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Obituaries, week of April 24: Rogers, Wilkins, Spindle, Ashton, Sealock, Davis, Hurley

Posted on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Maria Biddlecomb Rogers

Maria Biddlecomb Rogers, 82, of Reedville died April 13, 2013. She was born February 28, 1931 in Fairport, daughter of the late Walter J. and Maria M. Biddlecomb.

Surviving is her husband of 60 years,  Frederick Ray Rogers, Jr.; her children, Elizabeth R. Somers and her husband, Paul of White Stone, Louisa R. Shelton and her husband, Ira of White Stone, Frederick R. Rogers, III and his wife, Christine of Reedville and Walter N. Rogers and his wife, Martha of Reedville; 10 grandchildren, Thomas W. Somers, Jonathan C. Somers, William N. Somers, Samuel I. Somers, Steven F. Shelton and wife, Whitney, Sarah S. Esterson and husband, Shawn, Jency M. Rogers, Hannah E. Rogers, Elizabeth L. Rogers, and Reese B. Rogers; three great-grandchildren, Madeline and Aubrey Somers, and Mason Shelton; one step great-granddaughter, Kiera H. Lee; brothers and sisters, Johanna B. Shahan and husband, Don, Winifred B. Delano, J. Dudley Biddlecomb and wife, Anita, and Fred M. Biddlecomb and wife, Beverly; sisters and brothers-in-laws, Otelia R. Robinson and husband, H.C.“Snookie,” Kathleen R. Wissig, John W. Rogers and wife, Linda, Mary Ann R. Ridgeway and husband, Lew and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by two infant brothers, Walter Biddlecomb and David Biddlecomb.

She was the valedictorian of her graduating class of Reedville High School. She attended Madison College (JMU) and graduated from Richmond Professional Institute (VCU). She was a faithful member of St. Mary’s Church in Fleeton for her entire life and was involved in many aspects of the church including vestry member, ECW past president, member of the choir, long time altar guild chairman, and dedicated Thrift Shop volunteer. She was a founding member, docent, past president, and co-chairman of the curatorial committee of the Reedville Fisherman’s Museum. She had a passion for local history, the fishing industry, and enjoyed collecting artifacts. She served many years as a member of the Holly Ball Committee. Of all her many passions, the most important was time spent with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

She and her family were blessed with dedicated care givers who provided exceptional and loving care.

Funeral services were Tuesday, April 16 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Fleeton. Interment was in Roseland Cemetery.

Geraldine McNeal Wilkins

Geraldine McNeal Wilkins, 88, of Callao, VA passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She was a member of Henderson United Methodist Church, Callao, VA.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Millard Filmore Wilkins. Mrs. Wilkins was survived by two daughters, Mildred Ann Fulford of Kilmarnock, VA, Faye Wilkins Burnett, and husband, Danny of Callao, VA, son, Charles “Chuck” A. Wilkins and wife, Tammy of Callao, VA, 9 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, and two Great-Great-granddaughters.

The family will receive friends at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Heathsville, VA from 7:00 – 8:30 P.M. on Thursday, April 18, 2013. Funeral Services will be held at Henderson United Methodist Church, Callao, VA at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, April 19, 2013. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to the Callao Volunteer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 82, Callao, VA 22435 or Hospice of Virginia, P.O. Box 2098, Tappahannock, VA 22560.

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Dorothy Dean Spindle

Dorothy Dean Spindle, of Reedville passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2013. She retired after 30 years as an Executive Assistant from the Department of Defense. She was a member of Fairfields Baptist Church, Burgess.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles R. Spindle.

She is survived by her son, Wayne Spindle and his wife, Mary, of Springfield, Virginia; four grandchildren, Meribeth, Charles, David, and Candice; and three great-grandchildren.

The family received friends April 22, 2013 at Faulkner Family Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc., Burgess, A funeral service was held April 23, 2013 at the funeral home. Interment was in Northern Neck Gardens, Callao.

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Doris Lee Ashton

Doris Lee Ashton, 73 of Lottsburg, passed away Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Mrs. Ashton was the wife of Louis R. Ashton, a member of Bethany Baptist Church, and was retired from Levi Strauss & Co. In addition to her husband, Doris is survived by her son, Steve Ashton and his wife Linda; grandson, Kyle Ashton; two brothers, Bruce and Jerry; and sister, Nancy. She was preceded in death by her sweet granddaughter, Kendall Ashton.

Funeral services were held Friday, April 19, 2013 at Bethany Baptist Church with interment in the Bethany Cemetery. The Reverend Kori Kiss officiated.  Pallbearers were Don Taylor, Reggie Taylor, James Dungan, Johnny Dungan, Michael Bryant, Jimmy Walker, H. M. Webb, and Bruce Callis, Jr. Memorial contributions may be made to the Callao Rescue Squad,  P.O. Box 82, Callao.

Lucille Ann Balderson Sealock

Lucille Ann Balderson Sealock died Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Warren Memorial Hospital in Front Royal.

A funeral service was held Monday April 22, at the Front Royal United Methodist Church conducted by The Rev. Gary Heaton.  Entombment followed at Panorama Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Sealock was born in Montross, Virginia, county seat of Westmoreland, on December 8, 1921, daughter of the late Joseph Monroe Balderson and Rosie Lee Clarke Balderson.

She graduated from Washington and Lee High School as Salutatorian of her class.

She was married to W. Edward Sealock, Jr. and moved to Front Royal prior to World War II.

She attended Front Royal United Methodist Church upon his return from the Service.

Mrs. Sealock became a charter member of the Wesleyan Service Guild in the Front Royal United Methodist Church and continued active in the Martha’s Unit #3 for approximately 50 years.  She was active in 4-H Club work.  She was instrumental in starting the Warren County Fair Association and was also a qualified “State Fair Judge”.  She served on the committee with a group from Loudoun County to form our “Festival of Leaves” and also served on a committee from the beginning of our Heritage Society. She has been an active member of Front Royal Chapter #6 OES.  She graduated from Roller Business College and worked at the Beef Cattle Research Station for the U. S. Department of Agriculture and Virginia Polytechnic Institute as Administration Officer.  She also served as President of the Front Royal and Rivermont Home Demonstration Clubs as well as District Vice-President and Secretary on the State of Virginia Committee.

Lucille and Edward were instrumental in forming the Rivermont Community Center later becoming the present Rivermont Fire Department. She was also a volunteer at Warren Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia S. Rowe (Benjy); three grandsons, Michael (Sherry), Jeffrey, and Scott; three great-grandchildren, Sandrea, Stacey and Michael Travis; two great-great-grandchildren, Robbie and Madelyn; two nephews, William C. Balderson, Jr. and Ray E. Balderson; two great-nieces, Sharon and Leah; and two great-nephews, Robert and William.

Mrs. Sealock is predeceased by three brothers and a sister.

Pallbearers were Michael Rowe, Jeffrey Rowe, Scott Rowe, Michael Travis Rowe, Billy Balderson, and Ray Balderson.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the Eastern Star, Front Royal Chapter #6 OES, Martha’s Circle, Guy Haun, Karen Sowers, and Mary Burke.

There was a service conducted by the Order of the Eastern Star on Sunday at Maddox Funeral Home following which the family received friends.

She often wondered why her life has passed so rapidly . . . well . . . perhaps some of the above attests to this.

She always wanted to be a doctor, and, in her own way, she was . . . she healed everyone with her smile and her medicine . . . always a good bowl of potato soup.  Her stitching is many rips and tears in life from daughter to wife to mother.

Once upon a memory someone wiped away a tear – held me close and loved me – Thank you mother dear!

Your daughter, Patricia, 2013.

Johnnie Clarence Davis, Sr

Johnnie Clarence Davis, Sr., 66, of Ophelia passed away April 19, 2013. He was a fish meal truck driver.

He is survived by two daughters, Tracy L. Holcomb and her husband, Robert, of Reedville, and Aimee D. Kelley and her husband, Daniell, of Lancaster; three sons, Johnnie C. Davis, Jr. and his wife, Samantha, of Reedville, Douglas E. Davis and his wife, Denise, of Burgess and Christopher “Chris” W. Davis and his wife, Karen, of Lottsburg; 15 grandchildren, and one great-grandson.

Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society. ( Services will be private.

Gregory Alan Hurley

Gregory Alan Hurley, 57, of Kinsale passed away April 18, 2013.  He was retired as engineering superintendent at H. B. Zachry Co. in Baytown, Texas.

He is survived by sons, Gregory Hurley and Randy Alan Hurley, both of Oklahoma City, OK;  daughter, Toni Hurley of Phoenix, AZ;  brothers, Garnet Hurley of Abington, VA and James Hurley (Edith) of Delta, PA; sister, Yvonne Pearce of Kinsale and sister-in-law, Janet Hurley of Delta, PA.  He is also survived by grandchildren, Tyler Alan Hurley and Kennedi Hurley of Oklahoma City, OK.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles H. Hurley.

Graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church, 962 Flintville Rd., Delta, PA 17314.  Memorial contributions may be made to Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church.

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