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June Hope Mitchell

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June Hope Mitchell Bridgeforth, 71, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Wednesday, September 5, 2018. She was born in Canton, Ohio on August 23, 1947, the daughter of Emma M. Johnson and the late Eugene G. Mitchell. Her husband, William H. Bridgeforth; a sister, Emma J. Martin and a stepfather, James E. Johnson preceded her in death.

She was a graduate of Jackson P. Burley High School and a graduate of Virginia State University and Keene College. She retired after many years of distinguished service as a Case Manager at Region Ten.

She leaves to cherish her memory two brothers, Cass Mitchell of Nashville, TN and Scott Mitchell and wife, Maria of Albuquerque, NM; two sisters, Patricia Jackson of Roanoke, VA and Annette Bolden and husband, Russell of Charlottesville, VA; a special niece, Kim Tyler of Richmond, VA; a brother-in-law, Reverend Lloyd Martin of Trevillian, VA; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be private.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family via: www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Thomas Reginald Harris

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Thomas Reginald Harris gained his angel wings on Saturday, September 1, 2018, at the Charlottesville Pointe Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was born on November 22, 1954, in Charlottesville, Virginia to the late James Oliver Harris and Evelyn Boston Harris.
From an early age, Thomas shared his musical gift, being the first to perform a piano recital at Union Grove Baptist Church at the age of 16. He was the first African American to attend Tandem Friends School, and successfully graduated with honors. Following his graduation, he received a 2-year scholarship to study music at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. Following his collegiate studies, Thomas continued to cultivate his musical career in New York City where he collaborated with other well-known jazz artist, both playing and composing jazz pieces. His accomplishments include jazz piano performances at the Boar’s Head Resort, as well as contemporary jazz and popular music (from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s) performances at the Japanese Steak House.
Thomas is survived by his devoted sister, Lee Ethel Harris-Butler of Keswick, Virginia; a devoted brother, James Kenneth Harris and his wife, Vanessa, of Hampton, Virginia; a brother-in-law, Patrick Butler of Charlottesville, Virginia; four loving nieces and nephews, Chrystal Banks of Richmond, Virginia, Patrick Butler and wife, Nicole of Palmyra, Virginia, Reggie Butler and wife, Ebony of Palmyra, Virginia, and Nathan Harris of Hampton, Virginia; two aunts, Mary Frances Burts of Washington, D.C. and Mary Harris of Cismont, Virginia; and a host of other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at J. F. Bell Funeral Home on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. Many thanks to Dr. Moody, Sarah BeWitt, and Henry Brennan. Much love and thanks to Mrs. Caroline Reeves and family.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Elinor Marie Witcher

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Elinor Marie Harris Witcher, 83, of Charlottesville, VA departed this life on Wednesday, August 22, 2018, at the Laurels. She was born on February 5, 1935, the daughter of the late Albert and Beatrice Harris. She was the beloved wife of Bernard Maxwell Witcher. One son, Keith Witcher; one daughter, Fredina Witcher; two brothers, Lewis Harris, and Franklin Harris; and five sisters, Adline Wood, Arnita Burton, Doris Arnold, Shirley Blakey, and Louise Harris preceded her in death.

She was a loving wife, mother, and sister. She retired after many years of service as a cook.
She leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Bernard Witcher and Michael Witcher; two daughters, Dorsell Williams and husband, Alonzo, and Sodora Jones and husband, Jamie; one sister, Ella O’dell Smith and husband, Harold; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, at Zion Union Baptist Church, with the Reverend Lloyd A. Cosby, Jr. 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. Please sign our guestbook at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Barbara Ann Poindexter Chapman

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Barbara Ann Poindexter Chapman, 75, of Keswick, VA went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 7, 2018, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Barbara was born on February 20, 1943, in Richmond, Virginia to the late Robert P. Poindexter and Annie Wicks Poindexter. She was preceded in death by her son William H. Jenkins Jr. “Tyke”; her brother, Walter Poindexter Sr. “Petey” and stepdaughter, Henrietta Chapman.

Barbara was a faithful member of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church where she was a Deaconess and sang in the church choir.

Barbara leaves behind to cherish her memory a loving and devoted husband of 27 years, Charles “Henry” Chapman with whom she traveled the world and across the country; a daughter-in-law, Kathy Jenkins; her sister, Racheal Poindexter; three brothers, Ralph Poindexter Sr. and wife, Pam, Willard Poindexter and wife, Janice and Bernard Poindexter Sr. and wife, Joan; also her sister-in-law, Mildred Poindexter; three stepdaughters, Jeanette Chapman, Janice Smith and husband, William and Monica Chapman; a Godson, Gregory Gough; numerous grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends; and to her dear friends, James and Nan Jackson a special thank you.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, August 13, 2018, 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 services.

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

Harry Slaughter

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Harry Lee Slaughter went home to be with the Lord on August 3, 2018, at the Albemarle Health and Rehabilitation Center. Harry was born on October 27, 1922, in Wolftown, Madison, Virginia to the late Harry Harrison Slaughter and Lula Taylor Slaughter. He was the last of three. He was preceded in death by his siblings, Morton Taylor and Hazel Walker both of Wolftown; and two children, Davis and Geraldine Slaughter.

Harry received his early education in the Wolftown Schools. He joined the army at the age of 21 and served honorably during WWII from October 1943, to December 1945. Harry worked as the head of maintenance of Old Salem Apartments and Hessian Hills Apartments for more than 40 years.

He leaves to cherish his memory, two children, Sharon Eldridge and husband, Kellen and Kenneth Washington and wife, Chantel; a daughter-in-law, Harriet Slaughter; seven stepchildren, Mary Frances, Alonzo and wife, Dorsell, Wayne and wife, Theresa, Anne and husband, Jerry, Brenda and husband, George, Carolyn, and Esther and husband, Milton; five grandchildren, Carolyn, Eunice, Gwen, Pam, Cendora; two devoted granddaughters, Stacey Washington and Sharia Savage who cared for their grandfather during his time of need; twenty grandchildren, thirty-nine great-grandchildren, seventeen great-great-grandchildren; and twenty great-great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2018, at Union Run Baptist Church, with the Reverend Rickey White officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Please sign the guestbook at: www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Harry Fleming Byrd

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Deacon Harry Fleming Byrd was born to the late Collin F. Byrd and Elise Carrie Byrd, on February 16, 1937, in Cobham, VA. Deacon Byrd peacefully went home to be with the Lord on July 20, 2018, while surrounded by family.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Frank and Isaiah; and sisters, Susan Holland, Elsie Johnson, Lillian Byrd and Alice Hughes.

Deacon Byrd began his education at St. John Rosenwald School in Cobham, VA, and continued his education at Jackson P. Burley High School in Charlottesville, VA. Deacon Byrd accepted Christ at an early age and attended the St. John Baptist Church. There he faithfully served as a member and was ordained a Deacon, later, he was designated as Chairman of the Deacon Board where he humbly served for 45 years.

He was an active member of the Deacon’s, Deaconess’ Council and Youth Department Charlottesville and Vicinity, and he also faithfully attended the Ministers, Deacon and Laymen Union.
Deacon Byrd is survived by his childhood sweetheart of 61 years, Gloria Carr Byrd; four adorable children, Cassandra (Kate) Byrd of Woodbridge, VA, Beverly Bryant (Ronnie) of Woodbridge, VA, Larry Byrd of Cobham, VA and Raymond Byrd (Brenda) of Mineral, VA, nine grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a host of relatives and friends.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, July 26, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at St. John Baptist Church 1595 St. John Rd. Keswick, Va. Pastor Kelvin R. Hawkins will officiate. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

His remains will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the service.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge or arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Barbara L Jett

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Barbara L. Jett, 83, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Monday, July 2, 2018, at the Laurels Nursing Facility in Charlottesville. She was born on December 15, 1934, in Charlottesville, Virginia the daughter of the late Linwood and Annie Gohanna. She was the widow of George Jett, Sr.

She retired in 2004, after almost a half-century of distinguished employment at the University of Virginia. She possessed a magnanimous personality. All who encountered her had the great fortune and pleasure of being in the presence of her welcoming spirit. She also possessed a special style, grace, and quiet reserve that radiated with everything she touched.

She leaves to cherish her memory a daughter, Barbara and her husband, Bill of Frankfort, Kentucky; two sons, Charles and his wife, Janet of Rochester, New York and Linwood and his wife, Portland of Charlottesville; a stepson, George G. Jett of Charlottesville; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Monday, July 9, 2018, at Zion Union Baptist Church, 1015 Preston Avenue. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.

Visitation will be held from 12-6 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, 2018, at J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth Street N.W.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Annie "Marie" Jones Carter

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Annie “Marie” Jones Carter, 94, of North Garden, Virginia died on June 26, 2018, at the Cedars Nursing Facility. She was born in Batesville, Virginia on August 27, 1923, the daughter of the late William “Bill” Jones and Virginia Brown Jones Chambers. She was the widow of Jesse James Carter.
She was preceded in death by three nephews, Edward A. Jones Jr and a great-nephew, Terrain Jones; 2 brothers, Edward A. Jones Sr., John and Fredrick Chambers; and 1 sister, Virginia E. Fox.

Annie's formal education ended with 8th grade; however, she was self-taught and was able to teach 7th and 8th grade. She was employed in the home help field for over 60 years with the Crispell family; and was also employed at Carr’s Hill, which is the President’s residence of the University of Virginia. She was a member of the Deacon and Deaconess Council, Missionary Circle, Women’s Auxiliary, Lord’s Kitchen, Usher Board, and Senior Choir. She baked bread, cakes, and desserts; and sold them at the Charlottesville City Market where she gained notoriety for her baking throughout the community. Her hobby included baking and cooking for family and friends. She was A.K.A. the “Cinnamon Bun Lady”.

She leaves to cherish her memory 9 nephews, Francis W. Jones, Preston, Carl, Stephen Patrick, Wynn, Ronald Payne, Darryl Ramsey, John Jr., Stuart Allen Chambers; 4 nieces, Lorraine Jones, Allison Breland, Crystal Chambers Edeman, and Liessie Fells; and a devoted cousin, Ellen Jones Whitlock; 18 grandnieces, 21 nephews; 11 great-grandnieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, at Zion Baptist Church, North Garden, VA. 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

Carla Cousins Waller

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Carla Cousins Waller, a resident of Charlottesville, VA passed on Monday, June 25, 2018, in Chesterfield County, VA. She was a devoted mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and friend.
Carla was born August 4, 1963, in Danville, VA, to Joan L. Cousins and the late Rhoecus L. Cousins. The eldest of four children, she graduated from Lunenberg Central High School, Victoria, VA in 1981.

Carla attended the University of Virginia (UVA) and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1986. She was an employee of UVA, working in the medical lab and student health system.

Carla professed her life to Christ at a young age at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Victoria, VA. She and her son, Alex, were faithful members of Covenant Church, Charlottesville, VA. Carla loved children and was a wonderful volunteer, especially loving Vacation Bible School (VBS). Serving others was the joy of her life.

She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Recently she completed a degree in medical laboratory technology from J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Carla leaves to cherish her memory her son, Alex Waller IV of Charlottesville, VA; mother, Joan L. Cousins of Victoria, VA; sisters, Kathy Cousins-Cooper (Hector Cooper) of Whitsett, NC and Christy Cousins of Victoria, VA; brother, Ricky D. Cousins of Victoria, VA; aunt, Angeline Mitchell (Mike Mitchell), Pfaff Town, NC; nephews, Cameron Cooper and Kyle Cooper of Whitsett, NC; and a host of family and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will begin at 2:30 PM on Sunday, July 1, 2018, at Covenant Church, 1025 Rio Road East, Charlottesville, VA, with Pastor Harold L. Bare, Sr., Ph.D. presiding. Visitation is from 1:30 until the start of the service. Interment will be at a later date at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 404 Kings Road, Victoria VA 23974.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Children’s Ministry of Covenant Church, 1025 Rio Road East, Charlottesville VA.

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

Tatiana Anise Wells

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Tatiana Anise Wells, 21, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Friday, June 22, 2018. She was born on September 5, 1996, the daughter of Nathaniel and Shawn Wells and her biological mother, Bridget Chidester.

She was a graduate of Monticello High School where she was a member of the Varsity Cheerleader Squad; a member of Faith Christian Center International where she was a member of the Praise Dance Team and the C.U.T.I.E. Girls Ministry. She worked as an Access Associate at the Vascular Center of the University of Virginia Medical Center.

She leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Nathaniel and Shawn Wells and her biological mother, Bridget Chidester of Charlottesville; a daughter, Aurielle London Murphy of Charlottesville; 5 brothers, Raekwon Deberry, Hy’Lik Henderson, Ezias Henderson, Desmond Carter, and Zion Wells; a sister, Zoe Wells; and a host of other relatives and friend.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at Faith Christian Center International, 2186 Richmond Road, Charlottesville.

A visitation will be held from 12 p.m. till 7 p.m. on Friday, June 29, 2018, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 6th St. NW.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

John Oliver James Sr.

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John Oliver James Sr., age 64, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 23, 2018, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He was born June 16, 1954, in Columbia, Virginia to Henry and Mabel (Scott) James. He was preceded in death by both parents and youngest brother, Cornelius James.

John graduated from Fluvanna County High School in 1972 where he represented his high school on the basketball team. He loved basketball and continued to play into his adult years in his spare time. He attended the University of Virginia and graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology. As a student, he was a member of the Black Student Alliance and also a charter member of the Zeta Eta Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. He was a very vocal leader among his peers and a talented and skilled artist. He enjoyed drawing and painting pictures of sports celebrities and family members. It was at the University of Virginia where he met Phyllis Moore. They were married in 1977 and had two children, John, Jr. and Angel Marie. They were his most treasured blessings in his youth to his final breath.

John worked very hard, held various managerial positions and eventually became self-employed, obtaining his license as an insurance agent and establishing his own agency, The John James Agency. He passionately recruited and trained many others along the way. He had remarkable leadership qualities, a way with words and a winsome personality. He was revered by all the young men and women he selflessly helped and trained. He worked diligently for years to provide for his family and sought to give his children what he did not have growing up.

In his later years, after a near death experience and brain injury, through God’s healing power, he recovered well beyond what doctors expected. Beginning in 2007, he spent nearly 11 years encouraging his fellow brothers in Christ at the Bridge Ministry, memorizing and sharing scripture, worshiping loudly and exuberantly. He especially loved visiting with his children and grandchildren. He had a unique and endearing way of making a lasting impression and often made others laugh with his youthful humor and positive attitude. He maintained that positive attitude until the end of this life.

He is survived by his former wife and mother of his children, Phyllis James of Charlottesville, his son, John Oliver James Jr. of Charlottesville, his daughter, Angel Feero (Richard) of Charlottesville, a special “daughter”, Lisa James of Richmond and his two granddaughters, Isabel and Sofia Feero. He is also survived by five brothers and two sisters; William James (Sarah) of Ruckersville, Charles James (Ann) of Fluvanna, Henry James (Brenda) of Charlottesville, Samuel James (Karen) of Lawrenceville Georgia, David James (Karen) of Fluvanna, Janice Allen of Fluvanna and Julia White (Alex) of Richmond, along with a host of other relatives and friends. After being diagnosed with cancer one week before his birthday and Father’s Day, he quoted Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding” and that is indeed what he did. He was dearly loved by his family and loved, respected and admired by so many friends and business associates. He will be missed beyond expression.

A Homegoing Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Bridge Ministry, 3054 Dixie Hill Rd. Buckingham, Virginia. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. till the start of the service. Interment will be held at the family cemetery, 174 Bryants Ford Rd., Fork Union, Virginia.
The family has requested that in lieu of flowers donations be made to one or both of the ministries in which his children work: Charlottesville Abundant Life Ministries, and The Bridge Ministry. He was so very proud of their work in these ministries and wholeheartedly acknowledged how he was ministered to by the Bridge Ministry.

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

Michelle Lynne Cox Jones

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Michelle Lynne Cox Jones, 51, of Charlottesville, Virginia died on June 19, 2018. She was born on May 1, 1967, the daughter of Richard and Sylvia Cox. She was the wife of Shawn Jones.

She received her formal education in the Charlottesville City School System and was a graduate of Charlottesville High. She was a loving, caring, devoted mother, and wife; and enjoyed time with family and friends mostly and loved her guard dog, Snooky; she also enjoyed attending church with her 3 sons who she adored.

She leaves to cherish her memory her husband, Shawn Jones; 3 sons, Derrick, Dante and Devin Cox; two brothers, Richard Cox, Jr. and Rodney Brown; a sister, Rachelle Cox; one grandson, Derrick Cox, Jr.; 2 uncles, Percy and Diane Cox of Baltimore, MD and Arthur and Sylvia Tyree of Mineral, VA; an aunt, Lois Tyree; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 25, 2018, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, with Dr. Earl Pendleton officiating.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

John Henry Terrell, Jr.

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John Henry Terrell, Jr. born October 30, 1930, in Charlottesville, Virginia, joined his one true love, and wife of 62 years, Mariann Conn Terrell in eternal rest on June 12, 2018.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, June 18, 2018, at Zion Union Baptist Church.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carl Shelton

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Carl F Shelton Sr. age 76, of Charlottesville Virginia departed this life on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. He was born in Louisa, Virginia on February 2, 1942, the son of the late James Shelton and Mary Quarles.

Carl is proceeded in death by five siblings James Quarles, John Shelton, George Shelton, Moses Shelton and Dorothy Shelton.

Carl is survived by his wife, Alberta Shelton; a daughter, Andrea J Shelton-Nesbitt and husband, Mikell; two sons, Fredrick Shelton and Antonio Minor and wife, Malika; mother, Francis; life partner, Cheryl Davis; and three children, Carlisa Ford and husband Zoron Ford Sr., Carl Shelton Jr. and wife, Angela, Natina Washington and husband Dion.

He also leaves three siblings, Carolyn P Johnson, Andrew M Shelton, Marshall I Shelton; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He will be loved missed and remembered always by his family and all others who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the Charlottesville Church of Christ, 990 Fifth Street S.W.; with Bishop-Elect Frank Reaves 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

William H. Jenkins Sr. (Willie)

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William H. Jenkins Sr. better known as “Willie” went to be with the Lord on May 29, 2018. He was born on March 13, 1936. He was preceded in death by his father, George Jenkins, his mother, Georgia Washington Jenkins, his son, William H. Jenkins Jr, his sister, Nancy Wright and brother, James M. Jenkins Sr.

He is survived by his sister, Genevieve; brother, Louie Jenkins; his daughter-in-law, Kathy Jenkins; granddaughters, Brandy and Billie; grandsons, Greg and Steve; and a host of great-grandchildren and a host of other family and friends. Willie was cherished and loved by his community and friends.

He drove the school bus for Albemarle County for 40 plus years and retired for the second time in 2016. He worked for Tiger Fuel for just as long. He was a big sports fan and gained many friends through his journeys at local sporting events. The fields will never be the same without him cheering everyone on.

A memorial service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Alphonza Dudley

MaryAlexanderAlphonza Dudley transitioned to be with his Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus, on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Lovingly known as “Fonnie”, Alphonza was born on February 11, 1951, to the late Harold Carter Dudley and Bernice Jones Dudley.

Fonnie was raised in the church and was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. A life-long resident of Charlottesville, Fonnie received his formal education within the Charlottesville Public School System, graduating from Lane High School in 1969. Fonnie was a devoted scholar who excelled in his studies, receiving a bachelor’s degree from American University.

After college, Fonnie began working at the University of Virginia’s Department of Human Resources and Student Services Center. He then continued a successful career with the Internal Revenue Service, where he worked dutifully until retirement.

A quiet, reflective man, Fonnie found joy in the simple things in life. As a young man, he loved to have fun, enjoying the company of family and friends. He was particularly fond of movies and watched a lot of comedies with his mother. Together, they enjoyed each other’s company; Fonnie was truly the light of her life. His commitment to her and to the many family members he helped is a testament to the compassion within him. His magnanimous nature transcended across all who knew him.

Fonnie devoted his life to caring for others. This was a role Fonnie graciously chose; his dedication to those in need was felt and appreciated by the countless individuals his actions touched. Throughout his entire life, he put others first with the sincere commitment to ensuring their well-being, expecting nothing in return.

Fonnie was an easy-going and selfless person who exemplified what it means to love unconditionally. He was a devoted son, dedicated brother, exceptional uncle, and invaluable friend who touched the hearts of everyone who was fortunate enough to know him.

In addition to his parents, Alphonza was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Lee Dudley and Harold L. Dudley, Jr.

Fonnie leaves to cherish his loving memory many friends and family members whom he deeply loved. He is survived by his beloved niece, Tamara Edwards of Willow Grove, Pennsylvania and his dedicated nephew, Derrick Robert Dudley of Charlottesville, VA.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2018 at First Baptist Church, 732 W. Main Street. 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 the arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Ernestine Kee

Mrs. Ernestine Kee passed peacefully on May 8, 2018. She was born in Crozet, VA on November 27, 1928. She was a lifelong member of Piedmont Baptist Church.

Ernestine leaves behind a sister Marcia Smith; a son and a daughter-in-law, Darryl and Wanda Kee; a grandson, Kyle Kee; a granddaughter, Mrs. Amber Jordan; a great-grandson, Quincy; and great-granddaughter, Kennedy.

A Memorial Service will be announced at a future date.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Florence Gracie Page

MaryAlexanderFlorence Gracie Page, 72, of Gordonsville Virginia gained her eternal angel wings on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at the University of Virginia Medical Center. She was born a fraternal twin on February 2, 1946, to the late Ellen Twyman Minor and John Minor of Gordonsville, Virginia. After her formal education in Louisa County Public Schools, she met and married the love of her life, James A. Page Sr, who preceded her in death. Florence became a mother to three beautiful daughters whom she cherished and devoted her entire life to. She took great pleasure in being a homemaker for many years and was well known for her green thumb and love of all plants and flowers. Later in life, she joined the workforce as a caregiver at Countryside Assisted Living in Gordonsville as well as Virginia Neuro Care Residential Rehab Center in Charlottesville Virginia, which she thoroughly enjoyed until she retired in 2006. She made many friends through her work and was loved by all she encountered because of her kind heart and giving nature.

Florence was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Maupin and Ophelia Terrell; and three brothers, William, Richard, and Gilbert Twyman. Florence’s legacy lives on through her three cherished daughters, MeRita Page of Charlottesville, Virginia, Monique Page of Gordonsville, Virginia, and Myra Page of Harrisonburg, Virginia; one sister, Lucille Brown and husband, Robert of Palmyra, Virginia; one brother, John Minor and wife, Lucille of Gordonsville Virginia, and a brother-in-law, Daniel Maupin of Scottsville, Virginia; also seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Homegoing celebration will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018, at Wildon Grove Baptist Church, 6820 Wildon Grove Road, Gordonsville, Virginia, with interment to follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 7 to 8 at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.
The family wishes to express their profound gratitude to Dr. Richard Hall and Dr. Sean Reed, and staff of the University of Virginia Medical Center for their excellent care, concern, and support for the past four years.

Florence was beyond loved by anyone who crossed her path, she will be sorely missed and forever in our hearts.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.Jfbellfuneralservices.com

Diana T. Frye

MaryAlexanderDiana T. Frye, 68 years, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Saturday, May 12, 2018, at her residence. She was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on June 5, 1949, the daughter of the late James Thomas, Sr. and Mary Lee Thomas. She was the wife of the late Woodson Lewis Frye, Jr.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Wali Zakee and James Abdullah Ameen; two sisters, Delores Waller and Doris Williams.
She worked for many years in the dry cleaning industry. She was devoted to her family and friends. She was an animal lover.

Her survivors include a son, Troy J. Thomas; a daughter, Gerald Lee Thomas (AKA Jazzmyn Thomas-Britt); three brothers, James Lee Thomas, Jr., Steven Thomas, and Winston Harrison Thomas; a sister, Daphne Fortune; 2 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018, at First Baptist Church, 732 W. Main Street. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Thursday evening from 7 to 8 at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.Jfbellfuneralservices.com

Thomas Marshall "FreBee" Harris

Thomas Marshall “Frebee” Harris, 66, of Charlottesville, Virginia died on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on September 4, 1951, the son of the late Nathan Harris, Sr. and Edna Whiting Harris. One brother, Nathan Daniel Harris, Jr. preceded him in death.

He was a bricklayer and worked in construction and the landscaping industry. He attended J. P. Burley High and Lane High School. He was a sports fan, loved attending family events, and enjoyed social gatherings.

His survivors include two sons, Isaiah Thomas Harris of Charlottesville, VA, and Paul Winston of Jessup, MD; one brother, Edward Harris of Charlottesville, VA; two sisters, Frances Waller of Woodbridge, VA and Patricia Harris of Atlanta, GA; seven grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, 2018, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel with Bishop George Gohanna officiating.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Luke Gardner Jr.

MaryAlexanderLuke James Gardner Jr., 76, passed away on Friday, March 23, 2018, in Springfield Va. after a short battle with dementia. Luke was born in Charlottesville, VA on July 30, 1941, to the late Luke James Gardner, Sr. and Estelle Chapman Gardner. He was preceded in death by his wife, Edith Glover Gardner, who died in January of 2000.

Luke attended St. John’s Elementary School, Jackson P. Burley High, and Piedmont Community College, in Albemarle County. Upon graduating from high school, he moved to Washington, DC, and after marrying his wife, he lived in Philadelphia, PA, and Fayetteville, NC. When he became ill ten months ago, he moved to Springfield, VA to live with his daughter.

Luke was a gentle and kind spirited person, a loving and dedicated father, who always gave his best. He enjoyed golfing, traveling, and his family. However, Luke loved the Lord above all. He was truly a man of faith. He will be deeply missed, but he is at rest now. His work here on earth is done.

He is survived by his daughter, Edith Gardner Roscoe, of Springfield VA, his three sons, Luke James Gardner, III, of Williamstown, NJ, Timothy O’neill Gardner, of Greenville, SC and Kevin Carl Gardner, of Fayetteville, NC, six grandchildren, a host of nieces, cousins, relatives, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at St. John Baptist Church in Cismont, Va. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

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

Amanda Bates

MaryAlexanderOur beloved daughter, Amanda Leshaun Bates, on whom the sun rose on February 12, 1984, and set at the University of Virginia Medical Center on March 24, 2018, succumbed to her earthly death and ascended to her heavenly home with our Father God and his Son, our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

Amanda was an amazingly creative, talented and inspiring young woman who adored her children, loved her family, and attempted to embrace anyone that she met with compassion and understanding. She leaves behind to cherish her fond memories her sons, Rayquan D. Thomas, Julian M. Walker, and stepson, Treyquan Michie all of Keswick, VA., Her devoted parents, David G. Bates of Keswick, VA., and her mother, Norma “Vicki” Bates of Esmont, VA. Amanda leaves her 2 loving brothers, Quincy O. Bates of Esmont, VA, and Shaun M. Bates of Franklin, TN to whom Amanda was referred to as their other mother. Amanda also leaves behind her doting grandmother the Reverend Loretta W. Wyant of Greenwood, VA who persisted in, “spoiling those boys butts”, as Amanda would say; and her godmother, Patty Jefferson; and a massive host of family friends and associates who were infected, affected, and inspired by that huge smile, and warm reception, that lit up time and space, like morning rays of sunshine.

Amanda was an active member of Evergreen Ministries under the leadership of her pastor, the Reverend Dr. Stanley Woodfolk. Amanda was educated in the Albemarle County and the Charlottesville City School Systems. She was a 2004, graduate of Charlottesville High School and was actively continuing her education to acquire a teaching degree in elementary education, her other passion. Amanda was employed by the VA School for Autism of Charlottesville, VA., and a proud and dedicated member of the motorcycle club, the PAC MC of Buckingham, VA.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at Covenant Church, 1025 Rio Road, with the Reverend Dr. Stanley Woodfolk officiating. Interment will follow at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Ivy, VA.

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

William Thomas Dooms Jr.

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William Thomas Dooms, Jr. 91, of Charlottesville, Va. died on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at his residence. He was born on June 10, 1926, to the late William Thomas Dooms, Sr. and Beatrice Goodloe Dooms. He was the husband of the late Virginia Smith Dooms and the late Della Dooms Younger.

Mr. Dooms was a U. S. Army Veteran of World War II. He was also the founder and owner of Dooms Window Washing; and a member of the Elks Lodge.

He is survived by five daughters, Brenda D. Washington, Della Dooms, Tina D. Turner, and Virginia R. Dooms, and Denise Dooms all of Charlottesville, Va.; five sons, William Thomas Dooms III, Houston Franklin Dooms and wife, Karen, Ronald Edwin Dooms, James Dooms and Timothy Lee Dooms all of Charlottesville, Va.; three granddaughters, eleven grandsons, and seventeen great-grandchildren; and a host of cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, March 30, 2018, at Zion Union Baptist Church, 1015 Preston Avenue. 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

Mary Brooks Alexander

MaryAlexanderMary Brooks Alexander, 93, of Charlottesville, Virginia passed away on March 15, 2018, at Cedars Nursing Home. She was born January 6, 1925, in Albemarle County to the late John Brooks and Pearl Armstead Brooks. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers Peyton, Lee, Worthy, and E.T. Brooks.; her sister Constance Brooks; and her beloved husband Jesse Willard “Billy” Alexander.

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

Mary graduated from the Albemarle Training School in 1943. Her career as a self-employed beautician extended for over 50 years. She attended many conferences throughout the state, was a member of the Charlottesville Beautician’s Club and was affiliated with Virginia State Beauticians Association.

She was a lifelong member of the Oak Union Baptist Church. She enjoyed singing in the choir and served as Deaconess. She was also a member of the Deacon and Deaconess Council of the Charlottesville Vicinity.

Mary enjoyed making home cooked meals for her family and traveling with her husband Billy to all the area revivals. For many years, she faithfully attended the Armstead-Fagan Family Reunions. Everyone knew her as a gentle, loving, and caring woman. After Mary fell ill, she always kept a positive attitude and often told her friends and relatives, “no need to complain”.

She will be greatly missed by all who knew her and loved her. As Mary would say in her own special words, she has “passed off the scene”. However, we all know that she fought the good fight, finished her race, and kept the faith. Now, she has received her crown of righteousness.

A Funeral Celebration of Life service for Mary will be on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at Oak Union Baptist Church, Charlottesville, Va., with Rev. Kevin and Vernetta Bolden officiating. She will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the services.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Oak Union Baptist Church Building Fund, 2000 Owensville Road, Charlottesville, VA 22901.

J.F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth Street, N.W., Charlottesville, VA is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Mary Anne Maupin Ford

Mary Anne Maupin Ford of Ivy, Virginia, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, March 17, 2018, at the age of 59.

Anne was born in Albemarle County on January 13, 1959, to the late William “Bill” and Bessie (Mayo) Maupin and was the fourth of nine children. She graduated from Albemarle High School (Class of 1977) and obtained her Bachelor of Science from ITT Tech. She went on to work as a senior IT analysis for the County of Albemarle for over ten years, retiring in 2016.

Known for her hats, jewelry, and bright smile, Anne was a member of First Baptist Church, where she served as the president of the Missionary Ministry.

Anne leaves to cherish her memory her three sons: Keith Antonio, II; Thomas Kendall (Pam), and Mitchell Isaiah. She also leaves behind one grandson, Tyson Kendall. She is survived by her eight siblings: William “Billy” Maupin, Bessie Jackson, Vernon Maupin (Dale); Addison Maupin; Ada Cobbs (Vernon); Ida Leak (Michael); Charlene Baldwin (Diana), and Darlene Maupin.

Anne loved orchids, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and home DIY projects (sometimes with the help of her three sons). Anyone who knew her, knew how proud she was of her children and grandson.

She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, her aunt Beatrice Mayo, and a vast number of good friends, to included Robin Ford, whom she considered a sister, and Keith “KeeKee” Ford, her friend and former husband.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018, at Covenant Church, 1025 Rio Road E, Charlottesville, Virginia.

J.F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family by signing the guest book at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Mary B. Cowan

RussellReverend Mary B Cowan, 68 of Charlottesville, VA marched to the gates of heaven as the Lord received her with open arms on March 17, 2018. Mary was born in Charlottesville, VA January 2, 1950, to the late Eddie Brown and Ethel Walker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Lewis M. Cowan and her sister Barbara J. Martin.

Reverend Cowan was a member of Chestnut Grove Baptist Church in Charlottesville, VA. Her dedication to teaching and spreading the gospel was clearly her mission as she faithfully served the Lord. In addition to her love for the Lord, Mary enjoyed early morning sunrises, flowers (especially African Violets), and spending time outdoors, often beautifying her yard or small garden. Prior to her retirement, she was a dedicated employee with Comdial, County of Albemarle, and the City of Charlottesville. Following her retirement, Mary continued to faithfully help and support her family's business.

Mary is survived by her daughter Nicole S. Hawker and her husband Jon, their three children, Brandon, Selena, and Benson all of Charlottesville, VA; her son Brian K. Cowan and his three children, Isiah, Azariah, and Josiah all of Charlottesville. She is also survived by her loving and devoted Aunt Christine Walker of Covesville, VA, and a dedicated friend in Christ David Fisher. In addition, Mary left to cherish her memory two brothers and four sisters: Earnest Brown (Laura) of Charlottesville, VA, Eddie Brown of Charlottesville, VA, Minister Liilian Waller of Waynesboro, VA, Linda "Faustina" Jones of Waynesboro, VA, Elder Christine Miller (Thomas) of Richmond, VA, Pamela "Coretta" Brown of Waynesboro, VA, and a host of many other relatives and close friends.

Celebration of Life services will be held at 12:00pm on Saturday March 24, 2018, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave, Charlottesville, VA. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services. Interment will follow at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church cemetery, 1601 Old Lynchburg Road, Charlottesville, VA. Repass immediately following interment at the Mt Zion African Baptist Church.

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

William P. Dyer

RussellWilliam B. Dyer of Albemarle County, Virginia peacefully went on to his heavenly home on Thursday, March 15, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Albemarle County on February 14, 1928, to the late Phillip and Irene Dyer. He was preceded in death by one sister, Lucy D. Walker and four brothers, George, John R., Moses, and Junius Dyer.

He was a retired self-employed handyman until his health failed. He joined Chestnut Grove Baptist Church at an early age and was a faithful and devoted member. He was active and involved in church activities such as: singing on the choir, working in the men’s ministry and ushering for his home church as well as for the Christian spiritual Union for many years; and performed duties such as church custodian and grounds keeper.

He leaves to cherish and honor his memory a wife and soulmate of 52 years, Donna S. Dyer; his cat, Frisky Dyer; a sister, Mrs. Margaret D. Bryant; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Janie Dyer of Charlottesville, Va.; a several nieces and nephews and two devoted nephews, Harry M. Bryant, Jr. and Clarence Walker III; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at Chestnut Grove Baptist Church, 1601 Old Lynchburg Road. Interment will follow at 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

Lillian Christine Johnson Jackson

LillianLillian Christine Johnson Jackson, age 72, went to be with the Lord on March 11, 2018. She was born to the late Thomas and Marie Collins Johnson on November 4, 1945, of Lyndhurst, VA. She was preceded in death by her husband Channing Jackson.

Lillian received her education at Central Augusta High School. She retired from Comdial Corporation. She was baptized as a child at Piedmont Baptist Church. Lillian loved games, especially bingo, junk food and she loved to travel with friends, coworkers and family. She had a wonderful sense of humor, enjoyed a good joke and loved to laugh.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her 6 brothers, Tywman Nelson, William, Richard, Thomas, James and Charles Johnson; 6 brother in-law, James, Leroy, Eddie, Thomas “TW”, Sylvester and Attwaye Jackson; and 4 sister in-laws, Sevola Lindsay, Edith Davis, Esterine Everette and Della Taylor.

She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter, April Johnson of Laurel, MD; and son, Myron “Mark” Johnson and daughter in-law, Jarina of Charlottesville, VA; 3 step-children, Nina Christian, Ronnie and Vincent Jackson; 8 grandchildren, Tyree Brooks, Leah Porter, Malik Johnson, Marquis Johnson, Elizabeth Jackson, Linda Christian, Dana Jackson and Jacquez Raymond; 2 great-grandchildren, Nastasjah Jackson and Aryana Christian; 2 sisters, Mary Steppe and Virginia Johnson; and a brother, Reverend Robert Johnson; 3 sister in-laws, Novella Freitas, Jean Baker and Jacquelyn Carrie; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 25, 2018, at Piedmont Baptist Church, Yancey Mills, Va., 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

Blanche Douglas

Blanche Louise Douglas, 89, departed this life peacefully on March 1, 2018, at Cedars Healthcare Center, Charlottesville, VA. She was born May 26, 1928, in Afton, Virginia to the late Robert Leslie Dickerson and Mary Hatter Dickerson who died when Louise was two years old. She was raised by her grandmother, Wille Mae Hatter Taylor. She was preceded in death by husband, George F. Douglas Sr. and son, Dennis L. Douglas.

She joined Zion Union Baptist Church at an early age where she sang in the Senior Choir for many years and was a member of the West End Silhouettes social club. She was a graduate of Jefferson High School. She retired from the University of Virginia Hospital as a Lab Technician where she worked for over thirty years.

She is survived by her son, George Douglas, Jr. (Corlis); grandson, Spencer Douglas (April); great-grandsons, Reid and Grey Douglas all of Charlottesville, VA, a sister Rachel Thomas of Suitland, MD and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 11:00 a. m. at Zion Union Baptist Church, 1015 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville, VA with Reverend Lloyd Cosby officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Tiffany Nicole Powell

RussellTiffany Nicole Powell, 30, of Charlottesville died suddenly on February 15, 2018. She was born on August 3, 1987.

Her memory will be cherished by her two daughters, Sierra Powell and Ananna Powell; her father, Maurice (Angela) Clark; six sibblings, Aaron (Erin) Clark, Jamie (Kevin) Garrett, Megan Colvin, Sophice Clark, Kyleigh Giglio and Caleb Giglio; grandparent, Janette Bland, Annie Clark, Meredith Powell and Patsy Taylor.

A private family memorial service is pending.

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

Cornelia Jones Wood

RussellCornelia Jones Wood, 89, of Crozet, VA passed peacefully on Sunday, February 18, 2018, at her home. She was born on February 2, 1929. She was preceded in death by her parents, John Pendleton and Mary Payne Jones, her husband, Howard Edward Wood, and a son, Douglas Randolph Wood.

Cornelia was educated by Albemarle County, finishing at Albemarle Training School. She became a faithful member of Piedmont Baptist Church where she served as a deacon and was a member of the Deacons and Deaconess Council of Charlottesville and Vicinity; a member and President of the Missionary Society, member of the Women’s Auxiliary, Sunday school, and sang on the Senior Choir for many years.

Cornelia retired from Con Agra Foods (formally known as Morton Frozen Foods) in 1990. She also was a caregiver to quite a few elderly citizens in the community.

Cornelia loved to laugh; eat desserts; fellowship; visit the sick-and-shut in, hosting the annual Wood’s Cookouts; singing and listening to old gospel groups; and travelling by bus, train, plane, or boat to far destinations for shopping, theater shows, and sight-seeing. Cornelia loved her family and everyone was a family friend. She will be most remembered by her boisterous laughter, telling you to eat up so she could have the desserts for herself, and playing Bid Whist until the early morning hours.

She leaves to cherish her memory and carry on her legacy three sons, James Wood (Bonnie) of Virginia Beach, VA, John Wood (Mildred) of Kansas City, MO, and Ronald Wood of Crozet, VA; two daughters, Patricia Wood of Crozet, VA, and Virginia Wood Kirby of North Garden, VA. Cornelia is also survived by eleven grandchildren, Brandon Dent, Sonya Long, Towanda Kirby, Tasha Morton, Terrelle Wood, Juana Dent, Rodney Kirby, Tameka Walker, Krystal Wood, Stephanie Kirby, and Brandon Walker; and twenty-five great-grandchildren. She is also survived by one step-sister, Joanna Jones of White Hall, VA, and numerous family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 25, 2018, at Piedmont Baptist Church, with the Reverend A. C. Jones, 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

Andrew Lewis Allen

RussellAndrew Lewis Allen, 63 of Charlottesville Virginia, passed away at his home on February 20, 2018. He was surrounded by family and friends. Andrew was born on February 1, 1955, to Laura Belle Stigger Allen Delapp and the late Alonzo Allen.

He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Robert Delapp Jr.; his paternal grandparents, Lucille and Levi Stigger of Radford, VA.; his four brothers Alonzo Stewart Allen, William Allen Sr., Calvin Allen, and Robert Delapp.

Andrew Allen aka, “Soul Daddy”, was a graduate of Abingdon High School and attended Virginia Highlands Community College. As a student of Abingdon High School he managed several sports. Later in life he enjoyed spending his time hunting, fishing, dancing and being the family mechanic. However; most of his joy came from antagonizing his nieces, nephews, and the other kids in the family.

Andrew is survived by two children, Anthea Carter and Justin Carter, both of Bristol, Virginia; seven grandchildren; one uncle, Robert Stigger of Blacksburg VA; three sisters, Diane Key, Joanne Delapp-Anderson (Gollar), Jessica Delapp Cannon (Joseph) all of Charlottesville; two brothers, William A. Delapp of Bristol and Bobby Wells Allen of Martinsville; and many (great)nieces, (great) nephews, and cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel, 108 Sixth Street NW, Charlottesville. Interment will follow at Monticello Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the
Chapel one hour prior to the services.

Special thanks to Evelyn Carter, Blanche Hill, Joseph Smith (Joe Joe), Chris Smith, Linda Morris, and other friends of Andrew.

Your life was a blessing, your memory we’ll treasure, you are loved beyond words and missed beyond measures. Andrew Allen, God picked a beautiful day to call you home.

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

William Devon Tyler

RussellWilliam Devon Tyler, 68, of Blenheim, Virginia departed this life on Sunday, February 18, 2018. He was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on January 23, 1950, the son of Grace Tyler Morris and the late Charles W. Tyler.

He was preceded in death by four brothers, Keith Tyler, Reginald Morris, Jr., Stephen Morris, and Charles Tyler, Jr. who died at 1 year old.

He received his formal education in the Albemarle County Public Schools and was a graduate of Albemarle High School. He was a heavy equipment operator and became a member of Wake Forest Baptist Church at an early age. Considered to a very good athlete, he could be often found playing football, baseball or softball depending on the season. He also had a strong devotion to family and friends.

In addition to his mother he leaves to cherish his memory a daughter, Ingrid Barber; a brother, Terry V. Tyler; one granddaughter, Ashlon Barber; nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 24, 2018, at Wake Forest Baptist Church, with the Reverend Sherman Collins, Pastor officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in his name to Wake Forest Baptist Church, 3075 Rolling Road, Scottsville, Virginia 24590.

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

Larry Sheffron

RussellLarry Sheffron, 83, went home to be with His Lord, Jesus Christ on Feb. 16, 2018, at RoseWood Village in Charlottesville, VA, under the care of Hospice of the Piedmont.

He was born February 9, 1935, in Brooklyn, NY to Shirley and Jack Sheffron. Married to Karen Southard Sheffron, they lived in Staten Island, NY from 1981 to 2001, retiring to Lake Monticello that same year. He is survived by his wife, Karen; his brother, Allen and wife, Arlene; sons Paul and Eric Sheffron; stepsons Timothy Villegas and wife, Cecilia Riedel; Kevin Villegas and wife, Minoska; three grandsons, and one granddaughter; mother-in-law, Georgia Polhemus; and in-laws, Thomas and Terry Southard, and Joanne Southard Ferster and their families.

Larry attended Erasmus H.S. in Brooklyn and received his B.A. at Hunter College, Bronx, NY. He served in the Army reserves during the Vietnam War. He was an accountant, loved playing softball and building model airplanes. He was a member of Covenant Church in Charlottesville.

The family wishes to thank his caregiver, Francine Hall, the staffs at JABA, RoseWood Village, and Hospice of the Piedmont.

The memorial service will be held at Covenant Church, 1025 Rio Road East, Charlottesville, VA at 1pm on Sat., Feb. 24, 2018. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Covenant Church, building fund, 1025 Rio Rd. E., Charlottesville, VA 22901.

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

Linda Vynita Woodfolk Felton

RussellLinda Vynita Woodfolk Felton, 57, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Monday, February 12, 2018, at her residence. She was born in Washington, D.C. to the late Alice Woodfolk. In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Edward and Virginia Woodfolk.

She received her formal education in the Charlottesville Public Schools. She was a graduate of Charlottesville High School, the class of 1978. She was an active member of Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church; an advisor in the Youth Ministry; and a counselor in the Celebrate Recovery Addiction Ministry. Her devotion is especially noteworthy for how she worked with the late Edward Brooks for the Church’s Lady Cavaliers Girls Basketball team which taught young girls the fundamentals of basketball and was a pipeline for those interested in playing basketball on the high school level. She enjoyed cooking, writing poetry, crocheting, and being a faithful church member. She never met a stranger; saw the good in everyone, and her love for her grandchildren was undeniable.

She leaves to cherish her memory a son, Devin Felton and wife, Tamu of High Point, North Carolina; a daughter, Kendra Felton Taylor and husband, Doriques of Charlottesville, Virginia; a sister, Gwendolyn Nightengale and husband, Grafton of Charlotte, North Carolina; five grandchildren, Tavin, Kamal and Jamar Felton, and Carlisse and Langston Taylor; a sister-in-law, Sylvia Woodfolk; a number of uncles, aunts, nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 23, 2018, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church with Dr. Alvin Edwards, officiating.

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

Charlotte Brown

RussellCharlotte Brown, respectfully known as Mother Brown, Minister Brown and Cousin Ducie, 82, went to be with the Lord peacefully on Friday, February 9, 2018, at Hospice of the Piedmont for Acute Hospice. She was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, on April 29, 1935, to the late Tommy Ashby Rhodes and Louise Bell Bowles. She was preceded in death by her husband Clayton H. Brown, Sr. and her son Gregory M. Brown, Sr.

Mother Brown accepted Christ as a child and was baptized at Zion Union Baptist Church in Charlottesville, Virginia. She received her education in Charlottesville schools and graduated from Jackson P. Burley High School and the School of Nursing as a Licensed Practical Nurse. She was married to the late Clayton H. Brown, Sr. and from this union, five children were born. Mother Brown practiced nursing at the University of Virginia Medical Center in the Premature Nursery and later the Recovery Room. Upon retirement, she worked at the Towers Nursing Home for several years. She was a devoted daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, cousin, friend and Woman of God. She’s known for her ministry of bringing others to know Christ, expressing unconditional love, her soul-filled singing voice and her fun-loving sense of humor.

Those with most cherished memories are two daughters, Delbria Thompson (J. Reginald), and DeTeasa Gathers (Don), two sons, Clayton Brown, Jr. (Perri), and Victor Brown (Anne), daughter-in-law Debra Brown; ten grandchildren, fifteen great- grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren; one niece, several God-children and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, February 15, 2018, and the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Mount Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Ave., with the Reverend Katherine Jackson officiating. Interment to follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

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

Laura L. Carter

Laura L. Carter departed this life peacefully at home on Friday, February 2, 2018. She was born May 4, 1919, in Charlottesville, VA to the late Major and Susie Lockett. She was preceded in death by her husband of fifty four years. Willis Carter Sr. and a brother, John Lockett.

She joined Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church at an early age and was a member of the Missionary Society where she served as Chaplin. She was a member of the Blue Ridge Temple #67 Elks and a member of the West End Silhouettes social club. She graduated from Jefferson High School, class of 1937. She worked from home for many years as a seamstress for Levy’s of Charlottesville, but her first priority was taking care of her family and home.

She is survived by her sons, Willis Carter Jr., R. Lorenzo Carter, and Curtis Carter; daughter, Corlis Douglas (George) all of Charlottesville, VA. Grandsons, Kevin Carter (Dorothy) of Allison Park, PA, Kendall Carter (Tanja), Keith Carter (Kim) and Spence Douglas (April) all of Charlottesville, VA; great grandsons, Zachary Carter, Justin Carter, Reid Douglas, Grey Douglas and Keith Carter Jr.

A celebration of life will held on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Avenue, Charlottesville, VA with the Reverend Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at: www.jfbellfuneralservices.com.

Alma V. Wood

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Alma V. Wood of Afton, Virginia departed this life on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at her residence. She was born on May 21, 1938, in Nelson County, the daughter of the late Lucy and Frank Howard Alexander, Sr.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her first husband, Otis E. Durrette and her second husband, John Thomas Wood; two sons, John Thomas Jackson and Norman Jerome Wood; three sisters, Evelyn Sims, Viol Green and Florence Johnson.

She leaves to cherish her memory her children, six daughters, Jackie Awkard and husband, Herman, Odell Durrette-Vest, Barbara Jean Durrette and Denise Jones and husband, Robert Tyrone all of Waynesboro, Virginia, Roberta Gray and husband, James of Faber, Virginia and Emily Hawkins and husband Lester of Afton, Virginia; two sons, James and Dennis Wood both of Afton, Virginia; 16 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Ada Fortune of Charlottesville, Virginia; one brother, Frank Howard Alexander, II and wife, Mary; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Homegoing service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 5, 2018, at the Union Baptist Church, 783 Avon Road, Afton, Virginia with the Reverend Loretta Wyatt officiating and the Reverend Phillip A. Carter 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

Juphenia Odell Brown White

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Juphenia Odell Brown White departed this life on Saturday, January 27, 2018. She was born on April 14, 1924, in Ruthville, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents Augustus and Nelsie Brown; and 5 siblings.

She leaves to cherish her loving memory her husband of 69 years, James A. White and children, James O. White and Mamie V. White; 3 grandchildren Jodie Landry (Richard) of Katy, Texas, Keisha Johnson (Kenneth) and Omar White (LaDonna) both of Richmond; brother, Augustus A. Brown of Ruthville; 12 great grandchildren, devoted Kadia Taylor, and 4 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, friends and devoted caregivers. She will be remembered for her kindness, nurturing nature and loving spirit towards all.

A Homegoing service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2018, at Pilgrim Baptist Church, 211 Albemarle St., Charlottesville, Virginia. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.

The family would like to express appreciation to all who provided care, love and comfort to our beloved wife, mother, sister and friend.

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

Nelson Montez Breckenridge

Nelson Montez Breckenridge, 36, of Charlottesville, Virginia passed away at Caromont Regional Medical Center in Gastonia, N.C. on January 21, 2018. He was born on July 12, 1981, in Charlottesville, Virginia to Pastor Stephanie Henry and Nelson Godfrey, Jr. Montez was preceded in death by grandparents, Mary and Kanuso Breckenridge and Mary and Nelson Godfrey, Sr.

Montez leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Stephanie Henry; Father, Nelson Godfrey Jr.; and Stepfather Davey Henry; his wife, Santana Breckenridge; the loves of his life, his three daughters, Purity Breckenridge and Faith Breckenridge of Jackson, Mississippi and Zeni Carter of Richmond, Virginia; two sisters, Nikki Breckenridge and Makenzie McDaniels of Charlottesville, Virginia; a step-brother, Davey Brown; two foster brothers, Antonio Hawkins and Michael Hardy of Charlottesville, Virginia; a mother-in-law, Gwen Adams; two brothers-in-laws, Joey and Carlos Adams of Mississippi; three nieces, Taya and Kathleen Williams, and Judaya Breckenridge; a nephew, Geremiah Payne; and a very special friend, Chantel Gross who was dear to him till the end of his life; a host of aunts, uncles and cousins and close friends to whom Montez ministered in a way that only Montez could.

A home going service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 2, 2018, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Avenue. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

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

James Oliver Harris

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James Oliver Harris departed this life on Thursday, January 18, 2018, at the Albemarle Rehabilitation Center of Charlottesville, Virginia. He was born on February 8, 1929, in Charlottesville, Virginia to the late Thomas "Boo" Harris and Lilly Louise Walker. He was also predeceased by his loving wife of 65 years, Evelyn Boston Harris; and his brother, Virgil Thomas Harris of Charlottesville, Virginia.

He worked as a fencing contractor for 20 years, followed by founding, owning and operating Harris Disposal for over 50 years. James also had a passion for farming and gardening.

James is survived by his sister, Mary Burts of Keswick, Virginia; and leaves behind his devoted daughter, Lee Ethel Harris-Butler of Keswick, Virginia; two devoted sons, James Kenneth Harris and wife, Vanessa of Hampton, Virginia and Thomas Harris of North Garden, Virginia; a son-in-law, Patrick Butler of Charlottesville, Virginia; four loving grandchildren, Chrystal Banks of Richmond, Virginia, Patrick Butler and wife, Nicole of Palmyra, Virginia, Reggie Butler and wife, Ebony of Palmyra, Virginia, and Nathan Harris of Norfolk, Virginia; also along with seven great-grandchildren; a devoted sisters-in-law, Mary Harris of Cismont, Virginia; three cousins, Martha James of Keswick, Virginia, Nora Young of Keswick, Virginia, and Alice Douglas of Charlottesville, Virginia; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Union Run Baptist Church, 3220 Keswick Road, Keswick, Virginia.

Many thanks to Brandy Pugh and the staff at the Hospice of the Piedmont.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Gertrude Locker

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Gertrude Baker Locker, 74, died on Tuesday, January 16, 2018. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland on January 23, 1943, to the late Warren Baker and Gertrude Dennis Baker.

She was preceded in death by a brother, George Edward Baker and two sisters, Delores Juanita Baker and Diane Bouldin.

She was trained as a Licensed Practical Nurse. During her nursing career she worked at the University of Virginia Medical Center and Trinity Mission Nursing Home. She was dedicated to her family and active in her grandsons’ lives.

She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Joy L. Locker of North Carolina and Stacey E. Locker of Odenton, Maryland; three grandsons, Bryan C. Marshall, Marcus A. Marshall, and Ethan X. Locker of Odenton,

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel. The family will be receiving friends at the Chapel one hour prior to the services.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Pearl Porter

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Pearl Gross Porter, 86, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Sunday, January 21, 2018, bound for her new home in “Glory” with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She was the seventh child born unto the late John Gross and Carrie Gross on January 3, 1932.

Pearl was a proud graduate of Jefferson High School, class of 1951. While at Jefferson, she met the love of her life, Ronald L. Porter, Sr. Subsequent to their graduation, she and Ronald entered into holy matrimony on September 3, 1952. Upon Ronald’s enlistment into the United States Army, they were afforded the privilege of traveling the countryside while satisfying their duty station assignments. Once their military obligation was fulfilled, they returned to their roots, Charlottesville, VA to start their family.

Ever cognizant of the importance of humanity, Pearl unselfishly gave of her time, talents and treasure to help her fellowman until her health would no longer allow her to do so, a virtue that was instilled in her from childhood. This was readily demonstrated through her love and commitment for her church Zion Union Baptist Church. She was a member of the Monticello Chapter #43 Order of the Eastern Star of VA PHA. She also was a member of Blue Ridge Temple #67 Elks IBPOEW serving as Daughter Ruler, Vice Daughter Ruler, Financial Secretary, Treasurer and Deputy of Lynchburg, Virginia. Aside from the aforementioned, she was a member of the West End Silhouettes and the Joliette Social Club. Often declared the” Mayor of Charlton Avenue” by her neighbors, many sought her candid, but insightful advice. It was not uncommon for her to demonstrate true southern hospitality, always exercising an open door policy to all. Additionally, when others suffered hardships or challenging periods in life, she was there at their beckoning call to render any assistance possible and an encouraging word. It can profoundly be proclaimed that she truly had an enormous heart.

Pearl was preceded in death by her parents; husband of 48 years, Ronald L. Porter, Sr.; and siblings.

Left to cherish her memory is her daughter, Rhonda P. Wood (Clifton A. Wood, Jr.) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; her son, Ronald L. Porter, Jr. of Charlottesville, Virginia (Theresa Porter of Buckingham Co.); five grandchildren, Derrick Stephenson, Kia Scott, Kiandra Scott, Amiah Porter and Jailyn Porter ; and a host of nieces, great nieces, nephews, great nephews, cousins and friends.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at 10:00 a.m., at Zion Union Baptist Church 1015 Preston Avenue, Charlottesville, VA, with the Reverend Doyle J. Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 26, 2018, at J. F. Bell Funeral Home from 6 until 7 p.m.

The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation to the McGuire family for their thoughtfulness and sincere dedication throughout the years; and to Dr. Laurie Archbald-Pannone, MD University Physicians at JABA and her staff; Hospice of the Piedmont and Cedars Health Care Center for providing excellent professional care, rendering tremendous support and displaying comforting compassion.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be rendered to the family at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Ann Washington

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Annie Mae (Brown) Washington, age 84, passed away to be with our heavenly father on Saturday, January 13. 2018. She was born a daughter of the late Homer V. Brown, Sr. and Annie Bell Smith Brown on November 16, 1933, in Greenwood, Virginia.

She was an accomplished professional tailor for Eljos men’s clothier for many years, followed by entrepreneurship as Aisha’s Alterations. After many years, she retired from the Virginia Industries of the Blind. She pursued her love for gospel music as a gospel DJ on the radio station, WINA, “Gospel Time” and as a promoter of gospel concerts. She practiced her creativity by making crafts and crochet. She loved attending Sunday school and bible study.

She was preceded in death in addition to her parents by her son, Gregory Randolph Thompson; a sister, Shirley Brown Barbour; a brother, Homer V. Brown, Jr.; she was also predeceased by husbands, Edward M. Thompson and Thurman Washington.

She is survived by her daughters, Judith I. Thompson (Nathaniel Garland), Edrina (Nan) Thompson Allen (John) both of Charlottesville, and Stephanie A. Brown of Gordonsville; five grandchildren, Aisha A. Alexander, Nathaniel E. Garland, and Portia D. Allen all from Charlottesville; Bethany A. Burton (Gordonsville); and John M. Allen of Sunnyvale, California; four great-grandchildren, Christopher Alexander, Bryson Jones, Jasiah Allen, and Lyric Burton-Owens; a beloved sister, Louise Cousins. She adored her loving friend as her Goddaughter, Mrs. Malcom Carey (Ellen) and enjoyed sharing gospel music with her friend, Mr. John Childress. She has a host of loving nieces and nephews and many friends.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 11:00 a.m., at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia where she was a devoted member; with Dr. Alvin Edwards officiating.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be paid to the family at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Jeanette Naomi Lawson

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The long and fruitful life of Jeanette Naomi Lawson came to a peaceful end at her home in Charlottesville, Virginia on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, Naomi was born on August 28, 1934, to the late Jeanette and Floyd Fleming, Sr. of Eastham, Virginia. She was preceded in death by one brother, Floyd M. Fleming, Jr., a daughter, Cheryl Merchant. Naomi was a devoted and dedicated member of Ebenezer Baptist Church where she served faithfully on the Missionary Committee and Usher Board. She was known for her faith in God, caring, nurturing nature, and her exemplary cooking skills.

She leaves to cherish her memory a devoted husband, Harold L. Lawson; one daughter, Cecila A. Ragland (William) of Leesburg, VA; two step-daughters, Debra Luck (Dana) of Troy VA and Nanette Lawson of Virginia Beach, VA .; one stepson, Thomas Lawson (Carmen) of Atlanta GA; four grandchildren, Preston S. Anderson of Richmond VA, Ryan M. Anderson (Monica) of Richmond, VA, Ahmad C. Richardson of Leesburg, VA, and Jasmine C. Richardson of Leesburg, VA; one great-granddaughter, Ryla A. Anderson of Richmond, VA; one foster sister, Rosa F. Johnson of Charlottesville, VA; two foster brothers, Howard Fleming of Washington, DC. and James A. Fleming of Orlando, FL.; a host of nieces, nephews and devoted friends; and a very special caregiver, Clariece Coles Harris, all of whom will miss her.

Funeral Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Covenant Church, 1025 Rio Road, with the Reverend Lehman D. Bates, II, officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Pea Ridge Road, White Hall, 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

Barbara Jean Poindexter

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Barbara Jean Poindexter, 66, died on Thursday, January 4, 2018, at the Center for Acute Hospice Care of the Piedmont after a lengthy battle with Acute Parkinson Disease. She was born on January 18, 1951, in Charlottesville, Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents the late William Poindexter and Robenette T. Poindexter (June 2017).

Barbara was a graduate of Albemarle High School and received her BS degree from Virginia State University in Art. Barbara was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a past president of the Charlottesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Barbara was a member of Mt Amos Baptist Church in Free Union, Virginia where she was baptized at an early age and was the financial clerk; she was a very spiritual person and a loving child of God.

After graduating from Virginia State University, she was hired at Albemarle High School to teach Art with Mr. Waldo Johnson who also taught her Art when she was a student. Barbara later moved from Albemarle High School to Fluvanna Junior High where she taught Art and was asked to draw the logo in the old gym for the “Flying Flucos”. She also taught at Henley Middle School for many years until she retired in order to take care of her mother.

You could always find Barbara reading a good book, doing a crossword puzzle or a “Seek a Word” book as a pastime. Her love was being outdoors and mowing the lawn at her home or at her at her mother’s.

Barbara is survived by her sister Constance “Connie” E. White and her husband, Henry; a brother, William A. Poindexter and his wife, Lisa; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Home Going Services will be held at Zion Union Baptist Church, 1015 Preston Avenue, at 12:00 p.m., on Saturday, January 13, 2018, with the Reverend Lloyd Cosby, Pastor, officiating and the Revered Mary Carey delivering the eulogy. Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Friday, January 12, 2018, from 6 to 7 p.m. at J.F. Bell Funeral Home. Charlottesville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will conduct the Omega Omega Ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

The family wishes to thank Dr. David Chesler Of Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center and all staff members; UVA 3 East and the Acute Hospice Care Center of the Piedmont; and a special thank you to Veronica Hughes and Pensecola Barbour.

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

Shirley Henderson

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Shirley Earlene Henderson, 80 years, of Keswick, Virginia departed this life on Tuesday, January 2, 2018, at her residence. She was born in Kents Store, Virginia on March 31, 1937, the daughter of the late Pauline and Heming Jackson.

She was preceded in death by sons, Michael, Raymond and Bernard Brice; her husbands, Richard Brice, James Davis and Albert Henderson; a sister, Ernestine Boyce; and a daughter-in-law, Phyllis Brice.

She retired after many years of service as a PCA at the University of Virginia Medical Center. She was a member of Union Run Baptist Church. She made sure all of her children knew the right path in life to take; and she was an extraordinary cook and caregiver. Shirley was a
hard-working woman, an excellent cook, and she loved preparing meals for a multitude of people.

She leaves to cherish her memory 6 sons, Stewart Brice and wife, Maxine of Maryland, Elder Robert Brice of Scottsville, Virginia, Sidney Brice of Charlottesville, Virginia, Nebraska Brice and Danette Brice of North Carolina, and Gregory Brice of Keswick, Virginia; 2 daughters, Angela O’Neal and husband, Lester of Brooklyn, New York and Francine Brice of Charlottesville, Virginia; 2 adopted sons, Hannibal Brice and wife, Edwina of Fluvanna, Virginia and Elwin Brice and wife, Nakyea of Waynesboro, Virginia; 2 adopted daughters, Deborah Johnson of New York, Ernestine Fountain and husband, Greg of Williamsburg, Virginia; 18 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; a special friend, Alphonso Smith, Sr. of Brooklyn, New York and number of nieces and nephews a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Union Run Baptist Church with Pastor Rickey White officiating. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be paid to the family at: www.jfbellfuneralhome.com

Charles William Johnson III

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The fruitful life of Charles William Johnson III ended on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center Coronary Care Unit, Charlottesville, Virginia. Charles was born on August 13, 1944, in Charlottesville, Virginia to the late Charles William Johnson II and Dorothy Elizabeth Burns Johnson.

Charles was a graduate of J. P. Burley High School, the class of 1963 and attended the Smith-Madden Business College Richmond, Virginia. Charles worked in the U. S. Postal System in Charlottesville, Virginia and retired after 38 years as a clerk. Charles loved listening to all kinds of music but preferred Jazz. Charles was soft-spoken; a friend to all; and he was a mentor to young people.

Charles was survived by his brother, Darryl Johnson and sister-in-law, Myrtle Johnson both of Jacksonville, Florida; a niece, Lokie Johnson Rodriguez of St. Paul, Minnesota; a nephew, Steven M. Johnson of Minneapolis, Minnesota; and a great-niece, Amaris Rodriguez-Price of St. Paul, Minnesota.

A Home Going service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at Covenant Church, 1025 Rio Road. His remains will lie in repose at the church one hour prior to the service.

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

Joseph Randolph "Joey" Jackson Jr.

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Joseph Randolph Jackson Jr., 33, of Louisa, VA, became an Angel on Friday, December 22, 2017, at the Cedars Nursing facility.

Born September 7, 1984, in Charlottesville, VA to Katherine Thompson Jackson and Joseph Randolph Jackson Sr., Joey attended Charlottesville schools before moving to Louisa County High School where he graduated in 2002. He worked at the Walmart Distribution Center.

Joey was a “funny guy” who loved family and sports. He enjoyed making CDs for his dad, laughing and enjoying time with his siblings, and he appreciated his boys.

Joey leaves to treasure his memory his parents of Louisa, VA; two sons: Nyzeal Bell of Manhatten, NY; and Japrince Joseph Jackson of Crozet, VA; one brother: Christopher Scott Johnson, of Charlottesville, VA; three sisters: Kimberly Johnson Carter (Keith), of Charlottesville, VA; Keesha Johnson Harris (Karl) of Buckingham, VA; and Twylia Jackson Powell (Carlos) of Barboursville, VA; mothers of his sons: Echo Howard of NY; and Landria Wilson of Crozet, VA; aunts; Sarah Copeland (James) and Esther Allen (Ken) of Louisa, VA; Theresa and Margaret Jackson of Charlottesville, VA; great aunts: Virginia Thompson Jones (James) of Manhatten, N.Y., and Hazel Batchelor of Washington, DC; uncles: Lawrence Thompson Jr. and William E. Thompson Sr.(Cordelia) of Roanoke, VA; John Reginald Thompson (Delbria) of District Heights, MD; Gary Wayne Thompson of Nelson County, VA; Carl and Roy Jackson of Louisa, VA; Thomas (Juanita) and Nelson (Stephanie) Jackson of Atlanta, GA; five nieces, eight nephews, and 100s of cousins, other relatives and friends.
Joey was predeceased by paternal grandparents: Robert and Mildred Jackson, maternal grandparents; Lawrence and Katherine Thompson; uncles Raymond Thompson, Clarence, James, Lawrence, and Rickey Jackson.

The family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the many expressions of love shown during Joey’s illness. Special thanks to U.Va.’s Neurology Drs. Jones and Lapides; Hospice Acute Care Center Staff, Chaplaincy Services and Pastoral Education, and the Cedars Nursing Facility.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018, at Union Run Baptist Church, 3220 Keswick Rd., Keswick, VA 22947, with Pastor Rickey White officiating.

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

George Alfonso Carter

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George Alfonso Carter of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Thursday, December 21, 2017, at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital. He was born in Charlottesville, Va. on February 16, 1951, the son of the late William and Evelyn Brown Carter.

He received his formal education in the Charlottesville City Schools. George retired in 2007 after many years of service as a custodian for Piedmont Virginia Community College and the Albemarle County Schools. His hobbies included tinkering with cars, gardening and yard work, cooking, traveling, and telling jokes. His infectious laugh was a joy to hear. He accepted Christ and joined Hickory Hill Baptist Church at a young age. He loved his family and savored the time he spent with them.

He leaves to cherish his memory his beloved wife, Yvonne Ann Carter; two daughters, Melissa Brown of Richmond, Va., and Crystal Carter of Charlottesville, Va.; three granddaughters, Courtney Brown, Makayla Butler, and Maaikah Massie; one grandson, Kacey Brown; two brothers, William Carter and wife, Elaine of Long Island, New York, and Gordon Carter and wife, Susan of Charlottesville, Va.; one sister, Peggy White of Charlottesville, Va.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

The family will Receive Friends and a Viewing will be held on Friday evening, December 29, 2017, from 6 to 8 at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12 p.m. on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Rose Hill Baptist Church, 2421 Rose Hill Church Lane, Charlottesville, Va., with Pastor Jeffery O. King officiating.

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

Bernard M. Brock

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Bernard McCoy Brock, age 46, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Saturday, December 16, 2017, at his residence. He was born in Charlottesville, Virginia on December 31, 1971, the son of Dora Brock and Floyd Hearns, Sr. A brother, Khalil Powell preceded him in death.

Bernard was a self-employed painter. He enjoyed fishing, playing his conga drums, playing video games, and spending time with family, his children and grandchildren. He was a very well known and loved by many.

He leaves to cherish his memory his mother, Dora Brock and stepfather, Robert Burton; his father, Floyd Hearns, Sr. and stepmother, Tammy Hearns; a son, Brandon McCoy Thompkins; 3 daughters, Shaquille Stinnie, Shaquan Stinnie, and Cordasha Hawkins; 4 brothers, Jeffery Hearns, Floyd Hearns Jr., Jermain Norman, and Donnell Norman; 4 sisters, Tykara Evans, Shelly Hicks, Margaret Wayne, and Khalesha Powell; 2 grandchilden; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousin and other relatives and friends. He had 3 close friends that he called his brothers, Quinton Allen, Anthony Ruppert and Shawn Washington.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 27, 2017, at Pilgrim Baptist Church.

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

Robert D. Wood Sr.

Robert D. Wood, Sr. of Waynesboro, VA departed his earthly life to his Heavenly Life on December 14, 2017, at the age of 82. He was born on December 2, 1935, to the late Bertha M. Wood. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Frances Nicholas Wood.

He was known to his family as Dad, G Dad, Daddy and Madaddy. He served in the U.S. Armed Forces in his early years and was a graduate of the Jackson P. Burley High School class of 1956.

He leaves to cherish his memory his second wife, Dorothy M. Wood; Seven daughters, Carmelita Wood, Francine Wood, and Elaine Wood of Charlottesville, Debbie Brooks and husband, Robert of Lindhurst, VA., Teresa White and Michael Brown-D of Staunton, VA., Lilly Mae Wood and husband, William of Waynesboro, VA., and Priscilla Wood of New Jersey. Six sons, Robert “Blue” Wood, Jr. of Largo, MD., James “Pop” Wood of Baltimore, MD., Robert “Robbie” White, Allen White and wife, Mirrah, Larry White, and Eugene “Gene” Wood of Waynesboro, VA; twenty-eight grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; cousins Florine Henderson and her daughter, Michelle and Andrea of Newark, DE; and devoted friends, Arlene Smith and her two sons of Richmond, VA; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, at Ebenezer Baptist Church, with Pastor Lehman Bates, III 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

Lucy Toliver

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Lucy Toliver, 97, a resident of Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center died on Thursday, December 7, 2017. She was born on February 10, 1920, in Charlottesville the daughter of the late James Edward Thompson and Annie Burnley Thompson. Her husband, Lewis Toliver preceded her in death. A brother, Garfield Thompson; and three sisters, Mary Williams, Nellie Gordon and Robinette Poindexter also preceded her in death.

She was a member of Mt. Amos Baptist Church in Free Union. She was a devoted mother and grandmother;and her positive outlook will be missed by all that knew her.

Her survivors include a devoted son, James Garfield Toliver; three grandsons, Christopher Sean Toliver, Brandon Michael Toliver, and Daniel Lewis Toliver; nieces and nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 12 p.m. on Monday, December 18, 2017, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel. No interment will follow the service. The family will receive friends at the Chapel one hour prior to the services.

James would like to express his sincere appreciation for the staff of the Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center and for the care that they provided for Lucy in the past 9 years. Also special thanks to Spencer, Harvard, and Maclemore Birdsong for their support through the years.

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

Annie Julia Murray

Annie Julia Murray, 83, of Charlottesville, Va. departed this life on Thursday, December 7, 2017, at her residence. She was born in Nelson County, Va. on August 1, 1931, the daughter of the late Emmett Lee Johnson and Malie Johnson. She was the wife of the late Earl R. Murray.

Three brothers, Collie, Richard and George Norman Johnson; and four sisters, Eva Dyer, Sallie Wilson, Lucy Jones and Sadie Bell preceded her in death.

She was employed as a Custodian at the University of Virginia for over 19 years. Annie possessed a loving and generous spirit and cared for all her family members. She received a special joy from cooking especially during the holidays and enjoyed hearing the laughter of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She leaves to cherish her memory two devoted daughters, Carolyn Murray and Catherine Murray Keys of Charlottesville; two brothers, Bennett Johnson and William Johnson and wife, Lindsey; two grandchildren, Cavin Keys and wife, Natasha and Tia Keys; four great-grandchildren, Kaveion, Jacorey, and Amari Keys and Sadaye Bryant; three sisters-in-law, Elstoria Johnson, Christine Murray and Laura Johnson; one brothe-in-law, William Murray; a special friend, Joyce Cosby; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel. 108 Sixth Street N.W with Bishop George Gohanna officiating. Interment will follow at Union Ridge Cemetery, Hydraulic Road. The family will receive friends at the Chapel one hour prior to the services.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses of the University of Virginia Medical Center and the Hospice of the Piedmont for their care and kindness.

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

Jesse James Washington

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Jesse James Washington entered into eternal rest on November 24, 2017, at the Cedars Nursing Home. He was born in Troy, VA on December 20, 1951, the son of the late Leroy and Jesse Mae Washington. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Leroy Washington and Jimmy Bates, and one sister, Nancy Lee Washington-Grooms.

Jesse worked for UVA and Martha Jefferson hospitals. He was an avid sports fan of the Washington Redskins. He was also the longest survivor of a heart and kidney transplant in 1990.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Rose Marie Washington of 30 years; three stepdaughters, Linda Catoe of Charlottesville, Brenda Pendleton and husband, Billie of Troy, and Evelyn Wicks of Richmond, VA; one stepson, Harry Wicks and wife, “Karen” of Charlottesville; two sisters, Odell Washington and Ruth Washington of Gordonsville, VA; one brother, Phillip Washington of Kents Store, VA; one special nephew, Robert Grooms of Charlottesville; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and friends.

A viewing will be held and the family will receive friends at J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 6th Street N.W. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at the New Beginning Christian Community Church, 1130 E. Market Street.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Catherine Bowles

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Catherine Elizabeth Dowell Bowles, 85 of North Garden, VA transitioned from this life peacefully on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. She was born March 30, 1932, to the late William and Mary Hill Dowell of Covesville, VA. She is preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, John J. Bowles, Sr.; two sisters, Bernice Murphy and her husband, Willie and Wilma Watson and her husband, Jessie; and a grandson, Christopher Robinson.

Catherine was baptized and joined First Baptist Church Covesville at an early age. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

She leaves to cherish her memory two 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 her friend, Hosea Mitchell of Charlottesville, VA, Linda C. Bowles of Atlanta, GA, Pamela E. Bowles of Charlottesville, VA and Tracy B. Moore of North Garden, VA; 20 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2017, at First Baptist Church Covesville, 5883 Henderson Lane, Covesville, VA, with the Reverend Mary Byers officiating.

The family would like to thank the staff members of the Hospice of the Piedmont for the care of their mother. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway, Suite 300, Charlottesville, VA 22911 or The North Garden Fire Department, Post Office Box 33, North Garden, VA 22959.

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

Herman Key

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At the age of 83, Deacon Herman Key, Sr. transitioned from this earthly life to his heavenly home early Thursday morning, November 9, 2017. Herman was born on July 7, 1934, to the late Rosalie Key. He was drafted into the military and served in the U. S. Army. Herman also served as a member of the Saint John’s Lodge #12 F. & A.M., Prince Hall Affiliation. He was preceded in death by his sons Darrell and Herman, Jr.

Deacon Key became a member of the Byrd Grove Baptist Church at an early age and remained faithful until his death. He faithfully served as a deacon, choir member and servant in the community visiting the sick and shut-in. He also participated in the Fluvanna Sunday School Union and Fluvanna Male Chorus. He volunteered with Meals on Wheels and the Fluvanna County NAACP. He highly enjoyed the opportunity to support the Charlottesville Cardinals Wheelchair Basketball Team.

Herman had a strong work ethic and tried to instill that in his children and grandchildren. He began employment with the Postal Service in Washington, DC. Then he went to work for the Railroad at Union Station before transferring to Richmond to work for RF&P and CSX. He retired after completing a successful career.

Herman was married to the former Elva Franklin. To this union four children were born, twins Darwin and Darrell, daughter Cheryl, and son Herman, Jr.
Herman leaves to cherish his memory, his devoted wife Elva, son Darwin, daughter Cheryl and her husband Beverley (“Sparky”) Stewart; two daughter-in-laws, Patricia Key and Felice Boling-Key; seven loving grandchildren, Sherri, Ashley and husband, Maurice Coleman, Karen, Darwin Jr. “DW”, Charles, Lauren, and Emonnie; six precious great-grandchildren, Monica, Landon, Kaleigh, Zuri, Kamden, and Kinsley; one sister, Geraldine Tyler, one brother, George “Joe Louis” Key; three nieces, Patricia, Priscilla, and Diane; and a host of much loved cousins and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at 1:00 PM, at Evergreen Baptist Church, 452 Evergreen Church Road, Palmyra, VA. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services. The Reverend Keith Manuel is the Eulogist with Dr. Price Davis officiating.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to Byrd Grove Baptist Church at P.O. Box 81, Kents Store, VA 23084 or Charlottesville Cardinals Wheelchair Basketball Team at c/o Independence Resource Center, 815 Cherry Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22903
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Isaiah James Mosby

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Isaiah James Mosby, 88 of Covesville, Virginia, died peacefully on Thursday night, November 2, 2017, at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital in Charlottesville. He was born on April 13, 1929, to the late Benjamin W. Mosby, Sr. and Elenora Whindleton Mosby Dowell, in Covesville.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Ethel Childress Mosby; stepfather, Elkin Dowell; one brother, Benjamin W. Mosby, Jr., two sisters, Juanita Dowell and Mattie Barron. Isaiah was baptized and joined First Baptist Church Covesville at an early age.

Isaiah attended Esmont High School. He served in the United States Marines for four years. When he was discharged from service, he married Ethel Childress and moved to New Jersey. They joined the Elizabeth Avenue Weequahic Presbyterian Church in Newark and were very active members.
He worked at Federal Pacific Electric in Newark, NJ until he retired. Isaiah and his wife lived for 40 years in New Jersey and returned home to Covesville after retirement. Isaiah and Ethel joined First Baptist Church Covesville where they remained faithful. While at First Baptist, Isaiah was a Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday School, Vice President of the Young People’s Club, and a member of the Official Board, Missionary Society, Senior Choir, Men’s Choir, and Gospel Chorus. Isaiah was an active bowler and continued to bowl for a few months prior to his death.

He leaves to cherish his memory, nephew/son, Dennis Childress; three sisters, Mrs. Nellie Allen of Charlottesville, Mrs. Ethelene Brown of Faber, VA, and Mrs. Bertha Bell of East Orange, NJ; one brother, Nathaniel Mosby (Barbara) of Fort Washington, MD, a devoted niece, Mrs. Sharon Vest (John) of North Garden, VA; a goddaughter, Rev. Deborah Robinson Jones (Arthur) of Suwannee, GA; a number of devoted nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church Covesville (5883 Henderson Lane, Covesville, VA 22931) with Reverend Joe N. Chambers, 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

James Wilber Yates

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James Wilbur Yates, 87, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Wednesday, November 2017. He was born in New York on April 16, 1930, the son of the late James A. Yates and Sadie C. Yates Jones.

He worked in the Charlottesville City Schools as an administrator. He received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Union University and a graduate degree from the University of Virginia. He served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Korean War. He was the Past Grand Exalted Ruler of the Elks; and he was a member of the Masons and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

He leaves to cherish his memory his children, Kimm Fortune, Frank Yates, and Delois Licorish; four grandchildren, Larry Fortune, Jr., Frederick Fortune, Nicholas Fortune and Tracy Jackson Lewis; cousins, Mongoloria Cleveland, Soleil Granderson, Diana Saraheino, and Robert Young, Jr; and his former spouse Ophelia Yates.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at Holy Comforter Catholic Church, 208 E. Jefferson St. Interment will follow at Culpeper National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Minor Lee-Brown Jackson

Minor Lee Brown-Jackson, 61, of Charlottesville, Virginia peacefully departed this life on November 1, 2017, at Charlottesville Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center. Minor was born on January 4, 1956, to the late Minor Lee Jackson and Dorothy Brown Jackson.

He was preceded in death by his younger brother, Ronnie Leon Jackson and a nephew, Russell L. Jackson.
He is survived by one brother, John Albert Brown of Charlottesville, Va.; three sisters, Gail E. Jackson of Charlottesville, Brenda Deane and her husband, Jerry of Keswick, Va. And Victoria L. Jackson of Charlottesville; one aunt, Virginia Gray of Charlottesville; one uncle, Lucian Jackson and his wife, Barbra of Esmont, Va.; a special Godfather, Dean Brown of Amherst, Va., and a multitude of nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral Services will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel, 108 Sixth St. N.W., with the Reverend Allison Jackson officiating. The family will receive friends at the Chapel one hour prior to the service. Interment will be held privately.

A special thanks to the thoughtful and caring staff at the Charlottesville Pointe Health and Rehabilitation Center.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Mercer "Dumpy" Langston Watkins

Mercer “Dumpy” Langston Watkins, 77, of Charlottesville, Va. died on September 22, 2017.
A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Bertha Goodin Johnson

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Surrounded by family and friends, Bertha Goodin Johnson, also lovingly known as Ms. B, went to be with the Lord on Monday, October 9, 2017. One of thirteen children, she was born on January 20, 1923, in Childersburg, Alabama to Winfield, a career Army veteran, and Lillie Bell Reynolds Goodin, a homemaker, and devoted church worker. Ms. B graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, NC with a B.A. degree in Education and later earned a Master of Arts degree in Early Childhood Education from Trinity College in Washington, DC.

Following her graduation from college, Ms. B started her teaching career in the Culpeper County Public Schools. During the start of her career, Ms. B met Mr. Fred, her future husband, on a blind date. He like her father was in the Army. Although no stranger to military life, when Ms. B married Mr. Fred, she traveled the United States and the world, living in among other places, France, England, Germany, and Switzerland. They would go on to be married for over 65 years until his passing in 2016.

Ms. B was meant to be a teacher. She loved children and they loved her. Ms. B taught kindergarten and first grade in the DC and Montgomery County Public Schools. Among those that Ms. B taught were the children of the Watergate attorneys involved in the impeachment of then-President Nixon, news broadcasters, doctors, accountants, and engineers. She retired from teaching with over 30 years of service and a multitude of grateful parents and children.
Ms. B enjoyed traveling, spoke French fluently, gardened, read extensively, and loved cooking. During her retirement years, Ms. B walked at least a mile every day and continued her habit of playing competitive tennis with her sister Christine which started in college. Ms. B was feisty until the end.

Ms. B is survived by her daughters, Pamela Johnson of Silver Spring, MD and Portland Smith and husband, Linwood, of Charlottesville, VA; her son, Michael Johnson and wife, Irma of Ruckersville, VA; her granddaughters, Tiffany Smith, Jessica Johnson, and Tamara Smith; her trusted caregivers, Ja’na Johnson, Adeline Ellis and Rita Addison; and a host of nephews, nieces, extended family, and friends.
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A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 28, 2017, at St. John the Baptist Catholic Community Church, 12319, New Hampshire Avenue, Silver Spring, MD. The Family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.
Interment will be held at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Margaret Elaine Henderson

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Margaret Elaine Henderson-Anderson, 60 years old and a long-time resident of the Charlottesville area, passed away in the early morning of Saturday, October 21st at her home, she shared with her husband, Dan Larry Anderson.

She was born on January 12, 1957, the daughter of the late Harry James Henderson Sr. and Ethel Lee Henderson of Charlottesville, Va. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her cat, Mr. Wiggles, she thought of as her very own child and her brothers Edward Johnson and Harry James Henderson Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Dan Larry Anderson of Charlottesville, Va.; two brothers, Michael Johnson and his wife, Sandra Johnson of Schuyler, Va. and Samuel Henderson of Charlottesville, Va.; two nieces, Chiquay Burton of Charlottesville, Va. and Sheanell Scott and her husband, Christopher Scott of Gainesville, Va.; nephew, Christopher Henderson of Petersburg, Va.; two great-nephews, Royal and Josiah Burton of Charlottesville. Although she and her husband never had biological children together, she viewed his as her own; so also to cherish her memory is daughter, Stacy Washington and her partner, Shanika Howard; sons Domonic Lewis, Andre Lewis, Maurice Lewis and Lamont Lewis all of Charlottesville, Va.; grandchildren, Qwasean Lewis, Kaisiem Lewis, Alexis Hill, Destinee McDonald, Queen Booker, and Kalib Edgehill; and great-grandchildren Zhiloh Lewis and Karmin Welch; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Homecoming services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, October 26, 2017, at First Baptist Church, 632 West Main Street, Charlottesville, Va. Interment will follow at Riverview Cemetery, 1701 Chesapeake St, Charlottesville, Va. 22902.

The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.
The Family would like to thank the Staff at UVA Medical Center, Continuum Home Healthcare and Charlottesville Health and Rehab for their help and support with Margaret’s care in and outside of the healthcare facilities and would also like to thank the staff at J.F. Bell Funeral services for their afterlife care and helping us through the process of making her arrangements.

Floral tributes may be sent to J. F. Bell Funeral Home, 108 Sixth St. N.W.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Mr. Robert Edward Johnson, Sr.

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Mr. Robert Edward Johnson, Sr. passed after a long illness on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, with his beloved daughter, Lisa and primary caretaker, Adrienne Lewis loving him, as he went home to be with the Lord. He was welcomed home by his father, Robert Edward Humes; beloved sons, Robert E. Johnson, Jr., Jeffery O. Johnson, and George R. Johnson; a devoted dear friend and ex-wife, Rosemarie Wilson Johnson; his step-father, James Rice; and his brothers, James Rice and Clifford Rice.

He was born in Brightwood, Virginia on June 27, 1937. He left his hometown and traveled to Charlottesville, where he began his working career at the tender age of 15. Robert was the first and only Head Chef at the Aberdeen in Charlottesville for 50 years until his illness prevented him from working. He was responsible for most of the restaurant's operations. Over the years, he gained the reputation of being the best Chef in Charlottesville and surrounding areas. Robert lived a life of uncompromised integrity and love for everyone. His smile and personality endeared him to his family, friends, and virtually all that he came in contact with. His customers at the Aberdeen Barn loved him for his skills as a Chef and his ability to connect with people of all lifestyles and cultures. His love for life was contagious. He acquired many nicknames over the years. Some of them were 'The Governor, 'Big Bob', 'Chef' & 'Pops".

He was an avid sports and Dallas Cowboys fan and enjoyed being around friends and family watching the games especially with his late son & Co-Chef Jeffery, an avid Washington Redskins fan. He was a world traveler and ensured a lavish vacation or two was on his calendar every year. He loved the Caribbean, Hawaii and Mexico in particular.

Robert leaves to mourn his passing and to celebrate his eternal life, two sons, and daughter, Ronnie N. Johnson of Richmond, Va., Larry L. Johnson (Sonja), and Eilise A. 'Lisa" Johnson of Charlottesville; three daughters-in-law, Robin C. Lancaster-Johnson, of Richmond, Virginia, Jean S. Johnson, Dover, Delaware, and Helena V. Estes-Johnson, Charlottesville, Virginia; eight grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; mother, Annie V. Rice of Washington, D.C.; three siblings, sister, Blinda J. Young (Dannie), Mitchellville, Maryland; brothers, Larry D. Rice, Washington, D.C. and Leonard J. Rice (Marcia) of Greenbelt, Maryland; aunt, Ruby C. Alexander, Washington, D.C., and a host of adoring cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The Memorial Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, October 14, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the First Baptist Church, 632 W. Main Street, Charlottesville, Virginia with Bishop George H. Gohanna, III officiating.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Ruby Ann Dudley-Swanson

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Ruby D. Swanson passed away on Thursday, October 5, 2017, at the University of Virginia Medical Center after suffering complications from heart disease. Ruby was born in Charleston, West Virginia and later moved with her family to Charlottesville, where she attended Charlottesville public schools. She was an excellent student and participated in many activities such as the French Club, Drama Club, Girls Basketball and Majorette for the Marching Band. She graduated from Jefferson High School in 1947 as the valedictorian and went on to Virginia State College. There she met and later married Frederick Swanson. In 1951, Ruby gave birth to her twin daughters, Gloria and Alethia. After her divorce, Ruby enrolled in the Howard University Dental School’s Dental Hygiene program in 1953. After completing her program as valedictorian and earning her Certificate in Dental Hygiene in 1955, Ruby was appointed Dental Hygienist in the Department of Oral Surgery of the College of Dentistry. In 1970, she was appointed to the Faculty in Dental Hygiene as a Clinical Assistant. In 1974, while continuing to work full-time, she returned to school as a student and earned her Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees. Subsequent to earning her degrees, Ruby was promoted to her culminating position as an Associate Professor of Dental Hygiene and Clinic Supervisor, Department of Dental Hygiene.

During her tenure at Howard University, Ruby was appointed to major committees of the College of Dentistry – such as the Dental Hygiene Admissions, the Clinical Affairs Council, Financial Aid, Professional Conduct and Ethics, and Promotions and Counseling. She was elected to the Sigma Phi Alpha National Honor Society in Dental Hygiene and served as President and later Secretary-Treasurer of Mu Chapter. Ruby also served as President of the Howard University Dental Hygiene Alumni Association, and a member of the District of Columbia Dental Hygienists’ Association, American Dental Hygienists’ Association, National Dental Hygienists’ Association and the Adult Education Association. She received numerous honors and awards to include the Howard University Service Award, Outstanding Supporting Staff Member (by the Class of 1969), Department of Dental Hygiene Merit Award and the College of Dentistry Alumni Award. In 1991, Ruby retired from Howard University and, in 2011, returned to Charlottesville to be near her sisters, Carrie (Tater) and Inez.
Ruby was one of eight children of Cicero and Inez Dudley. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Harold, Curtis, and Sterling and sisters, Dorothy and Carrie. She is survived by her daughters – Gloria Frazier and husband, Roderick, of Carlisle, PA and Alethia Garrett and husband, Russell, of Stafford, VA; her sister, Inez Wells, of Charlottesville; and brother, Walter, of Rome, NY. Ruby has six grandchildren, Robyn, Jeffrey, and Alison Frazier, and Alan Garrett and wife, Jennifer, Brian Garrett and wife, Justyn, and Stacey Garrett; and six great-grandchildren. Also, she is survived by a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 13, 2017, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, 105 Lankford Avenue with Dr. Alvin Edwards, officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The Family would sincerely like to express their appreciation to the doctors and nurses of the University of Virginia Hospital’s Heart and Vascular Center; Kidney Center; and Medical Intensive Care Unit. In addition, we would like to thank the Charlottesville Health and Rehabilitation Center, especially the Station 2 nursing staff for the care they provided.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Burton Braxton Fowler, Jr.


Burton Braxton Fowler Jr. (Bud), 65, of Charlottesville Virginia, entered into eternal rest at the Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital on Saturday, September 30, 2017, surrounded by his family. He was born on January 7, 1952, in Charlottesville, Virginia to the late Maggie and Burton Fowler Sr. In addition to his parents, Burton was preceded in death by his sister Pearl Reid and brother Floyd Fowler.

Burton was respectfully known as “Bud” to his friends and family. He was hard worker and was employed with the Charlottesville City Public School System for 38 years before retiring. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He loved being with family and friends. He would be found laughing and telling jokes. He could also be found joy riding in his black Corvette. Burton fought a long battle with his heart disease during his lifetime; however he continued his passion for working on cars, attending car shows, and watching the sport of boxing. Bud touched so many lives with his genuine and caring personality, and will be greatly missed by all.

Bud leaves to cherish his precious memories; his wife of 47 years, Georgia Fowler of Charlottesville, VA; one daughter, Felicia Brown (Lamar) of Charlottesville, VA; one son, Burton Fowler III (Shannon) of Louisa, VA; two sisters Mary Wells (Ralph) of Gordonsville, VA, and Carol Bryant of Bronx, NY; one brother, George Shelton (Brenda) of Charlottesville, VA; Four granddaughters, Niyerah Fowler, Kamari, Makayla Brown, and Triana Moore; one grandson Lamar Brown, Jr.; one Goddaughter, Shantel Green; one Godson, Michael Green Jr.; a devoted friend, William Steppe of Ruckersville, VA; a devoted brother-in law Thomas Spinner of Columbus, OH; seven sisters-in law, two brothers-in law; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family would like to extend their appreciation to the staff at Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital and Encompass Home Care.

A celebration of his life will be held at Zion Union Baptist Church, at 1015 Preston Avenue, at 1:00 PM, on Saturday, October 7, 2017. Interment will follow in Riverview Cemetery Memorial 1701 Chesapeake Street. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolence may be sent to the family at: www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Frances Elizabeth Barrett

Frances Elizabeth Barrett, age 91, of Charlottesville, Virginia died on Thursday, September 27, 2017. She was born in Social Circle, Georgia on June 20, 1926, the daughter of the late, Matte Pat and Oscar Barrett.

She was a homemaker and a caring and welcoming presence. Frances loved her family and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
She leaves to cherish her memory a son, Kenneth Earl Hobbs of Charlottesville; a daughter, Linda Diane Hobbs of Charlottesville; three grandchildren, Kinny Truslow, Jr. of Waynesboro, Virginia, Raven Truslow of Charlottesville, and Daniel Truslow of Harrisonburg, Virginia; two great-grandchildren, Kenzie and Noele Truslow of Waynesboro; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends and viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., at J. F. Bell Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Herbert Page

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Herbert Andrew Page, Jr., of Richmond, Virginia, died on September 23, 2017, at Envoy of Westover Hills in Richmond from complications associated with cancer.
He was born on September 22, 1952, God blessed him to see one more birthday. A native of Nelson County, he was the son of the late Herbert Page Sr. and Loreatha Jones Page. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepmother, Pauline Page, his paternal grandparents who raised him, Sidney Page and Celeste Eubanks Page, and a brother, Carlton Lee Jones.
Jew-Jew, as he was affectionately known, was a truck driver for most of his career, enjoyed fishing, playing cards and watching westerns.
He is survived by his wife, Faye Jones Page; sons, Carlton Jones of Richmond, Jimeal Brackett (Alesia) of Waynesboro, and Ryan ‘Bubba’ Brackett of Charlottesville; one step-brother, Darrell Miles (Michelle) of Great Falls; mother-in-law, Mabel Jones of Charlottesville; brothers-in-law, Robert Jones Jr., Melvin Jones (Sharon), John Jones all of Charlottesville; sisters-in-law, Delores Thompson of Louisa, Patricia Washington of Charlottesville, Sheryl (Arthur) Loeser of Nelson and Mary Jones of Fluvanna; an uncle, John W. Page of Charlottesville; aunts, Mary Burruss (Lloyd) of Fluvanna, Lucille Campbell of Chesapeake, Marjorie Morse of Charlottesville and Annie Mae Powell of Arlington; a special cousin Helen Lee of Richmond; four grandchildren and a host of cousins and friends.
A memorial service will be held at Locust Grove Baptist Church, Faber, Virginia, on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 1:00 p.m., Rev. Ernie Morse, Officiant. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service..
A special thank you to the medical team at Envoy of Westover Hills and Intrepid Hospice Care Team.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may pay condolences to the family at, www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Kevin Lee Grace

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Kevin Lee Grace, 23 of Petersburg, Virginia entered into eternal rest on Friday, September 22, 2017, at the VCU Medical Center. Kevin “Laced Up” Grace began his life June 8, 1994, in Charlottesville, VA. He was born to Wenona Messner & Kevin Grace.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather and grandmother, Lindsay Sr. & Viola Feggans; great-grandmother, Annie Scott; grandfather Harold Grace; two uncles Robert and Antonio Long; one great uncle, Richard Feggans; one great-aunt, Betty Ann Frye.

Kevin was a family oriented man who loved, protected and appreciated his entire family/friends especially his mother and brother. Kevin’s love for shoes, photography, and music inspired him to be a successful entrepreneur/owner/founder of Laced Up clothing line. Kevin touched so many lives with his genuine, humorous and engaging personality and he will be greatly missed by all.

He leaves to cherish his memory to his precious son, Sincere Ángel Grace Coreas; his loving mother, Wenona and husband, Matthew Messner of Charlottesville, VA; his father, Kevin Grace of Louisville, KY; Four brothers, Malik Grace of Charlottesville, VA; Tyson Weaver, Alex Thomas, and Jibrel Ray; A devoted girlfriend, Adilene “Addy” Coreas – Vargas of Petersburg, VA; A sister, Monet Rice of Louisville, KY; One stepsister, Marissa and wife, Meagan Messner of Williamsburg VA; one grandfather, Walter Scott of Charlottesville, VA; two grandmothers, Viola Feggans of Waynesboro and Mary Jo Grace of Louisville KY.; five aunts, Debra and husband, Anthony Henley; Cecelia Price, Princess Long, Pamela and husband, Keith Haynes and Amanda Scott; one uncle, Walter Scott III of Greensboro, NC; and a host of much-loved close cousins, relatives and friends.

The Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, with the Reverend Lloyd Feggans officiating. Interment will follow at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery, Esmont, Virginia.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday evening September 27, 2017, from 6:00- 7:30 at J. F. Bell Funeral Home.

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

Kevin Coleman

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Kevin Kenneth Coleman, 53, departed from this Earth to his heavenly home on Friday, September 15, 2017, He was surrounded by family and friends.

Kevin was born December 4, 1963, to the late James Willie and Alice Bowles Coleman. Kevin was preceded in death also by his eldest brother James H. Coleman and grandson Jayvin Coleman.

From an early age Kevin attended Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church. All who knew him knew of the love he had for people. His purpose in life was his service to people.

In his younger years, Kevin worked for the local Pepsi Cola Company. He worked for Brown’s Toyota for a number of years. At the time of his death, he was working for Carter Myers & Associates for over 25 years.

In his “spare” time, he loved to be at the beach. He played for various softball teams throughput Charlottesville. He liked to fish when he could.

Kevin leaves his best friend and wife for over 24 years, Pamela, and sons Eric and Evan, along with his devoted dog Tux to cherish his memories. Also sharing in loving memories are his brothers: Richard (Pearl), Alvin (Angie), Bruce (Gloria), and sisters: Ellen C. Walker and Mary A. Coleman and a special “little sister” Anne C. Richardson; 5 nephews, 6 nieces; 3 great nephews; 4 great nieces and a host of friends and family who were a strong support group.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church: 105 Lankford Avenue, Charlottesville, Virginia 22902. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the services.

The family would like to give special thanks to Pantops Family Medicine, Hakan Dagil, MD and staff; Urological Associates, LTD, Dr. Mark Passarella, Renata Ornelas and staff; UVA Cancer Center on Pantops, Dr. Johan Hsu, Christina Ide, PA, Samantha, Kira, Juli, Rhonda and Angeline for all of your support. You have been a blessing to us and we will never forget your kindness in this difficult situation.
J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may pay condolences to the family via: www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Earl Russell Murray

Earl Russell Murray, age 66, of Charlottesville, Virginia departed this life on Monday, September 18, 2017, after a long battle with cancer. Earl was the son of Christine Murray and the late Charles Edward Murray, Jr. in addition to his father he was preceded in death by an infant brother, Michael Murray.

Earl is survived by three daughters, Angela White, Aysa Jackson, and Redith Mechelle Murray; his mother, Christine Murray; six sisters, Lorraine Maupin and husband, Daniel, Gloria Murray, Theresa Murray, Grace Bowers, Sandra Murray, and Susan Murray; three brothers, Donald Murray, David Murray, and Patrick Murray; and a host of nieces, a nephew, and other close friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at the J. F. Bell Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Chauncey Brown, officiating.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that contributions be made to the Hospice of the Piedmont, 675 Peter Jefferson Parkway,
Charlottesville, Virginia 22911.

J. F. Bell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. You may pay condolences to the family via www.jfbellfuneralservices.com

Carolyn Yvonne Thompkins

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

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

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

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

Mrs. Barbara Witcher Lloyd

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

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

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

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

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

Ardelia Johnson

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

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

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

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

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

Bertha Minor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heather Danielle Heyer

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

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

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

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

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

Rheva Ann Williams

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

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

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

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

James Leon Chapman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

James Madison Henderson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Marlene Reller Keller Benner

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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

Elsie Rolene Vest

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

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

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

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

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

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

Barbara Jean Payne

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

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

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

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

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

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

Neal Wood

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

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

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

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

Rev. Albert George Walker Sr.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laura Alice Reaves Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

Larry Williams

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

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

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

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