelson Scott and Clementine of Charlottesville, VA; an Aunt, Delores Saylor of Charlottesville, VA; 3 nephews, Jessie Tyler, Franklin “Frankie” White and Laquan Burton; 2 nieces, Iesha “Nicky” White of Danville, VA and Tianna “Tina” White of Waynesboro, VA; devoted Godmother, Mrs. Margaret Bryant of Charlottesville; devoted friends, Irene Mitchell of Houston, TX, Delores Thompson of Louisa, VA and Mary Ann Jackson of Charlotttesville, VA; caregiver, Sharon “Darlene” Bryant of Charlottesville, VA; and a devoted friend, Naomi Lawson of Charlottesville; and a number of cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 17, 2015, at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, with the Reverend Jeffery Perkison officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

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

Larry Ned Moton

Larry Ned Moton, 61, died on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. He was the husband of Rebecca Moton.

A Graveside Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 16, 2015, at the Thessalonia Baptist Church Cemetery, Fluvanna, VA.

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

Walter Shawn Bradley

Walter Shawn Bradley, 45 of Charlottesville Va died Wednesday Dec. 2, 2015 at UVA Medical Center, Charlottesville Va. He was born to the late Sherman M. & Shelby J. Bradley on February 16, 1970, in Princeton WV. He is survived by a sister Dana Hahn & Family of IL and a brother Mike Bradley & Family of Culpeper VA. He is also survived by 2 very close friends Nancy Carpenter and Susan Dallas both of Charlottesville VA. Furthermore, he leaves behind numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.. Shawn was a 1988 graduate of Athens High School, Athens WV, was an army veteran, serving his time with the 82nd Airborne Division during the Gulf War. He loved to fish, hunt and was an avid music fan. Shawn never met a stranger and tried to help other people in need. Arrangements are as follows:

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. On Friday, December 11, 2015, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel, 108 Sixth St. N.W. Charlottesville,VA, with Rebecca Coburn Simpson officiating. Military honors immediately following service.

The interment of the cremains will follow that afternoon at 1:00 p.m. In Culpeper National Cemetery , 305 US Ave. Culpeper VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: The Crossings Service Department, 401 4th Street NW, Charlottesville Va 22903. ATTN: Hugo Elfinstone.

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

Floyd Randolph Alston, Jr.

Floyd Floyd Randolph Alston, Jr. departed this life on November 21, 2015. He was born in Charlottesville, Virginia September 15, 1984, the son of Jean Gehl and Floyd Alston. He was the Fiancé of Tiffany Powell.

He was preceded in death by paternal grandmother, Eliza Jane Alston and paternal grandfather, Joseph Samuel Johnson; maternal grandmother, Daisy Williams and maternal grandfather, Willie Williams; 4 uncles, Mathew Booker, Frank Booker, Charlie Booker, and Willie Williams; 5 aunts, Rebecca Ann Roach, Helen Williams, Susie Booker and Luenell Booker.

He was an employed with Martin Roofing for 12 years. He had a special love and knack for cooking, free style rapping, tinkering with cars; and enjoyed playing dominos, cards, and pool; he also had a special love for swimming. He enjoyed being a Dad and family was very important to him; his greatest joys were times spent with family and friends.

He leaves to cherish his memory his fiancée, Tiffany Powell of Charlottesville; 2 daughters, Sierra Nowell Alston and Arianna Lin Alston; his mother, Jean Gehl of Charlottesville; his Father Floyd Alston and step-mother, Carolyn Alston of Suffolk, VA; 3 brothers, David Anderson, Ben Anderson and Timmy Anderson all of Charlottesville, VA; a sister, Denise Anderson; 4 uncles, Charles Williams, James Alston and wife, Cathy, Henry Alston and wife, Christine both of Charlottesville, VA, and Ronnie Edmonds of Bremo Bluff, VA; an aunt, Lucy Alston of Charlottesville; a great aunt, Mary Mason of Worchester, MA; 25 cousins, Pierre Anderson, Clyde Anderson, Crystal Anderson, Cherie Anderson, Shalimar Anderson, Devonte Anderson, Dejah Anderson, Delora Anderson, Chris Anderson, Sierra Anderson, Jeremy Alston, Christian Wingate-Alston and husband, Lamar, Cameshia Alston, Alicia Gough, Dwayne Durrette, Jasmine Bailey, Raquel Monroe, Chymond Alston, Casaunii Alston, Ahnesttii Matthews, Cynciere Alston, Phillip Alston, Jaylin Gough, Jullian Gough and Jah’Moni Watson-Jones; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2015, at Albemarle Baptist Church, 1685 Roslyn Ridge Rd, with the Reverend Leon Harris officiating. Interment will follow in Holly Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends on Monday evening from 6 to 7 at J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth St. N.W.

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

Arthur “Art” Giles Henderson

ArthurArthur “Art” Giles Henderson departed this life on November 22, 2015, at the Carilion Roanoke Memorial Medical Hospital in Roanoke, VA. Arthur was born on June 9, 1954, in Charlottesville, Virginia, the son of Shirley Henderson and the late James Henderson Sr. He was married to Deborah Henderson and from that union they were blessed with a daughter, Devon.

He was a member of First Baptist Covesville Church, located in Covesville, VA. He was a graduate of Albemarle High School. He attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC and eventually made North Carolina his home. He was a self-employed Landscaper.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving mother, Shirley Henderson of Covesville, Virginia; his wife Deborah Henderson; a daughter, Devon Henderson; 3 brothers, James Henderson Jr., Harold Henderson and wife, Brenda, and Earl Henderson and wife, Gwen; 2 sisters, Reverend Mary Smith and husband, Clarence and Theresa Howard; a number of nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of His Life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, November 28, 2015, at First Baptist Covesville Church, 5883 Henderson Lane, Covesville, VA, with the Reverend Mary Byers officiating. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery.

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

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

James Edward Spears, Sr.

James Edward Spears, Sr., 88, of Palmyra, VA, departed this life Friday, November 20, 2015, at the Golden Living Nursing Home, Charlottesville VA. He was born January 31, 1927, in Nelson County, VA, to the late Laura Spears. He was preceded in death by his wife, Pearl D. Bryant Spears.

He served in the United States Army and was employed at the University of Virginia for fifty-five years before retiring. He loved playing baseball.

He leaves to cherish his memory a son, James E. Spears, Jr., and daughter-in-law, Valerie of Palmyra VA; a grandson, Jamal Spears of Palmyra, VA; two granddaughters, Skylar Spears of Palmyra VA and Nekevea Jones of Buckingham, VA; two great-grandsons, Kelon Washington and Lonnie Washington, Jr. both of Buckingham, VA; one great-granddaughter, Alaiyah Brooks of Orange VA; one aunt, Virginia Givens of Nelson County, VA; one sister-in-law, Margaret Bryant of Charlottesville, VA and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at Culpeper National Cemetery, 305 US Avenue, Culpeper, VA., with the Reverend Howard Grooms officiating.

The Family will receive friends on Monday, November 23, 2015, from 6 to 7 p.m. at J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 6th Street, N.W., Charlottesville, VA

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

Lula Mae Grady

LulaMs. Lula Mae Grady, 82, of Charlottesville, Virginia, transitioned into eternal rest, November 12, 2015 at the University of Virginia Medical Center surrounded by her children and grandchildren.

Born on June 7, 1933, Ms. Grady was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Grady, her son-in-law Vernon L. Christmas, mother Nannie M. Anderson, a daughter Sheila A. Barbour and a granddaughter, Lestina Timberlake.

Ms. Grady began her employment in 1973 with the University of Virginia Medical Center as an Environmental Services Specialist from which she retired with 27 years of service. She taught by example the value of consistent employment and independence by returning to work for an additional eight years with Crothall Healthcare Services until the age of 75.

Ms. Grady instilled in her children the importance of supporting and caring for one another. This is a legacy she learned from her mother and devoted aunt. In her leisure time she enjoyed planting flowers and shrubs. She also enjoyed interior decorating adding her own unique designs.

Ms. Grady leaves to cherish her spirit and loving memories, three sons, El Raheem Shabazz, Latif Beyah, both of Richmond, VA and James M. Grady of Charlottesville; two daughters, Ms. Faye Fields of Richmond, VA and Ms. Regina G. Christmas of Charlottesville; a devoted Aunt, Virginia Fountain of Louisa, VA and a devoted daughter-in-law Ms. Hilda Massie of Charlottesville. Also to cherish her memories are thirteen grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral Services will be held at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, at First Baptist Church, 632 W. Main St., with the Reverend Hodari Hamilton, officiating. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

Her remains will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the services.

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

Angela Timmons Fitch

KenAngela Priscilla Timmons-Fitch, age 47, of 612 9th Street, SW, Charlottesville, Virginia went to be with the Lord on Sunday, November 8, 2015.

Angela was born March 10, 1968 to Betty A. Timmons and the late John E. Branch. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, the late Betty Johnson; grandfather, the late Lawrence E. Johnson; adopted mother, the late Lottie White and a special friend, the late Rebecca McGinnis.

Angela accepted Christ and united with Bibleway Charlottesville Church of Christ under the leadership of Bishop Rufus Hayes. She enjoyed participating in Youth and Choir Departments. She later partnered with the ministry of Faith Christian Center International with Drs. Wayne A. and Wendi M. Frye as her spiritual father and mother. Singing songs of praise and worship and directing the choir was a passion. Angela served in excellence on the following Ministry Teams: Children’s Ministry, Greeter Ministry, Music Ministry, Temple Ministry and Worship Arts (drama) Ministry.

Angela attended and received an Associate of Business Administration degree from National Business College. She also received a Medical Assistant Certification from Richmond Health and Technology. She had an array of employment experiences and finished her career at Faith Christian Academy as Lead Teacher in the nursery class where she loved and provided early childhood education to children.

Angela enjoyed singing, shopping and spending time with friends and family. She had a great eye for fashion and colors and always looked as if she stepped out of a magazine. A highlight was attending Jalen’s basketball games and cheering on all the players. Many of them called her “mom” as she loved, directed and redirected them when needed. Being her authentic self was an expression she shared with everyone. She modeled the love of God in giving and helping others.

Fondly known to many as “Angie” or “Doodie,” Angela leaves to cherish her memory a devoted husband, James Elliott Fitch; daughter, Cyerra Marie Timmons; sons, Jalen Maurice Fitch and Elliott Lamont Jones; granddaughter, Rhiley Santana Timmons, mother, Betty A. Timmons; sisters, Theresa Lovett and LaToya Little; brothers, Michael Timmons, David A. Timmons, Daniel A. Timmons, John Little and Omar Little; sisters-in-law; Patricia Williams and Wanda Hawkins (Robert) and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

A celebration service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015, at Faith Christian Center International, 221 Carlton Road, Charlottesville, Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to help with funeral expenses are made to FCCI, Attn: Angela Timmons-Fitch, P.O. Box 2306, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902.

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

Christal Troylee Hairstain

Christal Troylee Hairston, 91, of Richmond Virginia reunited with his Heavenly Father and entered into eternal peace on November 3, 2015. Bishop Christal T. Hairston, Sr. was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on May 18, 1924. He was the third child born to James and Laura Hairston. Bishop Hairston received his primary education in the Winston-Salem Public Schools. He left home at the age of 14 and moved to Washington, D. C. where he completed his high school education. In early 1946, Bishop Hairston enlisted in the armed services and served as an army nurse. On July 26, 1946, he married Miss Mattie Oneail Taylor. They were later blessed with two beautiful children, Barbara Oneail and Christal Troylee, Jr. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mother Mattie Oneail Hairston; his son, Bishop Christal T. Hairston, Jr.; his grandson, William Carter, Jr; and fourteen siblings.

On December 31, 1949, Christal joined the Bible Way Headquarters Church located on New Jersey Avenue, then pastored by the late Honorable Bishop Smallwood E. Williams. There he received the call to discipleship and was baptized in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ and soon received the gift of the Holy Ghost. Bishop Hairston served as a devoted Deacon until he accepted the call to the ministry in 1951 and went on to receive his Elder’s license in the latter part of 1951. During his tenure at the Headquarters Church, Bishop Hairston functioned in many capacities which included Local Youth President and Leader and Founder of the Monday Evening Prayer Band and Bible Teaching. He was later appointed by Bishop Williams as The National Youth President of the Washington/Maryland Diocese of the Bible Way Churches World Wide and the Radio Choir of The Bible Way Headquarters Church.

Always striving for excellence, Bishop Hairston furthered his education at the prominent Washington Bible College where he graduated with honors. He also graduated from the American Bible College, The Teachers Training School for the Advanced Studies and later received his Masters of Divinity Degree.

Although Bishop Hairston was essential part of the Headquarters’ Church Ministry. It was soon time for him to move by the Spirit of God. In 1961, Bishop Williams commissioned Bishop Hairston to oversee the Bible Way mission located at 206 South Harrison Street in Richmond, Virginia. He immediately accepted the challenge and answered the heavenly call. The small mission began to grow under the power of the Holy Spirit and the Church was re-located to 1630 Rose Avenue, also in the city of Richmond, Virginia.

Bishop Hairston was appointed to the Bishopric in 1975, and served as the General Secretary of the Bible Way Churches World Wide for 9 years. He also functioned as the Overseer of the Credentials Department of the Bible Way Church World Wide, the Overseer of the National Missionaries Department, Central District of Virginia. His community involvement consisted of him being a member of the Board of Directors of the Richmond Home for the Aged and a Consultant for the City of Richmond Police Department. Bishop Hairston was also a board member and ardent fund raiser for the Youth Services Division of the YMCA. He was on the Board of Directors of RCA in Richmond and a former member of the Human Relations Commission of the City Richmond, VA; and accomplishing numerous other goals, Bishop Christal T. Hairston Sr. remained a faithful and dedicated Pastor to the Richmond Bible Way Church for over 50 years.

He leaves to cherish his memories, his loving daughter, Ms. Barbara Carter; a special family friend Ms. Judy; 6 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends; also left to cherish his memory is Ms. Carolyn Haywood whose special love and care for Bishop Hairston made their relationship one of a kind.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church. Interment will be at Culpeper National Cemetery.

The Family will receive friends on Friday evening from 6 to 7 at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home.

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

Frederick Clayborne Scott

KenFrederick Clayborne Scott, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Saturday, October 31, 2015, in Nelson County. He was born on July 30, 1968, to the late Cleveland T. Michie Sr. and Emma Lee Scott. He was also preceded in death by his grandmother, Lucy Turner; 4 uncles, Johnny, Eddie, James and Jerry Turner; and 2 aunts, Mary Martinez and Linda Reads.

He was a graduate of Charlottesville High School and he was a skilled roofer and landscaper. Fred enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. He loved to fish and play video games. He would always be found making people laugh and smile.

He leaves to cherish his memory 2 brothers, Cleveland T. Michie Jr. and Maurice Fuller of Charlottesville; 5 sisters, Brenda, Levonia, Rita, Lisa Michie and Cleveshia Godfrey all of Charlottesville; 5 sons, Devon Shelton of Chicago, IL, Devonta Woodson, Maricus Rollins, Fred Cooper and Tyrus Banks all of Charlottesville; 1 daughter, Shikira Jackson of Charlottesville; 4 granddaughters,Vy'ana Rawlings, I’sland Williams, Nakierra Shelton, and A’layiah Woodson; 2 grandsons, Treyce Grooms and Gregory Williams all of Charlottesville; 2 aunts, Lorraine and Debra Turner of Charlottesville; 4 uncles, William Turner of North Carolina, Linwood, Douglas Turner of Norfolk, Charles Turner of Charlottesville and Buster Reaves of North Carolina; a loving and devoted fiancée, Linda Woodson of Charlottesville; and his loyal dog, “little bit”, and a host of nieces, nephews cousins, relatives and friends. He will be forever be remembered and as a man that truly loved his family.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church.

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

Dorothy B. Johnson

RussellOn Friday, October 30, 2015, a great lady passed away at the age of 99, Dorothy “Dot” Johnson Our mom was known for her beautiful smile, humor, integrity, and a love for the Lord; always pleasant and friendly to all she met. Mom was born on January 24, 1916, in Philadelphia, PA to the late Louis M. and Jennie Williams Burns. Her mother died when she was seven. Later, the late Lizzie B. Burns became her stepmother. She then moved to Charlottesville in 1929, where she attended the Charlottesville Public Schools; graduating from Jefferson High School in 1934. She also attended Storer College in Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

In November 1941, she married Charles “Jack” Johnson II who preceded her in death; two sons, Charles W. Johnson III and Darryl M. Johnson were born from their union.
Dorothy spent most of her time rearing her two sons which she was very proud of. She also enjoyed gardening and having the best backyard on Sixth Street S.W. Also cooking and shopping. Mom will be missed by all who knew her.

Dorothy is survived by her two sons and grandchildren. Steven M. Johnson of Minneapolis, MN and Lokie J. Rodriguez of St. Paul, MN; also a great granddaughter, Amaris Rodriguez of St. Paul, MN; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Home Going service will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at Covenant Church, 1025 Rio Road.Her remains will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the service.

Jack and Darryl would like to thank the following for caregiving: Karen Dooms, Christian Johnson, Derick Anderson, Shelly Bryant and all the nursing staff at Sentra Home Care, Piedmont Hospice and the aids with At Home Care Staffing. They would also like to thank all who sent cards, made phone calls and performed other deeds of kindness.

Contributions may be made in her honor to the Hospice of the Piedmont.

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

Rosa Lean Austin Abbott

Rosa Lean Austin Abbott, 66, of Charlottesville, VA died on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at a local nursing facility. She was born in Charlottesville, VA on August 16, 1949, the daughter of the late Molly and Frasier Austin. A daughter, Betty Horne; a brother, William Austin; and 2 sisters, Mary Wood and Dorothy Washington preceded her in death.

She was a devoted mother who loved her grandchildren and all children held a special place in her heart. She was always willing to help other and she always put God first.

She leaves to cherish her memory a beloved daughter, Tina Abbott of Louisiana; a brother Roger Austin of Charlottesville; 2 sisters, Christine Solomon of Charlottesville and Sally Stewart of Norfolk, VA; 5 grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, November 5, 2015, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Lestina “Pinki” Timberlake

RussellLestina “Pinki” Timberlake of Charlottesville, VA was born on July 28, 1968, she passed away on October 26, 2015, at her residence with family and friends at her side. She’s at peace now, the Lord called her home because he knew she was tired.

Lestina spent her lifetime in Charlottesville and received her formal education in the Charlottesville City School System. She worked in many food service and fast food chains. She was employed for 7 years at Rudy’s Dry Cleaners. She valued her time spent with family and friends most of all.

She leaves to cherish her beloved mother, Hattie Timberlake and her friend Josh; her father, Raheem Shabazza; a son, Lorenzo “Riny” Timberlake; a daughter, Kierra Timberlake; a sister, Angle Massie; an extremely close and devoted friend, Richard “Hook” Brown; special friends, Norman and Delores Goines; an aunt, Beatrice Timberlake; Diane “Duck” Frye, Wanda Frazier, and Kevin Thurston; a number of cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, November 2, 2015, at First Baptist Church, 632 W. Main St., with Bishop Nowell officiating. 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

Willie “Buddy” Jefferson, Jr.

RussellWillie “Buddy” Jefferson, Jr. departed this life on Thursday, October 22, 2015. He was born on February 29, 1940, to Dorothy Mae Murray and Willie Jefferson, Sr. He was employed as a Security Guard with Securitas. Buddy was preceded in death by his two sisters, Rose Marie Jefferson of Charlottesville, and Dorothy C. Chapman of Keswick, mother, Dorothy Mae Allen of Charlottesville, father, Willie Jefferson Sr. of Coatesville, PA., a beloved Aunt, Frances Jeffries of Charlottesville and brother-in-law, Earnly O. Chapman of Keswick.

Buddy leaves to cherish his memory three devoted nieces, Aronda Chapman-Taylor and husband, Billy L. Taylor of Houston, TX., Ramona R. Chapman of Gordonsville, Lisa V. Chapman of Keswick, one great niece, Brigic M. Quarles-Johnson and husband, Anthony Johnson, 2 great nephews, Eli and Josiah Johnson of Orange; two sisters, Deborah Thompson of Coatesville, PA and Cheryl Humpton-Djeredi of Caln, PA; two aunts, Lillian Martin and Louise Jefferson of Charlottesville, a dear uncle, Robert “Bobby” Murray and his wife Joyce Murray of Richmond, and another uncle, Carlton Jeffries of MD. He had a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, loving and devoted friends, and coworkers; of special consideration include Carolyn Miller, Joyce Merritt, Carl Jefferson, Jr., Patricia Porter, Shirley Smith, Helen Hawkins, Joseph Frederick and Marie Hare.

A funeral service will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2015, at 2 p.m. at the J.F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Oakwood Cemetery.

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

The family would like to thank the management and staff of Smith Pool, Sentara Health System and the Cardiology Department of the UVA Health System. In lieu of flowers the family request consideration of the American Heart Association or the Blue Ridge Multiple Sclerosis Society.

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

Constance Brooks

RussellConstance Brooks, 101, of Charlottesville, Virginia, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 24, 2015, at her home. She was born on August 2, 1914, in Albemarle County the daughter of the late John Peyton Brooks and Pearl Armstead Brooks. Constance was also preceded in death by her brothers, Peyton, Lee, Worthy and Edward “E.T.”.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Brooks Alexander, niece, Lesia Carter of St. Charles, MO; nephew, Edward Rydell Brooks (Traci) of Esmont, VA; great nephews, Charles Brooks of Los Angeles, CA; Kenton Brooks of Charlottesville; great niece, Carla Brooks of Alexandria, VA; sister-in-law Ruth Brooks of Esmont; and a host of other relatives, special friends and neighbors.

Constance was a graduate of the Albemarle Training School, class of 1936. A quiet, determined woman, Constance grew up on a farm in western Albemarle County and attended grade school in the Oak Union community.

After high school, she along with her family moved to the city of Charlottesville in 1946. She did domestic work in homes for a few years and then was hired at the Style Shop on the downtown mall as a Sales Associate. Constance made history by becoming the first African-American sales associate in Charlottesville. Constance worked in retail for over thirty years, retiring from Elnora’s. She loved clothes and was noted as a sharp dresser. Her favorite pastime hobby was sewing. In addition, she learned the art of cooking and canning from her mother.

After retiring from retail in 1979, she cared for her ailing mother and brothers at home and faithfully enjoyed the daily tasks of “keeping” the house with Mary. In addition, she faithfully participated in the annual Armstead-Feggans Family Reunion. She was a lifelong member of the Oak Union Baptist Church.

As her physical health declined in recent years, Constance with the same quiet determination, lengthened her life by participating in physical therapy, exercise classes and senior activities.

The celebration of life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2015, at the Oak Union Baptist Church, Owensville Road in Albemarle County with the Reverend Kevin Bolden and Minister Vernetta Bolden officiating. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.

Her remains will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the services.

The family would like to give special appreciation to the numerous organizations and individuals who tirelessly provided care and support for Constance over the past three years of her long, fulfilling life.

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

John Julius Bowles Sr.

RussellJohn Julius Bowles Sr., 87, of North Garden, transitioned from this life peacefully at his home on Friday, October 23, 2015. He was born July 16, 1928, to the late Marjorie Bowles Turner of North Garden. He is preceded in death by his sister, Alice B. Coleman, and his brothers, Vernon T. Turner, Erskine N. Turner, and William H. Turner, and grandson, Christopher Robinson.

He was a devoted member of Rising Sun Baptist Church for many years where he served on the Deacon Board of Trustee and was a choir member. Along with being a dedicated husband and father, he worked 49 years for Laird and Company and was widely known for his landscaping services that served many residents and organizations in the North Garden, Covesville, and Charlottesville area.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving wife of 64 years, Catherine D. Bowles; 2 sons, John J. Bowles Jr. and his wife, Rhonda, of North Garden, VA, and Larry P. Bowles and his wife, Susan, of Charlottesville, VA; four daughters, Patricia Bowles-Robinson and Hosea Mitchell, of Charlottesville, VA, Linda C. Bowles, of Smyrna, DE, Pamela E. Bowles and Tracy B. Moore both of North Garden, VA; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, October 30, 2015, at Rising Sun Baptist Church, North Garden, VA with the Reverend Maynard Jones officiating. Interment will follow in the Bowles Family Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, 2015, at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.

Donations can be made to Legacy Hospice or Alzheimer's Association of Charlottesville, VA.

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

Lawrence Eugene Walker Jr. (Butch)

RussellLawrence Eugene Walker Jr., better known as “Butch” passed away peacefully on Wednesday, October 21, 2015. He was born on April 20, 1949, to the late Lawrence Walker Sr. and Constance Ashton Walker.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his grandparents; and his sister, Virginia Walker Johnson.

Butch worked in construction for many years and especially enjoyed playing horse shoes with his family and friends and watching old Western movies.

Butch was survived by; his 2 sons and 1daughter, Anthony Walker and his wife, Denise, of Fairfax, Va. and George Walker of Virginia Beach and Danielle Walker of Virginia Beach; 10 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; his former wife, and friend, Joan Butler Walker of Virginia Beach; his 2 sisters, Thelma Ashton and Mary Frances Walker both of Charlottesville, VA; his brother, James Walker and his wife. Linda; his Aunt Christine Cooper of Somerset, Pa; his 2 lifelong buddies, David Pendleton and Michael Parham; as well as many loving nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A time of gathering will be held on Wednesday, October 28, 2015, at 2pm, at Union Grove Baptist Church, Keswick, VA.

“Butch”, Pop, Daddy, Granddad, Brother, Uncle, Friend…
Your presence we miss, your memories we treasure, loving you
always, forgetting you never.

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

Cassandra Denise Walker Vest

Ned Cassandra Denise Walker Vest or as we called her “Saunni” or “Runt”, 31, of Charlottesville, VA was granted her Angel Wings on Monday, October 13, 2015. She was born on August 3, 1984, to William Walker and the late Linda Vest-Johnson.

She was a graduate of Charlottesville High School Class of 2003. Cassandra was self-employed and had a passion of caring for others and always lending a helping hand. She lived by her motto, “others before self”, and that is what she did. She loved her family and was a lover of life.

She is survived by her father, William Walker, a step-father the Reverend Jesse Johnson Sr. and Linda; a devoted and loving sister, Letitia Curry-Stinnie and Richard of Charlottesville; 2 devoted aunts, Gerty Mae Vest and Doris Ann Vest of Charlottesville, who were like mothers to Cassandra; and caring sisters, Veronica Walker and Kissy Walker; 2 brothers, William Walker Jr. and Bobby Walker; step-siblings, Joshua Sonifrank and Clara Sonifrank of Harrisonburg, VA, Nyzier Walker and Nicholas Walker; 2 step-brothers, Jesse J. Johnson Jr. and Jamell L. Johnson of Charlottesville; a step-aunt, Ethel Opie and Jeffrey of Palmyra, VA; other aunts and uncles and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2015, at Mount Airy Baptist, Faber, VA; Dr. Alvin Edwards will deliver the eulogy . Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services. The family wishes to acknowledge all acts of kindness extended to them during the time of loss. Every call, visit, text, and card was greatly appreciated. Your prayers have given us strength.

Acts of kindness can be received by her sister, Letitia Curry- Stinnie at 103 Old Fifth Circle, Charlottesville, VA
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Edgar Brown

Ned Edgar Samuel Brown Jr. departed this life on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was born in on March 2, 1938, in Fluvanna County, son of the late Edgar S. Brown Sr. and Dorothy Carter Brown. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude Anderson Brown; 3 sisters, Gracie Payne, Doris Holland, Joan “Betty” Key; and 3 brothers, Charles Brown Sr., Johnnie Mae Brown and Robert “Buster” Brown.

He was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Palmyra, Virginia.
Edgar rendered many years of service with Fluvanna County High School and Fluvanna County Public works until his retirement in 2008.

He is survived by two step-daughters, Martha Perkins Gatlin and husband, Rev. Jesse L. Gatlin of Palmyra, Virginia and Gail Perkins Bosco and husband, David Bosco of De Pere, Wisconsin; a special step-granddaughter, LaVonda Perkins Gordon and husband, Thomas Gordon Jr. of Stone Mountain, Georgia; a foster son, Octavious Hansberry of Charlottesville, Virginia; a step-great granddaughter, Tia Gordon of Stone Mountain, Georgia; three sisters, Novella Haywood and Ella Brown of Washington, DC, and Rose Taylor and husband, John Taylor of Palmyra, Virginia; one brother, Broadus Brown and wife, Rev. Gail Brown of Palmyra, Virginia; two sisters-in-law, Brenda Brown of Fork Union, Virginia and Elaine Brown of Palmyra, Virginia, an Aunt, Nellie Carter Lewis of Fork Union, Virginia and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at Shiloh Baptist Church, Palmyra, Virginia with Pastor William Mallory officiating and the Reverend Charles Brown will deliver the eulogy. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home.
J.F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Rudolph Mansell Mickens

RussellRudolph Mansell Mickens, passed away at 78 years old on the morning of Thursday, October 1st, 2015, in Charlottesville, Virginia. Rudolph was born on February 19, 1937, in Waynesboro, Virginia. He worked as Warehouse Manager at Technical Tape in New Rochelle, New York and as General Manager at Saxton Products in Cerritos, California. Rudolph relocated to Charlottesville, Virginia in 1986 and worked for Best Products, Walmart and Food Lion before retiring in 2006.

Rudolph graduated in 1955 as Valedictorian from Julius Rosenwald High School in Waynesboro, Virginia. He enjoyed playing bid whist, listening to jazz as well as watching sports and The Oprah Winfrey Show on television. He was a member of the King of Clubs social group in Charlottesville, Virginia and served a term as President. Rudolph was a God-fearing man who was a member of Union Mission Baptist Church in Crozet, Virginia and served on its Trustee Board. He lived life to the fullest and loved his family with a passion.

His survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Marie Antionette Walker Mickens, originally of Crozet, Virginia, daughter and son-in-law, Barbara and William R. Washington of Cape May Court House, New Jersey, son Michael R. Mickens of Charlottesville, Virginia, brother Matthew Harris of Royal Palm Beach, Florida, grandchildren William R. Washington, Jr. and Ruby Marie Washington of Cape May Court House, New Jersey, two aunts Jeanette Mickens of New Rochelle, New York and Ruby Gayle of Waynesboro, Virginia, sisters-in-law Anne Thompson and husband George Thompson, Sr. of Crozet, Virginia and Agnes Jackson and husband Warren Jackson of Charlottesville, Virginia, as well as many cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015, at Piedmont Baptist Church, 596 Half Mile Branch Road, Crozet, Virginia. Interment will follow at Lincoln Cemetery in Charlottesville, Virginia.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 6th, 2015, at the J.F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel, 108 Sixth Street, N.W., Charlottesville, Virginia.

Memorial donations may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60601.

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

Raymond L. Dixon, Jr.

Raymond L. Dixon, Jr. departed this life on Friday, September 11, 2015, following a long illness. He was born on October 10, 1950, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was the son of Joan C. Brown of Fredericksburg, VA and the late Raymond L. Dixon, Sr. He was the oldest of three children, Regina Dixon and Elaine Brown.

Raymond was one of the Charlottesville 12 that graduated from Lane High School. He went on to study at Essex County College New Jersey.

In addition to his mother he leaves to cherish his memory three children, Ramar Dixon, and Chanel Brooks, Lynette Blakey; three nephews, John Brown, Jamal Scott, and Rojan Mitchell; six grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. Raymond enjoyed the company of his life companion, Audrey Eason; and the time he shared time with family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 p.m. on Friday, September 18, 2015, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery.

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

Hilda Angeline Coles

RussellHilda Angeline Coles Goodwin Green, 70, of Fluvanna, VA, departed this life on Thursday, September 10, 2015, at her home surrounded by family. She was born on June 20, 1945 in Baltimore, MD to the late Raymond and Ruby Bennett Coles.

She was preceded in death by four sisters, Gloria, Marjorie, Theresa and Blanche; and four brothers, Raymond, James, Howard and Peyton Coles.

She lived and worked in Maryland until she followed her dream and moved to Virginia with her father’s family. She had a great love of family and looked forward to visits to Maryland.

She worked in Health Care at Eldercare Gardens, T & L Companions, private duty cases and Region Ten CBS, which was one of her most rewarding jobs.

She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted husband of 23 years, Paul Green and four sister-in-laws, Corrine Downey of Raleigh, NC, Princess Durden, Brenda Green, Judy Grant and Donnell all of Charlottesville, VA; and a host of beloved relatives and friends in Maryland and Virginia.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 19, 2015, at Way of the Cross Baptist Church, Route 640, Palmyra, VA, with Pastor Paul Johnson of Baltimore, MD, Officiant, and Pastor Karen Cooper, Eulogist. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The Family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the services.

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

Sarah V. Johnson

RussellSarah V. Johnson died on Tuesday, September 8, 2015. She was born in Charlottesville, VA on September 8, 1928, the daughter of the late Joseph T. and Susie Verdier Johnson.

Two brothers, James E. Johnson and Wilbur A. Johnson preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of the Jefferson High School and Apex Beauty School. She worked as a private beautician for many years and retired when her health no longer allowed her to work. She was a member of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church and a member of its Senior Choir. She was active in the Charlottesville beauticians Club; The American Legion Auxiliary; and several other area Social Clubs.

She leaves to cherish her memory one niece, Annette S. Bolden and Russell of Charlottesville, VA; two great nephews and one great-great nephew; two foster daughters, Denise U. Turner and Deborah U. Eddins of Charlottesville; a foster son, Gilmore Richard Underwood, Jr. of Charlottesville; a special cousin, Joseph Tate of Gordonsville, VA; and a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 A.M. on Monday, September 21, 2015, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave, with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery.
Her remains will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the services.

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

Alice Hicks Wilson

RussellAlice Hicks Wilson, beloved “auntie” went to join her husband, Donald Wilson, in the Lord’s Eternal Kingdom on Sunday, September 6, 2015. She was born August 13, 1929, to the late Bessie R. Hicks and Jack M. Hicks. Also, she was preceded in death by her brother, Joseph Hicks and her sister, Christine M. Hicks Carr.

At an early age, she was baptized and joined Chapman Grove Baptist Church. She and her husband resided in Staunton, Virginia. She later joined the Smokey Row Baptist Church in Staunton, Virginia where she was active in some of the ministries until she became ill in 2011. During her illness, she received medical care in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Auntie” as she was affectionately known, was a jolly person who loved “family.” She started out doing domestic work and later retired as a chef from Ingerside Country Club.

She leaves to cherish her memory, ten 10 nieces and nephews, Doris P. Jackson of Richmond, VA; T. Ann Brown and Charles of Somerset, NJ; Louie E. Carr, Jr. and Diane of Orange, VA; Patricia P. Hester and Herbert; Benjamin H. Carr and Reva; and Anthony Carr all of Charlottesville, VA; Debra Carr of Faber, VA; Theo C. Arnett; Alice Fletcher and Herbert; and Donald Carr and Loretta all of Louisa, VA. Also, she is survived by nieces and nephews on the Wilson side. In addition, she is survived by a host of great nieces and nephews; and a multitude of treasured relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2015, at Smokey Row Baptist Church, Staunton, VA with Pastor Miles Siler officiating. Interment will follow in Fairview Cemetery, Staunton, 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

Patrick Onwuegbuna

RussellPatrick Onwuegbuna died on Thursday, September 3, 2015, in Charlottesville, VA. He was born on November 4, 1957, to the late Boniface and Anna Ebu-Mordi.

Patrick graduated from Morgan State University with a degree in Political Science. He enjoyed working in the food service industry and loved interacting with all his customers.

He is survived by a daughter, Anna and two sons, Benjamin and Patrick; a granddaughter, Nyana; and many more family members in the United States and Nigeria.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, September 12, 2015 at J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel. The Family will receive friends at the Chapel one hour prior to the service.

The family request that all floral arrangements be sent to J. F. Bell Funeral Home.

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

Floyd Franklin Fowler

RussellFloyd Franklin Fowler, 59, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Friday, September 4, 2015 at his residence. He was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on September 25, 1955. The son of the late Burton Alvin Fowler and Maggie Louvenia Godfrey Fowler. He is preceded in death by his son Floyd Fowler, Jr., daughter Alexis Rose and a sister Pearl Fowler Reid.

He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife Paula Estes Fowler, daughter’s Samitria and fiance Raymond Garcia of Amherst, Massachusetts and Anesia of Charlottesville, Virginia; son Jamal Fowler of Charlottesville, Virginia; two brothers Burton B. Fowler, Jr. and wife Georgia, George Shelton and wife Brenda; two sisters Carol Bryant of Bronx, New York and Mary M. Wells and husband Ralph of Gordonsville, Virgina. One sister-in-law Helena E. Johnson of North Garden, Virginia; two brother-in-laws, Paul Estes of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Thomas Spinner; two uncles Paul Beverly of Iron Gate, Virginia and Milton Anderson of Charlottesville, Virginia; two grandchildren Ky’El and Omari Garcia; four nieces Carlitia Shelton, Marlena Joyner, Felicia Brown Tonya Morse; two nephews, Charles Reid, Burton Fowler, Jr.; three great nephew, Marquis Reid, Taquan Allen, Anthony Ross; one great nephew; one great-great niece Nyerah Fowler and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1pm, Friday September 11, 2015 at Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Faber, Virginia. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The body will lie in state one hour prior to the service at the church.

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

Stanley Jerome Tyree

RussellStanley Jerome Tyree of Charlottesville, VA departed this life on Saturday, August 22, 2015. He was born February 17, 1938, in Albemarle County to the late Garfield and Roena Tyree. He was preceded in death by his son Stanley Jerome Tyree, Jr.

Stanley was a graduate of Jackson P. Burley High School Class of 1958. He retired after 47 years of service at the University of Virginia Hospital; 14 years of service at Jaunt; and 50 years at the Aberdeen Barn. He was a faithful member at Pilgrim Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge Pride of Virginia # 122.

He leaves to cherish memories of his faithful and loving wife of 53 years, Anna G. Tyree; three sons, Lee D. Tyree and Jennifer of Brownsville, Texas; Michael L. Tyree and Delina of Woodbridge, VA; Kelvin G. Tyree of Charlottesville, VA; 2 brothers, Lloyd Tyree of Charlottesville, VA, Arthur Tyree and Sylvia of Spotsylvania, VA; 2 sisters, Lois Tyree and Sylvia Cox and Richard of Charlottesville, VA; 5 grandchildren, 1 great grandchild and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Stanley will be greatly missed by family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2015, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave., with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. Interment will follow in Monticello Memory Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2015 at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.

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

Margaret Virginia Page

RussellMargaret Virginia Page, 86, departed this life on Sunday, August 9, 2015, at Trinity Mission Nursing Facility. She was the only daughter born to the late Annie Flannagan on August 2, 1929, in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Alexander Page.

Margaret was a faithful and devoted member of Zion Union Baptist Church and served on the Usher Ministry for many years. She would lead the ushers in the marches for Usher’s Day with a step that no one could imitate. She worked for the Stevenson family for many years.

She was also a member of the Charity Department of the Saint John Grand Lodge of Roanoke, Virginia, Heroines of Jericho degree. She was also a sister of the Chapter #12 Order of Eastern Stars. She was a member of the Bugs Social Club for over forty years where she served as president and vice-president. She and her late husband, Lloyd, enjoyed planning trips to Atlantic City and going on cruises, especially the Norwegian cruises to San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Margaret is survived by many cousins, church family, and friends. Special thanks to Golden Living Center and Trinity Mission Health and Rehab for their loving and devoted care of Margaret.

Homegoing services will be held on Monday, August 17, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at Zion Union Baptist Church, 1015 Preston Avenue with the Rev. Lloyd A. Cosby, Jr., officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour before the service.

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

Russell Lee Jackson

RussellMr. Russell Lee Jackson also known as “Russ” by most passed away at his home in Charlottesville, VA on Monday, August 10, 2015, at the age of 39. He was born to the late Russell L. Bowling and survived by his mother, Gail Jackson. He was a loving and faithful husband of 18 years to Minister Stephanie Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Charlie Bowling and Carrie Bowling and Minor L. Jackson and Dorothy M. Jackson.

With passion and purpose Russell received his Barber’s degree from the Richmond Barbers and Styling School in Richmond, VA. He was one who could accomplish anything he put his mind to. He was employed at Cherry Avenue Barbers for many years.

In addition to his mother, Gail Jackson and wife, he is survived by his son, Javon Jackson of Charlottesville, VA and daughter, Asia Greene of Wilmington, NC.; Father and Mother-in-law, Bishop Joseph Nowell and Missionary Josephine Nowell of Charlottesville, VA; a devoted sister-in-law, Theresa Nowell; Aunt and Uncle Brenda Deane and Jerry Deane of Charlottesville, VA, Aunt Victoria Jackson of Charlottesville, VA, and Uncle Johnny Brown of Charlottesville, VA; an Uncle Mel Bowling of Laurel, MD; and 3 Aunts, Doris Taylor of Baltimore, MD, Mae Streat and Juanita Berry of Cantonsville, MD; two special cousins who were considered as brothers, Palmer Jackson, Robert Douglas and a host of nieces, great nieces, great nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A service of celebration will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14, 2015, at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave, with the Bishop William H. Nowell, officiating. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery.
The family will be receiving friends at the church one hour prior to the services.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Kenneth McKinley Simpson Sr.

KenKenneth McKinley Simpson Sr. departed this life on Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Golden Living Nursing Home in Charlottesville, VA. He was born in Albemarle County, March 12, 1936, son of the late Gertrude Simpson Scott and John Henry Morris.

He attended Albemarle County Schools and has lived in Esmont, VA all his life. Kenneth worked as a Supervisor at ConAgra Foods in Crozet, VA for many years and later retired from Lowes of Charlottesville.

He was baptized at an early age and joined Chestnut Grove Baptist Church where he remained a faithful member. He served as a Deacon for over 40 years, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher, Sexton, a member of the Se’Mo Men’s Club, Missionary Ministry and the DHL Men’s Chorus. Deacon Simpson was a true missionary at heart; you could always depend on him to visit the elderly, sick and shut in. He was so emotional when it came to serving his God that his church family often called him Jeremiah, the weeping Prophet. A man of a few words, Deacon Simpson expressed himself through his flower gardens in the summer and his display of lights at Christmas, all for the community to enjoy. He loved his church with his whole heart and was very instrumental in the building of this church. He was quick to praise the choir or anyone near and dear to his heart and would frequently say, “It’s a mighty poor frog that doesn’t praise his own pond.” Deacon Simpson enjoyed good music, and some of his favorites were James Brown and Willie Neal & the Messengers. An avid Dallas Cowboy Fan, if he wasn’t at a second church service or visiting the sick and shut in on Sunday afternoon, you could find him at home watching the games.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Nathaniel “Nit” Scott, James “Stip” Simpson, and William “Ike” Simpson.

He leaves to mourn their loss a devoted wife of 57 years, Marva Gray Simpson; four children, Kenneth Jr. and Margie of Arlington, VA, Marnita Shepherd and Brian of Charlottesville, Harvey and Lutrice and O. Jay of Esmont; eleven grandchildren; Scott, Ashley, Demetrious, Ariana, Drew, Danny, Nick, Morgan, Christopher, Jordan, and Khaleb, and one great-grand-daughter, Italiyah; four brothers, Steve Simpson and Norman and Bug Morris of Charlottesville, John Morris of Esmont, and Raymond Morris of Philadelphia, PA; six sisters, Frances Watkins and Etta Gordon of Charlottesville, Wilma Swain and Henry, Celia Kelly, Yvonne Watkins of Philadelphia, and Cheryl Morris of Esmont ; three sister-in-laws, Velma Ford, Elizabeth Gray, and Mary Simpson; one brother-in-law, Willie Gray and Clasteen; one aunt, Mabel Agee; one uncle, Floyd Morris; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 15, 2015, at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, Esmont, VA with the Reverend Dorn Lewis officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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

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

Joseph Eugene Dowell (Ned)

NedJoseph Eugene Dowell (Ned), 71, passed away on August 6, 2015 at University of Virginia Hospital in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ned was born on January 10, 1944 in Washington, DC. to the late Joseph E. Mills and Laura Dowell Glenn. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Covesville, Virginia and preceded in death by his grandson Jovon Burruss.

Ned spent his early childhood years in Covesville, Virginia but graduated a Proud Burley Bear from Jackson P. Burley High School in Charlottesville, Virginia in 1964. After high school he began work for A&P in which he served in many capacities with the company and retired in 1995 after 33 years of faithful service.

A hard worker and devoted family man, he was an outdoor enthusiast which turned into precious family time with his sons and grandsons. Ned could be found cutting grass or wood, fishing, or simply waiting for next week's Sunday dinner. He thoroughly enjoyed cruising in his Corvette “Dowell5” on any given sunny day. Ned's adoration for his seven grand boys, laughter, jokes, and a smile were always a part of a visit with him.

He leaves to cherish his memory his loving and devoted wife Doris Morris Dowell of Charlottesville, Virginia; his sons, Joseph Eugene Dowell Jr. and Penny, James Eugene Dowell Sr. and Katina of Gordonsville, Virginia, and Joshua Eugene Dowell and Nitika of Richmond, Virginia; his sisters, Patricia Clark and Jonathan of Appalachia, Virginia and Deloris Jackson of Charlottesville, Virginia; his six loving grandsons, Jamal Dowell, Devante Dowell, James Dowell Jr., Makail Johnson, Jamar Burruss and Jayden Dowell; his nieces, nephews and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at First Baptist Church at 5883 Henderson Lane Covesville, Virginia at 1:00 pm on Thursday August 13, 2015, with the Reverend Joe Chambers officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com. J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.