Obituaries, week of Nov. 21: Allem, Robins, Sebra, Wellford.

Posted on Tuesday, November 20, 2012 at 10:44 am

Nellie Garnett Allen


Nellie Garnett Allen, 92, of Hague, passed away on Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Mrs. Allen was a member of Coles Point United Methodist Church and the widow of James Allen and Samuel Phillips.

She is survived by her son Samuel Phillips, Jr., Coles Point, a step daughter, Mariel C. Bartel, FL, two brothers Douglas Jenkins, Warsaw, Warren Jenkins, Jr., Coles Point, a sister Florence J. Muse, Coles Point, six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

She was preceded in death by a son, Warren Phillips, a daughter Amelia P. Coates, and a brother William P. Jenkins.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Coles Point United Methodist Church, Coles Point, VA. Interment followed in the Carmel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Hague, Va. The family received friends at the Montross Chapel of the Welch Funeral Home, Montross.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Coles Point United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 114, Hague, VA 22469.

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Gordon Airey Robins

Gordon Airey Robins, of Urbanna, Virginia, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at the age of 83.  He was born November 1, 1928 to the late T. Melvin and Iva Carneal Robins. He was predeceased by a sister, Janice Robins Green and a brother Freddie Badger Robins.  He is survived by his wife, Barbara Burbank Barnes Robins; her children, Harold G. Barnes of Saratoga Springs, New York and Barbara Barnes Beasley of Virginia Beach, Virginia; six grandchildren; and his sister, Earleane Robins Branson of Montross, Virginia.  Gordon was a life-long resident of Middlesex County, leaving only to serve with the U. S. Army in Europe, achieving the rank of Sergeant prior to his discharge in 1952.  Upon his return to Middlesex County, he experienced long careers in both contracting and farming.  He loved living in Urbanna, especially meeting with friends at Marshall’s Drug Store lunch counter over a little coffee and lots of conversation.  A Memorial Service was held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Bristow-Faulkner Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Saluda.


Frances Ingram Sebra

Frances Ingram Sebra, 89, of The Orchard, Warsaw, passed away Tuesday, November 13, 2012. Frances was a devoted mother, grandmother, and a great-grandmother; she was a retired seamstress and a member of Fairfields Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Harold O. Sebra, father, Payton C. Ingram, mother Pearl L. Towles, brother, James C. Ingram, sister, Pearl I. Kyzer, half brother, Donald Towles, niece, Diana K. Sanders; and special friend, Marie B. Sebra.

Survivors are her two daughters, Jo Ann Sebra Jett and Wanda Sebra Fones (Milton); all of Warsaw; three grandchildren, Jon Jett of Staunton, Stacey Jett Brown (Jimmy) of Robley, Brian Fones (Kristany) of Richmond; six great-grandchildren, Megan and Tres Parker of Robley, Keegan and Caleb Jett of Richmond, Kyleigh and Levi Fones of Richmond; one half sister, Dolores T. Cole (Larry) of Kilmarnock, two half brothers, Kenneth Towles (Freda) of Florida and Ray Towles (Karen) of Mississippi; one sister-in-law, Thelma S. Ingram of Westmoreland; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A private family service will be held to celebrate her life.

In lieu of flowers, her family requests donations in her memory be made to Susan G. Komen for the Cure at

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Joyce Walmsley Wellford



Joyce Walmsley Wellford, of Irvington, Lancaster County, Virginia, died Friday, November 9, 2012. She was born July 4, 1932, the only child of Augustin Bede Walmsley and Theresa Buscaglia Walmsley. Mrs. Wellford attended and graduated from St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, Virginia, and attended Sweet Briar College, Amherst County, Virginia. She married Beverley Randolph Wellford in September of 1952; and, Mr. and Mrs. Wellford resided mainly in Wilmington, Delaware until 1982. While residing in Wilmington, Mrs. Wellford was a communicant of Christ Church, Christiana Hundred and a member of the Junior League of Wilmington, the Women’s Committee of the Delaware Art Museum and the Junior Board of the Delaware Hospital, Wilmington Medical Center. From 1979 to 1982, she was a member of the guiding staff of the Henry Francis duPont Winterthur Museum. Mr. and Mrs. Wellford moved to Warsaw, Richmond County, Virginia in 1982, residing at Sabine Hall until 2004. Mrs. Wellford was a communicant of St. John’s Episcopal Church, Warsaw and served on the vestry. She was a member of the Garden Club of the Northern Neck and the National Society of the Colonial Dames in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mrs. Wellford served on the Board of Governors of St. Margaret’s School, Tappahannock, Virginia, from 1984 until 1990. She was employed from 1990 until 2003 with the Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, Inc., Stratford Hall Plantation, from which she retired as Director of Cultural Resources. Mr. And Mrs. Wellford moved to Lancaster County, Virginia in 2004, residing first in Hills Quarter and then at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury. While residing in Lancaster County, Mrs. Wellford was a communicant of Grace Episcopal Church, Kilmarnock and served with the following Church ministries: Lay Eucharistic Minister, Altar Guild, Women of Grace, Office Volunteer and many others. She was a dedicated volunteer and ardent supporter of the Foundation for Historic Christ Church, Inc., where she served on the Development, Marketing and Annual Meeting Committees and served as a Docent and Receptionist. At Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, Mrs. Wellford served on the Landscaping and Christmas Decor Committees as well as serving with the RWC Annual Bazaar. Mrs. Wellford is survived by her husband, Beverley Randolph Wellford; her children, Bede Walmsley Wellford and his wife, Leigh Breidenbach, Beverley Randolph Wellford, Jr., and Ellin Wellford Grant and her husband, Michael Leigh Grant; her grandchildren, Jan Harrison Wellford and his wife, Megan McCourt Wellford, Katherine Steele Wellford Seidman and her husband, Daniel Elan Seidman, and Rachel Hollingsworth Wellford; and her great-grandchildren, Finn Bernard Wellford and Jacob Donald Seidman. An internment of ashes for family members was held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Historic Christ Church, Irvington, Virginia. A memorial service was held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at Grace Episcopal Church in Kilmarnock, Virginia, with a reception that followed in Grace House at the Church. Memorial contributions may be made to: Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, Inc., 483 Great House Road, Stratford, Virginia 22558, Tel: 804.493.8038,; or Grace Episcopal Church, 303 South Main Street, P.O. Box 1059, Kilmarnock, Virginia, Tel: 804.435.1285,; or Foundation for Historic Christ Church, P.O. Box 24, Irvington, VA 22480, 420 Christ Church Road, Weems, VA 22576, Tel: 804.438.6855,


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