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Obituaries, week of Aug. 21: Crooks, Rock, Tate, Walker, Packett, Hale, Mallory, Lorden, Baylor, Headley, Sanders, Goodwin

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Amber Bidwell Crooks


Amber Bidwell Crooks, 83, of Farnham, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 12, 2013. She was born in Bedfordshire, England, and was also a former resident of Richmond, VA.

She is survived by her loving husband, Carlton A. Crooks; son, Trevor Waters (Janie), daughter, Elizabeth Testroet (David); sisters, Mary Abbott, and Doreen Trembling (Keith); brothers, Dennis Bidwell and Trevor Bidwell (Ruby); grandchildren, Jana Waters, Hailey Waters, Miriam, Emily and Joel Testroet; as well as many nieces and nephews.

A celebration service was held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Melrose United Methodist Church, Lottsburg. Memorial contributions may be made to Melrose United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 150, Lottsburg, VA 22511 or a charity of your choice in memory of Amber Bidwell Crooks.


Leonard LeRoy Rock, Sr.


Leonard LeRoy Rock Sr., 67, of Ophelia, passed away on Monday, August 12, 2013. He was an employee for Wood Preservers for 36 years, a Running Back for the first football team for Rappahannock High School, a Pitcher for the Luttreville Windmill softball team, as well as a Pitcher for the fast pitch Texaco’s softball team and a member at both Bethany Baptist Church and Afton United Methodist Church.

Survivors are his wife, Annie Gaskins Rock; sons, Lennie Rock, Jr. (Kathy) and Jeffrey Rock; sisters, Mary Ellen Butler, Nancy King and Eloise “Nuchie” Taylor; brother, Willie “Junior” Rock; grandchildren, Trey Rock, Shelby Rock and Ava Rock, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Rock was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Bertha Rock, as well as his brother, Ronnie Rock.

Memorial services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Bethany Baptist Church. The family received friends from 1 p.m. until service time on Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethany Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Jennifer English, 3981 Canal Rd. Farnham, VA 22460; Rappahannock Church of Christ Building Fund, c/o Darlene O’Bier, 9514 Richmond Rd., Warsaw, VA 22572 or American Red Cross,6348 Northumberland Hwy. Heathsville, VA 22473.


John Edgar Tate Jr.


John Edgar Tate Jr. was born to Gertrude Reed Tate and John Edgar Tate Sr. on Oct. 21, 1942 in Montross. He transitioned from this life to eternal rest on Aug. 9, 2013 at Bon Secours Regional Memorial Hospital in Mechanicsville with his daughter, Pamela and grandson, Brian at his side.

At an early age, John committed his life to Christ, was baptized and became a member of Siloam Baptist Church in Montross. In recent years, he rededicated his life to Christ and became a member of Clarksville Baptist Church in Warsaw.

John was educated in the Westmoreland County Public School System at A. T. Johnson High School on Feb. 22, 1964, he married Shirley Ann Elizabeth Kelly of Warsaw and moved to Washington, D.C., where they lived for 35 years. From this union two daughters were born, Sherry Ann and Pamela Rena.

John worked at the National Institutes Health (NIH) as a laboratory technician for more than 30 years and when he retired in December 1999 he returned to Montross with his wife and oldest grandson, Raphael, whom they raised.

John was a hard-working and meticulous craftsman who designed his own home and created things of beauty from wood and metal with strong hands and a sharp mind. Every one of his projects began with a great plan   a vision – that he followed in detail to completion. He worked tirelessly to see that every project he designed was functional, attractive to the eye and durable. His fine works are part of the legacy that he leaves behind.

John leaves to cherish his memory a loving and devoted wife of more than 49 years, Shirley Tate; two caring and dedicated daughters, Sherry Ann Tate (Eric Yeager) and Pamela Rena Tate (Michael Brooks), both of Washington, D.C.; three grandsons, Raphael, Brian and Caden; a loyal and devoted brother, Richard Tate (Jamie) of Aylett; a brother-in-law and dear friend, Gerald Kelly (Mary); a true friend until the end, Everett “Blood” Hodge; six nephews, Christopher Wise, James “Teddy” Thompson, Gerald Kelly Jr., Robert Kelly, Jeremy Tate and Justin Tate; two nieces, Barbara Dixon and Dianne Kelly and a host of loving cousins, friends, and other relatives.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Aug. 17 at Clarksville Baptist Church, Warsaw. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Rev. Michael Reed officiated. Pallbearers were Howard Branson, Jeffrey Branson, William “Sam” Branson, Robert Kelly, Brian Tate, Jeremy Tate, Justin Tate and Raphael Tate. Honorary pallbearers were James Arthur, Bill Bryant, Arthur Carey, Earl Carey, Larry Carey, James Dickens, Everett Hodge, Gerald Kelly Sr., Charles Reed and James Thompson.

Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.


Mary Tayloe Murphy Walker


Mary Tayloe Murphy Walker, formerly of Mt. Holly, died on August 6, 2013 at her home in St. Stephens Church. Born May 15, 1931, she was the daughter of the late Robert and Emily Griffith Murphy. She was preceded in death by her husband, George Walker Jr. and a brother, Robert Murphy Jr. Mary was a teacher of young children and a lifelong member of Cople Parish.

She is survived by her daughter, Beverley Tayloe Walker Donovan; a sister, Jane Murphy Hellinger; nieces, Margot McKaig and husband, Rick, Katherine Hutchens and husband, Jeffrey; a nephew, Karl Hellinger; great nieces, Talley Hamway and daughter, Gabrielle, Allison Walker Hutchens;  and sisters-in law, Rosa Walker Lewis and Shelby Murphy.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at Yeocomico Episcopal Church, Tucker Hill. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Cornerstone Food Bank, P.O. Box 68, Aylett, VA 23009 or to Cople Parish, P.O. Box 110, Hague, VA 22469.


Joseph Bertram Packett Jr.


Joseph Bertram Packett Jr., 92, of Warsaw, passed away on Saturday, August 10, 2013. He was a self-employed Building Contractor, Lumberman, Farmer, Army Veteran of World War II of the 750th Tank Battalion, and a member of Warsaw Baptist Church. He worked with his father and brother in the sawmill business for many years, farmed his home, “Hickory Thickett;” was part-owner of Orange Wood Products in Orange, VA and built the Health Department and Social Service offices in Lancaster, Westmoreland, Richmond and Northumberland Counties.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Edith Schlarbaum Packett of Warsaw; son, Joseph Bertram Packett III of Emmerton; daughter, Luise Packett Gordon (William) of Merry Point; brother, Louis George Packett, Sr. (Jane); sister-in-law, Rebecca Beazley Packett; daughter-in-law, Anne Beckham; grandchildren, Kimberley P. Gripshover (Robert), James M. Packett, Jennifer G. Lord (Michael), William C. Gordon III, M. Taylor Packett, Selah D. Packett and Marlena M. Packett; great-grandchildren, Robert, David, Noah, Mary, Grace, Sophia, Isabel, Gabrielle, William, Joseph, Jenna, Hannah, Connor and Colman, and many nieces and nephews.

Mr. Packett was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Nellie Packett; son, Matthew Delano Packett; and brother, Irving David Packett, Sr.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at Warsaw Baptist Church. The Reverend J. Michael Robertson officiated.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Warsaw Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 576, Warsaw, VA 22572.


Betty Lou Hale


Betty Lou Hale, 69, of Callao passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2013.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Robert B. Lewis.

She is survived by her husband, George E. Hale; her son, Ronnie E. Hale (Dawn) and one grandchild, Samuel Brann.

The family received friends August 18, 2013 at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Heathsville. A memorial service followed. Burial will be private at a later date.

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Margaret Thomas Mallory


Northern Neck native, Margaret Thomas Mallory, 74, passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2013. She was preceded in death by her parents, Alexander Baylor Mallory and Margaret Thomas Mallory of Warsaw.  Margie was a graduate of St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock and Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg.

She is survived by her children, William Allen White III of Walkerton and Ann Brooke W. Davis of Mechanicsville; their respective spouses, Wendy Urquhart White and James Samuel Davis Jr. and granddaughter, Brooke Baylor Davis.

A funeral service was held Monday, August 19, 2013 at St. John’s Episcopal Church with burial in the church cemetery. Donations may be made to the Aylett Country Day School,  Millers Tavern, Va. 23115. Arrangements Welch Funeral Home, Marks Chapel, Warsaw, Va.  The family is grateful to Margie’s friends, the staff of Essex House and the Hospice of Virginia for their dedication to her.


Philip Andrew Lorden


Philip Andrew Lorden, 28, born February 1, 1985 in Salem, Va., died at VCU Health System in the Neuroscience ICU Monday, August 12, 2013 as a result of a boating accident on Lake Chesdin.

He was preceded in death by maternal grandmother, Barbara N. Gentry of Charlottesville; and paternal grandfather, Roger A. Lorden of Roanoke. He was the son of Ron Lorden of Salem and Kim Lorden of Glen Allen. Phil is survived by his twin brother, Christopher Lorden, older brother, Eric Lorden and his wife, Kristen; and their four month old daughter, Piper. He is survived by maternal grandfather, Frank J. Gentry of Charlottesville and paternal grandmother, Mildred B. Lorden of Roanoke; aunt, Margaret L. Edwards of Palmyra and husband, Ralph; their son, Joe; and a special uncle, Greg Gentry of Charlottesville; and special friend “Aunt” Susan Pemberton of Warsaw.

Phil was employed by Fuel Oils, Inc. of Richmond as a HVAC technician. Phil was an avid outdoorsman and loved spending a majority of his free time hunting and fishing.

He was working toward his expert angler award for muskie fishing, and had only three citations left. He was also a motorcycle enthusiast, riding his Harley every chance he got. Phil was working especially hard to obtain his HVAC journeyman’s card. He enjoyed hanging out with family, friends and his twin, Chris.

Phil loved life!

The family would like to thank the Surgical Trauma, Neurosurgery and Palliative Care staff at VCU Health System for their superlative care and support. A special thanks goes out to Amanda C. Jones. The family received friends August 15 at Bliley’s-Staples Mill, 8510 Staples Mill Rd. A memorial service was held August 16, at Monument Heights Baptist Church. Please make a donation to your favorite charity.


Gregory Gerard Baylor


After a brief illness, Gregory Gerard Baylor departed this life July 26, 2013. Gregory was born June 26, 1952 to the union of Ezekiel Baylor Sr. (Joe) and Gladys Nielson Baylor in Washington, D.C.

Gregory joined Siloam Baptist Church at an early age. He attended DC Public Schools. In the 10th grade he became a cadet at Phellps Vocational High School and he completed 11th and 12th grade at Frank W. Ballou High School.

Gregory joined the Merchant Marines and toured such places as Naples, Greece, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Alaska, Panama, San Francisco, Calif., New York, and other states with the United States. Upon completing the Merchant Marines, Gregory worked for the United States Postal Service for many years as a mail clerk. Gregory loved the Lord and knew the Bible very well. He loved to sing and was very fond of music. He will be greatly missed by all and his love will remain in our hearts forever.

He was preceded in death by his only son, Donta M. Baylor. He leaves to mourn his father, Ezekiel Baylor (Joe) and a loving and devoted mother, Gladys Baylor of Montross; a sister, Christal Baylor-Peyton of Fort Washington, Md.; two brothers, Elvon Baylor of Montross and Kent Taylor of Fairmont Heights, Md.; five aunts, Carolyn Dixon, Frances Ashton, Mary Nelson and Dorothy Baylor, all of Montross, Marie Lee of Waldorf, Md.; two uncles, Raymond Baylor and Roger Nelson of Montross; two nieces, Jeneka Reed of Ft. Washington, Md. and Kentay Gilchrist of Greenbelt, Md.; one great-niece, Evonni Gilchrist; two nephews, Giovanni Little and Kymani Gilchrist; a very special friend, Christine Braxton of Colonial Beach and a host of cousins, relatives, and friends.

Funeral services were held Thursday, Aug. 1 at Siloam Baptist Church.

Interment followed in the church cemetery.  Pastor Connie Jones officiated. Rev. Henry C. Lee, Eulogist.

Pallbearers were Giovanni Little, Pierre Dixon, Eric Broome, Curtis Ashton, Kent Taylor and Jason Corbin.

Funeral services entrusted to the Weldon-Fisher Funeral Home.


Georgia Robbins Headley


Georgia Robbins Headley, 74, of Farnham passed away Wednesday, August 14, 2013. She was a retired Comptroller for Pohanka Auto Center.

Survivors are her husband, Melvin Stuart Headley; brother, Gurney Robbins of Lenoir, NC; and sister, Paula Reece of Ridell, GA.

A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, August 16, 2013 at Oakland United Methodist Church Cemetery with her brother, Reverend Gurney Robbins, officiating.


Timothy “Timmy” Wayne Sanders


Timothy “Timmy” Wayne Sanders, 28, of Montross, passed away Thursday, August 15, 2013. He was a construction worker for B&N Construction, a skilled craftsman, an avid hunter, a supporting brother, and a loving father.

He is survived by his parents, Charles “Wayne” Sanders (Janet) and Charlene Doljac (Steve); sons, Jeremiah, Isaiah and Mikie; daughters, Skylar and Addison Sanders, and Nevaeh; brothers, Wayne Sanders Jr. (Meredith) and Connelly Worrell (Joanna); and sisters, Connie Bowen (Kevin), Crystal Pembleton (Chuck), Becky Berry and Rebecca Taylor (Shawn).

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at Rappahannock Baptist Church. The family received friends Tuesday evening at the Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel.  Contributions may be made to the Timmy Sanders Burial Fund, c/o Welch Funeral Home, Montross Chapel, 17546 Kings Highway, Montross, VA 22520.

Please include this obit in both the Northern Neck News as well as the Westmoreland News.


Reverend Frederick Deane Goodwin III


The Reverend Frederick Deane Goodwin III, 69, of Richmond, passed away Friday, August 16, 2013, at his home. He was a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the Virginia Theological Seminary. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frederick Deane Goodwin Jr. and Ruth Scott Goodwin. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Kathryn Kramer Goodwin; two children, Frederick Deane Goodwin IV and Katie Scott Goodwin; brother, John Scott Goodwin; aunt, Fenton B. Goodwin; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. A memorial service will be held 11:30 a.m. Saturday, August 31 at Yeocomico Church, 1233 Old Yeocomico Rd., Kinsale, Va. 22488. Interment church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Cople Parish Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 110, Hague, Va. 22469.