Obituaries, week of Jan. 9: Angolia, Burgess, Cornwell, Ellis, Jansheski, Lewis, Newsome, Ransone

Posted on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 3:11 pm

Elsie Mae Angolia

Elsie Mae Angolia, 78, passed away peacefully with family around her on Dec. 30, 2012 at Coastal Hospice Center in Salisbury, MD.

Elsie was born Nov. 5, 1935, the eldest daughter of James and Alice Fenton. After graduating from Northwestern High School she met the love of her life, William Lawrence Angolia, and they were married in June 1955. They started life together in Kentland, Maryland welcoming five children to that home. In 1968 they moved the family to Warsaw, Virginia, Larry’s family home where they happily raised their children. In 1978 after his death she returned to the Rockville area to be close to her parents and beloved sisters.

Elsie was a lifelong member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness and a devout Christian, a kind and gentle soul with a “big heart” for everyone she met. I believe she was the Number One fan of the Baltimore Orioles and the Washington Redskins, never missing a game be it on T.V., radio or in person.

Elsie leaves her loving memories to be cherished by her beloved sisters, Norma R. Fenton of Germantown, MD and Katherine (Sue) Richardson of Nanticoke, MD; brothers James (Butch) Fenton of Ocala, Fla. and Terry Fenton of Ocala, Fla; adoring nieces, Jeannie Evans and family, Carol Lent and her family, Debbie Fenton, Devon and Samantha Richardson; her nephew Darrel Fenton and family; children, David W. Angolia of Damascus, MD, Sheryl A. Wyatt and husband Tommy of Warsaw, VA, Donna J. Brown and husband of Germantown, MD., Lawrence (Eddie) Angolia and wife Donna of Clarksburg, MD, and Carrie Angolia of Easton, MD. Elsie’s grand and great-grandchildren brought much joy to her life, Brooke Angolia, Carley Angolia, Jake Angolia, Olivia Angolia, Tomi R. Wyatt and the late Vincent Elliott Wyatt who left this world as a small child with a huge smile that lives on forever, John (Scottie) Pitts and wife Tiffani, Leah Valenti, Clint Pitts and wife Nicole, Christopher Lites, Jazmyn Miller and Sean Miller, Annabelle Pitts, Roco Valenti, Audrey Pitts and McKayla Lites.

A memorial service will be held on Jan. 12, 2013 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness in Salisbury, MD.

Doris C. Burgess

Doris C. Burgess, 86, of Callao, Virginia, passed away on Friday, December 28, 2012. She was a member of Henderson United Methodist Church, Callao, Virginia, and retired from the Department of Transportation as an executive secretary after 44 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Burgess Sr., and her brother Elwood K. Turner.

She is survived by her daughter, Marilyn K. King, and her husband Ricky L., of Callao, Va; her son, Ernest M. Krentz, Jr., and his wife, Joan S.,of Chester, Va; three grandchildren, Michael Krentz, and his wife, Dana, Jennifer King, and Julie King; and two great-grandchildren, Whitney and Mackenzie Krentz.

The family received friends on Monday, December 31, 2012 at Henderson United Methodist Church, Callao. A funeral service followed. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorial Donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, (http://www.alz.org/) or to the American Diabetes Association, (http://www.diabetes.org/)

Online remembrances may be made at jonesashfuneralhome.com.

John R. Cornwell Jr.

John R. Cornwell Jr., 86, of Callao, Virginia, passed away on January 5, 2013. For nearly 50 years, he served the public as the owner and barber of John’s Barbershop in Lottsburg, Virginia, retiring in 2010.

He was the third of seven children born to the late Jack and Lillian Cornwell of Lancaster. He was predeceased by his siblings, Virginia Cornwell Lumpkin, William (Billy), George and James Cornwell. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Elsie Beauchamp Cornwell and their daughter and son-in-law Yvonne and Dr. Alfred Hurt of Reedville and her two sons, Jeremy Stolfi of Raleigh, North Carolina and Thomas Stolfi of Lottsburg, and their son and daughter-in-law John Allen and Sally Cornwell of Weems, and their children Alexandra Cornwell of Richmond, Charlotte Charlton and her husband, Wesley, of White Stone, and Julian Cornwell of New York City. He is also survived by his sister, Dorothy Cornwell Keyser and his brother, Wilbur “Red” Cornwell of Kilmarnock. Additionally he is survived by many nieces, nephews, and cousins, and his sisters-in-law, Julia Oliver of Kilmarnock, Rebecca Beauchamp and Jean Brook, and her husband, Paul of Mechanicsville, all of whom he loved very much.

John was a decorated combat soldier, having served in the army during World War II, and survived many battles, including the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, John returned home to the Northern Neck and worked in the seafood business until he married Elsie Beauchamp in 1950. John and Elsie moved to Baltimore where John worked for the Baltimore Gas and Electric Company. Their son Allen was born in 1952, and their daughter, Yvonne, was born in 1956.

By 1960, John had become licensed as a barber and he and Elsie returned to the Northern Neck to open his barbershop and to be closer to family and friends. Upon returning to the area, he became a member of Henderson United Methodist Church. He was very active at Henderson and particularly enjoyed his role as the church’s official worship greeter. He was asked to be its permanent greeter a number of years ago and continued faithfully until his illness. As a veteran of war, John understood the importance of honoring the veterans. He and Elsie were instrumental in beginning Henderson Church’s Veterans Day Celebrations a number of years ago, and they helped to establish the Veterans memorial monument which was built on the church property. In addition to his devotion to Henderson Church, he was also active in the Callao Ruritan Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and during the 1960’s, helped create the baseball team known as the Lottsburg Clippers, which continues today.

He was loved by family and many friends, and will be missed by all.

The family received friends at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Rainswood, Virginia, on Monday, January 7, 2013 from 7-8:30 p.m. A funeral service was held on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 11 a.m at Henderson United Methodist Church, Callao, Virginia. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at http://www.alz.org/, or to the Veteran’s Memorial at Henderson United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 22, Callao, Virginia, 22435.

Online remembrances may be made at jonesashfuneralhome.com.

Martha C. Ferrell Ellis

Martha C. Ferrell Ellis, 93, of Montross, formerly of Richmond, Va. and Colonial Beach, passed away peacefully at Farnham Manor Assisted Living on Jan. 4, 2013. She was retired from Virginia Department of Taxation.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William G. Ellis; son, Richard A. Ferrell and four siblings. She was also the widow of Richard Nelson Ferrell of Colonial Beach. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Alice F. Sandy Blanton; devoted daughter-in-law, June S. Ferrell; five grandchildren, Richard E. Sandy (Judy), Tracey S. James (Mark), Christopher E. Sandy (Vickie), W. Page Sandy (Deanne) and Robin F. Wright (Danny); 10 great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren,nieces and nephews.

She was a member of Ginter Park Presbyterian Church and member and Past Worthy Matron of Mizpah Chapter #32 Order of the Eastern Star.

A graveside service was held on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2013 at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff of Farnham Manor for their care and concern.

William A. “Bill” Jansheski

William A. “Bill” Jansheski, just shy of 90, of Warsaw, formerly of Bowie, MD and Elyria, OH, died suddenly and unexpectedly on December 24, 2012.   He is survived by his wife, Beverly; two sons, a daughter, and  two stepdaughters; 11 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  Further information will be available when a memorial service is held in the spring.

Ruby L. Lewis

Ruby L. Lewis, 80, of Heathsville passed away Saturday, December 29, 2012. She was a member of Henderson United Methodist Church, Callao and a retired caregiver.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Lewis, and her sister, Elaine W. Hill.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda L. Davis and her husband Thomas Sr., of Callao; two sisters, Elizabeth W. Park and her husband, Rufus, of Mechanicsville and Peggy W. Thomas and her husband, Pat, of Kilmarnock who was very devoted to Ms. Lewis. She is also survived by her grandsons, Matthew Jason Mahan and his girlfriend, Leslie, of Tappahannock, Jonathan Bruce Mahan and his girlfriend, Katie, of Gwynn’s Island, Thomas M. Davis (Shelia) of Callao and Timothy W. Davis (Martina) of Lottsburg and five great-granddaughters, Haley Mahan, Erynn Mahan, Loghan Mahan, Calleigh Mahan and Madisyn Mahan.

The family received friends at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Heathsville on Saturday, January 5, 2013.  A memorial service followed at the funeral home. Burial will be private.

Online remembrances may be made at jonesashfuneralhome.com.

John L. Newsome

John L. Newsome, 64, of Callao, passed away on Tuesday, December 25, 2012. He was a member of Melrose United Methodist Church, Lottsburg, and the fleet manager of Callao Car Center, Callao.

John was also a member of the Heathsville Lodge #109 A.F. & A.M., a member of the ACCA Shrine, and past president of the Northern Neck Shrine Club. John was also a life-long member of the Callao Volunteer Fire Department, Callao.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ennis T. Newsome.

He is survived by his wife, Jean T. Newsome, his daughter, Diana N. Rock and her husband Ron of Callao; two sons, John W. Newsome and his wife, Debbie, of Callao, and Robbie E. Newsome and his friend, Crystal Packett; his mother, Mabel L. Newsome, of Callao; his brother, Charles E. Newsome, and his fiancé, Frances Middleton; and six grandchildren, Taylor Newsome, Brayden Newsome, Kelsey Newsome, Ronnie Rock, Olivia Packett, and Reagan Newsome.

The family received friends on Friday, December 28, 2012 at Jones-Ash Funeral Home. A funeral service followed. Burial will be private.

Memorial donations may be made to the Callao Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O Box 82, Callao, VA, 22435; the Callao Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 39, Callao, VA, 22435; or to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105

Online remembrances may be made at jonesashfuneralhome.com.

Francis Gordon Ransone

Francis Gordon Ransone, 93, of Lancaster passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2013. He was a member of St. Mary’s White Chapel Church, Lancaster. He was an Air Force WWII veteran; a former owner of the F.G. Ransone Seafood Company; a charter member of the Upper Lancaster Volunteer Fire Department; charter member of the Upper Lancaster Ruritan Club. Mr. Ransone; a 60-year member of the Lancaster Lodge #88 A.F. & A.M. and a member of the ACCA Shrine Club.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Janet P. Ransone; his daughter, Holly Pleasants and her husband, Richard, of Lancaster; two sons, Andy Ransone and his wife, Carol, of Lancaster, Cecil P. Ransone and his wife, Alice, of King William; one brother, Ralph Ransone and his wife Margaret, of Kilmarnock; four grandchildren, Terri R. Self, Erin L. Ransone, Phillip T. Ransone and Ketner C. Pleasants and one great-grandson, Landon Ryder.

The family received friends on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at Jones-Ash Funeral Home. A graveside service was held Friday, January 4, 2013 at St. Mary’s White Chapel Church, Lancaster.

Memorial donations may be made to St. Mary’s White Chapel Church, Lancaster, Virginia, (5940 Whitechapel Road, Lancaster, VA 22503)

Online remembrances may be made at jonesashfuneralhome.com.

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