Faithful to the end, Deaconess Odessa H. Schools departed this life Thursday, September 26, 2002. She leaves to cherish her loving memories a very devoted son, Willie H. Harris; adopted son, Calvin Holloway; devoted daughter-in-law, Marva W. Harris; granddaughter, Consuella Saunders; grandson, Irwin S. Harris; great-grandchildren, Vivian Stevenson, Wilhelmina and Willie Saunders, Jahred and Jayden Harris; five great-great-grandchildren; one nephew, James H. Harris; devoted cousin, Adalae Norman; other relatives and friends, among them two devoted friends, Rosalee Crawley and Mercedes Jones. Remains rest at Walter J. Manning Funeral Home, 700 N. 25th St. Remains will lie in state Tuesday, 11 a.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 1920 Fairmount Ave., where funeral services will be held 12 noon, Dr. Victor L. Davis officiating. Burial Oakwood Cemetery.
Alwin Brandon "A.B." Scott Jr., 78, of Franklin, died Saturday, September 28, 2002. Born in Lawrenceville, he was a son of the late Alwin Brandon and Viola Taylor Scott. An Army veteran of the European Theater during WW II, he was a retired railroad conductor with 30 years of service with Norfolk Southern Railroad. "A.B." was past president of the Franklin Lions Club, a member of VFW Post 8048 in Lawrenceville, and the Knights of Pythians in Norfolk. He was a member of High Street United Methodist Church. Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Emmaline Hatchett Scott; two sons, John Randolph "Randy" Scott and his wife, Pamela of Glen Allen, Va., and Andrew Henry "Andy" Scott of Richmond; one sister, Elizabeth S. Causey of Wilson, N.C.; one brother, Robert "Bobby" L. Scott of Hampton; and two grandchildren, Lori Nicole Scott and Shannon Marie Scott. A graveside service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Poplar Spring Cemetery, with Rev. Linda Alvis and Rev. Edward Johnson officiating. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Wright Funeral Home, and suggests that memorials be made to High Street United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 218, Franklin, Va. 23851 or Franklin Lions Club Charity Fund, P.O. Box 148, Franklin, Va. 23851.
Jewell P. Stells, 75, of Chesterfield, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, September 28, 2002. She was the widow of Melvin A. Stells and was preceded in death by two sisters, Glennie Maul and Shirley Kimball; and a brother, Raymond M. Pinkleton. She is survived by her sons, Rev. Stephen M. Stells and David M. Stells; sisters, Evelyn P. Green, Ruby P. Culliton and Delores P. Martin; brothers, Waverly and Hildreth Pinkleton; grandchildren, Barbara, Amy, Jonathan, David and Ashley. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the House of Prayer, 10500 Newby's Bridge Road. Her funeral service will be held 12 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Interment in Dale Memorial Park. MORRISSETT FUNERAL HOME
Robert Vanatta Willhite, age 72, of Richmond, died Thursday, September 26, 2002. Mr. Willhite was born in Redfield, S.D. He graduated from the University of Iowa and went on to earn a Master's of Business degree from the University of Minnesota. A Korean War Navy veteran, Mr. Willhite began a business career with the Richmond branch of Owens-Illinois of Toledo, Ohio, and went on to become a partner with Richmond-based manufacturers agents and primary distributors, William R. Hill and Company for 32 years before retiring in 2000. He was a member of The Commonwealth Club, Farmington Country Club, and The Country Club of Virginia. Mr. Willhite is survived by his wife, Constance Carnes Willhite; a son, John Carnes Willhite; a daughter, Paige Willhite Woolwine; and three grandchildren, of Richmond. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, October 1 at Greenwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Second Baptist Church, 9614 River Rd., Richmond, Va. 23229.
Brian L. Wilson, 28, of Richmond, passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2002. He is survived by his parents, Leslie and Suzanne Wilson; his brother, Bradley Wilson and his wife, Katherine; two beloved nieces, Claire and Caitlin Wilson; his aunts and uncles, Kathleen and Walter Trzeciak of Gibsonia, Pa., Edward and Jean Wilson of Canfield, Ohio, and Carl and Peg Wilson of West Des Moines, Iowa; several cousins; and his girlfriend, Michelle Taylor. Brian was a graduate of Monacan High School's Class of '93. His family will receive friends from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, with a Christian Wake service at 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Bliley Funeral Home's Central Chapel, 3801 Augusta Ave. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Edward's Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Hollywood Cemetery.
John Parker Winner II, SFC U.S. Army (Ret.), 81, of Hopewell, died at Hunter McGuire Veteran's Hospital on September 28, 2002. Mr. Winner was born in Frostburg, Md., a son of the late Clifton James and Raphael Parker Winner. He was a member of St. James Parish, a veteran of the Korean Conflict, KSM with two Bronze Stars and earned the Good Conduct Medal. After 20 years of service, he retired and then retired from the Defense General Supply Agency in Bellwood. Also preceded in death by three brothers, Verner, James and Ralph Winner; three sisters, Dorothy Miller, Gertrude McKnight and Margaret Moran, he is survived by his wife, Angela Spriggs Winner of Hopewell; two sons and two daughters, John P. "Jack" Winner III of Virginia Beach, Va., Nancy W. Seymour of Colonial Heights, Va., Susanne W. McDonald of Orlando, Fla., Joseph P. Winner Sr. of Hopewell; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; and one sister, Betty Dolan of Cumberland, Md. A Rosary will be said at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1 in the Hopewell Chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home, with visitation to follow until 9 p.m. Other services will follow in Cumberland, Md. under the direction of the Upchurch Funeral Home, 202 Greene St. The family suggests that flower orders be sent so that delivery may be made to the funeral home in Maryland.
Walter H. Annenberg dies at 94
Oct 02, 2002
PHILADELPHIA - Walter H. Annenberg, who parlayed America's love affair with television into a fortune by launching TV Guide magazine and later served as ambassador to Britain, died Tuesday. He was 94.
Mr. Annenberg, who also created Seventeen magazine, gave billions of dollars to charity and endowed two leading journalism schools, died at his home in suburban Wynnewood of complications from pneumonia, said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania.
His wife, Leonore, was with him when he died.
Mr. Annenberg was a friend to U.S. presidents from Dwight D. Eisenhower onward, routinely seeing leaders at his Rancho Mirage, Calif., estate.
Mr. Annenberg, the only son among eight children of publisher Moses Annenberg, inherited The Philadelphia Inquirer and two racing publications from his father and went on to build Triangle Publications into a multibillion-dollar business encompassing newspapers, magazines, and radio and television stations.
After selling off some properties earlier, he sold the remaining Triangle properties, including TV Guide, to magnate Rupert Murdoch in 1988 for $3 billion.
Forbes magazine listed him as one of the wealthiest Americans, ranking him No. 39 in 2002 with an estimated net worth of $4 billion.
He also became a noted art connoisseur who in 1991 donated a collection of Impressionist and early modern masterpieces valued at $1 billion to New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.
His appointment as ambassador to the Court of St. James's in 1969 raised controversy because of his lack of experience in foreign affairs. But he and his wife wound up charming British society during their 5½ years there.
He was born March 13, 1908, in Milwaukee, to Moses and Sadie Annenberg.
After his father's 1942 death, Mr. Annenberg added the Philadelphia Daily News to his newspaper properties and branched out into magazines. He founded Seventeen, the fashion and beauty monthly for teenage girls, in 1944. It was edited by his sister Enid Haupt.
In 1953, he established the weekly TV Guide as a national publication because he believed that television's growth would create a demand for television information. The magazine grew to a circulation of more than 14 million.
Eventually his Triangle Publications holding company acquired six radio and six television stations in Pennsylvania, New York, Connecticut and California, and a broadcasting network that started with a small station in Philadelphia he bought in the 1940s.
He sold the two Philadelphia dailies to Knight Newspapers for $55 million in 1970, and a year later, for millions more, sold his radio and TV stations. Then in 1988 he sold all the remaining Triangle properties in the multibillion-dollar deal with Murdoch.
Mr. Annenberg had a son, Roger, and daughter, Wallis, with his first wife, Veronica, whom he divorced in 1950. Roger Annenberg died in 1962. Besides his wife and daughter, he is survived by two sisters, Haupt and Evelyn Hall; his wife's two daughters; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Miss Lillian G. Beazley, 91, of Bowling Green, died Tuesday, January 16, 2001, in Henrico Doctors' Hospital. Born in Essex County, she had taught school in Caroline for 25 years, then worked as a senior social worker with Caroline County Social Service Dept. for 23 years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Order of the Eastern Star #174, Caroline Historical Society, member of the board of directors of the American Cancer Society in Caroline and former chairman of Caroline County Salvation Army Service Unit. Survivors include her sister, Louise J. Beazley of Bowling Green. A funeral service will be held Friday, January 19, 2001, at 2 p.m. in Calvary Baptist Church, Bowling Green, with Rev. Duane Pemberton officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery, Bowling Green. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 912, Bowling Green, Va. 22427. Storke Funeral Home, Bowling Green, handling arrangements.
Kenneth Irvin Bliley passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2001. Survived by his wife, Cathy; two sons, David and Daniel; mother, Eileen Bliley; two brothers, Chris and Wayne; one sister, Linda Hall. Services to be held at Lotz Funeral Home, Roanoke, Va., on Saturday.
James Ashby Bridge of Richmond, Va., passed away Monday, January 15, 2001, at Henrico Doctors' Hospital in Richmond. He was born March 11, 1935 in The Plains, Va., to the late Bryant and Pearl Rector Bridge. He is survived by a sister, Pauline F. Trent; and brothers, Charles and Henry Bridge. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden St., Herndon, Va., from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, January 18, 2001, with a graveside service to follow at 12:30 p.m. at Sterling Cemetery, Sterling, Va. Memorials may be made in his name to your favorite charity.
Departed this life January 17, 2001, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Carter of 2805 Hanes Avenue. Remains rest at Joseph Jenkins Jr. Funeral Home, 2011 Grayland Ave. Funeral notice later.
Margaret Lee Hardison Carter, 80, of Warrenton, Va., died January 15, 2001 in New Bern, N.C. Mrs. Carter was active in the Order of the Eastern Star as a member and past matron of Marshall Chapter #101 OES in Warrenton, past grand matron of Virginia from 1975 to 1976, as General Grand Chapter Committee Member for Youth from 1997 to 2000 and on the board of governors for the Eastern Star Home, as well as many other Grand Chapter committees in Virginia. She was preceded in death by her husband, E. Wayman Carter. She is survived by one daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Carter Tanner, Warrenton, Va.; and two sons, Howard Blackwell Carter II, The Plains, Va., and Charles Herbert Carter, Newville, Pa.; three sisters, one brother and four grandchildren. Friends may call on Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at Moser Funeral Home, Warrenton, Va., where an Eastern Star service will be held at 7 p.m., and a funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 20, at 11 a.m. Interment Warrenton Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the E. Wayman Carter Scholarship Fund, c/o Mt. Carmel Masonic Lodge, P.O. Box 544, Warrenton, Va. 20188.
Anita Rucker Cottrell, 97, of Richmond, formerly of Chapel Hill, N.C., died January 15, 2001. The widow of Leonard S. Cottrell Jr., she is survived by her son, Leonard S. Cottrell III of Berkeley, Calif., and his wife, Anne; her daughter, Susan C. Woolson of Tucson, Ariz., and her husband, Monty; and three grandchildren. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 20, at 10:30 a.m. in the chapel at The Hermitage. Memorial contributions may be made to Hermitage United Methodist Homes, 1600 Westwood Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227.
Dorothy A. Covert died on Thursday, January 11, 2001, at Reston Hospital. Beloved wife of Robert Covert; sister of M. Francis Neenan Jr. and John J. Neenan II. The family will receive friends at Adams-Green Funeral Home, 721 Elden St., Herndon, Va., Sunday, January 21, 2001, from 2 to 4 p.m., where services will be held on Monday 9:30 a.m. Interment Arlington National Cemetery at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Elizabeth Walls Davis, 82, of New Kent, died on Tuesday, January 16, 2001. She was preceded in death by her husband Clyde Calvin Davis; and a grandson, James Wesley Davis. She was a retired elementary school teacher. She is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Clyde "Vin" and Catherine Davis of New Kent; a granddaughter, Amy E. Davis of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; grandson, Brian E. Davis of Richmond. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Friday at Vincent Funeral Home, West Point, Va. Burial private. The family will receive friends an hour before the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Rose Garden Memorial Cemetery Association, 7620 Davis Pond Road, West Point, Va. 23181 or to West Point Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, Inc., Box X, West Point, Va.
The Rev. William Rutherford Dennis Jr., 79, of Richmond, died on Wednesday, January 17, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Marjorie I. Dennis; son, William R. Dennis III and his wife, June; daughter, Lindsey E. Dennis; two granddaughters, Beth Bouchard and her husband, Michael and Kris Church and her husband, Mark; three great-grandchildren, Casey, Drew and Mikey Bouchard; and a number of other relatives and friends. The Rev. Dennis served in the Army Air Corps during World War II in England, France and Puerto Rico. He worked as an advertising manager in Florida and Alabama, also in Richmond at WRVA Radio and WWBT, Channel 12. He attended Virginia Tech, also the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas from 1960-63 and trained at South Carolina State Hospital in the Hospital Chaplancy Program. He served churches in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, including King George County, St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Petersburg, The Church of the Creator in Mechanicsville and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Richmond. He also founded the Chaplancy Program at Johnston-Willis Hospital. His remains rest at the Central Chapel of the Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Ave., where the family will receive friends on Friday, January 19, 2001 from 7 to 9 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2001 at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1214 Wilmer Ave., Richmond, Va. Interment Westhampton Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Fellowship Fund of Westminster-Canterbury Retirement Home, 1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227.
Elizabeth Healy Cutler Downing, a lifelong Virginia resident, passed away on Monday, January 15, 2001. She is survived by her husband, Thomas N. Downing; her son, Gordon Cutler, his wife, Jane and their two children, Elizabeth and Joseph; and her son, Nelson Cutler, his wife, Kathryn and their three children, Corydon, Nelson and Jonathan. Her first husband, Gordon B. Cutler; and her son, Porter H. Cutler predeceased her. Mrs. Cutler Downing, the daughter of Elizabeth and Joseph E. Healy, was born in Mathews County and was a graduate of St. Anne's School in 1941 and Sweetbriar College in 1945. She was a director of the Farmer's Bank of Mathews (now Bank of America), a member and chairman of the board of trustees of the Charles H. Taylor Memorial Hampton Public Library, a member of the Kecoughtan Literary Society and the Junior League of Hampton Roads. An avid golfer, she scored four holes-in-one over her playing career and was a member of the James River Country Club Women's Golf Association where she was a former club champion. A funeral service will be held at St. Johns Church in Hampton at 11 a.m. on Thursday, January 18. Burial services will be private. The family asks that in lieu of flowers contributions be made to the American Cancer Society. Arrangements are by the Parklawn-Wood Funeral Home, 2551 N. Armistead Avenue in Hampton.
Andrew Jackson "Hop" and later "Pop" Fielder, 89, of Lynchburg, Va., died Wednesday, January 17, 2001, in Lynchburg General Hospital. He was the husband of the late Gladys Elizabeth Haley Fielder. Born in Lynchburg, Va., December 23, 1911, a son of the late S.J. Fielder and the late Tabitha Lily Saunders Fielder. He was a retired teacher, having taught math and science but primarily chemistry and physics at E.C. Glass High School for over 40 years. Jack was a member of Fort Hill United Methodist Church where he participated in the United Methodist Men, the A.J. Jefferson Bible Class, Tuesday Morning Prayer Breakfast, was an honorary member of the administrative board, and for many years, he was "Mr. Fix-It", being familiar with each brick used in the church's construction. Jack was a longtime member of the Civil Air Patrol, made antique reproduction furniture, was a lifelong gardener and had warm ties with the Scruggs area of Franklin County. Jack is survived by four daughters, Elizabeth Lorraine Waddill of Richmond, Kay F. Sammons of Salem, Carole Anne Fielder of Pompano Beach, Fla., Laura F. Crews of Hayes; a son, Lawrence F. Fielder of Portland, Ore.; and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by all of his siblings, including brothers, Bill and Jimmy Fielder. A graveside service will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday in Spring Hill Cemetery with Reverend John A. Siegle and Reverend Robert Haley officiating. The family will receive friends at Tharp Funeral Home from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight. Memorial contributions may be made to Fort Hill United Methodist Church, 106 Oakridge Blvd., Lynchburg, Va. 24502. Tharp Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 237-9424.
Richard J. Fitz, retired journalism teacher at Halifax County High School and noted educator, died unexpectedly Friday, January 12, 2001 on Montmartre, Paris, France. He was 70 years old. Mr. Fitz was a native of Mecklenburg Co., Va., where he was born on October 4, 1930. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Richmond and a master's degree from the University of Virginia. He taught in the public schools of Halifax County, Va., from 1950 until his retirement in 1988. There he guided hundreds of students, enticing many of them to follow careers in journalism and public relations. Mr. Fitz was in great demand as an advisor, workshop leader and publications judge, and he traveled the country leading workshops after his retirement. In 1998, he was elected to the Virginia High School Hall of Fame. He is survived by one sister, several nieces and nephews, and some cousins. A memorial ceremony and a celebration of his life and legacy will be held on Friday, January 19, at 10 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 800 North Main Street, South Boston, Va. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the Richard Fitz Memorial Scholarship Fund, Halifax County High School, in care of Linda Mercer, P. O. Box 310, South Boston, Va. 24592.
Robert William (Bill) Gravley, age 69, of Gasburg, Va., died January 16, 2001. He was a member of Olive Branch United Methodist Church and retired from Reynolds Metals Co. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Helton Gravley; two children, Jennifer Taggart of Midlothian and Robert W. Gravley Jr. of Richmond; four granddaughters; a sister, Lyndell Lemons; and two brothers, Arlene Gravley and Larry Gravley. The family will receive friends Thursday 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Olive Branch UMC in Gasburg, Va., where funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Friday. Graveside services 3:30 p.m. Friday at Dale Memorial Park, Richmond. Williams Funeral Home, Lawrenceville in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Olive Branch UMC Building Fund.