Miscellaneous Lancaster County, Virginia Obituaries
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Mary Alderson Graham
IRVINGTON-Mary Alderson Graham, 80, died peacefully at her residence in Irvington on Thursday, December 26, 2002, after a long illness.
Mrs. Graham was born March 29, 1922. She was an alumna of Westhampton College.
She was a member of Tuckahoe Women's Club and Second Baptist Church in Richmond prior to moving to Irvington over 20 years ago. She was an ardent supporter of the Meals-on-Wheels program in Richmond and Lancaster County. 
She joined Irvington Baptist Church and was a member of the Hattie Simmons Bible Class and the Women's Missionary Union. She was often hostess of the annual church picnic. She also hosted many other church gatherings at her home on Carters Creek.
She was predeceased by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John M. Alderson III, and a son, Stephen Creigh Graham.
She is survived by her husband of almost 60 years, William B. Graham; three sons and daughters-in-law, Brokie and Berkley Graham, Randy and Carolyn Graham, and Scott and Brenda Graham; seven grandchildren, one with a spouse, Andrea and Mike Gerdes, and Stephen, Carrie, Logan, David, Whitney and Phillip Graham; a brother, John Alderson, and an aunt, Julia Alderson Fletcher of Alderson, W.V. 
A funeral service was held Saturday, December 28, at Irvington Baptist Church with pastor John Farmer officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Her grandchildren served as pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to the Irvington Baptist Church Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 417, Irvington, 22480.
  
Barbara Puryear "Betty" Michael.
CHARLOTTESVILLE-Barbara Puryear "Betty" Michael, 77, died in her sleep at her home in Charlottesville on Sunday, December 29, 2002.
Mrs. Michael was born on July 27, 1925, in Athens, Ga., to William Constantine Puryear and Eddie Williams Puryear.
She attended the University of Georgia and worked for the U.S. Navy during World War II. The war interrupted her Olympic diving ambitions when the 1940 games were canceled. 
She was a member of Farmington Country Club.
She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Judge James Harry Michael Jr. of Charlottesville; two daughters and a son-in-law, Victoria von der Au Michael of Richmond and Jarrett Michael Stephens and R. Lee Stephens Jr. of Irvington, and two grandsons, Robert Lee Stephens III and James Harry Michael Stephens of Irvington.
A funeral service will be held Thursday, January 2, at 2:30 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church at 120 West High Street in Charlottesville with the Rev. Jeffrey Fishwick presiding. Interment will be at Monticello Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Charlottesville-Albemarle Volunteer Rescue Squad.
  
Carlyle Hilbourn
WHITE STONE-Carlyle Hilbourn, 64, of White Stone died Tuesday, December 17, 2002.
Mr. Hilbourn was predeceased by two brothers, Gary and Drew Hilbourn.
He is survived by two sons, Rickey Hilbourn of Virginia Beach and John Hilbourn of Tabor City, N.C.; four stepchildren, George Holland, Lorraine Holland, Barbara Holland and Frankie Holland, all of Virginia Beach; three sisters, Lila Maxfield of White Stone, Mildred Pope of Virginia Beach and Maybelline Porter of Loris, S.C., and two brothers, Tommy Hilbourn of Loris, S.C., and Jimmy Hilbourn of Breezewood, Il.
Memorial services will be held at a later date.
  
Daniel C. Alexander Sr.
HEATHSVILLE-Daniel Carroll Alexander Sr., 66, of Heathsville, formerly of Richmond, died Friday, December 27, 2002.
Mr. Alexander was a longtime member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Mary's Catholic Church, and was a current member of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Kilmarnock.
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was predeceased by his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. W. K. Alexander; a brother, Kenneth Alexander, and an aunt, Genevieve Carroll.
He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Anne Laveri Alexander; a son and daughter-in-law, Daniel Alexander Jr. and Lori Alexander; four daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Donnie Bryant, Patricia and Michael Shaw, Sharon and William Poston and Catherine Alexander-Lyons and Conrad Lyons; a sister, JoAnne Face; a brother, Lewis L. Alexander; 11 grandchildren, Nikki, Chris, and Drew Coffman, Kristin and Melissa Alexander, Haley and Zach Shaw, Tyler and Trip Poston, Savannah and Sarah Lyons and other family and friends.
A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Monday, December 30, at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment was in Mount Calvary Cemetery.
  
Doris Jett Douglas Self
LOTTSBURG-Doris Jett Douglas Self, 81, of Lottsburg died Tuesday, December 24, 2002.
Mrs. Self was the widow of Ellis H. Self Jr. and was also predeceased by a daughter, Shirley Ann Self.
Mrs. Self and her husband ran an automobile dealership in Farnham for many years.
She is survived by two grandchildren, Rev. Deborah L. Coggin of Marietta, Pa., and James Y. Coggin of Norfolk.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 28, at Jerusalem Baptist Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.
  
Doris B. Peterson
RICHMOND-Doris B. Peterson, 90, of Richmond, formerly of White Stone, died Thursday, December 26, 2002, at Johnston-Willis Hospital.
Mrs. Peterson was born in Oklahoma. She was predeceased by her husband, Clyde E. Peterson.
She is survived by a sister-in-law, Christine E. Ranta of Duluth, Mn.; a niece, Jodi J. Tanner of Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., and a nephew, Al Hams of St. Cloud, Mn.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 4, 2003, at Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Weems with Dr. William Morris officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Campbell Memorial Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund.
  
Gayle Ruffin Randolph
DELTAVILLE-Gayle Ruffin Randolph, 70, of Deltaville died December 20, 2002.
Mrs. Randolph was the daughter of Lois Gayle Ruffin and Julian Meade Ruffin. She attended the College of William and Mary and the University of North Carolina.
Before retiring in 2000, she sold real estate for 25 years, first in the Richmond area, then in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck.
She was a member of Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Carol Reynolds "Renny" Randolph; a son, Philip Ruffin "Randy" Randolph of Deltaville; two daughters, Virginia "Ginnie" Randolph Parrish of Cary, N.C., and Rebecca Beverley Randolph of Richmond; two sisters, Jane Beverley Ruffin of Old Church and Marion Ruffin Jones of Walkerton; three grandchildren, Cameron Elizabeth "Cami" Parrish, Clay Randolph Parrish and Elizabeth Ruffin "Libbie" Randolph; a daughter-in-law, Carrington "Cara" Finney Randolph, and two sons-in-law, Charles Rogerson Parrish and Andrew Owen Scarbrough.
A memorial service was held Monday, December 23, at Grace Episcopal Church.
Memorial donations may be made to Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, P.O. Box 1130, Gloucester, 23061, or Rappahannock General Hospital Cancer Center/RGH Indigent Fund, P.O. Box 1449, Kilmarnock, 22482.
  
Mary H. Williams
FAIRPORT-Mary H. Williams, 80, of Fairport, formerly of Baltimore, died Sunday, December 29, 2002, at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News.
She was predeceased by her husband, John B. Williams Jr.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Joan and Joseph Burdyck Sr. of Yorktown; a son, John B. Williams III of Shacklefords; three grandchildren, Denise Burdyck of Concord, N.C., Donna King of Towson, Md., and Joseph Burdyck Jr. of Gamber, Md.; a great-grandchild, Marlane C. King; two brothers, Grover G. Haynie Jr. of Fairport and Willard A. Haynie Sr. of Yorktown.
Funeral services were conducted Wednesday, January 1, at Fairport Baptist Church. Interment will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 2, at Parkwood Cemetery in Parkville, Md.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Fairfields Fire Department, P.O. Box 656, Burgess, 22432, or Northumberland Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1, Reedville, 22539, or the American Cancer Society, 895 Middleground Blvd., Suite 154, Newport News, 23606.
  
Miriam Delano Rice
WARSAW-Miriam Delano Rice, 89, of Warsaw died on December 29, 2002.
Mrs. Rice was born in Heathsville, August 31, 1913, the daughter of Eleanor and Irving Delano.
Mrs. Rice was a graduate of Warsaw High School. She studied at RPI and received a degree from Virginia Commonwealth University.
She taught music in the Richmond County School System for 15 years, instilling her love of music in hundreds of students. She also taught sixth-grade English for five years.
She was a lifelong member of Warsaw Baptist Church, serving in many offices. She was instrumental in developing the music ministry of her church, directing adult and children's choirs, a mixed voice chorale, instructing children in recorder and establishing a handbell choir.
She was predeceased by her husband, Louis E. Rice; a sister, Louise Delano Fogg; a nephew, John M. Fogg Jr., and a niece, Constance Fogg Gallahan.
She is survived by a brother-in-law, John Milton Fogg of Tappahannock; a niece, Patsy Fogg Martin and husband, Dick, of Richmond; a nephew-in-law, Colin Gallahan; a great-niece, Robin Doney and husband, John, of Tennessee, and cousins and friends.
A funeral service was held Tuesday, December 31, at Warsaw Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Warsaw Baptist Church, P.O. Box 576, Warsaw, 22572, or Richmond County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 55, Warsaw, 22572.
  
Robert Jordan Davis
WEEMS-Robert Jordan Davis, 52, of Weems died Monday, December 23, 2002.
Mr. Davis was a merchant marine seaman.
He is survived by his wife, Belinda Blake Davis; a daughter, Sarah Katherine Davis of Weems; two sisters, Katherine Davis of Gloucester and Mary Ellen Thrift of Warsaw; four brothers, John H. Davis of Suffolk, Maxwell S. Davis of Browntown, Tim Davis of Sharps and Kevin Davis of Manquin.
Memorial services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 5, at Claybrook Baptist Church in Weems with Rev. John Carter officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the savings fund of his daughter, Sarah K. Davis, c/o Chesapeake Bank, P.O. Box 1419, Kilmarnock, Va. 22482.
  
Robert W. Eubank
TAPPAHANNOCK-Robert William Eubank, 85, of Tappahannock, formerly of Farnham, died on Wednesday, December 25, 2002.
Mr. Eubank was a retired master sergeant in the U.S. Army and the widow of Agnes Eubank.
He is survived by two nephews, Ellis Kiatta of Beltsville, Md., and E. Bruce Ragazzi of Absecon, N.J., and a niece, Eugenia Gravitt of Glen Allen.
Funeral services were held Saturday, December 28, at Bethany Baptist Church in Callao.
  
Virginia C. Williams
PAWLEY'S ISLAND, S.C.-Virginia Carney Williams, 86, of Pawley's Island, S.C., formerly of Kilmarnock, died Sunday, December 22, 2002.
She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, William H. Davis Jr. and Vicki Davis of Pawley's Island; a grandson, William A. Davis of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; a granddaughter, Christa L. Davis of Annapolis, Md.; a stepson, Jessie L. Williams Jr. of Lanham, Md.; a stepdaughter, Donna Sosbee of Wilmington, N.C.; five stepgrandchildren and two sisters, Mary Welch and Donna Dull, both of Kilmarnock.
Funeral services were held Friday, December 27, at Currie Funeral Home in Kilmarnock with pastor Dan Schaffer officiating. Interment was in the Seventh Day Adventist Church Cemetery in Kilmarnock. Pallbearers were James L. Dull Sr., James L. Dull Jr., Richard B. Dull, Scott Whaley, David Carlson and Gary L. Jenkins.
 
Joseph Colombaro
LAKE CHARLES, LA.-Joseph Colombaro, 87, formerly of White Stone, died on Monday, June 17, 2002.
He was born December 4, 1914, in Philadelphia, Pa., and after living in White Stone retired to Lake Charles in 1991 with his wife, Nell.
"Mr. Joe" was known and respected by many, and his philosophy was to be honest and mean what you say. He was a Nobel 32 (Brother in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, S.J., USA). 
He is survived by four daughters, Judge Billie Woodard of Louisiana, Dr. Phyllis Colombaro of Maryland, and Geri Colombaro and Mrs. Mary Blackmoor, both of Virginia, and his loyal dog, Libby.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of Southwest Louisiana in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Colombaro.
  
Nell Norman Colombaro
LAKE CHARLES, LA.-Mrs. Nell Elizabeth Colombaro (nee Norman), 88, died on Monday, June 17, 2002.
Born February 21, 1914, in Lynchburg, Tn., she and her husband lived in White Stone before retirement in 1991 to Lake Charles.
Known as kind and generous, she is survived by four daughters, Judge Billie Woodard of Louisiana, Dr. Phyllis Colombaro of Maryland, and Geri Colombaro and Mary Blackmoor, both of Virginia, and her loyal dog, Duffy.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Hospice of Southwest Louisiana in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Colombaro.
  
Robert Gildea O'Hara Sr.
RICHMOND-Robert Gildea O'Hara Sr., 89, died June 11, 2002, at Chippenham Medical Center.
He was born October 18, 1912, in Washington, D.C., to Anna Boice O'Hara of Kingston, N.Y., and Walter P.T. O'Hara of Bedford, Va., and County Galway, Ireland.
He graduated from Christchurch School and the Virginia Military Institute Class of 1935. He was a member of the Columbia Masonic Lodge in Arlington. Later he moved to Richmond in 1970, and was affiliated with Woodland Heights Masonic Lodge No. 345, becoming a 50-year-plus member. 
Mr. O'Hara was residential home builder in Arlington County and the owner's representative for the construction of the Hermitage of Northern Virginia and the Goodwin House Retirement homes in Alexandria.
During his retirement, he maintained a summer home near Locust Hill in Middlesex County.
He is survived by his second wife of 38 years, Jo Ann Wicker O'Hara; his children, Susan Boice O'Hara Christopher and her husband, Robert Glassell Christopher, of Wicomico Church, Judge Robert G. O'Hara Jr. and his wife, Marilyn Starr O'Hara, of Emporia, and Walter Waldo O'Hara and his wife, Janet Kilby O'Hara, of Fairfax Station; six grandchildren, Robert G. Christopher Jr. and his wife, Mary "Squiffy" Walker, of Richmond, Dr. Walter Waldo O'Hara and his wife, Kelley McElroy O'Hara, of Jackson, Ms., Timothy Sean O'Hara of Raleigh, N.C., Warren Patrick O'Hara and his wife, Melissa Woodrum O'Hara, of Leesburg, Robert Gildea O'Hara III of Morgantown, W.Va., and Susan Virginia "Ginny" O'Hara of Denver, Co.; six great-grandchildren, and numerous other family members.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Susan Waldo O'Hara, the mother of his children, and a brother, Col. Lewis Boice O'Hara. 
A memorial service was held at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Saturday, June 15, conducted by the Rev. Canon Robert G. Hetherington. Interment will be held at a later date at Columbia Gardens, Arlington, Va. 
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 815 Grace St., Richmond, 23219; the VMI Foundation, P.O. Box 932, Lexington, 24450; Christchurch School, Christchurch, 23031, or Christ Church Episcopal church, Christchurch. 
  
Thomas Edison Sanders
WEEMS-Thomas Edison "Big Boy" Sanders, 84, of Weems died Tuesday, June 4, 2002.
Mr. Sanders was one of eight children born to the late Rev. Thomas H. Sanders and Josephine Green Sanders.
He joined Sharon Baptist Church as a young child and later became a trustee, serving in that capacity for over 50 years. 
He was educated in Lancaster County public schools, where he met his future wife, Clara Henderson. Shortly after their marriage, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served honorably in World War II.
He worked as a waterman until his retirement in 1982.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Rueben, Carroll and Willie; three sisters, Louise, Josephine and Elsie; three infant children; a grandson, Jason, and Jason's mother, Gracie Sanders.
He is survived by his wife, Clara; two daughters, Phyllis and Marlon; two sons, Edison and Donald; seven grandchildren, Sharon, Vincenz, Dawn, Tiffany, D.J., Kendall and Allison; three great-grandsons, DaVante, Darrian and DaMarcus; a great-granddaughter, Alesha; a sister, Hazel Hodge; two brothers-in-law, Fred Smith and Lawrence Hodge; a sister-in-law, Annabelle Sanders; a daughter-in-law, Beverly Sanders; a son-in-law, Jesse Savoy Jr., and many nieces, nephews and friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, June 8, at Sharon Baptist Church in Weems with the Rev. Rodney Waller officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Pernell Waddy, Ronald Carter, Tyrone Davis and Stanley Fauntleroy.
  
Jon Christian Peterson
WICOMICO CHURCH-Jon Christian Peterson of Wicomico Church, died at St. Mary's Hospital in Richmond on June 11, 2002, after a battle with renal cell carcinoma.
Mr. Peterson was the son of the late Louis H. Peterson and Mary L. Grubbs of Winter Park, Fl. He received a degree in business from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Class of 1961.
He was president of Peterson Broadcasting, Primary Media and Peterson Outdoor Advertising and was a founding director of Southern Community Bank of Central Florida.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Peterson of Wicomico Church; a son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Wendi Peterson and their children, Hannah, J.C., Cori, Shelby and Jake; a daughter and son-in-law, Tamra and Bill Leary, and their children, Alicia and Trina; a daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Scott Wise, and their children, Kaleb and Carolyn, all of Winter Park, Fl.
Funeral services were held at Kilmarnock Baptist Church on Saturday, June 15, with interment at Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Kilmarnock Baptist Church Renovation Fund, 65 East Church Street, Kilmarnock, 22482, or to the Dr. James F. Holland Research Foundation, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, 5 East 98th Street, 14th Floor, New York, N.Y., 10029-6574.
  
Marjorie G. Wood
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C.-Marjorie G. Wood, 80, of Hilton Head Island, S.C., died Sunday, June 16, 2002, at her home.
Born in Stamford, Ct., she is the daughter of the late Russell R. and Marjorie Shannon Gore.
She moved to Hilton Head Island in 1999 from Irvington.
Mrs. Wood is survived by her son, Martin D. Wood Jr. of Denver, Co.
Services will be private.
Memorials may be made to the Marjorie G. and Martin D. Wood Athletic Training Room Fund, Trinity College, 300 Summit Street, Hartford, Ct., 06186-3100.
The Island Funeral Home and Crematory, Hilton Head Island, S.C., is in charge of arrangements; phone 843-681-4400.
  
Mary Blackwell Hudnall
HEATHSVILLE-Mary Blackwell Hudnall, 101, of Heathsville died Monday, June 10, 2002.
Mrs. Hudnall was the widow of James Snowden Hudnall, a member of Fairfields Baptist Church and a retired instructor of nursing.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Carolina H. and Robert J. Manning of Davidson, N.C.; three grandchildren, Laura Manning Riley, Mary Alice Manning and John Snowden Manning, and a great-grandson, James Grady Mitchell.
Funeral services were held Thursday, June 13, at Fairfields Baptist Church in Burgess with Rev. John E. Houghton officiating. Interment was in Roseland Cemetery in Reedville.
Memorial contributions may be made to Fairfields Baptist Church, Burgess, 22432, or Mid-County Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 355, Heathsville, 22473.
  
Richard Cleveland Hinson
WICOMICO CHURCH - Richard Cleveland Hinson, 68, of Wicomico Church, died Sunday, June 16, 2002.
Mr. Hinson was a member of Fairport Baptist Church and a retired linesman with the GTE Phone Company.
He was predeceased by a son, Donald A. Hinson, and a brother, Ralph H. Hinson.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Ann C. Hinson; three children, Richard T. Hinson of Richmond, Alan K. Hinson of Kilmarnock and Sheri H. George of White Stone; three stepchildren, William Frederick "Derick" Deitz IV of Wicomico Church, Bruce A. Pflugradt and Susan P. Jett, both of Lancaster, 11 grandchildren; an aunt, Audrey V. Hinson of White Stone; three brothers, Dan Hinson of Kilmarnock, Dave Hinson and Alex Umphlet, both of White Stone, and his pet, Wrinkles.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 19, at the Currie Funeral Home in Kilmarnock with interment in White Stone United Methodist Church Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.
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