Obituaries, week of Oct. 31: Allan “Donnie” Barrack, Edna Gatliff Sutton Faris, Louis Richard Jones, William Thomas Pugh, Mary Roberts.

Allan “Donnie” Barrack

Allan “Donnie” Barrack, 69, of Farnham, Virginia, passed away on Wednesday, October 24, 2012. He was retired from the Virginia Elastic Plant, Tappahannock, Virginia, and a retired waterman.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Nancy P. Barrack. He is also survived by his daughter, Teresa B. Edwards of Coles Point; his sisters, Norma B. Priest and her husband, Robert, of MD, and Jennie M. Snellings of MD; two brothers, Ralph G. Barrack and his wife Shirley of Farnham, and E. Russell Barrack of Farnham; and one grandson, Richard A. Franklin; also, a faithful companion named Precious.

The family received friends at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Heathsville, Virginia on Saturday, October 27. A funeral service was held on Sunday, October 28, 2012 at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Farnham Baptist Church, Farnham.

Memorial donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation, (National Kidney Foundation 30 East 33rd Street New York, NY 10016) or the Farnham Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Wayne Mothershead, 250 Bunker Hill Road, Farnham, VA 22460. Online remembrances may be made at


Edna Gatliff Sutton Faris

Edna Gatliff Sutton Faris, moved Wednesday, October 24, 2012, from the arms of her loving family to the arms of her Savior, Jesus Christ. Easing her trip along this long and difficult journey were the dedicated, loving staff and administration of The Orchard in Warsaw.

Edna was born in Richmond, Virginia, on September 14, 1918 to Herbert G. and Estelle Moody Sutton. She was lovingly raised by her grandparents, Lottie Pearl and John Robert Moody, also of Richmond. From the age of 13, Edna struggled with hearing loss. She became totally deaf in her later years but managed to communicate with her own “lip reading” technique.

Her beloved husband, Wilson Lee Faris Sr., preceded her in death, passing away on August 1, 1996. Their youngest child, Ronald Gilbert “Gibby” Faris, passed away in 1953 at the age of six months. Also preceding her were three half-brothers, Clifton Boyd Jr., James A. Boyd and John Sutton. Best friend of many years, Marjorie Snipes, also went home a few years earlier. Wilson, more familiarly known as “Moose” from his football days, suffered from Alzheimer’s for many years prior to his death.

In 1995, a Congressional Committee consisting of Senator Edward Kennedy (D) from Massachusetts, Rep. Henry Waxman (D) from California and others was formed. Edna was invited to address the Congressional Committee on the subject of spousal impoverishment in the case of a long-term illness. She did so and did it quite eloquently. She couldn’t hear, but she really knew how to speak!

Edna, or “Skip” as she preferred to be known, was an avid sports fan. Wilson was a school teacher and football coach, and she learned the game of football right along with his teams. A Redskins fan, she stood by her team win or lose. She was also an enthusiastic fisher (although she never would eat fish) and won many trophies for bowling. She joined the VFW Ladies Auxiliary to Post 7167 when she arrived in Warsaw, having previously lived in Victoria, Richmond and Alexandria, Virginia.

“Skip” is survived by her daughter, Darleen R. Nichols (Jack) of Warsaw; and son, Wilson Lee Faris Jr. (Julie) of Gaithersburg, Maryland. She has enjoyed five wonderful grandchildren, Andrea Roberts (Rich) of Gaithersburg, Maryland, Kathleen Troust (David) of Silver Spring, Maryland, Diana Faris of Whitesburg, Tennessee, Victoria Faris of Arlington, Virginia, and Wilson L. Faris III of Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Andrea and Kathleen have provided her with three adorable great-grandsons, Reece and Owen Roberts and Ian Troust. Another little Troust boy is on the way, due to arrive in November. Survivors also include two half-sisters, June Schellenger of Richmond, Virginia, and Ginger Sutton of Sarasota, Florida.

Edna’s life was celebrated Sunday, October 28, 2012, at the Central Chapel of Bennett Funeral Home, 3215 Cutshaw Avenue, where funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 29, 2012. Interment followed in Maury Cemetery; then flights of angels will take Edna home. Praise be to God.

In lieu of flowers, Edna would like to honor her eldest great-grandson, Reece Roberts, who was born with Down Syndrome. Please help her honor him by sending a donation to Reece’s Rainbow, P.O. Box 4024, Gaithersburg, Md. 20885. Please indicate that this is a gift in the name of Edna G. Faris.


Louis Richard Jones

Louis Richard Jones, age 85, of Farnham, Virginia, passed away peacefully at his home on October 24, 2012, following a brief illness.

Richard was born on April 9, 1927, in Farnham; he was born to Lewis Jett and Frances Beasley Jones. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister Ethel Mae Wolcott.

Richard received his education at Farnham High School, was a member of Oakland United Methodist Church and a member of the VFW Warsaw Post 7157. He was drafted to the United States Army in 1945 and served in WWII. Richard served a Second Tour of Duty during the Korean War Conflict. In 1952, he was deployed to Korea, and served two more years as a Corporal. Following the Korean Tour, Richard continued to serve his country in the United States Army Reserve until 1958. Richard married, the love of his life, Elizabeth “Betty” McAllister in 1951. Soon after they married, he was deployed to Korea for a two year Tour of Duty. He returned to his home in December 1953, excited to meet his first born, 15 month old daughter Bonnie, for the very first time.

After serving his country, he moved his family to Cockeysville, MD to pursue a career in Commercial & Home Construction and later became a well known Building Contractor in Trim Carpentry.

In 1962, Richard returned to his native roots of the Northern Neck to raise his three girls in the country. He was proprietor of Jones & Brann Construction Company and his work was sought after for his notorious talent in detailed trim carpentry. He retired in 1993 but continued to work daily as a hobby mechanic up until his death. Richard enjoyed small engine repair, fishing, gardening, baseball and he was an avid Baltimore Oriole Fan. Richard touched many lives and will surely be missed by all who knew him.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Betty of 61 years, his three daughters, Bonnie Vuxta and husband Paul of Yorktown, Betsy Brann and husband Bill of Village, and Diane Jones of Farnham. Also surviving are five grandchildren, Rich Tunstall and spouse Tracy, Kevin Tunstall, Lauran Vuxta, Billy Brann and Benjamin Brann. He was preceded in death by a grandchild Brian Andrew Brann. Richard has four great-grandchildren, McKenzie Tunstall, Cody Tunstall, Joydan Tunstall and Austin Tunstall; A special sister in-law Marilyn Brann, a dear neighbor, Bill Sanford and his Best Canine Friend “Petie.”

His remains rest at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Rainswood, Virginia. The family received visitation on Friday, October 26 from 6pm-7:30 pm. A graveside service was held at 1pm Saturday at Oakland United Methodist Church Cemetery with the Reverend Fred Marvel officiating.

In Lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made in memory of Richard Jones to: The Oakland United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund in care of Nancy Jones, 2176 Cedar Grove Road, Farnham, Virginia 22460; or the Animal Welfare Shelter of your choice in memory of Richard Jones.

Online remembrances may be made at


William Thomas Pugh

William Thomas “Tommy” Pugh, 70, of Lancaster died October 25, 2012. He was the son of the late Wesley Thomas and Eddie Samuels Pugh.

Surviving are two brothers, Herbert and Al Pugh; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends, Evelyn Keyser and Earl Smith. He was preceded in death by a sister, Catherine Pugh.

Funeral services were held Saturday, October 27, at Currie Funeral Home, Kilmarnock. Interment was at Farnham Baptist Church Cemetery, Farnham.

Memorials may be made to Farnham Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Wayne Mothershead, 250 Bunker Hill Road, Farnham, VA  22460.


Mary Roberts

Mary Roberts; RN, A. S., Nursing; B. S., Nursing; M. A., Nursing Administration,

October 27, 1926 to Oct 17, 2012

Mary Katherine Pustinger Roberts was a Mom, Grandmother, Aunt, Sister, and friend to many but her most defining characteristic was that she was a nurse and that was important to her.

Born in Springfield, MA on Oct. 27, 1926 to John C. and Clara Pustinger of Winsted, CT.  Mary is survived by a younger brother, Richard, of Tolland, MA.   Jeanne, Mary’s younger sister, passed away earlier this year and a younger brother, Johnny, was killed in the late 50’s when a Navy sea plane hit a wall at Norfolk Naval Air Station.

“The Depression” was hard in their small industrial town in northwest Connecticut.   Clara Pustinger worked at the Red Cross and the 5 & 10 cent store.  John, who had lost his trucking company early in “The Depression”, found work, and a career, at the Carnell Company.

“The Lake”, Highland Lake, was where Mary and her siblings learned to swim and row and where Mary once got a ride in a plane that could land on the lake.  Mary rowed well into the 21st century and never forgot that plane ride.

The war started while Mary was in high school at The Gilbert School in Winsted.  All of Mary’s siblings went there, and so did the Nader boys.  With the war still on, Mary enrolled in the Joseph Lawrence School of Nursing in New London, CT.   According to family legend,  one night in New London, in 1945, the head nurse said to the students, “you have been invited to a dance at the USO and you will attend” and that is how Mary met Arthur Thatcher Roberts of Oskaloosa, Iowa.  On January 3, 1946, Mary and Art rode the train to Baltimore and married at Mt. Vernon Place Untied Methodist Church.

When the Navy released Seaman Roberts, Art and Mary moved to Oskaloosa where a daughter, Cheryl Anne, was born late in 1946.  Jobs were hard to come by so after trying to make it in business with a Navy Buddy, Pat Padget (who was married to Art’s cousin Skeeter) Mary and Art moved to Winsted.   When that didn’t work either, Art joined the Army and their small family moved to Ft. Knox, KY where sons Arthur T and Stephen Craig were born.

The Army sent the Roberts Family to the Philippine Islands where Linda Susan Roberts, everyone calls her Soozi, was born in 1953, then back to Ft. Knox followed by 4 years in Panama.  In 1961 the family was transferred to Ft. Belvoir. VA and bought a home in Fairfax, VA.  All of the Roberts Kids, went to Fairfax High School.

When all of her children were on their own,  Mary enrolled in Northern Virginia Community College to resume her nursing studies.  Earning her Associates and Bachelors degrees, while working full time, Mary went on to gain a Masters Degree in Nursing Administration from George Mason University, with honors.

Mary was privileged to be part of a program for ICU Nurses at NIH and MCV during the 1970’s and went on to have a notable career in Nursing Administration including assignments in Arlington, VA, Hilton Head Island, SC,  Maysville, KY (where she was awarded the honorary title of “Kentucky Colonel”), and Buckhannon, WV.  Mary was a long term participant in the Harvard Nurses Study.

On retiring from nursing Mary moved to Hilton Head, SC, and then to Lottsburg, VA to be near more of her family and grandchildren.  While living in Lottsburg, Mary was one of the first to volunteer at the new Free Health Clinic in Lancaster County and served as Exec. Director for Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck.

Mary is fondly remembered by her children for the camping trips, as a swimming and rowing coach, and as the mentor that escorted them to Washington, DC for the musicals at Watergate, fireworks on the mall, the zoo and museums on Sundays. Mary resided the last ten (10) years in Heathsville and at The Orchard in Warsaw.

She is survived by 3 children, 7 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren. She will be missed by many who knew her. Mary desired to rest with her Parents in Tolland, MA.

Mary asked that,  in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck, P. O. Box 262, Warsaw, VA  22572  (

All are invited to A Service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving

Friday, Nov. 2, at 2:00 p. m., Henderson Memorial Methodist Church, Callao, VA and to visit family afterward at the home of Cheryl Roberts Duffey and Dr. D. H. “Hap” Duffey, Lottsburg.




Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at 9:27 am