Obituaries, week of Oct. 24: Sophia Redwood Bass, Barbara Mildred Yuhas Bays, Leah Headley Dameron, Cora Bryant Jones, Carolyn Melinda Lee, Doris E. Morgan, Donald Leroy Wallace

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 11:20 am

Sophia Redwood Bass


Sophia Redwood Bass passed away on October 11, 2012 in Charlottesville.  She was born in Asheville, N.C., on October 16, 1923, to Robert Lee Redwood and Sophia Garlick Redwood.  She attended St. Genevieve of the Pines and was graduated from St. Mary’s College, Raleigh, NC.

On November 16, 1946, she was married to Thomas Edward Bass, III, a naval officer, and accompanied him on tours of duty in the U.S. and abroad.  In 1975 after her husband’s retirement from active duty naval service, the couple moved to the Northern Neck of Virginia where Admiral Bass became executive director of the Robert E. Lee Association at Stratford Hall, ancestral home of the Lees of Virginia.

In 1988, Admiral and Mrs. Bass moved to the Charlottesville area.  Mrs. Bass was a life long Episcopalian and was very active with the Episcopal Church Women, serving for many years on the Diocesan Board.  She was an active member of Christ Church, Charlottesville, and served on the Altar Guild.

She was a member of the Colonial Dames in the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Jack Jouett Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Colonial Daughters of the Seventeenth Century, the Charlottesville Chapter of the Navy League, the Garden Club of the Northern Neck, the Rivanna Garden Club, and the Buck Mountain Garden Club.

She is survived by her husband, RADM Thomas E. Bass, III, of Ruckersville, VA, and her 3 children, sons Thomas E. Bass, IV, and wife Kathie of Jamestown, NC;  Robert R. Bass, MD, and his wife Chris of Annapolis, MD; and daughter Catherine Carter Bass of Ruckersville, VA.  She is also survived by 4 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild, her sister Mrs. Edith Redwood Cook of Asheville, NC, and 7 nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sister Mrs. Eleanor Redwood Penovich.

A funeral service and celebration of Sophia’s life was held on Monday, October 15, 2012, at Christ Church in Charlottesville.  Private interment at Christ Church, Charlottesville, and St. James Episcopal Church, Montross, will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA, 3355 Berkmar Dr., Charlottesville, VA 22901 or to Christ Church, Charlottesville.


Barbara Mildred Yuhas Bays


Barbara Mildred Yuhas Bays, 83, of Farnham, passed away on October 20, 2012. Barbara was born on March 31, 1929 on the family farm in Elysburg, PA.  Barbara was preceded in death by her loving husband of 27 years Dennie Lawrence Bays, her parents John Yuhas and Barbara Ferencz Yuhas, along with her siblings, John Yuhas II, Pauline Yuhas Leese, George Yuhas, Helen Yuhas Norat, Dave Yuhas, Margaret Yuhas Hamilton, and Milton Yuhas. Barbara was the last child to be born of the first generation Americans, as her parents came to America from Austria and Presov; Slovak Republic respectively.

Left to cherish Barbara’s memory is her loving and devoted son, Ronald John Bays, daughter-in-law Joanne, and her pride and joy, grandson Mitchell Lawrence Bays and his wife Kerry Lewis Bays whom she loved dearly, and a host of nieces and nephews. Barbara would rather work outside doing carpentry work, mowing grass, gardening,  and work in the flower beds instead of being inside; this originated from working on the family farm in PA. She loved animals, her cats and dogs, and working crossword puzzles. She was an avid deer hunter and sharp marksmen. Barbara was famous for her traditional Slovak cooking that her mother taught her as a child that included fried cabbage and noodles, dios kifli, galumpkis, kolache and pogash.

The family would like to thank Dr. Rocky Tingle for his dedicated care over the years along with the caring staff during the past two years at Farnham Manor.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 from 10-11 a.m. at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Heathsville. A service will follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home, with interment being at Northern Neck Memorial Gardens, Callao.

In lieu of flowers the family requests any donations be made to or the northern neck animal welfare league;

Online remembrances may be made at


Leah Headley Dameron


Leah Headley Dameron, 91, of Reedville, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, October 17, 2012. She was a member of New Friendship Baptist Church, Heathsville, Virginia.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Jessie Walker Headley and Joseph Carl Headley; and her daughter-in-law, Phyllis Dameron.

She is survived by her husband of 74 years, Charles Wesley Dameron Sr. She is also survived by two sons, C. Wesley Dameron Jr., and his wife, Joy of Reedville, Virginia; Carl Dale Dameron, and his wife, Gayle, of Reedville, Virginia;  four grandchildren, Kristi McCook, and her husband Steve of Leesburg, Georgia, Sheri Bryant and her husband Mike, of Reedville, Virginia, Kevin Dameron, and his wife Lynn, of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Michael Dameron, and his wife Kara, of Abbeville, Louisiana; eight great-grandchildren, Lauren Dameron, Daniel McCook, Leah McCook, Kerrigan Mire, Andrew Dameron, Kendrick Bryant, Shane Bryant, and Carter Bryant.

The family received friends at Faulkner Family Funeral Home, Burgess, Virginia on Friday, October 19, 2012. A funeral service was held on Saturday, October 20, 2012 at New Friendship Baptist Church, Heathsville. Burial followed at Roseland Cemetery, Reedville.

Online remembrances may be made at


Cora Bryant Jones

Cora Bryant Jones, 71, of Richmond, died on Tuesday, October 16, 2012. Mrs. Jones was a retired employee of CVS Drugstores.

She is survived by; two daughters, Patricia B. Blackstock (Dwight) and Sandra C. Wolfe (Melvin); three sons, William Judson “Billy” Bryant, William Edward “Eddie” Bryant, and Donald Simmons; seven grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, including Barbara Smith (Henry). She was preceded in death by her daughter, Virginia Lee “Ginnie” Bryant.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m., Friday, October 19, 2012 at Calvary United Methodist Church Cemetery, Emmerton.


Carolyn Melinda Lee


Carolyn Melinda Lee of Kinsale departed this life on Oct. 11, 2012 at Bon Secours Regional Memorial Hospital with her family by her bedside. She was born Jan. 30, 1954 in Kinsale and remained a servant of her community her entire life. She is the daughter of the late Eliza Johnson Lee and Fred Stephen Lee, and the youngest of five children, two brothers, Calvin S. Lee and Frank A. Lee, and two sisters, Mary L. Fulcher and Catherine L. Conley. Her brothers preceded her in death.

Carolyn was truly the baby of the family and always surrounded lovingly by her two big sisters. The three sisters could always be seen out in the community together doing various things. Carolyn joined Zion Baptist Church at an early age and grew up rooted in God’s word. While there, she joined the choir and remained a faithful member of the church. Growing up as the youngest child, Carolyn was no stranger to mischief but always managed to laugh her way out of trouble. She loved to play the devil’s advocate and always enjoyed a lively conversation.

Carolyn was educated in Westmoreland County Public Schools and went on to further her education at Virginia State University, where she received a B.S. and M.S. in Education. She taught one year in Dinwiddie County and the remaining 33 years at Richmond County Intermediate School. Carolyn loved education and especially Social Studies and Civics. She was passionate about the need for all children to understand the importance of education. She required excellence from her students and was deeply disturbed when they did not perform. She retired from the Richmond County School system in May 2012. In addition to education, Carolyn was a member of several organizations including the local chapters of the NAACP, the Richmond County National Education Association, Past Worthy Matron and member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #207.

Carolyn loved traveling with friends and family. Her favorite traveling group was Sister Sister (Mary Fulcher, Catherine Conley, Viola Brown, Dorothy Conley, Julia Blue, Ann Conley, Erma Wilson). She loved to tour the White House, the Capitol, the Supreme Court Justice Chambers, and African American Museums. She enjoyed attending Broadway plays and major league baseball games. As an avid sports fan, her favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Yankees.

Carolyn leaves behind two devoted sisters, Mary L. Fulcher (John William Fulcher) and Catherine L. Conley (James H. Conley); nieces, Deborah Lee Parrott, Wanda Kelly, Karen Johnson, Valerie Price, Jovanni M. Robinson; nephews, Calvin S. Lee Jr. and Aurelio Conley. Also, she leaves behind several very special life friends Fannie Wilson (d.), Dorothy Conley, Patsy Vicks, Darlene Wilson Thomas, Sherwin Tate, Valerie Veney, Mae J. Wilson, and Hope Barnes, and a host of great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other family members and friends.

Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012 at Zion Baptist Church, Kinsale. Pastor Paul Jones officiated. Apostle Donn Hall Sr., Eulogist. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were Aurelio Conley, Reginald Johnson, Sherwin Tate, Christopher Lee, Julius W. Robinson Jr., William Wilson, James Page and Calvin Lee Jr.

Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.


Doris E. Morgan


Doris Estelle “Kitty” Morgan, 74, of Colonial Beach, widow of James Lloyd Morgan Sr. of 40 years, passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. She fought a courageous battle with lung cancer. But in the end, the Lord called her home to be at peace and without pain or suffering.

She leaves to cherish her fond memory three children, Beverly Jean Morgan-Law of Montross; James Lloyd Morgan Jr. and Melody Lane Sleeth (Shannon), both of Colonial Beach; grandchildren David Marks Jr., Ray Sibley, Taylor Haynes, Jazmine Haynes, Damian Sleeth and Brianna Sleeth; sisters and brothers Betty Carter (Neil) of Plano, Texas, Lucille Foster (Wayne) of Plano, Barbara Chaney (Jim) of Lothian, Md., Roland Catterton (Beth) of Lothian, Julia Nelis of Odenton, Md., Linda Smith of Chesapeake Beach, Md., and Michael Catterton of Brandywine, Md.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Herbert and Ida Mae Catterton, along with her brother, James Herbert Catterton Jr.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19, at Round Hill Baptist Church cemetery, King George, with the Rev. Willard Bowen officiating.

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Donald Leroy Wallace


Donald Leroy Wallace, age 77, of Lottsburg, died Sunday, October 21, 2012. He was a retired cabinet maker for Fairfax County School System and a member of Sterling United Methodist Church.

Surviving is his wife, Helen Wallace; three sons, Douglas Alan Wallace of Blountville, Tennessee, Gary Lee Wallace of Charles Town, WV and Michael Aston Wallace of Lottsburg; 11 grandchildren; and a brother Charles Litton Wallace of Farnham.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 27, 2012, at the Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel with The Reverend Kori Kiss officiating,  Interment will follow in the Bethany Baptist Church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Rudy Walker, Jeff Fournier, Mark Fletcher, Steven Self, Chris Jett, and Bobby Saville.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 26, 2012 at the Welch Funeral Home Marks Chapel.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Callao Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 82, Callao, VA 22435 or Bethany Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Jennifer English, 3981 Canal Road, Farnham, VA 22460.

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