John Wesley Dudley, age 91, died on Friday, December 28, 2001 at a local hospital. A Richmond resident for more than 50 years, Mr. Dudley was a native of Hampton. He is survived by his wife, Diana Combe Dudley; daughter, Alison Gerrard Dudley Love; and two grandsons, Andrew Dudley Love and Robert Edward Love. Mr. Dudley was Assistant State Archivist at the Library of Virginia, retiring in 1976 after 38 years of service. A graduate of Newport News City Schools and of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he also studied at the Art Students League in New York City and at Columbia University. Prior to coming to the Virginia State Library in Richmond, he had worked at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, the Swem Library at William & Mary and at the Mary Washington College Library. A veteran of the U.S. Army, Mr. Dudley served with the 29th Division and participated in the Utah Beach Invasion during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 5, 11 a.m. at St. Michael's Episcopal Church in Bon Air. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to the Humane Society, 1600 Chamberlayne Ave., Richmond or to Circle Center Adult Day Services, 3900 W. Broad St., Richmond, Va. 23220.
Alta Odoms Gray, a long-time resident of Branchlands Retirement Village in Charlottesville, Va., passed away at the Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center in Mechanicsville, Virginia, after a brief illness, on Sunday, December 30, 2001. She was the visiting her daughter Ellen in the Richmond area for the holidays. Born Alta Harriet Odoms in Schooner Point, Fredonia, Ind., on October 1, 1910, Mrs. Gray was the daughter of John Bert Odoms and Ethel Nelson Odoms, whose roots go back generations in Hamilton and Claremont Counties in Ohio. She was raised in the Cincinnati area and was a graduate of Milford High School. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she obtained a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Cincinnati in the mid 1930's, a feat only a small, select group of women of that day achieved. Following graduation she went to New York City where she proofread mathematics textbooks and tried out and was selected to sing with the New York City Oratorio Society. In the late 1930's she joined the faculty of Duke University, and became the editor of the Duke Mathematical Journal. It was in Durham, N.C. that she met and married William Frederick Gray, the first child and only son of William Frederick Gray and Julia Howe Pinckney Gray of Charleston, S.C. Mr. Gray was a Foreign Service Officer who was stationed primarily in South America and Europe. The couple lived in the Washington, D.C. area for many years, both between assignments and after his retirement in 1964. He died in Charlottesville, Va. in 1986. Mrs. Gray is survived by her three children, William F. Gray Jr., of Manassas, Va., Ellen G. Hawkins of Manquin, Va. and Barbara G. Eldridge of Salem, Va.; by four grandchildren, William F. Gray III, Robert Christopher Gray, Ellen Catherine Eldridge and Thomas Jackson Eldridge; and by a sister, Lulu Odoms Coy of Greenville, Ohio. Funeral services and burial will take place at the Gray family plot in Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S.C. on Thursday, January 3. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Downtown Chapel.
Andrew Warren Haas, 20, died December 30, 2001. He was born in Elkins, W.Va. and was a junior at Hampden-Sydney College majoring in history. He was a brother and officer-elect of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. He graduated from Trinity Episcopal School where he was a member of the varsity golf and soccer teams. He also played in the Richmond Strikers Soccer League. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed all outdoor activities. He was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church. He is survived by his mother and father, Katherine and Richard Haas; his brother, Steven Michael Haas; his grandparents, Ruth and Julian Johnson of Ringgold, Va and Anna Haas of Richmond. He was a beloved son and brother and will be missed by all his family. A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church on Wednesday, January 2, at 1:30 p.m. A reception will follow the service in the parish hall. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested for the All Saints Episcopal Church Memorial Garden Fund. Arrangements are being handled by the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 West Broad St.
Died December 31, 2001, Ms. Ruth J. Hales, 1701 Greenville Ave. Remains rest at Joseph Jenkins Jr. Funeral Home, 2011 Grayland Ave. Funeral notice later.
Durelle Zee Hodges, 75, husband of Altina Sneed Hodges, died Monday, December 31, 2001, at Community Memorial Health Center, South Hill. Mr. Hodges was born and reared in Halifax County, a graduate of Clarksville High School class of 1943, a member of Boydton United Methodist Church and Boydton Ruritan Club. He worked as an inspector for Burliington Industries and retired after 41 years of service. Survivors, in addition to his wife, are three sisters, Rothwell Clark of Clarkesville, Agnes Walker of Buffalo Junction and Pansy Lail of Victoria; two brothers, Rev. Cecil Hodges of Savannah, Ga. and James Hodges; several nieces and nephews. Funenal services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, January 3, 2002 at Watkins Cooper Lyon Chapel, Clarksville. Interment will be in Boyston Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, at Watkins Cooper Lyon Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Presbyterian Cemetery Fund, c/o Woodrow Lipscomb, Boydton, Va. or Boydton United Methodist Church, 35 Bank St., Boydton, Va. 23917.
Hiawatha Carmichael Jefferson suddenly departed this life December 30, 2001. He is survived by his parents, Horace Douglas and Ellie Mae Jefferson; two sisters, Havanah Jefferson (Robert) Kenlaw of Reisterstown, Md. and Dalphine Jefferson (Hanes Louis) Roane of Ruther Glen, Va.; two brothers, Douglas "MacArthur" Jefferson of Ruther Glen, Va. and Alphine Jefferson of Wooster, Ohio; five nephews, one great-nephew, a host of cousins and friends. His remains rest at the Henry W. Dabney Funeral Home, 518 N. Washington Hwy, Ashland, Va., where his funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday. Interment Jefferson Memorial Cemetery. McCarthy, Director. Guest book online at www.legacy.com.
Mrs. Ida Beatrice Ellis Johnson of 72 Marion Ave., Mt. Vernon, N.Y. and fomerly of Hanover County, Va. went home to Heaven December 27, 2001 after a long illness. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2002, at Bethany Baptist Church, Montpelier, Va. Viewing 12 to 1 p.m.
James R. Jolly, 87, of Richmond, died December 31, 2001. He was the widower of Vera Jolly and is survived by his sisters-in-law, Virginia White of Richmond and Cecil Jolly of Tappahannock; and a host of nieces of nephews. Mr. Jolly was retired from Home Beneficial. He was a Mason and a WWII Army veteran. His remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Staples Mill Chapel, 8510 Staples Mill Rd., where the family will receive friends Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. and where funeral services will be held Wednesday 12:30 p.m. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad.
Willard Thomas Jones, 79, formerly of Richmond, died Monday, December 31, 2001 in Virginia Beach. Mr. Jones was born in Philadelphia, Pa. and grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y. He joined the United States Army in 1940 and achieved the rank of master sergeant. He proudly served in WWII and the Korean War. Mr. Jones earned a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University, New Jersey. He worked in his area of expertise for many years and retired from both the Federal Reserve Board as a banking operations analyst and the State of Virginia Department of Corrections as a systems accountant. His family will affectionately remember him for many hobbies, which included a passion for music and the guitar, woodworking talent with which he produced fine furniture and a strong interest in gardening, fishing and philosophy. He will always be remembered as a loving husband and father and was happily married to Dorothy Jean Ekdahl from 1946 until she died in 1997. Survivors include his daughters, Valerie J. Setzer and her husband, William T. Setzer of Virginia Beach and Deborah A. Sheets and her huband, David E. Sheets of Mechanicsville; and four grandchildren, Emily M. Setzer, Evan W. Setzer, Leslie J. Newton and Joshua P. Newton. The family will receive friends 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2002, at Woody's Funeral Home, 2110 Laburnum Ave. A graveside service, with military honors, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, January 3, 2002, at Forest Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Parkinson's Disease Association (APDA).
Mrs. Edith Shepperson Keel of Richmond entered into eternal rest on Thursday, December 27, 2001. She leaves to cherish her memory her mother, Ruby Cheatham; seven children, Evron, Donielle, Brigetta, Dominic, Barene, Casmine and Jhon Keel; eight grandchildren; three sisters, Evelyn Clarke, Thelma Fleming and Clara Shepperson; two brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Remains rest at the Mimms Funeral Home, 19th and Hull Sts., where funeral services wil be held 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2002, Elder Vernon Pope Sr. officiating. Interment Maury Cemetery. Relatives and friends attending services assemble at the funeral home 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Essie G. Lee, 96, of Carson, died Sunday, December 30, 2001. She is survived by a son, Curtis E. Lee of Myrtle Beach, S.C., 10 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. in the Petersburg Chapel of J.T. Morris & Son Funeral Home. Interment will be in Southlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sappony Baptist Church, 17352 Concord Sappony Rd., Stony Creek, Va. 23882 or the American Cancer Society, c/o Wesy Chappell, 1117 Fort Hayes Dr., Petersburg, Va. 23805.
Eugenia "Janie" Magnani, died December 29, 2001. She is survived by her aunts and uncles, Rena and Pete Bertarelli, Julia and Cliff Burnstein, Vincent and Barbara Mencarini and Gloria Tilton. The family will receive friends 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Bliley Funeral Home's Staples Mill Chapel, 8510 Staples Mill Rd. Graveside serivces will be 1 p.m. Wednesday in Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
Thomas J. Mason of Richmond, widower of Claire Lepage Mason, died December 31, 2001. He is survived by his children, Jim Mason and his wife, Colleen and Jeanne Bostwick and her husband, Richard; and five grandchildren. Mr. Mason was a member of the Knights of Columbus and had previously been active in various men's organizations at Our Lady of Lourdes. His remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Staples Mill Chapel, 8510 Staples Mill Rd., where the family will receive friends Wednesday 5 to 7 p.m. with a Christian Wake Service at 7:30 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Thursday 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church. Entombment Greenwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Lakeside Volunteer Rescue Squad.
William Conway "Uncle Billy" Mitchell, formerly of 1806 Georgia Ave., departed this life on December 30, 2001. He resided with his nephew, William T. "W.T." Mitchell and his niece, the Honorable Sheriff Michelle B. Mitchell. He was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Ruby E. Mitchell. He retired from the United States Postal Service in 1984. He was a member of the Knights of Saint Philips and the National Epicureans (EPPO) until his illness. He is survived by one brother, John T. "Tom" Mitchell and wife, Elizabeth "Betty"; three sisters, Sylvia M. Yates and husband, Owen C., Edythe M. "Peggy" Smith and husband, Calvin "Ghost" and Jean M. "Jackie" Wilson and husband William "Wilson"; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. Funeral arrangements by Chiles Funeral Home, located at 2100 Fairmount Ave. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests that donations by made to the Saint Philips Episcopal Church Fund, 2900 Hanes Ave., Richmond, Va. 23222, where funeral services will be held on Friday at 1 p.m. with the Reverend Canon Charles L. Poindexter officiating. Interment Riverview Cemetery. Remains will rest in church one hour prior to service. Online memorial at www.chilesfuneralhome.com
Oswald Ailsworth Norton, 89, of Roanoke, died Sunday, December 30, 2001. He was born in Deltaville, Va. on January 6, 1912, the son of Olivia Jane and William Hervey Norton. After receiving his bachelor's degree from Marshall University, he taught at West Point, Va. and Amelia County, Va. During World War II he served with the Air Force as a weather forecaster for four years before returning to the Amelia County public school system as a school administrator. He subsequently received a master's degree from the University of virginia and served as superintendent of schools from 1957 until 1961. In 1961 he relocated with his family to Front Royal, Va. to become superintendent of schools in Warren and Rappahannock Counties. A lifelong educator, O.A. "Dick" Norton retired as Superintendent of Schools for Warren and Rappahannock Counties in 1976-1977, and continued his contribution to his community through his membership in the Front Royal United Methodist Church and participation in volunteer activities and civic organizations. In Front Royal, he was especially active in the Rotary Club and with the American Red Cross Bloodmobile. While living in Amelia, he was past master of the Amelia Masonic Lodge and a former president of the Ruritan Club. Dick and Ruth moved from Front Royal in 1995, and lived in Deltaville and then Richmond, where Ruth died in 1998. He moved to Roanoke in 2000 with his daughter, Ellen, and her family. Mr. Norton was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Turner Norton, and all of his 11 siblings. He is survived by daughters, Carter Norton Dean of Deltaville, Martha Norton Garland of Charlottesville, Anne Norton Whitehead of Chesapeake and Ellen Norton Tutle of Roanoke; and grandchildren, Anderson Dean, Joseph Garland, David Whitehead, Caroline Whitehead, Eliza Tutle and William Tutle. Although Alzheimer's disease stole from him his memories and abilities, he retained until his death his dignity, grace and gentle sense of humor. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to The Alzheimer's Association at 919 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1100, Chicago, Ill. 60611. A graveside service will be held at the Amelia Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Amelia, Va. on Wednesday, January 2 at 1 p.m. Arrangements by Oakey's North Chapel in Roanoke, Va.
Betsy Massey Orrock, 46, of Spotsylvania, died Sunday, December 30, 2001 at her home. Born in Fredericksburg, she was a graduate of Mary Washington College and had been a special education teacher at Battlefield Elementary for the past two years. She had taught at Bowling Green Elementary for 10 years prior. She was an active member of Bethany Baptist Church at Woodford where she taught Sunday School, was a youth leader and choir member. She was a former member of the Ladysmith Volunteer Rescue Squad, Spotsylvania Women's Club, Spotsylvania Republican Women's Club and the Maranatha Choir. Survivors include her husband, Robert D. Orrock; her parents, Walter and Betty Lou Massey of Spotsylvania; her daughter, Lila J. Orrock of Spotsylvania; two sons, Robert D. Orrock Jr of Caroline and Welford T. Orrock of Spotsylvania; her brother, Walter T. Massey Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2002, in Bethany Baptist Church, Woodford, with Rev. Andrew Bullock, Rev. Amos Healy and Rev. James H. Alsop officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Trudy Clifton, HC 76, Box 1527, Locust Grove, Va 22508 or Mary Washington Hospice, 2300 Fall Hill Ave., Suite 210, Fredericksburg, Va. 22401.