Curtis E. Lee dies
Feb 02, 2001
If students in Curtis Edward Lee's high school government classes learned just one thing over the 30 years he taught in Greensville County Public Schools, it was that their teacher practiced what he preached.
In the classroom and in the community, Mr. Lee was almost a living civics lesson. A member of countless committees and boards during his 35 years as a Greensville resident, Mr. Lee won election to the county's Board of Supervisors in 1999.
"He made it real," said Margaret Telfair Lee, Mr. Lee's wife of 34 years. "He showed them how their life could be improved by understanding the process."
Mr. Lee, 58, of Emporia, died Saturday of complications resulting from a stroke suffered Jan. 8. Mr. Lee had retired from teaching in 1998.
As a member of the Greensville Board of Supervisors, Mr. Lee was a natural fit, said Michael Ferguson, vice chairman of the board. "He knew government real good," Ferguson said, noting that his colleague's background as a government teacher brought special perspective to the board. "He had a good head on his shoulders."
Mr. Lee's service on the board was a natural extension of his work in the classroom, said his wife, who was also a career classroom teacher. "He taught them that 'this is life, this is how you become a good citizen,'" she said. "In order to build your community, you have to work for it."
Mr. Lee was on the Community Youth Center Board of Directors, the Greensville Zoning Board of Appeals, the Greensville County Draft Board and the Greensville County Highway Safety Commission, to name a few.
"He did it so willingly," Mrs. Lee said. "He believed that this is your obligation - this is your responsibility."
Mr. Lee is also survived by two daughters, Tonya Lee Holt of Rochester, Minn., and Kimberly DeVon Lee of Richmond, one brother, Harold Lee of East Saint Louis, Ill., and three sisters, Edna Jean Shavis and Linda Lee of Thomasville, N.C., and Carolyn Russell of Hickory, N.C.
A funeral service will be held at Greensville County High School on Saturday at 1 p.m. A memorial service will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church in Mr. Lee's native Thomasville, N.C., with burial at Carolina Biblical Gardens in Jamestown, N.C.
Wilbur Taylor dies
Jul 18, 2001
Wilbur L. Taylor, a retired educator who had worked in schools in New Kent and Charles City counties and Gloucester, died Friday.
He was 76 and lived in Richmond.
A Richmond native, he graduated from Armstrong High School when he was 16 years old.
Mr. Taylor earned his bachelor's degree in business education from Virginia Union University and a master's degree in business education from Temple University.
He also attended Virginia State College, Hampton Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University, Syracuse University and the University of Virginia to receive certification in guidance counseling, elementary education and administration. He also studied economics at King's College, Cambridge University in England. He began teaching in the Gloucester Public Schools at Thomas C. Walker High School in Roanes in 1948.
In 1956, he went to George W. Watkins School in Quinton, in New Kent County, where he taught until 1961.
From 1961 until 1965, he was a guidance counselor in the jointly operating New Kent-Charles City counties schools, at George W. Watkins School and Ruthville High School in Ruthville.
Mr. Taylor served as principal at George W. Watkins School, now New Kent Middle School, from 1965 until 1977.
At that time he was appointed Title I director for the school division. In 1980, he became an administrative assistant for the New Kent County Public Schools, the position he held at his retirement in 1987.
Mr. Taylor was a member of Moore Street Missionary Baptist Church, where he received an Usher Award for 25 or more years of service.
He received certificates of recognition in urban education at VCU and for service as Chapter I coordinator in Virginia from the Technical Advisory Council of RAMPS in Richmond; and a certificate of appreciation from the George W. Watkins Alumni Scholastic Association.
He was active in Boy Scouts.
He was a former president of Les Messieurs and of the Charisma social clubs, and a past worthy master of Ideals.
He had been a representative of the Charles City-New Kent Community Action Agency.
An Air Force veteran, he served in the Korean War.
Mr. Taylor, who never married, had no immediate survivors.
A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Forest Lawn Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel, 4000 Pilots Lane.
Sister Damien Tambola dies
Sep 19, 2002
Sister Damien Tambola, a Benedictine nun who taught generations of students at St. Gertrude High School, died Wednesday at age 85.
Most of her nearly 50-year career was spent at St. Gertrude, but she also held teaching posts at the former St. Paul's School, now All Saints Catholic School, and St. Charles School in Arlington.
"She was a tough woman. She really made an impact on me and on so many other people," said Sister Charlotte Lange, principal of St. Gertrude High School and a former student of Sister Damien. "Nearly everyone I meet asks me about her. She was truly beloved."
Sister Damien, born Catherine Tambola, was a native of Elizabeth, N.J.
She entered the Saint Benedict Monastery at Bristow in 1940 and professed her vows in 1943.
She was first assigned to teach at what is now the Sacred Heart Center and spent a year at St. Gertrude and a year at St. Charles.
From 1945 to 1950, she taught at St. Paul before returning to St. Gertrude for 12 years, in what was the second of her three tenures at the Catholic girls' high school in Richmond.
Though her core subjects were English, social studies and mathematics, Sister Damien made it a point to earn endorsement in whatever subject a school needed at the time, including history, guidance, elementary education and even keyboarding.
In 1962, she was reassigned to St. Paul. She returned to St. Gertrude a third time in 1966. Her final stay lasted until her 1992 retirement.
During those 26 years at St. Gertrude, she also took on the responsibility of guidance counselor and assisted in the finance department.
"She loved St. Gertrude," Lange said. "She never wanted to leave."
Sister Damien was a graduate of Mount Saint Scholastica College in Atchison, Kan., and earned a master's degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Notre Dame.
There are no immediate survivors.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated in the chapel of the Bristow monastery at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Burial will follow in the monastery's cemetery.
John Alexander Sr., of 509 Langhorne Ave., departed this life on Thursday, August 23, 2001. Cherishing his memories are his devoted wife, Catherine R. Alexander; one devoted son, John Alexander Jr.; two brothers, two sisters, seven sisters-in-law, five brothers-in-law, one aunt, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; two devoted cousins, Gladys Smoot and Patricia Baccus; three devoted friends, William Camon, Jim Walker and Lucian Johnson. Funeral service Wednesday, 1 p.m. from Seventh Street Memorial Baptist Church, 3014 Meadowbridge Rd., Rev. Dr. Lester D. Frye , pastor, officiating. Remains will lie in state at 12 noon until hour of funeral service. Professional services provided by Crawley Funeral Home, 3810 Meadowbridge Rd. Interment Forest Lawn Cemetery. Family and friends kindly assemble at the residence at 12:15 p.m.
George William "Bill" Balsinger Jr., passed away August 25, 2001. He is survived by a daughter, Mary Katherine "Kassie" Balsinger of Asheville, N.C.; mother and stepfather, Mary Hott Briggs and Stanley R. Briggs of Richmond; father, George William Balsinger Sr. of Dumfries, Va.; three half sisters, Patricia A. "Patsy" Briggs, Mary Jo Briggs, both of Richmond, and Rachel Balsinger of Prince George, Va.; stepsister, Nannette B. House of Hopewell; and a host of other family and friends. The family will receive friends Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mechanicsville Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 8014 Lee-Davis Rd., where funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, August 29, 2001. Burial in Westhampton Memorial Park. A reception will follow at Pole Green Church of Christ. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Crossroad Christ School, 8319 Pole Green Rd., Mechanicsville, Va. 23111.
Departed this life August 27, 2001, Richard Blake of 111 Meade Street. Remains rest at the Joseph Jenkins Jr. Funeral Home, 2011 Grayland Avenue. Funeral notice later.
Anita L. Brightwell, 78, of Richmond, died Sunday, August 26, 2001. She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Leonard J. Brightwell Sr.; her children, Leonard J. Brightwell Jr., Susan B. Williams, Richard E. Brightwell, Vincent Paul Brightwell and Marie Bailey; 16 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Walker and Phoebe Joseph. The family will receive friends 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Parham Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1771 Parham Rd., where services will be conducted 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Interment in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.
Janet Faye Burger, age 34, died Sunday, August 26, 2001 after 20 months of total disability because of a liver problem. She was a graduate of Virginia Tech and worked as a restaurant manager. She is survived by her father, Anthony Burger of Richmond, Va.; her mother, Dolores Burger of Stephenville, Texas; her brother, Tony Burger of Baltimore, Md.; her oldest sister, Catherine Becker of Stephenville, Texas; and her sister, Charlene Trevillian of Richmond, Va. In lieu of flowers, donations in Janet's honor may be made to The American Liver Foundation. A celebration of Janet's life will be held at 4820 Rodney Road, Richmond, Va., at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2001.
Charles Karr Clark Sr. of Luray, Va. died August 25, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Janice Louise Richardson; daughter, Beverly Bernardin of Richmond; two sons, Eric Lee Clark of Richmond and Randall G. Clark of Thonotosassa, Fla.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father, Garland Harvie Clark; his mother, Ina Sue Karr; his brother, James Garland Clark; and his son, Charles Karr Clark Jr. Mr. Clark was a 1952 graduate of Luray High School. He was a member of the Main Street Baptist Church and the Masonic Lafayette Lodge in Luray. Mr. Clark was a partner and General Manager at The Luray Motor Co. from 1956 to 1984, and the General Sales Manager at the Harrisonburg Auto Auction from 1986 until his retirement in 1983. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, at The Bradley Funeral Home, Inc., 123 E. Main St., Luray, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 29. Burial in the Beahm's Chapel Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Main Street Baptist Church in Luray.
Lucy Emory Conway, 89, of Richmond, passed away August 25, 2001. She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Paul P. Conway Jr. and Shelly Adair; also by one grandson, Graham Price Conway; a sister, Virginia White; a special sister-in-law, Cecil Emory; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was an active volunteer in many organizations throughout her life. A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 30, at the Bliley Funeral Home's Staples Mill Chapel, 8510 Staples Mill Rd. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, 4600 Cox Rd.
Norris (Dave) Davis passed away on August 25, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Estelle M. Davis; two stepchildren, Billy Morrison and Melda Gammon; two grandchildren, Roy Gammon III and Lisa Morrison; and one daughter, Phyllis Davis. His remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Chippenham Chapel, 6900 Hull Street Rd. A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Maury Cemetery.
Martin Quillin Deal, 25, of Richmond, died August 26, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Drew Deal; his parents, Frank C. and Patsy Q. Deal; sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Patrick Lunato; brother and sister-in-law, Eric and Kelly Deal of Bellville, Ill.; niece and nephew, Alyssa and Nicholas Lunato; uncle, Walter E. Deal; two uncles and aunts, Robert J. and Molly Rau and David and Linda Mooney. The family will receive friends Wednesday, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Huguenot Chapel, Woody Funeral Home, 1020 Huguenot Rd., where services will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. Interment Riverview Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Richmond SPCA.
Raymond Sanford "Sandy" Dunlavey, age 50, of Arroyo Grande, Calif., Wicomico Church, Va. and formerly of Richmond, Va., died Monday, August 27, 2001. He is survived by a son, Chase P. Dunlavey, Arroyo Grande, Calif.; his parents, Raymond E. and Gene S. Dunlavey, Ashland, Va. and Wicomico Church, Va.; two sisters, Donna D. Ramsey, Mechanicsville, Va. and Brenda L. Dunlavey, Ashland, Va.; his aunt and uncle, Joyce and Bert Hobson, Ashland, Va.; two nieces, Jennifer M. and Sara E. Ramsey; and a nephew, Michael T. Ramsey, all of Mechanicsville, Va.; and many devoted friends in California. Graveside services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, August 28, 2001 at Westhampton Memorial Park, Richmond, Va. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Riverside Walter Reed Hospice, P.O. Box 1130, Gloucester, Va. 23061 or to the RGH Oncology Center, Kilmarnock, Va.
Laura Lee Edwards, 69, of Charles City, departed this life August 25, 2001. She was a member of Parrish Hill Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Norman H. Edwards; daughter and son-in-law, Gloria B. and Howard W. Johnson Sr.; granddaughter, Anita Johnson; grandson, Howard W. Johnson Jr.; two great-grandchildren, Kiara and Kevonte; mother-in-law, Mrs. Mamie Edwards; sister, Beatrice Williams; two sisters-in-law, five brothers-in-law, a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Remains rest at J. Leroy Charity Funeral Home, Charles City. At 12 noon Wednesday, Mrs. Edwards will rest at Parrish Hill Baptist Church, where services will be held 2 p.m. Eulogy, Rev. Sheila Crump. Interment church cemetery.
William T. Edwards Sr. of Richmond departed this life August 24, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Adelaide Edwards; two children, Wilnette Bradshaw and William Jr.; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild, other relatives and friends. Remains rest at the Carlton T. Brooks Funeral Home, 2200 Hull St., where funeral services will be held Wednesday, 12 noon. Dr. Lawrence B. Samuel officiating. Interment Maury Cemetery. Family and friends attending services assemble 11:30 a.m. at the chapel.