Kermit France, 87, of Montross, died on Thursday, December 13, 2001 at his farm after a brief illness. He was a retired farmer and a lifelong member of Newland Church of Christ. Survivors are his wife of 60 years, Thelma Scates France; five children, Kermit Clifford France and his wife, Jean of Fredericksburg, Lois F. Allensworth and her husband, Gary of Montross, Bonnie F. Kreigh and her husband, Steve of Rich, Vt., P. Nathan France and his wife, Beth of Warsaw and Beverly F. Jones and her husband, Scott of Montross; ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Mr. France was preceded in death by his parents, Glennie and Inez France and his six brothers, Bartress, Elwood, Leo, Dill, Grafton and Goodwin. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, December 15 at 2 p.m. at Newland Church of Christ with interment in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Welch Funeral Home, Montross from 7 to 9 p.m. this evening. Memorial contributions may be made to the Newland Church of Christ Cemetery Fund, c/o Mrs. June Packett, 394 Waterview Road, Warsaw, Va. 22572.
Lewis Taylor Gardner, 74, of Manakin, Va., died December 12, 2001. He has scheduled his last golf game. He leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife, Martha Anne; his three daughters and their husbands, Anne Louise and Michael Frazer, Mary Grace and John Stanley and Alice Gaye and Maury Flagg; his beloved grandchildren, Eiren, Christopher and Matt; his brothers, Tom Gardner and Bill Gardner; his sister, Mary Beth Warner; his nieces, nephews, and his many, many good friends. Lewis graduated from the Virginia High School in Bristol, Va. and attended the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Lew was an active member of Hermitage Country Club and participated in the Senior Men's Golf Association. Lew was also a proud member in good sitting of the Goochland Inside Straight and Literary Society, as well as several charitable organizations. His family would like to celebrate his life with his many friends at 7 p.m. on Saturday, December 15, 2001 at the West Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 11020 West Broad St. Lewis will be greatly missed by his family and his friends. Memorials to the Goochland Volunteer Fire and Rescue Squad, Manakin Station No. 1, P.O. Box 306, Goochland, Va. 23063, are encouraged in lieu of flowers.
Alice Feldman Goldman, 86, of Richmond, died Friday, December 14, 2001. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Goldman. She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, Stanley and Carol Goldman, Mark and Maxine Goldman, Murray and Marcia Goldman, David Goldman, Larry and Frances Goldman; nine grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and her beloved nieces and nephews. Mrs. Goldman was a graduate of John Marshall High School, retired from Automated Air Systems, a member of Women in Construction, an avid community volunteer and lifelong member of Temple Beth-El. She was a beautiful woman who will missed by all who had the privilege to know her and love her. The funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Richmond Beth-El Cemetery Chapel (Forest Lawn).
James Russell Hester Jr. of Goochland died December 13, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Alice Hester; his son, James R. Hester III; his daughter, Cherie McKesson and her husband, Mike; his sisters, Ann Markey, Dorothy Luck, Sarah Jane Hester; his brother, Sammy Hester; and his grandson, Joseph McKesson. Mr. Hester was the owner of Hester Auctions. He served on the Goochland Electoral Board from 1974 to 2001. He was a member of Masonic Lodge No. 141 AF&AM and was also a Shriner. He served as a Deacon for Dover Baptist Church, and also served with Manakin Fire & Rescue Squad. His remains rest at the Bliley Funeral Home's Staples Mill Chapel, 8510 Staples Mill Rd., where the family will receive friends Sunday 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. with a Masonic Service at 7 p.m., and where funeral services will be held Monday 2 p.m. Interment Greenwood Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Dover Baptist Church Building Fund.
Katharine Josephine Knight, 74, of Petersburg, died December 13, 2001. She is survived by her husband, Olin C. Knight; one son, Lee Roy Akers and his wife, April; a brother-in-law, John D. Knight and wife, Gigi of Washington, W.Va.; a sister-in-law, Dorotha L. Starling of Belpre, Ohio; three grandchildren, Laura Davis, Brian Knight and Aaron Dean Akers; two great-grandchildren, Haley Katherine Davis and William Leroy Davis. She was preceded in death by a son, William V. Knight. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, December 16, 2001 at 2 p.m. at the Petersburg chapel of J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home with the Rev. C. Bailey Jones and Rev. Mark J. Tjepkema officiating. A visitation will follow the service.
Mr. James Gilbert "Pinky" Marable, 69, of Colonial Heights, Va., passed away on Friday, December 14, 2001 at his home. He was the son of the late Julian and Helen Farley Marable. Mr. Marable was preceded in death by a daughter, Paula Peden Modlin; and a brother, Robert E. Marable. He is survived by his wife, Deliah P. Marable; two daughters, Susan (Joseph) Wade of Matoaca and Janice (Jerry) Nutter of Sutherland; one sister, Kay (Clifford) McGlone of Matoaca; three grandsons, Gregory and Kevin Rasnake and Neil Wade; two granddaughters, Amy Nugent and Megan Wade; two great-granddaughters, Vivan and Ana Grace Rasnake; and one nephew, Wayne McGlone. Mr. Marable was retired from Brown and Williams Tobacco Comapny where he was a security guard. The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2001, at the Petersburg Chapel of J.T. Morriss and Son Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Monday, December 17, 2001, at the funeral home. The services will be conducted by the Rev. Donald Joyner of the Matoaca Baptist Church and the retired Rev. Kenneth Russell. Interment will be in Blandford Cemetery. Contributions may be made to the Hospice of Central Virginia, 5540 Falmouth St., Richmond, Va. 23230.
Cheryl "Cheri" Magrini Mason passed away December 13, 2001. She was preceded in death by her father, Augustine Magrini; and her son, Michael Rhea Mason. She is survived by her husband, Thomas R. Mason; three daughters, Melissa M. (Cris) Robinson, Jaime M. (Michael) Etheridge and Katherine L. Mason; her mother, Ann Magrini; two sisters, Vicki (James) Kennedy and Patti (Kevin) Moore; three brothers, Gus (Rita) Magrini, Tim (Carla) Magrini and Greg Magrini; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family will receive friends at Nelsen Funeral Home, 4650 S. Laburnum Ave., on Sunday from 2 to 3 p.m., followed by a memorial service at 3 p.m. Cheri requested that in lieu of flowers her friends donate to St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh Foundation, or the American Breast Cancer Foundation. She was a devoted mother and wife, and enjoyed life in the company of her friends. Her warm smile and strong spirit will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Frank Rucker Massie, 74, of Richmond and formerly of Bedford, died Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at his residence. He was born in Lynchburg on July 22, 1927, a son of Collie Wilson Massie of Bedford and the late Frank Gilbert Massie. Frank was a retired engineer with the C&P Telephone Co. He was a Navy veteran serving in World War II. In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife of 51 years, Pearl Irene Hale Massie of Richmond; a son, Reginald F. Massie and his wife, Sharon of Falls Church; a granddaughter, Michele Massie of Falls Church. A funeral service will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, December 16, 2001, at the Carder-Tharp Funeral Chapel with Rev. Joseph S. Gaston officiating. Burial will follow in the Greenwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Carder-Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Bedford, Va. (540)586-3443. For more information or to send condolences, please visit our website at www.carder-tharp.com.
Claiborne L. "Mac" McLeod Sr., age 66, of Chesterfield, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2001. He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Gloria W. McLeod; daughters, Deborah M. Hudson and husband, Robert, Donna S. Marsalisi and husband, Armando, all of Chesterfield; sons, Claiborne L. "Chuck" McLeod Jr. and wife, Rebecca of Chester, J. Scott McLeod and wife, Cynthia of Chesterfield; sister, Beverley M. VonCanon and husband, Bernard of Chesterfield; grandchildren, Jessica and Joshua Sadler, Candice and Benjamin Hudson. Mr. McLeod was former vice president and chief estimator for 31 years with Shoosmith Brothers, Inc., president of CLM Builders, president of M&L Land Developing and CEO of McLeod & Sadler Contractors. Family will receive friends at the Morrissett Funeral Home, 6500 Iron Bridge Road (Rt. 10), Saturday, December 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday at Southside Church of The Nazarene, 6851 Courthouse Rd., Chesterfield, Va. 23832. Interment Dale Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Southside Church of The Nazarene Building Fund or Cool Branch Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 50, Penhook, Va. 24137.
Charles W. "Cookie" Milburn Jr., age 77, of Richmond, passed away Friday, December 14, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Mary Milburn; a son, Perry Wayne Milburn; a daughter, Rose Marie Ramsey; a sister, Bertha Augustine; four grandchildren, Matthew and his wife, Katie, Steve, Shawn and Kyle. A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Sunday at the Reid Fuenral Home, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland. Interment private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Tuckahoe Volunteer Rescue Squad, 1101 Horsepen Rd., Richmond, Va. 23229.
Robert D. Owens Jr., son of the late Robert D. and Talitha Owens, departed this life suddenly December 9, 2001. He is survived by his sister, Rosalie T. (Burton Sr.) Robinson; nieces and nephews, Burton Jr., Bruce, Sandra Dee and Satrina; one great-niece, two great-nephews, other relatives and friends. Graveside services will be conducted at Holy Cross Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Monday. The staff of the W.S. Watkins & Son Funeral Home is serving the family.
Fred Wharton "Fritz" Palmore Jr., 84, of Ashland, died Friday, December 14, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Taylor Palmore; and two of his children, Fred Wharton Palmore III of Richmond and Ann Curtis Palmore Defazio of Ashland; a daughter-in-law, Pamela Goodrich Palmore; and a son-in-law, Francis Frederick Michael Defazio. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Michael Goodrich Palmore, Elizabeth Camp Palmore, Haike Manuel Giragosian II, Carl Christopher Giragosian Jr., Anna Lauren Giragosian, Matthew Baird Giragosian; a sister-in-law, Conde Booth Palmore; and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Palmore was born in Richmond, Va. on December 9, 1917. He graduated from Ashland High School, attended Hampden-Sydney College, and graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1939. He was a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity, the Black-Eye Society and the Hanover Club. A veteran of World War II, he served as a lieutenant in the Navy through 1946. After leaving the Navy, he began a long career with the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Co., serving as a manager in Lynchburg and Pulaski before returning to Hanover in 1953. At his retirement in 1982 he was the primary government relations officer for Bell Atlantic in Virginia and Washington, D.C. After retirement he formed Public Affairs Associates and continued his work in government relations until his final retirement in 1992. He was a former president of the Pulaski Rotary Club, the Ashland Kiwanis Club, the Courthouse Ruritan Club, the Hanover Country Club and the Randolph-Macon Alumni Society. He also served on the vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Hanover. Funeral services will be held Monday, December 17 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Church in Hanover. The family will receive friends at the Reid Funeral Home, Ashland, Va., on Sunday, December 16 from 2 to 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Fritz Palmore Scholarship Fund at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va., 23005, or to St. Paul's Church, Hanover, Va., 23069.
Charles Linwood "Lin" Parrish Jr., 47, of Ashland, died December 13, 2001. He is survived by his mother, Melba Allsbrook of North Carolina; father, Charles L. Parrish Sr.; three brothers, Herman, Allen and Tony Parrish; two sisters, Angela P. Wyrick and Melanie Parrish; two nieces, Laura and Sarah Wyrick; two nephews, Tony Jr. and Brad Parrish; many cousins; and his dog, Mutt. Friends may call 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at Reid Funeral Home, 412 S. Washington Hwy., Ashland, where funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday. Interment Signal Hill Memorial Park.
Died December 14, 2001, Mrs. Margaret M. "Lil Margaret" Robinson, 1206 St. John Street. remains rest at Joseph Jenkins Jr. Funeral Home, 2011 Grayland Ave. Funeral notice later. The family may be contacted at (804)421-5716.
Gerald Max "Wild Turkey" Saltzberry, age 60, of Center Cross, died December 12, 2001. He is survived by his wife, Rosa Mae Shackleford Saltzberry; three daughters; and one son. Memorial service 2 p.m. Saturday (today) at Mattaponi Baptist Church, Rt. 14, King and Queen County. Arrangements by B.W. White Funeral Home.
Mr. Horace Lee Stansbury, 76, of Emporia, Va., died Thursday, December 13, 2001. Mr. Stansbury was a World War II Navy veteran and retired from J.P. Stevens Textile Mills after 38 years of service. He was preceded in death by his parents, James Lee Stansbury and Etta Smith Stansbury; his wife of 32 years, Frances Gay Stansbury; a brother, Willis Stansbury; two sisters, Betty Mae Lynch and Polly Wilson. He is survived by four stepdaughters, JoAnn Williams and Sherry Fraunfetter of Emporia, Va., Sue Ivey of Virginia Beach, Va. and Donna Pulley of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.; two stepsons, Bill Taylor of Emporia and Steve Taylor of Dinwiddie; four sisters, Bessie Bennett of Goldsboro, N.C., Bell Gray, Katherine Faison and Mary Rue Bell; two brothers, Roy Stansbury and Alvin Stansbury, all of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., eight grandchildren, and a special friend, Hilda Ricks of Emporia, Va. Graveside services will be held Sunday, December 16 at 3 p.m. at Gardens of Emporia (formerly known as Greensville Memorial Cemetery). Hockaday Funeral Home in Roanoke Rapids is handling the arrangements, where the family will receive friends December 15 from 7 to 9 p.m.
C. "Lee" Ward, 68, of 5100 Monument Ave., died December 12, 2001. He lost his life after a long courageous battle with heart failure. He is survived by one sister, Renie Brooks; one nephew, William Brooks Sr. of Mechanicsville. Left behind to cherish their memories is longtime friend and companion, Joyce Wiley. He donated his body to science to help others.