Obituaries, week of Dec. 4: Fidler, Jackson, Holden, Smith, Cannady, Haynie, Cockrell, Jones, Packett, Pope, Brann, Brooks, Rice, Lowe

Posted on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Walther Balderson Fidler

 

Walther Balderson Fidler, 90, of Sharps passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013.  He was born in Sharps on April 18, 1923, to Peyton Joseph Fidler and Gladys Balderson Fidler.  A product of public education, he graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1944 with a B.A. degree in history and government.  His experience as a Page in the Senate of Virginia during the sessions of 1938, 1940, and 1942 engendered his lasting interest in the law and government.

He served his country during WWII in the Pacific theater as a Lt. (jg) in the U.S. Navy.  He was honorably discharged in 1946.  Through the benefits of the G.I. Bill, Walther graduated from T.C. Williams Law School in 1949 and joined Charles H. Ryland in Warsaw in the general practice of law.

Walther served in the Virginia House of Delegates representing the Northern Neck for 14 years.  In the following years, he served as Director of Public Affairs for the Virginia Manufacturers’ Association for 8 years and was a member of the newly created State Board of Corrections, serving as chairman for two years.

In 1982, he was elected Judge of the 15th District Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court where he served until his retirement in 1995 as Chief Judge.

Walther was a charter member of the VFW Post 2937 in Warsaw, an organizing director of the Richmond County Little League, a member of the Richmond County Ruritan Club and a charter member of the Northern Neck of Virginia Historical Society.

Walther was a lifelong member of Milden Presbyterian Church serving as elder for over 50 years.  He played an active role in the church as well as the Presbytery of the James.

Walther was preceded in death by his parents, his loving brother, Peyton Joseph Fidler, Jr., and wife Wilhelmina, and his nephew, John Raymond Fidler, Sr.  He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Martha Spencer Fidler, his children, Kathleen Fidler Beane (George), Frances Fidler Childs (Wayne), Jane Fidler Dungan, James Robert Fidler II (Tristin), foster daughter Nancy Thurman McGuire (Joe), 11 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

There will be a Celebration of Life service at Milden Presbyterian Church on December 15, 2013, at 2 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions are made to the Northern Neck Scholarship Fund at Randolph-Macon College, Attn: Gift Processing, PO Box 5005, Ashland VA 23005.

 

Blanche Eunice “Sister” Mitchell Jackson

 

Blanche Eunice “Sister” Mitchell Jackson passed away Oct. 25, 2013. She was born Sept. 5, 1922 to Mary Caster Mitchell and Lloyd Mitchell.

Eunice grew up in Rehoboth Church, attended Jones Run Elementary and Julius Rosenwald High Schools and Virginia Union University. Eunice was a substitute teacher and a bookkeeper for her husband’s construction company.

Eunice was preceded in death by her son, Reuben Jackson Jr., and husband, Reuben Jackson, Sr. She leaves fond memories  to her daughter, Nathleen Jackson (James, Sr.) Albright; sister, Julia M. (Dennis) Campbell; Reuben Jr’s daughters and grandchildren, Felita Jackson, (Tijuan Tucker Jr., An’Tjuan Jackson), Tonia Jackson (Alexia Vaughn, Dareion Vaughn); Nathleen¹s children (grandchildren),  Micheala Albright/Thurston Palmer (Alexus Ables, Ashley Ables, Jayden Palmer), James/Jennifer Albright, Jr. (Garrett Albright, Lucas Albright, Addilynn Albright),  Reuben/Lena Albright (Alyus Albright, Aayla Albright, Matthew Ruiz), Jacob R. Albright, Joshua/Christina Albright (Roxanne Albright, Alyssa Albright, Isabel Delgado), Darrien/Julie Albright (Rily Albright).

Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at the Mount Olive Baptist Church. Interment services were held at the Calvary Baptist Church Memorial Garden. Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.

 

 Mary Orlean Holden

 

Mary Orlean Holden passed away Oct, 28, 2013. She was born Nov. 9, 1946 to William Franklin and Mary Beatrice Holden in Northumberland County.

After her mother’s death in 1967, Orlean’s sister. Pearl and her husband, Luther Johnson, raised her in their home.

In 1998, Orlean moved out to the Heart Haven in Kilmarnock.  Later she moved to the SOLA Center in Gloucester until her passing.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, William C.Holden and Thomas J. Holden. Surviving are  her loving sister, Pearl Muse; a sister-in-law, Corrine Holden; two brothers, George “Randy” (Joyce) Holden and Timothy (Cassandra) Holden; two aunts,  Erma Muse and Aunt Adell; 12 nieces and nephews, and a host of cousins and friends. Funeral services were held Nov. 4 at the Emmanuel Christian Fellowship in Warsaw. Interment services were held at the church cemetery. Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.

 

Muryline Lewis Smith

 

Muryline Lewis Smith, age 77, of Reedville passed away peacefully Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at Lancashire Convalescent Center.

She was welcomed to her eternal home by her parents, Daniel and Florence Lewis; her husband, Robert L. “Smitty” Smith; her children, James Mitchell Smith and Betty Smith Gaskins; her brother, Frank Lewis and her granddaughter, Sara Elizabeth Smith. She is survived by her two sons, Andrew B. Self Jr. and his wife, Marian, of Reedville and William L. Smith and his wife, Cathy, of Kilmarnock; grandchildren, Wade Self, Heather Gaskins Conley, Jamie Gaskins, Brad Smith, Natalie Smith and Daniel Smith; great-grandchildren, Troy and Katelyn Ward and Brooke and Lacie Self; numerous nieces and nephews, and a son-in-law, Jimmy Gaskins.

Muryline was a member of New Friendship Baptist Church, Burgess.

Funeral services were held at Faulkner Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Burgess on Sunday, December 1, 2013 with a graveside service following at Roseland Cemetery. Reverend Jim Grinnen officiated..

Pallbearers were Wade Self, Jamie Gaskins, Brad Smith, Charles Lewis, Tommy Lewis, Joe Gordon, Mike Moubray and John Ness.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Betty Smith Gaskins Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Afton United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 579, Burgess, Virginia, 22432.

Online remembrances may be made at faulknerfamilyfuneralhome.com

 

Vincent W. Cannady

 

Vincent W. Cannady passed away Oct. 26, 2013.  He was born Oct. 23, 1915 to Anderson and Gerturde Cannady, He joined Zion Baptist Church at an early age. He was employed at Fauntleroy Farms, later Bon Harbor, for over 50 years. After a hand injury in the 1950s, he opened his own business, V. W.

Cannady Groceries.  Following this venture, he became interested in lawn maintenance until his health began to fail in 2010.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 65 years, Allene;  his children, Wellington Bernard, Virginia Maxine, Gerald LaMour (Jerome), Michael Stewart and  Lisa Renee (Timothy); eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two sisters,  Arneta Taylor and Florence Martin; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Hubbard and Judith Charlton; two brothers-in-law, Weldon Dobyns and Jacob Ashton, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

Funeral services were held Oct. 31 at Zion Church at Lottsburg. Interment service were held at the church cemetery.

Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.

 

Bette “Cookie” Rittenhouse Haynie

 

Bette “Cookie” Rittenhouse Haynie, 67, of Reedville, passed away on November 24, 2013 surrounded by her loving family. She was a very devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.

Cookie was very active in her community as she served the Northumberland County Rescue Squad for 35 years; she was on the Cemetery Board for Roseland Cemetery and was a worthy matron of the Eastern Star in Reedville.  She was also an avid lover of animals.

Surviving is her husband of 48 years, John W. Haynie; a daughter, Lesly Haynie Hall and her husband Jeffrey, a son, John W. Haynie, Jr.; five grandchildren, Jessica Haynie Barrow and her husband, Cameron, John Dylan Hall, Andrew Brady Haynie, Sarah Elizabeth Hall and Susan Elizabeth Haynie; a brother Edward Martin Rittenhouse; devoted sister -in- laws, numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.  She was preceded in death by her sister, Frances Rittenhouse Bowen; her brothers, Harold Cameron Rittenhouse and Alfred Taylor Rittenhouse, III.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, November 29, 2013 at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville.

Memorial contributions can be made to Northumberland Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 1, Reedville, VA 22539 or Roseland Cemetery Fund, P. O. Box 92, Reedville, VA 22539.

 

Dallas Carter Cockrell

 

Dallas Carter Cockrell passed away Oct. 28, 2013 at Riverside Convalescent Center, West Point. He was born Nov. 12, 1949.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Isreal and Louise Cockrell; his siblings, Raymond Cockrell, Shirley Taylor, Marcella Cockrell, Isreal Cockrell, III and Priscilla Cockrell and his wie, Clara Marie Basker and Marion Dorthenia Betts.

Dallas was educated in the Northumberland County Public School. Dallas worked in the seafood industry for many years.

Surviving are his children, Angela Jones (Keith), Tamara Bea (Winfield) and Dallas Jr.; a stepson, Thomas Cockrell Jr.; two stepdaughters, Jackie Curry (Robert) and Latanya Bromley (William); three sisters, Zandra Lee (William), Sandra Bryant (Kenneth) and Barbara K. Smith (Garfield); three sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; one aunt; 21 grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Nov. 3 at the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.

Interment services were held at the Macedonia Baptist Church on Nov. 4.

Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.

 

Henrietta Catherine Muse Jones

 

Henrietta Catherine Muse Jones passed away Oct. 31, 2013. She was born Sept. 11, 1924 to Carl and Della Muse and received her education in the Northumberland County Public School System.  She was employed by the late Mamie Covington for over 20 years.  In later years she was employed at Smith Seafood and Little River Seafood until she retired.

Henrietta was joined in Holy matrimony to Earnest Jones.

Henrietta was preceded in death by her parents, two sons, Lorenzo Muse and James White; brothers, Henry Muse, Ernest Leo Muse and William Muse, and sister, Mabel Parker.

She is survived by her two sons, John Washington (Barbara) and Ernest Leo Brown (Sandra); a daughter, Terry Muse; a stepson, Earnest Carter; six sisters; six brothers; two sisters-in-law; seven grandchildren, Chris White (Tenisha), LaVelle Riddick, Derrick Brown, Aaron Brown, Yavon Savoy (Tiron), Lisa Washington, Joy Donaldson; seven great-grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Nov. 5 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witness, Heathsville. Interment services were held privately.

Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.

 

Edith Schlarbaum Packett

 

Edith Schlarbaum Packett, 89, of Warsaw passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2013. She was born in Berlin, Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1947. Her friends and family not only loved her, but enjoyed her many talents including art, calligraphy, sewing, knitting, crocheting, and cooking. She worked at Northern Neck State Bank and was a member of Warsaw Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Joseph Bertram Packett III of Emmerton; daughter, Luise Packett Gordon (William) of Merry Point; brother-in-law, Louis George Packett, Sr.; sisters-in-law, Jane Mullin Packett and Rebecca Beazley Packett of Warsaw; daughter-in-law, Anne Beckham;  grandchildren, Kimberley P. Gripshover (Robert), James Matthew Packett, Jennifer Gordon Lord (Michael), William C. Gordon III, Matthew Taylor Packett, Selah D. Packett and Marlena M. Packett; great-grandchildren, Robert, David, Noah, Mary, Grace, Sophia, Isabel, Gabrielle, William, Joseph, Jenna, Hannah, Connor and Colman, and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Packett was preceded in death by her parents, Heinrich and Luise Schlarbaum; son, Matthew Delano Packett; and husband of 66 years, Joseph Bertram Packett Jr.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Warsaw Baptist Church.  The Reverend J. Michael Robertson officiated. The family received friends Friday evening at Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, P.O. Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560 or Warsaw Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 576, Warsaw, VA 22572.

 

Versie Sebree Pope

 

Versie Sebree Pope passed away Oct. 27, 2013 at the Parham Health Care Center, Richmond. She was born to John and Mahalia Smith Sebree in Remo,

Versie was educated in the public schools of Northumberland County and at an early age became a member of Mount Olive Baptist Church in Wicomico Church.

On Jan. 12, 1939, Versie was united in Holy matrimony to Deacon Willie Lawrence Pope who predeceased her. Versie worked many years as a domestic worker and as a health care worker.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a daughter, Willie Mae Nickens. Surviving are her children, Anna Geraldine Hyman, Versie Mae Hill (Ralph) and Larry Reid Pope; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Oct. 31 at the First Baptist Church. Interment services were held at the church cemetery. Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.

 

Marguerite Katherine Clark Brann

Marguerite Katherine Clark Brann, 89, of Village and Deltaville, passed away Thursday, November 21, 2013.  She was co-owner of Village Seed Service for more than 30 years along with her husband, Robert Brann, and was a member of Gibeon Baptist Church.  Marguerite and Robert were married more than 69 years prior to his passing in July.  Marguerite is survived by her daughter, Catherine Harrow (Allen) of Deltaville; brothers, Edward Lee Clark (Doris) of Tappahannock and W. Franklin Clarke (Gloria) of Ponte Vedre, Florida and three granddaughters, Lauren, Lindsay and Leigh Harrow. Marguerite was preceded in death by her father, Harold Clark; mother, Arnetta Clark, and brother, Raymond Clark.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at Gibeon Baptist Church with refreshments to follow in the fellowship hall. Memorial contributions may be made to the Gibeon Baptist Church General Fund, P.O. Box 23, Village, VA 22570.

 

Sarah Elvira Brooks

 

Sarah Elvira Brooks passed away Oct. 27, 2013 at Carrington Place Care Center, Tappahannock. She was born Sept. 27, 1932 to Victor and Mary Fluva Tate in Richmond County. She attended the public schools of Richmond County and joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church at an early age where she served as an usher for 38 years.

Surviving are two daughters, Joyce Veney and Sylvia Brooks; four sons, Charles Lewis, James Tate, William Brooks Jr. and Bernard Brooks; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Lillian Ann Veney; two sisters-in-law, Marion Inez Tate and Martha Brooks, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Funeral services were held Nov. 1 at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Farnham. Pastor Melvin Shearin II officiated. Interment services were held at the church cemetery. Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.

 

Rev. David Arthur Rice

 

Rev. David Arthur Rice passed away Oct. 21, 2013 in Chicago, Ill.

David was born Aug. 12, 1939 to Samuel and Elizabeth Rice.

He was educated in the public schools of Northumberland County and graduated from Virginia Union University in 1965. He studied Religion in Europe receiving his Theology Degree, received his Masters in Literature and Reading from the University of Chicago and a Masters in English from Chicago State University.

Upon David’s move to Chicago, he became a member of the Greater Bethesda Baptist Church.

He taught at Malcolm X College where he worked in Adult Education.  He became a faculty member in the Communications and Fine Arts Departments as an English Professor.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anita Turner Rice; siblings, Samuel N.

Rice, Randolph Rice, Thelma Rice, Tommy Rice, Oliver Rice, Mary Lee Samuels and Daniel Rice.

He is survived by his son, Gideon Rice, and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held Nov. 1 at the First Baptist Church. Interment services were held at the church cemetery.

Services of Comfort and Trust provided by the Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.

 

Dorothy Hayden Lowe

 

Dorothy Hayden Lowe, 90, of Lake Ridge, passed away unexpectedly November 24, 2013 at the Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center.

Born February 2, 1923 in Virginia, she was the daughter of Jeter and Rebecca Oliver Hayden.  On November 14, 1942 in Newport News, she married William Hubert Lowe Jr., who preceded her in death on February 18, 1996.

Mrs. Lowe was foremost a dedicated wife, mother and friend. Professionally, she worked as cafeteria assistant at the Braddock Elementary School in Annandale. Her love of people and fashion led her into the hair styling profession. She worked as a hair stylist for Pauline Scott’s Beauty Salon in Springfield and also worked in the family owned business, Shear Genius, in Fairfax. She had been a resident of the Westminster at Lake Ridge for the past 10 years, a member of the Carmel United Methodist Church, Kinsale in the Northern Neck, and was a frequent attendee at Grace United Methodist Church in Manassas.

Besides her husband, Bill, a World War II veteran, she was preceded in death by a brother, Francis T. Hayden and seven other step-brothers and sisters.  Survivors include three sons, William Lowe and his wife, Christine, of Manassas; David Lowe of Fairfax; Michael Lowe of Annandale; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren and many loving extended family members.

Graveside and interment services were held on Monday, December 2, 2013 at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle.  A memorial service followed at Westminster at Lake Ridge, 12191 Clipper Drive, Lake Ridge, VA.

Memorial contributions may take the form of a donation in Dorothy’s name to Capital Caring, 10530 Linden Lake Plaza, Suite 200, Manassas, VA 20109.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Baker-Post Funeral Home & Cremation Center, under the direction of Michael Post.  Please sign the guestbook at www.bakerpostfh.com.

 

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