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Obituaries, week of Feb. 19: Edwards, Baylor, Bryant, Demyen, Edwards, Straughan, White, Turner.

Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:52 am


Virginia Claire McAuliffe Edwards, 87, passed away peacefully on February 14, 2014 in Madison, VA.
Jenny was preceded in death by her parents, Elva May Jayne McAuliffe and W. J. McAuliffe, and her husband N. L. “Buddy” Edwards. She was born and raised in Kingsport, TN and graduated from Dobyns-Bennett High School in 1944. She graduated from The Medical College of Virginia School of Nursing in 1948, and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Westhampton College of the University of Richmond in 1950.
She taught Nursing Arts at MCV until she married in 1953 and moved to Farnham. She moved to Madison in 1998.
She is survived by her children Katherine Claire Edwards, M.D. and her husband Mark Heckendorn of Ventura, CA; Madeline Jayne Edwards Jackson and her husband The Reverend Brad Jackson of Madison; Norman L. Edwards Jr. of Glen Allen; her sister, Margaret Elizabeth “Betty” McAuliffe Kilday of Bellaire, TX; her grandchildren, Claire Elizabeth Jackson and Paul Vincent Jackson; sister-in-law, Katherine DeC. Edwards of Farnham; brother-in-law L. Ward Edwards and his wife, Dottie Edwards of Winchester; nieces and nephews and many friends.
A Celebration of Life was held Tuesday, February 18, at Piedmont Episcopal Church, 214 Church Street, Madison, VA, with burial Wednesday, February 19 at 2pm at North Farnham Episcopal Church, 231 North Farnham Church Road, Farnham. Memorial contributions may be made to Piedmont Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 305, Madison, VA 22727 or to North Farnham Episcopal Church, P. O. Box 343, Farnham, VA 22460.


Ralph E. Baylor, 88, of Lancaster passed away on February 14, 2014. He was the former owner of Baylor Furniture Company, which had locations in Washington D.C., Maryland and Virginia. He was a member of Morattico Baptist Church, Kilmarnock. He also served in the U.S. Army and was in the Battle of the Bulge. Mr. Baylor was also an honorary member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elinor Joan Ball Baylor.
He is survived by his daughters, Janice Lee Baylor and Jill A. Donaldson, both of Lancaster.
The family will receive friends on Friday, February 21, 2014 from 6-8 p.m., at Jones-Ash Funeral Home, Heathsville. A funeral service will be held Saturday, February 22, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at Morattico Baptist Church, Kilmarnock.
Memorial Donations may be made to the Salvation Army,
Online remembrances may be made at


Stephen  Henry  Bryant, 61, of Montross,  husband of Victoria Bryant, passed away Thursday, February 13, 2014. He was director of engineering at Washington Nursing Facility, Washington, DC and a member of Providence United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his sons, Stephen Bryant Jr. and James Bryant, of Nashville, TN; daughter, Angie Palladino (Joseph) of Timonium, MD; grandchildren, Lauren Ashley Fitch and Holly Alexandria Fitch and sisters, Judy Bryce, Linda Yeatman, Betty Trader and Helen Louise Ball (Royce), all of Montross.
He was predeceased by his parents, Harvey E. and Helen D. Bryant; his son, Patrick Bryant; brothers, James Bryant and Harvey D. Bryant and sister, Bonnie Kaye Bryant.
Funeral services were held Monday, February 17, 2014 at Providence United Methodist Church. Reverend Julia Larch and Chaplain Katie Mossman officiated. Interment was in the church Cemetery. Pallbearers were C. O.  Balderson, Joseph Palladino, Kevin Foxwell, Brian Oliff, Timmy Hinson, James Bryant and Cameron Sprouse.
Memorial contributions may be made to Historyland Animal Rescue, PO Box 867, Montross, VA 22520 or Providence United Methodist Cemetery Fund, PO Box 913, Montross, VA 22520


Ruby Dare Clark Demyen, 100, of Coles Point, Va., died February 14, 2014.
Ruby was born in Wautauga County, N.C. Nov. 3, 1913, the second of three children to Roby and Maude Baird Clark.  She grew up in the Clark’s Creek section of Valle Crucis and attended the first Seventh-day Adventist Church School in that area. After finishing the eighth grade she worked her way through Pisgah Academy, later graduating from Mountain Sanitarium and Hospital School of Nursing in North Carolina in 1937. She worked as a registered nurse for almost 40 years, first near Boston, Mass. and later in the Washington D.C. area, where she retired as Asst. Director of Nursing at Prince Georges General Hospital in Lanham, Md. While living in the D.C. area she was an active member of Capital Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church where she met her future husband, Andrew Demyen, and later the Pennsylvania Avenue SDA Church. In both she was leader of the Pathfinder Club, a church youth organization.
She was predeceased by her husband, Andy, in 1993 and son, Clark Demyen, in 2005. She is survived by her daughter, Barbara Mullen (Robert) of Bisbee, Az., daughter-in-law, Jan Ohrmundt-Demyen, of Coles Point, nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Ruby began to develop her creative talents at the age of 75 learning to draw and paint, developing her own folk art style. Ruby moved to Coles Point in 1999, but was proud of and retained fond memories of her North Carolina mountain heritage. She enjoyed writing about events in her life, also gathering and writing stories about the mountains which she published in her book, The First Valle Crucis Seventh-day Adventist Church and Church School, and Other Mountain Stories in 2003. With an extraordinary green thumb, her houseplants flourished and she kept a large outdoor garden, preserving many fruits, vegetables and herbs through canning, freezing and drying. Other interests included reading, sewing, crocheting, traveling, camping and winning at Uno and Scrabble.
After moving to Coles Point, she enjoyed church dinners and her friends at Carter Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church in Newland where she was a member.
Ruby so enjoyed her 100th birthday party, that she had recently been encouraging friends to have a sing-along of old-fashioned love songs on Valentine’s Day.
A visitation, concluding with a short remembrance and prayer service, will be held Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 at Welch’s Funeral Home in Montross from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment will occur later in North Carolina where she will be buried next to her husband.
Memorial gifts may be made to Carter Memorial Seventh-day Adventist Church, 121 Carter Town Rd., Warsaw, Va. 22572


Mrs. Helen Lucinda Edwards of Philadelphia, formerly of Warsaw, died February 8, 2014. She was born in her parents’ home in Warsaw on December 9, 1931, the oldest of 13 children of Helen Marie Evans and James Evans.
She was an accomplished seamstress and tailor, designing clothes, making baseball caps for the Philadelphia Phillies. In the late 60s she opened her own business – Lucinda and Daughters’ Dress Shop – in Philadelphia, where she made all manor of tailor-made clothing.
She attended Temple University, and taught home economics for two decades in Philadelphia schools.
After leaving teaching she served as director of a daycare in North Philadelphia.
She was predeceased by her brothers, James, William, John and Ryland Evans and Wesley Smalls. She is survived by her sisters, Dorothy Vaughn, Shirley Cupitt, Marva Boone and Lillian Robinson; brothers, Arthur, Willie, Harold and Webster Evans; four children, Barbara McFadden, Edward Brooks Jr., Jacqueline Johnson and Deborah James; 10 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held February 14 at Second Baptist Church, Warsaw with Rev.  Roderick Parks, pastor and Minister Sonya Lucas, eulogist. Interment was in the church cemetery.
Services of comfort and trust by Berry O. Waddy Funeral Home.


Orren Claybrook Straughan, 79, of Village, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2014. He was a retired investigator for the Washington D.C. Government and a member of Carmel United Methodist Church. Clay was an outdoorsman, who loved to coon and rabbit hunt. He was very proud to have been raised in Inez and Luther Douglas’s home with their children, Florence, Marie, and Robbins, who he considered siblings.
Survivors are his wife, Mary M. Straughan; two sons, Barry Straughan of Oldhams and Michael Straughan of Maryland; a daughter, Lynn Knaggs of Budds Creek, MD; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edith Mae Straughan.
A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014 at Carmel United Methodist Church with interment following in Beulah Baptist Church Cemetery. The Reverend Reggie Rumberg officiated. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Support Services of the Northern Neck, P.O. Box 262, Warsaw, VA 22572.


Jane Prout White, formerly of Alexandria, passed peacefully in her sleep on Saturday, February 8, 2014.
Jane graduated from Madison College (class of 1944), during her career she worked for The American Association of University Women, United States Department of Agriculture, The White House, then assisted her husband in the pursuit of his career in the Foreign Service with postings at The Embassies or Consulates of The United States of America in Paris, France; Havana, Cuba; Bangkok, Thailand; Tokyo, Japan; Prague, The Czech Republic; Frankfurt, Germany; Beirut, Lebanon; Canberra, Australia; Panama City, Panama. They also served in Washington, D.C. After retirement they traveled extensively and enjoyed their family and grandchildren
The beloved wife of the late Foreign Service Officer Robert W. White; mother of Robert W. White, Jr (Kristine H. White) and William P. White; grandmother of Tonja Jeannece (White) Peddie and Tamara Jane White; great-grandmother of Christopher Lee Peddie and Nicole Elaine Peddie; great-great-grandmother of Faith Ann Peddie; Jane is also survived by numerous cousins, nephews, and nieces.
There will be a memorial service at a date to be announced later. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Virginia, Tappahannock Office, 1328 Tappahannock Blvd, Tappahannock, VA. 22568

Pauline Sandy Turner, 91, of Callao, died Sunday evening, February 9, 2014. The beloved widow of Elwood K. Turner, she had maintained her independent lifestyle until her recent hospitalization.
She was the daughter of Virgil C. Sandy Sr. and Elodie T. Sandy of Village. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Virgil C. Sandy Jr. and Philip M. Sandy and her niece, Debra Faye Sandy.
Beginning as a teenager teaching Sunday school, she became a lifelong member of Henderson United Methodist Church in Hyacinth. Following her mother’s example she was instrumental in working with the Methodist women to raise money and to support the church’s charitable endeavors. In 2007 she was honored for her many years of service.
A graduate of Callao High School, she worked in banks in Richmond and Warsaw where she mastered the skills necessary to help her husband manage the Turner Oyster House for many years.
She was an outstanding cook and homemaker and her relatives can recall many fun-filled occasions celebrating the holidays at Pauline and Elwood’s lovely home.
To her nieces and nephews, she was Aunt Pauline or “Ponnie,” always generous, always loving. She is survived by nieces, Carole M. Sandy, Donna S. Baxter and Marilyn King; nephews, Philip M. Sandy and Ernie Krentz; close cousin, Brenda H. Howard and their children.
To those in the Northern Neck who dealt with her she was described as “gracious,” “a lady,” “a class act.” She will be remembered and loved by many. The Northern Neck is known as the land of gracious living – Pauline Turner epitomized that truism.
The family would like to express their gratitude for the care she received from the staff at Riverside-Tappahannock Hospital and for the continued support of Sonya Douglas, a trusted companion.
Funeral services were held at 12 Noon Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Henderson United Methodist Church with interment in the church cemetery. Pastor Donald Bowen and Jesse Bowman officiated.  Memorial contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.